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02-24-2010, 06:17 AM
Good Morning:sunny:

My back is still whacked out, but I'm up and the coffee is piping hot. I'll put on some tea water, too. I'm anxious to hear what everyone is up to today-a few weather woes, I'm sure. Stop and say Hi :cofdate: as you head into hump day.

I went to bed early, and I'm going to work on my shelter paperwork for a bit. I did start a bit of a fun project yesterday. My pool and therapy dog friend gave me these beautiful plastic webbed bags that she's saved from buying her black sunflower seeds. They have a giant sunflower and beautiful birds. I've started my first reusable bag, and it's gorgeous! I'll probably finish the first one today-but think I'll pay a visit to the chiropractor, too.

02-24-2010, 06:38 AM
Did I hear the teakettle whistling? :)

Good morning Debbie, I'm sorry your back is still bothering you. :(
Those bags sound great! I've often admired the bag my parents get their birdseed in - it's got a huge cardinal on it - but I've never thought of making something from the bags. What an awesome idea!

It's snowing here this morning, so I've got some snowshoeing in my future again. If I could just arrange for the snow to fall on the grass but not the roads and driveways I'd be as happy as a clam. :lol:

Enjoy your Wednesday friends! :hug:

02-24-2010, 06:54 AM
Good morning :coffee2: Snowy, snowy, snowy here. Luckily I'd already planned to WFH so no stress about decision making.

Debbie - I swear it's the weather. My back has been driving me nuts for the last week. :crossed: here's hoping we are all back to normal soon!
Those bags sound so cute. Pictures?

Heidi - We have plenty of snow here and more to come. Come on down :)

Still waiting for some daylight. Our plow guy is not the most reliable and if he hasn't come I've got to help DW shovel, cranky back or not. Her company isn't so agreeable about WFH on bad road days. Right now I need to fill some water containers for tea and other stuff, just in case. I'm sure I'll be around a lot today :)

02-24-2010, 07:07 AM
Debbie, I hope your chiropractor appointment goes well and the back pain disappears. Will you share a picture of your bag when you finish it?

Heidi, if you can figure out how to direct the snow, please let me know!!!

Cyndi, be careful with the shoveling. I hope some yoga will help you feel better!

I am taking a break from cleaning. I've almost got the second floor done - just the bedrooms to vacuum and then I need to head downstairs and do tomorrow's chores so that I can go to exercise class tomorrow morning. Ballet last night was SO much fun! I am really looking forward to that class and am so glad I signed up! There were even two men there!

We have martial arts for the girls, a basketball game for Connor, and then church tonight. I don't know when we're going to get a break! I already practiced my flute for the service this evening and worked on the accompaniment to Connor's newest violin piece. I'd better get back to cleaning so I can be finished when the kids get home.

Have a good Wednesday, all!

02-24-2010, 07:08 AM
Good morning Deb and Heidi! Thanks for the coffee! :coffee:

Debbie, those bags sound great and I'd love to see a picture of them if you can post one. I'm sorry your back is still giving you grief and hope it start eases up today.

Heidi, so you're finally getting some snow! Enjoy it but be careful out there!

Morning, Cyndi! I hope Julie gets to work with no problems. I sure hate to drive in the snow, it's a shame we can't all just stay home. Cyndi is trying to decide whether they should still drive up there today. I'm hoping they go, anyway, so I can enjoy an extra long weekend, but that's totally selfish of me to think that way.

We're listening to our forecast for tomorrow and Friday, too. There's the potential for another substantial snowstorm, OR, we may get nothing at all. :dizzy: If Cindy doesn't go to Vermont today and it's snowing tomorrow, I'll have the day off anyway. But I feel guilty staying home while she's trying to deal with the girls, the horses, and plowing the farm.
Yesterday I baked them 3 loaves of banana bread and roasted a big turkey for their trip. They were going to enjoy a hot turkey dinner last night, then take the leftovers with them. Cindy is picking up the girls at school right after lunch today, and hopefully they'll be on their way. I'll just hang around the house tidying up after them, before I head home. Keep your fingers crossed that they still go! :crossed:

Shimmy Slim
02-24-2010, 07:20 AM
Good morning, all!

Lexxis, sorry to hear that your back is troubling you today. I hopw it settles down soon and that you feel better after visiting the chiropractor. Mine always manages to fix me up.

Heidi and Cyndi, is all this snow you're getting usual for this time of year? I'm getting mighty nervous about our US trip... My wardrobe doesn't extend as far as snow gear!! We'll be in Vermont (Burlington) at the end of March, so if you guys could melt all the snow on the roads that would be fabulous!!

