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07-11-2009, 03:35 PM
Good afternoon all. I have been having such a time of it that I slept in and we had to go to the commissary so I didn't get in here to post until now.

At least I have the shopping done for another couple weeks. They had fresh blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries so I got some of each along with a nice big canteloupe. Jack is now hooked on strawberries and blueberries for dessert with a dollop of cool whip free on it so I had to buy the big containers of strawberries and blueberries. I got some nice plums and cherries the other day so I am all set with fruits. I bought a thing of asparagus which we will grill up and have with a white meat turkey roast in the next couple weeks.

Jean: The one I did with Thomas I cooked and that is why it took so long, but I have none cooked recipes and the pudding one you don't cook. I bought french vanilla pudding and chocolate to try out. Fortune eats IAMS dog food, but he has a real penchant for potato chips. He is hiliarous. If he hears the rattling of a snack bag in the kitchen he goes out to make sure he gets some. He stands there while you dole out the portion into a bowl then follows you into the living room and gets up into your lap and waits to be given a chip. He likes regular, ruffles and even tortilla chips. We only give him a couple as our chips are cooked in that olean stuff and I don't know how a dog will react to much of that. I figure if a quantity will give an adult human the runs it would surely do it to a dog.

Maggie: Good to see you here today. Fortune is definitely a spoiled doggy that's for sure, but he has no kids he has to compete with for attention. He sure loves Thomas that's for sure and he makes Thomas break out laughing because of something he has done since he was a little pup. He has a little fleece elephant I get at Petsmart and he will take the trunk in his teeth and just shake the heck out of it and growl. Thomas thinks it is hilarious for some reason and he just cracked up watching him when he came over the other day.

Well gals, I need to start cleaning. Thomas's dog will be here sometime on Monday as they leave for China on Tuesday so I want to get the house cleaned before he gets here.

Have a great weekend!

07-11-2009, 06:00 PM
Good afternoon, ladies! A cool day today just about 80.

Faye, I got blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, bananas, oranges, peaches, cantaloupe, and a small seedless watermelon, so I'm fixed for fruit, too. I'm wonder how a watermelon sorbet might be. I need to find a recipe. Love my fruit.

I haven't done anything but cleaning, today, so nothing interesting to report. After supper I'm going to sit down and quilt.

Have a good evening!

07-11-2009, 08:36 PM
Here you go, Susan:


Approx 1 quart

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 cups watermelon

Cook the sugar, water and lemon juice together, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and chill. Cut up the watermelon and remove all seeds.
Puree in a blender or food processor. Stir into chilled syrup. Freeze in an ice-cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.Pack into an airtight container and store in the freezer.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cups

Calories 231
Total Fat 0.2g 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 59.9g 19%
Dietary Fiber 0.5g 2%
Sugars 57.4g

07-11-2009, 11:22 PM
Good Evening, Flowers! We spent the day at the lake so consequently I've gotten nothing done at home. Bob says he will help me tomorrow, so we'll see if he does or not. It's been a beautiful day here -- no wind, sunny, and mild.

Susan -- Do you keep your fruit in the "green bags" they advertise on TV? Good luck with your respiratory test. :) What do you have to do and what will it show?

"Gma" -- Do you use the "green bags" for your fruit? I need to head for the grocery store now that I have my sink back and most of my counter is in place. I also must find my small ice cream maker and try some of the recipes. :T

I am tired tonight. Guess the fresh air and sun at the lake is responsible. I am heading to bed!

Have a relaxing Sunday tomorrow!

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!

07-12-2009, 07:51 AM
Good morning to you all! Looks like we had some rain overnight. At least one of our neighbors set off loud very loud fireworks on and off overnight and kept waking me up. They would scare the heck out of me each time it happened. Either that or they were shooting each other and frankly that wouldn't surprise me either.

