Welcome to fall in Ontario Canada, this month it’s a spirit-calming riot of nature. And this month, it’s ours to discover. Ontario is Canada’s largest province by population at 12,160,278 other people and four Worldly Chicks and second largest in size at 1,076,395 sq. km (415,598 sq. miles).
In autumn in Ontario, the trees blaze in golds and reds and oranges. The skies are clear and deep and endless.
The air takes on a snap in the evening as we dig through our closets for sweaters and light jackets. Fall fairs abound with pie making contests, oversize vegetables and traveling midways set up in dusty community centre parking lots. It’s the month of candy apples at farm matches, and farmer’s markets with plump pumpkins and squashes. It’s the month of Thanksgiving and lessening light and of giving in to a mug of hot chocolate on a chilly afternoon. Later in the month mornings could mean having to scrape a thin layer of frozen dew off car windows.
From the province’s capital of Ottawa, to the towers and attitude of Toronto, to the mists of Niagara, and the fields and lakes of the north, we welcome you to Ontario.
Jump in the car, wind down a window and we’ll go for a month-long drive.
I feel invigorated already. And although I am allergic to the mold in the leaves, I love them anyway.
It's GORGEOUS Madcat. I love all the pictures but that mirrored lake is breathtaking. Thanks for the invite!
Now I'm off to dig out my sweaters and find my Actifed.
10-01-2007, 12:52 AM
I just flipped the calendar you gave me to the new month. Must be an Australian calendar as there are TULIPS in October. Not this far north sweetie unless you're just reminding me to plant them in time for next spring :rofl:
But I must admit there is a lovely abundance of color in this set so I'll enjoy looking at it anyway :D
10-01-2007, 01:35 AM
It's spring downunder Happy - No roses in June and Tulips in September/ October. Floriade is on in Canberra
Theme this year is Aussie myths and icons. Some wild and wonderful floral displays in that.
10-01-2007, 02:24 AM
Glad to be in Ontario! Wow, what gorgeous colors! The hot autumn reds and golds from Ontario and the amazing purples from Shad. I may have to buy more paint! Clearly, I must go to Wiki or somewhere and read up about Canada. I remember some place names but don't know if they're cities or states. How ignorant!
I'm glad I'm not pornographic. I missed most of that discussion. Perhaps it is just as well!
Rennie & Holly-- I hope you are both feeling better. I do think that Mom's are wise to teach their children how to be little helpers, soothers, tea-brewers etc. My son STILL takes me for granted (Oh, mom? She won't make a fuss... ), and sometimes I wish he didn't.
Happy -- We're looking at that part of the world for retirement, too. Nothing cheap, but sure is pretty. We are NOT "natural" Southerners. Did you find any towns in RI or the vicinity that you liked? We need to plan a "deep winter" trip to see just how wintry the winters would seem. (You guys from Ontario, please don't laugh!!)
Good day today: OP and proud of it.
10-01-2007, 07:40 AM
MADCAT YOU DID A WONDERFUL JOB. I AGREE WITH HAPPY...THE LAKE PIC IS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS BUT I LOVE THE LEAVES TOO AND CAN HEAR AND SMELL THEM FROM HERE!!:dance: THANKS SO MUCH AND WILL GO AND TAKE A LOOK AT THE WEBSITE LATER!! HAVE A GREAT DAY! I AM READY FOR THE MONTH LONG DRIVE:scooter:
HAPPY~ WE COULD CALL YOU THE RI HEN! :rofl: :rofl: NOW WE HAVE A NAME FOR YOU, THE DH NEEDS TO COOPERATE! :rofl: I HAVE HUNDREDS OF FLOATERS AND HAVE HAD SOME OF THEM SINCE IN MY 20'S. WHEN THEY DIALATE MY EYES, I STILL HAVE TO DRIVE NYSELF OUT OF THERE AND INTO THE VAN UP A RAMP! :yikes: ALSO THE ROSACEA AND CATARACTS DON'T HELP:lol3: HOPE YOURS DISAPPEAR SOON!! :hug: YOU ARE ONE BUSY LADY THIS SUMMER!!
SHAD~ FUNNY I WAS GOING TO TELL YOU IT WAS THE QUEEN'S BD AND THEN FORGOT...ALSO LABOUR DAY. WAS GOING TO ASK WHAT YOUR PLANS ARE! IT'S ON MY CALENDAR!!! HOP[E THIS WEEK IS A BETTER ONE! :hug:
RENNIE~ WHAT FAMILY EVER GET'S THE HINT ABOUT HOW THEY ACT WHEN SICK!? :rofl: JUST KEEP GETTING BETTER :hug: HAPPY HUNTING FOR DH!
HOLLY~ GLAD YOU'RE HEARING IS IMPROVING AND HOPE IT WILL BE ALL OVER SOON.
THESE DARKER DAYS ARE KILLING ME!! :tantrum: CAN'T WAKE UP IN THE MORNING AND CAN'T WAIT TO GET INTO BED AT NIGHT. :rofl: I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO A NEW THREAD AND WAS SO PLEASED TO SEE THE MAGIC OF MADCAT THIS MORNING. THANKS AGAIN. WE CAN ALL BE OUTRAGEOUSLY OPTIMISTIC IN OLDE ONTARIO!! :belly:
HAPPY MONDAY :moped:
10-01-2007, 08:13 AM
Good morning ladies,
Mel, as usual we crossed paths, you were typing as I was reading. Don't be sniffing those leaves lady! Look but don't breathe :lol: Can't have you getting all stuffed up. I can't imagine having to drive anything with fuzzy dilated eyes. At least with my glasses on I can manage not to bump into things but without them (this was the first time I had ever checked that out) - I'm doing a Stevie Wonder! I will do my hair red again and you can call me RI Red :lol: The alarm went off at 6 today and it was so dark I thought I had messed up the time on the clock. I went in the yard to check the pool - the leaves are falling into it and we have to be careful to clean the skim basket regularly so the pump doesn't sieze up and get clogged. As I stuck my hand into the dark hole I was PRAYING there would be no dead frogs or other scary things in there as I would have screamed, lost my balance and probably fell into the very cold pool. Thank goodness only leaves. I was thinking I should get up at 5:30 and go for a morning walk as it is nice and peaceful but I just don't feel safe anymore. Not even in my own neighborhood. DH said the same thing - he would be hesitant to get up at 4am to go stargazing out where there is less city light for fear that we'd get mugged. :dunno: But as for you - hey, sleep in if you can and if you're going to bed earlier then maybe it won't be so bad to get up in the morning. Isn't it time for you to be planning some autumn craft for the seniors? Making turkeys out of apples? A wreath made out of pumpkin seeds (boy that one was a bugger to make :rofl: )
I did fill the hummingbird feeders for what I hope is one last time. We still have about 3 stubborn hanger-ons that refuse to leave. It's getting rather cool for them and they should be on their way. They tell you not to just up and stop feeding them as they depend now more than error on the hummer juice. I guess their nature switch is just on slow.
Shad - that picture is gorgeous. Guess you have your own "riot of color" going on downunder. Take some time to enjoy it.
Painter - DH is from a beachfront town right on the border of Conneticutt (guess there's a whole lot of states I can't spell :dizzy: ) and Rhode Island . The town is called Westerly. It's a good sized town. But then again a very large part of New England is what they call "thickly settled" which means quite populated. Have to go to upstate NY to get into the country I guess. RI benefits from the warmer ocean waters in the winter. Their winter is a bit milder than Chicago - not the frigid "refrigerator chill you to the bone" type of cold Chicago gets. And the warmer currents push more of the snow away from there and into neighboring CT. DH said the colder weather lasts from November to April. And you do get the benefit of the gorgeous New England brilliantly colored autumns (which even after being with DH for 35 years I have yet to visit there in time to see them). You are right about it not being cheap there. DH's father's house would have been a rare chance at something affordable - even tho it is a tiny Cape Cod style house and 1/3 the size of the house we have now. But that's why they call it downsizing right? And DH would be over the top :carrot: :carrot: at me being forced to finally let go of alot of what he considers WAY TOO MUCH extra "stuff" laying around here. (I likes me my stuff :D )Vermont and New Hampshire are ski country - more winter than I'd like and then you have the coldest state on the mainland - Maine where winters are friggin' cold from what I hear. A short, cool summer season and then cold. Of course there are more states in New England than just those - what area were you looking at?
Oops - I have spent more than my alloted time here. I need to get to work a little earlier today so I'll be on my way.
Hugs to the chicks, go play outside!
10-01-2007, 08:52 AM
:lol:I just realized that in the intro I said "the province’s capital of Ottawa, to the towers and attitude of Toronto"... um, that should have been from the nation's capital, Ottawa since Toronto is the capital of the province, Ontario, and Ottawa is Canada's capital. Geez, and you would think I didn't live 5k away from the provincial parliament buildings and that we weren't in the middle of a provincial election. See, Painter, you have an excuse in that it isn't your country - but really, I have no excuse :lol: And I hadn't even been drinking last night. I blame my allergies... :dizzy:
10-01-2007, 09:12 AM
Shad ~ You may not be here to see the colour, but look at the lovely colours you do have, Besides, autumn in an innately sad season whereas spring is full of promise and filled, obviously, of blue and purples. How terrific that looks.
The last bank I worked for also thought 3FC was pornographic and blocked it. Maybe it helped that we all put our tops back on?
Painter~ Would part of not being a “natural southerner” needing to have a change of climate throughout the year? I suspect, as Happy says, that RI winters are probably more moderate than winters here. We would never laugh at people who “don’t do winter” even though we don’t even do up our coats for anything over -10C. :lol:
Happy~ I just noticed that I have a floater too. I suspect it has probably been there for a while and I only noticed it when lying in bed staring at the white ceiling one morning. I hear you when you say about not feeling safe going out to exercise in the dark. I was going to go for a bike ride last week one morning at 7 and when I looked out it was still dark (it was a grey day), so I changed my mind. Exercise is one thing but, really, safety is important too. I hear that a lot of street crimes happen in the hour or so before the sun rises. Now if you could get your DH to come with you…? I never realized DHwas a New England boy. Cool.
Mel~ These dark mornings really are hard, aren’t they? And something about the cooler weather makes lounging in bed a viable option. On the good side it is great sleeping weather and the cooler air is nice to be out and about in. Maybe you need to see if you get some more sun time?
Better get to work. Hi to Holly and Rennie and I hope you are both feeling better. Hi Ruth. Hope you had a lovely visit with your friend. Greetings to all the other chicks. I better run. One thing I have to do is book a trip to New York City for my sister and I. She needs a getaway. She’s doing ok on her continuing treatment but she’s quite stressed about losing her hair. It looks like male pattern baldness at the moment but she has bought this great collection head scarves. Even to hide the damage, she chooses bright colours. You have to love that.
10-01-2007, 10:23 AM
Well, it's October at last, a time of optimism and Ontario Worldly Chick birthdays. Let's hope all those September nasties are gone for good, and the crisp fall air will let us all relax, and sleep and breathe better. I keep waiting for those endless blue skies Madcat has promised, but so far it's a little grey and not enough sunshine to make for good photos. At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it...
Ruth, one of these times when you zip up to Ottawa to do whatever, I hope you'll give me a call ahead of time so we can get together for lunch or something!
Holly, I'm glad to hear the ear is improving. Do you know what caused it? Is it possible you were never taught that all-important rule:
My mommy said not to put beans in my ears
Beans in my ears, beans in my ears
My mommy said not to put beans in my ears
Beans in my ears
Too bad our schedules won't make it possible to meet up while you're in this neck of the woods. Maybe next time. I'm sure you'll have a terrific time.
Mel, you made me laugh with the fig story. I'm not a big fan, but did hear years ago that they could move cement... :rofl: Maybe you should always keep one around for when you get bunged up. Of course the big question is whether you managed to weigh yourself after the fact - always so satisfying to see that lower number, even if we know it's fleeting (pun intended).
Congrats on being off the caffeine! :woohoo: I hadn't realized you'd managed it!
Rennie, you really crack me up! Good luck getting over the chest (oops - hope using that word didn't push us back into porn status...). Some people have a heck of a time swallowing pills, I have a feeling you're one of them. I can swllow a whole handful at once with no trouble at all. Just think a big handful of M&M's...
Happy, good news that the eye problem wasn't the retina. You get used to floaters after a while. If there's nothing on tv you can just watch the little beggars float around like tiny zeppelin- and twig-shaped amoebas.
Shad, I downloaded all the pics I had accumulated on my camera, and found a few of you and Ruth in Merrickville, and of you in the Gatineau Hills on our hike. If you PM me your email address I'll send them on to you, and to Ruth too if she sends me hers. If the weather holds and I find that elusive energy I may head up there for a hobble around some time this week.
Madcat, NYC sounds like great fun. It's been years since I was there.
You did a great job moving us to ON, and I confess I hadn't noticed the little capital city slip. Too bad the site doesn't have sound - we could fix it so that annoying Ontari-ari-ari-o song would play on a continuous loop... Or maybe the old 'Good things grow-ow-ow, in Ontario'. Shoot - now I have an earworm. Serves me right.
Ceejay, are you okay out there? It's seems to me it's been a few days since you were here.
10-01-2007, 10:32 AM
Happy to be here with all of you. I am feeling quite a bit better . I have been googling maps and such for my trip. I was feeling anxious about being a way so long but getting over it. Seeing my dearest friends seems to have overridden missing my kids like mad.
This time next week i will have lots of Oct Ontario pics.
10-01-2007, 10:41 AM
Oops. I had to close off before saying hi to everyone - everything I was writing turned to gibberish, not that I'm not used to babbling, but this time it was the computer. Obviously, I had hit some button that I shouldn't have. Easier to post and start again than risk losing the whole thing!
I was about to say thanks to Meadow for adding the fall leaves to the cat animation, which I've already stolen and added to my collection.
And a hello to Painter, who would probably really enjoy some of the lovely colours we have going. Every so often there's a splash of hot pink in amongst the reds and yellows and oranges.
Anyway, gotta go. :wave: to anyone I've forgotten.
10-01-2007, 03:28 PM
... mommy said not to put beans in my ears...
oh THANKS Carla! I can't get that dumb song out of my head now :rofl: been humming it at work all afternoon. Will probably hum it on the way home. Better than swearing at the drivers I guess. :D
10-01-2007, 04:52 PM
Good grief! I never will be able to keep up with you chickies!
Another quickie as I'm just home from my painting class. I'm doing the barn as it was before the chicken house fell down. We are gold and blue here today and it's been a gorgeous summery day.
Had a lovely weekend with my pal Shirleyanne and her wussy dog Bella. Hershey taught B. a few things and showed her around. I think she enjoyed it. I know I did. And next weekend, it's Hollyhock time!
Gotta dash off and do some new month stuff in the Forum but will send some October pics along - a country road near here, the side of the hill off the meadow and a pic of the barn.
10-01-2007, 04:55 PM
Well, those best-laid plans really can go astray. After joking with friends on the phone last night that I felt silly thinking of myself as a hiker when I find excuses to avoid walking two blocks to the drugstore, I decided today to take advantage of the fine weather to go for a nice walk in the woods. First problem: for some reason I kept going past the turn-off I was supposed to take, then overshot the parking area and had to drive an extra 10 minutes before I could turn around. Total travel time: 50 minutes instead of 25. Grrr. The walk itself was lovely, but much shorter than I had remembered from past hikes: instead of 2 hours or so, after 35 minutes I had finished the whole loop! And worst of all, I found the perfect photogenic tree for the thread, only to discover that my camera battery was dead!!! So I guess I'll have to do it all over again. :dunno: Next time I think I'll go back to the lovely loop Shad and I did together. It'll get a little more challenging as fall progresses and hides the trail, but so far most of the leaves are still on the trees. The colours are far from their peak anyway, not much red or pink yet. So I'll get better pics later on anyway. Just keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed that my feet will continue to be as pain-free as today.
Gotta go, eh. :wave:
10-01-2007, 07:41 PM
Carla and I must be on the same wavelength since I forgot to take my camera to the beach last weekend.
And thanks for the song - I'll think about it all day. I may just put some beans in the ears of some team members who seem to have a paranoic difficulty in understanding the word deadline. I don't seem to be able to instill a sense of urgency. Aaah well. I will survive no doubt even if I have to do the lot myself. I'd like to be walking that loop again. Maybe you will find the mythical moose again or that bear that the people saw and we never did. I'll e-mail my addy shortly. Strange I thought you had it, but then maybe I didn't send it because we PM'd during our organising of the tour up there.
Ruth - gorgeous, gorgeous pics of your place and area. I'm glad you had such a good weekend with your friend. It does make life more bearable.
Holly - I know you will have a wonderful time on your travels. Take lots of pics, enjoy the Canadian thanksgiving and enjoy your friends. Great that you can take the time away from the family.
Madcat - unfortunately - depending on where you are on this continent - the spring does not last very long. Tulips at Floriade (as in the picture) are scientifically nutured to flower over a given period - don't ask how they do it but they get a fantastic display for around a month. After that there is nothing. We can't grow tulips in Brisbane successfully and the only bulb I have managed to cultivate (apart from the hippeastrum) is the Erlicheer jonquil which flowers for a couple of days every year despite the gardeners telling me it will only last one season. Of course we can grow the tropical things - but I do like the spring bulbs and the autumn colours from cool climates.
Happy so you are not going to be a Rhode Island Red Hen!! :^:. So whats wrong with buying the house and renting it out until you want to go there? And as for your 'stuff' - that's why they have storage units. Anyway, have you totally unpacked from the Chicago shift yet? Don't take any notice of me, I'm stirring because I'm more like the DH - if you haven't used it in six months - bye bye junk.
Mel - the reason I forgot the long weekend is that everywhere else in Aus the Queens birthday is celebrated in June. They are 'different' over here as they take great pains to tell us. Anyway, it is over now and we have a short week.
Gotta go - Carla hope those feet are still okay. Sorry to here you are still having trouble with them. Doesn't make exercise easy - but then I guess you know that. Catch you all later.
10-02-2007, 08:13 AM
You're welcome Rennie. Anyone else need detailed instructions on how to find our thread from the 3FC home page?
Ah great Shad - you've got a bunch of chicks that don't comprehend the word deadline AND a development team that keeps changing the process. Ain't working grand? :eek: And now that you mention it :chin: spring doesn't last as long as the other seasons. I wonder why :dunno: Guess you just have to enjoy it while you can't. Would think you would not have the more traditional (as we think of) spring bulbs because you don't really get the cold enough weather that keeps them dormant and then "springs" them into flowering. But you do have those lovely colorful birds. And stick insects. :yikes: We would not even consider buying the house in RI and renting it out for a while as we are way too far away to keep an eye on it. Don't think I'd ever own property that was further than 3 hours drive away. Lots of people here in Tennessee own extra properties, many of which are in Florida. Then when we have an active hurricane season like in 2005 they are constantly fretting and worrying over the state of things. No thanks. :no: As DH said, if we want a house up that way later, we will find one. Don't worry - we will find a nice place for you to visit next time - any requests? :lol:
Carla - had to laugh at the hiker but won't walk to the drugstore analogy. Isn't it true? I preferred living in the city proper as parking was dear and you REALLY had to think about whether you wanted to chance loosing your precious parking spot so a short walk to the store to pick up things was most preferable. I suppose looking back, the slide into weight gain oblivion started when I stopped working downtown and walked a 3 mile roundtrip each day between the office and the train station. Not to mention all those lunchtime shop-a-thon walks too. Good for you for getting out. Perhaps you just walked so fast this time that you got a 2 mile walk cleared in 35 minutes - yah think? :running:
Nice pictures Ruth. Can't wait to see what you and Holly have to show us. Have a great visit together.
Ceejay - where are you? Hope you're not stuck behind a piece of furniture or a barrel at work or something.
Madcat - maybe you can find your sister a sassy hat to go with the headscarves. Seems like this would be a perfect time for a nice weekend getaway for you both.
Mel - c'mon - nudge, nudge. It's finally light out. Time to get up. Made you a nice cup of decaf tea - very fragrant. We can sit in our jammies and chat a while. I have some nice cuddly throws we can put on our legs to keep us warm and ease into the day. Oh wait. I am supposed to be working today. :censored: :(
One more day of work. Lots to get crammed into the day. I'm really looking forward to our trip tomorrow. It will be nice to get away. I think we both could use a little peacefulness in our lives.
Speaking of which I think it's time to get on with the day. I'll be back tonight.
10-02-2007, 08:22 AM
MADCAT~ I NEVER NOTICED THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORDING BUT YOU COULD HAVE SAID LAKE GENEVA AND I WOULD HAVE BELIEVED YOU:rofl: THE TRAVEL SHOWS I WATCH ARE IN EUROPE SO UNTIL THEY DO CANADA, YOU'RE SAFE:lol3: I HAVE BEEN MEANING TO ASK YOU...ARE YOU AN ANTHONY ROBBINS FAN? SAW THE SIGGIE AND IT RANG A BELL...I THOUGHT YOU HAD MENTIONED HIM LONG AGO.
RUTH~ THE PICS AS ALWAYS ARE GORGEOUS. FUNNY HOW FALL LOOKS SO BEAUTIFUL. GLAD EVERYONE INCLUDING THE GOGGIES HAD A GOOD TIME. HAVE FUN WITH THE BARN...IS IT HEATED? I'LL MOVE IN:scooter:
HOLLY~ GLAD THE EARS ARE BETTER BEFORE THE TRIP.
WHERE IS CEEJAY??????????????
CARLA~ SO OCTOBER HAS GIVEN YOU A BOOST ALREADY? YES YOU WERE VERY INSTRUMENTAL IN THE RIDDING OF THE CAFFEINE. I HAVE HAD A FEW DOWNFALLS BUT I AM ON THE RIGHT PATH. I FORGOT TO WEIGH MYSELF WHEN I LOST THE CEMENT!!! TOO BAD CAUSE I COULD HAVE USED A CHEAP THRILL...EVEN IF IT WAS FLEETING :rofl: :rofl: THE TALE OF YOUR HIKE MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD....MICE AND MEN DEFINITELY! :rofl: HOPE THE FEET HOLD OUT FOR THE NEXT ONE!!
3 WORLDLY CHICK BIRTHDAYS THIS MONTH:
PAINTER IS THE 6TH
CARLA IS THE 13
MADCAT IS THE 20TH
HAPPY~ RI RED WAS THE NAME I MEANT! :rofl: :rofl: DON'T KNOW WHY I TYPED HEN! I FEEL THE SAME WAY YOU DO ABOUT SAFETY....I HAVEN'T RIDDEN OUTSIDE BY MYSELF IN THE WEE HOURS WHETHER IT BE LATE OR EARLY SINCE THE LONG AGO RAPES AND THAT TRUCK THAT FOLLOWED ME. I TOTALLY LOST MY CONFIDENCE SO I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL. AS FOR STICKING MY HANDS IN WET, DARK SCARY PLACES IN SEARCH OF LEAVES....NOT EVEN ON A GOOD DAY!! :yikes: :faint: YOU ARE FEARLESS MY STILL SOUTHERN SISTER!! SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT NOT MOVING BUT D A M N LADY...IT'S FRIGGING COLD UP THERE !!!!! WHAT ARE YOU THINKING??? YOU'LL BE PICKING ICICLES OUT OF YOUR NOSTRILS!! :nono:
SHAD~ WOULDN'T IT BE NICE IF EVERYONE "GOT" THE URGENCY?!?!?! MAYBE YOU WILL LUCK OUT AND THE WORKER BEES WILL SHAPE UP AT THE LAST MINUTE!!!
IS THE SUN SHINING ON YOU AND KEEPING A SMILE ON YOUR FACE YET?? :sunny:
RENNIE~ JUST KEEP POPPING THOSE PILLS AND REST. HOPEFULLY THE WEEKS WILL FLY BY!
TODAY I REALLY NEED TO CLEAN THIS PLACE. NOT DIRTY BUT JUST CLUTTERED AGAIN. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY JUST DROPPED ON THE ROOF BUT THE ENTIRE BLDG SHOOK!! I CANNOT WAIT FOR THEM TO LEAVE. ONE OF THE BUSES IS BROKEN AGAIN. FOOD SHOPPING WILL BE THURS OR FRI. LAST NIGHT THE BUS WAS FIXED AND THIS MORNING IT DIED A PAINLESS DEATH AGAIN. SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE COMPUTER. THEY ERASED IT'S MEMORY AND GAVE IT A NEW BRAIN BUT THIS ONE IS MALFUNCTIONING LIKE THE OLD ONE:rofl:
OK....I AM OFF TO DO THE HOOVERING!
HAPPY TUESDAY :moped:
:wave: HELLO MISS HAPPY...I SEE THE POST IN MY E-MAIL BOX ALREADY. I AM READY FOR THE TEA AND WE WILL DRINK, RELAX AND SEND YOU ON YOUR TRIP!! I HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME AND YOU BOTH GET YOUR BATTERIES FULLY CHARGED!! :hug: (hope too that your last day flies by!)
10-02-2007, 09:06 AM
I JUST CVAME BACK FROM A VISIT TO THE JAMES BAY ABORIGINAL PEOPLE AND MOOSE FACTORY ISLAND AND THE MOCREEBEC AND MOOSE CREE. I LEARNED HOW TO COOK A DUCK ON A STICK AND ALSO ON A STRING "ROTISSERIE". THE AREA WITH ITS BUSH AND LUSH MARSHLANDS ARE FULL OF ANIMALS AND MANY STILL LIVE THE THE OLD WAYS...HUNTING AND FISHING.
TOO BAD I HAD TO COME BACK TO REALITY :rofl:
10-02-2007, 09:39 AM
Ok, so I have to admit I am both repulsed and bizarely attracted to the idea of cooking a duck on a stick. :yikes: :lol: :eek: :rofl:
Mel - WHERE do you find this stuff. :lol3: Shoot now I have to go fix my eyes again.
10-02-2007, 11:41 AM
Happy Early Birthday to you Painterwoman
I won't be here on your special day but wishing you a grand and lovely day. Pamper yourself and have a wonderful day!
10-02-2007, 01:08 PM
I didn't realize that I've not posted in a while. As usual I go to my uncles on week ends which leaves mewith no computer time. I came back to an awful mess at work. Had to call the boss this morning to help with that ordeal. And I will again. I've decided that 57 years old is to old to be climbing.
This will be short. Not to much has happened.
Hello to all and Happy birthday to PainterWoman. She must be celebrating.
10-02-2007, 02:59 PM
Happy Birthday PW from Me too. I will be hanging out with Miss Ruthie!!
So far today....
Got an oil change/tire rotation.
Did Grandma’s hair and visited.Picked up Avon stuff.
Got car washed.
Found $1200.00 in Board accts for School Council that was missing.
Brochures prepped for the hamlet. The village are next.
DW is running.
Chatted with my Sis. We both had School Council meetings last night. Compared notes.
2 baskets of wash folded.
Some stuff pre treating.
Just ate the most delicious pear.
Thinking on the newsletter for church.
Thinking hamburgers and salad for supper.
1 hour til DD comes home. Need to pick up DS after Cross Country at 4:30.
Last day of antibiotics for me. It is mostly cleared up.
Skating Lessons at 6pm.
2 days, 19 hours, 11 minutes, 16 seconds til I leave on my road trip. :shock:
I lost 2 lbs in Sept. My goal was 10, LOL!!!
10-02-2007, 08:42 PM
My name is Patty - (1day@atime) and I've been posting on Moving & Losing forum. It started with several women and the last few months, we'll more like 6 it's really just been Shad & me. Shad invited me to join you all. Hope you don't mind. I've been reading your posts and you all sound so adventureous.
A little about me, i'm 45..single, my baby has fur (Black chow mix going on 11 years) I work in the Dallas, live in surburb. I have been working out 3x a week for the last 10 months at 5am then up it to 4x a week for the last 2 months. I haven't lost as much as I should have, (for having worked out 1 year) but I didn't really focus on food. NOW it's time to do that.
10-02-2007, 09:25 PM
Please join the group - I admit to occasionally lurking on your thread when I was following the antics of MichelleZ and Mooz.
We're glad to have you! :hug:
Ok - now that I've welcomed you, I'm about to ditch. I am leaving for Nashville and the Smokey Mountains in the morning and won't be back until next week. You can be my stand in - Mel and Shad will show you the ropes :lol:
I am way over my head with catch up work. Will probably work late into the night to get the office work done. Thank goodness we're not on a super tight schedule as DH said we could leave a bit later which will give me time to pack and do 1,000 things tomorrow morning. Got to earn that sitting around the cabin lounging later in the week ;)
Be good chicks. I'll take in a bit of peacefulness for each of you. Let's just hope I don't run into one of those 1,600 black bears that roam the park...
10-02-2007, 10:58 PM
Drat - now I missed Happy - have a wonderful time and be good. Climb them thar hills for it exercises the legs sumpin wunnerful! and if a bear should dare to cross your path, swing from the trees - exercises the arms sumpin wunnerful as well. Oh and don't forgit to eat the aigs. See I am learning the language.
Patty - good to see you here. I'm sure you will have a wonderful time with my friends here. I say mine - cause I've met most of them or like yourself I've talked with them on the phone. They are a good bunch of people.
So far so good on the site at work right now. However I notice that my e-mail advices have gone back to the Spam folder - so you are not out of the woods yet!!!
Holly - you are getting so organised to go on this trip. It will be quiet with both you and Happy away for a time. However I guess you will be able to sign on at Ruth's and let us know the state of play.
Ceejay - you should be the skinniest person on plant with the amount of physical work you have to do. Get the boss out there doing something as well, he could do with the exercise I bet.
Rennie - looking forward to seeing you playing in the leaves. Don't use the wide angle lens, just tell him to step back a couple of paces. :lol3: Anyway, looking at your ticker, you aint that big lady - I know you are short, but we've only got a couple of inches on you. Don't know how tall Patty is!!
Mel - you travelling guru you! :rofl: a trip to Eskimos and ducks on sticks or string. :rofl: :rofl: Gotta laugh. Next thing I know you will be eating witchety grubs with the Aussies aboriginals!!!!
Thanks for the heads up on the birthdays. I think it is Suzies as well isn't it - even tho' she is no longer posting with us. Should still wish her a happy birthday. I might even get around to sending her a text message from us all.
Have I mentioned everyone - not left anyone out? Hello Carla, Madcat, Meadow, Ruthxxx (any more x rated and she'd be :censored: :rofl:
Time to go kick butt once more.
Oh and just to make life really exciting - DB2 has gone off the rails again. Rang me yesterday. Help is on the way in the form of DS2. Well someone has to pick him up and dust him off and give him a lecture. Gotta love the family scene. Why did I get the job of head honcho?? :chin:
10-02-2007, 11:53 PM
My sister is the same. She was 4' 11" but she screamed one day because she had shrunk and was only 4' 9" - we told her we could put her on the rack and stretch her out again and she has been quiet ever since. My brothers are 6' and 5' 10". How did we get to be so short???
Also both her grown children are very tall - around 5.7" - 5'9" range. She is not amused!
10-03-2007, 02:22 AM
Got your message Shad. Thanks for the good vibes. I appreciate them. Well it looks like for once both of us are at work at the SAME TIME. Your work hours stink. :lol:
I am very tired. One more report to review. I'm hoping to get to bed by 2am as I can't sleep in any later than 8 - I promised DH. Sometimes vacations are more trouble then they are worth.
You and Patty make enough noise for me while I'm gone so the place doesn't rattle too much :whoo::whoo:. And if that's not enough, well then we just won't oil up the wheels on Mel's charriot. ;)
10-03-2007, 05:24 AM
We'll make the noise okay - well Patty is fairly quiet, but I'm not. We'll be here waving flags when you get back :encore: Take care with tham thar bares now y'heeyer.
I't's only 5.25pm here, so why do my hours stink. I would have thought that it was her hours what stunk - after all isn't it the middle of the night over thar???
I'm off home, up the steepest hill I can find. Got to walk off some of the calories I have managed to eat today. Nothing really bad - just too much of them.
:welcome: PATTY! GLAD TO HAVE YOU ABOARD. ALWAYS NICE TO FIND NEW PEOPLE. NICE GOING ON THE EXERCISING AND GOOD LUCK WITH THE FOOD. I THINK I CAN SAFELY SAY THAT OUR GROUP MUDDLES ALONG AND WILL GET THERE EVENTUALLY.....SOME ARE MORE ADVENTUROUS. SO PULL UP A CHAIR AND SET A SPELL:beach:
:wave: HAPPY:wave: HOPE SHE GETS UP CAUSE IT'S ALMOST 8!!!:rofl: THIS VACATION SOUNDS MORE LIKE A HONEYMOON!:belly:
SHAD~ HOPE THE UPHILL WALK BROUGHT ON A SWEAT :running: I STILL SAY I WOULD MAKE A GOOD PACE CAR ON AN ABANDONED ROAD! :scooter:
CEEJAY~ I WAS GOING TO SEND YOU THE NEW LINK IF YOU DIDN'T SHOW UP TODAY. I THOUGHT MAYBE WORK WAS BUSY. GOOD FOR YOU CALLING THE BOSS. NO UNNECESSARY CLIMBING :nono: MISSED YOU! :hug:
HOLLY~ GIVE OUR MISS RUTH A BIG OLD HUG :hug:
RENNIE~WATCHING THE SHOW WITH THE DUCK COOKING MADE ME DROOL. I HAVEN'T HAD DUCK SINCE I WAS ABOUT 13. MY GRANDMOTHER USED TO ROAST THEM....YUM!!
TRAVELING TODAY TO SLOVENIA AND SWITZERLAND. THESE TWO GUYS REALLY GET AROUND. MAYBE THIS IS WHAT SHAD SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOING....TOUR GUIDE.
