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12-30-2011, 06:46 PM

Not much happening here this day. All is pretty quiet. Our dinner will be ribs that the champain BBQ man brought to town this day. I'll make a big green salad to go with it. I am still chuckling from watching that video about that group that did the Hallelujah Chorus. How creative that person is that thought that up to do it that way and the kids that performed it have my admiration. We did that song when I was in school and in the Acappella chorus but we sang it the traditional way. This is a hoot. I sent it to you Magnolias so be sure to crank your sound up.

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

12-31-2011, 11:46 AM

:newyear: my Magnolias friends. Time sure flys when you are having fun and here it is New Years Eve already. Time to tell this old year good bye and start a fresh one tomorrow. I am getting my ducks in a row and cranking up to have a good weight loss year. What say ya'all? Are we in this together? Pick me up when I stumble or fall along the way and I will do the same for you. None of us will be blue and all alone in this endeavor to persevere.

Today we will be having smoked ribs, salad and baked potatoes. Tormorrow we are planning on going out to Applebees for lunch after morning church where I can order WW off the menu and stay on program. :p

The weather forecast says we will be having winds this day. In fact it is a "high wind warning" until 8pm. My most un-favorite weather. It does sweep the town clean though and makes me wonder where it sweeps it to exactly. Batten down the hatches and secure what you want to keep when the winds kick up.

All you Magnolias have a wonderful New Years Eve. :wave:

12-31-2011, 12:54 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! The sun is shining and the wind is blowing, as usual. We're in a wind advisory until tomorrow night so I imagine it will pick up as the day goes along. We're also in a winter weather advisory for late this afternoon until midnight; rain turning to snow and limited visibility because of the wind. Maybe winter has finally decided to appear. We've had a lot of squirrels on the deck this morning so maybe they know the weather is going to change. I was going to make chili this morning but have no beans so nixed that idea. I should go to the store for a few things. Bob is off doing his Saturday morning routine of coffee with the farmers, a stop at the office, and whatever else pops up in the meantime.

We have no plans for tonight. Will probably fall asleep in front of the tv before midnight, which has been the norm for the last few years. We used to play cards years ago but we are the only ones still alive, or in town!

Maggie -- Were you feeling a big lonely here by yourself? :lol: You are up early this morning! It sounds like you will have the same wind blowing as we do. I am determined to lose some pounds before the end of January when we leave for Maui. I know I have put a few on in December. :o I have to make myself write down what I eat and get the dreadmill going again. :yes:

"Gma," Susan, and Gail -- I hope we see you all today! :woohoo:

I'm thinking I will undecorate the tree today too. I understand, now, why some older people don't put up a big tree! I need to get busy on laundry and do some ironing. Bob needs shirts for work next week and a white dress shirt for church tomorrow. Enjoy the last day of 2011, and get ready to enjoy the ride in 2012! :wave: :newyear:

12-31-2011, 12:58 PM
Good morning Magnolias! I am on the mend, but today is going to be a day of getting rid of the ick so my ribs area is still sore, but I am feeling much better than I was. Part of the reason is not sleeping because of coughing all night so I feel exhausted the next day. I did sleep, but didn't get to sleep until after midnight and got up with Jack at 6 AM as he went to Firestone to have the brake pads changed out, etc. One more maintenance, the coolant flush and fill done next month then we have all our regular maintenance done for awhile, just an oil change here or there. This sets us up for our vacation traveling too.

Jean: Kelly called me and said I had another virus as I had a mass email sent out exactly like the other one I had. I ran a virus scan and a malware scan and neither had a virus or malware show up, but I went to Jack's email and there was an email from me so I knew that everyone had gotten the darn thing. Maggie said hers showed a virus so I am glad yours didn't. One more time of this happening and I am changing my whole email address. I know it is hard to control when you use your email address a lot for paying bills, shopping and the like, but since I don't know what generated the darn mass email in the first place, in other what link or website I opened that sent it to my own email, I won't know if I will accidently go to the same link or whatever again. I use a lot of free patterns and you can have something hang on to them, though I usually use a central site. Thank you for the card, it was really cute. You posted while I was posting so I decided to come back and talk a bit more. We aren't doing anything either. I will probably knit and watch tv, but I don't like the countdown shows so will probably watch HGTV or the cooking channel. :lol: If we lived close by we would love to come over and play cards for the evening. I miss doing that with my family and friends too!

Maggie: I used to dress Kelly is some of the cutest stuff, but I just didn't have the kind of money to buy at the big department stores. She had this really long straight blond hair and was such a cutey. I once bought her these lavender seersucker overalls that had this white tshirt that had little violets on them and I used to make ribbon barretts for her hair and I would braid one braid down the side of her hair. I have such a cute picture of her at one of the amusement parks with the outfit on. She was about 4. I miss not having a granddaughter to knit some of the cute girly stuff. My mil used to make her stuff too. She made her this beautiful coat and hat that she crocheted and she used to make her clothes, purses all kinds of stuff. Boys just aren't as fun. I guess that's why I make them funky socks.

Susan: Our tax refund is going to pay for our cruise and most of the cruise expensives plus a couple other things we want to do so that is nice. A lot of people say you shouldn't "let the government use your money," but for us, it is like having a savings account we can't dip into without the interest added on. We can always count on a big chunk of money every year to spend on a vacation or home updates, etc and not spend it or dip into it throughout the year so it works for us. How are you coming along??? I wish my hair would turn white. It is still that ugly steel gray, not attractive at all. Even if it was that lovely silver color I would be ok with it, but it started out that way, but it is the uglier color at the moment so until it comes out the lighter color, I will continue to color it. I would love to be able to grow out my hair and get one of those wedge type bobs, but my hair is way too thin to try and grow it out and wear it that way so I have to keep it cut short or it looks stringy.

Well girls, I am going to sit and knit then work some on the house and fold clothes. Tomorrow I want to finish cleaning the house, Monday Fortune goes to the groomer and we will shampoo the other downstairs rug, then starting Tuesday it is back to upstairs cleaning for the week.

My plan for the new year is to lose at least 90 lbs but hopefully more like 125 to go on vacation, work on getting back to a walking plan even trying to work through the muscle cramps in the lower abdomen, fixing my female problem one way or another so I have a better quality of life all the way around and teach myself intarsia knitting or another advanced knitting technique now that I have mastered fair isle.

Have a grand weekend and wishing you a wonderful new year that is the best ever for you and your family!!! Faye

12-31-2011, 11:23 PM
"Gma" -- I was glad to see your post tonight. I do hope your cold is gone soon. I've had a catnap in front of the tv this evening. Bob is in the recliner where I usually sit and Ernie kept giving him dirty looks. :lol: My lap must not feel the same when I sit in the love seat. I hope you got a nap in today so you can catch up on your sleep. I didn't get any virus emails from you this time. :cheer: I would like to lose 10#s in January; it's doable but I will need to stay MAJOR focused. The tree is undecorated tonight but still standing; it has the lights on it so Bob will take it apart tomorrow and put it away for another year. Ernie is going to miss it as he has spent a lot of time underneath. I think he thinks no one can see him under there. I have some towels to fold and then think I will watch the news. I doubt I see midnight tonight. :yawn:

01-01-2012, 11:08 AM
:newyear::elf:Good morning, ladies! We're headed for 64 degrees today so I'm going for a walk. It may not be long but it will be a start.

