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07-15-2008, 06:58 AM
Good morning! Grab your cup and come and sit a spell before the craziness of the day begins. :)

I think Monica and the girls are coming out today. She was a bit annoyed with me last week, so they never did come out Friday night. I guess all's forgiven now. I want to run over to the fabric store for some buttons and browse around the crafts department this morning, and I need to plan tonight's supper. It's supposed to be a nice sunny day today, and not too hot, but a heat wave is on it's way by the weekend.

07-15-2008, 07:41 AM
Good Morning Cottage! I just made myself an afternoon cuppa, and thought I'd pop in and say Hi. I'm just having a semi quiet day at home for the most part.(with 7 dogs here , quiet is a relative term!

I finished my 1st week of my weightlifting routine. (thus my avatar change!) It's been years since I've lifted regularly. I'm amazed how well my body remembers!
I've also been doing the initial set up a homeopathic pharmacy. It's a little room, I dyed new curtains, coconut oiled the slate floors today. Tommorrow I'll get some cabinets and furnishings moved in there. The homeopath I work with gets back from the States later in the week. Then I'll be REALLY busy.

Good Morning everybody!

07-15-2008, 07:57 AM
Good morning Chicks!

Well we have a change of plans. It's supposed to get really hot the end of the week and Julie needs to check in with her dr. about something so we decided to leave tomorrow or even Thurs. instead. Since we are going without reservations to a place that doesn't take reservations we should still be in good shape. It also gives me a relaxing, cool day to get a few thigns done here and ride my bike :)

Cottage - Have fun at the craft store.

Indigal - I so want to start weight lifting! Did you work with someone or just figure it out yourself?

Ruth - I know you're out there somewhere!

I'm going to enjoy my relaxing morning now, drink a little more coffee and figure out the day :)

*almost forgot my NSV yesterday. I finally had a new license pic taken. VT lets you keep your old one so now I have the perfect reminder in my wallet. Even I did a double take at the difference :)

07-15-2008, 08:10 AM
Morning all!!

Cottage, have fun button shopping!!! I have a huge basket of buttons and just love looking through them...never use them anymore, but they are fun to look through.

Indie...sounds like for a quiet day, it was a busy one! Slate floors!! I would give anything for slate floors in my kitchen and in this sun room!

Cyndi, have fun on your trip. I missed where you are going...

Me: Nothing much, just working around here. My husband has jury duty today, so not sure when he will be home or if he will get picked etc. I was on the jury for a murder trial years ago and hope he doesn't get picked. It's strange to say, but the whole trial was just hilarious...long story.

I got a letter the other day from a guy I went to high school with. I have not seen or heard from him since then. Keep in mind I graduated from high school in '73. I was really surprised to get this letter. He and his wife and whole family have been in Houston since the storm. I wrote back and he called last night and said they were going to be in N.O. on Friday night to see a band we all love, so we are meeting them for dinner and the band. His wife lived across the street from me when we were little and also went to high school with me, but they didn't know each other then and met at the 12th high school reunion. Should be a lot of fun. We are going to a party on Sat. night and Sun my MIL is coming to town so I have to go to N.O. and pick her up at the airport...I'm tired just thinking about the weekend!!!

07-15-2008, 08:24 AM
Cyndi, Years ago I had an instructor at a gym, I learned the basics that way. I don't have access to a full gym. I use only dumbells. About 8 years ago I came across a few books by Joyce L. Vedral. She's a great instructor... The books are really easy to follow with pics and detailed instructions, taking you through various levels over time. The one I'm using is "Weight Training Made Easy" She's got videos too, though I've never seen them.

Femme, Slate is one of the most common flooring in India, my whole house has slate flooring. I love it!

Belle Mer
07-15-2008, 09:02 AM
Good Morning! I have been holding off posting too much as I've been mostly reading and "getting to know you." I've looked at other SBD forums and this one is the best, IMO. So I hope to be here to stay.