ON SECOND THOUGHT MAYBE NOT...TOO MANY WHINEY TOURISTS AND SHE'D GET OUT THE CATTLE PROD. I AM SURE WE WOULD BE BAILING HER OUT OF THE OLD BAILEY IN NO TIME FLAT. RAINY HERE AND DARK. I WILL HAVE TO EXERCISE JUST TO WAKE UP. THE GRANDSON HAS HIS HEAD TUCKED UNDER HIS WING...HE DOESN'T WANT TO WAKE UP EITHER. JEN'S CAT HAS DECIDED THAT HE WANTS TO HAVE CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH HER CEILING. CLIMBS ON EVERYTHING NOW. HOPE IT'S A PASSING PHASE. MAYBE HE'S PART EGYPTIAN AND TRYING TO GET CLOSER TO THE GODS. INCASE I GO TO THE STORE TOMORROW:
:carrot:HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAINTER:carrot:
:joker: :hat: :cp: :flow1:
HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR SPECIAL DAY!!
HAVE A GREAT TIME!!
:wizard: :encore: :congrat: :cheer: :celebrate: :bday2you: :hb: :bday2: :gift: :woo: :balloons:
10-03-2007, 08:28 AM
I JUST SENT SUZI A PM WITH OUR NEW ADDIE IN IT. HOPE SHE AND HER BROTHER ARE DOING OK. WE HAVEN'T HEARD FROM HER SINCE HIS CANCER RETURNED AND SHE WAS GEARING UP TO BE A STEM CELL DONOR. I WENT BACK AND FOUND HER LAST POST AND AM EMBARASSED TO SAY I HAD FORGOTTEN ALL ABOUT THIS. :faint: SHE SHARES A BIRTDAY WITH CARLA AND I FOGOT THAT TOO....CAN WE ALL SAY SENILE DEMENTIA??? :rofl:
10-03-2007, 10:20 AM
I envy Happy. I'd love to go to the Smokey Mountains. Stay safe.
Patty--Welcome. My sister lives in Dallas suburbs.
Mel--Any more exciting trips planned?
Holly-Give Ruth a hug from us wordly chicks.
Hello to Shad, Madcat and Reenie:wave:
I'm starting a new challenge this month at a different web sight. I've got to stay motivated.
10-03-2007, 07:22 PM
Luurve duck and have it reasonably often. I'm a bit like Carla with the duck, I tend to barbeque it so I don't have a mess to clean up afterwards, only I bbq it skin side down first! :lol: :lol:. Or I roast it on a rack to let the fat drain off. but yum anyway. Never tried it on a string - what happens when it flaps it's wings - flies round in circles???
Quiet lot since Happy went! Not much clucking overnight. Holly is probably on her way as well, happy trails to both of you.
It seems we are coming up for Canadian thanksgiving where Turkeys abound and quiver and the leaves continue to fall. Happy times to our Canadian ladies.
Another weekend at work coming up. I need to get as much done as possible because:
1. Train the trainer starts in 4 weeks and we are not ready
2. DS1 comes to visit for the weekend on November 3 and I refuse to work that weekend.
This year is moving past so fast it's incredible. I'll have to think of things for Christmas soon. Aaaarrrggghh. Mind you the huge majority of Christmas presents is sorted. The boys are coming over for Christmas and I am paying the airfares. That's their Christmas presents done.
Anyway - that's it, I've run out of time to do anything more for the time being. I'd better go before someone decides that you lot are pornographic again.
10-03-2007, 09:28 PM
Happy - have a wonderful vacation. Are you all camping or seeing the sights of Nashville?
Ceejay - what type of challenge are you doing? I know what you mean about the motivation. This past month I work hard at eating clean and I only lost 6 pounds. I was somewhat hoping for 10lbs.
Shad - I"m sure it will be nice for boys to have to do the traveling instead of you. I can't believe Christmas is only 2 1/2 months away. OH, I"m short... 5 ft 1-1/2 inches
Eating was out of control today. Travel to business meeting, rode 2 1/2 hours 1 way for a 3 hour meeting. Of course they bring food in, all good, couldn't pass up plus desserts. Have got to get back on track tomorrow.
10-03-2007, 10:06 PM
I leave in 1 day, 11 hours, 56 minutes, 7 seconds.
Been getting lots done but is so busy. Hockey earlier tonight too.Working tomorrow from 12-8.Avon work to do in the morning.
I am pretty organized tho. Have the "list" of stuff for Hubby. I have most of my maps ready. DS was particularly obnoxious today so I am feeling better about leaving LOL!
Love to the chicks!!
10-04-2007, 08:08 AM
CEEJAY~ WE WENT TO CROATIA AND LET ME TELL YOU IT IS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS THERE. I AM READY TO MOVE OVERSEAS!! :dance: ALL THE BEST OF LUCK ON THE NEW WEBSITE!! SOMETIMES A "CHANGE" MIS JUST THE BOOST WE NEED. :hug:
SHAD~ YES VERY QUIET HERE! AND SOME OF THE HENS ARE SLEEPING! YOU SAID THE MAGIC WORD!! :hohoho: I WAS SO HAPPY TO SEE CHRISTMAS IN YOUR POST....AND MORE THAN ONCE NO LESS!! :rofl: :hohoho: ON THE TRAVELOGUE I WATCHED IT SHOWED DUCKS HANGING FROM STRINGS AND A WOMAN SAT THERE TWISTING UP THE STRINGS AND THE DUCK SPINS AROUND LIKE A CAVEMAN'S ROTISSERIE. LOL GET IT? GOT IT? GOOD!
PLEASE NOTE: I HAVE TO WORK THE 3 DAY WEEKEND. IF FOR SOME REASON I AM NOT HERE I WILL UNPLUG THE ANSWERING MACHINE SO YOU WON'T GET CHARGED. IS THAT GOOD? LET ME KNOW. THERE IS A BIG PROBLEM IN FINANCE AND IT NEEDS TO BE RECTIFIED BEFORE THE NEXT MEETING THIS MONTH. SIGH
PATTY~HOPE WE CAN HELP TO KEEP YOU MOTIVATED. I KNOW WHEN I FILL IN AT THE OFFICE I EAT LIKE CRAZY.....JUST CANNOT SEEM TO PASS UP THEIR FOOD! GOOD LUCK TODAY!
HOLLY IS BUSY GETTING READY TO MFLY THE COOP.....FLY CHICKIE FLY!!
RENNIE~ GOOSE IS REALLY THE FAVORITE OF THE ENGLISH OR SO MY GRAM TOLD ME BUT MY FATHER JUST ADORED DUCK. I CAN JUST SMELL YOUR CAMPSITE NOW!!!
THE CONSTRUCTION TEAM HAS ONCE AGAIN BEGUN TO DIG FOR THE NEW BUILDING BEHIND ME. DUST FLYING EVERYWHERE. I STILL HAVE CLOSED WINDOWS! WTF :tantrum: THE HOUSE STINKS FROM THE COOKING IN THE LUNCHROOM AND THE ROOFERS JUNK. PEOPLE ARE COMPLAINING ALL OVER THE PLACE BUT SUCH IS LIFE :lol3: I TOILD THEM SHUT THE WINDOWS AND TURN THE A/C ON WITH THE TEMP TURNED DOWN. THAT'S TOO EASY FOR THEM :rofl: :rofl: TOMORROW SHOULD BE FOOD SHOPPING. FINGERS CROSSED. IF NOT RICHIE WILL TAKE JEN OVER THE WEEKEND IN DAD'S CADDY.
GOTTA GO AND GET BREKKIE. LOVE TO ALL AND HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY...SENDING GOOD VIBES TO PATTY NOT TO EAT OFFICE JUNK!!:cheer:
HAPPY THURSDAY WORLDLY CHICKS! :moped:
10-04-2007, 08:12 AM
Sheesh! I'm soooo behind but will just check in anyhow and try to find time to read later.
Yesterday was a terrible day - overbooked but not really my fault. Things just worked out that way. Today I will stay at home and will probably screen my phone calls. I have cooking to do and the cookie making marathon has begun for the Church sale on Saturday. Lord, give me strength! I'll make the PB ones first as I dislike them and will glug water most of the day. One taste of a raisin or nut and I'm gone!
Have a gold and blue October Thursday. The early fog is burning off and it's glorious out there!
Can't remember the name of this hydrangea at the moment but isn't she gorgeous in her fall dress?
10-04-2007, 09:48 AM
Like Ruth, this is just a quicky. Was a busy day yesterday sorting out travel plans and doing, heck, work. Not sure why I am so exhausted this week, but there you go, am. Welcome Patty... And did I miss Painterwoman's birthday??
Happy BDay (belated) PW!!!! Hope it was wonderful.
I'll have to be back later to read in more detail and post more. Funny, but I was just thinking about Suzi the other day. Glad someone thought to give her a head's up. I miss her positive attitude and hope the world is treating her kindly.
Here are my other "hopes" for today:
;)That those who are or will be traveling arrive safe and sound and have a great time
;)That Mel enjoys her tour of the world and doesn’t get jet lag – especially when she is working the weekend. May all those foreign scenes be a break from the stinky roof and construction woes.
;)That Ruth can ignore the siren song of the fresh-baked cookie. Try chewing gum while baking (nasty habit but it does work).
;)That Shad gets a ton of work done and manages to hoard time for her DS1. And we are not pornographic – just a little off-colour
Oh dear, it seems I have a meeting to go to. *sigh* Later chicks.
10-04-2007, 10:20 AM
Mel, I wish I could come down there and grab you for this weekend. You could really add to the Canadian Thanksgiving celebrations with your upbeat attitude!
Hey, Madcat, goof off and hop the train to Kingston. You sound like you need a time off. Maybe some weekend?
Shy, I've cooked many a goose - and my goose has been cooked many times! :rofl: Domestic geese are loaded with fat so I constantly prick them while cooking and pour off the fat from the pan. A wild goose is less fatty. The meat is just wonderful IMHO - all dark meat and moist. I imagine the calories are high but who's looking!
Patty, welcome to this group of worldly ladies - and I use the term loosely! It's nice to "see" you again.
Dinner (pork chops and peppers) is ready, I've made broccoli soup and hummus and will start the cookies in a minute. Hershey and I are going to have a coffee on the deck and savour the morning a bit.
Hollyhock, I can hardly wait to see you. There'll be lots to be thankful for this weekend, I'm sure. Hershey is awaiting your arrival and counting on extra petting and hugs.
Here's a picture from last year when we had lots of red in the fall.
10-04-2007, 01:32 PM
Thank you all for the birthday wishes... it's not till Saturday.
DH had a panic attack when I (ever so casually) said, Oh, look I got birthday cards from Coldwater Creek AND the Dentist. His exact words: OH crap. When's your birthday?! Then he remembered. Stay tuned.:D
Happy-- Have a wonderful trip. I think taking time off when everyone else is going bonkers is especially wonderful.[QUOTE=1day@atime;1878175]Hello Ladies,
Welcome, Patty-- I'm in Plano and work in Richardson. Your exercise regiment sounds brutal! You must be a pretty tough cookie! If you are on the northside we could meet up. I used to go to curves but I hadn't a clue how to be moderate, so for now I'm going WW. I like the program and the fact that it doesn't contribute to my crazy thinking around food.
I was, however, very sad that THEIR scale only showed a .8 pounds loss.:(:cry::cry: Mine at home was down 2.5.
Madcat-- do you still feel like a bride? It seems like yesterday we were all talking wedding wedding wedding. Hope all is well on the home front.
Shad, do let us know how the steep uphill trek worked out!
10-04-2007, 07:43 PM
Where to start? Oh yes as always with beautiful Mother Nature. Ruth's photos I mean.
Ruth - gorgeous photos. There doesn't seem to be a jealousy or envy smilie so I can't put any in. Hope you and Holly have a grand time together and just keep on giggling and pulling us all to pieces for our idiosyncracies and craziness.
Holly - safe driving or bussing or whichever way you are going. Take photos.
Mel - glad Croatia was nice. They spent so much time a few years back trying to destroy it. I think that area of the world - Italy and the Adriatic might be my next big holiday. I might leave the phone call until I get home on the 26th since the immediate urgency has now passed. Is that okay with you.
Rennie - Goose is quite nice but lots of fat. We used to get them in NZ but I have to admit I haven't seen one here. No doubt if I went to Melbourne to the QV Markets they would have them there but they aren't very fashionable at the moment - they make very good watch dogs (watch geese??) and it's been known for them to break arms with a flap of the wing. My youngest son used to call them killer ducks. Duck is slowly becoming fashionable again so I guess goose comes next. They will probably call them something different tho' so we don't recognise the product until it appears on the table.
Painter - So typical of the male of the species. But no doubt said lovingly. Hope he thinks up something good. Mine was of the species that Rennie has. What do you want, what do you want, what do you want. Well if you don't like it, it's your own fault because you wouldn't tell me what you want!!!! To save myself time and angst I use to leave magazines lying around open at a picture of something I thought I could use or that would look good in the house or that I could wear. I never got any of them - no doubt the diamonds were a little out of the price range - but it did shut them up. I'm not going to wish you a happy birthday until tomorrow which is the sixth over here - even in Western Australia, the Wait Awhile State it will still be the sixth.
Okay, while I've been on here, I have been texting with Suzi - who is much faster at it than I am. She is okay - had a very busy year and thinks I am sweet to remember that her birthday is around now. Huh? Mel's doing isn't it? I've said I will ring her when I get a spare moment and that I am in Perth, no point in ringing me at the house. I keep you up to snuff with the details.
And that's it from me for the time being. I had better go and do some work. Yesterday was not a productive day for me. I've had better. I did climb the hill on my way home from work and I will do it again tonight. I should take some pics of the hill - it's as good as any of those in SF only shorter. But the prize for steepness has to go to Wellington NZ's Rawhiti Terrace which is almost impossible to climb and cars have to use second gear and the milk vendor used to have to take the van up backwards and there were no steps cut into the footpath.
Catch you all later.
10-04-2007, 09:11 PM
Ruth - I remember you from the SouthBeach forum, or from the general chitchat one. What beautiful scenery you have up there.
Painter - I worked in downtown dallas and live in Rowlett. Your not to far from me. It's took me years of talking about my weight and finally one day I decided to do something about it. I tried Ww before and it works but my problem is I would still eat unhealthy stuff... use all my points then be starving.. A .8 loss is still good. When you weighted this morning at home and had the 2.5 loss where you dressed? Your clothing makes about a 1 1/2 to 2 pound difference.
Shy - A PowWow sounds like a like of fun. Are you participating in any of the events?
Melody - got your good vibes, was not tempted to eat any junk or candy today.
Shad - hope you had a good climb up the hill today. Italy is beautiful. Went there several years ago, come to think about it... it was 10 years ago.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful evening..
10-04-2007, 09:18 PM
I would suggest that the only place you would find them these days is in specialist poultry stores or delicatessans or maybe an Asian foodstore although those might be already destroyed with peking duck baste and msg. In other words - cooked Chinese style. Failing that, nip out to the nearest barnyard and catch your goose! Good exercise.
10-04-2007, 09:29 PM
I am so excited to be on the road tomorrow. Things have fallen into place nicely. I am just printing the church newsletter for Sunday and the will drop it off tomorrow. Doing some last minute laundry. Need to fine tune some stuff here and clean the guinea pig cage...ya know that kind of stuff.
Much love to the Chicks and Happy Thanksgiving to the Canadian Chicks!!!
( cant believe i am having Thanksgiving with Ruth!!!)
Holly--Be safe and enjoy your time with Rut. This is a typo miss Ruth Nothing intentionally.
Shad-- Your cartoon is so true this morning with my computer. If you climbed those hills in SF I'm impressed. I got half way up one and had to stop.
Mel--How are you this morning?
Rennie--I see your egglight aglow. It's nice to live in a small town.
PainterWoman--Good to see you back. I hate scales because each one is different. My scale and the doctor's scales are about two pounds off. Good job on the .8 pounds lost.
Speaking of doctor's I went to see mine yesterday. He didn't tell me but I think I had cystitis or a urinary tract infection. I'm a lot better after taking a dose of Zithromax but I know the problem is still there. I'm taking antibotics twice a day and told me to call him when that ran out if I still had the problem. It started Monday.
Patty, Madcat and Ruth :wave:
10-05-2007, 07:14 PM
Rennie-- bravo for the commitment to self and uppercase! Hope your daughter feels better... and that your travels are as hoped for.
To all: One unexpected NSV with WW yesterday was having a piece of (divine) cake at my ladies' group meeting WITH NO GUILT... and hence no midnight shame-induced binge... which meant no reflux, good sleep, etc. etc.
It was a POSITIVE domino effect. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!
And DH took me out for brunch (even though it's a week day) and we went to IHOP. After looking at WW recipes, I asked for a modified BLT and fruit... so I'm all good today... and still full after 6 pm. We're going to have chef's salad and I might have some LF/LC soup before the televised HOCKEY on TV.
It was a great day.
10-05-2007, 10:22 PM
PainterWoman--:bravo: for the no guilt after eating that piece of cake. I may have to check out WW once again. I still have the books.
Rennie--Sometime you have to use the UPPERCASE letters. Hope your daughter is feeling better.
Went to the gym today. Walked for 25 minutes around the track. I'm forcing myself to jog but not to sure how long that I will keep it up, and then went to the weight room for 20. It was nice and quite in there today.
Hope the Dentist and Coldwater creek are not the only ones who recognise your birthday.
And a grand day you had you've had as well. One day at a time is the only way to conquer the obsessions, addictions, and fears. But I don't need to tell you that.
Rennie - quite right that the kids can't go out if they are not well enough for school or work. Tough
Ceejay - Actually I didn't think the hills in SF were too bad and I climbed most of them. You should save your pennies and go to NZ to Wellington or Dunedin and have a look at the hills there. Like SF these cities are built on hills. But SF is much more spread out than in NZ. and in my opinion the hills aren't as high. In Wellington the city is squashed into a very small flat area and the people live mostly on the hills. Some have houses that are on stilts and hang out over the cliffs. The pictures below are of Dunedin and Wellington and take it from me I have walked most of them thar hills at one time or another.
Probably time I got to work. I'm having some internet problems here this morning and thought that I had lost the lot a few minutes ago. So I'd better go do some work. I did walk up to the supermarket and deli this morning so I have done nearly an hours walking and with the weight of the groceries on my back on the return journey and then I walked down the hill to work and will have to walk back up it this afternoon. So I should have a fair amount of exercise today. Now to get the eating back under control again too.
See you all later.
10-06-2007, 08:28 AM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AGAIN PAINTER!!! AND I DO HOPE TODAY WILL BE WONDERFUL!! ENJOY EVERY MOMENT. CONGRATS ON THE NSV!! NICE PRESENT TO GIVE YOURSELF!! :hug:
RENNIE~ HOPE THE DD FEELS GOOD. GLAD I AM 60 :rofl: I HOPE YOUR GOT THE MUCH NEEDED HELP TOO!! LOL ON THE UPPERCASE!! I USE IT OFTEN ON THE MEN!! AND WOMEN!! I AM AN EQYAL OPPORTUNITY SCREAMER NOW! :rollpin:
CEEJAY~ GOOD TO HEAR YOU GOING TO THE GYM. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. WINTER IS ON IT'S WAY AND WE WILL NEED THE EXERCISE! :running:
SHAD~ GLAD YOU GOT OUT ALSO...WE BOTH NEED FOOD CURBING!! STRESS AND COMFORT FOOD. :rofl: YOUR E-MAIL BROUGHT A TEAR TO OUR EYES :hug: THANKS FOR THE CARING LIL SIS. YOUR ARE REALLY A KAURANGI :queen: JEN SAYS HI :wave:
:wave: TO EVERYONE ELSE TOO. YESTERDAY GOT AWAY FROM ME AND I NEVER EVEN BOTHERED TO THRY AND GET IT BACK. SEEMED LIKE ONE PROBLEM AFTER ANOTHER. SOMETIMES IT GETS LIKE THAT BEFORE A HOLIDAY. THE FUNNY THINK IS THAT I SLEPT LIKE A LOG LAST NIGHT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER A WEEK. JEN AND I HAD A "FIGHT" BUT IT CLEARED THE AIR. THINK WE ARE BOTH RELIEVED TO GET IT ALL OUT IN THE OPEN. I'LL SEE IF SHE SLEPT BETTER:rofl: ACCOUNTANTS ARE DUE SOON AND I AM RUNNING LATE.
HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY AND HAVE A GREAT DAY :moped:
10-06-2007, 09:39 AM
Now that I finally have the day right. I'll be back later after coffee and general laziness. Gotta love long weekends - and it is warm enough to be summer out there!
10-06-2007, 09:48 AM
Hi there. Just waiting for Hollyhock to arrive. I suspect she's still drinking coffee and chatting with our mutual friend down near Picton. It was raining earlier but has cleared a bit. I'm hoping for sun later, both for our visit and for the bake sale at the Church. Otherwise, there'll be a herd of cookies for the freezer!
10-06-2007, 10:02 AM
:hb: A LITTLE "MONKEY-ING" AROUND FOR PAINTER'S SPECIAL DAY :rofl:
Oh, I could hide 'neath the wings
Of the bluebird as she sings.
The six o'clock alarm would never ring.
But it rings and I rise,
Wipe the sleep out of my eyes.
My shavin' razor's cold and it stings.
Cheer up, Sleepy Jean.
Oh, what can it mean.
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen.
You once thought of me
As a white knight on a steed.
Now you know how happy I can be.
Oh, and our good times start and end
Without dollar one to spend.
But how much, baby, do we really need.
Cheer up, Sleepy Jean.
Oh, what can it mean.
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen.
Cheer up, Sleepy Jean.
Oh, what can it mean.
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen.
Cheer up, Sleepy Jean.
Oh, what can it mean.
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen.
[Repeat and fade]
10-06-2007, 10:07 AM
:lol3: SOME ADULT HUMOR:belly:
A young man married a beautiful woman who had previously divorced 10 husbands. On their wedding night, she told her new husband to "Please be gentle; I'm still a virgin".
"What?" said the puzzled groom. "How can that be if you've been married ten times.?"
"Well, husband#1 was a Sales Representative; he kept telling me how great it was going to be.
"Husband # 2 was in Software Services; he was never really sure how it was suppose to function; but he said he'd look into it and get back with me.
"Husband # 3 was from Field Services; he said that everything checked out diagnostically but he just couldn't get the system up.
"Husband # 4 was in Telemarketing; even though he knew he had the order, he didn't know when he would be able to deliver.
"Husband # 5 was an Engineer, he understood the basic process but he wanted three years to research, implement, and design a new state of the-art method.
"Husband #6 was from Administration; he thought he knew how but he wasn't sure whether it was his job or not.
"Husband # 7 was in Marketing; although he had a product, he was never sure how to position it.
"Husband # 8 was a Psychiatrist; all he did was talk about it.
"Husband # 9 was a Gynecologist; all he did was look at it.
"Husband # 10 was a Stamp Collector; all he ever did was........ God I miss him.
" But now that I've married you, I'm so excited".
"Wonderful", said the husband, "but why?
"Your're with the "GOVERNMENT"..
This time I KNOW I'M gonna get
10-06-2007, 10:10 AM
AND A FALL RECIPE WITH LESS CALORIES:
These mini crustless pumpkin pies save you about 200 calories per serving without the crust, but you don’t sacrifice any flavour!
· 2 slightly beaten egg whites
· 1 cup canned pumpkin
· ¾ cup evaporated skim milk
· 3 tablespoons sugar
· ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
· 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
· 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
· Dash salt
· Light whipped dessert topping (optional)
1) In a medium mixing bowl combine the egg whites, pumpkin, evaporated milk, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and salt.
2) Place four 6-ounce custard cups or ramekins in a shallow baking pan. Pour pumpkin mixture into the cups.
3) Place the baking pan containing the cups on oven rack. Pour boiling water around custard cups in a baking pan to a depth of 1 inch.
4) Bake in a 325-degree oven about 40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the centers comes out clean. Remove custard cups from water. Serve custards warm or refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. If desired, garnish with whipped dessert topping. Makes 4 servings.
Painter, here's hoping you have a wonderfully happy day!
10-06-2007, 10:19 AM
Hi Mel! I see your little egg light glowing. Your recipe sounds good - I'm not a fan of pumpkin pie, but have a diabetic friend who is, so I might make it for him.
I'll post later - haven't finished my Saturday morning chores yet. (Okay, so they're not really chores - just the big crosswords in the paper... but I still have to do them. Really.) ;)
10-06-2007, 03:14 PM
It's me Hollyhock!!!! I am at the Queen of Delta's beautiful home. We had to most lovely bottle of Merlot and some soup for lunch. I LOVE Ruth!!! I LOVE Hershey. I LOVE Delta.
Had a glorious 5.5 hour drive yesterday to Picton to see my BFF from highschool and her hubby. Enjoyed a great el freco dinner at the lake and consumed much wine and caught up on 5 years of life!!
Off to a friends for turkey dinner tonight. I am VERY relaxed. Shocking but true.
Love to the chicks!!
10-06-2007, 11:21 PM
Hello Ladies -
Painterwoman - Wishing you a Happy Birthday! Hope you had a great day!...
Melody - cute joke and the recipe sounds yummy...Will have to try over the holidays..
Holly & Ruth - sounds you all are having a marvelous time...
Mad,Shy, Ceejay, Shad, Carla - Hope your having a good day.
As for me, eating was a little out of control. On the weekends I tend to not drink my water or eat on a normal schedule. Next thing I know I"m starving... and eat way to much. I have got to get a better schedule on weekends.
10-07-2007, 12:53 AM
Thank you all for the birthday wishes. I was well remembered!
Best gift may have been a very large weight loss reported by home scale... But since it wasn't my "official" WW weigh in, I'll have to wait till Thursday to actually take credit!!
My friend with Melanoma finally got to go home after 55 days in the hospital. I'm going to sit/stay with her tomorrow afternoon while her husband takes her son to the airport. They have both been hovering over her and watching her like hawks. The husband's 75th (!) birthday is tomorrow.. and he is holding up pretty well. Life is precious even when it is a challenge, no?
Best to all.
10-07-2007, 03:24 AM
I've been to the zoo with a friend. I left her there. It's been a lovely day but it is coming up rain soon and no doubt wind as well.
We will not mention the World Cup Rugby last night. Aaaarrrgggghhh fancy getting out of bed at 3.00am to watch that. Grrerrrrrrrrr
Painter - now there is a good birthday present to get. Love these scale victories. Hope it hangs in there for the week or so. Have an enjoyable birthday without too many calories. Happy chatting with the friend.
Hiya Patty - still having problems with the weekend. Me too. Why do we have to sabotage ourselves like this?
Holly - so you made it to dinner at Delta. Did Hershey give you the Queen Victoria once over to check out the state of play? Delta has the most wonderful scenery and lakes etc. Lovely place.
Hiya Carla - good to see you back again. Chores - crosswords - chores? Fun more like it.
Mel - The Pumpkin pies sound good. I don't think we get canned pumpkin over here. Would have to know what is in it etc. etc. But they sound pretty good. I don't remember sending an email which would reduce you to tears. But then again, maybe I did. Can't find a copy of a tearful one anywhere so I'll just have to imagine I was being nice or something unusual.
Right - so now it is time to think about doing some work. I'd better get on with it or I will be here all night. See ya
10-07-2007, 08:21 AM
CARLA~ I CONSIDER CROSSWORDS A DAILY CHORE...IN FACT ALL MY GAMES ARE CONSIDERED "WORK" :rofl: A GIRL AFTER MY OWN HEART!! :encore:
HOLLY~ GLAD YOU ARE RESTED UP AND ENJOYING LIFE...BOUT TIME TOO!
:wave: TO MY NORTHERN SISTER RUTH!
PATTY~ MAYBE IF YOU PUT WATER IN NTHE FRIDGE AND GRILL SOME CHICKEN BREASTS. I FIND THAT IF I HAVE THOSE 2 THINGS DONE THEN THE WEEK DOES NOT GET AWAY FROM ME. I HAVE THE REVERSE PROBLEM OF YOU....I DO GREAT ON WEEKENDS! :lol3:
PAINTER~WHAT A FRIEND YOU ARE. SENDING MANY GOOD THOUGHTS FOR YOUR FRIEND TO STAY STRONG FOR AS LONG AS SHE CAN. SOMETIMES LIFE IS EVEN SWEETER WITH A CHALLENGE. YOU GET TO KNOW WHO LOVES YOU THE MOST. :hug:
SHAD~ YES YOU WERE JUST BEING "SHAD"....THE GOOD SISTER OF THE SOUTH. :dance: SOMETIMES WHEN PEOPLE ARE ABUSED ALL THEIR LIVES, FRIENDSHIP TAKES YOUR BREATH AWAY. YA KNOW? :hug: NOW....WHERE DID YOU LEAVE YOUR FRIEND? IN ONE OF THE CAGES OR EXHIBITS? DID SHE WANT TO BE LEFT THERE? :rofl: :rofl: :lol3: :lol3: I AM GLAD YOU GOT OPUT AND ABOUT THOUGH. CLEARS THE HEAD!
I THINK I MIGHT JUST HAVE THE WHOLE DAY TO MYSELF TODAY. BALA HAS CALLED AND SAID HE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE SUNDAY OFF TO SPEND WITH HIS WIFE. IF HIS BOSS AGREES THIS MORNING THEN WE ARE BOTH OFF! HE BE HERE TOMORROW WITH THE ROOFERS. SO FAR SO GOOD. MY GOOD NEWS IS THAT FROM 187 I WEIGHED IN AT 183.5 THIS MORNING. WONDER IF THESE POUNDS WILL STAY OFF THIS TIME? MUST BE ALL THE OLD COFFEE I AM PEEING OUT :rofl: :rofl: A FEW HAVE ASKED ME IF I AM LOSING WEIGHT AGAIN...IT'S MY FACIAL BLOAT IS GOING. THAT'S ALWAYS SO RECOGNIZABLE. I LOVE IT!! :dance: I NEED SOME BREAKFAST. WISH I WAS UP BY RUTH DRINKING BUT OATMEAL WILL HAVE TO SUFFICE. :lol3:
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY :moped:
10-07-2007, 08:56 AM
Mel--Glad you have the day off. Enjoy it. I'm going to try those pumkin pies.
And congratulations on those pounds off.We are about the same weight right now cause I've gained a few pounds this week end. I've been sick with a urinary tract infection. It's been painful. All I've done is lay on the couch.
Holly-I'm glad that you are with Ruth and having lots of fun. You deserve it.
Shad--You left a friend at the zoo!!!!
Carla, Patty and Madcat --Have a good day.
10-07-2007, 09:06 AM
A quick Sunday hello to you all. :wave:
I'm off before long to visit the awful SM, in the doghouse before I even hit the road. It seems I was expected yesterday. :dunno: Oh well, I've been wrong for the last 47 years, so this is nothing new. Grrrr. At some point on the trip down - or back - Holly and I will no doubt be driving past each other on opposite sides of the freeway. Drive safely H!
Mel, congrats on the scale victory!!! Now I know where the 3 extra pounds I seem to have acquired came from. Unless it had something to do with recent :censored: binges. :o
Well, much as I'd love to procrastinate some more, I'd better get this show on the road. Haven't even done my "chores" ;) although I did read the rest of the paper and have cut them out for later use. Leaving the laptop at home this time, so I'll be back tomorrow night.
Have a good Thanksgiving ladies, and enjoy that turkey and cranberry sauce!
10-07-2007, 09:42 AM
:hug: CEEJAY :hug: HOPE YOU WILL FEEL BETTER SOON!
SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE INFECTION!
CARLA! WHEN YOU GET BACK WE WILL CHALLENGE YOUR BUTT OFF!
I CAME BACK TO RANT....THIS STUPID OLD MAN AND HIS YOUNGER GIRLFRIEND WENT TO CHURCH AND LEFT A POT WITH A PLASTIC HANDLE ON THE STOVE:tantrum: :tantrum: A NEIGHBORS DAUGHTER TOLD ME SHE SMELLED SOMETHING FUNNY ON THE 4TH FLOOR. I FOUND THE APARTMENT WITH MY BLOODHOUND NOSE, FELT THE DOOR ...COLD...AND OPENED IT...SMOKE EVERYWHERE! : rollpin: CLOSED IT AND CALLED THE FD AND POLICE. I COULD JUST SMACK THEM BOTH. THE FD IS WRITING IT UP AS UNATTENDED COOKING SO THE HOUSING AUTHORITY CAN GO AFTER THEM FOR A NEGLEGENT ACT. SERVES THEM RIGHT...I ALMOST HAD A STROKE!!!!
OK RANT IS DONE. GOING TO EAT NOW....:rofl:
10-07-2007, 10:42 AM
Good morning! We stayed up and talked until 2;30 or so. Our mouths were very dry so....... Good thing we get the deposit back for wine bottles!
Big surprise when we went out to dinner. Claire's cousin was there and his wife went to school with Hollyhock! They had lots to catch up on and I sure know a lot more about H's wild youth. We had a great evening with lots of laughs - my stomach hurts and it's not from doing crunches!
We are going for a village tour in a bit and then H. is going to have lunch in Kingston with yet another friend. After that she's off to Picton again to do a rerun of her visit with her friend there.
This has been a fabulous weekend and I sure will be so sad to see her go! Hershey is in love.
