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happy2bme
08-01-2012, 11:14 AM
Ok kids, new month, new thread. You know I am not into the cutesy titles any more so this is my compromise. Be back for updates after some maintenace stuff...


Laura705
08-01-2012, 11:53 AM
Morning all. Hump day, thank goodness.

Happy - Thanks for starting the new thread!!

Annie - Enjoy your anniversary dinner. :)

Michelle - Maybe I should go to the WI state fair - definitely closer to us than the IL fair down in Springfield! What a situation you're in with the computer - good thing you can support yourself.

Mel - Sorry you've got all the alarm trouble. I hope the woman in the office doesn't leave you all by your lonesome. :( Re makeup application on the train - I rarely wear mascara, so I don't face that challenge. I do, however, wear eyeliner and that's definitely easier to apply when the train's sitting in a station, LOL.

Shad - Love that letter! Isn't it just idiocy that things like that happen?? And I hate that they include all sorts of advertising along with their bills. And I just know it doesn't result in a lower bill for me... Hope the next item on your list was easier.

Ceejay - Hope you're on the mend and feeling better. Are you back at work? When does your weekend start? If I can't be enjoying a weekend, I want someone else to!!

Hellos to Happy, Ellen and Patty. :wave: :wave: :wave:
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Nothing much to report. Bf mowed the lawn yesterday and timed it such that he asked me to take doggy for his walk. After that I did a load of laundry and that was about it.

I know I'm going to sound like a horrible person, but I think I'm washing my hands of any plans for bf's 50th bday. A few of his friends tried to make plans to go to a spot in the lakes area for one of their "party all night and crash" parties, of which I'm not very fond. Not that bf told me about it - I didn't even learn about it until one of his friends mentioned it when we saw them on Sunday. Of course that makes me want to reject my participation simply on principle. Anyway, all the lodging places are already fully booked for this weekend and people have other plans for the next couple weekends.

Furthermore, bf prefers not to do anything if it can't be done until a few weeks later - he hates the idea of not celebrating it close to his actual bday. Really???!! I suppose I should have known better because he has a pet peeve that his family's Christmas celebration is never on Christmas or Christmas Eve because his brothers always spend those days with the spouses' families. So anyway, I guess this means that my idea of throwing a party in September is kaput. I'm so annoyed. At him and at myself (wish I'd just set a party up for this weekend, and taken a chance on the whatever weather Mother Nature wanted to throw at us). There's more to this than what I've said, but I won't get into it because it'll just make both of us look even worse, LOL.

Okay better stop :blah: and get on with the day. Oh, might take a spin class tonight.

happy2bme
08-01-2012, 12:13 PM
Ok, I'm back. Ceejay - while you are dealing with 102 degree temps, here we are seeing cool mornings with heavy dew on the grass and as soon as the sun sets, the heat of the day dissapates quickly so while everything is still green as can be, there are subtle hints that autumn is on it's way.

I have not heard anything yet about the job. I kind of hope they don't drag this out and if I don't get it, at least let me know via email or something so there is closure - I know there is alot going on in the office at the moment. Meanwhile I am trying to make the most of each day in case I do have to go back to work - will be a long time before I get any time off if that is the case.

I just checked my slug traps - small tart tins filled with Miller Light Beer - and there are 14 slugs in there. So I guess 1) slugs were the problem eating my tomatoes and 2) I guess the beer traps work because after all, these are Wisconsin slugs and Wisconsonites love their beer from everything I've heard :rofl: I have had some great cucumbers and grape tomatoes but have lost every big tomato so far (10) to pests chewing holes in them. I had been doing some checking online and were it not by chance that I happened to see 2 slugs preparing to feast on my crop, I probably would not have figured out the problem. And I would have been pretty peeved since I am looking forward to them. Although I am a bit (no actually I am A LOT) envious of my neighbors huge lush garden at the end of the street, I have to say that we are getting just enough out of our garden to sustain us. A cucumber every other day and enough grape tomatoes for a meal for me each day - DH doesn't like the little guys. I need to pick and make a rocket (arugula) salad today.

Got my cast iron grill pan (double burner size) yesterday and I am looking forward to some grilled chicken and veggies today for dinner. Got a zuchinni as big as my arm at the farmstand the other day - will make nice, grilled rounds. I also got some multigrain bread at the farmers market from a Mennonite family that grinds their own wheat and I have to say I am IN LOVE. This was the best tasting, fresh homemade bread I've had in ages. And it freezes well so I'll be heading over to their farmstand on Friday to pick up another loaf and some wheat bread as well. Got up early yesterday and we headed out to the grocery store to stock up on a few things.

I felt like going to the casino yesterday so invited DH for lunch and a little bit of play. He wasn't that crazy about going but agreed to it. We had a nice lunch - our big meal of the day. He said we should eat at the buffet once a day and make that our main meal - cheaper than buying groceries and that is true - $10 for beverages, nice salad bar, vegetables - awesome carrots, mashed potatoes, corn, a wild rice casserole and several meats - delicious baked chicken, baked cod fish, liver and onions :barf: , Swiss steak, stuffed mannicoti with red sauce and some garlic cheese bisquits that DH said were really good. Also they had 2 homemade soups. And of course there is dessert - cookies, pies, cakes and soft serve ice cream. That's alot of food for 10 dollars - about what you'd pay for a burger, fries and drink at any of the other places. Afterwards I floated DH a loan since he didn't have any money to play with, we wished each other luck and went on our way. He found me about 45 minutes later and returned my money. He won $400 :yay: Not bad for an hour's work. :lol: He was pretty happy. We left shortly afterwards and even I was up $50 so we had a nice outing.

:mad: :mad: :mad: Did all my personals toggling between last month's thread and this one and then closed the wrong window! I had saved part of my post so didn't have to retype the entire thing.

Shad - hope you had a good steak dinner with the miners. Nothing better for a man than a big hunk of hot meat on a plate.

Mel - maybe the alarms won't be that bad and you won't have to spend ALL day trailing the repair folks around :crossed: How's your tummy holding up?

Ceejay - yikes sounds like your cholesterol is really out of whack. Are you on meds now? Hope you feel better.

Michelle - well it sounds like you have the standard IT dept. Sometimes people have to deviate from "the build" and as long as it's for business, why not support it? Good luck with that. The State Fair is too far for us to travel - had to smile - Styx is playing there. Haven't seen them since they were a local band starting out in the 70's and played the dance club where DH and I met. How was the REO Speedwagon concert?

Annie - glad Lil Monkey broke up a crappy day at work and gave you a smile. :congrats: to you and C on your anniversary. How many months is it now? Have a nice dinner.

Laura - sorry things did not work out for BF. I threw a surprise 40th party for DH whose BD is early February. Had it at a great Greek restaurant that is now where Pappadeux's stands. We lived up north and except for one friend, all my family and our friends lived in the city or the south suburbs. I had to guarantee a certain amount of plates so I was also nervous about a big snow storm ruining our plans. It is what it is :dunno: I said my novenas (prayers) and while we got a bit of snow it didn't deter anyone from coming and turned out to be a very nice party. So sometimes you have to go with your gut. I can see the appeal of the guys for renting a cabin for a drunken wonten lost weekend and totally understand how you are a 1-80 on "oh hhellllll no baby". :( Hope you can work something out.

Hi Ellen and Patty :wave:

Time to get some breakfast in me and get a few things done.


annie175
08-01-2012, 01:00 PM
Happy...thanks for starting the new thread. It is one year that C and I have been together. 4 years since I first met him at CVS. I am having a surprise 50th party for Curtis. He turns 50 Sept 30th and that is the date of the party also. I would love to go to the casino, I have never really been. SOunds like DH got some spending money out of the deal.

LAURA...I never understood why men conveniently leave out telling you about things in the first place, cause we always find out one way or another. He knew you would be uncomfortable about it, that's why he withheld information.

Forgot to tell you...harvested two yellow tomatos, 3 red tomatos, 1 yellow zucchini, 1 green zucchini and 4 cucumbers last night out of the garden. Yeah!!

Have a good one all...........

ceejay52
08-01-2012, 06:17 PM
One more time--trying to post.

happy2bme
08-01-2012, 06:46 PM
Wow Annie - I was kind of thinking one year for you guys (hence the anniversary) but it just didn't seem like a year had passed so quickly. :congrat: on finding the guy you deserve to love as much as you do. ♥

18 slugs and 2 moths - one of which I may have rescued from a drunken stupor in the garden traps. No wonder my poor tomatoes did not have a chance.

