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01-06-2012, 06:45 PM
Time to start a new thread and begin numbering anew for 2012.

It was in the high 60s today and sunny.

This was work at JH day and now I have a load of laundry going. Nothing exciting, that's for sure.

Faye, I hope they get you straightened out soon! I know the baby things will be beautiful.

Jean, Jesus told us to help everyone, not just the ones that belong to our particular church. I doubt I could do a tanning booth. I'd be a crisp in 30 seconds and melanomia would be breaking out all over. You'll love the book Maggie is sending you.

Maggie, I haven't had jerky for a long time but I used to like it. Maybe I should look for it again. I love the creme burle smoothies. I was hoping they would have the white peppermint again at Christmas time.

Time for some dinner - have a great evening!

01-06-2012, 11:48 PM
Susan -- Thanks for starting the new thread for the new year! :cp: It's nice to see you tonight! Doing laundry sure isn't exciting but I think back to the days when we were first married and I hauled laundry to the laundromat on Saturday mornings. A washer and dryer were the first things we bought when we rented our first house. :lol: Do you have any quilting fun planned for the weekend? The problem with the people needing monetary help is that they think everything is "free" and the same ones keep coming back every month. The other churches have quit helping so it appears it is us and the local Catholic Church. It's frustrating for everyone. :(

01-07-2012, 09:39 AM
Good morning to you all. Going commissary shopping in about an hour so thought I would get in here and post real quick before we go. I have been knitting on the hat this morning and it is killing my hands. I am having to use size 3 circs, but knitting it straight then seaming when I am done. It is harder knitting with very small circular needles rather than double points for some reason. At least it is for me. I just want to get the hat done. I am anxious to do the booties, which looks like little girls shoes and socks.

Jean: Churches just cannot do what they used to because people don't go to church and when people don't go to church there is no money to help others even if they wish to. The people that come wanting money and such don't even darken the door of a church most of the time. It is like the people here who beg on all the corners. Fact is, most of them are scammers and make more money than most people. They beg for money and have signs that say they don't have money for groceries. I have offered to take them to Mcdonalds for a meal or to the grocery store to buy a few groceries and every time they get angry because they want the cash not the groceries, so I just quit. I give my money elsewhere. One of the things I do is when we stay in hotels I clear out the free hygiene stuff everyday. Then every couple years or so, I take a bunch of those little bottles of shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand cream, etc, etc, to the mission or ywca. It isn't a lot, but it does provide folks with hygiene products that they need.

Susan: I was talking to Jack about the female stuff last night. My main concern is whether the procedure with actually solve the other problems. Day before yesterday, I started cramping and all of a sudden I was sweating and shaking to beat the band. I took some Advil and in about half an hour the other stuff stopped even though the cramping really didn't. So, I will be having a big discussion with the gyn next week about all of that too. I still think the main problem is hormones all over the place and I am not sure the ablation will solve anything but the bleeding, but I am going to get answers that's for sure. How is your foot coming along. You sound like you are becoming more and more mobile.

Well, I better get out of here so I can finish getting ready. Everyone have a wonderful day today. Faye

01-07-2012, 11:27 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! The sun is trying to shine through the clouds, the breeze is slight so far, and it's a "cool" 23 degrees right now. We just flipped and turned our mattress which we try to do at least twice a year, if not four times. We really need to invest in a new set. Bob tossed and turned all last night which in turn didn't let me sleep well :hyper: -- I was cold for some reason. I asked him what his problem was and he said he was writing a book to solve a problem he found in writing a new crop policy. :rolleyes: The powers-to-be from the home office asked him to define the problem and show a solution in "simple" terms, so they could send it out to all the agents.

"Gma" -- I hope your commissary trip is short and sweet today. Sometimes I think putting things away is more work than the actual shopping. It's nice that Jack goes with you to help. Both of my grocery stores have been moving things around again. :crazy: Just when I kind of know where things were, now I have to hunt again. The booties sound really cute. Be sure and share a picture of everything when you finish. The church never gives money, but will give vouchers either for gas, food, or a check mailed directly to the utility company. We take a collection once a month and it's usually around $100 which doesn't go very far.

I've got laundry going and need to vacuum 'n dust. It accumulates too fast! Have a super Saturday and enjoy whatever you are doing today! :wave:

01-07-2012, 02:24 PM

It is a nice cool 33 right now in the Heartland and expected to get as high as 43 this day. OH that Beanie. He brought in some charcoal into the living room and chewed it up into small little pebble sizes and made quite a mess. We can't figure out where he even got it. We don't have any of that in our back yard now that we know of. If it were summer time we would know where he got it. It's a mystery and a big mess to be cleaned up. He loves bringing in small branches that have fallen off the apple tree and chews on them. Believe me he has lots of chew toys and bones and stuff but he likes wood and such. Probably some deficiency in his diet so we will be checking into that possibility.

For my first meal this day I had 2 P+ worth of jerky and a Clementine. Yummy.
I am making stuffed pork chops for dinner so will have some chicken broth and celery in the afternoon to stave off any hunger pangs I may be getting. Plan ahead and stay OP is what I am practicing. So far I have written all that I have bitten. I have already had several times I would have used that little scale that I am waiting to be delivered. I know I will get use out of it. I need to know what I am putting in my mouth or it is all for naught.:p

Will has not been successful in getting me some of my signature smell good spray. There is only one place in town that sells it and they aren't getting their orders filled from the warehouse. So ~ Paul is going to see if he can get it in the big city when he goes home today. A little birdie has told me that the company has changed the formula after all these years so we shall see if that is true and if it will even smell good with my chemistry. I just don't know. That is one drawback in living in this little berg ~ in Texas I could just go in Neiman Marcus and find out the scoop. I used to have a shopper in that Dallas store but she retired a few years back. She was so good in finding me "things" on sale. She would send me a huge box of wonderful samples at holiday times. But I am thankful I know someone who can get my scent elsewhere and I can at least give it a try. I have just got to smell good and one bottle of that spray lasts me a year and it is tradition I get one for Christmas each year. :p I do have a couple little bottles of the perfume but I prefer the spray and use very little of it and it lasts all day. Good stuff. It either smells really really good on some folks and like skunk on others. Depends on ones chemical makeup. I am hoping this new formula change goes well with my chemistry. I'll know come Monday.

