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gma22
03-31-2012, 05:09 PM
Good afternoon gals. I didn't get a chance to get in here this morning and have been on the run all day. We had commissary shopping this morning, then came home, put everything away then out the door to get our passport photos done. Mine is ghastly. My skin is all yellow, my nose looks like someone broke it and my hair instead of red is pink. Ahh well, I am not paying to have more taken these will just have to do.

We then went to CVS to pick up a refill on my progestin, then went to Genghis Grill for a bite of lunch, then back home. I had washed a load of clothes so put them in to dry and baked Jack his favorite dessert, my apple squares since it has been eons since has had them. I then folded clothes, sat down and finished a James Patterson book and here I am.

I mailed out Jackson's gift today so he should get it first of the week since I sent it priority. I just hope the chocolate bunny isn't chocolate soup when it gets there. I need to email or text Alicia and let her know.

My sister and bil will be in town in time for dinner tomorrow night so we will probably take them out to dinner. We haven't seen them in almost a year so it will be nice to visit with no kids and no other relatives just the 4 of us.

Jean: Jack asked me ask you what island do you guys stay on in Hawaii? I told him I didn't know if you stayed on the big island or Oahu. We were just talking about vacations and such in the car this morning and he told me he thought I would enjoy Hawaii. I told him unfortunately, we would HAVE to fly to go to Hawaii and they would probably turn me inside out with the metal mesh in my abdomen now at the security gate. He laughed and said that, "yes, we will have to fly because there is no bridge to Hawaii." I told him I guess we couldn't row there either in a boat. :lol: I think we are going to do a couple projects in the house next year and probably use the rest of our tax refund and make another trip to Vegas, which will probably be our last for quite awhile. I think we are going to try and get a tankless water heater and maybe either a new stove or new washer next year. We had this old guy standing at the beef section of the store and heavens it took him forever. The left end is hamburger then it is things like cube steak, round steak, sirloin, etc, then high end steaks, then roasts then the right end is ribs. He went section by section and went through every package and of course he had his cart sitting in such a way it blocked us from doing anything. I was in a motorized cart since I can't manage walking the whole store yet and Jack had the push cart. He drove us nuts and I kept thinking this guy and his wife my have some strong hearts because he bought a load of red meat.

By the time we were all done with everything today, I was in pain and worn out so I took some pain meds and plunked myself in a chair and read. Jack was channel surfing to find out what time the basketball tourney final 4 is on tonight. Oh joy, basketball all evening.

Tomorrow we are going to take the car out and get it washed and waxed and vacuumed out before we go to dinner tomorrow. Other than that, not much going on. Jack is going to shampoo the rug in the dining room as we haven't gotten around to doing the two rugs since Marty visited. Poor little guy. We don't get mad as he is old and frankly Fortune is getting a little lapse too. The beginning of the week he peed on the linoleum right in front of the stove and he has never done that and we were home at the time. Jack chewed him out a bit. :lol: Then I guess next Saturday we will get the other rug done. I have to clean house starting Monday again as I never did get upstairs this last week and the downstairs is ready to be cleaned again.

Well gals, I need to go. Have a nice Saturday. It is beautiful here, sunny and in the 80's. Faye


Jean
03-31-2012, 11:26 PM
"Gma" -- We go to Maui, but if you ever decide to go to Hawaii be sure to spend a day or two in Oahu to visit Pearl Harbor and anything else that might take your fancy. It is much more commercialized than Maui, freeway traffic, etc. There is a ship that sails from either LA or San Francisco, I think. One of the teachers was going to go on a package trip sailing from CA, and then cruising between the islands. She decided to fly instead because sailing took so many extra days and stopped in Mexico coming back to the mainland. My "mom" has a card from her doctor stating that she's had hip, knee, and shoulder replacements. I don't think she has flown since she had her shoulder done. We all just walked through the scanner this time and I thought sure one of us might get the pat down. I had to laugh at your passport picture description. My driver's license picture is terrible and now we have to take off eye glasses whether we need them to drive or not. I need to renew mine this year and hope I don't forget. :crossed: It sounds like you had a busy day running errands. :yes: I've never heard of a tankless water heater. Where do you store the water? :dunno: I think I will read for a bit and call it a night. I hope I sleep better tonight than last night as I spent an hour downstairs playing solitaire on the iPad.

QuilterInVA
04-01-2012, 11:12 AM
Good morning, ladies! A sunny day heading for 65 degrees. A good day for a long walk.

Yesterday Sandy and I went to the quilt shop, Bed Bath & Beyond, Office Max and then to Vinny's for a late lunch/early dinner. WW has really been hectic. We had a ton of people join with the free registration last month so we are having 4 receptionists right now and people are still in line when the meeting starts. There was a recipe for Spring Garden Veggie Soup with Pesto in the Weekly this week. I need to go to the store and get a leek and then I'll make a batch. It really looks good.

I had high hopes of winning the Mega Millions and taking all of us on a fabulous trip. I only won $4 so at least I got back $2 more than I paid for the ticket.

Faye, my driver's license picture looks like a convict. All I need are the numbers across my chest. I don't know why they can't take good pictures for official IDs. I hope your time with your sister is enjoyable.

Jean, A tankless water heater doesn't store water. It heats it on demand (very, very fast) so one of the benefits is it uses less power because it isn't heating water all the time and then there is also the fact that having no tank you don't have to worry about it leaking.

Here's an article about how to get a good night's sleep:

How to Sleep Better

Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep





Do you want to be productive, mentally sharp, emotionally balanced, and full of energy all day long? The way you feel during your waking hours hinges on how well you sleep at night.
The cure to sleep difficulties and daytime fatigue can often be found in your daily routine. Your sleep schedule, bedtime habits, and day–to–day lifestyle choices make an enormous difference in the quality of your nightly rest. The following sleep tips will help you optimize your nightly rest, minimize insomnia, and lay the foundation for all–day energy and peak performance.


In This Article:


The secret to getting good sleep (http://helpguide.org/life/sleep_tips.htm#secret)
Keep a regular sleep schedule (http://helpguide.org/life/sleep_tips.htm#schedule)
Naturally regulate your sleep-wake cycle (http://helpguide.org/life/sleep_tips.htm#bedroom)
Create a relaxing bedtime routine (http://helpguide.org/life/sleep_tips.htm#routine)
Eat right and get regular exercise (http://helpguide.org/life/sleep_tips.htm#eat)
Get stress and anxiety in check (http://helpguide.org/life/sleep_tips.htm#stress)
Ways to get back to sleep (http://helpguide.org/life/sleep_tips.htm#worry)
Know when to see a sleep doctor (http://helpguide.org/life/sleep_tips.htm#doctor)
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The secret to getting good sleep every night

Good sleep strategies are essential to deep, restorative sleep you can count on, night after night. By learning to avoid common enemies of sleep and trying out a variety of healthy sleep-promoting techniques, you can discover your personal prescription to a good night’s rest.
The key is to experiment. What works for some might not work as well for others. It’s important to find the sleep strategies that work best for you.
The first step to improving the quality of your rest is finding out how much sleep you need. How much sleep is enough? While sleep requirements vary slightly from person to person, most healthy adults need at least 8 hours of sleep each night to function at their best.
How to sleep better tip 1: Keep a regular sleep schedule

Getting back in sync with your body’s natural sleep–wake cycle—your circadian rhythm—is one of the most important strategies for achieving good sleep. If you keep a regular sleep schedule, going to bed and getting up at the same time each day, you will feel much more refreshed and energized than if you sleep the same number of hours at different times. This holds true even if you alter your sleep schedule by only an hour or two. Consistency is important.