I wish it would cool down enough to make my lemon bread with the fresh blueberries. Guess I have to get up at 6am when it is cool outside because once the sun rises up, it gets hot. Especially in this house with all the lovely light and big windows I can't shutter :lol:

Polish sausage and potatoes with garden onions (the farmer's market's garden) and bell peppers and crispy cool tomato and cucumber salad. I have enough to share - it's the GOOD Polish sausage from Chicago too ;)

annie175
08-01-2012, 10:10 PM
HAPPY....your dinner sounds fabulous, however I cannot eat sausage of any kind, it doesn't meld with my tummy to well....the lemon bread sounds delish, only if I liked lemon or blueberries...wow, I am just a bummer tonight....It all sounds so good!

We went to Applebees for dinner. I had chicken oriental salad which I love but ate too much. We had to pull over in a parking lot so I could puke...just the side effects of bariatric surgery when you eat to dang much. I felt badly about it and apologized to C many times..he was such a doll...baby it is ok. When we got home the guy across the pond text him as wanted to know if he want to go fishing on the pond between the neighborhood. I said heck YEAH go, I then laid down on the couch for about 30 minutes in peace. Got up and did a load of laundry.

Guess I had better get in there and try to get some shut eye. Have to drop my car off at repair shop and take C to work...that all starts at 4:30 AM...Yikes.

Love and hugs.

MELODY525
08-02-2012, 07:22 AM
I'll Be Back In A Little While.
Reports & Then I'll Come Back And Read.
HAPPY.....THANKS SO MUCH FOR STARTING THE NEW THREAD.
HOPE THE TITLE WORKS THIS TIME:rofl: :rofl: SEE YA IN A BIT.....


:cofdate:G'DAY. Early Morning.
Apartment Cleaners Are On Their Way.
2 Empty Apts Need To Be Finished And Rented Up.
Actually They Are Rented For Aug 15th.
See Ya Later. Have A Good Day.

Shad
08-02-2012, 07:36 AM
This staying at home business is keeping me busier than ever. Back tomorrow morning.

Shad
08-02-2012, 07:55 AM
Maybe I wrote on the other thread.
Flat stack over here. Need to get a new job so I can rest in the office.

Back tomorrow.

MELODY525
08-02-2012, 08:40 AM
CEEJAY....THE BOSS IS RIGHT. STAY IN THE A/C!!
HOPE THE HEAD IS BETTER. BE GENTLE WITH YOURSELF.
MY FRIEND IS VERY CAREFUL AFTER ONE OF HERS.:hug:




ANNIE....BET THE OFFICE LOVED JAKE. HE IS A CUTIE.
SORRY I MISSED THE ANNIVERSARY DINNER!!:cheers:
HOPE YOU BOTH HAD A GREAT TIME! HAPPY BELATED ANNIVERSARY!!
MAYBE WE NEED A LITTLE Rastafarian IN THIS BUILDING:dizzy:
MAYBE SEND IT THRU THE VENTS!!:dancer:
SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE DINNER BUT C IS TOO CUTE:love:




SHAD....THE ELECT COMPANY HERE HAD THE NERVE TO SAY THEY COULDN'T GET IN ON A WEEKDAY!
HOPE YOU GET TO RESOLVE WHO "OWNS THE HOUSE"!!!:rofl: WTF!!!
BUT I L.OVED THE LETTER.
I MUST APOLOGIZE ABOUT TIME FOR A CALL.
NOT SURE WHEN WORK WILL BE OVER TOMORROW AND TODAY IS FILLED UP WITH MAINTENANCE AND MEETINGS TONITE FOR THE NEW BUILDING.
UNLESS WE LEAVE IT THAT WHEN I AM DONE TOMORROW...REGUARDLESS OF TIME...I'LL CALL AND IF YOU ARE HOME YOU'RE HOME.
IF NOT THEN WE CAN CHAT AFTER YOU RETURN AND YOU CAN TELL ME HOW CUTE SOPHIA IS IN PERSON:bb:
JUST LET ME KNOW OF THAT'S OK. CAUSE ONE OF THE MAINT MEN TOMORROW WILL NOT BE HERE LIKE USUAL.





LAURA....SORRY ABOUT THE BF'S BD. :hb:
JEN & RICHIE SEEM TO BE HAVING SIMILAR STUFF.
YOU BOTH MAKE ME SO HAPPY I LIVE ALONE :rofl: :rofl:
BUT I DO HOPE IT WORKS OUT OK IN THE END. :hug:
I AGREE WITH ANNIE...HE KNEW AHEAD OF TIME WHAT YOUR REACTION WOULD BE:lol3:
AND YOU MADE ME LAUGH ABOUT THE EYELINER ON THE TRAIN!!!:lol3:





:coffee: BACK FOR A BREAK.
THE CLEANERS HAVE 2 APARTMENTS TO FINISH UP.
SHOULD TAKE ABOUT AN HOUR. THEY BROUGHT A WHOLE CREW.
TOMORROW AFTERNOON THE CARPET INSTALLERS ARE COMING.
WE ARE NOT GOING TO MAKE THE 10 DAY TURNAROUND LIMIT FOR RENTING THESE 2 APARTMENTS UP.
OH WELL.....NOT MY PROBLEM. THE REST OF US DID OUR WORK.
I WILL BE GLAD WHEN THE BOSS COMES BACK ON TUESDAY. :faint:
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY.

annie175
08-02-2012, 09:16 AM
Not feeling too hot this morning...will be back later.

Laura705
08-02-2012, 11:51 AM
Morning all.

Happy - What a nice trip to the casino - a tasty, inexpensive meal and winnings!! :D Yum, Polish sausage. We get ours from Kalinowski's on Rand right in MP. Oh, and Pappadeux's is no longer there (Golf/Algonquin) - now it's a Cooper's Hawk, which is a restaurant/wine bar. Hope your slug solution is working and you still have time in the growing season for a nice harvest of tomatoes. :crossed:

Annie - Feel better soon - maybe that salad is still causing problems? Or was it just too early of a start this morning?? Congrats on your 1 year anniversary with C. :)

Shad - Hope you get a chance to slow down and relax a bit. :yoga:

Mel - You sound busy as heck. Hope you've been getting sufficient down time.

Hellos to the rest of the Worldlies. :wave:
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Went to a spin class last night. Only two students, which was fine by me. I'm actually surprised it wasn't cancelled because my past experience is that if there aren't at least three students they can do that. Maybe that's only for the other group passport classes and not spinning. I actually think the spinning program is not as successfull as they hoped it would be since it started about 3 years ago. (They converted on of the racquetball courts into the spin studio.)This might be why they're offering combo passes and now they've added a few classes to the group exercise passport program - they want people to try out a class and maybe get some interest going.

Anyway, it went fine. I could have worked harder, but I was remembering that one class I took a while back w/ bf at Bally's when we went all out, and I was sore for a week! I sure didn't want a repeat of that. To make the pedaling harder and more challenging, there's a resistance knob, and the instructor tells you to work at a certain level of effort from 1-10, and you adjust the resistance based on that. And of course that's all subjective, and no one knows how much resistance you're really using, so there's no pressure except from yourself. So far, I'm not sore, but we'll see how I feel this afternoon/tonight. I'm not sure I'll like it enough to continue with it beyond the 5 classes on my pass...but the instructor (who was actually a sub) was pretty good. Couldn't hear everything she said because the music was rather loud. We'll see what the other instructors are like when I work through the remaining 4 classes.

If I'm to keep to my 2 exercise classes per week I really should do a class tonight, as I'm busy on Saturday morning and I know I won't want to do a class on Sunday morning. Oh, and it turns out bf's drink then crash party has been worked out for this weekend. I'm not sure if I'll join the so-called fun, but if i do, I won't even be around on Sunday morning.

For the e-mails I'm being copies on, the boss is on the warpath with one of our service providers, and it happens to affect me because they said something they need from me is a higher priority than the boss thinks it is. On the one hand, it's good because I'm at a standstill right now because I'm waiting on some items from other people. On the other hand, I don't want to be caught in the middle of this battle. Oh the fun!

Better get back to work. Have a great day everyone!

ceejay52
08-02-2012, 07:18 PM
I've had a restful day and semi productive day.
Called Jenny Craig last night to check about starting their program. That's out of the question as it's to expensive. Even with my insurance covering part of the cost.
Had a nagging headache most of the morning but I took a nap this afternoon and all is well.


Happy
I like your idea of the beer to catch your little varmints that are eating you tomatoes. Dinner sounds good. May make that tomorrow night.

Annie
Ugh on the Applebee's meal that made you sick. Too much of a good thing!

Mel
Alway's something going on it seems to take care of the apartments.

