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10-31-2009, 07:29 AM

Big day today! It's Saturday, the last day of the month, Halloween, the night we change our clocks, November tomorrow and it's the day I bring the Halloween treats in from my car trunk! I hope I can handle the excitement. :rolleyes:

Actually it'll be a great day as my dear friend Shirleyanne is coming from Ottawa for lunch with her daughter Andrea. I've known Shirl for over 50 years and Andrea since a half hour after she was born. I got my butt in gear yesterday and cooked lunch so just need to set the table this morning. I'm really looking forward to a relaxing day. The dogs will be in doggie heaven as Andrea is one of their favourite people. She is sort of a female Dog Whisperer and they adore her.

Now for another coffee and to figure out something appropriate for the centre of the table. I'm thinking baby pumpkins, crabapples and leaves.

Have a happy day. I hope Halloween brings back your inner child. Remember just the fun, not the candy!

10-31-2009, 07:47 AM
Good Morning Everyone:sunny:

Hi, Ruth. Sounds like a fun day ahead. Do you get alot of trick or treaters? Thanks for the reminder that candy is :nono: I'm going to try the dill green tomatoes. Thanks for the tip.

It's travel day here and the big storm has passed so it should be pretty stress free. We have lots of packing and cleaning and will hopefully leave by 2. Today is the last farmers market and I have a request from my Bro for chilis which will be shipped to Key West. Then the knitting store has it's once a year bag sale. Anything in the store that fits into your bag for $50. Last year I got $600 worth of yard for $85. I can't miss that.

I might get back here this morning:shrug: but maybe not so I'll say hi to everyone else :wave: and wish everyone a great halloween weekend.

10-31-2009, 08:34 AM

Ruth, your day sounds fun, and Debbie, your day sounds awfully busy! I hope both of you have a satisfying day.

It looks like the rain may hold off, and Monica is bringing Carley out so she can join her cousins for trick and treating. I'll make sure I get pictures of the three of them.

I did run out for a bag of lentils to make Beachgal's soup last night, so that will be our supper. It will go good after a day of raking leaves and mulching them for the garden.

Don't forget to set your clocks back tonight!

10-31-2009, 08:37 AM
From ghoulies and ghosties. And long-leggedy beasties. And things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us! ...

10-31-2009, 08:45 AM
Good morning :coffee2: We managed to get some much needed extra sleep this morning. Apparently the dark confused the cats ;) Well, that and the closed doors to prevent them from running in circles.

Ruth - love that picture. Enjoy the visit :)

Debbie - Busy day! That sale sounds like fun. Happy hunting.

Cottage - Hope the rain stays away today and you get your raking done. I'm going to have to try that soup.

Just a normal weekend around here. The rain looks less ominous so maybe a little outdoor work. I think it will be an at home weekend with just chores, errands, and maybe a little relaxing and reading.

We don't get any trick or treaters so I've stopped buying candy "just in case we need it". Hope your day is more treats than tricks :)

10-31-2009, 08:58 AM
Good Morning, Chickies,

Ruth, Your day sounds fabulous! I'm a very good cook (if I do say so myself), but I am not a 'pretty' cook. I certainly don't think of such things as centerpieces. That is a talent! :)

Debbie, I bought a pickled concoction that was wonderful. It had quartered green cherry tomatoes, hot peppers, cabbage, and onions canned in a vinegar base. It's really delicious on cooked dry beans.

Cottage, You need to ask Santa for a leaf blower!

Me: I've been in a funk since Thursday. Yesterday, I went to a funeral that fit right in with my funky mood. I need to get out of it! Today should help. We have fun stuff planned. My husband's friends went to the beach this week deep sea fishing and caught redfish. We are invited to a 'grill-out' at their house today. The rain is supposed to be gone by noon. Keeping my fingers crossed! Tonight, I'm taking Auston trick-or-treating with his cousins. That will be fun.