I'm sending you:dust: for this year so we eat and exercise properly to attain our weight loss goals.

Nothing interesting happening around here. I'll be glad to go back to work this week. We were swamped at WW yesterday with people wanting to be ready to start today. The next month will be super busy with long lines. I think the 3 weeks of power start are helping. People seem more willing to share in that group than the regular meeting.

Faye, I hope you are feeling better today and soon back to your old self. How's Jack's back?

Jean, I was in bed and asleep by 11 last night. I did wake up at midnight because there were a lot of guns being shot and fireworks in the neighborhood.

Maggie, you've set a very doeable goal for this year. I know you'll reach it with time to spare.

Gail, I hope you can post once in awhile again.

Have a wonderful day!

01-01-2012, 05:29 PM

It is a chilly day here in the Heartland with a lite wind blowing. I am sipping a wonderful sf ff vanilla latte while typing and enjoying every swallow. We had a good church service than went out to Applebees for lunch and I chose from the WW offerings and had a yummy grilled chicken dish with the slaw and rice they serve with it. My actual week starts tomorrow but I needed to get in gear on the first day of the month. :p I placed an order on line for a set of the latest companion books, couple points+ calculators and a box of the newest flavor of smoothies ~ Creme Brulee. The calculators are on sale so I got two for the price of one. I like to keep one in the kitchen and one in my office. Those items and the digital pocket scale are my new acquisitions for this years start of the rest of my life.:p

SUSAN You are getting a good start to this new year! Our wind has such a bite to it I am walking inside making my loops. :p I imagine all WW places will be swamped this next week for sure. That is the nature of it for there are so many that make a good start and then that is all. I placed my order on line for what I wanted because I could get two of the calculators there ~ where they only are letting the folks by one right now so as not to run out at the local places.:p Makes sense to me.

JEAN Be sure and let us know how it goes with losing 10#s this month. I am shooting for 5# since there are 5 mondays which are my weigh days. That is cute that Ernie likes to hide under the tree. Cecil likes to sit in the pot that holds the tree that our lights are on and peek around.

DONNA FAYE I imagine you are much improved this day. At least I hope you are. I wish you well on your goal to lose before vacation. We must all stick together in this effort to lose this year.:carrot:

All Magnolias please have a great day. :wave: Type at y'all later.

01-01-2012, 06:39 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! The wind is blowing like crazy, but no snow so am counting that as a blessing! We had 90+ people in church this morning which was more than I expected. No one looked like they partied last night. ;) I've been packing away the Christmas decorations for another year. I have a complete set of a Hallmark series ornament, dating from the first one in 1980, and I'm hoping I can talk either Jason or Beth to list them on Ebay.

Susan -- Thank you for the :dust: as I need all the help I can get! :yay: I gave up and turned the light off about 11 last night also. I figured it was midnight "somewhere." Congrats on your walk today! Any walk is a good way to get started again!

Maggie -- Ernie is on the naughty list today! I had left decorations and ornaments on the coffee table waiting to be packed away today after church. He didn't pay any attention to them as I placed them there yesterday, but when we got home from church there was a paper folded star in the middle of the floor with chew marks on the points! It was made by a friend and very intricate with 8 points on it, dipped in wax, and a fancy gold thread and bow to hang on the tree. I was so mad at him! :hyper: He knew he was in trouble as soon as I yelled at him, and he slinked off to the basement. It sounds like you are all set for a good WW OP month to welcome the new year! :yes:

Well, I just brought laundry upstairs and thought I would check in. My Christmas boxes need to be finished and taken to the basement so I'm going to do that next. May 2012 be a great year for all of you! :newyear:

01-01-2012, 07:43 PM

Just got back from a nice drive once again.

SUSAN We went by Wal*Mart and Will went in for something and I asked him to check on that WW One Pot cookbook. Yep they had it and it was only $17.95 and not the $29.99 it sells for elsewhere. So I am now a happy owner of it. Have you gotten it yet? Will told me about another book that was for points+ published in 2011 called WW New Complete Cookbook and had checked if I already had it. He went back and bought it for me also. The one I had is the Momentum program edition.

JEAN Looks like your cat picked out and decided to play with something you really cherished. But isn't that the way of it. That is quite a collection of those ornaments Hallmark you have. You should be able to sell them on e-bay easily I would think.

Everyone have a lovely evening. I am going to be having fun going through this new cook book. :wave:

01-02-2012, 10:17 AM
Good morning to you all. I am still on the mend with this cold as it hit me really hard and really zapped my strength. I have gained several lbs just sitting and Jack doing what he could with regards to feeding us. I would break out into coughing fits just walking around or standing, but feeling about 90% better today though still having some coughing up of stuff so I think I should be all over it in a day or so, thank goodness.

I am tackling the downstairs this morning, doing a little at a time and stopping when I start coughing and resting for a bit then going at it again. I just can't stand the house being dirty, ick! Jack is going to vacuum, clean the ceiling fans and vents for me today so I don't have to deal with those chores.

Maggie: Sounds like you are certainly recipe ready for this year. I know you can make great progress, you just have to keep at it.

Susan: Jack's back is still sore, but not debillitating. Thanks for the dust, I am going to need it sometimes and sometimes not so much! :lol: I have 11days until the gyn appt and I can get this thing scheduled and get it done so maybe my hormones will then even out and such. I sure hope so. I hope you are doing well with you foot and such.

Jean: Oooh, I can imagine being mad at Ernie too. I have some cute things my kids made that I would hate to have damaged. We just do not have the room right now to put up a tree, but someday I will have this condo the way I want it. I told Jack we are taking the cruise this year, wow, did I say it was THIS year, woohoo! :lol: Then next year we are going to take probably one last Vegas trip then we are going to start tackling the downstairs, painting, stripping and painting cabinets, clean out the house of stuff we want to get rid of and such so before he retires we can at least get the floors in downstairs. After a lot of going back and forth, talking to people and such and watching a lot of HGTV diy shows, we have decided to go with bamboo flooring throughout the downstairs except the bathroom. I found a lovely color at lumber liquidators I like so we are deciding on kitchen cabinet paint colors, back splash (we are going to put those little glass tiles across the whole back of the sink side and stove side I think) and countertops, which we will probably go with a laminate because granite is so expensive. We have a great plan for the dining room to turn it into a pantry and storage including a small area of shelves and baskets for my knitting supplies and yarn, which will be great. The dining room, which is actually a living room is big, about 22 x 14 or so and will make a great pantry and storage with shelves and we are hoping to put some kind of ready made center island with drawers and stuff for storage too. Lots of plans, but lots of money too! :lol: . We are going to do the painting, backsplash, and stuff like that ourselves, but the flooring a professional will do along with retiling the bathroom floor and a plumber putting in new toilets because jack doesn't think he can do it alone nor does he want to.

