Support Groups - Worldly Chicks Opting for Optimism in October




Ruthxxx
10-01-2008, 10:58 AM
New month and new attitude! I know it will be a glorious blue and gold month with lots of good stuff happening.

This weekend sister Joan is having Family Thanksgiving at the Farm on Saturday night. I just know my tummy muscles will get a good workout from laughing! The following weekend is real Canadian Thanksgiving with a cookie and yard sale at the Church and harvest celebrations in the Churches and at the Old Stone Mill. The next weekend I am delegate to Synod which will either be boring or stimulating. It's nice to meet new people anyhow and swap ideas. And then there's Hallowe'en!

I intend to lose five pounds this month, finish another quilt top for Victoria's Quilts and get my barn and basement tidied and ready for winter. I may even plan a wee trip out west to see my DD in November depending on her schedule and my finances.

So what are your optimism options?


diyana
10-01-2008, 12:15 PM
I'm feeling very Optimistic about October in terms of health, fitness, finances, and life in general!

Thanks for starting the new thread, Ruth!

I opt for losing between 5 and 7 pounds this month; walking at lunch at least 4 days a week; going to the gym at least 3 days per week (preferably 4 or 5 days/week); eating lots more veggies; and drinking at least 72 ounces of water a day.

That's a lot to Opt for, but I'm optimistic (and confident) that I will achieve these goals!

Shy Moment
10-01-2008, 01:06 PM
Ruth
I plan on being able to exercise by the end of the month lol. Take a few pounds off and keep them off and get myself a new bottle of polish for my one vanity lol.

Di
Yes I can tell you have been thru it all before lol. I went thru this every winter for years and years. Only the last couple of years did I get a break. We caught it real early so hopefully I will get over it quicker than a few months lol.

Hi everyone, back to bed I go. Took me 6 hours but I have the house in nice shape lol. I can now rest.


diyana
10-01-2008, 02:40 PM
Rennie - I cannot believe you are cleaning house when you have pneumonia! You should be resting, woman! Not cleaning! Do we need to come and smack you up around the ears?! Because I will come and do that if I have to....or Annie lives even closer. REST, RENNIE, REST! :rollpin:

happy2bme
10-01-2008, 02:49 PM
Well I came off of August on a bang, never thought that September would be such a bummer as it has always been one of my favorite months. Can't say I'm sorry to see it go although October reeks of the sneezies (mold allergies for me from the falling leaves), wheezies (from the smoke from the fireplaces) and the chillies (cold, damp mornings that take a while to warm up). We're in quite a dry spell here so I'm not sure if we'll be getting any autumn colors either.

Here's to a better start in October. :crossed:

I want to get back on track with the gym.
I would love to be 5 pounds lighter at the end of the month.
I'm going to work on getting more organized at home.
Considering what's going on economically, I'm going to put a big focus on spending less - less on groceries, bringing my lunch more - particularly since the cafeteria food is not that great anymore.

My tooth is much better today. The dentist said the sealant might have not been tight or the tooth rocked and that's what was causing the pain. He popped it off and resealed it with a different material and said if it still hurts I would need a root canal :yikes: So far it's just sore from all the shots and drilling but the nerve pain is gone :crossed:

I go see the orthopedic guy tomorrow morning. We'll see what he says with the hip.

Not much else to report in. Going to go for a short walk now as I need better numbers for this month.

Happy October ladies.

happy2bme
10-01-2008, 02:51 PM
Jen posted this on September's thread...

This is Jen again and Mom has scratched her eye with a piece fo paper. Dr said the eye is OK but no computer until the pain goes away. She wishes everyone well and will be back soon. Take care

diyana
10-01-2008, 03:56 PM
Jen - Please tell your mom we're sending healing thoughts her way. I hope her eye feels better soon.

Happy - Those are some mighty fine goals for October. I'm so glad your tooth pain is better. I hope you don't need a root canal; although when I had one...the pain of the root canal and afterward was MUCH less than the pain before. I also hope your orthopedist can figure out what's wrong with your hip and get you on the right track to be pain free. YGG!

Shad
10-01-2008, 05:52 PM
Ruth - thanks for looking after us and getting the new thread started. I have to admit that I forgot all about it yesterday afternoon when I was calming down from the peeling paint. New thread was not one of the words on my list as I metaphorically castrated the long absent original painter. Yes the paint did peel again, but not as badly as previously so hopefully I have got it all this time. I'll be back down there when I finish up here.

Some good goals and optimism in here. Think Oktoberfest and let's ein prosit water this month. I'm going to try to up my intake and decrease the food intake. I did not achieve the 2kg off this month and have actually managed to put some of Augusts loss back on. Time for some strict talking to myself here. Maybe I need to get back to work. I certainly need to get back to the gym. Even though I'm getting in exercise at home, it is not structured like it was at the gym.

I've got to go, I'll get back to personals asap, but I need to get to the paint early. The walls must have their first top coat on today!!

Meantime, I will leave you with Jude the Obscure. As you can see there is nothing obscure about this rose. And the perfume is heavenly. I've also included, Mr Lincoln - another good perfume and the native flower of New Zealand,, the Pohutukawa - said to bloom profusely when a long hot summer is in store - it's also known as the Christmas Tree in New Zealand as that is when it flowers. Needless to say there are many legends around this trees. Mine are blooming beautifully at the moment.

ceejay52
10-01-2008, 07:37 PM
Shad
Beautiful roses. I bought my uncle a Mr Lincoln last spring for his birthday.

Ruth
My optimistic goal is to drink more water, at least 48 oz per day. I've been contemplating on signing up with the Biggest Loser club here but decided I should do it on line instead. Let Mr. Harper guide me this fall.

Reenie
What are you doing out of bed!

Happy
Glad you are seeing an orthopedic tomorrow. Are you still walking like Chester? I know that is painful.
The fall color should be good this year. We've had plenty of rain. I'm ready for it, but I'm lke you fall is not good for the sinuses.

Mel
Hugs. Rest those eyes and we'll see you soon.

Michelle and Annie :wave:

My four day work week is just about over. The temperature is supposed to be around 45 degree's tonight. My type of weather to sleep. I actually wore a light jacket to work this morning.

carla49
10-01-2008, 09:12 PM
Hey Mel, anyone would think you were competing for October's most creative self-injury! I've been trying to picture how you got a paper cut on your eye, but the mind boggles. Probably indulging in some weird, deviant sexual practice... :rofl: ;) Get better soon! :hug:

And there's Shad taking up the slack on the pre-Christmas warm up by putting up a lovely photo of a Christmas tree on October 1!!!!! I guess she won't be able to rail at Mel's early Christmas decorations after this. :santa: :hohoho: :xcheer: By the way - what colour won the day? Aquamarine or cream?

Happy, the trees here are particularly beautiful this year. The maples seem to be changing in patches - the same tree will be one third green, a big blotch of red, a streak of orange. Glorious! Must have been all that rain this summer. I'm glad for you the tooth settled down - I had my first root canal a few years ago and was surprised that it was actually less painful than the crown prep. Do let us know how the orthopedist works out.

Ceejay, I almost had heart failure when I read that you were going to "let Mr. Harper guide you this fall". :eek: :faint: Our right-wing fundamentalist Prime Minister's last name is Harper, and I'd rather jump off a bridge than follow him anywhere. And after watching some of the workouts Bob Harper has those very out of shape, very overweight people doing on BL, I'm not sure I'd trust his judgement either.

Ruth, you certainly have a busy October planned! Good luck with the 5-lb goal. Please give Disney a good head scratch for us!

Michelle, you,re just an exercising dynamo - at the rate you're going I'm pretty sure you'll meet your goals! One comment on the water though: from everything I've read the experts have reversed their recommendation to drink vast quantities of water, so try not to overdo it. If you drink when you're thirsty and make sure your pee stays a very pale straw colour, that should be enough. Just MHO, of course.

Shy, whyever are you cleaning when you're so sick? The dust and dog hair will still be there when you've recovered!

Howdy Madcat! How's beautiful downtown TO??

As for my October goal, I'm trying to be less tense and angry and negative. And to stop gaining weight. and to post more often...

Shad
10-01-2008, 10:16 PM
Finally went for a colour called White Opal - which is a cream. May well look fairly boring but at this time, it was the only thing that I liked that wasn't named after food.

I'll still rail at Mel for her Christmas countdown. Doesn't matter that I mentioned it myself.

Madcat
10-01-2008, 11:11 PM
Hey kids! October is starting off with an evil fall head cold here. I've coughed and coughed and sneezed until I am exhausted. I think I need to find some good drugs to take and then go have a little lie down. Great birthday celebration for my DH, eh?

Thanks for the new thread, Ruth, and all my love to the WCs. I'm all for the optimism for the month. Some lovely new avatars I see! I'll have to update mine.

carla49
10-01-2008, 11:35 PM
Hi Shad! Hi Madcat! :wave: :wave: I see your little lights aglow.

carla49
10-01-2008, 11:37 PM
Hey Madcat - your ticker's looking really good! If you just starve your cold, it might be even more impressive soon. (At least now I know whose pounds have glued themselves to my pudgy midriff.) Did you watch the French debate tonight? Only in Canada, eh!

happy2bme
10-02-2008, 12:53 AM
Hey kids,

Just breezing through. I have an early morning doctor's appointment in another state. Actually we border Mississippi so not all that far away.

Just reading fast before Carla or Shad notice my egg lit up. (***sneaks under desk as flashlight beam scans the room***)

I'll catch up with you tomorrow. Sleep well. Or greet the sun, whichever you prefer :)

Shad
10-02-2008, 01:03 AM
Your egg is still lit!!!!

Shad
10-02-2008, 01:03 AM
Think Carla must have gone to bed

ceejay52
10-02-2008, 01:08 PM
Morning chicks,
Slept late this morning. I've just opened one small window and all I can smell is defoliation from the farmers. ugh. Down it goes.

My calorie range that Bob Harper has given me is 1100-1399, which is okay by me because the doctor has told me that also. I've never eaten tilapia so I'm going to try this today. Rode the stamina bike,which is like the eliptical except you get to set down. It's a great cardio work out, and 15 minutes of strength. I'm making myself go to the gym today to work on the machines.

Hi madcat
congrats on those 11 pounds lost. and love the avatar.
get well soon. Everyone around here has been coughing and sneezing.

Carla, shad hello to you :wave:

happy
Keep us informed of your doctor's appointment visit. Like your avatar as well.

diyana
10-02-2008, 01:26 PM
Hi everyone -

Just a quick check in....work is INSANELY busy. I'll try and log on later.

Love and hugs,

Madcat
10-02-2008, 04:25 PM
Ruth, I like your goals, they sound both healthy and fun.

Shy, are you going to get pink polish? Some cosmetic companies are doing a special donation for Breast Cancer research for the month of October. Take care of yourself and get better.

Happy~ We are together in the mould allergies! Does that make us “Sisters of the Travelling Hankies”? And root canals don’t hurt at all. Really the freezing hurts more than the procedure (except for the keeping your mouth open for a long time part). Hope you don’t need one anyway. As long as your Dr isn’t in a state of confusion, it will be fine.

Mel/Jen – Geez Louise! Must have been a very interesting book :lol:

Shad~ Hope the painting went well. I love your roses.

Carla~ I had to miss the debate because it was DH’s B-day and I somehow didn’t think yelling at the TV for a couple of hours would be very relaxing for him. My French is not good enough to understand the debates, but I understand they sub-titled. I would have liked to watch it and then watch tonight’s to see who changed their tune. You are right, only in Canada, and that’s what makes it so cool. Our neighbourhood association is sponsoring an all-candidates on Sunday and that will be entertaining since we get to see Olivia Chow in action (though I can’t actually go). Great Oct goal, BTW.

Ceejay~ Thanks for the congrats. Hope you like the tilapia. I’m a big fan. It’s such a nice mild fish.

Diyana~ Hope works calms down… but does it ever?

I’m starting to feel better and the cold has morphed into an annoying (to others as well as me) cough. I went to the Dr for my physical results and apparently I am going to live forever, except for being a bit low in iron and B12. He suggested a supplement which I will take like a good girl. No other issues though, so that is good news.

My October goals are to continue to go to the gym at least 5 days a week, eat well, and drink more water! Weight goal is to make it to 170 by the end of the moth. This weight is coming off slow, but it is coming off. I would rather take my time and find a way to be able to be a reasonable weight without having to live on carrot sticks and melba toast.

Shad
10-02-2008, 08:18 PM
Morning all,
The sun is shining, there is a slight breeze in the air and there is the smell of jasmine, roses and a hint of lavender in the air - as well as the smelly diesel fumes from the truck down the road doing it's morning wake up ritual. Still, that will go soon and I will be left to my peace and meditation on the patio. I had breakfast out there this morning. It was so lovely.

Yesterday's painting went well and I seem to have tamed the peeling paint and walls. Got up fairly early this morning and have painted the hall with it's first coat of buttery yellow and also plastered a small patch on one of the bedroom walls. Hopefully this time it will stay. I suspect the DS2 did not put enough nails in the wall and it has moved somewhat.
I've painted three walls of the bedroom in White Opal which is a cream shade. Not exactly sure it looks like the swatch of paint did, but it will do. It's very neutral and looks okay with white woodwork.

Carla - I'd love to be in Canada now to watch the trees change colour, you made it sound so lovely. Guess I will have to put more pennies aside. I watched a Holmes on Homes program yesterday where he was in St John and I thought it looked so great, so different from what we have here.
Good goals there. Now if you skip the posting more often, how will we know you have kept up with the others?

Ruth - enjoy the thanksgiving. No doubt there will be plenty to eat and drink as well. Drive carefully out to the farm. Are you taking Disney with you?

Michelle - good goals. Hope the work lets up shortly for you to have a bit of a break in working hours. Whatever happened to the 8 hour day and smoko and lunch breaks??

Rennie - you are a nut case. If you must clean, limit yourself to a couple of hours, then rest in a warm place with a drink and a good book. Then if you must, do a little more and rest again. It's no wonder you stay sick when you get sick!

Happy - there are months and months. Some months are not good, this one hasn't been good for most of us, and others we just seem to fly through. We need to make a resolution to just get on with it. Where we can't exercise properly, then maybe upper body stuff or lower body stuff as the case maybe. Glad to here the tooth feels better.
How did you get on with the orthopedic man. Another doc for you to add to the list!!! :rofl:

Ceejay - the roses are doing very well at the moment. I do love waking up to the perfume in the morning. I shall like it even more when the smell of paint disappears.
I'm a little concerned about those calories. In my opinion, Bob needs some more body fat around his skinny frame. You can eat too little you know.

Madcat - sorry to hear about the cold and now cough. Wish the delightful DH a belated happy birthday from me. Now why did I think you spoke French? Must be Carla's influence creeping in. I can understand the dilemma over dinner or debate. Sorry, I'll take dinner everytime. There was a joke on the tv the other day where a little girl asked her mother if all fairy tales began with 'Once upon a time'. No the mother replied, some begin with 'When I am elected to office, I will........'

Anyway, time to get off here. My new boss has fired 4 e-mails my way this morning and I'm not even on the payroll yet. I'd better go read and inwardly digest.

happy2bme
10-03-2008, 01:08 AM
Well I saw the orthopedic guy this morning. A nice youngish doctor. Very pleasant. He said the location of the pain in a young person like me was disconcerting. Could be bursitis. Could be Bone Death in the hip. A long and fancy name basically meaning there isn't enough blood supply to the bone and it deteriorates and will crumble away. There is no cure, only a hip replacement.

I was more than a little stunned to hear that, was expecting a pulled muscle or something on that order. I have to go for an MRI on Monday - he said he can't really make an accurate diagnosis or treatment plan until he gets more info. And I am horribly claustrophobic. Not sure if Shad realized that I almost bolted when we went down in the caves as I try really hard to hide and fight the waves of panic. There's no way :no: :no: :no: you'd get me in an MRI tube unless I was passed out cold and you stuffed me in there. I had an open MRI once and had all I could do not to panic at that one. Even after 2 Valiums. Of course that was for my neck and the large slab that contained the magnet was 2 inches from my face. I'm hoping the hip MRI will at least leave my face open. I will again be doing the open MRI.

Forgive me but I just don't feel like being chatty at the moment. I'm thinking right now I'd like to take the weekend off to myself...

Shad
10-03-2008, 03:31 AM
Not great news Happy, but until you get a final diagnosis you need to stay optimistic. Yes I remember you having a problem in the caves. However you braved it out and you enjoyed them in the end. Just think of the caves and how you conquered that fear a year and a bit ago and go do it all over again. Pretend you are in the caves. Think about that wonderful spring gushing out of the hillside when we went on that walk. Look at DH's pics of the caverns and surrounds and then take them in your mind to the MRI thingy. It always helps to have a happy memory of good times when you have to do something you would rather not. I'd come and hold your hand but the thing only fits one at a time.

Ruthxxx
10-03-2008, 08:57 AM
Good morning.

Happy mentioned Jen's post on the old thread. Guess I should have closed it. Will do that now. So sorry to hear Mel buggered up her eye and I'm wondering about strange NJ sex practices too!

Whizzing through as usual although the South Beach problems have abated. I spend altogether too much time online. I should never have signed up for unlimited usage!

Today is a big "good works" day - I have the Church bulletin to write and print, mums to plant up at the Church and a bunch of cooking to do for tomorrow's Farmer's Breakfast at the United Church - we get spurts of ecumenicism in this village! I need to crank out six coffee cakes so the oven will be busy.

Good day in town yesterday - my cute little Portuguese money man took me out to lunch. (I wonder if he's skimming.) We went for dim sum and I managed to choose just the steamed not fried items and avoided rice and dumpling stuff.

Disney wants out and, yes, she is going to sister Joan's for TD dinner.

MELODY525
10-03-2008, 10:28 AM
:rofl: I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY THAT I WAS GETTING FOOKING LAID! :lol3: :lol3:
WHAT I REALLY NEED TO DO IS STOP MULTI-TASKING!!
I WAS HOLDING A FOLDER WITH SHEETS OF PAPER IN IT AND TRYING TO LOAD THE PRINTER AT THE SAME TIME. THE FOLDER "SNAPPED" CLOSED WITH MY WEAK LEFT HAND AND ALL THE PAGES HIT MY ONE EYE. THANK GOD IT WAS ONLY THE ONE!!! :faint: THERE IS A SCRATCH OVER THE IRIS BUT IT'S HEALING. JUST HURTS A LITTLE STILL AND THE EYE BALL ITSELF IS SWOLLEN SO THE VISION IS VERY BLURRY! :dizzy:
I DID SKIM THE POSTS BUT THE LIGHTED SCREEN IS STILL A BIT OF A BOTHER. WILL TRY AGAIN OVER THE WEEKEND.

THANKS RUTH FOR STARTING A NEW MONTH!!
MADCAT HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON.
SHAD IS LIVING IN CREAM
CARLA IS HERE...A MIRACLE IN ITSELF
HAPPY..WHAT CAN I SAY...... SENDING MY LOVE
RENNIE...FEEL BETTER
MICHELLE..I THOUGHT OF YOU AND EXERCISED EVERY DAY ANYWAY!
ANNIE...THIS WILL BE A BETTER MONTH!
CEEJAY..A GREAT MONTH FOR YOU TOO!

LOVE ALL THE NEW AVATARS.
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND! :moped:

diyana
10-03-2008, 11:55 AM
Good Morning Chicks!

Happy Friday! This has been a LOOOOONG and exhausting week, but the end is just a few short hours (okay 7) away. I am in a GREAT mood today. I'm feeling really good and happy. This weekend, DH and I plan to do some fishing, watch baseball and football on TV, he's going to change the oil in his SUV and my car, I'll do some website work. And I hope to get time to decorate the front yard for Halloween. I also need to find some healthy recipes for soups, stews and other meals because.....I'm suddenly allergic (or so it seems) to Smart Ones and Lean Cuisine entrees. I don't know what ingredient is causing the allergy...I only know that when I eat one of the dinners, my heart starts racing, and I get very hot, red and blotchy on my arms and legs that starts to constrict my throat if I don't take a Benedryl. Once I take a Benedryl, I'm better within 30 minutes. I've been eating those entrees for YEARS. I would eat them every night for dinner (I know...they aren't as healthy and full of sodium). But I've never had reactions like I've had the last few times I've eaten them. They aren't even the same brand or type of dinner, so I'm not sure what's causing the reaction. I plan to get into see the doc and hopefully get tested for food allergies.

So if you chicks know anything about food allergies or if you have some great and EASY recipes (remember I hate to cook) or recipe websites, I sure would appreciate any assistance/advice you can provide. Speaking of recipes....since I don't like cooking and when I do cook I prefer to cook something that makes several servings and freezes well. And I don't like fish, olives or feta cheese. Other than that, I'm not very picky. :lol:

Do any of you chicks have fun plans for the weekend?

Shad - White Opal sounds like a lovely color...and so versatile...you can easily change the mood of the room with throw pillows and other accents. Well done! Sounds like your air has a lot more pleasant fragrance than Ceejay's did yesterday. As for breaks during the workday, those are few and far between. And it seems like you don't get smoke breaks unless you smoke...discrimination against healthy people. :lol: That's a great joke about "When I am elected to office"! :lol:

Madcat - I hope you are feeling better. :congrat: on the 11 pounds lost! That's wonderful! And the new avatar is adorable! I'm glad to hear your doc appt went well. I'm low in iron and B12 as well. In fact, I take a multi-vitamin, B12 and prescription strength Niacin every day to keep my levels close to normal. Great goals! Gym at least 5 days a week? You are my inspiration...I will get back to 5 days a week too. 170, what a lovely number. And you're right...weight coming off slow is at least coming off. Well done!

Ceejay - I love your new avatar! What a gorgeous view! Did you take that photo? Well done for letting Bob Harper guide you. I'm sure with your dedication you will see good results soon! What is "defoliation"? Is that the burning of the fields? If so, I just didn't know there was an actual term for it, and I'm surrounded by farms out here in the country. I hope you enjoyed the tilapia. Good job on getting such a great workout in! Since I didn't go to the gym yesterday, I dub you yesterday's Exercise :queen:

Happy - Sorry to hear about the hip diagnosis! :hug: But Shad is right...until you receive a final diagnosis, try and stay optimistic. Good luck with the open MRI. I've had a few MRIs for my back...My issue isn't being closed in...it's having to lay still for so dang long. Remember you've got lots of love and support here and we'll be with you in spirit when you have your MRI...of course we won't be in the tube with you as that would get way too crowded. :lol:

Mel - I'm glad to hear your eye is doing a little better. Hang in there.

Well, got to get lots of work done today. Here's to a great Friday for all of us.

Love and hugs,

MELODY525
10-03-2008, 03:28 PM
http://www.realsimple.com/realsimple/package/0,21861,1626111-1827710,00.html

HERE'S A LINK FOR WWW.REALSIMPLE.COM AND THEY HAVE 20 RECIPES FOR 20 MINUTE MEALS!!
ALSO GOOD SITE FOR THAT IW WWW.FAMILYCIRCLE.COM AND ALSO WWW.WOMANSDAY.COM

I ALSO WENT INTO MY STASH IN THE FRIDGE. WW HAS NO WARNINGS THAT I COULD SEE BUT A LOT OF SMALL PRINT I CANNOT READ. NEITHER COULD JEN. WE REALLY NEED A MAGNIFYING GLASS :rofl: BUT ON ALL THE LEAN CUISINES THERE IS USUALLY A MILK, SOY OR WHEAT WARNING. MAYNY PEOPLE ARE DEVELOPING A SOY ALLERGY. IT'S A PLANT HORMONE AND IT'S IN A MILLION FOODS. THERE IS TALK ABOUT US USING IT FAR TOO MUCH IN THE COUNTRY AND ONE OF MY DRS GAVE ME ADVICE ABOUT NOT CONTINUALLY DOSING MYSELF WITH SOY MORNING, NOON AND NITE. JUST A QUICK THOUGHT. SOME ALLERGIES TO FOOD ARE BROUGHT TO A HEIGHTENED REACTION BY ADDED DAILY STRESS. JEN HAS THIS AND GETS HIVES. SHE USES BENEDRYL ALSO.
HOPE THE DR CAN HELP. :hug:

PS I am having a good day.... good food, good exercise and fresh (such as it is) air.....I also got to see some LOVELY EYE CANDY WITH THE CONSTRUCTION GUYS!! even with blurry vision these guys look good...maybe even better :lol3: :lol3: They love my big black chair!! I told them it does tricks. I was with Richie, my protector, so of course no demonstrations out in the street went on!! :rofl: :rofl:

diyana
10-03-2008, 06:03 PM
Thanks for the recipe links, Mel. In looking at the ingredients on the label...the only one that jumped out at me as something I don't eat all the time in other foods and I could be allergic to is soy. So that's one I'm going to have the doc check out first.

I'd hope to eventually find the food I'm allergic to and avoid it rather than keep taking Benedryl. in the meantime I guess I'll have to cook. :tantrum:

Shad
10-03-2008, 06:34 PM
Morning all,

Michelle - I like cooking - far too much as one can see by my more than ample figure. There is a new recipe book out here now, put out by two mums who have turned into megastars with their recipes - called 4 Ingredients. They have two books out now and try to use all the stuff they have in the pantry and freezer so you aren't constantly running to the store all the time. Not sure whether you can get it over there yet, but if you don't like cooking - this might be the style for you. Most of it is one pan stuff as well. If you want to check it out try this link. http://www.4ingredients.com.au/page/thankyou.html. There is a recipe for beef kofta on there that sounds okay.
I've watched the tv show and it is okay and some of the recipes sound great, they are just too excited for me to really enjoy the show. Fantastic is a word that crops up far too many times in a recipe.
Also if you have suddenly become allergic to the tv dinners, then it is probably not soy causing it. They will have changed one of the preservative ingredients - check out the numbers of the food additives.

Ruth - so you are having a few problems on SBD. Now why doesn't that surprise me. Couple of people there who should have been shot at birth. Would have made the entire world happier, however I should be kind. Not everyone is as smart, funny, intelligent, classy as me and you!

Mel - good to see you back. Take care of that eye. Watching eye candy will only incite the swelling and not reduce it. Naughty girl!

Okay - time to hit the paintpot again. Today will be the last time hopefully on this project. I have a second coat to put on the hall wall and 2 coats to go on one bedroom wall. Then the scotia and skirting have to be done and I am finished. Tomorrow, I think I will celebrate. Well maybe. Meantime, I'm off to breakfast on the patio, finish my coffee, shower and get into it. Shower I hear you say. Yes because I didn't get one yesterday and I can just about smell myself from here.
Have fun. Weekend is here.

ceejay52
10-03-2008, 07:42 PM
Shad
Did you use a primer to stablize the wall after sanding it? That will make a huge difference.

Michelle
Defoliation is a chemical used by the farmers to burn the leaves on cotton and beans. It stinks and aggravates my sinuses. I've learned that I have to keep my window's closed because it will give me bronchitis if I breathe to mc of it.
I borrowed the photo from a websight. I had one similar to this one but have no idea where it is. I've been to this mountain and have sit on this very sight. I'd love to go back again.
Could your allergy be MSG?

Happy
I'm with the rest. Be optimistic until you have the MRI.

Ruth
Enjoy your trip and family. I like Thanksgiving.

Mel
Glad to see you back. You made me laugh at watching the construction workers.



I've had a good day. The trip to Blytheville was a good outing for me today.
My Altell bill was due and wanted to ask some questions. Then down to the end of the strip mall to super Walmart. Also got my hair cut. I also needed a break from cleaning.
Celery was on my plan for veggies this week. I'm going to have to figure out a way to like this stuff.

MELODY525
10-04-2008, 08:33 AM
MICHELLE....I WOULD COME AND COOK FOR YOU BUT I'M NOT EVEN COOKING FOR MYSELF :rofl: GOOD LUCK!

SHAD....I WILL TRY AND ABSTAIN FROM HANGING OUT THE WINDOW WATCHING THE GUYS CAUSING MY EYES TO BULGE OUT :rofl: HAPPY PAINTING! 4 INGREDIENTS? THAT SOUNDS LIKE JEN'S COOKING!!!:hun:

CEEJAY...YOUR AVATAR IS SO BEAUTIFUL THAT EACH TIME I COME HERE I HAVE TO TAKE ANOTHER LOOK. SOUNDS LIKE YOUR DAY OUT WAS A GREAT ONE! MY GRAM USED TO MAKE CREAMED CELERY BUT THAT'S NOT GOOD FOR DIETERS :lol:

THANK GOD THE EYE IS GETTING "MORE BETTERER" EVERY DAY. GEEZ...WHAT IS IT WITH ME AND MY FRIGGING EYES?? EVERY FEW WEEKS I FIND ANOTHER WAY TO HURT THEM :tantrum:
I MOVED A FEW MORE THINGS THAT I USE ON A REGULAR BASIS DOWN LOWER. SOON THE ENTIRE APARTMENT WILL BE LINED UP ON SHELVES SURROUNDING THE WALLS AT WAIST LEVEL!! THERE ISN'T ENOUGH WALL SPACE TO DO THAT THOUGH. ME THINKS THIS WINTER IT IS TIME TO DECLUTTER ONCE AGAIN. BUT FOR TODAY, IT'S TIME WITH THE KIDS, FROZEN QUICHES, THE SEEKER MOVIE (BTW NOT 1/2 AS GOOD AS THE BOOK) AND AIR-POPPED POPCORN. I AM OFF TO EXERCISE TO KEEP WARM. SINCE THE TEMPS DROPPED 30 DEGREES I AM FREEZING! :brr:
HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY :moped:

MELODY525
10-04-2008, 12:23 PM
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Ingredients
Serves 4
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 3/4-inch chunks
Coarse salt and ground pepper
3 teaspoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 can (15.5 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
4 plum tomatoes, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2 cups)
2 tablespoons chopped pitted Kalamata olives (about 5)
1 teaspoon white-wine vinegar
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Creamy Polenta, for serving
Directions
Season chicken with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken, and cook, turning occasionally, until golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
Reduce heat to medium-low; add remaining teaspoon oil to skillet. Add garlic, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add chickpeas and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half, about 2 minutes.
Add tomatoes; cook over medium heat until starting to break down, 3 to 4 minutes. Add olives, vinegar, and chicken along with any accumulated juices to pan; toss until warmed through, about 1 minute. Stir in parsley. Serve over polenta.

ceejay52
10-04-2008, 02:11 PM
I hear the tornado sireen so that means it's noon. Ugh, half of my day gone.
I did talk to my sister that lives in Dallas this morning. I'm still planning on being at her house Christmas. I've emailed my sister that lives in Springfield, Mo to see if it's alright to come there for Thanksgiving. I need to get away from this area for a while.

Mel
The recipe sounds good.

Roseblush
10-04-2008, 03:51 PM
Hello everyone, Ruth thanks for getting our Oct site started..... we are all hoping for a good month. Your weekend sounds busy. My Teeka is in her last hours and what an incredible little spirit she has to keep awake and be with me. She only weighs about 1.8 or so now. The sun came out and I sat with her to soak up some of the warmth she always liked the heat. She would be 14 yrs old in December. I will miss her and have been so blessed to have such a little soul in my life and family.
Mel, glad to hear the eyes are improving..you can't be trusted now with even paper products. Tsk tsk girl sneaking peaks at the construction workers that is good entertainment.
SHad you work so hard on your house I wish I had half the energy and imagination to do a few things around here.
Hope everyone is having a good weekend....
Peace,
Nae

Shad
10-04-2008, 05:22 PM
Morning all,

'Nae - blessings to you and little Teeka. She is a good age for a little doggie. I hope she passes peacefully, I know she will have your love to take with her.

Mel - so good to have you back again, and some more recipes. We won't tell happy about that one since she will have a whinge about olives again! :rofl: anyway, she is ignoring us this weekend. I might just be annoying and ring her and tell her to get back here!
A couple of posts ago you made a comment about someone who said that it was typical that the rest of the world only whinges when the US is in trouble financially. Not exactly true but it is understandable. Europe and the rest of the world have made some fairly far reaching warnings about what is now happening, however being 'little people' according to the the US Foreign policy, what would we know?? However to a certain extent the comment has truth, greed is everywhere.

Ceejay - sometimes one just has to get out of the place to appreciate what there is there. You have earned a break, go for it.
And yes I use a binder sealer coat - or two - on every wall and ceiling I have painted. Must of this problem has been caused by the fact that the original painter did not seal the plasterboard (drywall) before painting it originally. The water based original paint was thinned down with water which has affected the wallboard.

Well disaster struck on the bedroom wall yesterday and the paint peeled on a patch of wall about a foot in from the corner. I carefully peeled back to solid adherence of paint and the entire tape and plaster came away from the top of the wall to the bottom. There is now a large gouge in the wall. Nothing I can do about it but clean it up, sand, plaster and try again. This strip of wall will not be finished before the floor goes down. So I will be painting again after the floor goes down.
Oh yes and I bought myself a new toy yesterday. A compound mitre saw. Cuts all those angles for doors and mouldings. Practiced yesterday then created my first angles and put up some door architraves. Yahoo. Picture attached.
And that is about it for the day. Hope Saturday/ Sunday will be kind to us all wherever we are in this world. Do not forget - eat well, sweat well and all's well.

