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Maggie
04-21-2012, 02:07 PM
:wave:HOWDY MAGNOLIAS :comp:

It is another beautiful day in the neighborhood with a slight breeze ~ NO wind. I have some cube steaks out to thaw for dinner and will make a baker and tossed salad to go with. Not much happening here on the home front this day. Will is making a picture frame for a gal at the coffee shop and the dogs are helping. Cecil is asleep on the bed with the door shut so he doesn't get bothered. He likes to take his nap in there where the dogs can't get to him and want to play. I know that because he told me. :p

I hope all y'all are having a wonderful Saturday. :wave: Type I will later.


Jean
04-21-2012, 06:10 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! It's been a weird day for weather; rain, sunshine, wind, etc., etc., etc. It's prom night here so I feel sorry for the kids wanting to take outside pictures. I went to the grocery store this morning and have been doing laundry. Otherwise, I've read the papers and mail then done squat nothing most of the day.

Maggie -- I sure don't envy Paul his long drive to and from work although I know people do drive great distances to get to work these days. Not much is going on at our house today either. I feel lazy after my challenge with the printing machine yesterday. :lol:

Bob is going to run an errand and wash my car so guess I will ride along. Enjoy the rest of the daylight hours and your evening! :wave:

gma22
04-21-2012, 07:56 PM
Afternoon girls. I think I am spinning my wheels as I seem to keep forgetting to get in here everyday. I wanted to get a lot of things done yesterday and just zoned out I guess.

We are leaving in about 10 minutes to go to Thomas's concert. This is a paid one with another school I believe. Thomas is in concert band and I believe that is the band group that is performing for his school this evening. It is a chance for Jack to get to hear them as he was sick for the school one.

We accomplished absolutely nothing today. We were both just dog tired and just lazed around today for the most part. I some daily chores done, but that's about all. Tomorrow we are going to kick in and get the deck washed off, get the rug in the living room shampooed as Fortune has thrown up on it again. I want to do some cleaning again so that's the plan for tomorrow.

Maggie: Sounds like Paul is going to have a difficult time. Jack worked in Chicago for a year and drove 2.5 hours one way so he was on the road almost as long as a work day everyday. On top of that, getting stuck in Chicago rush hour traffic every morning and evening. It was a good job, but the company went belly up and he got laid off after a year. Maybe sooner or later they will make some kind of concessions between the two of them.

Jean: Wow you had a time of it with the paper copying. I remember the bad old days when I used to have to run off stuff on a mimeograph. What a mess that was and the fumes almost killed you. I read an article a while back about how racy prom dresses have gotten. The girls look like street walkers for heaven's sake.

Well, we need to leave so I am going to get out of here. Have a nice Saturday all! Faye


gma22
04-22-2012, 11:47 AM
Good morning to you all. We had a lovely time at the concert last night. The school band played three pieces that the city's volunteer band played and they were wonderful. They have a great conductor and like I said all the people are volunteers. It is an adult band and they did selection pieces from Disney, Oklahoma, a couple John Williams arrangements, it was great. The kids did one piece at the end with members of the adult band and that was it. It was a very enjoyable evening.

I am having some real difficult times today with the female stuff. I have been on this med for about 6 weeks now so I guess it has begun to do what it is supposed to do, but it is causing a lot of discomfort, which makes doing things difficult at times. I just put one foot in front of the other.

I talked to Jackson on the phone this morning and that is always fun. He and his dad were putting together the Hot Wheels track I bought him for Christmas last year. They are leaving for Orlando at the end of the week so of course is he really excited about that too. He has always gone to visit his new school for the fall and is over the moon that they have basketball hoops. His dad says he is all in to basketball now and he may put him in a little kids league for a bit, which I think is a great idea.

I am trying to get a bunch of laundry caught up again. We sure do go through the clothes and towels. I am doing sheets today too so that is more laundry to get done.

Other than that, nothing exciting here. Jack has his semi yearly cardiology appt on Wed so he is taking the day off. It will be nice to have him around! :lol:

You gals have a very nice day today. It is still cool today, but nice and sunny. Faye

Maggie
04-22-2012, 04:27 PM
:wave: GOOD AFTRNOON MAGNOLIAS :comp:

It is a beautiful day of 68 degrees here and everything looks so lovely outside. Seems on Suncay the grass is greener and the flowers are prettier and the blue skies are brighter with the sun shining. I love Sunday's. This day I wore an outfit that I haven't had on since last spring and it was a tad too big which is a good thing. The pants are cream color linnen and the top is crochet lavendar with a lavender three quarter sleeved T shirt underneath. The top I can wear for a while longer but the pants are iffy. Maybe I can take them in though for I do have the know how. Anyway what a lovely treat to have a nice outfit that I am shrinking out of. I like my clothes loose but not baggie if you get my drift. For lunch we went out to our favorite Chinese place and I made good choices. Tonight I will eat lightly.

JEAN Hope the weather is nice so those kids can take some good pictures for their memory boquet. We should be getting some showers later on this week but in the meantime I am enjoying the blue skies and sunshine. I am looking forward to the "farmers market" and seeing if the lady that makes that lovely soap is there again this year. We have been getting some wonderful strawberries grown out in CA in the town where I went to high school way back in the days of yore. They have huge strawberry fields out there.

