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Maggie
10-17-2011, 01:44 PM
:wave: GOOD MORNING MAGNOLIAS :comp:

It is a chill day in the 60's this day in the Heartland. Looks like out summer heat days are over. I wonder if it actually froze last night as it was predicted. If it did there goes the rest of our tomatoes that had made a comeback. We actually had blossoms on those plants. Yesterday Will picked the bell peppers which had gotten up to golf ball size after being beaten down in that big storm we had. Maybe I could stuff them with one meat ball.:p The dogs are at the groomer and Cecil sure misses them. He is looking all over for them. O brother ~ I just got a call from a gal that is at a local establesment to sell tickets for a dinner we are putting on for the Wounded Warriers and the man I deleverd the tickets to hasn't given them to the ones who are there to sell them. A real oiled machine. :o Will is at the radio station recording a message and the cat is entertaining me. He is such a hoot. He loves wadded up pieces of paper. He put one in his play station then dives in and retrieves it. I wad small squares up to be the size of a large marble. At any given time you can see him walking around with one in his mouth. The dogs come along and squash them flat and I pick them up and put them in the trash but there are always new ones to be had. I am at the point once again where I have to get a grip for I am not losing. Perhaps I need to bump up my exercise a bit and get back to writing what I bite more religiously. I am not real happy with what the scale has been telling me. :mad: I know I need to get a grip. Too much of a good thing is still not always a good thing.

DONNA FAYE :congrat: Do you weigh once a week or is this for a couple of days? You are doing so well and I hope you keep your momentum for the druation. You will love adding charms to your bracelet. When I wear mine it is a constant reminder so I am not taking it off for I do need a constant reminder. That picture is a hoot on that charm and perfect for you. Are they made of silver? What fun it is going to be for you to add charms as you lose. Your stuffed peppers sound yummy. It is such a good idea to par boil them ahead. I am gong to make your recipe for dinner and ran it though the WW recipe builder and it comes out to 6P+ which is definitely do-able. When Will picks up the dogs from the groomer he will pick up the bell peppers and fresh mushrooms. I have all the other ingredients on hand. Thanks for the good dinner idea.

JEAN & SUSAN & GAIL a good morning to you. :wave:

I need to go get something out of the freezer for lunch. I love having a microwave to thaw "stuff" these days.


Jean
10-17-2011, 06:16 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! It's been another windy cool day in my corner of the world. This morning I balanced at church, went to the funeral, skipped the lunch which smelled delicious (usually it's sandwiches and salads), then came home to get my cookies, candies, nuts, and Bible reading ready to go for this afternoon. Stayed after the meeting and helped the hostess put her house back together, then went to the hospital to pick up the gift shop money. I'll do that in the morning when my brain isn't on overload. Tonight I have card club which I completely forgot about. In looking at the calendar realize my crafty group is meeting Thursday afternoon, I have a memorial committee meeting at 3, and then a nominating committee meeting at 5:15. It seems like everything is happening this week! :dizzy:

"Gma" -- :congrat: on another 3#s that are gone forever! :cp: It's interesting that you mentioned Jack and retirement. A gal at church was saying that her husband was thinking about retiring; his friends tell him that those who are "in charge" hate retirement and those who work under someone else love it. The thought being those "in charge" aren't in charge of anyone and try to take over the household administration duties which doesn't sit well with the Mrs. :dunno: Your bell peppers sound delicious! Is Jackson's hat a stocking cap or one of the animal ones with ears, etc.? I really like the yarn and patterns for you next projects. You will have fun adding charms and beads to your bracelet.

Maggie -- We are supposed to have a "hard" freeze tomorrow night. :brr: It has been in the low 40s the last couple nights and I can tell the house is cooler in the morning when I get up. I hope your tickets get delivered and sold asap! :yes: I know I lose better when I journal and I've been really bad the last few weeks. *shudder* Once I get lax it eventually goes by the wayside. :o Please share your grip with me!

Guess I will get out of my "good" clothes and change into comfy clothes for tonight. Enjoy your evening! :D :wave:

gma22
10-18-2011, 05:19 AM
Good morning ladies. Rough sleeping night last night and I just gave up at 4 am. I have to take Jack to work today as I have to go to the dr's and leave a note for her about my prescriptions because she never called them back and they are sending them back to me! I am going to impress on the women in the office the urgency of her getting the note and hopefully she will fax my prescriptions in as I have about 5 days left.

I have to go to the store and get more bread, lettuce, and a couple other things. Then I am coming home and trying to take a nap for a bit. I feel dragged through the mud this morning. At least I have a clean house! :lol:

Jean: I am making Jackson just a regular winter hat, but it has a cool pattern I have never seen before. I had a ton of this plum colored yarn left from a zip up sweater and hat I made him a couple years back so I am using it and a skein of daffodil colored wool I had so it didn't cost me anything extra to make it. I have had a time with the darn thing though, not because of the pattern, but because of the pattern....:lol: The pattern directions on sizes was vague and I had the first one half done and it just looked way too small for his head so I ripped the whole thing out and started over hoping using just the larger sized needles would work and looks like it will. When they don't provide sizes other than "child" it could be any size and it was sized for probably a small toddler by the look of it. My little guy has lots of brains in his head so he has a big head! :lol: The peppers are good and they are pretty easy to do too. I saw a recipe that recommended blanching them for about 3 minutes first and that did the trick. They came out of the oven all nice and soft but still with a little body to the as they didn't fall apart when I lifted them out of the dish.

Maggie: How did your peppers come out? You like spices so my recipe might have been a bit bland for you and on top of that, I don't add salt to my recipes because I am trying to cut down and Jack doesn't eat salt at all so hopefully if they aren't flavored enough you can just jazz them up however you want. I like the spaghetti sauce versus the tomato sauce though as they seem less acidic that way.

I have started my Christmas shopping and have the two men's "gag" Toys for Tots gifts for this year and some books for Jackson. His mom is reading him "big boy" books as he calls them, ie paperbacks, and I bought him some fun titles. He loves Captain Underpants and I bought him a couple other ones that are silly like that. They have a lot of authors who right for 4-8 year olds that are not golden book style books, but more like mini novels. I bought him a series called Flat Stanley where a bulletin board falls on Stanley and flattens him and he can get through mail slots, etc and has adventures, one called Horrid Henry and Horrid Henry's Underpants and one called Super Burp. You know the type where kids get into trouble trying to help or lots of body functions gone wrong or whatever. If he were a girl I would be buying Beverly Cleary books for him or Juney B books. I couldn't decide whether to buy him Amelia Bedelia books or not. I think they could be for a boy or girl as she is a crazy maid, but I kept with boy characters that burp! :lol:

Well, I am going to go. Have a good morning this morning all. Faye


Jean
10-18-2011, 12:39 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! It's a gloomy and VERY windy day in my corner of the world this morning. :( I just finished doing the gift shop bank deposit, and need to make a trip into town. It was a pretty good sales week and I had to recount and recheck my figures three times to be sure I got the same totals twice. I'm kind of dreading what the Christmas shopping days will be like; if I'm lucky most of it will be payroll deductions. Last night the card club hostess hadn't turned her furnace on yet and after some of us admitted we were cold (like numb!) she did turn it on. One gal is still wearing sandals; I must be getting old because I've been wearing socks for weeks now. When my feet are cold I'm cold all over!