Roseblush
10-04-2008, 05:41 PM
I know all my worldly Friends will say a prayer for my little girl...she passed away in my arms at 1:10pm. She was quite a little Warrior.....I will thank you all now for your thoughts and well wishes.
Peace,
Renae

Ruthxxx
10-04-2008, 05:42 PM
Chit! Just did a long post - with personals, even - scrolled back and lost the darn thing. When will I learn?

Have to go soak in the tub before I go out so see y'all tomorrow. (Do I sound like Happy?)

Shad
10-04-2008, 05:49 PM
Have fun Ruth - say hello to Sis and BIL for me.

Nae - big :hug: for you. Teeka had a good life with you - she travelled as much as Shad did. Keep well.

MELODY525
10-05-2008, 09:00 AM
CEEJAY IT SOUNDS LIKE YOUR HOLIDAYS ARE GETTING ALL WRAPPED UP :gift: I NEED SOME PLANS TOO :hohoho:

NAE~ I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT TEEKA. I KNOW HOW CLOSE THE TWO OF YOU WERE. :hug: SHE HAD A GOOD LIFE WITH YOU AND KNEW LOVE.

SHAD~I WAS LAUGHING AT A PROGRAM...EVEN THE POLITICIANS MADE MONEY DURING THE GREEDY SEASON AND SOME REPORTERS ARE SAYING IS IT BECAUSE OF ALL THE MONEY GOING INTO THEIR ACCOUNTS THAT THE GOVT LET THIS GET SO OUT OF HAND. DOESN'T TAKE A ROCKET SCIENTIST TO FIGURE OUT THAT ONE :rofl:
LOVE THE NEW TOY...JUST WATCH WHERE YOUR HANDS ARE WHEN YOU CUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RUTH....HOPE YOU GOT DRESSED FIRST AND DIDN'T GO OUT WITH JUST BUBBLES ON :belly:

:rain: IT COULDN'T BE DARKER OUT IF IT WAS 8PM INSTEAD OF AM!! I WAS WONDERING WHY I WAS SOOO SLEEPY. PULLED THE CURTAINS BACK AND FOUND POURING RAIN. NASTY DAY. FOR SURE MOTHER NATURE IS LETTING US KNOW THIS IS REALLY FALL!
I HAVE WONDERFUL NEWS...DRUMROLL PLEASE....183!!!
AS I SEE THE SCALE GOING DOWN I LOOK AT IT IN DISBELIEF. SOMETIMES I TRY IT AGAIN 2 -3 TIMES. JEN JUST KEEPS LAUGHING AT ME OF COURSE. I AM WONDERING IF IT IS THE "LESS STRESS" THEORY. I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON NOT TRYING TO CHANGE THE UNCHANGEABLE AND NOT "FIGHTING" ALL THE TIME. PICKING THE FIGHTS I KNOW I CAN WIN. GETTING RID OF THE OLD "BANGING THE HEAD AGAINST THE WALL" SYNDROME. I AM A HAPPIER PERSON TOO. AND A BIT MORE LIKE THE LAID BACK PERSON I WANTED TO BE.
SO.....ALL IS GOOD IN NJ! :dance:
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY :moped:

TOMORROW IS PAINTER WOMAN'S BIRTHDAY SO I THOUGHT I WOULD GIVE HER OUR GIFT EARLY!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAINTER. ENJOY YOUR DAY. BE CAREFUL BLOWING OUT THE CANDLES!!! :hb:

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ceejay52
10-05-2008, 11:43 AM
Painter Woman--
Where are you? Am I going to have to come and get you?
Happy birthday.

Mel
Stress can have an affect on weight gain and loss. That's one of the reason's I have such a difficult time of losing weight--stress. And there' more of it today. I'll be glad when they get well 5 back in order. I don't think they've even pulled it out of the ground yet. Ugghhh

I''m using my birthday for the 19th. I hope Bud is back by then. I've also been looking on line to see about airline tickets to go to Dallas,Tx for Christmas.

happy2bme
10-05-2008, 03:11 PM
Just for the record, I was not ignoring you. I didn't and still don't feel very chatty.

Happy Birthday Painterwoman where ever you are these days. :hb:

Ceejay - I completely agree with you about the stress and weight gain. They say that stress increases the production of cortisol which contributes to the dangerous belly fat. A good reason to think twice before getting all worked up. Ceejay - why the interest in celery? It's more of a flavoring agent than anything else. Not much in the way of calories or nutrition with that one. Just like cucumbers. They bulk up the food but that's it.

Mel, I'm really glad to hear that the scale numbers are going down for you. :yay: I hate those cold rainy fall days. Really gives you the sleepy noddies.

Ruth - I really don't say y'all although I write it some time. I hate to say it but I guess I sound more like Sara Palin dropping the g's off ing ending words. Guess I need to work on my diction although people down here tell me I have a fun accent.

Rose - so sorry to hear about Teeka. She was very loved and sounded like she had a great life with you and now she's gone to the rainbow bridge to play with the other 3FC lost pups. I'm sure Hershey will look after her :hug:

Madcat - congrats on getting the ticker moving - you are doing very well!

Carla - what madness are you up to lately? :lol:

Hope you are feeling better Shy.

Ok, so Shad has her whinging about Mel's ticker and yes indeed, when I read Mel's latest recipe I did the :rolleyes: about OLIVES yet again. :barf: I have tried alot of things but have not had occasion to use polenta yet.

Shad - thanks for the link on the 4 ingredients. But for those of us in the states, I think I'll use kraftfoods.com. You can plug in 3 ingredients that you have on hand and it will come up with some recipe suggestions. The problem with your website is not only the metric measurements but also the terms. Is beef mince what we would call hamburger or ground beef? :lol: I still remember my food lesson with you in the grocery store years ago. Amazing how we both speak English but call things completely different terms. I daresay you might have a mix of more British terms like crisps and chips. Although I do enjoy looking at the recipes for the exotic sounding ingredients and trying to figure out what some of them might be. :D Sounds like you are having quite the go round with the walls. I hope you get them fixed stopping short of having to replaster everything. Enjoy your new saw - those things scare me :yikes:

Michelle - it sounds like the reaction you are having is also what some people experience with Niacin. DH took it once and never again. Although the fact that it clears up with Benedryl surely sounds like an allergic reaction. Could be wheat, soy, milk or whey protein or even eggs. When I was going to the allergist, he said our bodies sort of recycle every 7 years. That's why we "grow out of things" or all of a sudden develop a reaction to something that never bothered us before. I sure hope you don't have food allergies because that's so hard to monitor and occasionally you will see companies put out a warning that they forgot to list an ingredient on the box that will cause people problems. You might have to learn how to cook after all girl :lol: You could roast up a chicken (or get one of the rotisserie cooked ones from the grocery store) and make several meals out of that - chopped on a bed of salad greens, into a wrap with veggies and mustard or light dressing, made into chicken salad or just sliced up au natural with some fresh cut vegetables or even a side of the Birds Eye Healthy Brand frozen vegetables. Chicken Cacciatore is really easy to make - chicken, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, garlic, salt and pepper - serve it over rice and it makes several meals. Brown the chicken with a bit of oil and some chopped garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Dump in a can of tomatoes - use the flavored ones with basil and oregano or garlic and onions. Add a large can of tomato sauce. Bring to bubbling and then reduce heat to simmer and cook for an hour. You can use chicken breasts tho I prefer the thinner chicken cutlets. This is good with chicken thighs too tho they aren't diet friendly.

Roast Beef - 1 eye of round roast. Wash, season with salt, pepper, onion salt. Put it in a cooking bag with about 1 cup of water. Stick it in a 300 degree oven for 4 hours. (This would be a weekend project). Slice it thinly and leave it in the au jus because otherwise it will dry out. The reason you cook it in such a low temp oven and for so long is to make sure it's tender. Mix in a jar of beef gravy if you like gravy and done. You can have meat and veggies or open faced hot beef sandwiches or if you're feeling sinful, chop it up over a baked potato.

And I have a bazillion soup recipes although soup takes more chopping and prep work and I don't know where you draw the line at "I hate cooking" :lol:

Well in the course of composing this I have walked away 3 times. The last time DH and I were discussing what to paint one of the upstairs bedrooms. There are alot of shadows on the wall and it really does change the colors depending on the overhead lights and which wall you are looking at. We must have tried 20 sample colors already. I had purchased some cream printed fabric Venetian Shades that have green leaves and roses in shades of light rose and dark rose. There are also tan and gold accents. After going round and round, DH put the curtains on the recliner in my Mom's room and it's a perfect match. However that is a deep maroon color and we were worried that it would be too dark. So we're going to put chair rail up 2/3 of the wall, paint the top half the dark color to pick up the shades, the chair rail white to match the woodwork and paint the bottom 2/3 of the wall a cream color with just enough "cream" to provide a slight contrast to the woodwork. I swear I never thought it would be so difficult to pick a paint color. :tantrum: But at least that's decided. DH wants to take a week of vacation in 2 weeks with the intention to get the painting done.

And I need to get on with things here too. I have spent far too much time at the computer today (which is why taking a break sometimes can be a good thing). I need to decide on a desert to make for our neighborhood cookout on Tuesday, have groceries to pick up and I need to get to bed early tonight as we will have to leave by 7:00am to get to the hospital on time. Oh and I also have to stop at the pharmacy to pick up those all important Valiums. I am trying to stay optomistic about this although it is difficult because no amount of ice, heat, anti inflamatory - over the counter or prescription is doing a diddly bit of good for the pain. To me, that doesn't sound like something easily fixed. But we'll see.

Shad
10-05-2008, 04:18 PM
Morning all,
Quick fly by because I still haven't completed the bedroom yet. The man is due here in a little over 3 hours and I hope for once in my life that he is late or even better can't make it until tomorrow. I spent a long time cleaning up the hall and the rest of the house last night before I showered and fell into bed. I am sorely in need of a little rest but can't do that until he gets here and even then I will be trying to put things together one step ahead of him. Yesterday I finished all the trim in the hall but was too tired to actually paint it so that's my next job - one thin coat of semi gloss on the trims. The bedroom has still to have one coat of top coat paint on one wall and of course the plaster has to be sanded. That's my second job and the skirting has to go on on wall and thanks to my stupidity with the new toy yesterday (smacks forehead with hand) I need to go buy some more. I will not finish the painting but at least I will have the trim done. Then a thorough clean of the bedroom and we are good to go.

Happy good to see you back and yes minced beef is ground beef - 1 pound (1lb) is 454g - 1kg is 1000g and just over 2lbs. One ounce is 25g but.... that ounce depends on where you live. One ounce in Holland is different from one ounce in Australia and they are both metric countries so why we refer to ounces heaven knows.

Mel - pull your head in from the window. That's not rain, that's drool from all the ladies hanging out the window ogling the builders.

Okay - gotta run and get dressed for another day at the office. Not long to Dampier and I am actually beginning to look forward to it. It will be a rest if nothing else. Someone remind me to pack my notebook this time please. I'll be back to check up on you all later.

annie175
10-05-2008, 04:44 PM
Hi Girls....

Sorry I have been MIA. Life has taken a bad turn for me. I lost my great job and have been in the pits. I am now searching for another great job in hopes of finding something before I lose everything.

I love you all and will check in later.

Love and Hugs

Annie

Shad
10-05-2008, 05:57 PM
Oh Annie, I am so sorry to hear about your job. It is so hard these days to find a job you feel good about and safe in, then the darned stockmarket takes a dump and good people lose their livelihoods. I hope you find something soon.

happy2bme
10-05-2008, 11:46 PM
Oh Annie - I'm so sorry for you :hug: Is it because of the financial mess right now? Very, very scary. None of us feel safe anymore. Try and keep a positive outlook although I know it's really hard. Sending good thoughts and prayers your way - any and everything that will work!

And Shad, you usually work like the possessed so if you are behind, I can only imagine the amount of work you must have undertaken. Crossing my fingers that the floor man (I assume) has a change of plans to tomorrow.

I'm off the finish the dishes and get to bed. Night all.

MELODY525
10-06-2008, 09:17 AM
ANNIE I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR THE NEWS THIS MORNING. PRAYING YOU FIND SOMETHING YOU LIKE AND VERY QUICKLY. SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS YOUR WAY :hug:

SHAD.....DON'T FORGET TO PACK THE NOTEBOOK....PUT A MEMO ON YOUR LUGGAGE SHER YOU WILL SEE IT AS YOU LEAVE!!

HAPPY...HOPE YOU HAD SWEET DREAMS!

CEEJAY...HOPE THE BELATED BIRTHDAY DAY OFF IS A GOOD ONE!! HAPPY 19!! :cheers:

I THOUGHT I POSTED THIS BUT MAYBE NOT. EFC IS GIVING ME A BIG PROBLEM WHEN I LOAD. NOT SURE WHY BUT AOL CONSTANTLY CLOSES DOWN WHEN I TRY TO COME HERE :rofl: ANYWAY I DIGRESS....FLU SHOT FORMS ARE TODAY AND TOMORROW AND THE PLANT CLUB, THEN WEDS IS THE FLU SHOTS ALL DAY THEN FOOD SHOPPING ON THURSDAY IF I CAN GET MY EYES OPEN. I BETTER CAUSE IT'S TRADER JOES!!! IF I AM MISSING THILL FRIDAY...SORRY. BUT I MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO DO IT ALL SO TO SPEAK.
STAY WELL AND TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER. IF ANY EMERGENCIES ARISE...FEEL FREE TO E-MAIL!!!
LOVE TO ALL :moped:

ceejay52
10-06-2008, 11:01 AM
Happy
I'm gonna try that chicken recipe this week end.

Mel
I'm disappointed that I didn't get that for my birthday. If Painter doesn't want it I do. he he

Nae
Sorry to hear about Teeka. :hug:

Annie
So sorry to hear your news. Hope you find something soon.

Good news for me---I'm going back to regular schedule this week end. :dance: Tim told me this morning that he ws thinking about it but needed to talk to Brandon. He'd been complaing about having to stay home so much, I told Tim that I'd take 3 those days if Brandon wanted the 4 days.
Tim just called to verify.

diyana
10-06-2008, 11:45 AM
Good morning ladies --

I had a great weekend. Friday night, DH came home and said that he got Brewers playoff tickets for really cheap for Saturday's game. The Brewers won the game and it was so much fun to be there cheering them on! Then on Sunday, DH and I went to see Jungle Jack Hanna (he's the director of the Columbus Zoo and has been on David Letterman, Good Morning America and has his own TV shows). DH and I are big fans...we admire and respect how much he cares about all animals and conservation, and when we heard several months ago that he was going to be in town, I told DH that was what I wanted for my birthday present...to see him. It was a wonderful and educational show that lasted nearly 2 hours...with lots of animals (from armadillos, to cheetahs, to penguins), plus video footage of some of his trips to Africa. And...much to my surprise...when we got there, he was in the lobby autographing photos and books. I've always wanted to meet him...since he's such an animal lover and seems like a genuinely wonderful human being. So I got to meet him, shake his hand, get an autographed copy of his biography and get my picture taken with him. It was such a special day to top off a fabulous weekend!

And another good note...I've been looking very carefully at the ingredients list on the Smart Ones and Lean Cuisine entrees in my freezer, and I've tried a couple that did not have soy over the weekend (since I was too busy with fun activities and website work to cook) and no reaction. Yay! I will still start doing more cooking...but at least I know that I can have certain frozen entrees in a pinch.

Shad - Thank you for the recipe link! 4 Ingredients and one pan is just my kind of cooking! I'll check it out! Thanks for clarifying the British/Aussie terms and the metric measurements. I have been looking at food additives as well. I'm saving all the ingredient labels and noting which ones I have a reaction to and which I don't. I really like "eat well, sweat well and all's well". I haven't been doing too good on the first two...but I am improving this week. A compound miter saw! That's a great tool. I want to get one of those one day. We have a miter saw...and someday we'll upgrade to a compound one. Good for you!

Ceejay - Thanks for explaining defoliation and for your suggestion about MSG. I've never had a hive-type reaction to it...but it has triggered a migraine or two for me in the past. I don't like celery plain, but I enjoy it in soups and chili. And I like it with peanut butter...which is a good source of healthy protein. Gosh, you're making holiday plans already. I'm so not ready for winter or the holidays. But I know you'll enjoy your time away with your family. And I'm very glad to hear your work schedule improved.

Mel - I'm so happy to hear that your eye is getting betterer. Thanks for the recipe! I need to declutter this winter as well.

Nae - I'm so sorry to hear about Teeka. :hug: I know you will miss her terribly. She had a good long life and brought lots of joy and love. And you brought her joy and love as well. You will always have her with you. She knows that you were with her and love her. :hug:

Ruth - :hug: for you. I'm sure Hershey and Teeka are together and playing across the Rainbow Bridge.

Painter - Happy Belated B'Day!

Happy - I'm so glad to see you posting again. I've been thinking about you lots and sending you :hug: and good thoughts. I really hope your MRI goes well and it turns out to be something minor and easily fixed. Thanks for all the good information. The allergies didn't start up when I started taking Niacin, but it's something to think about. And I know how to cook, and I'm a good cook (so I've been told)...I just really don't enjoy it. Good suggestion about the rotisserie chickens and Birds Eye veggies. A friend gave me a Low Carb cookbook when I was diagnosed with diabetes and I found a few recipes in there that look yummy and easy. Thanks for the Chicken Cacciatore recipe. Can I use brown rice instead of white? Thanks also for the Roast Beef recipe! I normally do roast beef in a crock pot...but the low temp oven sounds great too. And I LOVE soups...and would be grateful for some of your soup recipes. I don't mind spending time on prep work (chopping veggies, etc.) as long as it's for something that freezes well and makes several meals! Sounds like your upstairs bedroom will be lovely...The Venetian Shade you described sounds gorgeous!

Annie - I'm so very sorry to hear about your job loss. :hug: I'm sure you will find a good job soon. I'm a firm believer that when a door closes a window to a great opportunity does open.

Well, chicks, I've got to go for now. Thanks for all the recipes, suggestions and support.

Love and hugs,

Shad
10-07-2008, 06:03 AM
Evening all,
Didn't get to the site this morning, so it's a quick drop in now before I go back to rebuilding the house! :rofl: It's not that bad. My wishes were granted yesterday and the dear floor man did not appear until today. Mind you I'm not sure whether I mistook the date or they gave me the wrong date but I don't care, I got the reprieve I was looking for. My hall is now finished and he will be back in the morning to do the bedroom. All the prep work is done and he will no doubt get through it in short order tomorrow. I will spend the spare time doing some extra painting. Which is what I should be doing now, but I am having an afternoon/ evening off and just hanging about.

Having said that, I'd better get on with the things I set myself to do today - getting rid of some of the rubbish and old paper work. I'm shredding all the old stuff - well I have to keep most of the financial stuff for 10 years, but there is a whole raft of other junk that I have that I really don't need after a year or so. I've filled 3 rubbish bags with shredded stuff today - it might be slow but it is better than my information being out there on the rubbish dump.

Okay - DS2 is home, time for dinner before shredding and planning the painting. I'll be back with personals tomorrow. I'm wondering how Happy got on at the quack today.

MELODY525
10-07-2008, 08:55 AM
CEEJAY~ THERE ARE PLENTY OF BIRTHDAY BOYS TO GO AROUND AND YOU CAN TAKE YOUR PICK!! :hb: AND A BIG
CONGRATULATIONS ON GETTING YOUR SCHEDULE BACK!!:cheers:

MICHELLE~ WTG WITH THE WEEKEND. JEN WAS RAISED ON JACK HANNA. :rofl: WE WATCHED HIM FOR YEARS. GLAD YOU GOT TO MEET HIM. I HOPE YOU DO FIND THE ALLERGEN YOURSELF. IT'S SO MUCH EASIER WHEN YOU CAN. THE GOVT HAS REALLY CRACKED DOWN ON THIS SOY BUSINESS BECAUSE SOOOOO MANY ARE REACTING. ANY FACTORY THAT PROCESSES SOY MUST POST IT ON THE LABELS OF EVERY PRODUCT THAT GOES THRU THE PLANT WHETHER OR NOT IT HAS THE SOY IN IT. JUST LIKE WHEAT AND PEANUTS. HOPE YOU CAN TAME THE BEAST!!! :hug: HOW DARE THOSE DINNERS MESS WITH OUR MICHE!!

SHAD~ GLAD YOU GOT THE BREAK YOU WANTED. HOPEFULLY ONE DAY YOUR WILL HAVE YOUR HOUSE IN HOME BEAUTIFUL OR WHATEVER MAGAZINE THEY HAVE IN OZ!! :dance: YOU BETTER BE PACKING TOO!! THE WEEKEND DRAWS NEAR! OH....YOU MIGHT MISS CARLA'S BD ON MONDAY AND THEIR CANADIAN THANKSGIVING!!!

YESTERDAY WENT WELL WITH BREAKS. TODAY SHOULD ALSO. JEN DID S LIGHT FOOD SHOP FOR ME SO I DON'T HAVE TO THIS MORNING. TODAY I WILL VISIT WITH MY INDIAN FRIEND. HE WILL BE LEAVING FOR HOME NEXT MONTH..... AND IF COURSE MORE FLU FORMS.
I WON'T BE HERE TOMORROW SO HAVE SOME GREAT DAYS AND STAY WELL!

HAPPY TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY!

HAPPY~ SENDING HUGS :hug:

happy2bme
10-07-2008, 11:19 AM
site is HORRIDLY slow today. I am barely able to get through the pages. Don't have time for this today. Will try to get back later tonight. Am seeing the doctor this afternoon for the MRI results and diagnosis.

Love to the chicks :grouphug:

diyana
10-07-2008, 11:36 AM
Good morning ladies -

I woke up with a bad sore throat, so I've taken my vitamins, Vitamin C, Echinacea, and am sucking on lozenges. I've been feeling under the weather for a day or so, including having swollen painful glands. I'm at work today, but if I feel like this or worse tomorrow, it'll be a day of rest for me. Wouldn't you know it...I get sick on the day of my kickboxing class. My 3 fave classes are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday...hopefully I'll feel better by Thursday.

Shad - That's wonderful you got so much done before the floor guy got there! Good for you for doing all that shredding. Identity theft is nothing to fool around with. There are banks and other companies here that offer free shred days where you can take bags and boxes of papers that need shredding and they feed it through their high powered super industrial shredders. DH and I are keeping our eyes out for the next one.

Mel - So nice that Jen was able to do some food shopping for you. I bought a ton of stuff last night for some make ahead and freeze meals and soups. I didn't get home until 7:30.

Happy - Sending :angel: and :hug: for your doctor appointment. I hope he gives you good news.

I've got lots to get done today, so I'll just sign off with a big :wave: and :hug: to all the worldlies!

Love and hugs,

ceejay52
10-07-2008, 06:39 PM
Hi all
Busy at work, due to weather and the newer well. This requires mor monitoring.

Shad
10-07-2008, 06:48 PM
It's a grand morning out there this morning. I've been up since 4.30am and have repainted the skirting boards and painting another wall already. As well I've had one egg and toast plus Earl Grey tea for breakfast on the patio with the scent of roses, jasmine, heliotrope and orange blossom in the air and bombarded by shrieking rosellas and parrots.

It's now 7.30am and the floor man is here and working and I've hung old two loads of wahing on the line. DS2 was amused when he go home last night to see the floor mans shoes lying on the floor and the eyebrows were definitely raised when he found the floormans shorts (short pants) on the floor as well. I have no idea what they are doing there. I'm certain he was wearing pants when he left here. I would have noticed something like that surely!

Mel - Doubt that I will ever see my place in Home Beautiful or even Better Homes and Gardens. Those sort of mags don't come to my end of town.
Carla's birthday is Monday? I will be around to check up on her, you can be sure. I wonder if she will be.
Be careful with the Indian! You don't need his knickers on your floor!

Happy - we wait for the results. Hope all goes well. By the way I did like the sound of the colour scheme for the bedroom. I did think of you the other day while I was in hardware heaven and purchased the Handyman magazine. It has an article on choosing paint colours for the house.

Michelle - Haven't seen any of the banks offering shredding services - or many other services for that matter. I bought a small home shredder which will do fine once I get rid of the overflow of junk I have kept over the years. Many of my current invoices are now sent by email so maybe in the future I will have less paperwork to deal with.

Okay - I'm off to check out the next load in the washer and start the big clean up in the house. Everything seems to be covered in sanding dust - ugh. It will take ages to get rid of it all. Next time I think about renovating a house, I am going to move out, get all the sanding and prep work done and only move back in as I finish a room. Maybe I will be sleeping in a hammock for a year or two. Whatdya reckon???

happy2bme
10-08-2008, 01:40 AM
Hi ladies,

VERY long day today and night too. So sorry that I missed your call Shad. We were at a neighborhood meeting. We have work during the day and meetings at night all week long. I hate weeks like this.

I guess it's good news on the hip. Just bursitis not bone death. You win the prize for the correct guess Mel. It is difficult to treat. I will go for physical therapy. Took a pass on the painful cortisone shot for the time being.

Michelle - I'm sorry you are feeling so sick. Sending you virtual tea, chicken soup and hugs :hug:

Shad - again, I am sorry to have missed you. Like the government, we have a mess to clear up in our neighborhood association. We got home late, Mum rung me up and I wanted to see part of the presidential debate. We will catch up soon, I promise. Thanks for thinking of me :hug:

And now I'm off to bed to start the circle all over again shortly. Will catch up later tomorrow. Thanks for your patience!

ceejay52
10-08-2008, 01:56 PM
Happy
Glad to hear the news that it is bursitis and not bone death. Right now I'm wishing for a cortisone injection in my shoulder.

It's diffinate that I'm going to Springfield for Thanksgiving, and I'll get to go see a Christmas show possibility Andy Williams as well but not my niece. Seems she has taken a job in Nashville, Tn for 12 weeks. I am really looking forward to this visit. I adore all of my nephew's and nieces but am closer to these 3.

MELODY525
10-08-2008, 09:02 PM
JUST A QUICK NOTE. JEN IS NOT WELL WITH A FIBROID-RIDDEN TOM ARRIVAL. SO WE SPENT TIME TONITE TOGETHER HERE. SHE WAS TOO "ILL" TO GET THE SHOT I THOUGHT. SHE CAN GET ONE IN A WEEK OR TWO WHEN SHE FEELS "STRONGER". BUT THIS TOO SHALL PASS.

LE ME SAY THIS ABOUT THE LAST 3 DAYS: I WILL BE GIVING UP THE FLU SHOT JOB. THE HELP TODAY WAS PITIFUL AND ONLY ONE WOMAN REALLY HELPED. VERY SAD. I WENT DOWN AT 6:30 AM AND NOTHING WAS READY FURNITURE WISE. MOTA AND I SET UP FOR 100 PEOPLE. ALMOST 200 HAD SIGNED UP.... AND THE REST OF THE DAY HELD SIMILAR SURPRISES. THE 2 NURSES GAVE ME LOTS OF KUDOS AND SAID THEY LOVE COMING HERE BECAUSE I KNOW WHAT TO DO AND MAKE THINGS SO EASY FOR THEM. SO I DID HAVE ONE BRIGHT SPOT TO THE DAY...WELL THAT AND 106 OF MY HAPPY SENIOR CITIZENS THANKFUL HUGS AND KISSES. MAKES LIFE WORTHWHILE....BUT DOESN'T CUT THE MUSTARD WORK WISE. SORRY PAL.

TOMORROW IS TRADERS AND PATHMARK. I CANNOT WAIT TO GET OUT OF HERE AND AWAY FOR A FEW HOURS.

I AM SORRY TO SAY THIS DAY WAS A WRITE OFF AS FAR AS MY OWN PLAN IS CONCERNED. REALLY BAD. NOT THE FOOD CHOICES BUT WATER WAS ALMOST ZERO, FOOD WAS BARELY ENOUGH FOR A MOUSE TO SURVIVE ON, AND EXERCISE IS NOT HAPPENING TONITE THAT IS FOR SURE. I REALIZE I CANNOT LIVE LIKE THIS EVEN IF IT IS ONLY FOR A DAY OR TWO OR THREE. JUST A WEE BIT TOO "OLD" BODY WISE TO BE PLAYING WITH MY HEALTH. BUT TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY AND I CONSIDER MY DECISIONS FOR FOR THE FUTURE OUTSTANDING!!.
I AM BEAT. SEE YOU ALL MANANA IN THE AFTERNOON! SWEET DREAMS :cloud9: AND GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE :sunny:

MELODY525
10-08-2008, 09:09 PM
MICHELLE I HOE YOU GET WELL SOON. FEEL BETTER HONEY :hug:

HAPPY~ I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER FOR YOU UNLESS THEY FOUND NOTHING AT ALL!!!! GOOD LUCK WITH THE THERAPY AND THE SHOT IS NOT SO BAD REALLY. I WOULD TELL YOU IF IT WAS. :hug:

SHAD....THERE WILL BE NO KNICKERS ON MY FLOOR INDIAN OR OTHERWISE! :rofl: :rofl: WISH WE COULD SHARE SOME EARL GRAY AND EGG ON TOAST ON THE PATIO. I AM STILL HUNGRY NOW!! :hun:

CEEJAY....I AM GLAD THE HOLIDAYS ARE WORKING OUT WELL SO FAR!! PAYS TO PLAN EARLY! GOOD FOR YOU!

OK I AM OUTTA HERE! :moped:

Shad
10-08-2008, 10:03 PM
Morning all,
Quick fly by for me. I'm not feeling too bright and there are things I must do before I go away to Dampier on Sunday - like wash my entire wardrobe as everything is covered in fine sanding dust. The floor is finished and I will be cleaning for a long while to get rid of that darned dust.
I'm really tired, if I sit down in a chair I just go to sleep. It's hard to concentrate on anything but it must be done.

So I'm sending love to Jen and Mel and :hug: for Happy who is not bone dead thank heavens and for all here - few of us as maybe these days - here is a :grouphug:
Back later.

annie175
10-08-2008, 10:26 PM
Hello All....

It is a new day, and I promised myself I will be Positive Penelope from this point forward.

I have applied for at least 40 positions, had a great phone interview yesterday, and things are gonna be just fine. My vacation pay will take me through about 3 weeks. Signed up for unemployment, will know if I get that within the week. I feel really good about things, my brother gave me the pep talk and said to get out of the "whoa is me" and move on. This is what I am doing.

Michelle...You poor dear. Hope you get to feeling better real soon. Many hugs.

Shad...girl you kick butt on redoing your house. What a woman.

MEL...You are awesome at your job, and everyone does appreciate you, whether they realize it or not.

Happy...bursitis is no fun but hope the therapy helps. Cortizone shots hurt like the dickens but really do help a lot. You might want to try it.

Ceejay...Stress does cause us to eat and gain weight. I am a perfect example of that.

On a brighter note...I did meet a new guy a couple of weeks ago. His name is Tony and he seems to be a sweetie. I am taking this one REALLLLLL SLOOOWWW. He came over for dinner tonight and then we went to Walmart. lol

My 30 year class reunion is this Saturday the 11th. My GF from HS is flying in tomorrow night and will be here till Sunday. I can hardly wait to see her and go to the reunion. So much fun, yes yes yes.

Hello to all I may have missed. Have a bright, warm, sunshiny day and marvelous weekend. Probably won't get back on til Monday due to company.

And as always, thank you great bunch of ladies for the tremendous support and comfort. I come here and read your messages to me and feel so much better.

Much Love and Hugs.

ceejay52
10-09-2008, 05:34 PM
It's quite in here today.
Mel
:hugs: to you my friend. My melt down at work has really changed some view points from the bosses. I've told Tim that my health was more important than this d### job.

Annie
Glad that you are in a better mood. Have fun with your company this week end.

I'm having a lazy day and am enjoying evry minute of it.

happy2bme
10-09-2008, 06:14 PM
Hey Shad :wave:

I see your light on. I shouldn't be peeking in here but I am...

Shad
10-09-2008, 06:26 PM
Morena,
Yeah Ceejay, it is quiet in here right now. Maybe it is the winter hibernation or maybe the bad news from Wall Street every day and people are worried about their jobs and homes etc. or maybe the thread is not providing enough stimulation anymore. Who knows - we all have our own worries and warts.

Annie - good to hear from you. Wow - 40 applications, you go girl. I have :crossed: for you for a great new job.

Happy - Hi. Good to see you.

Shad
10-09-2008, 06:46 PM
Whoops - got so excited to see Happy that I hit the wrong button.

Back to Annie - that sounds like an exciting date - Walmart. Oh well at least he seems happy to go shopping with you - or was it him that wanted to go shopping - a new fishing rod maybe?

