Support Groups - Worldlies Wrapping Up the Year in December




happy2bme
12-01-2011, 12:15 PM
Ok ladies, logged on this morning and I see we need a December thread. Always a challenge to come up with a new title. Hope you like this one ... I'll be back to post after I set up.


happy2bme
12-01-2011, 12:40 PM
Ok so here we are :present: - a little "wrapping" for Mel. :D And hard to believe we are winding up the year already. Time is really flying by. Even here - I've been off a whole month already and it sure doesn't feel like it. The good thing is that it's not quite as hectic as it was.

I need to get into my ex-employers website to get at my last check. Trouble is, they are so far behind in technology that none of my browers will work and I'm not downgrading them and creating other issues. My old desktop might work but we are missing a cable. DH is going to try and hunt for it. This is really getting to be a pain. I grabbed 4 boxes yesterday and they were all dud boxes - stuff that can wait a few months to unpack. :(

It snowed a little last night - just gentle flakes slowly falling. DH set up a flood light on the front deck shining out into the pine trees where he set corn and cut up apples. We hooked the light to a special light cord with a remote control on off switch so I can turn the light on from inside the house. Looked out last night and 2 does (female deer) were out nibbling. It was so peaceful looking. Then just before I headed to bed there was a little bunny eating outside. I miss bunnies - we only saw ONE 1 in all the years we lived in TN - can you believe it? Someone said you don't see them because the people eat them but I don't think that was the case in my neighborhood although they did have alot of roving cats which would definitely cut the population. Anyway the bunny was nibbling and suddenly scampered off. 30 seconds later a young buck and doe came over and started eating. It just looked so pretty with the snow falling. It's cold today but I have more than enough warm clothes.

Today's agenda is getting back to tidying up the place and getting rid of more boxes. DH just came in with some stuff to sort through - hopefully one of them has the needed cable. Better go help him. Back later...

ceejay52
12-01-2011, 01:05 PM
Happy
What an awesome sight that would be to watch wild life!
Thanks for setting up the new thread. We have rabbit's or should I say hare. They are brown.
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My sore throat has turned into a sinus infection. But I have some cipro stashed away and took one last night before bed. Feeling better this morning.

As Laura would say I'm being a sloth this morning.

My WW At Home kit came yesterday. I'm starting a 90 day challenge today. Weighed in at 194.6. My goal has been to get to or pass 190 by the end of
December.


diyana
12-01-2011, 04:35 PM
Happy December ladies!

It's been an exhausting day. Trying to figure out the root cause of why my report wasn't displaying the data it should and in the way that it should. :faint: It's nearly time to go home, and not only am I working from home tomorrow...I'm only working 1/2 day! :yay: I have lots of presents that need to be wrapped, boxed and shipped, and then decorations to bring up from the basement and a Christmas letter to write. :faint:

I hope the headache that just came on goes away quickly...I just don't have time for it.

I'll write more tomorrow.

Love and hugs to all,

Shad
12-01-2011, 06:28 PM
Morning all,

Not feeling very well. Woke up this morning and the room was going round and round and round. Sat up and went to the bathroom and things seemed to settle down until I lay down again and things went round and round. So I sat up for a while. Now the world is going round in a vertical position, so no work for me today. Not sure what is causing this but I hope it goes away as fast as it came.

I'll be back when I feel better.

annie175
12-01-2011, 06:35 PM
Hi ya ladies....lost contact for a bit...too much going on in the evenings and don't have time or energy to post....want sleep...sleep...

Had a disturbing night of sleep a couple of nights ago....very scarish nitemares and was screaming in my sleep...Curtis just happened to be going to the bathroom and heard me, came running out and thought someone was attacking me...no just dreaming awful things.....He held me the rest of the night while I layed there with my eyes wide open in fear....rediculous....last nights dreams were sweet...jeez wish I could remember what I ate to make me have crazy dreams. lol.

Last nights dinner with sissy and family was lovely.....got to change monkey's diaper and dress him for bed, then held him til we left for home. He is so sweet. The love I am feeling is amazing. and I am sharing it with all my sistas...be happy.

Work was crazy yesterday and today....end of year, company's wanting insurance quotes like yesterday for Jan 1 installment...really? Like you didn't know you wanted them before now???? Go ahead, make me crazy!
Oh and I tried to log on from work today...guess what....oh yeah...it will let you log on and go the route, post whatever...but in the bottom corner of the computer there is this little eyeball with a circle with a line through it blinking...um...I exited out. At least they let you know when you are being watched and reported...since I didn't post it won't go against me.....really, don't they know that posting and reading for about 10 minutes is a stress reliever so I can do my job better?

Laura....well everyone deserves a who cares day and do nothing...so girl you go for it. Sorry about the train...what a mess... Really...I love my hair appt...relaxing...I don't care if I sit with color on my head...I usually nod off.. The insurance is not in your mortgage payment? Strange...mine is so I don't have to worry about making that payment....however...my mortgage, insurance and whatever...my monthly payment is crazy high.

Happy....moving and getting organized...well look at it this way...you have the rest of your life to do that...so just do it at your leisure.... If you have a septic system..be sure to put RID X in your toitie once a month to eat the junk out of your system's storage....Monkey is doing so very good....sissy is such an awesome mommie....

Posting this much....will finish after dinner....hugs..be back shortly

annie175
12-01-2011, 07:21 PM
Ok, back...dinner done...dishes loaded...laundry in dryer...glass of wine...ready for a relaxing evening....

Ceejay...I think it is a great idea to only go once a month to the uncles....the car needs to last you for a long time...no need in racking up the miles...my 05 Camry has 160000 miles on it and praying it last another 100K....I know it is rediculous but that is about the time I will be ready to get another car....

MELLIE....maybe we will just come to you and get married then serve beaker food at the reception...lol. Speaking of beaker food...tonights beaker foods was dressing with shredded pork a top, then shredded cheddar cheese with a can of cream of chicken soup poured a top.....it was very good and tasty...Curtis approved and asked that I packed some to take in his lunch tomorrow...that is how I know it was good...when he askes for a "to go box" lol.

Chelle..I hope you AND DH get to feeling better and can enjoy the Christmas season. It is rediculous that any one person should suffer so much..like dear GOD spread the pain elsewhere or just plain get rid of it. Maybe you and DH should get a punch card and after 10 punches of visits, treatments, therapy, you should get a free one! Seriously..why not?

SHADDIE....poor thing...I knew all the running and WORKING would get you eventually....more vitiman C's for you sista, get some rest...and take it easy...you are NOT invincable (sp) so take it easy on yourself....don't make me fret over you too! My mind is full...so get better and feel good!

Ok...I gotta get the clothes outta the dryer and get into some sweats and enjoy the evening with my man.....

Loves and hugs...

MELODY525
12-01-2011, 07:46 PM
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HAPPY THANKS FOR STARTING THE NEW MONTH:hug:
I AM "ALL WRAPPED UP MYSELF" IN HOLIDAY SPIRIT AND HOLIDAY FOODS!!!
WE WENT TO TJ'S TODAY AND HAD A GREAT TIME TOGETHER.
JEN OF COURSE LOVED THE STORE. I TOLD HER TO GO HER OWN WAY AND WILLY STAYED WITH ME.
SHE GOT THE LAY OF THE LAND AND WAS SHOCKED AT SO MANY CHOICES OF PRE-MADE FOODS.
I THINK SHE THOUGHT SHE HAD DIED AND GONE TO HEAVEN.
NOW SHE KNOW BASICALLY WHAT I LIKE AND WHERE IT'S LOCATED.
MRS CLAUSE LEFT WITH LOTS OF BAGS AND VERY BROKE. :rofl:
GOTTA LOVE THE SEASON THOUGH.

THE OFFICE IS ANOTHER STORY. NOT ONE FOR HERE THOUGH.
TRYING VERY HARD TO REMAIN ABOVE THE DRAMA AND NASTINESS BUT IT AIN'T EASY I CAN TELL YA.
JUST GOT DONE A LITTLE WHILE AGO WITH A TENANT WHO IS INCAPABLE OF TAKING CARE OF HERSELF OR HER "INSIDES".
LONG STORY BUT PROTECTIVE SERVICES ARE GETTING A CALL TOMORROW.
VERY SAD WAY TO SPEND THE HOLIDAYS FOR HER.
THANK GOD SAL STAYED AND HELPED ME GET EVERYTHING CLEANED UP. POOR SAL.. :faint:

I AM A BIT TOO TIRED TO GO BACK AND READ RIGHT NOW BUT WILL CHECK OUT THE LAST POSTS TOMORROW.
I DID SEE CEEJAY GOT SOME SNOW. NOW I WISH WE HAD SOME.
WOULD PUT ME IN THE CHRISTMASSY MOOD AGAIN :tree:
SEE YOU GALS IN THE MORNING.:cloud9:

MELODY525
12-02-2011, 08:38 AM
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GOOD MORNING CHICKS:coffee:

I HAVE SOME OFFICE STUFF TO DO THIS MORNING.
THEN I NEED A MAINT. MAN TO HELP ME FIND THE REST OF THE DECORATIONS FOR THE TREE.
BUT FOR NOW I HAVE 2 HRS TO SIT QUIETLY AND HAVE BREKKIE.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY/SATURDAY:moped:





SHAD....WOW....SORRY TO HEAR YOU'RE NOT FEELING WELL. HOPE THE DIZZINESS HAS SUBSIDED. JEN ALMOST FELL OVER THE OTHER MORNING AND WE'RE BOTH TAKING MEDS FULL TIME NOW. GET WELL SOON :hug: AFTER LAST NIGHT I AM THINKING WE SHOULD PUT THE PHONE CALL OFF TILL AFTER YOU RETURN FROM NZ OR WHEN THIS JOB ENDS. THEN WE CAN TELL EACH OTHER HOW THE HOLIDAY WAS:lol3: RIGHT NOW I AM GETTING CALLED "OUT" AT ODD HOURS BECAUSE OF A FEW TENANTS THAT QUITE HONESTLY BELONG IN A NURSING HOME. EVEN JEN IS COMPLAINING THAT WE CAN'T EVEN HAVE A DECENT CONVO RIGHT NOW. IS THAT OK WITH YOU? SEVERAL TIMES I HAD TO REHEAT A MEAL OR WRAP UP A SANDWICH FOR LATER. IT'S A NIGHTMARE. NOT OFTEN SO MANY SENIORS ARE DOWN FOR THE COUNT AT ONE TIME BUT IT HAPPENS. FEEL BETTER LITTLE SIS. :getwell:




CEEJAY...SORRY TO HEAR YOU ARE FEELING SICK TOO WITH THE SINUS INFECTION. JUST TOLD SHAD WE'RE ALL ON MEDS HERE TOO. HOPE YOU GET WELL SOON ALSO AND STAY WARM:getwell: GLAD YOUR WW KIT ARRIVED AND GOOD LUCK!!!LET US KNOW HOW YOU LIKE IT. :cheer2:




HAPPY.....THANKS AGAIN FOR STARTING DECEMBER AND I LOVE THE TITLE!! :hohoho: IT WAS PERFECT TIMING TOO AS WHEN I CAME UPSTAIRS LATE, I WAS SO GLAD TO BE DONE WITH NOVEMBER!!!:rofl: THE WILDLIFE WATCH IS GREAT AND WHAT A SUPER IDEA WITH THE LIGHT. CONSTANT ENTERTAINMENT. HOPE YOU FIND THE CABLE AND CAN GET TO YOUR LAST CHECK. CAN'T THEY JUST SEND ONE?!?! ALSO HOPE YOU FIND THE RIGHT BOXES!:hug:




LAURA....I WENT BACK TO LOOK FOR YOU BUT 3FC IS BEING STUBBORN AND I CANNOT GET TO THE PAGE BEFORE LAST. SO NOT SURE IF YOU POSTED BEFORE WE CAME HERE. SENDING MY SISTER A HUG ANYWAY AND HOPE ALL IS WELL :hug:




ANNIE....SORRY THE JOB AND 3FC ARE NOT GETTING ALONG. BUT JOBS ARE MUCH MORE IMPORTANT NOWADAYS!!! I HAD AN AWFUL NIGHTMARE THE OTHER WEEK AND WAS PETRIFIED TO GO BACK TO SLEEP FOR A WHILE. WHERE DO THESE HORRORS COME FROM?!?! GLAD CURTIS COULD EASE THE FRIGHT AND LIKES YOUR MEALS!! WHAT A GUY!! A REAL KEEPER. THE TIME WITH JAKE IS SO PRECIOUS. KEEP UP THE POSTS. I LOVE IT. :bb: GIVE HIM A SQUEEZE FOR ME.....AND A SMOOCH!!!




MICHELLE.....HOPE THE HEAD FEELS BETTER. I'LL SEND MY PRESENTS OVER THERE...YOU CAN WRAP MINE UP TOO:rofl:
HOW DID THE REPORT GO??? HOPE IT ALL WORKED OUT.

diyana
12-02-2011, 11:11 AM
Good morning ladies -

Thank goodness I only have 1.5 hours to go before I am done with work for the day. My back and leg pain are bad today. Post-procedure pain is quite common for the first 3 or 4 weeks....just in time for me to get Round 2 on my right side. But if the end result is at least a year with little or no pain...then I'll take it.

I'm trying to focus on getting a few work things done today...then it's gift wrapping/boxing/shipping time, then decorating. DMIL said she'd be happy to help, and I will definitely take her up on that. :)

Sorry for the lack of personals today. I hope you all are doing well.

Much love and many hugs,

Laura705
12-02-2011, 11:27 AM
Morning all. Going to cheat and paste the entry I wrote yesterday and never posted.

Michelle – It sounds like your medical plans are all set up so you can get your treatments before your insurance changes next year. I hope your tests are successful so you can get the rf ablation done – I really want you to feel good and be able to be as active as you want! I know how you feel about getting home and not wanting to go back out. I feel the same, which is why those 8 pm exercise classes just wouldn’t work for me. If I don’t get back out right away, forget it! Plenty you can do at home. I still want to borrow some more exercise dvds from the library for yoga and cardio and try them out.

Happy – Ugh, your insurance situation sounds like it’ll be a nightmare for the next several months. Hope you can get through it without too much agony. Gosh, 60 days isn’t much time to get the driver’s license switched over, but you’re right, why make yourself a target for being ticketed? I hear many people say they are busier in retirement, and that they don’t know how they used to have time for their job, LOL.

Shad – Things normally start to get slow for our department this time of year, but I’ve got this software conversion going, so not for me. I hope you’re savoring this slow time, and that it stays that way up until your trip to NZ so there’s no last minute craziness with work before you go.

Ceejay – So is the snow gone now? We might get some tonight, but not a lot, if any. The weather people are saying how it’s unusually late this year to be getting a first snow, and I’m not even sure we’ve had any measurable snow yet – just flurries. Fine by me. I keep putting off buying a taller pair of snow boots, but the day will come when I need them and I’ll be SOL.

Annie – You sound so content at the moment – love reading your happy posts! But I do hope that this latest reorg at work doesn’t impact you. LOL Sissy assigning you to provide the dinners on the night when she has to feed a finicky child.

Mel – Hope you’re letting any office nastiness roll off/over you and aren’t letting it ruin your holiday spirit. You’re probably at Trader Joe’s as I write this, or on your way there. Hope you and Jen enjoy the trip. I love seeing all the stuff TJ’s has, but we usually end up buying the same few things. Which is probably a good thing. I could go crazy in there with all the neat stuff they have, especially the holiday goodies.
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Boring week – nothing much to report. I got to sit on the train today, and no delay, whoo!

Last night was my hair appointment. Even before going to it, I was feeling tired. Probably just TOM.

Dinner was pizza from a new place. It was not as thin as the kind we usually get, but I still had two slices. Not sure if I got the calories right in My Fitness Pal since it’s an estimate based on other listings of pizza, but I did have a salad for lunch, so I think I did okay for the day. As for the pizza, it was tasty, but I think it was too expensive. And I prefer a thinner crust and less cheese.

As for the sodium content…this morning’s BP reading was higher than it normally is (but not too high), so I know the pizza was chock full of it. My usual bp levels on this combination bp med are pretty low now and I wish there were a lower dosage med available, but probably not. And my doc would probably contend that being in the low 100s is fine for my top number, especially since my bottom reading is now in the low 70’s, as desired. Boo. I’m tempted to mess w/ the dosage myself, cutting the pills in half, or maybe alternating days with the combo pill and the water-only pill. I don’t feel bad on this drug, but I’ve been conveniently blaming everything on it – numbness when sleeping, feeling cold more frequently, slight dizziness right when I get out of bed in the AM. Obviously I’d rather not be on it, but I doubt my doc would think any of those reasons are justification for a change. And she’d probably just try a different drug anyway. Good motivation to keep trying to drop my excess weight!!

Oh, this medical talk has reminded me I have to make my annual call to BC/BS because, as usual they have processed the claim for my mammo incorrectly and say I may owe my provider $200. What a bunch of BS. I’ve had to do this the past several years. Of course I could blame my med provider on how they submit it. Yet another reason to fire them and switch to a new ob/gyn. Hmmm.

Okay, just rambling now, so I’ll stop. I see we don’t have a Dec. thread yet, so I will wait to post this. I did it in Word, so it’s just a cut & paste anyway.

ceejay52
12-02-2011, 12:24 PM
shad
I hate those days of dizzy spells. Mine usually come from to much fluid in the inner ear. You were wise to stay home. Feel better soon.

Michelle
Sounds like you are getting more than ready for the Christmas Holiday's. Hope you do well with the next procedure.

Annie
Your comment about the car is exactly what I had in mind. I want it to last me for the rest of my driving years. Sorry you had such night mares. You have been under a lot of stress lately. So glad Curtis was there for you.

Mel
So there's still drama in the office. You are wise in staying out of it. Kinda nice to have Jen do your shopping.

Laura
Yum on the pizza. The normal according to my sister is 90/60-120/80. My doctor told me to cut the fluid med of 25mg to half the tablet each day. I'm doing lot's' better. The fluid pill will drain your potassium from your body.

Happy :wave: Are you still unpacking?

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Up and at it this morning. Would like to get outside if it's not to cold and do a little yard work.
I'm planning on taking some more mulch and leaves to my uncle's tomorrow but not spending the night. The next weather system is moving in on Saturday night and I want to be home. Tomorrow we eat lunch together.

Laura705
12-02-2011, 12:25 PM
Morning again. Double post, lucky yous.

Shad - Sorry you're unwell. Maybe you have an ear infection causing the dizziness, or maybe something you ate? Hope it passes quickly, whatever it is.

Mel - Terrible some of the seniors are having such problems, and sad. You sound busy as heck with this and other building stuff - make sure you take good care of yourself!

Ceejay - Sorry you're also under the weather - ugh, sinus infections. Maybe you need to try a nasal cleansing thing - like a neti pot?

Annie - Too bad about the bad dreams, but wonderful to have Curtis around to help you through it! Awww, nothing like a baby to coo over! :bb:

Happy - Thanks for setting up the new thread! Glad things are slowing down for you now. Hope you can get at that last paycheck. Otherwise, bah humbug! You need to check your bp after watching the peaceful wildlife/nature scenes out your window - I'm sure it's lower!! It relaxes me when you tell us about it!

Michelle - Hope the headache is gone and you enjoy your afternoon wrapping session. That's one thing I sort of miss from years ago - wrapping actual gifts. Nowadays we all exchange gift cards and there's not much to wrap. :(

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Watched the movie "Sarah's Key" on dvd yesterday - it was the last book club book. It was good, but not as good as the book, as usual. I also finished my next book club book.

Yesterday late afternoon was a retirement party for a member of a department we work closely with. I saw my old boss, who has been retired for about 8 years now. The retiree's boss and the retiree made nice speeches, and I'm happy for her - going off to travel and enjoy a retirement after 30 years with the company.

I pulled out my shoe box of cookie cutters this morning and confirmed I indeed have an angel-shaped cookie cutter -two actually. I think I will bake sugar cookies for book club tomorrow night. The book's title is "The Stupidest Angel" and so angel cookies will be a good fit.

I also have to buy an ornament because we are doing an ornament exchange tomorrow as well.

Okay, enough rambling. Everyone have a good rest of the day.

annie175
12-02-2011, 04:08 PM
Hidee Ho Gurlzzz...

I just wanted to express, once again, how blessed I am to have you all in my life...you make everything seem ok and perfect...thanks for all your support and encouragement.....yes, I am sentimental today....

Lil Monkey update....Sissy took lil man to the doc for his very first real, non-hospital appt with a peditrician....he weighed in at 6 lbs 3 oz. and 19 1/2" long...(recap: born at 3 lb 10 oz and 17" long). Doc said he is doing amazingly great and keep up with the breast milk, evidently it is doing the job. Truly she is a wonderful, caring momma....

Forgot to tell you....every time I am around lil man...I always tell him that Nanna is here to see you lovebug. So he knows my voice. ANYWAY...Sam's S.O. ..Chris, her boyfriend, baby daddy of 3 1/2 years, his daughter, Ainsley (6 yrs) was jumping rope in the living room and kept yelling..."NANNIE, count how many times I jump" "Nannie" That little girl has now melted my heart and I am now Nannie...lol

Does anyone else think Christmas is stressful with all the gift buying crap? I just hate it. Lack of money and too many people to please....I am so over it. I love Christmas and it's true meaning, but so many do not see that. Can we just not get together, share a meal and enjoy our time together without trying to impress with gifts? PLEEEEZZZE

OMG...chia OBama...too funny...just saw the commercial on TV...you know it is bad and they make a chia pet out of the president....lmao

Tonight is baked pork chops, taters of some sort and a side veggie..out of lettuce and used my very last garden picked tomato last night....makes me sad, but also glad my matos lasted till Dec 2...like wow!

Hella Bs hair is so long that she is having issue with BM..if you get my jest. Curtis and I are going to TRY to remedy that situation tonight with tranquilizers, a blanket over the head and me clipping her hair around her bottom...I am NOT looking forward to that as I have been bitten more than I relish...wish us luck!

LAURA...cool on the cookie cutters...I love angels...here is one to make you go blah...Curtis calls me angel....isn't that too sugary? lol I love ornament exchanges and have not been in one for several years, like since 2001. I miss that fun! We would have an exchange and dinner with all that participated...so much fun.

CHELLE...I certainly hope you are feeling better and better every day....always except help (DMIL) and just say thank you..it does the offer person a world of good to think they are helpful...hope DH is getting some relief also...wow..you two need a definite break...I pray daily for your pain relief...love ya sista.

MELLIE...bah humbug on the office but don't let it steal your Christmas joy!! Watch your UPS deliveries on Tuesday...xoxo....TJ sounded like a real fun time especially since Jen went with you and found it to be a treasure...heck I would go visit an outhouse if it involved spending time with my DD or DS...lol.....

CEEJAY...safe travels to the uncles...and I agree with you on wanting to be home when the bad weather hits...I just feel more comfortable when I am at home...

SHADDIE...hope you are feeling better...it is sad that GOD gives us illnesses to let us know we need to slow down and take better care of ourselves....like a tap on the shoulder would do the trick for me...feel better sweet sista...hugs...xoxo

HAPPY....are you settling in? But the real question is....have you found enough parts to make at least one lamp?? How frustrating...may the force of patience be with you!

Must get off of here and get dinner going....preparation, then the oven...

I love ya sistas, hope you have a wonderful weekend...will try to stop back by later....CVS tomorrow morning...spending the afternoon with DD shopping for hair stuff then visiting DS on Sunday...taking Chili for dinner to DSs house....

Lots and Lots of love and so many hugs.

Laura705
12-02-2011, 06:11 PM
Hey Annie - So good to hear the little guy is doing so well. :)

I agree w/ you re the gifts - it can get to be too much. Most of bf's family has it "right" - buying just for the kids of extended family, and no gifts, or just little gifts (like treats) for the adults. In my family we still do the gifts for everyone, and it's mostly gift cards being exchanged, which is silly IMO. I think it's because we're not all that close, and maybe giving gifts is a way to deny the truth of it, haha. I like the idea of just getting together and sharing a nice meal, and forget the rest. Or agreeing to shop for a needy family instead. Or drawing names and buying for just one person. Or just little stocking stuffers because they can be a lot of fun (the past several years I've attached a couple lottery scratch off tickets to people's gifts). Maybe someday I'll make the suggestion for a change.

OMG, good luck w/ Bella's haircut!! That does not sound like fun. Definitely wait until those tranqs take effect!!!

Ceejay - I hadn't thought about the potassium loss through the fluid pill. Guess I better keep up w/ my multi-vite and keep eating bananas! I have a combination pill, so I can't split just one or the other of the meds. Enjoy lunch w/ the uncles, and safe travels!

ceejay52
12-02-2011, 08:14 PM
Annie
I hear you on the Christmas stuff. I've told my aunt I'm buying for the 8 year old and that's it this year. My sis in Dallas want's an Arkansas Razorback sweatshirt. They're expensive at 32 dollars a piece. Told her that they'd get kicked out of Dallas if she wore it.
Christmas stresses me out every year.
Good luck with Hella B's hair cut.

Laura
I have a neti pot. Think I'll use it tonight. I've been outside raking leaves. I need to do like Michelle and wear a mask.

happy2bme
12-03-2011, 03:20 AM
Hi chicks,

Well the good - cousins came over tonight for steak fajitas and we had a really nice evening together, I found DH's birth registration so now he can go on Monday and get his drivers license changed. The bad - still haven't found my Ipod, I can't seem to get my ID at work stable enough to change the password so I can get in and Napster (my music) got sold to Rhapsody and my 23 remaining song credits somehow disappeared into the fog. The ugly - had a monsterous blow out fight with DH last night - I think we both have been a little "tense" shall we say. But all is well. Also on the ugly is we broke down an bought a lamp harp so we could have a working light upstairs. It's the finest quality China-made harp that Walmart sells so DH had to do alot of shoving. At one point he got the shade on and it was rather crooked, sort of Charlie Brown Christmas Tree looking. Lord knows what else he did but it's straight now and didn't keel over when I turned the light on. Tomorrow we are going to my cousin's town to see the (don't blink) 4 car welcome Santa to Cable Wisconsin parade. He said they really stretch the cars out far to make the parade seem longer. I saw on the website that the townspeople are invited to dress up and march along so I proudly showed them my Polar Bear hat (they tried not to laugh) and I said I'd put a poinsettia on it and if I could find my battery powered set of 10 colored twinkle lights I'd add that too and march right along the "parade floats". Things are different here, I tell yah. Last week DH and I went out for dinner on Friday night in our town and I asked him to drive the 2 streets of downtown so I could see what stores they had. Little did we know the streets were lined with people waiting for the Santa parade. I couldn't help it, we were driving slow and parade like down the people lined street and I just had to start giving them the "queen's wave" with my mittened hand. Several people actually waved back. If I had been brave (or foolish) I could have popped out of the sun roof and really given them a wave. :rofl: I think we finally got the place clean enough where we can bring one box at a time in to sort through, minimize the mess and make it easier on both of us. I'm sure DH was wondering (as I sometimes did) where was the nap time we thought was part of retirement because we sure weren't getting any :lol:

I'm glad you all are on the same page as me with the Christmas gifts. We went to family gift certificate swaps which I thought was just dumb. Now I simply just don't have the money nor do I have the places to shop that I once did. I asked my Mom if I could have the paraffin wax spa that I bought her 6 years ago that she never cracked open. Said it could be my gift and I'd be happy to have it since my other one just died after only 1 use. I like your suggestion of just a nice meal and family gathering. Or a 10 dollar dirty Santa gift exchange game for the laughs.

Annie - I am so scared for you attempting to trim Hella's butt hairs. OMG - talk about asking for a beating :yikes: I hope that goes well. I guess a muzzle is out of the question. Sounds like this is best done under sedation like when they clean their teeth. Lil Monkey was 3 pounds when born? wow - that is unreal. I'm glad that despite a tough beginning he is gaining ground and doing so well. How cool that he knows your voice and equally cool that DD's BF DD is looking for a Nannie to love her too - I think she picked the right one. I hope your heart stays full of love and goodness - cuz that's how it should be :hug:

Laura - that's an interesting point about the gift giving and denying the truth. I think there's alot of truth in that statement. WoW. I had tried to make similar suggestions to my extended family about switching up the gifts but they didn't take the hint either so you aren't alone. I'm glad you got to see your former manager again - hopefully her enjoying herself gives you something to look forward to yourself one day. How was that book The Stupidest Angel? That was a great idea to make Angel cookies as your contribution to the get together. And a chance to use those cutters. Ever go through the stack and find you have one particularly nice one for a holiday that just passed and you missed your chance :lol: I bought a bunch of mini cutters to try and recreate those flower arrangements made out of fruit. Good idea but I think up here they would not trust little tulip shaped watermelon cutouts on a stick :rofl:

Ceejay - how long did it take you to get the hang of the neti pot? I bought one last year in desperation from a southern sinus season but never actually used it. I wonder why we never remember to wear the mask when we are working outside - only after we are in the house suffering afterwards. When you say weather system is there more cold coming into the area? I guess they lucked out in Memphis last week - it snowed but didn't stick. Coming kind of early this year.

Shad - I'm sorry to hear you are fighting the rolling high seas on your own wood floor. Does sound like some ear related thing. Hope you are feeling better after a day of resting up. That vertigo thing is the pits. Haven't seen you post yet so hoping it's because you are busy taking care of yourself. :hug:

Michelle - ouch on the sore body parts. Hope the pain subsides quickly and the procedure starts doing what it intended. That's nice of DMIL to offer to help with the wrappings and glad you aren't shy about accepting some help. Hope both you and DH are on the mend - busy time to be feeling poorly. Do you sometimes have issues with your back with the icy weather? I had a weak spot on a nerve - would always seem to slide and pop that stinker - to the point I almost got stiff legged on ice trying to be extra careful - was wondering if you had that too - or do you just have sturdy ice pick boots like Laura?

Mel - glad to hear Mrs. Claus is stoked up with lots of goodies to treat the kindly woman who oversees all her little charges in the building :mrsclaus: Did you get the tree finished? I imagine this gets to be a busy time for you - not like you ever get a down time - seems the holidays get people more worked up than ever, especially if they get sort of abandoned by their family. I'm hoping you can shut the lights off, lock the door and enjoy some soft Christmas music while enjoying the tree lights all by yourself. Or maybe with your number 1 elf - Miss Jen. We don't have much snow to spare but if it will make you feel more festive, I will box some up for you and fast ship it. However, "fast" up north takes a bit of a different kind of connotation - you might find yourself with good wishes and a soggy brown square - but the intent was heartfelt - yah hey dere - :D

I do admit. I don't want to think about Christmas just around the corner. Too much wizzing through my brain the last 2 months - it's screaming for some down time. Given shipping here - I'd better do some quick thinking or it will be gift cards from me too and Mom never really gets a chance to spend them anywhere :dunno:

Also it is VERY late -almost 1:30am and I keep promising myself each night I will get to bed by 11 - the time just flies here. Goodnight ladies...

annie175
12-03-2011, 08:36 AM
Quick check in this morning..got lots to do..

OMG Happy...you should be writing a book about all this move, job, boxes of mixed parts, cousins, family...I didn't really want to laugh but had to while reading your post.

Laura and Ceejay...yes Christmas is just stressful. End of story..

Hella B's haircut went extremely well...Curtis held her down and I clipped away..unfortunately could only do half of her body as the blanket was in the way..so bottom half down...needless to say she looks very similar to a lion...hahahahaha.

Hello to all you lovely worldlies out there..A big get well for Shaddie!!

Love and hugs,

MELODY525
12-03-2011, 09:12 AM
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SAW THIS LAURA AND COULDN'T RESIST!!





MORNING EVERYONE.
A WEELEND OF BLISS HAS BEGUN!!
LOTS OF LOVELY SUNSHINE AND BLUE SKIES.
I BOUGHT A COFFEE TO CELEBRATE THE WEEK'S END:coffee:

JUST LET THE WEEK FADE INTO FRIDAY'S SUNSET AND BEGIN ANEW.
ONE WOMAN GOT SOME HELP & HER BROTHER REALLY STEPPED UP TO THE PLATE.
SO WE HAD ONE HAPPY ENDING.
I GAVE A BUS DRIVER SOME MONEY TO BUY LIGHTS FOR THE SENIOR'S TREE AND THAT IS DONE.
THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE A DECORATING PARTY TONITE.:tree:
I'LL GET REIMBURSED NEXT WEEK. SOMETIMES IT'S JUST EASIER TO DO STUFF YOURSELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I GOT SO MUCH ACCOMPLISHED THAT NEIGHBORS CAME TO THE DOOR LAST NIGHT TO THANK ME.
I TOLD THEM NOW I CAN REST UP OVER THE WEEKEND:beach: HINT HINT!
THE KIDS AND I POOLED OUR RESOURCES TOGETHER TO GET THE KIDS RETURN PLANE TICKETS FOR AFTER THE HOLIDAYS.
SEEMS SOMEONE DROPPED THE BALL DOWN SOUTH. SO BE IT.
YOU CANNOT TELL THEM AT THIS LATE DATE THAT THEY CAN'T COME.:yikes:
ANOTHER DRAMA SQUELCHED AND FIRE PUT OUT. :lol3:
SO ALL IN ALL I AM FEELING PRETTY GOOD ALL AROUND.:dancer:
HOPE YOU ARE ALL HAVING A GREAT WEEKEND:moped:

PS....LOVE ALL THE AVATARS!!:hohoho:




LAURA.......LOTS OF MEDS COME WITH STRANGE SIDE EFFECTS. ESPECIALLY THE MORNING DIZZINESS. TRY TO LEARN NOT TO JUMP OUT OF BED BUT GET UP SLOWLY. DURING THE NIGHT THE BP HAS DROPPED AND IS A BIT LOW FOR SOME PEEPS. WE CAN'T HAVE YOU STANDING ON YOUR HEAD BEFORE LEAVING FOR WORK EACH DAY!!! :dizzy: PIZZA OF ANY KIND SOUNDS GOOD TO ME :rofl: :rofl:
I LOVE THE ANGEL COOKIE IDEA. TOO CUTE!!! WISH I WAS THERE!! :angel:




ANNIE......NOW I HAVE TEARS IN MY EYES. FOR SOME REASON THIS HOLIDAY SEASON IS VERY EMOTIONAL FOR ME AND I AM CHOKING AND TYPING:cry: YES THE GIFT GIVING PART IS HORRIBLE!!! IT'S BECAUSE WE WANT EVERYONE TO BE HAPPY AND GET THE STUFF THEY NEED OR WANT. WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN BORN MILLIONAIRES INSTED OF JUST DROP DEAD GORGEOUS:lol3: I AM SO HAPPY ABOUT JAKE AND SISSY AND CHRIS AND YOUR BEING A NANNIE TO 2 KIDS NOW!!:dance: IT JUST SWELLS UP THE HEART DOESN'T IT??? :hug: SOAK IT ALL UP AND KEEP GOOD THOUGHTS. PUT THE $$$ OUT OF YOUR HEAD AND ENJOY THE TIME. I TOLD JEN WE CAN WORRY ABOUT IT IN JANUARY!!:rofl: :rofl:





HAPPY.....I HAD A GOOD LAUGH AT THE QUEEN'S WAVE:queen: I CAN JUST SEE YOU DOING THAT AND THE PEEPS WONDERING WHO-TF IS THIS ONE?????:rofl: :rofl:
SORRY YOU & DH HAD A ROW BUT IT HELPS TO CLEAR THE AIR SOMETIMES AND GETS THINGS GOING ONCE AGAIN BACK ON TRACK. THIS WHOLE MOVE HAS BEEN STRESSFUL ON A LOT OF DIFFERENT FRONTS. LET IT BRING YOU GUYS CLOSER TOGETHER CAUSE YOU ACTUALLY MADE IT THERE!!!! :ginger: I WOIULD LOVE A BIT OF SNOW OVER THE WEEKEND BUT ALAS NONE HERE. BUT THEN IT WOULD MEAN MORE OF A HASSLE FOR ME!!! SOMETIME I SHOULD REMEMBER TO BE CAREFUL WHAT I WISH FOR. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND HUG EACH OTHER. DON'T MAKE ME COME UP THERE WITH THE ROLLINGPIN :rollpin:







CEEJAY.......HOPE YOU BEAT THE NEXT WEATHER FRONT. SAVE TRAVELS MY SOUTHERN SISTER. IS IT CALLING FOR SNOW AGAIN?? YESTERDAY WAS GORGEOUS. NOT TOO COLD AND I GOT OUTSIDE. HOW ARE YOU FEELING WITH THE SINUS INFECTION?? HOPE BETTER :hug:






MICHELLE....HOPE EVERYTHING WORKS OUT WELL WITH THE YEAR'S FREE PAIN. HAPPY WRAPPING. ME TOO. ENJOY THE DMIL'S HELP!!




SHAD....HOPE YOU ARE FEELING BETTER TOO:hug: THIS IS NOT A GOOD TIME TO BE SICK! YOU HAVE TRAVELING TO DO:wreath:

ceejay52
12-03-2011, 10:35 AM
I checked the weather map a few minutes ago. And the system I'm talking about has snow in it. Not that it means snow for us in Arkansas. The temperature here is 47 this morning. We have had too much rain and flooding is in the back of my mind.

Happy
I found the neti pot a bit awkward. The ent higly recomends it. Think I was using it at the wrong part of the day. Glad you got to enjoy time with your cousin. I had chicken fajita's last night.

Mel
What a cute graffic! I love Charlie Brown. Tell the office workers that Santa Claus is coming soon and they will be on the naughty list if they are not careful.

Annie
Good job on cutting Hella B's hair. At least you had some good help.

Laura
How did the book club meeting go? Did your angel cookies make a big hit?
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Told my aunt that I would not be spending the night when I talked to her last night. Swept the driveway and raked half the yard. I wanted to be outside. Also did 45 minutes of Yoga.

Shad
12-03-2011, 04:33 PM
Sorry - didn't post yesterday but I was feeling better. Just trying to catch up with an old friend and also having a down day.
The dizziness passed as it does. Not much idea what may have caused that however looking back, it was a very bad food day on Thursday and I suspect that and a lack of fluid may have been a big influence on things. Anyway all better now and running around madly trying to get a few things accomplished today since it is back to work tomorrow. Before it gets too warm today, I want to put some straw mulch on the rose garden and feed it with fertiliser or that should actually be the other way around, feed and then mulch. Get rid of the new crop of weeds in there too might be an idea.

Annie - I so agree about the commercialism of Christmas. We as a family gave up buying for anyone except the immediate descendants a long time ago. We used to get together with a barbeque breakfast, but that's even gone down the tubes somewhat since we are now so scattered across the land. My friend Chris has a family thing going and there is a lot of them. They put the names in a hat and draw out a name each. Then you buy the gift for that person and it can't cost more than $50 or $75. Everyone gets at least one present and they enjoy their day together.

Happy - I wondered when the explosion would come. It had to happen. Apart from divorce, moving house is the most stressful thing people can do. All that aggro has to have an outlet somewhere. Lets hope it has paved the way for an easier ride into the future. Hope you have sorted the cheque by now. Strange thing having to sign on to get it. Maybe they are hoping you forgot your password and will never be able to claim it.

Ceejay - yoga should bring in a bit of peace and calm to your life. Hope you enjoy the weight watchers.

Laura - families are strange things with moving dynamics. I agree that you should probably just suggest you each buy yourself something. Gift cards can be so anonymous I find. Better than getting 15 toasters but not much.