I have a funny Auston story: Wednesday night, we went to Walmart to get his costume. On the way home he said, "Mom, if I throw up on this costume, you need to get some Oxyclean" (BTW, he was NOT sick.) I asked why we needed Oxyclean. He said, very dramatically, "Because IT gets the TOUGH stains OUT!" :lol:

10-31-2009, 09:04 AM
Lordy, Lordy, has it been a week here!
I was at school on Thursday morning getting ready for kids to come in when my best friend called me very upset. Told me "Dad's gone...all his ribs are broken" I said "I'm on my way, just got to get a sub. Will be there as soon as one gets here". Ran to the office and they got me someone quickly. I called my friend as I was leaving the parking lot and he was on his way to the hospital. I assumed his Dad had died in a fall and had broken his ribs and they were bringing the body to the hospital.

Come to find out later, he had not died (the dr. had called my friend to and told him he was "gone" but what he meant was that he wasn't "coming back".). He had collapsed at the doctor's office the day before and they broke his ribs doing CPR. They kept reviving him at the hospital all night. My friend has Mesothelioma and had to go home to get his meds when the dr. called him to say his Dad was "gone". I met him at the hospital and we stayed in the "family room" for several more hours and his Dad did die right before noon. They decided not to keep reviving him, it was just cruel, but the meds they had given him were more or less keeping him alive and they had to go through his system before he could "go".

Like I say, you never know what the day will bring. I had no idea when I left home for the gym that day what would come along. Will have to take off work on Monday for the funeral. On an interesting note, when the priest came in to do last rites, I got kind of tickled. He had on a t shirt and shorts and sandals. Guess he just ran out when he got the call to come to the hospital. I found out afterwards that he is Paula Deen's brother in law. I knew he was a priest around here, but had never met him before.

I'm so sorry my friend lost his Dad. He was almost 85, had diabetes, heart disease etc etc. Just one more reason that we should be thankful to have found the beach. My friend had to take care of his Dad along with his own health issues. I don't want my kids to have to do the same for me. I want to be healthy till I drop from "old and ugly".

Hmm, Chelby, sounds like you might have a little pitchman on your hands! I hear that oxyclean may have an opening for one....You are going to need to get him a big bowl of water and a lot of stained clothes so he can practice swirling out the stains! (that is just too cute what he said!) Maybe he can be Billy Mays for Halloween. I hear that his son has a contest going on for the best Billy Mays kidding (
Hope everyone has a great weekend. It's kind of rainy and cold here this morning, but is supposed to clear up later. No trick or treaters around here, so I could avoid buying candy. Got my kids at school some Halloween Play-Doh and puzzles and told them "see, you can have fun without sugar" and they agreed. I have to do powerpoints and grade papers and post grades today and clean the house. Tomorrow I have to go to school to help put recipe books together. We all donated recipes and are selling cookbooks for relay for life. Then the wake is tomorrow night. Busy weekend as usual.

10-31-2009, 10:11 AM
Sigh. If you're blue and you don't know where to go to why don't you go where fashion sits......


Have an ear worm. It's my Halloween gift to you all. It was on the radio yesterday and I had finally gotten rid of it and now this morning, Young Frankenstein is on. Gonna be weeks now. Doo doo doo... doodoo doodoo... doo doo doo doo.... doodoo doodoo.... doo doo doo doooo...... PUTTIN ON THE RIIIIIIITTTTTZZZZZZZ!!!!!!

Ok so my official last day of October WI = 116. That makes me very happy and I feel I am ready (before I kill someone) to move on to Ph2. I have to go to the store today anyway because I'm out of almost everything except 1 last serving of fake meatloaf. That and some veggies for lunch, and I'll go to the store this afternoon.

Time to lay down and snuggle into the couch and sing along during this classic Mel Brooks movie. Have a great day girls!


10-31-2009, 10:27 AM
Good morning everyone,

Ruth that is a cute picture, have fun with your friends today.

Debbie sounds like you have a super busy day- be safe going over the hill.

Cottage have fun tonight and be sure to post a pic.

Cyndi hope you get your chores and you get to relax today.

Chelby hope the rain holds out enjoy your grill day and trick or treating tonight.

Cat that is sad- I will have you and your friend in my prayers as well.

Lisa- don't you hate worms lol have a good day today.

Well yesterday the rain finally stopped but not in time for the parade but they did parade through the classrooms and the party was fun. Then we went to Belleville for safe trick or treating in downtown, it was a lot of fun. Today have to DD1 to her Ortho appt, then going to College football game and then taking DD2 Trick or treating and then at 12:30 a.m. I have to run to work for time change so I will probably not be on here tomorrow as I shall be sleeping.