10-07-2007, 02:37 PM
LOT'S OF HUMOR SENT TO ME BY A FRIEND:
I DON'T MEED WHAT HE SAYS LAST SO I FORWARDED IT TO ALL I KNOW...HERE IT IS:
RUTH I AM GLAD THE WEEKEND WAS SO NICE FOR YOU BOTH. GLAD TOO YOU GET DEPOSIT $$$ :rofl: :rofl:
10-07-2007, 03:38 PM
Hello Ladies -
Been a busy day, got up and went to workout. I usually read the paper and then make it to the late mass, this time decided to workout, instead of reading paper for two hours..still made to the late mass too. I feel soo much better. Also did my grocery shopping for lunch & snacks for this week, so I have no excuses of not being prepared. I'm determined to lose 8 to 10 lbs this month.
Ruth & Holly - sounds like you all had a wonderful time.
Shad - Zoo sounds like fun.. Did you mean to leave your friend there? I don't know why I sabatoge myself.
Melody - Oh, that is why I was always afraid living in apts or townhouses. You never know what your neighbor is up too. Glad the little girl told you she smelled something.
Carla - who is SM? maybe your trip will turn out better than expected..
Painter - Hope you have a good visit with your friend. I"m sure your presence makes her feel good. Prayers are with you all.
10-07-2007, 07:42 PM
Dull grey morning again and after such a nice morning and early afternoon yesterday, it rained on me all the way up the hill.
The friend I left at the zoo hasn't turned up yet, maybe she did stick around with the orangutan!
Another week at work coming up. Nothing new here, still behind, still having to kill people to find the information required.
Mel - thank you for the link. Was that supposed to be a hint as well!!!!!! I hope you get to have a good day on your own today. Well done on the bloodhound nose and fire discovery. I hope it doesn't mean that the old guy is going to be out of a home sometime soon? Mind you that doesn't excuse stupidity on both parts! But it is so easily done. Especially by a male who's mind is usually on other things - they find it difficult to think about two things at once you know and it's incredible how much of their thinking time THAT takes up even if they are old!!
Carla - off to have Thanksgiving with the Stepmother. You are so good to her. Sometime, someplace she is going to thank you for this - just don't hold your breath waiting! and don't drink the grog just to get through it all.
Ruth so glad you and Holly have had a good time. With all the lunches and dinners she has had, she'll be back on the wagon for a long time after this. Good on yer both for having a great chat session. Isn't it a small world that we live in? Pays not to develop too many enemies. You never know where you will meet up with them again!
Patty - well done on the exercise instead of the paper. Glad to hear you have stocked up with goodies in the fridge too.
Rennie - hope you had a great weekend away, goose or no goose.
Oh it's raining how unusual. And I'd better go round up the troops as well and get on with the day. See ya
10-08-2007, 03:21 AM
When you have time, and if you fancy it, go to my webshots site and take a peek at the photos from the Perth Zoo.
I've put them on the front of the Western Australian Album and the Wildflowers are also now on the same album.
Hope that works
10-08-2007, 07:51 AM
SHAD...OH GOODY...MORE PICTURES :dance: WILL GO LATER. ROUND UP THOSE TROOPS AND GO FIND YOUR FRIEND...BET SHE STOLE ALL THE PEANUTS FROM THE MONKEYS!!:rofl:
PATTY~ YOU WIN THE PRIZE THIS WEEKEND FOR GETTING THE MOST DONE IN A SINGLE DAY!! WOW!! GLAD YOU'RE READY FOR THE NEW WEEK! GHOOD LUCK! AND STAY STRONG :encore: TOO RIGHT ABOUT APARTMENT LIVING...ESPECIALLY SENIORS. THEY ARE FOREVER TRYING TO BURN THE PLACE DOWN :flame:
RENNIE...YOU MUST BE FEELING BETTER CAUSE YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR SEEMS BACK TO NORMAL! :lol3:
BALA IS DUE HERE SOON. ROOFERS ARE ON THE ROOF. THEY HAVE BEEN QUIET THOUGH. WEATHER IS COOL FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS. IN A WAY I AM GLAD CAUSE IT'S BEEN HOT AND HUMID LIKE LIVING IN A SAUNA LAST WEEK. WOW! ABOUT FINISHED ME OFF. THE INS. COMPANY SAID THE CAR CAN BE REPAIRED. RHICHIE AND DAD ARE GETTING A SECOND OPINION AND MOVED THE CAR TO ANOTHER GARAGE. BUT IT LOOKS TO BE SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH. SIGH. IT SHOULD ALL BE OVER SOON. THE DAD HAS BEEN VERY NICE TO JEN THIS WEEK BUT STILL HAS NOT ASKED HOW SHE FEELS. :rofl: NASTY OLD CUSS. I AM REALLY BECOMING A MANHATER...BOTH YOUNG AND OLD:tantrum: I HAD BETTER GET OFF HERE AND DRESSED. BALA IS FROM INDIA AND A VERY "PROPER" MAN. LIKES ALL EMPLOYEES TO HAVE CLOTHES ON IF HE IS TO DEAL WITH THEM. :rofl: :rofl:
HAPPY MONDAY AND HAPPY COLUMBUS DAY!!!
10-08-2007, 08:39 AM
Good morning. It's cold and looks like it'll be a rainy day so I'll be inside a lot today. I thought I was getting flu because I was sort of shivery and then realized the furnace wasn't turned up. It's much cozier now.
Dinner at my sister's place was great after we got the family business over. We had to close a trust fund and decide what to do with the bucks. Luckily everyone was reasonable and it was not a big issue so we went on to a wonderful and hilarious family dinner. I do love my sister and cousins but sometimes worry about being the matriarch of the family! My stomach is never going to recover - from the laughing, I mean.
It was sad to say good bye to Hollyhock. We sure crammed a lot into her short visit and will do it again. Hershey and I never did get to our southern Ontario tour this summer. Maybe Spring? Maybe summer? Anyhow, it'll be after my frassing knee is fixed - the latest date is March! :mad: Oy!
Time to get dressed and ready for the usual long weekend drop-ins. The cousins will pop in on their way back to Montreal and Oakville so I'd better be decent. They aren't Indian like Mr Bala but...........
Happy Columbus Day!
10-08-2007, 08:45 AM
HAPPY CANADIAN THANKSGIVING
10-08-2007, 08:52 AM
Good morning ladies,
We came back a day early - or rather opted not to take the extra day on Sunday at a 50 percent discount rate. The cabin was gorgeous, the view of the mountains was magnificent. :cloud9: We were literally at the top of a mountain and the roads were winding, narrow and scary :yikes: Good thing DH thought they were fun to drive. The traffic all in the area was quite heavy - I can only imagine how terrible it will be in 2 weeks when the real crowds start arriving. The trees are just starting to change a bit - but only at the highest elevations of 4000 feet and above. With the severe drought this year, the don't think it will be much in the way of color with the trees stressed as badly as they are. We saw some pictures on calendars and guide books in the park and at the peak of color it is truly amazing yet they said the traffic is at a standstill with everyone flooding into the park. Because of it's accessibility to many states, the Smokey Mountains National Park is the most visited park in all of the United States. The worst part of the trip was the inconsiderate people staying at the cabins. There were 3 rows of cabins winding back and forth up 3 roads. We were at the top of the highest road with cabins on either side of us and we looked down over 2 roads. There were about 30 to 40 cabins in this section. Some were smaller 1 bedroom cabins, others were larger and could accomodate up to 10 people. I was sitting on the balcony Thursday night enjoying the peace and quiet and the stars when a bunch of girls pulled up in the cabin across from us to our left. They were really loud and noisy pulling their stuff out of the car and trapsing back and forth. It was midnight. This should have been an omen. Friday night they were sitting on their balcony in the hot tub - drinking beer, talking loud - laughing, screeching and playing their music really, REALLY loud. They were talking so loud that I could have easily carried on a conversation with them. Around 11:30pm they started the drunken singing. Just when you wanted to :rollpin: them - at midnight a third car of friends showed up - laying on the horn driving up the road followed by loud yelling and screaming with the girls hanging off the balcony cheering their newly arrived friends on. They proceeded to party until 3am. We could hear them in our bedroom in our closed up cabin. Needless to say this put a damper on our plans to get up early, enjoy the sunrise over the mountains and drive off to a meadow to catch some early morning wildlife. Of course the cabin next door was very quiet in the morning as the girls slept off their drunken stupor. I wanted to go over their with an air horn, bang on the door and blast it on a regular basis at 7am. But of course WE can't retaliate. Now don't get me wrong. I don't expect people to be silent but this IS supposed to be a quiet mountain retreat. You should be able to hear the low mumble of people talking but no one has the right to make such a ruckus and disturb everyone else. I can only imagine what the people down wind of these folks were thinking. DH wanted to leave Saturday morning but I was sure they wouldn't refund our money (and oh did I say these cabin rentals were $300 per night - all the more reason to expect a bit of peace and quiet I'd say). We went down to the office in the morning and complained. The person at the desk apologized, said that cabin was not part of the group they managed :dunno: but she would call the other management company and speak to them. She gave us the phone number of the on call maintenance people and said to call them if they were loud again that night. Well they appeared to have quieted down a bit but were joined by several of the other cabins down the road that decided Saturday night was party night. It was a shame. The smaller cabins around us were nice and peaceful but it appears that the bigger cabins are just a magnet for a bunch of people to get together and party hearty all night long. We won't be staying there again. Even in a campground after 10 pm it's quiet time and a ranger will patrol around and make people be reasonably quiet, mostly because the sound really carries in the wilderness. So that was disappointing. Here the management people shut down at 8pm and there's no one to put a stop to the ignorant selfish people who are only there to please themselves.
The park was beautiful. We did enjoy several of the drives we took. The food was bad - the 2 nearest towns were mega tourist traps with cheap, greasy fast food. Next time we will plan on just going to the grocery store and getting our own food but that can be a hassle if you're only staying 3 days. We did check out a small town outside of Nashville that we both liked as a future retirement prospect so the trip was not an entire bust. DH has some nice pictures he took and I'll post one later when he sends them over to me. If we do go there again, I would call a realty company and try and rent one of the many stand alone, off by themselves cabins that dot the mountains. It's just that when you've never been there - you don't know what your options are.
Oh and as I was literally standing "on top of old Smokey..." my cell phone rang. It was work looking for a report I didn't realize was due today. So I am about to head into the office when I had hoped to have today off to decompress and get things back on track again. And so the hamster wheel spins... :dizzy:
I didn't have time to catch up on all the chatting but hope to by tomorrow. Hope you chicks are all doing well. Happy belated Thanksgiving to our Canadian friends up north. Catch up with you later...
10-08-2007, 08:59 AM
:wave: 'Morning Mel - I see your egg on. Now go get dressed before you get Mr. Bala all excited :rofl:
10-08-2007, 11:21 AM
MEL, I love the turkeys!
10-08-2007, 07:28 PM
Happy--Glad to have you back home. To bad about the noisy neighbors.
Rennie--Glad you are feeling better.
Mel--It's time to rise and shine. We can start to enjoy fall. Therain here has colled things down 10 degree's and the air is much easier to breathe.
Ruth--Glad the family matters went well and you got to enjoy your lunch.
Today things have been a lot better cause I feel better.
10-08-2007, 07:37 PM
Mel the pictures were taken at the Zoo. You may see someone there you recognize!!! But happy viewing anyway. Hope you managed to get dressed up for Bala. Indians do have a unique view on attire!
Great Turkey legs - love the fishnet stockings. How come no turkey I ever saw looked like that?
Happy - so sorry the holiday wasn't as good as hoped - at least the scenery was fine, the views were good, but the company wasn't. I think you should have complained louder and longer - at $300 per night, you are entitled to have peace, quiet and heaven sent peace. If you wanted that sort of noise, you would have stayed at work. What a shame the cell phone worked on top of the mountain. Have to give them credit for coverage!!
What do you mean the food was bad - the aigs weren't ova aisy?? You know I often think back to Daisy Mae at the restaurant we went to in the Ozarks and wonder how the boyfriend got on in Toowoomba. Not sure they would understand him too well if he sounded like her. And they (they being the Toowoombans) have an accent all of their own as well. At least the slowness would have been consistent.
Morning Ruth - so Whirlwind Hollyhock has departed for the wilds of South West Ontario back to the hearth and home and demented kids and hubby all anxiously waiting her return. Glad you had a good time. Isn't it great when families just AGREE. I get so mad when I hear them bickering over the Mum or the Dad or the will or the grandfather clock. What means anything to them. In my family they co-operate and do it my way!!!! Well usually anyway. Sometimes I have to beat them into submission.
Morning Rennie - still bludgeoning the kids I see. Glad to hear you are feeling better. I'd like to have the escape key working too. Maxine is right. Mind you some days I'd like the computer to escape and me to stay still.
Not much new around here. I've decided to bite the bullet and join the gym downstairs. For all the exercise I am doing by myself it is not having much effect in fact exactly the opposite effect. So back to the gym I go. This one at least has the options of joining for a month at a time so I am not locked in for more than 30 days. Bonus - means I can leave without having heaps of credit at the end.
Walk dawdles on in an inescapable fashion. Be prepared for bomb blasts from the west. I think there are some more changes on the way. I had one of the team in tears yesterday because they are pulling her course apart AGAIN. Today I will go down and check it out. Could be she is just protective of her literary genius! :rofl:
So it's Tuesday and we lose the Kiwi Rooster for 10 days - going home for the birth of his baby tomorrow - at least he is going home tomorrow, the baby is due on the 11th.
DB2 is on his way to NZ on Thursday. He has finally decided to go (he was under threat of the death penalty if he didn't). DS2 is taking him to the airport and will stand right next to him to ensure he doesn't decide to have a go in the gaming room next door while waiting for his plane. The niece and nephew leave next week for NZ. It's all travel around the family this month. DS2 is complaining that he only gets to be the airport shuttle. I keep telling him to shush up and keep shuttling, that I'll be in on the 26th as well so more airport trips for him.
And that is about it for the day. Time to shuttle off and see what gives with my little chicken's powerpoint presentation. Her biggest problem is that she takes things literally (Malyasian) and has yet to understand the logic or irony or both in the Australian sense of humour. She will learn, but as with many immigrants it will be a long time in the understanding - that's why Kiwis do so well over here - we are superb translaters.
Be good or be careful and be sure you enjoy yourself in neither of the above apply.
10-09-2007, 12:26 AM
Nice pictures Shad. You got some great shots of many various things. I am quite fond of the pelican. Not sure why - they are no friends of mine as I was attacked by a lot at Monterey Bay while buying a tray of small fish to feed the seals. That little hook on the end of their beak can do some intense damage to human arms and hands. But there is something about the crisp detail of the picture I find interesting. I liked several photos. The radiant turtle, the unusual mailboxes, the lion and of course the various flowers. You see something like the Kangaroo Paw and wonder - just who thought of all this diversity when they were creating the earth and all of its wonders? Thanks for sharing the pics with us. Sorry to hear about the DB2 acting up again. Are you sending him off to the watchful eye of the other sister? :rollpin: Tell DS2 that women appreciate a man who will take them places :rofl: Sounds like you are back in control of things (at least for the minute) at work. Hope it stays that way for a while. Sometimes all you can do is just roll with the flow. No sense having a heart attack over company policies, right?
Ceejay - glad to hear you are feeling better. Isn't this cooler weather lovely? Today we hit a record of 93 degrees and when the late afternoon storms rolled in it dropped to 75 degrees with a refreshing breeze as well as thunder boomers. It was unusually hot in the mountains too - I am ready for cooler weather already.
Glad you are on the mend too Rennie. Moms only get one day to be sick from what I hear.
Poor Carla - "mommy" sitting again. You are a good woman. When she starts to fuzzing just start humming to yourself "I wish I was a princess... and pretend you are Cinderella" :rofl:
Madcat must be out kicking up the fall leaves as we haven't heard much from her since she led us into Ontario here. :lol:
Did you get some new art supplies for your birthday Painter?
Mel - you're not technically an employee - are you? If not you can go to "work" in the Bunny slippers just to give Bala a yank on his chain - although it sounds like he's not much in the humor department. :bubbles: Are you getting affected by the east coast heatwave too?
Guess that's enough of a post for tonight. Sorry I didn't get to everyone. When you're away for a while it's hard to catch up completely.
See you tomorrow. Nighty night for now...
10-09-2007, 07:49 AM
Sorry To Say I Woke With An Attack Of Vertigo. Taking Sinus Meds And Willbe Back In A Day Or Two. Stay Out Of Trouble!
10-09-2007, 07:52 AM
Spin the other way Mel! Sorry to hear that you are feeling :dizzy: today. Take care of yourself. :hug:
10-09-2007, 08:07 AM
Aw, MEL. Hope things simmer down soon for you. (Who is this Vertigo guy? Is he Italian? Are you planning to press charges of was it consensual?)
Quick post as I'm outta here for my quilting class very shortly. I am all relaxed and happy after a wonderful weekend. Hollyhock is the perfect houseguest and we certainly talked a lot, although there is lots more to say. After the cousuins left - bearing tomatoes, garlic and raspberries - I spent the afternoon working on a quilt and sipping tea with Hershey lying at me feet. Heaven!
From Ruth's Garden-
Out and About in Delta-
10-09-2007, 04:36 PM
Wow! Three hot, gorgeous, tipsy chicks in exciting downtown Delta! Three questions: are there really still raspberries in Ruth's garden? How old is the adorable Hershey in worldly chick years? I know that our Ruth is 'vertically challenged' - is Holly from the same non-giant category?? (Constantly seeking other medium-tall chicks - starting to feel rather Gulliverish.)
On the drive down to Trenton and back, I actually toyed with throwing family responsibility to the winds so I could zip over and join the fun. Figuring out how to find Ruth without her last name or phone number on hand kept my mind occupied for a good eighty k's on the way down, and even more on the way back - the solution would probably have involved knocking on doors of businesses and even the church, asking for the cute blonde with the lovely Portie... But common sense prevailed, and the visit home was not as bad as many have been in the past. No grog at all, and I'm almost fully detoxed from the second-hand smoke.
Mel, sorry to hear about the vertigo rearing its ugly head. :grouphug: Hope it goes away soon.
More later, hello to everyone I've ignored.
10-09-2007, 07:24 PM
So you are a smoker Rennie. Well, well who'd a thunk it. I gave up 18 years ago and though I never crave them, sometimes the smell of a freshly opened packet of tobacco is nice. However the resulting dirty ashtray is a real turn off - and why is it that some people really stink of smoke and others don't?
Thanks for the photos Holly - Good to see all the pumpkins and life abounding in Delta. I thought they were Strawberries not raspberries but who can tell from this distance. Ruth sure has a big well stocked garden. I was there when the tomatoes went in and you were there for the eating. I should get my seasons right!!!! :lol3:
Mel so sorry to hear that you aren't too well. Get better soon. That bloke (Italian as Ruth said) is not doing you much good. Isn't there someone else up the road a bit??
Ruth - nothing like a dog and a cuppa and either sewing or a book to make one feel at peace with oneself. That's called retirement friend ! :love: Looking forward to that.
Carla - Holly is taller than the rest of us vertically challenged. She is around 5.4 or so about halfway between you and me!!! I'm actually amazed that so many of us are around the same height and weight. We must be attracted by osmosis. You could have driven down Deltas main street and a couple of side streets yelling out Ruth. You would have been found. Someone would have told you where to go :p
Happy - glad you enjoyed the pics of the zoo and the wildflowers. I think it is because the pelican is so perfectly focussed that you like that shot. You can even see the individual feathers on his head. I had a fairly good day with the camera last Sunday. Several of the shots were in perfect focus. Considering the pelican was actually moving, I think I did quite well on that one. The Orangutan was actually sitting still and posing for me.
Okay so it's wacky Wednesday in the West. There is a heap of work to do on my desk. The rooster will be in for a short while before he heads off to NZ. leaving us with the hard yards to do. I must ring the brother today as he heads off at an early hour tomorrow. I do hope he has a good time and meets up with some friends who will keep him out of trouble. DS2 is doing a good job as watchdog for the moment. I'm over here soaking up the rain - yep it's grey, cloudy and intermittent showers yet again.
And it is that time again. You know what I'm going to say next! I'm outa here to do some work and kick some butt - if the butts arrive that is. Mind you it is only 7.23am - they wont dribble in until closer to 8.00 or 8.30. I'll have to hold the kicking foot for a while.
10-09-2007, 08:59 PM
And look what the October wind has blown in. I know, I know… I set up the thread and then I disappear off the face of the earth again. So here is the story: Did I mention that the DH was taking a degree course at a local college to retrain as a 3D computer graphics guy? The classes are both Saturday and Sunday from 9 to 4 and this weekend was the first one he has had off since Labour day. He won’t have another weekend off until Christmas – so I was being selfish and taking as much advantage as I could of time with my honey this weekend in the abnormally warm weather. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! :lol:
Ruth and Holly. I’m so glad that you had a great time. What a beautiful, soulful doggie Hershey is. So sweet. Holly, I hope your relaxation glow is still alight. You know, Ruth, I would LOVE to do the trip to Kingston and meet up with you sometime. Maybe we could even get Carla to make the trip and/or possibly Holly to do another road trip? That would be great. I’d probably just grab the train down and back to leave the car for The Boy.
Patty~ I find weekends are a real challenge too – especially getting the right amount of water in. The big thing is probably just taking more care to actually plan more on weekends. It’s a shame if all that weekday hard work goes down the drain.
Painter~ Yeah, you are so right about life being precious. My friend with breast cancer was just pointing out that it has been 6 months since her diagnosis and some of her caregivers gave her not much hope she would even make it to this day, but here she is – still holding on and writing and able to laugh. Everyday is a gift. I hope your friend holds in there and enjoys herself as much as she can. BTW, I’m really glad that WW is working for you with the binging. I really like WW just for that reason – there are no forbidden foods and if you want cake you have cake – you just have to pay for it, and that works for me. And you asked if I still felt like a bride. Yeah, weirdly enough I do some days – even though it has actually been almost a year and a half since the wedding ( I know, it does seem like just weeks ago). Of course, DH and I have been together for almost 7 years. I never thought that being married would make a difference, but it does, but in a good way. Does that make sense? It took me 45 years to find the right guy and now I can’t imagine life without him.
Shad~ Sorry about the World Cup… ooops, we weren’t suppose to mention that, where we? I forgot to mention back from the last thread that when you are looking for a new vehicle you might want to take a look at the Honda Fit. I’ve had mine for a year and I’m still impressed with it… ok it does look like a tin can, but it drives like a dream and holds a ton of stuff. The zoo pictures are fabulous! I can see every feather on that pelican’s head. And good for you for joining the gym. It’s better than waiting for the darn rain to stop to get your workout in. Workouts will help with the stress of a highly disorganized project. Tell your team member no job is worth crying over. And if you have to strangle someone remember to hide the body.
Mel~ What did you do with your time off? Hopefully not fighting more plastic fires. Geez, some people are stupid. I hope they do have to pay for their stupidity. And not all men are jerks. Some of them are quite sweet. Thanks for the can-can turkeys. I hope the darn vertigo didn’t get too fresh. You have to watch those Italian men. :hug: Mel.
Carla~ Glad the SM visit was not too bad. Meeting with Ruth and Holly would have been ample payment. We should work out an Ontario get together.
Happy~ It’s bad that your trip was less than ideal because of a bunch of young yahoos. Mostly they are just young and thoughtless. It’s ridiculous that you [ay all that money for a quiet getaway and then this happens. Inconsiderate goofs. The good thing is that you know what to do next time.
Rennie~ Glad you are feeling better. Good for you putting your foot down.
Ceejay~ I am glad you feel better. It really does make a difference in how a day goes, doesn’t it?
So, Friday my Dr. sent me to the allergist for a series of tests and it turns out that I’m allergic to, well, nothing, except outdoor molds. Slightly. I am flummoxed… My sinuses are a mess, my eyes scratchy and my skin is so itchy… but I’m not allergic? The specialist thinks it might also be a structural problem with my sinuses. He did give me nose spray and eye drops, so we’ll see if that helps. I’m beginning to feel like a hypochondriac. :lol:
Ok, I have to go do some other stuff before bed. Talk to everyone later.
10-09-2007, 10:03 PM
Ok, so I have to ask. Who took the picture of Holly and Ruth? Hershey? Man... what an AMAZING pup! Great focus too.
10-10-2007, 02:56 AM
There is such a thing as a timer on the camera. All Hershey had to do was to tell them when to smile. Looks like Ruth is a slow listener.
10-10-2007, 03:02 AM
I think I just spent an irretrievable 40 minutes of my remaining life waiting for available bandwidth from 3fc. What devotion.;)
Will somebody please PM me the location of Shad's photos? I loved the pix of Ruth's garden, delta and Hershey... not to mention Holly and Ruth!:hug:
Happy-- I agree that the pelicans on the west coast are fierce. I've got photos of some from Santa Barbara who were definitely territorial. Actually, I ran into similarly territorial ones in Tampa Bay Florida on a big tourist pier. People obviously fed them alot and they weren't pleased that all I had in my purse was yarn and cash! I hope your injuries healed up without a hitch.
Shad-- if you get back to Texas, lets plan on the Fort Worth Zoo.... The Dallas one is OK... but FW is more picturesque. I am really yearning to see the "radiant turtle"!!
Ceejay - I've been having a bit of runny nose... hope whatever is in our air today skips past you! I'm glad it is cooler. FINALLY.
Rennie-- There were times when it was worth it to take lessons from Sarah Bernhardt and "play sick." As long as you can convince your family that you are sicker than any of them..... (without actually terrifying them, of course). GET YOUR REST!!
I didn't get art supplies from others... but I got ginormous gift certificates for Borders... I think I need practice more than new stuff, you know?
Mel: How DO you remember all these birthdays? I've got a so-called birthday calendar, but months go by between glances at it. :o
Did you get some new art supplies for your birthday Painter?
Madcat: love the seasonable avatar! Way to set priorities on the one weekend before Christmas that DH was available!:dizzy: Hope you both got a wonderful change of pace with your R&R.
I'm with you and Patty about not being in the habit of drinking enough water. And if I remember late in the day all I do is pee all night. :carrot:
Kudos to your BC friend who is hanging on and in reasonably good spirits. Have you seen Nordies at Noon? Turns out I have friends who know 2 of the authors. It is specifically about YOUNG women (four of them) and their experience with breast cancer. What is so unpleasant is that younger women, IF they get breast cancer, seem to get a really nasty strain of it... So tell your women friends, even if they are well under 40, to squeeze those boobs and be aware. Early detection is the key.
My friend with the melanoma must have told me 50 times if she told me once, that she just wants to live long enough for the next medical advancement. She's made it through about 6... (They gave HER 3 months 6 years ago....) The jury's out about how she'll manage the most recent set backs (which were side-effects of treatment, rather than the tumors themselves.) I think I might be able to pass a medical oncologist exam by the time we're through all of this.
I didn't realize you were "so old." From what you wrote, and my assumptions about Madcat/Madcap I'd thought you were in your late 20's early 30's!! I wonder what totally wrong assumptions I've made about the rest of this bunch. :D:D Double congratulations on your marital committment. I totally know what you mean about it being the same but different.
Mel~ Be sure to tell us whether the "unattended cooking" charges stick. Good thing it's not a crime to cook things that taste bad. Hope Mr. Vertigo is minding his P's and Q's.
I sure hope this posts. Wouldn't want to still be up when the sun rises.
10-10-2007, 08:02 AM
Posting for Mel:
Mom is on 24 hr sinus meds and mucous meds. That's what this is all about. We reatain fluids and they build up in our sore muscles. By accident she missed a few doses and with the humid and rainy weather, this happened. She is of good spirits but just cannot sit up well or keep her eyes open.
But of all goes well she should be back before the weekend, and wishes you all a good week. Take care, Jen
10-10-2007, 08:18 AM
Thanks Jen! (((Mel)))
10-10-2007, 08:46 AM
Good morning worldly chicks,
Nice pictures Holly - thanks for sharing. I couldn't see them at work but they are coming through nice and clear at home. I have to believe it's getting cool up in the Delta but can't believe she's still got warmth loving tomatoes growing in with the pumpkins on the vine. Better hide those pumpkins before Shad mades soup of them :rofl:
Painter - 'irretrievable 40 minutes of my remaining life..." Wow if that's not an in your face perspective of things I don't know what it. Actually after I've wasted an hour or so on a stupid tv program or watching the internet I've often felt the same way. I stayed up late for this???? You just put it into better words. Glad you had a nice birthday.
Shad - you crack me up :lol3: Hope you get a break from pushing the chicks and roosters about today. Are things starting to bloom in your area of the world or does spring just mean you get a little water for a change?
Rennie - if you have a propensity to asthma then you shouldn't be smoking - but I'm sure you know that deep down inside even if you won't admit it. Do yourself a big favor and don't smoke inside your house at all. Even if you limit it to 2 rooms - it's still all over the house and in the lungs of every person who lives there. And this is spoken from the lips of someone who smoked for over 30 years and used every excuse and denial ever made. When we moved here this was a pretty liberal smoking place compared to Illinois. Heck cigs were $2.50 a pack compared to 6 to 8 dollars in Chicago. But just in the last year there is a big push to curtail the smoking here. New senator is proposing a 161 percent tax hike on them and as of the first of the month all restaurants are smoke free. I even heard a commercial talking about a smoke free Tennessee. Rather radical for a place like this but I could see it coming.
Macat - this time of year is brutal for allergies - kinda like the opposite end of hay fever. With all the leaves molding down and breaking into little bits and pieces, the stuff is in the air, all over our shoes and tracked everywhere. Hard to avoid. They say a good frost will diminish the symptoms but I'm sure there's a good month or so of sniffling and sneezing. Get some soft tissues :hug: Can't believe you are approaching your 2 year wedding anniversary. Time flies, doesn't it. Glad you found your best friend to walk down the road of life with...
Foo - just looked at the time, I must have been dawdling here. I gotta run.
Hello Ruth, Patty, Ceejay, Carla and the rest of the crew.
Big :hug: to Jen and Mel - thanks Jen for keeping us up to date!
10-10-2007, 02:18 PM
I too felt like you did - the states made a ton of revenue from the "sin" taxes. Where would they make up that money? Same thing like Illinois doing constant boosts on the cig taxes each year. Heck that just pushed everyone down to Indiana or up to Wisconsin to buy their cigs.
I quit smoking 3 and a half years ago. I still miss it. I think I always will. I have a 3-1/2 year old unopened pack of cigarettes in my computer bag that I just can't seem to throw away. I figure if I ever get so desperate to have a cigarette again, I want to make sure I have the oldest, stalest most ratty cig I can get my hands on because I know it will only take one and I'll be back smoking again. I seem to have forgotten all the bad parts about smoking - just like a lover you wistfully pine for but forget how bad they treated you :lol: I figured I'd quit before it got to the point that they had a lynch mob out gunning for the smokers. Sure seems like it's gotten to that point. We're going to Las Vegas in January. I always figured that was the last place in the U.S. where you could smoke anywhere, anytime. Will be interesting to see what it's like now after not being there for a few years.
It's just that asthma is nothing to fool with. You don't want to get COPD - or emphasema - there's no turning back once that shows up.
10-10-2007, 05:33 PM
You girls are a chatty bunch. Had to go back 3 pages.
Holly--Thanks for sharing the photo's. Didn't realize that Carla joined you two.
Rennie--Hope you feel better.
Mel--Feel better soon. It's no fun having vertigo. Be sure and take those meds. Thanks Jen for letting us know about your mom.
Painter--Save those gift cards from Borders. I'll be right there.
Nothing exciting going on today.
Do any of you computer experts know how to retreve the control panel on a
computer? It disappeared this past weekend.
Madcat--Irritants react the same as allergies I have several here at work.
Hello to Happy and Carla :wave:
10-10-2007, 07:53 PM
Seems the world is finally turning against smokers. Here in Aus - Queensland was the first to ban smoking in all restaurants. No exceptions. Then they banned smoking in pubs and clubs where food is to be served. Then it was all pubs and clubs and the beer gardens or outdoor eating areas. Govt depts have been smoke free for years. A while back, legislation was passed that you could not smoke within 15 metres (45 feet) of a building or building lobby which meant that the smokers had to stand out in the rain :rofl: or in the middle of the road in most cities. No smoking on any form of public transport either. Finally they have now banned smoking in all shopping malls and plazas and outdoor areas where people congregate - no smoking on city streets or parks where children are present - so if you want to smoke basically the best place to do it is at home. Even your neighbours may complain if you smoke too close to their fence and the smoke goes drifting by. (I sense a song coming on here - 'Blue smoke goes drifting by - under a clear blue sky' - but I forget myself) Now there is a push to ban smoking by drivers in cars just as the use of the mobile phone by drivers has been banned.
Statistics tell us that heart disease is on the way down and is now more caused by obesity than smoking, we have fewer street cleaners, more people die in their homes by smoking in bed and the city's air is less polluted but only marginally. Other cancers (rather than lungs) have taken over as the biggest killer. You gotta die of something I suppose.
The cigarette companies still survive. They don't sponsor much these days over here and advertising the weed is banned. It hasn't really raised our taxes much, people are surviving and having a smoker among us is now the minority instead of the majority. Hospitals are still overflowing with casualties from the road kill war (mostly under 25) and the taxes on petrol have risen to probably cover for the non-smoking lack of taxes. If that keeps a few people off the roads then it's okay by me.
I gave up smoking 18 years ago. I don't feel any craving, I never really did. You gotta want to do it. Personally the only grouch I have against smokers is that they get more breaks than non-smokers at work and that aint fair and mostly they smell. One of the worst things I find about giving up smoking is that when my sense of smell came back, I found the world stunk more than it was scented. Sad finding that.
Madcat - take time off to be with the lovely man - sounds like you deserve a weekend together. Nice to see that sometimes that piece of paper makes a difference in the right way.
