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11-12-2009, 10:31 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! It's a cloudy and windy day in my neighborhood this morning. It just looks cold outside. Yesterday afternoon Bob came home and hauled 3 pickup loads of leaves to the landfill. We still have a few left on one tree and a few here 'n there on the lawn. We haven't had rain for several days but some of the bottom leaves were still wet and the grass was turning yellow -- good thing he got to it yesterday.
Today I'm off to find fall paper plates and napkins plus finish my grocery shopping. No one evidently ordered fall paper products and I have one place left to go. :crossed: Otherwise, it's going to be "white" for card club. I have another meeting at church late this afternoon. I hope it's the last one and all of the vacancies are filled.

Maggie -- Thank you for sharing the recipe. I have to agree that chocolate and pumpkin would be a questionable combination. :?: You try it and let us know how you like it. ;) I did find the blocked senders part of my email and there were no addresses there. I may end up making a phone call which is ok.

Susan -- I hope the storm has let up by now. Just the pictures on TV look scary, but to have trees falling across roadways would make anyone nervous. :fr: Do you have a garage for your car? I know that where Bob's parents lived in AZ, everyone had carports instead of garages. I hope you don't have to move your car, but better to be safe than sorry. :yes: I did check my address book and the email address is there.

"Gma" -- I can just see Thomas studying the stock market! I wonder if his high school requires an economics class to graduate. Our econ teacher is an idiot (softball coach first and teacher second); he has dumbed down the class so much so that everyone passes just by showing up for class. :( I love the bright colors in the yarn! It would be interesting to see how they hand paint yarn -- I have a mental picture of the seven dwarfs lined up at the table with tiny paint brushes. :lol:

Did any of you see the lady whose chimp chewed her hands off and ripped her face apart? I didn't look when Oprah took the veil off. I can't imagine what that must have been like.

I need to comb my hair, do my makeup, and I'm off! Have a terrific Thursday!

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!

11-12-2009, 06:18 PM
Good evening, ladies. It's still raining buckets and windy. I came home from work at 1 pm when one of my friends called and said the intersections were flooding. The James River Bridge has been closed due to high water and the midtown tunnel is closed due to high water. A lot of the Interstate ramps are closed due to high water and we have trees down all over. I parked my car 2 blocks away on "high" ground because the water is just about to the top of the bank. High tide will be here in another half hour so I'm trying to keep and eye on the water but its hard to see in the dark. I'm warm and dry and still have power so I am blessed. There is all kinds of refuge floating in the water. The police are out in boats in some areas. The city of Poquoson (just over a mile from me) is cut off because the roads are all underwater. You have to understand, I live on a Peninsula and there aren't many roads that cross it. All the developments have their own unconnected roads.

Jean, the water comes in the garages so that is no help. We have had a whole lot of leaves come down in the last 2 days.

Faye, T is so smart its almost scary. I can't wait to see what he decides to do as an adult. I'm quilting and listening to books on tape to pass the time.

Maggie, our leader gave us a similar recipe for the Chocolate Pumpkin cake but she added 2 egg whites and 1/4 cup of water. It doesn't taste of Pumpkin at all. Have you ever made the old recipe (not WW) for the Tomato Soup cake? My grandma used to make it.

Well, I need to keep an eye on things, so if the power stays on, I'll check in tomorrow.

11-13-2009, 12:58 AM
Evening ladies! I thought I better post tonight as tomorrow is busy, busy. I need to get my nails done first thing as I had one come off, then I have clinic duty tomorrow all afternoon.

I am including a picture of Jackson's first sock. It was knit with sock yarn and size 1 needles. I call it "knitting with toothpicks and thread." :lol: I don't know if I told you but I have this wonderful sock book I bought several years ago that allows you to use any pattern, yarn and needles to make socks for anyone. You just follow their charts and do a little arithmatic adjustment and voila, socks! Even I could do it as I used a worsted weight pattern for adult socks to make this one for Jackson. I was smart enough to write the number of row differences and such so I can whiz through the second sock.

