Support Groups - Worldly Chicks Move It in Maui for March




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Shad
02-29-2008, 03:33 PM
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Aloha and welcome. I see a few of you have hit the beach already. So welcome to Moving it in March. Pleasant sunsets here.

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And some stunning scenery inland. If you want to know more about Maui, click the link - http://www.maui.hawaii-accommodation-pictures.com/maui-pictures.html

Okay - so if you need to go back to frassin' and freezin' Feb heres the link - http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=133073&page=24 (I think) and I will stick this link in to the old one so folks can get from one to the other.

I'll be back shortly. Have things to do and people to meet and greet.


Shad
02-29-2008, 04:07 PM
Just realised that amongst other things to do, I have two birthdays to celebrate this week. March 6th for DS1 and March 7 - now whose birthday was that again? Minds going, going, going, gone.

Okay - well I had better get this post out of the way for the day. It would seem it will be a busy one. The DS2 has gone camping for the weekend so I have the house to myself - yeehaa. Now what did I do yesterday.

Okay, okay, I went back to the kitchen place, made a couple of alterations to the plan, almost decided on going with a slightly less expensive benchtop. The Corian is beautiful, but it means the kitchen will be out of commission for 2 weeks rather than two days and is around double the price of the 3x scratch resistant laminate which is more expensive than ordinary laminate anyway - told you I can't do anything on the cheap. That drops the price back under the 20K mark which was the top end of my budget anyway.

Mel - great news on the losses. You have been working hard and proving all the medico's wrong about the amount of weight you can lose. Now we have to get that skin done and dusted. Maybe the fresh air in Maui will work for you. Haven't yet sorted out and Igor for you yet over here.

Happy - glad the boss liked the cake. It sounds nice too. As a kid, we used to go blackberry picking on the banks of the river, that was before the local government declared it a noxious weed and sprayed it stone dead. I loved those blackberries. We would come home with a bowl full of the juicy monsters and black juice staining our faces, fingers, clothes and anything else we could get it on. Yummy. Those flourless, glutenless and good for you cakes tend not to rise so much and certainly don't last as long. That's why I asked. I guess they would freeze okay though.
How did the dessert go in the bake off?? Oh hang on, it hasn't happened yet - read the directions Shad.

Rennie = Mother Nature has never listened to anyone and certainly will not start doing so now. Stop beating your head on a brick wall and just get on with working with or working around her.

Ceejay - Like Mel said, it's good to hear that you and the car are good for another 50,000. Happy motoring. Those Toyotas are bomb-proof I reckon.

Ellen - Chucky cheese??!!!! :faint: We don't have them over here, however even the name conjures up calories.

Annie - have fun at the concert, dance like there is no one watching. Don't you just love the finish on some of those desks?

So it's on with the day. Gym - Body Balance class at 9.30. Then finish off the bits of the bathroom I didn't do yesterday. I spent so much time chucking out of date, rusty, unused, useless stuff that the bath didn't get cleaned - the rest sparkles. Sometimes you just gotts do these things and find out what you have in those drawers and doors. I don't think I will need to buy soap for the next 5 years, it's gone hard too and that means it will last longer. If I send you a present for Christmas or Birthday - guess what it might be???
Then I will tackle the main bedroom, clear out the wardrobe of my unused, unworn, non-fitting duds (or fashion mistakes) and take them to the Op Shop. Some one else may get some benefit out of them. I feel the need to shift the computer as well and there is yet another box of books to be sorted, packed up or thrown to the book exchange. And I guess that is about it. Time to move it along. See you for cocktails later.

MELODY525
03-01-2008, 08:08 AM
CEEJAY ~ THANKS...I AM STILL DANCING OVER HERE.

RENNIE~ GOING TO STEAL ONE OF YOU :cheer2:

SHAD~ GEE I LOOKED AT MY CALENDAR AND CANNOT FINE MARCH 7 :hb: :rofl: :rofl: HOPE YOU LIKE THE KITCHEN TOP CAUSE YOU'RE GOING TO BE LIVING WITH IT FOR A VERY LONG TIME! :cb: THANKS FOR THE MOVE....I LOVE MAUI ALREADY....ESPECIALLY AFTER LAST NIGHT'S SNOW STORM THAT TURNED TO ICE AND THEN RAIN :rain: SOUNDS FUNNY BUT I WENT TO BED LOOKING AT SNOW PILING UP AND THOUGHT OF THIS MORNINGS MOVE. WENT TO BED WITH A SMILE :D
SPEAKING OF SOAP...I MUST HAVE 150 BARS OF THE STUFF. THE ONLY WAY I COULD BUY IT WAS BY THE CASE!
AT LAST COUNT IT MIGHT STILL BE MORE! :faint: WE CAN COMBINE OURS AND SEND OUT PRESSIES ALL YEAR LONG :gift:

BALA HAS CANCELLED FOR OBVIOUS REASONS BUT THE MAID SERVICE FOR THE EMPTY APARTMENTS ARE STILL COMING. SOMEONE MADE A MISTAKE AND SCHEDULED THEM FOR SATURDAY.....YEAH RIGHT THEM MADE A BOO BOO......NOT!
I BETTER FIND SOME BREAKFAST AND EXERCISE BEFORE I FALL ASLEEP WITH ALL THIS DARKNESS!
HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY
ENJOY THE WEEKEND :moped:


MELODY525
03-01-2008, 08:11 AM
RECIPE #37

Heat a little oil in a large saucepan; sauté some chopped ham, frozen chopped onion and a little minced garlic. Stir in green split pea soup, canned diced roasted tomatoes and 2 cups frozen peas. Cover; simmer until hot. Sprinkle servings with shredded Swiss and Gruyere cheese and a few croutons.

upswife
03-01-2008, 09:07 AM
morning/afternoon ladies!!

Shad~I didn't do badly, had the salad bar...their pizza makes me ILL

Mel~sorry you got Ice please be careful, our snow is melting, but I believe that they are predicting more to come. :( oh why can't spring show up???

Hugs and Love to all the other ladies!!

Dh and I are going out today, my sis is coming to watch the kids. DH has choir practice, and I am going to hit the mall (no kids, I may actually get something done!) THen I will pick DH back up and we are going for dinner. Hope to be back for "cocktails" LOL

Later chicas!

Ruthxxx
03-01-2008, 09:09 AM
:wave: and aloha! Today may be the day that I get in my car and drive down for the newspaper. Yes, I still hurt but enough is enough. I am taking my Life back if my neighbour who has been using my car can find the frassing keys! I'm just a tad ticked off. I need to get back at driving so I can take myself places - like to Brockville for the surgeon's re-check next Wednesday.

Edited: Still stuck at home. I have the keys but there's 8" of snow in the lane and the plough guy hasn't been here! Guess I'm stuck in the house for the day.

happy2bme
03-01-2008, 09:49 AM
Good morning chicks,

Oooohhh smell the sea breeze, feel the warm sun on your face. I'm LOVIN' Maui :love: :cloud9: thanks for getting us here Shad!

You sound like a busy whirlwind of activity down there my friend. Sunday the cat better watch out lest she get tossed with the lot! :lol: DH likes Corian or the solid surface better than the laminate because solid surface has no seams. It always seems that when they cut the angle of the counters, they aren't even. Also there is pressed fiberboard under the laminate which soaks up liquid like a sponge. Have to make sure the sink edge is sealed well and there is never any liquid around the seams lest you find bulges there one day. I didn't realize this at first - had the dish rack on the counter at a seam. Water dripping off the glasses puddled on the counter which I didn't see and when I moved the rack :yikes: ruined the counter. (It was time for new benchtops anyway :lol: ) but I am extra careful now. I'm sure you'll pick out something lovely.

Congrats Mel on your 5 pounds down for the month. That is fabulous :cp: :cp: :cp:

We're off to the humane society today. We or rather DH got a call this week to come out for the weekend. We're to be there when they open up which means we will be assigned catbox duty. DH said nope :no: I didn't sign up for that :nono: I signed up for "cat socialization" which means to pet the kitties, show them some love and make them less afraid of humans. So he will pet the kitties and I will scoop the poopies I guess **needs holding nose smiley right now** 'Tis ok. It must be done. We can't ALL have the good jobs :lol:

The bake off was fun. We had 15 entries. I came in 4th place. No prize, just the glory of it :lol: I tried to go for presentation and creativity. Here's a pic of my dessert. I actually had another normal pie which was decorated quite pretty - as I was putting the cherries on the bigger pan (for the people's choice award) I decided to get creative and beg for votes :lol:

We had some astounding entries. You would think a bunch of IT people would make geek cakes but there were several beauties that would rival anything you'd see in a bakery. One guy's wife made a 3 layer cheesecake, frosted it with dark chocolate ganache??? She hand made white chocolate maple leaves that she decorated the outer edge of the cake with and then on top she HAND MADE calla lillies out of sugar and decorated the top of the cake with 8 of them. It was a work of art and of course took first place. She is not a professional, just likes to do that kind of thing.

After the judging, the public was invited to come in and sample. I had 4 tiny spoons of different things and it was too much sugar! I can't imagine how the judges got through 15 samples - tho not as bad as last year's 27 entries.

Sometimes embarrassing things happen to me. Well actually a lot. I have many stories. But as I was trying a sample, I of course had to try this magnificent cheesecake. It was sitting on a pretty pedastle cake plate. I went to take a spoon of cheesecake from the center and the darned cake was so dense that I pushed it off the cake plate almost into the front of my bosses boss who caught the cake before disaster hit. She gently removed it from the cake stand and graciously said, this wasn't very steady anyway. I tried to take another spoonful and again pushed the cake - it started to roll and bosses boss again caught it before it just about fell off the table and rolled to the floor :eek: I was so embarassed. Did I mention that I dropped the cake server on the floor too :o :o After I almost knocked it to the floor twice, I said "I guess this is God's sign that I REALLY don't need any of this cake" - several people standing around started laughing as I snuck off to clean the cake server I dropped. Oh my. Only me.

I need to jump in the shower as we are leaving in 30 minutes. So to those cleaning snow or cleaning cabinets or the house - have fun. Be careful to those travelling and stop and have a bit of fun - after all it IS the weekend. Will be back later tonight :hug: to the chicks.

Shad
03-01-2008, 08:14 PM
Morning all, and it is a glorious start to Autumn over here. The sun is shining, the sky is blue. Grass is several shades of green.

Happy the desset looks great - hope they appreciated your sense of humour with the decoration!!! Hope you get along okay at the cat society place. It can be a cruel eye opener in those places, but as newbies I guess you won't have to see the battered and torn just yet. I wish Sunday would get some sense of appreciation of all I do for her. Feed me, pet me, water me, move over so I can take up the bed. Why don't you let me sit on your head (answer to that is - would you let me sit on your head???)
Actually the corian is not seamless. I had it all explained how it is done. They prepare the benchtops and install the carcass. Then they fit the corian in the usual shaped pieces gluing as they go. Once the glue is dry, they buff it and it all appears seamless. You can't see any seams and it is waterproof. If you damage the bench, they come along and cut the damage out and put another piece in gluing the edges and then buff it up to appear perfect again. You can take out minor scratches with a scotchbrite pad as well. It's wonderful stuff, but awfully expensive. The cheap laminate has worked in my kitchen for 20 years and only lifted in one spot and I scraped out the fibre board and glued it back down and clamped it until dry. It didn't lift again. Maybe I have just been lucky. Mind you the surface has gone and it stains something awful these days and I also put a minor burn on it a year or so back. So it is past it's sell by date. I'm looking forward to the new one going in.

Mel - I think you better find March 7th. It's an important day. It's the day after DS1's birthday for a start and also it is the day after Michelangelo's birthday. Sincerely hope the Michelangelo virus is not still hanging around.
Glad you like the new joint. May it prove happy and fruitful as far as weight loss goes.

Shad
03-01-2008, 09:18 PM
Had to stop off there as DB2 arrived on the scene. A lesson in computerese ensued since he is not exactly computer literate. However he has made contact with some old friends and has a better attitude to life at the moment. Long may it last!

Don't really have a lot more to say anyway. I'm off to finish in the bathroom, do a little more in the garden, start clearing and cleaning in the bedroom. More stuff to the shed and no doubt another load to the dump, however that won't happen until Monday, since every citizen of Logan seems to go to the dump on a Sunday.

Ruth - there are times when you just have to push the barrow and get on with life. All I can say is that go for it. If it gets worse, lessen up a bit but don't necessarily stop. If it doesn't get worse then CARRY ON SISTER.

Gym is done for the day, food is sorted too. I just have to get my butt moving in mysterious ways. That way the flab may just jiggle it's way to some other bit of someone elses belly. Don't stand still it may be yours.

Hollyhock
03-01-2008, 09:34 PM
Aloha!!

MELODY525
03-02-2008, 08:06 AM
ELLEN~ HOPE YOU HAD A NICE DAY AND A GREAT "DATE NIGHT" :belly:

RUTH~ HOPE SHE FOUND THE KEYS AND THE SNOW GOT REMOVED!!!! I'LL COME UP AND BRING MY PLOW! :scooter:

HAPPY~ YOUR CAKE WAS TOO CUTE!!! I LOVED THE STORY THAT WENT ALONG WITH THE PIC!!! :rofl: I LAUGHED SO HARD THE BIRD YELLED AT ME YESTERDAY. GUESS I SCARED HIM! I COULD JUST SEE THE CAKE SLIDING!!!!! :lol3: :lol3: OMG NOW I AM LAUGHING AGAIN!!!!! ANYWAY....WHO DID THE SCOOPING??? NICE OF YOU BOTH TO GIVE THE TIME! :hug:

SHAD~ I WAS THINKING ABOUT THE PC VIRUS AND WONDERING IF MY COMPUTER WILL CRASH LEAVING ME TO THE OLD MEANS :write: OF COMMUNICATION :lol3: GOD I WOULD HATE TO GO THRU THAT AGAIN!! THIS TIME I WILL JUST ASK FOR HELP RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING!!! GLAD DS2 IS HAVING A BETTER TIME OF IT. I THINK JEN AND RICHIE ARE ALSO. MUST BE SPRING/FALL IN THE AIR...BRINGS ON CHANGES.:dance:

ALOHA HOLLY!

WHERE ARE ALL THE OTHERS???:dunno:
LATE AFTERNOON THE FIRE ALARM WENT OFF TELLING ME IT HAD A LOW BETTERY. I KEPT TRYING TO TELL IT "OK" BUT IT WASN'T HAVING ANY PART OF THAT ANSWER FOR ALMOST AN HOUR:tantrum: FINALLY IT TOOK MY WORD FOR IT AND SHUT THE F UP!!!! HOPEFULLY IT WON'T BE DOING ANY MORE REPORTING TO ME TODAY. TALKED TO JOHN FOR 2 HOURS ABOUT STUFF LIKE THIS AND MAYBE WE CAN GET MORE DONE WITH THE MEN. BUT PEOPLE MAKE GREAT PROMISES ON THE PHONE!!!!:rollpin:
I AM SO GLAD FEB IS OVER. THE DEATH TOLL WAS 4 IN LESS THAN 3 WEEKS. GOD IT WAS AWFUL. THE LAST ONE WAS FRIDAY. THE BUILDING IS JUST REBOUNDING AFTER THE SHOCK. SO MAUI CAME AT A PERFECT TIME!:beach: I AM READY TO SIT BY THE HOTEL POOL AND WATCH SOME OF HAPPY'S LITTLE FROGS JUMP IN AND OUT AND GET LITTLE TANS! :rofl:

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OK OFF TO PEDAL AND EAT MY WHEATIES..I MEAN OATMEAL!! HAVE A GREAT DAY!
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY :moped

MELODY525
03-02-2008, 08:10 AM
RECIPE #38.

Heat refrigerated or frozen chicken nuggets. Meanwhile, heat bottled sweet and sour sauce and drained canned pineapple chunks until hot. Toss with chicken nuggets. Serve with quick-cooking rice.

Ruthxxx
03-02-2008, 08:38 AM
Good morning! Hawaii sounds good this morning although we do have brilliant sunshine.

MEL, you always manage to sound so perky! Yes, February has been a bad month around here too. It seems all I've done is send sympathy cards and make donations to "the charity of your choice". :(

Hollyhock, that was pretty terse! What's a happenin'?

Happy, the cheesecake incident is hilarious. Is there a video?

Ellen, date night sounds good to me. I do like the idea of "cocktails" after dinner. :carrot:

Shad is right - I just need to start trundling the wheel barrow around as much as I can. I'm still semi-snowed in as the plough guy hasn't shown. I may give him a call - he's probably recovering from Saturday night right now. If he doesn't arrive, I'll just gun my little red Focus and get out the lane anyhow. I need to go to the store just to prove I can!

Time for a shower and a selection from my massive wardrobe of t-shirts and pants! :D Here's a close-up of a lily to brighten your SUN :sunny: Day! Note the snow through the window.

happy2bme
03-02-2008, 11:58 AM
Good morning ladies,

It's gorgeous outside. 70F degrees now, climbing a bit more by the afternoon. Perfect day to go outside, wash the car and pick up all the sticks and leaves and dried up sweetgum pods (gumballs). Then tomorrow it's supposed to storm like crazy which will knock more stuff out of the trees. And Tuesday - hold on to your hats - it's supposed to snow a bit. Ceejay may finally get her wish. You can tell Mother Nature is ticked off - the weather sure is wacky.

There were several regular people at the Humane Society yesterday and they did all the cleaning - we were told just to play with the cats. And that we did. All but one of them was so playful and loving. They were really enjoying the attention. We were there for 2 hours and when we were done we had enough cat hair on the 2 of us to make another cat. Even tho I took an allergy pill before I left, about 2 hours is all I can handle in close quarters. We drove home with me sneezing and coughing and wheezing. I was ok once I changed clothes and popped another pill. I will certainly do this again. They said we can pretty much come and go as we like, whenever we have the time.

I am trying to get DH and I out of the house more even though with the weather getting better we certainly have lots of projects around here. The Second City Comedy group was coming to our local performing arts center and I bought tickets for their show on Friday night. I had it on my calendar and had the tickets on the refrigerator in plain sight. The show was at 6:30pm so I didn't have to rush home from work. I came home on Friday preoccupied with the bake off - perhaps I was distracted by the extra sugar I had eaten. DH was still in his casual "work from home" outfit and said he wasn't feeling up to par and didn't feel like going out to dinner. Ok, no problem. Last night we were watching a comedian do a special show on HBO and he said something about the people who had come to see him perform. I looked over at DH and said :yikes: we FORGOT to go to the GPAC last night and see the Second City show :eek: :?: :shrug: DH said he remembered we had a busy week and THOUGHT we were supposed to do something Friday night but he never mentioned it to me. We both completely forgot. There went over $70 in tickets for nothing :mad: Actually this is more troubling that frustrating. Are we losing it already? :dizzy:

Ruth - that is a gorgeous picture of your lily. It's especially pretty with the snow as a background. I hear that those of you who get snow are just so tired of the stuff already. Been a snowy year. At least you won't be in draught conditions. AND with a red car - even if you get stuck, you will be easy to find. Just be careful with that knee.

Mel, sorry you had so much unneccesary excitement in your building. Hopefully things will calm down with the seniors although when you live with a large community of older folks, I suppose you have to get used to (or steel yourself) that you're going to lose some friends. Get on those pedals and give us a tour of the island, will you? :bike: Enjoy the day - it looks like you've got some nasty storms coming your way again.

Aloha to you too Hollly :wave:

Thanks for the explanation on the Corian Shad. I thought they poured the stuff but now that I think about it, you explanation makes sense. I think the reason I didn't like it was because the early stuff had a rather dull finish and I like things shiny but I think they have changed that now. We were even considering that too for our kitchen. I thought that DB2 had gone off to NZ a while back? Must have gotten it confused with someone else. All your talk of getting things arranged and tidied around the house has me in the mood to do the same. I do feel badly that I should be out helping DH but there's so much that needs to be done inside that I think I should stay in and do it.

Besides I have a headcold today. I checked it off to regular sinus pressure but today I have the sniffles. Will try not to bend down as that makes it much worse.

Driving to the Humane Society yesterday I noticed my favorite tree is in bloom already. I think its' the redbud. It's a gorgeous reddish purple tree that has tiny buds that make it look like the entire tree is outlined in purple. I also see the yellow forscynthia peeking out and there's some white bushes as well. Part 2 of spring is here in the south. Part 1 is the birds returning and singing their spring songs. The daffodils have sprung too.

Ellen - hope you had a good shopping trip and a nice dinner with the DH.

Well I'm off to get busy around here. Aloha to the rest of the chicks - have a good Sunday!

Ruthxxx
03-02-2008, 02:01 PM
I'm back on my wheels and have my life back! Whodathunkit but I'm all excited over going to the store and getting milk and the newspaper. I even went in to Bob's Diner/Dinner and had a quesadilla for lunch with some of the lads and caught up on gossip. If the weather is decent tomorrow, I may do a run to the Library in the next town! Such excitement!

upswife
03-02-2008, 05:47 PM
Ruth~so happy to hear you are out and about! Take it easy on your knee, and keep your trips short. I am looking to go to the library this week...can anyone reccommend any good books???

Happy~so nice not to have to clean the litter boxes! hope your allergies are a little better next time you go. I love cats, but because of DH and DS having asthma we can't have one.

Shad~all your cleaning is putting me to shame...I really have to get on the ball. Spring is starting to come out a little, so I need to get moving.

Mel~I had our alarm go off a 2 am once...I wanted to smash it with DH's baseball bat. hopefully yours will calm down once it has a new battery.

Holly~aloha right back at you...hope things are well!

Well, got up to about 50 today...spring is in the air...sad thing is that is supposed to snow again this week. all this snow and then meling the rivers are up pretty high, and most field have standing water on them. Had Confirmations this AM at church, was very nice. The kiddies did well with the extra long service. Went for brekie/lunch around 2pm.
If the rain stays away we will have a fire...just trying to relax b4 the start of the week.

Later Chicas

Shad
03-02-2008, 06:08 PM
Morning all,

:woohoo: Ruth :woohoo: You go girl. Soon you'll be back at the gym doing upper body work. Nothing like sitting down on the job and waving the arms about!!!! Can only get better from here on in.
Great picture of the lily too. Looks like spring is going to make it when you see these starting to come in.

Happy - well done with the cats. I can just see you playing with the little critturs. And then they curl up on you and look at you with those big eyes before going off to sleep. Such trust. Apart from my little b*tch they generally tend to get over most of their trauma and live normal and happy lives. Latest with Sunday is that she is not a cat! oh no! she is a human. She wants cereal fruit and yoghurt for breakfast now and not her very expensive biscuits. Strange lady that one.
I had experience with the shiny laminate at the flat in Perth. It does look good but shows every little mark and horror of horrors the one I had had a dark green and black surface with a white underlay and everytime it scratched all this white showed up. I can imagine it when it is getting old. Actually no, I did not scratch it myself. The person before me had put some black stuff (probably shoe polish) on it and every time I cleaned it, another scratch showed up. The one you are looking for is Caesar Stone, shiny not scratchy and bl**dy expensive. Your tastes are more expensive than mine.

DB2 did go to NZ - back last October. He went to a school reunion. He's well back and doing his thing. He's also changed address and is living with the rest of his family again. There is a very long and complicated story to this, but I will just bore you with the short version. His ex wife had been living with another bloke along with his kids and her kids. They seemed to be getting along very well. He was rather nice actually. For some reason, and I haven't yet sorted out what it was, the ex and kids were asked to leave. They decided to buy a house, but even combining the two wages of ex wife and DNiece they could not obtain a big enough loan to buy a house. Enter left stage DB2 - now remember I am in Perth during this and DS2 is not told until much later. So they 'invite' DB2 to 'invest' with them. They will buy a 4 bedroom place and each can have their own space. It has happened and DB2 has given up his place in the country and moved in. He seems to be taking it well. It is forcing him to save in a roundabout fashion. He gets to see a lot more of the kids. For the moment all is light and fluffy. He actually seems to be better in himself for all this. We are doing 6 monthly assessments and will see how things pan out. Very carefully I am pointing out pitfalls as I see them and trying to get him to look at these before the hammer falls. I welcome the improvement, I do not want for him to go back to how he was before.

Okay - gym, shower, breakfast and coffee are done, I should get off here and get on with my day. I have a bit more to do in the bathroom and on with the bedroom. I still have much to clear, pack, chuck and clean. Have a good Sunday/ Monday my friends.

ceejay52
03-02-2008, 08:43 PM
Aloha I'm doing the hula the best I know how.

Happy
Your experience has probably been had by all. It does make for a cute story.

I've been to Paragould and back. I did get to go visit with my cousin-her mom and sister. I didn't want to go into her room just yet. She is still on a ventilator and she's not out of the woods yet, but her mom has hope. The doctor has her on two different kinds of antibiotics and is beginning to respond to the treatment.

I bought a new outfit today to wear to my nephew's wedding in May. I could get into the large but decided to buy the extra large. The large still showed to many flaws in the contours of my body. he he.

Today was so warm.

Shy Moment
03-03-2008, 12:11 AM
Oh it is nice to be back home. MELODY keep you cotton picken fingers off my little smiles lol.

Ruthxxx
03-03-2008, 07:54 AM
Developing a slight twitch from Shad's "back to the gym" remark. Maybe next week? It's climbing the stairs to the second floor that will be the killer although going down is harder. Maybe for St. Patrick's Day?

Rennie, yup - home is best.

Upswife, relaxing by the fire is an excellent way to prepare for a week. I hope you enjoyed it. We are pretty sick of the damned snow here too!

Ceejay, I hope your cousin is over the hump. Good decision on the wedding dress - you can always take it in a bit but letting out is impossible, IMHO.

Today's excursion, weather permitting, will be a trip to the Library and the grocery store in the next town - ten minute drive. Hershey is a bit concerned about the weather prediction and is being really sucky and cuddly. I think she worries about being kicked out into the storm. I can usually tell bad weather is on the way by her behaviour.

Have a marvelous and motivated Monday, Worldlies.

MELODY525
03-03-2008, 08:07 AM
I WILL BE BACK LATER. THE ALARM MAN IS HERE AND NO ONE ELSE IS YET :faint:

RUTH~ I'M JUST A PERKY KIND GAL :belly: AND I AM SOOO VERY HAPPY TO HEAR YOU GOT OUT AND ABOUT! :scooter: I KNOPW THAT FEELING!!! :rofl: :rofl:
BUT....DON'T GO HOG WILD OR YOU WILL END UP BACK IN THE D A M N HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!! :rollpin:

happy2bme
03-03-2008, 09:12 AM
Good morning ladies,

I took a flying tumble yesterday. I was up by the pool and was sweeping up while I was waiting for the pump to drain the excess rainwater off the cover. DH has the cover bungie corded to the wrought iron fence so it won't blow away or sink down into the pool. This of course leads to a precarious situation with literally "trip wires" all around the pool. I was telling myself "be careful of the bungies" and I was walking and something distracted me. Next thing I know, my feet are tangled and I am trying my best to stay upright. I slammed down on the cement deck. Broke my d*mn boobs I did! My hands slid on the rocky cement and I took it worse on my right side. I tore my thumb up on my left hand and my palm and elbow on my right. Made a bloody mess of one of my favorite shirts too. Oh well, I'm just glad I didn't break anything.

I was cleaning out the dead leaves on the azaleas and though they are not blooming yet, several of the other early spring flowers are. We are supposed to get strong storms this afternoon as the cold front moves in but it looks like we will avoid the snow.

They are talking snow up in Jonesboro Ceejay so you might see a bit of it your way. There's an undergarment called Spanx that is really good at smoothing the little bulgy lines out when you need a little extra help. It's good for light colored pants too which show alot of shadows and sins.

Mel - I hope you don't have a bunch of alarms going off! Tell the man to come back when it's warm outside :lol:

Good to be getting out of the house Ruth - no stopping you now :D

Hope you don't get more snow Ellen. Must be tired of the stuff by now.

Shad - that sounds like a more stable enviornment for DB2 - hope it holds up well.

:wave: Rennie.

Time to get to work for this banged up chick. Talk to you later, love to the rest of the crew :grouphug:

Hollyhock
03-03-2008, 11:13 AM
OUch Happy!! Take care.

Nice to see you out and about Miss Ruthie. I had a hard weekend mentally. I am very, very tired of winter. Mostly driving in it. That said, the kids and I spent more than 3 hours at an outdoor rink yesterday and it was a blast.

it is +5C today and very windy. I have all the windows open and am cleaning. Feeling less overwhelmed by life in general today.

MELODY525
03-03-2008, 11:16 AM
HAPPY I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THAT FALL....AND COULD YOU HAVE HURT MANY KORE PARTS AT ONE TIME???:yikes: THANK GOD YOU DIDN'T FALL INTO THE DANG POOL!!!! HPE THE STIFFNESS AND SORENESS ISN'T TOO BAD AT WORK :hug: :hug:

CEEJAY~ SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT ALL THE ANTIBIOTICS AND HOPE SHE WILL BE MUCH BETTER SOON. MUST BE TOUGH ON THE MOM ALSO :hig: FOR ALL OF YOU!!
GLAD YOU GOT THE DRESS...NOW YOU'RE ALREADY FOR MAY!!

SHAD~ I AM GLAD THOINGS ARE STILL WORKING OUT FOR DB2..I WAS THINKING ABOUT HIM WHEN DEAR OLD DAD KEEPS ASKING JEN TO MOVE OUT BY HIM. THEY STILL HAVE NOT SAID YAY OR NAY YET. MAY DB2'S LIFE CONTINUE ON A GOOD JOURNEY!!! :angel: AND I CAN JUST HEAR YOUR 5 MONTH ASSESSMENTS! :rofl:

THIS IS AS MUCH AS I COULD READ FOR NOW. IT'S LIKE TRYINT TO READ WHILE CRYING. MUST BE ALL THE SMELLS IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM. WE ALSO HAVE A LEAK. SO BOTH PLUMBER AND ELECTRICIAN WERE HERE! :lol3:
LOVELY DAY. SUPPOSED TO GET INTO THE 50'S THIS WEEK. GUESS THE COLD AIR WENT SOUTH :yikes:
WILL CHAT LATER OR TOMORROW :moped:

carla49
03-03-2008, 12:27 PM
Happy, ouch!!! First your attempted cake-icide, now trying to take a swan dive into a swampy pool? I feel for you, I really do. You must be so sore today. :hug: :hug:
By the way, I thought your attempt to sway the electorate was very cute. Next time there's a bake-off, remind me to give you my recipe for flourless chocolate cake. It looks quite innocuous, but is absolutely killer. :drool: And there's room on top to put pleading messages too... :rofl:

Mel, which alarm was it that went off? If it was a smoke detector, shouldn't your friendly firefighters have been there to check things out? ;) :D
I hope for both your sake and Jen's that she doesn't go take care of Ritchie's father. From earlier posts he doesn't sound like a very nice man, and didn't he have a girlfriend with him on the cruise? Couldn't she look after him? Can't he look after himself? I'm not trying to be uncharitable, but from previous posts I got the impression he was pretty controlling, and I'd hate to see her being used. :soap:

Shad, how go the kitchen plans? When I finally do mine, I think I'll go for a good-quality laminate, especially as I wouldn't have any seams, just cutouts for sink and cooktop. Then again, I have a very bad habit of 'forgetting' to use a cutting board... :o
I hope for DB2's sake that the new living arrangement pans out. I'd be concerned about what will happen to him if the ex reconciles with the boyfriend, or finds someone new. :crossed: that it all works out.

Ruth, good for you braving the snow and ice! :dancer: I have a feeling getting out and about is the best thing you cand do for that knee. Just make sure not to pull a Happy on the ice!!! :yikes:

Shy, you say you're glad to be back home - where did you go? Did you have a good time? Watch those little siggie guys like a hawk - If this morning's :goodscale wasn't just an aberration, I'll be stealing one of the little fellows myself! (Official weigh-in is Wednesday.)

Ceejay, lucky you with the warm weather! It's actually raining here today, but the snow will be back later in the week. We barely escaped some nasty freezing rain. What colour is the new outfit?

As part of my conversion to WW, I'm always on the lookout for fast, easy, light and tasty recipes. Here's one I really enjoyed. you can use any kind of whitefish for it.
In a micro-steam bag (Glad and Ziploc both worked) place a few fillets of frozen fish; add a splash of Worcestershire sauce, some chopped green onions, a few capers, and a couple of anchovies chopped into smaller peieces. Steam until done (follow directions on the bag) and serve over 90-second brown rice with a huge pile of steamed veg. Yummm.

I missed spinning on Friday, and spent much of the weekend on the heating pad and muscle relaxants after waking up with an annoying muscle spasm in my neck/shoulder. It's still there but much better, so I'll be back in the saddle tonight. :ebike: Then a 'friend' send me a link to an on-line game called Free Rice.... The idea is that as you play you're improving your vocabulary and at the same time providing free rice for starving people in Africa. Any of you who like word games might like it, but be forewarned - it consumes vast amounts of time, and is wildly addictive. I'm trying to wean myself off it bit by bit.

Last week I finally went out and bought some jeans that fit a bit better, and also a pair of black pants that fit extremely well. So I can turf out the awful stuff I'd been wearing for so long. I was trying to hold out until I could just wear the smaller clothes waiting in the closet, but it's a very slow process, and I finally decided I deserved better. Of course I was lucky to find what I needed, and at a very reasonable price! (Since standard sizes don't fit me well I don't really like clothes-shopping unless I'm very slim, and I tend to assume there'd be nothing out there for me. Always a shock to find anything...)

I guess that'll be all for now. I hear lunch calling...

:wave: to Holly, Annie, Shaker, upswife, and Madcat lying in the sun down south.

happy2bme
03-03-2008, 02:44 PM
cake-icide :lol3: :lol3: :lol3: Carla - you sure are a hoot! OMG - flourless chocolate cake. My 2 most favorite desserts in the world - I eat them twice a year - on birthday and anniversary (which is Wednesday) - creme brulee and flourless chocolate cake. :T :T :T ok, down girl. Did I use up any WW points just thinking about it? And here I was having such a stellar on-plan day :D

Hope your kink works out Carla. Those things can be buggers, especially if you can't "pull them out". Good for you on getting good fitting pants. I think we all have a tendency to wear baggy, ill fitting clothing - either to hide yards and yards of body with yards and yards of fabric - or we are on the way down the scale and don't want to buy new stuff in interim sizes we don't intend to stay at. But the truth is, good fitting clothing will not only make you look good (and often quite thinner than the bulky stuff) but you will feel better about yourself too. So even if you just do like the rich and have a few good, classic pieces that you can swap in and out, you'll feel better for it. Last week I dug out a jacket from the back of the closet and the reaction I got (quite unexpected) reinforced that point about good fitting clothes. So know that you didn't waste your money Carla. I'll bet you look fab.

Your recipe sounded good UNTIL I got to the anchovies. Awk, eeeeeeee, no thank you very much as she runs screaming away. Now I loves me my fisheys but anchovies are not only salty but too fishy for this chick. When I first discovered Ceaser salad I had to always remember to ask if they put anchovies in there. I think enough people said no so they don't do that anymore. Probably a bummer for those of you that like them. I have some of those steamer bags but haven't tried them yet. I am still a bit concerned about cooking food and leaching plastic bags. :dunno:

Shad - I did look at Caesarstone (sp?) - didn't like any of it. Good thing because it IS expensive. I would rather do laminate in this house too considering we won't be here long enough to make the investment worthwhile but we'll see what we decide as we get closer to it.

I don't know Mel - if the eyes are bothering you that much, maybe you have to ease out of the office duties at your place. We can't have you all smeary eyed - we need you bright and bushy tailed for here :lol: Go run outside and take a sniff of the 50's temps, they say there is more icky weather headed your way. :(

Holly - playing in the cold weather is ALWAYS more fun than driving in it. I always said, winter isn't so bad if you can bundle up, stay inside and don't ever have to go out in it. When does winter "end" for you guys up north?

Lunch is over, back to work for me.

