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06-06-2009, 04:46 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! It's a "cold" 59 degrees, raining, and windy in my corner of the world today. A good day to be inside; my furnace has been running off and on! I worked in the hospital gift shop this morning. I caught up on a lot of my magazines and left them there for others to read, and sold a greeting card. "They" can't decide if they are going to close the gift shop and turn it into the chapel or keep it going. The hospital employees are all against putting the chapel there because it is close to the coffee shop, front doors that open automatically, the registration desk, and the ER. It's like Grand Central Station during the week and pretty busy on weekends sometimes. Meanwhile the buyers missed going to market and the items for sale are the same every day now. I understand that there is some restlessness going on in regards to the administrator, so he may be the problem. :shrug:

My "good" next door neighbors have listed their house for sale. They are older and their two adult children with families live down in the Des Moines area, so want them to move down there before something happens to one or the other. They are really the only neighbors that we are close to so will hate to seem them move. We are also concerned as to what might move in. They have a finished basement, a double garage, and 3/4 bedrooms -- plenty of room for multiple families to move into. :(

"Gma" -- Isn't there someone in charge of your management that you could see about the pool before the end of the month meeting? It seems like if they trusted you with a key once they would/should again. I hope there is a video of Jackson on his ATV for his first ride. :lol:

Susan -- It sounds like your owners' association has a smart management team working for you. There were always life guards at the pool when we rented our condo. You got a lot of good fruit buys! :yes: Do you keep them in the "green" bags, or do you eat them fast enough that they don't spoil?

Maggie -- You will have the tiny gain gone by next weigh-in. :yes: We have three other doctors in our clinic; one is a woman who is a lesbian (not that I care), one goes to our church and was the president of the school board -- the type who will ask where I got my medical degree if I question him at all, and the last one lives in our old neighborhood and we used to go Christmas caroling together with a Bible study group that the wives were in. I've been to all of them at one time or another, but just didn't like them as well as my own doctor who left. The new guy is coming highly recommended so thought I would give him a try and see how it goes. I could always switch to the other clinic, but have heard "stories" about various doctors over there too. I had to laugh at your liking hot food; "mo hotta, mo betta!" When Amanda makes chili she has to make two batches -- a hot one for Jason and a milder one for the kids and her. :T

My dryer is buzzing so need to change loads. Have a nice "rest of the day" and do something nice for yourselves!

Jean -- :wave: from :rain: Iowa!

06-07-2009, 12:58 AM
Good evening ladies. Thought I would post tonight as I might be sleeping in tomorrow. We just got home. I told you I wanted to go somewhere and go somewhere we did. I got this wild idea to drive to Vicksburg, MS and see the civil war battle stuff. I thought it was about 2 hours but it is actually about 4 1/2. We didn't leave until 10:30 and stopped for a bit of lunch so we didn't even get there until after 3. You can hike around the military park or you can also drive it. We didn't get out much mainly because they have had so much rain the grass in a lot of areas was overgrown to almost knee high. I figured we didn't want mosquitos, chiggers and possibly even ticks so we mainly drove it. We did get out at the cemetary and the USS Cairo, which was a Federal (Yankee) wooden gunboat. It got hit by a cannon and went straight to the bottom of the Mississippi in about 14 minutes. The ranger's talk was quite fascinating as he said they stuffed 175 sailors on board the ship and I would bet the section where the "non" officers stayed wasn't more than several feet and less than 6 feet high per deck. He said that they literally stood toe to toe because there was absolutely no room in sweltering 90+ degree heat in woolen jumpers that were from neck to ankle. It was steam powered so the had to work putting coal or wood or whatever into the boilers. They had a lot of difficulty getting people to join up. The rangers said to get people to join up they did everything from enticing them to what a great experience it was to shanghaiing them, he said even drunks were taken aboard that were passed out. When they had 175 men they hurriedly shoved off and then they were stuck to be sailors! It was sad seeing the cemetary. Of the 17,000 yankees killed over 13,000 are unknown soldiers. Their graves are marked by a cement square 6" by 6" with no name or information on them at all sometimes. Ladies, their are literally hundreds and hundreds of these small blocks of cement in this cemetary. We watched a great 18 minute film about the battle, but my history buff hubby had told me the whole story sitting in the theater while we waited for it to start. We were the only ones in there so it wasn't like we disturbed anyone by his telling what it was all about. My guy is pretty smart, he was dead on in all the facts too. We spent a couple hours there oh and as you drove, and this place is huge, you would see plaques that would say such and such a regiment or division were encamped here, then you would see monuments of all sizes and some simple and some very ornate telling what state, and the military information about whatever regiment or whatever were in place where the monument stood. Every little bit would be a monument to some general or other who served in the battle. Jean, I saw a couple of big ones with IOWA on the monument. Then you got to the ship and the cemetary and got out and looked at all that then you traveled back to the main area with the "rebel" side having the same plaques and monuments only with southern states information on them. One of the cool things is the battle of Vicksburg had only one home that still stood after the battle. They have restored it to stabiliation, you can't tour it as it is all blocked off, but the big board tells the story of the woman's house and the house itself looks just as it did when it was in the middle of the battle, tore up, broken windows and all. The only thing they have done to it is to stabilize it so it can continue to stand. In all, it was a grand way to spend a boring Saturday.