Busy day yesterday after I got over the headache and complete lethargy bit. Nothing like a bit of stern talking to oneself to get the body moving. I've washed half of the wardrobe and guess what - today it rains and there is no wind so I can't expect the wonderful drying I got yesterday. I hung a curtain rail and curtain in my bedroom. This is a temporary measure until I can get the doors changed and shutters put on, then the curtains will go, but it will be a long while I'm picking thanks to the economy among other things.
I've been setting my budget for the next 9 months or so. I will have to put my renovations on go slow or hold for a while and conserve what I have. I'm not considering selling and can live with what I have so, things will be much slower from now on. Let's face it, I have spent nearly $40K on the house in the last 12 months. Now I need to pull my woolly head in and see what happens with the worlds finance section, although I am losing faith when I hear things like the weekend retreat taken by American bankers which cost upwards of 450K including manicures, pedicures and 150K worth of food and drink and rooms that cost $1000 per night. And they are talking about another one! Will they ever learn? Is this a repeat of Nero playing the fiddle and partying while Rome burned?

Today I am feeling so much better than yesterday. A good nights sleep does wonders for the soul. I've put the mattress back on the floor of my bedroom and not put the bed back yet. I'd like to buy a new bed - the one I am using is DS2's but he says he doesn't want it anymore, so we may put it on ebay or trading post or something and sell it off cheap. I might also sell my old Townsville cheapo bed. It certainly beats chucking it out. There's no rush, I can live with what I have, but now I am repeating myself.

DS2 came home last night and announced his company were considering cutting hours for staff. He is not impressed but is happy they are not considering redundancies at this stage.

Right well it is brightening up out there, I'll got throw some more clothes on the line and maybe set up the airer thingy on the patio. See ya all.

MELODY525
10-09-2008, 07:18 PM
SHAD~ SENDING LOVE:love: AND HUGS :hug: RIGHT BACK TO YOU FROM BOTH OF US. JEN FELT BETTER TODAY AND I WAS CALMER :rofl: I WAS THINKING OF YOU AND THE REST OF THE CHICKS WHEN JOHN CAME IN AND SAID HIS FINANCIAL ADVISOR ANNOUNCED HE TOOK A 30K HIT ON HIS 401K AS OF THIS WEEK WITH MORE PROBABLY TO COME. HE LOOKED AWFUL AND I FEEL SO BAD ABOUT EVERYONE'S LOSS. HOPE YOU GET TO SELL THE BEDS AND GET SOMETHING YOU REALLY WANT. WILL THE NEW BED DO TRICKS??? :belly: ARE YOU PACKED??? DON'T FORGET TO TAKE THE LAPTOP!!! WAS THAT WHAT WE WERE SUPPOSED TO REMIND YOU ABOUT???? :dunno:

CEEEJAY~ YES MAAM WE ARE GOING TO MAKE OUR HEALTH A PRIORITY...WHETHER IT IS PHYSICAL OR MENTAL!! :dance: WE GO CEEJAY!!! :cb: :carrot: WE NEED TO ENJOY THOSE LAZY TIMES AND GET OFF THE TREADMILL OF CRAZINESS!!! :beach:

ANNIE~ HOPING YOU GET SOME GOOD AND FAST RESULTS FOR THE APPLICATIONS!! GOOD FOR YOUR BROTHER STOPPING THE WOE IS ME FEELING ISNIDE YOU. THINGS CAN ALWAYS BE WORSE. SO HANG IN THERE BUDDY AND ALL WILL BE WELL. GOOD LUCK WITH THE NEW BEAU AND TRY NOT TO FOCUS ON MARRIAGE!!!!:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: USE HIM FOR SEX!! :lol3:

:wave: HI HAPPY...BUT I MISSED YOU BY 30 MINUTES!!!

I HAD A WONDERFUL DAY. SUN WAS OUT :sunny: JIMMY GREASED UP MY OLD CHAIR AND IT WAS RUNNING SMOOTHLY. :scooter: THE TEMP OUTSIDE WAS NEAR 80 :beach: AND I SOAKED UP ALL THE GOOD LIGHT AND GOOD THOUGHTS I COULD MUSTER.
I AM SOOO GLAD THIS WEEK IS COMING TO AN END. MY ARCH ENEMY CALLED TO SAY THANK YOU FOR ALL THE WORK I PUT IN THIS WEEK AND FOR THE ORGANIC GARLIC BREAD I SENT UP THERE TO HER OFFICE! I JUST FELT LIKE BEING GENEROUS AND ALSO TAKING THE HIGH ROAD. HER HUSBAND MIGHT WELL BE IN SOME POLITICAL TROUBLE. IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN. VERY SAD.
WILLY HELPED ME OUT AT TRADER JOE'S AND I BOUGHT ENOUGH FOR ALMOST A MONTH. AND ADDED SOME STUFF IN THERE FOR THE KIDS SO THEY CAN EAT HERE. THERE SEEMS TO BE A VERY SMALL HANDFUL OF SENIORS INTERESTED IN THAT STORE SO I FILLED THE FREEZER IN CASE THEY LIMIT OUR NUMBER OF TRIPS ANY MORE THAN THEY HAVE. IT WAS 4X'S A MONTH AND NOW IS 2X'S. WILLY ALMOST FAINTED WHEN THE REGISTER RANG $200. I ALSO BOUGHT HIM A BIG BOTTLE OF ORGANIC JOINT THERAPY SUPPLEMENTS AND HIS SMALL ORDER OF TREATS. HE IS SOOO WORTH THE COST. HE WAS A LITTLE UPSET AND WANTED TO PUT THE PILLS BACK.....BUT I TOLD HIM THAT BECAUSE OF HIM I REMAIN INDEPENDANT AND SO WILL JEN IN THE FUTURE. HE CALMED DOWN :rofl: :rofl: IT WAS A WEE BIT LIKE CHRISTMAS TODAY...(SORRY SHADDIE)....AND I LOVE THAT "GIFT GIVING" FEELING. :hohoho:
I MADE A LOVELY SALAD FOR EARLY DINNER WITH GRILLED CHICKEN. TASTED LIKE IT WAS RIGHT OFF THE GRILL TOO!! YUM :hun: AND THE BEST PART OF ALL THIS PRE-COOKED STUFF IS THAT I AM STILL HOVERING OVER THE 183 MARK AND HAVEN'T STAYED THERE IN A VERY LONG TIME. SO THE LAST 2 WEEKS OFT JOE'S STUFF IS WORKING OUT OK FOR ME. :dance:
I BETTER CLOSE FOR NOW AND END THIS NOVELA BEFORE YOU JUST DELETE ME!!!
HAVE A GREAT NIGHT AND MORENA RIGHT BACK TO YOU KAURANGI!!

MELODY525
10-09-2008, 08:22 PM
"DS2 came home last night and announced his company were considering cutting hours for staff. He is not impressed but is happy they are not considering redundancies at this stage. "

SHAD...SOMEHOW I MISSED THIS PART AND JUST FOUND IT IN THE E-MAIL VERSION. HOPE THE DS MAKES IT THRU THE CUTTING OF HOURS. I WAS SORRY TO READ THIS. :hug: FOR BOTH OF YOU!!

MELODY525
10-09-2008, 08:36 PM
http://img.timeinc.net/realsimple/i/p/March06/0306_vegetable_soup.jpg



Vegetable Soup with Parmesan Toasts



2 bunches green Swiss chard, stems trimmed
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 small butternut squash (2 pounds), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 1/2 cups dry white wine
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
12 to 16 1/2-inch-thick slices baguette
1 cup (4 ounces) grated Parmesan

Heat oven to 350° F.

Rinse and drain the Swiss chard. Stack the leaves and slice them crosswise into 1-inch-wide strips.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the Swiss chard and squash and stir to coat. Add the wine, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until the squash is tender, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, brush the baguette slices with the remaining oil. Place on foil, sprinkle with the Parmesan, and bake until golden, 15 minutes. Ladle the soup into bowls and float the toasts on top.

Recommended: Large saucepan

To Freeze: Omit the Parmesan toasts. Let the soup cool, then ladle into large resealable bags, filling each one halfway. Store for up to 3 months.

To Reheat: Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or thaw partially in the microwave. Warm in a covered saucepan over medium-low heat for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, make the Parmesan toasts.


Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings

NUTRITION PER SERVING
CALORIES 370(24% from fat); FAT 10g (sat 3.5g); CHOLESTEROL 10mg; CARBOHYDRATE 52g; SODIUM 980mg; PROTEIN 14g; FIBER 4g; SUGAR 4g

Shad
10-09-2008, 08:43 PM
If we make the soup and the parmesan toasts does that mean that when the soup is frozen we can just eat the toasts??? Oh yumm.

happy2bme
10-09-2008, 11:00 PM
Hello chicks,

I am back for a bit. It's been a crazy, busy week and major depression over the general state of the world. We have lost a bundle of money in our investments - and we were on the conservative side to begin with. DH said come heck or high water he was not working a day past 60 but at this point, I just don't know. We are in the group hit the worst - those soon to retire. At least at this point we still have jobs. I am starting to fret over every penny I spend which is not like me at all. Makes shelling out $721 for an MRI all that more painful. And $350 for a new tooth crown. I picked up some drapes for the bedroom and I am strongly considering returning them for ugly but much cheaper frilly cafe style curtains. Ugh. Even the cheap shades we planned on the upstairs bedroom will run over $100 for 3 shades and the rod.

My hip is still hurting. I am curious as to physical therapy on Monday - what and how many sessions. I know cortisone will help but it also does funky things to the body so I'd rather avoid it if I can. Walking does agrivate the hip, swimming isn't too bad. But I can't swim every day.

I started the diabetes class again. I came in at week 7 of a 12 week program so we have come round to session 1 again. They gave us another blood testing monitor. This one is not nearly as nice as the first. I do admit I am watching my food but not a zealot about sticking 100 percent to program. Weight loss is a little over a 1/2 pound a week and with the medicine my blood sugar is below prediabetes levels. Even 2 hours after eating it doesn't go above 114 which is good.

DH is in alot of pain right now. He suffers terribly as the seasons change. His feet, his back. He is a bundle of pain right now. Best I can do is rub his mostly numb feet while we watch a TV show. I feel bad for him. This is not good weather for me either, the anti-inflamatory doesn't work 100% and sinus season is harder now when my mold allergies kick in with the falling leaves. Geez I sure sound like a Dumpy Dora, don't I?

Mel, I'll skip the soup but those parmesan toasts :hungry: when's dinner? :rofl: Are you doing MT's plan using Trader Joe's fresh foods? Sounds like you have something that works which is great. I'm surprised you got away with only $200. So easy to get carried away in that store. It was very nice of you to take care of Willie too. A little insurance bet never hurt and he does take good care of you and Jen. I hope Jen is feeling better. :hug: to you both.

Shad, someday you must give us a picture of your loo. Didn't you do some beautiful blue tiles in there? I'm so sorry to hear about DS2. Hope he can hold out. Things are getting very scary all over the world. It's good that you have most of the renovations behind you. I agree the time is here to sort of reassess and hunker down a bit to ride this out. I'm sure the house looks amazing tho - light and airy with pretty cabinets and floors. Glad you have picked yourself up and hopped out of Funkyland. I think we are all occasionally allowed to hang our heads. Sometimes the only way to get up is to touch our toes first. Hard not to feel a bit despondent in these times...

Ceejay - although it was an awful way to get them to pay attention, I'm glad they are at least listening after your meltdown. How is it going with the new people in place?

Annie - still sending you good vibes. Geez Louise - 40 resumes out - you are wonder woman!! I do hope you find something quickly. Heaven knows we can't live on unemployment compensation. I hope things go well with Mr. Tony. Good of you to go slow. Don't make us remind you :lol: Have lots of fun at your reunion! It's especially good if you have someone to pal around with and size up the field :lol:

Michelle - hope you are feeling better. This time of year seems to stir up the schmutz in the air. Sending you some of Mel's soup to warm you up! :hug:

Time to go watch ER on tv. Goodnight ladies...

happy2bme
10-10-2008, 10:05 AM
Good morning ladies,

Wakey wakey. Guess no one wanted to get up this morning.

Bad news on the European financial markets this morning. I think we're in for another tumble today.

Guess I'll go hit the antacids. See yah.

ceejay52
10-10-2008, 10:56 AM
The stock market is beginning to get to me also. It's even affecting the whole world.

Happy
We still have the same bosses they were promoted to a different level. In other words they got a hefty raise with more responsibility. It's a shame that the 401k's are taking such a beating. I'm wondering why they don't put a freeze on the credit cards.

Shad
Can't blame you for holding off on the reno's. We would like to see some progress pictures.

Mel
You are probably wise to buy food for the month. Glad to see that you have found something that is working for you.

Reenie
Are you feeling better?

Hello to every one I've missed

Not much going on this morning. Today is pay day and the pay check has arrived. Therefore I need to go to the bank in a few minutes.

carla49
10-10-2008, 11:34 AM
Sorry to have been absent from the thread. I've had a stretch where I've been working a lot, and somehow work seems to use up all my mental energy, leaving none for the Worldlies. I've also been eating more and exercising less, which is always good for morale - not.

Shad, I know what you mean about retirement. Except that I had planned for next year to be my last at work. Thanks to the meltdown, I don't know when I'll be able to stop or even cut back to 50%. My 'pension' had lost about 11.5% of its value at end Sept, and of course the markets have been in freefall since Oct started. I'll see the poor beleagured money man next week to hear the awful truth - I'm expecting between 20 and 30% gone. So I can either work another 5 years or plan to die 5 years earlier. Nice choice!

Happy, good news that it's bursitis and not bone death! Not that bursitis is fun, but at least you can work around it. Not so good news that DH isn't doing well with the change of seasons. Maybe the prospect of working after sixty is making it all worse? I'm like you, have been very conservative in my investments. I've always lived within my means, no debt, never bought a new car, bought a small condo I could afford... And now I almost wish I'd just gone crazy and spent it all, since the money put away for retirement is just evaporating anyway. I almost regret leaving my government job years ago - right now I'd be getting a nice comfy indexed pension! Of course I'd be getting the payments in a mental institiution somewhere - the job was driving me crazy. :crazy:

Annie, I felt so bad for you losing your lovely job! But I am impressed with the way you got busy right away and sent out resumes all over the place! I have a feeling you won't be looking for too long. And another new BF! You go girl! Talk about getting right back on the horse that threw you! It's been 5 years since my ex-husband ran out on me, and I still don't really feel "ready" to date. But of course I'm pretty pathetic... :rofl:

Mel, good work on the flu shot clinic. I hope it hasn't worn you out to the point you've re-injured anything. How's the eye doing? Keeping it well away from sharp objects, I hope! ;) I seem to remember you said Ritchie's job was on the chopping block - has that worked out okay? :crossed: that he's still employed...
Only three weeks left, and I'll be down in NYC in the world's tiniest 1-bedroom apartment. Of course a side effect of the financial situation is that the Canadian dollar has fallen, and everything I buy down there will cost me an extra 10%... Not that it really matters anyway, since I'll be working and earning enough to pay the extra until I'm eighty anyway. :lol3:

Ceejay, good for you for getting tough at work and convincing them to make the situation better. They must have been afraid they'd lose you to burnout!

Nae, so sorry about Teeka. I'm sure she's happily romping with Lucy and Shad and Hershey - an otherWorldly pack of well-loved pooches. :hug:

:wave: to Ruth and Madcat. Don't forget to vote on Tuesday!

Just to set the record straight, I do realize I'm very lucky that I have the ability to keep working, that I haven't lost my home or my health, and that 80% of my investments is more than a lot of people have. And even if the situation gets worse, I have the advantage of living in a country with universal health care, so there's no fear of losing medical insurance. It's just so darned discouraging to have tried so hard to be fiscally responsible, and to see outside forces take so much away. :( But I'll just have to regroup and find a way to manage the job burnout for a few more years. Maybe if I only take contracts that don't involve travel?

On a lighter note, I did get off my butt yesterday and went to a spin class. I always enjoy the classes, and enjoy the way I feel afterwards even more. If only those endorphins were still there the next morning I'd be an exercising fool! Anyway, when I got home from the spin studio, I put the final touches on an elk stew I'd been working on all day. (Farm-raised meat from a local farmers' market.) I'd had a taste of the same stew at the market, got the recipe and was sure I had a winner! Not a chance. It was really quite awful, and the rest will be tossed. Definitely not the recipe I tasted at the market!!! Unless I ruined the whole thing by using italian seasoning instead of individual amounts of sage, thyme, and savoury, which hardly seems likely.

Well, I haven't had brekkie yet, so I'll say ta-ta for now. As usual, I'm full of good intentions about getting on here more often.. I do lurk almost every day, but of course if everyone did that there'd be nothing to read, and then where would we be?? :o :o The horror! :D

carla49
10-10-2008, 11:37 AM
Yikes! Just dodged a bullet - almost lost that long post. I really have to learn to copy the text and save it before I try to go advanced.

And I realized I forgot to ask about Shy! Maybe she took our advice and is in bed recovering from her pneumonia?

I also forgot to send greetings to Michelle, our little exercise goddess. ;)

diyana
10-10-2008, 11:39 AM
Good morning ladies --

A super quick check in from me today. I'm still very sick...this cold is worse than any I've had in years. I'm going to see the doc today to see if it's anything more than just a cold (e.g., strep, mono or whatever). I've literally been away only 2 hours the past two days, and although I did drag myself into work today, I feel lousy and will only be here long enough to get a couple more things done and then I'm out the door and going to the doctors. In the meantime, I'm staying in my cube and not getting near any co-workers.

Happy - I'm so happy to hear that it's bursitis and, therefore, treatable. I would recommend the steroid shot in addition to PT. Those steroid shots can do wonders for the joint inflammation and pain, although you may experience some pain when you get the shot and for a day or so afterward, the long-term pain relief is tremendous.

Annie - I'm glad to hear of your positive attitude.

Ceejay - I've got to call a financial guy to see if it's too late to improve my 401K situation.

Mel - I'm glad you were able to get your shopping done and that Jimmy was able to grease up your old chair.

Shad - I hope the washing and packing goes well.

Big :hug: to all of you. I'll try and check in this weekend....but I may sleep the entire time.

Love and hugs,

Shad
10-10-2008, 07:17 PM
Morning all,
Just another day in paradise with the stock market slipping and my superannuation draining away. I hear you Carla. It's incredible we can work so hard, do things right, follow the rules and end up with just about nothing. And the bit that really peeves me right off is that none of this is my doing! And it is caused by greed. And here was I wanting to work less this year and maybe for only 6 months of the year. What a joke. I guess I will be looking for work to keep my sanity and to find some money. We keep getting the banks are safe thing here, but......... There's not much I can do I guess but just keep putting one foot in front of the other, giving as much as I can and keeping my rep as a good trainer and writer and roll with it. I always said that I wouldn't be able to retire before 70 and had to be dead by 74 but I think that figure just dropped some.
Happy was right when she said that those who are going to pay dearly are the ones about to retire - she might also add those who have already retired but without adequate funding.

Mel - DS2 doesn't like the new hours and lack of funds - says he can't live on that - well he does have a hefty mortgage and a car loan. So he went out and checked out some new jobs. I'm happy that he finally wants out of that death trap job, but not sure at all that this is the time to do it. Well it is his decision and I can only point out the reservations.

Happy - You are so right about this crazy world. All of us who have tried to put something aside for our old age are suffering and I think most of us have been a little conservative about it. Don't know about you, but I trusted those who should know to do their best for me. I would probably have done better to put it all into a long term deposit and watch the miracle of compound interest do its work.
Please do not return the fabric you picked for the bedroom. You will never be happy with the cheaper stuff and is the cost of returning it going to outweigh the cheaper price really? The MRI had to be done and teeth are important funnily enough. Just ensure that in the next project you undertake, you research prices and the labour costs thoroughly. We are all going to have to go slowly on this one. At least we have the house, it's not likely that it will fall down around our ears. Time to sort the priorities and stick to them.
Tell DH that I hope he gets to feel better soon. I know he will never feel 100% but I like to hope for a little improvement. I'm thnking of him.
Don't think I have ever sent pics of the loo. You've seen the blue and white bathroom, but the loo is in decadent shades of the '90's eg dark blue dust collecting paint on the bottom third of the walls, cream walls and ceiling and yellow trim with a decorative border of dark blue, yellow and happy fish!! well out of date. The loo itself needs replacement since it is 20 years old and flushes way too much water. That will be the next project I think but it is a while away. I have to save up for the toilet I want which naturally enough is not cheap. I need to set out a project timeline as well.

Ceejay - I'll post pictures when I can. I haven't finished clearing and cleaning the wardrobe yet and there are clean clothes in piles all over the floor. Glad your paycheck arrived, now the trick is not to spend it all in the one place!

Carla - you and me both in the mental institution. I turned down a government job 17 years ago. It was driving me insane and I had only been there for 6 months as a temporary data entry operator. When I went back as a consultant a couple of years back, many of the same people were still there, still beavering away and appeared quite sane. Strange hey?
You must be up for a general election I guess? Telling everyone to vote. Do you want to get rid of the present incumbents and take on something new and unknown? Like you, I live in a country with free health care - well we pay for it with our taxes. I have that to fall back on as well. And mighty grateful I am for it too.
Good for you on the spin class. Releasing those endorphins will probably give the brain a lift to see through the mess.

Michelle - so sorry to hear you are so sick. Get well soon.

I'd better go, the DS2 is going to lie around all day today and tomorrow watching the Bathurst 1000 motor racing. I need to do a 1000 things and some include making a lot of noise so I'd better off to do that before the bloody thing starts. He doesn't ask for much and he is good around the house, so this I can do for him I think. Breakfast, lawns, sweeping, tiling, clearing up the mess, clean the wardrobe out of dust, dead insects and cat fur, finish the ironing and pack. It's all on the menu today. I have enlisted DB2 to take me to the airport tomorrow morning.
Cya

happy2bme
10-11-2008, 01:31 AM
Shad, in case you head out before I have a chance to catch up - have a safe trip. We look forward to your tour of Dampier. Hope it's more pier than dam :rofl:

And Nae - I see there is a major winter storm headed your way with lots of the s-word stuff. Stay cozy!

MELODY525
10-11-2008, 10:05 AM
SHAD...YES THE TOASTS WILL BE SITTING ON TOP OF THE FROZEN SOUP....MAKING IT EASY TO KNOW WHAT PART TO EAT! :hun: WISHING THE DS SOME GOOD LUCK ON THE HUNT. MAYBE HE WILL GET LUCKY. TELL HIM NOT TO PICK A COMPANY THAT'S GOING OUT OF BUSINESS BY THE END OF THE YEAR :faint: WISHING YOU A SAFE JOURNEY TO DAMPIER :hug: HOPE THIS JOB IS A HAPPY ONE!!

HAPPY~ I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE AILMENTS OF BOTH YOU AND DH :hug: IT IS A TOUGH TIME OF YEAR BOTH PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY. MOST OF THE PEOPLE I KNOW THAT ARE JUST READY TO RETIRE ARE WALKING AROUND STUNNED. THE CHEAP CURTAINS MAY BE CHEAPER BUT THE BETTER ONES WILL LAST LONGER. JEN AND I WERE JUST DISCUSSING STUFF LIKE THAT AS PRICES ARE CREEPING UP SO THAT STORES AND COMPANIES CAN HOLD ON LONGER. :cry: GOOD LUCK WITH THE CLASSES AND TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF. I KNOW YOU ARE LEARY ABOUT THE SHOT AND I CAN UNDERSTAND...BUT IT ONLY TOOK ME ONE SHOT IN EACH SIDE TO TAME THE BURSITIS AND THEN HOME TREATMENT HAS KEPT IT AWAY (MORE OR LESS) LET ME SAY IN MY CASE THE PAIN IS TOLERABLE NOW. :dance:

CEEJAY~ NOW THEY NEED TO GIVE YOU A PROMOTION AND A HEFTY RAiSE!! :cb: I HEARD THAT THE GOVT WAS A BIT AFRAID TO TAKE CONTROL OVER CREDIT CARD SPENDING BECAUSE SOME FAMILIES RIGHT NOW ARE OUT OF WORK AND USING THEM TO EAT WITH. SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS.

CARLA~ FUNNY YOU SHOULD TALK ABOUT ELK STEW. WILLY AND I WERE LOOKING AT BUFFALO MEAT. I FELT LIKE THE GREAT WHITE HUNTER SITTING IN FRONT OF ALL THAT FROZEN BISON!! :lol3: SORRY IT CAME OUT WRONG. MAYBE THEY SOAKED THE MEAT IN MILK TO "DE-GAME" IT. OREGANO CAN BE NASTY WITH CERTAIN MEATS OR IN CERTAIN COMBOS TOO. ANYWAY.....SORRY ABOUT THE YEARS YOU WILL HAVE TO MAKE UP. MAYBE YOU ARE RIGHT WITH JOBS CLOSER TO HOME...UNLESS THE MONEY IS SOOOO MUCH BETTER :dance: HOPE YOUR BEING HERE MEANS YOU ARE COMING OUT OF YOUR CAVE OF HIBERNATION:rollpin:

MICHELLE~ :cloud9: JUST REST THAT WEARY HEAD OF YOURS AND THINK GOOD HEALING THOUGHTS. HOPE THE DR GIVES YOU SOMETHING TO GET YOU BAKC UP ON YOUR FEET. STAY WARM AND REST, REST, REST!!!!:hug:

I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO REGROUP FROM THE LONG WEEK. YESTERDAY WAS A DAY OF **** AND I WON'T POST IT HERE. JUST GLAD IT'S ALL OVER. I RAN THE SPANISH MOVIE LAST NIGHT AND SOME ASKED ME TO STAY WITH THEM AND WATCH. I COULD SEE THEM DARTING GLANCES AT THE DOOR WAITING FOR THE "BIG WOMAN" TO COME IN AND GIVE A REP[EAT PERFORMANCE OF HER BIGOTRY....BUT THANK GOD IT DIDN'T HAPPEN CAUSE AFTER THIS CRAP WEEK I WAS MORE THAN READY TO ACCOMMODATE HER IN A SCREAMING MATCH.
IT IS WEEK 9 AND STILL NO CHAIR. HAD A TALK WITH THE INS DR AND HE IS STILL HOLDING IT RANSOM. LOTS OF WORDS, TEARS AND ANGUISH WENT ON FROM BOTH SIDES. WE ARE CIVIL TO EACH OTHER BUT I AM BARELY KEEPING ANY RESPECT I HAD FOR HIM IN THE BEGINNING. SO NOW HE IS IN THE PROCESS OF TRYING TO LOOK PAST HIS "RULE BOOK" MENTALITY AND CHECING INTO MY RECORDS IN THE ARCHIVE. IF ANYTHING CHANGES I WILL LET YOU KNOW. I AM PRETENDING RIGHT NOW THAT I DON'T EVEN HAVE THAT CHAIR ANY MORE. MAKES ME CALMER. :rofl: :rofl:
SOMETHING, MAYBE THE SHOT, IS GIVING ME THE RUNS SINCE THAT NIGHT. I DON'T THINK IT'S JUST THE STRESS OIF THE WEEK BUT IT COULD BE. BECAUSE "BAD" STUFF HAPPENED DURING A WORKING WEEK, I HAVE BEEN SWITCHING GEARS IN MY HEAD CONSTANTLY. MAYBE IT'S ALL COMING TO A HEAD. WILLY TRIED TO GIVE ME THE $40 FOR THE OTHER DAY'S SHOPPING TRIP. I TOLD HIM IT WOULDN'T BE MY" TREAT" THEN AND HE WOULD REALLY PISS ME OFF AND END MY WEEK ON AN EVEN WORSE NOTE:tantrum: EVERY DAY HE ASKS ME WHAT I HAD FOR DINNER AND IF IT WAS GOOD :rofl: I AM LOVING THE FOOD EVEN IF THE WEIGHT STAYS THE SAME. :hun:
WE HAVE A 2 DAY WEEKEND. GOD BLESS COLUMBUS AND I DON'T REALLY CARE IF HE WAS THE FIRST ONE HERE OR NOT!! :rofl: I AM GOING TO REST, REST, REST :beach:

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!! :moped:

Roseblush
10-11-2008, 11:53 AM
Good Morning Worldly Lovelies, Saturday yeah..... but reminds me of my last Saturday with my Little Girl..... Thank you all for your Thoughts I appreciate them. My kids sent me a beautiful bouquet and I received another one from a friend. So nice. Toby and I are doing fine. TOby is so intune with me and our little world. Wish I knew how to put some pics on here for you all to see.
Happy, Yes the S word is all around and the wind is sooo cold. Quite a shock from the sunny weather. But by next Tues. we should see better temps. The gardens took quite a hit so everyone is scrabbling to get things given away and put up. Hope you have a better weekend.
SHad, it is so amazing to me how crafty you are with your remodeling and hard work you put into your house. I wish I had even a small part of that energy and knowledge. WHere is your next job? I remember my friend David would really enjoy watching that car race.
Mel, I do hope you are feeling ok? Are you going to be busy in your building when the elections happen? Don't over do it. I hope the chairs are in repair enough to get you through the winter. My heart is concerned about services for my patients with needs for equipment in the present state of affairs.
DI, hope you get to feeling better. It seems like the cold germs and other conditions can develop into difficult things to combat and really can knock ya down for the count sometimes.....
Annie, so happy for you to be feeling a bit better. I hope the reunion is fun. So good when I get to be with my old friends and just laugh and enjoy each other. Good luck with the new guy...... relationships are challenging in the best of worlds!
Ceejay, keep your chin up sometimes staying motivated on this weight loss journey is difficult. But we are all here to help and just listen whenever you need it.
Ruth, how busy your weeks must be to keep you away from the worldy place. I don't know if you are getting any of this storm up in the neighboring lands? What has happened to our other Northerly gals who use to post so regularly??????? Stop and say HI.
I miss hearing from our ladies that are across the pond also>>>>>>
We can only control our days and give a smile or helping hand in kindness to those we know and to some people we don't know.... if the world was living and practicing life with more gratitude and less greed would we be swirling in this tidal wave????? So today I wish you all Peace and Love to you and your families......stay warm.
Thanks for being here!
Nae

happy2bme
10-11-2008, 12:34 PM
Good morning ladies,

Saturday at last. I think we need to rename our Optimism in October thread. Everytime we try to take a positive outlook things turn sucky. And like Forest Gump said "... and that's all I'm going to say about that."

Mel, what the heck are they holding your chair ransom for? Is this a repair? I know how it worries you so I guess just putting it out of your head for a while is better because the stress does you no good. I hope they come to their senses soon :hug: Glad you are enjoying the TJ food - no soy there. Enjoy your weekend. Columbus Day already? I haven't celebrated that since we got the day off in grammar school :lol:

To all of us worrying about our pensions and savings. I guess we just have to hang tight. This is the 2nd time that we took a major, major hit - of no fault on our part. I am so angry at our government right now. But this is the fallout of all those years of big business greed. I think it's time for looking after us little guys who support this country. DH wanted to retire in less than 2 years. I know that's not happening now, even if we were to sell everything and move upstairs to the tiny flat at my mom's house. :lol: It appears that my old house in Chicago is about to go to foreclosure. A very young couple bought it and I never could figure out how they could have afforded it - the house itself was quite modest but prices were high because it was in a good area with great schools. Even with all the turmoil in real estate, that area has held their prices strong. I see alot of houses for sale - both there and here. We occasionally go to these financial seminars where you get a free dinner and hear someone speak. DH and I joke that the free dinners are part of our supplemental retirement plan but seriously we go mostly because you never know when someone will say something that sparks a "hey, that's a great idea" concept. So far after about 8 it's a bust but we keep trying :D One guy was talking about all the "cash" that is tied up in the equity in your house doing nothing for you. DH and I talked that one through a few times, figured if you took out an equity loan, you'd have to make more on the investment than it would cost for the interest on the loan and in the shaky financials, that wasn't a good idea. Plus we are both old fashioned in that you DON'T gamble your house away. In today's unstable world of shaky financials, we are glad we have a tiny mortgage and enough funds on the side to quickly pay it off if something were to happen to either of our jobs. Both cars are paid off too for the first time in our married lives. We can weather a temporary setback but long term retirement is even longer now. :cry:

Shad, that's for the pep talk. :hug: You have HAPPY fish in your bathroom? That I need to see :lol: I'm sure your house is looking quite pretty these days. You certainly have put alot of work into it. I hope things work out positively for DS2. Did you get everything done on your ambitious to do list?

I too once worked for the government (coordinating the 2000 census) for 5 months. I agree that you have to have a certain insane mindset to work with them. But most have a great pension if you can stick it out.

Michelle and Shy - hope you both are on the mend. This is a tough time to get sick - before the frost hits - it hangs on forever. Rest up and get your fluids. Chicken soup for both of you. Don't worry about the exercise for now until you are able to breathe. Sending :hug: and virtual chicken soup!

Carla, glad to hear that you got to a spin class. I think we all fall off the wagon but are here to help each other back on. I have been off my game for the last 3 weeks and I'm feeling it. Back to the gym on Monday for sure (tho getting up in the dark AND THE COLD chill of fall mornings is getting harder :o ). This week there were 2 days in a row where I got minimal vegetables and no fruit. I had 2 tiny snack size Snickers candy bars from the community jar at work which started my downfall. Cleaned that all up yesterday. So I understand where you are coming from. As for the elk stew, I have had that happen too. Our grocery store has started cooking sample foods with recipe cards. For a local grocery store they use some off the wall, fairly expensive ingredients like a lemon wine finishing sauce :snooty: 3 separate times I tasted things in the store - they were wonderful - bought the ingredients and it was :barf: Seems like such a waste of money. I wondered how they suckered us in. Your story made me feel like I was not the only one tho I'm sorry you wasted food too.

