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04-01-2002, 10:01 AM
Thank goodness for a new month ~ 3 pages was getting way too long! Be sure and go back to March and read about Kat's tatoo.

Lurkers, please feel free to jump in, we are a friendly few who welcome new Featherweights. The name came from Chickenlady who started the thread, and has no bearing on our weight levels. (I wish!!)

Hope everyone had a blessed Easter.

short & sassy
04-01-2002, 10:11 AM
Morning ladies,

JANA, I'm so glad that your daughter and babies are okay now. That must have been awful. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. BTW, I am feeling somewhat better, just a little tenderness around the incision underneath the belly button.

KAT, I like the tattoo. My daughter has several, she has the sun on her shoulder with her oldest daughters name in it, on her ankle she has a vine of flowers with her youngest daughters name on it, and then just below her neck she has some sort of symbol that stands for fire (I think). I like the two with her daughters' names on them, but I don't really care for the other one.

We had a wonderful Easter. We had a cookout at my aunt's house. Her only son and his girlfriend was there, both of my daughters with their boyfriends and children, my mother and her boyfriend and one of my mom's half sisters. Everyone enjoyed themselves. My aunt doesn't have any grandchildren so she enjoyed borrowing mine for the day.

Well I'm off to school. I'll check in with you girls earlier.

Again, anyone out there wishing to join a group for support, we welcome you.


04-03-2002, 01:03 AM
Just bumping this up to the top again...

I trust you all had a good holiday? The kids and I were invited to a friend's house/mini-farm and had a great time. A bonus is that they have goats and have more milk than they can use...we get free goat-milk every week now! *happy dance*NOTHING beats milk fresh from the goat...( I tried to pay them, but they refused, saying they had more than they could drink and ended up giving it to their dogs)

On a bad note, I have no heat now (furnace is broken AGAIN) so its getting pretty chilly. I'm consoling myself by thinking of all the calories I'm burning shivering. :( (I'm rather blue too now. )
I'll much about with it tomorrow when I can SEE down there and meanwhile hope it doesn't get too cold. I gave the kids extra blankets, covered the rat cage to keep them warm too, and turned the heating pad around the fish bowl up a bit. Hopefully the pipes won't freeze.

The good new is that I got my Section 8 housing voucher today so I'm now looking for a 4 bedroom apt. I'll get to get something up to $879/mo, so we can actually a place that isn't a fire trap, with no heat half the time, and has enough space/storage. I hate moving, but this will be a good move. Hopefully it won't take me long to find a new place...

short & sassy
04-03-2002, 12:31 PM
Kat, congratulations on getting the Section 8 housing voucher. I know that you may not relish moving, but just think how happy you'll be in a nicer apartment!!

I wish my oldest daughter would get her act together. I wouldn't mind her getting government assistance if she were like you and using it to help her become self sufficient. In other words, go to school!! Instead she prefers to be in a bad relationship instead of trying to make it on her on. I know she is probably insecure, but there is so much help out there for single mothers. It just really bothers me.

How much longer do you have in school. We are starting our summer and fall registration this week. I'm taking 9 hours in the summer and signing up for 18 hours this fall. I will probably drop 1 or 2 of the fall classes, but if I'm lucky maybe a couple of them will be easy.

Hi CARREE and JANA, hope you two are doing okay.


04-04-2002, 10:28 AM
Good morning Ladies,

I had a message all ready to post, and when I tried to preview it, it disappeared. I guess it's floating in cyberspace somewhere....

Ruth, it's great how you have things all planned out. I bet you are an inspiration to the younger students.

Kat, how nice that you will get a bigger, safer place. I just love to organize kitchens, hang curtains, place furniture, etc. Wish I could be there to help.

Carree, hi! Where are you?

My older DD is doing fine. The dr said the babies will gain very rapidly now. DD eats like a lumberjack, but has gained only in the belly area.