Jean: I don't use the green bags. I bought some green containers that didn't work so haven't spent money on the green bags. Hope you had a nice time at the lake. We went commissary shopping and I came home and put it all away and cleaned house. I have vacuuming to do downstairs and the upstairs to tackle today. Jack said he would vacuum downstairs for me so hopefully it will get done sometime today.

Susan: I would imagine you can substitute splenda, etc for the sugar if you wish in the sorbet as it is pretty high in pts 5 for the one cup. You might be able to find something more to your liking with a lot less calories, but everyone I found for watermelon was high in sugar, probably because watermelon is such a high amount of water so the sugar content in the fruit alone is low.

I decided to make my dil a scarf for her birthday, which is the 21st btw, and have it about a 1/3 way done. I used that tangerine yarn with all the colors in it and a pattern called a broken rib stitch with makes cute fat furrows and bumps. Jack has the camera somewhere so as soon as I can find it and finish the scarf I will post a picture. The fringe is actually knitted strings that are sewn onto the end of the scarf. Looks like I am going to have to go to the store and get more though as I know I don't have enough yarn.

Everyone have a wonderful Sunday.

07-12-2009, 12:29 PM
Good morning, ladies! Hot today.

Faye, thanks for the recipe. I will substitute splenda and only use 1/2 cup because I don't care for things that are very sweet. I made pistachio ice cream using your recipe yesterday. It is really good. I divided it up into 1/2 cup portions so I don't overdue. I'll do the watermelon in a few days.

Jean, I do keep fruits and vegetables in the green bags. They work very well and are worth the investment. They can be used over and over. It's a simple respiratory test this time, just an oximeter hooked up to a recorder that will make a graph of my oxygen usage during sleep. It will show my oxygen levels during sleep. The doctor thinks mine are too low at rest although they are fine during the day and activity. It is not the same as sleep apenea where your body stops breathing.

I went to church this morning. That's it for today. I still have the newspaper to read, then I'm going to do my yoga dvd and check the tv listing for a movie. If there's a good movie, I'll watch that and do applique, otherwise I'm going to go up and do some patchwork on the machine.

Have a good day!

07-12-2009, 04:24 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! Have been to church, stopped at the store afterwards, fixed lunch -- grilled chicken and our first corn on the cob, which wasn't as good as it usually is, and fresh fruit. I just put a load of laundry in and need to get busy in the kitchen again since I goofed off yesterday. Actually I cleaned out 3 drawers of "stuff" at the cabin and filled a garbage bag, so I did accomplish something.

"Gma" -- You make me feel guilty with all of your cleaning! It's pointless to do much here since the guys are not finished with the counter top; I hope they come tomorrow! The dishwasher repairman is coming tomorrow at 8:30; I can see the $$ signs all ready. :( The scarf sounds like it will be very pretty! I am anxious to see it finished.

Susan -- When you use the green bags, do you put lettuce in? My lettuce always seems slightly wet and I've never tried it since the directions say food should be dry. I do like to put bananas in green bags! Enjoy your afternoon of movies and handiwork! :D

I'm off to change laundry loads and then head for the kitchen. Have a nice "rest of the day!"

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!

07-12-2009, 06:51 PM
Here is another Watermelon sorbet recipe that uses a bit of a different method. It comes from the Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook pg 399. If you don't have superfine sugar you can process granulated sugar in your blender for about 30 seconds, until it has a superfine texture.

Makes 4 Servings
4 cups seeded wateermelon chunks
1/4 cup sperfine sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1. In a blender or food processor combine the watermelon, sugar and lime juice: puree. Transfer the mixture to a 2-quart freezer-safe container with a tight-fitting lid; freeze, covered, until the mixture resembles set gelatin, 4-6 hours.
2. In two batches, puree the watermelon mixture in the blender or food processor; return to the container. Freeze, covered, overnight. Let sorbet stand at room temperature 5 minutes before serving.