DONNA FAYE The baby items you are knitting sound absolutely adorable. I know the mom will be so grateful to receive them for the little one. I love those little footies that look like shoes. They have them in catalogs and the little Mary Janes are so adorable ~ well so are the tennie runners. One of the babies at church has some Mary Janes and they look so cute with her little dress and a flower in her hair. Surely the docs can tell what all is going on with your system and start you on the mend. They have tests to give to you - oh joy. Seriously they will sort it all out and you will be on the road to recovery. The light at the end of the tunnel is getting bigger.:hug:

JEAN We have a pillow topped mattress and so it can only be rotated top to bottom around and it gets rotated regularly. But it is so comfortable. I stripped the bed when I got up today so it is sheet changing day. When I mentioned to Will that Beanie might be deficient in "something" he said, "Yeah, brain matter. He is a dog with pica behavior." That my friend is the old "Child Behavior Specialist" in him giving his diagnosis.

SUSAN Thank you for starting us out a new thread for this new year. I loved that Peppermint Smoothie mix mixed with chocolate ~ oh so yummy. Sometimes they do repeat the old ones again and I hope also that they bring back the peppermint one. I think I will write them a letter. What I would do was use one chocolate envelope and one peppermint one and some ice and water or milk and blend up two servings. Will likes it that way also. I also liked to use half envelope of the peppermint in Swiss Miss sugar free hot chocolate mix for a nice hot yummy drink. Yes I will write them a letter to please bring it back. The New Brunfels Smokehouse catalog has some jerky I plan on ordering since I like spices. :p It has a name of "Jalapeno Beef Jerky". Will said he didn't care how I spend my allowance! :p

Tips for the day:
When visiting a salad bar fill your plate with veggies, greens and and top it off with one or two tablespoons of low-fat dressing. Limit the bacon bits, cheese, croutons, and creamy dressings ~ or skip them entirely. Ditto for pasta, tuna, or chicken salads swimming in mayo. If you can't resist, spoon up just a quarter-cup serving.

A 2002 Welsh study found an association between eating breakfast cereal and lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that stokes appetite and promotes dangerous fat accumulation around the belly. Breakfast seems to blunt the effects of hormones that contribute to weight gain.

All y'all have a great afternoon and enjoy this weekend. I am looking forward to Monday which is my weigh day and see if I have lost. I have minded my p's and q's so far and expect at least a pound to be down. Type at y'all later. :wave:

01-07-2012, 10:48 PM
Maggie -- What is your "signature smell?" I know you have mentioned it before but I have forgotten. :o I hope Paul is able to get it for you. Will saying that Beanie is deficient in brain matter makes me think of Leonard. I used to call him my LD cat! :lol: I pretty much abide by the salad tip of the day. However, I was surprised about the cereal. When I eat cereal I am usually hungry way before lunch time. I need some sort of protein to last the whole morning or else plan on a snack which sometimes spoils my lunch. I have a load of towels to fold and then I'm going to call it a day, catch the news, and head for bed. Tomorrow will be early because Bob has to usher so I will go in with him. Bells are playing 2nd service but play the first thing so I can leave right afterwards. The kids are serving a baked potato lunch to raise money so I won't have to cook! :cp: See you all tomorrow. :wave:

01-08-2012, 04:28 PM

We had a nice church service this morning and just got in from eating a good lunch at Applebees. I had the Paradise chicken Salad which is 8 p+. Probably fewer points since I didn't use but a tiny taste of the dressing which I had them bring on the side. Brought half of it home for I could not eat it all for it was a huge amount of salad. I have learned to love my salad without dressing.:p I will have the rest of it for dinner this day I do believe. Right now, of course, I am sipping on a sf ff vanilla Latte which is absolutely wonderful tasting. Those gals at Moca's sure know how to make them. Not much happening in this neck of the woods this day. AH but tomorrow is weigh day!

JEAN My scent is Opium by Yves Saint Laurent. In looking on the web I can't tell that they have changed the formula but the packaging is different. I am sure Paul will bring back a bottle of it for me. I find that the Kashi cereal does last me till the next meal.

Binge-proof your day
Eating a good breakfast cuts the risk of bingeing later on - plus it revs up your metabolism, provides energy for your body and brain, and is a key strategy for weieht loss and maintenance.

Beware of dishes labeled 'light'
Many restaurants promote low-cal, good-for-you choices-but, dieter beware. Read the menu carefully. Look for a balance of lean protein (fish, chicken breat, pork tenderloin, strip steak); complex carbohydrates (brown rice, whole wheat pasta); and monounsaturated fats (canola or olive oil). If you want more information to help you choose the healthiest meals, go to the restaurant's Web site ahead of time to see if they list nutritional information for each dish.

Everyone have a lovely day. :wave:

01-08-2012, 05:54 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! The sun has been in and out all day, the wind is blowing, and it's a chilly 41 degrees outside. We spent the morning at church. I sat through first service and immediately following the bell choir had to set up and practice for second service. The "dog and pony show" band was also setting up their "junk," tuning up, and being totally RUDE. :crazy: :tantrum: Their leader was going to play her flute with us on one of our pieces; she originally thought she was going to stand by me. I voted NO saying I couldn't hear the other bells if her flute was pointed at me, so she wandered around down in front of us! I hate it when she sings or plays with us because she doesn't read music, plays by ear, and does her own thing regardless of what we are doing. I know that is talent but I wish she wouldn't do it with us! The next two months the bells won't play the same service as the band -- good thinking on somebody's part! :cheer: After we played I left and we ate a baked potato lunch the kids were having for a fund raiser.

