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08-05-2009, 09:57 AM
Good morning gals! It has been pouring down rain here this morning so no swimming for me. I had planned on going over and swim today but it isn't going to happen.

Got the new windshield put in and it had to sit in the garage last night as the window had to be kept rolled down for the glue to dry completely. I have to go out later today and remove the tape across the top that held the metal piece in place until it set and then park it in its parking spot before Jack gets home.

My little guy was sick yesterday and I was so worried about him. He had a couple loose stools and vomited on the clean dining room rug of course. I think he got into some stuff from the garbage as the squirrel somehow got into the trash can again and tore one of the bags open. He must have dropped something on the ground and Fortune scarfed it up and it was spoiled. I gave him one of his flagyl that I was given for his colitis and he seems to be fine this morning. I haven't seen him eat yet, but he should be hungry because I wouldn't let him eat all day or last night.

I got the innards scared out of me this morning. I went out in my gown at 4 am to drag the trash to the corner of the garage for pick up today. I never noticed the guy across the street was sitting in his lawn chair in the garage with the door open and he said, "Hi, how ya doin'?" I almost jumped out of my skin. For one thing I was in my night clothes and for another he startled me. I said hi to him back and hurried what I was doing and got back inside. It didn't help it was pouring down rain so I was getting soaked.

Did bill paying this morning and was more than a little irritated at the bill for the er visit. I mean, come on! I only had to pay the $30 deductible and they adjusted most of the cost because they have a deal with tricare, but what could possibly cost $485? They did no tests, he spent maybe 5 minutes with me looking at the intake sheet and discussing my bp meds, wrote a prescription and they took my temp and bp that was it! I am radically against government health care as it does not work in any form and for now, no one has come up with a sensible solution to rising health care costs, but sheesh! I would bet a breakdown would show that a large % of what was charged to me goes towards indigent care.

Well gals, I better get going. I want to get the upstairs dusted and vacuumed today and I need to get around and put the laundry in the dryer I did this morning and unload the dishwasher.

Have a good one and stay dry!

08-05-2009, 11:24 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! I've been to have blood drawn and go back at 10:00 for a "chat" with the doctor. There were 7 of us waiting for the lab and all had 8:00 appointments. It must be my age, but I'm not very good at waiting. :( I wonder if I will see any of the lab patients in the waiting room when I go back. It's a cool cloudy morning here. It was 50 degrees when I came downstairs at 6:30. It's supposed to be 90 on Saturday, and we'll be at the lake to celebrate Maddy's 6th birthday. Time sure flies!

"Gma" -- I thought one of your grandsons was sick when I started reading your post. :o I hope Fortune is much better today and able to keep food down. It is scary when a pet is sick and can't talk to tell you what he ate or where he hurts. We are still getting EOBs from when MIL was in the hospital in April. They don't itemize anything and it's anybody's guess what the bill is for. Her own doctor billed $100 for each day she was in and I know he didn't see her on the weekends. If the bills were mine I think I would ask for an itemized statement. A long time ago I got charged for some lab test I never had. I called the insurance company to not pay for it and the lady said not to worry about it because the bill had all ready been paid. I was :mad: ! As you said it is no wonder our premiums are so high. I don't think Obama's idea/plan is the answer either. Thanks for starting the new thread.

I need to put the fish clothes in the washer and start the dishwasher.

Have a great day today!

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!

08-05-2009, 11:47 AM
Good morning, ladies. Another hot one today and then Faye's rain arrives tomorrow and stays until Saturday if the weatherman is right.

I hate Obama's health care plan. People over 65 will be on the bottom of the list for care. That's how they are doling out the Swine Flu vaccine - over 65 is on the bottom of the list regardless of things like lung disease. Their excuse is old people aren't going to get it because we have had flu before and built up an immunity. If that we so, we wouldn't be encouraged to get our flu shot every year. That man will have us turned into a third world country before his four years are over. :soap:

Faye, I hope Fortune has recovered fully. I'm with Jean on feeling sorry for sick animals. I know you are missing your swimming.

Jean, when Stan was in the hospital so much, the doctors used to have another doctor come in on the weekend (probably the newest one in the practice) and I know my PCP fills in for my gastroentrologist one weekend a month. Have to get every penny we have!