DONNA FAYE It is good that you have been busy. That concert you went to sounds lovely. I love "good" music. When I was in school the local concert society selected a few of us girls to work as usserettes for the concerts and we got in free that way and saw some wonderful performances. They had performers from all over the states come to perform. It was a lot of "eye candy" during my formative years in school. In my humble opinion a drive to work longer than a half hour, or there abouts, is too much ~ at least for me. :soap: I did know some guys out in CA that flew their small planes to work as pilots for LA airport and it took just a few minutes to get there that way, but would have taken a few hours if they had driven their vehicles, with all that traffic pouring out of the canyons, into the valley below.

SUSAN I hope this day is going well with you. :wave:

Have a great afternoon/evening Magnolias. Type at y'all later. :D

Jean
04-22-2012, 11:42 PM
Good Evening, Flowers! It's been another day of changing weather -- cool 51 degrees, a few rain sprinkles, breezy, cloudy, and the sun came out just in time to set. We spent the morning at church; went to early service, then a birthday coffee between the two services, and finally a fund raiser bar-b-q put on by the high school youth. This afternoon I spent trying to get in touch with my card club gals. The hostess, for tomorrow night, called and she could hardly talk saying she's been sick for a few days and couldn't have it, but would plan on it for the next Monday night. I offered to call everyone else, and of course, some were home and some were not.

"Gma" -- I'm glad you and Jack were able to attend the concert and enjoyed it. It sounds like my kind of music! :yes: I always liked the smell of the mimeograph ink. :o The printer, at church, makes a master copy then runs however many copies needed. You have to make a new master each time you change a page to copy. The copy machine is much easier but more expensive and not as fast. I'm used to the schools copy machine that goes so fast you can hardly see the pages flip by and this church copier is like watching paint dry. It doesn't seem possible Jackson will go to school next year.

Maggie -- I need to dig for some spring clothes as I can't imagine what I wore last year. :no: It's always an "upper" to fit back into something that was too tight. :cheer: We've been getting good strawberries but I'm not sure where they are from. The sign just says "grown in the U. S." We watched the same little boat cross from one side of the bay to the other, each morning when we were in the first place we stayed in Maui. The guys looked through binoculars and decided the guy must be going to work and then going home at night.

I am heading to bed to read for a bit. Wishing you all a marvelous Monday tomorrow! :wave:

gma22
04-23-2012, 12:21 PM
Good morning to you all. It is a chilly 48 at the moment. I am freezing, but I refuse to turn on the furnace for just a couple hours until it warms up so I will sit in a sweater and blanket I guess.

I am back to working on my sweater for the cruise. I have to finish the wrap, but it is mojair and I can only knit on it so long before it scratches my hands too much. I am a good 2/3 done with the sweater front, have the back done so I am whizzing along. I told Kelly I would make them mittens for their trip too. They want to wear them over gloves so I have to make men's sizes I think to fit. I did find a pattern and they want 100% wool so I found the yarn and emailed her the pic of the mittens and the link to the yarn site so as soon as she okays everything and orders and has the yarn shipped to me, I guess I will be making multiple mittens!

This medicine has caused me issues all weekend and I am still not 100% today so I am going to just take it easy and knit I guess. I have to take the Mariner to the adjuster on Thursday so they can start repairs. Since there are two insurance companies involved other than ours and they are passing the buck on who owes what, we are just going to have Geico fix the suv then they can retrieve the money from the insurance company. I just want my deductible back! Thank goodness it isn't really high. I don't think we should have to pay a deductible if we didn't cause the accident, but that's the rules, you use your own insurer you pay the deductible and then maybe get the money back. My son said to keep on them because his insurer would always try to keep the deductible amount when the claim was paid in full. We shall see. I can go online to Geico and see what is paid on the claim, including deductible reimbursement. Hopefully, they wouldn't be dishonest and not put the full claim paid on there like they are supposed to. We shall see. Anyway, I take it in on Thursday and pick up the rental car since that was the first day we could get and Jack can't take off work.

It seems we have had one expense after another ever since we decided to go on this cruise, plumbing, the garbage disposal, the car accident, I keep dipping into savings to pay for this unexpected stuff and it has to stop! I guess it is always something though.

Jean: We had these huge fancier copiers at the law firm that would drive us all nuts. They did all kinds of things like collate, staple, two sided, etc, etc, but they would jam up like the cheap ones. They drove us crazy and the things probably cost $10000 apiece. Sounds like church functions have been super busy lately. The kids are going to Orlando this weekend and of course Jackson can't wait. It will be his first trip. I will have to email Alicia and tell her to have Jackson pick out a magnet for me from his vacation like Thomas does to put on my fridge.

Maggie: I am looking forward to good fresh tomatoes. That is the one thing I am ultra picky about in produce is good tomatoes. I hate those hot house deals. We had chinese this weekend too. Jack went and got us some on Saturday since we hadn't had any in a long, long time. He always gets shrimp fried rice and boy they put in a lot of really big shrimp. They used to use those baby shrimp, but these were full size and they put a good bunch in. I like my asian noodles so had chicken lo mein, which is my favorite.

Well girls, I have to get going. You all have a great week! Faye

Jean
04-23-2012, 04:17 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! The sun is shining and the wind is NOT blowing; it's a beautiful "no coat" day in my neighborhood! I was busy at church this morning and the time flew. I've got the gift shop deposit ready and think I will go to the Hallmark store and pick up a couple sympathy cards.