Well enough blabbing from me. I need to get on to the next job in my list. Have a great day all. Let's make this the best weight loss year for us ever! I think everyone but myself might even be able to be at goal by the end of the year working hard. Faye

01-02-2012, 12:13 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! It's a sunny morning with the wind still blowing and cold at 16 degrees. It "feels" like -1 according to the weatherman. :brr: We've been spoiled with our mild termperatures. The sun is setting a minute later again today, :cheer: but still comes up at the same time. I stayed up late reading last night and woke up at my usual time. :yawn: I feel like a nap, and I haven't done anything except read the paper, drink coffee, and get dressed.

"Gma" -- I'm glad to see you today! :cp: I do hope your cold is GONE soon! You have suffered too long. :yes: It sounds like you have your house plans well thought out. Every once in awhile Bob will mention adding on again and I just get :crazy: thinking about the mess. He'd really like to be on the lake but the way our lots are laid out, we do have a view between the two houses across the street. I really think we would miss the lake if we moved anywhere else in town. I would like my laundry room on the main floor along with a bedroom and bathroom, but not enough to go through the construction at this point in my life. We'll see though.

I do need to do some laundry and work on the ironing pile today. I think I will get Bob to help me move furniture since Christmas is over. Enjoy your day and whatever it is you are doing or have done. :wave:

01-02-2012, 12:57 PM

It is a nice sun shiney day here in the Heartland with the temps 23 - 40 this winter day. I am a happy camper for I showed a loss of 2 pounds this morning at the scale. It put a smile on my face, yes it did. I am going to make a pot of Chili Verde this day. On my shopping list I thought I had put down pork tenderloin but must have written pork roast for that is what Will brought home. So I shall change my plan this day and do the Chili Verde insteand of the Pork Medallions. We wanted to make a driving trip to the town where we buy our jerky but there is no answer to his phone so we won't be going there this day. Must be closed. So much for that get-a-way. I think if we don't go any where I will plan my menu for the week. I have got to get back into the nice habit of writing what I bite now that I have made my mind up to give this weight loss thing a good run this year one week at a time. I need to locate my tape measure so I can record my measurements this day. I have my mesurements when I first started and every 20 pounds lost. It has only been 10 pounds since my last measure day but since this is a new year I will make meausrements this day. Measurements will go on my chart officially when I have lost another 8 pounds. The measurements I take today will be for this year. :p I will measure after every 10 pounds lost this year which will help me keep my FOCUS. Helps me know "me" is shrinking. My clothes just get looser but I like them loose. :p Life is good.

DONNA FAYE I am so happy for you that you are feeling better. Good idea you have to rest between energy spurts to clean. I like your plans to remodel your place. Great idea to use your dining room that way. We owned a house one time that had been remodeled and the kitchen had been expanded out 10 feet. They had left the old cupboards along one back wall but had louvered doors in front of them so they could be used for storage. They ran the whole length of the wall and it was a great set up. An island was in the kitchen closer to the "new" area. I loved that house. We had two lots and one was a veggie garden. Since the house was two storey the upstairs master bedroom was also expanded 10 feet. The bathroom was a dream. Yes, I like your idea of remodeling your place. Lots of work but oh so worth it.

JEAN Now is the time for you to do that remodeling because one day you may have difficulty doing stairs and wish you had your washer and dryer on the same level as your living area. Just a thought and thinking years and years ahead. :D If this was our house I would find a place up here to have the washer and dryer for sure.

Have a wonderful day Magnolias. We are all having a concerted effort to tighten down our programs and be losers. Be a loser. :wave:

01-02-2012, 07:41 PM
I'm sitting here waiting for a new hidden object game to download and thought I would just blab at you a bit. Jack has been watching bowl games all afternoon and evening, which is a total bore to me and though I have been reading a new Rizzoli and Isles novel, I decided to put it down for a bit and play a game.

I saw on the online news for Memphis we had 147 homicides this year. How absolutely disgusting.

I am thinking about buying some yarn from knit picks and do another sweater for Fortune. This Bernat yarn just isn't really sturdy and has snagged a couple times and gets out of shape pretty quickly. The one I made Marty was a sturdier yarn. I am really zipping along on my wrap though. I have about half of it done so it won't be long as it knits up fast. I will then go back to my green sweater and finish it up then start on another one.

Jean: The condo is a real mess, but right now we just have to deal with it. It has a lot of original stuff that is now falling apart and needs to be replaced. Jack is just not a handy man though he can do some things like replace faucets and such. So we have to have a big chunk of money to do things that are more expensive. My younger sister's dd has a husband that I think can do anything. He has tiled her house, replaced her toilets, remodeled and landscaped her whole back yard, and put in a tankless water heater. It would be nice to have a handy man husband, but mine just isn't. :lol:

Maggie: It is cold and windy here today too. I let Fortune out just a bit ago and the wind whipping the bush and a couple other things scared him to death and he came running back into the house! :lol: I think they said about 30 mph is what the wind was gusting.

Well gals, looks like my game is finished. Talk to you tomorrow. Faye

01-03-2012, 12:54 AM
Maggie -- :congrat: on losing 2#s during the holidays! :cp: That is a fete for sure! I made chili yesterday and we ate it again today. Mine is pretty mild compared to some. I'd really like my washer and dryer upstairs where the bedrooms are. The only way that will happen is if we'd put them in our bedroom. The wind has died down tonight but it's cold at 9 degrees. I guess old man winter is serious this time.

"Gma" -- Now, how did you get the same post in two colors? :?: Bob is handy to some extent but to tackle a major reconstruction, not so much. He overhauled his tractor by downloading the manual and remembering what he learned as a kid hanging around the mechanics at the garage. :yes: He helped Jason's father-in-law with sheet rock and laying a laminate floor when Jason finished his basement after they moved to Sioux Falls. My dad taught him how to do electrical and plumbing stuff, so I guess he is pretty handy after all. ;)

I have to be at church early tomorrow so think I will head to bed. I'm just about finished with a Nora Roberts book and then call it a night. See you all tomorrow! :wave:

01-03-2012, 12:42 PM
Good morning ladies. It is very cold :brr: here this morning around 23 degrees. Jack started to go off to work in a lined wind breaker type jacket and a baseball cap, stepped out and back in and went and exchanged it for his heavy down coat and took gloves and a stocking cap along. :lol: It is supposed to be chilly all day, but warm back into the 50's tomorrow.

