Support Groups - From faraway downunder the worldly chicksare frassin, freezin & fitter in February




Shad
01-31-2008, 12:16 AM
There you go, try that one out for size.


Shy Moment
01-31-2008, 12:22 AM
lol

happy2bme
01-31-2008, 12:59 AM
:yay: You got frassin' spelled right!

If we get the sleet tomorrow as predicted at least 2 of the worldlies will be freezin'.

Thanks for setting up the new place Shad.


MELODY525
01-31-2008, 09:28 AM
WTF!!! I AM CRACKING UP OVER HERE!! AND GOD KNOWS I NEEDED A GOOD LAUGH. THANKS SHADDIE...SAFE TRIP HOME. LOOKING FORWARD TO A CHIN WAG BEFORE YOU SET OFF AGAIN. AND WE ARE FRASSIN FREEZIN IN JANUARY HERE!! THE WINDS! YIKES!! GLAD YOU FOUND THE P.O. CHEAP...WELL CHEAPER THAN THE AIRLINES!! HOME SWEET HOMEWARD BOUND :encore:

SHAKER~ :cheer: GOOD NEWS ON THE WEIGHTLOSS!! SORRY TO READ ABOUT THE TMILL. HOPE IT GETS FIXED AND RETURNED QUICKLY.....AND NOT TOO MUCH $$$$

I HAD A TOUGH NITE THAT WAS SPENT PARTLY IN THE LOO AROUND 3AM. I THINK IT WAS JUST THE STRESS OF THE WEEK. FEELING BETTER THIS MORNING BUT A FEW CALM DAYS WOULDN'T HURT. I AM SO BRAIN DEAD I CAN'T THINK OF ANYTHING TO SAY SINCE LAST NIGHT :rofl:
HAPPY THURSDAY AND THE WEEKEND IS JUST A HOP SKIP AND A JUMP AWAY :dance:

MELODY525
01-31-2008, 09:36 AM
I put the link for this in a pm to Ruth. she has her breadcrumb trail now to follow :running:


BTW......some of us are expecting great motivation this month from our Downunder Sisters! That should keep you both out of the fridge! :rofl:

MELODY525
01-31-2008, 09:39 AM
Recipe #11

Fill A Warmed pita Pocket with Some smoked Turkey, Roasted Peppers, Sliced Onions, Watercress And Hummus.

shaker
01-31-2008, 03:10 PM
Morning ladies, well this fits just nicely for the 1st Feb thanks Shad :carrot:
I love Fridays, work is always pretty relaxed and is nice to have a w/end to look forward too.

Now I have a question for you all.. I get shin splints :yikes: blingin painful at the moment but this is because I have been walking on the footpath. If I am on my treadmill I do not get them at all and can walk fast and jog etc, but once I hit the pavement they come straight away. This morning I have not been walking as it is painful enough to get ready for work. So the question is why the footpath and not the treadmill, is it the shoes and they are fine on the tmill because that has a soft landing but not soft enough for the concrete, I have good asics??.. does anyone else get these nasties, at first I thought it was because I was not fit enough and the muscle was making them sore but I have been walking\jogging for 4wks now so surely that is long enough to gain some fitness?.. hmm anyway let me know if you have any ideas.. rest is the only thing that fixes them .. how very annoying!!!

Shad the excess baggage sounds like a good idea, are you back to Brissy for good?

Mel maybe you need to spend a few days on the couch watching some movies, hope you feel better soon :p

I am off to the travel expo tomorrow to :crossed: get DH and DS a cheap fare to Perth, my MIL will be in deep doodoo if I don't since she wouldn't let me book these fares I found back in Oct and said no no wait for the Expo will be nice and cheap.. I am meeting her there when it opens so I am hoping I won't be there too long, I hate wandering around things like that, just looking at travel and hotels, not much fun if you aren't going anywhere yourself!

Happy hope you are well today and penned that complaint letter, are you feeling better?

The biggest loser started here last night 3 teams and 3 trainers, I was out with DD at her training so missed the first part but managed to record the last 45mins so will watch that sometime this w/end. We have the look good nakey show here too, I have watched it a few times but not really my thing, wouldn't do it myself, don't need to show my cellulite to the world, no matter how nice the undies are you can still see that stuff :o

Anyway have a great Friday everyone when you mosey on over here.. :cool:

Shad
01-31-2008, 10:32 PM
Morning all,
Not frassin freezin here I can tell you! It's a tad on the warm side at the moment and the air is very dry which doesn't do a lot for my sinus' I can tell you.

Glad you liked the title Rennie. It's really very Carla-ish don't you think??? Some dreams you've been having. It's a bit like going to work over here - that's a real nightmare I can tell you.

Happy - hope you are recovering from the rotten colonoscopy now and can sit in a seemly fashion. Stay warm and toasty my friend.

Mel - I hope you didn't spray your coffee on the screen - it makes a lot of marks and is hard to clean off. I have had my share of cleaning this week - and to think I might just have to do it all over again when I get home is not a pretty thought. I see you are getting the terminology in place - breadcrumb indeed!!!!! Anyone know how Ruth is?? is she up and running or at home or sulking in her scotch???

Shaker - good news on the weight loss. Hope the treadie comes back in a better frame of mind. As for the shin splints, some get them, some don't. All I can suggest is that you run on the grass and see if that helps. Try the berms (nature strips - grassy bits out front in the street (you know the ones, where you have to mow and look after but it is not actually yours according to the council)) I don't actually get them, but I do get sore shins if I run or power walk the pavements enough. Trouble with the nature strips is that the dogs have generally got there before you and you have to watch where you are putting your feet - TMI I know.
When is this wedding in Perth???? Generally speaking you get a better rate if you book really early and never fewer than 3 weeks before you travel. I presume you are getting the AirNZ flight direct to Perth. I understand it is as good a deal as any of the others and has the advantage of direct and not with a stopover in Sydney or Melbourne - where you can't leave the airport because you don't have enough time, but there is plenty of time to kill in a boring old airport.

Inspection went off okay yesterday. She arrived on time, told me she was leaving the company on Friday, took a cursory glance in the oven and counted the knifes and forks. Phooey. 10 minutes was all it took.
This morning I went to breakfast with the old team (no food in the fridge anymore apart from a Granny Smith apple) and waited for the carpet cleaner to arrive. He or rather they took around 15-20 minutes to do the steam clean and another 5 to relieve me of $80.00 and give me directions as to when I can walk on it and when I can put the furniture back. Maybe I'll retire as a carpet cleaner!! or maybe not. He must see some horrible sights from time to time.
This afternoon I pick up a car and I am going to find some cliffs and some sea. I have a yen to have the wind in my hair and some salty sea air in the lungs. Exactly where yet I haven't worked out, but I will go get some lunch, find a map of South Western Australia and poke a pin in it. With my luck, I will get Cottesloe Beach 15 minutes down the road where the beautiful people go in Perth and where I am definitely not part of the 'in crowd'.

I'll not be back before Sunday afternoon my time so I will catch up with you then.

Stay cool (not literally)

Hollyhock
02-01-2008, 12:18 AM
It is frassin freezin here...I will share. In fact I will give it away. LOL!!

HUGS!!!

happy2bme
02-01-2008, 02:09 AM
Have a good trip Shad - I've probably missed you.

Doing ok. Just very busy at the moment. Will be back soon.

Shy Moment
02-01-2008, 02:36 AM
Shad
Yes I do lol. I love it

MELODY525
02-01-2008, 09:23 AM
SHAKER~ I OVER HEARD A CONVERSATION ONCE BETWEEN THE DR AND A PATIENT. HE SAID THE CONCRETE WAS VERY UNFORGIVING TO THE SHINS AND HE SAID THE SAME AS YOU. CONCRETE IS A HARD LANDING FOR THE FOOTFALL. NOW THE MAN HAD TO USE EITHER A TMILL OR INDOOR RUNNING TRACK THAT WAS CUSHIONED. BUT I NEVER HEARD THE REST OF THE STORY. LOL GOOD LUCK WITH THE AIRFARES!!!!!!!!

ANNIE~ HOPE THE OFFICE MOVING GOES WELL AND TAKE CARE WITH THE SNOW!!! I THINK PEOPLE EVERYWHERE BUY OUT ALL THE STAPLES WHEN THE SNOW THREATENS!! SAME AS WHEN THE WEATHER IS BAD, ALL THE SENIORS MUST GO OUT IN IT!!!!!!!!

SHAD~ ENJOY THE SUN, SAND, AND SURF FOR ALL OF US FROZEN CHICKS ON THE WRONG END OF THE POND :beach: I WILL ENVY YOU FROM AFAR. WHEN YOU STICK THE MAP WITH A PIN...MAKE SURE IT'S ON A TABLE AND NOT ON YOUR LAP :yikes: HAVE A GREAT TIME!!

:wave: TO HAPPY, HOLLY AND SHY :wave:

I AM GOING TO TAKE SHAKER'S IDEA AND GET INTO THE RECLINING WHEELCHAIR AND SIT MY AMPLE BUTT IN FRONT OF THE TV WITH A STACK OF DVDS AND MAYBE SOME AIRBLOWN POPCORN. SEEMS MY BODY IS STILL REBELING AND I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHY. WAS SICK AGAIN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. MAYBE FRUIT AND STRESS NEED TO BE SEPARATED :rofl: I FELT BETTER WHEN I DRANK COFFEE EVERY DAY. JUST MY EYES AND FACE LOOKED LIKE CHIT...BUT I FELT GOOD :lol3: :lol3:
THE SENIORS HAVE A SUPER BOWL PARTY TOMORROW SO THE WEEKEND SHOULD BE QUIET. THEY WILL SLEEP ALL DAY SUNDAY!! NOTHING TO DO ON THE AGENDA. 2 CALLS TO MAKE AND THE WEEKEND WILL BE MINE.

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE AND HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND :encore:

Hollyhock
02-01-2008, 09:27 AM
A blustery good morning to you all!
I am staying home. The roads are passable right now but there is minimal traffic out there, no trucks and we live on a hwy. But there are severe warnings for later this morning. All the schools all around us are closed.
I will call my clients. I can go in tomorrow afternoon and do them.
So we get to have a nice cozy family day at home. LOL!
DS is already crying because it is worst day of his life. Dad will be hogging the TV, he cant see his friends, he wants to go to Walmart....... just wait til I make him clean his room and put his own laundry away. LOL!!!!

DD is looking at her baby album. Man, I sure loved having my babies.

I had a great sleep.I am quite happy to be home.I have lots of office work to do. I placed a product order for the shop.Colours, perms etc. there is a start up kit. It is $745.00. I went for it. You are getting your product at half price which increases your profit. All I can say is thank God for Visa. Quite seriously. It is a smart biz move but a big out lay of cash. I can replace the $ amount with 10 clients and I have enough colour to do 80 or more. They throw in all the extra tools for free too, like bowls and capes and swatch books....

I have been writing my business profile to send out to people. Need to fine tune that.
Then, of course, I could actually clean my house.I will just work around the living room where Hubby will be planted on the couch for the next 14 hours.

Lots of tax stuff to do.

HUGS!!

upswife
02-01-2008, 10:14 AM
Holly~I will book mark this thread too. Good to hear that you are still around. Will catch up later.

HI all! :wave:

Hollyhock
02-01-2008, 01:45 PM
Looky there- it's UPS. She was getting lonely on our old thread. She is friends with Annie too!!! Another very cool chicka.

ceejay52
02-01-2008, 03:12 PM
just popping in to say hello. Need to get busy and clean the rest of the house. Not going to Paragould until tomorrow.

Shy Moment
02-01-2008, 03:45 PM
Holly
HI


The kids are home from school because of icy roads. This means, they haven't used all their emergency days and so they are going to use one today. They never close schools here.

Madcat
02-01-2008, 04:01 PM
Hey kids! I'd trade a lot to be in Brisbane today, since we're getting dumped on with a major winter storm. I made it to work this morning but packed it in about 2:00 before the bad conditions got worse. It's not that it is that cold - it's just really blowy. Home now - but with a couple of hours of work (designing screens for the program we are doing requirements for) still to do. No rest for the wicked. I'll be back later to chat etc.

MELODY525
02-01-2008, 04:29 PM
CEEJAY AND MADCAT...GLD TO SEE YOU BOTH HERE SAFE AND SOUND...ALTHOUGH MADCAT IS SNOWED UNDER. WE SHOULD ALL HOP ON A PLANE AND VISIT SHAD AND SHAKER IN THE LAND OF OZ. :beach:

MADCAT~ SORRY FOR THE BITTER WEATHER. SAW THE MAP TODAY AND IT WASN'T LOOKING GOOD AT ALL. HOPE YOU AMD MR TIGER KEEP WARM!! :rofl:

CEEJAY~ ENJOY THE TRIP. HAVE FUN!!!

WAVING TO UPS AND SAYING :welcome:

I CAME BACK FOR:
RECIPE #12

SAUTE CHICKEN TENDERS UNTIL COOKED THRU.
MIX S.F. ORANGE MARMALADE, L.S.SOY SAUCE AND A BIT OF DRY MUSTARD FOR A DIPPING SAUCE.
I USED A TEENY TINY BIT OF HONEY MUSTARD. YUM!

JEN AND I SPENT THE MORNING TALKING WHILE SHE HELPED ME WITH THE "OVER THE HEAD" STUFF IN THE CLOSETS. WE ARE REALLY TRYING TO DECLUTTER AND LET GO OF THE PAST. TOUGH GOING SOME DAYS.
HAVE A GREAT NIGHT
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Ruthxxx
02-01-2008, 05:08 PM
I'm home - hurting but happy! I had no idea it would be this painful!

Claire slept over with me last night - upstairs with me on the LR bed. She snuck downstairs to check on me a lot.

Sister Joan is her today and tonight - no choice because we are snowed in! We are considering it "working on our relationship". I've not been able to manage then stairs yet but hope I can tomorrow. Mainly sleeping, resting and keeping track of the minutes until the next pain pills. (The two hour operation took 4.5!)

I'll check in when I can.

Shy Moment
02-01-2008, 07:21 PM
RUTH RUTH RUTH
So glad to hear you are home and doing ok. You will have to take it easy for awhile, things are going to take time getting back to normal. Sorry you are in pain, I was afraid it would be this way. Please, take care of yourself and let us know how you are doing.

MELODY525
02-02-2008, 08:28 AM
:welcome: BACK MISS RUTH!!!! I AM GLAD TO SEE YOU BACK HOME. TAKE TIME HEALING AND DO WHAT YOU AFRE TOLD :rollpin: OR ALL THE PAIN OF SURGERY WILL HAVE BEEN FOR NOTHING :tantrum: I KNOW I'M A P.I.T.A BUT IT'S BECAUSE I LOVE YOU :love: TAKE CARE MY FRIEND UP THERE IN THE FROZEN SNOWED BOUND NORTH :hug:

LAST NIGHT THE KIDS WENT OUT TO DINNER. THEN FOR A LEISURELY STROLL DOWN THE AVENUE WINDOW SHOPPING IN THE WIND AND WET. :yikes: BUT RICHIE BROUGHT HOME A THROW BLANKET THAT FEELS EVEN SOFTER THAN THE ONE I GOT FROM THEM LAST YEAR.
HE KNOWS HOW MUCH I TREASURE SOFT MATERIALS WHEN NOT FEELING GOOD. AND HE BOUGHT ONE FOR JEN ALSO SO SHE COULD GIVE HER OLD ONE TO THE CAT. HE'S BEEN TRYING TO STEAL IT. RICHIE SAYS EVERY NIGHT JEN AND THE CAT FIGHT OVER WHO GETS THE BIGGER PORTION!! TODAY WE STILL HAVE NO SOLID PLANS. SEEMS LIKE ALL THREE OF US FEEL THE NEED FOR QUIET. HIS MOM IS NOT RESPONDING WELL TO EMOTIONAL AIDE AGAIN :faint:
I HAVE LOTS TO DO SO THAT I CAN DO NOTHING ALL DAY :rofl: :rofl:
HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY :moped:

Shy Moment
02-02-2008, 09:08 AM
Melody
That was so very nice of him. I do understand. I love soft things against me when I don't feel well.

MELODY525
02-02-2008, 09:42 AM
RECIPE #13

SPREAD TWO SLICES OF ANY WHOLE-GRAIN BREAD WITH THE MUSTARD OF YOUR CHOICE. TOP ONE SLICE OF BREAD WITH SLICED BRIE CHEESE, THEN BROIL UNTIL MELTED.
WHILE BROILING, TOP THE OTHER SLICE WITH THINLY SLICED HAM AND ALFALFA SPROUTS.
SANDWICH THE TWO SLICES TOGETHER

**I AM STILL THE SWISS & HAM KINDA GAL!

SHY~ YES NOTHING BEATS FEELING LOVED AND SOFT STUFF :love: WORKS BETTER THAN PILLS! :lol3:

happy2bme
02-02-2008, 10:23 AM
Howdy chicks,

:welcome: upswife :wave:

Love your new avatar Mel. I'm tired of Kojack already.

Hope we didn't lose Ceejay on the other thread. Maybe she's fussin' with the new laptop. I'd go pick her up when I go out for tile this morning but there's snow up her way.

Glad I don't live north anymore. Mom said they got over 10 inches of snow the other day and the predictions of possibly more to come mid week. Don't miss the snow at all and we have our own cold here right now.

Welcome back Ruth. I've heard knee surgery was particularly painful but why get you all upset before it happened. I guess they really tug things when they are in there.

Busy weekend ahead. Be good and have fun.

upswife
02-02-2008, 10:51 AM
Good morning all!!! WE got about 10 inches too. All that shoveling wore me out yesterday. The kids had a snow day, so after the roads were cleared we went to the library. Nothing much went on. For today we are planning a trip to the gym, then off to the store to get stuff for our party tomorrow. hope everyone has a good weekend!

Ruthxxx
02-02-2008, 11:26 AM
Just a :wave: so you know I'm alive.

Hollyhock
02-02-2008, 09:34 PM
Hi Miss Ruthie. Glad you are managing. You are in good hands there. You behave now* wagging finger*.

Hollyhock
02-02-2008, 09:35 PM
Miss Melly- I LOVE soft blanket too. How nice of Richie.

upswife
02-03-2008, 12:47 AM
Holly~you sound wonderful!!! can you come down and fix my hair???I love your attitude now...so much more positive to go along with all the changes you have made....((hugs)) You are such an inspiration!

Shad
02-03-2008, 01:12 AM
Afternoon all,
Came down to try and get my boarding pass for the plane tomorrow. The system tells me I can book in upto 24 hours before the flight departs, but guess what for some reason or another it is not yet open. I guess 24 hours doesn't actually mean literally 24 hours, just sometime about 24 hours before the flight. I'll give it another half hour or so and then let them know about the 24 hour non service service (if you get what I mean)

Yesterday I went to a place called Yanchep National Park - well I went to a couple of beaches as well - no cliffs, I forgot that the Western Australian Coastal strip is really just a giant sand dune. Anyway I wandered about, saw some Koala asleep in their trees (one conveniently moved himself to where a sprinkler hose was spraying and slept solidly through his shower. It was bloody hot and far too hot to walk too much so a bit of a wasted day. However I did enjoy most of it. Went down another cave, but nothing exciting there really. A bit of a boring cave really.

Ruth - so good to have you home and back posting with it. Having seen a knee operation on reality tv, I'm not surprised you are hurting and no doubt the entire leg is black and blue as well. Just rest up and take it easy. You can think about repaying the friends and family later. Do not feel guilty for accepting help. After all you give out enough of it.

Madcat - it is raining in Brisbane - really and truly raining and has been for some time. Queensland has been hit by FLOODS - yep a couple of weeks ago 3/4 of the State was under drought relief and no 2/3 of the State is under flood relief. Crazy country.
Here in Perth it has not rained through the entire month of January and most of December before that. They are complaining about the lack of water now. The meteorologists can't get it right to save themselves and we are promised a storm tonight - we were last night as well but it just got hotter. 37 today (around 104). I went out to breakfast at Cottesloe Beach (where the beautiful people go) I thought I would get in early but the place was packed at 8.30am on a Sunday for heavens sake.

Mel, we can chat next week, whenever you want except for Monday. I'll be doing a full shop the day after I get home. Got no idea where I will put it yet but will find some place out of the rain!
Melting Brie cheese :yikes: :faint: what a waste of good chomping cheese - goes well with a rice cracker and a pinot gris or a pinot grigio or a sauvignon semillon blanc or a verdelho or a coombard - well just about any wine really!

Hiya Rennie - have fun with the kids on a snowed in day.

Check in is still not available. I might have to come back tonight when i start looking for dinner. Drat!!!!

Not be back here until I get home Monday night. Yeehaa




Welcome Upswife - nice to have some new faces around.

MELODY525
02-03-2008, 08:59 AM
LOOKS LIKE HOLLY AND ELLEN ARE SNOWED IN AT THE MOMENT. 10 " :yikes: STAY WARM GALS. AND GOOD LUCK HOLLY WITH THE NEW VENTURE. I COULD USE A NEW LIFESTYLE AND A NEW "DO" :rofl:


RUTH :wave: RIGHT BACH TO YOU! :hug:

WHERE IS M ISS HAPPY? CARLA? MADCAT? PAINTER? CEEJAY IS IN PARAGOULD, PATTY? NAE? SHAKER IS BEATING UP HER MIL OVER THE TICKET PRICES :lol3:
AND ALL OUR OTHER WORLDLY CHICKS ARE MISSING. MEADOW? ARE ALL OF YOU JUST LURKING?

SHAD~ JEN HAD A SIMILAR PROBLEM CHECKING IN WITH THE CRUISE. WHAT PART OF 24 HOURS DON'T THESE COMPANIES UNDERSTAND?? :faint: WE CAN FORGET THE PHONE TILL AFTER THIS COMING WEEKEND. I AM A BIT BOOKED UP THIS WEEK. WE HAVE AUDITORS COMING IN MARCH AND THE ACCTS NEED TO BE HERE THIS MONTH.
BUT WE'LL WORK IT IN THERE SOMEWHERE. :lol3: BESIDES...IT GIVES YOU A CHANCE TO SETTLE DOWN. SHOP. AND MAKE CONTACT WITH BOTH BOY AND CAT :rofl: :dance: IF I WAS TO EXPLORE A CAVE I'S BE HAPPY IT WAS BORING AND HELD NO SURPRISES....ESPECIALLY THE CREEPING CRAWLING KIND :faint: :yikes: SAFE TRIP HOME :hug:

YESTERDAY I WAS GENTLY REMINDED OF THE AUDITOR THING. I HAD FORGOTTEN. WITH ALL THAT IS GOING ON, THE MEN HAVE REFUSED TO TAKE THE KEY NOW. I CANNOT BLAME THEM. TOO MANY SHADY THINGS GOING ON. NUFF SAID. SO.......
THEY WILL HAVE TO WORK AROUND MY DENTIST/DOCTOR SCHEDULE AND THAT'S FINE WITH THEM. I KNOW A WEEK IN ADVANCE WHERE AND WHEN I WILL BE GOING. IT ALL WORKS OUT. ELECTION WEEK SO IT WILL BE BUSY WITH THAT ALSO. SPACING MY "JOBS" AND CUT DOWN MY TIMES TOO. :beach:
NOTHING NEW. RESTING. FEELING MORE "NORMAL".
BOT SURE WHAT WAS GOING WRONG THERE FOR AWHILE BUT IT SEEMS TO BE FADING. I AM THINKING OF SHOOTING PHIL THE GROUNDHOG. WHO IS HE TO TELL ME THE WINTER IS GOING TO BE LONGER ANYWAY :tantrum: I REFUSE TO LISTEN.
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY AND :welcome: HOME SHADDIE!

MELODY525
02-03-2008, 09:02 AM
RECIPE #14

SPREAD A FLOUR TORTILLA WITH SOME THOUSAND ISLAND DRESSING.
TOP WITH SLICED HAM, SLICED CORNED BEEF, SLICED SWISS CHEESE AND DELI COLESLAW.
ROLL UP, PLACE ON A PLATE AND MICROWAVE 1 MINUTE TO MELT THE CHEESE.

Ruthxxx
02-03-2008, 10:24 AM
Sunday :wave: - still crabby and sore. I did spend last night without a "sitter" but Claire will be back here fussing in a few minutes. Hanging in!

happy2bme
02-03-2008, 11:17 AM
We seem to have FINALLY found some flooring for the front hall. We were trapsing through the showroom yesterday - back and forth, forth and back when DH called me to see a pattern on the floor and walking back I saw a sample board with this gorgeous white tile with brown veins running through it. Mostly white, just enough brown to pick up the wood in the stairs and the dining room. What is that I say? :drool: Oh it just came in - it's marble. Marble, oh I say :( anticipating way too much money. Actually the price with labor (of a nice Irish installer as meticulous as DH) was less than we were quoted by the other store for ceramic tile. So we brought the sample home and DH said we could get it :dance: :D

Just in case it didn't work out I brought home 3 other samples of ceramic tile. The browns don't work - too dark, the beiges don't work - too washed out and the terra cotta tones look good in the store but don't seem to look right either. We can't do hardwood because we have 2 different colors of wood already - one color in the parquet floors in adjacent rooms and another color on the stairway leading upstairs. Carpeting does not make sense either and even if we did it, we'd have to change out the carpet in the parlor/office next to the hall which DH said ain't happening because 1) it's the best carpet in the house and 2) our parlor is our office where we have regular cherry wood office furniture, complete with overhead cabinets and DH said it's too much of a hassle to take apart and rebuilt (tho it will have to get moved around to paint one day SOON I hope).

So yesterday I looked up how to care for marble floors before I make this big committment. (I ain't no fool :D ) So you can't use harsh or abrasive cleaners. Ok, simply a consideration in chosing a darker grout color. You have to be careful not to spill acidic stuff on the floor - don't plan on carrying lemon juice or vinegar across the hall. Because it's stone - the floor is cool in the summer - cat might like that and downright frigid in the winter. Actually we have thick tile in there now and DH said the floor is cold now. Tracked in grit and dirt will eventually scratch the floor. Well DH loves to vacumn and he has been on a campaign to get me to take off my outside shoes when I come in from the back so as to minimize the amount of yard schmutz I track in all the time so that he doesn't have to vacumn so often :lol: Guess I could do that. They advise running a dry mop over the floors on a regular basis. No problem as I actually have one of those wooly things I find fun to use. The only thing I don't like so far is that after you wash the floor, they advise you to dry it so it doesn't look streaky. It's extra work but I guess I could do that, they have those mops with the microfiber cloth for dusting and the area we are putting the floor into is not that big at all.

A little voice says don't do the marble but we have been looking for so long and have made more than a simple effort to find something which at this point is starting to really bug me. I just want to get it decided and move on.

So that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Now wasn't it better when I wasn't saying that much? :lol:

Enjoy your Sunday chicks.

Hollyhock
02-03-2008, 12:05 PM
Happy, that sounds really nice! You reasoning is quite sound!

Ruthie- happy to see you my dear!! Pain meds a Claire would be quite the trip! LOL!!

UPS- I am not so certain it is my attitude that is more positive.Has a lot more to do with hubby being present and involved and mostly pleasant.LOL!

Home from church. Winding up for out pancake supper on Tuesday evening.
Much cleaning to do. Going skating at 2pm. Need some groceries for lunches.

HUGS!!!!!

MELODY525
02-03-2008, 01:14 PM
HAPPY~ SO WHOSE WINNING? THE DEVIL:devil: OR ANGEL :angel: ???? YOUR NEW AVATAR REMINDS ME OF THAT OLD SONG. ALSO WHAT 100 DAY THING? DID I MISS SOMETHING.....OR MORE LIKELY FORGET SOMETHING????? SAL THE PAINTER PUTS IN MARBLE FLOORS AND LOVES THEM. BUT HE'S ITALIAN AND LOVES ALL THINGS MARBLE! :rofl:

upswife
02-03-2008, 03:51 PM
HI all, Just a quick one before everyone comes over for the big game! Everything is up and running, and the food smells soo o good... been in the slow cooker since before church this morning! I almost wish for warmer weather, but then I'd be in Shad's shoes!

Holly~attitude was not the right word, but I couldn't think of it....I believe I meant outlook...you seem to be much cheerier now with some problems taken care of...Enjoy the snow....I am hoping it melts soon!

Madcat
02-03-2008, 05:07 PM
I’ve been lurking the last couple of days, catching up on stuff I had on the PVR, doing some work, and cleaning the apartment. You know, cleaning the oven is the grossest job on the planet (especially when it hadn’t been done for a while) not to mention that there really is no way to get in there with any level of back or knee comfort. It looks good now, but it was a messy, painful job. Grr. What I wouldn’t do for a self-cleaning oven – or a maid! :lol: I think my shoulders and arms are going to let me know about this tomorrow.

Happy~ I am with Mel’s painter friend and I say, go Marble!! It always looks so luxurious and stylish. You could always get an area rug or other covering for the high traffic areas to give it a bit of protection. And just think – you won’t have to look for flooring any more!!

Holly~ You write one great business profile.! Good work!

Ruth~ Good to see you here and hanging in there. Feel free to be crabby. Crabby burns calories.

Mel~ I’m here. I’m here. You just couldn’t see me because I’m short. Sounds as if you are going to be busy but that you also have your ringmaster hat on and are making all the lions line up properly and do their tricks. That’s good to hear.

Shad~ I had no idea that the beautiful people ever got up before noon. It sounds as if you are at least enjoying your last couple of days before you head home. Aus is a lot like Canada in that there are these huge differences in weather from one coast or one areas to the other. You can’t really talk about typical Aus weather, can you? Still 104 might be kinda nice for a few days. Though is it humid? I don’t like humid.

Upswife~ I don’t think I’m said welcome to you yet, so hey, welcome aboard. Stay dry in the snow and enjoy the game.

Rennie~ Howdy nice lady!

Hi to all those missing or not on this page!

I’m going to go and make some turkey chilli for dinner. It’s the easiest recipe in the world, and it makes enough for two meals for us this week. Tonight we’ll have it with some Naan bread I picked up and then later this week we’ll have it either in oven Coney Fries or poured over a baked potato. Quick and easy meals. Gosh guys, it makes me feel all virtuous to cook ahead of time. I am such a Domestic Goddess today. Maybe I should go lie down until the feeling passes!

shaker
02-03-2008, 06:16 PM
Morning ladies, another lovely Monday here, we did have a spot of rain yesterday but we needed it so back to being better today.

Ruth am glad you are back safe and sound, my uncle had a knee op, was a replacement knee he had and he was running up mountains and said he felt like a kid again, so I hope it all works out for the best!!!

Had a busy w/end with the kids, driving around to various things, had a bit of couch time but not as much as I would've liked :devil: I was over the shin splints by Friday night but have been too scared to go walking again and think I will wait for my :woops: to come back.. the very good news is that DH rang the guy back after dropping it off to check on warranty as I had forgotten that bit and the guy said there will be no charge !!.. :cloud9: so that is enough to make me happy I just need it back now.

We have Wed off is Waitangi day - think it should be renamed to NZ Day but never mind, I'll take a day off work no matter what it is called!

Whoops I am back, miss me.. ha ha.. someone came in so I had to quickly get rid of that on the screen.

Happy the marble sounds right posh if you ask me.. I have just got the normal tiles, very unforgiving if you drop somthing that's for sure.. post piccys when they are done !!!

Well that was all anyway Shad you sound so busy when are you having to go back to work? the kids started school today so excited they were, DS has a new school they call it intermediate here, is the one between primary and college.. they still split them here although new primary schools that get built seem to incorporate those 2 years into them which is better, saves buying a whole new uniform for just 2years. They advised no hair gel DS is not happy about that, said he will say he has no gel just product in his hair.. ha ha bye all.

ceejay52
02-03-2008, 07:57 PM
Just lost a post. So I'll just say hello.

UPSWIFe
:welcome:

Shad
02-03-2008, 10:59 PM
Morning all,
Well here I am, at the airport. Geez you lot get the lowdown on all my doings. I'm early but it took a huge amount of time to get rid of the house keys and the rental car keys and get ALL my luggage to the check in desk. I should have arms like a Russian weightlifter shortly! :strong: Didn't look at the scales. Too much like hard work just lifting the darn things on to it. So I am finally on my way. Better text the DS2 to let him know when to pick me up.

Happy - the tiles sound great. Don't look on it as work for yourself - treat it as a asset upgrade. It will make the value of the house better. I guess the next thing is the door. And a thick woolly rug will make all the difference in the winter for the tootsies. Found an Irish Tiler???? :yikes: Please check on him frequently and ensure he has the white side up!!! Have you checked his references and ensured he is a good tiler???? Does he work for the tile place? Ask if you can see some of his work. If you are just having the one tile, then it shouldn't take too long and shouldn't have too much cutting - worst bar none aspect of tiling. Will have to see this for myself!!! Hmmmm.

Mel - not too many moving objects in caves these days. If the cave has water there are maybe some yabbie/ prawn type swimmers. There are a couple of cave dwelling spiders as well and the odd bat. However they all hear you coming down the stairs and get out of the way. They don't like the lights anyway. Just let me know when you want to chat. I'm not free (but I'm always reasonable) I'll be available during the weeks as well for a while. Although I need to visit the gym at 6.00am in the morning - weekdays - so we may have to think about a different time. I couldn't even checkin this morning - the machine could not access my details????? :faint: I am going, I've gotta go, let me outa here - :yikes: :cry:

Ruth - of course you are crabby and sore - has it been a week yet??? Give it a chance. Too much pressure and you won't get the results, not enough same story so it's a fine line you are treading. I had a friend who had a hip replacement. Geez he looked so good six weeks later. It seemed all the pain lines had gone from his face and he looked years younger.

Holly - the business profile looked good - however - are you supposed to advertise on here??? Just thought I would ask. I thought you did it very well.

Ellen - hope you enjoy the game and it works out as you want it to. Who were you barracking for??? Hope it isn't in opposition to Happy's DH!!!! Oh dear, trouble coming in the thread! :rofl:

Madcat - have to agree about the grossest job on the planet - particularly if it isn't your dirt!!! like the oven in the flat wasn't. In NZ I had an oven that you could actually take the door off and it was much easier to clean. You didn't have to lean to oneside and reach and then stick your head in and the light stayed on to let you see what was happening. Horrid job.
If you are the 'Domestic Goddess' then I saw you on tv last night. Tasting and sampling and checking etc. You really shouldn't have had that strawberry mousse you know!!!! But you are looking good on it! :rofl:
Perthites think it is humid here. But I got news for them. No it ain't. It's actually quite nice because if you can get out of the sun, then it cooler and pleasant. Can't do that when the humidity is way up there!!! No sirree. Better share the Turkey recipe - or is it the one LindaT does??

Shaker - I thought about Waitangi day yesterday. Might see if I can get some bods over for a barbeque, but then since it is not a holiday over here and it is raining hard in Brisbane, it may have to wait for a while. We might need to dry out somewhat.
Good going on the warranty for the treadie. Hope it comes home soon.

Poor Ceejay. I hate it when that happens.

Okay. Time to move on to other things. I need to check the bank. Rental place doesn't seem to think I paid my last two weeks rent. Gotta go. See ya.

Shy Moment
02-04-2008, 01:20 AM
If I never see whipped potatoes again it will be to soon. Spent 12 hours this weekend scooping out whipped potatoes at the soup kitchen. It was very hard to see so many out of work and needing help. Lifted my sprites to see all the folks there to help those people. Rather it was a free meal, a kind word or a hand me down coat for some of them. A lot of people cared and gave all they could. Funny, seemed to be the poor folk that were there helping and giving all they could. Guess the rich folk where to busy sitting at home resting from their busy week.

MELODY525
02-04-2008, 08:36 AM
:cheer: GO GIANTS GO :cheer:
WOW WHAT AN UPSET!!! I TOLD MY DAUGHTER THE GIANTS WOULD WIN. THEY'RE ON A WINNING STREAK. EVERYONE LAUGHED AT ME. WELL THEY GOT TO THE SUPER BOWL AND MANNING MARCHED THEM RIGHT DOWN TO THE FINAL GOAL LINE!!! :encore:
I AM NOT A SPORTS FAN AT ALL BUT I HAVE TO ADMIT THAT I WAS THRILLED AND EVEN SHED A TEAR. WE NEEDED A BOOST OF MORALE IN THIS NECK OF THE WOODS. THANK YOU GIANTS!
I MAY BE MISSING ON AND OFF THIS WEEK. TODAY BEGINS PREP FOR THE ELECTION TOMORROW. SUPER BOWL AND NOW SUPER TUESDAY. FOOD SHOPPING MIGHT BE WEDS AND DENTIST IS THURS.
HANG IN THERE AND STAY OUT OF TROUBLE!!!
SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS JUST IN CASE ANY ONE NEEDS THEM AND I DON'T GET BACK. CANVASSING THE BUILDING STARTS IN A FEW MINUTES WITH THE EARLY BIRDS.
HAPPU MONDAY AND HAVE A GREAT WEEK :moped:

SHAD~ GLAD YOU GOT THE APARTMENT SQUARED AWAY AND HAD TIME FOR A POST. HOPE THEY FINALLY LET YOU BOARD AND YOU ARE SAFE AND SOUND AT HOME. GOOD YOU GO TO THE GYM AS MY AFTERNOONS ARE THE PITS RIGHT NOW THIS WEEK. I HAD FORGOTTEN A LOT. BUT THIS TOO SHALL PASS. LOL HAVE A GOOD WEEK IN YOUR OWN HOME :dance: :encore: :cheers:

MADCAT~ GO AHEAD AND LURK AWAY. WE'RE JUST CHECKING ON YOU AND TAKING A PULSE TO MAKE SURE YOU'RE PAYING ATTENTION!! :rofl: YOU ARE RIGHT AND I AM ALREADY CRACKING THE WHIP! CAN'T AFFORED TO LET THIS WEEK GET AWAY FROM ME. WHILE I AM GONE YOU CAN LURK TO YOUR HEARTS CONTENT. YOU AND THE FAMILY/FRIENDS ARE ALWAYS IN MY THOUGHTS:hug:

SHAKER....THAT'S GREAT NEWS ABOUT THE FREE REPAIR. TAKE CARE OF THOSE SHINS!!!