Last time I was buying a car it was a toss up between the Jazz (you call it Fit over there) and the Astra which I bought. This time I am still looking at Honda but at the new Civic. I would like one of the Hybrids but can't justify the price. It seems with our dollar rising at the moment, it might well be the time to buy since much of our motor trade is imported these days. My Astra was built in Belgium?!!!
As for the World Cup - well I am slowly coming out of mourning. There are a stack of jokes going around at the moment. Here's one:
At exactly 9.33pm last Saturday night, a man's body was found in the Auckland Bay wearing an All Black guernsey, lipstick, a long blonde wig, women's knickers, fishnet stockings, high-heels and various unmentionables attached to his nether regions.
Police immediately removed the guernsey to save the family any embarrassment.
Painter - I'll be back - as someone once said - and Zoos and Caves are on the menu. I'll PM that link for you so at least you will not have to go back three pages to try and find it. That may irretrievably lose you another 30 minutes of precious life. :rofl: :rofl: Love it.
Mel - get better soon or as I told Jen, I'll be back to deal with it. Take the pills, rub in the ointment and it will all go away. You have to get back to dealing with self first, Jen next, others last. Get it? Got it? GOOD!
Happy - This part of the West of Australia is temperate climate - which means 4 seasons, rain and cold winters, hot dry summers. We have had a wonderful display of wildflowers this year due to better rains over the winter. The whole countryside sort of within a 400 mile radius of Perth has been awash with the type of flowers you saw on my pictures from the Kings Park Botanical Gardens. They will be finished by October end. Blossom is starting to appear in the gardens around the place, the roses have had their first flush, and azaleas and gardenias are out. Tulips have finished but the rest is fine. Trees are beginning to show leaf again and it is all looking quite good. So the seasons are moving as they should. At home the beginning of the summer wet season is upon us and they have had a week of storms, lightning bolts, hail, wind and rain. Lismore about 2 hours south of my place in Brisbane has been declared a disaster area after a Supercell went through and hail the size of golf balls destroyed cars and windows and winds blew the roofs of many of the buildings and blew complete sheds away!
Right that's it. I've written a book. Ka kite to those I haven't mentioned. I have butts to kick again - people to hassle - life to get on with. Gotta love it. Somehow we will make it to Train the Trainer in 3 weeks time. Don't know how yet - but make it we will.
10-10-2007, 09:40 PM
That's what we were threatened with when the legislation first came in. Oh the yelling and screaming, but it hasn't happened. We still have the same number of shops, we still have bowling alleys, we still have racetracks and cinemas - in fact more of them.
We also have cleaner air in the stores, less rubbish around on the ground and less of the dreadful hacking as the smokers clear their lungs for the day - all that is except for my next door neighbour who still manages to wake the dead with his morning ritual at around 4.30am. Diehard smoker - well that's probably what he will do and he is only in his thirties.
People will adapt and survive, they always have and they always will. I am happy to pay my way with some more taxes, I am also happy to know that the hospitals charge more for dealing with smoking related illnesses, and it is interesting to see that some doctors will not operate on a patient if they are still smokers. I am waiting for the axe to fall on those who need treatment for substance abuse such as ice, heroin, cocaine and other stupidities. The rest of the world doesn't need to put up with or pay for self induced problems. Far as I am concerned, debate is over.
10-10-2007, 10:31 PM
Fortunately there are laws in place for DUI - doesn't stop the carnage but at least they are there.
There is no law to stop the ignoramus throwing cigarettes butts out of the window and starting forest fires which destroy wildlife, forests, peoples incomes, homes, possessions, and lives all in one go as the other ladies on this thread will remember from last years horrendous bushfires in the State of Victoria where we had to bring in firefighters from around the country and around the world including the US and a couple of them lost their lives - all due to a cigarette butt! Wasn't just a couple of innocent lives lost in that conflagration. Not denying that booze causes problems - as does gambling - as does drugs - as does manufacturing - as does motor racing - as does just living sometimes.
10-10-2007, 10:50 PM
And I guess it doesn't happen with tobacco companies!
10-11-2007, 12:10 AM
Hmmm. Just went and checked my ticker.
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 38,044
That's a whole lot of litter I would have produced.
I must admit when I was in the Smokey Mountains park last week and saw a very occasional smoker, I was a bit put off. We are in tinder dry drought conditions. Just a spark on a breeze could do so much devestation. Glad I'm not a part of that any more.
10-11-2007, 01:24 AM
Wow - just think of the oceans not polluted and the precious creatures not trying to eating them because they think they are food. Think of the sidewalks and paths that have been spared because people are too lazy to put the butts in the butt cans. Think of the forests spared and the landfill not used.
Not that I am saying you used to set fire to the forests!!!! :rofl: Can't imagine anything less likely.
And yes, alcohol is also a problem - caused by humans to other humans. Nothing to say that in excess it is good for anyone - ditto drugs of any form. Glass bottles are also pollutants and dangerous to little feet actually any size feet of any shape.
And contrary to public opinion - I am not violently anti smoking. I choose not to do so. And to all you wonderful chicks on this thread - I am about to get off my soapbox :soap: and get on with my day. I can hear the collective sigh of gratitude!!!! :p
10-11-2007, 07:07 AM
Your point is well taken Shad - no offense on this side of the fence. :D
I have to be at work early for a training class today. I must admit I do not see the appeal in this early morning rising thing. Especially at this time of the year. Yes the stars are lovely, particularly Venus shining "like a diamond in the sky" but the skies are an inky black and it is quite COLD out there. My first coffee of the day did not do much to clear the brain fog and I could just close my eyes and fall asleep sitting up I'm sure. :yawn:
Shad - the blooming sounds lovely down your way. Glad the supercell missed your little street but how scary is that?
Ceejay - not sure what operating system you are running but usually you just click the START button on your bottom menu bar and the option to open the CONTROL PANEL is somewhere on there. I admit to being a lousy computer teacher - should turn in my I.T. membership card :lol:
Hope you are feeling better today Mel. Remember to take your pills!!!!
I just glanced at the clock. Better hop in the shower now or there will have been no sense in getting up early. Perhaps I did close my eyes and doze off for a few minutes. :rofl:
Have a good day chicks of the world!
10-11-2007, 07:58 AM
Wow, I stop in for a few minutes and I get a political debate! Morning ladies!! I'll be back later - I have a business requirements doc to write where I don't know anything about either the business or the requirements :lol: It's a regulatory extract for some new legislation in London - and no one seems to know what needs to be in the extract or what fields are in the source database. :dizzy: And why am I doing this???
Oh and the boss is working from home so I'll have constant calls and emails from her to deal with. Oy. Is it time to retire yet?
10-11-2007, 08:46 AM
Just back from dropping my car off for a brake job in the next town - 25 minute drive. No courtesy cars out here in the boonies but I got a drive home and will get another when it's ready for pick-up. My Ford Focus (red) is four years old and this is the first major repair. I'm planning to keep it for another four years so...... Aside from being red, it's got heated seats which I just love on these chilly mornings.
Not to continue the debate but.....my parents were heavy smokers and I have COPD which manifests itself with occasional bouts of asthma. I never smoked but got it from them. Thanks, Mum and Dad! They quit when Dad turned 80 - cold turkey. Both my kids smoke and I hate it! At least they smoke outside.
Ceejay, did you get your control panel back? My friend Rob lost his but was able to get it back by doing a restore back two days. Of course he lost some of his newer stuff but......
Jen, thanks for checking in for our MEL. I hope she recovers quickly because we miss her cheery face.
Madcat, YES! We need to have an Ontario mini-meet! Kingston would work for lunch or I could pick you up at the train and bring you here. Maybe Carla could join us. Carla, when you went to Trenton you went right past the turn to Delta - # 42 towards Athens! Drat!
Happy, funny you should mention the dark mornings. I was just thinking that at 6 today but rejoicing a bit that the time change Nov. 3 (?) will bring us more brightness for a while. And major congrats on quitting smoking!
Shad, I'm envious of your spring but not of the hot dry stuff. Right now, my garden still has tons of tomatoes, raspberries and peppers as Hollyhock's pictures prove. We always have a killing frost by now but there's none in sight although snow is expected in some regions of Ontario. Weird weather!
Hollyhock, the wine and booze bottles went into the recycle this morning. I was tempted to put the wine bottles out with my neighbours' stuff but was honest. Who cares what the trash guys think! :lol: When are you coming back?
I've just turned on extra lights and it a spice-scented candle. Hershey is lying on my feet so I'm going to do a bit of accounting and some tax stuff for a friend and then get my a$$ in gear. No car means an enforced day at home so I should gt cooking done for the weekend. The female half of the Hyper Pypers (Margo, Elaine and Bailey the dog) will be here for the weekend. That'll make three fun weekends in a row with company and then next weekend I'll be in Georgia with my garden pals. Yippee!
Hi to Painter, Meadow, Roseblush and anybody else I've missed.
Time to ease into my day.
Hey! Anybody know what to do with salt cod? I need Madcat's DH's mother!
10-11-2007, 09:32 AM
Good Morning Ruth and everyone else, I had to read read read to catch up! I loved the pic of Hershey and your gals together...that is just so good to see! We have some new faces here to get to know and this little gang keeps roling along. I do miss some of our old friends from over the Atlantic way and if they still check our space a big wave!!!!!
I have been dog sitting off and on for the last year a german short hair and he is just such a love.... the hair I don't care for..... do you think dogs can change who they want to be with at the end of their lives....his master is good but just no other dogs around and he doesn't get the same exercise or fun as he does at my house..... my connection with Darby is so special I really feel like this is where he wants to be in his last days.....
I gave my report last weekend in Idaho falls and got to experience the first big blizzard of the year down there. WOW I live in the mountains but their weather is soooo bad down there sometimes. Still have to travel to eastern idaho one more time for the report.
You ladies are so honest to express your views on smoking, the new drup Chantix has had some remarkable long time die hard smokers quitting.... long term I don't know how it lasts but I have seen people who I thought would never ever quit....DO IT!
There is a new interest in my life.... a man.... and he smokes and I just hate to say to him I can't get to know you because you smoke...seems so shallow. So we shall see how that goes..... I am just soo independent and enjoy my life w/o a man..... anyhooo
I have a new sewing machine I have not gotten to try yet and a new craft to see if I can make it.....I will let you know how that all goes.... maybe I can produce one this weekend.... went to the most gorgeous quilt shop two weekends ago it was so inspiring......
Nice to see everyone here...Mel, hope you are improving each day not the same without you here to keep us in line. Hello to all the worldly chicks and hope all is well with family and friends... will hold special thoughts for our friends going through those terrible rough patches on their journey..so difficult to watch people suffer with illness.
Have a great day everyone..... the holidays are fast approaching can you believe it!!!!!!!!
10-11-2007, 01:58 PM
Well, I had no intention of starting a hot debate when I mentioned the SM's gift of second-hand smoke! I smoked for many years, and quit about 15 (18?) years ago. Quitting was the hardest and the best thing I've ever done, and the addiction was so strong I know absolutely that I can never, ever have another smoke. A few things I learned after quitting: heavy smokers almost always stink, especially if they smoke in enclosed spaces like cars as I did; non-smokers can move pictures on their walls without repainting; non-smokers don't wake up in the middle of the night for a nicotine hit like I used to; smokers get many more facial wrinkles... When I visit the SM, I can smell the stale smoke from the driveway, before I ever get to the door. Both my father and my former father-in-law died of smoking-related illnesses, at 55 in my father's case. So Rennie, I hope you know this isn't an attack of any kind, we just hope you'll somehow find the strength to fight for your own health and life expectancy as well as that of your family. I'm sure all us former addicts have hints and tricks that helped us succeed, and that we'd be glad to share with you if you want. In Ottawa smoking is banned in bars and restaurants and all workplaces. There were dire predictions of businesses going under, but in fact very few did. And employees in the service industry stand a much better chance of a long life. Of course it's now hazardous to enter most public buildings, especially in winter, since the smokers huddle in shivering, puffing groups around every entrance...
As for public perfume, I'm with you on that one 100%. And I feel the same way about public BO, for that matter... And huge vehicles and drivers with cell phones glued to their ears. And drunk drivers. And people who leave trash or dog poop along hiking trails or walking paths. And photo radar. (Just had to sneak that one in. I know it's for my own good, but...) Time to get off my :soap: too, or the mods will shut me down! :eek:
Ceejay, I wasn't with Ruth and Holly, the third gorgeous chick was Hershey. I was just very envious of their fun as I drove past Ruth's area en route to my family doom. I confess I don't remember seeing an exit to Delta, but there was one to Westport, which I think would have worked.
Ruth, I agree that we need to do an all-Ontario get-together! I'm going to be in TO for 10 days in November, and have plans to meet up with Madcat while there. That will leave only Holly still unmet. Just knowing she's 'tall' at 5'4" makes me warm to her... ;)
Meadow, where are you? Haven't heard from you in ages!
Rose, is the smoking BF a new one, or the one you were having second thoughts about? Whichever, you go girl! ;)
Mel, sweetie, here's wishing for a speedy recovery, followed by a solid six months (at least) with no outbreaks of any of those annoying problems. We need you here every day - you always make us laugh and stop us from taking ourselves too seriously. Hello to Jen too, and thanks for dropping in to give us an update!
Shad, how much longer will you be in Perth? Any chance of a contract in Brisbane next time? If we organize an Ontario get-together, should we expect you to zip over and join us? :rofl:
I did go for a good hike on Wolf Trail last week. It turned out to be a very warm day (around 22C). So when I got down to the parking lot, I took a look at the lake, thought 'What the h***', went over and went for a quick swim :swim:!!! The water was probably cold, but I was far too numb to know for sure. But I got home all refreshed and sweat-free, and feeling pretty darned proud of myself. Yesterday was another hiking day with an old friend, culminating in birthday dinner at a shelter in the park. Lovely salads, smoked salmon, sundry goodies, and lovely bubbly drunk out of lexan champagne flutes. Then a slightly giggly walk back in the dark with our little headlamps lit, and an hour or two of coffee and 'rest' so I could drive home. The fall colours are looking wonderful, and we managed to pick the only rain-free day this week!
Happy, I was sorry to hear your trip away had been spoiled by noisy neighbours. (Another pet peeve I didn't mention above. :lol:) But I'd love to visit the Smoky Mountains some day, and do a little hiking there if my feet ever cooperate. I've heard it's beautiful. I am a little worried though: if Tennessee goes smoke-free, will they have to bulldoze the whole park? :lol3:
Painter, I keep thinking of you when I'm out in the woods, but so far never have my camera with me when I see the perfect tree. Or else it's raining or grey or misty. I did take a bunch of photos last week, but the colours were a little washed out. So no perfect landscape for you to use your talents to reproduce.
As always, I'm sure I've missed some one. But I'm afraid if I go back beyond the posts I can see below I'll lose the whole post, so this will have to do. On Monday I'll adjust my ticker - in the wrong direction, I'M afraid - and then get back on track. No more excuses! And tonight I'm tentatively booked into my first spin class in two years. If it works out I'll have a pretty sore tushy tomorrow. :yikes: I used to enjoy spinning a lot, and it's a very efficient way to burn calories, so I'm really hoping to get back into the habit.
Bye all! :wave:
10-11-2007, 08:00 PM
I did it! After almost two years, I made it to a spin class tonight. I had totally forgotten how much I enjoy it, and how good it feels to stop. :rofl: My only complaint is that they tend to play the music too loud for my tender old ears. But like Scarlett, I'll worry about that tomorrow. For tonight, it's all 'I am woman, watch me sweat'... :D :carrot:
10-11-2007, 08:44 PM
Having ranted and raved all yesterday and being the senior member of this thread, I am about to reinvent the no go topics!
First I'm going to apologise to the worldly chicks for a whole page full of ranting about the dubious joys of smoking. Quite frankly I don't care whether anyone smokes or not, it is a personal decision and they have to answer to a higher authority at some stage in their life. I don't care for people to smoke around me when I am eating. I won't have them smoke in my house or flat or car but that is my decision on how I live. My friends understand this.
However neither I nor anyone else has the right to demand that someone stop doing what ever it is that offends even if we know the answers and think we are well educated on the subject. For that I apologise to this thread and to the 3 sisters who give us the opportunity to air our problems and frustrations with some many people.
Also as the 'senior' member of this thread, I am going to go back several years and reiterate some of the rules and maybe we should think about updating these rules.
On this thread we decided long ago that unless it was a humourous dig at life the following subjects were not to be mentioned:
Dire family relationships
Personal digs at each other
So far we seemed to have managed to keep most of those under control. I am aware that some of us have undergone some life changes in this time and that they have been mentioned from time to time. We've had a wedding where we were all able to rejoice, we've have the birth of a baby, another joyous occasion although the poor mum didn't fare so well in the ensuing year or so. We've had problems with teenager and step mothers and parents. We've had death and destruction, but somehow we have managed to get along with out too much disharmony and a lot of honesty and a fair amount of fun.
So I am about to add another couple of things to the list. It seems that with several diametrically opposed ideas we will have to skip the following as well.
as well as
Food Porn :censored:
Dire family relationships :censored:
Personal digs at each other :censored:
Oh Mel is the exception with politics since she deals in local elections etc. and we hear some really funny stories from her.
Food porn consists of anything that we absolutely adore and which is probably illegal, immoral or fattening.
If anyone has any problem with this, or has something to add to the list please let me know or put it in a post so we can discuss the issue.
Gotta go, but I'll be back. There is a butt (human variety) just waiting to be splatted.
I refuse not to discuss perfume, since one of this worlds bestest things to the fragrance from a rose on a beautiful autumn or spring morning in Brisbane or the smell of Jasmine in spring.
So okay this is it.
10-11-2007, 11:20 PM
Gosh, Shad, I feel we've all been soundly spanked! Or is adult spanking ;) :censored: too? :(
I had no idea there was a list of verboten subjects, and apologize for whining about the egregious SM. But no more! Maybe when a new chick joins our thread someone should PM them the list of do's and don't's...
10-11-2007, 11:29 PM
Nah, we don't mind the funny side of it. And let's face it we have to rant from time to time. Yesterday got completely out of whack.
I don't mind the funnies. You want whacking - okay, I send some one right on over. It's when two opposing sides oppose that I get up and carry on.
Yes we do have some rules, but they are only to stop anyone being intentionally or unintentionally offended. There's been too many chickies disappear off the site in a huff through percieved or intentional insult and usually caused by the above factors.
I can laugh at the step mum and your rants. I can feel for you as well. So carry right on. Just don't murder her and try to justify it.
10-11-2007, 11:51 PM
Well, sh**. If I can't murder the old witch, what's the point? I was counting on you lot to be my alibi...
Rennie, I'm not feeling too tired from my class, but I have a feeling I'll be hobbling around like a very, very old lady tomorrow. And of course sitting down may not be an option. :lol3: I've signed up for another class Monday night, and have plans to trick a friend into entering my evil spinning web...
Have we scared oneday@atime away forever? Seemed like a nice person, but maybe our little outbreak of opinionitis scared her away? Come back, nice little person, we're really harmless, I promise.
10-12-2007, 12:53 AM
Oneday only posts a couple of times a week normally. I shouldn't think we have frightened her off. She'll be back probably after the weekend. Maybe she is waiting for the dust to settle - maybe she doesn't like dusting.
10-12-2007, 08:02 AM
I JUST WANTED TO SAY HELLO. ALMOST 100% BUT NOT QUITE. THE NAUSEA SEEMS TO BE PERSISTENT!! JEN HASN'T HAD TIME TO READ AND IS WITH THE INLAWS. MORE DRAMA. WILL CATCH UP AND TRY TO READ OVER THE WEEKEND. HOPE YOU ARE ALL WELL AND HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND. :moped:
10-12-2007, 08:06 AM
*cough* *cough* Dust bothers me which is why I have Donna to clean.
My weekend company has canceled out due to weather - the guys don't hunt in wet weather. How wussy is that?! I'm not too disappointed and am going to cozy in for the weekend - I may even light the woodstove for the first time this year. Hershey lies beside it on her back toasting her tummy while I doze off on the couch. You know, DH#1 used to fall asleep after dinner which really pi$$ed me off! Things have come full circle now and I'm the dozer! Who knew?
Today I plan to quilt and also tackle more of my disaster of a sewingroom. I quilt downstairs because the sewingroom is such a mess. I may take before and after pictures and just do the darn thing. I get up there, start, find something interesting and lose my focus.
Another coffee and some dog cuddling and I'll crank up my Friday.
10-12-2007, 08:56 AM
Good morning chicks,
Yesterday was a long, very busy, very frustrating day. When I got home and DH asked how was my day - I said the best thing I can say is that it's over. I used to work very hard and laugh alot. Now I still work very hard but gripe alot. What changed?
Shad, thanks for the reminder on verboten subjects. I promise to read it but ... can't say I will always adhere to it because... you know me ;)
Carla - I so greatly admire anyone who does a spin class. Everyone poo poos it and says oh, it's not that bad. Sure. I can't do 5 minutes on the Lifecycle much less a spin class. So here's to you lady http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/woo.gif
Mel - hope you are back with us soon. We miss you :cry:
Ruth - I broke down yesterday and finally turned a bit of heat on in the car and stood in front of the warm oven this morning. It was soooo nice. So enjoy that stove because Hershey has the right idea.
Rennie - are you over your cold/bronchitis/sniffles or will it just turn itself up and down for the next few months?
Time for me to run. I'm hoping for a quiet day at work as most of my team will be out. Maybe I'll have a chance to catch up. See yah...
10-12-2007, 09:33 AM
Carla ~ Ok, not that I am advocating this, but I remember reading somewhere that if someone does commit a murder, the smart thing to do is hide the body and tell no one. Apparently most murderers are caught because they just have to blab about it! :lol: :lol: Good for you and the spinning! You should maybe try light ear plugs for the music? That has always been the one thing that makes me reconsider doing one of those classes.
Shad~ Thanks for being that wee voice of reason, yet again. You know, I can completely see you putting your foot down just like that at work. I can see how you herd roosters! Good work. BTW, you aren’t senior member of this thread, are you? I guess that makes me junior member… no wait, I think I’m still older than Holly. And Suzi (if she ever returns). Or were you thinking senior as in “longest term of service”? :lol: No food porn? The mind boogles. That reminds me that I just volunteered to join our local neighbourhood association, as the rep for our co-op. I might have a few good political stories from that. And Mel’s stories are always good.
Mel!!!! :wave: Keep your head down and avoid the drama. How come people never have family comedy? That would be much more fun.
Ruth~ Sitting by the fire on a rainy October weekend sounds ideal to me. And a wood stove. Nice. We have a new couch which seems to be particularly sleep-inducing. I haven’t hade it through watching a CFL game yet (and I’m sure it has nothing to do with the football :lol:). Personally I think pets have some sort of hypnotic ability so that they can will us to stay put and not disturb them.
Happy~ Sorry you job is being such a pain. Maybe you need to put a bit of silliness back into your work week. Are these new co-workers not as amusing as the old ones? The only reason I put up with some of the garbage here is that I really find my coworkers funny as all heck. It’s a lot of hours to spend if you aren’t getting some joy out of it. So, how do you fix that?
Shy~ I don’t mind some perfume, but why do some people feel they need to bathe in it? :lol: I hope you are all healed up and that you have a lovely weekend.
Roseblush~ So nice to “see” you. Yes, inconvenient things those men. It always seems just when you are going along fine and have no time or inclination, they show up. Quilt shops are a dangerous place.
Ok, I better get to work. Oh, it was a long day yesterday. I worked from 7:30 to 5… then left, went to dinner with a friend, and then came home and edited a document for another two hours. Man, am I ever happy to see Friday this week. Busy weekend planned. Tomorrow I’m going to do a trip to the gym and some shopping and then we’ll drop in on the in-laws who have freshly returned from Portugal. Sunday is the annual Ontario wine tour where a bunch of us rent a van and spend the day wandering around the Niagara region, sampling, and enjoying the fall colours. I’ll take my camera! I’ll try to make it back sometime this weekend, but if I don’t everyone enjoy your time off!!
:hug:Chickies and Chicklets!
10-12-2007, 02:12 PM
Just a brief hello. It seems that when the days start getting shorter I run out of time faster.
Shad--Thanks for the reminders.
Happy--Hope things improve at your new job. Give it a couple of more weeks and see if things are getting easier.((hugs))
Mel--Feel better soon.
Ruth--Your sewing room sounds like my mom's sewing room. I could never find anything but if I asked her where something was she could put her hand right on it. Just shut the door behind you when you leave. That's what mom did. Cozing up to a fire this week end sounds divine. Don't forget the hot chocolate.
Madcat--my new couch seems to induce sleep also. Enjoy your week end trip to the falls.
Carla--I'm proud of you for doing that spin class.
I'm leaving today for Paragould for the week end. And still have some things I want to do.
10-12-2007, 07:06 PM
10-12-2007, 11:33 PM
Well I meant to be at work hours ago, but fun and shopping got in the road. Such is life.
It's another beautiful day and the air con is off in the office. I dare say I could prowl around and turn it on but like most things in life - its still comfortable enough for me to say I am warm without wanting to doze off to sleep.
I'm here at work because of my failure to instill a sense of urgency in any of my team. They are all lovely people, but....... Geez I wish they could get a move on. The one that knows everything has to dot every i and cross every t and tell me about errors in documentation which are not so much errors as not having the information she requires in the picture. I keep saying it's been passed by the business get on with it. She talks about someone (her other boss) insisting that it will have to be changed. I keep saying, we'll change it if and when A: it becomes absolutely necessary or B We run out of other things to do! She is an Engineer. I have a poster at home that states There comes a time in every project when you simply have to shoot the engineer and get on with it. I think I might bring it back with me next time I go home.
Glad no one took any offence at my little homily yesterday. Time comes around when we have to remind ourselves about how we keep our little group going and growing and it certainly doesn't help when elements go hammer and tongs at each other to the detriment of other things and people.
Carla - hows the hobbling going? I was thinking of you this morning as I went about my weekly shop and stopped off at the bottle store - there was some wine there with a picture on the label that looked like the hills and lakes we went to and swum at. Pretty picture. I didn't buy the wine. Picked up some Yellow :censored: in small bottles and some Margaret River :censored: and some NZ :censored:. Just looking by at that I should have put :censored: on most of that. Better go back and do it. I also got some NZ :censored: for bribes for the coming week to speed up the natives.
Mel - glad to see you back but don't overdo it. I'm quite sure you can wait to see what went before. Most of the rest of us wish we did. Take care of the ears, eyes and everyother thing. Talking of other things I saw on a website the other day that there is an organic honey company in NZ which seems to think they have made a break through in natural ingredients - of which activeX honey is one which is having grand results with acne and rosacea. I will keep a check on the reports coming in and let you know what gives. Take it easy
Ruth - presume the dust is why you weren't in yesterday. I only dust once a year or so I promise. You mentioned you had COPD - I have a friend now diagnosed with that. At the moment I can't seem to get hold of her - she lives in Japan, I must tell her that after living for years in total ignorance of the condition, I now have two friends with the same thing!
Hershey has the right idea. We used to have a German Shepherd who loved to lie on his back with his feet sticking up and resting against the wall. I used to look at him and sadly shake my head - this was my guard dog? :shrug: Enjoy these long and lazy days. You will be busy enough when the social life of Delta cranks up again and you are doing Delta in Bloom, Fairs, School shows, financial books for all and sundry and keeping track of the church, vicar, doctor, neighbours, H not to mention baking, cooking, clearing, gardening and all the other myriad of things that you do.
Happy, it seems that years ago, we went to work, had a chat with the desk next door, enquired about the health of the accountants wife, checked on the grandchildren of the receptionist, had time to drink coffee and have lunch and still got through the required amount of work. These days, you are lucky if you are not at a meeting when someones birthday cake comes around and morning and afternoon teas are non existent - you can't even finish a coffee before it goes stone cold and you are expected to put in extra hours just because you like the place and haven't caught up with the extra work that you got because the receptionist got made redundant, the job at the desk next door is now only part time and the accountant is now replaced by a 3rd year uni student on his days off from lectures. We still have a fair amount of laughter here, but there is no such thing as an 8 hour day any more. As a contractor I'm expected to put in 10 hours a day for my exaggerated pay. It comes at a cost. I can understand that statement of yours.
Madcat - No, I'm not chronologically the oldest member of the thread - but I can remember Happy and I arrived at about the same time and those who were around then like Shaker and KiwiAnnie and Teel now sadly have drifted away. I still keep in touch with Teel privately, but don't have any addresses, emails or phone numbers for the others. I think that Mel and Ruth are a little older than me and then there is a whole group of Carla, Happy, Painter, Ceejay - chronologically speaking. Your and Holly and Suzi are our youth and hopes for the future - did that just put some pressure on you????
Okay - I think I just ran out of time. I'd better go and see if I can come up with the answers to lifes questions regarding capacity planning and scheduling. Then I have to get to and try and figure out what my rooster has done with powerpoint to get a presentation in such a muddle as he has.
Hello to those I didn't mention. Hope everything is going okay with those of use who put a challenge forward this month. I'll shall return later. That's a threat not a promise.
10-13-2007, 05:04 AM
I've read and caught up. Good WI at WW. Chores tomorrow, then brunch and football on sunday. And some painting, I hope.
I love fall.
10-13-2007, 07:24 AM
Rise and Shine!!!!!
I can barely see the pale sunrise thru the trees at 7:16 am. Winter is coming.
Off to work in an hour. Hubby was asleep last night by 8pm, kids at 9pm, i was shortly after. What a sleepy bunch. I will miss hockey today at 11 Sad
Have a glorious day!!
10-13-2007, 08:03 AM
Very quiet and relaxed here this morning. The furnace has me nice and cozy in my chenille robe and Hershey is lying under my desk. Nothing like putting your feet on a warm dog. :)
Today and tomorrow I intend to relax and just do what Iwant to do. (Church and a visit to Harry are the only "musts".) I leave for Georgia early Thursday morning so have stuff to do the first of the week but this is MY weekend. As I typed that, I got a call from a parishioner to put something in the Church bulletin and was delighted to say I'd already printed it. I refrained from telling her she was an idiot or reminding her of the deadline and even said "Have a nice day" - I guess I'm mellowing :lol: although that could have been construed as sarcasm!
So the agenda is some painting, some quilting and some reading. Doesn't that sound great? :carrot:
Hope your weekend is peaceful as mine is planned to be.
10-13-2007, 08:06 AM
IT TOOK ME A LONG TIME JUST TO READ THIS PAGE :rofl: BUT AFTER THIS POST I AM GOING BACK TO WHERE I LEFT OFF. JOHN WENT TO THE STORE FOR ME. I WAS A HAPPY CAMPER. HE HAS BEEN HOVERING. SOMETHING HAPPENED TO HIM THE DAY JEN HAD HER ACCIDENT AND HE HAS BEEN VERY NEAR AT HAND EVER SINCE. HE'S SUCH A CRUSTY OLD CODGER TOO. YESTERDAY HE TOLD ME HOW MUCH HE LOVES HIS WIFE AND WANTS DESPERATELY TO RETIRE WITH HER IN FLORIDA BEFORE HE GETS TOO OLD. POOR OLD TOMCAT. :hug: GONNA POST THIS AND GO READ. I SEEM TO REMEMBER TELLING YOU ALL TO STAY OUT OF TROUBLE BUT THIS PAGE HINTS AT SOMETHING ELSE.....:moped: BE RIGHT BACK...........
RUTHIE~ A COZY WEEKEND WITH THIS KIND OF WEATHER IS A GOOD THING! YOU REALLY NEED TO TAKE SOME TIME OUT FOR YOURSELF...I HAVE FINALLY LEARNED HOW TO DO THIS AND IT DIDN'T KILL ME LIKE I THOUGHT IT WOULD :rofl:
**and sometimes sarcasm can be a very good thing!!!
:wave: TO HOLLY
:wave: TO CEEJAY IN PARAGOULD
RENNIE~ I ALWAYS FEEL BETTER SOONER WHEN I IGNORE IT AND I AM!! :lol3: HOPE YOU DO TOO! LOL
SHAD~ I WAS HOPING BY NEOW THE FEAR OF SHADDIE HAD BEEN INSTILLED IN THE PEONS!:rofl: GOOD LUCK :hug: THIS WEEK AND THE POSTER CRACKED ME UP!! :lol3:
FUNNY YOU SHOULD TALK OF HONEY. I HAVE A HOMEMADE MIS OF HONEY, OATMEAL, CORNMEAL, HONEY AND ALMOND EXTRACT. THE DR TOLD ME I CANNOT USE IT ON THE ROSACEA AND I TOSSED IT OUT. WELL....YOU KNOW A FEW MONTHS AGO I BEGAN USING IT AND IT EXFOLIATES THE FACE AND THE HONEY , I THINK, IS HEALING THE SKIN. SLOWLY BUT SURELY. SO KEEP ME POSTED! :dance:
HAPPY~ YOU SOUTHERN BELLE YOU! :belly: I WAS JUST TELLING THE "BOYS" THE OTHER DAY THAT I USED TO BE SUCH A NICE PERSON. KIND OF LIKE CLARK KENT.....NOT ONLY DID WE TURN INTO SUPER WOMEN BUT NOW I HAVE BECOME MRS JECKYLL AND HYDE!! :lol3: SOME DAY WE WILL TURN BACK INTO OUR OLD SWEET SELVES :encore:
MADCAT~ PLEASE DON'T GIVE ME ANY IDEAS...I CAN THINK OF A FEW I COULD DRAG AWAY AND HIDE UNDER OUR SHED OUT IN THE BACKYARD! :rofl:
PAINTER~ SOUNDS LIKE A NICE FALL WEEKEND! ENJOY!
10-13-2007, 08:34 AM
Hi MEL, good to see you.....
