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12-23-2011, 12:01 PM
Good morning, ladies! Heading for temps in the 60s today.

I put my shoes on yesterday and drove to the Food Lion (not my favorite store but it's only 1 mile away) and did some shopping since I was out of milk and bananas. Felt good, too.

Faye, I hope Jack is feeling better. That card must be a hoot!

Maggie, you really are having winter and a white Christmas. It looks like our will be rainy.

Jean, what is a pit ham? I've never heard of it. We have Smithfield foods near to us and country ham is the best but you can't eat much of it because it is so rich. I wish they'd sell 1/4 boneless hams. Even a half is too much for me and I don't like it after it is frozen. Usually I get a slice.

Have any of you got a good recipe for black eyed peas? I had one for a black eyed pea salad that was so good but of course I lost it.

Have a great day.

12-23-2011, 01:17 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! The wind is blowing and it's cold (feels like 11 degrees) outside today! The sun is hiding so don't think any snow will melt today. I've been to the grocery store and to the antique store where they make fudge. That price sure went up from last year, but at least I don't have to make it. The crazy "no clue" drivers are out in full force! Now to finish wrapping and take inventory.

"Gma" -- I hope your commissary wasn't too busy. The grocery store was just nuts. How aggravating about your tires! I'm glad you finally got them. Kelly's Christmas card sounds really cute. Where did they get the bear? Will Jack be able to taste his food tonight? Enjoy your time with your family.

Susan -- Ah . . . warm weather! Lucky you! It sounds like you are building up your shoe time. I'm not sure what the difference is in a pit ham vs any other kind. It's in the basement fridge so I will know more when we bring it up to cook it. I've never fixed black eyed peas so can't help you there. I was looking for a casserole recipe this morning, and couldn't find it. I finally called the gal who gave it to me. I know I put it someplace stupid and will eventually find it!

I've got to keep moving! Hope you all enjoy the rest of your day! Merry Christmas to all in case I don't get back in here until "it's" over. :tree:

12-23-2011, 02:27 PM
:clause: GOOD MORNING MAGNOLIAS :wreath:

It is in the 30's this day in the Heartland with the sun shining and the snow still on the ground. They don't plow many of the streets here in this little berg and driving on side streets is lumpy. I don't have plans on going anywhere this day. I am telling you these two animals are a hoot. We feed the dogs once a day in the evening. I leave food out for the cat all the time since he is a little kitten yet. I have the cats food up on a 2 foot stand to keep it off the floor. Cecil is up there now tossing pieces of food on the floor and watching them bounce then Beanie pounces on them and eats them up. These two are a hoot working in conjunction like a couple 2 year old kids. At least there isn't any cat food left on the floor. Beanie has gone out of the room now and Cecil is droping pieces on the floor and hopping down and eating them one at a time. Up and down. Laughter is good. And we were wondering how the dogs would get along with a cat.

DONNA FAYE :snowball: What a neat card. Wonder what they will do next year to top that! Hope they make this a "tradition." It's too bad you had to resort to a grown up fit to get those tires. It shouldn't be that way. That is good med Jack uses for colds. We just like Cold Eeze better because it cuts the duration of the cold in half and we can use it with our BP meds. :p

SUSAN:candy: Yep we will be having a beautiful white Christmas. You know with this appliance that sucks all the air out of the plastic freezer bags the ham tasts as fresh after thawing it as it did when it was before freezing it. Ice crystals don't form on the food when it is frozen like that and dry it out when it is thawing. We don't eat black eyed peas much but I do have a salad recipe that is good I will type out for you. I also have a salsa recipe that is good and I can give that to you if you want. This recipe is good also on baked potatoes for a nice meal.

2 T cider vinegar
2 tsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt
4 drops of hot pepper sauce
1 (15 1/2 ounce can) black-eyed peas, rinced & drained
1 red onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, seeded & diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded & diced
2 celery stalks, diced
Whisk the vinegar, olive oil, garlic, sugar, pepper, salt, & hot pepper sauce in a large bowl. Add the black-eyed peas, onion, bell peppers, & celery. Serve at once or cover & refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Per serving of 1 Cup
3 Points+
118 cal; 3 g fat; 20 carb; 5 fiber; 5 prot

JEAN :santa: OOOO fudge. I didn't make any of my good Sees recipe this year. Too risky for I knew it would not be a good thing for me to do. I didn't want to purposely put a temptation in front of me that strong ~ calling my name. Sometimes I can make it and don't want any but now is not one of those times. We have received several food cards for places like Applebees this year which is good for we do like going there and I can eat OP off their menu. Have a wonderful Christmas if we don't see you to say that before the 25th.

Have a lovely afternoon Magnolias. I need to go have some lunch now. Type at y'all later. :ginger:

12-23-2011, 06:15 PM
Thanks, Maggie, that's very similar to the recipe I had. I'll be making it for New Year's and some sauerkraut and pork too so I can get all the good luck for next year. LOL

12-23-2011, 06:53 PM
:coolsnow: GOOD AFTERNOON MAGNOLIAS :snowglo:

It is still in the 30's here and the snow is not melting at all. The animals are in and out and Beanie has his tracks all over the backyard from frolicking in it. He comes in with his face all plasterd with it. The cat stays in the covered pation where all the drifts didn't quite cover the floor. He has walked on the path Will shoveled out to the gate to greet us with Beanie when we come back from errands. Ole Ragg Mopp stays in the patio and greets us there.