Here is the scoop on the ole dr appt today. She still isn't satisfied with my bp on the new med so she increased it then we discussed this hormonal thing. She says my test shows two areas of the test I am post menopausal and one area either post menopausal or menses. So, up on the table I went and the head of gyn/ob did an endometrial biopsy today. I was a little leery as I had not planned on it today and didn't prepare by taking any pain meds, but not to worry, as soon as the doctor told me she was going to arrange it, I popped some Advil then her nurse brought me in something and I told her I took Advil but she said to take it anyway. I had to wait at the dr's an hour and a half so the meds had kicked in. A bit of cramping afterwards but nothing like I expected. So we shall see in three weeks when I go back what she says. Unfortunately, she says my "symptoms" can't have much done for them. Still, I have not gained any weight since last appt so that is good.

Susan: I do so hope you are going to be ok. I would hate for you to be stranded for any length of time given your asthma problems. You just hang tight and wait it out and hopefully it will be past you soon.

Jean: Hope you found some nice fall colored plates and such. You would think with Halloween, fall and Thanksgiving they would be all over the place. I know, can you imagine hand painted yarn. I have no clue how they do it, but maybe the dwarfs really do help out! :D

I think I am going to go to bed. I have so many things I want to accomplish tomorrow I have to get right to them first thing.

Have a great day tomorrow! Faye

11-14-2009, 02:48 PM
Good afternoon, ladies! Rain has subsided to drizzle today and its 57 degrees.

I ventured out to the grocery store - with everyone else in town. Not only did I need groceries, I had to go to Walmart for printer ink. Walmart, Kroger and Food Lion were not only crowded, they were trying to restock the shelves. I was completely out of milk so I had go or I would have waited until after church tomorrow when there aren't many shoppers.

I saw a lot of water standing around, a few trees and a lot of branches down, and people out all over, despite the drizzle, trying to get it cleaned up. My yard man called and told me not to do anything and he'll get it all next week when it dries out a little. Asthma is keeping me indoors as much as I can be because there are a lot of mold spores in the air and I'm allergic. Some areas are still unaccessible.

I really missed this site when I couldn't get on. Thanks for the email updates.

Faye, I love those socks. I should take a little time off quilting and make myself another pair. I have some beautiful pink yarn that knits up into an interesting pattern as you go. I hope everything comes out well with the biopsy.

Jean, I hope they get lots of pledges tomorrow and the dinner is good. We are asked to tithe 5% if we can but there is no one looking over your shoulder. We get envelopes in the mail.

Maggie, how's things in the hearland today?

Going to go make a cup of tea and start quilting now.

11-14-2009, 04:08 PM
I'm just peeking in after checking email where Susan said she got in ok. I was getting frustrated. :lol:

Susan -- The church "powers to be" put out a chart last week showing how many giving units (not necessarily members) give regularly. There are over 100 that give between $.01 and $5.00, and then the steps go by $10 up to $200 weekly which no one gives. They are encouraging people to give 10%, and have their contribution automatically deducted from their checking accounts. I just like to write the check on a regular basis -- makes me think about what I am thankful for. We have special projects from time to time the we give extra to -- Bob likes to do that because none of it goes to the church big whigs in Des Moines like our budget money does.

I am making progress on my chore list. The sun is trying to peek through the clouds but it is chilly outside with a slight breeze.

Enjoy your afternoon! :D

11-15-2009, 07:59 AM
Good morning to everyone! We are leaf blowing again sometime today to get more of the darn things off the deck. The tree still has plenty though so I imagine it will take another round or two to get it all cleared up.

Jean: When we went to the commissary yesterday, the firemen and police on the base were collecting food and money for a food drive for active duty folks needing some Thanksgiving help. Jack let me off at the door because I had to go to the bathroom and the guy standing there with his boot ask about contributing. I dug into my wallet to see what I had and gave him a $5 bill, which was about all I could give because I had to have a couple $ to give to the baggers, which is all they make. Anyway, I went on in and went to the bathroom and we did the shopping and were standing in line to check out. Jack and I were talking and I don't know how it came about but he said something about how he had put money into the boot. :lol: I told him I had given them money too. It is unusual for him because he doesn't do that much. He will put money in the bell ringers bucket from time to time over the holidays and we give to St Jude's and Navy Relief but Jack doesn't trust a lot of people hanging around with buckets collecting so he doesn't do it. He WILL however do anything that is attached to military families. I teased him that he was a big softy even if he didn't want people to know it. He said he was not but I just smiled. Many a time in our 20 years of active duty, the good ole Navy Relief Society helped us out when we were in financial trouble or when one of our parents passed away and we couldn't afford to go to their funeral so we always do for them. Nowadays, people hang on to their money be it church or charity. I always believed that if you gave to the church because you felt you "had to," you were better off just keeping it. Like the Bible says, you should give with a joyful heart.

