Support Groups - Worldly Chicks adamantly abstaining and active in Athens for April




Shad
03-31-2008, 08:13 AM
Well here we are. It's not quite April yet - even here, but I'm on my way to bed and there didn't seem to be a better time - even if Ruth is up and at 'em already - must be the accountant in her - everything is accounted for by the end of the month!

Wasn't too impressed by the building we got this time. Doesn't look so hot from the outside! Bit of a fixer upper if you ask me. It's only about 400 years old too! Don't make em like they used to!!

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/Athens2-2.jpg

But the view is great. Take a look out the window. Don't think I would stand on the balconey if I were you. Let me get it checked out first.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/Athens1-2.jpg

Athens - have fun. We've a lot to achieve this month.


happy2bme
03-31-2008, 09:33 AM
I don't know ladies - all this talk of home renovations last month and she goes and gets us a "fixer upper" building. Think there's any relation to that? ;) :dunno:

Anyway, I agree - the view is spectacular. I have always said I'd live in a trashbag and cardboard box if only I could live on the beach, listening to the surf.

Thanks for getting us here Shad. It's going to be a good month for all of us. I can just feel it.

The floor people are coming this afternoon to take up the old floor. I sure hope that they ordered the new one :lol: The new front door is at the store waiting for pick up and in true fashion with the service down here, we have not heard a peep from the man who is supposed to install it. I told DH I did not want the floor ripped out for weeks on end. He stopped at the store yesterday to see what is going on as they are the ones who subcontract installation but the main guy wasn't there. Would also like to get this done before rainy season gets here - and it seems like it's on the doorstep - to minimize tracking yuck throughout the house.

We must be getting more weather as I have a big headache this morning and am feeling poorly. Didn't sleep well either. It's like you're on the verge of coming down with something.

DH bless his heart - decided to come with me to the shelter yesterday. Mind you it was a rainy day and all the cats were passed out. Some of them were lying entwined with one another - it was so cute. They all woke up when we walked in - something to entertain them I suppose. We cleaned and swept and petted and played. I think they enjoyed it.

And now it's time to get to work and earn some money for all I spent this weekend.

Happy Monday ladies - enjoy the Greek Isles - no uzo (sp?) until this afternoon :lol:

diyana
03-31-2008, 09:55 AM
Good morning ladies -

Or should I say Uuumpah (sp?) ! Thanks, Shad, for the gorgeous photo of the Acropolis! I'm not familiar with greek food, except for baklava - please chickies don't let me even start eating that! :nono: I won't be able to stop.

Sorry about not checking in over the weekend. Just enjoying the last couple days on the beach in Maui. Actually, I started feeling a bit under the weather Saturday afternoon, nothing serious and I'm feeling fine now. I think I just needed a weekend of R&R, except for the occasional load of laundry! :lol: I did get a great workout on Friday! 45 minutes of cardio and 1/2 hour weights. I love how energized I feel after a great workout!! I had a really good scale this am. :goodscale: I'm down another 2.5 pounds, for a total of 20.5!!

CeeJay - So nice that you had a pleasant visit with your sister and her family! And you get to see her in a month or so! That's wonderful!

Rennie - I just love living out in the country. I live in a small subdivision, but just at the end of my street is a dairy farm and about a mile down the road is a horse ranch. Lots of family farmers around me. But we're only 5 minutes from grocery stores, hardware stores and even a couple department stores. Have to drive 1/2 hour to get to a mall though. But that's okay. I've got everything I really need very close by.

Shad - Kitties just don't like to take pills. No way, no how. I hope she'll be done with her antibiotics soon. Shad, I agree with you about getting to the gym. It's something that I have to do. I don't always enjoy the exercising while I'm doing it, but I really like how I feel afterwards! And I'm really enjoying the results - both in terms of weight and blood sugar! That's so awesome that you are now in a size 12 from a size 18! :congratulations: Exercise really does take off the inches. I can definitely see the difference in how I look, and while I am still quite fat/overweight, I am looking better than I used to. Thank you SO much for all the great info about the Barrier Reef and for the photo! What a marvelous place! Are there any fishes or salties out by the Reef that like to nibble on humans? While I don't fancy being a meal or even a snack, but still I hope that DH and I can get there one of these years. Would you mind PMing me Patty's phone number, please? I'd love to give her a call. Thanks! As for going green and organic, Aus, NZ, Canada and so many other parts of the world seem to be doing much better and embracing it more than the US. I agree with Happy that the USofA seems more like the USofG - US of Greed.

Mel - Glad the eyes are doing a little better. I hope your eye doc appt. goes well. :hug:

Patty - I'm so glad you're back! I've missed you! I know you've had a very rough month. I hope you're doing better and I look forward to hanging out with you in Athens!

Happy - You had a rainy weekend and we're getting our rain today and tomorrow. Up to 3 inches. There are worries about flooding near rivers. Hopefully there won't be any damage like down south has experienced. I hear ya' on all the yard work to be done. I don't even want to think about that. I've still got a bunch of inside work to do. I had hoped to get some stuff done this weekend, but just didn't feel very good, so nothing much got done. New door, new floor and new glasses?! Definitely spending the bankroll! Are you working from home while your contractors are doing the floor? That would be great! Maybe noisy, but at least you are there if they have questions or something. Hey Happy, maybe you and your DH could start a hippie astronomy commune. And me and my DH will come join ya'! What d'ya' think? Please post photos of your flowers when they bloom. I think we're a month or two before anything starts blooming here. I've fallen a little behind on my 100 Days...just the writing, not the reading. I'm sticking so closely to eating foods that are OP that I'm not eating much filler...though I am much more aware whether I'm eating out of emotional or physical hunger. I'm also reading Linda's other book "Life is Easy; Food is Hard", which I would highly recommend. It really delves deeper into emotional eating. Good for you for keeping up with the volunteering at the Humane Society, and good for your DH for joining you! I'm sure the kitties really appreciate your love, your care and your dedication to them. :) I totally commend you for getting into Flylady. I found that really hard to stick with, but maybe once I get my house in shape for my MIL's visit I'll be able to keep it up using Flylady. Although in my straightening and organizing, I cleaned up a major hot spot last weekend and it has stayed clean for a week! :woohoo:

Ruth - Glad you enjoyed your quilting class. My stepmother makes lovely quilts. She even made me and my sister each a quilt out of or father's ties after he passed away. It's a lovely and interesting piece of art and a precious heirloom for us. I'd love to see photos of your quilts. My stepmother has been encouraging me to try quilting, but I haven't found the time yet. Maybe after I get done spring cleaning, which I hope to finish before next winter! :rofl: I think it's great that you're going to check out the program Holly is doing. I've learned that everyone needs to find a program/philosophy that resonates with them. We're all individuals and certainly programs are not one size fits all! :lol:

Carla - Glad you had a nice stay in Victoria and that your job went well.

Holly - I had a good chuckle when you said your DH didn't turn off the hockey game. Good for you on doing so well on your program and doing lots of journaling!

A big Hi :wave: to anyone I may have missed.

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


annie175
03-31-2008, 12:04 PM
Hidee Hooo Girlie Girls...........

Hmmm, missed my flight to Athens and had to go stand-by, which was quite all right as I sat next to the hunkiest hunk and fantasized the entire flight. ;^) I can dream...

Shad...I know what you mean about animals that don't cooperate and bite and claw at you. We call our Jack Russel HELLA DOG. I did give her a bath over the weekend and she only snapped once.

Ruthie...wish I lived close, I love quilts and would love to learn how.

Happy...it is rainy and damp here, however it is SUPPOSED to get to 60 degrees today. Come on sun.

Carla....Nothing like Re-grouping after a trip. Takes me days to get back in the routine.

Diyana - Goddess of Exercise...stay away from the baklava, besides it has ants all over it.

Holly....glad you are getting to write, I know you love that, and are so good at it.

Hello to everyone I missed too!!

It was a lovely weekend. Spend Saturday cleaning up yard of trash and dog do do. There is the cutes 3 mo old boxer that moved in next door. Brown and white, named Lilly. Bella, the hella dog ran up and down the fence with her for about 4 hours on Saturday then came in a passed out. Hella Dog is 8 yrs old but thinks and acts like she is a puppy.

Saw the move "Drillbit Taylor" w/Owen Wilson. Dumb, dumb, dumb. Some people were laughing, I only broke a small smile here and there. It is definitely a rental movie. Thank the Lord we went to the 5 buck before noon movie to see it.

Spent yesterday afternoon with my momma and poppa. 78 & 80 respectively. We (DS & DD) played cards with them till everyone got to arguing. I just laughed at them all, it was so dang funny to me. DD accused Dad of cheating, so hilarious. He wasn't and DD was just teasing him.

Went to bed at 9, woke up at 2:30, couldn't sleep so watched 2 episodes of MASH and 1 episode of Beverly Hillbillies before I could get back to sleep then alarm went off at 5. I could sleep then. Hit the snooze like no other.

Well, it is lunch time, gotta go do some errands. Have a Marvelous Monday Ladies.

Love and Hugs

PainterWoman
03-31-2008, 12:53 PM
Just stopping in for a quick whine... (And so Shad, Mel, Ruth or anybody can give me a smack where it counts).
WHY does a @#$%ing number make so much difference to me?
I knew I was fat before I got on the scale this morning. But the number was up almost 10 pounds... which, of course explains why I'm not feeling BETTER as far as lets and joint pain goes... but aside from that.... why does the numerical change make me think I should go stand in front of a bus?
No I'm not going to DO that... but the mental pain of thinking that is just as bad as the other.

DH asked me yesterday, in jest (after I cussed out a TV ad for lap band surgery -- the speaker seemed smug and it made me mad) "You think you might have an issue about your weight?"

Well, D'oh.
Cripes. Tearfully -- and back to "anorexic thinking" i.e., don't deserve to eat.

Sorry to scare those of you who know my chosen profession. All I can say, I guess is that it takes one to know one.

But here's a painting I did (more of a self portrait than you might know)... when I had more self acceptance on board.http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2124/2366999509_ea983bb8c7_o.jpg
(<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/painterwoman/2366999509/" title="Fat-fauve-feminist by Sultry, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2124/2366999509_ea983bb8c7_o.jpg" width="333" height="450" alt="Fat-fauve-feminist" /></a>)
Off to the line at the post office.

Madcat
03-31-2008, 01:29 PM
Darlings... just a check in to let you know that I didn't miss the flight to Athens, but they did seem to have misplaced my luggage.

I am going to try to make it here a bit more often and I'm also thinking of going back to journal again. I was once a success story and now I'm just another "Beautiful Loser" (thanks to Leonard Cohen for the term), actually I would be happy if I was a beautiful loser. But I seem to be a beautiful “think about it but never actually lose any weight –er” these days. It’s so stupid. I know what to do; I just, well, I’m not doing it.

Painter, there is no black and white thinking here within breathing distance of the Parthenon. See how the golden light warms the ancient marble? Socrates and Plato tread across these floors and here we can celebrate not only the body but the mind as well. I know what you mean and though I’ll say “It’s just a number” doesn’t mean that I don’t understand the urge to go stand in front of a bus myself on occasion. Just remember that you are more than just a number on a scale. Courage woman! No one who can paint like that should feel bad about themselves.

Shy Moment
03-31-2008, 01:50 PM
Thought I would pop in and say hello. Sorry I haven't been around the last couple of days. Have had a busy weekend taking down winter drapes and putting up summer curtains. It is amazing how long that takes not that it is that much work.

Chat later

annie175
03-31-2008, 02:47 PM
Oh Rennie....I NEVER take down winter drapes and put up summer curtains. It is the same drapes/curtains till they get replaced. hahaha

Painter...give yourself a break. Altho the picture made me laugh. You do NOT look like that, get back in the truck and get focused. Extra Hugs to you, my friend.

Love and Hugs

happy2bme
03-31-2008, 03:24 PM
Well sure Rennie - the idea of just swapping curtains seems like no big deal except it involves 1)finding the step stool, 2)up the stool, take down winter curtains 3), down the stool, grab dust cloth and window cleaner. 4) up the stool, wipe woodwork and clean glass. 5) down the stool, go back and get the paper towels 6) up the stool, see dust bunnies on high woodwork and fan, decide to get the duster thingee on the stick. 7) down the stool, pick up duster thing and more window cleaner and towels. 8) up the stool, clean windows. 9)down the stool, see streaks on windows, decide to try to clean them with newsprint. 10) go find old newspapers 11)up the stool, clean windows with newspaper 12) down the stool - still streaks, go get vinegar water. 13) Windows finally clean, down the stool and get the new curtains. 14) up the stool, hang them. 15) down the stool, admire work. 16) look at curtains with cocked head, decide they need some pressing. 17) up the stool, grab curtains, wonder where the iron and ironing board is. 18) down the stool, grab ironing board, plug in iron. 19) iron curtains, back up the stool to hang them again. 20) down again, decide they don't look "crisp enough", pull them back down, add water to iron for steam (unplug iron FIRST). 21) give them the once over, hang again. 22) admire your handiwork and realize that you hung one of them outside in on the curtain rod :mad: 23) FINALLY get it right. By now it's 3 hours later, you're exhausted and you're wondering why :lol: Chalk it up to a good workout!

Madcat - great to see you again. :hug: Journal as in journal your food or journal as in 3FC journal? Either way, like it or not it's pretty obvious to me that you have to write stuff down and do the dreaded planning if you are going to be successful. Or at least then you know why you did have a problem.

Painter - that's quite an interesting painting. I am strangely fascinated by the belly button. :) Good job. And I'm sorry the scale was unkind but!!!! you need to follow the Bob Greene thing. Weigh once and then put the silly thing in the bottom of DH's car trunk. Then get your notebook out and plan your meals. Very thoroughly plan your meals with healthy things in good portions as well as working out some occasional treats. Your objective should be to just get this day right. Don't worry about tomorrow at this point. Just today you're going to eat what you planned. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 healthy small snacks. If eating out is a temptation then for this week, make a vow to yourself that you won't eat out. Each time you are about to put something in your mouth - ask yourself - can I make a better choice than this? If the answer is yes, then do it. If the answer is yes I can but I doan wanna, then put yourself in timeout for 15 minutes and try again later. We all know that we give the scale too much power and there is this permission / failure thing that we have going on that says when we fail, we give ourselves the authorization to get mad, be bad and get all pouty over it.

I promise that if you do this for just 1 week, I will do it right along with you. Ok? :hug:

Annie - Do you have Michael's craft stores out your way? They give classes all the time. Might be able to pick up some quilting tips there. I've also seem them as special education/community education offerings. Maybe there's one close by right around the corner. I agree with you - the quilts are gorgeous and I always admire them when I see them in stores and craft shows.

Michelle - got a laugh out of your comment of finishing the spring cleaning before next winter :lol: I can sooooo relate to that! And :congrat: to you on 20 pounds down - WOWIE KAZOWIE - that is fabulous :celebrate: take a bow girl!

Ok, lunch break is over - back to work for me too. :wave:

annie175
03-31-2008, 04:11 PM
Thanks Happy, and we do have Michaels here. I would also love to take knitting lessons. I can crochet, but not knit.

Shy Moment
03-31-2008, 04:52 PM
happy
I feel so much better now with that great workout I got and I didn't even know it lol.

Annie
Mother never did either. I think when I left home the same set of curtains was still on the window from when I was 8 years old lol.

Painter
I happen to like your painting.

Shy Moment
03-31-2008, 04:53 PM
happy
I feel so much better now with that great workout I got and I didn't even know it lol. I have not cleaned windows yet, it isn't warm enough to pull them out and clean them and then put them back in yet but I did get all the wood work done.

Annie
Mother never did either. I think when I left home the same set of curtains was still on the window from when I was 8 years old lol.

Painter
I happen to like your painting.

diyana
03-31-2008, 05:01 PM
Hey ladies --

Super duper quick check in before I leave for the gym.

Annie - Bella sounds like quite a handful and a lot of fun! Just like Bella ran along the fence with Lilly, my 3 Miniature Schnauzers run along the fence with our neighbor's dachshund. They have a blast! Thanks for the warning about the ants on the Baklava! :lol: I would love to learn how to quilt, crochet and knit. I love crafts - I just don't know how to do many of them. :rofl: I wish you lived closer, and you could teach me how to crochet! :)

Painter - As the other chickies have said, don't give the scale that much power. :hug: I step on the scale only as a guideline. If it's up - I see if it's TOM, or what other reasons (too much salt, etc.) or do I need to watch portions more closely. If you are doing all the right things...planning healthy meals and snacks and sticking to eating them, then you know you're doing right by yourself. We just gotta keep doing the best we can for ourselves, and make better choices when we can. Please don't be so hard on yourself. To paraphrase Madcat, no one who is so talented should feel bad about themself.

Madcat - Welcome back! It's really easy to know what to do - I've known what I needed to do for years. Finally, I just started doing - of course, it took my doc telling me that I now have a disease which can't be cured but can only be controlled (and I'm hoping to do that without meds).

Rennie - I'm with Annie...same curtains year round! So you got way more exercise than me this weekend.

Happy - Thanks for the kind words. I had set a goal of being down 20 before I see the doc on 4/18; now I'm hoping for 25. Either way....I think he'll see from my weight, blood sugar and (hopefully) lower cholesterol that I'm taking this seriously and I WILL get healthy. :)

Well, gotta get to the gym!

:grouphug:

diyana
03-31-2008, 05:07 PM
Forgot to mention...

Painter - I love your painting. It's gorgeous. It reminds me of the Goddess Venus of Willendorf (one of the earliest ancient Goddess images that archaeologists have found). She was back in the day when being a little curvy was a good thing. So chickies....take a look at the pic below of Venus of Willendorf. Do you have the body of a Goddess! I know I do!! :goodvibes:

PainterWoman
03-31-2008, 05:47 PM
Maybe I should change my avatar to Willendorf!
Thanks for "listening", y'all. I stayed "on plan" and am off to see late in the day clients. I guess I'll live.

MELODY525
03-31-2008, 06:19 PM
I REALLY WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY UPSET TO COME HOME AND FIND PAINTER WOMAN HAD THROWN HERSELF IN FRONT OF THE BUS...ESPECIALLY WHEN I CAN'T GET MY WHEELCHAIR UP TO THE ROOF AND JUMP OFF AS THE ELEVATOR ONLY GOES TO THE 8TH FLOOR!! :rofl: :rofl:

I READ EVERYONE'S POSTS AND EVEN CONGRATULATE MICHELLE ON HER LOSING YET MORE WEIGHT!! WELL DONE HONEY! :encore: I EVEN SEE SHAD HAS INDEED FOUND US A FIXER UPPER AND YES MISS HAPPY...I DO SEE THE CONNECTION!! WELCOME HOME TO MISS MADCAT AND PATTY! IT WAS GOOD TO SEE THE RETURN PF YOU BOTH INTO THE CHICKLY FOLD.
THAT'S THE BEST I CAN DO TODAY. DR GAVE ME MORE STEROID DROPS AND A SCRIPT FO ANTIBIOTICS....LIKE I HAVEN'T TRIED THIS ROUTINE BEFORE IN THE PAST 3 YEARS!?!? :tantrum: :faint: WE SPOKE WITH 3 OTHER DRS AND THE OTHER 3 SAID TO LIE TO THIS ONE ON 4/21 AND SAY I TRIED IT AGAIN! :lol3: :lol3: THEY WERE TOO FUNNY. MY MDA DR ASKED IF I HAD GOTTEN A GOOD LAWYER AND GOT BIG BUCKS FOR THE BUS INCIDENT. HE ALMOST SMACKED MY HEAD IN WHEN I SAID NOT TO BOTH! :rofl: WE LOOKED ONLINE TOGETHER AND HE GAVE ME 4+ THINGS TO GIVE UP FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL. NO COFFEE ANYTHING, NO DE-CAF ANYTHING, NO VINEGAR ANYTHING AND NO CARLIC, GINGER, AND ALL SPICES. I CAN KEEP THE HERBS. TOMORROW I AM OFF TO THE SUPERMARKET TO TRY THIS AGAIN! THAT LEAVES ME WITH ALL WHOLE FOODS AND COOKING! HE SAYS HE KNOWS IT SUCKS BUT WHAT ELSE CAN I DO. I SAID A LOT CAUSE I HAVEN'T BEEEN THAT GOOD OF GETTING RID OF ANYTHING!!!!!!!!! :lol3: :lol3: SIGH.
OK GOTTA GO. CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MANY IMAGES I SEE HERE!!! LOVE TO ALL AND THANSK FOR AN EARLY CHANGE!! I NEEDED A FRESH BEGINNING!!! :dance:

Shad
03-31-2008, 07:23 PM
Crikey, I go away for a sleep and then some exercise and breakfast. Come back here with my coffee and you lot are on page 2.

Thanks for the link Ruth. Honestly I did put one in. Actually I put it in twice, once with a pic of a sleeping Shad but it seems neither of them stuck. I've got to post the pic again - so cute.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/sleepingdogs-1.jpg

If Painter can have her own self portrait, I will have one as well - only it is not a self portrait. I can't paint like Painter can.

So you are not transfixed by the 'fixer-upper'? Tough the garden is nice though. Get downstairs and out the back and have a look.
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/house-granada-spain.jpg
And at least we have some trees. Not too many of those around Athens.

Okay - lemme see - what's up.
Happy - so glad you got to the shelter and gave the kittens some pleasure. Do you see much turnover there??
Good luck with the floor and door today. Hope everything slots in where it should. I really get grumpy with places that use sub-contractors. You have no control over who you get, don't know whether they are any good or not, and are never sure of who you should address complaints to afterwards. I know it is not considered cost effective these days to have your own tradespeople, but it sure puts joy into the heart of the customer.

Michelle - wonderful to see you down again. 20.5 pounds is a great amount. What ever you are doing, keep doing it. And stay away from the Baklava. - try the souvlaki (marinated lamb skewers) and greek salad instead. And you and Happy better keep away from the Ouzo too! I will have to see if I can find some healthy Greek recipes for us to try out. Might as well since we are here now.
I've never heard of the crocs being out that far, however they can walk and swim fair distances so who knows. I just don't think they would be there because there is no place for them to breed out there. They need river banks and flats for that. Of course there are all sorts of dangers lurking in the sea. Sharks are there, but there is so much else for them to eat, they tend not to worry humans. And generally that holds true for most of the underwater sealife out there. You have to really annoy the creature for it to turn on you. Let me know when you are ready to come over. I'll sort out some tours and accommodation for you.
I'll pm the phone number today.
As for going green and organic, there is a long way to go and the produce is expensive to buy still, but I think people are thinking along those lines a lot more than they used to. And not before time. With the interest rates soaring and prices of everything essential to life, now is probably a good time for people to start planting small vege gardens in their yards or in pots. They taste so much better too.

Painter - far too much is written and said about that blessed number on the scale. It can drive a person crazy (crazy enough to want to stand in front of the bus). Use the scale as a guide only. If it goes up, think about what you ate or drank since the last time. I think Happy's idea of talking yourself out of eating is great - time out in your case might mean taking hold of the paint brush firmly and putting another 15 minutes of frustration onto canvas.
DO NOT stand in front of the bus.
By the way, I do like the picture. It might be interesting to do another in six months time and see if you still feel the same!!

Madcat - good to see you back. Is the DH okay now? I liked the choice of words for Painter. I might even take some inspiration from them myself.

Rennie - if you need a window workout - come on over. I have a number of windows that need cleaning, and curtaining or having the blinds washed. Come to that, I can find work for you for around 3 months. All you have to do is get here.

Annie - I can crochet and knit but not quilt. Seems I don't have the time to do much of any of those things these days. Haven't even touched my sewing machine in years.
I had no trouble at all getting the dogs to take tablets. Miss Puss however has definite ideas on how she should be handled. And I am not doing it right!

Mel - :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :tantrum: As if you don't have enough to put up with.

Well I weighed and measured today. Not much change anywhere despite the wealth of gym and weights and cardio. It's obviously the food at the moment for me. I know I am not drinking enough water. Like Madcat I know what to do. I must stop procrastinating and JUST DO IT.

Having said that, I'm off to climb the ladder and do some gentle sanding. Did I ever mention that I hate the preparation part of painting with a real passion

MELODY525
03-31-2008, 07:37 PM
i really do love that i came home and found us in athen's fixer upper! i like something with character and this place has all that....and a lovely back yard full of flowers. but before i put all my girth on that balcony...plus another 150 lbs for the chair....do have a good look at it!
loved the pic of shad sleeping!!! happy ladder climbing and thanks for the hugs....i really needed them!!

i came back to say i am looking for ways to keep vinegar and citrus out of the diet. lord...it's in everything!!!
can you actually marinade anything or make salad dressing without any of them?? i can use the spritz kind but only one or two spritzes they said. any suggestions wpould be greatly appreciated as summer is coming and i love my salads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :cry:

ps to painter: i was wondering hpow you got to be painting my body having never seen it before!! well done my friend. looks just like me!!!!:belly:

Shad
03-31-2008, 08:35 PM
Mel - do you like to marinate a lot. The CSIRO book has rubs in it. These are rubbed onto the meat or vege and left to 'cure' so to speak. Unfortunately a lot of them have spices which is no good to you. Bear with me and I will see what I can find with herbs.

Shad
03-31-2008, 08:54 PM
Okay - I am having a rest and letting the dust settle. Next comes the rotten vacuum cleaner - grrr.

Are you allowed soy sauce. oyster sauce, hoi sin sauce or fish sauce?? All will take the place of vinegar.

The following is sufficient for 800g (1.5lb of meat chicken or fish or maybe tofu).
Five spice Chinese
2 tablesppons oyster sauce
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon dry sherry
1/2 clove garlic crushed
1 teaspoon 5 spice powder. ( uhh maybe not - spices)

Italisn Style rub
oregano
thyme
basil
chopped chives
finely chopped garlic.
Chop them up finely in processor or mortar and pestle and add enough oil to moisten. Rub over meat. Rubs do not keep so make them as you need 'em as you need them.

Marinades apparently need vinegar, lemon juice or acids of some description. But the rubs can be spiced, or herbs choosing whatever you have on hand and mixing them together. Fresh, naturally is best.
There is a product on the market here called Gourmet Garden. I have the Mint and the Coriander ones and Ginger as well. They are a blend of herbs and oils but some have a citric acid in them (I guess it is a stabiliser) Now I know Happy got some in her supermarket one time. You might like to see if you can find it. It is an Australian product. I don't know what it costs over there. You can mix it into salsas, or spread it on your meat or chicken or blend it with other herbs and spices. The blurb says add to Stir Fries, curries, salads and salsas.
There are other marinades and rubs in the book but most of the contain spices or lemon or lime juice or zest.

Hope this helps.

Shad
03-31-2008, 09:21 PM
Just thinking while I was up the ladder. Yeah I know, thoughts in strange places.

Instead of marinating in vinegar, try substituting crushed ikiwi fruit instead. It is a great meat tenderiser. Paw paw or papaya have the same sort of enzymes.

Why not try some salsas too. These are chopped up bits of fruit and vege which you can plonk on the cooked meat. I've used everything from peaches to red onions and all in between. eg. Mango, red pepper, avocado and red onion. A dash of olive oil. Now most recipes will call for lemon or lime juice but these only stop the fruit and veg going brown. If you only make enough to eat at that sitting, then you wont have the problem.

Okay - I am back up the ladder again. Oh yes why don't you email Martha and ask her. She might even ring you and you can explain on TV that some twit in Australia told you to do this!

Shy Moment
03-31-2008, 09:29 PM
Shad
Can you come over and clean my vacuum's. That is one job I really really hate lol. Is just a bit hard to get there since I won't get on a plane and I haven't quite got walking on water down pat yet lol.

Melody
I use all kinds of crushed fruits to marinade meats.

Di
They caught my chest just right. Hanging around, one bigger than the other lol. Oh and hubby was home this weekend. I got lots of exercise lol.

carla49
03-31-2008, 11:59 PM
So here we are in Athens, eh? Just sitting around nibbling on arni (lamb) in the back yard ambylokipi (grape garden, I think). I lived in Athens for about 8 months back in the late 70's. Had a great time, learned a little Greek, loved the food. And I agree with Shad, the light there has an unbelievable honeyed golden tone to it. It should help to mellow us out of the winter blues.

Happy, your drape cleaning description was a hoot. :rofl: Of course my drapes will probably stay up until they get replaced, although I do recall washing them once last year. It's good to hear you sounding a little less harried this week.

Mel, what fun for you, going through the same treatment regime that didn't work - again. I do hope that you find something you can eat, and that the dietary restictions do the trick this time. :hug:

Painter, I loved your self-portrait! Absolutely beautiful.

Madcat, good to see you back. I was a little worried about you and yours.

Shy, I noticed you're down another 2 lbs - congrats! I just don't know how you stick with it week after week.

Michelle, you seem to be doing a fantastic job with the diet and exercise! It'll feel great when you see the doc - he should be pretty impressed with your results, and my bet is that your tests will show some marked improvements too. :bravo:

And now, it's time for a quick check on that lovely bougainvillea out the back door, and soon it's off to bed.

:wave: to all I've neglected.

Shy Moment
04-01-2008, 12:41 AM
Carla
Thank you. I am jealous. Athens looks like a wonderful place.

First, it all seems very easy to me. I eat the required amounts of the four basic food groups each day. My gosh, that is a ton of food lol and I stay within some basic ranges I have set for myself as far as calories, fats and carbs. Sometimes I am eating from the time I get up until the time I go to bed. No time to get hungry on the " Rennie Plan ". Second, I had gotten to the point I didn't even want to see myself. Hated to touch myself to get a shower. I am never going to feel that way about my body again. From time to time I do get a bit down that I don't see in the mirror what I want to see but everyone kicks me in the bum and I just move on. :)

MELODY525
04-01-2008, 08:09 AM
SHAD~ I HAD FORGOTTEN ABOUT FRUITS. GOOD IDEA. GARLIC AND SOY SAUCE ARE ON THE LIST OF NO NO'S. (in fact chinese food as a whole is on the list. ) I LOVE BREADED CHICKEN AND AM THINKING OF GOING BACK TO THAT. UP AND DOWN THE LADDER! :yikes: SISTERLY LOVE KNOWS NO BOUNDS :love: BUT IT'S FUNNY HOW THE BRAIN KEEPS RUNNING ON SOMETHING EVEN THOUGH YOU'RE DOING SOMETHING ELSE! THANKS! SWEET DREAMS NOW :cloud9:

CARLA~ WHERE HAVEN'T YOU LIVED....I THINK YOU'RE PART GYPSY. NO WONDER YOU CAME TO THIS THREAD AND FOUND SHAD THE GYPSY. MAYBE THAT HONEY TONED LIGHT WILL MAKE ME LOOK BETTER :belly: AND YES CARLA, WINTER WILL COME TO AN END!! :sunny:

HAPPY~ CARLA JUST REMINDED ME ABOUT THE DRAPES. I CRACKED UP AND HAD FORGOTTEN ABOUT IT. JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I HAVE NOW DECIDED TO LEAVE THE CURTAINS UP TILL THEY ROT AND FALL OFF THE RODS! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

RENNIE~ I LIKE FRUITS. :hun: AND CONGRATULATIONS ON THE 2 LBS. :cheer2:

I CANCELLED SHOPPING. BURNING EYES AND RAIN :rain: I DON'T MUCH FANCY GETTING WET 2 DAYS IN A ROW. THUNDERSTORM IS EXPECTED SO IT WOULD BE A GOOD DAY TO MELLOW OUT AND WATCH TV.
HAPPY TUESDAY! :moped:

annie175
04-01-2008, 08:19 AM
Good Tuesday Morning, my lovely friends.........

Today is my post op check up, thank God, as I have this twistie feeling on my left side and I ache just under my shoulder blades. We will see.

Diyana - Bella was mud head to toe last night, thru her in the tub, she only snapped at me twice. hahaha I am so proud of you.

Mel...Looks like you can definitely lose weight, when you can't have anything you want. ;('

Gotta get going, I leave in 20 mins for doc.

Have a Terrific Tuesday.

Love and Hugs

Painter -Great positive attitude, Rock On.

happy2bme
04-01-2008, 08:54 AM
Good morning chicks,

I am running behind and don't have much time today.

Annie- hope that twisty feeling is nothing more than occasional body "noises" and stuff :hug:

Carla - you little world traveler, you :s: No wonder you don't have issues popping about here and there. :hug:

Michelle- I'm sure you can pass on the baklava - you're saving your points for that cream puff at the county fair, aren't you :lol:

Painter - hope you had a better day yesterday :hug:

Ceejay - did you get the bad storms up your way last night? Saw some red AND purple on the radar around Jonesboro. Hope you are ok.

Love your new avatar Mel. Stay warm and dry today :hug:

Rennie - congrats on earning another peep. :cheer:

Shad - thanks for the marinade ideas. I had heard of papaya having the tenderizing properties but didn't know the kiwi had it too. I happen to have one in the fruit basket. :chicken: Loved the Shad painting too!

Hello to busy Ruth, Madcat, Patt, Holly :wave: I gotta run now...

upswife
04-01-2008, 09:19 AM
Painter~:hug: exact same feelings here this weekend...DH helped me snap out of it, and I am back on track.

Don't have time for indies right now, but wanted to mention that I too know what to do...just doing it is the hard part. Yesterday was a good day, even tho I had to muscle thru a bad night. Went to the gym, finished the laudry and put it all up, and got the kitchen under control. Will aim for the gym this afternoon, and to vacuum the front room and the bed rooms. Think I will make spaghetti tonight...not sure yet tho.

Hugs to all...have to rest had another bad night.

diyana
04-01-2008, 09:21 AM
Kalimera (good morning) ladies!

Thank you all for the kind words of encouragement! Last night, I went to the gym and did 1/2 hour of cardio and 1/2 hour of weights and abs. I told my trainer of my weight loss and he immediately took me over to the free weight rack and handed me a 20 pound dumbbell! He said, "This is how much weight you've lost! Congratulations!" No wonder I feel lighter and have more energy! My legs are a bit sore this morning, as is my back, but it's a good sore (I think). Today is my 13th wedding anniversary, and we were going to go out to dinner...but DH is pretty sick, so we'll go later in the week.

Mel - you sure are going through a lot. And while it seems silly that you're being put on the same treatment that hasn't worked in the past, I'm going to cross my fingers for you that this time it will work. That is a mighty strict diet. I hope it helps you. Shad suggested using salsas for flavor. I love doing that. I'll use a mild salsa full of tomatoes, onions and cilantro instead of salad dressing. I also love a nice corn, black bean, onion and cilantro salsa! Yummm. :drool: And black beans are SO good for you (which is a bonus)!
:hug: Hang in there, sweetie. You've got a lot to deal with, and you've got all of us to help you through it. :grouphug: You stay in on this stormy day, wrap yourself in a warm cozy blanket and relax.

Shad - That is an adorable picture of Shad sleeping. I wish I could paint. Oh well, we all have unique talents and someday I'll figure out what mine is! :rofl: And I also love the backyard of our fixer upper! Pansies and geraniums -- two of my favorite flowers! As for greek salad...that sounds good...except for the feta cheese and olives - I'm not a big fan of either. But I'm sure there'll be plenty of other yummy and healthy food here in Athens. I do have a small veggie container garden. Actually, I usually plant 2 or 3 tomato plants and 2 or 3 cucumber plants (my two favorite veggies) in large pots in my backyard. They do wonderfully in containers! Since cucumbers are usually a spreading vine, I grow them vertically up tomato/pepper cages.

Carla - How fortunate you were to have been able to live in Greece. I've only been to two other countries - Canada and Hong Kong (back in 1980 when my father was transfered there with his work). I love traveling to see new places and experience new things!

Rennie - Lucky you...spending the weekend exercising with hubby. :wink: I follow an eating plan that might be similar to the "Rennie Plan". Now that I'm eating the recommended portions of healthy foods and doing a better job of balancing carbs with protein, I feel like I'm eating a ton of food, and I eat small meals/snacks every 2 to 3 hours. I'm not feeling deprived at all. Before when I tried dieting, I always felt like "Oh what's the harm in cheating a little, I can always get back on track", and of course I never did. Now, I think of the real damage "filler" food (aka junk food) can do to my body, and I'm not even tempted to indulge. It's just not worth it.

Annie - Good luck with your doc appt! :hug: There's a woman who works at my gym who had WL surgery (not sure what kind). She says she's got a small "pouch" for a stomach now. She had her surgery 3 years ago and has lost over 200 lbs. She looks great and she says she feels wonderful and very healthy. I've got to hand it to anyone who does the surgery...it must take a lot of courage. I'm don't think I have that kind of courage. I got a chuckle when you mentioned how Bella was covered in mud and let you know she didn't like her bath! :lol: My dogs hate baths too. They don't snap, but it takes all my strength just to keep them in the tub!

Happy - Cream puff at State Fair? Tempting, but I'm not sure - it'll depend on how well my weight and my BS (blood sugar - not the other BS) :rofl: are doing in August. I was thinking the other day that as summer gets here, the frozen custard will be a lot more tempting. You've had frozen custard, haven't you Happy? For those who haven't, it's like ice cream, but SO much smoother, creamier, richer and more fattening. :drool: Can someone please hand me a towel? Excessive drooling has caused quite a mess! :lol3:

Ellen - sorry that you had a bad night. I hope you can have a relaxing day today.

Patty and Madcat - It's great to have you back! :)

Ruth, Holly and anyone I may have missed, I hope you are doing well!


Terrific Tuesday to us all!

Hugs,

annie175
04-01-2008, 10:54 AM
Doc appt went well, just healing, muscle spasms and colon spasms, nothing to worry about.

Happy Anniversary Michelle!!

MELODY525
04-01-2008, 11:27 AM
7 Small Steps to a Healthy You
By Sally Hammond

You look in the mirror one day and everything is wrong. Your hair, your teeth, your skin, your shape. Especially your shape.

So you write a long list, and you make a pact with yourself that tomorrow you'll start a new whiz-bang weight-loss and life-changing plan. According to your calculations, you will be trim, taut and irresistible in three months.

Three weeks down the road, things are worse. What went wrong? Basically, you fell victim to the "END" (Everything Now Dilemma).

With END you have so much on your mind at once that you get confused, you forget a thing or two, you get rattled and then you give up. When you take one thing at a time, your chances for success get much better. Here's a seven-step plan that will help you to take it day by day.

This is as simple as the days of the week because that's how it works: seven days, seven steps. Each day you add one thing, so that by the end of the week you are juggling seven balls without dropping one. Here's how:

Monday
Back to work or school. Resolve that all you will do differently today will be to make sure to eat two or more pieces of fresh fruit. Any time, any way.