Mel - You had to buy the kids return ticket. :yikes: What were they thinking? Scratch that, who WAS thinking. Maybe the mother just wants the child support money without supporting the child??

Okay - gotta run. Washing machine just finished. The hose is doing well in the garden, got to sweep the floors - because the damn cat has been there again shedding more fur and then it will be time for gym, garden centre for potting mix and a couple of big pots,then a round of trying to fertilise and revitalise the pot plants before the sun decides to fry everything.

MELODY525
12-04-2011, 09:15 AM
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MORNING ALL

SILENCE IS GOLDEN THIS WEEKEND SO FAR.
I DID EVERYTHING I WANTED TO DO AND THEN SOME.
I EVEN HAD TIME TO GET INTO THE KITCHEN AND REARRANGE ALL THE TJ STUFF IN THE CUPBOARD BY DATES.
STILL WATCHING MOVIES AND JUST HANGING AROUND THE APARTMENT.
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY:moped:





SHAD.....IT'S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR.
SENDING A HUG YOUR WAY:hug: AND SOME LOVE :love:
GLAD YOU HAD TIME TO SPEND WITH A FRIEND AND CATCH UP.
HOPE YOU'RE FEELING BETTER ALL AROUND TODAY.
NOT SURE IF YOLU READ THE POST BEFORE THE LAST ONE BUT.....
WE CAN PUT OFF THE CALL TILL YOU COME HOME AND/OR THE JOB IS OVER WITH.
THEN WE CAN BIOTCH ABOUT ALL THAT WAS NUTSO OVER THE HOLIDAYS AND THE JOBS!!
IT'S YOUR CHOICE. ALL IS WELL OVER HERE.
AS FOR THE KIDS....RICHIE PAYS ONE WAY AND THE EX PAYS THE OTHER.
SINCE THE KIDS WANTED TO COME SHE SAID SHE'D PAY FOR THE RETURN FLIGHT
BEING THE GRANDFATHER WAS DRIVING THEM UP.
NOW SHE HAS CHANGED HER MIND AT THE LAST MINUTE AND JEN WAS LUCKY TO EVEN FIND 2 SEATS TOGETHER AT THIS LATE DATE. BUT IT'S DONE NOW.
HOPE YOUR WEEK WILL BE A GOOD ONe.:encore:

annie175
12-04-2011, 10:07 AM
Good Morning/evening all...

Glad to see you resurface in better condition SHADDIE....That is about the only thing I don't like about pets, as much as I love them, their hair in/on everything just annoys this OCD cleaner. lol

MELLIE....sounds like you are having a peaceful weekend...good for you. Never guess what...I just found two more tubs of VHS tapes...it will be a while before they ship as I have too much on the agenda today.

Hey to all the rest of you worldlies....

Making homemade chili, cornbread, loaf of bread in the breadmaker and trying to decide on a dessert. Taking it all to my baby boys for linner...(lunch/dinner) 3ish...his GF works till 2pm. It is about an hour drive but will be well worth it. Taking Curtis's truck and packing it full of BBs boxes of stuff. Yeah!

Spent the afternoon with sissy and the baby yesterday...got to change his poopie diaper...haha, but it was ok. Changed his little bitty clothes, wrapped him up in his swaddle and loved and kissed on him for all of us worldlies....he is so sweet...

Hope everyone has a marvelous, energetic, good feeling, rockin' day!!!!!

Loves and hugs

ceejay52
12-04-2011, 11:45 AM
Annie
Love to hear the stories about baby Jake. So glad he's home and doing well.

Shad
Glad you are feeling better this morning also.

Mel
Good for you in arranging your food from TJ's by dates. I learned the hard way on that a few weeks back about keeping the dates rotated.

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I came back home yesterday and glad I did. It's raining this morning but so far a light continuous rain. And from the looks of the radar will do so all day.
Had a good time at eating with my uncles. I did chose wisely and had one plate of portioned food.
Bought a couple of sweat shirts at Belks yesterday. I want some fur lined boots for this winter.
I have the winter blah's. I can't get in the mood to do anything. I asked my neighbor to come clean house this week. I at least need to pick things up today.

happy2bme
12-04-2011, 03:01 PM
Good morning from the Wisconsin Northwoods,

Wish I had a camera to snap a shot outside the windows. Maybe I will ask Santa for one. It's so pretty out here and I never thought I'd say that about the S word. Last night it started snowing softly as we were headed up to the cousins' town for the Santa parade. It started snowing more heavy as we headed north. When we got to town there was at least 2 inches on the ground and it was coming down just like a movie. Unlike the heavy wet stuff I am used to, it's dry up here so we get "powder" - the kind you can clean with a broom. I was bundled up in my down coat and polar bear hat and mittens and was warm except for the fact that I have no boots yet. It seems that my feet have grown since I last needed boots and all my old ones are either too tight or rub against my foot and hurt. I ordered a nice pair from Lands End but took the advice of the reviews who said they run big and ordered one size down like they recommended. Big mistake. My toe hits the front of the boot so I'll have to exchange and reorder. I wish they'd make boots in half sizes so they fit better. I also bought a pair of work boots/army boot style Timberlands that are somewhere in the garage. I might try nosing through some boxes today after I get a pot of soup on - I forgot I went shopping on Wednesday and bought some fresh meat which is probably spoiled by now - can't afford to be doing that :o

Picked up my cousin's last night and we headed into town for the parade. It was just like a picture - the town decorated about 10 light posts with lighted decorations, it was snowing just perfectly and we all waited in anticipation for the parade to start. It was just like they said - about 5 cars going really slowly, paced far apart with tree branches and Christmas lights. One car had a trailer with a lighted manger scene on it. And the last car and highlight was the town's one firetruck all lit up with Santa on it. It was really cute and homey! So much nicer than than the de-personalization that you get in the city. Everyone clapped as cheered as each car went by. Then we went to a local bar for yum yum pizza - yay :yay: to be back in the land of good pizza again :D DH and Cousin S played a couple of games of billiards and we cheered them on. We then went to one more bar (because bar hopping is apparently what you do in the Northwoods on the weekend). I played video games with my cousin's son and we wrapped it up just in time for me to get to Walgreen's 10 minutes before they closed so I could get some Coca Cola that was on sale. Came home and we got about 4 inches of fluffy white stuff all over. DH shovelled a bit and is finishing up with the plowing today. Because this is so light, it looks like frosting on all the pine trees looking out of every window in this house. Like I said, I wish I could take a picture but I know it would not begin to capture the beauty. Our lawn is criss-crossed with animal tracks - mostly deer, but everyone wants their turn at the corn. We put up a suet cake but the birds, while many here, don't seem to want to eat it which confuses us. DH tossed the turkey and a chicken carcass out in the back of the property and said those have been hauled off. I am not quite to my cousin's level of tossing all food scraps outside. Their fox even eats left over spaghetti!

DH and I decided to take a break this weekend from boxes and cleaning which was nice. I am still going to make some soup, got some laundry to do and I did my big time house clean before my cousin's came over Friday night so I am caught up. Want to do my Christmas cards this weekend which means today and I am kind of at a standstill on what Christmas gifts to buy - few as they will be. I'm thinking I might try the local shops and get something Northwoods for my family instead of the usual standby - Kohls (sorry Michelle :^: ) Better get a hustling as it's already December 4th. DH really wants to put Christmas lights up - for the first time in about 30 years so I'm thinking I should get out there and find them.

Ceejay - I see by the weather they are talking about flooding rains out your way - hopefully you are more north than the stalled weather system. Get those rain boots ready! Will this mean more of a hassle at work? Good for you for chosing well with the food at the uncle's. Keep up the good work.

Annie - I'm glad that between you and Curtis you were able to work on Hella without your arms looking like a collander today ;) Love the part about changing the baby UNTIL you get to the diaper part. Ick, yuck poo :P Is he getting used to being held all the time or will he lay down in his crib and sleep nicely? I will never forget one girl at work - very well endowed - who took a crying baby in her arms and it instantly quieted down. She said babies liked her because it was like laying on a warm waterbed (her jugs) :rofl: Guess there is some truth to being warm and cuddled! Hope DS likes his dinner - I'm sure he will appreciate it.

Mel - loved today's choice of graphic. Did Mother Hubbard get her cupboards in order? :lol3: Good idea on using up the food - now come help me, will you? So are you planning festivities for the seniors or are they are their own? Free Christmas movies and popcorn all the month of December - oh wait, if they are like my Mom - scratch the popcorn. Hope you have a quiet day with the Hallmark channel.

Shad - glad you are feeling better today - boy you sure have been a busy one! I keep forgetting while we are slowing down in the cold here, you are ramping up things as the warmth approaches. Can you send me over a bag of potting mix? I did move one indoor plant from down south that survived and it sure could use a bag of some new soil but not much call for garden stuff up this way this time of year. All the store space has been taken up with cold weather gear or Christmas stuff. Can't even get some from outside as that is hard frozen chunks :rofl: I guess this is your last week of work before vacation? Gearing up to finish everything or just winding down as you were working part time days as it slowed? Be careful with the food - the fluids sound like a reasonable explaination for the dizziness, don't want to be flying with excess fluids or you're really have a problem.

Hello to the rest of the Worldlies - hope you are enjoying your weekend. :xcheer: I think it's high time I got off the computer and got a little more productive. Later chicks :wave:

Shad
12-04-2011, 05:45 PM
Morning all
Another day, another dollar and now only 9 days to go before the NZ trip. Yeehaa. Guess I need to find something for friends and family to take over.

Mel - yeah, got the message - thought I had put some words to that effect as well but maybe not. Over here you just book two tickets and then decide where you want to sit (about a couple of weeks out). Anyway, I am glad Jen found something to take them back home.

Annie - dinner sounds so nice. Guess I will have to put an order in for when I come over - let me think about that for a month or two. It's good to see you so happy.

Ceejay - well I remember the winter blahs - used to get them in NZ with incessant grey days and cold. Here I love the winter and get brassed off with the summer. One of these days I need to buy a house in NZ for the summer and come back to Aus for the winter. Oh yeah right and I should also win the lotto.

Happy - wish you had a camera too. Can you not borrow (bludgeon or steal) one of the DH's for the purpose. You describe it so nicely. Sounds like you are having fun in the North. Suggest you don't eat too much of that pizza. Much as I love it, it isn't all that good for your hips!!! You bar runner you. Here we call those 'pub crawls' Used to be a sport for the younguns. How many pubs can you get to, have a drink in, and move on in one night. How many before you can no longer stand and have to crawl.

Okay - better get on and see where I was up to with the Master Data manual. I'd like to finish it this week. Project manager came round to ask how many days I would need in January to bring my doco up to date. I just looked at him and asked him what he thought I had been doing since we finished at Moolarben. Then we had to put our current position on to the progress spreadsheet, PM shot up to around 60% ready - mainly because all my doco is at 90%. Never take it to 100%. There is always something which can be done to improve it.

See ya

ceejay52
12-04-2011, 08:31 PM
Happy
I don't like the snow but if I didn't have to maneuver in it myself it might be different. I'm sure the scenes are most beautiful. would be a great Christmas card. It's rained all day and most of last night. I haven't set foot outside the house.

Shad
I agree--never take anything to 100%. My boss will alway's want to change something.

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Still have the blah'salmost feel emotional at times and this is not good for one who is an emotional eater.

MELODY525
12-05-2011, 08:41 AM
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I SPENT A LOT OF TIME ON THIS WEBSITE ENJOYING AN AUSSIE MUSICAL CHRISTMAS.
CAN'T WAIT TO SHARE IT WITH THE KIDS. ON ONE SIDE IS THE SONGS TO PLAY CLICK AND ON THE RIGHT IS THE LYRICS TO CLICK ON. VERY CUTE. CHRISTMAS SHADDIE'S WAY:rudolph:


http://silver-mg.com/Xmas/Aussie_Christmas.htm







:cofdate: GOOD MORNING CHICKS.

HAPPY NEW WEEK! GOING TO TRY AND STICK TO A SCHEDULE OF SORTS THIS WEEK.
YESTERDAY WAS QUIET. ONLY ONE MEDICAL ALARM & ONE SMOKE ALARM.
THE BOSS CALLED AND WE HAD A MUCH NEEDED CHIN WAG. IT CLEARS THE AIR!
LAUNDRY TODAY AND NOW I GOTTA RUN DOWN FOR A LITTLE OFFICE STUFF.
WAS ALREADY DOWN THERE ONCE TO OPEN UP. MAINT MAN STILL OFF TODAY :faint:
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY:moped:





ANNIE....SOUNDS LIKE YOUR WEEKEND WAS FILLED WITH LOVE AND VISITS.
GLAD IT'S ALL GOING SO WELL IN YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS:hug: :bb:
WILL BE WATCHING OUT FOR THE BOX ALREADY ON IT'S WAY. THANKS SO MUCH:hug:




CEEJAY.... WE NEED TO HELP YOU GET RID OF THE BLAHS!!
PUT YOU IN THE MOOD TO DO STUFF AND CELEBRATE.:tree:
DID YOU DECORATE A BIT YET??? GET SOMETHING CHEERY OUT OF THE CLOSET:hohoho:
GLAD YOU GOT HOME AND IT WAS ONLY RAIN THIS TIME.




HAPPY......YOUR WEEKEND SOUNDED GLORIOUS FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR.
SOMETHING OFF A POSTCARD OF YORE. I LOVED THE POST.
HOPE YOU BOTH CAN RELAX AS TIME GOES BY. THE PARADE AND NIGHT IN TOWN WAS CUTE TO READ. :rofl: VERY WOODSY.
HOPE YOU KEEP FINDING ALL THE STUFF YOU NEED INCLUDING THE LIGTS. GOOD FOR DH!!!:ginger:
THE SENIORS HVE ONE PARTY TO GO TO AND THEY HAVE BEEN GLUED TO THE TV WITH THE HALLMARK CHANNEL. THEY HAVE CABLE TV IN THE COMM. ROOM. :hohoho: STAY WARM!




SHAD.....GUESS THEY DON'T REALLY KNOW YOU YET.....HOPE IT ALL RUNS SMOOTHLY IN JANUARY. WILL BE NICE FOR YOU TO GET AWAY FROM IT ALL FOR AWHILE. BET YOU ARE COUNTING THE DAYS!! HAPPY SHOPPING. WISH I WAS THERE TO HELP YOU SPEND YOUR MONEY :hohoho:
HOW IS THE DIZZINESS?? IS IT SINUS? HOPE IT'S GONE AND YOU'RE FEELING BETTER NOW.

ceejay52
12-05-2011, 09:37 AM
Mel
Glad that there were only 2 alarms this week end.

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The rain is still coming down. And from the looks of the weather map their is snow coming in on either Tuesday or Wednesday. I hope it's Wednesday so I can stay inside on Thursday.
Cleaned and put the office back in it's original furniture position last night and will pick up the living room tonight. I want to put out a few Christmas decorations.
I don't have as much energy as I once did. And it's still another 2 weeks before my next b12 injection. I may increase my b12 vitamin to 1000mcg to see if this will help.

Laura705
12-05-2011, 11:31 AM
Morning all.

Shad - Glad you're feeling better. Counting down the days to your holiday - I would be too! :D Right now I'm counting down to the days of my boss's holiday, haha. Tomorrow is her last day in the office, and then she'll be gone for the next week and a half. Whoo!

Happy - Your weekend sounded nice - glad you and DH "cleared the air" so to speak and gave yourselves the weekend off. The snow sounds gorgeous - and dealing with nice light powdery snow sounds beter than the heavy wet stuff. No camera!?!? I'm shocked! Definitely something to put on the top of your list!

Mel - Glad your weekend was uneventful. Too bad you guys had to end up paying for the return flight, but the way I see it, it might turn out to be one of those situations where you'd pay anything to get them gone after two weeks (or whatever the duration of their stay), LOL. Love, love, love the graphics, espec. Snoopy & Woodstock!!!

Ceejay - Hope you're not flooded too much down there. Good job on the portion control and the yoga.

Annie - Glad the haircut went well and there were no casualties. How was linner w/ BB? More vhs? Wow. BF and I have never been ones to buy movies, so we have very little of that sitting around.

Hi Michelle! :wave:
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Let's see. My weekend. Friday night I made the cookie dough. Saturday I went to a Zumba class, then rolled, cut and baked the sugar cookies. Eh. Not my favorite cookies, and let's just say there are many things I'm better at baking, lol. They were edible, and I sprinkled them w/ red and green sugar.

I walked doggy, then ran some errands (including buy the ornament for the exchange). Book club and the ornament exchange was fun. I bought my ornament at Hobby Lobby and they were 50% off. Selection was alright - they already showed a lot of empty space in the ornament aisle, and it was only December 3rd! Anyway, I spent a while choosing, but I ended up getting a cute toad on a toadstool and that went over welll. He kind of grew on me and I wished they had two of them so I could buy one for myself, but they only had the one... I also bought a little gingerbread man for myself. Anyways, the exchange went well and we've decided to do it again next year.

Sunday was lazy, though I got in another longish dog walk. I read the paper, drank tea, did some sewing, and I watched most of one Hallmark movie, followed by most of "The Hangover" on TBS. Of course, there was a lot of dubbing of the f word, but it was rather entertaining (and quite a contrast to the Hallmark movie, LOL).

Food got a bit off the rails Saturday night and Sunday, but the scale stayed the same, so that was nice. Back to faithful tracking today.

Speaking of food, I need to do some grocery & other shopping tonight, so no exercise class. I have six classes to take and four weeks left to take them, so no biggie.

Okay, back to it. Need to get my performance (self-) appraisal finished and submitted (we now have software to enter it into instead of the MS Word forms.) I also have a 360 review to do for a colleague. Aaargh.

diyana
12-05-2011, 03:59 PM
Happy Monday ladies -

I could've sworn I posted over the weekend...I must've started the post and got called away from the computer before I could finish it.

Get the rolling pins out ladies...and the cattle prods...I've been overdoing it (again). And I'm definitely paying the price. The hip and leg pain has been really bad all weekend...I still believe this is a side effect of the procedure. But on the positive note, my back doesn't hurt where it used to. :)

After working 1/2 day on Friday, I finished wrapping and boxes the gifts that had to be shipped to CA, then DMIL and I went to ship them, and went out to a late lunch/early dinner after that. Later that evening, the local Mormon church was having a living Nativity and also displaying over 700 different Nativity sets from all over the world! There were handmade ones, a Peanuts one, an origami one, all the way to a Waterford Crystal set. They were all beautiful, unique and interesting in their own way.

On Saturday, we ran a lot of errands, and none of the stores had scooter carts available, so I did A LOT of walking. Then Saturday evening we went to a "Festival of Trees" event fundraiser held at the local Humane Society (a no-kill shelter). Community organizations and businesses "sponsor" and decorate trees, wreaths and centerpieces which are then available for auction or get raffled off. The trees have very creative themed decorations, and they are all so lovely! Plus, there is beautiful live Christmas music sung by choirs or played on guitars, keyboards or dulcimers. And there a fabulously yummy bake sale! :drool:

Yesterday, I did some cooking in the morning along with a bit of interior Christmas decorating, and then DH and I went outside to cover the lawn in penguins! We woke up to a slight dusting of snow, which made the front yard look even more festive.

I'm so far behind on what's been going on with y'all. I hope you're doing well. I'll read and do personals later or tomorrow.

Much love and many hugs,

ceejay52
12-05-2011, 04:58 PM
Michelle
Don't over do things for the rest of the week. Your week end sounded like fun though.

Laura
I wish I had the incentive to do some baking. The frog ornament sounds to cute.

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From the looks of the radar around 11 this morning the snow was going to hit us around noon, but low and behold it turned and went North. Sorry Annie it looks like it's at your house.

Shad
12-05-2011, 05:15 PM
Morning all,

Grey and cool today. But when I get home I will bring the washing in (again) and then it should come out fine and sunny again.
Kept really busy yesterday afternoon and repotted four of the hanging pots, vacuumed the living end of the house (as opposed to the dead end???) and made some lunches in advance (Bacon and mushroom bake) for the rest of the week. They look okay too. Today I guess I had better do some more pots and clean up the spare room. It looks very unloved. I need to get out some Christmas cards (they will be electronic this year) and write the Christmas letter. Sounds like a busy night (again). But...... only 9 days to lift off.

Mel - glad you are enjoying the Christmas Aussie style. I went and had a check of the site, some really good old Aussie style songs there. Should be an NZ one around somewhere as well. Seem to remember things like 'A Pukeko in a Punga tree' Yes all dizzy spells are gone. Weight went back down again too - but not far enough. Had to be something I ate that day.
I'll send you over some cash to spend if you like. No problem.

Ceejay - someone put a tree up in the office the other day. Not that anyone is making any Christmas type noises - all looking forward to the holiday they have to have.

Laura - that ornament exchange sounded like a great idea. I haven't put a tree up for years. I wonder where it went? There were some quite nice bits and pieces in that box - I remember I had a box (12) red apple decorations. We should now (if I can find it) only have 11 since Shad the dog decided to eat one for his Christmas present. We couldn't work out what all this red stuff coming out of his mouth was! and rushed him down to the vet.

Michelle - :rollpin: :rollpin: :rollpin: :rollpin: :rollpin: :rollpin: :rollpin: :rollpin:
That enough beating up? Sounds like you are doing a good enough job of beating yourself up. How about just pacing yourself - some hard work and some rest. 15 minutes at a time. It is amazing just how much one can get done in 15 minutes

Anyway - the day is cranking up. Time to get on with the job such as it is. I'll be back later in the day.

annie175
12-05-2011, 08:32 PM
Started to post, got a tummy ache, puked...will post tomorrow nite...sorry
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MELODY525
12-06-2011, 09:06 AM
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JUST IN CASE IT'S SNOWING IN SOME OF OUR CHICKS NEIGHBORHOODS!!!




MORNING CHICKS.
BEFORE I FORGET, DID I SAY BEFORE THAT WE'RE NOT DOING CARDS THIS YEAR??
I AM RUNNING AROUND SO MUCH THAT I MIGHT HAVE FORGOTTEN TO SAY WE'RE DOING JUST E-MAILS AGAIN. WHEN I READ SHAD'S POST I WAS REMINDED.
THE PLUMBER WAS IN THE BLDG TILL DINNERTIME AND WE MIGHT BE NEEDING ANOTHER WATER HEATER. THE TOP BRASS WAS WARNED MONTHS AGO (WHEN WE REPLACED THE OTHER TANK) THAT THIS WOULD HAPPEN AND TO LET HIM ORDER ANOTHER ONE FOR A STANDBY...FIRST IT WAS OK'D & THEN POSTPONED. NOW IT COUD TAKE 3-4 WEEKS TO GET ONE ORDERED AND IN PLACE. WHAT A PITA.. WHILE THIS IS NGOING ON OF COURSE THE WATER "RECOVERY" FOR A BLDG WITH OVER 100 PEOPLE IN IT IS LOW AND OUR TEMPS FOR WASHING ETC ARE LOW AT PEAK TIMES. ANOTHER PAIN.
JUST WHAT I WANT....FOR SENIORS TO BE BOILING WATER AND TRYING TO CARRY IT INTO THE BATHROOM INSTEAD OF WASHING IN THE KITCHEN SINK:faint:
ANYWAY..........NOTHING CAN BE DONE NOW.
THE SAD THING IS THAT THE NEW MAINT MAN TRIED TO GET THE PLUMBER INTO TROUBLE STATINGA FALSEHOOD TO THE BOSS. THE PLUMBER ASKED ME TO STRAIGHTEN IT OUT AND WAS FURIOUS. THIS CRAP IS GOING TO KEEP ON UNTIL SOMEONE GETS "HURT". REPUTATIONS ARE AT STAKE AND THESE VENDORS ARE NOT GOING TO STAND BY AND LET THIS FOOL RUIN THEIR REPS. I AM JUST FED UP.
TODAY IS A DAY OFF....MENTAL HEALTH. ;crazy:
NEED SOME DISTANCE FROM THE FOOLS AND I WANT TO FINISH PLANNING MEALS AND LITTLE STUFF FOR MYSELF AND THE KIDS HOLIDAY.:ginger:
HAVE A SUPER DUPER DAY :rudolph:





LLARA....ANYTIME YOU NEED SOMEONE TO FILL IN THE F-WORDS JUST GIVE ME A CALL. I AM FLUENT IN F-WORDESE. USE IT ALL THE TIME. AND I CAN SAY IT IN MORE THAN ONE LANGUAGE. :hohoho: THE ORNAMENT EXCHANGE SOUNDED GREAT. WE SHOULD DO THAT HERE. THIS YEAR THEY OPTED FOR NO GIFTS AGAIN AND EVERYONE IS DOWN.
SOUNDED LIKE A GOOD WEEKEND. I COULD NEVER MAKE SUGAR COOKIES RIGHT EITHER. BUT MINCEMEAT COOKIES! YUM!!





CEEJAY.....I LOVE REARRANGING FURNITURE. MAKES THE PLACE FEEL SO NEW! HOPE YOU FIND SOME ENERGY BEFORE THE NEXT SHOT. THAT CAN'T BE MUCH FUN. TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF. :hug: GLAD THE SNOW MISSED YOU.




MICHELLE...THE NATIVITY DISPLAY SOUNDED GREAT. WOULD HAVE LOVED TO SEE SOMETHING LIKE THAT. I WILL REFRAIN WITH THE ROLLING PIN. YOU ARE A BIG GIRL NOW AND KNOW RIGHT FROM WRONG :hohoho: HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER THOUGH. THE FESTIVAL OF TREES IS A GREAT IDEA. MUST HAVE BEEN A LOT OF FUN ALL AROUND. :tree: LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR.





SHAD....GLAD THE DIZZINESS WENT AWAY. MAY YOUR DAYS CONTINUE ON A GOOD NOTE SO YOU CAN ENJOY THE FLIGHT AND THE VISIT. :hug:
I WILL GOOGLE THE NZ CHRISTMAS STUFF LATER ON. I FOUND THE SONGS INTERESTING AND VERY HAPPY. I LOVE THAT THE LYRICS ARE INCLUDED TOO. NOT THAT I HAD A TOUG TIME WITH THE ACCENT....:faint: i BOOKMARKED THE SITE SO I CAN PLAY IT WHILE THE KIDS ARE HERE. STAY WELL & HAPPY MY SOUTHERN MOST SISTER.PEOPLE ACROSS THE BIG POND LOVE YOU:love:

MELODY525
12-06-2011, 09:08 AM
ANNIE....MY POOR SISTA!! HOPE THE TUMMY FEELS BETTER AND YOU HAVE A BETTER DAY:hug: NOT A GOOD WAY TO BEGIN THE DAY. :getwell:

ceejay52
12-06-2011, 09:54 AM
Annie
Feel better soon. I litterally hate that onset type tummy ache. Think your stress has caught up with you. Hope you can stay in bed for the rest of the day.

Mel
Love, love love the picture and your avatar. This is how I like the snow, on paper.
Some people don't know how to live with out drama in their lives.
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Last night I found some energy and cleaned the kitchen. Tonight I'm picking up the living room.
We had 4 inches of rain over the past couple of days. It's very wet down here but I haven't heard of any major street flooding. The street dept did a better job this time in keeping the storm drains decluttered.
On the way to work this morning I had to pull over for sirens. 2 fire trucks and a couple of police cars. Don't know where they were headed.

happy2bme
12-06-2011, 11:00 AM
Good morning girls,

Gee can it be that I haven't posted in 2 days? This being a housewife sure does take up my time :lol: Most probably I get interrupted by my partner here ... he wants to go out and pick up some deer corn and go to the post office so I'm sure he will be pushing me along soon. I thought things were supposed to go more quietly in retirement but we always seem to be in a hurry to get things done :lol:

Annie - sorry to hear that you are under the weather today. Hope you are able to stay home and take care of yourself. Got any ginger ale in that stash of good stuff in the pantry? Feel better :hug:

Michelle- same goes for you missy, don't make me come down there and tie you down. Things are already busy this time of year - got to pace yourself, don't want to push and undo what that procedure was to have done for you. Listen to your body and take care of yourself.

Ceejay - I'm glad the snow swung north and you didn't get washed away - the way they were talking it looked like it was going to be spring all over again with flooding. Sounds like you are getting a good handle on the tidying up.

Shad - I have some of those decorative apples myself. Little ones that look quite pretty on a green tree and some big ones that sit in a bowl on the table. At least you have a funny story (now) about them - bet you didn't laugh then. Vacation is just around the corner - is DS going with you or are you going it alone? How's the weather back there, be packing your Santa hat and fur bikini? :lol:

Laura - did you get your review done? Thanks for reminding me of yet another thing I was glad to leave behind in Tennessee :rofl: The ornament exchange sounded like fun and a nice idea. We did a white elephant gift exchange at book club - trading gifts we got that we didn't really want or could use. It made for some great laughs. Consequently I now have a very large silver Christmas tree / cookie jar - would anyone like it? :lol: All you ladies are talking about watching Christmas shows on TV so last night I watched A Charlie Brown Christmas.

I should feel Christmasy with all this cold and snow around but all I feel is pressure to get into the mood. I am going to do cards this year for the first time in about 3 years, mostly just to let people know we have moved.

Your graphic today Mel looks like my house - except of course for the lighthouse :rofl: I'll have to ask DH if I can use one of his cameras and post a shot looking outside the window.

Be back later... :wave:

Laura705
12-06-2011, 11:53 AM
Morning all.

Michelle - Your weekend sounded fun, but very tiring. I'd love to have seen all the different nativity scenes! Shame, shame for overdoing it - bad girl!! Live and learn...or pay the price! Hope the pain has eased up.

Shad - The apples sound nice. Must have been awful when Shad the dog ate one of them, but hopefully you can laugh about it now! The bf is being a Scrooge about putting up outdoor lights...and that doesn't make me want to involve him in any of the other holiday decorating. Which brings me to our tree - in two separate bags in the attic, and getting the one bag through the attic access opening is like two pounds of baloney in a one package - you definitely need two people for it. Boo. I do like the tree - prelit, plenty of room for ornaments, but it is big and awkward. I'm thinking maybe next year I'll get a skinnier one. As for this year - I might just put up the little 4-footer we have from way back when.

Ceejay - Glad the snow missed you. Four inches is a lot of rain - glad the sewers were clear.

Mel - Sorry the replacement of the hot water heater is a big mess - and it sounds like that could lead to a chain reaction of problems when everyone starts trying to deal with the lack of hot water!! Sounds like something the office needs to deal with - not you!! Stay tucked in your apartment and don't answer the door!! Thanks for the offer for help w/ the f words, LOL. Oh, I learned a new one while reading "The Stupidest Angel". "F---tard" Very un-PC, I know - that's why I like it, haha.

Annie - Hope you're feeling better this morning!!

Happy - Aww, you're still not in the spirit after watching "A Charlie Brown Christmas"?? :( We recorded it last night and I'm looking forward to watching it soon. I'll probably do electronic cards this year...dunno. No, haven't finished my self-appraisal yet. It's mostly complete because I did it last month for a meeting about it with the boss, so all I have is a few revisions based on our discussion. Unfortunately, I also have to do a couple 360 reviews for some colleagues. Ugh.
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Nothing much to report. Didn't exercise last night and I didn't shop either. Just watched tv and read. Tonight I'm seeing the movie "The Descendents" with George Clooney. It's supposed to be very good.

That's about it. Time to get to the appraisal finished and submitted. It's the boss's last day in the office before leaving for vacation, so it might get nutty before the day is over. And after that - peace. Ahhh.

diyana
12-06-2011, 03:51 PM
Happy Tuesday ladies -

It's an insanely busy day at work. I started this post early in the am, but I've had back to back to back meetings. I often go for days without any meetings and today I have a day full of them. :faint: I changed my work at home day this week to tomorrow as I have a diagnostic test for my procedure coming up on the 28th. Tomorrow, the doc will inject novacaine (or some other numbing medicine) where he would be performing the procedure, and if I get 80% or more relief for 4 or more hours, then he'll repeat the diagnostic test next week to make sure this week's results aren't a fluke. If I get relief from both tests, then it's a "go" for the procedure on the 28th.

My left leg is still bothering me a little from the first procedure, but the thigh pain is nearly gone, so now it's just the pain in my shin. As of last night, I'm back to doing my physical therapy exercises, and starting today, I'm getting back to using my inversion machine once or twice per day.

Today after work, I'm going to bring up the boxes of the Christmas Village I have so that DMIL and I can arrange it. :) Or maybe I'll just bring up the boxes and let her arrange everything. :D

I appreciate all your good wishes for procedures and for the pain to go away. :hug: And I also appreciate your :rollpin: for my overdoing it. I'm trying to learn from my mistakes and take care of myself. But sometimes I overdo because I try and save DH from doing stuff.

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Laura - I've tried to convince my family to draw names or whatever when it comes to gift giving. No such luck. DH's sisters' families are facing hard times financially so they told us not to buy for them because they couldn't reciprocate. But they told us yesterday, after the boxes were mailed. It doesn't matter...we don't give to get. And if they're having tough times, all the more reason to get them a little something to put under their tree. If I didn't work for a major retailer that has been giving very generous employee discounts the past few weeks, we wouldn't be able to get as many gifts as we did. Hobby Lobby's ornament and Christmas decor selection does get picked over really early in the season. I really dislike self-appraisals and am not looking forward to doing mine next month. :( Enjoy the movie tonight!

Ceejay - Is there still snow on the ground there? We had a dusting yesterday morning, and I had to brush the car off, but there's nothing on the ground today. I highly recommend wearing a mask when you're working around things that upset your sinuses. I wore a mask the day I brought up the lawn decorations from the basement as there's lots of dust down there. :bravo: on the yoga and the weight watchers! The holidays have me blue sometimes too. I think it's cause I miss my parents even though it's been 8 years since they passed.

Mel - So nice that you were able to accomplish so much for the seniors and ease the drama of the kids. That's awful about the ex changing her mind about buying the return tickets! :tantrum: Loved the penguin graphic. :) So sorry to hear of all the drama caused by the maintenance man with regards to the plumber. I'm glad you took today off to decompress. like you, I'm fluent in f-wordese. :rofl:

Happy - I'm so happy that your DH can get his license changed and become an official Cheesehead!! Now you just have to start cheering for the Green Bay Packers. :) Your parade stories are so funny! I love small town (or even medium sized town parades! On New Year's Day, a small town near us has the Toilet Bowl football game and parade. During the parade, spectators are encouraged to throw rolls of toilet paper back and forth across the street as "streamers" (it's all cleaned up and recycled later). It's pretty fun and definitely has to be experienced to be believed! :rofl: As to your question...the cold weather does make my back stiff and painful sometimes. And I always wear shoes with good tread on snow or ice. I'm a firm believer in practicality and comfort over fashion. Nice that you're having light fluffy snow. I don't mind the powder, it's the wet, heavy stuff that makes my back cringe. I hope you're able to find a nice fitting pair of boots. Glad you're having a good time with the cousins! I'd never heard about tossing food scraps outside. Wow! I guess things are different up in the northwoods! With all the lovely photos you and your DH take, I couldn't believe you don't have a camera. I hope Santa definitely delivers one to you for Christmas or that DH lets you use his cameras.

Annie - I'm so glad to hear that lil monkey got rave reviews at his first doc appointment! So adorable that Chris' daughter calls you "Nannie". Too funny about Hella B looking like a lion. I'm glad not too much blood was shed/lost. We had to do that with a cat once. Not an experience I'd wish on ANYONE. As for Christmas...I'm with you...I'd much prefer to share an "experience" with those I love (whether it's a nice meal, or some fun activity) than the gift giving thing. I hope you're feeling better today. Tummy problems are no fun at all. :hug: to you sweet sista.

Shad - I'm glad to hear the dizziness passed. I can imagine how excited you are about your upcoming trip to NZ for the holidays! I guess "pub crawls" are universal! We have those here too...of course, Milwaukee is a town where at just about any given intersection, 3 of 4 corner establishments are taverns! Therefore, pub crawling just means crossing the street. :lol: I like your idea of 15 min. of work followed by rest. I'll give that a try. :)


Time to go to another meeting!

Love and hugs to all,

annie175
12-06-2011, 07:53 PM
Hey Girlies...not much time to post...I love you all....

It has been an awful day at work...hate my boss, and all the changes...looking actively now....

So much chaos that I took a personal day tomorrow...Wednesday..not too exciting as Curtis and I are cleaning carpets....blah

Baby Jake is doing so great. He is so sweet.

Taking the fixings for tacos and nachos to sissy's for dinner tomorrow...We have decided that I will bring dinner on Wednesday night's. Thursday we are going to DDs baby daddy's daughter, Ainsley's, Christmas program...First grade should be cute...

CHELLE...you rock and you know why..I love you sis.....hope all the parts start feeling much better...it is just not fair...

Laura...how was the movie...I love George Clooney!

Happy...unfortunately...retirement..involves the other partner..

Ceejay...had to go to work but in much better condition...most of my worries are with staying asleep at night...I wake up after 4 hours and cannot sleep any longer.

Mellie...so sorry to hear about the seniors plumbing probs...they do not like extra work when it come to boiling water to get by...Yikes.

Shaddie...yum mushroom and bacon bake...omg, two of my most favs...bet it was good...please post the recipe.

Gonna clean up kitchen with my BF and then off to bed...oh yeah..what a dessert that will be!! hehe

Love and hugs...

diyana
12-07-2011, 08:12 AM
Happy Wednesday ladies -

I'm at work for a few hours before I have to leave for my diagnostic test procedure, then I might come back to the office or I might work from home the rest of the day...depends on how I feel.

Last night, I did my physical therapy exercises, used my inversion machine for 10 minutes and then pulled out my Wii Fit and did 15-20 minutes on that. I was sore beforehand, and a little more sore afterwards...but was still glad I did it.

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Annie - I'm sorry that work is getting so awful and that you don't like your boss. We reorg so often here that I've had 6 managers in 5 years. So my DH tells me that I like what I do and the company in general, don't make a career move to follow a good boss or leave a yucky one...because chances are another reorg and a new boss is just around the corner. Now if you don't like what you're doing or see any room for growth, or don't like the company...that's a different story. Of course, that's just my free advice...and it's worth what you pay for it. :lol: Tacos and nachos sound yummy and totally kid friendly! Have fun at Ainsley's Christmas program!

Well, looks like the rest of ya's are sleeping in...so I'll check back later. Here's to a great day for all of us!