Susan: Hope things are calming down over your way now and starting to get back to normal. I sure feel for you. Whenever there is even a hint during the winter we might get snow, the stores are swamped and sell out of everything fron diapers and milk, to space heaters and batterys.

Well gals, I am going to sit and knit for awhile until Jack gets up and we have some breakfast then tackle the ole leaves. You all have a wonderful day and :D!

11-15-2009, 12:56 PM
Good morning, ladies! God has blessed us with sunshine today.

We had a Benedictine priest filling in today and his sermon went on and on. We always have a second collection the third Sunday of the month for the poor of York County who need food. All the money goes to the Food Bank. We tried bringing in food but this works better and they are able to get a lot more for the money. We also have a Salvation Army Angel Tree up so we can take a child or two to get christmas for. I chose 2 teen agers. I think they get left out because everyone goes for the little children. One is a girl who asked for drawing materials and shoes. I'll add a nice outfit for school to it. The other is a boy who asked for a winter coat and books. I'll put in an outfit for him, too. I don't have anyone to buy for so this gives me Christmas joy to think of the children with their gifts. We are also collecting sock, gloves and hats for the homeless this month.

I'm doing laundry today, making a pot of soup, and have swiss steak going in the crockpot.

Faye, I'm with Jack. We had a young lady at the Walmart parking lot exit with a homeless sign. Then one day I actually saw her walk down the block and get into a very nice car. I figure she was supplementing her allowance. I do give to the firemen and bell ringers and Toys for Tots.

Jean, the Governor came yesterday to survey the damage and declare a disaster so people can get help. Fort Monroe is still flooded but the Navy ships are coming back today. We still have thousands without power.

Have a good day ladies!

11-15-2009, 07:49 PM
Good Afternoon/Evening, Flowers! I went to early church, then the grocery store, home, and back to church for dinner after the 2nd service. There were very few people there for it being "pledge" Sunday. I think they made a mistake in saying there would be no follow up visits for those not attending. :shrug: I know some of the snow birds have left, but out of 313 giving units, only 114 submitted pledges. Sad! The highlight of the dinner was that afterwards we were visiting with a couple we don't see very often when a nice looking lady came up to Bob and said, "I'm sure you don't remember me, but I'm Nancy and we knew each other years ago!" She and her husband moved to town the same time we did and we were in Welcome Wagon together. They have a daughter Jason's age but left after a couple years so he could go back to grad school; we eventually lost touch when they divorced. We had the nicest visit and she is living here now -- in charge of catering at the college. It's a small world.

"Gma" -- We don't have many that stand outside stores with donation buckets . . . just the Salvation Army at Christmas and the Veterans on Poppy Day. I don't mind giving to either one. I'm thankful that we've never needed outside of the family help over the years.

Susan -- You are so thoughtful to adopt teenagers and to add extra to their wish list. We have 'Adopt A Family' here and we usually choose someone who is alone with a pet as well as a family with children. I can't imagine children not having a Christmas of some sort. We can buy food, clothing, toys, or whatever we choose to do. Over the years we have come to realize how much our family has been blessed.

I've been making food for card club and keep getting a catch in my thumb. It hurts to stir or grab anything. Bob helped me clean the glass shelves in my curio cabinet and I washed all of the cut glass and collectables in it. What a pain that is! I need to clean up the kitchen and call it done for today.

Hope you all have a nice evening and a Marvelous Monday tomorrow! The choice is yours. :)

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!

11-16-2009, 10:02 AM
Good morning to you all! It is raining pretty steadily this morning, but not cold at all. This week is filled with cleaning and packing and getting the dog ready to go to the kennel next week and such. We are really looking forward to getting out of town for a few days.