"Gma" -- I'm betting a good nap will make you feel lots better! :cp: I hope you can get your prescription message to the doctor and then get them in time before you run out. Maybe she would give you samples just in case. I had to :lol: at Jackson having a big head because he has lots of brains! Maddy really likes the Amelia Bedelia books. She rereads all her books and takes them with her when she's in the car traveling. I think books are a great gift and encourages reading which is so important in school.

I need to get my paperwork punched and in the notebook so had better keep moving. I still have leftover cookies to put in the freezer and fur bunnies to vacuum. A nap in front of the tv sounds better! Have a terrific rest of the day! :D :wave:

gma22
10-18-2011, 01:08 PM
Jean: Does Maddy read the babysitters club books? Kelly loved those books when she was a kid around Maddy's age. You and I grew up on Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames, The Boxcar Children, and there was a series of books about a set of twins. Darn, have to look that one up, can't remember their names, it was a boy and girl and they solved mysteries. My sister loved them. I like true stories like Clara Barton, stuff like that though I was hooked on Cherry Ames. I always loved to read, maybe because my family life was crummy and I could escape. I, like you think if you can read, you can do anything in life. I gave a love of reading to my kids and hopefully to their kids too. I don't buy Thomas books anymore, but I do buy books for Jackson every birthday and Christmas.

I got all the errands done and the receptionist promised she would get the envelope to my dr and get the meds thing taken care of. I went to the grocery store and they had one checker and I got stuck behind the WIC/Welfare person again and she had all this baby food and stuff for her WIC so I had to stand in line forever. I couldn't self checkout because I had a gift card for my son's birthday and you can't scan it in proper in the self checkout so I stood and waited and waited and waited. I hate getting behind these people, not because of the waiting but because I see what they are buying and it irks me every time. This chick bought shrimp scampi!!!! Sheesh. Anyway, got all that done, then stopped and filled up with gas, ran the card for Jay to the mailbox and came home and unloaded the car, put everything away and made myself some lunch. I ate lunch then unloaded and loaded the dishwasher, put salve in Fortune's eyes and sat down here to see if I had a message from someone on facebook about a Scentsy party she is having. She is a friend of Kelly's that lives in Indiana and I told her next party she had to let me know I wanted to order some stuff. I have to find out some info about it as I have never bought any of the stuff to use. Jack will hate is as he hates having fragrance in the house and in the car, but I like it. It is nice not to have the house smell like dog and you can't avoid it if you have a dog, even a little one. Scentsy is melting fragrance wax in electric warmers and they have the little disks for the car and several other types of things too and wow do they have some great fragrances. I love cinnamon and clove smell and they have several combos of that right now.

Well, I am going to knit and if I get sleepy set my alarm for 2PM and take a little nap. I have to go get Jack around 2:15 or so. Have a good rest of the day! Faye

Maggie
10-18-2011, 04:23 PM
:comp: GOOD EARLY AFTERNOON MAGNOLIAS :wave:

Today is a chilly one and it is expected to freeze tomorrow night. Fall has fell and there is frost on the pumpkin. I don't like for the kitten to walk across my keyboard on this laptop but stoping him has been a challange when he gets on this table. I picked him up and along with him came two key tops. Little scudder had hooked his nails in the edge and bingo ~ up came the tops. I am glad they are easy to just pop back on but I can't have that behavior. He is sitting on my desk right now looking down at Beanie. Tonight for dinner we will be having Beef Stroganoff. I have a good crock pot recipe for it from an old WW magazine that I have up graded the points value in to reflect the amount in the new program. It used to be 4 points and now it is 5 points+ and is very yummy. I will serve it over wide egg noodles and count the points+ on them and have a lovely dinner along with a nice salad. All the ingredients that go in the crock pot at this time are sure smelling good right now. :p When it is half hour from being done I will add the sour cream and other last minute ingredients. It has been awhile since I have made this and it is one of Wills most favorite dishes. Of course I have added some things to the recipe that didn't add any points+ but make it more "me" if you get the drift. If anyone wants the recipe let me know.

DONNA FAYE I sure hope you get your meds all straightened out. We just got notice today that our company for mail ordering our has changed. Another company made a lower bid to do them so now we get to know a new place. I did spice up your recipe, of course :o, because we do like spicer things and will make it again. I just added a few spices to the burger mix that went well with the rest of the ingredients. I didn't add any salt because I hardly ever use the stuff. Spices take the place of it nicely. The guys gave me rave reviews. Thanks again for a wonderful idea for a yummy dinner. That wasn't good that the folks that put out that pattern didn't say the size. How is a gal to know if it doesn't say. There are such good writers out there for childrens books these days and it is good that the kids do like to read. Reading is so important. I know some college students that have never read a book they didn't "have" to. I am so glad I spent so much time at our little library within walking distance to our home back then. The librian taught me how to catalogue books and keep them in their proper places. She was such a nice lady. The town was small but within walking distance for my little legs. There was a grade scool, post office, dry goods store, hardware store, library, drug store, movie house, 5 and dime, clinic, dentist and a small market and a liquor store. It had everyting but not two or ten of everything that is now in the cities. Where I took the bus to high school was a bigger town where we did most of our shopping for there were better choices. The Library was my favorite hang out. I still love books.

JEAN You are one busy lady these days. Seems you are busier than when you were in the working class. It is nap time for Cecil and I have closed my office door to keep his dogs out. He has chosen to sleep under my desk on a piece of felt he knocked off my table. A piece of green felt I got out to make some package decorations with. Holley leaves. Anyway the baby has claimed it for his nap time. Burrr sandals. Mine are all put up in their place in clear plastic boxes on a shelf in my closet. They will serve me a few more warm weather months. I am not hard on my shoes and I buy expensive ones that will work with my brace and so they last. I am careful not to buy the "trendy" kinds because they go out of fashion before I would wear them out. I have a basic Birkenstock look pair that I totally love. I always did wear Birkies in my former life. I was a working girl and not a hippy but I was hip the way I dressed. :p

SUSAN & GAIL :wave: Hope all is well with your little corner of the world. Hope to see you here soon.

It is 3:25 and I have not eaten anything as of yet this day. I really do need to go get some lunch even though I am not hungry. Dinner willl be at 7 pm this day and I need some sustanence. :wave: Type at y'all later.

gma22
10-19-2011, 07:31 AM
Good morning everyone. It is quite chilly and windy here this morning and will remain so for a couple days. It was pretty windy yesterday and it got down into the 40's yesterday with hard rain at times so it was cold feeling. It is supposed to be back into the 70's by the weekend and most of next week, but it is closing in on the end of October so we can't expect warm temps much longer.

I have laundry to do this morning and my regular chores and I am going to work on the hat and try and get it finished before I get my other yarn. I need to still finish that sock too. I have been reading too much and knitting not enough so I can get projects done. I have 3 immediate ones needing to be finished before the end of the year and then I can work on my own sweaters and wraps and get them done for vacation next year.

Fortune had one of his up and down nights so around 2 AM he started getting on and off and on and off, but I wouldn't budge until Jack got up for work. He is sleeping now the little stinker.

We are going to have beef stew for dinner with a dinner roll tonight. Gives us all we need except fruit right in one bowl! Easy peasy, which is nice and it warms you up on this chilly day, too.

Maggie: Little spray bottle with water and spritz the kitten and he will quit that. It may take awhile to teach him, but he will get the idea. I would like the recipe so zip it to me. I like to make boeuf bourginon too and it isn't all that hard. I think sometimes people make cooking a lot harder than it really it. In this day of boxed and frozen everything, no one wants to take the time to cook anything and that's where the rub comes, time.