"Gma" -- I had to :lol: at you knitting multiple mittens after the monkey hats! Working on your sweater or wrap will give you a nice break. I was under the impression if the accident wasn't your fault, there isn't any charge for you. I will ask my insurance man. ;) Knock on wood, we've never had to use our car insurance except when Jason totaled his in high school. It was his fault, so we had to pay for the other car too. That guy admitted, to the police officer, he was speeding, but Jason got the ticket since he was turning left. The oncoming car was in a blind spot and Jason didn't see him. Chinese sounds good. :T Our local restaurant has a buffet and Cashew Chicken is my favorite, but it's rarely in the buffet line.

Bob has a board meeting at 5 so think supper will be simple -- leftovers. Enjoy the rest of your day! :wave:

Maggie
04-23-2012, 05:05 PM
:comp:GOOD AFTERNOON MAGNOLIAS :wave:

It is a bright sunshine day in the 70’s this day and come Thur, Fri & Sat they say we will have rain which will surely be welcomed. The dogs are at the groomer and Cecil is lonesome. I showed a “maintain” today and that is what it is. Just stayed the same and will surely show a loss next weigh day, hopefully anyway. I just got up to open the bedroom door so Cecil could get on the bed for his nap. He was sitting in the hall meowing at the door telling it to open up so I obliged. I’ll be back to finish this in a bit for we are leaving now on some errands. :wave:

We went to the store for milk and picked up the dogs from the groomer and had a nice drive around town. Went by the place the museum is thinking about moving to for more space to check it out. Got coffee and so I now have my sf ff Latte to sip on while I type. The dogs smell so good I wish it would last. I will be making chicken noodle soup for dinner this day so that will be an easy meal to contend with later on this day. Not much else happening here this day in the sunny ♥-Land to speak of.

DONNA FAYE Mittens over gloves ~ double duty to keep out the cold. Your hands sure keep busy with all your knitting projects. I wonder how many calories you burn while knitting. I know I don’t burn many when I am doing glass. We are in the good hands of Allstate so don’t have to worry about if they are going to pay or not. They have always taken care of it all for us since we have not had anything done that was “our fault.” I really do feel we are in good hands having them. They send us where to go for the estimates and it has always worked out well. I have been with them since I was a teen first driving and never have had a problem.

JEAN Isn’t it wonderful when the wind doesn’t’ blow. I rejoice when we have a day with just a tad bit of a breeze. Hallmark is a wonderful place to shop. Hope you find what you want. Bet they are getting in new things already for the holidays. :p

SUSAN Hello out there. I think I hear you rusteling pepers. How is it coming with the cat training?

I need to get gong this day and do my exercises. Out and about time was taken when I usuly use it for my session so I do need to shake a leg and get going on it. :wave: Type at y'all later.

QuilterInVA
04-24-2012, 12:05 PM
Good morning, ladies. A cool 54 degrees with sunshine after 3 days of rain.

The quilting retreat was a lot of fun and they asked me to come back to the fall retreat and teach again. I may also teach a few classes for the shop in the meantime.

Casper is proving to be a quick learner. I using American Sign Language to teach him simple things. So far he knows down and come. Now we are working on eat and drink. I take him to the vet tomorrow for his check up. After we go see her, I'm putting a harness on him and then in a few days I'll try the leash. I'm going to teach him to walk on a leash and that will get me out and walking more, too. He runs from window to window watching birds and squirrels and the ducks.

The AARP group Fat2Fit lost its administrator and they have asked me to take over and keep the group going which I will do.

I'm at work so I'll have to type at you all later. Have a wonderful day.

Maggie
04-24-2012, 02:21 PM
:comp:GOOD EARLY AFTERNOON MAGNOLIAS :wave:

It is 93ºs as I type this beautiful sunny day. Beanie is outside, Ragg mop is asleep on the carpet in the hall right outside my office and Cecil is snoozing on the bed behind closed doors. Will is at a presentation he is giving to some club in town about the guns that are in the museum. Life is good. He has taken several he has cleaned up for “show and tell.” One of the gentlemen at the meeting has a huge collection of old guns himself that he has offered Will and me the opportunity to take a look at. He doesn’t let many people view them for he is a very “private” individual when it comes to what he has. I think that he might just want Will to clean some of them for him. It is coming up on lunch time and I have some frozen dinners I can choose from to eat with my chopsticks :p when I get off here.

I have yet to decide what I am going to fix for dinner this day. :chef: I think I will wait till Will gets home and ask him if there is something he is hungry for. There will still be time to thaw whatever his choice is in time for dinner. Such a nice day he may just want to grill out back this afternoon. In the meantime I am planning on backing some Krustaez muffins this day. They freeze so well wrapped in paper towels and then in plastic bags. When they are heated up they taste like fresh baked. l like to get them all ready for the freezer before we :ink: out on them. Will is doing so much better of late on his choices and has cut back ~ way back ~ on his junk food consumption. My getting a one point+ bar when we go to Dairy Queen has gotten his attention without my saying anything but how good they are. He has discovered they are as good as I said when he finally tried one. There were times when we go to Dairy queen when I would just get a container of ice water. I have packets of flavoring and fiber in the glove compartment that I make myself a nice zero point+ drink out of to sip on while he eats his choice. I actually don’t feel a bit deprived :dust: by doing it this way because I know it is better for my program. He buys those 1 point+ bars by the box now and we have them in the freezer here at home. I also have some Schwan’s Pops in the freezer that are zero points+ and come in a mix of three flavors: orange, grape, and cherry. They come 24 to a box, which makes them 27ȼ each. One of those on a hot day :flame: sure hits the spot.