:wave: SAYING HELLO BACK TO YOU CEEJAY!! :wave:

DANG....THE DOORBELL.................
SEE YA DURING THE WEEK SOMETIME. THE OTHER WOMAN IS READY AND SOME PEOPLE AWAIT US IN THE COMM. ROOM. TTFN

Ruthxxx
02-04-2008, 12:01 PM
Hi. Have message in for the doc to renew or change pain meds which aren't doing a darn thing! It's ten days since the operation - I really think I need a bit or a break from this crap!

Shy Moment
02-04-2008, 04:00 PM
Ruth
Some docs, like mine, are about worthless when it comes to pain medication. Mine acts like I want to sell them on the street each time I get meds for my DOT pain. I get a script of 12 every couple of years lol. I sure am not makeing much off of them if I want to sell them.

Shad
02-04-2008, 05:25 PM
SHE'S BAAAAACCCCCKKKK
And it is piddling down with rain and not a breathe of wind. The humidity is almost total and it is reasonably warm. Can't see the rose garden for the grass and weeds and can do little about them while the rain persists. Aaah well the joys of the tropics in summer time. We do need the rain but does it have to be all at once???!!! Huh, huh. Turn it off for a while please.

The house is not too bad considering. DS obviously put some effort into getting it a bit clean and a bit straight, but it is never going to look great while it has two households worth of furniture inside a small house. I'll probably spend a fair amount of today packing more stuff to take to the storage unit.

DS is fine - met me at the airport last night - no bandages, plaster or obvious bruises which, you gotta admit, is unusual. Tells me he has feeling in the severed finger and will be going back to full duties in a couple of weeks. Things are looking up.

Sunday the cat is fairly pleased to see me home - at least I think she is. She apparently acted really weird on Sunday. DS2 said she must have known I was coming home. Anyway she is studiously ignoring me most of the time without letting me out of her sight and all the time letting me know what she happens to think on any given situation.

Morning Mel - glad to hear you are busy and keeping reasonably well, however don't overdo it - ya hear?? Sounds like you have your hands full with the elections, you political animal you. What no recipe today??? What am I going to feed the kid tonight?

Happy - times come and times go, people come and go and life just trundles on. All of this turning of seasons and reasons for seasons etc. simply means that the only constant we can rely on to see us through the highs and lows is ourselves. No man is an island - well it is nearly not true.
You've screwed up the courage to give up smoking. That took a while and now you have to do it all over to lose the weight. Life is never easy is it??
Somehow we have to fit in exercise, work, family life, housework, homework, friends, neighbours, gardens and health issues. Time comes when you have to work out what is important to YOU. Once you work that one out, the rest is easy.

Rennie - how kind of you to do duty at the soup kitchens. It always seems to be those type of people doing duty at these places. And generally older people as well. I can tell you tho' that the rich do give - often very generously however you will rarely see them in that situation. They tend to donate or to go to charity dinners and balls and functions. It seems that they have to enjoy themselves to get the right frame of mind. They had a celebrity auction in Melbourne recently - all the 'best of the beautiful' people were there. Well over a million dollars was raised for the charity - now you can't tell me that wasn't worthwhile! Many people do what they can. I donate around $1000 per year to three different charitable organisations but rarely attend fundraisers or soup kitchens and never, ever go to the childrens wards of hospitals because quite frankly I would either be in tears or telling people to get on with it and neither action would be appropriate.

Ruth - poor thing. Wish I could suggest a way to help out with the pain. You've had a fairly major operation and now have to recover. Time is the universal healer. Should I send over the local drug baron or something. How is Hershey enjoying her holiday???

Okay - better get on with the day. Have decided that I will do a bit of this and that and the other as I have the energy. Not going to rush it. I may not even get to the gym today but I will have to go shopping. When the frassing rain lets up that is.

Hello to Ellen, Annie, Patty, Painter, Madcat, Carla (stop lurking and get in here), Holly, Meadow, Linus et al.

MELODY525
02-04-2008, 06:51 PM
RENNIE...GOOD FOR YOU WITH THE VOLUNTEER WORK. THERE ARE NEVER ENOUGH OF THEM. THE REASON POOR PEOPLE VOLUNTEER IS BECAUSE THEY KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE NEEDY :rofl:

RUTH~ HOPE THE DOCTOR GIVES YOU SOMETHING GOOD...AND IF IT IS WILL YOU SHARE IT???? :dizzy:
GET WELL SOON :hug:

SHAD~ GLAD THE DS IS IN ONE PIECE!!! WAS AFRAID HE WAS PICKING YOU UP AND TRYIONG TO CARRY YOUR BAGS WHILE ON CRUTCHES OR SOMETHING!! :faint: SUNDAY WILL BE GLUED TO YOU LIKE FLIES ON RICE!!!
GLAD YOU'RE HOME AND YOU HAVE TONS TO KEEP YOU BUSY WITH THE GARDEN. I HAVE BEEN MEANING TO ASK....HJOW IS CHRIS???

MY DAY WENT VERY WELL AND RATHER QUICKLY. JUST GOT OFF WITH MY POLITICAL FRIEND...HE ASKED ABOUT YOU SHAD. I THINK WE SURPRISED HIM THAT DAY FOR SURE. WE WERE JUST MAKING LAST MINUTE ARRANGEMENTS FOR TOMORROW. TIME FOR MY WE MEALS AND SALAD. I LOVE THIS BEING PREPARED STUFF. FOOD COOKS WHILE YOU TAKE A SHOWER. THEN EAT AND SLEEP! :cloud9:
JUST SO SHAD'S SON DOES NOT GO HUNGRY:

RECIPE#15

HEAT A LITTLE OIL IN A LARGE SKILLET. ADD RED PEPPER STRIPS, SLICED ONION, READY TO HEAT TURKEY MEATBALLS AND 2 TO 3 teaspoons OF PAPRIKA TO TASTE.
SAUTE 5 MINUTES.
MEANWHILE IN ANOTHER POT: COOK FRESH FETTUCCINI AS THE PACKAGE DIRECTS.
THEN STIR IN A CAN OF CONDENSED CREAM OF CHICKEN SOUP INTO THE MEATBALL MIXTURE ALONG WITH A CAN OF WATER AND SIMMER FOR 2 MINUTES TILL WARMED. STIR IN A CUP OF REDUCED FAT SOUR CREAM.DRAIN PASTA AND TOSS WITH THE MEATBALL SAUCE.

I USED MILK IN PLACE OF WATER AND HAVE ALSO USED THE MUSHROOM SOUP. LOW SODIUM OF COURSE!!
MAKES A GREAT FAST AND FILLING MEAL WITH A SALAD. :hun:

Shad
02-04-2008, 06:55 PM
Now I will have to go out and shop. Drat and gosh darnit.

MELODY525
02-04-2008, 07:19 PM
SERVES YOU RIGHT FOR BEING SARCASTIC!! :lol3: :lol3: AND BTW....GET THAT BLOODY COUNTER OUT OF YOUR SIGGIE!!!! I ALMOST CLICKED ON IT THINKING IT WAS SOMETHING NEW :rofl:

Shy Moment
02-04-2008, 07:41 PM
Melody
I think you are very right. I grew up very poor and yet I knew people that had less than we did.

Shad
Glad you are back. Cats are funny things. Won't let you out of their site but will show you their displeasure of you being gone lol.

I have never thought of it as kind or nice or anything else what I and many other people do to help people. We just do it because it needs done. Did you ever think what it costs to hold those balls and functions. Take that money and give it to the poor and it would help more. I really have never understood people that will spend 500 on a ticket for a dance. Spend a ton of money on clothes and so forth to go. Why not send ALL the money they spend to go to the function. I guess because so many have to get something out of giving. I think it is also how we raise our children. We have a lot of young people that help. They have been taught by their parents you take care of each other. Ok sorry, off my soap box.

Shaker
The weather here can't decide what time of year it is lol. Winter and in the single digits one min and going to be 60 in a couple of days.

shaker
02-04-2008, 07:58 PM
Just a quick post because I forgot to say that last night was my normal WW meeting and I lost another 900 which is 1.9lb so am pretty chuffed with that.. this has been the longest I have stuck with something for a few years!

Shad glad you made it home safe and sound, i hear it has been raining there for a while, I hope you are no tto washed out!

Have a great Wed everyone I will be back on Thur.

Shy Moment
02-04-2008, 09:22 PM
Shaker
That is great. Now you take a min, and enjoy what you have accomplished so far. Just think, when it is getting nice you out are going to have even less to lose than you do right now. THINK POSITIVE.

upswife
02-04-2008, 09:45 PM
Hello all! BUsy day here, so this will be a quick one...up too late last night, then had to run DD1 to the doc, snow melting and flooding, only to freeze up tomorrow for more snow. TOM is kicking my behind and all I want to o is sleep. Will try to get to the gym tomorrow evening, then Lent starts on Wed, so I will have all the more reason to eat better...Have a good night/day all!!!

Shy Moment
02-05-2008, 02:38 AM
I am so proud of myself. Since I had a whole day that I really had nothing to do. I decided today was going to be my 10 miles 1 mile walking/aerobic video at a time marathon day. I didn't think I was going to be able to do it but I DID IT. Wow I feel great.

happy2bme
02-05-2008, 09:20 AM
:congrat: Rennie. 10 miles - that is awesome! An all day marathon - quite a novel idea. That's nice of you to help out at the soup kitchen - more people should be like that and give of themselves - would make for a better world.

Take care UPSWIFE - I talked to my sister in Chicago yesterday. Like you, they had rain to wash the mess of snow away but another storm is on it's way. Watch out for ice.

:congrat: on the weight loss Shaker :carrot:

Don't work too hard today Mel. Going to be a very busy day for you. Make sure you don't "pay" for it the next few days running ;)

Must be good to be home Shad.

Hang in there Ruth. It doesn't seem so at the moment but you WILL get better and be dancing around town.

Good luck with the business proposal Holly.

Watch out for those storms too Ceejay. Isn't this crazy 70 degree weather great? All the birds are singing their spring songs. We'll be back to freezing tomorrow.

Madcat - you're right on the oven bit. I used to have gas ovens - total pain to clean out, even with the oven cleaner spray. Now I have two electric ovens. For some reason only the top one has the auto clean on it **saints be praise, what a WONDERFUL thing** However, just so I don't get too cocky, the bottom one has to be cleaned the old fashioned way. I try to use the upper one as much as possible although it is hard to reach over the door and actually get AT the food given how high up it sits and my short legs and arms :lol:

Busy day ahead. Supposed to get my hair done tonight but I am concerned about these storms they are predicting today. Heavy rain, hail and strong, gusty winds do not make for optimum driving conditions and it seems to be a shame to drop a wad on the hair only to make it home looking like something the cat dragged in :lol:

Have a good one whatever life brings you...

Shad
02-05-2008, 03:57 PM
Morning all,
And it is a very early morning here as well - had to get up at 4.00 to drop the DS2 at a work mates place so I could keep the car to go to the gym. DS2's car is in the panel shop waiting for a decision as to whether the insurance will write it off or not and they are taking their sweet time about it as well. So we are a one car family for the time being. However tomorrow he can take the car to work. I'm on holiday and not ready for 4.00am in any shape or form at the moment.

Rennie - 10 miles :encore: :faint: Well done. Your knee must be feeling better!
Afraid I don't agree on the donating of money instead of the auctions etc. You and I seem to disagree about lots of things :rofl: There is nothing wrong in the word 'profit'. Without it many of us would be in the soup kitchens on the wrong side of the serving counter. And it's not a sin to enjoy yourself while giving to a worthy cause. You wouldn't get the big sums of money being donated by companies or individuals without profit and without some sort of inducement to separate the bills from the billfold so to speak. Some of the 'celebrities' that go to the soup kitchens or (as here) 'McHappy Day' are not always just there out of the goodness of their hearts. They may not get paid, but they do get exposure and status. That alone can earn them another film or another sponsorship or more people getting to know what their business is or does. What ever it takes, is what I say. There are those who are rich in the monetary sense of the word - they give their money and often their time to organise and cajole and plead. There are those who have the funds and they give those but don't go to the super rich soirees and candlelit suppers. And theire are those who are rich in time and good works. They all give in one way or another.

Happy - yes it is good to be home - such as it is. A bit neater and tidier this time (thanks DS2 - but there is such a thing as a dusting cloth you know) and it will be good to get some more stuff out of the house, but it is good to be home. And today the sun is shining. We've left off the rain for a while. This is good because now we will be able to go out and mow and weed etc.
As to the oven - self cleaners are THE BEST. Your oven is faily high. Was the original owner a tall person I wonder and why would they make only one self cleaning?

Mel - me? sarcastic? get outa here! Take it easy while doorknocking and drumming up support for Hillary. No doubt she and Bill will come down and take you out to dinner when she wins! :lol3:

And with that, I am off! Lots to do today and I really am not feeling that well at the moment. Still a trip to the gym should cure the ills and ill gotten gains somewhat. See ya

upswife
02-05-2008, 04:09 PM
Afternoon ladies! Pretty much a lazy day here, still trying to catch up. Dh has been a dear and let me sleep in this morning, only he didn't realize that I was supposed to be at a mom's brunch at 10am. Oh well, I just called and said I was not going to make it. Still have to go vote then off to the gym tonight. Since it is "Fat Tuesday" DH is taking us out to a nice little Mexican place we found recently. Hope the snow does not start until we get back.

Gonna go sti with Dh since we are still lazing about.

((hugs)) all

Shy Moment
02-05-2008, 04:30 PM
ups
Isn't that how it always works. They are being so sweet and letting us sleep in on a day we don't want to sleep in lol. Enjoy the food.

Shad
I am amazed. I thought I would wake up hurting all over lol. I feel GREAT. Not sure I get as much out of doing the videos one mile at a time as doing them a few miles at a time but I sure know I could have never done 10 miles at one time lol. I burnt ( according to fit day and I only take what it says like a grain of salt lol ) 1058 calories doing all those videos. Question, are you suppose to burn off all you take in a day? Or maybe a certain percentage. I have really never paid much attention to all that. I eat what I eat and burn off what I burn off and never worry about it. I am just curious. I think it is a real shame, and a sin, to have to get something ( more than just personal satisfaction ) to give something.

Happy
It is funny you say that. I was going to go have my hair done today. Looks like rain to me. Why bother. I want to look good when I come home not like a drowned rat lol

I wouldn't be rich very long if I were rich. I would give it all away. I couldn't live with myself being able to jet set around the world while people in my own little town don't have enough money to put new shoes on their children's feet.

carla49
02-05-2008, 11:40 PM
Mel, I just heard the results for New Jersey, and it seems your efforts have paid off. Thanks to you, Hillary seems to have won the state! (Of course I'm not American, so it's none of my business, and Barak seems like a pretty good guy too. But it's good to know one little worldly chick has so much influence! :rofl:)
Good luck at the dentist - I hope this round is a little more gentle on your poor bod. :hug:

Shad, I always suspected you were a sinner, and now the truth is out. lol Seriously, though, I'm with you. If some of us didn't donate wads of cash, there'd be no money to pay for the food others dole out at soup kitchens. Just as there'd be no funds to pay for public services if some of us didn't work, earn good money, and pay humongous taxes. And the big charity galas may well seem wasteful, but they provide a heck of a lot of employment for people in the service industry who might otherwise be on the dole or in the soup lines. It seems to me the point is to share, not to be a more righteous sharer than the next guy. Then again, I haven't been to church in an age, so maybe the rules have changed. But wasn't there something about 'judge not, lest ye be judged'?

Ruth, did they give you some good drugs? :yes: :yes: Things will look up soon!

Happy, I loved your rant about stupid drivers a while ago. It absolutely made my day. :D
Your marble tile sounds beautiful! When I had a house I had a black marble floor in the bathroom, which I wouldn't do again because of the maintenance, but it looked stunning and helped sell the place quickly. (Black shows water and other spots more than most colours, so it wasn't great for a bathroom, if you get my drift.) But what you described sounds gorgeous, especially if you can put a mat over the high traffic area. So I say 'go for it!' and when it's done lend me your DH to help me get some renos done around here. ;)

Yikes. gotta go. Sorry to have been awol so long, the reasons are a long and rather boring story. Greetings :wave: to Madcat, Holly, Ceejay, Shy, Annie, Shaker...

:welcome: to upswife.

happy2bme
02-06-2008, 02:53 AM
I cancelled my hair appointment. Good thing. 3 tornadoes in the area very close to my house (less than 3 miles away). I was allowed to leave work 30 minutes early to try and beat the storm. A tornado tore through the area a little over an hour later and ripped the roof off of 2 buildings in my office complex. It also tore a 50 foot section of wall off a Sears store in a nearby mall and took out a few houses. Scary stuff. We are ok and count our blessings.

Heading off to bed now - took a while to wind down tonight. Will try and catch up tomorrow.

Shad
02-06-2008, 04:35 AM
Happy - I saw on tonights news that your area had been hit. I was wondering about you. Seems that Arkansas also got the treatment - I hope Ceejay is okay. We've been having torrential rail and flooding. I was very pleased to be home from picking up DS2 this afternoon. It's done little but rain ever since I have been home. Miss puss loves it cos she gets to stay inside more often.
Glad you weren't in the building when the roof came off!!

Gotta go check out the drains and gutters. We are meant to be getting hail and more rain tonight. However at the moment there is a sunset out there.

MELODY525
02-06-2008, 09:23 AM
HAPPY~ I HEARD THE NEWS JUST BEFORE I FELL ASLEEP. I WAS SNUGGLING DOWN WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN I HEARD "AIMED FOR MEMPHIS"!! I COULDN'T BELIEVE THE DEVASTATION. WHAT A SHOCKER. AND THE WEATHERMAN SAID WITH ALL THESE HIGHER TEMPS WE CAN EXPECT MUCH MORE ERRATIC BEHAVIOR WITH THE WEATHER PATTERNS. I HAVE ALSO NOTICED MORE WEATHERMEN TALKING ABOUT THE GLOBAL WARMING AND REPORTES DOING THE SAME. COULD IT BE THAT THE WORLD IS FINALLY GOING TO ADMIT THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH OUR ECO-BALANCE?? GAD YOU AND DH ARE SAFE. YOU ALREADY HAVE A NEW HAIRDO.......
IT'S PROBABLY STANDING ON END :yikes:
SENDING HUGS :hug: AND WONDERING ABOUT CEEJAY AND PAINTER ALSO.

SHAKER...CONGRATS ON THE LOST WEIGHT. YOU ARE DEFINITELY HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION :cheer:

RENNIE~ CONGRATS ON THE 10 MILES :running: GREAT JOB! :cheer:

CARLA~ YES....SINGLE HANDEDLY HAVE WON NJ AND NY FOR HILLARY!! SHE AND BILL ARE SOOOOO IMPRESSED THAT THEY ARE TAKING ME OUT TO MC DONALDS FOR A BIG SPLURGE!! :rofl: :rofl: GOOD TO SEE YOU THIS MORNING :cofdate:

SHAD~ I CANNOT REMEMBER A SINGLE THING YOU SAID ON THE OTHER PAGE....EXCEPT FOR CHECKING OUT YOUR GUTTERS ...OR WAS IT UDDERS???? :rofl: :rofl:
HAIL???:yikes: IS THAT NORMAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR OR IS THIS ANOTHER CRAZINESS HAPPENING?
I WILL HAVE TO GO BACK AND READ WHAT ELSE YOU WROTE.

:wave: TO ALL THE OTHERS WHO WAVED AS THEY FLEW THRU THE THREAD.


WHEN YOU PUT A LOT OF EFFORT INTO SOMETHING LIKE THE ELECTION AND WHEN DAY IS DONE YOU COME UP AND SOWER AND GET READY FOR BED AND THERE ARE THE RESULTS OF THAT EFFORT RIGHT THERE ON THE TV....IT'S SUCH INSTANT GRATIFICATION. I MEAN YOU KNOW IT'S NOT "YOU" BUT THE NUMBERS DO PUT A SECRET SMILE ON YOUR FACE. BOTH OPPONENTS ARE STILL A WEE BIT NECK AND NECK. WITH HILLARY IN THE DELEGATE LEAD. SO THE RACE CONTINUES.
TODAY OF COURSE I AM DOING NOTHING. IT TOOK ME THE WHOLE 13 HOURS TO GET THE BLDG DOWN TO VOTE. I GOT UP LATE AND STARTED AT 7. :rofl: WE HAD SOME INCIDENCES OF TEMPERS AND FRUSTRATIONS WITH A FEW. I AM PROMOTING THE USE OF ABSENTEE BALLOTS FOR SOME. THEY JUST CANNOT HANDLE THE NEW HIGH TECH MACHINES, CANNOT READ LED PRINT, AND JUST PLAIN GET ONERY TO CHANGES! ONE WOMAN THREW A GRAND TEMPER TANTRUM AND HELD UP A LINE OF ALMOST 10 PEOPLE. I FINALLY BEGGED HER IN FRONT OF A ROOMFUL OF PEOPLE AND HUMBLED MYSELF JUST TO GET HER TO FINISH VOTING. IF SHE HAD NOT PUSHED THE LAST BUTTON...EVERYONE WOULD HAVE HAD TO WAIT FOR A COUNTY REP TO COME AND FIX THE MACHINE :faint: WHEN SHE LEFT I GOT A ROUND OF APPLAUSE BUT I HAVE TO SAY I FELT LIKE CRYING MORE THAN LAUGHING. SHE IS NOT MY FAVORITE PERSON BUT IT'S VERY SAD TO SEE SOMEONE GO DOWNHILL MENTALLY. JUST GLAD THERE IS A LOT OF TIME TILL THE BIG PUSH IN NOVEMBER :lol3: I DID TAKE A LOT OF BREAKS YESTERDAY AND DIDN'T DO TOO BADLY.
I CALLED THE DENTIST...TOLD THEM MY LOWER JAW IS NOT 100%....HE CANCELLED IT RIGHT AWAY AND THE NURSE TOLD ME TO CALL BACK WHEN I FELT 100%.
I AM GLAD!!!!!! :dance: I WAS DREADING PAIN ON TOP OF PAIN. HE SAID HE SHOULD HAVE SPACED THE APPTS OUT 2 WEEKS APART. LOVE THIS GUY.
SORRY TO BE SO LONG WINDED!! NO ONE ELSE TO SHARE MY INNER THOUGHTS WITH BUT YOU GALS AND JEN!!
HAPPY WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY....AND MAY IT PASS WITHOUT ANY UNUSUAL ACTIVITY FOR ANY OF US!!! :moped:

annie175
02-06-2008, 09:26 AM
Mornin Ladies...

Storms racked Indy last night too! Sirens went off, but no tornados. I went on to sleep cause I figure if it is my time to go, then I will go,...in the bathtub not. I feel like we are each born with the number of days we are meant to be on earth and when that day comes, it comes. I know weird thinking.

Ruth...wish I could send you some of the GOOD pain meds we have at the house from previous surgeries. Hope you did get some.

Mel..love the recipes...been keeping the ones that interest me and hope to brew them up.

Happy..hope you survived all that nasty weather down there, saw a lot of damage on the news this morning.

UPS...glad to see you here...welcome!!

Shaker...congrats on the loss...wtg keep up the good work.

Hello to everyone..got to get to work, got aline at my desk.

Love and Hugs

ceejay52
02-06-2008, 10:01 AM
I'm checking in to let every one know I'm okay. We got hit but nothing compared to Memphis. Some places in Arkasnas was hit a lot worse. What a night

Happy
I thought about you last night when I saw the devestation of the tornado's on the news. Channel 5 was off the air.

I was hunkerd down in th closet with my neighbor.

Back later to chat. I'm at work.

upswife
02-06-2008, 10:15 AM
So good to see everyone made it thru the storms. I guess with the warmup the tornado season is starting early...If I remember correctly we had a warning here back in Nov or early Dec...so weird.

Well, I am underwater right now, the snow has continued to melt, and the rain has not helped either. The snow that was predicted for last night has been pushed back a few hours, so we will see how much we get this morning... will have to watch for ice with all this meling. Have a great day all!!!

MELODY525
02-06-2008, 10:32 AM
CEEJAY~ OMG!!! :yikes: HUNKERED DOWN IN THE CLOSET!! :cry: :hug: :hug:

ANNIE~ AFTER THE DISASTER IN NYC, I FEEL MUCH THE SAME AS YOU. WHEN IT COMES, IT COMES. :faint:

ELLEN~ GET YOUR SKATES AND SKIS READY!!


RECIPE # 16

SEASON SCALLOPS WITH SALT AND PEPPER.
SAUTE IN A LARGE SKILLET WITH A BIT OF OLIVE OIL.
COOK UNTIL DONE.
REMOVE SCALLOPS AND ADD PESTO AND A TOUCH OF HALF-AND HALF TO THE SKILLET, HEATING GENTLY.
SPOON THE PESTO MIXTURE ONTO A PLATE AND TOP WITH THE SCALLOPS.

annie175
02-06-2008, 01:27 PM
Oh Mel.............YUM I love pesto and scallops.....definitely going to fix this one.

Shy Moment
02-06-2008, 01:56 PM
Melody
Thanks :). Today it is moving gallons and gallons of paint buckets. They had a sale on one time and I bought all the paint I was going to need to the entire house. Well, only doing one room at a time and that is going to take about 5,000 years so I have tons of paint lol. We have decided to put wood floors in another hallway and closet so we are ripping out the carpet from the hall and closet and that darn paint was stored in that closet. Guess this will be a good workout for my arms. THINK POSITIVE.

shaker
02-06-2008, 03:55 PM
Morning ladies, I am glad everyone is OK after the tornadoes, we did hear about the devestation down here too.. it must be very frightening :yikes: am glad you got to come out of the closet Mel :p The snow sounds terrible upswife, do you think you get used to it, or do you forget about it during the summer and then get hit hard for winter - or maybe just get used to it and measure against last winter..?

Shad the rains have not been good over there we get news of the flooding, my sister is in Sydney and that was on the news last night, my Mum is north of you so she said it is OK up there, more towards Hervey Bay. We have been lucky so far with our weather, although the last two days the humidity is gone. Had a day off yest and it was super windy, almost too cool if you were in the shade. I went out and walked this morning, just a quick 25mins but figured that is better than nothing and my legs were really cold when I got home... I want my treadmill but hate to harrass people so will give him an hour between calls :D

DH is back to work today - has been on hols since the 22nd Dec what a life aye.. he has gone off his job (go figure!!) and is currently looking to going to work with a friend of his, so we are waiting to hear from him about whether the accountant said he can afford him or not.. :crossed:

I have a busy night the NZ Breakers basketball team are in the playoffs and DD's cheer team are on at halftime, they love doing bball games so much fun for them and gets them in front of a sellout crowd.. still they will be practising hard earlier as they only learnt the routine a few weeks ago!!! So that is my night gone although I will be cutting up onions till midnight for this bbq fundraiser tomorrow night.

Mel I find the receipes interesting, but can you let me know what half and half is??.. the mind boggles :D :dizzy: Have a great Thursday everyone.. ;)

upswife
02-06-2008, 04:15 PM
shaker~not every year is like this, we have not had a winter like this in a few years. I don't forget about it, but I do like the reprieve, short as it is!!!!

Well, back to painting, and tearing down wallpaper (in different rooms of course)

Later chicas!

shaker
02-06-2008, 04:23 PM
Oh I am pleased to hear that then, do you have a wood fire or central heating to cope?

We just finished doing our DS's room, painting and things, but we had that sprayed stuff on the ceilings, so we had to scrape all that off then sand, plaster, sand and paint, problem is the gibbing wasn't done so well underneath so each room turns in a mission, whoever thought that stuff was good idea in the 60\70's was nuts! Good on ya for keeping on going is a tough job sometimes!!

Hollyhock
02-06-2008, 04:47 PM
Hello and HUGS!!!

Still sending up prayers for those affected by the tornado's.

We had our pancake supper last night. I flipped cakes for 4 hour hours.We served over 140 people.Our meal is baked beans, pancakes, real maple syrup, sausage, ham, homemade cookies, homemade fruit salad, tea or coffee or apple juice.
We are a small community. It was a great turn out. Our new minister came for the whole night and greeted people at the door and sat with almost every group for a few minutes and cleared tables. He is delightful. DH took DD to skating at 6pm and DS stayed with me and he cleared tables.
Work was good. An old friend from the city made a 45 min drive for me to cut his hair. Brought me coffee too. I did his hair for 15 years back in the day.He brought pics too. His kids are adorable.
My networking is working. Yippee! My big order was delivered to my house. Duh! I will deal with that tomorrow it would seem.

Avon to pack tonight and cleaning and laundry. I may go over to my friend in the hamlet and get some highlights and visit, after the kids go to bed.

HUGS!!!

Shy Moment
02-06-2008, 05:37 PM
A whole post and it is gone :( Wanted to say hi and tell Shaker I would have loved to be there to help flip those pancakes :). Oh I love BBQ to bad I can't be there to eat it.

Shad
02-06-2008, 07:43 PM
Seems a confusing time all round. We have floods and devastation, happy has tornados and wind, shaker is getting the winds as well (mind you we all knew Auckland weather was a myth), Ceejays in the closet because of the tournados, Ellen is getting water, snow and ice :yikes: Mel's weather is upset and in Perth they are having dust storms and fires. Gotta give it to Mother Nature she sure is letting us know about this.

Went to the gym yesterday - first time in months and they were having a charity do. Rennie - suggest you close your ears and eyes here as you don't like people enjoying themselves while giving to charity. We had a circuit training for breast cancer. You had to do the circuit within a certain amount of time or you had to donate a dollar for every minute you were faster or slower than the designated time. The personal trainers gave their time and assistance to make sure we didn't overdo ourselves. But I managed to go too fast in the first round and not fast enough any other time, so I stumped up for 10 dollars and then had morning tea - donated by the local sandwich bar for the occasion. Lots of fun. Lots of people to meet, tons of exertion. Surprisingly I am not stiff this morning apart from some stiffness in the shoulders.

Mel - Are you not listening to me again????
SHAD~ I CANNOT REMEMBER A SINGLE THING YOU SAID ON THE OTHER PAGE....EXCEPT FOR CHECKING OUT YOUR GUTTERS ...OR WAS IT UDDERS???? But I will forgive you since you went out with Hills and Bills to McD. Not sure whether the food or the company would blow your mind! :rofl: Give the pair my regards and tell him not to leave his sweet wrappers all over the Resort suite at Port Douglas when I am coming in next. I refuse to pick up after him.
My methods of dealing with frustrating and annoying people is to imagine them naked, wrinkles, spare tyres, floppy bits and all. One can't stay mad at anyone with that picture in mind.
I'd try the recipe but the DS2 won't eat scallops. Get yer act together and give me something DS size puhleeeeeeese

Shaker - DH will find private toil much different from Govt stuff. I know there is little work that is harder than what he does, but my advice would be to think very, very carefully. Sometimes it's best to take time to ease back into the swing of things. Life's tough with those decisions.

Ellen - another one whose house is under constant renovation. Mine is still in the throes. Unfortunately I am not home often. So it takes time. I will get there in the end. Once I wanted a bigger hous, but now I will stay with my little one. It takes enough of my time and money.

Hiya Holly :wave: Keeping busy again I see.

Hello to Ruth who is still feeling the effects. Bless the poor wee thing. Hope life is looking up now - how are the pain killers going.

Right well I had a major failure with the system this morning. Hooked up DS2's computer but the ISP wasn't set up for my modem. Disaster - since I had some work I was doing for a company at home and couldn't post it in. I was about to ring the tame IT person and if necessary fly him up from wherever as long as it was today when I decided to take another look at my desktop system. Well I poked, prodded, pushed, pulled, swore mightily and gave it a kick. Plugged it back in and as you can see I'm back on air. Geez am I a special technophobe or what! :faint: And I am doing a backup at the same time. Sometimes life just goes too fast and you forget. I really should set up auto backup at specific times.

And now that the panic and rage has subsided, maybe I should get back to doing the second document for these lovely people and getting it out of my hair.

Be seeing ya!!

Hollyhock
02-07-2008, 09:57 AM
Shoveling snow for a couple of hours in the morning sure gets the blood pumping. :D

Have a great day!!!

MELODY525
02-07-2008, 10:11 AM
ANNIE~ JEN & RICHIE (MY DD AND HER BF) LIVE ON ANOTHER FLOOR IN THE SAME BLDG SO WE SOMETIMES TAKE TURNS COOKING DINNER....ESPECIALLY ON THE WEEKENDS. SO I LOVE THE WOMAN THAT GAVE ME THESE RECIPES!! QUICK & EASY :rofl:

RENNIE~ HAPPY MOVING DAY!!! I CAN JUST SEE THOSE BUCKETS STACKED UP SOMEWHERE ELSE NOW :lol3: BEST GET TO THE PAINTING AND GET YOUR CLOSET SPACE BACK!!

SHAKER~ HOPE THE FUND RAISER MAKES A TON OF $$$$$ GOOD LUCK TO THEM. NICE TO SEE THE KIDS GET OUT AND STRUT THEIR STUFF IN FRONT OF A CROWD :cheer: I HAVE TO ADMIT....I ACTUALLY HAD TO GO AND GOOGLE IT MYSELF!!! HERE IT IS:
half-and-half
A mixture of half milk and half cream. It has 10-12% milkfat and cannot be whipped

For Substitutions Use: Equal parts milk and cream
1 cup half and half = 1 cup less 2 tablespoons milk plus 1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter

12% MILKFAT :yikes: :faint: I AM SURE THERE MUST BE LIGHTER VERSIONS IN THIS DAY AND AGE :lol3:

HOLLY....YOU BETTER HAVE SAVED ME SOME OF THAT!!!! :hun: I COULD USE IT RIGHT NOW!!! ALMOST 9 AND HAVEN'T EATEN YET. :rofl: HOPE YOU HAD A GOOD TIME FLIPPING!!!

ELLEN~ HAPPY RENNOVATING!! ,AKE MY HOUSE THE NEXT STOP!:dance:

SHAD~ HILLS AND BILLS SAID HELLO :wave: AND BILL PROMISES TO PICK UP AFTER HIMSELF. WHEN I WOKJE THIS MORNING I WAS THINKING "I HOPE HE DOESN'T DO ANYTHING STUPID IF GOOD OL' HILLS GETS ELECTED". IF HE DOES, I MIGHT BE FORCED TO GO DOWN TO WASHINGTON AND SMACK THE CRAP OUT OF HIM :tantrum: HAVE YOU DECIDED IN WHICH DIRECTION YOU WILL BE FLYING NEXT? MAYBE TODAY'S MENU WILL SUIT SIR DS2. :hun:

RECIPE #17

HEAT BROILER.
BROWN LEAN GROUND BEEF IN AN OVEN SAFE SKILLET.
ADD BBQ SAUCE, AND A FEW DASHES OF WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE.
STIR IN SOME FROZEN PEAS AND CARROTS UNTIL HOT.
SPOON MIXTURE INTO A SHALLOW BAKING DISH.
TOP WITH MICROWAVED (TO HEAT) REFRIGERATED MASHED POTOATOES MIXED WITH SOME SHREDDED CHEDDAR CHEESE.
BROIL UNTIL THE TOP IS BROWNED.

WE HAVE MADE THIS MOCK-TYPE SHEPPHARD'S PIE A LOT!!! THE KIDS LEAVE OUT THE CHEESE FOR JEN. I LOVE THE ALREADY MADE MASHED POTATOES IN THE REFRIGERATOR SECTION WHILE THE KIDS LIKE EITHER REAL OR FLAKED. EITHER WAY THIS IS FILLING. I HAVE ALSO USED PACKAGED GRAVY. BUT NONE OF US BROIL THE MEAT. WE BROWN IT WILH ONIONS SOMETIME AND ALWAYS ON THE STOVE-TOP!!