You all have a very nice day tomorrow and I will try to check in after I am up and around.

06-07-2009, 01:16 PM
Good afternoon, ladies! Cloudy today so more rain is coming. There was an article in the paper that said the 3 year drought was officially over, however we still have to conserve water from June through September. You get to pay a lot extra for all that is over the winter average.

Faye, my dad took me to Shiloh battle field when I was 10. That battle was so bloody the creek running through it ran red with blood and at that time there still put dye in the creek to make it red. It really impressed me. Of course, I live in the historic triangle - Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown (where the final battle of the Revolutionary War happened). There are so many historic plaques and places to see from that and then some from the Civil War as well. We have many historic intrepreters and re-enactors for the battles.

Just the usual Sunday - church and a quiet day. I'll be quilting after lunch. You all have a good day!

06-07-2009, 06:18 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! It's another cold, damp, cloudy, gloomy, windy day in my corner of the world. I've been working on laundry and took a nap this afternoon. I think the gloomy day makes me tired! We had planned to go to the lake, but I told Bob I could sit at home and watch the weather as well as sit up there and watch the waves roll in, so we stayed home.

"Gma" -- It sounds like you had a nice little trip yesterday! I wonder if you are still sleeping? ;) When I was in 6th grade I won a trip to D.C. with several other kids. We did all of the tourist attractions there and then headed to Vicksburg, Yorktown, etc. I didn't fully appreciate all the history then and would like to go back some day.

Susan -- It sounds like you are enjoying a quiet day. I need to find my Christmas sock and get it out so I can work on it some more. I wish I could leave stuff out, but know Ernie would be in the box rearranging and taking the fiberfill to play with. :( I will get it done eventually!

Not much is newsy from here. Have a good "rest of the day" and a marvelous Monday tomorrow!

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!

06-08-2009, 08:26 AM
Good morning gals! Looks like another scorcher here in Elvisland today. We are supposed to be up in the 90's. Jack turned the AC way up yesterday because he got cold and forgot to turn it back down so it was very hot upstairs and I had to come down around 1 and turn it down. The house was near 80. I keep telling him we can't turn the AC up too much or the upstairs gets stifling by the time we go to bed.

This morning was weekly weigh in and I am down another 4 lbs!

Looks like somehow, I got a bit of poison ivy. I know what it looks like as I have had it before. I have no clue how I got it as it is a small area mid abdomen and that was all covered when we were in Vicksburg. I didn't touch any plants or whatnot and here at home Fortune doesn't come in contact with even grass let alone poison ivy so I know I didn't get it off his fur or something. I know it itches like the devil. Not much you can do for a real mild case and this is very small. Calamine doesn't do much. I put aloe vera on it last night and it stopped the itching for awhile but boy does it itch this morning.

Susan: I love Williamsburg and Yorktown. We never went to Jamestown. When we lived in VA Beach, Jack and went to Williamsburg when we were first married. I remember I bought this tiny white and pink "dust" hat for our new baby that I was expecting, but since I had a boy no one ever wore it. I couldn't find it when Kelly was born, but we had moved three times by then. Years later, when we were stationed in VA Beach once again, we took the Cub Scouts to Yorktown. I finally finished the pillow knitting and now all I have to do is block it and sew it together and put in the form. I tore out Jackson's hat that I had almost finished as the brim looked too big. I used a seed stitch to match his sweater but it was too stretched out so I went back and did a k2 p2 rib for th band and it is much better. I also started another pillow and have that sleeve to knit for his sweater.