Set a regular bedtime. Go to bed at the same time every night. Choose a time when you normally feel tired, so that you don’t toss and turn. Try not to break this routine on weekends when it may be tempting to stay up late. If you want to change your bedtime, help your body adjust by making the change in small daily increments, such as 15 minutes earlier or later each day.
Wake up at the same time every day. If you’re getting enough sleep, you should wake up naturally without an alarm. If you need an alarm clock to wake up on time, you may need to set an earlier bedtime. As with your bedtime, try to maintain your regular wake–time even on weekends.
Nap to make up for lost sleep. If you need to make up for a few lost hours, opt for a daytime nap rather than sleeping late. This strategy allows you to pay off your sleep debt without disturbing your natural sleep–wake rhythm, which often backfires in insomnia and throws you off for days.
Be smart about napping. While taking a nap can be a great way to recharge, especially for older adults, it can make insomnia worse. If insomnia is a problem for you, consider eliminating napping. If you must nap, do it in the early afternoon, and limit it to thirty minutes.
Fight after–dinner drowsiness. If you find yourself getting sleepy way before your bedtime, get off the couch and do something mildly stimulating to avoid falling asleep, such as washing the dishes, calling a friend, or getting clothes ready for the next day. If you give in to the drowsiness, you may wake up later in the night and have trouble getting back to sleep. Discovering your optimal sleep schedule

Find a period of time (a week or two should do) when you are free to experiment with different sleep and wake times. Go to bed at the same time every night and allow yourself to sleep until you wake up naturally. No alarm clocks! If you’re sleep deprived, it may take a few weeks to fully recover. But as you go to bed and get up at the same time, you’ll eventually land on the natural sleep schedule that works best for you.

How to sleep better tip 2: Naturally regulate your sleep-wake cycle

Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle. Melatonin production is controlled by light exposure. Your brain should secrete more in the evening, when it’s dark, to make you sleepy, and less during the day when it’s light and you want to stay awake and alert. However, many aspects of modern life can disrupt your body’s natural production of melatonin and with it your sleep-wake cycle.
Spending long days in an office away from natural light, for example, can impact your daytime wakefulness and make your brain sleepy. Then bright lights at night—especially from hours spent in front of the TV or computer screen—can suppress your body’s production of melatonin and make it harder to sleep. However, there are ways for you to naturally regulate your sleep-wake cycle, boost your body’s production of melatonin, and keep your brain on a healthy schedule.
Increase light exposure during the day


Remove your sunglasses in the morning and let light onto your face.
Spend more time outside during daylight. Try to take your work breaks outside in sunlight, exercise outside, or walk your dog during the day instead of at night.
Let as much light into your home/workspace as possible. Keep curtains and blinds open during the day, move your desk closer to the window.
If necessary, use a light therapy box. A light therapy box can simulate sunshine and can be especially useful during short winter days when there’s limited daylight.Boost melatonin production at night


Turn off your television and computer. Many people use the television to fall asleep or relax at the end of the day. Not only does the light suppress melatonin production, but television can actually stimulate the mind, rather than relaxing it. Try listening to music or audio books instead, or practicing relaxation exercises. If your favorite TV show is on late at night, record it for viewing earlier in the day.
Don’t read from a backlit device at night (such as an iPad). If you use a portable electronic device to read, use an eReader that is not backlit, i.e. one that requires an additional light source such as a bedside lamp.
Change your light bulbs. Avoid bright lights before bed, use low-wattage bulbs instead.
When it’s time to sleep, make sure the room is dark. The darker it is, the better you’ll sleep. Cover electrical displays, use heavy curtains or shades to block light from windows, or try an eye mask to cover your eyes.
Use a flashlight to go to the bathroom at night. As long as it’s safe to do so, keep the light to a minimum so it will be easier to go back to sleep. How to sleep better tip 3: Create a relaxing bedtime routine

If you make a consistent effort to relax and unwind before bed, you will sleep easier and more deeply. A peaceful bedtime routine sends a powerful signal to your brain that it’s time to wind down and let go of the day’s stresses.
Make your bedroom more sleep friendly

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Keep noise down. If you can’t avoid or eliminate noise from barking dogs, loud neighbors, city traffic, or other people in your household, try masking it with a fan, recordings of soothing sounds, or white noise. You can buy a special sound machine or generate your own white noise by setting your radio between stations. Earplugs may also help.
Keep your room cool. The temperature of your bedroom also affects sleep. Most people sleep best in a slightly cool room (around 65° F or 18° C) with adequate ventilation. A bedroom that is too hot or too cold can interfere with quality sleep.
Make sure your bed is comfortable. You should have enough room to stretch and turn comfortably. If you often wake up with a sore back or an aching neck, you may need to invest in a new mattress or a try a different pillow. Experiment with different levels of mattress firmness, foam or egg crate toppers, and pillows that provide more support. Reserve your bed for sleeping and sex

If you associate your bed with events like work or errands, it will be harder to wind down at night. Use your bed only for sleep and sex. That way, when you go to bed, your body gets a powerful cue: it’s time to nod off.
Relaxing bedtime rituals to try


Read a book or magazine by a soft light
Take a warm bath
Listen to soft music
Do some easy stretches

Wind down with a favorite hobby
Listen to books on tape
Make simple preparations for the next day

How to sleep better tip 4: Eat right and get regular exercise

Your daytime eating and exercise habits play a role in how well you sleep. It’s particularly important to watch what you put in your body in the hours leading up to your bedtime.

Stay away from big meals at night. Try to make dinnertime earlier in the evening, and avoid heavy, rich foods within two hours of bed. Fatty foods take a lot of work for your stomach to digest and may keep you up. Also be cautious when it comes to spicy or acidic foods in the evening, as they can cause stomach trouble and heartburn.
Avoid alcohol before bed. Many people think that a nightcap before bed will help them sleep. While it may make you fall asleep faster, alcohol reduces your sleep quality, waking you up later in the night. To avoid this effect, so stay away from alcohol in the hours before bed.
Cut down on caffeine. You might be surprised to know that caffeine can cause sleep problems up to ten to twelve hours after drinking it! Consider eliminating caffeine after lunch or cutting back your overall intake.
Avoid drinking too many liquids in the evening. Drinking lots of water, juice, tea, or other fluids may result in frequent bathroom trips throughout the night. Caffeinated drinks, which act as diuretics, only make things worse.
Quit smoking. Smoking causes sleep troubles in numerous ways. Nicotine is a stimulant, which disrupts sleep. Additionally, smokers actually experience nicotine withdrawal as the night progresses, making it hard to sleep. If you’re hungry at bedtime

For some people, a light snack before bed can help promote sleep. When you pair tryptophan–containing foods with carbohydrates, it may help calm the brain and allow you to sleep better. For others, eating before bed can lead to indigestion and make sleeping more difficult. Experiment with your food habits to determine your optimum evening meals and snacks. If you need a bedtime snack, try:

Half a turkey sandwich
A small bowl of whole–grain, low–sugar cereal

Granola with low–fat milk or yogurt
A banana

You’ll also sleep more deeply if you exercise regularly. You don’t have to be a star athlete to reap the benefits—as little as twenty to thirty minutes of daily activity helps. And you don’t need to do all thirty minutes in one session. You can break it up into five minutes here, ten minutes there, and still get the benefits. Try a brisk walk, a bicycle ride, or even gardening or housework.
Some people prefer to schedule exercise in the morning or early afternoon as exercising too late in the day can stimulate the body, raising its temperature. Even if you prefer not to exercise vigorously at night, don’t feel glued to the couch, though. Relaxing exercises such as yoga or gentle stretching can help promote sleep.
How to sleep better tip 5: Get anxiety and stress in check

Do you find yourself unable to sleep or waking up night after night? Residual stress, worry, and anger from your day can make it very difficult to sleep well. When you wake up or can’t get to sleep, take note of what seems to be the recurring theme. That will help you figure out what you need to do to get your stress and anger under control during the day:
If you can’t stop yourself from worrying, especially about things outside your control, you need to learn how to manage your thoughts. For example, you can learn to evaluate your worries to see if they’re truly realistic and learn to replace irrational fears with more productive thoughts. Even counting sheep is more productive than worrying at bedtime.
If the stress of managing work, family, or school is keeping you awake, you need help with stress management. By learning how to manage your time effectively, handle stress in a productive way, and maintain a calm, positive outlook, you’ll be able to sleep better at night.
Relaxation techniques for better sleep

Relaxation is beneficial for everyone, but especially for those struggling with sleep. Practicing relaxation techniques before bed is a great way to wind down, calm the mind, and prepare for sleep. Some simple relaxation techniques include:

Deep breathing. Close your eyes—and try taking deep, slow breaths—making each breath even deeper than the last.
Progressive muscle relaxation. Starting at your toes, tense all the muscles as tightly as you can, then completely relax. Work your way up from your feet to the top of your head.
Visualizing a peaceful, restful place. Close your eyes and imagine a place or activity that is calming and peaceful for you. Concentrate on how relaxed this place or activity makes you feel. How to sleep better tip 6: Ways to get back to sleep

It’s normal to wake briefly during the night. In fact, a good sleeper won’t even remember it. But if you’re waking up during the night and having trouble falling back asleep, the following tips may help.