Time for work, have a good day!

08-05-2009, 02:44 PM
Gonna be another hot muggy day again here in the Heartland. The kittens are growing and sassy and good friends with Ragg Mopp now and life is good. I am able to get some glass work done for they take long afternoon naps. I longingly look forward to the day when we can get them de-clawed. :o They don't retract them very well.:p They are a hoot to watch.

JEAN It has been in the triple didgets here for the past few days. Time does march by the older I get. Wizzes by. I sure hope I don't lose my good insurance. I have partial Medicare and that is a joke. I am just so thankful that neither Will nor myself are sickly. I only go to the doc once a year just to get the bloodwork done necessary to get my med refills and Medicare can never get the paperwork right. I feel sorry for folks who have to deal with them more often than I do.

DONNA FAYE Poor pooch. Ragg Mopp would avail himself of the trash if he could get to it. I am thankful that ours sits outside the back fence where he can't get to it. We use those nice metal step on a petal and the lid pops up in the kitchen and bathrooms. He isn't heavy enough to push the petal down to open the lid ~ I have seen him try.;)

SUSAN I woudn't take one of the flu shots if offered. Never had a flu shot and my doc said said years ago that now is no time to start getting them. They have not tested them and they will not be safe enough to convince me to need one. That is where I am about it. :soap: To each his own.

The kitten are napping now and I can get some glass work done before I need to figure out what to makef for dinner. :wave: Type at y'all later.

08-06-2009, 08:35 AM
Good morning to you all! It is going to be a real scorcher today. The humidity is between 90 and 100% everywhere here this morning and going to be in the 90's. Definitely swim time today. I have several errands to run so I may do those and come back to the house and get my suit on then go over to Kelly's and swim.

I haven't heard a word from the coordinator of the clinic yet and school starts here on Monday. Maybe she will call this weekend who knows? I would like to do it again. I did enjoy it and seeing T even for a second. When I get to a size where getting into those picnic style tables they have in the cafeteria isn't so hard, I will have lunch with him sometimes. We may get to keep him and Marty over the holiday weekend as Kelly is planning a surprise for Tom. It is a secret, but I doubt Tom makes it a habit of coming here to read posts, though I know Kelly peeks in sometimes so if I am doing anything for her I have to keep mum about it until it happens. :)

Jean: I am not too bad at waiting, but then I always take my knitting and I am a blabber mouth so usually end up striking up a conversation with a stranger. Jack teases me constantly about talking to strangers so whenever I catch him at it, I really give it to him. He was talking to someone in the parking lot of the commissary last time we shopped as I was coming out behind him. As the guy walked away I said to him in my crabbiest voice, "What have I told you about talking to strangers? Do we have to go all over this again? You should know by now what the rules are!" The person taking our groceries to the car thought I was a shrew I am sure but Jack just shook his head behind her and grinned. Come to find out the guy had an Escape and Jack asked him how he liked it (this is the Ford equivalent of our Mercury Mariner)

Susan: I keep saying that Obama and his cronies are trying to make this country communism. I have a friend I met here at the site that lives in England and you know they have managed health care there. She says you can sit for 10 hours at a dr to be seen sometimes. They don't have a choice so if you must see a dr then you have to put up with it. I just got my new AARP magazine and on the heath care topic page someone asked about having to give up their own insurance and what was AARP's standing on it. They said they would never go along with people being forced, but to tell the truth they were the ones pushing for this in the first place. The truth is, though it has a lot of faults, what we have now is the best we can get for the time being. Government run health care is absolutely not the answer. Well, we shall just see what comes of it all I guess.

Maggie: Fortune seems to be doing better. He didn't eat at all yesterday though I had put his food down so I had Jack stop and get one container of Benefil soft dog food, which I know he will eat. I used half of it and mixed with his IAMs hard dog food and he took right to it. I will just have to keep an eye on him. He had soft stool this morning, but it could be the difference in dog food. It was dark so I need to watch and see if that continues to make sure it isn't blood, etc, etc. They end up at he vets more than my kids did to the doctors.

I guess I better hope to it. Lots to do today!