Tuesday
Today you will set some goals. Plan where you would like to be by the end of the month, then the end of the year—both in your private and personal lives. Write these goals in your diary or stick them where you'll see them.

Wednesday
Water day. Eat that fruit, keep your goals in mind and drink six or more glasses of water. Add variety with a squeeze of lemon or lime juice. Or sip on herbal tea if you prefer.

Thursday
Add in some exercise. Go for a (20- to 30-minute) walk. Walk in the park, around your neighborhood or head for the mall and do some fast-paced window shopping...but don't forget the fruit, the water and to review your goals.

Friday
Fruit, walk, water, goals ... it's getting easier. So this is the day you give your diet a spring cleaning. Eliminate foods that are not helping you stay trim and healthy. You know what they are.

Saturday
Pay day. Well done! You're still drinking plenty of water, including fresh fruit in your diet, exercising, eating well and generally staying on track with your life. Spoil yourself with a special treat. Go on, you deserve it. Have some frozen yogurt for dessert, take in that new movie, or plan a weekend away.

Sunday
Traditionally a day of rest. And you can rest, too, since relaxation is key to maintaining control over your new healthy regimen. Take time to lie in a hammock and gaze at the clouds. Put on a facial mask, take a long, luxurious bubble bath, read a book or play with your pet.

Now that wasn't so hard, was it? By the end of just one week you are happier, brighter, healthier and ready to keep going—because you know it takes just three weeks to create a habit..................
Except you will have created SEVEN by then :cheer2:

MELODY525
04-01-2008, 11:45 AM
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MICHELLE~ HAPPY ANNIVERSARY. YOU ARE REALLY DOING SO WELL!! :encore: HOPE THE HUBBY FEELS BETTER. GOOD FOR YOUR TRAINER! HE SOUNDS GREAT!! YOU DESERVE TO BE REMINDED OF HOW WELL YOU'RE DOING!!

ANNIE~ I AM GLAD IT'S SPASMS BUT THEY CAN'T BE FUN EITHER!! GET WELL SOON :hug: BY THE TIME I CUT OUT ALL THE BAD FOODS, I SHOULD BE 100 LBS!!! :dance:

HAPPY~ STAY CALM :yoga:

ELLEN~ SPAGHETTI!! :hun: WHEN IS DINNER? I'M LEAVING NOW!!! :scooter: HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER TOO! :hug:

diyana
04-01-2008, 01:34 PM
Annie - I'm so glad that the doctor appt went well! :) I hope the spasms subside and you feel better soon. Thanks for the anniversary wishes!

Mel - Thanks for the anniversary wishes! Thanks also for the 7 Small Steps. My trainer is really great. He's very supportive and motivating. And at the Y that I go to, they provide their trainers (they call them "coaches") for free!

Shy Moment
04-01-2008, 01:49 PM
di
It really does work for me. I eat all the darn time. The only problem I have found with this way of eating is that I HAVE to make sure I take something with me when I go shopping. Generally I am out 4 to 6 hours food shopping and such. If I go more than a couple of hours without eating I start to feel yucky and after 3 hours I start to get a headache. Make sure you take something with you if you aren't going to be home. Even the reduced fat townhouse crackers work to keep things going until you can get home to eat. I am dedicated lol I get my exercise anyway I can hahaha.

Annie
Glad to hear the doc had good news for you.

Michelle
Happy Anniversary

Happy
I am going to have enough there to start a volley ball team by summer lol.

Melody
I am defiantly the tortoise and not the rabbit lol. I will get there but it is going to take time.

carla49
04-01-2008, 04:11 PM
Happy Poisson d’avril day! (In the French-speaking world people stick little paper fish cutouts on other people’s backs on April 1. No idea why, but here's a fishy angel for all the worldlies…)

ceejay52
04-01-2008, 05:03 PM
Stopping by to say hello.

Mel-Like the 7 steps.

Shad
04-01-2008, 07:24 PM
Morning all

Thank you Carla for the blessing of the angel fish. To get a meaning for the day, I went to my source of inspiration (Google) and found the following:

Poisson d'Avril
01 April
Why do you have a fish on your back?
April Fools Day celebrations in France demonstrate the uniquely absurdist French sense of humour. It's customary to give your friends little chocolate fish. The classic April Fools Day prank is to stick a paper fish on someone's back. The unfortunate victim is then taunted with the phrase "Poisson d'Avril", or "April Fish".
Where did the celebration come from?
In late March the Romans honored the resurrection of Attis, son of the Great Mother Cybele, with the Hilaria celebration. This involved rejoicing and the donning of disguises. Hilaria means joyful celebration, and it is a word that has passed down to the English in the word hilarious, so these cheerful springtime celebrations have been with us for some time.
Where did the practical jokes originate?
A modern theory goes like this: In 1582 France became the first country to switch from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar established by the Council of Trent (1563). The New Year was moved from the end of March to January the 1st. Those who were unaware or disregarded the change and continued to celebrate the New Year between March 25th (Lady Day in England), and April the 1st, became the butt of various jokes.
But what about the fish???
This may have origins in the abundance of fish found in French rivers during early April after the young fish had just hatched. Much like March hares have a reputation for being mad, these Poisson d'Avril had a reputation for stupidity, being easy to fool with a hook and lure, so it was illegal to fish them. It may have become customary to fool people in celebration of the abundance of foolish fish.
So now you are all suitably educated.

Off to do some shopping shortly. I'm almost out of vegies and fruit so have sort of made a menu for the week and will shop for that. DS2 needs some snacks and things so better oblige there as well.
Need to get a new bathmat as well. I did buy one the other day but the DS2 stepped all over it with his dirty feet and now it needs a wash. So I figure if I have two or three of them then I can swap them about and keep the tootsies warm after my shower.

Annie - hope you feel better soon.

Happy - don't get back on the merry-go-round and move so fast. What gets done, gets done. You sounded much better yesterday. It's not my painting of the Shad. I got it off the internet and it just looks so much like the shadster who used to do strange things like curl up on chairs or stretch out on beds - and the guilty look on his face when discovered was hilarious. Wish I could paint like that but unfortunately all my painting is done from ladders and scaffolding, and no my second name is not Michaelangelo and my ceiling looks nothing like the Cistine Chapel.

Michelle - Happy Anniversary.
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/anniversary3.jpg

Also :congrat: on the weight loss. Anytime you want to have a look at what 20.5lb of fat looks like, go to the supermarket and pile up the amount in pounds of butter. You'd be surprised at how good you feel about it. Mind you all the shoppers will probably look sideways at you but most people are good if you tell them what you are doing and look happy about it. Rennie should try it too.
Painting pictures is not my talent either. That wasn't done by me. I can't take the credit. Wish I could.

Well I better get on with it. The man from BHPB just rung to say the project is going ahead in Jakarta and he still has me on top of the list. He will be back to me in a day or so. Wish me luck. This job will not only swell the bank balance, it will swell the frequent flyers points (watch out you lot, I might be back) and give me more status in this company which means more work. I'm off to shop.

carla49
04-01-2008, 08:04 PM
Here's a little Greek recipe that may be Mel-friendly. It's usually used as a sauce or a dip for meatballs or any grilled meats or vegetables.

Tzatziki (cucumber dip)
1 med cuke, peeled and chopped (English cukes work better)
1/2 pint plain yoghurt
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp chopped dill or mint
1 clove garlic minced
1 tsp vinegar

Combine all ingredients; chill at least an hour to blend flavours.

When I've made this, I find it tastes best with the heavier Greek yoghurt. Also, for a thicker tzatziki, it's a good idea to drain the yoghurt overnight, and also to drain the chopped cuke. I don't think the vinegar or garlic is absolutely essential, and I've never put dill in it.

Tomorrow: Keftethakia. But for now, it's time to turn on the idiot box and head off to Australia with the Biggest Loser.

upswife
04-02-2008, 12:33 AM
Yay I made it back here!!! Not doing too bad on this end...should have tried to exercise, but these nights have caught me off guard. Will continue regaining my routine in the morning and head off straight away.

Michelle~I always use something familliar to gauge how much I have lost...at my peak I had lost the same as one of my children! I know what 1 pound of lard looks like, and so I am happy when I lose one!

Annie~Glad you are doing well...take care and mind what your body tells you!

Mel~ loved your 7 steps...esp the day of rest! I did make spaghetti, but have very few leftovers...one of my small changes. BEen married for 7 years and I still cook like I am at home with three brothers and two sisters!!!! Have to moderate some things!!! otherwise DH and I both eat too much!

Rennie~I am trying to adopt that outlook! Need to make what I am eating healthy, and then eat every few hours...still pluggin' along like the little engine that could!!!

Carla~right back at you!!! Hope you didn't have any fish stuck to your back today! Oh, I think the mint would be so much better than the dill!!! the recipe sounds delish!!!

Ceejay~ :wave:

Shad~thanks for the education! enjoy those fruits and veggi's I am so looking forward to summer to get some fresh veggi's! So hard to find any cheap at this time of year...mostly frozen for now. :(

:wave: and :hug: to everyone else!!!

have to get my boo-tay in bed!!! stayed up way to late posting! Have a happy Wednesday all!

Shy Moment
04-02-2008, 01:15 AM
upswife
You know it took that little engine time to get where it wanted to go but it got there lol.

PainterWoman
04-02-2008, 02:49 AM
Greetings all. As the Galactic Hitchiker said, Thanks for all the fish... Especially since they were colorful and PAPER and non-caloric. Thanks Shad for the sociology lesson. I am defiitely in Hilarium. (Not to be confused with Hillary-ium.)

Today was a pretty good day. Slept a few more hours than I have been doing of late, saw a couple of clients, didn't pig out. (need to get a plan... but for now, portion control and content are all I can handle)... painted at home for a couple of hours then went to life drawing class. The MODEL doesn't have a bulbous belly. I went in and out of thougts where I compared her shape to mind and where I just tried to get hers transferred to my paper. The latter feels better all around.

Annie-- The MD had good-enough news? Is your inner twist a common complication? I've thought about LB surgery, but with the chemo after effects, Couldn't make myself think it was "worth it." Of course now that standing in front is NOT an option, it might be "worth it."

Carla-- are you REALLY in a place where there's bouganvilla? I loved it at the beach in S. California. Texas has Wisteria (which can take over EVERYTHING) and pear trees and trumpet vine. Not bad, but not bouganvilla, either. Do you make your own greek food? We have some specialty grocery stores here, but I don't know of any Greek "havens." Too bad. The Tahini/cucumber sauce sounded great. Hmm.

CeeJay: Howdy! Hope things are drying out appropriately.

Diyana: Thanks for the uplift and good cheer. The body of a Goddess Indeed. And the mental image of the 160 lbs that would be good for me to dump is quite inspiring... But even the idea of a 20# dumbbell (or those weight lifter's "plates" makes me realize why it's longer than I'd like to lose 5 pounds. Good for you grabbing the BS by the horns (either kind!)

Happy: You are one busy chick. Thanks for your support.

MadCat: Another Leonard Cohen fan! Loved him when I was 16, love him at 56+ Amazing. A national treasure. Oh, and I'm much more of a thinker than a doer, too.

Mel: Thanks for the END acronym. I definitely live in an EVERYTHING NOW DILEMMA! How mature is THAT? Like a 2 year old or so, don't you think? Well, some 2 year olds aren't ALL bad... just need a little extra loving... And here's extra for you as YOU face your deprivations. I read some interesting stuff about herbal teas and the like... I'm willing to try them in moderation. Heck, I'd be happy for a good placebo effect. Don't worry about the elevator that "doesn't go all the way up" neither of us are jumping of any cliffs, OK?

Shad... I like the idea of a series of self-portraits. And all those marinades and rubs!! Have I said recently how much I appreciate your steadfast presence here. It's a good thing we don't ALL go bonkers at once.

UPSwife-- I was glad for the company when we were both having bad days. Company's a good thing. I'm not that great at reaching out... but thanks for letting me know that you were in the same bind I was. My grocery store has RASPBERRIES! and strawberries. They aren't cheap, and they're probably imported as a minor crop from some Colombian drug cartel farm or something. But boy, do I like those. (As much as unmentionable previous treats).

TTFN.

MELODY525
04-02-2008, 07:31 AM
with spring comes sciatica.
see you all tomorrow

Shy Moment
04-02-2008, 08:40 AM
Morning everyone

diyana
04-02-2008, 10:17 AM
Good morning ladies --

A quick check in for me as I overslept and am running late. My legs and butt are a bit sore from working out last night. But hopefully they'll feel better before I hit the gym tonight. Today, I'm leaving work early to meet with a diabetes dietician to get an idea of a proper food plan for me. If what I'm currently eating needs to change, I hope it's only small changes as I'm feeling so good doing what I'm doing.

Shad - Thanks for explaining April Fish Day, and thanks for the anniversary wishes. DH has been sick, so we are postponing our anniversary celebration until this weekend. Thanks for the suggestion about piling up pounds of butter to get an idea what 20 pounds looks like! I'll bet I would get some weird looks from other shoppers. :lol: A job in Jakarta! Wow! How exciting! How long would the job be for? Would you be home on the weekends? Okay, I'll stop pestering you with all the questions. Sorry...it just sounds very exciting! Racking up the $$ and the frequent flyer miles!

Carla - I managed to get through all of April Fools day without any pesky fish stuck to my back. How about you? Thanks for the Tzatziki recipe!

Ellen - That's a great point about using something familiar to gauge weight loss. My dogs weigh just over 20lbs. It is great when we lose a pound of "our" lard! :lol:

Ceejay - :wave:

Painter - Portion control and content are two huge steps toward a healthy eating lifestyle! Good for you! Hang in there, Painter. It's hard to love and accept our bodies in their current state, but I think it's important. And beauty should not be measured by measurements or numbers on a scale, but rather by our inner glow and I know it radiates from you! I can tell you've got a beautiful, creative, loving soul that radiates throughout your body - therefore, your body has to be beautiful too. Your body is nurturing and strong - it certainly has been strong enough to get through rough times. Like you, I've considered LB surgery. For me, it's not a road I'm ready to go down right now. Quite frankly, I'm afraid of the risks and complications (though I recognize my fears may be unfounded). For me, I view WL surgery as an option that works well for many, many people and something I may or may not need to consider in the future. BTW, my grocery store has strawberries, expensive strawberries probably from the same cartel, but still strawberries. And WW lets you have more than 1 cup for 1 pt.!! So my 2nd breakfast (around 10 am) consists of 1/2 cup of FF cottage cheese and 1.25 cups of sliced strawberries! Yummm!

Mel - Sciatica? What made it flare up? I've heard that's so painful. The part of my back that I injured 2+ years ago was my SI (sacroilliac) joint between the hips and pelvis, and it feels like I sprained my butt and if I don't rest it runs down my leg -- similar to sciatica - but I've heard sciatica is worse! Hang in there, dear Mel, I hope you feel better soon.

Happy - Where are you this morning? Work must have you very busy! I hope you are doing well.

:wave: to anyone I have missed!

Here's to a Wonderful Wednesday for all of us!

Big hugs, :grouphug:

upswife
04-02-2008, 12:38 PM
Have to run so just a quick :wave: from me. Have to get moving and get the kitchen floor washed this afternoon.

diyana
04-02-2008, 01:11 PM
Hey Ellen - Once you're done with your kitchen floor, do you wanna drive up to Wisconsin and help me with mine please?

Ruthxxx
04-02-2008, 03:54 PM
With Spring (nearly) comes The Flood. My dog garden is starting to fill up with water despite the foot of snow and ice out there. The basement sump pump is chugging away too so I guess this is "it". The lads from Natural Resources have lowered the water level in our two lakes by about three feet. Watch out Toronto - Lake Ontario is about to rise!

Spent the morning with Claire getting rid of my huge fabric collection and keeping everything suited to quilting. She's really happy and my sewing room looks great! I have visitation rights for my fabrics, by the way.

Dealing with a lot of Newbies right now so no time for personals but I do read.

Shad
04-02-2008, 04:49 PM
Morena,

Ruth - visitation rights on your fabrics :rofl: May the fabric will come visit you in some other form. I'll bet your sewing room looks all clean and sparkly and neat now.
Newbies - must be spring up in the north.

Ellen - not much use asking you to do my floor. I'm about to rip out the old lino today. Theres a step in the forward direction.

Michelle - Jakarta is not that exciting for me - although I may get to visit some of the out islands of the area once in a while. This job is a fly in, fly out basis - 2 weeks up there and one week home flying business class all the way (thank you lord) until September. It will be hard yakka but I have to actually get it yet. And it won't start until May. This is one project that has actually thought about the trainers it wants before it actually needs them. Hallelujah!
When I say Indonesia is not exciting for me - it's not a place I really wanted to visit. It's sort of like Cuba was to the Americans. Has the largest concentration of Muslims on earth and although it takes $$$ of Australian aid and expertise, has no hesitation in putting down the Australians or making an example of them as thought required. Now that is a generalisation, some of the people of Indonesia are lovely folk. Can't actually say that for their politics though. And before you ask if it will be dangerous. No I don't think so. The politicians are all for extracting more money from the land and it's people so until the job is done and up and running, it should be fine. I'll tell you more about the job if I get it! No one has made an offer yet. As I think I explained some time back. I'm looking at three jobs, but no decisions as yet. This one was the last to come to me and the first to get back to me. Oh and another 'are you interested in working yet' phone call came up yesterday but I'm not sure if it will even get to be a job yet.

Oh Mel - not sciatica! That is so painful. You take care now you hear?

Carla - are you still on the 1st Biggest Loser Australia? We are in the business end of the third series. Bob and Jillian have just arrived. One thing about this programme, one gets to see the best and the worst of people. Last week they brought back some of the finalists from the last two shows. There was Adro, Kristy, Big Wal, Tracey from the 1st show and Damien, Patti, Courtenay and Munalita from the second. Big Wal looks hot. There was a rumour around that he had put the weight back on, but if he did, it is in all the right places. All of those 1st four have gone on to bigger, better and brighter things. Adro was complaining that previously he was always picked last because he was the fattest kid, now he gets picked last because he is the skinniest kid. He is not a big person any more.

Okay well what's up today? There is no gym because I've got time off for good behaviour. Weight is down this morning but I'll not publish it until it actually sticks.
Today I want to rip up the floor, take some more tiles off the wall (splashback), more plaster and sanding. Carla I think you asked about the holes in the walls, well some come from taking off the cabinets, some are the chips and dents of living in a place with two boys, two dogs, two cats and a DH for so many years and some are the repair of the builders boo boo's. And some are as my DS2 says because I am as fussy as all h*ll and find things that don't exist and plaster them anyway. Be that as it may, and even though some of the holes and gouges will be covered by cabinetry, I would like to think that if someone takes my kitchen out at some time in the future, they will not have to go through what I have to refinish the house. I daresay this is what comes of buying a spec house in a cheap neighbourhood, but it doesn't have to stay that way!

And with that, shower time, breakfast and on with the day. Umm Shaker - where are you? I hope the news from DH's back was not bad.

ceejay52
04-02-2008, 06:54 PM
And I thought it would be a quiet night. Nope.

Shad
I'd be glad of any kind of a weight loss. It must be from all that movement in redoing the kitchen.

Mel
((hugs)) Feel better soon.

PW.
Contentment would be nice.

I'm looking forward to my day off tomorrow. I've done a lot of work these past few day's and I'm mentally exhausted. Ugh,forgot that I have a dental appoiintment in the morning. I'm no looking forward to it.

It's supposed to be raining this week end so I'm staying put.

Hello to every one else.:wave:

MELODY525
04-02-2008, 07:50 PM
http://www.ricksteves.com/images/rick/rick_shutters.jpg
LOOK WHO HAS THE ROOM NEXT TO ME....RICK STEVES!!! I JUST LOVE THIS GUY. HE KEPT ME COMPANY ALL DAY TODAY. 6 HOURS OF VHS TAPE!! :rofl: I WILL READ YOUR POSTS, WATCH CLASS REUNION ON RV LAND CHANNEL AND GO TO BED. FEELING MUCH BETTER AFTER ASSORTED DRUGS...KIND OF LIKE A COCKTAIL!:dizzy:
IF ALL GOES WELL, I'LL GO TO THE SUPERMARKET IN THE MORNING. I'LL PROBABLY COMMENT TOMORROW THOUGH. TRYING NOT TO USE THE SHOULDER/BACK/WAIST. SEEMS LIKE ALL 3 ARE INVOLVED WHEN I TYPE. HASTA MANANA!

MELODY525
04-02-2008, 08:15 PM
THE RAIN AND COLD CONTRACTED MY MUSCLES AND PINCHED THE NERVES ON BOTH BUTT CHEEKS! AND THE DR'S OFFICE WAS COLD. SOMETIMES SPRING AND FALL I HAVE THIS OR TOO MUCH WORK ETC. BUT ALL SEEMS TO BE GOING WELL....NOT GONE....BUT BETTER.

MICHELLE~ FREE COACHES:cheer: HOW WONDERFUL!! PUT THEM TO GOOD USE!! :lol3:

CARLA~ LOVE THE AVATAR. TALKING FISH??? :lol3: LOVE THE DIP RECIPE. SHAD WON'T LIKE THE DILL! :cry: THE BIGGEST LOSER AMERICA WAS IN AUSTRALIA AND I LOVED IT LAST NIGHT.

RENNIE~ THE TORTOISE WON THE RACE THOUGH! LOL

RUTH~ HAPPY QUILTING AND WITH THE VISITING RIGHTS DO YOU ALSO HAVE TO PAY MATERIAL SUPPORT EACH MONTH??? :rofl:

CEEJAY~ HAPPY DAY OFF AND GOOD LUCK WITH THE DENTIST!

SHAD~ HAPPY WRECKING!!! ENJOY AND LET THE FRUSTRATIONS GO ALONG WITH THE HAMMER :dance: HOPE THE DB IS DOING BETTER TOO. I AM SUITABLY EDUCATED WITH APRIL FOOLS IN FRANCE !! GOOD LKUCK WITH JAKARTA!!! :hug:

ELLEN~I TOO HAVE TROUBLE COOKING IN SMALL AMOUNTS...COOKING FOR ONE IS A PAIN!!!!

PAINTER~ YOU CRACK ME UP LADY. THANK GOD FOR SENSES OF HUMOR, NO???? :lol3: :lol3: CONTENT AND PORTIONS...THE MAIN CRITERIA FOR GOOD HEALTH!! BUT MOVE THAT BUTT A TAD ALSO!!

OK GALS THAT'S IT. GOING TO WATCH THE NAKED ARCHAEOLOGIST NOW AND GET FURTHER EDUCATED!!!
SWEET DREAMS ALL :cloud9: AND GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE :sunny:

Shad
04-02-2008, 08:51 PM
If you ever want to get some serious exercise in at home, try taking up the lino in the kitchen, especially if it has been put in by a crazed carpet layer. I've finally got it up apart from a few bits and pieces where the glue was put on a bit thicker. Now I have to chisel off the white patches in the floor, but I am drenched from head to toe in sweat, my back aches, my legs have had a work out. My butt has been dented and bruised from where the vinyl gave and I fell over backwards and my arms are beginning to resemble the Terminator! I'm so glad I don't have a huge kitchen.

Whew - better go lie down for a while. It hurts to sit. I'll be back = still more work to do yet.

Shy Moment
04-02-2008, 08:58 PM
Shad
It is unbelievable how much work it is to remodel. Things that you think are going to be sooooooooooooo easy turn out to be nightmares.

Melody
I hope you feel better. I really have to wonder what kind of videos you watch lol.

Shad
04-02-2008, 11:40 PM
HOT OFF THE PRESS

I have the job in Jakarta. It seems that I will be up there around 21st of April for a week and then back here. Now to see if I can fit in the Gemco stuff as well.

Just thought I would let you know.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/val1.jpg
Now to break the news to the cat, and then back to plastering.

happy2bme
04-03-2008, 12:01 AM
Hi all,

Quick post for me, big important meeting tomorrow and I should have been in bed 20 minutes ago...

Shad :congrat: on the new assignment. I hope this will be an exciting one for you. You are due a good run. As for the floor, DH and I took up the kitchen floor in our first house. I know exactly where you are coming from - you have my utmost sympathies and deepest admiration. Passing the linament along to you...

I like the new avatar Rennie!

Mel - sorry to hear about your butt cheeks. Who is Rick Steves? Can you love a man who keeps his shirt on? :rofl:

Ick Ceejay - no one likes going to the dentist - even WITH the happy gas. By this time tomorrow it will be all over.

Ruth - seeing as how you are Welcome Wagon for April - we'll give you a fly by pass for the month, ok?

Michelle - happy belated anniversary. :congrat: If you have to delay the celebrating, hope you have fun.

Painter - I know what you mean about the fresh berries. Ummm. Have you tried sliced strawberries with Chocolate Cool Whip? Yum.. and not bad on the calories either - as long we don't eat the whole tub. Some people talked about freezing dollops of cool whip (dessert topping) - like ice cream they say. I don't know - but I'll be the chocolate or strawberry flavors would be good. I didn't like the French Vanilla one and I love vanilla.

Ok, time went off - I really need to get to bed as I have to be very alert and on time tomorrow.

Regrets to those I have missed. Will try to be back Friday or so. Be good or at least have fun being bad :devil:

Ruthxxx
04-03-2008, 07:13 AM
Flyby again. There have been a few problems on the boards lately - Spammers have too much time on their hands.

I suspect Spring is really sneaking up on us as we are going way up to a torrid 45ºF today! I'm off to town shortly to get my new tires, drop off my 1983 sewing machine at the "spa", do a wee grocery shop and take my WINTER coat to the dry cleaner! I may buy myself some flowers while I'm in town to celebrate the good parts of April.

Shad, I remember taking the lino off the kitchen floor of my next door reno house! Oy! What a job! I finally ended up putting down a new plywood floor.

Mel, I am so sorry about your butt. It's one thing to be sore from "exercise" of a certain type but not from weather changes.

Diyana, listen hard when you meet with the dietician. Remember carb control is really what it's all about.

Happy, the problem we discussed has been resolved permanently! Think MOD Mafia.

Ceejay, too bad your day off has to have a dental appointment. Enjoy what's left of it.

Painter, I love reading your posts. Your humour shines through. You make me want to get back to painting.

I'm sure I missed a lot of folks but hugs to you all and here's a wee greeting from Hershey.

happy2bme
04-03-2008, 07:42 AM
Good morning chicks :cofdate:

Ruth - thanks for your assistance :hug: I am just LOVIN that doggie pic. Sooooo cute. I might even have to "borrow" it for my collection but don't tell the cats :lol:

Sorry I can't stay and have coffee with y'all in the gardens today - I have to get my rear in gear and get into the office early.

Hope everyone has a terrific Thursday on their agenda :grouphug:

annie175
04-03-2008, 08:07 AM
Howdie Chickies..............

I am so excited for the weekend to get here. Supposed to be 65 and sunshine!! The ground is too wet to do any planting and such, may clean out my flower bed and get it ready to go.

Feeling pretty good today, pooed my pants yesterday. hahaha. Lap Band has more bad side effects and problems than the Laproscopy surgery. That is why I chose the Lap surgery. Two years of research and getting the nerve up finally got me there. Now I don't know why I ever waited to do it.

DS & DD are in good spirits and trying to recover from there funk.

Work has been h*ll and has worn me out this week.

Hello to everyone, hope everyone is doing great.

Love and Hugs

diyana
04-03-2008, 08:08 AM
Good morning ladies -

Meeting with the dietician went very well. I showed her my log of what I've been eating. She said I'm doing very well and making good choices and balancing my carbs, proteins, veggies, fruits and dairy. She wants me to have no more than 12 to 13 servings of carbs per day, and she says it looks like I'm doing 14 servings now...so a very minor tweak. She wants me to learn to be more flexible and to allow myself to indulge in a very portion controlled treat once in a while, and then check my blood sugar afterward to see how it affects me. I could go on and on about what I learned but not enough time. After meeting with the dietician, I went to the gym and tried doing the elliptical for the first time in over 2 years (since I hurt my back), and I was able to do 30 minutes! Then I did 30 more minutes of cardio using my usual recumbent machine.

Ruth - Glad to hear that spring is starting for you! It is here too! Good for you for going through your fabric collection and cleaning your sewing room! Got a laugh out of visitation rights for your fabrics! Thanks for the advice on the carbs - that's what the dietician said too!

Shad - Congratulations on getting the Jakarta job. Will you have access to the internet from your hotel in Jakarta so you can still post? I don't know if I could go two weeks at a time without your wit and wisdom! Congrats also on the weight loss!! And I'm sure you got workout enough doing the remodeling, but please don't hurt yourself!

Ceejay - Hope your dental appt. goes well and that you enjoy the rest of your day off.

Mel - I hope you're feeling a bit better today! Hang in there! I'm not familiar with Rick Steves, but he looks like a nice guy to have in the next room!

Happy - I hope your meeting goes well today!

A big :wave: to everyone!

Big Hugs :hug: and Terrific Thursday wishes to all!

MELODY525
04-03-2008, 09:00 AM
I FORGOT TO SAY THAT RICK STEVES IS THE GUY WHO HAS A TRAVEL SHOW ON PBS TELEVISION. I TAPED A LOT OF HIS SHOWS AND WHEN I DON'T FEEL GOOD, I PUT THEM ON. YOU CAN FALL ASLEEP AND NOT MISS ANYTHING :rofl: AND HE IS SOFT SPOKEN SO YOU CAN JUST MELLOW OUT OR SNOOZE AWAY! :cloud9:
A FRIEND SHOWED ME THE ERROR OF MY WAYS THIS MORNING. PUSHING A SHOPPING CART ONE HANDED AND STEERING IT WITH MY FOOT WOULD JUST BE STARTING THIS WHOLE THING ALL OVER AGAIN. I HAVE SINCE GIVEN HIM MY BANK DEPOSIT AND MY SHOPPING LIST TO JEN. WILL GET SOME SUN AND FUN OUTSIDE LATER ON WHEN/IF IT WARMS UP AND THE WIND EVER LEAVES!!!! :tantrum: BIG STORM HEADED OUR WAY BUT SHOULD BE OVER SOMETIME SATURDAY MORNING.

HAPPY~ SENDING HUGS FOR THE MEETING AND THE BUSY DAY:hug: STAY STRONG MY FRIEND...THE WEEKEND IS SOON UPON US! :beach: I WILL SHARE A LITTLE SECRET...WHEN LIFE GETS IN THE WAY OF PC LIFE, I JUST START AGAIN AND LET THE PAST CORRESPONDENCE GO. LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO KEEP TRYING TO CATCH UP. BETTER TO BEGIN AGAIN AND NOT LOOK BACK. CAUSES TOO MUCH ANXIETY!! GOD KNOWS WE HAVE ENOUGH OF THAT ALREADY :rofl: :rofl:

SHAD~ :yikes: HOPE YOUR BACK IS OK. DON'T DO ANYTHING THAT CAN JEOPARDIZE THE JAKARTA JOB!! :rollpin: POOR SUNDAY!! POOR SON!!! HOWEVER WILL THEY LIVE WITHOUT YOU AGAIN...AND ALL THE DUST...AND NOISE...AND SORTING!! :dunno:
I LOVED THE GRAPHIC!! YOU ARE LOVED AS WELL :love:
FEEL BETTER! :hug:

RENNIE~ I WATCH CHARLIE CHAN, NANCY DREW(BLACK & WITHE OLD MOVIES) AND LOTS OF OLD ROMANCE AND NEW ROMANCE. NO BLOOD OR VIOLENCE FOR THIS FATCHICK! :lol3:

MICHELLE~ WOW!! ALL GREAT NEWS. DON'T YOU LOVE WHEN YOU CAN FIND A MEDICAL-TYPE PERSON AND CAN LEARN SO MUCH? I DEAL WITH A LOT OF RECENT GRADS OUT AT THE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL. MOST ALL I HAVE LEARNED HAS BEEN FROM EITHER THEM OR THE COMPUTER :rofl: I AM GLAD THE VISIT WENT SO WELL AND THE EXERCISE WAS WONDERFUL!! JUST DON'T OVERDO AND HURT THAT BACK!!!

RUTH~ TAKE GOOD CARE OF THE NEWBIES!! IT MUST BE A FULL TIME JOB!! I REMEMBER VERY WELL MY OWN BEGINNINGS! MAYBE YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE ENCOURAGED ME!!! :rofl: MAKE SOME 'RUTH" TIME IN THERE FOR YOURSELF TOO!!! LOVE THE DOGGIE AND SAVED HIM TO MY PC!

ANNIE~ I THOUGHT OF YOU YESTERDAY WHEN I DECIDED TO POO ON THE TOILET SEAT AND THEN SAT ON IT!!!! :rofl: :rofl: AND I DON'T EVEN HAVE THE LAP SURGERY AS AN EXCUSE !!! GLAD THE KIDS ARE WORKING THRU THE TOUGH TIME. KEEPING MY FINGERS CROSSED AND SENDING GOOD HEALING THOUGHTS THEIR WAY...HUGS FOR MOM AS WELL :hug: I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS WEEKEND TOO :beach:

upswife
04-03-2008, 01:34 PM
Ladies! Wow what a few days it has been. My sis came over yesterday and as she was leaving she fell and twisted her ankle very badly. She is doing better today, but I had to pick her up and drop her off at school, as it is ver uncomfortable to drive. Since I won't make it to the gym I have been doing some outdoor work, as it is in the 50"s and very nice. We are having a quick lunch then off to the park for a little while so DD1 can play witha friend. will try to hop in tonight to post indies!!! Have a lovely day!

Shy Moment
04-03-2008, 03:27 PM
Upswife
Sorry to hear about your sister. Hope she gets well soon. Hope everyone has a wonderful time outside. The day looks like it is going to be nice. Not quite so warm here as it is for you.


Melody
I love horror. Not slasher but horror. Oh my gosh Christopher Lee can come suck on my neck any day of the week lol. I love the old movies remember Mr. Belvedere with Clifton Webb. The remarkable Mr Pennypacker is one of my favorites and the ma and pa kettles still make me laugh. I don't watch much tv but I have a great collection of the old movies and older tv shows. Sometimes it is to darn hard to play catch up. We just pick up and go on. You take care of yourself and try not to do to much. There is always tomorrow to do things.

di
The dietitian can just make or break your day lol. I told you, always have some kind of snack. This isn't about doing without. This is about eating a healthy balanced diet and making sure we get the things we love.

Shad
04-03-2008, 05:58 PM
Morning all,
Had a lazy morning this morning. Had to get up and get the DS2 out of bed. He is a right horror with hours and things (I think there is a new lady friend on the horizon but don't tell him I said that) and he slept in. Then I went back to bed and read for a while. Sunday the cat got me up because she needed to go outside.
I have a whole raft of things to consider with the new job and overnight have had a massive email from the 'boss' with dates and instructions and things. One thing he hasn't mentioned and I'd better check it today is whether I need to apply for a working visa and does it make any difference that I am travelling on an NZ passport. All these things take time and I only have two weeks before the first trip.
The DS2 has put in his resignation from the job. I'm actually quite pleased about this believe it or not. It is a dangerous and dirty job he has, and I personally don't think any safety improvements have been made since DS2 had his accident at Christmas and that poor man died just before New Year. So he is considering his options at the moment. There is a mountain of work around at the moment, he won't be stuck for long. He wouldn't have been even if there wasn't much work around. He is a good worker and is constantly being offered jobs by people. I just want him to do his Pre-voc course and get into an electrical apprenticeship because I think that he will regret the lost opportunity later in life. But there is no use pushing this child, he will just go the other way, so generally I try reverse psychology first and often it works. And maybe this is because yesterday he asked me to check on pre-voc courses. :woohoo:

Rennie - snacking is good, apparently it levels out the blood sugars. I usually have yoghurt or fruit on hand or sometimes rice crackers and tomato.

Ellen - hope your sister is okay.

Mel - He looks not too bad at all. And if he is into travel, then I am all for him being at the villa. Take it easy with that back. I'm only going to be away for 2 weeks at a time so don't fret the son or Sunday. They will have me back one week in three - although I might be fairly dopey on the first day.

Michelle - Good going on the dietician and also that infernal elliptical. 30 minutes WOW :woohoo: YGG. I manage 16 minutes on a level 10 and the legs are just about jelly when I get off.
I will have internet access on my laptop which the new boss is now organising for me. I have to hit the ground running with this job. So you will hear from me. All the moans and groans, all the whinging about the job. Ask Happy, she always gets to sympathise with me about my projects and contracts. There have been some bad ones in the recent past. And no, I couldn't go without the support of my friends in my computer. They keep me sane.
First up on the new job will be the Training Needs Analysis. Something I did years back and am not at all sure whether I'll remember how to do it again, but I guess it will all come roaring back - and it is not as if I have a huge clientiele to deal with this time round. I think there are less than 50 employees who will work on the project. Nothing like the 1600 I had to sort out last time.

Annie - Glad to hear the kids are doing okay. I guess in time the colonic involuntary interaction will settle - yes? If not, do you have to drag a complete change of wardrobe around with you or can you sort of anticipate the 'bad' times?

Happy - nice of you to drop in when you had to be out and about early this morning. I didn't think we would hear from you until tonight. Hope the meeting goes okay.

Ruth - Thank Hershey for the morning greetings. Cute pic. What is this Welcome Wagon anyway? I've seen it on other mods posts and no doubt it has been explained, but I rarely have the time to trawl through the wealth of information on this site. Instead I have to specifically go looking for what I want otherwise I could be here all day. :spammer: Gotta love that smiley - it says it all. I was checking out my address book the other day getting rid of some I hadn't heard from in years and discovered that my blocked senders list is twice as long as my 'I love my friends' list. Do wish someone in Canada would get the idea that I don't buy medicines over the net much less from the Canadian cheap drugs store. I wouldn't mind getting my grubby mitts on the person who supplied them with the mailing list!!!!!

Okay - better get off and take out my frustrations and misfortunes on the tiled splashback in the kitchen. Deconstruction continues. But after this it is a matter of removing the floor cabinets and sanding, sealing and painting. :woohoo: But of course, nothing but nothing goes according to plan in this house. So I should get on with it, assume the worst and maybe :lol3: be pleasantly surprised! :rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3: I should be so lucky.

Shy Moment
04-03-2008, 06:20 PM
Shad
There really is nothing we can do but support them. My son is stuck on going into the navy. We keep getting the run around because of all his meads. He is asking again about college which is a good thing. We are going next week to ask some questions and see how college might go for him. I do know they have to follow his ipe so that is a good thing.

ceejay52
04-03-2008, 07:01 PM
What a talkative bunch of chicks!