Jean: Now how long does it take you to drive to the lake? I think that is one of those all or nothing trips. You either go and spend the day or don't go at all. Hope you are all caught up on your laundry now. I had to hurry around and start a load first thing this morning as Jack accidently tipped the ice tea pitcher out of the fridge and it poured all over the floor and my blue and white throw rug. :( Mess to clean up that was for sure, but at least it was unsweetened tea so it didn't leave a sticky mess I had to deal with.

Everyone have a grand start to your week. The days are sure flying by.

06-08-2009, 10:44 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! It's another windy and rainy day in my corner of the world. I've got the dishwasher going and will head to the basement with another load of laundry. Then it is out to the garage and I will sort and pitch -- we leave for MN the 20th and I want my half of the garage "clean."

I talked to my AZ "sister" last night. She sounds and feels good, is upbeat, and looking forward to the trip back to IA and MN next week. She said she has been pitching things so her husband won't have to do it later. I don't know if I could be that calm when talking to someone else, but she is a trooper.

"Gma" -- Congrats on another GREAT loss! :cp: I hope the poison ivy itch is gone soon. It is a mystery how that happened! :yes: Do you run your AC/furnace fan constantly, or do you let it cycle off and on? It seems like we have talked about this before, but when we put in our furnace the installer told us to run the fan constantly since our bedrooms are upstairs. It supposedly circulated the air better. I do that in the summertime when the AC is running, but not in the winter. You have so much patience when you take your knitting projects apart and redo them! :D It takes us about an hour and 15 minutes to drive to the cabin, depending on traffic. It's 2 lane highway and we go through a couple of towns on the way. We could go backroad blacktops, but the time is about the same because of the stop signs along the way.

Susan -- Hope your day at work is a good one without any computer glitches today! ;)

Maggie -- What are you up to today? :twirly:

I need to get busy! Have a great day!

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!

06-08-2009, 07:42 PM
Good evening, ladies! In the high 80s today and sunny.

Everything is fixed at work so it was a lovely day for a change.

Jean, I don't run the fan all the time, but I do run the ceiling fans (6). I've tried it both ways and the fans won out. I'm immune to the heat and never set the thermostat below 79 unless it's very, very humid. I had a cat many years ago that adopted a ball of angora yarn for her own. She used to carry it all over the house with her. I have a lovely wooden suskin (sp?) that Stan bought me many years ago that I keep projects in that I am currently working on. That keeps Cupid out. The only thing he likes is thread. He thinks that is a great toy. He also likes a big button I tied on a piece of yarn and suspended in the sunroom for him. He'll bat that around half the day.

Faye, Congrats on another 4 pounds gone for good! You go, girl! My boss came in this morning with calamin lotion all over his arm and leg. He asked me what it was and what to do because it was so itchy (bet you didn't know I was a doctor!). It's poison ivy so I told him to go to the drug store and get Ivy Dry. That stuff works good at drying it up and keeping it from spreading. The thing with poison ivy is you don't have to touch it, it can be in the air and get you.

Hi, Maggie!

Tomorrow is night Quilt Guild with dinner before hand.

Have a good evening.

06-08-2009, 11:12 PM

We have been busy this day fixing up Willís space. He has so many books and important things that he was making stacks. We got 3 book cases and 3 three drawer cabinets. Now I will inherit the bricks and boards to set my glass on. Tomorrow we are taking a trip to Salina which is about an hour and half from here. Gonna go to Samís Club and do a bit of shopping and lunch at Red Lobster.

DONNA Keep scratch-en down. I hope you found something to ease that scratch. I never had Poison Ivy but had my huge dose of Poison Oak that had to have a doctors visit and pills to make it go away since it broke out all over my body. We had gone up to the snow before work one day and ate some snow to ease our thirst and low and behold there was the oil from the summer poison oak lurking in that snow. Ingested it we did. Down another whopping 4#ís are ya. You go girl.

JEAN Wind. You can keep the wind. We had lightening and thunder last night. Quite a show. Your sis sure knows how to treat lifeís winding down to her end.

SUSAN Cats are special arenít they. I love how they can entertain themselves by the hour. Ragg Mopp has learned to entertain himself quite well also. Ole Turn Aboutís Fur Play was into playing fetch better than this little dog does. Ragg plays keep away and Turn would bring the ball of paper and drop it in front of his chosen one to throw it for him. Maybe when I teach our new kitty (when we get one) to play fetch Ragg Mopp just might get the drift. That is so nice for your boss that you are a good Doc.