Ceejay - I think they are afraid to put a freeze on credit cards. I heard that they think some people who are out of work are using them to supplement their lack of income which is goofy because if they are doing that, they surely don't have money to pay the bills. I think we live in a society where a good part of the population says :dunno: I'll just walk away or claim bankruptcy - no big deal. And not to demean them any but there are a few who are also so worried about keeping a roof on their heads and food in their bellies. I think the economy will take another dive in January as I hear alot of folks (myself included) who are greatly reducing holiday spending this year. I didn't get Christmas cards out in time last year but several people at the office said they plain aren't going to send them this year. At almost 1 dollar per card including postage, it's getting kind of pricey. And if people aren't shopping it hurts the economy, the retail stores, the manufacturers who make the goods and the companies like mine that make the bags and boxes the goods go into as well as the packaging like coffee cups and sandwich wraps at the fast food joints :mcd: . When you think about it, it's really a ripple in a pond with far reaching consequences.

I'd better go before I get philosophical.

Carla -just in case I get a dumb moment :bday2you: Happy early birthday for Monday.

:wave: to Rose, Ruth, Patty.

Have some fun with Tony at Walmart Annie - try on winter hats - always good for a laugh :rofl:

Shad
10-11-2008, 04:55 PM
Morning all,
Another damp day out there, not much will get done outside unfortunately, but the DS2 has assured me that he will get around to the lawns and the weeds in it while I am away. Ummm yes well okay maybe. He has a new lady friend, it may not happen. Oh yes and on the subject of DS2 - he gets work offered to him. He has never yet had to create or submit a resume. This new one he is thinking about is a construction company and he will have to undergo some crane training (for which he will have to pay) but the wages are better, the hours are stable and the company appears to have several years of projects in front of them working on government projects - roads mostly. It's his decision and all I can do is to point out things he may not have thought about. I would prefer him to do a trades course and learn a trade but although he talks about it, he's obviously not ready for that yet.

Mel - enjoy your weekend off. I'm still trying to work out why a doctor would veto maintenance on a wheelchair. I thought medicos were supposed to be on your side? Glad the movies went off all right for you and no viking virago to upset the evening. Hope Jen and Richie are doing okay now.
Hope the runs have eased for you, they might kick start the weight loss again.

Rose - good to have you back and posting again. It will seem strange for a while not having your wee girl around. She was your friend for a very long time. Yes you are right, it is time to go back to the basics, love thy neighbour and share the blessings. And it will probably be better to be living in the country or semi rural areas than in in the cities as long as there is a way to earn a basic living. But enough of the doom and gloom. We have it, we have to learn to live with it and get through it. Maybe we will all be a lot wiser at the end of it.

Happy - the saying that there is no such thing as a free lunch is still true. For your lunch you have to sit through boredom to get the few and far between tips which all basically come down to save, don't spend on trivia, pay off your debt, live frugally. Apart from the fact that you should spend on the man's books, discs, extraneous paraphenalia. Been there, done that too. Little of it makes sense to me.
For all of the doom and gloom, there are some bright shiny patches, although they are sometimes hard to see. We need to keep as much optimism alive as possible and reinvent ways of enjoying ourselves. Count your blessings as they come.

So for me, I need to finish packing and tidying up around the yard. I'll be onto that shortly although I can't make a noise before 7am, so the packing will come first. Then a bit of a clean up in the house, make the bed and finish the ironing. After that, whatever I can fit in before I pick up the DB2 at 11.00am. The next time I post, I will be in Perth, unless someone comes up with something I have to comment on. cya

MELODY525
10-12-2008, 08:34 AM
NAE~ WHEN ALL THIS BEGAN WITH THE CHAIR REPAIR I WAS THINKING OF PATIENTS NEEDING OTHER SERVICES. A LOT OF MEDICARE AND MEDICAID DOCTORS ARE GOING TO BE HARD PRESSED TO FOLLOW THE BOOK. VERY SAD. I AM GLAD YOU AND TOBY HAVE EACH OTHER :hug: HOW NICE OF THE KIDS TO SEND THE BOUQUET.

HAPPY~ LOVE THE AVATAR!!! :rofl: :rofl: I CRACKED UP WHEN THE PAGE LOADED. NOW I MUST GO AND FIND SOMETHING HALLOWEENIE! :ghost: I WAS GOING TO ASK YESTERDAY AND FORGOT...HOW IS MR FERAL CAT? OUR STORES HERE NEVER HAVE THE SAMPLES ANYMORE...WONDER WHERE THEY WENT TO?? HOW IS THE HIP COMING ALONG?:hug:

SHAD~ HAVE A SAFE AN PLEASANT TRIP! AS FOR DS2 AT LEAST THE GOVT ALWAYS SEEMS TO HAVE WORK TO DO. HOPE WHICHEVER DECISION HE MAKES WORKS OUT WELL. WONDER HOW LONG THE LAWN WILL GET NOW WITH THE NEW LADY FRIEND? :rofl: :rofl:

IT IS THE MEDICAID INSURANCE DOCTOR THAT IS SAYING NO TO THE REPAIRS DUE TO THE FACT THEY ONLY WANT ME TO HAVE ONE CHAIR AND THUS ONLY ONE TO REPAIR. THAT IS THE STANDARD RULE. MANY YEARS AGO ONE OF THEIR DOCTORS SAID I COULD HAVE TWO AND THEY WOULD FIX WHATEVER CHAIRS THEY ORIGINALLY PAID FOR. NOW ALL THISE DRS HAVE RETIRED AND PASSED AWAY IN THE LAST ALMOST 20 YEARS AND THAT IS MY PROBLEM. STILL WAITING TO HEAR FROM ANYONE AT THIS POINT.:cry:
GREAT WEATHER YESTERDAY AND I WENT OUT BACK. I FOUND AN OLD BIRTHDAY PLANT THAT WAS GIVEN TO ME JUST BLOOMING AWAY.... A RUST COLORED MUM...AND LOOKING JUST DELIGHTFUL. IT WASN'T LOOKING WELL OVER THE SUMMER SO I WAS SURPRISED TO SEE THAT ALMOST OVERNIGHT IT'S LOOKING SO FULL :flow2:
JEN AND RICHIE ARE STAYING AT DAD'S. HE IS IN FLORIDA SEEING ANOTHER DR. THERE HAVE BEEN NO CALLS FOR HIS RESUMES AS YET. HE PUT SEVERAL MORE IN THIS PAST WEEK. HIS BOSS IS STILL HOPEFUL THAT MONEY WILL TRICKLE DOWN TO HIS COMPANY. :dunno:
I AM BUSY STRAIGHTENING THE APT AND TAKING MY TIME DOING IT TOO. :beach: NOTHING NEW TO REPORT.
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY :moped:

happy2bme
10-12-2008, 12:26 PM
Hi kids,

Mel I like your avatar too but I like your caption much better :rofl: It's a shame that they don't understand with the chairs. It's like saying you can only use your legs for 8 hours a day. At first I didn't understand why you needed that many chairs myself but when you explained the battery is only good for a part of the day and without the chairs you are literally stuck in one place, it made alot of sense. Are they in need of so many repairs because they are older (like us with kinky parts)? It is a shame how we have to fight so hard to get basic healthcare. :censored: insurance companies. I blame them. Just look at the expansive campuses of any insurance company's headquarters and you can see the money that comes into them is NOT being paid out in insurance claims to you. :no: I hope Ritchie gets some work soon too. :crossed:

Shad - I know here that construction pay can be good and better than most jobs BUT it can also be very seasonal and iffy. I think many are drawn to it because they can naturally or with just a bit of training, do the job. With a trademan he would have to go through an apprenticeship and most people don't like that. I think too that age will also at some point start to count against him even tho he is quite young. But as you say, they have to decide for themselves. I have often said if I had teenagers today, I'm not sure how I would counsel them to make a living in this new world here. Of course, no one "guided" me in high school. I sort of stumbled into my career. Can't do that nowadays.

DH is going out to do some repairs to the main entrance to our subdivision. They cut down some mangy trees and in grinding the stumps, cut the lines for the sprinklers and power. We have very little money as a subdivision and our annual dues letters have not been sent out yet so we are quite poor at the moment. Lucky for us DH is quite skilled with electrical things and will do the work for just the cost of materials. One lady does landscaping and donated her services to redesign the front entrance. It looks very pretty. Everything in there had become crowded and overgrown and now it's laid out open and trimmed nicely. What a difference!

As for Mr. Feral, he is still coming around. As the mornings get cooler, we are more prone to finding him sleeping in his cat bed on the porch. We have another homeless cat whom we call Curly because he is missing his tail and has just a stub of a curl at the end. Curly is a feline vacumn cleaner who eats everything in sight. Our cat Boo tolerates Curly but is afraid of Mr. Feral. We find now that when we feed Mr. Feral in the morning that Curly comes running out of the bushes for his breakfast. Mr. Feral is not fond of sharing his food, porch or humans with this "kid" so we have to keep an eye out for potential cat fights. But all in all, we are doing well.

I have used some Watkins warming creme on my hip and that seems to be helping. Tomorrow I go for physical therapy. Let's see how they will torture me :lol:

Lots to do today - cleaning, laundry, shopping and I wanted to decorate the house a bit for Halloween. Better get on with it.

Have a good Sunday ladies.

MELODY525
10-12-2008, 08:31 PM
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CARLA ALL THE BEST BIRTHDAY WISHES ARE BEING SENT YOUR WAY. HOPE THE DAY IS A SPECIAL ONE FOR YOU!!

Shad
10-12-2008, 11:06 PM
Morena
Made it to Perth. Not feeling well. Seem to have picked up a bug or two. Headaches, muscle ache, back ache, legs ache. And I feel cold all the time. We will have to see what gives in the coming days. At least Dampier tomorrow will be warmer.

Can't stop. See you all. Carla happy birthday. Will try to get in tonight to give better greetings.

ceejay52
10-12-2008, 11:26 PM
Carla
Happy Birthday.

Mel
Hope things work out with the wheel chairs.

Happy
Hope the physical therapist isn't to rough. My cousin's wife had a rotator cuff repair and is going through physical therapy. She said he was rough Friday.
I told my aunt today that I'd been through a recession but not a depression.
It's really scarey right now. I'm not spending much on Christmas this year myself.

Nae
Good to see you again. I'm not ready for the s word.

There's not much going on. I did have a couple of nsv's this week end. My uncle asked me how much weight had I lost? I also bought a size 20w dress jacket. I thought it felt to big so I asked my aunt's opinion. Yes it swallowed me. A 16w fit perfectly. The skirt that I bought and wore to my nephew's wedding this spring was also to big.

I need to finish getting ready for tomorrow.

MELODY525
10-13-2008, 08:42 AM
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO OUR NORTHERN CHICKLETTES!
HOPE THE DAY IS WONDERFUL AND FULL OF DELIGHTS!


SHAD~ :hug: HOPE YOU WILL BE FEELING BETTER SOON. SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE TRAVELING BUGS. SAFE TRIP TO DAMPIER!

HAPPY~ HOW NICE OF DH TO BE DOING THIS FOR EVERYONE. GOOD THING HE IS A HANDY REPAIRMAN! A REAL ASSET TO THE COMMUNITY. GOOD NEWS OF MR FERAL. I WAS CURIOUS. HE IS STILL THE KING. JUNIOR BETTER WATCH HIS STEP. THE REPAIRS TO MY CHIARS ARE NORMAL. THEY GO IN ABOUT EVERY 4-5 YEARS AND I TAKE GOOD CARE OF THEM. BUT FOR OTHERS...THERE IS BIG MONEY IN WHEELCHAIR REPAIRS AND RIPPING OFF THE GOVT. :faint:

CEEJAY~ :encore: WAY TO GO ON THE NSV'S!!!! CONGRATULATIONS. FEELS GOOD WHEN PEOPLE NOTICE!!

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:gift: HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRIS!!! :hb:

:cofdate: GOOD MORNING CHICKS. HAPPY COLUMBUS DAY! HOPE EVERYONE HAS A GREAT DAY WITH ALL THE CELEBRATING. DON'T GET CARRIED AWAY THOUGH. I HAVE SOME CLEANING TO DO AND NOTES FOR THE OFFICE TO MAKE FOR TOMORROW. BETTER GET ON WITH IT. NOTHING ELSE GOING ON. BEEN VERY QUIET.
SO HAPPY MONDAY ALL :moped:

diyana
10-13-2008, 10:42 AM
Good morning ladies --

Happy Birthday Carla!

I went to the doc on Friday. I've got bronchitis. He put me on antibiotics and told me to use my inhaler 4x a day. Friday night and Saturday morning, I was struggling to breathe because my chest was so tight, so Saturday morning, DH drove me to the walk in clinic, where I got a breathing treatment and the doc added Prednisone to my list of meds for this nasty bronchitis. After spending an absolutely gorgeous weather weekend INSIDE SLEEPING :tantrum: , I'm feeling about 30-40% better today. I'm at work and wishing I were home sleeping, but I'll last as long as I can.

I'll read all your weekend events and post more later. I've got to get back to work.

Love and hugs,

Madcat
10-13-2008, 11:12 AM
I hear and share everyone’s pain on the market meltdown. I’ve lost 25% per cent of my retirement savings, but I have to keep reminding myself that that is just based on the current market value and that a market that goes down will (hopefully) also go back up at some point. Luckily I am still almost 20 years away from retirement (baring lottery wins), so I hopefully have a bit of time. I’ve been through this once before in the early 90s during the dot.com fury and it did recover eventually.

It just sickens me that we are brought to this through the greed of a few. The people who will be most hurt are the ones who trusted that there were laws and regulations in place to prevent this very thing. Makes me hope that somebody’s head is going to roll, but if I had any money left I wouldn’t place a large bet on it. On the up side I’ve spent the last 4 years working in industry (mostly banking), documenting processes that support government regulation, so I probably will have work for a few more years. The Canadian banking industry is fully capitalized and there is little chance of me losing my job, I hope. I don’t know what we would do at that point. Luckily, we have very little debt, and a very little bit of a savings cushion… scary thought, though. Ok, I can stop ranting now.

Happy Birthday ~ Carla!!!

Mel~ And happy Columbus Day to you in return. Hope your day stays nice and quiet. One of the best things of fall is the glorious mums.

Ceejay~ Congrats on the NSV. That’s terrific!

Shad~ Hope you feel better! Sounds a bit flu-like. Nothing worse that trying to travel while not feeling well. Darn planes are just big tubes of germs.

Happy~ Good luck with the phys. therapy. I am glad to hear that the lovely Mr Feral is still claiming his kingdom.

Nae~ So sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet pet.

Annie~ Keep plugging away at that job search. I send good employment vibes your way!

:wave: to all the other chicks!

Ok, I have to wander off. We are off to my Mom’s place for Thanksgiving this afternoon. It looks as if it will be a beautiful drive with the trees in full colour change. Maybe I’ll have to take a few pictures.

Madcat
10-13-2008, 11:14 AM
Hey Michelle you snuck in while I was typing! If you slept than you probably needed to, but I hope you feel better. Have to tried steam? That might help.

MELODY525
10-13-2008, 03:40 PM
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Chicken with Bulgur Pilaf



1 tablespoon olive oil
4 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Kosher salt and pepper
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 cups medium-grain bulgur
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 bunch spinach, thick stems removed and coarsely chopped
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook until golden, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.

Add the broth, bulgur, garlic, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to the skillet and bring to a boil.

Nestle the chicken in the bulgur, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until the bulgur is tender and the chicken is cooked through, 15 to 17 minutes.

Transfer the chicken to plates. Add the spinach and basil to the bulgur, stir until slightly wilted, and serve.


Yield: Makes 4 servings

NUTRITION PER SERVING
CALORIES 259; FAT 8g (sat 2g); CHOLESTEROL 98mg; CARBOHYDRATE 6g; SODIUM 855mg; PROTEIN 40g; FIBER 2g; SUGAR 1g

Katherine Greenwald
Real Simple, SEPTEMBER 2008

MELODY525
10-13-2008, 03:50 PM
MICHELLE...I HOPE THE MEDS WORK FAST. DO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND KEEP SICK PEOPLE AWAY FROM YOU TILL YOU ARE MUCHO BETTER!! :hug: JUST REST:beach:
AND I LOVE YOUR NEW AVATAR AND FORGOT TO TELL YOU. SHE IS SO CUTE.

MADCAT....LOVE THE AVATAR! :lol3: SORRY ABOUT YOUR LOSS ALSO :hug: WILLY WAS JUST TELLING ME THE SAME THING. HE IS TRYING NOT TO WORRY ALONG WITH HIS WIFE TILL THEY SEE IF THERE IS LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL. HOPEFULLY THE LOSS WILL DECREASE. SOME OF OUR BANKS ARE BEING BOUGHT BY YOURS...MAYBE NOW THEY WILL BE REGULATED AND RUN RIGHT :dance:

I HAVE TO ADMIT...I DID TAKE A FEW HUNDRED OUT JUST IN CASE MY BANK WENT DOWN. THEY HAD SAID THERE MIGHT BE A STOP PUT ON ALL DEBIT CARDS AND I WOULD HAVE BEEN PENNILESS THEN FOR FOOD. THANK GOD THE BANKS ARE NEGOTIATING AND SO FAR SO GOOD.
LOVELY FALL DAY BUT NOT MUCH SUN. WENT OUT FOR A SHORT RIDE AND CAME HOME FULL OF ENERGY TO CLEAN.
NOW BACK TO THE BEDROOM FOR THE FINISHING TOUCHES. HAVE A GREAT AFTERNOON :scooter:
HAPPY....I MEANT TO SAY I THINK I HAVE ENOUGH OPTIMISM FOR ALL OF US TO GET THRU OCTOBER :hug:

ceejay52
10-13-2008, 06:24 PM
Love all the new avatar's.

Michelle
Why are you at work when you are sick?

Mel
When I deposited my pay check I kept out more cash than usual. I just don't trust the economy right now.

Happy
How are you today?

2.5 hours till I get to go home. I'm ready.

happy2bme
10-14-2008, 12:22 AM
Geez I am a bad person...


First of all, Happy, Happy, Birthday Carla - I sure do hope you had a great day :encore: :congrat:

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happy2bme
10-14-2008, 12:24 AM
And then there is a Happy Thanksgiving to our friends up north. Even in these rocky times I hope you all have something to be grateful for.

:happ3:

happy2bme
10-14-2008, 12:35 AM
I swear I don't know where the day went to today.

I went to physical therapy today. It wasn't bad mostly because they just did the evaluation, gave me some exercises and did an ultrasound treatment. It annoyed the bursitis and bothered me a bit more than usual but that's to be expected. I will see 2 therapists on Mondays and Thursdays. The girl I saw today was great. And the day has just flown from there.

Ceejay and Mel - I'm not sure there will be a run on the banks outside of panic but for emergency planning it's good to keep a bit of cash on hand anyway. I have to stop hitting into my :stash: :lol:

How great to fit into much smaller sizes Ceejay - that is a great NSV!!!! :congrat:

I do love the new avatars people have!

Shad and Michelle - I hope you both are feeling better. Do you really have to be at work Michelle? I know Shad does. Take good care of yourself because no one else will cut you any slack. This is the time of year when colds linger on forever too. So rest up (as much as you can).

Madcat, it's great to hear from you again. Hope you enjoyed your Thankgiving dinner.

I hate to cut this short but I'm really tired and I have to clean up the kitchen and do my therapy exercises before I can fall into bed so good night all.

Shad
10-14-2008, 03:10 AM
Afternoon all,
still feeling dreadful. I have gastro! Something that I ate or drunk was off. Since I wasn't vomiting at all, the doc thought it must be something from the day before or even before that. Whatever the system is thoroughly out of sorts and life is not pretty. I can't stop burping and spend a huge amount of time on the loo. There can not be too much left inside.

Consequently I'm not eating much - no appetite either and just swallowing a bit of soup or a bit of muesli here and there to keep the body ticking over, although I have to say yesterday was a time when I sort of gave up and waited for death to take over - hence the doctor. Must be getting old, ol' cast iron guts got caught.

And now I have just heard that my plane is delayed. Oh wonderful :cry:

Anyway, I'm back at the airport and ready to go to Karratha and on to Dampier. I will probably sleep most of the way since I can't seem to stay awake for long. The powers that be still don't have my login and password ready. Only taken 6 weeks so far.

Sorrry I don't feel up to making personal comments. I just want to curl up - preferably on a comfy loo and wait until this too shall pass.

Ruthxxx
10-14-2008, 08:07 AM
Aw, SHad, so sorry you are so sick. I would love to quilt a comfy loof for you.

Survived the feeding frenzy of Thanksgiving Weekend but faced the scale in complete shock this morning as I am just a smidgen from the dreaded 200! I really don't know why I was surprised because TD weekend was a bad food time with company cooking and extras. I pitched most of the bad stuff yesterday.

Sorry I never have time for personals but I do read and send good thoughts to those with work, health or financial woes.

And happy birthday, Carla. One of these days we will "do lunch".

MELODY525
10-14-2008, 08:47 AM
HAPPY~ I AM GLAD YOU LIKED THE THERAPIST AND HOPE THE NEXT 2 VISITS GO JUST AS WELL. :hug: THIS WEEKEND DID FLY BY! WE BOTH MUST HAVE GOTTEN CAUGHT IN A SPEEDY TIME WARP! BEAM US UP SCOTTY!!!

SHAD~ HOPE THE ALL THE GASTRO PARTS FEEL BETTER IN A HURRY! DON'T EAT DAIRY! HAVE OATMEAL AND RICE.
SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS :hug:

RUTH~ :wave: SAYING HELLO BACK AND GOOD FOR YOU TOSSING OUT ALL THE BADDIES!

CEEJAY~ HAVE YOU FINALIZED YOUR HOLIDAY PLANS YET? JUST CHECKING UP ON YOU :rofl:

TODAY IS RICHIE'S BIRTHDAY :gift: SO WE WILL HAVE A TRADER JOE'S DINNER AND CELEBRATE TOGETHER. :hb: NO ONE WANTS CAKE SO THAT'S A GOOD THING. NOTHING ON THE AGENDA FOR TODAY OTHER THAN BILLS AND LAUNDRY. SOUND EXCITING HUH? :rofl:
HAPPY TUESDAY :moped:

happy2bme
10-14-2008, 09:26 AM
:hb: Ritchie. Hope Mel makes you a yummy dinner :T Hey Mel, if we were both in a time warp we must have been in those "parallel universes" they talk about.

Cripes Shad, I didn't realize you were still travelling. That is even more awful that you are that out of sorts AND you have to be sitting in airports and airplanes. Sending you some ginger ale to settle the stomach. Hope you can get some rest. :hug:

Glad you have a nice TD Ruth. I think we all have a tolerance number on the scale that says I'm about to glue my lips shut :lol:

I had a bad night. Couldn't fall asleep for the longest time and I woke up several times. Everything in my body hurts from head to toe. I hope I didn't pick up Shad or Michelle's bug. Maybe a warm shower will help work out the kinks.

Gotta be on my way. Will try and get back at lunch time. Hang in there ladies...

MELODY525
10-14-2008, 02:26 PM
http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/pub/everyday_food/2006Q4/med102552_1206_shrimp_l.jpg

Sauteed Cajun Shrimp

Ingredients
Serves 4
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 can (14.5 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup long-grain white rice
Coarse salt and ground pepper
2 red bell peppers (ribs and seeds removed), sliced lengthwise into thin strips
8 ounces precooked andouille or kielbasa sausage, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
1 pound frozen large shrimp, thawed, peeled, and deveined

Directions
In a medium saucepan with a lid, heat 1/2 tablespoon oil over medium. Add onion; cook until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add broth, and bring to a boil. Add rice; season with salt and pepper. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until rice is tender, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, heat remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil over medium. Add bell peppers and cook until crisp-tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Add sausage and shrimp; cook until shrimp is opaque, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Divide rice among four bowls; top with shrimp mixture, and drizzle with any pan juices. Serve.

diyana
10-14-2008, 03:35 PM
Happy Tuesday ladies --

First off, I've got to say I love all the Halloween avatars!! Well done, ladies! I'm still sick, still at work, so what else is new. I went home last night, ate supper and was in bed by 5:30. I woke up at 5:45 today to do it all over again. I'm feeling just a slight bit better than yesterday. Still coughing, still exhausted. I had some important stuff to get out this morning, which is why I came in. And I carpooled, so I'm here for the rest of the day. If I still feel like this tomorrow, I might take a day of rest. I'm beat. :faint: :tired: :yawn: The Prednisone is making me starving all the time. And I'm also dizzy/light headed. :dizzy: No fun at all.

I'm going to try and catch up with everyone today. Happy Belated Birthday to Carla! Happy Belated Thanksgiving to our northern neighbors.

Rennie - How are you feeling? Did I catch this bronchial infection from you, young lady? :rollpin: :lol: Seriously, I hope you are doing better, and I hope my bronchitis doesn't become pneumonia. One thing's for sure...I sure ain't cleaning my house when I'm feeling this yucky. :lol: Healing hugs to you, Rennie. :hug:

Shad - I'm so sorry you're not feeling well on your travels. That's got to be awful to have gastro while traveling. Yuck. Hang in there. :hug: So sorry to hear about DS2's job hours/wages being cut. I hope that his situation improves. It sounds like the crane opportunity might be a good move for now. I liked what you said last weekend that for all the doom and gloom, we need to keep optimism alive and count our blessings - overall good health and good friendships among them.

Mel - I hope your wheelchair saga gets worked out soon, and in your favor. I love the look of mums in the autumn, especially the rust colored ones. Gorgeous! Happy B'Day to Ritchie. I hope he gets work soon. Thanks for the chicken and Bulgur Pilaf recipe. Looks yummy.

Happy - I'm glad you're doing so well with your blood sugar! Congratulations! It is a stressful financial time for everyone. Our retirement has taken a hit. I figure I'll be working 'till I'm close to 70 anyway. What's another 24 years when I'm having this much fun, right? :lol: I'm so sorry to hear that both you and DH are in such pain, between your hip and his feet and back. I hope the pain eases up quickly for both of you. I totally understand what you're saying about retailers will probably struggle this Christmas...I haven't heard anything at work...but of course, I'm hoping that at least my company has a good holiday season. Maybe we'll offer great sales and offers so people can afford to buy a little. I'm not sure what I'm gonna do about holiday shopping this year. There are people we will buy a little for, but it will be much less than normal. It's so nice that your DH is able to make repairs for the subdivision! I'm so glad that Mr. Feral is doign well. Curly sounds like an adorable "kid". If you finished decorating your house for Halloween, can you come and do mine? I wanted to decorate my house and yard in September, but I thought it was too early. And I've spent most of the month so far being sick...aarrgh. At least I got my Halloween flag out front. DH said he'd put up our inflatable witch, but now he's getting sick again. :faint: I'm glad your PT went okay. Sorry that the ultrasound annoyed the bursitis. Hopefully, the PT will start helping very soon. I am resting a lot....going to bed by 6 pm and trying to be asleep by 7 or 8.

Nae - Hang in there. I know you'll miss your little girl for a long time, but you've got wonderful loving memories to help ease the pain. As for the "S" word, please don't mention that. I don't even want to think about it.

Ceejay - Congrats on the awesome NSV's! I'm so happy for you! I've had to go to work while sick because of various projects that I'm working on that need daily tending.

Annie - I hope things are going well with the job search and with Mr. Tony.

Carla - A few days ago, you said you were wishing that the endorphins from a spin class lasted until the next morning. Just try and go a few nights a week...you'll be amazed how long the endorphins last! At least endorphins are natural mood lifters and can help us all through these trying financial times. I sure do miss endorphins. I haven't been to the gym in two weeks. I haven't been the exercise goddess lately. :sad:

Ruth - Thanks for your good thoughts for all of us. Don't worry about the TD scale numbers....they will come down, now that you're getting back on track and have "pitched the bad stuff".

Madcat - I, too, am a long way away from retirement (barring lottery wins). DH and I lost a lot, including our jobs, in the dot.com crash...but we got through it and we'll get through this too...keeping our jobs hopefully. I'm glad to hear you've got job security and little debt. I think I have job security, more or less, but DH and I have lots of debt. Again, I'm staying optimistic that we ALL will get through this. I have tried steam, but that hasn't helped much unfortunately. I'm taking Maximum Strength Mucinex DM and that's keeping me coughing and trying to clear me out.

My gosh, I think I'm finally caught up. Hopefully I'll be able to check in with you all tomorrow so I can stay caught up with you busy chicks.

:hug: and :angel: to all of us with work, health, and financial stress!

Love and hugs,

ceejay52
10-14-2008, 05:08 PM
Mel
Tell Ritchie to have a good birthday.

Just popping into say hello. It's a quiet day at work and hope that it stays that way. I don't have enough of them.

annie175
10-14-2008, 10:18 PM
Good Evening My Friends...

Lets see....Get well wishes to all those whom are sickie or ailing.....God bless you with great health.

MEL...use him for sex...you are a hoot girl...who is using whom?

To all of the good vibe employment wishers..thank you ever so much...

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving, I think I missed that too!

Employment...Still looking had yet another phone interview this morning, it was grand and is being forwarded to the VP/CEO to see if he wants to interview me. Say some prayers and light some candles.

Carla...Sorry I missed your Birthday but do hope it was a great one indeed.

On the Tony story...he is still being a great guy to hang with. He came over for dinner tonight and we are going out Friday night to dinner and a movie. Probably see the Brad Pitt..Burning something or other movie. I forget the name but want to see it.

The Reunion was simply a blast. OMG so much fun. No one even recognized me. They had to look at my picture on my name tag. I have blonde hair instead of brown in high school, and am about 25 lbs lighter than HS too. I was the talk of the ball and several dudes bought me drinks. I don't care what you say, skinny people get treated better than heavy ones, and that pisses me off to no end. I seriously wanted to smack some of the guys that paid attention to me at the reunion and didn't give me the time of day in HS. I can't tell you how much that honks me off. Dang it anyways.

Little Miss Bella is LOVING I am home every day with her. She is attached to me like fly on poop. I did get her a bath finally and trimmed some of her scraggly hair. She only bit me once. The little turd.

Cut my grass, planted a small tree that I grew from seed, and repotted a plant today. Tomorrow I am going to a job fair for the State of Indiana. I know the state does not pay all that well, but it is worth a shot and I feel like I am at least working at getting a job. I have applied for about all that is on line on the net job sites for the moment, so this job fair is the next action.

Also had the period from H*LL over the weekend. Wore two pads and a tampon and still leaked out on the sheets. Two nights in a row. Had to wash sheets twice in two days. Sheesh.

Better get to bed, didn't sleep well last night. Had night sweats. Bleck. I am kind of tired from being up and down all night last night.

Everyone have sweet dreams tonight and a wonderful day tomorrow.

Much love and hugs,

MELODY525
10-15-2008, 08:30 AM
A MESSAGE FROM SHADDIE....SHE HAS BEEN LOCKED OUT AT THE NEW JOB BUT I AM SURE SHE WILL FIND A WAY BACK IN :rofl: ----

wouldn't want you to forget me, I'm having problems getting onto the site. The connection I am using is turning you all red again. Funnily enough I didn't have the same problem in Perth!!! Go figure.

Still sick. Can only hope that some good will come out of this and I will lose some weight. But at least I am only rushing to the loo for one end now instead of two and trying to debate which comes first. Wouldn't wish this on anyone even my worst enemy.

Dampier is quite pretty -nice beaches - no crocs this far south apparently but there are bloody annoying flies and heat. Got to 44 yesterday. Bummer was that I was flying up to Karratha and they upgraded me to business class instead of cattle class but..... I couldn't touch the champagne or the lovely chicken dinner. I slept through most of the flight - the lovely steward gave me gastrolyte to drink and a blanket to keep me warm and he tucked me in. Such is life when you are old an sick.

Blessings to all - hope you are all feeling 10% better than me!

MELODY525
10-15-2008, 08:48 AM
GOOD MORNING CHICKLETTES. WENT DOWN BEFORE 6:30 TO DELIVER SOME BOSS'S DAY CARDS AND ALREADY GOT COMPLAINTS. WILL NO ONE EVER SEE THE MAINTENANCE STAFF IS INEPT??:tantrum: GOD I AM REALLY SICK OF LIVING HERE. :cry: I'M GONNA MOVE TO A WARMER CLIMATE AND BE RID OF ALL THESE LAZY SODS!:scooter:
THANKS FOR THE HB WISHES FOR RICHIE. I WILL PASS THEM ON WHEN THEY CALL. LAST NIGHT WE HAD ITALIAN AND SPANISH FOOD....I SHOULD SAY LATE AFTERNOON. WE WERE ALL STARVING SO WE ATE EARLY. LIVING A BORING LIFE THIS WEEK SO NOTHING NEW TO REPORT! :beach:
HAPPY WEDNESDAY!! :moped:

HAPPY~ I HAD A SIMILAR NIGHT. JUST COULD NOT STAY ASLEEP AND THE FALLING BACK TO SLEEP WAS EVEN HARDER . HOPE YOU DID BETTER LAST NIGHT LIKE I DID :hug:

MICHELLE~ FORGET ABOUT CATCHING UP AND SPEND THE TIME RESTING AND GETTING WELL. CHEST "THINGS" NEED TO BE WELL TAKEN CARE OF SO MBE GOOD TO YOURSELF :hug:

CEEJAY~ WISHING US BOTH MANY QUIET DAYS IN THE FUTURE!!! :dance:

ANNIE~ HOPE THE INDIANA RED FLOOD IS GONE NOW OR AT LEAST SLOWING DOWN!!! YOU'RE GONNA LOVE MENOPAUSE WHEN IT COMES!! :dance: GOOD LUCK AT THE FAIR....WORKING FOR THE GOVT RIGHT NOW MIGHT NOT BE SUCH A BAD IDEA. YOU CAN ALWAYS LEAVE! LOL
HAVE FUN WITH TONY AND THE MOVIE. GLAD YOU ARE KEEPING BUSY. STAY HAPPY!!