As for me... there's nothing much going on here. I have to get yself organised to bake/sculpt/create a car cake for my brother-in-law's friend which I am beginning to dread. I'm going to have to be very disciplined to not lick out bowls etc and it needs to be an exact replica of her car. Eeek! Got some exercise planned later on while Lucas is at pre-school and plenty of tidying, she says as small child empties big box of toys all over floor *sigh*

02-24-2010, 07:25 AM
Morning :),
I can't believe it's Wednesday already! The week is flying by.
Wow Debbie, i'm impressed. I've never heard of anyone making a reusuable bag, but i'm intrigued by the concept.
Heidi, hope the snow falls wherever is easiest for you to manage it, so grass it is.
Cyndi, hope working from home works out for you.
Kara, ballet class sounds great! I don't think they have any adult classes where I am, or I would totally go.
Cottage, i'm crossing my fingers for you, and i can almost smell the banana bread now....
As for me, today is teaching, then after school, then packing. My friend is turning 30 this weekend, and she has decided to go to Vegas for the weekend, so i'm headed on a flight with her tomorrow night. Packing for trips always makes me a little nervous. I always pack too much, better to have something and not need it than vice versa.
Have a great hump day!

02-24-2010, 07:34 AM
Kara - Ballet sounds like fun.

Cottage - It's pretty nasty up here right now. It's the heavy wet snow that clogs tires and brings trees down. Yuck. We have snow in the forecast every day until Monday. Guess that's what we get for missing those two storms you got ;)
Today I'm making a peach/blueberry mock coffeecake. I found maple agave at the Co-op and can't wait to cook with it!

Shimmy - You should be prepared for snow in Vermont until late April/early May. It's possible that late but not likely (though my co-worker could tell you about all the late storms we've had. She loves weather trivia). Storms in late March usually have heavy, wet snow. If there's not snow there's plenty of mud if you go outside of Burlington. That time of year it can't quite make up its mind so you never know what the weather will be like. Burlington is a lovely little town with some great restaurants. Vermont is very health conscious so you should have an easy time finding things to eat. Enjoy your visit :)

Lauren - that's how I pack too :) Have a great time in Vegas. It's my DD's favorite place to go for a quick get away.

02-24-2010, 07:43 AM
I'm not very savvy, when it comes to getting a picture posted. Here's a link to someone who has done this and given a tutorial Isn't that beautiful!

Heidi, have your parents save those bags. It's pretty darn easy with a heavy duty needle on the maching. Be careful on the road.

Cyndi, sorry DW has to go in to work. It will be nice to have you around today-I'm going stir crazy. Maple Agave is good!

Kara, I'm glad you're enjoying ballet class. Happy cleaning! Congrats on moving that ticker!

Cottage, I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Shimmy, the cake sounds interesting! :dust: for not licking out the bowls!

Lauren, wow! Thats a long trip from NY to Vegas! A hop skip and a jump for us here. Have fun packing and anticipating!

I'm as far as I can go with paperwork-maybe some office pickup is in order. I need a secretary!

02-24-2010, 07:46 AM
Morning all! Today is Donna Day so I need to tidy before I leave for town. I have a quilting class and then need to do a big grocery shop, something I've not done since Christmas! I have 12 to 15 people coming for dinner Friday evening and need to work a Bingo that day so tomorrow will be The Big Cook!

Although I don't have time for personals these days because of limiting my time here, I do read all the posts and just want to say we have a really great group!

Time for a :grouphug:

02-24-2010, 07:47 AM
Morning Ladies!
I'm checking in early post workout pre shower. . .its a good thing we don't have smellovision!
Debbie Thanks for the coffee Lady and I'll send some relaxing vibe to your back after the chiro you'll be like new! I want to see the pics of those bags :D
Heidi here's to snow free driveways!!
Cyn be careful shoveling and enjoy your cozy day at home
Kara woman you are a dynamo! That's awesome about the ballet!
Cottage I have to say I'm hoping for crazy snow and a long weekend! Turkey and banana bread sounds amazing! I think I want to move next door to you and dh! Vino and Banana bread I'm in!!
Shimmy post a pic of the cake when it's done!!
Lauren Vegas sounds awesome! You'll have a great time

me Finally got my arse in gear with my writing tho dh feels woefully neglected
Today is day 3 ph 2 (More like Ph 1.5 but I'm having cereal so a spade is a spade) I stopped drinking crystal light b/c it turned me into the cookie monster Literally! (That just makes me think of Schmoo) Just looked at the time I have to hustle into the shower rustle up the crock pot (trying chili in the crock pot with stew meat) and get flyin!
Have a great day ladies will try to check in from work

02-24-2010, 08:28 AM
Good morning. I am soooo stressed out with my life today. But I am not doing the whole emotional eating thing:) I will be back in the hospital waiting room keeping my mom company, the basement repair starts tomorrow so computers need to be moved today, need to get some stuff done for the trip coming up, and there is more. Sigh.