08-06-2009, 12:29 PM
Good morning, ladies! We got terrific thunder and lightening storms last night and it's continuing to rain off and on today and only 75 degrees!

Faye, I hope you can start swimming regularly again. I always take a book or some quilting to the dr. office and then spend my time talking to someone in the waiting room. Maybe you should call the school and see what's going on.

Maggie, I have never had a problem with Medicare paying and it was a lot of bills on Stan and plenty for me. I have Blue Cross for my supplement and don't have to pay another cent. No copays for anything. I think most problems come from the way the dr. office bills Medicare. They are currently testing the H1N1 flu short on live people who volunteered so it won't be an untested vaccine. A bout of any kind of flu or pneumonia could make it curtains for me so I want all the protection I can get.

Jean, I hope your doctor's appointment turned out okay.

I have my quilting bee tonight so that will be fun.

Have a great day.

08-06-2009, 12:40 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! The sun has been in and out this morning, but warmer temperatures are on the way . . . 90s tomorrow and Saturday for sure. "Summer" weather will probably be here in time for school to start, as usual. I've got laundry going and have been playing with a new camera. Bob's camera died so he bought a new one. It is "cute" and little, but smaller than he likes so he took mine. I can't figure out how to find the pictures that are on my old disk and the instructions are very limited. I may have to go back to the store and get help.

Susan -- Bob just has fits when Obama is on TV pushing his health care plan. :hyper: I hope there are some "smart" people who will keep Obama from ruining our country!My labs and office visit yesterday was over $200 and cost me $76 for a copay. Turns out I am anemic from donating blood the day before. :o All of the rest of my #s were ok . . . except for weight, but the kind doctor didn't mention that. I have a physical and iron recheck set for Nov., so will probably get the weight lecture then. At the bloodbank I had to give the info on the cat bite (one of a whole page of questions) and that is required for a year each time I donate.

Maggie -- We have a relative who retired from Maytag and he has lost a good part of his retirement benefits. He has had to take another job just to pay for his medical insurance. I still say some of the big company "higher ups" make way too much money! :crazy:

"Gma" -- Knowing how hectic the beginning of the school year is, maybe the clinic coordinator hasn't had time to work on the volunteer list. I would call and ask. They need to get government out of the schools and keep them out of the health care profession. Of course the health care people say that about insurance companies . . . I have to agree! :yes:

I hear the dryer buzzing so need to change loads. Have a great day -- tomorrow is Friday!

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!

08-07-2009, 10:16 AM
Good morning to you all! It is going to be sunny and hot today so another day at the pool. Jack took a vacation day so we will do commissary shopping today instead of this weekend after I get back from swimming. I promised T I would be there today and he watches for me so I am going to go then come back and change and go shopping. I would rather spend time with t than the shopping, but we have to eat!

To set the scenario of the following you need to understand something. If you read or saw HP movies/books than you know what a patronus is, if not, a patronus is a protector against an evil thing called a dementor that will suck your soul out. You use your wand and do an incantation and it pops out of the end of your wand and is an animal. On my facebook, I did a quiz to find what patronus I am and horrors, I am a mouse! UGH and you know how I feel about that. So anyway, you know that T has always had fun with me because I have a rodent phobia so here you go:

Yesterday I spent some time with the wisest of little boys! He and I have a secret joke about his Nonny's phobia, so when I asked him to guess what would be the least likely thing I would want to have as a patronus and thinking he would say rat, not missing a beat, he said, "A stripper?" :lol::rofl::rofl::lol3: Now that makes my week! Thank You Thomas my darling!

The thing about Thomas is you never know whether the super intelligent kid will come out of his mouth or the mischevious regular ole 9 year old boy! Keeps you guessing and it is much more fun this way too.

I cleaned out the fridge and freezer and washed it down then went upstairs and cleaned the bathrooms. Now, I can again clean downstairs sometime this weekend and have a clean house for at least a couple days then start all over again. Sheets will be washed on Sunday as always and I do laundry everyday and keep it up.

Jean: Why did Bob buy a new camera that was too small for him? We have a great digital camera we got on sale about 3 years ago. It is a Nikon Coolpix and though I still haven't figured out everything on it, I can use it ok. We have a fairly new video camera that is small enough to hold in the palm of your hand and you can take stills with it too. I told Jack we need to do little videos and email them to Jackson to keep him up to date on his grandparents.