Today it will be HHH (hazy hot humid) again here in my part of the world. My intention is to work on my book most of the day, and tend to my 8 month old puppy, Nikki. With DH on a business trip, it is quieter than usual around here.

Cottage: I've always wanted to be "crafty" and learn how to sew and make things. It's fascinating to me. But I never got around to it. Hope you have fun browsing.

Indigal: Sounds like you are having fun getting all set up. I use a few Homeopathic remedies, and I'm into Holistic. 7 dogs, huh? How great!!

Cyndi: Have a fun trip! I love Vermont.

FemmeCreole: Hope you have a great time at your reunion! Sounds like fun, and what a nice surprise.

Well, I'd better finish my coffee and get the day started. I have menu planning to do, and I'm going to give my SBD exercise video a shot today.

07-15-2008, 09:08 AM
Good morning chicks!

Nothing exciting here. Work. Cook. Discipline children. :D

Work is busy enough that I probably can't get a work out in (I hate doing it after supper, but you never know). I actually enjoy it now, so that's a shame.

Hope y'all have a good day!

07-15-2008, 09:16 AM
morning ladies... enjoy your day!

07-15-2008, 09:21 AM
Good morning Chickies,

Cottage: Have a great day today

Indigal: I need to start up the weight training routine again, I stopped for a few weeks and upped cardio to see if that helped move the scale some.

Cyndi: Have a great trip!

FemmeCreole: Sounds like you have a super busy weekend.

Belle Mer- Have a good day writing your book.

As for me, it was a quiet evening last night with half the household gone. Got a couple of little projects done and then actually finished a book. Today I had to go into work not sure my plans for the evening yet, have a couple of errands I need to fit in before everyone comes back home. Have a great day

07-15-2008, 09:22 AM
Good morning Nessa and TwynnB as well

07-15-2008, 09:27 AM
Cottage, thats the nice thing about family, we often hurt one another, but we heal fast! Of course, think about it, if it's a stranger we tend not to be able to hurt! ;)

Indi.... nice going with the room!

Welcome Belle to the best south beach support group available! (to my knowledge).

Cyndi!!! Congrats! That must make all the hard work and dedication to pay off!!!!!! I bet you look terrific! When can we see???

Femme... must be something in the air? Just this week an old school chum emailed me, part of the "classmates" online! Hard to believe this year was the 20th year from graduation! YIKES!!!!! (I swear those few hairs hiding in front are highlights, not gray!)

Me: Well, dear son came yesterday for the furniture, and I did get it vacuumed and shampooed. Today's mission, to set up the den! FINALLY!
I heard back from one of the places I interviewed at ... They chose another candidate, but thats alright because I had already determined it was too far... an hour and 20 mins one way... thanks, but no thanks. Especially for the hours they wanted and the pay they were offering! I'm hoping to hear back from the other three, two of which I wouldn't mind working for! OK, the third one I'd take, but leary of because of HIGH turn over rates! After a few months they tend to let ppl go or ppl leave! It's due to the demanding position! But they pay well! hhmmm, scratching head... am i up to the challenge hahahaha!

07-15-2008, 09:30 AM
OH, BTW... this living alone? I thought I was gonna enjoy it. I do, but then, I get awful lonely!!!!! My friends are all west, over hour drive one way, with their busy schedules we don't get to visit often. My sis and I are planning that hiking trip this sunday, and my son says he thinks he'll go! So that will help! But without working, I'm already going nuts! Restless needless to say!

07-15-2008, 09:58 AM
Good morning chicks!

Cottage Our heat wave starts today, ick!

Indi I've debated on venturing into some weights, yoga has given me some shape to my arms and now I want more! :p

Cyndi have fun!

Cat my grandmother had such a collection of buttons, boy did you bring back memories with your button stash! I too served on a murder trial (double) and was sequestered for 2 weeks! Boy do I have stories from that!