Jean: I found when I am cold to cover my head and I almost instantly warm up. Sounds stupid, but if I get cold at night and can't get warm, I put the cover over my head for a bit and warm right up.

Well, better get out of here and get the laundry in the dryer and unload and reload the dishwasher. Have a grand day all! Faye

Jean
10-19-2011, 11:52 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! I am sitting here with the space heater running and a cup of hot tea trying to warm up! It's a COLD day (27 degrees!) in my corner of the world this morning. I just got home from getting new nails and then returned library books. The nail guy always had the thermostat cooler than what I like and then uses a little fan to dry the nail polish. :brr: Later this afternoon I have bell practice. Bob, and farmer friend, finished harvest yesterday so now I will have to cook for regular meal time again. :( I fixed a roast last night so will have leftovers today.

"Gma" -- I have never heard Maddy mention the babysitter books. I know they made lots of trips to the library this summer and now she brings books home from school. I remember the Cherry Ames books and the twins books, but I don't remember the twins' names either. I have Scentsy wax burners because Beth has a friend who sells it. Beth gave me a night light that you put the wax in the top. I thought the wax lost its scent so pitched it but guess if you pour it back into the mold it will smell again. Ernie doesn't mind water so the water bottle doesn't bother him. :rolleyes: With Leonard all I had to do was show it to him and he'd take off. :lol: Bob covers his head with the blankets when he is cold at night. I'm thinking it is flannel sheet time! :cp:

Maggie -- The bird bath froze last night so Bob will have to get the heater out. A squirrel was sitting on the edge and I know he was looking right at me wondering what happened to his drink. :lol: I read a hint about putting marbles or small rocks in a can and then shaking it when the cat is up on the counter or doing whatever you don't want it to. :dunno: I've never tried it. I always thought that since we weren't home during the day the cat(s) would do as they pleased anyhow. Ernie picks a new nap site every once in awhile. He always goes back to his blanket on our bed eventually. I would like your recipe also, please. :T

I need to water my plants and get a couple of church birthday cards ready to send. Hope you all have a great and wonderful Wednesday! :D :wave:

gma22
10-19-2011, 02:48 PM
Jean: Yahoo, Trixie Belden is one of the books and the Bobbsey Twins are the twins! Have to be honest, I googled to get them as I could not remember them to save my life. Drives me nuts when I can't remember something and then out of the blue it will come to me and usually I shout it out and Jack jumps and is like...."Huh?" :lol: I haven't been getting my nails done, but I am thinking of taking it up again. They look so nice and my nails no matter what I do or what I eat always stay brittle. They grow fine, but then snap off or crack. Next time ask Maddy about the Babysitters Club and if she hasn't read them, tell her to look for them. I am sure she will like them. They are very girly girl books.

I started the stew and am waiting for it to boil to turn it down so it can cook. I am sure Jack will enjoy it if he worked outside today. It is pretty chilly, though nothing like Jean's house obviously.

I saw Lindsay Lohan is in trouble again and they revoked her bail or whatever as she didn't complete an agreed upon community thing. I think a good stint in jail just might scare her to death and not the namby pamby jail either, the hard one. Such a talented young girl that just couldn't stay away from the booze, drugs and partying, but then what parental influence did she have???

I see this advertisement for Wonder Slim bars next to the posting and they look good, but I bet they taste like cardboard, most of those kind of things do.

Well, I hear it bubbling like mad in the kitchen. Sounds like a witches brew from here! :lol: Have fun this afternoon. Faye

gma22
10-20-2011, 04:48 AM
Good morning gals. Sitting here sipping pumpkin spice tea, yum! I have an autumn spice I haven't tried yet, but sure helps with hunger. I try to eat breakfast now between 7 and 8 and was hungry so went for the tea and splenda. It is chilly here again this morning, but at least it is dry. The wind was whipping up something awful last night when Jack let Fortune out before bedtime, but it is calm and quiet out at the moment. I had to go to the bathroom and got up and of course that disturbed Fortune so no going back to bed at the moment. I just came downstairs and went ahead and fed him so he will go back to sleep afterwards.

We are going to have flank steak, baked potato and green beans for dinner tonight. The stew turned out pretty good on the chilly evening yesterday as Jack had to work out in the cold and wind all day pretty much so he was ready for some good hot stew.

They still don't have my prescriptions posted as being processed. I am giving them until Monday and if they don't have them, I am going back to the dr's office and raise the roof. Dr's want people to take care of themselves and take their meds, well they have to have them to take them. It doesn't take but a couple minutes to fax a prescription and it should have been done the same day I took it over there. I am going to call or email Expresscripts and see if they even have received it yet.

I finished Jackson's hat. I made a beautiful tassel for it, but it looks too girly I think so no tassel. It is called a twisted slip stitch and it did give me quite a time of it even though it isn't really a difficult pattern. The colors are daffodil and plum. I think I have enough of this color to make him a pair of mittens so after breakfast I am going to tackle those. I should be getting my birthday yarn in a couple days I imagine. I am anxious to see what the mohair color looks like.

Nothing much going on it my world. Oh, did you see that the ex wife of the heir to the Gucci fortune has refused parole, (she was convicted of ordering the murder of her then husband I guess.) If she is paroled she is required to get a job and she says she has never worked a day in her life and doesn't ever intend to, so she will just stay in prison. Brother!

Have a good Thursday all. Faye

Jean
10-20-2011, 10:50 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! The sun is shining so it looks warmer than the 29 degrees on the thermometer. I just finished "spit shining" the kitchen and need to vacuum the crumbs 'n fur. Ernie has been playing hockey with pieces of his dry food. I have WW later this morning, crafty club this afternoon, a memorial committee meeting at 3, and then a nominating committee meeting at 5:15. I hope to be back home by 7. Some days I have nothing to leave the house for and other days are packed full. I'm thankful I am able to do both. :yes:

"Gma" -- Ah, yes, it was the Bobbsey twins! Now I remember too! Your menu sounds good; we ate out last night so will have the leftovers tonight. I need to clean out the fridge as I think there are some furry things towards the back. Bob is much better about eating leftovers than I am, and when he is off farming he doesn't come home at noon. Jackson's hat is really neat! Did you knit with 2 strands or how did you get the striped effect? I didn't see the Gucci ex-wife tidbit. I'll bet she's a charmer in the pen. :lol: The neighbor's dog is named Gucci -- the girls named her.

I need to put together something to wear and put a load of laundry in the washer. Have a terrific Thursday and enjoy! :D :wave:

gma22
10-20-2011, 11:17 AM
Jean: No, the yarn is not striped. It is done on a pattern of 9 rows then repeated. The first 2 rows you slip the first stitch like you knit it to the needle without knitting it then k2 st and repeat that all the way around. The 3rd row you knit a whole row of yellow, 4,5 rows you k1 st, then slip 1 st, then kn2 stitches, then slip 1 and k2 the rest of the way around, row 6 you knit the whole row in the yellow, 7 and 8 you k2 then slip 1 all the way around and row 9 you knit a whole row of yellow. That's how it comes out when you repeat it over and over. Glad you like it. Hope you don't end up exhausted today with all that running around! have a good one!

QuilterInVA
10-20-2011, 11:37 AM
Good morning, ladies!Only 52 degrees but sunny after rain yesterday.