Maggie -- What is in the Paradise Chicken Salad? We haven't been to Applebee's for quite some time and I don't remember that as being one of the choices. :no: Ah, now I remember . . . Opium! I will have to try Kashi cereal and see how that works for me. I can binge any time :o but I do always eat breakfast. Unfortunately, the local restaurants don't have nutrition websites although I think they are supposed to have the info if you ask for it.

I'm going to do some organizing in my bathroom cupboards and drawers so I can find things and see what I have stashed away I've forgotten about. Hope you all enjoy your evening! :wave:

01-08-2012, 06:17 PM
LATER :wave:

JEAN The Paradise Chicken Salad has grilled sliced chicken breast pieces over salad greens, shredded purple cabbage, a few mandarin orange sections & chopped green apple pieces. I really like it and always bring half of it home. The dressing they put on it is good also but since I have learned to eat mine without it I just have it on the side and taste it then leave it alone. Dotties web site has lots and lots of restaurants point+ values on it. If you can't find a particular restaurant there you can find something similar to compare it with. The new WW Dining Out Companion booklet has that salad listed under Applebees WW entres. :p

Type at y'all later. :wave:

01-09-2012, 01:28 PM
Good morning ladies. I am sorry I have been sort of sporadic posting, but I am having such horrible issues with this female stuff, that it is difficult to type because my hands shake so much. Seems like everytime I have had cramping the shaking comes with it. Right now I have to stop every few words to get them back in control. I did take some Advil so I hope it will help and then I will settle down. Thursday can't come soon enough for me that's for sure. This is no way to live. I can just feel the muscles in my arms quiver as I type. I am so glad I had the A1C testing done and the other insulin blood tests and such or I would think it was something to do with diabetes, but I know it isn't that because all my tests were negative and besides that this only happens when I am cramping whether I have eaten or not eaten, etc.

Well gals, I have the hat and one bootie done and half way done on the other bootie and the sweater started so here they are. I think they are just adorable. I posted two pics so you can get a good view of them. I think those booties are just so sweet, but I have to get the rest done and get them to her before the baby would outgrow them. They say they are 3-6 months, but I think closer to the three than the six month size. My yarn for the blanket comes today so I can start on it and get it done. It will take the longest.

Maggie: People who want to lose weight are plain stupid just to trust the "40% less calories than regular," or "lite" written on anything. They should take the time to look at the nutritional info and even then it is somewhat of a guessing game. For instance, you want to eat some ff potato chips, you can either weigh them out or you can take the number of chips they say is a serving. We always weigh them because we feel this is more accurate as far as pts goes. You can only do so much, but I always ignore any queques to get you to buy something. I have a couple fragrances I love and Jack likes. I buy Donna Karan's Cashmire Mist and I like the inexpensive Sand and Sable a lot too. I love Applebee's Chinese Chicken salad. The asian dressing is to die for so I put it on the side and dip.

Jean: I don't think other instruments should play while the bells play. If you have an orchestra or whatever that is part of the piece, fine, but when other instruments play while the bells are playing, I think it takes away from that crisp clear sound the bells make as music. Won't be too long and you will be winging your way to warm breezes! We are under 40 weeks until the cruise and you can just see Jack amping up more and more. It is kind of funny as he really is excited to go on the cruise. It has to be the sailor in him. The old adage, "You can take the sailor out of the Navy, but you can't take the Navy out of the sailor," sure fits with Jack. I told him last night that my only nervousness is being out on the water and not being able to see any land. We took a day cruise on the air craft carrier once and when I went up on the flight deck I got terribly nauseous when I would look out over the water and the horizon moved so I don't know. Guess we just won't do that romantic standing by the rails together unless I have a bucket! :lol:

Well, I see Fedex just delivered my yarn. They haven't learned their lesson obviously, because he just threw it over the gate and the gate was unlocked! Have a nice beginning to your week. Faye

01-09-2012, 02:26 PM

It is currently 35º here in the Heartland and the talking heads say it will be between 52º and 25º. A bright sunshiney day this day in deep winter. I am a very happy camper this day for my scale was my best friend this morning. YIPEKIO I am down 3 pounds to make it a total of 75 of those rascals gone from this body of mine. Plus, get this, that enabled me to move the bottom big chunk weight over a notch to the left on my upright Health O Meter scale and the smaller on above clear over to the right. It is a happening when one of those big bottom chunks gets moved over. :cp: That really jazzed me and I surely don’t ever want it to be moved back over. I am going to celebrate by staying OP this day. I didn’t use but a couple of those weekly points allotted but they are there as a safety net for an “occasion.” We will be having grilled burgers for dinner this day served on light buns keeping the points+ value down. Going to grill outside ~ yes we are. I am varying my exercise routine for my plan is to add a new thing each week and take something out that way I will not doing the same thing week after week. But the key is to “do something.” My plan is to walk laps around the house inside and do some in place exercises with weights and stretchy bands. I have some great exercise DVD’s for my computer and play James Brown “I FEEL GOOD” on my boom box. I’ve got the tools now I need to use them. I start out nice and easy and work up so as not to injure myself. Nope, don't want any injuries. :nono:

Cecil is no dummy. He loves to scoot into the bedroom when one of us goes in there then won’t come out so we just shut the door. He is safe from Beanie bothering him when he wants to nap. He scooted in earlier when I came out and I just went in there to get my Nivea lip stuff off my night stand and he didn’t budge so I just shut the door again. Beanie is laying in the hall beside the door as I type. I am so pleased that they are such buddies.

Paul just called and he has my smell good stuff and will bring it with him this evening. :cp: He was able to get it with his wife’s discount ~ so that knocked off a few bucks and he won’t let Will pay for it. What a guy. Well, we do let him stay here. But we certainly didn’t expect that generosity from him. I love a surprise. Now I will see if it was just the packaging that changed and not the formula. They wouldn't dare change that formula ~ would they.