SUSAN You are quite welcome for that recipe. Since I got it out and revisited it I am going to make it soon. Will said that we could have it on top of a baked potato for a lunch one day. He remembers how he liked it before served that way. :p If you ever want another recipe ask me if I have it ~ for I have quite a number. I'll be happy to share any of mine with you.:D It will go great with your sauerkraut and pork. I haven't yet planned our meal for New Years Day.

The BBQ man was scheduled to be downtown at 4:30 and have our order but he hasn't showed up yet. I hope he didn't get bogged down in the wheather somewhere. Will is down there and will wait awhile longer then come home. The man can call him when and if he does make it. Otherwise we will have to do something else for dinner this day.

Everyone have a lovely evenigh. :ginger: Type at y'all later.

12-23-2011, 11:59 PM
Maggie -- I am heading for bed but thought I would check in here first. Your black eyed pea salad sounds very good. However, Bob would think I was trying to poison him for sure! He doesn't like peas of any color. Our snow on the deck did disappear this afternoon because the sun did come out and it was 40 degrees. The weatherman says it will be 55 on Christmas Day. That I will believe when I see it! :yes: I hope your Bar-b-q guy showed up.

12-24-2011, 11:17 AM
Good morning to you ladies. It is going to be quiet at our house for the rest of the weekend. We are just going to enjoy being together and get Jack over his monster cold. It is breaking up so I hope by the time he goes back to work he will be over it.

We had a nice time last night. Kelly called me while we were on our way back from the commissary yesterday and asked about eating in town so we went to the Butcher Shop, which is a steak house for dinner. The food was fabulous and I brought half my steak home it was so big. I even splurged and had dessert. They make their own strawberry cake with homemade vanilla bean strawberry ice cream and it was delicious. Jack had creme brulee and Tom had their brownie sundae type thing. Thomas order this stuffed filet mignon that has portebello mushrooms, gorgonzola cheese, bacon wrapped and had a loaded baked potato except for sour cream and scarfed down it all. I don't know where that skinny little body puts it all. How many kids do you know that will eat gorgonzola cheese? Most adults don't like it, though I really like it. I bought catnip toys for their cat and gave it to them with Marty's sweater and as we were leaving the restaurant, Kelly told me Marty doesn't really have long to live. He is doing very badly. Just broke my heart. He is very old, like 16-17 but he has been like having our own pet, coming and staying with us and all. Oh and I found out that holiday card picture was taken on their Alaskan cruise so that is where all the props and such came from. I thought maybe it was some fun thing they did for Boy Scouts, but it was the cruise.

Susan: We have a food lion here, but it is in the ghetto and dangerous part of town so I have never been in it. I am glad you are getting around on the foot now, just be sure and take your time with it. I do hope you have a lovely Christmas whomever you are going to spend it with. Do you eat hoppin Jack? I think that is made with black eyed peas, isn't it? Jack's family being from the south or in this case southwest always had black eyed peas for New Year's eve as they believe it brings good luck for the year. Jack said he only ate them once and that year his dad broke his leg and was out of work for months and his mom had a brain tumor so though he doesn't like the taste, will never ever eat them again, period! :lol:

Maggie: Thanks for the recipe, but as you can see above, Jack won't eat them so I don't buy stuff I end up throwing out more than I eat. Hope you and Will have a wonderful Christmas too!

Jean: Are you guys heading out today or are the kids coming to you? I don't remember what you said. Did you get everything you ordered by mail??? Did you see the article where folks ordered stuff at the Best Buy online on Black Friday and just a couple days ago people started getting emails saying their orders had been CANCELED! I guess they couldn't keep up with demand and canceled orders and people are really really mad because of course they are Christmas presents and they can't get them replaced before Christmas. The company says they are sending out gift cards, but that is not making anyone happy as they won't get there before Christmas and like one lady said, "If I had wanted to give a gift card, I would have bought a gift card!" You and Bob and the kids have a joyous and happy Christmas tomorrow.

To Gloria and Gail have a Merry, Merry Christmas!!!!! Faye :hohoho:

12-24-2011, 03:12 PM
I'm doing a quick read before I get ready for church this afternoon. I still need to dust! I made salads and cheesy potatoes this morning; need to get dishes and silverware spit shined when we get home. I'm in hopes no one inspects the curio cabinet because it's not going to get scrubbed this time around. :o

"Gma" -- How sad about Marty! Our kids and stepfamily will all be here tomorrow. I'll be glad when it is Monday! I did get everything I ordered online. A couple things were back ordered but came through. I would be so mad if it was this late and the order cancelled, especially if I ordered early.