Have a great weekend

10-31-2009, 11:36 AM
My son is so obnoxious! I'm in the computer room. He's with his dad in the kitchen. He just informed his dad, "I can count backwards! 100, 99, 98, 97...." He's in the 30s now. I'm so glad he's not talking to me!!! :lol:

10-31-2009, 12:36 PM

My husband and I serve two churches, he is finishing his Ph.D. and I am finishing seminary.

On Friday and Saturday (our (cough) "days off") I dread hearing my husband's cell phone ring. Sometimes we're an hour or more away from home...sometimes the whole family goes to the hospital...(an argument for unmarried priests!)

but I've always figured, if you want your minister there, you want your minister there as quickly as possible and you don't care what your minister looks like.

When my husband's church member's son mangled himself in a drunk driving incident in the middle of the night, I don't think she minded that my husband showed up unshaved in yesterday's clothes 10 minutes after he got the call (just in time to take her hand as they called time of death). Imagine if he had showered and shaved and showed up a half hour later...


Today I have to pick up a fax from church, and we are going to pack a picnic dinner and take the doggies (two weimaraners) to a park in the next town over and walk for two hours (I think trick-or-treating is obnoxious and it drives the doggies nuts and I don't want the candy anyway but husband thinks it's antisocial not to pass out candy, so we have to go out of town to go for a walk, whatever). I'm starting those horrible PMSy TOM days and so I'm becoming very OCD about the scale... grrr...

10-31-2009, 02:13 PM
:) My house smells like Autumn. I have soup simmering on the stove, 4 loaves of pumpkin bread in the oven, and a loaf of 9-grain bread baking in the bread machine. It's been misting all day and the leaves are too soggy to deal with, so Jake just blew off the driveway and sidewalks, and is now dozing in front of the fire on the sunporch. That actually sounds like a good idea, but I know as soon as I get comfy, someone will call or the kids will show up. :dizzy:

10-31-2009, 02:17 PM
I just successfully went through everything in the garage and divided into sections: Keeping, Garbage, and Salvation Army. Then I came in and boxed up DVD's and CD's. Crap it's later than I thought! Need to have some lunch, get cleaned up, and head to the store. Then heading over to Chris' at 3:30.

Have a great afternoon!

11-01-2009, 05:55 AM
Good morning everyone it is 3:51 a.m. and I am tired. We should be closing up the command center by 4:30 a.m. so I can drive home and crawl in bed. I am so tired.

Yesterday was fun and busy, fit everything in, took DD2 to a Halloween parade, she liked but afters was like aren't we going trick or treating now??? hmmm can you say no. Didn't really get my nap in as DD1 had about 10 teenagers over watching scary movies and then were all screaming throughout the movie, but I told DD she could invite them before I found out I had to come in to work.

Have a great Sunday everyone see you on Monday.

11-01-2009, 07:06 AM
Good morning. I think the time changed last night but my computer and the website are still on DST? :shrug:

Yesterday was a complete "fun" day with Shirleyanne and Andrea here for lunch and then Claire and Doug here to watch Rocky Horror Picture Show. We took turns answering the door for the wee ones but closed up at 7:30 since there did not seem to be any action.

Today I have Church and then some friends are coming over mid-afternoon for a burial of Hershey and Lucy's ashes - finally! I've had the hole dug in the yard since the lads did the addition excavation and it's about time to just close the chapter. We'll have tea and/or wine and share silly doggie stories. I've really been putting this off too long but today's the day. They were really good dogs so an All Saint's Day ceremony is really appropriate.

Happy new month! :)

11-01-2009, 07:16 AM
Pearl, I hope it's quiet in your house so you can sleep today!

Ruth, We are up way too early! This time change messes me up!

Auston loved trick-or-treating. At first, he was scared. He didn't want to walk to the door by himself. When he saw another kid do it, he braved up. He is very excited about his bag of candy. I don't think he ate anything healthy yesterday. sigh....

11-01-2009, 07:44 AM
Good morning :coffee2: The cats fell for the clock change so we actually got a good night's sleep!

Ruth - Hope your afternoon is filled will wonderful doggy smiles and happy memories.