DONNA FAYE I know you will be dancing a jug after you get your system all fixed back to exact. You are one tough chick to have put up with this so long. Those baby things sound so cute. They will be keepers for sure. But dear, did I read you wrong ~ no pictures posted for us to see. :o

Herbs add zip to your dinner table, without the fat and calories. Some inventive ideas: sprinkle fresh lemon, lime or orange zest over veggie or rice dishes. Or toss favorite herbs on your salad, such as tarragon or dill. When you're cooking with herbs, be sure to add them at the end to preserve their flavor.

Simple recipes with few ingredients can be the best for your quest to drop some pounds. Sprinkle fish with salt, pepper, and lemon juice, then grill it. Mix chili pepper, garlic, dried coriander and oregano, rub it onto meat, or cut up vegetables and grill.

I love using my grill pan to do that with veggies. However, I have found that I won't use green onions in a recipe when using that pan because they fall down into the grooves and are hard to get out so they don't lay there and burn. I learned that one the hard way. :p

Well Magnolias I am off to get some lunch. Type at y'all later. :wave:

01-09-2012, 05:43 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! I've been trying to make the $1900+ check from the hospital match my figures for the payroll deductions. :hyper: The good news is they paid me more than I had figured. :cp: I finally gave up and made the deposit. If they audit the books they can figure it out! It also took awhile at church this morning because some of the checks got in the wrong pile making us $700 short the first time we counted. Must be the weather!

"Gma" -- I just hope your gyn can figure out what to do to help you! I feel so bad that you feel so crappy! :( The hat and bootie is darling! :D The band didn't play with us, they were just setting up and tuning up for when they played during the service. It just irritates me that they were so rude when we were trying to get our practice in and then go downstairs until the service started. Did you see, on tv, the Fed Ex driver who tossed a tv over a fence? The house had a security camera that caught him in the act; of course the tv was broken and Fed Ex said they would replace it then deal with the employee. It's a good thing yarn doesn't break. :lol:

Maggie -- :congrat: on losing another 3#s AND being able to move the scale weight down! :cp: Grilled hamburgers sound really good! :T We haven't grilled for a long time and we should be doing so in the nice "warm" weather. I could see the hat and bootie pictures just fine.

Not much else newsy in my corner of the world today. I'm thinking of going for a walk outside. Bob has practice at 5 so won't be home until later. Enjoy the rest of your day and evening! :wave:

01-09-2012, 06:32 PM

I am so pleased that I am not having a "hungry day" and haven't had one yet this year. All I have had so far today is 2 points+ worth of jerky and some fruit and I am good to go till grilled burgers after while. OOO I smell so good. Will said this bottle doesn't smell any different than what I had before. Just a new looking bottle it came in and I like it. Smells the same to me also. I can always buy it on line if the local place here doesn't carry it anymore. However she said she was waiting for her order so we shall see but that will be awhile for this will last for many months.

JEAN Yep I can see Donna's nice knitting project fine now. For some reason when I first log on to this site the pictures don't come in sometimes. They are so cute but I never imagined them being otherwise. Send me your stats again after you have lost more pounds and I'll make you another thermometer picture each time or each weigh in if you would like. I'll continue making them for you till you reach goal if you would like. :p I cut mine out and laminated it and then stuck magnet paper on the back. Since this is a milestone loss for me I will have this on on my refrigerator along with all my weight loss stars.:cool: Like I said ~ I do enjoy having those visuals.

I think I need to go fix the veggies for the burgers for he has announced that the coals are lit. We have been doing dinner earlier then we were doing it last year and I think It helps in our weight loss. If I "need a snack" I have fruit.

Type at y'all later. :wave:

01-09-2012, 08:06 PM
Good evening, ladies - 43 degrees and rain right now.

I have to work every day this week and then Saturday at WW. It's going to be a long week but I'll love taking the checks to the bank.

Faye, if this doc doesn't get you fixed, I think you should go see Dr. House. He diagnosis everything. LOL I do love that show. I hope they get you fixed soon. Love the baby things. You always do such a beautiful job.

Jean, I'm glad they are paying you for all the work you do there. I'm definitely with you on cereal leaving me hungry a short time later. It doesn't have enough protein for satiety, the carbs crash after an hour. If I have cereal, I have canadian bacon or turkey sausage with it.

Maggie, congrats on the weight loss. You are doing great.

I'm having BBQ Chicken, Baked Sweet Potato, and Broccoli for supper and it is ready. Have a great evening!

01-10-2012, 10:58 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! It's supposed to be in the high 50s again today; at least the sun is shining and it looks promising. The cold and never ending wind arrives tomorrow. I need to make a grocery run and line up some appointments this morning. I've been sorting through tax stuff, credit card bills, etc., so need to finish that.

Maggie -- I'm so glad your "smell" is the same! :cheer: More and more it seems like companies are taking out or putting in different ingredients which in turn alters the way the products work. I liked the WW bookmark but they don't give them any more. :(

Susan -- I hope you aren't too tired after working both jobs this week. :no: It takes awhile to get back into a set routine. I wish I was getting paid! :lol: Actually, I'm glad I don't because I can work on my own time schedule. :D

I'm off to get my day started! I spent too much time watching the Today Show this morning! Hope you all have a terrific Tuesday! :wave:

01-10-2012, 02:21 PM

It is a nice sunny day here in the ♥-land. The temps are said to be between 56º and 26º and is currently 46º. I am going to get my hair trimmed this afternoon and it sure needs it. The dogs are both at the groomer, as I type, and Cecil is lost without them. Right now he has given up searching for them and is taking a nap. Today is the day I am going to order my light fixtures for my glass houses. I watch the flyers from the company and like to order when things are put on sale. Right now I can get more bang for the buck, as they say. I had the dickens of a time getting into this web site this day. It said it was not available so I had to back door it through a search engine. First I tried restarting my computer and that didn’t work. Ah, but then I thought there are other ways to get somewhere on this information highway and I took a different route and arrived here. :cp: Interesting how that works. I learned some new things about this web address for it has items that are interesting beside the threads that have been added since I last cruised around in it. Not much happening here on this day. I have yet :shrug: to figure out our menu for the dinner meal but will come up with something yummy and OP.