And it is DS1's 20th birthday today!

Moving on...

Debbie - I hope you post a picture of the bag so I can see what you are talking about. What is with all the bad backs now? Just got to your post with the link. Cute!

Heidi - I like that idea - selective snowfall. Sign me up.

Cyndi - Hope you get plowed soon, beats a shovel!

Kara - I am trying to picture men in tutus since I need the laugh today!

Cottage - Ahhh, banana bread. I will cross mine for you.

Shimmy - Try chewing on gum!

MJ - I hate packing for trips. I have never been to Vegas. Have fun!

Ruth - Glad Donna is back. What's the menu?

Kierie - I love using the crockpot; I'd rather do the prep in the morning and just enjoy eating the finished product later in the day.

02-24-2010, 09:03 AM
Although I don't have time for personals these days because of limiting my time here, I do read all the posts and just want to say we have a really great group!

Time for a :grouphug:

Yes, Ruth, we have a great group! As you already know, personals aren't required, a simple hello is super fantastic!

Kierie, "smellovision" cracks me up! Think I'll do a stew in the crockpot, too. Maybe I'd be back on Kirks favorite list.

Karen, soooo sorry to hear you are stressed. I know you won't eat off plan but that sure won't make the other stuff go away. How long is Moms SO going to be in the hospital? Basement sounds yuck! At least you have a vacation to look forward to. Happy BD to DS1! BTW-I'm prepping now for Chinese tonight. With my back, I really don't feel like doing much at night.

02-24-2010, 09:12 AM
Oy, Wednesday already? I overslept 30 minutes this morning, so the kids had to rush to get out the door on time. I have had two perfectly on-plan days, and it's been a while since I could say that. I had a long chat with myself about some cookies in the kitchen last night and managed to talk myself out of it. Good technique, Cyndi! I don't usually chat much with myself, usually it's see.....grab.
I had my meeting with the PM yesterday, and the job situation is what I deduced. They want me to keep doing what I do, and there is a govt person that will sign off on everything. I'm funded through next Jan, so at least I have a job until then, and we'll see how things go in the meantime.

Debbie, those bags sound great! Sorry your back is still bothering you.
Happy snowshoeing Heidi. And late Happy Birthday! Hope you had a great day.
Cyndi, glad you don't have to go out in the snow. Hope DW does okay. I got some of that maple agave for the kids. It's yummy.
kara, reading about your days exhausts me.
cottage, a little selfishness is a good thing every now and then! I hope you get your long weekend.
Waisting, I 'm sorry about your stressful day. forgive me, I haven't been around much - why are you in the hospital waiting room? Hope all is okay.
Kierie, thanks for thinking of me, I think. I love my crock pot but my repertoire is pretty small. I haven't found too many recipes I really like in there. Yesterday I did a pot roast, as I was on the road all day.
Ruth, dinner party? Sounds fun!
Lauren, have a fun trip! I do the opposite. I travel frequently for business, so I have mastered the art of packing light. I do sometimes underpack!
Shimmy, that cake project sounds very ambitious. Be sure to post a picture for us!

This evening I have to take DS to get a cavity filled, and then to a Parks&Rec Meeting. Quiet day (I hope), busy night, and maybe some more snow in the forecast, boo.

02-24-2010, 09:21 AM

Quick run-by fruiting! I'm not good with the timing of fixing breakfast, eating it, and checking all my emails/facebook/forums!

But the important thing is that I ate breakfast!!!! :D

Have a good day everyone!


02-24-2010, 09:28 AM
Morning chicks...

I call for my test results today! And guess what I did? I actually woke up early and used the Wii Fit! Go ahead, I will pause for you to faint and then pick yourself back up off the floor!

Schmoodle -- SO GLAD TO HEAR IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish DW's last day wasn't Monday :(

Hoping to make it up to NYC in spite of the snow this weekend. Hectic hectic day. will check in later.

02-24-2010, 09:34 AM
Good morning everyone! Taking advantage of the fact that this thread is only 1 page so I can scroll up..

Debbie- Sorry your back is bothering you. Hope you get some relief soon! You are making reusable bags? Sounds interesting!

Heidi- I wish we could direct the snow off the roads too! Although, I do like when it keeps the kids home from school so I guess a little on the roads is ok.

Cyndi- sorry about your back. I hope your plow guy comes so you don't have to irritate it more by shoveling!

Kara- you sound very busy! Ballet class sounds fun!

Cottage- I hope you get your long weekend!

Shimmy- Good luck making that cake! That's how I lost my willpower on my son's birthday. I dread having to make another cake and am so glad birthdays around here are over for a while!

Lauren- Have fun in Vegas!

Ruth- Happy cooking tomorrow! That's quite a crowd you will be having!