Shad
If you get to bored come to my house, I'll share some work.

Ellen, Patty :wave: Have a good day.

Laura705
08-03-2012, 11:57 AM
Morning all. TGIF!! Awfully quiet here. :sssh: Maybe everyone's off enjoying their Friday (or Saturday for Shad). :)

Hi Ceejay - Too bad the Jenny Craig plan is too expensive to give a try. Guess you'll have to come up with the Ceejay plan.

Nothing much to report in my corner of the world. I ate too much yesterday, and it was topped off by a visit to our favorite gyros place in the city after work. Bf picked up his new glasses from his old eye doc (I guess you could say he's two-timing because he used our new doc for the exam, but found the pricing for the glasses way too high so he got them through our old doc.), then met me at the train station a few blocks away and off we went to the restaurant. We skipped the flaming cheese because it would have been too much food, but it was still too much food anyway!! Next time we'll each have a cup of egg lemon soup, but split a gyros sandwich (they're huge, we'd forgotten that) and then we can order the flaming cheese too. As it was, neither of us finished our gyros, so we took home the leftovers.

Back at home, we took doggy for a walk, and then watched some Olympics. Been doing that all week, but mostly I've just seen swimming and women's gymnastics. Ready to see some other events!

Nothing planned for tonight except we'll get a Costco rotisserie chicken for dinner. Tomorrow morning is breakfast with a former co-worker. The weather is supposed to be nice Sunday (I thought tomorrow too, but no, forecast says 96 degrees!), so we'll go for a bike ride. That's about it for me, so back to work it is.

happy2bme
08-03-2012, 12:16 PM
Good morning kids,

Yesterday we decided to take a ride around the place. Stopped at this cool 1940's style diner for lunch. They don't have a menu per se, it's on a board above the counter. They have breakfast items all day long - thin Norwegian pancakes, a baked German pancake, French toast stuffed with fruit and of course the traditional bacon and eggs. They have a few sandwiches including a PBLT - lightly battered perch fish with bacon, lettuce and tomato - their most popular sandwich. And then there is the daily blue plate specials. I had a hard time deciding - finally went for the soup and sandwich - a lovely roasted red pepper goulash soup and a grilled cheese and tomato on a hearty bread. He threw in some bacon on the sandwhich which was interesting. But it was DELICIOUS. :T DH had the thin Norwegian pancakes with fresh lemon and jalapenos (right up Annie's alley). Said they were really good. The diner uses alot of local, sustainable foods - fresh berries from the organic farms nearby, a local bakery with awesome breads and veggies from the local farms too. We would definitely go back again. And the people were soooo nice - the servers were all friendly and the cook talked to us in between cooking up orders. The place is small and I imagine it gets really busy on the weekends but we went about 2pm after the crowds and had no problems. In fact, I got the last bowl of soup they had left.

We then drove to a place I saw in the paper that was supposed to be a most picturesque lake. It was a long ride but not anything particularly spectacular we both agreed. On the way out of there we passed an intersection that looked interesting so we doubled back.

How's this for a bench?
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/Picture-BearBenchatMooseLake080212.jpg

The bench sits on a strip of land with a bridge and water on both sides. This is one side :D
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/Picture-MooseLake080212.jpg

And there is a bridge you stand on (where the road is). Under the bridge is a bunch of big rocks where the water flows and makes the most peaceful gurgling sounds. I do have a picture of the other side of the bridge but I was facing the sun and it's kind of washed out. It was a nice outing.

About to head out in a bit to run around town and do some errands.

happy2bme
08-03-2012, 12:19 PM
Oh I should say that this is a historic spot. The Souix Indians were attacking and trying to take the land away from the current Chippewa tribe. A big battle was staged at this spot where the Chippewa gathered the tribe together and ambushed the Souix who were paddling down the water to come and attack them. It was a bloody battle the Chippewa won and the Souix never bothered them again.

happy2bme
08-03-2012, 12:40 PM
Now for personals -

Laura - saginaki and egg lemon soup. Oh you have me jonesing for a good Greek meal. :hungry: I don't think BF is too timing. We did the same thing - got our eye exams where we liked the doctor and then got glasses some place else. Tried both the chains and the doctor's office and even Costco (whose prices are really low but then again, so is the selection). Can't say one place did a better job than the other. Geez Louise - is the weather ever going to break for you? Will probably be a bad autumn color season too - I'll bet the poor trees are really stressed out, like all vegetation. I dread what this is going to do to gasoline and food prices shortly. Although we are getting fantastic sweet corn up this way from local farms.

Ceejay - sorry Jenny is too pricey for you - gotta be able to afford those celebrity spokespeople ;) My former manager did Jenny for a while - she said she didn't think it was bad if you only had to feed one person in the household although you still have to buy your fresh dairy, fruits and vegetable in addition to the program foods. So for me because I still have to feed DH, it would double my grocery bill. I guess it comes back to the old "time or money" thing. Either you pay out the nose for convienience or it takes alot (and I mean ALOT) of time to prep the meal program, cook it up, portion it out and track it. And even though you can buy alot of foods individually, I still find it hard to cook in small enough batches for one person.

Annie - hope you are feeling better today. Is it the heat, the stress at work or too much Chinese Chicken Salad? Maybe a little bit of everything?

Mel - come on, do you really want a building full of seniors all high on ganja singing All You Need is Love or 187 choruses of Hey Jude? :rofl: Are the apartments all ready to get rented out?

Shad - of course being at home is more busy than out on the road. Especially when you have so much to try and cram into a short stay. Are you getting ready for your next road trip?

I have a long list of to-do's myself. Need to write them down so I don't miss anything. Have a good Friday and hello to the rest of the gang :wave:

ceejay52
08-03-2012, 12:43 PM
Happy
Loved the pictures. What's that in the middle of the water? I like breakfast anytime of the day.

Laura
Yes going to come up with my own plan. Didn't really want to cook and thought that Jenny could do that, but not with those prices.

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We had a thunder boomer come through early this morning. And got some much needed rain. Don't know why but thunderstorms used to bother me. Now I turn back over and go to sleep, unless of course there's mention of a tornado. Nothing new except that I've nominated my sis to be my mentor/coach. I want her to know that I'm trying.

Shad
08-04-2012, 04:12 AM
Evening all,

Been very busy spring cleaning my house. The kitchen dining room and Lounge room are done and the rest will be finished when I get back from Adelaide. I should be clear for the next couple of weeks to finish that, sort out the garden and help DS2 with his rental renovations

Mel - you obviously got busy and haven't had time to call. That's fine. I'll be at the house here until about 11.00am my time tomorrow. Just ring if you feel like it.

Laura - hope you didn't get too sore from the spin class. Spin classes over here are usually packed. Since I hate those stationery bikes, I don't go there very often. Hope you get something sorted for the b/f birthday.
That dinner sounded really good - if too much. At least you get to take it home and eat it later.
I haven't been watching the olympics. I keep an eye on the medal tally and am killing myself laughing about the Australian collective angst that they haven't got more gold medals. And now that New Zealand have passed them on the medal table they are talking about 'Team Oceania'. WTF.
Annie - feel better soon.

Happy - that place that you went to for brunch, breakfast or whatever sounds really nice. I like the old fashioned diners. That bear seat looks like fun. The history lesson was interesting as well.

Ceejay - Sorry Jenny Craig was so expensive. Mind you they all seem to be expensive these days. I wonder if you can google a sample lesson from them and try it out for yourself. Are you talking just the exercise or the exercise and food?

Going back to the Olympics, as I explained to a few friends, we Kiwis normally get our medals sitting down - rowing, yachting, cycling, canoeing, horse riding. So we leave it to the Aussies to get gold in the pool or on the track - and they are not keeping up their side of the bargain. It won't last - us being futher up the medal ladder than them, but it's fun while it goes on.
Tonight I am going to watch the end of the Super 15 Rugby between the Waikato Chiefs of NZ and the Sharks from South Africa. Go the Chiefs. The Tri Nations (Aus/NZ/South Africa) will start shortly after that. I don't think the Australians will have a good time there either. Oh Dear.

And tomorrow I am off to Adelaide to see Sophia. I'll be taking down a big suitcase full of things for the baby and a little suitcase with my stuff in it. Babies take up a lot of space.

I'll be back tomorrow before I go. have a fun start to your weekend.

ceejay52
08-04-2012, 07:39 AM
Shad
How fun to go see the baby! Can't wait to see our now 7 week old baby boy.

Laura
Hope the spin classes doesn't hurt your shoulder. I did ride the bike last night. Wasn't in the mood. Got to get back on it today.