Younger DD and I are having lots of fun scrapbooking. My hubby's schedule allows him to come home for several hours on Thursdays now, so while he is here is stay with his mom, I'm going to town for more scrapbooking supplies. :)

Old Man WInter is hanging on, kicking and screaming, here in Indiana. I am so ready for Spring, and imagine all of you are, too

Have a good one!

short & sassy
04-04-2002, 07:14 PM

Jana, scrapbooking sounds like so much fun. I have been planning on doing it. I've went by a local scrapbooking store and was in awe of all the stuff they have.

Well, I better get to studying, see you tomorrow.


short & sassy
04-07-2002, 04:20 AM
Looks as if everyone must be busy the last few days. I've managed to get some studying done the last few, I thought I'd check in with the rest of you.

My baby turned 21 today. It seems like yesterday she was only three years old.

Hope your weekend is a good one, I'll check in again later.


04-07-2002, 08:19 PM
Hi all,

Ruth, although I feel like we've been real busy lately, I can't say with what exactly... time just rushes by.

I am sort of sad today - our pastor is leaving our church and is relocating. He has been there for all of the important events in our lives in the past 5 years, and is the type of person you can really talk to.

I've got some Pooh fabric to make a valance for the babies' room, and 2 Pooh quilt lenghts, too. That ought to keep me busy for awhile, as though I wasn't already.

What's eveyone else up to? Hope you're all okay.


04-07-2002, 09:45 PM
Hi Everyone!

Jana: Our pastor is leaving our church in June. I understand how you feel. We get attached and share so many wonderful memories. I went back to the church I grew up in about a year and a half ago. Had not been there for a very long time. I love it so much. It gives me such peace. I love everyone there and love to be a part of everything that goes on.

Sunday night....that means work tomorrow. :(

I am thankful to have a job.....I am thankful to have a job....i am thankful to have a job......:shrug: :rolleyes: :sheep:

04-10-2002, 12:52 PM
Hi Featherweights,

Not much news - just bringing this back to the top.

Finally, some warmth and sunshine in Indiana! I'm going outside today and rake the last of the Fall leaves away from the perennials. I gotta say goodbye to pretty fingernails once gardening season gets here, but it's worth it.

Have a good day!

short & sassy
04-11-2002, 11:16 AM
Morning ladies, just stopping by for a quick hello. We are also finally getting some warmer weather (without rain). I plan on scheduling a walk this afternoon. Maybe this weather will get me going again.

JANA, have fun in your yard. I've never been much of a yard person, but I have thought about making some flower beds the last couple of years. Of course, I haven't made them yet.

Hey KAT and CARREE, where are you girls.


04-12-2002, 08:51 PM
Sorry I haven't posted...I'm in the end of the semester steamrolled by work crush and haven't had time to breath.

I'm back up to 204 *sigh* again and the med has totally ceased having any effect so I'm off of it now. I'm not ALL the way back up to where I was, but I'm dissapointed nonetheless. I sure wish Medicaid would pay for gastric band surgery. Oh well...I'll have to buy insurance for myself when I get a hospital job and then see if I can get that insurance to cover surgery...

At any rate, I'm off to take a walk, but wanted to say hi to you all.


04-13-2002, 12:10 PM
Hi All,

Kat, my husband's niece had gastric bypass the weel before last and has had all kinds of complications. Her wound won't close, and she had to go back to surgery 2 additional times. I think that her situation is unusual, but it's scary anyway.

Ruth, gardening would be great for you! It's very relaxing, and as the flowers grow, it's very rewarding. Plus, you can place vases of fresh cut flowers all over the house. I've got daffodils and hyacinths (which smell so good!) now, and the lilacs and tulips will bloom in a week or so. Think about it, okay?

Carree, where are you??

Not much news here. I've invited my son-in-law's family over for a cookout tomorrow, and I'm looking forward to that. They are a bunch of crazy, down to earth people who fit right in with my family.

Have a good weekend.