I SLEPT IN OVER AN HOUR. GUESS I MUST HAVE NEEDED IT. NOTHING NEW HERE. I AM A BIT GROGGY AND LUCKY I KNOW MY OWN NAME :rofl: I CANNOT BELIEVE I HAVE TURNED THE HEAT DOWN AND OPENED THE BEDROOM WINDOW A CRACK. THESE TORNADOS ARE CERTAINLY DOING A LOT OF DAMAGE. UNREAL. I HOPE THIS SPRING DOESN'T BRING ON A WHOLE NEW SET OF THEM TOO.
NOTHING NEW HERE. DOING BILLS AND THE USUAL MONTHLY CRAP.
AS FOR FUNDRAISERS: I WOULD NOT HAVE THE MEDICAL CARE WITHOUT THEM. OR THE HELP WITH THE MACHINERY. YOU HAVE TO LURE THE PUBLIC IN WITH SOMETHING TO GET THE BIG BUCKS. JERRY LEWIS USES HIS TALENT AND THE TALENT OF OTHERS TO RAKE IN THE MILLIONS IT TAKES TO KEEP US ALL GOING. AS FAR AS THE MAJORITY OF THE POPULATION GOES....YOU GIVE THEM NOTHING, YOU GET FROM THEM NOTHING.
SAD BUT TRUE. WE NO LONGER LIVE IN THE TIMES WHERE NEIGHBORS HELP THEIR NEIGHBORS. SIGH.
:rain: WEATHER IS DARK AND RAINY. THE GRANDSON AND I WILL BE SLEEPING ALL DAY :lol3:
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY.
HAPPY THURSDAY/FRIDAY :moped:

MELODY525
02-07-2008, 10:14 AM
HOLLY.....SEND THAT FLUFFY WHITE STUFF DOWN HERE!! WE ARE NOT HAVING A PROPER WINTER AT ALL AND IT IS VERY DEPRESSING!!! :hohoho:

annie175
02-07-2008, 12:31 PM
Oh Mel...yet another yummy recipe. I will be fat by spring. haha.

DS has to have orthoscopic surgery on knees and DD is having surgery next week on cervix for pre-cancerous cells, this will be the 4th surgery since October. She will not have any cervix left soon and will have trouble if every getting pregnant, carrying it. Sadness.

Indy weather is quite ridiculous. Rain, flooding, high 18 on Sunday then back to 40 on Monday. No wonder peeps at work have sniffles.

Went to Champps (restaurant) last night for a going away adult beverage with friends from work. I ate the yummiest lettuce wraps ever. and had a margarita...whew whooooo Very nice.

Hope everyone is having a great Thursday.

Love and Hugs

Annie

ceejay52
02-07-2008, 12:43 PM
Helloto everyone.
Still trying to stay on track but sure is hard to do.

Mel
I slept in this morning also. Now I have a headache.

Rennie
Going to do an exercise marathon this week end. Need to burn off some extra calories.

Shad
Believe me I understand about kicking the computer. Working a home must be nice for a change.

Happy
Did you have to go back to work after the storm?

My plans for today is to get the taxes done. Plus clean house.

More Later.

Ruthxxx
02-07-2008, 01:10 PM
Hanging in and snowed in! Right now I am rejoicing that my PT guy just canceled out because of the snow. I'll grab a nap before I do my frassing knee exercises. The knee has a bit more flex to it now that the so-called stitches are out. It was a length of wire threaded through the skin like a brochette and hurt like he!! when they took it out!

Pain stuff is still the same but I'm trying yoga breathing and positive thinking.

I do miss my darling Hershey though.

Shy Moment
02-07-2008, 02:34 PM
Ruth
So glad to see you in better spirits. I know it hurts sweets. I remember my mother having it done. Try to look forward in a few weeks when it isn't hurting so badly and you are walking better. In a few more weeks you are getting around better. In a few more weeks you are ticking up your feet.

Shad
02-07-2008, 06:21 PM
Morning all,

A beautiful day in paradise today. The butterflies are flitting about and the bees are doing what bees do. Shortly I'll go out there and join them, not as gracefully I am sure, but I will be out there trying to create some calm amid the chaos of a tropical neglected garden. The roses are a sad and sorry looking sight but most of them have survived the drought and flooding rains as well. I think whatever is left in the garden would survive practically anything now. One of the orchids is flowering away - amazing they really are quite hardy even if they do have the odd bug or two which I will spray sometime today if I don't get sidetracked doing other things. There is so much to do here.

Holly - keep up with the shovelling. Gets the heart pumping and burning the calories. Are you all sick of the sight of snow yet?

Mel - not going anywhere if I can help it. I see todays list of jobs tells me there is work in Sydney and Melbourne. I'll take a closer look later but as usual they want an asap start and I'm just not ready for that yet. I'm still in wind down mode - or is that unwound. Anyway, unless I can do it from here, at the moment I don't want to know.
I didn't know Jerry Lewis was a fundraiser - or did you tell me that last May?? Just goes to show. Liz Taylor I know does aids fundraising - or at least she did. Don't know if she is doing much of anything these days.

Annie - Sounds like a nice time. I love lettuce wraps. I had a call from a Philipino friend yesterday and she loves Margheritas. I had to half carry her home one night after a tasting session. Lucky we were both within walking distance.

Ceejay - good luck on the taxes. A weekend calorie burn sounds like a good idea. Now what happened to that idea that Carla had about a challenge. I need to get back into it as well - as soon as I find where I packed the scales that is.

Ruth - hang in there. Soon as you can get a little more mobility back you can have Hershey back. Is she enjoying her holiday?? I know you are not enjoying your time out!!! Keep warm

Morning Rennie, that is an impressive array of emoticons you have there on the ticker. You will be in double lines of them soon.

And with that, tea is finished, I'd better go put another load in the washer and make a start on the next suitcase. I could happily go back to sleep.

shaker
02-07-2008, 07:08 PM
Morning ladies, well back again for a lovely fat Friday, although I don't "do" fat Fridays anymore and instead have another healthy day, I am hoping on Monday I might get to my 5kg loss and get a bookmark, small thing I know but major hurdle for me as I am a bit of a quitter and have never managed to stay longer than 3 weeks.

The most exciting thing is that the tmill is ready to be picked up.. :carrot::carrot::carrot: DS and I had a little dance last night as we heard the message on the phone, guess I just caught up in the excitement of not having to walk the streets and get shin splints any longer.. I have been varying the exercise and managed to keep them away this week so I will give my lovely baby a nice home coming pounding tomorrow morning :dizzy:

DD has a touch football competition this w/end, she missed training this week because of the cheer stuff much to their disgust but can't do much about that. I told her if she gets benched on Sat then we are not going back Sun! it is going to take about 1.5hrs to get there - we are going to Paerora Shad, if you know NZ you may've heard of the World Famous L&P drink (Lemon and Paeroa soda), well where I am going is the home of where this is made - Paeroa - pronounce pie-rooa (English not Maori) - there is a huge big bottle of it in the middle of the town bit of a kiwi icon ha ha.

So that will be my w/end gone, my house stinks of onions for the bbq, terrible the fridge is dying I feel, I might have to give it a good clean and leave it open for a bit, I will needing all tips to get rid of the smell if it doesn't work!
I even had dreams that I was suffocating from the smell of onions :yikes: - spose that is better than being attacked by a giant one.

Anyway the shovelling snow sounds like great exercise, although since i have never lived in a snowey place I am sure it is probably a horrid job that nobody likes to do, maybe like cleaning out the fridge :)

Ruth nice to hear you are doing better, you will be skipping around soon so think positive thoughts :dizzy:

Ohh I almost forgot to say I won tickets to the Duran Duran concert on the radio this morning - I like some of thier music and haven't been to a concert for ages so I will enjoy this. Auckland has a new concert stadium and the tickets are always pretty pricey, to much so for me, so I was rapt - they call me lucky smith at work because I do seem to win quite a few things.. but hey you gotta be in it to win it.. have a great day all you lovely ladies, and smile the w/end is close :D

MELODY525
02-07-2008, 07:25 PM
Dad's Meatloaf and Tomato Relish
1 hr., 50 mins.Serves 6-8

Tomato Relish:
1 onion, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 bay leaves
2 red bell peppers, cored, seeded and finely diced
2 tomatoes, halved, seeded and finely diced
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 (12-ounce) bottle ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil

Meatloaf:
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground pork
3 eggs
Leaves from 2 fresh thyme sprigs
3 slices white bread, crusts removed and torn into pieces
1/2 cup whole milk
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Cooking Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350? F.

Coat a skillet with a 2-count of oil and place over medium heat. Saut?he onion, garlic and bay leaves for a few minutes to create a base flavor. Throw in the red peppers and cook them for a couple of minutes to soften. Now add the tomatoes; adding them at this point lets them hold their shape and prevents them from disintegrating. Stir in the parsley, ketchup and Worcestershire; season with salt and pepper. Simmer the relish for 10 minutes to pull all the flavors together. Remove it from the heat; you should have about 4 cups of relish.

In a large mixing bowl soak the bread pieces in the whole milk. Set aside. In a separate large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef with the ground pork and mix well. Squeeze out the milk from the bread and add the bread to mixing bowl. Add the eggs, 1 cup of the tomato relish, and thyme; season with salt and pepper. Mix well with hands. To test, fry a small "hamburger" patty of the meatloaf until cooked; the patty should hold together but still have a soft consistency. Taste the patty for seasoning.

Take a small baking tray and line with parchment paper. Form the meat into a loaf shape on the tray and top with another 1/2 cup of the tomato relish.

Bake the meatloaf for 1 to 1 1/2 hours until the juices run clear and meat is tender -- it should spring back lightly when pressed. Remove the meatloaf from the oven and let it cool a bit before slicing. Serve with the remaining tomato relish on the side.

upswife
02-07-2008, 10:07 PM
Shaker~is the smell in the house or in the fridge??? IF in the fridge place a small bowl with vinegar and let sit overnight...if the house has the smell put a cup of vinegar in 2-3 cups water and boil on the stove until almost all gone. Hope it helps!!!

Still working on the bedrooms. The girl's room is almost done, painted the closet today so I have to wait to put their clothes back in. DS's room is primed, but still needs another coat of paint...hoping to get done early tomorrow so I have some time to do laundry...well, going to go put the kiddies in bed.

Later taters!

Shy Moment
02-07-2008, 11:55 PM
Thought I would pop in and let everyone know what is going on. As you know we are tearing out the carpet in our one hallway and putting wood floors down. WELL since I am a accident looking for a place to happen. I found a place today lol. I tripped over a piece of lint ( lol ) on the floor we had just pulled the carpet off of and fell down the stairs. Let me re say that. I fell down the three stairs to the landing and then down the flight of stairs lol. I wasn't laughing at the time and sure hope God forgives me for the things I WAS saying on the way down. I will be ok but I did something to my hip, which I have no idea what they are talking about. Closest I can understand is that I sprained it. Well it means ( my mother has said this for years ) I finally found that place to darn near kill myself because I am such a klutz lol. The doc said I can walk all I want ( as long as it doesn't hurt to much ). No jumping or sprinting. Not really in the mood to jump or sprint lol. Think I might take his advice on that one lol. Did a couple one mile videos today ( did it hurt you might ask ) don't be foolish of course it hurt lolol. Do you think I am made of plastic hehehe. But, I was able to do them. Think the knee lifts and kicks are going to have to wait for a bit. So for now, it seems 1 mile videos and upper body workouts are going to be the exercise I can do. My daughter brought me Oreo cookies because of course they help with pain. I ate 10 of them before I knew it. Going to be paying for that. First time in almost 10 months I haven't been on plan. Won't kill me but sure isn't smart. Glad there are no more of the darn things in the house lol. Checked fit day. Since I have been on the lower end of what I allow myself for a few weeks, I am still within my ranges. Think this still means lots of chicken and salads for a week lol. Will just have to see how long it takes to get back into action. Doc said it could be a few days it could be a few weeks.

upswife
Aren't closets a pain. You really have to let those things dry ( usually a few days ) to make sure they are good and dry ,not just dry to the touch before you can put anything back in them.

Melody
Come make me some meatloaf lol. My daughter thinks Oreo's are the way to make me feel better and my son wants to feed me ( oh yuckkkk ) frozen pizza.

Shaker
Glad it is ready to pick up. Snow isn't so bad. You just have to look on the bright side of things. Its like cleaning toilets. A. Someone has to do it and B it burns calories lol. Congrats on the tickets.

Shad
PLEASE keep the bees over there. What they do over here is sting me and then I have to give myself a shot lol. :) 1 more lb and I can add another. Thank you, funny how important those little people are to me. I get more excited about getting to add another one than I do about losing the weight I think lol.

happy2bme
02-08-2008, 01:53 AM
Hi ladies,

Sorry I haven't been around. Things are chaotic. The damage from the tornadoes (there were 9 of them in the area) was more extensive than we thought. One tore through my office complex and badly damaged one of the buildings to the extent they had to relocate everyone in there to my building and another. We were told to work from home this week while they got everyone re-situated. Going back to the office tomorrow tho clean up efforts are still underway. Now that I see some of the pictures people have emailed and realize that the warehouse where 3 people were killed was very near to where I worked - and that the tornadoes hit about 30 to 45 minutes after I scampered out of there - it's really quite scary.

I wasn't planning on working from home so I didn't have everything I needed which puts me well behind in my work which is always good for a bit of tension. :D

Anyway I just really breezed through the posts. So sorry to hear of your accident Rennie. Take care of yourself as well to the others who are in the land of aches and pains.

Have to run now - got to get up early. DH is driving me to work tomorrow - parking is going to be horrid with far too many cars in the lots - I may get my 5,000 steps per day just walking back and forth from my car twice a day. And street lights / traffic signals are still out as well as wide scale power outtages and debris in the roads. Easier for DH to navigate and this way I can gawk for one day. Once I see what it's like I will be able to make better plans for my Monday commute in.

Take care and I'll get back on over the weekend.

happy2bme
02-08-2008, 01:56 AM
:T - Mel that meatloaf and sauce looks delish even if it is midnight here :lol:

MELODY525
02-08-2008, 09:02 AM
ANNIE~ AS A MOTHER MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU. IS THIS DYSPLASIA? SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THIS. I TOO HAD IT JUST BEFORE MENOPAUSE WAS OVER. I AM ALSO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE SON NEEDING SURGERY. SENDING GOOD HEALING THOUGHTS TO BOTH OF THEM AND HUGS FOR YOU :hug: WHILE ALL THIS IS GOING ON DON'T FORGET TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.

RUTH~ MAYBE MOTHER NATURE IS TRYING TO KEEP YOU INDOORS!!! DO THOSE EXERCISES!! THEY ARE SO IMPORTANT. SENDING LOVE AND LOTS OF GOOD THOUGHTS TO YOU AS WELL :hug:

SHAD~ A TINY BIT ABOUT JERRY LEWIS:
Lewis helped establish the Muscular Dystrophy Association in 1952, and has organized a Labor Day telethon to help raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) since 1966. His efforts have helped raise approximately US$2 billion for neuromuscular patient care and research. In the early years it was Martin and Lewis raising money for MDA, and then Lewis continued on when he went solo. The International Association of Fire Fighters is the largest single sponsor of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, starting in 1954, and has donated over $250 million dollars to date. Lewis has served as National Chairman of the association since 1952.[2] Lewis is one of few fundraisers who brings in more than is actually pledged. This is because many donors as they write a check add extra money to help "Jerry's Kids" given his generosity and no-pressure appeal. <---I HAVE A GOOD LAUGH AT THIS LAST BIT. HE WAS ACCUSED IN THE BEGINNING OF HEAVY HANDED, HEAVY PRESSURE TECHNIQUES TO RAISE THE MONEY. BUT IT WAS ALL SOON FORGOTTEN WHEN THEY SAW THE ENORMOUS AMOUNTS OF MONEY HE COULD BRING IN WHEN HE CRIES ON NATIONAL TV. I FOR ONE AM GRATEFUL BECAUSE SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE BENEFITTED. NOW...GLAD TO HEAR YOU ARE ON A WIND DOWN AND GARDENING SHOULD HELP TAKE CARE OF THAT. YOU CAN BE PHYSICALLY TIRED NOW INSTEAD OF MENTALLY. LOTS OF LITTLE BUGGIES OUT IN THE PATCHES OF GARDEN TO WATCH!! IS THE LIZARD STILL THERE? OR WHATEVER HE IS. GET OUT THE CHAISE LOUNGE :beach:

SHAKER....CONGRATS ON THE TICKETS AND AS FOR THE ONIONS...BAKING SODA IN BOWLS AND IN LARGE QUANTITIES AND ALSO WITH WATER AS A WASH!!
YOU CAN ADD A BOX OR BOWL OF IT TO THE FREEZER AS WELL BECAUSE THE AIOR FROM THE FRIDGE GETS IN THERE TOO. GOOD LUCK!

RENNIE~ I HOPE YOU GET WELL SOON. I WON'T EVEN SAY WHAT JEN AND RICHIE THINK ARE HEALTHY EATING DINNERS :rofl: DON'T OVER DO IT. LET IT HEAL. IF YOU DON'T YOU'LL PAY FOR IT YEARS DOWN THE ROAD. SO BE WISE.

HAPPY~ I AM VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE DAMAGES AND THANK GOD YOU WERE HOME!!! :hug: I WOKE TO SEE THAT A BABY WAS FOUND BUT THE MOTHER LIE DEAD 150' FROM THE HOUSE. THE PICTURES HAVE BEEN AWFUL. TAKE GOOD CARE AND STAY SAFE. GOOD LUCK WITH THE WORKING FROM HOME AND THE RELOCATING.
AS FOR THE MEATLOAF.... I WAS THINKING THE SAME THING LAST NIGHT IN BED!! :lol3: :hun:

FRIDAY YAY!!! :cheer:
THERE IS A WOMAN WHO HAS BEEN HEARING VOICES. THE FAMILY AND DOCTORS ARE STUMPED. LAST NIGHT THEY TOOK HER OUT BY AMBULANCE. SHE WAS HAVING A SEIZURE. MAYBE NOW THEY CAN FIGURE OUT WHAT IS WRONG. THE AMBULANCE MEN FOUND ALL KINDS OF OLD MEDS AND SHE MIGHT HAVE BEEN MIXING THEM BY MISTAKE. HOPE THIS IS THE ANSWER BECAUSE ALTHOUGH I FEEL SORRY FOR HER....SHE WAKES US ALL UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT! :tantrum:
OTHER THAN THAT...ALL IS WELL IN MY CORNER OF THE WORLDLY CHICKS WORLD. WITH THE DARKER WEATHER EVERYONE IS QUIETER AND JEN AND I HAVE BEEN TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THAT. RICHIE IS TAKING HER OUT THIS WEEKEND TO CELEBRATE HER BELATED BIRTHDAY OF THE 4TH. :hb: I AM PEDALING AND EATING AND DRINKING WELL THIS MONTH TOO BUT NO CHANGES IN THE SCALE. SIGH.

HAPPY FRIDAY/SATURDAY EVERYONE AND HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND. :moped:

MELODY525
02-08-2008, 09:12 AM
RECIPE # 18

MIX PLAIN YOGURT, DICED CUCUMBER AND SALT TO TASTE.
SAUTE SLICED ONIONS AND STRIPS OF DELI ROAT BEEF WITH OREGANO AND GROUND CUMIN IN A SKILLET WITH SOME OLIVE OIL.
WARM POCKET-LESS PITA BREADS AND THEN TOP THEM WITH THE BEEF MIXTURE AND SHREDDED LETTUCE AND SLICES OF TOMATO AND THE YOGURT SAUCE.
LORD I AM STARVING FOR THIS ONE!!! :rofl: DROOLING EVEN!!!

ceejay52
02-08-2008, 11:29 AM
Happy
From what I heard on the news is that MLWG is doing their best. They still had 2 to 3000 customers without power. So glad you are safe.

Mel
Hmm We must be on the same page. I'm having meatloaf today. Porkchops tomorrow. I'm making those in the crock pot.

Shaker
It's been a long time since I've heard the group Duran Duran. My cousin and her daughter are going to see Reba McIntyre and Kelly this week end.

Rennie
So sorry you had that big of a fall but glad you were not hurt to bad. Just don't overdo on the exercises. You know what's best.

Annie,Carla,Shad,Holly, upswife, hello:wave:

Yesterday I had my income taxes done and yeah I'm getting a refund.
My blood work came back good. The thyroid and calcium are still low. The calcium is being increased to 1500mg per day from 1200mg. I thought the doc would have lowered my synthroid again but it's still the same dosage. It's now barely with in range on the low end. The tsh level last check was an 0.10 this time it's an 0.36. He really wanted my ldl cholesterol to be at least 100 this time. It was 75. I'm pleased so was he.

Ruthxxx
02-08-2008, 11:36 AM
Slept upstairs in my own bed last night! Oh happy day! By next week, I hope to get the bed out of the livingroom and restore a piece of normal life.

There's still a lot of pain but I'm pushing through it with the knee flex exercises. Getting the "stitches" (18"wire!) removed helped a bit.

I'll post when I can.

carla49
02-08-2008, 01:23 PM
Such good news Ruth! If you can make it up the stairs, maybe soon you can have Hershey back. Especially since she's an experienced therapy dog. Hey, maybe she could take over for the PT? :lol:

Shy, so sorry to hear about your fall, but at least it seems there's no serious damage. You may feel a lot sorer on days 2 and 3 after the accident as the healing starts.

Happy, I'm such an idiot - somehow I managed to miss the news reports about the tornadoes down your way. :dizzy: What a mess! Am I crazy, or is it normal to have tornadoes in February?? :dunno: I do hope you enjoyed the days off, and were able to ignore the work you couldn't do piling up. If you have to walk extra far from the parking lot, maybe you should dig out your pedometer so you can at least brag about the extra steps. Anyway, I'm very, very glad you and your DH are okay. :hug:

Ceejay, are you enjoying your big 17" laptop? Good going on the positive health results - you must be doing something right. And I'm glad you made it through the storms okay too. :hug:

Mel, some of your recipes sound soooo good. :drool: As for half and half, I'm sure I've seen a fat-free variety, which is probably pretty vile, and there's 10% coffee cream and also a 5% coffee cream which I quite like. (I don't usually buy it - when I drink coffee I like to make homemade lattes, which in fact froth up much better with skim milk.) Oops - somehow I think I shouldn't be talking coffee with you. Sorry. Maybe we should lobby Starbucks to produce a caffeine-free, sugar-free frappucino. I know I'd buy it, and I have a feeling it would be a big hit down in Joisey too... ;)

Shaker, you're really doing well with the diet these days! And now your treadmill is back and ready to go. :carrot: Thank goodness you won't be walking the steeets anymore!! At least Shad's back home so your streetwalking didn't make the site go porno again. :rofl:

Shad, there was a short article in the paper today about a woman in NZ who attacked a pilot. They didn't say why. Of course I immediately thought of you, don't quite know why as I know you're not in NZ right now. :rofl: :rofl:

Annie, sorry to hear about your daughter's bad luck. :( I hope this time the treatment gets rid of the problem.

Holly, lots of snow up here too, although not as much as you're getting. At least my new snow tires are getting a good workout! They really do seem to make a big difference.

:wave: to Madcat, upswife, and whoever else I'm missing.

I was watching The View as I typed, and they had a guy on selling yet another diet. This one is the Cardio-Free Diet. He claims cardio just makes us all fatter because exercise makes us hungry and we eat more. So he thinks just doing strength training is the way to go. I was all set to go out and buy the book, and then he mentioned the 1200 calorie per day food limit... At 1200 cal per day, you don't need to do anything at all to lose weight, and would have no energy to do any cardio at all.

Well, I've been at this for some time, and posting on 3fc must be a cardio workout as I've built up quite an appetite. :lol3:

carla49
02-08-2008, 01:46 PM
I just remembered - Shad was asking about a challenge I had mentioned a while back. First, I wasn't really thinking challenge - for some reason the minute I hear the word 'challenge' all my worst instincts take over and I get the opposite results. (Then again, maybe it's all the cardio I do. Time to stop that dratted spinning!!! But I digress...) So even though it's just semantics, I think what I was talking about was setting some extremely reasonable and quite small weight loss goal within some equally reasonable time period. Maybe 5 pounds in two months, or something like that. Trying to lose the whole 30 or 40 or however many pounds just seems to be too daunting. A bit like Shad's 10% over a year, except maybe in smaller bites, like 2% per quarter or something like that. The idea being to achieve small successes on a regular basis, maybe followed by a period of no-diet/no-guilt before starting on the next little bit. So there you have it. I won't be starting anything just yet - too many food-related social commitments coming up, as well as some business travel next week. Somehow there always seems to be an excuse... :o

happy2bme
02-08-2008, 01:54 PM
Hi Carla :wave: :wave: :wave:

carla49
02-08-2008, 02:20 PM
Right back at ya' Happy! :wave: :wave: :wave: I love your new avatar!!

carla49
02-08-2008, 02:27 PM
Happy, what's the '100-day thing'? :?: :chin:

happy2bme
02-08-2008, 02:47 PM
Hi ladies,

I am sitting here back in the office really enjoying some baked lemon pepper tilapia (white fish) that they had in the cafeteria so I thought I'd try and catch up. Our cafeteria is going downhill fast and most of their stuff is pretty ick and even though I brought my lunch today, I won't pass up a change to get fresh fish :T Didn't mean to give the impression that I got 2 free days off from work - we were expected to work from home. I always bring my laptop home with me, it's just that I hurried out of here and didn't take all the paperwork I needed to complete some of my projects and that's what I meant about getting behind. I had DH drive me today because I wasn't sure what it would be like in the area. Took us 30 minutes to go a quarter of a mile to get through the intersection of the main streets by my office complex. You could see where the tornado cut a swatch through the area. It ripped the siding off the old Coors brewry across the street, tore up our building, peeled the roof off the warehouse on the corner as well as the back wall - you can see right through the building. It then veered right where it collapsed the building where the people were killed (about 1/4 mile from us), proceeded into a residential area where it destroyed many homes and then finished up by tearing a section of the Sears store out at the mall. Lots, and lots of debris all over as well as boarded up windows. One of my coworkers said she left here about 10 minutes before the tornado hit. It was very dark and she said she could see the tornado in her rear view mirror but at the time she didn't know it was the tornado :yikes: - just thought it was very dark rain clouds.

Carla - thank you for your concern and you asked if it's normal to get tornadoes in February. Yes you can. We have 2 long tornado seasons in the spring and the fall. The problem is that we get wild swings in the weather and any time that happens we are in for a wild ride. Temperatures were in the very unusual warm mid 70 degrees (F) Monday and Tuesday and there was a very cold air mass headed east. The warm air combined with the cold makes for optimum conditions for rotation, storms and tornadoes. But enough about that.

Carla - don't give up spinning class! I think it's doing you alot of good even if you're not going 3 times a week on a regular basis. If we do a challenge, I am more prone to prefer something like eating on plan every day or walking 30 minutes everyday or something like that. An everyday thing. I tend to fold over when it's a lose pounds challenge.

As for fat free half and half - there is a company in the U.S. called Land O' Lakes that makes a FABULOUS FF half and half. I got some great recipes by them for creamy guiltless soups - tried several and I would highly recommend the product. At least for cooking. I'm sure it would be good in that hot caffinated beverage we aren't supposed to talk about :sssh: :ta;e: - although I got used to the flavored creamers and prefer them now as my lone indulgence.

Isn't is amazing how there's ALWAYS a new diet on the horizon? I don't buy the cardio one. Cardio was always good for fat burning and weights will build muscle that will make the entire body a more efficient fuel/calorie burner. You need both. So there :snooty: :lol:

See Ruth - I think you're on the other side of the hump with the knee thing. It will get better. Just have to be patient.

Ceejay - glad to hear that you are alright. Yay on the tax refund. Hurry and cash the check before Bush passes his record 80 bazillion trillion budget and the money dissapears down the drain :lol: You are very on the ball to file so early! I thought it was rather ironic - our power at the office complex was restored yesterday. I'm sure the businesses put the squeeze on MLGW to get those lines repaired fast (even though our computer systems are in another very secure part of town). We are not far from the residential areas and those poor people have to wait while we have power which doesn't seem quite right. Particularly since it's getting cold again. And I would not leave my house being concerned that someone would loot it.

Ooh Mel - another tasty recipe. That one would make a nice, light dinner as you'd have to cook that fresh instead of nuking it in the microwave the next day. Yum. I didn't realize that Dean Martin had also worked on the MDA fundraiser with Jerry Lewis. I remember the year he got so angry when people accused him of sensationalizm and pity tactics. I think folks have to realize that there are real people like yourself who benefit from what he does. God bless him. What I want to know is what happened to all the money that was raised for the 911 victims - you never hear about that. I am happy you made it through working the elections unscathed and I'm happy Hillary got in. She took Tennessee too tho I did not get out to vote. I was debating about it. This was as we were watching the earliest reports of the tornado damage. DH said I did not need to go out. I think he was secretly glad because my non vote for Hillary would negate his non vote for Obama. We have opposing views. :boxing:

Hope you are feeling better today Rennie.

UPS - are you Ellen that they are referring to? I missed that. Good tip on the vinegar. I heard it's great for removing odors but does it make stuff smell like vinegar then? I detest the smell of vinegar :lol: I run a cup through the washer once a month with a load of towels to get the schmutz out but then I have to wash the towels 3 times to get the smell out :lol: Can you come do renovations at my house when you're done? Pretty please????

Shaker - to rid the house of onions/fish odors I got one of those scented oil burners. I have an orange/citrus oil that is great for taking the smell out. I find that lemon dish soap is good for cleaning out the refrigerator as well as storing an open box of baking soda to absorb the smells. Duran, Duran - Hungry like the Wolf :lol: Ok, now my brain is stuck on Duran Duran songs. Catchy and soooo 80's. Simon is it Leboner? still looks pretty good and has kept his voice. Enjoy the concert. As far as "in it to win it" well there are those who are lucky smith's as you say and people like me who if there were a jar with 98 winner balls and 2 loser balls, I would pick the loser each time, even in repeat efforts ;) so just enjoy being lucky and buy my lottery tickets, will you? :lol:

Shad, I'm sure you have plenty to keep you busy at least for weeks on end. They had some pretty orchid plants at the store and I don't care what you say about them being hearty, I am still afraid to get one :eek: Don't forget to hit the gym first.

Lunch is long over and I have babbled enough. Time to go back to my charts and various analysis. Hello to Madcat and Holly and those I've missed :wave:

happy2bme
02-08-2008, 02:49 PM
Ah yes, the 100 day thing.

It's a new book (which I have not read). Talks about making a committment to your plan, whatever that plan may be for 100 days. They say after 100 days you should be set in some good habits. I was supposed to start this on Wednesday but thusfar, I have blown it the last 3 days. I WILL get there.

The author of the book is Linda Spangle and she said - "If you work toward your goal every day for 100 days, you're making progress and learning something each day," she says, "and in the end, you'll find that you've made long-term changes." Most people don't set a goal, wander aimlessly and fall of the wagon within 3 weeks. She advocates setting an objective and every day work to meet that objective. Don't make it so big that you can't get your arms around it, just make it manageable. Everything you do, think - is this getting me to my goal?

carla49
02-08-2008, 03:49 PM
Happy, you've just given me a good laugh. I don't know much about Duran Duran, but had to wonder if you were speaking from personal experience calling Simon LeBon "Leboner", maybe because you had had carnal knowledge of him in your misspent youth... :rofl: ;) The Happy Groupie, so to speak... :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: There I go with that dirty mind again, doing my best to make the site go porno on those who post from work...

Don't worry about me quitting spinning to lose weight - but I am always prone to finding excuses to stop doing everything that's good for me. I'm off to spin tonight (90 min) and in fact tried in vain to get a spot in a class last night to make up for missing much of next week when I'll be away.

Hmmm. The 100-day thing sounds like a pretty smart idea. I have a couple of bad habits I should try to apply it to.
And I shouldn't have been so sarcastic about the diet book - while I think it'd be nuts to give up cardio, I also do know that strength training makes a big difference in weight control and body shape. I just don't much enjoy it, so I find lots of good excuses to avoid it.

Your fish sounded good. Yum yum! I'm going to a pot-luck tonight (after spin class) and have a bad feeling there may be a little too much :censored: and food porn on the table... I'm taking a fairly healthy chili con carne - extra-lean ground beef and lots of beans - but the other guests are not to be trusted. Actually, I'd really rather stay home, but since they changed dinner time to accommodate my class, I can't really poop out now...

Yak yak yak. With my posts, it's either feast or famine. I'll try not to disappear again after this. :D

Shad
02-08-2008, 06:05 PM
Morning all,
Such a bunch of busy people when I open the worldly chicks today.

First - Rennie - so sorry that you have taken a tumble down the stairs. Ouch - or as Meadow would have said Owie. I bet you are not feeling too bright with the bits that hurt right now. And all the other bits that didn't hurt yesterday will make themselves felt today.

Annie - hope the children come out of their respective surgeries okay. It's hard when you children are hurting and you can do little for them.

Happy - I thought to myself yesterday that it is time to give Happy a ring to see how she is etc. But when I looked up the world clock it was 3.49am in your neck of the woods and I didn't think either of you would be excited to hear my flat NZ vowels at that time, or the Aussie inflection which does a lot to convince everyone that I come from the other side. So I went back to cleaning the kitchen and annoying the cat. So glad to hear that you and yours are okay. We've seen a fair amount of it on the TV and it does not look pretty. The first time when they displayed the name of your town, I got really excited. I've been there I told DS2 (suitably unimpressed - you've been everywhere Mum). But all the houses looked fairly new - like a new estate so I didn't recognise anything. No doubt DH is cursing the tree leaves and seeds all over the patio! As for the orchids. Now wouldn't they look good on the patio! :rofl: :lol3: or some one elses patio after the tornado has swept through! We're still get storms and thunder and rain. Our dams are now 35% full and the various mayors are fighting over whether the water restrictions should be lifred or not. Personally I say not because we are about to move into Autumn (fall for those who don't know better) and the rain and monsoonal effect will move north over the equator and that will be the end of that until next summer. By then we will be back to drought conditions.

Ceejay - get that cheque banked and into your account. I love tax refunds. Mind you I get annoyed that they take so much off me to start with, but then again we have to support the non-workers, the aged, the Indonesians, the boat people, the overstayers, the Tamils, the war, the poor politicians, those who cheat and those who are in jail. It is my apparent duty to keep these folk in the style to which I would like to become accustomed. So enjoy your refund and do something nice for yourself with it.

Ruth - Oh happy day indeed. That's a big breakthrough to make it up the stairs and into bed. Maiking it down the stairs is another challenge as well. Just ask Rennie! Things will be getting back to normal soon.

Carla - Okay, I didn't go back far enough to work out the exact wording. I just think it is a good idea to set a date and a figure - similar to Rennies 2 weekly weigh in. And don't you dare give up that spinning class. When we work away from home as you and I do, it is difficult to keep up the exercise regime unless the place where we are staying has a gym or pool or whatever. I did reasonably well on my trip over to the States and Canada but very badly on the Perth trip. Mind you, there was a fair number of excuses in that as well so now I am paying for that. Give me a couple of days to find the batteries for the scale and I will be up for a 2% of body mass loss with you. We won't call it the :censored: word, but we need to think up a start and finish period and an end reward.

Mel - apart from the cucumber that last recipe sounded nice. Might have to have a go at that. Getting healthy stuff into the DS2 is a real battle. He is feeling somewhat depressed at the moment and not happy with life. I will have to try get him to snap out of it, although he is well aware of his own problems. His ex has moved on and is now with another person, and he is standing still more or less. He needs some new stuff in his life. Anyway.......
You mean it is not natural to hear voices around the place!!! Poor old soul. Mixing drugs is not a good idea - ergo Heath Ledger - prescribed or not. And I realise that the older folk who are used to scrimping and saving don't want to let go of out of date stuff due to the cost of it. Hope she will be okay.

Okay, gym calls. The DS is about to take his equally depressed mate to look at a new vehicle for the DS - could cheer both of them up!
Happy weekend to you all - even though for most of you it hasn't started yet. You can anticipate mine

upswife
02-08-2008, 11:25 PM
Happy~Yes, I am Ellen!!! it is in my siggie! lol It will smell like vinegar while you boil it, but afterwards it does not, also I believe you can leave a bowl out overnight as well.

So, DH's vacation week has not been too bad, actually quite productive. THE kids rooms are all painted and put back together. I am planning to go thru toys, so I still have them all piled up in the living room and not back in the bed rooms yet. DH and I were on a roll today, after we finished DS's room we took the wallpaper off in the hallway!!! I am so happy, that leaves on one room left with wallpaper...unfortunately it it the kitchen...not too much, but weird corners and hard to reach. Tomorrow, we will paint the hallway, the get the kiddies ready for church on Sunday. We are going to visit my MIL on Sunday afternoon, so I won't have to cook. I think on DH's next vacation in March we will try to paint the kitchen and do the cabinets ( sand and paint) and get new hardware too. sorry if I am rambling, my mind is shot for today!!! Later chicas!

Shy Moment
02-09-2008, 12:33 AM
ups
Seems you have been busy again. I bet your house is looking great. I remember when we redid the kitchen walls. We took the wallpaper down and found a big hole in the wall lol. They had wallpapered right over the wall. Took forever to get the walls in good enough shape to put paper over them again. People think you can slap paper over walls that are not perfectly level and they will look nicer than if you try to paint them. Not so. Paper shows all the blemishes. It took forever to get those darn walls perfectly even. My arms just about fell off moving that level all over the wall to make sure it was nice and level lol.

Shad
I feel better than I thought I would. My pinkie toes hurt. If you recall how small of feet I have, you will understand how darn small those pinkie toes are. How on earth they could hurt is beyond me lol.


Carla
I really do feel better than I thought I would. I think my finger hurts the most that I hit on the rail.

Cee
So glad the blood work came back ok. That sure takes a load off your mind. I don't think I will be doing much sprinting for a while lol.

Mel
There are things I have to put up with since the accident. My knees go out with very little warning. I am going to take it easy. I live with pain everyday. Sure not going to cause myself more than I have to lol.