Much love and many hugs,

MELODY525
12-07-2011, 09:38 AM
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GOOD MONRING EVERYONE.
I REALLY NEED TO GET A GOOD START ON WRAPPING.
I KEEP PUTTING IT OFF AND ALL THE STUFF IS RIGHT HERE TOO.
LAZY SOD THAT I AM.
I ENDED UP STAYING HOME THE ENTIRE DAY.
I GOT A BIT DIZZY.:dizzy:
POOR SINUSES AREN'T SURE IF IT'S SPRING OR WINTER.
BUT I AM NOT COMPLAINING ABOUT HAVING WINDOWS OPENED IN DECEMBER.
ONE MAN HERE IS BEING TAKEN OFF HIS VALIUM & MORPHINE.
YOU CAN IMAGINE HOW HE FEELS WITHOUT THEM.
NOW HE THINKS EVERY OTHER NIGHT HE NEEDS TO PULL THE MEDICAL ALARM AND GO TO THE ER.
LAST NIGHT WAS NO EXCEPTION.
NOT SURE HOW MUCH LONGER I CAN BE "NICE" IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.SIGH.
BROKEN SLEEP IS BEGINNING TO CATCH UP WITH ME.
HE'S BEEN THERE EITHER 4 OR 5 TIMES ALREADY.
HE MUST BE ON A FIRST NAME BASIES WITH ALL THE NURSES & DOCTORS:hohoho:
I HAVEN'T TALKED MUCH ABOUT WEIGHT BUT I PUT BACK WHAT I LOST IN HOSPITAL.
TODAY I SEE I LOST 4 LBS SINCE THE SUMMER. BACK DOWN TO 190.
WONDER IF I AM GOING TO KEEP LOSING. WE SHALL SEE.
TODAY IS THE OFFICE FOR A LITTLE BIT AND THEN HOME.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY:moped:





CEEJAY.....RAINING HERE TOO WITH A THREAT OF SNOW TOMORROW NIGHT BUT IT'S MUCH TOO WARM FOR THAT.
GLAD YOU FOUND SOME ENERGY AND FEEL OK. HOPE IT STICKS AROUND!
LATELY IT SEEMS THAT'S ALL WE HEAR ARE SIRENS.
PEOPLE ALL OVER ARE TRYINGTO BURN THE PLACE DOWN!!:yikes:
WHEN I HEARD ABOUT ALL THE SNOW DOWN SOUTH I QUICKLY LOOKED FOR YOU!!!!! POOR NEW MEXICO!!:snowball:




HAPPY......I WAS CRACKING UP OVER HERE ABOUT BEING A HOUSEWIFE AND DH KEEPING YOU BUSY.
IT'S FUNNY HOW THAT HAPPENS!! :hohoho:
IN FACT I AM STILL LAUGHING!!!
IT'S LIKE "HURRY UP & GO SLOW"!!SOUNDS LIKE MY LIFE.
HOPE THE DEER LIKE THE CORN AND YOU SOMEDAY GET A GOOD PIC.
LOTS OF TIME FOR TAKING PICTURES NOW.
SPEAKING OF WHICH....YOUR PINK ROSE PIC FROM MY GETWELL CARD IS BEING USED AS A BOOKMARK NOW.
EVERY NIGHT I TAKE A LOOK AT IT. REALLY WAS A BEAUTIFUL FLOWER.
OHHHHH I JUST THOUGHT OF SOMETHING.
DH SHOULD SEE LOTS OF BUTTERFLIES UP THER RIGHT???
I REMEMBER COUNTRY MEADOWS AND LOTS OF THEM FLITTERING AROUND. CAN'T WAIT FOR SPRING!! LOL




LAURA....NOW I AM REALLY CRACKINGUP. I MUST TEACH THAT TO OTHERS AND SPREAD THE WONDERFUL UN PC HOLIDAY CHEER!:hohho: :hohoho:
THAT IS TOO FUNNY. YOU SHOULD SEE THE SENIORS FACES WHEN I LET ONE WORD GO.
THEY USED TO BE SHOCKED BUT NOW THEY KNOW WHEN THEY HEAR THAT WORD THAT SOMETHING IS ACTUALLY GING TO BE DONE THE RIGHT WAY!!:lol3:
IS THAT THE MOVIE WHERE GEORGE HAS A DAUGHTER???
SHE IS GETTING RAVE REVIEWS AND I SAW A CLIP. I LOVE TO LOOK AT HIM! :belly:





MICHELLE....PRAYING THE INJECTION WORKS AND NTHEY CAN GO AHEAD WITH THE PROCEDURE. WILL BE KEEPING MY FINGERS CROSSED TILL THEN WHEN IT'S ALL OVER :hug:
GLAD YOU GOT SOME EXERCISES IN. HOPE THEY HELP TOO.
GOOD LUCK TODAY :crossed




ANNIE....HAVE FUN WITH THE CARPETS.
WISH YOU WERE FLYING ONE INSTEAD OF CLEANINGONE!
WHAT TIME IS DINNER TONITE??? I CAN BRING THE VCR TAPES!!
WE CAN SIT AROUND AND CHAT & WATCH THEM!:rofl:
YES THE BOX ARRIVED AND THEY WILL BE THRILLED.
I WOULD LIKE TO WATCH THE TITANIC OVER THE WEEKEND.
I THINK THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT TOO.
MOST HAVE CABLE BUT ONLY FOR THE "ANTENNA & CONVERTER SERVICE".
THANKS SO MUCH FOR THINKING ABOUT THEM & ME TOO!!
CAN'T WAIT TO PUT THE CAPS AND SHIRTS TO USE!! LOL
YOU'RE A GREAT SISTER:hug: KISS JAKE FOR ME:bb:

happy2bme
12-07-2011, 10:47 AM
Good morning ladies,

I hope these pictures are not too big to load.

From the upstairs loft area looking out the front windows at the top of the wall. This is my front yard "forest". You can't see the road from our place. The dark spot under the trees is where the deer eat the corn and apples. It looks really nice at night when it's lit up and you can actually see deer. To the very left in the corner is the small outdoor pine tree that DH wants to decorate as our Christmas tree.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/Fromtheloftarea.jpg

And this is also up in the loft area, looking out the east window over the driveway at the "man cave". Hard to show the snow, mostly just trying to show the trees.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/Mancave.jpg

happy2bme
12-07-2011, 10:56 AM
Going to be a short post for me this morning. We have a man coming soon to work on the furniture that was damaged in the move. One kid hoisted my hope chest on his back and banged his way into the house in the process breaking off two of the welded handles on the front. Not sure how they will fix that. And our dining room table has long scratches on it all over the table - those can be easily buffed out. So I have to get dressed and presentable before he comes over and I scare him away :yikes:

Annie - I'm sorry things have taken a bad turn at work. I totally agree with Michelle about not following a boss (usually not possible) and if you wait long enough, like the weather in Chicago things will change. The worst part is when you hire with someone you like and then 2 months later the company changes things around :( I hope you land something good. If not, be like my coworker and set your mind that although this is not the best thing, it allows you a paycheck so you can do the fun stuff in your life like buy things for Sissy and Lil Monkey and baking products for Curtis :hug: and use it as your motivation to save for the grand escape one day.

Mel - glad you got back to your "fighting weight". Please put an end to the frequent night calls - not worth your health. You've been holding up fairly well lately - don't need any problems, ok? I'm sure DH will smile about you hanging on to his picture :D He likes when people like his work, although he doesn't say it out loud.

Michelle - hope you breeze through the morning and feel well enough to get through the work for the day. :crossed: that this works for you.

Ceejay - I see that more snow is on the way by you. Such weather you are getting. And so early too.

Gotta run now - will be back later. :wave: Laura and Shad.

Laura705
12-07-2011, 12:40 PM
Morning Worldlies.

Michelle – Good luck with your diagnostic today. :crossed: So how do they rate the effectiveness? Is it very subjective, where you can tell the doc, “yep, I got 83% relief, let’s do this thing”, or do they have more objective ways of determining the success of it? Good for you with the exercise!

Annie – Sorry your job and boss has become something you dislike. Liking what you do and/or the people you work for/with is so important! Hope you find your way to something you enjoy, or a way to tolerate it. Like Happy said –just wait a little bit and maybe something will change for the better. Yum, tacos and nachos!! Why, why, why does that kind of food have to taste so darn good, and broccoli is just – well, broccoli?

Mel – Wow, the guy was on both morphine and valium?? Yeh, I guess that would be a tough thing to get off of. I can definitely see getting tired of pretending it’s fun to be up in the middle of the night dealing with medical alarms. Ugh. Happy wrapping today!

Happy – You have such lovely surroundings! We used to have a “Christmas tree” growing in our back yard (unfortunately, it had been planted too close to the house and we ultimately removed it) and one year I decided to string some popcorn to decorate it. Of course the squirrels got to it in no time flat, LOL! I hope your damaged furniture can be repaired to your satisfaction.

Hellos to Shad & Ceejay. :)
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The movie “The Descendants” was very enjoyable. Even though the subject matter (wife in a coma) isn’t all that lighthearted, there’s a lot of humor in this movie. George Clooney is so good! And, yes Mel, the girls who played his daughters were very good as well. And the kid who played the older daughter’s goofy boyfriend did a good job too. If you liked the movie “Sideways”, you’ll probably like this movie too (same director).

Nothing much else to report. Bf went to walmart yesterday for a few things, and naturally I’d forgotten to tell him that the item I ordered from them online was ready to be picked up at the store. :doh: We ordered a cast iron dutch oven that we’ve been wanting. The brand we bought was deemed a “best buy” by the America’s Test Kitchen people, and at $45, it’s a lot less money than what one of the fancy brands (e.g., Le Creuset) would cost us. Looking forward to maybe making some roast or stew in it this weekend.

Oh, speaking of this weekend, our block’s “Christmas walk”, originally scheduled for this Saturday, was cancelled this year because there was only one host. Usually there had been two or three houses that host – appetizers at one, entrée at another, dessert at a third. Last year was only two houses… Apparently no one wants to step up and host. And naturally everyone who has stepped up and done it multiple times in the past several years is no longer willing. We’ve done it twice in the 11 years we’ve been here. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but there are a LOT of people who never do it, and there are actually two blocks worth of houses who could participate. Oh well. I have a love/hate relationship with those kinds of social events, so I can’t say I’m totally disappointed. More weekend time for me, lol. I’d like to finally get some holiday decorating done.

Okay, nothing else, so I’ll stop rambling & get this posted.

diyana
12-07-2011, 01:58 PM
Good afternoon (almost) -

I just got back from my diagnostic procedure and two bits of good news: (1) the numbing procedure worked and I have little or no pain on my right side! :yay: and (2) the pain I'm feeling on the left side procedure site and down the left leg is perfectly normal and will dissipate after another week or two (according to my doctor). The electrical impulses they use to kill the nerves in the radio frequency ablation procedure can cause intense muscle contractions (working the muscle MUCH more than any normal activity would), therefore the soreness that feels like overused muscles is quite common. I'm REALLY relieved to hear that.

I'm back at the office and should be able to finish off the day here

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Laura - You'd never heard of "f---tard"? That's used a bit up here. Of course, there are others I've learned since I moved to the Midwest: "crap-a**", "For f---'s sake". Bummer about your Christmas tree being such a pain to bring down from the attic, and about BF being a scrooge on the outside lights. I doubt we'll put lights on the house this year, but we have plenty of lighted penguins on the front lawn. As for how the effectiveness of the diagnositic is measured...I tell them my pain score (on a scale of 1-10 - 10 being highest) prior to the procedure (it was an 8 on the right side). Then I keep a pain diary for the rest of the day where every hour, I mark down my pain score and what activities I've been doing. So far, it's been between 0 and 2, with the 2 being after standing for more than 15 minutes which I am typically not able to do. And at the office, they told me I need to be consistently below a 4 for the next 4-6 hours...so far so good. :) So cool about the Dutch oven!! I'm sure your roast or stew will be delicious! Bummer about your Chrismas walk being cancelled, but I can totally understand. Each year at my work, we have a "decorate the end of your cubical aisle" and I did the lion's share of it last year. This year, I just don't have the time, energy or inclination. I'd help...but I'm not willing to do it all. I would, however, love to find some groups to go Christmas carolling with. I just love doing that.

Mel - I hope you're not feeling dizzy anymore. As for the wrapping...I haven't wrapped the gifts for the people that live near us yet, but I find that if I have all the supplies handy, I can make fairly quick work of it. Bummer about the tenant being taken off valium and morphine.

Happy - Thanks for posting the photos. Your front yard is gorgeous!! The small pine tree on the left would make a lovely Christmas tree. Amazing that you still have snow up there. Thankfully the little bit of snow that has fallen hasn't stuck on the ground. Unbelievable about all the damage the movers did. I hope the repairman is able to make it right.

Well, gotta get back to it.

Love and hugs,

ceejay52
12-07-2011, 04:05 PM
Happy
The tree's are gorgeous. Do you have all these pines surrounding the house?
Hope the people can do the repairs on the furniture.

Mel
Love all these cute graphic's. But of course Mickey and Minnie are my favorite cartoon characters. (sp)Why did they take the man off his med's? Did they do it all at once?

Michelle
Glad that the procedure was a success.

Laura
To bad tha there will not be a block party this year. Maybe there will be one later. I was curious about the movie The Defendants. I may have to buy that dvd when it becomes available. It way to loud in movie theater's for me.

Shad
How many more day's till vacation time?

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My neighbor texted me this morning to look outside. We had 2 inches of snow. It made for a beautiful drive. It looked like a winter wonderland. The tree's were gorgeous. Wish I had thought to bring my camera.
My house should be clean when I get home this afternoon. I broke down and had my neighbor clean it today. I told her once a month is all I could afford.
We're having a meeting in the morning at 7 a.m. I'm curious. Now I can't sleep late. sigh.

Shad
12-07-2011, 05:14 PM
4 working days and 6 days and nights overall. Have to work out how I get to the airport soon since my flight is at 5.00am to Sydney. Came into work singing 4 days to go.

Meant to post yesterday when I got home from work and write out the recipe for the mushroom bake for Annie, however I got busy and forgot. Sorry Annie. Will try to do it tonight. It is nice - it comes from the CSIRO diet book 2 - so it is good for you too. However if I do it again (when more than if) I will put the mushies in raw to bake because by frying them up with the bacon and onion it tends to make the entire bake go a bit greyish.

No personals this morning. I promise I will get back to it this afternoon.

diyana
12-08-2011, 09:33 AM
Happy Happy Happy Freakin' Thursday!!

My gosh this week has been so long and torturous! I think that day of meetings early on in the week really drained me. Or maybe it was the diagnostic test yesterday and then going back to work. Whatever. I'm so glad it's Thursday and that I work from home tomorrow! :woohoo:

Today, I'm in a 4 hour writing class, followed by two meetings this afternoon to get sign off for requirements documents so that I can begin to do the coding/programming (or whatever you want to call it) that I enjoy. Maybe that's why the past two weeks have seemed like torture...because I much prefer the coding to writing the doco. I guess Shad and I would make a great team...If I could work with her "crack the whip" work ethic! :rofl: Just kidding, Shad. You know I love ya'.

As for yesterday's diagnostic procedure, I had greatly reduced pain for approximately 6.5 hours (decreasing from an 8 prior to the procedure down to a 2 or lower). Then at about the 7 hour mark, the novacaine (or whatever) they use for the test wore off and I went back up to an 8 or 9 (because I hadn't been allowed to take any pain meds until 7 hours post procedure). But during the reduced pain time, I was instructed to purposely do things that normally make my back hurt like walking, standing and bending, and I was able to do all of those things for a lot longer than normal and with greatly reduced pain! :yay: So next Wednesday, we repeat the diagnostic test, and if I get the same excellent results (and I expect that I will) then on 12/28...just before my insurance changes...I get the radiofrequency done on my right side, which will make for a relaxing New Years.

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Shad - Thanks for the great e-card!! It's so adorable and funny!! I'm thinking of "borrowing" your idea (if you don't mind) and creating one of me, the DH and the doggies. I'm so glad you're going to NZ for the holidays! You definitely deserve it after working so hard all year long. I can tell how excited you are, and I'm excited for you!! :D

Happy - Your yard is so lovely! I can see why you fell in love with the house and the property. And it's nice that there's a clearing so your DH can set up a telescope in the yard if he wants to. :)

Ceejay - Freshly fallen snow is SO lovely, especially if the roads are clear and not hazardous. Glad you enjoyed your drive. I would love to have someone come in and clean my house once a month...but first I'll have to clear out the clutter. I hope this morning's meeting goes well.

I'll try and check back later in between the training class and the meetings.

Love and hugs to all,

MELODY525
12-08-2011, 09:44 AM
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MORNING GIRLS:coffee:

TURNED OUT TO BE A PLUMBER'S DAY AND THE BIGGER BOSS WAS HERE.
I BUTTED OUT LIKE A GOOD GIRL AND LET THE BOYS HASH OUT THE REPAIR DETAILS.

I GOT NO WRAPPING DONE AND WON'T TODAY EITHER.
GIVING MY SHOULDERS A REST AND HAVING A MELIDAY.
HAPPY THURSDAY/FRIDAY :moped:





HAPPY....ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE PICTURES. LOVE THE TREES.
I WOULD LOVE TO DECORATE ALL OF THEM!!WHAT A NICE SPOT THE DEER GET TO EAT THEIR GOODIES IN. YOU 2 ARE LUCKY TO HAVE ALL THIS NATURE SURROUNDING YOU.
SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE DAMAGED GOODS AND HOPE THEY CAN FIX THOSE HANDLES:yikes:
THEY WOULD NEED ONE DAMNED GOOD WELDER.:faint:
HOPE IT ALL WORKS OUT:hug:





L;AURA.....I WAS WAITING TO SEE SOMETHING SNOOPY-ISH IN YOUR AVATAR AND YOU DIDN'T DISAPPOINT:hohoho:
SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE BLOCK PARTY BUT I FEEL THE SAME AS YOU ABOUT STUFF LIKE THAT.
JUST AN OLD HERMIT HERE. GLAD YOU LIKED THE MOVIE. IT'S GETTING GREAT REVIEWS AND THE KID IS AN OSCAR RUMOR SINCE IT OPENED.
NO WRAPPING HERE YESTERDAY....THE PLUMBER WANTED TIME:rofl:




MICHELLE....I AM HAPPY TO HEAR YOU FINALLY GOT ALL GOOD NEWS.
MAYBE THIS TIME THINGS WILL EVEN WORK OUT BETTER AND LAST LONGER :hug: ONE CAN ONLY HOPE.
HOW IS THE HUBBY FEELING? HOPE HIS WORKED OUT TOO.
I AM SENDING YOU ALL MY PRESENTS TO WRAP SINCE YOU HAVE ALL THE SUPPLIES HANDY:gift:
I NEVER GOT TO IT YESTERDAY. TOO BUSY. STAY WELL.





SHAD....ANYTHING WITH MUSHROOMS IS RIGHT UP MY ALLEY.
HAD A LAUGH AT THE THOUGT OF YOU GOING TO WORK SINGING THE 4 DAYS MORE TO GO SONG!
ARE ALL YOUR VISITING PLANS MADE? WHERE TO GO & WHPO TO SEE.
WILL YOU BE SEEING THE BRIDE AND GROOM?? TELL HER I LOVED HER DRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ceejay52
12-08-2011, 10:20 AM
The meeting was uneventful. Stated that we would not get a raise this year due to the financial situation of the city.
It was so nice to come home to a very clean house yesterday.
Today I'm putting out a few Christmas decorations, laundry and addressing/mailing a few Christmas cards.
The alarm recorder going off woke me up last night. There was 2 women at the door and I think one tried pulling on the storm door to open it. It looked like the girls down the street but I've told them I would not come to the door after dark, and this was around midnight. Whatever were they thinking.
Breakfast has been had. MCD's hotcakes yum. I've been hungry for these a long, long time.
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Mel
You sure are and early bird. I'm going to join you in having a meliday day.

Laura705
12-08-2011, 12:10 PM
Morning everyone.

Michelle – Glad the first diagnostic was a success. :crossed: that the second one is just as successful.

Shad – Seriously close to your holiday now – it makes the job so much more pleasant (or just bearable) to have something nice to look forward to.

Mel – Glad you stood back and let others discuss the plumbing repairs. My avatar is a repeat from last year! I might have to look around and see if there are any others I like more. As for the block party – they do have an outdoor one in the summer and they actually set a date for it in June, so we’ll have to mark our calendar. That one’s fun too – very casual. Bring your chairs, beverages, your food contribution, and you’re set. Mostly sitting around chatting with the neighbors, with some activities for the kids.

Ceejay – Sorry you won’t be getting a raise next year, but still having a job is more important! Enjoy your clean house! It sure would be nice to have someone come in and clean up regularly since neither bf nor I are very fond of doing it ourselves. Actually, most cleaning I don’t mind, except for bathroom tub/tile/toilet. Vacuuming, well, it’s the noise I don’t like. One I get into it, it’s fine, but it’s just that having worked all week, I just don’t want to sacrifice precious weekend time for more work (yeh, I don’t like it quite enough to consider it fun and not work, lol). Hey, what are those girls doing trying to get you to answer the door so late at night???!!!

Hellos to Annie & Happy!
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Went to the library after work. I borrowed three books and 4 exercise dvds. Didn't do much of anything last night except watch tv and do some reading.

Work is generally quiet. The boss of our combined department (9 people total) just sent an invitation for a holiday gathering in two weeks. We did that last year too. It was in a bar and I recall having trouble hearing people due to the background noise. Hopefully we'll pick a more quiet location this year.

The other thing that's come up is a department secret santa gift thingy, which I believe will be done during our gathering. Huh. I don't feel particularly close to or fond of any of the people in the other half of our department...but I guess it could be fun. I'm sort of surprised the $ limit is set at $25 - a bit high for a work thing, but everything's more expensive that it was, plus it opens up options for gift cards and such. Funny thing is we've been asked for a list of (at least) 3 things we would like to receive and 3 things we would NOT like to receive. At least we get to learn a little something about at least one person, haha.

Still nothing planned for this weekend, so cleaning and decorating it'll be. Next weekend I'm looking forward to getting together with a friend and some others for a visit to the botanic garden for whatever they've got going on there. :flow1:

Let's see if anyone snuck in on me!

diyana
12-08-2011, 01:02 PM
Mel - Good for you for letting the boys duke out the repair details. I hope you enjoy your Meliday! If I were there, we could have a wrapping party. My girlfriends and I used to do that back when I lived in CA. The Irish Coffees or Cocoa with Schnaps would be flowing :cheers: as much as the laughter...and by the end of the evening, the wrapping on the presents became a little less clean, crisp and beautiful and more haphazard! :rofl: DH gets two more shots before the end of the year. The one he got prior to Thanksgiving didn't work as well as the others...mostly because he really has to stay flat on his back in bed for at least 24 hours after his shot to give it a full chance to work and Thanksgiving weekend we were just too dang busy. His next shot is on the 14th, same as my test, and I'll be working from home afterward and the next day so I can tend to the dogs and he can stay in bed. Then my full procedure is on the 28th, as is his final shot for the year, and we're both off the next day so we'll both be able to relax. :)

Ceejay - Bummer about no raises this year. I'm hoping to at least get a small cost of living increase, but there are never any guarantees, and I won't know until March or April...so I'm just trying to do a good job and stay out of trouble until then.

diyana
12-08-2011, 02:22 PM
Ceejay - That's crazy that those women knocked on your door after midnight! Unless I am expecting someone, I don't open the door after 7 or 8 pm. That's MY time to rest, relax and unwind from the day. Laura is right that a raise would be nice, but still having a job is much more important.

Laura - The summer block party sounds fun. It's so cool when neighborhoods do that. We hosted a party for the neighborhood a few years ago, which is when I first hurt my back (moving furniture the day after). We've been busy working on the house and the yard since then..so we haven't hosted since, and no one else has stepped up to the plate. As for cleaning, DH has done much more than his fair share lately. I can't do the tub/tile in the bathroom because of the fumes from the Tilex, and I can't mop the floors due to my back. But I usually do the dusting, wiping, and vacuuming. I love going to the Library and getting new books/DVDs. And what's even more convenient is that I can look through the library's database of titles, and place the ones I want on hold. Then they contact me when they're ready to pick up! In fact, I'm going today to pick up a couple DVDs, some Cooking Light Quick and Easy Cookbooks, one or two fiction books, and some nonfiction ones that hopefully will give me ideas/style guides for writing my own book. Secret Santa things can be fun, but $25 seems like a lot for a work thing. It's nice that you're posting lists of 3 things you'd like and 3 things you wouldn't. This year at my work, we did a White Elephant exchange - something we already had, we couldn't buy anything. And it just goes to show that one person's White Elephant is another person's treasure. I got a very nice Christmas figurine that I may keep but it is nice enough to regift. And our Christmas decor is almost entirely penguins. I hope your work holiday gathering goes well and is at a quieter location. Sounds like you're going to have a nice weekend (at least the decorating part). We're planning to get our tree tonight, DH will put the lights on it tomorrow night, then DMIL, DH and I will decorate it and the rest of the interior of the house on Saturday or Sunday.

Annie - Have fun at Ainsley's performance tonight. :hug:

Big :wave: to Happy!! I hope you're having a fantastic day in your winter wonderland!

Shad
12-08-2011, 06:29 PM
Morning all,
Well guess what I didn't get back with the personals. Yesterday I actually did a full days work and I think today may be more of the same. There's is that sort of desperation about the team to get so much more done before the break. Scotty has some more things for me to think about as well. Love the way he approaches the more work process. 'Errr... we have another process we have to document. Let's discuss this a bit further...... Let's check out the scenarios and give the users the choice - but only as long as they choose the way we want to go!

Michelle - sounds like you are on your way to a more pain free environment. That's got to be a good thing. Sure you can use the card - its a free website and very easy to use. I seem to be missing a couple of email addresses but I will find them soon and Laura and Ceejay can be added to a dose of Kiwi stupidity at Christmas. DS2 wasn't exactly over the moon when I asked permission to use his picture but he said yes anyway. Guess he likes to eat.

Mel - well done, making the plumber, maintenance and management sort it out. Hope the plumber scared the living sh*t out of the powers that be. No I haven't made too many plans about where to go and what to see. Chris and my sister and my niece and nephew-in-law are on the list. I want to do some shopping and I may take a trip to Marlborough Sounds and across to Nelson, Takaka and Golden Bay - maybe. Depends on costs and availability.

Ceejay - nothing nicer than coming home to a clean house. Don't know what has gotten into DS2 since he has been house sitting, but he has been putting a wash on, clearing benchtops, setting the dishwasher going and generally being fairly tidy since he got back. Long may it last.

Laura - Sorry to hear about the street becoming hermitsville but it happens. The sociable good neighbours move on and it takes a while to get to know others - but then again if they are anything like my neighbours then they don't get to speak often anyway.

Better go and get on with the day before Scotty gets any more ideas on how things work. I might be working full days up to next Wednesday if I am not careful and curb the enthusiasm.

MELODY525
12-09-2011, 09:18 AM
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MORNING CHICKS.
NOT MUCH TO REPORT. ANOTHER ALARM LAST NIGHT.
NOT SURE IF I AM EVER GING TO GET A WHOLE NIGHT'S SLEEP:faint:
THIS GENT FELL ON THE WAY TO THE BATHROOM.
I HAVE SOME WORK TO DO BUT NOT MUCH FOR THE WEEKEND.
ONE MAN IS OFF ANYWAY. TALKED TO HIM YESTERDAY.
GETTING MUCH COLDER NOW. WINDOWS FINALLY CLOSED & HEATERS ON.
HAPPY FRIDAY/SATURDAY:moped:





CEEJAY.....YUM ON THE BREAKFAST. UNEVENTFUL MEETINGS ARE GOOD.
EXCEPT WHEN THEY SAY NO PAY RAISE! WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE SAME KIND ON THE 22ND.
NO MONEY IN THE STATE GOVT OR THE TOWN.
I THINK THIS IS OUR 4-5TH YR WITHOUT A RAISE NOW.
THOSE GIRLS DOWN THE STREET DON'T THINK AS A RULE.:dizzy:
MAYBE THEY WILL LEARN ONE DAY.




LAURA.....I REMEMBER YOUR SUMMER BLOCK PARTY WAS NICE.
WE HAD A SECRET SANTA BUT THEY UPPED IT TO $30 LAST YEAR.
NO ONE WANTED TO PARTICIPATE SO IT WAS CANCELLED.
I THOUGHT THE $$ WAS RIDICULOUS CAUSE WE HAVE SOME PART-TIME WORKERS.
GIFT CARDS WERE A GREAT IDEA FOR US TOO. HAVE FUN.
HOPE THE PARTY GATHRING WILL BE A QUIET ONE!!! :lol3:



MICHELLE......SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE DH'S SHOT NOT WORKING AS WELL.
HOPEFULLY YOUR NEW PLANS WILL WORK OUT BETTER AND YOU BOTH WILL REST UP.
AS FOR WRAPPING...JEN SAYS GET POUT THE TISSUE PAPER AND THROW THE STUFF IN BAGS:YIKES:
WHERE IS THE JOY OF OPENING UP A WRAPPED GIFT?!?!? :cry:
BUT MY ARMS ARE THINKING SHE COULD BE RIGHT:rofl: :rofl:





SHAD.....EVERYY TIME YOU SAY SCOTTY'S NAME I THINK OF STAR TREK.."BEAM ME UP SCOTTY".
BET HE MUST HAVE HEARD THAT MORE THAN ONCE IN HIS LIFE. :rofl:
HOPE HE GETS NO MORE NEW IDEAS FOR THE MASSES TO CHOSSE FROM.
IS HE GOOD AT GETTING THEM TO PICK YOURS?!?! THAT IS TOO FUNNY.
WILL GOOGLE YOUR ITINERARY CHOICES OVER THE WEEKEND.
TAKE A PEEP AT WHERE YOU'RE TINKING OF GOING. HOPE THE COST IS LOW.
HOW MANY MORE DAYS LEFT???
THE CARD WAS TOO FUNNY AND I LOVED IT OF COURSE. FORGOT TO SAY THAT. :hohoho:

MELODY525
12-09-2011, 10:01 AM
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diyana
12-09-2011, 11:38 AM
Happy Friday ladies -

I'm so thrilled it's Friday. We got our tree last night and tonight is tree-decorating. We'll probably do more decorating tomorrow and maybe take a drive to see houses and neighborhoods lit up with Christmas lights.

I woke up still having pain at the procedure site and down my leg. I know the doc said it would take a couple more weeks, and I can deal with that if it means months or years of pain relief. I just hope the meds kick in soon. :crossed:

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Shad - I totally understand about the desperation to get as much done before people take off for the holidays. I think that happens in every organization. But don't overdo the working, you want to be quite healthy for your holiday travels! I really like Scotty's approach! The e-card literally had me laughing out loud. I'm glad DS2 granted permission to use his picture, and I'm glad Sunday consented as well. :) My DH and DMIL got a great laugh out of the card as well. Thank you! :hug:

Mel - I love the kitty and the squirrel photo! There should be a mistletoe above them. :lol: Sorry that your sleep keeps getting interupted. We've been running our heaters for awhile now, since the highs have been in the mid-30s (F) and the lows in the mid to upper teens. I'm sure it's even colder way up north der hey where Happy lives. As for gift wrapping, I must confess that I use a lot of gift bags...for gifts that odd shapes (or just plain odd!). :lol:

A big :wave: to all of you! I sure wish we lived closer so we could get together for the holidays!

Much love and many hugs,

Laura705
12-09-2011, 11:42 AM
Morning all. TGIF!!!

Michelle - Too bad no one in your neighborhood has wanted to host a party after you did it. People are just too busy these days in their own little worlds! That, or they think it's too expensive (which is why the potluck kind of parties are so nice - they help with the labor and the cost). Or they're like my neighbor, who feels her house is inferior to those of other neighbors and doesn't want to host. Sigh, yes, people are going to be curious about your house and have opinions on your furnishings, decor, etc, but they'll usually be very polite. It's the fact that you've shared your roof for the party that matters. Hope you like the books/dvds you borrowed. Our library also lets us put books on hold online, and then notifies us via e-mail when they're available - sooo convenient. I'm about #120 on the list for Janet Evanovich's latest book, lol. But I like to browse around sometimes too and discover a new author to read.

Shad - Hope you're not working too hard on your last couple days before your holiday. Ha,ha re Scotty's approach - let them choose, as long as it's what we want!

Mel - Another cute image! Poor kitty! Hope the quiet continues into the weekend and may you spend several nights uninterrupted by alarms!! Yup, colder here too, and we finally got a wee bit of snow. I'm okay with that since the forecast is for Sunday to be near 40 degrees and thus melt it all. :D

Annie - how was Ainsley's Christmas show at school? (Is it okay if I say Christmas, or should I call it "holiday"? How silly that people take offense. It's like we can't enjoy Christmas anymore! :soap:

Happy - I'm sure you've heard by now that Jonathan Brandmeier is back on the radio - at WGN of all places!! I listened a bit this morning. He's as annoying and spastic as I always found him to be. And now I've got that Moo-moo song playing in my head, lol. :rolleyes: (Not that they will be playing that on WGN any time soon, I imagine.) If he just chills out a bit, he'll probably be okay...

Hi Ceejay! :wave:
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I went to the circuit class last night and then came home and ate some of the navy bean soup bf made using the ham bone his SIL gave him on Thanksgiving. Yum.

I was walking down the narrow hallway last night and must have been stretching or something as I went because my elbow went right into the corner of one of the prints we have hanging on the wall there. :stars: Ouch! It really hurt and still hurts today. I also must have wrenched my shoulder blade in class, because that was hurting too, especially if I took deep breaths. Sigh. I'd like to be at home today snuggled in with some heating pads, but I'm here at work and looking forward to quitting time.

Better get back to it. Keeping busy will make the day go quicker!

Have a good weekend everyone!

happy2bme
12-09-2011, 11:58 AM
Good morning ladies,

It's minus 4 degrees F right now. Good thing the sun is shining brightly or it would be really cold in the house. I guess I'm going to have to fire up the oven and bake something to throw more warmth into the main living area. We stopped at the fireplace shop yesterday to inquire about the part for our heater / fireplace that was ordered early November and "should be in" around Thanksgiving. The guy said he hasn't gotten the part yet and he will call us when he gets it. My cousin says - this is the Northwoods where you wait for EVERYTHING so hold your pants on, but we could REALLY use the boost that this fireplace would add to heating this house, and it won't do us much good to get it in May. :rolleyes: Sorry I haven't been posting, have had a serious case of flit-itis - flitting from one thing to another without really completing something. And couple that with talking with DH and then deciding to go completely off course and tackle something else. So today I am back to a fixed list of stuff to do which includes some Christmas items.

The man came to work on the furniture. He is going to get a catalogue of hardware and see if he can match up the front plate / fake door pulls to fix the cedar chest. He also worked on the table and buffet and put what he called an old fashioned hand rubbed finish on both pieces. If you can believe it, it involves steel wool, polish and water. It covered the fine scratches all right, will scratches all over the surface. But he said he has been doing this since 1976, was taught wood crafting by old school masters and in time with routine polishing, the look of the table will soften to a nice sheen and the scratches will disappear. We will trust him on that. In the meantime I covered them both with holiday table runners and placemats :lol: Seriously, I think this will work out and I know this man wasn't anything like the sort of service we got in the south.

Mel - so are you the only person that is "on call" for the nightly alarms? Soon the lack of sleep / interuptions will take it's toll on you. And considering the demographics of your building, probably fair to say that there will most often be at least one nightly occurance. DH found a box of Christmas wrapping paper while unpacking other stuff. You are welcome to it, there's more than I will ever need including some kids stuff that I haven't used in years :lol:

Laura - I sort of like the idea of not only including what one would like for gift suggestions, but more importantly what they would not want. :idea: For instance, I am really fussy about scents and because of this, I really don't like bath products or colognes unless it's the few things I can stand without a headache. The really perfumey stuff like jasmine or honeysuckle gives me a raging headache. So I think it's a pretty good idea, especially with a group of people that don't really know each other that well. I'm with you on not liking the bar scene for parties either - or crowded restaurants too. Hope they find some place that works for everyone. Guess in the old days when they had "real" office parties at hotel ballrooms with live music and booze and food, we were too busy getting blitzed to worry about talking to people. :hat:

Shad - how nice that you will get to visit with your friend Chris again. Forgot she had moved back to NZ. Is she doing well enough to get around? I'll bet you are excited about going back and seeing people. Sounds like you plan to do a little travelling and sight seeing too. I will have to invite my SIL up when you visit - both of you like to be on the move. I hope you have a wonderful vacation - it's well deserved.

Ceejay - I can't imagine the nerve of those crazy women knocking on your door so late. :rolleyes: It's good that they clean well but gotta wonder if it's worth it when they get stirred up again seeing you. How did the decorating come out?

Oh yay - DH just announced that we are going to use the proceeds from the sale of the TN house to pay off the WI house. No mortgage for us :dance: Although it was nice seeing that big bank balance for a while ;) Of course that will change in May of next year when we have to start paying for health insurance to the tune of far more than our monthly mortgage was. :yikes:

Michelle - hope you have some yummy books in your lastest cache. Great idea on using the library. We have yet to get to ours - looks like it's a nice one and is on the list for us to check out soon. Sorry that DH's shot did not work as well as yours did but you know those things can be so hit or miss too. Sometimes what worked 3 years ago doesn't do much this time around. Hopefully he will get some relief - as you said, it's pretty darn hard to be working and doing around the house stuff AND try to sit and get your rest in. I would love to see some of your holiday decorations - how about a few pictures from you sister?

Annie - I'm sure you are busy - it is a hassle when you can't post during the daytime. We are thinking of you - hoping you can stay under the radar away from Mr. Military at work and just keeping your head down so that you can march home to Little Monkey and your happy family.

:hug: to all - I'd better get dressed and get on with my list of to dos.

happy2bme
12-09-2011, 12:10 PM
Johnny B on the radio again Laura? I can't say I remember him except for him to be playing hits from the 70's on my transistor radio. Is he as obnoxious as Steve Dahl (who I see is STILL around) or Howard Stern? There was a guy on the radio in Memphis (Mad Dog) who annoyed the hail out of me - it always seemed that was the station DH had turned to - when I'd hear him I'd practically rip the dial off the radio trying to change it. My favorite dj was Fred Winston. He was funny, interesting and just a great guy. Not like these goofs today who seem to make their name by putting down or making fun of women.

Ah for the good old days - guess that's how you know you're getting old :rofl:

Laura705
12-09-2011, 12:15 PM
Hi Happy - Hope you get the part for the fireplace soon - timing is everything! I guess you'll just keep baking for now. I'm glad you had a skilled craftsman working on your furniture who won't botch the job. I agree, I think listing the "not wanted" items is a very good idea, and yes, I'm one of those who doesn't want to get scented lotions, colognes, etc. I do, however, like scented candles, but only outdoorsy kinds of scents, definitely not food-scented ones. Picky me. Congrats on soon being mortgage free! We're counting down, but still quite a ways away. And I know that even once it's paid off, the property taxes will still be taking a big bite out of the budget. And by that time, we might be using the money to buy long term care insurance. Sigh. It never ends, does it?

Cheers!
:cheers:

ceejay52
12-09-2011, 12:29 PM
Laura
I like to read the Jane E's books. Will see if it's available at Walmart. Our Library is old and musty so I don't like to go.

Mel
That guy must have been more asleep than awake when he went to the bathroom. Hope you get a good night's sleep tonight.

Happy
We understand about not posting. Sometimes I get to the point that I don't have time. Then there are day's that all I have is time. Hope that part comes in soon. Can you still use the fire place? Brrrrr on the -4 temperature. It's 38 degree's here with sunshine.

Michelle
You must have a high level of pain tolerance. Hope the pain subsides soon.
Have fun decorating the tree tonight.

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I put out my wee bit of Christmas decorations yesterday. It does give me something to look at. My entertainment center reminds me of a fire place so that's how I decorated. Wish I could find a fake fire some where.
We had a heavy frost this morning. I like my very small fiber optic tree's.
I've even played some Christmas music this morning.

diyana
12-09-2011, 01:07 PM
Laura - I like potluck parties too. And we don't mind hosting again, and probably will in the spring. I hope the Janet E. waiting list moves quickly. We're on the waiting list for Green Bay Packer's season tickets...but I think we're roughly # 25,000 on that list. :rofl: At work, I tend to say "Happy Holidays" because we have a diverse workforce...but I believe that whatever your faith you should take the phrase "Merry Christmas", "Happy Holidays", "Happy Hanukkah", "Good Yule", etc. in the manner in which they are intended...that someone is wishing you a joyous season. :bravo: on doing the circuit class. I plan to do some Wii Fit later today. I hope your elbow and shoulder blade feel better soon. :hug: Let's keep our fingers crossed that the rest of the workday today goes quickly. :crossed: I had to chuckle when you mentioned your favorite candle scents. My favorites are the food scents: vanilla, pumpkin, and cinnamon, and I only like a select few of the outdoorsy scents. To each her own. I guess that's why they make so many varieties. :)

Happy - I hope the part for your fireplace parts arrive soon, and that the furniture repair guy's fixes work. I'm so happy for you that the proceeds from the sale of the TN house will pay off the WI house! That's awesome!! I'm so happy for you both!! Yikes! Your monthly health insurance premium is more than your monthly mortgage!! OMG!!! The great thing about our library is that even though we're in a small town, we can borrow from about 20 different libraries in other communities. You place the books you want on hold, they ship them to the library near you and let you know when you can pick them up.