It's been a stormy day in the midsouth. My dentist appointment went okay. He gave me a script for pain meds which I had filled but don't think I'll have to use them. The sight is a little sore where he's worked.

Not much else is going on.

More later.

Shy Moment
04-03-2008, 07:05 PM
Cee
Oh i hate the dentist. I am sure she works for the devil lol she is a very good dentist but still lol. I sure hope you are feeling better soon.

happy2bme
04-04-2008, 08:22 AM
Good morning chicks,

Just running in to say hello. Heavy storms all through the night messed up my sleep. Very tired today. I'll try and come by tonight. :wave:

annie175
04-04-2008, 08:53 AM
Happy, We had hella storms last night also. Miss Bella couldn't sleep close enough to me. For being such a real b*tch dog, she was a little wimpy last night.

Not much going on this weekend. DS is having a few friends over tonight, never fails...give the house a thorough cleaning and the kids have a card party. Go figure. Got about 4 loads of laundry to do that is about it.

Have a wonderful Friday all.

Love and Hugs

diyana
04-04-2008, 12:06 PM
Happy Friday ladies --

I'm taking today off to get caught up on some home stuff, and the day is flying by fast and I haven't accomplished much yet. So, this will be quick! I did 1/2 hour of cardio and 1/2 hour of weights last night, and later today I'll go do 45 minutes or an hour of cardio. Tomorrow, my coach is teaching a weight class, so I'll likely go to that. He teaches the weights class on Thursday nights too and I really enjoy it.

Mel - good for you for delegating stuff so you can relax. I hope your back is doing better.

Ellen - So sorry to hear about your sister's injury. That's nice of you to drive her around. Good for you for doing the outdoor work in the nice weather! I hope you enjoyed your time at the park.

Rennie - Thanks for the advice about snacking and making sure we eat healthy and eat foods we like.

Shad - You do have lots to think about with the new job. I hope you get answers to all your questions soon. That's good that your DS2 is leaving his job and looking for something better and safer. It's great that he's going to check into pre-voc courses! As for the elliptical, I did 30 minutes at level 2 - I didn't want to push it too hard with too much resistance right away. You do 16 minutes at Level 10?! That's awesome! You must be incredibly skilled and talented at your profession! You seem to get a lot of offers that you can pick and choose from! Good for you!!

Ceejay - glad the dentist appt went well.

Happy - glad to see you're doing okay. I saw the storms in your area when I turned on the Weather Channel last night. You hang in there.

Annie - I saw your storms too. I'm glad they didn't come up here. Phew!

Anyway, chickies, I've got cleaning to do, errands to run, and a workout later.

I'll try and check in tonight (or it might be tomorrow).

Hugs,

ceejay52
04-04-2008, 12:59 PM
Happy
We had those storms also. At least I got to sleep in a little later. It's still a little dreary with a light rain.

Annie
Just be thankful that you know where the kiddo's are.

Michelle
Good job with the work out.

Shad
wow your new job sounds like they are expecting alot out of one week.
it would be nice if the ds could get a vocational license in do electrician work. There is money in that field. Are you gonna play match maker?

Rennie
Still haven't needed those pain pill's. He was in a very good mood yesterday plus there was a girl doing her clinical's. He and I usually are at the gym at the same time. He asked where I'd been.

Mel
Good for you in not over doing. This is what I really need to tell myself especially when doing my 12 hour shifts.

Just got off the phone with a dell rep. I know enough about the computer to really get myself into trouble. It's amazing how they can tap into ones computer with my permission of course and straighten things out.

Got my nephew's wedding invitation yesterday. It's different but I really like it. This is going to be a very sophisticated. I'm sending my rsvp back today. I'm really getting excited.

My goal is to lose 2 inches from each area of my body by this event.

upswife
04-04-2008, 02:06 PM
Afternoon ladies!!!

I love being outside in such nice weather, unfortunately while we were at the park it got cloudy, and windy...felt much cooler. My back was spasming because of the change. :( Trying to feel better and get to the gym this afternoon when DS gets home from school. My hubby's nephew's wedding is tomorrow hoping to have a blast!!! Will try to check back in later tonight or tomorrow morning.

Have a wonderful weekend all!!!

Ruthxxx
04-04-2008, 03:37 PM
It's Frassin' SNOWING!
I hate this country!

Shy Moment
04-04-2008, 04:19 PM
Shad
Isn't it amazing the things we get in our email. We keep blocking them and they seem to find us again lol. One of the things I keep in the car for just in case I forget to take something is South Beach Peanut Butter cookies. They are a bit high in fat and such ( I think 5 grams of fat for two cookies ) but they are filling and keep me going until I get home. Since they are individually packed ( 2 cookies ). They can just be tossed in the glove box or arm rest and left there until I might need them.

I am the only person on my computer. I have a password no one can get into my system. I come to this site. Msn home page, my email sites and a few sites that I play cards on and other games on. I do go to sites to look up information but sure not to the kinds of sites that I get email from. Where on earth do all these people get my email address.

I do not buy drugs on the net. I do NOT need to find out how to make my woman happy lol and I sure don't need my male appendage made bigger ( good heavens they have no idea who they send stuff to ). I do not want a face lift, botox, nor do I want longer stronger nails in 10 days ( my nails are claws now and strong enough ). I do not want another credit card, I don't want want to buy porn, see porn or talk to woman who seem to want to talk to me. Where on earth did they get my email address. I have often wondered if I should send back messages to those woman and ask them to church. I do not want to buy a dell computer or any other computer I build my own, leave me alone. I do not need a credit report, on line education in another state, nor do I want to know my horoscope. I swear some how you get on a list and it gets sold over and over to people and company's you would never have anything do do with.


annie
I am going to do laundry tonight too. Get it done and out of the way. Somehow, my kids will have forgotten " just one piece of clothing " in their rooms and Sunday afternoon I will find their hampers full again lol.


di
I tryed swordfish today. It was ok I guess but for the price it should have prepared itself and then jumped on my fork lol. Think I will stick with wild salmon and wild Tilapia.

Cee
Glad to see you have been able to do without the pain pills. Doesn't it make you feel great when someone notices you haven't been around.

Upswife
It is nice her today but a bit chilly because it rained this morning. Was nice to sit on the porch this morning :) with a cup of tea and watch the world go by. Hope you have a great time.

Ruth
lol so sorry to hear about the snow. I would rather have the snow than the rain rain rain all the time for the next couple of months lol.

Shad
04-04-2008, 05:34 PM
Morning all,

It is not frassin' snowing here, however the natives should be starting to mutter about the cold about now. The temp has 'plummetted' over the past couple of days to early morning temps of around 15 degrees C. That's around 60F to you people. One morning it went down to 12.5. Dire warnings of a long hard winter according to the local population - and of course it is ALWAYS the politicians fault. Soon there won't be any winter clothes left in the whole of Brisbane.

Ruth - you do not hate that country - it is absolutely beautiful and soon enough you will all be complaining about the heat, dust, flies, fleas, midges, bitey things and things that eat the roses!!!! Spring will come, now get on out and clear out the back room or something to take your mind off the weather. Change the snowdrops for something like hibiscus and see if you can entice Spring that way. Plan a cross country snow shoe shuffle and invite Carla (who has disappeared into hibernation again) that's sure to stop the snow and bring on dust storms.

Rennie - At the moment I am getting women from Poland and Russia who are 'coming out to Australia' and NEED a friend, some of them with a view to marriage!!!! Needless to say they are blocked before they even see the light of day. I spoke to a friend in IT one day about this spam and he tells me that the people who send all this rubbish are actually very clever. It seems that they don't even need to be sold mailing lists now, they can trawl across the internet with some very sophiscated programs and people like me who make a lot of noise over the internet (his words not mine) get caught frequently. Basically the only thing I can do is to change my address and that will only work for a while. Well any person in business for themselves will know that doesn't get them any work and think of the expense in business cards!

Upswife - take care of the back and enjoy the wedding.

Ceejay - I am definitely not playing matchmaker :rofl: The kid would run a mile in the opposite direction. Besides which I haven't met her yet - she is a big secret and all I know about her is that she is doing a double degree in Business and something (Commercial law??). This makes a big change for the DS2 as normally he only finds lame ducks or people with baggage (physical and/or emotional) or those out to spend his money. Don't get me wrong, he has brought home some lovely people, but he is inclined to put them on a pedestal and they can't all take the care and loving he wants to give them. I keep telling him he needs someone who can stand up to him and who will work with him and not for him and who will be able to stand on her own two feet and who will push him to his limits as well. Sometimes he listens - but he is only 32! no brains yet.
The new job is exciting - it is going to push my boundaries I can tell you. There are a lot of thoughts swirling around in my head.
When is the nephews wedding?

Michelle - I don't think I ever explained my job, although someone did ask a while back. I do workplace training and development of training materials - mainly on computer programs such as SAP, Peoplesoft and Microsoft. Generally my chosen field is Plant Maintenance or Warehousing logistics (purchasing and inventory stuff) but I have been known to dabble in Finance, Quality Management and transport. I go out to mines and refineries - I've trained in nickel, coal, oil, electricity, fertiliser, manganese, bauxite, aluminium, uranium, gold, diamond and iron ore mines and refineries. I've also done retail, plumbing, government and corporate stuff. This is the first time I have really gone into HR (something that I have previously tried to have little to do with) and payroll. So it will be a fairly steep learning curve for me.
In this industry, you get to know a lot of people in a lot of places. It pays to be reasonably nice to each and every one of them since it is quite likely that in your next job, you will be working for or with some of them again. I've been doing this for 14 years. It seems I have a good reputation for hard work and a willingness to work until the job is done. With this job I did not apply for it, I didn't even know it was happening. It just so happens that the Project Manager on this job was a man I worked alongside (but not with) in a previous job in Townsville. When he was putting his team together some months back, he asked them to put forward names of trainers they had worked with previously who they considered to be good at their job. He tells me that my name was put forward by three people - one of whom had never met me nor worked with me but had heard of my work through various people he had worked with on other projects. So Mike rang me to see if I was available and I am. I just hope I am up to the job and the hype!!!!
Sorry about the long rant there.

Happy - you poor wee thing. Racing around at work again. Hope the meeting went off okay and there was no suggestion of staff cut backs or such?? It is Friday - weekend is here. Hope there is some time for Happy to enjoy herself for a while.

And with that, it is time to move on and get some bits done before my body balance class at 9.30. I got all the splashback tiles off the wall yesterday. Now I have to plaster the holes I just made, sand and clear everything up. Last thing before painting and removing the last of the old cupboards. It will be another busy day. I have a couple of friends to visit this weekend and a fair amount of thinking and planning to do.

Catch you all later.

MELODY525
04-04-2008, 08:15 PM
THERE WAS A PRE-ELECTION SCREW UP GETTING SIGNATURES. WORKED ALL DAY. I MUST SAY THAT I AM GOOD AT WHAT I DO. A LITTLE BRAGGING HERE :dance: IT'S ALL DONE. EVERYONE IS VERY HAPPY. GOT SEVERAL CALLS OF THANKS. TOO BAD THEY DON'T SEND CASH!! :rofl: BUT IT FELT GOOD TO STOP FEELING SORRY FOR MYSELF, TAKE SOME MEDS AND MOVE ON. I GOT A NOTICE AGAIN FROM THE GOVT. I'LL BE GETTING ANOTHER CHECK FOR AROUND $300 (HOPEFULLY) AND COUPLED WITH THE INCOME TAX $$ I SHOULD BE ALMOST DEBT FREE. I TOLD JEN THAT I WILL HELP HER THIS SUMMER FINISH OFF HER DEBTS AND THEN SHE IS ON HER OWN. WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK, WE HAVE LEARNED OUR LESSON AND THIS WON'T HAPPEN AGAIN ANY TIME SOON. I HAVE SCRIMPED AND SAVED TO GET US BOTH TO THIS POINT AND GOTTA TELL YOU LADIES...I AM FEELING MIGHTY PROUD. :encore:

WILL WRITE AND READ TOMORROW. A LITTLE BIT OVER TIRED RIGHT NOW. SEE YA IN THE MORNING. :hug:

MELODY525
04-05-2008, 08:33 AM
ELLEN~ SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR SISTER'S ANKLE. LIFE JUST HAS WAY TOO MANY SURPRISES FOR MY LIKING!!! HOPE SHE FEELS BETTER SOON.

RENNIE~ LOVE CLIFTON WEBB IN ALMOST ALL HIS MOVIES. I BOUGHT A SET OF DEANNA DURBIN MOVIES. THE SENIORS WANT A DVD PLAYER NOW SO THEY CAN SEE THEM TOO!! :rofl:

SHAD~ ARE YOU GETTING EXCITED YET FOR THE NEW TRIP? I AM !!!!! :dance: GLAD THE DS IS LOOKING ELSEWHERE AND KEEPING FINGERS CROSSED ABOUT THE VOC!!! :cheer2: ASK RUTH TO SEND SOME SNOW AND YOU CAN HAVE A WHITE BIRTHDAY THIS MONTH!! :brr:

HAPPY~ WANT A WHITE BIRTHDAY THIS MONTH TOO? WE CAN GO VISIT SHAD....BRING THE LONG JOHNS!!!

CEEJAY~ I WAS THINKING OF YOU ALL LAST NITHG. WE WATCHED THE STORMS AND THE DAMAGE DONE TO YOUR STATE. TORNADOES ARE POPPING OUT OF NO WHERE AND GOING CRAZY. STAY SAFE MY SOUTHERN FRIEND!
THE INVITE TO THE WEDDING SOUNDS LIKE GREAT MOTIVATION! FOR A MANY YEARS NOW, AT WORK WE HAVE" PC ANYWHERE" WHICH ALLOWS THE PC REPAIRMEN TO GO INTO OUR PUTERS AND DO THE SAME THING. NOW EVERYONE HAS IT!! GREAT HUH?

ANNIE~ STORMS AND A CARD PARTY! YIKES!! I AM SENDING MY WASH OUT STRAIGHT AWAY...SHOULD LAND IN YOUR WASHER ANY DAY NOW:lol3:

MICHELLE~ YOU REALLY ARE AN INSPIRATION. HOPE YOU'RE GIVING YOURSELF LITTLE PATS ON THE BACK. YOU HAVE REALLY TAKEN CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE!! I AM HOPING YOUR DEDICATION RUBS OFF ON ME TOO!!!

:write: OK, I AM ALL CAUGHT UP. TIME FOR A CHAT BUT I ALREADY DID THAT in LAST NIGHT'S POST! :rofl:
JEN AND RICHI WILL BE BABYSITTING THE FIL'S HOUSE AND DOG WHILE HE VISITS THE FAMILY IN FLORIDA.
THE FAMILY IS STILL IN THE GRIEVING/CALM MODE SO NO DRAMA TO REPORT AS YET....THANK THE LORD.
HAD A GOOD CHAT WITH MY FRIEND HERE LAST NIGHT. WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE, WE MAY TALK ABOUT EACH OTHER BUT STILL HAVE EACH OTHER'S BACK AND HAVE KEPT OUR SENSES OF HUMOR. :lol3: ONE OF THE GIRLS WAS OUT. I WORRY ABOUT HER. SHE HAD THE SERIOUS SURGERY FOR WEIGHTLOSS..I FORGET THE NAME OF IT...AND SHE IS UNHAPPY HERE. I KNOW THE FEELING AND WISH SHE COULD FIND A HAPPIER JOB LIKE MY YOUNG FRIEND DID LAST YEAR. SHE WAS ON MY MIND YESTERDAY. ANYWAY.....THOUGHT I SAID I HAD NOTHING TO SAY??? :lol3: :lol3:
HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY!!!
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND! :moped:

MELODY525
04-05-2008, 08:46 AM
DR. DOUG'S APRIL NEWSLETTER:

Last week I was fortunate enough to be in Vancouver for a few days. The morning after my arrival, I went out for a jog across from Stanley Park. Without a doubt it was one of the most enjoyable runs I've had in a long time. The reason: I was outside. Although a lot of you had told me how much you were nibbling at night, and how little exercise you were doing, I hadn't realized myself how little time I had spent outdoors this long winter. Just being outside, with good footing, wearing light clothes and getting fresh air was invigorating. So, if you've been off-track with eating or exercise, don't be discouraged. As the snow melts, I know everyone will have more energy and more focus. In the meantime, review your goals. If you are struggling with your eating, you may have lost sight of why you want to lose weight.

When you are feeling stalled, (and I'm sure a lot of us are feeling that way right now), it's important to review your goals. Don't give up; start making a list of the important reasons for you to lose weight.

Health may be a major factor. Remember that increased abdominal girth is associated with diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, hypertension and maybe even dementia. So, you might say to yourself that you want to lose 2 inches off your waist as a start.

Being in control of your eating is a positive thing. So many people spend a lot of negative energy remembering only all of the "bad food choices" they have made. When you are eating good quality food in reasonable portions you will feel mentally and physically better. Focus only of doing a good job today; don't worry about the long term and don't reflect on past failures. Just know that if you eat well today you will go to bed feeling proud of your eating accomplishments.

Being fit can be a very important goal. This means different things to different people. Maybe you just want to be able to walk upstairs and not feel breathless. You may want to lose weight to decrease the aches and pains in your joints and muscles. Perhaps you've always wondered if you could walk or jog 5 or 10 km; it IS possible. Doing regular physical activity is a great stress reliever. Even if you feel tired at the end of a day, a short walk or a trip to the gym will heighten your energy and you'll be less likely to over-eat.

A lot of us want to lose weight to gain self-respect and confidence. It's true that as we lose weight, fit into smaller clothes and tone up we feel great. This is a very important. However, we can't expect to lose weight continually and we shouldn't beat ourselves up for every indiscretion. Losing weight is a marathon; not a sprint. At the end, however, you will feel amazing.

So, get ready for spring with a powerful mindset and a re-affirmation of why you want to lose weight. This is a mental game, and it takes daily work, but the benefits are huge, so keep working at it.
Don't ever give up. You can do it.

Dr. Doug

happy2bme
04-05-2008, 10:46 AM
Morning chicks,

I was browsing away here when DH announced that if we're going to the Humane Society today, it would be better for him if we left in 30 minutes so he could spend the afternoon on other chores.

So, I'm off and running again. No time to post. Sorry. :o

Happy Saturday!

ceejay52
04-05-2008, 11:59 AM
just popping in to say hello--Going to go grocery shopping in a few minutes.
Hello to everyone.

upswife
04-05-2008, 12:04 PM
Have a wonderful weekend ladies!!! The weather here is nice so DH decided to do some yard work b4 the wedding (so sorry Ruth) so I have to get moving...will try to catch up tomorrow.

luv and hugs!!!

Ruthxxx
04-05-2008, 05:17 PM
Hey! I have no snow or ice on my sidewalk and part of the bed AND the snowdrops that were covered yesterday are BLOOMING! :encore: It's here! The geese have been flying and hollering all day - they are going the right way too! Hersh and I are still working on the snow and ice on the deck but the BBQ is now liberated. Maybe I'll crank it up tomorrow. :) :) :)

Will try to catch up tomorrow.

happy2bme
04-05-2008, 09:08 PM
Fire up that grill Ruth. Yum :T

I accidently took 2 allergy pills before we headed off to the Humane Society. I've taken 2 before but never during the day. Usually they don't affect me - ie. make me drowsy but while one doesn't bother me, 2 sure do. I have been desperately trying to stay awake all afternoon.

It's 8pm here and I may have to pack it in and go to bed even if it's still a little light out. I told DH I might wake up at 3 if I went to bed now and he said, what's the problem with that? No problem UNTIL I start banging around making coffee and cleaning while you are trying to sleep, eh?

I'm too tired to even sit at the computer here so I'm going to put the last of the fresh produce away and it's off to bed for this chick. See you in the morning...

Oh and GO MEMPHIS TIGERS :cheer: :yay: They won their college basketball game today and advanced to the final two for the championship game on Monday. Set a new college record for most games won in a season also. It's nice to see the city united in something they can be proud of that doesn't involve biggest drop out rate, most crime, biggest corruption or things like that :lol:

Shad
04-05-2008, 10:17 PM
Morning all,
Just got home from a trip into the Riverside markets in town and breakfast with friends. I had a very nice, non diet friendly eggs benedict with smoked salmon. And some Gunpowder green tea. Why is it called gunpowder - dunno! Went around the markets, bought a couple of things, sampled a couple of things, admired some things but not the prices and came home.

Ruth - hey spring is here - Yahhooo!! That'll put a spring in your step.

Happy - Go Tigers!!!! Hope you sleep deeply and happily all night long. :woohoo: Pity they don't pep you up. Think of all the chores you might get done on a high!

Mel - not getting excited yet. Too much to do for that. Oh and I found a paytv channel that had Rick Steves Travel docos on it - and then I forgot to watch the darned thing. Have to check it out again another time.
Enjoyed Dr Dougs newsletter.

And now I need to go get changed. Package up some parcels, wash down some paintwork, throw out some junk, go round to the DB2's place and get the lawn mower back, mow some lawns and clean up around here. You get to play and you get to pay. Never ending is it?

MELODY525
04-06-2008, 07:55 AM
SHAD~ I WAS LOOKING AT JAKARTA ON THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SITE. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT INDONESIA??? WHY WAS I THINKING YOU WERE A LOT MORE CLOSER TO "HOME". :faint: THE ONE PICTURE I SAW AT DUSK WAS GORGEOUS. I HOPE THE TRIP WILL BE WONDERFUL. IF NOTHING ELSE, IT WILL GET YOU ALL DUSTED OFF FROM THE SANDING AND PLASTERING!!!

RITH~ SO GLAD SOMETHING ELSE IS BLOOMING BESIDES ALL OF US!! :rofl: ENJOY THE GEESE! AND THE BBQ~ :hun:

HAPPY~ OMG! :yikes: IF I TOOK TWO OF THEM I WOULD BE COMATOSE!!! I CANNOT IMAGINE HOW YOU FELT WITH 2!!!! I HOPE YOU GOT A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP AND SLEPT THRU!! :hug:

:wave: TO ELLEN AND CEEJAY AND ALL THE OTHER CHICKS.

VERY QUIET HERE. THE GRANSON IS REFUSING TO WAKE UP TODAY. I EVEN LEFT THE CURTAINS CLOSED SO HE CAN SLEEP. HE TOOK ONE LOOK AT ME AND HID HIS HEAD UNDER HIS WING. HE'S ALSO ALL FLUFFED UP. MAYBE HE'S NOT FEELING GOOD. WISH HE COULD TALK......OR MAYBE NOT!!!! :rofl:
I WILL BE SPENDING TIME WITH MY NEPHEW AND HIS WIFE STARTING THE END OF THE WEEK. SO I MIGHT BE A BIT SCARCE NEXT WEEK. WE WILL SEE. THEY ARRIVE IN NJ ON THE 11TH. :faint:
HOPE ALL OF YOU ARE ENJOYING YOUR WEEKEND. I HAVE BEEN PUTTERING ABOUT. NOTHING TOO ACTIVE. I HOPE TO GO TO THE MALL ON MONDAY. I'LL SEE IF THE BACK IS UP TO A BUMPY BUS RIDE. I ALSO NEED GROCERY SHOPPING ON TUESDAY AND DON'T WANT TO SCREW THAT UP. JEN AND RICHIE GOT THIS WEEK'S LOT.
BEST GET SOME OATMEAL AND PEDAL A WEE BIT.
STAY WELL MY CHICKIE FRIENDS. :hug:

Hollyhock
04-06-2008, 07:56 AM
Spring has sprung here too. I worked but the kids played outside ALL day yesterday. They were muddy little monkey's when I got home!

Food for Thought........

By Marianne Williamson

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others”.

MELODY525
04-06-2008, 07:58 AM
DON'T KNOW IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED....BUT THERE IS AN ALL DAY EVERYTHING EGYPT THING ON THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL STARTING AT NOON.
GOING TO SET MY VCR AND USE IT TO PEDAL WITH OVER THE SUMMER!! :belly: :ebike:

ceejay52
04-06-2008, 04:48 PM
Ruth
I saw a field full of geese last fall. If I had a camera I would have stopped and made a picture. We don't see that sight very often.

Mel
Thanks for thinking about me. I cleared out my safe spot in my closet just in case I had to make a dash for it. The lightening did sound a little close but the weather person lifted the warning's for our area. I didn't sleep well that night.
Maybe the grandson is hinting that you do the same thing.
I told the dell rep that i'm in the wrong business. He laughed.

Shad
You make me tired just reading what you have accomplished each day.

Carla
Come out, come out where ever you are.

hello to the others.

My boss is not going to like the long list that I've left for him. Some are messages. One is from a customer that called twice about a man hole over flow. Sometimes that is just to get the guys to move a little faster. I sent the stand by person out but he said that the pipes were still full of rain water/run-off. The lift stations just can't handle this much. She got smart and said that she would contact the Mayor. She'll have to do it tomorrow. He has an unlisted number. But I'm used to that. It's part of the job.
L has made some boo boo's on the paper work in which she is going to correct not me. She may have the boss fooled, but not me. Next month I do soil conservation stuff. You can not fake you way through that. I caught her in a lie this morning and she knows it. I'm speaking out in a nice way from now on when she does this stupid stuff.

Shad
04-06-2008, 06:45 PM
Morning all

Mel, Indonesia consists of a archepeligo (sp) of over 13000 islands and Jakarta the capital is on the island of Java, Bali is a small island off the other end of Java. They speak hundreds of dialects and it is interesting me as to how I am going to communicate with the population at large. I've borrowed the nieces phrase book and am busy practicing hello (salam) and p*ss off!! That doesn't appear to be in the book. It's north of the Equator - just and will be hot and probably humid (oh yuk). But I am looking forward to it. Meantime I am trying to get ahead of the stuff here as well. I may have to take a trip to Melbourne next week to sort out some stuff and to Townsville for a day (if I can get a reasonable price fare) because I have a friend up there who is very sick and may not have much longer to live. I'd like to try and see her again.

Today will be busy again as I didn't achieve as much as I wanted to yesterday, the rain poured down and the lawn was a b*tch to mow in between rain showers. But it did get done. Our local council is having a clean up of big rubbish stuff this week so I got some of the old kitchen out there and I am hoping to get some more of it out there before they arrive. They said the pick up would be the 7th but normally they take about a week to go around the entire area, so I may yet have time. That's what I will be doing next anyway..

So forgive me if I don't do personals at the moment. I've been to the gym, burned off about 570 calories on the bike, elliptical and treadmill, sweated buckets. And now breakfast is finished I'd better go get something else done.

diyana
04-06-2008, 07:19 PM
Good afternoon ladies!

Sorry for being a no show all weekend...the weather was just too nice to be on the computer. I got some housecleaning done, but not as much as I would've if it had been cold and rainy. I just had to be outside enjoying the sun and 60 degree weather as much as I could! I went to the gym on Saturday morning for cardio and weights and I took today off. It's TOM and it's a doozy this time around! I hope I'll feel better by tomorrow evening so I feel up to a good cardio and weights workout at the gym.

Have any of you been watching "I can Make You Thin". It airs on Sunday nights. I've recorded all the episodes (except the first one which I missed). I haven't watched them yet, but I want to. I was just wondering if any of you had seen them and what you thought.

Ceejay - That's great that Dell was able to help with your computer problems. When is your nephew's wedding! Awesome goal setting! YGG!

Ellen - I hope your back is doing better and that you had fun at your DH's nephew's wedding. Glad you had a chance to enjoy your nice weather.

Ruth -- I'm so sorry to hear that it's snowing by you! Hang in there! Spring just got to Wisconsin, it's got to get where you live sooner or later. Okay, I just read your post from yesterday afternoon --looks like spring is starting to arrive for you after all! Yay! I hope you were able to grill out. We grilled burgers and brats tonight for dinner! Yummm!

Rennie -- Don't ya' just love that spam?! I was getting so much spam on my Yahoo email account that I switched to Google. Now, I don't get any spam! Good for you for eating fish. I'm not a big fish eater....except the occasional Friday Fish Fry and only if they have beer battered haddock. I don't even want to try and figure out how many points in that!! :lol:

Shad - Funny how for folks there 60 degrees is cold, where we just had our first 60 degree days and there's people in shorts and tee shirts! Thanks for explaining what your work background is. It sounds great! And you obviously have a great reputation! How wonderful to be recommended for the job by so many people! Shad, I am so sorry to hear about your friend. I hope you can get to visit with her.

Mel - You go right ahead and brag! It's absolutely okay for us to pat ourselves on the back! YGG! That's wonderful that you'll be debt free soon! You should feel very proud!! :congrats: I wish I could say the same. DH and I have a few more years (at least) to go, but we chip away as much as we can. Thanks for calling me an inspiration. I so hope my blood tests go well this Saturday! And that the doc is pleased with the results. I am definitely pleased with how I'm feeling and that I've lost 22.5 pounds so far. Mel, thanks for posting the Dr. Doug newsletter!

Happy - Hope you had a nice time at the Humane Society caring for the kitties. I hope you're feeling better after your allergy pill sleepiness. I'll cheer for the Memphis Tigers, too!

Holly - I'm glad spring has sprung for you!

Hope everyone is having a nice evening!

Ruthxxx
04-07-2008, 07:43 AM
:wave: Spring is still springing. The well in the back garden is overflowing and adding to Lake Ruthie in the dog and side yards. I may need to get a "lad" to open up the culvert so it drains away. The snow mountains are still around but shrinking. (I wish I was!)

Back a bit later to read and post. I need to crank up my morning while I still have the enthusiasm. I'm dragging a bit these days with a rather swollen knee.

MELODY525
04-07-2008, 07:51 AM
CEEJAY~ YOU SOUND SO POSITIVE NOW WITH THE JOB AND SPEAKING OUT. GOOD FOR YOU! STAY STRONG SISTER! GLAD YOU CLEARED YOUR SAFE SPACE AND EVEN HAPPIER YOU DIDN'T NEED TO USE IT!!! I HEAR THE TORNADO LANDED IN A TOWN THAT BEGAN WITH A "B". :yikes:

SHAD....I AM SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR FRIEND. :hug: HOPE YOU GET TO SEE THEM TOO.
I MUST HAVE BEEN ASLEEP WHEN I THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING SOMEWHERE "SOUTH" IN AUSTRALIA. THEN I SAID ...WAIT A MINUTE....LET ME GOOGLE THAT. :faint:
rofl: YOU ARE "FORGIVEN"....NOW GET BACK TO WORK!!

MICHELLE~ WOW 22.5!!! AND GOING STRONG!! GOOD LUCK FOR THE BLOOD TESTS. I AM SURE THEY WILL GO WELL THE WAY YOU HAVE BEEN GOING! AS FOR THE COMPUTER....FRESH AIR AND GETTING OUT ARE FAR MORE IMPORTANT....ESPECIALLY NOW THAT WE CAN ALL USE A DOSE OF SUNSHINE :sunny:

I CANCELLED TODAY'S TRIP. HOPING I CAN GO TOMORROW FOOD SHOPPING. AS I BENT DOWN TO WASH MY HAIR, I GOT DIZZY. I MAN STILL FEEL THE EARS FLUID AND WILL TAKE STRONGER SINUS STUFF TODAY.
THE PC SCREEN IS MAKING ME NAUSEOUS TOO!
HAPPY MONDAY! :moped:

MELODY525
04-07-2008, 07:53 AM
RUTH I AM SORRY TO HEAR THE KNEE IS SWOLLEN. :hug:
HOPE YOU GET THE LAKE DRAINED :swim:

happy2bme
04-07-2008, 12:54 PM
Howdy chicks,

Sorry I wasn't on much over the weekend. Been kinda busy. I had some things that come :censored: or high water were GOING to get done before Sunday's end - and they did. The weather is brightening up and there is lots of yard work to be done but after last week's deluges everything is too wet and soggy to do much. Lottsa new stuff this weekend. My new glasses came in. I'm trying out single line bifocals in the computer glasses to see if I can read a book better with them. The progressive lenses don't seem to work too well, I wind up taking my glasses off to read which is a pretty sad thing considering how blind I am. Got some new "regular" glasses too but when I tried them on, the right lens seemed fuzzy. They checked the prescription and it turned out they ground the LEFT lens wrong. Don't ask me why the right eye seemed fuzzy then :dunno: But now they have to remake the glasses which is another 2 weeks. Cute frames tho. Gots me a new gun too. DH bought me one with a laser sight so I don't have to squint to see the sight. I never, ever thought I'd be toting a gun in my life. Such are the times we live in. :( Getting a new front door today at the house. Not sure I like the color or the grain on it. But it's really hard to tell from the samples they give you. New foyer floor will go in this week too. Then it will clash horridly with the wallpaper and DH and I will start bickering about what should be done next. He wants to do the kitchen, I said today - let's just yank the wallpaper out of the kitchen and foyer and just have someone come in and paint. (Will need someone with scaffolding for the paint job so we might as well just hire someone). But things are getting done and that's a good thing. Spring sprucing :D

Ruth - take care of that knee - sorry to hear it's giving you grief. I love your new avatar. Is that from your yard? So now you have "lake front property"? :eek:

Mel - hope you can find something to dry you up. Darn sinuses sure are a pain in the pattootie, aren't they? Sorry to hear that the PC is making you sick too. :( Go rest yourself up. :hug:

Michelle- glad you finally got a touch of nice weather you way. And on the weekend too where you can actually enjoy it. Didn't that grilled food taste GOOOOD :T I love spring - those first few peeks of warmish weather are so energizing and the air smells so good - wish I could bottle it into perfume :lol: I have not seen the I Can Make You Thin series tho some people were talking about it on 3FC. Congrats on the 22.5 pounds down! You're doing great.

Shad - I know you're kidding but I really had to laugh at you trying to figure out how to say p*ss off in Indonesian :rofl: Wow - this assignment sounds so exotic for some reason. Hope it turns out well. I must admit, I wouldn't have the slightest idea where to begin. I suppose the first assignment was something you were familiar with and you just grow your confidence from there? When will you be starting the new gig? Gunpowder green tea - I looked it up and it's named so because they roll the tea leaves into pellets that resemble buck shot. I have some jasmine tea - my favorite that are called "pearls" but I'm sure look very much the same.

Hi Ceejay - seems like you have your hands full at work. Are you getting a lot of flooding up your way? We've been getting alot of rain but I think more has gone up your way.

I have to agree with Dr. Doug - get outside and get some sun on your face and breathe in some fresh air. Go take a walk around the block and enjoy some of the spring flowers.

I'd best get on with some other stuff now. Hello to all the chicks including the ones I didn't get to personally. Have a good Monday :wave:

annie175
04-07-2008, 12:55 PM
Happy Monday.........

What a lovely weekend we had. Bargain of the weekend...went to a neighbors garage sale and got a Schwinn LIKE NEW 12 speed bike with shocks on the front for....get ready for this.... 5 bucks. I rode my "new" bike over the weekend, cleaned out the flowerbed, took Hella Bella for a walk, and got all my laundry done. It is quite beautiful today also, so took a 20 walk at lunch. (two others went with me), had a salad from the salad bar in the cafe, and here I am..

MEL...Thanks for sharing the newsletter, it is very inspirational.

Ruthie..Throw a garden burger on the grill for me, I will be right over.

Happy....How was your sleep? Blissful?? Did prince charming kiss you awake? Dreamy??

Shad..Your day in town sounded like a lot of fun. Take me with you next time.

Diyana...we are on similar schedules...I am due to start any day now. Oh boy..can't wait. Seems like every other month is a really nasty one.

Holly...your time of year.Spring..outside and planting. DS had a friend till up a spot in the backyard for a veggie garden. DS is supposed to be pulling out two shrubs and getting dirt ready for flowers today.

Ceejay...I can put up with most anything, but not liars. Was married to one for 21 years. Won't do that again.

Lunch is about over, have a marvelous evening ladies.

Hello to all I missed.

Love and Hugs

Ruthxxx
04-07-2008, 04:16 PM
Finally, a cup of Earl Grey and some time to read this page at least and catch up a bit.

Shad, I'm sure you will figure out the necessary phrases to deal with the native. I have a few French phrases that really dealt with the beggars in Tunisia. Um - eggs B. with salmon doesn't work out for me although I like the components. There's something about fish and eggs.....

Mel, sorry you are under the weather and missed your Mall outing. I hope it works out for tomorrow. Wonderful news about reducing the debt load - I've been there and know how it feels from both sides.

Ceejay, if you guys run out of water, I can send you some from Lake Ruthie. One year my side yard was so deep, we had wild ducks swimming in it.

Diyana, I am very impressed by your exercise regime. I did watch part of ICMYT last night but didn't learn much new. I am a professional dieter - too bad I'm not thin too!

Lake Ruthie is ebbing and flowing. It partially dried up overnight as the water soaked into the ground or made its way to the culvert and thence to the creek a.k.a.crick around here. The temps are up to 60ºF this afternoon, more snow is melting and the level is going up again. My sump pump is running every five minutes. Noisy but when you examine the alternatives.... That's one of the reasons I have a generator in case we lose power. The basement did flood about three years ago and it was a terrible mess.

My new neighbours' dog got loose this morning and showed up at my doorstep after they'd left for work and school. They seem to know where to go! She's a lovely and small Husky with one blue and one brown eye. I put her onto their closed porch. I didn't notice they had garbage there so there's a wee bit of a mess now. However, it beats the mess of scraping your dog off Highway 42! I've not met them yet but will go over once they're home and explain. Some intro! Nice dog and gets along with Hershey. She was also very obedient when I called her so I don't know what's with them.

As forecast, it's clouding over but no white crud is predicted. This HAS to be Spring!

:wave: to those I've missed. Have a nice evening - or morning, in Shad's case!

upswife
04-07-2008, 04:40 PM
Hello ladies! I have made it back! The wedding was much fun...and DH and I got to show off our salsa moves. LOL Rested yesterday at mom's and the boys/men went to play baseball at the park. Felt a little ill, had pressure in my ear...is feeling much better now. Will go shopping with the kiddies tonight, and off for a small dinner out. DH is at the White sox game with a friend, so won't be home!

Will hop on later to talk to everyone...sounds like you all had awsome weekends!!!

Shad
04-07-2008, 04:43 PM
Morning all,

It's early and it is cool. I'm sitting here with a jacket on - mind you I should be able to take it off in 10 minutes or so since the sun will be up by then. I am going to do some plastering before I go to the gym and then will do the shopping on the way back. Nothing like planning your journey is there? I am doing weights today so won't be as sweaty as the cardio trips.
Yeterday I chucked out some more of the old cabinetry and we are now down to the sink top, small amount of counter top and two cupboards plus the old stove. In the next couple of days we will be feeding off the barbeque and tv dinners since there will be nothing to prepare food on or with. The microwave lives on the dining table in the lounge and you can hardly move in there any more. Wonder if rationing will help the weight???
I found yesterday that I am not going to Indonesia until the 28th, that gives me another week of breathing space and I'm thinking I will need all of it.