10-13-2007, 08:41 AM
So glad the weekend is here. I am so tired lately with too much to do. I have not lit my little fireplace yet as the house stays warm enough right now but my little Teeka just loves the warmth of the fire too. Next weekend I should be getting more company and I hope to have this weekend to catch up with some projects...although I can never be totally done. This time of year I want to rearrange every room and just sort of make things cozy for the winter.
This afternoon I do hope to spend some time on my new craft and see if I can make something cool. I have not even tried my new sewing machine yet.
Shad I would like to have an address to write to Teel is that is possible....maybe you could ask her if it would be ok and then I could send her greetings now and then. I miss hearing bout her life and the music.
MOrning Ruth and Hershey hope you have a great weekend too, just doing what you want to do.... I get lots done in the mornings but by afternoon I am sort of slowing down.....
My best to everyone....take good care....Mel so glad you are back and healing.
10-13-2007, 09:29 AM
:wave: HELLO NAE!!! :hug: AFTER YOU COZY UP YOUR HOUSE YOU CAN DO MIONE:encore: WOULD BE NICE TO SEE DARBY SPEND HIS LAST YEARS WITH YOU. WHEN THE OWNER COMES HOME...CRY A LOT!! MAYBE THEY WILL TAKE PITY! BLIZZARDS!!! YIKES!! STAY WARM! AND HOPE THEY STAY BELOW YOU! A NEW SEWING MACHINE IS ENVEN BETTER THAN A NEW MAN :rofl:
HAPPY~ MY AUNT AND UNCLE TOOK ME TO SC ONE SUMMER AND THEY DROVE ME THRU THE SMOKEYS. I LOVED IT AND REMEMBER SOME OF IT TO THIS DAY. ESPECIALLY WHEN WE GOT OUT AT THE TOP. SIGH. TOO BAD ABOUT THE RUDE PEOPLE AND THE HAMSTER WHEEL. HOPE WORK GOES WELL THIS WEEK AND NO RUSH!!
RENNIE~ GLAD YOU FEEL BETTER AND I TOO AM AN EX SMOKER SO I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL. WHEN THE TIME TO QUIT COMES, YOU WILL KNOW IT. LET ME KNOW IF I CAN BE OF HELP THEN. SORRY TO SAY MY JEN STILL SMOKES BUT IT'S NOT HER "TIME" YET EITHER. :hug:
CEEJAY~ HOPE PARAGOULD AND THE AUNT AND UNCLE ARE DOING WELL. BET THEY ARE GLAD TO HAVE YOU FOR A WEEKEND! ALSO GOOD TO HEAR YOU FEEL BETTER TOO....I LOVE FALL AND COOLER AIR ALSO!:cheer:
SHAD~ I HAVE TO STILL LOOK AT THE PICS! GLAD YOU JOINED THE GYM. ESPECIALLY WHEN IT GETS HOT! SO DS2 IS ALWAYS THE SHUTTLERT AND NEVER THE FLYER? SOUNDS LIKE A BRIDESMAID! :rofl: HOPE THE DB GETS WHERE HE IS GOING AND STAYS "CLEAN".
RUTH~ MR VERTIGO ASSAULTED ME WITH NO WARNING OR CONSENT!! HOW RUDE!!!!!!! I LOVE THE IDEA OF THE QUILTING CLASSES! WHAT, BTW, HAS HAPPENED TO THE FATE OF THE LONGHORN? INQUIRING MINDS NEED TO KNOW! :lol3:
CARLA~TOO BAD YOU COULD NOT JOIN THE GIRLS BUT THEN YOU DIDN'T NEED TO ADD TO RUTH'S WINE BOTTLE COLLCTION IN THE TRASH BIN! WHATEVER WILL THE NEIGHBORS THINK? :yikes: :faint: :rofl: AS FOR THE SPINNING MUSIC...CAN YOU WEAR A SWEATBAND OVER THE EARS OR PLUGS? JUST A THOUGHT FOR THOSE TENDER LISTENERS....I HAVE THEM ALSO!!!
MADCAT~ I DO BELIEVED WHEN YOU GOT MARRIED, YOU MIGHT HAVE GOTTEN THE LAST OF THE SWEETIES!! STICK TO HIM LIKE GLUE AND TO YOUR STORY OF ABSENCE....I BELIEVE YOU....SURE I DO! :hug:
PATTY~ I AM GLAD WW IS WORKING SO WELL FOR YOU. I THOUGHT OF YOU AND YOUR FRIEND AND SEND MORE HUGS AND GOOD THOUGHTS. :hug:
PAINTER~ NOPE...THE UNATTEDED COOKING MAN GOT AWAY WITH IT WITH JUST A WARNING. TOO BAD HUH? HAPPY PAINTING!! ARE YOU STILL KNITTING GORGEOUS THINGS? YOUR FRIEND IS LUCKY TO HAVE YOU. LET ME KNOW IF YOU PASS THE ONCOLOGY TEST AND WE CAN HIRE YOU IN THIS BUILDING!!! :rofl:
HOLLY~ THANKS FOR SHARING THOSE PICTURES.
WOW WHEN I WENT BACK I WAS EXPECTING SOMETHING REALLY EXPLOSIVE...WHAT A LET DOWN. :rofl: :rofl:
IT'S GOOD TO BLOW OFF STEAM. IT CLEARS THE AIR. MAYBE NOW WE CAN GET ON WITH OUR JOURNIES BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS COME AND SCREW US ALL UP FOOD WISE. I KNOW IF I DON'T GET A BETTER GRIP ON MY "HEALTHY" THOUGHTS I WON'T FEEL LIKE CELEBRATING AT ALL.
SO THIS WEEK LET US ALL THINK ONLY OF ONE THING:
AFTER ALL....IT'S ONLY
31 Minutes AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!
10-13-2007, 10:27 AM
CARLA!!! HOPE YOU HAVE A VERY SPECIAL DAY TODAY!!! ENJOY EVERY MINUTE OF IT!!!
AND AS RUTH WOULD SAY....SQUEEZE EVERY BIT OF FRASSING GOODNESS OUT OF IT!!
10-13-2007, 12:44 PM
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f153/peacefulgoddess/DSCF1200.jpg Some more pics from my journey, down Picton way.
10-13-2007, 02:41 PM
Whoosh....just did some shopping in Sears Catalogue....snow suits for both kids and black wash jeans and black cords for me for work and a couple of bras. I could probably get the snow suits a bit cheaper but the drive to the city and shopping with 2 kids...this seems easier. The kids will get 2 years out of the snow suits too.
I haven't done any cleaning yet but hubby and I did sweep the chimney. Now he is giving the grass a last cut before winter.
I will clean the dining room and office and kitchen for sure today at least!
We will have a fire toinght...going down to 6C.
10-13-2007, 02:45 PM
Hollyhock, I'll join you beside the fire! I am going to horse the exercise bike out to the barn and bring in some wood and kindling. It'll be the first this year! I MUST order more wood this week.
10-13-2007, 05:04 PM
I MUST BE INVISIBLE TODAY :faint:
10-13-2007, 05:13 PM
We had a short hailstorm here an hour or so ago, followed by an incredible full rainbow and then a double rainbow (faintly visible in the second photo)! The first pic is from my balcony/cat prison, the second from my bedroom window. And the third is Meech Lake, where Shad and I swam in June and where I had a quick dip 10 days ago!
And Mel, I think you're not the only invisible one around here! :dunno: Thanks for the cute ecard you sent - finally, a greeting the cat can't knock off the shelf! :rofl: Canadian by injection???? Huh? I really should read the avatar notes more often, not that I usually have a clue what they mean.
10-13-2007, 05:21 PM
Holly, great photos. Whose cats are they? Did they leave any turkey for the rest of you? ;)
I put my photos into the body of a text so I could copy the whole thing, but for some reason the photos didn't show up on our thread. How do y'all do that anyway???
10-13-2007, 05:30 PM
OOOOO CARLA!! I THOUGHT I DIED AND DIDN'T KNOW IT YET :rofl: FELT LIKE I WAS TALKING TO MYSELF TODAY. HOPE YOUR BIRTHDAY IS GOING WELL? ANY EMPTY BOTTLES YOU WANT TO CONFESS YET?? :cheers:
I THINK I SEE THE HAIL...BUT THEN I HAVE LOTS OF SPOTS BEFORE MY EYES!! :dizzy: HAIL AND A RAINBOW JUST IN TIME FOR THE BIRTHDAY PARTY!! !! i LOVE ALL THE PICS TODAY. I LOVED THE ECARD ALSO....SHADES OF AN ERA GONE BY. :dance: HAVE A WONDERFUL NIGHT.
OOH YES...I WAS MARIED TO A MAN BORN IN LABRADOR AND LIVED IN HALIFAX. A CRAZY CANADIAN IF I EVER SAW ONE. MY MIL IS IN HALIFAX NOW I THINK....I FORGET. JEN WOULD KNOW. ALSO MY FATHER WAS BORN IN CANADA. MY GRAM WAS BORN IN INDIA, AND WENT TO ENGLAND WHERE SHE MET A MAN AND THEY MARRIED AND WENT TO CANADA AND THEN THE USA. HAD MY FATHER IN CANADA AND MY AUNT IN THE USA. MAYBE THAT'S WHY I WAS ATTRACTED TO THE EX-DH! :rofl: :rofl:
10-13-2007, 05:57 PM
So, Mel, you really are Canadian by injection! Exactly what I first thought, except without the family tree for confirmation. ;)
Not too many recyclables yet - I've been leaving them scattered here and there for others to deal with.
It wasn't your eyes - the photos were post-hail, so you really won't see it. But the bars on the balcony have certainly come in handy when I've been just about ready to give a big grey furry fellow the heave-ho - no matter how hard I shoved, he just wouldn't fit through the little squares. :lol3: Do you suppose I'll get in poop with the boss for talking about a dire family relationship, or don't cats count? :)
Gotta go - out to eat too much and drink too much too, but at least the trail of bottles won't followed me home.
10-13-2007, 06:28 PM
Oh Miss Mel!!! Not invisible at all. :o Didn't you hear me think out loud that I was very glad your were feeling a bit better.:grouphug:
Hey, Happy Birthday Carla.:cheers:You should put your bottles in Ruth's recycling her guys are used to it.
10-13-2007, 06:51 PM
CARLA~ HAVE A GREAT TIME! :belly: AND I WENT UP TO THE ROOF TO TOSS MYSELF OFF BUT THE ROOFERS PUT UP A NEW FENCE!!!! :rofl: :rofl: (ACTUALLY THE ELEVATOR DOESN'T GO THAT FAR) GOOD THING IT DOESN'T CAUSE PEOPLE SEE US NOW! :rofl:
RENNIE~ I POSTED ON THE XMAS THREAD....TRYING TO KEEP IT ALIVE. THINK ONLY YOU AND I ARE DONE SHOPPING! :hohoho: EXCEPT I AM LOOKING FOR A SHIRT FOR RICHIE STILL. I GOOGLED THE SONG BUT IT DOESN'T SOUND LIKE THE ONE IN MY HEAD!....SO I THINK YOU ARE RIGHT!
HOLLY~ THE PICS ARE TOO CUTE WITH THE CAT ESPECIALLY. LOOKS LIKE HE HAD HIS MEAL AND WAS READY FOR A BIG BURP TO MAKE ROOM FOR MORE.
SHADDIE.....COME OUT AND PLAY!! :dance:
10-13-2007, 11:50 PM
Actually Rennie, I think I agree with the daughter. Yuk.
Carla - The boss (whoever that may be - are you trying to wind me up?) says - that if the cat misbehaves, undo the wires and make the holes bigger! That's Plant Maintenance talking.
Oh Carla - Happy Birthday. May you have the most pleasant day and a lot more of them. I had a couple of glasses of Champagne for you yesterday - here's to Carla I said as I poured 2 flutes full. You didn't drink yours so I did. I even bought you some flowers and took a picture of it. There you go then.
Mel - why are you saying you are invisible? I can see you here. I'm sorry I am late today but had to go to the markets to take the flowers back since Carla didn't want them. Good to see you back my friend. Hope that nasty Italian has gone away for good - try a Spaniard or Portie next time and see if they treat you any better.
Holly - are those cats real?? If Sunday got on the table like that, she'd be put outside without opening the door, but even so she wouldn't sit still and gaze at the feast - if she doesn't have to catch it, she's quick on the tooth. Those cats actually look like they are ready to order the full menu.
Nice photos by the way and happy catalogue shopping.
Rose - nice to see you back and posting a bit more regularly. I'd like to think that the dog might spend his last days in a place where he is loved and happy. Offer to adopt him for the time - mind you with you working on him frequently he may live to be very old. Happy sewing. I will certainly have a chat to Teel - I will probably ring her when I go home in a fortnights time and get back to you. Sorry that is 2 weeks to those who don't understand a fortnight
Ruth - that sewing room must be overflowing by now. I don't think you showed me the sewing room did you? Taking the bike out to the shed? Will it return? Is it condemned to live life out in the barn from now on? Inquiring minds should know the answers to these questions.
Who have I missed - didn't I see Painter there in the mix somewhere? Haven't seen Happy but she is no doubt putting the finishing touches to the house for the weekend. Or she is cast doing a report for someone somewhere who will never read it anyway.
I went to the markets this morning and picked up the fruit and veg for the week, also the flowers for the week and the paper which I have yet to have a look at. No doubt I will get to it later tonight or early tomorrow while I try to watch at least some of the second semi final of the World Rugby Cup. England beat France this morning - which I wasn't too excited about. I didn't really care too much since the NZers are not there, but the least I could get excited about was that the team that beat them should go to the final and that didn't happen. If the Argentinians should beat the South Africans tonight it will be the Falklands War all over again. I hope the Poms don't win the cup again tho'. I find it amazing that a team which I don't think has won an important game since the last world cup 4 years ago can go this far. But enough - you lot don't know rugby union and I shouldn't try to push my hopes, fears and depression on you about that.
Okay - I'm back at work for another shot at the roosters mess and I took it home last night to read and inwardly digest however at 2.00am this morning I woke to find all the pages on the floor in no particular order and me lying half off the couch. Such riveting information. I think I will just have to bite the bullet and re do it. :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum:
One last positive thought. This morning I had breakfast with the Mother of one of the Roosters from the Townsville project - remember them? Came to work late and to make up for it, left early? Well apparently the rooster has complained to his mum that the project he is now on is awful compared to the last one and he and Rooster2 didn't realise how lucky they were having me to harass them! Rooster2 will be in the west to do some training later this month. We are planning a reunion. Unfortunately it will be the weekend I go home so we will have to be a bit subdued and dine out during the week.
With that I am outa here. :wave: :wave: :wave: :wave: :wave: to all the chickies around the world - most of whom will be asleep at this time. Sweet dreams
10-14-2007, 12:08 AM
Sorry people but all this talk of eating worms has me completely "skeeved out" as my sister would say.
I'll be back in a few days when hopefully you've moved on to other topics.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/happybirthday20.gif Carla Hope you had lots of fun and a wonderful birthday today. Loved the rainbow pictures too!
10-14-2007, 01:39 AM
Aaah Happy come back - we're off worms and on to the number of bottles in Ruth's trash can and whether Carla will sneak down there and add another couple. Most riveting stuff.
10-14-2007, 07:12 AM
:lol: Well, the bottle collection was to go to recycle yesterday but I had a severe case of hominess (is that a word?) and stayed home the whole day doing "me" things. Maybe I should use homeliness - the original meaning? Anyhow my class quilt project is nearly done - one more class. Hershey spent the day lying on my feet whenever she could. I think she is still grieving Lucy's loss and is very, very sucky.
MEL, of course we see you and are glad to see you back with us. I didn't know you were Canadian by injection as Carla says. Would that be hormone injection? :rofl: I knew there was a special reason why I liked you aside from your rowdiness. What's this Christmas thread or is it a secret?
Carla, happy belated birthday. It was so nice to see the rainbow and Ottawa pics. Do you overlook the canal? I think this is how you link in your pics:
you do then http:// the rest of the link such as photobucket and then add .
Happy, yup, the wormy stuff sure is a turn off. I was considering getting a worm composter but not sure now. :lol:
Painter, I'll be thinking of you when I paint this afternoon. I haven't touched a brush in two weeks but need something to show at class tomorrow.
Shad, the exercise bike is a no-no until I get the dratted knee done which probably won't be until late March at best. The bike is just a dust catcher and in the way in the back room so out to the barn it goes. I can use the recumbant bike at the gym and would like to get one but they take up too much room. Those guys you work with sound like a real pain. When carrot on a stick doesn't work, try thumb in the bum! Worked for me back when I was "The Skirt".
Roseblush, what's the "new craft"? I must have missed it in re-reading the many, many posts in here. I must admit that I am suddenly addicted to quilting. Maybe that's part of making things cozy for winter.
Hollyhock, a week ago we were recovering from our lovely evening. That was so much fun and will definitely be repeated. Let me take the bottles to recycle first, OK?
I didn't make it to the nursing home yesterday - too darned cold and wet - but Hershey and I will visit Harry this morning after Church. Then it'll be painting and a few loads of laundry. It's a good thing I have 39 pair of undies and can leave laundry so long. I'm getting down to the dregs of my wardrobe so it's time to get with it.
Have a super sunny Sunday no matter the weather! :sunny:
10-14-2007, 08:48 AM
A WORM COMPOSTER.....TOO FUNNY MISS RUTH!! KISS HARRY FOR ALL OF US AND SAY HELLO. HOPE YOU THREE HAVE A HAPPY VISIT. HOW IS THE PAINTING? AND I WILL SEND YOU MY KNICKERS TO WAS TOO....ALTHOUGH WHEN I RUN OUT I JUST DO WITHOUT :rofl: :rofl:
HAPPY~ I PROMISE NO MORE WORMS....LOOK...I EVEN TOOK IT OFF!!! :hug: ALL KIDDING ASIDE THOUGH...SOMETIMES WE ALL NEED A REST OR BREAK. YOUR JOB ETC HAS BEEN A REAL BALL BUSTER TOO THIS YEAR....AND THE SINGING IDIOTS ON VACATION WERE NO HELP AT ALL. :hug:
SHAD~ LOVE THE SHOPPING...ESPECIALLY THE FLOWERS!! NICE TO MEET UP WITH THE MOTHER AND NOW THE KIDS LATER. HAVE FUN! I KNEW THERE WAS SOMETHING I HAVE MEANT TO ASK...I SAW RUSSELL CROWE OIN TV IN A PROGRAM ABOUT HIM AND ANOTHER GUY BUYING THE SOUTHIES. IS THIS OLD NEWS OR NEW/ IS IT WORKING OUT OR NOT? THE SHOW IS WEEKLY APPARENTLY AND THEY JUST BOUGHT THE TEAM. I THINK THEY WILL SHOW IT EVERY WEDNESDAY HERE. DID IT ALSO PLAY OVER THERE? INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW! :rofl:
RENNIE~ I AGREE WITH YOUR DD TOO :lol3:
WONDER IF HOLLY IS STILL LOOKING IN THE CATALOG!!
I HAVE A CHAIR TO CLEAN AND STUFF TO DO IF I WANT TO GO SHOPPING TOMORROW. AND TUESDAY IS FOOD SHOPPING. BUSY START TO THE WEEK. FEELING A BIT "HIBERNATISH" TODAY. CHILLY OUT AND ALL I CAN THINK OF IS MY QUILT AND SLEEPING!!! BEFORE I FALL ASLEEP HERE AT THE KEYBOARD I HAD BETTER GET MY BUTT IN GEAR. HAVE A GREAT DAY.
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY :moped:
10-14-2007, 10:31 AM
Yes those are real cats and they sat and waiting till we were done and then each given a bowl of turkey. Only furbabies in that household and they live a good life.
Shopping completed. Big whooping chunk of money to be parted with but all necessary stuff.
Just about ready for church. It is another cool, sunny morning here. The fire last night was cozy.The usual laundry,groceries and cleaning later today.....
10-14-2007, 11:03 AM
Good morning chicks,
Mel - I'm very glad you are back with us again. Jen sort of hinted that you were putting others before taking care of yourself and I hope you learned your lesson and won't be doing that again soon. It's too hard to recover and not like you can get a few extra hours of sleep and be bouncy bouncy again. Don't make me come down there and lay down the rules for you - I'm much rather :hug: than :drill: :lol: Are you getting any color your way or do you just look over brick, concrete and water? Now that people can see you on the roof you ought to go up there and periodically flash the world. After all, what can they do? Just say your robe slipped :lol3:
Ruth - worms in dirt I can handle. It's the other stuff I can't. I have changed my mind over the last 10 years and am going the cremation route. I hear the worm compost is one of the best for "black gold". We have too much clay in our soil here so you don't see them very much. No worms and no bunnies in the south here.
A fire sounds like a really good idea Holly. Besides a nice cuddly blanket, nothing makes a cool night more cozy.
Shad, I would love to watch you watching a footie game. Although you are giggly enough when the moment warrants, you appear to really get into the game and I just can't picture that from you. I think you'd be quite entertaining - more so than the game :D Isn't it amazing how quickly you can doze off with boring materials? You don't even realize that you've passed out :rofl: Hope you got all the Humpty Dumpty pages back together again.
Carla - hope you had a great birthday and didn't indulge too much. Hope you didn't decide to flash from your balcony either - but if you did - good on yah woman :hat: OMG - I can't believe you were swimming in the lake this time of year. You Canadians are quite the hearty lot. Do you have a fur bathing suit? :lol:
Madcat - seems the perfect weather to be riding the bike. Have you had a chance to get up and about?
Back from the trip to Paragould Ceejay?
What is that Painter is drawing?
Seems like Rennie needs some hot soup. Should we all contribute a recipe?
Nae - I echo the others. Is this a new guy in your life? Hope you get to spend some cuddle time with the other dog.
Starting today I will be posting less frequently here. There are many things that need to be done in my life and they are piling up and making me stressed out. Most importantly they are not getting done by sitting in front of the computer or the TV. So I have made a promise to myself to tackle these things and keep to my committments. I will post a few times a week but it will be shorter posts - probably a relief to you all as I do have a tendency to prattle on.
Carry on ladies... :wave:
10-14-2007, 01:58 PM
RUTHIE~ I STARTED A THREAD FOR 3FC FOR PEOPLE TO USE AMAZON FOR XMAS SHOPPING AND USE THE 3FC LINK INSTEAD OF JUST GOING THERE. THIS WAS 3FC WOULD GET THE CREDIT FOR THE "CLICK" :hohoho:
IT'S UNDER INTRODUCTIONS:
10-14-2007, 02:03 PM
Happy Birthday Carla, hope you had a great day and terrific year to follow....we just keep getting better and better. Mel, Miss Mel, how could anyone ignore yourpresence in any way..... so good to see you back....
Shad I do know what a fortnight is having had a good friend from oz for a few years.... I miss some of those expressions. Hope you job raps up with less stress than it seems to be now.
Happy are you getting company? I am next weekend and have been trying to get some things done around here. I finally have a better idea how to lit my little gas fire place so have just been using it in the mornings...the days have been great!
Holly the kids getting ready for snow.... I miss my boys so much.... my oldest is still tending the goal post for his college I thought he was done but they are having a great year so far....
Ruth my new project are incredible thread a bowls....made one so far and still working out the kinks of it all. I have some other projects going at the same time also...it never ends.
Shy I use to sing the worm song too.... funny stuff!
My turtle tank is clean once again and I don't think those two are eating any of the fish...I am going to stop feeding them til they get the population under control again....geez!
Yes, I am seeing a new fella....stil friends with the other one...finally have that taken care of.... I will see my new guy at the end of the month we have been talking alot on the phone and he is very intelligent and funny...he is a dog guy too....he has an english sheep dog...very cute... both of them......lol.
Well ladies have a great weekend I just got my peppers from my deck garden in the freezer and going out side to burn some odds and ends.....
Have a lovely day,
10-14-2007, 02:03 PM
HAPPY~ I AGREE WITH THE "GETTIN' IT DONE" THEORY!! THAT IS HOW I FELL FOR MR SNEAKY VERTIGO! THIS THREAD WILL ALWAYS BE HERE AND SO WILL WE ALL...
I PERSONALLY THINK YOU ARE MAKING A WISE DECISION AND WILL FOLLOW YOUR LEAD. ME FIRST:dance: AND DON'T YOU MEAN YOU'LL COME "UP" HERE AND BUST MY BUTT??:lol3: :lol3:
ALSO....JEN WOULD AGREE WITH YOU ON CREMATION..AND SO DO I!!!:flame:
10-14-2007, 02:06 PM
:wave: HELLO MISS NAE!!! FIRST TIME WE ARE ON TOGETHER!! HAVE A GREAT DAY!! GLAD YOU WILL BE WITH THE NEW BF SOON! HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME........DOGS AND ALL! :rofl: :rofl:
10-14-2007, 07:36 PM
Have to admit, since we are at this moment talking about it, I'm for cremation. I always have been. I figure that since I will be dead for eternity, there is no way that I can lie down for that long in one postion. So scatter me amid the flowers. Leave no stone for me as I will always be in the wind. My kids were horrified at first. No No they said. So I said well in that case you will have to bury me standing up. I'll get fat if I lie down all that time. And besides standing up will take up less space even if you have to dig deeper and the graveyards take up enough space already. I mean have you seen some of those Italian cemetaries where they have little houses for the departed. Some of them cost up to 15K for goodness sake. And every St Rita's day the family goes right on over and cooks and cleans and visits!!!!! and replaces the curtains and tablecloths. There are some wonderful customs in this world.
Anyway back to the present. The future will no doubt unfold as is should.
Mel - Russel Crowe and the other guy - think he is a local celebrity but for the life of me can't think of his name bought the South Sydney Rugby League team a couple of seasons back (sometimes known as Souths or the Rabbitohs and affectionately called the bunnies). Aussies abbreviate EVERYTHING. Now I'm not big on League but I know that when they bought the club, the team was close to the bottom of the competition. One year later they were the bottom of the competition. However this season has been quite good for the Bunnies and the Crowes and ???? MrX have done a lot for the club. The whole shebang was run down and delapidated. You often see pics of Russell and son Charlie at the footie - little one is wearing a Rabbitoh jumper (green and red horizontal stripes - known over here as hoops). I don't know that Russell has any sort of a show going over here although he does appear from time to time on the Footy Show with the League guys.
Ruth - glad you explained about the bike. It hasn't actually done anything wrong but just needs a shift in location. I hope you are not thinking of taking it out to the barn yourself????
Thumb in bum does not seem to work too well at all. I'm starting to think on red hot pokers and thumbscrews. I can't no instil a sense of urgency anywhere and will be glad when this job is done. Hominess? Homeliness or should it be Homeyness. Whatever, you are going into hibernation I think.
Happy - not sure I want the Humpty Dumpty pages back together again - they are total cr*p and I will have to redo most of the presentation again. There goes another weekend.
As for posting here, well you must do what you can to sort yourself out first. I know this is a subject I harp on, but if you can't get yourself sorted to a point where you are happy with the place you are at, then how can you help out anyone else. Unhappiness with work, with home, with play, with spiritual or emotional wellbeing all contributes towards a non-well being for the person involved. It might sound like "it's all about me" but how can anyone help anyone else through depression, weightloss, money problems, personal woes, when they are suffering the same sort of hopelessness themselves. Give yourself some time. Get on the treadmill and walk slowly and think slowly and sort one thing a day whatever it may be. Okay - lecture over. I look forward to seeing you whenever you make it back.
And here I go again. Out of time, out of space. Work calls. I don't feel like I have had a weekend - oh but then maybe I have not!!
Hello to Rose and Rennie and Holly and Meadow and Carla and Patty - gotta move it see ya
10-14-2007, 10:01 PM
I been MIA this past week. Monday while i was workingout I fell down and hurt my hand and leg pretty bad. We'll not broken or anything but my dumb dislocated and my whole hand swelled up. It's amazing all the things you can't do with only 1 hand. Putting on a bra for instance. Anyway for a few days I had to hand peck to type and things just took longer to do. It's feeling much better, still swollen at the thumb joint. I"m sure that will take a few weeks to go away. Anway i'm going to try working out tomorrow. No hands weights or anything mainly cardio. I have 1/2 month left to lose 5 lbs.
There's lots to catch up on... I think I have 5 pages to read...
will post more later...
10-15-2007, 06:54 AM
Yes, sorting out life does interfere with fun things! I am on that plane this morning as I realize how much I need to get done before I go to Georgia early Thursday morning. I lose a half day each day for the next three with painting this afternoon, quilt class Tuesday morning and pet therapy and a haircut on Wednesday. My friend's tax problem and labeling and filling the Fair prize envelopes are two "musts" to get done in there somewhere. Oy!
Whine! Whine! Whine! How about just getting on with it!
I'll try to get back in later.
10-15-2007, 08:13 AM
Many thanks to all the worldly chicks for the birthday wishes. I managed to drag the celebration out for a whole week, but am back in the real world today...
Happy, sometime life just seems too busy to fit it all in. The last thing you need is to feel guilty because you're not getting in to post every day! I hope a temporary absence works as well for you as it did for me - somehow the break made it all more fun again. I'm sure you'll be lurking from time to time. You'll definitely be missed, so get over that battle fatigue asap and come back to us. :grouphug:
Ruth, what are you going to Georgia for? Especially now that the weather is going to warm up again here this week? Do enjoy yourself, e'll be looking forward to hear all about the trip. Hello to Hershey!
Mel, Rennie, enough about worms already!!! Or Shad will have to start banning more topics. For the record, I'm also on board for cremation, and hope to be scattered in one of two favourite swimming lakes. No doubt highly illegal, and polluting too. So a second choice would be up in the woods where I like to hike.
Patty, you poor thing! Bumps and bruises are no fun at all. Get well soon!
Shad, I'll try to attach a snap from last week - see if you recognize the view. Hint: I have a photo of you on the same rock. Which I will send you soon now I have your email addy.
Time to get this show on the road - off to work soon, and still not clean at all. :eek: Spin class tonight.
Hello to Madcat, Meadow, Ceejay, Holly, Painter, Rose. :wave:
10-15-2007, 08:14 AM
Shad's photo will have to wait - it's stored on the other laptop and I really have to run. Bye!
10-15-2007, 08:25 AM
ALL THE BUSY BEES ARE OFF TO GET THEIR DAYS STARTED I SEE. I AM RUNNING LATE. LATE FOR WHAT I HAVE NO IDEA :rofl: MY DRIVER HAS CHANGED SO I AM NOT GOING TO WALMARTS BUT HAVE DELEGATED MY LIST TO ANOTHER. RICK THE TRAVEL MAN IS DOING A DUTCH TOUR WHERE THEY SELL POT OVER THE COUNTER IN COFFEE SHOPS...I THINK I AM GOING TO MOVE. MAYBE THAT WOULD MAKE ME HAPPY!! :dance: THE ONLY PROBLEM WITH BEING STONED IS THE MUNCHIES :yikes: I WOULD NEVER FIT INTO ANY OF MY CHAIRS IF I GAINED WEIGHT!! CARLOS WOULD KILL ME...WHEN HE MEASURED ME LAST I WAS LOSING AND HE ORDERED THE CHAIR WHILE MAKING ME PROMISE HIM I WOULD NOT GAIN!! :lol3: OK ENOUGH NONSENSE FOR ONE DAY. HAPPY MONDAY :moped:
RUTH~ GET ALL THOSE THINGS DONE AND BE FREE!! :cb:
SHAD~ THE GUY WAS PETER SOMETHING..I FORGET...AND I WAS RIVETED TO THE SCREEN WATCHING THE ACTUAL VOTE AFTER RUSSELL AND MANY OTHERS MADE THEIR OPINIONS HEARD. AFTER THE SALE, AND THEY BEGAN TO PRACTICE, HE SPOKE TO THE TEAM ONE NIGHT ABOUT LOVING EACH OTHER AND IT WAS ALL VERY TOUCHING AS THEY EACH POICKED ONE MATE TO SAY WHAT IT WAS THEY LOVED ABOUT EACH OTHER. I WAS HOPING THE TEAM WOULD PULL IT TOGETHER AND WIN WIN WIN :cheer: HAVE A GOOD WEEK WITH THE ROOSTERS! BTW...DOES THAT MAKE YOU THE QUEEN OF THE C O C K S? :queen: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
PATTY~ OMG! I WAS WONDERING WHERE YOU WENT! TAKE GOOD CARE OF THAT THUMB!! LET IT HEAL GOOD BEFORE YOU BEGIN TO OVER USE IT. I BROKE A FINGER ONCE....THE FIRST THING I NOTICED WAS I COULDN'T WIPE MYSELF WITH MY LEFT HAND :lol3: :lol3:
HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER ALL OVER SOON! :hug:
:wave: TO HAPPY....JIC!
10-15-2007, 08:28 AM
:wave: TO CARLA ALSO!! WHO IS ON THE MOVE ALREADY :running: I WAS A GOOD GIRL AND CREMATED THE WORM! :flame: POOF!! GONE!! HAVE A GREAT DAY!
10-15-2007, 09:18 AM
WE MADE THIS FOR RICHIE'S BIRTHDAY YESTERDAY AND ALL OF US LOVED IT. I LEFT OUT THE SUGAR AND USED GINGER SOY SAUCE. DELISH.
Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry RECIPE
2 tablespoons dry red wine
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons grated, peeled ginger root
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 1/2 inch strips
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium onions, each cut into 8 wedges
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, rinsed, trimmed and sliced
2 stalks celery, cut into 1/4" slices
2 small green peppers cut into thin lengthwise strips
1 cup water chestnuts, drained and sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup water
1. Prepare marinade mixing together wine, soy sauce, sugar, and ginger. Marinate meat in mixture while preparing vegetables.