I was going to go upstairs and tackle upstairs, but the dog kept me up most of the night and so I slept in and have things down here to do too, so will start on it tomorrow. I am at least getting laundry done including the sheets today and my daily chores.

Man, I hate to miss breakfast, but I slept right through it so will just eat a good lunch.

Maggie: Congrats on the 2 lb loss that is terrific. I know you have to be pleased especially with holiday stuff and all. We just don't have room to have a big gathering of any kind here, in fact the last time we had both of the kids and their families for dinner, we had to bring our little folding table out from under our bed upstairs so we could eat then didn't have enough chairs. It was kind of silly looking as I had just had surgery so I was in the recliner with a tray table and couldn't even eat with them. So, we decided it would be a great place to give us some storage. Along the only solid wall we are going to have cabinets like kitchen cabinets if we can swing them, if not, we will buy a boxed set up and put up shelving for a regular food pantry and around the corner where the short space is, put shelving for small appliances and across the door from that more shelving and in that corner shelving with baskets for my knitting supplies and yarn. I have always wanted enough space to be able to put a basket for new yarn labeled by weight and another basket for scrap yarn by weight. That way anytime I wanted to knit something I would know automatically what weight yarn I had left. I have this thing I bought where you can wind the yarn around it to find its weight, but it would be easier for me to have something easy to just grab leftover yarn to use up. We would also like to put shelving to put our china. I have two full sets that will eventually go to Jay and Kelly, but I still have it and one set which is my great grandmother's and grandmother's is a beautiful creamy white bone china set. It is so delicate and has these little coffee cups and saucers and even the tiny little tea bag plates that look like plates little girls play with. It has tureens and all kinds of stuff and both sets are identical. My other set is one which my husband's grandma bought us and it is white and silver and very pretty too. Anyway, lots of plans so hope the money will hold out! :lol: We are having boneless pork loin chops and cauliflower and corn bread dressing. Jack likes the stove top stuff and I make it without the butter to lower fat and points. I am not such a big fan, but he likes it so that is what we are going to have. I am still a bit under the weather as this cold is still not gone completely, but all I can do is just keep getting the stuff up and out I guess. It is much better than it was.

Jean: I posted and it came out black so I went back in and fixed it and for some reason it posted the colored one and the black one. I have been having a devil of a time with the site. It will start to open then sort of "stick" and I get a webpage error on each step as I go along to open the thread. It hasn't done it in a couple days, but it was doing it all the time for some reason. I just finished a Rizzoli and Isles book at 3 am this morning and it was terrific. That Tess Gerritsen can write a book, that's for sure. I just wished the library had the series in order. I have read 6,7,8,9, then 2, then 5. I am missing the others and any later than 9 as the library online doesn't have them. Jack could put in laminate floors or probably even tile, but his knees at this stage wouldn't allow it, nor would mine to help him out. Stuff like changing out the faucets he does ok though sometimes it takes him awhile, but fixing leaks like we have with our tub, changing out toilets, and stuff, no. He can do some carpentry as his dad was a master carpenter, but he hates it and the one time he made this cute desk and chair for his dd when she was little for Christmas, he sliced his arm with a sander and had to have stitches. :o Since he is an electronics technician, he knows some electrical of course, but would never tackle anything involved because of legal aspects and would do something like put in a hot water heater or something like that either, so we plan on doing the wall painting and cabinet stripping and painting, the back splash in the kitchen as we are going to use those beautiful tiny glass tiles that come in sheets and are pretty easy to use, and put up the kit stuff in the dining room and upstairs new closet as Ikea has some great stuff and there is an Ikea in Nashville. This is all going to be about 3 years down the road though and then we will work on it as we have money. I am not going to go into debt to do this as I am trying to pay off everything so we aren't struggling in our SS years like some other people do. When Jack retires, that will be it, no more working and so it will be his city pension, Navy pension and SS that will be our money.

Gals I am going to get out of here and put my sheets in the dryer and decide on lunch for today. You all have a great day and great week and stay OP this week. We want to meet our challenges for the year! Faye

01-03-2012, 01:08 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! I've been to church; there wasn't much money to count so I did some pitching and sorting of catalogs before leaving. I'll go back when the secretary has run the yearly giving statements, and get them in the mail. I stopped to pick up the gift shop money so that's my next project for the day. I'm debating about tanning -- don't like to go but don't want a Maui sunburn either. :no:

"Gma" -- You are BRIGHT this morning! :lol: I'll bet it did feel cold to Jack this morning! It's good he had warmer clothes to change into. The challenge is to stay OP today . . . one minute at a time! For some reason I am HUNGRY, HUNGRY, HUNGRY this morning! I'm ready for lunch and that won't be for at least another hour. :( Bob says he's heard the rumor that when one retires the paychecks stop; he isn't sure he's ready for that quite yet. :dunno:

I came upstairs to get my gift shop book and laptop so I'm off to count money and hope it comes out right! Enjoy the rest of your day! :wave:

01-03-2012, 01:45 PM

It is a sunny still day today in the Heartland. The temps are said to be between 53 and 24 and it is currently 32. I stayed OP on my first day back to really keeping my FOCUS and plan on this day being the same. It is nice that my resolve has not yet worn thin. But this is only the second day. I have this nice little booklet from the Better Homes & Gardens folks which is 101 Sneaky Weight Loss Secrets. It has slimming tips for home, office and gym. It has a bunch of good tips in it. Each paragraph is a new tip which are sensible and the WW kind. I also have the little WW booklet called Shot in the Arm which is choc full of a daily dose of motivation for my weight-loss journey by Sharon Lee Riguzzi. Some of you may have that booklet for it was given out at WW meetings years back ~ 2007 I do believe. But all that is in it is still worthy nowdays. I will re-visit it and gain inspiration when I am feeling down. :p As you can tell I am gathering up my arsenal for when I will need a boost. Remember "a setback is only a set up for a comeback." Since that ittle pocket scale was mentioned in the WW Magazine, on page 10, as having the Editors stamp of approval ~ there was a run on them ~ and I got a notice that they were out of them and mine will be delivered in 2 to 3 weeks for they have a new shipment coming. If I choose I could have my money back but I will wait for the scale for I do want it. :o Gadgets are good if you have a use for them and do use them ~ then they aren't gadgets anymore but useful tools.

DONNA FAYEI love your plans to re-model. Wish we lived closer to you because both Will and I have done re-modeling and would lend you a hand and save you some money. But, alas it is not to be for we will probably be in Texas by the time you do get to doing your work inside your place.