Belle Welcome!

Twynn, Nessa, Loriann and Pearl Morning, have a great day!

Me we survived the race Saturday, the grand marshall was Brendan Fraser! He was signing autographs at one of the drivers merchandise trailers, I nearly fainted LOL! He is even cuter in person! Had a great time until the race was over and then sat in traffic (without moving) for 3 hours! Finally reached the hotel at 2:45 am!

Need to get my behind to work, so much to do! Have a great day!

07-15-2008, 09:59 AM
Good morning everyone!

I got up bright & early this morning and got in a 33minute walk/jog on the treadmil had a healthy breakfast of oatmeal and now I am ready for whatever the day will bring.

Hope you chicks have a great day!

07-15-2008, 10:03 AM
Good morning!

So I went to the dr's office yesterday to see the nurse practitioner. She diagnosed me with Pityriasis Rosea, which is not caused by anything, is often confused with ringworm, is not a fungus, is just a skin rash that starts with one big one that looks like ringworm and has lots of little guys that branch off it, often looking like a Christmas tree. No creams, no drugs, nothing they can do about it. It doesn't itch so I don't need a steroid. So I said "Basically I'm just spotted and ugly until it goes away?" The answer was "yes, for 1-3 months."


So then, I, being the responsible individual that I am, decided that it's time to get back on blood pressure medication. Mine's getting super high (it was high when I was younger and I was on medication, but as I lost weight, my BP kept dropping, so they kept lowering the dosage until I stopped taking it.) So the NP and I talked about it some, and she just HAD to figure out WHY someone as young as I would have high blood pressure.

Mind you, she sees in my chart that I'd previously been tested for kidney disorders, previously been medicated for it, have a family history of it (both parents needed medication, Mom at 19, Dad in early 20's,) and all the other factors contributing to it, like the fact that I've been on the pill for 10 years.

So she sets up all these tests to be done on my kidneys at the hospital next week, 24 hr urine test, and I get stuck and have to come back in a week to be stuck again. The blood tests I understand. The other tests have already been done 10 years ago, and she even said that when I had a CT Scan 2 months ago, it showed nothing wrong with my kidneys (and they were LOOKING at my kidneys trying to figure out if I had a kidney stone.)

So.... I'm taking the medicine, getting my blood drawn, and cancelling the other tests. This all coming from the woman who had the first nurse make me lie down with the lights off for 30 minutes before she came in so she could re-take my blood pressure to see if it came down, then came in, chit-chatted for a minute, and gave me the stroke lecture. THEN she re-took my blood pressure and said "Well, it's gone up. The lights out didn't help at all."

Are you nuts? I was completely relaxed with visions of Tom and me in Tahiti, rolling waves, etc. Then I got the stroke lecture and THEN she took my blood pressure.


I miss my doctor.

So anyhoo that's all. Gonna start getting ready for work. Hope you all have a good day!


07-15-2008, 10:06 AM
Morning, girls

Not much on my plan for today. I have to wrap gifts for my nieces and SIL who come in today. Cleaned the house yesterday. Ran out of steam for baking last night, so I'll finish this morning. I want to make some apple-almond scones and maybe some homemade cinnamon rolls.....I know I'm going a bit overboard, but I'll just give a sampling to MIL's house and keep the rest in the freezer.

DS is still sleeping - thankfully - he had a rough night last night. I think it is so sad that he is starting to get nightmares.

About to go throw on a pot of tea and make some hot cereal.

07-15-2008, 10:11 AM
oy weezle... she sounds like a jerk... i'm sorry.

07-15-2008, 10:24 AM
Weezle - she sounds horrible. As much as I dislike going to doctors, I hate NPs more.