SUSAN Isn’t it fun to train your cat since he is a quick learner. I know you will be a great leader for the AARP group. Do they pay some for the leader? Will you still be working for your local WW? Looks like you will be keeping busy being along with being the instructor at your quilting affairs and those other endeavors you have undertaken. Being busy is good. The :rain: that you have been getting surely put a smile on the faces of the ones in your area that grow veggie gardens.

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

Jean
04-24-2012, 04:17 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! I couldn't get in here earlier this morning for whatever reason. It's another beautiful day in my neighborhood, sunny and NO wind again today. Beth turns 34 today and it was snowing on that day so many years ago. This morning I stopped by the church office to explain some of my notes to the secretary. She didn't come in again today, the custodian took the day off, it's the pastor's regular day off, and the program director was there alone. I sorted the mail and took a couple phone calls then left. We have soccer games this afternoon and I had a few things I wanted to get done at home before we leave.

We had our contractor come over last night and are toying with the idea of adding on a 3 season room or just expanding the area we did add on. To expand as a room probably means a new furnace, but then we could definitely use it year around. It's on the west side of the house so otherwise would put in electric heat and be able to use it most of the time.

Maggie -- :congrat: on the maintain yesterday! I haven't been to WW for a couple weeks and really need to get back. Lately the meetings haven't been as inviting for some reason. :dunno: Wow! It is definitely summer temps in your neighborhood today. The computer says it is 66 right now with a wind chill of 65. The makes me chuckle!

Susan -- I'm glad you enjoy teaching the quilt classes. :yes: Are the gals beginners or you're just teaching them something new they didn't know already? Casper sounds like he is right at home. Supposedly a cat can't get out of a harness but we had one who did. She was my "skinny minnie" cat and went beserk and out of it in the blink of an eye. :eek: I'm not familiar with the Fat2Fit program. Is it available online too? You will have fun with it, I'm sure.

I hear the dryer buzzing so need to fold some towels. Hope you all have a terrific Tuesday and enjoy! :wave:

Maggie
04-24-2012, 07:07 PM
:comp:GOOD EARLY AFTERNOON MAGNOLIAS :wave:

It is now a sunny 97º day here in the ♥-Land and the current time is 4:30 in the pm. I have not done much this day but did get in my walking time which I am adding a minute each day inside until I reach 20 minutes then perhaps on nice days I will walk outside. I have been neglecting to keep track or do my walking each day except Sunday as I had planned so I made myself a little chart to keep with my food tracker leather binder. I have in place exercises I like to do but the walking just somehow got shoved into the wayside. I set a timer and put it into my pocket and that helps keep me going. I keep my other exercise equipment in a basket here in my office and have vowed not to just let them stay in that basket. :cp: Since the weather has gotten better and winter is over with I am more inclined to do more for “myself” if you know what I mean. OH ~ my lunch was so good ~ it was the Sweet & Sour Chicken and Rice light meal from Schwan’s which I added some sprinkles of red pepper flakes and a tad bit of soy sauce to and enjoyed every bite. It cost me 9 Points+ but worth every point for it was my first meal of the day and leaves me plenty for a nice dinner. Will is going to grill a steak for dinner and we will split a baked potato and have some corn on the cob and green tossed salad. Will said his presentation to the Lions Club went well this day and that there will be some good donations come to the Museum from them now. However the food was bland and that made him appreciate my cooking :chef: all the more. :cp: He said who ever made that meal doesn't know spices like I do. :p Weird ~ there isn't an Optomatrist in town here that takes insurance anymore. :?: Looks like we have to make a trip to a big city for Will to get new glasses. :shrug:

JEAN That will be a wonderful addition to your home. How nice that you are going to do that and have a good year round room or at least good for 3 seasons. Maybe you can fix it so you can use it year round. Sometimes we just need to give ourselves a good kick in the rear to get going again with the WW program. Anything that we Magnolias can help you with just let us know. I myself have needed a nice swift kick in the rear on occasion down this road to thin.

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

Maggie
04-25-2012, 01:01 PM
:comp: GOOD MORNING MAGNOLIAS :wave:

Oh my we are in for some weather this coming week. It is currently 80ºs and sunny without any clouds in the air with the expected high today of 95ºs. However, starting tomorrow through next Tuesday we are in for storms. Hopefully these expected storms will bring some measurable rain. Not much happening yet this day for I am getting a slow start. I will get my walking in after I finish my morning coffee then go from there on what needs to be done this day. The operative word is “needs” but things may change when I wake up completely. I am just easing into the world at this point. One thing I do need to do this day is color my hair ~ so that will be done before my shower this day.

It is such a beautiful day what we planned to BBQ yesterday will be done this day for Will didn’t want to do it last evening so we had tacos inside instead. This may be the last day in awhile to BBQ since the rest of the week is said to be stormy. We will do it for the noon meal since tonight is Bible study night. I love the springtime storms.

School is getting out and there are “help wanted” signs up at most of the eating joints in town. Lots of the college kids go home for the summer. The ones from overseas are the ones that stay here the summer and work. A young man and a lady from Germany and a young lady from China will stay and work at the museum. Will said they are all great kids and very smart and inquisitive which is good. The young lady from Germany helps Will with the translation of the writing on some of the rifles that were used in WWII. She is fluent in several languages. Smart kid.

Paul and his wife have finally settled on a house in Salina so he will be moving the first part of next month. I don’t envy his long commute. That basement bedroom is here whenever he needs a place to crash. That is if we don’t have other company using it but this house is big and we can certainly find a place for him to crash in it. We are looking for JD to come back for a visit.