Stay out of your head. The key to getting back to sleep is continuing to cue your body for sleep, so remain in bed in a relaxed position. Hard as it may be, try not to stress over the fact that you’re awake or your inability to fall asleep again, because that very stress and anxiety encourages your body to stay awake. A good way to stay out of your head is to focus on the feelings and sensations in your body.
Make relaxation your goal, not sleep. If you are finding it hard to fall back asleep, try a relaxation technique such as visualization, deep breathing, or meditation, which can be done without even getting out of bed. Remind yourself that although they’re not a replacement for sleep, rest and relaxation still help rejuvenate your body.
Do a quiet, non-stimulating activity. If you’ve been awake for more than 15 minutes, try getting out of bed and doing a quiet, non-stimulating activity, such as reading a book. Keep the lights dim so as not to cue your body clock that it’s time to wake up. Also avoid screens of any kind—computers, TV, cell phones, iPads—as the type of light they emit is stimulating to the brain. A light snack or herbal tea might help relax you, but be careful not to eat so much that your body begins to expect a meal at that time of the day.
Postpone worrying and brainstorming. If you wake during the night feeling anxious about something, make a brief note of it on paper and postpone worrying about it until the next day when you are fresh and it will be easier to resolve. Similarly, if a brainstorm or great idea is keeping you awake, make a note of it on paper and fall back to sleep knowing you’ll be much more productive and creative after a good night’s rest. How to sleep better tip 7: Know when to see a sleep doctor

If you’ve tried the tips above, but are still struggling with sleep problems, you may have a sleep disorder that requires professional treatment. Consider scheduling a visit with a sleep doctor if, despite your best efforts at self–help, you are still troubled by any of the following symptoms:

Persistent daytime sleepiness or fatigue
Loud snoring accompanied by pauses in breathing
Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
Unrefreshing sleep
Frequent morning headaches


Crawling sensations in your legs or arms at night
Inability to move while falling asleep or waking up
Physically acting out dreams during sleep
Falling asleep at inappropriate times

Have a wonderful Palm Sunday!


Jean
04-01-2012, 03:23 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! It's a beautiful day in my neighborhood -- sunny, warm, and just a breeze. I was at church and ready to practice, along with other ringers, at 7:20 this morning. There is always one who is late and this morning she was 20 minutes late. Wish I had the guts to say something but she is the church secretary and I have to work with her in the office. Bob grilled steaks for dinner while I sorted and did a load of laundry. Dishes are done and reading the paper is next on my list.

The bell ringers decided to play a joke on the director this morning. On our very first song we each picked a different measure to start on; it didn't take her long to figure out what we were doing. Someone suggested we actually do it during church, but decided not a good idea.

Susan -- Your WW meetings must be huge! There are times when we don't have any receptionist and the leader does it all, which makes her late starting the meeting. It sounds like you and Sandy had a fun day yesterday. :yes: Thanks for sharing the sleep article; I have saved it! I slept all night last night. :cp: Part of my problem is I get up to go to the bathroom and start thinking about what I have to do the next day. By the time I'm back in bed I start to toss and turn. Sometimes I'll fall asleep and sometimes I just give up and get up. I do play solitaire on the iPad or read, usually for an hour. If I just sit in the recliner and do nothing, sometimes I'll fall asleep for an hour or so, then go back to bed. I hate nights like that!
Guess I will read the papers. Bob is singing in the Maundy Thursday play and has practice this afternoon. Enjoy your day today! :wave:

gma22
04-02-2012, 10:15 AM
Good morning everyone. I never did get in here yesterday. I took a nap yesterday moring then we went downtown to meet my sister and bil and had a great visit and lovely dinner together, though I picked at my bbq plate.

I kind of found out about the sister and the attitude about coming to visit. You know when you only read printed emails or texts you never know what they really mean and you can read all sorts of stuff into it. In this instance, the poor woman has been taking care of 5 children, 4 of whom are total brats I guess for almost 6 months. They are her son's children, the oldest boy almost 13 and I guess he is the golden child, but is a deceitful, lying, snot of a manipulator, the next is their girl who is only 10 but is basically expected to be the mother and the other three are toddlers from 4-2. I guess the mother lets them literally climb into kitchen cabinets, climb into the refrigerator if you can believe it and only feeds them junk food. My sister is taking care of this mess because their newest baby, was born premature 6 months ago and continues to have lots of health problems so the mom stays in LA while my poor sister is expected to take care of all these children for nothing, by the way and doesn't even get a thank you. I think when she texted me she was hoping we could do a lot together so she could have some adult time and didn't think about my situation. When I talked to her last night, she is so beaten down and exhausted and I felt so sorry for her. She told me they were angry at her for leaving them to come here with her husband. Can you believe that? My bil told us in no uncertain terms she is NOT going back they will have to pay someone or the mother is going to have to come home and take care of her own kids. Like he said, we didn't force them to have 6 kids. So we sat around in the bar at the hotel and had a drink and homemade potato chips and dip and watched the NASCAR race then headed out to one of our bbq restaurants and had dinner then came back and their room was ready so we went up and visited for about an hour. We will see them again on Wednesday.

Jean: I bet you joke was funny. Nice April Fool's. Jack has been to Pearl Harbor a couple times, in fact his retirement flag in his flag box is the flag that flew over the Arizona, which is pretty cool. I don't know if we will ever get there, but if we do, we do, if we don't we don't. Like Susan said, there is no tank. There is a box, about the size of an electrical switch box is all. From what I understand they are so much more efficient last a very very long time and you have instant hot water all the time. The bad side is they are much more expensive, but you can get decent priced ones. Unfortunately, where we live, you have to have a licensed plumber/electrician to install them, you can't do them yourself. Some stupid law, probably to make sure the unions get their money.

Susan: Sounds like you were busy this weekend. I don't think I will get a decent nights sleep until this is all healed and I can sleep in the bed again. I do look forward to that. :lol: My driver's licence pic is really nice, my military ID looks like a pig with eyes.

Well, gals, I have laundry to put in the dryer. I hope you have a nice start to your week. It is supposed to be near 90 today! Faye

QuilterInVA
04-02-2012, 12:37 PM
Good morning, ladies. 54 degrees and sunny.

Nothing going on today but housework. I've got a good audio book so that will make it go faster.

Faye, your poor sister with all those little kids to look after! You just never know from an email what is really happening.

Jean, I guess it wouldn't have been funny to do the joke with the bells on the congregation but I'll bet it was in practice. It really upsets me that some people are so rude they keep people waiting for them instead of coming on time.

Have a great day.

Maggie
04-02-2012, 01:07 PM
:comp:GOOD MORNING MAGNOLIAS :wave:

We are back. :cp: The animals all were so happy to greet me when I got up this morning. Cecil is sure being vocal this day. We got back earlier than planned at first but our friends had a death in the family and there were services to attend so we didn’t add to their worries. We didn’t know the old gentleman so that is that. We had a wonderful time while driving down and back ~ everything was so green and vibrant with wild flowers. Lots of “eye candy.” Our Jeep just purred right along. We talked to a whole bunch of bikers ~ not a gang ~ just bikers made of men and their ladies that were all wearing various "colors" of affliliation biking from Oklahoma to Texas. They were eating at the same place we had lunch after church services Sunday.