MELODY525
03-03-2008, 03:10 PM
OK I WENT BACK AND READ THE REST. :lol3:
RUTH...WHEN YOU ASKED HAPPY IF SHE HAD A VIDEO OF THE SLIDING CAKE COMEDY ROUTINE I ABOUT SPIT SELTZER ALL OVER MY COMPUTER SCREEN :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: OMG I CRACKED UP!! I WAS HOPING THEY WOULD MAKE A MINI SERIES JUST BY FOLLOWING OUR HAPPY AROUND!! :lol3: :lol3: :lol3:

HAPPY~ SORRY ABOUT THE ALLERGY BUSINESS. I WAS GOING TO ASK IF THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA....BUT THEN YOU ARE OVER 21 :cb: WHEN I GO FOOD SHOPPING AROUND EASTER AND MOTHER'S DAY I HAVE TO TAKE ZYRTEC BEFORE I GO!!! :dizzy: BUT IT WAS NICE OF YOU GUYS. SORRY ABOUT THE TICKETS!!! SHOULD I BE SENDING AN APPLICATION DOWN TO YOU TWO FOR THE NEXT AVAILABLE APARTMENT HERE????? :rofl:

ELLEN~ WAS THAT A FIRE IN YOUR OWN FIREPLACE? I OFTEN WONDERED IOF WHEN IT RAINS YOU CAN HAVE ONE OR NOT. OR WAS THAT A PATIO FIREPLACE?
EITHER WAY...WISH I WAS THERE! :beach:

THEY FIXED OUR BUILDING'S FFIRE ALARMS WITH BIGGER AND BETTER RECHARGABLE BATTERIES. NOW I WON'T BE HAVING TO RUN DOWN AND RESET THEM EVERYTIME ONE RUNS LOW. WE ONLY HAVE 3 BATTERIES...WHAT WAS SO HARD ABOUT WATCHING THEIR DATES. THEY WERE PRINTED RIGHT ON THE FRONT OF THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!! 05/04!!!!!! :faint: THE PLUMBER HAS BEEN AND GONE AND WE SPRUNG ANOTHER LEAK WHILE HE WAS HERE! VERY BUSY MAINTENANCE DEPT TODAY!! SERVES THEM RIGHT...I DID THEIR WORK OVER THE WEEKEND! JOHN AND I WENT FOR A WALK AND HASHED OUT SOME STUFF. HE FEELS BADLY THAT HE HEAPED SO MUCH ON ME AND HADN'T REALIZED THE AMOUNT. WE HAVE BOTH COME TO GRIPS WITH MY TAKING A FEW STEPS BACKWARDS. TOLD ME HOW MUCH HE MISSES ME ALREADY :rofl: IT'S 55 DEGREES AND WE WALKED IN OUR SHIRTSLEEVES. GOTTA LOVE THE FEELING OF THE SUN ON YOUR FACE. SO MILD OUTSIDE YOU COULD FEEL THE WWARMTH :sunny: THE RAIN IS ON IT'S WAY FOR A DAY OR TWO....THAT'S OK....I CAN BE PATIENT!

OK CHICKS...GOTTA GO. LOVE TO ALL :love:

MELODY525
03-03-2008, 03:29 PM
Happy, ouch!!! First your attempted cake-icide, now trying to take a swan dive into a swampy pool? I feel for you, I really do. You must be so sore today. CARLA...SOMEHOW I DON'T HEAR THE SINCERITY IN YOUR POST :rofl: :rofl: YES JEN IS AWARE OF RICHIE'S DAD AND HIS IDEA OF "CONTROL" BUT IN ACTUALITY HE CONTROLS NOTHING. JUST A SCARED OLD MAN NOW. THE GIRLFRIEND IS STILL THERE BUT HE IS JUST AFRAID TO BE ALONE. JEN IS GETTING WAITED ON NOW AND THE GF IS TRYING TO FATTEN HER UP. SEEMS LIKE JEN IS GETTING THE BETTER DEAL RIGHT NOW. AND A WASHER, DRYER, DISHWASHER AND A BACK YARD TO BOOT.....AND A HOT TUB!! I FORGOT. HE EVEN LETS HER DRIVE THE CADILLAC NOW!! ROFLMAO SO FOR THE TIME BEING THEY ARE THERE MON-FRI AND COME HERE ON THE WEEKENDS. WAIT TILL THE FIRST FIGHT COMES!!!
HOPE YOUR MUSCLE FEELS BETTER. NOTHING WORSE THAN THAT...UNLESS IT'S A TOOTHACHE!!! ET WELL SOON. :hug: I SHOULD GET SOME STUFF FOR SUMMER TOO NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT....I COULD USE SOME NEW PANTS. HAVE FUN!!

HAPPY AGAIN.....I AM WITH YOU KID...ANCHOVIES :cry: I ALMOST LOST MY LUNCH WHEN I GOT TO THAT PART. BUT THEN THE FISH TURNED ME OFF TOO :lol3: IS WORK SLOW?? HAVE YOU NOTHING BETTER TO DO THAN BE HERE ALL DAY?? ARE YOU SORE YET??? GOD WHAT A FALL!! :hug: MY EYES ARE LIKE READING THRU A GLASS PANE WITH SOME VASELINE ON IT. I TRY NOT TO DRIVE IN THE STREET WHEN THEY GET LIKE THIS :lol3:

I AM LEAVING THIS TIME FOR SURE! :scooter:

MELODY525
03-03-2008, 05:27 PM
I FOUND THIS RECIPE BUT HAVE NEVER EATEN TEMPEH. IS IT GOOD? LIKE TOFU? I MIGHT GET THE STUFF TO TRY THIS TOMORROW. WHATCHA THINK?

http://www.recipelink.com/cookbooks/r_image/1594862923_5.jpg

Tempeh Dagwood Sandwich
Recipe from: The South Beach Diet Quick and Easy Cookbook by Arthur Agatston


Stacked up high and filled with smooth avocado, juicy tomato, and creamy cheese, this power-protein sandwich is a South Beach vegetarian favorite. Vegans can use nondairy mayo and soy cheese. If you have extra time, marinate the tempeh for up to an hour.

Makes 1 serving
Prep Time: 15 minutes (includes marinating)
Cook Time: 10 minutes

2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar

1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 (8-ounce) package soy tempeh

1 teaspoon mayonnaise

2 slices multigrain bread, lightly toasted

1 ounce shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese (3 tablespoons)

1/4 avocado, peeled and sliced

2 slices tomato

Whisk together soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic in a shallow bowl. Add tempeh and marinate for 10 minutes, turning once halfway through.



Spray a medium nonstick skillet with fat-free cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Add tempeh, reserving marinade, and cook until well browned, 4 minutes per side. Remove from heat, add 2 tablespoons of the marinade to the pan, and flip tempeh once or twice until marinade is absorbed.



Spread mayonnaise on 1 bread slice. Place tempeh on top and cover with cheese, avocado, and tomato. Top with remaining bread, gently press down, slice in half, and serve.

Nutrition at a Glance
Per serving: 450 calories, 19 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 37 g protein, 38 g carbohydrate, 16 g dietary fiber, 860 mg sodium

ceejay52
03-03-2008, 05:47 PM
Mel
Looks good.

Happy
Ouch. Are you sore from the fall? Don't know what I did this past weekend but I have a bruise on the inside of my left upper arm.

holly
Hello Glad you had a good week end.

Carla
The new outfit has a lime green short sleeve jacket. The skirt has a black back ground with bits and pieces of hot pink, purple and lime green. It has a paisly design. My body is so out of shape that I hope I can wear the skirt. I live in pants.

Ruth
I'm so glad that you have ventured out of the house. I'm not much of one driving on the snow. Be careful. Sometimes that is the best medicine.

Shad
Have you got caught up on the cleaning?

Hello to Ellen and Painter Woman.

Shy Moment
03-03-2008, 06:19 PM
I really have to watch you people like a hawk. Ok, I now have trained killer 2 inch worms watching my little smiles.

Ruth
Glad to see you are up and moving around a bit. Take it easy.

Happy
Oh my gosh, hope you are feeling better now. You really need to hire one of those sexy pool guys to do all that work.

Holly
Glad you had fun with the kids. 65 here today and most of the snow gone. I went out and cleaned up the yard again. This is twice so far this season. I just keep telling myself. There will be less to do in the spring.


Carla
We went to a friends house for the weekend ( her husband works 12 hours a day ) to help her out since she just got home from the hospital after having a hysterectomy. The little worms watching my smiling BITE :)Oh I would love that recipe for flour less cake. Glad you found something to fit. Every now and again we should get something for our selfs.

Shad
03-03-2008, 06:44 PM
Morning all,

Such a chatty lot you are.

Ceejay - congratulations on the purchase of the new outfit. Sounds really nice. I like those colours together.
No I haven't finished the cleaning. In this place it is never finished. I live in a very dusty area.

Welcome back Rennie - and yes Mel keep the fingers off!!!! ???? Did I miss something??

Ruth - twitch is good. At least you are moving something :rofl: We will have to create a little sled to get you up and down the stairs. Do we have to cater for bends in the stairs??? Keep moving and give Hersh lots of cuddles and pats.

Happy - ouch! :hug: :hug: Get better soon. I suppose you will go to work and say that they should take a look at the other bloke??? Get better soon.

Morning Holly - glad to see you had a good weekend. I can understand getting tired of driving in snow.

Carla - the concerns you expressed are exactly the ones I have doubts about. The DN is of an age when it probably wont be too long before she decides to try out life alone or with a friend. What happens when the kids are gone? What happens if the ex wants to bring in a new boyfriend or move out with a new boyfriend? She's done it before, why not again?? Since he is paying in the most and yet has the least needs and has made the biggest change in lifestyle what happens if one of them wants to go. It has potential for success and for disaster. I hope the former comes up trumps.
The recipe sounds nice and I don't mind anchovies. If you don't like 'em leave them out and season instead.
Sounds like new wardrobes all round. Good to see us taking pride in our appearance. Looking good is equivalent to an 8 on the feel good scale.

Mel - good to hear you are getting out an about occasionally. The fresh air does do us good. I'm convinced of the lifting effects of sunlight. Can't do without it.
Take care of those eyes - we don't need any more rosacea flare ups from you.
Say hello to Ritchie and Jen for me. You do realise that if they do decide to go look after him, he may just be contrary enough to leave them whatever is left over at the end of a long and demanding life? Of course the rest of the family (who seem conspicuously silent) will then contest the will. And war will break out again. What's wrong with him anyway?

Gym is done for the day. Breakfast is finished. Coffee is nearly over and I should get on with things. Today I need to shift some more stuff to the shed, talk to the kitchen place about contracts, talk to the door man and the floor man, clean and clear some more and a dump run as well. I think this will be close to the end of that particular thrill. Yeehah, :woohoo:

MELODY525
03-03-2008, 06:47 PM
HEY I DON'T SEE ANY BITING WORMS....GONNA TRY AND USE SCARE TACKTIC NOW HUH??? REMIND ME TO GET SOME BUG SPRAY WHEN I GO TO THE FOOD STORE TOMORROW.....HERE LITTLE WORMY WORM COME TO MAMA.....
BUT THAT WAS NICE OF YOU GUYS TO GO HELP THE WOMAN OUT. BET SHE APPRECIATED IT TO NO END!

CEEJAY~ WOW THE OUTFIT SOUNDS VERY NICE. HOPE YOU ENJOY IT EVERY MINUTE YOU'RE THERE MISS CLASSY! :belly:

SOMEHOW I MUST HAVE MISSED HOLLY'S POST BUT GLAD YOU HAD FUN WITH THE KIDS AND WAVING ANYWAY :wave:

MELODY525
03-03-2008, 06:50 PM
:wave: WAVING FRANTICALLY TO SHAD ALSO...I SEE YOUR EGG AGLOW!!!! :flame:
HAVE A GREAT DAY KAURANGI! :hug:
AND FROM YOUR MOUTH TO GOD'S EAR ABOUT THE DF LEAVING THE $$. i WOULD LIKE TO SEE HIM LEAVE THEM THE HOUSE. THEY COULD ALWAYS SELL IT!!!!!!!!! :dance:

MELODY525
03-03-2008, 07:23 PM
MELLIE'S WORM EATER
http://www.feebleminds-gifs.com/dinosaurs.gif

http://www.anchoredbygrace.com/smileys/popworm.gif

Shad
03-03-2008, 07:39 PM
To join in the general silliness, here is my contribution to Easter.

http://d21c.com/scratch/holidays/egg.swf

Enjoy

MELODY525
03-03-2008, 07:50 PM
:rofl: :rofl: I'M LAUGHING MY BUTT OFF OVER HERE :lol3: :lol3:

Shy Moment
03-03-2008, 09:16 PM
Melody
Oh my gosh you are just to much lol.

No, I didn't even get a thank you. That was the main reason the hubby was just so darn mad. We got there Friday about noon. We didn't leave until about 2 on Sunday afternoon. In that amount of time I...spring cleaned her apartment and washed the windows and curtains. Scrubbed down the kitchen and bathroom walls. Did the laundry. Made meals for 5 days so she wouldn't have to try to cook and did all her shopping. I knew she was going to have to go in for gallbladder surgery in a couple of months and wasn't going to find time to do all this with the pain she is in most of the time. I remember before I had my gallbladder out and I sure didn't feel like doing anything that didn't have to be done.

Shad
They want to steal my little smiles.

happy2bme
03-03-2008, 09:18 PM
I have this sudden urge to take up yodelling. :D

When Irish eyes see smilies - it appears Miss Mel dug out the St. Paddy's day smilies. Better than those DECEMBER ones I suppose. I'm sure one of those is named Igor. Or at least now he is. :lol: Love the new avatar. (I think we have a froggy living in the water of the pool cover - will check again and if so, I'll name it Wild Mel).

Rennie - I already have a sexy pool guy. He was out getting my dinner when I "fall down, go boom". He did offer to clean my wounds and did bandage my arm and gave me an extra kiss to make it heal faster. :hug: You are accumulating an awful lot of characters in your signature. Great job!



I'm scrolling backwards. Just saw Mel's worm eater :rofl: :rofl:

I want to go to the dump with Shad. Here the nice guys come and tote it off for you provided you don't put out any contraband construction or yard waste in black, not clear bags.

Ceejay - the new outfit sounds very pretty. I know what you mean about skirts - been so long I forgot how to spell the word :rofl: I find it's not the skirts that's the problem, it's that after so long you don't have any shoes to go with a dress. And don't you just hate those mystery bruises that show up out of nowhere.

Anyone seen a red car driven by a wild woman with a curly dog and a wigglely knee? If so, get that woman home. :lol:

Tempeh? :chin: might have tried it when we were going to the Mediteranean restaurant but I can't be sure. I know falafel - that was good. Try it and let us know how it was.

Ellen - I REALLY like your new avatar! :rofl:

And I had a perfectly on plan day today diet wise. I had to do some tweaking and adjusting but I pulled it off. It's easy to go over points, even if you do get a lot of them.

I'm going to celebrate with a nice cup of tea. I did pick up some of that Stevia over the weekend. I'm not sure I like it. It is sweet but easy to be bitter too. I am still experimenting with it. Heck my goal was to trade out the 14 teaspoons of sugar that's in a can of soda. Even with a touch of fine New Zealand honey or a bit of rock sugar, I'm not coming anywhere close to the sugar in soda.

Don't drink your calories they say. Ok, I'm off for a cup of Rooibos tea. I love the Jasmine stuff but didn't realize that green tea has caffeine in it. Was quite awake last night. I have several flavors of Rooibos - naturally caffeine free. Supposed to be for iced tea but maybe it will be ok hot too.

'Night all...

happy2bme
03-03-2008, 09:19 PM
You didn't even get a thank you Rennie? Geez, some friend. :rolleyes: I mean, I understand that you don't do it for the gratitude but heck, most people would leave you lying in a gutter now a days so you have to be nice to the ones who still give a hoot. Bummer. :(

Shy Moment
03-03-2008, 11:26 PM
Happy
I have a few people I really consider friends. A few I have met here on this site and 3 girls I went to school with since first grade. Everyone else in my life are what I really call friendly acquaintances. That is what this woman is. Since my 3 best friends live in other states they aren't here to help me if I ever need help. Those here, well you all can't hop through the computer so what you give, while it isn't physical help, is more valuable than I can say. You all give emotional and spiritual help. I am almost painfully shy off the computer so I tend to be the one that lends a helping hand but other people don't really notice unless they need help. Yes, a thank you would have been very nice. Maybe she just wasn't feeling well enough to think about saying thank you. Maybe when she gets better she will notice all she doesn't have to do. I know she will smile sometime when she notices she doesn't have to do this or that and that will be enough thank you. I am going to have to have the pool I had taken out when I bought this house put back in so I can have some sexy eye candy too lol. I love them, don't they look so cheerful down there cheering me on.

PainterWoman
03-04-2008, 01:39 AM
Oooooooh, Happy, your fall sounds awful. I hope you aren't to bunged up and stiff.

Shy -- you sound like a saint doing all that cleaning. Hope you got lots of "points" from the people who do matter to you.

I had my own adventures since you last heard from me. Fried Computer and pseudo "ER" visit. The stories are here. (http://www.journal-to-a-muse.blogspot.com)
And it snowed just a little while ago-- nothing like drifts or anything AND it's supposed to be in the 50's tomorrow, so it won't last. I think if I weren't a night owl, I wouldn't haved even seen it.

MELODY525
03-04-2008, 07:53 AM
RENNIE~ SOME PEOPLE JUST DON'T KNOW THE WORD THANK YOU! I TELL JEN THAT THESE THINGS ARE SCORE POINTS FOR HEAVEN WHEN DONE FROM THE HEART!! :rofl: NO WONDER HUBBY WAS MAD.

HAPPY~ DID YOU SEE THE LITTLE WORM? I THINK 3FC NEEDS TO HAVE HIM TOO. http://www.anchoredbygrace.com/smileys/popworm.gif I HAVE TO ASK...ARE YOU RUNNING A "SAVE THE FROG" SHELTER IN YOUR POOL? :lol3:
DID YOU LIKE THE ICE TEA WHEN HOT?? ROOIBUS. I WILL HAVE TO LOOK AROUND...WAS THAT THE ONLINE STUFF? INQUIRING MINDS NEED TO KNOW THESE THINGS. AND CONGRATS ON THE GOOD DAY FOODWISE! :cheer2:

PAINTER~ GLAD TO READ NO PROBLEMS WERE FOUND. MUST HAVE BEEN A HELLUVA JOURNEY! :yikes: MAYBE IT'S YOUR TURN FOR A KICK IN THE BUTT( my daughter gave me one recently)...BUT I'LL WAIT TILL AFTER YOU GET SOME PAIN MANAGEMENT IN FIRST. I DON'T WANT TO ADDD TO THE PAIN YET! :rollpin:

:rain: RAIN AND TIREDNESS. SO I' CANCELLED SHOPPING. THURSDAY WILL BE BRIGHT AND CHEERY. A MUCH BETTER CHOICE. WILLY WILL BE HAPPY. HE HAS BEEN VERY ILL AND ISN'T 100% YET. I HAVE WASH TO PUT AWAY. AND THE LINEN CLOSET COULD USE A TIDYING UP WHILE I AM IN THERE. AS THE DAYS GO BY, I AM BECOMING MORE INTOLLERANT TO SUCRALOSE ANYTHING. I STILL HAVE PROTEIN POWDER CANNISTERS. SO YESTERDAY I GAVE THEM TO JOHN WHO WAS THRILLED TO TRY SOMETHING NEW. I HAD ELIMINATED ALL ART. SWEETENERS EXCEPT FOR THE SHAKES AND BARS. IT SEEMED TO BE OK BUT NOW... :dunno:
IF I DON'T START MOVING SOON I WILL GO BACK TO SLEEP LIKE THE GRANDSON. IN KNOW HE HEARS ME BUT HAS HIS HEAD TUCKED UNDER HIS WING AND IS REFUSING TO GET UP!! :tantrum:
HAPPY TUESDAY!! GOT TO WATCH THE BIGGEST LOSER AND GET MY MOJO RUNNING FOR THE WEEK :moped:

MELODY525
03-04-2008, 08:06 AM
RECIPE#39.
Heat frozen Mexican-flavor veggie burgers in skillet as box directs. Serve on bed of shredded lettuce with tomato wedges; top with guacamole.

happy2bme
03-04-2008, 08:32 AM
Good morning chicks,

Aww Mel. Wish I could send you some of the Stevia to try but I'm afraid if I send white powder in an envelope, Tommy Lee Jones and all of Mr. Bush's men with earplugs and guns will be after me :lol: I do see that they carry it in the grocery store now in the sugar section by the packets of the blue and pink stuff. Stevia is an extract from a Paraguayan (sp??) plant so it is natural and is something like 200 times sweeter than sugar. Even Splenda has some artificial stuff in it. I am still experimenting with it - I think all of that stuff gives me intestinal distress. I'm thinking better to just wean down the sugar gradually. I still say the best plan is to stick with everything natural as much as possible. Particularly if you are very sensitive to things which I think intensifies anyway as we get older (and better ;) ). As for the frogs Mel, I guess they are there just to remind me to think of you and smile once in a while :D

Painter :yikes: Oh my. You've had an ordeal, haven't you? I am reminded of my cousin's wife who said the chemo settles into all little nooks and crannies in the body and does all sorts of wierd things that people who haven't gone through it just don't understand. I do hope you get to feeling better very soon :hug: As for the snow, had to look at your blog to see the picture as the post on 3FC didn't work. I've always thought that nighttime snow was the prettiest. Something peaceful about it. Perhaps it's the way it naturally muffles out the noises or maybe it's the way the snowflakes catch the light and sparkle. I hope you saw this at 11pm and not 3am!!! Glad you didn't have DVT - that's a very serious problem, didn't realize that's a possible after effect either. Be good to yourself and keep moving to "keep the old parts greased up" :D

Good heavens Rennie - you gave me a startle. You were talking about sexy pool guys and then something about them cheering you on :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: - then I realized you had switched subjects and were talking about your smilies! :rofl:

We are supposed to get some mucky weather today. Cold rain and some snowflakes. Nothing to stick but it's just a cold morning where we'd all like to stay in bed a bit longer and the old bones are protesting. There was a VERY LOUD birdy outside singing it's heart out sometime around 5:30am. Probably the mockingbird. Or maybe the cardinal. Couldn't have been any louder if it was standing under my window yelling - GET UP LAZY BONES. That's the thanks we get for feeding the little stinkers. :lol:

Well I'm off to leave my stamp on the world today. You do the same :D :wave:

upswife
03-04-2008, 09:09 AM
Good morning ladies!!! YOU are a chatty bunch, will try to catch up reading this afternoon. Dh is working evenings for the rest of the week, so we are going this morning. Other than that things are normal here. have to do laundry and vacumme the whole house...even have to move things in my kitchen as we have been getting ants. will have to move the refrigerator and the stove...at least I will get double exercise. I hate having carpet in my kitchen...can't wait until we can replace t he floors. still cold, but the snow they predicted for yesterday never came, supposed to be cold all week, then warm up to mid 40's -50's next week. Can't wait!!!

Happy~hope you are not too banged up!

annie175
03-04-2008, 09:16 AM
SHuweeeeeeee, finally made it to the beach. Got delayed a bit, but made it.

Aloha everyone, oh what fun we will have.

Had a blast on Friday night dancing and whatnot. Slept in till 11:00 on Saturday, then took a nap in the afternoon, then went to bed early. I am getting too old for this buiness.

Spent Sunday with my parents, it was their 60th wedding anniversary. I can't believe they made it as both are in terrible health.

Have a super, fantabulous day everyong.

Hugs & Love

diyana
03-04-2008, 10:13 AM
Aloha ladies --

I was kinda busy the last few days and was late for the flight to Maui. But I'm here now. It came down to....go to the gym or post. So I went to the gym. Things are a bit less stressful today at work, so I'm taking a moment to catch up with my Worldly Chick friends. Sounds like you all have enjoyed the Maui sun! Ahhh, I can feel the warm breezes and sunshine now.

I've been doing GREAT with my WW points. And I've been getting to the gym about 5 days a week! And I've never felt better! My pants are starting to get very loose, but I'm not seeing huge victories on the scale yet. The NSV are wonderful though!!

I just heard some sad news for me and millions of Packer fans....Brett Favre has decided to retire. He's had such a long successful and legendary career. And he's such a hottie (IMHO). He will definitely be missed by all Packer fans. I'm sad, but I will keep this in perspective. It is, after all, just football.


Happy -- Happy, I sure hope you're feeling better from your awful fall. Yikes! And I loved the photo of your bake off entry! I would've voted for you fer sure! Good for you for volunteering at the humane society! Now that my work schedule is much less crazy than it used to be (40 to 45 hour work weeks instead of 65 to 70 hour work weeks), I am going to volunteer too. Almost nothing brightens my mood more than spending time with animals, which is why DH took me to a Pet Expo a few weeks ago and a local dog show this past weekend. I got to pet all kinds of loveable doggies (and kitties at the pet expo)! :)

I'm so envious of your warm weather. I'd love for it to be in the 70s and be able to work in the garden. I'd even settle for temps in the 50s. Looks like we've got another month or so of snow. I'm SO looking forward to spring and seeing the crocuses, tulips and daffodils.

Shad -- I have laminate countertops too, and not even scratch resistant. I'm sure yours are a lot better. Please post photos of your new kitchen when it's done. The only corian thing I have is an AWESOME corian cutting board in the shape of a penguin (DH and I collect penguins). The corian makes it not absorb food bacteria or stains, and easy to clean. It's wonderful. I've had it for 10 years and looks as good as new. You are definitely motivating me to clean out all my closets and cupboards. My house has limited storage space and it's full of stuff I hardly ever use. Thinking good thoughts that your DB2's life continues to improve.

Ruth - Congrats on the successful drive! I'll bet it feels wonderful to have your wheels again!

Hollyhock - Glad to see you got out with the kids despite the wintry weather. I think all of us northerners are all very tired of it.

Rennie - 65 degrees yesterday in Ohio....oh I can feel spring coming up here...I just know it is. Especially since the other day, we listened to baseball on the radio (okay, spring training baseball, but it still made me feel a bit warmer). You should've at least gotten a thank you for all the work/help you did for your friend.

Ceejay - Congrats on the purchase of the new outfit. It sounds lovely! I'm not ready to purchase new clothes just yet, but I'm going to go through my closet and see if I have smaller sizes still, as my pants are getting very loose. Yay!

Painter - I'm glad no problems were found after your ER visit. What a scare though!

Annie - Your weekend sounds like it was lots of fun! That's awesome that your parents celebrated their 60th anniversary!


Well, I'd better sign off now. Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to catch up.

Here's to a great day for all of us!

Hugs,

diyana
03-04-2008, 11:31 AM
Hey chicks --

Some of you may already know about this, but I just found it this past weekend at the grocery store.

Progresso has 5 different Light Soups that have 0 points per serving.

Italian-Style Vegetable
Vegetable & Noodle
Homestyle Vegetable and Rice
Savory Vegetable and Barley
Southwestern-Style Vegetable - This is the only one I've tried so far and it's excellent! (just a warning, it's a little spicy) :hungry:

Shy Moment
03-04-2008, 03:43 PM
diy
Many of those sound yummy. The only reason I don't eat anything but homemade soup is because can soups have so darn much sodium in them. Wonder if those are lower in sodium than other soups? We still have a few weeks here that the weather can turn horrid. You don't even count on spring in my neck of the woods until the second week in April lol. Oh don't you just love when spring training hits. The balls, the bats, the cute bums in those uniforms :) makes life worth living. GO INDIANS.

happy
I have to admit sexy pool guys would sure cheer me on lol.

Painter
What I got was my husband yelling for what seemed forever that he is sick and tired of me being a mat for everyone to walk on and that he is putting his foot down. I am loved lol.

Ruthxxx
03-04-2008, 04:10 PM
Quickie to just say the red car driven by a wild woman with a curly dog and a wiggly knee is now home from her trip to the surgeon in Brockville - pop. 22,000. (You'd think it was a trip to Toronto rather than a 30 minute drive!) I must admit I'm pretty tired out BUT....................my surgeon is "amazed and delighted" with my progress. (No, I didn't table dance for him.)

Once again he went over the massive amount of work he did and showed my my X-ray and the X-ray of a patient with a regular knee replacement. There's still lots of flex needed but he is really pleased with my progress and nearly swallowed his teeth when he realized I drove there myself! I'm on my way so will just stop whining! Next check-up is April 15 and he guarantees there will be signs of spring by then.

My life is slowly getting back to normal.

diyana
03-04-2008, 04:37 PM
Rennie - Spring may not hit here until middle to end of April, but I'm SO hoping it comes early!! I'm tired of the snow and the cold. It's been a long winter. I'm looking forward to going to some Brewers games and tailgating when the weather is warmer. The boys of summer will be back home soon.

Ruth - My DH had knee replacement surgery about 5 years ago. It helped him a lot. He has an issue with scar tissue messing with this one particular nerve in his leg. But other than that, he's a lot more mobile than he was before the surgery. Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery. Are you doing physical therapy?

ceejay52
03-04-2008, 05:40 PM
This is quick. Had a terrible night last night. The power went out while the plant was in operation. Had about 4 foot of water down stairs and the phone was constantly ringing. Had to call the boss. L had to come inside this totally dark building.

I finally got to see it snow. Mind you it was very little but at one time the flakes were big enough to enjoy.

The past couple of day's a couple of water/waste water guys have been in training. Think the boss is expecting the unexpected from my "know it all" co-worker.

PainterWoman--Enjoyed the blog.

Hello to the rest :wave:

Shad
03-04-2008, 06:15 PM
Mel - don't know much about Tempeh but here's what I got from the 'net.
Tempeh is a fermented food made by the controlled fermentation of cooked soybeans with a Rhizopus mold (tempeh starter). The tempeh fermentation by the Rhizopus mold binds the soybeans into a compact white cake. Tempeh has been a favorite food and staple source of protein in Indonesia for several hundred years.
But tempeh is now rapidly becoming more popular all over the world as people look for ways to increase their intake of soybeans and isoflavones.
They discover tempeh's versatility and delicious taste. Especially vegetarians and vegans find the structure and protein content interesting. Tempeh has a firm texture and a nutty mushroom flavour. Tempeh can be used in different ways. Normally tempeh is sliced and fried until the surface is crisp and golden brown or tempeh can be used as ingredient in soups, spreads, salads and sandwiches.
Sounds like tofu gone wrong. Rooibos is a South African tea which is minus caffeine. I've tried it - all the S.Africans around here drink a heck of a lot of it and are for ever trying to get you to have some. I don't have any at home. I look forward to Happy's tea reviews. I'm into the linen cupboard soon. We can toss together.

Happy - you can come to the dump as you please. It is not very exciting. Here we have the wheelie bins for the everyday rubbish and once in a while the council has a rubbish clean up day for stuff that is too big to go in the bins but I can't wait for that to come around - always provided I knew when the next one is. So I bung things into the back of the car and trundle off down the road and recycle some, ditch some. They have a recycling plant and market down there. All profits go to the Mayoress' charity fund. They raise around $2million per year through that. Just goes to show what some people throw away.
Well done on the perfect ON-PLAN day. Let there be more of them.

Rennie - sexy pool guys :faint: Must send you my picture of the local car wash - that is if I can shrink it enough to fit into the limits here. You'd have thought the husband could have said thanks anyway even if the friend is too sick to notice. Oh well, there's nowt sa quare as folks as they say in Yorkshire.

Painter - I went and read your blog. No wonder you get a bit down and despondent from time to time. Glad to hear there was no DVT. My SIL had that and was nearly dead when they got her to hospital. It has taken her a long time to recover from that.

Ellen - carpet in the kitchen. :faint: :faint: Wouldn't do in my house. I'm a messy cook. I need gumboots in there some days.

Annie - big congratulations to the folks. Sixty years is some achievement. Glad you enjoyed the concert.

Michelle - good news on the NSV - that always makes one feel as if something is happening even if the scales don't move and sometimes they move upwards for no apparent reason. Darn things.
I have a small house and a big collection of stuff. However I am learning that I don't need most of it to live so everything has a shelf life now. If it is not used within 6=12 months and it is not antique/ valuable/ sentimental then I don't need it. I have the memories.

Ruth - well done. You have taken hold of the barrow and it is going at breakneck speed again. Remind me to have you over for the Anakie to Sapphire barrow race next year. I reckon you might take out a prize.

Ceejay - you finally got snow. Yeehaa. You've been hanging out for it for a while.

Yesterdays list got finished so now I have to dream up a today list. And breakfast, gym and coffee are done for the day. Tough going at the gym, but I managed to burn around 640 calories (according to the machines and my maths) - that's the end of gym for the week. So I weighed in before the shower and am down to 78.1. I did see 77.7 once this week but alas no more. I'd better go change the ticker.

PainterWoman
03-05-2008, 03:13 AM
Thanks to all who went and read the un-DVT saga. I'm a bit shell shocked still, but will see the primary MD tomorrow about pain management... and exercise/stretch/flexibility plan I think I've found a yoga instructor/PT specialist. I'd at least like to keep the kinks in my hip and ankle from getting worse.

I'm a bit surprised at the Primary results here in Texas. But apparently the Democratic hinterlands went either for Clinton, and the cities went for Obama. Texas has LOTS of hinterlands. And cows.

MELODY525
03-05-2008, 07:39 AM
MICHELLE...I JUST SAW THEM ON OPRAH WINFREY YESTERDAY WHEN BOB GREENE WAS ON. I'M GOING TO CHECK THEM OUT. WELCOME TO MAUI!

ANNIE....THE BIG 6O! CONGRATULATIONS TO THEM :encore:

RUTH...MAYBE NOT A TABLE DANCE BUT DID YOU LAP DANCE???? :belly: I AM SO GLAD THINGS ARE GOING SO WELL!! HOPE THE PAIN LEAVES AND THE FLEXIBILITY ARRIVES SOON!:hug:

CEEJAY....SNOW, 4' OF WATER AND POWER OUTAGES!!! WELL WHEN YOU GUYS DO IT...YOU DO IT BIG TIME! :faint: WHEN THE SNOW FALLS ISN'T I JUST SO CALMING? I LOVE THAT FEELING. HOPE YOUR PLACE IS DRYING OUT NICELY. HOPE TOO THAT YOUR BOSS ISN'T DEPENDING ON THE WRONG PERSON!!!

SHAD~ WOW! GOOD THING YOU GOOGLED THE TEMPEH!!! THAT'S THE LAST THING I NEED IS MORE YEASTY, MOLDY STUFF. I ASSUMED IT WAS LIKE TOFU AND NOT FERMENTED STUFF. :yikes: WELL I WON'T BE MAKING THAT DAGWOOD SANDWICH ANYTIME SOON!! IT TOOK ME 5 YEARS OF DANGEROUS MEDICATION TO END AN OB-GYN PROBLEM AS YOU RECALL(?) CERTAINLY DON'T WANT TO UPSET MY OWN "ECO" BALANCE :rofl: I NEED TO BE MORE CAREFUL!!! CONGRATULATIONS ONN THE SCALE CHANGE :cheer2: nice job!! I WILL MEET YOU AT THE LINEN CLOSET:hug:

PAINTER...I AM WONDERING IF THERE ARE CERTAIN FOODS TO AVOID WHILE ALL THIS IS GOING ON. MY MISTAKING TEMPEH AS A GOOD FOOD CHOICE FOR ME JUST MADE ME THINK OF IT. THOUGHT I READ ONCE SOMETHING ABOUT THAT. BTW...YOUR PICTURES ARE COMING ALONG VERY NICELY. LOVED THE CAT AND THE TULIPS...WILL WE SEE THE END RESULTS TOO?

:rain: IT JUST CANNOT GET ANY DARKER OUT THAN IT IS. BANG BOOM...THUNDER AND LIGHTNING LAST NIGHT. TONS OF RAIN. LOTS OF WIND. MAYBE THE WORKERS CANNOT POUR CEMENT TODAY :dance: THEY DID ALMOST ALL OF YESTERDAY BUT THANK GOD HAVE SWITCHED TO A DIFFERENT MIXTURE :cb: :cb: MY LUNGS AND NOSE ARE FOREVER GRATEFUL AND ALSO FOR THE CONTINUQL WIND THAT BLEW IT ALL SOUTH AND I AM EAST!!! THEY ARE SO CLOSE I COULD SEE ONE GUY NEEDED A SHAVE!!
I THINK AFTER ALL THE WASHING AND CLOSETS, THAT ME AND MY SINUSES WILL TAKE A DVD BREAK TODAY. EVEN THE GRANDSON IS TIRED. STILL HE SLEEPS.
I HAVE TO TRY AGAIN AND GO BACK A PAGE. DIAL-UP IS A BIT SLOW THIS MORNING. HAPPY MUST BER BACK THERE SOMEWHERE..............:dunno:
HAPPY WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY :moped:

MELODY525
03-05-2008, 07:48 AM
I HAVE FOUND OUR HAPPY HERE ON THE OTHER PAGE...
HAPPY YOU MADE ME LAUGH. TOMMY LEE JONES :lol3: :lol3:
AND IF I WERE YOU, I'D HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR MY RACOON GUN AND SHOT THE D A M N BIRD RIGHT OUT OF THAT TREE! :rofl:
I HAVE HEARD A LOT ABOUT STEVIA AND AGAVE BUT DECIDED AGAINST THEM AFTER A TALK WITH ONE OF THE DRS ABOUT 3 YEARS AND WENT WITH THE UNTREATED RAW SUGAR. I USE IT ONLY ONCE IN A BLUE MOON AND STILL PREFER HONEY WHEN I NEED SWEETENING UP! LOL STAY DRY MY SOUTHERN FRIEND. LOOKS LIKE STORMS ARE FLYING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY THIS WEEK! THE MARCH LION IS ROARING!! :hug:

Ruthxxx
03-05-2008, 07:57 AM
We have ice coated windows on the east side of the house and more is happening. Hershey came back from potty all covered with ice pellets which she immediately shook off all over the kitchen floor. Today will be an at home day because it's pretty crappy out there. Stupid Irish ancestors for deciding to settle in this part of the world!