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Went to get driver's license and car tags renewed yesterday. Plus the guys came out and fixed a leak under the bathroom sink. Looks like the pipe exploded. There's been a musty smell for awhile but that smell seems to have gotten worse. Maybe this was the cause for my headache! Bad thing is I can't open a window without setting off the alarm.

diyana
08-04-2012, 11:32 AM
Hello my friends!

Great week at work. I'm getting along excellently with my new co-workers, and am almost done getting my computer set up so that I can actually perform the work I need to do.

This is going to be a busy weekend. We dropped off the doggies at the groomer this morning, then we pick them up, bring them home, and then head back down to the Milwaukee area for State Fair. We're probably going to go from 3 or 4 until 10. We want to see the Clydesdales perform, and this evening is the only night for that. They are so big, majestic and beautiful! We'll also check out the other animals, and eat some yummy (but not deep fried) food. Should be a good time. Then tomorrow, I'm going back to the fair with a friend (DH was pretty insistent that he didn't want her to join us today, and I don't blame him really - she an sometimes be a bit "offputting".) So I'll go with her tomorrow and look at more animals, and do lots more walking around. I hope my back can take it.

Anyway, before we do any of this fun stuff, I've got to get laundry done, and sew a button on a pair of DH's shorts.

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Happy - WTG for your and DH's wins at the casino, and the buffet sounds totally yummy. :)

Annie - So C is turning the big 50 in September (just like me)! DH and DMIL will be in California on my b'day so I'll be hanging out with my girlfriend. And we'll have my party later in the month.



Dang, the groomers just called Dogs are ready 2 hours earlier than expected. Gotta run!

I hope y'all are doing great! I'll try and finish personals later!

Much love to all,

happy2bme
08-04-2012, 12:37 PM
Morning all,

Had a storm overnight and this morning the temps have dropped down to 66 degrees. It's still damp and totally overcast so it is reminiscent of the seasons about to change. My flowers are starting to peter out already and I noticed the hummingbirds which are in abundance are also starting to feed on the flowers as well as the sugar water feeders so they are getting ready to bulk up for the long trip south.

I've been waiting for a cool day to do some cooking. Should I make zuchinni soup, cream of brocolli with cheese or roasted red pepper soup? I'm going to throw some chili fixings in the crock pot. Still having a problem with pests on the tomatoes so I am finding I need to pick them about a week earlier than usual and let them finish ripening on the vine. I have a ton of tomatoes - getting about 1 a day right now as well as a cucumber ever other day which is just right. I hope that most of those tomatoes will turn on their own before it gets too cool and slows them down. I don't like green tomatoes. Anyway, will use some of the fresh tomatoes in the chili today which should give it some good flavor.

Shad - I do apologize for not being more on the ball with a gift for Sophia. I forget that when it comes to you I have to plan 2 weeks in advance to get things around the world on time. We can talk when you get back as to how I should ship my parcel out. Hope you have a good trip and enjoy the baby.

Michelle - good to hear that you are enjoying the new job and getting along with your co-workers. That's such a big part of the work experience - the people can make or break you and you can deal with even a back breaking amount of work if the support and comraderie is there. Have a good time at the fair.

Ceejay - we had our house in TN alarmed - all of the main floor and one upstairs bedroom window with easy access from the roof. I would have to chose between open windows and fresh air or the alarm on. Wasn't usually a problem except for the times DH was not home which is about the only time I made sure I turned the alarm on. So can't you disengage the alarm during the day when you're home? I hate when you can smell mildew and can't find the source. At least they fixed the pipe. As for your question on the picture, I zoomed in and it looks like those are large rocks/boulders sitting in the water. At that point the water is rather shallow, about knee deep so the rocks stick out quite a bit. Also if it's the cooking you were looking to let someone else handle on the diet plan, you can also work a plan using the diet frozen meals of the Weight Watchers/Smart One, Lean Cuisine or Healthy Choice. WW does breakfast items - I like the egg stuffed quesadillas myself and the breakfast sandwich isn't bad although the cheese always melts on the napkin for me. You can easily get a variety of 3 meals from those lines, add some fresh fruit and vegetables as side dishes and you have your plan. It's just going to take some work to figure out the calorie content of each so that you can stay within limits and of course because it's processed food you'll be getting more salt than make it yourself but it might work for you. You can get a variety of stuff without overcooking and it will do portion control. You can even substitute oatmeal or Special K cereal or something healthy for breakfast outside of the frozen meals.

Hellos to the rest of the Worldlies :wave: have a good weekend, I'm about to start cooking...

diyana
08-04-2012, 01:53 PM
Shad - Have a wonderful trip to see Sophia. Please give her a big hug and kiss from her auntie Chelle since I didn't get my act together to send you something to take to her. :( Although it sounds like you might not have much room in the baby stuff suitcase for anything else. Funny you should mention Rugby. My director plays on a local amateur Rugby team, and he also coaches girls Rugby. And a coworker is dating a guy who plays on the same Rugby team as our director. I don't know/understand much about Rugby other than the scrums look brutal.



Ceejay - bummer that you can't have a window open while you're at home. I eat a lot of the frozen convenience diet foods (Weight Watchers, Lean Cuisine, etc.). I supplement them with fresh fruits and veggies...or sometimes, I'll heat up a Lean Cuisine dinner and a box/bag of Green Giant veggies. During the week, I let DH cook his own dinner. He grills up a burger or chicken breast or heats up something I made over the weekend and froze the leftovers. The good thing about the frozen dinners is they're usually on sale, taste pretty good and are portion controlled. The downside is they do have a lot of sodium. I think it's excellent that your sister is going to be your coach. :yay: You go, Ceejay! You can do this!


Happy - I love the photo of the bear bench and the beautiful lake next to it. :) It looks so tranquil there, despite the not so peaceful history. We haven't had good sweet corn here, but hopefully there'll be yummy corn at the Fair...there usually is. I think it's awful that the gas prices are going up, and they haven't given a plausible explanation for the 35-50 cents a gallon increase.

Laura - Hope you had a nice breakfast this morning. And if you go out with bf to "celebrate", I hope you have fun...otherwise, enjoy the peace and quiet at home. :)

Annie - Hope you're feeling better today, sista. :hug:


Mel - I hope all is well with you, Jen, Richie and the seniors! And I'm wishing you a quiet, relaxing weekend. :cloud9:

Ellen - I'll bet you're super busy with the kids, the hubby, and all the summer activities. How's your mom doing?


I don't know if I told y'all that the IT team I work with are all on a weight loss kick. The IT director who is a really fun nice guy, has lost 35 or 40 lbs since January. Anyway, they all track their food and exercise daily and since I've started doing this with them, I've lost 4 lbs in a week and a half!! :)

As for today, I'll make the best possible food choices and I know I'll be doing a lot of walking.

Laundry is beckoning so I'd better get to it.

Love and hugs,

upswife
08-04-2012, 03:25 PM
Ok chickies, I am still around. Dh was on vacation and I have been away from the computer almost all week. Getting a little sick today, but will try to catchup and post later. Today is going to be a lazy day...DH and his band snagged a gig at a campground, but the kids and I are going to stay home. Ok, talk to you ladies later!

annie175
08-04-2012, 04:12 PM
Hello all my chickie friends and sistas....been running around this morning, cooking and baking this afternoon.

We are going to visit Cs parents and siblings tomorrow, Sunday. His daughter DD1 and BF are going with. I am taking food. Cowboy baked beans, salad, zucchini bread and love. His parents are such a simple people to please with food, it makes my life easy....they think I am a gourmet cook and it is all simple. hahaha...oh well, brownie points that I could care if they keep. I love Curtis and that is all that matters and that he loves me...all established.

LIL man is sick with a cold that makes him cry just a lil bit when he coughs or sneezes. Sis took him to the doc, just viral cold. She is using the neblizer (sp), and giving him tylenol. I babysat him Thurs., and he was so miserable. I held him all evening and let him sleep in my arms. God love him. However, I stopped by today (sat) and he was in a much better mood and smiling at me. Man that lil man has my heart...just you wait SHADDIE...that lil one will steal your heart.

Had to stop right in the middle of my lettuce harvest. Thundar and lightening galour then the rain came in. Will have to wait till the storm passes, gladly as the lawn and garden are all cheering on the rain. haha...and I do not have to water tonight.

Need to get busy on the zucchini bread with cream cheese icing to take to Cs parents tomorrow...best close for now...no time for personals.....

love and hugs ALWAYS...

ceejay52
08-04-2012, 04:26 PM
Michelle
Sounds like you have a good day planned. Would love to see the Clydesdale in person. They are a majestic, beautiful horse. I'm happy that there is support for you at work concerning weight loss.