Well folks gotta go and see what I can do to help load the shelves.

Type at yíall later :wave:

06-09-2009, 09:49 AM
Good morning ladies! Boy I have a feeling this summer is going to be a hot one. We are running upper 80's into
90's already this summer. Boy, sure would be nice to have the darn pool open!

Susan: I had a couple of catnip toys for Butterscotch and one of them was a cloth veterinarian that Alicia bought him. He would toss that thing high into the air. I sure do miss the big guy. He has been gone over a year now, but I just can't replace him. Fortune is 10 years old now and well over his halfway life span and I am not sure I will have more animals once he goes. I get way too attached to them. I noticed yesterday I have some poison ivy inside the crook of my elbow and I wonder if I spread it to my stomach instead of vica versa. I put aloe vera on it and haven't touched either and they already seem to be drying up. I seem to have a real allergic reaction to the stuff so it isn't a surprise I got it airborne. I was more surprised it popped up underneath my shirt when I hadn't come in contact with it, but now I think it probably was on my arm first and I transferred it to my stomach undressing or whatever. The last time I had it was years ago and I was mowing the backyard. Well, because I sweat, I spread it all over me including my face so I was in big trouble. I ended up with shots and the whole nine yards to get rid of it.

Jean: Hope you guys have a grand time in Minnisota. I know you have to be looking forward to seeing your sister for yourself to see how she is doing. She must be one strong lady to be able to face what she is going through and trying to prepare ahead of time for whatever comes. I know it is what I would do. I wouldn't want Jack to have to deal with getting rid of some of my things like my handbags for example. I think, because I love bags and shoes that those would be hard for him to have to even see after my death.

Maggie: Sounds like bit by bit the house is coming along. I keep telling Jack I want to do some major moving around, but we have yet to tackle it. I imagine first thing we need to do is sort out his office. It is a mess and I am partly to blame. I need to file receipts and such. I have just been putting it off and there is a big stack on top of the file cabinet in his office. We have to get some more of those big rubbermaid containers to put more outdated computer stuff in he refuses to get rid of, but doesn't ever use.

I guess I better get some breakfast in me and get the day started. Have a great one!

06-09-2009, 12:08 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! It's ten degrees warmer this morning and the sun is peeking through the clouds. The 6:30 AM forecast is for more rain later today. I've got another load of laundry going, but my kitchen chores are done until lunch time. I have a manicure and pedicure this afternoon; my nails look awful.

Susan -- I don't mind the heat so much, but the humidity about does me in. :( Ernie took off with a little piece of ribbon when I was wrapping a gift last week. I looked all over and couldn't find it. Well, I did finally find it . . in the litter box! :lol:

Maggie -- I hope you enjoy your jaunt to Salina and lunch at Red Lobster. :T I'm sure it's a good feeling, for both of you, to have Will's space organized. :D The bonus is you get his bricks and boards to use.

"Gma" -- I'd like a bit more heat up this way please! :p Sixty degrees just doesn't cut it for June. My furnace is still running off and on in the early morning and I suppose during the night. I do leave our bedroom window open a crack because I like the fresh air. I hope the poison ivy itch is better today! :yes:

I need to vacuum and go back to work in the garage some more. Have a great day!

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!

06-10-2009, 07:57 AM
Good morning ladies! I have Jack home today as he came home sick yesterday with a sore throat and isn't going to work today. I am going to go up and check on him when I get through here and see if he wants to take more meds.

I am completely done with one project and have it gift wrapped to give too. It turned out great so I will post a pic after I give it away. I am almost done with Jackson's hat then with do the last sleeve to his jacket and finish it up, then onto getting wedding gifts finished.

Jean: My poison ivy is about gone, actually. I put aloe vera gel on it for the itching a few times and it has pretty much dried up and I haven't found any other spots thank goodness.