Happy - Most of the people I will be working with will be Australian or NZ or South African. I know that none of us actually speak the Queens English, but we can normally understand each other. This is an entirely different type of project from normal. For a start, at the moment there is no mine - therefore no miners, admin staff or mining management. The people we are about to educate are the people who will be setting up the mine. I'm trying to sort out a few words of Indonesian so I can check things out at the markets and shops etc. That's if I ever get the time to go there.
What ever makes you think I have the slightest idea where to begin???? It's only because I have worked for this company so many times now, that I know they have a tried and tested format to their projects. Not always perfect but at least the framework is in place. Yes, your confidence grows from being familiar with the company and its culture. And for those bits I am not confident about, you swallow your doubts, check out the educational books and just close your eyes and go for it. Never let them know you are not 100% certain of your abilities, but don't lie either. That's my motto anyway. I will ask questions to get an idea of what they want to conduct analysis on, and the expected outcome and make it all up from there. Lets face it, you conduct a training needs analysis to determine who needs what. I just hope they don't want me to do the role mapping as well. That could be fun!
Thanks for the explanation on Gunpowder green tea. Now I know why it didn't blast me into the day.

Mel - I probably confused you when I said I have to go to Melbourne next week - that is south, but Bev, my friend is in Townsville up north and if I get there it will be a one day trip - up in the morning back in the evening. I checked out the frequent flyers bookings yesterday and there are several flights I can take as long as I don't want to travel between Friday and Monday. Which suits me just fine. I just have to work out whether she will still be in hospital or they have sent her home for the time being. Thanks for the loving thoughts.

Ruth - see we knew spring would come one day, and that you would be whinging about the amount of water or mud around the place. Make up your mind, do you want clean cold snow and ice or dirty muddy lakes of water?? Hope the knee is better today! Love Eggs B. but don't eat it too often as the salt in either the ham or the salmon has a detrimental effect on the body and besides which, there is enough calories there to feed the starving Biafran population for 3 days. The neighbours dog sounds nice. DS2 is making new dog noises from time to time, but I keep telling him that he can't have one until he starts working reasonable hours since I am not going to be home to look after it and dogs do not look after themselves.
You are drinking Earl Grey and I am drinking Lady Grey. Nice!!!

Annie - pack your bags, just get yourself over here and I'll take you out to breakfast on the riverbank. Bring your purse, shorts, walking shoes, bikini and towel. We will have us some fun.

And with that, it is time to go mix up the plaster, take off the jacket and get moving or I will still be here typing away after the shops have opened. I can hear some American bloke giving me the latest Hollywood b*llsh*t on the tv and know that it is getting later and later. Lets not waste the day.

Shy Moment
04-07-2008, 05:25 PM
Sorry I haven't posted in a couple of days. Spent all weekend doing this and that and then the weekend was gone lol. Funny how that happens. Was real nice out so the house got a good airing. Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.

Di
If you don't eat any fat for the rest of the year lol you can have that battered stuff lol. I wasn't much of a fish person either until I tryed it lol. Easy to toss in a pan and fry and I seem to love the stuff these days.

happy2bme
04-07-2008, 06:23 PM
Shad, forgot to mention - good thoughts for your friend. :hug: Have a safe trip and a good visit with her. No matter what you say, I still see you brimming with confidence as you go about your lesson plans. All you need is a wooden pointer to swing ;) Sounds like this will be an interesting stint.

Shy - you can cut lots of calories by baking the breaded fish instead of pan frying. Just can't get enough of the stuff myself tho I prefer it baked, broiled or grilled. :T Yum, yum, yum.

Annie - Actually I sat in front of the TV just to check the weather and 90 minutes later I woke up, wide awake and messed up my sleep though I did get up early enough to enjoy the day. WOW - a practically new 12 speed bike for 5 dollars! That is the bargain of the year woman!!!!!! Good for you, especially with the weather starting to break. Perfect time to get into riding. And I meant to tell you that I do enjoy your occasional glimpses into life after WLS. I appreciate your candor because darn it, sometimes we want to ask but we are just shy about it :o

Ruth - I once knew a person who had a husky with a blue and brown eye - really pretty dog. You're a good person to take the puppy back home.

whoo hoo - salsa dancing Ellen. What fun!

Well - the guys who came to install the door are still working here. And there's nothing but a big gaping hole in the wall. It's great that they are so meticulous but I'm getting kind of nervous that one of us is going to have to sit in a chair in the foyer and keep guard all night. :rofl: At this pace they will be setting the door in oh, about Wednesday afternoon. :dunno: Since I can't fire up the grill for dinner yet (would be rude to eat in front of them), guess I'll go clean the car out...

Madcat
04-07-2008, 09:21 PM
Hi Ladies. I dropped off the face of the Earth for a bit again. My friend, who I have mentioned a few times here, finally lost her battle with cancer on Thursday night. It's sad but she put up an amazing fight and went out with dignity, in the company of good friends. Needless to say I feel a bit sidetracked on the whole diet and exercise thing... even though it's the one situation I actually have any control over. I'll be back once things calm down a bit.

Shy Moment
04-07-2008, 09:33 PM
mad
I am sorry sorry to hear of your loss. Will keep you in my prayers.

happy
I don't add any calories at all to fry it. I use a spray oil that has no calories or fat or anything else. I never worry about calories anyway. I have a heck of a time getting in 1200 a day most days even thou I eat the required amounts of the four basic food groups a day. I just tend to naturally pick foods that are low in calories. I generally never bread fish. I like the taste of the fish and don't want that taste covered by breading.

happy2bme
04-07-2008, 10:23 PM
Madcat - I'm so sorry for your loss. You were a good, supportive friend to her. :hug:

carla49
04-07-2008, 11:03 PM
Madcat, I'm so very sorry to hear your sad news. :cry: I think your friend was very fortunate to be surrounded by loving, supportive chicks like you. :hug: :grouphug: :hug:

carla49
04-07-2008, 11:21 PM
I read a newspaper article today about a new book, "Kluge, the Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind". It claims that our brains are 'an ill-assorted collection of poorly matching parts, forming a distressing whole' - or a kluge (rhymes with stooge). Because of evolution, we have both an ancestral or instinctual way of thinking and a modern and reasoning side, and the two are in constant conflict, which tends to make us a little stupid. Why am I babbling on at you all about this here? Well!!! It's because it turns out it's not our fault at all that we can't resist fries and watch too much tv - it's all because our pesky ancestral brains insist on living in the moment and seeking fast-fix pleasure. So no more guilt, no more talk of failure: chalk it up to that pesky kluge brain, and hand me another :censored: ! ;)

upswife
04-08-2008, 12:22 AM
Madcat~so sorry about your friend. Many hugs and prayers for you and her family.

happy2bme
04-08-2008, 12:28 AM
Well Carla - thank you for posting that for us. I feel better now. Next time my mind races off somewhere and I fight like crazy to control it, I will just throw up my hands :dunno: and yell Fergin' Kluge! :rofl:

Our Memphis Tiger basketball team lost the championship to Kansas. It was a good, heart in the mouth, up and down aerobic, went into overtime, great game between 2 well matched teams. Kansas earned the win, even if it would have been nice to see this town celebrate :cry:

If you can believe it, the door people were finally packing it up at 9pm tonight. And they STILL aren't done :yikes: The door is in (precariously glued) with a deadbolt in and they need to finish framing the thing tomorrow. I was getting a bit antsy at 3pm that they were still here. DH was giving me the "take a chill pill" look. But aha. By 7pm HE was getting all freaky. I had the basketball pre-game on and he kept coming into the living room clutching his throat. I was starting to think I had to make up the guest room for these guys :lol:

And I really wanted to wash my car too. The inside is all shiny clean but the outside is covered in an array of circular tree pod things, yellow pollen and lots of guano (if you know what I mean ;) ) The guys had their big old truck and trailer taking up most of the driveway so I couldn't clean my car. I refuse to go to work with it looking that way so I will be the crazy woman out with a hose at 6am tomorrow when it's bloody 48 degrees out hosing down my car. :mad:

But... I will not complain. In honor of Madcat's friend - who seemed to persevere though all kinds of trying times, I will honor her memory by trying to be like her. I will make tomorrow a good day - not yell at people on the road, give someone a needed hug or a kind word and will attempt to do some good as I walk this earth tomorrow. Because that's what touched me as Madcat spoke of her and couldn't we all do with a little bit more of that kind of behavior in our lives?

Good night ladies, sleep well.

annie175
04-08-2008, 08:01 AM
Madcat..so sorry for your loss.

diyana
04-08-2008, 08:15 AM
Good morning ladies -

Yesterday was crazy busy all day long...so I wasn't able to post. I really didn't want to go to the gym (TOM blues)...but told myself that I should just try 20 to 30 minutes of cardio. I ended up doing 45 minutes and felt much better afterward.

Ruth - Glad to hear snow is starting to melt for you. Is your lake deep enough to fish in? :lol: I hope your knee swelling has gone down and that you feel better today. Good for you for taking care of the neighbor's dog. I did that last summer with a dog that showed up in my yard. I didn't know whose dog it was, but I put a leash on it and walked to every house in the neighborhood until I found its home.

Mel - I sure hope you feel better today. My DH just got over the sinus/ear/dizzy stuff. He took a really strong decongestant and the doc put him on antibiotics too.

Happy - Good for you for getting so much accomplished. I've got progressive bifocals too, and for small print, etc., I can read it better if I hold it up close and don't use my glasses. :dunno: Wow, you got a gun. I hope you get the necessary training from your DH. I understand that these are the times we live in. I just think I'd be too chicken to have a gun. That's great you're getting your door...but too bad the samples aren't really true samples of how the doors will look. weird. It took them more than a day to install the door?! Sheesh!! Sure hope they finish the job today! What kind of floor are you putting in the foyer? I agree with you...if the new floor will clash with the wallpaper, take down the wallpaper and paint the kitchen and foyer a nice complementary color. You are right...the first grilled food of the spring/summer tasted wonderful. I'd been craving a bratwurst cooked on the grill for days, and it was so good. I had it without the bun and with some honey mustard. :tasty:

Annie - What a great bargain on your "new" bike!! Sounds like you've been able to enjoy the nice weather - it's supposed to rain here today and then they're using the "s" word for this weekend, but I'm staying in denial...I don't want any more of the "white crud" as Ruth calls it.

Ellen - So glad you had a great time at the wedding and got to dance with your DH.

Shad - I really admire your confidence to be able to go into situations and take charge. I know Happy has that kind of confidence too. I'm still working on developing that so that I am able to do it more consistently or at least not wear my lack of self-confidence on my sleeve like I sometimes do. It's good that you'll be working with folks who speak English, and I'm sure you'll do fine in the markets. About 25 years ago, I went to Hong Kong to visit my parents when my dad was working there. And even though the vendors in the markets spoke little English, we were able to communicate enough so I could buy stuff! :lol: I hope you're able to visit your friend and spend a few hours of quality time.

Rennie - It's wonderful the first time you can open the windows and give the house a good airing! We did that this weekend too!

Madcat - I'm so sorry for your loss. :hug: My thoughts are with you and her family. I'm going to join Happy in her decision to make today (and every day - hopefully) a good day to honor your friend's perseverence through difficult times.

Well, gotta get started on the day! Let's all have a terrific Tuesday!

happy2bme
04-08-2008, 09:22 AM
Good morning chicks,

Well I got up at 6am - it wasn't too cold out and washed my SUV. Looks so much better now and I had something accomplished before 6:30am :D That's a change!

The door guys said they would be here at 7:30 to finish up. I think they mean "here" being that they are somewhere in town and not at my door as I thought. This is how service people work in the south so it doesn't do any good to complain or get fussed up.

Michelle - DH and I had to go through training and take a test to get our licenses to carry concealed weapons. I wouldn't have it any other way - a gun is far too dangerous to take lightly. So everyone within a 500 mile radius can rest easy that I'm not going to Annie Oakley up the place :lol: I'm glad you got to go to the gym - getting up and getting there is half the battle. Lots of people - myself included - will be like :kickcan: don't want to do it. Well ok, just do 10 minutes. And then once we get into it, we complete the job. Even as adults sometimes we have to treat ourselves like kids :lol:

I saw an article on the Internet that if you get married, you gain on average 7 hours of extra work just having a husband. And it's more if you have children. Guys drop an hour of work by having a wife which I find hard to fathom - if the wife picks up the cooking and laundry that's more than an hour right there. :dizzy:

Time to head off to work. Go off and do some good in the world today and if you see my door guys on the road, tell them to get a move on over here - much obliged ;)

diyana
04-08-2008, 10:25 AM
Happy - Good for you for getting your car washed before going to work! YGG! I know I wouldn't have the ambition to wash my car before work (unless it's to drive through the car wash!) :lol: I'm glad you got the appropriate training and that you aren't gonna go all Annie Oakley and that you and your DH aren't gonna Bonnie and Clyde all over town! :rofl: I definitely have to treat myself as a kid sometimes to get me to do what I'd rather not. I saw your door guys on my way to work. They said they took a wrong turn at Albuquerque (a la Bugs Bunny). How they found themselves in Wisconsin and what they were doing in New Mexico when they were supposed to be in Memphis, I'll never know! :dunno: :dizzy: :rofl: I told them they'd better get a new GPS so they don't get lost again and they'd better get a frassin' move on over to your house.

ceejay52
04-08-2008, 06:23 PM
madcat
so sorry to hear the news of your friend. she most diffinately was a fighter.
((hugs))

Carla
Now I know what's wrong with my brain.

Happy
I'm impressed with you at getting the suv cleaned before 6.30 a.m.

Hello to Michelle, Ellen, Mel, Shad and Ruth and Holly. Hope I haven't left any one out.

We've just had a little shower but the worst is yet to come. I really need to get some things done whenI go home tonight.

Good news is that I don't have to train L anymore. I'm so excited. I told my boss that I have to keep reminding her to do things and that I have to keep checking her work. It's like she doesn't really want to do the job. But she wants the day shift. I also told him I didn't trust her and until she can do the work without trying to cover up the mistakes I can't trust her. Enough is enough. He still wants her to do the paper work. I told him that this paper work has to balance not force it to balance.

happy2bme
04-08-2008, 06:37 PM
Kind of quiet in here today...

Thanks for the reminder about the rain Ceejay - looks like it might track south of here and we'll both miss out. The lawn is still a soggy mess from last week's deluge. I'm glad you don't have to train your co-worker any more but sounds like she's not out of your hair completely. :(

Thanks for sending the door guys back my way Michelle. They took all day to finish up what should have been done in a few hours. DH was watching them and said he isn't at all happy with the job they did. Tried to put the door frame up crooked which didn't sit well with him at all. That's cool that you've been to Hong Kong - I didn't know that. Have you done other travelling outside of the U.S.?

I'd better get off the computer and go fire up the grill before the clouds come in and rain on my parade and my dinner :lol:

:wave: to the rest of the chicks

And I am holding to my promise to be a good person today and it SURE AIN'T EASY :rofl:

MELODY525
04-08-2008, 07:47 PM
SORRY GALS....I AM PRESSED FOR TIME. THE ELECTION IS THE 15TH AND THE SENIORS NEED HELP WITH FILING FOR THEIR IRS STIMULUS REBATE CHECK BEFORE THEY MISS THE DEADLINE. ALL **** IS BREAKING LOSE OVER HERE. ONE GOOD THING....I FORGOT MY OWN PROBLEMS :rofl: :rofl: WILL TRY AND CATCH UP THURSDAY OR FRIDAY. TOMORROW I AM GOING OUT TO BUY THEM A DVD PLAYER. THEN I WILL WORRY ABOUT GETTING MY MONEY BACK! LOL THEIR VCR IS EATING THEIR OLD TAPES UP!!! :faint: ONE GOOD THING....I WENT GROCERY SHOPPING AND GOT THAT DONE. WILLY CAME IN AND HELPED ME CHECKOUT AND PUSH THE CART. AT LEAST HE CAN SEE WHEN SOMEONE REALLY NEEDS HELP TOO. SOMETIMES I GET LONELY BEING THE ONLY ONE AROUND HERE!! :dance: TRYING TO GET IT ALL DONE BEFORE MY VISITORS ARRIVE!
LOVE TO ALL. STAY WELL AND I SHALL RETURN!

Shad
04-08-2008, 08:12 PM
Good morning everyone,

Well for what is left of it anyway. Woke up with a very bad headache this morning, grabbed a cup of tea and 3 panadol, came here to read the posts but felt very wierd so went back to bed and 3 hours later I came back. So todays plans are a bit of a washout and I think I will just swap today with tomorrow and go on from there.

I managed to get a flight to Townsville for Friday - morning flight up and and last flight home. So I will spend the day with my friend, well as much as she wants to spend anyway. She is now carrying oxygen around with her and is confined to a wheelchair. She tells me it is not a permanent feature, her carer says the outlook is not good. I'll know more on Friday no doubt.

Happy - sad that the door fitters are so slack and also slaphappy. Makes one wonder if there are tradesman out there who give 100% to their work and who actually care. I can understand the DH's frustration as things that are not level and true will always cause problems in later life.
I'm afraid it was probably my fault that the guys ended up in New Mexico as I found them in Moorooka and pointed out their mistake. However due to accent failure and cultural misunderstanding they ended up in NM instead and Michelle chivvied them up from there. Good thing you have us chicks looking out for you. However if I had known what they were going to do, I would have lit a fuse under their unloving butts while I was at it! :mad:
Another 7 hours of work just being married?? No wonder I felt tired all the time! And you really do know my friend that guys don't cook (or at least don't often clean up after themselves) and the laundry consists of one load of towels, sox, work gear, designer undies etc all in one load and then left in the basket to dry - one hour would be more than it takes.

Michelle - I don't always have the confidence or cool that I convey to the rest of the world. Often I am a mass of indecision, fear of failure, lack of confidence. A lot of people seem to think I can do more than I have done. I hide a lot of it really well and I am prepared to work very long hours to prove myself wrong to myself. Don't know if that makes sense. Taking charge as you call it is often a matter of bluff. I know I can do it, but I don't always have the confidence to do it. When I began to do this job, I made some awful, awful mistakes. The lady who was mentoring me was a very patient and very knowledgeable lady. I learned so much from her. I've used her principles and apply them to myself and try to treat my mentees as she did me. It seems to work most of the time. You need to work on hiding the lacks but not lying about it. I found that if I gathered the courage and realised that I did not know everything there is to know and went and asked the questions, life became much easier for me.
People in markets the world over know what they are selling and for how much. It is really amazing that in that situation, you can communicate with sign language and laughter. Works everytime. They want to sell, you want to buy, where there is a want there is a way. But I always find it nice to be able to mutter a couple of words to people in their own language. Most seem to appreciate the effort even if the accent is excrutiating. Others who might not be so nice, are not sure how much you understand and therefore are sometimes more scrupulous when dealing with you.

Carla - I will not hand you another :censored: - get up out of the chair and get it yourself. The exercise will do you good. Do I have to come over to emphasise the lesson???

On a funny note: I heard on the news today that John Cleese - British comedian and now living in California, thinks he should support Barrack Obama because he has a sense of humour but it needs bringing out somewhat. Lord help us!!! A comedy candidate for Pres. John Cleese for those who may not have heard of him, was in Monty Python, A Fish called Wanda and is Basil from Fawlty Towers. He was also reputed to have written the letter to the United States following the somewhat dodgy election of George W Bush and the muck ups in Florida with the voting. It was hilarious. He actually denies writing the thing however.

Having said all that and sadly now feeling sick again, better take myself off to mope around and do something else. See ya!

carla49
04-08-2008, 09:37 PM
A beautiful day today, high 50's. Although I did work, we finished early. :woohoo: I actually came home, bundled up well, and took the dratted cat out to the patio for an hour. (I was sorry I dodn't have a camera - there's still some ice and snow on the patio, and the back lawn is mostly white. A very photogenic backdrop for my handsome boy with his red harness and leash.) He was absolutely beside himself he was so happy. Poor baby - I'm still undecided about sending him off to a new outdoor home.

Mel, have you considered getting the old dears a DVD/VCR combo? I have a Samsung combo and I love it. They cost about $100 max, and up here they're still pretty available at most of the big box stores. One less piece of equipment to dust, and besides, I have a feeling one of these days VCR's will disappear, and you did say theirs was eating tapes...

Happy, your story about the door installation gives me yet another excuse to put off having renos done... Thanks! ;) As for the gun... maybe it's just because I'm Canadian, but having handguns around just gives me the willies. When I went to see my brother in New Orleans he had a probably illegal loaded gun in a drawer in his living room, scared me s***less. The night he died I made his best friend take it away immediately, just didn't feel comfortable having it in the house. (It didn't help that he lived above a dive bar in the Quarter, and there was always the chance word had gotten out that there was morphine in the house...) It's kind of funny in a way, since my dad was involved in competitive target shooting when I was a kid and there were long guns around the house - unloaded and properly stored, of course, like yours.

Shad, sorry you're under the weather. :hug: The Jakarta contract sounds like a nice change after Perth! And you can talk about bluffing all you want, but if you didn't get the job done you wouldn't be at the top of everybody's list. I do, however, know what you mean about confidence being a big part of success. When I'm working I always sound like I know what I'm talking about - the biggest bluff of them all...

Gotta go - I feel a wave of kluge influence washing over me. :D :D

Shy Moment
04-09-2008, 01:33 AM
Carla
We let the cat outside with us sometimes. He isn't at all sure he likes grass over carpet lol.

Shad
Hope you start feeling better and hope you have a great time with your friends.

Happy
The more we hear about your house being redone. The more I am glad we are doing this all on our own lol. Sure hope things get done for you.

di
Not only does exercise make us feel better. We feel better when we know we are doing something good for us. Hope you have a nicer day tomorrow.

cee
Good for you. You have to stop letting people make you crazy. You did the right thing by speaking up about the woman.

annie175
04-09-2008, 08:09 AM
Happy Hump Day Ladies.........

Dismal morning supposed to be sunny by this afternoon.

Shad...hope you are feeling better by now, and have a safe trip on Friday.

Carla...our weather stinks. It was 72 yesterday, today 60, and 42 and snow flurries by this Saturday. No wonder people are sick so much in Indiana.

Diyana...you keep inspiring me to exercise, hopefully it will kick in and I will actually do some. ;^)

MEL...goodluck with the seniors.

Ceejay...good for you for speaking up about L. People like that make me crazy. I tell them, for crying out loud....TAKE NOTES and refer to them. That is my pet peeve.

Happy..anyone that can get up and have their SUV washed by 6:30 am is my hero. Rock on sista!!

UPS..Glad you had fun at the wedding.

Things are peaceful on the home front for now. Going to lunch with a buddy from my previous place of employment.

Hello to everyone..........

Have a marvy day.

Love and Hugs

Ruthxxx
04-09-2008, 08:29 AM
Where the heck have I been? I'm sooo behind again and will probably miss folks.

Madcat, I was so sorry to hear of your friend's death. I am glad you and her other friends were there for her. I've been through that several times and was always glad I did what I could to be supportive.

Happy, the darned door thing sounds like a real hassle. Good thing the DH was there to supervise those jerks.

Shad, you never get sick! I hope this thing passes quickly. Tea and reading always works for me.

Ceejay, glad you seem to have resolved the L. situation. What a loser!

Carla, our Marigold was an indoor cat for most of her life. She really got into country life when we moved here and even stated hunting chipmunks. She still insisted on using the indoor kitty litter, however. City girl!

My neighbour has just arrived to finish cutting up a tree for me so I need to dash. Waves to all, especially Mel who needs to ask for help more often.

diyana
04-09-2008, 09:58 AM
Good morning ladies --

We're halfway to the weekend! Yay! I didn't get to the gym last night. I had a really bad day at work and was just too exhausted, so I relaxed with DH and the DPs (Dear Puppies). I plan to go tonight to do some cardio.

CeeJay - I hope the situation with your co-worker improves and she starts doing her work correctly so you don't have to worry about her anymore.

Happy - That's a bummer that the door guys took two days to get the door done, and then didn't even do a good job. Other than Hong Kong and Canada, I've only traveled in the U.S. DH and I want to go back to Canada next year to go fishing. How about you? Where have your travels taken you?

Mel - That's great that you're helping the seniors file for their IRS stimulus rebate. My DH is helping his mom. I know you're really busy, but I hope you're taking some "Mel Time" too.

Shad - I hope you are feeling better. That's wonderful that you will be able to go see your friend on Friday! Thanks for all your wisdom about conveying confidence to the world. I have a feeling that the confidence you convey is not a bluff at all. As for me, I'm not a great bluffer. I definitely do ask questions and learn from mistakes. I just sometimes wear my frustration on my sleeve. More things for me to work on improving. :) You definitely are correct, if you can say a couple words in a native language people do appreciate it. Of course, when I went to Montreal and said "Bonjour" to someone, they proceeded to ramble off in French at lightning speed. And I had to fess up and admit that the only French word I know is "Bonjour" and how to count to 10. :rofl: Spanish is the language I learned in High School and College and although I'm not fluent anymore, I'm fairly conversational. Funny you mention John Cleese! I love John Cleese! He's really funny! In fact, in a few weeks, DH and I are going to see SPAMALOT a broadway show (in Milwaukee) that's based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail. DH and I are big Python fans! I also like watching the Michael Palin travel shows...informative, interesting, but with a bit of humor!

Carla - When do we get to see photos of the kitty? Good idea for Mel about getting a DVD/VCR combo. We love ours too! Handguns give me the willies too. But if people are responsible gun owners like Happy, then that's cool with me.

Rennie - Great to hear from you! You are right about exercise making us feel better physically, emotionally and mentally. I'll get back on the cardio machine tonight.

Annie - We're having a rainy week and maybe the white crap this weekend. I'm so OVER sn**, I can't even say the word. Enjoy your lunch with your friend!

Ruth - That's terrific that a neighbor is helping you with your tree. It's wonderful to have nice neighbors. I'm really lucky - my neighbors are great, as yours are it seems.

A big :wave: to anyone I may have missed.

Wonderful Wednesday Wishes Everyone!

Shy Moment
04-09-2008, 12:05 PM
Di
I don't generally workout on the weekends but this Saturday we are going to the zoo. We will walk 6 to 8 hours so I think I will have enough workout for the whole weekend lol.

upswife
04-09-2008, 02:01 PM
Hello ladies! Feeling like I Have been playing catch up with my whole life! Will try to get back later. Luv and hugs!

Shad
04-09-2008, 04:26 PM
Morning all. I did come back although there were times there when I wished I was dead. I guess it all had to be something I ate and presumably that may have been the yoghurt for dessert the previous night. It was out of date by a day, and normally that doesn't matter but obviously this one did. So we will chalk it up to experience, purge the fridge and start over.
Yesterday was a bit of a washout, but I did get up to finish most of the plastring yesterday afternoon. So one thing got achieved I suppose, now it is time for sanding, another not so favourite job. I hate all the cleaning up afterwards. That sanding dust gets everywhere despite having the fans on to push it outside and all the furniture and bits covered with paint sheets.
The new kitchen comes on April 22nd. I'm getting excited! Only 12 days away now.

Mel - please take care with all that activity over there. I do not want to take another mercy dash to see a good friend who has overdone things. Ruth was right, instead of nagging you to let up on the frenetic yank syndrome, we need to teach you to ask for help without you feeling like you have to beg! Thanks go to Willie for his acumen. Did I meet Willie when I was there? No I don't think so, I met himself and the dog! And the mayor!!
Sit back and enjoy your visitors. Let them run after you for a change.

Carla - if Zen is so happy out there in the cold and snow, how can you not consider giving him to the family that has a backyard. I know it is not an easy decision to let go of a loved pet, but we do have to consider the pets needs as well. Some cats just do not like to be inside all the time.
Good idea about the combo dvd/vcr. I have some tapes that I don't want to lose, I could get them converted I guess but having a combo machine might just solve the problem, although I will have to read through all the Japlish to try and get the tv to accept videos again. It took me long enough last time.

Ruth - good to hear you sounding a bit more chipper. Nice neighbours to come and trim your trees. I suppose like Carla, you are getting ready to go swim in the lakes again? :D
And yes you are right about Mel learning to ask for help once in a while.

Diyana - seems to be a French thing about the lightening speed, swallowing consonants and generally speaking through the back of the nose. I took French at school and must confess to only understanding one word here and there when spoken by a French person. Of course outside France the French speakers have different dialects and this makes for interesting conversations at times. Not that it is much different between English speakers. Believe me when I first came to Australia it wasn't like we were even speaking the same language. My first trip to the States was renowned for the words - Pardon, what, and huh?? My second trip up there went okay until we got to the Ozarks!!! Happy and Happy DH became interpreters then. It took me a while to work out porch aigs and o'eraisy. To top it all off, the waitress who looked like Daisy Mae, had a boyfriend who was currently in Australia. He was in a place starting with T which is close to Brisbane (where I live). Did I know his friend who was an Aussie. Well no I didn't.
I have a series of Michael Palin books about his travels. I really wasn't into Monty Python in the old days, but it all becomes clear as I age! :rofl:

Morning Rennie - enjoy the zoo.

I had better go and get a workout in - the one I missed yesterday and get on with my day. Still don't feel exactly brilliant, but the workout will help. See you.

ceejay52
04-09-2008, 06:45 PM
Rennie
Wow, Id like to go to the Memphis zoo again one day. Have fun.

Shad
Hope you are feelng better today. Enjoy your trip.

Mel
Enjoy the time with your visitor's and as Shad recommended let them wait on you for a change.

To every one else, hope the day is a good one.

It's been another good day and yes less stressful. I did have another co-worker from the water-sewer department "training" today. I wasn't sure what the boss wanted me to do with him so each hour when I do my montoring I had him follow along. He's really wanting to learn which makes a big difference. I had the plant in hand operation and asked him to watch the guage while I went downstairs to refill a chemical drum. He turned the plant off when the ground storage tank reached 31.00 feet like he was suppose to. I can trust him this early in the game unlike the other party--but I think it's her lies is the reason I don't trust her.

Shy Moment
04-09-2008, 07:33 PM
I am not a happy camper. Weather is showing we aren't going to get to do the zoo this weekend. Going to have to wait a couple of weeks I guess. Hubby said he would take me to the mall to walk my 5k lol. He really is supportive isn't he :).

Cee
You just make sure that other person doesn't cause trouble for you.

Shad
Glad to see you are feeling a bit better.

Ruthxxx
04-09-2008, 08:16 PM
My red car is covered with white polka dots! Did I mention that the geese are flying? I guess it's the season to put it in the barn.

Busy, busy day and another tomorrow. On Friday, Hershey and I are off to Ottawa for a girly weekend with my dear old friend Shirleyanne and her two dogs. We've been friends since 1958 and still haven't run out of things to talk about! It's her birthday and we're both going to celebrate making it this far. :lol: Back in 1975 she was told she was dying but she sure fooled them!

I'll pop in when I get back.

ceejay52
04-10-2008, 08:36 AM
Ruth
Have fun this week end and celebrate life. eww, on those white polka dot spots but my rav4 has them too and not from the geese. Can I say pigeon's?

Rennie
I've just caught on what the boss was doing. He wanted to make it rough on L cause she's thought all this time that day shift would be easy. She knows now it is not. He wanted her to tell him that she did not want to go to day shift. She simply can not do it.

I sure did want to get the yard mowed today. The radar is not looking good at the moment.

Can you believe that I was awake at 5.30 this morning. I may have to take a nap later on.

I'll be back a little later if weather permits.

diyana
04-10-2008, 08:38 AM
Good morning ladies --

Had a wonderful workout last night - 45 minutes of cardio. I'm hoping to go to the gym tonight, but if we get the big thunderstorms and wind that we're supposed to, I might workout at home.

Rennie - Sounds like we're not the only ones getting bad weather this weekend. That's too bad you won't get to the zoo. I really enjoy going to the zoo too. We usually go to the Milwaukee Zoo a couple times a year. And we've made the trek to Chicago's Brookfield Zoo, which is phenomenal. I've always wanted to go to the Columbus Zoo - is that the Zoo you would go to (I'm not sure where in Ohio you live)? This is going to sound weird, but if I could meet two famous people...the first would be Brett Favre of course and the second would be Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo. We watch his shows and every time he is on David Letterman.

Shad - I hope you're feeling better. I, too, always seem to pay for it when I eat food that's even 1 day past it's marked date - so I don't do that anymore. I'm amazed that you were able to get the plastering done when you were feeling so bad. Even though you need to get the sanding done, don't do more than you feel up to, especially since you've got a trip to take tomorrow to see your friend. I hope you have a good trip and enjoy your time with your dear friend.

CeeJay - That's good that you've got a trainee that actually works hard and is trustworthy.

Ruth - I hope you and Hershey have a wonderful weekend away with your friend and her dogs!

Happy - I hope you have a great and less stressful day at work.

:wave: to Carla, Ellen, Madcat, Patty, and everyone else I may have missed.

Hugs to all,

happy2bme
04-10-2008, 11:15 AM
Good morning ladies,

I have had limited access to the internet the last couple of days so I haven't been able to get around.

They laid the new floor yesterday and it is beautiful, gorgeous, lovely!!!!! They were able to butt the tiles together because of the size of them and the tile layout pattern we chose so there is minimal grout used - good thing because it is very light grout. The sun streams through the cuts in the glass on the door and the floor is a gorgeous color of white, tan and a rosy brown. I will try and take a pic this weekend. I told DH this looks so nice I am motivated to do more renovations - the rest of which we should be able to handle ourselves save for painting the foyer.

Anyway I'm at work and don't like to stay on here long so just wanted to wave hello and take care for those of us in the storm paths today.

I might not get back until tomorrow night for personals... :wave:

Shad
04-10-2008, 12:50 PM
I'm having trouble sleeping, and when I got up to go to the loo, I saw that the computer was still on and I sat down here to see what you are all up to.

Yesterday, Bev's medics withdrew all medications as they are failing to make any headway at all against this rare bug that she has. She has no further hope of recovery. So please spare some peaceful thoughts for my friend as she prepares for her transistion to the next world. Today will be very emotional for all of us I am sure. There is no time frame given, they could not even hazard a guess at it.

It seems so strange that two of my friends are struck down with very rare diseases. One got lucky but not the other.

Can't think of much else right now and in a couple of hours time I have to get ready to go to the airport anyway. I'll be back later tonight to see what gives in the world of the Chicks of the Greek Taverna.

annie175
04-10-2008, 01:03 PM
Good Afternoon Lovlies.............

The weather is getting crappy here. Gray, rain, and much cooler. Bleck!

My tummy was giving me fits this morning and made my way to the toitie 6 times. Feeling better now tho. Just a little tired and weak. Took a half of a tylenol pm last night and it is still working on me. Just want to lie down and snooze a bit.

Rennie...So sorry you cannot make it to the zoo. You would have seen many of my relatives. hehe

Shad..Glad you are feeling better. It just slows us down so much to deal with illness. Good thoughts and prayers to you and your friend.

Ceejay...sounds like you might have a winner with this new employee. Takes a bit of the stress off.

Hope everyone has a peachy evening.

Love and Hugs

upswife
04-10-2008, 02:21 PM
Afternoon all! I have been very lazy the last few days. I really need a kick in the behind. I have been neglecting the gym, and most housework. I really need to catch up on laundry so I won't make it to the gym today...Have to go tomorrow, will be doing the same 5k that rennie is doing. Unfortunately it will be raining here all weekend, so I have to do it on the treadmill. Trying desperately to get some semblance of order back.

Shad~how did you manage to plaster while ill??? So sorry about your friend, hope you get a good visit in today. ((hugs))

Ceejay~so good to have someone who wants to learn! sounds like things will be easier this time around! Yay!

Rennie~I too will be doing the 5k inside...has been raining for 3 days and is supposed to continue thru the weekend! at least you will get to window shop while you go!

Ruth~LOL at the polka dots! My kiddies have been complaining about ours...usually the car is kept in the garage, but because I am redoing the cabinets, the garage has become a workshop...and no room for the van! Enjoy your trip this weekend!

Michelle~I really need to take your lead and go exercise more regularly! YOu are doing so great!!! I love going to the zoo. Mom and I take all the kids to Brook field, usually overspring break, but was too chilly this year...will have to go in the summer. Oh, all the kids are 2 DB's (13 and 10) one DS(8) and my three (7,6 and 4) are we crazy or what???

Happy~ the floor sounds lovely! Isn't it weird how doing just a bit of renovation causes you to want to do more???? still plugging away here with the cabinets.

Annie~take care of yourself. hope you feel better soon! At least it will be a good stay in and recoup weekend! (hugs)

:wave: and :grouphug: to all I missed!

Well, lunch is over, adn I really need to get the mountain moving!!!! See you all tomorrow!

happy2bme
04-10-2008, 02:47 PM
Quickies...

Ellen - gentle nudge and a big c'mon get on the wagon wave out to you. Grab the hand and we'll pull you in the conga line back to sanity :dancer: :dancer: :dancer:

Annie - sure do wish we'd have a room with alarm clocks and some comfy chairs to grab a quick power nap when we needed one. The rainy weather moving in doesn't help with the sleepies. Hope your tummy settles down soon.

Shad - good thoughts for your and your friend - I'm so sorry about the prognosis. You are a good person to be at her side. :hug: Have a safe trip and a celebration of sorts of your friendship - can't quite find the right words to say it but I mean the coming together of 2 souls in support if you know what I mean...

Mel - I hope they don't have you inundated with work. I did the senior tax filing for the rebate check for my mom and had to "discuss" with her over and over that the government only required 3 fields to be filled out and submitted and heartily promised that I would DOUBLE her rebate out of my own pocket if by some change the government instructions that I followed to the letter were somehow wrong and caused her to miss out on her check. Not making fun of my mom, just dealing with an 81 year old here and remembering that some day I will be wearing those shoes too.

Michelle - was that you screaming and yelling earlier reading the news that your beloved Brett Favre might not retire after all :lol:

Ceejay - be careful - I see alot of the bad storms headed your way. Leave the Rav4 out - the pounding rains might wash away the pidgeon stuff. Do you have the yellow pollen dust covering everything too? Spring in the south - we pay for those pretty flowers :) I was looking at the weather map and see you are not that far from Nutbush - home town of Miss Tina Turner.

Ruth - I remember your stories of you and Shirleyanne - partners in crime and more fun that 2 wild women deserve to have :rofl: Have a WONDERFUL visit!

Rennie - sorry you won't get to the zoo - a place that's always good for a good long walk without realizing it. Save it for another time.