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

Jean
04-25-2012, 01:35 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! It's a sunny, breezy, and warm day in my corner of the world today. After a hot day yesterday, we are supposed to be back down in the 50s for a few days. I went to get my nails filled this morning, then spent an hour on the phone with a friend from Bob's hometown. He wanted me to send a couple sympathy cards and I had no addresses.

Maggie -- I need to get back outside and walk, walk, walk! I have been lax, VERY lax, in working the program the last few days, weeks, and months. :o It sounds like we are in the same weather pattern although we aren't as hot as you, nor have I heard anything about storms on the way. So far it's just supposed to be cooler. Hope your coloring job turns out to your satisfaction. ;)

Bob will be home soon and I need to think about something for lunch. Enjoy a wonderful Wednesday! :wave:

gma22
04-25-2012, 02:42 PM
Good afternoon to you. I have been sick from this medicine and haven't felt like doing much of anything so I didn't get in here yesterday. I feel a bit better today and am trying to get the house cleaned while Jack is at his semi yearly cardiology appt.

It takes me awhile, but I get it all done eventually. I have to keep the car tomorrow and take it to the adjuster/repair shop and pick up the rental car so I want to get some of the cleaning done since I haven't felt like doing it and it needs it.

Jean: The big issue with getting the car fixed is the two other car's insurance companies. The back car, which was a Silverado pick up, was at fault, he hit the Ford Ranger, who was behind Jack and couldn't keep from hitting Jack. The Ford Ranger's insurer won't pay for the whole thing as they say it is the Silverado's fault and his insurer should pay. We could wait it out, as to what percentage who pays, but it could take a long time and then it would be a problem again as to where we would take it, etc, since neither company will except total blame on our vehicle. So after talking to our agent it was decided we would file the claim with Geico our insurer, then Geico would go after the other two. Since we have a deductible, we have to pay it up front, but according to the agent my husband made the repair appt with, she said that Geico goes after the deductible reinbursement first so we hope and figure we will get it back.

Maggie: Sounds like you are cookin' up a storm as usual.

Susan: Obviously your kitty is very smart. I imagine they are like humans who are deaf, they use other skills to get along. Hope you enjoy the AARP group.

I need to go so I can do a bit more housework. You all have a good middle of the week. Faye

Maggie
04-25-2012, 05:46 PM
:comp: GOOD AFTERNOON MAGNOLIAS :wave:

I am sitting here with goop on my hair so I thought I would check in and say at least Howdy. :wave: I did my walking inside before doing my hair. What a nice bright sunshine day we are having. Since it is so still it is a good day to get the weeds in the lawn sprayed. Each year you think you get them all and then some come and take their place. It’s an ongoing process isn’t it.

JEAN What I am currently using is called “Natural Dark Neutral Blond” which makes my hair a light brown with reddish highlights. It covers the gray at the temples nicely. :lol: It isn’t an exotic color but very very near the color of what hair that isn’t gray on my head is. Since the thyroid meds I have been taking from my early teen years has slowly made my hair thin I can no long keep it red because the light brown makes it look thicker. Advice given to me by my hair dresser. It really does work. I am not so thin I am ready for a wig or to go totally bald though for I do still have hair. Just not the luscious thick locks I had in my youth. How is your corn there ~ it is so good here this year. So very good.

DONNA FAYE Hopefully you will get your vehicle fixed up back to exact and breeze through the insurance process. It is hard to deal with them when you are not feeling well isn't it. Everything when one is ill just seems a little harder to accomplish. Zaps the energy factor for sure.

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

gma22
04-26-2012, 06:34 AM
Good morning gals. I got up to go to the bathroom so decided might as well feed Fortune and let him out so I just decided to stay up. Jack will be up in about 45 minutes or so anyway.

I got a letter in the mail yesterday from my regular doctor saying April 24th was her last day at the practice. Nice of her to give me warning. The letter was dated the 20th so it isn't like she dictated it and it wasn't mailed out. Kind of irks me frankly, because now I am without a doctor again and have to go through finding another one in the practice and I don't know who is even there. I decided since I have to go to the gyn in June when these awful meds are done, I am going to talk to her about a recommendation and then set up an appt since I was supposed to go see my regular dr in June anyway. I am kind of peeved by the whole think that I wasn't given an opportunity to go in and talk with my regular dr and get a referral to who she thinks I should change to.

We had the freakiest thing happen last night. I loaded the dishwasher and ask Jack to check the sprayer over the bottom rack to make sure it wasn't catching on anything while I washed off counters, stove and such. Just as he started to do it, one of my glass glasses exploded in the top rack and we had glass everywhere. We have no idea why it did what it did and Jack was lucky he didn't get really hurt. Everything from tiny shards (two of which I imbedded in my hand) to huge pieces. It threw the pieces clear into the living room on the rug and went as high as the top of the microwave, which is on a baker's rack. It took us forever to get every bit of it cleaned up. My glasses are heavy, thick, sturdy glasses so it was a real mess. Strangest thing I have ever seen.

Maggie: My hair has really thinned also and when the gray starts to come out at the roots, it really looks like I have little hair. The red I use covers nicely and makes it look like I have a better head of hair too. I imagine one of the meds I have taken over the years have thinned it. My hair is ultra fine anyway so it makes it seem even more thin.

I take the car to the repair place this morning and pick up the rental car. Jack gave a list of questions or demands to go over with them. He wants to make sure we get factory parts for one thing. Our bumper has a tow package and those sensors on it that beep when you get close to something so he wants to make sure we get a factory part put on and not some recycled thing. I hate doing this sort of stuff because I always feel like they think women are all stupid. I have to say, when I hit the deer with the grand marquis a few years back, this is the place that fixed it and the manager was super. So, unless they have changed staff I think I will be ok. I just hope it doesn't take too long and they will have it back to us maybe by next week sometime.