I am all excited because I watched the Tony awards on Sunday so I could see the singers from Jersey Boys perform and fell asleep before they were on. From what I had heard on Sirius radio's 60's on 6, the singers playing Frankie Valli (the broadway guy and the Chicago, Vegas and 2 others from around the country's touring groups) performed together at the Tonys. I found it on Utube and they sounded great pretty much like Frankie Valli in his young years when he could still sing high tenor. Well, thought I would check and see where they were performing the rest of the year and next as I am dying to see the musical. The Four Seasons were a bit before my teen years, more of my sister's but I have always loved them. They are my favorite oldies group. The are coming to Memphis in January and February!!!!!!! I told Jack I am going to get tickets even if I have to go alone. I am getting front row too and don't care how much they cost. I am beside myself being excited. I feel like one of those teenage girls that would go to concerts and scream the whole show. I missed them in Vegas, Nashville and didn't get to go while we were in Indiana last time to Chicago. I thought maybe they would be playing in Cincinnati while we are there for the ballgame and when I went to the website I saw Memphis.

Nothing much else happening here. It is very sticky and warm that's for sure.

Have a great hump day gals.

06-10-2009, 10:39 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! It's another cloudy cool morning in my neighborhood. Beth is off this week and they were going to spend a few days at the lake. She called last night and said it was too cold so they were heading to the zoo in Omaha today. Bob wants to go up and work on some maintenance projects in between the rainy times. He's going to have to repaint our shed doors that he started on a few days ago since the rain somehow managed to wash some of the paint off. Strange! He thought the paint was dry before it started raining but evidently not. :(

"Gma" -- I hope Jack is feeling better today. Summer colds seem to be worse than during the winter months, I think. Knock on wood, I managed another year without getting one. I know you will enjoy the concert! It's nice that it will be close to you. Do you have Sirius/XM in the house or just the car? We have it in the cars and I told Bob I'm tempted to switch mine to the house since I won't be driving back and forth to school this year. For whatever reason we don't have good reception for long distance radio stations. We do have a couple of local channels but one is Mexican and the other more modern rap/junk. :mad: One used to play "easy listening" which was good background music for the office or even study halls at school. I'm glad your knitting projects are going so well. :yes:

Susan, Maggie, Gloria, and Gail -- "Hi!" Hope you are having a good day!

Well, Bob is out working on the farm today. They are running a grain vac to clean out the bins. He gets to use his own tractor so he was looking forward to spending the time on the farm. I need to get busy in the garage; I got a good start and now to to finish it!

Have a great day!

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!

06-10-2009, 01:10 PM
Good morning, ladies! Nice today in the 80s but thunderstorms in the prediction for tonight.

I had a good time with my quilting friends. This weekend Glory and I are going to get together to make our projects for the Challenge. They aren't due until September, but we are the committee and will have lots to do right before getting things finalized and buy the prizes.

Faye, I hope Jack gets better quickly. You certainly are on the fast track with you knitting. I hope you get the front row tickets you want. It'll be a great show.

Jean, I'm trying to think how I can send you some heat so it stays cooler here. I read today that the scientists think an El Nino is forming which means more rain for you and fewer hurricanes for the east coast.

Well, lunch is over so back to work.

06-10-2009, 03:03 PM
Just an FYI for those of you who have seen the shooting report about the Holocaust Museum in Washington and remember my son, dil and the two boys are in DC. Kelly just called and said she called them and they are all fine.

06-10-2009, 03:54 PM

Things are fine here in the heartland. The weather is in the high 70's with a bit of humidity. Not bad inside at all. Went to the dentist this morning and had my teeth cleaned and x rated. No caveties. I'll go back in six months for another cleaning because I can. ;) Will has some work to be done on his and will get that done next month. So all is well for we like the folks in that office. I got a new cookbook today which is the Betty Crocker Ultimate Bisquick Cookbook which looks very interesting. Some recipes use the Heart Smart Bisquick but I will end up using it for all recipies in the boo for that is what we buy. It is lower in fat than the rgular kind. Y'all probably aleady know that though.

DONNA FAYE I thought about your kids being in DC and do thank your for your upate that they are safe. There are some whacko's out there and evrywhere coming out of the woodwork moreso nowdays. Take good care of Jack now and get him back to exact. Good your poison Ivy is subsiding. WOW I am so happy for you and do hope you do get those front row tickets. If we go by way of Memphis in our travels this coming September will you be home?

JEAN Got to paint between the raindrops. It will be nice when you do get a dry spell so he can do what he wants out there. Got that garage in order yet? Sounds like work to me. :dizzy: Come September I think you might find us on your doorstep. Will still has some relatives in that area and we might come your way.