I read your log, Painter. Scary stuff! I do enjoy your paintings although they make me feel a bit guilty for not keeping up with mine. Quilting sort of side tracked me.

Not much on today's agenda, thank God! Hersh and I are going to cozy in with some sewing and other wee tasks. I do have to write and print the Church Bulletin and start some Fair stuff but nothing is pressing.

I do have a phone call to return from a woman who wants me to train her dog! It's a Portuguese Water dog but not one of mine - she was too impatient to wait for a Lucy litter and bought from another breeder. I think I'll take my time returning her call. The dog is two now and sounds spoiled rotten. I also eats eyeglasses which makes me wonder if Lucy is in there somewhere!

Off your butt, Ruthie.

happy2bme
03-05-2008, 08:57 AM
Good morning chicks,

Michelle - I did see the Progresso soups and I actually have a few. However, as Rennie said - the sodium is high - actually Campbell's soups have less sodium. I did have one can of Progresso low sodium minnestrone but it's twice the calories of the 0 point soups -which comes out to 2 points a serving so still not that bad. And a quirky thing about the 0 point soups. They are 0 points for a half can - 1 serving but if you have the entire can which is about 2 cups - it's 2 points. So how can 1 serving be 0 points? :dunno: :dizzy: Bottom line, they are good in a pinch but it seems the scale is always up the next day because of the salt. I'd agree with Rennie and try to make my own (Swanson's FF low sodium chicken broth is a good base) and freeze some portions or make 2 pots and alternate them all week long. Congrats on doing so well living within your points and you're making good progress on the weight loss too! :congrat:

Ceejay - 4 feet of water and in the dark - sounds like you had a miserable day yesterday :yikes: hope today is better.


Mel - I'm glad you averted an almost disaster with the fermented stuff. I remember the troubles you had a while back. Sounds like a good day to stay inside and pedal. I too had heard about Stevia. Mixed reviews for me. I have a friend who switched to raw sugar and said she noticed a difference too.

Painter - I saw the election results this morning. Looks like the 2 candidates just about split the delegates with Hillary barely squeeking ahead. I hope you can get some pain relief. Your painting are coming along nicely - glad you're back at it again.

Shad - for the calories you're burning you are really doing an intense workout at the gym - :yay: for you - no slacker there! I like the word "bung" - I need to change my password today at work and I'll have to work that in there somehow :D

Ellen - I could never live with carpet in the kitchen either - hope you get those new floors soon.

Annie - congrats to the parents on 60 years together. That is amazing!!!

Today is my wedding anniversary. 31 years and still going strong. I can't believe that much time has passed so quickly.

Time to go earn a few bucks so we can go to dinner tonight.

Hellos to Shaker and Rennie and Ruth and anyone I unintentionally missed.

Ruthxxx
03-05-2008, 09:09 AM
Happy Anniversary, Happy! 31 years is a record in these days. Here's to 31 more of the same. :cheers:

upswife
03-05-2008, 09:38 AM
Happy Anniversary, Happy!!

So I tore up the carpet in the kitchen and discovered that there is tile underneath...still will re-do the floor, but is livable for now. Need to keep working on one section from the threshold where it is nailed to the cement underneath, and it is very difficult to get it out. My sis helped yesterday, and I think we only got about 5-7 out with both of us working on it. Th e meatal from the threshold is in the way so I can't get the hammer underneath to pull up the nail. Because of our exciting discovery DH is ready to think about new cabinets...will have to figure out how I want the kitchen set up. Off to rest two days at the gym, then pulling up carpet, and my body is screaming at me!

Later chicas

diyana
03-05-2008, 09:46 AM
Good Morning Ladies --

I had great news yesterday evening and this morning. Yesterday, I went home and tried on some old pants prior to going to the gym because my size 22 pants were getting way, way too big. I didn't have any size 20 in the closet, but I had size 18. I figured what the heck and I tried them on -- THEY FIT!! Woooo Hoooo!! :cheer2: And this morning, I got on the scale, and I'd lost 2 more pounds - down a total of 10 pounds now!! :goodscale: :yay: Yay!! I'm absolutely thrilled and feeling great! :cheer::cheer:

Last night, at the gym I tried using the treadmill for the first time in two years. I haven't been able to do more than 5 minutes on it because it made my back pain really flare up. Last night, I worked my way up to 30 minutes...I wasn't breaking any speed records and am not going fast enough to make it my every day calorie-burning workout....but it's a great start and a great accomplishment for me!! My back is obviously getting a bit better with this exercising I'm doing.

CeeJay - Snow, power outage and a flood downstairs?! :yikes: Sheesh! I hope the situation has improved for you. It's good that you got to see snow. Snow can be very pretty and peaceful. It's just the shoveling it and the driving it that's not fun.

Shad - Congratulations on the weight loss! :congrat: That's wonderful!! :yay: You are so organized with your lists and your morning routine! That's awesome!! And I really like your "shelf-life" philosophy. I think I'll try using that while I'm clearing out my closets. Thanks for providing me with inspiration.

Painter - I, too, was surprised about the primary results. I didn't think Clinton would take BOTH Ohio and Texas. You're tulip avatar is just lovely. You're very talented (of course I'm sure you've heard that lots before).

Melody - A DVD break is a great way to spend a stormy, rainy day! Enjoy!

Ruth - Rain is okay, snow is okay, but when ice coats everything - Yuck! Makes getting into your car and scraping the ice off and especially driving no fun at all. Good idea to just cozy in. I can just Hershey covered in ice pellets. I love all dogs, and Portuguese Water Dogs are adorable. I have 3 Miniature Schnauzers, one Salt & Pepper, one all black and one all white.

Happy - Congratulations on your anniversary! :congrat: 31 years - that's wonderful!! Good point about the sodium in the soups, and how if you eat the entire can (which I usually do) it's 2 points. Crazy. I guess in my efforts to lose weight, lower cholesterol and reduce BP, I should also start to look at the sodium in food. I've also tried the Campbell's Soups and was surprised to find the Tomato Soup is more points than the Vegetable Beef. I'll have to start making 0 point soups from scratch - like WW Garden Vegetable Soup recipe. In the meantime, you're right, the canned soups can be good in a pinch.

Ellen - Good for you for tearing up the carpet in the kitchen. I know what a job that is. I did it last summer when we replaced the carpet in the family room with laminate (so much easier to care for when you have 3 dogs). How nice for you that there is livable tile underneath!

Here's to a great day for everyone!

annie175
03-05-2008, 12:42 PM
Hello Chicklets...........

Some nasty crappy weather we had yesterday. It was an ice storm going home from work. Wipers broke, had to stop at Autozone and get new ones. 22 bucks I didn't want to spend on wipers. Took me 2 hours to get home-a normal 25 minute ride. All is good today. Quite cold, and more wintery mix expected tomorrow. Bleck, I am sick sick sick of this weather. The good news......next week we are supposed to be in the upper 40s all week. YES, bring it on!!

Congrats on the pants NSV Diyana...whew whooooo

Happy..Happy anniversary baby, got you on my mind....a song I cannot sing.

Ruthie..sounds like you are getting somewhat back to feeling like a normal person...good for you. My son goes next week for his knee appt, after last weeks MRI to see what is going on with it.

Ceejay..hope you have recovered from your "wintery mix" what a mess.


Mel..keep those recipes coming I am truly enjoying several of them. Yum.

Better get back to work. Line is forming at my cubical entrance. hahahaha.

Be healthy and happy.

love and hugs

diyana
03-05-2008, 12:59 PM
Annie - Whenever I heard the weatherman say "wintry mix", I just cringe. Yuck. I so hate ice storms. Glad you made it home safely even if it did take you awhile.

ceejay52
03-05-2008, 01:19 PM
Michelle
I love those kind of results more than the scale. Congrats.

Annie
Fortunately we didn't any thing but the snow flurries.

Ellen
I love the demolition part of a new make over. It's a great stress reliever.
Was the dh suprised by the results when he got home?

ceejay52
03-05-2008, 01:26 PM
Happy
Wow 31 years to the same man. You diffinately need to celebrate. Congratulations.

MELODY525
03-05-2008, 03:32 PM
RECIPE #40.

Saute slices of chorizo sausage and shrimp just until shrimp are cooked through. Stir in heated 90-second Spanish rice; sprinkle with sliced scallions.

MELODY525
03-05-2008, 03:36 PM
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AND A GUITAR SERENADE FROM THE HUBBY~

See the pyramids along the Nile
See the sunrise on a tropic isle
Just remember darlin' all the while
You belong to me

See the market place in Old Algiers
Send me photographs and souvenirs
Just remember when a dream appears
You belong to me

I'll be so alone without you
Maybe you'll be lonesome too, and blue

Fly the ocean in a silver plane
See the jungle when it's wet with rain
Just remember 'til you're home again
You belong to me

Fly the ocean in a silver plane
See the jungle when it's wet with rain
Just remember 'til you're home again
You belong to me

MELODY525
03-05-2008, 03:57 PM
WEATHER PERMITTING I AM GOING TO THE STORE TOMORROW...IF FOR NOTHING OTHER THAN TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE!! :dizzy: WHERE HAS SHAKER GONE TO? WONDER IF SHE GOT LOST? THOUGHT I'D DO PERSONALS NOW INSTEAD OF TOMORROW. IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE LOVELY OUTSIDE AND I'D LIKE TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH THE BIRDS AND THE BEES. :dance:

HAPPY~ I'M SITTING HERE LISTENING TO THAT GUITAR RENDITION OF THE SONG RIGHT NOW....
http://d21c.com/AnnesPlace/Anniv.html
AND WISHING YOU A WONDERFUL ANNIVERSARY AND TO THE DH AS WELL. :hug" :hug: :cheers:
YOU WILL LOVE THIS: AN OLD GENT CAME UP TO METO THANK ME FOR MY HELT THIS MORNING AND HANDED ME A BAG. INSIDE IT WAS A STUFFED FROG! ROFLMAO!!
I BURST OUT LAUGHING AND HE SAID TIMIDLY..YOU LIKE IT NO? I SAID I LOVE IT!!!!!!!! BUT I WAS CRACKING UP!

MICHELLE~ WTG ON THE WEIGHT LOSS!! WTG ON THE SIZE 18'S !!!!! AND WTG ON THE TREADMILL!! YOU ARE DOING GREAT!

ANNIE~ I WILL TRY AND SEND SOME OF OUR SUNNY
50 DEGREE WEATHER YOUR WAY AS SOON AS IT GETS HERE :rofl: :rofl: :sunny: :beach:

CEEJAY MADE ME LAUGH!! 31 YRS WITH THE SAME MAN! :lol3: :lol3: :lol3: :lol3: :lol3:

RUTH~ AFTER YOU GET DONE TRAINING THAT DANG DOG..CAN YOU PLEASE GIVE ME A HAND WITH THE MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT???? :faint:

OK CHICKS...HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY TOMORROW AND STAY WELL. :scooter:

Shad
03-05-2008, 04:46 PM
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Happy Anniversary Happy and DH. After all those years does this mean you know what the DH will give you on this day??

Today (being March 6th over here) it is my DS1's Birthday. He is 34. I have to type that small cause I don't know how he got to be so old. I thought he was around 15 or 16 last time I looked.
Happy Birthday lovely son.

Painter - you have every right to whinge and carry on when you are in constant pain. Once you have seen the MD and got some of idea of what you face, then you can start to re-evaluate things. I hope something will come out of this which will ease things for you. I have enjoyed looking at some of your paintings. Can I send over the cat for an extended stay so you can paint the little madam??? Shaping up to be an interesting Democratic vote up your way.

Mel - I've always believed that the food and other chemicals and substances we put into our bodies does have a profound effect on how we perform, how we feel, and how our minds work - or don't work as the case maybe. Honey when you need sweetening up :rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3::rofl: :lol3::rofl: :lol3: Better not let the maintenance guys see that entry. It's a wonder they aren't lined up down at the supermarket and in the Health food section to buy a carton of the best honey they can find!!!

Ruth - Ice pellets on Hershey. Oh wow! does winter ever give up in your neck of the woods. Oh yes it does cos I was there last summer and it was beautiful. I can understand the cabin fever you guys suffer at this time of year. Surely the dog should have had training at 6 months - that's the age we start them in puppy school over here, some places as low as four months. Obviously has some of Lucy's ancestry since it has a predilection for glasses.

Happy - for all that I am burning it doesn't seem to make things move faster. I know that I am impatient, but the continual up/ down/ up/ down is really driving me crazy.

Ellen - good onya for pulling up the carpet in the kitchen. My tip for the nail in the cement is to get a hacksaw or metal saw or a pair of pliers which cut (electrical ones will do the trick) and burrow under the carpet to chop off the nail just above ground level or if it okay to leave the darned thing in there, cut it off at ground level. Just be sure there are no sticking up bits of it to puncture little feet or big ones for that matter. The trusty hammer is usually good for this.
When thinking about how and where to put the cabinets, I would suggest a trip to the nearest kitchen place. They have lots of good ideas and up to date knowledge of new things and coming up things. I'm not sorry I did. They gave me some great insights into what to put where and what not to do as well as some why not think about this!!! And you don't have to buy from them. Just get ideas. Try 3 or 4 of the showrooms. They all have something different and they all can be incorporated into your own overall scheme.

Michelle - :woohoo: on the pants problem. What a wonderful surprise. Bet that made you feel good for the rest of the day. 2lbs down is magnificent. I really like the treadmill at the gym. I always leave it to the last so I can leave on a good note. I tell my doctor that the best thing about the gym is when the exercise is finished and I can go home and shower.

Annie - this weather will be over soon. We are definitely going into Autumn here. Soon the sun will be up and doing and you'll be complaining about the heat. I will remind you of this conversation then.

Okay - today I am having some time off. DS2 is home and still sleeping, he has follow up results on the hand accident today. Seems like he was pretty lucky - he has lost some feeling in the top of the finger but it functions very well.
I'm having lunch with some friends so I have to go to the big smoke today. I'm trying to decide whether a car ride to Mowbray Park and a boat ride to North Quay or train from Banoon to Roma Street. These two are working in the west side of town and it is a long way from the CBD and not the easiest place to get to. I don't want to take the car into the city. Parking is chaotic and expensive in there. Oh well I have a couple of hours to decide.
Other than that, more cleaning and clearing of the main bedroom, we have a visitor coming for a week and I'd better get a move on in there. Some more rose bushes need to be rescued from the invading weeds and grass. There is a mountain of washing to be done - we must be the dirtiest folk on this planet - and I need to plan out some shopping for food for while he is here. I also have to work out what to do as far as taking the old kitchen apart and checking out progress by the floor man and the door man. I'm still waiting their quotes. Dang men - can't they do anything in a hurry? No don't answer that one. Now I also need to get the telephone man out to change some jackpoints for me. Arrrrgggghhh that will take months. I guess I should just do it myself - even though it is not legal. It is simple tho'. Okay I am off.

carla49
03-05-2008, 10:46 PM
Happy, congratulations on 31 years marriage - to the same man! ;) :love: :love: :love: Wow. I'm both impressed and envious! What's even more terrific is that you can still look at your DH and see a sexy pool guy! :love: :love: :love:

happy2bme
03-06-2008, 12:45 AM
OMG - was I supposed to be married to the SAME man? :lol3: Just kidding DH. :D

Thank you very much for the well wishes. It takes a while to get to 25 and after that it zips by. I got stuck working a bit later tonight - it's my "get stuff done for month end" day so I wasn't able to sneak out 30 minutes early like I wanted to. But I got home at a reasonable time and we went out and had a nice dinner and conversation. He had steak and shrimp. I had stuffed shrimp with a side of the most delicious fresh asparagus with a touch of a creamy vinagarette sauce. I was sceptical at first but it was just a hint and complimented the asparagus perfectly. Now I will have to search the Internet for recipes :lol: We skipped dessert in favor of a cappachino which I'm sure I will regret when I lay on the pillow in a bit and I am bug eyed wide awake. And then we came home and picked out colors for the new front door and trim. He picked out "man colors" and I gently persuaded him (no way in bloody heck buddy :lol: ) He wisely selected a wood grain to match the interior stairs :D and said since it's fiberglass, if we don't like it, we can always paint it later. I said yes - that's a great idea ;) And then I made us a cup of tea, we chatted a bit and that's our exciting day.

I just keep getting later and later out the door in the morning. Instead of beating myself up, I am taking a step back to examine what things I could do to get to work earlier - I am getting behind and would rather come in early than stay late. Besides the obvious get up earlier (which requires it's corollary go to BED earlier), I think I may have to post at night instead of in the morning. So I'm going to try that for a bit.

Shad - happy birthday to the DS1. Be very GLAD he is not 16 :lol: As far as the up and down weight - you have been in a situation of constant change and more than a bit frustration - if not outright stress more than once. I think that also has a bearing on the weight. If you can stay home for a bit and get to your "normal" routine, I think you may see things stabilize. At least I hope so and if not, I am glad I won't be there if the hammer goes flying :lol: Go give a tap across the water and wake Shaker up - will you? Or is she off having a fun outing with the family?

Thank you Mel - for the pretty song. I was humming it all night. :D I am glad that other people can recognize the frog lover in you :love: Hope you get outside tomorrow and get some fresh air and a few good for you fruits or veggies. Enjoy your shopping. And stay away from that chorizo recipe - that's the last thing you need - well that and a frappachino chaser :yikes:

Annie - glad you made it home ok. I remember cringing and listening to the weather forecast. Snow I could handle - even if it meant 2 hours to travel 10 miles but ICE. :no: :no: :no:

Michelle - that is so awesome about skipping a whole pants size. :carrot: :broc: :cb: AND the treadmill victory too. I know that means alot to you. I didn't realize your back had gotten so tender. I was wondering too if you still had your beloved pups.

Great find under the carpet Ellen. Sometimes it pays to peek around. Wouldn't new cabinets be wonderful? :cloud9:

I need to get to bed before it gets too late - just hope that cappachino won't keep me up.

Hello to Ceejay and Painter and Rennie and Patty and Holly and Road to Recovery Ruth! :D

Shad
03-06-2008, 12:56 AM
Happy seems funny that you have been out and about and had a nice dinner and I am just about to think about ours. No hurry yet. It's just after 4.00 Dinner isn't until around 6.30 and I know what we are having. I think I know what we are having.
I had lunch with the girls today and raised a glass to you and DH and wished you another 31 years. They all choked on their water and said OMG 31 years. One of them is about 3 years married, the other about to get married.
I'll be ringing the DS1 soon. I will pass on the birthday wishes. Have a good night. Clever girl, passing on dessert.

happy2bme
03-06-2008, 08:13 AM
Hard to believe my friend that DH and I were making the goo goo eyes at each other - he in ugly plaid pants and I in my halter tops that I couldn't quite fill out - while at the same time, halfway around the world you were off having babies. And then 25 years later, we'd bump into each other on the Internet. Isn't life strange sometimes?

MELODY525
03-06-2008, 11:01 AM
HAPPY ~ I AM GLAD EVERYTHING WAS SO NICE. I LIKE THE WAS YOU "PERSUADED" THE DH!! :rofl: TOO FUNNY!
I WAS SINGING ANS SEEING PYRAMIDS ALONG THE NILE ALL NIGHT AS WELL! :belly: I THINK POSTING AT NIGHT WOULD LEAVE YOU MORE REFRESHED AND READY FOR WORK IN THE MORNING. I SOMETIMES FIND THAT MORNING POSTING "DRAINS" MY BRAIN. BUT THEN I AM AN EMOTIONAL PERSON....AND THINKING ....I MEAN KNOWING....YOU ARE THE SAME. BETTER TO RIDE THE TIDES OF FRIENDSHIPS AFTER A DAYS WORK AND NOT BEFORE. :hug: SEND ME THE FRAPPUCCINO....I MEAN THE CAPPUCCINO :cofdate:

SHAD~ GLAD THE HAND HAS TURNED OUT SO WELL. I WAS WONDERING WHAT THE RESIDUAL DAMAGE WOULD BE IN THE END. GOOD LUCK TO HIM :hug: YOU ARE JUST THE BUSIEST GAL I KNOW OF. I'LL DO THE WASH AND YOU CAN MOVE ALL THE FURNITURE. MIGHT AS WELL SEND THE WASH HERE, I'M ON A ROLL IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM!! JUST FOUND A PAIR OF PANTS I WORE WHEN YOU WERE HERE!! SO I MUST BE NEARING THE END! :lol3: :lol3: IS IT WINTER THERE YET? NEED TO BORROW MY PONCHO??? :dance:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DS
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DS
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR DS
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DS!!! :hb: :gift:

IT'S JUST BEAUTIFUL OUTSIDE. GOT DELAYED THIS MORNING SO I WILL FOOD SHOP TOMORROW. SINUSES LET ME OVERSLEEP THEN I JUST COULD NOT GET MY BUTT GOING. BUT EVERYTHING IS STILL LAID OUT READY FOR TOMORROW. GUESS I NEED THE ALARM CLOCK NOW SPRING IS COMING. :faint: TODAY IS CLEANING INSTEAD. THEN NOTHING SCHEDULED FOR THE WEEKEND I HOPE. WILL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE. GOING TO TOSS ONE WINDOW OPEN AND GET BACK TO WORK. THE SUN ACTUALLY COMES IN TO MY APT NOW MUCH EARLIER IN THE AFTERNOON :sunny: LOVING IT!!
THE GRANDSON IS TOSSING SEEDS INTO MY KEUYBOARD.
HE LIKES TO SIT ON THE EDGE OF THE DESK NOW WHILE I SIT HERE. THINKS IT'S HIS NEW HOME. I GAVE HIM SMALL CUP OF SEEDS AND WATER. NOW WE EAT TOGETHER. HE IS MUCH MORE SOCIABLE NOW THAN HE WAS. HE GETS LONLIER MORE TOO I SEE. HE CHECKS TO MAKE SURE I AM WATCHING WHILE HE EATS. I THINK IT'S BECAUSE HIS EYESIGHT IS CHANGING. JE RELIES ON US MORE NOW BUT IS STILL "UNTRUSTING". THEY ARE FUNNY THINGS. ENOUGH RAMBLING NOW.
HAPPY THURSDAY/FRIDAY!! :moped:

MELODY525
03-06-2008, 11:30 AM
RECIPE #41.
Heat oven to 450F.
Spread individual prebaked pizza crusts (Boboli) with pesto.
Layer with slices of plum tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Bake 8 minutes until cheese is melted.
Serve with a nice salad and Italian Vinagrette.

annie175
03-06-2008, 12:33 PM
Oh Mel....

Make the latest recipe for me and deliver. I love love love Pesto, tomatos and mozzarella. Yummy yummy.....

We are having yet ANOTHER snow storm tomorrow, I am hoping the weatherman gets it wrong. 4-7 inches of snow. Good thing I was borned and raised in this hick state and know how to deal, drive and curse this stuff. haha. Hoosier.

It is one of my manager's BDs today. Last night the other managers filled his floor about 2 feet deep with blown up balloons, can't even walk in there. He just cracked when he saw it.

Not much else happening.....

Stay healthy and happy.

Love and Hugs

happy2bme
03-06-2008, 01:26 PM
Thanks for the recipe Mel - I may have to try it on no meat Friday tomorrow. I am so excited. It appears our tiny cafeteria has revamped their menu. While they have the traditional southern catch it, batter it and deep fry it - they have also gone to some lighter foods.I didn't notice until I got the mannicoti that they now have wraps in the cold case - roasted vegetable :T chicken salad :T :T and turkey :T :T :T - all on whole wheat tortillas with lots of veggies, no sauce. There are also more vegetables on the salad bar (tho half the bowls are still too far in the back out of my reach :mad: but it is nice to see these healthy changes.

Even tho I had a glass of wine with dinner last night, I have been trying hard to make good choices and not exceed my points for the day. I am about to go take a walk around the building to earn and burn some activity points so that I don't have to eat a traditional weight watchers "I've used up all my points so I'm having FF/Sugar Free hot chocolate and air popped popcorn for dinner tonight" :rolleyes: I cringe when I see people doing that. Eat a plain veggie salad or a nice vegetable soup instead. :nono:

Oh Annie - I'm sorry you're getting more snow. We might get some too - they say they are predicting 12 inches in some spots in Arkansas. :yikes: Nothing like that here but we might get some accumulation which means it will be :censored: on the streets here. I hope you escape it.

Mel - that's too funny about the grandson dining with you - watch out for those stray seeds in the keyboard - you might wind up cussssssssssssssssssssssing us one day with a stuck key :rofl: Are you saying you JUST found a pair of your pants from Shad's visit in June? Are you THAT backlogged on laundry or did you stuff them wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy in the back of the dryer? :lol3:

And I am NOT goofing off on work time. It's my lunch - so there :snooty: :lol: Off to :dancer: now

PainterWoman
03-06-2008, 02:36 PM
Greetings all!
Thanks for the support and good cheer.
The MD gave me AWESOME DRUGS. :lol: and I'm feeling much better.
Shad: Send a photo of your kitty and I'll practice painting her/him. My cat sort of looks gelled and moussed... not "soft and furry"... but I'm working on it.

Diyana: CONGRATS ON TEENSY PANTS!
Mel: Thanks for the reminder about food choices. Perhaps the constant "medication" of Cadbury eggs and KitKat bars won't be "necessary" any longer.
CeeJay-- We're getting snow now.. my neighbor's room looks like it ran into Martha Stewart on a tear with powdered sugar.

New medical report:
Went to PCP for more thorough diagnosis of why leg was hurting (even though thrombosis has been ruled out). Found out it could be: arthritis, disc/back problem, Tamoxifen side effect, Lipitor side effect. She sent me for x-rays to rule out (or in) arthritis. She gave me AWESOME NEW DRUGS! I think I said that before. They are prohibited for people allergic to codeine. No wonder I like them: Codeine is my old friend!! I should have a report on the X-rays by tomorrow. And if things don't get better w/o the Tamoxifen, I'll probably have to re-start that, but eliminate the Lipitor. THEN, if it's all still the same, they can do the $$$MRI to see if there is a herniated disk.

Anyway, the drugs, cold weather and pain relief are really helping!!
Depression lifting....

ceejay52
03-06-2008, 03:53 PM
Guess you can blame me on the lastest snow, that is if we get any thing. The weather channel says we are and the local weathermen are all excited.

Happy
Memphis is supposed to get some snow too. Good thing it's the week end.

Painter
Glad your MD is listening to you. Glad you are feeling better. Pain can be very depressing when no one believes in you. Have you been to Borders lately?

I could really use a nap about now but I still have some things to do. ugh.

When I was at the grocery store my neighbor spoke my name. I finally have held her baby. She is 11 pounds and almost 6 months old.

Every one have a good day. For those who have snow,I'm jealous.
Take care.

MELODY525
03-06-2008, 04:41 PM
SHAD...THE LOCAL STORE SAYS IT WILL CARRY "CAPILANO AUSSIE HONEY: BUSH CLASSIC AND ALSO COASTAL MILD" I HOPE THEY HAVE THEM THERE TOMORROW. I AM GOING TO TAKE A LOOK AND SEE IF I CAN'T GET SWETENED UP AUSSIE STYLE :rofl: :rofl:
AND BTW...THE MAINT. MEN KNOW THE WAY TO MY HEART IS THRU THE FRAPPUCCINO. THEY LEARNED QUICK HUH??? :lol3: :lol3: NOW WILLY SAYS NO ONE CAN BUY THEM FOR ME!!! :tantrum:

ANNIE~ I AM SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE SNOW BUT I AM WISHING IT WAS HERE!! I FEEL VERY CHEATED THIS WINTER...WE HAD NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I WILL GET A SLED DOG AND DELIVER THE PESTO CREATION TO YOU SO GET READY :hun:

HAPPY~ GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE WORK MENU! COMPANIES ARE REALIZING THEY NEED TO MAKE CHANGES!! ALSO CONGRATS ON THE POINTS AND NOT GOING OVERBOARD!! I HAVE A HAMPER IN THE BATHROOM. THERE HAS BEEN WASH THAT CAME AND WENT AND CAME AND WENT BUT I NEVER GOT INTO IT! NOW I LOOKED INSIDE AND THERE WAS THE BATHMAT AND A PAIR OF PJ PANTS IN THERE :rofl: :rofl: I'VE BEEN BAGGING UP THE REST AND HAVE ABOUT 5 MORE LOADS TO GO WITH THE WINTER QUILT AND BLANKET. NEXT TIME I AM DRAGGING IT DOWN SOUTH AND HAVE A GOOD CHAT WITH YOU WHILE I TEST OUT THE WASHER AND DRYER AT YOUR PLACE :swimming: :beach: :cheers:

CEEJAY~ SEND SOME TO ME TOO IF YOU GET IT!! HOW WAS THE NAP??? :cloud9: NICE TO HOLD THE BABIES. I LOVE THEIR JOHNSON & JOHNSON POWDERY SMELL! :bb:

OFF TO THE SUPERMARKET IN THE MORNING. AND I AM HAVING A LUNCHEON WITH ANTOINETTE. SEE YA LATER IN THE DAY FRIDAY.
HAPPY FRIDAY THEN AND LET'S HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND ALSO!!!

diyana
03-06-2008, 05:00 PM
Good Morning Ladies --

I'm not going to type much today as I've got a minor sprain of my right thumb and wrist. I think I bent my thumb back awkwardly while doing weights night before last. It hurt yesterday and hurt worse last night and today. So I iced it last night which helped a bit and my hand/wrist is wrapped in an ACE bandage now, but it still hurts. I'm still going to the gym tonight for cardio and weights...but I'll be careful how I lift weights with my right hand (if I do at all).

Mel - How sweet that the man gave you a stuffed frog. :) When you mentioned opening a window and doing your cleaning, I could almost smell the fresh clean air. I'm looking forward to warmer weather when we can open up the windows and let the fresh air in. Where do you live, Mel, that you were lucky enough to not get any snow?

Shad - Happy B'Day to your DS1. Glad to hear that your DS2's finger still works well. With all the stress and change going on in your life, don't worry about the scale. Just keep it up as it will help you deal with the stress and feel great, and you'll see results soon. Your days are always so full! You always have lots going on and you're doing so much around your house. I wish I had half the energy you have. I'm noticing improvement in my energy from eating right and exercising...but when I think of all the stuff I need to get done in the house :yikes: it just seems very overwhelming.

Ellen - How exciting that you and Shad are doing such exciting remodeling/redecorating projects!!

Happy - Judging from the times of your posts, you're up late. I am sound asleep shortly after 10 pm (and I get up around 5:15 or 5:30). I don't even see midnight on the weekends....a party animal I am NOT :no: :lol: I marvel at people like Shad who start the day with exercising...I just can't get myself up any earlier to allow time for exercise. And to answer your question, I have 3 adorable Miniature Schnauzers - a 7 year old salt & pepper colored male named Doppler, a 2 year old white male named Santa, and a black female puppy who is nearly one year old named Mischief. One of the dogs we had when you and I met passed away suddenly a little over a year ago. We ended up getting Mischief a month or so afterward. I injured my back 2-1/2 years ago and it's quick to remind me when I do something stupid. I'm looking forward to losing more weight and strengthening my core so my back will get stronger as well. Good for you for staying within points. We had a potluck at work today. I brought a spinach, romaine and strawberry salad. Yum!! And I had a turkey sandwich on wheat with a small amount of lite mayo...there wasn't any mustard. I walked by all the fattening foods, though it was very difficult.

Annie - Not another snow storm! We might get flurries tomorrow...but mostly just partly cloudy and cold (highs in the 20s and low 30s). When will spring ever get here?

Painter - Glad to hear you're feeling better and that the doc gave you better drugs. When you mentioned "Martha Stewart on a tear with powdered sugar", I cracked up! :rofl:

Ceejay - If you want to see snow, you're more than welcome to come to my house. In our yard, the snow depth ranges from 4" to over 2'. Funny you say your jealous of those of us with snow. I'm jealous of those of you who are already seeing spring flowers bloom.

Gotta sign off for now. Hope you all enjoy the rest of your day!

Shy Moment
03-06-2008, 05:18 PM
di
I sure hope you hand feels better soon.

Cee
They are telling us we are going to get the worst storm every. My gosh it is a beautiful day out there lol.

Painter
I sure hope they find out what is wrong and fix it for you. Will keep you in my prayers.

Happy
That is good they are finally serving foods that don't want to kill us. Makes it much easier to eat when we aren't at home. Happy anniversary.


annie
You mean people know how to drive in snow there lol. I live right at the outside of the snow belt here in Ohio. You would think people around here don't drive in snow every darn winter.

upswife
03-06-2008, 05:54 PM
Not sure if we are supposed to get more snow. I know it was forcasted earlier in the week, but never came. Hoping that it is not too bad. Dh and I are planning on tearing up the rest of the carpet in the back (dinning/family room) and getting the new floor down this weekend. We originally wanted to do laminate, but is a little expensive for now. we are going to go witha self stick tile...it is actually a "floating floor" it sticks to itself, not to the floor. Looking forward to having a normal floor in the kitchen/dinning area. Both comp are back here so we will have a ton of moving to do first. May call my sis and see if she wants to help...misery loves company.

Kiddies seem to be fighting off a cold. DD1 has been complainin gfor 2 days and DS just started today. DD2 (not in school yet) seems ok for now...will prob get it from her sister. Well, have to call my mom will try to post tomorrow morning b4 we dismantle all the comp equiptment. Tho, will habe to leave the router and Internet connected as DH is still on call this weekend...maybe will beable to use his laptop for a min or two.

Later Chicas!

Shad
03-06-2008, 06:21 PM
Snow, snow, let it snow. If we got snow in this neck of the woods I would know that **** has frozen over.

And while I think of it. Today is the 7th March. That means :hb: on this thread. :bday2: Now you can eat as much as you want of the cyber cake. No calories and absolute taste.

:bday2you: :balloons: :woo: :celebrate:

But I hear you ask, whose birthday is it? Well it is not mine. It's not Happy's since that is 2 days after mine. It is not Ruth's nor Holly's or Ceejays. I don't think it is Ellens, Michelles or Annies. So happy birthday to my dear friend the Kahurangi of NJ.

Happy - life indeed is a curious thing. To think we connected on the net and have now met each other a couple of times and lived to tell the tale. If you listen to Mels 'person of stature' we are very lucky that at least one of us didn't turn out to be a cannibal or extortionist or axe murder.
I'm glad to hear of the menu changes coming up in the canteen. Not before time. It will be a long slow process to change the nations eating habits and some folks just give up before they can get the population to think about what they are doing to themselves.

Mel that recipe sounds good. I may just make it for the guest and son tonight for a snack. I think they are going out to dinner later. If you layer tomato, mozzarella and basil leaves you get a beautiful little salad called Caprese. Comes from the Isle of Capri and is usually served with crusty ciabatta bread and drizzled with either pesto or olive oil and is really delicious and easy to make.
Tell the local store to stop FA'ing around and get the good stuff in. NZ Manuka Honey with ActiveX - supposed to be good for whatever ails you. Can't remember if that is the stuff I gave to Happy, I think it was. There is a company in NZ that is doing really good things (well according to the 'happy' users with Pro ActiveX extract for acne, rosacea and some other skin conditions. I haven't checked up on them for a while but I'll let you know what they are doing.
Check the labels on that Capilano stuff, they were using a mix of Aussie honey and South American stuff. There was a big stink awhile back about the lab findings of some antibiotics in Capilano stuff. I think they are clean now. Again I will check for you. Choice magazine will have the info somewhere.

Annie - drive carefully in those storms. :yikes: Folk here have trouble driving in the rain. Snow and ice would be suicidal - but still they would go out in it and make out that they are on the speedway track.

Painter - :D :D :D for the pain relief at last. Good to hear that the depression is lifting too. Actually I was volunteering to send the cat over because she is really giving me a hard time at the moment. She gets very lovey dovey, sucky when I first get home, but then decides since I am still here I should go back to being the slave she would like me to be. Feed me, water me, pet me, stop stripping the bed I am in it. That sort of hard time.