JEAN Are you talking about the WW bookmark that has the Use The Tools at the top? All the tools for living are presented on this bookmark I have. I think it was from the old “Turn Around” program back in 2004. I have that one laminated to preserve it. I love using my little laminating machine a gal gave me once when we lived in Idaho. Maybe, if you want I can copy it and make you one if this is the one you want. The tools are still good to use with any program WW has for weight loss.

Eat your bread or toast plain or with low-calorie jam; use hot sauce or a seasoning mix on veggies; try salsa on your baked potato.

Reducing the number of yolks in cooking and baking by 23 to 30 prcent will trim the fat in your meals but will still afford you plenty of flavor. for instance, if you're scrambling three eggs, remove one of the yolks. You'll still have a great-tasting breakfast.

Everyone have a lovely day: :wave: Type at you later.

01-10-2012, 03:00 PM
Afternoon ladies. I have been trying to work on the baby blanket this morning and control the quivering too so it is slow going. A couple more days then maybe I can get some answers and get what needs to be done, done.

Maggie: I think we were posting at the same time yesterday. Anyway, congrats on the big loss. That's great so just keep working to get more off.
Next week is haircut week for me. Jack has his haircuts all on his yearly calendar so he comes out perfect for vacation! :lol: I told him he is a total slob in some ways and prissy in others, such an enigma!

Jean: We are in the upper 50's at the moment. Maybe we will just bypass winter and go right to spring. Doesn't sound like you have so much running around today as usual.

Susan: I am afraid I would end up telling Dr House off even if he is a great dr. :lol: I am a definite good bedside manner kind of gal. I have a list of questions and such I am going to discuss with her and talk about the option of the more serious hysterectomy or taking hormones or something to help with all this other stuff that is going on. We shall see, I guess. Glad you like the baby things. I thought they came out really cute. The baby blanket pattern are squares of cream and seashell pink and the squares are repeated hearts. Really cute, but one row you have to knit 4 stitches together and that kills my hands so every 12 rows I am back to doing that. I knit a few 10 rows patterns then put it down then go back to it. I have one square done and am going to go back and start the next one.

Well gals, I need to get some work done. I am pretty shaky, but have to get some things done no matter what and just go slow unloading dishes, etc. Have a great Tuesday everybody!!! Faye

01-10-2012, 05:10 PM

It has turned out to be quite a lovely day this day. I got my hair cut and it sure looks more presentable. :p Will wants to go out to eat this day which is fine with me as long as he makes a decision of where he wants to go. He said he wants Mexican so I know where we are going and have planned what to order that will fit snugly into my daily points. I love those chips and hot, hot salsa they serve there but will limit myself to 10 chips for 4 P+ and have two beef tacos and some rice and call it all 20 P+. That will do it for me this day and besides I won't have to cook.

DONNA FAYE I know you will be relieved once you do get to the doctor. That baby is going to be stilin' when she gets those things you are making.

Everyone have a great evening. :wave:

01-10-2012, 06:38 PM
Maggie -- I'm glad to see you even if you had to come in the back door! I'd be sol if my "favorite" button didn't work to get here. The bookmark was the one you got right after you join and lose 5#s; you could stick the 5#s lost stars all over it. I was raised on butter and like Paula Deen, once a butter girl always a butter girl. :o I admit we do use soft spread margarine but I really prefer butter. I don't think I could eat 3 eggs at one time. For some reason we rarely have eggs for breakfast unless we are eating out. Enjoy your Mexican meal tonight! :T

"Gma" -- You sound like I finally did before I had my surgery. :yes: If my doctor hadn't agreed to a hysterectomy, I was going to find a doctor who would. Since I had a "history" he agreed with me. I was on hormones for 13 years, afterwards, which is longer than recommended. The end side effects of taking them weren't positive and I quit. I went to the grocery store this afternoon and my car said it was 57 degrees on my way home! Unbelievable! We have a wind advisory for tomorrow and it's going to blow in the cold :brr: air!

01-10-2012, 09:41 PM

I am one happy camper this evening. We did go out to our favorite Mexican restaurant and I stuck to my plan. I counted out what chips I had planned on eating and asked Will to put the basket on the other side of him so I wouldn't reach in and get more. Worked out great and we had a great time. The UPs man came this afternoon and brought my little pocket scale. After dinner we went to Wal*Mart and got a glasses cover so I would have a case for it. I got a black padded slip in case that has two compartments. One for glasses and one for something smaller. Well I will keep the instructions in the smaller place. I cut the bottom off since it was too long and sewed it up and it looks like that case was made for the scale. The lift off cover for the scale doubles as the tray and doesn't fit real tight when it is used as the cover and that gave me the clue to get a case for it for in my purse that cover may just come off. The scale has 4 weighing modes: grams (g); ounces (oz); Troy ounces (ozt) and pennyweight (dwt). So they have it all covered it seems. It also has a backlit digital display which is very easy to read. It measures 4.5" L; 2.5" W and 0.5" H. The capacity for weighing is 1.1 lb. I like it a lot. I am sure thankful WW magazine featured a little blurb about it or I may not have known it was out there being sold. I think I will fold up a couple of cupcake papers to slip in the pocket with the instructions to weigh something in to keep the scale clean. I have some with foil on the outside that will be great for that. I can just use the foil part with the scale and a couple folded up will fit nicely in that pocket.