SUSAN I am sure glad you have your quilting friends. I would love to see the quilts that are entered into you Challenge. What fun that would be.

Type at y'all later :wave: Have a wonderful afternoon on this Humpday.

06-10-2009, 10:18 PM
Just checking in because I don't feel like going back out in the garage, there is nothing on TV, and I am home alone with Ernie. He's sleeping so not much of a conversationalist right now! :lol: Bob went to check his "to do" pile on his desk since he was farming all day.

Susan -- You are wise to get your Challenge projects done before the event since you will have last minute things to attend to. It's good to have an organized committee. ;) Bob was watching the weather channel and the lady was saying that we will have fewer tornadoes this summer which has to do with the way the wind and rain work up here, I guess. She also said we will be cooler and dryer than normal, which isn't good. :no:

"Gma" -- I'm glad your family is ok in D.C.! Any more I question whether I really want to be where there are a lot of tourists or big crowds. :( I never used to give that a thought.

Maggie -- Glad to hear your pearly whites are in good shape! :D I like Bisquick and used to make a dish that was eggs, bacon or sausage, onion, and cheese baked in a pie plate. I haven't made that for years; I'll have to look for the recipe. I'm still working on the garage junk. I found a bunch of papers, files, etc., from when I changed rooms a few years ago. I never missed the stuff so tossed it all! Underneath "my" work bench is a cedar chest full of square dance outfits that belonged to Bob's parents. They are going as soon as I can get him to pull the chest out. His dad made the chest in high school so may hang on to that for awhile yet. As far as I know we will be home in September. Bob is hoping for some nice Indian summer days to work on replacing a window or two at the cabin, but don't think I have to help.

Guess I will go read for awhile. Have a terrific Thursday tomorrow! :wave:

06-11-2009, 04:56 AM
Good morning gals. I have been up and down with Jack. Poor thing is pretty sick this time. It came on so darn fast. He has a scratchy throat and came home from work on Tuesday then by yesterday morning it was full on sore throat, stuffy head, coughing the whole nine yards. He couldn't get into the doctor until tomorrow so he has to suffer unless it gets worse than it is and I will just take him to emergency. He sounds awful and he says he feels the same way. He had to sleep sitting propped up in bed with pillows to breathe properly. He is taking Nyquil and drinking my sore throat brew, but he is pretty miserable until tomorrow afternoon.

Jean: I talked to the kids yesterday afternoon to tell Jackson happy birthday. He told me he is "2!" His mom told me to sing him happy birthday because he gets all excited, so I did and I could hear him in the background. I then talked to Thomas and he told me they were in Mt Vernon yesterday all day and when I called they were at a Chinese restaurant eating sushi and low mein. After Kelly called, I turned on MSNBC and watched what the fuss was about and saw at the bottom ticker that some kid at some college here in the states had gotten arrested for terrorism for passing information and pictures of landmarks to terrorists. Everytime we go somewhere famous I think about that stuff.

Maggie: I like the lowfat bisquick too though I make my biscuits from scratch as they are lower points. Jack is not a pancake fan so I don't use it all that much.

Well, I am going to get into the recliner and go back to sleep. Have a good Thursday all.

06-11-2009, 11:54 AM
Good morning, ladies! Can you say more rain! I'm tired of it. It's hot and humid and the humidity is making it hard to breath so I'll have to stay inside. Fogged in this morning.

I live with swarms of tourists all around me, but I'm a bigger target because the biggest naval base in the US sits here and NATO hq, Air Force is 2 miles from my back door, and the US Army is 5 miles in 1 direction and 11 in the other (2 bases). Plus there is a huge shipping terminal and the ship building company that builds subs for the Navy, carriers, etc, and a nuclear power plant is 2 miles from where I work. I figure I'm not going to live in fear and I'll continue to do what I want. The terrorists would love it if we all stayed huddled in fear in our homes.

Maggie, I always use LF Bisquick, too. I like those impossible quiches.

Jean, I never got into square dancing, but I have a quilting buddy that does it and she and her husband go to dances 6 nights a week!

Faye, I'm glad the kids are safe. I hope Jack has a speedy recovery, poor man.

Have a good day.