MELODY525
02-09-2008, 09:31 AM
CEEJAY~ CROCK POT PORK CHOPS? SOUNDS GOOD. HOW DO YOU DO IT? GREAT NEWS ON THE TESTS!! EXPECIALLY THE CHOLESTEROL! :cheer:

RUTH~ THAT WIRE REMOVAL MADE ME CRINGE. I CANNOT IMAGINE HOW THAT MUST HAVE FELT AND I COULD SEE WHERE IT'S BEING GONE IS LESS PAIN!! :hug: NOTHING LIKE BEING "UNWIRED" TO MAKE LIVE EASIER!!

CARLA~ IF WE ALL ATE ONLY 1200 CALORIES THERE WOULD BE NO NEED FOR 3FC :rofl: :rofl: THE EYE DR SAID NO CAFFEINE-FREE PRODUCTS EITHER. THEY AREN'T REALLY 100% CAFFEINE FREE ANYWAY BUT I HAD THOUGHT OF IT!! :lol3: I FOT RID OF ANYTHING THAT REMINDED ME OF THEM INCLUDING THE CUP I LOVED!
SPIN! SPIN! SPIN! :dizzy:

HAPPY~MAYBE GOOD YOU DID NOT GO OUT AND VOTE! OUR TOWN IS VERY PLEASED STILL ABOUT THE SUPER BOWL AND THE ELECTION. THEY LOVE ANY EXCUSE TO PARTY! :encore: WITH THE SPRING-LIKE WEATHER SUPPOSEDLY TURNING COLDER, I GUESS THE TORNADOES WILL STOP FORMING. KEEPING FINGERS CROSSED. STAY SAFE :hug: I BOOKMARKED THAT AUTHOR. I ALSO READ SOMEWHERE THAT THE FANTASY OF CHANGING YOUR MINDSET IN A SHORT TIME (IE 10 DAYS, 2 WEEKS, ETC) WAS BUNK. GLAD SOMEONE LOOKED INTO IT!!:cheer:

SHAD~ SENDING HUGS AND ALL GOD THOUGHTS FOR DS2. HE HAS BEEN THRU A LOT TOO THESE PAST FEW MONTHS. AND AN EMPTY HOUSE THRU THE HOLIDAYS PROBABLY DIDN'T HELP EVEN WITH THE VISIT. MUST BE QUIET WITHOUT THE LITTLE ONE. HOPE HE M OVES ON AS WELL. I HOPE TOO THAT THEY LEAVE THE BAN ON WATER. COMMON SENSE WOULD TELL THEM ANYTHING THAT LOW IN PERCENTAGE WILL NEVER MAKE IT THRU THE DRY SEASON. :faint: BUT THEN WHEN WERE POLITICIANS EVER SENSIBLE. IT'S ALWAYS ABOUT THE NEXT ELECTION. ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND!!

ELLEN IS HAPPILY GETTING THE RENNO DONE AND STILL PLANNING MORE :rofl: :rofl:

RENNIE~ GOOD IDEA TAKING IT EASIER. GIVE THOSE KNEES A REST.....THEY ARE TRYING TO "TELL" YOU SOMETHING. :hug:

LE BONER!!!! AS USUAL CARLA MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD. SCARED THE GRANDSON!! I THOUGHT I HAD A LOT TO SAY BUT FIND MYSELF DRAWING A BLANK NOW.
NEED TO GET READY FOR THE ACCT. THEY DID CALL LAST NIGHT HOPING AGAINST HOPE I WOULD SAY "OK BY ME".
ONE HAS BEEN AT IT ALL WEEK. I DID SAY THEY HAVE TO LEAVE EARLIER ON SUNDAY. I NEED TO SHOWER AND WIND DOWN IF I WANT TO GO TO THE MALL. FOR SOME REASON I NEED BETTER SLEEP AND A RELAXED MIND IF I AM GOING OUT THE NEXT DAY FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME. IT GIVES ME LONGER LASTING ENERGY. WILLY REMINDED ME WE'RE NOT GOING FOOD SHOPPING...I FORGOT IT WAS ON THE HOLIDAY. :faint: SOMETIMES I WONDER ABOUT MYSELF!!:tantrum: GUESS IT WILL HAVE TO BE AT THE END OF THE WEEK THEN.
HAPPU SATURDAY/SUNDAY! ENJOY THE DAY :moped:

MELODY525
02-09-2008, 09:42 AM
RECIPE #19

PRE-HEAT A BROILER.
CUT A ROTISSERIE CHICKEN INTO QUARTERS.
PLACE CHICKEN SKIN SIDE UP ON A FOIL LINED RIMMED BAKING SHEET.
MIX I/2 CUP HONEY, 1/4 CUP OF LIME JUICE, 2 TEASPOONS CHILI POWDER, 1 TEASPOON OF GROUND CUMIN, 1/4 TEASPOON OF PEPPER IN A SMALL BOWL. THEN DIVIDE INTO 2 PORTIONS.
BRUSH CHICKEN WITH ONE HALF.
BROIL CHICKEN FOR 8 MINUTES. SPRINKLE WITH CILANTRO. SERVE WITH A ROASTED CHICKEN-FLAVORDED 90 SECOND RICE MIX AND THE PORTION OF HONEY SAUCE TO BE USED AS A DIPPING SAUCE.

90 SECONDS!!! I MUST LOOK FOR THIS! :rofl: THE KIDS WOULD LOVE THIS DISH. ANYTHING SPICY AND QUICK!!
AND THEY COULD USE THE TOASTER/OVEN/BROILER I GAVE THEM!! :dance:

MELODY525
02-09-2008, 11:45 AM
Stuffed Zucchini and Bell Peppers
A Dr Doug recipe e-mail:

Ingredients:
Pam or other cooking spray
1 small onion, grated
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 large egg
3 tablespoons ketchup
3 garlic cloves, minced (or less if you prefer a milder garlic flavour)
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese
¼ cup dried plain bread crumbs
1 pound ground turkey or ground chicken
2 zucchini, ends removed, halved lengthwise and crosswise
3 bell peppers (any colour or pick different colours for variety)
1 ½ cups of your favourite red meatless pasta sauce
Instructions
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.Spray a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Whisk the onion, parsley, egg, ketchup, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl to blend.
Stir in the cheese and bread crumbs. Mix in the turkey. Cover and refrigerate the turkey mixture.
Using a melon baller or spoon, carefully scrape out the seeds and inner flesh from the zucchini, leaving roughly 1/8-inch-thich shells. Be careful not to pierce through the skin. Fill the zucchini and pepper halves with the turkey mixture, dividing equally and mounding slightly. Arrange the stuffed vegetables in the baking dish. Pour the marinara sauce over the stuffed vegetables.
Bake uncovered until the vegetables are tender and beginning to brown and a thermometer inserted into the filling registers 165 degrees F, about 45 minutes. Transfer the stuffed vegetables to a platter and serve.
Makes 6 servings

MELODY525
02-09-2008, 11:52 AM
A DOSE OF E-MAIL ADVICE FROM DR. DOUG AS WELL:

Choices We make

Over the past little while, I've listened to many people tell me how they "just can't stop snacking in the evening." Or, they talk about how they "just can't get back on track."

What they are describing is a choice they have made. They have pre-determined that they are unable to stop snacking. When you choose to see yourself as incompetent or incapable, you will experience incompetence and incapability. When you choose to see yourself as unable to control your food intake, you will simply eat and confirm that you cannot lose weight.

How do we arrive at such self-defeating thinking?

Your abilities are unique. Maybe you cannot sing in perfect pitch or play professional soccer, or be an entrepreneur with a million dollar income; but thinking of yourself as incapable ignores your strengths. You have many other things you do well; it may be in your area of work, your ability as a great mother or father, your creativity around your house. The trouble is we are especially focused on those imagined negative thoughts about ourselves in the evening. "I'm lonely;" "My life is boring;" "I'm upset with my co-worker;" "Why do I have to do everything for everyone and no one helps me?" So we eat, and it's soothing. However, eating just re-enforces our self-loathing. What if you could train your emotional mind to concentrate on all those great things in your life; all those things that make you a wonderful person? What if you perpetually focused on all the good things you have done, and focused on all the exciting things you want to do with your life? Choose to be in a positive frame of mind. Write down all the good qualities you have. Write down all the small things you will get done this week and weekend that you have been putting off.

If you focus on what you cannot do instead of what you can do, you create a picture of yourself that is narrow, and frankly false. It is imaginary, not reality. You disregard your abilities, and see yourself as unable or incompetent. So, focus on your strengths instead.

Choosing positive thoughts is an act of creation. Most people think carefully about moving, changing careers and getting married. They research, analyze, feel and use their intuition. We look at these situations as important, so we spend active time thinking about them. Yet the most important choices you make are the choices about how you see yourself, and how you see yourself in the world around you. Don't feel or act like a victim. You are much more than those imaginary thoughts. Look at your good qualities; choose to eat well because you deserve to feel better about yourself. When your mood is down, choose not to eat. Work hard at those times to develop a more positive frame of mind.

Who is it that you want to become? Do you want to be thinner, more vibrant, and more confident about your physical self? You can! Choose to be that person. Usually the negative thoughts or moods are very short-lived. There may be only 2 hours in the evening when you have to work at thinking positively to help yourself stay in control of your eating. If you can hurdle those few hours, you will find yourself less and less a victim of food.

You can do it. Keep on trying and don't ever give up.

Dr. Doug

happy2bme
02-09-2008, 12:08 PM
Good morning chicks,

Nice cool but sunny day here. :sunny: A very good day to get busy and get some things done.

Mel - thanks for the link! Some good stuff on there. I'm going to try that out. Might even order that book too. I'm glad you looked that up, I would not have thought of it :hug: So sorry you had to give up your favorite cup :( but I understand your reasoning. Probably a very good idea. I taped an Oprah show this week with this guy who wrote a book - Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? He was talking about clutter "weighing you down" and how you needed to free the things around you to free up yourself. I could relate to some of what he was saying. I am a clutter rat. DH hates it. I think my need for "stuff" goes way back to being a little kid and not having much in addition to the bad habit of feeling stressed and bad and the momentary good feeling that shopping and buying stuff brings. But when you are that kind of person, the worse thing someone can do is shake a finger at you and lecture you :nono: You have to recognise the symptoms when they come on and come to grips with it on your own terms. I think I'm getting there... What holiday is it that you can't go shopping? President's Day is the following week and that is a minor holiday so what's up? Hope the accountants don't suck too much of your time so you can get your rest and enjoy your weekend.

Rennie - I think getting older also makes the knees and ankles give out. My mom and I laugh about when we would try and run across a busy street in the city and all of a sudden the ankle or knee would give out and you'd have to do that hop-run thing on one leg - FAST - before the light changed and the cars tried to mow you down :rofl: I find sometimes that just standing still you hit a weak spot and stumble. I call them mini-earthquakes.

Ellen - thanks for clarifying on the name :D While changing my avatar or something I came across an option in the control panel that allowed me to turn off signatures. Since there's some people on 3FC who have crazy long siggies, I jumped at the chance not to display them. So I don't see people's signatures, that's why I didn't know you were Ellen - pleasedtuhmeetcha :lol: Sounds like you have quite a job ahead of you but it will look so nice when you're done. Makes me want to get to the store and get some paint samples too :D

Shad - If you had rung me up at 3:49am (on a work day no less) it would have been a pretty one sided conversation as my ears would have been asleep :rofl: No doubt they picked the newer, prettier side of town across the main road to show off on TV. The part of the million dollar homes that didn't see a bit of the bad weather but make for nice TV. :P I agree with you about not lifting the water restrictions - well maybe a bit enough to water your poor, dry garden. I think we must all face the fact that we are too greedy with Mother Earth and we must change our ways. We are doing ok but east of here they are in severe draught even with the spring rains about to approach and they are starting to talk about instituting water restrictions. People have to be penalized to be more aware of things. Sad but true. Hope the DS2 finds a new distraction soon. Such is youth and the ups and downs of romance. It seems like quite a difficult journey - I can understand why many people decide to go it alone and make the best of their life. I would probably be that way myself if I were in that position. So what are you going to do moving forward on the work front? Stick to home base for a while with the work at home job and see how that pans out? Seems your assignments are taking you away from home for longer and longer periods. :(

Oh Carla - LeBONER - you crack me up :lol3: Put that thing away, get that away from me *slap,slap* :rofl: Who do you think you are - Gene Simmons???? (of the band Kiss - notorious for his sexual escapades). Sadly, I was too much of an independent person to ever be a groupie - I felt that most of them had too big of an ego for me to tolerate them :D Ok, so if chili with meat is called chili con carne (which translated means chili with meat), then why is meatless chili always called VEGETARIAN chili - wouldn't it be just plain "chili"? Inquiring minds want to know :chin: You need to get a set of those rubber exercise bands you can take with you when you travel - lightweight and you can print 1 page off the internet with 5 basic exercises that give you a good weight resistance workout while traveling. Oddly, I find that when I'm at a hotel that has a treadmill and pool, I am more prone to make time to use them - particularly when DH is sitting in the room watching TV at night. I guess less excuses/distractions when you're traveling. Certainly no computer to sit in front of for hours at a time :D

Speaking of which, time to get up and get some things done before the day runs away from me.

Hello to Ceejay, Holly, Ruth, Nae and Patty. :wave: Enjoy your weekend.

happy2bme
02-09-2008, 12:10 PM
Good words from Dr. Doug Mel - thanks for sharing :hug:

Shy Moment
02-09-2008, 12:44 PM
happy
The knees have been like this ever since the accident. Is a bit of a pain because I can fall because of it but hey we all have things we have to live with. I would say it might be age but it has done this since my early 20's lol. When it happens there is about a second of warning, if I don't catch it, there is no hopping. I crumble to the floor lol.

I buy food. Growing up very poor, while never really hungry hungry, there wasn't much food at times. Food was always of the good variety that filled the required four basic food groups. I remember our snack was a bag of chips or a 1/2 gallon of ice cream every two weeks. I have two freezers and they are both packed. I have to check them every three months and hope that something isn't to old. Usually pretty good about not losing food. I have enough food in the house to feed a family of 40 for a month lol. I also buy toilet paper and salt. I have no idea why. If it isn't on the list NOT to buy, it I buy it. I probably have 25 twelve count packs of toilet paper lol. Last count I had 15 boxes of salt.

Melody
I don't know about caffeine free having no caffeine but I do know the caffeine free stuff doesn't hurt my tummy like the caffeine stuff does. Is the only reason I stopped drinking the caffeine to begin with. My average calorie intake according to fit day is 1259, I sure need this site :) I have a scar ( not real bad ) all the way down my back. A few years ago I was walking past my vanity and boom out went my knee and down I went. I hit the corner of the vanity and it cut all the way down my back. Wonder if I should call Jammie Summers ( bionic woman ) and ask for her doc lol.

Today is going to be a great day. Lets see, first I woke up. To me that is a pretty good sign of a great day. Think of the alternative lol. I don't have much housework to do ( the kids haven't been home lol ). I have laundry to do but that is no big deal. It isn't like we have to beat clothes on a rock anymore. We toss them into a washer and then into a dryer. Fold laundry while we watch tv. My gosh we have it rough these days lol. I am going to go food shopping since I am out of eggs and I have been eating a ton of egg whites lately. Sure hope the chickens don't go on strike. I love the lower fat Jimmy Deans sausage. 1 oz is more than enough to chop up into pieces and put in with the scrambled egg whites.

I make almost everything in the crock pot. Haven't found to much you can't pop into a crock pot and it is ready for dinner. Did this everyday when I worked and have just never stopped. Think tonight, I am going to make crock pot beef.

Ruthxxx
02-09-2008, 12:53 PM
Happy Saturday! Claire and Rob just folded up the bed in the front room so things are getting back to normal. Fake it 'til you make it is my new motto. I even have a load of laundry going and am dressed!
Now....if I could just get this damned knee to flex!
Dammit! It's snowing. Enough already!

ceejay52
02-09-2008, 02:03 PM
Ruth
Sorry your knee is still in pain. Good to have friends to help with things around the house.

Reenie
Be careful.

Mel
I put the porkchops in the crock pot along with some mushroom soup. Add water according to the can of soup. Yummy.

Wen on a claorie binge yesterday. Ate 3000 +. Remind me not to eat chinese food again. It just does not stay with me.

It's a beautiful day. I've decided to open the window's for a bit.

MELODY525
02-09-2008, 03:51 PM
HAPPY~ FEB 12TH IS LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY. THEY STILL USE IT IN MY TOWN. I HAVE NO IDEA WHY THEY CALL IT VEGETARIAN CHILI....BUT IF I EVER FIND OUT I'LL LET YOU KNOW :rofl:

RUTH~ YOU MUST LOVE THE RETURN OF ORDER TO THE HOUSE! :hug: MEANS YOU ARE GETTING WELL SO SOON!

CEEJAY~ REMEMBER NOT TO EAT CHINESE FOOD!!! IT'S LIKE THROWING MONEY DOEN THE DRAIN....OR TOILET!!!

I FOUND THIS ON ANOTHER THREAD AND THOUGHT I'D BRING IT HERE. GOOD THOUGHTS FOR THE REST OF THE WINTER.


KEEPIN' THE WINTER BLUES AT BAY ...
Strange, we never look within ourselves where the cold emptiness begins. Ironically, the solution exists inside where we can find greater control and empowerment through positive perception. Seeing every day as a good day with its special distinguishing moments creates peacefulness and clarity.

And for those of us who demand immediate gratification, we can change our perception immediately whether at work or at home. It can be as simple as: rearranging a few knick knacks, where we usually sit at the kitchen table, or moving a chair or lamp from here to over there.

Here are some more tips to help you change your perception of winter and bring warmth and light into a chilly life:

-- Raise the blinds and let the light shine in. Sit by the window look out and gaze, or read. Feel the warmth.

-- Try eating more hot soups and stews. Add beans and lentils to your diet. These hearty meals are both comforting and nourishing. (If you use canned soups pay attention to the amount of sodium as many ready-made soups are high in sodium.)

-- Go outside to reset your biological clock. Let natural sunlight counteract SAD. Appreciate the winter landscape: the “tree architecture” that we never notice when the leaves are flourishing, or the feathery ornamental grasses swaying in the wind.

-- Exercise to stimulate and bring warmth to your body. Many of us are bored with treadmills and stairmasters that go nowhere.

-- Change up your routine. Dress warmly and go for a brisk fitness walk. If you can get to the shore, a walk on the beach is peaceful and inspiring. Try some new classes in Pilates, Yoga, Belly Dancing, Salsa and Weight Training. Join a league to participate in fun team sports. Get a buddy to exercise with or make friends in fitness centers.

-- Connect with sunny people. Do volunteer work. We tend to get isolated in the winter and keep to our igloos. Get out and see positive people who appreciate you and if you can’t get out, use the phone or email.

-- Bring tropical plants into the house. Their gracious leaves and greenery will lift your spirits and give you a taste of eternal summer.

-- Look at the color orange which is cheering. No need to repaint your home; just put something orange on the desk or your coffee table. (Note: we did repaint our place off white with 'French butter' cupboards; and winter sunshine yellow; pearl blue; and lilac; and the difference was amazing. People constantly remark how bright and calm our place is now)

-- Try a warm glowing candle light meditation. Light a candle in the evening and stare at the flame for about 30 seconds to a minute. Then close your eyes and breathe to your own natural rhythm and see what comes up for you in meditation.

-- Give yourself an auto-massage. Warm some inexpensive olive oil in the microwave and massage your body from head to toe. Long strokes for the limbs, circular strokes for the torso. Make sure to massage the temples, and using your thumbs, do windshield wiper movements under and over your eyes. Feel the warmth pervade your body. (*what a great idea*)

-- If I change my seat at the kitchen table, I really see things from a different perspective. I might notice something new in my field of vision. If I rearrange paintings or furniture, I see them with a fresh eye and appreciate them differently. When we are beset by winter doldrums, long nights, clearly we need to let the pendulum swing the other way to restore the balance.

-- Try adding bright things to your home; red or yellow roses; other pastel-colored flowers; pretty mobiles; bright cushions and pillows. I find this really made a difference in my home.

-- Simplify your home, room by room. Clean out the clutter and donate what you have not used in years. In winter we tend to contract and go inward. Use this indoors time to organize your home. Sharing the extras with the needy will give you an inner glow.

Shad
02-09-2008, 04:09 PM
Morning all,
Looks like another clear day in the south. Just hope it doesn't get too muggy again like yesterday.

Went to the gym yesterday and did a body balance class. Surprisingly these are not causing great stiffness or pain or anything. Considering the length of time I have been away, I would have thought there would be more of it. Not sure whether I am still reasonably muscular or just not doing enough. I'll go back today for weights and a bit of cardio and see how that goes.

Today I will find the batteries for the scales and get right back into it - diet and exercise - to see if I can shift some of this body weight.

Mel - I dare say that rice mix (90 seconds) is similar to the flavoured rice and pasta that we get here that takes no time to put through the microwave although always with milk and butter or marg. Not sure of the calorific levels but I think there is a fair amount of sodium in there. Yesterday when I was clearing out the cupboards I found a pile of the packets in the back of the cupboard. Some past their use by dates. I threw out a lot of stuff yesterday. That will teach me to try a rotational policy in the kitchen ehy what!!!! The recipe doesn't sound too bad but a bit spicy, I'd have to cut the chili powder down. Don't mind a bit of heat, but two teaspoons might be a bit much for me.

Happy - I don't think they were million dollar homes that were shown on tv. New housing estate, few trees, many of the homes looked similar to each other, grass but no gardens and all a dark grey - although the colour may have had something to do with the day and the weather. Quite often news items from the States is darker than we would normally show.

Rennie - have to agree with you - every day above the ground is a good one.

Ruth - yeaaaaa! Things are beginning to look normal around your way. Sounds like you really are on the road to recovery. Flex those legs lady. Otherwise if you only do one, you may have one trim and muscular and one fat and lazy leg. Not a good look.

Ceejay - you have been doing so well. Why binge it out now. Stick to that crockpot and go easy on the salt.

So on to today. I have gym coming up, then the DB2 is turning up in his truck to take some rubbish to the dump for me. Well not exactly for me as he has some of his own but I have the paperwork which gets us to the nearest dump for free, so nice of him to offer to take me and mine as well. When I get it sorted in my own head, I will tell you what he has been up to!!!
Meantime I am having tummy troubles. Don't know whether I ate too much last night or ate something that disagreed but it was not a happy tummy overnight and still isn't the brightest this morning. I'm waiting for the 'call' - sorry if that is too much information. Anyway, I hope to have a better day today. Work some of it off in the gym - there won't be anyone much around at 8.00am this morning and hopefully the rest over the days activities. Better stay upwind!!!!!!

And with that I had better go feed Sunday on Sunday. She thinks her throat is cut. She hasn't eaten since about 10 last night. Little ratbag.

ceejay52
02-09-2008, 08:41 PM
Did some yard work today and saw some flowers coming up. I don't remember planting jonquils but that's what it looked like. I've had the window's open just a little in each room. The house smells so good.

Mel
Thanks for reminding me not to eat Chinese food.

Shad
Don't know why I've been bingeing unless it is the lower cholesterol level and celebrating. I'm going to stop it tomorrow. I need to start going back to the gym. Maybe Monday night after work.

Finished watching the travel channel train tour. I want say the American Express I'd been to all the places except Yellowstone National park and Joackson Hole Wyoming. Maybe someday I'll visit those two. I'd love to take the train ride.

Shy Moment
02-09-2008, 09:40 PM
Cee
Train rides sound so far. We keep saying it is something we are going to do. Wasn't nice enough out here to want to open the windows but it was pretty nice out. I had animals and rice for dinner. Oh I do love that stuff. Little high in carbs but real low in fat and high protein. The house always smells so good when you get to air it out. I make pork chops the same way but use a bit of milk.


Shad
I am sure you will get back on track and that weight will start falling off again. Sure hope you start to feel better. the " call " time can be very unpleasant.

Ruth
Sounds like you are in better cheer. Sure happy to hear it.

MELODY525
02-10-2008, 08:35 AM
CEEJAY~ NO BINGING ALLOWED. WE LOVE YOU TOO MUCH FOR THAT :hug: HOW NICE TO SEE SOME FLOWERS. I NCAN SMELL YOU FRESH HOUSE FROM HERE. GOTTA LOVE WHEN THE WINDOOWS CAN BE OPEN EVEN IF IT IS A WEE BIT! NOTHING LIKE SPRING ON THE HORIZON. I HAVE NEVER SEEN THAT TRAIN SHOW. I SHOULD WATCH FOR THE NEXT AIRING. PUT THAT TRIP ON YOUR TO DO LIST!

SHAD~ SPEAKING OF DATED GOODS....THE MAN DOWN THE STREET TRIED TO SELL ME PRUNES THAT WERE A YEAR AND A 1/2 PAST THE DUE DATE :rofl: I ASKED WAS HE TRYING TO KILL ME? GET THOSE BATTERIES AND BACK TO BUSINESS OF GOOD HEALTH!! :hug:




EDITED BIT: IT IS NOT FRASSING MONDAY LIKE I TYOED THIS MORNING AND JUST DELETED!!AND GOOD THING A SMOKE ALARM WENT OFF AND A TENANT CAME TO ME BEFORE I GOT TOTALLY DRESSED!!! WOULD HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR A BUS THAT WOULD NEVER COME :rofl: :rofl:
SO HAPPY SUNDAY THEN!! WELL ACTUALLY IT WILL BE MONDAY FOR SOME! :lol3: :lol3:

MELODY525
02-10-2008, 08:42 AM
RECIPE #20 THIS WAS A "STAFF PICK"

COOK FRESH PASTA.
MIX THE PASTA WITH SAUT'EED BROCCOLI, CHERRY TOMATOES, RED ONIONS, AND KALAMATA OLIVES.
TOSS WITH OLIVE OIL, LEMON JUICE AND OREGANO.
TOP WITH FETA CHEESE.

FOR THE NON-COOKS: WE HALVED THE TOMATOES, SLICED THE ONION THIN, CUT BORCCOLI INTO FLORETS AND USED BLACK OLIVES AND NO CHEESE. GOTTA SAY THIS WAS A KEEPER AND YOU CAN USE ANY KIND OF PASTA.

happy2bme
02-10-2008, 12:09 PM
Good morning chicks,

Nice recipe Mel. Except for the olives :no: Would taste good either hot or cold as an accompanying pasta salad side dish. I find that you really have to check dates (the calendar stamp, not the food :lol: ) in the stores. I don't think they have the stockers like they used to checking the shelves for expired goods. Good catch on your part!

Animals and rice Rennie? Oh my :yikes: I guess that's one way to put it - lol I too had heard that caffeine free is not entirely so. Most of it's taken out but for those who have sensititives, the bit that's left over might still cause some problems. All I can say is :yay: for caffeine free / herbal teas. My favorite in the evening when regular tea would make me :tired:

Ceejay - flowers already? I guess it's time. But with the weather being so up and down I hope things don't pop before their time. Our Japanese maple took some severe frost damage last year because things bloomed early. It stayed pretty raggedy looking on top for the entire growing season. Darn Chinese food - why is it so good? The take out restaurant by us has 1 plate deals - an entree, some fried rice and an eggroll. At least it keeps the portions to a reasonable size. I guess you have to learn to love beef and broccoli and stay away from the fried stuff.

Shad, I would imagine being away for a while at home you would have to go through an give the cabinets a once over. Especially if the DS2 wasn't much of a cook. Good for you for getting right back to the gym!

The weather must be funky even tho it's nice and sunny outside. Both of us woke up with big giant sinus headaches. We're about to head out the door and go find us a new door. Yesterday I got a bunch of little things done - things that needed to get done and they did but it doesn't seem like I did anything yesterday when you look around the house :lol:

Happy Sunday all!

Shy Moment
02-10-2008, 02:22 PM
happy
That is what sailors called in aboard ship. They ate a lot of it on voyages. lol My tulips and crocuses have been trying to come up. Which will probably mean, I won't have any for the spring.

ceejay52
02-10-2008, 03:39 PM
It's a quiet day at work. I've had 2 phone calls.

Mel
I am planning to take this train ride. It's going on my "bucket list".
Glad you check the dates before you purchased those prunes.

Ruth
It will not be long before Hershey will get to come home. You sound alot better. Keep doing those knee exercises.

Happy
Have fun shopping today. The one thing about jonquils is that the winter months doesn't seemto bother them. I've seen the covered in snow with their blooms above the snow.

Hello to the restof the wordly chicks.

happy2bme
02-10-2008, 04:31 PM
Rennie - I could see the snow crocuses starting to send up shoots around now but it's way too early for the tulips up your way. Haven't you been getting the frigid weather like they are getting in Illinois & Indiana? Doesn't seem like it's been warm enough to pop the spring flowers. I'm hoping we don't get an early warm spell for the same reason.

I planted a bunch of snow crocuses one year up in Illinois - about 200 bulbs. That dirty bloody squirrels dug them up. They did the same a few years later with all my tulip and daffodil bulbs. I found them scattered all over the yard with one bite taken out of them :mad: :rollpin:

Ceejay - springtime down here is just breathtakingly lovely. It's my favorite time of year. Such incredible beauty and color. I'm ready for it. Hope your day stays quiet. The birds are already singing their sweet springtime songs. The only bad thing is that the mockingbirds are gearing up too and they are round the clock day and nighttime singers. As long as they don't nest near the bedroom windows!

We tried to pick out a door. Someone has to come to the house and measure the entry way - particularly since we have an antique door there right now. Then they will tell us what kinds of styles we can get. I am pleased to hear that the doors are triple paned glass and very very sturdy. That means we can get one with a large oval or glass front to let more light in the area without worrying about the killers and thieves busting in. :lol:

Still have a big sinus headache tho.

Ruthxxx
02-10-2008, 04:39 PM
:wave:.....I had a lovely shower this morning and gave my hair a good wash. Feels sooooo good! The Pypers were here for lunch (they brought it) and my Hershey is now back home! *** Sigh *** :)

MELODY525
02-10-2008, 04:52 PM
RUTH I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU THAT HERSHEY IS HOME AND EVEN HAPPIER YOU HAD A SHOWER!! :rofl:
HAPPY~ I ALMOST SPIT ON MY SCREEN ABOUT THE KILLERS AND THIEVES!! :rofl: :rofl: LAUGHING NOW BUT I KNOW IT'S TRUE!!! YOU AND I HAVE THE SAME MINDS. IT'S SCARY :yikes:
I ENVY YOU AND CEEJAY IN THE SOUTH WITH THE LONGER GROWING SEASON AND EARLY FLOWERS. ENJOY!
I AM :wave: WAVING A HAND NOW AS I WILL NOT BE HERE IN THE MORNING. THE TRIP IS STILL ON AND WE MIGHT GET AN EARLIER START WITH MARK. HAVE A GREAT NIGHT AND DAY TOMORROW.
HELLO TO SHAD AND SHAKER. THEY SHOULD BE HERE SOON! :wave:

RECIPE#21

BROWN GROUND TURKEY WITH A BIT OF GROUND CUMIN IN A NON-STICK SKILLET.
SPOON OVER SOME GARLIC FLAVORED COUSCOUS.TOP WITH DICED CUCUMBER, TOMATO, AND ONION.(THERE'S THAT DANG CUCUMBER AGAIN SHADDIE) AND SOME PLAIN YOGURT.

I BET THESE RECIPES WOULD BE GOOD WITH THE THICKER GREEK YOGURT...BUT IT'S NOT READILY AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE :tantrum:
SO I PUT MY PLAIN YOGURT IN A COFFEE FILTER-LINED SMALL SIEVE AMD SUSPEND IT OVER A BOWL IN THE FRIDGE OVERNIGHT. I WRAP A PIECE OF PLASTIC WRAP OVER THE WHOLE THING. YUM!! ALSO GOOD WITH FRESH FRUIT SPRINKLED WITH GRANOLA AND DRIZZLED WITH A WEE BIT OF HONEY :hun:

ceejay52
02-10-2008, 06:24 PM
Ruth
So glad Hershey is back home. I bet she is too. ((hugs))

Shad
02-10-2008, 07:12 PM
It's now around 8.00am in the morning (Monday of course) and I feel like I have completed the triathlon. I took DS2 to work and then hit the gym at 5.30am. Got out of there at 6.50am and came home. I've put out and brought in a load of washing and there is more ready to go. The dishwasher needs emptying and the floor badly needs sweeping. I was going to do as bid by Mother Mel and weigh and measure and get into it, but couldn't find the batteries for the scale. Isn't it funny how when you are looking for a double A all you can find are triple A's and vice versa, and I found D size, C size and 2 9 volt ones. Now that I am showered, dressed and eating breakfast, I see a packet of AA's in front of me. I will put them in and start the weigh in tomorrow. Yes I will!!!

Morning Mel - hope you have a good trip to the shops and see lots of nice things. Good to get out and about for a bit. I like the sound of that recipe - well apart from the cucumber, but I can get around that.

Ruth - I can hear the sigh of relief from here - Hersh is home and you are starting to put your life back together. Keep up the exercises - I can think of some good elbow bending ones - oh but your not supposed to drink - darn.
Happy - sorry to hear of the big sinus headache. I can relate to those and will probably have one myself tonight after digging in the cupbards and packing stuff and disturbing the years of dust and debris. The new door sounds good. Hope you find something with a good pattern on it. Last time I looked there was lots to choose from in sanding patterns. Pesky squirrels.

Ceejay - I love trains. I couldn't wait for the Rocky Mountaineer trip. If you ever save enough to go down to NZ, there are two really good ones there you can do - the Tranzalpine express (goes over mountains and rivers and waterfalls) and the Coastal Express (Christchurch to Picton along the Pacific Ocean. Both well worth doing.

Rennie - I'm back in the realm of exercise. I know it does me good, I know it works, I know that sweat counts. But the very best part of exercise is when it stops and you know you are done for the day. I just love it then.

Right, well, I've laughed and chatted on the phone for a while and typed away here for a while, my breakfast is done and I no longer have the coffee excuse, so guess what..........

That's all folks for today!!!

upswife
02-10-2008, 08:44 PM
HI ladies!!! HAve to run, but wanted to pop in and say hi :wave:

shaker
02-10-2008, 10:27 PM
Good afternoon ladies, it is nearly time for me to leave work already, where does the time go. I had a lot of reading to catch up, ceejay and happy you made me laugh about good ole' Simon, when happy wrote it I started laughing thinking oh no she got that badly wrong, and then good ole ceejay put it right out there.. :D:D

I had a frantic w/end and to be honest I am totally exhausted with no rest in sight!! Fri night fundraising bbq went well, hard work though and I am not that keen for another. I put some baking soda in the fridge although we can't buy it by the box full so I will check out the supermarket tonight for a bit more than what I have. I will try the vinegar as well, but I really need to give it a good scrub am sure that will help.

Sat and Sun were spent in Paeroa, the kids had a good time and DD was MVP so she was rapt with that, she played really well. At the moment the farmers are having a drought and I was driving along quite happily with DD snoozing, bit of an early start, and the paddocks were brown no green to be seen and the farmers were dishing out the hay, which they are low on stock of, had a wee sad tear for them, they have to dry the cows out and slaughter some of the sheepies early due to not enough feed is such a shame.

I have a weigh-in tonight, am not expecting great things had a bit of a faux-pa I went to the supermarket and bought these wafter twists, read the side of the package and though great very low points.. then I was looking at the box yest (after I ate all 13 of them) and the kj's etc were per serving size and the serving size was 1 not the whole box as I thought, so I racked up 13pts eating them.. far out... I know I should've thought man these are yummy can't be that good for ya but hey it was stiffling hot and muggy and I had got out of bed and then pulled a muscle in my back so I wasn't in the best of moods.

The tmill is happy again, the guy said to DH he thought it was a DC10 when it started up ha ha, bearing had gone it is so queit now I don't have to blast the tv. But annoying thing is that it didn't play up for him he couldn't get it to do the same things it did for me :devil::mad: so he did some maintenance anyway and replaced a few things and said only thing left is the whole control panel and doesn't think that will be the problem so off I go again.

Glad to hear you are well into recovery mode ruth - upswife nice of you to pop in, is you name because you are the wife of a ups worker? Mel what is broil is that like in a frypan with water?????

Happy will the door be tornado proof.. do you have a basement that you go down to..? have a nice night all.. I gotta go get the groceries before the family eats the furniture.. :?:

Shy Moment
02-11-2008, 01:23 AM
shaker
Glad the BBQ went well, bet it was a lot of work but well worth it I am sure. Is most always sad for the farmers. I don't think we appreciate them enough. Oh real glad the tred is doing well. Of course it didn't act up for him, nothing acts up when you take it in because it isn't working lol.


Shad
You can find a battery at all? Darn you are doing better than me. I have to go out and get one when I need one. I swear my kids eat the things lol. I wish I sweat, I just don't sweat much. I would feel like I did more if I did lol. Even after 3 express miles I don't sweat.

Ruth
Oh you have to feel so good. A nice hot shower and clean hair really makes us feel better. So glad your little friend is home. I know you have missed Hershey so.

happy
My crocuses shouldn't be coming up for at least another month maybe a bit more. We had almost 60 degrees last week today it was 3 lol. You are two funny. When we put a new front door in we have to rebuild the whole wall. I was looking at this door and that door and said the same thing. I want something someone can't break the glass and get in. The guy started laughing and said I don't think they are going to break this glass lol.