JEAN OH I don't have that one anymore for I never used it and tossed it. I used a different method to paste my stars. Do you want bookmark I mentioned I have? I have a laminated one I can send you that I made. We also use "real butter" when we use it. I have a nice little crock that you put butter in and water in the bottom and it keeps it fresh. I count the points when I eat the butter which I do eat on biscuits but can eat dry toast. :p

Type at y'all later. :wave:

01-11-2012, 11:41 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! The wind is blowing big time and I don't wanna go outside! Today is my lunch bunch at noon and think I will tan first. I ran a few errands yesterday when it was so nice. It's crazy how fast the weather can change! Our lake has opened up again, and with the full moon shining on it last night it was so pretty and sparkly.

Maggie -- I really don't need another bookmark, but thanks anyway. I know you will enjoy using your new pocket scale. You have to be the SM gadget :queen: ;) !

I need to get busy and pick up the clutter that somehow accumulated yesterday. I also noticed the dust bunnies have had babies when I wasn't looking. Have a Wonderful Wednesday and enjoy! :wave:

01-11-2012, 02:37 PM

It is so windy this day in the Heartland. The temps are low and it is said they will stay between 37 and 12. Yikes I do believe winter is upon us. The wind brings things that make me sneeze. I sneeze a lot at it is ~ at least twice daily and this is wind doesn't help. It is just something I have always done ~ sneezed at least twice daily. :p One could almost tell time by my sneezes since they come about the same time each day. I actually have to figure out something for dinner this day since we went out last evening we don't want to go get Colonel Cluck tonight. I will go shopping in my freezer after I get off here. We are getting a used freezer for free delivered here today which needs to be cleaned up for it was left open and the folks food spoiled in it so they just bought a new one because they didn't want to clean it. We know the delivery man and he gets to find homes for the ones they haul out of folks houses. He came by and asked if we wanted it. It is a smaller one than we have but it is an upright. Big enough to hold half a beef that we are getting come spring. We will have him put it in the patio so we can clean it and get it all aired out good then I think we will let it live in our house someplace. We could put it in here for there is room in my office/crafts room and that would make it more convenient for me to get to than if we put it downstairs. We will just have to wait and see just where the best place to put it will be.

JEAN :rofl: So you think I am the gadget :queen: do you. I just get the necessary tools I believe will help me down this road to thin. Now, if you want to call them "gadgets" so be it ~ I accept the honor. I call them my "Tools for Living." ;) I keep that bookmark handy laying beside my computer and look at it often. Sure you don't want a laminated copy? I really don't use it as a bookmark but as a visual to help me down this road to thin.:p

CONSIDER Five pounds equals roughly 17,000 calories. Cut those calories out of your diet or do activities that burn up those calories, and you should lose about 5 pounds. that may sound like a lot of calories, but you can melt them away in a month of smart eating and simple exercises.
Drink 16 ounces of skim milk each day
Instead of 2% milk
Calories Lost/Burned: 2400*

Walk the dog for 15 extra minutes each day.
Or take a 15-minute walk during your lunch break.
Calories Lost/Burned: 2,200*

Get your chocolate fix:
Eat half a cup of chocolate pudding made with 2% milk instead of, say, two chocolate sandwich cookies with an 8-ounce glass of whole milk every day.
Calories Lost/Burned: 3,300*

Shovel snow for half an hour once a week.
Don't pay the neighbor's kid! Volunteer to shovel an elderly neighbor's walkway, too.
Calories Lost/Burned: 900*

Instead of French fries with lunch three days a week,
Have a baked potato with a little salt and pepper.
Calories Lost/Burned: 1,900*

Eat an open-faced sandwich every day.
Losing that one piece of bread will help you shed almost a pound.
Calories Lost/Burned: 3,o00*

*Calorie burn-rate is based on 155-pound person over one month's time. People who weigh more will burn more. All numbers quoted are approximate.

All Magnolias have a wonderful day. I am staying inside until Bible study this evening for the wind is blowing HARD. :wave: Type at y'all later

01-11-2012, 05:27 PM
Afternoon girls. I am so ready for whatever the doctor wants to do. This week has been the worst ever and I can't stand it any longer. I have been up since 5 am with Jack, but I have just felt so horrible all I did was sit in the recliner and watch tv and knit. Well, I did unload and reload the dishwasher, do a couple loads of laundry and am making dinner, but nothing else. I am just so tired and rotten feeling that it is horrible. I am desperately trying to stay op, but frankly I am just picking up whatever is quickest to eat, which may not put me over pts but isn't healthy for sure. I would have a lot more fresh fruit to just pick up and eat if it were summer, but I am limited pretty much to apples and bananas because I can't seem to find decent citrus products and they are too expensive to buy and then be inedible so I pass. I have been eating crackers and lower fat cheese, the lower calorie tropicana orange juice and that's about it.

I will let you all know what I find out tomorrow after I get back from the dr. You all have a nice day. Faye

01-11-2012, 11:50 PM
Maggie -- It's down to 15 degrees, 27 mph wind, and it feels like a very cold -5 outside. :brr: We had just a few minutes of blowing snow this afternoon but it didn't last long enough to land and stay put. The only parts of the "Lose 5#s Fast" I could do is the potato :T and one slice of bread sandwich. I'm not a milk drinker, don't have a dog to walk and Ernie certainly wouldn't cooperate on a leash, and there is no snow to shovel . . . yet. They all sound doable though.

"Gma" -- I will send positive vibes and good luck :lucky: for your doctor visit tomorrow! :crossed: You've been in my thoughts and prayers! :yes:

We are supposed to have another windy, cold day tomorrow. My crafty club is meeting for lunch (at a bar where there was a flash mob fight a couple weeks ago!) since no one volunteered to host it this month. Tomorrow night Bob's board is having an after Christmas dinner so I won't have to cook at all tomorrow. :cheer: Of course, the food most likely won't be OP either. :( I'm going to watch the news and head for bed.