JEAN :nono: I would not like having a washer and dryer in my bedroom either. We could have turned one of the three bedrooms upstairs here into a laundry one but I wanted an office and Will needed an office and of course we needed a bedroom to sleep in. So the washer and dryer live in the wash room which is downstiars. My Chili Verde turned out good last evening. I think we will be having a re-run of it tonight. I boiled up some eggs last evening and stuck them in the fridge. They are sure nice to have ready the next morning. They go really good with some grapefruit sections and toast. We get the red grapefruit that is already all pealed and sectioned in a jar. I can get as many sections out as I want. Sometimes just 3 or 4 are good. Will doesn't eat grapefruit so a jar of it lasts me awhile. :p I think that was just a rumor that Bob heard that the pay check stops when one retires. Of course some places have spent that SS money elsewhere and don't have it to give to the retired folks. I am sure glad my retirement is considered "safety retirement" and they don't mess with it and it comes regularly like clock work. Deposited directly in our bank each month. My raises aren't that great but at least I get one each year.:D I don't get SS so maybe that is why. SS is broke and I would hate to be retired under that system for who knows what is going to happen with it. It was never ment to be a persons sole source of income when it was first instituted anyway. However, that is all some folks have and the rug doesn't need to be jerked out from under them now does it. I am glad that my mother isn't under the SS system either. She is well cared for with what my father had set up for retirement. There are other paths folks can take other than depending on SS as their retirement if they had just had a plan when they were younger in the work force.:soap:

Magnolias, have a lovely afternoon :wave: Being OP is the operative word. And remember ~ "A setback is only a setup for a comeback." We will all have some setbacks along this road to thin and need to be prepared to come back.

01-03-2012, 06:15 PM
Maggie -- Our sunshine has disappeared underneath the cloud cover. It's still COLD outside because of the wind. I finally turned the fireplace on to send some warm air upstairs. It sounds like you are OP focused and that is good. I'm still HUNGRY! I'm sure it's a mind set because I have lots I could be doing and don't feel like doing any of it. :o We both like grapefruit but because of warnings on our meds don't eat it any more. I've never tried it in a jar. Between my school retirement and SS, I make as much as I did when I was working. I do know of people who don't save along the way and then are really in the world of hurt when they retire. Bob has a tremendous company matching his savings contribution program. We will have our remodeling project paid for in a couple months so will be debt free which will be a great feeling. :cb: You will have to share the bits of weight loss wisdom from your booklets. :yes:

01-04-2012, 12:06 PM
Good morning to you all! Another rough night so slept in after Jack went to work. It wasn't Fortune but the female stuff this time. Sure will be glad to get it cleared up and won't miss it! :lol:

I just had my cereal, which is kind of late, but oh well. We are having my version of chicken fried steak for dinner, which isn't heavy breading or deep fried, etc so is a whole lot more WW friendly. I also use sirloin so the meat pts are lower than using a fattier cut. Jack will have mashed potatos and gravy, but I am going to stick to just veggies tonight. I want to get the darn weight off I gained while being sick. Though it wasn't a huge amount, I really have to be at a "walking" weight before the cruise so have to stick to a program very closely, besides what the benefit from that will be.

Jean: Everytime this female stuff rears its ugly head I feel like I am famished all the time. I have had to white knuckle it a couple days lately because I was really hungry but knew I didn't want to spend any extra pts. I forgot you leave next month for sunny Hawaii. Where are you guys going to fly out of and make connections this year??? We are going to Atlanta for a long weekend in February. We were going to go to Nashville, but the Opry Mills is closed until the end of March for remodeling. I guess it was a good thing I looked at their website yesterday or I would have never known and we would have driven over and no shopping!!! So, we decided to go to Atlanta, which is about 6-7 hours away, but that's ok. Our last trip there didn't turn out well. We were going to the CUBS game and Jack was allergy sick bad the whole time. We are going to stay in a lovely suite hotel where I got a nice fat senior discount and it has an indoor and outdoor pool so I can go swimming to get some exercise and a big mall just 2 miles away. We are going to start getting some of the cruise clothing we want. I am mostly going to get tops and maybe a pair of walking shoes of some kind but then again, who knows??? Thank goodness Jack's city pension is fully funded and hawk eyed so no one can rip it off like you have seen with private corporations and of course, the Navy one will keep coming as long as he is alive.

Maggie: Jack and I can't have grapefruit either, which is a bummer as I like it a lot. One of these days I am hoping bp meds aren't even something I take anymore, but I am thankful they have been developed, that's for sure. I guess I count myself lucky that I don't have anything else like diabetes or something. This female thing I will get fixed and that will be that so it is an inconvenience shall we say. So many folks have such chronic illness and disease. Even my knee is something I can deal with. My dr and the one before this one are so funny because they both said what a cooperative patient I am. That I face things with what they are and do what we discuss. Well, I figure it is stupid to do to the dr if you don't do what they suggest or that you agree upon and if you don't like your dr then be strong enough to change to another one so that you will deal with your health issues. Talking about the resolve of weight loss, I love the new Jennifer Hudson commercials for weight loss where she sings I believe and then people show their weight losses on WW. Believing you can do it is half the battle IMO.

Well, I don't think this is getting much accomplished this morning. I hope you have a grand day today! Faye

01-04-2012, 01:51 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! The sun is shining brightly with a slight breeze, but it feels a whole lot warmer today. The thermomter says it is 32 with a high of 45 this afternoon. I went to tan only to find out the "joint" is only open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 - 4. :hyper: The lady who runs it also runs the office for a furnace business in the same place. She's a customer of Bob's and some time ago told him she had been sick so guess that's why she isn't open every day. She will miss out on a lot of prom tanners. I'd go somewhere else but have credit for time I didn't use two years ago. Stopped at the grocery store for ingredients to make cheese soup that I had at crafty club before Christmas. :T Next is vacuuming the fur bunnies.

"Gma" -- I'm glad you were able to sleep in this morning. Don't the nights seem twice as long when you can't sleep? :( It's a good thing you were able to find out the Opry Mills is closed so you don't waste a trip there. I hope this trip to Atlanta will be much better than the last one. :yes: We go to Omaha the 30th and fly out the 31st at 6 AM. We usually go to Phoenix and then over. This time we got cheaper tickets so go to Chicago, San Francisco, and then Maui. I just hope our luggage arrives when we do! Coming home we fly into LA, then Dallas, and Omaha. I'm trying to talk Bob into taking a carry-on on the plane so I can pack some extras. We are going to be gone longer and I don't want to do laundry while we're gone, but I may do that anyway. :rolleyes:

Bob should be home for lunch soon . . . left over chili! Enjoy a wonderful Wednesday and be glad you are able to do whatever it is you are doing today! :wave:

01-04-2012, 03:49 PM

I slept in this day and it felt so good. The dogs woke us up very early but I was able to go to back to sleep. The day is sunny and is said to have the temps between 53 and 27 and is currently 52 at this time. Since this is Humpday we usually get dinner from Colonel Cluck and that is a place I don't spend many points. The grilled chicken breast is 4P+ and the mashed potatoes and gravy 3P+ so the whole thing costs me 7P+. I stay away from those 5 P+ biscuits. They are good but not worth the points to me that they are. I can eat some fruit along with the chicken have a good meal. I'm telling you this is the stinkiest cat we have ever had. His butt hutt is in here in my office/crafts room and when he uses it I am driven out. Will bought me the neatest room spray that works and is pleasant. It is "Pure Citrus Orange" which eliminates odors naturally. Now my room smells like fresh cut or squeezed oranges.:p Will has ordered the snaps for leather work so when they get here he can finish up the folder for my 3 month tracker. He is going to put a buffalo head nickle snap closer on it. I have a nice leather notebook that holds 3 1/4 x 6 1/4 paper that has an Indian head nickle on the closer. I bought it way back when I was in my 20's at a shop out in Solvang, CA. I used it in my work and since have used it for several things. Now it has lined paper in it and I use it for my "things to do lists" and such. For lunch I am going to have a boiled egg and some fruit. I am not real hungry and that will be good for me. I'll also have some celery sticks filled with WW cream cheese and in the process I will be having a very low point lunch. That will be leaving me some room to have a DQ sandwich for 5 P+ as a treat this day. They have a fudge bar that is only 1 P+ and is very good also. In my freezer lurks some Schwans treats that are low in points+ also. Life is good. I like having things in my freezer that are OP treats.:cool:

DONNA FAYE I did a check on line to see what BP meds one takes and shouldn't eat grapefruit. I don't take any of those four mentioned. Check things out with your doctor to see if yours is on the list . I am going to ask mine next visit to make sure that things haven't changed for I did check before but new things come out all the time and mine could be on the list now. The on line doc also listed a couple oranges names that fall into the not to eat when you are taking the above mentioned drugs. So it's not just grapefruit but a couple types of oranges also. Won't it be nice to not have to deal with the "female stuff" anymore. That will be one happy day for you for sure.

JEAN Ah the fur bunnies. Will was just in here with the vacuum to clean up my floor. The kitten gets sand on it sometimes and I haven't yet swept in here to day but now I don't have to.:p It is a smart thing to do to get a bit of a tan before you do get out in the sun having fun. If it were me I would opt to have a carry on with at least a change of underwear and my meds in it just in case the baggage is sitting in a place you aren't when you arrive. Well maybe I could just stuff that little bit of stuff in my purse. When we were separated from our baggage once I was so glad I had my meds in my purse. I would have been happier if I had had a change of under-ware in that purse also.:D A person can always find soap and a way to clean up. Because of weather we were forced down and shuttled to a hotel where we were given a nice personal survival kit of sample sizes that contained what a person would need for a night. It was a really nice kit that contained personal products in sample sizes. :D

Type at y'all later :wave: Have a lovely OP day my Magnolia friends.

01-04-2012, 11:59 PM
Maggie -- It isn't our bp meds, it's cholesterol that doesn't agree with grapefruit. Now that I think about it, I don't take that one any more so I could eat grapefruit! :o I always keep my make-up, meds, glasses, toothbrush and paste, as well as my jewelry with me on the plane. We've never lost any luggage but I sure wouldn't trust that not to happen. I read somewhere that we should have an inventory sheet of exactly what is in a checked bag just in case it is lost, but I never have done that. I'm heading off to bed. I thought there would be a half time show to watch in the Orange Bowl game, but it was 2 guys rehashing the game. :mad:

01-05-2012, 08:31 AM
Good morning to you ladies. It is chilly here this morning, but not ferociously cold. Can it be ferociously cold? :lol: Anyway, the furnace hasn't kicked on which is good since my utility bill we just got was sky high again. We keep the temp at 69 unless I am so cold downstairs I just can't stand it then raise it to about 72. Spring, come quickly!! :D

I bought some yarn last night to make Fortune a couple more dog sweaters using the same pattern since I like it but maybe instead of doing the fair isle doing two different colors or something else on it. I like the basic way the sweater is knit together and it fits him perfectly and it is made so he doesn't pee on it when he goes outside. I am going to look around for another pattern to put on it maybe and see if I can incorporate it onto the sweater. I bought a bright orange called tangelo and a light dove gray then this beautiful light creamy yellow with a bright canary yellow.

My daughter posted on facebook her dog was "My dog is being particularly spry and excitable. My son just asked if he was making trouble for the establishment." That boy is a hoot. It is nice to see Marty feeling so much better though. I know he is on a lot of pills right now so maybe one of them is making him anti establishment. :lol:

I am going to work upstairs today and hopefully get some cleaning done. Yesterday I was in a lot of pain, so much so we had subway for dinner because I couldn't stand up and cook. I cannot wait to go to the dr next week and then schedule this thing. I am tired of this big time.

Jean: I have a policy that I actually read all the paperwork that comes with any new med so I know what it interacts with including supplements and such. I watched Dr Oz a couple weeks ago while we were waiting to get the tires changed and it was a show on medications and it was surprising the number of people who didn't know what med fooled with another med and he said it is not only the responsibility of the patient, but the pharmacist to explain drug interactions and food interactions before someone takes away their new drug. I think a lot of people just want to get out fast so they wave away what a pharmacist wants to talk to them about. You used to be able to watch half time shows, but now you have to listen to the blow hards do a play by play of the game and every other one that might be on at the same time. Jack is boycotting the BCS bowl game this year because he says Alabama doesn't deserve to play in it again. Men are so funny, but I do agree with him. Jack hasn't watched a lot of bowl games. I got my tongue twisted last night and ask him if the goal bames were all over with. He looked at me like I had two heads. :lol: He said, no, they keep going until January 9th. I remember when the darn things were played around New Year's day and that was it not 101 bowl games, but then when they changed all of it up, there was a bowl game for everything and they all are corporate sponsored now. Again, it is something a man thought up! :lol: :lol:

Maggie: One of the best places to look for drug info is I have found any drug I am interested in on their site and all the info I need when I don't have access to the pharmacy or whatever. Since we get mail order drugs, we get about 4 pages of info everytime we reorder to tell us all the interactions and whatnot. I find that what Fortune is eating has a lot to do with the smell. When he was on canned dog food he would let gas and practically kill us. :lol: I buy the big cans of the La Choy Chow Mein and warm it up without the rice or the little "sticks" you can eat under it. A whole can of the stuff, a whole can, is only 3 pts! You can sure fill up your tummy with that. I love the brown sauce it comes in too.

I guess I should get out of here and get some chores done. I need to figure out breakfast and lunch for the day today. Faye

01-05-2012, 11:37 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! The sun is shining, the "breeze" is blowing, and it's supposed to warm up in the mid 50s today. I just double checked my 2012 calendar to make sure I have birthdays, anniversaries, and tax dates written in since I managed to skip a friend's birthday today. I stopped for a belated card last night and some of them are even better than the regular cards. :yes: I'm going to try and tan this morning, WW, need to dust, then organize last years papers for the tax lady. We signed our living will and regular wills this morning so the final copies will be ready before we leave for Maui. Our last will had guardians for the kids -- just a little old. :rolleyes:

"Gma" -- Our water bill was higher this time because Bob was watering where the water pipes come into the house from the street. They aren't very deep and he was afraid they might freeze since we have no snow and the weather hasn't been cold enough to freeze the ground very deep. Our heat bill is high in the winter and our electric is high in the summer -- can't win that game! :no: I had to :lol: at Marty. I'm glad he is feeling better. Fortune will definitely be the best dressed dog! I'm the first to admit I don't understand football, but think it's so dumb for players to ram into each other as hard as they can. Jason says it's the "killer" instinct.