Per serving (1/4 cup sorbet)
102 cal
1g fat
1g fib

07-12-2009, 07:24 PM
It is a bright sunny day with high humidity here in the heartland. I sure don't like the weather here. Much prefer sea or mountain breezes with low humidity. However, one day it will be that way somewhere for I don't plan on being here forever. Well, maybe I won't have a choice.;) I just put up with it and really, I am NOT a complainer. Doesn't do a bit of good or change the weather so I take what comes in that department. UGH we went out to eat for the noon meal to a Mexican restaurant that has the most horrible stuff on their menu. Not good so I ate very little and we will go somewhere else that we know is good tonight. We just don't have to go back to that place anymore to eat ~ once was enough. :D

JEAN I love those green bags. Started using them in the MH because the refrigeration system is different than in a house and it sure kept my fruits and veggies fresher. I continued to use them in the house now and am happy with them. Have you gotten any sweet corn on the cob grown there this summer? Just wondering for I know a lot of it grown there is for animal feed or pop corn.

DONNA FAYE It rained here also during the night. Sure helps keep the lawn green. Using Splenda@ in your recipe brings the points down to 3. I don't think I even have any "real" sugar in the house. I have all the different varities of Splenda@ and find they work well in everything I have subed them into. I made up a batch of that pistachio pudding ice cream using the sugar free packs and it is all eaten up already. Will said that recipe is definitely a keeper. Next I think I will try lemon since I have some sf and ff lemon instant pudding mix on hand. Your scarf that you are working on sounds pretty.

SUSAN Don't you just love Splenda@? This is the time of year I love because of all the fresh fruits available. Got some eating ready peaches the other day and they were actually ready to eat and perfectly ripe. Not too hard nor to soft. Perfect. Just like the ones I remember my grandfather growing. He used to let me put the papers around them to pack. AH ~ what good memories I have. For breakfast I love a peach cut up with a few sprinkles of reduced balsamic vinegar on it and uuuuummmmm.

Everyone take care. Type at y'all later :wave:

07-12-2009, 08:52 PM
Just a quick one this evening, ladies.

Jean, for at least 25 years, I have always wrapped lettuces in paper towels, no matter how I am storing it so I continue to do that with the green bags. They pull the moisture away from the lettuce and it keeps better. When they get damp, I throw that one away and put a new one on.

Maggie, I use Splenda all the time, too. No need for sugar anymore that I can see. I think Mexican is on the very bottom of my list for places to go to eat.

Have a good night!

07-13-2009, 07:17 AM
Good morning to you all! I did get the whole house cleaned except the two bathrooms upstairs, which I will do this morning before I go swim. I am going to take Thomas his ice cream and probaby bring the granddoggy back with me so they don't have to haul him across town.

I finally broke the menopause barrier and lost a lb so hopefully I will get back to going down and now stuck. Jack said not to be too upset that if it can cause weight gain but I stayed the same that meant I was doing what I should. That doesn't mean you don't get a bit discouraged when you know you stay on points and exercise and it doesn't budge.

Jean: Hope you get your kitchen all done up nice and fancy. I am sure when it is finished you will love it. We just got our new contract for our home warranty and it went up again. Two dollars per month and $5 on the charge when they come to the house. When we moved in here is was something like $45 charge and $40 a month and now it is $45 a month and $60 when they get to the house. All that being said, it is still cheaper than what they charge you to fix something straight out. I need to get them in here to repair the self cleaner on my stove. It needs some new thingamagjig to that has burned out.

Susan: I bought french vanilla and chocolate to try, but I have no room in my freezer to put the freezing container. We are really going to have to get out and find a small chest freezer. I really should get green bags as I buy a lot of fresh fruits and veggies. For one thing, I don't have the room in my freezer for the frozen stuff.

Maggie: We did our once a month meal out and did Mexican. We love the chain Abuelos. They have great Mexican food and we should know, Jack grew up in New Mexico.

I have to go. Jack will be down in a minute and plays freecell with his breakfast so the computer should be free.

Have a great start to the week everyone!