I'm doing the 5K too but might have to break it into 2 days due to scheduling. I had hoped to be able to go out to the walking trails by us but it looks like they might have closed them off due to flooding. And if those storms in Arkansas continue our way, I'd be doing the 5k by swimming.

Lunch is over - back to work. :grouphug: to the rest of the chicks.

Shy Moment
04-10-2008, 05:07 PM
Ok, you can all yell at me after I post lol. I went to a friends house for dinner last night. She measured everything out for me. Knew exactly what I was eating and had everything written down. Now that is really supportive don't you think lol. This was all great. I went home and put it all into fit day. She didn't think about sodium. WOW my sodium for the day was 6000. Can you believe that 6000. I just did a weigh in yesterday and was down to 144 Yeaaaaa me. I had to go today and pick up some paper work so did another weight in ( hey why not ). OH MY GOSH I am up 2 pounds. Now I know that can't be real gain but I changed my ticker anyway. My ticker is how I am honest with myself. It changes when I do a weigh in at the docs office no matter what. I am sure that will come back down at my next weigh in but it sure taught me a lesson. I am going to have to be even more careful when I go to someones house to eat. She called today and laughed and asked how my second weigh in went ( she knows me lol ). When I told her ( and now I feel bad ) I thought she was going to cry. I said oh forget it, it will go back down. At least she sees how much sodium they take in all the time. Something good came from it. She said she is going to start watching the sodium intake of her family. I feel like crap today, wonder if it is all the sodium? I feel bloated and pudgy and just not feeling to great all around. Have a terrible headache too. I usually keep my sodium around 2400 to 2700

Happy
We have it planned again in a couple of weeks. I am going to get my miles in for the 5k and then I think we are going to go play euchre lol. I am so glad the floor came out fantastic. You should take some pics of it with the sun shinning in for us.

upswife
Ok you can pick up that exercise by taking one piece of clothing at a time up the stairs after it has been laundered lol. That will give you some exercise and get the housework done too lol. I told everyone I am doing to do my kicks and knee lifts and arm raises all Thur the mall while I do my walking. Oh my gosh they all laughed. Lets see how much they laugh when I do it. They think I am nuts anyway hehehe. Hey, I do my walking/aerobic videos when we are at the campgrounds. Just take the tv outside and put it on the pick nik table. You wouldn't believe how many people now come to the site and join in with me. I bet some of the people going to the mall with us ( we have a group since the zoo is zipped ) will join in and laugh right along with me. The hubby of course will tell people how they only let me out for a few hours a week and not to worry I am not dangerous lol. Wouldn't you know it. We are having lovely weather until this weekend lol.

cee
We have such a great time at the zoos. We have a few here in Ohio and love the Cleveland zoo and the Columbus zoo and the Cincinnati zoo. We go to all of them each year. We all have a ball together, usually there are 10 or 15 of us that go at the same time. The first time we go in the year is " no children time " we go with a group of adults ranging in ages of 30 to 70 and we don't have to worry about keeping an eye on the kiddies. At least the boss knows what is what. Some people just don't understand how much difference there is in different shifts. I always liked night shift myself but got stuck with day shift most of the time.

Annie
I sure hope you feel better soon. My gosh I take one of those pills and I feel it the whole next day. To bad you all don't live closer. The zoo would be a great place for us all to get together.

di
I love the Columbus zoo because they have my wolfs there lol. It is my favorite. That is the first zoo we hit for the year then the Cleveland zoo then the one is lower southern Ohio last.

Shad
I am so sorry. Will keep everyone in my prayers. This is such a hard time for you and I wish I could be there to give a kind shoulder and support.

Ruth
I hope you have a wonderful time. Getting together with friends can make a person feel terrific.

MELODY525
04-10-2008, 05:20 PM
MADCAT AND SHAD~ I SENT YOU BOTH PM'S. SENDING LOVE AND MANY :hug: TO BOTH OF YOU! I AM SORRY I WASN'T HERE WHEN YOU BOTH POSTED. :cry:

HAPPY~ GLAD THE GLASSES ARE GETTING FIXED AND THE DOOR AND FLOOR ARE DONE! HAPPY RENNO TIME!! NEXT TIME JUST INVITE THEM AS OVERNIGHT GUESTS!!

ANNIE~ ENJOY THE PEACE AT HOME. AND CONGRATS ON THE NEW BIKE! WHAT A BARGAIN!!

RUTH~ ARE YOU THE OFFICIAL WELCOME WAGON DOG CATCHER NOW?? HAVE FUN WITH THE NEW POLKA DOTTED CAR....MAYBE YOU CAN START A NEW TREMD!!

ELLEN~ YOU GO YOU DANCING SALSA MAMA YOU! :belly:

SHAD~ JOHN CLEESE FOR US PRESIDENT CAN'T BE ANY WORSE THAN ALL THAT ARE RUNNING NOW!! :rofl:

MICHELLE~ GET THOSE BUNS OUT TO THE GYM!! I CAN'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT YOUR LAUNDRY CAUSE MINE LOOKS LIKE MT. FUJI!!!

CARLA~
NEST TIME I WANT SEX AND GRAB THE 1ST MAN WHO GOES PAST ME, I'LL JUST TELL HUM TO KLUGE ME!!
I DID THINK OF THE DVD,VHS COMBO BUT THEY GAVE ME 30 DOLLARS AND TOLD ME NOT TO SPEND IT ALL IN ONE PLACE.:faint: GOOD TO SEE YOU HERE! ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND!

CEEJAY~ HOPE THE NEW GUY#2 WORKS OUT WELL. HE SOUNDS LIKE AN IMPROVEMENT OVER GAL#1!!!!

I CAN SAY THAT ALL ENVELOPES ARE ADDRESSED, I STOLE STAMPS FROM THE STAMP MACHINE, RELATIVES COOPERATED AND SO DID ANOTHER WOMAN WHO IS A BOOKKEEPER. SHE DID THE FIGURES TODAY FOR ANYONE WHO WANTED HELP. I PHOTOSTATED EVERYTHING I DID AND GAVE THEM COPIES. SO IT'S FINISHED. :dance:
IT WAS A TOUGH FEW DAYS AND I EVEN GOT TO THE FOOD STORES TWICE! :cb: AND OUT FOR A FEW SHORT RIDES AND SOME SUN IN BETWEEN. NOT A BAD WEEK BUT I'M A BIT TIRED...BRAIN TIRED THOUGH.
JEN AND RICH ARE STILL AT THE FIL AND THE FIL IS IN FLORIDA. SO ALL IS QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT.
LIKE ANNIE, I AM ENJOYING THE "LESS DRAMA" WEEK!!
I TOOK THIS TIME OFF THE PC AND ALSO FROM MY 100 DAYS AND WILL BEGIN AGAIN THIS WEEKEND. THE EYE CLINIC SAYS I MUST KEEP THE APPT ON THE 21ST CAUSE THEY AREN'T ALL "CLEARED UP" YET.... BUT THEY FEEL MUCH BETTER. EVERYTHING ELSE IS OK AND I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO A RAINY WEEKEND AND SOME QUIET!! :rain: :beach: BUT I WILL MKJISS THE SUN WHILE IT'S GONE!!
HAPPY THURSDAY/FRIDAY :moped:

MELODY525
04-10-2008, 05:24 PM
RENNIE~ HOLY CRAP!! THAT'S SOME SODIUM COUNT! :rofl: NO WONDER YOU FEEL FUNNY!! JUST FLUSH IT OUT OR EAT SOME CRANBERRIES OR DRINK THE JUICE. IT WILL ALL LEAVE VERY SOON ONE WAY OR THE OTHER :hug: HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER!

Shy Moment
04-10-2008, 06:49 PM
Melody
That is what I have been doing today. Drinking cranberry juice, which I love and really watching the sodium. Going to keep an eye on it until it is back to normal. Everything else is fine. Numbers are right where they should be. I am feeling a little better but still feel yucky. Hope the eyes get to where they should be. Nice to have everything done. Maybe you can find a few days to relax and have some quiet time.

MELODY525
04-11-2008, 08:17 AM
THERE ARE DAYS WHEN I WONDER WHAT LIFE IS ALL ABOUT. I AM BEGINNING TO FEEL A LITTLE PUNCHY FROM IT ALL. NO SOONER DID I GET OFF HERE FEELING HAPPY WITH MY WORK DONE AND A FREE WEEKEND COMING UP WHEN MY FRIEND & MALL BUS DRIVER MARK CALLED TO SAY HIS DAD PASSED AWAY. WE HAVE ALL KNOWN EACH OTHER OVER 30 YEARS. JEN WAS JUST 7 WHEN WE MET. HIS MOM LIVES IN HERE TOO. I STUCK A SIGN SAYING I AM UNWELL ON THE DOOR AND LEFT A NOTE FOR JOHN TO FIND SOMEONE ELSE TO HANDLE THE WEEKEND.
TALKED TO JEN AND MARK LAST NIGHT AND I AM DOING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TODAY :tantrum: OF ALL THE MEDS I HAVE HAD IN THIS HOUSE....I COULD USE A FEW TRANQUILIZERS RIGHT NOW! :rofl: OR MAYBE A GOOD STIFF DRINK...WE ARE IN ATHENS...SHOULD IT BE OUZO?
A TOAST TO ALL OUR DEPARTED FRIENDS AND THOSE THAT ARE UNWELL :cheers:

WISHING MY WORLDLY FRIENDS A GREAT DAY.
WISHING CARLA A GREAT TRIP.
HAPPY FRIDAY :moped:

happy2bme
04-11-2008, 08:36 AM
Good morning chicks,

Mel - so sorry about your buddy's dad. So many losses sustained here recently. We need to choose to celebrate the lives of these loved ones and the specialness that touched our lives. I believe we are all here for a reason and when that reason has been fufilled, we move on to the next great thing. It is sad that some moments are more brief than others and on the other end of the spectrum, some people refuse to go away no matter how much we mumble :^: Hope you can have a quiet and reflective day :hug:

Rennie - sounds like your task for the day is to hit the water - by the gallonful. The good thing about sodium is that at least you can flush it away. Oh my gosh - aren't you the little Denise Austin leading the exercise at the campground lol.

It's Friday :dance: We got some heavy rains yesterday. There's a nice pond out back on the patio. I'm betting that some of the tree schmutz/pods are clogging up the drain. We need a good week of steady sun to dry things out. A lot of clay in the soil here so things are quite soggy. So much so that DH can't even mow without sinking in the ground. Even walking across the grass leaves a trail of footprints.

I have to get ready for work. Have a happy Friday ladies. :wave:

upswife
04-11-2008, 08:45 AM
Morning ladies! I have found the reason for being out of it. I am PG!!!! I am excited, but also a tad afraid, after 4 very early misc, I am not sure what to do. Will call the dr's office and see what they say. Will probably still go to the gym for the 5k, but will take it easy, and break it up if I need to. Will post after I talk to the dr.

Have a great weekend!!!

Shad
04-11-2008, 08:53 AM
Evening all,
I've been and come back. It was quite distressing to see Bev looking like a Biafran refugee and gasping for breath. I felt like saying, just lay back and let me do it for you - I've enough for two. And the coughing - yuk. But at least the coughing is doing something. If she stops coughing, the lungs will seal up like cement and she will drown. So it may sound awful, but it is keeping her going for a while. She is so weak and pale though. Her hands are very cold and her feet are sometimes blue. There's not much oxygen going to the extremities at all. All efforts are going into keeping the vital organs awake and alive.
Still we had a few laughs, and I took my computer up and showed her some of the photos of my tour - I've been writing these one page stories about my trip to the States and Canada and putting in some pictures here and there and then emailing them to her. She enjoys them and loved the story of Gracelands. So I took my computer and showed her the Gracelands photos and also the Butchart Gardens. Bev is/was a keen gardener and I think she enjoyed the slideshows.
Even worse news today was that her carer has been diagnosed with rapid onset breast cancer. On Tuesday she will know what has to happen with her. There will be an operation and she may or may not lose a breast and lymph nodes. So even if she was well enough, Bev can't go home at the moment. She will be in hospital indefinitely. I think we can number her life span in weeks rather than months, but who is to say? Her brain is as active as ever and she keeps saying that she is not going yet.

Thanks to Mel and Madcat and indeed all of you, for those lovely messages. I appreciate the thoughts.

I think I will try for the personals tomorrow. At the moment I am feeling a bit drained. It's been a long day.

ceejay52
04-11-2008, 08:50 PM
Shad
(((hugs))) and more ((hugs))What a good friend you are!

upswife
did i read correctly--you're pg. my sister sadi that her body was low on progesterone when she had her miscarriages. She has three now and one to be married in May. Wow how time flies.

Rennie and Mel
I've learned something new today. Cranberry juice relieves sodium!

Happy
Yes, the pollen is here. To bad I don't have a garage!!! I was going to raise the windows today but decided not to until I get the water hose after the screens. They were covered in yellow. Did you get the storms?

Today has been a restful day. Nothing on the agenda and this is what I've needed for a long time.

Shy Moment
04-11-2008, 09:28 PM
Cee
Yes it does lol. I have went through a whole bottle of the stuff lol.

Shad
I am so sorry about your bad news. We never understand why some people live long healthy lives while others have such a tough time. Will keep you and yours in my prayers.

Ellen
Hope things go well. Listen to what the doc says to do. Ask about exercise and so forth. I know miscarriages can be horrible. I had many. I was blessed with my two children


Happy
Glasses and glasses of cranberry juice. Good thing I love the stuff. lol at first everyone at our site laughed. They stopped laughing when woman asked if they could join in. To bad those at our own camp site don't join in.

Melody
I am so sorry for you also. So many loses lately. Please remember the good times and be glad for them.

I feel a ton better today. Figure it will take a few days to get all that sodium out of me. I really have no idea. I have gone throught a bottle of cranberry juice and have two more in there. Going to work on my hook rug tonight :)

happy2bme
04-12-2008, 01:40 AM
Hello fine women of the world,

:congrat: Ellen - that is wonderful news. :hug: I hope all goes well for you and that the doc has some good tips. Yay for you for continuing on the exercise.

Shad - that is so sad about your friend Bev - makes you wonder why some people have to suffer so. I think it's a great idea to give her a mini travelogue with your pictures and adventures travelling. I too have travelled vicariously through you as have others. How neat that she loves gardens and you were able to share your Butchart pictures too! It's good that you were able to spend some personal time with her. I will keep you both in my thoughts and prayers :hug:

Ceejay - we had some storms roll through here but not as bad as it could have been. Enough to soak things through. With the clay soil, the lawn in parts looks like a bald man's head with a bad "comb over". All the azaleas and the dogwood trees are in bloom and it's so pretty out here. The sweet gum trees just dropped their pollen clusters - oh joy :lol: Have things been busy at the plant for your with all this rain?

Rennie - glad you're feeling better today. Just watch the sugar in the juice if you're drinking that much of it. Maybe a shot of juice and a water chaser :lol: I tried to eat a fresh cranberry this Thanksgiving after one of the girls said she liked to snack on them. Interesting texture but oh so SOUR :P I'll stick with the juice, the dried berries in stuff or a small dab of the cranberry sauce. Good stuff those cranberries, isn't it?

Mel - I got your card today. Thank you so much - it brightened my day! :hug: Give Mark a hug from the chicks of the world who pass along their sympathies on the loss of his dad. :grouphug:

Thinking about you too Madcat :hug:

Carla - are you being a good girl? Or a fun girl? :rofl: I hope you are back on the bike again. :ebike: Or maybe just taking a walk around town admiring the place. :D

Ruth - have a good trip and fun on your girly weekend.

Michelle - hope the weather breaks for you but heard it's going to be cold and windy again. Cheer up, spring is coming, it's just hanging around down here and refuses to go north :lol:

Annie - hope you're feeling better. Sending you a bit of sunshine. :sunny: I think it's going to be on the cooler side for most of the country.

Hellos to Patty, Painter, Holly, Rose. I guess we lost Shaker again. :( Hope I didn't miss anyone - if so, not intentional as at the moment I am in search of a drink of water - horrid sinus coughing fit - my personal favorite.

'night ladies...

MELODY525
04-12-2008, 08:08 AM
HAPPY~ SORRY YOU ARE GETTING SOGGY IN THE BACKFIELD!!! SQUISH, SQUISH! WILL SEND SOME SUNNY WEATHER DOWN TO YOU AS SOON AS WE GET SOME! :rain: STAY DRY AND THANKS FOR ALL THE GOOD THOUGHTS :hug:

ELLEN~ CONGRATULATIONS BUT DON'T DO ANYTHING TILL YOU GET THE OK'S FROM THE DR! :rollpin:

SHAD~ STAY STRONG AND I AM GLAD YOU GOT TO SEE BEV AND SPEND SUCH GOOD TIME WITH HER. I AM FEELING DRAINED MYSELF. HAVE A "SHAD" WEEKEND AND BE GENTLE TO YOURSELF AS WELL :hug:

CEEJAY~ DANDELION LEAF SALAD, CRANBERRY JUICE OR BERRIES(DRIED), ASPARAGUS AND A FEW OTHER ASSORTED THINGS HELP YOU PE MORE IF YOU DRINK WATER WITH THEM. THUS ELIMINATING THE SODIUM.
HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND!

RENNIE~ HAPPY HOOKING :belly: :rofl:

I AM THE WORLD'S BIGGEST CHICK-EN. I HAVE YET TO GO UP TO THE 6TH FLOOR, FACE THE CROWD THAT ARE MARCHING IN AND OUT OF THAT APARTMENT, AND EXPRESS MY CONDOLENCES. I DID PUT A CARD ON THE DOOR WITH A PERSONAL LETTER TO MOM. HOPEFULLY BEFORE THE WEEKEND IS OVER, I WILL HAVE GOTTEN TO THE ELEVATOR WITHOUT FALLING APART. :faint:
OTHER THAN THAT...ALL IS WELL IN MY CORNER OF THE WORLD. NEPHEW IS DUE THIS MORNING. HE GOT OFF TO A LATE START. I AM READY!
HAPPY SATURDAY AND HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND :beach:

diyana
04-12-2008, 09:32 AM
Good morning ladies --

Sorry for not checking in yesterday. Since I had the day off, I got up and did about 1.25 hours of cardio at the gym in the morning then came home and organized many, many cupboards and did some cleaning. By then it was late afternoon and I was exhausted. Today I'm going for my fasting blood test which will test, among other things, my cholesterol, blood sugar and a value called Hemoglobin A1C - Which essentially tells how your blood sugar has been over the last 2 or 3 months. That's the value that was a little elevated last time, along with my triglycerides and cholesterol. So I'm really hoping that my blood test results will be better. I will know for sure on Friday when I see the doc again. After the blood test, it'll be off to the gym for cardio and weights and then back home to do some cleaning.

Happy - I couldn't agree more with your words about cherishing loved ones and that we're all here for a reason. And I certainly couldn't have articulated it as nicely as you. Thank you for expressing what my heart wanted to say. I'm so glad that the floor turned out lovely! New door illuminating your new floor! Gorgeous! While I'd love seeing Brett Favre play football again, he needs to make up his mind, one way or another. And I sure hope he doesn't play for any other team. Judging by what he said when he called in quits, that he doesn't have any more to give mentally, emotionally or physically other than for 3 hours on Sundays, I'm not sure coming back would good for him.

Shad - I'm so sorry there's no more that can be done for your friend. My thoughts are with you and with her. I'm glad you were able to spend the day with her. :hug: It is rough to see a loved one whose health is declining. I flew to California and saw my DF just a couple weeks before he passed. He, too, was just skin and bones - weak and pale. It's good you were able to share some laughs and pleasant conversation. I'm sure she greatly appreciated your visit.

Madcat - :hug: Hang in there.

Annie - I hope you are feeling better.

Ellen - Congratulations! I'm so happy for you! Good for you on continuing the exercise. I'm sure your doctor will have good advice/suggestions for you.

Rennie - Those two pounds must be sodium, especially if you feel bloated. You'll go back down in no time. YGG! That's cool that you have 3 great zoos in Ohio. We've been to the Milwaukee Zoo of course, the Green Bay zoo, and the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago. When we lived in California, we went to the San Francisco Zoo quite often and a couple times to the San Diego Zoo. I got a great :lol: out of you doing workout videos while camping! That's wonderful!! Have TV, will workout!

Mel - I'm so sorry about your friend's dad. :hug: I'm glad you've asked for someone else to handle the weekend, so you can take the rainy weekend to relax.

Ruth - I hope you're having a great weekend with your friend!


:wave: to Carla, Patty, Holly, Rose, Painter, Shaker and anyone I may have missed!

upswife
04-12-2008, 12:15 PM
Thank you all for the encouragement. I am going to continue my exercise, tho in a limited form. I am also going to eat clean, the problem is I am so tired!!!! YOU ladies are the only ones besides DH that know...I had to tell someone. I know my hormones are screwed up...but I have taken the progesterone, and it has not helped, in fact it made the misc far worse than the others. (pain wise) Trying to keep my head together,as I keep thinking of the possibilities , and still waiting for Morning sickness. Will keep you wonderful ladies posted on what is happening. Have to get ready to take the kiddies swimming.

:grouphug: and thanks again for all the encouragement!

MELODY525
04-12-2008, 01:25 PM
:hun:Perdue's French Country Chicken:hun:

Ingredients
4 PERDUE® Fresh Chicken Thighs
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
4 slices bacon
1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 package fresh shiitake mushrooms, sliced (3.2 ounces)
1 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon sun dried tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 sprigs fresh thyme for garnish



Instructions
Pat chicken dry; season with salt and pepper and set aside.
In a large nonstick skillet, over low heat, cook bacon. When crisp, transfer bacon to paper towels to drain, leaving drippings in skillet.
Increase heat to medium high. Add onion and mushrooms to skillet and sauté 2 minutes, until onion is slightly softened and mushrooms are golden. Remove onion and mushrooms and reserve with bacon.
Add chicken to pan and brown in remaining drippings. Stir in chicken broth and tomato paste. Return bacon, onion and mushrooms to pan. Add thyme, cover and simmer over medium low heat for 30 to 40 minutes, until chicken is fork-tender.
Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs, if desired, and serve with garlic mashed potatoes.

Nutrition FactsServings Per Recipe 4
Amount Per Serving (* % of Daily Value)
Calories 417 (21%)
Total Fat 31g (48%)
Saturated Fat 10g (50%)
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 180mg (60%)
Sodium 457mg (19%)
Total Carbohydrate 5g (2%)
Fiber 1g
Sugars 0g
Protein 30g

** I COULDN'T FIND SUNDRIED TOMATO PASTE SO I CUT UP SUNDRIED TOMATOES AND ADDED THEM TO THE BROTH TO REHYDRATE AND ADDED A TBS OF REGULAR TOMATO PASTE. NOT A GREAT DIET DISH BUT A NICE WEEKEND CHANGE

Shad
04-12-2008, 05:40 PM
Morning all,
I wasn't in yesterday, just didn't feel up to it. In fact I did so little yesterday I should have stayed in bed. Thanks for all the thoughts and wishes for Bev and me and I dare say Pam since she is now undergoing the pain and problems of breast cancer. She is quite amazing though (Pam) and her main concern is that she and her home are not going to be available for Bev when she needs them most.

Ellen - congratulations on the pregnancy. I hope all goes well for you and while I think you are great going on with the exercise, please ensure you take Doctors orders and don't overdo things.

Rennie - thank you for your kind words. I have to admit that I got a laugh out of the camp tv work outs. Surprising how many people will do a workout if they see others doing it, but can't or won't do it by themselves.

Happy - glad to hear that the door is finally finished and that the floor looks great. At least the floor seems to have gone in with a minimum of fuss and is done. What colours are you going to paint the walls??
Sounds like you are well into the rainy season now. Chris (Japan) used to make me laugh when she said that the officials had declared the rainy season open or finished. How can they define Mother Nature like that. Wonder how they felt when she decided to teach them a lesson and the rainy season wasn't finished!!!

Mel - please pass on my condolences to Mark and his family. I hope he doesn't fall back into depression and drugs after this! Keep smiling old friend. If nothing else, it makes the b*stards wonder what you've been up to!
Thanks for the recipe too. Since we are in a state of siege here now, there is no oven or hotplates and everything cooked is either on the BBQ or in the microwave. Hopefully, no cooking may mean weight loss???? :rofl: on second thoughts probably not!
Have fun with the nephew.

Michelle - hope the blood tests go okay and that you have improved the levels with all the exercise and wise eating you have been committing to over the past months.

Carla - WHERE ARE YOU?

Ceejay - Hi, come on over and wash my car while you are at it will you?

I'm determined to do better today than yesterday. So shortly I am off to the gym and then on with finishing the sanding, doing some painting and clearing up the mess which always seems to follow me around. Then I should get out in the garden again, where the weeds are making themselves known around the roses once more. The shed needs to be cleared out too, but that's a big job and really suited for a time when I am in a bad temper since that's when I can fling some of the junk a long way.
Somewhere along the line I also need to fit in a manicure. My nails, never a strong point are starting to show signs of neglect and imminent breakage. So I will be busy today and that may well mean that I achieve something and will feel better about the world and its inhabitants.

Hi - to all the others - Madcat, Shaker (I hope the news over Easter wasn't too bad, maybe she is caught up in school holidays as well), Holly, Ruth, Patty (must be time for another check in) Painter. So who have I missed? Gotta be someone who slipped through my unmeshed cogs.

MELODY525
04-13-2008, 07:33 AM
MICHELLE~ GOOD LUCK WITH THE TESTS AND HOPE THE A1C COMES OUT WELL. FRIENDS OF MINE GET THEM. GREAT CARDIO EXERCISE WITH THE CUPBOARDS!! :rofl:

ELLEN~ JUST DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO STAY WELL :hug: AND CAREFUL! :rollpin: MOTHER MEL WILL BE WATCHING YOU!

SHAD~ I WELL UNDERSTAND THE FEELING OF NOT WANTING TO BE ANYWHERE! POOR PAM AS WELL. SENDING HER AS MANY GOOD THOUGHTS AS I CAN MUSTER UP. WHAT IS YOUR DEPARTURE DATE? I JUST MIGHT GET A LONG TOW ROPE AND TIE IT TO YOUR PLANE'S AXLE!! :lol3: STAY STRONG :hug:

THE SUN IS OUT BUT THE STRANGEST LOOKING CLOUDS ARE OUT THERE. KIND OF LIKE THOSE WEIRD TREES THAT GROW IN AFRICA. LONGINSH, FLAT AND VERY BLACKISH ON THE BOTTOM WITH THE SUN MAKING THEM BEAUTIFUL ON THE TOP. :faint: HAD TO CLOSE THE WINDOWS AND PUT THE HEAT BACK ON. I SEE SNOW PREDICTIONS FOR OUR WESTERN NEIGHBORS. WINTER SEEMS TO BE HOLDING ON WITH A VENGENCE.:rofl:
WELL....OLD MAN WINTER STAY AWAY FROM MY DOOR.
UESTERDAY WAS GORGEOUS. TOOK A RIDE AND WAS LUCKY TO AVOID EVERYONE WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ONE. WEDS I WENT TO THE STORE AND GOT THE SENIORS THEIR DVD PLAYER. WELL IT'S A CHEAP ONE AND WON'T PLAY EVERY DVD THE RIGHT WAY. PLAYERS ARE LIKE THAT. NOW HERE COME THE COMPLAINTS 4 DAYS LATER :rofl: ;rofl: TOLD THEM IF THEY WANT A GOOD ONE THEN THEY MUST ALL CHIP IN AND I WILL INSTALL IT! :tantrum: NOT SURE IF THAT WENT OVER TOO WELL OR NOT. I'LL FIND OUT ON MONDAY.
I FILLED UP A BOX WITH ASSORTED JUNK AND THERE IS STILL ROOM AT THE TOP. TODAY WILL BE FINDING THINGS TO TOP IT OFF AND SHREDDING LAST YEAR'S PAPER TRAILS!
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY :moped:

MELODY525
04-13-2008, 09:26 AM
AOL HAS ANOTHER "AMERICA TAKES IT OFF FOR THE SUMMER" CHALLENGE. THIS IS THE LINK ..... IT HAS A MEAL IDEA LINK IN THE BOTTOM RIGHT HAND SIDE FOR BREAKFASTS, LUNCHES AND DINNERS ETC. AND LOTS OF OTHER INFO FOR EXERCISE. SPRINGTIME MOTIVATION!

http://body.aol.com/diet/americatakesitoff/flat-ab-tips

MELODY525
04-13-2008, 04:34 PM
I HAVE SOME TIME TO MYSELF...THE VISITORS HAVE BEEN IN NYC (WONDER IF THEY RAN INTO CARLA) AND WALKING AROUND TOWN MORE THAN HERE :rofl: THEY NEVER SIT STILL AND APOLOGIZED THIS MORNING FOR THEIR ABSENCE. I TOLD THEM IT WAS FINE WITH ME. :dance: THE NIECE-IN-LAW IS WONDERFUL AND VERY EASY TO TALK TO. CLARISSA IS A LOVELY GIRL. MATT IS A VERY LUCKY GUY. UNCLE JOHN IS COMING TO GET THEM TONITE OR IN THE MORNING. AS YET UNDECIDED. THEN I WILL SPEND TIME WITH "MOM" AND CONSOLE HER. HER FAMILY IS ALL GOING BACK TO WORK IN THE MORNING AND THEY TOLD ME SHE IS ALREADY CRYING. GLAD I SAVED MY VISIT TO HER FOR LAST.
SO.....EVERYTHING SEEMS TO BE FALLING INTO PLACE. JUST VERY CRAMPED!!! NOT SURE IF THE KIDS ARE COMING BACK AFTER UNCLE JOHN'S. I TOLD THEM I AM HERE IF THEY NEED/WANT TO COME BACK. OTHER RELATIVES HAVE VOICED THE DESIRE TO SEE THEM ALSO. SO MUCH TO DO AND SO LITTLE TIME!!!
EATING SOME TAKE OUT AND I COOKED THAT CHICKEN FOR EVERYONE. IT REALLY WAS A BIG HIT. BOTH ARE AMAZED AT THE WAY I DO STUFF AND DRIVE AROUND.
AT LEAST I HAVE BEEN FEELING OK. POOR SHAD GOT THE WORST OF ME WITH EYES, SKIN AND SUMMER HEAT LAST YEAR. :faint:
MY FRIEND FROM OZ IS DUE ON 5/9. HOPE THAT VISIT GOES WELL TOO! :beach: SHE HAS ASKED FOR A STOCK OF SPANISH GALLETAS THAT SHE CALLS BISCUITS TO BE BOUGHT. SHE FELL IN LOVE WITH THEM LAST TIME. VERY PLAIN. JUST FLOUR AND WATER.
http://www.elcolmadito.com/Arte/MasProductos/PanPepinGalletasOriginal10onz_1.jpg
WELL I BETTER GET GOING. GONNA SHOWER BEFORE THEY GET HOME SO THEY CAN HAVE THE BATHROOM.
BTW....NOT ONCE HAVE EITHER OF THEM GONE AFTER ME ABOUT JEHOVAH LIKE MY BROTHER! MATT IS NOT STUPID!! :rofl: :rofl:

ceejay52
04-13-2008, 05:16 PM
Afternoon every one. It's cold outside.


Have been to Paragould for a visit with the aunt and uncle. She had planned a birthday dinner last night for April which included her grand daughter, my uncle, and her son and a daughter in law. It was relaxing.

More later. I need to get things ready for work and finish some laundry.

upswife
04-13-2008, 06:28 PM
Afternoon ladies! Taking it slow today, just church, then home for dinner. DH barbecued some pork, and we made taco's. MS hit this morning, but I seem to have it under control, I just have to keep from feeling empty. Dh is having a fire, and a heart to heart with my brother. Would like to join in, but the smoke has been bothering me. Well, not plans for this week, will just try to keep up with the housework, and hit the gym for some walking on the treadmill. enjoy your day ladies...I am off to read while the boys are outside!

Shad
04-13-2008, 07:24 PM
Morning all,
'm feeling a lot more chipper this morning so maybe something will get accomplished today. I really should remember that the day after a long aeroplane ride is not the best day of my life. Anyway, this morning I've been to the gym, had breakfast/ lunch and am finishing off my cup of tea (Russian Caravan flavour for any that are interested) and then will get up the ladder and paint.
At sometime this week I guess I had better think about what I need to take to Jakarta, find out what the weather will be like, look up the Hotel website and see if they have a gym etc. etc. etc. all those things one needs to do.
Speaking of gyms, it may be time to up the levels or weights again. I'm beginning to notice that some of them are no longer challening me, so it's time to up the effort. When there isn't time to increase the number of reps or the time on the treadie, you have to increase the intensity. I really do not want to spend more than an hour per day in there, so I have to go faster or heavier or smarter.

Mel - glad to hear you are having a great time with the family. Is Carla in NY for the weekend? I knew she was thinking of it, but since we haven't heard from her for some time I thought maybe it was postponed or something. Wonder which of those bridges she has commandeered.

Ellen - hate that morning sickness. Slow rising seemed to do it for me. Mind you I didn't suffer very much anyway, just a couple of bouts with the first baby. Probably the same with the second. I don't really remember back 32 years for things like that.

Ceejay - Glad you enjoyed the weekend at Paragould, although you sound like you could cheerfully gag the Aunt at times from your journal posts. Hope the weather improves up your way shortly.

We have beautiful sunshine here. It's around 75-78 beautiful degrees F. and there is scarcely a cloud in the sky. Lovely day to take a tramp in the bush or to wander along a beach and watch the dolphins play. But I must paint. If I get cracking, I can get the ceiling done by 10 and the walls done by midday. Well the first coat anyway. It will need another too after that, plus time out for the bumps and lumps that I missed the first time around. DS2 took out my old stove yesterday. Today the last of the floor cupboards will go and we will have a bare, barely painted place. Oh such fun. I need to go down the road and invest in a whole range of Lean Cuisine dinners and other stuff we can do in the microwave.

So there you have it. I'll be back later to see how your Sunday is going. Here we are into Monday and it is quiet and peaceful around the place - only the crows are making a noise this morning.

annie175
04-13-2008, 07:27 PM
Hello Ladies.....

Not too much going on here at the homestead.

Congrats to you Ellen. I had 1 miscarriage before Samantha and two before Jake. Had prog. suppositories with Jake. They are 22 and 20 now.

Heartstrings, they are.

Shad..hope you are feeling much better by now.

Rennie..sodium can make you feel really sluggish, glad you are feeling better.

Mel...sorry about your friend's dad.

Happy...I have had enough rain, how about you. I am ready for a great sunshiny month.

Ceejay...glad you finally got a restful day.

Diyana.. I see you are still rockin' the exercise world. You go girl.

Saw the movie "21". It is really great. Me DS and his buddy went to see it. Took a nap yesterday and today, and feeling much better. May go back to bed in a few for the night.

Hello to all I may have missed.

Love and Hugs

happy2bme
04-13-2008, 11:47 PM
Evenin' ladies,

Sorry I didn't post but I came here this morning and got tripped up on Mel's website. Thank you very much for posting this link Mel. I picked up some great ideas for breakfast items - always the most challenging meal for me to put together. I then had to roll the ideas into a meal plan and grocery list. DH is sanding the hall closets prepping them to paint (just like you Shad) and a few times my hand was needed to prop up or steady something. In between I was trying to get laundry done and find something reasonable to eat because I don't go to the grocery store hungry. Had to shower up and get dressed and out the door and before you know it, the day is gone. There was a women's market fair with all sorts of crafty things I wanted to go to today, but that didn't happen. I missed the other one last month too. Besides having too much to do, I also consoled myself that I really have more than enough things here - don't need to be spending the money or bringing more things in the house at the moment. :rolleyes: And I entered the 3FC 5K rally this weekend and had to get my 5K of walking in today anyway.

Yesterday DH put a sealer on the floor and it smelled something horrid (think airplane model glue or something like that). So we cracked open the windows and went out to breakfast. Afterwards we headed to the Humane Society. I think the cats are starting to recognize us - lots of furry little arms reaching out of the cages - pick me, pick me!! Every one of them gets some loving before we leave. DH is falling in love with a couple of them who clearly prefer him over me. That's ok, I have my favorites too. I take over the counter allergy medicine as I am allergic to bunches of cats. The stuff I used for the last 20 years was reformulated because the druggies decided it had just the right ingredients for making crystal meth. :rant: The new stuff works but not as well as the old stuff. Generally I can handle about 2 hours at the Humane Society before the wheezing and coughing kick in. Unless I take 2 tablets which work well but put me to sleep :lol: Yesterday I didn't realize we were going to the kitties after breakfast so I had not taken a pill until we drove up to the shelter. I dug in my purse and found one of the few old tablets I had of the original formula. We put in our usual 2 hours of work and I wasn't even sniffling as we left. Darn druggies ruin everything! :censored: anyway I will hang on to the last few pills just for when we go to the shelter.

My azaleas have come in half heartedly. The ones that did come in are quite nice but other bushes right next to them barely bloomed if at all. Others in the neighborhood are doing the same so I know it's not like we under/overfed them or trimmed them too late in the season. The locals tell me there are lots of things that affect them. The dogwood trees are blooming with their delicate white flowers and look so fragile against the colorful azaleas.

It's gotten quite cold out here too. They are predicting light rain and snow flurries tonight and tomorrow. A widespread frost warning is forecast for tomorrow night. I was worried about our Japanese Maple that only shoots out leaves once a season and just popped out last week as well as 2 trees we have that seem to be water based. Last year's frost caused the maples delicate leaves to shrivel up and turn yellow and the 2 trees green leaves looked like yucky rotten spinach leaves. And they only shoot out new growth now so if they sustain damage it stays that way until the fall when they lose their leaves completely. So DH and I covered the 3 most fragile bushes with sheets tonight. Looks like Halloween ghosts at our house :lol: I'm sure the neighbors will walk by and talk. Hope it scares the dogs of those who like to walk late at night and don't carry a doggie bag with them. :mad:

Mel - I noticed that Igor seems to have run off with your top :o :lol: I'm glad you seem to be having a good visit with the family and that they are not expecting too much of you. Thank you again for posting that website full of great ideas :hug:

Annie - like you I am ready for nice weather and sunshine. The yard needs lots of work and I'm eager to start planting. Glad you're feeling better. Getting a bit more extra sleep may be just what you need to beat off the bugs.

Shad - tearing things down to the rafters just allows you to build them back up nicely again and with work done right. Painting has to be easier too even if the cooking is not. Do you find that you don't use the stove much UNTIL you can't get at it? :lol: Hope the painting went quickly. I haven't decided on colors for the foyer yet. I want to do a neutral beige in the office adjacent to the foyer and am somewhat limited on colors due to the intense blue of the dining room off the foyer. I will have to spend some time staring at paint samples at the home improvement store :lol: When do you leave for Jakarta?

Ellen - probably better if you stay away from the firepit smoke right now. Don't worry - we will keep your news a secret here until you are ready to tell the world ;)

Ceejay - glad you had a good time at the birthday party.

Hope the blood tests came out ok Michelle.

Ok, I've rambled more than I should have. Time to get the load out of the dryer that just ended, put the last of the produce away and hit the sack for the night. Good night all... pleasant dreams and a productive tomorrow.

happy2bme
04-14-2008, 12:05 AM
What the back yard looks like when ALL of the azaleas decide to bloom

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/BackyardInBloom.jpg

The large trees on the left and right are the dad gummed sweet gum trees - bane of our existance as they are always dropping something that needs to be picked up. And the dogwood tree is in the middle between them. When this picture was taken it was mostly past it's spring bloom and the green leaves were popping out. The pool is behind the wrought iron fence.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/Backyard2.jpg

MELODY525
04-14-2008, 08:08 AM
OH HAPPY I LOVE THE PICTURES!!! SPRING HAS DEFINITELY SPRUNG IN YOUR YARD!! :dance: ENJOY THE VIEW!!! VERY BEAUTIFUL. THIS CRAZY WEATHER IS GIVING ALL THE GROWING THINGS A HARD TIME. I HAVE NOTICED THAT TREES ARE LOOKING A LITTLE LESS FULLER AND PLANTS ARE NOT AS BUSY EITHER. SAD. TOO BAD ABOUT THE SEALER SMELL AND THE SINUS MEDS. I KNOW THE FEELING FOR BOTH! :rofl: TODAY I WILL GO BACK AND LOOK AT THE MEAL IDEAS. I WOULD LIKE THE BREAKFAST BURRITOS FOR THE WEEKEND!

SHAD~ AT LAST E-MAIL THE TRIP WAS STILL ON. BUT I HAVEN'T HEARD FROM CARLA IN AWHILE. WILL SEND OUT THE MOUNTIES VERY SHORTLY! :tantrum: WE CAN HAVE OUR LC'S TOGETHER. JUST BOUGHT A BUNCH OF THEM AND WW TO FILL THE FREEZER. HOPE THE KITCHEN GOES WELL.....AND QUICKLY!!

CEEJAY~ PARAGOULD AND A BIRTHDAY DINNER! VERY NICE. HAVE A GOOD WORK WEEK!

ANNIE~ HAD A BIT OF A CHUCKLE AT "HEART STRINGS". A GOOD DEFINITION!!

ELLEN~ HAVEN'T HAD BBQ PORK IN MANY YEARS!! DROOLING OVER HERE NOW!!

THE HOUSE IS QUIET. MATT AND BRIDE ARE AT THE UNCLE'S NOW. LEFT EARLY THIS MORNING. THEY FOLLOWED EACH OTHER. NOT SURE WHY THE UNCLE EVEN CAME DOWN HERE. HIS HEART ISN'T IN IT. DISAPPOINTING REUNION. I CAN SEE THERE IS UNACCEPTANCE OF MATT'S BLACK AND WHITE MARRIAGE. VERY SAD. I FELT BAD FOR CLARISSA. I FEEL LIKE GOING BACK TO BED!! MATT HAS ALREADY CALLED ON THE CELL AND ASKED TO COME BACK HERE ABOUT MID-WEEK. I CAN "HEAR" IN HIS VOICE A PROBLEM. SO I TOLD HIM TO SAY I CALLED HIM CRYING OR SOMETHING SO HE HAS AN EXCUSE. HE SAYS I HAVE ESP BUT DIDN'T EXPLAIN. I WAS AFRAID OF THIS. GUESS MATT WAS HOPING FOR THE BEST. THEY'RE LEAVING THE 19 OR 20TH. I THINK THEY WILL BE HAPPIER HERE. THERE WERE THINGS THEY STILL WANTED TO DO AND SEE.
BETTER GO USE THE DULCOLAX BEFORE THEY COME BACK!! :rofl:
HAPPY MONDAY! :moped:

happy2bme
04-14-2008, 08:19 AM
Good morning chicks,

WAKE UP EVERYBODY :coach: :lol: That's ok, kind of gray and cool out - the sort of day where you roll over, moan and then pull the covers over your head for 10 more minutes of shut eye. :yawn:

Except for Mel who's up bright and early. So sorry to hear about the nephew - they sound like a nice couple who deserves better than that. I think the uncle needs a bit of :rollpin: - what's that they used to say - a good box about the ears? Guess you can't pick your family but you can pick your friends and you will always have us Mel :grouphug: Glad you like the yard Mel - I think you'd enjoy sitting out and watching the birds at the feeder. I think the peaceful back yard is the nicest feature of this house.

I went to bed far too late and I think it's going to be a very wild and crazy day. I will try to stay away and pay attention :lol:

Hope you all have a good Monday too! :wave:

upswife
04-14-2008, 08:49 AM
Happy Monday all! I was planning a trip to the gym, but DS had a tummy ache...DD2 had one Saturday, and I think part of what I has yesterday was not MS, as I am feeling better. Must be a tummy bug, hopefully it will be over soon. If DS is feeling better this afternoon, I will go then. Trying to eat small healthy meals, and fight off this tiredness. If I feel up to it laundry needs to be done, and the kitchen needs to be cleaned up. Have to shove off and get the day started!

Ruthxxx
04-14-2008, 10:27 AM
Quickie as usual with no time for personals although I always manage to read.

Had a wonderful time at Shirleyanne's place. She had several of the "girls" for sinner and I was amazed to see that I was the only person with white hair. The rest of them turned blonde! Must be the city water. :lol: Anyhow there were lots of laughs and some tears. I took most of yesterday "off" to regroup and think on my transgressions. I finally faced the scale this morning so my ticker is finally telling the truth. Reality sent me to the gym this morning - the knee still hurts but it may as well hurt from exercise if it's going to hurt anyhow!

Sunshine but still very cold in the morning here. This afternoon I plan to do a bit of raking on the warm side of the house. I have crocus and snowdrops and am waiting for the daffies at the Church. They are up but not in bloom yet. (My Dad and I planted them in 1997 and they are just glorious.) I think I have a picture.

Marvellous Monday to all. Do something nice for yourself today.

happy2bme
04-14-2008, 12:13 PM
Mel - YOU DID THE 5K - AWESOME!!!! I'm so proud of you :hug: :hug: :hug:

Pedal power!!!!! :ebike:

diyana
04-14-2008, 02:18 PM
Good Monday afternoon ladies --

Yesterday was really busy - between cleaning, running errands, and going to the gym. And this morning there wasn't time to post before work. But since I'm on my lunch break, I'll do a quick check in. Thanks for all your support regarding my blood tests. I won't know the results until Friday. And I think my crossed fingers will probably really start to cramp up by then. :lol:

Ellen - I agree with the other ladies. Check with the doctor to find out exactly what you should and shouldn't be doing. Take good care of yourself.

Mel - Good for you for doing the 5K!! :woohoo: The chicken recipe looks really yummy. Thanks for sharing it. Saturday was ridiculously snowy! It was awful! Luckily, none of the snow stuck to the ground. Sunday was a little warmer and no snow. And this week, we're getting spring-like weather. Yay! Thanks for the link to the America Takes it off for Summer Challenge. I'm glad you're enjoying the time with your visitors, and that they go off on their own sometimes to let you relax. Sorry that the uncle isn't as open minded about Matt's marriage. What a shame.

Shad - I'm glad to hear you're doing a bit better and getting back to your routine. I totally understand what you mean that bigger chores sometimes have to wait for more time and energy. I had hoped to get a lot more of the house and basement cleaned before my MIL comes, but I will have all but the basement done. I'm taking a 4 day weekend (Friday through Monday) to finish it off. Does heavy duty cleaning and moving furniture and storage totes count as exercise? Oh who am I kidding? I wouldn't feel right if I didn't get a good gym workout in nearly every day. I'll just have to squeeze in my workouts between cleaning frenzies. :lol: You're absolutely right about increasing the weights or intensity of your workout if it's not challenging you. I increase the cardio resistance every week or two, and increase my weights every couple weeks. I guess that means I'm getting stronger! :lol: Like you, I don't want to spend more than an hour at the gym - there's too much other stuff to do. So I have to keep increase resistance and/or intensity every so often. Or do cardio interval training, where you go really, really fast on the machine for a minute or so, then go at a normal pace for 1 to 5 minutes. And keep rotating that. It really gives a good workout in a shorter amount of time. Shad, can you REALLY see dolphins play from the beaches? Oh, wow!

CeeJay - Glad you had a nice visit with your aunt and uncle.

Happy - Can you get your allergy medicine if you go to the pharmacy window? I used to take Claritin-D, but now you can only get that by asking at the pharmacy window. It's just as well since I'm not supposed to take much decongestant due to my blood pressure. Your backyard is gorgeous! I love your azaleas and the dogwood tree! (I know what you mean about gum trees - what a mess they can be.) Thanks for the photos! Good for you for doing the 5K!! :woohoo:

Ruth - I'm glad you had a great time with Shirleyanne. I like what you said about your knee might as well hurt from exercise. I didn't exercise for the longest time because my back hurt too much. But I finally decided that if I had to take pain meds for my back anyway, I might as well exercise - and it's started to feel better. Of course, I'm not recovering from surgery so that might not be true for you. But good for you for going to the gym!

annie175
04-14-2008, 03:28 PM
Afternoon My Friends...........

Anyone having problems with ants in their houses? I think I am going to have to bomb the house. Dang things were even in the dishwasher and bathtub.

Happy...yeah, drugs are just not what they used to be. and I hate having to go to the pharmacist to get what I need. Your flowers are just beautiful, hope they are just as nice this year.

UPS...Don't work too hard, take it easy with that PG.

Diyana...With all the exercising and running around you do you will be skin and bones before you know it. Awesome woman.

MEL...Dulcolax...hmmmmmm, are you full of poo? I can go a few times a day for you. Not a problem.

The weather is supposed to get warmer and warmer this week. 60s & 70s by the weekend altho 'scattered' rain. I can handle the rain as long as it is warm out. The stuff that turns to flurries is what erks me. Hopefully it won't rain much and I can take Hella dog for a walk.

Happy Monday Everyone.

Love and Hugs

diyana
04-14-2008, 04:03 PM
Hi Annie - I hate ants! Ugh! We've had good success with ant traps. But using an ant bomb should work even better. You don't have pet birds or fish or anything like that - they wouldn't survive a bomb, which is why we don't use the bombs. Thanks for the nice compliment, you put a great big smile on my face. I've got quite awhile before I'm skin and bones though...but I'm really pleased with the results I'm seeing so far.

Shad
04-14-2008, 05:21 PM
Morning all,

Looks like a nice day coming up again after a real doosey of a storm yesterday afternoon. It had all the ingredients of a big storm with thunder, lightning and hail. The sky went from blue to completely black in the first peel of thunder and the rain was amazing. The cat ran under the bed and refused to come out, the power went out, I had to shut all the doors and windows because the rain came in.
Had an email from Chris (ex Japan) yesterday to say that she has rented a small flat and has all her bits and pieces around her and is looking forward to her 60th birthday party, to which she also sent an invite. Unfortunately I think I will be in Jakarta that week - unless things change.

Mel - you did the 5k run??? Well done. I didn't unfortunately have time to read up about the venture and didn't get to do anything - well I did do around 10k between the bike, the elliptical and the treadie. Wonder if that would count. Glad to hear the nephew is having a wonderful time with the old aunt and I can't understand a person being opposed to a marriage simply because of the colour of a skin. I would have thought it is all to do with compatibility, courage, friendship and wanting to be with someone all the time. Oh well, another myth busted.

Happy - the yard is looking good. It is a nice peaceful backyard, but a lot of work to keep it like that I know. Wish we could grow azaleas as well, but they tend to die of drought or mould over here.

Ruth - Guess it is a typo but I loved the '"girls" for sinner' idea. I could go a few rounds of 'sinner' right now. Glad to hear you had a wonderful time. So all except you are blonde now hey? Hope they remembered to do the eyebrows as well. Nothing so give away as blonde hair and grey eyebrows.
Is this a recent picture of the garden or one from years gone by? If it is recent, your snow mountain has moved at incredible speed.

Michelle - shifting furniture definitely counts as exercise. I should know, I seem to have shifted a ton and a half of it over the past few weeks. I usually put the weights up at the end of the month. Since I am now doing 45kg on the upper body and 95 on the legs, I really don't know how much further I can go. I'll get to 50/100 by the end of the month but I'm not sure I can go that much more after that. The PT I had reckoned I should be able to get to 130 on the legs, but I don't know. We will try if we ever get a good run at the gym for months at a time. And I also find, very annoyingly that different gyms, different weights. Sometimes different machines, different weights. Not all of the machines seem to be calibrated to the same weight range. Absolutely frustrating when you can lift, push or pull 45kg at one gym and only 35 at another. I mean - a kilogram is a kilogram right??? 1000 gram, 2.2lbs. Yet on exactly the same brand and type of machine, I can do 45kg on the one in Brisbane, and 70 on the one in Townsville. It doesn't make sense. Enough - off the :soapbox:
Yes we have dolphins along our shores. And whales in season. The dolphins are mostly seen at places where there is good surf because they love to ride the waves. You can stand on the cliff top and watch their gorgeous shapes in the green waters and sometimes they will perform acrobatics for you. Often I fear that they will smash into the rocks of the headlands, but they never do. There is a place on an island just out of Brisbane where you can go and feed the dolphins once a day. They come in at dusk and you can stand in the water with your bucket of fish and give them a spot of dinner. It is however strictly patrolled and not everyone gets to feed.
We also have seals and penguins although not in as great abundance as in NZ. We used to go down to an area in NZ where you could actually get up close and personal with the 'batchelor' male seals who would come in to land in colonies until they were old enough to go chasing the 'girls' and fighting the bulls. Smell is a bit pungent, but it is a wonderful sight.

Annie - I used to have a huge problem with ants. They got into everything and especially the food put down for the animals. You could leave nothing out for more than a couple of minutes. I used a spray on the outside of the house, can't actually remember what it was called now. Then I emptied the house of every scrap of food, every living thing and sprayed along the bottom of the cupboards as well. Then I got a thing called Antrid. It is in a small white bottle and is a sticky sort of liquid. I spread that around all the joints where the bench tops met the walls and the floor. Apparently the ants take it back to the nest and it kills the queen and the worker ants. Outside I put Antsand (made by Mortein) on the patio and worked it in between the pavers with a broom. Took some time, but we haven't had an ant inside for a very long time. And yesterday when I took the last of the cupboards out, there was the remains of an ants nest in the baseboards. Not an ant in sight. I know there are ants outside because I fed the cat outside last night and today the dish is full of them. Back to the Antsand I think!!!!

And that is about it for the day. I need to get dressed, toddle off to the gym, pick up some more paint on the way home and get cracking once more. Not too far from done now. Once that is done, it will be a matter of waiting for the kitchen to come. Which reminds me, I ought to ring them. I have a letter stating that on delivery of the stuff I need to give them a cheque or cash to the tune of $11K. Now who has that sort of cash lying around. Why can't I do a bank transfer as I have done for previous installments. Grrrrrr.

Shy Moment
04-14-2008, 05:49 PM
Just wanted to pop in and say hello. We didn't get to go to the zoo so I made the hubby do 4 miles at the mall. Oh my gosh, never again. It took us an hour to do 4 miles. I had to keep slowing down to wait for him lol. I will just do it myself next time and chat with him on my way around when I see him lol.

MELODY525
04-14-2008, 08:07 PM
MICHELLE....WE WILL TAKE TURNS CROSSING OUR FINGERS FOR YOU! NO CRAMPS!!! I WAS THINKING ABOUT YOU AND TOLD SOME FRIENDS WHAT A GREAT JOB YOU ARE DOING TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR HEALTH! :cheers:

:wave: TO OUR MISS RUTH!! GLAD YOU HAD A GOOD TIME.

ANNIE~ I WISH I COULD GIVE YOU THE RIGHTS TO POO FOR ME!! GOD KNOWS I AM NOT DOING A GOOD JOB OF IT ON MY OWN! :rofl: :rofl: I THINK I LOST MY MAGIC POO DUST OR THE POO BUTTON!! :lol3: :lol3:

:wave: HAPPY LOVE!! HELLO BUSY WOMAN!! YES MY TOP IS MISSING!! IGOR MUST HAVE MISPLACED IT!! IT'S ALL HIS FAULT!! IT WAS YOU THAT ASKED RIGHT? I MIGHT BE LOSING MY MIND TONITE!! :dizzy:

YES I DID THE 5 K OVER THE WEEKEND. I NEEDED SOMETHING TO SNAP ME OUT OF THE DOLDRUMS. MAYBE WE SHOULD TAKE A LOOK AT THE SUMMER CHALLENGE AND FIND SOMETHING SIMPLE WE CAN DO FOR THE WEEKS LEADING UP TO JUNE? ANYONE INTERESTED?

I SPENT 3 HRS THIS MORNING WITH MOM AND WENT BACK FOR ANOTHER 2 IN THE AFTERNOON. WE REMENISCED(SP) ABOUT EVERYTHING IN CREATION. BOTH AGREED THAT WHEN WE DIE THE OLD "MATRIARCHS" OF THE FAMILIES ARE GONE FOREVER. IT WAS GOOD I WAITED. SHE SAID SHE COULD NOT HAVE FACED ME ANY SOONER. WE HAD A GREAT TIME TOGETHER IF YOU CAN CALL IT THAT. SHE HAS ASKED FOR ME TO STOP BEING A STRANGER. I THINK SHE MIGHT BE RIGHT.
IN THE MEANTIME...THE ELECTION IS EVEN MORE SCREWED UP THAN IT WAS LAST WEEK. A NEWSPAPER MISPRINT AND LAST MINUTE BS AND IT TOOK TILL A FEW MOMENTS AGO TO STRAIGHTEN OUT. MANY CALLS TO THE BIG MAN BUT IT'S DONE. TOMORROW MORNING IS FOOD SHOPPING AND THE ELECTION IS FROM 2-9. THERE HAS TO BE SOME DOWN TIME FOR ME IN BETWEEN THOSE HOURS THOUGH. THE OTHER WOMAN I WORK WITH HAS QUIT. NO NOTICE. JUST QUIT. CANNOT BLAME HER BUT SHE PROMISED ME NOTICE KNOWING IT'S VERY HARD TO HANDLE ALONE. BUT THE BIG MAN SAID "WHAT DO YOU CARE? YOU'VE BEEN DOING ALL THE WORK ANYWAY AND I HAVE ALWAYS KNOWN IT". :yikes: AND YA KNOW SOMETHING? HE IS RIGHT. WHY DID I NEVER SEE THIS BEFORE??
GOING TO HAVE A QUIET NIGHT WITH THE TV'S BIGGEST LOSER AND THEN EARLY TO BED. I EVEN HAVE MY MEAL PLAN TAPED TO THE FRIDGE IN CASE I GET TOO TIRED TO THINK AND WILLY IS GONNA HELP ME IN THE STORE.

PS TO SHAD....AFTER SEEING MARK TODAY, I CAN HONESTLY TELL YOU HE HAS NEVER GOTTEN AWAY FROM THE DRUGS AND ALCOHOL. I RAN INTO A "FRIEND" OF HIS. VERY SAD INDEED. YOU CAN SEND THE 11K TO MY CHECKING ACCOUNT....I'LL SEND YOU THE FRIGGING NUMBER! :rofl: :rofl: GOOD LUCK WITH THE KITCHEN JOB!!!

ON THE 5K...GARY IS BEING ASKED IF HE CAN RUN ONE ONCE A MONTH. I WOULD LOVE THAT AS I CAN USE THE MOTIVATION ONCE A MONTH LIKE A CATTLE PROD!!! AND YES....ALMOST ANY KIND OF EXERCISE COUNTED!

RENNIE~ GREAT JOB :running: ON THE MALL-A-THON!!! LAUGHING AT THE DH THOUGH :rofl:


SORRY THIS POST IS A BIT RAMBLING AND DISJOINTED.
ALSO THINKING OF YOU MRS MADCAT AND SENDING MORE HUGS :hug:

carla49
04-14-2008, 11:38 PM
Just back from my long weekend in New York, where against all odds the threatened rain did not appear, I didn't get lost or mugged, and I must have done a 5k and then some. Mel, I waved at you across the water; you may have been too busy family-ing to see me. I'm pretty tired and will just say hi for now - I've read the many, many new posts, and am glad to catch up on you all.

Shad, I was very sorry to hear about both your good friend and her ailing caregiver. Bad news indeed!

Mel, sorry about your friend's loss. But how lovely that the nephew and his bride are both nice people and good guests. Bummer that uncle is acting like a bigot.

Ellen congrats on the secret pregnancy! My fingers are crossed that all goes well.

Happy, is that really your yard, or are you sending us photos of Graceland? Tell the truth now! ;)

Gotta go before I drop. My felines need a little cuddle before I hit the sack, and I haven't emptied the suitcase yet. :wave: to all. Tomorrow I may do a Ruth and weigh in and then update my ticker - and when I say update, I really do mean up... :o

diyana
04-15-2008, 08:21 AM
Good morning ladies -

I'm in a great mood today. I went to the gym last night and did a wonderful Step class followed by a challenging weights class. I'm looking forward to a good day at work and I'll hopefully be able to complete one or two of my projects that have been looming over my head. I think my terrific mood might be because it's supposed to warm up to the mid 60s and be sunny today, and slightly warmer for tomorrow. Of course, this weekend will bring rain - but I'm not going to fret because I'm off Friday through Monday, and the weather will hopefully be nice on Sunday and Monday. So I'll have two days of lousy weather to do my cleaning and two days of better weather to have fun!

Shad - Sounds like you really had quite a thunderstorm! Do you get them often? Wisconsin usually gets lots of thunderstorms from late April through early July and my dogs don't like them much either. It sounds like you are a very strong woman with all your lifting! Good for you!! I use the weight machines sometimes, but mostly I like free weights. I've graduated up to 7 lbs for biceps, triceps and chest; 5 lbs for shoulders, and using my own body weight (which is plenty) for squats, lunges, etc. I have got to tell DH that we have to save up for a trip to Australia and NZ. We've always wanted to go, and with your stories of the Great Barrier Reef and the dolphins, seals and penguins - I hope we can get there in the next few years - it would be the trip of a lifetime! I had to laugh when you said the kitchen installers want $11K in either cheque or cash. Pardon me while I get my purse. Do you mind that $11K in all $1 bills! Sheesh! I don't even have anywhere close to that much - let alone in CASH! :rofl:

Rennie - Good for you for doing 4 miles at the mall! YGG! And good idea to just chat with DH when you pass him.

Mel - Thanks for crossing your fingers with me and for me! And thanks for the nice compliment. Good for you for doing the 5K! Sheesh was I the only one who didn't? Well, maybe I did after all. I did 45 minutes of cardio on Saturday and an hour on Sunday (does splitting it up count maybe?). That's so nice you had a good visit with Mom. Sorry that your co-worker quit, but at least your boss realizes it's you that does all the work. I'm glad you're getting help with food shopping. Try and take a little downtime during the election.

Carla - So glad to hear you had a nice time in NYC!

Happy - I just can't get over what a lovely yard you have. We have a big yard too, but it's not as beautifully landscaped as yours.

A big :wave: to CeeJay, Annie, Ellen, Painter, Madcat, Ruth, Patty.

Here's to a terrific Tuesday for all of us!

Big hugs,

happy2bme
04-15-2008, 08:49 AM
Good morning ladies,

Woke up this morning feeling ugh, heavy in the chest and sneezing. Too much going on to call in sick so I guess I'll just have to pop a cold pill whereas an extra couple of hours back in bed would have probably done the trick...

Michelle - one thing about living up north, those first few peeks of warm spring weather and incredibly energizing, aren't they? Such a mood lifter too! Hope the weather holds and you can get outside and have some fun. I agree that I don't mind the lousy weather as long as it's during the week when we have to be inside anyway :D You're really hitting the gym hard - you should be one buff chick very soon :carrot:

Hi Carla :wave: - nice to see that you made it back safe and sound. Perhaps when you jump on the scale you'll be surprised to see it not as bad as you think - particularly if you walked a lot in the city. Are you back home for a while now? And yes, that really is my yard. One of the nice things about the milder weather here is all the gorgeous flowers. That is until the crushing summer heat comes along and melts everything :lol: My next door neighbor's yard is very pretty this year - colorful azalea bushes - pink, red, coral arranged in a circle with deep purple irises and a white blossoming dogwood tree. Very pretty. We did have a frost this morning - glad we covered the bushes last night. Better weather ahead they tell us.

Mel - that 5K was unexpected fun, wasn't it? I guess they are planning another for the end of May around Memorial Day. Sounds like "Mom" enjoyed your visit, even if it was for sad reasons. Sounds like she'd like to reconnect. Sometimes it's just good to go have a cuppa tea with a friend occasionally. Sounds like you took the road out of "Funky Town", let's get you far, far away from there :hug:

Good for you for doing the 5K too Rennie. :cp:

Good morning or should I say evening Shad. Pity you have to miss Chris' party but that is a long way to go to attend a birthday party. Good to hear Chris is settled in. Anyone who wants to see pictures of Graceland should check with Shad's online albums as she has the best pictures. If we ever did get to down under, we would have to work it out with you as our tour guide tho I'm not sure we could keep up with you - you are a wild woman when it comes to climbing stairs up here, down there. Some of your hikes wore me out just reading about them :rofl:

Annie, I used to hate the spring thaw - the ants would show up and I was constantly on the lookout for signs of movement across the kitchen floor. We had the best success with the traps that let them carry the powder back to the nest. We also used a chemical Sevin on the outside of the foundation of the house but that stuff is pretty potent and I was nervous about it. Besides from what we understood from the people next door to us, there was a huge colony deep under their driveway that would spread over to our house. Not really possible to dig deep enough to lay the powder so we used the traps. Good luck. I used to dread the first few thaws which "woke them up".

Gotta run now - hellos to Ruth, Ellen, Ceejay and the rest of you :wave:

diyana
04-15-2008, 09:47 AM
Happy - I'm so sorry to hear you're feeling under the weather. There are some nasty chest cold bugs going around. Take care of yourself and rest as much as possible. I'm not quite buff, but I'm definitely getting stronger. I have to keep burning some of this fat off before any of the muscles are visible - I'm a long way from having six-pack abs - still looking more like a keg! :rofl: But my trainer told me years ago that the more muscle you building using resistance training the more calories/fat you burn while you sleep! And I'm all for burning fat while I sleep! :faint: Since it will be nice today, I'll probably go for a walk at lunch with a co-worker.

Shy Moment
04-15-2008, 09:55 AM
di
I have always told the hubby, I am not into 6 packs, I like kegs lol. I am staring to see some definition in the tummy area. I don't have a keg anymore but I sure still have a 2 litter lol. I hope you have a great day. Everyone should have one of those once in a while.

Happy
You really have to get well. We have nice weather right around the corner and you sure don't want to miss that.

carla
Glad you made it home, safe and sound.

Melody
Nice going on the 5k and think plums.

ceejay52
04-15-2008, 03:33 PM
popping in to say hello

Happy--Sorry you don't feel well. get well soon.

Mel--I'm very pleased to read that you have done the 5k.

Ah,finally some noise at the plant. The cb radio has been quite for the past hour and the plant has been down. It was beginning to get spooky around here.

Shy Moment
04-15-2008, 07:29 PM
You all wonder what I spend my time doing lol. Here is my latest hook rug.

Shad
04-15-2008, 10:00 PM
Morena,

This is going to be quick. I have plaster drying in the kitchen, paint drying on the scotia, dishes drying in the bathroom and haven't had a chance to get to the washing machine yet.
Went to the gym this morning for my last work out for the week. Yaaahooo - unlike Ruth, I don't have endorphins turning me on in the gym. All I know is, thank god it is finished. Had a bit of breathing problems this morning, I daresay the plaster dust doesn't help. I think one might need a full scale astronaut helmet to keep that stuff out. It gets everywhere.

Supposed to be flying to Melbourne tomorrow but as yet have no idea which flight I am on, what time or anything else. The Frequent flyers site is down (experiencing technical difficulties for 4 days now) and I can't get to see what they have cooked up for me. Lucky I am not the panicky sort isn't it.

Mel - glad to hear you had contact with the Mum. She's right, you should not be strangers. It will give you some down time from the job, and some much needed fluid so JUST DO IT huh???
So the woman quit. Too bad how sad, tell them to up your wages since you can do it alone!!! More cash for the dash!!! 11K - if I had a spare, I'd stick it in your account. I did ring and the person said that they put that in because so many people can not transfer more than a couple of thousand dollars through the internet. I'm lucky, I can do 15K - if I had it to transfer that is!!!

Carla - welcome back. Glad to hear you had a good time. Next time I come over, we must do NY together. I don't like big cities on my own. Well that's not quite true, some big cities (obviously I didn't rate Toronto, which although I spent some magical time with Madcat and Holly, I tramped about on my own and enjoyed it. Or SF since I walked all over the place there. Only took the tram or bus when the feet threatened to go on strike).
That really is Happy's yard. I have sat quietly on that seat and watched the birds and the chipmunks but not yet seen the azalea in bloom.

Michelle - we usually only get thunderstorms during the rainy season which is November to January or there abouts. Never think of coming here for the summer season - at least not to the tropical part of Australia. The weather is crap and humidity to beat your brain around. Best time is around now - April May which is supposedly spring or September October which is supposed Autumn. We really only have two seasons - warm and dry, wet and hot.
You'd be very welcome down here. Just let me know when you want to come. And don't take too much notice of Happy's whingeing that I walk too fast - that was once only and uphill at that! And yes I climb a lot of stairs, but at the end of the holiday, I will have gained less than a pound so it all speaks for itself!

Rennie - that rug is lovely. What a nice hobby. What do you do with all the finished articles??

Gotta go, the paint brush is calling my name and telling me that time is a moving along. Off to do some more painting.

carla49
04-15-2008, 10:54 PM
Shad, what the heck is a scotia????

Shy Moment
04-15-2008, 11:08 PM
Shad
In the past I gave them away as presents here and there. I have some people who just can't do them them selfs that buy the stuff for me and I do the rugs for them and then they give them as presents. Last year at our Christmas party everyone put in orders lol. I still have a bunch more to finish for Christmas presents. I have one I have been working on for years. I don't remember the exact dimensions but it is about 12 feet long and 8 feet wide I think. It goes under my dinning room table. By the time I get done with everyone else's stuff I find very little time to work on it. Same with my quilt lol. By the time I get the darn thing done we will have sold the house and moved and the rug won't go with the new house I am sure lol. Because I wanted one so huge I found one I liked and bought enough of them to make a huge rug. As I get one done it is sewn to another one and so forth and so on. Each part has a rose pattern on it. Do you ever get rid of dry wall dust. I swear I am going to breathing that stuff until the day I die or I sell this house lol.

happy2bme
04-16-2008, 12:32 AM
Evening all... posting before bed. Have an early morning ALL DAY meeting tomorrow. Oh joy of my life :no: :no: :no: One of my coworkers and I decided we will sit next to each other to see who can fidget the most :lol:

Rennie - the rug is very pretty. Did you mean that you are latch hooking such a large rug for yourself (the 12 by 8 foot one) or are you doing the rag rug/braided type of thing? Thank you for the well wishes and the nicer weather you are sending our way.

Carla - I looked up definition of Nova Scotia thinking that might have something to do with it - after all it does have the word scotia in it. Nova Scotia means New Scotland. Do you think Shad is painting Scotland? Does she have the correct tartan? Will she be digging up Kirsty while she's at it? These burning questions await Shad's next visit... :s:

Speaking of painting Shad, please be careful of the plaster dust. You are about to start travelling again, can't have you being sick or getting a horrid cough on you. I think if you're doing a big job, you should use one of those filter masks. I guess I missed the part on why you'd be flying out...

And yes folks, she does walk fast - IF she's on her own. She is quite considerate of pacing herself down several gears for those who cannot keep up with her. And doesn't ridicule you either - particularly if you clutch your chest and start wheezing hard or stumble on rubbery legs :rofl:

What happened with the plant today Ceejay? Seemed like it was rather calm out today.

Michelle - I heard the same thing too - that one of the benefits of building muscles is that you increase the metabolic burn all the time since muscles are very efficient little furnaces. And they say that if the flab is covering the muscles, when you burn that away, you will be amazed at the sculpting. We can dream :cloud9:

Thank you for the healthy wishes everyone. I should get to bed now as I have to get up rather early and not enough sleep surely makes you feel a bit worse for the wear.

I won't be back until the evening. Happy Hump Day. :cool:

Shy Moment
04-16-2008, 12:53 AM
happy
It is a hook rug. I bought 16 hook rugs because I liked the rose pattern on them. As I get one done I attach it to another one. When it is finished it will be 4 hook rugs wide and 4 hook rugs long. Each rug is about 24x35. Finished product will be about 11 to 12 foot by 8 to 9 foot. As I recall lol. Each rug comes out a bit bigger than it would be because I hook further out to the ends and then sew them together and then hook the seem.

Shad
04-16-2008, 01:44 AM
A scotia is the bit of decoration that covers where the wall joins the ceiling. In Canada I think you call them crown mouldings - at least that is what Mike Holmes (Holmes on Homes) calls them. I like that man. I always watch his show. It's not renovation that I would tackle, but I love how fussy he is about joins, tiles matching, waterproofing and how strongly he feels about shoddy workmanship. We would not get on, because I would be too slow for him!!!

No I am not painting Scotland - I couldn't get the right tartan paint. I was looking for the Fraser tartan (to which my mothers family in some dim, dark and distant time belonged) and not Black Watch or Stewart (Kirsty's variety)
I was going to attach some pics but the site is taking so long to upload that I could have painted a wall in the kitchen already. So if you want to know about tartans go to google and type in the name of the tartan. If you click on images, you will see what I am looking at.

Shad
04-16-2008, 01:46 AM
A scotia is the bit of decoration that covers where the wall joins the ceiling. In Canada I think you call them crown mouldings - at least that is what Mike Holmes (Holmes on Homes) calls them. I like that man. I always watch his show. It's not renovation that I would tackle, but I love how fussy he is about joins, tiles matching, waterproofing and how strongly he feels about shoddy workmanship. We would not get on, because I would be too slow for him!!!
The bit of timber between the wall and the floor is called a skirting. Do NOT ask me why. :rofl:

No I am not painting Scotland - I couldn't get the right tartan paint. I was looking for the Fraser tartan (to which my mothers family in some dim, dark and distant time belonged) and not Black Watch or Stewart (Kirsty's variety)
I was going to attach some pics but the site is taking so long to upload that I could have painted a wall in the kitchen already. So if you want to know about tartans go to google and type in the name of the tartan. If you click on images, you will see what I am looking at.

Shad
04-16-2008, 01:46 AM
A scotia is the bit of decoration that covers where the wall joins the ceiling. In Canada I think you call them crown mouldings - at least that is what Mike Holmes (Holmes on Homes) calls them. I like that man. I always watch his show. It's not renovation that I would tackle, but I love how fussy he is about joins, tiles matching, waterproofing and how strongly he feels about shoddy workmanship. We would not get on, because I would be too slow for him!!!
The bit of timber between the wall and the floor is called a skirting. Do NOT ask me why. :rofl:

No I am not painting Scotland - I couldn't get the right tartan paint. I was looking for the Fraser tartan (to which my mothers family in some dim, dark and distant time belonged) and not Black Watch or Stewart (Kirsty's variety)
I was going to attach some pics but the site is taking so long to upload that I could have painted a wall in the kitchen already. So if you want to know about tartans go to google and type in the name of the tartan. If you click on images, you will see what I am looking at.

happy2bme
04-16-2008, 07:18 AM
Ok, so then it's not just my Internet connection that I suspected to be slow, but the site itself. Not just this thread either, sometimes the main page never loads properly.

Interesting Shad how we have such different names for the same things. We call both top and bottom - moulding. Crown moulding is the thicker, wider stuff at the top as opposed to the smaller half or quarter round that you sometimes find. And I suppose if you think out the logic, if the "crown" is up top, than "skirting" should be lower (on the floor). Who comes up with these terms? :chin: :dizzy: :lol: I daresay you wouldn't be too slow, just meticulous and if a job is worth doing, it's worth doing right. Particularly in home renovations which will come to "bite you" if you don't do them properly.

That's going to be quite a rug when you finish Rennie. And darned heavy too, but sounds as if it will be quite pretty. Where in the world did you find 16 kits of the same type?

Well my coffee is finished and I need to pop in the shower and get off to work shortly. No one is looking forward to this all day meeting except the managers who will be yakking. Supposed to be one of those things where they promote good communications between the royalty and the serfs :lol:

Have a good one peeps. I realize now I wished everyone a happy hump day yesterday and it's really today. Oh well, 2 in one week can't be all that bad :rofl:

diyana
04-16-2008, 07:52 AM
Happy Wednesday everyone!

I took advantage of the spring-like weather we had yesterday by going for a couple walks (one at lunch and one after work). Ahhh. Sunshine and temps near 60. Today is supposed to be a little warmer and then it's supposed to get colder and rainy. :P I hope at least some of this weekend will be nice.

Rennie - That's a gorgeous rug!! You hook rugs and quilt! You are very talented! It seems like a great hobby/craft. Is it hard to learn or just hard to learn how to do well? I'd love to make myself a rug, but then I'd be upset if anyone walked on it because I worked so hard on it. :lol: I REALLY like your "I have time" to exercise and eat right statements on your signature! YGG!

Shad - Anyone who says there aren't enough hours in the day needs to learn how you spend your time! You get so much accomplished! I'm in awe! Please pay heed to Happy's suggestion about a mask. You don't want to get junk in your lungs and get sick. What is the trip to Melbourne for - business or pleasure? I hope you have an enjoyable trip! Thanks for the travel tips and for the invite. DH and I will take you up on it, but like I said, it'll be a few years before we get there. :) I totally agree with you about Holmes on Homes - I like how meticulous he is too.

Happy - Sorry to hear you have an early ALL DAY meeting. Those can be SO draining! Hang in there. I am always amazed to see you up and posting after 11 pm. I'm definitely not a night owl. I fall asleep by 10, no matter what. Then I get up at 5:15 to start my day. As for building muscles, I really look forward to more of this flab burning off so I can see more muscle definition results. Right now, I only really see it when I flex my biceps. :lifter: I hope someday my triceps stop waving and flapping :wave: And that I get at least a little definition in my upper and lower abs. Right now, I've got rolls and pouches, but they'll get smaller with time.

Well, got to get to work! I hope everyone has a great day!

Hugs,

MELODY525
04-16-2008, 08:08 AM
POST #1(HAVEN'T READ THE NEXT PAGE YET)

:welcome: BACK CARLA~ I THINK I SAW YOU WAVING...I WAVED BACK. THESE KIDS ARE GREAT. AND BACK HERE TODAY. GLAD THE TRIP WENT WELL AND YOU HAD A GREAT TIME :hug:

MICHELLE~ GLAD WE WERE BOTH IN GOOD MOODS YESTERDAY AND MINE TOO WAS FROM THE WEATHER PREDICTION :rofl: HOPE YOUR WEEKEND GOES THE WAY WE BOTH WANT IT TO!!! :cheer2: GOOD LUCK WITH THE WORK PROJECTS!!

:hug: HAPPY :hug: HOPE YOU ARE FEELING BETTER THIS MORNING. WHEN I READ YOUR POST THE FIRST THING THAT JUMPED INTO MY HEAD WAS: WHERE DO YOU PUT THE CLOTHES YOU WEAR WHEN YOU VISIT THE POUND? AND DO YOU CHANGE RIGHT AWAY WHEN YOU COME HOME? JUST SOMETHING THAT PASSED THRU THIS OVERWORKED MIND! :lol3: OF COURSE I KNOW HOW I FEEL WITH SPRING IN THE "AIR" WE ARE ALL BREATHING NOW!!! :dizzy:

RENNIE~ CONGRATS ON THE HOOK RUG!! VERY BEAUTIFUL. I USED TO DO RUGS OUT OF HERRSHNER'S CATALOG. NOT SURE OF THE SPELLING. VERY NICE RUG AND CONGRATS ON THE 5K TOO!!

SHAD~ LAUGHING AT THE 15K :rofl: :rofl: GOOD LUCK ON THE MELBOURNE RUN!!! WAS THINKING OF YOU YESTERDAY AND SOME OF MY 3FC SISTERS. TRIED TO BEHAVE ACCORDINGLY AND BE STRONG WHEN ASKED FOR MORE FAVORS. I THINK I DID A GOOD JOB DIRECTING THEM AWAY FROM MYSELF. HOPE EVERYTHING THAT IS WET IN YOUR KITCHEN SUCCESSFULLY DRIED AND LOOKS GREAT!! :cheer:

MELODY525
04-16-2008, 08:24 AM
POST #@

I GOOGLED SCOTIA AND FOUND OUT IT CAN MEAN THE "MILLWORK PERTAINING TO A STAIRWAY AND ALSO THE OLDE NAME FOR IRELAND!! :rofl: SO I AM GLAD SHAD HAS CLEARED UP THIS LITTLE DILEMMA IN ALL THREE OF HER POSTS :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

:cofdate: GOOD MORNING MISS HAPPY AND HOPE THE ALL DAY MEETING GOES QUICKLY BY!! HAPPY HUMPING TO YOU ALSO!!!

MICHELLE~ ENJOY THE SUNNY WEATHER :sunny:

WELL LADIES I HAVE AGAIN SURVIVED ANOTHER ELECTION AND ALL THAT THAT CAN ENTAIL. IF PEOPLE DID THEIR JOBS RIGHT....HOW MUCH EASIER MY END OF IT WOULD BE. ONE VVERY GOOD THING THAT CAME OUT OF IT WAS A LOT OF NV'S!! BECAUSE OF MY BD PARTY THAT I HAD LAST MONT, A LOT OF PEOPLE ASKED ME TO CONMFIRM MY 61 YEARS. EVERYONE THOUGHT THEY HAD GOTTEN BAD INFORMATION FROM MY "FRIENDS". THE ONES ASKING MY AGE ARE SOME OF THEM...YOUNGER AND THE OTHERS ARE MY AGE. I DON'T LOOK LIKE ANY OF THEM :rofl: :rofl: MUST BE THE GOOD LIFE!!! I TOLE THEM ALL AGE IS ONLY A NUMBER IN YOUR MIND AND THAT I LOST MY MIND A LONG TIME AGO...ERGO I HAVEN'T ANY NUMBERS IN MINE :rofl: I HAVE TO SAY I LOOKED GOOD YESTERDAY WEARING A MORE FORM FITTING TOP AND PANTS. BUT A LOT OF IT IS REALLY "ATTITUDE". YOU ARE WHAT YOU FEEL.
ALL IN ALL A VERY SUCCESSFUL ELECTION DAY. :D
I HAVE SOME ODDS AND ENDS AND PEOPLE IN THE BLDG TO THANK AND THEN THE REST OF THE WEEK SHOULD BE MINE....ALL MIND!!!
THE KIDS ARE DUE TODAY. AND HAVE "TRAVEL PLANS" .
THE WEATHER WILL ACCOMMODATE THEM. JEN AND RICHIE CAME INTO TOWN FOR A QUICK VISIT. JEN LOOKS VERY WELL AND EVEN MORE WELL RESTED. DAD IS ON A CRUISE. :rofl: RICHIE'S KIDS ARE COMING IN JUNE FOR SURE FOR THE SUMMER. DAD HAS TOLD JEN HE WANTS THEM ALL TO STAY WITH HIM AND TOSSED OUT THE GF'S VISITING DAUGHTER AND HER KIDS :lol3: YES CHICKS....THE DRAMA CONTINUES. I THINK IT WOULD MAKE A GREAT SOAP OPERA.
HAVE A GREAT DAY. I HAVE REPORTS TO MAKE AND I AM OVERDUE. LOVE TO ALL. :moped:

annie175
04-16-2008, 09:12 AM
Happy Hump Day and it is almost Friday!! Yippee

The weather here is getting better and better. Today sunny and 70, gonna take a walk at lunch, if I can find a walking partner. Won't go by myself since the mugging incident.

Diyana...Heard it was supposed to be 70 in Milwaukee today. You anywhere near that?

Shy...great job on the 4 mile mall walk....funny about passing your hubby up and chatting.

MEL...Speaking of poo. I left my poo DNA at home twice this morning before work, then at the Speedway gas station, the McDonalds, DD work, then at my work. THat is what I get for not pooing for a couple of days. Had to change my panties too. I had poo issues before bariatric surgery so can't blame it entirely on that. I like to never got to work on time. haha

Shad...I will try the antsand you mentioned. The couple of the dang things were on my bed last night. Now I draw the line.

Carla...Welcome back from NY.

Happy...sorry you are under the weather. Hope you get to feeling better real soon. Sleep always helps me too.

A co-worker brought me a tupperware dish of cut and cleaned rasberries, blueberries, grapes and strawberries, so I guess I will try them out. Not sure with the poo issues, but they look to good to resist. Especially all I have to do is eat them. Yum. She is now my favorite co-worker. hehe.

Hello to everyone, have a great Wednesday.

Love and Hugs

diyana
04-16-2008, 10:19 AM
Mel - Glad to hear you survived another election day, and tax day to boot! That's great you got so many compliments and NV's. YGG!

Annie - Yes, I live and work within 1/2 hour of Milwaukee, and I heard that the temp might get up to 70 today. The wind will be blowing hard, but it should be a really nice day. I will probably walk on my lunch hour and after work and enjoy the sunshine!

upswife
04-16-2008, 10:36 AM
I have caught up, and started to post, but DH got in my way and I lost it. will catch you all up later!

Luv and Hugs

Shad
04-16-2008, 03:27 PM
Can't figure out why I have 3 posts all the same, however it was not performing well yesterday. Very, very slow to load and to post. Maybe I got over excited and thought it hadn't happened and did it again, maybe it was something to do with cancelling the picture I was uploading - who knows. But I certainly hope you all got the message!!! Such erudite words too.

I'm off to Melbourne in a short while, so this will be short as I still have to shower and get ready for a place where you get four seasons in one day and today their max temp is supposed to be a whole 19C. It will probably rain and blow as well.

I'm in meetings all day too Happy and I have no idea where they have put me up for the night. I am at this point not too impressed with the organisation so far, but now that I am on board, I'm sure things will improve!!!!
Hope your all day meeting is not too boring. You are probably going to be told to increase output because the firm is coping with intermittent cash flow and therefore you will have to work more for less and not expect a remuneration increase because of the outside factors. They will then ask for ideas for improvement because they are bereft of any and any little thing that your brain cells may come up with will either be consigned to the bin or thought a great idea along which lines they had already been thinking. You have just expanded the horizons.
See now why I say I am unemployable??

Okay - better go get in the shower and make like I am interested. DS2 is taking me into the airport. He came home from work sick yesterday and is not going in today. Both low beam headlight bulbs blew on my car Tuesday night and I got replacements yesterday so he will be able to fix them while I am away. Unfortunately that means he may have to curtail Fridays social life to come pick me up. Oh dear.

I may not be back before Friday night. I have no idea where I am going to be and what I am going to be doing. So look after yourselves and don't forget to sweat it.

MELODY525
04-16-2008, 03:47 PM
:wave: BYE SHADDIE :cry: :cry: :cry:

annie175
04-17-2008, 07:58 AM
Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day......

Beats the heck outta "Shebang" song going thru my head this morning. Isn't that Ricky Martin.....yikes...

75 and Sunny here today. Too bad I am at work, however will get some walkin in at lunch.

Going to dinner and bowling with DDs work group tonight. Kind of a younger crowd, however they invited me to go, so I am....

Have a marvelous day today.

Love and Hugs,

Annie

diyana
04-17-2008, 08:01 AM
Happy Thursday everyone --

It's an especially terrific Thursday for me as I have tomorrow and Monday off! Not going anywhere special just getting the house in order for MIL's arrival next Wednesday, working out, seeing the doc about my blood test results (fingers crossed for that one). Sometimes it's nice to take a bit longer weekend to get more things done at a less chaotic pace than trying to cram everything into just a 2 day weekend.

Shad - I hope the meetings in Melbourne go well. And I'm sure you will greatly improve the organization's efficiency and effectiveness! You quite accurately described many of the meetings I attend! I guess business in the States isn't much different than business in Australia. Of course, workers in most other parts of the world have more vacation than just the two weeks that is standard here.


I do have a very busy day to get through today before the long weekend. I hope everyone is doing well!

Big hugs,

happy2bme
04-17-2008, 08:50 AM
Morning all,

I am very sad today. Mr. Feral is a wild tabby cat that has been hanging around our house pretty much since the day we moved in. Over the years we have had an arm's length relationship. We feed him and give him a cat bed on the porch and he has trusted us enough to hang around a bit and look at us with his soulful eyes. Our cat Boo hisses at him because he cuffed her in the face once when she decided to fight him and she doesn't understand why we don't chase him out of "her" yard. When she sees him she runs next door or sits on the fence and waits for him to leave. Mr. Feral is an old guy and his glory days are long past him. At this point he's an old man looking for a morsel of food, a drink of milk and a soft blanket. Very often I wake up to see him curled on the blanket snoozing away on the porch. He was there yesterday morning as usual. I got his food together and was surprised that he didn't move from the blanket when I opened the door. The closest we can get to him is about 2 feet away. I set the food down on the patio and came back in. He got out of bed but was hobbling horridly. It appears that his front leg is broken. I called DH but there is nothing much we can do. We can't get near him and if we tried to catch him with a towel or something, he would probably hurt himself more trying to get away. He ate and drank and hobbled away yesterday. No sign of him today. I am really worried. We have raccoons and other roaming cats that are much bigger than he is. I'm afraid that this is the end for him. I hate to see him suffer so and it's just eating away at me. But I know there's nothing we can really do - even if we were to put a tranquilizer in his food, he doesn't hang around long enough for it to work - he'd just pass out someplace else. DH was going to call the vet today to see if they had any suggestions but I kind of think we won't be seeing the cat again. I'm just so bummed... :(

Sorry for not doing personals today.

ceejay52
04-17-2008, 10:50 AM
Happy
So sorry to hear about Mr Feral.

This week has not been a good one. More L issue's. I've called her bluff on some of her "white lies". I'm trying to get her to see that I do not rely on the boss to do every little thing for me. I'll leave it at that. No I'm not still training her.

I've set the laptop to be wireless, but not sure exactly how this works. I still need to ask the Dell rep some questions.

Sorry no time for personal's. I've a busy week end. This is my short week end and I am having to go to Paragould for a funeral. My cousin's daughter who had Down's syndrome passed away last week.

MELODY525
04-17-2008, 11:40 AM
HAPPY MY HEART IS BREAKING FOR YUOU AND MR FERAL. LIFE IN THE "WILD" IS SO SAD. SENDING A HUG :hug: FOR ALL OF YOU. JUST THINK HOW MANY GOOD DAYS HE HAD BECAUSE OF YOU AND ERIC CARING. HE WAS BLESSED WHEN YOU MOVED IN.

CEEJAY~ I AM SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE DEATH. :hug: MY CONDOLENCES TO BOTH YOU AND THE FAMILY. SORRY FOR THE WORK ISSUES ALSO. I WAS HOPING THAT SITUATION WOULD IMPROVE.

ANNIE~ ENJOY :beach: SUNSHINE, LOLLIPOPS AND RAINBOWS....LA LA LA

MICHELLE~ I WILL BE CLEANING WITH YOU FOR A VISITOR THAT WILL COME AROUND MAY 9TH FROM AUSTRALIA. SO WE WILL KEEP EACH OTHER COMPANY THIS WEEKEND! :rofl:

THIS DAY IS GORGEOUS. MY KIDS ARE STILL OUT AT THE FIL'S HOUSE AND THE OTHERS ARE IN NYC FOR THE DAY.
ALL OF THEM ARE GOING MALL SHOPPING TOGETHER TOMORROW AND THEN MY VISITORS WILL LEAVE. THEY ARE MUCH HAPPIER HERE AND I TOLD THEM BOTH...THE LESS SAID THE BETTER AND TO WASH IT OUT OF THEIR MINDS WITH GOOD MEMORIES OF THEIR TRIP. I THINK TODAY IS CHINA TOWN AND LOTS OF MUSEUMS!
I AM GRILLING CHICKEN TO MAKE WITH SALAD FOR A LITE DINNER IF THEY ARE HUNGRY TONITE.
ALL IS WELL HERE BUT I WILL BE GLAD TO HAVE THE APT TO MYSELF FOR A FEW SHORT WEEKS AGAIN. :faint:
:WAVE: TO ALL OUR MISSING CHICKS AND OUR TRAVELING SHADDIE :wave:
HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!

diyana
04-17-2008, 03:27 PM
Happy - I'm so sorry to hear about the kitty. You and Eric are so good and such loving caregivers - caring for him for so long. Hopefully, he'll be okay.

CeeJay - sorry about your family's loss. And I'm sorry you're having more co-worker problems. :hug:

Mel - A visitor from Australia? I thought Shad was going to Jakarta - i didn't know she was coming to see you!! :rofl:

Talk to you tomorrow ladies!

:grouphug:

Shad
04-17-2008, 06:40 PM
Oh not not me Michelle, I only go over once in a couple of years to beat you lot about the heads and tell you what is what.

This connection is not good so I'm only going to be here for a short while. I've already lost it once this morning.

Ceejay, so sorry to hear of the death of your cousins daughters passing. My thoughts are with you.

Happy - poor Mr Feral. So sad when the end comes and it is not a happy one for these poor creatures. You are a good person to have looked after him for so long. He may return, but as you say, there is little that can be done apart from ringing the ASPCA if he does turn up again and getting them to take him away. Better than the other fate.

Gotta go, before I lose it again. Back home tonight - tell you all about it then. Back to the TNA

MELODY525
04-17-2008, 07:03 PM
MICHELLE~ SHAD WALSK SOFTLY BUT ALWAYS CARRIES A BIG OL' WHOPPING STICK :rollpin: SO WATCH OUT ON HER NEXT TRIP OVER HERE...I'LL GIVE YOU LOTS OF WARNING :lol3: :lol3:
IT IS MY FRIEND MARIE FROM RYDALMERE. SHE USED TO BE MY UPSTAIRS NEIGHBOR MANY YEARS AGO AND WE HAVE NEVER LOST TOUCH.

SHAD~ TOO BAD ABOUT THE CONNECTION. I AM THINKING DO YOU HAVE A SPARE MO THIS WEEKEND?

:cofdate: I HAVE BEEN GIVEN AN EARLY MOTHER'S DAY PRESENT. THE KIDS BOUGHT ME A MONTH OF NS FOOD, THE BOOK AND A GIFT CARD FOR THE SUPERMARKET FOR MY FRESH FOODS. WE WON'T BE SHARING COOKING CHORES FOR AWHILE IF THEY STAY WHERE THEY ARE, SO THE TWO OF THEM CAME UP WITH THIS PLAN. :hun: I AM READY FOR A NEW MONTH! EVERYTHING IS ON IT'S WAY VIA UPS PARCEL SERVICE. I AM KIND OF EXCITED. THE DR HAD SAID I COULD RETRY THAT PROGRAM BUT THE NEW AMERICAN VERSION NOT INTERNATIONAL. I'M GOING TO THE STORE IN THE MORNING TO GET A FEW WW DINNERS TO TIDE ME OVER AND THE KIDS TOOK THE FREEZER STUFF WHEN THEY LEFT. THIS MOM WILL BE A LADY OF LEISURE FOR A MONTH. :beach: THE OTHER KIDS ARE EATING IN NYC SO I AM OFF TO PEDAL AND SHOWER :moped:

Shad
04-17-2008, 08:13 PM
Mel - home tonight, any time over the weekend is good. Earlier the better since I will be immersed in paint pots most of the weekend.

Shy Moment
04-17-2008, 09:34 PM
Mel
That was a terrific gift. You can take it a little easier now.

Happy
I am so sorry. Sounds like you have done the best you can to take care of this poor cat.

Annie
Slugs could pass the man lol.

happy2bme
04-18-2008, 01:28 AM
Thanks very much for the good thoughts everyone :hug:

Ceejay - my condolences to you and the family in regards to your cousin's daughter. Thoughts and prayers out to you :hug:

annie175
04-18-2008, 08:04 AM
Wowser Bowser...

Indiana had an earthquake this morning at 5:38 am. Was lying in bed procrastinating getting up when the bed started shaking, windows rattled and the dog freaked out. 5.4 on the richter scale. Pretty Cool. Hella Bella got right up in my face and was trying to snuggle. Not good when I am supposed to be getting out of bed. That is the Friday excitement!

75 Sunny most of the day with rain moving in late this afternoon. Hopefully I can get some walking in at lunch. Rain tomorrow then 70 and sunny on Sunday. I am lovin' it.

Went to dinner and bowling with DD last night and her work group. Bowled 5 games. Shuwee shoulder is a bit achy this morning, not bad, and it is a good kind of hurt. haha. The best game I bowled was a 131. Yeah, I kind of suck at it but it was fun, no less.

Got to get busy at this job, before they catch on. ;^)

Have a super day everyone!

Love and Hugs

upswife
04-18-2008, 08:36 AM
MOrning ladies! Felling kinda yucky here...I think MS has finally set in all the way. Yesterday was pretty rough too, Ran around in the morning taking care of DD2 K registration. I ran out of the house with out eating, and forgot my water too, and I paid for it...then in the afternoon I had to take my mom to the ER. Her doc wanted to make sure she didn't have a blood clot...and thankfully it was just a small inflamation on the lung. She is home resting, and I am trying to catch up from 5hrs in the ER. So today will have to be better than yesterday. Will try to post indies later, my head is swimming right now... and so is my tummy. LOL

Later Chicks!

Shy Moment
04-18-2008, 02:53 PM
upswife
Darn girl you know better than to not eat and not take anything with you. I bet you do feel yucky. I know you are busy but please take a little time to relax and get something to eat so you feel better. Glad things were ok with your mom.

annie
I guess that earthquake was better than waking up to find the toilet has over flowed all over a new wood floor lol or that it rained and someone left a window open and now the new sofa is wet lol. 131 that is great. I think ( many many many years ago when I let a friend talk me into doing a league with him ) my average was 121. They loved me I was a great point getter for them lol. No I do not bowl. I don't do anything that might chip my nails lol.

Cee
I am so sorry for your family's loss.

diyana
04-18-2008, 03:32 PM
Happy Friday Ladies -

I was off today because I have much cleaning to do in preparation for my MIL who arrives on Wednesday. I also have spring cleaning to finish up. I got the guest room all done, went through my closet and found clothes that are too small and put them in plastic totes to store in the basement for when I get down to that size. I also washed some windows. I'll be leaving soon for my doctor appt to learn my blood test results. I'll check back in later with the results. I had a :goodscale: today. According to my scale at home, I have now lost 27 lbs so far, so I met my goal of being down at least 25 lbs by the time I saw the doc.

We're planning on getting our fishing boat out of winter storage this weekend. DH will have to do some basic spring maintenance and then we should be good to get out on the lakes.

Shad - Thanks for letting me know what to expect the next time you pay the States a visit.

Mel - That's wonderful that your kids bought you a month of NS food, plus the book and a grocery store gift card! What a thoughtful and healthy gift!

Annie - Indiana had an earthquake too? Central Illinois had an earthquake at around 2:30 this morning that we felt! And we live north of milwaukee. The news said it was felt from Des Moines to St. Louis, etc. It was a 5.4, which is big for this area but since I lived in California so long, 5.4 isn't too bad. It's been sunny and warm today, though supposedly the rain is coming. As long as Monday is sunny so that I can keep the dogs outside while I scrub the floors. Wow, Annie, you bowled 5 games! YGG! My shoulder and back can usually do 3, but that's my limit. And you bowled a 131? You don't suck! That's pretty darn good (compared to me anyway) Congratulations. I have about a 115 to 120 average and used to bowl in a league to give my team a better handicap. :lol:

Ellen - Sorry you're having a rough bout with the morning sickness. You took your mom to the ER? Yikes, how scary! I'm glad it wasn't anything more serious.

CeeJay, Rennie, Happy, Painter, Patty, Ruth, Shaker, Carla and everyone - Hope you're having a great Friday and have fun and/or relaxing plans for the weekend.

Big hugs,

Shy Moment
04-18-2008, 04:21 PM
di
Yes, please let us know how the results come out. If it doesn't rain we are going to wash windows. The one real big job I have left to do lol. If it does rain we are going to clean the solarium which is where George ( lop eared bunny ) lives. Takes forever to clean the Windows 5 sets of sliding doors. One on each end and three down the front. Then scrub the carpet and get the furniture and George put back. Glad he is litter box trained and I thought to put down vinyl table clothes in the end where he lives. Makes it all so much easier to clean.

Shad
04-18-2008, 06:11 PM
Morning all,

Yikes, a 5.4 earthquake. Don't get them here in Australia - well at least not often. A 5.4 on the scale would have them thinking the end of the earth is nigh. You get them in NZ, big ones - 5.4 would hardly make comment. I well remember we used to have a cockatiel who would sense them coming and make screeching noises and beat himself up against the sides of his cage. There was always blood and feathers to clean up after the event. I've learned to live with them, I don't have to like them. Seems to me that we always get a disasterous one sometime soon after some idiotic country does 'nuclear testing'. I wonder whether the theory still holds water and some one is not telling us that they are testing.

Uneventful flight home last night. Dreadful meal - I do hate pasta dishes after they have been frozen and reheated and I just drunk water because the thought of coffee out of a waxed paper cup didn't do a lot for the senses and the stewie berating me for not eating my chocolate - but I don't like chocolate - nonsense everyone likes chocolate - just goes to prove I am not everyone then doesn't it - are you sure you don't want it?- no take it home and give it to your kids - don't have kids, I will eat it for my supper. If you don't like chocolate, what do you like? Cheese - and thank goodness you didn't give me any - there was some on the pasta - well it wasn't worthy of the name. The conversation went on and on. Nobody seems to understand when I say that unless I am on a binge, I don't eat chocolate. I am apparently a weirdo!!!

My arms feel like a pincushion. Five vaccinations at the Melbourne clinic - I had to have typhoid, tetanus, polio, hep A and hep B and I need to go back to my own doc this coming week for a second Hep A and then 3 weeks later for the third and final. I'm given an emergency first aid kit full of tablets and needles so I had to stow the bag in the hold instead of just having cabin baggage last night. I was dead scared all the way up that the company computer and the druggie kit would get nicked but it seems to be all there in the cursory glance I gave it last night.

Don't know much about bowling, but anyone who can get a score has my vote. Last and only time I tried it, I ended up throwing myself down the alleyway.

Michelle - be interesting to hear what the doc says. Hope it all goes well. Don't let Mel put you off my coming to the States. I have spent years trying to get her laid back and content, but she does the American thing every so often STILL and I have to get out the cattle prod and bring her back to life so to speak. I'm really not all that bad.

Okay - better go get on with the day. DS2 has a bad dose of flu, and Dr said his lung capacity is down. Traces of the old bronchitis there by the sound of things. I still put it down to that rotten job he has and doesn't seem to be able to get rid of or even really want to possibly. It may well kill him off. And that will not be a good thing!

Body balance class calls. I am so not ready for it this morning.

1day@atime
04-18-2008, 06:40 PM
Hello Ladies,

Lots going on. I have started back at my morning workouts and boy it's hard to get up at 4:30am. Right now i'm doing 3 times a week but will increase soon to 4. Also working on my food. I haven't started journaling but I'm making an effort to NOT eat fast food.

Shad - Ouch, 5 shots in 1 day. Hope DS2 is doing better.

Mitchelle - WTG on your weight loss. That is great. Hope you get good news from the doc.

Melody - What a great gift.

:wave: to everyone

MELODY525
04-18-2008, 07:09 PM
ELLEN~ PLEASE TAKE BETTER CARE OF YOURSELF. WE AS WOMEN ALL TEND TO PUT OURSELVES LAST BUT THIS TIME YOU NEED SOME TLC YOURSELF!! :hug:

CEEJAY~ HOPE THE FAMILY IS DOING BETTER. I THOUGHT ABOUT YOU AND THEM ALL DAY. :hug:

SHAD~ I WILL CHECK THE CLOCK TOMORROW AND TRY TO MAKE IT EARLY...HOW EARLY??? :rofl: EASY FOR YOU TO SAY YOU'RE NOT ALL THAT BAD....IT'S MY BUTT THAT GETS THE PROD AND NOT YOURS :rofl: :rofl: SENDING GOOD WISHES FOR DS TO GET WELL SOON. :cheer: HOPE THE SHOTS DON'T BOTHER YOU TOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!

HAPPY~ THOUGHT ABOUT ALL OF YOU AS WELL :hug:

ANNIE :yikes: AND I THOUGHT HURRICANES WERE BAD!! WHAT A WAY TO GET WOKEN UP!! :faint: STAY SAFE MY FRIEND!!! NICE BOWLING AND HOPE THE SHOULDER FEELS BETTER!!!

RENNIE~ GEORGE IS LUCKY TO HAVE YOU FOR A "MOM"!

MICHELLE~ WISHING YOU WELL AND HOPE THE NEWS WAS GOOD!!!

i think i am finished and caught up....
WAS A GREAT DAY TODAY. TIRED NOW. SO I AM GOING TO SHOWER AND CHAT TOMORROW. SWEET DREAMS ALL AND GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE!! :sunny:

PS TO PATTY~ GOIOD TO SEE YOU!! DON'T BE SUCH A STRANGER. WE GET NOSEY WHEN YOU LEAVE FOR SO LONG A TIME!! :lol3:

Shad
04-18-2008, 08:57 PM
How early is early - well 6am is reasonably early and can't make a noise before 7 with the power tools anyway, although I can paint, so provided I get the sanding all done today, tomorrow will be paint day.

Good to hear from you Patty.

MELODY525
04-19-2008, 08:11 AM
OK SHADDIE 4PM IT IS...MY TIME. :gossip:
I KEEP FORGETTING THAT RIGHT NOW WE ARE ONLY 12 HOURS APART. :carrot:

MOTHER NATURE...THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER GLORIOUS DAY! :sunny: THE SUN IS MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE AND I WILL HAVE TO MAKE AN APPT WITH ONE OF THE DRS ABOUT A S.A.D. LIGHT FOR NEXT FALL. I HAVE BEEN SAYING THIS FOR A LONG TIME NOW BUT I DON'T WANT TO GO THRU ANOTHER WINTER FILLED WITH ANXIETY AND DREAD. NOW THAT I AM IN THE SUN, I CAN SEE JUST HOW SCREWED UP I WAS. I SHUDDERED AT THE THOUGHT YESTERDAY. EVEN WILLY NOTICED A BIG CHANGE.
:wave: TO ALL THE WORLDLY CHICK THIS MORNING,. HAVE A GREAT DAY AND WEEKEND. ENJOY! :moped:

Shad
04-19-2008, 08:29 AM
Goodo, I'm on my way to bed now, just full of anticipation!!!

MELODY525
04-19-2008, 10:49 AM
ANTICIPATION :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
IF I HADN'T OF HAD A KNOCK ON THE DOOR AND A SMOKE ALARM I WOULD HAVE CALLED THEN!!! :lol3:

:scooter: MY COMPANY HAS HEADED HOME. IT WAS A GREAT VISIT. BUT I LIKE THE SILENCE AND MY JAW HURTS FROM TALKING AND LAUGHING. BOTH GOOD THINGS BUT VERY EXHAUSTING. GOOD THING THEY LIKED TO WANDER AND SIGHTSEE. LEFT ME LOTS OF TIME FOR THE "boys" AND THE SENIORS BENEFITTED.
I JUST MADE SOME MINI POSTERS TO GET THE SENIORS INVOLVED WITH OUR EXERCISE GURU ANTHONY. CUTE KID SO I AM USING "LET'S GET PHYSICAL" AS THE THEME AND BOUGHT A CASE OF WATER AS A GIVEAWAY TO ENTICE THEM. GIVE FREE THINGS AND THEY WILL COME!! MAYBE I SHOULD ASK ANTHONY TO POSE IN SPANDEX OR A SPEEDO! :belly:
GOING TO FILL A BOX WITH JUNK AND GET RID OF IT. ALSO PROMISED THE GALS SOME OLD COOKBOOKS I HAVE NEVER OPENED!! WHY DO I BUY THESE FRIGGING THINGS???? :faint:

upswife
04-19-2008, 11:16 AM
Morning ladies! Yesterday was not too bad esp since I was away from home all day. DH and I had a UPS fundraiser up in the city, then afterwards we stopped at a friend's house since we were only 15 mins away. Was a nice, but long day all around. Feeling much better, as I made sure I had my water with me all day. As for the day before, I don't know how I forgot about eating breakkie, and I didn't think I would be out so long in the morning. Now I know better! Taking it easy here today, but will probably head to the gym after lunch and get some exercise in.

Everone sounds like they will have an excellent weekend! Take care and enjoy!

happy2bme
04-19-2008, 11:59 AM
Good morning ladies,

Can't stay long - busy day ahead. Mr. Feral made an appearance last night. Heaven knows how he hopped a 6 foot fence with 3 legs but he did it. DH tried calling several agencies to trap him - we told them we would pay the vet bill if only they could catch him. No luck - even with the humane society. I tried to walk gently to him and he got spooked and ran like the wind, even on 3 legs. We're going to see if we can catch him in the raccoon trap.

Tonight we are going to see a play. DH has never been to a play so that should be interesting. But before we do that there is much sanding, painting, washing and weeding to be done in the house - hence the rush on my part. I have to work extra fast so we have time to go spend with the kitties tomorrow.

To those who felt the earthquake - all I can say is 1) glad you're ok and 2) :yikes: :eek: I would have been freaking out myself as they talk about the damage we'd have if the New Madrid fault went off. Apparently you got one off a different branch of the fault. My sister has a cockatiel and the bird was just going wild beating itself in the cage too. She got up to calm it down when she felt the rumbling too.

Hope Shad and Mel have a nice conversation today. Good idea about the light Mel - I think it really helps, hopefully it won't aggrivate anything else. Shad - I cringed appropriately at your description of all the shots in the arm :headache:

Bunnies are cool Rennie.

Congrats on exceeding your weight loss goals Michelle. Glad you will get to spend time with the MIL - I remember how you enjoy her visits. Hope you got good news at the doctor. 27 pounds down - had to help :yay:

Ok, sorry - the day is calling me to get a move on. Have a good weekend chicks near and far :grouphug:

Shad
04-19-2008, 04:58 PM
Morning all,
Mel - sorry that the battery on the phone was playing up. I will call you as we said to continue putting the world to rights. It was good to hear from you and even though today is NOT my birthday, I don't mind being sung to down the international telephone lines.

Happy - sorry that Mr Feral will not co-operate even tho you have his best interests at heart. Not much more you can do. Wonder why the animal societies will not come out for you. Ours are usually here before you have hung up the phone. Especially if you offer to pay the bills.

Ellen - do take care of yourself. These first months are the worst and it takes a while to get the body back on an even keel. Keep up the water, especially as your weather is getting warmer.

Yesterday was a very non-day for me. I went to the Body Balance class, but came home feeling very wonky. I think the shots caught up on me. I'm sure it couldn't have been the wine and teppanyaki dinner with friends on Thursday! So after class I went home, got some breakfast and then went back to bed for a while. Woke up around 3 in the afternoon. My arms still ache, but I can live with it for the time being. I'm out of practice with shots!!! After DS2 went out for a meal and a movie with his friend, I did the sanding and showered, cleaned up, watched a bit of tv and went to bed. Real exciting Saturday night hey? But at least I can paint today. Should be able to get the final prepcoat and one topcoat on. The final topcoat will be done tomorrow. Kitchen comes on Tuesday - hallelujah.

Carla - what does the words under your name mean on the site please. I can't make an attempt at reading that. Suppose it is something like - Pass the Ouzo and shut up the cat???

The Canadian contingent are very quiet these days.

Okay - I am off. Things to do, people to see, torture to be had (gym weights) and I have some letters to write. And since I will be busy next week, it might be an idea to look at packing some gear for the job the week after and checking to see if the remote assistance thingy (GRAS) actually works on the computer!!! Mind you apart from gym, none of the above will be attempted until the painting is finito for the day.

ceejay52
04-19-2008, 10:30 PM
Happy
We have felt the new madrid in the past. I just didn't realize it would be felt in Georgia.

Mel
Thanks for thinking about me. They celebrated her life instead of her death which is better to me.

I've had a busy week end and more food than I should have eaten.

It's late and I've not even started to think about tomorrow being a work day. ugh.

MELODY525
04-20-2008, 07:25 AM
HAPPY~ I AM SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THESE AGENCIES. BUT IF YOU WERE TO BEAT THE CAT THEY WOULD BE RIGHT THERE!! :tantrum: POOR OLD GUY. :hug: HOPE YOU BOTH ENJOYED THE PLAY! I LIKE HEARING WHERE YOU TWO GO. :D

CEEJAY~ HAVE A GOOD WORK WEEK. GLAD THEY CELEBRATED HER LIFE. BEST TO THINK OF ALL THE GOOD TIMES :hug:

SHAD~ HOW CAN YOU SEE CARLA'S WORDS?? WHERE IS SHE?? SHE HAS GONE NATIVE IN NYC AND NOW LOOK WHAT'S HAPPENED. SHE'S MISSING. :cry: THE PHONE WAS DYING AT JUST ABOUT THE RIGHT TIME. BALA WAS ALMOST READY TO GO WHEN I WENT DOWN. HE IS BACK AGAIN TODAY :faint: AN OUT OF TUNE HAPPY BIRTHDAY IS BETTER EARLY THAN ON THE RIGHT DAY....IT COULD SPOIL YOUR SPECIAL DAY! :rofl: :rofl:

MANY YEARS AGO WE FELTR A LITTLE SHAKING OF AN EAST COAST EARTHQUAKE. IT WAS SMALL AND I WAS ON A BUILDING ON THE CLIFFS OFF THE RIVER. SCARED ME AND I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON. :yikes:
TURNED OUT TO BE AN ACCOUNTANT WEEKEND AFTER ALL. I SEEM TO BE DESTINED TO HAVE NO ALONE TIME THIS MONTH!?!? :tantrum:
MY EMPTY BOX IS FILLED WITH GARBAGE FROM THE HALL CLOSET. WEEDED OUT XMAS DECORATIONS :hohoho: JEN HAS GIVEN ME PERMISSION TO DO THE ONES IN THE BEDROOM CLOSET. BUT THAT IS ANOTHER BOX AND ANOTHER WEEKEND. THINK I WILL JUST MEL-LOW OUT TODAY :beach: BETTER GET MOVING...THE ACCT IS DUE IN AN HOUR.
HAPPY SUNDAY AND STAY WELL :angel:

Shad
04-20-2008, 07:27 AM
Are you up and at 'em already Ms Melody?? Bit early on a Sunday to be starting on the rants of the agencies isn't it??

ceejay52
04-20-2008, 08:58 AM
Just checking in. I'm at work. It's quiet so far. Hope it stays that way.

Mel
At least I don't have an accountant coming.

Madcat
04-20-2008, 11:09 AM
I suspect the Canadian contingent is so quiet because we are all out playing in the sunshine. Spring is a miracle after a bitter winter of snow and cold and more snow and ice. It’s funny to think that just a couple of weeks ago there was still ice in Lake Ontario and now patios are opening and I’ve seen people in shorts. I went for my first bike ride of the year yesterday. I forget the small aches and pains that happen during that first ride - in the hands and the “seat area” and my back. And I’m still astounded by how many people do not even look before walking across the bike path. Early spring oblivion makes biking in April an adventure in the stupidity of others. :lol:

Happy ~ I have my fingers crossed for Mr Feral. My kitties were born under the stands of a sports stadium and only ended with a home due to a cat rescue agency. I hope you can manage him - though he’s not going to be very happy about it.

Mel ~ Good for you on the weeding out of things. It’s a good thing. Goofy accountants. How come they work on weekends?

Ceejay ~ Put that working thing out of your mind for a few more hours.

Shad~ I am sure the wonkiness must be from the shots. After all isn’t red wine good for you? Good luck with that painting. Would you like to come and do my bathroom next? Painting is good work for the arms! Enjoy.

Anyway that is all the time I have for now. Waves to all the chicks and sorry I can’t do more personals. I’m off to spend the time in the sun. A patio or sidewalk café waits.

happy2bme
04-20-2008, 11:21 AM
Good morning ladies,

The play was dopey. I won't go rushing back to see another. I suppose it is unfair to compare because the ones I have seen before have been large scale productions in Chicago like Les Miserables. Of course I also didn't have to pay $95 per ticket like I did for that one too :lol: But hey, the point was that we were just trying something different so no loss really.