Susan: Have fun with your quilting bee! I really need to find a knitting group, but I am not very comfortable knitting in front of people who know how to knit. I always feel dumb with my abilitites. Unfortunately, the office is pretty clueless about that kind of stuff unless the person in charge keeps them informed. That was the bad thing about the lady last year. She was sweet as she could be, but not organized at all so no one knew what was going on.

Well gals, I haven't eaten breakfast so I need to eat then get showered and ready to go swimming a bit later. Have a great weekend everyone!

08-07-2009, 03:55 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! It is cloudy and cool which is good since we got up to rain this morning. Bob is playing in a golf tournament for his retirement/nursing home and the weatherman said it would be sunny, 92 degrees, and humid. Tomorrow is to be more of the same. I've done my good deed for the day. Bob's secretary called yesterday and asked if I would help stuff envelopes for a county wide mailing that needed to go out earlier this week and she didn't get the needed coupons until this morning. She had asked board members to come in and help but no one replied so she was asking anyone she could think of. As it turned out 4 "male" :rolleyes; board members showed up with older kids in tow, so there was more than enough help.

"Gma" -- Thank you for the patronus explanation. I'm not a HP follower so wouldn't have had a clue. :no: I think it's funny you are a mouse and T thought a stripper! :lol: Bob usually just takes pictures of old barns (because he likes them), grain bins, damaged crops or buildings, etc., for the adjuster. The amount of pictures he can take is fine but the camera itself is little and petite. He downloaded pictures on my computer so I can send them now. How do you get the tiny pictures here. Mine come out quite large compared to yours. I'm sure you know how to knit with the best of them, so don't feel inferior to knit in front of a group! :no: They probably all have to watch what they are doing too. It will be nice to have the commissary trip out of the way today. :yes:

I need to finish wrapping Maddy's gifts and pick up the debris around here. I swear there is a messy gremlin who comes out when I'm not home!

Enjoy your day and have a great weekend!

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!

08-07-2009, 08:00 PM
Good evening, ladies! We've had a lovely day in the low 80s.

I had a good time with my bee last night. The hostess had made chocolate pecan pies so I was able to turn down dessert. I can't imagine how sweet that was. She is my best friend and I worry about here. She is diabetic, her sister died from complications of diabetes at 49, and she doesn't follow her diet or make any effort to take care of herself. The doctor wanted to put her on insulin and she refuses to do it. I keep thinking its only a matter of time before I hear she is in the hospital.

I haven't done much of anything today. I was so tired I didn't get up until 9 am today and then I laid down for the afternoon and read a book. I feel more rested now.

Faye, I am so glad you are getting to spend more time with T now. He surely is a precoious child! Faye, there is certainly nothing wrong with your knitting! Everything is beautifully done. If knitting groups are like quilting bees, they won't be looking at how you do your knitting, but praising your results.

Jean, I took the same test Faye did on Facebook and my patronus is a Lion. Maybe that is why I love cats. I printed out the directions from here on how to post a picture, but haven't sat down to figure it out yet. I'm beginning to hate all this electronic stuff.

This weekend we have no sales tax on clothing, school supplies, and a bunch of other stuff so I guess I go and see about some winter pants. We always have this back-to-school or college weekend in August and you can save. Normal sales tax is 5%.

Have a good evening!

08-08-2009, 08:50 AM
Good morning to you all! Hope your Saturday has started out well. We did the shopping yesterday and I spent about half an hour with T. I did 45 minutes but he came about 15 minutes after I had been there. He says his parents are talking about closing their pool so I guess I will be back to walking as they have never opened the one here. Makes me furious! If I was wealthy it is the one thing I would insist on having is a great pool.

Jean: I have a great photo program called Iphoto Express and when I take a picture off my camera, I can download to it and can crop and resize it there. Otherwise, I would be in the dark too. We have had the program for years and I have always used it. I have to tell you, I would be more likely to let a stripper come out of my wand than a mouse! Don't let Susan fool you, the reason she is a lion is she is strong and confident, proud and regal. Her friend is a big wuss who doesn't like to make waves and tries to be intimidating but no one gives her mind, that's why she is a mouse. A nice lion personality would come in handy for me sometimes.