2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet or wok. Stir-fry onions and mushrooms 4 minutes over medium-high heat.
3. Add celery and cook 1 more minute. Add remaining vegetables and cook 2 minutes or until green pepper is tender crisp. Transfer vegetables to warm bowl.
4. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to skillet.
5. Stir-fry meat in oil about 2 minutes or until meat loses its pink color.
6. Blend cornstarch and water. Stir into meat. Cook and stir until thickened.
7. Return vegetables to skillet; stir gently and serve.
Makes 6 servings.
10-15-2007, 11:06 AM
Omigawd! I completely missed Carla's B-day! Happy Belated one!! Patty, sorry about your hand. Take the time to let it heal...
As for the rest of you lot (profilic as you are all), I'll be back later. Take that either as a promise or a threat :lol: :lol:
10-15-2007, 02:28 PM
Good going, Rennie. It's nice to see some good news.
Did you know today is National Grouch Day? So far I'm doing really well!
:mad: :tantrum: :( :yikes: :( :tantrum: :mad:
Bloody label programme! Bloody Revenue Canada! Bloody Air Miles busy line!
There! I'm done now.
10-15-2007, 03:24 PM
October is National Salsa Month and National Apple Month.
Celebrate National Salsa Month and National Apple Month with Jim Long's great recipe for spicy Apple Salsa. He suggests using it as a relish with holiday meals, or as a dip for chips (we like this with tortilla chips). Combine 2 tart apples, peeled, cored, finely chopped; 1 fresh jalapeno, seeded and diced; juice of 1 large lemon; 3-4 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro; 1 clove garlic, minced; 1 teaspoon fresh Mexican oregano leaves; ½ teaspoon salt (optional). Mix well. Chill for at least an hour, serve at nearly room temperature. And for many other super salsa recipes, check out Jim's book, Sensational Salsas: From Apple to Zucchini.
:wave: TO MRS MADCAT AS SHE RUNS OUT THE DOOR!
:cheer: TO RENNIE FOR ANOTHE 2 LBS!
:hug: TO RUTH AND HOPE SHE GOT ALL HER MADNESS OUT BEFORE SHE HUGS ME BACK :rofl:
10-15-2007, 07:32 PM
Shad~ I found russell's friend:
Peter Holmes à Court (born 1968) is an Australian businessman and a joint owner of the National Rugby League team South Sydney Rabbitohs together with Russell Crowe .
He is the son of now deceased billionaire businessman Robert Holmes à Court.
After completing his schooling at Geelong Grammar School in Corio, he read law at Oxford University and received his BA in economics and theatre from Middlebury College, Vermont.
10-15-2007, 07:37 PM
Crikey I wouldn't sneeze at a pound a week. So far all I am doing is standing still - but then again I'm not getting any bigger - BONUS - congratulations Rennie you are doing well.
Mel - thanks for the e-card. Yes she probably would. Now we have everyone wondering who we are talking about!!!! :rofl: Who is she? :rofl: Could it be Sunday the cat? :lol3: or Hershey :lol3: or maybe Lily, maybe............ ????? :rofl: :rofl: Oh I am feeling silly today.
I like the sound of the apple salsa, but then again I like all sorts of salsa and the stone fruit is just beginning in the stores and markets and very, very soon we will have my favourite, favourite fruit - le mango!!!!! I might even have a go at the stir fry as well however I will have to cut the recipe down somewhat otherwise I will be eating it for a week.
And do not upset Carlos - lose the weight and forget the pot. Who is Rick - is that the driver with the dog??? Oh oh!
Yes Peter is the other ones name. I looked it up on the internet, Peter Holmes a'Court. Family is big in the publishing and magazine world. His mother is an amazing woman for her time. Runs a multinational company, is involved in drug rehabilitation and street kids (hands on stuff not just throwing money at it although she does that too) and does a huge amount of charity work. She must be well into her 70's now but doesn't look it.
Carla - no hurry with the snaps. I am taking my laptop home for the weekend on 26th October for Robbie to put wireless mobile on. That way I can use the internet from the apartment without the use of a phone line. Hallelujah. Might have to take out a morgage for the monthly payments but!
Ruth - busy lady. Georgia.... when you first said that, I wasn't sure whether it was the real thang - geor-guh or some other little spot in the wilds of Ontario or Newfoundland. Or maybe close (within 1000) to Winnipeg! Now I know you are going to the real thing. Take yer suthin ears wit yer - howd'ya laaaaiiiiiike yer aaaaiggs?
Madcat - off for another day on the wheel. I'm already here, but I insist on devoting half an hour to here and the e-mail before I get started. They still get 11 hours a day out of me. Are you still working on the subject you know nothing about? Lordy, we are good.
My boss told me off for working all weekend. Do she think things happen by themselves? I'm tracking okay thank you very much and guess what - I'm looking forward to some time off in February. Every cloud has a silver lining. So another day begins. The roosters wife had her baby on Saturday - a wee boy and from his pics he looks very pretty. So we have been out and spent a few bob buying him some animals (stuffed) and some wee clothes. I'll get a pressy for the mum and the dad today and they can be parcelled up and sent away.
And that's about it from me - better get on with the pleasures of work. :tantrum:
10-15-2007, 07:45 PM
My apologies to Janet Holmes a'court. She is only 64. But she's packed an awful lot into those years. I just looked her up on the net
10-16-2007, 08:30 AM
Morning Ladies, that is so good on the weight loss....it is such a difficult thing to stay on that path sometimes..... my week is going to try to drink more water or clear tea during the day...that seems to help me feel full.
I got all my peppers from my garden roasted and put up for the winter supply. Thanks for the recipes Mel.... they sound great.
Hope all is well with everyone today...
10-16-2007, 08:48 AM
SHAD~ I AM SO HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT THE BABY :bb: GLAD EVERYTHING WENT OK. I ALWAYS LOVE TO GO BABY SHOPPING. LOL MAYBE THE BOSS THINKS LITTLE ELVES COME IN AND MAGIC HAPPENS :wizard:
HOPE THIS WEEKEND YOU GET MORE FUN TIME IN!
WHEN I HEARD PETER SPEAK ABOUT THE TEAM BEFORE HE BOUGHT IT...HE SOUNDED SO SINCERE AND VERY CARING. I JUST HOPE THEY BOTH DO WHAT THEY SET OUT TO DO AND KEEP THEIR PROMISES.
PS~ and Rick is Rick Steves of the travel show....not the busdriver :lol3:
RENNIE~ IF I HAVE LESS CALORIES THAN PLANNED AND NOT HUNGRY, THEN I DON'T FORCE MYSELF. FUNNY CARTOON. LOL
NAE~ IT REALLY IS A DIFFICULT ROAD FOR US FOOD LOVERS :rofl: SO I GUESS THAT MAKES US SEASONED TRAVELERS....PUN INTENDED :lol3:
I AM OFF TO THE STORE. JUST KILLING TIME. WE'RE RUNNING LATE. HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!! GOING TO WATCH THE BIGGEST LOSER TONITE ON TV AND SEE WHAT ONE OF THE TRAINERS DID WRONG.....I AM WONDERING IF SHE SMACKED SOMEONE. THE COMMERCIAL LOOKED INTERESTING :rofl:
10-16-2007, 09:36 AM
Hi ladies, where is Holly,
Just stopping in to say hello:wave:
10-16-2007, 09:41 AM
I'm here CJ!! Working at home today and i am very thankful.
I have had a very hard time adjusting to home after being away with dear and wonderful friends. But I keep doing my thing. The kids are good and we are always busy with fun stuff. Work at the shop is great too.
I really miss Ruth!! A LOT!!
10-16-2007, 07:10 PM
Came to work this morning and forgot my pass. Stupid, stupid, stupid. Guess I could have walked back up the hill and got it but might not have wanted to come back down again :rofl: I got let into the building by security and will have to go down and get a temporary pass later in the day. Such is life. I hope the rest of the day is not spent revealing things I have forgotten.
Not much news here at all. It's gone back to dull grey and overcast with the promise of showers. Aaaaahhhh well. I guess I should get hold of the boys and get them to give me some Christmas dates - otherwise I'll be paying out a heap to get them here - although they may have changed their minds about coming over by now. I haven't spoken to them about it lately. Well that was Christmas shopping done, now what do I have to do? Oh yes a pile of work now sitting in my in box.
Nae - I love roasted peppers - how do you preserve them? In brine? Oil? Water? Do you put herbs and stuff in with them? Sounds like you are snuggling in for the winter too.
Rennie if my counts are up or down for the day - as long as they are in the same ball park and I am not hungry then I don't care. If I need a snack then I put some avocado and tomato on a cruskit biscuit and eat that. Or yoghurt or melon. Not belittling doctors but they seem to have the same disease as the educational department and the fashion world - one size fits all and if you don't fit then it's your fault.
Holly - the worst part about a holiday is the crash down to earth when one gets home. Somehow you don't think about the dirty washing, the lack of shopping, the unmowed lawn when you are away. Or the bills. Life is just great. The world is just great, the friends are just great, I'd like to live with them for the rest of my life type great. Well if you tried it, the cracks would appear faster than the suitcases got emptied. Treasure the memories and enjoy the kids while they are good. But it is nice to see old friends.
Okay - it's that time again. I'd better go put my head together and get on with the day. Best not to let too much of it slip past - Holly has put me in mind of my last holiday. Time to think about a new one!!!! But before that, time to get some money together so I can go on a new one!
10-16-2007, 09:20 PM
Working out this morning was somewhat hard. Still limited with only using one hand. Tomorrow I"ll try cardio and leg/quads routine. Going to the State Fair tomorrow and ooh so looking forward to a corny dog.
Painter - have you gone to Fair yet. This is the last week?
Shad - I just hate it when I forget my work pass. I can't get into my building or even out without it.
Melody - going to watch biggest looser too. I'm amazed how they can lose 8 to 15 pounds in a week.
Roseblush - what is clear tea? I know Green tea is really popular, but haven't heard of clear??
Ruth - I MISSED out on National Grouch day!! Is it too late :D
Shy - hope you got all your food in.
Holly - hope you got lots of things done today. What kind of shop do you have?
Ceejay - HI, hope your having a great day!
10-16-2007, 10:53 PM
Hello all. Yesterday I wrote a nice chatty post while home at lunch, but for some reason it got stuck and ended up going poof, by which time I had to get back to the salt mines, so ... :shrug:
Many thanks to all those who posted birthday greetings. I had a lovely week of overindulgence and cards and fun, and got back on the straight and narrow yesterday. :(
Madcat, when exacly is your b'day? I'm pretty sure it's any day now...
I'm gearing up for the November assault on TO, including the big craft fair which is on during my stay. :D And of course I'll PM you closer to the day so we can make plans to meet. Should be fun, and I've got a month of clean living to prepare my liver...:dizzy:
Ruth, did you ever get through to Aeroplan? It's a bit like Catch-22 - half the time the website doesn't work, so you decide to pay the $35 (or is it more now?) to book over the phone, and then you spend your life on hold. Grrrrr Is your trip business or pleasure?
Hugs to Hershey!
Happy, I don't know if you're out there lurking, but I have to say it's just not the same without you. I hope all is well and you're getting a chance to regroup. :grouphug:
You mentioned that some people think spinning class :ebike: is wussy - like you, I have a feeling they've never done one! It's one heck of a workout, and for some reason I keep finding myself choosing spin groups full of triathletes (aka lunatic exercise mutants). I've been to two classes so far, and will try for twice a week. I'm not sure about the calorie burn, but I think it's a minimum of about 500 per hour. Somehow it's like banging your head against a wall - it reaaly does feel so good when you stop. :lol3:
Patti, bravo for keeping up the workouts :exercise: despite the injury!
I think what you call a corny dog is called a "pogo" around here. Not one of my weaknesses, thank goodness, but I do confess to being a serious poutine fan.
Mel, I just finished watching Biggest Loser with you. What a lovely evening we've had, and we even managed to stay out of the chocs and frapps... Poor Holly! (not our Hollyhock, the Black Team's Holly) And even more, poor Phil! Although it was pretty clear he'd continue to lose on his own, and he looked pretty darn good in the after video. I'm pretty sure they don't actually lose all that weight every week - I don't think their weigh-ins actually happen every week in real time.
How was shopping? What did you buy me? :rofl: I actually spotted a clock today that can play 12 different Christmas songs, and immediately though of you... :clause:
Shad, it's the thin edge of the wedge, forgetting your pass! Next you'll be putting the kettle in the fridge and wandering off! ;) Poor old dearie. :D
I think I'm confused about how long your Perth contract will last. Especially now you're talking about having the boys visit for Christmas. Can't you apply for time off for good behaviour? Or would that require that you actually behave? :rofl:
Rennie, I can't imagine ever having trouble eating all the calories I'm allowed. :faint: In a pinch, a few chocolates is all it would take to put me over the edge.... :lol: Meanwhile, congrats on the steady weight loss! You're obviously doing something right, so I don't blame you for sticking to what works for you.
That will have to be it for tonight, almost bedtime. Greetings to Ceejay, Holly, Painter, Rose, Meadow... :wave:
Hey, I think I finally managed to attach the photo of Shad-less Tawadina, Wolf Trail, Gatineau Park!
10-17-2007, 07:04 AM
Really quick dash through this morning. We are about to have an influx of Newbies as Woman's World hits the newstands today with our own "mandalinn82" on the cover looking great. Naturally there's a plug for 3FC so the newbies will be flocking in like lemmings over the cliff.
I'm off to Georgia tomorrow morning for a meet-up of the folks from my online garden group which I belonged to before 3FC. We will visit some gardens down there and chat about plants but generally just hang out and talk our ears off. Our hostess swears she is going to get me to eat grits, chitlins and biscuits with sausage gravy but I'll be strong.
I have a fairly busy day today with pet therapy in the morning, Donna coming to clean, an afternoon haircut in town and my darling Hershey to take to the kennel before her supper time. I need to be en route to town early tomorrow morning and the kennel owner is very chatty. Airplanes don't care about the virtues of Nova Scotia Duck Tollers or Brussells Griffons and he does go on and on. Nice man but he does add a half hour to drop-off time.
I'll try to pop in later. Right now Hershey needs extra petting. I've not dragged out the suitcase but somehow she knows I'm leaving.
10-17-2007, 08:28 AM
RUTH~ HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME! TAKE NOTES AND TELL US ALL ABOUT IT!
CARLA~ WONDER IF OTHERS LIKE US HAVE BIRTHWEEKS INSTEAD OF DAYS. :rofl: :cheers: I MISSED THE LAST HALF HOUR OF BL !!! :tantrum: WHAT DID THE TRAINER DO THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE SO BSD? WAS IT THE YELLING AND CURSING AT THE GUY WITH THE 3 KIDS? I THOUGHT SHE WAS GOING TO SMACK HIM!
:welcome: HOME CEEJAY!! HOPE PARAGOULD WAS A FUN TRIP!
RENNIE~ IF I AM A LITTLE SHY OF "CALORIES"...AND I DON'T COUNT BUT MY STOMACH/HEAD CAN TELL...I EAT SOME CHICKEN OR HAVE A CHEESE STIX.
SHAD~ HOPE THE "PASSLESS" HUMP DAY WENT WELL. CAN'T SAY AS I BLAME YOU FOR NOT WALKING BACK UP OR DOWN THE HILL! :beach:
GETTING READY FOR A BUSY DAY. WE'RE HAVING SOME OF SHAD'S WEATHER. DARK AND GLOOMY. ONE OF THESE DAYS I AM GOING TO FALL ASLEEP WHILE DRIVING IN ALL THIS DARK! :scooter: TODAY IS BOSS DAY BUT I AM NOT EATING WITH THEM. PNLY FILLING IN FOR THE AM TODAY. LAST NIGHT WE HAD A FALSE ALARM AND I MISSED 1/2 OF MY SHOW. SET THE VCR AND RAN OUT THE DOOR ONLY TO FIND I SET IT TO THE WRONG CHANNEL!! :tantrum: GUESS I BETTER GET MY DRAGGING BUTT IN GEAR!
HAPPY WEDNESDAY :moped:
10-17-2007, 09:02 AM
Morning All, Ruth I will have to pick up a copy to read the article about 3fc,,,,sort of exciting. Your trip sounds fun, a little break is always refreshing. Have you ever been to Manato Park in Spokane, WA and seen the gardens there?
Morning Miss Mel, how are you doing these days....we had a great rain yesterday....so fresh and good for the trees before the freeze comes around the corner. My vcr is broken and I miss not taping some things in the afternoon so I can zip through them at night..... have to round one up for the winter.....more time for myself without the BF...but he is still trying to consume my time...I am trying to be nice....trying....see that word....and nice......
Hope all is well with everyone today..... make it a good one!
10-17-2007, 11:14 AM
Ruth--Enjoy your trip. Sausage and biscuits are not bad. In fact I may have them in the morning.
Mel--If someone was doing me like she did him I'd walk away from her also. The blue team's weigh in was awesome.
Shad--don't forget your card today.
Happy--if you are lurking stop in to say hello once in awhile. We do miss you.
I measured this morning and am down 4.5 inches over all, mainly upper body, cause that's where I've been concentrating the most. I thought that walking would do the lower half. The leg press is still broken at the gym. Weight is 182.6.
10-17-2007, 07:25 PM
Not far to go for the weekend I think Rennie. Good going on the NSV with the clothes.
Ruth - have a wonderful time in Georgia. I'm sure you will enjoy yourself and meet new people and new friends. Leave off with the stuff - grits and sausage etc. I don't even know what they look like much less what they are!
Poor old Hershey - isn't it amazing how they know that things are afoot!!! Shad was as bad - Sunday the cat hops in the suitcase but rapidly hops out if it even looks like shifting. Scaredy Cat that she is. I guess I won't see the magazine unless it gets posted on the forum. I've seen Mandalynn posting around the place. Never caught up with her tho'.
Shouldn't the grammar read - .....the garden club to which I belonged before 3FC?? Sorry - couldn't resist that.
Patty - well done on your dedication to exercise. Your ticker is looking good too. Hope the thumb comes right very soon.
This was the first time I have left my pass. I was a bit surprised at how easy it actually was to get a temporary pass. But it's not my job to wonder why. I managed to remember it today.
Carla - that picture brought back some memories. What happened to the pink rock. I seem to remember distinctly pink stuff there or was that further on. Anyway seeing as it is Shadless, I must not be in Canada.
My contract lasts until 27th January. I hope they don't ask me to renew. I'm not in love with the place and not that happy with the job (in case no one noticed) but quite frankly I don't see us being finished at that time.
I just love it when I am being hassled to get some work out and the techno'idiots downstairs can't even get the system stable much less put any information in it. We start training in 2 weeks and the stuff is not ready. Aaah well as per normal it will always be trainings fault. No enough, not good enough - the fact that the trainees are not there, the system has fallen over again, the business won't release people for training because of work pressures and the printer is on strike is no excuse for non performance.
I live by the 6 p's but don't think it will work this time - 6 p's? Prior preparation prevents p*ss poor performance!
Mel - my passless hump day was fine - for a change I actually achieved something - oh the joy!!!! - because I didn't take too much notice of my co-workers and told them to send me emails 'cause I was concentrating on Recurring Activity Planning (good stuff for a hump day) and wouldn't hear them. It worked! I might try it again. Would you like me to give you a lecture in R.A.P??? You could pass it on to the staff :rofl:
Ceejay - missed you yesterday. The measuring sounds great. I am not looking forward to my measurements at the end of the month at all. Well done on the exercising - you and Patty are doing great.
I seem to be missing Meadow. Where has she gone. Miss those funny little asides that she comes up with as well as the graphics. Maybe she is snowed in already!
Morning Rose - nice to see you posting regularly.
I too miss Happy, but then I miss everyone who doesn't post often and wonder if they will be back. I'll take a bet that Happy is lurking and shaking a finger at us all. Hope her Sabbatical will do her good. Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do and when the load gets too much it's time to start shedding some of the baggage (okay don't come over here - I'm not talking about you lot being baggage - besides there is only one spare bed!).
Okay - time to get off here. I'll check on Madcat's birthday, but Mel usually warns us in time.
10-17-2007, 10:38 PM
Madcat's birthday is Saturday!!!!!! There's still time to prepare, bake a cake and do a banner since she's a married lady now and probably would not appreciate the dancing men as much as some of the others would. :s:
I have been trying to catch up with you chatty ladies - waiting on my pants to be finished so I can get them out of the dryer in a few minutes. I will be back.
Missed you ladies too! :grouphug:
10-17-2007, 10:39 PM
There is thunder in the distance and we have tornado warnings (2 tornado seasons here - spring and fall) so if I don't post again later it will mean the power was fluctuating.
10-18-2007, 05:39 AM
Grabbing a quick coffee before I hit the highway for Ottawa and the airport. My friend Mel will drop me off and be able to use my car while I'm away. This saves me about $70 in airport parking fees and he gets a car. Win/Win!
I'll be back late Tuesday but may pop in to see if you are gossiping about me!
:grouphug: and :wave:
10-18-2007, 08:08 AM
Happy!!!! So glad to see you pop :carrot: - it's just not the same without you. And thanks for the heads-up on Madcat's bday.
Ruth, bon voyage! And enjoy those grits. Yumm??
Mel, wherefor are thou, Mel? Still on that shopping trip? :rofl:
And it's heigh-ho, heigh-ho, off to work I go... :wave:
10-18-2007, 08:55 AM
Mornin' chickies :coffee:
We had some strong storms last night so I wasn't able to get back on. Always makes me NERVOUS :hyper: :yikes: watching the big trees out back sway in the wind. And it doesn't help that the sweet gums (don't know why they call them that because they are not sweet - they are a PITA) are weak trees and we always get bits of branches on the ground - an omen of bigger things to come -- yes of course as she shields her head with her arms - like flabby arms will protect me from a huge tree branch :rofl:
Well I see that Ruth is coming down the mountain to around my parts. *waves to her from over the state line* Unfortunately I did not get to warn her about the chitlin's. (I hear that they are intestines -ewwwwwwwwww). Never has the courage to eat the grits either. White, grainy mush that apparently you must douse with lots of melted butter and salt. My friend P who is a tried and true Atlanta belle and the MOST health conscious person I know eats her grits with butter and salt which is almost heracy (sp???) She said you know you are a true friend when a southerner will share their grits with you. Rest assured peeps that this southern girl will give you ALL my grits. :lol: Have fun Ruth. I hope you get Shad as your waitress cuz she likes to say aiiiigggsss. :D
Howdy Carla - bumps hips and does a dance. Nice to see you too! And no, I don't think spin class is wussy - quite the opposite. I don't know how people find the strength and endurance to get through one. I'm in tears after 6 minutes on the Life Cycle at level 1 so my hat's off to all of you spinner people and your sore tushies.
Rennie - I think the zoos have figured out that doing something around Halloween is good for attendance and revenue. We have something called Zoo-Boo going on now. Have fun. We will be around the Nashville area that weekend so we won't be able to join you but thanks for the invite.
Shad - you're not in love with this particular assignment? Geez - and here I thought you were just being sympathetic to me while I ranted and raved :lol3: I still think you'd make a fabulous tour guide. :coach: Guess you need to get busy finding the next assignment so you can politely pass if they as you to renew the contract :s:
Ceejay - congrats on doing so well with the numbers. If the leg press is broken you can ask one of your co-workers to stand on the other side of the door and push it closed while you try to push from the other side! Creativity - breaks up a boring day at work. Guess you will be busy today with yesterday's storm activity.
Patty - congrats to you too on great results. We need inspirational people like you around to remind us NOT to eat that cookie.
Rose - sounds like you just need to sit the menfolk down and let them know that they can swing you 'round the dance floor once or twice but other than that you are quite content with you life the way it is. I don't know why some people can't understand that.
Wake up MEL!!!! No Stevie Wonder driving allowed - (driving with the peepers closed). Unless of course you really are psychic but I think that will scare the gray hairs. I am going to wish you a happy but belated bosses day yesterday because we all know that it's YOU running the show no matter what they call the others. We're sending more dreary weather your way so be prepared - and remember - if you let a smile be your umbrella - it means your hair will get all wet :rofl: :rofl: :rain:
Well my little break was much needed. Was nice to get a few things in order. I did have a meltdown but sometimes you need to hit bottom before you can start the long road up again. I'm still not completely there but doing better than a few days ago.
I'm out of time - got to get off to work. Hello to the chicks I didn't get to respond to. :wave: Going to be pretty gusty today. Have to look up the lyrics to Blow the Man Down and sing like a pirate on the way to work. Arrrrrr. Eyyyyeeee Ayyyyyyeeee.
10-18-2007, 09:08 AM
Happy is quite right – my birthday is on Saturday. For some weird reason it’s kinda a non-event this year, though I am looking forward to having a day to myself as the DH will be in class all day. I believe he has made reservations somewhere for dinner. Dancing men would be appreciated! Glad to see you here, Happy. You’ve been missed. I agree with Ceejay. Hey you don’t have to write a novel. We’d settle for a drive-by waving! :wave:
Ruth~ Have a great trip. Ahem, when do WE gossip?? Well, only on days that end with a Y. I missed the Women’s world issue. You are right about the newbies. Hey, the more the merrier – but it will be like January all over again.
Rennie~ Yeah it’s always nice to have something to look. Dancing men are sort of like shopping when on a budget: You see some things you might want but you know you have no intension of buying! :lol:
Ceejay~ great job on the inches lost. I think it is important to measure because even if the scale doesn’t seem to be moving, we are making progress.
Rose~ nice is highly overrated. :) I’ve seen VCRs for incredibly low prices lately. It’s amazing how technology becomes cheaper the longer it is around.
Mel~ Sorry you missed the last half hour of BL. I only caught the last 20 minutes or so myself so I don’t know what happened either. Was the issue with the dark-haired trainer? She’s a tad intense.
Carla~ Yes we’ll talk as we get closer to the date. I’m looking forward to it. And everything Shad told you was a lie! :lol:. Frankly, I admire your need to spin. I would never think it was woussy – I’ve seen those people sweat!
Patti~ Good job with working around your injury. Mmmm, State Fair - though I’ll pass on the corn dog and take a candy apple instead. Was it good (the fair, I mean, not the corn dog)?
Shad~ I took my pass out of my wallet on Friday and now I can’t find it. Luckily we share a floor with some non-bank types so I can come in through the washroom and use the keypad on the door to get in. Yeah, there is no law that says you have to take an extension. Are you counting the days yet? Are you more confident about the outcome? Go Shad!
Ok, it’s been a hectic week here which is why I have been MIA. Looks as if we’ll be busy for the foreseeable future too. They just offered me a 1 year extension and I am considering it. I like the people here, but the need my boss has to stir us up like bees in a hive can be a annoying. Don’t get me wrong, she is brilliant, she just can be a bit of a “personality” at times. Still, the money is more than I would make elsewhere and I do like the work when people leave me alone to do it. :lol: Speaking of which, I best get to it.
Later chickies and hi to anyone I missed.
10-18-2007, 09:12 AM
Hi Happy!!! :wave: The song we are singing here in T.O. is "Foggy night in London Town". Hope you guys avoid the bad weather I was hearing about. Keep your head down and carry lots of change in your pockets for ballast!
10-18-2007, 11:54 AM
Happy--I stayed up till 2 this morning. I didn't like the looks of the radar but around that time the storms started to dissipate. I had the day off yesterday also so I didn't have to stress any about work. We needed the rain.
I'm getting my flu shot today. The weather yesterday has made my sinuses very congested.
I need to call the landlord and have them to come and fix the lock on the shed door today. I heard it last night during the wind.
10-18-2007, 05:52 PM
Happy, I had a feeling as I typed that I wasn't writing what I meant to say. In fact you said just the opposite, that you didn't agree with people who think spinning's wussy!! You're a woman of discernment who knows just how much of an idiot I have to be to want to go suffer like that... :rofl: Anyway, that's all for now, just home from work and already off to... you guessed it, another spin class. (Nothing obsessive about me. :no:) And for those who suggested ear plugs, the problem is I wouldn't be able to hear the instructor telling me to increase the resistance... hmmm... maybe not such a bad idea ;) Also, I sweat so much I'm sure they'd just fall out and embarrass me.
Time to hit the road. Glad you're feeling better!
I'll talk to the rest of you lot (as Shad would say) once I get back home and eat and shower. :wave: for now.
Hey Mel, where are ya??? Check in, however briefly - maybe we can watch Survivor together later on. I'll not make the popcorn, and you can not pour the frapps... :lol3:
10-18-2007, 08:04 PM
Well yesterday was the tutai day and I hope I never get another one like it in my life. Suffice to say that yesterday was a 14 hour day just to get back to the point where I started at - things are beginning to unravel! I've had a nights sleep - well half the night anyway and am now back to being a person again instead of a human tornado. Somedays I figure that the powers that be should get me a keyboard and tower for my feet as well, that way I could get through twice as much bull.
I went to breakfast with the module lead this morning and whinged at him so I feel better now! Not sure that he does but....
Ruth - probably too late for this - but have a wonderful time. Life is meant to have fun interludes and this sounds like one of them. Let's hope they have sorted some inspirational gardens for you to look at and ooooh and aaaah over. I would do just about anything to be back in Butchart Gardens right at this minute. I'll just have to content myself with looking at some of the piccies.
Happy - good to hear that you are feeling somewhat better. Now that you've got rock bottom out of the way, time to plan for the next stage in the climb. What exercise have you been doing?? :strong: Beating up the punchbag does wonders for the flabby arms. Mind you so does chopping down trees.
Carla - Good going on the spin class. I know you will be putting your heart and soul into it not to mention the legs and butt. Goodonya girl.
Blast - I was just getting into the swing of this and now I have a summons to do something that no doubt won't work anyway. I'll be back
10-18-2007, 08:17 PM
No I wont - duty calls. I will be back much later
10-18-2007, 10:22 PM
Oh give me a home
Where the wallabies roam
and the roos and the emus all play
where seldom is heard
and the project is 1000 miles away.
10-19-2007, 12:01 AM
Shad, poor baby, you can always come back here, where the project would be even more than 1000 miles away. Drop over on Saturday, and I'll drag you off for another hike. Stay until Monday and we can spin together. :ebike: Just hang in there, it will be over before you know it. :crossed: that you'll get a long-term offer in Brisbane.
Shy, I know what you mean about the NSV with clothes - and the occasional frustration. I went out yesterday and bought three new pairs of slacks for work, all size 14, which is definite progress, although the nicest pair of the three is actually still a little on the small side for now. Incentive - they'll be perfect another 5 lbs from now. I also tried on some clothes that used to be too small, and a lot of them had to go - it turned out I should have been trying things on more often, as they are now too big! :D The trying-on in front of the all-too-realistic three way mirror was pretty tough, kind of spoiled the moment, but that's life. More incentive too, I guess. :cry:
It'll be interested to see how Monday's weigh-in goes. I already seem to be back down two pounds, and if I can stay on track, maybe I can get back to 176 or even 175... Hey, if I can hit 170 by November I'll be able to pack the wonderful new pants for the Toronto trip! Which would be a good thing since after that I'm off work until mid-January and by then they should be too big... :dunno:
I bought the Woman's World issue today - in the before and after photos she really does look totally different with her huge weight loss, and it sounds like she did it sensibly. Lots of fruit and veg for volume and bulk so she was never hungry. The article doesn't mention 3fc at all :(, so no avalanche of new members for now, I guess. Madcat, you didn't miss the relevant issue - it just hit the stores here today if you're interested..
Well, all that spinning has me pretty tired. Even though I didn't put my whole heart and soul into it - sorry Shad. I didn't like the bike I ended up on, and I think my muscles (and my tush - oy!) haven't quite recovered from the last two clinics, so I was a little less than energetic. Still a good workout, and all should be okay by next class on Monday. I chose a spot behind a skinny pillar, which helped to block the music. It wasn't too loud tonight anyway.
But enough about my boring adventures with spinning. I'll try to find something more relevant to bore you all with next time. ;)
10-19-2007, 07:42 AM
SORRY FOR THIS FLY BY POST:
I HAVE BEEN WORKING IN THE OFFICE AND SQUEEZING IN SHOPPING AND COOKING. SOMEONE GOT SICK AND TOOK OFF. I REALLY WASNT PREPARED FOR THIS. GOT CAUGHT WITH MY KNICKERS DOWN. ROFL DRANK A BOTTLE OF SF ICE TEA AND BLEW UP LIKE A BALLOON! SERVES ME RIGHT...I AM NOT SUPPOSED TO DRINK THAT STUFF! WILL CATCH UP READING POSTS OVER THE WEEKEND. LOVE TO ALL AND HOPE YOU ARE ALL WELL AND HAPPY! :moped:
10-19-2007, 12:50 PM
This will be quick.
Rennie--Got your pm. I'll respond tomorrow.
I'm getting ready to go to Paragould this afternoo but ned to run a couple of errands.