04-13-2002, 11:45 PM
I'm very sorry to hear about your husband's niece...I hope she is doing better now?

To clarify, gastric band surgery is a bit different than gastric bypass--it is much safer and is removable if need be. In essence, rather than actually cutting the stomach and reattaching it to a location further down on the small intesting, they place a hollow band around the stomach, and imbed a port in the abdomen that connects to the band. It provides physical restriction and effectively acts like a stomach stapling pouch, but leaves the stomach intact. It also can be adjusted, as the port can be filled with sterile saline a few cc's at a time, expanding the band and further constricting the stomach "pouch". It IS still major surgery, but is not as drastic as traditional bypass and is quite a bit safer overall. It is a realtively new procedure however, so I will have to travel to find someone who is experienced enough to trust!

04-16-2002, 07:52 PM
Just checking in to say hi to everyone! The weather is just fantastic. Time for the beach. :cool:

short & sassy
04-17-2002, 11:50 AM
Hi ladies, just checking in with you. I am computer-less at home so I will be using the computers at school while mine is being worked on. Hopefully it won't take long. Hewlett Packard is replacing my 3.5 floppy drive. The worse part was having to ship it to them. I wish they had local repair centers that did their warranty. Oh well.

The weather has been pretty good and I'm planning a walk this afternoon with my friend Tanya. Hopefully that will be the first step in getting back on track. I have been off track for so long. BUT, I'm not giving up!!

Hope everyone is doing well. KAT, good luck in school. I have two weeks before finals. I'm planning on spending the next two weeks studying!!

See you soon.

04-17-2002, 11:29 PM
Hi Featherweights,

Ruth, good luck with the tests.

Kat, my hubby's neice is home now, but is hooked up to a drainage tube.

Not much going on here. The weather is gorgeous, and I've been outside a lot, taking m-i-l with me.

Here's a weird request - how does everyone (including lurkers) make tuna salad? I usually just take tuna, Miracle Whip and chopped pickles and mix it up, but I need a change. My mom used to make hers with eggs and stuff. I'm not sure what. Anybody got a good recipe? (Not diet, or lite. Regular. Then if I want to trim it down, I can.)

Later taters,

short & sassy
04-18-2002, 12:55 PM
Jana, I usually make my tuna salad with eggs, pickles, miracle whip, onions, and i sometimes put apples in it. You might also try a few nuts of somekind.

I'm off to class.


short & sassy
04-19-2002, 01:04 PM
Well, I've walked two days in a row for a total of 5 miles. Maybe I'm headed in the right direction.


04-19-2002, 08:14 PM
Ruth, thanks for the recipe. A lady at my church puts toasted pecan chips in her chicken salad, and that it so good! I've had it with almonds, but the pecans were better. Way to go on the walking! It makes you feel so good and strong afterward, doesn't it? :strong:

I don't have anything special planned for the weekend, and want to just take it easy. Hopefully I can get some more sewing done.

Bye for now, Featherweights.

short & sassy
04-20-2002, 03:57 PM
Hi Jana, well we are having beautiful weather here in Louisiana. Of course, we are like the rest of the country, a little on the warm side. I went walking again this morning, I've now walked 8 miles in the last four days. I plan on walking again tomorrow.

Tuna salad sounds so good, I may just have to fix it tonight. Pecans sound like they would be wonderful in it.

Well, I better run, I'm here at the school, I'm suppose to be working on my Algebra.


KAT and CARREE where are you girls.


04-20-2002, 11:52 PM
Hi guys,

I've been enjoying the amazing summer-like weather this past week--my bulbs are up and have started to flower, so spring has finally sprung. Of course, its supposed to snow early next week again...thus is the weather in Vermont.

I've been quite swamped with work as its the end of the semester. This next week will be LONG--very little sleep as I finish up all my projects and assignments. Then I have finals (the rest of them anyhow) and THEN I get a short break.:dizzy:

So far I've had my anatomy & physiology lab final--scored mid 80's on that. I actually wanted 90's, but 80's are do-able because if I do well on the written final I can still salvage an A. Monday I have my medical assessment clinical final whereupon I get to draw a body system from a hat and then do a complete head to toes assessment on someone, focusing in on the system I drew.

