Support Groups - Ooof duh - The Worldlies Find Themselves in October Already




happy2bme
10-01-2009, 09:39 AM
That was my thought this morning and no one else set up the new thread.

So here we are. Myself I like the cooler weather, the fall colors and the chance to cook ahead meals. As we face Autumn, Shad's looking at Spring on her side of the world. Nice colors for both of us.

Here's to a successful month in whatever we chose. :carrot:


happy2bme
10-01-2009, 09:42 AM
Bumping this thread over the old one.

It's a bit chilly this morning, I have to go dig out my light sweaters. Will be back later for chatting and merriment. Til then, enjoy your coffee :coffee:

annie175
10-01-2009, 09:52 AM
Good Morning...Happy Fall...Spring..whereever you are. Happy Pumpkins...

Wow all my "O" words didn't even make the show. ;^( LOL

Thanks Happy for starting the new thread. You are awesome!

Not much going on in my world-small blessings.

The big shot is arriving at CVS today, so last night was clean like a mad woman. My favorite thing. I was still vacuuming at 10:30 pm. I must say that is the best that store has looked in months, even when I was just going in there to shop before hiring on. I also cloroxed the counters at check out. I do that on a regular basis anyway as I don't need unwanted germs. Man am I babbling today or what? Yikes.

I got 8500 steps on my pedometer yesterday. I imagine it was from all the cleaning at CVS. I always feel better when I get extra steps. I am going to try to boost it up with a few walks today. Today's high is only 60, but it is sunny, with a jacket we should be fine to walk.

Good morning to all, I will probably check back later today.

Love and Hugs,


annie175
10-01-2009, 09:58 AM
Oh and Shad....sorry about the grout, more exercise by mixing your own however....Great job on the lb loss. You are so awesome!! In more ways than one!

Laura...I am keeping my fingers crossed that your lbs of yesterday hold true for today.

As for me, I am holding my own at 154. I think my body just likes the 150s. I need to be 140s however for my pants to fit as I would like.

How is everyone else doing with their goals??? We have 30 days left to our Halloween challenge. Let's keep on the positive side, stay OP, and be happy....

Love and hugs...

annie175
10-01-2009, 09:59 AM
and Shad...to further p*ss you, CVS has Fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving AND Christmas decor out for sale. LOL People are buying it too, must be related to MEL.

diyana
10-01-2009, 11:27 AM
Can we please not talk about Christmas yet? I haven't even decorated for Halloween!

Quick post for me today...it's been a heckuva week. I don't know how weigh in will go today despite being on plan and exercising to release the stress. I went to the gym last night and did nearly an hour of cardio followed by 1/2 hour of weights. I increased my sets to 2 sets of 12 reps for all exercises. So I may have a muscle mass gain at weigh in. I tried on 16 Misses pants and I'm not there yet....I could pull them up but not even come close to closing them. Oh well, I'll get there.

I've got to take Doppler to the vet after work so no gym for me today. He's getting a follow up checkup and blood work. He's really doing a lot better. Even eating somewhat crunchy stuff and playing A LOT! :)

I'll check in after weigh in and I promise I will try and catch up with personals. I should be working for the Fire Department with all the fires (aka crises) I've put out this week.

Love you all,

Laura705
10-01-2009, 11:33 AM
Happy, thanks for starting the October thread. October already? My thought exactly as I pulled out my October monthly train ticket. I was thinking about that "bounding out of bed" stuff again yesterday morning - the only time I do that is when I've forgotten to set the alarm clock (or hit the snooze button too many times) and have seriously overslept.

Annie - Good job on the steps. I'm sure the store looks great for the visiting bigshot. And like Ceejay - a job where you get exercise while you work. Makes up for sitting at a desk at the other one, huh? I went to clip on my pedometer today and reset the steps to zero, but I encountered a totally blank display. I guess the battery I dug out of our battery drawer last week had been sitting there a while.

Shad - Great loss this week. Agree with you - there are 62 yr olds who are much younger than those in their 40's. Any my boss is in her early 50's but moves like a 60-something. Sorry you have to mix your own grout - as if the rest of the job weren't bad enough already!

Re the challenge - my weight held at 187 this morning. I was worried about it because dinner last night - Mexican food - wasn't exactly light in calories or sodium. Had one sangria, some chips and salsa, and half of a pork torta. Guess it was good that nothing I ate was covered w/ melted cheese. As far as other goals, I got in two exercise sessions, but need one more to get to my 3rd. I confess to a couple purchased snacks this week, but food has been much better lately. For next week, I want to be down another pound, and get out of this up and down pattern.

Okay, I have some quarter end work to finish, so I'm off.

Laura705
10-01-2009, 11:37 AM
Michelle snuck in on me! Good morning. :)

Glad Doppler is feeling better! Good luck with today's weigh in. More muscle increases the metabolism and takes up less space than fat!!

annie175
10-01-2009, 01:30 PM
Laura...that is great you held your weight...Mexican and Sangria. Yikes, it could of been bad. Chips = salt, the salsa is not so bad. Next week will be better on food. I challenge you to that. Hugs.. Later chickie

diyana
10-01-2009, 02:14 PM
Pretty disappointing weigh in...I'm up 2.2 lbs after doing everything right and increasing my cardio and strength training. I can only hope that it's either water or muscle weight...but I would like to see the numbers on the scale go down. Back to work for this chick.

annie175
10-01-2009, 02:21 PM
Chelle....

Small set back, you will lose that and more next week. Keep on doing what you do best, my little chick a dee. Lots of willpower dust and motivation sent your way. You can do this, you know how, you are the exercise Goddess, now just do it. PS...Don't let WW earn $$ off of you...let's get those numbers coming down....

Love and Hugs.

Laura705
10-01-2009, 05:25 PM
Michelle - That sounds like how last week was for me. I was up 3 pounds on Thursday and then back down two the very next day, so maybe you're experiencing a temporary fluctuation. You've been working hard, so it will ultimately pay off.

MELODY525
10-01-2009, 06:09 PM
:faint: WELL I AM BACK TO 187 THIS MORNING :rofl:
I AM ALSO HOPELESSLY BEHIND IN YOUR POSTS AND DON'T HAVE THE EYES OR ENERGY TO CATCH UP. I8 DO REMEMBER THE DOGGIE FEELING BETTER. HOPE ALL THE HUMANS FEEL GOOD TOO. WENT TO TRADER JOE'S AND WILLY LET US STAY THERE LONGER. HE READ SOME LABELS TO ME MADE SOME SUGGESTIONS. I BOUGHT HIM AND THE KIDS SOME TREATS. WE SHARED COOKIES ON THE BUS :hun: PUT IT ALL AWAY AND SPENT TIME WITH JEN. SENT HER UP WITH A SMALL CART FULL OF STUFF. THE OFFICE IS GETTING SICK AND I AM PRAYING I DIDN'T BREATHE IN ANY GERMS. I'LL KNOW IN A FEW HOURS. SEND ME GOOD THOUGHTS. :yoga:
I EVEN HOOVERED AND DID MY PEDALS. I'M ON A ROLL FOR GOOD HEALTH FOR THE NEXT 90 DAYS. CHALLENGING MYSELF TO REALLY TAKE BETTER CARE OF ME. I'VE BEEN SLACKING OVER THE SUMMER....FOODWISE.
HOPE EVERYONE HAD AS GOOD A DAY AS I HAD. ENJOY YOUR NIGHT :cloud9:

HAPPY....THANKS FOR STARTING THE NEW THREAD. I WAS GOING TO DO IT LAST NIGHT AND FORGOT :faint: BUT I DON'T THINK "Ooof duh" WAS IN THE TITLE :rofl:

Shad
10-01-2009, 07:13 PM
Morning all,
Sorry, I forgot about the new thread yesterday afternoon. The day just got busier and busier. I got some photos printed and then went back to the hardware store. Actually yes they do have ready mix grout but it comes in small tubes and costs $10.47 per tube which only does about .25sq metre. Whereas the normal stuff comes in big bags and does 1.8sm. Do the maths and you'd find it would be freakin' expensive - so not for this chick. I'm about to mix up a bit of expresso coloured stuff for the kitchen - well the tiles are called Mocha so why not? - :lol: Then I'll do the white stuff.
I also have some new plants to put in the garden, some more herbie things and a Cosmos called Chocolate and yes it does actually smell like chocolate. I have some more lettuce and alyssum as well

Annie - Christmas over there too!!! That Mel has a lot to answer for. Perhaps thats why she didn't post this morning at her usual time.

Michelle - That's a bummer, but as Annie says it will go as soon as you get back into regular exercise stuff. Stress will do it too. That adrenaline must weigh a ton.

Laura - at least the weight held and didn't go over for the weigh in. It'll come.

Happy - thanks for starting us up. As I said, I got waylaid. If I don't do things when I think about them then I get waylaid and forget. I need to write things down and cross them off when they are done.

Guess that's about it for today. Life just gets busier and busier. See ya

MELODY525
10-02-2009, 09:01 AM
:cofdate: GOOD MORNING CHICKS :cofdate:
AND SUCH A LOVELY MORNING IT IS TOO...BRIGHT SUN AND 46 DEGREES :brr: SO THIS CHICK ISN'T GOING ANYWHERE TODAY. I GOT SO MUSCH DONE YESTERDAY THAT I EVEN AMAZED MYSELF. EVEN HAD TIME FOR A SECOND CHAT WITH JEN. SHE FINISHED PAYING OF A RATHER HUGE EXXON-MOBIL BILL AND WE WANTED TO CELEBRATE! ANOTHER BILL BITES THE DUST. SHE CUT THE CARD UP A LONG TIME AGO :rofl: NOT MUCH NEW HERE. GOING TO ENJOY THE QUIET OF THE BLDG WHILE THE TENANTS GO TO THE WATERFRONT FOR THE TOWN PICNIC. PROBABLY BE CANCELED TO SUNDAY DUE TO SOME HEAVY RAIN WE ARE EXPECTING. TOO COLD FOR ME NO MATTER WHAT DAY THEY HOLD IT ON. THERE'S TOO MUCH WIND DOWN THERE.
I AM OFF TO GET SOME BREKKIE.
HAPPY FRIDAY/ SATURDAY. :moped:

SHAD~ MAYBE I SHOULD GET SAL TO PUT BLACK MOLD IN MY BATHROOM...THIS WAY I WON'T NOTICE ANY MOLD :lol3: :lol3: WE DID COFFEE COLOR IN THE KITCHEN SO I WOULDN'T SEE THE GREASE!! HAVE A HAPPY GROUTING TIME!!

MELODY525
10-02-2009, 09:06 AM
ANNIE~ YOU CAN COME CLEAN ANYDAY FOR ME!!! NO CLOROX THOUGH!! AND BRING THE XMAS DECORATIONS WITH YOU :rudolph:

MICHELLE~ WE WILL BE OPTIMISTIC IN OCTOBER TOGETHER. I HAVE HIGH HOPES FOR BOTH OF US:cheer:

LAURA~ WE ARE CELEBRATING 187 TOGETHER!! ROFLMAO HOPE YOURS GOES DOWN A LOT FASTER THAN MINE! :cheer3:

HAPPY~ YOU NEVER CAME BACK FOR MERRIMENT AND CHATTING...KEEPING YOUR COFFEE WARM :cofdate:

diyana
10-02-2009, 09:26 AM
What a day...what a week. And I have to work my arse off (I wish my arse would get smaller just by working hard at my job) so that I can get all my reports done by the end of today...otherwise, I have to come in to work tomorrow. :(

Keep your fingers crossed for me, ladies.

happy2bme
10-02-2009, 09:29 AM
Hi ladies,

We are having unexplained power blips and my PC is not happy - it was rebooting and the power dropped in the middle of it. Having errors with my hard drive so I don't have time to chat this morning. I'll try and get back later.

annie175
10-02-2009, 12:06 PM
TGIF.......Got 4 pots of chili going in the break room. Chili cook off waylaid til today. Someone brought in pumpkin bars with cream cheese icing, couldn't resist as I could eat cream cheese on a piece of leather. I must say since I am running the chili cookoff, I have already tasted all chili's. I vote for #2. None of them are spicy or hot. Will have to add jalapenos.

I was so tired at CVS last night. I was standing at the register half falling asleep between customers. I literally passed out last night when I got home. I also ate everything that didn't eat me first yesterday, don't know what that was all about. Kind of scared me.

Chelle...hope your week goes a bit easier on you next week. Keeping fingers crossed to get your reports done today.

Happy...computers frustrate me and I feel for you sister.

MEL....I would love to come clean away for you. Don't want to mention that particular holiday as it doesn't sit well with other worldlies. I wouldn't mind it so much if I had the $$$ for that holiday. I know, it is not about the $$, but it sure would be nice.

Shad...if we are talking color of our walls in reference to java, then my walls in the kitchen, well and throughout the house are mocha with cream. Rather a deep tannish. Mocha with pumpkin spice creamer. LOL

Laura...good morning sista, waddup?

Ceejay...watcha doin"?

Work tomorrow at CVS, Sunday we are going to northern Indiana to meet an aunt for lunch. She is coming down from Michigan. She is my cool aunt that is like 75 yrs old. She is the one who sends me dirty jokes. lol

Don't know my T schedule this weekend as he won't know his schedule til today. (OT or not)

Have a marvy weekend all.

Love and hugs,

Laura705
10-02-2009, 01:04 PM
Shad – Yeh, we pay the price for convenience – from prepped food to prepped grout! Dark colored grout is a great idea because it doesn't show stains! I always say I should have bought pawprint flooring – it would camouflage the muddy paws. We had rain yesterday, so now there's a track in the 3 season room from the patio door to the inner kitchen door, at which point we corral doggie and wipe him down.

Mel – Hope you didn't breath in any bad germs! Sending healthy thoughts your way. :cloud9: There's definitely a bite in the air today – chillier than earlier this week. Not liking that AT ALL. Hmmm, black tile in the tub area could hide mold, but the soap scum would be very evident. Town picnic in October?! Risky. Although a bunch of fall festivals are going on, so what's the diff? I definitely want to see the last of the 187! I actually started the year FIVE pounds lighter and I'm not ending it 5 lbs heavier!! :nono:

Michelle – Fingers crossed hoping you get that work done by the end of the day!! :crossed:

Annie – Okay, now I'm going to have to make chili this weekend. Between the chill in the air and that chili cook-off you mentioned, it just seems like the perfect thing to do. :hungry: And yep, I like my chili with a spicy bite to it. Mmmm, pumpkin bars. Speaking of pumpkin – one of our living room walls is pumpkin colored (pie colored, not orange), but the shade of the paint is actually called "acorn spice". Your resistance is low when you're tired. You need to get back on a good night's sleep streak!

Hellos to Happy, Ceejay, Rose!

Another day where I would have preferred to stay home, but no, I'm here at the office. Just heard that Chicago is out of the running for the Olympics. :( I think it would have been a huge financial risk and there were plenty of other issues - crime, transportation, etc.), but it certainly would have been exciting.

Nothing going this weekend. Meeting a former co-worker for brekkie tomorrow morning. Plenty of stuff to do around the house, and if the weather's going to be sucky, I might just do some of it. :lol: Have a good weekend everyone!

happy2bme
10-02-2009, 02:25 PM
Howdy chickies,

Back reading and typing again....

Heard that Chicago lost the Olympic bid. I'm actually kind of glad. Hosting the Olympics is a monstrously expensive venture - you have to build arenas and can't necessarily use existing facilities. Not so sure the city could have afforded it, although the thought did cross my mind to move Mom in here for the month around it and rent her house out for a crazy ridiculous price. (She lives close to Midway airport and only 8 miles from downtown Chicago). But in a city where there is heavy traffic all times of day and night (even at 3am! ) I can't imagine how they would handle the logistics of it. I can't say that I would have attended if they did wind up hosting. Not a fan of crowds anymore.

Is Arlington racetrack open or shuttered Laura?

Annie - as spicy as you like your food, I have to think that you would find the chili at work mega bland. Guess you have to sneak in some fresh jalpenos. :lol: Pumpkin squares sounds yummy - still laughing over your comment about cream cheese on leather :rofl: I can totally relate (and agree) baw haw haw haw... I think sometimes the body just says - I WANNA SLEEP and we say, well ok just one (or twelve) more things. I hope you can catch up on some rest this weekend.

Here's hoping you have a nice, quiet weekend to relax and chill down Michelle. It's been crazy for lots of people - something in the air??? Not even a full moon yet. Take a deep breath, it's almost over and then you can dance out the door!

Mel - I know you like decorations so we'll let you decorate. Just no pictures, ok? :lol: Only 85 more days until... :sssh: Thanks the kept coffee was just the right temperature - care for some pumpkin spice creamer or do you want to try the creme brulee? :T Can you get one of your firemen buddies to lend Michelle a hat - she needs to be an honorary after this week on the job! :flame:

Shad - with the drought and dust and all, are you on watering restrictions again? Good thinking on the dark grout. Our marble foyer tile has beveled edges and the way they butted it together, you can't really see the grout - I like that - a clean unbroken line without the hassles of cleaning light grout. I'd do that again if I could.

Did you get your PC fixed Ceejay?

I keep forgetting to post the cocoon pictures. *slaps head* This weekend is a big craft show which I would really like to go to. I have resisted the urge to go to several since we've been down here but this one is called Mistletoe Madness - for early shopping. It would be nice to get my shopping done early this year and all paid off well before January. I warned DH that he has to give me some money. :D So far *knock on wood* it seems like we picked the right week to catch the color in the Ozarks. Now I just have to hope for dry weather - it will be quite chilly - I might make head things like chili and soup to take with us for food. And marshmallows to toast on the grill :devil: Of course I have to buy a bag and only eat 3 of them. Need to go grocery shopping, get the hooves trimmed and finish cleaning the mess I started last weekend.

I also had the clam chowder from the cafeteria today. I love it. It doesn't love me. I know it doesn't love me when I look at it in the tureen but I take it anyway. And then about 3pm when I am unsettled I yell at myself. Inside of me is a bad girl who stubbornly refuses to change some things. :rollpin:

I'm going to go get the Pepcid - y'all have a nice weekend. Ooompa pa pa - enjoy Octoberfest.

ceejay52
10-02-2009, 02:44 PM
Afternoon ladies,
Yes, I'm back on line. What an ordeal that was and to top it off the computer tech was from India! But I'm grateful and he was v-e-ery helpful. oops I forgpt to put the computer battery back in the computer. Didn't even know where that was until this morning. He's thinking that I had that new virus that's out now. It took everything. I now have a brand new computer on the inside.

My weigh in Thursday surprised me at 192.2 but there was no inches lost. That's a pound loss.

Happy
Thanks for setting up the new thread. I love fall also.

Annie
You are a cleaning machine. I'm thinking that after I retire from my job that I'd like to work in a pharmacy. I want something in the medical field.

Mel
Good for you in setting yourself a 90 day challenge. And good for Jen in getting yet another credit card paid if full. I have one that I'm going to pay off this month and I will owe no man anything. yipee. Enjoy the quietness of the building.

Shad
To bad about the expense of the grout.

Michelle
Don't feel bad about those couple of pounds. You are on top of things and stress does play a role in this. So glad to hear Doppler is feeling better.

Have a good day.

annie175
10-02-2009, 03:15 PM
Chili Cook off was a great success. I added jalapenos to my chili. Yep, and since this mornings coffee, I have eaten 5, yep count them, 5 pumpkin squares. Can you say OINK? My gut is rumbling, rolling and making LOUD gurgling sounds. It may be the big one weezie!

happy2bme
10-02-2009, 04:05 PM
OMG- sugar, jalapenos and chili. Yikers. :yikes: :rofl:

annie175
10-02-2009, 05:10 PM
Amazingly, other than the noise coming from my insides, I feel really good. Kind of scary. Probably will hit me tomorrow while at CVS, that will be a hoot, trotting off to the bathroom between customers.

Laura705
10-02-2009, 05:31 PM
Happy - Arlington Racetrack is open and it's a beautiful place. I believe it's closed for the racing season now, but you can probably go there for a home show or something... Enjoy the craft show this weekend. :)

Agree it's probably for the best that Chicago didn't get the 2016 Olympics. Would have been a gravy train for the connected, and a financial nightmare for everyone else.

Ceejay - Glad your computer is up and running again!

Annie - Whatever you do, stay within range of a loo!

Shad
10-02-2009, 09:17 PM
Morning all,

So Chicago didn't get the Olympics. There is good and bad in that. It costs a lot to stage one, however the powers that be seem to be hellbent on putting on such a show, that the cost doesn't matter. Maybe this recession will limit the show off technology which really on works on television. I believe London will be a little less exuberant. As for making money, it doesn't - certainly not directly. NSW is still paying for the Sydney Olympics back in 2000. However it does get new facilities for the city - things which people have been crying out for for years. Like decent public toilet facilities, parks, better public transport and more police. It does bring out the best in the majority of people, but there are always those who get into it for profit and not for the sport. Not that most of it is sport, more of a spectacle and the win at any cost really destroys the amateur promise. Anyway........

Mel - so pleased to hear that Jen has finished paying off that big debt. Bet you all feel so good about it. Do you get that show 'Til debt do us part' on your pay TV. It's a Canadian show. It's amazing how much debt some people can get themselves into and not understand how or why. And I though Canadian's were fairly smart!!! :lol: Just goes to show.

Happy - water restrictions got lifted for a week after the dust storm. Yes we are still on restrictions. Normally we can only water on Sundays however I use some water for the garden during the week and recycle some of the shower and washing water as well. It all helps. The expresso grout in on the Mocha tiles on the kitchen wall. I have white stuff for the white tiles. I will send a picture when I finish so you can see what I am talking about. I just didn't fancy white grout on the mocha tiles.

Michelle - hope you got all the work done and have the weekend to yourself. You don't want to have to work all hours all the time. Glad to hear the doggie is doing better.

Annie - chilli competition at work. Ooooh aaaah. Think I will pass. I don't mind a bit of chilli but if it drowns out the flavour of the dish, I will pass thanks. Not into the eat, drown it with a gallon of water, eat business.

Ceejay - glad to see you back on line. What a pain to have to go back to the beginning, and reload everything that you have since done. Glad you could understand the help desk. They annoy me because they talk so fast and if you ask them to explain what they said slowly, they just talk louder. Really, really annoying.

This morning I have planted yet another punnet of lettuces, and some chives (garlic and green). Later I will plant some Chocolate Cosmos. Yes it really does smell like Chocolate. Now I am back to the grouting. White stuff this time. I should have the kitchen finished today and make a start on loo. I tried doing it by the book, however..... It was far easier, and more satisfying to grab a handful and rub it in by hand. Messy but a bit like playing mud pies.
So I had better go get a drink and some morning tea yoghurt and get on with it. DS2 has gone to do some volunteer work at the RSPCA. He is supposed to be building a dog pen. They have allocated $300 towards the job. It will probably take the entire some for the timber or steel frame!!!! D'oh. This should test his ingenuity!

MELODY525
10-03-2009, 08:52 AM
MICHELLE~ HOPE YOU GOT THE WORK DONE AND HAVE THE WEEKEND TO YOURSELF!!

ANNIE~ 4 POTS OF CHILI??? I'LL BE RIGHT THERE. SAVE ME SOME LEFTOVERS! WAS IT THE BIG ONE WHEEZIE??? :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: I HEAR YA ON THE LACK OF HOLIDAY FUNDS. BUT THE KIDS AND I HAVE BEEN DOING THE MORE DOWN TO EARTH CELEBRATING. WHERE YOU BEGIN TO APPRECIATE THAT ONE OR TWO GIFTS. IT BECOMES THE TIME NYOU SOEND WITH PEOPLE THAT COUNTS. :hug: HOPE YOU GET SOME SLEEP OVER THE WEEKEND.

LAURA~ YES IT WOULD BE NICE TO END THIS YEAR LIGHTER!! WE'VE GOT 3 MONTHS. I WAS SURPRISED ABOUT CHICAGO BUT WITH THE COST...IT'S ONE THING THE USA COULD DO WITHOUT RIGHT NOW. TOO MANY PEEPS ARE GOING TO BED HUNGRY. HOPE YOU HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND.

HAPPY~ I THINK YOU MIGHT HAVE A GOOD TIME FOR CLORFUL SCENERY TOO. OURS ARE TURNING NOW. BUT THE RAIN IS ALSO KNOCKING SOME OF THEM OFF EARLY. HOPE YOU GET TO SEE AUTUMN IN IT'S GLORY. HAVE FUN AT THE MISTLETOE FAIR :hohoho:

JEANETTE~ SO GLAD TO HEAR ABOUT THE POUND LOST AND THE COMPUTER BEING BRAND NEW INSIDE!! GOOD JOB. I KNOW IT'S TOUGH TO UNDERSTAND THE PEOPLE ON THE PHONE. I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM AND WHEN I TOLD HIM, HE WAS VERY PATIENT. HOPE YOUR PROBLEMS ARE ALL SOLVED NOW. AND A BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR YOU THE GETTING BILLS PAID :cheer:

SHAD~ GOOD FOR DS2 AND THE DOG HELP!! :cheer3: AND I DO NOT ENVY YOU THE GROUTING JOB. DANG IT'S A PAIN!! BET THE COSMOS SMELLS WONDERFUL!! I LOVE CHOCOLATE ANYTHING! :hun: I'D PROBABLY HAVE TO TASTE IT TOO JUST TO MAKE SURE :lol3:

:cofdate: GOOD MORNING CHICKS. THE PICNIC WAS CANCELED FOR TODAY AND WILL BE TOMORROW AND THIS RAIN SHOULD KEEP EVERYONE ASLEEP TODAY. THE KIDS ARE GOING TO HIS BROTHER'S HOUSE. SHOUD BE A QUIET WEEKEND. THE BOSS WAS OUT SICK YESTERDAY. I FEEL FINE THANK GOD. I THINK SHE HAS BRONCHITIS....NOT CONTAGIOUS. OF COURSE THE OFFICE WAS NUTS. I WENT DOWN TO EXTINGUISH SOME "FIRES" AND CAME RIGHT BACK UPSTAIRS. MY TOLERANCE FOR STUPIDITY IS VANISHING. :rofl:
I MADE A DISH THAT TASTED A BIT LIKE SHRIMP CHOW MEIN. GAVE THE REST TO THE KIDS. I LOVE JASMINE RICE!! OFF TO BREAKFAST NOW.
HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY :moped:

MELODY525
10-03-2009, 08:56 AM
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diyana
10-03-2009, 11:57 AM
Happy Saturday ladies -

I'm at work. I finally got the reports finished and am now just waiting for them to run so I can check them. I dropped the doggies off at the groomers and then went to the office. I should be outta here in 1/2 hour or so. Then I'll pick up the doggies, drop them off at home and head to the gym. I appreciate everyone's words of support and encouragement! :hug:

Monday will be a crazy day at work...but hopefully the rest of the week will be more sane than this past week.

I'm going to try and catch up with y'all at least for October.

Annie - If you really love cleaning, pls come to my house and help me. :) The chili cookoff sounds YUMMY. I'll pass on the hot peppers though. Nothing like a good bowl of chili for when the weather gets cooler. Maybe I'll make some this weekend! The pumpkin bars sound yummy too. Hope you have a great time with your aunt tomorrow!

Shad - Congrats on the weight loss!!

Laura - Good job for keeping the weight stable after Mexican food. Pawprint flooring - now there's an AWESOME idea!! I have 3 sets of paws tracking in mud.

Mel - We've already had a 27 degree morning when I left for work the other day. It's warmer (mid 50s) today but rainy and cloudy. Hopefully tomorrow will be nicer. You stay healthy, okay? Get lots of rest.

Happy - Mistletoe Madness! What a great name for a craft fair! I heard about a fall craft fair going on next weekend near my house and they are looking for vendors...but with booth space costing $100 (very expensive for our area) and my crafts being in the lower price range...there's just no way I could sell enough to make it work setting up. Maybe I'll try to get into a fair closer to Christmas....although most of those have sold out their booth space already. Guess I could always go as a customer. That's always a lot of fun for me!

Ceejay - So happy to hear your computer is working! Yay! Congrats on the weight loss!

Well, I'm going to finish up my work so I can go get the doggies and get on with my day!

Love and hugs,

ceejay52
10-03-2009, 12:32 PM
There's not much to report this morning.

I tried to call my sister at home last night but she still hasn't returned my call. Must be out of town this week end. I'll try her later. She's wanting to come for a visit in October but I really need a date to plan. I hate spur of the moment details.

Have a good week end.

MELODY525
10-03-2009, 12:38 PM
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happy2bme
10-03-2009, 01:27 PM
Good morning chicks,

Brilliant sunshine today, a bit on the cool side. Fall is here. The hummingbirds have quietly departed. There was one holdout out front yesterday, not sure if he is still hanging around but the backyard feeders have been quiet the last 2 days. We didn't get the usual swarm season this year for some unknown reason. Had about maybe 10 at a time instead of the 2 dozen. 7 little butterfly cocoons are safely stored in the garage for the winter, the one guy on the azaleas is doing just fine. I cannot find him on the bush without DH's help. The pool is closed and so ends another summer season in my yard. Now we will just be picking up leaves and "gum balls" from the sweet gum trees for the next 8 weeks. Just a hint of color from the early turners here. We usually get our color season around Thanksgiving in November.

I woke up with a very bad headache and feeling all achy and awful around 6am. Took some aspririn and DH woke me at 9. Still feel kind of lousy. I will NOT get sick. I'm thinking maybe it's more sinus based, although I did break down and take an allergy pill last night. Feeling the way I do, I will stay home today and maybe hit the craft fair tomorrow.

Michelle- my coworker said the booth fees for this craft fair are $700!!!!! :yikes: She does very nice, high grade jewelry and does several shows. I am fascinated learning the ins and outs of doing this. There's alot of committment to it - more than I admit I'd want to do. She is establishing herself as a means of income for retirement which won't come for a long, long time. I just didn't realize there is so much to it. Hope you got out of the office and are back home and enjoying the weekend by now. Go do some leaf peeping for me. We don't get the golden yellows down here like you do.

Ceejay - I don't like people showing up unannounced either.

Mel - hope the rain keeps everyone in a coma like state :lol: I love jasmine tea, should try jasmine rice. Now you have me hungry! Watch out for that bronchitis, I know it's not contagious but people who have been getting it are getting REALLY sick for a long recovery (like Patty).

Shad - I think that the charitable places know that with limited budgets, some of the volunteers will help not only with labor but also will a few spare dollars should they run short of funds. We are seeing more stories of animals in distress over greed (puppy mills) and people who abandoned their animals and left them to starve (like horses). Very sad so anyone who does good by them is a hero in my eyes.

Annie - guess you are working this weekend. Don't work too hard - get in a little Annie time. :hug:

Laura - those gorgeous yellow trees are up in the forest preserves around by you. I used to love the drive to work in the fall.

Everyone have a good weekend. I need to get off the computer and get busy here.

MELODY525
10-04-2009, 08:36 AM
:sunny: THE SUN IS TRYING TO COME OUT AND IT'S ALREADY A BALMY 57 DEGREES:beach: POSITIVELY BIKINI WEATHER. THE SENIORS SHOULD BE OK AT THE TOWN PICNIC. WE HAD A REAL DRENCHER YESTERDAY. HOPE THE FIELDS DOWN THERE ARE DRYING OUT! THIS WEEK WE WER 46 DEGREES AND LAST NIGHT IT WAS STILL ALMOST 70 AT 9PM! MY A/C IS BACK ON FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!! BUT I SLEPT WELL! :cloud9:
I HAVE NOTHING PLANNED TODAY EXCEPT ONLINE BILL PAYING AND MAYBE A LITTLE DUSTING.
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY :moped:

SHADDIE....DID YOU GET LOST OR DID YOU GROUT YOURSELF TO THE BATHROOM WALL!!!!

MICHELLE~ 27 DEGREES :brr: HOPE YOU AND THE DOGGIES MADE IT HOME AND HAD A BETTER START TO THE WEEKEND.

JEANETTE~ IS IT JUST THE SISTER COMING THIS MONTH? HOPE YOU BOTH MADE THE PHONE HOOK-UP.

HAPPY~ I WAS SINGING AND READING YOUR POST..."DAY IS DONE.,,,, GONE THE SUN....." SUMMER IS OFFICIALLY OVER NOW YOUR YARD IS IN HIBERNATION MODE!! HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER TOO. STRANGE WEATHER WE'RE HAVING.

ceejay52
10-04-2009, 11:52 AM
Happy
Feel better soon, I've been suffering from allergies since August. I try to keep on top of them but sometimes they bite hard.

Mel
Enjoy your quiet week end. We are having rain today. I'm trying to operate the plant between rain clouds.

Annie
Don't work to had today at CVS. How is the stomach doing today!!?? When is your next day's off?

Laura and Michelle
Enjoy your week end's also.

I'm back to work this morning. The alarm went off on time but I punched the snooze button. I woke up at 6.30, jumped out of bed and into clothes and out the door. I was here by 7 a.m. but my mind is not fully awake.

I got a lot done yesterday. No house cleaning to speak of but mycabinets and closets have been downsized and organized.

I still haven't heard from my sister. I'm thinking of sending the Texas Rangers out to find her. She's not answering her cell phone either. I'm making plans to take off for myself the week of 10/18/09-10/25/09, She's welcome to join me if she can.

happy2bme
10-04-2009, 01:01 PM
Howdy chicks,

The rain has moved it, it's cool, damp and drippy today. DH said every inch of him aches - he did alot of yard work yesterday but it's just that kind of weather to make you feel down no matter what you did yesterday.