OK I AM ALL CAUGHT UP BUT NOT AWAKE ENOUGH TO ANSWER INDIVIDUALLY. ILLNESS SEEMS TO BE STRIKING THEM ONE BY ONE HERE BUT NOT ME. THE SAME THING HAPPENED LAST YEAR. JEN AND I WERE THE ONLY ONES LEFT "STANDING" :rofl: I DID MAKE SOME IDEAS KNOWN TO A BOSS MAN THAT SHOWED UP OUT OF NO WHERE. WE WILL SEE WHAT HE DOES. BUT HE WAS VERY RECEPTIVE. THIS TIME OF YEAR IS BUSY FOR ME WITH SHOTS AND ELECTIONS SO I CANNOT HOLD DOWN THEIR FORT ALSO. WE NEED OTHER ALTERNATIVES. I SENT SOMEONE OUT TO GET A ROASTED CHICKEN. I HAVE SALAD AND FRUITS SO THE WEEKEND CAN BE A RESTFUL ONE. NEXT WEEK IS BUSY UNTIL THURSDAY OR FRIDAY SO I MIGHT BUY ANOTHER ONE FOR MONDAY. I WILL PROBABLY BE SCARCE NEXT WEEK. BUT YOU WILL ALL BE WITH ME IN SPIRIT. MONDAY IS MALL AND THEN FILLING OUT FORMS, TUESDAY IS FOOD SHOPPING AND 2ND DAY OF FORMS THEN WEDS IS THE FLUSHOT DAY FOR ABOUT 200. IF I AM STILL ALIVE I WILL POST ON THURSDAY SOMETIME! :rofl: :rofl:
HAPPY ~ YOU MADE MY DAY JUST SEEING YOUR FACE HERE! SO GLAD YOU'RE LEAVING THE BOTTOM OF THE BARRELL CAUSE I WAS GETTING MY BLOW UP BED READY TO COME DOWN THERE AND JOIN MY SOUTHERN SISTA!!!
:welcome: HOME SWEETIE.
:wave: WAVING TO THE REST OF YOU AND TALK AGAIN TOMORROW. CHICKEN AND THE TV ARE CALLING MY NAME!! sWEET DREAMS :cloud9: AND GOOD MORNING SHADDIE SUNSHINE! I MUST BE 1000 MILES AWAY FROM PERTH RIGHT? :lol3:
10-19-2007, 07:35 PM
And since it is the 20th here, but probably not yet over there -
:bday2you::bday2you: HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR MADCAT :bday2you:
Hiya Mel, see you have retired again?! :rofl: yeah right.
Safe trip Ceejay
All this talk about NSV's with clothes. Maybe I should send you over some of mine which are a little snug. Oh no, that's right, you would freeze to death in my clothes. Well done Carla and Rennie
Okay, back to work. No peace for the wicked although I have to admit that I probably get more done during the weekend when there is no one here than I do when they are. Questions, questions, questions. Must admit, one of the younger members of team have suddenly worked out what hurry means. Some of my panic attack must have gotten to them. Actually asked what they could do next and did I want them to come in over the weekend!
Hope you and the Mr. have a great day celebrating! :hat: :celebrate: :bday2you: :gift: :balloons: :woo: :hb:
10-20-2007, 02:04 AM
Shouldn't you be in bed???
10-20-2007, 08:43 AM
Quick wave at the Worldlies from Georgia! and a very Happy Birthday to our Madcat! Limited PC access here but decided I'd better pop in.
Having a great time. Yesterday my friend Jet gave me a VIP tour of her commercial nursery - 800 acres of plants! She kept stopping the cart and picking me flowers. I ended up with a lap full of magnolias, azaleas, roses, jasmine, hydrangeas and camelias! If it weren't so damned hot I'd move here to garden!
We had frost on the ground when I left on Tuesday and it's in the high 80's here today. I'm off to Wally-World to see if I can find something cool to wear - and maybe a few pieces of quilting cotton too. I may need another suitcase for my shopping!
I hope everyone is behaving - except Madcat. It is her birtyhday!
10-20-2007, 08:44 AM
:tantrum: WTF!! EVERYONE STAYED UP LATE??? :tantrum:
DANG I WOULD HAVE SAT UP AND PLAYED ON THE COMPUTER AND TAPED MY SOAP OPERA!! ROFLMAO
IT'S JUST AMAZING WHAT ONE NIGHTS SLEEP CAN DO FOR REFRESHING THE OLD GRAY CELLS! THE SUN IS OUT, WINDOWS ARE OPEN, THE LANDSCAPERS ARE DONE SHOOTING CUT GRASS "GERMS" INTO MY WINDOW!:faint:
ALL IS WELL IN MY LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD.
THE ACCOUNTANTS GOT NERVOUS WHEN I GOT SICK SO THEY ARE BACKING OFF TILL THE END OF THE MONTH. I FOUND THAT I REALLY NEED TO WORK ON MY ANGER. SOMEONE DID SOMETHING INCREDIBLY MEAN AND I ALL BUT TOOK HIS FRIGGING HEAD OFF BY THE ROOTS. :rollpin: I WAS VERY QUICK TO ANGER AND NEED TO WORK ON THAT. I DON'T WANT TO GET LIKE SOME OF THESE SENIORS WHO THINK THEY CAN SAY AND DO WHATEVER THEY WISH CAUSE THEY'RE OLD :faint: :nono:
I WILL ADMIT TO SOME COFFEE BUT NOTHING ELSE....SO THAT'S MY STORY AND I AM STICKING TO IT!!
SHAD AND HAPPY~ I LOVED THE CATS!! THEY WERE TOO FUNNY AND CUTE. YOU GALS ARE THE BEST!
:sunny: HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY :moped:
:balloons: HOPING MRS MADCAT IS HAVING A GREAT DAY :hb:
10-20-2007, 08:46 AM
:hug: OH MISS RUTH!! SO GOOD TO SEE YOU:hug:
ENJOY WALLY WORLD!
10-20-2007, 08:52 AM
:balloons: And a big Happy Birthday to you Madcat! It just started out but I hope you're enjoying it so far.
Yes Shad - I was up really late and I should have been in bed much earlier. I'm am going to get my hair done shortly and I decided to splurge and try out one of those online places where you upload a picture of yourself (ugh) and then you can "try on" 7,000 hairstyles in 52 colors. I thought it might be a bit cheezy but it's really quite fun. I found that very long and very short hair as well as any type of dreadlocks don't suit me :rofl: It seems the best thing for my facial structure and age is the very thing I always gravitate to - a mid length bob.
It also gives cutting instructions for the stylist and most importantly - picture by picture instructions for us on how to get the hair reasonably looking the same once we leave the salon. It's fall now so I'm not sure if I'll be grabbing some red tones to give me some color. Perhaps I'll tell her to color me like autumn with golds and reds and purples - :lol:
The website is www.hairstylers.com and it cost 15 dollars for a 3 month subscription. They also have lots and lots of hair care articles. I felt it was worth the money - particularly since DH and I went to the book store after dinner last night and I dumped at least that much on 3 hair styling magazines. (I saw the advertisement for the website in one of the magazines).
So now I have to get cleaned up and dressed. Will be back later to chat with the chicks.
Thanks for the nudge Shad :hug:
10-20-2007, 09:13 AM
WE'RE THINKING OF TRYING THIS RECIPE FOR HOLIDAY GIFTS TO GIVE TO UNEXPECTED GIFT GIVERS. ...BUT WE;RE WONDERING HOW TO MSTORE THEM OR WILL THEY LAST A WEEK OR TWO?
Serves: Makes 2 loaves
Only 1 egg and very little margarine are used in this low-saturated-fat, low-cholesterol low-sodium bread.
1 (6 oz.) package of dried apricots cut into small pieces
2 cups water
2 tablespoons margarine
1 cup sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tablespoon freshly grated orange peel
3-1/2 cups sifted whole grain flour
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Lightly oil two 9x5-inch loaf pans.
2. Cook apricots in water in a covered medium-size saucepan for 10-15 minutes or until tender but not mushy. Drain; reserve 3/4 cup liquid. Set apricots aside to cool.
3. Cream together margarine and sugar. By hand, beat in egg and orange peel.
4. Sift together flour, dry milk, baking powder, soda, and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with reserved apricot liquid and orange juice.
5. Stir apricot pieces and pecans into batter.
6. Pour batter into prepared pans.
7. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until bread springs back when lightly touched in center.
8. Cool 5 minutes in pan. Remove from pan and completely cool on wire rack before slicing.
NUTRITION INFO (per ½ slice)
Fat: 4.4 g
Carbohydrates: 14.2 g
Protein: 1.9 g
10-20-2007, 10:26 AM
That’s for the all the birthday wishes, guys! I just watched Happy’s “Dancing men” video and laughed out loud! That made my morning. Speaking of which, I’m not sure what I am going to do with my “special day” yet. The DH has already given me prezzies and is off to class, so I have the whole day (until 4:30 or so) to myself. LUXURY!!! Think I might get cleaned up and go wander downtown. I have a book (or two) I want to pick up. Maybe I’ll even have lunch out. Who knows? Free time with no plans is something to never be underrated.
Hi to the chicklets. Good to see Ruth checking in. Can I safely say that a day in a nursery is Ruth’s idea of a dream day? Shad, thanks for the singing! I hear you on getting more done when people aren’t around to bug you. This is why working at home is good too. You know, the black & white cat looks surprisingly like my Gracie. Mel, to understand all is to forgive all, as Ghandi or the Dalai Lama or somebody used to say. It’s unlikely people will stop being idiots anytime soon and anger seems so tiring. Have a lovely relaxing day today. And Mmmm, bread. Happy, no dreadlocks?? How, um, dreadful. :lol: What a cool idea though. I have to admit and generally just put myself in the hairdressers hands. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn't. Hope the cuts turns out and go, Red, go. Hi Meadow and Holly and Ceejay and Rennie and Patti and all the other chicks to be named later.
Oh and I had to share this. Yes, this is what it is like to have a cat.
I am off to show and go savor the day. The world has to be nice to me today - it's my birthday and I am all of 46 years old...
10-20-2007, 08:39 PM
Just have to share this one with you.
My work computer has decided it's had enough of me! :rofl:. There is a program installed that has to do with ones PC health. Since it yelled at me everyday to get off and go home, I turned it off - or so I thought. With the rebuild of the PC something must have gotten turned back on again because the computer told me in no uncertain terms last night that it has exceeded the length of work time for a week. So now my computer is telling me what to do. Even worse, the little box that pops up with the message jumps around all over the screen and you have to chase it with the mouse to turn it off. Now I know I am working too much - when the computer cries enough, it's time to go and do something else - like wrestle with crocs or something.
Madcat - left a message on your answer phone. No doubt you are having a romantic dinner with the DH and why not. You deserve it. Hope it was a good one.
Ruth - nice to see you from Georgia. Glad to hear that you are having a wonderful time and that flowers are falling into your lap as you drive along. All those lovely trees and shrubs. I'm jealous.
Happy - see I knew you were being naughty. I now have this personalised world clock which tells me the time in 25 different places at a glance. Darn, I thought dreadlocks would be wonderful - with hair extensions and a multiple range of colours from yellow through to purple. You would certainly brighten up the office. Speaking of the hairdresser, I have to go find one over here. What a pain.
Mel - the only way I can think to store the bread is to freeze it. I don't think even airtight packets will do the job. It's not as if it will be crisp like panecotta which will keep forever without freezing (but you have to slice it with either an axe - if you like thick slices or an industrial saw to actually get it apart). We've all seen those nasty old folk who expect the world simply because they are old. Take 10 deep breaths, imagine the idiot naked and you won't have time to be nasty, you will be too busy laughing.
Sometimes you just gotta have what you gotta have.
Rennie - seems like you are a night owl. One thing about a site that goes all over the world, there always seems to be someone on line.
Okay - back to the joys of creating a repair job. I'm hoping to only be here for a short while today so better get on with it. Next week end is going home time. Gotta love that.....
10-20-2007, 10:33 PM
Better late than never, I hope... to wish a
:celebrate: :bday2you: :bday2: :bday2you: :celebrate:
to our own
From one Libra to another, I'm raising a glass to a perfectly balanced year, where all the scales will not only fall from our eyes but will always be kind when we go for weigh-in...
So glad to see Shad managed to work out the time difference and leave a message, since this worldly chick fell down on the job - was supposed to call for her and wish a Happy Birthday in a downunder accent, but as often happens with me, wavered between 'oh, it's too early to call', 'well, they'll be out partying...', and now 's***, it's too late to call'...
10-20-2007, 11:02 PM
Happy Birthday though it may be a belated one once you get this.
hold your temper young lady.
We do have similar goals. I'm determined to make mine this year to suprise my sister.
This sounds like a fun thing to do. Enjoy your day at the hair dresser. Are you getting a pedicure also.
Whew, 800 acres is a big place. Glad you had something to ride on. Enjoy your stay in GA.
Guess your boss meant it when she said no over time. Turn the computer off and go home.
Hello to Carla, Patty, PainterWoman and Nae. :wave:
Nothing new on this end. We shall see what tomorrow will bring.
10-20-2007, 11:28 PM
Madcat - Happy Belated Birthday - Hope you had a wonderful day.
Happy - the hairstyler web site sounds like alot of fun. I too have a hard time trying to figure out what to do with my hair. My hair is shoulder length and I've always wanted short, when I get to my goal, I'm getting a totally new look... going for the short...
Shad - you are working way to hard. Glad your going home next weekend.
Ruth - sounds like you having a wonderful time.
Painter - Did you make it to the State Fair. Tomorrow's the last day.
Not much going on around here. Missed working out thur/friday. Allergies, overslept. Went this morning though. My goal is 5 lbs for the month of Oct. I've only lost 2...
Ceejay, Carla, Mel, & Shy, - hope you having a great day.
10-21-2007, 08:37 AM
HAPPY~ BOTH YOU AND JEN SHOULD GO AND GET RED!! ALL COLORED UP FOR THE FALL! I DON'T LOOK GOOD AT ALL IN SHORT OR LONG HAIR...JUST THE MEDIUM BOB LENGTH TOO. WISH I COULD HAVE ONE OF THOSE REALLY SHORT WASH'N'WEAR DO'S :dance: GOOD IDEA THAT WEBSITE.
MADCAT~ GLAD YOU HAD THE TIME OF LUXURY AND HOPE YOU FOUND SOME GOODIES DOWNTOWN!! :hug: I'M WORKING ON IT, BABY, I'M WORJING ON IT! :cb: GONNA BE A SWEETIE AGAIN ONE DAY SOON! :rofl:
RENNIE~ YES WE HAVE A BUILDING FULL OF THOSE TYPES AND I'M GOING TO BE THE NEXT ONE :lol3: GOOD TO HEAR YOU SOUNDING BETTER.
SHAD~ :rofl: THE PC IS THE BOSS NOW! :rofl: TOO FUNNY. BUT I AM GLAD SOMEONE IS SENDING YOU HOME!! I WAS EVEN WONDERING IF YOU REMEMBERED WHERE YOU LIVE!!! :lol3:
CARLA~ :rofl: GLAD YOU MADE IT HERE!! LOL
RUTH~ YOUR TRIP IS SOUNDING WONDERFUL! ENJOY!
CEEJAY~ I THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO PARAGOULD? OR AM I GETTING CONFUSED???? :dizzy:
PATTY~ LOVE YOUR TICKER:rofl: GO PATTY GO!! WITH THE 3 LBS LEFT TO LOSE!! :cheer:
I NEED A DRUM ROLL PLEASE: THE SCALE READ 181.5 THIS MORNING :dance: :faint: I CANNOT BELIEVE IT. THAT MAKES 6.5 LBS IN 2 MONTHS. THE MOST I HAVE LOST SINCE 2003. THE FUNNY THING IS THAT I AM NOT EVEN HUNGRY RIGHT NOW. VERY STRANGE FOR ME. USUALLY I AM STARVING ALL THE TIME!!! THE DIFFERENCE IS THAT I AM MORE PREPARED WITH LOW AND NO FAT STUFF TO GRAB AND EAT WHEN IN A RUSH....AND OF COURSE I DON'T HAVE ONE OR TWO OF THOSE SKIM MILK FRAPPUCCINOS EVERY DAY NOW :rofl: :rofl: THEY WERE GOOD FOR 180 CALS EACH WITH LITTLE OR NO EXERCISE TO WORK IT OFF.
ONE THING I DID WAS MAKE MY OWN FROZEN BERRY PARFAIT WITH PLAIN OR VANILLA NONFAT YOGURT AND GRANOLA AT NIGHT FOR THE MORNING. I USED TO DO THIS ALL THE TIME AND GOT LAZY. ANOTHER THING I AM DOING IS TRYING TO STOP THE PROCRASTINATION OF MAIL, NECESSARY PHONE CALLS, ETC. SOME OF THE ANXIETY IS LEAVING BUT I HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO. HAD A GOOD CHAT WITH MYSELF AND THIS ANXIETY CREATED THE ANGER. FEAR OF NOT GETTING STUFF DONE, LETTING IT PILE UP AND MAKING IT EVEN WORSE. SO THAT'S THE NEW GOAL FOR NOVEMBER. TO GET BACK ON TRACK AND CUT DOWN THE PC GAME AND BROWSING TIME. BETTER FOR THE EYES ANYWAY! :dizzy:
I'VE BEEN ALL "ME, ME, ME" HERE AND RAMBLING ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE ALL HAVE BETTER THINGS TO DO ON A SUNDAY THAN TO READ OTHER PEOPLE'S LISTS!
:sunny: HAPPY SUNDAY AND HOPE THE NEW WEEK IS A GREAT ONE FOR ALL OF US!! :moped:
:wave: TO ALL THE MISSING CHICKLETTES :wave:
10-21-2007, 11:57 AM
Good morning ladies,
Gosh Mel - you sure summed it up there right on the money with the ugly cycle of too much to do and getting all frustrated and stuff. A good reminder of not letting things get out of control. As for your weight loss well girl :yay: :yay: :yay: :congrat: to you. I know how difficult it is for you - not like you can pump up the exercise with a run around the block - so your victory is all the more sweet. As for cutting out the drinks, I was just reading an article where a fitness person said an easy way to cut 20 percent of your calories out was to cut out every beverage besides water. I guess you can drink flavored but unsugared green tea too. Many of the people on the boards here refuse to use their calories for liquid stuff. I'm starting to think they are on to something too as the low fat stuff contains lots of sugar and sugar is becoming my big enemy now. So hard to stick to it tho. I'm proud of you for giving up those frappachinos as I know how much you loved them. Good going woman - be strong :cp: And I agree about freezing the bread (if you have the room). One girl I used to work with made the most awesome coffee cake. She would make about 40 mini loaves and give them away as Christmas gifts. She's the one who said you have to freeze them - keeps them fresh out of the oven fresh. Otherwise, even in the refrigerator - they get stale or icky. Happy baking!
Patty - I hope you get to that new hair style soon. I think a new you deserves a new style - top to bottom!
Ceejay - I thought you were off to Paragould too. Back so soon? :congrat: on your weight loss success thus far too!
Carla - not too late to call - just tell her you were letting her get the partying out of her system. I look at our cold pool water and think - geez Carla would think this was downright brisk and refreshing - you're a better woman than me :lol:
Rennie - I see you on all hours of the night so you must be a night owl too. Sometimes it seems we get caught up on our sleep and then it's impossible to go to sleep.
Shad - you mean to say that your PC (from work) tells you it's time to quit work and go home? Nah - in TODAY'S world where they ring you dry? :no: Well that's certainly interesting. Nice to hear you are going home next week. Bet you're looking forward to it even if it's a fast trip. Too bad you couldn't make it a whole week long just to get a much deserved break :(
Madcat - I absolutely LOVED the "how cats wake us up video" - had a good laugh over that one - DH thought it was really cute too. I swear they actually DO those things! :lol3: You have to have a cat to understand. :lol: Thanks for sharing that one.
Ruth in the middle of 800 acres of plants? :chin: Hmmm will she rearrange the whole nursery or will we just show an aerial shot of her lying in the fields with eyes closed and a blissful look of contentment on her face? :cloud9:
Well I went from blonde to a reddish brown. We always darken up for the fall. It's not a bad color. I think I will warm up to it as I get used to it. Be interesting to see how the gray will eventually poke through. At least I won't have to worry about roots. :lol: I did wind up with the same cut I always get. She said with my poker straight, baby fine hair that this was the best cut for me unless I wanted to spend at least an hour fixing and twisting and putting 50 dollar worth of hair product in just to get a bit of a bend that would blow right out when the first breeze came through. :D I have the perfect hair for one of those radical geometric cuts - straight, very shiny and close to the head. Too bad I don't have the face and age for it :lol: At least I don't have the poofy perm that my mom does ;)
Well I'd better get on with my day. Lots of stuff to do. Have a good Sunday chicks.
:wave: to Holly, Nae, Meadow, Painter.
10-21-2007, 02:45 PM
Happy and Mel
Yes, I went to Paragould but it was just an over night trip. It was an full of things to do. I took my aunt a t.v. cart to put her new record player/radio. Then of course that called for rearragning some of the furniture. I helped my aunt decorate her lawn for halloween. They don't get many trick or treaters. They mainly do it for the grand children. Now if I don't back over it
good for you for the pounds lost. :bravo: No more procrastinating.
You are at already at your November goal. Wow that's awesome! I should be there but to much stuff gets in my way.
Where are you? Still busy with life.
Hello to Nae,Meadow and PainterWoman.
10-21-2007, 06:37 PM
Happy - this $%^#^$% program, which I'm told is for the good of my health, can do all sorts of things if you set it right. For example it will tell you that you have been on the keyboard continuously for xxxx hours. It will display exercises that you should do every 2.5hours, it allows you to submit a discomfort report so that the fuzzy wuzzies from HSE will come down and go over your desk to see what is not ergonomic or what doesn't fit you. It displays how much time you have done today, yesterday and no doubt will project tomorrow if you wish. This is all put in place by the company who would no doubt use it for statistical purposes were you to file suit about the state of your chair, or the RSI you now have etc. Must admit I am a bit cynical about the use of these things but in todays sue or else society, I suppose they have to protect themselves somehow.
Carla would probably look at your pool and say - hey, hey a hot tub!!!!! :rofl:
Rennie - pink elephants weren't on the agenda but I certainly wasn't seeing straight yesterday afternoon. Took the afternoon off and took the train out to Fremantle to the markets and had a good time just taking in the sea air. I certainly went out like a light when I went to an early bed last night. Problem with that was I woke up and 3 and couldn't get back to sleep. Hence the early arrival at work this morning.
That's good going being 4lbs ahead of the goal.
Carla - I will have to educate you in the ways of making phone calls. That's why Madcat (otherwise known as Chatte Folle) has an answerphone. Must admit that I gabbled into the phone so she probably hasn't yet worked out who the message is from.
Ceejay - what's the driving difference between your place and Paragould? Seems like you do if fairly often.
Patty - 2lb is 2lb and better off than on. Sometimes it comes off slow despite the hard work and good eating, other times it seems to come off fast. Sometimes I think the longer we keep at this, the harder it becomes.
Mel, I can always remember where I live. Sometimes I forget how to get there though. Can't find any drum rolls around the place. You will just have to settle for the happy dance.
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Jen has gone red? Dark red? Red red? Fire engine red?
Okay - gotta go and get some breakfast. I'll be back.
10-21-2007, 09:01 PM
HI Ladies. I am sick with a chest cold and fever.
Just waiting for the dryer to stop so I can flip the last load of laundry. I have been laying down since supper, except for helping the kids with their baths.They are in bed now.
I am so weak and wimpy feeling. I hate it.Today was a looong day. I rested a bunch but still did 4 loads of wash and got groceries and made supper and lunch ....Glad it is almost over.
10-22-2007, 08:15 AM
HAPPY ~THE NEW CO,OR SOUNDS NICE AND A CHANGE IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL! I CUT MY HAIR OVER THE WEEKEND. FEELS GOOD DOESN'T IT?? :cb: . I LIKE GREEN AND WHITE TEA BUT EVEN THE DECAF VERSIONS ARE BOTHERING ME. AS THE DR SAID...NO DECAF IS 100% AND NOW BEING SO SENSITIVE TO THE CAFFEINE, MY HEART RACES. GUES I AM STUCK WITH SELTZER AND WATER :beach:
CEEJAY~ BET THE FAMILY LOVES WHEN YOU SHOW UP AND DECORATE....DON'T FORGET NOT TO RUN IT ALL OVER AND SPOIL YOUR HANDIWORK! :scooter:
SHAD~ LOVELY HAPPY DANCE ...ROFLMAO SO GLAD YOU REMEMBER THE WAY HOME. I WAS GOING TO SEND BREADCRUMBS FOR JIC LITTLE GRETEL!!! :belly:
HOLLY~ FEEL BERRER.
TODAY IS DAY ONE OF THREE IN A ROW. WISH ME LUCK. PRAY FOR ME OR THE PEOPLE I YELL AT....TAKE YOUR PICK :rofl: I AM IN GOOD HUMOR AND HAD ANOTHER LONG TALK WITH MYSELF SO ALL SHOULD BE WELL. ALREADY PLANS ARE CHANGING. I AM DOING FORMS TODAY AND GIVING UP THE MALL. THERE IS NO WAY I CAN FOOD SHOP TOMORROW AND SQUEEZE IN NEAR A 100 FORMS. SO I DECIDED TO REVAMP MY OWN PLANS.
I WAS TRYING TO DO TOO MUCH. AND TO BE HONEST I THINK I WAS DOING IT OUT OF SPITE...AND SPITING MYSELF!!! MUCH EASIER THIS WAY AND I NEED EASIER :lol3:
HAPPY MONDAY :moped:
10-22-2007, 08:33 AM
Mel - remember what Roosevelt said (I think it was him) walk softly and carry a big stick :rollpin: whatever the heck THAT means :lol: Sorry you had to compromise work for shopping. Hope this doesn't turn into a habit FORMING activity for you - ha ha har. :lol3: my fingers and toes are :crossed: that you can get through the day.
Hope you feel better soon Holly - hot tea and chicken soup for you little one.
Shad - loved the conga line of dancing ghosts - quite fun! I see this program as another way that big brother can watch over what you are doing on the work front. :rolleyes: Does ANY company truly care about us as employees any more? :dunno:
Ceejay - you can come decorate my house too. Seeing as how Halloween is next week, guess I should get my act in gear. Haven't even bought any candy yet because I kept thinking it was weeks away.
Where did this year run off to?
We're supposed to get some good rains today. Now where did I put that umbrella? Happy Monday chicks...
10-22-2007, 09:07 AM
My weekend with my mom and sis was tooo short but fun. My sis is good for the economy of Salmon....that girl likes to shop. So we had a good time. My mom is doing well with all of her lastest booboo's but there were those odd little things that makes me truly know my mother is aging...... but she is amazing in lots of ways.
Am looking forward to my week....lots of adventures in store for this one!!!! Late night travel on Tuesday so good thoughts for my car and safety please!
Have been having great conversations on the phone with the new fella I seeing on Thursday soooooo we shall see. He actually remembers conversations and asks about things in my life......! It will be interesting to see how the pups all get along.....
Saw the first elk in the field this weekend too...they seem to be coming down earlier this year....the wolves might be busy up behind my house....makeing them move down at night. Oh Dear...whenever my dogs have to go out in the dark it is just sweet relief when they come back to the porch and into the house.
Hope everyone is well!
10-22-2007, 09:56 AM
*** Burp *** I'd tell what I've been eating but it'd be :censored:!
On the way home today but won't get in to Ottawa until after midnight. Having lunch with The Other Mel Tuesday (sushi) and will be Delta-ed and dog-ed by Tuesday evening. Hope to catch up on posts in this lifetime!
10-22-2007, 12:35 PM
hope you find your umbrella. The rain was heavy this morning when I drove to work.
Good for you in changing your plans. I think we have to do this at times. I know that for myself I have to do this. I should have refilled the chemical drums this morning but after the chemical truck came I decided against it. It's been a busy morning.
It's sad to watch our parents age. Gald you are spending precious time with her. Let us know about this new fellow. Sounds like he may be a winner.
Nice pictures of the zoo animals.
Get plenty of rest and feel better soon.
Have a safe trip back home.
The rain is making some of my joints ache.
Weigh in this morning was 182.6.
10-22-2007, 01:47 PM
Do you think we weigh more on rainy days? Kind of like our bodies soak up the extra moisture? :chin:
10-22-2007, 05:20 PM
HAPPY~ OF COURSE WE WEIGH MORE WHEN IT RAINS :rain: WE'RE ALL DAMP :rofl: SOMETIMES I WISH I HAD ROOSEVELTS BIG STICK!!! :rollpin: ROFLMAO
RUTH~ SAFE TRIP HOME MY FRIEND!! BET THE DOGGIE WILL BE PLEASED TO SEE YA BACK!!! A MEL THAT LIKES SUSHI? WELLL AT LEAST THAT IS ONE WAY TO TELL US APART! :lol3:
NAE~ HOPE THE DOGGIES LIKE EACH OTHER AND THE WOLVES STAY AWAY FROM YOUR BACK DOOR!! :yikes: SENDING MOM GOOD THOUGHTS!
RENNIE~ THE SOO PICS ARE VERY NICE!! THANKS!
CEEJAY~ YOU KNOW SOMETIMES WE JUST HAVE TO SAY "SCREW IT" AND NOT DO SOMETHING. I AM SO HAPPY TO SEE YOU ONLY A MERE 10 LBS FROM YOUR GOAL!! :cheer: GO CEEJAY GO!!!:cheer:
THE DAY WENT VERY WELL AND VERY SMOOTHLY. I WAS THRILLED TO BE DONE BEFORE 2PM AND EVEN GOT OUTSIDE. THE WEATHER HERE IS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS AND THE SUN ON THE FACE CHEERED ME UP NO END. NO FORMS LEFT FOR TOMORROW SO ALL I HAVE TO DO IS FOOD SHOP. WEDS OF COURSE IS THE SHOTS BUT SOMEONE IS COMING TO LEND A HAND. I MADE ANOTHER CALL THIS MORNING AND FOLLOWED IT UP WITH A THIRD CALL IN THE AFTERNOON....JIC!!! POSTING THIS NOW CAUSE THE BUS LEAVES VERY EARLY IN THE MORNING...I THINK!
HAVE A WONDERFUL NIGHT AND HAPPY TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY TOMORROW! :moped:
10-22-2007, 07:39 PM
Thoughts of Theodore Roosevelt
"Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far"
During TR's term as Governor of NY State he fought with the party bosses, particularly Boss Tom Platt regarding a political appointment. Roosevelt held out, although the boss threatened, to "ruin" him. In the end the boss gave in.
According to Nathan Miller in his book "Theodore Roosevelt, A Life", page 337,
"Looking back upon his handling of the incident, Roosevelt thought he 'never saw a bluff carried more resolutely through to the final limit.' And writing to a friend a few days later, he observed: 'I have always been fond of the West African proverb: "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." ' "
The proverb and the policy followed him into numerous instances in his career, including his policies abroad during his presidency.
So he wasn't walking, he was speaking. Still it seemed to have worked for him. I looked it up!!!! Isn't the internet an amazing animal.
Rennie - nice pics from the zoo. I think that is the first time I have seen flamingo on dry land. They are usually standing or p**ping in the water. Did anyone tell the penguins where to get their tux's drycleaned? Dinky little spots on them!
Holly - feel better soon. If touring around the countryside does this to you, maybe better to stay home and let the world come to you.
Mel - didn't you learn anything from the fairytales. Breadcrumbs won't crack it lady, the birds eat it all up and I am left wondering, now if you paved the way with gold and diamonds - I'd hoover up the street!!!!!
Good to read that you had a successful day. Forms and formats - yuk. Sometimes I get the hehi inside and feel an absolute need to unformat the bl**dy forms that we get to fill in for every course and every piece of documentation. Heck would it matter that much if instead of reading - If you are happy that this documentation satifies the educational need...... it read- just sign the #$%^$%* :censored: thing?
Happy - the program is meant to infer 'we care about our employees and their families'. In part it is good but most people just find it totally infuriating. The day that someone comes up with a program that doesn't make a stupid amount of electronic music to indicate that there is a rest and exercise session coming up, that's the day I'll start to take notice. Whats the point of a program that loosens up your muscles and drives you insane at the same time. Do we then get a program with a zapper to drive the muscles crazy and sooth the savage mind??? And can you imagine everyone forced to use it and that music plays out over the office at different times of the day and night from 20 different computers set at 20 different times??? :yikes: :crazy: :yikes: :crazy: :yikes: :crazy: :yikes: :crazy: :yikes: :crazy:
Do we weigh more when it rains??? :rain: Oh there's your umbrella by the way!! :lol3: Yes we do. To see how much water weighs - jump on the scales, have a shower and then get back on the scales again. Gets even worse if you wash your hair! Oh the things we know on this site!!!!!!
Roseblush - Good to hear the animal stories coming out again. I think I agree with Ceejay. This one might be a keeper. More research is necessary before we make a final decision though.
It's sad to see the parent's age, but at least yours is at home and relatively okay. It's worse when you have to put them in a home and they seem to deteriorate much faster there. Not saying that they don't look after them but..... they just do!
Ceejay - take care humping those drums of chemicals around.
Ruth - can't wait to hear the tales of the Gardening South. Glad you've had a good time - bet Hershey will not leave your side for a week. Are you getting in touch with Carla while you are in Ottawa?
Madcat must be celebrating good and proper - haven't heard back from her about the birthday day or dinner. And is Carla still at work?
We haven't heard from Meadow for quite a while - hope she is okay and just hasn't got off the exercise bike to get onto the computer!!! :rofl:
And with that, another day begins. Yesterday, the rooster came back full of tales of the new baby - and he is cute too (the baby not the rooster) so we gave him a pile of presents to send home. I've set the lot of them some tasks to achieve this week. If they don't achieve them we are in the pooh good and proper. We shall see what we shall see. I can't do it all.
10-22-2007, 08:26 PM
Gosh, spend a day or two not posting, and everyone else checks in at length! :yikes: I think I was just so jealous of the fantastic pics Shad and Happy came up with that I had to go sulk for a while. ;)
Happy, I would kill for either stick straight or curly hair. Instead I have in-between stuff that looks seriously scary every single morning of my life. My best option is to keep it very short - quicker to wet down - but with my height and broad shoulders I then get people assuming I'm batting for the other team. Not that there's anything wrong with that (dixit Seinfeld).