Roseblush
10-15-2008, 09:32 AM
Good Morning Everyone, It is a beautiful morn here with the full moon streaming into my house from all the windows. The deer are or at least the does are hanging around the house alot. Hunting season is open til the 24th.
It just seems like this fall with just have to hunker down with what we have be appreciative of all our friends and family. The world around seems to be going sort of crazy at the moment.
Toby and I are doing pretty good I swear sometimes when I come home I seems like he has been crying????? But he ususally goes to work with me in the afternoon when it is a bit warmer. He would rather be in my car than anywhere else.
Hope everyone is well and health issues are improving for all who are in need of it. This diet struggle is sometimes soooo difficult to remain on course.
Take good care everyone,
Peace,
Nae

happy2bme
10-15-2008, 10:08 AM
Good morning all,

Quick drive by for me. Got up at 5am (ugh) and we were off to the gym again. The hardest part was rolling out of bed. I'm glad we went. Got home, fed all the howling cats, picked up a few things and it's off to work.

Because we go away at Christmas, DH doesn't like me to decorate much. I'm not quite as bad as the Griswolds in Christmas Vacation but... I do like to decorate :D So since I have to cut back at Christmas, I have gotten my jones on at Halloween. We have orange lights on the bushes, I have a cute sign that lights up and says Happy Halloween and I have a ghost on one tree and a witch on the other. Also on the bushes I have a skeleton head that is motion activated - it's eyes light up and roll and it randomly says "Hey, where you going?" "I seeeeeee you", "Get back here". Funny story about that later...

This morning we come back from the gym and there is a bag hanging from our front door knob. My neighbor across the street baked us up a warm loaf of fresh banana bread with the sweetest note thanking us for having such a nicely decorated yard that she can enjoy from across the street. I was so touched!

Anyway I have to get rolling for now. I have comments but will be back later.

Feel better Shad - how awful to be so sick away from home :hug:

annie175
10-15-2008, 05:09 PM
Afternoon All...

Poor Shaddie..hope you get your hook up back on at the new job.....

MEL...The job fair sucked. By the time I got there the line was clear around the state house with only 2 hours left. I didn't even park and get out.

Nae...Bella looks like she has had tears in her eyes at times. Just looks pitiful.

Happy...Halloween is my DDs favorite holiday. She is a kook. I think because she was due on Oct 24 and they had to kick her out of the womb on Nov 5th. She will be 23 soon. Crap, where does time go. She decorates the outside with all kinds of stuff. Especially the sign on the front door that says
"The witch is in" how funny.

Well like I told Mel the job fair for the state was a bust. Moving on to the next thing.

Not much going on today. Gotta get my getty up on and go get DD from work.

Hello to all...have a marvelous evening.

Love and Hugs

ceejay52
10-15-2008, 06:28 PM
popping into say hello.

I'm like Mel I live a very boring life.

Happy
Good for you in getting to the gym that early in the morning.

Nae
The full moon is beautiful in October. My mom called it the harvest moon because it's so bright now.

MELODY525
10-16-2008, 09:06 AM
NAE~ PEACE BACK TO YOU AND TOBY. OUR MOON WAS VERY VISIBLE YESTERDAY MORNING AS WELL! I THINK EVERYONE IS GOING TO HUNKER DOWN AND BE WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS THIS SEASON. NO ONE I KNOW IS GOING TRAVELING OR SPENDING CASH. TOBY IS PROBABLY A WEE BIT LONESOME RIGHT NOW SO GIVE HIM A HUG FROM AUNT MEL :hug: AND ONE FOR YOURSELF TOO :hug:

HAPPY~ HOW CUTE THE HOUSE MUST LOOK TO WIN A LOAF OF FRESHLY BAKED BREAD!! WOW!! NICE TO KNOW SOME NEIGHBORS STILL APPRECIATE THE LITTLE THINGS. RIGHT NOW DURING THE DAYTIME, ALL I SEE ARE MEN'S BUTTS HANGING OUT OF THEIR JEANS!! :rofl: :rofl: AND I AM NOT SENDING THEM BANANA BREADS FRESH OR OTHERWISE!

CEEJAY~ YOU MADE ME THINK OF THE HARVEST MOON BALL. NOW I FORGET WHERE I SAW IT!! :dunno:

ANNIE~ I AM SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE LINE. EVERYONE AND HIS BROTHER MUST HAVE BEEN THERE. GOOD THING YOU ARE GOING OUT WITH TONY...FREE MEALS. IT WILL HELP STRETCH THE BIDGET. KEEPING MY FINGERS CROSSED FOR YOU AND SENDING JOB PRAYERS YOUR WAY. :hug:

FROM SHAD:At last I'm feeling better!
Went and raided the full scale first aid kit from Jakarta last night. I picked up some tablets for chronic diarrheorea (sp) and swallowed a couple - what the **** death was preferable to the way I felt last night and I didn't feel like trying out the syringes. The effect was almost instantaneous. A total miracle.

Actually ate some breakfast this morning and haven't had to trot off to the loo yet so maybe I am on the mend.

More bad news from the overseas markets this morning. Our PM has guaranteed our bank balances for the next three years so I am less troubled at the moment. All my cash is safe. Hey my super is cactus, but the cash is okay. I'll just keep stashing it in there for a while. I'm fairly useless at stocks anyway!!

Dampier is not a bad place. The accommodation is reasonable - I have an ensuite room up at the camp and the meals are free and as much as you can eat. I haven't taken much advantage of that yet! It's quite pretty too. There is a little bay and marina down the hill and a headland which looks quite nice in the morning light. I haven't felt well enough to explore yet and can't even face the gym right now. They have an interesting social calendar with lots of things to get involved in and at the moment are having a war on fat with a competition to see who can lose the most body fat in a month. I wanted to go on the Stairway to the moon tour last night but it got cancelled for a lack of vehicle. Apparently what it is, is a trip in a 4WD out to the head land and a walk down the cliff to a sort of cave and it is done when there is a very low tide. When the full moon rises, the light on the water and the sand flats appears to resemble a stairway reaching up to the moon. Gotta go, work to do, bunnies to torture.

STAIRCASE TO THE MOON PHOTO FROM SHAD
http://www.westernaustralia.com/SiteCollectionImages/Staircase_Moon.jpg

:cofdate: A RATHER CLOUDY & GLOOMY START TO THURSDAY. I THINK SOME BREAKFAST AND PEDALING SHOULD GET ME MOTIVATED AND KEEP ME OUT OF BED!
THE GRANDSON IS ALL TUCKED UP AGAIN AND READY FOR A NAP. GUESS THAT'S HIS AGENDA FOR THE DAY. WE ARE GETTING OUR MEDICAL ALERT PULL CORD SYSTEM UPDATED. LOTS OF TENANT NOISE GOING ON. THEY HATE STRANGERS IN THEIR HOUSES. WHILE I CAN COMMISERATE WITH THEM IT'S A NECESSITY. LATER I'LL SEE WHAT I CAN DO WITH A NOTICE TO CALM THE SAVAGE BEASTS. HAPPY THURSDAY :moped:

happy2bme
10-16-2008, 09:34 AM
Good morning all,

A dark, rainy and chilly morning here. I slept in until 6 but it was so dark that I thought I messed with the alarm and set it the wrong way like 4am :yikes:

Mel, thank you very much for passing along Shad's emails. Tell her we are thinking of her and I'm glad to hear that she found something that will help her return to normal. That staircase to the moon is pretty - apparently the phenomonon only lasts April to October so she'd better hustle. Are you going to be working the presidential elections Mel? I have to believe that would be very very draining for you. Everyone will be on pins and needles too.

Annie - I'm sorry about the job fair lines. I think government jobs attract more people than other kinds of job fairs. Hope you find something soon. Just have to keep plugging away and keep your spirits up. Too bad job hunting is a full time job in itself, you can't even really enjoy your time off.

Glad to hear you are feeling a bit better Michelle but it sounds like you got yourself a doozie of a cold there. I know it bites to miss a great weekend, especially as we head into late fall but right now rest is more important.

Therapy today so I have to run and get ready.

:wave: Ceejay, Ruth, Rose and the rest of you chicks

Roseblush
10-16-2008, 11:49 AM
Good Morning to all, We are looking at a few more days of some warmth but the surrounding mountains already are dusted pretty heavy. SOrry I have orders not to mention the "S" word. Are our northern chicks already experiencing such quick change of the season? Wave all up North!
Mel, hope all is well in the building.....what kind of flashers are hanging around outside your window,My Dear! You could pull the shade????
Happy good job rolling out of bed so early to go to the gym....I just can't make myself do that when I have to be to work so early and at times on a dead run pace all day. You would like this difficult weight would just fall off me but OH NO>>>>>>
Annie, I do hope something great comes down the line for you...... be patient and have a little faith. Enjoy the new guy and have some fun!
Shad, that is a great photo and glad you are improving....you are back in the foreign fields again.....good luck, keep us posted.
Hey to Ceejay, Di, Ruth, and everyone else who is peeking in.... stop and just say a quick Hey so we know you are up and moving...... it is nice to hear from all.
Sending warm wishes to everyone today...... and an extra twist of motivation where we all need it!
Peace,
Rose

ceejay52
10-16-2008, 08:16 PM
Hello to everyone: :wave:

Worked 5 hours this morning to cover for a co-worker who had a court date.
My day was blown. When my boss asked me yesterday to work I told him I would work this time but I could not work any more lengthy 12 hour days. He agreed.

Not much else is going on. I watched an old black and white movie of Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn last night. I laughed out loud. Don't know the name of it but it was about a leopard. I think Groucho Marks was in the movie also. Sure did look like him.

Recieved the books for the Biggest Loser plan. I mainly wanted the cook book for the single serving recipe's which has every thing calculated.

MELODY525
10-16-2008, 08:27 PM
A NOTE FROM SHADDIE...HER FRIDAY MORNING:

ABOUT THE PICTURE: I got the pathway to the moon (Aramarama in Maori) from the internet since I wasn't able to go to see for myself. It might have been a bit cloudy last Wed night anyway so maybe it was a blessing.

Actually my accommodation is the one usually reserved for the disabled it has wheelchair access and a wet room rather than a bath or shower. I'll try to get some pictures so you can see what I mean. Not sure what the disabled person would would do with the bed tho as it is on castors and moves if you push up against it. Still since the room is small it can't go that far.
Meals are really quite good. I'm eating light but there is plenty to choose from. And you should see the desserts. Now there is enough to send even the sweetest tooth howling from the room. I never went anywhere near it. I just gazed in awe from afar. Last night I saw chocolate eclair (profiteroles), blackforest cake, strawberry cheescake, some sort of pie, hot apple sponge and custard, fruit flan, someother cheesecake, probably lemon or lime, icecream, canned fruit, sago and that is about all I can remember.

My boss leaves today to work back in Brisbane for 3 weeks, so I am going to have to push my own barrow from here. Hope I have enough info to just get on with it. I'll be pushing a few peoples buttons I guess. Luckily they are fairly laid back over here.

Weather is very warm. Flies are very annoying and getting worse. Hate flies. It is dry and hot and not tropical at all.

Better go off and try to do some work. See you later.

MELODY525
10-16-2008, 08:46 PM
I POSTED SHAD'S LETTER TONITE AS I AM GOING FOOD SHOPPING AND HELPING A FRIEND IN THE OFFICE TOMORROW. NOTHING HEAVY THOUGH. TODAY WENT FAST AND I GOT NOTHING DONE!! :rofl: I HAVE TO SHAPE UP OVER THE WEEKEND!!
SO HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND........
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HAPPY~ YES I WORK THE WEEK BEFORE AND ALSO THE DAY OF THE ELECTION. SHOULD BE INTERESTING AND TIRING! :faint: NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS AT ALL CAUSE TENSIONS BETWEEN PARTIES ARE VERY STRONG RIGHT NOW AND GETTING WORSE. I CAN JUST HEAR THE INSULTS NOW. :crazy: HOPE THERAPY WAS WITH SOMEONE NICE AND GENTLE. BIG :hug: FOR YOU AND THE HIP!

NAE~ I ALMOST FELL OUT OF MY CHAIR WITH YOU HERE 2 DAYS IN A ROW!! :hug: WOW!! THANKS FOR THE MOTIVATION TOO. I COULD USE SOME ADDED TO MY PILE!! DID IT "S" BY YOU ALREADY? I FORGET NOW BUT KNEW IT WAS HEADED YOUR WAY!! STAY WARM MY FRIEND. :brr:

CEEJAY...I WATCHED IT TOO. IT'S CALLED "BRINGING UP BABY". ONE OF THEIR BEST MOVIES. I LOVE THEM TOGETHER. AND THEY MADE A FEW TOO.:love: HOPE THE WORK WENT OK AND ALL IS WELL MY SOUTHERN FRIEND.

happy2bme
10-17-2008, 09:17 AM
Good morning chicks,

The rain left but it's quite cool outside. Still a big swing of temps between the morning chill and the afternoon warmth. I was supposed to go to the gym today - had the alarm on and set but I woke up at 6:15 - the alarm never went off. That's too late to get to the gym and then to work on time so no gym today :(

I have 2 different therapists. I like the Monday girl better than the Thursday girl. The one yesterday was very nice but she was more into talking to the other people in the room than paying attention to me. I debated about telling the Monday girl but I think I will give her another chance and if she does it again next week, I will just call her on it right away. I chalk it up to just being very young and a goofy kid. Glad I'm not one of those :lol:

Enjoy your shopping trip Mel. I hope you don't put yourself out too much working the election. You're right, things are heating up. I got a sign for my candidate yesterday. DH didn't think we should put it in the yard because our sign does not match the rest of the signs on this street. Wise up people is all I can say :lol:

Sorry you had to pull a long shift Ceejay - get some extra rest.

Good morning Nae - you can tell winter's coming when the animals outside start feeding extra long and the animals inside want to cuddle :) Hope you didn't get too much of that wet stuff. Bundle up on those frosty mornings.

Even though Shad's room is small, seems like she's got much better accomodations than Jakarta. The must have a pastry chef there too - good thing she's not a sweets person!

Annie - you may have inspired me for a new sign on my cubicle :witch:

Michelle - I hope you are starting to recouperate :hug:

Ok, I'm off to finish off the last of the work week and see if Mr. Feral is ready for his breakfast or just wants to sleep in a bit. :wave: to the rest of the chicks.

Roseblush
10-17-2008, 09:42 AM
Mel, I will be able to hear you go splat for sure if you see I am here 3 days ina row......LOL. My day off yesterday was productive. I made the recipe I found on the top of my Yogurt. The recipe was a muffin recipe using a cup of yogurt. I added cranraisins and a bit of wwflour. My oven did a good job and I was shocked at how great they turned out. Since I have stopped my bread mostly I get so crazy for some bread product and want something GOOD. I am going to do another batch tomorrow and spice it up a little more.
I have not made it out to my clients for a long time but I could tell yesterday that maybe I am starting to feel a little better. So maybe I can get a bit more done in the next couple of weeks. Toby and I really are doing ok.
HI Happy your egg is on...... I do hope your therapy goes well. I am treating myself right now for an aggravating hip situation. Damn this getting older is such a challenge. I think it is great you are up early to go to the gym. When I was in boise with my son I used their subdivision gym and it was great.
Shad, all those beautiful desserts....... oh ouch. Good job on trying to stay on track! How long are you going to be on this job?
Trying to stay on this weight loss journey is so difficult somtimes I just have to remind myself that I am not on this alone and that all my lovely friends here are struggling with the same temptations and frustrations.
So glad it is Friday I am looking forward to a great weekend......
Blessings & Peace,
Nae

ceejay52
10-17-2008, 10:09 AM
Good morning.
I did go to bed at 9.00 p.m.last night. I honestly feel rested and it is a beautful fall day. Planning on going to my uncles this afternoon.

Today will be house cleaning and laundry day.

annie175
10-17-2008, 11:12 AM
Good Morning Ladies...

Not staying here long, job hunting on the net. Have applied for 4 positons this morning. Keep your fingers crossed, light a candle and say some prayers.

Love and Hugs

Hotcupojava
10-17-2008, 11:54 AM
Uhm like.... hi and stuff? :^:

happy2bme
10-17-2008, 03:50 PM
Mary, Mary quite contrary - where dah heck you been? :hug:

diyana
10-17-2008, 03:51 PM
Happy Friday ladies --

I haven't had a chance to be on the computer much. Had to do something super quick for work and then it's back to bed for me. I've got pneumonia. But now I'm on two antibiotics and steroids (Prednisone)....so the doc thinks that between these kick butt meds and bed rest I'll be back on my feet in a few days or so. (I hope).

Shad - I hope you're feeling better.

And I'm sending everyone love and hugs and hoping you're all enjoying Autumn.

Love and big hugs,

happy2bme
10-17-2008, 06:46 PM
Geez Michelle - you get your buttski back into bed and don't come out until you are all better. Tell the DH to wait on your hand and foot (although I already know he is). Please take care of yourself. :hug:

Shad
10-17-2008, 07:53 PM
Morning all,
Thanks for all the well wishes, they must be working as I am feeling better all the time. Next week should be back to the gym (situated very cunningly beside the mess hall. You have to go past it to get in and out of the mess)

I've gotten in this morning because I am using someone elses login (kind man who wants me to wave my magic wand and get some work off his plate) and it seems I can use the site with a proper login but not with the guest login. Anyway, not to worry I'm here.

It's Saturday. I'm at work and will be here all day today and tomorrow. My shift is 14 days straight then 7 days off which includes two days travelling where I will be going back to Brisbane and having 5 days of R&R before flying back. And I think I might need it. The amount work to do up here is ginormous. We have to put procedures in place, we have to set up work plans, we have to cajole and otherwise threaten the inhabitants. We have to sort out what happens and how and change that - it will be a real period of upheaval for them. The Mechanical Superintendent asked me how long was I free - my reply as usual was - Never free, always reasonable. However this job may take a lot longer than originally planned, but that is okay, things being what they are I need to look to the future, so long as I can stand the pace.

Hot Cup!!!! are you back???

Anyway, things being what they are, I'd better start work. I'll be back later. Thanks for all the well wishes and thanks to Mel for conveying the messages. Regular little postwoman she is

carla49
10-17-2008, 08:57 PM
Shad, it's good to see you've recovered and will be able to sneak in from time to time. And if the contract ends up going a lot longer, at least it sounds like you're in comfortable accommodations with good food. Pity there's no "orchid" park/garden/centre for you to spend any free time searching for!

Rennie, are you out there? When last heard from you were cleaning the house while suffering from pneumonia... Sure hope you're all right!!! :hug:

And now Michelle has pneumonia too. Must be one of those nasty computer viruses or something. :lol: Rest well, take care of yourself, get well soon.

Mel, not much longer before you get a visit from me! I can't wait to meet in person at last! Be afraid, be very afraid. :devil:

Happy, good that you've started your physio. I'm with you on therapists that are more interested in chatting with everyone else while treating you. Ditto for hairdressers, sales clerks, "baristas", bank tellers.... As for Hallowe'en eecorations, I don't have a yard to decorate so have decided to devote all my efforts to consuming vast amounts of tiny candy bars. :(

Ceejay, your last post sounded so calm and well-rested! Nothing like a good night's sleep.

Anni, I've lit a metaphorical candle for you - don't give up the search. All that looking is bound to pay off. And now it's the weekend, no chance to seek work, the perfect opportunity to go out and enjoy the new guy.

Hello :wave: to Nae, Ruth, Madcat, and everyone else.

I'd like to thank you all for your kind birthday wishes. I can't say it was a very good day - drove for three hours to my difficult stepmother's home, then got to listen to her drunken nastiness. Such fun! Then drove home the next day and saw the investment guy - my retirement funds are down 25% so far, which wouldn't matter so much if I hadn't planned to make next year my last year at work... Then I bought a few US dollars, which now cost me 25% more than when I planned my NYC trip. (Interesting symmetry, no?) The Canadian electorate screwed up badly and re-elected Mr Wrong, with more seats than before, which is very bad news for the environment and the fight against climate change. As if that wasn't enough, saw the dental hygienist today, and the consensus is that my dental hygiene is impeccable, but my gums will nonetheless soon need surgery thanks to fine genetics. Grrr. Happy Birthday to me!

But enough negativity. There are people out there who don't have my good luck of being very much in demand in a profession that pays well. Others are losing their homes. So I'll just pour another glass of wine, get over my little snit, and go watch some drivel on the box. Take care all, let's just keep smiling. :dizzy:

annie175
10-17-2008, 10:36 PM
Goooooood EVVEENNNing...that is supposed to be scary for Halloween...BOO!!

I am a dork!

My man, Tony is at home sick with strep throat and sinus infection,....I told him keep it to himself and stay in bed. I DON'T want it...no job means no insurance.... He said he was so sorry to break our date, please be patient with him, and he would make it up to me with dinner and a movie. I happily agreed. He sounded like death warmed over. Very SPOOKY for the holiday. haha

Carla...Keep it positive girl..we have enough negativity with the presidential candidates. They all suck IMO. and I would love to join you for a glass of vino...

Michelle...you poor darlin...do feel better. Seems everyone is getting hit with some kind of sickness going around. Here are some feel better hugs to you...

Shad..you are a working crazy woman...I would love to join you....this staying home crap is for the birds. I have vacuumed the house more in the last two weeks than I have in the entire time I have lived here. Sheesh

Happy...who is cupojava...don't think I have met her...she hasn't been on since I have been here.

Any ole ways...it is the second time to post for me today, guess that is what you get when your date is home sick. Poor baby....I would love to nurse him back to health..hehehe

EVERYONE get healthy...we cannot have this virus in our worldly chick house.

Hey to everyone I have missed.

Happy Hugs and Much Love to All.

annie175
10-17-2008, 10:37 PM
No Negativity In November!!!!

MELODY525
10-18-2008, 09:40 AM
OH MY GOD!!!!! NAE IS HERE 3 DAYS IN A ROW AND NOW JAVA TURTLE HAS COME BACK??? BE STILL MY FOOLISH HEART!! I AM IN SHOCK AND MIGHT NOT FULLY RECOVER!! :faint:
SOMEONE GET THE FRIGGING SMELLING SALTS OUT!!
I MIGHT JUST AS WELL DO PERSONALS NOW CAUSE I FORGOT WHAT I WAS GOING TO SAY!!! :rofl: :rofl:

NAE~ I AM STUNNED!! YOU CANNOT IMAGINE MY SHOCK!! BE IT A VERY PLEASANT ONE THOUGH. AND I MEAN THAT FROM THE HEART. I HOPE YOU AND TOBY WILL BE FEELING BETTER MORE EVERY DAY. GOD KNOW I THINK OF YOU BOTH VERY OFTEN.
STAY STRONG OUR ROSIE!:hug:

MISS JAVA~ :faint: I CANNOT BELIEVE MY EYES!! I AM IN SHOCK FOR REAL!!! :yikes: WHEN I SAW THE CUP I COULDN'T FIGURE OUT WHO WOULD USE IT!!!! THAN IT HIT ME LIKE A WET SALMON SMACK IN THE FACE!! OUR TURTLE HAS RETURNED!! I AM SO HAPPY TO SEE YOU HERE. IS IT JUST A VISIT OR ARE YOU COMING TO PLAY IN THE WORLDLY SANDBOX ONCE AGAIN??? DO SAY IT'S THE SECOND!! HAVE YOU MET ROSEBLUSH?? AND ANNIE?? AND MICHELLE?? GREAT WORLDLIES. SENDING YOU MANY HUGS ALSO :hug:

HAPPY~ SORRY YOU MISSED THE GYM. I WILL TRY NOT TO KICK YOUR BUTT!! :rofl: LET THAT BE OUR CHALLENG NEXT WEEK BETWEEN U=YOU AND I AND ANYONE ELSE THAT WANTS TO JOIN IN. I DIDN'T EXERCISE MUCH THIS WEEK :cry: POLITICS ARE GOING TO RIP THIS TOWN WIDE OPEN SOON. CAN'T WAIT TILL THIS IS ALL OVER!! HOPE THE SIGN DOESN'T CAUSE "FRICTION". :lol3: :Lol3:

CEEJAY~ HAVE A GOOD TIME AT THE UNCLES!! :scooter:

:wave: TO OUR PASSING THRU ANNIE!!

MELODY525
10-18-2008, 09:57 AM
PART TWO: I COULDN'T GET THIS PAGE TO LOAD BEFORE SO THE POST CONTINUES!

SHAD~ WONDERED WHY YOU DIDN'T E-MAIL AND NOW I KNOW! GOOD TO SEE YOU GOT HERE. I GET A SENSE OF GOOD THINGS WITH THIS JOB AND I HOPE I AM RIGHT. I REMEMBER THE TIME I HAD THIS FEELING AND YOU ENDED UP WITH THE TWIT FROM GROOTE AND CROCS!! SENDING :hug: YOUR WAY.

MICHELLE~ IF IT'S ANY CONSOLATION THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE IN YOUR SHOES. I THINK SOME OF THE DRS ARE STYMIED AS TO WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON WITH SO MANY SICK!! STAY STRONG MY FRIEND AND TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF.

CARLA...GOD ANOTHER SHOCKER!! HAVE YOU ALL BANDED TOGETHER AND DECIDED TO TEST THE STRENGTH OF MY HEART?? AND HAVE YOU MET OUR JAVA TURTLE?? MAYBE IT'S YOU THAT SHOULD BE VERY AFRAID :devil: BY ALL MEANS KEEP THAT FRIGGING SMILE ON YOUR FACE :D

ANNIE~Goooooood EVVEENNNing :ghost: RIGHT BACK TOO YOU !! HOPE TONY FEELS BETTER. IF YOU GET SICK WE WILL ALL KNOW IF TONY WAS IN BED BY HIMSELF OR NOT :rofl:

:cofdate: OK THAT IS ABOUT IT KIDS. I HAVE A CARTON I WANT TO FILL WITH SHREDDED DOCUMENTS SO I WILL GET A M OVE ON AND GET IT DONE. HAVE A GREAT DAY.

Roseblush
10-18-2008, 01:06 PM
Mel, you crack me up..... yes, I am around.... trying to get some motivation to continue to drop a few pounds..... I took a walk around the loop down the hill from my house to have a truck pass me and pull up right in front of me and shoot a buck..... my mouth just dropped. If I would have been just 20 yards farther down the hill the little group would have been over the hill. Such is life.
Nice to see some of the gals popping in.... this is a great place to come and visit and say howdy....let's hear from some others...just a quick HEY>>>>
SHocking Mel is soooooooooooo much fun.... and it makes her smile!!!!!!!!
Shad good luck over there and hope the work doesn't drain you down to the core. 5 days hardly seems like enough recovery time with travel eating up some of your down time.
What is Ms. Ruthie up to these days?????
Happy I do hope you get to feeling better. I am sad when I hear comments that are unfavorable about the P.T. profession. My boss and I try hard to provide such personal service and make the experience be beneficial to all who come to the office for help. Hope you are recovering....
More later my company just arrived.
Nae

Shad
10-18-2008, 07:59 PM
Morena, tout le monde!

I doubt whether I will get in again for a while so have to make the most of when I can.

Carla there maybe no Amgrek Taman where I am, but there are some interesting scents which I must try to track down. Yesterday I swear I could smell jasmine, but the plant wasn't in the garden, all I could see were Oleaners and the ubiquitous mallee - today in a different part of the garden I could smell cinnamon, lovely scents, but I have to find out what is causing them. I might try to put them in my own garden.

Mel - the job seems fine but there is a lot to do and I am working with some nice blokes. Yes you would be happy here. They are all happy go lucky mining men in uniforms round here and there are few women in the place. They keep apologising for their language but I have to say mine is probably worse from time to time. Anyway, they all seem genuinely helpful and pleased that we are here to 'sort' them out. I do hope you recover from the shock of Java popping in and Nae being here regularly.

Nae - there are PT people and there are 'PT' people. We have a great one in our medical centre, she really is the salt of the earth, but I have met one or two who should perhaps have chosen different professions.

Let me tell you a bit about Dampier before I have to go and get cracking on the RACI Index again. Do not ask what is a RACI Index because if I told you, you might just end up with mind numbing boredom.

Dampier is originally a coastal fishing village. It's sort of set on rolling hillsides which slide down to the sea. There is a marina there - there is a boat for sale if you have a spare A$47,000. Burring Peninsula is just a wee route march away and that is where the iron ore is loaded onto ships to be sent to all parts of the world. It does a roaring trade.
Dampier has grown because of the 'Camp' set up for the mining people which is getting bigger and bigger by the day. There are some low lifes around as well as a lot of people lured here by the 'big money' and the tropical sea breezes.
The rolling hillsides are dotted with big red rocks. It looks a bit like Mother nature forgot to pick up the marbles. The colours in the rocks glow red, burgundy, purple at sunrise and dusk. Put this against the turquoise blue sea and you can see we are quite colourful.
You don't come here for the shopping. There is a pharmacy which is open about 4 hours a day and I haven't worked out which 4 yet, and a grocery store that I haven't needed so don't know what hours it keeps. I have to go into Karratha for any vital supplies should I need them.
There is a golf club, bowls club, sports club, pool, gym and a fairly busy social life if you want to partake. I intend to get to the gym as soon as this shift is sorted and I come back from R & R. Meantime, unless you walk at night the flies are an increasing problem. I really can't take them at all. They cause me great depression so I may have to bring some exercise dvd's back with me so I can get in some muscle tone again apart from the gym.

Anyway - I'll be back when I can. I may have to go back to the Postie Mel again, but I'll be back. Catch ya

MELODY525
10-19-2008, 09:39 AM
NAE....I THINK I AM OVER MY SHOCK NOW!! :rofl: :rofl: TOO BAD ABOUT THE BUCK. IT JUST SADDENS ME THOUGH. BUT I WONDER WHY I DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE COWS OR THE CHICKENS??? :lol3: HOPE YOU HAD A GOOD TIME WITH THE COMPANY. AND HOPE TOO MOM AND THE BOYS ARE DOING WELL.

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SHAD'S NEW SWIMMING HOLE :swim:

SHAD~ THE GRANDSON WATCHES POSTMAN PAT SO I MIGHT BE GOOD AT POSTMAN MEL! :rofl: LOTS OF MEN AND FEW WOMEN...SOUNDS LIKE MY KINDA TOWN!!:belly:
I WON'T ASK WHAT RACI INDEX IS CAUSE EVEN IF YOU TOLD ME I'D STILL BE IN THE FOG! WE SHOULD SEND YOU FLY SWATTERS AND BUG REPELLANT! STAY SAFE FROM THE FLIES! WHEN WALKING PLEASE KEEP YOUR MOUTH CLOSED!!! :yikes: HAVE A GREAT WEEK :hug:




















I HAVE A HOUSE TO CLEAN AND MORE JUNK PAPERS TO SORT THRU. THE CARTON IS FILLED TO THE BRIM FROM YESTERDAY AND I NEED TO SCRUNCH IT DOWN TO FIT THE REST IN!!
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY!! :moped:

happy2bme
10-19-2008, 12:24 PM
Hi ladies,

I was on here for a bit yesterday then changed pages and was locked out for routine maintenance. :(

Mel, I am very sorry to hear that you hit a bump in life :hug: But glad to hear that you have been able to come back from the dark. I really don't know what much to say other than sending lots of love to you :grouphug:

Glad to hear you are feeling better Shad. The fly situation sound horrid although the surrounding area sounds lovely. Perhaps you can get some stretchy bands to exercise with. Either the tubes or the stretch material. There are many exercises online you can print and take with you for a routine. They are as good as weights and there are techniques you can use to increase the difficulty. Lightweight too for traveling.

Nae - I think this PT is just very young and needs a gentle reminder how to properly do her job. I have decided I will speak with her on Thursday. Thanks for your concern.

Annie - keep away from those germs and happy job hunting. I am keeping you on the prayers and good vibes list. :hug:

Carla - sorry your birthday was such a bummer :( I guess you'll just have to take a delayed birthday with some fun friends. You'll be in NY before you know it. Stay out of the deli places tho :lol:

Michelle - hope you're on the mend.