The restaurant is a huge place that has a style of serving that is interesting. There is no menu. You order from a list of several kinds of meat then ~ they bring as much you want of salad, green beans, corn, mashed potatoes, gravy and biscuits. When any bowl gets low they are out there to the table with another. I was able to choose what I wanted and that was that. Two of us wanted chicken strips and they brought a platter out piled high with them. I ate 3, an elderly lady ate one and I don’t know how many Susan ate but there was a whole lot left so her fireman son didn’t have to order any when he got there a bit late. The meat portions that were ordered were enough to feed more than one I do believe. The person that ordered roasted chicken got 5 large pieces. Will’s steak covered most of a big plate. Anyway as you can imagine that was a popular place. I was able to watch my portions in there and enjoy the banter about the table. I can give myself a pat on the back for I did show a pound down this weigh day. I’m on a roll now and plan to lose a pound a week.

We are under a wind alert this day with a 59% chance of thunder storms.

DONNA FAYE Looks like you are feeling so much better for you are doing much more. The beat goes on. Your poor sis was being used big time. Nice that an end of that is coming soon.

JEAN That is very rude to show up 20 minutes late. Shows a lack of respect for those that have to wait on them. A good rule of thumb is to try to be at least 15 minutes early to an appointment of any sort. Being the church secretary doesn't give her the segway to be rude. :soap:

SUSAN Interesting article re:sleep - thanks for posting it. I use Pesto on my Panninis sometimes and have put it in WW's veggie soup. Interesting that WW has now a recipe using it that way. I add chopped garlic to that soup recipe also. :p Would you mind posting that new veggie soup recipe? Or e-mailing it to me. We drove by the building where I started my WW journey when we lived in Texas. When we do relocate down there I will find out where they are now meeting.

I found a feature on my Blackberry very interesting when we were gone for I am able to delete e-mail off my computer from my phone. :cool: Junk mail. I have used that feature before and it is one of my favorites for when I come home and turn on my computer I don't have a hundred e-mails to deal with. :D Just the ones that sneak in and don't show up on my phone.:( I can then answer the ones from friends when I get home. :p Works for me.

Have a great day Magnolias. :wave: OH the wildflowers are beautiful in the ditches along the roads. Type at y'all later.

PS: I have had lunch and am back in my office for a bit. After putting the lunch things back in the fridge I saw both Beanie and Cecil taking a drink at the same time out of the same water bowl. Me without a way to take a picture at the time. I am pretty sure they have done that before but I just never caught them doing it. They are certainly buddies for sure.

Jean
04-03-2012, 12:09 AM
Good Evening, Flowers! It's been a long day! We didn't balance counting at church this morning so it was almost noon before I got home. We had lots of change containers for Lent and it took forever to count and recount. I was home long enough to grab a sandwich and headed to a P.E.O. meeting at the place where mil lived for a year. Saw several of Jason's "old" teachers and they all asked about him. Bob had practice after work so I counted gift shop money and did that bookwork. I fell asleep in front of the tv and now I'm heading to bed shortly. :yawn: Tomorrow is my morning to work in the gift shop and then I will go to church and work on the quarterly mailing of giving statements.

"Gma" -- It's too bad your sister has had to put up with such terrible behavior in her grandchildren. I hope she stands up to her son when she goes homes. :yes: How sad! It's great that you had a nice visit together and look forward to seeing her again.

Susan -- The computer says it is 67 degrees right now. It did hit 83 this afternoon. You could come and clean for me; ;) I never seem to catch up. Did you get everything done?

Maggie -- Welcome back and :congrat: on losing another #! Where in Texas did you go? I'm sure your furry trio is glad to be home with you again. Did the vet let all 3 room together? The restaurant trip sounds interesting.

I will be back sometime tomorrow! Have a terrific Tuesday and enjoy! :wave:

QuilterInVA
04-03-2012, 09:39 AM
Here's the new recipe:

SPRING VEGETABLE SOUP WITH PESTO

4 Points per Serving - Prep: 15 Min. - Cook:25 Min. - Serves 8

1 t. extra-virgin olive oil
4 medium uncooked leeks, diced (white and light green only)
1 c. uncooked diced celery
1 c. uncooked diced carrots
1 t. kosher salt
2 t. minced garlic
64 oz. canned chicken broth
1 c. diced zucchini
1 c. fresh or frozen green peas
19 oz. canned cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
14-1/2 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
4 t. store bought pesto sauce or homemade pesto

Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium heat, add leeks, celery, carrots, and salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables begin to soften, about 10 minutes.

Stir garlic into pot, cook for 1 minute.

Add broth; increase heat to high and bring to a boil.

Stir in zucchini, peas, beans, and tomatoes; cook until flavors blend, about 10 minutes.

Serve soup with 1/2 teaspoon pesto swirled into top.

Yields about 1-1/4 cups soup and 1/2 teaspoon pesto per serving.

ENJOY!

gma22
04-03-2012, 10:28 AM
Good morning gals. It is gonna be another hot and sunny one here today though I think storms are going to move in for the next couple days. I will sure be glad when this progestin is done. It has such awful side effects and I am tired of being tired all the time no matter how much rest I get. It seems like maybe a couple of the other side effects have finally settled down. I sure hope so. I just have until June than I am completely done with it.

Susan: Thanks for the recipe. Wow, it is kind of chilly at your house, huh? We seemed to have skipped spring here. I noticed we are starting to have bug problems already, ugh! We have XM on our tv and I turn it to the 60's channel when I clean to make it go faster. Hope you are all done now.

Maggie: Welcome back and congrats on you lb loss. I know you are happy about that. I am sure your little guys are happy to have you back home and glad you had such a nice trip. There is a restaurant in Sikeston MO called Lamberts, home of the throwed rolls. You order what you want, but they bring around several different veggies and stuff like fried potatoes, tomatoes and macaroni and a couple other things and the waiters throw your dinner rolls at you. They are delicious and huge. We have only been one time, but the food was ok and like your restaurant the portions are huge.

Jean: I can't imagine counting lots of change, UGH! Glad you have it all done, but you probably will have to do it over and over until Easter, right? I am not what is going on with the kids and Easter. Kelly finally emailed me last night and said they were talking about it and would know by tomorrow. So we shall see. I know the brunch is sold out.

Well girls, I need to go. Have things to do today and have to get going. Have a great Tuesday. Faye

Maggie
04-03-2012, 02:29 PM
:wave:GOOD EARLY AFRERNOON MAGNOLIAS :comp:

It is 48º with rain showers here in the ♥-Land. It started raining yesterday and we sure need it. Will took a picture of Cecil sleeping and he is sound asleep. He is a character. I can’t imagine sleeping like that but he snoozes away with no trouble at all. I like how he has one paw over his eyes and one hind leg stretched out up on the back of the couch.

I don’t have a plan for much exciting things today. Exercise, what cleaning needs to be done then my glass work. I need to get back to that for I haven’t done any for awhile. I have the pieces all cut out ready to grind the edges smooth for a building sitting on my work table.

Will wants spaghetti for dinner so that makes planning that meal easy. I will make a nice tossed salad to go with it.

SUSAN Thank you so much for posting that recipe. I have never cooked leeks ~ are they somewhat like a mild onion in taste? That is just one veggie that never crossed my path.

DONNA FAYE I am sure you will rejoice when June arrives and takes with it those meds that are making you sleepy all the time. June will be here before we know it. April sure sneeked up on me anyway.

JEAN We were at a place in Texas called Gainsville. A stones throw from Sanger & Denton and not too far from Dallas - Fort Worth area but far enough to be smaller communities. I don't know if they let the three animals room together. When Will went down to retrive them it was so busy he just paid and left and didn't get a chance to yack with the help. It took Cecil a couple hours before he would even go near Will. He was fine with me so I guess he was mad at the person that left him at the care facility. Cecil isn't so vocal today. Yesterday he was letting us have it with the meow, mewo, meow business every time we would even look at him. We got told off royally. Ragg Mopp was his usual self and Beanie was exhuberant and showed he was trilled to see us again.

I am now going to find something for lunch then get some work done. :p Type at y'all later.

QuilterInVA
04-03-2012, 02:32 PM
Good afternoon, ladies! Another cool day at 59 degrees and sunny. I don't know where are lovely warm weather went but I hope it comes back soon!