I'll be scarce over the next week and a half for that reason.
GREAT job on the walking Ruth!:smug: I've been getting in a lot of heavy cleaning, but not nearly as much real exercise as I would like. The kids and I took a nice long walk yesterday though.

04-21-2002, 12:47 AM
Oh, this morning I woke to the entire house shaking and noticed the electric lines outside my window shaking at the exact same frequency and rate as the house. It didn't take long to figure out what it was, despite only having felt three quakes before in my life. My eldest daughter woke up yelling at her sister to "cut it out!". Evidently she thought her sister was shaking the bed. *lol* The sister in question yelled back that she wasn't doing anything. Pretty funny actually...

Interestingly, the cat who sleeps with me slept right through it, but the other cat flipped out, as did our pet rats.

short & sassy
04-21-2002, 03:45 PM
HI Kat, I heard about the quakes on the news, but didn't pay attention to where they were. Glad to hear you are okay, and yes, the girls sound like a scene from a sitcom.

Good luck on finals, mine are 3 weeks away. I have two weeks of studying ahead of me. So I also will be a little scarce around here.

BTW, I walked 4 miles this morning. I'm feeling pretty good!


04-22-2002, 06:00 PM
Medical assessment clinical exam is now done with--I got an A!
Now to take/complete/do:

care plan: Tues.
med/surg exam: Wed.
paper and oral presentation for pharmacology: Wed.
Patient teaching project Thurs.

Then finals start Sunday

04-23-2002, 10:55 AM
Good luck with your finals, ladies.

Carree - You and I will have to keep each other company while the other 2 cram.

Here's what I'm up to, lately. Remember that we moved in with m-i-l last Christmas? Well, we have a family room upstairs that we Never use, so I'm turning it into a sewing/craft room. The only drawback is that I can't be up there while alone with m-i-l, because she can't be left alone for very long. But at other times, I will just love it. It is very sunny and bright.

Have a good day, Featherweights! Toodles! :wave:

short & sassy
04-25-2002, 05:26 PM
Evening, I just wanted to bring our thread back up to the top. I hope everyone is still okay. I know KAT must be busy studying, which is what I need to be doing.

I've continued my walks for the last week. I'm really feeling good about this.

Well, I've some studying to do, so I'll check in later.


04-25-2002, 08:34 PM
Hey Guys!

What a change in the weather....from 96 degrees to 46 degrees. Have a chill and I can't get warm.

My cat is being x-rayed tomorrow. Vet thinks it's a tumor. :( :( Sorry I'm a bit bummed out over this. We've had him for 12 years.


04-26-2002, 11:39 AM
Hi Featherweights,

Carree - Aww, I hope you get good news from the vet. Pets get to be just like one of the family, don't they? But no matter what happens, you'll know that you gave him a very good life for 12 years.

Hope you other gals are doing well.

I got the sewing room finished and it is so comfortable. It's 15x15, and I put in the sewing machine, a work table, a TV and stereo, and two easy chairs and a table between them, several lamps, and a bookcase. I have been working on the comforters for the baby shower, which is May 5th.

Have a good weekend!

04-29-2002, 12:58 PM
Well, the semester is winding down--I now am down to two last finals. The big one tomrrow in A&P is the angst filled exam, but thats only because I want an A. So long as I do better than a 72 on the final I'll have a B, but I really do want that A so I can have a 4.0 GPA for the semester. :) As of Wed. I'm a free woman off for a much needed break.

I'm also a bigger woman. :( The evil scale told me I was back up to 207 this morning. *sigh* I'm not sure what else to do now, save try try again.

04-30-2002, 11:18 AM
Hey ladies,

Hop over to the May thread. okay?