Happy Birthday to my baby girl today! Kelly is 32 today! :bday2you::hb: Not too much cake and ice cream Kelly! lol

I thought I had been in here and posted, but maybe I didn't. Who knows?

I have Jackson's sock up to the toe decreases so it is almost done and have a fair handle on my niece's sweater to take with me to Indiana and finish up. I do hope the yarn for T's socks comes in a couple days so I can whip them out. I want to wrap them for him to take to Indiana. We are not giving him all his presents, but since Jackson is getting all his at Thanksgiving, I didn't want T to feel left out so I bought him one of his presents and am wrapping up his sweater, his jeans and his socks too. His jeans should be here this week too I hope.

Jean: You interested in wrapping Christmas presents? :D I have a bunch to do this week to take to Indiana. You know how I hate to wrap gifts! Hope your weekend went well.

Susan: Hope the flooding has now subsided and you are getting back to normal. I know, Thomas is scary sometimes. He sometimes gets on the internet and just looks stuff up just to know things. He cracks me up though because there is all these smarts wrapped up in a typical 9 year old boy. He had a friend staying the weekend so I wonder how that went.

Well gals, back to work. I want to get this sock finished up. Have a good start to the week. I have a vet appt at 10 to get Fortune a Bordatella shot so I have to get jumping I guess.

11-16-2009, 10:19 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! The sun is peeking through the clouds but it is a chilly 27 degrees in my neighborhood. :brr: I have some last minute things to do for card club tonight -- mainly my bathroom and vacuum. Bob offered to mop the *(&^%$ floor at noon when he comes home. What a guy! :love:

"Gma" -- :hb: to Kelly! It's hard to believe that November is half over. I just found some Christmas wrapping paper tucked away when I was looking for something else. :o I have got to get like items together in one place! I won't have to wrap much this year, but I do like to wrap and especially if it fits in a box or gift bag! :D I know you are so looking forward to your trip to IN.

Susan -- I hope your area is drying out. I wonder if the price of anything cotton will go sky high. It probably will. :yes: Have a good day at work.

Maggie -- Hope your week is off to a good start! :)

I am off to wash my bathroom rugs. Have a GREAT day!

Jean -- :turkey: in Iowa!

11-16-2009, 04:04 PM
Gotta tell ya ~ it is totally wierd being without a computer. A few days ago my laptop went bonkers and kept trying to download an upgrade. Thing is that upgrade file was corrupted and my computer didn't know it and kept trying to download it. I couldn't fix the problem and so it is off to the shop. I have been without a computer for a few days now and Will bought me a little Mini 10. I just got it and all I have done is get it connected to the internet and came here. I am going to read the booklet and find out what it is I have here and if I can load anything on it or if it is just a cute little thing. I should be getting mine out of the shop when they get to it. They have quite a few folks ahead of me though. Now with this little thingie I will not feel so bereft. I'll be back later folks.

Type at y'all later :wave:

11-17-2009, 05:36 AM
Good morning to you gals! Fortune wanted out so I just decided to stay up and sit and knit. So, that is what I will be doing when I get done here.

I have both socks done and being blocked, I have the zip up jacket knitted, except for the collar and you have to sew it together first, so I will steam iron the pieces this morning and sew it up and finish it except for the zipper then get it this week and put it in. I am coming along on Ruthie's sweater, but it can be slow going. It is a k6 p6 pattern and then a k row which makes the right side pattern stripes of stockinette then garter stitch. It looks nice, but when you increase at both ends, you have to remember to change your pattern or you end up with the stitching off. So, I just made myself a chart and am checking rows off as I go with the increasing. It is a gorgeous color I think.

Maggie: Jack tried to do a Microsoft upgrade about a week ago and it had a corrupted file and he spent at least an hour on my pc with Microsoft and his laptop and they never could get it working so he had to reinstall everything on his laptop. It may be the same thing you did.

Jean: Hope card club went well last night. It is 43 here this morning and wet. It is only going to get up to 51 today so it will stay cool. Looks like it is going to be in the 40's in Indiana so no snow. It does look like a bit of rain traveling possibly. Thomas is not going to be going with us so we are leaving very early Tuesday morning instead of Tuesday afternoon. Kelly called and said there is some snafu with her sil's birthday or something so he won't be able to go with us.