I just hung around the house yesterday. DH and I went out to dinner, then hit Kohl's because he needed some t-shirts and socks. I got socks too, a couple of comfy pj bottoms and a nice long sleeved black sweater jacket that will work well for work. Because I was with him, I could not shop as much as I wanted to :devil: He barely gave me 5 minutes to go get the sweater. Then we had to wait in line forever as they are very short on checkers - 2 in the whole store on a Saturday night during a big sale? I know he wanted to just dump his stuff on the counter and leave but he knew I wouldn't let him. The things we women put up with that guys would not tolerate. :lol:

I would like to go to the craft fair today but honestly I will probably spend money I don't need to on more stuff that I have no place to put in the house. So... I think maybe I will take a pass on it. (DH is spinning in his chair in wild excitement :rofl: ) That's the second time this year I passed up a craft fair - can it be that I'm getting sensible for once in my life? I need to do laundry, get groceries and am in dire need of a pedicure. I also need to plan cook ahead things and REALLY make a committment to taking my lunch to work. That means having things ready ahead of time so I can grab them as I leave with no prep time. So after I post, I guess I will make menus.

Ceejay - you really did the hustle if the alarm went off at 6:30 and you were at work by 7 :lol: I'm sure it's overcast and rainy by you, hope it stays quiet and that you are able to stay awake!

Mel - hope the seniors have a nice day. This time of year if it rains, it's not warm enough to dry things overnight so I hope they all don't come back hauling in muddy shoes and complaining up the wazootie :rofl: You certainly have the bouncy weather too - not good for sniffles and body aches. Are the colors starting to turn by you? Tuesday was 37 years ago that I met DH and even though he is from Rhode Island and we have been east many a time, I have NEVER seen a New England autumn. There's something wrong about that. I am glad you are singing again - that's always a good sign. Sing away sister.

Time to go flip the laundry - better get a move on here. Have a good Sunday all...

Laura705
10-04-2009, 02:28 PM
Happy - Wise of you to skip the craft show if you know you'll come home with things you have no room to display, and if you're not shopping for holiday gifts. I rarely buy anything for myself when I shop w/ bf - he just wants to be in an out. We have a Kohl's near us and it never fails that bf will phone me when I'm in the dressing room there!

I haven't seen much color change around here yet, but it's nice to visit the local forest preserves when they do change. I hope to get back out in a canoe at the Skokie Lagoons when we've got color. Hope the weather cooperates the next few weeks!

Ceejay - Hope you get in touch w/ your sister soon w/o aid of the Rangers! What are your vacay plans?

Mel - Hope the seniors get to enjoy the picnic. The rain's stopped for now up here, and we're getting a bit of sun. But no bikini weather!

Michelle - sorry you had to work part of Saturday. At least it wasn't the whole day? Clean doggies! Bet they smell good. :) We take doggie to the groomer, but do the bathing ourselves using their facilities and towels (but our own oatmeal doggy shampoo - makes him smell yummy). No cleanup at home!

Shad - good luck to ds w/ the dog pen. Agree w/ matching the grout color and not contrasting light with dark. I love light colors - just have to deal w/ the dirt (dim the lights, lol).

Feeling totally out of sorts this weekend - lack of sleep. Went to bed at a decent time Friday, but woke up early Sat. am. Ended up taking a fitful nap late Sat. aft. and staying up very late Sat. night because of that nap, and then woke up way too early this morning. Now I'll be like a zombie all day. I'm ticked at bf because he's part of the problem with his goofy sleep schedule. Grrr.

I'm not raking the back yard again even though the squirrels have dropped more clumps of leaves this week - bf didn't mow the lawn this past week and it'll be extra tough raking w/ the long grass. Let him rake.

I did pick up a couple good slow cooker cookbooks from the library, and Rachel Ray's first cookbook. All seem to have some recipes I'd actually make! But not today, lol. I think I'm going to get outside w/ doggie for a walk - I think the fresh air will do me good!

Enjoy the rest of your weekends everyone!

Shad
10-04-2009, 07:32 PM
Morning all, Monday again.

No Mel, I have not grouted myself to the loo walls - although it might have been a close call. I just got so busy yesterday - early morning planting, planning the menu and then shopping to buy a 21st birthday present. Being of ancient age etc., I asked the DS2 what any red blooded 21yo male would want for a birthday present. The answer sounded something like aaalllllllcoooohooooollllllllll. So then I asked what sort of alcohol gen Y drinks these days and he suggested bourbon. So off I went to get the shopping and get the booze. According to the shop assistant in the bottle store (who has to be at least 18 but looked 12) aaalllllllcoooohooooollllllllll was a good choice and bourbon was inspired and if I ever felt like giving him a bottle of something, this selection would be what he would be bloody delirious to get!!!!! So I got some Wild Turkey Honey Bourbon. Have no idea what it tastes like, but L seemed delirious with the choice. I did it. I got something right with Gen Y!!! :rofl: I can't be completely over the hill yet! :lol3:
Then DS2 and I got busy with changing and adding powerpoints in the kitchen and tiling behind the existing points. I then grouted the white tiles and he went on to start extending the tv cables for aerials in the roof. And I went on to grout the walls in the loo. Interesting occupation that - sitting on the loo and filling in the gaps on the walls. Bah humbug. Following that it was the ironing, cleaning up the mess, clearing the yard for a possible storm coming and getting ready to go out to dinner for the 21st. Today promises to be even busier.

Michelle - glad to hear you don't have to spend the entire weekend at work. Bet the doggies smell and look good now that they have had their grooming. Tell me you don't have ribbons in their fur - puhleeeeeze!

Ceejay - have you called in the Rangers yet? Glad to hear the computer is up and running again. Was the trip to work in a hurry, your exercise for the day?? You must have been running!!!

Happy - hope you are feeling better now. YOU WILL NOT GET SICK!!!!! :rollpin:
Will the cocoons last through winter?? It will be interesting to see. Perhaps you need to begin pots of parsley early next season to ensure you have enough.
Good for you not going to the craft show. We really have altogether too much junk in our lives. Nowhere to put them and they really are useless just packed away.
Actually, I am with your DH. If more of us put the stuff down and refused to buy because we had to queue up for a long period of time to get some service, then you can bet your boots the stores would do something about it. It really irritates me and I am not loathe to say something about it either. The other thing that annoys me is the habit of using school kids during the weekends. They have no service attitude, they couldn't care less and they have little idea where anything might be, provided of course you can actually find one to ask a question of them! :frypan:

Laura - I'm lucky, I have a mulching mower which picks up the leaves as I mow the lawn. I have a Silky Oak tree (Grevillea Robusta - it you need to look it up) which drops its leaves end of winter spring and makes a huge mess. The birds love the flowers on it and will hang on it upside down drinking the nectar and talking to each other - well shouting really) Anyway, the mower picks up the leaves, mulches them and I put them back under the tree to suppress weeds. The flowers and the birds are the reason the tree stays - otherwise I would use the timber for furniture for the house.

Okay - better go sort out my ginormous list of to-dos for today. It runs to two pages - why isn't this list getting smaller.

Have a good Sunday/Monday

MELODY525
10-05-2009, 09:10 AM
JEANETTE~ DID YOU SEND OUT THE TEXAS RANGERS YET?? I'LL SEND SOME STATE TROOPERS DOWN TO YOU. THAT WAS SOME FAST TRIP YOU MADE TO WORK! WOW!

HAPPY~ HOW ARE THE MENUS COMING ALONG. LUNCH IS ALWAYS ONE OF THE TOUGHEST FOR ME TO FIGURTE ON FOR SOME REASON AND I AM HOME!! THIS IS GOOD NAPPING WEATHER. SO GET OUT THE LITTLE THROW BLANKETS AND CUDDLE UP NEXT WEEKEND. GOOD IDEA GIVING THE FAIR A MISS...JUST WHAT WE NEED...MORE STUFF IN THE HOUSE :rofl:

LAURA~ GOOD IDEA GETTING THE WALK. I WENT OUT TOO FOR AWHILE. BETTER USE UP OUR TIME LEFT OF GOOD WEATHER. HOPE YOU GET TO GO IN THE CANOE ON THE LAKE......AND GET SOME GOOD SLEEP THIS WEEK.

SHAD~ YOU WOULD THINK THE TO DO LIST GROWS DURING THE NIGHT WHILST YOU SLEEP!!! GOOD FOR YOU ON THE BD GIFT. ALWAYS NICE WHEN YOU GET SOMETHING RIGHT. A MUCH BETTER PRESENT THAN SOCKSN OR UNDIES!! :lol3: BTW...DID YOU EVER GET TO TALK TO THE CONTRACTOR? I FORGET!!

:sunny: GOOD MORNING CHICKS OF THE WORLD. LOVELY DAY BRISK DAY OUTSIDE. GOING DOWN TO MAKE REPORTS....JUST A FEW SMOKE ALARMS AND THE GENT DOWN THE HALL THAT IS LOSING HIS MIND IS NOW IN THE HOSP AGAIN. THIS TIME THEY AREN'T SAYING HE IS FINE AND SENDING HIM HOME. HE'LL GO TO A REHAB FOR OBSERVATION.
IT WAS A GOOD DAY FOR THE PICNIC. BUT THE SUN DID NOT STAY OUT ALL DAY. SOME CAME HOME VERY EARLY WITH THEIR LITTLE RED AND WHITE STRIPED BOXES OF POPCORN. I LAUGH EVERY YEAR WHEN I SEE THEM. THEY GO FROM TABLE TO TABLE AND BOOTH TO BOTTH GETTING ALL THE FREE STUFF TO BRING HOME. THEN THEY ALL COMPARE NOTES TO SEE WHO GOT WHAT. :rofl: IT KEEPS THEM BUSY FOR DAYS!!!!!!!!!!
I BETTER GET A MOVE ON. .......
HAPPY MONDAY/TUESDAY :moped:

happy2bme
10-05-2009, 10:02 AM
Good Monday morning ladies,

Must be that we have turned the page to fall and cooler weather. Mr. Feral has decided that happiness is a warm blanket. He's all curled up in his bed on the porch. Looks so cute sleeping and just as comfy as he can be. Until I have to distrurb him and leave in an hour.

I did go shopping yesterday. A sweater, fall shirt, pair of pants, lots of black socks, a few new undies, rugs and towels for one of the baths and the most cuddly nappy blanket :D - did not get to try it out but there are many chilly weekends ahead. :lol: It was just a downpour here yesterday. Even with an umbrella - which reminds me that I forgot to take mine out of the back seat to open up and dry off. :mad: It was raining so heavy and so hard that I didn't bother grocery shopping. No way I could keep the bags even reasonably dry and they would have just sogged up and ripped all over. Now that's some rain. Heard it was remants of some tropical storm I think. Still a bit lingering today and a wet and soggy week ahead.

Mel - what a hoot about the seniors comparing who got more free useless stuff than the next. :rofl: Please don't let us turn into that. Popcorn tastes better in the little popcorn boxes too you know. Reminds me of what popcorn used to look like at the movies before they invented the keg 'o corn they now sell you for 10 dollars. :lol:

Shad - yes, the cocoons will winter quite well. We read that you need to mist them a bit each week just so that they don't completely dry out. We do have a rather damp winter down these parts so they would typically get rained on regularly. I don't know about the bourbon. Never did like the taste of hard liquour myself, particularly scotchs, bourbons and whiskeys. It was all the other stuff you mixed it with to hide the taste that made it grand :lol: Glad you found the perfect gift. What is your legal drinking age down there? Here it's 21 so the lad would not have had a chance to develop a taste for the cask quite yet. Seems like the birds down your way have a fondness for hanging upside down. I still remember you saying the lorikeets (do I have that right?) hanging upside down on the sunflowers and getting rather potted from the fermented seeds. Now that's a sight I'd really enjoy! You are as usual, quite the busy lass there. Nice to rip through the list.

Laura, I don't think there's any man who likes to shop unless they are gay. DH will be in such a hurry to get in and out that he will often leave without getting everything he needed to. The only exception is the home improvement stores in which case I'm the one who's whining come on come on COME ON ALREADY!!!!! The last time we were at Lowe's getting parts for the hot water tank under the kitchen sink, I thought I was going to have to pack an overnight bag and build a shelter to sleep in :lol: I know what you mean about those naps too. They can really get you all twisted around with bedtimes. I think half the couples are out of sync with their partners. I am a night owl, DH is an early riser. We try to find a middle ground. Sometimes. Not often. :rofl: I prefer mowing the leaves up instead of raking. Raking is only fun when they are nice and dry and crispy!

I have a feeling Annie and Michelle are today's lucky sneaker inners. We'll just wait to see what they have to say. :listen:

My PC wants to boot and install some updates so I'll sign off now. :wave: to Ceejay, Patty and the crew.

diyana
10-05-2009, 10:57 AM
Happy Monday ladies -

I'm jumping back on the wagon after falling off over the weekend. Working on Saturday, combined with a migraine that's going on 3 days has limited my ability to exercise. I've tried to limit my points, but may have overdone it on pretzels. I guess it could've been worse...like if I'd eaten a gallon of Rocky Road or whatever.

Tonight is the big football game. Monday night football, with the Green Bay Packers playing the Minnesota Vikings - which are rivals anyway, and now the rivalry is even bigger because the Packers are playing the "ex". Ex-quarterback that is. Our "old" quarterback, Brett Favre, has become a dreaded Viking. :tantrum: I sure hope the Packers win!

BTW, as slow cooker season is approaching, a friend of mine sent an email with TONS of links for slow cooker recipes. Please let me know if you're interested and PM me with your email addy in case I don't already have it.


Happy - I hope you're feeling better. $700 booth fees! That's insane! My crafts typically sell for $5 for the ornaments, and $20-40 for the wreaths. That's great that your co-worker is so successful with her jewelry. I wish you could send up some warm weather. I just heard the forecast for this coming weekend..."highs" in the mid 40s! :yikes: I expect this will be our best week for fall color because of the drop in temps. We have the golden yellows, oranges and a some brilliant reds. Hopefully we don't get any big winds that make the leaves drop before they turn. Wisconsin has been trying for years to get a law passed to ban puppy mills. Last year, the Humane Society in Milwaukee got one puppy mill closed and took in all the dogs, got them healthy again, and then adopted them out to loving families. I wanted to go to a craft show this weekend too...but I opted not to because I don't want to spend the money. My DH usually refuses to come clothes shopping with me, even when I'm buying stuff for him. And when he does join me...he rushes me through as well. Of course, there's no getting him out of a Home Depot or other hardware/home improvement store! :lol: You're so right about couples being out of sync in their sleep cycles. I'm the early riser and my DH is the night owl.

Mel - I know it is getting colder, but please no Xmas icons until after Halloween at least, okay? You're getting 70 degree weather?! Please send some this way, okay?

Ceejay - I hope you were able to get in touch with your sister. How nice that she'll be able to come and visit!

Laura - You don't have much fall color yet? That's really surprising as you're not that much south of us. We've got at least 50% peak color. Sorry about your sleep deprivation weekend. It really messes me up when I change my sleep schedule. I'm going to be up late tonight to watch the football game...I'll need extra coffee in the a.m.

Shad - Yes, the doggies smell and look great after their grooming! So cute. And no, no ribbons in these tough little doggies hair. Occasionally, the groomer puts on a bandana, but never ribbons. Schnauzers are way too cool/tough for ribbons. :lol: We have a mulching mower as well...so no raking for us.

Annie - I hope you had a good weekend and a really nice visit with your aunt!

A big :wave: to everyone!

I've got lots to get done today...and am hoping that after today, the rest of the week will be much more sane.

Love and big hugs,

ceejay52
10-05-2009, 11:19 AM
I finally got a call from my sister. Left her a message on FB about the Texas Rangers. Would you believe that she's in Memphis, TN. She's not going to get to come in October as they are booked up with their work schedules. My other sister called also and was wondering when in October that I would come to Springfield, MO. She's looking forward to it. I'll call her back tonight and tell her which week end. She's going with her son and his girlfriend for her first sonna gram. She's excited. My sister has been preparing her that twins run in our family.

Laura
I've been doing some deep cleaning. I'm hoping that I'll be finsihed by then but I also want to do some touch up's in the bathroom. Just wish I had Shad's skills and patience.

Happy
I like to shop at Khol's but my aunt doesn't so I have to go by myself. I bought my comforter there.

I keep getting interrupted by the boss. He's been up here twice already. I'll be back later this afternoon.

By the way, I've changed my exercise routine just a bit. I'm riding the bike for 2 miles each day that I work, and 4 miles on the days I don't work. I'm going to see how many miles this is at the end of the month. Plus I'll be drinking 16 oz of water with each meal + 16 after work.

annie175
10-05-2009, 12:36 PM
Monday...Monday......Here we go....

THe visit with the aunt was great. Ended up being 30 aunts, uncles, and cousins. Saw two cousins I hadn't seen in 10 years. I used to spend time in the summer at their house, so it was good to see them. Met my newest little cousin, Kayleigh Michelle, 10 WEEKS old, smiles and coos all the time. So sweet. Tis my first cousin's daughter's (2nd cous) baby (to make Kayleigh my 3rd cousin.) Worked 8 hrs on Saturday. Not having a computer at home is driving me nuts. I go to sit down at it a couple times a day before remembering it does not work.

Had a tooth break off in the lower back. All that is showing is the silver filling on the inside next to my tongue. My tongue is raw and mouth hurts. I did find some dental "putty" that you place in lost filling or loose caps, it is helping somewhat. I have an emergency dentist appt this afternoon at 1:15 pm. I haven't decided if I am coming back to work or not. We will see how I feel after the dentist. I tremendously dislike going to the dentist. I would rather get a shot in the arse.

I told the scheduler for CVS that I would work Christmas Day as I usually don't do anything anyway except take the tree down. I celebrate with my family and kids on Christmas eve. Now I know we are not supposed to be talking of Christmas, however get this....the pay for Christmas day alone is 31.50 an hour. We are open 10-8, so 8 1/2 hours of 31.50 an hour. Have to take off 1/2 off for lunch. I am hoping New Year's day is that way also.

Shad....me thinks I need to come live with you when the weather is bad in Indy. I would much rather be gardening with you than be in this mess. It was mighty chilly this morning. 47 degrees. Burrrr!! Heck I think I would rather grout your loo than be in this cold weather....LOL

MEL....A little CHILI for a picnic isn't it. Won't the poor seniors get sick? Of course you see it as an "in-house" vacation day from the seniors. lol

Chelle....too much work and not enough play will make you crazier than I am. Good for you jumping back on the wagon, let's not have too many weekends like that one. You are my inspiration therefore you must walk the walk, and talk the talk.....lol

Happy....no sickies in the Worldlie's World. Hush your mouth woman. All positive thoughts coming your way.

Ceejay...um too late. I ran to the toitie about 6 times while working at CVS, didn't make it quickly enough one time and slightly had an accident in the panties....had to take my 15 minute break, run home and change panties. Thank God I only live 1 1/2 minutes from CVS. I tought about just buying a pair at CVS, but we don't sell them. If you need a place to come visit, you may come to my house any time. I love company. Hella Bella absolutely loves company....it is someone new to play ball with her.

Laura....Hope you are have a great Monday and staying OP. Only 3 days till check in and only 26 days till the Halloween challenge is over. Getty up sista!

annie175
10-05-2009, 03:17 PM
Back from the dentist....got a temp filling. Will get the real thing on the 20th, and then go again on the 22nd to get another tooth fixed. Yeehaa

Laura705
10-05-2009, 06:32 PM
Shad – Amazing what you accomplish in a day! During the work week things that need to be done keep popping into my head, but by the time the weekend comes, my enthusiasm for them quickly fades. Come Monday, I regret I didn't enough done.

We have a mulching mower too, and it's fine with fallen leaves that have lost their green and are dried out a bit, but I don't know how well it would do with the quantities of oak leaf/twig clumps dropped by those !@#$% squirrels.

Mel – Funny about the seniors comparing all the junk they pick up at the booth. Hope it keeps them busy and out of your hair! I have to admit I've picked up my share of freebies from business conferences I've attended in the past. After a while you realize most of it's useless and you wish you had all the money they spent on it! I do, however, use the pens and sticky note pads.

Happy –Yeh, plenty of chilly days for cuddling up in throws. I just washed a couple of our throws yesterday. Not using reusable bags for your groceries yet? C'mon! Actually, I'm finally getting better at remembering to bring the bags into the store with me, LOL.

Michelle – Should be a good football game tonight! You've really got the fall weather now, but it doesn't seem like we've got much color change yet around here, although one of our oak trees has started dropping its leaves. Re shopping - with bf, it's the electronics that will keep him in the store for ages. I bought some pretzels for snacking, but don't find them very satisfying – I want some dip to go with them!

Ceejay – We need to do some deep cleaning at our house, before bf's mother comes to dogsit for us next week. :yikes: Good plan for getting your water.

Annie – Wow, with what you'd earn on Christmas at CVS, you could celebrate the holiday again! Sorry about your broken tooth and the upcoming dentist visits. At least you have a temporary filling now. Are you really going to be without a computer at home until Thanksgiving!? That's a real bummer!

Hard to stay OP when there is no P! :lol: I'm buying healthy snacks and lunches and bringing them to work, but I tend to run short of calories later in the day… I really need to step it up on this challenge or I'm just going to be losing and gaining the same couple pounds.

Been a ho hum day here. Boss will be out the rest of the week. :carrot:

Shad
10-06-2009, 04:00 AM
Got toothache. Back tomorrow after it gets seen to. Everything is beginning to annoy me. Maybe I'll just go to bed and turn the world off.

MELODY525
10-06-2009, 09:01 AM
GOOD MORNING LADIES OF THE WORLD. JUST GOT CALLED BY A MAINT MAN TO COME DOWN. ONE OF THE OFFICES WAS LEFT WIDE OPEN WITH LIGHTS STILL ON. GUESS THE ARRANGEMENTS THEY MADE WITH THE COMPUTER TECH WENT AWRY. ALL NEW EQUIPTMENT JUST SITTING THERE WAITING TO BE STOLEN :rofl: STUFF LIKE THIS HAPPENS EVERY TIME THE MAKE A DECISION NOT TO CALL ME FOR HELP. WHY IS THIS HAPPENING? :tantrum:
OK...ENOUGH OF THIS CRAPOLA TODAY. I HAVE STUFF TO DO WITH JEN AND NEED TO GET DRESSED :dance:
HAPPY TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY :moped;

HAPPY~ MY HUBBY LOVED TO SHOP. BUT THEN I ALWAYS WONDERED ABOUT HIS GENDER :rofl:

MICHELLE~ OK NO XMAS ICONS FOR A FEW WEEKS! :hohoho:

ANNIE~ NICE FAMILY GATHERING. SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE TOOTH!!

LAURA~ PUT THE "P" BACK INTO OP! :rofl: :rofl:

MELODY525
10-06-2009, 09:03 AM
SHAD~ OMG!! I HATE TOOTHACHES. SENDING A BIG HUG :hug: HOPE THE WORLD COOPERATED AND TURNED ITSELF OFF!!

MELODY525
10-06-2009, 09:07 AM
O suns and skies and clouds of June,
And flowers of June together,
Ye cannot rival for one hour
October's bright blue weather.

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– from "October's Bright Blue Weather" by Helen Hunt Jackson (1830 – 1885)

annie175
10-06-2009, 11:19 AM
GOOD MORNIN' HAPPY FALL, YA'LL!!:carrot:

MEL...THOSE ARE SOME NICE PUNKINS YOU GOT THERE. LOL:o SEE WHENEVER YOU ARE NOT AROUND, THE ENIRE PLACE GOES TO H. COME LIVE WITH ME AND GET MY LIFE ORGANIZED, WILL YA?

SHAD...I FEEL FOR YA SISTA ON THE TOOTHACHE. :hug: HOPE ALL GETS BETTER FOR YOU.

LAURA...YOU BET, NO COMPUTER TILL THANKSGIVING, UNLESS A FAIRY DROPS ONE ON MY DOORSTEP. HERE COMES SOME WILLPOWER TO GET SOME P IN WITH YOUR O. LOL

CHELLE...HOW YOU DOING ON THE NEW START? I AM SURE JUST AWESOMELY AS EVER CAUSE YOU ARE ONE ROCKIN GODDESS. MAKE ME PROUD DARLIN'.

WELL MY TEMP TOOTH CAME OUT LAST NIGHT AND I SWALLOWED IT. YIKES. STOPPED BY THE DENTIST OFFICE ON THE WAY TO WORK AND THEY PUT ANOTHER IN, ONLY THIS TIME WITH SOME KIND OF RETENTION THINGY. I HAVE A HEADACHE NOW. THEY DID DRILLING WITH NO NUMBING AND ABOUT SENT ME THROUGH THE CEILING.

RANT: IN THE PARKING GARAGE, WHY CAN'T PEOPLE PARK WITHIN THE LINES? HOW STINKIN' DIFFICULT IS THAT? THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

CEEJAY, HAPPY, EVERYONE ELSE TOO, HIDEEE HO!

HAVE A MARVY TUESDAY, I DON'T WORK TONIGHT, GOT TERIYAKI BEEF IN THE CROCKPOT WITH TATERS, ONIONS AND CARROTS, WILL GET TO SEE T TONIGHIT FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS BEFORE HE GOES TO WORK. BOTH OF USE WORKING SO MUCH IS NOT GOOD FOR THIS RELATIONSHIP. HOWEVER, WHOEVER SAID IT, YES, ABSENCE DOES MAKE THE HEART GROW FONDER.

OH AND TODAY, I MADE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL OF PAYMENT ON MY PEDOMETER. ADD ANOTHER 100 BUCKS TO MY POT. NEXT REWARD WILL BE 150. YEEEHAAAAA

LOVE AND HUGS,:jig:

ceejay52
10-06-2009, 11:44 AM
I forgot to sign out yesterday. oops

Annie
:hug: Aren't you glad we have dentist. Ohhh no with out being numb for the drilling. My sister suggested that I take acidolfilus (sp) for rmy intestinal issues. I started taking it this week.

Shad
Hope you feel better soon. :hug:

Mel
Oh my, no one locked the office! Love the pumpkin picture. I made a picture of my uncle's pumpkin but it's not developed yet. Have a good mother and daughter day.

Hello to Happy, Laura and Michelle :wave:

As far as my vacation goes I'm planning a trip for a couple of days to my sisters the week end of the 23rd. She's off on Thursday and Friday. The rest of the time is going to be fall cleaning. This one is me time.

annie175
10-06-2009, 12:23 PM
Update on dentist: My portion of the crown for tooth will be $407.00. Just shoot me, will ya?

Laura705
10-06-2009, 02:16 PM
Annie - Dentist visits - painful in more than one way! Congrats on the next level of pedometer $$$!

Shad - Yikes, this tooth thing is catching - first Doppler, then Annie, now you! Feel better soon, but be ready for that financial pain following your dentist visit.

Mel - I'm shaking my head - what's wrong with those people in the office?? Have a great day w/ Jen. Where's my October bright blue weather? Today I have dreary gray. Bah!

Ceejay - Some me time sounds good. Need to send bf somewhere so I can have the house to myself.

happy2bme
10-06-2009, 02:54 PM
Howdy chicks,

DH decided to yak at me during my posting time so I had to abandon that idea and put you off until later. But I'm back.

Laura - you made me glad I'm not the only one who does the happy dance when I have the house to myself on occasion. Enjoy. :D

Ceejay - add in a drive to enjoy the fall colors out your way too.

Annie - ouch on the tooth. I won't let them near me without numbing. The air really sends me into shock waves. Sorry about swallowing your temp. I've done that too. Thank goodness it wasn't a $800 crown. This has been a really money pit year for you - sending magic dust that money flows back INTO your life instead of out of it :hug:

I have to make an appointment to go get an impression for my nightguard but I am waiting on the dentist to call me back. I might try one of those cheapie ones in the drugstore first. Now I'm afraid to go to the dentist after all you ladies have been through :yikes:

Mel - first mistake was thinking a computer tech would actually know what a light switch and door lock was. :lol: Of course Mel to the rescue!

Shad - hope you got that tooth fixed. Toothaches make everyone grumpy. Because they hurt and the bill hurts even worse!

Laura - I should but never could use the recycled bags. I get about 8 to 10 bags of groceries when I go shopping. And please don't take up DH's mantra that I buy WAY too much food for 2 people. Cuz yes I do. But most everything I make is fresh and made from scratch so yes, it takes up alot of room. Would not have enough recycled bags to take to the store with me. So I use the brown paper which get recycled all to heck and then I recycle them in the recycle pick up one last time.

Michelle - hope you migraine eased up some. :hug: I have a slow cooker but I never really got into that kind of cooking. So... if you find something that's really tasty, let me know and I'll try it.

I think I'm going to take a short walk before the rain comes in. Later chicks...

diyana
10-06-2009, 04:01 PM
Happy Tuesday ladies -

This is turning into another very busy day....which is a good thing. At least it's not insane like yesterday and last week were. I am so glad that this is a short week for me. I am taking Friday off because we're getting AT&T U-verse installed. The football game last night did not go as I wanted. The Vikings were clearly the better team last night. But the Packers get another chance to beat the Vikings on 11/1.

Not gonna get to the gym tonight. I have a ton of housecleaning to do that I was too lazy to do on the weekend. But I'll go tomorrow and then again on Friday (and probably Saturday and Sunday too as it will be too darn cold to go fishing or do much outside).

So many chicks having dental work. I hope you all are feeling no pain. Speaking of pain...my migraine seems to have finally went away! Yay!

Annie - That's great that you'll be earning so much on Christmas! :woohoo: And $100 for getting your steps in!! YGG!! Teriyaki beef sounds SOOOOO yummy! Yikes, sorry to hear about the temp tooth. Glad you got another...hopefully this one will stay in. Drilling with no numbing! That's craziness! Especially with the pain in the wallet for the cost of the crown. Sheesh! :hug:

Shad - I hope you're feeling better. :hug:

Mel - Hope the crapola is over and you're enjoying your day. I love the pumpkin photo!

Ceejay - Me time sounds wonderful, as does time with family. Enjoy!

Laura - My DH has to occasionally go away for work for a week at a time. The first day or two with the house to myself are nice...then I miss him.

Happy - Hey, watch those comments about computer techs, that's what my DH started out as. I buy at least 8 to 10 bags worth of groceries when I go shopping. Packaged food takes up a lot of room too. My fave crockpot recipe is my pot roast. Very simple. Chuck roast, potatoes, onions, carrots, McCormick Slow Cooker Pot Roast seasoning mixed with water. Brown the meat first, then put it all in the crock and go take a nap! The nap part of any slow cooker recipe is the most important! :lol:

Gotta get back to it.

Love and hugs to all,

happy2bme
10-06-2009, 07:28 PM
I feel qualified to comment on computer techs because 1) DH and I are both in that category and 2) after working with them since 1972 I have seen my fair share of them to pass judgement and 3) I am constantly walking around this building turning unnecessary lights off after them. I do consider myself an expert :rofl:

Shad
10-07-2009, 12:16 AM
Morning all,

I no longer have my sore tooth. I went, he poked, I jumped, he pulled. He explained that the nerve was dying and I had the choice of expensive root canal work (we figured out about 3500K) or pulling the tooth ($200). Since the root canal work was not guaranteed to save the tooth for posterity, I decided against the expense. No more pain - well at least until the anasthetic wears off.

Looks like we are about to get a storm - I do hope it does rain. We badly need it. I'm getting to be very green about all you lot with too much rain. Bah humbug, I think it has passed over with about 3 drips of rain and one roll of thunder.

Excuse me for not doing personals just yet. I'm about to try some mushy potatos and peas for lunch. I'm starving but am fussy about what to eat. So it is a comfort meal for me.

diyana
10-07-2009, 08:41 AM
Happy - Well, that's true about techs...my DH is always leaving unnecessary lights on. :lol:

Shad - You are correct...having a root canal does not necessarily preserve the tooth. I had a root canal...and a few years later had to have the tooth pulled because it was deteriorating. I hope your mouth feels better soon.

diyana
10-07-2009, 08:48 AM
Happy Wednesday ladies -

We had a big wind storm last night. Gusts well over 50mph. I had to unplug my 8' tall inflatable witch that's on the front lawn for fear she'd fly away. I hope all our pretty autumn foliage didn't fall to the ground - I couldn't tell this morning as it is still dark.

I got a lot of cleaning done last night, and still a bit more to do tonight. But I will be going to the gym. I seem to be the type that I can stay OP in terms of eating more easily if I am also getting my butt to the gym. I can't get to the gym tomorrow night as Doppler has another vet appt. So, gym time is tonight, Friday and Saturday and/or Sunday. DH has said that due to the cold snap we're having, the fish are going to have to start biting...so we may brave the chilly temps and go fishing this weekend.

I have a feeling this week's weigh in will show another gain. Or maybe I'm just feeling "fatter". Bleh.

I've got a ton of stuff to get done this morning. I'd better get to it.

Here's to a good day for all of us!

Love and hugs,

Roseblush
10-07-2009, 09:45 AM
that is so funny.....happy.......

happy2bme
10-07-2009, 09:57 AM
'morning ladies,

Had to help DH with trash day and I have lunch plans today so I won't get back here until tonight. No time for personals right now. Sorry.