Happy
I thought they were boulders but possibly water buffalo. Wow, 66 degree's. I'd be pulling my sweater out of the closet for that. I'm more than ready for some cooler temperature's. We're under a heat advisory today. But tomorrow we are supposed to have rain. I do turn the alarm off during the day light hours so I've had the living room window opened today. Their is no sensor on it just glass breakage. Their's a way to silence the alarm in the bathroom just need to double check things.

Ellen
You busy little B. I like your motto. I may have to borrow that one.
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I went to Jenny Craig dot come last night and found a menu for all meals. They use the volumetric's way of eating. I did buy some Lean Cuisine meals this morning at the grocery store. I can manage breakfast and for lunch I'll have the LC then I've decided that since I eat so late at night that I'll be eating salad's and maybe a baked potato.
My shoulders are very sore today. At first I thought it was from the way I'm sleeping but soon figured it was from the exercise. I'm out of shape.

ceejay52
08-04-2012, 04:29 PM
Annie
You snuck in on me. Have fun visiting with C's family. Glad to hear that the lil man is better. All he needed was his Nana.

MELODY525
08-05-2012, 08:42 AM
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THE GOOD NEWS WAS TODAY AND YESTERDAY I GOT TO SLEEP IN.
BUT YESTERDAY TURNED INTO A FIASCO.
2 MEN FELL AND ONE WOMAN ENDED UP IN THE HOSP TOO.
FIRST ONE FELL IN HIS APT. COPS & AMBULANCE CAME.
THE OTHER MAN FELL IN THE LOBBY. IT WAS A NIGHTMARE.
HE WAS CRYING AND WRITHING IN PAIN.
IT TOOK FOREVER TO GET HIM ON THE GURNEY.
HIS WIFE WAS HYSTERICAL.
THE COPS CALLED LATER TO TELL ME HE BROKE MANY BONES INCLUDING HIS HIPS.
LOOKS LIKE HE'S NOT COMING HOME.
NO SOONER DID THE COPS AND AMBULANCE LEAVE AGAIN WHEN THE ALARM WENT OFF.
A WOMAN WAS HEAT PROSTRATE AND NEEDED THE ER. :faint:
THEY LEFT AND THE FIRE ALARM WENT OFF.
A WOMAN ON MY FLOOR FORGOT SOMETHING WAS IN THE STOVE.
THE INSANITY ENDED NEAR 8PM.
BECAUSE THE FFLOOR WAS FILLED WITH SMOKE IT CAME IN HERE TOO.
PUT THE A/C IN THE BEDROOM ON AND CLOSED THE DOOR.
THEN I LEFT & FLEW DOWN THE STREET TO GET A SAMMIE.
CAME HOME & ATE 1/2 IN THE COMMUNITY ROOM.
WHEN I CAME UP THE BEDROOM SMELLED OK SO I WENT TO BED.
I COULDN'T KEEP MY EYES OPEN.
TOMORROW IS MY LAST WORK DAY:crossed:
HOPE TODAY IS CALMER.
I AM GOING TO EAT BREAKFAST & COME BACK TO READ YOUR POSTS.

MELODY525
08-05-2012, 09:09 AM
LAURA....HOPE THE BATTLE AT WORK ENDS SOON.
THIS WAY YOU CAN STAY OUT OF IT. :hug:
GYMS HERE ARE ALL HAVING SALES RIGHT NOW.
SEEMS THE ECONOMY IS KILLING THEM.
EVERYONE I KNOW DROPPED THEIR GYM MEMBERSHIPS.
BYROS!! I HAVEN'T HAD ONE IN YEARS. LOVE THEM :hun:




CEEJAY....YOU MUST BE READING MY MIND!
I SAW A COMMERCIAL FOR JENNY CRAIG AND A FRIEND CALLED.
WAY TOO EX[PENSIVE EVEN FOR HER SHE SAID. :rofl:
HOPE THE HEAD FEELS OK NOW.
WILL YOU BE ACCOUNTABLE TO YOUR SISTER?
GREAT THAT SHE CAN COACH YOU.
HOPE YOUR PLACE GOT AIRED OUT.
MOLD CAN GIVE ANYONE BAD HEADACES! BE CAREFUL :hug:



HAPPY....I LOVE THE BENCH!!OMG IT IS ADORABLE.
THE AREA IS BEAUTIFUL AND THANKS FOR THE PICS.
REALLY GORGEOUS AND THE PHOTOS ARE SO CLEAR!
THAT DINER SOUNDED SO GREAT. BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES.
I WISH IT WAS THE OLDE DAYS AGAIN!!!:dancer:
JUKE BOXES AND GREAT DINERS.
HAPPY.....SAVE ME SOME CHILI!!
I'LL BRING A NICE CRUSTY LOAF OF BREAD:hun:



SHAD....IT'S A SHAME I DIDN'T LOG ON LAST NIGHT.
I COULD HAVE CALLED BEFORE YOU LEFT....I THINK THE TIME WAS RIGHT?!
SORRY I MISSED FRIDAY. THE RUGMEN LEFT AFTER 7 AND I WAS TOO BEAT TO TALK.
I SUPPOSE IF I WAS A NICE SISTER I SHOULD HAVE CALLED TO AT LEAST SAY THAT. SORRY.
I ATE A TV DINNER AND WENT TO BED.
DIDN'T SEE YOUR POST TILL NOW ABOUT CALLING AGAIN.
SO NOW I AM WAVING GOODBYE:wave:
SAFE TRAVELS. HOPE YOU & SOPHIA GET TO SPEND SOME TIME TOGETHER.
GIVE HER HUGS FROM HER AUNTIES:bb:





MICHELLE....YOU HAVE A BUSY SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEKEND.
HOPE THE 3 OF YOU ARE FEELING OK AND GET TO ENJOY IT!!
I GT TO SE CLYDESDALES AT THE BUDWEISER PLANT IN ST. LOUIS.
THEY ARE HUGE AND GORGEOUS!!



ELLEN...PRAYING YOU ARE NOT GETTING SICK!!
HOPE YOU GET SOME REST AND WILL FEEL BETTER SOON :getwell:




ANNIE...SEND A HUG TO JAKE FROM US:hug:
FINALLY SOME OF OUR RAIN HAS GONE WEST???
GLAD YOU GOT SOME TOO. WE'RE SICK OF WET HERE!!!
HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT TIME TODAY WITH THE RELATIVES!!!:hun:

happy2bme
08-05-2012, 12:25 PM
Morning ladies,

Cool but sunny day today. Perfect for being outside - guess I might try and tackle some of the boxes in the garage. Also need to go through these cookbooks I have.

Mel - you can have the chili - those beans just did not agree with me, although cooking with the fresh ingredients sure did intensify the flavors tremendously.

That was awful about that poor man's fall. Breaking as many bones as he did, that certainly does not sound well for him. And my heart was in my mouth with the smoke on your floor. I'm glad it didn't settle into your apartment - that would have been a disaster! Always something going on, isn't it?

Not too much happening so I think I'll get dressed and get outside before the day runs away from me.

Have a good Sunday all.

MELODY525
08-05-2012, 04:50 PM
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I THOUGHT I WOULD POST NOW FOR TOMORROW.
IT'S LOOKING TO BE A BUSY DAY IN THE MORNING.
BUT IT WILL PROBABLY SLACK OFF.....HOPEFULLY.

ALL I DID TODAY WAS COOK VEGGIES AND BOIL EGGS.
KEEPING THINGS READY IN THE FRIDGE SO I EAT WHAT I AM SUPPOSED TO EAT.
SO FAR THE DAY IS QUIET. ONLY ONE SMOKE ALARM.
THEY SHOULD BAN COOKING FROM THE BUILDING!!
MEALS SHOULD BE INCLUDED WITH THE RENT :rofl: :rofl:

I RAN INTO THE ONE MAN'S WIFE. BOTH HIS HIPS ARE BROKEN.
AND SOME OTHER BONES. I CANNOT UNDERSTAND HER ACCENT TOO WELL.
HE MOST LIKELY WILL NOT BE COMING HOME.
I AM SO SAD FOR HIM. HE WAS SO ACTIVE. WE BOTH CRIED.