01-12-2012, 12:37 PM
Morning gals. Back from the doctor and we are going ahead with an ablation. I have had the bunch of blood tests I need this morning and am waiting to hear back about the appt for a cat scan. She wants to look at all my female organs before proceeding and my kidneys to make sure all is well with everything else. She did another pap smear this morning to have that checked out though she said my cervix looked good then after all that is done they will schedule me for the ablation, which only takes around 5 minutes to do under local. Jack will have to take the day off though as I can't drive home. I ask her about recoup time and she said there is none at my age. I should be fine unless there is a problem. She plans to "scope" me before she does the procedure to make sure the uterus looks all a-ok since the last time I had everything done. I did ask lots of questions including whether these other non uterine symptoms would go away and she said they should, but then my case is fairly unusual as to my symptoms, ie having bad cramping and pain and shaking and such without the bleeding so, she is perplexed, which both my regular drs were as well as the last gyn I went to. She said after I have the procedure if I am still in pain we will look at more options. {{{sigh}}} Of course, I knew she couldn't just guarantee a yes, but I was hoping for more definitive answers.

I ran a couple errands and went to the store real quick, but now I have the shaking stuff again with pain so going to take it easy until I have to go and get Jack.

Have a good day all. I will try and get back in here and do individual postings later. Faye

01-12-2012, 12:42 PM

It is a chilly windy day here in the Heartland with a current temp of 17. They say we will be between 14 and 30 this day. Burr ~ Will just left to search for a certain kind of wax and he was wearing a nice wind block coat and gloves so he will be fine. No type of weather can stop him from getting out I do believe. He bought some delicious cupcakes to pass out after class last night and we sang happy birthday to Paul. I had saved some points so I could have one of those little cakes.

We missed the last T-Party meeting here on Monday and that will teach us. I was made chairman of a committee and I wasn't even there. I think the term for that is "rail-roaded". My committee is the Legislation group that is supposed to watch the Senate for any bills they are fixin' to put out and do put out. Thank goodness there is a web site set up to do just that and I can check in on that periodically and report my findings! This is the last year that the leader in this area wants to be the leader and has asked Will to take over. Will told him that will NOT happen for his plate is full already. It is good to be involved and just do what we can to help our country which is in dire straights. I find it interesting that I was made chairman for there are some big muckey mucks on that committee. Tickles me for some reason. Who would-a thought. Life is good. Will is on my committee. :p I will assign him to do all the work. ;)

DONNA FAYE At least now you will get started on treatment. If what is done at first then they can surely find what it is that is causing your other symptoms if they persist. But lets keep our :crossed: that this does the trick. We can always hope. You are in my prayers.

JEAN Well look at it this way ~ at least you found 2 things that could help you off that list. :p I could loan you Beanie to walk. He would keep you on a very fast pace even though he is just a little guy. When I start walking outside I think I will take Ragg Mopp. But for now I have to walk inside for it is just too windy to be out there. That is my excuse and I am sticking to it.

These today are from the “Snack Smart” pages in the booklet. Snacks can be your best friend when losing weight. They keep you satisfied so you don’t fall off the diet wagon. Here are some of our favorite sneaky snack tips. You might find you can use both of today's tips.

Warm beverages can act as appetite suppressants. so soothe your stomach and soul with a comforting cup of bouillon, herbal tea, hot cider or low-fat hot chocolate.

Be prepared for a hunger attack. Keep an emergency stash of nuts and energy bars to nibble on in your desk drawer, purse and glove compartment

All you Magnolias out there have a lovely day. :wave: Type at y'all later.

01-12-2012, 05:58 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! It's cloudy, windy, COLD, and "feels like" -13 this afternoon. :brr: If only the sun would shine it would seem a little warmer. I had a different gal do my nails this morning and they feel different than when the guy does them. I like him better and he's faster too. I lost 1.8# at WW; :cp: my leader was attending some sort of training so we had a sub. I was meeting crafty club gals for lunch so didn't stay for the meeting. Lunch and visiting was fun, and I was able to preheat the car before I left to come home. I should do some laundry but maybe tomorrow. It's too late to start anything major now.

"Gma" -- I hope you can have the ablation soon and it will work this time. :crossed: You have been far more patient dealing with this than I could be. :yes: It sounds like your new doctor is very thorough and that's a good thing.

Maggie -- I've gotten "rail-roaded" into a couple of different offices over the years so I've learned to attend meetings when I know it's time for a change. :yes: I would love to walk Beanie but I don't think he would like the commute. :lol: I do drink warm, or hot, during the winter but not so much during the summer. I also have bulk almonds measured out and WW bars on hand. I really prefer some of the other granola and/or energy bars though.

I just remembered I have towels in the washer so best get them in the dryer before I have to leave again. Enjoy your evening; I hope there is something good on tv! :wave:

01-13-2012, 08:44 AM
Good :brr: morning here today. We even had snow that didn't stick yesterday. It dropped into the 20's last night so it is quite chilly this morning. Poor Jack had to leave in the dark this morning as one of our big spot lights in the back blew out and the other one, which has one of those energy efficient bulbs in it won't put out proper light now. So I guess it is a trip to Lowes to replace them both. Jack needs to get up on a step ladder and find out why our motion lights quit working several months ago now. It is just a chore he keeps forgetting about.

The nurse called yesterday and my ct scan is scheduled for Tuesday morning, which is great that they are moving forward to quickly. I may be able to get this done before we go to Atlanta the middle of next month. We were planning on going to Nashville for the holiday weekend and do some vacation shopping at the Opry Mills, but it is closed until April 1 so we decided to drive over to Atlanta. It takes a few extra hours, but it is a nice short getaway, Kelly said she would watch Fortune for us and they have several malls and outlets we can hunt stuff in. I don't know how much I will be buying since I don't know what size I will need, but I have a lot of capris and pants and need tshirts and tops more than anything. I am also thinking of buying a good pair of tennis shoes to walk in. St Thomas is very hilly and so it is tough walking.