Michelle - would love to see a picture of your decorated house! Glad you saved the witch. Sounds like Indian Summer is officially over up north.

Be gentle to yourself today Shad. Make some nice soup. Mushy foods today.

One last word on techs, the ones in our building walk around with this glazed look like they are moving in this world but are cyphering Einstein's theory of relativity in their heads :lol: They are like doctors - they see your lips move when you talk but they hear very little. Reminds me of that Far Side cartoon - what you say "Here Puff, now that's a good kitty, come over to mama now." What your cat hears "blah blah Puff. Blah blah blah blah blah." :rofl:

Gotta roll. Have a good one everybody.

MELODY525
10-07-2009, 10:12 AM
ANNIE~ WILL YOU BE ABLE TO PASS THRU A METAL DETECTOR NOW WITH THE TOOTH INSIDE THERE!! OMG...I DON'T MEAN TO LAUGH...BUT WTF!!!! WHAT KIND OF A DENTIST IS THIS?? S & M??? NEXT TIME GRAB HIS NUTS, GIVE THEM A HEALTHY SQUEEZE AND SEE IF HE NEEDS NOVACAINE!!! ALSO....NEXT TIME I PARK , I'LL BE CAREFUL TO PUT IT INSIDE THE LINES!!

JEANETTE~ THE VACATION PLANS SOUND GOOD. GLAD YOU WILL HAVE SOME FALL CLEANING TIME TO YOURSELF AS WELL AS A VISIT.:beach:

LAURA~ WE HAVE MOSTLY DREARY OCTOBER SO FAR TOO. INCLUDING TODAY! :rain: LET US HOPE THE 3FC TOOTH SYNDROME ENDS HERE!!!!

HAPPY~ GOOD LUCK WITH THE DENTIST...MAKE SURE IT'S NOT ANNIE'S CAUSE HE IS MR. PAIN PERSONIFIED!! :yikes:

MICHELLE~ I LIKE THE NAP PART OF THE SLOW COOKER RECIPE YOU HAVE. SOUNDS LIKE SOMETHING JEN, RICHIE AND I WOULD LOVE! :rofl: :rofl: GLAD TO HEAR THE HEAD IS FEELING BETTER. HOPE IT STAYS THAT WAY! :hug:

SHAD...HOPE THE "HOLE" FEELS BETTER TODAY WHEN YOU WAKE. :hug: I THINK WE ARE GETTING ALL THE RAIN SLATED FOR YOUR AREA. I'LL TRY AND RE-ROUTE IT YOUR WAY!!


:cofdate: I AL SOOOO SLEEPY TODAY. THE GRANDSON AND I CAN'T KEEP OUR EYES OPEN. MY BOSS IS GOING ON VACATION FOR A FEW DAYS STARTING TONIET. LONG WEEKEND. GEE....I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE HOW THE WORKER BEES CAN SCREW UP WHILE SHE IS GONE AGAIN. THINKING OF PUTTING CRAZY GLUE ON MY DOOR HINGES. :lol3: I NEED TO GET BREAKFAST AND THEN MAYBE ONE OF MICHELLE'S SLOW COOKER NAPS. I WONDER IF I NEED TO PULL IT OUT OF THE CABINET AND PLACE IT ON THE COUNTER BEFORE I JUMP INTO BED?!?! :rofl: ;rofl:

MELODY525
10-07-2009, 10:13 AM
:rofl: LAUGHING AT HAPPY AND NAE!! :rofl:

annie175
10-07-2009, 10:15 AM
Hump Day/Trash Day/CVS Day....and T took the trash out last night therefore I will not have to punish him, altho hanging with me might be punishment enough, lol.

Teriyaki beef was delish last night, as were the potatos and carrots. Made some jalapeno corn bread in my iron skillet baked in the oven. T liked it, I thought it was a bit plain. I used a different cornmeal than I normally do and I don't think it was as good.

Happy...did you get your walk in or walk in the rain? Hey computer techie come fix my home puter.

Chelle...housework can be considered exercise, I know I rack up the steps on my pedometer when I do housework. Come on Chelle, get with the program, get those numbers coming down. I am bettin on you sista. We got those high winds last night also. I didn't realize we were supposed to get them. Bella drove me nuts at 2 am to go out, so I let her out, and since I don't sleep much I layed back down to wait on her, fell asleep and didn't wake back up till 3 am. She was out in it for an hour. She didn't seem to mind tho. I am a bad mom. haha

Shad...well pulling the tooth out is one way to fix the tooth. I guess it won't bother you anymore. I make a wonderful cream of potato soup that would go with that tooth situation. Hope you got that rain.

Hey to everyone...

Love and hugs,

annie175
10-07-2009, 10:17 AM
Holy Crap MEL...you are the sneaker inner today...

I am lmao at your post. you are quite humorous today. Take a 2nd nap for me, would you, I was up more than not last night.

diyana
10-07-2009, 01:14 PM
Annie - don't bet on the numbers coming down this week...but since I'm back on track and on the wagon...they'll be down next week, I promise. My pups didn't want to be out in the big winds for more than just a few minutes at a time. They did their business and rushed right back inside.

ceejay52
10-07-2009, 03:00 PM
Something weird is going on with this sight. I'll be back later to see if it's cleared up.

ceejay52
10-07-2009, 04:27 PM
It's a beautiful day. I'm enjoying the sunshine. It makes me want to take a nap. Things are to quiet today.

annie175
10-07-2009, 04:34 PM
Do Dah Do Dah

Laura705
10-07-2009, 05:02 PM
Shad – Sorry about the tooth – neither were good options. Feel better!

Michelle – Yeh, that wind was blowing something fierce in our area too! A tree across the street lost a really big limb. Wondering if it'll have to be removed.

Happy – I love that Far Side cartoon!

Mel - My dentist has filled a couple small cavities in the past w/o numbing me first – claiming the amount of drilling isn't worth hours of numbness. He might be related to Annie's dentist. :p I'm committed to diligent brushing, flossing and waterpikking so I can hopefully avoid the dentist for all but cleanings/exams.

I think having the slow cooker on the counter would make the nap more authentic as a slow cooker nap and not a garden variety nap.

Annie – Cornbread – yum! Glad the wind didn't carry away your Bella!

Ceejay – Something weird? Maybe it's the thread and not the site, LOL. :rofl: Enjoy your sunny day! ;)

Hi Rose!

Yesterday was a good food day and today is going well so far. Hope to see a nice number on the scale tomorrow morning, but TOM is also visiting this week…We'll see. I saw the movie "The Informant!" with Matt Damon last night. It was entertaining enough. I liked that they gave it a humorous flavor instead of a serious drama. Matt Damon played the whistle blower in a price fixing scheme. His character really was a character! :lol: I'm sort of interested in reading the book on which the movie was based. Go see it if you really want to see Matt Damon with 30+ extra pounds on his frame and cheesy hair, 'stache, and glasses. Otherwise, cable or dvd is good enough.

Toodles!

Shad
10-07-2009, 07:41 PM
Morning all and thanks for all the well wishes and get betters and hugs. I enjoyed those.
Gum feels pretty good this morning. It's sealing itself nicely and as long as I stay on soft stuff it is all good. There is a bit of an ache there but it will go away eventually. I will just get on with today. Yesterday after I finished up on here, we did indeed get some rain. We even got hailstones!! Wind, rain, hailstones, thunder, lightning - we got the lot. Didn't last very long but has done the world of good in the garden. No doubt the weeds will spring up today. Maybe I can sit out there and watch them grow! How exciting NOT.

So today, I think I will potter around doing what I can, and forgetting what I can't get done. On the cards is some sunshine in the garden, weeding, hedging - or rathing cutting it - and dead heading the roses. Then I might come in and grout, clean the bathroom and have a siesta. I've earned it, I deserve it and no b*stard is going to do me out of it today.

So I will go out there now before it gets hot and come back in and catch up with personals later.

Have a good day

MELODY525
10-08-2009, 08:49 AM
WEIGHT IS STILL HOLDING AT 187. I AM THE MOST CONSISTANT WEIGHER I KNOW :rofl: SOME OF THE 40 MPH WINDS HAVE LOST WEIGHT THOUGH AND ARE REDUCED TO ONLY 20 MPH....BUT ARE STILL KICKING UP THE DUST. YESTERDAY YOU WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THEY WERE FILMING THE WIZARD OF OZ HERE IN TOWN!
HAD A GOOD DAY WITH JEN. NO NAPS OR SLOW COOKERS WERE INVOLVED THOUGH. NO TIME FOR SLOUCHING :lol3:
NOTHING PLANNED FOR TODAY. I AM SURE THE BLDG WILL THINK OF SOMETHING FOR ME TO DO. COME TO THINK OF IT...IMAGINE HOW BORING MY LIFE WOULD BE WITHOUT THEM....I'D HAVE TO BEGIN THINKING FOR MYSELF WHAT TO DO EACH DAY :rofl: :rofl:
HAPPY THURSDAY/FRIDAY :moped:

ANNIE~ I ALWAYS WANTED TO MAKE THAT BREAD BUT NEVER TRIED IT. BUT NOT WITH THE JALAPENOS!!:flame:
I AM SO GLAD TO HEAR THAT T MADE IT OUT OF YOUR HOUSE UNSCATHED!!

MICHELLE~ YOUR WINDS ENDED UP HERE AND NO ONE'S PUPS WANTED TO BE OUT....INCLUDING ME!!!

JEANETTE...SO DID YOU GET TO NAP??? I GOT CHEATED OUT OF MINE!!

LAURA~ I LOVE THESE MOVIE REVIEWS. ROFLMAO I CAN'T IMAGINE A HEAVIER MATT BUT I THOUGHT I DID SEE A CLIP OF HIM AND WONDERED. HOPE THE SCALE IGNORES TOM!! YOURS AND ANNIE'S DENSTIST MUST BE RELATED :yikes: I WOULD HAVE TO DO BODILY DAMAGE TO ONE LIKE THAT. DANG!!

SHAD~ HOPE NO B*STARDS SHOWED UP AND TRIED TO CHEAT YOU OUT OF SOME SHADDIE TIME:rollpin: ALSO HOPE THE MOUTH KEEPS HEALING NICELY. HAVE ANOTHER SIESTA :beach:

annie175
10-08-2009, 09:38 AM
Happy Thursday..........

SHAD......no worries on the b*st*rd showing up at your place as I divorced him, he lives in Indiana and has no money for travel. Ba hahaha.... I would much rather work outside than inside. You do the grouting, I will do the weeding etc.

CHELLE....goodluck on WI today.

Laura...Good for you staying within eating limits. Keep up the great work. Thanks for the movie review. It has been so long since I have even had a chance to go to the movies.

MEL....at least you are holding your own on weight. Move more, eat less....especially carbs. I sure can talk a good story, huh?

Ceejay...Did you get the nap in you wished for?

Not much going on here. THe boss sent me a b*tch out email yesterday for a project I had already finished and she didn't realize it. I emailed her back with yet another update on the project. She wrote back, thanks for the clarification. I appreciate it. No apologies, however she did bring me a Starbucks this morning, my guess that is her way of apologizing. I'll take it.

Out of the next 15 days, I work 10 of them at CVS. They must love me, or just hard up for help. lol Probably the latter.

Hidee ho to all....have a marvy day.

Love and Hugs

happy2bme
10-08-2009, 09:45 AM
Good morning chicks,

Making our way to the weekend. Slowly.

Bummer yesterday. One of my co-workers - really nice guy and a hard worker got the ax yesterday. Lots of cut backs as they once again cut jobs here to make room for cheaper overseas help. He is with a contract agency and has some medical issues so it might be difficult for him to find other work tho I hope not. It's a mean world Mr. Grinch. :(

Mel- if you are the most consistent weigher, than I am the next most consistent. I can't seem to get below a certain spot, bounce up and work my way back down again, over and over. I guess we are doing our part to hold the earth down in the sky :rofl: I know what you mean, as much as the office interupts your day, the day would be very quiet without them. Perhaps you should just have a few set calling hours. :yes: Yeah, like that will happen :no: Thank you for the email heads up, I will definitely check that out.

Glad you are feeling better Shad and got some rain to boot. I'm sure the outside flora appreciates it. Nothing perks them up like the stuff that falls from the sky. Did you get your rain tank cleaned out so you can begin collecting water again? Not that you got enough from this last storm...

Laura, I had a dentist or two that also gave me that story about this will only take a minute - you don't need numbing. Then they would hit the sensitivity and my legs would bolt up in the air out of the chair like they electrocuted me. I told the doc that it was torture to sit there and anticipate the pain. After that they would give me the shot. Or gas. My teeth are very sensitive. I have even had my shoe fly off if they hit a tender spot. Talk about scaring them :rofl: Regarding Matt - that's a pretty good actor when it inspires you to read the book also.

Annie - hope you got some sleep to make up for what you lost the other night. I have to get a smaller iron skillet and try cornbread in it. We had a restaurant (which since closed) Smokey Bones that had a skillet cornbread with the most wonderful butter that tasted like butter pecan. They would only give you a dash of it so you used it sparingly but yum it was soooo good. I have had bland cornbread too - usually seems dry and grainy when that happens. The cornbread at work is like that - yuk.

Hope you have a good weigh in today Michelle I find this a sort of bouncy time of the year. I think it's easier to consistently lose over the summer, mostly due to being active a longer part of the day but alot to do with the less salt, more water based foods we have during the warm months.

Ceejay - I know what you mean about this site, sometimes during the day it just hangs for me. Not sure if it's the site or the advertisements.

:wave: Rose

Well I'd better get on with the day. Almost finished with my month end reports. Time to start working on another group of stuff. Have a good one.

diyana
10-08-2009, 10:25 AM
I get emails from SparkPeople, and today's had an especially timely article (for me anyway).

1 Step Back, 2 Steps Forward -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer

"Fall seven times, get up eight." - Japanese Proverb
"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." - John Quincy Adams
"The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials." - Chinese Proverb
"Never give in. Never. Never. Never. Never." - Winston Churchill
"Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance." - Samuel Johnson

These quotes all say the same thing. No matter how many obstacles you run into, what matters is that you’re able to overcome each of them, one at a time.

"Two steps forward, one step back" is usually a negative term to describe someone who is having trouble making progress. But switched around, "1 Step Back, 2 Steps Forward" means that instead of grousing or feeling guilty about a misstep, you can still come out ahead if you put your head down and push forward.

Steps back can take many forms: a family vacation, breaks in your routine, personal tragedies, injuries, or that lost weekend in front of the tube. A big mistake people make when trying to get healthier is that when they fall off a bit or something happens, they think they "have to start over". Wrong! When missteps do happen, a better strategy is to simply take two steps forward. You’re still ahead of where you were before, far beyond the starting line.

In tennis, losing one point isn’t the end of the world. It happens to the best of them. In fact, if you can consistently win a few more points that you lose, you may end up in the hall of fame. With healthy eating and exercising, as long as you’re consistently out-stepping your steps back, you’re ahead of the game. If you expect perfection (and many of us do), you’re setting yourself up for disappointment and guilt.

Guilt can be debilitating to your healthy habits. When you mess up (or even when things are messed up for you), it’s natural to feel guilty. At that point, you have a choice: to let that guilt plummet you into a cycle that could spit you out worse off than before, or to accept the step back and say "where do I go from here?"

Of course, consistent success is still something to strive for. You don’t want to roller-coaster up and down. That’s an "old" habit, remember? And the 1Step/2 Step strategy doesn’t lessen the need to do your best. You should still work hard to keep those steps back from happening. But it helps to be prepared with a plan and a positive attitude for when they do happen.

Many times, this means a rededication, a refocusing, and a recommitment. You might want to look at your program and see why it’s allowing those landmines to stick around. Use it as a learning process. Ask how you can keep that misstep from happening again.


Take a walk in the woods to clear your head and regroup.
Have a personal "bounce back" motto that will re-energize you. Put it everywhere.
Take a break if you think you’re trying too hard.
Return to the basics. Are you making it too complicated and tough on yourself?
Plan ahead for irregularities in your schedule, call ahead to healthy restaurants, pack healthy snacks.
Stay aware of what you’re doing. One meal mess up can turn into a one day mess up, a one week mess up if you’re not careful.
Remind yourself of your success so far when you need a boost.

Unlike people who run 10 miles today because they should have run two yesterday, "2 Steps Forward" doesn’t necessarily mean doing a lot more to make up for a blunder. Just make a commitment to do things as right as possible as much as you can.

diyana
10-08-2009, 10:55 AM
Happy Thursday ladies!

I'm in a good mood today, probably because it's my Friday! :woohoo: Less stress (hopefully) at work today. I will be spending part of the day moving belongings from the 3rd floor to my new desk on the ground floor. Our whole team is moving. While I won't have a window view, I'll be very close to the window so I'll get some natural light! Yay!

I went to the gym last night and did an hour of cardio! It was wonderful!! I always feel so much better and am in such a better mood after a good workout.

Today's WW weigh in probably won't bring good news, but that's okay...I will not get discouraged. I must keep plugging along. It's all about progress and not perfection.

Ceejay - I noticed that the site was behaving weirdly yesterday too. I'm glad they got it fixed. Did you take a nap?

Laura - Thanks for the review of "The Informant". From the commercials, the movie does look like it's pretty funny!

Shad - I'm glad you're feeling a bit better. Enjoy your time in the garden. I hope you get to enjoy a little siesta today.

Mel - Good for you for staying consistent. Glad you had a nice day with Jen.

Annie - I'm with you...I much prefer outside work to inside work. Thanks for the good luck wishes. You're gonna be a busy bee the next couple weeks...remember to take good care of yourself and rest when you can. :hug:

Happy - I am so ready for the weekend. That's too bad about your co-worker. Hope you have a good day and finish your month-end reports. With the weather changing so dramatically, it makes it hard to want to get outside and be active. So I'm trying to walk around my office building more...dance a little while cooking at home, and making extra trips to the basement. DH and I are talking about, rather than buying gifts for each other this Christmas, using the money and getting a Wii and a Wii Fit.

:wave: Rose, Patty and everyone!

Well, I'd better get back to it.

Here's to a great day for all of us!

Lots of love and hugs,

annie175
10-08-2009, 11:05 AM
SHAD...thanks for the article...I especially like the very first proverb...fall down seven get up eight. That is how I feel sometimes.

CHELLE...ahhhh, there she is....all dedicated and OP. ROCK ON SISTA!!

annie175
10-08-2009, 11:06 AM
Happy...so sorry to hear of your co-worker...we are getting ready to let 2 go. One is on the advisory committee as I am. So sad.

ceejay52
10-08-2009, 11:28 AM
I didn't get the nap but made up for it this morninig. I've slept in til 8 a.m. It's still dark and gloomy outside this morning.

My weight has gone up to 195.2 but the past couple of days I've been on a binge. Potato chips one night and yesterday nutty buddy bars. My boss has been picking on me again. Yesterday he stuck his foot in his mouth and said that we lost our chlorine residual. I told him I checked it yesterday at 5 p.m. and it was good.(even showed him the results) and I was checking it yesterday morning and showed him the results. I told him that some times we get false reading on those things and that is probably what happened to him. He will not admit that the clairfiers are turning over. Then he was upset with the iron residuals. I told him that T and I were on top of it and that T. decided that we would burn out the iron instead of turning up the alum. The iron residuals has been this way since 9-22-09 when the weather started changing. It happens every year. I told him I have records if he wants them. He came back 30 minutes later and admitted that there could have been a fluke in the testing. This has made twice this week that he's stuck his foot in his mouth. I'm like Annie that really was not an apology but it was admission of his guilt so I'll accept it. As long as I'm working here I'm going to have to be on xanax. I can cope better while taking them.

Mel,
It's good to have some me time. Well done on maintaining.

Michelle
I like those quote's. And I think I'm going to have to re evaluate where I stand on the diet front.

Annie
I wonder why it is that it is so hard for a boss to admit that he/she has made a mistake.

Happy
I thought about you the other morning. The stars were still out at day break and there were two stars or planets aligned perpendicular to each other in the eastern sky. One looked bigger than the other. Would you happen to know what they were.

hello to Laura, :wave:

ceejay52
10-08-2009, 11:37 AM
Shad
I'm glad that you are feeling better today.

Laura705
10-08-2009, 01:03 PM
Shad – Very adamant about the siesta! Hope you got it!! Hurray for the rain!

Mel – I weighed in this morning at 187 as well, so no change from last week for me. I definitely don't want to be consistent at this weight, so I'll keep on keeping on and see what next week brings. And I'll have greater expectations when TOM leaves town.

Annie – Easier to take the heat from the boss if you can prove her wrong! I think CVS loves you. :love: You're going to have a busy time the next couple weeks – get ready!

Happy – You even flung off your shoe!?! This whole discussion reminds me of that Dustin Hoffman movie with the torture scene involving the guy with the dental drill. :eek: (looked up the title - Marathon Man) Okay, now I'm jonesing for some nice zippy cornbread, with kernels of corn and jalapenos in it. Sigh.

Sad when employees are let go in this economy. A department on our floor will start outsourcing some of their work, so 2-3 will be gone by the end of the year. Horrible timing to boot.

Michelle – Thanks so much for that article. Great quotes too! Sometimes this weight loss thing feels like treading water or like a tennis game, but I'm not giving up! Enjoy your Friday today and your Friday tomorrow. Good job on the cardio!

Ceejay – Better him than you putting foot in mouth! :foot: And it's nice to have all the records to back yourself up. You know your stuff!

Nothing much to report here. Food's been alright so far this week. Sort of getting into a good groove, so hope I stay there. Yesterday's exercise was a 20 min. brisk dog walk (doggie certainly had more energy in this cooler weather) and one Body Electric workout. Kept hitting the snooze button today, so got up 30 min later than usual. :shrug:

Oh, today's flu shot day. I remembered to wear a short sleeve top. :D

:witch2: :ghost:

diyana
10-08-2009, 03:14 PM
Okay....weigh in was not quite as bad as I feared. I'm up 1.8. But now that I'm OP again and had a great WW meeting. I am definitely ready to ROCK ON!

annie175
10-08-2009, 04:10 PM
Whew Who Chelle....one rockin' sista!

Shad
10-08-2009, 07:11 PM
Morning all,
Short post this morning since I am raring to go and get on with the day. The end of the grout is in sight, although there is still a fair amount to do. Everytime I look around I see some other bit undone.
I've been out and watered the garden and I have lots of little tomatos on the vines. I hope they get bigger and redder before the bugs get here.
DS2's second house settles today. It seems it will go through this time.

Annie - that is a lot of work in the next two weeks. You'll be dog tired at the end of it.

Michelle - thanks for the words of wisdom. You're shifting office again??? :yikes:

Mel - well at least you are stable. I am up and down like a yoyo. Have no idea what is causing it. I think I need to get back to a routine again. Soon as this mouth clears up and I can get back to normal food again.

Happy - sorry to hear of the plight of the co-worker. Hope something comes up for him asap. Hope your job is secure enough.

Ceejay - the day the boss apologises for being wrong, is the day that climate change will reverse itself.

Okay - off to cut a bit more hedge then to finish the grout in the kitchen. Maybe back later to see who I missed. Hello Laura and Nae.

1day@atime
10-08-2009, 10:54 PM
Hello Ladies,

I'm still on the road to recovery. This nagging cough...can't seem to get rid of it. Plus allergies are now bothering me.

Went out of town this past weekend. Family event had good time.

I'll be back this weekend to post more.

annie175
10-09-2009, 09:15 AM
All Staff Meeting Today....back later to post....

MELODY525
10-09-2009, 09:15 AM
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ANNIE~ THEY CAN NEVER SPIT THE WORD "SORRY" OUT....I'L TAKE THE STARBUCKCS ANY DAY !!! :cofdate:

PATTY~ HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON. WATCH THE COUGHING...MANY PEEPS GOT PNEUMONIA THIS YEAR. :hug:

HAPPY~ YOU ARE WELCOME. I WAS INTERESTED IN THAT E-MAIL. SO SORRY TO HEAR A BOUT THE CO-WORKER. BAD TIMES WE ARE LIVING IN.

MICHELLE~ I LIVE BYU THE WORDS OF WINSTON CHURCHILL...SO DOES JEN. WE'RE LIKE TIMEX AND JUST KEEP ON TICKING :rofl: HOPE WW WAS A GOOD SCALE!

JEANETTE~ I CAN SEE WHERE XANANX WOULD HELP WITH THE JOB...I COULD USE SOME MYSELF. MAYBE WE ALL BETTER LEARN HOW TO MEDITATE :yoga:

LAURA~ WE WILL BE THE QUEEN OF THE 180'S THIS MONTH :queen: I WENT FOR A "WALK" TOO...MAYBE I SHOUD RENT MYSELF OUT AS A DOG WALKER!! YOU MADE MEM LAUGH WITH THE SHORT SLEEVES...EACH YEAR I DRILL THAT INTO THE SENIORS HEADS!! :rofl: :rofl:

SHAD~ HOPE THE TOMATOES MAKE IT THRU THE BUGS AND THE DUST STORMS. HOPE YOU FEEL MORE LIKE YOURSELF TODAY....OR THE MOUTH DOES I MEAN :hug: WAS THINKING ABOUT YOU.

:cofdate: GOOD MORNING WORLDLIES OF THE WORLD.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY. HERE COMES ANOTHER WEEKEND WITH FALL COLORS BEGINNING TO SHOW. THE RAIN IS STOPPING AND WE'RE SUPPOSED TO HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND. YESTERDAY WAS EXTREMEMLY QUIET AND I ONLY HAVE A FEW THINGS TO DO WITH JOHN TODAY. HE LIKES A WITNESS WITH HIM FOR CERTAIN TASKS WHEN THE BOSS IS OFF. JEN WENT FOPOD SHOPPING LAST NIGHT AND PICKED UP THE WEEKEND STUFF. RICHIE STAYED HOME AND MADE US A SPAGHETTI DINNER WITH A DELICIOUS MEAT SAUCE. I TOLD HIM THIS IS AN ITALIAN DINNER WITH A SPANISH FLAIR. (SP) IT WAS A WEE BIT SPICY. BUT HE IS A GOOD COOK. HIS BOSS LEFT FOR FFRANCE FOR 2 WEEKS TO SING FUR CONTRACTS AND NEVER SIGNED THE UNEMPLOYMENT PAPERS FOR THE GUYS. UNEMPLOYMENT SAID TOO BAD...IT'S NOT RETRO. SO THEY LOST 2 FULL WEEKS OF MONEY. :faint: THIS YEAR IS ONE OF THE TOUGHEST I HAVE SEEN FOR EVERYONE IN A VERY LONG TIME. IN FACT I CANNOT REMEMBER A TIME WHEN IT WAS AS BAD AS THIS. ROBBERIES ARE ALL OVER OUR TOWN NOW TOO. SAD.
BEFORE I GET MAUDLIN....LET ME GET ON WITH THE DAY! :D
HAPPY FRIDAY/SATURDAY!!

MELODY525
10-09-2009, 09:17 AM
:cheers: CHEERS ANNIE

happy2bme
10-09-2009, 09:30 AM
Good morning all,

Happy Friday. We are in for some big storms today. It's unusually warm and muggy and a big cold front is coming down from Canada. The rain is very near - supposed to be dreadful downpours and I'm hoping I can make it to the office before it starts.

My hair is once again an awesome shade of red. I call it auburn, my hairdresser calls it copper. It's a dark red with hints of light from my existing highlights - we just did an all over color this time. Looks gorgeous in the sunlight where you can see all the tones. My hairdresser is just incredible. She said she mixed 4 colors to get this shade - it looked the color of pumpkin going on, we both had fingers crossed :lol:

I am looking forward to the weekend. Good thing we changed our vacation to later in the month. Its still a bit early for the leaves to turn. Should be a much better display later.

Patty - just take care of yourself. That bronchitis hangs around forever it seems. Lots of stuff in the air now too which will irritate the lungs. :hug:

Shad - you busy woman. Sounds like you found some extra vitality - run with it while it lasts! Nowadays none of us - save the very young and naive - think our jobs are secure anymore. I don't fret and always have a plan B. Of course that's easy to say now ;)

Michelle - glad you can shake off the slump and get rocking again. Sometimes we have blips in life, as you say, can't let them get you down. Hope you get some fishing in this weekend. Great article, I enjoyed reading it.

Annie - are you working all through the weekend? What's cooking in Annie's pot tonight? :hungry:

Laura - hah on the Marathon Man reference. I TOLD YOU IT HURTS :lol: I think that movie did more detriment to dentists than any other piece of media in the history of the world. I tried to watch it once but could not. I'm squeemish - very - about torture and violence. Got hooked on the Showtime series - The Tudors - and they went through a few episodes involving torture during Henry the VIII's reign. It was graphic and difficult to watch. Hope your weekend goes well for you and that it's not rainy and cold.

Ceejay - I am still snoozing in the wee hours of the morning. Wondering if what you are seeing in the sky is the constellation of Orion. Trying to find a picture to post. Venus is sometimes a morning star - very bright and brilliant bluish white "star" - like a diamond in the sky - that's where the nursery rhyme came from. Enjoy your long weekend.

I'm going to get out of here a little earlier and try and beat the rain in. Have a good one chicks.

ceejay52
10-09-2009, 11:09 AM
Happy
Hope you made it to work before the rain hit. I woke up to it this morning. I talked to my sister who lives near Springfield and she said it was raining at her house. I heard he weather men have predicted 3 iniches of rain that we certainly don't need. I was wondering if Venus was a morning star. The star/planet was very bright. I'll try to look for pictures. Hadn't thought about that.

Mel
With the economy like it is now I'm sure that robberries are now beginning.
I expect it to get worse with the holiday's approaching. Stay safe. Spaghetti sounds good ,I may have to make some today.

Annie
Ewwww all day staff meetings. Hope they bring in something good for lunch.

Patty
Glad you are feeling better. Allergies are tough and so is bronchitis. Take it easy.

Shad
Our growing season is over with and yours is just beginning. At least you have some time to do this.

Laura and Michelle
have a good day

My pay check came this morning. I need to run some errands but want to wait until the rain slacks up. I don't hink I'll be going to Paragould today.

My sister told me that she went with her son's girlfriend to view the ultra sound. She thinks she's going to have a grand daughter due to the heart rate but they will not know for sure until the next ultra sound. She said the baby was doing sommer saults. She's excited.

MELODY525
10-09-2009, 11:20 AM
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OMG!!! I AM DOING THE HAPPY DANCE TODAY!!!
I WENT DOWN TO HELP JOHN OUT LIKE I SAID AND FOUND OUT MONDAY IS COLUMBUS DAY!! YAY!!!:cheer3:
I AM SOOOOO HAPPY!!! THE BOSS IS ON VACATION AND 3 DAYS OF NO OFFICE CALLS!!
THIS IS GONNA BE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!

annie175
10-09-2009, 12:21 PM
Staff meeting is over early...YEAH!! Was very uneventful too. Thank you Jesus.

SHAD...hope your tomatos are as successful as mine were this year. I still have a bunch of green ones on the vine the size of tennis balls. I may pick them this weekend as it is supposed to frost and drop under freezing at night this week.

MEL...Robberies are up. Yuck. I saw on the news this morning that last night there was a shooting in my mom's neighborhood, killed some guy. The driver/shooter was in a black 150 Pick up truck. That is the hood I grew up in, hope it isn't anyone I know. THey have not released the name as yet.

Patty...God love you. We need to get you all feeling better and healthy. Enough is enough worldlie sister.

Happy...the hair color sounds beautious! I bet you are one HOT WOrldlie momma. Too sexy for her shorts...

Ceejay...Yeppers, the small group director is buying ZA for the entire office. It is from Donatos. One of my favorite pizza joints that delivers. He bought 158 bucks of pizza. I probably shouldn't eat it as my weight has sucked this week. Back to 157. YIKES

Laura...keep the good groove going..maybe you will rub off on me.

Hey to all

Love and Hugs

annie175
10-09-2009, 12:24 PM
MEL....Happy dancing with you for exercise and cheers to you with Margarita in hand. Gulp Gulp..

annie175
10-09-2009, 12:25 PM
CHELLE...hope you are enjoying your day off with hubby and doggies.

annie175
10-09-2009, 01:11 PM
Had a bathroom incident, am now going commando the remainder of the day. D*mn.

happy2bme
10-09-2009, 02:36 PM
Mel.............(said to the tune of Stellllll-aaaaaaaaa). How did I miss you this morning????? Catching up, grabbing the back of your chair and wheeling you around in your happy dance. May you have a quiet weekend sister.

Annie - stop giggling to yourself thinking about sitting there commando :s:

Laura705
10-09-2009, 03:01 PM
Hey everyone! Happy Friday!

Mel – Thanks for the Happy Dance! :cb: :dance: Enjoy the weekend – hope it's good and quiet for you.

Ceejay – My mother is out in your and your family's general area and they've certainly gotten a lot of rain this year. :rain: Don't need more, that's for sure. Drive safely!

Annie – Pizza, yum! :jeno Stick with the veggie za!! Congrats on your successful crop of tomaters. My better boy and plum tomatoes didn't flourish this year, but the cherry tomatoes did fine. I need to harvest the rest of the basil before the frost!

Happy – Hope you were able to beat the rain to work today. The haircolor sounds divine. Sounds like your hairdresser is like mine –very talented with mixing the colors. Mine does a great job with mine, but I'm too chicken to do anything too far afield from my natural color. Speaking of color – I've got my hair appt tomorrow morning.