Diyana - I'm noticing the energy levels coming back now I am back to frequent and intensive exercise. Eating better also helps a lot. I actually quite like renovating. But this last couple of years has taught me a lot about house renovation. Make your plans, break them down into smaller goals and do ONE at a time. At one stage there I was trying to focus on two or three projects at a time. Didn't work to well and nothing seemed to get finished. I'll have the hang of it completely by the time I reach 100.

Okay - time to move along. A machine load of washing has finished so I should go and hang that out, then its time to get on with the day and what a beautiful one it is too. Now watch some humbug come along and stuff it right up.
Oh and before I forget, the good folks on Groote want me to go back and do a bit of training for them. No rush finish the kitchen first and we will plan the training around that!!! Gotta love some people in this life.
Meantime, 2nd bedroom clear out, gardening, hedge trimming, lawn mowing, shopping. It's all on the list today. See you all a little later.

happy2bme
03-06-2008, 06:32 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY EVE (over here) to the fabulous MEL!!!

:carrot::D:hug::wave::cb::cp::bravo::hat::dance: :flow1: :flow2: :grouphug::goodvibes:cloud9::high: :twirly: :queen::yes::chicken::cheese::bubbles::encore: :woohoo: :cheer2::congrat::sunny::broc::cheer::yay: :bday2you: :celebrate::hb::woo::gift::balloons:

More smilies than you can shake a stick at :rollpin: :s: :D

Shad
03-06-2008, 08:55 PM
Have you noticed how quiet she is today?

carla49
03-06-2008, 09:26 PM
:bday2: :woo: :woo: :celebrate: HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY TO MAHVELLOUS MELLIE!!! :celebrate: :woo: :woo: :bday2:

A birthday serenade for our favorite New-Joisyite:

You say it's your birthday
It's my birthday too, yeah
They say it's your birthday
We're gonna have a good time
I'm glad it's your birthday
Happy birthday to you.

Yes we're going to a party party
Yes we're going to a party party
Yes we're going to a party party

I would like you to dance (Birthday)
Take a cha-cha-cha-chance (Birthday)
I would like you to dance (Birthday)
Dance

I would like you to dance (Birthday)
Take a cha-cha-cha-chance (Birthday)
I would like you to dance (Birthday)
Dance

You say it's your birthday
Well it's my birthday too, yeah
You say it's your birthday
We're gonna have a good time
I'm glad it's your birthday
Happy birthday to you.

Shy Moment
03-06-2008, 11:31 PM
Happy birthday Melody

Shad
maybe she is counting the candles on the cake to make sure no one put any extras on lol. Hey, my daughter did that to me one year.

upswife
03-06-2008, 11:47 PM
Happy birthday Mel!!!! :hug:

PainterWoman
03-07-2008, 03:10 AM
Happy Birthday Mel!
Many Happy, Healthy and Feel Good Returns!

Shad
03-07-2008, 06:15 AM
She is still being awfully quiet. Maybe she did cancel March 7th

happy2bme
03-07-2008, 08:28 AM
A very happy, happy birthday to you Mel!


http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/HappyBirthdayBear.gif

Ruthxxx
03-07-2008, 08:31 AM
Happy Birthday!!!!!
...and many more.
:balloons: :hb: :woo: :bday2you: :woo: :hb: :balloons:

happy2bme
03-07-2008, 08:31 AM
You can run but you can't hide Mel. We have Worldly Chicks stationed all over the place to seek you out. :D Hope you have a terrific day full of lots of pleasant surprises and much happiness :hug:

Our winter snow is due later this afternoon. What fun that will be (not :no: )

I have a lot of work to do so I'm going to just hunker down and get on with it. We still have a snow shovel if needed. Will be cold tomorrow but melted by Sunday afternoon.

Hope you enjoy it Ceejay :D

Can't hang around here right now. Hope you all have a great day.

diyana
03-07-2008, 08:41 AM
Good Morning Ladies --

I went to the gym yesterday and did 45 min. of cardio and 1/2 hour of strength training - mostly legs, abs and back, and I used lighter weights when we did the arms so I wouldn't make my hand worse. I've wrapped it again today. After work, I'm going to the gym for about 45 minute of cardio, but no weights today.

Ellen - You've got quite a job ahead of you with moving furniture and laying tile! Best of luck and please post a photo of your new floor! Take care of yourself. I hope the rest of your family doesn't get sick.

Shad - It's so great that you've met a few of the ladies on this thread. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip to the States. I've met Happy too. And her DH and mine have some common interests too. I like your advice about house renovation about taking big projects and breaking them down into smaller, more manageable ones. I'll take that to heart so I don't feel so overwhelmed. What is Groote and what kind of training do you do?

Mel -- HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Have a wonderful, wonderful day!! :bday2::bday2you::hb:

Happy - Good for you for keeping a snow shovel. I'm sure it brings back such fond memories of Chicagoland weather - NOT!

Gotta sign off for now. So a big "HI" to everyone! Hope you all have a great day, especially Mel!

annie175
03-07-2008, 08:45 AM
Happiest of Birthdays Mel....

Happy...we are in for the same weather you are. YUCK.

Have a marvy Friday.

Love and Hugs

diyana
03-07-2008, 12:22 PM
Here's a recipe for a totally yummy salad that a co-worker brought to our potluck yesterday. Best of all....only 1 WW Pt. per 1 cup serving!! Enjoy! :hungry::T:T:T

Taffy Apple Salad

Ingredients:

6 to 8 Granny Smith Apples (cut into cubes)
8oz tub of fat free Cool Whip.
1 small package of Sugar Free Instant Butterscotch Pudding
1 Large can of Pineapple chunks/tidbits (drain and reserve the liquid)
__________________________________________________ ___

Directions

Mix Cool Whip and dry pudding together
Add pineapple and stir
Add reserve liquid until creamy consistency
Mix in apples (mix well enough so that each piece of apple has a good coating of the "taffy" mixture.)

Chill and serve (preferably overnight)
__________________________________________________ ____

1 cup = 1 Weight Watcher point


Makes for a great, very low point yummy dessert, plus you get fruit and fiber from the apples!!

I'll probably make some this weekend. :T :T

ceejay52
03-07-2008, 12:39 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MELODY
:balloons:

Can't blame you for sleeping in.

michelle
the recipe sounds really good. may have to try this one also.

My sister from Mo will be here the last week of March. Can't wait to see them. I'll be going to Mo in May for my nephew's wedding.

upswife
03-07-2008, 01:30 PM
one last post before I take everything down. I was supposed to start earlier, but had a late night helping DH make a network cable. He was using new clips, and he kept cuting the smaller wires in the cable, so he had to keep starting over. I would have had it b4 him,except when I trimmed mine, I cut them too short, then tried to expose more wire, and I cut thru . Ah well, at least I learned that all my knowledge is not lost. I am one capable woman, I do floors, toilets, sinksnad I know how to wire. LOL Just wish I could keep the house clean, LOL Hope everyone has a wonderfull weekend! hoping I will have to comp back up and running Sat afternoon:crossed:

Later Chicas!

Shy Moment
03-07-2008, 01:46 PM
Ellen
I am like you. I can do all kinds of things. My father didn't have any boys. I was working on cars, helping to wire our house and laying brick before I was old enough to learn to wear heels lol. Now, I will do anything as long as it does NOT cause me to break a nail lol. HEY we have to draw the line somewhere.

di
I have all those things in the house. We are going to have that after dinner tonight YUMMMMM. Take care of that hand.

We already have 3 inches of snow in the last 2 hours. They are calling for 1 to 15 by Saturday night. The back of my knee is bothering me again so while I am doing the walking videos that is all I am doing. No moves just the walking holding 2lb weights. Going to give that knee a break today. Figure instead of doing two 2 mile videos and 40 min of resistance training today. I will do three 2 mile videos ( just the walking with 2lb weights ) and 40 min resistance ( upper body ) training.

ceejay52
03-07-2008, 04:04 PM
we have snow on the ground. Wish the flakes were bigger
:D

Shad
03-07-2008, 04:32 PM
At last Ceejay has her wish and there is snow on the ground. Now she is wishing for more. Be careful what you wish for Ceejay.

Short note today, I am going on a bit of R & R this weekend. A friend from Townsville days rung to say that her fiance was in town and she would like us to meet up. So after Body Balance class I am off to have an early lunch with her. Yesterday another friend from the very early Townsville days rung to say he is home for the weekend and can we meet up for breakfast, so that will be Sunday. On Monday I have to go down to NSW for the funeral of Chris (from down the road not Japan Chris) father. He passed away on Thursday. Chris has been my friend for a very long time and I like her Mum very much. So I've a 90 minute drive to get down there next week. Now there is a story for all of you wavering on giving up the fat fight. Chris' Dad was a very big man. He put on weight steadily in his later years. Then he had to walk with a cane because his knees buckled under the weight. From a cane to a walker and then to a wheelchair. He developed emphysema from a lifetime of smoking and little exercise, and suffered chronic back pain from the pot belly pushing the spine out of shape and aggravating an underlying scoliosis (sp) condition. Then he started to fall. Lost his balance going from the bed to the chair and he was too big for his little wife to pick up so the ambulance men had to come pick him up and dust him off. Finally he got jaundice and turned yellow and his liver failed and then his kidneys. I've seen pictures of this man in his youth and he was reed slim. Then he decided not to exercise and so developed all of the above. I say he decided because we all have a choice in these things. Sure when the kids are small and you are frantically busy it isn't easy to fit in ME TIME, but it is vital, don't put it off.
So for all of you out there who don't believe that exercise and diet count or who are waivering in their belief - read the above again. He died of heart failure due to obesity and chronic liver conditions (including a couple of tumours) Lesson terminated at this point.

I'll try and get back later tonight to comment, meantime time to go and sort out breakfast, gym, showers, clean clothes etc.

MELODY525
03-07-2008, 06:28 PM
SHAD...I DO WANT TO SAY FIRST THAT I AM SO SORRY ABOUT CHRIS' DAD. VERY SAD.

:hug: HUGS AND BIG THANK YOUS TO ALL OF YOU. YOU ARE A VERY SPECIAL PART OF MY LIFE AND I WISH YOU HAD ALL BEEN HERE TODAY. THEN MY BIRTHDAY WOULD HAVE BEEN COMPLETE. JEN AND ANTOINETTE GAVE ME A BIG PARTY FOR MY BIRTHDAY. I WAS SHOCKED. RIGHT AFTER I CAME HOME FROM A BIG FOOD SHOPPING TRIP, JOHN PICKED A FIGHT WITH ME AND HAD ME FOLLOW HIM INTO THE CONFERENCE ROOM TO SETTLE IT. JUST AS I WAS BEGINNING TO YELL, HE THREW THE SLIDING DOORS OPEN AND EVERYONE STARTED SCREAMING AND TAKING PICTURES. I DAMN NEAR FAINTED! :faint:
I HAVEN'T HAD A BIG PARTY LIKE THAT IN OVER 30 YEARS. I AM STILL STUNNED. WE STAYED LATE AND NOW EVERYONE HAS GONE HOME. ANT SHUT DOWN THE OFFICES AND PUT A PHONE IN OUR ROOM. WE HAD A WONDERFUL TIME.
NOT GOING TO THINK ABOUT THE CHICKEN MARSALA, SAUSAGE AND PEPPERS..........:hun:
I NEED A NICE HOT SHOWER AND A WEE REST. IT'S BEEN A LONG DAY.
THANKS FOR ALL THE GOOD THOUGHTS.
SWEET DREAMS AND GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE! :sunny:

ceejay52
03-07-2008, 11:03 PM
Mel
You deserved every last bit of this day. Goodness you are already for St patty's day. I hadn't thought about it.

Shad
Sorry to hear about your friend's dad. ((hugs))

It's been a good day.

Shy Moment
03-07-2008, 11:48 PM
Melody
I am so glad you had a wonderful time.

MELODY525
03-08-2008, 08:03 AM
RENNIE~ I HAD SUCH A GOOD TIME THAT I'LL EVEN LEAVE YOUR CHEERLEADERS ALONE TODAY!! :cheer2:

CEEJAY~ I HAVE TO ASK...HOW DID YOU GET YOUR PRINT SO SMALL? IT WAS TINY ON MY SCREEN WITH THE BIG LETTERS AND I CANNOT IMAGINE HOW SMALL IT WAS ON OTHERS WERE YOU WHISPERING WHEN YOU TYPED??:rofl: :rofl: GLAD YOUR DAY WAS A GOOD ONE TOO!!!!

I AM STILL TIRED. FEELING LIKE DOING NOTHING TODAY.
SO MUCH PERFUME IN A SMALL PLACE. THOSE CLOSEST TO ME WORE NOTHING BUT...............MY HEAD IS STILL REELING FROM ALL THE EXCITEMENT. I OPENED MY CARDS AND STARTED CRYING ALL OVER AGAIN. I MYSELF WILL BE DEBT FREE A LOT SOONER THAN I THOUGHT. PUTTING ALL THE $$ IN THE BANK MONDAY AND MAILING OUT CHECKS WITH NEXT MONTHS STATEMENTS. I WAS OVERWHELMED LAST NIGHT BY THEIR GENEROSITY. ESPECIALLY MY FIREND WHO GAVE ME THIS COMPUTER. I WAS GOING TO TELL HIM THAT MAYBE HE SHOULD CLAIM ME ON HIS INCOME TAX. I COULD BE ANOTHER DEDUCTION FOR HIM :rofl:
HE HAS A HEART OF GOLD AND I WISH THAT OTHERS COULD SEE THAT BUT HE HIDES THAT SIDE OF HIMSELF.
WELL AS THEY SAY...OURS IS NOT TO REASON WHY..
I NEED TO PUT MORE WASH AWAY AND THEN I AM DONE FOR THE DAY!!!!!!!! :encore:
HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY AND HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND :cofdate:

Ruthxxx
03-08-2008, 09:57 AM
Mel, I am so glad you had a wonderful birthday. I wish we could all have been there. :grouphug:

Snow? Anybody who wants some can come here. We had 6" overnight and it's a real blizzard out there now. I can't see the house across the street. Another 20" or more is expected before it stops! My plough guy is in heaven and has already taken one pass at my lane - not that I'm going out in that stuff today or tomorrow. Church has already been canceled for tomorrow morning!

So Hershey and I are going to loaf around today with no "musts" except putting wood into the woodstove. I have two quilt tops in the works for Victoria's Quilts (quilts for cancer patients) and will do a lot of sewing if the power stays on. I do have a generator but it's outside and its cabana is under a 6" drift of snow so I'm SOL if the power goes out.

Have a lovely Saturday, Worldlies, and remember that we North Americans do the time change thing tonight. Since I'll lose an hour of sleep, I just may have to work in an afternoon nap in my hectic schedule for today! :lol:

happy2bme
03-08-2008, 10:50 AM
Good morning chicks,

We got somewhere over 4 inches of snow. More than the last time 2 years back. I tried to take pictures with my cell phone but for some reason I can't send the pictures to my email account. It's heavy wet stuff that is bending the trees but looks very pretty. The sun is shining brightly and melting the stuff. Will be gone by tomorrow. Good thing because people here are real idiot drivers. If it's wet and slippery - drive faster because so you won't have to be out in it as long :rolleyes:

Mel - glad you had such a great birthday party. Hope you don't suffer the aftereffects for too long (ie. exposure to too much perfume). It's great that you got a new computer. What a great friend you have!

I just peeked in for a minute - I need to hop in the shower quickly and then we are off to pick out our new front door and then over to the Humane Society for some cat work.

Have a good Saturday. Hunker down Ruthie!

:hug: to the rest of the chicks

PS. Did you get enough snow Ceejay? :D

MELODY525
03-08-2008, 11:03 AM
RECIPE #42.

Heat a little oil in a large skillet. Add cubed extra-firm tofu; saute3 minutes to brown, then remove. Heat a tsp oil in same skillet, add red pepper strips and a bag of frozen stir-fry vegetables. Cook 5 minutes. Add minced garlic and stir-fry sauce. Serve on 90-second rice. Sprinkle with cashews and sliced scallions

MELODY525
03-08-2008, 11:39 AM
I LOST MY POST :tantrum:

HAPPY~ THE PC HE BOUGHT ME WAS A FEW YEARS AGO. IT'S THE DELL WITH A FLAT SCREEN. HE BOUGHT IT SO I COULD SEE WHAT MY FRIENDS WERE WRITING ME :write:
WISHING I WAS SHARING THE WET AND WHITE STUFF WITH YOU!! MOTHER NATURE HAS FORGOTTEN WHERE NEY JERSEY IS!!! hAVE A GREAT SHOWER :rain:

RUTH~ WISH I WAS WITH YOU ALSO...20"!!!!!!
I WOULD BE IN MY GLORY :dance: BREAK OUT THE CHAINS AND SNOW TIRES AND I'LL BE RIGHT THERE!! BUT I AM SORRY YOU ARE STUCK IN THE HOUSE :hug:

WATCHED HOLIDAY INN AND NOW I AM IN THE SPIRIT :hohoho:

MELODY525
03-08-2008, 12:05 PM
I FORGOT THE REAL REASON I CAME BACK.....
I WANTED TO THANK HAPPY FOR THE HEADS UP ABOUT THIS WRITER AND HER BOOKS. WHEN I ORDERED, I SPOKE WITH LINDA AND SHE IS A CARING PERSON. VERY SWEET. GAVE ME ALL THE MORE ENCOURAGEMENT SO I COULD AT LEAST TRY AND FINISH THE JOB I STARTED.

LIKE OTHERS, I HAVE ORDERED THE 100 DAYS OF WEIGHT LOSS BY LINDA SPANGLE AND HER OTHER BOOK LIFE IS HARD, FOOD IS EASY. AS SOON AS I GET EVERYTHING PRINTED OUT AND SOME READING MATERIAL COMES IN THE MAIL, I AM BEGINNING. JUST WANTED TO PUT THIS INFO OUT THERE FOR OUR OTHER WORLDLY SISTERS.

THIS IS THE WEBSITE:
http://www.theweightlosscafe.com/

I THINK THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE NOW AFTER READING SHAD'S POST ABOUT CHRIS' DAD. WE ALL KNOW SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN A VICTIM OF THEIR OWN BAD CHOICES. AFTER ALL....YOU KNOW ME!!!!!!! :lol3:
I WANT TO MAKE BETTER HEALTH MY PRIORITY WHETHER OR NOT I LOSE POUNDS. I HAVE SAID 100 TIMES THAT I WOULD AND I NEED TO MAKE THIS THE LAST TIME.
:cheer2: 2008 FOR THE WORLDLY CHICKS :cheer2:

Shy Moment
03-08-2008, 03:10 PM
Mel
WE all know someone personally that has made bad choices, OUR SELFS. I keep saying this isn't really about losing weight. This is about making better choices for our selfs. Eating in a healthy fashion and getting some exercise. The side effect is losing weight :). I am glad you had such a wonderful time. There are great people in the world. We just have to look for them.

Happy
Since 10:30 am yesterday morning we now have 16 inches of snow. I love it, it is sooooooooo pretty outside. Ok, it took a few hours with a snow blower and two snow shovels to get all the stuff out of my drive but what the heck that was great exercise lol.

Ruth
We are going to veg out in front of the tv all today and tomorrow and watch old shows and movies we love. I am going to work on my hook rug. Keep the hands busy, can't put food into the mouth is my way of thinking lol.

ceejay52
03-08-2008, 03:48 PM
Mel
Don't know how things get so small. It may be the 17 inch screen I have.

Happy
Yes it was enough snow. Boosted my spirits to the top Have fun looking for the new door. Thanks for reminding me of the camera in the phone.

Rennie
The sooner we start thinking of losing weight as a healthier life style the better off we will be.

Shad
03-08-2008, 04:00 PM
Morning all,

This will be another fly by until I get back from gym and breakfast with friends again this morning. DS2 is killing himself that my social life consists of early morning gym and morning meet, greet and eats. At night I sit at home and watch telly nodding off in the chair from time to time, like the oldies do! :D

Mel - so pleased that you had such a good birthday. Now you can't say anything nasty about your co-workers for at least a week!!! Being debt free will be such a great feeling for you, you won't know yourself and that also means being more stress free as well. Who knows what that may do to your health!

Rennie - all that snow exercise. Must be good for you. Haven't seen any additions to the little people for a while, haven't you been for a weigh in this week??

Happy - happy door hunting. Don't forget the allergy tablets will you. Let us know how the kitty kats were when you get back.

Yesterday after I got home, I went out into the garden and freed up another couple of rose bushes. So far I only seem to have lost two from drought and grass strangulation. Some of them are actually recovering quite quickly and bursting into leaf again with a few buds. Two of them are actually blooming rather well and I find I have two orchids come into flower just in time for Mel's birthday - two dark red ones. They are beautiful for all the neglect they have suffered. It is amazing how tough some of these plants really are.

Right, well coffee is finished, I need to go pack the gear for the after gym shower and get on my bike so I can get to breakfast on time. See ya later and take care out there in the snow and ice.

Shad
03-08-2008, 04:02 PM
Ceejay - I think you may have set your preferences for the smaller font. You can change the post in the Go Advanced section, but I think you will need to go to the User CP and change it permanently there. That is if you want the fonts to be bigger.

MELODY525
03-08-2008, 04:08 PM
http://media.us.webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/imagesFolder/photos/alarm.jpg

Spring forward, Fall back
Most of the United States begins Daylight Saving Time at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March

:write: just finished making these signs for the seniors!
don't want anyone missing lunch and the bus on monday :faint:

MELODY525
03-08-2008, 04:12 PM
OHHHH SHADDIE....ORCHIDS FOR MY BIRTHDAY! TOO SWEET OR YOU!! :hugs: HAVE A GREAT DAY!
AND JUST WHAT IS IT THE DS2 WOULD LIKE YOU TO BE DPING? AND IS IT PRINTABLE HERE? OR WILL WE ALL BE THROWN OFF 3FC FOREVER AND A DAY??? :belly:

MELODY525
03-08-2008, 04:14 PM
CEEJAY..IT DOES MY HEART GOOD TO KNOW YOU LOVE THE LOOK OF SNOW AS MUCH AS I DOOOOOOO!! :cheer: WAS THERE ENOUGHT TO MAKE A MINI SNOWMAN??
A SNOWBALL??? :dance:

Shy Moment
03-08-2008, 05:34 PM
Shad
It generally takes 3 weigh ins for me to get a little person lol. I do my ticker weigh in this coming Wednesday. ticker weigh ins are only every two weeks.

annie175
03-08-2008, 06:13 PM
Afternoon My Friends..........

We only got 5 inches of snow at my house. Other parts of the state got anywhere from 6-15 inches. So very lucky. Poor Ohio got his hard. Rennie you got his pretty hard.

I went to a breast cancer awareness brunch this morning at the Marriott North Indy. The speaker was Robin Roberts of Good Morning America. She is so inspirational and awesome. I truly admire her. She is so genuine. I got to shake her hand and a hug. It is amazing how a hug can make your day so much better. My momma is a breast cancer suvivor. She is 16 years out and doing fine with that. I think I may get Robin Robert's book that came out last spring.

I feel so blessed in my life and to have you all as support means so much to me. Yes I am freakishly emotional today. One woman in the audience said she was a nurse at Community Hospital in Anderson Indiana, and was dubbed the "singing nurse" Robin Roberts asked her to sing something, so she sang How Great Thou Art. It was so beautiful, and such a lovely voice. Everyone in the place was teary eyed.

Samantha, my DD has her surgery on Monday, please include her in your prayers. She is about to lose another 1/3 of her cervix, leaving one third.

Hello to everyone.

Love and Hugs

Shy Moment
03-08-2008, 06:17 PM
annie
So far at least 20 inches lol. I broke a piece on the snow blower that holds the cord inside after the first 16 inches. Have had to shovel the other inches by hand. Wouldn't be so bad if my drive wasn't at least 200 feet long and parts of it as wide a a three car garage lol. AND IT IS STILL SNOWING LOL. Going to be to dark soon to shovel snow. Glad you are feeling well and doing well today. Why don't they just take all the cervix out?

upswife
03-08-2008, 11:29 PM
Good evening/morning ladies!!! So we are almost done with the floor. Had to drop the kiddies off at grandma's this afternoon, they were getting antsy. only a small portion of the floor needs to get done, yay. Also Dh and I decided to pull out the floor molding and get new ones, so I will have some staining in my future. (they had 3 different kinds on the walls) MAy not post again until Monday.

Very cold here, had some snow, but very little accumulation. Hope it stays that way...hoping for a warm up soon.

Annie~will be praying for your DD. hope things turn out ok for her this time. :hug:

Later chicas!

happy2bme
03-09-2008, 01:54 AM
Howdy chicks,

Today (this Sunday) is my least favorite day - turning the clocks ahead and losing an hour of an already time crunched weekend. On the other hand, my favorite day is 6 months away -when we gain an extra hour and have a 25 hour day.

We got 5 inches of the fluffy stuff today. I took pictures with my cell phone but for some reason it didn't want to transmit the pictures. It was a winterwonderland last night (well except on the roads where there were over 70 accidents from the bimbos and bozos who have no concept of SLOW DOWN when the weather gets a bit fiesty). The sun came out in full force today and by the afternoon it mostly had all melted. What didn't get done today will be gone by tomorrow.

We did our cat petting today. Poor kitties. Many of them stuck their paws out of the cage and tried to reach out to us as if to say "me, me - don't forget about me". DH and I got to darn near all of them. Some of them did not want to be held and cuddled but they sure enjoyed a head scratching and one of my special "kitty massages".

We were not able to pick out our door today. Apparently the door man's wife was in an accident with a truck this morning. She is banged up but not seriously injured thank goodness. DH took a look at the work order and thought it looked like it was around $5,000. That is substantially more than we were told at first, particularly since this is a fiberglass and not a wood door. We will head back to the store tomorrow to pick out something less expensive.

Caught up on the goings on with the family via my mom and sister tonight. My niece is having surgery like your DD Annie. Prayers and good wishes for both of them. :hug:

Rennie - I don't envy you all that snow. Just be careful walking, driving, shovelling.

Annie - the best mentor/manager I ever had in my life hailed from Anderson, Indiana. If only we could get him to talk faster, he said he was slow and thoughtful ... :lol: Those emotional days are good for the soul, don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Shad, I think it's quite amazing that your orchids are blooming again. We were led to believe they were delicate flowers but I'm starting to think otherwise.

Mel, I'm glad you got to talk to Miss Linda. How cool that must have been. Did they have the book available in larger print?

Well it's 1am - and since I will lose an hour of sleep I really should scoot off to bed now. DH wants to start taking daily walks. I have some laundry and all the meal planning and grocery shopping to do as well as some house cleaning tasks. And if I have a few hours I could tackle some extra work I brought home from the office. Life is too busy, slow the merry-go-round down, will you? ;)

Might not get back here tomorrow. :hug: to the Worldly Chicks.

happy2bme
03-09-2008, 01:56 AM
Ceejay - keep forgetting to tell you that it was nice of you to post your picture from newspaper a while back. It was a bit washed out but we have at least verified that you indeed belong to our little club of short, but mighty women :lol:

Shy Moment
03-09-2008, 03:35 AM
Happy
I took it easy on the shoveling. I don't walk in the stuff if I don't have to and I am not a nut. I do not go out in bad weather unless it is really necessary. Thanks

MELODY525
03-09-2008, 08:57 AM
ANNIE~ GREAT STORY ABOUT MOM :encore: SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO YOUR DAUGHTER.
I AM GLAD YOU GOT TO MEET ROBIN. THEY SAY SHE IS A WONDERFUL PERSON. HUGS LIKE THAT ARE PRICELESS. HANG IN THERE :hug:

ELLEN~ GOOD LUCK WITH THE FLOOR MOLDING AND THINK OF ALL THAT EXERCISE!

RENNIE~ SO NOW YOU'RE HOARDING ALL THE SNOW AND THE LITTLE PEEPS??? Hmmmmmm... SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE ABOUT THIS!! AND TALK ABOUT SHOVELING EXERCISE! :faint:

HAPPY~ NO THERE IS NO LARGE PRINT. I THINK SHE RUNS A VERY SMALL ONE WOMAN COTTAGE INDUSTRY. DOES THE POSTING OF THE BOOKS HERSELF. I WAS IMPRESSED WITH HER JUST FOR THE FEW MOMENTS WHILE SHE FILLED THE ORDER. DON'T WORK TOO HARD. SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE DOOR PRICE :yikes:
AND I HOPE YOU BOTH FIOND ONE YOU LIKE!!

CEEJAY~ I HOPE YOU DID NOT GET SNOWED IN! :brr:
I DID SAY THANKS FOR SHARING THE PICTURE LAST MONTH...RIGHT?? LITTLE CUTIE IN THE CENTER!! :belly:


LAST NIGHTS WINDS NEAR TORE THE SCREENS OFF THE WINDOWS AGAIN. THE SPEED OF THE WINDS THESE LAST 2 YEARS HAS REALLY CHANGED. LIKE HURRICANE ALLEY HERE. THE FOG YESTERDAY ROLLED IN LIKE WE WERE ON THE COAST OF THE BRITISH ISLES. ALL I COULD THINK OF WAS THE POOR DRIVERS OUT THERE. IT WAS LIKE ONE OF THOSE OLD SHERLOCK HOLMES MOVIES. LOVELY SUN TODAY AND WATCHING THE NEWS THIS MORNING MADE ME THINK I BETTER STOP WISHING FOR SNOW....SOME PLACE HAD OVER 200 ACCIDENTS! :faint: NOT A LOT TO DO TODAY. JUST THE ACCOUNTANTS AND THE REST OF THE DAY IS MINE.
MAYBE WRITE OUT THE BILLS AND GET MORE LAUNDRY READY FOR TOMORROW. CHANGE THE SHEETS TOO. I FORGOT YESTERDAY. FUNNY HOW WE KEEP SOME OLD PATTERNS. MY GRAM CHANGED THE SHEETS EVERY SATURDAY MORNING. WE ALWAYS TOOK OUR "SATURDAY NIGHT BATH", WENT TO BED ON CLEAN SHEETS AND GOT UP FOR CHURCH THE NEXT MORNING. :rofl:
AHHHHH....THE GOOD OLDE DAYS!

HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY :moped:

MELODY525
03-09-2008, 08:59 AM
RECIPE #43.

Brown ham steak in skillet.
Stir hot pepper jelly, diced pineapple and cilantro until blended.
Spoon on top of ham.
Serve with steamed green beans

Ruthxxx
03-09-2008, 09:17 AM
Oy! If you want snow, come up here. We got over 20" plus massive drifting. The Ontario cops were dealing with one accident every minute yesterday. This morning I couldn't get two doors open because of drifts - outside, sillies! I shovelled out the deck door before bed last night so Hersh was able to get out for potty but she had a problem going down the steps to the yard as they were under a massive drift. She sort of swam through. What a good dog!

In a few minutes, I am going to put on the knee brace and do a bit of clearing of the side and back doors. The lane has been done with the big machine but the walks and steps need to be done. I'll take it easy and do it in stages. Right now there is a pile of snow beside the barn that is up to the second storey. It's going to be some melt eventually.

Hershey and I spent a very lazy Saturday. I must confess that I stayed in my robe all day. I read, made some baked beans, dabbled at TV and watched the storm reports. Today I have to get in gear a bit more and may even do a short session on the treadmill if the knee cooperates.

Stay safe, warm and dry. It ain't over yet, Chickies!

ceejay52
03-09-2008, 10:46 AM
Good morning chicks.

Happy
I always get these spring forwards and fall backs confused. Hopefully this snow will get rid of some of he germs in the air.

Ruth
Take it easy doing outside stuff today.

Mel
No didn't get snowed in. We got around 4 inches of snow. Most of it left yesterday. Streets were clear by 10.30 a.m. My neighbors made a small snowman. The mother was having a snowball fight with her 2 year old little boy. He's got a preety good arm. He was hitting back. They were enjoying the snow.

Hello to he rest. I'm at work so I'd better get busy.

happy2bme
03-09-2008, 11:11 AM
Good morning ladies,

Wakey, wakey - it's later than you think! :lol: At least now it will be lighter in the evening - don't have to worry about getting stuck in the dark at work if I have to stay late.

It's a bright sunny day, will warm up by the afternoon - all the snow should be gone. Wish I could say the same for you northern folks - guess you have to find a way to enjoy it.

Lot's to do today so I'd better get busy. Have a good day everyone. :D

Hollyhock
03-09-2008, 01:22 PM
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We are all dug out. Enjoying a beautiful wintry Sunday. Very happy not to going to work in this.

HUGS!!!

Ruthxxx
03-09-2008, 01:41 PM
Not completely dug out yet but Rob and John are working on it. They are such sweeties and told me to just stay inside while they do it. I'm whipping up some muffins right now so we can have tea and treats afterwards.

There is sure one heck of a lot of snow here. Hollyhock, I need to dig out my camera - I think I just MAY have more snow than you do. The pile beside the barn is up to the loft window and I can't see out to the meadow. I sure hope it melts slowly when it finally happens.

This is starting to feel like an afternoon nap sort of day once the lads leave.

Hollyhock
03-09-2008, 02:10 PM
Ruth- we had rain last Monday that melted all the previous snow. We got about 18 in all together. We missed the snow Friday night too. HUGS!!!

1day@atime
03-09-2008, 08:51 PM
Hello Ladies,

So much as been going on this last two weeks... We'll my brother found a lump (tumor) in his neck and that needed to be taken out. It was taken out this past thursday in Houston. He lives in Austin... My mother and I went to Houston to be with him and his family during the surgery and for some of his recovery. It's really hard to be on track when your staying in a hotel. And of course, I'm a stress eater. The surgery went fine and now we're just praying for good results.... (Prayers needed here)..

Needless to say, this last two weeks I have eaten really bad and haven't exercised... Tomorrow getting back on track though.

Hope everyone is doing ok and I will post more later...

OH.... A big hello to my old friend MichelleZ...I'm so glad your back....

happy2bme
03-10-2008, 12:13 AM
Hi ladies,

Going to try and post now so I can get out of the house earlier in the morning. The only issue is that this site seems to slow down quite a bit late at night. :(

Today is my most unfavorite day of the year. I am missing the hour we lost today :tantrum: DH was most insistent that we start going for walks on a regular basis - starting TODAY. I really didn't have the time but I didn't want to make excuses either so I strapped on my uncomfortable sneakers and out we went for 35 minutes. It was a nice day, I was quite warm with just a turtleneck pullover and a light sweater. DH was just in a t-shirt. Mind you there are still traces of snow on the ground. We passed one woman who said she was dressed for Alaska and we were dressed for Florida (by then I had my sleeves pushed up as far as they would go). She wanted to know how it was possible we were both walking on the same street. :lol: One of the nice things about walking the neighborhood is sometimes actually seeing someone who lives here. Our street is a ghosttown typically.

Then for making me walk with him, I punished DH by making him go grocery shopping with me. :devil: We both hate shopping. Actually it worked out, he suffered but did get to pick out his own lunches and some ideas for dinner which actually helped me out and I spent less money because he is horridly impatient in the store and we have to get in, pick up stuff fast and get out. No browsing with this guy. If I stopped to look at something - he'd say - we don't need that, let's go. We came home and grilled steaks which were yummy. We split a baked potato and I made a big salad. Back to eating clean.

Patty - I'm sorry to hear about your brother. Healing prayers will be sent to him. :angel: As for going off plan, well sometimes that happens. The important thing is to get back on track again now. You are back in control of things again. :hug:

Ruth - don't go getting any ideas about hauling out the toboggan. Just keep thinking those cuddly thoughts in your robe. ;)

Nice pictures Holly. Sure is pretty out in the country.

Ceejay - I don't know if it stayed cold long enough to kill off any germs. I hope the snow doesn't freeze the daffodils that just started blooming.

Wow Mel - I hope the gusty winds didn't blow you down! Batton down the hatches there matey :lol: Ah your comment about Saturday baths and fresh sheets reminded me of being a kid. We took baths more than once a week but always on Saturday when mom changed the bedding. I LOVE the smell of clean bed linens, especially if they've been hung outside and smell of fresh air - always a good sleep on those. :cloud9:

Sounds like the floors are coming along nicely Ellen. Matching woodwork will look so nice!

Where's Shad - oh yeah, didn't she say she was headed out for a trip on the coast or something? Enjoy the autumn weather.

Time for this chick to pack it in for the night. Hellos to Shaker, Painter, Madcat, Carla, Rennie and Michelle and anyone else I'm sorry if I missed.

Sweet dreams to all...

happy2bme
03-10-2008, 08:37 AM
:coffee: oh boy - everyone must be sleeping in this morning. Although it's nice to have it lighter later in the evening, it sure was hard getting out of bed in the cold and dark - that is, unless you're one of those freakishly happy early morning risers :spin:

Just thought I would pop in and spread my good mornings before I knuckled down on the reports and charts and things that make my job fun. :comp:

Have a good Monday all!