Hope everyone enjoys their Christmas! :tree:

12-24-2011, 03:34 PM

It is a chilly day here in the Heartland & currently 26 and not expected to get higher than 31. However, the sun is shining brightly. We are going out to our favorite steak house this evening for dinner where I get the best grilled shrimp. Nice place to celebrate our anniversary. :p This is Christmas Eve and we have a tradition to go about town looking at all the nice decorations folks have on their houses and lawns. There are some folks who spend lots of bucks and really do their places up nicely and we get to enjoy them. :D

The game has begun ~ Cecil is dropping bits of food for Beanie to pounce on. Those two are a hoot. Tuesday the dogs get their bath and Cecil gets so lonely when they are gone. Maybe we should take him for a bath also. :o

I can tell my fingers are shrinking because some of my favorite rings twirl now and the stone wants to be toward my palm. I have this lovely lily ring that has a teardrop ruby as the heart of it and the gold is heavy and it needs to be worn tightly on a finger. I'll wait till I reach goal and have all my rings resized.

The BBQ man did show up last evening a bit late but we were able to have a bit of it for dinner and had sandwiches for lunch out of some of it.

I am so looking forward to renewing my weight loss efforts this coming year. I got a care package from a leader friend today and she wrote me a funny note that said she could send me anything that isn't nailed down except (she named a gal friend of mine) for she wouldn't fit in the envelope.

JEAN I got a chuckle out of your saying Bob won’t eat peas. Black-eyed peas are a bean. The black-eyed pea, also called black-eyed bean is a subspecies of the cowpea, grown around the world for its medium-sized, edible bean. The bean mutates easily, giving rise to a number of varieties. The common commercial one is called the California Blackeye; it is pale-colored with a prominent black spot. Now you have had a mini lesson on the black-eyed pea which is really a bean and not a pea at all. So if Bob eats beans you might make the salad for it is tasty just call it a "black-eyed bean" salad. :p I am so happy for you that your orders did come in time. You are right lots of folks are sorely dissappointed.

DONNA FAYE I am so glad that your main sqeeze is getting over his cold. What a lovely dinner you had last evening with family. Hopefully that kids metabolism will stay as it is throughout his lifetime and he can eat anything he wants. Gorgonzola cheese is just a blue cheese that ranges from mild to sharp and we like it. Delicious crumbled on a salad and in an omlet with mushrooms & onions. :D

All Magnolias have a wonderful Christmas Eve and Christmas. :ginger:

12-24-2011, 08:45 PM
Maggie -- Happy Anniversary to you and Will! :congrat: :woo: How many years? Thanks for pea/bean lesson. I may give it a try and tell Bob it is a bean salad. ;) I just brought the vacuum upstairs so thought I would peek in here. Church lasted over an hour and then I had to pick up the money and lock it in the office file cabinet. We have a Friendship Fund that we collect for after communion; more people put money in that plate than in the regular giving for the budget. I'm off to clean the bathroom. Merry Christmas! :rudolph:

12-25-2011, 09:16 AM
Good morning and Merry Christmas to you all!

Just peeked in to wish you a happy holiday.

Maggie: Happy anniversary to you and Will!!!

I will talk with you all tomorrow or the next day. Of course, Jack has given me his cold so here we sit on Christmas Day with cold medicine, nose spray, and plenty of kleenex. I instead of a Christmas Dinner, we are having homemade chicken noodle soup and homemade bread! :lol:

Faye :xcheer:

12-25-2011, 11:30 AM
:hohoho::tree::snowball::present:MERRY CHRISTMAS, LADIES!

It's only 41 degrees now and not expected to get much above 50 today. There was a light frost last night.

Glory and I are having Christmas dinner together - roasted chicken, baked sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, french bread and butter, and pumpkin pie for dessert. I had yogurt and fruit for breakfast to enjoy the "extras" today.

Faye, I'm sorry you and Jack have colds and can't enjoy the day. Get better soon!

Jean, do most people put there offering into the collection plate or do they mail it in? More than half the people at my church send their offering in a lump sum once a month. I send mine when I get SS check and then if we have a special collection put some in then.

Maggie, Happy Anniversary! How romantic to get married on Christmas Eve.

Have a wonderful day with family and friends.

12-25-2011, 07:11 PM

It is a sunny day in the fortys here in the Heartland this beautiful Christmas Day which I hope is Merry for all you Magnolias. Snow is melting on the roads finally. Don't know why the city didn't plow them except the probably knew the real cold weather wouldn't last that the warmth could clear the roads. I looked all over for my favorite card making disk and finally found it today. Now throughout the year I will be able to make cards and such. I have other disks I have purchased but this one is my very most favoite for it is far superior. It has so much on it that all the things on the disk don't get loaded on the computer so it is necessary to have the disk to use the program. I love making cards for folks special occasions. It is a disk that came free with a past computer and is a Hallmark Greetings Workshop that lets the person create the quality of Hallmark at home. One that makes cards, banners, certificates, etc for all and every occasion. Anyway I am so pleased to have located it. We had Chinese for lunch this day after morning church and took a man and his 3 boys out with us. Mom is a nurse and working till @ 2 pm so it was fun to treat her family this day. Those little boys are so sweet and well behaved. They get a kick out of us for we know things to talk to with them about. Kids stuff. Will taught them a few new jokes and I taught or tried anyway to teach them how to make their drink straws whistle. Their mom is going to love me for that! :o Afterwhile we will go to I-Hop for a nice breakfast.:p

DONNA FAYE I am so sorry you are also under the weather and have caught Jacks cold. Do you also use Niquil or Dayquil? I have heard that stuff really helps out great. I wish sometimes I could use those things. I have to really check lables that one with high BP can take. Chicken soup will be good for the both of you.