Chelby - Sounds like you and Auston had a fun time :) I loved those years before DD got too cool to go out trick or treating with her mom (and before she thought I was too old to dress up)

Lisa- you are the earworm queen of 3FC and some days I fear you ;)

Pearl - hope you get some quiet time and a good nap today.

Kierie - How are you? Missing you around here :)

Weebles - Walk away from that scale ;) A long walk sounds like a great way to spend the afternoon.

Cat - I'm all for the same cause of death. I know what you mean - watching my Dad with all his health issues, lack of anything resembling exercise, and eating habits just reinforces my commitment to being as healthy as I can.

Just another at home day. We decided we really need time to get stuff done around here and take it easy, so no bird trips this week. I've got extra cooking to do for friends. They both got laid off last spring and have decided to expand a small business into a larger one. They just opened this week and are working 16 -18 hour days and living on fast food. I'm making some healthy food they can just heat up when they are hungry. I'm also going to go drag my friend out for a walk this afternoon.

It looks like a busy week with long days. I think I'll toss some split pea soup in the crockpot. It will be good for lunches or dinners.

I'm hoping for some sunshine today :crossed:

11-01-2009, 07:45 AM
Good morning! :coffee: I've been up since 4:30 with this time change. :dizzy:

We had a fun Halloween last night with Carley here. My DD and I took her out while Jake stayed home to hand out treats. We had around 50 trick-or-treaters and would have had more if it didn't start pouring rain.
It's still raining this morning, but if it clears up, we're going to try to get up some of these leaves in the yard. It seems they all came down at once and we're almost knee deep in them. Otherwise, I'm going to visit Mom & Dad for a while, and expect Dustin and Andrea to bring the grandkids over for supper this evening.

11-01-2009, 09:23 AM
happy Sunday everyone. Another busy day here -- off to church this morning, then down to my MILs for lunch, then back to Church at 4 for the first Christmas pagent rehersal. Hopefully after that we'll go out for dinner.

Survived halloween - sort of. We have so much candy in the house. I have had no cravings at all, but managed to eat a few pieces last night. It didn't even really taste good, but I ate it anyway. BAD HABIT. Today is a new day and I'm back to P1. Friday was my end of P1 and I stayed the same. I need to read what I'm supposed to add this coming week -- but until I'm really sure, I'm sticking with P1 for now.

Have a great day everyone.

11-01-2009, 09:36 AM
Hello beach babes! We're headed off to Lancaster County PA today for a couple of days of R&R. Halloween was great, the kids had a blast and we got lots of trick or treaters for a change. Good thing DH decided to buy some extra candy because I would have run out. I don't want to talk about where I've been, it's a place filled with stress and food porn. Friday I had my big meeting, so next week should be a little saner. I decided to take Monday off to recuperate. Anyhow, I'll be back bright and early Tuesday morning. I'm so ready to get back to "normal". My jeans are feeling very tight.

11-01-2009, 10:07 AM
Well ladies,
I was a kinda bad girl yesterday. :( but my tummy made me pay for it. We had friends over last night to play board games and hang out and we ordered pizza. I got one with a whole bunch of veggies, ate 2 pieces (didn't finish the 2nd one) and have had a tummy ache since and have been in the bathroom non-stop.:( I don't crave anything which is a good thing, but my tummy isn't happy.
Just gonna do P1 for a couple of days to help my body get rid of that crap.
I had a blast though. We played this game called Ticket to Ride. its really fun. And then we played Bulderdash (*sp). AND we were in bed by 10. LOL
Well I'm off to go grocery shopping and to Lowes for a few things. Talk to yall soon.

11-01-2009, 12:11 PM
Yeah I was naughty yesterday too. Bought all this healthy stuff at the store, and then went to Chris' brother's house for the Halloween party. Crap. I filled up on celery and cucumber and dip, but also had some chips, sampled the cheesy bread, and had a cup of real Sprite. :yikes: NOT good. No candy though....

Back to Ph2 today. Gonna make Broccoli Cheese Soup today. Otherwise, just lazing around. Hope you all have a fabulous day!!!


11-01-2009, 08:42 PM
I ran! I walked. I ran! I panted! It felt good to exercise. I've done ONLY Jazzercise since 1996. I'm looking forward to broadening my horizons.

11-01-2009, 09:27 PM
I talked to my daughter and husband about trying the Couch to 5k program...I think we are going to start it!