Jean: I will certainly be glad when we do this and hope it solves the problems completely. I hear nothing but good things about the procedure helping people as one of the gals that works out where Jack is has had it, one of Kelly's friends, one of the receptionists at the dr's office said her cousin had it done and they all say it solved their problems, though all of them were much younger than I am. Big congrats on the loss!!! :carrot:

Maggie: You can be overinvolved and in doing so, cut out all your family time. On top of that, it is exhausting when you are always going to meetings, working on some volunteer thing, etc. Fortune is one of those dogs that pulls you along. I have never been able to train him not to do it so he chokes himself when we walk. I saw a thing on tv the other day for some kind of mesh type thing that fits on a dog more like a vest that you can have more control with a dog. Don't know if it would work though. Fortune has to go to the vet a week from today and get his heartworm shot. I love having the injections that last for 6 months versus the monthly beef chew thing. Next month is yearlys to the money will :angel: out of my pocket! :lol:

Well Jack filed out taxes last night so with the fact the IRS doesn't start processing any until the 17th then it takes two days to update status, we figure we should have out refund on the 3rd and I can pay off the cruise and pay for the rest of the cruise expenses including buying our new luggage. My old luggage has about had it and we have hodge podge pieces. This way we will each have our own in our own color, Jack picked a bright yellow and mine is pink! :lol:

Well gals, you all have a grand weekend. I am going to get in the recliner and knit up a storm as I didn't get anything done yesterday and the blanket takes awhile. Faye

01-13-2012, 12:26 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! The sun is shining, a breeze is blowing, and it's "warmed" up to 2 degrees from -0 when I went downstairs this morning. I'd like to know the difference between 0 and -0 as both are COLD! :yes: I've been to tan and am going to work on my shoe pile next. I also need to sort through clothes to see if I need anything new besides undies. I can't find the bra I've worn for years, online, so I hope it is still available in the stores. We are going to Sioux City on Wednesday to pick up Girl Scout Cookies and have supper with Beth and family. Instead of taking cookie orders, this year the girls were given the cookies in advance. Beth had some advance orders and had to get cookies from others to fill her orders. I wonder what they will do if they run out of cookies and people want more. :dunno:

"Gma" -- Isn't this procedure the same thing you had done the last time? I could be confused :dizzy: which is nothing new. I've never heard anyone, but you, talk about it. I'm glad your CT scan is soon and you can get the ball rolling. Our motion light sensor gets cobwebs wound around it sometimes. Other times the wind will cause it to go off and on continuously, and then Bob will shut it off. My neighbor is an avid walker and when she takes her little dog along, she usually ends up carrying him home. :lol: I hope your tax refund arrives quickly. We would have gotten one last year, but just applied it to this years taxes. I hate writing those checks to the IRS!!! Have fun knitting today!

I do need to get busy. I have laundry going and need to fold a load of towels that should be dry by now. Enjoy your day and remember to smile! :wave:

01-13-2012, 12:34 PM

It is a cool 28 degrees as I type and said to warm up to 45 this day in the Heartland. It is chilly in here so it is time for the furnace to kick in. Since it is partly cloudy and mostly sunny it will be a pleasant day for the wind isn't blowing. Yet, anyway. Schwan man just came and delivered a box of those boneless pork chops which I will cut up into small squares and make some Chili Verde. Works for me. When I phoned in my order to "Glass Crafters" I got to talking with the gal on the phone and she asked for me to send some pictures of my houses to the company. I copied off a few of the buildings and one of the grouping I had won the prize with. Guess they like to see what their sheets of glass are turned into. I have been dealing with that same company for many, many years.

JEAN :congrat: on that weight loss. You can do this thing if you keep your focus and skip on down the road to thin. Believe you can. What a wonderful feature to be able to pre-heat your vehicle. This cat we have purrs more than anyone cat I have ever had in my lifetime. His motor is going almost constantly ~ guess he is a happy cat. Last night he was sleeping at the bottom of the bed and when I moved and bumped him with my feet he started purring. Guess he liked the attention. He is an independent little guy though. Not always in your lap kind of cat. I think he thinks he is a puppy.

DONNA FAYE I suppose you are correct about getting over-involved but I am not there yet and don't plan to be. I am a multi-tasker type person and can handle several things at a time. What is nice is that Will and I are on the same committee. If I am the chairman of a committee that means that I don't have to do any work but "delegate." I was made chairman because of my organizational skills. :p A shaker and a mover. I have already delegated that Will take over the meetings and I will do the minutes. :D See how that works ~ delegate. I am sure glad that the efficiency bulb thing didn't pass. I don't like those things and we don't have any here in the house or yard. They aren't efficient if they make a person have to squint. They make wonderful tennies for walking that give you great support. You will find a pair that suits you and you will be walking with delight.;)

Eat more dairy products. In a study of 34 otherwise healthy obse adults, those who consumed three servings of light yogurt daily (for a total of 1,00 milligrams of calcium) lost 22 percent more weight and 61 percent more body fat than those on a low-dairy diet (500 milligrams of calcium).

Here's a good substitute for ice cream when you're dieting. Mix mandarin oranges canned in their own juice with a couple tablespoons of light whipped topping. The Oranges give a great hit of vitamin C and other antioxidants, and the light whipped topping gives the snack an indulgent feel. Recommended servings size: 1/2 cup canned mandarin oranges with 2 tablespoons light whipped topping. 50 Calories.

Have a great day Magnolias ~ Type at y'all later. :wave:

01-13-2012, 06:45 PM
Maggie -- It has warmed up to 18 degrees this afternoon but the sun has disappeared. :( I wish Cecil could teach Ernie how to purr! I can rarely hear him and usually just feel him when he's sitting on my lap. He is definitely not a purry cat! :no: I have a very hard time getting enough dairy unless I eat cheese or use it in making something. Ice cream is safe around me; Bob is the ice cream eater in this family. :lol: Good tips!