I guess I should be thinking about switching the closets so I have my winter clothes out. I'm still wearing sandals, but I put a jacket on this morning. I think another week or 2 is all I can wear light weight stuff. The leaves haven't started to turn yet.

I 've been working a normal work week this week and next, too, since my boss asked me to come in while he is on a cruise from Greece to Turkey. I'm just not used to 8-hour days anymore. Monday night was Bible study and last night was my applique bee at the library. Tonight is my Ladies of the Evening bee and tomorrow I am taking an English Paper Piecing class at Bella and then tomorrow night is lock-in. No one can accuse me of being an old person who sits in her chair watching tv all day. I look forward to days when I don't have to go anywhere or do anything and they are few and far between.

Faye, doctors around her will not fax prescriptions anymore. They email to some pharmacies and after that you get the paper and have to mail it or fax it on your own. My docs are good in that they write the prescriptions for a full year and I see both of them in January so its all taken care of easily. If I have to have a short term prescription, I pick it up at Walgreens. I had every one of the Bobbsey Twin books - Freddie and Flossie and Nan and Burt were the 2 sets of twins. I also had the Cherry Ames books - she was a nurse. I can remember my Dad taking me to the library to get my first library card when I was 7 years old (had to be that age back then). I was so proud. We had a small library and I think I read every child's book they had and progressed to adult fiction in middle school. You could give Thomas Amazon gift certificates to put books of his choice on his Kindle. Stew sounds good. I can put it in the crockpot before I go to work and have dinner ready when I get home. I go some frozen wheat dinner rolls that you can bake one at a time so that would be good with it. Asthmatics and COPDers have a hard time because people have all this fragrance in their homes now. I have problems with perfumes, too. I love Jackson's hat!

Jean, its too cold in your neck of the woods! Cotton harvest is just about ready to start here. We've planted our winter veggies and flowers. I'm hoping for no snow this year.

Maggie, the recipe, please! I had one from WW for stroganoff but lost it somewhere along the way. I was at Sandy's on Sunday and the neighbor's kids came over and said there was a stray cat in the neighborhood. A little later they came and said it was on Sandy's deck. I went out and it was an adorable, half-grown female that was spayed and declawed. She was so thin and came right to me. I was going to take her home but the little boy started to cry and insisted it was their cat. I'm still sorry I didn't take her. Not only can't I stand a kitty without a home, it's almost Halloween and she is totally black so I worry about here being abused then. I'm going to take my carrier up and put it on the deck with some food in it and see if I can get her.

Well, back to work! Have a great day.

gma22
10-20-2011, 11:41 AM
I belong to a knitting facebook page and someone posted this. I thought it was cute and wanted to share it.

A Knitware Before Christmas...

Twas the night before Christmas and all around me
Was unfinished knitting not under the tree.
The stockings weren't hung by the chimney with care
'Cause the heels and toes had not a stitch there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
But I had not finished the caps for their heads.
Dad was asleep; he was no help at all,
And the sweater for him was six inches too small,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
I put down my needles to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tripped over my yarn and fell down with a crash.
The tangle of yarn that lay deep as the snow
Reminded me how much I still had to go.
Out on my lawn I heard such a noise,
I thought it would wake both Dad and the boys.
And though I was tired, my brain a bit thick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
But what I heard then left me perplex-ed,
For not a name I heard was what I expected,
"Move, Ashford! Move, Lopi! Move, Addi and Clover!
Move, Reynolds! Move Starmore! Move Froelich --move over
Paton, don't circle 'round; stand in the line.
Come now, you sheep will work out just fine!
I know this is hard; it's just your first year,
I'd hate to go back to eight tiny reindeer."
I peered over the sill; what I saw was amazing,
Eight wooly sheep on my lawn all a-grazing.
And then, in a twinkle, I heard at the door
Santa's feet coming across the porch floor.
I rose from my knees and got back on my feet,
And as I turned 'round St Nick I did meet.
He was dressed all in wool from his head to his toe,
And his clothes were hand knit from above to below.
A bright Fairisle sweater he wore on his back,
And his toys were all stuffed in an Aran knit sack.
His cap was a wonder of bobbles and lace
A beautiful frame for his rosy red face.
The scarf 'round his neck could have stretched for a mile,
And the socks peeking over his boots were Argyle.
The back of his mittens bore an intricate cable.
And suddenly on one I espied a small label,
"S.C." was duplicate stitched on the cuff,
And I asked, "Hey, Nick, did you knit all this stuff?"
He proudly replied, "Ho, ho, ho, yes I did.
I learned how to knit when I was a kid."
He was chubby and plump, a quite well-dressed old man,
And I laughed to myself, for I'd thought up a plan.
I flashed him a grin and jumped up in the air,
And the next thing he knew, he was tied to a chair,
He spoke not a word, but looked in his lap
Where I'd laid my needles and yarn for a cap.
He quickly began knitting, first one cap then two,
For the first time I thought I might really get through.
He put heels in the stockings and toes in some socks.
While I sat back drinking scotch on the rocks.
So quickly like magic his needles they flew
That he was all finished by quarter to two.
He sprang for his sleigh when I let him go free,
And over his shoulder he looked back at me,
And I heard him exclaim as he sailed past the moon,
"Next year start your knitting sometime around June!"

Maggie
10-20-2011, 01:48 PM
:wave: GOOD DAY MAGNOLIAS :comp:

I can see by my clock that is just a few mintues after noon o'clock. It is slated to be a chilly day here in the Heartland and I am staying inside for I have chores to complete this day. Cecil is asleep on the top of his play station and the dogs are napping in the front room and Will is at his volunteer job at the Museum. He just has two sections of that book about this region to reset so it can be sent to the printer. He does it on his computer and turns in the chapters to the museum. Puts it on a thumb drive and they download it and then give his thumb drive back so he keeps a good copy that way. :p They will put the book up for sale when it all gets published. The reason for doing all this work is that the publisher threw away the origional and so when they wanted a reprint they didn't have the origional any longer. I don't have to think about what to make for dinner for we will be having left-over Stroganoff. Yum. I still have some fixin's for a nice green salad with tomatoes. I am thinking of making a loaf of bread in my machine. It makes small sized loaves so we eat it up before it goes bad. We don't eat much bread in this house anymore. :p Yep when I get off of this computer I will make a loaf of bread. Not sure what kind just yet but I will check my recipes and decide. I have some of those spices and seeds and such that I can put on the top and make it yummy that way. It is really called bagel topping but I use it for things besides bagels. I have just about talked my self into a rustic type multi grained bread with a topping. Yes.

DONNA FAYE I love that cap you knitted. It is so neat and he will love it. You do know that the reason our fore fathers wore night caps is because they realized that the body heat does escape from our heads. Men now days just put their heads under the covers. :o They should wear night caps. I do have a spray bottle with water in it but didn't want to get water on my keys. But I just may have to chance doing that to keep Cecil to quit that behavior. Will has a gun that shoots tiny plastic beads that works in the front room when he gets in the potted plants. The beads are smaller than a pea and bright orange. They don't hurt when they hit but give a surprise. Thanks for posting that poem ~ clever woman & what a hoot.