Susan: Oh God could I tell your friend stuff about her disease. My mother was the same way except she thought her insulin would give her carte blanche to eat how she liked. She lost parts of her foot and needed an amputation when she died. I believe she was losing her sight when she died too. My nephew was just in a horrible accident in a car because of his and broke his neck and assorted other bones and was lucky he lived. They have found my brother out cold in the parking lot of the Ford plant he works for on the middle of winter with no coat and he lives in Chicago. Once he went racing through Chicago at around 80mph with his children in his van not stopping for lights or anything and not knowing what he was doing. Believe me I could go on and on. Diabetes is horrible to live with because you are so restricted on eating and have to watch every morsel, but it can so be controlled and I hope she comes to realize how much she needs to work on it and get help. Feel free to pass on what I said. My family is riddled with the disease and my mom died younger than she needed to because she didn't take care of herself. Glad you had fun at you bee.

Well I need to start getting around and getting things done. I was goofing off this morning.
Have a good one gals!

08-08-2009, 02:36 PM
I am giving my program a good hard look this day and am getting back to it. I have "maintained" for a good month now and have a "set point" from which to start a new downward trail. My system has gotten used to losing a third of what I want to lose so on to the next third. These kittens are so cute. Will always gets up earlier than me and closes the bedroom door so the animals will leave me be. He said that when he opened my office door to feed them they dashed out of the room and ran lickety split into the front room and jumped in my chair looking around then over to the couch then back down the hall to the bedroom and sniffed under the door. AH they were looking for me, how sweet. I like that door closed for I can get my shower done and dressed without any help from them. We have a bathroom off the bedroom which makes it nice and convenient. Then when I emerge they are oh so happy to see me. I play with them for a bit then they are off to frolic under the dining room table. Life is good and I am longingly looking to the day when we can get them de-clawed.:o We got the neatest bird bath and yard fountain yesterday. They are tera-cotta color and unusual. The bird bath pedistal is a tree trunk and the bath is kinda the tree. The water fountain is three jugs that pour water down to the next one. It has two sides that are brick like. The thing is very heavy. We are slowly getting the back yard area fixed up. We have a nice shelter area which atttaches to the house which has a cement floor. Gonna get a nice table and chair set to go there. It makes a great place to have outside parties. Yes, life is good.

JEAN Golfing in the humidity - Oh joy. Not my idea of a good time but for those that like it go to it. I haven't golfed since we left CA. That is nice that you went and stuffed envelopes. I have a request ~ would you please O please keep that grimlin at home. He finds his way over here and I try to tell him that his mom is calling for him to go back to Iowa.

SUSAN I can't understand for the life of me why your hostess of last night won't take better care of herself unless she is in denial and won't let herself face herself. Someone should get her to realize that denial and face the facts that there are things she can do for herself. :soap: I do hope that you finde some neat clothing while the no sales tax break going on. That is surely a nice break for folks with kids in school.

DONNA FAYE OH pooh. Isn't it a bit early to close the pool? AH but out in CA we kept ours open year round. I sure miss having one. My mom has one out there and swims every day and she is in her 90's. My sis lives close to her and swims with her some. Lions & strippers & mice. Hum mm mm. I must be getting old.

Have a lovely weekend which is starting and I'll type at y'all later.

08-09-2009, 09:18 AM
Good morning gals. It is stiflingly hot here this weekend. We went to the movies and it was awful walking from the parking lot to the theater. Jack is such a love. He took me to the movies because I was blue yesterday. I laughed my head off and felt much, much better.

Maggie: I am going by what Thomas said and he probably heard his parents talking so it isn't a sure thing. I imagine I will swimm until they do put the cover over it. They may want to just be done with all the cleaning and such for the summer since T starts back to school tomorrow.

I got absolutely nothing done yesterday so I am going to tackle it today and be done with it. It always seems to be here and the maid never seems to clean it right! ;)

I can't believe we have rushed through summer already. My birthday is next month and I can't believe we are back to it already too. Susan and Jack have a birthday in Oct. I can always remember because her birthday is the day before I believe.

Well, no news here to share so I guess I better check and see if Jack is up and wants some breakfast.