07-13-2009, 11:12 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! The dishwasher repairman just left; the dishwasher is working perfectly! :mad: He has another job across the highway and will check back when he is done there. I am so :mad: ! It's a cool morning here with a slight breeze, and partly cloudy. More rain is predicted for later today. Wish it would stop for awhile and rain in August when the crops will need it more. I'm still sorting and pitching in the kitchen today.

Maggie -- Did you express your opinion of the food to the server/hostess at the Mexican restaurant? We have the "real McCoy" here and it's always good. I'm not very adventuresome in trying new things; I stick with what I know I will like. It is frustrating to be all set for a good meal and have it turn out to be not so good. :( We haven't had any local corn yet. There is a guy who comes up from Missouri and sells out of his pickup; his corn is always good and he sells out early in the day. Bob said his secretary bought some on Friday in Spencer . . . $7 a dozen!

Susan -- I use paper towels with my lettuce also. I have a friend who picks her lettuce leaves apart and puts paper towels in between the layers. I haven't tried that yet, but I just may. Mexican is not my favorite either. Hope you have a good day at work w/o any glitches. :D

"Gma" -- Congrats on losing another pound. You are on your way down again! :cp: It will be interesting to see what the service charge is on the dishwasher. If I've been doing dishes by hand for 3 days I will be upset. :lol: Enjoy your swim with Thomas!

I need to change laundry loads and get busy. Have a great day!

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!

07-14-2009, 06:23 AM
Good morning ladies! I brought Fortune downstairs as both dogs on the bed were too much this morning. Fortune wouldn't settle down with Marty on the bed and Jack needed his sleep.

I weighed myself this morning and I have finally cracked it. I am down another 2 lbs and back to losing weight, yippeee!

My kids are up and away this morning heading for San Fransisco then on to China. Poor Kelly was diagnosed yesterday with strep throat. She has had a sore throat for a couple days and decided that before they left she should just check it out so she went to one of those fast clinics some of the Walgreens have in them. She has a bad case, but thankfully, she started antibiotics yesterday so will have 2 days under her belt by the time they get to China. They will travel for almost 24 hours.

Jean: Don't you hate it when the appliances betray you! Hopefully, it is a glitch and you won't have any more trouble with it. That is what the Grand Marquis did to us that morning. It acted like the transmission had gone out so I scrambled around getting financing for a new car and low and behold we haven't had a bit of trouble with it since that day and that was nearly 7 months ago. Ahh well, I guess there is nothing you can do about it.

I went to the store and got a couple more skeins of yarn to finish the scarf. I got her a Macy's gift card, but it may not get here in time and I am not sure I will get the scarf finished in time. I would like to make a hat if I have time.
So, I ordered her a cute little sampler from Swiss Colony. It has teas, coffees, biscotti and jams in it. I had this shipped directly to her.

Nothing much else going on here. I went and did a good workout and could have used about 10 minutes more but it started thundering and raining so I had to get out. Hopefully, I can get over there today and workout in solitude. It is so quiet over there and lovely.

Have a great day. Faye

07-14-2009, 10:15 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! We've had more rain during the night so it is nice and cool this morning. If the sun comes out it will be really hot and humid. I have a perm this morning; don't feel like sitting for 3 hours, but need a cut so there goes what curl is left.

"Gma" -- Congrats on losing another 2#s! :cheer: You are such a nice MIL and give such thoughtful gifts. Does Marty follow Fortune around or vice versa? Fortune may be ready for lots of naps when the vacation is over, and Marty goes home.

I have a load of laundry to do and I'm hoping the counter guys show up early rather than late. I want to put my kitchen back together!

Hope you all have a great day!

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!

07-14-2009, 11:21 AM
Good morning, ladies!

Pretty quiet today. The boss is gone so there isn't a crisis every 10 minutes. I have quilt guild tonight and dinner with the ladies before the meeting. I guess the rag weed is starting because my nose is running and my eyes are itchy so I hit the Veramist inhaler again. There are some beautiful swamp lilies blooming now in the wetlands.

Faye, :cp::cb::bravo::cheer2: for sticking with it and congrats on the scale finally starting to move again. I hope your rain is coming my way. The grass needs it.