If the weather down by you is as glorious as it was here today, I might well jump into that pool! Although I do prefer a lake so I can do more distance swimming instead of paddling back and forth. When I had a house with a little pool a few years ago I never went in once it got cold. This aft I was working, and thus was saved from any crazy hike/cold lake swim nonsense.
Shad, was the cat in Madcat's bday photo your Sunday?? I may try to dress one of mine up one of these days to see how it would look...
As for the chorus of pre-exercise music on your computers... can't you all just turn the volume off? I've always hated the little noises computers make, and have mine permanently on mute.
Mel, congrats on the scale success!!! Bravo! Soon you'll be heading into the seventies - probably at the same time I climb back up to the eighties. Sigh.
Lovely that you're going grocerying tomorrow - can I email you my list? :lol:
Ceejay humping chemical drums!!! Surely sex talk is on the verboten list!! :rofl:
Holly, so sorry to hear you're sick. :( No fun at all, especially with all your responsibilities. But I'm willing to bet that if the flu is the price you have to pay for your travels, you'd pay up with a smile and go again.
Rose, good to hear from you, and good luck with the new BF. I sometimes wonder: if I actually did something or went somewhere other than work and the grocery store, would I start meeting men too?? What a concept!
Madcat, we'll talk closer to my visit. It should be fun, and I'm hoping to get some clothes and maybe shoe shopping done while I'm there. It'll be an odd trip: 3 nights at the Intercontinental with the rich folk, over to the Harbour Castle aka convention central, then back to the high life at the Four Seasons. I've always loved the lobby bar at the 4 Seasons, even though it's overpriced and not quite the same as it once was.
Ruth, don't you know that anything you eat while away from home has no calories? So you'll come home sylphlike despite all the :censored: food porn. If you're still around in Ottawa after 5 tomorrow night, I'd be delighted to offer you a glass of something before you head home. Note to OPP officers monitoring this site: I will not feed Ms Ruth any more alcoholic beverages than she can easily metabolize before hitting the road. Thank you very much.
Tonight was spin class number 4, and the old tush didn't complain at all. Of course eating a huge bowl of pasta for a quick dinner after may be counterproductive, but it was so good I may have to have more. Oops. I agree that we weigh more wet (weighed in after the post-spinning shower - :eek:). And it would also seem that I'm very quickly building some very heavy muscles with all the activity. :lol3: That's my story and I'm sticking to it...
Time to go. Take care all, and :wave: to those I've missed. Where the heck is Meadow, and Painter's been awol for a bit too...
10-23-2007, 08:21 AM
No time for long posts today. I have an all day class I have to go to. It's on Excel spreadsheets. I had a basic class last week and I actually learned a few things. Bummed that we won't have the same teacher today because she was good at what she does and quite entertaining too.
It's cold and rainy here. Very dreary. Going to be hard to stay awake and I went to bed far too late and didn't get enough sleep which is not helping matters. Article on the internet today that says that sleep deprived people tend to be more emotional. Well I'll drink to that :cheers: :hat:
Ok, I'd better get running now otherwise I will sit here too long (as usual) and then be scurrying to get to the class on time. And with the rain I'll have to leave earlier. Will be back tonight. Have a good one everybody... :wave:
10-23-2007, 09:39 AM
Darlings! Just a quick check in to let everyoen know that, yes, I survived the B-day festivities! I did get your message Shad, and thank you so much for thinking of me, but the sweet DH and I were still out at dinner so I missed it. Interesting that my own Mother forgot to call me :lol: though to be fair, she did send a card last week.
Anyway, I have to go and wrestle with a stupid XML and Excel issue, which is just making me a plate full of crabby. I'll try to get back later for more fun and commenting.
10-23-2007, 10:25 AM
I'm a little jealous of the Excel class. I know enough to get me through. I love it.
Love the new avatar. Glad you survived the festivities.
I have to agree about taking your time. I've always been a workacholic and like to get things done with in the first two hours.
What's this about me humping the chemical drums?!!!!
It's still raining today and has turned cooler. Makes for a good night sleep. Had the window's opened just about an inch.
10-23-2007, 02:31 PM
I'm hanging in. It was my DD who shared the bug. DH has it now. Still working and cleaning etc but have been squeezing in naps.
10-23-2007, 03:54 PM
WE'LL HAVE TO SMACK THE DD'S WHO ARE PASSING THE GERMS AROUND....HOPE JEN DOESN'T THIN K SHE'S GONNA GIVE ME SOMETHING! ROFLMAO WELL A BUG MIGHT BE BETTER THAN THE GRIEF!! :lol3: :lol3:
GET WELL SOON CHICKIES!
SHAD~ GOING OUT TO LOOK FOR GOLD AND DIAMONDS SO GET THE HOOVER READY! THANKS FOR THE HISTORY LESSON...THANK GOD HE DIDN'T SAY D I C K!!! :rofl:
HAPPY~ GOOD LUCK WITH THE EXCEL CLASS...JUST THE WORD SCARES THE CRAP RIGHT OUT OF ME....OH WAIT A SEC...MAYBE IN MY CASE THAT WOULD BE A GOOD THING. SAVE MONEY ON DULCOLAX :lol3: :lol3: AND IF I GET ANY MORE EMOTIONAL...THEY'RE GONNA KICK ME OUT OF THIS JOINT! :lol3:
CEEHAY~ HUMPING A DRUM? I'M NOT EVEN GOING TO TOUCH THAT LINE WITH A 10 FOOT POLE :rofl: :rofl:
CARLA~ THAT WILL TEACH YOU TO STAY AWAY WENCH!!
MADCAT~ WE'LL HAVE TO START SENDING MOM E-MAIL REMINDERS :rofl: GLAD THE TIME WAS SO GOOD!
TODAY WAS A BIT BUSIER THAN PLANNED. WHY NOT...I LIVE IN A DREAM WORLD ANYWAY :rofl: NEED A SHOWER AND EXERCISE. I DIDN'T GET CARLA'S SHOPPING LIST IN TIME EITHER. BETTER LUCK NEXT WEEK!! LOL
I AM TIRED BUT HAPPY....TOLD THE ACCOUNTANT FOR THE 2ND TIME THIS MONTH HE CANNOT STAY. I NEED THE NIGHT AND TIME TO MYSELF SO I CAN GET THRU THE FLU SHOT FIASCO. :dizzy: GOING TO BED EARLY TOO.
HAVE A WONDERFUL NIGHT AND HOPE EVERYONE'S WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY IS A GREAT ONE TOMORROW. :moped:
10-23-2007, 07:40 PM
The accountant stays over?!! :eek: :faint: Where? Not in my blow up bed? :yikes: Can't say that I think a pyjama party with an accountant will be a lot of fun!! :lol3: So Carla missed out on the shopping list! That'll teach her to stay away! :rofl:
Carla - no that wasn't Sunday the cat. I went to Google site and asked for a range of pictures of happy birthday. The cat came up at about the fourth page. It had a couple of things extra on it and the message covered up some of those and I deleted the name on the polo shirt. If you look closely at the picture you'll see some strange dark patches where the name used to be. Impossible to guess at the folds in the material. Paint is a good programme for things like that. Can't see you dressing Lily up - Zen might be a bit more reasonable - after all he quite happily wears a harness.
Yes I could mute the volume on the programme you are right but I need sound for some other things - it's easier to whinge and turn it off than be reasonable about it.
Happy - you are going to excel at your excel class??? I never got the same teacher twice in any of my microsoft stuff - and they all had differing ideas on beginners, basics, advanced etc.
Ceejay - guess we meant refilling the drums - not humping them around.
And I'm outa time. Gotta go get on with it. Todays joys revolve around the portal and the sheer stupidity of it. And now I'm told that we are not giving out any paperwork with our training because they can look it up electronically. Yep okay. Well we are the bunnies who have to stand in the class and tell them that so right, I will deliver the message and tell them who it is from. Hope you like them apples.
10-24-2007, 02:20 AM
good morning chickies:),
yes i have finally gotten round to bringing my butt online and posting :sorry:,things here as usual are very hectic but im being a good girl and admitting that my online gaming is probably too blame ;):yikes:,i started playing warcraft about a year ago to spend more down time with hubby and now i am thoroghly addicted ,good fun loads of people to talk to and hey im good at it :woohoo:.
kids are doing well ,craig is 18 now and still being his usual pain in the rear flitiing between jobs and girlfriends:devil::rollpin:so nothing new there,conner is still growing and now towers over the whole family and hes still a laid back calm mellow guy :love:,christopher ,,,,well hes still christopher lol he doesnt sleep all night yet :nono:but hes sooo clever and his talking for 2 year old is amazing .
Me and andrew seem to be getting over the worst of our marriage hiccups its taking time and a bucket load of effort but at least i can leave the house now for five minutes without him thinking ive had an affair:rolleyes:.
Shad will be pleased to hear we finally got half the back garden done and christopher is now the proud owner of a playhouse he absolutly adores and he also likes chucking gravel around lol,will pop back online later and read back some more pages and catch up properly and pm some people just to make sure my address list for xmas cards is up to date ,posting some pics of my boys and speak to you all soon
lots of love kirsty
10-24-2007, 09:32 AM
you have a beautiful family. glad to see you back.
Not much going on this morning.
10-24-2007, 10:53 AM
SHAD~ NEVER ON YOUR BLOW-UP BED!! THAT IS SACRED TERRITORY!!! :wizard: :rofl: :rofl: WHAT? NO PAPER WORK??? LIKE HAVING NO NOTES TO REFER TO??? HOW WONDERFUL :yikes: :faint: GOOD LUCK!!
LINUS~ LOVE THE FAMILY PICS!! AM SO GLAD TO SEE YOU HERE. HOPE YOU DON'T DISAPPEAR AS QUICKLY!! :lol3: SENDING LOVE TO ALL AND HUGS FROM AUNT FANNIE!!
CEEJAY~ WAVING TO YOU ALSO! WILL YOU BE DECORATING PARAGOULD FOR CHRISTMAS AS WELL? :hohoho:
WAVE TO RENNIE!
THE OFFICE IS NUTSO!! I AM TRYING VERY HARD TO KEEP TO THE "HIGH ROAD" AND NOT YELL BACK. LORD WHY CAN'T PEOPLE "JUST DO IT" AND GET IT DONE BY WORKING TOGETHER!!! OK THE RANT IS OVER AND SO IS MY BREAK! ROFLMAO
10-24-2007, 11:39 AM
Howdy gals...... well I made my 400 mile trip last night in the moonlight with my mutts and did my last report..... hurrah! Didn't see many critters either to avoid on the highway which was a blessing! Took this morning off to regroup and get ready for mytrip tomorrow to go see my new guy!..... wow do I have butterflies or what.... any hoo he has been so funny and sweet when we speak or write emails....he has an english sheepdog so we are simpatico with the dog thing...... yeah! I am dropping off Darby at the kennel but he will just be there for one night so he will be alright. GOsh my attachment to these canines...crazy!
The day is gorgeous and I have dog grooming to get on with and packing to sort out..... thanks for the safety thoughts you sent me ....I felt them!
10-24-2007, 01:11 PM
I'll never be able to keep up so will just pop in occasionally to try to keep my "worldly" status!
Hershey dashed through the house looking for Lucy as soon as we got home late yesterday afternoon. Made me feel sad. We were both in bed by nine - travel is tiring for old farts like me!
Today I'm tackling a backlog of phone calls, email and real mail. I am also about to tackle Bell Canada! I lost my cell phone in GA and want to cancel my service. Can't do it because our Bell Account is in Harry's name and he has to phone in! Oy! I am off to town (like I needed more driving!) and will present them with my power of attorney and get the damned thing straightened out. So stupid! I've only been paying the phone bill since 1983.
After that, I plan to sit and admire the wonderful quilting fabric I bought in the States and plan some quilts!
10-24-2007, 07:13 PM
So glad to see the travellers back again. Safe journeys, safe homecoming that's what I like to see/ hear.
Linus - just great to see you back again. I was going through some of my old PM's last week - I'm running out of space with them, so decided to delete. I came across that old one I sent to Connor after his hamster passed away. Now that was awhile ago. I sat there thinking about you and wondering whether a phone call was in order and then decided it was around 4.am your time so no way. Then lo and behold you appear on here! Nice photos - the boys are definitely growing up. Has Craig become more responsible now that he is over the age where you have to answer for him??? Christopher looks a real handful! but I'm pleased you got some of the garden done for him.
Morning Ceejay - somedays I wish there was nothing going on here!
Mel - an accountant in my bed - creepy. Only 2 or 3 more sleeps before we talk!
Rose - have you actually met this bloke yet or are you just cyber buddies??? Hope it all goes okay. Have a safe trip. Good to see you out and about and a buzzing again.
Ruth - this lot can be long and loud from time to time. Sometimes you have time to reply to all and sometimes not. Just pop in and keep us up to date when and where possible - we'd miss you if you disappeared. Poor Hershey. She really is missing Lucy isn't she. Hope she has settled down now. Sunday was in mourning for Shad for quite a while - not true when they say that animals don't remember things after a short period of time. I seem to remember she took over Shad's bed and dinner bowl and fought DS2 when he took the bowl away from her.
Well a bit more of the same ol same ol here today for me. It all seems to be coming together, thank heavens. We have the first three courses ready to go, well the first two are definitely ready the third is nearly there, just needs a push over the line. Then there's one causing a bit of a worry and then the next two are sort of fine. I have a problem with the next one but other than that they are going along quite well. It may well be that we will not have to write doco at the same time as we are racing to the classroom to teach.
Looking forward to going home tomorrow night even though the weather is not supposed to be much good for the weekend. I will be able to shop and paint. Shop because I am looking for a new dishwasher and a new oven and cooktop. The kitchen goes in next!!! I think we will also pack up some of the kitchen and move some of the cupboards and then we need to find a storage place for DS2's stuff and mine which is about to be displaced. DS2 has rented his house out and is now permanently in mine which means I can rest a bit easier about the cat. He's been getting quotes for me from a drawing I did some time back - we will make the final decisions this weekend and at Christmas no doubt.
DS1 and partner are here in Perth the following weekend. I'm looking forward to seeing them again. They've both changed jobs since I last saw them. DP will be studying for some exams - she's doing accountancy or economics or something equally exotic. DS1 did a sideways new job to the help desk at the University of South Australia - which he doesn't have the patience for! I don't know if you ever heard the old joke about the bod who didn't realise computers wouldn't work without electricity (I told you it was old) and finally the help desk lost their cool and said that the user should pack it back in the box and send it back to the shop - oh said the user, that bad is it? - yes, said the help desk, you're too stupid to own a computer. Well that joke was made about DS1, I'm sure of it. Anyway having started there a couple of weeks ago he now has a new job in the Infrastructure side of things. Much more up his alley as long as he doesn't have to deal with salesmen! He's not much good with them either.
So for the next few weeks it's all go. After that I will move from Perth to Karatha (Karachi as it is known here) during the week and Perth during the weekends unless I decide to stay over and do some sightseeing. Don't know what there is to see, will have to look it up. Pinnacle are up that way, but I've been there.
So with that, I'm off. Time to move along and decide what the chickens will do for the day. I've actually got them all moving in the same direction. Another herding dog might be nice. See ya
10-24-2007, 09:43 PM
Aw , sooooo nice to see Linus and the boys!!!!!! Big HUGS!!!!!
Still sick but working and driving kids about. I am giving a presentation tomorrow morning to a biz group about being inspired.
10-25-2007, 01:11 AM
Running behind as usual. :rolleyes:
Linus :hug: It's so good to see you again. The family is lovely. Good thing Christopher is so cute - does it make his antics any easier to deal with? :dunno: Hope to see you back again. We missed you.
Holly - we could all use some inspiration too. Give us a bit of the speech. Good luck tomorrow.
Rennie - stick to your guns about splitting the sleeping arrangments. Don't compromise your values. And just jam them in where ever they will fit but 2 weeks with a whole house full is a bit hard to deal with. Well more than a bit. Perhaps you and Wolf need to get away when they come over :lol:
Shad - you write sympathy notes for hamsters? You are a real sweetie :D Have a good trip home. So you are renovating the kitchen are you? Sounds fun. Now if DS can manage to get it all done while you are away that would be lovely as the kitchen is the worse room to tear up. Excel class yesterday was ok but not as good as last week. I was eating my lunch next to a wall that had a giant map of the world on it. I never realized there are so many islands all around you. Actually in the Pacific, South Pacific and Indian Oceans. Guess when you're looking at a tiny map you lose all that detail. Australia was the size of half the tabletop so I was able to easily see all the towns you have been telling us about including Groote Eylandt. Did you feel like someone was watching you yesterday? ;) :lol:
Ruth - glad you're back safe and sound. New quilting materials sound very very nice! Good winter project. Keep checking in with us.
Rose - you've been doing alot of traveling. Be safe. Good luck with the new guy.
Mel - people working together is a lost art. It will die with us old farts :rofl: Just what is it we're doing with Shad's blow up bed? I missed that part. Can I get in on it? :dizzy:
Hi Ceejay, Carla, Madcat. I've run out of page to see your posts and time as it's after midnight and just like Clapton sang - After midnight - we're gonna let it all hang out which means it's time to let the "girls" out of the bolder holder. :lol3:
Time for bed. It's cold and my blankie is nice and warm and fluffy. Sleep tight! Except Shad who's up chasing the chickens :lol:
10-25-2007, 01:24 AM
Wish you would all leave my blow up bed alone. Awwwwww now that wasn't nice. I'd share with you lot but not with the accountant!!!!
Happy - I wondered why you were popping in around the fringes yesterday. I did actually think of you at one stage. Carol and I were having some mind mishaps and arguing with the functional developers that something wasn't happening. Helps if you are actually looking in the right place at the right time I guess. Carol sends me an email stating she was going insane at the same time I was sending her one saying my mind is slipping.
Okay - back to the Capacity planning standard overview. Gotta get that out of the red.
10-25-2007, 08:13 AM
Once you get the Capacity Planning straightened out Shad - give Rennie a few tips as it sounds like she needs some serious Capacity Planning techniques right now - :rofl:
Either this site is slow or my internet connection is. Very slow to respond. Hard to post.
Have a good Thursday everyone. Stay dry, stay warm - especially if you're on this side of the pond.
10-25-2007, 08:33 AM
Wow! I "slept in" until seven. Is this the new me?
No gym again this morning as I'm just too darned sore. I hope to make a fresh start on Monday.
Today's a catch-up day. I have to do some major menu planning and maybe some cooking ahead for a dinner for five on Saturday night. I am leaning towards Italian (no pasta!) and want to knock their socks off with my meal. I'd post the menu but it'll probably be :censored: as food porn.
Gotta get back on the healthy eating track. I braved the scale again this morning; my ticker is lying but not by much.
Need to do an egg for Hershey who is on a hunger strike since I got back. Methinks it's delayed mourning for Lucy as my old journal shows the same thing when Libby died. Poor doggie!
Gotta dash! :hug:
10-25-2007, 08:44 AM
RUTH~ WELCOME HOME!! AND MANY HUGS FOR YOU AND HERSHEY:hug: JEN AND I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM WITH HER PHONE AND ELECTRIC. NOW SHE HAS HER OWN AFTER THE BIG FIGHTS ON THE TELE!!! :faint: GOOD LUCK!
NAE~ MORE GOOD LUCK AND SAFETY THOUGHTS FOR THE MEETING WITH THE NEW GUY!! KEEPING GOOD THOUGHTS IN MY HEAD FOR YOU AND THE CANINES! :lol3: PEOPLE THINK I AM NUTS WITH THE BIRD!!! AND HE DOESN'T EVEN WEIGH ONE POUND!! ROFLMAO
RENNIE~ THIS WEEK I WAS RUNNING AROUND AND THE WORLD WAS STANDING STILL :rofl: HOPE THE FOOT AND BODY PAINS SUBSIDE :hug:
SHAD~ I NKNEW IT WAS THIS WEEKEND. POST-IT NOTES ALL OVER THE HOUSE TELL ME SO BUT I FORGOT WHAT TIME AND DAY ON MY END...ROUGHLY. REFRESH MY MEMORY. I THINK IT WAS SATURDAY LATE AFTERNOON MY TIME. ANYHOW...I WILL BE HERE WITH BELLS ON AND NO ACCOUNTANTS! GLAD THE DS IS MOVING BACK IN. SO MUCH MORE CONVENIENT AND GET'S HIS HOUSE PAID FOR AT THE SAME TIME :dance: I SHOULD HAVE RENTED IT!! HAVE BLOW-UP BED, WILL TRAVEL!! :scooter:
RENNIE~ SOMEHOW I AM CONFUSED WITH THE LINE"THE KID'S SISTER".....<----WHO IS THIS? AND GOOD LUCK!! ROFLMAO
HOLLY~ GOOD LUCK. GET WELL!
HAPPY~HOPE YOU HAD A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP WITH THE GIRLS HANGING AROUND!! :rofl: :rofl: AFTER MIDNIGHT....LA LA LA LA NOW I WILL BE SINGING THAT ONE LINE ALL DAY!! :lol3: :lol3: LET'S DRINK MARGARITAS OVER THE WEEKEND :cheers: I HAD TO HIDE SHADDIE'S BED UNDER MY OWN SO THE ACCOUNTANT COULDN'T SLEEP OVER!! HE WOULD NEVER LEAVE HERE THEN!! :rofl: :rofl:
BUT TO BE PERFECTLY HONEST WITH YOU...I FORGET HOW THE BED THING GOT STARTED :lol3:
I AM LEAVING THE PHOME OFF TODAY. JUST TIRED AND IT'S A COLD AND RAINY FALL FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS. I COULD USE SOME SHOPPING SO MAYBE TOMORROW IF IT'S NOT TOO WET OUT. STILL A TAD FEVERISH AND ACHY AND HOPING IT WILL PASS QUICKLY. JEN FEELS MUCH THE SAME. TOO MANY PEOPLE HERE HAVE SOME KIND OF COLD SO I TOLD RICHIE TO TAKE HER TO A PHARMACY AND BUY THE SHOT. WHAT GOOD IS A FREE FLU SHOT IF YOU TAKE HOME A ROARING COLD AS WELL :faint: SHE'S MUCH TOO SKINNY TO FIGHT OFF BOTH AT ONE TIME. TODAY WE WILL BOTH BE TUCKED IN WITH OUR FUZZY, WARM BLANKIES (we'll keep Happy's warm too till she gets home again) AND SHE IS WRAPPED IN A CHENILE ROBE SHE STOLE FROM ME! :rofl: :rofl: OK I AM OFF TO WATCH MY TAPED TRAVEL SHOWS. LOTS OF SWITZERLAND AND MADRID.
HAPPY THURSDAY :moped:
10-25-2007, 08:45 AM
Ruth throw an egg on for me as well. i'll bring the cinnamon toast and butter!
10-25-2007, 07:08 PM
Quickie this morning as Capacity planning has stretched my mind and not much is happening here.
Rennie - I agree with Happy - your values count in your house. If they can't accept that, then they are welcome to stay someplace else. There are also your own kids to consider, if you condone that behaviour in your house, so you will have to compromise on your own kids. So keep your own conscience clear and stand up for your beliefs.
Um - were you married at 14 or somethin? My maths ain't that good.
Ruth - no pasta Italian? Okay will it be Osso Bucco with braised veg? Ragout? Ribolita? Caramelised onion frittata? along with tiramisu and gelato and two gallons of Trebiano rose?
Poor Hershey. I do feel for her, they really do know about life and death and they can't vocalise it. Is there any of Lucy's toys around for her to look after and sleep with? Sometimes that helps. The egg won't do too much harm either. Raw ones make for wonderfully shiny coats as well.
Mel - Saturday afternoon your time. Sunday morning my time. Looking forward to that. I need to put it in my calendar too, along with some notes. Get out there and shop for food. Otherwise there will be two of us not eating this weekend. DS2 wont have been shopping in the past 2 months.
Have my bag packed, my boarding pass in hand, book at the ready for reading although that probably won't get done since I will be capacity planning on the plane as well. Unless of course a miracle happens today - and it won't happen unless I get on with it instead of chatting here.
New mantra: - at this desk the impossible is done straight away. Miracles always take a little longer.
I can only be nice to one person per day.
This is not your day
Tomorrow is not looking good either.
or maybe (short and sweet):
Go away, you are an idiot!
At least I don't have the TFG here, all I have is a bunch of loons who can't communicate with each other and cause chaos with whichever part of the system they touch. This morning so far:
No development client in PM - everything short dumps - last time it did that the PS (projects team) had loaded data which conflicted with nearly every transport (data load) that had gone through in the last month.
No equipment loaded into the Training client - it was there yesterday!! :yikes:
And the QA (Quality Assurance client :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:) tells me I don't exist. Oh goodie, does that mean I can get an earlier plane out of here?
Now you may not have completely understood all of the above, but generally speaking it means that someone, somewhere has stuffed up big time and the system is $^@%*! I can see my friend Andre downstairs doing a good impression of the rhino raging across the veldt this morning. This man is actually French, he has spent much time in South Africa, is a towering giant of a bloke and is Taurean - I have little sympathy for the recipient of his rage, but it is a devastating sight to have him come bearing down on you, bellowing oaths and threats and reading your pedigree to you - none of which is repeated (or repeatable) in the first five minutes. Fortunately it can be in 4 languages other than English.
Gotta go, be good or be careful. If you can't be either, make sure you enjoy it.
10-26-2007, 07:49 AM
Grrrrr! Checked the trapline this morning and didn't catch one darned mouse although they ate the peanut butter and left me little black caraway seeds. I'm also dealing with a terminally ill freezer. I need to unload it today and transfer my food to the one at the Fair Hall or at Claire's place. Can anyone tell my why Numb Nuts the carpenter and Harry built the closet around the freezer? It has to be taken apart to get at the back to fix it. Actually I think I need a new one.
This week, short as it is, has not been stellar! I think I'll go back to Georgia.
Now I'm going to get another coffee and pet Hershey until Donna arrives to clean.
10-26-2007, 08:36 AM
WHILE RUTH IS PETTING HERSHEY, DREAMING OF GEORGIA AND HAVING ANOTHER CUPPA I BETTER READ AND POST................
SHAD~ I AM READY AND THE PHONE WILL BE PLUGGED IN AND PC TURNED OFF!!! GLAD THE TAUREAN ISN'T AFTER ME! :yikes: BUT I SURE COULD USE HIM OVER HERE!! :rofl:
HAPPY~ HOW GOES THE HAIR? ARE YOU USED TO THE COLOR YET? WHEN I GOT UP THIS MORNING I WANTED TO STAY IN BED AND WAS WONDERING IF IT'S STILL WARM BY YOU?! :beach: TAKE CARE MY FROGGY FRIEND!!
RENNIE~ I GET IT NOW...I THINK. :lol3:
FEELING BETTER AND I THINK THE WORST IS OVER. HAD A GREAT SLEEP AND JUST WOKE AROUND 8. EVEN THE GRANDSON SLEPT IN:cloud9: THIS WEATHER SUCKS!! LOL TOO SOON THE COLD AND RAIN AFTER SUCH WARM WEATHER YET AGAIN. BUT IT'S LOOKING LIKE SUMMER IS OFFICIALLY OVER THIS TIME. GET OVER IT MEL:rollpin:
NOTHING NEW AND THAT'S A GOOD THING FOR A CHANGE. NO FOOD SHOPPING. ARM IS TOO SORE TO PUSH A BASKET AND DRIVE A CHAIR HARMONIOUSLY. :faint:
ORDERING DOWN THE STREET. HE MAKES GREAT ROAST BEEF ANYWAY....AND I COULD USE A TREAT.
WISHING YOU ALL A GREAT WEEKEND :cheers:
HAPPY FRIDAY :moped:
:wave: TO CEEJAY, MADCAT, NAE, HOLLY, LINUS, TIG, WHERE IS TEEL?, AND PATTY.....WHERE HAVE YOU GONE?????????????????????????????? HAVE YOU GOTTEN LOST WITH PAINTER WOMAN AS WELL????????
10-26-2007, 08:48 AM
Zippy do dah chickies :D
First off - thanks Holly! That's some great stuff and a super way to start off the day in a positive mood. Bet you bowled them over :hug:
Ruth - men do things like the cabinet because ... well... they are always brilliant and always RIGHT - no? ;) Sorry to hear about the expense but get yourself a bigger and better one.
Shad - enjoy your trip home. Don't wear yourself out trying to get too much done. Try to get a few restful moments in. Enjoy your convo with Mel - don't burn up the lines :lol:
Mel - I have news for you. That chenille robe you lent me - well there's no more "chenille" left. I picked it all off. :rofl: Wasn't that what you were SUPPOSED to do with chenille? Like popping the bubble pack wrapping. Get nice and cosy - will be sending you some sunshine this weekend. :flow:
Not much else going on here. DH and I are debating about taking a ride to the middle of Tennessee this weekend to look at a house for sale. If we do, it will mean alot of planning today and tomorrow to get a weekend's worth of stuff done in a few hours. Would give us a chance to see some leaf color too but I think it's going to be a dull autumn because of the drought. Trees are too stressed. Well at least thank goodness we are not on fire like California. What a horrid thing.
A big shout out howdy to Ceejay, Madcat, Carla, Rennie and Linus who is ***shudder*** dealing with a houseful of MEN :yikes: :lol: Later chicks...
10-26-2007, 08:51 AM
Mel - my hair is doing fine. I'm liking it alot. It looks darker but the blond is very subtle and gives some fabulous shine with the lights on. Maybe I should wear one of those miner's lights on my head just to make my hair shine more :rofl:
We are still chilly today (hot tamale tomorrow -- sorry) Supposed to warm up nicely tomorrow - a gorgeous sunny day almost 70 degrees. Then it's going to get in the low 60's again but at least we won't have the damp chill.
My sinuses are going bonkers... :hug: to you big sis! I'm very glad you are not showing strange men Shad's blow up bed :lol3:
10-26-2007, 09:08 AM
Ruth, when you go back to Georgia, can I come too? Umm, did they not realize that not being able to get at something to repair it was not really what people mean by "built-in" :lol: Good luck with the appliance hunt.
Mellie~ Glad you are feeling better. For the first couple of days it was cooler I sort of liked the change, but you are right, now it’s just depressing. Treat yourself as required.
Shad~ If you are losing your mind it is nice that you have company! :lol: You are almost there. Keep your eye on the prize, or if that fails, repeat my mantra “Billable hours, billable hours”. Hope you enjoy your time at home… and if you can get the renos done while you aren’t there with the DS contracting, so much the better. I’m sure Mark would agree 100% with your DS1 about the “joys” of help desk, which is why he is retraining to do something else. It has to be one of the most underappreciated jobs in the world.
Rennie~ Crack that whip! Maybe we need to get you a ringmaster outfit and a chair?? :lol:
Rose~ hope you have a lovely trip.
Linus~ What lovely children you have, but I imagine they are a handful! Yes, I am also a WOW addict and got into it to play with my DH as well, but I’m not good at it.
Happy~ the colours have been really disappointing here too because to the dry conditions. Of course, it has also been unseasonably warm. Hope you have a nice road trip.
Howdy to Ceejay and those who have not posted in the last two pages!
To make myself feel better I have been searching the travel sites to find a winter vacation for the Boy and I. He finishes his classes at the end of Feb and I figure we’ll both need a break from work and school and cold weather by then. We’re thinking Cuba… problem is that I fell in love with this one 5 start resort and now I’m battling the voice of my Fine Old Ontario Family (FOOF) ancestors regarding spending that much on a vacation. :lol: Ok, technically I am not a FOOF since my ancestors were Methodist and farmers and not Anglicans and landowners.
And with that I best get by butt in gear and get some work done.
10-26-2007, 09:59 AM
Go for it, Madcat! My ancestors are Anglican and land owners and I still am so you have my permission.
An internet friend on the garden site just suggested I unplug the freezer and plug it in again AND IT WORKS. Whew! I just saved a bundle - maybe enough for a five star resort in Cuba?
Donna called and cancelled which is OK as the house is in pretty good shape. I am about to start some chicken marinating and a rum cake baking for tomorrow's dinner party and am trying to decide on the rest of the menu. It's going to be wet and cold so soup may be the starter - cream of broccoli with sour cream and red pepper puree swirled in?
10-26-2007, 10:53 AM
Cuba--go for it.
I may have broccoli soup for lunch. Sometimes the mechanics of the freezer need to be restarted. They collect dust.
My allergies have gone haywire also. Didn't realize that the weather would have anything to do with this.
Didn't have time to go back a couple of pages to read.
This is sorta funny but early Thursday morning about 3 a.m. I sneezed and my nose started bleeding. I'm a liilte paranoid about things like this and took my blood pressure to see if it was high enough to cause this. It was 150/80 but not high enought to casue the nose bleed. whew! I have had a headache all week too. The doc said that I have a sinus infection and gave me an injection along with an rx for allegra d and one for bp meds. The pharmacist told me to not take 2 of the allegra d. I'd be as high as a kite. I asked her about just one she said it would be okay.
I'm a little disappointed that my new coffee table didn't come yesterday. She said she would have it delivered. I'm going to call and see if she can bring it this afternoon. I'm going to Paragould tomorrow.
Weigh in this morning almost matched the doctor's scales yesterday. I'm 180 on mine and was 181.5 on his.
10-26-2007, 01:30 PM
I came home from work 2 hour early. I am just sooooooo wore out. Didn't have anything booked and i am working a full day tomorrow. I put in a full 18 hour day yesterday. I am still coughing with this cold. Made some stew and now I am going to rest. DS goes for therapy at 3:30, home for supper and right out for the halloween party.
I PMed Happy my presentation if anyone else is interested I could d the same. I am feeling great about it. Getting some wonderful feedback. I sure do love public speaking.