SUSAN Your meal with Glory sounds delicious. It is wonderful to have a good friend to share the day with. AH so you got down to frosty at least even you didn't have the snow and White Christmas that we are having. We are happily married and at least Will doesn't forget when our anniversay is. :p

Have a lovely Christmas evening Magnolias. I need to get ready to go out to eat. :ginger: We just finished off a bottle of non alcohol Cranberry Bubblie which was so yummy and made my jaws tight. I would have that again. :p Type at y'all later. :snowglo:

12-26-2011, 12:49 AM
Merry Christmas (is almost over)! I am heading off to bed as it's been a very long day! Bob helped me put the kitchen back together after everyone left about 8:30. We sat down in front of the tv, and I promptly fell asleep.

"Gma" -- I, too, am sorry you caught Jack's cold. I guess the saying "misery loves company" must be true. ;) I hope you feel better soon!

Susan -- Your Christmas dinner menu sounds delicious! :T Some of our members donate directly from their bank accounts either monthly or quarterly. Some write monthly checks on the first Sunday each month. Others, like us, write a check each week. We have some members who give nothing. :( Our box of envelopes has extra envelopes for holidays, and then there are special mission projects throughout the year. I noticed we are having a baked potato lunch the Sunday we play bells, to help the youth raise money to go to a Christian music concert in Minneapolis.

Maggie -- It sounds like you had the same sunny nice weather we did today. :D The kids brought their bikes and played outside quite a bit today. That was a real novelty for Christmas Day! There was a hot air balloon over the lake later this afternoon; Beth took a picture of it and will email it to the Sioux City tv weatherman who is from Storm Lake. He always ends his report with photos that people send in. I'm glad you found your card making disk!

I'm going to bed! :yawn: See you tomorrow! :tree:

12-26-2011, 12:55 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! The sun is shining and the wind is blowing, as usual. It just looks cold outside even though the thermomter says it is 37 degrees! I am doing absolutely NOTHING today! I do need to unload the dishwasher, and might wipe up the sticky kitchen floor depending on how long I can stand it.

I do need to unload the dishwasher and pick up the gift bags 'n boxes left behind. Hope you all enjoy your day today! :wave:

12-26-2011, 01:47 PM
Good morning, ladies! A sunny day and 48 degrees.

Glory and I had a wonderful day. I threw the rest of the pumpkin pie away. I refuse to "wear" it. I don't like pie crust so it wasn't hard to do. Norah, that does the teas we go to, send me a lovely pink and white silk stole with a note that she appreciates our support. That was certainly unexpected.

Maggie, that was very nice of you to take them to lunch. It certainly makes me feel good when I do something for other people.

Jean, we have people who don't give, too, but we feel they will contribute in other ways (volunteering) or can't afford to give.

Faye, I hope you and Jack recover quickly!

Have a great day!

12-26-2011, 02:29 PM

I am being lazy this day. However, after awhile I am going to tackle the refrigerator and clean that sucker out. Too much of this and that in it. Will said he is going to cut back on his portions this coming year and that will surely help him lose weight. I'll do what I can to help him but stick my nose into his program. I'll not bug him. I will serve him his portion size and if he chooses to go back for mor e than he is free to do so. I am resolved to stick to my program and be a steady loser this coming year. I have been so much of a yo-yo this year my record is sad. However on the bright side of things I did lose more than I started this year with. I have printed out weigh day charts for both of us to keep our weekly weight posted on. I can put this years weigh cards to rest now. Onward with fresh new resolve. I have a plan and am going to stick to it. Watch me shrink. I am so glad the holidays are now over and I can get a grip. I am so thankful that I didn't make any fudge this year. If I could lose a pound a week I would be at goal in a couple years. Now wouldn't that just be peachy. I am going to shoot for that and it is my goal and I am sticking to it.:p Help me, help me please, my friends. I do so want to do this. i don't think my goal is unreasonable. What think you?

JEAN It is a good day just to sit back and vegitate. All the hoopla is overwith now and we can get back to some sense of normalicy. The snow is melting around here and some big trucks from a building company parked along the curb in front of our house and in the process cleared out a lot of the snow that was there in the gutter. :p I would have gone out and said "thank you" but I am still in my moo-moo and don't wear it outside. :o However, winter is not about to be over soon for it has just begun.

SUSAN What a beautiful sounding shawl. Isn't it uplifting to get such an unexpected gift. Good for you dumping that pie for you certainly didn't need it around to be calling your name. I love pumpkin pie but have not eaten a piece with the crust in a long time. Last time I was served a piece I just ate the pumpkin part, scraping it off the crust. When I make it I make pumpkin custard. I mix the pumpkin up using splenda and then bake it in serving size glass baking dishes. It is so good that way and doesn't blow my program. If I am going to have guests I serve it with a cut out piece of dough placed on top. I make small leaves that look good sitting on the custard and gives just a taste of crust and makes it look festive. Another thing I like doing with it is to grate some nutmeg, off a whole nut so it is freshly grated, over the top of each custard before placing the leaves on them. I have had folks ask me for the recipe. :p Life is good. And if I had served it to you with that crust leaf on top you could just easily take the leaf off since you don't care for crust.