MELODY525
02-11-2008, 09:00 AM
10 degrees ......AND THAT IS WITHOUT THE 40-50 MPH WINDS. GUESS WHO IS STAYING HOME. WE HAD A SNOW HURRICANE YESTERDAY BUT AS FAST AS IT BLEW IN, IT BLEW ITSELF OUT. LOOKED LIKE A BLIZZARD WITH THESE WINDS. UNREAL. JEN CALLED THINKING I WAS CRAZY TO GO SO WE DECIDED TO SPEND THE DAY TOGETHER INSTEAD. HAPPY MONDAY :moped:

SHAKER~ BROIL: IN OUR OVENS WE HAVE EITHER A GAS FLAME OR AN ELECTRIC ELEMENT THAT WHEN YOU PUT MEAT UNDER IT, IT COOKS IT FROM ABOVE. DID THAT MAKE SENSE? LIKE FOR STEAKS. TO BROIL INSTEAD OF BAKING IN THE OVEN. HOPE THAT HELPED!


SHAD~ OK I'LL GIVE YOU ANOTHER DAY FOR THE SCALE! :rofl: DID I ASK ALREADY HOW CHRIS IS DOING? I THINK OF HER FROM TIME TO TIME ALONG WITH TIG'S KIDS IN JAPAN. HAPPY EXERCISING!! :ebike:

RENNIE~ FOR SOME REASON I CAN'T SEE YOU PICS IN THE SIGGIE THIS MORNING. ALL YOU LITTLE POM POM GIRLS ARE MISSING. GUESS I SHOULD REFRESH THE PAGE :lol3:

happy2bme
02-11-2008, 09:29 AM
Good morning ladies,

The blankets were nice and cuddly and the house was cold. Didn't want to get up today. Now that I'm upright and coherent, it appears the sinus headache is back again. Guess I can chalk it up to seasonal. We pay a price for those pretty flowers.

Shad, so sorry we missed you yesterday. :( DH and I were out a good part of the day shopping and roaming here and there. I am very proud of you for getting to the gym at 5:30 in the MORNING. :faint: It is a good way to start the day and if you can get a quick swim and sauna in, it lets you start the day all tingly :D Our town is arranging a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer the end of September. They have an info session the end of February that I'm making DH attend. It looks lovely, I'd really like to go and so would he. However if I'm going to travel across the country, I'd rather go a little earlier than the first week in October. We'd stop off at Butchart Gardens again. Can't go all the way up to Vancouver and not hop over, can you? DH said we can go when his father's house sells - so probably not this year, but soon I hope. Maybe the timing will work where we can meet up on that side of the Worldly Chicks backyard :lol: I second Mel's question - how is Chris? She hasn't moved back to NZ yet, has she?

Hello Mel :wave: TELL ME you weren't even considering going out in that weather, were you? Are you more nuts than I thought? :rofl: Sounds positively wicked. Glad it blew out fast. Stay warm my friend. No shopping today.

Rennie - I turned signatures back on but there's something in yours that is not showing up now. :dunno: Sometimes that happens with the smilies and it's the site more than us. They are making doors stronger now. Good thing but a sign of the times too I suppose. Are you feeling better?

Ah Shaker, guess it's good they got the treadmill going again after the incident with the wafers. :lol: The thing I don't understand sometimes with the points is they calculate funny. There is a brand of soup that they advertise as 0 WW points. Well it's zero for one cup. But if you have the whole can (2 cups) it's 1 point. Well how can it be no points for a single serving and 1 point for a double serving - wouldn't that be half a point for 1 cup? :dizzy: Your story about the livestock was sad :cry: As for the door, no door is tornado proof unless it's at the bottom of a large, very deep ditch and you're laying on top of it :lol: We don't have basements in this section of the country. Something about the water level being too high and they get wet, damp and mouldy. Although one person said the reason they are that way is because the home builders don't know how to build basements for the conditions here. Our "shelter" is the front hall closet under the stairs. That is if you can get past the coats, vacumn cleaner and some boxes. My biggest fear is the huge sweetgum trees out back crashing into the house.

Just glanced at the clock, it's later than I thought - time to get out the door and off to work. Have to remember it's going to take me an extra 20 minutes or so to get in until they replace the missing stop lights at the corner right before our office complex. See you later ladies - love to the rest of the chicks. :hug:

Ruthxxx
02-11-2008, 09:46 AM
Checking in from frigid Delta where it is lightly snowing. It's cozy in the house, especially with my darling dog home and sleeping on my feet! I think she's glad to be home although I'm sure she misses the fun and frolicking at the Pypers' place. She also has a case of the "runs"! I had to do my kitchen floor this morning, a bit tricky when you are in a walker but it's done. Another challenge met!

This morning I MUST get back at the knee exercises as my PT comes tomorrow. My friend Holly may bring over my puppy for a first visit. He was born on January 21 so is just 3 weeks old. IMHO, he shouldn't be outside yet but she's the breeder, not me. The cold may dissuade her.

Nothing much exciting around here - just plugging along and trying to convince myself that every day is better.

Hollyhock
02-11-2008, 01:32 PM
Hello and hugs!!

All is well in the frigid north. It is my day "off".
-18 degree Celsius = -0.4 degree Fahrenheit
wind chill is -27.7 degree Celsius=-18 degree Fahrenheit
It is very sunny tho. So that is nice. Doing lots of office work today. Hubby does not have work right now and is looking. My first week of self employment went well. My net profit was $150.00 more for the week than if i had been on payroll.
Keepin on......

annie175
02-11-2008, 01:54 PM
Hello All....

Ruthie glad to see you back with us. A shower always makes me feel better when down from surgery or sickie. Hope you are feeling better and better each day.

Happy..Yikes the tornados. So glad you are ok, material things like the office can be replaced. It is just a bother to make other arrangements. We are in line for 4-6 inches of snow tonight. Oh boy, starting after 9pm thru 9 am. Right in rush hour. We will have to leave a bit earlier for work.

Mel...Loved Dr. Doug and the recipe for meatloaf. Meatloaf is absolutely my favorite and can eat it with not prob since surgery. Yippee!!

Running vinegar thru the dishwasher helps with spots on stuff too!

Had a wonderful weekend. Went to watch this all girl band Sat night w/DD and her BF and BFs mom. They were great! Blondie, Heart, Led Zepplin, and boy could they sing. All were gay and the crowd was mostly lesbians. I got hit on 3 times. Too funny, wrong flavor for me.

Washer went out last Wednesday with a tub full of towels and water. OMG it was awful getting those heavy towels out. We spent 2 1/2 hours at the landry mat doing 8 loads of wash. I can hardly wait till next week. Oh boy.

Hello to everyone, gotta get back to work, almost 1:00 pm, lunch over.

Hugs and Love

ceejay52
02-11-2008, 02:04 PM
Holly
Are you selling AVon at your place of employment? Way to go on making more money. We knew you could do it though.

Mel
Brrrr 10 degree is cold. Hope it doesn't come here. I can handle anything above 20 degree. Made those pork chops in the oven last night.

Happy
I wanted to stay in the bed all snuggly and warm too.

Shad
Good for you in going to the gym.

Ruth
Hershey is glad to be at home if she's keeping your feet warm. I remember the walker when I had foot surgery a few years back. You are doing well.


I don't have time to go back a couple of pages. I'll get the rest tonight after work.

ceejay52
02-11-2008, 02:06 PM
p.s. I've lost those 2 pounds I gained last week.

happy2bme
02-11-2008, 02:14 PM
why oh why is it when the washer decides to quit it's when you have a heavy load of towels in there? Just like the printer always breaks when you're trying to get all those month end reports out :lol: Nothing like having the in-home washer or dryer fizzle out to remind you what a giant pain going to the laundromat is. And outside of yourself of course - there seems to be a strange crowd that hangs out in them, no? I think I'm more comfortable walking out of the bank with a wad of cash in my hand than I am sitting by myself at the laundromat :rofl:

Nice to know you "still got it' Annie - even if it is with the girls on the wrong side of the fence :lol: but the concert sounds like it was alot of fun.

Came into the office today to find that there are people's names pencilled in on all the empty cubes in our "pod". We are accomodating a load of people from the badly damaged building across the way. It's going to get horridly noisy in here :mad: I'll fix 'em - I'm just going to strap on the IPOD and start singing. I don't sing very well but I know all the words :lol:

That's it from my side of the fence right now.

To our chilly Canadian friends - stay warm and dry!

:congrat: on the loss Ceejay :yay:

shaker
02-11-2008, 03:39 PM
Hi ladies, lovely morning here again, we have got the humidity back so yest was about 26 C hmm make that 78.8 F, with abou 90% humidity so was a bit of a shocker, I was very tired but managed to drag myself round the supermarket.

Mel :idea:thanks for that, to broil is what we call grilling in the oven, the recipes will make much more sense to me now :D.

I had my weighin last night and was so pleased as I earned my 5kg bookmark, was actually 5.2kg gone which makes that 11.5 pounds, that definitely made me feel a lot better. So home to make lunches and dinner and then had an early night so I feel a lot better today.

I have a meeting shortly and need to do some prep, so I must fly will come back soon. I have an aunty that lives in Vancouver and she has a beach house down here that she escapes to for the winter, nice to be some isn't it :D I hope you are all OK from the snow, wind and tornadoes, happy I would be decking out that cupboard with a few comforts, but good to know your vacuumn is safe, you might be needing it :D

MELODY525
02-11-2008, 05:33 PM
Spring Has Sprung



In the Northern hemisphere
They have snow this time of year
But here in Perth we have the jacaranda
It's lilac flowers abound
And settle on the ground
Messing up my freshly swept veranda

I must have been a fool
To put my swimming pool
Beneath a lovely spreading bougainvillea
I'd love to take an axe
And give it several whacks
But it's resilience would make me just look sillier

That gorgeous flowering gum
Testament to my green thumb
Resplendent in its springtime blossoms golden
Is home to pretty doves
In the branches far above
Who crap upon my newly polished Holden

Yes, the flowers are in bloom
But it only brings me gloom
In springtime I'm the most pathetic failure
For the pollen makes me sneeze
I'm allergic to the bees
And I really hate the spring in West Australia.


Doug Miles

shaker
02-11-2008, 05:37 PM
Ha ha great poem Mel !!!!

Shad
02-11-2008, 05:41 PM
Yeah right Mel!!!! :rofl::rofl:

Shad
02-11-2008, 06:34 PM
All these little golden eggs alight at the moment. Hiya - to all.

It's raining hard in my neck of the woods so not a lot will get done outside today. It's meant to be heavy for most of the day.

Shaker - yep, broiling is grilling over there in the US. Which is interesting since they have grills as well. aka George Foreman Grill, and grill on the barbeque. Guess it depends on what part of the States you come from.

Annie - it must be the season for breakdowns since the lawnmower went phut the other day and I took it to the repairer yesterday only to find it will be 3 weeks before he gets to it. Oh wonderful, we already have a wildlife meadow in our yard. My friend Chris (from down the road, as opposed to Chris from Japan or Chris in the back of beyond) well her washer broke down some time back and she's been spending time at the laundromat as well. LG are waiting for a part which should take 5 WEEKS :yikes: :faint: So I tell her to bring it around here, I'll do it for her, wont promise to get it dry, and definitely won't iron. You can bring yours down too if you wish.
Funny about getting hit on at the concert. You've still got it babe!!!

Happy - I will try again another time. Since I now have my Personal World Clock up and running once more, I can see the time at a glance for most of the happy, wordly chicks. I can then decide whether or not I should get you out of bed or just shut up and wait. Glad to hear the door saga is moving along. Did you get the tiles done yet? Or has the Irish tiler gone the wrong way. For the life of me, I can't imagine an Irish accent in the deep South. Imagine putting him with the Aig waitress - or wait, maybe he was like Mooz and fairly easy to understand unlike the Aig lady. I was trying to describe the Ozark experience to my cousin in NZ and we were in fits about the accent. But when I was talking about the evening music sessions in the town square, she just about had her bags packed - maybe she needs a new man with short jeans and a hat which covers his entire face unless his ears stick out!
Never the less, we will speak again and soon. Maybe I will make a date - or does that sound too sensible for us?

Mel - you did ask about Chris in Japan (as opposed to Chris down the road or Chris in the back of beyond). I've had a couple of e-mails from her. As you know I was going to go up there when I got home, however she says that she is doing the packing in stages and not to worry about going up there as it is a lot of money to pack boxes. Seeing as I haven't been there in Spring yet, I thought I might leave that for a while and try around the end of April or May time. She is fairly well. Although the breathing levels are up and down frequently. She has had to go back to hospital a couple of times to go onto the drip to bring the medication levels to standard. They up and down the steroid levels trying to get her off them, but the Churgs-Strauss is defying the efforts. Since the effects of the syndrome generally last around 5 years (if it doesn't kill you first) she has a wee way to go yet. She may be a longtime sufferer. She seems cheerful enough although she wasn't answering the phone last weekend. In fact no-one I rang last weekend was answering the phone. I was beginning to feel unwanted, unloved etc. Arrggghh!

Ruth - poor Hershey. She's probably so relieved she is home and you are there that she has worked herself into a nervous state. Shad used to do similar, for such a well balanced, self reliant dog, I think he kept all his worries inside and occasionally they showed up. However it must have been hard with a walker! Granny Mae !!!

Holly, you are going well. It's a lot of work tho'.

Ceejay, well done on the 2lbs lost. I think I might have found them.

Okay, well I haven't been to the gym this morning, but after putting the battery back in the scale, I'd better scoot on down there. Later today I will change the ticker etc. and let you all see just how bad I have been and what the results of no exercise has done. I think there is a problem with the tickers in signatures since most of them are displaying the red x in the square. I seem to remember seeing something in on of the forums about problems with tickers when I was trawling the site yesterday. Coffee is about done and I need to keep up the momentum from yesterday. I've reorganised all the insurance on the house and car. I was using an insurance broker, but they wrote stating that I could no longer have monthly premiums and here is a bill for 687.00 being the annual premium for the house, 400.00 for the contents and 987 for the car. Yeah what!!!!! So several phone calls later, I have two new policies, directly through the insurer and at a discount rate and at a monthly premium. The broker told me it was the insurers who didn't give out monthly premiums anymore, the insurer knew nothing about that - I had to laugh, he said - "oh, sh*t, what!!!!! I've sold several monthlies today, I'd better go check it out. Wait there" - I waited and all was well. Then I took on the credit card company. They sent me a new card with a three year life span and an interest rate of 19.99% - not on!!!! So I rang up to cancel that. Having been put on hold for more time than I would normally stay on the line, and having converted the points accumulated to my frequent flyer card, I finally got to talk to April in Tasmania who had a hangover because she had attended the wine festival for the best part of the weekend. She has converted me to an Earth card which gives me all the benefits of my Altitude card for less than 12% interest and (according to her) also gives me an American Express account thrown in. Two cards for the price of one and a lower yearly renewal. I told her that I wanted nothing to do with AE as they have caused me no end of problems in the past and any benefits are outweighed by the fact the traders charge an extra % just to use AE - thats if they accept the darn thing in the first place (obviously they have been burned as well). So she said it was at no extra cost, I could rack up points quicker (apparently AE gives 1.5 points per dollar spent) but if I wanted to cut it up, so be it.
Anyway, I have a new card, I'm not paying the interest rates anymore and I also have my own bank debit card as well. I'm set now I think. I don't use them often, but they are handy for the unexpected! As long as one spends wisely and doesn't go crazy! I also put in the claim to have my bond money for the rental in WA refunded too. So yesterday cleared up quite a few niggles. Today will be some more packing, cleaning and clearing. Chucking rubbish and sorting clothes. Eventually this house will be clean and clear.

And so saying that, I'd better go get on with it. Times awastin' and the coffee is finished but the work hasn't.

See ya.

Hollyhock
02-11-2008, 08:57 PM
*chuckling* long gone are the days of the perfectly turned out Avon Lady in her nice 2 piece pink suit and case of samples gong door to door. I just delivered several orders( to friends) in my red flannel pajamas and winter coat and boots.

Ceejay- I have some sample Avon stuff at the shop and have an Avon display. Lots of my clients buy Avon from me too. I use Avon hair care in the shop too.

Still trucking along. DH made several calls for new jobs today and has a few leads for next week. *touch wood* we are having the best winter season we have ever had. It has been quite enjoyable.

It has warmed up to -12 degree Celsius = 10.4 degree Fahrenheit!

HUGS!!!

shaker
02-11-2008, 09:00 PM
OMG :yikes: -12 :yikes: I have never been in that kind of cold.. you are brave holly :-) my sigature thingies not working either.

happy2bme
02-11-2008, 09:03 PM
Hi Shad - :wave: Your little light's a burnin'.

Time for me to go check on the pork chops for supper.

happy2bme
02-11-2008, 09:07 PM
and a wave to Shaker and Holly too. If I lived back in Chicago right now it's 11 degrees and snowing - the wind isn't too bad, taking it only down to 2 degrees F. That's just toooooooo darn cold. Brrrrr.

Shaker, I have to admit I learn more about new terms from you than anyone else. Remember when we almost drove poor Teel batty with her trying to explain clotted cream to me? I saw it in a store one day and almost bought it just to see what it was like but 1) I didn't know what to do with it and 2) clotted sounds too much like lumpy, spoilt milk. :lol:

MELODY525
02-11-2008, 09:08 PM
:wave: HAPPY....ALMOST EVERYONE'S EGG IS LIT! :rofl:

MELODY525
02-11-2008, 09:09 PM
minus 12!!!!!!!!!!:faint:
I'M HAVING A HARD ENOUGH TIME WITH +12 :tantrum:


holly~ good luck with the job hunt and dh! fingers crossed!!

MELODY525
02-11-2008, 09:26 PM
SHAD....NEVER FEAR WE STILL LOVE YOU OVER HERE :hug: :love: :hug: :love: GLAD CHRIS IS HANGING IN THERE. 5 YEARS :yikes: GUESS WE WERE ALL HOPING FOR A SPEEDIER RECOVERY. WHAT YOU NEED FOR YOU "MEADOW" IS A GOOD OLD USA WEED WHACKER!! GIVE THAT LAWN A GOOD WHACKING!! :rofl: OR I CAN COME AND HOOK A MOWER UP TO MY CHAIR'S BUTT AND TOW IT AROUND THE PROPERTY :scooter: AT LEAST I WON'T BE COLD OVER THERE!!! :beach:
THERE WAS A STORY ON THE NEWS THIS MORNING BUT I MISSED IT...SOMETHING ABOUT US CREDIT CARDS GOING OVER 20 % AND PEOPLE GOING NUTS ABOUT IT. ONE MAN'S WAS 28%!!!!!!!!!!!! SOUNDS LIKE ONE JEN WOULD GET AND USE :lol3:

SHAKER & SHAD~ I WAS LOOKING FOR A POEM I REMEMBER AS A KID AND FOUND THIS ONE WHEN I GOOGLED SPRING HAS SPRUNG. :rofl: :rofl: THOUGHT THE 2 OF YOU WOULD GET A GIGGLE. HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY IN THE LAND OF OZ :rain:

WHY AM I HERE AT NIGHT YOU ASK? OR NOT :lol3: I WANTED TO SEE IF I PUT SOMETHING IN MY SIGGIE IF IT WOULD SHOW. NOW I CAN SEE RENNIE'S AGAIN AND LIKE SHAKER, I CAN'T SEE HERS. WTF?!?!?!?
BUT I CAN SEE MINE :dance:
SWEET DREAMS TO THE REST OF THE CHICKS :cloud9:

upswife
02-11-2008, 09:36 PM
was -2F last night when I had to run my brother his extra set of keys (that is -18C)

I did mountain of laundry from last week, halfway done with the kitchen too, hopefully I can get it cleaned up, so I can start stripping the cabinets.

PLanning to make the stuffed peppers/zuchini for dinner tomorow, but substituting a veg stuffing ( gave up meat on Tues for lent as well as fridays) Will let you all know how it goes!

MELODY525
02-12-2008, 08:29 AM
:cofdate: GOOD MORNING CHICKS
AND A COLD ONE IT IS. I FEEL SORRY FOR OUR "BACKYARD" CONSTRUCTION WORKERS. YOU CAN SEE THEIR BREATH FROM MY WINDOW. SITTING HERE LISTENING TO THE WEATHER. SNOW, SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN PREDICTED. AT 17 DEGREES...AIN'T IT TOO COLD FOR RAIN? :rain: WILL MEL GET TO THE SUPERMARKET TOMORROW? WILL SHE GET OUT OF THE HOUSE THIS WEEK? THIS MONTH? STAY TUNED!

EDIT: JUST NOW HEARD THE TEMPS ARE GOING TO RISE TO A WHOPPING 48 DEGREES :faint:
I BEST GET OUT THE BIKINI SO I CAN GO PLAY IN THE RAIN TOMORROW. :dance:


LOTS OF PEACE AND QUIET HERE TODAY. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MR. LINCOLN :hb:
NOTHING ELSE NEW SINCE WE "CHATTED" NIGHT :rofl:
HAPPY TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY :moped:

MELODY525
02-12-2008, 08:35 AM
RECIPE #22

SAUTE SLICED SMOKED SAUSAGE UNTIL BROWNED.
ADD SOME CANNED LENTIL SOUP AND SOME BAGGED SHREDDED CARROTS.
SIMMER UNTIL CARROTS ARE TENDER

DOESN'T GET MUCH SIMPLER THAN THIS DOES IT? :lol3:

happy2bme
02-12-2008, 08:45 AM
Good morning ladies,

Bad weather for some of us today. Careful with the thunderstorms Ceejay. Don't know if you're near that great big ugly patch of ice Rennie but if so, be careful.

I started the day with a errant glop of soap in the eye :yikes: Was washing my hands preparing to wash my face when one mad bubble leaped right out of my hands straight for the left eye. It's like I could almost see the little stinker coming at me in slow motion :eek: All I can say is that it woke me up right quick :lol:

We have literally hundreds of extra people in the building temporarily and it's so much fun. There are coffee pots left on a hot plate with just a spoon or two of coffee to gel up and burn, parking is crazy - they should get us a shuttle bus to park in the "out lots" way in the back. A frantic email went out yesterday afternoon advising people that they are not to park in the fire lanes, the striped easeway next to the handicapped parking spots nor the handicapped spots themselves if you don't have the proper permit. Hey, if you come late then you have to accept that you'll be walking mighty far to get to the building entrance. :no: Some villian has managed to bust at least 3 of the copy machines (that group sure likes to make copies :lol: ) And it's very, very noisy now. Just getting to the office is horrid having a stop sign instead of a traffic light that would allow for a more smooth flow of traffic. And I hear that they have to reconstruct the entire corner which will require them to block off the traffic lanes from 3 down to 1. It will take an hour and a half to go a quarter of a mile. :yikes: It's an industrial park so there's only 2 ways to get to the building. The slow way and the slow and horrid way :mad: So work will be stressful for the next few months. Which means I have to pop in the shower now and leave as quickly as I can after 7am.

Not much time for posting today...

Ellen - I've had stuffed peppers but not zucchini. Let us know how that comes out and share the recipe please!

:wave: Mel. I know you're hovering around me but I may have beaten you in today :lol: Cute poem Mel!

Shad - it was Chris of Japan I was asking about. Didn't know the other Chris' :lol: DH called Mr. Irish tiler yesterday. He's coming out next week I think. The tile place works with several tilers of many competencies and prices. The lady suggested this guy because he is a bit more costly but super, super meticulous which is right where DH wants them to be. She said he has a thick broque - will be funny if he adds a southern drawl to it - Saint's be praised - y'all :D I can follow an Irish accent easier than a Scottish one. I don't know about finding your friend a "friend" in the Ozarks. If you remember, most of them already seemed paired up and those that didn't appeared to be far more interested in the music than the ladies :lol:

Looks like my time is up and it's time to pop in for a quick shower and be on my way. The rain this morning will no doubt slow things up a bit on the roads so even more incentive to get out the door a bit early.

Have a good day chicks - stay warm and dry.

happy2bme
02-12-2008, 08:45 AM
See Mel - I knew you were around me :D Didn't realize you were getting yuckky weather too. Stay inside and be warm and safe.

:hb: Mr. Lincoln.

Ruthxxx
02-12-2008, 09:03 AM
Sunshine and cold temps here - typical February weather! I hope you :southern" chickies don't get too much crappy ice and snow.

My life is pretty darned boring these days - sit, exercise, nap, clump around on the walker and repeat. I did get a financial report done for the Cemetery Board (Bored!) meeting tonight and am somewhat delighted not to have to present it.

Today I need to pull together some medical insurance stuff and start organizing our taxes. Life is just full of thrills.

It's wonderful to have my Hershey back home. She is at my side all the time and seems to know which knee is the sore one. She's sleeping a lot - recovering from the fun time at the Pypers' place.

Tim the PT guy comes today so I'd best get at the morning exercises - the knee is still not flexing enough for him or for me! I really had no idea recovery would be so slow or sore!

(I'll stop whining now!)

upswife
02-12-2008, 09:55 AM
Morning ladies! NOt much going on here...THE weather has warmed up a little bit, I think we will make it close to 20f today, but they said more snow is on the way. Gotta run and get the kiddies on the bus.

:celebrate: Happy birthday to Mr. Lincoln and my dad! :celebrate:

annie175
02-12-2008, 10:43 AM
Good Rock and Roll Morning Ladies....

We didn't get the 5-7 inches of snow last night. Barely a dusting. Annie doing virtual cartwheels, as real ones would break my neck!! haha

Happy... How's the eye, try to keep those bubbly things in the right place...and your new pod mates, nothing like making new friends....it will be fun.

Ceejay - Congrats on the 2 lb loss. WTG!!

Shaker..great job on losing too! You girls Rock!

Shad..I would love to bring my laundry to your house, we could visit as well. Funny credit card story. LOL

Holly..I see you are still burning 14 fires every day and very successful at all of them. Take time for you too!

Ruthie...glad Hershey is home. Your knee will be great before you know it.

Today is my one year Bariatric surgery anniversary. Down 144 lbs, coming in at 159. Yes that is a 303 start point, in a size 8, leaning toward a 6, but don't wat to get too much smaller.

Going to buy a new washer this weekend, thank God for tax refunds, however not how I really wanted to spend it. Close window, open door thing, or something like that.

Got another line at my desk, better do some work.

Love and Hugs.

shaker
02-12-2008, 05:00 PM
Morning ladies, I looked up your surgery Annie as hadn't heard that term.. anyway is the band adjustable how do you stop losing weight? :D

Happy that was funny on the clotted cream, we still don't get it here I think.. and also the bagged shredded carrots - is that like someone has grated a bag of carrots for you, is it frozen, can you not just grate your normal carrots or is there something special about them that I should know?

I was in LA last May and I had never seen so many food places in all my life, it must be a dieters nightmare really... We didn't actually eat at any of them, only McD's because that was by the hotel. Even then I was quite amazed that you have big mac sandwiches, they are the size of our burgers. We seem to follow Oz in what happens with food, although I must say the McD's in Oz has a lot more supersizing options than we get. We can't supersize anything just go from med-large is about it, and Oz had really big choccy sundaes, we just get the one size so I guess we have something to be thankful for!!! Anyway enough on junk food I am a non-eater of that rubbish now... we talked good\bad\evil fats at the last meeting can you tell!!!

We have a lovely day sun is shining will be same temps as yest around 78F, although yest we had a bit of a downpour but soon cleared up. My Mum is in Oz and she said they are due some heavy rains and the basement had got all wet and flooded, hope you are doing OK Shad!!!

Happy can you not park somewhere without having to go through the stop sign and walk that might be faster ?:carrot: although I guess because of the weather you can't? We have notices all over our kitchen saying "your mother doesn't work here clean up after yourselves" We share with another business as well and we constantly get the blame for the kitchen mess but we just :D and bear it!

I have the day off tomorrow took an annual leave day as I am going on a school thing with DD, is called "waterwise" and think it is at the beach and they kayak and learn safety etc, hopefully the weather will be nice and I can paddle too. It is "Bikkie wed" today but am avoiding the room that has the goodies in it,although there are grapes but think it is safer not to venture in! It might be the ticker things that have the prob as I had one of those and still can't see it.. Have a great thur everyone :p

Shad
02-12-2008, 06:02 PM
Morning all,

We're back to bright beautiful sunshine today instead of the constant rain of yesterday. I've already watched the grass grow three inches while waiting for the computer to decide what it wanted to do (shut down) - edited my siggy (twice - because it didn't want to co-operate) I think this computer may have to go join the other three in the graveyard in the spare room. Why do I keep them you ask - well they are depreciating for tax purposes. I can't sell them since no one wants a used one, and until they have ncv according to my accountant, I can't throw them away. That would be a stupidity since they are all still a tax deduction (which is even more stupid if you think about it)

I've put on a new tracker. Yep, they are working again, and I can see Shakers happily sitting about me here. Don't fall over when you see my numbers. Since one can't put decimal points on kilograms or pounds, and in k's it could the equivalent of a pount, I decided to take the figure to one decimal place without the decimal point. So 795 on my tracker = 79.5K. I do not weigh 801Kg. I would be dead.

This is a short entry as I slept in - mainly because of bad night (had to get up to go at least three times - guess the fluid tablets must have kicked in again) and consequently turned off the alarm and promptly went back to sleep. I should have been at the gym at least an hour ago. Yesterday I packed yet more boxes. I am definitely going to have to get rid of some of this stuff and cleaned and swept until my back ached and the knees said enough. More of the same today. It is getting there - one step at a time. Can't do everything at once and the garden is in urgent need of attention as well. I think some of the roses have drowned or been strangled by grass! Drat - to have survived this long in the drought and to go this way. Sorry Mel but Just Joey has just deceased.

So this is a fly by entry, time to go get dressed and down to the funny farm - uhhh gym for another round of cardio - bike, rower, cross trainer and treadie.

Back later.

Shy Moment
02-12-2008, 07:20 PM
Shad
Darn, when I first looked at the tracker I was sure hoping you had gotten a whole lot taller lol.

Shaker
Bagged grated carrots are great. They are for us lazy people lol. I think I should be glad I have never been one to eat out much ( oh yuck someone else touching my food ) and I sure never was one to eat at fast food places much ( oh yuck someone that doesn't wash their hands, plays with their whatever and hasn't learned to not sneeze on my food ) touching my food lol.

Annie
Wow you really are doing good. Oh I can't wait to be in a size 6 again. Have a couple of those ( size 5 ) that I just couldn't stand to get rid of. Makes me sick sometimes to think I wore them just a few short years ago.

ups
We had a heat wave today lol. 3 yesterday and 20 today. We finally got some of that snow they said was going to hit. Not the 6 to 10 inches but a couple of inches lol.

Ruth
It is going to be slow going and you are going to be sore but don't linger on that. You are going to be so glad when it is all over. You will feel like a million dollars. Oh my gosh, your life sounds like mine lol. Clean, cook, do laundry, exercise, Miss Marple the neighbors and start it all over again lol.

Happy
You really have to watch out for those bubbles they are dangerous lol.

Last night was down to -2 wind chill -20. What did I care lol I was in the house. Today it was very nice 20 degrees and I had to go out and try to shovel this hard snow that I needed a jack hammer to break up first. 40 min I was out there doing one swipe. The young guy next door came over and plowed the whole thing in less time than it took me to get in the house and take all the extra clothes off lol.

carla49
02-13-2008, 08:52 AM
Good morning from extremely snowy Quebec City. After leaving the freezing temperatures of home yesterday (-32 with wind chill, -23 without) :brr: :brr: I thought I'd be home free... maybe I shouldn't have clicked on past the bright red screen on the weather channel last night! :dizzy: But at least I don't have to go anywhere but down to another floor of the hotel. And speaking of hotels, why do they always have incomprehensible heating sysyems that seem to involve noisy blast-force air systems and either all the heat or none of the heat? :tantrum: Why do they never have a perfect pillow, sheets that actually fit the bed, a quilt that stays on without weighing 15 lbs? :?: And why do I end up next door to the folks who roll in well-oiled at 2:30am to continue the party? :bomb: :bomb: I do have ear plugs for emergencies, but as they could block out the alarm clock as well they weren't an option. The front desk was happy to send someone up to have them silenced at 3 am, but by then poor Carla was a little tense, not that it takes much. :o All in all, not a good night's sleep. :tired: :tired: Kvetch, kvetch, kvetch... On the plus side, the tv is a nice big flat screen, and the bathrobe is so soft and comfy I almost want to take it home. :yes: :yes:

And I'm afraid that's all there's time for this morning. Sorry to be ignoring everyone but me, me, me - it's all about me... Next post won't be quite so self-centred. ;) ;) ;) At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it. :rofl:

:wave: :wave: :wave: to Mel, Shad, Happy, Ruth, Ceejay, Shaker, Madcat, Holly, Annie, Shy, upswife, Painter, Rosebush...

happy2bme
02-13-2008, 09:02 AM
Good morning ladies,

I have a sign in my kitchen that says "Life's too short to cook for you people" :lol:

Shaker - bagged carrots are just one of many overpriced convienience foods they have available now a days. Not sure if it's for the busy person or the one who doesn't know how to cook. They have sliced apples with a small tin of caramel sauce, a few slices of carrot and celery with some ranch dipping salad dressing - all sorts of things chopped and cleaned and ready for the "on the go" kind of person. Sometimes it's a good thing if you're in a hurry but when you look at the price :yikes: Might be better to cut the things up and bag them yourself. And no, I can't park and walk over to the office complex. I work in what's called an industrial park - that means a factory area where there are large commercial warehouses and trucking depots and some railyards and the like. Not the best part of town but ok during the daylight hours. You certainly would not want to leave your car in a place other than where it belonged under the watchful eye of the security cameras. Fortunately, someone must have put the pressure on the police as I noticed they are directing traffic in the morning and at 5pm which greatly helps alleviate the bottlenecks. Thank you, thank you!!! :lol:

Shad - must have been that kind of night to wake up frequently. Happened to me last night too. Will make for a sleepy day today :yawn:

It's cold outside too. Brrrr. They were talking last night about there being alot of moisture in the air and with below freezing temperatures we could have some slick and icy patches overnight but thank goodness that didn't materialize. I am ready for spring. :flow1:

I had better get rolling before it gets too late. :wave: to the chicks

happy2bme
02-13-2008, 09:04 AM
Carla - what you and Shad describe is exactly why I'm very glad I don't have a job that involves travel and hotel rooms ;)

MELODY525
02-13-2008, 09:11 AM
RECIPE #23

BRUSH TURKEY CUTLETS WITH ITALIAN SALAD DRESSING AND THEN GRILL ON THE STOVE TOP BURNER IN A GRILL PAN(A FRY PAN THAT LEAVES GRILL MARKS ON THE MEAT)
COOK THOROUGHLY!
PUT CUTLETS ON PLATE AND TOP WITH FRESH ARUGULA, HALVED GRAPE OR CHERRY TOMATOES, AND THIN SLICES OF RED ONION.
DRIZZLE A BIT MORE DRESSING OVER THE VEGGIES.

MELODY525
02-13-2008, 09:47 AM
HAPPY~ I CAN IMAGINE THE MESS THAT HAVING SO MANY TEMP VISITORS (LOL) IN THE PLACE IS CAUSING.
NO ONE WANTS TO FOLLOW ANY RULES WHEN THERE IS AN EMERGENCY-TYPE SITUATION. THEY THINK IT'S A FREE FOR ALL AND ADD TO THE DRAMA. HANG IN THERE AND I HOPE IT WILL SOON BE OVER :hug: MAYBE THEY CAN PUT THEM IN COMPUTERIZED TENTS!! :rofl: :rofl: SOME PLACES HAVE RENTED OFFICE TRAILERS.
I LIKE YOUR KITCHEN SIGN AND I AM READY FOR SPRING ALSO!!! :wave: I SEE YOUR POST ABOVE ME NOW!!