I guess I will start cleaning today and tonight get some of the gifts wrapped. I do so hate that job, but I have so much to accomplish to leave next week I have to start now so I can have them done by Monday so we can pack the car. I have started my lists, but as usual, they just get longer and longer as I think of things that need to be done.

You gals have a wonderful day today. Talk to you later!

11-17-2009, 10:49 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! The sun is shining and it's cold outside -- 23 degrees when I came downstairs this morning. It's supposed to be in the 40s this afternoon. Must be my age but I dread the really cold weather that I know is coming. I feel like I am in slow motion this morning after getting ready for card club yesterday. Wish I could share the leftover munchies with all of you! I never eat when I have it at my house -- nothing tastes as good as when someone else makes it! ;)

Maggie -- I'm sorry about your computer problems! It was nice of Will to get you another one so you can stay in touch. :yes: I hate it when the upgrade notices appear as I'm never sure whether to do it or not. On the Today show this morning they were talking about joining clubs when shopping online. I haven't had that happen yet, but I don't do much shopping online either.

"Gma" -- I won "high" last night because I had good partners! :lol: We put in a quarter and a dime in the kitty -- low score gets the dimes! I'm sure Thomas is as disappointed as you are not to be going along to IN. :( I thought his parents were going too. I am terrible about putting off things I don't like to do -- like deep cleaning! I would have been :o for anyone to see the "stuff" I vacuumed up and cleaned, dusted, and washed in the last couple of days. In looking for my trays/dishes yesterday I found some more glass items that I'd packed away from my mom and grandma. I know my kids won't want it, so after Christmas I plan to go back and sort through cupboards; I'll give it to the SOS store. I visited with an older lady recently and she has 4 sets of china inherited from various relatives. Her kids don't want them and no one is buying antique china, so she packed it all away. She said she just can't part with it yet and I know the feeling well. I also know that if we ever downsize "stuff" will have to go!

Susan -- Hope all is well with you and that you have a good day at work! :dance:

Sitting here is not getting my kitchen put back together! I need to take Ian's picture to the newspaper for his 'Happy Birthday' wishes and stop for some stamps. Have a terrific Tuesday!

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!

11-17-2009, 10:54 AM
Jean: Thomas is going to Indiana, just not with us. I didn't explain very well. His Aunt's birthday party is Tuesday so he can't go with us, but his parents decided to take off Wednesday so they are going to leave early Wednesday morning. So, we will all be together for the holiday, which will be fun. We are again doing our Toys for Tots gift exchange between us so it should be interesting what everyone got each other. Have a good one today! Congrats on your BIG win!!!:lol:

I also noticed the pic I included of Ruth's sweater pattern was dark so I lightened it up a bit so it was easier to see. Well, back to Jackson's sweater. I am almost done with the sewing then can put on the neckband and go get a zipper for it. The arms looks like something for a gorilla, but when I looked at the pattern pic, his arms are longer too, so it must be the pattern.

11-17-2009, 01:38 PM
This little computer is a hoot. It doesn't have a word program on it but it has Note Pad and Word Pad. I won't be doing any typing jobs for
Will on this thing for sure. It took most of the time I was on it yesterday to upgrade itself. It also doesn't have a disk drive so I can't load any of my programs on it. However it is good for what it is made for. Communication and surfing. :o I don't do much surfing though but I do use my email system. I got an email yesterday I wanted to save for it has some of those sites on it where you can click and up pops a recipe. I didn't really check it out and wanted to do that on my bigger lap top so I forwarded it to Will and then when I get my other one back I can get it that way. I am not sure how it works with this one if when I get on my other one ~ can I get stuff off this one since it has the same email address but doesn't have the same things on it that I had saved in my email program on my other one. I'll find out. I do need to hook up my speakers on this one to get my "sounds." It doesn't have internal speakers.