You could do the responsible thing.....and just cancel the appointments ;)

07-15-2008, 10:27 AM
Good morning chicks, it's a beautiful sunny morning here, the humidity is not too high yet, and it's not too hot. I've finished my morning chores, and am sipping my coffee, listening to the quiet house and planning my food for the day, so it's a good day so far. I woke up crampy, which is a good thing, I'd like to get "things" out of the way before we hit the beach. We didn't get to the pool last night, so I think I'll knock off early this afternoon and go up there and I'll order the kids a pizza for dinner, so we can spend the evening.

Indi, sounds like you've had a very productive day! Do you sell the homeopathic supplies to the practicioners?
cat, busy weekends are good, as long as they're fun.
cottage, I think I'll take some sewing to the beach. I went through all my fabric and pulled some out to make aprons. I'm on an apron kick lately, for some reason. I'm going to make a bunch, give some as Christmas gifts, and donate the rest to the elementary school Christmas gift shop.
pearl, sounds like you enjoyed your quiet time.
loriann, hope you get everything done you want to before you go back to work.
Have a great day Twynn!
Belle Mer, are you writing a book? IMHO I agree with you completely about this forum.
Good morning Nessa!
Cyndi, enjoy your cool day and your bike ride. Congrats on the NSV!
Poor spotted weezle, I hope things clear up quickly.
Happy baking zeff. I do miss baking. :(
Steph, I love Brendan Fraser! He is such a cutie.
What a great way to start the day Gonna.

Have a good one chicks!

07-15-2008, 10:34 AM
Good morning ladies!!! Happy Tuesday!

Cottage - Enjoy your time with your family today.

Indigal - Hope the set up goes well today. Keep up the great work with the exercise.

Cyndi - Have a great day off with nothing to do but relax. How nice!

Cat - How fun that your friend got in touch and that you're going out. Sounds like it'll be a great time!

Belle Mer - Welcome to the daily chat. What kind of puppy do you have?

Twynnb - Have a lovely day cooking and such....and don't be to hard on the kids ;)

Nessa - :wave:

Pearlrose - Enjoy the solitude while it lasts.

Lori - So the empty nest concept is not what you thought it was going to be? I hope things get better in the future AND that one of those jobs pans out for you.

Stephanie - Brenden Fraser is SO CUTE!! And the movie that's out right now (Journey to the Center of the Earth) is supposed to be really good. Glad to hear you had fun at the races.

Gonnabe - Hope you're feeling better these days.

Weezle - Sorry that you had such a bad experience yesterday. I hope the spots clear up sooner than later.

Zeff - You were a crazy baker last night, reading from your post yesterday. Don't over do don't want to be exhausted when family shows up.

Schmoodle - Glad to hear that the day is good so far.....let's hope it continues.

Me - Nothing much going on down here. Yesterday, after I went to the grocery store after work I noticed that my rear tire was going flat. So I headed to the tire store. We had to replace the tire. Bummer...right? Well, the bigger bummer is that we're planning on getting rid of the car this weekend. Bigger bummer. I didn't want to put ANY money into that thing, and I had to put a tire that cost 120.00. I was not happy, but what can you do? Oh's a new day, I must look on the bright side that I saw the tire last night and was able to drive on it to the tire store, as opposed to not seeing it and having a totally flat tire this morning. That would have seriously sucked!
Have a fantastic Tuesday, Ladies!!

07-15-2008, 10:37 AM
Sounds like nice days all around. I'd much rather be home napping and baking and even cleaning! But alas...someone's got to make the money in our house. Despite the fact that I have NADA to do at work right now, which is really frustrating.

Weezle, I think I'd find another doctor. I never ever see a NP at my doctor's and he is amazing. I think I am spoiled for doctors for life. (Of course this is my PCP and not my OB, who of course is the only one I see right now.)

Indi, you want another dog? I could ship mine to India! LOL. He's such a squirt. I love him but I'm not sure how he will be with the baby.