Maggie, glad to have you back. You posted while I was typing! I'm glad you had a good trip. It seems you are doomed to always have to come back sooner than planned. I wish these family style restaurants with their huge portions would get a more realistic view. All they are doing is contributing to the obesity in this country. I usually don't like the food in them either. I'd rather have a small portion of well made food than a vat of mediocre. Did the "kids" get to room together. It's wonderful you came home from vacation a pound less. You are on a roll now.

Faye, COPD and severe asthma have chronic fatigue as a component. I sleep well but always feel tired but I just keep pushing and doing. Exercise helps me to feel more energetic. Now that my weekly cleaning is over, I need to think about doing windows and cleaning carpets this month...and my sewing room needs a good spring cleaning as well.

Jean, you just go from job to job. I really should do more volunteer work. One thing for sure, you are busier now that you are retired than when you were working.

Have a wonderful day. I'm going to the gym after work.

Jean
04-03-2012, 11:48 PM
Good Evening, Flowers! I just finished watching DWTS, and was surprised by who got voted off this time. I'm looking forward to having tomorrow to myself although I think I may make a grocery run for my Easter menu items. I was busy at the gift shop which made the morning go fast. I sold some things and then helped the volunteer director dust shelves -- she climbed on the chair to dust the top shelves and I held the items for her. Bob came for lunch in the coffee shop and then I headed to church for the afternoon of stuffing, sealing, and stamping envelopes. My house needs attention badly :eek: . . . tomorrow!

"Gma" -- It has cooled down here tonight and the weatherman says we will be cool and wet tomorrow. We do need rain. :yes: I checked the bank sheet today and we counted $90.32 worth of quarters, dimes, nickles, and pennies yesterday -- filled a zippered bank bag with just the coins. It was heavy! I do hope you get to spend some time with Thomas during the Easter weekend.

Susan -- Thank you for sharing the recipe. I've never eaten leeks either. I will be working in the church office again in a couple weeks while the secretary and her daughter go gallivanting off to So. Carolina (I think) to inspect a wedding site at a castle. The mornings go by pretty quickly so I usually can keep busy. I will try to run the printing and folding machines for the bulletins while she's gone this time. It's not that hard, it's just that I don't do it often enough to feel overly confident doing it by myself. :rolleyes:

Maggie -- You have cooled down too! It was awfully windy again today so hope it blows some rain our way. :crossed: Thanks for sharing the picture of Cecil -- I'd think he'd be stiff after sleeping like that! Ernie is so big I don't think he would or could sleep like that; he usually stretches out as far as he can. Also the picture of the eagle babies since I didn't know #3 hatched. They are cute!

I am heading off to bed and read for awhile. Hope you all have a great day tomorrow! :wave:

Jean
04-04-2012, 03:53 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! The wind is still blowing hard and it's a cool sunny day. We had a breakfast at church this morning and I stayed awhile to help clean up afterwards. Then I had just gotten home when the dentist's office called saying that if I could come right then they had time. I had cancelled an earlier appt. in March because of a sore throat and cough. $97 later I was late coming home for lunch and the cupboards are pretty bare.

I need to double check my grocery list and head out. Enjoy the rest of your day! :wave:

Maggie
04-04-2012, 04:41 PM
:wave: GOOD EARLY AFTERNOON MAGNOLIAS :comp:

It is 1:55pm and I have not eaten anything as of yet for I am not a bit hungry. Will offered to take me out to I-Hop for breakfast but I declined for I didn’t want to spend the points there. I just have the feeling that once there I would eat too many points worth of yummy breakfast food ~ where at home I can fix something yummy when I want it. :cp:

It is currently 50º’s with a chance of rain showers. What we have been getting has soaked in nicely. Our Lilac bush is absolutely beautiful with all those good smelling purple flowers. I am thinking of bringing a bouquet of them inside. Our daffodils and iris plants are looking good and I will be happy when they bloom.

I feel absolutely lazy today and have not accomplished much at all yet this day. But there are always things that I “must” do that will get done before the day is over.

I ran out of croutons and Will couldn’t find them at the market where we shop then remembered he had bought them at the dollar store. I wanted the same kind he had got me before ~ for these are really good and are only 1P+ for a 2Tbsp serving. They are made by “Rothbury Farms” and are named Seasoned Croutons which are made with whole grains and zero grams of trans fat. They are “The brand judged best tasting overall among major national competitors by a panel of chefs of American Culinary Chefs Best.” If you like croutons on your soup or salad may I suggest that you try this brand. I don’t get any kick back for telling you this for I am not promoting them for any monetary gain :no: for I am just sharing a product that I really like and think you will like it also.

JEAN How nice you got to go to the denist and now have very clean choppers. They did clean them for you didn't they? You can keep your wind for we have enough ourselves here. :p That bag of coins must have weighed a ton. Do you have to roll them or does you bank put them in the counting machine and roll them for you?

SUSAN Those kinds of restaurants are not my most favorite either. A person could certainly overeat big time there. The one we went to had a good chef for the meat was excellent. The veggies were not overcooked and had a fresh taste. I was happy to see the tossed salad came with a lite vinegar-oil dressing. It was an excellent restaurant but not one that I would frequent often but we were guests and went where the hosts took us. I just made the best of the situation I could and didn't complain. Portion and choice control. I drank iced tea with lemon and without sweetener. There is a place in town here that you pay one price then make your choices off the long buffet counters which has excellent salad and meat choices which we go to on occasion. I stay away from the ooey gooey yummy looking stuff and load my plate up with fresh greens. :cp:

Everyone have a lovely day. :wave: Type at y'alll later.

QuilterInVA
04-05-2012, 12:11 PM
Good morning, ladies! 53 degrees and rain today.

Tonight is First Thursday Bee but I'm going to skip it and go to church services instead.

Jean, leeks are rather expensive where I live so I usually end up substituting a Vidallia onion instead. That was a ton of coins to count! Did you have to wrap them before going to the bank? I sometimes think its a rip off that getting my teeth cleaned costs me more than my well women physical at the docs office. Do you remember way back when there weren't hygenists and the dentist did the actual cleaning?

Maggie, I just read the US is now the fattest nation in the world. The Asian countries as the leanest. Maybe we should eat like they do. I love the smell of lilacs and hyacinths in the spring. The Daffodil Festival was March 24. They are all gone now. My rose bush is full of buds. I hope the chilly weather doesn't kill them. My next door neighbor brought me a basket of spring lettuces yesterday afternoon. She grows them in window boxes.

Faye, I hope you had a good time with your sister yesterday. We missed you.

Have a wonderful day!

gma22
04-05-2012, 12:23 PM
Good morning gals. It is blackening up outside right now. We are supposed to get some rough thunderstorms today. Yesterday I never did get in here. We left home early and didn't get home until late. We did have a nice time with my sister yesterday then had a nice dinner with the two of them before they went back to their hotel. They headed out this morning to his mom's house in AR to visit for a week. One of his younger brother has been given about 2 months to live. He has been a heavy drinker for years, is only in his early 40's but his liver is shot. He is not sober so no chance of a liver transplant so he has been given a death sentence. His mom is not doing well either. She has pneumonia I guess so he wants to get some quality time in with both in case he never sees them again. I feel so sorry for their family because his family introduced me to Jack and they are like family to us.

Today, I am just going to get chores done. Tomorrow is application day for passports so have no idea how long that will take. I just moved everything to an empty folder and my filled out application wasn't in the cruise folder so I finish here, I have to go and do it all again, {{{SIGH}}}

Susan: I will just be glad when I am done with the meds, the body is healed and I can just go forward. We have about a 20 degree difference in temps today and it is much cooler than it has been. Of course, we just washed the car so it is going to rain on it all day! :lol:

Maggie: We don't go to all you can eat places except on very special occasions because it is way to hard to pack on lbs and not realize how much you have eaten. It is way too tempting.

Jean: Hope your day is doing well today. Jack thought you guys went to Maui and he said it was different than where we would go because of the military resort on Oahu.

It is short gals, but I really need to get things done. Have a great Thursday and rest of the week. Faye

Maggie
04-05-2012, 01:59 PM
:wave: GOOD MORNING MAGNOLIAS :comp:

This is a cloudy 60º day here in the ♥-land. The rain has stopped and is soaking in nicely. Not much happening around these parts this day. The animals are snoozing and soon Will will be leaving for the museum and I will be home alone once again. Before Will leaves for the museum he will go by Colonel Cluck and get me some lunch of a grilled breast lunch deal. :cp: Dinner is planned so that will be easy for sure. I am going to finish up a building this day and then get started on another. I am not sure what I will be making next.