I need to sort some laundry and wash a couple loads. Enjoy a terrific Thursday and remember to :D ! :wave:

01-05-2012, 12:48 PM
Good morning ladies! It's up to 43 degrees today and a very welcome relief from the 20 degrees yesterday morning.

I went back to my regular job on Tuesday and worked at Jackson Hewitt yesterday. I was more tired than usual those days and didn't even check the computer. Tonight is First Thursday Bee with dinner beforehand so I won't have to cook.

Faye, those tiny little saucers could also be used for salt. I have my grandmother's china and she told me about that. Way back they didn't have tea bags. The plans for your house are great. I know you'll be glad to get it done. I'm with you on following the doc's instructions to the letter. I can't see paying good money and then not doing what he said. That's one reason my foot has come along so well. He said sit and I sat. I forgot all about La Choy Chow Mein...I'm going to get some when I go to the grocery store Saturday.

Jean, I envy you going to Maui! I'd probably burn to a crisp in a tanning booth.

Maggie, I have the Shot In The Arm booklet. You are right, it was sold at WW meetings in 2007. It's very inspirational.

Breaktime is over so I have to get back to work. Have a wonderful day!

01-05-2012, 01:28 PM
Susan -- I'm glad to see you today although I knew you would be extra tired from going back to work both jobs at the same time. I finally got someone to answer the phone in the adjoining business where we tanned before and it closed permanently in November. :hyper: We both had time left from 2 years ago so it would have been nice to get a refund or at least a notice they were closing. I did go to the other place in town which is downtown and the parking is limited. The beds are better and they offer a wide selection of lotions, explaining what each one will do. The owner is really tan, much more so than I would want to be. She has a guideline time limit for someone who would burn easily, and a bed that had lesser, if that makes sense, light exposure. I will go again tomorrow if I don't turn pink overnight. I don't suppose that Shot in the Arm booklet is still available. I need more like a kick in the bu**! Have fun at First Thursday Bee and enjoy your dinner out tonight. :T

01-05-2012, 04:38 PM

It is currently 59 here in the Heartland with the temps said to be between 65 and 27 this day. Guess it is said to be this way for the next several days. Something kept the dogs going all last night and I didn't sleep well then when I did get to sleep I slept late. Guess I ended up getting the amount I needed though. Mopp is asleep on the couch and Beanie and Cecil are asleep in the sun in the back yard. Where Beanie is we will always find Cecil not far away. Those two are true buddies. Last night or rather early this morning when they all finally settled down Cecil and Beanie were all curled up together snoozing away. Life is good.

I received my flyer from Glass Crafters today and they are having a nice sale on things that I need to order. I really like to buy "on sale" the things I really need from them. Mid month I will be placing an order. :p

I think I need to run the top to my coffee mug through the dishwasher for the button on top which is the open and close mechanism is not functioning properly.

OH my ~ the sirens were going off in all directions ~ just heard that an elderly Catholic nun just ran over a couple down town by the church and killed the woman and the man had to be air lifted away. Will just called and said he believes that couple were ones we know from the Tea Party. I'll know more this evening. It's a sad situation all around.

Well Cecil entered and is now eating. He has dry grass in his fur. He is sure growing. He looks so cute waddling down the hallway. I think he likes the dogs water better than his for he doesn't drink much in here.

I just needed a nail file quickly to fix a nail and grabbed an emery board out of my pencil rack and came up with one that says "Diets Are Mean" ~ has WW phone number on it. Through the years I have gotten several things from WW. I have one of those T-shirts that is pressed down into a small T shirt shape about 5 inches tall and several other neat things they gave away in the past or I won in drawings. I won that little "Shot In The Arm" book in a drawing. I have been at this weight loss thing far too long and am making this year count as one has never counted before.:o Watch me shrink.

Jean requested I post the strategies from my BH&G booklet so this is for her and anyone else that will benefit from them. I think I will post two each day so I can get through the booklet this year. :p Lot of these we have heard but if any of you are like me it is good to revisit them on occasion. Helps me keep my FOCUS anyway and I believe we need all the tools in our bag of tricks that we can muster. If you gals don't want me to post these strategies here I can e-mail them to Jean. I just thought all of us would like a refresher.

Here is Strategy #1 & #2 from the BH & Gardens booklet ~ 101 Sneaky Weight Loss Secrets:
Pick the right protein portion
Gotta have a steak? No problem! But a 10-ounce rib-eye can pack 780 calories or more. Instead, grill leaner cuts of beef, such as tenderloin, flank steak, or strip. The recommended serving size is about 4 ounces - the size of your palm, more or less.

Big dinner plans? Don't skip lunch
Skipping lunch in anticipation of a big dinner later is a bad move. By the time you eat dinner, you're starving - and chances are that you will overeat. Instead, eat a light lunch, such as a salad with chicken and veggies and a whole-grain roll. Then in the late afternoon, have a small snack - a container of low-fat yogurt, a handful of almonds (about one ounce), or a cube of low-fat cheese.

DONNA FAYE That web site is my source of information for things medical other than my doc. It is the best I have found. I am with you we need to know about our meds and if we are taking any that conflict with others. My doctor is on top of this for me and I am so thankful for her for she knows her "stuff". Fortune will be stilin' with 3 beautiful sweaters to sport around with. If we put sweaters on our dogs the cat would want one also.;) I do believe he things he is one of them. But he has a way of getting away from them when he needs a solo nap. He sits by the bedroom door and looks up at me and meows. I open the door and he goes and hops up on the bed and I close the door till he lets me know he wants out when his nap is finished. Now if he could only learn to use the door nob. Well, maybe that wouldn't be such a good thing come to think of it.

JEAN I know you are having fun getting ready to depart for Maui. Yep ~ it is time to get your papers up to date for sure. I have never been to a tanning salon but did sport a nice tan in my youth. I had fun in the sun. I hear they are quite safe now if you just follow the "rules." I totally understand why you don't want to go over there without some color if you are as pale as I am. :dizzy: It would be no fun at all if you sun burned while you are there. I sure wish that I could find another copy of that "Shot in the Arm" book for you for it is a worthy read. I don't know if it was on sale anywhere besides the WW places but I can put Will on a search for a copy if you would like. It was put out by Weight Watchers Publishing Group/books. There may be a copy out there somewhere.