I have about 35 rows to do to finish the front of the sweater then I can start the sleeves so I may just get this thing finished before the cruise. I think the mitten yarn should be here by Friday and I can start on it. I am making one mitten and having everyone try it on before I go forward so I can adjust and not waste yarn. I think it is the best way.

Well girls, I am going to sit and work on my sweater. Busy rest of the week as we have commissary on Saturday (hopefully they won't give us grief about being in a rental car) then Jack has an eye dr appt to get his new contacts for the year. I have to take Jack to the hospital at 6:30 AM on Monday as his cardiologist wants him to have a stress test and an electrocardiogram since he hasn't had one in three years and he is too pooped afterwards to drive home. Tuesday I have my surgical appt and we are going to have to talk. That patchy rash where they did the repair has not gone away and it itches so they have to do something about it.

Have a nice Thursday. It went from cold to warm pretty quick as I had to keep the AC on all night last night along with the fan to circulate it. Faye

Jean
04-26-2012, 10:33 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! It's a sunny windy day in my neighborhood this morning. I was sure spoiled with the two calm days we just had. I'm waiting for a phone call from church, to help run, fold, collate, tape, and apply address labels to the monthly newsletter. I offered to help but it wasn't ready yesterday. Otherwise there are the never ending dust/fur bunnies which multiply daily, and need to be vacuumed.

Maggie -- I have a mental picture of you with the goop in your hair. :lol: My fine hair has gotten thinner also; must be age and/or meds I've taken over the years. There are some really cute, real looking wigs these days but I sure don't want one if I don't need one. Bob's secretary currently wears one and says it gets hot.

"Gma" -- I feel for you in having to find a new doctor again. :hyper: I did ask Bob about who is responsible in a 3 car accident. Car #2 is responsible for #1 (you), and car #3 is responsible for both #1 and #2. The problem is when there is more than two insurance companies involved. Bottom line is that you shouldn't have to pay anything. Your insurance adjuster should go to bat for you, and let the other two companies duke it out between them. In the end the last driver's insurance company is responsible for all expenses. I hope you get a good rental car and your deductible back in full. That is freaky about the glass exploding in the dishwasher. I wonder if it just was touched, by something else in a weak spot.

I need to get dressed in get my day going. Hope you all have a terrific Thursday and enjoy! :wave:

QuilterInVA
04-26-2012, 11:17 AM
Good morning ladies! Raining but headed for 77 degrees this day.

Casper got his check up and a rabies shot yesterday and this morning I dropped him off to be declawed. He has to stay overnight and then come home tomorrow. She asked me if I wanted him to have pain medication and I certainly do. I can't imagine not giving them to a pet. This is the same vet I've taken my cats to for the last 25 years. She had a great way to give a shot - she gave him a spoon of wet cat food and gave it to him while he was eating and he didn't even notice. She said she has learned over the years that white and calico cats hate the vet and she is trying to keep them liking her. She thinks he'll be a really big cat when he is fully grown because his feet are so big and his tail.

Faye, I hope the doctor gets you straightened out. Its awful trying to find a new doctor and if you are on Medicare its next to impossible. Hopefully you'll get you deductible back from having the car repaired quickly. I've been watching my insurance go up every year and this year it actually came down because they have a new policy that gives you a little more off each year over 5 that you haven't had an accident. I expected the bill to be close to or slightly over $500 and it was $390 and I was thrilled. Are you making monkey paw mittens to go with the hats? LOL

Jean, always the busy woman with volunteer work. I hope people appreciate how much you do. The addition sounds lovely.

Maggie, the AARP forum administrator is not a paid position. It's only on line and won't take a lot of time to keep up with. Good for you to get your walking in. When I was training for the WW 5K last year, I carried a timer in my pocket, too. My hair is still very thick even with thyroid meds and my other medications. I don't think I'll be one of the older ladies with thin hair. I have a date with Miss Clairol this weekend. I was going to stop coloring my hair but the dishwater blonde look is not attractive. My friend's daughter moved to my neighborhood and she cut my hair Tuesday into a very short pixie. I love it. She works at Great Cuts but it's a lot more convenient to go to her house because the salon doesn't take appointments.

Have a wonderful day!

Maggie
04-26-2012, 02:25 PM
:comp: GOOD MORNING MAGNOLIAS :wave:

It is currently 64º’s here in the ♥-Land and said to get up to 83ºs before this day is through. It is sprinkling :rain: as I type so I hope we will get lots of good rain to make the veggies grow. Cecil is just too funny. I have never seen a cat that lies down while eating but he does. Puts his paws on each side of the bowl and lays there and eats. I haven’t had a lot of cats through the years so maybe this is normal behavior. :o Will has left now to go to the museum and the dogs are being entertained by some barking dogs in the neighborhood. For dinner I will be making Beef Stroganoff using some left over steak I will slice thin to use in it. It is a good recipe to use it in. I cook a recipe I clipped from a WW magazine years back and have adjusted the Points+ value up one point to be in line with the new program. It is so easy to make and very yummy. Comfort food at it’s best. After I get off here I will do my walking program. I am proud of myself :yes: for this will be my 4th day straight I have stuck with it this week. I have the 2 pounds of beef jerky that came yesterday all weighed and placed in snack bags back into the heavy plastic it was shipped in and into the freezer. The strips of jerky are just the right length to fit into those handy little snack bags and usually one ounce is three strips. One ounce makes a great item to eat with Cutie sections and a boiled egg for a nutritious lunch. I realize that WW has said in the past to avoid jerky but since I have learned to portion it out and keep it in the freezer and only eat one serving ~ it has worked for me. For I don’t :ink: out on it like I did in the old days of yore. I noticed something today ~ my ears haven’t been itching like they used to. I have had drops prescribed that worked throughout the years but then when the prescription ended the itch came back. Anyway last trip to my doc she suggested I use the stuff I use on the rash I get on a small area on my “bad” leg. It is prescription strength of cortisone type cream called Fluocinonide. It sure worked with a couple applications on my ear canal. It is the best itch cream I have ever used. I have excellent hearing but my ears don’t manufacture much wax which makes for itchy ears.