Annie - I hope you had a nice time at Ainsley's Christmas performance! And I hope you, Curtis, and all the kids and grandkids are doing well! DMIL said the last batch of books you sent will keep her busy until she leaves in mid-January. Thanks so much, Annie. :hug: :hug:

Ceejay - Bummer that you don't have a nice library. I love ours and really appreciate that I have access to a wide variety of books, CDs and DVDs. I can tolerate a bit of pain...not as much as my DH. I'm just motivated to do what I want and need to do despite the pain, and often that gets me into trouble by overdoing it. :dunno: So nice that you have some decorations up. I think that even a little decorating makes the house so festive. I remember a few years ago when I had just lost my dad and my mom didn't have much time left, I didn't want to do any decorating. And even though there were gifts and get togethers with John's aunt, uncle and cousins, without the decorating, it felt like Christmas didn't even happen which made me even sadder. I've been singing carols for over a week now...now I just have to get the interior of the house looking more festive.

annie175
12-09-2011, 07:17 PM
Hey Ladies...so far behind on personals...I am not even going to try...

The carpets turned out beautifully...Lord I had no idea how stinkin' gross they were...looks like new carpet....excited and makes me happy...Curtis and I worked so well getting them done...amazing...strange it is like we are two puzzle pieces that hook up perfectly to complete the puzzle...kind of scares me a little....the end is near..lol

Ainsley's Christmas (yes, it is Christmas NOT holiday) program was so stinkin' cute....she was on the second row on the end so we could see her perfectly. All through the four songs they sang she was playing with the little girls hair in front of her..we ALL laughed till we cried....then we asked her about it afterwards and she said she wasn't doing that....and grinned this chit eatin' grin...totally made my night...even thought we didn't get home till 10 pm. Curtis and I picked up Chris, Sam and lil monkey so they didn't have to use their gas, as it was an hour away where her school was..sheesh....then we went to Wendy's to eat after as we were all starving. I only had a baked potato.

We drew names today at work for secret santa. I got a good one. Lissa is such a sweet and pretty person...I can think of all kinds of things to get her...next week we put small items in stockings hung by our office then on the 19th we give the major gift (not to exceed 15 bucks) and reveal who our secret Santa is...

Big shots are coming in on the 22nd to give the let's get em speech and let us know where we are and where we are going with the company. The only bright side is we get Maggino's Italian food catered in..haha...google it...it is soooooooooooo dang delish!!

Making chimichangas for dinner tonight with a little side salad on the plate to go with. Curtis is eating that...I am having a salad...too much dough for me on the chimis...

All is good in my world...baby Jake and mommie are doing just great. I miss my baby girl being at my work every day, but hey, take the good with the bad...right?

I love you sistas....oh and Shad and Ceejay please PM me your addresses..I cannot seem to fing them.

Love and holiday hugs....

annie175
12-09-2011, 07:19 PM
Oh crap...not fing your addresses...FIND your addresses...lol

MELODY525
12-09-2011, 10:24 PM
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LAURA GOOGLED ANIMATED SNOOPY GIFS FOR A FRIEND AND THOUGHT OF YOU.
OK IT'S BEDTIME SEE Y'ALL IN THE MORNING.


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Shad
12-09-2011, 11:19 PM
Morning all,

Rainy day here although we do have the odd blue patch here and there. Not hanging out the washing though since that will really make it rain.

Annie - PM'd the addy today. Hope you get it okay. My service provider does not seem to be servicing or providing today. :rollpin:

Michelle - yeah, your weekend is here too. That makes three of us since Happy is on permanent weekends now.
Sunday didn't get a choice. She is way too over the top with her opinions anyway - so I didn't tell her about it. Felt it was only fair for the DS2. Mutter mutter mutter.
We don't decorate anymore. Used to when the kids were little and would if we had any young ones to decorate for. But mainly we tend to go out and eat and/or visit friends. So I don't get too excited about it.

Ceejay - cute avatar there ceejay. Time those girls got some mature brains between them I think. I'd have marched down to the door and read the riot act, but that is me. Your much nicer than I am.

Mel - Scotty is like me. He details the different scenarios, we discuss the pros and cons and then we take them to the masses. However we only show them the one we want them to take and the reasons for it. If they really get antsy about it, then we show them something else - usually a worse option. They settle for what we want. Good old SAP, always 50 ways to do something.

Happy - interesting photos on facebook. Seems you are all settling right in there. I've heard of the steel wool fix before. Seems it works okay. Did he suggest some sort of furniture wax for the fill and polish part?
Boo on the fireplace part. For the life of me I can't understand why it takes so much time for something to get from one place to another. Can you not get it express post or something. They must be a laid bunch bunch of Americans in your neck of the woods - normally those I get to meet up with expect it all to happen yesterday and wonder very loudly why it hasn't happened yet.

Anyway, best go find the next 15 minutes of work to do

annie175
12-10-2011, 04:38 AM
Good Morning...been up since 1:15, cannot sleep and will regret that when 5 rolls around...working at CVS. They need me and I need the money. lol

Shadlet..great chattin with you on FB. Please send me your snail mail address (house address).

MELLIE...hugs sista, in the bestest way! Guess I should be laying down counting your firemen to try to get to sleep. naw that would probably keep me awake..lol

Not much going on in the middle of the night..Hella B decided to a lover puppy and is sitting on my lap while I type trying to lick my hands...gross...I swat..she snapps...kind of humorous.

Brother's band is playing Sat night, Curtis and I are going...should be fun....may be the last time for a spell as brother is getting fed up with one of the bandmates. The guy is completely drunk out of his mind by the time the band gets finished for the night and is obnoxious to the point of embarassment. Does't help packing and loading equipment either. They have talked to him several times and he just won't stop. There always has to be a bad apple in the crate.

Guess I will get off of here and try to sleep...dang it anyways

Love and hugs all ya'll......

MELODY525
12-10-2011, 09:50 AM
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SANTA IS TAKING A HOLIDAY IN NZ TILL IT'S SLEIGHRIDE TIME.

YESTERDAY WAS YESTERDAY AND TODAY IS TODAY.
KEEPING WITH THE GOAL OF LETTING GO.
OFFICE IS CLOSED AND THAT'S ALL I CARE ABOUT. :beach:
HAD A CHAT WITH JEN. THE REST OF THE PRESSIES CAME.
THEN THERE WAS A BIG SURPRISE.
A DELIVERY MAN CAME TO THE OFFICE AND SAID YOUR'RE MELODY _____ RIGHT? YEP THAT'S ME. WELL THIS BIG BOX IS YOURS THEN. COME WITH ME AND I'LL CARRY IT UPSTAIRS BECAUSE IT'S HEAVY. ?????????
GET UPSTAIRS TO FIND SOMEONE SENT ME A MICROWAVE OVEN!!!
NO NOTE. NOTHING WRITTEN ON THE BILL.
JEN AND I WERE THINKING ALL NIGHT LONG WHO WOULD DO SUCH A WONDERFUL THING.
A SECRET SANTA???:hohoho: I AM HIRING A DETECTIVE:lol3:

NOTHING ELSE IS NEW. I HAD MY FIRST NIGHT'S SLEEP LAST NIGHT. THANK YOU GOD. FEEL WONDERFUL THIS MORNING.
NO ALARMS OR BELLS OF ANY KIND.
WRAPPING & DELIVERING HANDMADE CARDS ARE ON TODAY'S LIST.
THE CARDS HAVE YARN ATTACHED SO THEY CAN HANG ON THE DOORKNOB.
NO BENDING OVER FOR THESE SENIORS!! I THINK OF EVERYTHING.
BETTER GET MY BUNS GOING BEFORE THIS DAY IS OVER.
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND:moped:





HAPPY....GLAD THE MAN ARRIVED AND HOPE THE FURNITURE LOOKS LIKE HE SAID. WHEN I REFINISHED A BOOKCASE MANY YEARS AGO A MAN HAD SHOWN ME HOW TO USE STEELWOOL AND MINWAX FOR EVERYTHING. CAME OUT WONDERFUL. -4 DEGREES???? MAYBE YOU SHOULD HAVE ORDERED 2 FIREPLACES!!!!!!!!!:brr: I WOULD HAVE FLIT-ITIS TOO WITH THE MOVING AND HOLIDAYS. HANG IN THERE.:hug:




CEEJAY.....YOUR POST GAVE ME HAPPY GOOSEBUMPS ON MY ARMS. DO YOU REMEMBER THOSE CARDBOARD FIREPLACES?? I SEARCHED ALL THE STORES A FEW YEARS BACK. I KNOW THEY'RE CORNY BUT I L,OVED THEM. MY LAST ONE GOT SDOAKED AND COULDN'T BE FIXED. GLAD YOU GOT TO DECORATING. IT'S GOOD FOR THE SOUL:hug: :ginger:




LAURA.....HOW ARE ALL THE GET TOGETHERS GOING? I APPROACHED SOME PEEPS ABOUT THE SECRET SANTA THING AND A LOWER PRICE. ALMOST GOT MY HEAD BIT OFF. "NO GIFTS AND THAT'S THE END OF IT OK???" GEEZ....JUST ASKING. :hohoho: HPW'SA THE BODY FEELING?? BETTER I HOPE. REST IT UP OVER THE WEEKEND:hug:




MICHELLE.....HOPE YOU ARE FEELING BETTER OVER THE WEEKEND. TAKE IT EASY. HOW DID THE TREE DECORATING GO?? YOU BOTH COULD USE A BREAK AND I HOPE YU GET ONE OVER THE HOLIDAYS. :hug: MY LIBRARY BOOKS WERE A DISAPPOINTMENT. I OORDERED SOME CHEESY LITTLE MYSTERY BOOKS (LIGHT READING) AND AM NOT CRAZY ABOUT THE AUTHOR. SHOOOOOT. HOPE YOUR'S WERE BETTER :lol3:




SHAD......I GET THE PICTURE ABOUT YOU & SCOTTY NOW. DIDN'T QUITE UNDERSTAND THERE ARE OTHER "WAYS". OVER HERE IT'S MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY:rofl: :rofl: BUT THEN THAT'S A HORSE OF A DIFFERENT COLOR!
WE WERE TALKING ABOUT YOU LAST NIGHT. THE KIDS GOT TO SEE YOUR CARD AND CRACKED UP. WE WERE ALL HOWLING. THEY LOVE JIB CARDS AND WERE PLAYING WITH THEM AT A FRIENDS HOUSE A FEW WEEKENDS AGO. SENT ME SILLY CARDS. :lol3: HOPE YOU ARE ENJOYING THE WEEKEND :hug:



ANNIE........HOW GOES IT WITH JAKE?? I LOVE THE UPDATES. THE SECRET $15 SANTA SOUNDS GREAT. AS YOU HVE READ WE AREN'T HAVING ANY. LOVE THE ITALIAN FOOD IDEA TOO....WORTH HAVING TO LISTEN TO THE "WE ARE A TEAM" SPEECHES:rofl: :rofl: HUMANA IS ALL OVER MY TV AGAIN....LOTS OF MESSAGES. I KEEP TELLING EVERYONE...I KNOW A LADY THAT WORKS THERE!!!:encore: STAY WELL AND TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF WHILE YOU ARE DOING THAT FOR OTHERS!! :hug:

ceejay52
12-10-2011, 11:31 AM
Got outside and raked the last of the leaves for this year. Didn't think there would be 5 bags full. I called one of the street and sanitation department's guy's and asked where the compost facility was located. Never did find it. It must be way out in the boonies and that road was not fit for me to be driving on it by myself. After I left the pavement it was supposed to be gravel but it was mor mud and the old saying it had the wash board effect. However, he told me it was on pavement so I may have missed it. Was a bit sore this morning from all the bending.

Mel
Wow, a microwave. Could it have been Willy???
Yes, I remember the cardboard fire places. Infact, my cousins wife bought one last year for part of their Christmas decorations.

Looks like every one is sleeping in today.

ceejay52
12-10-2011, 11:33 AM
Mel
I think Santa should take a vacation. He's going to have a busy day before long.

happy2bme
12-10-2011, 12:32 PM
Good morning chicks,

It's Saturday I think, I really have had an off track last 2 days. I think I'm subconsiously avoiding some things so I'm filling them with other stuff instead of tackling what I should. Don't get me wrong, I was productive - cleaned the oven, did a couple of loads of laundry, tossed out a few things that needed tossing, and unpacked my new dishes. I also spent quite a bit of time on the phone with Mom and sister. It was really cold the last 2 days - in the single digits. Last night as the last light of day was fading, you could see the almost full moon and Jupiter outside. DH told me that Venus was out also but it was so low to the horizon that I had to go outside to see it. I stepped on the deck and it creaked from the cold. My jeans froze up mighty fast too. :brr: DH said it is supposed to get up to 39 degrees tomorrow - that will feel like a heatwave - everyone will be out crowding the streets :lol: DH is also looking up and reading to me venison recipes this morning. :barf: sorry - I am just not putting on my track shoes and running to try out game meat. Especially if you season it with coffee and chili powder which guess is a favorite blend. :no: I think he's secretly becoming "one of them" (a local in training) :rofl:

Mel - wow on the new microwave oven. That's very cool. Hope you have the counterspace for it. You must let us know how your sleuthing works out - someone really wanted to surprise you and they did! Thanks for the tip, I will have to get a can of the Minwax. I'm thinking paste polish is the way to go? How nice that you made cards for the building. That must have been alot of work or did Jen get her artistic side flowing? I'm sure the peeps will appreciate them. Your mention of the cardboard fireplace made me smile. At one point in my career I was a manager to an entire team of men. We did alot of fun stuff together. One Christmas I brought in a cardboard fireplace and made them all stockings with their names on it and filled them with treats for St. Nicholas Day (December 6th). Years later after the gang broke up and we went our separate ways after the company got sold, I still kept in touch with "my boys". B told me that he took the fireplace when he left and was now a manager himself and he loved that tradition of the stockings so much that he did now did it for his people. :o it made me blush and feel so good that a tradition was born and carried on. It's nice to know that you have made a difference in some peoples lives as you go through time. :D So your mention today gave me a warm and fuzzy - thanks :hug: If I come across another fireplace, I will send it to you although I'm not sure you have room for a fireplace AND microwave :lol:

Annie - bummer on the bandmate. Seems to be that is always the case with a band. What amazes me is that grown men who should be long past the stupid 20's phase of their live, some just can't give it up. :rolleyes: Hope you have fun tonight. So you are back at CVS again? I'm sure the time flies by but not so if you are only getting a nap's worth of good night sleep. Don't burn yourself out girlfriend. Nothing like cleaning your carpets to actually see how dirty they were - sometimes the dirty water reservoir is so gross. But now everything is shiny.

Shad - minutes are flying - you will be leaving soon for your holiday. Have a wonderful time. I have forgotten again that it takes about 2 weeks (and from this place probably lots more that that) time to get a card to you. So you might be getting the electronic version too. Loved your card! I have to remember (and use) that line about the service provider - good one mate! :lol3: I can relate.

Ceejay - so you actually GET to an end of the leaves? We never did. Had trees that dropped stuff all year long, if it wasn't leaves, it was seed pods or pollen or sticks or something. :lol: Don't you have yardwaste pick up with your trash? It was nice of you to try and compost it but I can understand how it can get scary finding those places. Same with us in TN looking for the county hazardous waste site when we needed to get rid of 25 cans of house paint.

Michelle - I have learned that I need to keep my comments to myself up here so I don't say anything at people proudly posting pictures holding up dead dear heads and when they ask me if I am a Packers fan I just say that I am not a sports fan (true) and I do commend them for having a perfect season so far (also true). We went to lunch at a local place the other day and the owner (big hunting fan and her husband does taxidermy) was telling one of the customers about how Susie Q shot her first buck. Suzie looked out her window and this magnificent buck was just sitting in the snow on her property. So instead of enjoying the view, she got her gun and killed it. :rolleyes: Poor guy took a short rest which was a fatal mistake. But as my cousin pointed out, I moved here and that is their way of life so negative comments and loud EWWWWWWWWs and OMGs are not appreciated. :shrug: I guess I have to go get my animals sympathies taken care of by volunteering at the local humane society :lol: I know you are a Packers superfan but would you actually drive all this way to go to the games if you got tickets? That's a pretty long haul for you - about 5 hours or so? Are you going to buy any of their open stock shares? Pretty clever way to raise money I thought. Better than raising the price of tickets. As for singing, I can just picture you with a Santa hat singing away :xcheer:

Laura - long term care insurance? I am still on the fence about that. I mostly think it's hype that the companies are pushing to make money. Like AFLAC - do you REALLY get what you think you are getting when you really need it? Nursing homes / convalescent care is sooooo expensive - and the policies boast of giving you $100 a day - that probably just covers meals! On the other hand, I don't have kids I can go live with (or would expect them to take care of me) so our plan B is such that if anything happens to one of us such that they are a burden and the other is feeble, we will just take a long drive off a cliff. :lol: we joke about it but there's a bit of underlying truth I think. Hopefully I will have my Mom's good genes instead of my Dad's sickly ones and we can live a long reasonable life and then just not wake up one morning. About the only people that I know who could have used that stuff were parents of friends who got Alzeheimers or someone like my Dad whose health failed due to heart issues. I think the big thing everyone needs to focus on is to save their money so they have enough in their later years.

Oh boy - such glum talk for a festive season! I think it's time to top off the coffee and knock out the Christmas letter so I can get my cards done. Hope you all have a good weekend.

annie175
12-10-2011, 02:12 PM
Hey gurlz...CVS not so bad, a LOT of customers were very glad to see me....even Margaret...she is such a cutie...at least 80 years old, still drives her truck, and we walked around with her list of "stuff" to get it for her. She always buys a Pepsi, then we have to unscrew the lid for her, then lightly screw it back on so she can get it off to drink it...so dang cute.

Getting ready to clean the house...vacuuming, putting throw rugs down after the carpet cleaning...mopping the linoleum in all the areas of the house and laundry. Slapping some chicken breasties in the crockpot with herbs and spices. Lots to do, short time to do it in. Hella B is being extra good....probably wants another peanut butter cookie...i.e. dog biscuit...we call them cookies...and she KNOWS that word.

Best get busy...Curtis will be home by 3:30 or 4, so need to get my chickie going in the crockpot on speedy..

Love and hugs

annie175
12-10-2011, 02:13 PM
Oh and lil monkey is doing great...he is just the sweetest...I will try to post more pix of OUR (worldlies) grandbaby...

Shad
12-11-2011, 03:54 AM
What a day,
We have had blue skies and sunshine, heat, humidity, storms, rain, minor flooding and hail in some places. I've managed to be reasonably productive, but naturally enough didn't get done as much as I wanted to get done. And now it is time for dinner and an early night. Maybe I will get a bit more done outside tomorrow afternoon. Tomorrow night will be packing and ensuring I have all the required documents like passports and airline tickets etc. and Tuesday will be checking it all out and getting money to take away with me as well as getting something to read on the flight etc. I also will have to work some full hours on Tuesday so I had better get most of it done on Monday night.

Just about ready to get dinner going and wouldn't you know it, DS2 has gone to sleep on the couch. All this boating for fun must wear you out.

So tonight for dinner is Lemon Cumin Veal chops and green beans with parsnip mash for me and potato mash for he! with green bean (from the garden) (he'd turn his nose up at parsnip and there are potatoes to be used up as well).
As well I am cooking up some rhubarb - some from the garden and some bought and we will eat it with vanilla bean yoghurt - at least I will. He will probably find some icecream to go with his.

Excuse the lack of personals. I will do those tomorrow from work - for now I had better go get a load of washing out of the drier and put in the last of it. Then it might be time for a glass of wine, a sit and watch news, eat dinner and get on with life.
See ya

PS - no weight loss this week. I think the body has gone into shock with the advent of gym and jog. Still no gain is a pretty good second place.

MELODY525
12-11-2011, 08:24 AM
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MORNING CHICKS:tree:
WOKE UP EARLY AND LAZY. HOPE IT'S ANOTHER QUIET DAY.
YESTERDAY WAS JUST A PLUMBER'S DELIGHT.
ONE TOILETBOWL PROBLEM AFTER ANOTHER.
ONE MAINT. MAN MADE A LOT OF OVERTIME. THE BUDGET IS BROKEN :lol3:
SENIORS LOVED THE CARDS...AT LEAST THE ONES I RAN INTO.
THE MOON WAS OUT THIS MORNING AT 6 AM IN ALL IT'S BRIGHT LIGHT GLORY.
REALLY WAS A SIGHT IN A SLIGHTLY DARKENED SKY.
OF COURSE I NEVER SAW THE ECLIPSE THE NIGHT BEFORE.
DIDN'T EVEN KNOW ABOUT IT :rofl: :rofl:
TODAY'S IS GOING TO BE A BIT LAZY...I CAN TELL ALREADY.
SITTING HeRE IN A BTRAIN FOG & JUST RAMBLING.
HAVE A GREAT DAY:moped:






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HAPPY.......HERE'S A FIREPLACE TO KEEP YOU WARM THIS MORNING.
THE IDEA OF THE ST. NICHOLAS STOCKING WAS WONDERFUL.I REALLY LIKED THAT. MADE ME FEEL GOOD TO HEAR THAT YOUR FRIEND HAD KEPT IT UP. VERY CUTE INDEED. I TRIED VENISON YEARS AGO AND DID NOT LIKE IT. EVEN SOAKED IN MILK OVERNIGHT. :faint: YOU MADE ME LAUGH ABOUT DH BECOMING ONE OF "THEM"...CAUSE THAT WHAT I WAS THINKING AS I WAS READING :rofl: :rofl: SITTING HERE CRACKING UP. JUST REMEMBER AS YOU UNPACK THAT THIS IS THE LAST TIME YOU'LL BE DOING IT. :hug:



CEEJAY.......5 MORE BAGS! LOTS OF LEAVES BY YOU FOR SURE. I WENT TO A DUMP ONCE MANY YEARS AGO. THE CAR STUNK FROM THE GARGAGE MUD FOR WEEKS AFTER THAT. MY EX EVEN HOSED DOWN THE UNDERSIDE OF THE CAR BUT NO GOOD. PU!! GOOD THING YOU DIDN'T GET STUCK ON THE WASHBOARD ROAD OR LOST:hug:BTW...I KNOW IT'S NOT WILLY BECAUSE HE WOULD HAVE SAID SOMETHING.





ANNIE......I LOVED THE MARGARET STORY. HOW CUTE IS THAT?
IT'S ALL THE LITTLE THINGS THAT MEAN SO MUCH TO SOME PEOPLE. GLAD SHE HAD YOU TO SHOP WITH. :hug: I CAN IMAGINE YOU'RE MISSING DD AT WORK. AND OF COURSE GLAD JAKE IS DOING SO WELL. WE NEED TO PUT A LITTLE BOW IN HIS BELLY BUTTON. WHAT A GREAT LITTLE GIFT HE HAS BEEN :bb:





SHAD.....TOO MUCH EXCITEMENT GOING ON IN YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS!!THE DAYS ARE FLYING BY AND I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S ALMOST TIME FOR YOU TO GO TRAVELING!
I WAS DOING SOMETHING IN THE KITCHEN WHEN I HEARD ABOUT HAIOL IN AUSTRALIA. BUT I MISSED THE ENDING. FORGOT TO COME HERE AND ASK YOU ABOUT IT LAST NIGHT.
DON'T LEAVE A FORWARDING PHONE NUMBER WHEN YOU GO ON VACATION. THIS WAY NO ONE WILL CALL FROM WORK!!!
PS: I'LL TAKE THE MASHED TATERS TOO. NOT A FAN OF PARSNIPS!

ceejay52
12-11-2011, 09:39 AM
Annie
That's probably the only time she gets a Pepsi especially if they are hard to open. My uncle is 80 and full of life.

Mel
Love the Christmas tree. Is that one your's? The fire place looks warm and cozy also. I immediately went to the car wash and the bout with the road.

Happy
I'll probably have more leaves from the neighbor's yards. My one tree has finally dropped all it's leaves.
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Had a good 36 hours off but back to work this morning. Had a louzy night's sleep due to the heater coming on more often than usual. When I check the thermastat this morning it was up a little higher than normal. I was cold when I went to bed. The thermastat will be turned down tonight.

ceejay52
12-11-2011, 09:42 AM
Shad
You have a full week ahead of you. But I know you will get it all done.

happy2bme
12-11-2011, 12:11 PM
Good Sunday morning ladies,

Just looked at the calendar - probably for only the second time since we moved and I see that Christmas is 2 weeks exactly from today :yikes: I did get the Christmas letter done and printed up new address labels but did not work on the cards. I had a nice long chat with Mum who is delighted we are coming home for the holidays but most disappointed that we will only be there 5 days or so. I told her it's too cold to do anything else and there is always the chance of bad weather so we'll leave longer visits for the summer. She did remind me to leave a chunk of time because she has a growing list of little things for DH to work on or fix around the house. :lol: No problem, I told her to just tell us ahead of time so he can bring tools. She says (quite adamantly) - not necessary - I have tools too you know. Then 10 minutes later she says she wants a blind installed in the bathroom window and oh, DH might want to bring his drill. I said "but Ma, you said you have tools :?: she says "yeah, but I have a drill but I have no idea where the drill bits are :lol:
I am torn between going out today and staying at home and attending to stuff. I want to at least pick up the Sunday papers and DH and I were going to look at a furniture store in town. I think I just need to make a list and stick with it and cross things off.

Mel - I loved today's pictures. The fireplace is very similar to what we have that is not working well enough to use at the moment. A roaring fire and nice heat so I am VERY eager to get that working. Glad the seniors appreciated your cards - sometimes the littlest things matter to them. As for the eclipse, you could only see it on the west coast that morning since by the time it happened, it was already light in my part of the world and yours and it would have been dimmed out. Guess we all have to wait 3 more years :( Is the building looking festive? Shame that they would not let Jen do the windows. :mad: Have you tried out the new microwave yet?

Ceejay - I always turn the thermostat way down at night for sleeping. I can't sleep when it's warm. Sometimes tho it's too cold which makes it REALLY hard to get up in the middle of the night for a potty run. Are you off work over the Christmas weekend or did your coworker try and weedle the day for herself?

Shad - how did the chops work out? Lemon cumin - that sounds like a very interesting combination. I always think of Mexican when I see cumin. Yum on green beans from the garden. My friend at work gave me a few pods that went to seed from her crop of really sweet beans. Can't wait to plant them. I'll take potatoes over parsnips too please so DS better wake up before they are gone. ;) Sounds like all is on track for your trip. How is the weather out that way - not hot and humid I hope - just nice enough to do some sightseeing. :crossed:

Annie - I loved the Margaret story too :hug: How cute. I can relate - some of the water bottles - especially those with smaller caps are SO hard to open that I have taken to using my rubber gripper to open them before I leave in the car. Then if I don't use the bottle (I always have water with me in case I start coughing) and if I put the bottle back in the refrigerator and DH gets it, he goes YUCK - this bottle has been OPENED. You would think I went to the store, uncapped it and told everyone to have a lick before I gave it to him :p :rolleyes: :lol: The fact that she got a Pepsi is even more endearing for some reason. Might have been downright hilarious if she asked you to untwist a bottle of Boone's Farm Strawberry Hill (wine) :lol3: I'm very glad you are finding funny stories of CVS, I'm sure it can get quite hectic this time of year.

:wave: Hellos to Michelle and Laura.

I have not been making any conscious effort but have lost almost 7 pounds since we moved. I'm certainly not eating as much as I did when I was working and I think all the stairs in this house help a bit. But I think the biggest boost has been that for the first time in probably 9 years, I am not aggrivated and stressed out on a continuous basis. I am still riding myself because I'm not as focused as I need to be and don't want to start any new bad habits, but for the most part, I am calm. And that probably means a huge drop in that stress hormone. I hope it keeps up. :crossed:

Well I think a cup of tea, some buttered raisin toast and an egg are in my future as well as finishing off those cards. Have a good Sunday kids.

ceejay52
12-11-2011, 02:32 PM
Happy
Congrats on losing 7 pounds. I know that stress and emotional eating are two of my biggest concerns. Too funny about DH saying yuck to opened bottles. Put your name on the next one.
Yes, unfortunately I have to work on Christmas day.
I think my co-worker has been brought down a notch. She told me she got a verbal warning a couple of weeks ago. I'm not sure what it was about but her figures on the chlorine sheet's never come out right. I haven't said anything but my boss notices every thing. Don't think she can read the scales.
I still beat myself up over the no weight loss. Lose 5 pounds and gain it back over night. This is fluid build up. I'm on week 2 day 3 of the rest of my life. The last chapter as I call it. I should do it for health.

Shad
12-11-2011, 06:41 PM
Morning all,

Too bad you lot don't like parsnip. I love 'em and had a nice feed of them last night. Soft and sweet and mashed up with a bit of cooking cream and salt and pepper. DS2 polished off the spuds - said he wasn't waiting around for you lot.

Wish I had decided to take Monday and Tuesday off now. There is so much to do at home. Still today, the powers that be get me to make a start on the doco for FINANCE - lucky me (not)

Ceejay - you and me both with the fluid. There must be something you are eating that is causing the fluid build-up - have you been having something salty - or is it the lactic acid build-up from exercise that is causing the problem? Check your labels.

Happy - well done on the 7 pounds. Not surprising since all the drama of moving and stressing out and arguing and driving and.... and..... I lost about 20lbs when we shifted over here. Put it all back since tho' and then some.
The Lemon, cumin garlic marinated veal chops were pretty nice if I do say so myself. Could have done with a touch more oil in the marinade or maybe lemon juice as well as zest because the rub (you massage the mixture into the chops) was somewhat dry. It was supposed to do for 4 chops but barely covered two. I discovered cumin when I was on my middle eastern kick and making lots of Moroccan type stuff. Funnily enough, much of the recipes tasted better with pork than with beef or lamb. I'll never make an Arab.

Mel - I love venison. I don't get it often, but when it is on the menu in a restaurant I will usually have it. However I tend to like it better from the butcher than killed and hacked up on the land. But..... the domesticating of the animal means that the wild flavour disappears since they are munching on much the same as the cattle and sheep. Shame. Such magnificent creatures, but I realise they can cause a fair amount of environmental damage and herds need to be culled once in a while. Pity we can't do the same for some humans.
Too bad about the phone, my mobile has roaming on it. I can use it worldwide. But they won't ring, cause they will all be on leave as well.

Annie - good to talk to you the other night on facebook as well. Glad to hear the baby is doing well and all the breathing stuff is a thing of the past. Glad you had a good nights work at CVS - pity they don't pay as well as the other hey?

Right better get off and do some work before the dreaded HR and Finance get here. No kidding, I have been here 2.5hrs and they haven't started yet. No wonder they are in a bind.

MELODY525
12-12-2011, 09:20 AM
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GOOD MORNING EVERYONE.

TODAY IS THE HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE BOSS DAY.
GETTING READY TO GO DOWN AND MEET HER.
REPORTS ALREADY WRITTEN AND PLACED IN THE "IN BOX".
LAST NIGHT THINGS FINALLY CALMED DOWN.
NEVER HAD SO MANY CLOGGED TOILETS. MAYBE JOHN WAS RIGHT.
HE WANTED TO HAND OUT "SOFTENERS" EVERY NIGHT :rofl: :rofl:
OMG I MISS HIS CRANKY FACE. I MUST CALL HIM THIS WEEK.
NOTHING ELSE IS NEW. HAVE A GREAT DAY :moped:




CEEJAY...GOOD THING YOU WENT TO THE CAR WASH.
NO THE TREE ISN'T MINE BUT I WISH IT WAS.
I LOVED IT WHEN I FOUND IT.
HAVE A GOOD WEEK AT WORK. BET YOU LOVED THE 36 HRS OFF:hug:




HAPPY....YES WE TEST DROVE THE MICROWAVE. IT WORKS GREAT!
GAVE THE OTHER ONE TO JEN & RICHIE.
MINE WAS BIGGER THAN THEIR TINY ONE.
NOW EVERYONE IS VERY HAPPY.
JEN STUCK ANOTHER BOW ON THE FRONT OF MINE:ginger:
YOUR MOM STORY ABOUT HAD ME IN TEARS LAUGHING.
I KEPT SAYING TO MYSELF HE'S GONNA NEED TOOLS.
MAYBE A DRILL AND MAYBE SCREWS AND ANNCHORS!!
CAUSE WE USE THEM ALL THE TIME. THEY ALWAYS WANT SOMETHING "HUNG UP"!!!!
I AM AFRAID TO LOOK AT THE CALENDAR.
I CAN TELL BY THE ANXIETY IN MY CHEST THAT IT'S NEAR TIME!!!:hohoho:
CONGRATULATIONS ON THE 7 LBS!!!
MAYBE I SHOULD COME AND HELP YOU BOTH UNPACK!!
I JUST FOUND 3 OR THE 4 THAT I THOUGHT I HAD LOST!!!:lol3:




SHAD......I FORGOT THEY WERE ALL LEAVING WHEN YOU ARE.
HOPE THE FINANCE DOCO GOE WELL WITH NO HICCUPS.
THE PARSNIPS I REMEMBER WERE KIND OF BITTERY WEIRD FLAVOR.
BUT THEN I WAS ABOUT 13? MY STEP GM MADE THEM.
MY BROTHER & I THOUGHT WE WERE BEING POISONED. :lol3:
YOURS SOUNDED MUCH BETTER. HAPPY TUESDAY.

ceejay52
12-12-2011, 10:13 AM
Happy
I'm glad I'm working Christmas day. It will keep me occupied and praing there's no power outages.

Mel
I'm with you on the parsnip's. Is turnips the same thing? They are too tangy and bitter for me. I like the greens but they have to be prepared just right.

I had a busy Sunday and now nothing to do--paper wise. I'm working on my 2012 folder.

Laura705
12-12-2011, 12:31 PM
Morning all. As usual, I was MIA all weekend from here.

Very uneventful weekend. I did virtually nothing that I intended to do, so I soon will be scrambling around like a nut to do holiday shopping, etc. Rather annoyed with myself about that.

Saturday morning I went to a Zumba class. Dog walk, couple loads of laundry, not sure what else. Oh, now I remember - went through the pile in my basket on the "mail cart". Still a lot of reading material, including several months of two magazine subscriptions (purchased against my better judgment only to use up the last of some expiring frequent flyer miles). I moved most of that pile to the front bedroom where I have my bp monitor set up. While I sit quietly for a few minutes before taking my bp, I usually read a little bit, so that'll be perfect. In the evening, I watched the DVD movie “The Deep End” w/ bf. It was alright.

Sunday I lazed away some of the morning w/ the paper and some tea, then I raked & bagged leaves in the back yard. There wasn’t all that much, but I still came away with three bags full. There’s a spot way in back where we’ve piled a bunch of tree limbs, branches, and brush where leaves have settled and I have a feeling they’ll be blowing out of there all winter. Short of dismantling the piles, the leaves would be difficult to remove. Oh well. Bf may try to find a landscape crew working in the area to see if he can get them to haul away those piles. After the skunking incident, we don’t want any critters making that their home. I also raked out the area next to the garage where I have hosta planted – ugh. The hosta leaves were semi-rotted, and so were the fallen leaves that had settled there. Bf agreed that next year he would take a weed wacker to it so cleanup is easier. I also pruned down the shrubs that still grow back there every year because they are too close to the fence to properly dig out. It was sunny and relatively mild yesterday (around 40-ish for December!) and doggy and I enjoyed being outside. Didn’t do anything out front, but that’s okay because there are no leaves to speak of on the lawn, just some stuck in the shrubs.

What else for Sunday? Another long dog walk, three more loads of laundry, and a visit to a nearby antiques mall. I can’t believe we’ve been here almost 12 years and never checked it out! Unfortunately, it was mid-afternoon when we arrived, and if I wanted to get home to get the dog walked before dark, that didn’t leave much time to fully explore this place, so we only spent 45 minutes there, barely scratching the surface. We’ve decided to return another day, much earlier.

After the dog walk, we watched the Bears lose another game. Sigh. That was about it for the weekend. No decorating…Boo on me. I’ll probably do little bits in the evenings this week, i.e, everything but the tree.

Nothing special going on this week, except for a doctor appointment on Friday morning. I’m almost positive that I’m going to take that entire day off. It’ll be good to get a jump on the weekend.

Food got off kilter Saturday and Sunday – no tracking. I didn’t go hog wild or anything, but I still didn’t want to step on the scale this morning…

Back later for personals.

Laura705
12-12-2011, 12:55 PM
Ceejay – Sorry you had trouble finding the composting site – wasted trip. My mom is not a comfortable driver, so she rarely goes to drop off yard waste, which is out in a rural area and the road is narrow. Luckily, she has a pasture behind her yard and she’s friendly with the owner, who said it’s okay to dump her yard waste over the fence.

Happy – Congrats on the 7 pounds lost! Not surprising, given the total change in your days and activity levels. How nice you’ll be back to visit your mother over the holidays. LOL that she has a to-do list for dh to tackle. :D

Shad – Hope you get it all done before you trip. Yeh, prolly shoulda taken off the couple days before your trip. The chops sound very tasty. Never had a cumin-lemon combo, but cumin and lime are good, so the lemon combo is probably equally or even more tasty. I had a veg I’d never tried before on Thanksgiving, but now I can’t remember if it was turnips or parsnips. The former I believe. Not a fan, had ‘em mashed, and it reminded me of broccoli. I think I’ll just stick w/ broccoli. :shrug:

Mel – Wow, sorry this past weekend was the one the toilets all decided to clog! Love the pics you posted!! So homey! Nice you like that new microwave, and nice you were able to pass on the old one to Jen. I like when things don’t go to waste.

Annie – Glad you had a warm welcome at CVS. Have you caught up on your sleep yet??

Hi Michelle!!

Cheers!
:cheers:

happy2bme
12-12-2011, 02:17 PM
Hi ladies,

I had a bad night of sinus drip / violent coughing. Got up and went upstairs to sleep in another bed so as not to wake up DH. Slept in until 10:30 now I 'm really behind. I HAVE to get some stuff done right away, will be back for personals.

Safe travels Shad - not sure when you are leaving. And yes, you should have taken the days preceeding your trip off. We all make that mistake. Don't fuss too much.

diyana
12-12-2011, 03:15 PM
Happy Monday, ladies!

Wow! So much to catch up on! And here I am swamped with work and barely time for the essential "bio" breaks.

I'll try and log on this evening and get caught up.

Love and hugs to all,

Shad
12-12-2011, 05:35 PM
Morning all,
Last day at work for a while - Yeehaaa. Will be finishing here around lunch time.
Met up with an old friend whom I haven't seen in years late yesterday and we chatted over a pot of tea and some raisin toast. Then when the coffee shop closed we chatted out on one of the bench seats in the mall. 2 odd hours later we went home. So nice to catch up on the doings of family and friends again. At one time we thought her daughter and DS2 might have hit it off but it wasn't to be and maybe they wouldn't have lasted anyway.