Hi to everyone else! :)

I am kind of ticked because I was supposed to have a video interview for online today for a project I am working on here. So I spent lots of time this morning wrestling my curly hair and putting on make-up and one of the only shirts I actually like right now. And when I got here it was changed for tomorrow. Grrrr.

We have a baby shower this afternoon--not for me--and I might go visit a coworker at lunch who had surgery. Exciting plans...

07-15-2008, 10:59 AM
h-mac - SIL and her two kids aren't staying with us :) We are meeting them at the airport tonight at 8 (it is only a few blocks from our house) and then maybe getting some coffee....but other than that....not very stressful - well, unless MIL starts to get crazy...but doesn't that always happen?

07-15-2008, 11:36 AM
Whew! So I'm sitting relaxing about 9 PM last night and the phone rings. The Hyper Pypers had a change of plans and would be here shortly after 11 to stay the night! (They were to come this afternoon to pick up Bailey.) I scurried around a bit and was ready when they arrived. (No ironed pillow cases and sheets.)

We all were in bed by midnight and up again at 6 with the doggage who were very excited to have people sleeping all over the house. We're just back from a food porn breakfast and they have taken off to do some shopping in Kingston. I put the four pork tenderloins back in the freezer as they won't be here for dinner.

The three dogs and I will spend the morning playing with the power washer. I am buying one for sure!

Hope your day is great. Now to go back and read all the posts I've missed.

07-15-2008, 12:00 PM
Jessie - That's got to really suck!!! I'm sorry that you worked so hard and then it was for naught. I'm sure, however, that you look marvelous!!!

Ruth - I was wondering where you were. Glad things were just busy and all is ok. Enjoy your day with the Pypers

07-15-2008, 12:05 PM
Fly-in for me, ladies. Budget meeting in an hour for next fiscal year. Cross your fingers for big raises!!!

Belle Mer
07-15-2008, 12:37 PM
To answer your questions.

I have a Maltese puppy.

I am writing a novel. I have published one short story and hope to publish the novel someday. It is futuristic romantic suspense.

Thanks for asking.

07-15-2008, 01:03 PM
weezle - I was in the same situation with my blood pressure where it went down as I lost weight and I went off my meds. I've had to go back on one as the pressure went back up. In my case, I think it was more associated with exercise (and lack of it) than weight alone. I hope it gets figured out for you.

Brian and I ordered a Wii this morning! We found a package online at Gamestop that was a decent deal and the games with it are some that Brian is excited about. I still haven't found a Wii Fit but I'm sure I will eventually. I've got it set up with Sears where they will email me when they get one in stock and I can keep checking back with ToysRUs and some of the other places.

I wish I had time to reply to everyone but I just can't get on early enough.

07-15-2008, 01:26 PM
Everybody seems to be off to a busy day!
I'm off to bed... made a yum! dessert... blended paneer, walnuts, 1 splenda packet and a bit of vanilla together in the small chopper. Yum!

Schmoodle, I live on an estate that is a charitable organization. We have a number of clinics which offer free medical care to the poorest of the poor, western medicine as well as Ayurvedic, Unani, Chinese, homeopathic, to name a few are used for different situations. So Homeopathic is just one part of it. Homeopathic medicines are very sensitive to cross contamination if not handled properly. So we've been given a room which will be the pharmacy for supplying the various dispensaries on our trust estate. It's all from donations, and given to those in need free of charge.

Well now I'm really ready for bed! G'nite!
Have a great day everyone! :hug:

07-16-2008, 12:20 AM
Hey Ladies!!

I'm still lurking around and still on Phase 1....yesterday was one week BACK on pH1 for me....I'm doing good so far...jst have been too busy to post!

I'm also exercising this time around....religiously!! Every morning and every night I'm doing the elliptical that's sitting in my bedroom!! Just got finished with a 30 minute routine on it....feels GREAT!!!! Also cut my grass this afternoon for an that was a workout in itself...especially since it's so flippin hot!!!

Anyhow...hope everyone had a great tuesday!!!