Patty – Sorry you still have a cough hanging around, and allergies to boot. Feel better soon! :)

Shad – The grouting is endless!! Talk nice to those tomatoes!

Nothing much to report. I felt like I was running to the bathroom all day yesterday because I was. :rofl: No thanks to the two mugs of tea in the AM (usually only drink one) and the giant diet pepsi at lunch (was trying to compensate for a wee size lunch), on top of the fact that all the water I'd been retaining during TOM decided to leave. But the scale was nice this morning, a day late for the challenge, but that's okay – just hope to hang in my groove and have a stellar Thursday next week.

This weekend is a hair appointment and a bonfire we do annually with friends, otherwise plenty of housework to do in prep for bf's mom coming to dogsit for us next week.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Shad
10-09-2009, 08:39 PM
Morning all,
Well weight is down again this morning. Don't know whether it went up because of the lack of calories going in while the mouth was so sore, or whether it went up because of all the adrenaline - fight or flight - syndrome which was racing through the body with the anaesthetic injections. I know my heart rate was racing and I had a definite attack of the trembles after he had done the injections and I had such a lot of injections to numb the mouth. Anyway, life is more or less back to normal. Yee haa.

Patty - sorry to hear you are still not the best. Hope that cough leaves soon.

Mel - yes I am feeling a lot better now. Almost back to normal - whatever normal might happen to be :rofl:
Nice that Richie made you all a meal. Sounds delicious too. That boss of his is a bit of an idiot. Surely someone in the office could have signed since he is out of the country. Do they ever learn. Don't answer that. Sad to hear that the burglaries are up in your town. The veneer of civilisation is very thin in your world. Remember the scumbags in New Orleans after Katrina. Speaking of which, I saw a Mike Holmes program last week where he went to NO to build a house for an old lady who had taken over the care of her grandkids. This was in 2008 when the program was made. I was totally disgusted that after 3 years, people were still not back in their homes or unable to get someone to build them one. I can't believe that. Nearly all the good folk of Kingslake, Yea, and Maryville are living back in their villages only 6 months after those dreadful fires we had earlier this year. Some are in temporary accommodation provided by the Federal and State governments, but many have rebuilt and are permanently housed. What's wrong with the State of Louisiana that this can be allowed to continue for so long???? Is the 'tourist' or 'business' area still dead and gone - didn't think so! Is the rich suburbs still tumbledown or cleared land - didn't think so. So are we just looking at the poor and downtrodden AGAIN. Yep that's what a thought. What a caring lot! Sorry. Before I get into trouble with people, I'll stop my rant. :soap:

Happy - the hair do sounds nice. I think you would suit that red shade. On me it would look horrendous, but you have a paler skin tone than me. Glad to hear plan B is in place for you. I'm thinking that I might go and do some study if this work drought continues for much longer, and I might have to go down to Centrelink and sign on for some assistance for study or whatever. Don't want to do it. But there you go.

Ceejay - I can never make head nor tail of those ultrasounds. However I guess that experience makes them easier to read.

Annie - commando in the office :rofl: Enjoy the pizza, but not too much now mind. $158 worth of pizza. :yikes:

Laura - hope the dunny running is helping to move the weight. Do wish we could have some of the rain you guys are getting. Still they promise 3 drips and some wind tonight and storms tomorrow. Yeah right. I wait with bated breath.

Okay - time to go make a noise. The motor racing from Bathurst is on today and the DS2 wants to watch, which means that I need to be quiet (even though the telly makes a heck of a noise) while these silly people drive themselves around the mountain track and crash their expensive cars and then blame everyone except themselves for the trouble they caused and the damage they did. Enough - off the :soap: I'm off to talk to the tomatos and drown in them some horse poo that DS2 bought home last week. I just hope it is old enough to be thoroughly composted since horses only have one stomach and seeds pass straight through. Last time I put fresh horse poo on the garden I got a great crop of oats. Lucky me. :faint:

MELODY525
10-10-2009, 08:56 AM
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YESTERDAY'S COUNT BY 8PM WAS 5 FALSE MEDICAL ALARMS, ONE BROKEN MEDICAL ALARM AND A SMOKE ALARM. NO ONE WENT TO THE HOSPITAL (THANK GOD)AND I HAD THEM PUT THE BROKEN ONE ON TEST UNTIL TUESDAY. I TOLD SOME TENANTS THAT THEY USED UP THEIR QUOTA FOR THE ENTIRE WEEKEND IN ONE NIGHT! THEY WERE CRACKING UP. THIS MORNING I GOT DRESSED EARLIER THAN USUAL JUST INCASE THAT WAS THE PRELUDE TO THE WEEKEND! :faint: I AM TAKING NO CHANCES. :rofl:
AS FOR RICHIE AND HIS BOSS: WHEN THE NYC UNEMPLOYMENT OFFICE CALLED HIS BOSS THE GIRL TOLD THEM THAT HE WAS GONE :faint: SO THERE WAS NO WAY TO COVER IT UP. BUT I THINK HIS BOSS DID IT ON PURPOSE AND HAD ANYONE DARED TO SIGN FOR HIM I BET HE WOULD HAVE PRESSED CHARGES. THIS IS NO DOLT...HE'S CUNNING AND SHREWD. THE ONLY GOOD THING IS THAT RICHIE AND THE GANG GET THE EXTRA 2 WEEKS AT THE END. THEY DON'T LOSE THE "TIME" ...JUST THE PAY. TOLD THEM THEY GOTTA LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE. AND THANK GOD I HAD MY WHEELCHAIR FUND. THE REPAIR SHOP IS STILL TRYING TO GET ME SOME FUNDING WHILE I SAVE FOR THE OLD CHAIR. EVEN WITH THE CUT BACKS IN THE GOVT, I STILL FEEL BLESSED THIS YEAR. WE'VE BEEN VERY HEALTHY, MONEY KEPT COMING IN WHEN WE NEEDED IT, WE'RE NOT OUT ON THE STREETS LIKE SOME WHEN THEY LOST THEIR HOUSES AND JOBS. WE ARE CERTAINLY NOT STARVING AND WE'RE STILL ALL TOGETHER HERE EVEN WITH RICHIE'S FAMILY DRAMA. I CONSIDER ALL THIS TO BE GOOD THINGS :cb:
LOOKING FORWARD TO SOME MOVIE TIME THIS WEEKEND AND REST THE EYES A BIT.
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND DO SOMETHING NICE FOR YOURSELF :hug:

HAPPY~ I CRIED ALL DAY CAUSE YOU LOST ME :hug: SO GLAD YOU FOUND ME! :dance: WHEN I READ YOUR POST...I WAS GONNA ASK WHAT AM I, CHOPPED CHICKEN LIVER? :lol3: :lol3:
THE FALL COLORS SHOULD BE OUT ANY DAY NOW IF THE TREES HERE HAVE ANY LEAVES LEFT AFTER ALL THIS WIND AND RAIN. WHEN YOU GO ON THE TRIP, HOPE YOU GET TO SEE SOME GLORIOUS COLOR! SPEAKING OF WHICH...THE HAIR COLOR SOUNDS GORGEOUS. ENJOY FEELING GOOD AND LOOKING EVEN BETTER!

JEANETTE...GLAD EVERYONE IS SO HAPPY WITH THE ULTRASOUND. VERY EXCITING FOR SURE. RAIN AND MORE RAIN HERE TOO. WE'LL ALL BE UNDER WATER SOON :swim:

ANNIE~ I AM ROLLING ON THE FLOOR OVER HERE WITH THE COMMANDO!! SOMETIMES I DO THAT WHEN I AM TOO TIRED TO FIGHT WITH UNDIES AND PANTS IN THE MORNING :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: OMG I AM CRACKING UP HERE! :lol3: WE MAKE SOME PAIR OF SISTERS :lol3:
SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE OLD HOOD AND MOM'S LIVING THERE :yikes: THESE ROBBERIES ARE WITH GUNS NOW AND THEY CAUGHT ONE OF THE 3. :cry: PRAYING THEY DON'T DECIDE TO COME TO THE SENIOR BLDG WHERE THEY ARE SO VULNERABLE.

LAURA~ HAIR AND A BONFIRE! :flame: SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD WEEKEND TO ME. ENJOY THE FRIEND'S COMPANY. I HAVE ANOTHER FRIEND THAT DOES THAT EACH YEAR. GREAT TRADITION. HAVE FUN.

SHAD~ THE POOR WHITE AND BLACK ARE THE PEOPLE SUFFERING NOW SINCE KATRINA STILL!!! PLACES DOWN SOUTH THAT GOT CONDEMNED ARE GOING TO BE TURNED INTO BLOCKS OF RICH CONDOS...WATCH. THIS MESS IN THE USA IS A DISGRACE WHEN PEOPLE LIKE HOLMES, BRAD PITT, HARRY CONNICK JR ETC HAVE TO GO DOWN THERE AND BEGIN PROGR5AMS OIF THEIR OWN TO HELP MTHESE PEOPLE GET IT TOGETHER. BUT NOT ENOUGH IS BEING DONE. WE CAN HAVE CONCERTS FOR BANGLADESH BUT NOT FOR KATRINA??? GOD...DON'T LET ME GET STARTED!! :rofl: WAS IT A MOLAR TOOTH TOWARDS THE BACK? THOSE INJECTIONS CAN BE A GREAT SHOCK TO THE BODY...ESPECIALLY AS WE GET OLDER...NOT THAT YOU'RE OLD.,...BUT YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. IT'S LIKE TRAUMA AND THE BODY REACTS WITH SHAKES AND SWELLING. IT HAPPENED TO ME A FEW YEARS AGO. GLAD YOU ARE FEELING BETTER AND HOPE BACK TO NORMAL SOON :hug: KNOW THAT JEN AND I WERE THINKING OF YOU.

Roseblush
10-10-2009, 09:14 AM
Morning Mel.....glad you are going to have a good weekend...... LOng weekend!

MELODY525
10-10-2009, 09:32 AM
:wave: MORNING MISS NAE!! HOPE YOUR WEEKEND WILL BE A GREAT ONE TOO. WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE YOU DOING UP SO EARLY!! SHOULD BE SLEEPING IN ON THE WEEKEND !!:cloud9:

ceejay52
10-10-2009, 11:04 AM
Morning every one.
I had a nice 8 hours sleep but I'm still not raring to go but I will. Wishing it was next week end. I have a lot of house work yet to do.

Mel
I hear you on the Katrina victims. I'd be afraid to go back myself. Oh my what were the seniors thinking! Are they playing pranks?

Happy
I've done some checking and that morning star was Venus. I want to say that the other one was Saturn or maybe Jupiter but I can't remember all of the article that I read about it.

Nae
You are up early this morning.

Laura
Where is you parents location?

Michelle
Are you enjoying your long week end?

Annie
I've thought about the ideas of using Commando's. I try to keep extra in my locker at work.

I've sat down last night to figure up what I'm to do to finally get this weight off my body. I've been watching fit tv and this has motivated me. I still like to watch the Biggest Loser but the trainers are getting more and more aggressive. I don't like this.

It's still dark and dreary out this morning and looking like rain. I haven't checked the radar today.

happy2bme
10-10-2009, 01:25 PM
Good morning ladies,

An overcast and very cool Saturday here. Mr. Feral showed up in his bed when I locked up at midnight, was still snoozing at 9am. Boo went out for a little bit, came home and is cuddled on her blanket inside too. DH got up early as usual but said he is ready to go back for a nap - it's that kind of day :lol: This is our first bout of cool weather - should make the tree colors pop quite nicely. Supposed to rain this week, glad we changed our vacation.

As far as New Orleans goes, it's a highly charged subject down here. Interestingly enough people you think who would be sympathetic are not - they get very adamant (finger wagging and all) about how, 3 years later people are still sitting in government supplied trailers waiting for someone to come and rescue them. Haven't they figured out no one is coming they say - get off your lazy duff and get on with your life. I was quite surprised to see that reaction from a certain group I did not expect it from. We also have many people from the area who moved up here for work long before the hurricane hit. While they love their hometowns, they too are of the opinion that people should be helping themselves. As for me, there are many towns along the Gulf shore that were equally devistated. People rallied without any government help and as Shad said, quietly rebuilt and are up and running again. I was of the opinion that any help the government gave, should be to the very elderly who did not have the means to rip apart and rebuild. Also there is such rampant toxic mold down there that it should probably be declared a biohazard. Wouldn't catch me any where near there, even if you gave the land for free. I wouldn't even live in the French Quarter that didn't get flooded because those mold spores are in the air everywhere.

Shad - I hope some work comes your way soon. It's probably a very good idea to look into some training. Even a change of pace would be nice. Sometimes circumstances give us a nudge to stray from the comfortable path to a different route we might not have otherwise considered. Glad the weight is down - stress - even from a bad tooth can cause bloat. I myself am not into car racing but it is VERY popular in this country.

Mel - I know that Ritchie didn't get cheated and his 2 weeks will get tacked on to the end, BUT better to have it in hand NOW when you need it. You certainly chalked up a busy day at the office. You are most right to count blessings instead of curses. We too easily get dragged down in a funk - not good on so many levels. I am trying to follow your lead too. How often do you replace your chairs?

Annie - that's scary about Mom's area. I think that's very common for our families - mine too - hanging in the house she's been in for 50 years, the neighborhood is sinking, she keeps saying "it's not so bad" - well Mom it is. I think she doesn't talk about it much because she doesn't want to give us fuel for the time to get out of there Mom speech. And we worry so much about them...

Laura - the bonfire sounds wonderful. Perfect time of year for it. Hope you decided to throw caution to the wind and do a little something with your hair color. It's only hair and it will fade / blend over time :lol:

Ceejay - I agree with you on Biggest Loser. Watched the first episode this season. Hated HATED the way they screamed at people. I don't find it motivating at all. And the way they are pushing those morbidly obese people from the get go, I think is downright dangerous. No wonder some of them are in the hospital! Thanks NBC TV for helping me not watch another tv show :lol: I can assure you that you did not see Saturn and Jupiter out there with Venus. Although Venus most of the year is a morning star, during part it is an evening star but is morning right now. Jupiter is out in the night sky around 8pm right now. 2 weeks ago it was at 5 o'clock to the moon - centered perfectly 2 fingers width from the moon in the lower right side. Moon has moved off and Jupiter will be the brightest star in the night sky right now. Saturn preceeds Jupiter to the right of Jupiter, a much more faint star, but they are perfectly in line with each other. You are probably seeing some other constellation along with Venus. If I ever get the urge to get up in the pre-dawn skies, I will look for you and report back :lol:

Michelle - hope you are enjoying the long weekend. Are you out in the boat freezing? I heard you might get snow flurries up your way soon. Brrrrrrrrrr.

I need to get off the computer and get something done here, particularly if I want to take a nap later on. Enjoy your weekend...

happy2bme
10-10-2009, 02:24 PM
We still have a couple of hummingbirds hanging around the house although we think they should be long gone. DH snapped this shot this morning. It looks fuzzy because he is shooting it through the window screen. Just to give you some perspective on how much they plump up, during the summer, this gal (it's a female) would only be as big as just the green part of the feathers. They look like balloons now. Makes you wonder how they can fly and once they hit the Gulf of Mexico, they fly non-stop without rest until they get to the other side. Nature is amazing...

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Shad
10-11-2009, 12:26 AM
Afternoon all,
Having a slightly lazy day today. I've cleaned some of the bathroom, and hung out and brought in some washing and now it is raining fairly hard. Good for the garden tho'. The plants will all be looking up and saying 'what dat stuff bro?' I spread some fertiliser around yesterday so they will be having a feast day out there today.

Weight is down again this morning. Thank heavens it is starting to co-operate again or I might have missed out on Annies challenge. As it is, it will be touch and go to get to the goal set.

Mel - life is always so exciting around your way. I don't know how you keep up with them. Another 'generous' boss :faint: Don't know where you breed them over there, but it might be time for extermination procedures!
However, as you say, you need to count those blessings and look forward to a better future.
It's more than likely that some of the areas will be classed as unlivable until the next regime gets elected and they think that natural parkland is a waste and then up will go the condos. Developers here are pretty ruthless as well.
I take Happy's point that some of those people will be sitting back and waiting for 'someone' (other than them) to do 'something'. The ubiquitious 'they', however many will have been underinsured, unable to meet new rates, no jobs left etc.etc. When we had 'Black Saturday' here, and the houses got burnt and the farms devastated and the wildlife and pets lost, someone had the bright idea of raising money for the victims. The total got past $26 million since all sorts of businesses and people got behind it. The Red Cross was delegated the task of managing the funds. People had to apply for sums to do whatever. Since we have disasters here on a regular basis, insurance companies which were initially very tardy in paying out on claims have been harassed by public and government into fast turnarounds. They have become very good and not much noise was made about the speed with which they assessed and paid out. However, it took the Red Cross at least 6 months to set up their benefits scheme. It wasn't there to pay for the people who had failed to insure themselves and their properties. It was for those who had insured but that didn't cover all the necessities. Anyway to cut a long story short, the people who applied and got ignored for so long decided to get ratty about it. They marched on parliament, police stations, red cross headquarters, got into the tv shows like Today tonight and A current affair and told it as it was. You should have seen the Red Cross scrambling to dish out the money then. It's bad news, but it seems you have to get on tv to get something done. The politicians and police in Victoria can not afford anymore bad publicity. Things get done. The Red Cross has dished out a lot of dosh now. Some of it went to replace childrens pets and the Wildlife people have been able to relocate some of the local flora and fauna. It's all good.

Nae - hello :wave: are you just getting home or just going out?

Happy - it's a little cool here today. Miss puss is trying to get one of us to sit still so she can warm up on a lap. I'm surprised at how big these hummingbirds get. Crikey they are greedy aren't they. Good picture too.

Well the rain is still falling, so it is back to the bathroom again. Need to get the floor clean for the last bit of grout on it. Should have done it years ago!!! It's getting there. DS1 and partner will be here for a week or so at the end of October. I need to get a room ready for them as well. Never ending this work grist mill. Round and round we go. Maybe a short siesta first. It seems that DS2 is having his siesta (along with the cat) in front of the telly.

Aaah well. See you.

MELODY525
10-11-2009, 08:10 AM
GOOD SUNDAY MORNING. TRIED TO READ ALL THE POSTS. WELL I SKIMMED THEM ANYWAY. EYES A BIT TOO GRITTY TODAY SO NO PERSONALS. MC AFEE INSTALLED A NEW UPDATE AND I SEEM TO BE HAVING SCRIPT READING PROBLEMS AS WELL. WILL WORRY ABOUT IT LATER. HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY :moped:

happy2bme
10-11-2009, 12:34 PM
Happy Sunday,

Still cool out but a bit of sun so it's a little more pleasant today. Yesterday was a real sleeper. We tried to take a nap but the house down the street was having some sort of get together. Bunch of young people playing touch football or something but doing lots of yelling - mostly just as you were about to drift off. After a couple of rounds of that, just gave up and got up.

Got some stuff done, not as much as I should have. Did some cooking and laundry too.

I was going to go to an Octoberfest at a local church. My coworker who makes jewelry had a booth there. Looked it up today and oh no, it was Friday and Saturday - not Sunday :o Yesterday was really too cool to be outside although I chatted with my sister yesterday. It was 55 here and I thought it was cold - she was laughing - it's supposed to get down to 24 degrees up her way. She called me a weenie, I admitted shame :lol: Turned the furnace on for the first time yesterday. Just to take the chill out of the house.

I think I will continue with the cleaning and rest of the laundry today. I could do with a light shopping trip too. I've been trying to shop every other week to cut down on costs. The problem with that is the in between weeks are more processed foods and it shows on the scale. I'm stuck in a rut - gain 2 pounds on the off weeks, drop them when I'm back to fresher foods and keep bouncing in the same rut. I picked up a magazine last week with some really good looking soups in it - think I'll try small batches of 2 or 3 this week for lunches. Will help use up some of the vegetables in the refrigerator in the garage. That is IF I could get to it. Mr. Feral has taken to some serious snoozing sessions on the porch. Last night he was there at 9pm. I was fretting because I could not lock the garage or the back door - once he hears the key he gets up. I did not want to disturb him. DH (the cat whisperer :lol: ) tiptoed out and although Mr. Feral woke up, he was comfy enough not to move and let DH walk past him to lock up. We also had left food out for him we needed to take in. It apparently is attracting a new fluffy kitty into the yard who was fighting with Mr. Feral - big tufts of white hair all over one part of the yard, and it also got our Boo all disturbed as it tried to approach the porch and get food. Since we had seen new kitty's hair all over the lawn, we knew it was a fighter and Boo is front declawed so we don't need any trouble on that end. And you thought having kitties was easy :D

So that's it from my side of the world - it's quiet here - hope you are all having a good weekend.

Shad - when you're done with your loo you can come over here and help DH do ours :lol:

See yah :wave:

happy2bme
10-11-2009, 12:55 PM
Nae - are you getting caught in that snowstorm?

1day@atime
10-11-2009, 09:39 PM
Hello Ladies,

Happy - Had the same thing going on here. Kids were outside playing... wanted to go out and tell them to be quite... then i realized it's much better for them to be outside then sit in and play video games. I should of gotten off my butt and gone outside to play.. Glad to hear Mr Ferrel is doing ok. What a pretty picture.

Mel - hope your enjoying your day.

Shad - Good to hear the weight is down... you have a lazy day!... never... you have too much energy.

Didn't do to much today. My allergies are really kicking in which cause lots of drainage, which cause sore throat. If i don't get better by wed. i'm going to make another dr. appointment. The weather does'nt help either.. one day it's 80 the next it's 60 and damp..

Hello to everyone else. :wave:

ceejay52
10-11-2009, 11:22 PM
It's been a good couple of days except for the weather. I did go to Paragould and some times I wished I live back there but other times I don't know if there's any thing of my life that's left there, except my uncles.

I've got a busy week end planned. Thursday I'm going to a district meeting in Paragould, then take the Rav4 to get the oil changed. I'll be spending the night again with my aunt and uncle and out to eat on Thursday night. My uncle is suppose to have a milogram done (die injection to the spine) on Friday. I'm going to go with them for that. Then come home again on Saturday. I''m about to back out of going to Springfield. That's really a long trip and I'm not sure I'm up to it at the moment. I'm having muscle spasms in the lower back. They hit all at once. It only does this when I'm exercising. Go figure. Maybe I'm trying to hard.

It's back to the grind stone tomorrow. And I don't want to go.

I apologise no time for personals.

.

ceejay52
10-11-2009, 11:28 PM
Happy
Maybe this is how the hummingbirds get to there destination. I've heard that they flew on the backs of geese but I'm not sure if that's true or not. I have not seen one this huge. This is awesome. Thanks for sharing the picture.

Shad
10-12-2009, 01:19 AM
Afternoon all,
It's all go round here. The builders are in to change out the posts on the verandah. They've found some termites close to the house so the Pest man got called in and they will be back on Wednesday to spray and drill and poison the little buggers. They will fix the ants at the same time. Meantime, the builders have found that the insulation in the ceiling is not fireproof - they set fire accidentally to some that they spilt - so I've had the fun of the builder jumping up and down on piles of insulation to put it out. So I guess I am up for new stuff up top as well. More expenses. But better than a fire.

So today I am cleaning out the bathroom, fetching and carrying for the builders, then I must move onto the bedroom for DS1 who will be arriving on 28th of the month. I also need to back up the computers and sort out a space for all the boxes before I get another bill for the storage shed which I don't want to pay.

Ceejay - sorry to hear about the back problems. Didn't you have this problem a year or so back as well??

Happy - I hear you on cutting down on the shopping trips. I go every week for fresh veges but my supermarket shopping is becoming less frequent and much less costly. It'd need to be.

Mel - rest those peepers and don't come back until you are ready.

The builder is yelling. Better get back out there.

MELODY525
10-12-2009, 09:12 AM
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO OUR FRIENDS TO THE NORTH!! HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT FEAST!! :hun:



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HAPPY COLUMBUS DAY!!

STILL LOVING THE 3 DAY WEEKEND. WITH ONE EXCEPTION BEING THE COMPUTER...IT TOOK FROM 12 NOON TILL 9:45 PM TO UNINSTALL MC AFEE AND RELOAD IT 2 TIMES AND INSTALL IT. THIS MORNING I WAKE UP AND IT STILL SAYS TO DO IT AGAIN :faint: SCREW IT!!
NOTHING ELSE NEW. TEMPS ARE COLD, LOW 40's, AND LAST NIGHT WE HAD A FROST WARNING TO OUR NORTH :brr:
GETTING OUT MY WOOLIES SOON AND GOING TO LIE AROUND THE HOUSE AND PLAY "HOLLYWOOD" :beach:
HAVE A GREAT MONDAY/TUESDAY :moped:


have to go and read...forgot what everyone said yesterday :rofl:

MELODY525
10-12-2009, 09:27 AM
HAPPY~ YOU ARE REALLY RUNNING A CAT HOUSE NOW WITH NEW STRAYS :rofl: :rofl: POOR MR. FERAL. ALWAYS SOMEONE LOOKING TO TAKE HIS COZY SPOT AND FOOD. WE DIDN'T HAVE FOOTBALL PLAYERS BUT WHILE THE WINDOW WAS OPENED A CRACK...ALL I COULD SMELL ON THE WIND WAS HAMBURGERS COOKING!! :hun: SORRY YOU MISSED THE FEST!!

PATTY....SO RIGHT THE WEATHER IS NOT HELPING. WE'RE SWEATING ON SEC AND FREEZING THE NEXT. GET WELL SOON. :hug:

JEANETTE....HOPE THA BACK FEELS BETTER. SAFT TRIP OUT THE THE SISTER AND GOOD LUCK TO THE UNCLE FOR THE TEST. GOOD OF YOU TO GO WITH THEM :hug:

SHAD.....WOW! ALL SORTS OF ACTIVITY AT YOUR HOUSE. THE MORE YOU POST, THE MORE I KNOW I NEED YOU HERE TO RUN THE BLDG!! :rofl: :rofl: HOPE ALL GOES WELL BEFORE THE DS GETS THERE!! IS THE SIGNIFICANT OTHER COMING AS WELL? IF SO BETTER GET A ZIPPER FOR YOUR LIP :lol3: :lol3:

I CAN'T GET BACK TO THE OTHER PAGE SO I WILL HAVE TO :wave: SAY HELLO TO ANNIE AND MICHELLE:hug:

annie175
10-12-2009, 09:45 AM
Good Morning, Happy Monday....

Fire drill today at noon, think I will go to lunch and have nail fixed at 11:30 to miss the entire mess. Don't feel much like hiking 7 floors of stairs, altho good for me, don't wanna do it.

OMG---I had Charlie horses in my toes, feet, ankles, calves and lower legs on Saturday night. Had me up at least 6 times. Too much standing/walking at CVS. So last night I took an Epsom Salt bath, rubbed my legs with Icy Hot and slept with the heating pad. Didn't wake up one time and no cramps. Work tonight at CVS then off till Friday. I am so excited. I need to get some things done....

Cleaned out my garden last night 30 green tomatos, 20 jalapenos, 7 green peppers and 4 banana peppers. Was sad to see it go cause the next season I absolutely hate. ONLY 160 days till Spring~~

My bro from IL, brought over an older computer to get me by at home. It has Windows 2000 on it if that tells you anything. Can't even load my digital camera software to upload pix. How sad is that. At least I can get on the internet.

SHAD...glad you got the weight going in the right direction. Keep up the good work, but not through losing teeth. Horse poo and rain, gotta love it.

MEL....seniors met the quote for the weekend, don't you mean for the year? We don't need any of the crap going on at all. Happy Columbus day to you also, however we have to work. Non-govt job here.

Ceejay...whatever it takes to motivate us, we'll take it. Watch those fitness videos and go girl.

Patty...don't wait too long to go to doc about allergies, etc. It will take a whole lot longer to get well once you get so far down. Take care of you.

Laura...Isn't it great to have a nice WI after TOM. But I ask, must we go through all that anyway? It sucks. The bonfire sounds great, I just love bonfires. Haven't been to one in a while.

Chelle...hope you had a great weekend and stayed OP...

Not much else going on. Hello to all.

Love and hugs,

annie175
10-12-2009, 09:46 AM
Mel..you sure are good at being the sneaker inner...

and oh yeah...GO COLTS!

diyana
10-12-2009, 10:21 AM
Happy Monday ladies -

Had a busy weekend...got the Uverse package installed on Friday, and we really like it. Friday, my exercise was going up and down the basement stairs what seemed like 100 times (slight exageration maybe). On Saturday, we ran errands, did yard work, and I went to the gym for 45 minutes of cardio and 45 minutes of strength training. Yesterday, I went to the gym first thing in the a.m. for an hour of cardio. Then ran more errands and went grocery shopping. On Saturday, one of my nieces who lives in CA got married to a wonderful man. They've been together for years and are so much in love and so happy. He was very supportive to her and her family when my mother (her grandmother) passed away. Right then and there, I knew he was a good guy. I so wished I could've attended the wedding...but just didn't have the finances to get out there. I am really disappointed that I wasn't able to go. Oh well, hopefully we'll be able to get out to CA next year.

It was too dang cold to fish this past weekend. We're yearning for a 50 or 55 degree day (preferably on the weekend). We even got snow on Saturday. Yes, that's right, it was October 10 and snowing! None stuck on the ground, but still....that is just SO WRONG! :tantrum:

The hard frosts and snow killed my tomato plants for good, and I still had several green ones on the vine. Oh well, it's all compost now.

Happy - Sounds like you do have a fantastic hairdresser! And your hair color sounds beautiful! Reminds me...I really need a cut and color, but will probably wait for another month. Lovely hummingbird photo! 55 is too cool to be outside? We're hoping for mid 50s so we can go fishing! We also had our heater going a little bit over the weekend...we're trying to keep it at around 63 degrees. Groceries are so expensive. I can easily spend way more than you would think for just two people. I really made a concerted effort this week to cut back, mostly because I had to. I'm still looking for inexpensive and low point snacks that are yummy. I may be on this quest for the rest of my life.

Patty - I hope your lungs have cleared out a bit. Mucinex works great for that stuff. Of course, sometimes I have to resort to the dreaded Prednisone to get my lungs entirely cleared out. 80 degree weather? Can you please send 10 or 20 degrees our way?

Laura - So glad that you had a nice scale after TOM left. My TOM just finished too, so hopefully the scale will be kind to me this week.

Mel - Good for you that despite all that you, Jen and Richie and his family have gone through, you're looking at the bright side. Did you get to watch some good movies? Hope you have a nice quiet Columbus Day!

Ceejay - FitTV? I'm going to have to look on our new cable channels and see if we get that. We should...we get nearly every other dang channel! LOL Sending :goodvibes: to your uncle for his test. Sorry to hear about your back spasms. Sending you :goodvibes: also. Is there any way you can do a more back friendly exercise? Or would stretching help your back. If you google back exercises, or back physical therapy exercises, or back stretches, there are some lovely moves that really helped my back.

Shad - So nice that the weight is back down again! Better that the builders discover that your insulation is not fireproof than for you to find out the hard way.

Annie - You are warned of when your fire drills are? We aren't, but at my new desk, I'm right next to the emergency exit and on the ground floor. Charlie horses in your toes, feet and lower legs? I've never heard of Charlie horses in your toes! :yikes: Good that you found a nice remedy. 160 days until Spring? I find that SO much more comforting than counting down the days until Dec. 25th.

Gotta get some work done!

Love and hugs to all,

annie175
10-12-2009, 10:55 AM
Chelle....I only know about the fire drills cause I am the office contact for this building's management. A fluke I know really. Sounds like you are getting the exercising on track, good for you. I am proud of you. We are not supposed to mention the S word, remember or the C word.

Later my chick-a-dee....hugs.

MELODY525
10-12-2009, 11:08 AM
I WANT TO POST THIS TIDAY BECAUSE I'LL BE IN THE OFFICE TOMORROW AND MAINT. LOTS TO REPORT.
I DIDN'T WANT TO MISS CARLA'S BIRTHDAY IN CASE SHE IS LURKING!!!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARLA AND HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL TUESDAY!! MAKE A WISH!!!

MELODY525
10-12-2009, 11:13 AM
ANNIE~ WOW WHAT A NIGHT YOU HAD WITH CRAMPS!!! HOPE THEY NEVER COME BACK!! GLAD TO HEAR YOU HAVE SOME TIME AWAY FROM CVS. REST THOSE TOOTSIES IN SOME NICE COMFY SLIPPERS!! SORRY TO HEAR YOU HAVE WORK TODAY :hug:

MICHELLE~ THAT WAS SOME WORKOUT WEEKEND YOU HAD! SORRY YOU COULDN'T GET TO THE WEDDING. AND I AM GLAD TO HEAR SOMEONE FOUND A GOOD MAN!! DID YOU SAY SNOW???:snowball: IT FELT COLD ENOUGH TO SNOW LAST NIGHT. LOOKED LIKE SNOW CLOUDS TOO!! :hohoho: SNOW WOULD EVEN HELP ME WITH THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT!! :rudolph:

diyana
10-12-2009, 12:08 PM
Okay, okay, okay....no more "S" word or "C" word! Not for at least a month.

Although tomorrow DH will be driving to his company's satellite office in Northern Wisconsin, and they are supposed to get 3-5" of the white, cold precipitation today!

Hello, Mother Nature? It's TOOO EARLY for this kind of weather!!! Where's the 70 degree Indian Summer we usually get around this time?