Happy - hope you get rid of the sinus soon. I hate it when mine give me grief - which they tend to do frequently.

Michelle - I thought there was a freeze on new work stuff for you for the Christmas season but you are busier than ever. Hope it slows down soon.

Mel - back to the bowl again hey? No problems here thank goodness. Are you sure you are not getting parsnips mixed up with turnips and/ or swedes. They are fairly awful things to eat. Parsnips look like white carrots.

Ceejay - turnip greens??? Nope parsnips are not like turnips or swedes. Not all that bad working Christmas day. At least you miss out on most of the family squabbles.

Laura - for someone who did nothing much all weekend, you seem to have accomplished quite a bit. Good for you.

Anyway - better get on with the joys of financial reporting. They make life so hard for everyone does that lot.

annie175
12-12-2011, 06:21 PM
Hello lovely ladies of the Worldlie type.....

Lets see....Saturday nights performance by the awesome Six Figures Band was terrific...got home around 1:30 am....band wasn't done playing but I was ready to go to bed...and it was an hour drive home...yeeee.

Sunday we didn't do ANYTHING but visit with my dad for a few hours....it is so much easier when Curtis goes with me and my brother shows up...so much more to talk about beside COMPUTERS...YIK...I don't get into that.

Went to bed early Sunday night. Got up early and went into work a bit early...good thing as the lawyer called and said the papers were ready to be picked up by 4 pm...it all worked out and it is all good.

Tonight is cheeseburger casserole and corn. Curtis is really excited about it...haha...not much to write home about.

CEEJAY....I am there with you on Christmas Day..I volunteered about 9 mos ago to work Christmas Day at CVS...Curtis in not real happy about it, cause he is off, but I cannot go back on my word to them...besides it is double time in a half to work...YEAH...and I could use the $$$$.

SHADDIE....Lemon Cumin Veal Chops...h*lls bells I will be there in a couple of hours...sounds yummy....greenbeans and tatos are a plus...yeah man.

MELLIE...I love, love, love the fireplace and the tree scene...kind of gets this bah humbug in the mood.

HAPPY....well, as my dad says...when you are retired...time gets away from you and you ARE SO ENTITLED to it....you do just WHAT YOU WANT to do...DO NOT let anything detour you from that....it is NOW on YOUR time....relax..sweet sista...hugs.

LAURA...I am so with you on scrambling around like a nut for Christmas...I have to wait till the 16th pay to even GET STARTED....then it is running around like a chicken with it's head cut off...may the force be with both of us.

CHELLE...somehow I cannot really remember what you posted...I am 3 glasses of wine into this post...you are probably busy with your job and side jobs...hope you are feeling great and I am sorry I cannot remember what you posted....just know I love you and may the force also be with you....

Have a marvelous evening/morning...

Loves and Hugs...

MELODY525
12-13-2011, 08:51 AM
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MORNING LADIES OF THE WORLD

HAPPY TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY TO YA.
NOTHING NEW HERE AGAIN. QUIET LIFE IN A WAY.
MAINT MAN IS ON VACAY AND OPENING UP IS MINE AGAIN THIS WEEK. GEEZ.
LIKE NO ONE ELSE HAS KEYS. I'M PRETTY SURE THESE PEOPLE ARE OVER 21:rofl:
DID WASH YESTERDAY AND CLEANING TODAY. MAYBE VACUUM.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY :moped:




ANNIE....3 GLASSES OF WINE?? LUCKY YOU REMEMBER TO HIT POST WHEN YOU WERE DONE:hohoho: :hohoho:
I HEAR YA ON YOUR WORK AND ALSO THE BUCKS AT CHRISTMAS TIME.
HOPE YOU MAKE IT THRU THE HOLS IN GOOD SPIRITS...NO BAH HUMBUG.
JUST THINK OF MARGARET AND HOW HAPPY SHE IS DRINKING HER PEPSI!!!:hug:




++++++gotta go back a page & read.........be right back+++++++++






CEEJAY....GETTING AHEAD NFOR 2012! COME AND DO MY TAXES!! LOL
TURNIPS ARE ROUND AND PARSNIPS ARE CARROT SHAPED. I LOVE TURNIPS. YUM. HOPE WORK STAYS CALM FOR YOU AND NO FROZEN PIPES!




LAURA.....FOR AN UNEVENTFUL WEEKEND YOU SURE GOT A LOT DONE!
I'LL KEEP THAT MOVIE IN MIND FOR A DAY WHEN I HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO:lol3:
HOPE NO CRITTERS FIND THAT COMFY NEST BEFORE YOU CAN MOVE IT!
HOWS THE SHOULDER?




HAPPY....:getwell: HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER TODAY.




MICHELLE....:wave:




SHAD.......HOW NICE TO MEET WITH THE FRIEND BEFORE YOU LEAVE FOR NZ. GOOD THOUGTS ALL AROUND. TOO BAD THE KIDS DIDN'T HIT IT OFF BUT THEN IT MIGT HAVE HURT YOUR FRIENDSHIP HAD IT NOT. HOPE YOU'RE READY TO GET GOING ON THAT PLANE:hug: (when is take off?!?)

happy2bme
12-13-2011, 09:03 AM
Good morning chicks, leaving shortly to go get DH's driver's license and do a little bit of Christmas shopping. Just checking the weather while I finish my coffee - back later. :hug:

diyana
12-13-2011, 11:39 AM
Happy Tuesday -

Warning....very long post ahead to catch up on personals! :)

Shad - I know you've got to be thrilled to start your vacation in NZ! I'm wishing you safe travels and lots of wonderful times with family and friends! I totally understand you're not decorating. We usually put up a tree and the penguins outside, but only because one year we didn't and it really didn't feel like Christmas. We're decorating more this year since DMIL is here. You and Scotty are so right with only presenting the optimum way to the masses, and then showing them a worse option if the really grouse about it. Yes, we're still on the freeze at work, but our first post-freeze implementation is Jan. 6, so we have lots of development and documentation to finish up before then (not to mention getting the business approval for it all - the hardest part is to get their approval without them adding more things to the project scope - as I'm sure you know). So nice you were able to catch up with your friend!!

Happy - We're supposed to get a little rain today...does that mean more snow up your way? Drive safely as you do your errands and shopping. So funny when you said 39 degrees (F) will feel like a heatwave! It's supposed to get up to 45 here today! Beach weather!! As for venison...never tried it, never will no matter how it's seasoned. Since moving to WI where hunting is so prevalent, I am learning to understand the necessity for culling the deer population, but that doesn't mean I have to like seeing dead deer (or other wildlife) whether in the back of a pickup or on the side of the road, nor do I have to eat it. Like Shad though, it's a pity we can't occasionally cull a few specific members of the "human herd". How nice that your former co-worker carried on the fireplace and stocking tradition! For us to go to Packers games since we're 1/2 hour north of Milwaukee, it's more like a 2 hour trip to Green Bay, and we've made the trip for football games, to tour Lambeau Field in the off-season, to go watch training camp, and even to go fishing. I really like the Green Bay community and would consider living there if there were more jobs, and if it weren't so much colder and snowier. They don't call it the Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field for nothing. :rofl: We don't make trips up to your area of Northern WI as often - maybe once or twice a year, but we do occasionally go up there for long weekends in the Summer. We didn't purchase any Packers stock this time around, but I did purchase DH a share during the previous sale several years ago. So my DH officially is part-owner of a football team. I do just randomly break out in song...usually when I've moving around quickly and trying to get a lot done. I don't have a great voice, but most of the time, I do all right. Did you get your Christmas letter done? DH and I are probably not going to send a letter this year since most of the people who get our cards are on Facebook (or on here) and know what's been going on with us throughout the year. :) I hope you get the fireplace part(s) soon. We have a fireplace and use it occasionally, but I am really, really sensitive to the residual fire "smell" and it's doesn't heat even the room it's in very efficiently...so we only use it for ambience. And with the Christmas tree right in front of it this year so we can enjoy the tree in the family room rather than in the living room which we rarely use, we won't be using the fireplace at all until after the tree comes down around New Years. OMG! Less than 2 weeks 'till Christmas?! I am losing track of time (and everything else). DH and I have so many appointments coming up in the next 2 weeks that I'm arranging my life around that and I lost track of Christmas. :faint: I'm so glad you'll get to spend the holidays with your fammily in IL, bummer that you can't stay longer, but it's better than not being there at all. Too funny about the tools, though! :rofl: Congrats on the fantastic weight loss! I'm consistently losing between 1/2 and 1 pound per week. It's not much but I'll take it. :) I'm glad to hear that by this afternoon, your DH will be an official Cheesehead, just like you! :rofl:

Annie - Glad you had such a great time at the Six Figures Band show and a nice visit with Dad. Three glasses of wine into a post? Nah, you didn't miss much. I haven't really posted much of anything, except a quick hello, since Friday. So today's post is a "catch up" or "ketchup" whichever you prefer! :rofl: I'm glad you all enjoyed Ainsley's Christmas show. So nice that you got a sweet person to buy Secret Santa gifts for. Catered lunch from Maggino's on the 22nd? Nice!! The dinners you make always have my mouth watering...chimichangas, casseroles, Yumm!! My DH is such a picky eater that I'm fairly limited as to the dinners I can prepare that he'd actually eat. Bummer that you have to work on Christmas Day at CVS now that you have a terrific guy to spend it with, but the money will be good. Do you have to work ALL day or just a few hours? I hope your brother doesn't quit the band, but understand if he does. It's no fun to be around people like that. :( My doggies know the words: "cookie", "treats", "outside" and "bed". Margaret sounds like a super sweet lady. :)

Laura - Like you, I'm MIA nearly every weekend. For an uneventful weekend, it sounds like you did A LOT! Sunday was gorgeous weather, wasn't it? DH and I were outside in light sweatshirts (very unusual for mid-December!). Let me know how the antiques mall is when you do finally get to spend time there. I like going to antique stores where the prices are reasonable and not rip offs! Both the Packers and the Bears games are the early (noon) games this weekend. It's been so nice having the Packers be the later game so many weeks this season because we can get a lot accomplished while it's still light outside then just about the time we're exhausted we can come inside to watch the game and relax.

Ceejay - I love hearing when seniors like your uncle (and others in their 80s and 90s) are so full of life, spunk and vigor! My grandma (God bless her soul) lived to be 93 or 94. When DH met her for the first time, they had a long talk about politics. DH was impressed that she wanted to lead a revolution against all corrupt Washington DC politicians, and he was sure that despite being in her late 70s/early 80s at the time, she was just determined enough and spunky enough to succeed! :rofl: She was great! I think I get my chutzpa from her! :rofl:

Mel - How wonderful that someone gave you a microwave!! Did you find out who your Secret Santa was? So nice of you to deliver handmade cards to the seniors, and attaching yard so they can hang on doorknobs. Bummer that there will be no Secret Santa with other peeps there...but then again, your Secret Santa already delivered the microwave! When you used the phrase the other day, "That's a horse of a different color.", I immediately remembered the scene in The Wizard of Oz, where they're at Oz and their "guide" says that phrase, and there's a horse that changes colors leading the carriage. Yes, I've seen that movie A LOT! :rofl:


Okay...that's enough for now. I'll try and check back in later.

Lots of love to all,

Laura705
12-13-2011, 12:55 PM
Morning all.

Happy - Heck, don't worry about being behind - you're retired now and you've got nothing but time. :D Enjoy the shopping.

Shad - Hope you have a wonderful awesome trip home to NZ and no unpleasant mishaps. LOL you shut down the coffee shop! Sounds like a great chat you had w/ your friend though! Yeh, my weekend wasn't completely slothful as if I'd spent it all in my jammies in bed watching tv and reading books. But I would have liked to done some decorating...

Annie - Glad you enjoyed seeing your brother's band on Sat. I hope it's not the last time - they probably are responsible for many good times had by many fans. Sorry you have to work on Christmas - hope it's not all day long. But you and Ceejay can keep each other company. ;) Michelle's right - your meals sound so tasty! I mean, who wouldn't like cheeseburger casserole!!?? BTW, I'm still working on the book about lowering bp. The recipe section was hit and miss for me. None of the appetizers appealed to me, but some of the salads did - like a couple pasta salads. Have to decide if I'm going to photocopy some of them (:sssh: shhh, don't tell anyone!) I was disappointed that there weren't any recipes for dressings/vinaigrettes. Maybe they are somewhere else in the book, but that wouldn't make sense. Whatever. Well, if you're waiting for a paycheck to shop, that means you're smart and not charging stuff you can't afford, so good for you. Not that you'll appreciate it when you're trying to finish shopping, LOL! I'd probably not even get to the computer if I'd had 3 glasses of wine - if I'm just sitting around, that stuff hits me hard!

Mel - Jeez, sure sounds like the maint. man is taking a lot of vacay lately. I think you're really the only one working around there!! :yes: My shoulders are all better - the one got better and then while raking the other one took over, but both are good now. Just see the red x where you usually have a nice graphic. Boo. But there's always tomorrow! :)

Michelle - We had the mostly assembled new tv stand in front of the fireplace in our living room for about two months, but now everything's in place and looks very nice, and the fireplace is visible once again and Coal has the entire area rug to himself again. :D Our fireplace is also not very efficient - sucks the heat right out of the house - but it's nice to look at. I guess we should make a point of using it this week since it's still rather mild. When it gets bitter cold, we'll just have to put in the yule log dvd I bought on clearance at the drug store, LOL. Yeh, we've definitely been fortunate so far w/ the weather this fall/winter - I'm sooo glad I was able to get outside to finish up the leaf raking/bagging. And enjoy the sun at the same time. :sunny: All our trees are now leafless - whoo!! I'm not completely up on the values of antiques, but we're not in the market for anything expensive anyway. We liked what we saw on our brief visit to that local antiques market, so we're excited to get back there. Actually...:sssh: I'd like to sneak back on my own to see if any of the dealer booths have vintage bottle openers. Bf is a beer afficianado (sp?) and we saw some nice ones on display at a brewpub we visited at Pike Place Mkt. on vacay in Seattle and I think he'd enjoy having one. I'm taking a vacation day on Friday and I might stop by there right after my doctor appointment that morning. We'll see.

Hi Ceejay! :wave:
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After work last night I ran over to Kohl's and was initially disappointed to find the stock of flameless candles somewhat depleted, but I did finally notice a nice set on the back of a bottom shelf - only two left! Glad I saw those. They are a gift for my mother and I'm shooting for getting her gift shipped to her sometime this week. Just a few more things to pick up for her. She is so hard to buy for - she's also going to receive some of her favorite treats, and I'm not sure what else, but since the candles were such a good deal with being on sale and then getting a discount, I do have more $$ to spend if I want.

That's about it for me. I'm skipping the movie tonight because none of the choices appealed to me. The "final" is Hugo, in 3D. Not sure why, but I just don't care about seeing that one. Looking forward to seeing Sherlock Holmes coming out end of this week. In January will be the movie version of Janet Evanovich's first book. And not sure exactly when, but the US version of The Girl w/ the Dragon Tattoo is coming very soon, starring Daniel Craig. I saw the Swedish version a while ago, but never the movies for the 2nd and 3rd books. Want to see those too.

Okay, just rambling now. Stop, post and get on with it girl!

ceejay52
12-13-2011, 03:38 PM
Laura,
My sister, bil and I watched the movie on dvd of Sherlock Holmes Thanksgiving night. I was a bit dissapointed. Is there a sequeal to this movie?

Annie
Glad you got to see your brother's band play. I'd love to hear a good blue grass or blues band. Let's hope that we're not busy on Christmas day at work. I love easy over time.

Happy
You sound so much more happier since you've moved. I know there's still a lot to be done. Take one day at a time.

Michelle
I raked my last 5 bags of leaves last Thursday and deposited the bags in the dumpster last night. I had permission to do this. Think they caused an allergy flair up. But it's much better today after I took a leviquin last night.

Mel
Are you still holding down the fort? Don't know what they would do with out you. I love all those graphics and pictures.
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Had a silly meeting to attend this morning on blood borne pathogens. Our district water meeting is on Thursday. I'm making plans to attend that and afterwards go get my b12.

Laura705
12-13-2011, 06:41 PM
Ceejay - Yes, there's a second Sherlock Holmes movie coming out soon. I know I was initially attracted to the first Sherlock Holmes movie because I like Robert Downey Jr., but I did enjoy the movie itself. Some people don't like the filming style of the director (I forget now who it was) because it can be very choppy, but there wasn't enough of that in the movie to bother me.

annie175
12-13-2011, 07:46 PM
Hey Girlies of the Worldlie type......

Well let's see....last night was pretty calm...just stayed home and enjoyed and evening with my lover. All is so sweet

CEEJAY....sometimes nonsense is what we need in life...go with it.

MELLIE....Sissy is doing well...altho they are suffering the loss of her income and making me sweat it, they are doing well, and it is all good.

HAPPY...the weather in MN has to be snowy and cold...keep warm sista.

CHELLE...well yeah...I work 10-8 pm at CVS on Christmas day..unfortunately I had signed up for it long ago..it is all good...Curtis is bringing us lunch,..lol...kind of scares me....haha

LAURA....shopping is going to fast and furious...waiting on this Friday's check to do the shopping....yikes...altho gift cards never run out.

SHADLET...yeah on the holiday time...make the best of it sista.

Found a recipe for cheeseburger casserole..and everyone loves it...go figure...the simpliest things makes everyone happy.

Everyone have a great evening/morning/day....

Loves and hugs

diyana
12-14-2011, 08:41 AM
Happy Hump Day (and trash day for Annie) -

I woke up at 3 am, so I could be at work by 4:30. I want to put in nearly a full day at work before I have to leave at lunchtime for my 2nd diagnostic procedure on my back. If I have as much success with this one as I did with the diagnostic procedure last week, then on 12/28, I get the "real" procedure done which should greatly reduce my pain! :) And the post-procedure pain on my left side is easing up, and should be completely gone by next week.

After looking at our finances earlier this week, I put my gym membership on hold for 3 months (until 4/1). I did this for a few reasons: (1) I haven't been able to go in a couple months and probably should've done this sooner, (2) I won't be able to go for the entire month of January due to post-procedure pain, and (3) I really, really, really don't like going back out in the evenings once I'm home from work (and I have to come straight home to give the dogs their medicines). I especially don't like going out in the evenings during winter weather (and even though we haven't really had any yet and hopefully won't until 12/22 or later, we all know that it's coming). Between now and the end of March, I will do my physical therapy exercises daily and use my Wii Fit and/or exercise DVDs 5 days per week, and by April 1, my back will be in much better shape to go back to the gym. :) And with my membership on hold, I'll be saving $62/month for 3 months. My fave teacher/Zumba instructor was there last night, and I talked to her. We said we'd miss each other, but it's only for a few months and it's probably the best way for me to ease "back" into things. (pardon the pun) :rofl:

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Shad - I hope you got to NZ without any hassles or incidents, and are enjoying time with friends/family. :)

Laura - I would LOVE to spend a weekend in my jammies being completely slothful. Of course, I should be careful what I wish for because that could come true if I came down with bronchitis or pneumonia and I DEFINITELY DO NOT want that. :nono: I'm glad your shoulders are doing better. The vintage bottle opener sounds like a nice gift for your BF. My DH loves beer steins, antique cans (in good condition of course), beer tappers, etc. I'm so glad you were able to find a couple flameless candles for your mom. "Hugo" looks kind of good to me...but not as good as some others that are out or coming out.

Ceejay - I can't believe you still had 5 bags of leaves to rake. So nice that you were able to put them in the dumpster. Leaves definitely cause an allergy flare up for me as does most everything indoors and outdoors.

Annie - So when are you going to share your recipes for the yummy dinners you make? :drool: I can understand the financial burden of losing one income even to something as joyous as the birth of lil monkey. Is Sam going to be a stay at home mom? Or will she be able to go back to Humana after her maternity leave is up? 10-8 on Christmas Day? That's a long day, sista. So nice of Curtis to bring lunch for you that day. :)


I'd better get back to work. Just over 5 hours to go before I leave for my diagnostic procedure. Then I'll work from home an hour or two this afternoon to complete my day, and I'm working from home tomorrow to deal with the dogs since DH is getting a shot today and for his, he has to stay in bed and be up as little as possible for 36 hours. And I'm taking a vacation day Friday!! :woohoo:

Much love and many hugs,

MELODY525
12-14-2011, 09:18 AM
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:coffee: GOOD MORNING
COLD DOWNSTAIRS ALREADY. SOMEONE MOVING STUFF IN. DOORS OPENED.
OPENED THE OFFICES AND LEFT AS FAST AS I COULD.
MAYBE HOT COCOA FOR BREAKFAST. YUM!
SENT SOME EMAIL NOTES OUT YESTERDAY.
BETTER GET YOU YOU GALS TOO. LOL
TRIED TO CALL A GOVT AGENCY FOR THE HEAT ALLOWANCE FOR WEEKS NOW.
BUSY SIGNAL ALL THE TIME. SO I SENT THEM A NOTE THIS MORNING.
HOPE IT WORKS. THEY HAVE SUCH ATTITUDES THERE IT'S HORRIBLE.
THE'RE NOT HAPPY UNLESS YOU ARE CRAWLING & BEGGING FOR ASSISTANCE.
NOTHING NEW HERE. REALLY QUIET AS I AM STAYING OUT OF THE DRAMAS.
I HAVE MY OWN DRAMAS TO WORRY ABOUT :hohoho:
HAPPY WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY:moped:




HAPPY.......WE POSTED TOGETHER. HOPE ALL WENT WELL AT THE MV OFFICE!




CEEJAY.......OUR MEETINGS ARE ON THE SAME DAY. GOOD LUCK.
HOPE THE B12 SHOT GOES OK AND NEW ENERGY IS FOUND.
I LOVE GRAPHICS...CAN YOU TELL??? :rofl: :rofl:




LAURA.......NOT SURE WHY YOU CAN'T SEE THE HANGING CUPCAKE ORNAMENTS GRAPHIC?!?!
TOO SAD:cry:
MY MIND & EYES AREN'T WORKING THIS AM AND I THOUGHT YOU SAID YOU "RAN OVER kOHLS"...
I WAS LIKE WTF?!?!?!?!?
GOOD BUY ON THE CANDLES ON SALE. SEEMS LIKE A LOT OF STUFF IS ON SALE THIS YEAR.
GUESS THE STORES REALLY WANT THE BUSINESS.....WELL SOME OF THEM!
HAPPY SHOPPING AND MOVIE WATCHING. JEN LOVED SHERLOCK #1.




MICHELLE.....HOPE THE PROCEDURE WENT OK AND YOU GET THE RELIEF. THEN THE LAST "REAL" ONE SHOULD DO THE TRICK.
THANK GOD THE JOB LETS YOU WORK FROM HOME AND TAKE TIME OFF WHEN YOU NEED IT.
MUST USE UP A LOT OF VACATION DAYS? OR ARE THEY SICK DAYS MAYBE. EITHER WAY.
GLAD YOU HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT THERE. THE OZ MOVIE CRACKED ME UP!
I HAD FORGOTTEN THE HORSE. ROFLMAO GUESS YOU DO WATCH IT A LOT!! JEN DOES TOO.




ANNIE........I THINK PEOPLE ARE JUST HAPPY SOMEONE ELSE IS DOING THE COOKING!!!
I KNOW I WOULD BE TOO! :rofl:
GLAD SISSY IS DOING OK AND I HEAR YA ON THE LOSS OF INCOME.
SOUNDS VERY FAMILIAR TO ME :hohoho:
ASKING SANTA FOR A BAG OF $$ INSTEAD OF COAL.:santa:

ceejay52
12-14-2011, 10:26 AM
Annie
I love simple recipe's. Would you share this recipe?

Mel
That is the cutest picture of the dog. I love it. I cna imagine how cold it would be with the door's being left open while moving.

Michelle
Sending good vibes for the procedure today. I don't blame you for putting your membership on hold. I 'm like you once I'm in after work. I'm there to stay.

Laura
I'm going to rewatch Sherlock Holmes this week end. I thought there would be a sequeal because of the ending. I've been a Sherlock Holmes fan from his earlier movies.


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I'm debating on calling the doctor's office this morning to see if I can get an appointment to see him. It feel's like this stuff is down in my bronchial area. My throat is still raspy too.
Every thing else is going well.

Laura705
12-14-2011, 12:20 PM
Morning all. Quiet here. The admin is out sick today. I have a feeling it's more like trying to finish up schoolwork as this is the last week of her classes this term...I suppose I might use more sick days for personal (not sick) reasons if I didn't usually have so many vacation days available to me.

Shad - Suppose you're definitely in NZ on holiday by now. Safe travels as you visit loved ones, and of course have a wonderful time!

Annie - Well, those hours for Christmas are not ideal, that's for sure. The $$ will be nice though. And so will C. bringing you lunch!! When will Sissy return to work?

Michelle - That is an ungodly hour to wake up! But nice you can do that so as to make your doc appts work for you. Me, I'm having trouble with my normal schedule this week, and bf has dropped me at the train twice in 3 days due to my running late. (Today it sure was nice to get a ride because it's raining.) Smart to suspend the membership for a few months - being realistic! I'm praying you don't experience another bout of bronchitis in a long long long time (aka, NEVER)!!! Good luck with this 2nd diagnostic!!!

Mel - Love the doggie photo, and it reminds me of my little guy. :) LOL, my 86-pound little guy. Glad it's been quiet and you've been avoiding the drama. Yum, hot choco. I drink the stuff at work because it's a good choco fix for only 80 calories, but I actually love making real hot cocoa at home with milk, cocoa powder, sugar, and vanilla. Yum, and I get to control the amount of sugar. No, I didn't see the cupcake graphic. :( LOL, "ran over to Kohl's" and "ran over Kohl's" are both techinically inaccuratee aren't they!?! But it's about a mile and a half from home, so it's a short run - in the car. :D

Ceejay - Sorry to hear you've got some kind of bronchial thing going on. Definitely nip it in the bud! :getwell:
Hello Happy! Brandmeier on WGN is just a train wreck. Never liked that guy to begin with. I might have to permanently switch to WBBM.
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I came home to a styrofoam cooler by the front door yesterday. Bf and doggie were out for a walk, so I hauled it in. It was a Christmas gift from someone's mom (all it said was "Love, Mom") - Omaha steaks!! Wow, all kinds of good stuff - steaks, chicken breasts, hot dogs, some kind of stuffed seafood dish, potatoes, and I don't know recall else. What was funny was that we weren't quite sure which mom sent it. I said it was bf's mom because it was addressed with bf's name first and mine second. Bf said it was too pricey of a gift to be from his mom. So I phoned my mother (since I owed her a call anyway) and asked if she'd sent something and she said "no, but let me look around here for something to send you" haha. So I was right, it was from bf's mother. We'll certainly enjoy that gift. :) :hun:

Other than that, nothing much else to report. I did part of one of the exercise dvds I borrowed from the library. This was a stretching dvd. It began with a warmup segment and one of the very first moves told me I wouldn't like the dvd - it showed neck rolls being done all the way around, when all I've ever heard for years and years is to NOT roll your head to the back - not good for the spine. I made it through the warmup but found it very off-putting that the person on-screen was not talking - it was narrated by someone else. And many of the stretches were sort of odd. Just not my thing. I stopped about midway through the stretching portion. On to the other three dvds!

Eating has not been good this week - I think I might have become The Woman that Ate Chicago, LOL. :sumo: Been tracking, though, but it's not pretty. That said, going out to lunch w/ a work buddy today. Need to make some wise choices. And tonight's dinner will be a big bowl of bf's navy bean soup!

We're getting a lot of rain, starting with last night. It rained all night and is continuing all day today. :rain: I suppose that's a good thing - I like the idea of all the trees and shrubs getting a good drink of water before winter really sets in and the ground gets too hard. And it sure beats snow! For now, this is my kind of snow ----> :snowglo:

Okay, back to work. :comp:

MELODY525
12-14-2011, 03:14 PM
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Laura705
12-14-2011, 03:39 PM
Hi Mellie - Red x above your text, but cute little cupcakes below it!! Now I want one, LOL ;)

MELODY525
12-14-2011, 04:01 PM
I WOULD LOVE A CUPCAKE RIGHT ABOUT NOW!!!:drool:
I WAS JUST WONDERING WHY YOU COULDN'T SEE THE FIRST ONE BUT CAN SEE THE SECOND. 2 DIFFERENT SITES. THE TOP ONE IS FROM TUMBLER SOMETHING OR OTHER. aTHE SECOND VERSION I TRANSFERED FROM ANOTHER SITE. :rofl:
I WAS THINKING OF COAL WHEN I FOUND THE OTHER PIC THIS MORNING.
HERE'S TO CUPCAKES TODAY FOR EVERYONE!!!:encore:

Shad
12-15-2011, 02:43 AM
evening all,

got here fine and my luggage arrived too. All good. However it has rained ever since I arrived. Flooding in Nelson and Northland, rain here, landslides somewhere else and supposed to clear tomorrow.

Went shopping today. Took the train into town and walked. Walked and walked. Sore legs, sore feet, happy to get back.

No personals sorry. I'm at my sisters place and she has dial up only. Talk about slow. Can't even retrieve half my mail. Anyway, when I get out to Chris's after the weekend, I should be able to post some more.

Gotta go. dinner is ready. Catch you all later

MELODY525
12-15-2011, 08:51 AM
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MORNING GALS.
KIND OF ON THE RUN. WOKE UP LATE AND I NEED TO GET THE OFFICES OPENED.
JUST TAKING A MINUTE HERE TO WAKE UP!!!
MEETINGS TONITE TOO.
NOT GOING SHOPPING AT WALMARTS TODAY.
JUST NOT UP TO IT.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY:moped:




SHAD...:wave: GLAD YOU GOT THERE OK AND HOPE THE WEATHER CHANGES!!:sunny:
HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME WITH THE FAMILY & FRIENDS:hug:
JEN & RICHIE SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS TOO...HAPPY BOXING DAY :hohoho:




CEEJAY....SOPRRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE THROAT AND UPPER CHEST.
HOPE YOU WON'T BE GETTING SICK.
EVEYONE HERE INCLUDING ME IS TAKING SOME KIND OF SINUS MED.
JOIN THE GROUP!!!:hug:




LAURA......ACCORDING TO MY PLD PT...YOU CAN ROLL IT HALF WAY TO THE BACK AND THEN AROUND FRONT TO THE BACK. NEVER A COMPLETE CIRCLE. HOPE THAT MADE SENSE. AND NEVER BEFORE THE BODY IS WARMED UP AND FLEXIBLE. HOPE THE OTHER DVDS ARE BETTER!! THE FOOD GIFT WAS PERFECT!! WHAT A SUPER IDEA. A NEIGHBORS MOM SENDS HIM OMAHA GIFTS ALL THE TIME. I CAN ALWAYS TELL CAUSE HE BURNS THE STEAKS AND SETS THE FIRE ALARM OFF:flame:
HOPE IT STAYS QUIET ON THE JOB! :hug:

Laura705
12-15-2011, 10:07 AM
Grrr, wtf is my problem?? Thought I left the house early enough to get the earlier train, but nope- missed it by a hair. So I go into the depot house to wait for my usual one, lose track of time (despite the PA announcement) & miss that one too!! Sigh.

On the positive side, today is my Friday. Back to the negative- Sunday we have to go to the bf's Bro's on Sunday for Christmas I guess. Bf mentioned it a while ago & sounded up in the air about it & might have mentioned it again, but did I take note? Course not. He will have to shop for his nieces.

I still have to get in touch w/ my family to set up a gathering, & they are also difficult to set a date for because my bil's Family takes precedence, and my nephews & sil come in from out of state & the neph's have ltd time in town.

Enough if my whining. Be back later for personals, hopefully in a better mood.

happy2bme
12-15-2011, 12:14 PM
Good morning ladies,

Internet has been REALLY slow the last few days. That and I am getting pulled along to do other stuff so haven't been on the computer all that much.

I guess I am getting used to living here. The snow blew off the trees and they were looking sort of bare. Yesterday we got some light snow and they "frosted up again". I'm liking that. So far :crossed: looks like the weather will hold up for our Christmas travels. I'm hoping. So is Mom. DH is not keen on travelling so far but he understands about me wanting to see my Mom. What little shopping I had to do is mostly done. I keep forgetting about ordering a gift card for the BIL - better do that. I've done as much decorating as I intend to do - will do more next year when I have everything arranged and unpacked in one place.

It must be that time of year. I have the stuffy nose too as does DH. Guess we all can have a honking Kleenex tissue fest :rofl: Must be all that dust.

Laura - how do you get distracted at the depot house? Last I remember there wasn't much to look at there but other people waiting on the same thing :lol: Except if the weather was really bad or cold outside - everyone would wait until the last minute to leave the depot and run across the tracks to catch the train. Enjoy those Omaha steaks - sounds like a yummy package. Sometimes you can get some good deals when they are trying to drum up business. The food is good but very pricy and the portions are tiny - just like the sides at the Honey Baked Ham store. Sounds like you are smack dab in the middle of the Christmas hassle. I guess Christmas is fun only when you are a kid and don't have to worry about decorating, shopping, cooking and organizing gatherings :lol: OMG - adding a touch of vanilla to hot chocolate - why did you have to tell me that :rofl: It's something I enjoy this time of year but not too much - will have to try the vanilla though ;)

Mel - loved today's pretty kitty. Don't blame you for passing on Walmart - that's alot of store to ride through - especially if you have to double back if you forgot something. Hopefully if you needed anything, someone can pick it up for you. Hope Santa sends you that big bag of cash you'd like. I will ask for some too. DH said yesterday that we bought a house for Christmas, that will have to be our present to each other. I said really? He said what do you want? I said nuttin' I can think of. So that settled that I think. I think you should dress up as one of Santa's helpers and ride around the building while you are directing the workers - after all everyone thinks you are magical anyway ;) :D

Shad - glad to hear you landed safely. Bummer that the rain is getting in the way of your touring around. Hopefully the sun will come out and shine on you. Have a good time and enjoy every single minute - I'm sure the first few days will stretch and then by day 3 things will pick up speed and go quickly.

Holy geez Michelle - up at 3am to go to work. Good thing you like to go to bed early. Hope you get everything done at work, it's very good of you to be so responsible - not that you really have a choice I'm sure. Sounds like you are always loaded down with work. I hope it's a go on this next procedure :crossed: Good going on putting the gym on hold. I know there is always a guilt associated with doing that but it sure is a waste of money if you can't be using it. I'm sure they won't miss you as everyone will typically be hitting the gym in January after holiday regrets and by the time you get back there, people will have forgotten about their good intentions, leaving lots of room for you at Zumba class.

Annie - what a champ you are for working Christmas day. I think if they HAVE to open the store - leave it for a part of the day and close early. So nice of Curtis to be with you even if he has to come to your place. That's love! So have you got Lil Monkey all sorts of crazy Christmas elf onesies? They make the cutest stuff and he should at least be able to wear regular newborn stuff by now. I know what you mean about the simple foods - especially in the winter - the good, stick in your belly comfort stuff like soups and casseroles really taste the best AND it's the kind of stuff you can usually have leftovers so you don't have to cook that much!

Ceejay- I've seen a film on blood borne pathogens once - SNOOZE! :rofl: Looks like it's rather warm and rainy down your way. I'm sure that's not helping the sneezes at all. Now that I am back to a wintery Christmas - it's the only way to go. Do you have any time off before the end of the year?

DH did not have the appropriate documentation to prove residency - although he had the car registration which we had to show proper proof of residency to get in the first place - the irony of which was not lost on the man at the counter. So he has to go out today and try to get his license - 3's the charm we hope. He was looking out the window and there is a red squirrel trolling the yard. They are the chewing, destructive types. He went out to shovel and then is going to take his new rifle and pop the little guy. Said it's not like he WANTS to do that, but one has already gotten into the boat shed and they do chew holes in things so they brought it upon themselves. Hopefully that will take enough time so I can go finish my Christmas cards and get ready and go out with him - maybe I can even weedle lunch out too - getting tired of doing all the cooking constantly ;)

See you later ladies, have a good Thursday.

diyana
12-15-2011, 04:10 PM
Happy Thursday ladies -

It's my Friday, and I am so thankful for that! And I'm working from home today...so another reason it's a good day. After I get done with work, I'm taking Mischief to the vet for a blood test. I really hope her red blood cell count has stabilized. I worry about her so much.

My diagnostic procedure went well. I got roughly 5-6 hours of good relief, meaning I was able to walk, bend and stand for several hours much better than I could before. So, the plan is to have the radio frequency procedure done on 12/28. DH will be getting his final injection of the year that day too. He rested yesterday afternoon and is resting today...to improve the likelihood of this shot working better than the last one.

I'm also realizing my back may never be pain-free...but if I could just get the pain to where I can do more things that I enjoy, I'll be happy. :)

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Mel - That really sucks that the govt agencies give you such a hard time. Why do so many of them have to be such b**tards to those who really need their help? :bravo: on staying out of the dramas! I love the winter kitty graphic. :) I don't blame you for not being up to WalMart...I'm not up to shopping much either. Luckily I'm mostly done with Christmas shopping.

Ceejay - I hope your bronchials are clearing out. Lots of rest and fluids, my dear friend. Along with some Mucinex. :getwell:

Laura - So nice of bf's mom to get you some Omaha steaks...too funny though about being stumped by who sent it though. :) Bummer that you missed both trains today. I hope your afternoon commute goes better. I hope the Christmas gathering at your bf's brother's place is fun. Do you have any fun plans for your day off? I'll be wrapping gifts, and mailing the Christmas cards so that they have a chance of getting to everyone by Christmas.

Shad - I'm glad you got to NZ okay. Bummer about the rain, and flooding sounds awful. I'm glad you're enjoying time with your sis.

Annie - I hope you're having a great week and that Sam and the baby are doing great.

Happy - I thought retirement was supposed to mean a slower pace and not being pulled in all directions to get stuff done. I'll keep my fingers crossed for good weather for your travels. :) What a fiasco with getting your DH his license! I hope he is successful today.

I'd better get back to it...I have lots more to accomplish before I leave in an hour to take Mischief to the vet.

Much love and many hugs to all,

annie175
12-15-2011, 06:47 PM
Hello Ladies....

So much going on, don't know where to start....

Sis called me on my way home from work yesterday...she was having a meltdown....Without her income and she doesn't get unemployment...they are really, really struggling...she said she was so stressed out, didn't have money for Christmas...she needed me, could I come over...well YES, I burnt rubber getting there. MADE her drink a glass of wine, calm down, and give all her troubles to the man upstairs. The baby was fussy, so I took him, changed his diaper, fed him and held him for 2 hours....when Chris got home, he took the babe then I made dinner for them...put it on the table and left. It was 8:15 before I got home....Hella B was crossing her legs to go P.....Curtis worked late and was not home so she had to wait. It is all good now...Sis had a better day today.... Stuff like that just eats at your heart.

Happy....congrats on losing 7 pounds...however you get it..take it...when it comes to moms and tools....just assume she has none and take what MIGHT be needed....always safe.

SHADDIE...not sure I have had the parsnips you speak. Might have to give it a go.

Laura...you make me feel guilty of all the exercise you get...one way or another...the most exercise I am getting is the bizzare dreams at night...so crazy and active.

Chelle...yes, I am working all day at CVS...10-8 pm....it will be ok...Curtis is bringing lunch for me and T, as we are the only ones working the entire day. I know old news but I am so far behind....