06-11-2009, 06:10 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! I just got home from a "Prime Time" day at the middle school. You have to be 55 or older to attend; there are local businesses that set up display tables and all have a drawing prize as well as free pens, key chains, etc. I won a plant that is in a Storm Lake, Iowa, crock with a sailboat on it. Several people asked where I got it so they could ask where to buy a crock. We started out with a breakfast of fresh fruit and muffins, then broke into three sessions of our own choosing. I attended a session on making kaleidoscopes, one on how to decorate using items I already have -- this one didn't do much for me since the lady kept saying, "in a month take the arrangement of items apart and make something else!", and the best one was baking cookies! :T I didn't know that this time of year is the worst for making cookies because the flour absorbs moisture from the air, so recipes usually require more flour to be added. We got tiny :cookie: samples which was fun. Then our dinner was turkey, new potatoes, 3 bean salad, fresh fruit, rolls, and bars. There was a couple who entertained with music while we ate. The afternoon session was a presenter from the state government on scams, identity theft, Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes, etc. Most of that stuff I already knew. It was fun for something different to do.

I finally called to make a doctor's appt. for my knee and can't get in until Monday . . . "unless it's an emergency." I've put up with it for 2 weeks so guess a few more days won't matter any. :twirly:

"Gma" -- I'm so sorry that Jack is feeling so crappy! I hope the doctor can help him. I am just amazed at what Thomas will eat, and I think that's great. I hope he finds a wife who likes the same types of food. ;)

Susan -- We are 2 1/2 hours from the Omaha AF base, about 6 hours from Rapid City, and an hour from the Sioux City Air Guard. The jets "play and practice" in our area quite often. I must say sometimes it makes me nervous -- more so at night than during the day. I agree with you about living in fear, and I just do my normal routine. I must admit when we fly that I always say a silent prayer. :angel:

Guess I will go get the mail and see if there is anything exciting. I have my bag of "goodies" from this morning to go through too. Have a nice "rest of the day" and a FANTASTIC Friday tomorrow!

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!

06-12-2009, 08:59 AM
Good morning gals. It is overcast here this morning and they are calling for thunderstorms but no relief from the heat that is for sure.

I have to go this morning and get my nails done and get some birthday and graduation (I have 2 this year)cards and I want to find a frame for a picture I ordered for Jack for Father's Day. It is of he and Jay at the ballpark when they went to see the Cubs play. I found the receipt after we came home from Indiana for the company that takes the shots and ordered an 8 x 10 of it for him for Father's day. I was going to get a Cubs frame but the darn things are $40 and that's ricidulous so I am going to try and find a blue or red frame for it.

We are having meat loaf and scalloped potato for dinner tonight. I started using the canned new potatoes and really like them a lot and they are fairly low in pts. The only fatty thing really is the tbl of butter I use for the roue. I use ground sirloin and bread crumbs and egg beaters and a bit of ketchup for the meatloaf. I found if I put just a bit in the mix then put it on top, you don't miss the extra I used to put in. I just make a 4 oz mini loaf for each of us.

Jean: The Navy has a retirement seminar out at the base every year and we always plan on attending then forget. I want to go this year when they have it and get all the info on Tricare for Life our Medicare supplement so we know well ahead of time what to do. Jack turns 60 in Oct so it won't be long before the government gets to rape us of our money on medicare. Sounds like you had a good time at the seniors thingy. Are you guys going to the lake this weekend? I know you are leaving for Minnesota next weekend so we won't hear from you for a bit.

Susan: We are always hearing rumblings about Fedex being hit, but it is all rumor and conjecture. I have always felt that you can't prevent something like this. You have to trust the powers that be and if it happens, it happens. When Jay was born, we lived right at the end of the landing strip at the base in Millington. Back then, the Navy jets would come to Memphis to practice from either Nas Jacksonville or NAS Oceana. I swear they flew so close to the roof of the house that if you stood on the roof you could touch the wing. My baby learned to live through that roar so he slept through anything. Every year they used to have an air show at Oceana and they did fly overs on the beach. We lived in base housing and you could stand upstairs and look out Jay's bedroom window and see them off down the beach doing stuff. Sometimes I do miss the military just a bit, but not much. I watch NCIS to help with any pangs! ;) Love that show!

Jack has a doctor appt this afternoon so I hope they can fix him up and make him feel better. He has been sleeping propped up on pillows so he can breathe better. He is laying on the couch right now and snoozing on and off so I guess I better make him some breakfast.

Have a wonderful day! Oh, I am now officially 10% down in my total weight loss! :carrot: Only 90% to still go!