JEAN Sounds like you have busy days then days to rest up and then go again. Good thing you enjoy them both. Hope your trip to WW shows a loss for you this day. Evidently Cycel doesn't like the treats we bought for him because he plays hockey with them and sends them over to Beanie that eats them. Beanie will eat anything. It is so funny when Beanie is playing with Cecil and Cecil lets out a yap I tell Beanie to stop for awhile. Well he complies and does stop ~ then Cecil attacks Beanie. Guess I should stay out of it and let them carry on.:D At least now when I tell Beanie it is time for Cecil to take a nap he does comply and leave the room. When we frist bought Cecil into the house Beanie lost his hearing. He wouldn't do anything he was told because he was so zeroed in on the kitten. Now that time has passed he is back to his self that does mind when told to do something. He hears me now. They really adapted to each other quicker than I thought they would. I knew Ragg Mopp liked kittys but Beanie was never around any. It will be interesting when Cecil gets almost as big as Beanie.

SUSAN Yep I do belive winter is upon us. I need to switch my close around in my closet also. I have my shoes all put in their proper boxes and have been reluctant to tackle the decisions in the closet. My favorite jacket is still hanging on the hook by the back door waiting to be taken to the cleaners.:p It is the light colored berber one that is best to wear to church. I have other ones I use for out and about ventures that are washable. The berber one is washable also but has a silk lining and I'd rather have the cleaners do it up. Not go anywhere or do anything. Now that is a concept. I can't see that day ever coming your way. I do hope that poor kitty does come to your food that you put out and you can give it a nice home. I look over at my kitty all curled up in a crescent shape ball just snoozing away and it puts a smile on my face. Since we had such a hot summer they say that we are in for more snow this year. Bah Humbug.

GAIL My dear friend I do miss you so much. Hope all is going well with you and yours. :wave:

I am off to do some fun stuff. :wave: Type at y'all later.

QuilterInVA
10-20-2011, 03:41 PM
Maggie, when I saw this I thought of you - the ultimate camper!

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/technology-blog/3-million-luxury-camper-40-mobile-mansion-220233175.html

Maggie
10-20-2011, 04:15 PM
:wave: HOWDY MAGNOLIAS LATER IN THE DAY :comp:

OH SUSAN What a camper for only a cool 3 million. I should save up my allowance and buy one. :o Thanks for the eye candy. :cp:

I have my bread mixing in my little bread machine getting it ready to bake. I decided on a recipe that takes, among other ingredients, bread flour, whole wheat flour, 10 grain multigrain cerial (the kind you cook). For a topping I am going to use some bread and bagel topping mix that has sesame and poppy seeds and flakes of onion and garlic in it. I got a container of that awhile back from Bakers Catalogue. ;) On the final rise I will spray the top with olive oil spray and sprinkle it liberally with the seed mixture then continue baking it. It should be done at 5:30 this day. I like keeping some "to cook" cerials on hand for putting in breads. The whole grain kind I keep in my freezer which prolongs their life. I have a big bag of peaches I need to let ripen up then freez some and dry some and bake with some. I have visions of a nice peach cobbler. A friend has a tree and picked them all before the coming freeze kills them. I now have a plastic shopping bag full of peaches to deal with. :p If I lived closer to y'all I would share with you. Well my friends my break is over and I have chores to get to. :wave:

Later ~

gma22
10-20-2011, 04:45 PM
I saw that too, Susan, but the inside looks like a bordello, IMO!!! Jack said, no, so we aren't getting one.....:lol:

Jean
10-20-2011, 10:43 PM
"Gma" -- Thanks for sharing the knitting info . . . . but it's as clear as mud to me! :lol3: The knitting poem is cute; it reminds me of someone I know (me)! I am tired tonight; :yawn: my last meeting at church was a long one and I didn't get home until 7:30. Bob waited for me to eat, but I really was beyond hungry and don't like to eat that late. I did eat a slice of whole wheat bread and a piece of roast beef to hold me over until morning.

Susan -- You will have a busy couple of weeks at work and then enjoying your evening quilting activities. You definitely aren't an old lady in a rocking chair! :kickbutt: That is some kind of camper! I could probably force myself to spend a night or two in it. Oh, I do hope you can capture the kitty!!! :crossed: Maybe Sandy can coax it inside for you.

Maggie -- Will is certainly doing his good deed working on that book. :cheer: I maintained at WW today, and I was totally shocked! I hadn't been there in I don't know how many weeks and have eaten just about everything I shouldn't have in the meantime. Your bread sounds good and I'll bet it smelled wonderful as it was baking! :T

I am heading to bed shortly. It's been a busy day. See you all tomorrow!

gma22
10-21-2011, 04:45 AM
Good morning ladies. Well here it is Friday already. The weeks seem to be flying by and it is only a week and a half until Halloween. I can tell we are headed into fall with the chilly temps at night and the leaves, oh the leaves again. I always hate that part of fall. We need to clean up the deck and put up summer stuff, that we didn't use one time with the heat this summer. Heading into the winter months and wonder what they will bring us this year.

I finished Jackson's first mitten and will make the other one today then I am done knitting for him completely. The yarn I got for my birthday should be here the first of the week as well as Christmas stuff I ordered online so far. I am hoping I get in gear and wrap stuff as it comes instead of sticking it all on the bed in the guest room and doing it all at once. I know I am not going to wrap the stuff until I have to. I need Jean here to do it since she always offers. :lol:

Jean: Yeah for you on the maintain. Sometimes when we know our eating isn't right we have to be thrilled we haven't budged. I am up about half lb so far this week though I have been absolutely scrupulous on my food portions, and pts, calories, etc, but Monday is a few days off so we shall see what that brings. I know, I probably didn't explain the hat directions very well, but though it sounds complicated, it really isn't. It is just a matter of paying attention. I cannot be distracted when I am doing patterns like that or I mess up and sure enough I did it a couple times and had to rip stuff back. Like I said, knitting has taught me patience that is for sure, but I am not sure I am patient with anything but knitting! :lol:

Maggie: That was some ugly RV in my opinion. It looked like something from outer space on the outside and something someone who likes trashy flashy on the inside. I am just not all into that chrome and velvet and stuff. Give me a nice basic RV and I would be happy. It has to bee foofooed up a bit with some of the extras though so it wouldn't feel like camping. I hate camping! :lol:

I got a message from Express Scripts they have no faxed in prescriptions for me and they aren't showing up on the website either. I am giving them until close of day Monday then Tuesday I am keeping the car and going over there and reading people the riot act and getting a proper prescription. It is ridiculous that this has not been taken care of and I don't really care who is to blame, be it people taking phone messages and not passing them on, the receptionist not doing what she said she would or my doctor. It will have been three weeks and that is not acceptable, period.

Tonight is beef and noodles night I guess then probably salmon tomorrow night. I try to give us some variety.

Not much else going on here. Hope you all have a nice weekend. Faye

Maggie
10-21-2011, 12:16 PM
:comp: GOOD MORNING MAGNOLIAS :wave:

It is a clear sunny 70 degree this day in the Heartland. I have two buidings cut out and this day I will grind the edges smooth on the pieces that didn't cut exact. Some glass has a mind of it's own and doesn't follow the cut mark. My pieces have to be practically "exact" for me to build something.:p Most glass cuts great but I get a piece now and then that has a mind of it's own and it is just about worthless for anything I make. With Cecil playing under my table I have to be quick to pick up any little slivers that fall while I work. I just opened a fresh box of tissues and noticed it has teeth marks on one corner. There was a pack of 4 on a low shelf in here and evidently the kitten found the shrink wrap enticing. What a character. For dinner this day I am going to mix up a box of dressing and place it in a pan with some chicken breast tenders on top. I will spay the breasts then liberally sprinkle lemon pepper over them. I use the kind that is salt free. Mrs. Dash is the only one I have found around here that is salt free. The ever nice salad will be served along with some green beans as the veggies. For later we will have some sliced peaches with splenda sprinked on them along with a tad bit of freshly ground nutmeg.