SUSAN Did you have all four feet declawed on Casper or just the front ones? I am sure glad we only had the front ones done on Cecil because he has become an outside cat for the most part. If Casper has big feet he will be a big cat for sure. Cecil has huge feet and he looks at 6 months like a full grown cat already and his growing days are not over. I love his huge front paws with 6 toes.:p How old is Casper now? How nice to have your personal hair dresser. You fortunate person having nice thick locks. I imagine your hair looks so cute in a pixie.

JEAN OH ~ I don't want to wear a wig. I remember when they were so popular to wear and even if we had long lucious natural curley hair we wore wigs on occasion. I had the most darling short curley wig that was very real looking back then. In fact I liked it so much I did have my hair cut like it and then never wore a wig again. :p My short curley do was much better for surfing and swimming.

DONNA FAYE WOW what a happening. That glass that exploded is sure a mystery isn't it. Makes a person want to wear protective goggles when loading ones dishwasher. I can just see you knitting away to beat the band for you have projects lined up to do. Keeps you busy doesn't it. I know you will be happy when all the insurance is straightend out about that car accident. You shouldn't have to pay a dime on that one. It is agravating what hoops you have to jump through before all is said and done though. Surely they will give you the proper bumper.

I think it is time for me to go get some lunch and then do my walking program. Have a great day Magnolias. Type at y'all later. :wave:

Jean
04-27-2012, 12:55 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! It's a very windy day with just a smidge of sun peeking through the clouds from time to time. I've been to the bank to get new bills for a card club sympathy card, to Walgreen's because they have a huge assortment of gift cards, and to WM to buy a gift card because I couldn't find what I wanted at WG. I am getting a gift card for a church member who is heading off to seminary in June. He's a wonderful young man from a "crumby" family. The church members have supported his college efforts from time to time and we will continue to do so. I didn't know that Visa cards come with a fee and some have expiration dates. :( Much as I hate WM, I figured he can buy most anything he might need there, food if nothing else. I've got laundry going and need to dust.

Susan -- I had to :lol: about Casper having a big tail. Ernie is a big cat but his feet were always in proportion to the rest of him. I'd like to have him declawed but would want to do it by laser which isn't available here. I'm also afraid he would bite more. Have fun with Miss Clairol!

Maggie -- I've never seen a cat lay down to eat. Leonard never sat crouched, to eat, like most cats; I think he was afraid someone was going to take his food away from him. :congrat: on 4 days of walking exercise!

I had better get busy, and make a grocery list sometime today. We're in a wind advisory until 6 tonight. :hyper: Hope you all enjoy a fantastic Friday! :wave:

gma22
04-27-2012, 01:47 PM
Good morning gals. I have been busy, busy this morning. The phone has been ringing a lot, which is really unusual. They called this morning while I was in the bathroom of course and said the car will be ready to pick up at 11 AM. Hurray, this Jeep Liberty is an awful SUV. I hate the thing. So Jack will go buy and pick it up on his way home from work, pay the deductible and turn in the rental car.

The reason I was so busy is I knit the first mitten this morning. :lol: This one is actually Kelly's in her color. I only made one though so they could all three try it on with the gloves they are going to wear and then she can email me about adjustments, longer thumb, longer hand, bigger around, etc. I tried the mitten on and made the thumb and length to fit me since that isn't affected by the glove underneath. I didn't want it being really long like the man's glove would have been so I cut it down and fit it to myself. The thumb and circumference is really roomy on me so I hope it works well for Kelly and Thomas, then if it is tight on Tom, I will make the bigger size for him.

Jean: I talked to the adjuster about the deductible being refunded and she said there is no guarantee of course, but since both guilty parties have insurance Geico will get our money back for us. The funny thing is the damage was minimal and the parts only amounted to about $30 but with labor costs the total was $700!!! So, Geico can fight with the two insurers to get the full amount back then give us our deductible back from it. She told me that Geico is really agressive about getting the money so we shall see. Did you end up having to go to the church today?? I need to dust downstairs today and work on a grocery list as tomorrow is commissary day. I am so glad we will have our car back so we don't have to deal with letting them let us on base with a rental car. The pass office isn't open on the weekends.

Maggie: I would wear a natural looking wig, but I think my head would sweat too much, especially on a cruise so I am hoping my hair grows out enough and thick enough to have it cut in a wedge. I only have 4 months so I doubt how long it will get as it is barely growing over my ears right now (I always have worn my hair cut around my ears. Part of the problem with my hair is it has developed an annoying curl section towards the crown and the hair just sticks up all the time unless I just spray the whole thing and make everything on top stick up! :lol: I am going right before the cruise for the first time and getting my eyebrows waxed. Should be an experience.