RUTH~ YOU CAN WHINE ALL YOU NEED TO. PAIN IS NOT A FUN THING UNLESS YOU SHARE IT! :dance: HOPE THE FLEXING WILL GET EASIER SOON. SENDING CYBER HUGS :hug: :hug:

ANNIE :encore: WOW!! CONGRATS ON THE LOSS AND THE ANNIVERSARY!! I AM VERY IMPRESSED WITH YOUR DETERMINATION AND SUCCESS!! WAY TO GO! :cheer:

SHAD~ OHHHH MY JUST JOEY IS DEAD. HOW SAD. :cry:
SUCH A BEAUTY TOO. BETTER TO BE HOME NO MATTER WHAT THE CHORE. ARE YOU FEELING LESS :crazy: ?????
I AM SURE THERE IS PLENTY TO KEEP YOU BUSY AND OUT OF TROUBLE BY THE SOUNDS OF YOUR POST :lol3:
ENJOY THE DOWN TIME :hug:

RENNIE~ GLAD THE YOUNG GUY HELPED YOU. I WAS GOING TO GET A PLOW AND ROLL ON OVER :rofl:

CARLA~KVETCH ALL YOU WANT. IT'S ALLOWED!! I AM GOING TO IN A MINUTE AS SOON AS I AM DONE SAYING HELLO TO YOU LOT. TAKE THE ROBE!!! WILL THEY CHARGE YOU? YOU CAN WRITE IT OFF AS A NECESSARY EXPENSE FOR COMFORT AND SANITY ON YOUR TAXES!! :rofl:
STAY WARM! sweet dreams tonite :CLOUD9:

SHAKER~ YES WE ARE LAZY SODS HERE IN THE GOOD OL USA. WE LIKE TO FIND NEW WAYS TO SPEND OUR HARD EARNED MONEY ON THINGS LIKE PRE-CUT VEGGIES AND SALADS IN PLASTIC BAGS THAT SOMETIMES GIVE US ILLNESSES AND PEOPLE EVEN DIE :yikes: OTHER THAN THAT, WE'RE NOT A BAD LOT. :lol3: :lol3:

I HAVE SAD NEWS THAT RICHIE'S MOM PASSED AWAY YESTERDAY MORNING. THE DRAMA THAT ENSUES IS UNREAL. THEY CAN'T EVEN PULL TOGETHER DURING A FUNERAL. GOD HELP THEM. THE KIDS ARE UPSET BUT HANDLING IT MUCH BETTER. I THINK RICHBIE IS FINALLY REALIZING HIS OWN HEALTH IS AT STAKE NOW. WISH JEN WOULD FOLLOW SUIT A BIT QUICKER. I AM DEFINITELY STAYING OUT OF THE FRACAS.
AS FOR ME: THIS FRASSING WEATHER IS FRASSING PISSING ME OFF TO NO END. WTF!!! OUTSIDE IS AN ICY. SLUSHY, SNOWY MESS ALL OVER THE PLACE. THEY SAID DRIVING IS TREACHEROUS AND THERE IS A LOT OF "BLACK ICE"...THE KIND THAT LOOKS LIKE A REGULAR ROAD UNTIL YOU ARE ON TOP OF IT! NO SHOPPING FOR MELLIE MEL. MAYBE BY FRIDAY MARK SAID :tantrum:
I AM GETTING CABIN FEVER ON TOP IF THE WINTER DOLDRUMS :crazy: :dizzy: :cry:
s h i t ....SOME OF MY LIGHTS WENT OUT.
s h i t ....NOW THEY ARE BACK ON.....WTF
ANYWAY...MAYBE THAT'S A SIGN TO STOP BIOTCHING AND GET TO THE KITCHEN AND MAKE BREAKFAST!!!
HAPPY WEDNESDAY EVERYONE! :moped:

HAVE A FUNNY STORY...LAST NIGHT WAS LOTS OF FIGHTING WITH MAINT. MEN AND WHAT THEY WOULD OR WOULD NOT DO. OLD TEMPER TANTRUM MEL WON IN THE END. AFTER THE JOB WAS DONE AND THE LAST MAN WAS SAFELY HOME, I PROMPTLY SHUT OFF MY CELL PHONE. SO WHEN THEY ALL TRIED TO REACH ME TO APOLOGIZE THEY GOT THE ANS. MACHINE :rofl: THERE WERE A LOT OF MESSAGES THAT INVOLVED STUTTERING THIS MORNING WHEN I PUT IT BACK ON.

MELODY525
02-13-2008, 10:08 AM
http://www.gifs.net/Animation11/Religious/Angels/Cupid_2.gif

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY

NOT TOO MANY SWEETS FOR YOU SWEETIES!!!

MELODY525
02-13-2008, 10:16 AM
SORRY THE VALENTINE IS A DAY EARLY BUT OUR SISTER IN THE SOUTH WON'T MIND :rofl: :rofl:

Shy Moment
02-13-2008, 01:11 PM
melody
Oh my gosh it was terrible. The darn stuff was like ice snow. Then of course my darling daughter had to call wolf and let him know the guy came over and helped without anyone asking. ( rolling my eyes ) he wasn't happy lol. Ok, so they guy has been paying way more attention to me since I have started to drop weight. Oh my gosh he is a baby, just a few years older than my son. That is just gross lol. So sorry to hear about Richie's mother. Sometimes it takes something like that to make someone look at their own health. Oh my gosh family's at times like that. Mine was so worried about who was going to get this or that, I just don't understand people.

Happy
I really want that sign lol. I have one in my laundry room. " The laundry room, where Mom hangs out "

Carla
I feel for you. I remember staying in a room and all night long slam slam slam. It drove me crazy.

Shad
02-13-2008, 05:53 PM
Morning all,
Greeting from Valentines Day - Feb 14th, 2008. It's a grey sullen day here. Typical monsoonal weather. It will be hot and sticky and possibly foggy later. Still, in less than a months time, we will be into Autumn and there will be cooler nights and perfect days and it will stay that way for the next 8 months or so. Perfect weather for cuddling up at night (y'hear that, Sunday) and crisp mornings - heck I'll need a jacket for all of 30 minutes - I'd better rush out and buy a heavy one with fleece lining and get some boots to match - lovely warm days (avg temp 23-27) and no more rain, the grass won't grow and the roses will bloom again - well most of them.

Happy Valentines day to the many and varied chicks. Hope it comes up roses all the way for all of you. Or diamonds, or snow tyres. whatever the heart desires.

No gym for this black duck this morning. I really hit it hard yesterday and now deserve a couple of days off. I'll go back Saturday for my Body Balance class. Meantime humping boxes down to the storage unit is the order of the day. I can't move for them and a trip to the dump might just be on the cards as well. The decluttering chunders on.

Shaker we get bagged vege here and also you can have punnets of mashed potato (with or without butter and milk or salt) mashed or roasted pumpkin and packets of salad with or without dressing and side bits like parmesan cheese. I have bought the lettuce and in actual fact it lasts longer than a fresh lettuce from the supermarket but is quite expensive to buy. I really prefer the mesclun leaves at farmers markets but they are few and far between round here (the markets and not the leaves) - one needs to take a packed lunch to get to them. I may manage a side trip next week when I go up to the fish markets. I think there are some fruit and veg markets up that way somewhere. I guess I need to check it out. By the way if you are interested in Mel's latest gastronomic delight - Arugula is Rocket!!!

Carla - the heating and cooling systems of a hotel are there to encourage the guests to either sleep or stay in bed anyway (too cold to get up) or too hot to encourage them not to stay in the hotel room when they should be out working or touristing. They don't actually want YOU there, they just want your money there. Likewise the paper thin walls, and the rotten coffee sachets and the cheapest teabags in the most expensive packaging. Showers that run hot and cold are an optional extra about which you are expected to be generous.

Mel, that recipe sounds pretty much okay to me. I may just have to annoy the DS2 with that one tonight. We are munching our way through the pantry - seems we are so disorganised we have three of everything. It's going to take months to eat this lot out! But as I said, we will not have to do grocery shopping for cans, rice, pasta, salt, sugar, flour, cocoa or cous cous for the coming six months. Meat and veg and cleaning stuff will be all that is required - although I'm not sure about the cleaning stuff. Keep uncovering bits in the laundry. :rofl:
Please pass on my sympathy and condolences to Richie. But it would seem that with the father off with a new woman and the family in tatters, it could be a good time for him to grow up and finally mature on his own and without the clinging, viperous family! Lots of scope there. Just pass on the condolences not the other bit please!

Happy - pleased to hear that they have got organised and are giving directions now. It sounded like chaos. Wouldn't it have been much nicer to be able to work from home for a couple of weeks until they got up and running again?
Glad to hear the tiler will be around whenever. Just remember - white side up. Keep reminding him.

Rennie - my kitchen has (at least had) a sign in it that says - Kitchen closed because of illness. The cook is sick of cooking.

Ruth - seems if you are getting cranky about the knee, you are also getting better. Hope it is better today. Hershey may be sleeping, but she is probably keeping a close eye on proceedings as well. No doubt the Hyper Pypers wore her out.

Annie - I haven't looked up your surgery - was it a lap band?? Or stomach stapling? Whichever way it went, it is a great success and a credit to your stickability and determination. That is a lot of weight to lose. And I thought I was big!!!

Okay - coffee is done. The day is moving on and I need to get with it. So I will set the washing machine alight again, fold the clothes that got dry yesterday and start on my boxes. One thing for sure - much of this stuff is not REPEAT NOT coming back into this house. I may have to get an E-bay account! Why did I ever think I needed dozens of sets of glassware???? I don't drink that much - or did I?

See yah!

happy2bme
02-14-2008, 12:35 AM
This little guy - a long haired Chuahuahua (sp?) was born in northern Japan last September. He has a perfect heart shaped marking on his coat. Although I am a cat person, isn't he ADORABLE??? His name is Heart-Kun

(If you click on the thumbnail, it will bring up a larger picture)

Shy Moment
02-14-2008, 01:14 AM
happy
Oh how adorable

Shad
I love autumn. The cooler says the cooler nights. Sitting out on the porch or on the patio with a sweater on. Relaxing and enjoying the night sky and the cool breezes. This winter has been cold ( I want some of that global warming ). Think of all the cleaning and clearing out you are doing this way, two birds with one stone. Getting some things done and getting exercise at the same time. My kitchen has a little sign, dog and husband missing, 50 cent reward for dog.

happy2bme
02-14-2008, 01:22 AM
Shad - didn't you buy a nice fleece jacket when you were up at Lake Louise? You could use that during the "30 minutes of winter" :lol: As for working from home - you do realize that working from home entails sitting 6 feet across from "Mr. Happy" who, happy to have a cube mate has no qualms about regailing me with tales of who has the crummier job :lol: And despite my kitchen sign, he knows he gets a tastier lunch if I'm there to cook it up. So, no thanks, if I could just teleport myself to my desk at the office and skip the commute on the road, I'd be happy going to the office. :dance: all of our temporary guests have gone back to their building, leaving behind a trail of trash, broken microwaves, broken copiers, burnt black coffee pots and all of our extra chairs left in whatever spaces they toted them off too. It was nice and peaceful today and my walk across the parking lot (with tiny snowflakes I might add) was brisk but pleasant. But I digress.

So you have 3 of everything Shad. Guess you'll have some adventurous eating for the next few weeks. :lol: Had Sunday the cat allowed you back into HER house :D It does amaze me how you keep chucking the clutter and yet you still find more in your house. Is that what the "cat dragged in?" :rofl:

Cute sign Rennie - that's a good one for the laundry :lol: Keep plugging away at the videos and you'll get into those size 5's again.

Mel, I am sorry about Ritchie's mom. As the others said, I hope things get better for him and Jen. I heard there was lots of junky weather out your way. I hope it warms up soon. Remember that as we approach spring we often get some crazy, crazy stuff. Stay warm. I laughed so hard at your description of clap on lights on, clap on lights on - that I gave myself a headache :rofl: I can just picture you with your Joisey accent saying that. Call my house and leave that on the answering machine so I can get a good laugh after a bad day. :hug: So you can still make men stutter, eh? Guess like Annie here - you still got it lady! :queen:

Hmmm bikkie Wednesday.... I like the sound of that Shaker. Just the name, not the eating of the bikkies :lol: Will have to try that at work. Bet the Indian blokes look at me funny. Good for you for ignoring them too. Have a good time at the water park. Be safe. Set a good example.

Carla - hope you had a more pleasant night at the hotel. Hot tub party!!!! :carrot:

Annie - congrats on the 1 year anniversary. I'm sure at times it seemed like time was crawling and then in other regards it goes by fast. And 144 pounds :yikes: that is amazing in just 1 year. You must be VERY good and VERY VERY disciplined and commited to your success. :cp: Bravo to you!

Hope the snow held back on you Ellen.

Ruth - everything you are going through is exactly what I heard from people who had knee surgery. Didn't want to say anything ahead of time as I didn't want to scare you off. All I can say is while they all said it was a :censored: um "rough" go at it during the healing process, once it was over with, it was soooo worth it so hang in there, be a good woman and do everything they tell you to do. Just keep thinking that one day you will be able to run like the wind and beat the pants off of anyone of us here in a foot race :lol: Although Mel's chariot may give you a run for your money ;)

Ceejay - did you get any snow? I was shocked to see a few flurries today. And they didn't even predict it on the weather and send everyone packing to the store to buy all the bread, milk and water :lol:

Holly - hope DH's leads panned out to something good.

Ok, it's beddy time for me. Pillows are cool, blanket is warm and cuddly. Perfect conditions tho first I have to go figure out where I put DH's Valentine's Card. I sure hope I don't have to resort to drawing one :write:

Good night ladies...

happy2bme
02-14-2008, 01:25 AM
Since we're talking signs - I had a cross stitch one I did a long time ago that said "Keep your mitts off the cook's buns" and another one I can't remember exactly but something about Not adjusting the cook's knobs :o :rofl:

Shad
02-14-2008, 01:44 AM
Happy - I just have too much stuff. I didn't really realise how much junk I have collected. I've yet to get up in the attic and sort out some of the stuff there. That dates back to the ex-DH. When all the renovation is done and I start to think about what stuff to put where, much of it will never come back to the house. Much of it will be sold, given away, garage saled, put on e-bay, given to the family or just generally gotten rid of. I'll let you know just in case you want anything yourself. And I am going to have to get wise as well. When I go someplace, I do not have to buy pottery, glassware, plates, pictures, etc. etc. I do not need anything! I have all that I will ever need. I must keep telling my self that.

Shad
02-14-2008, 01:57 AM
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/val2.gif

MELODY525
02-14-2008, 08:27 AM
:sunny: omg the sun is out.
the ice is gone.
the bus is running
soi am gone.
see you all later and happy valentines day.
i'll be back to read later :moped:

happy2bme
02-14-2008, 09:08 AM
Shad, well if you have too much stuff then well, I suppose you will tell me that I should open my own store :rofl: Some people stress eat, I stress shop. And I just can't resist seeing something cute here and there. That's why I stopped going to craft fairs. Hazardous to my marriage :s:

You are right - we probably all have much more than we need. Tough habit to break. Not insurmountable, just tough.

Happy shopping Mel - stock those shelves with some tasty groceries.

Happy Valentine's Day to all the chicks. :val1:

annie175
02-14-2008, 11:48 AM
Happy Heart Day to all the Chickies.....

Altho this is NOT my fav holiday. It is too sappy for me, as it has always sucked.

Shaker...Lapband-is where they place a ring around your stomach to make it smaller. I actually had Laproscopic Ruen Y surgery. Where they cut your tummy to leave about a golf ball size tummy. Then leave the remainder tummy in there, even tho it is not connected to your tiny tummy. Stitch and staple both closed. Then reroute your intestine to your tiny tummy. The big leftover tummy has intestine hooked to it. The tiny tummy and big tummy intestine hook up lower to form the bottom part of the Y and go on down. The big tummy still makes digestive juices to help digest food when hooks up to the tiny tummy. This all sound crazy but works. It is all done Laproscopically (six tiny incisions, scope inserted) Less evasive no big cuts or opening of the belly. Look up laproscopic ruen Y surgery.

Carla..sorry for your miserable night, I never sleep well in a hotel, I lay there and think about the linens and floor maybe not being clean.

Happy...carrotts are my fav, but don't eat them often as they don't agree with my system much. The easy baby carrots in the bag are great.

Mel is out there shopping away. Good for you girl.

Hello to everyone....

Hugs and Love

Shy Moment
02-14-2008, 12:34 PM
happy
I look at those pants from time to time and think " I have a dream " lol. I see no reason I won't get back into them. Heck I wore them until I gained all this weight. I wore them home after having both of my children lol. We are talking old pants. " Real " size 5 pants lol. Since I don't wear jeans to often, my jeans last forever.

happy2bme
02-14-2008, 03:28 PM
I have authentic, 1970's cool disco clothes. Sizes 3 - 7. And one extra spiffy, classic, wide wale cordoroy pencil skirt and matching vest I got at the foo foo, hoity toidy shop up at Watch Hill in Rhode Island (where the Kennedy's and their kind would shop). I smile everytime I think about it because my dear, sweet, beloved MIL looked at me trying it on and said - Lord girl - you are SO TINY!!!!! It's just a memory now...

I could probably make a killing on E-bay in the retro market. ;)

happy2bme
02-14-2008, 03:33 PM
Actually I was looking in our local paper in the continuing education section and they have a class called "How to Sell your Stuff on E-bay". DH and I were actually going to sign up for it but all scheduled classes are full. We are on the wait list. If it doesn't come through I will take it as a sign from above that I am supposed to hang on to all those clothes in the attic :lol:

Shad
02-14-2008, 04:55 PM
A class to sell stuff on E-Bay!!!! Well, don't that just beat all! I thought you just signed up and off you went. My friend in Arizona is forever doing it, seems to buy and sell on a lot of stuff that way. My sister's Colman collection has greatly benefitted from her wheeling and dealing in the market place.

Thanks for the information about lap band Y etc Annie. I have a friend who had the band. Yes she has lost weight but not as much as you, and unlike yourself it doesn't seem to have taught her about eating the right sorts of foods and therefore fluid goes in and out all the time to help or hinder the efforts. Still as she says, it is a darn sight better than the size she previously was.

Shaker must be busy - haven't heard from her in a couple of days.

Rennie - I see there is another little emoticon on your siggie. Well done.

Today I'm doing more of the same except that I have a side trip to the dump to take away boxes and bags no longer required. That should make my day. A visit to somewhere else. Last night i bubble wrapped the pictures etc and packed another couple of boxes to take to the shed. DS2 has promised a ute for the weekend to take away the boxes I can't lift or fit in my car. Today will see me tackling the laundry and hopefully the garden. With a bit of luck, some of DS2's furniture will be able to be fitted into the spare room I emptied yesterday. I do seem to be missing a picture somewhere along the long. No doubt it will be found, at sometime or other.

Okay - it's off to the shower for me - and to wait for the digs about forgetting Mel in this conversation. Rennie too probably, but there is no time left at the moment. I need to shower and get working before the rains come again - as they do in the afternoon. Bless the tropics.

Shy Moment
02-14-2008, 05:17 PM
Shad
Thank you. It tickles me more to add another little person than it does to show I have lost a couple more lbs lol.

Oh I would love to go to an ebay class. I have no idea how you sell stuff.

shaker
02-14-2008, 06:53 PM
Morning ladies, I had a nice day off although it rained a bit but the kids didn't seem to mind. Then I went home and tackled the fridge\freezer and also the bigger freezer we have in the laundry as the plug dropped out so the iceblocks had melted everywhere before I got to it.. :yikes: so yes it was messy but the fridge looks lovely and no more smells so am pleased about that!!

DD bought a desk with her pocket money so tonight we are going to sort her wardobe and get rid of those things she no longer wants - bit like ebay I suppose called trademe here. She used to have a big ole desk and I sold it, then she got a smaller one and we stole it for the computer in our room, so now she has another one and can put all her stationery out. she is the stationery queen loves it, tons of pens, notepads, paper, felts, markers etc, drives me crazy but she is getting better looking after them.

Thanks for the arugula shad I had googled it as I thougth WT heck is that ?? I quite like rocket although I just usually have the iceberg lettuce and I love the cos stuff in a caesar salad! I have a mayo that I love is Eta Caesar Dressing with NZ Parmesan, that stuff is so nice I allow for it on my points as is full fat, but hey girls gotta have some vices!

We don't get size 5 pants here, thank goodness that sounds small.. not sure what that is equal to but a size 10 is pretty small, I would prob have to be anorexic to fit a 10 as I am quite tall. Then down to a size 8 and some shops have 6's but that would be for the tiny asian ladies I think - or posh :D:lol:. the disco clothes sound pretty neat you should take some photos and show us!!!

Happy am glad you are feeling better and they have that pointsman on duty, my DH had to do that once in his training said it wasn't much fun so give him a smile as you pass :o

Have a good w/end all, I have busy times but not frantic.. I was saying to DH it would be nice to have a day off a week to do cleaning, he said that is what the w/ends are for.. :yikes" said to him maybe yours but not mine, I will be sad if I spend all w/end cleaning then back to work, where is the fun in that !!!... bye all.

ceejay52
02-14-2008, 07:25 PM
Happy
Yes we had tiny snow fla.kes. I thought I was seeing things. It sure was cold yesterday. I could not get warm.

Went to the dermatologist today. He removed an 11cm by 7cm skin tag. It has been bothering me for a good while. On the way to the dermatologist the cell phone rang. The florist had tried to deliver at work but I was not there and then tried my house. I told them I'd pick them up when I got back. Low and behold my boss and his sidekick as I call him was there. They are probably wondering who the flowers were from.They were from my uncle's grandchildren. I also got a home made valentine's day card from my niece's 3 year old daughter.

I wasn't planning on going to Paragould until Saturday but think I'll go tomorrow. I want to see the kiddo's and thank them.

Happy Valentine's Day to each of the wordly chicks.

happy2bme
02-15-2008, 09:11 AM
Good heavens,

More school shootings. A general disregard on the streets by drivers for any sort of rules of the road or safety laws - I almost got creamed last night trying to get through the 4 way stop sign by some idiots who are too impatient to take their turn. People just push ahead of you and reach over you in line. The office is starting to look like a pigsty - trash tossed at the barrel and missed left to lie on the ground, the coffee areas are covered in coffee grounds, spilt sugar and dripped coffee, and the restrooms - are we in an office or a gas station? Lakes of water around the sink, waste bins overflowing with used hand towels - they (WOMEN who should be neater) just toss them at the bin, if they fall on the floor, so be it.

What the heck is WRONG with people???? :dunno:

Ruthxxx
02-15-2008, 09:17 AM
Checking in.

We have SNOW again this morning. Please tell me it will stop sometime soon. My PT was here yesterday and talked about going for walks. I'm not sure how I can manage that in 10" of snow. He also measured my knee flex and I'm up to 60º so there IS hope for geting to 90º. The incision pain is abating somewhat in exchange for sore muscle pain. That I can handle with heat rub!

Hershey slept until 7:30 this morning which puzzled me until I discovered she ate a whole loaf of bread last night! She probably fell into a carb coma. (I do think Lucy is back in the house so I'm keeping track of my glasses!) She refused her kibble breakfast this morning so must be stuffed.

Time for my own breakfast - I have some lovely Florida strawberries calling me.

TGIF

ceejay52
02-15-2008, 11:48 AM
Reenie
Just took a look at your ticker. Wow 46 pounds gone.

Happy
What's wrong with people today? They are LAZY.

Ruth
10" of snow. Brrr. Wish you could send some to the southern end of the delta. It does sound like Lucy is back in the house. To funny about Hershey eating a loaf of bread. It sounds like your knee is healing on time. You may not can walk in the yard but you can around the house.

Shad
Sounds like you are working as hard at home as you would have been when you were at the office. Still haven't made it to the gym.

Hi to Shaker, Annie, Carla, Madcat and and Mel. :wave:

I would sure like to rest today but need to finish the house cleaning before I go anywhere today. I may call and cancel my trip to my uncles this afternoon and wait till tomorrow as originally had planned.

MELODY525
02-15-2008, 12:06 PM
I AM ON A BREAK. EVERYONE HAS A FLU OR BRONCHIAL PROBLEMS. ONE WOMAN'S DD IS ILL NOW TOO. IT'S TERRIBLE. I HAVE BEEN FILLING IN AND WE HAVE MANY POROBLEMS WITH TWO BOSS-TYPES OUT AT THE SAME TIME. ONE SICK AND ONE ON FLORIDA :tantrum:
ANYWAY THE AUDITORS ARRIVED THIS WEEK AND IT WILL BE GUNG HO TILL THE NEXT MEETING IS OVER, I THINK IT'S THE WEEK AFTER NEXT. LOTS TO KEEP ME BUSY. :rofl:
I AM GOING TO TRY AND READ AND EAT. I'LL BE BACK LATER. LOOKING FORWARD TO A QUIET 3 DAY WEEKEND WITH ME AND THE ACCOUNTANTS :lol3: :lol3:

MELODY525
02-15-2008, 12:34 PM
I TRIED TO SPEED READ AND TAKE NOTES:

CEEJAY....HAVE A GREAT TIME AT THE UNCLES. DRIVE SAFE. NICE VALENTINE'S GOODIES!! :hug:

REMNIE....GOOD LUCK WITH THE SIZE 5'S AND KEEP YOUR HANDS OOLF THAT MINOR!! :rollpin:

SHAD...I WILL PASS ON ONLY THE CONDOLENCES :rofl: BUT I HAD THE EXACT SAME THOUGHTS. THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE!! I WILL LET YOU SLIDE ON THE OMISSION OF "CHATTING" WITH ME. TOO BUSY RIGHT NOW BUT I WILL GET YOU BACK FOR THAT :lol3: HAPPY TOSSING!! DECLUTTERING IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL!!

SHAKER...YOUR DD SOUNDS LIKE MINE....STATIONERY WURRM :queen: TELL DH IT IS AGAINST THE CODE OF WORKING WOMEN EVERYWHERE TO CLEAN NON WEEKENDS OR HOLIDAYS :rofl:

HAPPY~ THE NEWS ON TV SCARES ME....SHOOTINGS AND HACKINGS. GOD WHAT HAVE WE TURNED INTO??? I LOVE THE KITTY AVATAR AND THE DOGGIE PICTURE!! LOL GOOD IDEA WITH THE E BAY!! MAKE LOTS OF MONEY!!
MY LIGHTS GOING ON AND OFF MADE ME LAUGH TOO!!

RUTH....GLAD TO HEAR OF IMPROVEMENTS. TAKE CARE AND WALKS ON 10" OF SNOW??? WTF!!!!!!!!! :tantrum:
NEXT THING YOU KNOW HE'LL BE TELLING YOU TO GO UP AND DOWN ICY STAIRS!!! :lol3:

I HOPE I GOT EVERYONE. SEE YA MANANA. STAY WELL. SEEMS LIKE THE WHOLE WORLD IS SICK WITH SINUSES TOO. GOTTA LOVE THESE MILD WINTERS:rofl:
AT LEAST I GOT TO THE FOOD STORE BEFORE THE 3 DAY WEEKEND. GOTTA RUN NOW KIDS.
HAPPY FRIDAY/SATURDAY :moped:

Shy Moment
02-15-2008, 02:58 PM
Melody
lol he isn't THAT young. Think he is about 28.

Ce
Thank you so much. I admit. It really hit me yesterday. I looked at that ticker and cried. I never thought I would be able to do this or that it would be so easy. I looked at myself in the mirror this morning, really looked. I can see the difference. Maybe I still don't see what everyone else sees, BUT I could see a difference. I haven't really been able to see one before. We are going down to help at the fee meals weekend with a friend again so I am getting everything done today. Just about done. Have to make the kids do their chores and do laundry tonight. You try to find sometime for yourself to enjoy.

Ruth
Maybe walk around the house, is this guy a nut. So glad to see you are doing better. Keep up the good work, you will be back to 100% before you know it. Poor Hershey, how on earth did he get a loaf of bread lol.

Happy
Look at what is going on. There are very little morals these days. People do what they want and think it is ok. We are told WE are important THEY are not important. It is sure what children are being taught. There is no right or wrong, it is what ever you want to do is ok.

Shaker
I know you have to have a 24 inch waist or less to wear these pants. We measured them lol. Thank you, I love to be able to add another little person. Sounds like you are pretty busy, you are sure getting lots of exercise lifting those boxes.

Shad
02-15-2008, 05:45 PM
Morning all,
Another grey day. It will rain again before long too. But at least we are not getting what they are getting up north. Floods, downpours, drownings, damage, storms and more rain. MacKay got 690mls of rain in less than 6 hours, and in that time 200mls in an hour. Thats near enough 8 inches of rain in an hour and well over 2 foot of rain overall. My mad mate Mick is up there, I've offered to send up flippers, goggles and a scuba tank, but he tells me that the kids are driving him crazy and he may want to drown them so the tank would only be a lifeline (I told you he's mad - he's Irish).

Ruth - good news. It only needed patience, see!! Poor Hershey, do you think Lucy is getting at her from the other side??? The snow will go, our monsoons are contracting north again and give it another 2 to three weeks and we will be moving into autumn - the skies will clear, the humidity will abate and life will be interesting. Actually the smell around here is interesting right now. The Murraya Paniculata - mock orange blossom - is in full bloom following the big wet and the perfume is intense. Haven't smelt much like this for years. Beats the humid, damp, decaying smell of the tropical summer.

Happy - saw that news out of Chicago yesterday. When will they limit the sales of weapons. Yeah I know touchy subject and I should not be prodding the American psyche. It does happen here - some of the bigger weapons will get through and there are always those in the army who can be bought, but with nothing like the frequency you guys get them. It's bad enough that the Police carry guns around here, and Melbourne has it's ongoing gangland wars. Maybe it is time to prepare for the return to the homeland. Cops there don't wear weapons. Or has that changed Shaker??
People today are solely concerned with themselves. Fortunately there are enough of those who try to help humanity and who try to care, but I sometimes think they are losing the battle and it will come down to anarchy - the veneer of civilisation is very thin - as witnessed after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Just carry on being true to your own beiliefs and you will do okay. Don't expect too much from others - apart from loved ones and you may even be pleasantly surprised at sometime or place. How does a four way stop sign work?? Is this something like our roundabouts??? Big circle in the middle of the intersection, traffic goes one way around it always giving way to the right (in your case, left)???

Shaker, we get some very small sizes here. I think that 5 is the smallest, although I don't go clothes shopping enough to say that with any certainty. Certainly there are lots of 6 and 8 around. They along with 10's are the sizes hanging on the racks during sales. Ms Average Australia is a 14 - 16 and remember that our sizes are not the same as the American version. I could happily fit a 10 - 12 over there. They don't come anywhere near me here. I use a 14 over here. Or more likely now a medium - thanks to the Asian clothing community - some mediums are more medium than others if you get what I mean.

Ceejay - nice Valentines day stuff.

Mel - I am sure you will take it out of my hide - I may have to 'lurk' for a while. Just take it easy with all this palaver going on around you. Don't over do it and don't let the accountants and auditors get at you - such exciting people!
Where's my recipe?? :rofl:

So today's agenda is - Back to the gym at 9.00 for another dose of Body balance and some cardio, then onto the clearing of stuff to the shed. DS2 said he would try to borrow the ute from his mate for the weekend so I need to clean and pack up a bit more. Then I need to tackle the laundry. Since I have tamed the washing mountain, I can get on with that now. Then there is some more boxes to pack and some more junk to throw away - mostly boxes and bits of wood and ancient contents of the shed. Following a dose of bug bomb, I can get on with a bit more painting, sanding, talking to people about doors, kitchens, credenzas, cabbages and kings and all those types of things.

See ya

MELODY525
02-15-2008, 05:58 PM
RECIPE #24

FORM GROUND PORK INTO 1/2" THICK PATTIES.
COOK IN A NON-STICK SKILLET UNTIL DONE.
STIR IN SOME BBQ SAUCE.SERVE ON A TOASTED BUNS WITH DELI COLESLAW.

** NOW HOW HEALTHY COULD FATTY PORK PATTIES BE??:rofl: OR CAN GROUND PORK BE LEAN?
TOO BAD THEY DIDN'T TELL US HOW TO MAKE THEM TASTE LIKE "SAUSAGE" PATTIES. WONDER WHAT I DID WITH THAT RECIPE :dunno:

MELODY525
02-15-2008, 06:03 PM
SHAD~
1-SENDING MY LAUNDRY OVER. I AM SURE IT'S WORTH THE POSTAGE JUST TO HAVE YOU WASH & FOLD!
2- WTF IS A UTE?
3- DANG THAT'S A LOT OF RAIN. MIGHT BE TIME FOR MICK TO GET OUT THE SCOTCH AND MAKE DRINKS :cheers:
4- RUN FOR COVER WHEN THE BOMB GOES OFF ASND HOLD YOUR NOSE :faint:
HAVE A GREAT DAY....LOVE THE SIGGIE TOO! :rofl: CUTE AND SOOOO VERY TRYUE. I JUST SAID TO JEN THAT I ALONE AM RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT GOES PAST THESE LIPS!!! :cry:

MELODY525
02-15-2008, 06:10 PM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/2/2a/Briny_Beach.jpg/300px-Briny_Beach.jpg

The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright --
And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.

The moon was shining sulkily,
Because she thought the sun
Had got no business to be there
After the day was done --
'It's very rude of him.' she said,
'To come and spoil the fun!'

The sea was wet as wet could be,
The sands were dry as dry.
You could not see a cloud, because
No cloud was in the sky:
No birds were flying overhead --
There were no birds to fly.

The Walrus and the Carpenter
Were walking close at hand:
They wept like anything to see
Such quantities of sand:
'If this were only cleared away,'
They said, 'it would be grand.'

'If seven maids with seven mops
Swept it for half a year,
Do you suppose,' the Walrus said,
'That they could get it clear?'
'I doubt it,' said the Carpenter,
And shed a bitter tear.

'O Oysters, come and walk with us!
The Walrus did beseech.
'A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
Along the briny beach:
We cannot do with more than four,
To give a hand to each.'

The eldest Oyster looked at him,
But never a word he said:
The eldest Oyster winked his eye,
And shook his heavy head --
Meaning to say he did not choose
To leave the oyster-bed.

Out four young Oysters hurried up.
All eager for the treat:
Their coats were brushed, their faces washed,
Their shoes were clean and neat --
And this was odd, because, you know,
They hadn't any feet.

Four other Oysters followed them,
And yet another four;
And thick and fast they came at last,
And more, and more, and more --
All hopping through the frothy waves,
And scrambling to the shore.

The Walrus and the Carpenter
Walked on a mile or so,
And then they rested on a rock
Conveniently low:
And all the little Oysters stood
And waited in a row.

'The time has come,' the Walrus said,
'To talk of many things:
Of shoes -- and ships -- and sealing wax --
Of cabbages -- and kings --
And why the sea is boiling hot --
And whether pigs have wings.'

'But wait a bit,' the Oysters cried,
'Before we have our chat;
For some of us are out of breath,
And all of us are fat!'
'No hurry!' said the Carpenter.
They thanked him much for that.

'A loaf of bread,' the Walrus said,
'Is what we chiefly need:
Pepper and vinegar besides
Are very good indeed --
Now, if you're ready, Oysters dear,
We can begin to feed.'

'But not on us!' the Oysters cried,
Turning a little blue.
'After such kindness, that would be
A dismal thing to do!'
'The night is fine,' the Walrus said,
'Do you admire the view?'

'It was so kind of you to come!
And you are very nice!'
The Carpenter said nothing but
'Cut us another slice-
I wish you were not quite so deaf-
I've had to ask you twice!'

'It seems a shame,' the Walrus said,
'To play them such a trick.
After we've brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!'
The Carpenter said nothing but
'The butter's spread too thick!'

'I weep for you,'the Walrus said:
'I deeply sympathize.'
With sobs and tears he sorted out
Those of the largest size,
Holding his pocket-handkerchief
Before his streaming eyes.

'O Oysters,' said the Carpenter,
'You've had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?'
But answer came there none --
And this was scarcely odd, because
They'd eaten every one.

-- Lewis Carroll

Ruthxxx
02-15-2008, 07:31 PM
Heck! Now I want raw oysters for dinner!

Shad
02-15-2008, 09:54 PM
Better come on over then. I bought some Bluff Oysters in the half shell for my dinner tonight. I'm willing to share! Do you want citrus, wasabi or garlic mayo??? Yummmeeeee
I guess I need to bake some bread as well.

Shy Moment
02-16-2008, 01:28 AM
Oysters, oh my gosh you all are turning my stomach lol. I don't eat anything that looks like sn** lol.

happy2bme
02-16-2008, 02:08 AM
Hi y'all,

Not sure if I will get here tomorrow. Busy day. DH and I are going to do some volunteer work at the Humane Society and we are going for orientation in the morning with some serious cat socialization time afterwards. I will try not to bring home 87 cats :lol: We are going to church with friends in the early evening (DH is beyond thrilled :rolleyes: I said to hush, we have much to be grateful for) and then we are going out to dinner with them. Sunday will be hurry catch up with groceries, the rest of the laundry and some house cleaning.

Was good chatting with you Shad. Glad we were able to hook up together. I can't believe so many months have passed since you visited. You sound just the same :lol: Didn't even have to ask huh, what and only pardon once or twice when I talked over you :rofl: I like your new signature too. Ouch, the truth hurts :headache:

Just wanted to say that you ladies can have ALL of the oysters. Don't worry at all about sharing them this way :no: :no: :no: Give me some clams and I'll make you a nice chowder (chowduh) though.

Mel - I'm trying to think - ground pork. Now there is the fatty kind that comes in a tube that is breakfast sausage style. Very fatty. But again there is also ground pork that I will use in meatloaf occasionally - not at all fatty like the sausage stuff. I know the boneless porkchops are very lean - right there with chicken if you believe the ads. I'd almost rather cook a pork tenderloin up until it was very tender, shred with a fork and add the BBQ sauce. Of course that would make it a bit more complicated than the nature of these quick to fix recipes, but a bit more tasty I might think. Now you have me hungering for a BBQ pork sandwich :devil: :lol:

Shad - as for the shootings at the school up near Chicago - the shooter obtained all his guns legally. Even went through a background check. Was clean as a whistle, no problems, nothing suspicious. His neighbors are surprised at what happened. Can't tell what snapped in his head. May never know. I just feel badly for the people whose life was cut short, particularly those just starting out.