DONNA FAYE I prefer simplier accommodations when camping than that rig that costs 3 million. :D Gracious sakes that is reched excess for sure. We were able to cook outside several times this year. In fact we also cook out there in the winter sometimes. For Thanksgiving we are planning on smoking a couple turkey breasts in the out door smoker. I have a catalogue that has an indoor electric pressure smoker that looks like a large crock pot that I have my eye on for it will hold a whole chicken. It cooks barbecue brisket in only one hour. Conventional cooking of brisket takes 5 hours on the barbie. It is $250 so I had better plan on asking for it for Christmas. :cool: It will cold smoke cheese or fish also. Will absolutely loves smoked cheese. We always buy some when we visit Texas.

JEAN :congrat: on showing a maintain. That is a good thing when you haven't thought you were OP. You were just eating at the level you needed to maintain your present weight. :p That bread did turn out sooooo good. I love it that my machine makes such small loaves for just the two of us it works out fine. Since home made bread doesn't have preservatives in it the shelf life is short and with a regular sized loaf making bread machine we were wasting bread we didn't eat. I like to make the kind with "stuff" in it which makes it more healthy. I can't remember when the last time it was I made a plain white loaf. The loaf I made yesterday is sturdy enough to make a nice sandwich this day.

SUSAN What is on your ticket this day? Will & I got a good laugh about that "camper." Thanks for that.

Jean
10-21-2011, 12:36 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! The sun is shining, it's breezy, and a bit warmer in my corner of the world this morning. :cheer: I need to meet with the gift shop buyer and go over a couple of bills that happened before I took over. I hope she can figure it out because, from her email, I sure couldn't. The kids are coming on Sunday so I need to make a grocery run; once again I'll be going on a Friday which I said I wouldn't do after I retired. :dizzy:

"Gma" -- You definitely are a patient knitter! If I understood how to do a knitting pattern I would know exactly what you were talking about. ;) I would be on the phone every day until I got the prescription snafu straightened out. That is a gross lack of communication on their part I would say. I hope you get some good news today! :dancer:

Maggie -- Today our paper had winter weather predictions for different parts of the country. I guess we are considered northern plains and it is to be colder and wetter. :( The south is supposed to have continued drought. I guess we will put up with what we get. :rolleyes: One of the gals at crafty club showed us a bag of rice that is just cooked in the microwave, in the bag, and then ready to eat. She said it was good and much quicker. I'm going to look for it this afternoon.

I need to round up my gift shop record book and check book so I can be on my way. Have a fantastic Friday! :D :wave:

gma22
10-22-2011, 05:54 AM
Good morning ladies. I woke up having to go to the bathroom, tried to go back to sleep and said to heck with it and got up and knitted some then doggy wanted fed so went ahead and fed him and got on the computer and played a game for awhile and decided to post. Yikes, what a run on sentence that was.


HAPPY 38TH BIRTHDAY TO MY SON JAY!!!

Jack is going to shampoo carpets downstairs and the double recliner this weekend and I am going to once more tackle the bathrooms. It is that time again. Other than that, nothing exciting going on here. I am going to finish the other mitten today and probably start on another project. I am still doing a couple things for Christmas and since we are having Christmas at Thanksgiving since we are going to Indiana, I want to finish them before my sister's sock. Her birthday is the day after Christmas and I can finish it in a couple days and send it and her other stuff on its way the middle of December. I found these cute little collectables and thought of her so I am going to get her one. That Bradford Exchange has some cute and neat stuff.

Jean: Hope you day slows down today and you are running all day again. How is Bob coming along with the farming??? I imagine the cotton ginning is about done around here now. We haven't seen any picking when we go to the commissary and no signs they have gotten into the fields yet, but I imagine next time we go the fields will be bare. Like Susan said, after they pick cotton the roads look like snow has fallen.

Maggie: I have a real low cubbie in my pantry and put chips and snacks in it and Fortune never touches it, but when Marty comes to stay he thinks he has hit the jackpot because if I don't remember to move the stuff higher, he will have dragged it all out and had a feast! :lol: Funny the way each animal has a different personality and such.

I guess I am going to have to keep the car and go in to the drs office on Tuesday because nothing is showing up on my medication website. It is irritating, but necessary as I have to have the meds.

It isn't even 5 AM on Saturday no less and their is noise going on outside. This place is crazy. They had the music revved up all evening last night, who knows which condo as they all seem to do it except the elderly white seniors who live here.

Well gals, you all have a nice weekend. I am going to go and sit and knit for awhile then probably go back to sleep for a couple hours as Jack stayed up late last night so won't get up very early. Faye

Jean
10-22-2011, 11:11 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! The sun is shining, NO wind for a nice change, and it's supposed to hit 70 degrees today and tomorrow. :cheer: I need to make a grocery list and head for the store since I never made it yesterday. :o I'm almost tempted to take everyone out for pizza and call it good except they will get here around noon and every place will be super busy.

"Gma" -- :hb: to Jay! Jason turned 38 in September; I forgot they were almost the same age. You have a busy day planned. :yes: Bob, and farmer friend, finished their field work on Tuesday. Yesterday afternoon he went back to clean up his tractors and put them away for the winter. Now I have a pile of dirty farm clothes out in the garage waiting for me. I will do them after my regular laundry is done and then I can run a cleaning cycle in the washer. I can imagine how annoying the neighbors' music and noise is for you. "Someone" either has a new dog or else just moved into the neighborhood a block behind us because there is a dog who barks nonstop when he/she is outside. I don't notice it if the door is closed but sure do when the door is open. :( I keep thinking I will go for a walk and see if I can see it when I hear it. If I had a barker I certainly would try to do something about it.

I'm off to put a load of wash in the washer and make my grocery list. I need to iron church clothes sometime today. Hope you all have a relaxing weekend and get to do something fun for yourselves. :D :wave:

Maggie
10-22-2011, 01:52 PM
:wave: GOOD LATE MORNING MAGNOLIAS :comp:

It is another beautiful 70 degree sunny day here in the Heartland. The wind isn't even blowing. Yesterday we were out and about and stopped by the museum because Will wanted to pick up some copies of a picture one of the ladies had made of a wagon train hauling building materials back in the 1800's. Yep folks had cameras back then. He has gotten prints of lots of old historical happenings. Anyway I stayed in the Jeep and 3 of the ladies that work there came out to chat with me. They were so happy to tell me that Will said he is buying that indoor pressure smoker for "us" for Christmas. He told them it is not a secret.:p They had not heard about one before and were wanting to know more about it. I will take them a catalogue from Hammacher Schlemmer. They have been offering the best, the only and the unexpected for 163 years. Since this is the "only" indoor pressure smoker ~ they offer it because it is a good product. However, the best commuter cup that they offer is the best out of many, many on the market. And, of course, it is the one I sip my coffee and tea from. :D When I came into my office/glass room/Cecil's butt hutt, food and play station room I was delighted to find a caramel covered apple sitting on my desk. It had chopped nuts stuck to the caramel all over and was only 4 points+ ~ I checked the points+ before I took my first bite. What a delightful breakfast. The apple was so good and juicy. For our main meal this day Will is going to grill burgers on the Webber. He bought all the fixin's when he was out and about earlier before I got out of bed and moving this day. We always like to grill up more patties and place them in buns when cool and then double wrap them and pop them in the freezer for later. Veggies can be added after they have thawed. Works for us. Life is good.