Oh and I weighed in down 2 pounds this morning. Maybe there is something to DH's urgent need to get out there and walk :dancer: I must admit, getting the exercise in is probably my greatest challenge.

upswife
03-10-2008, 09:36 AM
Morning ladies! The floor is all laid down!! Yay, have to work on the moldings, and the threashholds, but will be done soon. I have the stain for the moldings, and will work on them later today. Recouperating today from all the work this weekend, but will try to get a few things done. Have to run back to home deopt for a few things, and to look into rening a small power tool, as I don't want to buy it. Hope everyone has a good day, and I will be back later to do indies!!!

Roseblush
03-10-2008, 09:42 AM
Good Morning Worldly Chicks,
Hope everyone is adjusting to the new time..... so dark again in the morning. Well, my car did a number on me and is costing me some of my reitirement money to fix..... it is my luck with rigs...oh well. I am still trying to do my treadmill and eat two meals with one shake a day.... I walked jogged to work for a couple of days that was refreshing.
I need some good thoughts and prayers for my son////he has been doing so well and had an incident with drinking and driving last week...it is so sad it is breaking my heart..... this too will pass but a mother's heart is sometimes just not ready for such news.
My house is still locked in lots of snow compared to the houses just below me..... the deer are still staying away but I have lots of birdies I am feeding.
I do hope this finds eveyone well and working to take it off
Peace,
Nae

diyana
03-10-2008, 10:20 AM
Good Morning Ladies --

I went to the gym yesterday and did an hour of cardio. My hand/wrist is feeling a little better, but boy if I move it wrong...ouch! I'm planningon going to the gym tonight for a 1/2 hour step class and a 1/2 hour weights class. I happened to turn on the Weather Channel and they were showing West Virginia freeways that were like skating rinks! Cars sliding all around! Yikes! What a dangerous mess! Sounds like there were lots of car accidents all over the country due to the weather! Yuck! I was busy all weekend. On Saturday, I helped my best friend pack as she is moving to Florida at the end of this week. And Sunday, we ran errands and then I came home and cleared out our bedroom closet. Two bags of clothes and shoes to go to charity, and two big storage boxes of clothes that are a little too small (but they'll fit in another 2 or 3 months).

Rennie - 16" of snow! That's good that you love it. It is pretty, just lots of work to shovel (you have a great attitude about it!) and makes driving difficult sometimes. And it's awful when the snowblower breaks before the snow stops! Hopefully spring will get here soon.

Ruth - 20" of snow! Wow!! My goodness! I'm so glad we didn't get hit with that storm. I normally don't mind the snow...but this winter has been so snowy and cold...I'm very ready for spring.

CeeJay - Glad you're enjoying the snow you got.

Happy - You got snow too! 5"? Wow!! I can't believe the snow went so far south! I hate bozos that don't know how to drive when the roads are slippery! 70+ accidents! Yikes! It's so sweet of you to do volunteer cat petting! Those kitties (and puppies) really deserve extra love - much more than they are able to get from the busy staff. I smiled when you mentioned your kitty massages, and I do doggie massages (I think) and want to eventually be formally trained in the Tellington Touch - which is a massage/acupressure type thing that is suppposed to help dogs and cats overcome illnesses and behavior problems. My thoughts and healing prayers go to your niece. Sorry to hear that the door price was so expensive! Sheesh! I've never priced doors, but I never thought they'd be that much! Wishing her a successful surgery and a speedy and complete recovery. Good for you and DH for getting out for a walk. The roads are a bit slick still, otherwise I'd walk outside. For right now, the gym is a better choice for me. You should get some comfortable sneakers to make your walking more enjoyable. Congrats on the 2 lb weight loss! Woooo Hoooo! Another thing your DH and my DH have in common, he is also incredibly inpatient when shopping (unless we're at the Home Depot or something - LOL).

Shad - I can just picture how beautiful your garden is. Roses, orchids... Lovely!!

Mel - Sounds like you had a great party! What a surprise!! Congrats on getting debt free soon! My DH and I are working toward that. Luckily, our tax refund will make a little dent in our debt. I know what you mean about the generosity of friends! It's incredible! A few years ago, both of my parents had Stage 4 cancer and had just months to live. My mom lived in Southern California and my dad in Northern California. My co-workers pitched in and raised enough money to buy me two round trip plane tickets so I could see them one last time before they passed. I wouldn't have been able to afford it otherwise. It was such a wonderful surprise and such a very special gift for both me and my parents. I will forever be grateful to my former co-workers for their generosity. That's cool that you bought the 100 days and Life is hard food is easy books. I'm going to have to look into those. They sound very beneficial. As for being a victim of past poor food and exercise (lack of) choices. I REALLY don't like using the victim word, but I can say that I am working on correcting health issues that resulted from poor food and lack of exercise choices.

Annie - My thoughts and healing prayers are with your DD as she has her surgery. Wishing her a speedy and complete recovery.

Ellen - Congrats on finishing the floor! I'll bet it looks great!

Holly - Thanks for posting the beautiful snow photos!!

Patty - So glad you posted even with as busy as you are. My thoughts and healing prayers are with your brother and family. And with all the stress you've been under, cut yourself some slack from going temporarily off program. You're getting back on track now, which is what is important. I've missed you too, Patty.

Nae - Sorry to hear about your car expenses. And my thoughts and prayers are with you and your son.

Gotta sign off for now. Very busy day today! Hello to anyone I may have missed! Here's to the a great day and great week for all of us!

MELODY525
03-10-2008, 11:58 AM
HOLLY ~LOVED THE PICS. NOW YOU NEED TO FIND TIME TO "TALK" TO US!!!!!:tantrum:

RUTH~ I AM AFRAID WITH ALL YOURS AND HOLLY'S SNOW, JOISEY LOSES THE WINTER TOATALS COMPETITION! :rofl: TREADMILL? WOW! YOU REALLY ARE IMPROVING!!! TAKE GOOD CAR :hug:

PATTY~ I AM VERY SORRY TO HEAR THE NEWS OF YOUR BROTHER AND SEND GOOD THOUGHTS HIS WAY. :hug:
HOPE YOU CAN GET BACK TO TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF AT THE SAME TIME!!!

HAPPY~ :cheer2: CONGRATULATIONS:cheer2:
YOU MUST BE SO HAPPY!! I AM GLAD TO HEAR THIS AND GOOD FOR DH WITH THE WALKS STARTING AND ALSO FOR MEN DRAGGING US OUT OF THE STORES!! I BETTER GO OUT AND FIND ONE OF THOSE :belly I WANT TO THANK YOU AGAIN FOR ALL YOU HELP GETTING ME STARTED ON OUR NEW PROJECT. I HAVE BEEN SMILING ALL DAY! :hug: IT WAS A LOT OF WORK AND I REALLY APPRECIATE IT. AT FIRST I WAS SKEPTICAL BUT AM EXCITED NOW :dance:

ELLEN~ HOORAY!! THE FLOOR IS DONE!! WAY TO GO!! ENJOY THE NEW LOOK!!!

NAE~SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR SON AND WILL SEND GOOD THOUGHTS TO HIM AS WELL. :hug: I THINK MOTHERS TAKE THE BRUNT OF EVERYTHING NO MATTER HOW OLD THEY GET!!! SENDING A HUG TO YOU TOO:hug:
I AM SO JEALOUS OF EVERYONE'S SNOW!! BUT SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE CAR. GOOD LUCK!!

MICHELLE~ TAKE GOOD CARE OF THAT ARM!! I HEAR YA ON THE VICTIM WORD. OLD THINKING SLIPS IN THERE FROM TIME TO TIME. THUS THE BOOKS. I JUST LOVE FOOD!! LOL WHAT A GREAT STORY ABOUT GETTING TO SEE MOM AND DAD. PEOPLE SOMETIMES REALLY GIVE ME A LIFT WITH THE UNEXPECTED THINGS THEY DO. THERE IS HOPE FOR MANKIND YET :rofl:

MY PHONE DIED LAST NIGHT AND I REVIVED IT THIS MORNING BUT IT KEEPS DYING. :faint: MY POOR FRIEND HAD TO DEAL WITH NEXTEL AND THEY ARE SHIPPING ONE OUT FED EX. SHOULD BE HERE TOMORROW. WE GOT THEM AROUND '98 I THINK. NOT BAD HUH? WEIGHS ABOUT A POUND! :rofl:
DOING THE WASH. TORE THE BATHROOM APART AND DOING ALL THAT. THEN HAD JIM PUT ON MY NEW PADDED SEAT. BUTT COMFORT FOR THOSE DAYS WHEN I SPEND A LOT OF TIME IN THE LOO IS IMPORTANT TO ME :dance:
HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE AND HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY.

GRANDSON STORY: NOW WHEN I COME TO THE DESK, HE SQUAWKS AND WANTS TO BE HERE. OF COURSE HE WON'T FLY SO I HAVE TO BRING HIM, HIS SEED AND WATER DIS ALONG AS WELL!! HE LOVES TO EAT AND TAPPING HIS BEAK ON THE DESK WHILE I TYPE. GUESS HE IS TYPING AS WELL :lol3:
TAKE CARE ALL :moped:

Shy Moment
03-10-2008, 01:57 PM
di
Last count we had 22 inches of snow. It stopped the drive is clear. We now have heavy Charlie brown snow coming down lol. Sounds like you had a busy weekend. I don't understand people. We get snow every year you would think they would know how to drive on it. I never worry about my driving, it is the darn nuts that don't understand slow down and pay attention that scare the heck out of me lol.

Rose
Sorry to hear about your rough times. We never have enough money when things like this come up. Kids, you know, we try to raise them right. We give the advice we can from our years of experience. That is all we can do.

Happy
I think it is great you and hubby walking together. Time just for the both of you.

1day
Will sure keep everyone in my prayers. It is hard to eat right when you are out but remember just do your best and that is all you can do.

Ruth
Glad to see the knee is still getting better. Yes, we too had to dig out the patio and make a little path for pepper. She isn't happy she can't patrol the whole back yard. Snow is up to my knees out there.

Melody
My son told me not to go out into the back yard unless he ties a rope to me. I said why not. He said as short as I am I will get lost in the snow. I am going to have to do something about that child lol. My peeps are safe since you can't get to them through all the snow lol.

A lazy day here
I have NOTHING to do. No baking no cleaning no laundry. Everything is done. I just don't know what to do with myself.

happy2bme
03-10-2008, 02:16 PM
Rennie - please come to my house. I have enough to keep all the worldly chicks busy. I vow to catch up some day before I take my last breath :lol:

Mel - I caught up with Mr. Mailman this morning and asked him to take special care with my package to you. He looked very grumpy. I hope he didn't take it down the road and do the frisbee toss :yikes: I would say you'll be getting a rather large envelope by Thursday. Good luck trying to get it opened as I had a difficult time stuffing it.

ceejay52
03-10-2008, 05:30 PM
Stopping in to say hello---:wave:

upswife
03-10-2008, 05:33 PM
rennie~always welcome to come here...in fact I need to go put a load of laundry on right now. Ran to the store for (hopefully) the last time. I keep forgetting things for these projects, so I have to keep running back. Put the fist of two coats of stain/varnish on the baseboards, will finish off later tonight...and will start the other set as well. My sis is bringing my dad's saw over tomorrow, so hopefully I will be able to put it all up. DH works extra tomorrow sue to a meeting so the thresholds will have to wait for him. I would do it, but not sure If I could drill thru the concrete. My hands are so sore from the floor, that I prob can't hold the drill anyway. Even my knitting has to wait, as I am having issues with the knuckles...will have to try again tonight.

Laundry is waiting, so will run back later.

Shy Moment
03-10-2008, 06:02 PM
happy
Funny that you say that. I tell the kids the house has to be clean enough each day that if I should die. I wouldn't be embarrassed if someone came to the house lol. It really only passes my clean test two days a year. The day I finish spring cleaning and the day I finish fall cleaning. Please put the tea kettle on. I will be right over after i go to ups house lol.

shaker
03-10-2008, 08:29 PM
Hi Ladies, stopping in to say aloha sorry I have been so tardy of late, is there a piccy of a chicken running around with it's head cutoff.. that would be me!! anyway I have 5 little babies that are taking up most of my time, it is like having a little her of cows because apart from one they are black and white patchy. They follow the mama around everywhere begging to be picked up and cuddled and I oblige when I can but soemtiems have to lie on the floor so they can all have a piece of me :rofl: :rofl:

I have been OP last week alhough the week before I fell off with a huge ka-thud only to take the whole week to get myself up again .. and manage to lose what I put on so that was good, off to a fresh start.

DH and DS went to Perth on Sat so things are quiet although DD is the one with the sports on the other side of town during rushhour so the stress is still there most of the time... yippee for easter next w/end huh!!!!!

I am going to read back and find out what everyone has been up to and do my posts.. having a few work things going on just personality clashes and things, always fun isn't it.. happy do you still have the overstayers in the building? must fly.. bye all..

Shad
03-11-2008, 12:07 AM
Hiya all,

Yesterday I went off to gym early and then down to NSW to go to a funeral. Didn't get back until mid afternoon and was completely stuffed. We still had out visitor from Perth - he went home today. So it's back to work for me today - only problem is that I seem to have lost the mojo, so if you find it please send it back. I need it. Beginning to see some jobs coming in now. Don't know if I will get any of them. I'm probably going up to Groote for a month later on. We will see what they want to know when they decide that for themselves. Rio are also looking for someone - they don't seem to know what they want the person to do, write or train and they don't seem to have too much information on the subject, but no doubt someone will come up with the info sometime in the future and we can start to talk. The only reason I am even looking at this one is because it is six months at home. I could use that time.

I am sending thoughts to those who need them for themselves or their children in strife or sickness. Nae it is a sad thing when you discover your kids are not working in the way they were brought up to behave! However we do not have jurisdiction over them after 18 and although it is distressing we are not responsible. Annie, I hope DD is coming through her latest ordeal okay. This time I hope they either get the lot or take the lot. She doesn't need this in her life.

With that I am off. I'm not ignoring you and will be back properly tomorrow. So much washing and stuff to do at the moment, I wonder if I'll ever get on top of this lot. Adding to that, the thought of going back to work half finished is not pleasing. So for today, I'd better grab what energy I can muster and get on with it.

Oh yes - so far, one spike of orchids (called Towering Inferno- bright red) with 5 flowers, one spike (magic fire - dark red) has two huge flowers and another (Tennozan - white and blue/purple) has two buds which will open in the next couple of days. Of the roses I have managed to free from grass and weeds, Mr Lincoln is blooming like mad, Jude the Obscure has 14 flowers and countless buds and the fragrance is overwhelming and Radio Times is just coming into bud. I had to rip two out and I think I will lose at least one more but I am amazed that anything so beautiful could survive such hardship. Gotta go. The washers finished it's load.

happy2bme
03-11-2008, 08:22 AM
Good morning ladies,

Shad, what's this about going back to work? I must have misinterpreted things - thought you were home for a bit in between work assignments. Hmm much too soon to return, much yet to be done but those pesky bills do have to be paid I suppose. You are overdue for a fun assignment - hope one is soon to come your way.

Welcome back Shaker - we missed you. Are you fostering some kitties? Awwww, I'll help herd them. As for your question, yes the overstayers have marched back across the way to their home - for just a bit. The company is not renewing the rent on that building when the lease comes up for contract in the summer and they will all be moving permanently into what is sure to become a very overcrowded and unbearable area. I'm so thrilled - NOT! :cry:

Hello Rennie, Ellen and Ceejay :wave:

Mel - your story about the phone made me want to go searching on the internet for one of the early cell phones - you know, the ones as long as our arms and just as cumbersome :lol: Unfortunately I ran out of time. Hope you get a new, spiffy one. :hug:

Michelle - I had some problems with tendonitis that I kept making worse by reinjuring it in the same manner you describe. I wound up getting a stiff hand brace at Walmart that helped greatly. Keep icing and hope it gets better soon. Kind of tough with you having to use your hands as much as you do at work.

Nae - sorry about the son but kids do those things, long after they aren't "kids" anymore sometimes. Hope things work out.

Ruth, Holly - hope you are both dug out.

Is Madcat somewhere in that snow pile? :mag:

Is Carla madly spinning in an igloo? :ebike:

Spring must be here - the daffodils are blooming, the trees are budding, the birds are singing a lovely concert of songs and the bugs have returned. I just saw one of these little annoying gnatty things that buzzes the light and the computer screen. They are tiny enough to come right through the holes in the screen so there's no keeping them out. They don't come in hoardes, just one or two to annoy you like mad. :frypan:

Still sending good wishes to the brother Patty as well as the DD Annie.

Busy day ahead so I'd best get on with it. Make it a good one folks... :wave:

MELODY525
03-11-2008, 11:03 AM
Staff favorite: RECIPE #45. Toss drained canned tuna, rinsed canned white beans and chopped red onion with bagged baby spinach and some bottled vinaigrette dressing.

HAPPY~ WHEN I SEE A MAILMAN THAT LOOKS LIKE HE'S GOT A HERNIA...I'LL KNOW THE PACKAGE IS FOR ME!!! :rofl: THANK YOU AGAIN :hug: BUGS :yikes: IN JERSEY WE CALL THEM GNATS. IN FLORIDA THEY ATE ME ALIVE AND THE CALL THEM NO SEEUMS. NO MATTER WHERE I AM THEY BITE MY HEAD!! WHEN I COME DOWN, I'LL BRING MY BUBBLE AND SIT INSIDE IT :beach:
LOVING YOUR DAFFODILS!!! :flow1:

RENNIE~ BE VERY CAREFUL OF A SPRING THAW!! HERE LITTLE PEEPS...COME TO MAMMA! :devil:
YOUR SON SOUNDS LIKE MY DAUGHTER. WHEN SHE GOT TALLER THAN ME SHE BEGAN TO THINK SHE WAS THE MOM!! :lol3: :lol3:

SHAKER~ GOOD TO SEE YOUR FACE HERE THIS MORNING. TOO BAD ABOUT THE OFFICE DRAMA...I HATE THAT!!! :tantrum: HOPE YOU ENJOY THE SILENCE WHILE YOU CAN. YOU HAVEN'T REALLY MISSED TOO MUCH!!! JUST THE USUAL WORLDLY CHICKS STUFF!

SHAD~ I AM SO GLAD MOST OF THE PLANTS SURVIVED. WHAT HARDY LITTLE CHAPS THEY MUST BE. GOTTA LAUGH AT THE NAMES:rofl: HOPE YOU GET THE RIO JOB ONCE THEY GET THEIR HEAD OUT OF THEIR BUTT!! THEN YOU AND SUNDAY CAN STILL HAVE QUALITY TIME!!! :love:
I THINK I FOUND YOUR MOJO AND WAS USING IT TO VGET MY CLOSET SORTING AND WASH DONE. WILL SEND IT BACK AIR MAIL!!

SPEAKING OF BUGS, THE EXTERMINATOR JUST CAME AND WENT. WE HAVE A FEW THOUSAND LEGGERS CRAWLING AROUND THE BLDG BUT HE SAID NOT TO WORRY...BETTER THAN ROACHES! EASY FOR HIM TO SAY :faint:
I HAVE ANOTHER LOAD IN THE WASHER. THAT'S THE GOAL THIS MONTH. GET THE WASH CAUGHT UP INCLUDING STUFF TO PUT AWAY, CURTAINS, BLANKETS ETC AND ONE MORE 1/2 LB NOW THAT I GAINED IT BACK!! :rofl: LOTS TO DO AND SO LITTLE TIME :cb:
HAPPY TUESDAY!

Shy Moment
03-11-2008, 12:47 PM
Melody
They are just to funny. Yes, when my son got taller than I am he decided he was THE MAN. I knocked him down to his 5 foot 5 1/2 inches and he got over that idea real fast lol. His father just looked at him, shook his head and said something about if he wanted to live a long life he should stop messing around with small woman because small woman are MEANNNNNNNNN.

annie175
03-11-2008, 12:53 PM
Good Afternoon My Friends..........

Hope everyone that needs thawing is thawed. We are mostly thawed. Tomorrow's high is 57, whew whooooooooo!!

DD came thru surgery just great. It will be a few weeks before they know if they got it all or not. Hopefully all is good. Thank you for all the well wishes and prayers.

Tomorrow is my DS MRI reading to find out what kind of knee surgery he has to have. I will have him talk to Ruth. ;^)

Now the dryer is acting up....hope it waits a month or two so I can save up for that one.

Holly...loved the pix.

Hello to everyone..

Love and Hugs

upswife
03-11-2008, 02:31 PM
ok got the staining done this AM. now I have to wait for it to dry so I can put it up...will porbably work on it tonight after the kiddies go to bed. They sleep thru anything. Will try to go out to the gym this evening too. Weight has been the same...I am really trying to keep my head in the game, because after two months of being good I should be seeing some loss. will try to measure inches again, as that will usually cheer me up. Hoping that I can do this... love and hugs to all!!!

ceejay52
03-11-2008, 06:12 PM
Ellen
I'll take the inches anytime.

Annie
Glad the dd came through the surgery.

Rennie
My dad used to tell me that great things came in small packages.

shaker
03-11-2008, 08:16 PM
Happy hump day everyone, mine has only 3hrs leftof work and I am outta here. We have had some lovely hot sunny days, today being one of them so I hate to miss them..

Shad the roses sounded lovely all down-to-earth name that you can pronounce! yes happy I do have the kittens they are so lovely, but when they rang I felt mean to say no, I could imagine them in a orphanage and noone wanting to take them coz there was to many of them, and they do make you smile. they are safe and well fed, although one took a flying launch at my curtains last night :rofl: at least she missed and I don't have nets so no ripping noises to be had.

I have never been vertically challenged but lots of my friends are.. well to me anyway and they are great so have to agree that good things do come in small packages - although I am glad for my sons sake that I am tall so he will be taller as he does have food issues, a bit like his mother!!!

I need to go and look around Maui for a bit, will take my surfboard just in case I manage to catch a wave :wave:.. will catch you beach chicks later.. hello to all the wonderful chicks out there :wave:

Shad
03-11-2008, 09:07 PM
Morning all,

Starting to rain, gym is done, filled the car up with petrol this morning and went for the half price car wash. The washer thingy got stuck on the wax cycle and my car was bombarded with wax suds about halfway down the car. I ended up having to get out and get the man to fix it. They tried pushing and pulling and resetting and nothing worked until I backed up (it's half price this morning - every man and his car were waiting for me to finish) and went in again where upon the car wash gave me another complete wash. So the car should be clean RIGHT???

I have the son home today. He decided not to go to work this morning (I am a little less than impressed). So he's gone down to bank a cheque and do some shopping. I'm doing the washing and some more clearing and packing and taking stuff to the shed. I guess I'll be down at the dump sometime as well.

Happy - I am not sure where Carla is at them moment. I might have to stir her up and see if she is okay.
Sorry to hear about the price of the door. Ouch - was it gold plated or something - did it come with side panels and handles of gold???
I'm not going back to work yet. Groote will wait until I am ready. They haven't exactly figured out what they want yet. Rio is doing the normal and dithering and to be perfectly honest, the only reason I would want to go back there is because the contract will be in Brisbane and not travelling. No I don't really want to go back yet. Too much left to do here. I will be painting for the rest of this week. Ceilings and some walls in the kitchen. Don't have to be perfect because the cabinets will cover much of them. However I won't be doing the splashback for a week or two and so need some covering on the walls to take care of the cooking bits and pieces.

Mel - between my washing and yours we must be keeping the washing powder companies in business. I can't seem to stop finding it. As soon as I clear the laundry basket it seems to be full again. I guess we are just the dirtiest people in Brisbane or Queensland or maybe Aus.

Rennie - what was that old saying - we may be little but we are loud????

Patty - sorry to hear about the Brother. Best wishes go out to him and your family.Hop back on that wagon now. It's time to come aboard.

Annie - your poor children are in the wars. What do you do to them???

Shaker - I do love my roses and the orchids. Apart from the names given to them, there is a long spiel on the tag which gives me it's pedigree. I wouldn't even begin to pronounce some of those. I have Aotearoa as well. Lovely rose but it is only just starting to recover from the choking weeds and grass. DS was remarking this morning that the ones I have uncovered, have really started to perk up. Well yes son, they do that when there is nothing choking them. Human beings are the same! His Orange rose is still somewhere under the weeds. I think he is waiting for me to get that one out. Actually I buy roses for their fragrance. I keep saying that the Orange rose is not really welcome as it turned out to have NO fragrance at all. But he loves the colour.

Ellen - keep on going to the gym and doing the exercise. You'll see the inches disappear first and then the weight. I haven't lost this week, however the shorts I have on have to be continually hitched up, so something is happening around the waist or hips.

And there I better leave it. The washer has finished the load. The dishwasher needs emptying and there is a lot of dusting, sweeping and cleaning to be done - apart from other things like painting things, tearing the kitchen apart, packing things, fixing things, making things etc. Be seeing ya!

1day@atime
03-11-2008, 09:58 PM
Hello Ladies,

Thanks for all the prayers. My brother was released by his doctor today to go back home (Austin).. Doctor said he's healing great. The wait now is for the results, but the doctor did say he got everything out.

As for me I was back working out at 5:00AM.. It was really hard to get up, I kept trying to think of an excuse but then thought, NO, it's time to get back on track. I did gain about 5 pounds this past month, but that was my way of stressing out. I have got to learn how to handle stress better.

Annie - keeping DD in my prayers too.

Melody - do you have any recipes for grilled chicken? or any chicken

Michelle - hope your hands get to feeling better..WTG on your workouts...

Hi to Happy, Shy, Ceejay, Shad, Shaker, Ups and to everyone else....

carla49
03-11-2008, 10:16 PM
No need to go chasing after Carla. I've been dividing my time between staring in awe at the humongous snowbanks everywhere - including on my balcony - and hanging ten with Gidget and the Big Kahuna. Was very pleased to remember that Hawaiian culture favours (or did favour many decades ago) extremely well-marbled women, and have done my best this week to add a ton of lard to the old carcase... Always wanted to be part of the "in" crowd, don't you know. Seriously though, I may have to stay out of all stores until after both Easter and the post-Easter candy specials are over. :(

:hug: :hug: to all of those with family crises: Rose's misbehaving son, Annie's two having surgery, Patty's brother, Ceejay's niece (?). Sending :goodvibes and positive thoughts to you all.

Mel, what the heck is a legger?????

Happy, good news that the DH is dragging you out for walks - followed by two pounds down at the weigh-in!

Ruth, it sounds like the knee is coming along really well! The snow is a mixed blessing - on the one hand you don't want to damage it trying to shovel, but shovelling would be one heck of a calorie-burner! (Easy for me to say, of course, up in my high-rise...)

Shad, enjoy the time off - one thing you know is that when you're ready the work will be there. Congrats on the too-big shorts!

Shy, I haven't forgotten that you'd like the flourless cake recipe - I'll PM it to you one of these days, just have to convert bits of it from grams to ounces and so on. Of course, you do realize that while it is flourless it is not, I repeat NOT calorie-free... If anyone else wants the recipe, just let me know and I'll send a group PM when I finally get to it. I don't dare post it on the thread - much too subversively rich and :censored:

Holly, you call that snow? Hah! Come on up to Ottawa, and we'll show you snow. :rofl: :rofl: Really, though, the photos looked lovely, and the kids must be having a ball playing outdoors.

Ups, I hope the sore wrist improves soon. Two years ago I developed a weird tendinitis in my wrist/thumb, and it took months to heal.

Shaker, I think you and I may be the only non-vertically-challenged people on this thread. Maybe Annie too? I would kill to have little tiny feet like some of the worldlies. Every time I travel I curse the giant shoes filling up half the suitcase, and that's on the rare times when I can find a pair of 10 1/2's that fit.

Spin class was cancelled yesterday - all the snow and ice built up on the roof and caused flooding in the studio, and they needed a couple of days to reconfigure the place so we can get in and out via the dry back entrance. It's always risky for me to miss a class - I lose good habits with lightning speed - but it was fun playing hookey.

Greetings to anyone I've missed!

happy2bme
03-12-2008, 08:40 AM
Good sneezy morning to y'all,

Don't know why I'm sneezing so much but I sure am keeping the tissue companies in business this morning! It's supposed to be a glorious 72 degrees out today. Was pretty nice yesterday too I hear but I had a very long day and lots to do so I didn't even get out with DH for a walk last night. But for sure we will do it today.

Carla - I agree. I think this is the most dangerous time of year to be walking past the candy aisles. Even moreso than Halloween. Be strong, be good :hug: Bummer on the snow all around. I would not only be tired of it but achey to my very bones from the chills. Brrr. But I guess that's the charm of living up that way. Hope you at least get some :sunny: to help out. A "legger" is a centipede/millipede - those brown creatures with a bazillion legs that scoot fast across the floor. I guess they can bite too.

Patty - good going on doing the exercise so early. I find myself too having a mental debate about things and then just pushing myself to do what needs to be done.

Shad - you certainly are one busy woman. But I understand - get as much done as you can in between stints. Must be difficult to be away for so long and then try and get everything organized in such precision. Hope you can squeeze out a bit more time before you have to take on the next assignment. Good on yah for the saggy pants :carrot: Progress even if the scale won't co-operate.

How was the surfing Shaker?

Mel - ugh - I hate thousand legger season - used to find them in the basement :yikes:

I did put in about an hour last night going through the closets for a charity pick up this morning. I have such a hard time parting with clothes, particularly the favorites that no longer fit. I know, I know, if you haven't made progress getting there within a year you either take that to step up the motivation or just outright pitch it. I have a couple of cute skirts, some of which I never even wore and I'd really consider it a good thing if I could fit into them again. Now mind you, I have not worn a skirt in oh... perhaps 10 years :lol: Also have some cute jumpers (not your kind of jumper Shad and Shaker) that I would wear again if I could. I guess if I retire the problem is solved - I won't need dresses ever again and then there will be no qualms about chucking them. Actually since many still have tags on, I'd probably learn how to sell on E-bay.

The morning sun is streaming through the front door and blinding me in my left eye so I guess I'd better get ready and get to work.

Hellos to the chickies I didn't get personals to. Happy Tuesday. :wave:

MELODY525
03-12-2008, 08:47 AM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5d/House_centipede.jpg/240px-House_centipede.jpg
CARLA~ HERE HE IS...A "HOUSE CENTIPEDE". DO THESE LITTLE BUGGERS LIVE IN YOUR AREA AS WELL? MAYBE THEY DON'T LIKE THE COLD!! THE LOCALS CALL THEM THOUSAND LEGGERS. :rofl: :rofl: BETTER GET READY FOR SOME CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT SOON!!! JUST WAITING ON THE MERRY MAILMAN :dance: WE WERE SUPOSED TO BE EMULATING THE BIKINI CLAD BEAUTIES ON THE BEACH...NOT THEIR MUU MUU MOMMAS! :faint:

PATTY~ I WILL LOOK AROUND FOR THE GRILLED CHICKEN. SENDING MORE GOOD THOUGHTS :hug:

SHAD~ MAYBE DS NEEDED A "HEAD DAY" AND GET THINGS SORTED. WHAT DID HE BUY? ANYTHING GOOD??
SO THE CAR WASH REALLY WAS 1/2 PRICE...YOU GOT 2 FOR THE PRICE OF ONE :lol3: HAPPY DUMP RUN!:scooter:

SHAKER~ I'LL GET MY BOARD TOO AND MEET YOU THERE :beach:

ANNIE~ PRAYING FOR GOOD RESULTS. :hug:

CEEJAY~ I LIKE THAT SAYING!! LOTS OF SMALL PACKAGES ON THIS THREAD!

RENNIE~ SOME OF THE MEN SING DON'T MESS WITH MEL INSTEAD OF THE OLDIE USING THE NAME OF BILL :rofl:

ELLEN~ WHAT'S THE NEXT PROJECT???

JUST WHEN YOU THINK IT'S SAFE TO COME OUT OF THE WATER...THERE IS SO MUCH CRAP GOING ON IN THE OFFICE AND NOW ANOTHER THREAT THAT I MIGHT LOSE THE EXTRA $$ ONCE AGAIN. I AM GOING TO SEE IF I CAN SETTLE THIS ONCE AND FOR ALL. IF NOT I WILL LOOK OVER MY FINANCES AND SEE IF I CAN MAKE A THREAT OF QUITTING WITHOUT CUTTING MY OWN THROAT. :rofl:
I WOULD LIKE TO KEEP BUSY...RETIREMENT IS JUST NOT MY FORTE. AHHHHHH THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS :devil:
ON A FUNNIER NOTE...THIS NEW RADIO-PHONE IS SO THIN THAT IF I RUN IT OVER JUST ONCE, I THINK IT WILL BE HISTORY!!!! WE SHOULD HAVE ASKED IF THEY SERVE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS AND WHAT THEY BUY!! AND MAYBE THEY EVEN SELL THE HARD HAT MAN THAT GOES WITH IT :belly:
HAPPY HUMP DAY! :moped:

MELODY525
03-12-2008, 08:52 AM
:cofdate: GOOD MORNING MISS HAPPY!
THOUGHT I HEARD YOU TIPPY TOE PAST ME TO POST!!
HAVE A GREAT DAY AND HOPE YOU GET TO MFEEL SOME OF THE SUN ON YOUR SKIN!! WHY NOT A LUNCH TIME WALK! I'LL MEET YOU OUT IN THE SQUARE! WE'LL DO A SALAD LUNCH! :dance: WHILE YOU'RE BUSY AT WORK, I'LL COME AND TOSS THE LOT OUT FOR YA!!!
JEN IS AFRAID TO LET ME INTO HER PLACE :devil:

MELODY525
03-12-2008, 08:55 AM
RECIPE #46.

Heat equal parts cranberry sauce and tomato sauce, stirring to blend.
Heat ready-to-heat turkey meatballs in sauce; serve over 90-second rice.

MELODY525
03-12-2008, 08:59 AM
http://www.womansday.com/food/12695/90-fabulouschicken-recipes.html

THIS IS A LINK TO 91 CHICKEN RECIPES. IT'S A SLIDE SHOW. LET ME SEE IF IT WORKS FIRST....
OK IT WORKS BUT WHEN YOU CLICK TO GET THE RECIPE, IT APPEARS ON THE 2ND PAGE BEHIND THE PICTURE.
A LITTLE BASS-ACKWARDS NO?:rofl:

carla49
03-12-2008, 09:23 AM
Oh good, it's snowing again! What a nice change after all this.... snow.

Mel, such a relief to learn that you didn't actually have a few thousand of the little beggars running around! We do have them here too, although probably smaller and faster than down Happy's way. I used to find them from time to time in my basement when I had a house. Don't they eat other bugs? and by the way, how on earth did you get that little fellow to pose so nicely for the photo? :rofl: :rofl:
What's this c**p about your job disappearing again???? I thought that was all settled last year?? The renewed drama will do wonders for your skin and eyes - NOT! A good thing you used your birthday money wisely - at least you don't have debt hanging over your head as well.

Happy, the problem with tossing the too-small clothes is that you can't always replace them when you do finally shift some weight. I gave away a huge collection of sweaters just last year, and of course they'd fit right now, albeit a little tight. Then again, the last time I got my weight way down I tried on some of the stuff I'd been saving and had a good laugh at the Dynasty shoulders before tossing them in the donation pile.
Today is a pretty grey day out there, but we had brilliant sunshine and pleasant temps yesterday and Sunday. The kind of sun that practically blinds you when it reflects off the snow. (Much of the winter the snow piles are dingy and nasty-looking, but the last 23" or so are still looking quite pristine and Christmassy. We're about 13" from the snowiest winter on record...)

Time for some brekkie and the newspaper. Today is weigh-in day at WW. I was going to skip it after my naughty behaviour on the weekend, but according to my scale here at home it might just be worth going after all! Slow but steady, I hope...