Jean, I know you are anxious to get things back in place in your kitchen. I'll bet it is beautiful! I should have a haircut, too, but I'm going to wait until the end of next week so it will good for my PA trip. Local corn is 4/$1 at the farmers' market and roadside stands around here. Our peaches are just about ready for picking, too. Blueberries are now ready to be picked. We've had tomatoes for about a month now. It sure is a yummy time of year.

Maggie, hi!

07-15-2009, 07:16 AM
Good morning gals! Boy am I sore this morning. I guess others might say it is a good sore, but frankly at my age, no sore is a good sore!:) I did an hour in the pool yesterday.

Well my grandson and his parents should be in China sometime this morning I believe. I am so nervous about them being there with the earthquake in one place and riots in another, and that doesn't even count the number of planes that have crashed recently. Gives an ole grandma the shivers. They are part of a tour group so I am sure they will be fine, but I am just a worry wart. I feel so bad for their dog, he has been "crying" on and off and I think he misses Thomas. I put him in my lap and sat and petted him and talked to him last night hoping it would make him feel better. Made me cry for him to be upset. It is like a toddler being left with grandma and wanting his mama.

Jean: I don't know how great a mil I am. I am having a devil of a time with a lace cloche I want to make her to go with the scarf. I have put it on the needles 4 times and everytime I have made a mistake in the first four rows. I keep having to tear it out. I am determined to make this I will give it another go today. I am over halfway done with the scarf and I should finish it up by the end of the week, hopefully. If I can get the hat going, it won't take me long. It isn't a complicated pattern.

Susan: I too am pretty shaggy and need a haircut. I am going to have to go next week and get one I think. I noticed we only have one more space to fill up on our haircut card then we get a freebie so I imagine Jack and I will get haircuts next weekend if possible. My hair has just enough natural curl to give it great body, but it also tends to make my neckline curl the minute it gets a bit long and my sideburns seem to do a pincurl like look once they start to grow out. I will also have to color my hair again.

Three days to the Harry Potter movie. I am really lookng forward to going even if it is at 11:15 at night! We hope to miss some of the kids at that time, but last time we went to the late show and there were a bazillion kids so who knows? I did get nervous because my bank reissued our bank cards because of a concern that some merchant had been hacked into. Well, I cut up my old one as the new one came day before yesterday but forgot I needed it to access the kiosk to get the the tickets I preordered for the movie! :( I always print confirmation sheets and I had two copies of this one and it said you can take it to the service desk and get the tickets so I plan on going first thing when they open on Friday and picking up our tickets. We stood in line for over an hour last time. We were pretty much first in line and they are showing it on 4 screens, but it will be the same nuttiness I am sure. I always let Jack rush ahead and get seats then I keep them while he gets drinks or whatever. At that time of night I am not sure we will be snacking that's for sure.

Well, the shower just kicked off so hubby should be down soon. Have a great hump day. I am going to sit and knit.

07-15-2009, 11:56 AM
Good morning, ladies! A lovely day today but a little too warm already.

I had a good time at Quilt Guild last night. One of my friends moved to Houston and she was there. She came home to visit family. We're having dinner tonight and she is going to quilting bee with me.

Faye, I will be seeing Harry Potter tonight. Show starts at 9:10 so it works out with my bee. I can't wait! At least I won't be needing anything to eat at that time of night. It's 2:33 long so I'll be home by midnight. Short nights sleep but well worth it. More people are killed on the highways than in the air so don't worry about the planes, worry when they get in the car. I hope Kelly is feeling better by now. I'll bet Thomas can hardly contain himself. He'll surely have a lot to tell you when he gets home.

Well, time for work, break is over. Have a good day, all.

07-15-2009, 01:33 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! The sun is shining and it a cool 70 degrees with a stiff breeze this morning. Kolby had his tonsils out this morning and Beth just called to say all went well and they were on their way home again. I've been to the grocery store and have another load of laundry going.