DONNA FAYE :getwell: ~ both of you. I miss you around here.

I am off to clean out the fridge. It is time to take everything out and re-arange it better to be able to locate things. I have some left overs of this and that with a need to be dumped I am sure. There is only thing on my calendar for the week and that is the dogs get a bath tomorrow. Wednesday our down stairs guest is coming back.

Type at y'all later. :wave:

12-27-2011, 12:13 AM
Susan -- I would throw away the pumpkin and eat the pie crust. :o The talent of pie crust making skipped my generation so that is one thing I never have around the house unless Bob buys one and that crust just isn't the same as "Mom's or Grandma's." :no: I'm glad you and Glory had a nice day together. What a nice surprise to get an unexpected gift from Norah! The stole sounds lovely. Unfortunately the majority of our nongivers show up to use the church for a wedding (which now is $750 for nongivers/nonmembers) or a funeral (no charge). The charge includes the wedding coordinator, custodian, organist, and minister fees so they do get an itemized bill. There are also the ones who show up at Christmas and Easter only.

Maggie -- It sounds like you and Will have a good plan for the new year! :cp: Ernie and I took a nap this afternoon so I really did have a "do nothing" day. Tomorrow I have to mop the kitchen floor and work on the laundry piles. We still have no snow in sight and the weatherman took the rain out of the forecast. We could use some rain.

"Gma" -- I hope you and Jack are on the mend! :yes:

I'm heading to bed! :yawn: :wave:

12-27-2011, 11:09 AM
Good morning, ladies! Heading for temps in the 50s today.

I did laundry yesterday and I've put stew in the crockpot for supper today. What an exciting life!

Maggie, your goal is certainly doeable and you already know how to do it. Keep a positive attitude, I WILL... not I'll try or I hope. I'm going to lose the last 10 pounds to get to my doc's goal for me this year. I'll have to change my WW goal downward but that's alright with me. Did you get the Power Foods cookbook?

Jean, a lot of the churchs around here won't let you have a wedding if you aren't a registered member. Do you have any goals for next year?

Faye, I hope you are well soon - we miss you! :getwell:

12-27-2011, 02:04 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! The sun is shining and will set a minute later tomorrow. Yea! Spring is on the way! It's a chilly morning with a slight wind blowing. I've been to get my nails done and ran a couple errands. I stopped and picked up the gift shop money on the way home, so that is my afternoon project.

Susan -- Yum! Stew sounds good today! :T The Methodists will let anyone use any rooms in the church for "whatever." We have both Girl Scout and Boy Scout groups, a Divorce Recovery group, AA, all kinds of receptions, and various educational groups will meet from time to time. Most everyone gives a donation of some sort. My goal next year is a thinner me! I really do need to work on exercise and that is my least favorite thing to do. :o

I need to make my errand list so I don't forget anything. Enjoy your day! :wave:

12-27-2011, 03:40 PM
Good afternoon gals. This will be short as I a in the throws of one heck of a cold. Of course, Jack is over his but I am into the second full day and miserable as I have a bad head cold with a horrible headache, stuffiness, scratchy throat etc and just feel rotten.

Jack went back to work today in the driving rain this morning, but we finally have sun and he should be home in a couple hours.

Please say a prayer for Kelly and her family. Little Marty had to have mouth surgery today and he has a very bad heart and they are not sure he will wake up from the surgery. He has some bad teeth that they have been trying to put off taking out simply because his heart is so bad to put him to sleep and do the work but it was a have too as he can't even eat now I guess. Just keep them in your prayers as he is like one of the family, including mine.

I will talk to you tomorrow more indepth. I am going to get into the recliner until jack gets home. Have a nice afternoon. Faye

12-27-2011, 04:08 PM

It is said that it will be betwen the low of 22 and high of 38 this day here in the Heartland. That is OK with me for I have plenty to keep me busy here inside. First thing I need to do is to plan this days dinner and get whatever it takes out of the freezer. Lunch was half of a burger. :o

The dogs are back from the groomer and smell so good for this one day. Cecil sure missed them while they were away. Meowed and wouldn't leave me alone. He would meow and jump down and go look down the hallway and turn and look back at me. Little scudder is so smart it is scarey.

Our dvd player was acting up and was begging for a cleaning. "They say" you should run a cleaner disk through them after every ten movies and it has been more than ten I am sure. :p We certainly didn't want to buy a new one for this one is barely a year old. We are just going to have to clean it more often than we have been. ;) Which reminds me I should run the cleaner on this computer.

I changed my wallpaper on my desk top this morning and have a lovely mountain picuture with a snowey mountain in the background. There is a small tree trimmed lake and it is so beautiful there. I would like to be sitting on that bank right now. My curser is fish bones. It is so much easier now days to get a pretty picture as a desk top. I remember when I had my first computer I had to do some searching for things that weren't redily available way back then. But I searched and found things I didn't know existed.

DONNA FAYE:hug: I am so sorry that the cold has hit you so hard and you feel so miserable. This too shall pass but the getting through it is rough for sure. Oh that poor Marty. I feel so sorry for those so close to him. It is so hard when a pooch is sick or getting so old. Here is a :grouphug: for all of you folks. Drink lots of liquids so you don't get dehydrated. ;)

JEAN Yes, spring is getting closer. Wonder what we will have to go through before it gets here. I think we may be in for some "weather." Does that gift shop do more business now than it was doing for awhile? I remember sometimes you would get none to one person come in. Must be time for heater to kick in for it is chilly in here.