MELODY525
03-12-2008, 09:39 AM
:present: :hohoho: :mrsclaus: :santa: :xcheer: :wreath: :gift2:
CARLA I HOPE YOU GO TO WW AND FIND A GOOD SCALE VICTORY!! IT WOULD BE GREAT MOTIVATION!
I PROMISED THE "LEGGER" A GOOD HOME IF HE POSED FOR ME! THE BUG MAN DID SAY THEY EAT OTHER INSECTS...WE'RE HOPING THEY EAT THE SPIDERS!!! :rofl: :rofl:
THE MONEY PROBLEM IS WITH MY "EXTRA" CHECKS. NOT THE ACTUAL JOB....WHICH HAS NO JOB DESCRIPTION RIGHT NOW BUT WILL HAVE WHEN I GET DONE :tantrum: PEOPLE WANT TO PLAY GAMES AND PUSH BUTTONS. SO I PUSHED BACK. IT WILL TAKE A FEW "MEETINGS" TO STRAIGHTEN THIS OUT. BUT I CAN WAIT. IT'S REALLY THEIR LOSS. SO WHEN I AM FINISHED I WILL HAVE WHAT I WANT OR THEY WILL BE CRYING THE BLUES. JUST USED THE CALCULATOR AND I CAN MAKE IT EASY NOW THAT THE BIGGEST BILL HAS BEEN PAID OFF. :dance:
I AM GOING TO HAVE TO MOVE UP BY YOU IF I WANT TO SEE SOME REAL SNOW! :snow4: :shocksn:

carla49
03-12-2008, 11:14 AM
Yes, Mel, I know Shad will be annoyed :frypan: :kickbutt: about me using the forbidden word so early in the year, but I thought you could use a little :gift: pick-me-up...
If centipedes would eat my spiders, I'd keep a whole colony on the balcony! I have no idea where they spend the winter, but every summer they're back, weaving their endless webs.

Has anyone been watching Biggest Loser? Is it just me, or is the male bonding/weeping getting a bit much? Sheesh, get a grip! At the same time, I get a good giggle every time they do their "1, 2, 3 - Pride!" routine, especially since they all got pride tattoos. ;)

diyana
03-12-2008, 02:07 PM
Good Morning Ladies --

I met with a Diabetes Educator on Monday, and the good news is she said I am doing the things I need to do to lower my blood pressure, lower my cholesterol and improve my insulin absorption. She likes that I am sticking to an eating plan where I eat lots of veggies and fruits, lean protein (and not too much), fat free or reduced fat dairy, and my starchy carb choices are whole grain and have LOTS of fiber. She also liked that I was exercising 4 to 5 days per week (though it would be better if I did closer to 5 to 6 or 7). She said that obviously what I am doing is good for my body because my hunger is satisfied and I feel so much better and have much more energy and enthusiasm than I used to. Per her and my doctor's suggestion, I am now monitoring my blood sugar twice a day (pre-breakfast and 2 hours after any meal) just to see how my blood sugar typically trends for fasting and then after digesting a meal. I'm getting the hang of the finger pricking, and it's not too bad. And I am still feeling so great and really enjoying this process (I'm sure that sounds weird). But since there may be a chance to not have to go on meds, I feel like I'm being given a chance to make things right, and I'm taking full advantage of this chance! My wrist is doing much, much better! It still hurts occasionally (mostly when I do stupid stuff like if I sit on the floor and try and push my way up with my right hand, or if I do any kind of pushups (other than wall pushups). I never thought I'd say this, but I am just about getting to the point where I am enjoying eating healthy and when I don't go to the gym, I actually miss it. Weird, huh? :lol:

Rennie - If you're still bored and looking for stuff to do....you're always welcome to come to my house! I've got tons of cleaning and organizing to do....not to mention laundry. :yikes:

Ellen - You're making great progress on the floor! Good For you! I'll be it looks wonderful! How are your hands today? I remember when we tore out our family room carpet and installed laminate, my hands and wrists were sore for days (not at all related to this recent wrist injury). BTW, I'm sure you're losing inches since you're doing everything right. I'm losing inches faster than pounds too.

Shaker - I love hearing about your kittens that look like little black & white cows. I'll bet they are adorable.

Annie - I'm so glad to hear your DD came through the surgery well! Continuing to send well wishes that she has a speedy recovery and that they got it all. I hope all went well with your DS's MRI. BTW, 57 in Indy? Wow! You are getting spring much sooner than we are. We were promised highs in the 40s yesterday, but it only got up to the mid to upper 30s. :(

Happy - That's awesome that you can motivate each other to walk nearly every day!! Good for you both!! You've got daffodils already? I'm envious. I am so looking forward to seeing spring flowers! And it's warm enough for just screen doors?? We still have our storm windows and doors. Hopefully just a few more weeks. Funny you should mention about skirts. When I was cleaning out my closet, I put nearly all my skirts in bags to take to charity. I haven't worn a skirt in about 6 or 7 years! :lol:

Shad - Your orchids sound lovely, even if they do have funny names! It sounds like when you're ready you will get a great assignment (like the Rio one) that keeps you close to home as you have so much going on.

Mel - I cringed when I saw the centipede photo! We didn't have them in California (or at least I never saw them). The first time I saw one in the basement after moving to Wisconsin, I freaked out!! Ugh!!

Carla - I hope you had a great weigh in at WW today!

Patty - I'm so glad to hear your brother is doing well! I'll bet that's quite a relief for you! Good for you for getting back to your workout routine! YGG!

Gotta sign off for now. Hello to anyone I may have missed! Here's to a great rest of the day and rest of the week for all of us!

annie175
03-12-2008, 03:00 PM
Good Afternoon Everyone.........

What a sunshiny, glorious day in Indy. 50's, I'll take it.

Shad..I would say that was a complete car wash you had. I like to go to Mike's carwash, if you go through and your car is still dirty, you get to go again for free.

Patty...so glad to hear about your borther..more thoughts and prayers your way also.

Carla...The Gidget movie was on the tube the other night. DD said, what the heck kind of movie is this. I just laughed at her.

Happy....ohhh 72 degrees, how wonderful. Iwould take it in a heartbeat. I am sick of cold and snow.

Mel...centipedes, yuck. I do like the commercial about the air freshner with the octapus and her husband is a centipede with tons of tennis shoes in the closet. Thanks for the chicken recipe site also. Yum.

Diyana - my parents both have diabetes. When I am over there around dinner time, usually 5:oo pm. My dad says to my mom....come on Rita, time to take our sugar. Togetherness after 60 years, not sure that is what they meant. I always think of the Dunkin Donuts commericial when the dude says, time to make the donuts....time to take our sugar....

Good news on the DS front. He has nothing torn, ripped or broken in his knee. He just has a truckload of scar tissue from past injuries. Therefore, doc is going to laproscopically go in and clean up his knee. DS will only be down 2 to 3 days. Wheww whoooo.

DD went back to work today. She has a terrible migraine. I told her to drink tons of water at work as she is still probably dehydrated. Silly girl.

Got some shingles loose on the roof. Will make DS go up before to reattach. He can do this before the surgery gets scheduled. He did get my garbage disposal fixed.

Hello to everyone...stay focused and happy.

Love and Hugs

carla49
03-12-2008, 03:33 PM
:goodscale Happy days at WW today! :goodscale Have already been and raided Shy's peeps... (insert diabolical laughter here). :devil: :devil: It has turned into a beautiful day here after all - bright sunshine, temp just under freezing, huge lakes of mucky water at every street corner.

Diyana, :bravo: on the good results! I think a lot of people could reverse Type II if they really worked at it. And you're right that after a while you get so you miss good eating and physical activity. Of course, just a little lying on the couch eating :censored: will make that nasty longing for activity and veggies go away...

Annie, good news on DS's knee. And how clever of you to send him up on the roof before the procedure - that way if he messes it up more he won't have to go in twice. :lol3:

I'm trying out a diet idea I read about, probably in some thoroughly disreputable rag. The plan is to eat three apples a day, each one about 15 min before meals. It's supposed to fill you up and make you eat a lot less at the meal. Since I like apples, they have lots of fiber and low calories, why not! If I'm sylphlike within a week, I'll let all the worldlies know so they can also go out and stock up on apples.

MELODY525
03-12-2008, 05:39 PM
:cheer: FIRST LET ME SAY TO MICHELLE THAT I AM SO GLAD TO HEAR THIS GOOD NEWS AND I AM SURE YOU ARE EVEN MORE THAN I AM :cheer2: CONGRATULATIONS FOR ALL THE EFFORT YOU HAVE POUT INTO GETTING THAT SECOND CHANCE. THANKS FOR THE M OTIVATION ALSO!! WE CAN CHEER EACH OTHER ON!! NICE JOB! :dance:

:hohoho: CARLA~ YES....WHAT IS WITH ALL THE TESTOSTERONE TEARS!!! HAVING A FEmININE SIDE IS ONE THING BUT GETTING OUT THE LACE TRIMMED HANKIES IS ANOTHER :rofl: LAST WEEK I CRIED MY BRAINS OUT WHEN MARK GOT TOSSED OFF AND NOW HE CRIED COMING BACK ON??? I LEFT THE ROOM FOR A MINUTE SO HE COULD GET HIMSELF TOGETHER :lol3: :lol3: BUT I LOVE THE MUSIC AND SOMEHOW IT MOTIVATES ME. I AM HOPING THAT ALI MAKES IT TO THE FINALS!! ALSO....WHAT IS WITH JILLIAN TAKING HER CRAPPY DAY WITH HER WHINING PROTEGES OUT ON POOR ALISON??? GEEZ......GET A LIFE. I AM GOING TO THE SUPERMARKET TOMORROW...THINK YOU WIL BE SYLPHLIKE BY TONITE? :rofl: :rofl:

ANNIE~ BETTER GET EVERYTHING FIXED BEFORE THESE KIDS CAN THINK OF MOR WAYS TO ENTER THE HOSPITAL! I AM GLAD THE NEWS FOR DS IS BETTER. THANK GOD FOR SMALL FAVORS :dance: HOPE YOU ARE KEEPING YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR INTACT. I KNOW IT HELPS ME GET THRU THE TOUGH TIMES. WHY DID SHE GO BACK TO WORK??????????:tantrum:

willy boy is taking me shopping in the morning. everyone called my new phone to tell me friday will be raining and to get my butt out of bed tomorrow! so i will see you when i get back. john had to come up here to show me how to make a phone call on this new fangled device!! i felt like a granny!!! he wasn't even sure either!! :ROFL:
have a super thursday!!! :moped:

MELODY525
03-12-2008, 05:41 PM
Carla....while You Were There You Should Have Stolen One For Me!!! I Am Still 5 Lbs Down As Of This Morning!!! Congratulations On The W Weigh-in!!! You Go Girl!! Now Which Diet Was That??? The Bottled Grape Juice Plan??? Roflmyassofffffffff

MELODY525
03-12-2008, 05:42 PM
YOUR TICKER PEEP IS TOO EFFING FUNNY!!! :rofl:

shaker
03-12-2008, 05:56 PM
Morning Ladies, for the second time I amight add as some unmentionable pop-up decided to make an appearance mid-post and wiped what I was doing.. the surf was great yest, Mel thanks for joining me :hug: perhaps everyone can come for a :swim: today or just sit and read if you like :beach:

The :moo: babies are doing really, I took two of them outside for a looky around, :yikes: I took them one at a time and the two I knew wouldn't make a bolt for it :D - they had a good time and snuffled around for a while. I have let all 5 out but was in the morning when they were ravenous so they didn't venture far, I am a bit like the pied piper except they do the singing :dancer:

Lovely day here around 23 which is nice for being autumn. shad you still having lots of rain there, making up for 3years with no :rain: maybe? Carla we have the biggest loser on at the moment but I only like the end when they weigh-in and vote everything else is a bit boring, especiall men crying WTF??????... I also watch the Chef program umm what was it called was only on last night.. :?::doh: nup is gone again.. back again is Top Chef.

Carla does that mean that you had a loss at ww???? I weigh in on a Monday, my friend that goes as well loses a bit one week maybe a pound and then puts it on the following week, honstly without fail she does this.. it surprises me that she still goes she has been going far longer than me, maybe nearly 20weeks and is still under the 5kg weightloss mark, I told her she is my mentor for stamina in sticking at it :D.

Have a lovely day everyone :kickbutt: hope to see you round the island :moped:

ceejay52
03-12-2008, 06:03 PM
Mel
I'm with you on the men and there whine's and pride. And yes what was with Jullian last night.

Carla
Congrats on the weight loss.

Hello to every one else.

Shy Moment
03-12-2008, 06:06 PM
Melody
Nice going on maintaining that weight loss. We have those little critters too and sp spi spid spid oh I can't even type the word. You know, those nasty things that have all those legs and big beady eyes AND THEY STALK AND CHASE YOU. I pay a man once a year to come and spray my basement to get rid of everything. He tells my kids don't come down here while I spray or you will be gone too lol. Think this spring I am going to lock them in the basement.

Carla
See I thought I forgot to add a peep. Here it was YOU that stole it. What out for the apples they are loaded with carbs.

Di
I am happy to hear the way you are eating is working for you. We can do a great deal for our body's just by watching what we put into it. You people. I tell the kids laundry is the job they give to the blind, deaf, old lady in the household because she wants to contribute to the household. Come on, you toss some clothes in the washer, toss them in the dryer ( I swear there aren't many of us that still drag them outside to hang them on the line to dry ) and then sit, suck on a milk shake ( low fat of course ) and fold laundry while you watch eye candy like Kurt Russel. :) Laundry is my favorite job lol.

Shad
03-12-2008, 06:52 PM
Huh - Rennies down again I see. Well done. Well done also to Carla who has it within her power to become the skinny one - I think she just doesn't want to leave us behind. And for all those losing - like happy and Mel and Shaker and Annie - who isn't supposed to but is - congratulations. I'm green!!!

I'm sitting here waiting for the kitchen man to arrive. He has to do final measurements today. After that it is his fault if it doesn't fit. However since both he and I got the same measurements first time around it shouldn't take too long. Better not, I have work to do! DS2 has gone to work today, quite willingly it seems. We had a bit of a discussion yesterday but I don't think we resolved too much. He is still being horribly stubborn. Seems to think he only needs to take his medication when having a low. Poof says I, take 'em high or low because the higher the high, the lower the low. I think he is still cogitating on that one. I think I need Painter over here, now!!!! Anyway, I feed him a really good on plan meal last night and he said that he was feeling a lot better after it, following which I gave him a spiel about diet and consequence of too much fat, too much salt, too much sugar. It seems my homily fell on deaf ears - he went to sleep in the middle!!! Kids.

Jillian of the Biggest Loser might have been sore because she and Bob are also dealing with some of our lot. They had to choose a new player and they have chosen the Joker in the Pack. He is well hated by his team members and insists on calling Jillian - Gilligan - and she is not amused. I bet he isn't so fork tongued when she gets down here!!! However he got immunity last night - I'm convinced it was a set up and he is safe for the week even tho he has lost little weight so far back in the house.
As for the men in tears - they find it so difficult to cope alone. They want to see, speak to, and touch the wife or the mother or the kids. Funnily enough they never wanted to do that at home!!! Tough? Men? hardly!

Right - I better go and get emotionally prepared for the kitchen man. Wonder if I can reduce him to tears. Oh no, I want a decent kitchen out of this. Be back later.

Shy Moment
03-12-2008, 08:27 PM
Shad
Thank you. You are right. If it doesn't fit sure won't be your fault.

happy2bme
03-13-2008, 08:56 AM
Good morning chicks -

Hey - what's this about moo-moo mamas? I do not own a moo-moo. :lol:

You guys are chatty, not sure I can get to everything quickly.

Carla - loved the "Dynasty" comment on the clothes. So perfect. Nothing summarizes the cinched waists, football shoulder pads and poodle hair of the 80's like the tv show Dynasty. And I didn't even watch it. :lol: I have tended to go towards more classic stuff than the trendy styles on the things I have kept around. Funny that you should talk about sweaters as that probably makes up a big portion of what's in the boxes.

Thanks for that creepy picture Mel. The cat brushed against my ankle and I almost took my knees out from under the desk jumping :rofl: Hate those things. When I saw one in the basement I would stick my hand in one of DH's boots, put a paper towel over that and SMASH the thing! icccck.

My rule with :spid: is that they take care of most pests so I have learned to live with them. They can't stay in the bedroom however. I have been known to get them to crawl on a piece of paper and I will run like mad through the house to go and relocate them to a better area :lol:

Michelle - I think you have reached that great turning point in life where you're no longer fighting doing what should be coming naturally to a healthy life style :congrats: So glad to hear that things are going well healthy wise for you :hug: I think it helps too when you realize how GOOD you feel when you're on plan and how BADLY you feel when you're not. (And if it's badly, why isn't it goodly? - such a strange language that English :lol: )

Annie - I enjoyed the 72 degrees for you yesterday. :D Glad you enjoyed your day too. Any warm up is greatly appreciated, right?

Carla :congrat: on the great weigh in!!!! :cheer: Am falling all over myself at the idea of you stealing Rennie's peeps :lol3:

:congrat: on your 5 pounds down too Mel! You have a leg up on me but I'm coming fast behind you. Perhaps we can have a rousing game of steal the peeps to burn a few more calories :lol:

I finally stopped watching the Biggest Loser after a few episodes this year. Read too much on other places about how the whole thing is scripted and it's about drama, not true weight loss so I gave up on it. Also was sooooooo sick of Kelly's constant tears.

Shaker - I understand all about your friend at WW. I was the same way when we were doing WW at work. I was not very motivated after the 3rd session. We had a boring leader and mostly I think I was at a new job and missed having my former WW buddy from the old job. S and I would bring lunches for each other 4 days out of 5 and we made sure that we took a walk at lunchtime each day. I guess I needed someone to hold the :rollpin: over me. So that one session of WW I did the same as your friend before I dropped out. It's good of you to encourage her all the same.

:wave: Ceejay.

Shy, I hate ironing but like you, don't mind doing laundry.

I have heard about the suggestion of eating an apple before meals - not sure about eating them 3 times a day tho. Dr. Oz of Oprah fame suggested eating something like 20 almonds or 8 walnuts 30 minutes before meals to curb your appetite once you start eating and I've tryed that. It works. You do eat less. Particularly if you use a smaller lunch sized plate.

Shad - one of the big revelations in life is when we realize that our parents were right all along in their lectures :lol: Sometimes it takes longer for some of us to get that message. Glad you are persistent with the DS. Have you picked out colors and cabinets and such for the new kitchen?

DH and I did go for a walk yesterday even though I got home later than I planned from work. It was a nice evening - too pretty to waste NOT walking. We saw some of the neighbors which was nice. Then I was watching one of my favorite shows - Beauty and the Geeks which pairs up very pretty girls and the geekiest of boys in the concept that they can each teach each other things. It's not mean spirited but quite entertaining. A new season has started on the show and they were doing introductions. One girl said she was not dumb, it's just that she didn't know a lot of stuff :dizzy: One girl said (and she must be in her 20's) that she cannot seem to master the concept of telling time. Several people have tried to help her read a clock back but she JUST DOESN'T GET IT. So she has to rely on digital clocks :dizzy: :dizzy: One of the geeky guys is a poet at heart and gets all excited - he really wants to please and he just about snorts in excitement. Reminds me of a cute puppy so eager to please.

Tonight I go and get my hair done. FINALLY. I really need a color refresh more than anything. I had to cancel my last appointment - somehow the idea of a tornado ripping through town caught my attention more than sitting in a chair with foil and hair goo. And it's taken 6 weeks before I could get another appointment. Can't wait to feel good again.

And with that I am off. Love to the rest of the crew. Have a good one :wave:

diyana
03-13-2008, 09:15 AM
Good Morning Ladies --

I went to the gym yesterday and did an hour of cardio, and I'm going tonight to do 1/2 hour of weights and at least 1/2 hour of cardio. This morning, I got on the scale and have lost another 2.5 lbs - down a total of 13.5 now!! :goodscale: I'm staying flexible about how to make time for working out nearly every day, but I am making working out and eating OP a priority. Yesterday, someone brought in yummy looking cookies and placed them in the same room as the printers. When I went to pick something off of the printer, I took a look at the different kinds of cookies (M&M, Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter and Sugar), and two of my co-workers (who know of my diabetes and resulting lifestyle changes) were in there. They said, you don't want these Michelle. They taste really bad. Then my boss came in (who also knows of my diabetes) and he said, "Oh, Cookies!" And I told him that my co-workers told me they were pretty bad, and he tasted one and said, "Oh, yeah. They are awful." It was funny because I knew they were lying just so I wouldn't be tempted, and I wasn't. It's great to have supportive people at work! More support the better, that's my motto. :carrot:

Annie - 50's in Indy? Ahhhh. I'm so looking forward to our first 50 degree day here. It's getting up into the very low 40s today and tomorrow, so that's a start. Nice story about your parents. Thanks. I've been taking my blood sugar for a couple days now, but forgot to take it this morning and the kit is at home. I'll take it tonight after dinner like I did last night and then put it in my purse so I have it tomorrow morning. That's great news about your DS. You are right to tell your DD about drinking water for her migraine. I've had migraines for years (though the last few years I've had much fewer), and I've found most of mine were triggered by dehydration.

Rennie - You are doing SO great on your weight loss! You're getting really close to goal weight! Good for you! :congrat: Do you feel close to goal weight? The only time I really hate doing laundry is when my legs are sore from working out or if I'm having a bad back day...then the trips up and down the stairs to the washer and dryer are rough.

Shaker - I'm definitely up for a day at the beach and a swim in the warm ocean waters! You cow kittens sound so adorable! I can just picture them sniffing around outside. :)

Happy - Thanks for the words of encouragement and support (and the hug :hug:) I hadn't heard about 20 almonds prior to eating. That would be filling and a good way to get healthy protein. As for Beauty and the Geek, I haven't seen it. But I did watch "America's Most Smartest Model" in which models have to prove their intellectual skills by answering questions (some easy, some hard) and their modeling talent. It was a good show.

Shad - You are absolutely correct....if the kitchen man takes measurements and then it doesn't fit....it's totally his fault. I hope things went well with the kitchen man. When will they start the work and how long will it take?

Mel - Thanks for the support and congratulations!! I'm really pleased with how I'm feeling and the results that are happening. I hope you figure out your new phone. Great job maintaining the weight loss! YGG!!

Carla - Congrats on your great WW weigh in!! :congrat: I've heard about the 3 apples a day diet and I've heard it really works well (especially in combination with healthy eating and exercise). They are high in carbs and fructose, but at least they are high in fiber and it makes sense that they would help lose weight and fill you up. And if an apple a day keeps the doctor away, 3 a day would be even better, right?

Hello to Patty, Ellen and anyone else I may have missed!

Let's all have a Terrific Thursday, followed by a Fabulous Friday and a Wonderful Weekend!

Big hugs to you all!

annie175
03-13-2008, 10:21 AM
Happy 61 degree day from Indy today. Yeah....Sunny too! Just wore my suit jacket to work today. Seems kind of funny with some snow still actually piled out there where the lot has been scraped.

Great job to the losers this week. Keep up the great work!!

Mel...DD went back to work as she has only worked there for 5 mos and doesn't want to make a bad impression. I try to instill good work ethics in both kids. There are way too many lazy bones out there as it is.....

Quite a yum breakfast today. Cottage Cheese, grapes and 1/2 of an avocado. Protein is where it's at.

OMG...my son made dinner last night. Grilled homemade Ruebens with a side of cottage cheese. Some days he surprises me.

Hello to everyone. Have a wonderful day.

Love and Hugs

annie175
03-13-2008, 10:22 AM
Well I wore the pants to the suit jacket also. Didn't naked.

ceejay52
03-13-2008, 12:52 PM
Coping with stress issues at work.

Need to make a call to the ent and to gyn for appointements. I have a dentist appointment today at 3 for a cleaning.

Hi to every one, and congratulations to those who have lost pounds this week

MELODY525
03-13-2008, 05:22 PM
CEEJAY~ SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT STRESS AT WORK. WAVING MY MAGIC WAND AND HOPE IT HELPS :wizard:

SHAKER~ CUTE STORY ABOUT THE BABIES OUTINGS!! I CAN JUST SEE THEM ALL FOLLOWING BEHIND YOU AND MEWING!!! MAMA DON'T LOSE US!!! SLOW DOWN!!! YOUR LEGS ARE LONGER THAN OURS!!! :rofl:

RENNIE~ I CAN THINK OF A FEW I WILL SEND TO TOSS DOWN THE BASEMENT BEFORE THE ESTERMINATOR COMES :lol3: :lol3: CONGRATS ON THE LOSS TOO! :cheer:

SHAD~ WHATEVER YOU DID YESTERDAU...I HOPE IT DIDN'T REDUCE THE KITCHEN MAN TO TEARS!!! THE PRICE MIGHT GO EVEN HIGHER!! :faint: GLAD YOU AND DS HAD THE TALK AND HE GOT TO GO TO SLEEP EARLY :rofl: :rofl:

HAPPY~ I WOULD LIKE TO RELOCATE ALL THE BUGS IN NJ SOURTH OF THE MASON DIXON LINE WHERE THEY BELONG. DON'T THEY KNOW THEY'RE NOT CITY BUGS?
GLAD THE WEATHER IS SO GOOD FOR WALKING AND CONGRATS ON GETTING THE BUTT IN GEAR!! TOGETHER WE WILL ALL GET 'ER DONE!! :dance:
HOPE YOU LIKED THE NEW HAIR TOO!!

MICHELLE~ WTG ON ALL THE LOSSES YOU'VE HAD!! CONGRATULATIONS :cheer2: NO COOKIES!!!
BUT THAT WAS NICE OF THEM!! KEEP THOSE LITTLE FINGERS OUT OF THE PILE!! I AM TRYING SOMETHING NEW NOW. WHEN I GO ANYWHERE, EVEN AROUND THE BLOCK, I TAKE A SNACK I KNOW I CAN HAVE. I FIND IT LESS TEMPTING NOW TO EAT WHAT OTHERS THINK IS GOOD FOR ME !

ANNIE~ REUBENS!! I WAS JUST THINKING ABOUT THEM TODAY!! HE CAN COOK FOR ME ANYTIME!! I ALSO HEAR YOU ON THE GOOD WORK ETHICS. SO FEW PEOLE SHOW THEM TODAY! GOOD FOR YOU!!

THE DAY FLEW BY AND I DIDN'T DO ALL THAT MUCH. BILLS, PC GAMES, QUALITY TIME WITH THE BIRD :lol3:
SOME DUSTING AND THAT'S ABOUT IT. OH AND I AM REARRANGING THE CUPBOARDS IN THE KITCHEN. BRINGING THINGS DOWN THAT I'D USE MORE OFTEN IF THEY WERE LOWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :tantrum:
I MISSED THE BUS THIS MORNING. OVER SLEPT. I WAS IN A SINUS MEDS COMA! :dizzy: THERE IS TOMORROW. I STILL HAVE PLENTY TO SEE ME THRU THE WEEKEND ANYWAY.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY TOMORROW AND THE WEEKEND AS WELL!! GOTTA LOVE WEEKENDS :cheer:
LET'S ALL MEET AT THE POOL:swim: AND I'LL BRING THE DRINKS :cheers:

Shy Moment
03-13-2008, 06:09 PM
Melody
I knew it was time for the man to come out and do a visit to my basement when I saw one of those Sp*****. It saw me and chased me out of the basement lol. You take it easy and don't do to much at one time.

Annie
They do surprise us sometimes don't they.

Di
Nice going on the weight loss. No, I don't feel anywhere near close to goal. Heck I don't see all that much difference in how I look now and how I looked 50 lbs ago lol. I suppose sooner or later I will see it and it will hit me like a ton of bricks lol.

Happy
You are a better woman than I. One of those nasty things and I can not live in the same house. I never mind to iron. I do it while I watch tv. Heck I iron our sheets lol. I love crisp sheets. I think I watched one show of TBL. Don't even think I watched the whole show. I didn't like how they treated each other. Do you have any idea how much fat is in that many nuts. My gosh that would be the fat for my whole meal lol.

Ruthxxx
03-13-2008, 06:20 PM
Shad snuck into South Beach and posted an orchid picture just to make me feel badly and remind me I've not been in here for a while. I do try to read but sometimes Life intervenes and I don't post.

Snow is making me *****y and lazy and a tad miserable! It doesn't help to know my (rich) sister is leaving for Vancouver for a short visit tomorrow and the daffies are in bloom out there. This time last year my snowdrops were in bloom!

I had a two-dog day with my grandpup Bailey here while the Hyper Pypers went to Toronto. Hersh and B. are just terrific together although Bailey thinks Delta is a metropolis and barks at every car or truck that goes by - maybe 15 a day? She lives on a farm that's far from a road so this is pretty exciting for her. Right now she is waiting for her "people" to come back and I'm about to break training and go pick up pizza for their supper. It'll have to be reheated as the drive from Toronto will be about four hours tonight. Pizza at nine anyone? Bob's Diner aka Dinner closes at 7.

By the way, MY orchid is in bloom too! I got it a year ago for a wedding we were doing, it died off and I got it back in bloom! (Pats self on back!)

Shy Moment
03-13-2008, 07:19 PM
Ruth
Just step back and put down the pizza lol. The flower is beautiful.

Shad
03-13-2008, 07:25 PM
Morning all,

I am sitting here in the computer room watching the wild life out of the window - there is a gecko (small lizard) going about his business in the garden. They pick up small snails, slugs and numerous beasties and control the population of bad insects in the garden. I have quite a number of them running around and sunbathing on stone borders or pavers. There are a number of butterflies flitting from leaf to leaf as well. We mostly only get the black ones with white spots, but there is the occasional one which is much bigger and while still black has irridescent blues and purples in the wings. There is a few yellows and a few whites around too as well as the orange/brown one. Spiders are fairly prolific here as well. There is a couple of nasties but we see few of them around the yard. I don't mind them outside at all, but I don't share space with them and I will catch them and put them outside rather than kill them. They are very good at keeping the fly population under control. Now if someone could only suggest to the grasshoppers that they are relatively unwelcome on my roses, I would be a happy bunny. DS2 was giving a big one a cuddle last night. I was suggesting getting the secateurs and chopping it in half. We put it over the fence and told it to stay in the neighbours yard.

Ruth - I was going to suggest to Carla that she cast an eye southwards and see if she could see some short legs sticking out of the snow pile. Thought maybe the extra movement in the leg and the ability to drive again might have sent you over the edge with excitement and you had gone out into the garden.
Nice Orchid - actually phaleonopsis (or some sort of spelling like that) sometimes known as moth orchid. It is doing well.
Are you picking up pizza for the dogs supper or for your supper? Can they wait until 9.00pm.

Rennie - such a shame all these folk are nicking your peeps. You'll just have to go and let down Mel's tyres and throw frogs in Happy's pool and put more snow on Carla's balconey.

Mel - the Kitchen man and I got on really well. We discovered we are both Kiwis - he from the north and me from the south - so we discussed mountains and valleys and clocks etc. for around an hour and then measured and wrote up the plan. I have to go in next week to check the colours and benchtops and sign off the final plan, then the fun begins. In the meantime I have to go buy the last of the appliances - oven and cooktop - so that will lower the bank balance a bit more.

Ceejay - rise above those stresses and keep on track. Stress won't much for the you that's good.

Annie - glad to hear that you wore both bits of the suit to work today. You might get a lot of business not doing so, but it would be much more uncomfortable.
What are Ruebens??? I gather from Mel's reaction that they are not good for you and therefore yummy??

Diyana - the kitchen will come when they have done the joinery, cabinetry and painting. Around four weeks from order although usually it comes earlier than that if the sizes are relatively standard and the colours don't take too much mixing. It will take 2 days to put it in and for the benchtop to harden or whatever the benchtop does. My colours are fairly standard - classic white 2 pack paint with s/s handles and the bench tops will be a 3x resistant laminate in a slate grey. So it should all be over around the end of the month. Yes you will get some photos. I'm notorious for it.
Good going at the gym by the way and the weight loss is fantastic.

Happy - muu muu, not moo moo. Shakers got the moo moo cats. I can lend you one of my sarongs. Don't go out and buy one specifically. Knowing you lot, we will be off to somewhere cool in April because the heat will be getting at you all.
Have to agree about the Biggest Loser at times. It is so staged for television, and when one keeps track of them through the Biggest Loser club, so many can not cope on the outside. They let things slide. Only the truly dedicated seem to get on with things and completely change their lives around. This is the third show here, and you only hear anything about 3 people from the 1st show. The guy who came first went on to have some cosmetic surgery done and is a personal trainer/ public speaker and is doing very well for himself. The woman that came third in that show is making a name for herself in the west with public speaking and is the face of the local womens fitness gyms. The girl who came fourth in that show was very attractive and started doing a lot of photographic modelling work, but she is finding it very hard to maintain and so is no longer the photographers dream girl and has disappeared from our social columns. Those from the second show haven't been heard of publicly since the show. The idiot that won it (he was only there for the money) did feature in a magazine once and no one has seen or heard of him since.

Okay - time to move it. Things to do, junk to get rid of, etc. Hello to those I haven't had time to greet - have a great day/night

Shy Moment
03-13-2008, 08:22 PM
Shad
Thank you so much for the wonderful ideas lol. I have been wondering what I am doing to do to them lol. We were watching the squirrels today. Isn't it nice to get to see the wild life again. I can't wait to see my humming birds.

Madcat
03-13-2008, 09:58 PM
Hey kids. I'm baaaccckkkk... A bit sunburned and with stories to tell and not all of them good. We had a great time in Mexico: the weather was terrific and we did a lot of swimming and lying around reading and just taking it easy. Yes, I did wear suntan lotion but I managed to get a burn the day we went to the eco water park and had to wear this useless biodegradable stuff.

The vacation was wonderful; trying to get home was another matter. Our flight back was delayed for 5 hours due to snow at home and just as we were ready to board, the sweet DH came back from the bathroom sweating and in horrible pain. We had to abandon the flight, call a medic and take an ambulance to a local hospital. The DH had an impacted kidney stone... so I spent the next two nights sleeping on a couch in the DH's hospital room. Luckily, we did manage to get a flight home and we are back now hoping that the out of country medical insurance will cover the costs. I'm sure one day we'll look back on this and laugh - but for now it’s a good story.

Anyway, I'll have to take a while to read all the posts. Be back later. Now that vacation is over it's time to get the motor back in gear.

Shy Moment
03-14-2008, 12:13 AM
Mad

I am glad you had a wonderful time. I am sorry you didn't have a wonderful time. Seems your nice time turned into a nightmare. Sure hope he is feeling better and you remember the great time you had over the nightmare.

happy2bme
03-14-2008, 08:38 AM
Good morning chicks,

Madcat - so sorry to hear about your vacation. Poor DH, hope he is doing better now. I guess it goes to show you that you never know when something will happen. Hope he got good care and that all will be well. At least you enjoyed yourselves UP to that point.

Shad - what a relaxing picture outside your window. I love watching the birds, so relaxing. My favorite time of year is now, it warms up enough in the morning to go have coffee on the patio on the weekends and watch the birds at the feeders. Will soon be time to think about planting and put out the hummingbird feeders. Of course with the birds comes the "other stuff" - it's also that time of year to park the car far out from under the tree in the driveway right now :yikes:

Beautiful orchid Ruth.

Yes Rennie, the nuts have fat in them. The difference is that there are good fats and bad fats and that your body needs a certain amount of fat everyday. Many people are quite misinformed on the subject and think if too much fat is bad, and low fat is good, then no fat is even better. Not true. Your skin, hair, organs need a small amount to function properly and be at their best. The trick is to know what are the good fats - salmon, avocado, olive oil and nuts for example. And I'm not talking cocktail peanuts here - I eat raw or dry roasted no salt almonds, pecans or walnuts. A serving fits quite nicely into my snack allowance of WW points. And it does help to curb the appetite for dinner when eaten as the afternoon snack. In fact one of my favorite snacks came from South Beach - slices of fresh apple with a dab of freshly ground peanut butter :T And without a gall bladder any more, my body is quick to tell me if I've had too much or the wrong kind of fats. :eek:

Good morning Mel. You should be getting your little package any day now - I am eager to get started, pacing at the starting line here :hyper:

Ceejay - hope today is not as stressful for you.

Annie - glad you wore the entire pantsuit to work yesterday :lol: Isn't it a wonderful feeling to leave the winter coat in the car? :yay: That's an interesting breakfast. I will have to try it. We had some good grapes for a while but the last few weeks they have been terribly sour - both the green and the dark red ones. Can't wait for them to get yummy again. How do you store the rest of the avocado without it turning brown?

:yay: for you Michelle for avoiding those cookies. AND you are doing so well in the weight loss department! :congrat: on more pounds down. And here you started out so worried - just had to find your groove Stella :lol: Keep up the good work.

Got my hair done yesterday. We didn't do as much color wise - she said it's keeping my hair healthier. Wish I could change the style more but until I loose some substantial weight, nothing more that a mid length bob looks right. I picked up some chinese food on the way home yesterday. Tho tasty and not bad calorie wise (I made sure to get lots of veggies as well as shrimp - not fried - and a lean beef dish) - when I stepped on the scale this morning - big disappointment. Will have to drink lots of water and tea to get the fluids flushed out today.

And with that, let's go get the last workday of the week out of the way. Happy Friday chicks.

diyana
03-14-2008, 09:02 AM
Good morning ladies --

I'm SO glad it's Friday!! Just a few more hours 'till the weekend!! Yesterday was sunny and warm (51 degrees). It was wonderful! Today will be cooler with highs in the low 40s, and the weekend temps will be in the mid 30s. Winter hasn't left yet, but it was nice to get a taste of spring. I went to the gym last night and had a good workout.