I gotta rush off. We picked up paint and trim yesterday. The paint store didn't have the stain colors we needed so it's back to the first store which had the stain we wanted but we passed up in favor of the second store maybe having better stuff. :dizzy: I have to get some artist paint brushes to paint the leaves and highlight on the trim. I think it will be rather pretty and unique, DH is sceptical.

He's almost ready to go and I am still in jammies so I'd better hustle up here.

Later chicks, enjoy your Sunday.

MELODY525
10-19-2008, 05:19 PM
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MRS MADCAT!!
:hb:HOPE YOUR SPECIAL DAY TOMORROW IS A GREAT ONE. ENJOY EVERY MINUTE OF IT!! HAVE A GREAT TIME!!:gift:

diyana
10-19-2008, 06:46 PM
Hey ladies -

I'm so tired of laying around. I'm watching the Packer game now with DH. He's very sick too...bad bad ear infection. I'm breathing a little better today and I'll be going to work tomorrow. There's still junk in my lungs and I'm tired/winded easily, but I've missed so many work days...I need to get back there. I don't want them to get the idea they can survive without me. ;)

I hope you all are doing well! I'll try and read more later/tomorrow to catch up with y'all.

Happy Birthday, Madcat!

Love and hugs to all my wonderful worldly friends,

ceejay52
10-19-2008, 08:55 PM
Happy Birthday Madcat

I've had a good week end. It was to short however. We went to the mall to go shopping and I bought a couple of crew neck pull overs.

It's back to work tomorrow. I'm liking these 3 day work weeks, but that will end this week.

Madcat
10-20-2008, 12:02 PM
Thanks guys! Yes, it is my birthday. The DH woke me up with presents and I've taken the day off work.

Sorry, I've been missing in action but my sister and I were in Washington DC for a couple of days. I won't go into details, but it wasn't the greatest trip. Enough to say that she really wasn't up to the exertion. It was nice to be able to go on a trip and spend time with her, but it has left me sad and concerned. It is what it is, though. Hopefully she will think she had a good time once she recovers.

Wow, isn't that a bright and cheerful note for my birthday? I'm going to go take my pity party to the gym, the one thing in my life I can control. Later chicklets. I'll try to come back to personals later.

Oh and Great to see you JavaTurtle!!!!!!!! Long time no see.

happy2bme
10-20-2008, 12:29 PM
:hb: Happy Birthday Madcat (and also to Carla who deserved a better graphic than the one she got because I was short on time).

Hope you have a great day.

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diyana
10-20-2008, 04:08 PM
Hi Chicks --

A quick check in for me. I'm doing a little better. Still have a bad cough and tight chest, and I'm really tired. But I'm upright and at work and being semi-productive.

I hope you all are doing well.

Love and hugs,

annie175
10-20-2008, 04:21 PM
Happy Monday My Friends.......

May have an interview on Wednesday at Humana (Health Services). The phone interviewer this morning set it tentatively for Wed at 9:00 am, and said the scheduler will call me to verify. I am waiting by the phone, she can call and verify any time now. I know patience...I have NONE. Need money, zero income, lots of bills.

MEL...My exercise has been close to none. I did stomach crunches a couple of days ago. Big Whoop!! As for Mr. Tony, I have not seen him since last Tuesday, cause I cannot chance getting sick. He is almost back to normal and he did go to work today. I am sorry your mind is in a funk. Sometimes drugs aren't so bad to avoid that feeling. "BETTER LIVING THROUGH CHEMICALS" is always my motto.

Shad...Dampier sounds like a cute place to visit....for a minute.

Happy...You can come paint my house when you are done with yours, that would be just great.

Madcat...Happy happy birthday, my dear!!

Michelle...Hope today is a feel better day for you. Hugs..

Well Ms. Bella just puked up yellow crap on the carpet. Guess I best get off of here and clean it up. Bleck!

Much love and hugs,

MELODY525
10-20-2008, 08:06 PM
ANNIE..."BETTER LIVING THROUGH CHEMICALS" :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: YOU CRACKED ME UP GIRL!!
GOOD LUCK ON THE INTERVIEW :encore:

HAPPY~ THANKS FOR THE :hug: HOW ARE THE REPAIRS FOR THE NEIGHBOR HOOD GOING AND DID THEY PULL YOUR SIGN ON THE LAWN DOWN YET??? :lol3: :lol3:

MADCAT~ :hug: I DIDN'T THINK THE BIRTHDAY NOTE WAS BAD AT ALL...IT SHOWED A VERY CARING AND LOVING SISTER. I HOPE SHE HAD A GOOD TIME.

MICHELLE~ REST IS VERY IMPORTANT WITH THESE CHEST THINGS SO TAKE GOOD CARE. RECOVERY IS SOMETIMES SLOW AND DRAINING. EAT WELL AND SLEEP AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. :hug:

CEEJAY~ THE 3 DAY WEEK SOUNDS GREAT. ENJOY IT WHILE IT LASTS!!






WE HAD THE HORTICULTURAL MAN BACK AGAIN AND WE POTTED PAPERWHITES. AND A NEW VARIETY AT THAT. SUPPOSED TO BE YELLOW WITH ORANGISH CENTERS. I'L LET YOU KNOW IF MY BULB EVER BLOOMS!!







JUST HAD DINNER AND A QUICK SHOWER AND HAVE TIME FOR SOME MINDLESS TV TO UNWIND WITH.
HAVE A GOOD NIGHT AND SWEET DREAMS :cloud9:

Shad
10-21-2008, 04:59 AM
Finally, finally, finally when all hope was nearly gone, I have a login and a password all to myself. hallelujah.

Madcat - happy birthday. At least your sister is still functioning enough to push herself to the limit. She sounds quite impressive actually.

Annie - Dampier is not bad actually if you discount the flies and the heat. I must get around to talking about the salt pans one of these days. And now I have a log in, I might just do that. Good luck with the job interviews. :crossed: for you.

Hello to all the others too, it has been a long and winding day. Think I might just pack up and go home early - well 10 hours is early is it not???

See you bright and early tomorrow.

MELODY525
10-21-2008, 09:04 AM
I WAS JUST ABOUT TO POST THAT SHAD IS LOCKED OUT AGAIN AND HERE SHE IS!! GUESS YOU MADE IT IN SHADDIE!! HOPE YOU GET HOME SAFE AND SOUND! :hug:
SEE YOU FROM "HOME". :scooter:

SINCE I LAST POSTED, I WENT TO BED EARLY AND HAD A GOOD SLEEP....DRUG INDUCED. HAD TO TAKE A WEE BIT OF CODEINE. THE NECK ARM COMBO WAS HURTING AND I SAID SCREW IT AND GOT UP AND TOOK SOME MEDS. I NEEDED THE SLEEP AFTER YESTERDAY'S WORK.
NOTHING ON THE AGENDA TODAY. TAKING A MELIDAY.
HAPPY TUESDAY!! :moped:

happy2bme
10-21-2008, 09:41 AM
Good morning ladies,

Sorry I haven't been around much - just alot going on and I feel so behind in everything.

Mel, I am sorry you hit the skids again but glad that you took something to get a little relief and some all important sleep. Maybe it's time to reassess and make some changes to look after you a bit more. Have a good Meliday! :hug:

Shad, happy to see you back with us again, after all, you are the anchor "man" :lol: I take it that you are feeling somewhat better after your illness? Hoardes of flies does not sound like something I'd enjoy very much. Interesting how there are different annoyances as you go around the world. Are they bad drivers too? The people I mean, not the flies :lol:

Michelle - this pneumonia is just knocking the stuffing out of you :hug: And it's hanging around and overstaying it's welcome - not that it was ever welcome. You just make sure you get your rest because it seems that's all that will help. :(

Annie - good luck with the job interviews, I hope something comes through very soon. Can you at least get some unemployement comp? Not that it covers much more than groceries, but at least it's something.

Madcat - good to hear you got out with your sister. Maybe a trip sitting on the warm beach might have been more in line. It's good though that she is getting out some, recovery is always too slow for any of us.

Ceejay - I could get very used to 3 day work weeks, let's write our congressman :write: :lol:

Hope you are enjoying your visitors Nae.

Big :wave: to Ruth

And with that it's off to work for me. Have a good one...

Oh and no one stole my yard sign or my car magnet (yet). In fact, I'm actually seeing them perpetuate themselves. A drive through the neighborhood yesterday confirmed that ;)

Roseblush
10-21-2008, 10:10 AM
Happy Birthday to the birthday girls....you can celebrate all week long....
Mel, you sound so tired before the election day even gets here you take care of yourself.
Annie hope the job interview goes well for you.... there is another great job out there for you!
SHad you sound so busy over there..... did you make it to the gym?
Happy you are so creative to add such great touches to the painting project. I am not very adventurous when it comes to painting. My house is still all white but I have such a great view I don't even notice it.
Nice to get a hi from Java...... greetings.
Good Day to all who venture this way today! Come back when you can say Howdy.
Peace,
Nae

ceejay52
10-21-2008, 01:48 PM
Hello to everyone,

I've been bingeing the past couple of day and really don't know why though it may be the the don't care mood that I'm in.

More later.

1day@atime
10-21-2008, 02:22 PM
Hello Ladies,

Where does the time go? We'll I finished my certification class. Got my C.P.M. (Certified Purchasing Manager)... now just give me a raise :)
After that I got sick.. broke out in hives, Don't know if it was stress or what. I've broken out 3 times since then. Went to see an allergist, said i fell in the 30% of you'll never know why you broke out. Good thing, (i think), it's not food related, or maybe that is a bad thing :) Because of hives, have not worked out since Sept 5th. Today was my first day back... got sick, not hives but threw up. But i'm going back tomorrow.

Diyana - Hope your feeling better?

Ceejay - get out of that mood. Put on a happy face...

Shad - 10 hours is way to long, hope you get to enjoy your evening.

Annie - good luck with the job interview.

Happy Belated birthday to Madcat and to Carla, May all your dreams come true.

Hello to everyone else. I have missed everyone, and all the support you give. I'm getting back on track and I need you all.

annie175
10-21-2008, 03:34 PM
Well well well, here it is Tuesday AGAIN, trash night. Didn't hear from the interview scheduler, so I am going to give the phone screener a call, I mean she did give me her number....

Shad...10 hr work days? Yes it is more than time to go home, altho there are 14 more hours in that day. haha

MEL...Drama..heck if it weren't for drama, most people wouldn't have a life. I detest drama.

Happy...Unemployment is taking it's sweet time. Since I got vacation pay that accumulated, unem said it could be mid to end November before I get anything. A person could starve by then, and let's face it, I cannot afford to lose any more weight...now that seems weird typing that.

Ceejay...stop that binge eating. I know I am not eating any more that I used to but not moving much and staying in my PJs all day, I am sure to get a fat arse, and other things as well.

1-day...Stress does cause hives. It took my docs about 1 1/2 years to figure out that was what was causing my hives. Put me on Buspar and things have been peaceful since. Do have anxiety attacks occassionally tho.

Michelle...Hope you are feeling better. Kind of worried about you, my dear, it is not like you to post, you must be feeling awful. God love ya...

Carla...I just noticed your cauliflower sheep on your avitar. Cracked me up. duh

I honestly don't know how people stay home and not work. It is BORING. I have cleaned til I am blue in the face, even lemon oiled my kitchen cabinets. You could eat from my toilets, yes it is that clean. All cleaned up and no one to visit. I am so far ahead on laundry, I don't have to do any till next week. haha Bella is getting way too spoiled, I can't even leave the room anymore, she follows me everywhere, and sleeps in my lazyboy chair when I am not in it. I even went to the library last night, I am so bored. Got 4 books on successful job interviewing. Read all that I can stand. At least Tony is coming over tomorrow night, haven't seen him since last Tuesday before he got sick.

Guess I will get off of here and quit b*tch*ng.

Light a candle and say some prayers...

Love and Hugs

Shad
10-21-2008, 11:02 PM
Thank heavens for....................
Steel cap boots. Means my toes are quite safe and comfy from all the frustrated wall kicking I have had to do.

Enough about my job and the vagaries of the No help desk (as in 'Welcome to the no- help desk. How may I not help you today?' The phone is running hot. The man from the IT Dampier desk is running instead of taking his time and the Perth (no) help desk is holding it's collective breath and huddled under the desk in case I ring AGAIN or appear in person.
Someone told me that the person I need to speak to is in Canada and therefore asleep, but I told them that provided that person was within a thousand mile kilometre radius of anywhere in Canada, I can arrange for them to be woken up - literally or figuratively. Being in Canada is no excuse for anything.
Due to the above, my R & R has been cancelled (someone has to keep them jumping through the hoops) and I will be here for the foreseeable future although I might cadge a couple of days in Perth as compensation. But I can't take 7 days away and still come back to this nonsense. In the absence of any stronger, I need a cup of tea.

Mel - yes I am in and on my own login again so I am okay for the time being. Thank you for your help. Hope the Neck/ Arm combo comes right for you. Rest is never a bad thing.

Happy - Yes thank you. My internal system is almost back to normal. I can eat again just like everyone else. Mind you after those tablets from the last resort first aid kit, everything set like wet cement and it took 4 days for that to come right even after the good food - lots of fruit and fibre content - chocolax stuff, mild exercise etc. Sorry if that is tmi.
Flies are sort of tapering off now. Seems it is a seasonal thing - but that is not to say they won't return. I hate them and will never get used to them and tend to carry flyspray rather than perfume - Eau de Dampier??
I joined the gym last night. Enough prevaricating. I will now need to get myself over there on a regular basis. The gym opens at 3.00am!!! :yikes: I won't be there until at least 4.15. You know how I hate afternoon exercise.

Annie - things happen for a reason. Hopefully a neat job will come your way and soon - but unfortunately things always unfold as they should and can't be hurried. I have my :crossed: - at the moment I've got other things crossed as well but that's another story.

Patty - good to hear from you and congrats on the certification. You and me both on the not working out.

Ceejay - time to get the head out of the cookie jar. C'mon - what good is the bingeing doing for you? Are you really enjoying it??

Okay - got to go. I'll be back. I don't think I have finished all the personals yet.

happy2bme
10-22-2008, 12:14 AM
I'm going to see The Eagles!!!! :woohoo: :woohoo: Well actually WE are going to see them as I need a driver :^:

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3rd row from the stage too. I get to stare at Glen Frey for 3 hours up close and personal. :drool:

This is my Christmas present from DH even though the concert is in 3 weeks. I'm soooooooooooooooooooo excited I don't even know if I will get to sleep.

:dance: :dance: :dance:

Shad
10-22-2008, 12:29 AM
:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:

If you can't sleep, go and do some exercise. See it even works running up the stairs to get away from Shaddie the sadist.

happy2bme
10-22-2008, 12:46 AM
Geez Shad, you put the fear of all things wild and wonderful just reading your post --- shazam, make things happen for that lady :lol: Actually I don't understand why people are not as organized as we are. Whomever hired you knew you were coming on board - I take it your dealings with the no help desk (which burns my soul having been a help desk manager for 7 years) had to do with getting either equipment or system access - neither of which is in their control. But... you are getting paid to do more than sit and stew so I hope they get things right for you immediately. Sorry to hear you are pausing the R&R but you are a woman who gets things done and they just darn well better learn to get in line :drill: That's great that you got a temporary gym membership in Dampier. I know you will be feeling better when you are back to a routine again. Though I hate getting up at 4:45, I know I would not get the gym done if we didn't do it first thing. And I understand what you were talking about - albeit delicately - about stopping the pipes only to get a clog that's just as bad as what you took the meds for in the first place. :lol: At least this time around I hope you have fresher fruits and vegetables than the offerings in Jakarta.

Annie - yes, it frosted me to no end that when I applied for unemployment, I had to wait until AFTER my 2 weeks of vacation/severance pay ran out. And it took at least 3 weeks to get into the system and start the checks. A 3 week gap I did not get paid. What do they expect you to live on?????? I can actually cross my first toe over my big toe. It skeeves DH to no end but if it helps your cause, I am there for you :hug: :crossed: you're on the prayer list each morning. Just don't loose hope because job hunting is such a bloody roller coaster of emotions. And don't be afraid to pester people because hiring staff can be very very rude when it comes to treatment of interviewees. I just wish they'd be honest and tell you that you have no chance because Uncle Bob's nephew's neighbor's cousin is probably going to get the job so just move on to the next opportunity. And I will send you peanut butter and cheese if we have to get protein and fats into you.

Carla - I seem to have missed you when I responded last and I felt guilty about it all day long. Didn't mean to leave you off - it's just lately if a fly buzzes past my head my head shakes and all current thoughts fall out on the floor. :dizzy: Hope you are doing well and getting ready for your trip.

Patty - congratulations on your certification! :yay: Gimme a raise, right! Just don't hold your breath you know. :kickcan:

Ceejay - come on, it's time to get out of the pantry. You know that you'll just be beating yourself up about it later. Unless it's blueberries or strawberries that you're eating. Those are power foods -- but you still only get just a cup full. :hug:

Nae - if I had the view that I imagine you do, I wouldn't worry about house colors either. Just floor to ceiling windows next to a warm wood stove! I think of you with a twinge of envy whenever I look to the stars in the night skies. How brilliant your view must be!

I'm going to talk quietly now so as not to wake up Mel and Michelle who both need their rest :sssh:

And I guess it's time for me to at least crawl into bed and try to relax. I feel like a kid going to Disneyland!

Goodnight all...

happy2bme
10-22-2008, 12:47 AM
I can't do the stairs Shaddie - they squeek and DH will holler at me for keeping him up!

Shad
10-22-2008, 05:24 AM
Aaah well I tried to make her do the exercise. too much excitement for one little happy2bme!!!! :goodvibes::goodvibes::goodvibes::goodvibes:
Think I will just pack my bags and quietly steal off into the night - well afternoon actually and it is still darned hot. Achieved most of what I was hollering about this morning. One to go - yep it was system access, and yep they have had my details for 6 weeks and yep they had my details from 2 years back when I worked for the outfit the last time.

happy2bme
10-22-2008, 08:53 AM
Good morning Worldly Peeps,

I did finally drift off to sleep but had a restless night. If I sleep on my right side - which was my preferred side - I wake up a few hours in pain on the whole right side of my body. Very uncomfortable. Then I switch to the left which is the bursitis side - ok for a bit but that gets uncomfortable too. They did a heavy duty physical therapy session Monday and I am still smarting from it. I suppose I need to learn how to sleep on my back.

It does not help that the mornings are cold and dark again.

Anyway not much to say - guess I need more coffee :lol: have a good one wherever your travels take you today...

MELODY525
10-22-2008, 09:02 AM
:wave: HELLO TO PATTY. HOPE THE HIVES LEAVE AS FAST AS THEY CAME!

CEEJAY~ SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE BAD DAYS. SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS YOUR WAY. STAY STRONG.

SHAD~ I AM SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR POSTPONED DAYS OFF. EVEN SORRIER TO HEAR ABOUT THE NO-HELP DESKS.....PLURAL!!! :tantrum: HOPE SOMEONE LISTENS...INCLUDING THE DOLT IN CANADA!! DOES ANYONE ELSE USE THE GYM AT THAT TIME??????

HAPPY~ WOW!! WHAT A GREAT XMAS PRESENT AND I HOPE YOU DON'T STRAIN YOU NECK AND HURT YOUR EYEBALLS STARING!!!!! :rofl: HOPE YOU WILL HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME. DON'T FORGET TO LOOK AT DH ONCE AND AWHILE AND GIVE HIM A LITTLE SQUEEZE SO HE KNOWS WHO YOU'RE GOING HOME WITH!!

ANNIE~ I WILL CONCENTRATE HARDER ON YOUR INTERVIEWS AND RESEND THE GOOD VIBES. MAYBE THEY WILL REACH YOU THIS TIME!!! :hug:

NOT SURE IF I GOT TO EVERYONE. ONE PAGE WOULDN'T LOAD. LATELY THATS A PROBLEM FOR ME BUT NOT JUST THIS SITE. WONDER IF THE PC IS GETTING READY TO "QUIT" AGAIN :lol3: I WAS JUST DOWNSTAIRS AND LOOKS TO BE ANOTHER GOOD DAY TODAY. ALARM UPGRADE IS STILL GOING ON. TOMORROW IS TRADER JOES SO I WILL BE MISSING. I HAVE SOME STUFF TO DO WHEN I GET BACK FROM SHOPPING AS WELL.
HAPPY WEDNESDAY :moped:

MELODY525
10-22-2008, 09:10 AM
NAE....I JUST FOUND YOU. YOU HAVE A RIOT OF COLORS AND GORGEOUS VIEWS IN EVERY ROOM I BET!! AND HOW NICE THEY CHANGE EVERY SEASON AND WITH NO PAINT CANS OR ROLLERS NEEDED!!! :dance: YES I NEED A REST BEFORE THE BIG DAY :rofl: I AM WATCHING THE CALENDAR.

ceejay52
10-22-2008, 09:52 AM
Wow things have changed on this sight or is it just me. Now I can't find the journals, sigh. I'll keep looking

Happy
Hope you feel better soon. We are in for a couple of days of rainy weather.

Mel
Thanks for the good vibes. They really help.

Hello to al the others. I'm at work at the camera is on. :wave:

Most of my stress dropped yesterday afternoon around 12.45. They put well 5 back on line.

diyana
10-22-2008, 10:25 AM
Good morning ladies --

My 3rd day at work this week. Yay! My lungs are still tight and I'm coughing stuff up, but hopefully the infection is cleared out (even if the junk hasn't quite yet). I'm still on antibiotics and prednisone. And I'm still really tired. Pretty much, I go to work, go home, eat and go to bed. Fun life, huh?

I'm going to try and read all your posts and catch up with y'all today.

I'm sorry I've been so absent. I've really missed you chicks, but I have thought about you quite often.

Love and big hugs my friends,

ceejay52
10-22-2008, 06:32 PM
bumping us up

Shad
10-22-2008, 10:59 PM
Morning all,
I can't stay long as I am into the joys of scheduling training. It's not a job that I enjoy but it must be done. Where's the staff when you need them?

Getting warmer by the day here. 42C yesterday - after rough calculation, that's 114F give or take about 5 degrees. Given that the office is around 24C there is somewhat of a difference out there.

Anyway, there is people here to see me and there are folk out there I must go and hack off. I will be back with personals later.

Roseblush
10-23-2008, 08:49 AM
Morning Chicks of this world....how goes it? I have been so faithful not just changing one thing in my diet and exercise world but many....so when does the results kick in???????? Any ho, I made homemade bread last weekend...did I already share this fact? Well, it turned out fabulous..... I made little individual like pita bread servings so when I just want a little something. Have really traded int he carbs for more vegetables....that is what all the diet guru's say!!!!!
Boosting my steps per day and everything.....if swearing will speed it up there is plenty of that going on tooooooooO!!!!
The weather is definitely cooler in the mornings but we are still getting great sunshine during the day. The deer are gathering or at least the does are. The poor bucks are losing the battle these days. Tomorrow is the last day of that season so I am glad.
Had another close friend lose their dog unexpectedly and it made my heart sad. Just seems to be the cycle with age of the dogs I am friends with right now.
Well, it has been a sweet surprise to see people stopping by just to say a howdy and share some of themselves here. SO anyone else stopping by just give a quick wave in our direction. The way the world is drifting it is so nice to have a place where these great woman take time out to be here for each other.......HOWDY!
Happy, an Eagles concert...that is so great. Have a wonderful time for all of us. WHat an amazing body of great music that have to their careers and are still out there performing. We want to hear all about it.
Take care everyone,
Be Safe....Peace,
Nae

ceejay52
10-23-2008, 11:57 AM
Where is every one?

:wave:

happy2bme
10-23-2008, 01:25 PM
Sorry - very busy day today. No real time to post.

DH surprised me with tickets to see Mannheim Steamroller in concert the week of Thanksgiving. He's such a great DH :hug: :hug: :hug:

Hello to all. Stay dry, warm (or cool in Shad's case) and comfy. :wave:

diyana
10-23-2008, 04:40 PM
Sheesh, Happy! Your DH spoils you! (but you deserve it) The Eagles and Mannheim Steamroller! Awesome!

I'm going back to the doc today as I have run out of Prednisone, but my lungs are still tight and I'm coughing a lot still. I'm tired of being sick, I'm tired of coughing and I'm tired of being tired. Oh well, this too shall pass.

I hope everyone else is doing well.

Love you all,

ceejay52
10-23-2008, 05:19 PM
Went to the gym this morning and worked out for 40 minutes. I'm a little sore already as I've used muscles that haven't been used in a while.

MELODY525
10-23-2008, 06:53 PM
MICHELLE...YOUR JOB IS TO GET WELL AND REST UP!! NO BEING SICK FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!!!! :nono: REST, REST AND MORE REST!! :beach:

SHAD....HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE YOU HURT THIS WEEK ???:rollpin: DO YOU NEED LINDA'S TASER??? :rofl:

CEEJAY...GLAD SOME STRESS IS GONE WITH THE WELL BACK ON AND GOOD GOING ON THE EXERCISE :ebike:

NAE...I AM GLAD THE SEASON IS COMING TO AN END ALSO. FRIENDS OF MINE ARE GOING TO MAINE. NOT SURE WHEN THEIR SEASON BEGINS. SIGH. SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE FRIENDS DOG. WAVE TO THE DOES FOR ME!!! :wave: I WOULD LOVE TO EAT BREAKFAST AND SEE THEM WANDERING ABOUT!!!

HAPPY~~ OMG!!! I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU!! 2 GREAT TREATS FOR THE HOLIDAYS!! GOTTA LOVE THAT MAN :love:

:sunny: HAD A GREAT DAY AT TRADER JOES! I LOVE THAT STORE...HAVE I ALREADY TOLD YOU ALL THAT? :rofl: IT SEEMS EVERYTIME I GO I FIND A NEW FAVORITE FOOD!! TODAY A MAN WAS TELLING ME HIS FAVORITE FOODS AND TOOK ME AROUND THE STORE TO SHOW ME THEM. I HAVE NO IDEA WHY!! DID I LOOK LOST AND UNDECIDED?? :crazy: ALSO THE MAN WHO MOVED IN OVER ME IS ALWAYS STOPPING ME AND WANTS TO TALK. BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO TALK ABOUT!!! TOO FUNNY!! HE JUST DID IT AGAIN THIS MORNING AND I GOT SO TONGUE TIED I HAD TO TURN AWAY AND MAKE AN EXCUSE I COULD HEAR SOMEONE CALLING ME IN THE OFFICE!! :faint: :rofl: :rofl:
IT WAS A HECTIC DAY BUT I DID SHOOT SOME WELL MEANT ARROWS TO GET SOME POINTS MADE. IT WILL TAKE TIME TO SEE IF THEY HIT THE RIGHT TARGETS. I AM SAVING SOME ARROWS FOR AFTER AND DURING THE ELECTION. THAT'S A TIME WHEN THEY ALL RELY ON ME AND THEY SEEM TO ACTUALLY "HEAR" ME WHEN I SPEAK. IT'S A "ONE HAND WASHES THE OTHER" TIME IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. POLITICS. HOW DID I EVER GET INVOLVED IN THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TWO TENANTS HAVE PASSED AWAY THIS MONTH AND SOME WILL NOT RETURN FROM THE HOMES. WHEN THE APARTMENTS ARE EMPTY THE BUILDING MOURNS. SO TODAY I PRINTED A POSTER AND I AM PUTTING IT UP A FOR THE TENANTS TO SIGN UP FOR A CHRISTMAS ARTS & CRAFTS PROJECT. YOU TIE BAGGIES ON A HANGAR AND SHAPE IT INTO A WREATH AND ADD A BOW. IT WILL TAKE THEIR MINDS OFF OUR RECENT LOSSES. THEY'LL ALL BE SAYING "WTF IS WRONG WITH MEL PUTTING A CHRISTMAS SIGN UP SHEET SO EARLY ON THE BB BOARD!!" :hohoho:
I AM OFF TO EAT SOME LEMON GRILLED CHICKEN, ROMAINE LETTUCE AND ROMANO TOMATOES WITH A BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE. YUM!!
HAVE A GREAT NIGHT LADIES AND SEE YOU MANANA.

Shad
10-23-2008, 07:51 PM
Sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings, but I've had a PM from Ruth to tell us that her Harry passed away after supper last night. It seems he had a massive stroke. I know you will all send your sympathies and condolences to her, I think she just wants to sit quiet for a while. She's had a lot to contend with this past year.
Ruthie, if you are reading this, then we love you and send :grouphug: to you and Disney.

Rose - so sad they they have to kill the deer. I guess the place would be over run if something didn't give but it just doesn't seem fair somehow. I'd rather keep the bucks and shoot the blokes most days.
Keep up the good work, and yes that home made bread is the BEST. Just don't eat too much now.

Happy - 2 shows. You spoilt little brat you. I sincerely hope you go do the exercise in the days before the shows so you can keep up with the younger generation.
Talking of brats, I'd better go check that Alice Springs website for your DH

Michelle - I sure hope the medication starts kicking in soon. I understand the tired of being tired. It sucks.

Ceejay - we're here, just a bit busy right now. You and me both in the gym for 40 minutes this morning. I don't think I will be feeling so good tomorrow, but it needs to be done right?

Mel, sounds like you could be addicted to trader joes! But if it does you good and makes you feel good why not. Just don't over do it. And take care out there during those elections. They seem to be getting a bit rougher.

As I said, I did go to the gym this morning and in answer to Mel's question about who goes to the gym at 3.00am - no one does. I was first in at 4.20am and there wasn't any one there when I left either. I did some cardio work as in bike, eliptical, treadmill. I have a feeling I will ache in places I didn't know I had places to ache in, but then again whose fault is that???

So another busy day at the funny farm today. Got some progress made yesterday but there is plenty left to do. Today I have to put some bits together to help out those who don't like or want to use the computer. Computers for the terrified - here we come.

See ya

MELODY525
10-23-2008, 08:00 PM
RUTH YES WE ARE ALL SENDING OUR LOVE AND SYMPATHIES FOR YOUR LOSS. I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT HARRY. :hug: IF THERE IS ANYTHING WE CAN DO JUST HOLLER.

SHAD...IF YOU CAN TEACH FROM THE LAND OF OZ VIA TELEPHONE TO THE TERRIFIED ION NEW JERSEY..THEN TEACHING THEM IN PERSON SHOULD BE A SNAP!! ONE DAY WHILE TOSSING STUFF OUT I FOUND MY NOTES FROM OUR PHONE CALLS ON HOW TO CHANGE FONT SIZE, CLEAN THE PC AND IF FORGET WHAT ELSE. :rofl: AND LOOK...NOW I CAN EVEN RELOAD AND RESTART A COMPUTER WHEN IT CRASHES!!....WELL WITH SOME HELP FROM MY FRIENDS HUBBY. :dance:

Roseblush
10-23-2008, 08:53 PM
Dear Ruth, So sorry about the loss of your dear friend. SO very difficult to be without people who mean so much in our lives. So difficult to watch them age and change. Please find comfort in the memory of what a great you were able to know. My prayers and heartfelt sympathy to you and friends.
Peace,
Renae

Madcat
10-23-2008, 09:29 PM
Ruth, my sincerest condolences on Harry's passing. I’m so sorry to hear that he is gone. I know that this has been a long, long journey. Hugs, my friend.

Madcat
10-23-2008, 09:52 PM
I made it to the gym this morning for the first time in a week. First I was away inDC and then I was preparing for a big presentation to the business sponsors and put in Shad-like hours on Tuesday and Wednesday. Funny, but I really notice the differences in my stress levels when I don’t start my day with a workout. Funny that, eh?

Mel ~ One usually gets to talk to some guy in India when you get phone support! You get Kiwi express help instead. What great new food did you find today at Trader Joe’s?

Shad ~ how cool that you had an entire gym to yourself. All that space and all those machines. Sounds like gym heaven to me. Good luck leading the terrified. Remember to grasp them from behind so they don’t pull you down too. It’s 42 degrees there? Geez, it was 4 hear this morning. Trade you… ok maybe not. Is it a dry heat?

Michelle ~ keep taking those drugs, my friend. Get better!

Happy~ Your DH is a sweetheart. The Eagles are really cool and are probably one of those bands everyone should see at one point in their lives. I didn’t realize you had a thing for them.

Ceejay~ good for you getting that workout in. What’s a few sore muscles?

Nae~ Just keep working at it and you will get the results. Living healthier is a good thing even if it is just a NSV. I’m pretty sure swearing does burn extra calories.

I’m having lunch with a good friend I haven’t seen in ages who is passing through town tomorrow. I haven’t seen her in ages and she is really great, so I’m looking forward to it. Gym tomorrow morning.

happy2bme
10-24-2008, 12:50 AM
Ruth :hug: my thoughts and prayers are with you. This has been a most difficult year for you. Reaching across the miles with heartfelt hugs...

If tears could build a stairway,
And memories were a lane,
I would walk right up to Heaven
To bring you home again.

No farewell's were spoken,
No time for goodbye,
You were gone before I knew it,
And only God knows why.

My heart still aches in sadness,
And secret tears will flow,
What is meant to me to lose you,
No one will ever know.

-- Author Unknown

Shad
10-24-2008, 03:14 AM
Here is a puzzle for you.