MY APT AND THE HALL STILL SMELL LIKE YESTERDAYS FIASCO:flame:
I DIDN'T REALIZE IT TILL I WENT DOWNSTAIRS AND CAME BACK IN. PU!!!
PUT THE A/C AND AIR CLEANER ON HIGH NOW.
NO WONDER I HAD A SORE THROAT.
WILL LOOK INTO SEALING MY DOOR A BIT BETTER TOO.
NOW I NEED A TRIP TO HOME DEPOT!!! :rofl:

THE HALLMARK CHANNEL HAS THE GOOD WITCH SERIES ON.
I AM IN HEAVEN DUSTING AND WATCHING.
HOPE WE ALL HAVE A HAPPY MONDAY!:encore:



HAPPY.....HOW DID THE UNBOXING GO??
WISH I WAS THERE TO HELP. I LOVE STUFF LIKE THAT.
ESPECIALLY WHEN IT'S NOT MY HOUSE:lol3:
I WENT BACK TO LOOK AT YOUR PICTURES. THEY ARE REALLY NICE.
PRINTED THEM OUT TO SHOW JEN. SHE LOVES COUNTRY STUFF TOO.
FUNNY BUT I GOT RID OF ALL MY COOKBOOKS AND DIET STUFF.
THE LIBRARY LOVED ME THAT TIME.
I WILL CLEAN IF YOU WILL COOK....THEN I'LL MOVE IN.
JUST SO LONG AS THERE ARE NO FIRES!!!! ROFLMAO

Shad
08-05-2012, 07:49 PM
Morning all,
Quick one - since I left my contact lens fluid at home yesterday and now have to go find some. Might put my running shoes on and go exploring. I'm not going to miss out on this sunshine. Certainly wasn't in evidence last night when the icy rains descended. Then I knew I was out of the tropics

Met Sophia last night. She is cute and not all that cuddly since when she is awake, she likes to move everything!!!! Either a cyclist or a breast stroke swimmer. DS2 has taken a week off work so we can have some fun together. As he says, its over 13 months since we saw each other.

Mel - probably better that we didn't talk. Might have some bits to add or whatever when I get back.

Happy - don't worry about sending anything, this child has enough. Geez, when I was having kids it was a case of three of everything - one on, one waiting, one in the wash. These days you have to have 97 of everything and to my utter disgust, it's all made in China. I was nearly apopletic the other day when I saw baby stuff in one of out 'upmarket' department stores that had a big red label sewn inside that said - this fabric is highly flammable. AND THEY STILL SELL THEM. Bah humbug. The almighty dollar has just gone too far.

Anyway, I am off to see the sights. When I get back, I will tell you about this funny house I have rented - well it's not funny ha ha. But it is comfortable. However I must look trustworthy because they seem to have left me in charge of the family jewels.

Laura705
08-05-2012, 10:13 PM
Hello all. Just a quick pop-in. Whooped after a ride on the bike trail. Good thing I walked doggy immediately upon my return home - wouldn't have wanted to if I'd taken a breather.

Shad - give Sophia a cuddle for me if u catch her in a still moment.

Mel - how horrible for that man having such a bad fall. Heartbreaking. :(

Michelle- hope u enjoyed the fair & were cautious in the swine area, heard there's been swine flu cases.

Happy - enjoyed the photos - pretty area. & what a nice bench. :)

Ellen- hope you're feeling better!

Ceejay - did u get the place aired out?

Annie - how did dinner w/ c's folks go? Tasty vittles - I'm sure it went great. ;)

G'night all.

MELODY525
08-06-2012, 08:34 AM
GOOD MORNING CHICKS.
I HAD TO COME HERE TO BIOTCH.
I WOKE UP THIS MORNING AND MY MAIN CHAIR WON'T START.
I'VE BEEN HAVING PROBLEMS WITH IT AND CALLED THE SHOP.
WAITING FOR WEEKS FOR THE REPAIR SHOP TO CALL ME BACK.
EVEN LEFT THEM MESSAGES.
WAIT TILL THEY HEAR FROM ME TODAY.
I HAVE TO WORK TODAY. THERE IS NO REPLACEMENT.
I HAVE NO IDEA HOW I AM GOING TO FUNCTION WITH JUST ONE CHAIR.
I'LL HAVE TO MAKE A SCHEDULE OF SORTS.
MAYBE SEE IF I CAN STILL GET INTO THE MANUAL CHAIR.
THAT'S IF I CAN STILL MANEUVER IT IN THE APARTMENT.
NOT VERY WELL WITH THESE ARMS I AM SURE.

OK....I CAN DO THIS.
I AM STRONG.
I AM WOMAN.
HEAR ME ROAR!!




SHAD....I AM SO GLAD YOU ARE FINALLY THERE AND HAVE MET THE BABE OF THE YEAR:bb:
DID SOPHIA LIKE HER PRESENTS???:dancer:
TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES!! BET SHE IS A CUTIE IN PERSON!
I FORGOT YOU WOULD BE COLDER BY DS2. BRING THE LONG JOHNS??
HAPPY TO HEAR YOU WILL HAVE SOME TIME TOGETHER WITH HIM BEING OFF.
GREAT IDEA ON HIS PART.
ENJOY THE TIME WATCHING YOUR BABE BEING A DADDY!!:hug:




LAURA....SO YOU WORE YOURSELF OUT ON THE BIKE??
POOR COAL WOULDN'T HAVE HAD A WALK HAD YOU SAT DOWN!! ROFL
HAPPY MONDAY :D

happy2bme
08-06-2012, 01:03 PM
Good morning chickers,

Another week rolls along. Went through a bunch of boxes yesterday while DH took a road trip to get some wood and brackets to stake my very tall tomato plants which want to fall over. Beside finding at least 10 boxes of pasta I also found a box of my absolute most favorite tea - it's a strong cinnamon that a friend introduced me to and the tea maker closed their doors after a hundred years in business or something like that. In any regard I will never be able to get this wonderful tea again. I have a box with 5 tea bags which I have been hoarding and now that I have 20 more, I might even share a few with DH :rofl: I also found my vases so I can pick up a bunch of flowers once in a while too. And a pretty fleece jacket 2 sizes too small so incentive to lose some poundage. Now that it appears I am not good enough to employ - haven't directly been told so but I haven't heard anything so I assume I won't get the job - I think I need to give some thought as to how I want to focus my life. Just as one who is busy mourns not having enough time, having all the time in the world tends to make one drift. The days go by quickly and I am doing things, but I don't feel like I am accomplishing anything so I need to add more structure to my day. I'm not entirely disappointed about the job - I really would have preferred to work part time - 2 days a week and have a balance. I feel good about tackling the garage and making order of that. Was going to use the man cave for storage but DH has the ATV, the lawn mower, the snow plow and other things in there. It's gotten wet on the floor and the cabinets are mildewy and need to be torn out as well as the lower baseboard so right now the man cave is not a good place to put anything but metal. Pity as that was where I was going to store the stuff I wanted to sell. It's going to warm up for a few days then drop back into the ah ha wonderful cool weather we both love so I will have to push DH to walk although right now as the weather changes, that is always the worst time of year for him with pain and right now his feet are really hurting him so I don't know how much he will be into walking.

Mel - I am so sorry about your chair. Don't they understand that you day lasts far longer than the battery in only one chair? I do hope they come to their senses - would like to glue their feet to the floor and shrug my shoulders and say get along little doggies - NOW how do you like it! :rollpin: That's awful about that poor man breaking both hips - and with him being active before that is not a good prognosis for him. :(

Laura - good for you for keeping active and getting out on the bike paths. Now if only the weather would cool a bit so you could take a longer ride. This year I won't have to be jealous of your lovely forest autumn colors as we will have a bunch of our own to enjoy. Love the golds out your way - the yellows almost glow. Ok, I will stop talking about autumn in August - guess that's number 2 on the banned list after the "C" word. :rofl:

Shad - that is funny that you have a flailer on your hands. I saw the pic of Sophia swaddled in the blanket, guess you have to hold her that way so she does not take a dive out of your arms. :lol: I tend to agree with you about the baby stuff - people have so much of everything that it's hard to pick out a practical gift. Same goes for those about to be wed who have been living together for years and have a fully furnished and stocked home.

Well, on with the day for me. Hello to the rest of the chicks, hope you have enjoyed your weekend.

Laura705
08-06-2012, 01:44 PM
Morning all.

Mel - I'm so sorry about your chair situation. I hope you can figure out a way to get another one.

Happy - So maybe it's a blessing this job may not be coming through if you really only want to work a couple days a week. Nice finds in your boxes, though ten boxes of pasta - oh my! Without the man cave to serve as storage for your "to sell" items, I guess that's very good motivation to get going on the selling! How did you plan to sell the items? Yesterday was one of the rare days in the low 80's, so a nice day for riding.