Annie -- How nice of your DS to make dinner! And it's good that you wore the pants with the suit jacket...otherwise it may have been a bit drafty. :rofl:

CeeJay -- Sorry to hear that your work is so stressful. Good for you for taking care of yourself and making those appointments. I hope the dentist appointment went well.

Mel -- I like the tip about taking OP snacks with you. Great idea. I think I'll do that tomorrow when I go to the fishing expo. We'll be there a few hours. All the booths have candy bowls and the snack bar there is loaded with fattening food.

Ruth -- Beautiful orchid! I'll have pizza too - make mine all veggies - just a little cheese and whole wheat crust....diabetes educator said that there aren't any :nono: foods. I've got to learn M-O-D-E-R-A-T-I-O-N. Which I am working on. Although until my next blood test in 4 weeks, I want to stick to the program like glue just to see how good I can possibly get my new BP, Cholesterol and of course glucose.

Shad -- I would love to have geckos in my garden. They are so cute. My friend that is moving to Florida today said that there are geckos running all over down there. I've only ever seen them in Hawaii and in pet stores of course. I'm looking forward to seeing more wildlife in my yard. It would be nice to see red wing blackbirds and robins -- a good sign that spring is coming. They haven't arrived yet though. It's great that everything went well with the kitchen man. Thanks for explaining the steps in your kitchen renovation. It sounds very exciting!! I'm glad that you'll be posting photos!

Madcat -- Glad that you had a great time in Mexico before the trip home. Sorry to hear about your DH. Is he feeling better now?

Happy -- You are absolutely right about good fats versus bad fats. A snack of 20 or so almonds is good for you. I'm learning SO much about nutrition now by reading books on diabetes and how a n eating plan that helps diabetes will also help my cholesterol! Having a bit of protein as a snack is really filling. I'm sure your hair looks great! I need to get my roots and a little bit of gray covered one of these days. Right now, my hair is the longest it's ever been - down to the waist. I want to wait until I lose much more weight before I get it styled. So for now, I just leave it long....not very stylish but very easy.

Just a few more hours 'till the weekend! Can't wait!

Here's to a fabulous Friday and a Wonderful Weekend for all of us!!

MELODY525
03-14-2008, 09:53 AM
:welcome: HOME MRS MADCAT :welcome3:
I AM SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT MR. MADCAT. GOD, WHAT AN AWFUL THING TO HAPPEN. SENDING HEALING THOUGHTS HIS WAY....AND :hug: FOR YOU BOTH. NOW YOU CAN REST UP WITH US IN MAUI AND USE "REAL" SUNTAN LOTION!!! :beach:

RUTHIE...PUT DOWN THE PIZZA AND NO ONE WILL GET HURT:rollpin: THE ORCHID IS BEAUTIFUL!! :dance:

ANNIE~ SO GLAD YOU WORE THE "WHOLE" OUTFIT!! :rofl:

RENNIE~I AM BEING CAUTIOUS. DON'T WANT TO END UP IN BED. HOPE YOU'RE BEING CAREFUL AS WELL.

SHAD~FOR ONE MOMENT THERE, I THOUGHT THE GECKOS HAD BEAUTIFUL IRRIDESCENT WINGS!! :faint: :yikes: MAYBE THAT'S WHAT THIS BUILDING NEEDS...A PET GECKO! GOD KNOWS THER IS PLENTY FOR HIM TO EAT!! :lol3: GOOD TO HEAR THERE WAS NO BLOOD SHED WITH THE FELLOW KIWI. LITTLE DOES HE KNOW HOW LUCKY HE WAS. HAPPY KITCHEN APPLIANCE SHOPPIN! :hug:
PS: DID HE CUDDLE A BUNNY? OR A GRASSHOPPER?

HAPPY~ I HEARD A THUNK OUTSIDE MY DOOR YESTERDAY BUT WHEN I GOT THERE...IT WAS A BOX OF SHAMPOOS I ORDERED! :cry: I AM PUMPED UP MYSELF. WAS TALKING TO A FRIEND TO SEE IF SHE WAS INTERESTED AT ALL BUT SHE NEVER OPENED THE BOOKS THAT DAY AND I BROUGHT THEM UPSTAIRS. CE LA VIE!
I AM REALLY TRYING TO CURB THE CRAVINGS I HAVE THAT AMOUNT TO ADDICT-TYPE STRENGTHS. SOMETIMES THEY SCARE ME :rofl: HAPPY LAST DAY OF WORK TO YOU ALSO!!!!

MICHELLE~GOOD FOR YOU WITH THE EXERCISING. WE CAN ENJOY THE MILDER TEMPS NOW AND I LOVE THE WEEKENDS!!!!!!!!! :cheer: :cheer:
HAVE FUN AT THE FISHING EXPO. I HAVE A THIN LEOPARD INSULATED BAG THAT CAME WITH A VERY THIN ICE PACK. I STICK CHEESE STIX, PROTEIN BAR OR SHAKE AND CRACKERS IN THERE. EVEN A FRUIT. I USE EAS BRAND "ADVANTEDGE" SHAKES AND BARS CAUSE THEY HAVE LOW CARBS. (NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH ATKIN'S ADVANTAGE BRAND) EAS IS EXPENSIVE BUT I AM LOW BLOOD SUGAR AND WANT NO PROBLEMS WHEN I TRAVEL!!! :scooter:

I WISH I COULD SAY I HAVE BEEN 100% OFF THE ICED COFFEE BUT ALAS I HAVE HAD MY SETBACKS. I JUST MIGHT MAKE IT THROUGH TO THE END THIS TIME IF MY BRAIN STOPS SWELLING AND PRESSING AGAINST MY SKULL TRYING TO ESCAPE!!! :yikes:
JEN AND RICHIE CAME HOME. JEN PAINTED THE WINDOWS WHILE WE ALL CHATTED. SHE WILL FINISH THEM TODAY. I WAS SO WOUND UP LAST NIGHT THAT SLEEP WAS HARD TO FIND!!! I KNOW SHAD WILL HAVE A GOOD LAUGH AT THIS: JEN PULLED UP HER SHIRT TO SHOW ME HER TUMMY. SHE PUT ON MAYBE 2 LBS. I OF COURSE OOOHED AND AAAHHED OVER IT WHILE TRYING TO ACTUALLY FIND THE DANG THING!! :rofl: BUT SHE WAS SO EXCITED TO NOT FIT IN HER "SKINNIEST' CLOTHES. THEY ARE PROBABLY 00 MINUS ANOTHER 0!!
EVEN RICHIE KEPT A STRAIGHT FACE. HE'S A GOOD MAN. HE IS REALLY STRUGGLING WITH ALL THE DEATH AND DAD STUFF. WE HAD A GOOD CHAT. I HOPE IT HELPED. HE WAS FEELING BADLY ABOUT NOT COMING TO MY PARTY. BUT I TOLD HIM HE WAS THERE IN OUR HEARTS.
HE'S JUST NOT READY TO CELEBRATE ANYTHING YET.
I TOLD HIM TIME HEALS ALL WOUNDS. WHAT ELSE CAN YOU SAY? LOTS OF HUGS AND SMOOCHES AND SENT THEM OFF TO BED!
THEY ARE DOING THE FOOD SHOPPING AND I SLEPT IN AGAIN. :dance:
HAPPY FRIDAY/SATURDAY AND WISHING US ALL THE BEST OF WEEKENDS!!! :scooter:

MELODY525
03-14-2008, 10:53 AM
RECIPE #47.

Saute sliced onions in a little oil in a large skillet until tender.
Add frozen mini-pierogis and sliced kielbasa.
Saute until browned.
Stir in rinsed sauerkraut; heat through.

JEN MAKES THIS WITH CUT RED POTATOES AND IT IS DELICIOUS. YOU CAN EVEN ADD A CHOPPED UP GRANNY SMITH APPLE.YUM!

annie175
03-14-2008, 11:10 AM
Good Morning Chickies.....

Shad...Ruebens are grilled corned beef, sauer kraut, swiss cheese, and thousand island dressing between two pieces of marble rye bread, then grilled like a grilled cheese sandwich, so the swiss melts...yum yum....

Madcat...ohh sorry about the trip to the hospital, but otherwise the vaca sounds wonderful. I would much rather have a sunburn in Mexico, then a windburn in Indiana. lol

Happy...I shared the other half of my avacodo with my co-worker buddy. We share food around here like we are a bunch of scavangers.

Ruthie...beautiful flower, helps me think spring and lovely weather. Thank you for that.

I felt like crap yesterday. I ate entirely too much for a bariatric person. Felt like a tidel wave in my tummy, then puked last night. Had a crap attack on the way to work, didn't make it to the toitie, crapped my pants. Went to change them and had also started my monthly. What a mess to have first thing at work. Thank God I had extra panties, baby wipes and tampons at work. My MALE boss looked at me as I came in and said are you alright? I said, yes just some issues this morning. HE said, is there anything I can help you with? I should of said well, I crapped my pants and start my period, do you have any clean undies I can borrow. That would of kept him from asking for a while. hahahahhahahah lololol.

Getting hair colored and cut tomorrow, hard to believe 4 weeks has gone by already. Thank God my hair dresser is a buddy and it doesn't cost me much.

Have a marvelous weekend everyone. Hello to those I didn't mention.

Love and Hugs.

diyana
03-14-2008, 01:49 PM
Mel -- I hope you don't mind me asking....but I'm really curious. Just what is in the package that Happy sent you? Books of some kind? :book2: That's funny about Jen. I've given up hope of fitting into my skinniest clothes - which would be a size 7 from when I was 18. But I'd be thrilled to be in size 14s. I keep telling myself, it will happen. It will just take time. My thighs and calves :moo: are getting more tone....and eventually my tummy and rear end will catch up.

Annie - That's a shame you felt so bad yesterday and had such a lousy day. I hope you're feeling better today, despite the monthlies. I guess it is true that after having bariatric surgery you have to eat smaller meals. Is it true you can't have soda or alcohol (including beer)? That's what I've heard. But I don't know enough to separate fact from fiction. Does bariatric surgery tend to give you um....loose stools (Sorry if that's too personal a question). I know there are some weight loss drugs and supplements that have a side effect of loose stools and/or leaky anal discharge. :yikes:

Okay...enough of talking sh*t. :lol: One of my co-workers mentioned that they noticed the huge snow piles have gotten smaller (where the plows have piled up all the snow from the winter), and he saw a red winged blackbird. And we'll be taking our fishing boat out of storage in 2 weeks. And Baseball Opening Day is in 3 weeks. I just keep telling myself that spring is right around the corner.

My mother in law (who is wonderful and we get along great) is coming in early May to stay for a couple months. :) So I'm going to work hard :drill: on the weekends to get all my spring cleaning, dejunking and organizing done before she gets here so then I can enjoy the time she's here and better weather by doing fun stuff with her.

Well, lunch break is just about over. I had a yummy big salad with Fat Free Italian Dressing and a cup of homemade vegetarian vegetable soup. Now it's time to get back to work. Just about 4 hours left until my weekend!! :woohoo: :woohoo:

Hugs to all the Worldly Chicks!

upswife
03-14-2008, 02:15 PM
Hello to all. Sorry annie...but I couldn't help but laugh. That is too funny, your boss would not know what to say!!!!

I am still here, finally caught up on reading all the posts!!! YOu ladies all chat too much!!! LOL Been in a funk lately, had TOM and have not gone to the gym at all this week...the kids are missing it, so they are pestering me, so will go this weekend. Food has been ok. Have to run back to HOmedepot for a small piece of baseboard, but not pressing as it is behind the counter, and not seen. My hand is doing well, still a little sore from all the cutting and pressing. The next project is to reface the cabinets, will rent a sander and strip the stain, then DH and I will order new doors and Drawers.

Took me much longer to catch up will post indies later. Luv and hugs!!

Ruthxxx
03-14-2008, 04:52 PM
Sorry I seldom get to post personals but you are a really chatty bunch, even worse than the Beachers. I don't have TOM anymore so I guess I just have poopy pants to looks forward to! :rofl: Sorry to laugh but it struck me and took my mind off what I was going to complain about. I tripped on the dog's dish and twisted the blasted knee so am sitting here with ice on it!

The good news is that it's 44F right now and I think I can see the snow mountains shrinking. I also nearly finished a wallhanging I've been working on since January. As soon as it's all done, up it goes to cheer up my kitchen entry.

Shad
03-14-2008, 05:33 PM
Oh no Ruth, that will slow down the process somewhat. Hope you can get back to see the Dr soon to ensure you haven't done further damage. Hope you didn't hurt anything else when you fell either.
Good job that the snow mountains are shrinking. Spring will come soon.

Madcat - so sorry to hear about the dear mans illness. I hope that he gets so much better soon and is back to his cheerful self in no time. Painful things stones. But apart from that, it's good to hear that it was a relaxing and balmy holiday - bet you took ages to pack to come home. I don't wanna go yet.........!

Annie - how funny.... well I guess it wasn't for you really. I'm with Ruth. Don't get the Monthlies (thank heaven et al) so I have the other to look forward to as well. Aaaahh doncha just love the curve balls life throws at you. Bet you don't overeat in a while.

Yeah Mel and Happy what's the secrecy about the package. You are not sending naughty stuff through the US Mail are you???? :nono: I may have to come on over again and smack you about the ears!!!

Mel - Jen is so slim that 2lbs wouldn't show would it??? Anyway, my love to her and Richie and ask her what she is doing to put this weight on. I will not do the same and see if I can lose some. The recipe sounds quite nice but it would be good to know what I am eating. Pierogis?? Kielbasa?? At least Sauerkraut is the same here.
Tell the grandson that some of his relatives are nesting in my Grevillea tree. They have a fight every daybreak and then settle down to the lovey dovey bits but what a noise around six in the morning. Add to that, the cockatoos fly over around the same time and they have never been known to keep the beak shut and there are a bunch of Eastern Rosellas that squawk their way to the feeding grounds as well. Aussies are noisy. This scenario is repeated in reverse at sundown. Only the Galahs remain silent - that's because they are busy pulling something to pieces no doubt. Destructive mob them.

Rennie - no problems with ideas on how to squelch people! I can think of those in 1 instant and then the mind really gets on the job.
Happy is right - you do need some fats in the diet. Nuts are a good source because like avocado, they contain good fats. However anything must be kept in moderation. Too much of one thing and the merry-go-round starts again. It's a hard road we tread. But you are doing so well with the weight loss, you must be doing something right. Carry on lady.

Happy - glad to hear that the hairdresser went okay. Shame about the Chinese food and the salt intake. It does have a big effect unfortunately. Chinese shops don't seem to have heard of lo salt soy. Actually I made a beef stirfry myself last night - it is from the CSIRO Diet. I cut down on the amount of meat as usual and it was delish - even the DS2 said so. I didn't tell him it was diet food! No sense in wasting an entirely perfect dish. I'll put the recipe up later - it's fairly quick and easy to make too.

My DS2 came home last night from work. He was smelly (as usual) and dirty and greasy and he went and got in the shower. When he came out he asked if I wanted a can of drink and I said that there wasn't enough there and he should have them. I don't really need the sugar (Canadian club whiskey and dry ginger ale (we go for the Canadian stuff in this house)) And he sighed loudly and said 'if I didn't want you to have a can then I wouldn't ask you. But you are my awesome mother and I want you to have a drink with me.
Crikey, I nearly fell off my chair. Awesome mum??? Me??? I had to go give him a hug, but that was enough emotion for my gruff sometimes uncommunicative but very bright son! He had dinner with me and disappeared off to friends - where no doubt he tanked up on Maccas or some other rubbish! And he is now back at work and will no doubt appear some time tonight all smelly and dirty again.

Okay - time to get off here. Gym beckons once more. No Body Balance this morning - the room is being used to train more bloody minded instructors in the art of the Body Attack program. So I will have to motivate myself on the treadmill and bike or maybe weights - I'll see how I feel when I get there.

Bye y'all and don't forget to sweat!!!! Don't care how you do it as long as you do it.

Shad
03-14-2008, 05:40 PM
Ruth - meant to ask. If the snow mountains are shrinking in downtown Delta, do you think Ottawa will have a somewhat similar thaw and Carla will be able to post more regularly because the snow and ice will have gone from her igloo????

Shy Moment
03-14-2008, 05:53 PM
Shad
I had thought about bed bugs but I try to be nice lol

Ruth
Oh my gosh, be careful and get that check out as soon as you can.

Melody
Just do a little each day until you are done with the house. Don't push yourself to much. We don't want you to get sick or hurt yourself.

Annie
Oh a thousand things came to my mind that you could have said to him but I won't type them lol.

Di
It is going to be pretty nice here this weekend too in the 40's and rain rain rain lol. Guess that means I won't go and sit and watch the eye candy at the local car wash this weekend. Darn, I don't remember them growing boys like that when I was a kid lol.

Happy
I understand about good fat and bad fat but one can still only have so much fat. I happen to like walnuts from time to time. Think I am going to make animals and rice tonight. I could eat that stuff everyday lol.

happy2bme
03-14-2008, 06:51 PM
Rennie - the people at the Humane Society said you can't call it animals and rice anymore - lol

Please do pass along the recipe Shad. Always looking for something new - just no funny Oz veggies and metric measurements :rofl:

carla49
03-14-2008, 08:14 PM
I'm sure someone has said what animals and rice is, but I've forgotten, and with all this talk of creepy-crawlies my mind is taking me to some pretty nasty places.... :eek:

Shy Moment
03-14-2008, 09:25 PM
carla
Animals and rice is rice and what ever animal you want to toss it in lol. I happen to use pork, beef and chicken.

Happy
Just about anything tastes good with a little open pit covering it lol.

MELODY525
03-15-2008, 08:45 AM
OHHH ANNIE...MY HEART BROKE READING YOUR POST. I HAVE HAD DAYS LIKE THAT...:hug: WHAT CAN I SAY BUT SEND MORE :hug: HOPE YOU ARE FEELING MUCH BETTER TODAY. WTF KIND OF DAY WAS THAT? RIP IT OFF THE CALENDAR AND TOSS IT IN THE TRASH!!:cheer:

MICHELLE~ HAPPY TYPED SOME OF THE BOOK "100 DAYS TO WEIGHTLOSS" IN LARGE PRINT ...IF YOU CAN BELIEVE THAT....AND MAILED IT TO ME ALONG WITH THE DOWNLOADED/AND SHE PRINTED THE 117 PAGE JOURNAL THAT IS THE COMPANION TO THE BOOK! :faint: I COULD NOT THINK OF ONE PERSON I KNOW OFF THE NET THAT WOULD DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS FOR ME...WELL MAYBE ONE. I AM STILL BLURRY EYED A BIT AND WE WANTED TO GET STARTED....SO HAPPY TOOK MATTERS INTO HER OWN HANDS. :dance: GLAD YOU HAVE A NICE VISIT WITH THE MIL COMING UP. AND I AM SEEING SIGNS OF SPRING...THE LANDSCAPERS WERE HERE TO ASSESS THE WINTER DAMAGES!! !:rofl:

HAPPY~ I SEE STORMS OF HUGE PROPORTIONS HEADED AND ALREADY IN NASHVILLE :faint: BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES MY FRIEND. I WILL BE THINKING OF ALL OF YOU SOUTHERN BELLES THIS WEEKEND. I COULD NOT BELIEVE MY EYES LAST NIGHT WITH ATLANTA!! THEY EVEN LOST PARTS OF 100 + YEAR OLD BUILDINGS DOWNTOWN ALSO. THEY HAD "PANCAKE" EFFECT DAMAGE WHERE THE TORNADO FLATTENED DOWN THE TOP FLOORS! :yikes: I WAS GLUED TO THE TV TILL WELL AFTER MIDNIGHT! WHEN I WOKE AND LOOKED AT THE 3-TING BINDER I MADE LAST NIGHT...I WAS TOUCHED ALL OVER AGAIN BY THE GENEROSITY OF YOUR TIME SPENT DOING THIS. I ALSO READ THE BEGINNING QUICK START!!! :dance: I AM EXCITED BUT A LITTLE SCARED. I THINK IT'S THE THOUGHT OF "CHANGE". GOTTA GET A GRIP MEL!! :lol3:

I tripped on the dog's dish and twisted the blasted knee so am sitting here with ice on it!_ OMG!!!! RUTH,
I AM VERY SORRY TO HEAR THIS AND PRAY IT IS MUCH BETTER THIS MORNING!! NOW MAYBE WE SHOULD WRAP YOU UP IN MY BUBBLE WRAP UNTIL THE THE HEALING PROCESS IS OVER WITH!!! :hug:

SHAD...I WISH HAPPY HAD SENT CONTRABAND :rofl: :rofl: BUT MAYBE IF YOU BELT ME ABOUT THE EARS I WILL BEHAVE BETTER!!
AND AWWWWW...HOW CUTE THE DS IS WITH HIS LOVE OF HIS MUM!!! :love: THEY ARE NEVER TOO OLD TO SURPRISE THE CRAP OUT OF US!!! I HAVE TRIED TO WATCH A TAPE OF THE PARROTS OF AUSTRALIA BUT THE GRANDSON GOES WACKO EVERY TIME I TRY. EVEN WHEN HE'S ASLEEP HE CAN HEAR THEM!! :rofl: AND YOU ARE RIGHT.......

15 MINUTES OF ANY KIND OF EXERCISE....AT LEAST!!!! THAT'S NOT ASKING TOO MUCH OF ANY OF US!!!

RENNIE....I'M BEING GOOD MOM...I PROMISE!! :dance:

CARLA....DID YOU HAVE TO ASK THAT QUESTION??? NOW I AM SEEING YOUR AVATAR MIXED IN WITH THE RICE :yikes: GET READY!!! WE'RE GOING ON A JOURNEY!! SO GAS UP THE TANK :scooter:

:rain: IT'S ALREADY RAINING. THE POOR WEATHER MAN HASN'T BEEN RIGHT ON TARGET IN WHO KNOWS WHEN. TODAY IS THE SENIOR'S BIG EASTER PARTY!! YAY!!! ONE QUIET BUILDING COMING UP!! THEY WILL COME HOME WITH A SUGAR RUSH AND TOO FULL BELLY, GO TO SLEEP AND DRAG THEIR SORRY BUTTS TOMORROW AND SLEEP ALL DAY! AND THE ACCOUNTANTS HAVE CANCELLED AS THE MEETING IS POSTPONED. :dance:
I AM IN THE MIDDLE OF SOME KIND OF ALLERGY ATTACK. I LEFT THE WINDOW OPENED A WEE BIT LAST NIGHT AND WOKE WITH THIS. MYUST BE ALL THE BUILDING SUPPLIES THAT GOT DELIVERED BESIDE ME. THEY ARE ACTUALLY MAKING THE FIRST FLOOR NOW. GUESS IF I WANT FRESH AIR, I'LL HAVE TO TURN ON THE A/C :faint:
I NEED TO GET MY OATMEAL. ALREADY HAD ONE SMOKE ALARM THIS MORNING. THANK GOD FOR HOLIDAY PARTIES :cb: :carrot: :cheer2:
HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY!! HAPPY WEEKEND :moped:

MELODY525
03-15-2008, 08:57 AM
RECIPE #48.

Beat eggs in bowl, then stir in crumbled goat cheese and chopped tomatoes; scramble as usual. Serve on buttered toast.


SHAD HERE THEY ARE:
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PIEROGIES: "a pierogi is a thin layer of dough wrapped around a filling" USUALLY CHEESE AND POTATO OR ONION AND POTATO. SOME COMPANIES GET FANCY. MUCH LIKE A RAVIOLI BUT HEAVIER DOUGH.
A BIT CHEWY.

KIELBASA~ POLISH SAUSAGE THAT IS LESS THAN A FOOT LONG AND USUALLY CURVED.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9a/Kielbasas.jpg/250px-Kielbasas.jpg

upswife
03-15-2008, 09:37 AM
Morning Ladies! NOt much going on here today...DH has some work to finish up and Choir practice at church. I am going to try to get my mom out to the mall, DD1 wants her ears pierced for her b-day, and mom offered to get them done. I will have to get back on the horse soon, I need to get my butt to the gym, but that will have to wait until Monday (maybe Sunday, but I don't want to press my luck).

Mel~It is gray and dreary here. Hope spring comes soon for all of us. Hope there are no more smoke alarms in your day!

Shad~what a nice thing for your DS to say. hope you both enjoyed your drink!

Ruth~take car of your knee and call the Doc soon to let him know. Wouldn't want something small to derail your recovery.

Michelle~take it slowly, a whole house can overwhelm you! LOL

Happy~I never weigh in after Chinese food, too much salt, always makes me retain water. but I still can't avoid the occasional treat. I want to get my hair colored again, but I don't have the time/money for it right now. I have very sensitive skin, so doing it myself would not be good. Hope you like your new 'do!

OK have to run and call mom. Also can't forget market day pickup. off to shower.

Roseblush
03-15-2008, 10:38 AM
Hello everyone...... spring is suppose to be coming with the two nice days last week I had all this horrible energy from distress that I started to oil my logs outside .....now it is snowing every day so that project will have to wait. I don't know if I reported that my nephew had his first child....a little beautiful baby boy....so I am a Grand Aunt for the first time.....it is very exciting for all of us. The situation with my oldest son is still unresolved but he seems to be taking appropriate steps to find the money he will need......I am just grateful that his wonderful girlfriend is standing beside him. It has brought the fued between my sons to a close also...... so that gives my heart some piece of mind. I think being a mother is more difficult once the are older.....not when they are still guarded in your nest.........
I have been so enjoying my birdies on my deck....more are showing up all the time and it keeps me entertained.
I have been working on my treadmill but a few evening have been so nice that Toby and I have been going to an old track and making the rounds...... I am so convinced that watching that scale slows down motivation so I am not going there for a while..... just trying to sweat like Shad told us too!!!!!
Nice to see so many faces here.... always make me smile.....
Take care everyone and have a great weekend........
Happy St. Patty's Day......
Peace,
Nae

happy2bme
03-15-2008, 12:45 PM
Stormy weather....

Howdy chicks. Lotsa weather out here today. Bad storms just north of us but very close. Like if I got in the car and drove 10 minutes north - BOOM! It's getting very dark and gray at the moment - scary so, better turn on the weather and check. After last month's tornado, I am taking this spring weather a bit more seriously. Just heard a crash of thunder. We were supposed to go to the Humane Society today but may put it off until later this afternoon.

Congrats on the new baby Nae.

Ellen, my scalp is usually irritated after coloring too but I found that if I don't wash my hair the day of the coloring and I wash it the day after that helps. You aren't supposed to wash your hair the day you color it so that it doesn't wash away the natural oils which protect your scalp. I also find washing it the next day helps get some of the lingering irritating residue off. I also had to give up the lighter blond colors which are much harsher on the skin. When I had that fabulous red one time, my scalp was so irritated that I had to use some special oil the hairdresser gave me. Doesn't look too cool when you are walking around scratching your itchy head constantly. And for me, I just don't want to walk around gray. If I had enough gray that it had a nice frosted effect, well maybe.

I have Valerie Bertinelli's biography "Losing It" sitting on the desk here. She has such fabulous hair. I was watching her on Oprah and she was showing pictures of her younger days and she said - boy, I'd kill for hair like that again. Oprah looked at her because there she sat with this beautiful mane of hair and she laughed, touched her hair and said - oh this??? This is NOT REAL and started laughing. I need to get me some of that fake hair. I also read that 50 percent of the people in Hollywood have hair extensions to fluff things up a bit.

Ooh Mel - those pierogis and Polish sausage look good. My mom used to make homemade pierogis but hasn't in years. It's too much work to make just a few and they are not diet friendly and DH won't touch them so I guess the know how on how to make them will end with her. Sad. Love that fresh Polish sausage (as opposed to smoked sausage). Have to go back home to Chicago to get the good stuff. There's a little mom and pop store next to where we used to live when we first got married. The actress Jenny McCarthy worked there when she was in high school. The butcher who must be as old as Yoda has been making fresh Polish sausage every Wednesday since the beginning of time. It is the best. I went there at Christmas to pick up some for dinner and although the neighborhood is Hispanic now and the store is owned by Hispanics, the guy told me that he still employs the butcher to make sausage every week. They don't sell much in the deli counter any more and pretty much stopped selling fresh cuts of meat but they probably make half their income from the sausage. And at four dollars a pound, that's alot of sausage to sell. But I digress. Good stuff - and since I only get it twice a year, I don't feel badly about eating it.

Mel - you be careful too. Nasty weather headed your way I see. I was glad to type the materials for you, and no, I don't type fast - even with a lifetime of typing on a keyboard for a living. Just easier to backspace and correct mistakes on a computer rather than a typewriter. I am eager to get started on the 100 Days program. Mel and friends will be my partners in crime to keep me honest and sticking with things :D I even told DH about it when we were out walking last night.

Shy - I have to agree about that darned good Open Pit BBQ sauce stuff. Memphis is supposed to be the BBQ capital which makes for good meat but I have not found a sauce I like down here yet. Learning to eat the stuff with just a dry rub seasoning which I guess is probably better since the BBQ sauces contain so much sugar. Probably why they are so tasty.

Shad - that's so sweet with the DS. Has to be sort of sad being a mum when they get old enough that they feel wierd about being affectionate. And it wasn't a diet stir-fry - it was healthy eating. Even young strapping men need to learn to eat healthy.

Ruth - take care of that knee. :yikes: Always one of the dangers of trying to heal up is those little slips and bumps that we take for granted that happen in everyday life and can be devistating otherwise. Hope you feel better soon.

Michelle- your hair to to your waist? Wowie girl - that's some pony tail! LOL. Glad to hear you MIL is coming back out. I know how much you enjoy your time with her. That's good to hear your calves are toning. It seems like some body parts - like hands and calves would never get smaller once they puffed up but that's good to know. Myself, one day I would like to have a straight up and down leg. :lol:

Annie - I am still laughing over your story. It's a mixture of laughing because you just have to while you are also empathising and :hug: the person because oh man - can it GET much worse - :lol: I do appreciate you being so forthright in describing your post surgical life. I have heard alot about WLS and know 3 people who have had it. What I didn't know was all the little things that you have to deal with even years later - like taking the vitamins and having levels of things checked on a regular basis. Most of the info we hear are the immediate post surgical stuff. I always wondered, as much as I failed with dieting, would I be able to make and maintain the adjustments needed to address a totally new lifestyle that brings. Like no Coca Cola ever again. :cry: The folks I know all said it was worth it - even the one who has had 5 additional surgeries to repair things or fix problem issues. But anyway, I'm glad you were able to make it through with a :D and see the humorous side of it.

Well DH is getting hungry and mentioned that today would be a better day to go and do our volunteer work. Last week we worked another section of the cat area where the cat "condos" are. They are stacked 2 high and the kitties on the upper side were sticking their arms out of the cages reaching out to us for attention. *sniff, sniff* - how CAN you ignore that kind of thing? Motivates me to make time to go there each week.

Must be too that it's going to storm all day because our cat who were normally be out running the chipmunks out of the yard is instead all curled up in her blanket sleeping the day away.

So it's off to make some lunch and go pet kitties. Have a good weekend ladies.

ceejay52
03-15-2008, 12:56 PM
morning chicks.

Happy- Sunshine is coming your way. It's here now at my house.,
That was so sweet of you to do this for Mel

Annie
I would have gone back home, and called in sick.I do keep some extra clothes just in case though. I never know when the diverticuli are going to act up.

Ruth
Ouch on the knee. Be sure to call the doctor by tomorrow if it's not better.

Madcat
hope the dh is feeling better.

Mel
Take it easy on the cleaning and don't over do

Nae
Good to see you again.

Hello to the rest.

My work stress has gone. It took two sessions at the gym to do it. I'm talking to the boss Monday about how to handle some issues.
Also got my hair colored today. I'm my natural color again, brunette. Happy I don't like the gray either. Makes me feel old.

MELODY525
03-15-2008, 04:26 PM
RUTH~ THANKS FOR CHANGING CEEJAY'S FONT!! I THOUGHT I WAS GOING BLIND LAST WEEK! :yikes: :rofl:

CEEJAY~ HOPE THE BOSS TAKES CARE OF BUSINESS. WE WILL ALL BE HAPPIER IN THE SPRING! :encore: SO HANG I THERE!!!
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HAPPY~ I LOVE ALL THESE FOODS!! WHY CAN'T I LOVE THE ONES THAT ARE GOOD FOR ME?? :faint: TURKEY KIELBASA JUST DOESN'T CUT IT!!! :tantrum: I WISH MY HAIR WAS THICK AND LUXURIOUS TOO. MAYBE WE SHOULD ALL GET SISTER WIGS!!! :belly: CAN'T WAIT TILL MONDAY. NO CAFFEINE IN THE HOUSE...I AM READY.

NAE~ GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE BOYS. TOO BAD IT TAKES SOMETHING LIKE THIS TO MOVE THEM. GOD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS! HOPE THE DS GETS THE NEEDED $$$$. KEEPING FINGERS CROSSED. ENJOY THE BIRDIES!

ELLEN~ HOPE YOU GET TO THE GYM...I AM WATCHING YOUR LITTLE XXXXX'S!!!! HOW DID THE DD'S PIERCING GO??? OUCH!!!!

CAME BACK TO CHECK ON CEEJAY. WONDER HOW PAINTER IS DOING IN THIS STRANGE WEATHER.
STAY SAFE MY SOUTHERN FRIENDS :hug:

Shad
03-15-2008, 08:27 PM
Morning all, not much weather here. A few showers but nice and warm. If what you lot are getting is a typical spring, then you can keep it. I'll stick with the two seasons we get here - hot and wet and muggy or warm and dry and sunny.

I've been to the gym this morning, did a full body weights work out and I can feel it in the arms and butt. I've really pushed the exercise over the past two days and I can certainly say there are bits of me not up to snuff.
I've been sitting here eating my breakfast and reading the posts and now I guess it is time to move things along. I have to go source my oven and cooktop today or tomorrow. I may as well start today. I think I know what I want, just a matter of price now. The cooktop will be one of the induction models since we don't have gas. I could get it put in I suppose but the savings will be a long time coming. I do like gas for cooking tho' so quick!!!

Happy - so kind of you to take the time to help Mel out. But then you are that type of person who gives their all and goes out of their way to help friends and family. You will reap the rewards I am sure. Maybe it will just be to keep you out of the cola bin - but the rewards will come. Good going on the walks with the DH. Keep up the sweat.
Stormy weather - now you will have me singing along for the rest of the day. Thanks. Happy playing at the Cat Sanctuary. May they all get homes soon and be loved.

Mel - thanks for the explanations on the pierogis and kielbasa. Think I might stay well away from those. I haven't seen Kielbasa here - at least not under that name - but I have seen things very similar to the pierogis. My life is complete without them.
Shame I don't have to come over and beat you about the ears!!!! I could just do it anyway!!!

Ellen - sounds like fun taking Mum to the mall. I used to lose mine in there. She wasn't very tall and shrunk as she got older and because she was nuts, she found all sorts of interesting places to hide. I won't mention the tantrums she threw because we found her!!

Nae - congratulations on the new baby grand nephew. Hope the DS learns from his misdemeanours and that the truce lasts between the boys. My two speak to each other regularly - more regularly than I keep in touch I think.

Ruth - how is the knee??? Did you see the Doc or talk to him/her at least?? No - why not??? We want you back and joining in the challenges doncha know?

Ceejay - well done on working out the stress.