Susan -- It's nice that you can spend some extra time with your Texas friend! :yes: There is definitely a different feel to the atmosphere when the boss is gone. At least there was at school, and the kids seemed to always know when they were not in the building. Enjoy your quilting bee tonight.

"Gma" -- Did Marty get upset when he stayed with you the last time? Maybe he senses that you are a bit nervous about where they are and is picking up on that. Harry Potter is on here too. I noticed the marquee this morning. We went to see the Proposal which is just a light hearted movie. There was a preview with John Travolta but I didn't see the name of the movie. I do like him and it looked like it is a comedy. I'm sure you will get your hat to turn out just right! :D

I have another pile of farm laundry waiting; Bob is getting a tractor ready for a tractor ride and the farm dirt covers the front of his jeans and shirts. I think he is worse than a kid when he is working on tractors -- oblivious!

I hope everyone has a great day today! Remember to :D

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!

07-16-2009, 05:44 AM
Good morning everybody! I had to get up because the power went out and just as I inched into the hall bathroom to get the candle lighter under the sink, the power came back on. I said to heck with it as I have been up twice putting the dumb dog back on the bed so I just came downstairs.

Susan: Can't wait to hear your "Potter" report. I am going tomorrow morning and get our tickets for tomorrow night. How nice you got to visit with a friend. One of my friends from the law firm told me that when I visit next time and have the time, if I let her know in advance she will get a group of the ladies I worked with together to have lunch or dinner. I would love that and can't do it until next April when Jack goes to the annual Cubs game with Jay so I should be down quite a bit of lbs so it will be a big surprise for them.

Jean: Did you get that whiz bang storm we got last night or was it too farth south to hit you? Now, how old is Kolby again? I want to say around 4 or so, but I may be mixing him up with one of the younger ones. Poor little guy. My Jay had to go through that and get tubes put in too. It sure worked a miracle for him even though the tubes stayed in less than 6 weeks. I don't remember Marty crying like he has this time, but I try to give him as much attention as possible and we always pat him and talk to him when he starts it. He is usually asleep when he does it, but he has bad cataracts and sometimes I think he sleeps with his eyes open.

Well Thomas and parents got to China a-ok. I got an email from her around midnight night last night but the night before. She said they had gotten checked into the hotel, had a late supper and were going to bed. I imagine the time stuff will mess them up pretty much. Poor Tom has to come home and go right back to work as Thomas said he is using every bit of his vacation time he has left.

I got the hat on the needles finally and have about 1/3 of it done. It is really cute. I have the scarf finished and decided not to put the fringe on as I don't think she would care for it.

Well gals, I am going to try and nap in the chair until Jack gets up in an hour and a half.

Have a wonderful Thursday!

07-16-2009, 11:27 AM
Good morning, ladies! I think we might be getting Faye's storm. It sure has gotten dark outside.

Faye, I loved the movie. You read the book so I won't go into detail because I don't want to spoil it for you. I'm thinking of going again over the weekend. I get the senior price of $6.50 so it's not a bad deal if you don't get popcorn and a drink. I'm glad everyone is safely arrived in China. Now the fun will begin for Thomas. It'll surely give him a look at a very different life. Poor Marty! It has to be extra hard when you can't see and go to a different place and your family leaves you.

Jean, I imagine Kolby is happily sucking on popscicles and will bounce back quickly. I had my tonsils out when I was 12 and again when I was 22. It was a lot harder the second time. They didn't get them all the first time and they grew back.

Hi, Maggie!

Have a great day.

07-16-2009, 12:44 PM
I just found out there is a one hour special on tonight on ABC TV beginning at 8 about J. K. Rawlings who wrote the Harry Potter books. They followed her around for a year right before the publication of the last book and it goes into her life as a school janitor, etc.

'J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life'

Cameras follow the author in the months prior to publication of the final book in the Harry Potter series, including scenes from her hometown, the church where she once worked as a janitor and her life as an everyday mother.