Tell me what it is and I will tell you all I know about it.

carla49
10-24-2008, 08:43 AM
Ruth, we're sending many healing hugs your way,
to comfort you and to let you know
that you're on our minds and in our hearts.

carla49
10-24-2008, 09:15 AM
Just checking in quickly from chilly Montreal. Maybe we tempted fate by Opting for Optimism in October - it seems the month has been one big 'Ouch!' Will the new month be time to 'Nix the Nasties in November'?

Madcat, my apologies for sending a rather belated birthday hug! :hug: Sorry that the trip to DC was challenging for your sister - I know her road has been a hard one for some time now.

Shad, if there's no humidity in Dampier, shouldn't they change the name to 'Dryier'??? (I know, I know - I'm the only one who thinks I'm funny. :rofl: :rofl: What did you expect from Ms Princess and the Pea reeling from hotel-induced insomnia???)

Mel, I'm not sure which is more fun, counting down the days until lift-off to NYC and Jollity in Jersey or checking the daily drops in the value of the Canadian dollar. Will it go up again before the big trip, or should I buy some US bucks at today's outrageous $1.28? :eek:

Annie, any news on the job search front? :crossed: that something comes through very soon. :goodvibes:

Happy, it sounds like you're hurting all over these days. Except, of course, for all the wonderful attention from that wonderful DH of yours! Two concerts - you go girl! :carrot:

Michelle, get well soon. Try to get the rest you need!!!

Ceejay, :wave:

Yikes! I've got to move here - 20 minutes to finish getting washed and brushed for work. Bye all!

MELODY525
10-24-2008, 09:18 AM
THINKING OF YOU MISS RUTH :hug:

MADCAT~ HAVE A GREAT TIME WITH THE FRIEND. ENJOY! I WILL COME BACK AND TELL ABOUT TJ'S FOODS. YUM!! ON MY WAY TO WORK RIGHT NOW!

SHAD....WILL PLAY THE GAME IN A LITTLE WHILE ALSO.
I CAN'T SEE THE PIC VERY WELL BUT IT LOOKS LIKE THE RED ROCK STUFF THEY MINE THERE? BBL.

:cofdate: GOOD MORNING CHICKIES OF THE WORLD. LET US ALL JOIN IN A CIRCLE OF FRIENDSHIP AND GIVE RUTH SUPPORT AND HARRY A WONDERFUL SEND OFF. HE WILL SOAR WITH THE ANGELS. SOMETIMES I WISH WE ALL LIVED CLOSER. :hug:
I AM OFF TO HELP JOHN WIND UP THE ALARM UPDATING. SEEMS HE HAS BEEN ABANDONED BY HELP TODAY. WHO IS RIUNNING THIS PLACE ANYWAY????? :rofl: :rofl: EVERYONE WANTS VACATION DAYS NOW JUST TO GET OUT OF HERE :tantrum: MY EXTRA CHECK FOR DECEMBER IS SECURED NOW!!! :dance: :dance: :dance:

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY/SATURDAY AND A WONDERFUL WEEKEND :moped:

MELODY525
10-24-2008, 09:21 AM
'Nix the Nasties in November'?
'Dryier'??? .....TOO FUNNY MISS CARLA!!
GET YOUR ARSE READY FOR WORK YOU LAZY SOD!! I NEED TO MAKE SURE MY MONTHLY CHECK IS BEING PAID BY SOMEONE RELIABLE....OH THAT'S RIGHT YOU LIVE IN THE LAND OF POPSICLES AND POLAR BEARS. I BETTER HURRY UP AND WAKE HAPPY THEN!!! :rofl:

Ruthxxx
10-24-2008, 09:43 AM
Good morning, Darlings. I feel hugged and loved by all the messages.

I really am just fine! As you know, I've been waiting for that awful phone call for four years. Harry was just becoming less and less of himself. I've got all the arrangements in control for a service next Thursday morning and have even decided to be my usual oddball self and serve pizza and wine after the service. It was Harry's favourite lunch!

Until then, I'm just carrying on with the usual routine except I'm definitely not feeling chatty.

Once again, thanks so much for the Wonderful Worldlies support. Maybe I'll get to meet some more of you in 2008 now that my life will be a bit less complicated.

happy2bme
10-24-2008, 10:26 AM
Good morning ladies,

Shad - I'm guessing dunnage bags. Can't see the picture close enough to really tell what it might be.

Ruth, I'm glad you can cherish the good memories of Harry. I think it's most appropriate to give him his favorite lunch.

Carla - enjoy Montreal. I heard it's pretty, I heard it's French. Are you sure you want to come here? Such a mess right now...

Madcat, I understand completely about starting off the day with a workout. I think it's part adrenaline rush, part just knowing you did something good for yourself. Enjoy your lunch. We all need girlfriend time.

Ceejay - give yourself a pat on the back for getting to the gym!

Mel - glad you can count on some extra cash for December. Stick it in the mattress when you get it and hang on to it.

Good morning to you Nae :D

Michelle - I'm sorry you are STILL sick. By now that has to be frustrating - it really kicked your keester. I hope round 2 takes care of you. And you won't be able to get a flu shot in your condition. :hug:

I don't know what to call November. I saw the headlines today and the market is about to take another nosedive. I am so afraid that we will lose not just some but most everything we have worked so very hard for. I am going to enjoy my last splurges of excess on the concerts as I am afraid it's going to be sackcloth and ashes for the next few years. And last night I busted my temporary tooth crown into 3 pieces. I retrieved 2 of them, think I ate one piece. My exposed stub is horribly sensitive - no yawning (air) or cold of any kind. I can only brush my teeth with warm water and take small sips. I was supposed to get the new crown Monday so I'm waiting until the dentist office opens as I MUST get in there today.

We all have our bummer days, today is mine. So without further adeiu or is it ado? Bubb bye for now :wave:

ceejay52
10-24-2008, 12:43 PM
Ruth
Hugs sending good thought your way.

Happy
I'm trying hard not to listen to the news but it's every where. I'll be glad when the election is over and the economy gets back on track.

We have early voting so I did my duty yesterday. My aunt and uncle will not like the way I voted but that is my decision.

I woke up this morning after a restless night with a sore throat. It's been going around. I still don't feel like driving to Paragould today, maybe tomorrow.

I also told my aunt and uncle last week end that Christmas spending is going to be cut drastically this year. I can't afford 5 families this year.

happy2bme
10-24-2008, 01:13 PM
Ceejay - I voted early too yesterday. I thought that a rainy day, mid week in the afternoon - there might not be too many people. We only had to wait 35 minutes which wasn't too bad. People have many strong feelings this election, it's hard not to get emotionally involved. As you say, you have to vote with what you think is best. I am really frightened that we are in a horrible downspin we won't recover from for a very long, long time.

Everyone I talk to, including myself feels like you in regards to Christmas spending and cutting back. That will be more bad news for the retailers and Wall Street. They said that some businesses like Borders Books and Circuit City Electronics are having such a hard time now that if they have to face a bad holiday season it could mean the end for them. Hard to believe...

diyana
10-24-2008, 03:23 PM
Ruth - My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find comfort in happy memories during this difficult time. :hug:

Happy - so sorry to hear about your tooth. I hope you were able to get that taken care of.

I hope everyone else is doing well, and I hope to catch up with y'all this weekend. I've got a weekend of R&R ahead. Lots of rest as I try and clear out my lungs and get my energy back. The doc thinks my pneumonia is clearing up and I just have a lingering virus (maybe something DH brought back from Mexico) which is why I'm tired and it's playing havoc with my asthma which is causing the chest tightness. No more steroids, just two inhalers and finish my antibiotics. Lots of liquids, lots of rest. At least I only am working two days next week before taking 3 days of vacation (hopefully I'll be well enough to go fishing). Doc says I can get the flu shot on Monday since this is mostly an asthma issue now.

I'm just looking forward to being done for the day so I can go home, eat and go to bed. Such an exciting life I lead! LOL

Love and hugs,

MELODY525
10-24-2008, 06:10 PM
Just A Quick Note. I Will Come Back Next Week And Read And Catch Up. I Need Time To Myself.
I Had An Awful Fight With Medicaid And The Repair Vendor. Everyone Has Been Banned To Their Resp[ective Corners For The Final Argument On Monday. The Chair Repairs Have Been Denied For The 3rd Time In 90+ Days. Now I Have To Go To Medicaid Court And Try One Last Time. God Even Knows How To Do That. Papers Are Coming In The Mail To Show Me The Steps It Takes For The Trial. Just What I Needed. I Need Some Time Alone. I Have Nothing Else To Give Anymore.
Love You All. Mel

Shad
10-24-2008, 08:59 PM
Ouch for October, I think it should be.

Ruth - good to hear from you and I am pleased to know that you are hanging in there okay. Pizza and wine sounds just fine to me. If it is homemade pizza - even better.

Happy - Dunnage bags??? What the heck are dunnage bags. I will try to make the picture bigger but I don't think it will make too much difference really. It really is an optical illusion picture.
Not sure what we should call November. If we nix the nasties like Carla wants then should we tempt fate with the 'nasties'??

Carla - I like the name, :rofl: but if I suggested it round here I would probably be on the 'push in front of a train' list. The locals don't accept change readily. They already have a list 14 miles long for the reasons they don't like daylight saving (it's here on trial at the moment). Do you really have a pee - oops pea, sorry - in your bed??? Glad you are looking forward to the trip to NYC. Love to be there with you but guess what - I'm still in Dampier and still working here. My boss has sent me a cryptic message yesterday - if I don't have enough work to do - feel free to go grab a warehouse employee!!!! The mind boggles. Think I will race thru the work just to see what I can grab! :yikes: :running: I hear you on the drop in currency. To think that just over a year ago, I was getting 90c US for my AUS$ and now its around 70c - the Canadian rate is a bit worse as well. We were almost on a par last time I bought some of those. Bloody greedy assh*les.

Mel - red rock stuff they mine here ???? Well you are a bit closer than Happy and the dunnage bags but no cigar there.
I think you need time to yourself. As for taking people to court - wtf are they doing this for. Can't you get the mayor to write a letter stating that as you do voluntary work (for a small stipend) for the building that you need to be able to move around at any time and that if you didn't do this work then the State would be paying $40KPY to get someone to actually manage the buildings? Will it take a death due to negligence there to actually get them off their asses?

Ceejay - I always thought that a democracy meant that the people made their own decisions about the way they voted and what the majority wanted was what the country got. It doesn't matter what anyone else wants, you have as much right to your opinion as the next person in line. And good for you for voting early. Wish we had early voting but we don't. Just one day, just one vote. That's it. Not the same hoop-la as you all have to go through either. Should go see if I can find the joke about the lie clocks and attach it here. That'll give us all a laugh.
Christmas spending. Well I don't have a big family like yours, so it isn't the same sort of problem, however for what it is worth, here's how my friend Chris and her big family get around the problem. Chris has 5 brothers and sisters and each has a partner, umpteen nieces and nephews, and 2 kids and 4 grandkids of her own. Each Christmas they put all the names of the adult brothers and sisters plus husbands or wives into a hat (or a jar or whatever) then each one draws out a name. They then have to buy for that person for next Christmas, and the value is not to be above $75.00 (this used to be 50 but things got more expensive). They then only have to buy for their own children. The parents are long dead. They have an entire year to sort out and purchase something special for that person. Works for them. It might work for your large family as well.

Michelle - feel better soon.

Yesterday I quit work early - well I have done 10+ hours per day since I got here Wednesday week ago and I went into Karratha and found myself some reading matter. Got enough books to keep me happy for quite a few weeks. Then I went back to camp and went back to the gym for an hour - showered, had dinner and went to bed. Got up early again this morning and went back to the gym. There had been someone in there at 3.30am that morning. I've committed to do 3 days of at least 30 minutes per day in the gym and I have done that this week. However I need to find something to do in the evenings because otherwise I get stuck with a book and find myself asleep at around 8.30 which means I will be awake around 2 looking for something to do.
There is a fair amount of social life here, most worked around the wetmess (local bar in camp) However tonight the gym is putting on a walking session to watch the sunset and tramp around town. I think I might just join in. On Monday night, there is a girls night in where they are raising money for breast cancer and I have been invited to that. I might just go I think. Need to keep myself from just lazing around. Might help me sleep better too.

Now as to the picture.
Actually it is an aerial view of the Dampier Salt pans, otherwise known as Anchovy Flats.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/Saltpans1.jpg

And yes it is an area filled with sea water and the sun evaporates the water and the salt is then dredged from the pan, cleaned and sent to be flavoured, packaged and sold on the shop shelf. No matter how big you get the picture, it never looks like flat water. Pink salt (now a big fashion favourite of the chefs around the country) comes from here. It is normal sea salt which hasn't had all the iron content removed.

And with that, I had better get back to the railways and sort some more people out. Then I might get to go grab that man.

happy2bme
10-25-2008, 12:53 PM
Dunnage bags... are you familiar with the occasional clear plastic bags filled with air that are used in packaging to keep the contents of the box from shifting? Well a dunnage bag does just that. Large inflatable bladders used for shipping. Some actually are the coppery color of your picture. Actually I had no idea what you pic was, that's what it looked like to me at first guess - like the old Rorshaulk test - what comes to mind when you see this ink blot? :lol: Very interesting what it really is. Thank you for sharing. I have started to see some of these exotic salts in the store. It would seem that salt is salt is salt unlike actual spices or peppers so I just admire the pricy things and move on. Seen the pink salt too- it's quite pretty.

Well we seem to be on a 2 month roll just bad luck, unfortuntate circumstances. Perhaps we should name November something like There's GOT to be Something Good in November Worldlies. Hugs abound for all who need them :hug:

Shad it's good that you are back in the gym. That sunset walk sounds lovely. Would seem that you only require about 5 hours of sleep if you're waking up at 2am. That's not good. I realize not everyone needs 8 but 5 is rather short. Or are you having the restlessness that DH does? I think joining some of the gym activities might be a nice change.

Mel, I am soooo sorry for you latest fiasco. I truly wish there was some way I could help. Please don't let the stress get to you my friend. We will miss you but do what's right for you, ok?

Gee Michelle, I didn't realize you can bring Montezuma's revenge back with you :yikes: I'm glad you can at least get your flu shot. Don't need to get kicked around anymore later on. I missed getting my flu shot as I could not get to the office in time with my tooth issues Friday. I hope she will hold a shot for me otherwise I will just tough it out with my own resistance this year.

Hi Ceejay - hope you are enjoying your weekend. Same to you Madcat and Carla. I'm sure Ruth is busy with plans.

Tonight we are having a neighborhood party - hot dogs and Halloween based activities for the kids. It's a rain date reschedule of an earlier event. Going to be rather chilly tonight - those firepits will be welcome. The president of the homeowners association cannot make it so has delegated speech making to me. :kickcan: So I have to come up with a few choice words. We are having the party in a cul-de-sac which is a rounded street with only one outlet. The lady who is organizing the party has her house decorate so adorable with stacks of lighted pumpkins on the first floor and lighted ghosts looking out the windows on the second floor. I wanted to do the same but DH said we have enough decorations already :lol:

Well I need to get a move on here, keep your chin up folks. DH is awaiting his pink slip too...

1day@atime
10-25-2008, 07:08 PM
Hello Ladies,

Ruth - Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mitchellez - Glad to hear your feeing somewhat better. Don't overdo it with the exercising.

Happy - I like the November name, we need some good vibes next month. Hope you get a good turnout tonight.

Melody - sending good vibes to you. Hope your getting a chance to rest and rejuvenate.

Traveled a few days this week. House is a mess. I took my niece to her school carnival as her mom(my sister) was sick. Tonight is my church carnival.. I'm tired but will show up and give my support. Tomorrow is my day and i'm sleeping in late..

Hello to everyone else.

annie175
10-25-2008, 08:30 PM
I had this really long post going...and it zapped, I will finish later. Going out to get a breath of fresh air.

Shad
10-25-2008, 08:32 PM
Morning all,

Happy speech making Happy - hope you can think up some choice words for the uninitiated and the unaware. " I'm here before you, to stand behind you and tell you something I know nothing about"! Gotta love public speaking.

I think I have organised myself out of existence today. I have my calendar printed and on the cork board for everyone to see what I am up to. I've filled in the timesheet for the week and the work summary for the boss. I'm about to start on my next R & R time which will be sometime after training in a couple of weeks time. I have a presentation on the workings of a SAP Warehouse to deliver to a warehouse bloke today. If it works, I then get to give it to the big wigs. Then hopefully they will be able to make some decisions as to how things are going to work.
I didn't get to the Sunset walk yesterday. The left leg and hip went out in sympathy with Happy's and it was aching too much to subject it to more exercise. I did the washing, folding and ironing instead. Last night was the changeover to DST here in the West so there wasn't quite as much sleep to be had as needed. Got up this morning to a wonderful display of a new moon and a million stars - some seemed so close you could almost touch them.

Not much else to report on. I'd better go and bone up on some courses and learn what to say and when or even better what not to say and when.

I'll be back.

MELODY525
10-26-2008, 10:38 AM
THE PHONE HAS BEEN RINGING OFF THE HOOK SINCE I POSTED. I HAVE PITTED THE INS. DOCTOR AGAINST THE REPAIR VENDOR. BECAUSE OF THE "BILLING HICCUP" THE VENDOR IS AT FAULT AND ONE STEP AWAY FROM FRAUD. I DO BELIEVE HE WILL DO THE MORALLY RIGHT THING AND "EAT THE LOSS" OF THE REPAIR. AND THERE IS ALSO DOUBT THAT SOME REPAIRS WERE EVEN PERFORMED THE LAST TIME 4 YRS AGO. THAT MECHANIC HAS SINCE BEEN FIRED. ONE WORD FROM ME AND THIS ENTIRE FIGHT WILL BECOME WWIII. THE INS. DR TRIED HIS BEST TTO GET ME TO TALK...BUT I USED IT INSTEAD TO SWAY THE VENDOR. HE IS NO FOOL AND SEES THE POSITION HE'S PUT HIMSELF INTO. I'VE BEEN WITH THIS VENDOR ALMOST 17 YEARS AND HE IS NOT ABOUT TO LOSE AN ACCOUNT THAT GETS HIM THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS AND IS STEADY WORK....TO SAY NOTHING OF A POSSIBLE INVESTIGATION.
IF I HAD KEPT THAT THOUGHT IN MY HEAD FROM THE START...I WOULD HAVE NOT GOTTEN PHYSICALLY ILL FROM THIS WHOLE MESS TWICE NOW. BUT I LOST MY TRAIN OF THOUGHT THRU TEARS. A GOOD LESSON...TEARS GET YOU NO WHERE UNLESS THE PERSON YOU ARE SPEAKING TO HAS A FRIGGING HEART!!! :tantrum:
ANYWAY...I AM NOT COUNTING MY CHICKENS YET BUT I DO BELIEVE THE CHAIR WILL BE REPAIRED THIS TIME FOR FREE AND BACK IN MY POSSESSION SOON. LOTS OF BUTT KISSING CALLS GOING ON NOW.
THE ONLY PROBLEM IS THAT THE INS. DOCTOR IS REMAINING FIRM ON REPAIRING ONLY ONE CHAIR FROM NOW ON AND HAS TOLD ME TO PICK WHICH ONE IT WILL BE!! HER HAS ALSO TOLD ME TO THINK ABOUT A HOMEMAIKER FOR A FEW HOURS A DAY...LIKE 2-3. NOT FOR ME. NOT YET. THANKS BUT NO THANKS. ONLY ONE CHAIR FIXED??? WELL THAT IS A FIGHT FOR A LATER DATE!!! ONE BATTLE AT A TIME.

I WILL READ AND CATCH UP DURING THE WEEK. MORE DECISIONS FOR TOMORROW AND MUCH TO MUCH PHONE WORK. :moped:

carla49
10-26-2008, 11:33 AM
Mel, you truly are a warrior, and you will get the chair back one way or another. But I fail to see the doc's logic - isn't it cheaper for the insurance to keep your chairs in good repair than to finance a housekeeper three hours a day??? And isn't the ideal to keep you as independant as possible for as long as possible?? Even from the outside the decision looks totally illogical; I can only imagine how frustrated you must be feeling. :crossed: that you really have won the battle this time round. And lots of virtual :hug: :hug: until I show up on your doorstep with some real ones.

:grouphug: also to Ruth, who I hope is holding her own, and to Michelle, who must be getting very tired of feeling unwell.

Happy, how did the speech go? Being in front of a large group is not my best thing - I find it hard to think with the roar of nerves in my head. :faint:

:wave: to Shad, Ceejay, Nae, Madcat, Rennie, Patty, and whoever I've missed..

How about "Wordly Chicks For a Nicer November"? Thoroughly wimpy, :barf: but unlikely to attract the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.

happy2bme
10-26-2008, 02:35 PM
Hi folks,

We had a great party last night. The president showed up and I made him speak :lol:

The woman who mostly organized this did an incredible job decorating her house for Halloween. DH saw how cool it looked and is going to help me decorate the upstairs windows at our house. I have to hurry and be ready as he wants to head out to the store in 15 minutes so I can't stay here right now.

:crossed: and much love and success to Mel on a fight she should NOT have to be dealing with.

I'll be back later chicks.

I kinda like your suggestion for November Carla. I can't take any more gloom and doom. After all for those of us in the states, it's the month of Thanksgiving even if we do have to deal with turkeys all around us :rofl:

annie175
10-26-2008, 05:18 PM
Good Afternoon...

I am going to try this again.

Went to the mall last night with DD. We just walked around as neither one of us has any money. Her employer, ACE Mortgage closed all locations nationwide on Friday, so she came home unemployed. Just perfect!! Guess she and I will get quality time together. haha

Michelle...darlin' you keep taking good care of yourself. God love you.

Madcat. Have fun at at lunch with long lost friend.

Carla...yes, nasty November...it has to get better than October was for me and the family.

Ruthie...my deepest sympathies, however you seem to be in a good mindset now.

Happy...the Eagles. I am soooooo jealous. It reminds me of my teen years and Dave, the one who didn't work out, from HS days. Altho good memories. When you send the PB and cheese, be sure to send enough for two as DD and I are both unemployed.

Shad...when you steal the night away, come here, Lord knows I am home these days and could use the company.

MEL....Everything in life worth having always seems to come with a fight. Couldn't just a few things just plain ole happen the way they should? Goodluck with BOTH chairs.

Hello to all I may have missed.

Here is the agenda for this week. My BF is coloring my hair on Monday. Tuesday I have an interview with ITT Technical Institute for Executive Admin in HR. I am not fond of HR people, but hope to become one. Wednesday will be searching more for me and the DD for positions. Thursday the same as Wednesday. Friday at 1:00 pm I have an interview with Humana for Executive Admin/Coordinator. Either one would suit me fine, they both have great benefits and pay well. Keep everything crossed, light a candle, and say extra prayers.

Tony is a total babe. We went to the movies on Friday night to see "Body of Lies" about Iraq. It was a pretty good. At least I know when I go out with Tony, I get to eat, he always feeds me. I bring home leftovers for DD. Isn't that pathetic. hahahaha.

We cleaned out the garden and have about 75 green tomatos of various sizes. We did have fried green tomatos last night. Quite the yum. Took a batch over to my parents this morning for my visit with them. Have a bag for the Tony man, and still have bunches left over. Got about 6 green peppers and 3 jalapenos. I think there is a recipe <---MEL..that is your hint, for green tomato salsa.

Need to pop some clothes in the dryer. It has been a lazy Sunday. Everyone feel better, be happy and have a marvelous Monday.

Much Love and hugs

Ruthxxx
10-26-2008, 06:15 PM
Just checking in between petting dogs! The Pypers left me Bailey (Lucy's littermate) while they went to Kingston for the day. It's strange - and nice - to have another Portuguese Water Dog around, even if she's not Hershey or Lucy.

My life is kind of "on hold" for now although I do have stuff to do this week before the funeral. My friends - both IRL and online - have been tremendously supportive. When they ask, "What can I do to help", I let them know. It's too bad we've had so much rain or the leaves would be raked up by now.

Tomorrow I'll be spending 7:30 to 10:30 at the garage in the next town while I get my car exhaust system changed. Maybe they'll lend me a car or drive me home because I really would rather be home. Will be helping a friend get her dear old dog put to sleep during the week, have music and hymns to choose for the funeral, an appointment for a haircut and other odds and ends to get done before Thursday. All this will be interspersed with phone calls and folks turning up at my door with food! My freezer is slowly filling up. :( I should be more grateful but who the heck needs four loaves of banana bread!

Right now I need to let the dogs out for a final potty and saddle them up to go to my sister's for dinner. I really hope to be home by nine so I can fall asleep watching "Desperate Housewives"!

I really AM fine, Worldlies....just no time for personals these days.

Shad
10-26-2008, 07:05 PM
Morning all,

Annie - that's wonderful that you have two interviews lined up. :crossed: everything for you. Hate interviews but you get through em the best way you can.
Sorry to hear the DD is now unemployed. Unfortunately the situation will get worse before it gets better. A change of government will not fix the problem overnight like some seem to think. However your positive attitude is a credit to you. I daresay you have your downtimes but you are hiding it well.

Mel - thank goodness for small mercies. Maybe one chair at a time is a good idea. Go with the battle, get the worst one done now, then put the other one in next year. You may have to consider only two! Figuratively speaking I have your back! And Carla will be there soon to give you the hugs that I will be sending.

Happy - all this decorating. Hope it gives pleasure to the multitudes. I've never celebrated Halloween so don't know what is good about it.
If you have 'turkeys' all around, shoot 'em and eat them for Thanksgiving dinner. :yikes: :rofl: Saves buying one at the store!

Carla - yep, like the title. Best not to invoke the nasties I think. Are you back home again now or are you still doing your best to annoy the Hilton in Montreal?

Ruth - sounds like you are keeping busy - which of course keeps you out of trouble and off the streets. I thought your sister was in Portugal or has she come back now? Understand that life is on hold. You've had your share of blows for the time being. Sit back, relax, try to think happy thoughts, we'll still be here when you are ready to chat

And with that, I had better go think some happy thoughts about my job. I've got a few things to sort out and then I head out for the training rooms to familiarise myself with them and talk to the administrators down there. It's just across the road from the camp (and has a great ocean view) so maybe I might just sneak home for a cuppa at lunch time. I'll be back.

carla49
10-26-2008, 09:23 PM
Ruth, it sounds like you're keeping extremely busy, not a bad thing at a time like this. I'm not at all surprised at all the support you're getting - all the kindness you've shown others is flowing back to you. :hug: And if you need some help with all that banana bread... :drool:

Annie, I really admire your positive attitude. :cp: Good luck on the interviews. It won't be long before it pays off with a new job you enjoy. Bad luck that your daughter's been let go too! Yikes, it never rains but it pours! I did get a big smile from your post - for just a second I thought it was your boyfriend colouring your hair, :eek: then realized you meant best friend. Meanwhile the new boyfriend is keeping you and DD from starving.

Shad, how's the sore hip? Have you made it back into the gym yet? :woops: I haven't done anything athletic in so long I'm not sure I wouldn't just keel over as I opened the gym door. I'm still in Mtl for a few days, but it's not the Hilton I'm terrorising this time. I always wonder why ritzy hotels don't think to install at least a little openable section in the window. I sleep so much better with fresh air.

Happy, you sly dog you! Managing to pass the speechifying back to the one who was supposed to do it on the first place. ;) As for the Halloween decorations, have you considered painting the front of the house orange and brown? :badbat: Maybe dying the cats in Halloween colours, or trading them in for calicos? :rofl:

Mel, sweetie, be strong tomorrow and get that chair back - no charge. And let us know what the outcome is. With a huge gang of worldlies all rooting for you, how can it go wrong? :goodvibes :goodvibes And by the way, I saw you stocking up on frappucinos in case you needed to drown your sorrows... :coffee: :nono: Big sister is watching you.

How about "Worldly Chicks Nurture oNe aNother in November"? (I can just keep churning out more suggestions, each one lamer than the last. Anything to entertain the troops.) :lol3: :lol3:

ceejay52
10-26-2008, 10:35 PM
There is a lot going on this week end.

Mel
I would love to have house keeping for 2 to 3 hours per day but I don't blame you for wanting to do things for yourself. Sending you good vibes and :hugs:

Annie
Hope things work out for you and your daughter.

Shad and Happy
I do give my sisters both more than enough money to buy their Christmas dinners because of the size of their families. It's also easier for me to let my sister's spend the money this way. This is what I'm going to do this year with my uncle's family. My uncle's son's are struggling right now and I don't want to put a hardship on either of them. I simply don't have the money to buy a gift for every one. This way I can. Plus I'm going to be helping buy a food basket for one of our church friend's who is having a hard time right now. It's 25 people to 1 (me) in my family. A traditional Christmas with presents is not my way of thinking when it comes to Christmas. Enough said.
On a positive note, I did buy myself a new winter jacket today.

I'm going to keep thinking positive about the economy. Today for example I paid 2.18 per gallon of gas. This morning we passed this gas station and gas was 2.26 per gallon. I was at the pump today and had a little problem with it but they were changing the price as I stood there. My aunt just called to see if I had gotten that price.

ceejay52
10-26-2008, 10:38 PM
Carla
i like that.

Shad
I missed the comment about your hip. Take care of yourself.

MELODY525
10-27-2008, 09:17 AM
HAPPY....HOPE THE SPEECH WASN'T MADE FROM A SOAPBOX :rofl: :rofl: WHAT A NICE IDEA FOR THE KIDDIES TOO. HOW IS THE HIP DOING?
AND THE TOOTH? :hug:

MICHELLE~ YOUR PLAN FOR RESTING AND GETTING BETTTER SOUND GOPOD. ARE THE FISH BITING STILL? HOPE THEY JUMP ON YOUR LINE! FEEL BETTER :hug:

SHAD~ SALT??? WHO'D A THUNK IT. AND PINK AT THAT.
WISHING YOU WELL IN THE SALT FLATS AND TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF! :hug: KEEP THOSE JOB RELATED HAPPY THOUGHTS GOING!! :rofl:

RUTH~ I CAN UNDERSTAND HOW YOU MUST FEEL. BEEN A LONG ROAD DARLIN' AND NOW IT'S TIME TO TAKE CARE OF RUTHIE AND DISNEY. PIZZA AND WINE? WHATEVER WORKS FOR YOU!! :hug:


ANNIE~ SENDING ALL GOOD EMPLOYMENT THOUGHTS TO BOTH YOU AND DD. WHEN NIT RAINS IT POURS. I DON'T MIND A LITTLE RAIN BUT AM TIRED OF THE FRIGGING THUNDERSTORMS!! :rofl: :rofl: GLAD TONY IS THE MAN AND THAT YOU GET FED!! WHEN PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU WANT FOR XMAS...TELL THEM CASH OR SUPERMARKET GIFT CARDS!!! :hug: YOU GOOGLE GREEN TOMATO SALSA RECIPES AND THOUSANDS TURN UP! ROFLMAO HERE'S ONE

GREEN TOMATO SALSA

http://www.recipetips.com/recipe-cards/t--1935/green-tomato-salsa.asp

PATTY~ GOOD FOR YOU GOING TO THE FAIR EVEN TIRED. SO MANY GROUPS NEED THE SUPPORT RIGHT NOW. TOUGH TIMES FOR ALL.

CEEJAY~ LET US BOTH HOPE THE HOLIDAYS WON'T BE TOO BAD. THINGS COULD ALWAYS BE WORSE...WE COULD BE OUT OF WORK LIKE ANNIE AND HER DD. CUTTING BACK IS A GOOD THING AND WE HAVE ALREADY DONE THAT. :cheer:

CARLA~ WHAT FRAPPUCCINOS?? I DON'T SEE ANY COFFEE DRINKS HERE. THAT'S MY STORY AND I AM STICKING TO IT! SORRY THE WICKED STEP MOM CAN BE SUCH A PAIN. YOU WOULD THINK BY NOW SHE'D BE GRATEFUL FOR HELP AND VISITS. I WOULD TELL YOU TO WALK AWAY BUT THEN I AM NOT SURE IF I COULD DO THAT EITHER. :hug:

HOPING I GOT TO EVERYONE. I DIDN'T SEE MISS MADCAT BUT :wave: WAVING A HELLO!!!