Laura705
10-12-2009, 01:40 PM
Hello to everyone and Happy Columbus Day. I still have to work though. No time for personals at the moment. Maybe later.

TTFN.

annie175
10-12-2009, 02:11 PM
Yuk Spring, Yuk summer, now fall is sucking in the weather department. I still say 160 days till Spring.....I am at work also Laura. No rest for the wicked.

Chelle...the way the weather has been going, maybe we will have a "surprise" Indian Summer.

MELODY525
10-12-2009, 03:48 PM
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SENDING MICHELLE SOME INDIAN SUMMER!!

Laura705
10-12-2009, 04:24 PM
Back for some personals –

Annie – Sounds like you need to do some stretches during your CVS shifts, eat a banana and guzzle some Gatorade or something!? Enjoy your 5 days off CVS. Hope you were able to time your lunch to skip the fire drill. We only have to go down a few flights of stairs for our fire drills. More would be good exercise but it's only twice a year so whoopee. Yay for having internet at home again!!!

Mel – sorry you had such a problem with your 'puter. Did you get out your woolies?? I was in full cold-weather regalia on Saturday night – longies, wool blend socks, parka, scarf, mittens and head band. Nice Indian Summer photo!!

Happy – I don't think we hit the record of 27 degrees Saturday night, but it was might chilly. We went to the annual bonfire to learn they were almost out of firewood, and what they had was not chopped, not seasoned, and not dry! We had fires, but not big blazing ones (there was the bonfire outside and a fireplace in a barn). Bah. I was dressed warmly, but my lower half was still chilled (longies and all) all night until we drove home and I had the seat warmer on HIGH!!

Thanks for the great hummingbird photo – not the tiny little bitty thing you think of when you picture hummingbirds!

Hi Patty – Good to get to the doc – life's too short to feel crummy!

Ceejay – Hope the back spasms ease up and you make it to Springfield to visit your sis. My mother lives in Springfield (on the south end towards Nixa). My parents retired to there nearly 20 years ago now. If I ever make (or have made) a less than complimentary remark about Springfield, don't mind me, I just wish my mother weren't 500 miles from "home". It's not all that easy a place to get to – long drive from Chicago, and very few non-stop flights from there as well. I have a brother who now lives in Springfield too, so she's not totally without family nearby.

Shad – Are all houses just money pits in disguise? There's always something!

Michelle – Sorry you missed your niece's wedding. Hopefully you get to CA next year, and be sure to time it so you get away from the cold stuff for a bit!! For some reason I forgot about Mucinex when my lungs felt congested – I'll have to keep that in mind. Wait, I might have tossed it out when I heard something bad about it in the news. Hmmm. Oh wait, that might have been about Zicam, not Mucinex. Good job with the exercise this past weekend. :whoo: My only exercise was a dog walk and dancing around Saturday night at the bonfire, trying to keep warm. You'll share some of that Indian Summer that Mel sent, I hope??? :)

Buh Bye!

ceejay52
10-12-2009, 06:25 PM
Laura,
My nephew lives in Nixa. Small world. My sis actually lives in a small town near Springfield called Ash Grove.

Mel
The picture is lovely. Wish I were there instead of here at work. So far so good today.

Not much going on today at work. I've finished my paper work in total silence today. J, my boss has been here at the plant more than a couple of times but he's calmer today than last week.

Will be back later.

Shad
10-13-2009, 01:27 AM
Thought I might drop in while the builders are hammering out the Anvil Chorus on my patio. They have finished in the front and are working on the pergola roof and say they will be finished tomorrow morning.

My friend with whom I walk in the mornings has a bad back so we are only doing around 20 minutes of exercise there, so I have to find at least 10 minutes of continuous sweat making stuff for myself. It's a bit of a pain since we normally do 40 minutes

The wind has got up again. I suspect the weather man is right when he says we are in for a storm this afternoon. It's not all that pleasant out there and I have to go out to clear the verandah later for the termite crew tomorrow. It's all go here I tell you. Oh oh, they're yelling again. More water apparently.
Back later.

MELODY525
10-13-2009, 08:53 AM
LAURA~ I TAKE THE BLUE BOXED MUCINEX DAILY. ...AND I THINK YOU ARE RIGHT...IT WAS ZICAM. THINK HAPPY TOLD US ABOUT IT TOO. HOU SOUNDED BUNDLED UP JUST LIKE THE KID IN THE CHRISTMAS STORY MOVIE! :brr:

CEEJAY~ GOOD TO HEAR WORK WAS CALMER THIS WEEK OR AT LEAST THE BOSS WAS!!! :hug:

SHAD~ I AM JEALOUS OF YOU WITH NALL THOSE MUSCLE MEN SURROUNDING YOUR PLACE!!! HEY....I COULD EVEN HITCH UP A WAGON AND HELP THEM!! CARRY ALL THEIR STUFF AND THE WATER AROUND. :rofl: HOPE THEY GET THOSE PESKY ANTS AND TERMITES!!

EVERYONE CALLED ME TO SAY THEY WOULD BE LATE THIS MORNING. GUESS THEY ARE ALL STILL IN HOLIDAY MODE. MUST BE GOOD TO BE THE BOSSES :queen: I AM OFF TO EAT BREAKFAST FIRST AND THEN GO DOWN. NOTHING PLANNED FOR TODAY. JEN WENT TO THE STORE SO I DON'T EVEN NEED TO GO TODAY. GOOD CAUSE IT'S RAINING ON AND OFF :rain:
HAPPY TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY :moped:

annie175
10-13-2009, 09:25 AM
Tuesday, Tuesday.....colder than I would like it. Burrr....only 159 days till spring.

Laura....thing about potassium is I am taking a high dose of prescibed potassium, I just think I am getting too old to be standing on my fee for 8 hours. Everything was hurting by the time I left work last night from my *ss on down. Took a hot epsom salt bath, drank a half bottle of wine, took two ibuprofen and passed out. Only woke up once last night. lol Didn't want to get up this morning.

Ceejay...heard on the news this morning that Arkansas is up for a terrific rain storm today. Stay inside and be safe.

Shad...sounds like your workerbees have you on your toes. You know, the Man answers things in strange ways, maybe you not having work is letting you get these things done around your house. Then you will be slammed with work, wait and see....

MEL....WTF...should of told the bosses not to rely on you to cover for their *sses for being late. Who was gonna cover for you as you are going to be late also??? LOL One extreme to the other. From cr*pping my pants to constipated. Haven't pooed since Saturday, of course I pooed enough last Friday for an entire tribe. We will see what today brings as I am having stomach grumblings.

After I found out MS. O is going to be a big sister yesterday and her momma (my Goddot) is due on my BD June 12, my day was more enjoyable. Also found out the a buddy of mine, Joe, his wife is due in February. They have been trying for 12 years. It is a girl to be named Isabella Reece. I just love that name. I am so excited for them. I tell you, he would of given his right nut to have a kid, now he is getting is prayer's answered.

Not much else going on. T is coming over tonight for our 2 hour visit prior to him going into work. I made Italian casserole, all I have to do is pop it into the oven tonight for about 30 minutes. Garlic bread and salad to go with. There is plenty to go around, ya'll stop in. I even have a bottle of wine if you so wish.

Better get this day started, the boss actually beat me in today. Yikes as I was about 8 minutes late. Just can't seem to get it going in the morning. Dang the snooze anyways.

PS Not doing so well on eating, altho getting lots of steps in on the pedometer.

Hello to everyone...

Love and Hugs.

annie175
10-13-2009, 09:37 AM
PSS....will be in late tomorrow as I will be at the dentist starting the crown procedure on the broken tooth. So NOT looking forward to that.

Laura705
10-13-2009, 12:20 PM
Ceejay - calm and quiet at work is nice! Hope it keeps up for you. :)

Shad - LOL - Anvil chorus.

Mel - I felt silly bundling up like that in early October, but it was necessary!! Why do they phone to tell you they'll be late? Is covering them at times like that part of your duties? If not, I say screen those calls!!! Glad to know the Mucinex is still there for me should I need it!

Annie - Oh, you're already taking potassium...never mind. Yeh, just too much time on your feet. I remember working in retail way back when - I'd come home and lay on the floor w/ my legs resting straight up on the wall. Didn't stop the spider veins though. Mom has 'em, I have 'em. Oh, good baby news! :bb: A friend is returning to work today now that her maternity leave is over - it'll be a tough day for her and baby.

Okay, Annie's mentioned corn bread and garlic bread in recent posts, so I'll chime in and mention that I downed three pieces of crusty delicious sourdough bread last night, with butter. Bf phoned me at work during the day and mentioned how great it was, and I just had to have some when I got home from work. Trader Joe's Sourdough Baguette. That was not OP. :moo:

Okay, better get back to work. My vacation time starts Thursday and I'm just itching to be out of here, but I've got several things to finish before then!

ceejay52
10-13-2009, 01:48 PM
Popping in to say hello.

It's raining hard outside and I just want to crawl under the desk and sleep. However, with the camera shining on me and the other boss is in his office today I don't think it possible. I'm reeaally tired of the rain.

I've noticed this morning that the tree's across the street have some yellow in them.

annie175
10-13-2009, 02:09 PM
Um Laura, so the BF is a bit fattening, is he? with the bread and all, he shouldn't call you and mention things like that.

Ceejay...I see you are getting the rain the TV said you would. I also have a space heater under my desk for even a more cozy nap, if you would like.

annie175
10-13-2009, 02:10 PM
Chelle...you must be busier than a one armed paper hanger today!!

happy2bme
10-13-2009, 02:29 PM
I am in a very cranky mood today. Nothing good to say about anyone or anything. I'll come back when I'm more human.

diyana
10-13-2009, 02:42 PM
quick post for me....

I am definitely busier than a one-armed paper hanger today. But I've got just the cure....After work, I'm planning on going to the gym for an hour or so of cardio. DH won't be home until around 8 pm, so I'll just fix a Lean Cuisine and salad or some homemade veggie soup for dinner. Or maybe I'll swing by Annie's, unless she wants to be alone with T.

My eating was good yesterday, and I went to the gym after work to do 1/2 hour of Zumba and 1/2 hour of strength training. After a stressful day at work, it feels great to get good and sweaty and get the endorphins going. I came home and made spaghetti for DH and I and then relaxed.

Annie - I hope you wear your pedometer at CVS, with all the walking you do there. All that baby news is so exciting!! I have a cousin who is due December 1, and a nephew whose wife is due June 10. Good luck at the dentist tomorrow. :goodvibes:

Laura - I must've forgotten where you are going on vacation. How long do you have off work?

Ceejay - Your trees are just turning down there? We had some more "mixed precipitation" last night...but I think it was mostly rain, thank goodness. So true that a dark dreary rainy day can make you just want to take a long nap.

Happy - I hope your cranky mood passes quickly. :hug:

Shad - I hope the builders are behaving themselves today!

Gotta go...more crises to fix!

Love and hugs to all,

annie175
10-13-2009, 03:01 PM
Chelle...alone time with T is not necessary. We are both so beat, we eat and take naps for excitement. LOL Come on by... Great job on the gym...I knew you would find your way once again. Keep up the good work.

Happy....I was cranky last night at CVS too, must be spreading. I am better today. I was only a 12 hour cranky session. SMILES You've got to un-crank-i-fy......

ceejay52
10-13-2009, 08:01 PM
I've found a very informative websight called StarDateonline. I was looking for information on what I saw in the wee hours on 10-05-09. It says that Venus, Mercury and Saturn line up from top right to lower left in the eastern sky at first light. A lot more is happening through out the month. I used to be an avid star gazer and I'm gonna get back into the habit. I hope it's not raining in the morning, there's gonna be another good show in the pre dawn hours.

Happy and Annie
come on and cheer up.

Shad
10-13-2009, 11:01 PM
Builders have finished and left instructions as to how to care for my new timber stuff. Termite man is here and drilling, this afternoon he is joined by Ant man and they will finish today. Then the builder or a fencer will be back on Friday for fencing. It's all go round here.

I'll be back later for personals. Although you should all be snoozing by now.

diyana
10-14-2009, 08:35 AM
Happy Wednesday ladies -

Hard to believe the week is nearly half over! I'm so looking forward to the weekend. We're supposed to get 50+ degree temps back for Saturday and Sunday! Low 50s, but better than it is now. I saw Patty post on FB that it's 76 degrees where she lives.....ah, I wish.

Anyway, I had a very busy day at work...during which I'm very happy to say I didn't go off plan in terms of eating. Afterward, I went to the gym and had a great workout, including 45 minutes of cardio on the recumbent stepper, 50 crunches and then a very fast paced Zumba class. I don't think I'll make it to the gym tonight...I've got a bunch of website work to do. So I'll have to walk more during the work day. Since I sit right next to a stairwell now, maybe I should sneak away every now and then and climb a few flights of stairs. I'm definitely going tomorrow for strength training and Zumba (and maybe a Tai Chi class if I can get there in time).

I have determined that, while my eating may not always be even close to perfect, exercise does more for me than just burn calories or help me stay OP. It helps my mood and it really helps me unwind and not think about anything that might be weighing heaviliy on my mind. I wish my schedule would allow me to go to the gym every day. But DH says that an occasional break can be beneficial. Now if I could just get paid for exercise like Annie does (both at CVS and with her pedometer challenge at work). :lol:

Annie - Glad to hear you have uncrankified! I hope your feet and legs are okay today.

Ceejay - Thanks for sharing the info about StarDate Online. Very cool. My DH is a big astronomy buff, and got me interested in it.

Shad - So glad to hear that the builders are done for now and have taken all their banging and loud radio with them. And the pest control guys are done too? Yay!

Happy - I hope you're feeling better today.

A big :wave: to Laura and Patty!

Love and hugs to all,

MELODY525
10-14-2009, 11:30 AM
SORRY THIS IS A QUICKIE AND NOT PERSONAL.....
HAD TO DO SOME INVESTIGATING ALL DAY YESTERDAT FOR THE PC AND FOUND A MCAFEE REMOVAL PROGRAM FROM THEIR OWN SIGHT. DOWNLOADED THAT AND CLEARED OUT THE PC LAST NIGHT.
THEN HAD TO RELOAD...ALL TOGETHER IT TOOK 13 HOURS. SIGH. MOST OF IT HAPPENED DURING THE NIGHT. BUT I COULDN'T GO TO SLEEP TILL IT ACTUALLY BEGAN DOWNLOADING. GOT UP 2X'S TO PEE AND CHECKED...STILL DOWNLOADING!! THEN FINALLY IT WAS READY TO INSTALL....TOOK ANOTHER 3+ HRS :faint:
MY EYES FEEL TERRIBLE SO I AM GETTING OFF HERE FOR THE DAY..SEE YOU ALL TOMORROW HOPEFULLY AND ALSO I HOPE THE SECURITY PROGRAM IS STILL WORKING THEN!! SEEMS IT'S A QUESTION OF MY PC IS 256 AND I REALLY NEED 516 SPACE. :rollpin: TOUGH!!!
HAPPY WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY :moped:

Laura705
10-14-2009, 01:30 PM
Hello to everyone. :wave:

Hope all is well and the crankiness has passed. Mel, hope your computer is doing okay now after all that work! Ceejay, if I turn the radio on at a particular time on Sunday nights I listen to a short stardate report, and that site you mentioned sounded familiar, so it might be the same. Wish we could see more of the night skies here, but it's just too darn bright in and around the city. The best night sky I've ever seen was about 10 years ago when bf and I were in Hawaii and we drove up Mt. Haleakala (on Maui) in the wee hours to watch the sun rise. We arrived early and were amazed by all the stars in the sky!

Michelle - Since you asked: Bf and I are leaving tomorrow morning to take a road trip to visit his niece and her baby in Paducah, KY for a couple days. Then we're stopping to spend the day with friends who live in southern IL, where there are some wineries to visit. My last vacation was sort of a bust, so I'm really looking forward to getting away and chilling out.

I'll weigh in tomorrow and try to get back here to post for the challenge, but I know I'll probably be running around like a nut doing last minute stuff, so no guarantees. I did weigh in this morning and am at 185. Happy about losing, just not thrilled that the weight I'm losing is only getting me back to where I was at the beginning of the year.... About 4-5 more pounds to get there. Two more weigh-ins before Halloween (after tomorrow's), so it's possible!

Have a good day everyone!
:witch:

ceejay52
10-14-2009, 07:50 PM
Mel
Sorry on the computer woes. At least you knew what to do.

I've had a horrible day today and thought it was over. One of our filters decided to go dry during the night and the boss and maintenance man tried to repair the burned out motor. They left around 4 thinking that all was well. When the plant shut down the smae filter was doing it's thing. I had to run down stairs again, climb under some pipes and shut the thing off manually. The new motor will be here tomorrow. Thank goodness I'm on vacation.

Surely things will get better when I get back.

I'll be back later.

diyana
10-15-2009, 09:13 AM
Sure Happy It's Thursday!

Work is already getting busy and I'm noticing problems...numbers not balancing, etc. Many, many reports to fix by end of day tomorrow. :yikes:

I ended up going to the gym last night, even though I had planned to take a night off. I had a really frustrating/stressful day...and I needed some endorphins. So I did an hour of cardio and 65 crunches. Tonight, I'm going to the gym for 1/2 hour of strength training and 1/2 hour of cardio, and maybe 1/2 hour of Tai Chi as well. :)

It's a chilly, rainy day today...but since I'm at work, I don't mind a bit. They are predicting that we'll have a sunny-ish and warmer (mid-50s) weekend. Certainly hope so, so that DH and I can go fishing.

I'm hoping my weigh in goes well later. My scale was kind to me yesterday and this morning...hopefully the WW scale will be just as nice.

Shad - I hope you're enjoying the peace and quiet break from the builders. Did the pest guys get their job done?

Mel - Sorry to hear about the computer problems....but glad they seem to be resolved. I hope you got some much needed rest.

Annie - Are you enjoying your few evenings off from CVS? Any plans for the weekend?

Laura - Have a great vaca! I've never been to Maui, but I've been to Oahu and the Big Island. Hawaii is my paradise. :) Congrats on getting down to 185!

Ceejay - Sorry to hear you day was so stressful yesterday. That's some hard work you do - having to climb under and around pipes and keep things running. Enjoy your time off!

Happy - I hope you're feeling better today.

I'd better get back to it....these reports aren't going to fix themselves.

Lots of love and hugs to all,

Laura705
10-15-2009, 09:39 AM
Popping in for a quick hello. Just weighed in and the scale said 184, so that was nice. It will be difficult to keep in the groove now that I have 5 days of restaurant eating ahead of me. I'll try.

Ceejay - Sorry your workday was so terrible yesterday. But I suppose that'll make you appreciate your vacation all that much more. Enjoy your time off!! ;)

Michelle - Great job with the exercise. I have to heartily agree about the stress-busting benefits of a good workout. :workout: Hope your weigh-in is a good one!

Well, our travel schedule is already behind for various reasons. I'm going to pack now, then get to eye doc by the time they open at 9:30 to pick up new contact lenses. Bf has borrowed a friend's radar detector so I'm sure he's going to try and make record time to our destination. :yikes:

Cheers.

annie175
10-15-2009, 09:42 AM
Happy Happy Thursday.............

Had a good evening with Samantha last night. Made chicken tetrizzini, salad and green beans. She colored my hair, I went and tanned, then had to stop by CVS to get anbusol to numb the gum from crown. OMG was it hurting. Took ibuprofen and went to bed. Slept well. I go back to the dentist on Oct 30 to get permanent crown and fill front lower tooth that chipped on back side.

Chelle...Hooray on the extra workout last night. You are one hot rockin' momma. Good luck on the WI today, I know you will do well. No plans for the weekend as I work Friday night, Saturday, Sunday, Monday. Might get to see T for a couple of hours on Saturday after I get off work and before he goes in.

Ceejay....hope your vacation days goes well. After yesterday at work you certainly deserve it.

Laura...good luck on your WI today also.

MEL...computer woes...at least you have a puter to woe over. lol and besides sleep is overrated anyway, stay up and play. Or do like I do, watch Cold Case, I love that show.

Shad...hmmmmmm, timber man, fence man, ant man, termite man, sounds like lots of fun with all those men, unless of course they have that giant belly overhang and butt crack showing...lol Can you handle 4 men at once?

Oh Happy....where are you, in a better mood yet? Hope so!!

Hello to everyone...

Have a great Thursday.

Love and Hugs,

annie175
10-15-2009, 09:43 AM
Laura...be careful and don't speed too much, detectors are quite faulty and tickets issued anyway. Where your seatbelt, don't smoke, don't talk or text while driving, xoxoxox

MELODY525
10-15-2009, 09:46 AM
:rain: GEE WHAT A SURPRISE....MORE RAIN :rofl: JUST AS WELL. I AM NOT IN THE MOOD FOR FOOD SHOPPING. THE KIDS CAN PICK UP THE WEEKEND'S NECESSITIES. WE HAD A NICE TIME TOGETHER LAST NIGHT. THEN THE KIDS WENT OUT WITH RICHIE'S BROTHER. NOT MUCH NEW HERE. THE PC IS DOWNLOADING UPDATES EVEN AS I WRITE :write: SO I AM GOING TO LET IT GET ON WITH THE JOB.
HAPPY THURSDAY/FRIDAY :moped:

HAPPY~ HOPE OPE THE MOOD IS IMPROVING MORE EVERY DAY SENDING A HUG :hug:

ANNIE~ HOPE THE MOUTH WILL BE FEELING BETTER SOON. I FEEL YOUR PAIN :hug:

LAURA~ THE BAGUETTE SOUNDED DELISH! YUM. I LOVE SOME OF TJ'S BREADS!! ENJOY THE VISIT AND I PRAY FOR A BETTER FEW DAYS AWAY THIS TIME!!! HAVE SOME FUN FOR LAURA!!

JEANETTE~ I AM GLAD YOU ARE ON VACATION AND SIRRY TOI HEAR YOU HAD TO GO CRAWLING AROUND ON THE GROUND FOR THAT MOTOR PROBLEM. ENJOY YOUR TIME OFF NOW. :hug:

MICHELLE~ THIS WEEKEND DOES LOOK GOOD AND HAVE FUN FISHING!! FINALLY A NICE WEEKEND COMING ALONG. IT WOULD BE NICE IF WE HAD JUST A FEW WARMER DAYS THIS MONTH., I'M NOIT READY EITHER!!

SHAD~ THANKS FOR THE HELP. SO FAR SO GOOD. HOPE THE RENNO IS GOING WELL...OR AS GOOD AS CAN BE EXPECTED!! HAVE ALL THE BUGS GONE PACKING?? OR SHALL I SEND FLOWERS!!! STAY WELL :hug:

PATTY~ HOPE YOU ARE FEELING BETTER TOO.

THE COMPUTER IS JUST NOT WORKING WHILE THIS IS GOING ON. SO I AM OUTTA HERE============

MELODY525
10-15-2009, 09:48 AM
Annie Snuck In....your Poor Mouth!! Tell T To Tippy Toe When He Takes The Garbage Out And Go To Bed Early!!!

annie175
10-15-2009, 09:55 AM
MEL/CHELLE/HAPPY...good news on the weather front for Indiana, after a chilly weekend they are predicting that Indiana summer sometime next week. Will send some your way if we get it........

diyana
10-15-2009, 03:21 PM
Super quick post for me this afternoon.....

I think all the work stress, which led to hours and hours of exercise this week really paid off! I am down 3.8 lbs!! :woohoo:

annie175
10-15-2009, 05:17 PM
WHEW WHO CHELLE...I knew you would rock this week....keep it up girl...I am so proud of you.....that's what I like to hear the numbers coming down. I will just say, I suck on weight and exercise.

diyana
10-15-2009, 05:25 PM
Thanks, Annie. It's funny...cuz I wasn't even motivated to exercise by the fact that it would burn calories....I was motivated to exercise just to keep my sanity! :crazy: I hope your mouth feels better.

Shad
10-15-2009, 10:09 PM
Morning all,

Better get in here and post before I forget again. Painting the posts and beams today with an oil based primer. I really hate oil based paint. Hard to clean off the brushes, harder to clean off the face and arms. I've bought the cheapest brushes and rollers I can find so I don't have to clean up much. They will just go in the bin after use. Now I have to think of a colour scheme for the front of the house. oooof d'uh.

Had a loss on the weigh in yesterday, however it's all back again today. Bah humbug. At least the ticker is on the lower weight

annie175
10-16-2009, 08:56 AM
Mornin' All.......

It is national boss's day today....so suck up girls. I brought in cream cheese pastries and a nice card for my boss. Just another day for Hallmark to drag in the $$. Crazy.

Chelle...maybe work should keep you that busy all the time. All the exercising you have done over it and the loss you had is record. Congrats!! Let's see, two weeks till Halloween challenge, I guess I can say at least I have motivated you all and I suck. Someone else can do the Thanksgiving challenge. lol

Shad...oil based paint, I didn't know people still used those. My grandpa used to use them but he is the last I can thick of using oil paint. SOmething about not good for you or the environment or something. Heck I don't know really.

MEL...did your bosses get you something for bosses day? I mean they seem to call into you when they are late. lol

Hi to all
Love and hugs.

happy2bme
10-16-2009, 09:06 AM
Hi ladies,

Been a roller coaster week. Still in a bit of a rotten mood - nothing on a personal level, just fed up with the idiots all around and the degredation of society. Yeah, it does affect me - from people with no manners who leave our restrooms in filthy conditions right up to the killers on the road who can't drive in the first place and now add to it by texting while driving. With our recent wet and slick conditions on the roads, this makes for a hair raising commute several times a week. I noticed too that spelling, punctuation grammar have also flown out the window. You can almost guess the age of a person by the way they write. Now I'm not expecting perfection because I make finger flubs myself but you can differentiate between an obvious lack of skill here and a finger miss. All this self inflicted aggrivation is doing a number on my blood sugar. I used to wonder why it would be up when I was behaving myself but stress is like a barometer - bing! Gotta find a way to calm down. Ohmmmm :yoga: The people of Memphis have elected a new mayor (buh bye Willie - don't let the door hit you in the azzz on the way out you pompous wretch). Among the field of 25 or so "candidates" was a wrestler. He disrupted traffic the last few days by "campaigning" on top of overpasses on the highway which of cource blocked up the commute big time. Thing is, he got more votes than the more serious candidates. That's what happens when people think everything is a joke. What's going to become of this world?

Ok, well this is why I haven't been posting. Stuck in the mud here. Fortunately the weekend is upon us.

Mel - I hope you are feeling better. Heard there was a nor'easter up your way. Hope you didn't get stormed on badly. Stay warm and dry sis :hug:

Shad - sounds like the house is coming along if not is a state of madness. Bet it will look nice. Hope the workmen left you a few dollars in your wallet after they took their share.

Congratulations Michelle - great weigh in! :carrot: You ARE the woman!!!!

Annie - crossing my fingers that you get that bout of nice weather AND that you won't be stuck inside and miss it!

Laura and Ceejay - have great vacations - make good choices in your eating over the next few days and have a good time.

Hi Patty! :wave:

Time to get the day over with. See yah!

happy2bme
10-16-2009, 09:07 AM
Annie -

I'd say a cream cheese pastry is a fair trade for the occasional coffee your boss drops off :D Those of us who have good bosses count our blessings. A lot of bad ones out there - especially in "today's normal" as my DH calls it.

annie175
10-16-2009, 09:35 AM
Happy....please don't let others and things YOU CANNOT control in life, steal your joy as you are allowing them to do. Peace to you my worldlie sister. xoxoxoxo and many hugs.

happy2bme
10-16-2009, 01:41 PM
Almost got killed on the way in this morning. Doing the speed limit (40) and driving in the leftmost lane of a 3 lane road. No one around me, I have the road to myself in my direction. Roads are damp. Idiot comes out of a side road on the right and proceeds to cross over 3 lanes headed right in front of me. I am laying on the horn and swearing. He is like a deer in the headlights and proceeds to swing in front of me SLOWLY. I am on the brakes, my car is shimmying and it was only with God's grace that I did not plow into him. It was a person of foreign persuation whose countrymen and well known for not knowing how to drive as they mostly ride bikes in their native country. And they had a license plate from a nearby state whose driving test is even more lax than the one in Tennessee. Got to work and I was still shaken. I don't care if I will never be warm again, I'm moving to the big open skies of Nae's land where they are more prown to ride horses than drive...

I am so fed up with people. :mad:

happy2bme
10-16-2009, 01:42 PM
oh and it's not like he swung out to make a left at the next intersection, nope :no: just wanted to drive 10 miles below the speed limit in the left hand lane.

annie175
10-16-2009, 02:14 PM
Geez Happy, I just got back from errands at lunch and came in complaining about the idiots on the road. I was in 4 close calls myself. People just don't care or have manners anymore.

diyana
10-16-2009, 02:21 PM
Happy - I'm so relieved that you didn't get into an accident and that you got to work safely. What an idiot. Unfortunately, there are lots out there on the roads, especially when the road/weather is awful. Like Annie says, you can't let the actions/behavior of others rob you of your serenity. Life it too dang short for that. I try to accept stress/negativity as "it is what it is" and go through life trying to look for the bright side. Like you got rid of a pompous mayor. Like, you were able to swerve in time around that idiotic driver. May we be granted the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference. You can't change those around you or what they do...but you can change your reaction...not to say that your reaction isn't justified...it is. But having a negative reaction is of no value to you. I try and remember that, but it isn't easy. So I've just buried myself in endorphins this week. Hang in there, my worldly sister! :hug: :hug: :grouphug: We're always here for you.


Speaking of my endorphins...I did Tai Chi, some cardio and strength training at the gym last night. I was going to do Zumba, but my back was feeling a little tweaky/twingey, so I went home and put some icy hot cream on it. I'm doing better today, but since I'll probably have to work late, I'm going to skip the gym for tonight and go tomorrow and Sunday instead.

Annie - We just got our boss a card. It was a funny card and he appreciated it. He's a really good guy, for which I'm very grateful...to have a job AND a good boss are truly great blessings!

Better get back to work.

A big :wave: and Happy Friday to everyone! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Love and hugs to all,

diyana
10-16-2009, 02:33 PM
I hope I didn't come off all preachy earlier....I'm the first to admit that I get fed up with people sometimes. And it's sure a lot easier to give advice than to take my own advice. Sorry.

annie175
10-16-2009, 02:51 PM
Chelle...you are fine....we all feel that way at one time or another. I, too, try, try, try, to look on the bright side. Some days are harder than others, as I am sure Happy can agree with. Love and hugs to you my sisters.

MELODY525
10-16-2009, 03:59 PM
I JUST GOT UPSTAIRS FRoM EARLY THIS MORNING. TIRED BUT A GOOD TIRED. LOTS OF NEEDY PEOPLE TODAY AND ONCE THEY SEE ME IT'S ALL OVER BUT THE CRYING :rofl: BUT EVERYONE WENT HOME HAPPY AND I HAD LUNCH WITH MY FRIEND FOR BOSS'S DAY.
JEN AND I INSTALLED THE NEW KEYBOARD AND MOUSE I BOUGHT FROM WALMARTS. A VERY DEAR FRIEND GAVE ME VISA GIFT CARDS AND I FOUND A KEYBOARD I FELL IN LOVE WITH. SO IT'S BEEN A REALLY SPECIAL DAY FOR ME. HAPPY SENIORS AND A VERY GRATEFUL MEL.
I ORDERED SOME STUFF FROM THE LITTLE STORE AND AS SOON AS IT'S DELIVERED, I AM OFF TO THE SHOWER AND FLANNEL JAMMIES. IT'S FOOKING FREEZING OUTSIDE WITH THIS RAINY CRAP :brr:
SPENT TIME WITH THE KIDS AND STRAIGHTENED RICHIE'S HEAD OUT....AT LEAST FOR THE MOMENT!!! THERE WILL BE NO MORE BIRTHDAYS SPENT IN THE GRAVEYARD IF I HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY.
SO FOR TODAY....EVERYONE IS HAPPY. EVEN THE GRANDSON...HE GOT HIS WISE POTATO CHIPS AND CHICKEN. HIS TWO FAVORITES :hun:
I'LL READ THE POSTS LATER OR OVER THE WEEKEND. DON'T WANT TO PUSH THE EYE ISSUE. I HAVE NO MORE DROPS LEFT!!! :yikes:
HAVE A WONDERFUL EVENING AND HAPPY SATURDAY SHADDIE :moped:

MELODY525
10-16-2009, 04:17 PM
I THOUGHT THERE WOULD BE MORE POSTS TO READ THAN THIS LOT.....

HAPPY~ SENDING SPECIAL WARM HUGS AND GOOOD THOUGHTS YOUR WAY. JUST REMEMBER HOW HAPPY YOU MADE ME TODAY AND THAT ALONE SHOULD WARM THE COCKLES OF YOUR HEART. THERE ARE STILL SOME NICE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD AND YOU ARE ONE OF THEM :hug: LOVEYA SIS. :love:

ANNIE...I GOT A FREE LUNCH OUT OF THE DAY!! BETTER THAN NOTHING. JOHN TELLS EVBERYONE I AM HIS BOSS :rofl: I SUCK AT THIS CHALLENGE TOO...WEIGHEED IN THIS MORNING AT 190!! CAN YOU SAY DULCOLAX????
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:


MICHELLE~ cheer3: CONGRATULATIONS ON THE 3.8 LB LOSS!! WAY TO GO LADY!!! PROUD OF YOU. THAT WAS SOME NICE EXERCISING YOU'VE BEEN DOING ALSO. I USED TO LOVE SITTING TAI CHI. ALWAYS MADE ME FEEL SO RELAXED AFTERWARDS,.....AND TIRED!!