Hellos to the rest of the Worldlies!
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My weekend was alright - breakfast Saturday morning and then a quick trip to the resale shop. Found three mugs to serve as gag gifts for bf's bday tomorrow - one is "Over the Hill", another is "50 is Nifty" and the third says something like "After 50, the things that don't hurt no longer work". I will use one of them to hold a gift, and I think I'll just plant the other two where he'll come across them as he goes about his day. :devil:

It was icky hot and humid Saturday afternoon/evening, and after some errands and and lunch, bf and I headed home. Since I'd watered the flowers and veggies and bf had gotten the car washed, of course a storm hit, lol. Stuck inside, I spent a couple hours doing some mending w/ the sewing machine. I jotted down the model number of my machine because the package of bobbins I bought a while back are not the right ones. Now I just have to remember to put the sticky note in my wallet. Better yet, put that info into my iPhone. One of its apps is "Notes" and I have a ton of notes, one of which contains model numbers and measurments.

Saturday night bf went out to some block party with a friend, so I had popcorn for dinner and watched most of "Some Like it Hot" with Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe. What a great movie.

Yesterday was lazy for the first half - reading, a load of laundry - and then I went cycling in the late afternoon. We finally got the bikes on the rack and had gathered all our other stuff and were only a few minutes from the trail when bf realized he'd forgotten his cycling shoes. They clip into the pedals and the pedals are so small that the bike really can't be ridden without the shoes. Well, apparently there's some other part that allows them to be used without the shoes, but bf didn't have that in the car either. Bf was so ticked at himself, but instead of driving back to get the shoes, he chose to wait around while I rode. I rode about 12 miles round trip, but it felt like a struggle. I'm not sure why - maybe the fact that I'd eaten no protein that day. Another annoyance was that my bike computer needs adjustment and/or perhaps a new battery - like last week, it didn't calculate my speed/distance, and then it stopped measuring my cadence partway through the ride. While it's interesting to see how fast and far I've ridden, what I really like to see are my revolutions per minute (rpm's, i.e., cadence). I like to be pedaling in the low 80's so that I know I'm getting actual exercise and not just coasting along, LOL. Bf will make the adjustments for me.

I was thinking of going to a spin class tonight, but I'll see how my legs feel tonight. Otherwise, I'll go Wed. Tomorrow we'll go out to dinner for bf's bday. Thursday I'd like to do the circuit class. I'm already a class behind on the combo pass, so I will also do a Saturday morning circuit class to get my 3 classes in this week.

diyana
08-06-2012, 06:09 PM
Quick check in ...

The fair was great... both days! We didn't get to see the Clydesdales because it was raining, and then get so primped up for their showing for the judges, that they won't go out in the rain. :tantrum: And then the next day when I went, the entire horse barn was closed to the public because a horse was very sick.

We did get to see newly hatched ducklings and chicks, 4 day old lambs (so adorable) and 2 week old piglets, and 2 week old calves. Way too cute. I did A LOT of walking both days, but I took regular sitting breaks whenever my back insisted, which was pretty often. Anyway, a great time was had by all!

Today, after work, I have to mow the back lawn...it's really long. DH just fertilized the front yard with a weed and feed, so I'll wait a few days before I mow that.

I need some good suggestions for a location to celebrate my b-day. I don't want to just go to a bar and drink....boring (at least in my opinion). I won't be having it at my house as I don't think I'll get it clean enough...plus its quite a drive for most people that I'm inviting. I'd like to do bowling or mini-golf, or there are a couple restaurants with indoor arcades that are fun (Dave & Busters is a chain restaurant that's centrally located) - kind of bring out your inner child for a play date! :rofl: Or another friend suggested having it at the beach.

Do any of you have any suggestions?

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Mel - So sorry to hear about your chair woes. I hope it gets resolved soon. :hug: Do NOT overdue it, ok? Make it dang clear to the office and the boss that you are only as available as your chair allows you to be.

No more personals until later or tomorrow...it's just about time for this chick to fly away home.

Love and hugs,

MELODY525
08-06-2012, 06:13 PM
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I WON'T BE POSTING IN THE MORNING SO I'LL TELL THE TALE NOW.
CALLED THE SHOP AND GAVE THE LITTLE GIRL **** BUT POLITELY OF COURSE.
TOLD THEM IF THEY WANT TO LOSE ME AS A CUSTOMER HAVE THE DECENCY TO SAY SO AND I'LL TAKE MY BUSINESS ELSEWHERE. WTF #1
500 APOLOGIES BUT NONE OF THEM ANY GOOD.
THEY CAME RIGHT AWAY TO PICK UP THE CHAIR AND WHAT A MIRACLE...THEY FOUND A LOANER.
MORE APOLOGIES FROM ANOTHER PERSON.
THE PAPERWORK GOT LOST WTF #2
THE LOANER CHAIR ARRIVES.
TOO BAD IT WAS FOR A LEFT HANDED PERSON.
TOO BAD IT'S FOR A BUT THE SIZE A 10 YEAR OLD HAS.:faint:
WHAT WAS HE THINKING. HE HAD MY MEASUREMENTS. WTF #3
HE CALLED ME BEFORE I CALLED HIM....THE OFFICE WAS THAT BUSY HERE.
OOPS....SORRY I MADE A MISTAKE AND READ YOUR CHART FROM YEARS AGO.
OOPS I SAY....I HAVE NEVER BEEN THAT SMALL SINCE THE `1970'S!!!!
NEW LOANER ARRIVES. MORE APOLOGIES.
I LIKE THE LOANER AND CAN DO WITHOUT MY REGULAR CHAIR FOR NOW.
NOT EVEN SURE THE INS IS GOING TO COVER THE REPAIRS. IF NOT I AM SCREWED.
THAT PAPERWORK WILL TAKE TIME I AM SURE.
IN THE MEANTIME I AM HOLDING THIS CHAIR HOSTAGE:rofl: :rofl:
I FITTED IT OUT WITH SPARE PARTS I HAVE HERE.
CHANGED THE SEAT AND MAD WOODEN PEGS FOR HAND HOLDS.
I AM ALL SET TO ROCK'N'ROLL:scooter:
I ALSO TOLD THEM I AM IN THE MARKET FOR A NEW CHAIR. THAT'S ANOTHER WAD OF $$ IN THEIR POCKETS...SO LETS SEE HOW LONG THIS TAKES.
JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW THERE COULD BE A HAPPY ENDING SOMETIME THIS YEAR:lol3: :lol3:
HOPE YOU GALS HAVE A GREAT DAY TOMORROW.





HAPPY....I HEAR YOU ON THE DRIFTING Part. that is how i got roped into the office. there is a fine line for me between being "useful & fulfilled" and being a lazy sloth and not wanting to get out of jammies!
everyone i know retired felt the same way in one sense or anither. OOPS LOST MY CAPS.
I HOPE YOU FIND YOUR GROOVE:hug:
I KNOW HOW DH FEELS. WE'RE HAVING PAIN PROBSD WITH THIS WEATHER CHANGING SO ABRUPTLY BACK & FORTH THIS YEAR.
HOPE HE FINDS SOME PEACE.
SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE DAMP MAN CAVE. GUESS I'LL STAY IN NEW JERSEY :rofl: :rofl:
GO GET SOME FLOWERS AND MAKE A NICE VASE DISPLAY AND HAVE A CUP OF THE CINNAMON TEA!!!:beach:


LAURA.............:hb: TO THE BOYFRIEND...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!:gift:
HOPE HE HAS A GOOD DAY IF ONLY BECAUSE HE WAITED WHILE YOU RODE 12 MILES!! LOL WHAT A GUY!!!
THE WEEKEND SOUNDED NICE. DON'T LOSE THE POST IT NOTE FOR BOBBINS!! LOL
I HAVE NOTES ALL OVER THE HOUSE AND SOMETIMES IN MY WHEELCHAIR!! LOL
POPCORN & THE MOVIE WAS EVEN NICER. IT IS A GOOD ONE.
I LOVE SOME OF THE MOVIES FROM MARILYN'S TIME....
THEY HAVE GEORGE CHAKIRIS(SP) DANCING IN THE BACKGROUND. I LOVED HIM.
HAVE A GOOD WEEK AND TOSS THE BF'S SHOES IN THE TRUNK!!!!

MELODY525
08-06-2012, 06:17 PM
MICHELLE....WE POSTED TOGETHER. YOUR BIRTHDAY IS IN SEPTEMBER RIGHT??? I WILL PUT MY THINKING CAP ON BUT I VOTE FOR HOTEL, THE HUBBY, SOME DRINKS AND A BEACH:beach:
SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE HORSES AND RAIN. GLAD YOU HAD A GOOD TIME THOUGH. HAVE A GREAT NIGHT:hug:

Shad
08-06-2012, 08:15 PM
Morning all,
Think I am losing the technological plot here. All sorts of stupid things happen when I try to do something on this site. Hit a key and it bounces up or down the page, try something else, it takes me back to the forum list and I lose what I am doing. Yikes. :yikes:

Anyway here are a couple of happy snaps that I took yesterday. Sorry DS1 is so fuzzy will try for better today.