Ceejay...hope work is going well and you are enjoying the holidays..

MELLIE...hope your world is peaceful...going through the next tote of movies...just giving you a head up sista....

Gotta get busy with dinner...I hear my man's truck in the drive and I have not even started...lol

Loves and hugs.

ceejay52
12-15-2011, 10:35 PM
Annie
You are such a good Mom and Nanna.

Happy
We are having a bit more rain than I would like. The ditches and small rivers have filled to over flow stage. AND that frightens me. I'm selling back the 40 hours of vacation that I have left. Next year I am taking all my vacation time.

Shad
Glad you made it safely to your destination. Enjoy the time with family.

Mel
Another cute picture.

Michelle
I'm happy that the procedure is working for both you and DH.

Laura
Were you people watching at the train depot this morning? I saw the promotions of the new Sherlock Holmes movie today. Yum on the steaks for presents.

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Called the doctor's office this morning to make an appointment. I got in this afternoon at 3.30 p.m. The nurse gave me the b12 plus decadron and antibiotic in one injection. Complained about the left side hurting and told him that my last colonoscopy showed I had diverticulum. He wants me to get that report from my other doctor. But he diagnosed me having diverticulitis.
Also went to the district meeting. Took my neighbor with me. I hate sitting in there by myself. Talk about boring!!!! but I did get two more hours credit toward license renewual.

MELODY525
12-16-2011, 09:14 AM
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MORNING CHICKS OF THE WORLD.
MEETINGS WERE NOT SHORT AND THE BUDGET IS TERRIBLE.
MUCH WORSE THAN I THOUGHT.
THERE WILL BE AN ESTIMATED $81.00 LEFT OVER AT THE END OF THE YEAR.
PROVIDING THERE ARE NO SET BACKS:yikes: ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?
AND THAT IS THE LEAST OF THE WORRIES. THERE ARE FAR WORSE.
ANYWAY..........
FINALLY MADE IT UPSTAIRS AND SOMEONE LEFT A WHITE, USED MICROWAVE CABINET OUTSIDE MY DOOR.
TOOK A FEW MINUTES BUT I TRACKED DOWN THE TENANT.
SHE THOUGHT I COULD USE IT FOR MY NEW OVEN AND SHE IS TOSSING IT OUT:rofl:
THE SECRET SANTA HAS GIVEN HALF THE BUILDING SMILES, LAUGHS AND FUN.:hohoho:
EVERYONE IS GOING TO THE SENIOR PARTY TODAY SO THE OFFICE IS SHORTHANDED.
I AM OIN MY WAY DOWN TO OPEN UP. RUNNING A BIT LATE.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY:moped:




LAURA.....I HAVE BEEN A BIT IN A FOG LATELY TOO.
LIKE SEMI-REMEMBERING STUFF. MAYBE WE BOTHH NEED MORE POST-IT NOTES IN OUR LIVES:lol3: :lol3:
HOPE YOU GYS CAN ALL GET A DATE GOING FOR THE GET TOGETHER.





HAPPY.....GLAD YOU ARE LIKING THE SNOW. AND I DO HOPE THE TRAVELING WILL GO WELL TOO.
IT WOULD BE A SHAME TO MISS MOM ON THE HOLIDAYS.
I LAUGED AT YOUR SAYING THE TENANTS THINK I AM MAGICAL.
THEY HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT MAGIC ELVES AND ONE SAID WE HAVE MEL.
THE FUNNY THING IS IT'S JUST COMMON SENSE I USE. HAS NO ONE IN THIS TOWN EVER HEARD OF IT??? :hohoho: :hohoho:
IT'S SO GOOD YOU GOT SOME DECORATIONS UP. KEEPS THE SPIRIT GOING AND THE INNER SELF HAPPY:wreath:





CEEJAY....HOPE YOU WILL FEEL MUCH BETTER VERY SOON:hug:
SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE PAIN IN THE SIDE. HOPE THAT SETTLES DOWN SOON TOO.
I HEAR YA ON THE BORING MEETINGS. :cloud9:
SENDING YOU LOTS OF GET WELL WISHES:getwell:



MICHELLE....GLAD THE DR APPT WENT WELL & REST UP OVER THE WEEKEND.
HOPE MISCHIEF DOES OK WITH THE TESTS TOO:hug:
MUCINEX....GOTTA LOVE THE STUFF!!!!




ANNIE....SITTING HERE TEARY EYED FOR YOUR DD.
GOD IT'S HARD TO SEE THEM IN THIS STATE OF AFFAIRS.
WE'RE HAVING MUCH OF THE SAME PROBLEM OVER HERE.
PLUS THE STRESS SISSY HAS BEEN UNDER WITH JAKE'S BIRTH & EXTENDED HOSPITAL STAY.
SOONER OR LATER THERE WOULD HAVE TO BE A MELTDOWN.
SENDING PRAYERS HER WAY. HOPE THEY GET A BREAK.:crossed:

ceejay52
12-16-2011, 11:12 AM
Mel
Another good picture. Sounds like every business is having financial woe's this year. We didn't get a raise. You would be suprised at those who really don't have common sense. And how nice that the tenant donated her mc cart.

happy2bme
12-16-2011, 12:52 PM
Good morning ladies,

Another beautiful picture Mel. As for your comment, I don't think it's about common sense as much as someone willing to step up and take charge. And when one does it, the others all run and leave EVERYTHING up to that one (or two) person. You see that at work, at school with volunteers. Everyone wants things done but when it comes to them helping out - someone else can do it because they are "too busy". So it's good that there are Mel's in peoples lives :D Can you use the microwave cart or is it now your trash to junk? Considering you come from a building of mostly seniors, I have to believe it's quite battered, 3 wheels turn in different directions simultaneously and one wheel remains stuck and leaves a black streak when you push it across the floor :lol3: I'm thinking of my Mom's mindset of "it's still good, someone else can use it even tho I don't want it". :lol: Sorry about the budget - does this mean the utilities don't get paid? I imagine it's very hard to live within the government allowance - they don't allocate enough to the people who need it most but then give grants to frivolous stuff. Just don't be opening YOUR wallet for the short fall.

Ceejay - can't believe your didn't use all your vacation - geez, I was the person trying to buy someone else's vacation - I never had enough. Guess I don't plan well :D I hope you don't get flooded out - does all this extra rain cause you problems at work? Be careful with the diverticulitis - my Mom has that - had to really change her diet around and the food choices are limited but you pay dearly for eating the stuff that increases the inflamation. You have my sympathies.

Annie - poor Sissy :hug: I know exactly how she feels. Had a meltdown like that in 1988. It was the deepest, most soul crushing feeling. I can even bring back that feeling now and it isn't pleasant. And I'm sure you can relate to her also so it's good she called you - you were probably her best shot at counseling and sympathy. At least at this stage Lil Monkey will not understand gifts or Santa so he won't know that he's having a Baby Jesus Christmas this year unless some kind wise man drops off a small pot of gold. Maybe this is the year where you share happiness and gratitude and family - capture the true meaning of Christmas instead of the commercialism. Make popcorn strings and paper chains with BF's DD to celebrate. Write letters to each other to let them know why having them in one's life makes it the best Christmas ever. Make some cookies to leave for Santa and his reindeer. You know, those heart warming things we forget to do as we rush about to get all the stuff done that makes us feel like Christmas is a chore instead of a pleasure ;)

Michelle - glad that you got the all clear for the last procedure. Did you tie DH down so his shot has a chance to work? Enjoy your day off today. Can't believe that a week from today is Christmas Eve Eve :lol: Hope you get everything you need to done. I'm thinking I will have time to finally sit down in February which is good because I am waiting for the mighty cold to hit. Am hoping the weather holds clear until after Christmas and then I'm expecting the bomb (of major snow) to hit around New Year's as it typically does. Have you had snow yet?

Laura - hopefully you woke up today not feeling so frustrated. Is this your last call time to finish up stuff day off? Hopefully you will have some time for fun too. Why don't you buzz past the W mall and be grateful you are done shopping :rofl:

Shad - hopefully you are having a wonderful time. Probably good that your sis has slow internet as you should be using your time to visit and have a good time with friends and family. We will hold the fort down - don't worry.

I finally got those darn cards done last night - had to sit up until almost 2am to do them but I wasn't going to sleep until they were finished. We went out for lunch with my cousins at a local hangout - had a great burger and some tasty rootbeer on draught. Yum. About to go make my shopping list and go into town to hit the grocery store. So I will check back later.

MELODY525
12-17-2011, 09:09 AM
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:xcheer:HERE'S TO SHAD GETING READY TO CELEBRATE IN SUNNY (hope the rain ended) NZ!!


YESTERDAY WAS HECTIC. TOO MANY BUSSES FOR THE PARTY.
TOO MANY LISTS. TOO MANY FRASSING SENIORS. OVER 250!
TOO MANY OF THEM IN HEAVY COATS & SHOES WITH A HEEL!!!
TOO MANY "CAN'T YOU COME WITH US" PLEAS.
THEY WERE NERVOUS GOING TO A RESTAURANT OF ALL THINGS.
BUT WILLY AND I LOADED THEM UP AS EACH BUS CAME & OFF THEY WENT.
I HAVEN'T SEEN THEM YET CAUSE I LEFT BEFORE THEY GOT HOME AROUND 4.
ASSUMING THEY HAD A GOOD TIME AND WILL BE QUIET TODAY!! :hohoh:
NOTHING MUCH IS NEW HERE & I DID HANG THE SIGN ON THE DOOR LAST NIGHT.
I TOLD THE OFFICE I WILL DO WHAT I AM PAID FOR & NOTHING ELSE.
THAT I NEED DOWN TIME BEFORE I END UP SCREWING UP THE HOLIDAYS.
I HAVE FAMILY THAT CAN DO THAT FOR ME & THEY DON'T NEED ANY HELP FROM THE OFFICE:lol3: :lol3:
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE. ENJOY:encore:

PS: THE KIDS ARE ARRIVING SOMETIME SUNDAY OR MONDAY.





CEEJAY......HAS THE RAIN LEFT? HOW ARE YOU FEELING AFTER THAT BIG SHOT!!!:yikes:
TALK ABOUT A COCKTAIL INJECTION!! THEY CERTAINLY LEFT NOTHING OUT!
ARE YOU OFF FOR THE HOLIDAY? PARAGOULD??
TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF THIS WEEKEND AND GET BETTER.
WE CHICKS CANNOT BE SICK FOR SANTA'S BIG VISIT:santa:





HAPPY.....HAVE I TOLD YOU ABOUT A WEBSITE CALLED Pinterest?
IT HAS LOTS OF JUNK TO LOOK AT AND CRAFTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS. THERE IS A PULL DOWN TOPIC THINGY AT THE TOP.
ONE SITE CAN LEAD TO MANY OTHERS.
LOTS OF STUFF TO KEEP YOUR HANDS BUSY AFTER YOU I THINK THE CART SETTLE DOWN. IT'S A "PIN BOARD" OF SORTS.
THAT'S HOW I FOUND A WEBSITE WITH THESE PICS ON IT AND A TON MORE:rofl:
(i am getting deja vu. maybe i said all this already) :rofl:
I ALMOST CHOKED WITH LAUGHTER WITH YOUR DESCRIPTION OF THE MW CART.
I WENT TO OPEN THE DRAWER AND ITHE WHOLE FRONT CAME OFF.
DAMN NEAR FELL ON MY HANGNG FEET.
THE MAINT MAN SAID IT'S AN EASY FIX.
OTHERWISE IT SITS IN THE MAINT ROOM NOW GETTING GLUED & INSPECTED FOR BEDBUGS!!
IT WILL STAY IN THE GARAGE FOR QUITE AWILE & THEN I CAN DECIDE.
AS FOR THE "LITE" BUDGET IT'S FOR THE BUILDINGS THE HOUSING OWNS.
DOESN'T AFFECT ME JUST THEIR REPAIRS, GOODS THEY USE, THEIR BILLS ETC.
THE "OUTSIDE" AGENCY THAT GIVES ME AID FOR MY HEAT IS DIFFERENT.
THEY STILL HAVEN'T ANSWERED THE PHONES YET!!
I CAN ONLY HOPE THEY GET THE NOTE.:faint:
LUNCH SOUNDED REALLY NICE. YUM ROOTBEER!
HAVE A SUPER COUNTRY WEEKEND:rudolph:

MELODY525
12-17-2011, 11:56 AM
OK....GOTTA LAUGH NOW.
FIRST THE OVEN CAME.
THEN THE USED CART.
NOW SOMEONE HUNG MICROWAVE POPCORN ON THE DOOR!!!
MY HOUSE SMELLS DELICIOUS!! LOVE MR. ORVILLE!
HAPPY NUKE-ING CHRISTMAS :hohoho:

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annie175
12-17-2011, 01:54 PM
Happy Saturday Everyone....

Just got off at CVS..put in 5 hours this morning....was kind of fun....

Forgot to mention the other thing sissy was stressing about was she got a letter from Hoosier Healthwise stating she will no longer have insurance after Jan 1. The babe will, but she won't cause Chris makes too much money, which is not enough and his insurance will not allow her on as they are not married...I am going to do some research on Indiana law, I believe they HAVE to offer significant other insurance.

Oh, btw, I sent you girls a free copy of the Humana Heathwise Handbook...I am sure you all know most of what is in there, but it is some fun reading if you are in to that kind of thing.

SHAD...When peeps send you mail, do you have to pay anything to get it? Just curious...

Meeting Curtis for lunch on his break at Long John Silvers (YUK), but that is where his DD works, so kind of killing two birds with one stone.

I did get a few gifts today, but didn't go to any extent..lack of money..and people are just nuts out there...where is the holiday spirit...bout got ran over by two cars and almost crashed by a few others...decided to wait till next week and go during lunch (taken at 10 am instead) to beat the craziness. YIKES...

Hella B was a little turd last night, wanting out, wanting cookies, and wanting to play ball...well heck no...go lay down in your bed lil chit. I actually won that time... she gave up after an hour and went to bed. What a lil poop, she is lucky I don't leave her out in the cold for a few hours to wear her lil hairy heiny out!

Gotta change my clothes and head to meet my man and his DD. Have a wonderful afternoon/night.

Loves and hugs

annie175
12-17-2011, 01:55 PM
PS...MELLIE...love the snow falling in the pix you posted...sweet.

Shad
12-17-2011, 04:27 PM
Morning all,
Looks like we might have a sort of fine day today. I am about to go for a run, then catch up on some washing, then wrap some pressies. Tonight I think we are out to dinner.
Tomorrow off to Chris' place for a couple of days. Then the count down to THE BIG DAY and home will be looming.
Took my sister shopping yesterday. She is worse at it than me and was wanting to go home before we had even hit the first shop. Don't know how she will be ready for the big day. Mind you if I don't get off here, then I won't be ready either.

Have a good weekend. Catch you all in a couple of days. Be good or be careful or bejasus there will be trouble as they say around here.

MELODY525
12-18-2011, 09:22 AM
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A VERY GOOD morning chicklets:coffee:


I got relatively nothing done yesterday except declutter the rooms of clothing tossed around & junk mail.
Jen came down and we chatted for about 3 hours.
Seems like every December we have to talk about Dear Old Dad & his Mum. :faint:
Two topics I would love to erase from my mind. But what can ya do.
She has some wonderful childhood memories of them both.
I am not a total "bubble burster". :hohoho:

The bldg was quiet. The party on Friday knocked them out.
Richie's kids arrived late last night....I went to bed....so I guess they got here.
OH JOY OH JOY!
I woke late and now it's brekkie time. Have a super day :moped:




Annie......Poor Sissy....and poor you. Sorry to hear about the medical benefits.
Richie has none either. He just can't afford them.
Hope you find some way for Sissy to be covered.
It's a shame that she has had so very much to worry about since the birth.




Shad.....Glad you are out & about with Chris & family.
Just thinking of shopping excited me!!:hohoho:
Sometimes I think that is the best part.
I love buying presents and making people happy.
I should have been born rich!!!!
Have a fabulous time and enjoy the BIG DAY :santa:

happy2bme
12-18-2011, 02:08 PM
Morning girls,

First of all Mel :s: thanks for pointing me to Pinterest. Like giving a trivia addict heroin :rofl: :lol3: I read your post yesterday and must have spent over an hour reading the site. SO much fun stuff! Sincerely tho, thank you for mentioning that. Lots of great ideas.

Even DH was getting tired of the slow internet so he called the service. They sent out a technician who checked things out and said when they set up our service they didn't do the speed set - there are 4 levels of speed you can get and while we have been paying for high speed, we've been getting basic crawl. So he said they should fix that on Monday. :carrot: All I can do is read text based stuff. I cannot view the Christmas cards from Jib Jab, or YouTube or catch the free streaming video of one of my new favorite shows Once Upon A Time on the ABC network when last week's show failed to record here. We get alot of burps with Internet and Satellite TV. So after the phone guy left we went back to working around the house. Around 7pm our internet crapped out completely and last night at 9 so did our telephone. DH was sure it had something to do with him calling to the office. This morning DH found a spot upstairs in the house where we could get a couple of bars for the cell phone and called the phone company. What a joke conversation! But an hour later we had phone and internet again. Now I need to download my recipes - doing some baking today - amaretto brownies, Harvey Wallbanger cake, some butter cookies and a coffee cake. Got country ribs in the crockpot for dinner tonight and I have 2 beef roasts to slow roast today or tomorrow. Will cut them up and freeze them to take to Mom's for Christmas. Same with the goodies. New freezer comes tomorrow so I'll have plenty of room to store stuff. And while things are baking, I have more boxes to empty. It never ends.

Yesterday I went to the post office to mail cards and get some stamps and it was pretty busy in town. A nice busy tho - people hustling but polite too. On the 3 main streets of town they have speakers mounted on the holiday decorated light poles playing holiday music. It was small town, just like a book WAY COOL. I can't explain it. For the first time in years and years I felt like Christmas and I'm haven't been feeling it much this year either. I am just LOVING IT HERE! Of course ask me that in February when people all over the world invade this place over the Berkebiner ski race (kinda like the Olympics in this little town). They tell me you don't even want to go anywhere near town for the 4 days of the event. I'll be complaining about dahm touristas soon too :rollpin: :lol:

Mel - that was good of you to listen to Jen even if her version of happy is a little off. I think the older we get, the more we tend to reminisce. I loved your picture of the open door to the beach and the water. If you were rich you'd buy everyone presents, if I were rich I'd live on the beach :rofl:

Shad - worst time of year for shopper-haters - this time of year :yikes: hope you got what you needed done. Are you having a good time otherwise? Did it stop raining? Why are you washing on vacation or did you just bring an overnight bag?

Annie - tell Sissy not to get her hopes up about insurance. Our company was passing the cost of insurance to the employees backs for all non employee coverage so it cost me 2 1/2 times my rate to cover just DH. Coverage for significant others was 3 times the employee rate. I think companies are trying to drop health coverage as a benefit and expect the government to pay for it. Government on the other hand is so strapped now that so many out of work people are trying to get some benefits that they are cutting back too. TennCare in TN is dropping people like crazy and I think the same is true here in WI. And with so many people chosing to live together instead of marry, I guess they expect that domestic partners both work and take care of themselves. Another wrinkle in the new family unit. It can get crazy, especially for the kids when blended families come together. I'm just saying that maybe she can get coverage from him but it might take most of his check to pay for it. People are shocked when I tell them that our health insurance as retirees is way more than our mortgage (with taxes and escrow) ever was. Thanks for the book - I got my copy yesterday. Just scanned it but it looks like a good read. I will put it near the top for my after Christmas reading pile. Could you pick up my Momma on your way to see Curtis? She loves Long John Silver's and they closed all the stores around her. I'm sure she'll be happy to bring you a salad or healthy sub from Subway :D

Ok, better get off the computer here and get to my chores before the day wears away. Enjoy your weekend.

ceejay52
12-18-2011, 08:14 PM
Back from Paragould. Helped my uncle this afternoon rearrange some things in his office to make it easier for him to manuever. Talk about some one who needs to declutter.

Speaking of health care--I'm glad I have it but it as Happy mentioned I think it's something companies will start to drop to help cut back on expenses. My aunt told me that my cousin picked up his wife on his insurance after she quit her other job. It doubled. She had another job when she quite but no insurance. I wouldn't be at all suprised if the city dropped our insurance plan.
Also my uncle told me that since he's been taking the b12 tablets that his b12 has stayed in the right range. Hope mine does also.

Shad
Sounds like you are having a relaxing visit with the family.

Mel
You should have gone to the party. but having a quiet day at home with Jen
was more relaxing.

Happy
Sounds like you are still busy. Glad the internet and phone service problem is resolved for the time being, at least.

MELODY525
12-19-2011, 09:18 AM
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IT'S MONDAY ALREADY?!?! WHERE DID MY WEEKEND GO TO?
SO MUCH TO DO AND SO MANY PEOPLE TO SEE THAT MY MIND JUST WANTS TO CLOSE DOWN.
NONE OF IT IS IMPORTANT AND I JUST MIGHT DO THAT THIS WEEK.
KEEP THE HOLIDAY EVEN SIMPLER THAN EVER.
BEST TO LET THE "MASSES" GET USED TO IT.
SO IT MIGHT AS WELL BEGIN THIS YEAR.
NOTHING IS REALLY NEW.
A FEW PHONE CALLS, ALARMS AND THAT WAS IT.
CALM WEEKEND FILLED WITH WORDS & MOVIES.:beach:
HAVE A GREAT WEEK EVERYONE:moped:


SPEAKING OF INSURANCE....THERE IS AN ADDITIONAL $5,000 TAG ON EACH MONTH FOR THE WORKERS AND THE BUDGET DIDN'T HAVE IT LISTED BECAUSE THERE WERE NO FUNDS. THE MONEY IS JUST NOT THERE.
LOOKS LIKE THE WORKERS ARE GOING TO BE FORKING OUT A LOT OF BUCKS.
GOV. CHRISTIE IS BEHIND A LOT OF THESE CHANGES AND SAYING "TOUGH".





HAPPY..... I FOUND PINTEREST THRU A WOMAN'S BLOG FROM AUSTRALIA.
IT WAS A SHOCK TO FIND SO MANY IDEAS ALL IN ONE PLACE.
THEN I FOUND THE PULL DOWN THING ON TOP AND FOUND EVEN MORE STUFF AND EVERY PICTURE LEADS TO ANOTHER SITE! YIKES!!
I THOUGHT....."I NEED TO SHARE THIS".
WHY SHOULD I BE THE ONLY CHICK WHO GOES BLIND ON HER PC!!! :rofl: :rofl:
HOPE THE PHONE & INTERNET STAY ON NOW!
HAS TO BE TOUGH THAT FAR OUT IN THE WOODS IN WINTER ANYWAY.
YOUR SMALL TOWN REMINDS ME OF THE JOHN DENVER MOVIE "THE CHRISTMAS GIFT", A LOVELY LITTLE MOVIE ABOUT BIG BUSINESS MAN GOES TO SMALL TOWN. CUTE. ENJOY THE SLOWER LIFE:hug:




CEEJAY......THE UNCLE MUST LOVE THE HELP AND NEXT TIME TAKE A GARBAGE BAG WITH YOU!! LOL
MAYBE HE CAN USE YOUR HELP DECLUTTERING!!!
I KEEP TELLING JEN...WHEN IN DOUBT, TOSS IT OUT!!!
GOOD TO HEAR HE IS DOING WELL WITH THE B12 AND HOPE YOU WILL THIS TIME TOO.:hug:

diyana
12-19-2011, 10:26 AM
As usual, I was MIA over the weekend. Even though I had 3 days off, it seemed like I was STILL going nonstop. Today is going to be a nonstop day at work too. I'm so looking forward to Friday...which will be the start of 11 wonderful days off! Even though the last few will be painful due to the procedure, I'm looking forward to a little R&R time! :D

I'll try and post more later.

BTW, I LOVE Pinterest. I have a friend who got me hooked on it earlier this year.

And, last but not least, I tried to email this link to all of you...and I put it on FB. But I want to make sure all my wonderful Worldly sistas received my funny little e-card wishing you all a very Merry Christmas from me, my DH and the doggies.

http://sendables.jibjab.com/view/KWPeTdcAi9bWEn1X?cmpid=jj_fb_self_holidays


Love and hugs to all,

happy2bme
12-19-2011, 12:19 PM
Good morning ladies,

Internet AND phone has been up and down all weekend. Not sure how long it will stay up so I'm going to skip personals for now and make a quick post.

My new freezer was supposed to be delivered today. Sears called this A.M. the delivery place checks the stuff before they deliver it and it had a big dent in the front - not sure how much damage it sustained so they are reordering it. This is a bummer as I was cooking and was planning on cooking more so I could take the frozen stuff over to my Mom's. Now I have to rethink that as I don't have enough space for all of it to go in my current freezer.

It's gray and dreary here today. Sleepy day but no time to sleep.

DH says internet is getting wobbly again so I'm going to post this. Be back later if things stay up.

Laura705
12-19-2011, 12:24 PM
Quick good morning to the Worldlies. Have to catch up on my post-reading and will be back later w/ personals.

I had a nice Friday - doc appoint was alright (still have asthma & allergies, dang it, LOL). Afterwards, I picked up the last couple items needed to ship a gift package to my mother & brother in MO. Wrapped, packed, and off to the post office I went. Nice lunch w/ bf (Mexican food), then a dog walk, then back to the antiques mall for more browsing but no purchases. No specific items in mind, so no buying. I am, however, amazed at how many pins they have there! My mother once mentioned making a little christmas tree covered in green felt and covering it with just pins. I think that would be a fun project, or maybe a theme of certain pins artfully arranged and framed - animals or flowers, etc. Course I didn't take note how much they were selling the pins for -couldn't be too much, as they are so plentiful.

Saturday I did a Circuit class first thing. Bf and I finally put out some outdoor Christmas decorations - a few that sit on the lawn, including our penguin, and a couple that hang from the house. Looks nice, even without icicle lights hanging from the gutters. After that, my friend picked me up and five of us went to the botanic garden for an indoor holiday exhibit - Holiday Express. Trains running all over and all kinds of Chicago area landmarks done in miniature and made out plant materials. Just beautiful! Will try to upload a few photos. My friend and I decided we may go in together on a household membership to the garden that lets us have free parking for two cars, if the fact that we really don't share a household isn't an issue... Anyway, we also toured some of the greenhouses - topiary, tropical, cactus/succulent. Lovely. I wish we'd gotten there maybe a couple hours later, because they had some nice outdoor lighting that would have been very pretty to see once it got dark. Oh well. Next year.

Sunday was the Christmas gathering on bf's side of the family. It was at the idiot brother/witch SIL's place, but it was actually a nice time. They now live in a spot that's much easier & quicker to get to than their previous home, so that was a bonus.

Okay, back to work. The boss is back from vacay. This week should be quiet. I'm taking Friday off - woohoo, another short week, and then five days off cuz Monday is our work holiday and then I'm taking Tuesday off too! :) :)

Cheers!
:cheers:

Laura705
12-19-2011, 03:29 PM
couple pics from botanic garden
First is me w/ some topiary pals, 2nd is Chicago skyline, all buildings made from plant materials - photo doesn't do it justice.

annie175
12-19-2011, 06:09 PM
Hello Ladies....

What a beautiful day this was...my secret Santa gave me a BEAUTIFUL table runner, 2 hand towels, pot holder and oven mit...all in black with red JOY TO THE WORLD on it and holly...it is just beautiful....

Curtis and I are going shopping tonight..YUK...but it must be done as we have waited till there is enough $$$ to do so....therefore...even tho I do not like people...we will have to do this.

Well my man just came home...we are out the door..

Have a marvelous evening/morning..

loves and hugs

MELODY525
12-19-2011, 06:33 PM
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I FORGOT THE OFFICE PARTY IS TOMORROW SO I AM POSTING TONITE.
LOTS TO DO BEFORE THE MORNING.
GOT THE BAGS READY AND CLOTHES LAID OUT TOO.
JEN CALLED AND I GOT SIDETRACKED. THEN THE OFFICE CALLED TOO.

RICHIE'S DD IS IN PAIN WITH HER BROKEN LEG.
FORGOT TO TELL YOU ABOUT IT.
JOY TO THE WORLD!!!!! MAYBE I CAN PUT MY HEAD IN A FRASSING CAST!

I NEED TO JUMP IN THE SHOWER AND GET GOING HERE.
DIDN'T WRAP THE KIDS STUFF YET. OTHER PEOPLE NEEDED SO MUCH HELP!
BUT HOW CAN YOU SAY NO WHEN THEY ARE HALF BLIND!!
I WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO SLEEP AT NIGHT. :rofl:

I'LL BE BACK WEDNESDAY MORNING.
HAVE A SUPER DAY TOMORROW AND SMILE.....SANTA SEES ALL!!:santa:





HAPPY.....HANG ON TO THAT CONNECTION!!
I FORGOT TO ASK WHEN YOU ARE LEAVING.
SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE FREEZER REORDERING!!
DANG......BUT BETTER THAN THEM SENDING IT OUT AND LETTING YOU FIND IT!!!!!
KEEPING FINGERS CROSSED FOR YOU!! HAPPY COOKING.






LAURA.....LOVED THE PICS AND NEVER KNEW YOUR HAIR WAS SO LONG!!
WOW I LOVE IT. LOVED THE CITY SCENE AND THE TOPIARIES TOO.
I CAN IMAGINE WHAT IT MUST LOOK LIKE FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT!!!
ENJOY YOUR SHORT WEEK. WE HAVE ONE TOO!!
ALSO HAPPY TO HEAR THE GATHERING OF THE CLAN WENT WELL!! :xcheer:






ANNIE....HOPE THE SHOPPING TURNED OUT TO BE A FUN THING WITH CURTIS IN TOW!
GOTTA BUY GIFTS EVEN FOR THE BAH HUMBUGS OF THE WORLD.
I AM CALLING THEM SCROOGE BLOOD SUCKERS!:bat:






MICHELLE..... I MEANT TO TELL YOU THAT I GOT THE JIBJAB.
THEY ABSOLUTELY CRACK ME UP.
LAST MONTH JEN & RICHIE SENT ME A BEDROOM ONE.
IT WAS HYSTERICAL. THEN I GOT SHAD'S AND WE ALL CRACKED UP!!
HOPE YOU & DH CONTINUE TO IMPROVE:hug:

ceejay52
12-20-2011, 11:23 AM
Looks like everyone is busy this week.
We got some more rain last night and heard a couple of rumbles of thunder.
We had a brief power outage a little after 7 a.m. Two poles are down which meant I had to call Arkansas One call. I hate that. Our ground is really soft due to all the rain. The light office took over at 8 a.m.
Feeling a lot better. Decided to follow the diverticulitis diet to the T. I don't really have to plan a lot simply because there's not a lot one can eat. My left side has been so sore that it's been difficult to exercise but I'm going to try this tonight.


Laura
Loved the pictures.

Mel
Enjoy the Christmas party.

Annie
I got the book yesterday. I'll look at it this week end.

Hello's to Happy and Michelle.

happy2bme
12-20-2011, 12:00 PM
good morning chicks,

About to hop in the shower and head into the next town for some shopping and DH's 4th try at getting his drivers license. I don't really want to spend the time to go down there but I need one more panel curtain for the loft area and I'm afraid if I don't get it now, they might not have any left when I get back. Should not be so hard to find curtains and I HATE that they put one panel to a package so you have to buy 2 packages to get one set of curtains. :mad: They probably do this so you don't notice how outrageously expensive they are.

Anyway I have to get my butt in gear, will be back later.

Laura705
12-20-2011, 05:47 PM
Gonna take a break from work and do personals. This day has been sort of annoying. Woke up at 4 am when bf came to bed (says he fell asleep on the sofa at 11). And shortly thereafter Coal whined to go out because he didn’t go out for his usual potty break around 10ish. And then he didn’t want to come in, so bf let him stay out until he barked not once, but twice, to come in. So of course I was lying awake in bed waiting for that “let me in” bark. And then I couldn’t get back to sleep so I took my book to the sofa and read for a bit and managed to fall sleep for a bit. Naturally didn’t have the alarm so I slept til 6:30 instead of 6.

At work I had two meetings conflict on time, which was my own doing. :rolleyes: Yes, I will have some cheese with my whine, LOL. :cheese:

But…just past 3:30 now, so about 90 more minutes and my workday will end. Will leave a smidge early to see if the bookstore that opened in the train station has a suitable Secret Santa gift - one of the listed items was a desk calendar with "memorable quotes".

Shad – Hope you and your sister got through your remaining shopping without going insane. Are you visiting Chris now? Hope you’re having a GREAT time, and that it stopped raining.

Happy – Sounds like your visit to town the other day got you into the holiday spirit – that’s nice. I've been getting it in dribs and drabs. I enjoyed the old Barbara Stanwyck movie "Christmas in Connecticut" the other night. So was the 4th time a charm for your hubby’s drivers’ license?? :D Too bad your freezer wasn’t delivered in time to accommodate your cooking plans. You’re right about the meat gift we received – I just came across an ad for Omaha Steaks in a magazine, and they’ve been offering slashed prices. I’m glad bf’s mum didn’t spent uber $$ on it – she doesn’t have uber $$ to spend!

Annie – How did the shopping go? And how was Long John Silver’s? I’ve never been to one of those and there aren’t any open locations in our area anymore even if I wanted to…which I don’t. Everything there sounds like it’s deep fried, so it would be YUK for me as well. I’m so sorry your DD is in a jam with the insurance. I sure hope you can find a solution for her.

Michelle – Eleven days off sounds WONDERFUL, even if you’re both recovering from your treatments. Heck, some forced relaxation will do you both some good. :) I forget – when does your “holiday break” start?

Ceejay – Too bad about the diverticulitis. What’s so horrible about those types of conditions is that it seems like you can’t eat any of the foods that normally would be nutritionally desirable – high fiber, fresh fruits and veggies, etc. Our home office needs major help, can you swing by and help organize it? The alternative is dynamite, LOL. And the bad part is that the clutter seems to be spreading to the rest of the house!! Enough of the rain already!! Don’t need anyone floating away down there…

Mel – So how was the office’s holiday party? Anybody get inebriated and embarass themselves? :D I see everyone’s raving about Pinterest, so I’ll have to check it out. :comp: Glad you liked the photos. Took a lot of them, and now I need to get them uploaded to the computer. Hard for me to tell how they really turned out on the little phone screen…
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Well, better get this posted and get back to work. Ladies, thanks so much for your cards and e-cards (and Annie, thanks for the book. I love having books like that in the house for reference). Sorry to say, getting cards out is not gonna happen for me this year, so please accept my heartfelt wishes for you all to have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy sharing it with your loved ones.

:tree: :ginger: :clause:

annie175
12-20-2011, 09:21 PM
Hello Ladies of the World....

It is so hard to post in the evening as I do not have much time and so many things to get done....dinner, dishes, laundry, time with my man, and wrapping pressies at the moment....My man helps me with everything...but I tend to watch and see that it is done to my inspection...quietly without letting him know....I am tooooooo picky....lol

The shopping went well with the man...got a few more peeps out of the way. Altho we took a slight detour to New Your & Co. cause they were having a sale and that is the only place I can find tall anything....anyway he bought me 3 pairs of dress pants in tall and a blouse for work....this man is spoiling me...to no end....he is so good to me...scary.

Fixed cheeseburger casserole to take to sissy's tomorrow night. Wednesday's at sissy's...me taking dinner is just my excuse...it is really about seeing my lil monkey every week..lol...they are on to me...and I do not care.

Lil Monkey was 7 lbs 6 oz at the doc on this past Monday...he is officially a "newborn" and no long a premie. Yeah...premie clothes are too small and newborn clothes are too big....lol.....he is so sweet...babysitting this past weekend was absolutely the very best....man the love you have for a child or grandchild is nothing you can explain..just have to experience it.

Laura...glad you will get to enjoy the handbook...kind of silly as it is most things that you already know.

Happy...seems like if we don't get things when we see it...it is gone when we go back..unfortunately I learned that the hard way...get your needs when you see them...why is it the 4th time for DH to get license...I am sure I have missed the reasoning.

Laura...Long John Silvers is mostly grease and I feel like crap afterwards..which is exactly what happened....when we got home...I got down on my knees in the yard and barfed...I SWEAR...I will not do that again...at least for a while...LJS is not good for me....


MELLIE... I love the pix you are posting...you must have a direct line to great websites.

CEEJAY...we are in the midst of rain too! I feel very blessed that we are NOT having Snow.....looks like the southern states are having the snow probs... I do not wish that on anyone, but dang glad it is them and not me....

CHELLE...hope you are doing well and staying HEALTHY!!

SHADDIE...what the heck have you been up to on your time at home?

Not much else going on...my eyes are tired...the wine is kickin in...and I would love to go to bed to get the max out of all of this.

Have a wonderful evening/morning

love and hugs...

Shad
12-21-2011, 02:52 AM
Hi all,
Not much time and not much good at this dial up business. I've been over at Chris' for the past couple of days and we have been having a fun time. Now I am back a Sisters place for the last 5 days of my stay.

Think I have all my shopping now and tomorrow I am hoping to go for a long walk along the coastline to see the seals. Yesterday went into the city and saw the Weta Cave which is all to do with the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies. Then we took Chris's homestay young lady (from Chile) to the Botanic Gardens and I took photos of her in the rose gardens and beside the ponds etc. We went looking for a Silver fern plant but it was nowhere to be found. Then we've been to shops and markets and finally sorted everything.

Can't personal. Tea is ready and time to get off this slow c*appy connection. Try to get back tomorrow with personals. See ya

MELODY525
12-21-2011, 08:40 AM
Morning Chicks.
Never Made It To The Party.
I Have Some Kind Of Intestinal Virus.
Will Catch Up With You Later Or Tomorrow.
I Think The Worst Is Over With.
It's A Good Excuse To Keep The Sign Up On The Door Though! Ha!

MELODY525
12-21-2011, 08:59 AM
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NOT SO MUCH TO READ SO I THOUGHT I'D POST NOW.
HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYONE:moped:




HAPPY....HOPE THE MV TRIP WENT OK. I WAS JUST TALKING TO SOMEONE ABOUT HOW THE DEPT STORES MUST THINK WE ARE SUPID IN THAT THEY MADE 2 PKGS OUT OF A PAIR OF CURTAINS OR DRAPES! IT'S JUST A DISGUISE THAT PRICES WENT UP.:cry:






LAURA....THEY SAID THE PARTY WAS A BUST AND THAT NO ONE WAS HAPPY AND GAY. BUNCH OF HUMBUGS!!! MY BOSS WAS SAD LAST NIGHT WHEN SHE CALLED TO REPORT ABOUT THE FESTIVITY. MAYBE WE SHOULD HAVE HAD SOME CHEES WITH OUR WHINE TOO:cheers:
I HATE WHEN YOU CAN'T GO BACK TO SLEEP. NASTY STUFF. YOUR SHORT WEEK IS ALMOST OVER NOW! HOW DID THE CALENDAR SHOPPING GO?