DONNA FAYE I hope you do get a nap in this day. You need your sleep my friend. That is rotten about your meds. I sure hope you can get it all straightened out and they give you some samples to keep you going till yours arrive. The company that got the contract to do our meds isn't going to send them out automatically ~ we will have to call each time we need refills. That is probably why they were able to underbid our other company. I don't know where he slept but Cecil was on the bed early this morning. I am not sure how he got up on the bed, but have an idea he hopped up on the low blanket table at the foot of our bed then climbed up the edge of the bed. He didn't stay there long for he was then off with Beanie playing somewhere else in the house. It was so pitiful hearing him cry with the door shut and his two humans and two dogs on the other side. It worked up until now but he has become the great exployer. Into everything he can get his little body into. Plus Beanie has calmed down now and isn't constantly on him. Happy Birthday to your son! Hope he has many more years to celebrate birthdays.

JEAN I won't know how to act if we ever have our washer and dryer on the same level as I am and not down some steep steps. I have not done laundry in 3 years now and we have nice new washer and dryer and I only got a quick glance when they were delivered. If I recall they are like yours. When I read how you gals are doing laundry I get a good smile on my face because I don't have to do it. Nan-a-nanna-nanna. Aren't I just awful. I am blessed though that Will does the laundry and the floors. I have a broom and a dust pan with a long upright handle that I can keep my room swept. It hurts my back to use a conventional dust pan. Gotta keep the glass shards up. :p A neat small dust pan came with the butt hutt floor cleaning kit which I can use with my glass works to sweep the shards into then down into the trash. I won't have to pick up the trash container to the edge of my work station now. Duh, I don't know why I didn't think of a dust pan for that years before. I have a real nice natural bristle drafting brush that drafters used to use before computers came along that sweeps my surface clean. You know the old fashioned way to sweep their drawings after erasing something. When I found them in a shop years ago & I bought their only two. I wonder if they even sell them anymore. Yapping dogs are a public nuisance when they won't stop. I never understood how folks who own that type of dog can stand it. Just have a way to shut it out, I guess, and don't pay it any mind. They can sure shatter the silence.

SUSAN How is this lovely Saturday going with you? I know you are out and about.

Have a lovely day Magnolias :wave:

Jean
10-22-2011, 10:21 PM
Maggie -- You can send some more of your weather my way. It was so nice today and tomorrow is supposed to be even better. I can't remember the last time I had a caramel apple or a popcorn ball for that matter. My grandma used to make both. Ah, the childhood memories are special! I have a dust pan with a long handle which is great for kitty litter and laundry room fur/dust fuzzies. It came with a little broom that swivels but it never goes the direction I want it to, :( so I just use my regular broom. I don't really mind doing laundry; it's just when I forget to set the timer for the dryer and the clothes get too dry before I get back to them. Laundry is pretty much the one thing Bob won't do around the house, never has and I expect never will. I'd bet he'd be taking everything to the cleaners if he were alone. :dunno:

This afternoon I made a salad, cheesy potatoes, and banana bread. Tomorrow we'll grill chicken, I'll fix green bean casserole and fresh veggies. I bought ice cream rolls from Ian and they will bring those for dessert. I'm going to put some dishes away and head for bed. See you all tomorrow. :wave:

gma22
10-23-2011, 08:19 AM
Good morning ladies. It doesn't seem as cold in the house this morning so the temps outside must not be down too much.

Jack is going to do the living room carpet today. He did the dining room and the loveseat recliner yesterday. It is nice to have the clean fresh smell again. I think I am going to take off Fortune's doggy sweater and wash it and dry it and put it back on him as well. He is going to have to go to the groomers again soon, but I am trying to hold off for a bit and coordinate for Thanksgiving since we are taking him with us this year.

I got Jackson's books yesterday so now have everything but two of the gag gifts/toys for tots gifts I bought for Tom and Jay this year. Jack thought they were funny so I hope everyone else does too. It gets hard after the 3rd or fourth year to find stuff that is amusing, but still stuff kids might want to pick from for a present. The one I am getting Kelly is cute and Alicia's is something she talked about not too long ago on her Facebook page. One of the funniest things one year Kelly and Tom bought Jack a little's girls toy PINK laptop. It was really cute but boy was it pink. I got this little handbag one year that has all the pretend assessories like wallet, lipstick, etc and had a little tiny yorkie in it. I almost wanted to keep it! :lol:

I have started the other hat now so we shall see how it comes out. This pattern is so cute, but the author really screwed up directions and I put the hat on the needles and knitted a good 3 inches and discovered it was too small to get on an adult head so I did some math calculations and tore it out and recast it on and seems like I got it right to fit now. I had to tear out the first one several times to get the right circumference for a kid's head and I think I did ok. I am not a designer. I follow patterns great, but they have to be correct because I am like a sheep, I will go over a cliff if you lead me that way! :lol:

Jean: Jack will not clean bathrooms! He helps me remake beds when I have washed sheets, vacuum, does the shampooing of carpets, loads and unloads and will wash dishes, but I don't trust him to dust or mop and he will not clean bathrooms, period! I actually don't mind bathrooms, I hate to vacuum so it all works out. I ask him to vacuum and I do the dirty bathrooms. :lol: He gets a bit sloppy about taking out the trash, but he will do whatever I ask, it is just the asking. One thing though and in nearly 39 years I have yet to learn. I will tell him, "Don't let me forget to..." and of course he always does. He never remembers to remind me. I took out 3 bags of dog food from the freezer last night and told him not to let me forget to put it in the fridge before going to bed last night and of course he did. I just stayed up real late composing an email letter to the patient advocate with UT Medical, which is the corporation for our practice so I happen to see them laying on the freezer and stuck them in the fridge before I headed off to bed.

Maggie: It was nice here yesterday too. I had to go to the grocery store to get milk and a few other things and it seemed lovely. I noticed the MPD had a neighborhood thing going on at the Krogers in the front. I never went over and talked to them as I just wanted to get home and get stuff put away. I love carmel apples, especially those fancy Prindable types, but stay away from them because of the sugar now. I have been really great about not eating sugar and it makes a world of difference with cravings. I haven't made any Splenda desserts, but as soon as pumpkin comes out for Thanksgiving, I have a cookie recipe I want to try and if they are good am going to take them for Thanksgiving.

Well gals, I am going to sit and knit for awhile and put the heating pad on my shoulder. I must have slept wrong because the muscle in the upper shoulder in the back is sore as the devil when I move this morning. Have a beautiful day all. PS I heard from Gail. Wayne found himself another job, thank goodness and she is having big computer trouble so it is going into the shop and she is going to be unavailable for awhile. She is doing ok. Faye

Jean
10-23-2011, 09:24 PM
Good Evening, Flowers! We went to early church and then came home to put food together for dinner. The kids have all gone home and the house is quiet once again. We had a nice day weatherwise and took the kids to the park this afternoon. We did have a little excitement a bit ago. Ernie was curled up on a kitchen chair watching the deck which has rope lights around the rail. I sat down in the recliner expecting him to come sit on my lap and he had disappeared which is unusual for him at this time of night! I had propped the door open just enough to let some fresh air in and a cat walked across the deck. That happens every once in awhile, but then the cat turned around and it was Ernie! :eek: The screen door had been left open and I didn't realize it. So Bob and I are outside, in the dark, trying to coax him to come to us. We hear another cat screech and Ernie comes tearing across the deck headed for the door which is closed. I opened the door and then circled around the outside of the deck; luckily he went back up on the deck and in the door. I had visions of being up half the night searching for him.