DONNA FAYE It is nice that you got to have some good times with your sister before they left. Sounds like you are getting around much better now. You are right those types of eating places are tempting. However, the last couple of times we went there I was able to stay OP by making good choices. I wouldn't go there when I am feeling "weak" and unable to cope. I mainly only eat a roasted meat portion and lots of green salad. Never any dessert or the oey-goey good looking dishes and stay away from the buns. They always have a nice grilled tender steak which is a good choice of meat for me. Life is all about choices.

SUSAN I have always just substituted onions for the leeks because I always have onions on hand in a basket. :D Yes, I have heard that we are the fattest nation. The asian countries eat a lot of fish without all that nice crisp breading that we like over here. Also they use a lot of veggies in stir fry dishes. The recipes in my wok cookbook tend to have much lower points+ values than the ones in my other books.:cool: Your growing season started much earlier than ours has.

JEAN What are you up to this day?

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

Jean
04-05-2012, 04:45 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! The sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, and it's a cool day in my neighborhood. I hope we haven't had our summer weather already. I made it to the grocery store this morning; forgot there was no school and think every elementary kid was there. :( I'll go to the other store tomorrow morning to pick up my meat and whatever I forgot today. We have church tonight; Bob is singing and the education director has created a last supper play every year, which she does every year.

I've been on the phone bonding with the computer store guy; my virus scan, that he just installed for me, came up with a warning that my trial time was up and the computer was in danger! It didn't like my user name nor password, which were both sent to me by the company! He tried to fix it and ended up with an email to the company. I have this red warning but he said to go ahead and use the computer because I was still in trial mode.

Maggie -- We could use some rain as the wind has really dried things up. I just hope it doesn't rain on Sunday as Beth is planning an egg hunt for the kids. I did get my teeth cleaned, :D and a new toothbrush. The bank dumps our change into a machine which won't take anything that is really dirty or slightly bent.

Susan -- My dentist cleans my teeth. I think her job is a hobby :yes: because she doesn't work on Fridays, has a very simple office set up and older equipment. She does have an assistant but think she trained her because she just holds the tools or makes notes. There are two tulip festivals in May, one north and one quite a ways south of us; both are afraid there won't be any tulips left. Our nights have cooled way down into the lower 40s again. My furnace is still running off and on. I'm glad we don't have to roll our coins although we usually don't have a whole lot.

"Gma" -- I'm glad you enjoyed your visit with your sister. It's sad about the health challenges of your adopted family. Good luck with your passport tomorrow! :woohoo: Maui still has the tourists but it is a much more relaxed atmosphere. Some day we would like to visit the island closest to Maui but can't think of the name right now.

I have laundry going so need to keep at it. The city is flushing water hydrants starting Sunday and through Monday. Guess they figure no one will wash clothes on Easter. We've been warned about rusty water so don't want to take a chance with my clothes.

Have a terrific Thursday and enjoy the rest of your day! :wave:

Jean
04-06-2012, 11:20 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! It's a chilly 40 degrees in my neighborhood this morning. :brr: The sun is shining so it looks warmer than it is. I need to pick up the rest of my Easter dinner food and go to the library this morning before the crazy Friday crowd hits the streets.

I'm off after a lazy late start to my day. Have a fantastic Friday and enjoy your day and weekend! :easter2:

Maggie
04-06-2012, 02:17 PM
:comp: GOOD EARLY AFTERNOON MAGNOLIAS :wave:

It is a 53º day here in the ♥-Land fixin’ to get up to 64º ~ and that is fine with me. Not much doing different around here today. They are re-rocking the alley since they have finished planting new gas lines and filled in the trenches. Those men at work sure have the dogs up and down the alley barking. I got a surprise this morning. I sometimes toss towels in the tub that need to be washed (since we don’t use that bathtub) and when I pulled back the curtain to retrieve them so they could be washed today~ there was Cecil laying on them sound asleep. Now I have found another one of his hiding places. :cp: I use the shower in the bathroom off the bedroom and Will uses the one downstairs. Works for us. Cecil is now in the bedroom with the door shut for he scooted in there when I had the door open. He will let me know when he wants out. The dogs are outside supervising the men at work. The Schwan’s man came today and Will bought some sausage patties and a Shepherd’s Pie. We really didn’t need much since we have lots of things in the freezers with which to make meals. When we move to Texas we will take the freezers and put them in that room that our friends are letting us have for whatever we don’t want to have in the motor-home. The lady wants to buy our Victorian oak dining table and chairs so we won’t be selling them at our mega yard sale when the time comes to pack up and leave. That will be awhile yet but she wanted to make sure she was the one that would be the new owner of that nice set. She will put it in the big house and at least we can visit it when we are living on their ranch in our motor-home. That table is large and has two very wide leaves to extend it so will seat a lot of folks. I will even throw in the large hand crochet table cloth I have for it when all the leaves are in it plus the one I have when the leaves are not in it. I certainly won’t have any use for them when living in a motor-home once again. I do know how to down-size. I have lots of “stuff” to sell and will maybe have some yard sales this summer to get started. It takes awhile to get rid of almost everything. It is hard to believe what we have gotten since we have lived here. I have things that I had in our last motor-home that I never used, while living in it, that will be sold this go-round. Lighten the load.

JEAN I hope you get done what you plan on doing this day. Your temperature there is a tad bit lower than ours is here.

Have a lovely weekend Magnolias :egg:

gma22
04-06-2012, 06:50 PM
Good afternoon. It is cool here today, but it feels colder because it is really windy. We have been busy today again. Tomorrow it is stay at home weekend and get the darn house cleaned and the carpets cleaned. We have to wait a week to go to brunch with Kelly's family, but I took Thomas's Easter stuff over to the house and hung it on the door into the house from the garage.

We went to do our passports and they refused the photos from Walgreens. The lady was nice and said she would send it, but they would refuse it because the background was blue and on Jack's photo there was a blue line on the top of the picture. They are super picky for passports I guess. So we paid to have the post office retake our pictures and it took a good half an hour to do all the processing stuff and have to send it off. They should be back in about 6 weeks. I just hope they don't lose my birth certificate. You have to send it with your paperwork and they mail it back. The total cost for the two of us was $300! I think that is totally ridiculous. I had kept the receipt from Walgreens and they gave us our money back and Jack showed the same guy that took the pics why they turned them down. He was very apologetic and nice about it with no problem.

This hormone medicine is sure messing with my gastro system. I told Jack I want to just hand on for a couple months and get the round taken then get back to normal. I end up with a sick stomach and diahhrea for at least half the day. On top of that it causes chills then hot flashes. It is crazy.

Maggie: I used to find Butterscotch in the weirdest places too. So, at least now you know where he goes when you can't find him! :lol: We went to a new restaurant here, Cheddars, for lunch since we were out running around and I had shepard's pie. Not gonna have that again. It was made with hamburger and packages frozen veggies and the "gravy" was runny. The "homemade" potatoes on top had to be instants and then they put onion strings on top and didn't cook them crisp and so they would stick in my throat and gag me. Jack had a monte cristo and said it was delicious. I got a side salad and it was good though and I am sure some of their other stuff is ok, but not the shepard's pie. The Irish would be horrified! :lol:

Jean: Is everyone coming to your house on Sunday? I would love to have a nice baked ham, but Kelly hates ham so when we do just have an Easter dinner we have to have something else. I hope everything goes well for you and your Easter with your family is nice.

I have to run to Joann's after dinner and get black buttons for the monkey hat eyes and fiberfil for the mouth. I want to finish the first one and take it next Sunday so they can all three try it on and I can adjust sizes for the other two. The hat fits me so I imagine it will fit them. It is a quick knit, but there are lots of parts to knit and sew on so it takes time.