JEAN Nope, don't want any of your left over party eats. Don't need those yummy munchies. This time of the year isn't the easiest time for me to stay OP. I have missed some WW meetings and have to get a grip. I just heard a crash coming from the kitchen and wonder what the kittens have knocked off to watch it hit the floor. They are a pair of mischief makers. :dizzy: Isn't that the way of it with the old china. The younsters don't want what granny had. We were just given boxes of things that no one wanted when granny died. A beautiful lamp and lots of books that are first editions and some cut crystal ware. Beautiful things that I am happy to get for I gave so much away when we downsized. :o Old cookbooks and other research books that are a treasure. But the kids and grandkids couldn't care less.

DONNA FAYE Yeppers I bet my computer glitch was just like Jacks. It was a corrupted file that Microsoft said I needed to download on my regular program that tells me about needed upgrades. What was weird was that Will had successfully downloaded that same upgrade and it didn't have that glitch in it. The computer folks will reload all my "stuff" to the tune of few bucks but that is the way the cookie crumbles. At least I don't have to buy another hard drive. I am good about saving things that I have worked on and have saved most all of it on CD's. However the computer folks will put it all back on my computer from how they save everything. I even made back up files of the programs that came on it in case of a crash. I am sure you will have a lovely time with your get together with your family. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times.

Schwan man came this morning before I got up. I think I'll go see what I ordered that is now in the freezer. I placed the order some days ago over the internet and don't exactly remember what all I did order.:o

Everyone have a lovely day. :wave: Type at y'all later

11-18-2009, 09:11 AM
Good morning ladies! Cool but not cold today. I need to check the weather because I want to go and get the car washed and clean it out really well before we go.

Have to say HAPPY ANNIVERSARY :hug: to my adorable husband. Thirty-seven years of a wonderful life. We decided to go ahead and celebrate again so we are going to Olive Garden for dinner tonight.

Maggie: Glad you were able to get things up and going again. Like I said, Jack had to do a total re install, but luckily had important stuff backed up on the pc. I am just trying to stay even until the holiday is over then hitting WW hard and fast. As long as I keep my wits about me, I hopefully won't gain but maybe a couple lbs. The hotel has a great exercise room and indoor pool so I am going to get up every morning and ride the stationary bike and do a bit of swimming before breakfast so I can help myself stay even. We tend to eat out a lot more when we travel and I am going to try hard to at least eat sensibly.

I have upstairs cleaning and gift wrapping to do today. I have almost the whole back done on Ruth's sweater so am coming along on it and I have another project done except to put in the zipper. I am going to go and get it tomorrow. I seem to be catching up on everything all at once. Hopefully the yarn will be here today or tomorrow so I can get Thomas's socks made for him and put with his other things I am taking to Indiana.

Have a great hump day gals! Faye

11-18-2009, 10:31 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! It's a cloudy morning in my corner of the world, but it's not snowing and it's not raining so I won't complain. :no: I have a couple errands to run in a little bit. I swear if I don't write things down when I think of them, I forget within a few minutes. Of course if I write things down then I misplace my list! :hyper:

I tried to make more phone calls for church last night. I did talk to one lady who is a nurse and she gave me the song and dance that she can't be on a committee because she never knows when she will get home from work. I know she works in surgery because she's been there all 3 times I was there at 7! The rest of the people must let answering machines take their calls because no one answered! I am getting growly doing this. :tantrum: It's supposed to be all done by next Monday.

Maggie -- Ernie turned his charm on at card club the other night. :lol: We had a little talk before the ladies came and I repeatedly told him not to bite anyone. I have several plants and someone asked me if he bothered them. My comment was he is like having a 2 year old around -- from time to time I will come home and find a little sprinkling of dirt on the floor. When I ask him about it he gives me the innocent look! Today I could hear him rattling around so went to check and he was chewing my camera case! It is not a hard one but harder than the soft ones -- now full of teeth marks. It's my fault for leaving it out since we had the camera out yesterday. At noon there was a deer up on the deck eating squirrel food and Bob took its picture. Another deer was standing on the other side of the railing so got both deer in the picture.