SUSAN As you work more you will toughen up and not get so tired. I know you will have fun at your Thursday B and out to dinner. Yep that La Choy Chow Mein is a good thing to have on hand for a quickie. I like a little crunch in mine so use some ~ just a few ~ of the canned toasted noodles to sprinkle over the top.

Everyone have a lovely afternoon. Be OP and you will have a great smile on your face come weigh day. :wave: Type at ya'all later.

PS: I am a happy camper for I just got an e-mail stating that the little pocket food scale is in stock now and being shipped this day to me. YIPEKIO.

01-06-2012, 12:02 AM
Maggie -- I'm glad you were able to sleep in and your furry family members let you do so. ;) A place where we like to go for lunch makes the best hamburgers but they are huge! The menu says they are 1/3# which is way more than I can eat. I always think of protein as comparable to a deck of cards. I never ever skip a meal, unless I'm sick. Both of those are good advice for losing weight. :yes: The only reason I tan before we go is because we spend so much time out on the water. I've thought about getting a hat but so far haven't done so. I know you will appreciate having the little pocket food scale to help you stay OP! Weigh-in was on the plus side by the way. I've got my books, paper, and pencil ready for tomorrow! I should have gone for a walk this afternoon as it was 57 degrees, but I went to church and got the yearly giving statements ready to mail instead. I'm going to bed! :yawn:

01-06-2012, 12:02 PM

It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood and after while in a bit we are going for the drive to our favorite jerky place and get a couple pounds. It is 2P+ per ounce but an ounce is enough with a Clementine to be a good lunch on the road. :p I will bring it home and weigh it out and put it into small zip lock bags and pop it into the freezer. I like to have that to be able to grab a couple servings for us and some fruit to take when we are out and about. We still have a lot of those little pemmicen bars I made awhile back that are 2P+ each and so yummy and a meal replacement type thing. One of those with jerky would be very yummy. Something that kept the travelers that went Westward in this country long ago supplied with nutrients.

I was so happy yesterday afternoon for I got my WW order delivered by our UPS man. I had one of the Crème Brulee drink mixes and a Clementine for my lunch and it was so yummy. I also received the two Points Plus calculators and the Dining Out and Food Companion booklets which I had ordered. I feel that I absolutely just have to have the updated material. ;) I’ll put the older version of the Dining Out booklet & the best of the two older calculators in the glove compartment in the Jeep so I can be prepared as can be to know the points+ values of what I am fixin’ to pop into this mouth of mine. So far this week I have used only one of the 49 “extra” points we are allotted. It’s a philology thing to always know there is that cushion of a safety net to rely on. I will certainly use more of them one day when I am having an extra “hungry” day or some special occasion being celebrated.

JEAN Good news ~ on one of Will’s book swap sights on the internet he found the “Shot in the Arm” booklet and since he has points there he is getting it free. It is a used version for it is out of print and he couldn’t find a new one in his search for it. I hope it is in good shape. I’ll get it into the mail for you as soon as he receives it.:cool:

Thoughts for the day:
Smile when you eat
Research shows that the act of smiling can make you feel happier. We know you wish that handful of carrots were M&M's. But you should smile smugly knowing you are putting healthy fuel in your body that will ultimately lead to a happier, and probably skinnier you.

Practice portion control
If you eat three-quarters of what's on your plate and then stop, you can easily shave up to 300 calories off your meal. what's more, you'll be so satisfied from eating 75 percent of your dinner that you'll barely miss those few extra bites.

All you Magnolias have a wonderful day. We are off now for our drive in the country. :wave: Type at y'all later.

01-06-2012, 12:06 PM
Good morning to you ladies. I am in here late again today as I didn't sleep much last night. Broken record, but the female thing is really acting up lately so I can't sleep in pain and have to make sure I don't take too many Advil or Aleve, neither of which seems to help anyway so I sit and read or play a game on my Iphone until I am comfortable enough to sleep. I don't even try to sleep in the bed at the moment. It is just too uncomfortable for me. Jack has been sleeping downstairs too the last few nights to get his back better and he said it was much better this morning.

Tomorrow is commissary day so I have to work on a menu and grocery list this evenng. I am working on some baby gifts at the moment. My son and dil's best friends just got their new baby girl. My dil said they were not prepared very much as she was born the 31st. I guess when adopt normal channels at least the organization they used, they weren't kept abreast of any time frame to get a baby. They are white and the baby is black and I imagine they said they could care less. They have been wanting a baby for years with no success. So I get to make some girly stuff! I am making this ruffled hat and little booties that look like shoes and socks and a simple sweater since the top of the hat is garter stitch then making them an heirloom baby blanket when my yarn comes in. I am using the lavender and green to make the hat, sweater and booties since I have them already. I bought seashell pink and cream for the blanket which is done in panels. So, Fortune's dog sweaters will have to hold off a bit as she just emailed me a pic of the baby as I didn't even know about it.

I will post later with replies and such. Right now, I just need to put my legs up and try and get the pain to lessen. Have a great weekend all! Faye

01-06-2012, 01:34 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! The sun is trying to shine through the hazy clouds, the usual breeze is blowing, and it's only 34 degrees right now. I'm hoping we get to the 45 predicted for today. Yesterday was a record breaker all around us; my car said it was 67 about 4 when I came home from church. I've been to tan for 10 minutes and now I'm making a veggie cheese soup for lunch, and then need to work on laundry.

Maggie -- Is there much difference in the old and the new WW companion books? The way our leader talked before Christmas the biggest difference was the lowering of the daily points allowance to 26 from 29. :dunno: Oh, she did say beer went up a point and wine down a point. Since I'm not a huge drinker I don't remember, it may be the other way around. :o It was nice of Will to look for the booklet, and I will look forward to it . . . like I said earlier, I really need a kick in the bu**! I noticed M & Ms have come out in a dark chocolate variety. I need to work on dividing my plate into sections and eating the right amounts in each. I'm sure you enjoyed your drive to the jerky store. Someone at the WW meeting mentioned eating turkey jerky and said it was good, but it doesn't sound good to me.

"Gma" -- I'm glad Jack's back is feeling better but sorry you are having so much pain. :( I hope you are feeling better as the day goes along. :yes: You will enjoy knitting some girlie things for the new baby. What did they name her? With so many babies being born to such young girls, it's too bad more aren't put up for adoption. :dunno: We had a mother and son come into the church office yesterday. She spoke no English so the young child had to translate everything. She wanted $350 to pay her lot rent so I'm assuming she lives in a mobile home park. The pastor has to ok any money going out and he explained we didn't have that much in the fund right now but he would give her a voucher for $50. She wasn't very happy but she took it. The Friendship Fund was originally for our own church members who were having a hard time meeting their bills because of job loss, medical expenses, etc. I just wonder how many people would still contribute if they knew who was getting the money now.

Hope you all enjoy your Friday! January is flying by due to the "nice" weather. :dance: :wave:

01-06-2012, 06:45 PM
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