You gals have a lovely, lovely weekend and enjoy Easter. Faye

Jean
04-07-2012, 12:01 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! It's promising to be a crappy day weatherwise. It's cloudy, "breezy" which will grow into 25 mph gusts this afternoon, and it's misting. Tomorrow is predicted to be windy but sunny. I'm really lazy this morning -- need to get started on my ham balls. I plan to fix all of the food today so I just have to bake after church tomorrow. Will fell in a hole and hurt his back at work, so Beth wasn't sure if he could stand to ride long enough to get here on Sunday. I'll send a "care" plate home with Beth if he doesn't come.

The library was closed yesterday so I braved WM for birthday gift wrap and a paperback book. It was crowded and the check out lines were long. You'd think they'd have all the check outs open on a holiday weekend, but not in this store. :hyper: They did have 1 out of multiple express lanes open, and the people ahead of me could all count ;) so I was in and out pretty quickly.

Maggie -- Ernie likes to sleep on top of a roaster box that sits up on a shelf in the basement. :rolleyes: It's close to a window so I think he keeps track of the neighbor's yard from his perch. How soon are you thinking about a Texas move? I didn't realize you planned to downsize and move back into a motorhome.

"Gma" -- I'm sorry you had the hassle with the passport pictures but glad you got your money back from WG. The kids will be here tomorrow just for the day. Jason and Amanda will be at her parents' today, and they live about 45 minutes from us. The kids all think we should have ham balls for every holiday. :lol: I use a recipe from Bob's mom but don't think mine taste as good as hers did. I think I missed something -- why, or for whom, are you making monkey hats?

Susan -- I know you are WWing this morning. :yes:

I need to get moving and started on my food preparations. I hope you all have an enjoyable Easter weekend. :easter3:

Maggie
04-07-2012, 07:20 PM
:wave:GOOD AFTERNOON MAGNOLIAS :comp:

It is a sunny windy 60º day here in the ♥-Land and of all things we have a frost warning for the night. I have had a very lazy day this Saturday. I got my new WW magazine today and have been going through it. Currently I am sipping a cold bottle of water which I put fiber in it along with a packet of lemon aide flavoring. It tastes so good today for some reason. Will is going to be grilling steaks on the Barbie this evening. He just brought in an old rifle he is going to clean up that is an old German word on a small metal medallion attached to it which is has engraved “Spandau” on it which is where they had a concentration camp where they put Jews to death during WWII. It has a bullet stuck in the barrel which he will take out and it can be displayed with the gun. The stock is broken but no one knows how it happened. The break is as dirty as the gun so it most likely happened back then also.

Gotta go for a bit for we are going out and about.

We just got back now from a nice long drive in the country. We took both of the dogs but Cecil didn’t want to go at all. He must of thought ~ “Oh no I'm not getting in that Jeep! I remember where that goes to the place that took my nails off then in a week left me there a couple days.” When Will bent down to pick him up he scooted around the yard and just sat looking at him. Lots of green fields growing alfalfa and such which is up quite nicely. The wind has died down somewhat so it won’t be bad when Will grills our steaks.

JEAN It will be longer than a year from now when we leave here but there is a lot to do between that time and now getting ready. It takes quite a while downsizing. Getting rid of "stuff" this time will be a bit different since we have that room in Texas to have some things and a barn to keep tools and such in. I will have to decide what I want to keep in the MH to not overload it. Will has made a request that I NOT get rid of that electric pressure smoker we have.:p There are a few other appliances I will want to keep also but many of others will be sold at yard sales starting this summer. I will have a lot of decisions to make for sure. I have a wonderful small wooden table I use in the kitchen that I will keep to put in that room with a couple of the chairs that go with it since the lady of the house wants to buy my victorian dining set which would actually be a bit much to put in that room. I will be happy that she has it. I will put a bookcase in there with my colllection of cookbooks. :D I will also put my glass works tools in there also with my work station. What is nice about that room is that it is huge and has a shower in the bathroom. Since most of Will's "stuff" will be out in the barn I can have my shop in that room. That is the plan, subject to change. OH poor Will falling into that hole! Riding wouldn't be the best for him now ~ my speaking from experience with a bad back. You just have to know I am going to ask for that "Ham Ball" recipe! Can I have it please? Yep, cats will be cats and do like to sleep around in wierd places. I can just picture Earnie surveying all that he supervises off that box out the window.

DONNA FAYE What a pain to have to have your pictures re-taken. I think they do want those pass port pictures to look as much like the people as possible and WG's didn't much look like the two of you. The price of passports has sure gone up ~ I remember when they were $25 each. YIKES ~ that Shepherds Pie you had sounds awful! The ones we get from Schwans are yummy. There was always someone in my family that didn't care for ham so my mother would also have a cut of nice roasted beef to serve. My immediate family all liked ham but not all of my relatives did.

Yack at y'all later. :wave: Have a lovely evening.

gma22
04-08-2012, 12:14 PM
Happy Easter to all of you. It is gonna be a quiet day around here. Since Thomas is so much older now, I don't do egg hunts and stuff with him so we won't even see him until next Sunday. I took his Easter stuff over to him on Friday and dropped it off.

We are going to get the downstairs cleaned today I think and get the living room rug shampooed. We did the dining room yesterday. We have to move the furniture back in this morning when Jack gets back home.

Jean: You asked about the sock monkey hats. I am making them for Kelly, Tom and Thomas to wear when they hike Kilamanjaro in July. She wanted the silly things so they could stand on the mountain and have their pics taken in them for their Christmas photo card this year. I still haven't gotten to Joann's so will get over there on Tuesday after the dr's office I expect. I need to get one finished so I can give it to them next Sunday so I know if I have to make any adjustments for heads. It fits me so I imagine it will fit them all.

Maggie: We are going to have steaks for Easter dinner tonight with nice asparagus and baked potato I think. The government has real strict rules about pictures, size, backgrounds, what you can wear even. I am just glad it is all done and we should get them by the middle of May.

Well gals, Jack is back home and we haven't eaten breakfast yet so need to go. Talk to you tomorrow. Faye

Maggie
04-08-2012, 05:16 PM
:bunny:GOOD AFTERNOON MAGNOLIAS :egg:

I hope this day is a :easter2: day for ya'all. It is a mostly sunny 66º day in the ♥-Land this Sunday. We do have rain in the forecast for the week though which will be welcomed for sure. I sure hope the gas folks have our alley rocked before we get more rain though. They have used most of our pile of nice dirt to fill in some of the holes and it will surely be washed away in the rain if they don’t get those rocks on it first. They said they will replace that nice top soil we had for our garden but wanted to use ours because it was already on the alley side of our yard. We know they will replace it for they are the same folks that were nice enough last year to give it to us and delivered it there in the first place. We used about half of what they gave us last year in the garden. We will need more if we do any growing in pots this year. I am yawning and surely I had enough sleep last night. I had better sip some more of this sf ff latte that has espresso in it. We went out to eat today and split an order for when I have that Italian dish I always bring half home and now Will is cutting back it sure was enough for both of us. I think we will be doing more of that splitting a meal when we go out to eat from now on ~ especially since places are serving bigger portions of the entrees than before. I eat only about half a hamburger now, these days that I have been OP and have gotten older. There was another couple sitting near us that had ordered the same dish we had and both had the full order and ended taking half of it home. They too could have shared a meal if they had wanted to. Tomorrow I will crock pot that roast that is in the fridge. I’m thinking of making shredded beef out of it for burritos. Yep that is what I will do.

DONNA FAYE I love the fresh asparagus fixed the way you told me how you do it in the oven awhile back. It is so yummy done that way. Thanks for the "heads up" on that recipe. Please do post a picture with those folks wearing the sock monkey hats on that you are making for them. What a hoot.

Magnolias have a lovely rest of the day. :wave: :bunny2:

Jean
04-08-2012, 11:37 PM
Good Evening, Flowers! It's been a long day and I'm tired! The weather was sunny, chilly, and breezy. We didn't get frost last night but the warning is on again for tonight. My ham meat wasn't as good this time -- I asked for smoked ham and the label just said ham so I'm wondering if that was the problem. I haven't decided whether to complain to the meat dept. manager or not. Will is still very sore so didn't come; I'm sure an hour in the car would seem like two if he couldn't get comfortable.