"Gma" -- The shampooing is a good job to have done. Bob does that here also. I like your idea of buying the gifts for toys for tots. We have an organization that asks for used toys in good condition. I ask Bob to "help me remember" and usually neither one of us do in a timely manner. :o Let us know how the cookies turn out. I hope your shoulder is feeling better. Thanks for the update on Gail.

I'm thinking I will read for awhile. Bob is watching the world series so I can sit with him. Have a marvelous Monday tomorrow and enjoy! :D :wave:

gma22
10-24-2011, 07:56 AM
Good morning gals. Jack left for work about half an hour ago driving in very dense fog so I imagine it will be slow going as these idiots travel regular speed and don't slow down for anything. We have great fog lights on this SUV and they held immensely though.

I am registering up about half lb, but then my feet and legs are retaining water so much so that when I was sitting with my feet up yesterday and leaned against something hard for a few minutes, when I took my leg down, I had a big indention in my leg where the hard surface laid against it. It is because I am out of medication so I imagine I will be down extra once I can get back on my meds because I have stayed OP since the beginning of October and haven't had any refined sugar like desserts, sugar on cereal, etc, stuff like that. I guess Express Scripts felt sorry for me or something because the lady who emailed me back on Saturday said she was sending it to the pharmacy for processing and I just went in and checked and they are filling it right now! Thank heavens, I won't have to go to the drs office and read them the riot act and my meds will be here probably around next Monday.
We didn't do a whole lot yesterday except shampoo the living room rugs. I saw and knit then tore it all out this morning because it looked way too small. This woman's pattern is so screwed up, I can't believe she made anything that fit kids. She might have made for adults, but the kids pattern is ridiculous and would fit a baby not children or teens as she says it will. So, I ripped it all out and am starting over doing good ole calculations on my own to figure how many stitches to cast on. For one thing, she did her gauge using the larger needles and so there weren't enough cast on stitches to make the brim stretch enough because she had 3 sizes difference between the brim and the pattern part, which is a lot. Most only use one, two at most. Anyway, starting over, and that's ok because I still have time and this doesn't take but a couple days to complete.

We are going to have thin boneless pk loin chops, mashed potato, Jack will have some gravy and a veggie for us. I am thinking cauliflower for me, but Jack probably carrots or green beans. I think tomorrow night we will have salmon patties with rice and a veggie.

Jean: Sounds like you had a good time with the kids and a scary one with Ernie. I always panic when Fortune gets out. He is getting older but still runs when he wants to, so I am not sure he wouldn't go wondering if he got out of the gate. You guys going to Hawaii in February next year? I don't remember if it is your on year or your off year. Jack had me do a drum roll yesterday when he took off one of the paper chains as we are now under 50 weeks until the cruise. He is all excited because a bunch of people have signed up for the meet and greet for next year. I kind of roll with the punches, if there are nice people, great, if not, that's ok too. I think I am getting to be more of a hermit in my old age.

I have my mammogram a week from today then just have to go in a couple months for meds recheck, but then I have to be on meds to have them checked. I am not going to make an appt until I get them and am on them because she wants to check them after 2 months, just the new one she is putting me on. Actually, my bp wasn't too bad considering I wasn't on the Norvasc anymore.

Well, that's about as exciting as it gets around here. Oh, I finished the mittens, but I am going to wait and just take one picture of it all when I am finished. Have a good start to your week. Faye[/COLOR]

Maggie
10-24-2011, 11:28 AM
:wave:GOOD MORNING MAGNOLIAS :comp:

It is a chilly 47 degree day so far here in the Heartland and calm. This afternoon though it is said to get up to 81 with 24 mph wind so there is a wind advisory so we are in for it. Will just got back with Cecil from the vet. He got a shot and will get neutered and declawed when he is 4 months old. The vet said this kitten is going to be a corker since he is so bossy now ~ just wait till he gets older. :p My kinda cat. After I leave here I am going to go search in my freezer and decide what I can put in the crock pot this day. I am going to be busy with glass works this day and if I corck pot cook then it makes it easier on the cooking end of things. I want to get these two buildings done and delivered so they can be shipped in plenty of time for Christmas. I do want to make myself some holly leaf candle holders. I gave away all that I had last year. ;) Projects for the local area can still be finished on time for the holiday. I am now munching on a breakfast burrito which is quite yummy. :D Sustanence. Oh ~ something has gotten the neighborhood dogs to barking. Ours are still quiet for they don't often sound off when the other dogs do for some reason. By in large Ragg Mopp and Beanie are quiet when they are in the yard. Ragg Mopp is a good watch dog though. When Paul comes in after working late and we have all gone to bed Ragg Mopp hears him open the back door and he sounds off. If we ever had an intruder he would surely let us know. :cool:

DONNA FAYE :hug: You are packing water weight. That's crazy how your meds are being handled ~ or "not handled." Once when there was a snaff-oo with mine they at least called in to a local pharmacy and I was given enough to last until mine came in the mail. I am curious to find out how this new company we will be getting our meds from operates. I hope it is as smooth as silk. It's a good thing you know how to enlarge a pattern for that hat to fit properly. It's going to be neat when you get it all finished. Your fog story reminds me of the time we went to the cabin which is up 6000 feet. It was so foggy we drove slow and I had my door open (I was riding shotgun & Will was driving) so I could lean out a bit and see the edge of the road. Beyond the edge was a steep fall ~ if we fell off the road we would be down the mountain quick so I was being "navagator". Those mountain roads are trecherous when they get that "toolie fog" coming up out of the valley below which is filled with moist farmland. We love the mountains. When we started up the mountain it was clear but the fog was hanging high. Thanks for the 411 about Gail.

JEAN & SUSAN Hope your day is going well with you.

Type at y'all later. Off to do some glass work. :wave:

Jean
10-24-2011, 04:45 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! It's a gorgeous day in my neighborhood and the weatherman says it is 70 degrees outside. :flow1: The church computer wouldn't let me, nor the secretary, into the program this morning. She called the guru and he came out to fix it which made me later than usual to get my posting done. I stopped at the hospital to pick up the gift shop money, made that deposit after lunch, and stopped for my flu shot on my way home. Now I have laundry going and am "resting." :p

"Gma" -- I'm sure your extra half pound will be gone, along with some friends, once you get back on your meds. :yes: I hope you get your meds sooner rather than later. I just called to refill mine and two of them need the doctor's ok! I got them all checked and reviewed at the same time so don't know why he can't get them all on the same time schedule to renew. :dizzy: You are a "wonder" knitter if you can figure out how to make something fit without an actual pattern! :cheer: We are going to Maui the first part of February -- we'll be gone just shy of 2 weeks this time. We are going to have 4 unhappy grandchildren when they find out we are there without them. They all still talk about their trip at different times and reminisce together.

Maggie -- What is cooking in your crock pot? :T You are a wise lady to get your Christmas projects in the works early. :cheer: I need to do a counted cross stitch bookmark for crafty club so should do the same . . . later. :o

My dryer is buzzing so I'm off to put in the next load of laundry. Enjoy the rest of your day and evening! :D :wave:

gma22
10-25-2011, 05:36 AM
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