Gotta go. Don't know whether to hang out the washing or not. Yes I am a washing hanger outer. I love the fresh clean smell of clothes that are not shrunk to half the original size or smelling of Fluffy or Softly or some artificial stuff. It's looking a little dismal out there, but I'll cogitate over that conundrum in the shower. Then off to shop till I drop or something (more like - I'll have that, that and that and then come straight home.) See ya

MELODY525
03-16-2008, 08:52 AM
I'll stick with the two seasons we get here - hot and wet and muggy or warm and dry and sunny. ~~ AND JUST WHAT KIND OF "SEASONS" ARE THEY??? :rofl: I WILL TAKE YOURS ALSO!! HAVE YOU DECIDED ON AN APPLIANCE COLOR? HAPPY SHOPPING!
I LOVE GAST RANGES ALSO...GET ONE AND I WILL COME AND STAY!! :dance: THE GRANDSON COULD USE SOME NEW FRIENDS. NOT SURE ABOUT SUNDAY THOUGH :yikes:
TO TELL TRUTH...I COULD PROBABLY DO WITH A GOOD FLAP ABOUT THE EARS :rofl: :rofl: I AM A WELL SEASONED WASHER HANGER OUTER. I MISS THE FRESH SMELL. IT USED TO GIVE ME GOOSE BUMPS JUST TO GET INTO BED AND SMELL CLEAN SHEETS. ALL THOSE SMELLS REMIND ME OF MY GRAM. SHE USED THE OLD WRINGER WASHER AND HUNG EVERYTHING OUT TO DRY.
WELL LITTLE SIS I MUST FINISH THIS AND GET MY OWN DAY STARTED WHILST YOU DREAM AWAY :cloud9:

THIS PLACE IS LIKE A SILENT MOVIE. THE ONLY NOISE IS THE CLACKING OF THESE KEYS! LOVING THE DARKER WEATHER AND RAINY SKIES. EVERYONE, INCLUDING MY OWN LITTLE BROOD, ARE QUIET AND SLEEPING IN.
WE WATCHED OLD EASTER CARTOONS AND ATE ITALIAN FOOD. I DID NOT HAVE MUCH AT ALL. I FIND THAT NOW I AM BEGINNING TO FEEL I DON'T "NEED" CERTAIN THINGS. THAT NO MATTER HOW MUCH DRAMA GOES ON...THE SUN STILL SETS AT NIGHT AND RISES IN THE MORNING. WITH LESS CAFFEINE AND NO ARTIFICIAL SUGAR, THE ANXIETY LEVEL IS LESSENING. I WAKE UP NOW WITHOUT THE "DREAD" OF A NEW MORNING BEGINNING. FUNNY HOW JUST ONE DAY IN YOUR LIFE CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING AND NOW 3 YEARS LATER IT'S ALL ENDING. I MIGHT ACTUALLY BE GOING BACK TO THE MORE LAID BACK, OLD MELLIE MEL :dance:
LIFE IS GOOD AFTER ALL.:sunny: :beach:
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY :moped:

MELODY525
03-16-2008, 09:25 AM
RECIPE #49.
Coat small boneless, skinless chicken breasts with flour seasoned with salt and pepper. Heat oil in skillet. Add chicken; cook, turning once, until done. Meanwhile, stir together whole-berry cranberry sauce, mandarin orange segments and chopped pickled jalapeno peppers. Spoon over cooked chicken; serve with heated refrigerated mashed sweet potatoes.

happy2bme
03-16-2008, 11:29 AM
Good morning chicks,

Thanks for sending the sunshine Ceejay - it finally got here, tho it is a bit overcast. Tomorrow is supposed to be out and out gorgeous. Figures, it's a work day and we'll be huddled inside.

Spring is in full bloom here. The Bradford Pear trees just popped. Gorgeous white trees all over. The yellow forsynthia is in bloom too and the purple tulip trees popped their blooms too. Spring in the south is a riot of Easter colors - yellows, pinks, purples and whites.

Mel - I don't know why we love those foods that are less than good for you. Even as we change our eating habits and our tastes, we still go after the stuff we shouldn't and then later on chastise ourselves for eating it. It never tastes as good as we thought it would and it makes us feel icky afterwards. Still we eat it. :dizzy: I am starting to make myself a list of things that made me feel really bad after I ate them, just so I can remember the next time I'm tempted.

I love the smell of fresh air dried laundry but DH has NEVER allowed a clothes line at our houses. Perhaps he was traumatized by ropes in the yard or something. :lol: Best I can do is to put the pillows and blankets out on the patio furniture in the yard to freshen it up. Still gets a good smell to it :cloud9:

Shad, I miss having the gas stove also. Most everything down here is electric, including the clothes dryer. Electric has always been more expensive to run too. The thing I miss most about the gas cooktop is the ability to set to a low simmer. I just can't seem to get that properly with the electric stove.

We did wind up going to the Humane Society yesterday afternoon. The cat cages needed cleaning and so I spent half the time scooping and sweeping and straightening out. Darn cats. With several of them I cleaned their pans, they came over to take a sniff and immediately made a new deposit. Thanks guys! I tried to visit all the kitties yesterday. Besides the cat condos and pens, there are 3 rooms that have bunches of cats in them. Although there are windows in the room for them to look out at the world, I guess they get bored because when we walked into the rooms, all the cats immediately ran to us like we were made of fish. At one point DH was crouching down and said hey guys, I don't have enough hands to give you all a bit of attention. I know I can't take any more cats home, but I do feel sorry for the poor guys. As I told DH, at least we can give them a bit of loving once a week.

I woke up this morning with a start. Work is insanely busy and there is way more to do than I have time to do it. Regrettably I will have to spend part of my day today working. I woke up this morning dreaming about everything I am behind in! And the day is almost half over already. Time to flip the first load of clothes and go find some nutrious breakfast/lunch thing.

Hope you all have a good Sunday :wave:

ceejay52
03-16-2008, 06:06 PM
Ruth
Thanks for the font change. I'm hoping it lasts. I thought it was the new laptop. Now I can see the post without squinting. How is your knee?

Mel
Thanks for caring. It was stressful last week at work but hopefully part of that will change tomorrow.

Happy
I need to be doing some kind of community service. I may call local animal shelter.

Shad
I've decided that I'm going back to the gym, but I'll have to go after work. Sometimes I wish I had a punching bag.

Hello to all the rest. Now that I'm home I need to plan for tomorrow.

My uncle had back surgery Friday. He went to church this morning and out to eat but he went to bed soon after we got home. You could tell he was tired. He had some fever yesterday when I got there but none this morning. The surgeon just made a two in cut. He siaid it was just sore but there was no pain. He was ready for it.

Shad
03-16-2008, 07:17 PM
Morning all,

Seems most people are sleeping in and why not since it is Sunday and apart from Ceejay and Happy you all seem to be having atrocious weather. It's cool and overcast here at the moment. Cool is relative compared to say Carla's cool. Most people here rush out and buy winter woollies when the temp drops below 19C (70F).
The cat is sneaking around the computer room. I think she has figured that I am going out and she was too visible where she was so she will hide somewhere until I am gone. Another sign the seasons are changing - she is constantly hungry. One packet of food and a handful of biscuits just doesn't cut it any more. It's not as if she is putting on any weight either. This cat should be Jen's cat. We all whoop and holler if she puts on a pound.

Mel - we only have two seasons - hot and hotter. If you come over, come in the winter (our winter) because it is warm (day time average 22 or 74, dropping to ten or 11 at night or 50 overnight) and sunny and dry for most of the season - at least until global warming catches up with us again. We are threatened with rain right through until July which is unheard of previously.

Didn't go get my oven yesterday so that is task number one on the list for the day. In fact I will go when I finish here. I did some research on the net last night but all the features I wanted didn't feature in one single oven so I will have to go check out the features I think I need most. I want self cleaning and automatic features most followed by easy moveable racks. I could put gas into the house and have a gas cooktop, but somewhere between 400 and 600 $ for installation of gas pipework just for the cooktop and the price of the cooktop is no different from the induction ceramics so the savings would be few and far between. Apparently the induction ceramics are quite good at simmer point. We will see. Certainly I can't get the flat elements to simmer. But maybe it is the cooktop I currently have.

Ceejay - you Uncle is doing very well to have had surgery, be home and up and at 'em already. Well done him.
I think a punch bag should be mandatory in all office buildings and basements. There is plenty of folk I can think of who would line up to relieve the stress and frustration.

Speaking of stress and frustration - where is Carla???? Come on out. Stop skulking around that bottle of wine and get back here and let the frustration hang. Crikey - if you can't whinge here, where can you whinge. Do you need me to ring you and make you get on the bike??? I find the end of summer here so frustrating. The last of humidity and bugs and flies really begins to grate, the fact that I can go out and mow the grass and it grows back the very next day, etc.etc.etc. I would guess that you people feel exactly the same come the end of winter when you just want to get out of hibernation and get on with life.

Okay - having said that. I'd better start running before Carla comes after me with a taiaha (if she has one of course) and beats the living s*** out of me.
Gone shopping................. but I'll be back

happy2bme
03-16-2008, 08:06 PM
I'd better start running before Carla comes after me with a taiaha (if she has one of course) and beats the living s*** out of me.
Gone shopping................. but I'll be back


I wanna watch. Not the beating of course. Just the running around and chasing each other :lol3:

Shad
03-16-2008, 08:10 PM
First we gotta find that Carla!!

happy2bme
03-16-2008, 09:46 PM
Didn't Carla say something about snowdrifts up to her balcony?

Do we have to hang a keg on the St. Bernards and send them up her way?

But then again, maybe they will get distracted and play with Hershey.

Good talking to you tonight Shad. Thanks for the check in :hug: (And she did ask me if I had taken my walk for the day :s: so watch out ladies - this one has earned her hat :drill: - :rofl: )

Shad
03-16-2008, 10:19 PM
And I am hanging on to it. March, march, march, march - insert music here from the pen of de Sousa - :running: :running: :running: :running: :running: :running::running: :running: :running::running: :running: :running:

Hup two three four, hup two three four.

carla49
03-16-2008, 10:29 PM
All right already! Sheesh. A person can't take a break without being harried, harangued, and harassed. Then again, it does seem to work, so....

Contrary to what the evil Shad would have everyone think, I have not been awash in wine. Perhaps a little too much coffee cake at a coffee morning yesterday, but no close encounters with the demon rum. In fact, the last three weeks on WW have been quite successful, down 6 lbs and almost back to where I was last August. A shame I wasted the months since then gaining instead of losing or at least maintaining, but as long as I stick with it this time I'll get there some day. And despite missing spinning :ebike: last Monday, I was there on Friday for the 90-min class.

The city is finally removing some of the snow clogging our streets. They would normally just leave snowbanks on the side streets, but it got so bad there was no room left for emergency vehicles to get through. I have no idea where they're piling the stuff up, but I do know I'll be paying lots extra for it in next year's municipal taxes (rates)!

Yesterday I had a chance to visit a friend who was looking after someone's two little Maine Coon kittens. Soooo cute - it was love at first cuddle! It's a good thing I have my two ungrateful wretches already or there'd have been a kitty abduction for sure. Happy, I'm impressed that you go to the shelter to volunteer with the cats. It's so tough to see them all waiting for a home. I get depressed about it just going to the pet store for food! So kudos to you. One good thing here is that the pet stores only carry cats from the shelter, not from breeders, so they get a better chance of finding a home. And most of the local vets accept the no-profit spay/neuter vouchers that come prepaid in the fee for the shelter kittens, although I had to pay an extra fee for the good stuff like IV rehydration and so on. All the adult cats are fixed before they can be adopted.

Madcat, what a scary end to your trip! Ouch!!! I guess it was just as well the flight was delayed, or he might have been in trouble up in the air! Good that you're both home safe and sound. :hug:

Mel and Happy, I think we have lift-off tomorrow, right? I keep reminding myself that the book says you don't have to start all over if you miss a day, which I'm afraid will probably be a good thing. Rather scary to think that I'm only 100 days from perfection!! :rofl: :rofl:

Shy, no time to chat right now - too busy chowing down on apples and planning my next peeps raid. :lol3: :lol3:

Ruth, I hope the knee is okay, and that you're not back in hospital with it! Or trying todig yourself out of a snowbank somewhere.

Ceejay, good that things are improving at work. Sounds like some days you get to be the human punching bag yourself! I hope your uncle continues to recover quickly from his surgery.

Annie, you seem to have such a healthy attitude to life's problems, and considerable presence of mind. A good thing, with some of the fun things our bodies do to us sometimes! :grouphug:

:wave: :wave: to those I've missed, like Shaker, Michelle, Rose, Painter, Holly...

Shy Moment
03-16-2008, 11:08 PM
PEEPS PEEPS have to love them :) Oh it is good to be back home. I have one more load of laundry to finish and I am done for the night. That is all I have done all weekend is cook and clean and run. She can't do it for her selfs so I go every couple of weeks and do it for her. At least the kids didn't destroy the house while I was gone.

Shad
03-16-2008, 11:11 PM
It works, it works. :running::running::running::running::running:
:running::running::running:

I'll have to see if it works with the other recalcitrants. However all this mind reading and transpacific thought transference has given me a large headache. I need to go lie down for an hour or so. Now where did I put the #$%^&^ panadol?

Shopping aim achieved. I have a new self cleaning, automatic, fan forced oven and ceramic cooktop with soft touch controls. They should be delivered on Wednesday.

carla49
03-17-2008, 12:58 AM
Well Shad :coach: if you didn't spend so much time using the old :frypan: :kickbutt: :drill: routines on people just minding their own beeswax, quietly trying to practice their meditation, you wouldn't give yourself these headaches! :headache: ;) Hope it goes away soon!
Congrats on finding a stove/cooktop that fill the bill! :D
And now to bed.

happy2bme
03-17-2008, 02:04 AM
Congrats on the 6 pounds down Carla - that is FAB :yay:

Congrats on the new cooktop Shad - DH wants to know what you'll be serving us up when we come to visit :hungry: Hope your headache subsides...

Good of you Rennie to go back and help out that less than grateful woman.

And now I am off to sleep with visions of Marshmellow Peeps dancing in my head. Tis that time of year when everywhere you look are those ooey gooey sugar overload candies. Good thing I don't like them at all.

I'm blaming Rennie - she mentioned peeps in the first place :rofl:

PainterWoman
03-17-2008, 03:42 AM
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So I've been painting. And groaning. But less than before. The MD's have allowed me to stop taking 2 meds... and at least some of my hip/leg pain must have been side-effect related. (but I bet my BP shot up after reading Shad's warning about her friends Dad. Unfortunately, I CAN imagine that happening to me. Do. not. want. to. go. there. and my condolences to Shad and Chris)

DH was in an energetic mood and cleaned out the garage today. What a sweetie. There's a truck-bed full of cr*p to take to the city recycling center in the am. I hope we get it there before our forecast rain. (with hail and T-storms to follow. Oh, and RAIN)

Tomorrow I'm going to make a map and spread sheet telling where y'all are. My old brain is good enough for crossword puzzles, but not this irregular learning/retrieval stuff!

1day-- I hope that the post-op results confirm that the MD got all of DB's tumor. Cancer is not fun.

Mel-- Sorry I missed your birthday. Again. :eek: But how cool to have a large print version of the book/journal stuff. Let us know how it works. My painting helps some because if I eat, I'll have crumbs in the turpentine. Reading your recipes late at night makes me hungry. Maybe I need to shift my schedule. Hope the sun is shining bright!

Ruth--You are good to drop by. It makes me feel I can show up without being overly ashamed. I hope my cat doesn't trip me... all I need is for my knee to need re-reaming! My daughter's dog has contracted(?) 2 kinds of worms... and she's REALLY challenged taking care of him. It's not so much getting him through snowbanks, but up and down three flights of stairs in and out of her apartnment. Is there someplace we can see your quilt tops?

Shaker-- hope things are friendlier at work. I'm not sure that "just" and "personality clashes" can ever appropriately appear in the same sentence. I think I might like petting kitties.... but they'd have to not need chasing.

Upswife- You are one impressive exerciser and repairer. Wow. And I like the longhorn on your avatar... The Texans I know seem to think the only longhorns in the world are in Texas.

Hollyhock-- The photographs of the snow were beautiful! I suppose that since we had two snowy days and no real accumulation, it was easier for me to get sentimental about them. Yarnharlot (http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog) has been blogging about spending time in a cabin North of Toronto (I think) and how the snow is up to the eaves. And how the plow hadn't been there, so she had to trek everything up the unbelievably long "drive".

Carla49. Thank you for making me laugh... 1st about Mel getting the legger to pose, and then "just 100 pounds from perfection." I'm going to steal that line. It makes me feel so much better.

Happy: If you get a tattoo you can put something about your vengeful attitude towards bugs. My mom used to get 'em on sheets of paper and fling them into the patio, too.

Diyana-- Way to go on your exercise and eating changes! Congratulations.:carrot::cp::cp: I'm interested in knowing what meds you were taking... I'd love to help my DH stop taking his.

Shad-- Thank you for the MESSAGE OF DOOM.:stress::fr::fr::fr: And the good example, of course. At least I can relate to your love of orchids, roses and your son. I haven't had orchids for a while... and I need to do something about the weeds choking the flowers, too. I wish my DS was close enough to share a drink with. Too many miles at the present... plus, I haven't seen him drink in several years. I think he has a really hard time stopping "soon enough" and he heard so many horror stories about his grandparents... I have to give him credit for some prudence.

Madcat--Glad you and DH got home safely and all in one piece. He was lucky to have you to keep him company. I hope your insurance comes through. I keep trying to remind myself that money is "only" money. HA! Ask me on April 15. (US Taxes due)

CeeJay-- Manage that stress!! Sorry that things have been so challenging...Did you get any of the storms that hit Atlanta?

Annie175--So glad to know that your DD came through her surgery OK. Is she "out of the woods?" I need to figure out how to not worry (so much) about BC recurrence. Glad your Mom is doing well.

Shy Moment--Glad to hear that some women actually get caught up once in a while. I must hang with the wrong crowd. Congratulations on the shrinking pants size.

Roseblush--Hang in there. I have a friend whos grown son has gotten himself in deep you-know-what and I just don't know what to do for her besides listen. I think he and his wife colluded in some denial so that when it all hit the fan, they were extra embarrassed and ashamed-- and deeper into it than they absolutely had to be.

I think I'm caught up. But yikes, look at the time. Later!!

Shad
03-17-2008, 07:33 AM
And this is the thanks I get for trying to be concerned and caring - Quote:

Well Shad if you didn't spend so much time using the old routines on people just minding their own beeswax, quietly trying to practice their meditation, you wouldn't give yourself these headaches!

Well okay then. Shift yer sorry a*** back here girl and let us know what you are comtemplating on the meditation. Or is it that the apples are having a huge effect and you can't get back here!! :rofl:

I'm off to bed now. I slept most of the afternoon and feel distinctly off colour and have huge indigestion (caused by interrupting the meditation and contemplation of various navels no doubt). Hopefully I will feel better tomorrow. Dentist time again = guaranteed to give me a real headache and then the new stove arrives Wednesday and on Thursday I have a job interview. More about that later. I may not get to Groote after all. Friday I will stay home and cogitate or paint the ceiling, or plaster the walls or something. Or maybe not as it will be Easter. Today was St Patricks day and for the first time in my life I did not drink a green beer. Drat - another tradition broken. Happy St Pats to you all.
May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
The sun shine warm upon your face
The rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of his hand

Yes well something like that anyway.

And here is a joke a heard today that really amused me. It should wake you up laughing.

A nun hailed a taxi and asked the driver to take her to an address. The cabbie said to the nun : "Sister, it's always been a dream of mine to have a beautiful nun like you give me a real big kiss on the lips. Will you fulfill my dream?"
Oooh giggled the nun. "Oh alright but only if you are Catholic and unmarried"
"oh yes I am sister" said the cabbie.
So the nun gave him a real smoochie smacker right on the lips. It went on and on. When finished the nun leaned back in the seat and the cabbie broke dpwn in tears and much weeping and wailing ensued.
"What's the matter?" asked the nun.
"I have sinned, sister" said the man. " I lied to you. I am married and I am Jewish"
"That's all right" said the nun. "My name is Kevin and I am on my way to a fancy dress party" :lol3

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ ZZ = shhh, sleeping Shad

Ruthxxx
03-17-2008, 07:49 AM
I hope you feel better fast, Shad. You're such a healthy bugger most of the time - or do you lie? No, I did not go to the doc - it was the weekend! I may give my PCP a call this week about the swelling though - enough is enough.

As usual, I have time to read but not to comment. The damned South Beach Forum and Garden Website are really hopping. If we ever get rid of this damned snow, I may get some enthusiasm. I really, REALLY need to see a robin or hear some Canada geese.

Time to tackle no-moaning Monday!

happy2bme
03-17-2008, 08:49 AM
Morning chicks,

Happy St. Patrick's day :goldpot: :luck2you: :cupgold: - we're all Irish by default today - must remember to wear the GREEN not the Orange. May we all have luck and good fortune trailing us around our day today.

Painter - I see you are up at the wee hours of the morning again. Take care - saw some nasty storms headed your way today. Don't blow away on us. Glad to hear you a getting a tad bit of relief and that you're painting again.

Ruth - somehow I get the feeling you'd chose the Garden forum over us :rofl: Take care of that knee - you only have 2 ;)

Shad - cute joke. Thanks for starting the day with a laugh. Now wake up and start painting :lol:

And it looks as if I've caught up. Great because I shouldn't be sitting here anyway. I have a meeting this morning that I am not prepared for. Need to find a way to stop the clock and catch up.

Today's the day Mel - you ready to get crackin'? I am.

And with that - I gotta run. Have a good one chicks. :wave:

upswife
03-17-2008, 12:36 PM
Morning chickies!!! Today I have gotten started pretty well. Got the kids off to school, then took DH's car into the dealership to get fixed. Was going to walk home, but the weather did not cooperate. Took the shuttle instead. Since I can't get to the gym until I get a car back, I did one of my Firm video's...I thinnk I may work it back into my regular routine, because I had a really hard time keeping up. Have to make lunch for the girls, then will do my yoga too, to help complement the rest. After that not much, just laundry, dinner is already cooked, only have to heat it up.

Happy St. Patty's day!!!!

carla49
03-17-2008, 01:01 PM
Poor Shad, I hope you're not spoiling for anything nasty. Maybe it will make you feel better to know I woke up with a nasty head myself, and I hadn't done anything fun to deserve it. :( Is the job interview for work at home, or will you have to travel away again?

Ruth, I did wonder at all the innocents suggesting you see your doctor on the weekend. I wonder what medical utopia they live in? And taking a knee to ER would be an exercise in futility. I take it you're getting pretty fed up with the whole damned thing, not to mention this damned winter. :rofl:

Nothing new since yesterday, just trying to check in regularly enough to prevent Shad from coming after me with a pointed stick... ;)

diyana
03-17-2008, 02:20 PM
Just a very brief check in....I hope you all are doing okay. I had a busy weekend and am really busy at work. Will try to check in later or tomorrow.

Hugs to all of you!

Shy Moment
03-17-2008, 03:04 PM
Painter
I am caught up everyday lol. I have a to do list that includes exercise and I am not done for the day until the list is finished. lol

The kids are complaining. I never get sick. Everyone else in the world is sick and not me lol. I told them I was sick everyday for almost 8 years. I have been sick enough for my entire life. I now don't get sick lol. Sinuses are my big thing. When you are allergic to everything including rocks, that is how it is lol.

Ruthxxx
03-17-2008, 03:46 PM
How strange! After all the advice from you Worldlies, my "real" doctor called me this afternoon! I love that guy! Of course it helps to know his parents, grandmother and kids! Dr. Jack was wondering how I was doing since I saw him two weeks ago and assured me that the swelling was from using the leg! His advice is to keep on keeping on and stay active. I told him I've been feeling a bit down about life and wondered about post-op depression. He said "You're not the type!" but to come and see him if I don't perk up. That call and the sunshine perked me up quite a bit and I even skipped a PM nap!

Now I need Spring!

Shad
03-17-2008, 04:02 PM
Trans Pacific thought transference - that's what it was. Nice to know it works better on your doctor than you.

Off to gym. I'll be back with the news of the world later. Well news from the computer room in Crestmead anyway. It's damp out there again. I guess stupidity will rule the roads once more, better get on my way.

MELODY525
03-17-2008, 04:38 PM
HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY TO ALL
HOPE YOU ALL HAD A WONDERFUL DAY. I GOT SIDETRACKED WITH HANDING OUT IRISH SODA BREADS AND HELPING OUT FOR THE HOLIDAY DOWNSTAIRS. SOMETIMES THE DAY JUST FLIES BY! SENT THE KIDS OUT FOR A VERY EARLY DINNER AND THEY BOTH LOOK MUCH IMPROVED. THEY NEEDED TO GET BACK INTO THE LAND OF THE LIVING. AND IT LOOKS LIKE IT WORKED. :cb:
A NEIGHBOR SURPRISED ME WITH SOME HAM AND CABBAGE. HER FAMILY'S TRADITION. NOW I DON'T HAVE TO COOK EITHER! IT WAS NICE OUT SO I SAT WITH JOHN FOR AWHILE BUT STILL COOL. FELT GOOD TO FEEL THE HEAT OF THE SUN. ALL IS WELL OVER HERE! I READ MY LESSON FOR THE DAY AND DID MY WORKBOOK LAST NIGHT. AND KEPT ENFORCING THE THOUGHTS THROUGHOUT THE DAY! :dance: OFF TO A GREAT START!
HAPPY MONDAY. TOMORROW IS FOOD SHOPPING SO SEE YOU LATER ON. :moped:

HAPPY~ JEN WOULDSTART A POUND ALL HER OWN IF WE LET HER! :lol3: YOUR KITTIES ARE LUCKY TO HAVE YOU AND DH WHEN YOU GO THERE. JEALOUS OF YOUR WEATHER!! DON'T WORK TOO HARD!!! HOW DID YOUR FIRST DAY GO??

CEEJAY~ REMEMBER THOSE BLOW UP CLOWNS THAT HAD SAND IN THE BOTTOM TO WEIGH THEM DOWN? MEAYBE WE SHOULD ALL GET ONE OF THOSE!! GLAD TO HEAR THE UNCLE DID SO WELL AND SO FAST!!

SHAD~ THE NEW STOVETOP SOUNDED NICE. TOO BAD ABOUT THE GAS. THE CABBIE JOKE CRACKED ME UP!! :rofl: SENDING A HUG FOR THE DENTAL HEADACHE :hug: HOPE IT WASN'T TOO BAD!!

CARLA~ HOW DID THE 1ST DAY GO?? ARE YOU DUG OUT YET?? CAN YOU WALK RIGHT OFF THE BALCONY ON TO THE SNOW??? :rofl: I WAS LAUGHING AT YOUR POST....I AM SCARED I WON'T REACH PERFECTION IN 100 DAYS!! :rofl: :rofl:

RUTH~ GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE SWELLING AND THE DR CALLING!!!

RENNIE~ GOOD OF YOU TO EVEN GO BACK THERE AND HELP OUT!

PAINTER~ THE LAST RECIPE IS TODAY!! SO NO MORE HUNGER PANGS!! :rofl: GLAD TO HEAR YOU ARE PAINTING! I AM LOVING THESE TWO BOOKS ALREADY! WILL KEEP YOU POSTED IF THEY WORK FOR ME!
I KNEW YOU WERE HERE IN SPRIRIT FOR MY :hb:


WAVING TO ALL THE REST. I AM HUNGRY AND NEED A SHOWER. :

MELODY525
03-17-2008, 04:42 PM
Recipe #50. Cook fresh ravioli in skillet of salted boiling water Meanwhile, saute frozen cubed butternut squash and chopped sage in olive oil until tender; toss with ravioli and a little pasta water. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan and freshly ground pepper

Ruthxxx
03-17-2008, 05:19 PM
My friend Em has been messing around with Paint on the PC. Look at her stuff - and no clean-up either! I may try it.

Shad
03-17-2008, 07:12 PM
Morning all,
Well I've been to the gym, just had breakfast and thought that I would sort you all out before getting on with the day.

Carla - sorry to hear that you got a headache too. Mine has gone as has the indigestion, nausea and whatever else I was suffering from yesterday. Is is now 99 days from perfection????
The oven and cooktop are both Fisher and Paykel, it is a brand I have had before, has a good reputation and I've always had a good run out of them. The stove has all the bells and whistles that I wanted - self cleaning, automatic, fan forced etc. and has child safety locks so if I sell on or rent the house out, it is a feature. The cooktop has soft touch controls - no knobs to clean around and is has quick heat elements. Also has child proofing as well. I am broke but happy at this point of time. Bring on the new kitchen I say.

Happy - tell the DH that whatever his heart desires - I will cook on the new gear. Witchety grubbs, Huhus, Kangaroo steaks, crocodile stew. Just name the poison and I will cook it.
Yes ma'am. Painting it will be, just as soon as the phone stops ringing and the dentist is done. This is the beginning of the warrant of fitness year. Teeth, blood tests done today, hearing sometime next month hopefully, skin check too. Then comes the boob squish an the even worse pap smear. Then I think I am done. Yahoo.
The phone is ringing because someone wants to give me a job. I told him to stand in line. DH better get down here and grab some of the big money while it lasts. Seek.com is going nuts with advertising right now.

Painter - good to hear that some of the pain is moving away. That can only be good news.
Dear DH - good of him to recognise that there is junk in there. I had enormous trouble convincing my ex that the place was drowning in clutter and junk.
I'm pleased that your DS has enough prudence to recognise that he can not drink. I do wish some of the youngsters around here could see that far. Binge drinking is becoming an new epidemic over here. I can't see the point, but I had to go and rescue a young bloke and my DS the other day because he got done DUI (not my son, but his friend) and DS couldn't drive either. I was surprised at the DS, normally he is forever telling the driver to abstain or whatever or stopping his friends from driving under the influence and told him so as well. Both of them were fairly hangdog for a while. Then I had to go back and pick up the young blokes 4WD because it would have been stolen or stripped left where it was. IDIOTS.

Ruth - I do feel better thanks. Yes I am generally healthy. Nothing much goes wrong apart from the sinus. If doctors relied on me for a living, they would be fairly poor. However I had to go for blood tests this morning. What's the betting the doctor will send me a letter stating he needs to see me in the next two weeks - he always does and the reason is that he always finds a cholesterol level 2 points above normal or sugar a couple of points above normal. I am supposed to thank him for this. FOR ME IT IS NORMAL - hasn't he figured that out yet???
Drs here provide a service over the weekend. My own health place is only Monday to Saturday but some are 7 days. They whinge about it, but the hospitals tell them to shut up and get on with it. They don't want or need the riff raff filling up the Casualty or ER.
Nice Picutres by the friend by the way.

Mel - good on the kids, have they given up looking after the father?? or are they allowed out on good behaviour. Tell Jen to eat a double dinner - she needs another two pounds on that gut.
Thanks for the e-mail. I'll get to it today sometime. Meant to yesterday, however life got in the way.

Same for Carlas mail.

Hello to everyone else. I'd better get on with my day. I need to try and get some washing out shortly, but it keeps showering. Hope the clothes dry off soon.

Shy Moment
03-17-2008, 08:04 PM
Hope everyone has been having a great day. I am scrubbing walls. Oh yes, my favorite job lol.

Ruth
If you aren't getting better go see someone else. I feel uncomfortable someone saying " you aren't the type " my gosh, everyone is the type.

Melody
This is a different friend. Hubby says I only have people that can't do for them selfs. He might be right lol. Even those that seem all together seem to never be together when I need something lol. This Lady's husband thanked me all over the place. They both were so happy I came down and did what I did. He doesn't have to do it on his one day off a week and she just can't stand not being able to do it herself.

MELODY525
03-17-2008, 08:33 PM
RENNIE...GLAD YOU GOT SOME THANK YOUS THIS TIME ROUND. I LIKE DOING STUFF FOR OTHERS BUT NOW I AM BEING A BIT MORE SELECTIVE. PICKING PEOPLE WHO REALLY NEED AND APPRECIATE THE HELP! IF I WANT ABUSE, I CAN DO IT TO MYSLELF :rollpin:

CARLA~ I MUST HAVE MISSED YOUR HEADACHE :hug:

:cofdate: GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE! :sunny:
SHAD~ YES IT IS ONLY 99 MORE DAYS TILL PERFECTION IS ACHIEVED :dance: NICE FEATURES ON THE STOVE. ENJOY!!! :hun: MY E-MAILS COME WITH NO DEADLINES. :rofl: NOT TO WORRY. IT WAS IN LIEU OF A PHONE CALL. JUST WANTED TO CHAT. :hug: YOU CERTAINLY GET UP AND OUT EARLY!! MAYBE WE SHOULD ALL SET OUR ALARMS AND CATCH UP WITH YOU!!!
WE MUST HAVE BEEN EXERCISNG TOGETHER. I JUST PEDALED A LITTLE WHILE AGO. :ebike: HAVE A GREAT DAY!!

I WAS JUST READING AND THEN REMEMBERED A MEDITERR-ASIAN 7 DAY FOOD PLAN ON THE PC. SO I WENT THERE AND PRINTED OUT THE SHOPPING LIST.
I MIGHT JUST DO THIS FOR ONE FULL WEEK AND SEE HOW I DO. I POSTED IT LAST YEAR I THINK.
http://mediterrasian.com/
I AM OFF TO BED TO WATCH SOME TV AND FINISH MY WORKBOOK.
SWEET DREAMS :cloud9:

carla49
03-17-2008, 08:35 PM
Minor NSV yesterday: I washed the new jeans and dried them in the drier and they still went on easily! :woohoo:

The headache went to wherever headaches go. I suspect it was some kind of nasty Kiwi voodoo meant to slap me into shape. It worked. ;)

Tonight's 60 minute spin class was one heck of a workout. Someone weighing 150 lbs would have burnt off 605 cals, so for me it must have been at least a million. :yes:

I won't know until I go to bed whether I have only 99 days left to perfection or if the day will become a do-over. Still several hours to screw up before bedtime. :D

MELODY525
03-17-2008, 08:40 PM
RUTH...YOUR FRIENDS WORK IS GORGEOUS!!! HOW DOES THAT WORK? IT LOOKS A BIT LIKE A MONET.

http://www.monet-on-canvas.com/images/the-flowers-monet.jpg

"I discover ever more beautiful things every day. It's enough to drive one mad; I've got such a desire to paint everything ……"
Claude Monet

MELODY525
03-17-2008, 08:43 PM
The headache went to wherever headaches go. I suspect it was some kind of nasty Kiwi voodoo meant to slap me into shape.
HEY.....AT LEAST IT WORKED!:lol3: :lol3:
AND WHAT DO YOU MEAN TIME YET TO SCREW UP!! WTF!!!!! :tantrum:

SHAD.....GO GET HER BUTT WITH THE PROD!! I HAVE TO GO TO BED NOW!!! :cloud9:

Shy Moment
03-17-2008, 09:41 PM
Melody
Never hurt to have a few extra brownie points with God lol.

Shad
03-18-2008, 01:12 AM
Carla - no negative speak will be spoken. Go do the local paper sudoku and crossword and cryptic, then have a drink of tea or water and go to bed. Tomorrow will come soon enough.

I'm good at the voodoo bit. So check it out lady. If it's shape you are wanting then I'll try to oblige. Round is a shape. Square is a shape. Pear is a shape. Wonder which one she wants :chin:

happy2bme
03-18-2008, 07:59 AM
Good morning ladies,

Quick check in for me - I have to get to work early today. Maybe I can peek back in around lunch time.

Hope you all have a great, on plan day! :wave: or :hug: whichever you could use more :D

Roseblush
03-18-2008, 09:00 AM
Morning you girls are too funny....... I could not get the thread to show me the weekends posts til today....so I had alot of catching up to do. Irish greetings late to all of you.....Last night while I was reading in bed an awful scream was occurring outside...... I can't identify the creature.... has anyone heard what type of sound a racoon can make? Anyway, it was awful and continued for sometime..... not quite cat like either.....
While it is snowing here again this morning. I am trying to do my best to stay on my plan, still not going to look at that scale I think it makes me worse somedays. Toby and I are going for a power walk after work on the old track at the Jr. high and counting that for some steps in our day. He loves it ....he is such a little strutter he looks like he owns the place.
Hope you all have a great day.......
Blessings,
Peace,
Nae

MELODY525
03-18-2008, 12:07 PM
SHAD....WHAT SHAPE WAS DECIDED ON IN THE END...PUN INTENDED! :wizard: :rofl:

RENNIE...SCORE POINTS FOR HEAVEN:angel: I NEED TO MAKE SURE I GET A HALO THAT FITS RIGHT WHEN I GET UP THERE AND IT DOESN'T FALL DOWN AROUND MY NECK AND CHOKE ME! !

NAE~ HOPE YOU AND TOBY HAD A GOOD WALK. I CAN JUST SEE THE TWO OF YOU!!!
TOO FUNNY! :running: HOPE IT WAS AN ANIMAL FAR, FAR, AWAY THAT WAS SCREAMING!! THE OTHER NIGHT WE HAD A WHOPPER OF A CAT FIGHT AND OF COURSE BEFORE THEY BEGAN IT WAS A LOT OF YELLING. SOUNDED LIKE HUMANS IN PAIN! SCARES ME EVERY TIME TILL I REALIZE WHAT IT REALLY IS!

I CAME HOME AND JIMMY HELPS ME WITH PUTTING THE GROCERIES AWAY. I LOOKED TIRED AND IN NEED...HE DOESN'T ASK BUT GOES STRAIGHT TO WORK. WHAT A GUY,,,, TRUTH BE TOLD IT IS DINGY AND THE AIR HEAVY WITH STORM AND I NEED A GOOD LIE DOWN.
HOPE EVERYONE IS HAVING A GREAT DAY!!

:wave: TO HAPPY AND HER QUICK FLYBY!!

:rain: HAPPY TUESDAY :moped: