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05-19-2008, 09:37 AM
Good morning ladies. Well, my bp is back up where it is supposed to be, but I am keeping a close eye on it and the dizziness and it is a trip to my reg dr if it keeps being screwy. I kind of felt off all day yesterday, but feel much better today. I guess you just have the on and off stuff for awhile and I just have to be patient. I was all emotional and while Jack put clean sheets on the bed I sat in his office and bawled. He got all upset because I was upset that he is having to take on so much responsibility right now, so we were all boohoo together until he made me stop crying and told me it is what a husband is supposed to do to take care of his wife and to stop crying. Sheesh hope that all passes! lol

Down another 2# woohoo!:carrot::carrot: I got into a pair of pants on Saturday I haven't been able to wear for quite awhile. I am down 24# now since April 21.

Susan: Jack loves key lime pie. I make it for him from time to time, but I use creme cheese and the ff stuff just doesn't do well so I rarely make it anymore. Jack is not a fish person so we don't eat seafood much. Funny thing, he likes scallops and salmon, two things a lot of people don't like and he is a shrimp eater. I could eat cold shrimp forever but it isn't exactly diet friendly.

Gail: I am anxious to go to Indiana in July to see my grandson. He turns a year old June 10 and they are taking him to see a Chicago Cubs game. We are big Cubbies fans and his dad loves the Cubs. Hopefully, mom won't get stuck with trying to keep him happy! lol They are going with a couple friends so maybe they can take turns keeping him happy.

Jean: Hope Ernie wanders back home soon and doesn't get in the cat haters yard. I let our Sam's Club expire years ago because back then you couldn't use your credit or bank card and I don't like the hassle of writing checks or carrying lots of cash. I am a plastic girl through and through nowadays. Besides, I always buy their junk food stuff and I don't need that. I despise Walmart though I have to use it. I have not ever seen one clean store in all of them I have been in and I was even in one the very first day it opened and it looked like a dump.

Maggie: Sounds like it is steamy in your part of the country. We are supposed to be really heating up here this week too.

Jack talked to one of the board members on Saturday about the condos and hopefully they are going to start getting things done around here. The problem is money of course, and it is a catch 22, if they evict the owners who are way arrear in maintenance fees then they end up with a condo they can't sell so they get no money and if they don't they don't pay. There are people here thousands of $$ in arrears. They sent a letter saying anyone 90 days out is getting sued but we shall see. They do have security overnight now, which is nice, and you now have to have a hang tag to park if you don't put your car in the garage. I am trying to encourage Jack to go to the monthly board meetings, but we shall see.

Well gals, I need to eat some breakfast.

You all have a good one today!

05-19-2008, 12:56 PM
Good morning, ladies! Nice sunny day today.

Jean, I hope Ernie has found his way home. My cat won't go outside in the daytime if you leave the door standing open he just looks out, but you have to be careful after dark. That's when he wants to go out.

I've never cared to shop at Sam's, Costco, etc. Just way too much stuff to use up before it goes bad. I do just as well shopping the sales using coupons.

My boss brought me a bouquet of roses this morning. He grows the most beautiful flowers. These are a lovely shade of pink.

Faye, if your blood pressure falls like that again, lay down immediately with your legs higher than your head. That's what they'd do with Stan when his fell at dialysis. Readings in the 40s are dangerous.

Have to get back to work!

05-19-2008, 07:09 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! We got up to rain, but the sun came out after I got to school and it's breezy so doesn't feel too warm. I saw Ernie early this morning in the neighbor's back yard. I called him and he took off for the pine tree. Bob was home around 2 and saw him again in about the same place. He set the live trap so hopefully Ernie will be hungry enough to go in and eat. He does know his food bowl! I'm just glad he is close by. I had visions of him running to the highway and getting smushed up there. Keep your fingers crossed that he calms down and we can talk him into coming home!

"Gma" -- I think it is hard for men to see their wives sick (emotionally or physically) because we are the ones who are supposed to be the "glue" that holds the family together. Neither Bob nor I are sick very often and I am so thankful. Congrats on losing another 2#s! You are doing it the hard way but you are doing it! ;) I know you are so looking forward to being back to your normal self again.

Susan -- The only reason we go to SAM's Club is that Bob buys office supplies there. I get cat litter and paper products once in awhile but hardly ever buy food because we live 75 miles away and I never think to bring a cooler along. I think if one is feeding a family and lives close there are some bargains for food items that they would use. It's not my favorite place to go for sure. :no: You have a nice boss! :D

I'm going to go and check the live trap again. I called Ernie when I got home but didn't go near the tree in case he was up there.

Have a terrific Tuesday tomorrow! Four more days of classes -- yippeeeeee!

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!

05-19-2008, 10:36 PM
We had a strange weather happening shortly after I posted on the daily thread. It got quite dark and the wind came up and was really blowing things around outside and it was sprinkling a few raindrops.

Bob had just come home and I was telling him that I had moved the live trap when I saw Ernie go leaping across the neighbor's yard and he flew across their half wall that surrounds their hot tub that they never use. After the wind died down I walked over there and started talking to Ernie. He was underneath the tub and came right out to me. As I was walking home with him, Bob was walking across the yard and scared him. He started to claw at me and I couldn't hold him, so down he went and back under the hot tub. By now the rain had stopped and the sun was out, but it was still pretty windy. This time I took his bowl and talked him into coming out from under the tub again. I picked him up, managed to hold all four paws, and walked him home. He was very hungry and thirsty. After he ate and drank, he's been asleep ever since.

I think he's as glad to be back home as we are to have him inside again.

We were without electricity for about an hour ...... really weird.

05-20-2008, 08:19 AM
Good morning ladies! Hope your day has started out well. We heard police/fire commotion close by this morning and when Jack left for work he called me and said they were just up the street at the condo on the corner but he didn't see any smoke and there wasn't an ambulance so who knows?

Jean: I am so glad Ernie is finally back home. Poor little guy had to be terrified. Maybe it scared him enough not to go out again.

Susan: BP is back up and a little high so I took my meds this morning. Thanks for the info, I will surely keep it in mind. Hope it was just a flook though.

How would you like to be on the Interstate when a semi full of double stuffed oreos crashes? I guess the driver fell asleep and crashed spilling 40 tons of double stuffed oreos, anyone have milk? :lol:

Have a great day today ladies and hope your weather is going to be as nice as ours.

05-20-2008, 08:56 AM
Good mornin' ladies! :coffee2: I'm now on my third cup of coffee. DH is back to work this week so it's back to my usual normalcy around here. When the plant is closed for down weeks and he's home we go into "vacation" mode. I love that as we really do have fun together and also get a lot of projects done around the house but my house cleaning suffers. So this week I'll be cleaning house before the long holiday weekend begins.

Yesterday I babysat the little guy. I came home tired as usual...and a little sore in my lower back this morning. I get down on the floor and play with him. I even crawl with him and this throws him into a fit of giggles! :D Thankfully, DH was baking fries in the oven and grilling hot dogs outside when I walked in. He's such a good man--he even washed up the dinner dishes afterwards. But that's not unusual, he likes washing dishes by hand (I think the warm water desolves the workday stress for him) and he does this (wash, dry, and put away the dishes) just about every night. He even vacuums the kitchen floor, dining area, laundry room area every night for him. He's very neat. He's not a fussy kind of man but he does like things put in their own place. get him to clean the bathrooms!

I will not be going to Weight Watchers this morning. I have to go to the dentist. I didn't realize this when I made the appointment that this would happen but I have to go. My regular dentist (I get my teeth cleaned every three months--twice with the regular dentist and the other two times with the specialist) has been watching an old filling and last time my teeth were cleaned he said it's time to replace it. So that is this morning.

Faye, I'm glad to hear that you are feeling better and your blood pressure is back to normal. That is scarey my friend! You're married to a good man--my DH has said those same words to me when I've been ill. We are lucky women. Your body will need time to heal. I remember a doctor telling me that it takes a year for the body to heal after having major surgery. Be patient with yourself. You've lost a lot of weigh since April. Good for you! Whenever there is a baby around in a group, everyone wants to hold him/her. I know you must be excited about seeing the little one.

Jean, I'm glad you found Ernie! That's a relief because I know you've been worried about him. Don't you think the weather patterns are just down-right strange all over right now? BTW, it's raining here again in Delaware. Not that THAT is strange though.

Susan, I let my membership to BJ's and Costco lapse as I don't go there enough. Personally, I don't care for those large warehouse stores either because there is too much temptation there. Besides running the gauntlet of free food samples being handed out, I tend to buy things that are not good for me (or my husband) in bulk. I really don't find the good deals on items such as outdoor furniture, appliances, etc. in those places because if I wait or keep my eyes open I'll find just as good deals on sale in regular stores without the temptation of buying a box of 60 snack bars! Awwww...roses...wonderful!

Maggie, so much has happened in both of our lives since we first met waaaaaay back on the old Weight Watchers message board! You have traveled a lot and I have moved into my present home. My youngest daughter married (wedding in the backyard) and now has two daughters--the oldest 8 years old and the youngest 4 years old. My oldest daughter is now married (wedding in St. Thomas) for almost 4 years and has a little boy one year old. DH and I filled my car up with gas last Friday evening and it was $3.74 a gallon of regular. Premium gas is now $4.00 to $4.10 a gallon now. Diesel gas is now around $4.40 a gallon. It's crazy! I heard on tv the other morning that gas is expected to get up to $5.00 a gallon or more. There was even talk about the possibility of it going up to more than $7.00 a gallon. Well...I remember when gas was 25 cents a gallon...and an attendant pumped it for you, washed your windshields, checked the oil and also the air in your tires. But then again I remember when candy bars were 5 cents a piece also.......along with being skinny too! :o

Later this afternoon, I promise I will come back in and post that macaroni salad recipe.

05-20-2008, 08:59 AM
OHMYGOSH...OREOS!?! Faye! All I could think was of Homer Simpson when he thinks about donuts! But...being involved in a crash with any kind of truck like that size would be scarey...but something like that could probably ruin any love for Oreo cookies! Yikes!! Hope all is well in your neighborhood.

05-20-2008, 02:20 PM

8 oz. uncooked macaroni, elbow
1/2 cup reduced-calorie mayonnaise
1 T. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 cup celery, chopped
1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped
2 T. parsley, fresh, chopped
1/4 tsp. salt (or to taste)
1/8 tsp. black pepper (or to taste)

Cook macaroni according to package directions without added salt or fat; drain and transfer to a large bowl.

In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard and garlic powder; stir mixture into cooked macaroni. Fold in celery, onion and parsley; season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve warm or chilled. Yields about 2/3 cup per serving.

Points value: 3
Servings: 8 (2/3 cup)

05-20-2008, 04:50 PM
GOOD AFTERNOON MAGNOLIASIt is a warm 95 as I type here in this valley.* Not much going on this day, just the regular housekeeping chores.* I don't believe we are making a trip to town. Grilling steaks for to eat around 2 oclock with half a baker and some corn on the cob. Then a very lite dinner ~ like salad. Works for me and my man. This is a 24 point day so it all fits in nicely.

DONNA You are doing good to keep an eye on your BP. I have a very low point key lime pie recipe that isn't really like the real thing but the taste is great.* Will likes it and requests it. It is made with yogurts and cool whip. I'll give you the recipe if you wish. I have lots of taste good low point recipes.;) What fun you will have in Indiana seeing that 1 year old. Our humidity is nearly not even there here so the heat isn't that opressing.

SUSAN Costco does have the stuff doesn't it. We use it mainly for building material along with Lowes. We bought our flooring for this MH at Costco and some other things that were cost friendly. Got to watch them though because I will buy my new lap top elsewere. We don't buy much else there and probably will let our membership elapse. How nice ~ roses.

JEAN I imagine Ernie was an outside cat before you got him. He will adjust but it will take time for him to learn his new home. He will learn when he wants food where home is.:D I am so glad you got him back.

GAIL Yes gas prices will continue to climb. Congress put a nix on drilling here at home so we are at the mercy of buying it elsewhere and on it goes upward and will continue to climp. There are folks working on alternte uses to run an automoble. Like water. Thanks for posting that recipe. I will definitely try it. I will post a different one that I was talking about. I love getting new recipes of old favorites.

Type at you later.:wave:

05-20-2008, 05:29 PM

2 1/2 cup cooked macaroni, kept warm
3/8 cup fat free Miracle Whip
1/8 cup fat free sour cream
4 tsp dill pickle relish
1 medium sweet red pepper, diced
1 can chopped green chilies
2 small carrots diced
1/4 cup red onion, minced
Dash salt & pepper to taste

While macaroni is still warm place in a large bowl.
Add the Miracle Whip, sour cream & relish; toss to coat.
Add the pepper, chilies, carrot & onion; toss to combine.
Season to taste with salt & pepper
SERVES: 6 ~ about a 1/2 cup serving ~ Serve warm or chilled.
2 POINTS per serving

05-20-2008, 11:57 PM
Good Evening! I'm about ready to head to bed. I spent the evening addressing envelopes, writing a "best wishes" note, and putting $10 in cards for graduates that are sons and daughters of Bob's clients. He thinks it is good PR. Ernie has been attached to me since I got home from school. I wonder if he thinks I'm going to put him back outside. :lol:

Thanks for the recipes Gail and Maggie!

I'm heading off to bed! Have a wonderful Wednesday tomorrow!

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!

05-21-2008, 12:26 AM

It has cooled down to 75 degrees and the air condition has done it's job for the day. So . . . I decided to bake a batch of muffins. Krusteaz fat free Cranberry Orange ~ yum. Will took some to the nice lady that lets park on her property ~ right out of the oven. We like to share with her. Anyway I couldn't bear to use my little electric stone lined convection oven during the heat of the day. These muffins are only 2 points each and cupcake sized. If you haven't tried Krusteaz I highly recommend them. All you add is water. There are several flavors. And, no, I don't work for the company and this isn't a commercial.:T For breakfast tomorrow I will have a boiled egg, a muffin and some fruit for the total of 5 points. Makes sence to me.

JEAN I'm sure Ernie is getting to think you as "mom" and will be such a wonderful cat for you. How nice and thoughtful of you to send those cards and money out. Sleep well my friend.

05-21-2008, 09:27 AM
Good morning to you. I slept in some this morning and Jack left his breakfast dishes so if I feel up to it, I will unload and reload the dishwasher. I have to sit in my computer chair to unload, wheel around the room with the stuff in my lap and put it on the appropriate counter then I stand up and put stuff in the cupboards. I can't carry heavy stuff and I have heavy dishes and pots and pans. It is a way I can help him out a bit anyway. I also sit and fold clothes from the dryer and it looks like he put a load in this morning. I am ansty about getting my house cleaned because it is a disaster, but there is no way just yet.

I am hoping I feel well this weekend as Jack is going to take me to see the new Indiana Jones movie if I do. At least our theater has comfortable seats, but the stair climbing is hard for me still. I also really need to get groceries as Jack is doing every other day shopping for our food. I think maybe we will go out to the commisssary next weekend sometime to get groceries and just hang on until then.

Gail: I always got down and played with Thomas and Jackson too. His birthday is 2 1/2 weeks away and I am buying him the cutest walking toy. It is in the shape of an airplane. I think my dd may go to Indiana at the same time with my older grandson and have a little birthday party for the both of them, which would be fun. I imagine my son and dil will have a big 4th bash in their back yard as they usually do.

Jean: I think Ernie is going to be your pal from now on. You saved him! It may keep him from going outside. I don't have any graduates until next year, then I have two in a row. Next year my great niece graduates and the following year my sister from CA's dd will graduate. I will have to come up with something like I did for my great niece's sister.

Gail: Sounds like you had some lovely down time with hubby. I just feel so sorry for Jack working all day then doing everything here in the evening. He says he is fine, but is has become so hot here and he works outside a lot in dark blue uniforms so he is tired when he gets home. I try and help out where I can, but I find I get really shaky when I am up for any length of time. We had sloppy joes last night and a rice dish so I made the rice dish and was too shaky to make the sloppy joes.

Maggie: Krusteaz does make some wonderful products. I have tried a couple. I look forward to being able to get back to cooking and such. I am not even knitting at the moment. I feel like a slug most of the time! :lol:

Well gals, I need to go. Have a great Wednesday!

05-21-2008, 10:22 AM
Good morning everyone! Sun is shining today--yesterday it rained all day long. It was only in the 50's yesterday but by Tuesday (according to the weatherman) it will be 90. Now THAT is change in temperature!

Jean, sounds to me that Ernie has come to appreciate home!

Maggie, I have that exact Krusteaz muffin mix in my pantry. Good product...and thanks for the idea for the breakfast idea. It is waaay too hot where you are! Thanks for the macaroni salad recipe--I will definitely try that one! Yum.

Faye, I'd love to go see that new Indiana Jones movie. I would also like to see Ironman. We get to the movies about once a year. Usually, we just wait for the movies to come out on dvd. You take care of yourself--be careful with those stairs. Do not rush and do not push yourself. Your husband wants you well; he understands. Please try not to feel guilty about pushing household work onto him. I'm sure you have taken care of him when he has needed. Let him take care of you.

I have a few errands to run today. And my youngest granddaughter comes over this afternoon. She is love with our little tv in the kitchen. Maybe she's more in love with the kitchen as that's where the food is! Not sure which. But if it remains nice outside I'll try to get her outside. Although that might not be such a good idea as she is a dirt magnet and I have to keep her clean for church tonight. Wish me well with that one!

Everyone have a great day!

05-21-2008, 07:12 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! The sun is shining and it's a nice day here . . . NO wind for a change. The seniors were done at 11:30 and I must say they were pretty quiet about leaving. They went to the golf course club house for lunch and then back to the gym to practice for commencement. Usually they hoot and holler all the way down to the doors. It's nice not to have the halls so crowded and the undesirables out class. :cheer: A few still have obligations but they have to spend time with the teacher they owe for.

Maggie -- The muffins sound yummy. :T I just don't bake much any more. I plan to change that this summer!

"Gma" -- The cleaning can wait while your innards heal. You don't want any setbacks now. I'm sure that Jack wants you to rest and recuperate. It's nice that you can scoot around your kitchen on you wheels. ;)

Gail -- We are supposed to have 4 days of rain starting tomorrow. :( I hope the forecast is wrong because there are a lot of graduation receptions starting Friday night and ending with a brunch on Memorial Day. That one kind of surprised me but I guess they have out of town relatives that will be coming for the long weekend.

Susan and Gloria -- Hope you are having a nice day! :yes:

I have hamburger that I need to get ready for the grill. Bob is at a meeting and I hope home shortly. Have a relaxing evening and a terrific Thursday tomorrow!

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!

05-22-2008, 02:00 AM

I got my place cleaned up and went through a stack of catalogues and tossed a bunch. I did the breakfast I mentioned earlier and also used a tub of Weight Watchers cream cheese spread that is 1 point for a tub plus that little thing has a whopping 3 fibers in it. Anyway it is terrific spread on top of those muffins. The container comes 8 tubs per box.

JEAN I thank you for taking your wind back. We had it today and supposed to come again tomorrow. AH but it did cool down today and we didn't have to use the conditioner at all. I do like it best with all the windows open.

DONNA Don't over do ~ I understand your wanting everything ship shape. That work will be there when you feel better and your honey is doing the best he can so I know you totally appreciate that. I remember when I hurt my back the doctor looked at my husband and told him that I wasn't able to do the down stuff, eg floors and laundry. So either get a maid or learn to do some housework chores. He didn't want to get a maid. :carrot: He is a great help. At first I cringed because he wasn't doing it "my way" but learned to keep my mouth shut and his way works just fine.;)

GAIL How did it go at the dentist? Your little grand daughter sounds like she likes that kitchen. Maybe she will learn to cook at an early age. One can always hope. Those little ones are so much fun. We don't go to the movie either ~ wait for the DVD's. It has been so long I can't remember what the last movie we went to see was.

Well tomorrow is weigh day and I hope . . .

05-22-2008, 07:21 AM
Good morning to you all. Jack is upstairs showering to go to work so I thought I would sneak in and post real quick. He sits and plays solitaire on the computer while he eats breakfast so I try not to be on the computer when he gets downstairs.

Gail: Sounds like you are kept busy with the grandkids. Hope you dgd didn't attract too much dirt yesterday. I just have to put the house out of my mind. I am a real cleannick and it is in pretty poor shape, but I know I can't do it and I am not going to expect Jack to do anything but the necessary stuff so I just have to bide my time.

Jean: Sounds like the end is near! I know you have to be looking forward to being out for the summer. Hamburgers on the grill sounds yummy. We haven't cooked out this year yet. I like food on the grill. It is sure an easier clean up.

Maggie: I think I get more catalogues than anyone. I do order a lot of stuff online, and the minute I order something I am on their catalogue list. A couple places I only ordered one thing and would never order again and am still getting their catalogues. Funniest thing is I somehow got on a new mother list, I guess from ordering baby stuff for Jackson, and now I get diaper samples and stuff like that besides baby catalogues! :lol:

It is supposed to be another hot one here today. Sure does zap Jack. He comes home looking like a withered flower. He finds me wrapped up in blankets!

Hope your Thursday is nice!

05-22-2008, 05:26 PM

Went to WW this morning and showed a maintain which was absolutely fine with me. After such a big loss for me last week I was leary that I might show a bit of a gain. Happens to me that way ~ I can stay OP and it just happens so I don't trip. But when it is a maintain I rejoice.:carrot:

DONNA You are getting better each day aren't you. :cp: We don't grill when it is windy and it is just that here. I am going to bake a couple of Schwans boneless porkchops stuffed with stove top for dinner and have some corn on the cob and a green salad. And a green salad ~ I love salads and that is just a given for dinner. Growing up we always had a green salad mix at dinner and I learned to like it early on. Out here we get fresh veggies all year round.

Type at you later lovely ladies ~ :wave:

05-22-2008, 08:38 PM
Good evening, ladies! We are in for a beautiful weekend in the 70's and 80's, hope you are too.

Have had a busy week - boss is getting ready to go out of town for a week and he always leaves everything until the last minute.

Been planning out the work for this weekend - rearrange the family room and living room and finish cleaning the carpets. That should keep me busy for 3 or 4 days. I had Stan's ramps removed today - turned out to be rather traumatic for me.

Faye, don't rush things - keep your blindfold handy and use it! Stan used to fret, too because he thought I had too much to do but I always found the strength to do it and never gave it a second thought. I knew he would do the same for me and I'm sure Jack does too.

Jean - school's almost over! Hang in there.

Maggie and Gail, we sure have some good cooks here. We should make a cookbook for ourselves.

Have a good evening!

05-22-2008, 11:43 PM
I'm late getting in here today. I got so involved in housework, knitting, and reading. And then when DH got home we went out to get gas in my car. We paid $3.80 for a gallon of regular gas. Premium gasoline is now $4.07 a gallon. Crazy.

I went to the dentist and even though I get my teeth clean every three months, I had a cavity. The dentist said it was the smallest cavity he's ever seen. I was in the chair no more than 15 minutes. If that.

Yes, my youngest granddaughter was with me yesterday afternoon and it was difficult keeping her clean. Of all the things for me to cook for dinner last night I chose spaghetti. I had to wrap her up with a dish towel to keep the sauce of her. Somehow she managed to get a little on her. Not too bad thought. Thankfully, our church is very casual and laid back in what is worn because that's how she went! It's at the end of a cycle of bible study right now. We meet in small groups sitting at round tables. Our group has decided we are going to continue with Wednesday night bible study even though the official church bible study ends for the summer. There's about 6-8 of us in our small group and we've grown close.

Sorry, that I'm not doing personals this evening. I'm tired. But wanted to get in here and say hello.

So...I'm going off line. Hope everyone gets a good night's sleep...type at y'all tomorrow!

05-23-2008, 12:01 AM
Good Evening, Flowers! I've had my nap in front of the TV and now I'm thinking seriously about going to bed. I haven't slept well the past couple of nights and feel like I'm dragging through the day. Today was the first day, of five, where we are supposed to have cooler temps, wind, and rain. It rained just enough to make a mess in the dust on the car, but it was also so gloomy and dark. :(

Maggie -- Congratulations on the maintain! :cheer: You are doing everything right so keep up the good work. I was looking for something else and in the process put "like" catalogs together. I must have at least 20 of the smaller Penneys catalogs as well as the bigger spring/summer one. I do order from time to time. They all expire in July and August so I need to go through and pitch, pitch, pitch . . . later. :o

"Gma" -- It would be nice if the diaper samples were the old fashioned cotton kind. They make wonderful rags to use around the house! :yes:

Susan -- It's good that you have been busy at work. Are you "in charge" when your boss is gone? I suppose that removing Stan's ramps feels like closing another chapter in your life with Stan. :hug: Does your cat look for him?

I need to find my green (support the sports teams) shirt to wear to school tomorrow. There was a big beer party bust last weekend -- the star baseball pitcher, the elementary principal's daughter (who has grown up with partying parents), the special ed. director's son (who just got off probation!), a teacher's son, and the #1 softball catcher just to name a few. They are all 18 so their names were in the paper. There were several under the age of 18 also. They could have at least waited until after graduation!

Have a fantastic Friday! :cheer:

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!