As for a 4 way stop sign, it means that everyone has to stop and wait their turn. Think of the intersection as a + The easiest way to get through is to take turns and let a car going east and a car going west go through. Then the cars going north and south can take their turn. Back to east and west. 1 set of 2 cars each turn. It does make it a bit tricky for the poor chap trying to make a left hand turn (or in your case a right turn) over the lanes of traffic. The problem is that we are used to traffic lights and people just get stupid at a 4 way stop. They think they can pause and roll through it and forget that the 3 cars that got ahead of you at the stop get to go before you do. Crazy :dizzy: as for a roundabout. We had one up in Chicago when I lived and I did EVERYTHING I could to avoid that for 22 years. That was just FRIGHTENING :eek: a wheel spoke of 6 streets intersecting into a circle, everyone spinning around at different times and different speeds and if you were new to it and didn't quite know which direction you wanted it was just :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: DH of course was not afraid of it and I tried to watch as he drove through it but I was just intimidated by it :lol: I think I wound up on it once by accident and obviously lived to tell of it :lol: But no Shad, a roundabout is much more confusing than a 4 way stop.

I agree with all of your posts about people today. So what do we have to do to change them? :rollpin:

Congrats Rennie on the weight down - you are doing great.

Strawberries ARE good Ruth. Enjoy :T

Have a safe trip up to the family Ceejay. I'll bet the homemade card was adorable.

Shaker - I have the utmost respect for pointsman on duty - a most dangerous job as more than a few have taken a wack off a crazy driver or two. And then there's a few that must have slept through traffic direction class or more likely they were tossed out there with no training at all. In cases where I think they are doing a fine job - some make a dance of it with the hand signals and the whistles - I will give a thumbs up as I pass by.

Ok, I am really, REALLY sleepy all of a sudden - must be the sleep fairy passed over and dusted my head :lol:

Goodnight and a quick wave :wave: to Annie, Carla, Madcat and Holly.

MELODY525
02-16-2008, 10:31 AM
YA KNOW...I MIGHT MAKE A GOOD POINTSMAN! I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A WHISTLE AND TELL PEOPLE WHERE TO GO....NOW ALL I N EED TO DO IS GET ME A WHISTLE!:lol3:
OYSTERS :yikes: NO NO NO NO. NONE FOR ME THANKS. RUTH AND SHAD CAN HAVE TMEM ALL. BUT I'D TAKE A FRIED CLAM AND SOME GREASY FRENCH FRIES:hun:
BALA IS RUNNING LATE AND WON'T BE HERE TILL 10. LOUIS CANCELLED BUT THE AUDITORS WILL COME TO PHOTOCOPY. I AM SO THRILLED :faint: :cry:
WHICH REMINDS ME......

SHAD~ WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON [B]MY SUNDAY AFTERNOON/EVE?[/B? IT'S A TIGHT SQUEEZE OR SHOULD WE WAIT THILL THIS THING IS FINALLY OVER? ABOUT ANOTHER WEEK. HOPE YOU AND RUTHIE ENJOY THE OYSTERS:rofl: YOU'RE POST BROUGHT BACK THE MEMORY OF THAT POEM AND I GOOGLED IT. I ALWAYS LOVED IT MANY YEARS AGO!!!!!!!

HAPPY~ DON'T ADOPT TOO MANY CATS.......HOW BIG IS THE GARAGE??? :rofl: SAY HELLO TO GOD FOR ME. BUT I AM SURE HE WILL REMEMBER ME AS HE HEARS ME CALL HIS NAME OUT MANY TIMES EVERY DAY :lol3: :lol3:
AS FOR CHANGING PEOPLE OF TODAY...I AM CONSIDERING GETTING A BIGGER WHEELCHAIR AND PLOWING THEM DOWN!:tantrum: :scooter:

:wave: TO ALL THE WORLDLY CHICKS!! I'M WITH RENNIE AND HAPPY ON THE OYSTERS. JEN AND I TALKED LATE LAST NIGHT. THEY ARE BOTH EXHAUSTED. RICHIE SOUNDED TERRIBLE AND THEY ARE COMING HERE TODAY FOR A SHORT VISIT JUST TO GET AWAY. HIS KIDS ARE GOING TO A PARTY. THE YOUNG KIDS GO BACK TO FLORIDA THURSDAY...SOMETHING ABOUT THEY'RE ON A SPRING BREAK RIGHT NOW. THE HYSTERIA OVER THE DEATH IS UNREAL. I DO NOT KNOW HOW PEOPLE LIVE LIKE THIS. IT WOULD KILL ME! I AM SO PROUD OF THEM THOUGH THAT THE TWO OF THEM HAVE RISEN ABOVE IT AND HAVE BEEN SAD BUT CALM THRU IT ALL. THANK GOD RICH HAD STARTED TO SEE THE LIGHT BEFORE THIS ALL HAPPENED. HE ACTUALLY MAKES SENSE IN A CRISIS NOW. :encore: SO MUCH EASIER ON ME TOO :rofl:
I WILL BE HAPPY WHEN FUNERALS AND AUDITORS ARE FINISHED! GOTTA GO WEIGH MYSELF....HOLD ON....
183.5 :cheer: OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM THRILLED. WONDER IF IT WILL REALLY STAY OFF THIS TIME???? HOLY CRAP BATMAN!! OH...SPEAKING OF CRAP AND THE LACK OF IT THEREOF.......MAYBE WHY THAT'S THE REASON THE WEIGH-IN IS GOOD. MAYBE I BEST NOT CELEBRATE TOO SOON!!! :rofl: :rofl: SEE WHAT I WEIGH WHEN MY "TANK" IS FILLED. :rofl: :rofl:
SO CHICK...ON THAT HAPPY NOTE I WILL SAY
HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY AND HAVE AS WONDERFUL WEEKEND!! :moped:

Shy Moment
02-16-2008, 10:49 AM
Melody
Now your talking, fried clams. I don't care how much they make my mouth break out in welts lol. Nice going on the loss lol. You are just to funny. You don't go enough I go enough for 20 people. We need to get together and somehow straighten this out between us lol.

happy
So nice for you to volunteer. I know they always need help. Did you know that Jimmy Dean's has a new sausage out. 50% less fat and tastes just as good as the original? I cut it into 1 oz pieces ( only 5 grams of fat ) and toss it in which my scrambled egg white. YUMMMMMM. We have a couple of six corners here. Never any problem. It is trying to get them to drive straight in their lane that seems to bother people around here lol. Not safe to walk down the side of the road. I am plugging away I will get this weight off sooner or later lol.

MELODY525
02-16-2008, 10:52 AM
RECIPE #25

BROWN GROUND BEEF IN A LARGE SKILLET.
STIR IN CANNED CHUNKY TOMATOES AND CHILES, TOMATO SAUCE AND CHILI SEASONING MIX.
SIMMER UNTIL SLIGHTLY THICKENED.
STIR IN CANNED CORNAND CANNED BEANS THAT HAVE BEEN RINSED. HEAT THOROUGHLY.

LOT OF HOT STUFF GOING ON HERE :flame:

MELODY525
02-16-2008, 10:53 AM
RENNIE....MAYBE WE CAN TAKE TURNS THEN I WON'T HAVE TO TAKE SO MUCH DULCOLAX :rofl: :rofl:

Shy Moment
02-16-2008, 11:10 AM
Melody
On an average day I go 10 to 20 times. You are more than welcome to half those time lol. Hey it is better, since I have lost some of this weight I go half as many times as I use to lol. The ibs is just killing me lol.

Madcat
02-16-2008, 04:58 PM
Hey chickas! Just a quick drop-by to say yep, I am still alive. I've been battling a flu-lite all week and it looks as if I am finally winning. Yay me! Now that I'm feeling better, I'd have some oysters - but I'm picky as to type. I tend to like the smaller, chewier ones. Of course, I'd also happily have fried clams. It takes me back to my childhood and eating the fried clams with my Dad at the Howard Johnson's restaurant. They'd probably be vile if I had them now. Happy, don't bogart all those kitties. Enjoy your fur time. Mel, I'm sorry to hear about Richie's mom. He's in for a rough time of it and I'm sorry for his loss.

Ok the Boy is waiting and we are going out to dinner. I'll be back.

Shad
02-16-2008, 05:39 PM
Happy - give me my roundabouts anytime. Most times I'm last one in and first one out. Couldn't trust the $#@%%^$ drivers around here to let anyone in just because they could!!!! Roundabouts are easy. Let everything immediately on the right (ie on the roundabout) within crashing distance go and slot into the correct lane asap. Then indicate when you want to get out. Even easier if there are arrows painted on the road. I love them. Which is no doubt fortunate since we have a lot of them in Queensland. If you really want to try a complete recipe for automobile disaster, you ought to try the Victorian Hook Turns. Good to chat to you too. I still think I could get a team together and do a better job for your company than those which you have right now. And cheaper too! Natter, natter, natter. Pity we didn't have longer to natter. :gossip:
I will watch the news with bated breath tonight to see if the skies have fallen in the deep south. This church going should be a sight to see. The Statue of Liberation will probably topple from it's plinth. And take care in the Humane society. It's a worthy cause but you will see some awful sights.

Mel - Sunday your time is fine. Can you make it around 5.00pm your time??? Gives me time to get to the gym and get cleaned up and we can breakfast together. Yes??? I daresay I will get my come uppance for not talking to you or demanding recipes!!!

Ruth - I just noticed your ticker - does having an operation mean losing 14lbs?? Think I might just have to have one of those myself!!!! Oysters were good by the way. I served them with shredded Kaffir Lime leaves, lime mayo and a light dusting of Parmesan and grilled for 30 seconds. MMMMMMMMMMnnn. Since no one else was willing, I downed the lot myself.

Rennie - oysters were good, thank you for not coming. I just love em and so good for the body and soul.

Madcat - good to see you. The Canadian contingent has been missing in action for a while now. They peek out from the snow drift just often enough to let us know that they are still around. Have fun at dinner. Sorry I ate all the oysters.

Okay - time to go to gym for another round of weights and abs busting - hate those abs. I just wish they would buck up and get real. No matter how many exercises I seem to do, they don't get any better.
Seems I have picked up a light cold. Not in the sinus' yet and not in the chest. Just a runny nose. Hope it goes away soon.

So, I'll be back to check when I get back from the horror house. Oh and I had better go get Miss Puss some food or the current batch of love that I am receiving will not last. Yes for a change I am in the good books.

Hollyhock
02-16-2008, 08:54 PM
HI!!

I love oysters. I love the Lewis Carrol poem. A big fav. I love Worldly chicks!!

I am officially done with winter but someone forgot to memo Mother Nature!

HUGS!!!

happy2bme
02-17-2008, 12:07 AM
Shad - what's this citrus mayo stuff? Lime mayo, I think you said orange the other day. I am intrigued. Is this something you make or is it ready made at the store?

happy2bme
02-17-2008, 12:19 AM
Mel - your new avatar is very pretty - been meaning to tell you that for a bit now but it kept slipping out of my head :lol:

MELODY525
02-17-2008, 08:33 AM
MADCAT~ THANKS AND I WILL TELL RICHIE. I AM SO SORRY YOU WERE SICK :hug: GET WELL AOON! HOPE THE DINNER WAS NICE. I USED TO SEND A FRIOEND TO HOWARD HOHNSON'S TO GET THOSE CLAMS :rofl: :rofl: NO ONE FRIED THEM BETTER THAN HOWARD :lol3: :lol3:

RENNIE~ 1/2 THE WORLD HAS IBS OR COLITIS:faint:

YOU'RE ONLY IN SUNDAY'S GOOD BOOKS CAUSE SHE SAW THE SUITCASES GET EMPTIED :rofl: YES 5 IS A GOOD TIME....AT LEAST IT IS RIGHT NOW! :dance:

HAPPY~ WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON THE PC AFTER 11...SHOULD BE SNUGGLED UP NEXT TO DH OR READING A GOOD BOOK :belly: :yoga:

I TOO AM DONE WITH WINTER. WE GO FROM 60 TO SINGLE DIGITS IN ABOUT 24 HOURS. WTF IS GOING ON HERE? :tantrum: ANYWAY....THIS IS THE MOST I GOT TO STICK MY HEAD OUTSIDE IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER THOUGH. SOMETIMES IN THE AFTERNOON I CHAT WITH ONE OF THE GUYS FOR A FEW MINUTES WHILE THEY SMOKE THEIR CIGGIES. :flame: WE HAVE HAD A BUSY WEEKEND AND EVERYONE DID CANCEL FOR TODAY. THEY ALL CHOSE TOMORROW'S HOLIDAY TO COME BACK :faint:
I CANNOT WAIT FOR TUESDAY WHEN TWO PEOPLE COME BACK TO WORK AFTER 2 WEEKS ABSENCE. :dance:
THINK TODAY I WILL DO NOTHING BUT THINK OF WAYS I CAN TORMENT SHAD OVER THE PHONE:rofl: :rofl:
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY!! :moped

MELODY525
02-17-2008, 08:37 AM
RECIPE #26

HEAT EITHER LEFTOVER OR 90 SECOND RICE WITH SHREDDED COOKED CHICKEN AND GREEN TOMATILLA SALSA A FEW MINUTES IN A MICROWAVE.
STIR IN SOUR CREAM.
TOP WITH DICED AVOCADO, CHOPPED ONIONS,AND CILANTRO.
SPRINKLE WITH LIME JUICE.

MORE :flame:

Ruthxxx
02-17-2008, 08:57 AM
Quick check-in before I hunker down for this horrorshow storm we are supposed to get. All the weather forecasts seem to be over the top these days - I guess they exaggerate to get attention.

I've made a decision on the pup. There's no way I can have a pup this spring. Not only am I going to still be pretty wracked up but my deck and yard would need a lot of work to be puppy proof. Maybe by fall? I feel very badly as I know Holly the breeder was looking forward to having one of "her" puppies with me. I'll have to call her today and break the news. Hershey will have to be an "only" for a while longer. I'll actually be sparing her the aggravation of a pesky puppy bugging her to play. Now to break the news to Holly!

Aside from frassing exercises, nothing is on the plan for today. I intend to try some machine sewing but will just do cutting out if the right leg won't cooperate running the machine. I'm doing a block-a-month quilt and am a bit behind.

Have a great Sunday no matter the weather.

Roseblush
02-17-2008, 09:04 AM
WoW takes forever to read and catch up with all of you..... been loving the recipes and insights into our daily lives around the world. Winter is still here in the wilderness too...but I am the odd one that loves it and is ready for it to stay just a bit longer..... finally I can cross country right outside my door..... yeah!!
Well, I am charging full steam ahead with a diet plan that I have been doing now for over a week...shakes and complete vitamin plan and my legs are tearing up my treadmill again. New insentive, and it is feeling fine so far. We are having some good music in town too so I have been out dancing for two nights in a row and going to a two step class on Monday and another concert on Tuesday. Hats off to the Canadians for suppling the world with the group the Clumsy Lovers..... sooooooo much fun!!!!!!!!! They are awesome and glad I am finally on board. Our little out of the way place was priviledge to get them.... the woman sure do love that sound ...we were packing the dance floor and just having a ball on Friday night. Last night was not quite as inspiring but my feet got a little more exercise.
I am going to go meet a new fella in two weeks who is taking two step and swing lessons so I am determined to brush up on my dance steps. I tell ya this is my year and I am just enjoying every minute of it.
Went shopping yesterday and bought 4 different types of squash to cook up if anyone has some good recipes they like ...... please share. I am really getting into squash soup and just adding it to my other sauces. Mel the recipes you have been sharing have some good ideas in them.
My little girl Teeka is showing her age a bit these days but she is still holding up pretty good. I am trying to prepare myself for the future and just totally enjoy her now. Dogs are just one of the best things in life.
Well, I will check back in from time to time and let ya know how my weight program is working.... so far it is good....
Take care everyone.... safe travel for all and prayers for stength and healing to all who are in need.
Peace,
Nae

happy2bme
02-17-2008, 11:44 AM
Good morning peeps,

The old furbag was banging on the blinds this morning to get our attention. Either that or she gets on DH's face and touches his cheek. If he doesn't respond she licks his eyebrow :rofl: She was intent on getting out so I got up at 7 on a Sunday morning :yawn:

I am going to try and swap out my Coca Cola habit with tea instead. I love fragrant teas. Spent more than an hour on one site alone looking at teas online. Did you know that you brew different tea leaves (ie. black, green, white) at different water temperatures? Also leave them steep for way less time than I was doing. Heck, no wonder some of my teas came out bitter. So these teas come with instructions as to how much loose tea to use, the water temperature and steeping time. Tea is full of antioxidants and good for you too. Also helps me get a bit more water in during those cold days when I'm not as plain water thirsty as I should be. Will let you know.

We went to orientation yesterday and were all revved up to do so serious kitty cuddling time and were very disappointed to find that we had to go home and wait for the coordinator to call us and set up a duty schedule. :( Apparently it's ok to have many cats roaming about but they don't want the volunteers rambling about like zombies :kickcan:

We went to church yesterday. DH was sooooo thrilled. Not. I wouldn't sit next to him because he was making faces and making me laugh. It was a very boring service and the priest talked way too long. He had a strong accent and the church is too big. The echoes bouncing off the speaker system were horrid and it made it very difficult to hear what he was saying. I am astounded by the number of people who come in 15, 20 and even 30 minutes late. Equally amazed at how many people pass the collection basket and don't put any offering in to support the church. We are by no means in a poor neighborhood here. I always give something, no matter what church I am in. I was sitting next to my Baptist friend who was making commentary the whole time. I'm sure her Catholic boyfriend was not entirely pleased. P said she will take me to her church sometime. That will be fun as I have never been to a Southern Baptist service. I asked if we get to hug and sing and clap our hands and shout Halleluhia! (Nothing like our solemn Catholic stuff). We went to dinner afterwards and had a great time talking and laughing. It was nice to have an evening out. I am trying to make a concerted effort to get us away from the hum drum usual routine. In 2 weeks DH and I are going to a Second City comedy show.

I'm sorry that some of you are having dreadful weather. We are experiencing the same bouncy up and down stuff Mel describes. Yesterday was chilly and wet and windy. Today is sunny and will hit 60 about 3pm. In Chicago it got warm at noon, down here the warmest part of the day is 3pm. Cripes we're not THAT much closer to the equator here :lol: I will crack open the windows but it's an inside day for me. Laundry is done but I have housecleaning, menu planning and grocery shopping to do today. I am also picking out 1 do-able in 1 day task that has been needing to get done for a long time and making sure I take care of it. Things like clean out a bathroom closet, or a drawer or give the floor a good steam cleaning or wipe the cabinets all down. I started this on Thursday and I already feel better that I'm making some progress. I refuse to focus on the whole (as in I got one cabinet done but have 20 more to go) but rather on little changes and progress.

Thank you SO MUCH Mel for the info you sent. :hug: :hug: :hug: I was looking at it last night and I'm ready to start today. That's some good stuff. :D Enjoy your chat with Shad. Don't you be talkin' bout me :s: :lol:

Shad - while I'm sure that you could do a bang up job for us, that whole SAP installation is a bullet train speeding along and I have learned that I'm not getting in front of it - in fact, I prefer to trot along the country roads in the next continent over :lol:

Madcat - hope you had a nice dinner with TH

Rennie - Seems like when you get to clean eating again, you realize just how much of the bad foods you were eating and what they did to you insides. A good reminder to eat clean. I'm taking note of those things too although my problems are more with acid reflux and the upper GI.

Well my coffee cup is empty and the morning is getting away from me so it's on with the show.

Happy Sunday ladies and hugs to the chicks :grouphug:

MELODY525
02-17-2008, 12:40 PM
I WILL HAVE TO READ THESE LATEST POSTS TOMORROW.
LAST NIGHT I READ SOME OF THE 100 DAYS OF WEIGHT LOSS BOOK BY LINDA SPANGLE. SHE HAS SOME GOOD COMMON SENSE. BUT THE EYES ARE A MESS AND I FOUND I CANNOT READ JUST YER. SO BACK GO THE BOOKS AND I WON'T BE DOING HER WEBSITE CHALLENGE EITHER. LESS PC TIME AGAIN. I THINK THIS IS FROM THE ALLERGIES AGGRAVATING THE ROSACEA.
SIGH. :cry:

happy2bme
02-17-2008, 01:01 PM
Awww Mel :hug:

Send me the book, I'll record it on tape and you can listen to it.

shaker
02-17-2008, 03:27 PM
Good morning ladies, well another w/end has flown by.. where did that go I say!!!! Had a nice break but I am tired again today, I have to do something about DH's snoring :devil:, he has got increasingly worse over the last year and I think that is because he has put on weight, same old story. Anyway I was thinking about earplugs but I am scared I would miss the alarm in the morning and it doesn't wake him up and I hate beeping alarms so not sure about that one. Next week he goes to Wellington for the week so I should be Ok then.. yes you are right Shad they don't carry guns here although of course the seargents have them in their cars.

I enjoy my Monday mornings reading the posts, although the boss wouldn't if she knew how long it took me to read them all.. yuk to the oysters, have never seen or tasted a clam, maybe they are like scallops shad?.. anyway don't like them either :D

Mel to answer your question a ute is a car that has a cab with 2 seats in it, or a bench seat and then the back is an open deck with sides.. not as big as a truck, the flasher ones have double cabs and can fit the whole family in, very handy for taking things to the rubbish dump.

We have lots of roundabouts in Auckland, there are a few scary ons, especially when people that don't know how to use them get on, crikey is safer to wait till they are off can cause all sorts of havoc.. peeps tooting all over the place ha ha. I am not sure we have 4 ways stops, I have seen one in brissy though by my aunts and that was a case of first there goes first, paid not to hesitate!!

Happy I hope work gets better for you, it is amazing the mess people make when they think someone else will clean up, do you have cleaners come in each night?... we do but sometimes I am not sure they do anything ?? I went to a pentecostal church once, well that was an eye opening :yikes: definitely happy clappy, probably a bit to much "out there" for me..

W/end was spent witht he kids, stopped at the inalws on the way back from DD's gym, they are packing and selling everything as they are moving to Melbourne. They have talked about it for quite sometime but are finally going and DD was not happy, she was OK when we were there but cried most of the way home, not having Nana and Papa around is devastating for her and DS, but they have their own life and want to go and be with their other grown kids for a while... makes us the last of the family in NZ though everyone else from mine and DH's family is in Oz.

Hello to all the other world chicks, lovely to hear all the stories. Happy I meant to say I like the teas as well, although not the ones that taste of herbs like camomile, I like the more fruity ones... have a nice Monday, is a bit wet here today although promises of sun for the rest of the week, perfect when you are at work.. damn.. :p

MELODY525
02-17-2008, 07:23 PM
A NOTE FROM SHAD:
SHE CANNOT GET ON HERE FOR A DAY OR SO AS HER COMPUTER HAS GONE KAPUT. I FORGET THE WORD SHE USED :rofl: IT WON'T EVEN LET HER IN SO SHE CANNOT EVEN E-MAIL OR ANYTHING. SHE IS WAITING TO HEAR FROM HER TECHIE. :cry:

ceejay52
02-17-2008, 07:34 PM
Mel
Think I'd take Happy"s advice and let her tape those books for you.

Reenie
Sorry to hear about the tummy troubles.

Happy
Sounds like you have had a good week end. I thought Southern Baptist were conservative.
I'm a lot happier when my house is clean. Thinking very seriously about starting my Fly Lady routine's again.

Nae
Hello good to hear from you. I've always wanted to learn the two step and swing dances. I know they would be fun exericses. Good luck with the new fellow.

Shaker
Glad you had a good week end. Monday morning's seem to drag by for me.
I'd be on the computer more at work but now they have camera pointed right on it.

Madcat
Sorry to hear that you are sick. Feel better soon

Ruth
You are doing the right thing on not accepting the new puppy right now.
I think the trainer will understand.


My week end was nice. I got to thank the kiddo's for the flowers and here they come bringing me candy as well. They were excited. I met my 3 uncles and their wives for lunch. We all had a good visit. One of my cousin's was there also. Went to church this morning.

Work tomorrow ugh I dread going in just because I know that it's mandantory for me to go to city council tomorrow night. I'm getting my 15 year pin and will have a picture taken with the Mayor. I'm hoping that I can talk them out of putting it in the newspaper.

Shad
02-17-2008, 10:18 PM
I am back. It was dust and dirt and damp causing the problem. Had a nice chat with Robbie but an hour and a half of my day is done and I haven't acheived the goals. It's okay. I can do it tonight or tomorrow or the next day.

I'll not stay on here for long cos of the above and the fact that I am hungry. Why I don't know since I had breakfast chatting to Mel this morning and I have been to gym and I have put on weight again. I hope this is the bit where the muscle jump starts the metabolism and the flab melts away. :rofl: :rofl::rofl: :rofl::rofl: :rofl::rofl: :rofl::rofl: :rofl::rofl: :rofl:

Hasn't happened before, why should it happen now! I ache in a dozen different places because of the gym and the moving stuff, hopefully we will see some results soon.

Right now I'd best be off and do some more exercise - well after lunch and a cup of tea. I like tea too Happy.

MELODY525
02-18-2008, 08:58 AM
WHEN I GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH YOU SHAD, I THPOUGHT ..WHY AM I TYPING THIS MESSAGE TO THE CHICKS? CAUSE EVERYTIME I SAY YOU WON'T BE ON FOR AWHILE, YOU MAGICALLY SHOW UP!!! ;wizard: GLAD IT WAS A QUICK REPAIR...THE PC JUST NEEDS TO GET USED TO YOU'RE BEING HOME NOW!! :rofl: GOOD LUCK MOVING THE WEIGHT OFF!! LOVED THE CHAT. I NEEDED THOSE GOOD LAUGHS. WHEN YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD, IT MAKE EVERYTHING DISAPPEAR. :hug:

CEEJAY~ YOUR WEEKEND SOUNDED WONDERFUL I TOLD JEN THE OTHER DAY ABOUT YOUR PRESENTS FROM THE KIDS...WE BOTH THOUGHT HOW CUTE.

SHAKER~ SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT NANA & PAPA MOVING. I CAN UNDERSTAND THE KIDS SADNESS. I EVEN FELT BAD READING IT!! :cry: THANKS FOR THE UTE...IT WAS RINGING A BELL IN MY MEMORY AND I FORGOT TO LOOK IT UP. :dizzy:

HAPPY~ ARE THOSE EASTER BUNNIES OUT??? I LAUGHED YESTERDAY WHEN I SAW THEM . I ALWAYS LOVED THEM. JEN AND I USED TO LOOK AT TEAS. ADAGIO, STASH, GOLDEN MOON TEA, ENGLISH TEA STORE...ALL ARE .COMS
THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT TEA THAT I LOVE TO LOOK AT BUT SELDOM DRINK! :rofl: MAYBE I SHOULD BE LOOKING FOR NATURAL, HERBAS MYSELF!! :dance: NICE TO HEAR YOU ARE DOING THE OUT AND ABOUT THING WITH THE DH. TOO EASY TO GET IN A RUT AND BE COMPLACENT. GOOD FOR YOU!!! MAYBE YOU CAN GO UP BY NAE AND TAKE TWO-STEP CLASSES!!! HAPPY CHURCH HOPPING TOO!

NAE~ ANOTHER ONE GETTING OUT AND ABOUT! GRAB 2008 WITH BOTH HANDS AND HOLD ON MISS NAE!! LOVED YOUR POST THIS MORNING. ENJOY THE DANCE LESSONS AND THE MEETING OF THE NEW MAN!!! :love:
TELL TEEKA SHE HAS COMPANY IN FEELING THE "AGE" :lol3:

RUTH~ NOT THAT YOU NEED MY APPROVAL BUT I FEEL YOU MADE A VERY GOOD DECISION ABOUT THE PUPPY FOR BOTH YOU AND HERSHEY. :hug: HOPE WHEN THE SPRING COMES YOU AND THE KNEE WILL BE OUT IN YOUR BEAUTIFUL TOWN. BTW....WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE LONG HORN???? INQUIRING MINDS NEED TO KNOW!!!

OUR MR BALA SHOULD BEE HERE SHORTLY. HE ASKED IF HE COULD COME EARLIER LAST NIGHT. IT'S SUCH A COMFORT TO TALK TO A GENTLEMAN.
I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THE CHAT WITH SHAD. SHE MAKES ME LAUGH EVEN IF I DON'T WANT TO :lol3: :lol3: JEN AND RICHIE SAID TO SAY HELLO AND THANKS TO EVERYONE HERE FOR THE CONDOLENCES. THEY LOOK A MESS. LOTS OF MAKEUP ON JEN BUT BOTH THEIR EYES TELL THE TALE OF THIS PAST WEEK. THE KIDS LEAVE FOR HOME IN FLORIDA THURSDAY. MAYBE THEN THINGS WILL SETTLE DOWN. IT REALLY IS A SHAME JEN WON'T BE A MOTHER TO HER OWN. SHE HAS A GREAT GIFT OF PATIENCE WITH RICHIE'S CHILDREN AND YOU CAN SEE THEY ADORE HER. THEY CHOSE TO STAY WITH JEN RATHER THAN THEIR MOM WHILE RICHIE IS AT WORK THIS WEEK...THUS CAUSING A BIT OF A RUCKUS. SIGH.
NOTHING NEW WITH ME. I SLEPT VERY WELL LAST NIGHT. MUST HAVE BEEN ALL THE LAUGHING OUT LOUD LONG DISTANCE :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
HAPPY MONDAY/TUESDAY :moped:

MELODY525
02-18-2008, 09:04 AM
RECIPE # 27

TOSS COOKED FRESH SPAGHETTI WITH PEANUT SAUCE, SLICED SCALLIONS, SHREDDED CARROTS, STRIPS OF COOKED CHICKEN AND SLICED CUCUMBER.
SPRINKLE WITH CHOPPED PEANUTS.

SHAD.....THERE ARE THOSE D A M N CUKES AGAIN!!! LATELY EVERY RECIPE PAGE I SEE HAS THEM IN AT LEAST ONE INGREDIENT. WONDER WHY???

AND I HAD NO IDEA THEY SELL PEANUT SAUCE ALREADY MADE?!?!

MELODY525
02-18-2008, 11:23 AM
BTW...........WTF IS CARLA??? PAINTER?? WE KNOW MADCAT IS RECOUPERATING....THAT'S HER STORY AND SHE IS STICKING TO IT :dance:
WTF IS SUCH A USEFUL ABBREVIATIOM :rofl: WHERE, WHEN, WHAT, WHO..... :lol3: :lol3:

carla49
02-18-2008, 01:33 PM
Uh-oh. You know you've been awol too long when Mistress Mellie gets out the old whip. Please don't beat me! :frypan: Or throw me into the briar patch! :carrot:

A busy few days. Got home safely from the business trip, where for some reason the wireless service I was paying big bucks for kept cutting out just when I was ready to post. (That's my story, etc.) After the first night there were no more noise issues, and the hotel started to live up to its 4 star rating... I decided against the gorgeous bathrobe (sniff) partly because the colour was a washed-out peach that made me look like death, partly because I only had a carry-on with me and there was simply no room for it.

There was a minor NSV while away: I hadn't seen one of my colleagues for quite some time, and the first thing she said was that I had really shrunk! Considering I've put back 10 of the pounds I had lost, I was a little surprised, but realised just how well-padded I must have been the last time we saw each other. So I got to feel both pleased and mortified at the same time - SOP for a Libra anyway. :lol: Then, on Saturday, I went to an annual party I had been too much of a wuss to attend since becoming single. And the first people I saw were a couple who had clearly lost about 40 lbs each on WW and looked wonderful. So now I'm inspired. As of this morning I'm back on the wagon - no more sweets or wine or starch-fests. :cry: And I may well go back to WW myself.

Mel, thanks for the 'code words' - I don't have the book yet but did look at the website. So I may well add the 100 day idea into my program. Are you jumping on board too, or just planning to take a few ideas from the book? I really liked the article about 'I forgot I was on a diet' - it happens to me all the time. :o
Please offer my condolences to Richie and Jen. It's tough losing a parent even if they've been ill. It sounds like Jen is doing a good job of helping Richie through it.

Happy, I think we have you to thank for getting us on the 100-day bandwagon; have you started on it yet? I think we've all been a bit lackadaisical about our diet goals this winter. Except of course for Shy, who I'm convinced is actually a robot programmed to drop exactly one pound each and every week until there's nothing left of her but a tiny pair of shoes and a plaintive wee voice crying "help me! feed me!" :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Ruth, I also noticed the movement on your tracker. Great news! :D :D I have this mental image of you dragging yourself across the floor post-op to weigh in before your appetite came back. (Please don't feel insulted - it's certainly what I'd do. Okay, it's what I have done... :o ) It's a shame about the puppy, but I think very wise of you to hold off for a while. Once the ice and snow are gone (if they ever go, that is) a new puppy will be just the thing to get you out and exercising the new knee.

Shad, I think what you call a ute is probably a pick-up truck here. Guys really like them, especially guys who live in rural areas or think they do. But I was glad to get the explanation, as I had the mistaken idea you were talking about a sports ute or SUV, an oversized, gas-guzzling, 4-wheel drive up-market cousin of the good old family van.
Good for you, getting back to the gym! Too bad about the no-doubt faulty scale weighing you in at a higher level. It sounds like you too are more than ready for a real effort to take it off.

Shaker, we have almost no roundabouts here, and those we do have require extensive signage and don't work the normal way. But we have lots of 4-way stops. They're supposed to work so the first car to arrive goes first, then the others in counter-clockwise order (priority to the car on your right), but... Here's an explanation I found on the net:

Four-Way Stops (Simplified)

The four-way stop is a drivers' IQ test that many drivers fail. It would seem to be a maneuver of approximately Blue-Angel caliber. But it is really very simple, if you follow these few rules.

Case I - one car

You are the only one at the intersection. This is the simplest case. First you stop [complete stop (in or out of the cross-walk), rolling stop, 25 mph stop, etc.], then you have only five options:

1. Go.
2. Hesitate, then go.
3. Wait for 3 more cars to come along.
4. Wait for 2 more cars.
5. Wait for 1 more car.

A true Driver (with a capital "D", master of four-way stops) would choose option #3. After all, they do call this a four-way stop. Most drivers modify option #3 by adding a time limit, like 30 seconds: "Wait for 3 cars or 30 seconds, whichever comes first." This 30-second wait has degenerated into option #2, "Hesitate, then go."

Case II - 2 cars

There are a few permutations here:

1. You got there first. See below, "Complication #3, who got there first?" In this situation, just go, unless you are a disgustingly polite driver (Complication #1).

2. He or she is on your right and you're turning right. Go.

3. He or she is on your right and you're not turning right. Wait.

4. He or she is straight ahead; and he or she is going straight or turning right; and you're going straight or turning right. Go.

5. He or she is straight ahead and he or she is turning left or you're turning left. Wait.

6. He or she is on your left and he or she is turning right. Go.

7. He or she is on your left and he or she is not turning right. Wait.

Case III - 3 cars

If it's your turn, go. If not, try to imagine what can go wrong if you do go, and then go if you didn't just imagine your own death. Actually, this case is a simplification of case IV - 4 cars.

Case IV - 4 cars

There are hundreds of permutations here. But, actually, it's pretty simple. Go it it's your turn, or if you're turning right and nobody else is headed for that lane.

Complication #1 - the disgustingly polite driver

A disgustingly polite driver will wait for you even though you both know that it is his or her turn to go. I can imagine him or her stopping for a child, and waving the child into the path of a speeding semi. Such politeness confuses any driving situation. It can hopelessly muddle a four-way stop situation, unless you follow this advice: Flip him or her the appropriate salute, and go.

Complication #2 - which way will they turn?

Cases II through IV depend upon which way the other drivers are turning. Their turn signals may offer a clue:

1. Some people do not signal
2. Some people will turn the same way that they are signaling
3. Some people will not turn the same way that they are signaling

There are six principles which will help you sort these out:

1. You can legally assume that people will turn the same way that they are signaling, or that they are not turning when they are not signaling.

2. You can legally ram them if they are lying.

3. No witness will stick around to back up your story about whether or not anybody signaled.

4. Drivers (capital "D") do not signal.

5. drivers (small "d") do not signal.

6. All other drivers signal.

Complication #3 - who got there first?

"Who" got there first, "what" got there second, "I don't know" got there third. Sorry, that was merely an allusion. In theory, a four-way stop is simple. The cars stopped in a certain order, and they go in the same order. In reality:

1. Some people don't exactly stop. So, when did they arrive at the four-way stop?

2. Some people stop one or two car-lengths behind the stop sign. When did they arrive at the four-way stop?

3. Sometimes two cars really do stop simultaneously.

4. Driver A thinks that driver B got there first, and driver B thinks that driver A got there first. This is a simplification of the next situation.

5. Driver A thinks that driver B got there first. Driver B thinks that driver C got there first. And driver C thinks that driver A got there first. From experience, I would say that this, along with various 4-car permutations, is a very common situation.

6. At least one driver has no clue. This has probably happened before he reached the four-way stop.

So, when there's doubt about who got there first, who should go first? Here's a handy rule: "I go first, you go second, everyone else hesitates." My car is the one with the dents in each door.

Complication #4 - pedestrians

Any of the above situations can be further complicated by the intrusion of any number of pedestrians. You won't see them lining up and going one at a time. They just keep walking right on through the intersection, dodging cars. While pedestrians slow down the normal clockwork of the four-way stop, they also introduce a logical puzzle to the situation. If you are about to go, and a pedestrian walks in front of you, how does that affect the order of who goes when? Do you get to go first once the pedestrian is out of your way? Should all the other cars wait for you? Or, have you lost your place and must wait for 3 more cars to go? This guideline should help: "If you have to wait for a pedestrian, you are now a time-bomb waiting to go off. To minimize the loss of life, you should be allowed to go first."