Today is a bright, sunshiney day - perfect for working outside. DH is backed up on home chores so I think he's going to welsh out on going to work at the Humane Society. I might just go myself.

Mr. Feral came by and quietly sat on the front porch for who knows how long until DH spotted him and fed him. I guess he decided that it was too hard to climb the fence to get into the back yard. He seems to be getting along ok tho we may still try and trap him. Sometimes I wonder if we would be interferring with something we shouldn't. He certainly is a fine example of tenacity.

We have new neighbors adjacent to us. They moved in with one screaming kid and she just had another last year. Now don't get me wrong, I love kids but these 2 are the kind that just howl for the sake of making noise. And they get each other started. Yesterday she must have had the baby on the porch because it just cried and cried and cried for 45 minutes straight. There were no sounds of trying to comfort the baby, just the baby crying. And the way the lots are laid out, the sound carries and it's like they are laying in your yard. I don't mind the sound of kids playing and I just love the sound of little toddlers laughing but screamers can go in the house where they belong :lol: Goodbye peaceful yard with the pretty flowers and birds - a refuge of solitude from the hectic pace of life :( . - I kind of liked it when the neighborhood was filled with 70 and 80 years olds like when we moved in :lol:

Gosh, don't I sound like Crabby Appleton? :rofl:

Hope you have a quiet day at work Ceejay. No rumblings either :lol:

Mel - you've done some much closet cleaning that I'm amazed that you still have things to toss. If you're up and posting at 5:30 am - hope everything is ok with you.

Shad - maybe Mel just got in the mood to be like you - up before the sun. I kind of thought that 5 shots would have thrown your system into turmoil. Just need a day of rest to let things calm down a bit. I know, I know - no time to sit - right?

I guess the earthquake up north has gotten everyone stirred up down here again. I guess because of the geology, if we had one like that down here it would be quite devistating. And it's a matter of WHEN not IF. Takes alot of money to shore things up so with other financial crisises it earthquake planning takes a back seat. They were trying to get people involved in their neighborhoods to pull together some disaster preparedness and planning. I tried to when I was involved in the homeowners association but no one seems interested so I told DH, we will just make sure that WE are prepared. I'm just glad I'm no longer in the top of a 10 story office building anymore. And I could walk the 10 miles back home from work if I absolutely had to because I'm sure the streets would probably take one of the hardest hits as far as damage goes. Call me crazy, but I do put some thought into these things - I attended a few seminars and they really stress that panic sets in when you have no clue what to do.

And today marks my 4 year anniversary for quitting smoking. I am very proud that I kept my quit in spite of everything that has gone on and the many temptations I have had to take it up again. It wasn't until this past year that I honestly felt I could do this. Up to that point it was - well I'm tempted but I just won't smoke today. Guess I can go throw out that 4 year old unopened pack of cigarettes in the car now :lol:

And I'd better get on with chores here. Have a good Sunday ladies. :wave:

happy2bme
04-20-2008, 11:22 AM
Madcat - wonderful to see you back again :hug: Go enjoy that sunshine - it's been a LONG winter for you folks up north.

carla49
04-20-2008, 04:23 PM
I haven't gone native, just working out of town in a communications black hole. Hit and miss ability to log on, no access from my room, nowhere to sit where there is access... I'll try to write a post tonight and paste it in tomorrow; meanwhile I'll do as much as I can in the few minutes I've got.

Ceejay, condolences on your niece. :hug: But how lovely that they decided to approach it as a celebration of her life.

Shad, I'm pretty sure my avatar just says "April fish". sorry to be so boring.

Happy, it's good to hear that Mr Feral has not disappeared. Maybe he'll just heal as much as possible on his own, and continue on in his own raggedy, independant way. I'm glad he has found sanctuary on your property while he tries to recover. You're a very kind person; it's so hard to see helpless animals in pain.

Mel, it sounds like your visit with the nephew was really a good one. Which is a good thing, since it delayed our in-person meeting until my next trip to NYC! It would have been a shame to have accommodated him only to have him be a bad guest. And a month's worth of food from the kids! Fantastic! I assume there were no frapps in there..? Speaking of which, I'm glad to say that my curiosity finally got the better of me last week and I tried a frapp. I'm delighted to report I found it thin and boring, so at least that's one addiction I won't be adding to the list...

I'm here at this stupid golf resort in the woods for a week, although I'm hoping to make a quick trip home on Tuesday. I don't golf, and in any case the course is still under two feet of snow. There are only 3 English tv channels, one of them all snow, plus an audio-only versio of NBC... So far I've had a raging headache almost since the moment I arrived Friday evening. And then there's the no-internet problem. Grrr. I don't think I'll accept this contract next year.

Gotta go. Will try to post again tomorrow. Must go grumble at my colleagues some more. :rofl:

Shy Moment
04-21-2008, 03:34 AM
Carla
Are you telling us you have had a better time getting your teeth cleaned lol.

Happy
So glad to see you have seen the cat. Would be nice if you could get him help but sure don't want you to hurt yourself. I love kids, covered in open pit lol. Really, I do like kids. The house was always full of kids when they were younger. Now their friends are still in and out. I do not like kids that yell and scream all the time. Would drive me nuts to have neighbors like that. George does not know he is a bunny he thinks he is a dog lol.

Mad
People frown on you running over the walkers lol. Make sure there are no witnesses lol.

Ruthxxx
04-21-2008, 06:21 AM
Still alive and kicking gently. Leg is still giving me grief - I'm hoping this week will be better. Life is accelerating so I can't get in here often but do try to read. :wave: to all!

happy2bme
04-21-2008, 09:30 AM
George does not know he is a bunny he thinks he is a dog lol. :rofl: Where did he get that from? I don't recall you saying you had a dog. Sure he's not pretending he's a wolf? lol

Carla - and here I was thinking you had the glamourous life. Every once in a while you and Shad remind me that sometimes travelling is not all it's cracked up to be. Hope you are back with us soon.

Psssstt. 4 more days until someone's birthday around here.

Ruth - sorry the leg is still giving you problems. Think being in the cold has anything to do with slowing down the recovery?

Last week everyone was talking about the earthquake up north. Now they are talking about another one. Funny thing is - they are saying well - it can go either way - trigger a bigger one OR the last one settled down things and now it will be quiet. Geez, I coulda said the same thing. :dunno:

Good morning Mel - come on out from that pile of boxes in the closet :lol:

Shad's probably towelling off from a good workout at the gym. She and Michelle are high fiving each other.

And I'm getting ready for another thrilling day at the computer :comp: :D

Happy Monday ladies... :wave:

MELODY525
04-21-2008, 10:16 AM
I POSTED AROUND THE USUAL TIME 7:25. JUST ON THE DAYS I GO DOWNSTAIRS FIRST I POST LATER. EVERYTHING IS FINE...THANKS HAPPY :D I STILL HAVE SOME BOXRS FROM WHEN JEN AND I LIVED TOGETHER. DECORATIONS ETC AND I NEVER WENT THRU THEM JUST MOVED THEM OUT, DUSTED THEM OFF AND PUT THEM BACK. PLUS SOME OLD CLOTHES I WAS SAVING. TIME TO JUST TOSS. THE OFFICE IS THRILLED WITH THE COOKBOOKS! I EVEN FOUND BRAND NEW BRAS AND PANTIES IN THEIR ORIGINAL PLASTIC THAT I GAVE AWAY. I'LL NEVER GET INTO THEM. NOT SURE WHY I EVEN BOUGHT THEM! :faint: I HAVE SOME ARTS & CRAFTS STUFF ALSO TO SORT AND TOSS. GAVE THE YARN I HAD TO SOMEONE'S GRANDMA. SHE IS ALSO THRILLED.
SO YOU SEE THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING TO GET RID OF! :rofl: :rofl:
HAPPY MONDAY. I AM DOING MORE WASH!! :moped:

HAPPY~ I WAS WONDERING THE SAME THING ABOUT THE CAT. TRAPPING HIM MIGHT JUST MAKE HIM MISERABLE AS HE'S BEEN WILD FOR SO LONG. THAT'S A TOUGH DECISION :hug: TOO BAD ABOUT THE PLAY. YOU COULD HAVE FOOLED AROUND IN THE DARK WITH DH!! :belly:

CEEJAY~ IF YOU GET LONELY I'LL SHARE THE ACCOUNTANTS....THERE ARE 3! :rofl:

MADCAT~ I HAVE BEEN OUT MORE THAN IN. BETTER TO BE IN THE SUN THAN ON THE PC! ESPECIALLY AFTER THE LONG HARD WINTERS OF THE FROZEN NORTH! :hug:

CARLA~ I THOUGHT I WAS SAFE LETTING THEM COME WHILE YOUR THOUGHTS WERE ON NOVEMBER :rofl: :rofl:
LITTLE DID I KNOW EVERYONE WOULD WANT APRIL! AND THAT INCLUDES THE NEXT VISITOR. HOPE SHE IS SUFFICIENTLY CALMED DOWN BEFORE SHE ARRIVES! :lol3: SO SORRY ABOUT THIS JOB FROM HADES! NO TV NO INTERNET NO GOLF AND WAY TOO MUCH SNOW!!!
ANY GOOD MEN AT LEAST??? GET ONE DRUNK AND DRAG HIM HOME...HE CAN'T GOLF SO YOU CAN OFFER OTHER TREATS! :belly:

SHAD~ HOPE THE ARMS AND YOURSELF FEEL MUCH BETTER. THOSE SHOTS CAN BE A REAL BUTT KICKER!! BE GOOD TO YOURSELF :hug:

:wave: AT HAPPY AGAIN!! I SEE THE POST HERE!! AOL HAD A PAGE ON EARTHQUAKE STUFF THIS MORNING. SOME SEISMOLOGIST IN MONTREAL IS WATCHING THE ACTIVITY IN AND AROUND THE US. :yikes:

RENNIE~ I MUST GO BACK AND READ WHERE MADCAT IS THREATIENING TO RUN OVER WALKERS. I M IGHT JUST GIVE HER SOME ASSISTANCE :rofl:

annie175
04-21-2008, 11:56 AM
Good Monday Morning to Everyone....is it Friday yet??

We had an aftershock last night at 1:30 am, yes I was awake for it. Some nights I cannot sleep well. Wasn't as fun as the last one tho. Today Sunshiney and 75, whew whooo!!

Diyana...How did the blood tests come back? I am sure awesome since you have been exercising, that helps a lot of things. Yes, bowling 5 games...and an after affect, my bootie muscles are quite sore. Kinda hurts so good type of sore. hahaha

Shad, Carla, Madcat...welcome back!! We missed you.

Happy...goodluck with the traps and catching Mr. Ferrell.

Ruthie...hope the leg gets to feeling better.

Hi to everyone!! Gotta go, my walking buddy is here.

Love and Hugs

diyana
04-21-2008, 01:04 PM
Happy Monday ladies --

Sorry I was out of touch all weekend. I was super busy cleaning and helping DH with yard work to take advantage of the very nice weather we've been having. My blood test results were not perfect, but very much improved! My doc was VERY pleased with my weight loss and he said for me to keep doing what I'm doing and continue to lose weight and he probably won't have to put me on any medications for my diabetes. I went to the gym on Friday and Saturday, but took yesterday off as I had gotten quite a cardio workout just cleaning. I'm finishing up the cleaning today and will do more yard work later this afternoon.

Rennie - The solarium sounds like a lovely place for George to live.

Shad - Shame that the stewardess wouldn't just accept the fact that you didn't want chocolate and be done with it. Glad that the first aid kit and the computer made it through checked baggage okay. I hope your DS is feeling better. So your kitchen should be just about done, right? I'm so very excited for you!!

Patty - Great to hear from you! :woohoo: for getting up so darn early and doing morning workouts. I just can't bring myself to get up earlier so I can workout before work.

Mel - I'm glad you were able to enjoy some lovely weather too! After a long winter like the one we've had, it's lovely to see the sun and feel its warmth. I'm glad you had such a nice visit with your company. Good for you for motivating the seniors to get moving with Anthony. I hope your accountant day went okay. Hopefully you'll get a little time to relax one day soon.

Ellen - Sounds like you're listening to your body and taking care of yourself. Good for you!

Happy - I'm so sorry to hear that the agencies won't help you with Mr. Feral. Hopefully he'll let you close enough to help him. Sorry the play wasn't good. My DH has been to a couple plays in his life...he'll go to them if they are particularly silly/funny. As an example, we are going to see Spamalot (the broadway musical version of Monty Python and the HOly Grail) next week. He's a big time Monty Python fan, so he should enjoy it. I totally agree with you about screaming kids. Our neighborhood is full of kids playing and laughing, which is fine...but once they start screaming and whining, etc. for the sake of making noise, then they should be given a time out indoors. Maybe I'm a crabby appleton too. :congrat: on your 4 year anniversary of quitting smoking! YGG! Good for you!!

CeeJay - Sounds like the service was nice. I prefer celebrating the person's life and sharing the happy times with others. I hope your work week goes well.

Madcat - I totally agree with you about how wonderful spring feels after a long winter. Funny to think that we had snow and sleet last weekend, and this weekend I was wearing shorts!

carla - I hope the rest of your week goes better.

Ruth - I hope your leg feels better.

Annie - I didn't feel the aftershock, and I'm glad of that. After living in California for most of my life, I've had my fill of earthquakes.


Well, my dogs are outside and barking like crazy, and I have to finish cleaning the bathroom. Then the house will be ready for DMIL, and it'll be off to the gym and grocery shopping.


Have a great day everyone! :wave:

ceejay52
04-21-2008, 01:06 PM
Just popping in to say hello--Nothing going on. Still enjoying th quiet.

Shy Moment
04-21-2008, 01:32 PM
di
He is as spoiled as the cat and the dog lol.

Melody
A lot of walkers around here, at the park, use the bike trails because there are no walking trails. The bike trails use to be walking trails lol.

Ruth
I know the healing process after that surgery can be long and hard. It was for my mom. Just keep your chin up, you will be better little by little. Do you feel better now than before the surgery?


Happy
We have a 14 year old lab and a 13 year old Persian/Manx cat. We have ( gave some away ) 6 dwarf hamsters and the lop rabbit. I have no idea where he got it but if he thinks he is a wolf he better stop being so darn small and quiet lol.

Shad
04-21-2008, 04:14 PM
Quick flyby for me today as the kitchen men are due to arrive in just under the hour. I ned to shower and get breakfast asap. Is putting Kitchen and Men together in a sentence an oxymoron?

Painted myself to a standstill yesterday but eventually got it all done plus a huge laundry mountain moved and by the time the ironing and folding got done my back was telling me all about my day. The painting is not perfect but it is a lot better than it used to be and most of it will be covered by the new cabinetry. Why paint it I hear you ask, well like a lot of things in this house, it was never done previously and the results of unpainted plasterboard and steam, heat, cockroaches and ants have taken it's toll on the condition of the walls. So to ensure that I don't have to take things down and re plaster or re wall at a later time, the walls and ceiling are now covered with a sealer binder paint and a waterproof top coat. I was going to put silicone sealer along the base of the walls to see if I can put a stop to the entry of ants and cockies but ran out of time and energy so it hasn't been done. I will have to spray from the outside as I always have. In order to save a fraction of the cost of wallboards, the builders have left a small gap at the bottom of the plaster board. No doubt at the top too. You only see it when the skirting board comes off. Grrrr.

Okay. I am out of here. Shower, dress, breakfast before they arrive and then keep an eye on proceedings. Who knows what I might learn! Be good and don't forget to sweat.

MELODY525
04-22-2008, 07:41 AM
ANNIE~ OMG! :yikes: :faint: MORE SHAKING?? COME LIVE BY ME...THE ONLY THING SHAKING HERE IS ME WHEN I READ YOUR POSTS! :hug: ARE THEY EXPECTING MORE?

MICHELLE~ :cheer2: CONGRATS ON THE BLOODWORK!!
WITH THE WAY YOU ARE WORKING SO HARD AT YOUR GOALS, THOSE RESULTS WILL GET BETTER ALL THE TIME. GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE MEDS TOO! WOULD BE SO GREAT NOT TO HAVE TO TAKE THEM LATER ON! VERY NICE TO HEAR THIS.:hug:

CEEJAY~ :dance: ENJOY THE QUIET!

SHAD~ WHY DID I HAVE THE 21ST MARKED ON MY CALENDAR FOR YOUR DEPARTURE?? I MUST NOT BE READING ALL YOUR POSTS RIGHT CAUSE YOU ARE STILL IN YOUR PAINTER'S OVERALLS IN YOUR OWN KITCHEN :rofl: ONE DAY I WILL GET THIS ALL TO RIGHTS!!
GOOD LUCK WITH THE CONTRACTORS!! TRY NOT TO BOX THEIR EARS IN ANY MORE THAN YOU HAVE TO! :lol3:

RENNIE~ WE HAD WALKING PATHS AND NOW SOME ARE BIKE PATHS IN OUR COUNTY PARKS. THE SENIORS THOUGHT STROLLERS AND KIDS WERE BAD BUT THE BIKES ARE ANOTHER STORY ALTOGETHER! :rofl:

:cofdate: I HAVE FINALLY RUN OUT OF STEAM. FELT IT COMING ON YESTERDAY WHILE WASHING. TODAY IS A MELIDAY! :dance: DOING NOTHING AT ALL BUT WATCH TV. I HAVE A SET OF DVDS OF SPIN & MARTY...AN OLD B&W WALT DISNEY SERIES FROM THE MICKEY MOUSE CLUB ERA. I CAN WATCH THEM AND DOZE IN THE SUNLIGHT LATER ON!
HAPPY TUESDAY! :moped:

happy2bme
04-22-2008, 08:10 AM
Good morning chicks,

Good grief Mel - Spin and Marty? I thought Tim Considine was cute. Hard to believe he's like almost 70 now :yikes: Enjoy your Meliday - you deserve it!

Shad - as for men in the kitchen - well - most great chefs ARE men surprisingly :lol: I agree with you - probably a very good thing to paint and prime the walls. I noticed a bit of a gap below the skirting in the foyer too. Just assumed it was there so as to give a bit of space for the house settling - never gave a thought as to cutting corners on construction. Or maybe the walls are just slightly bigger and they didn't want to bother taping and mudding up the extra length. Good job tho - quite the workout!

We had a lop too Rennie - sooooo darn cute!

Glad to hear your tests came out so well Michelle - all that dedication has paid off. Sometimes we need that motivation - glad you heeded it instead of running the other way. :D Enjoy the nice weather - even if it does mean working in it :lol:

Annie - if you think about it, you are doing modified squats in bowling - with a weight to boot - don't know that I could have done 5 games myself without flinging my arm down the alley too :lol:

Not much else to report on. Lots to do at work this week - got very disrupted last week with meetings, prepare for meetings and moving cubicles. Of course no real work got done last week and everyone is looking for everything - like I was sitting there watching TV and eating bon bons last week. Argh... so off to work I go and channel the frustration into power walking or something.

Have a good day :wave: to those I didn't get indies to.

diyana
04-22-2008, 08:55 AM
Hello ladies --

Back at work today, but it was sure nice to have a couple extra days off to get things done around the house and yard.

Rennie - Sounds like you have a houseful of adorable, lovable critters. :) I love bunnies, but my dogs are so hyper that DH said they'd probably scare a bunny to death. So I enjoy the bunnies I see at the County Fair and watch with delight as they do the Bunny Steeplechase races where young 4H girls have trained their bunnies to jump over small hurdles. It's adorable.

Shad - I hope the kitchen installation went well! Sounds like painting areas of the wall that are hidden is a very wise decision! Good for you!

Mel - Thanks for your nice compliments! My hemoglobin A1C (which is an average of your blood sugar over 2-3 months) went from 6.5 down to 6.1. Normal is less than 5.9, which is where my doctor wants me to be (hopefully by my next visit). I should be able to do this, if I keep doing what I'm doing and maybe cut back on 1 or 2 servings of carbs. My nutritionist said I should try for 12 to 13 servings of carbs a day (a serving is 15grams), and I probably go a bit over that. So I'm gonna start gettin' real with the carbs and not just count points. Enjoy your relaxing and MEL-low, Meliday!

CeeJay - Enjoy and savor the peace and quiet!

Happy - Thank you for your support! Being diagnosed with diabetes was in a weird way the best thing that ever happened to me. It jolted me out of denial (that ain't a river in Egypt) and kicked me hard in the arse to get really serious and diligent! As a result, I'm feeling better every day and have more energy to enjoy life. It was great working in the yard this weekend and yesterday! I totally enjoyed the sunshine and worked up a great "glisten" as my trainer calls it (he says women don't sweat - to which I remind him that I sure as heck do!). I hope your work day/week gets better. Go for a terrific Power Walk to vent your frustration. My company is starting a walking club from 7 to 7:45 am twice a week starting on May 1st. I'm definitely signing up! That way, if I end up going fishing or chatting with MIL rather than go to the gym, I'll still get my workout in. And if I go to the gym anyway, I'll be burning even more calories.

A big :wave: to everyone! I hope you all are enjoying your day and your week!

Love and hugs,

carla49
04-22-2008, 09:50 AM
A quick hello from the wilds of Quebec. Finally got connected to the net after about 40 min of trying, then 15 verrrry slow minutes reading my emails, and now there's no time to chat before getting back on the job. So a :wave: will have to suffice.

Mel, enjoy your day.

Shad, good luck with the kitchen men!

Di, bravo on the improved results! We should all be following your example!

Happy, I see you're enjoying the job as usual. :lol: How's Mr Feral doing???

Gotta go.

Shy Moment
04-22-2008, 01:01 PM
Carla
Glad to see you at least got on the net.

di
Our lab is old so she doesn't bother with the rabbit. Heaven knows what a young lab would do. Probably want to eat the thing lol.

happy
Funny to watch the thing run around the kids in circles like a puppy.

Melody
The paths have become a real problem. The strollers were a bother but hey everyone likes to walk. The bikes are another story, they run people right over lol. I loved spin and Marty. Thought the shows were great fun. Ok I am older than I am I think lol. I don't tend to like much of anything on tv anymore. I love the older stuff.

upswife
04-22-2008, 08:12 PM
Hello ladies! Sorry I have been MIA, been feeling icky, and very tired. Been keeping busy, and trying not to think about the 6 week mark approaching.

Took me so long to catch up, I will post indies tomorrow. Nighty nite ladies!

Shad
04-22-2008, 10:14 PM
Morning all,

Well I have a new kitchen. Photos will be coming soon but I have so much to do that they have to take a back seat. At the moment I am trying to put things away, clean the house, wash, pack, get my taxes in some sort of order, deal with the tax dept (thank you so much to my accountant) and sort out my real job stuff. Oh yes and get the remainder of my jabs as well. Another Hep B this morning - simple injection that took two freaking hours to get.
You might have noticed, I don't seem a particularly happy person. I'm not. When I should be happily delighted with my new kitchen, I have to deal with the ATO - Australian Tax Office - who probably gave lessons to Hitler way back when. Now excuse me, but my accountant has had these files since before I came to the States - just about 13 months since I faxed, posted and emailed the files. She has applied for extensions, then went on leave, then told me she didn't get the papers, and now I have another letter from the tax office telling me to get my butt into gear. So today, I am about to waste some more of my precious time and go and personally hand them in and request a receipt, which I will then post a copy of to the ATO. Then i will search for a new accountant. As if I didn't have enough to do!

Now for more pleasant things. My kitchen. It is all white and sparkly and huge and I don't think my stuff will fill all the cupboards. And no I am not going out to buy a whole raft more stuff just to fill the cupboards. I'm trying to cut back on belongs, not exacerbate the condition.
DS2 went in for a further operation on his finger yesterday and is now home and recuperating for 10 days. He is not working at that horrible job and it is a pleasant knock on effect that his mother is not worrying if he has been killed on the job or not. I will now attempt to talk him into a new job using reverse psychology while he is off and I am home. Although I won't be here for much of his recuperation.

Okay - well I'd better go get this into the accountant. I'll be back later tonight to do some individuals. Sorry about the rant and rave, but some things make me very cross and inefficiency by those you rely on and pay well is one of them. Be back soon.

Shad
04-23-2008, 07:06 AM
Well they say things happen in threes. Today got progressively worse. My friend Bev passed away this morning. Her carer, Pam, is in hospital and will be operated on tomorrow morning for breast cancer. It seems the breast will go and hopefully it hasn't hit the lymph nodes or hasn't spread from there. Pam is joking that not having the breast should improve her golf swing.

Ellen - hope you are feeling better in the morning. Are you having some downtime as well? You still need to get good rest you know.

Morning Rennie - you sound happy!

Carla - hope that job doesn't last for long. I have to try out the remote connection shortly. That's the next job on my list. Friday is a public holiday so any problems will need to be found and sorted tomorrow.

Michelle - well done on the test results. Denial is definitely a river in Africa. Funny thing the English language hey.

Happy - I think the gaps in the walls are a builders claim to have given you more than you expected. We've given you more height to the ceiling and therefore the dry wall doesn't extend to the floor or the ceiling - never mind that the rats and mice can get in, just feel the extra inches. And don't you just love that they put dampcourse between the floors and the walls of wet areas - thats that black plastic ribbed stuff - and it extends less than 1/2 inch past the wall. The original idea as I understand it was that it got stapled to the base of the drywall creating a dampproof layer in case of washing machine failure or sink flooding. Huh - yeah not any more! But I digress. What's this with TV and bonbons??? Huh??? Huh???

Mel - I leave here on the 27th and fly to Sydney and then change planes and fly back over Brisbane to Jakarta - well not quite but almost. Should be interesting. Didn't have to box any ears. They came, they got on with it, they went and apart from a few questions as to where should I put this or that, nothing else got in their way. A very slick operation. Only the plumber got on the wrong side of the Shadster and tried to take away the tap which was originally on the dishwasher. When I asked about it, he said, you get a new and different one anyway, but I explained that that wasn't the point and the tap was not mine and needs to go back to it's owner (DS2) - he (the plumber) was not impressed, but I did get the tap back, minus the washer thingys and the copper piping attached to it when it left the house.

And with that I had better get out of here and try for a better day tomorrow. I won't be able to get to the funeral for Bev, but will think about her and do a little grieving in private.

See you - have a lovely day and give your friends a hug. Give the family a hug for that matter too. Oh dang it go on out there and give a tree a hug. Everyone deserves one, once in a while.

Here is a couple of pictures of the kitchen. There is a heap more, but this shows the old kitchen (minus the dreaded hanging doors) and the new kitchen from basically the same angle. The third one is the extra I had put up at the end of the dining room. It now makes the new kitchen and dining room look like they belong together. I'll put up some more later.

diyana
04-23-2008, 08:04 AM
Hi Ladies!

Talk about a wonderful NSV for me today....I decided to, just for the heck of it, try on my size 16 slacks - and they fit!! I'm on :cloud9: and I'm thinking I should be in misses sizes (as opposed to women's sizes) sometime this summer! I've gone from a size 22 to a size 16 in less than 3 months! I'm so thrilled! And coincidentally, Kohls is having a big sale this weekend, where employees get a little additional savings on top of our discount. I just may purchase something in a size 14. My DMIL arrives tonight and DH is picking her up at the airport, so after work I'm going to do a quick sweep/mop of the floors where the dogs tracked in mud and then go to the gym for some quick cardio. Hopefully I'll have time to shower before they get home so she doesn't get knocked over by my sweatiness! :rofl: I'm in such a great mood today...that I'm willing to rub it off on anyone of you who wants a little lift!

Carla - Glad you were able to connect for a quick check in. How long are you staying in the wilderness?

Rennie - I'll bet your critters are so adorable! Do you have photos?

Ellen - Sorry you're not feeling great. Just take good care of yourself and do what the doc says. \

Shad - Oh my gosh - The new kitchen is gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for posting photos. I'm so sorry your accountant has done such a poor job for you! That's awful! It's good that you're getting a new accountant but such a pain in the arse that you have to go through all that hassle when you're so busy getting the house in order and getting ready for the new job. :hug: Why on earth did it take 2 hours to get an injection? That's crazy! I'm glad to hear your DS2's surgery went well and that he is recuperating. I'm sure we all totally understand your frustration and you can rant and rave to us anytime. :hug: I'm so, so sorry that your friend passed away, but it's good you got to spend the day with her. My thoughts and prayers are with you and with her carer Pam. It's good that Pam has a sense of humor and a positive attitude. I hope that you are able to get everything taken care of and still have time for yourself before you fly to Jakarta.

Happy - I hope you have a great day at work - It's hump day and we're halfway to the weekend!

I've got to get to work, so a big :wave: and big :grouphug: to everyone!

happy2bme
04-23-2008, 08:38 AM
Shad - I'm so sorry about your friend Bev :hug: It was good that you were able to see her one last time. Our condolences to you.

And the kitchen looks absolutely gorgeous! I love the sideboard/expanse of cabinets by the patio door. Funny that someone who is a mimimalist at heart has so much storage space now :lol:

Michelle - congrats on downsizing the pants! :yay: :yay: I don't think there's a sweeter feeling that getting into some former too tight clothes. Even beats the number dropping on the scale. Whoohoo for you! Congrats!!!!! All that dedication is paying off.

Shy - we had problems with the in-line skaters taking up the entire walking path along the trails. The bikers were at least courteous and lived in harmony with the walkers.

DH and I are starting a 6 week guided trail program that begins on Saturday. I'm excited about it - except that it's supposed to rain :(

Hello to Carla in Quebec :wave:

Mr. Feral is hanging in there - he snoozed the day away yesterday in his bed and up by the pool when another cat came into the yard to challenge him. Still can't get near the guy - I think he knows we're trying to grab him. No sign of him today yet - DH said he has a routine and we are just part of the stops along the way I guess :^: But thanks for asking. What are you doing in Quebec?

Are you all rested up today Mel and full of :censored: and vinegar? :lol:

Time to get rolling. Hellos to Ceejay, Ellen, Ruth, Annie and the rest of the crew :wave:

Madcat
04-23-2008, 08:42 AM
Shad, so sorry that the joy in your lovely new kitchen (I am deeply jealous) has to be offset by bad life events. I’m so sorry about your friend Bev’s passing. If I were there I would take your advice and give you a hug. Heck, hug random strangers if it helps. I have my fingers crossed and am sending out wishes for good karma for Pam. Hope all goes well there at least it sounds as if she has a good attitude. I also feel your pain in the accountant way. I’ve ditched my accountant and have done my own personal taxes this year. The way he handled my account last year made me really uncomfortable (let’s just say I am all for tax avoidance but I draw the line at tax evasion) He then charged me what I thought was a lot of money and didn’t even get my corporate taxes filed by the deadline. Grrr. There are times when being self employed is a pain in the bicycle seat. I now have to find someone else to do my corporate taxes. Hope your search is a painless one.

Upswife~ Hope you feel better.

Diyana ! Wow, that is a great NSV. Something like that really makes a person see how far they have come. You are doing great! Find something great for that next goal outfit. And really good work on getting your health under control. You really are an inspiration.

Carla~ we forget sometimes that large parts of this country as so isolated from conveniences we all take for granted. Hope the job finishes soon and you’re back and connected. Hope you are at least getting out among the pines.

Happy~ Always astounds me that companies expect life to carry on as usual at the same time desks are being packed and upheaval occurs. Like we pull it out of our hat as soon as anything gets assigned… silly, really. Hang in there!

Mel ~ Take that Mel Day and run with it. If you are tired it is best that you listen to what you need. You can doze in the sunlight just like a big cat. That sounds nice!

Another fine day of making diagrams of business requirements and general silliness. I’m in an odd mood today. I had a conversation last night with an acquaintance who is preparing for a trip to Nepal. Once there, he plans to set up a line of sight transmitter to allow doctors to communicate and provide medical consultations with a medic in a remote village. Makes what I do for a living seem somewhat, well, selfish. But, heck, it’s a living, and I have to do something to keep my cats in cat toys and Fancy Feast.

Ok, I have to get to work now since I have hung around here long enough. Howdy to everyone else I may have missed!

Madcat
04-23-2008, 08:45 AM
Hey Happy, I see your egg aglow... and I am out of here! Glad to hear Mr. Feral is still limping along. Tough old cat!

MELODY525
04-23-2008, 08:47 AM
HAPPY~ DO A POWER WALK FOR ME!! I COULD USE ONE TO GET RID OF FRUSTRATIONS!! ARE THERE ANY WOMEN DOING WALKS AT YOUR PLACE OF WORK? I FORGET IF IT WAS YOU MENTIONED IT A LONG TIME AGO. I'LL SEND YOU THE PROD BY FED EX JUST INCASE YOU FEEL LIKE ZAPPING A FEW BUTTS! :hug: I GOT GOOSEBUMPS WATCHING THE DVDS AND TRIED NOT TO THINK OF ANY OF THEM AGING! :rofl:

SHAD~ I AM SO SORRY ABOUT BEV'S PASSING. VERY SAD WHEN WE LOSE A FRIEND. I WILL THINK GOOD THOUGHTS FOR PAM AS WELL. HOPE NHER GOOD HUMOR SEES HER THRU THE TOUGH TIMES AHEAD RECOUPING AND ALSO HER GRIEVING. SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS FOR DS2 ALSO. I AM GLAD TOO THAT HE WON'T BE RETURNING BACK TO WORK THERE. YOUR KITCHEN IS GORGEOUS AND I COULD DO WHEELIES IN THERE...SO MUCH ROOM!! I LOVE IT!! :scooter: HOPE YOU GET TO ENYJOY IT BEFORE YOU LEAVE. AND JUST IN TIME FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY!!! SPRINKLE A BIT OF CHAMPAGNE AROUND THE FLOOR AND CHRISTEN IT! :dance:

CARLA~ AND I THOUGHT MY DIAL-UP WAS BAD!! WHEN I SEE THAT FISH OF YOURS, IT REMINDS ME OF THE LOOK ON THE MAINT. MEN WHEN ASKED TO PERFORM A DUTY! :rofl:

RENNIE~ JEN AND I BOTH LIKE A LOT OF THE OLD STUFF. SO DOES HER BF. WE WATCH A LOT OF THE OLD DVDS TOGETHER.

MICHELLE~ OUR PAINTER GOT DIAGNOSED LAST YEAR WITH A NUMBER CLOSE TO 7 OR A BIT OVER...I FORGET NOW. ANYWAY...HJIS DR SAID TO GET RIGHT ON TO AN EATING PLAN AND SENT HIM HOME FOR 2 WEEKS. HE'S ITALIAN AND HOLDS ON TO ALL THE OLD WAYS. YOU WOULD NEVER KNOW HOW LOING HE IS IN THE STATES! :rofl: TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT...HE ASKED FOR HELP SO HIS WIFE COULD UNDERSTAND HIS PROBLEM. I GOOGLED HIM TONS OF INFO AND RECIPES AND IDEAS. WITHIN A MONTH HIS SUGAR WAS DROPPING DOWN AND LIKE YOU HE SAID IT WAS A BLESSING IN A WAY. HE'S LOST WEIGHT AND FEELS MUCH BETTER NOW AND STILL WITH NO MEDS. YOU BOTH ARE A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE. WHEN I GROW UP, I WANT TO BE JUST LIKE YOU BOTH! :bb: :lol3:

:wave: TO ELLEN WHO IS FLYING BY!

I SPENT THE DAY MAKING A LIST OF VHS TAPES AND DVDS I OWN. GIVING IT TO ONE OF THE SENIORS WHO RUNS FILMS IN THE COMM ROOM SEVERAL NIGHTS A WEEK. THEY ARE THRILLED THAT I WOULD LET THEM BORROW THEM. WE GAVE THEM SOME BOOKS ON TAPE TO ADD TO OUR "LIBRARY". FRIDAY ANTHONY RETURNS FOR THE EXERCISE PROGRAM. EVERYTHING IS READY AND I PUT ALL HIS STUFF IN A BASKET TO HAND OUT. SO ALL MY GOOD DEEDS ARE DONE FOR THE MONTH....MAYBE EVEN FOR THE YEAR :rofl: I WAS SUPPOSED TO GO AND GET SOME STUFF FOR THE SENIORS BUT WILLY WENT INSTEAD. I WAS VERY HAPPY!!:dance:
ANOTHER SLOW-DOWN DAY I THINK FOR ME. BAD NIGHTS SLEEP AND FEELING WEARY. MAYBE THE HARDY BOYS TODAY!! :rofl: :rofl: MORE TIM CONSIDINE! :love:

HAPPY WEDNESDAY CHICKLETTES :moped:

MELODY525
04-23-2008, 08:57 AM
:wave: WAVING MADLY AT HAPPY AND MADCAT!!:wave:

HAPPY~ MAYBE YOU SHOULD SEND MR FERAL UP HERE. THERE ARE SOME CATS THE SENIORS NARE FEEDING UNDER OUR HUGE SHED. THEY EVEN HELPED THEM MAKE SOME "BEDS"...HE WOULD HAVE A NEW FAMILY! :rofl: I FEEL FOR YOU HAVING TO WATCH HIS STORY UNROLL THOUGH. :hug: I ALREADY PEE'D SO I'M ONLY FULL IF VINEGAR!! :lol3: :lol3:

MADCAT~ THE WOMAN COMING FORM OZ TO VISIT ME NEXT MONTH IS A LIBRARIAN WHO SPENDS ALL HER MONEY SAVING ELEPHANTS AND ALL SORTS OF ANIMALS. MADE TRIPS TO INDIA WITH SUITCASES OF CLOTHING FROM ALL OF US. SOMETIMEs I WONDER ABOUT MY LIFE ALSO..... BUT THEN THE GRANSON NEEDS ME AND I ALSO LIKE HEAT, A/C, SCREENS, 3 SQ. MEALS A DAY.... :rofl:
I ALMOST CHOKED WITH YOUR "FANCY FEAST AND CAT TOYS". :lol3: :lol3:

OUTTA HERE! :scooter:

PS...SHAD...I HOPE THE TAX STUFF GOT STRAIGHTENED OUT AND THEY DON'T ARREST YOU AT THE AIRPORT FOR TAX EVASION!!! I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT WOMAN ACTED IN SUCH AN IRRESPONSIBLE WAY! :tantrum: GOOD LUCK WITH THE SHOT FINALE!! :hug:

happy2bme
04-23-2008, 10:34 AM
Mel :rofl: You crack me up.

Madcat - I totally understand the feeling that some people are doing great things while we try to pull business requirements out of people who are not sure what they want until after we have it all coded :rolleyes:

My cat gets Fancy Feast too. But she likes the generic store stinky salmon just as much. The vet said that Fancy Feast is like chocolate mousse for kitties :rofl: See - everything has it's version of Mc D's. :D

Carry on fine ladies...