SUSAN Yep I have that book since the 12th of this month and have found there are lots and lots of yummy sounding recipes in it. The first recipe I have flagged to try is on page 81. Grilled Jerk-Seasoned Pork Chops. I already have a cast iron ridged grill pan that is called for to cook them in. :p I will substitute parsley for the cilantro because we prefer it. If cilantro isn't real fresh it has a strange taste to us so I just stick to substituting parsley. There are lots of recipes I am looking forward to make in that book. Have you tried any recipes in it yet?

If I have the veggies on hand to make that recipe I mentioned above I think that will be our dinner. I'll have to take a look see. I probably have all but the fresh parsley but I can substitute dried for that.:p Life is good. And that recipe is only 4 points+.

Have a wonderful afternoon Magnolias. :wave: Type at y'all later.

12-27-2011, 04:22 PM
"Gma" -- I was glad to see you today, but so sorry you are feeling so crappy. :( I hope you feel better soon! My prayers are on their way for Marty; I know he is a special member of your family. :yes:

Maggie -- It isn't warming up much here, like one degree since this morning. :brr: The wind keeps it cold. I just got back from making my deposit for the gift shop. The reason it's busier right now is because of the Christmas items. Things that didn't sell this fall were put on a sale cart a couple weeks ago so that has helped too. Today began a 40% off Christmas items so it should be a good week. With Christmas on the weekend we had a full week before although they were closed yesterday. Overall the sales are down since the gift shop was combined and moved in with the coffee shop. We just don't have the room we did before. The idiot administrator who made that decision is now gone. He was playing hanky panky on company time, with anpther employee, and got caught according to the rumor mill. I've noticed on the cooking channel, the cooks keep their parsley, etc., in a jar of water. I am one of the few who likes parsley; Bob will usually give me his as he says he doesn't eat weeds! :lol:

12-28-2011, 12:00 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! The sun is shining brightly but it's a cool 26 degrees outside. I've been to the hospital for an auxiliary scholarship reception. They give three $500 scholarships each year. Now I need to work on the clutter that has accumulated around here. Bob was up and gone by 4 AM; I stayed in bed! I had programmed the coffee pot and could smell it brewing after he turned the closet light on. I knew if I got up I'd never get back to sleep and it was after 1 when I finally did go to bed. I slept until 7 which is really late for me.

It was too quiet here yesterday! :p Hope all is "ok" with everyone today.

I need to change clothes and get busy! Have a wonderful Wednesday and enjoy! :wave:

12-28-2011, 12:04 PM
Good morning to you gals. I am to the point now where I am coughing hard, which causes a huge headache, but it brings the stuff up so I will get better so it is a change off I guess. I didn't get a lot of sleep last night from coughing, but I am ok and hopefully will be fit as a fiddle by the weekend.

Jack is all over his cold, but he hurt his back again and is gimping around some. He only has a couple weeks and he gets his bonus day so he won't take a sick day off, but it isn't as bad as it has been and it is mostly going from a sitting to standing position that causes the most problems for him he said.

Our little Marty came through his tooth surgery fine and is resting at home. Kelly said last night they had trouble getting his pills down him and couldn't get him to settle down and sleep. She said he was woozy and if he had settled down and slept he would have felt better so I hope he finally settled down last night. His sweater fit him perfectly and looks so cute on him.

My house really needs the downstairs cleaned, but it is going to have to stay the way it is until the weekend or I have more energy. I am keeping it straightened up, but I see it needs dusting pretty badly, and mopping and such but it just isn't in me at the moment. Jack feels so bad about giving me his cold, but I told him you live with someone else and you are going to get their cold. I told him just his sleeping at night snoring he was putting out germs and he couldn't control that so not to worry about it.

Jean: You wonder why it is so difficult to behave yourself in this day and age? We seem to have some kind of vile sexual business everyday in our paper or on our local tv stations. It is the state of the world now where no one feels accountable to God and it is a do your own thing sort of world. Sad. One of the family owned pasta restaurants we eat at puts fresh chopped parsley on their pasta dishes. I like it ok and Jack eats it, but I don't just eat a piece of parsley off a plate. They say that parsley is good for bad breath.

Maggie: I am sure Cecil wondered where his siblings went while they were at the groomers. It is time for Fortune to go again, but I canceled his appt because I am not leaving this house until this cold is over and done with.

Well I guess I should get out of here. I am trying to do a load of laundry and pick stuff up and straighten up a bit, but I end up exhausted with very little effort at the moment. Have a lovely middle of the week. It is finally sunny here. Faye

12-28-2011, 03:10 PM

It is currently a cool 33 degrees here in the Heartland and the temps are said to be between 38 and 12 this sunny day. Not much happening around here. I am going to cook a 10 bean soup with a ham bone with lots of ham in it this day. Yep that sure sounds good on a cool day such as this. I will make a loaf of french bread to break off pieces of to eat with it along with some fruit for dinner this day. Now that is settled I can move on to another happenings which are just the normal every day house straightening up and that sort of thing that we all have to do each day. Making the place presentable.:p I have all my "thank you" cards made and mailed off so that is off my list. I have always made lists even in my younger days.