:wave: HELLO TO SHAD, JEANETTE, PATTY AND ALL THE MISSING WORLDLIES OUT THERE.

annie175
10-16-2009, 04:18 PM
MEL...I thought of you yesterday while leaving Walmart by work. There was a short bus letting off a bunch of seniors...lol....I truly thought of you at that moment. MELLIE time at the home.

MELODY525
10-16-2009, 04:22 PM
OH POOP.....I MISSED ONE BY HAPPY AND ANOTHER BY SHAD.

HAPPY~ I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE DRIVING IDIOT!! THANK GOD YOU GOT TO WORK IN ONE PIECE. I TELL JEN ALL THE TIME TO WATCH OUT FOR THE NUTS NOW. PEOPLE ARE SOOO UNPREDICTABLE NOW....GETS WORSE EVERY YEAR. :hug:

SHAD~ NO OOF DUH'ING OVER THERE...JUST GET A GALLON OF FIRE ENGINE RED!!! :rofl: :rofl: WE USE CHEAP BRUSHES WITH THE OIL BASED AND TOSS THEM TOO. TOO SMELLY AND TIRESOME TO CLEAN!!!!! HOPE YOUR WEEKEND INCLUDES SOME SPECIAL TIME FOR JOY!!

MELODY525
10-16-2009, 04:24 PM
ANNIE IF YA SEE ONE ROLLING OUT THE DOOR WITH ASHY WHITE HAIR....THAT'S ME!! :scooter:

annie175
10-16-2009, 04:43 PM
OMG MEL HOW FUNNY!! THE EYE PART ESPECIALLY.

Here is a cool site for spices for all to check out....

http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzeys/shophome.html

it is so cool. We actually have on in Indy and it is only about 2 miles down the road from work. I may go on a lunch hour, as it closes too early during the weeknights.

MELODY525
10-16-2009, 06:23 PM
http://www.vtonly.com/ramos_fall6.jpg


The rose has taken off her tire of red –
The mullein-stalk its yellow stars have lost,
And the proud meadow-pink hangs down her head
Against earth's chilly bosom, witched with frost. – from "Autumn" by Alice Cary (1820 – 1871)

MELODY525
10-16-2009, 06:25 PM
ANNIE...I FOUND PENZEYS.com A FEW YEARS AGO AND I GO THERE TO DROOL ON THEIR WEBSITE! ROFLMAO BUT I KNOW PEEPS WHO HAVE THEM NEAR THEIR HOMES AND LOVE TO GO THERE. WE DON'T HAVE ANYTHING LIKE THAT HERE. :cry:

Shad
10-16-2009, 09:54 PM
Morning all,
I'm covered in oil based white primer paint. I'm going to have to take a bath in mineral turps to get it all off I think. Still got a lot of painting to go. I have to get up early in the morning to get it done otherwise it gets too hot - so I start around the back and an hour later I get to the front. I just hope nobody wants a face to face interview this week!

Happy - sorry you are being threatened on the road. We hear all sorts of horror stories coming out of driving and road rage. It's getting very American round the cities here now with ram raids, road rages and gang slayings. I'm just so pleased I am not a policeman. I would hate to go into some of those frays and fights. We seem to have lost control of the roads and streets now.

Mel - the posts will be Heritage Red!!! Which is better than a red room. Heritage red is a burgundy red - dark stuff. Not that crimson and scarlett they were painting rooms when I was at your place.

Annie - still keeping busy I see. Nice of you to bring some goodies for the boss on bosses day. Not sure I would have!!!
Michelle - you didn't come over preachy - at least it didn't sound like it to me. We do have to think about ignoring that which doesn't suit us. However my ending is better - 'having the wisdom to know where to bury the bodies of those who p*ssed you off so much you had to kill them.

Okay - I am outa here again. DS2 has taken my old computer desk away to Robbie the computer man's house. It will be used by one of his children. I need the space more than the desk. Now that room is cleared out, I can start on the other bedroom and tidy that up for the DS1 who is coming up at the end of October. Much to do, places to go, rubbish to move, people to hack off, animals to enjoy.

See ya

MELODY525
10-17-2009, 09:57 AM
http://images-partners-tbn.google.com/images?q=tbn:d-jEn4_UKMYVZM:www.zwani.com/graphics/good_morning/images/111.gif

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL MORNING LA LA LA
BUT I THINK I'LL STAY INDOORS FOR AWHILE LA LA LA

WOKE UP SINGING THIS BEAUTIFUL MORNING SONG BUT SAW THE WEATHER AND CHANGED THE WORDS :rain:
IT IS DANG COLD OUT THERE THIS AM. NOT A DAY FOR RIDING...AND I THINK THOSE DAYS ARE GONE NOW.
RICHIE AND I ARE IN THE DECLUTTERING MOOD. HE WAS EYEING A CABINET SOMEONE GAVE ME AND NOW IT'S HIS. YESTERDAY HE WAS CLEARING OUT THE KITCHEN. JEN HAD TO COME DOWN HERE...ALL THE TOSSING OUT WAS MAKING HER "FRANTIC" TO SAVE IT ALL! :rofl:
NOTHING PLANNED FOR THE WEEKEND. JUST GONNA WING IT!! :angel:
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE :moped:

SHAD~ HAVE A GOOD TIME WITH THE SPOTTED SKIN AND MINERAL SPIRITS!! I DO NOT ENVY YOU!! OUCH...THAT STUFF USED TO BURN MY SKIN. :cry: WHEN I READ THE HERITAGE RED...I IMMEDIATELY COULD SEE THAT COLOR. ONE OF MY FAVORITES. I LOVE THAT SHADE WITH A DARKER GREEN FOR :hohoho: REMINDS ME OF THE ANTIQUE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS AND DECORATIONS. IS IT TOO EARLY FOR ME TO PUT UP MY TREE? WHATCHA THINK?? :wreath: I AM SURE ROBBIE'S SON WILL APPRECIATE THE DESK. NICE OF YOU TO SEND IT THERE. I KNOW HOW I LOVE MINE. SWEET DREAMS LIL' SIS :hug:

happy2bme
10-17-2009, 01:47 PM
good morning ladies,

glad the weekend is here at last. Lots to do for this chick so 'scuse the quickie post.

Mel - got that Rascals song in my head now. Didn't like them when I was young but really am fond of their songs now. Will be singing as I dust. I'm so glad to hear that you got yourself some new "toys". Hope that will make things more comfortable for you. Love you back big sis :hug: I love your autumn pic - can't wait to go leaf peeping.

Shad, if I understand you correctly you are painting red? You want to use a gray primer under red. I think we have something along the lines of heritage red in the spare room. We - well I should say DH is almost done with it. Will post pictures. So you have white paint all over you? Guess that would make the busy bee a spotted duck today :rofl:

Annie - Penzey's spices is one of my guilty pleasures :D We have a store front here just down the road. I love going in there, they have alot of my cash :lol: The recipes they have in their magazine / catalog are delicious too. Mel - if I knew what kind of spices you could tolerate, I'd send you a few bottles. I like that they have all different kinds of no salt blends. My new favorite right now is pasta sprinkle.

Michelle - you never come off as preachy - just a very caring person who tries to keep us calm and we love you for it :grouphug: You are absolutely right in what you say - sometimes I hold it together, sometimes I just lose it and then dust myself off and go on :lol: Thanks for your kind words :hug:

To all - enjoy your weekend and vacation plans. I'm about to grab a dust rag and strap on my Ipod. I'm a dancin and cleanin' fool today :D

Shad
10-17-2009, 05:47 PM
I'll get this posted while all is still and quiet on the home front. Yesterday we took the old fence from the DS2's new house to the dump. All that bending, stretching, throwing - what upper body exercise! And I painted some of the beams and rafters and battens on the pergola roof. Today I will finish the posts on the front verandah with the primer stuff and then I need to get some top coat and do them all over again. There is a couple more major things to do on the house - the guttering needs renewing and the extension if I decide to go ahead. But I will need to get a job for the second one. It will be expensive. Haven't sussed the guttering yet. Should have done it yesterday when I went down and got a quote on the fence. Maybe I didn't need any more shock treatment???

Mel - I think you need to get over Halloween and Thanksgiving before deciding on Christmas. Long way away yet.

Happy - Heritage red is also called Red Oak. I'll post pictures when I get done. If you are painting over red, you need grey undercoat, otherwise the red shows through. Could say the same for yellow - don't necessary need it for the raw material.
So the DH is painting the house while he slips into retirement?? I'm so pleased there are two silly billy oldies out there. I was beginning to think I was on my own.

Okay - time is now 6.46am on a Sunday morning. Time to get started on my day. Back later.

MELODY525
10-18-2009, 09:32 AM
HAPPY~ I NEED TO DUST TODAY. COULD BE THE CAUSE OF SNEEZING :rofl: HOPE YOU'RE HAVING A NICE "YOU & DH" WEEKEND. OF COURSE IF YOU'D LIKE MORE DUSTING JOBS YOU CAN ALWAYS VOME HERE :scooter:

SHAD~ MAYBE DS2 SHOULD HIRE YOU AND THAT CAN BE YOUR NEW PROFESSION. I AM SURE SOME OF YOUR NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS NEED SOME HOUSE WORK DONE THAT WOULD KEEP YOU BUSY!!

:cofdate: I AM ABOUT TO PUT ON THE SECOND RADIATOR IN THE BEDROOM. THIS RAIN AND COLD ARE SEEPING INTO THE APARTMENT. DANG!!! DOWNSTAIRS IS FREEZING WITH THOSE AUTOMATIC DOORS OPENING AND CLOSING ALL THE TIME. WHOOSH GOES ALL THE AIR RIGHT OUT OF THE LOBBY!! :brr: BUT JEN AND I LOVE THEIR CONVENIENCE. I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW WONDERFUL IT IS TO BE ABLE TO JUST ROLL UP TO THEM AND GET OUT WITHOUT BREAKING MY ARM HOLDING A DOOR OPEN AND TRYIONG TO DRIVE AT THE SAME TIME THRU A SMALL OPENING! :yikes: GUESS I BETTER NOT COMPLAIN ABOUT THE COLD LOBBY THEN HUH?! :rofl:
I AM JUST RAMBLING HERE SO I'LL SAVE YOU THE READING TIME AND JUST GO :moped:
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY

happy2bme
10-18-2009, 11:04 AM
Good morning ladies,

It's a sunny Sunday morning. First we've seen of the sun in a long, long time. In fact we've only had about 4 days of sunshine this month. The sun might peek for literally an hour and then there are these dark, dark storm looking clouds that take over. Reminds me of the opening lines of the song Monday, Monday by the Mommas and Pappas.

Had a nice evening with the DH. We were going to watch The Proposal with Sandra Bullock but even though it came out at the video store on October 13, it won't be coming to Pay Per View cable until we leave on vacation the 28th. So we had to find something else to do.

Mr. Feral decided that if it's going to be 40 degrees outside, it's much better to be wrapped up in a warm blanket. He came early last night, was still snoozing this morning. I started up the washing machine, the running water woke him up but he just looked at me with sleepy eyes for a minute and put his head back down, sighed and went back to sleep. Had to be 12 hours now.

I flitted with alot of things yesterday so it once again seems like I didn't get much done. I have to focus and force myself to just deal with one spot / task at a time so I can get something accomplished. Sometimes it feels like it will never get done, doesn't it?

Hope you are all enjoying your Sunday - gets kind of quiet here on the weekends and I'm finding that's the time when I have more time to actually post :lol:

ceejay52
10-18-2009, 03:03 PM
Mel
It is a beautiful morning in Arkansas too. Sunshine today and all this week. Yipee.

We did have some scattered frost this morning also. Fall is diffinately here.

Happy
I understand about the focus on getting certain things done. That's why I'm taking off this week to clean. I agree that week ends are generally quiet here.

Shad
When I paint I generally have more on me than the object I'm painting. I know you will be glad to get all the renovations done. Any hint of a job offer? Curioius mind wants to know. he he

I went to bed last night with a super duper headache and it has returned. I probably need to quit cleaning and lie down but I'd rather go to bed earlier tonight than take a nap. Today and tomorrow I'll be cleaning in my bedroom from top to bottom and inside the closet. I've swept the ceiling and have vacuumed the bed and clean sheets are now on the bed. Progress is being made.

Shad
10-18-2009, 07:53 PM
Morning all from a glorious SE Queensland spring morning. It's just lovely out there and I see some of my tomatoes are ripening - yee haa.

Had an 'interesting' day yesterday. I went to help the DS2 take some rubbish to the dump (all my old timber and fibro board) and as I took this old lump of timber off the trailer, another piece came with it and the old bent nail in it managed to hook itself right through the front of my leg. Y'ouch. I yanked it out and took a lump of skin with it and it bled like crazy. There was a dear little lady in the dump bay next door who came back with some sticking plasters and we covered it up. When I got home, I bathed it and DS2 took to it with the first aid kit and then bandaged it all up. Looking at it this morning I probably should have taken it down to Casualty and had some stitches put in it but it's too late now. It's stopped bleeding (well mostly) and looks ugly but apart from being a bit sore, it's on the road to recovery. DS2's nurse friend came in last night and took a look and decided that she didn't have to take the leg off so I guess it will be okay. I took life quietly yesterday and went to bed very early feeling quite sorry for myself.

Today however is completely different. I didn't go for my walk today - figured I would give it a day off. However once the shopping is done, it is back to the painting. Can't wait to get that lot finished.

Mel - DS2 is hiring me to help out around his house. Problem is he doesn't pay much. Today while I am out, I will get some paint samples for the new house. It needs a bit of titivation as well as some renovation.
Sorry to hear that the cold is creeping into your area. Maybe you need to move down to Colorado and beat up the balloonists and their aspirations for 15 minutes of fame. Stupid *******s.

Happy - Mr Feral must be getting used to y'all. He's staying around with more human activity around him. Good for him.
I know what you mean about flitting around and achieving little. I've done that many a time. It takes a good talking to and also a list of things to do. My problem is that the list is so long, I get tired of looking at it.

Ceejay - no firm job offers yet. You lot will be the first to know. I have a couple of people talking to me about jobs starting in November, however I have nothing solid to go on and Christmas is looming. Normally nothing much happens at this time. We shall see. Hope the headache has gone by now. All that dust .

Talking about dust - someone sent me this yesterday. I hope it pastes okay.

http://http://www.google.com.au/url?q=http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3D95tmYmeHf84&ei=_ZzbSsqZN5PgsQPr3vSwCQ&sa=X&oi=video_result&resnum=12&ct=thumbnail&ved=0CC8QuAIwCw&usg=AFQjCNG3zFixTiDIVtxVsdEGx0H3GEHJfA (http://www.google.com.au/url?q=http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3D95tmYmeHf84&ei=_ZzbSsqZN5PgsQPr3vSwCQ&sa=X&oi=video_result&resnum=12&ct=thumbnail&ved=0CC8QuAIwCw&usg=AFQjCNG3zFixTiDIVtxVsdEGx0H3GEHJfA)

MELODY525
10-19-2009, 09:06 AM
:cofdate: GOOD MORNING LADIES OF THE WORLD!
I TALKED ENOUGH OVER THE WEEKEND ON HERE SO I GUESS I CAN BE FORGIVEN IF THIS IS JUST A QUICK POST. MAINT IS SHORTHANDED. SO I NEED TO GET DOWN THERE AND LISTEN TO THE ANS MACHINE AND GET MY TEAM OF ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN STARTED :rofl: WILL READ LATER...I HOPE.
HAPPY MONDAY!!

annie175
10-19-2009, 09:25 AM
Good Morning Everyone........

So glad that weekend is over. On my feet for 21 hours since Friday night at CVS made me glad to come into Humana and sit my fat *ss in this chair at the computer. Got over 10,000 steps on my pedometer yesterday... Rockin'.

T came over Sat night for a couple of hours, I had a Papa John's Pizza gift card so we orderd some ZA and bread sticks and kicked back in the lazyboy chair together and watched the history channel. What is it with men and the history channel?

Got home from work last night. Finished up the laundry and cut the grass in the dark. Well it started out slight daylight but by the time I got to the back yard it was DARK. Will look tonight to see if I miss any. Hope this was the last cut of the season. Well it is regardless if it is or not, I am done with that.

Shad...hmmmm, the nail thing, are your shots up to date? Maybe you should get a tetnus shot. Don't want to get lock jaw. You are going to have a whole new house time you get all the painting, tiling, etc done.

MEL...it is supposed to be absolutely gorgeous here the next few days. Even be in the 60's during the day. It will feel like a heatwave. Let's talk pumpkins, ghosts and witches, then turkeys and dressing before talking about the "C" word.

Ceejay...take it easy on the cleaning if it is causing you to have a headache. I usually take Execedrine Migraine. It does wonders. Hope your head is feeling better.

Happy...don't forget when you are dancin' and cleanin' to do it naked. The freedom is glorious. Make sure the blinds are pulled. LOL

Hey Chelle...hope you enjoyed your weekend. Any fishin'?

Laura...hope the vaca is going great!

Hello to everyone...

Love and hugs

happy2bme
10-19-2009, 09:45 AM
Good morning ladies,

Back to work again.

Thanks for the video Shad. Wow, that is just incredible! Gives us a good idea of just what that's like. It's amazing to see the wall as you approach it but even more strange as how dark it is when you get inside of it. Something I think I'd rather watch than discover first hand!

Ow, ow, ow about the leg. Make sure you rest it up and don't do anything to start it bleeding again. Sounds like this will be painful for a while. Guess you need to switch from worker bee to lead boss for a bit :lol: Hope you feel better! Crossing my fingers that some work comes your way soon. :crossed:

Annie - you are the sneaker inner this morning! I literally move to the advanced post and there you were! Peek-a-boo :lol: 21 hours on your feet - yikes! Hope it was not in stillettos :lol: Sounds like you and T had a nice weekend. I could never do cleaning in the buff because I would scare myself AND I wouldn't get very far once DH caught sight of me - he would think it was play time ;) but thanks for the thought :D

Mel - hope your day is not too crazy Monday Monday. We saw the snow on the ground on the Patriots game yesterday - is it still frigid up your way? 43 here and I thought it was C-O-L-D Stay away from the breezy lobby.

Ceejay - I wish I could spare a week's vacation to deep clean around here. Just not enough time off. I suggested at work that we be able to "buy" a week's vacation - ie. unpaid time off. Everyone loved the idea. It got stuck in the black hole of Human Resources and we never heard from it again. :( We have to go 15 years before we get an extra week. Bah. Like you can really stay with a company that long any more with all the cuts and downsizing. Anyway, enjoy your time off. Go take a drive - I think the colors are going to pop with the weather and sun warming things a bit.

If Michelle hasn't snuck in, I'm sure she is busy at her desk :comp: working hard. Good morning Michelle - time for a tea break :D

I need to get rolling - hellos to Laura and Patty :wave: Gotta get a move on chicks.

diyana
10-19-2009, 10:42 AM
Happy Monday -

Had a good weekend. Stayed OP and went to the gym on both Saturday and Sunday morning. On Saturday, DH worked on the cars - changing oil, checking brakes, etc., and I worked in the yard. Yesterday, we were planning on going fishing, but DH wasn't feeling well, so we stayed in. He worked on the computers and I made homemade veggie soup, and we watched football. DH was even too sick to go to work today. This evening I have a meeting with a website client, and tomorrow evening I have an online marketing seminar. But I'm hoping to get to the gym tonight or tomorrow. At least it will be nice enough outside (mid 50s) to get a walk in at lunch time! :woohoo:

Mel - I love the autumn pic you posted! Very, very pretty! Did you get snow this weekend? I was watching the New England Patriots game from Mass. and they had a fair bit of snow...it was hard to even see the field. Oh shoot, I'm not supposed to even mention the "s" word, right? Sorry that your apartment is so cold you had to have both radiators going. And I totally get what you're saying about the automatic doors. Most buildings here have a "breezeway" or whatever you call it - where you open the door from outside, go in a foyer and then open another door...to cut down the outside air coming in. Does your building have that...or is there just the one door to outside.

Shad - I hope you're able to get all the paint off your face and hair. And I like your ending of having the wisdom to know where bodies are buried. :lol: So is DS1 coming for a visit or a long stay? So nice of you to give away the computer desk. I really have to declutter my whole house, and I like your philosophy...do I need this more than I need space. Heritage Red/Red Oak sounds lovely. I like deep reds. Unfortunately, the previous owners of the house had a thing for crimson. They painted the entire master bedroom crimson. I know it's supposed to ignite passion and maybe it did for them. For me, it just incited anger...we painted the bedroom two lovely shades of blue before we even moved in. Ahhhhh, calm and serene! :yoga: :cloud9: Yikes about your leg and the nail! Have you had a tetanus shot recently? I hope the pain has subsided somewhat.

Happy - It must be getting close to your vaca. Please take lots of photos! I think we all lose it from time to time. Sometimes life just knocks us down and it take awhile to get our bearings. Hope you had a great time cleaning! We had a pretty dreary rainy October too...but it was sunny all day yesterday. So nice that Mr. Feral isn't even disturbed by the washing machine...or at least not disturbed enough to abandon a warm cozy blanket. :lol: We are able to buy a week of vaca here, for the cost of one week's salary. A lot of people did buy back vacation; however, I wasn't able to afford it last year, but hopefully this year!

Ceejay - You go, girl with all that cleaning! :woohoo: I really need to do that. Start with one room and get it clean, decluttered and dust free. I hope your headache has gone away. That's the problem with cleaning...I think I'm allergic to it! :lol3:

Annie - 21 hours on your feet! :yikes: You rest up and stay at your desk today. Give those tootsies a break! Good job on getting your 10K steps in though. My DH likes the History Channel, but prefers the Science channel. I can only take so much science in an evening...so that's when I go to the other TV and watch re-runs of Grey's Anatomy. I cut our grass on Saturday. Not sure if it will be the last cut as sometimes we use the riding mower to mulch up the leaves that fall from the 11 trees in our yard, and there's still lots more leaves to fall. We're getting mid to upper 50s this week, maybe a couple 60 degree days. Definitely a heatwave! :woohoo: I couldn't clean naked either. The "girls" would get in the way of any scrubbing and too many areas unrestrained by undies would jiggle around too much especially if I was dancing and cleaning.

Laura - Hope you're having a fabulous vacation!

Patty - Hope you are feeling well and that you had a nice weekend.

Love and hugs to all,

MELODY525
10-19-2009, 11:13 AM
HAPPY~ MR FERAL IS GETTING OLD LIKE ME. I COULD JUST ABOUT SLEEP ANYWHERE...EVEN IF I DON'T WANT TO BE WITH PEOPLE!! :rofl: POOR LITTLE THING. HE IS LUCKY TO HVE YOU AND DH. I AM GOING TO FOLLOW YOUR ADVICE AND TACKLE ONE THING AT A TIME. IT'S THE LAUNDRY THIS WEEK!!

SHAD~ I AM SOOOO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE LEG AND NAIL MEETING!! DANG...I COULD FEEL THAT ALL THE WAY OVER HERE. MADE MY KNEES WEAK!! BE CAREFUL FOR INFECTION. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HAD A TETANUS SHOT...DO THEY STILL GIVE THOSE THINGS OUT?? YIKES!!! HOPE IT HEALS SOON/.....AND JUST FOR THAT...TELL THE DH TO GIVE YOU A RAISE!!!!!

JEANETTE~ HAPPY CLEANING AND HAPPY VACATION. COULD THE HEADACE BE SINUS RELATED??? HELLO!! ALL THAT CEILING DUST???? HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER TODAY :hug: ARE YOU GOING TO THE SIS'S HOUSE...I FORGET NOW.

ANNIE~ SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE 21 HORUS!! :hug: HOPE YOU HVE A BETTER WEEK THIS WEEK AND LESS FOOT TIMEz!! TELL TONY TO HELP YOUI KEEP YOUR FEET IN THE AIR. I AM SURE HE WOULD OBLIGE :rofl: I KEEP HEARING HUMANA ADS ON THE TV AND THINK OF YOU EACH TIME :love:

MICHELLE~ YOUR WEEKEND SOUNDED BVERY "HOMEY" AND COZY. HOPE IT FELT THAT WAY FOR BOTH OF YOU. YOU'RE DOING SUCH A GOOD JOB WITH THE OP AND EXERCISING!! GO MICHA GO!!! :cheer3: KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK CAUSE I LIVE VICARIOUSLY THRU YOU!! :rofl:


OUR DOORS: WE HAVE 2 SETS BUT WHERE WE ARE LOCATED...IT'S LIKE CHICAGO UP HERE. THE WINDY CITY. THE DOORS OPEN AND ALL THE LEAVES COME IN. THEY NEED TO PUT A "BUS STOP" PLEXIGLASS THINGY OUTSIDE BYUT THERE IS NO MONEY FOR THAT. GOVT FUNDS HAVE BEEN CUT WAAAAAY BACK.
OUR WEATHER IS SUPPOSED TO BE LIKE ANNIES...60'S AND GORGEOUS. LOOKING FORWARD TO SOME OF THAT. WE HAD SNOW TO THE NORTH WEST OF US BUT NOT HERE. I TOLD JEN I SAY A FEW FLAKES GO BY AND TRIED TO CALL HER BUT THEY WERE SLEEPINGIN!! SO THEY MISSED IT :snowball:
THE HEAD OF MAINT IS IN NOW. HE TOOK HIS WIFE TO THE DR AND IS BACK. I HAVE DONE 1 LOAD OF WASH AND TWO MORE ARE IN THE MACHINES. SO I AM OFF TO THE LAUNDRY ROOM. I HAD TO DO THE WASH....I WAS OUT OF SHEETS! :rofl: :rofl:
HAPPY MONDAY/TUESDAY!!!

diyana
10-19-2009, 12:28 PM
Speaking of sheets, Mel. I was just thinking that it might be time for me to switch to flannel sheets. The dogs love the flannel sheets, and DH and I do live to serve the doggies. :lol3:

ceejay52
10-19-2009, 12:44 PM
Morning Ladies
I've already had the "girls" this morning wanting money. They were trying to get up enough money to go on a church trip! Duh am I their banker? Don't think so. I told them Friday was pay day and that I was on vacation this week and would not be accepting visitors. She told me once again that they would be heading to Hot Springs, Arkansas. I wonder how many times I've heard this.
They saw a city truck next door and wondered who it was. I told them that it was a water sewer truck and she asked about the hole that they dug month ago. I told her to go ask that I'd go with them. They were filling in some places this morning.

Part of my headache is from sinus problem and part from stress because it was with me when I left the uncles on Saturday. It's still with me this morning but not as bad. I took a Tylenol pm last night.

Annie
I know your feet are relieved. Good job on the 10k steps. I like the History channel and Travel channel. It's kinda of weird though to think that the 50/60 year era is now history. Some one on Good Morning America was talking about women rolling their hair in orange juice cans. I did that. My hair was so long that it was the only thing my mom could roll my hair.

Mel
Hope you have an easy day at work today.

Michelle
Hope the DH is feeling better. The soup sounds good. I thought about making pumpkin soup.

Happy
I've earned my 4 weeks vacation with 18 years plus. Maybe you should bring up the idea of buying a vacation again. It sounds like a good idea to me. I might even borrow that idea and bring it to our bosses attention. Even if it's for a day at a time.

I'm not getting much done today I made a good progress yesterday. I haven't had any rest this past week. I drove to Paragould on Thursday for a district water meeting and stayed with my uncle on Thursday and Friday nights. I went with them to Jonesboro on Friday for my uncles discogram.
I thought about staying the full week end but I had not prepared to stay. They didn't want to accept that for an answer. They make me have a guilt complex at times. After all this is my vacation, my me time.

diyana
10-19-2009, 12:54 PM
Ceejay - Oh my gosh! What nerve of those girls! They want money from you for not doing ANYTHING so they can go on a trip?! Are they crazy! It's NONE of their business when your pay day is. If I were you, I'd just tell them to go away and that you're not interested in their services, nor can you afford to give/loan them money. :tantrum: Sheesh, how incredibly rude! Sorry to hear your headache, and that your visit with the uncles was so stressful. Put a do not disturb sign on your door and relax and enjoy your vaca, even if you spend it cleaning. We had pumpkin soup at the cafeteria last week and it was SO good...just like pumpkin pie, except not as sweet. I've got to find me a WW approved pumpkin soup recipe. I've been thinking about also trying the V-8 Butternut Squash soup but I forgot to pick some up at the store. I really hope you do get some relaxing in while you're on vacation...and people (including family and those awful rude girls) need to understand you need time to yourself with no demands or interruptions. Big hugs to you my sister! :hug:

happy2bme
10-19-2009, 03:02 PM
Here you go Michelle - this was the only pumpkin soup recipe they had. Not sure if I'd mix oregano with pumpkin. :dunno: Will look for some others too.

Tuscan Pumpkin White Bean Soup
POINTS® Value: 2 - Servings: 6
Preparation Time: 12 min - Cooking Time: 18 min

This soup has a delicious and complex taste. It's the perfect thing to perk up sleepy winter taste buds!

Ingredients

1 spray(s) olive oil cooking spray, or enough to coat pot
1 medium onion(s), coarsely chopped
15 oz canned pumpkin
3 1/2 cup(s) fat-free chicken broth
15 1/2 oz canned white beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 tsp ground oregano
1/8 tsp table salt, or to taste
1/8 tsp black pepper, or to taste
6 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions
Coat a large soup pot with cooking spray and set over medium-low heat. Add onion, cover and cook until tender, stirring occasionally, about 6 minutes.

Stir in pumpkin, broth, beans and oregano; simmer 8 minutes.

In a blender, process soup in batches until smooth. (Note: Make sure not to overfill blender in order to avoid splattering.) Return soup to pot and reheat; season with salt and pepper.

To serve, ladle soup into bowls and top each with 1 tablespoon of grated cheese. Yields about 1 cup per serving.

diyana
10-19-2009, 04:35 PM
Thanks for the recipe, Happy! Looks yummy! I'd probably have to count it as 4 points though, as I don't think I could stop at just 1 cup.

Shad
10-19-2009, 08:05 PM
My CSIRO diet book has a recipe for butternut pumpkin and coriander (cilantro) soup. I've made it with all sorts of pumpkins and it doesn't taste much different unless you get that darn Queensland Blue pumpkin which takes forever to cook. My friend Ruth calls it Ironbark pumpkin.

3 cups chicken stock
1 cup water
1kg (2.2lbs) of pumpkin peeled and chopped roughly
large onion roughly chopped
2 carrots roughly chopped
3 sticks celery roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup coriander leaves

Bring chicken stock and water to a boil in large pot. Add vegetables and spices and bring back to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer for 20 minutes or until veges are soft. Cool then puree using a blender or hand held processor. Season to taste. Reheat soup as required and serve topped with corriander.
This soup also freezes quite well.

There is another one I used to make as well.
Pumpkin soup.

Peel and chop up pumpkin
Peel and chop one large onion
1 tablespoon (or less) of curry powder depending on strength required
Add salt and pepper to taste (add stock cube if you really want salty)
Put all into pot and just cover with water. When vegetables are soft, puree through the processor or blender. Serve with dollop of low fat natural yoghurt or sour cream.
This freezes as well.

They are both easy to make and taste good. I eat heaps of pumpkin and pumpkin soup - but then we consider pumpkin as a vegetable and not a sweet thing.

Thanks for the sympathy with the leg. No I don't need a tetanus injection. I had one before I went to Jakarta and my doc doesn't seem to think I will ever need another one. He went right off when I got this one.
Anyway the leg is fine for walking today and I have been painting this morning. Now it is time to go do something else. Some laundry might be a good idea.

I'll try for personals later.

MELODY525
10-20-2009, 09:34 AM
MICHELLE~ JEN LOVES FLANNEL SHEETS AND I BET HER CAT DOES TOO. THEY BOTH FIGT OVER HER CHENILLE ROBE!! HOPE YOU AND DH HAVE FUN SERVING THE DOGGIES! :rofl: YOU CRACKED ME UP!!! SAVE ME SOME SOUP :hun:

JEANETTE~ I DON'T TRUST THOSE GIRLS. NEXT THING THEY WILL WANT TO KNOW WHERE YOU KEEP YOUR MONEY IN THE HOUSE SO THEY CAN TAKE IT WHILE YOU'RE AT WORK!!!:tantrum: I'M WITH MICHELLE....THESE GIRLS ARE NOTHING BUT TROUBLE. BE CAREFUL WITH THEM. :hug: ENJOY THE DAYS OFF AND I HOPE THE HEADACHE LEAVES ALTOGETHER!