Kierie- Hope your chili comes out great! Crockpots are great, aren't they>

Karen- Sorry life is so stressful for you right now! Good for you for not going down the emotional eating road though! I hope your stress eases up soon. Happy 20th to your son!!

Schmoodle- glad you are secure in your job for another year at least!

Lisa- good for you for fitting in breakfast! That's more important that emails and forums. I still have to have my breakfast and should take your example and have it now!

Jenn- Good job doing the Wii! I hope your results come back with some answers for you. And mostly, I hope the weather holds out for your trip to NYC this weekend!

Not much going on here today. Kids had a delayed opening at school so they are all still hanging around getting ready to go. Delay means no preschool for my youngest, so we can just relax a little before she has to go to speech this afternoon. My husband has been away but is headed home this afternoon. He should get here before the snow we are supposed to get tonight/tomorrow, if that even comes. I don't trust the weather report anymore-they never seem to get it right lately!

Hope everyone has a great day!


02-24-2010, 09:41 AM
Good morning quick flyby while I am waiting for something to load.

Stay safe eastern girls with all of your snow. We have freezing temps in St. Louis but just drizzle for snow.

My dear cat is MIA- I have not seen him in since Thursday of last week and I am worried. The most he has ever been gone is 2 days and then he comes home to stretch out and sleep and eat. He has always come and gone as he pleases.

02-24-2010, 09:48 AM
Pearl, I hope your kitty comes home today!

02-24-2010, 10:30 AM
You gals always make me smile. :grouphug:

For those who asked... my mom's husband seems to suffering from a sudden onset severe dementia that came on a couple of days ago. It may or may not be related in some way to his heart valve surgery of last month. No one yet knows what caused it or if it will improve. The worst part is that he is refusing to see or talk to my mom and has said horrible things and she is not sure she can get over that even if he seemingly improves. They have been married almost 11 years. He has more brain tests today. He is supposed to be released tomorrow but will not be able to go home in this condition so my mom needs to figure out what that will mean. His kids are all out of town and very irresponsible but the best of the lot is coming today. My mom is not eating or sleeping and is just a mess. Since her SO won't see her, we just sat in the waiting room at the hospital yesterday. Will do the same today.

The positive... DH has moved everything out of the office except me and my computer stuff:) Maybe he will do that for me while I get on the treadmill since I have no time for my two gym classes today. I am trying hard to ignore him working around me because I am not ready to unplug yet!

02-24-2010, 10:34 AM
Hey girls! I just came from the bank! I'm gonna go out later today to get a romance novel and buy some fruits! Pearl, I hope your kitty comes back!

02-24-2010, 10:36 AM
Good morning, everyone. I hope everyone is well! I'm still out in this super-remote area and it's starting to drive me a bit crazy. We headed out last night to find a place to eat and EVERYTHING in town was closed. We ended up having to go buy white sandwich bread and some really cheap lunch meat at the one gas station for 60 miles. It was terrible. I'm SO ready to be home!!

Next Monday a co-worker and I are planning on starting P1. I'm going to try and guide her through it, so I'm hoping that will make me be more accountable. I'm going to let her borrow my book this weekend so she can read it before we get started.

Well, we have to get these inspections started, so I need to go double check our files. I hope everyone has a great day!!

02-24-2010, 12:36 PM
Karen, I am sorry for your mom. That must be so hard for her. I hope they can figure out what is causing her husbands problems and are able to fix him. I'm glad that one of his kids is coming to help. I hope that gives your mom a little bit of comfort.
Kim, sounds like a horrible area! How much longer will you have to stay there?

02-24-2010, 01:04 PM
Karen sorry to hear about the situation with your mom's husband.

Okie just noticed your ticker, You made it!!! Congratulations.

02-24-2010, 01:23 PM
Karen-that is horrible, it sounds like my mom pre-stroke so i can only imagine how horrible it is for it to happen so suddenly. It's so hard to remember that it's not his fault, I know! :hug:

02-24-2010, 02:42 PM
Heyyy all. Finishing up lunch (Broccoli Cheese Soup, pickle, bruschetta on celery) and have a minute to say hey!


Really not looking forward to going back to work. But, once work is over, I'll feed the weenies, feed myself, and head to Chris' for Date Night #1. Taking a ton of OP food over to his place so I have something to munch on if I get hungry.

Well, better start getting ready to head back. Hope everyone's having a good day!!!


02-24-2010, 02:51 PM
Thanks Pearlrose, just need to get the exercise thing going!

02-24-2010, 03:06 PM
:bravo::cp:Okie:cp: Hope it's the first of many milestones on your journey :)

The peach blueberry mock coffeecake (used to be cornbread) is very good. I will try not to eat more.

02-24-2010, 03:18 PM
Thanks Cyndi! I just came back not too long ago from shopping and didn't have too hard a time bypassing junk food!