I have a wonderful mother that got me started doing that at a young age. Organized, that lady is organized and I am so glad she instilled that in me. She says she is only growing old on the outside for her inside is still younger. I hope when I am 93 I can be like her as she is now. I love talking to her on the phone for we laugh a lot. She is definitely not an old grouch. She is a wealth of information and knows how all the family is doing ~ even folks who aren't family but think they are. I remember elderly aunt and uncle so and so and always thought they were relatives but come to find out just good friends of the family. They visited with us a lot. There were more folks also just like them that way. We had a big family and they made it even bigger and nicer and more fun. Good freinds are so nice to have. We never had a family get-together that I can remember that didn't have folks there that weren't family. Adopted family ~ I guess you would call them. Their kids were our cousins. The more the merrier. What fun our family did have at the get-to-gathers. It wasn't just at Christmas-time either. It didn't have to be a holiday to have a get-to-gether for sure.

I loved the trips up at the cabin in the high Sierras up 6000 feet in the tall trees. It is huge with 4 big bedrooms. One of the rooms for the smaller folks has two sets of 3 stack bunk beds. There are couches in the living room that open out for beds also ~ so we have had 25 folks sleeping there comfortably at a time. That place has single wall construction but also a huge wood burning stove in it for heat and cooking.:p There is also a gas burning stove in there. The place was origionally built by some of my uncles for a "hunting shack." But shack it isn't for their wives went up with them and helped plan the place. If they were going to be there while the men hunted they wanted it presentable for them and places for all to sleep. Eventually as years passed my folks ended up buying it from his older siblings and it came to be in our side of the family. Even before my folks owned it we had access to it. Now it is my brother in law and his kids that use it most since we are too many states over to just go for a few days. It doesn't matter who in the family owns the place anyone in the family is welcome to use it and take their guests up for a fun time in the snow or in the better weather months. Good Jeep country. ;) I remember one time when I didn't take my Jeep up there but drove my little sports car and then it snowed unexpetedly ~ lots of snow ~ deep snow. I told my father to please call work and tell them I was stuck on the mountain. He said, "No, we are going to pull you out." The bigger rigs left out first and they they did pull me out, plowing snow all the way out of the drive. The county had cleared the road down the mountain earlier. They always keep the plows up there somewhere. I always drove a Jeep up there for future trips.:p

DONNA FAYE Good for you to stay put till your cold abates. Your little guy can get to the groomer in good time. Thanks for the update on Marty. I am so glad he is home now and didn't expire. I bet in his little doggy way he is thankful for that sweater.

JEAN That is absolutely too early to get up. 4 am is sleepie time. What was he doing to have to get up that early? Does he go hunting? Umm coffee ~ mine is empty. Drank it up already. Glad you were able to get some more sleep after he left so you may not get so groggy in the later part of the day.

Magnolias have a wonderful day. Time for me to go get some lunch rounded up and maybe get the beans started. :wave: Type at y'all later.

12-28-2011, 11:47 PM
"Gma" -- Coughing can wear you out, no doubt about that. :( I hope Jack can tolerate his sore back without having to go to the doctor. I'm so glad Marty came through his surgery and is on the mend. Your house cleaning will wait until you feel more up to doing it. ;) I let laundry go over the weekend so that's what I did today. Lots of trips up and down stairs is good exercise, right?

Maggie -- It was so nice here this afternoon; it almost felt like spring outside. :flow1: The sun is setting, or sat, a minute earlier again today. Bob doesn't hunt since Viet Nam, and then only hunted pheasants. He and his farmer friend drove to IL to pick up his new "old" restored tractor. He left at 4 and got home about 7:30 tonight -- a very long ride for sure. He invited me to go along but wanted help driving and I've never pulled a 5th wheel trailer before. Actually, I've only pulled the empty boat trailer, so I wasn't in the least bit interested. I knew there would be no shopping stops along the way. :lol:

12-29-2011, 11:37 AM
Good morning, ladies! A cold 36 degrees this morning. I'm afraid winter has found us.

I start back to work at my regular job on Tuesday and with Jackson Hewitt on Wednesday. Tax season is here! I got my hair trimmed yesterday. I'm letting it grow out to a bob. Miss Clairol and I have a date for today. I do wish my hair would turn white. My printer ran out of ink yesterday so I had to venture to Walmart for a refill. It wasn't too bad at all but I didn't see any bargains except for Christmas decorations.

Faye, I hope Jack's back doesn't give him a lot of grieve and that you are feeling better today. I'm glad Marty came through his surgery in good shape. Housework will wait for you.

Jean, are you admiring Bob's new old tractor? I'd not like to pull a 5th wheel trailer either.

Maggie, its too bad you can't get together with your family more often. Will you be able to when you move to Texas?

I'm going to try to do some machine applique today. Haven't tried the sewing machine yet so it may be an adventure.

12-29-2011, 12:47 PM
Good morning to you ladies. Just a quick note as I am still battling this cold and coughing so much my ribs muscles hurt now so all I feel like doing is sitting very still! :lol:

As I said in my email, run your virus scan as Kelly called and said my email sent out a mass email that had a virus attached. I don't know what is going on with that as I have a malware and a good virus program and neither is showing a virus and them both do a daily scan during the night, but there is a virus in the email so be sure do dump the "do you recognize me?" email.