HAPPY~ NICE RECIPE...WHEN YOU MAKE IT, SEND SOME TO ME AND MICHELLE :rofl: :rofl: WE'LL BE THE TASTE TESTERS :hun:

SHAD~ I WOULD LIKE THE NUTMEG ETC WITH THAT SOUP RECIPE...ANYTHING THAT TASTES LIKE PIE!! GLAD THE LEG IS CONING ALONG AND HOPE IT CONTINUES TO HEAL. I FORGOT ABOUT THE JAKARTA SHOTS :yikes: I CAN PAINT THE LOW SPOTS WHILE YOU MAKE THE SOUP....AND IF IT TASTES LIKE PUMPKIN PIE THEN BETTER PUT ON 2 POTS...PAINTING MAKES ME HUNGRY :hun:


:cofdate: ALL THIS TALK OF SOUP AND PIE IS MAKING ME HUNGRY. BETTER GET MY OATMEAL HEATED UP!!!
HAD A GOOD SLEEP AND I AM TAKING A "SLOW" DAY TODAY. GT A LOT DONE YESTERDAY. NOT SURE IF I TOLD YOU BUT THE "HORTICULTURAL CLUB" HAD RESTARTED 2 MONTHS AGO AND I GOT THE SENIORS USED TO THE IDEA THAT I WON'T BE THERE. ONE LESS JOB TO DO. WHY DO I HAVE TO BABYSIT THEM ALL WHEN IT WAS ANOTHR WOMANS JOB? SHE STARTED THE CLUB AND LEFT IT TO ME. ALSO WHEN I AM THERE THE SENIORS TEND TO WANT ME TO DO EVERYTHING FOR THEM...AND THEY ARE ALL CAPABLE OF PUTTING DIRT IN A POT BY THEMSELVES!!
LOVELY WEATHER WE ARE HAVING......IN THE LOW 60'S AND A BIT BREEZY BUT THE SUN STILL HOLDS SOME WARMTH. I DID ENJOY IT YESTERDAY AND INTEND TO GET MORE TODAY. THIS MUST BE THE INDIAN SUMMER I WAITED FOR :beach:
HAPPY TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY :moped:

annie175
10-20-2009, 10:19 AM
Here it is Tuesday already....dang my life just goes so fast. GOOD MORNING...

Last night was rather fun and demanding at CVS. The truck came in yesterday so we had to stock the shelves. I lifted, squatted, walked, stretched, grunted and tooted for 4 1/2 hours. When I complain in the next few days of body aches remind me it is from loading and unloading plastic tubs at CVS. Yikes. It had to be strenuous (sp) as I passed gas the entire time. Good thing no one struck a match. Whew weeeeeee....

Chelle...hope DH is feeling better today. Not the flu is it?? You rock on your weekend OP and exercise. You are so awesome at staying motivated.
I ended up with over 12,000 steps yesterday on the ole pedo.

MEL...um, T is too tired to keep my feet up. The poor guy is working 7 days a week 12 hour days. He barely has time to work me into his schedule and that is usually only a 2 hour visit. Man his year has been crazy, he went from a cut in pay, to buy out, to cut in pay, now working like a dog with no cut in pay. Just weird. It must be Indian summer as the local news tells us it is. Whatever. Back to rain and cooler temps by Thursday. Today is sunny and 67. It is not sunny yet and only about 50 right now. It better hurry up and get with the program. Boss is off today, has a T-time of 1:03 pm. Picked the best day of the week to do it too.

Ceejay...girl I am only going to say this once....ok, maybe twice...CUT THE STRINGS WITH THOSE MONEY SUCKING GIRLS. Quit answering your door. I fear they will take advantage of you when you are not looking or under the weather. Life is not worth that headache. xoxoxo

Happy...glad to see you posting in a better spirit. The recipes sound good, however I am with you on the oregano, leave it out. Just doesn't sound right with pumpkin. Altho it might be the thing that makes the soup..soup.

Not much else going on here. Gotta get busy, yesterday was one hellava day.

Hello to everyone.

Love and hugs,

diyana
10-20-2009, 11:02 AM
Happy Tuesday -

I didn't get to the gym last night due to a meeting with a client. The meeting went really well, more stuff for me to do, which is always good. I also heard from my other client about his decision on how to proceed with one of his projects! Wooo Hoooo! Means less free time this week, but more $ eventually (when I finally get paid for it).

I have been staying OP with my eating and really enjoying the homemade veggie soup I made over the weekend. Will make pumpkin soup this coming weekend - thanks for the recipes ladies!

Tonight I'm going to an Online Marketing seminar...but I'm going to try and get to the gym after that. I walked yesterday at lunch and plan to do the same today, so I'm getting a little cardio in, as well as my 10K steps.

Mel - Enjoy your Indian Summer slow day today! Good for you for not taking on the job of the horticultural club. Our Indian Summer was very short-lived...one weekend in fact, and the wind made it seem pretty darn chilly anyway.

Annie - You definitely get a good workout at CVS, and you get paid for it! And congrats on all the steps on the pedo!! :woohoo: Rest up when you can, my sista. I don't think my DH has the flu. We both had our seasonal flu shots.

Ceejay - I totally agree with Annie and Mel - cut the strings and lose those awful girls. They are nothing but trouble. Don't trust them with any information about your comings/goings, cash or anything. You are very kind, and they are the type to take advantage of your kindness.

A big :hug: and :wave: to all!

Love and hugs,

ceejay52
10-20-2009, 12:34 PM
Annie
I almost fell off my chair laughing at your tooting while bending. Sounds like myself. My sister was constantly telling stories during her first few years as an RN, one of which was two young men did light a match after some one tooted. He suffered severe burns.
I've told the girls that I was on vacation this week and that I would not be recieveing guests. So far so good. Hopefully they will move. I don't see how they will make it.

Michelle,
I'm going to make the pumpkin soup and cornbread for tonight.

Shad
Glad your leg is feeling better.

Can I say to much caffiene last night? The last time I looked at the clock it was 4.30 a.m. ,and woke up at 7.30 a.m. My head is pounding. I've never had a hang over but if this is what they feel like, no thank you.

I'm going to Walmart in a few minutes then to the grocery store. And I'm planning on mowing the front lawn today. Yes, the lawn person will probably come but he can do the back yard. I want to be outside.

annie175
10-20-2009, 02:30 PM
Ham & Cheese Soup
This is a hearty and delicious soup. If you prefer use grated Cheddar or Jack cheese in place of the Velveeta. Taste before salting.
2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup carrots, chopped
1/4 cup onion, chopped
2 Tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dry mustard
6 cups chicken broth
12 ounces Velveeta Light, shredded
8 ounces lite firm silken tofu, diced
10 ounces deviled ham (2 cans)
1 cup sour cream, light
salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
parsley, for garnish
In a large Dutch Oven over medium heat butter. Add carrots and onion and saute until soft and translucent. Stir in flour, paprika and dry mustard using a whisk. Cook for 2 minutes then slowly add the chicken broth whisking to prevent lumps. When soup is thickened add shredded Velveeta, the diced tofu and ham. Cook on a low simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and stir in sour cream. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve garnished with a sprinkle of Parmesean cheese and a sprig of parsley.
Servings: 10
Notes: Per 1-cup serving: 264 calories. 19 grams protein, 15 grams fat (8 saturated) and 12 grams carbohydrate. Rich in Vitamin A and one serving has 53mg of calcium.



Low-Carb Pumpkin & Sausage Soup
A delicious autumnal soup. Use a butternut squash puree if you prefer. You probably want to hide the leftovers of this soup if you are including it in your pouch test - or your spouse and kids will gobble it up when you are not looking.
16 ounces country style sausage
1/2 cup onions, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 cup fresh mushrooms, chopped
15 ounces pumpkin, canned
5 cups low sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup water
Over medium heat brown the sausage breaking into small bits. Drain fat. Add the onion, garlic, Italian seasoning and mushrooms and saute until vegetables are cooked.
Add the canned pumpkin and the broth, stirring to mix well. Cook at a low simmer for 20-30 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in heavy cream, sour cream and water.
Servings: 8
Notes: Per 1-cup serving: 376 calories. 15 grams protein, 32 grams fat (14 saturated) and 9 grams carbohydrate (2 grams dietary fiber). Rich in Vitamin A, Thiamin and B12 and one serving has 63mg of calcium.

annie175
10-20-2009, 03:03 PM
Salisbury Steak We provide three ground meat options to suit your personal taste.
Ingredients:
1 pound ground meat of your choice
1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 egg
1 large onion, sliced
1 can (10 1/2 ounces) condensed beef broth
1 can (4 ounces) mushrooms, drained
2 tablespoons cold water
2 teaspoons cornstarch
Directions
Mix ground beef, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and egg: shape into 4 oval patties, each about 3/4 inch thick. Cook patties in 10-inch skillet over medium heat, turning occasionally until brown, about 10 minutes. Drain excess fat from skillet. Add onion, broth and mushrooms. Heat to boiling: reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 10 minutes.
Remove patties to a plate, tent with foil to keep warm. Heat onion mixture to boiling. In a small bowl whisk together water and cornstarch. Stir into onion mixture whisking to prevent lumps. Bring to a boil and continue whisking for 1 minute as mixture thickens. Serve sauce over meat patties.
Per serving using extra lean ground beef: 321 calories, 27 grams protein, 21 grams fat (8 saturated), 6 grams carbohydrate and 1 gram dietary fiber.
Per serving using lean ground pork: 354 calories, 24 grams protein, 25 grams fat (9 saturated), 6 grams carbohydrate and 1 gram dietary fiber.
Per serving using ground turkey: 225 calories, 25 grams protein, 11 grams fat (3 saturated), 6 grams carbohydrate and 1 gram dietary fiber.

happy2bme
10-20-2009, 03:08 PM
Hi all,

Thanks for the soup recipes. I see some yummy soup in my future :hungry: I made the Ham and Cheese soup Annie posted. She's right about the salt but it's a good, thick, stick to you ribs kind of soup. Pumpkin soup and cornbread sounds good too.

I just had some clam chower (chow-duh) for lunch. I hate it when they don't clean the grit out of the clams. :mad: but otherwise good. It's a gorgeous day out there - Indian Summer it is. Tho ours lasts longer. Those of you up north need to catch it now because as Michelle said, it only lasts 2 or 3 days tops. I still have fingers crossed for good weather when we go on vacation next week :crossed: I don't care if it's cold out, just want it to be dry and clear - dry for driving during the day, clear for star gazing at night. Can't wait. :hyper:

Ceejay - I don't blame you at all for wanting to be outside. Get out, rake leaves, wash windows, do something! I thought the troublesome girls were the ones doing your lawn. I agree with dumping them - they are getting to comfortable.

Michelle - good for you for staying on plan with your eating. I hope that one of the clients you are working for is NOT the one who drags their feet paying you. :( I know it's hard to ask but some people you have to push.

Annie - 12,000 steps - wowie kazowie - that's alot of walking. Will need a second job to keep you in shoes. :lol: Sounds like you got a massive workout yesterday. I'm tired just reading about you. Must be a rest just to come to your day job and sit in a chair for 15 minutes :faint: I'm going to try your pumpkin soup recipe next week.

Mel - I'm so glad you backed out of the garden club. Those seniors are like toddlers - always hanging on you and expecting you to do for them. For your own well being you have to back off when they are not looking. Is Jen feeling better? She seemed to be out of sorts for a while...

Shad - no probable chance of us accidently picking up that Queensland Blue stubborn pumpkin at the store :rofl: I am impressed that you translated measurements into the Queen's English for us! Sounds like a good soup - I will have to make a small pot of yours and Annie's and have a taste off. DH will not be tempted I'm sure. I'm glad to hear your leg is doing better. Should take your temperature just to make sure you are not carrying an infection. I didn't realize that - they told me to take it for 3 days after my gall bladder surgery - you might not feel it but it would show up on a thermometer.

I seem to have misplaced my tea ball :( So I went digging into my cabinet and found some Lipton brand Berry tea. Boy is it tasty. It's kind of warm in the office today and I was afraid it might be too warm for tea but I've left it to cool and it's quite tasty. Even tho I put a bit of sugar in the tea, it's not anywhere near the 14 spoonfuls in a can of Coca Cola so I am trying to trade one habit for another.

Going to try and get a short walk in outside before my next meeting. Hope you are all having a good day.

happy2bme
10-20-2009, 03:10 PM
ooh the sneaker inner of the week just dropped off another recipe. Yummo!

diyana
10-20-2009, 03:22 PM
Annie - Thanks for the great recipes!! Yummy! Those soups look scrumptious, and my DH loves Salisbury Steak. I've been doing a lot of walking today and have already logged 6,000 steps. My new desk is now much farther away from the bathroom...so no waiting until the last minute! :yikes: Too damp and kinda chilly for a walk outside though...so I'll have to just walk around the inside of the building.

Ceejay - Enjoy your punkin soup and cornbread. If I lived closer, I'd drop by for dinner even though you're not receiving guests.

Happy - Being a New England girl by birth, I love a good chowduh...gotta be the New England clam chowduh though (the white stuff)...to me, the Manhattan Clam Chowduh (red stuff) is a complete abomination. I hope you have great weather next week and get to see lovely foliage and clear skies. Does your DH bring his telescope for stargazing...or do you use binoculars...or just the nekked eye? One of the clients I'm doing work for is the one who drags her feet with payment. I understand though...times are tough. But at the same time, I do enough work for charities...and she's not one of them. Enjoy your tea and your walk!

annie175
10-20-2009, 03:57 PM
The 3 recipes I posted are from the bariatric site I visit quite often.

happy2bme
10-20-2009, 05:55 PM
Michelle - did not realize you are from the east coast -- where? I think the red chowder is horrid too. I think that's more NY based. Ugh. I know you hate to pass by a client but if you have to spread your time, better to spend it on someone who will pay promptly. I used to be shy about asking, not any more.

To any of you who are up early and star gazers. It seems the Orionids meteor shower is peaking tonight. Bursts of meteors instead of a steady stream. They are best at pre-dawn, around 4 or 5am CST, northeast part of the sky near the Orion constellation - looks like 2 stars spread out in almost a v, 3 tiny stars in the middle and an inverted V at the base. The stars on the bottom are quite bright in the morning sky. I might try and get up early and take a peek myself but there's probably too much street light pollution.

Laura705
10-20-2009, 06:20 PM
Hello everyone! I'm back home now - got home yesterday around 4-ish. Vacation was good, but neither bf or I really liked the 6-hour drive. Next time we might take Amtrak down to Carbondale and borrow or rent a car. Spent daytime Fri in downtown Paducah, including the National Quilt Museum, which was amazing. Spent Fri evening and all Saturday with bf's niece and grand-nephew. We went to Ft. Massac during the day, and even saw a battle reenactment (French Indian War I think) and at night was the baby's first b-day party.

Sunday we drove to our friend's house in Southern IL and they took us around to several wineries. It was a beautiful Indian Summer day and it was just beautiful day driving on those country roads. That area has quite a lot of wineries - we bought a couple bottles of apple wine and a bottle of Kir from a winery that makes only non-grape wines. The peacefulness was so nice. We ended the day at the lodge at Giant City State Park, where we had dinner. On the drive back to their house, the night sky was just beautiful. We can hardly see any stars in the Chicago metro area, so it was nice to be in an area where you can see so many stars. Drove home yesterday - another nice sunny day. We took doggy for a nice long walk by the creek after we got home and had unpacked.

Today I puttered around in the morning, and did some errands in the afternoon. Tonight is the movies - Couples Retreat. Tomorrow is back to work. Boo. Only one day though, because Thurs and Fri I have a conference to attend. Not far from home (in Wheeling), so it'll be a nice change of pace.

I did okay with food while we were gone - not much snacking. Today's weight was 185 - up a pound from last Thursday. Didn't do so good last night or today. Need to get back in the groove in time for Thursday's weigh in.

Since I've rambled on, I won't do personals today, but I scanned the posts for the past several days. Saw that a lot of good soup recipes were posted! I'm going to go back and print off the last few days' posts so I have those.

Toodles!

Shad
10-20-2009, 06:23 PM
Morning all,

Recipes abound. I do love chowder/ chow-duh/ charder/ whatever you need to call it. I remember really enjoying it in San Francisco in its big bread bowl. Didn't need to eat for the rest of the day after that.
Such a lot of posts today. I haven't finished reading through them all yet but since I need to be outside for the better part of the morning, I decided to get this done while eating breakfast.

Ceejay - hope you have got rid of the headache. Oh and the girls as well!

Off to paint and bash down the fence.
Back later

Shad
10-20-2009, 06:24 PM
And Laura snuck in while I was there. Good to hear you had a good holiday.

MELODY525
10-21-2009, 09:03 AM
GOOD MORNING CHICKS. LOVELY DAY BEGINNING HERE ON THE COAST. JUST BEFORE THE RAINS COME BACK AGAIN LIKE ANNIE'S WEATHER. SOMEHOW WE ARE IN THE SAME PATTERN AS SHE IS. NOTHING NEW NOR SCHEDULED FOR TODAY SO MAYBE I'LL GET SOME MORE LAUNDRY DONE. ONE DAY I WILL GET CAUGHT UP :lol3:
AHPPY WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY :moped:

ANNIE~ THAT WAS SOME CVS WORKOUT YOU HAD. YEARS AGO WHEN I WORKED FOR WT GRANTS(A 5 AND 10 CENT STORE) WE HAD TO HANDLE OUR OWN STOCK. I KNOW IT'S A TOUGH JOB. :hug: POOR T...DIDN'T REALIZE HIS DAYS WERE SO LONG TOO. YOU BOTH ARE CHAMPIONS IN MY BOOK :hug:

MICHELLE~ CONGRATULATIONS ON THE CLIENTS!! I AM VERY HAPPY FOR YOU AND ALL YOUR HARD WORK GETTING THEM. WISHING YOU LOTS OF LUCK AND SUCCESS IN THIS VENTURE!! :cheer3:

CEEJAY~ AS I SAID YESTERDAY...THESE GALS ARE TROUBLE. HOPE THEY CONTINUE TO LISTEN TO YOU AND RESPECT YOUR DAYS OFF. HOW IS THE CLEANING GOING? DID THE HEADACHE LEAVE?? :hug:

HAPPY~ OK YOU MAKE THE SOUPS AND I'LL LEAVE NOW :scooter: JEN IS BETTER...WHAT HAPPENED WAS THAT SHE CAME BACK FROM THE SUMMER WITH THE KIDS AND THOUGHT SHE WAS OK BUT ALL OF A SUDDEN REALIZED SHE WAS EXHAUSTED. TRIED TO BLAME IT ON THE FLU SHOT BUT IT WAS ONLY THE LAST STRAW. THANKS FOR ASKING. I WAS THINKING OF YOUR HUMMING BIRDS...THERE WAS ONE ON TV AND I WONDERED IF ALL YOURS HAD LEFT BY NOW? THE ONLY THING I SEE IN THE MORNING IS THE MOON!! THE SMOG IS TOO THICK HERE FOR STAR GAZING :cry:

LAURA~ THE VACATION SOUNDED WONDERFUL AND I AM GLAD THE WEATHER WAS COOPERATING. PERFECT TIMING. :beach: THE WINERIES AND DRIVE MUST HAVE LOOKED AND SMEELED OF AUTUMN. WELCOME HOME AND HOPE THE MOVIE WAS A GOOD NITE OUT TOO. HAVE FUN AT THE CONFERENCE...IF THERE IS TIME FOR IT!!!

SHAD~ THERE YOU ARE ENJOYING THE PAINTING OUTDOORS! DID YIOU GET TO THE RED BITS YET?? :rofl:

MELODY525
10-21-2009, 09:23 AM
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:hb: OMG!!! I FORGOT MADCAT'S BIRTHDAY!!!:gift:
I AM SO SORRY WE MISSED YOUR BIRTHDAY MRS MADCAT. :cry: IT COMPLETELY SLIPPED MY MIND!! I READ MY CALENDAR AND I WAS THINKING OF YOU OVER THE WEEKEND TOO! I MUST BE LOSING IT FOR REAL!! HOPE YOU HAD A SWET BIRTHDAY AND SENDING YOU HUGS AND APOLOGIES!! ! :hug:

happy2bme
10-21-2009, 09:28 AM
Good morning ladies,

Woke up at 4am for a potty call. Then the alarm went off at 5. Begrudgingly got out of bed, dug out pants and shirt from the closet in the dark, wrapped a blanket around me and went outside to look at the sky. A lovely, clear but chilly pre-dawn morning. Only saw 3 meteors - 2 very faint ones and one good one I almost missed completely. Decided there was too much light out here for gazing and went back and laid down for a while. DH let the cat out at 6 and by 6:10 she was screeching at the newest cat that is hanging around and antagonizing everyone. It's going to be a sleepy day today.

Mel - DH says he still sees a hummer hanging around the front but we think by now it's just a stray passing through on the way south. We still have feeders up - they say to wait until a week of no sightings before you take them down. I'll save you some soup :stir:

Shad - I love the bread bowl with soup/chili too. Don't have it very often that way though.

Glad you had a nice trip Laura - sounds like a relaxing good time except for all the driving :lol:

Well if I'm up early, I should try and get to work a bit earlier so I'll cut this short and get back at lunch to catch up with the rest of you lot... :wave:

annie175
10-21-2009, 09:58 AM
Happy Hump/Trash/CVS/Bright Sunshiny 71 degree Wednesday!!!!

Sent a meeting notice to 5 other girls in the office to go walking at 12:30 today OUTSIDE for 30 minutes, so far got 2 yes replies. It is supposed to be beautiful today. Looks great out there now. Makes me happy.

Have a bit of a headache today and last night. I think it is a cross between a poo and sinus headache. Going to take sinus meds and try to poo, that should take care of it. Hopefully!!

T came over at 5:00 last night. I fixed a taco salad for each of us, then treated him to a massage bath. I bought some marked down Clark/Vickory Eucaliptus (sp)/peppermint/rosemary body soothing bath stuff and some foot massage stuff by the same company. Gave him a body massage/foot massage, then we took an hour nap. He went to work, I cleaned up the kitchen and was back in be by 8:16 pm. Only woke up once during the night at 11:30 and was so happy it wasn't 4 am cause I wanted to sleep some more.

CHELLE...the recipes are from the five day pouch test (bariatrics) site I visit. I think I am going to start it on Monday. It is to get the stomach back on track. Low carb/no sugars...it helps get us back on track from eating the wrong foods.

Happy...if I am up in the morning at that time, I am going to go out and be a star gazer with you. Altho rain is supposed to come in tomorrow. Maybe not until after the starts tho.

Laura...great vacation. I passed the quilt museum info on to an associate as she is an avid quilter. Probably already knows that info, but what the heck. OK, vacation is OVER, get back in the groove sista. OP and exercise.

Shad...I laughed at your fence bashing comment. Made me think of men bashing sessions at the local bar. Just pretend that fence is my ex-h and bash away....lol

MEL...the thing about flu shots making you sick is a myth. The flu shot is not even made with a live virus anymore. Most likely if you get sick after the flu shot, you were on your way to getting sick prior and it is a coincidence. I have had a flu shot for the past 15 years and NEVER have gotten sick afterward. Coincidence?? That is just my two cents, like you needed it. lol

Bangs were hanging a little low in my eyes so I just gave them a little trim, ahhh, much better.

Well, girls, I had better get busy. Hello to everyone....Have a marvy day!!

Love and hugs,

annie175
10-21-2009, 10:01 AM
Happy...you sneaker inner. Hope you day at work goes smoothly. xoxoxo

MELODY525
10-21-2009, 11:16 AM
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Pumpkin Black Bean Soup
This thick, rich soup is delicious on a chilly fall day or a perfect accompaniment to your holiday turkey – especially if you or someone you love is a vegetarian.

Serves: 6-8
Prep time: 60 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes



INGREDIENTS
3 cans (43.5 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
1 can (16 ounces) pumpkin puree
1/2 cup chopped shallot or red onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 tablespoons olive or canola oil
4 cups vegetable broth
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
3 tablespoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Baked pumpkin seeds, for garnish (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS
Place oil, shallot or red onion, garlic, cumin, salt, pepper, cinnamon and allspice into a large pot and cook on low-medium heat until the shallot or red onion and garlic begin to brown.
Using a food processor, puree the beans and tomatoes with half of the vegetable broth. Add the pureed beans, tomatoes, pumpkin and the rest of the broth to the pot.
Simmer the mixture uncovered until thick, about 40-45 minutes. Before serving, stir in the balsamic vinegar. Garnish with baked pumpkin seeds.
Tip: You can add less vegetable broth to create a thicker soup and substitute 1/2 stick of margarine for oil, if preferred.

Tip: Use an emersion blender to simplify the process. You can puree the ingredients together inside the pot you’re using to cook the soup, instead of using the food processor.

Tip: To bake pumpkin seeds follow the simple instructions in this Great Pumpkin article.

Homemade Bread Basics
Homemade foods are a great way to show your love and appreciation for others. Loaves of bread straight from your own oven make great gifts for housewarming or dinner parties and can add something special to any meal. Follow these basics whenever you bake bread and you can’t go wrong:

Always follow instructions exactly and don’t skip steps; bread making can take time, but the end results are worth it!
Settle in before jumping in to make your experience more enjoyable. Set up all of your ingredients and tools on a counter or other work surface, put on some relaxing music and pour a glass of your favorite beverage.
Put away and clean as you go to streamline your process.
Always preheat the oven completely before putting your bread in to bake.
Try to use fresh ingredients whenever possible.
When handling dough, coat your hands with flour to keep it from sticking.

Simple Rosemary-Sage Bread
This fresh and fragrant bread is a great companion for soups and can also be used for dipping or as a base for the open-faced turkey sandwich below.

Yields: 2 loaves
Prep time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 cup warm water
1 package (.25 ounce) active dry yeast
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely diced
2 tablespoons fresh sage, finely diced
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter, softened
3 cups bread flour
1 can non-stick olive oil spray

INSTRUCTIONS
In a medium bowl, dissolve the sugar in 1 cup of warm water and mix in the yeast. When yeast is foamy, mix in butter, rosemary, and sage.
In a large bowl, mix 3 cups of bread flour and salt. Gradually add the wet mixture to the large bowl, and knead for about 10 to 12 minutes. Make sure to keep the dough moist.
Spray the inside of a clean, large bowl generously with olive oil. Place kneaded dough in the bowl, cover with a towel, and allow to rise for 1 hour in a warm area of your kitchen.
After 1 hour, punch the dough down, and divide in half. Lightly spray the inside of 2 loaf pans with olive oil, shape dough into 2 round loaves and place inside the pans. Recover, and allow to rise for an additional 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Make sure it’s completely preheated before placing bread inside.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.
Take 1 loaf out of the oven and carefully remove from the pan, tapping lightly on the bottom to check for a hollow sound. If there is no hollow sound, continue to bake, checking frequently.
Once done, allow to cool in the pans for 30 minutes, and then cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes prior to slicing.
Tip: Customize this bread by switching out sage and rosemary for your favorite fresh herbs, such as basil, oregano, thyme or even mint.


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ceejay52
10-21-2009, 01:27 PM
Happy
I got up once around 4 this morning also. I generally take a peak outside but didn't this morning. The sky has really been bright since the rain stopped. I found the big dipper last night and was excited before I went to bed. It's been awhile since I've even looked for it. Orion usually is located just above the house.

Annie
Hope you are feeling better. What a good idea to walk outside today. I didn't mow the front lawn yesterday but think I will today and then wash the car. I need to also winterize the flower beds that have been neglected this year.

Mel
Your soups sound good also. I didn't have time yesterday to make the pumkin soup but will today.

Laura
Sounds like you had a fun filled week end.

Michelle
Since you and Happy are doing the WW program I'm going to do it also. I've decided that it's up to me and if it means not traveling on the week ends so be it. My aunt and uncle do not eat the same things as I do.

I'm really enjoying my days off. I don't feel like I've gotten things accomplished as much as I wanted to but hey this is my rest and relaxation time and I've decided that I can do things on my own time. Monday night I didn't sleep worth a flip because of to much caffiene. Therefore, I was not as productive as I should have been. Last night I did take my xanax went to bed and slept very sound. I slept until 8.30 this morning gettin up once.

My day is getting away from me so I'd besst get along.

happy2bme
10-21-2009, 01:31 PM
The meteor shower was this morning so it looks like most of us missed it.

Forgot I have lunch plans today. Sitting in on a sample session of Toastmasters - the speech and leadership people.

I can talk up a storm but I'm kinda tired of leading. Just trying to keep my brain alert ;)

annie175
10-21-2009, 02:42 PM
We walked a bit longer than 25 minutes as it was so nice out. We came across a row of burning bushes-name of the bush not really on fire. It was so beautiful, reds and oranges. Wish I had my cell phone with me to take a picture to post. Pedometer says we walked 1.4 miles. Pretty good for someone who doesn't get out there and walk every day. About 4500 steps. Will get even more steps tonight working at CVS. WHat a beautiful, happy, postive day!!! Had homemade cabbage soup for lunch another girl brought. It was fantastic. She is bringing the recipe tomorrow. I will post. I love soup!

Tomorrow is Jan's BD here at work. We are going to ON THE BORDER for mexican food. I looked at the lunch menu on line and found several lo cal/lo carb delites to choose from. Chicken Tortilla soup, OMG...Mexican CHopped salad tossed with Smoked Jalapeno vinaigrette-this may be my option.

Ceejay...I used to be married to the BIG DIP-per. ba haha

Better get back at it.

Love and hugs

annie175
10-21-2009, 04:39 PM
I know how some of you feel about artificial sweetners, but this is really good. My momma is 80 and has used sweetners since their introduction into society, starting with that bitter nasty tasting liquid one they used to make, and she is still kicking...so I figure it cannot harm you that much. IMO.

Pumpkin Pie

1 egg

14 ounces (½ can) Pure Pumpkin (not the filling)

½ cup (packed) splenda brown sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

¼ tsp ground ginger

¼ tsp salt

½ cup evaporated milk

1 unbaked pie shell (I used the Pillsbury)

Beat eggs in mixer, add pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt until well combined. Blend in milk. Pour into raw pie shell. Place in preheated 425 deg F oven for 15 minutes, then reduce temp to 350 deg F and cook for an additional 30 minutes. You can check doneness if toothpick comes out clean. You can top with spray on light cool whip… very low in sugar. Haven’t found anyone how doesn’t LOVE this… have made dozens of these pies!

diyana
10-21-2009, 05:00 PM
Happy Hump Day!

The weekend is getting nearer. Yay! I was in a 5 hour training class this a.m. Ugh. I'm so drained. Well, only 1 more hour. I might see if I can get the H1N1 shot today after work, as they are giving it to people who are in at risk groups (e.g., asthmatics). Yesterday, I went to a really good seminar about using the professional networking website "Linked In", but was so tired when I got home, I wasn't up to going to the gym. I fear weigh in this week will be less than stellar...but I'll still keep my fingers crossed. Maybe if I keep my tongue tied as well I won't be able to eat, so I'll lose some weight. :lol3:

Happy - I was born in PA and lived all over New England until I was 10. We lived in Vermont, Mass. and New Hampshire. I love New England. Wisconsin is so similar to New England...except the hills/mountains aren't as high. Red Chowduh is "Manhattan". Yuck. You're right...I should spend my time on paying clients. I guess that means I should finally finish my website so I can attract new and hopefully paying clients. I didn't see your post about the Orionids until this afternoon, so I guess I missed it. It was pretty cloudy, rainy and dreary early this a.m. anyway. One nice thing about where we live is no street lights, and we are far enough away from strip malls to not have any street light pollution. That was a requirement when DH and I were looking for a house. Wow! You were up early to look at the sky! Glad you saw a few meteors. I nearly always see Orion when I go out to get the paper in the morning (around 5:30 am). It's one of the few constellations I can easily recognize...along with the dippers. How was Toastmasters? I've often thought of trying that...as there is only one thing on earth that I am afraid of and that is speaking/presenting in front of a group. When I was in High School, I loved drama and being in plays...but that's because I wasn't being me...I was portraying someone else. Leading is also very challenging for me too. But I can definitely see where you'd be a very talented leader and presenter.

Laura - National Quilt Museum? How cool! I love looking at the artistry and craftsmanship of beautiful quilts. One of these days, I will learn to quilt. My step-mother is a fabulous quilter, and she's sent me patterns and fabric...now all I'm lacking is time. Glad you had such a nice, peaceful relaxing vacation!! Hope you enjoy the conference!

Shad - San Francisco's Sourdough Bread Bowl full of chowder is so yummy! Mmmmm. Brings back memories. That along with a nice cup of Ghirardelli cocoa will definitely warm you up on a foggy autumn day.

Madcat - Happy Belated Birthday!

Annie - So nice that you enjoying a great long walk at lunchtime! You go, girlfriend! I love the burning bush plant! So colorful!! Glad you had a nice dinner/bath with T. As for the flu shot, I've gotten it every year for the last 20 and haven't gotten sick. I also get the pneumonia shot every 5 years (except last year, I was late, of course). I already got the seasonal flu shot and I'm hoping to get the H1N1 today or very soon. I have some co-workers who have family members who already have H1N1. Thanks for the pumpkin pie recipe. My DH makes the world's best pumpkin pies. In fact, family and friends "order extras" from him on Thanksgiving and Christmas. He sometimes uses Splenda For Baking, which is a 50/50 blend of regular sugar and splenda. Lower calories but you can't tell the difference. I don't think he's ever tried using only regular splenda.

Mel - The pumpkin black bean soup sounds fabulous! Today at the cafeteria, they had sweet potato soup. It was YUMMY!

Ceejay - I like the flexibility that WW offers. You know best, of course, but I don't think you'd necessarily need to stop seeing your aunt and uncle. Just bring some of your own food, extra veggies, etc. WW also allows for extra weekly points, which you can use on the weekends...if those are your challenging time. And you're right...as nice as it is to spend a vaca getting somethings crossed of the To Do list, it's more important to relax and recharge, especially with the long days/long weeks you put in at work.