ANNIE.....THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE BOOK. WITH THIS CREW HERE IT WILL COME IN HANDY. HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT JAKE BEING "THE MAN" NOW!!:encore: AND EVEN HAPPIER TO HEAR ABOUT NEW PANTS & BLOUSE!!! GO CURTIS!!! TIME AT NIGHT IS PRECIOUS WHEN YOU HAVE FAMILY & 2 JOBS STILL.....MORE OR LESS. :hug:





SHAD....NOT TO WORRY ABOUT PERSONALS. YOU'RE ON VACATION. :rollpin: JUST HAVE A GOOD TIME NOW WITH THE SISTER LA FAMILIA!! :tree: THE HOBBIT PLACE LOOKS GREAT ON THE COMPUTER AND I SAW A BIT OF IT ON TV ONCE. YOUR TRAVELS SOUND GREAT.
HOPE CHRIS IS DOING WELL TOO.

ceejay52
12-21-2011, 09:35 AM
Popping in to say hello. :wave: This sight is slow today.

diyana
12-21-2011, 09:47 AM
Hi ladies -

I'm around, but swamped at work. I have to finish a report this morning, so I can get the biz to approve it, and then take it to the first meeting in the approval process this afternoon so that it can be installed the first Friday in Jan.

I hope you all are doing well.

Love and hugs to all,

Laura705
12-21-2011, 11:38 AM
Morning all. Shortest day of the year today and then they start to get longer - yay! :yay:

Shad - Glad you're enjoying yourself. Don't bother with the dial up or worry about personals, continue your wonderful time. :)

Mel - Sorry the party was a bust. Feel better soon!!

Annie - Nice shopping trip when you receive some gifts for yourself! Sorry the LJS made you sick. Enjoy dinner and lil monkey tonight. :) Congrats on his graduation to newborn status and clothes. :)

Hellos to Michelle, Ceejay and Happy. :wave: :wave: :wave:
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Went out to pick up an rx after work and to shop for the secret santa gift. I went to many stores and just didn't find anything - Kohl's, Hobby Lobby, Meijer, Walmart, Staples, Walgreens. First off, no golf themed office accessories (which actually is a relief - not as many golf nuts out there as I'd thought, LOL), and hardly any nice desk calendars - the kind you tear off a page a day. Didn't focus on the "covered coffee mug" - assuming that's a commuter type cup. At least I found a good sale on kleenex, lol.

Today at lunch I'll go to Books a Million and hope they have a decent selection of calendars. I'm now properly mourning the loss of the Borders store that was a couple miles from the house because they had an excellent selection of calendars. If I don't find a gift at lunch, I'll really be in a crunch because our dept gathering, at which I presume we'll exchange our gifts, is tomorrow afternoon. And tonight is the movies, so not much time to do anything tonight. Aaargh.

Tonight we're seeing the movie "My Week with Marilyn". Been nominated for some awards. Our movie group leader sent both the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award nominations and I have a lot of movies to see before Oscars night!

Well, nuttin' much else to report, so I'll post. Have a good day.

MELODY525
12-21-2011, 09:24 PM
WISHING EVERYONE SWEET DREAMS TONITE AND GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE!

TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY FOR 2 OF MY FRIENDS UNTIL THE END OF CHRISTMAS WEEK.......SO I BETTER JUST SUCK IT UP, PUT MY BIG GIRL PANITES ON AND GO DOWN TO SPEND A LITTLE TIME WITH THEM.
I ALSO NEED TO LINE UP PEEPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS. SEEMS LIKE EVERYONE IS TAKING EVERY OTHER DAY OFF AND SWAPPING ASSIGNMENTS. MY FRIEND & I WILL STRAIGHTEN IT OUT IN THE MONRING.

I GOT ALL OF YOUR CHRISTMAS CARDS ALL ON ONE DAY!! WHAT A SURPRISE WHEN I OPENED THE MAILBOX. SORRY WE COULDN'T RECIPROCATE. THERE IS ALWAYS NEXT YEAR :hohoho:

JEN ALMOST STOLE CEEJAY'S GLOBE CARD!! :rofl:
SHE'S GETTING COAL IN HER STOCKING!!!!:nono:

PS: THERE ARE TWO WOMEN LEFT IN OUR LITTLE GROUP WHERE I WAS POSTING AND "DIETING". I HAVE TOLD BOTH OF THEM AGAIN TO COME HERE. NOT SURE IF THEY WILL LEAVE THE OLD HOMEFRONT OR NOT. TIME WILL TELL. ONE IS LLARA AND THE OTHER SUE.

:coffee: HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A HAPPY THURSDAY.:wave:



CEEJAY....IT REALLY WAS NOT ONLY SLOW LOADING BUT ALSO VERY QUIET IN HERE TODAY!!
I MUST HAVE SCARED EVERYONE OFF WHEN I SAID I WAS SICK!!




LAURA......HOPE YOU FIND SOMETHING SOON!!! I LOVE BORDERS. THEY DO HAVE GREAT SELECTIONS OF EVERYTHING!! I ALWAYS FOUND SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE THERE. OUR STORE AT THE MALL CLOSED DOWN THOUGH:cry: GOOD LUCK!




MICHELLE....HOPE EVERYTHING WENT WELL AND GOT PASSED!!:crossed:

annie175
12-21-2011, 09:37 PM
Good Evening/Morning Everyone.....

Dinner with Sissy and fam was great. Lil Monkey slept on my chest for a very long time...1 1/2 hours...and I actually fell asleep for about 20 minutes...so peaceful...and loving..it is amazing the love I feel for this lil babe...truly...you will NEVER know the love for a grandchild till you have one.....it is so intense. Just sayin'

Curtis was late to dinner cause he was shopping for me...really? OK be as late as you want lover boy...lol

Tomorrow the hotshots from MI and KY are in the office to deliver a rah rah rah speech and go gettem in 2012. I am more looking forward to the lunch from Maggianos and the after hours holiday cheer at Champps! lol. Breakfast meeting at Cafe Patachou at 7:30 am...not ready for that but good food. So tomorrow will be a bust on food. Breakfast...lunch...then drinks and appetizers...um not even going to try to be good....Some days it is all good.

Laura..I love books a million...however I thing the closest one is Terre Haute, Indiana, which is about 1 hr, 45 mins from me...not worth the drive. I will stick with half price bookstores. Have you tried a Hallmark Store for secret santa??

CHELLE.....bullcr*p...it is the Christmas season...things should be slowing down and you need to relax...take care of you FIRST...then stress out about all the work stuff...you are more important...

CEEJAY...hey back at cha...hope you get back to post soon.

MELLIE...hope the virus exits soon. No need for the ill stuff.. I love all your pix you post...so cute and uplifting and sometimes a bit funny...thank you for keeping my sanity at times...loves and hugs to you sweet sista!

SHAD...no worries about posting...just glad to hear from you..your posts are always so interesting..thank you.

HAPPY...what the heck are you up to...getting ready for the holidays...or just plain unpacking and organizing...hope DH got his license.....hugs sista...

Not much else to post...life is good...I am happy....

Love and hugs.

annie175
12-21-2011, 09:40 PM
Dang it MELLIE...you are MY sneaker inner....I post and feel good about getting it done....then WHAM..someone posts...Heck with the BIG GIRL PANTIES...go commando...lol....love ya sis.

MELODY525
12-22-2011, 09:34 AM
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I CAME BACK THIS MORNING CAUSE I RECEIVED AN E-MAIL FROM HAPPY......SHE LEFT FOR THE CHRISTMAS VACATION AND WANTED TO WISH EVERYONE HERE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS. SHE WAS HAVING BROWSER PROBLEMS SHE SAID.........LAST NIGHT T KEPT GETTING HUNG UP NO MATTER WHAT PAGE OR SUBJECT MATTER I CHOOSE TO CLICK ON. IT WAS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO GET ON THE SITE TOO. TOOK FOREVER.
OUR MISS HAPPY WILL RETURN ON TUESDAY.
SO MERRY CHRISTMSAS FROM OUR NEWLY MOVED CHICK!!:tree:

GETTING LATE.....GOTTA RUN:moped:




ANNIE.....MY NEW PANTS ARE SO TIGHT I MIGHT JUST HAVE TO GO COMMANDO!! WHAT WAS GOOD ENOUGH FOR "JOEY" SHOULD BE GOOD ENOUGH FOR MELLIE!! AFTER ALL....WE'RE ALL "FRIENDS" RIGHT? PUN INTENDED!:hohoho: :hohoho: I LOVE WHEN BABIES FALL ASLEEP ON YOUR CHEST. SUCH A COZY FEELING. NOTHING LIKE IT. SENDING LOVES & HUGS RIGHT BACK TO YA.

Laura705
12-22-2011, 12:45 PM
Morning all. Last day of work until next Wed.

Mel - Thanks for passing along the message re Happy. Hope you have all your peeps lined up - seems like the office should be taking care of that, but what do I know??

Annie - Awww, you had a really nice time w/ lil monkey last night. :bb: Hope you enjoyed your breakfast this morning and the lunch and drinkies to come, and that it's all worth sitting through the rah-rah stuff. I could spend tons of time in any bookstore, but I usually limit my browsing to the library because it's cheaper, lol!

Hellos to the rest of the Worldlies!!
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Found the type of desk calendar I had in mind at Books a Million yesterday, and still had $$ to spend so I added a Starbucks gift card. Yay! We already did our Secret Santa exchange this morning and I was happy to receive my Peanuts holiday dvd collection and a set of holiday scented candles. My recipient was happy w/ his gifts, whew.

Next year I think it would be fun to do a White Elephant gift exchange instead. Or maybe that would be a fun thing for my family to start doing. I came across something in my closet that I'd love to give as a white elephant - the plaster castings of my feet done by my podiatrist for my custom orthotics!!! :lol3: Doc had decided he didn't have the space to store them anymore and was giving them back to his patients.

The day/time of our family holiday gathering has finally been solidified (or at least I hope so, because I sent the e-mail last night, but haven't received any replies yet). It'll be the 24th, which is good because it'll include bf's mom and my side of the family and so we only need to do everything once. But now it'll be a scramble - shopping, cooking, cleaning, and yes, some decorating yet to be done. Need to get some lists started!!

Holiday gathering for our department at 2 pm, so I better get this posted and finish whatever needs doing before then.

Cheers!
:cheers:

diyana
12-22-2011, 12:54 PM
Happy Thursday! Happy Christmas Eve Eve Eve!

Finally, a chance to post. The report I was rushing to finish and get approval for so that I could present it for the preliminary round of implementation review didn't get finished. The business users "clarified" (meaning, changed) the requirements at literally the last minute, which messed up the entire report. So it's being pushed out until the 3rd week in Jan. So first priority today, I have to finishing up all the documentation for another report that is being implemented the first week in January, and then try and fix what's broken in the report that changed yesterday. :faint:

No stress though...NONE AT ALL...it's my last work day before 11 glorious days off, and even though some of next week will be spent resting after my procedure at least I'll be forced to relax. :)

BTW, for weeks, I've been asking Mother Nature not to have any snow until the 22nd, so I wouldn't have to drive in it. Well, as if on cue, I woke up to it snowing this morning...big fluffy flakes. It's sticking on the ground (about 1-2" so far) and coating the trees beautifully. DMIL said it was snowing at our house yesterday while we were at work, but she was disappointed that it melted as soon as it hit the ground...so now she has her Christmas Winter Wonderland. :)

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Annie - I'm so sorry to hear about Sam and Chris' financial troubles. I think this year is a tough year for just about everyone...and it's gotta be even more difficult on only one income and having another mouth to feed (albeit an adorable one). :) I hope her insurance covered all the hospital expenses, including the extended NICU stay. So sad that she's going to be losing her insurance soon. I don't understand how so many people are allowed to cheat and steal from the system, but the ones who really, really need the assistance can't get it. :dunno: Thank you SO much for the Humana Healthwise book! Lots of good info there. :) So nice of your Secret Santa to get you a lovely table runner and kitchen linens!! :) I'm so glad to hear that Curtis is not only helping you with everything, but also spoiling you (as in treating you as wonderfully as you deserve to be treated). :) Glad you had a nice evening with your DD, Chris and Jake. So sweet that the lil guy fell asleep while you were holding him. Enjoy your lunch today from Maggianos and the happy hour at Champps!


Happy - I loved what you wrote the other day about the true meaning of Christmas and the gifts of ourselves. Time with those we love, making cherished memories, is the best gift we can give. We got about an inch of snow last night/this morning. I hope you have good traveling weather. I totally know what you mean about Pinterest...it's a fun way to pass the time. That's awful that you've been paying for high speed Internet and getting dial-up speed at best, and that your internet and TV service is so spotty up there. Does it have to do with being so far out in the country or the weather or is that just how it is for everyone all the time up there? I'd love it if you would share the recipes for amaretto brownies, Harvey Wallbanger cake, and your coffee cake. That sucks about your new freezer being dented. If it's not one thing, it's another. :hug: Dang, I missed you before you left for the state to the south. I hope your travels are safe and the time with family and friends is wonderful! Love ya, sis!

Mel - Bummer about the budget woes...as I said to Annie, I think $$ is scarce all over, well almost all over. Wow, you really had your hands full trying to help over 250 seniors get to their busses for their party! I can understand Jen wanting to reminisce about her dad and his mother...and I can totally understand about your not wanting to. I hope you, Jen and Richie are able to have a nice Christmas...and that the kids are too difficult to deal with. Bummer that you weren't able to go to the office party, but it sounds like the party was a let down anyway and you didn't miss much. I hope you're feeling better now.

Ceejay - I hope that your diverticulitis has calmed down. A friend of mine is getting over that, but was in quite a lot of pain for several days. So nice of you to help your uncle declutter. I wish you lived closer so you could help me. :lol:

Shad - So glad you've been enjoying your time with Chris and your family!! :) I checked out the website for the Weta Cave. I think I'd like going there as I'm a fan of the Lord of the Rings movies.

Laura - Big game this Christmas night. Are you going to be somewhere you can watch it? We'll probably be at DH's aunt and uncle's, but I'm sure they'll be have the game on TV there. I hope the day goes quickly for you so that you can enjoy your long weekend. I love the photos from the botanical gardens. Great photo of you with your friends. And I love the Chicago skyline done in plant materials. DH and I really have to get down there one of these days. We have several botanical gardens in Milwaukee which we enjoy, but Chicago's looks really spectacular. How was the movie last night? I don't even know what movies are up for awards...but then the last two movies I've seen in the theater are "Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2". I've never heard of Books a Million, now I wish we had one closer! The closest one is in Chicago! :cry: But at least I have the library. :) Good for you for finding the secret santa gift. How great that you got Peanuts DVDs and candles! I love White Elephant gift exchanges and truly sometimes what one person thinks is a White Elephant is actually something that someone would like. I got an adorable snowman statue for example. But I'm not sure who would want your plaster castings! No offense. :rofl:

Wishing you ladies a fabulous day! I'll try and log in tomorrow!

Much love and many hugs,

Shad
12-22-2011, 04:33 PM
Morning all,

Just about to go off for a bit of a walk. Don't think they will be too much running today. Yesterday went down to Turakirae Heads to see the seals, only they have gone south for the summer and there were none to find. However the scenery was wild and wonderful and I climbed rocks and walked through gravel and shingle and prickly plants and got accosted by sheep once in a while. It was a good day. Bought the last of my gifts and today will spend some time wrapping and writing gifts and cards.

My sister only works for 1/2 day today so she will be home soon. Meantime I better get moving and get on with my day and get her lot wrapped before she comes home.

Will someone stop me from eating these beautiful cherries!!!! :rofl: Cancel that order, I will have them finished before you get here with the cattle prod.

diyana
12-22-2011, 04:50 PM
Shad - Sounds like a great time walking and climbing! Too funny about the sheep. Bummer that there were no seals this time. Enjoy the wrapping and the cherries! :hug:

annie175
12-22-2011, 06:30 PM
Hi Guys...the day was great...love you all...

annie175
12-22-2011, 06:58 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGVNzgUxE-g

My favorite Christmas song/music...take a listen..pretty jivy....

ceejay52
12-22-2011, 08:46 PM
Michelle
I've had more pain than I wanted with the diverticulitis. It's a lot better.

Mel
So glad to hear that it wasn't me or my computer. Every one wants off before Christmas and really can't blame them. You didn't frighten me away with being sick. My allergy seems to have turned into a cold with coughing and sneezing and nose blowing. Thanks for the information about Happy.

Shad
Pass the cherries. Love them. Good for you in going for the hike. I'm with the others about the story of the goats.

Annie
Wish I could hold the little one. So glad he's making progress. Wonder if there will be sparkles under the Christmas tree!!!!!

Laura
Glad you found the calendars. I like Books a Million. It smells good in there witht the fresh brewed coffee.

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As I mentioned before I my allergy has turned into a full blown cold. Ugh
We had our Christmas lunch today of steak, baked potato and salad. I ate part of it and brought the rest home. That steak had to be 16 to 32 oz. It was huge.

MELODY525
12-23-2011, 09:27 AM
MORNING CHICKS.
YESTERDAY WAS A VERY LONG DAY. BUT WE FINALLY HAVE LIFTOFF ON HOT WATER.
THE TANK WENT IN, GOT CONNECTED AND THEY NLEFT AROUND 5PM.
BY 7 WE LOST THE HOT WATER AGAIN.
POOR PLUMBER AND MEL BACK IN THE BOILER ROOM AGAIN.
TURNS OUT THERE WAS AIR IN THE TOP OF THE NEW HEATER. THUS PREVENTING ANY HOT WATER BEING TRANSFERED TO THE HOLDING TANK.
WHAT A PAIN. CAUSE BY NOW THE HOLDING TANK WAS DIPPING INTO THE 60 DEGREE MARK.
BUT THIS MORNING ALL IS WELL :D
NOTHINGNEW...GONNA REST UP TODAY.
MORE MOVIES AND WRAPPING. NEVER GT TO IT. :rofl:
IT'S NOW OR NEVER THOUGH!! JEN'S IDEA OF BAGS & TISSUE PAPER IS SOUNDING BETTER EVERY DAY!
HAPPY FRIDAY/SATURDAY!!





CEEJAY........I JUST FOUND YOUR POST.
HOPE YOU WILL BE FEELING BETTER BY THE WEEKEND.
ARE YOU GOING TO PARAGULD?? GET WELL QUICKLY:getwell:






LAURA.....PEANUTS DVDS & A SCENTED CANDLE TO WATCH THEM BUY!!
NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL A GOOD GIFT!! I LOVE THAT SET.
EACH HOLIDAY I WATCH THEM ALL. LAST NIGHT ON TV WAS I WANT A DOG FOR CHRISTMAS. LOVE IT. GLAD ALL THE GIFTS WERE A HIT.
SOUNDS LIKE EVERYONE WAS HAPPY.





MICHELLE......WHAT A MESS WITH THE REPORTS! HOPE YOU GET IT ALL DONE.
GOOD LKUCK WITH THE PROCEDURE AND HOPE YOU DO GET THE REST UP TIME!!:hug:
HAPPY WINTER WONDERLAND TOO:snow:





SHAD.....YUM ON THE CHERRIES. ARE THEY LOCALLY GROWN THERE?
YOUR VACAY SOUNDS GOOD TO ME. WISH WE WERE ALL THERE WITH YOU.
SOUNDED LIKE I MIGHT NEED AN ALL TERRAIN WH.CHAIR THOUGH!!:scooter: ENJOY. JUST IN CASE YOU DON'T HAVE TIME TO COME BACK ON TOMORROW.....................
LET US BE THE FIRST TO SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS to SHAD AND FAMILY!!!:santa: :mrsclaus:

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Shad
12-23-2011, 03:24 PM
Yeah, was about to say the same thing.

I may well not be back before the BIG day, so I will give thanks for the friendship, wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year and send all my love and wishes for a happy healthy family time and for the new year ahead. May we all get what we wish for and deserve.

Love you lot.

MELODY525
12-24-2011, 09:18 AM
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:elf: GOOD CHRISTMAS EVE MORNING

THEY SAID TRAFFIC IS TERRIBLE THIS MORNING.
PEOPLE SCURRYING ABOUT PICKING UP LAST MINUTE GIFTS & GOODIES.
THANK GOD FOR EBAY AND AMAZON!!
GUESS YOU CHICKS ARE ALL BUSY.
JOHN IS STOPPING BY WITH HIS WIFE IN A LITTLE WHILE.
I BETTER GET MY HAIR DRIED!

HAVE A GREAT NIGHT WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS.
WISHING ALL THE CHICKS BOTH NEAR AND FAR,
ABSENT OR PRESENT, A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TOMORROW. :tree:
BE GOOD TO YOURSELVES.
LOVE YOU, MEL:hug:




:wave: HELLO SHAD:hug:


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ceejay52
12-24-2011, 10:17 AM
Morning Mel
I'm not amongst the last minute shoppers. Going to do some cooking today.

Laura705
12-24-2011, 11:29 AM
Quick hello. Busy again today, but hopefully not insanely so. Will have time to catch up tomorrow. Everyone have a good today!!

annie175
12-24-2011, 01:02 PM
Merry Christmas Eve and day to all....love you and hugs..and hope all your wishes and dreams come true....Annie

Shad
12-24-2011, 04:57 PM
Hey, hey (or should that be HO HO)
It's Christmas day downunder and shortly we will be off to Eastbourne to have our dinner and watch the waves. Yes they live by the beach.
This morning I went for my run/jog/mostly walk and went up the hill to the look out. How beautiful was that. The sea is like a millpond and the inlet reflects the hills and passing traffic and a group of black swans that have taken up residence down there. Mother Nature I salute you. I will try to go back tomorrow if the weather holds and get some photos for you all. Maybe even a video if the camera co-operates. Might get a new one on the way out tomorrow.
Anyway - only here to wish you all a Meri Kitima, Bon Natale, Feliz Navidad, whichever way you say it.

happy2bme
12-24-2011, 07:09 PM
Hi ladies,

Quick post from my sister's house. We are having Christmas Eve with all the family. A good time is being had - lots of good food and love and laughs. I hope you all have the same at your homes.

Thank you for posting for me Mel - still having issues even here and sister has faster internet than me.

Just wanted to say that I wish you all a lovely Christmas and I should be home in time to ring in the new year with you. Love to all :grouphug:

MELODY525
12-25-2011, 09:03 AM
http://caccioppoli.com/Animations/Navidad/216.gif

We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin;
Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year.




Oh, bring us a figgy pudding;
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding;
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer

We won't go until we get some;
We won't go until we get some;
We won't go until we get some, so bring some out here


We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

ceejay52
12-25-2011, 09:13 AM
I second Mel's song.


Merry Christmas to one and all. Ho Ho Ho.

I'm at work but praying everything will be quiet.

diyana
12-25-2011, 12:43 PM
Wishing all my wonderful Wordly Sisters a Very Merry Christmas!! DH, DMIL and I had a very nice Christmas Eve. I cooked a roast and mashed potatoes and veggies for dinner. Today we'll be going to DMIL's sister's house to celebrate Christmas with her and the cousins and their families.

Hope you all have a happy, healthy, wonderful day!

Much love and many hugs,

Laura705
12-25-2011, 09:47 PM
Merry Christmas to my Worldly pals. Hope you enjoyed your holiday. Last couple days were busy but today was blessedly quiet. Yesterday's time w/ family was very enjoyable though I don't like how the meal prep takes away from visiting time. Need to research make ahead meals that would minimize the kitchen time.

Two more days off. Need to do some basic shopping for sure, and I really want to get a reader for the memory card that all my vacay photos are on!

The Packers just scored on their first drive, so I think I know how this game is gonna go... Might watch a DVD instead.

Cheers!
:cheers:

MELODY525
12-26-2011, 09:42 AM
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:cofdate: MORNING CHICKS.
I DIDN'T WANT TO GET OUT OF BED THIS MORNING.
THEN I REMEMBERED THE OFFICE WAS CLOSED AND HOPPED RIGHT OUT!
SUN IS SHINING AND SO AM I.
I NEED TO GO THRU OLD MAIL AND DO SOME SHREDDING.
SOMETHING THAT DOESN'T INCLUDE ANY MENTAL STRESS.
I WANT TO EMJOY THIS DAY :beach:
EVERYTHING HERE IS GOING WELL THANK GOD.
ONE CHILD LEAVES THIS WEEK AND THE OTHER NEXT WEEK OR SO.
NOT SURE HOW THIS IS GOING TO GO.
ANYWAY........TIME FOR NOURISHMENT!!:hun:
HOPE YOU ARE ALL HAVING A GREAT HOLIDAY:cheers:

ceejay52
12-26-2011, 12:44 PM
Morning
Things are a bit hectic this morning. I'm the one manning the phones for water, electric and street and sanitation and the light office. That's okay. I'm busy.

Mel
Take it easy. If you want you can come and help me.

diyana
12-26-2011, 02:12 PM
Hi everyone -

Today we're all kinda tired here. We had a really nice time at DMIL's sister's. yummy meal and lots of laughs with the cousins and their kids.

DMIL and I just went grocery shopping to pick up eggs (with all the baking we had no eggs for brekkie this morning), and now we're going to settle in for a relaxing day watching movies. I may do some website work...or I may not. :rofl: Also, an idea for a fiction novel FINALLY came to me last night. Maybe it was a Christmas miracle! So I at least want to get the outline of it down before my C.R.A.F.T. sets in. :rofl:

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Ceejay - don't work too hard.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Much love and many hugs,

MELODY525
12-26-2011, 02:20 PM
http://www.flagandbanner.com/f-b-images/WINC68676011.jpg

CEEJAY I WOULD LOVE TO GO THERE AND HELP OUT!!
ANYWHERE BUT HERE WOULD BE A GREAT CHANGE. :rofl:
HOPE BEING "BUSY" WILL MAKE YOUR TIME FLY.
HAVE A GREAT DAY :hug:






MICHELLE....YOU SNUCK IN WHILE I WAS LOOKING FOR RAZORBACK GIFS. :lol3:
GLAD THE TIME SPENT WITH FAMILY WENT WELL.
NOW YOU CAN ALL REST UP. WE'RE BEING LAZY HERE AS WELL.
GOOD L,UCK WITH THE BOOK IDEA.
I ONCE BEGAN OPNE AND ALMOST FINISHED IT.
SOMEONE TOLD ME IT WAS CRAP & I SHREDDED IT.
ONE DAY ANOTHER PERSON ASKED WHEN I WAS GOING TO PUBLISH IT:faint:
JUST GOES TO SHOW YOU....DON'T LISTEN TO CRITICS!!

ceejay52
12-26-2011, 03:08 PM
Mel
Love the Razorback sign. It's slowed down some this afternoon but when I get started on something the phone rings. It is making the day go by faster.

Michelle
I love time with family.

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Much excitment today. Found out via FB that my nephew and his gf are now engaged.

MELODY525
12-26-2011, 04:51 PM
CEEJAY...CONGRATULATIONS ON THEIR ENGAGEMENT!!
HOW SWEET IS THAT. A CHRISTMAS LOVE STORY.:love:
GUESS YOU WILL BE HEADED HOME SOON.:scooter:




:write: I WAS BUSY MAKING A JANUARY SHOPPING LIST FOR TRADERS.
THE WHOLE IDEA GOT ME TO THINKING.
RATHER THAN WAIT FOR NEW YEARS, I DEDCIDED TO CLEAR OUT THE FRIDGE AND PANTRY AGAIN TODAY. LOTS OF CHRISTMAS GOODIES ARE NOW IN THE KIDS HOUSE. JUST WHAT THEY NEED....MORE SUGARY TREATS.
I REGIFTED A LOT OF STUFF ALREADY BUT NONE TO THE OFFICE.
THEY DON'T NEED ANY HELP GAINING WEIGHT DOWN THERE.
I JUST COULDN'T FLOOD THEIR OFFICES WITH MORE JUNK.
TONITE IS SPAGHETTI & TURKEY MEATBALLS.
LOOKING FORWARD TO IT.
JEN HAS FINALLY CRASHED SO I AM EATING ALONE.
NONE OF THEM FEEL TOO GREAT SO I TOLD THEM ALL TO STAY AWAY FROM ME:rofl:
I AM TIRED AND GOING TO WATCH MOVIES & HAVE AN EARLY DINNER.:hun:
TOMORROW I AM GOING TO MAKE SOME "DIET" FOOD AND GET ON TRACK. MAYBE A TURKEY MEATLOAF. YUM.
SWEET DREAMS EVERYONE:cloud9:

annie175
12-26-2011, 05:58 PM
Hope Everyone had an excellent Christmas, I certainly did. All that mattered was here on the eve....we had a great time with our Taco Evening....so much fun........the babe was good...omg I just cannot tell you how great of time I had....

Baby Boy Soldier proposed to his GF...she said yes..and the date is set..mark your calendars....12.01.12....they both LOVE Christmas and winter....getting another daughter in the deal..more to love...so happy...

Goddaughter #2 announced she is preggo and due in August....so much excitement..and so happy for them. She is the daughter of my BFF in St. Louis....the sister to Goddaughter #1...Olivia and Dominic will have a new cousin....too much excitement for Nanna.

Worked 10.5 hours on Christmas Day...not bad...was extremely tired...at the end of the day but so worth it...225 dollars for the day.......

Curtis's girls and boyfriends came over today...the youngest was actually more about family than the older one....too sad...I just feel they give Curtis whatever time they "might" have for a minute for him...they arrived at 1:30 pm, got their presents, then were out of here by 2:30..I felt so sad for Curtis...my kids appreciate him more than his own...and I really think the only reason the oldest showed up was to get the $$ he gave them...Too sad..his youngest was more greatful and even brought both of us pressies.

Wish everyone the best of the best...so much love for you all..

Hugs...

ceejay52
12-26-2011, 06:33 PM
Annie
Your Christmas day sounds a lot like mine. We also had a pregnancy announcement by my nephew2, whose brother, nephew1, announced his engagement. My sister is on cloud nine. And to top this all off she has a new job as an APN in a doctor's office. I've deen doing the happy dance this week.

MELODY525
12-27-2011, 09:29 AM
:cofdate: GOODS MORNING CHICKS.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG WHILE THAT I HANDED IN AN ALMOST BLANK PAGE FOR A WEEKEND REPORT.
SO LITTLE HAPPENED THAT I PRINTED IT OUT AND STUCK IT IN THEOFFIC DOOR'S MAIL SLOT:lol3:
EVEN THE BOSS LADY CALLED TO SEE IF OUR BLDG WAS A QUIET AS HER PEEPER. SHOCKING.
SO NOTHING TO REPORT ALL I DID WAS WATCH TV AND PLAY GAMES ON THE PC.
HAVE A GREAT DAY.:moped:




ANNIE....GLAD THINGS ARE GOING SO WELL. MAYBE CURTIS' GIRLS WILL COME AROUND LATER ON. KIDS HAVE THEIR OWN IDEAS OF WHAT "HAPPENED" IN THEIR LIVES. JEN'S VERSION OF OUR LIFE TOGETHER IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM MINE:rofl:
JAKE WAS STILL THE BEST PRESENT ANYONE GOT THIS YEAR:bb:




CEEJAY......GOOD TO SEE YOU DOINGTHE HAPPY DANCE THIS WEEK :dance:

ceejay52
12-27-2011, 12:55 PM
Mel
Are we the only chicks around?
Not much news to much excitement last week. I'm still on cloud nine.
Today is so much more quiet at work. Awesome.

Shad
12-27-2011, 05:46 PM
Morning all,
The long lost chick has returned. I had to get up at an ungodly hour - even for me - to get to the airport in Wellington. Had a good flight home. I took my mothers Wedgewood tea set home. We spent Monday afternoon wrapping it and packing it and I carried it back. Couldn't trust that to the baggage handlers could I? Anyway it certainly became a talking point in our part of the cabin since the stewie asked me what it was when he came to help me put it up in the luggage rack. Then he carefully packed everyone elses soft backpacks around it and shut the door very gently. I have to say at this point that the man was gay. Not too many straight would even know the word Wedgewood much less know what a tea set was. He even recommended that I take the cream bowl to a specific restorer in Sydney when I said it had a couple of chips on it.
Spent a couple of hours at Sydney airport and then caught my flight home. Got home to find the contents of the shed scattered over the back yard and and the DS2 and his mate building a new garden shed (I think he has delusions of grandeur - since it looks more like a castle) So I got them some lunch, went to the shops to get some fruit and pick up a parcel and then came home to find where the brain was.

So pleased to see that you have all been coping without me. Seems like both Annie and Ceejay have had interesting Christmas' with the familys announcements. My congratulations to all concerned.
Annie - did I read right - you have a wedding to prepare for in a couple of weeks??? Oh no hang on you lot put the month before the day, don't you? So it is a December wedding next year.

Anyway - I won't try to catch up on the personals. This computer is complaining of lack of memory and is being very slow. Looks like a new one is not far away after all.

A couple of photos attached of my trip around Wellington and it's environs. More to come later. To explain, the picture with the Statue is Kupe pointing the way to Aotearoa (New Zealand) Kupe is reputed to be the leader of the first canoe from the legendary Hawaiiki from where the Maori came to settle in New Zealand. This statue used to be at the Wellington railway station but has been shift outside and up the road to the Ngati Poneke marae. (home of the Wellington Maori tribe (Ngati - people, Poneke = Maori for Port Nicholson) The garden is Chris's (from Japan) place, she has things growing everywhere and this is part of the vege and fruit patch. The other picture is Wellington City from Mt Victoria. Just above the trees in the middle you can see an Abbey - well monastry really - This is for sale. Has to die for views and we could use it for the commune - close to town, plenty of room, gardens established, and in an expensive part of town. I guess some developer will buy it and turn it into very expensive apartments.

Okay - gotta go - do the laundry, make up a shopping list, get the vacuum cleaner out and go get some more basket pots for the orchid repotting session coming up. Have a fun day.

ceejay52
12-27-2011, 06:18 PM
Shad
Welcome Home. Like the pictures.

ceejay52
12-27-2011, 06:35 PM
Shad
Welcome Home. Like the pictures.

annie175
12-27-2011, 08:25 PM
Good evening/morning all.....

The wedding of baby boy soldier will be December 1st 2012...next year. They almost have it all planned out already...too funny. Burgandy/Forest Green and Latte are the colors...I asked him what the H was "LATTE"...he said dark tan...I said then say DARK TAN sheesh...I guess latte sound better to them...whatever...baby Jake will be in the wedding...if he cannot walk by then the other ring boy will pull him down the aisle in a wagon...too funny. Kids...yikes...guess I best be saving up for a rehearsal dinner. Dear Lord, please let me and the worldlie chickies hit the lottery BIG TIME!!

Ceejay...it is so much more fun to do the happy dance, isn't it?

Shaddie...welcome home and the pix are great...I think you should put together a picture book of your travels and get it published...

MELLIE...yes, I am kind of partial to the greatest prezzie of all...baby Jake...he is so sweet.

CHELLE...I want to write a book also..but cannot think of a subject either. THought about a cookbook, but there are so many out there it would just probably get lost in the shuffle. And now there is no Oprah to promote it...lol

Happy...how was the first Christmas up north? Exciting?

Laura...how was your short lived vacay?

We had ice then snow last night and most of the day...none of it stuck to the concrete so it was not as bad as expected, just hope the wet streets don't freeze over tonight. High on this Friday will be 45. Too weird.

Curtis's girls and BFs came over yesterday around 1:30, stayed for chow and left by 2:05 pm. I mean really..I felt sorry for Curtis...I am glad he lowered the amount he gave each girl as they are not deserving of his love.

For being a short week, it sure feels like a long one...we will get early release on Friday. I have a hair appt on Friday at 2 for a cut. I am in desparate need of a pedicure but do not want to put the money out for it and I also took off my nails (nails and end of fingies hurt like H) to save even more money.

January 1st, I am getting hot on exercise and diet...I have been gearing myself/mind up for the start of it then. Everyday I am more and more motivated....Curtis says he will join me on healthier eating and a bit of exercising...maybe, just maybe I will accomplish getting this 15 lbs off off off.

Me tired, going to bed soon, woke up at 12:30 this morning and was up the rest of the night..I think part of it is I am having a tough time getting used to having a person in bed with me...and the snoring....it is getting better but not great.

Have a great night/morning...everyone.

Loves and hugs.

MELODY525
12-28-2011, 08:13 AM
:cofdate: GOOD MORNING KIDDOS.

ALREADY ONE WENT THE HOSPITAL THIS MORNING.
POOR OLD GEORGE. HE FELT YESTERDAY TOO.
ALMOST TIME TO GET UP SO I MIGHT AS WELL GET THE DAY STARTED.
I AM NOT LIKING THESE "BLACK" MORNINGS. WHERE IS MY SUN? :cry:
TO BE PERFECTLY HONEST, THERE IS NOTHING NEW TO TELL YOU.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY.





CEEJAY.... HAVE YOU STOPPED SPINNING AROUND AND DOING THE HAPPY DANCE YET?
HOPE WORK STAYED CALM. I WAS SO QUIET OVER HERE.
THE LOUDEST THING WE HAD WAS WIND GUSTS & RAIN!!




:welcome: HOME SHAD.....GOOD TO HAVE YOU BACK WITH US AGAIN.
BE ASSURED THAT YOU WERE GREATLY MISSED.
YOU HAVE FOUND A WONDERFUL PLACE FOR THE COMMUNE!!
CHRIS CAN HELP US GETTING OUR VEGGIES TILL WE GET OUR OWN GOING.
HER GARDEN SEEMS TO BE DOING WONDERFULLY!!
MAYBE WE CAN FIX IT SO THAT KUPE POINTS IN OUR DIRECTION!!
I LOVED THE PICS. JUST SEEING ALL THAT GREEN GAVE ME HOPE FOR SPRING!!
WELCOME HOME MY SISTER:hug:





ANNIE.... I WOULD LOVE TO LOSE 15 LBS!!! SO GOOD LUCK WITH THE PLANS.
HAVE NO FEAR. I WILL STAND BY WITH THE WHIP, TAZER & MAYBE EVEN THE DREADED ROLLING PIN!!
POOR CURTIS. HOPE THE GIRLS CAN REALIZE WHAT A GREAT DAD THEY HAVE:hug:
CUTTING BACK ON EVERYTHING SEEMS TO BE THE SCHEME OF THINGS FOR 2012.
HAD A LAUGH ABOUT THE LATTE. IT'S ALL YOU HEAR ON TV NOW.
EVERYTIME I HEAR IT I WANT A STARBUCKS:coffee:
WHERE IS THE TIME GOING?!?!?! THEY GROWN UP SO FAST.

ceejay52
12-28-2011, 10:45 AM
Annie
Good luck with the new strategy. I've tried everything to keep my motivation. It's left and I guess it will take an earth shaking dr's visit to get myself going again.

Mel
The sun is shining this morning. I'm still excited about all the good news of last week. And about it being the last work day this week. My 4 day week end is almost here.

diyana
12-28-2011, 10:45 AM
Hi everyone -

So happy to hear all the great news of the engagements and new arrivals!!

I got up around 5:30 am today, had brekkie, then went back to bed and wasn't planning on getting up for another hour but the doggies had other ideas. Today is procedure day for DH and me, and since I'm having sedation, I can't eat/drink anything after 6 am...so I was just gonna sleep. DH went into work at 2 am so he could put in a full day before having to leave at 10:30 to come get me and drive us both to the doc's. He's not having sedation, so he's able to drive. We should be home around 2 or 3 (after stopping at the pharmacy), but I'll probably be too loopy to get on the computer (I'll try to later on though).

Love and hugs to all,

diyana
12-28-2011, 12:32 PM
Okay...I'm all showered, pets have been fed, and I've done all the stuff I need to do before we leave. And I still have nearly an hour before DH picks me up, so I'm going to try and read your posts a little better.

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Laura - Since you're back at work this week, is it at least quiet? From hearing the plans of most of the people I work with, it's going to be a skeleton crew in my office this week.