I did a quick read but can't remember what I read. :o I am heading off to bed. See you tomorrow! :yawn:

gma22
04-09-2012, 10:57 AM
Good morning everyone. Jack and I's weigh in was very sad today. Too much restaurant food this last week so no more eating out now that there is not company, holiday, etc. We do have the brunch this weekend, but other than that we are eating at home.

Jean: Oh, I am sorry your ham didn't turn out at well as usual. I have had that happen. Once in awhile when I do fix ham, I will get one that is dry almost like jerky when it is cooked. I quit buying the spiral sliced because I think they really dry out. Hope your family as a whole had an enjoyable day yesterday and the kids enjoyed their gifts. Jay sent me a picture of Jackson and Alicia posted a picture of him coloring eggs. He sure is growing.

Maggie: Hopefully they will get the back all done and replace your soil and such and then it will all be back to normal. Glad you had a nice day yesterday. We just hung out at home. I was having problems with that stupid medicine so didn't want to venture far from home. I told Jack that if I could be sure the other stuff like spotting and such wouldn't come back, I would quit taking it, but I am not going to stop it and go back so just hanging in there for a couple more months, but it can be brutal. It is robbing my skin of moisture too and I am fighting a battle to keep my skin from just flaking off. My lower legs are terrible even though I am moisterizing them a couple times a day and where my incision is, it is the same way and rashy looking so will have to tell the dr about it tomorrow when I go.

It is going to be warm for the next couple days, then cool for a day or two then hot the rest of the week. Looks like a bit of thunderstorms along the way, but that's what comes with spring I guess.

You all have a nice beginning to the week. I am off to get some breakfast then hit the bricks and get cleaning done. Faye

Maggie
04-09-2012, 02:39 PM
:wave: GOOD EARLY AFTERNOON MAGNOLIAS :comp:

It is a nice 60 degree day here in the heartland and I am telling you that I am fine with a "maintain" that the scales showed at my weigh in. My system is taking a bit of a rest from dropping more pounds. :cp:

Not much going on here this day. The dogs have been taken to their groomer and will come home this afternoon smelling nice and looking spiffy in their fresh hair cuts. I have a roast in the crock-pot with a jar of home made salsa dumped all over it and it will surely make wonderful burritos for this evenings meal and some in the freezer. Will wants to go to Applebees for lunch so I will find a nice WW entree to satisfy me. :p I am so glad they have the WW ones on their menu for I have tried several of them and they have all been yummy.

DONNA FAYE I applaude your decision to eat in. If we can't count the points correctly for what we eat out then the pounds can add up without our knowing. One WW leader once said that when we figure the points from eating out then add 2 more points to the total. We can only do our best figuring out the correct points with using the tools available to us. I use my "Complete Food Companion" and the "Dining Out Companion" daily. In fact I keep a "Dining Out Companion" and a Points Calculator in the glove compartment of the Jeep. I use the tools available to know the proper points to the best of my knowledge. I also like to use that booklet called "Eat This, Not That" for making better choices of what to eat when out and about. That is miserable to be flaking for it itches also doesn't it. Hopefully you can get some help in that area when you see the doc. We got though this last holiday without eating any chocolate eggs. :cp: Not even just one little Cadburry chocolate kind. The workers are in the alley and the dogs aren't there to supervise them. :o

All you Magnolias out there have a wonderful afternoon. :wave:

We just got back from eating out and picking up our coffee. I had ordered shrimp over some steamed veggies and rice and it was totally delicious all for 8 P+ which I will charge myself 10 P+ to be on the "safe side." I will have that again for sure. :D

Jean
04-09-2012, 05:25 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! Well, this is my second post for the day as my first one went into never, never land! :tantrum: :hyper: :mad: It's a sunny windy day in my corner of the world; furnace is humming along right now. The weatherman says it is going to rain the last 4 days of the week. I spent an intersting morning at church. I was the first one there, then the other gal who counts came -- no secretary, no custodian, and no program director. So we counted, balanced, and I used the secretary's computer to post since it is right by the phone. The pastor finally came in and said, "I thought the office was closed today!" Well, duh, it said as much on the weekly calendar printed in yesterdays bulletin . . . but guess who didn't look at the calendar?! I stopped by the gift shop on my way home, and have that deposit ready to go tomorrow. I have to go into the main bank, rather than the drive through, since I need to order checks. I should vacuum but think that will be on my tomorrow "to do" list.

"Gma" -- Now I do remember you talking about Kelly wanting a picture for their Christmas card, and spaced off the monkey hat part. That will be cute! You will have the weight gain off in no time! :yes: It's always hard when eating out and a holiday thrown in the mix. I still haven't called the meat manager but think I will. I was really, really disappointed in the meat this time. :( The kids brought their bikes so Bob and Jason took them to the park where the bike path is. They always have fun together because they don't get together very often. My skin has been extra dry this winter . . . age related? We are supposed to be cooler and have rain the last few days of the week. We could use the rain.

Maggie -- I haven't fixed a roast in awhile -- sounds good! :T A maintain is A-OK in my book! :cp: We have too many "mom 'n pop" type eating places that the Dining Out Companion doesn't even come close to; I guess a lot and sometimes I'm way over while other times way under. We didn't have any Easter chocolate either. I try to remember that if I don't buy it, I can't eat it!

I have towels to fold and put away, then think I will go out and get the mail. Hope you all are enjoying a marvelous Monday! :wave:

Jean
04-10-2012, 11:58 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! The sun is shining, the wind is NOT blowing . . . yet, and it's a cold 31 degrees outside. :brr: My poor birds are ice skating on the bird bath this morning. :lol: I don't think any of my flowers bit the dust though. We didn't cover anything last night. I can see dust where the sun is shining on things so will "undust" later. I need to run a couple errands after lunch.

I need to get moving and attack the dust around here. Have a terrific Tuesday and enjoy! :wave:

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04-10-2012, 01:49 PM
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gma22
04-10-2012, 02:02 PM
Good morning gals. Just got back from my dr appt. I developed a large rash spot right around where my stoma was last week. It was red and itchy and I tried a variety of stuff, like lotion, body oil, a protective cream in case it was a damp area, and even a fungus cream and nothing worked. I talked to the doctor today and he said the area where the surgery was has "thickening." So, combined with the red patch he decided to put me on an antibiotic for 10 days just to be sure. I am on pill overload! :lol: This med can cause diahrrea, oh joy, just what I need more problems! When he was talking he said something about sticking a needle in my abdomen and drawing off fluid, which is what he says the thickening might be. I kind of EEEKKKED in my head but just smiled while he was talking. He is just going to watch it and I have to go back in three weeks.

We are having pot roast, potato and carrots for dinner tonight. I can stick it in the oven and then run pick up Jack and come back and it will be ready to eat. It keeps us from having to eat out, otherwise dinner gets to be later than we normally eat.

I am major pooped today. Fortune was really antsy last night and then I had the dr appt, had to go to the fabric store to get the stuff for the hats, then on to the grocery store and then back to the drug store to pick up my prescription. I came home and undressed and put on a gown while I am just hanging out until I have to go and get Jack. I just have to make sure I don't get too comfortable and fall asleep. I may just put my alarm on my phone so if I do, I will wake up in time to go to get Jack.

Jean: Whoo, it is chilly at your house. We are in the low 70's today. It is supposed to only top out the low 60's for the next couple days the go right back into the 80's. I know my kids and the boys enjoy each other when they get together since they only see get to see each other a couple times a year. I got the giggles thinking about you "undusting." I finally got the downstairs cleaned yesterday and some of the upstairs. I hope to finish the upstairs tomorrow. I seem to always be cleaning a house with only two people in it! :lol:

Maggie: We like Applebees, but there is only one left in town now and it is clear across town so we don't usually go there. I love their chinese chicken salad. We have to stay away from those Cadbury eggs. I love those things with the cream inside. I also like those Reeses peanut butter eggs. We avoided the Easter candy this year thank goodness. One of the locally owned candy stores here makes to die for chocolate covered strawberrys. It is about the time of the year they have them fresh too. I don't go in their store either! :lol:

Well, I need to eat a bite, unload and reload the dishwasher and get the roast on. Have a good day everyone. Faye