Complication #5 - the four-way stop starburst maneuver

This is when all four cars go at once. All four cars stop, nearly touching, nose to fender. And, nobody can go forward. The driver who backs up loses all respect from his or her family. Besides, the next four cars have gone forward by now. So no one can back up, if he or she wanted to. The four-way stop has now achieved critical mass. The only solution is for one car to be removed, sideways, by a fork-lift. I'm sorry to say that I've never seen this done. I understand this is very popular in Europe, at all kinds of intersections.

four-way stop theory

Einstein's theory of Special Relativity says, among other things, that two observers, travelling at different speeds, cannot agree on when something happened. In fact observer A may say that event X occurred before event Y, while observer B may say that event Y happened first. And both observers are right. This leads to the "four-way stop paradox."

A theory that seems to have even more to say about four-way stops is Natural Selection.


Addendum #1:

I have finally figured out what is wrong with the four-way stop concept. It is not that the four-way stop is a drivers' IQ test that is too difficult for all of those drivers who have not yet mastered the green light concept. Instead, it is that the four-way stop is an IQ test that these drivers are encouraged to flunk over and over again, forever.

I recently was stopped behind a person who stopped at the four-way stop, let six cars go ahead of her, and then went. Also recently, I was the third car to a four-way stop, and the first car wouldn't go (waiting for a fourth?); we out-waited him, and he eventually went.


Addendum #2:

I received email saying that not all states have four-way stops. That sounded like heaven, until I read further about the four-way yield! I hope they give out drivers' manuals at the border.

I recently almost saw a three way accident at a four-way stop. A car was the first of three cars at the intersection. The driver hesitated, and then went. And all three cars nearly collided. The hesitation sent the wrong signal; it said "go ahead" to the other drivers. A more forceful approach would probably have been less dangerous. Clearly any driver who goes (whether he/she actually has the right of way or not) must be prepared to stop. But so many drivers seem to be trying to divine the other drivers' thoughts, when they should just go in the order in which they arrived.

I should also write about "Uncontrolled Intersections (Simplified)." These are intersections with no stop or yield signs. There are several amusing ramifications (ways in which cars can ram into each other), such as "I got there first," or "I'm on your right, buddy," or "I'm in the through street," or "I'm King of the Road," or "Honking is better than brakes."

And on that note, I'll sign off for now - I'll probably be banned from the site for overly-long, off-topic posting. Sorry!

Hello :wave: :wave: to sick Madcat, on-camera Ceejay, skinny Shy, skiing/dating Nae, Annie, and those I'm forgetting.

MELODY525
02-18-2008, 01:59 PM
Dr Doug's 9 Muffin Personal Breakfast Frittatas

Ingredients
6 eggs *
½ cup of skim milk
¼ cup shredded light Cheddar cheese
¼ cup finely diced green onions
2 plum tomatoes, seeded & chopped
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
Directions
1) Preheat oven 350-degrees. Spray muffin tin with cooking oil or lightly grease.
2) In a bowl, whisk eggs with milk, salt and pepper.
3) Stir in cheese, onions, tomatoes and parsley.
4) Pour equal amounts of egg mixture into 9 muffin cups.
5) Place in center of preheated oven and bake for 17 to 20 minutes, or until set in the center.
6) Cool in the pan set on a rack for 10 minutes. Using a blunt knife, loosen frittatas all around and lift out. Cool to room temperature before wrapping individually in plastic wrap for storage. They can be stored in a refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat on medium for approximately 1 minute before serving.
Makes 9 servings.
Each serving (one frittata round) = 1 protein

I HAD FORGOTTEN HOW MUCH I LIKED THE SOUTH BEACH MUFFINS TILL I SAW THIS. YUM. I LOVE THE GRAB'N'HEAT STUFF! MAKES FOR A MINDLESS BREAKFAST!!!

CARLA~ SO GLAD YOU WENT TO THE "BALL" AND GOT MOTIVATED!!! YOU WILL BE THE BELLE BY THE TIME WE GET DONE WITH YOU :rollpin: NICE NSV AND DON'T YOU JUST LOVE THEM??? :cb:
I LOVED SOME OF THE IDEAS ON THAT WEBSITE TOO. NOT DOING MUCH ON THE PC RIGHT NOW. ONE EYE IS RED....FOR A CHANGE :rofl: SHE ALSO HAS A BOOK OUT CALLED "LIFE IS HARD/ FOOD IS EASY. OUR LIBRARY HAD BOTH. THIS WOMAN WRITES THE BROCHURE INSTRUCTIONS BOOKLET FOR MEDIFAST ALSO. MY FRIEND JOHN WAS ON THAT FOR A FEW MONTHS. AS FOR THE 4 WAY ......I MUST BE COMPLICATION #999 "WOMAN WHO WHIZZES OFF CURBS AND CUTS ALL CARS OFF IN ALL DIRECTIONS, FORCING THEM ALL TO STOP, HESITATE AND SHAKE FISTS OUT OF WINDOWS" SOME OF THOSE FISTS HAVE WIGGLING FINGERS ON THEM AS WELL!! :scooter:
ENJOY BEING HOME!!! AND LET'S GO :ebike:

Shy Moment
02-18-2008, 04:20 PM
cee
Ibs is a pain in the rump lol. I also have this ulcer thing I get in the spring and fall. Doc said with this type that is how it works and he really doesn't know why. Will have to see if this spring it is better since I have taken off some weight. I know it was better this fall than it had been in years. They really don't know why I got it in the first place. I have a pill I take when it acts up. Darn thing is a pain because the pain radiates from it all Thur my arms and chest and darn one time thought I was having a heart attack. Now at least I know what it is from the tests they did. If they ever want to stick a camera down your throat just tell them no thank you. :)

Been gone most of the weekend. Thought I would stop in and say hi.

Shad
02-18-2008, 06:34 PM
Morning all,
Will try to reply to some of the questions today.

No 1 UTE - well as Shaker said it is sort of a small truck or a car lopped in half and a tray put on the back. In Aus it is a status symbol among many of the guys - a late model Holden (GMC) ute or a late model Falcon (Ford) ute complete with big dog on the back and a blonde in the passenger seat.
Here's the nearest I can get to what the DS2 is looking for.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/Ute.jpg

Yes it is like a pick up truck in the States and Canada, but not usually as big.

No2. Mayo - it seems to be the rage here in the restaurants and bars to put a daub of mayo on the side, on the top, on anything. They are making the mayo in just about any flavour you can name, but it is a basic egg based, oil based mayonaise with the flavourings. It's quite nice. I do like the lime, but it can be overpowering if not done properly. I have made it myself. I've experimented quite a bit. But the recipe makes far too much of the stuff and it is not user friendly - or should I say diet friendly. No doubt someone will come out with a 'lite' version sometime but don't hold your breath - oil is oil.

Shaker - a clam is more like a pipi or downmarket version of Toheroa. There are giant clams out on the reef and they are beautiful (to look at anyway) but Happy has been promising me Clam Chowduh for ever and I havent got it yet!!!

Mel - Speak and she will arrive. And with a very long post as well. Although you gotta admit, the Canadian rules for a 4 way intersection are rather like reading the directions on an Irish signpost. And just as long winded.

Carla - I did enjoy that rendition of the rules. You can apply most of them to a roundabout - which come to think of it is nearly the same thing except for the circle in the middle. Similar rules apply. Except of course when the man and his truck go tearing through the herbaceous border in the roundabout circle and straight out the other side. Wait until you get to the roundabouts in England - they have the best! Some are double, some are six sided, some are 1/4 mile across and some the size of sixpence. Just love em. I can think of one in Ballater in Scotland that we went around three times trying to work out where we were supposed to get off - then we managed to cut off the Queen on her way to her Mothers 100th birthday, and got frowned upon by the Royal Scottish Constabulary, but got a gracious smile from HM. Life is sweet and no I wasn't driving!

Hello to all others. Sorry, I'm about to get on the phone and start harassing people so I'd better go get in the mood.
Happy, Holly, Madcat, Painter, Meadow, Rennie, Nae et all, I'll be back after I have finished talking kitchens. :wave: :wave: :wave:

ceejay52
02-18-2008, 07:47 PM
Ive been tothe City Council meeting picked up my award and back at work. The local paper made a group picture. I was standing on the end and the man making the picture put me front and center. Why does that always happen to me? I know I'm short. I wanted to hide.

Weigh in this morning shows that I'm up two pounds. ughh

Got an email from my sister that lives in MO yesterday. She said that my niece who is going to school in upper Mo has had snow on the ground long enough for her to get tired of it. She even mentioned that the campus had heated side walks. Wow.

Mel
Thanks for the breakfast fritta's. I'd been wanting a recipe.

Shad
I used to have a blue ute. but it was so big I traded it for the RAV4.
Glad it didn't take much to restore the computer.

More later I need to get things ready to go home.

MELODY525
02-19-2008, 08:46 AM
:cheer: YAY CEEJAY :cheer:
:encore: CONGRATULATIONS ON THE AWARD :encore:
HOW NICE TO HAVE BEEN PUT FRONT AND CENTER....PROBABLY WHERE YOU BELONGED ANYHOW!!!
DID THE PIC GO INTO THE LOCAL PAPER????
ENJOY THE MOMENT OF FAME AND THE FRITATTA!! :dance:

**there is also a great recipe for individual quiches in the south beach diet book and/or cook book.

SHAD~ FOR SOME REASON I THOUGHT A UTE WAS THIS HUGE TRUCK WITH LIKE 20 FOOT TALL TIRES.....MAYBE THAT'S THE WORD WE USE HERE IN THE STATES FOR THOSE HUGE MOVERS. SO GLAD WE HAVE UTES AND ROUNDABOUTS ALL STRAIGHTENED OUT NOW. :rofl:

RECIPE #28

HEAT OVEN TO 500 DEGREES
SPREAD SHREDDED MOZZARELLA CHEESE ON A PRE-BAKED PIZZA CRUST SUCH AS BOBOLI; PLACE DIRECTLY ON THE MIDDLE RACK IN THE OVEN AND BAKE 5 MINUTES.
TOSS A BAG OF ROMAINE LETTUCE SALAD WITH STRIPS OF COOKED CHICKEN, CHOPPED PLUM TOMATOES AND A LITTLE CAESAR DRESSING. REMOVE THE CRUST FROM THE OVEN AND IMMEDIATELY TOP WITH THE SALAD.

:sunny: OUR WEATHER OF SPRING-LIKE WEATHER IS OVER AND WINTER IS BACK AGAIN. :faint: I HEARD THERE WERE MORE DAMAGING STORMS IN THE SOUTH.
CRAZINESS ABOUNDS. EVERYONE SHOULD BE BACK FROM SICKLEAVE AND VACATION. I AM LEAVING MY PHONE OFF TILL 4PM. :rofl: ALL MY MESSAGES AND NOTES ARE DONE AND ALREADY DOWNSTAIRS. THEY CAN SORT IT OUT. I THINK I WILL CLEAN TODAY....OR BEGIN TO TACKLE THE MOUNTAIN OF WASH I HAVE COLLECTED!
HAPPY TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY :moped:

MELODY525
02-19-2008, 09:24 AM
South Beach Diet Vegetable Quiche Bars
POSTED ON ABOUT . COM WEBSITE
THEY NOTED: **This recipe is an adaptation from the Vegetable Quiche Cups in the SBD book. I wanted a quicker faster way to prepare them without using the foil cups.

Mix together:

1 lb package of chopped broccoli (defrosted) - or the equivalent of freshly steamed broccoli.
1/4 cup red bell pepper - chopped
1/4 cup onion - chopped
3/4 cup of egg substitue
3/4 cup of low-fat cheese - shredded

Pour mixture into a loaf pan that has been sprayed with olive oil. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30-35 minutes. Allow to cool. Slice into 8 bars or twelve squares.

Note: Each bar is the equivalent of 2 and one half the SBD diet quiche cups. The bars are a perfect fit for the snack size Ziplock baggies.

MELODY525
02-19-2008, 09:31 AM
South Beach Vegetable Quiche Cups

Need: Foil baking cups, muffin tin, cooking spray

Ingredients:
3/4 cup liquid egg substitute - You could also use 3 large whole eggs or 3/4 cup egg whites.
1 package frozen chopped spinach (10 oz.)
3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheese
1/4 cup diced red or green peppers or mixture of both
1/4 cup diced onions
OPTIONAL: A couple shots of Tabasco or other hot pepper sauce, if desired, to taste; salt to taste

Heat oven to 350F
Line 12 cup muffin pan with foil baking cups, spray the cups with the cooking spray.
Thaw and drain spinach well by squeezing..
Mix the spinach, egg substitute, cheese, peppers, onions, hot pepper sauce, salt in a bowl.
Fill the foil cups with the mixture.
Bake at 350F or 20 minutes, testing so that a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Remove from cups to serve.

Nutrition: 77 calories

happy2bme
02-19-2008, 09:36 AM
Hi ladies,

Guess I forgot to post yesterday. Just shows you I'm losin' it :dizzy:

Ute - people drive them here. We call them 4 by 4's. They are too darn big, don't fit in the normal parking spots and for a town in which people have trouble parking between the lines anyway, they take up far more than their share of parking places. I hate them. They are generally driven by arrogant road hogs or very old men for some odd reason. Between the Hummvies and these, what next? Get yourself a tracter trailer truck? :rolleyes: I say again - some people have too much money.

I am so disturbed at how cruel people can be. There is a recall of tainted beef - probably the largest in history. They were showing pictures of the yard workers poking and prodding sick and injured cows with sticks and rolling them over with fork lift trucks. Then I saw a news piece on the Internet about Chinese zoos and animal shows and how they torment and torture the animals and keep them in horrid conditions. It was just barbaric. Makes me sick. And I'm starting to see more of it. Don't know if it's just getting more press coverage now or if the world is indeed going to heck in a handbasket as grandma would say.

Mel we are ok here. Storms are due tomorrow and Thursday. The temps are hovering a bit above freezing so we all hope it doesn't get too much colder. Like you, I am ready for spring already. How are the eyes doing? Thanks for the quiche cups - yum yum :T

Ceejay - congrats on the service award! I think the photographer's look at body language and seek out those who want to hide in the back and make them front and center in the photo - they just tell you it's to "balance" out the short and tall ones :lol:

Shad - I wonder if I can mix some flavorings in with regular mayo in the jar. I'll have to think on that but thanks for the explanation. And you never asked me for chowduh when you were here - I kept asking - anything you want - and you'd say, oh whatever you want to do is fine with me - I just don't care for pineapple no matter how much DH says it is lovely grilled up on the barbie :rofl: That's my story and I'm sticking to it :lol3:

Rennie - that upper GI test - camera down the mouth doesn't sound fun at all. Better the other side where you can't see it coming :eek:

Carla - thanks for the very funny explanation of roundabouts. I think that's what people are thinking when they come up to them. I can never remember who's on the right and who should go. I agree, I like 4 way stops best when I am the only one there :lol: Good for you for getting back on the clean eating stuff. Yes, I started yesterday. Day 2 and running.

Shaker - we do have cleaners at work but they come late at night. I imagine they must think - what pigs work here? I have never been to a Pentacostal church - I hear those are the ones who preach fire and brimstone and we are all going to burn long and hot if we don't mend our evil ways. A bit too extreme for me :lol: Clams are something unto themselves - not like scallops at all. Clams are like - chewing on rubber bands or elastics as some people call them. Closest in texture to squid but with a different taste. They are very chewy. Impossible to chew if overcooked. I have had chowder (soup), steamed clams you dip in melted butter and clam fritters (bits of clam deep fried in a dough like a savory doughnut) but have never had fried clams. For some reason that doesn't appeal to me. While I love most any fish (except for anything raw like sushi and oysters), I am not that big on clams. DH grew up on them - different story.

But I ramble. Got to hop in the shower. Off to the lady doctor this morning for more poking and squeezing. Time for the boob squeeze / mamogram too. After that I think I'm done with doctors until the summer rolls around.

Hope you're feeling better Ruth.

Have fun dancing Nae

Make lots of money Holly

Feel better Madcat!

Painter, Meadow - wish you'd drop in :( We miss you

annie175
02-19-2008, 11:09 AM
Wow, didn't realize how long it had been since I posted last. Took me 30 minutes to read all the posts.

4-way stops...makes me laugh. I cannot do 4 way stops unless I really pay attentions and concentrate. I am sure it is a blonde thing. My BF cannot do left and right quickly as she has left/right delexia. haha. So when we travel together, she does my 4 way stops and I do her left/right turns. What a combo.

Great recipes MEL. I copied and pasted the 9 muffin personal breakie fritatas to make and have on the run. THey sound delish.

So I started that womanly thing on Saturday, with wonderful cramps, then came down with a sore throat, ear ache, and headache on Sunday. We had yesterday off for President's day, and back to work today feeling like poo.

DDs surgery was not good and has to go back for a more evasive surgery. Doc will get that scheduled sometime soon. DD is beside herself and crying a lot. Then she had the pukes and poops Sunday night and yesterday. I think partly due to nerves and may she ate something that didn't agree with her.

Weather is crazy here. Was 54 on Saturday, 30 on Monday and 11 last night. No wonder everyone is sickie. I am with Holly, mother nature didn't get the memo.

Better get busy. Work always interrupts my posting.

Have a great Tuesday.

Love and Hugs Chickies.

P.S. Maybe we can go somewhere warm in March???

Madcat
02-19-2008, 03:06 PM
We could go to Mexico in March - well, at least I'm going to Mexico in March (the first week) and you are all more than welcome to come along... 2 weeks and counting... Cannot come soon enough.

Feeling sorta better but my head is hurting from the pressure changes. One day it is -10c and snowing and the next it is 4c and raining. Stupid weather. I swear that we have the wildest weather in the world here. Plays havoc with sinuses and joints. I keep asking myself just how crappy was Wales that my ancestors thought this place was an improvement?? Guess one of these days I’ll have to go see for myself.

So, where were we?

Annie~ I hope your DD’s ordeal is over soon. Nothing worse than having to steel yourself for a procedure only to be told that there is more to come. Hopefully she’ll be better soon.

Shad~ I believe here in Canada they are commonly known as Sport Utes. Though no one I know who has one would ever dream of doing anything sporty with them. The thing that made me laugh is that I am working with a woman whose first name is UTE. Your post had me confused there for a moment. She’s a lovely woman but hardly a trophy bride! I went to a party once where the hosts grilled shrimp wrapped in prusciutto and served it with a lemon mayo. It was amazing!

Happy~ It is almost at the point where watching the news is too hard. I think the cruelty to animals ahs always been there, it just gets more coverage now. Makes me want to smack someone. Listen, I realize that unless we are all willing to go vegan there is always going to have to be some cruelty involved in being carnivores, but to add unnecessary suffering is really a criminal act.

Mel~ Good move to let the silliness settle itself before you let them start bugging you. Leave that phone off the hook until it all goes away. Good for you!

Ceejay~ Congrats on the award from me too. The campus has heated sidewalks?? Wow. That’s luxury!

Carla ~ Could it also be that even with the extra weight that you are more streamlined now that you are the queen of the spin class? I have to go back and read previous posts to find out what this 100 day bandwagon thing is. BTW extremely funny yet informative explanation of the 4 way stop etiquette. Maybe we should print flyers and distribute it door to door here in the Big Smoke. It will be the first most drivers have heard of it. You should see people panic when a stoplight goes out. Geez.

Hi to all the other chicks. Ooops, I have to get back to work.

Shad
02-19-2008, 06:48 PM
Morning all,
And gym is over for the the week thank goodness. There is a slight twinge in the back for some reason today and it refuses to go away. So maybe it is lucky the exercise is done.
I have a busy day ahead. Shifting furniture, cleaning and clearing, another dump trip and another shed trip. There is a man coming tomorrow to measure up for my kitchen and another on Tuesday to give his opinion. We will see what will happen. Will they arrive at the appointed time? Will they not?? Following that, the next week there will be someone else come to talk floors - life is exciting is it not? When the decision is made, painting will be done - the ceiling has to be done and I'll have to sort out some sort of lighting since I refuse to continue with the fluro I have now. I hate fluro. Oh and I nearly forgot, I need to get someone in to look at the doors from the dining room to outside. I want new ones in there as well. So I need to get them in this week if possible. The sliders have had their day.
So today will be fairly busy getting ready for the activity, and organising myself.

Madcat - are you going to the same place as Carla took us to last March?? I think you must deserve this heat and sunshine and (yes well) after all that snow and ice and cold. Don't know how you stand it for so long. The spring must be magnificent to endure such a winter.
Yes the mayo's are nic, but not friendly and are definitely a treat. I tend to just slide the oyster through the heat to singe it. I'm definitely not the lets have a raw oyster or 100 person. Not typically kiwi? well this I already know.

Annie - I'm not sure we should talk about Blondes and their abilities here. Mel and Happy will be down on us like a ton of bricks. They are blondes too. Well Happy usually is when I see her although she does go red once in a while. So sorry to hear about DD's problems, she hasn't had it easy at all and now is to be denied motherhood as well - that is if she wanted it in the first place.

Happy - Utes here are not 4x4's. The one that DS2 is looking for is a 4 wheel drive, but it is not as big as the vehicle you drive. Here a ute is only defined by the fact that it has a tray at the back. It can be petrol, diesel, gas driven, have 2 or 4 wheel drive and range in size from the Suzuki mighty boy to those great hulking monsters which you have to trampoline to get into.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/utes-suzuki.jpgWee one for the beach and the dog
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/Ute-hotden.jpg The Holden ute for the blonde and the big dog
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/ute-bigfoot.jpgThe big one that doesn't fit anywhere except in the outback and should be kept there.

I've long been disturbed by the things we do to animals. They have every right to live in peace on this earth. There is an organisation trying to save the estimated 11000 Moon Bears that are held in vile captivity and milked for their bile - mostly in China and Vietnam. Now it has been proved over and over that bear bile does not do what it is reputed to do and that there are synthetics or plant varieties available which do the same job, with less waste and less side effects, but still they insist on using the poor old bear. The program I watched last week just had the tears pouring down my face - as it was supposed to do I guess. I heard some of the beef recall, but did not see any of the pictures that came with it. No doubt someone trying to make money out of animals which should not have been sent to slaughter for meat. Humane euthanasia sounds more like what it should have been. I am continually digusted at the exploits of man when it comes to pets both here and around the world. The RSPCA program last week featured a horse that had apparently been a race horse. His hips stuck out, his ribs stuck out, he could barely move his ears, his feet were in a terrible state when found by the RSPCA. Once the vet had done all he could, a woman took him in and loved him to life. She said she didn't know if she would ever be able to ride him again, but that he had a home for life. Considering we are in drought conditions and there is no natural feed and she has to buy in stuff to feed and condition the horse, not to mention vet fees etc, she has done the impossible. The horse looks superb and happy. There are some good stories out there and people who care. And your first step to the humane society is a step in the right direction. You go girl.
Try mixing some lemon or lime zest and a small amount of juice into the mayo. You may get an idea that way.

Okay - I've rambled again. And I haven't gotten to everyone, and it is time to get off here and start work again.

I'll be back again.

Oh and Ceejay, well done on the award. I think I need to go back to see what all that was about. Obviously I missed something.

MELODY525
02-20-2008, 08:31 AM
HAPPY....GOOD LUCK WITH THE BOOB SQUEEZE :hug: GLAD TO HEAR THOSE STORMS WEREN'T NEAR YOU.

ANNIE~ SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS FOR YOUR DD AND VERY SORRY TO HEAR HER NEWS. HOPE YOU WILL BOTH GET WELL SOON!

MADCAT~ OH!!! TAKE US WITH YOU AND WE CAN ALL GO BACK AND SEE IGOR :dance: 2 DAYS AND COUNTING AND THE PHONE IS STILL OFF TILL AFTER 4!! :rofl:

SHAD~ LOVED THE PICS :rofl: MAYBE YOU COULD BE A SALES REP FOR THE UTE COMPANIES OF THE WORLD!!! I AM SURE THEY COULD USE A GOOD PC PROGRAMMER IN THEIR BUNCH!!!

EYES ARE STILL A BIT BLURRY AND SPENT MOST OF YESTERDAY "LISTENING" TO TV, TAKING AYRTEC AND SLEEPING. LEFT NOTES FOR THE OFFICES AGAIN THIS MORNIHNG AND TOOK MORE MEDS. MY NOES IS WARM AND WET SO LIKE THE DOGS, I SHOULD BE OK BY TOMORROW. :rofl: SEE YOU THEN.
HAPPY WEDS/THURS :moped:

MELODY525
02-20-2008, 08:36 AM
RECIPE #29

SAUTE GRAPE TOMATOES IN A LARGE SKILLET WITH A LITTLE OLIVE OIL AND SOME MINCED GARLIC JUST UNTIL THE TOMATOES START TO BURST OPEN.
ADD BABY ARU7GULA, SALT, AND PEPPER
COOK UNTIL WILTED.
TOSS WITH FRESH PASTA AND HEAT & SERVE BACON.

Ruthxxx
02-20-2008, 09:05 AM
Quickie! Am feeling a bit more positive today as my "real" doctor switched my pain meds. No change yet but the effect is cumulative. If there is no change by tomorrow, I'm to call him again.

Sister Joan is driving up from Ottawa today with some of her "upscale" groceries for me. That's always a delight as she buys stuff I'm too cheap to get. I'm hoping for some baby spinach or mesclun for a decent salad. She wants to take me out to lunch but that may not happen if the lane is too icy for me to navigate in my Crocs. My foot is still too swollen to manage a winter boot!

Anyhow, it's a gloriously sunny (but cold day) and there's an eclipse of the moon this evening. What else could one want?

happy2bme
02-20-2008, 09:43 AM
Good morning chicks,

There was a big old moon hanging low in the sky last night as I was driving home at dusk so the eclipse should be a good one - if we can see it. Been chilly and cloudy here - the clouds always seem to gather when we have a celestial event.

Sorry to hear you are still in pain Ruth. Thought for sure by now that would have eased up a bit.

Good morning Mel with the warm, wet nose :wave:

Shad - you have me ambitious with all your talk of fixing up the house and doing this and that. Think DH would let me take a month off so I could follow suit? :rofl: Did you ever finish the bath with the lovely blue tiles?

Madcat - oooh a real vacation and in a really warm area - no wonder you are shaking with anticipation :beach: Wave to us as you head down the country and fly over :wave: :wave: :wave:

Annie - some of the best business trips I've ever had involved driving around with a friend much like you describe. She had very bad vision and could not read a map and I have absolutely no sense of direction. Since someone had to figure out where to go, I let her drive and I was the nagivator. People saw her super, super thick glasses and said to us - SHE'S the one driving? :yikes: :eek: :yikes: :eek: :lol: We had several memorable trips. Sorry to hear about DD - hope things go better for her the next time. :hug:

Good morning Carla - are you back home again? Safe from the perils of funky hotel rooms and noisy travellers?

Oh oh. Looks like I'm running late. Hope I don't have an early morning meeting - forgot to check my schedule.

Hello Ceejay, Rennie, Holly, Patty and the rest of you lot.

upswife
02-20-2008, 12:43 PM
morning all! Just a quick one today, WEnt to the gym this morning with DH but did not finish as I started to feel nauseated...I hope I am not getting sick. Will take it easy for the rest of the day, only plans are to get laundry done...prob won't fold tho...will try to get back on later to catch up! :hug:

ceejay52
02-20-2008, 02:34 PM
Ellen
Way to go on the trips to the gym. Hope you are feeling better.

Madcat
Ahhh Mexico. We could go see IGOR again.

Where's Holly? To much work and no play!!!!!!!

Mel
I'm going to try the tomato and garlic recipe.

Happy
The weathermen are predicting ice for this area tonight.

I need to get up and get busy again.

Hello to Rennie, Shad, Carla and Painterwoman who is also missing :wave:

shaker
02-20-2008, 03:41 PM
Hi ladies,hope all is well, another nice day for us today plenty of sunshine, which should be the case for another month :crossed:

I did the tmill yest but before I went on I had a contact lens prob and popped it out and promptly lost it, so I found a replacement that I had lurking but need to go to the eye man and get a proper replacement done, haven't been for a while so guess he will want to do all the usual tests.

I try not to think to much on the cruelty as it does make me upset, I do donate and also foster the wee kittens over the summer so I guess that is a help, but for the things like the cows and bears it is going to take a much bigger force to stop that.

Have a great thur all .. Mel the receipes are very interesting where do you get them from?

Shad
02-20-2008, 03:48 PM
Morning all,
Its very early down here and I am looking at a pink and purple sky. I think we will have some more sun today - which is good I guess as long as it doesn't get as hot as it did yesterday and as long as the humidity stays away. Last night was very sticky.
Right, well I think I have all my ducks in a row this morning. The Kitchen man is coming for final measure up and quote this afternoon. Door man is coming early next week, Floor man is coming Tuesday. And somewhere in the middle, I need to go choose a new oven, cooktop and rangehood. Yesterday I completed cleaning and fumigating the spare room and shifted the DS2's computer desk into it. Had to take the door off to get it through. It is just a fraction of an inch wider than the opening, but no matter how I pushed and pulled and swore it just wouldn't go without taking off the door. It was so nice to get it out of the living area of the house. Now I have to clean up my desk and move that in there as well. Such fun. I couldn't move all these boxes and things without the little skid thingy I made years ago and which is still going strong. I bless the day I had that brilliant idea. Now you just huff and puff and balance or sit the furniture, box or whatever on the board and then push it to wherever you want to go. You can buy the things, but I think mine cost me around $5.00 to buy the castor/ wheels and the board. Can't get one ready made for that price.

Happy - head on down here for a month and I will show you how it is done. Then you can go home and do it all again to show DH how clever you are. :rofl: Loved the travelling tales. I think the best sights are the ones you find when you get lost in a strange county or country.

Mel - I'm with ceejay. Might just have to try that recipe out on DS2 tonight. It sounds yummy. I'll have to remember to get some garlic when I go to do the shopping today. And no thank you, I wouldn't make a good Ute salesman or programmer. I might program some sense into the drivers. That would never do. With few exceptions, most Ute drivers think they are immortal and drive the same way. I would be tempted to give lectures or programme the car to do no more than 100K per hour. Even that wouldn't stop them killing themselves I guess.

Ruth - get someone to come along with a tobbogan and sled you across to the sisters car. I hope she comes with champagne and flowers and caviar and grapes.

It's past time that Patty came back to us. Wonder where she has got too?? Could be study, work or didn't she mention a man at one point as well?? Maybe I need to ring her too and chivvy her up.

Okay, well that's about it for the time being. I'd better go get showered and dressed and on with the day or nothing will get done. Hopefully the lawnmower should show up soon and I can make a start on the outside of the house.

happy2bme
02-20-2008, 04:39 PM
Shaker and Ellen - I am so sorry that I keep forgetting to say hello. :wave: :wave: :wave:

It is not intentional. My brain is nearly full to the top and I don't have room to retain much :rofl:

happy2bme
02-20-2008, 04:42 PM
from Shad -I'm going to chivvy up Patty
Gosh I hope that's nothing like "divy" which would mean hack her to bits :sumo: :lol3:

Shad
02-20-2008, 06:11 PM
Ummm no. Divy up is similar here although usually to apportion the whole so to speak.

Chivvy is to get on someones back and annoy the living heck out of the poor soul until they do as bid. To hurry them along or just plain beat the heck outa them.

Shaker - I do like the dancing Orcas

MELODY525
02-20-2008, 08:19 PM
A GENERAL POST....SORRY NOT PERSONAL:
I THOUGHT A DIVY WAS WHAT THE GUY THAT SOLD ANTIQUES IN THE SERIES LOVEJOY ON PBS TV :rofl: :rofl:
ACTUALLY DIVY IS TO SHARE PORTIONS EQUALLY.
THE THINGS WE GET "INTO" ON THIS THREAD! :dance:
WILLY BOY IS SICK AND HE JUST GOT HOME FROM A CRUISE WITH THE WIFE TOO. POOR SOD. SO MARK IS TAKING ME TOMORROW BEFORE THE SNOW/SLEET/HAIL/ RAIN STORM ARRIVES :yikes: I WAS THINKING OF GETTING STUFF FOR JEN ALSO. THEY MIGHT NOT BE THINKING FOR THEMSELVES AS THE KIDS HAVEN'T LEFT YET. I DID A LOT OF NOTHING TODAY AND THE SINUS/EYE FEELS BETTER. SIGH. BUT STILL SLEEPY FROM THE MEDS :cloud9:
AND SHAKER...I GOT THESE RECIPES FROM A MAGAZINE A FRIEND GAVE ME. ALSO THEY HAVE A WEBSITE WWW.WOMANSDAY.COM THIS MONTHS AD SAID THEY HAD 40 SOUPS RECIPES :faint:
SORRY RUTH IS STILL IN PAIN AND HOPE THE NEW MEDS WORK. HANG IN THERE WOMAN!! :hug: CEEJAY AND SHAD ARE MAKING THE TOMATO/GARLIC...NOW I NEED TO GO BACK AND SEE WHAT IS WAS :hun:
YES I WANT TO MAKE THIS OVER THE WEEKEND. I MIGHT HAVE TO USE CHERRY TOMATOES...DIDN'T SEE THE GRAPE SIZED ONES THERE LAST WEEK.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY TOMORROW
HAPPY THURSDAY/FRIDAY :moped:

RECIPE # 30

BROWN LEAN GROUND BEEF WITH SOME MINCED FRESH GINGER AND GARLIC.
ADD SOME LIGHT SOY SAUCE AND RICE VINEGAR TO MOISTEN.
SPOON MIXTURE INTO GREEN LETTUCE LEAVES;
TOP WITH SHREDDED CARROTS AND SLICED SCALLIONS. (GREEN ONIONS)

carla49
02-21-2008, 12:22 AM
Despite hours of desperately looking for excuses not to, I finally made it back to Weight Watchers today. :carrot: While there I even bumped into the newly slim couple I had seen at Saturday's party and who inspired me to return. The man has lost 89 pounds, the woman 45 1/2. I think they were quite touched to realize the effect their success had on me - rather nice for me to bestow NSV's on others!

Shad, I'm most impressed with your speedy work getting contractors over to measure for kitchens and floors and doors!! It may take me another 5 years before I even call anyone. I have no idea why I can't seem to find (or even look for) any type of tradesman. :dunno: The ex was no better, so the only time anything got done around here was during a brief flurry of totally uncharacteristic post-separation activity.

Mel, so sorry about the dratted eyes, although it's good to know they're on the mend. Enjoy the shopping tomorrow, just don't catch a chill. Keep that nose wet and warm. :D
Tonight's recipe sounds absolutely delish, I'll have to try it!
Are you really a blonde??? Whyever did I think you were a raven-haired beauty? :?: :?: :?:

Happy, did you see the eclipse tonight? Since I was already in my jammies, it was a little too cold for me to go out for a better look at it, but I did see that big orangey ball by crouching down to peer up out of the window in the spare bedroom. And then when I went to take another look it had gone to hide around a corner of the building, so I missed the reemergence.
I should say I feel rather guilty about complaining about my hotel last week. :o I think I'm just spoiled, and now I always grumble about noise and windows that don't open and imperfect pillows. Maybe Carla should just grow up... Then again, Shad can testify (I think) that I didn't gripe too much about our rather tatty motel in Monterey last summer. And I've been online looking at NYC hotels for a possible trip with a friend some time next year and realize I'll either have to reduce my expectations a lot or go back to work full time to pay for my week there. The prices!!!! :faint: :faint:

Ceejay, :woohoo: for the award and for being front and centre in the photo! I'm always in the back behind someone with big hair, which is okay as I'm either very un-photogenic or extremely homely. :shrug:

Shaker, I'm jealous of your good weather. Today was brilliantly sunny, but very chilly and a bit windy. A nice winter's day, but I think I've had enough winter for the time being.
I take it the treadmill is working at full tilt again, no more problems?

Annie, so sorry that your DD's surgery hasn't fixed the problem. And then for both of you to be sick as well - take care of each other, and pass on a :hug: to your DD.

Madcat, enjoy your visit down South. I sure wish I was going - I actually tried last November to book a week at Rio Caliente, I would have been off to see Igor on the weekend if they'd had any room. :cry: Maybe next year... Have a wonderful holiday, and be careful out in the sun.

Ruth, what a relief to hear you're finally dealing with a Dr. who understands your drug needs! ;) :rofl: :rofl: Were you able to get out, or was it just too slippy for the Crocs? If I was there I'd lend you a giant shoe your foot would fit into, and even equip it with a studded cleat thingy to prevent slips.

Up here I've heard people call little SUV's like Rav4's "Sport Cutes" instead of "Sport Utes". Guys who own them aren't best pleased... :tantrum:

Well, it's about time I say goodnight and go readjust my ticker to WW (ie midday, fully-dressed) level. :wave: :wave: to Shy, Holly, Meadow, upswife, Painter, Roseblush, and whoever I'm forgetting. My apologies to those who were hoping for another five pages of traffic advice...

Shad
02-21-2008, 01:18 AM
Crikey is she up late or what???? I'm told that the Brooklyn Bridge can be quite comfortable :rofl: :rofl: Monterey wasn't so bad, after all you had me there with you.