"Gma" -- HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to you and Jack! :love: Enjoy your evening at the Olive Garden! I am :o to say that I didn't notice the sweater picture yesterday. It is a very pretty color and I really like the pattern. I'm sure your niece will love it. I'm glad your whole family will be together for Thanksgiving. I thought I remembered that Kelly's family was going and thought maybe it was just T from you post yesterday. :dizzy:

Susan -- We are missing you! Hope all is well with you! :yes:

I have a load of undies in the dryer and they should be done, ready to fold, and put away. Hope you all have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!

11-18-2009, 01:53 PM
Good afternoon, ladies. It's raining again :cry::mad:

I had applique society meeting Monday night so didn't go to bible study. Tonight I have my quilting bee. Glory, Elaine and I will have dinner before.

The Friday and Saturday WW meetings were both cancelled last week due to the storm and I missed the week before because of retreat, but I have done okay. I look forward to Friday's meeting.

Faye, I love the sweater; it's such a pretty color. It'll be fun to have everyone together for the holidays!

Jean, I have my grandmother's china and mine, a lot of crystal, including my great-grandmother's. I guess it'll get thrown out when I am gone.

Maggie, that little computer sounds like fun. I download and install all MS updates at 6 pm every day and haven't had any problems at home or work.

I have to get back to work, have a great day!

11-18-2009, 09:27 PM
Susan -- I'm glad to see your post tonight! It sounds like you are busy quilting! :D It's sad that the younger generation doesn't appreciate the beautiful antique china and glassware. Since my grandparents lived in the same town I remember the different pieces on display in the diningroom. We didn't have a diningroom and when Beth was a baby my parents moved into an apartment. It was easier for them to come to our house than for us to keep two kids quiet in an apartment so they never grew up using and seeing the dishes I remember as a child. Good luck at WW -- you are so dedicated I'm sure you will be fine. :yes:

11-19-2009, 08:42 AM
Good morning to you all! Another cool morning, but don't know what will happen today. It was very cloudy and dark yesterday but no rain, so we might just get more today. I noticed it is going to rain the whole time we are in Indiana but that is better than snow for sure. This is the first time in a long time when we make the trek up there at this time of year they don't either have snow or it snows while we are there. I don't miss it at all.

Susan: Put in your will you want the fine china and stemware auctioned off and the proceeds donated to your favorite charity. I have three sets of china. My favorite is very plain cream colored bone china that was my grandmother's and great grandmother's passed down to my mom who gave me the whole set. They are exactly alike and contain everything from plates, dessert plates, tiny fragile cups that would hold about 4 oz, tureens, platters and even tiny little tea bag plates that look like something that goes in a dollhouse. My other set was given to me by Jack's grandmother for a wedding present. It is pretty white with a silver border and pattern, but I like my bone china best. Since I have two children, my dd gets my bone since it came from my side and Jay gets the other since it came from his dad's side. I also have several Lladro pieces, but Jay gets all of those as Kelly doesn't want them and Jay really does.

Jean: I noticed that about you! :D You have grand organizational intentions, then lose the list! :lol: You need to do what I do with Jack. He would lay keys down anywhere and then not be able to find them and blame me saying I moved them. I got fed up with it so I started putting them in the same place over and over again. Everytime he would put them down, I would put them on this brass hook I have next to the door. He finally started putting them there himself and 99.9% if the time he puts them there so he knows where they are. Maybe you should always lay your list in the same spot whenever you make one then you won't have to hunt. You do have to "train your brain" that way and it does take awhile, but it is worth it to irradicate the irritation of not being able to find things. We did enjoy Olive Garden and Jack tried something new, but he told me not to tell the kids, they would be too shocked. He got this Pork Milanese with cheese tortelini in a garlic spinach sauce. He loved it and even ate the spinach. I told him that cooked spinach is much milder that fresh and I thought he might like it.

Well, I need to get back to my sock. I am going to go and get my nails done today then back home and get presents wrapped. I keep making excuses not to do them and they just won't wrap themselves. I really need Jean and Bob to move closer so she can do all my wrapping every year.

Have a nice day all! Faye

I have the cuff done and am doing the leg on T's first sock. The pattern color is unusual so I hope he likes it. The color is called "lily pad." I want to get these done by the weekend so I can wash and block them so I can get them wrapped on Monday or I will be taking them with us and wrapping them up there.