Toodle Loo! Faye

08-09-2009, 02:29 PM
Good afternoon, ladies! It is a hot, hot day today.

I spent yesterday grocery shopping and cleaning. Since I hadn't gone for groceries the week before, I was out of fresh fruit and veggies. Church this morning and now laundry. I'm reading "Finger Licking Fifteen" by Janet Evanovich. I love that series. I'm thinking I might make a small quilt about 16 x 20 of Lula stuck in the window the car and enter it in the challenge. You have to read the book to know why she was trying to crawl out the car window.

Faye, my friend is truly an ostrich with her head in the sand. She thinks if she doesn't acknowledge her disease and weight, it's all okay. We've all preached at her until we finally gave up.

Maggie, your bird bath and fountain sound lovely. I love to sit and look at all the birds and such in the wetlands behind my house. We have lovely egrets, Canadian geese and ducks, and humming birds galore.

Well, I need to get back to work. The dryer is buzzing.

Have a good evening.

08-09-2009, 05:54 PM
It just was thundering and lightening and raining big drops and now has abated. Broght the temp down from the high 90's to the 70's which is just peachie with me. A group of us went to Whsky Creek wich is a steak restaurate here. I was able to order what would fit nicely in my program and had yummy meal. A little 4 year old told her folks she wanted to sit by "Maggie" so we had a lively conversation going for she is a whiz kid. I was close to a group of grownups so I could be in both discussions. Life is good. Went by our favorite coffee place and I am sipping a nice hot sugar free, fat free latte w/a double shot of espresso.;)

DONNA FAYE Guess your daughter and her hubby don't use that pool much if they do want to cover it now. It is so nice that you can have so much fun with T.

SUSAN Your little quilt pattern sounds cute. Try to post a picture of it when you get it made. I imagine you have quite a nice nature show near your house. Lovely.

Kittens want to play on my keyboard so I am too hip, gotta go. :wave: Type at y'all later.

08-09-2009, 07:10 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! We didn't get home until after 9 last night and I went to bed. The birthday party was a huge success, the weather not unbearable, good food, etc. We went to church this morning and it's been a lazy day since. We both had a nap after lunch and I've done one load of laundry and have many more to go.

Susan -- It was tax free weekend here too. I think it was just for clothing and school supplies. Every little bit helps that is for sure. Our tax is 7%, but it differs between towns and cities. We have so many geese that the local law enforcement guys are going to be in the parks discharging loud noise makers to scare them off. We've been warned to stay away if we see the men in bright green vests! The book and quilt idea sound interesting. I've not read that book. I agree with the others regarding your diabetic friend. We have a young teacher (40ish) who is waiting for a kidney transplant because she didn't take care of her diabetes. :(

"Gma" -- I would be mad about your pool not opening at all too! When you pay high maintenance fees :( you should have it available for your convenience. I hope your daughter leaves hers open awhile longer for you. I had a diabetic uncle -- he liked to drink so opted for taking insulin by injection so he could regulate it according to what he drank. DUMB!

Maggie -- Your new birdbath sounds nice. From what I've read running water will attract the birds. Our vet declaws the old fashioned way but Beth has told me that the Sioux City vets all use the new laser method which is much better for the cat. So far Ernie has his claws and doesn't bother the furniture, but I'd like to pull a couple of his teeth! :hyper:

I do need to head to the basement and put in another load of laundry. Have a nice "rest of the day!"

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!

08-10-2009, 08:28 AM
Good morning gals. Well here it is another Monday and for us, the kids start school today. I imagine Thomas is all excited. His school doesn't start until 9 so at least he doesn't have to get up at 5 or something. I imagine he goes over to his grandparents in his pjs each morning and dresses there depending on when Tom and Kelly leave for work. I asked him last time we swam if he had all his new school stuff and he said yes. I asked if he bought a lot of school clothes and he said no. He said he has gotten taller but not put on any weight so his summer clothes still fit him. I told him to hold on and in a couple months he would probably have to have at least pants to fit him that were long enough! :) He is a real string bean and getting taller every day it seems.