Mel - Glad you had a weekend with little to report!! I hope there's not too much drama/stress with Richie's kids. Awww, Mellie, I'm so angry at the a**hole who told you your book was crap!! And so sad that you shredded it! Unless critics have constructive criticism that you can "take under advisement", don't listen to 'em. I'd love to hear what it was about. My book may turn out to be crap too...but hopefully not. The premise is sort of autobiographical (so far). Hey one of my fave writing teachers always said to write about what you know. :lol: Bummer about George going to the hospital. I hope he's ok.

Ceejay - Bummer that your workdays have been busy...but it makes the time pass quicker I guess. Glad to hear you have 4 days off! How exciting about your nephew's engagement and your other nephew's SO is expecting!! And congrats to your sister on the new job!! I am doing the happy dance right there with ya', sista!

Annie - I'm glad you had such a nice time with your family and the baby. It was great to talk with you yesterday. :) Bummer that Curtis' daughters didn't want to spend more time. There will come a time when they will regret not being more about family when they were younger. I know I do...and now I'm all about family. But I do regret not spending more time with my Mom and Dad. DMIL's sister (DH's aunt) has grandkids that are the same way...they're all adults and have their own plans/parties to attend. They show up...eat...exchange presents, get $$ from grandma and then are out the door less than 2 hours later. This year was a little better, and the grandkids actually included others in their conversations rather than just talk amongst themselves. Oh well. Hopefully, someday they'll appreciate their loved ones more. :) Too funny about "Latte" being a color nowadays! So cute that baby Jake will be in the wedding!! Bravo sista for getting back into diet/exercise! I'm doing pretty good with the healthy eating...though not perfect with all the holiday treats around (but I'm keeping sweets to a minimum). I'm going to get back into exercise just as soon as I can which will depend on post-procedure pain. I used to snore bad (kept DH awake). Turns out I have sleep apnea, even though I know that not all snoring is sleep apnea. Now as long as I use my mask, I don't snore at all so we both sleep better.

Shad - So nice to have your mother's tea set...and how thoughtful of the flight attendant to pack the soft backpacks around it. How nice that DS2 is building a new garden shed!! How would he feel about coming to the States this spring and building one for us? :lol: I got a chuckle out of your comment about us lot putting the month before the day!! Yup, that we do. :rofl: I loved the photos! Thanks for the explanation of the statue. Chris has such a lovely garden!! And the view from Mt. Victoria is gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing the photos!!

Happy - Just saw on FB that you made it home safely. I hope you had a wonderful time with Mom and the rest of your family and friends.


Well, DH will be here soon, and then we have to leave.

I'll try and check in later!

Much love and many hugs,

Laura705
12-28-2011, 12:36 PM
Morning all.

Michelle - I hope the procedures for you and DH go smoothly and successfully today!! Don't worry about getting back here - just relax and be loopy from the drugs, haha.

Ceejay - Happy news re your nephews! My nephews are in their late 20's and are sweet, nice boys (they'll always be "the boys" to me, LOL) but they're still getting settled with their educations and careers - I think starting their own families is a long ways away. You must love those long weekends you get, but then again you have long workdays, don't you?

Mel - Glad to hear you had quiet over the holiday weekend.

Annie - More great news for your family - congrats on bb's engagement! Latte - hmmm. Too bad Curtis' daughters don't have much time for him. There will come a time when they'll wish they'd spent more time w/ him - hope it comes sooner rather than later or too late... Good for you planning a healthier new year, and nice you have a supporter/partner in Curtis. :)

Shad - Welcome back. Sounds like you had a lovely vacay. :) LOL coming back to a work-in-process shed/castle. Nice that the flight attendent was so careful stowing your wedgewood. Lol, you're so right, most guys wouldn't have a clue what that is. They might wonder why you need to be so careful with shims, haha.

Happy - Have you made your way back to the Northwoods yet? How long of a drive was it?
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Back to work today. Pretty darn quiet here, and tomorrow and Friday will be even more so - admin and Sr mgr will be out both days. Boss might work from home on Friday. Me - I like when it's quiet here, and I have my quarterly work to do, so will likely come to the office even if I could do the work from home. Too darn many distractions at home, and I don't have much luck keeping the VPN connection anyway.

My time off went so quickly, certainly the 23rd preparing for company & the 24th, when bf's mum, my SIL, her sis, my two nephews, and my sis & BIL were here for dinner. That was nice and went pretty smoothly. I was happy to learn that my SIL is setting things in motion to move back to our area! Since my brother (her hub) and her mother passed in 2009, she wants to live near her sister, and still has a lot of friends back here. It would be great for my nephews to move back here too, but I'm not sure if both of them would. They've lived most of their lives in TX and have more ties here...we'll see.

Christmas Day was quiet. Bf and I watched a couple movies, including the original True Grit with John Wayne.

Monday morning I went to the Aerobics 101 class. Good sweaty class for me. It was almost all seniors, and I hope that 20 years from now I'm still going to exercise classes! I wish my mother and bf's mother were more active like that... My mother has an older sister that is very sedentary and now needs a walker because she's just not strong, so I know my mother is very aware of the need to stay active, even if it's not by doing formal exercise. Yesterday I did the Circuit class. One more punch left on my fitness passport - I plan to go to a class on Thursday night.

The rest of my time off was mostly restful, though I did pick up a few small Christmas decorations on clearance at the drugstore and did some shopping at Walmart. Took dog walks each day of my long weekend, and I saw the Sherlock Holmes movie last night with the movie gals. (It was alright, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the first one. I do enjoy the interplay between Holmes and Watson. )

I'd borrowed the dvd "Tree of Life" (Brad Pitt) from the library, but bf & I didn't get much further than 20 minutes into it because it was just strange! We stopped it at that point and read a review of it and decided to just not bother watching the rest - not sure if it would get much better or if it would be more of the same. It's made a lot of the critic top 10 lists for 2011, and maybe if we'd gotten past that 20 minute mark, we'd have enjoyed it...dunno, but life's too short. :shrug:

Dropped off some clothes and books at the resale shop for a charity donation yesterday (before the 12/31 deadline for a 2011 tax deduction). Bf and I browsed a bit and he found a working VCR w/ remote and owners manual for $12. We still have vhs tapes we want to copy to dvds, and bf had discovered a couple months ago that the vcr his aunt gave us was only mono-sound, not stereo, so this one was a good find.

Well, I better get this post finished and get back to work. I have to shop at lunch today - I need to find something to wear for the NYE party we're going to on Sat. Lunchtime is about the only time to do this, since most of my free time is now booked - tonight is a hair appointment, Thurs night is an exercise class, Fri night is a post-Christmas gathering at a friend's house, Saturday morning is breakfast w/ a friend and then it's off to the hotel where the party is for an early check-in and some hanging out with friends. So wish me luck that I find a top that's sparkly and festive to wear under my black velvet blazer! :crossed:

Cheers!
:cheers:

happy2bme
12-28-2011, 03:30 PM
Ok, I'm mad. :mad: First of all I had so much trouble with this site hanging with the ads that I had to download and install Firefox. Then I spent about 20 minutes typing a post when all of a sudden I must have hit the touchpad on the laptop and once again the site hung. However with Firefox I can see what it's doing and it was hanging trying to get data from an ad - just as I suspected. So of course I lost my post. This will have to be an abbreviated re-post.

We had a nice time at Christmas - it was quiet but good to spend time with my family. The weather held - cool and somewhat wet but at least no snow. We should have taken advantage to visit some friends but I had not made plans ahead of time, we are appalled at all the city traffic and I think we are still a bit burned out from all the travelling we have done the last few months. The trip is about 8 hours. We came in via Interstate 90 and drove past our old house in Illinois. Honked in your neighborhood Laura but you were probably at work ;) It's good to be back home again and with the holidays almost behind us, I'm looking forward to being able to focus and finish up the unpacking and work in some retirement time to hit up the craft / activity box as well as a big box of books to read. I also found a new organizer app on my laptop - cozi dot com - free app with ads that has an organizer, journal, calendar and to do list which will help keep me organized.

Michelle- hope all goes well with your procedure this afternoon. Enjoy the loopiness - not too often you can get a legal high and enjoy it :lol: Hope things go well for hubby too. You are off until after the new year, right? I hope you get some fun stuff in while you are resting - watch good movies, read a book, do some computer organizing - just don't stress that back!

Laura - meant to tell you I really liked that picture you posted of yourself at the gardens - very nice and I agree - your hair is much longer than I thought it was. I am jealous - looks nice and thick too. It would be great if your SIL comes back to town. Smart idea to get a sparkly top under the blazer - this way you can stay warm if it's cool and if it's hot at the place, you have a nice top to show off. Good luck shopping - even with the sales now it's always hard to find something when you need it.

Annie - that is a bummer about Curtis' kids. I hope the youngest doesn't get like the oldest. But that's how kids are sometimes. Maybe you don't realize it until after you get older or have a family of your own that you regret how you treated your parents. :( I'm glad to hear you had a nice holiday.

Ceejay - I am getting a mental image of you having 6 hands to handle all those phone lines :yikes: How is your Diverticulitis WOE coming along? I'm so glad that your sister got the nursing job she wanted. What happy news.

Mel - I hope this week is quiet for you. Seems like the old folks always get sick or have to take a trip to the hospital the end of the year. I often wonder if they knew something we didn't ahead of time. I hope the sun comes out for you - I would send you some but we only had it for an hour or so while it was snowing madly - then it quieted down and it's been gray again. We saw some sun driving home yesterday but now that you mention it, it's been cloudy here for quite a while too. Got to get you a sun lamp :lol:

Shad - welcome back home. That seemed like a whirlwind trip for you. How nice that the attendant took special care of the tea set. God bless gay people - when you need someone with compassion, they are always around :D Sorry to hear you missed the rose parade at home. I hope they still have a few more blooms left for you.

I have spent far too much time in front of the computer - better go tackle my list here. Later chicks...

annie175
12-28-2011, 06:26 PM
Hey gals...short post...what a world, what a world..Wicked Witch of the West....work day gave me a very severe headache...took two Excedrine and huge glass of water. Will try to post later..but probably not...still have to go to my dad's house as my bro from IL is in and wants to visit...will make my headache worse as he is the one I struggle with to have a relationship. Lord give me strength and peace...

Chelle...hope all went well and you are resting...

Love and hugs..

ceejay52
12-28-2011, 06:55 PM
Annie
Hugs. Hope the visit with dad and bro goes well.

Happy
I've been having trouble with this sight all week. Think other have too as I've seen script error problems from others. Diverticulitis is a whole lot better. Still eating soft foods and not too much extra fiber.We only have one line. It's more like doing arm curls.

Laura
My neice was planning on seeing Sherlock Holmes this week. Would it be worth buying the dvd when it comes out? I'm going to rewatch the first SH this week end.

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Not much going on. Really looking forward to my day's off. This last sinus infection/cough really kicked me this week. But I'm 90% better with this. As my mom used to call it, this has been one deep seeded cold. I'm soreo from coughing so deep.

MELODY525
12-29-2011, 09:08 AM
A Quick Post For Now.
Meeting The Boss In A Few Minutes.
Poor Old George Fell Again.
He's Going Into A Nursing Home.
Just Cannot Manage Self-care.
I Think It's Because His Wife Died Recently And He's Giving Up.
They Were In 2 Separate Hospitals At The Time But One Allowed Him To Spend The Night With Her Before She Passed Away.
They Provided Meals And A Bed. It Was Very Touching.
Gotta Run. See Ya Later.

ceejay52
12-29-2011, 12:20 PM
Morning
Just downloaded Fox Fire and have not had any trouble whatsoever today with this sight. Must be IE.

I'm so glad I'm off today. Just needed some quiet down time by myself. No loud pumps or motor's.

Mel
So sorry to hear that George fell again. Love the new avatar, also.
I saw you had another post called New Normals. Think this is going to be my motto this year.

Michelle
Hope things went well yesterday.

Hello's to Laura, Happy and Annie.

diyana
12-29-2011, 12:57 PM
Good morning ladies -

I slept off and on from around 5 pm yesterday until 8:30 am today. I'd sleep for a couple hours, wake up sore, use the ice bag, and then listen to an audio book to fall back to sleep (just like someone reading me a bedtime story). :cloud9: I have one errand to run today...Walgreens...to pick up eye drops for Doppler, but I'm just going to go through the drive thru. I don't want to overdo it like I did with my last procedure on Thanksgiving. Thank goodness for audio books and movies!

The loopiness was short-lived, just a few hours. Now I'm lucid and coherent, well as coherent as one can be when they're on vacation.

DH has to stay in bed all day so that he gets the maximum benefit from his shot, but since he likes watching bad sci-fi movies when he's resting, and I prefer to watch the Twilight series, Lord of the Rings series, or stuff like that, I'll be laying on the couch.

I awoke to the realization that I only have 5 days left before going back to work. :cry: How did the time get away so quickly? Oh well, it's been a wonderfully relaxing time. :)

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Laura - That's good that you can get lots of work done at work this week. I know what you mean about VPN connections being iffy. Glad you had a nice time on Christmas Eve with your and bf's family. How wonderful that your SIL will be moving closer. Hopefully the nephews will move too. I always get a little sad around the holidays that we live so far away from most of our families. Bravo for getting right back to exercising!! Did you find something to wear for NYE?

Happy - Wow! That is a long drive to see the family in IL, but at least you had relatively nice weather. Thanks for the tip about cozi dot com. I'll have to check that out. :) I am doing fun stuff on my relaxing vacation...movies, audio books, a little writing, and a little website work.

Annie - I hope the work headache subsided and that the visit with dad and bro went well. Sending you much love and many hugs. :hug:

Ceejay - I'm glad you're getting over the sinus infection/cough. I hope you're able to rest a bit on your days off.

Mel - I hope your day gets better. Saying a prayer for dear George.

Shad - :wave:


Well, gotta get to Walgreens!

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

Much love and many hugs,

Laura705
12-29-2011, 01:33 PM
Morning all.

Happy - Sorry you're having trouble with the site. I'm not having that, but I'm on here at work :sssh: and that might make a difference. I can see not wanting to drive anymore once you made the 8 hour drive, especially in the city. So many cars, and all the drivers are busy texting! So nice that you'll now be able to continue getting settled and kick back and enjoy your new home and retirement. :)

Annie - Hope your headache went away by now and that your bro didn't make it any worse! I want to say it should be quiet in a lot of workplaces this week, but are you still busy with new insurance programs this time of year??

Ceejay - Sorry the sinus infection has been kicking your butt. I'm fighting off a cold - started off as a mild scratchy throat at the beginning of the week, then a sore throat yesterday...now - not sure. Taking the yucky zinc lozenges to see if they can hold it off. Re Sherlock Holmes - I never buy movies, so I'm the wrong person to ask about that. If I did, I would say it would have to be a movie I really loved and would want to watch again and again. SH #2 was not a movie like that for me. Hope that helps.

Mel - Sorry to hear about poor George. Very sad.

Chelle - Hope the procedure went well and you're doing relaxing stuff!! Same for dh.

Hi Shad! :wave:
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Nothing much to report. Bought two sleeveless blouses yesterday, not sure which one I'll keep. Not sure about going sleeveless either... my arms are okay, nothing great. Eh, why not?

Finally braved the scale since the TOM bloat seems to be gone. Same weight as before Christmas, whew. One pound up from my ticker though. Boo.

Tonight is a Circuit class.

That's about it for me. Everyone have a good day and night.

Cheers!
:cheers:

P.S. This is a sign on a door I saw a few weeks ago that made me chuckle because it's for a dentist's office. :D Happy - BTW, it's downtown where you lived.

MELODY525
12-29-2011, 04:13 PM
I HAVE RETURNED....JUST LIKE A BAD PENNY :rofl: :rofl:

THE LOBBY IS FROZEN AND THE HEAT IS WAY UP. WAS ONLY 23 WHEN I WOKE AND WENT DOWN. WINDS TOO. :brr:
I CAME UP TO CHANGE CLOTHES AND PUT THE HAIR DRYER DOWN MY PANTS TO WARM UP. JUST COULDN'T STAY DOWN THERE AN Y LONGER.
NOT ONLY POOR GEORGE BUT TENANTS PASSING AWAY AND THINGS BREAKING DOWN. ELEVATORS, DRYERS & WASHERS. WHAT A FRASSING MESS. WAITING FOR ALL THE REPAIRMEN NOW.
AFTER SUCH A QUIET HOLIDAY....THIS WAS THE PITS.:cry: AND I LIKED THIS LADY TOO. ALWAYS THE SWEET ONES.
NOW IT'S TIME FOR A VERY LATE LUNCH AND A REST.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT NIGHT. I WILL BE IN THE OFFICE IN THE MORNING TO SO I'LL BE LATE GETTING HERE.
SWEET DREAMS LATER AND GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE:sunny:

BTW, YES CEEJAY...I HAD STARTED A NEW THREAD THE OTHER DAY HOPING MY 2 FRIENDS WOULD COME HERE AND GET USED TO A NEW SITE. BUT NOT SO FAR. WE HAVE KNOWN EACH OTHER SINCE THE OLD DIET DAYS IN EARLY 2003. BEFORE I FOUND 3FC. WE WERE THE NEW NORMALS.




CEEJAY.....GLAD WE BOTH HAVE A LONG WEEKEND. :encore:
HAVE YOU GOT ANY PLANS?? HOW ARE THE UNCLES DOING?
I HAVE BOTH IE & GOOGLE CHROME AND HAVE TONS OF PROBLEMS WITH 2 DIFFERENT SITES NOW. NOT SURE WHAT'S GOING ON. MAYBE I SHOULD CONSIDER FOX FIRE TOO. LET ME KNOW IF IT KEEPS WORKING. SO TIRED OF HAVING PROBLEMS LOADING PAGES. THIS MORNING I COULDN'T EVEN GET THE OTHER SITE TO LOAD!! :tantrum: I REALLY HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER. SINUS INFECTIONS REALLY DO KNOCK THE STUFFING OUT OF YOU. :getwell:





MICHELLE....HOPE YOU AND DH ARE DOING OK BY NOW AND GETTING THE REST YOU BOTH NEED. I AM LIKE YOU. IN THE HSOPITAL I MISSED HARRY POTTER. ALWAYS USE THEM WHEN I AM SICK OR OUT OF SORTS. JUST TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELVES. :hug:




LAURA.....GOOD FIND ON THE VCR. ABOUT 2 YRS AGO I BOUGHT A NEW ONE AND PUT IT AWAY. THE SENIORS ONLY HAVE VHS IN THEIR APARTMENTS. GOD FORB I COULDN'T TAPE A MOVIE OR PBS PROGRAM FOR THEM TO SAVE!! HOPE YOU FIND SOMETHING TO WEAR FOR NEW YEARS. KNOCK THEM DEAD!!! GLAD YOUR SIL IS MOVING BACK. NOTHING LIKE BEING AROUND FAMILY AS WE GROW OLDER. :hug: I NEED A DENTIST LIKE THAT!!!! MAYBE I'LL MOVE WHEN THE SIL DOES!:rofl:

MELODY525
12-29-2011, 04:21 PM
ANNIE....SORRY I MISSED YOUR POST. HOPE THE HEADACHE AND THE WICKED WITCH BOTH EASE UP:hug: SENDING CALMING THOUGHTS YOUR WAY. STAY STRONG!!!




HAPPY.....SORRY I MISSED YOUR POST AS WELL. I MUST BE FRIGGING BLIND TODAY!!:rofl: GLAD YOU AND DH ARE HOME AGAIN SAFE & SOUND. HOPE YOU GET TIME TO FEEL RETIRED AND GET INTO THE BOOKS AND CRAFTS. YOU AHAVE YOUR WHOLE LIFE NOW:dance: USE IT WISELY!!!
I HAVE A QUESTION.....ON GOOGLE CHROME IT IS TELLING ME AN AD AGENCY OR WHATEVER IS HANGING UP THE LOADING OF PAGES. I SHOULD HAVE TOLD YOU. HOW MANY BROWSERS CAN I HAVE?? I GOT 2 NOW. IE & CHROME. CAN I ADD ANOTHER AND IS IT REALLY GOING TO HELP[???? JUST ASKING BEFORE I SCREW UP A NEW COMPUTER. THIS IS HAPPENING ON PROVIDA TOO BUT FOR DIFFERENT REASONS. EVERYTIME THIS HAPPENS THERE....THEIR SITE CRASHES AND GETS BIG REPAIRS. LOL
LET ME KNOW WHAT I SHOULD DO. NOT EVEN SURE HOW TO DO IT ANYWAY :hohoho: :hohoho:
PS: Wish we lived nearby each other..................
we could get artsy & fartsy together!!!

Shad
12-29-2011, 05:35 PM
Morning all,
The castle building continues. I don't know how this is going to finish up but I'm sure it will be okay. It needs to be weatherproof. Now I have to try and work out how the inside will go. We may have to divide it in half - for his toys and my toys. But the DS2 and his mate, my techno guy, appear to be having fun. Speaking of my techno guy, yesterday I had a phone call from an Indian man who was busily telling me I had a problem with my windows based system. So I checked out who he was, and who he worked for - at least purported to work for - and then asked him to speak to my techno guy, who was a present doing work for me. and while he was at it, expect a call from my lawyer since it is illegal to telemarket in Australia to someone who was on the Do not call list. By the time I got Robbie to the phone, the idiot had hung up. Now I know none of you are so stupid as to believe this con. But just warn your friends that these idiots are about. I'm so surprised that some people still fall for this spiel.

Today I am off to mow lawns, clean up the front yard. Might even look into getting a skip so I can remove some of the rubbish and spent soil I have in the new garden and then I can get some more good stuff in.

I'm waiting on the boys getting back so they can do some more work on the new shed. DS2 went off at 5.00am this morning to do some work for a mate and Rob the techno geek usually arrives around 8.30 or so.

I got a Kindle for Christmas from the boys and I have spent some time this morning setting up my account. Now I only have to buy the books. I also got a new camera duty free on my way home. That will get set up today as well.

Meantime, I had better go and do the outside work. I'll be back to do personals later when it gets too hot to be outside.

happy2bme
12-30-2011, 01:20 PM
Good morning kids,

Can I be the first one on this morning? Seems odd.

First let me say that I don't think I should have to use a different browser to view a single website (here). Typing this post it is hesitating which throws me off too. Wierd. :dunno:

Shad - we had people calling through even tho we were on the do not call list. They have some loopholes and people take advantage of them. I don't think they enforce it too much anyway unless you can get a bunch of people to go over the top in excess. However when it comes to scammers, I can see just by looking at my Mum how people can confuse and take advantage of the older folks. Those I would beat with an old fashioned rotary phone if I got hold of them. Hope the "castle" comes out as functional as it is pretty to look at - feat of man engineering :lol:

Mel, I would love to get artsy and fartsy with you. We'd probably forget the crafts and just chat away which is fine too. I think I've had as many as 3 different browsers loaded on my PC trying to avoid problems with IE. Unlike devices such as external drives and speakers and such, I don't think browsers interfere with each other. Suzanne has recommended Mozilla Firefox for years when viewing this site. That's what I'm using now but I only use it for browsing this site as I don't have issues with IE anyplace else. And I still contend (backed up by another post I saw here) that it's some ads that are causing the issues - same you saw with Chrome and I doubt a browser will fix that. So if you mostly are ok with Chrome, stick with it. Update - just looked at your last post that you are having trouble on several sites. That is frustrating. Give Mozilla a try although it will probably take a while to download. You can always remove it later. That is so sad about George. I can totally see when you've been with someone you whole adult life (like me and DH), when one dies, a part of the other dies too. Not much to hang on to. :(

Laura - I think I saw that dentist's office because that looks really familiar to me. :lol: Did you find something for New Year's Eve or was that what you were talking about with sleeveless blouses? You can always toss a jacket or wrap over it. Are things quiet at the office this week? I always liked this time of year for working.

Annie - hope you survived the visit with the bro and he didn't upset Dad. Just grit your teeth and it will be over soon. Had Dad seen Lil Monkey yet? Are you working at CVS any more?

Ceejay - my DH used the term "this is the new normal" back when he was still at IBM so I thought it was an IBM term. I laughed then because I thought it was sooooo appropriate and have used it since on many an occasion. Are you working this weekend? Can you bring a champagne glass to the office? :hat: :lol:

Michelle - I hope you are doing well my friend and not in alot of pain from your procedure. We are thinking of you and sending :hug: - but not too hard of a squeeze. Is DMIL taking good care of you and DH?

DH has distracted me with talk of getting a new TV which made this post take more time and I still have to do something before I shower up and head out to the post office. He lured me with the promise of lunch at a good local restaurant (great soup) so I'd better get running here. Talk to you later chicks.

MELODY525
12-30-2011, 03:07 PM
SHAD.....IF THE CASTLE GETS BIG ENOUGH I CAN LIVE IN IT. MAKE SURE THE KIDDO ADDS A LOVELY RAMP FOR ME:scooter: THEN I WILL BE A VERY HAPPY CAMPER!! HOPE IT HOLDS EVERYTHING YOU TWO HAVE AND ALSO KEEPS THE BUGGERS WHO STEAL OPUT!!! PUT BARS ON THE WINDOWS!!!
PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOW YOU LIKE THE KINDLE, HOW HARD IT IS TO USE & FIGURE OUT AND ANYTHING USEFUL!!!
WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE, I MIGHT GET ONE NEXT YEAR. BEEN LOOKINGAT THEM BUT LEERY OF THE EYE USAGE PART:faint: LOL
ENJOY YOUR GIFT AND YOUR CASTLE!!:hug:




HAPPY.....THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE INFO. IT'S 2 WEBSITES ONLY. THIS ONE AND PROVIDA. PROVIDA IS JUST LAGGING ALL AROUND. BUT THIS ONE IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO LOAD MOST TIMES I TRY IT. EVEN THE CHROME WOULDN'T DO IT THIS MORNING AND WAS NAMING ADVERTISERS ON THE BOTTOM. I FINALLY GAVE UP AND WENT TO WORK!!
THAT'S HOW YOU'RE BEATING ME IN THE MORNINGS!:lol3: :lol3:
HOPE LUNCH WAS DELISH!!!




:write: I AM DONE FOR THE DAY WITH WORK. JUST NUISANCE STUFF FOR THE WEEKEND. WE STILL HAVE AN ELEVATOR DOWN AND NO ONE COMING TILL TUESDAY. SIGH. LET US PRAY THE ONE WORKING KEEPS WORKING.

I NEED TO GET TO THE LITTLE STORE OR HAVE THEM DELIVER. THE KIDS ARE LEAVING IN A FEW MOMENTS TO CELEBRATE NYE AT THE TRAILER. SOME NEIGHBORS UP THERE HAVE PARTIES AND THE KIDS HAVE FRIENDS THERE TOO. THANK GOD....A REALLY QUIET WEEKEND!! :rofl: :rofl:

I AM FEELING BETTER TODAY THAN I HAVE FOR A FEW WEEKS NOW. I BOUGHT AN ORECK AIR FILTER/IONIZER MACHINE FOR THE BEDROOM.
I USED XMAS MONIES I GOT. SLEPT BETTER FOR 2 NIGHTS NOW AND WOKE UP WITH LESS SINUS AND BODY PAINS. THE OLD MACHINE HAD DIED.
SOME HOW MY BODY LIKES THE IONS EVEN THOUGH THERE IS A LOT OF CONTROVERSY ABOUT THEM. I JUST WANT TO FUNCTION AT MY OWN BEST AND WHAT'S GOOD FOR ME. I WOKE ONE DAY KNOWING THE MACHINE HAD TURNED OFF DURING THE NIGHT EVEN BEFORE I GOT OUT OF BED. THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE IN HOW I FEEL "WITH IT" VS "WITHOUT IT". SO I AM ONCE AGAIN GETTING BACK TO NORMAL AND STARTING THE NEW YEAR OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT....OR WHEEL AS IT MAY BE:scooter:

HAVE A SUPER NIGHT!! AND DAY!!

Shad
12-30-2011, 05:20 PM
Morning all,
Lovely day out there again. Should get out there and into it before the rain clouds come to annoy the living daylights out of those who want to work outside.

Last day of the year for us over here. How did that happen so fast?

Mel - so sorry to hear about the happenings at your place. I know they are old and have their problems, but it just seems so unfair at this time of the year. Anyway.... the castle wont be right for you to live in apart from the fact that it is slap bang on the ground. It will have power but probably no water out there and there are no windows, just skylights and power. You would be living with the potting mix and power tools and have a roller door - not automated probably - for your front and back door. Better come inside the house - it's all one level but I'd better check out wheelchair access for the loo.
As for the browsers, don't know much about them, I only have one. My sister had two and didn't seem to have problems - apart from dial up (and you know how that goes). I don't have a problem with ads on this site but maybe that is because I have a different lot of ads - Aussie ones mostly. I can ask Rob about browsers when he comes back. Not sure if he is back over the weekend, I suspect not. I'm not even sure DS2 will be working on the castle today and probably not tomorrow.
The Kindle I registered with Amazon yesterday. Wasn't the quickest job I have ever done but it worked okay. I was not impressed with having to put my credit card numbers in, but I guess I will just have to keep a strict eye on the account (another one) until I am happy it is secure. I haven't worked out if you can make the font bigger or not yet. It may not be too much fun for your eyes. I will keep you informed.

Happy - strangely enough I appear to have lost my ipod as well, before I even got to use it. I'll bet that it is somewhere in the third bedroom amongst the papers I have yet to file and shred. Good to hear you sounding so happy and at peace with the world - paradise indeed.

Annie - Card arrived yesterday. Thank you so much. I am about halfway through the yearly newsletter so expect one in the in-box sometime next month. You sure have plenty to look forward to this year.

Michelle - hope you are feeling better and starting to get around without pain. I did like your Christmas picture on facebook (and the automated card) but I thought you had four dogs, does the other one not like having his photo taken?

Laura - hope you found the perfect outfit for NYE. Mine will probably be pyjamas (and no bra). I don't feel social at all and since I have been up since five this morning, I doubt I will last into the wee hours.

Ceejay - Hope you are not working overnight. But then there are always some who miss out on the frivolities. Uh just looked back over the entries and see you have a 4 day weekend coming up. Good for you. Nice that you can continue doing the happy dance with all that is good in your world right now.

Nobody I know apart from the young ones are getting excited or organising parties this year. The normal firework displays are on at 8.30pm and midnight - I may just watch the first on tv. Sydney will feature across the world - they always spend up big despite the fact that the State is almost broke.

Someone asked me ages back (think it was Michelle) about window cleaning stuff I talked about. They are called Kleenex Viva Wipes - glass and mirror. They are trademarked Kimberly-Clark which is world wide so I guess you have them over there. The Aus/NZ website is www.kca.com.au if you want to have a look.

Okay, I need to go put on a wash, get dressed and go out into the garden. I have some basil to plant and a large amount of weeding to be done. The back yard still looks like a tornado hit but I can't do much for that until the shed is operational. I also need to get some more hanging pots for the last orchid. It flowers most of the year and is now so big it will have to be split into 3 pots Then I should go prune the poinciana tree. There are some old branches on it that are no longer producing flowers or leaves. It will stimulate the tree when I get rid of them. After that I should hang the pots back up. There is a mountain of stuff I can do. Sooner I get at it, the sooner it will get done.

diyana
12-30-2011, 06:50 PM
Just a quick check in...I'm very sore today. This morning, I took most of the Christmas penguins off the lawn in advance of a small snowstorm we're getting today and huge windstorm that's predicted for tomorrow. I've spent the rest of the day laying in bed, on icebags most of the time. I'm up and around now to give the doggies their meds and eat and then back to bed (and more icebags) for me. I'm sure I'll be better by tomorrow.

Annie texted me...her internet is down and she wanted to me to say "Hi" to all of you and to wish you a Happy New Year in case her internet isn't back up by then.

Both Annie and I are sending you lots of love and hugs,

ceejay52
12-30-2011, 07:43 PM
Today was good. Went to lunch with my neighbor and then we decided to go out to the Mississippi. She's still full and rolling might fast down stream. We picked up a bunch of pecans.

I've decided that I am not going to Paragould this week end. I'm not 100% well and need to rest some more. I'll call my uncle before they go to bed.

Michelle
I'm glad that you are not trying to over do after the last procedure. I realize that some things must be done.

Happy
I'm lucky this week end as it's my 4 day week end. I'm using Foxfire to come to this sight. It's a shame but my patience ran out on IE. I stole the New Normal from Mel. But it fit's me to a T this year.

Mel
Hope the week end is quiet. And that Jen and Richie have fun with their friends at the trailer.

Shad
When the castle is completed we want to see it. I love orchids.

MELODY525
12-30-2011, 08:42 PM
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SHADDIE.....HAPPY NEW YEAR LITTLE SIS!!:gift:
HOPE ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE TOMORROW!!!
LOTS OF HEALTH & WEALTH TO YOU!:hug:


GUESS I WON'T BE LIVING IN THE CASTLE THEN :lol3: :lol3:
I WAS DOWNSTAIRS CHEERING UP A FEW SENIORS IN THE COMMUNITY ROOM.
WHEN I LEFT, THEY WERE STILL LAUGHING. THEY WORE ME OUT THOUGH.
TIME FOR A SNOOZE I THINK. HOPE YOUR DAY IS A GOOD ONE.
GET A LITTLE TIPSY FOR ME TOO!! THE KIDS LEFT ME WITH A COFFEE AND I GAVE THEM A BOTTLE OF WINE!! :lol3:
SENDING A NEW YEAR'S HUG TO YOU:hug:

Shad
12-31-2011, 07:34 AM
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Happy New Year

May all your dreams become reality and you achieve exactly what you wished for.

MELODY525
12-31-2011, 08:31 AM
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HAPPY NEW YEAR CHICKS OF THE WORLD:cheers:
MAKE A WISH TONITE AND HOPE THEY ALL COME TRUE.:hug:



TIME SURELY HAS FLOWN BY THIS YEAR.
SOME SENIORS ARE GETTING TOGETHER TONITE.
THAT'S WAY PAST MY BEDTIME!!:rofl:
3 DAYS OF HOLIDAY UPSTAIRS IS FINE WITH ME.
I TOLD THEM TO CELEBRATE QUIETLY & NOT TO WAKE ME TONITE!!:rofl:
NOTHING NEW HERE. SPOKE TO JEN WHEN THEY ARRIVED.
TODAY SHOULD BE BEAUTIFUL ONCE THE CLOUDS & RAIN LEAVE.
LOVELY WEEKEND ON THE RISE HERE. NEAR 60 DEGREES BOTH DAYS.
SAFE TRAVELS TO ANYONE GOING OUT AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU:hug:



SHAD....I WAS GOING TO SURPRISE YOU WITH A CALL BUT THINGS GOT HECTIC HERE.
THE BUILDING US UNDER A BLACK CLOUD. I HAVE NEVER SEEN IT THIS BAD.
BUT ALL IS WELL WITH ME & THE KIDS...SO FAR SO GOOD.
NO ONE iS PLANNING ANY PARTIES THAT I KNOW OF EITHER.
SEEMS LIKE A QUIET ENDING FOR 2011.
THE GARDEN & YARD ARE CERTAINLY KEEPING YOU BUSY!! YIKES!!
HAVE A WONDERFUL SUNDAY:hug:






CEEJAY......GLAD YOU DECIDED TO STAY HOME AND JUST GET WELL & REST UP.
THINK YOU NEED IT. I CAN IMAGINE THE RIVER ROLLING ALONG.
SEEMS LIKE WE'VE ALL HAD ENOUGH RAIN THIS YEAR FOR ALL RIVERS TO BE OVERLOADED!!!
GET WELL THIS WEEKEND AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU:hug:





HAPPY.....ALL THE BEST FOR YOU & DH IN YOUR LOVELY NEW ABODE.
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS NOW:hug:
WISHING FOR YOU MANY YEARS OF HAPPINESS THERE.
STAY WELL MY NEW NORTHERN FRIEND.



CARLA.....JUST IN CASE YOU ARE "LISTENING"....
ALL THE BEST FOR 2012 UP THERE IN THE FROZEN NORTH.
STAY WELL AND BE HAPPY MY FRIEND. SENDING YOU LOTS OF HUGS :hug:
AND SMILES IN YOUR DIRECTION :D





LAURA.....HOPE YOU AND THE BF HAVE A NICE TIME RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR.
ENJOY. HAVE A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR. BE WELL & SAFE TRAVELS DEAR FRIEND :hug:




ANNIE & MICHELLE....LOVE AND HUGS IN RETURN TO BOTH OF YOU.
MICHELLE, I HOPE YOUR BACK FEELS BETTER. TAKE GOOD CARE OF BOTH YOU & DH. :hug:

ANNIE....GIVE JAKE AND SISSY A HUG AND KISS FORM US ALSO.
ALL THE BEST FOR YOU AND CURTIS ON YOUR FIRST NEW YEAR TOGETHER:hug::bb:

ceejay52
12-31-2011, 11:32 AM
Wow 2012 is coming to a close at midnight tonight. Not sure if I'll stay up and ring in the New Year!!!!!!

My aunt called me last night and was disappointed that I was not coming today. She is going to have their New Year's day meal today. Her gs is sick also. She mentioned that I was sick this time last year with basically the same stuff. I'd forgotten about that.

I want to clean out the refrigerator and start anew. I'm going to cook simple things this year. And stay away from the fast food places as much as possible.


Mel
I should bring out my air filter. Doc told me to use a vaporizer to help with the congestion. It's helping.

Shad
Enjoy the first day of 2012.

To all the rest. Happy New Year.

happy2bme
12-31-2011, 12:37 PM
Good morning ladies,

Happy New Year's Eve. Yesterday was just a waste. My health insurance changes to a new (and crappier vendor) at midnight so I have been frantically saving all my claims for the last 2 years so that when I lose access to the account, I still have my information. And I cannot seem to get the retiree service center at my former employer (a very fine outsourced company - NOT) to give the insurance company my correct address. I cannot call them and change it myself because with all the fraud about, the insurance company insists some changes come through the employer. And the forwarding of mail from my old address is going to end soon so that's a big concern. DH says I should call Human Resources :lol3: :lol3: :lol3: :lol3: - hah! who do you think I have been calling and complaining to the last 2 months? And then I had to re-do and resubmit my health care reimbursement claim - the one I spent hours on mailing out in November before we moved. Had to do it again because they claim they never recieved it even tho I have proof of delivery from the post office. I had to split the claim between DH's expenses and mine and can only list 10 items per sheet. Darn if we didn't have ALOT of medications this year :lol: good to say we are off of most of them. Alot had to do with trying to get DH's blood pressure stabilized.

On a good note I did get a library card and went online and ordered 3 gardening books from the library consortium as well as Diane Keaton's new autobiography. It's supposed to be crummy weather for the next few days so I need to get out to the store and pick up a few things. We will have our candlelight dinner tonight as tradition dictates - just don't know what to make. We have no specialty stores here where I can get a fancy cut of meat or fresh fish. But they do have an incredible liquor section at the store with 3 aisles of any kind of wine you can imagine. I'll be indulging tonight :hat: :rofl:

It has been a very tumultuous year for us - no other way to put it but it ended on a good note. We are both loving it here. I'd love it even more if the fireplace heater got fixed but DH got tired of calling the service people and ordered the part himself :D (so nice to have a handy guy in the house).

I hope this New Year's Eve finds you all well and in the love of the people who mean the most to you. :hug: Here's to another year - guess we have to come up with a new thread too.

I will try to come back later and post more personals but first it's off to the store.

How's the new year look so far Shad?

Shad
12-31-2011, 04:11 PM
So far Happy - it looks bright and shiny. Long may it last.

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