Susan: What scares me with this progestin upsetting my intestines is it causing my diverticulitis to act up too and I wouldn't know the difference. I do know that what has been going on with me is connected to the meds because for lack of better words, I am "shedding" the tissue from my uterus so when I am having the upset and diahrrea this is showing up too. I have 6 weeks left and boy I can't wait to be done. Hope Casper comes home and does a-okay having been declawed. Butterscotch didn't even seem to notice he didn't have front claws anymore. Luckily, he didn't have pain and such.

Well girls, I need to do my dusting and I want to finish the one side of the shoulder of my sweater and bind it off. I then only have to make the sleeves and put it together. Have a wonderful day and great weekend. Looks like rain here today, but nothing so far. It is quite warm though. Faye

Jean
04-28-2012, 02:30 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! It's been a lazy day so far today . . . well sort of. It's windy and cold! The wind finally died down a little during the night but we have leaves all over the patio, deck, and driveway. We went to the coffee at church this morning, then to the hardware store and paint store to look at paint samples. I don't like picking out colors! I've changed clothes and Bob just left to go buy some work boots. I haven't decided what my next project is going to be.

The gal agent made a cake for Secretary's Day; she just used a cake mix and a can of diet pop. Bob said it was really good so maybe I will make one this afternoon.

"Gma" -- I'm glad your car repair was done so quickly for you. :yes: I didn't go to the church office yesterday; the newsletter is once a month and was late because of the secretary being gone. The pastor likes it to go out a day or two before the 1st. I don't know how to do some of the things, like scan invitations, pictures, or graphics, so couldn't do anything except type the text while she was gone. I thought sure your mitten would have a monkey face on it! :lol: Hope your commissary trip was fast and easy this morning.

I need to check the dryer and see if it's done so I can dry another load. Enjoy your day whatever you are doing today! :wave:

Maggie
04-28-2012, 02:31 PM
:comp: GOOD AFTERNOON MAGNOLIAS :wave:

We had a wonderful drive out and about yesterday and stopped by a McD's here in town for a snack. While there next to us in her car was a lady that works as a greeter at Wal*Mart and she recognized Will and we had a good gab fest. She had her dog with her for she had just brought him to McD's for a :burger: which all he got was the meat of it as a treat. Anyway she asked where she could get a nice bumper sticker for Kansas and we said we would look about for her as we were in different bergs. We could find one nowhere so when we got home I found some on the web. I copied & pasted 4 and Will can take them to her today when she works and decide which one she wants and can order it. We got home and I hadn't done my walking yet so I did it before I got started in anything. Then it was time to do dinner which was an easy warm up of the Stroganoff as a re-run. We had a wonderful drive out and about.

This is a partly sunny 65º day. We got a gulley washer of a rain yesterday before we went out and about though. It had started in the night and lasted through the morning. I sure slept well during the night for I am well rested. I do remember the cat walking on me and a dog unhappy when I got in his space. Ole Ragg Mopp is a grouch if my feet nudge him in the night. You would think he would learn not to sleep near folks feet. And something got the dogs to barking a bit ~ they are terrific watch dogs. At least they sound the alarm. It was probably just a skunk taking a walk in the back yard. Dogs have good noses and I can imagine they smelled the skunk for they do move quietly.

I don’t have much planned for this Saturday. Will brought be a ger-prize from when he went to get me some printer paper at the shop downtown. It is a note taking set. The large tablet is 4 inches wide and 8 inches long with varied widths of colored stripes at the bottom of the page and at the top of the page also of pink, maroon, navy, lavender and yellow. There is a flap at the top that is 2 inches and fancy cut, that folds down over the tablet. The design on the flap is of Victorian nature ~ all fancy and has a magnet on the back so it can live on my board which is metal on one half with cork on the other. The smaller tablet is 3 by 4¾ and has a striped cover with the same type upper flap that comes down at the top that the larger tablet has. The flap on this one is has a small magnet on the back to keep it closed. What a fun little set of note paper. I think I will put the smaller of the two in my purse.

DONNA FAYE :hug: I know you will be so thankful when the next 6 weeks has passed and you can really start to feel better. You are going through such an ordeal. It is good that you have your knitting to help keep your mind off your "issues." That's a good idea to just do one mitten at first until you know if it will work then go on from there.

JEAN Yes Wal*Mart Visa debit cards cost $3.00 a month service fee and you have to keep a small balance in them to cover it. Just don't spend it down to nothing unless you want to cut the card up. We like to use them for on line purchaces because that way "they" don't get into our "real" account. When I want to buy something we get money loaded on the card and then I spend it promptly. That way no one can come in and take it. That happened to me once so we now change cards occasionally. I got all my money back from the creep that took it off my card though. Wal*Mart got it back for me very quickly even. I was just so thankful that it was the debit card they scamed and not my bank account. I really like using the debit cards. When I buy my clothes next month I will load up my debit card to cover the cost. Remember when they used to say "cash is king" well the debit cards are cash in plastic form. Guard your cash. I have the instructions for several versions of that cake. Cake Mix & Applesauce, Cake Mix & Diet Soda, Cake Mix & Canned Pumpkin and Cake Mix & Egg Substitute. They all cost Points+ of 5. They are all better tasting if you add Egg Beaters to = 2 eggs to them and it doesn't change the points+ value. If you want the recipes I will send them to you.

SUSAN Hope your Saturday is going well with you.

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

QuilterInVA
04-29-2012, 12:12 PM
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