Susan: I have yet to read the latest book. I haven't been buying books from my book club since I have been trying to catch up on knitting. A lot of people didn't like her current book as they said it rehashed old stuff and nothing was new and funny. I think she is a hilarious writer and always enjoy her stuff. Your quilt will be delightful I am sure.

Maggie: Sounds like you had a nice time yesterday with friends. We hung out at home yesterday and I got the downstairs cleaned so at least for now it is all clean again.

Jean: Glad she had a nice birthday party. It is always fun when you are young and a big grown when you get old. One of my best friends turned 50 on Thur and her family through her a big surprise bash at her law firm on Saturday. I felt bad I didn't get to go, but I had sent her present and she got it befor her birthday and loved it so I guess that is ok.

I haven't decided what I am going to do today. It is hot and muggy already this morning. I may just drive over to their house and see if it is still open then email kelly and find out if they are going to close it early or not.

You all have a great start to the week. Faye

08-10-2009, 12:16 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! It's a cool sunny day in my corner of the world. The weatherman sure missed his "heat and humidity" forecast -- I'm glad! I have another load of laundry going and need to vacuum sometime today. I should check the dust on my end tables since it's been awhile. :o

"Gma" -- It seems like our grandkids are going through a growth spurt right now. They are hungry all the time! :lol: Both Beth and Amanda are holding off on buying long pants for awhile. Wish I could send you some of our delightful weather! I guess there was a very strong thunderstorm in eastern Iowa yesterday -- 70 mph winds which took down a lot of old trees. We didn't get anything.

I need to get busy! Have a great day and think kind thoughts! :D

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!

08-11-2009, 08:51 AM
Good morning all! Boy it is sticky here this morning. I am not sure if we got any rain last night, but it darkened up and the wind blew up a lot. The satellite was out for a couple minutes but that was all.

Jean: If Thomas had a low metabolism he would be a fatty. He eats really well and can polish off an adult dinner and dessert, but he is built just like his daddy tall and thin. He is going to visit us for the holiday and I think we will bbq over that weekend. If the weather is good and their pool is still open, I think I will take him over to swim one of the days and I am sure we will take him out to eat wherever he wants to go. We always play clue so I am sure we will do that and maybe some card games. I bought him racko a couple years ago and it is still in the wrapper here so maybe we will all learn to play that while he is here. I sure wish we lived closer to Chicago and we could go to some of their terrific museums over that weekend. Unfortunately, it is an 8 hour drive and both dogs will be here. Ahh well, maybe sometime. I wanted to go to the rock n roll hall of fame but Jack isn't interested at all. It is in Cleveland. I was telling Thomas about it and how this weekend was the 40th anniversary of Woodstock and they were having a big exhibit at the hall of fame. He proceeds to tell me all about Woodstock and what it was and such. I smiled and said, "Yes, Thomas, I know I was a teenager back then!"

Tom's birthday is this Sunday so all the Elvis impersonators are coming to town to celebrate with him! :D Actually, we will be swarmed with people as Elvis died on the 16th, same day as Tom's birthday, and we will have thousands here walking through Graceland. They do it every year. They always have some candlelight vigil, some people are there all night. Dumb if you ask me, but what do I know? I guess I have never been star struck.

I did a nice swim yesterday and will go again today and get in an hour or so. I noticed their neighbor has already closed their pool up. I am glad Kelly said they had no immediate plans to. It is so much easier and much more enjoyable to swim for an hour than to walk at all. I can work out a lot harder and work my muscles a lot more in a pool.

I guess I better start on chores. I hear the washer is finished and I need to get upstairs and make the bed and straighten up the house.

Have a great Tuesday. The months are just flying by.

08-11-2009, 10:38 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! It's another cool sunny morning in my neighborhood. I have a dentist appt. this afternoon and am catsitting for a couple of days so will make a stop and see "Boomer" afterwards. I should make a WM run but that is way low on my list.

"Gma" -- It sounds like you have a fun weekend planned when Thomas comes to visit. Clue was Beth's most favorite game; Jason isn't a game player but Bob and I played many, many games with her. She is really lucky at games, cards, etc. My dad and great-grandfather were too so she must come by it naturally. :D Enjoy your swim!

I have a pile of ironing waiting for me and a dishwasher to unload, so I'm off. Have a great day and remember to smile! :D

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!