MELODY525
10-27-2008, 09:22 AM
I POSTED BY MISTAKE....I AM OFF TO MAN THE PHONE AND STAY THERE WHERE THEY CAN REACH ME IF NEEDED...THE ORGRES I MEAN.
WE HAD A WILD THUNDERSTORM/HURRICANE THING. NOT EVEN SURE WHAT TO CALL IT BUT IT WAS WET, WILDER AND WOOLIER THAN I HAVE SEEN IN A LONG TIME. TOOK DOWN PIECES OF TREES. CALLED THE COPS, MET THEM OUTSIDE WITH KEYS FROM THE TENANTS. BOTH CARS HAD A TREE PART ON THEM BUT NOT MUCH DAMAGE. BOTH WERE TOO SICK TO COME OUT :faint: SEE WHY I NEED SO MANY CHAIRS??? IT;'S IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP UP WITH THE WORK HERE WITHOUT THEM.....WAIT....MAYBE THAT'S A GOOD THING AND I AM FIGHTING FOR NOTHING! :rofl: :rofl:
OK GOTTA GO. LOTS TO DO. TELL YOU TOMORROW HOW IT ALL GOES...IF I GET AN ANSWER!
\HAPPY MONDAY! :moped:

diyana
10-27-2008, 12:49 PM
Happy Monday ladies --

DH and I are starting to feel more human. We are getting our energy back slowly. My chest is still tight and I get winded easily, but I'm much more alert/alive than I was. I'm done with antibiotics, but I'm still using two inhalers to help my breathing. We're supposed to get a rain/snow mix today, but it's supposed to warm up to between the mid 50s and mid 60s for later in the week. And since DH is taking all week off for vacation and I'm taking Wednesday through Friday off, we're hoping to get some late season fishing in. I'm hoping to get back to the gym later this week or next week, depending on my breathing and energy level. It's been nearly 3 weeks, and I really miss working out. But I don't want to push myself too hard too soon. However, between laying around and the Prednisone making me eat like there's no tomorrow, I've put on several pounds (to afraid to weigh myself). I'm sure I'm out of one-derland. :( But I know that now that I am getting back on track with the eating and I'll start exercising in the next week or so, the weight will come off again.

DH and I are planning on voting early (on Thursday). We believe the lines at the polling place will be so long on the 4th that we want to make sure we get in early. We live in a small town, so the early voting times are limited...but since we're both of on Thursday, we can go then (before we head out to go fishing!).

Annie - I'm so sorry to hear that DD was laid off too. That's awful. With your positive attitude you'll find a great job soon. Sending you :goodvibes: and positive thoughts. Do you want me to send PB and cheese too? I'm wishing you much success on your interviews tomorrow and Friday. I'll be thinking positive thoughts for you. :hug:

Shad - Good for you for getting a temporary membership at the Dampier gym. Exercise bands are a great way to get a resistance workout and they're so lightweight - perfect for travel!

Patty - Congratulations on the certification! YGG! :congrat: :confetti: I hope you are hive-free by now. Sounds like you had a fun carnival weekend!

Mel - So sorry to hear about the battles with Medicaid and the repair vendor. I hope things work out in your favor very soon. Hang in there. :hug: I know you have a lot ot take care of, but please don't overdo. This week and next week will be stressful enough. Make sure to take some Mel time too. Sending you :hug: and :goodvibes:

Happy - How is your tooth and your hip? I hope both are doing much better. DH didn't bring Montezuma's revenge back, but some type of respiratory virus. Anyway, we are both starting to feel better. Yay! Im glad your neighborhood party was fun. We had our trick or treaters yesterday, and one of the parent's commented that he almost didn't recognize the house since we didn't get any decorations up this year. Oh well, we'll make up for it at Christmas with our 1/2 dozen inflatable penguins and more penguins everywhere!! LOL

Carla - I love reading your posts. You have such a great sense of humor! :) And I like your suggestions for November titles.

Ruth - I hope you enjoyed your day of dog petting. That's always great therapy and a tremendous mood lifter. So nice that your friends are able to help you through this difficult time. Sending lots of :hug: your way.

Ceejay - So generous of you to help your sisters get their Christmas dinners, and helping your uncle's family too! This Christmas is going to be very lean for DH and I and our families, just small gifts. I bought my step-mom a nightgown, and my sister and her hubby a Santa, both were on sale at Kohls, and I got extra discounts...which made them even more affordable. I think Christmas is more about kindness and spending time with loved ones than about presents. That's why I'm so glad that my DMIL is coming out for the holidays. She's arriving in just over 3 weeks and will be here through New Years. Gas prices have gone lower, so I'm hoping that's a sign of positive change that's ahead. I know things will not turn around over night after the election, but I do think that things will improve, especially if the guy I like gets elected. ;) :lol:

Here's to a Marvelous Monday for all of us!

Love and hugs,

Hotcupojava
10-27-2008, 04:19 PM
Odd, but JUST today, I started to include Ruth on a funny email. I don't know why, I've not contacted her in MONTHS, maybe as long as a year ago, but I thought of her this morning. Then I come on 3FC, also something that I've not done in quite a while, save that last post, and find that she'd lost Harry. Ruth, my thoughts are with you. I'm sorry I'm so late in getting this news, but I truly thought of you this morning. I hope you're coping well. And a happy Monday to all else, who roost here.:hug:

Shad
10-27-2008, 06:42 PM
Good morning everyone,
Short post today as I am pretty busy I think!!!! That may of course change over the course of a couple of minutes - it usually does. I have to try and slow down the boss who want's everything yesterday but is not going about it the right way, and them out there to whom change is not a happy idea.

So............ I'll be back right after I have waved my magic wand - clipped the boss behind the ear with it and poked it into the proverbials of the recalcitrants. Then of course they want me to take on the warehouse stuff as well. Cripes, they are all twice as tall as me. Make that a big soapbox

Shad
10-28-2008, 01:18 AM
Here I am back again to post personals. I was right when I said I was pretty busy - things just went down hill from there and one of my personal nightmares came out to bite me. Aaaah well this too shall pass.

Hiya Hotcup - good to see you lurking in the fringes again. How goes things?

Michelle - so good to hear you are on the improve. Days off can only help. I wandered off to the gym this morning - very slowly I might add, and I only stayed for 30 minutes this time. Not long enoough but there is a lot going on right now and the early morning is the only time I WILL exercise. If I put it off to later, say afternoon or evening, I have the entire day to figure out a really good excuse that my brain will accept.

Mel - wasn't sure which you meant when you posted THE ORGRES. Is this an orgy - or are we having ogres??? Calm down and relax or you'll be back in the land of rosacea again my friend.
Some clown has waded out into the middle of the salt flats and put up a sign called Anchovy Flats. I guess if anything could live in there, it would taste like an anchovy.

Carla - sore hip comes and goes. It feels like sciatica. Probably is sciatica and it annoys the living sh*t out of me. I try to ignore it most of the time. Like most things, it will go away in it's own sweet time I guess. How goes Montreal? Went to the gym this morning as stated above.

Annie - when I steal away into the night, I will be walking your way. Probably get a bit lost tho as I tend to swerve off the road and read the road signs and decide whether to go there next. The road home is never straight.

Ceejay - nice of you to buy dinner for all.

Happy must be out checking the neighbourhood decorations. Only a few days to go now.

And that's about it. It is freezing in this office. Better find someone to stamp on and kick about a bit. That'll warm me up

happy2bme
10-28-2008, 09:39 AM
Good morning ladies,

Sorry for the quick hello - just alot going on the last few days. Same for today as I have to get off to work soon. Between dentist, doctor and physical therapy appointments I am rather behind at work and the new month is looming on the horizon. I hope I can get back at lunch time as I have to go out again tonight and won't be able to get here.

Take care in whatever comes your way today :wave:

MELODY525
10-28-2008, 09:43 AM
MICHELLE~ I AM SURE YOU ALREADY KNOW THIS BUT YOUR HEALTH IS MORE IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW. REBUILDING STRENGTH FROM PNEUMONIA TAKES TIME AND IT ALL DEPENDS ON THE TYPE. SO RESTING IS THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO FOR YOURSELF. I AM GLAD TO HEAR YOU ARE BOTH FEELING BETTER. THE END WILL COME SOON. STAY STRONG :hug:

MARY~ I SOULD SAY I AM SORRY THAT I DIDN'T THINK TO E-MAIL YOU NTHE NEWS MYSELF!! I WAS IN A FOG THESE LAST 2 WEEKS. SORRY! :gaint:

SHAD....ANCHOVY FLATS :rofl: WHEN I LOGGED ON I WENT PAST MY POST AND SAW THE ORGRES:lol3: :lol3: I WAS WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO SAY ORGY AND THERE YOU ARE! :rofl: :rofl: IT'S GOOD TO BEGIN THE DAY WITH A LAUGH! HOPE YOU FOUND SOMEONE TO HELP GET YOU WARMED UP. DID IT TAKE MUCH STOMPING AROUND? WISHING YOU BETTER DAYS IN THE LAND OF PINK SALTY PILLOWS!

:rain: RAINY, DARK AND COLD NOW WITH SNOW SHOWERS PREDICTED. SO MEL DECIDED TO CANCEL FOOD SHOPPING AND STAY INDOORS. TODAY IS A MELIDAY FOR SURE. I AM BEAT AND HAVE SAID IT OUTLOUD TO ALL WHO WOULD LISTEN. NO REASON FOR ME TO LEAVE THE APARTMENT EXCEPT THE LAUNDRY AND THAT CAN SURELY WAIT. I GOT A LOT OF PAPERWORK DONE YESTERDAY FOR MYSELF AND JEN. WE WERE ON THE PHONE A LOT GETTING RE-EVALUATIONS AND LEGAL CRAP SORTED OUT. DON'T WANT OUR BANK ACCOUNT STRIPPED LIKE LAST YEAR. AT LEAST THIS TIME I AM READY AND HAVE SOME CASH STASHED :dance:
I AM OFF TO THE LAND OF WISHFUL THINKING AND MINDLESS TV WITH THE GRANDSON WHO IS ALREADY NAPPING AGAIN!!!

MELODY525
10-28-2008, 09:43 AM
:wave: HELLO MISS BUSY HAPPY! :wave:

ceejay52
10-28-2008, 10:08 AM
Hi Java,
So good to see you posting again.

Happy
Is your physical therapy sessions helping?

Not much going on at work this morning. The boss is back today.

I'm starting a hand written journal to see what my emotions are during the times I binge. It's mainly stress at work and or boredom. My work goes from one extreme to another.

diyana
10-28-2008, 10:17 AM
Happy Tuesday ladies -

Today is my Friday and I am on vacation the next 5 days! Yay! DH and I plan to fish, relax and enjoy our days off together. I may do a bit of housecleaning in preparation for my DMIL's visit. I've got lots of clutter to clean up in the kitchen and living room, and lots of laundry that didn't get folded while we were sick.

I'm feeling better each day. Still coughing, but I'd say my energy is at 75% today. Yay! This is the best I've felt in 3 weeks!!

Happy - I hope you're able to get caught up with work today, and I hope all your appointments are going well.

Mel - A Meliday sounds like a good idea. You're getting the rain/snow mix we had yesterday. It was so weird to see snow falling. I'm so not ready for winter to start. Relax with the grandson and stay warm.

Shad - Sorry to hear that you're so busy at work. They must be aware that you are dedicated, hard working and can work miracles. I saw on the news the past couple days a story from Australia about a heroic Jack Russell terrier doggy who saved a litter of kittens in a burning house. The dog stayed by them until the firefighters came and pulled them out. I love animal stories that have a happy ending.

Annie - My fingers are crossed for you. :crossed: And I'm sending you :goodvibes: and lots of success for your interview today!

Carla - I hope you are enjoying Montreal. Is the weather nice there?

Ceejay - Good for you for starting a journal to record your emotions when eating! I've heard that can be tremendously effective.

Java - I'm fairly new to the Worldlies, but I've known Happy for years. Nice to meet you.

Ruth - I hope you're hanging in there and finding time to take care of you. If there's anything we can do...just let us know. Especially if you need help eating the banana bread! :lol:

A big :wave: to anyone I missed!

Love and hugs,

Shad
10-29-2008, 04:08 AM
Afternoon all,
Just a quick trip in to read the posts and say hello. Don't have time for much else at the moment. I've been busy with trying to hang the training together so I sort of comply with the company standards but I also get the guys the right information for the stuff that they will be using. I know I am a fussy trainer, I like to get the trainees to actually work on the information they will be using and not information from different sections of the company, much of which they don't know and don't want to know. So we will be busy trying not to confuse them I think.

Michelle have a good break and make sure you get enough rest and relaxation to get yourself healthy again. Sunshine and fresh air if you can get it.

Ceejay - good idea the journal. Keep at it.

Mel - good to be thinking ahead. At least if the money is not in your account they can't pinch it. I well remember last year. It was horrid for you. Glad you predicted the orgres and I obliged. Funnily enough, you should have seen me proof reading my post just in case you found something weird in there.

Happy - busy time for you I see. Can't do much about it. Have fun whatever you are doing.

Mary - good to have you back and posting even if it is only occasionally. What have you been up to??

Annie - did you have an interview today - aahh no I think that is tomorrow your time.

Okay - better go get my butt out of here and finish my jobs for the day. Almost time to go home. Almost............ :running: :running::running::running:

happy2bme
10-29-2008, 09:23 AM
Good morning ladies,

It's a dark and cold morning. I don't want to pry my hands off my warm coffee cup unto the cold keyboard :lol: The chair I'm sitting in has wrought iron scrollwork on the sides and I'm trying not to touch it! My nose is running like a faucet too. Darn sinuses! Not my favorite time of year. And it's getting dark earlier and earlie - I am not a fan of night driving or that late afternoon setting sun which catches the schmutz on your car windows and almost makes them opaque and difficult to see through. Got my flu shot yesterday and boy - the prick isn't bad but as the medicine goes in your arm it's like the Incredible Hulk punching you in the arm - several times :lol:

Catching up...

Shad, I would have to say you are one of the few good trainers on this EARTH. We were just talking in a meeting yesterday about how the legacy systems continue to get lots of calls after a go live because people got minimal training and aren't sure what to do when left on their own. Not the fault of the trainers - training and BW reporting are given the least amount of time and effort in the whole project. So you keep on pushing for doing the right things! I'm glad you found a gym to frequent although it seems like you don't have much time other than to work, sleep and get an occasional nibble in.

Annie - I'm so sorry to hear that your DD has lost her job too. The people I know in the banking industry - all the support staff, no upper echelon big wigs of course - are all very, very nervous about the state of things. I continue to say a few prayers and send good thoughts your way each morning as I drive to work. Keep up the good attitude, I know sometimes it can be difficult - we are all pulling for you!

Michelle - you go an enjoy that time off with DH. Bundle up warmly for those early morning fishing expeditions. Glad to hear the DMIL is coming back for a visit - I know how much you both enjoy her company.

Ceejay - I'm not sure the physical therapy is helping much but I do think the ultrasound treatments are doing more. Good for you for starting a journal. It not only allows you to let go of your feelings, but it also serves as a record that you can go back to and see any patterns of behaviors, events or feelings and their consequences.

Mel - bundle up and stay warm. I see the Canadian winter blast has really hit your area with a big punch. Brrrr. I'm pulling for you too with the chairs - as others have said, don't get yourself all stressed over it - hard not to I can understand. If I had to fight for the use of my legs every few months, I'd be using my mouth to give 'em a good what for too! Time is racing away on your ticker there. It's a countdown I am not ready to see head into the 30's if you know what I mean. ;) You watch out for Mellie, ok? :hug:

Good morning Java, Ruth, Nae :wave:

Carla, my house is already brown but there will be no painting the cream colored spots orange! :rofl: I'm not THAT much into Halloween. Our last kitty was a calico. Won't be long before you're headed to NY. I agree with you on being able to open a window in the hotel rooms. Nothing like fresh air to help you sleep better. And I sometimes wonder about mold buildup or dust in the room air conditioners.

Well I'd love to stay longer but I must be on the run. Big meeting today I need to prepare for. Take 'er easy ladies.

How about "November to Remember" for our next title? I hope it will be a GOOD remember. We all need a break for a change...

MELODY525
10-29-2008, 09:24 AM
CEEJAY~ GOOD IDEA WITH THE JOURNAL. WHEN I WAS KEEPING ONE FOR MY FACE I SOON FOUND OUT WHAT THE PROBLEMS WERE. GOOD LUCK!

MICHELLE~ GETTING READY FOR THE DMIL'S VISIT? IS IT THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN??? :rofl: ENJOY THE VACATION AND SNOOZE WHILE YOU ARE FISHING. DON'T GET TOO COLD OUT THERE!!! CAN'T YOU GUYS FISH IN A GOLDFISH POND INDOORS???

SHAD~ GLAD TO HEAR YOU ARE SORTING OUT THE LADS WITH THE RIGHT INFORMATION. IT CONFUSED ME JUST TO READ ABOUT IT!!:rofl: DON'T YOU HAVE SOME TIME COMING UP SOON JUST FOR YOURSELF?

:wave: TO ALL THE BUSY CHICKS AND HAPPY WHO IS BREATHING DOWN MY NECK! :wave:

I AM OFF TO THE OFFICE AGAIN TO FAX SOME STUFF OUT AND PHOTOCOPY AND SEND OUT THE HARD COPY FOLLOWUPS. THE GOVT IS GOING TO BE THE DEATH OF ME. YESTERDAY THERE WAS A NEW TOTAL OF 2 DENIALS AND 2 CONFIRMATIONS ON THE CHAIR ALL OVER AGAIN. THIS MAN HAS LIOST TRACK OF WHICH CHAIR IS WHICH AND HIS SECRETARY HAS STUCK HER FRIGGING NOSE INTO IT. I THINK SHE SMELLS A RAT AND TRIED TO FIND IT BUT WITH ALL MY RECORDS IN STORAGE SHE HAS NO BAIT FOR THE RAT TRAP. AS OF 8PM LAST NIGHT, THE CHAIR IS GETTING FIXED. THE SAGA CONTINUES AND I CANNOT TAKE MUCH MORE OF THE ROLLERCOASTER RIDE. I AM ABOUT SHOT AND I HAVE A VERY BUSY WEEKEND LEADING UP TO TUESDAY'S ELECTION. I MIGHT BE A BIT SCARCE JUST SO YOU KNOW. IT'S BEEN VERY HARD TO HANDLE ALL THIS AND KEEP ANY AMOUNT OF PHYSICAL STRENGTH......TO BE HONEST IT'S BEEN NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE.
HAPPY WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY :moped:

Roseblush
10-29-2008, 09:51 AM
Good Morning all, Nice to see Java back with a hello. Hey to all the other worldies lurking in the cyber space....come say hi as the holidays approach it is nice to hear from everyone. We must remember to turn our clocks back this weekend. The darkness effects us all in different ways. I have been making bread for some reason and giving most of it away.......
Hope all is well with everyone. I had about 20 deer all bedded down in the fields by my house the other day. It was so cool.
Blessings & Peace,
Nae

ceejay52
10-29-2008, 06:48 PM
Nae
I'm envious of your surroundings and to get to see that many deer at one time bedded down. The most I get to see are 3 and that's fasicnating to me.

Mel
get some rest.

I have had a semi bad day today. It started with a phone call from one of my co-workers. Her cell phone was cutting in and out and I never did understand what she said but I'm assuming she was calling in sick as she had a sore throat. I told her that if she was sick to call Tim and hung up the phone. She calls the boss and tells him that I was rude to her on the phone and hung up on her. I'm not sure what's going on with this person. He then in return calls me to ask what was goinig on. I told him that it was hard to hear her because the phone was cutting in and out. He agreed because he had to really listen because of that. He did tell me to take the message and to call him. I told him that getting someone to work was his job not mine. This may have sounded rude but so be it. I'm tired of people walking all over me.

Shad
10-29-2008, 06:53 PM
Morning all -
I'm going to try to get this in before they come along and annoy the living cr*p out of me as they did yesterday. So here's to typing fast.

Happy - we are getting the rising sun on the way to work. The half light and lack of new paintwork on the road makes seeing very difficult. Just gotta keep to the left of the oncoming lights!!! And hope that the man behind can stop his truck in time.
Much as trainers try, the project is starting to wind down by the time we start the training. Timing is getting shorter and shorter. I wonder how people are supposed to remember vast amounts of information - get time to go and practice and do their work at the same time. It's a no win situation. We charge the least and get the worst conditions. Sometimes I wonder why I do it but there you go, it's what I do. Now a days as well they sometimes don't even get the manual to take away with them. They are expected to find the on-line training material and learn by that. Some days it's all I can do not to rant and rage. However, thems the breaks. One day sense will prevail.

Mel - I am supposed to be here for 2 weeks and then fly home for a week. So far the theory is not working in practice. I may just have to take a day off over the weekend because I am getting to the worn out stage. It would be nice to take a book to the beach and just sit there for a while.

Nae - nice to see you. The deer sound like they would make a nice picture. Maybe they figure they won't get shot if they stay near you!

Oh yes, funny stories around camp. We have a family of cockatoos that screech and argue at dawn. However some of them have found something different to sound off about. They are imitating the noise the trucks make when they are reversing. Can you imagine what it is like having 7 or 8 cockatoos roosting in the tree outside your window making reversing noises. Very annoying I can tell you.
Also, when my alarm goes off the man in the room next door gets up and goes for a shower!!! He sings in the shower. Not well either. However I have got my own back this week. Three times this week, the alarm has gone off an hour earlier so I can go to the gym. I have the impression the man next door is not impressed at the moment!

Gotta go. Things to do. People to hack off.

MELODY525
10-29-2008, 08:06 PM
"Mel - bundle up and stay warm. I see the Canadian winter blast has really hit your area with a big punch. Brrrr. I'm pulling for you too with the chairs - as others have said, don't get yourself all stressed over it - hard not to I can understand. If I had to fight for the use of my legs every few months, I'd be using my mouth to give 'em a good what for too! Time is racing away on your ticker there. It's a countdown I am not ready to see head into the 30's if you know what I mean. You watch out for Mellie, ok? "
HAPPY...SOMEHOW I MISSED YOUR ENTIRE POST ON THE PAGE THIS MORNING?!?! WTF!! THANKS AND THINGS ARE A WEE BIT BETTER TODAY. HOPE YOU ARE WARMED UP AND WATCH OUT FOR THE SNOWS UP IN WV!!! YOU AND I ARE SOUD SISTERS WITH THE SINUS AND DRIVING IN THE DARK!! I HATED THAT TOO. BE CAREFUL. THE SHOT DOES FEEL LIKE THAT...GOOD DESCRIPTION!! :rofl:

NAE....DEER AND FRESH BAKED BREAD...DOES IT GET ANY BETTER THAN THAT? :hun: SOUNDS ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTFUL :dance:

CEEJAY....I HEAR YA TALKING SISTER. NO MORE DOORMATS FOR 2009!! BUT I LEFT MY SENSE OF HUMOR IN MY APARTMENT TODAY WHEN I WENT DOWN AND EVERYONE WANTED TO KNOW "WTF IS WRONG WITH HER" :rofl: A FRIEND OF MINE TOLD ME LATER. LOLOLOL

SHAD~ SO ARE YOU TRYING TO TELL US THE MAN NEXT DOOR WON'T EXACTLY BE ENAMORED OF YOU AND YOUR GYM SCHEDULE? :lol3: :lol3: THE COCKATOO STORY HAD ME CRACKING UP! I CAN JUST HEAR THEM ALL BEEPING THEIR FOOKING HEADS OFF OUT THERE IN THE TREES!! THE GS HEARS A WHISTLE LIKE FOOTBALL OR OLD COP MOVIES AND STARTS SCREAMING HIS HEAD OFF. NOT SURE WHY HE DOES THAT AND I AM TRYING TO BREAK HIM OF THE HABIT. :tantrum: HOPE YOU GET THE DAY OFF WITH THE BOOK AND THE BEACH :beach: DON'T FORGET TO WEAR YOUR SUNSCREEN!!!

:scooter: I HAVE HAD ABOUT AS MUCH OF THIS WEEK AS I CAN STAND. THE LAST CALL TODAY WAS A "GO" AND I TOLD THE VENDOR HE BETTER PUT A RUSH JOB ON THIS FRIGGING CHAIR BEFORE WE GET YET AGAIN ANOTHER DENIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ALL MY PAPERWORK AND JEN'S IS FINISHED AND WE SHOULD BE GOOD TO GO FOR SOME THINGS FOR A YEAR. I LOVE GETTING IT ALL STAMPED AND SENT OUT. MY FRIEND CALLED IN HER BOSS AND HE HAS SAID THE MEN ARE NO LONGER TO LEAVE JOBS FOR ME TO TAKE CARE OF JUST BECAUSE I LIVE HERE AND AM AVAILABLE....AND THAT THEY BETTER START PAYING ATTENTION. LATER THIS WEEK OR NEXT IS A FULL MEETING WITH ONLY THE MEN GETTING NEW AH'S RIPPED OUT. HE EVEN POINTED OUT THAT I AM NOT TO BE ASKED TO FINISH THE UPDATING THAT WILL CONTINUE IN NOVEMBER WITH THE 2ND PHASE. :cheer3:
MY FRIEND JUST CALLED AND GAVE ME THE GOOD NEWS.
SO SOMEONE IS ACTUALLY LISTENING!! :faint:
OK I AM OFF TO TV AND JAMMIES. TOOK MY SHOWER AND ATE. TOMORROW BEGINS THE SOLICITING FOR THE ELECTION. PROBABLY SEE YOU FRIDAY AFTER FOOD SHOPPING AND JEN'S VISIT.
STAY WELL AND HAVE A GREAT WEEK!!

happy2bme
10-30-2008, 12:16 AM
Not sure I understand your comment about it snowing in WV... It can snow all it wants in WV, as I am far, far away from there :rofl: Oh wait, are you confusing me with Almost Heaven Turtle? I'm the Jack Daniels Tennessee sippin' whiskey gal :lol3: I will just chalk up the confusion to the hustle bustle ahead of you the next few days. Don't wear yourself out.

Shad - you have a tough job. Hope you get that day of R&R because eventually the brain gives up even if the spirit is willing.

Ceejay - not sure why the girl didn't call into the boss if she was sick. Sometimes people just don't pay attention or don't want to talk to the boss.

I won't be posting in the morning. Very early appointment with the orthopedic doctor. I think the hip is getting better. No shot for me. He will probably release me with maybe a few more physical therapy sessions. The therapist looked surprised when I told her this was my last session with her on Monday. I'm sure she felt we were just getting started, particularly after last week's set back.

Anyway I will try and get back later tomorrow night. Rest where you can get it chicks.

MELODY525
10-30-2008, 09:27 AM
HAPPY~ GOOD NEWS WITH THE HIP!! I AM GLAD IT'S GETTING BETTER AND NO SHOT. NOW YOU CAN TEACH US HOW TO FIX THE PROBLEM WITHOUT ANY KIND OF DRUGS. :ebike: WHEN I LOOKED AT THE MAP ON THE EATHER CHANNEL IT LOOKED LIKE THE BAD WEATHER IN WV WAS HEADING YOUR WAY..RATHER THAN TOWARDS ME LIKE IT USUALLY DOES. BUT YOU ARE RIGHT...I WASN'T REALIZING THE DISTANCE. GUESS IT WOULD PETER OUT BEFORE IT GOT TO YOU!! :hohoho: I AM AFRAID TO LOOK AT MY TICKER!!!! :hohoho:

:cofdate: I CANCELED THE FOOD SHOP. JUST TOO MANY THINGS SCHEDULED FOR TODAY..TIMEWISE. JEN IS COMING TOMORROW AND SHE CAN GO TO THE STORE IF I CAN'T. FINISHED BREAKFAST AND I AM READY TO ROLL.
HAPPY THURSDAY :moped:

Hotcupojava
10-30-2008, 11:57 AM
Just dropped by to tell all you lovely ladies to have a wonderful week end. Happy Halloween. May the Great Pumpkin rise in your pumpkin patch and remove all the calories from your Halloween candy.

Mary AKA Java Turtle.

:haphal:

Shad
10-30-2008, 08:40 PM
last day of October here, tomorrow a new thread, new ideas, it's got to be better than September or October - right?

Not much new here - never is in Dampier. A beautiful morning here tho' - no wind, the lights of ships and houses and boats were reflecting in the water. Bit of a heavy dew fell so the wind must have died down during the night. It won't last unfortunately.

Mel - I doubt that you'll ever stop the GS doing the whistle/ screech bit. It is built into them. They are the noisiest birds ever.
Why are the men getting AH's ripped out and what are AH's anyway. Does this moving away from Mel's maintenance mean that you wont get your cheque from them anymore??

Happy - I am taking the day off on Sunday. I won't be here. I want the day off. So it is not strict R & R - so what - so how many of them have been here for 18 days straight 10 hours a day?
Good news about the hip. Glad to hear it. Sems early to give up the PT tho' still I suppose it costs so the insurance have said :nono:

Java - if the great pumpkin rises from my pumpkin patch, I will have to make pumpkin soup. Yummy

That's it - back to the rigours of rough cut scheduling and material availability. Life is such fun.

ceejay52
10-30-2008, 10:35 PM
I've worked outside most of the day and the sunshine felt so good.

Happy
Hope things go well with the doctor's visit.

Mel
Good for you in turning things around.

Shad
You diffinately deserve a day's rest. :hug:

Reenie
Where are you?

happy2bme
10-31-2008, 10:00 AM
Good morning ladies,

Quick hello from me as I am running late.

:haphal:

Back tonight. Be good.

ceejay52
10-31-2008, 12:05 PM
Tonight is trick or treat night. I will not be home as I'm going to a birthday party for my aunt and uncles grand daughter. She's turned 5 yesterday.

Happy Holloween to all.

MELODY525
10-31-2008, 02:05 PM
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HAPPY HALLOWEEN
HOPE EVERYONE GETS MORE TREATS THAN TRICKS.
HAVE A GREAT FALL DAY AND WEEKEND!!

I AM ON THE RUN A BIT. FOOD SHOPPED, OFFICE AND PUT EVERYTHING AWAY. NOW SHOWER AND CLEAN UP. ONE CALL BACK FOR THE ELECTIONS AND THEN JEN IS COMING. WE NEED TO SQUARE SOME MORE PAPERWORK OUT AND WE'RE DONE FOR THIS YEAR I HOPE. SHE AND RICHIE NEEDED HELP TO CLOSE THE TRAILER THE REST OF THE WAY AND TODAY WAS THE DAY THE GUY IS FREE. SO WE POSTPONED OUR VISIT TILL MUCH LATER. I'LL COME BACK LATER OR TOMORROW WITH PERSONALS. NEED TO GET SOME MORE STUFF DONE SO I CAN RELAX FOR ONCE THIS WEEK WITH MY BRITISH SITCOMS AND MY JAMMIES.
HOPE YOU ARE ALL HAVING A GREAT DAY. I AM OFF TO THE SHOWER AND THE LAND OF GINGER SCENTED SOAPY GOODIES! :moped:

Hotcupojava
10-31-2008, 02:11 PM
Again, Happy Halloweenie from Mary Padovini

:s:

Shad
10-31-2008, 07:24 PM
Morning all,
Yesterday was a day of almost complete total frustration. Nothing went the way I wanted it to. Darned machine wouldn't give me the answers I wanted and sometimes wouldn't give me the program I wanted. Darnit, darnit, darnit. :mad: Today has got to be better.

Soon we will move from October to November, I'll try to get the new thread up and running while you are all snoring off the sugar overload from the treats.
The gremlins got in the halloween spirit over here last night and there was an explosion on the gas plant which will result in loss of supplies of gas (not petrol gas, gas gas for cooking etc.) to the country and around the world. They will have it fixed by today they reckon so although it sounded spectacular and the flare was massive, it can't have been too bad. Fortunately, no one got hurt.

Morning Happy - tip toeing through as fast as possible.

Morning Mel - ABC radio has the old British funnies on at the moment. We have the Goon show, My Word, Just a minute, my music and a few others I can't remember. Those guys were both intelligent and funny. Pity they are just about all dead. I really enjoy the play on words.
Glad to hear you have time for relaxation. We all need it from time to time.

Morning Mary

Okay - better go check out the rest of the sites and get on with the day. It can't be as frustrating as yesterday can it?

Ruthxxx
10-31-2008, 08:50 PM
Just got off the phone from sharing North American Halloween with Shad who is already in November. I figured I'd better get my fluffy butt in here and post before the month ends. I may be interrupted by kids ate the door as I was during Shad's phone call.

First of all, darling Worldlies, I have a gorgeous basket of plants on my desk from some rock group called Joy and the Worldlies! Too funny! I'll take a pic an post it because it's very colourful and will be long lasting. I am such a plant nut. I'm a Luddite when it comes to posting pics except as a 3FC thumbnail but I can learn. (Note to Self: Just do it!)

The funeral went very well yesterday. Harry would have been impressed with the turn-out. Even the weather cooperated and most of the snow had melted by the time we went to the grave. I had about 60 people in the house for the "lunch" and the pizzas were a great hit. Everyone appreciated having something different from the usual church hall food. Of course a bit of wine and beer was consumed! My dear friends did all the cleanup and my kitchen looked immaculate by the time everyone left. I had a late afternoon nap and a quiet evening.

Today felt strange. Although Harry has been in the nursing home for the past four years, he still was officially here. Now I'm a widow and it will take some getting used to. (Never end a sentence with a preposition!) I'm considering taking a bit of a sabbatical from visiting the home with my dog - maybe until January. Not sure why because I'm very pragmatic but I think I need space a space to adjust to being officially single. Nope, I've not registered with eharmony.com!

More kids at the door and it hope it continues for a while. There are too many packages of chips and red liquorice in this house to be safe! Pray for me!

See y'all next month. How did November sneak up so fast? :grouphug:

Shad
11-01-2008, 12:31 AM
New thread now open for November - click on this to go to the new one.http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?p=2433865#post2433865

I'll get Ruth to close this one when she gets her head out of the candy pile.