Hope everyone is ready for the new year to begin with new goals and new things to attain. My one big goal is to get in more exercise someway even with the muscle cramping. I know I need it and have to have it so will start with chair stuff and work my up I guess.

I am going to get in the recliner and rest. Have a good Thursday ladies! Faye

12-29-2011, 01:49 PM

It is going to be warmer this week than last. The temps today are ranging between 48 and 31 degrees. We have one day, Saturday, that we are actually said to get to 55. Maybe the snow will melt before we get another batch. :p

Paul brought a picture of his little girl and she is cute as a button. She was all dressed up in a darling dress with a big flower on the side of her head to match. He said his wife has many outfits for her. I can see it now ~ that child will be a fashion plate. What fun to dress a little girl. His wife works at Dillards and she can get the clothing at her discount.

The pot of beans turned out so yummy last evening. Left overs are on the docket for this evenings meal. :cool: I don't have to do any meal planning when we have such good lefr-overs. Time to restock up on fruits and veggies though. I do have some in the freezer but want some fresh. I am going to bake a box of Krustaez muffins today though. They are 2 points+ and so good with a boiled egg & some fruit for breakfast. They make a good FF cornbread mix also which I think I will bake up a box to eat with the beans tonight. I sprits my piece with butter like spray and it tastes great.:o As you see I am in the baking mood this day. I can mix both batches up and bake them at the same time using my 12 muffin pan. Or use my 6 muffin pan for the cran-orange muffins and an 8" square pan for the corn bread and bake them at the same time. Life is full of choices isn't it.

DONNA FAYE Hopefully you can get back to exact and shake that ole cold soon. There are several good exercises you can do while sitting that will benefit you. I sit for some of mine that I do. Watch your posture while you are doing them so they benefit you the most. :soap: My AVG virus protection did let me know that mailing you sent had a virus so I dumped it. I am surprised your protection didn't catch it.

JEAN Fifth wheels really aren't that hard to pull. Easier, in fact, than straight pull. And that's the truth. I hope Bob is happy with his new toy. What, no stopping for shopping ~ he's no fun. :D A lady just has to shop.

SUSAN The pork chop recipe I made out of that cookbook was really delicious. A definite do again. Will gave it a 4 and a half stars out of 5. Next I would really like to try the recipe on page 74, Greek Beef & Mushroom Pizza. It looks so yummy in the picture and uses whole wheat pizza crust. AH, so you have to go back to work soon. Take it nice and easy to re-aquait yourself to those hours. It will certainly be closer to my relatives when we move to Texas and we will be able to make more trips to visit them I do believe. Since Will will be retired we will have the time to do so also. I would love to be able to spend some more time at that cabin. I could just live there. Now there's a thought. But we are so tired of shoveling snow.

Everyone have a lovely afternoon. I am off to bake some muffins. :wave: Type at y'all later.

12-29-2011, 04:31 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! It's not as warm as yesterday, but still feels like a spring day in my corner of the world. There is NO wind which is most welcome. I helped count money this morning and then did my posting. There was very little loose change because of no coffee time and no Sunday School, lots of big checks, and LOTS of one dollar bills wadded up in balls and rolls so they won't lay flat when I try to count them. All in all it was a $25,000+ weekend. :cp: Then I stayed and put member name labels on the giving envelope boxes. Tomorrow the January newsletter goes out so I will go back and help with that. I've picked up the clutter and am debating about starting to undecorate. I like to get everything in one spot close to the tree first and then go from there.

Susan -- You are colder today than I am! ;) I don't envy you going back to both jobs at once. You will be tired come bedtime! I haven't seen the new tractor yet. I must admit they all pretty much look alike to me unless they don't have a cab or have dual wheels. :o I hope your foot was ok when you tried to sew.

"Gma" -- I hope your cold is better soon! :crossed: Many years ago when I was first teaching, I had a cold where I just coughed nonstop. I finally went to the doctor and I had walking pneumonia. I was so sore and still remember that. Neither one of your emails had "do you recognize me" on the subject line. One was blank in fact. I ran my virus scan and it didn't show any, but I didn't open either email either. I hope you were able to get some rest in the recliner. :yes:

Maggie -- Muffins sound good today. :T I must say I'm tired of all the sweet junk even though I sent most of it home with the kids. It really is time to get back to the basic "good for us" eating. :yes:

I need to keep working on my laundry pile. The ironing has quaddrupled (?) in the last few days. I hope you all are enjoying a terrific Thursday! :wave:

12-30-2011, 10:56 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! The sun is shining brightly after .40" of rain last evening. I keep wondering when winter will really settle in, but I'm enjoying each "warm" day until then. I'm waiting for a call from the church office to go in and help with the monthly newsletter.

The dishwasher should be done and ready to unload, then there is more laundry to do. I have odds 'n ends of Christmas items rounded up on the couch to be put away, along with the tree, over the weekend. It doesn't seem like Friday since I counted money yesterday at church. I hope you all have a fantastic day! :wave:

12-30-2011, 06:38 PM

Please go to thread #58 for this one is now closed.:D