Well, I've got a few more things to wrap up here.

Love and hugs to all,

ceejay52
10-21-2009, 07:55 PM
I did mow the lawn today, plus I mowed the neighbors. Both together made me walk for an hour. It looks so much better. Did some work in the flower beds. There is at least a bale of pine needles that I raked to the curb for pick up. The city uses this for composting. My lawn care person is coming Saturday morning to do mine and the neighbors back yards. I'm a little sore. The pedometer shows 12,556 steps. I didn't have time to wash the car but will Friday if it doesn't rain. It felt really good to be outside.

The girls stopped by while I was outside. They acted a little aggitated that I was doing my own yard instead of them. I didn't have to give them an explanation but I told them that I was doing my usual end of the year clean up. I'd do it even if they were still mowing, and I told them that B would be here Saturday to do the back yard. I now have my do not disturb sign on the door.

I have been reading about soy milk and since I have hypothyroidism I'm not suppose to use this and lately it seems that regular milk disagrees with me. The grocery store had Almond milk the other day and I bought some. I tried it this morning and really liked it. So far it hasn't diagreed with me. And as far as I know I'm not allergic to nuts of any kind.

Shad
10-21-2009, 09:07 PM
Morning all,
Rush job again as I have just finished painting and got showered and am about to go out and spend both mine and the neighbours money. We're building the fence weekend after next, although DS2 seems to think we can make a start during next week and get ahead of the weekend rush. DS1 who had originally said he would be happy to do it, sounded less than enthusiastic when I rang him with the arrangements we had made. So I am planning without him and will let him know that I am displeased when he is here.

So I have a bit of measuring up to do, and some mail to post and then down to order the materials, seek out the price of hiring post hole augers and pick up bags of rapid set readycrete. However I wanted to check in here first. Otherwise I may well forget.

Weight was down again for todays weigh in. It was a fairly big drop from yesterday so I think that it will go up again somewhat by tomorrow. Just lucky I guess that today is weigh in hey??

I'll be back later.

diyana
10-22-2009, 08:48 AM
Happy Thursday ladies -

It's a rainy, chilly day...but that doesn't bother me a bit. I'm at work anyway. We had a lovely day yesterday, and although I was too busy to walk at lunch, I was outside for a bit after work. I wasn't able to get the H1N1 shot yesterday as the clinic ran out of all 1,600 doses in less than 4 hours (before I got there). There will be another clinic on November 7th. Tonight, I'll be going to the gym to do an hour of cardio followed by my favorite 1/2 hour strength training class. I'm going to be careful with my back though as there must've been some move I did last week in class that pulled something in my back and the soreness has finally gone. Definitely gotta be careful of my back.

Ceejay - Great job on all the lawn mowing and raking! Awesome cardio workout (and all those steps) and raking is EXCELLENT upper body and back exercise! :high: I love the look of a freshly mowed lawn. You are so right that you did not have to give those money-grubbing girls any explanation. It's your yard and your money. I wish they'd just leave you the heck alone. Bummer that regular milk doesn't agree with you. I love milk and milk products (cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc.). I've never tried Almond milk but I hope it works out for you. I avoid soy products as I've heard they can increase the chance of breast cancer in women who are more prone to it, and because of my family history, I fall into that category.

Shad - So proud of you for your weight loss, just in time for today's weigh in! :bravo: I'll be weighing at WW over my lunch hour. Great job on finishing the painting. I'll bet it looks great! Too bad about DS1 backing out on helping...hopefully he'll come 'round. Maybe DS2 can prod him.

I guess I'm the early chick this morning...so I'll be back later to read about the latest news from Mel, Happy, Laura and Annie.

Love and hugs to all,

MELODY525
10-22-2009, 09:03 AM
:cofdate: GOOD MORNING AND A LOVELY DARK MORNING IT IS :rain: I AM SO GLAD I GOT OUTSIDE YESTERDAY. IT WAS THE BEST FALL DAY WE HAD SO FAR. AND EVEN THOUGH I HAVE TO TAKE PILLS TO ENJOY IT, IT FELT SO GOOD TO HAVE SUN ON THE SKIN AND SOME RUSLTLING LEAVES. WHILE I AM TYOING THE STUPIOD BIRD IS BANGING HIS BEAK ON HIS MIRROR IN ANSWER. :rofl:
THE MONTHLY MEETING IS TONITE SO THE OFFICE IS TOO BUSY TO BE BOTHERING ME:dance: SO ANOTHER GOOD DAY IS ON THE RISE.
HAPPY THURSDAY/FRIDAY :moped:

HAPPY~ YOU ARE GETTING ALL THE SKY ACTION DOWN YOUR WAY. WISH WE COULD SEE SOME OF IT UP HERE BUT THEN I AM NOT SURE THAT EVEN WITH CLEAR SKIES, I WOULD GET UP THAT EARLY!!


JEANETTE~ JEN HAS THE SAME PROBS WITH MILK AS YOU DO AND USES ALMOND AND SOMETIMES RICE MILK. GLAD YOU GOT SOME GOOD SLEEP NAND THE SIGN WAS ON THE DOOR. I LAUGH AND THINK OF YOU EVERY TIME I PUT MY SIGN ON MY DOOR :rofl: THAT WAS SOME NICE EXERCISING WITH BOTH LAWNS AND GARDEN WORK!! WOW!

ANNIE~ GOOD LUCK AT THE RESTAURANT!! HOT STUFF! :flame: I FORGOT TO TELL YOU THAT JEN AND I DO HAVE SOME MINOR PROBS WITH THE FLU SHOTS. THAT IS WHY THE DRS ARE WONDERING IF WE SHOULD EVEN ATTEMPT THE H1N1 SHOT BECAUSE OF IT WAS FAST TRACKED AND NOT A LOT OF TESTING. ...IF IT EVER GETS HERE TO NJ :rofl: IT'S THE HEAD TO TOE MUSCLE INFLAMMATION WE GET AND THE LOW GRADE FEVER THAT BOTHERS THEM. GUESS WE WILL HAVE TO MAKE UP OUR MINDS WHEN THE TIME COMES. MY EX GOT SO SICK WITH THE REGULAR SHOT MY DR REFUSED TO GIVE HIM ANOTHER THE NEXT YEAR! :lol3: POOR OLD EX!! DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS. GLAD YOU GOT TO ENJOY THE OUTDOORS WHILE THE DAY WAS SO BEAUTIFUL. HAVE FUN AT THE LUNCH.

MICHELLE~ HOPE YOU WILL DO FINE WITH THE WEIGH-IN AND SENDING GOOD VIBES. YOU ARE ONE BUSY GAL RIGT NOW. TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF. LET ME KNOW HOW THE SHOT GOES. :hug:

SHAD~ MAKE SURE YOU EAT AND DRINK ENOUGH WHILE WORKING SO HARD WITH THE FENCING. I WAS JUST WATCHING HOLMES ON HOMES THE OTHER DAY WHILE THEY DID FENCING...ASK ME ANYTHING YOU LIKE!! :rofl: SMACK DS1 FOR ME TOO!!! :rollpin: GOOD KUCK THIS WEEKEND!

MELODY525
10-22-2009, 09:05 AM
MICHELLE IS THE SNEAKER INNER THIS MORNING. SORRY YOU COULDN'T GET THE SHOT. GOOD LUCK WITH THE NEXT DOSE. TAKE CARE OF THE BACK :hug: HAPPY THURSDAY!

annie175
10-22-2009, 09:32 AM
Good Morning All........

Well it is quite early here and you all have arrived, posted and dissappeared.

Man this temporary crown is drving me nuts. I have an actual blood blister on the inside of my cheek by the temp crown. I feel like the left side of my mouth/face/jaw is swollen. It doesn't look like it from the outside but feels like it on the inside. Must of slept wrong when I finally slept last night as my neck is hurting today. Man, shall I have some wine with my cheese?? Yikes.

MEL...isn't it wonderful to get out in the sunshine? and just think of all the vitiman D you absorbed. Sunshine also helps the good endorphins. I guess I am not going to get any kind of flu shot as my doc office ran out in the first 4 days and I didn't make it there in time. CVSs 2nd shot day was cancelled as they ran out on the first day. Not eligible for the H1N1 and not so sure I would get it if I could. No long term results/affects available for down the line and I normally don't get sick too often. As many vitamins and minerals I am on, I feel really healthy (last famous words)

Shad...you truly amaze me in all your knowledge of construction, etc. Building a fence, I helped my DS with the one we put in the rental a few years back and was not fond of that task. You are such the trooper. Kudos to you, my dear.

Chelle....training and meetings more than an hour make me start bobbing my head and sleepy. 4 hours would put me in a coma. We are having crappy weather today also. Rain, however 60 degrees. 50s and rain on Sat. Cloudy on Sunday. I actually ended up with 12000 steps on the pedo yesterday. I just need to get up from my desk and walk around the office more often, it is hard as I KNOW you are aware to get up from your busy desk and take that break we need. Goodluck at your WI...I think you will be surprised at how well you have done!!

Ceejay...good for you for cutting your own grass and the girls seeing you. Maybe now they will get the hint (altho I doubt it) to leave you the H*LL alone. Keep the sign on the door, sit back and enjoy some hot tea or coffee.

A big HOWDIE to Laura, Happy and everyone.

Love and hugs,

happy2bme
10-22-2009, 09:43 AM
Good morning ladies,

We have big rains moving in here and it's so dark that I'm almost thinking I got up at 5 (accidently :lol: ) today. Got a nasty sinus headache on the back of my head. Would love to just go back to bed and sleep it off.

I ordered some massage rocks and they came yesterday. Basalt rocks for a warm massage, a couple of marble ones (sheesh they are expensive) for cold massage. I got them for DH, figured they would help with his back pain and maybe even headaches. Tried the cold ones on him yesterday - he said they felt good. I could hold them to massage his back but when I put one to my face, it instantly chilled me so badly I almost needed a blanket. Guess I'll stick with the hot ones :lol:

Mel - I'm glad that you finally got a good fall day to get out and enjoy the sun before all the cold, dreary weather set in. I am still on the fence about the H1N1 vaccine. I think if you have a compromised system and don't get a reaction then go for it. They say it's made the same way a regular flu vaccine is done. I'm sort of like you sister, when the alarm goes off at 4:45 we'd be prone to say screw it, we'll DREAM about meteors and go back to sleep for an hour :rofl:

Michelle - sorry to hear that you missed the shot. They are running out quickly here but with your asthma I definitely would consider it. Hope you can get in line quickly for the next round. After suffering with the not so good dairy down here, please enjoy some milk and cheese for me please ;) Sounds like you and Shad are quite the busy bees. Hang in there, weekend's almost here.

Shad - whether he wants to or not, I'm sure DS1 will be there doing the fence with you all. What a sparkling new house you will have! How's the leg healing up?

Ceejay - it was a gorgeous day for being outside. Now it will rain and make the grass grow and the leaves drop and mess up all your hard work! I think alot of health people use the almond milk - supposed to be quite good. I get confused soy is good, soy is bad, blah blah - what are you supposed to believe? :dunno: Actually I saw that soy is not recommended for hypothyroid years ago and generally avoid it myself. No edemame for this chick. I stick with sugar snap peas :T

Annie - ha ha ha on the big dipper joke. :lol: Amazing isn't it, at the time we thought they were so fabulous and now ... :P Thanks for the pumpkin pie recipe - very timely. WW had a good recipe too that I have somewhere in my pile of cookbooks and papers. Actually they had a pumpkin mousse that was quite tasty and you could put that in single servings to avoid temptation. Smoked Jalapeno vinagrette. Sounds right up your alley. Have a good lunch - good for you for checking things out ahead of time. Some of those could be real calorie bombs.

I gained 2 pounds a couple of weeks ago - I know they are temporary pounds - generally from not enough veggies in my food plan. The weight was stuck for a while but seems to be coming back off again.

Even though I would rather crawl back into bed, guess I'd better head out in the rain and get the day over with.

Hello to Laura and Patty - back in the groove again :wave:

happy2bme
10-22-2009, 09:44 AM
Annie just did the stealth move on me :s:

happy2bme
10-22-2009, 09:47 AM
Annie - with working with the germy public I would just make hand sanitizer my best friend and vow to never touch my eyes again unless washing my face before going to bed - then you should be safe :lol:

I am generally safe from colds until I go out and do my Chris... um holiday shopping and get out to the mall where every put their slimy hands. :rofl:

annie175
10-22-2009, 10:03 AM
Happy..I wash my hands about 47 times a night at CVS and we have 3 bottles of sanitizer sitting behind the counter in various locations that I use on a regular basis. It is funny, when people come through the line with cold sores on there mouth, I wash my hands and sanitzie. When they come thru buying lice kill, I wash and sanitize. When they come through snorting and sneezing, I wash and sanitize. The manager said he has never had such a clean a holic, hand washing employee....like dude, WTF, people are nasty.

MELODY525
10-22-2009, 10:51 AM
ANNIE...SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE TEMP CROWN. GOD I HATED THEM MYSELF TOO WHEN I HAD THEM. ROUGH EDGES KILL THE POOR CHEEKS. SENDING A HUG!! KEEPING GOOD THOUGHTS FOR YOUR HEALTH IN CVS. HAPPY IS RIGHT...JUST KEEP THE HANDS OFF THE FACE DURING THE WORST OF THE FLU SEASON.

HAPPY~ YOU MADE ME LAUGH ABOUT SCREW THE MEEORS!! :lol3: :lol3: GLAD TO HEAR THE WEIGHT IS MOVING. CONTINUED SUCCESS SOUTHERN BELLE SISTER.:cheer:


I CAMER BACK TO REPORT MY WEIGHT IS 188.5
IT WAS 190 OVER THE WEEKEND. I AM NOT SURPRISED. NO CHALLENGE IS GOING TO MOVE THIS WEIGHT AND HASN'T FOR 6 YEARS :rofl: BUT I AM EATING HEALTHY. SO THAT WAS MY MAIN OBJECTIVE AND EXERCISING IS GOING WELL. OK....THE SUN IS OUT FULL FORCE FINALLY AND I AM ON MY WAY OUTSIDE.:scooter:

diyana
10-22-2009, 11:45 AM
Mel - I'm so glad you were able to enjoy the lovely weather yesterday! Hope you have a peaceful day today, and enjoy the sunshine!

Annie - So sorry to hear about the temp crown. The rough edges on those things are SO painful! Training always makes me tired. DH and I are really looking forward to the weekend...Saturday will probably be cold and rainy, but Sunday might be good fishing weather. :crossed: Congrats on getting your 12K steps in! :woohoo: :bravo:

Happy - I find it so interesting how weather can cause headaches. I can get doozies when big storms are brewing. Those massage rocks sound really interesting. I didn't know they're available to the public. For the next round of H1N1 shots, I'm planning on arriving at least an hour or two before the doors open to improve my chances of getting the vaccine. And I agree, for healthy people our age (who it doesn't affect as badly as children/young adults), probably just following healthy lifestyle practices is enough. But with my asthma, I can't take any chances. I so agree with you about the so-called dairy in other parts of the country. I didn't know what really good milk was until I moved here. Yummmm! And frozen custard is such a deliciously sinful treat! As for hand washing/hand sanitizer, my company is really going all out to help keep us healthy. Hand sanitizers have been in the bathroom for months, and now they're all over the place in the cafeteria. They displayed on some video screens throughout the company a "Shoo the Flu" video that shows someone running a toothbrush over desks, keyboards, stair handrails, elevator buttons, etc. and then brushing teeth with that dirty, germ infested toothbrush. It's supposed to demonstrate all the things our hands touch and then we eat with our hands or touch our eyes, mouth, etc. Ewwwwww! :barf: I now wash my hands very, very often...and use hand sanitizer while at my desk. We don't work with the germy public like Annie does at CVS, but with a couple thousand employees here, and at least 20% of them being sick at any given time and touching everything...can't be too careful.

I'd better get back to it. I'll check in after weigh in!

Big hugs,

annie175
10-22-2009, 11:48 AM
Yeah Chelle, and 10% of the 20% don't wash their hands after pottying.

MELODY525
10-22-2009, 12:05 PM
HAPPY....I BOUGHT JEN AND RICHIE A SET OF HOT ROCKS THAT CAME WITH A WARMER THAT LOOKED LIKE A SMALL CROCKPOT TYPE APPLIANCE. I WAS WONDERING IF YOURS DID ALSO OR DO/CAN YOU USE AN OVEN? JUST THINKING OUTLOUD. I WOULD LOVE THEM IN BED TO GET THE SHEETS WARMED UP! :dance:

MICHELLE~ WE SHOULD BE SHOWING THAT VIDEO HERE....NOTHING DIRTIER THAN A BUNCH OF NON WASHING SENIORS!! DIAPERS, DROOLING AND SNOTTY NOSES. :faint: I HEAR YA ON THE SHOO THE FLU!!! MAYBE I WILL MAKE A BULLETIN BOARD WITH SOME STUFF FROM THE INTERNET...YOU GOT ME THINKING NOW!!

ANNIE~ I WILL PRAY EXTRA HARD FOR YOU AND THE PEOPLE TRAFFIC THAT YOU SEE ON A DAILY BASIS...LET ALONE WITH THE FLU SEASON APPROACHING :hug:

diyana
10-22-2009, 01:11 PM
Okay, Annie, that is gross but true. There is a certain percentage of the population who doesn't wash hands after pottying.

Mel - diapers, drooling and snotty....you crack me up! I think the bulletin board is a great idea. Don't work too hard...you do too much as it is. But it would probably be very beneficial to the residents.

annie175
10-22-2009, 01:42 PM
Chelle...how'd the WI go??

happy2bme
10-22-2009, 02:29 PM
I like that Shoo the Flu thing. We have big signs on our entrance doors not to enter the building if you are sick. I suggested we each get big red Sharpie pens and mark a huge red X on the forehead of any dimwit that thinks this does not apply to them.

We have an abundance of over washers (darn pigs if you ask me) in the ladies room. Water shaken all over the sinks and counters. You'd think people were bringing their dogs in to wash. I wanted to put up a sign reminding people to use their towel to wipe down but of course, we are not allowed to say anything in order to not offend the ignorant slobs. But it's ok if I get a wet belly :rollpin:

I was thinking... I get "intestional distress" as a regular part of life. I just chalk it up to meds, old age and sometimes my system not liking what I ate. But after watching some Dr. Oz shows and seeing all the various ways things can make us sick, I'm just wondering if that's not a part of it. He was showing how much a toilet sprays when you flush it. Said the water particles hang in the air for hours. I always put the seat down when flushing. But.. at work we have no seat tops - just the horseshoe seat so you can imagine if you think about it, how dirty it is in there...

Annie - you made a good point (and I cringed) realizing that working in a pharmacy store, many people coming through DO have "issues". Like cold sores (ick) lice (double ick) sore dingle balls and such. AND THEY TOUCHED ME :yikes: :eek: :no: God Bless you woman for serving mankind **salutes***

If you Google massage rocks they come up with several places you can buy from. The one place I really wanted to patronize was a wonderful girl who gave some great how to videos on YouTube but she is located in British Columbia, CN and shipping took forever. Here's the thing about heating them - you want to heat them to no more than 110 degrees for the face and 125 for the back - those crock pot rock warmer things are rather expensive. They said you could use a turkey roaster too (electric). Trouble is, I am having a hard time finding something that heats that low. I don't want to use my good pans - don't want to scratch the insides but don't want to shell out 80 bucks for a pot either. So I'm looking around. I have an old electric fry pan from when I got married that has a low crock insert in it. Will have to find my thermostat and see if that gets to the right temperature. the marble ones are easy - just keep them in the refrigerator, although they seem to warm up after about 10 minutes - then again, maybe DH is just a hot box :rofl:

Help Me Rhonda - I'm sooooooo sleepy. :faint:

diyana
10-22-2009, 03:15 PM
Annie - Unfortunately WI didn't go as well as I'd hoped. Up 1 lb. Back to 220.0. But I didn't get as much exercise as I normally do...and did go over my pts one day. This week will be better, because I will work hard to make it so. :)

Happy - Our VP of HR sent out notification for people to absolutely not come to work sick. There were quite an extensive list of "rules"...like if you've had a fever for more than two days you can't come to work until the fever has been gone for at least two days, and that kind of stuff. I get a wet belly all the time from sloppy washers. What gets me about all the sick people and NON washers is all the things they touch that I then touch, including in Annie's case - their money. Money is soooo very dirty. I guess it only gets clean when we leave it in our pants and it goes through the washer. BTW, thanks for the info on the rocks.

annie175
10-22-2009, 03:53 PM
OMG Happy....I, too, am so dang sleepy. I just sent my manager, the President of the company an instant message that sid I am lazy and sleepy today and feel like a cow...mooooooooooooooooo. She laughed and came out of her office to talk with me. How funny!! It will be a loooooooong night at CVS. THe cobb salad today at ON THE BORDER mexican grill with the jalapeno vinegarette was delish!! Wasn't really hot just a bit spicy. Off to potty, wash my hands and sanitize.....the coffee after lunch has not even, in the slightest, awakened me. It is HONK SHU time.

annie175
10-22-2009, 04:03 PM
Well crap, I just lost my excellent post to Happy and Chelle....here goes again.

Chelle. 1 lb, big whoop, that is just one sneeze. You will rock next week. Other than the extra steps I am doing, my weight has remained the same 157/8. I am disgusted with myself. I am doing the 5 day pouch test starting on Monday, that will help me get past the sweet, salty, snackie thing. http://www.5daypouchtest.com/plan/faq.html check it out. We will both be awesome next week. There is only 9 days left of this Halloween challenge and I refuse to weigh 157/8 at the end of it. It will not be the 12 lbs I wanted to lose but should be less. CHEERS, my dear.

Happy....OMG, I too, and sleepy. I just sent my boss, the President of Humana Indiana an instant message that said I am too lazy and sleepy to come into her office and feel like a cow...Mooooooooooo. She came out laughing at me to talk. Just call me Elsie. It will be a long night at CVS, I just want to go home and sleep. Or crawl under my desk and sleep. Yikes.

annie175
10-22-2009, 04:05 PM
Geez, I am so tired, I don't even remember posting the first time to Happy....God help me and all the other driver's tonight on my way home. We had a fuel tanker roll and explode on 465 the highway I take home so this will be a real joy taking the back roads home with all the other idiots.

ceejay52
10-22-2009, 06:05 PM
My e-mail didn't go through to my sister and she just called. I feel really bad about not calling her.Now she is disappointed. I have another headache today, probably from working in the yard yesterday and the rain today. Some how my body knows when the barometer is dropping.

I have gotten a closet cleaned out today in the spare bedroom, now to sack up the garbage. Some of it I'm taking to the dumpster on Monday. And I"ve cleaned out the coat closet also. I've taken down some clothing that I'll give to the "girls" or to my neighbor if they can wear them. When the rain stops I'm taking a couple of plastic bends to the shed.

Annie
I know how those long days feel. Too funny that you IM'd your boss that message. Be careful driving home.

Happy
I watched the show with Dr. Oz about keeping the toilet seat down when you flush. My bathroom is so small that it got a good sanitizing that day. I now flush after the seat goes down, but I too often wonder about public bathrooms. I keep sanitizer in my purse. Our boss has posted what the health department sent out to every one, but I don't take any chances. My boss called me a clean freak one day. I told him I'm not taking any chances.But you know I'm sure the boss would say be at work. They honestly don't care.

I'm wondering if it's the rain and dark clouds that is making us sleepy. I've already taken to power naps. My sister called during one of them.

My mcd breakfast of hot cakes and sausage and medium orange juice was very high in points. ugh.

Shad
10-22-2009, 08:56 PM
Morning all,
Another day of lots to do. Time just seems to rush by. After next weekend and after DS1 goes home, I am going to take some time off and do some exploring around the area. May even get to Mel's favourite place - Toowoomba! :rofl: I'll have to make some arrangements to go to the nieces engagement in NZ if no work comes forward in the meantime as well.

Michelle - The weight is up marginally this morning. I had the feeling it would since the drop from Wednesday to Thursday was astronomical for me. Aaah well.
DS1 will get his as the need strikes. We won't worry about it too much. I will rely on the DS2 and the neighbouring help to get by and as we know, if the going gets rough I can probably do it myself. It isn't rocket science.

Mel - not up to the red bits yet and am just wondering if I should maybe go green instead. I have some colour brochures in the car so will take a pin and stick it in the page later today. I don't mind green, and there are some lovely deep heritage colours to go around. But then again, it might be red.

Annie - the worst part of the fence is getting it straight and level. After that it is a simple process. As with most things, it is all in the preparation.
Hope the crown tooth stops being annoying soon.

Happy - I'm sure we can shame DS1 into all sorts of things while he is here. I have my own methods :rofl:
Hot and cold rocks??? I remember having one of those massages in Jakarta. It wasn't bad, but I think the all over massage with aroma therapy was better. Sounds like fun. Lucky they are not here, I might end up hurling a few at people who tend to hack me off.

All this talk about hand sanitisers :rofl: I practice handwashing with soap and drying off well. That's it! I prefer to build the immunities by myself and I heal well, live well, feel well. It's just me with a constitution of the proverbial ox. It's probably got something to do with the amount of well fertilised dirt I ate as a kid.

Right oh, back to the sweathouse and house cleaning. No painting today, I don't feel like it.
Oh and yes the leg is fine. Deep scab has formed and although it is tender, and gives me a reminder from time to time, only fresh air, sunshine and time will finish the healing. Still a couple of tender moments with the tooth as well but that is getting less and less all the time. I can go for days without even thinking about it now until I crunch down on something hard.

So have a good day, fun filled night. We're hurtling down the road to the weekend. See ya

Laura705
10-23-2009, 01:32 AM
Didn't get a chance to post, but I did weigh in this morning. Scale said 186. Up 2 since last week. Boo. It can't have helped that my vacation consisted mostly of sitting on my butt in the car and elsewhere, and food got off track during vacation and hasn't quite gotten back on track yet. Last week of this challenge, so back to it!!

diyana
10-23-2009, 08:48 AM
Happy Friday ladies!!

:woohoo: TGIF fo' sho'!!

Bad news....didn't get to the gym last night. Good news....I got my H1N1 shot. I and probably 1,000 other people waited in line outside in the rain and wind for about 90 minutes, then inside for another 90 minutes, but I did get a shot and feel relieved since they are now talking about a shortage of the injectible vaccine - which is the only kind I could get (as opposed to nasal) due to my asthma.

Happy - I hope you and Annie managed to stay awake at work and get home safe.

Annie - Too bad you had to work last night and were unable to go home and rest. Good luck with the 5 day pouch test. I'd like to lose 2 lbs this week. Well, I'd like to lose more, but I'll settle for 2 lbs! :lol: I hope your mouth is feeling better.

Ceejay - I think it's fairly common to have headaches due to a change in barometric pressure. I hope you're feeling better today. Good for you for getting so much cleaning done. I also think there's something about rainy, dreary days that makes us tired...probably the lack of sunlight tells the body it's not time to wake up yet.

Shad - Exploring sounds like lots of fun! My DH and I enjoy exploring...of course, Australia and NZ would probably be more fun to explore than Wisconsin! :lol: As for the fence, you are so handy and capable, I know you can do it (and just about anything) yourself. I hope you get some help though. Glad to hear your leg and your mouth are healing and feeling better!

Laura - Hopefully we'll all be able to rev up for the last week of the Halloween challenge. :haphal: I know I need/want to work hard so the numbers on the scale won't be so scary!! :sklol: :badbat:

Now it's time for me to get to work.


Love and big hugs,

happy2bme
10-23-2009, 09:46 AM
Good morning kids,

Wow Michelle - waiting outside for an hour and a half in the rain? That's enough in and of itself to get you sick. Glad you finally got your shot though. That's alot of people! I think people with respiratory problems should get preference over the rest of the lot. Just seems fair. But now you are good to go.

I could have used more sleep this morning but I second Michelle's TGIF. Will get it tonight/tommorrow.

Tried the hot massage rocks on DH. Said it felt nice. I was able to reuse my old harvest gold electric skillet with the insertable crock pot. Found a digital thermometer in the drawer and was able to measure the temp to just the right amount. Not sure I will like it quite as much as I don't like hard pressure or deep tissue massage. The cold marble just gave me the shivers the minute it touched me.

Last weekend before vacation. Whoo hoo. Lots to do to get prepped, especially since I won't have the day off before we leave and will have to get a bit done each night before. Packing will be easy - jeans and sweaters.

Anyway, I need to get out of here. Will post personals at lunch. Happy Friday chicks.

ceejay52
10-23-2009, 10:18 AM
Happy
Enjoy your vacation as much as I have mine. It has felt good not to have any stress. I hope their is some fall colors to enjoy also.

Michelle
I hope you don't get sick from standing in the rain. That took some patience.

Annie
When are your next day's off? I know you are ready for them. I'd be hybernating.

Shad
Enjoy your time. Rest the leg.

Hi to Mel and Laura :wave:

It's still cloudy this morning and I'm still not up to par. Headache is still with me but not as bad as yesterday. Today I'm going to be surface cleaning.
The pay check arrived so I'm going to be running some errands later today. My trip to Paragould will be tomorrow for the uncle's get together at lunch. To be honest the trips over there are getting to be hard.

diyana
10-23-2009, 10:35 AM
Tooo funny! I'm in a photo on the Milwaukee newspaper's website - standing in line for the H1N1 shot. I'm about halfway back in the purple coat, blonde hair. Luckily my face is turned....or the camera may have broken.

http://www.jsonline.com/multimedia/photos/65691622.html?index=1

diyana
10-23-2009, 12:41 PM
Ceejay - I hope your headache goes away and that you take a little time for some R&R. Do the uncles get together every week? Is it possible that you can join them less frequently (every other week or once a month)? You need to put yourself and your needs first every now and then. Big :hug: my sista.

annie175
10-23-2009, 01:11 PM
Chelle...now we have proof of you getting the shot...lol.

My momma is in the hosp as of last night. Doesn't look good, may not be back on here for a bit. Here is the scoop..

She has congestive heart failure, kidney failure..her kidney's are really bad they say, sugar is up, and bp is bad 244/145. She has a catheter to get rid of fluid, and is on a nitroglycerin drip and has a nitro patch on her chest. She has stomach pain. She looks awful. Her feet and legs are really swollen. Her legs look like telephone poles, her feet are so swollen that her toes look like pegs sticking off in every direction. She is miserable. I don't know what to think other than this may be it or if she gets to come home it won't be much longer.

Any good thoughts or prayers you can send my way will be greatly appreciated by me and my family. Too many tears for me.

Love you all.

MELODY525
10-23-2009, 01:57 PM
:wave: SAYING A FAST HELLO TO EVERYONE. WORKING TODAY AND DOING LAUNDRY IN BETWEEN. HAVE A GREAT DAY AND HOPE WE ALL HAVE GOOD WEEKENDS. OURS LOOKS LIKE SOME :rain: FOR A CHANGE :rofl:
LOVE YOU ALL :love:

diyana
10-23-2009, 02:11 PM
Hey Annie - I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. Sending you and your family lots of :hug: :angel: :angel: and :goodvibes: and keeping you, your momma and your family in my prayers. Hang in there, my dear friend/sister. Luvya.

happy2bme
10-23-2009, 02:29 PM
First off, Annie - my heart and prayers to you and Mum sisterfriend :hug: My dad went through the same thing - so very, very hard on everyone. I pray for her comfort and your peace of mind. If you get a shiver, it's just us hugging you from afar.

Mel - I didn't see you scoop up my clothes while you're doing the laundry. ;) It's dreary and rainy today - come on over for some hot tea, chocolate or coffee. I think I might be able to rustle up some hot cider / apple juice with cinnamon too. Sent DH out to rent a copy of The Proposal with Sandra Bullock so we can all have a nice relaxing evening. I will heat up popcorn and hot rocks for anyone who wants to try them ;)

Michelle, I did not recognize your coat :rofl: That's too funny that you are famous now. I thought it was the work clinic that you were getting the shot at. That one lady at the front of the row looks like she's already sick :yikes:

Ceejay - I'm starting to think there is a permanent headache associated to living down here. Was thinking that you are really putting in alot of miles going back and forth to the uncles. I'd be tired if I was you.

Shad - I would like a t-shirt that says
CHECK OUT
....(my)
TOOWOOMBASs
Thank you very much :yes: In fact, I think Mel would like one too :yes: :yes: :yes: I will pay for shipping. Good luck with the fence. Sorry to hear about the tooth - I had one like that which gave me troubles for a long time. Not really troubles but I expected a quiet, peaceful mouth and it took a long, long time to settle down.

Laura, I'm bending over and reaching to give you a hand to get back on the wagon again. Just don't pull too hard and take me off, I slip so easily :lol:

It's furgin' cold in this office. My cube mate was complaining it was hot (I think her thermometer is way off). So they cranked up the air and I can almost see my breath. I'm off in search of wood and papers to start a warming fire - just like the bums down the road from here...

diyana
10-23-2009, 02:54 PM
Happy - Movie, with popcorn and cocoa sounds wonderful! We're having a rainy cold day today too. You're right about the lady in the front row...Poor dear. She was standing out in the cold and rain and wind and looked like she was freezing. We all were...but she has no "meat on her bones" like I do. And there were babies and little ones crying because their hands and cheeks were freezing. And most people weren't dressed to be out in the bad weather for so very, very long. I'm grateful I didn't get sick just from standing out there. I feel fine, great in fact, today!