Sophia - blowing bubbles
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/010.jpg

DS1 and Sophia.
She looks like she is trying to get away.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/013.jpg

Not sure I can take the doting and fussing for a 2 week period. But I will valiantly give it a try. Better get this posted before it disappears for the third time.
Back later

ceejay52
08-06-2012, 10:33 PM
Shad
you will soon get used to the fussing. You need to spoil her as much as you can. She's a beautiful baby.

ceejay52
08-06-2012, 10:47 PM
Happy
Have you called them to make sure they've hired someone. Maybe it's just taking awhile. Good job on going through all those boxes.

Laura
Good job on getting in that bike ride. Finally the smell is gone.

Mel
At least you did get a replacement chair. You should not have to go through
that ordeal each and every time.

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Our internet is down at work but hopefully it will be back up tomorrow afternoon. It's hard for me to get on my internet after work. Mainly cause it takes up so much of my time.

MELODY525
08-07-2012, 11:36 AM
http://www.gotomycodes.com/userpics/myspacegraphics/Hello-Animated/Hi-There-Friend-Duck.gif

I AM SUCH A HAPPY CAMPER. SUN IS OUT, BREEZES STILL BLOWING AND
THE BOSS IS IN HER CHAIR!!:dance: DEFINITELY DOING THE HAPPY DANCE.
BROUGHT THE BOSS UP TO DATE WITH THE BUILDING.
I AM DONE FOR THE DAY.

A MAN I KNOW IS GOING TO SEE IF HE CAN FIX THE FLAT TIRE ON ONE OF MY CHAIRS.
IT'S WORTH A TRY. I FOR SURE CANNOT DO IT:lol3:

RICHIE HAS 2 DAYS OFF TO BE WITH JEN & THE KIDS.
THEY ARE HAPPY TOO.

GOING TO TAKE SOME WATER OUTSIDE AND JUST LOUNGE AROUND BEFORE THE HUMIDITY COMES.
GONNA GET US SOME MORE RAIN & CLOUDS......FOR A CHANGE.:lol3:
HOPE YOU ARE ALL HAVING A VERY HAPPY DAY :D




SHAD...OMG!! THE BABY IS ADORABLE.
WHAT A HEAD OF HAIR!!! HOW CUTE IS THAT!
DS1 LOOKS LIKE A KID HIMSELF!!!
I PRINTED THE PICS OUT FOR JEN AGAIN.
ADD THEM TO THE SOPHIA BOOK. LOL
ENJOY THE TIME AND IGNORE THE DOTING :rofl: :rofl:
I WISH I WAS THERE :bb:




CEEJAY.....COMPUTERS TAKE UP TOO MUCH OF OUR LIVES!!!
I NEED TO FIND OTHER THINGS TO DO. LOL
I HOPE YOU ARE FEELINGMUCH BETTER THIS WEEK AND THE IONTERNET GETS BACK UP AT WORK:hug:

happy2bme
08-07-2012, 12:05 PM
Morning ladies,

My pics for today -
Momma deer brought her baby around yesterday afternoon after I took off for the library book sale. This is taken from the trailcam which triggers a picture when it senses movements so no striking a pose here.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/Picture-MommaDeerandBaby080612.jpg

Different deer this morning who decided the turkeys need to learn how to SHARE the corn :rofl:

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/Picture-DeerandTurkeys080712.jpg

And this one was from last night. I hear a rumble of thunder and looked out the window. It was an amazingly clear and starry night with the bright moon just climbing out of the full moon phase. Did not understand the thunderclap and then I saw a flash in the sky. There was a lone storm cloud under the moon and every few minutes it would flash some sparks. I tried to get a still pic with my camera but this was easier said than done. This pic is from a frame I snatched from a video movie I made.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/Picture-MoonandLightning3080612withbolt.jpg

My company has arrived, I will be back with personals later...

Hotcupojava
08-07-2012, 12:56 PM
Lurking turtle crawled along and followed you all into August. Hi everyone.

Laura705
08-07-2012, 01:19 PM
Morning all.

Happy - More great photos. Thanks for posting them. Love the one of the momma and baby deer. :)

Mel - Yay for the loaner!! I hope the repairs aren't too expensive and that they're covered!! Hope you enjoyed your outdoor time before the heat/humidity hits.

Ceejay - I generally don't like to use the desktop computer at home after I've been in front of a computer at work all day. I do access the internet on my iPhone (from the sofa), but I don't like to send e-mails or post things on there because it's a PITA to type on it. Hope the internet at work is up soon for you.

Shad - Awww, Sophia is so cute. DS1 looks very young! I guess everyone is looking young to me now.... Nice DS is taking time off - enjoy your time with him and the grandbaby. :)


Michelle - Sorry you didn't get to see the Clydesdales perform. :( The baby animals must have been so darn cute!! All of your party ideas sound fun. I'm hopeless with planning stuff like that - perhaps have the party at a forest preserve? (that's pretty weather-dependent though).

---
Well, this day is going sort of so-so for me. For whatever reason, when I export a report from our new software to a pdf, it doesn't open in Adobe acrobat like it's done in the past - it just opens in my internet browser and there's no save icon. When I use the browser's file---save option, of course it just saves the browser page, not the report. Aaargh. It must be some kind of setting change that is causing this. Also , I've got about 4 e-mails from last week to which I've received no response and had to re-send my requests this morning. And I was on the train this morning reconciling my checking account when I realized I didn't record a somewhat large online payment I'd made and so my checking balance isn't what I thought. Grrr.

My elbow is strained today - probably from the cycling (gripping the handlebars and shifting and braking). It's also day one of TOM. Bah. I'm such a whiner!

Nothing much else to report. Last night I sent in a late donation check for my relay for life fundraiser. I think the deadline isn't til the end of August. I'd forgotten to pay the !@#$% water/sewer/refuse bill and it was due yesterday, so I ran it over to the drop box sometime around 6:30-7:00 pm. We'll see if it gets accepted as on time - I mean, I did technically get it submitted on the due date...

I went through our pile of gift cards to straighten it out. We added a merchandise credit from Kohl's. Bf had used a gift card and some Kohl's cash last month to buy himself a clipper. Then he returned it and got a merchandise credit. He suggested that at least it's a way to extend the life of the Kohl's cash - just go buy something and then return it for credit. Huh.

Before I left for work today I put out bf's gag mugs in a couple spots, with some treats inside. At lunch I'll buy bf a carrot cake cupcake from a fancy cupcake shop down the block from the office. Tonight we'll go out for his bday dinner. His mother was going to meet us at the restaurant, but she just phoned to tell me she's not feeling well. Boo.

That's more than enough of my rambling. On with the day.

Laura705
08-07-2012, 01:21 PM
Hey Miss Java - glad to see you stop by! :)

happy2bme
08-07-2012, 04:16 PM
Back again.

Cousin stopped by with a PC problem that DH fixed and then we had coffee and went outside and sat in the gazebo and chatted. DH didn't tell me that the guys were showing up to do the cement work on the garage today so I was surprised to see 3 trucks pull up. :?: They are powerwashing now to break up the loose bits so it's really noisy - debating about taking the car and just heading into town for a while although DH built me a nice frame on the garden and I have tomatoes to stake up. But I can't water the garden because they have the hose hooked up to the powerwasher.

Hello Miss Turtle :wave:

Laura - you are correct in that there is probably a setting on your software on how to treat PDFs - good luck finding it. Bummer about the forgotten entry in the checking account. Usually that happens when you could really use the extra money you no longer have :( Happy Birthday to BF - tell him the 50's decade is a good one - a break from getting decrepid and falling apart which happens in the 40's and 60's :rofl: Loved the mug idea and I'm filing the "don't hurt / don't work" for future reference :rofl: Glad you liked the pictures.

Mel - I'm left handed, maybe I need to drive your chair for you :bike: Seriously, I'm glad you were able to jury rig a temporary solution but holy geez, what an ordeal getting there. :rolleyes: Hope you have the rest of the day to yourself to enjoy. Glad that Ritchie gets to finally spend some time with the kids before they have to leave.

Ceejay - I hear you on getting lost trolling the Internet. Sometimes best to just not turn on the computer at all - especially since there's not much left to the day once you get home from work and have some supper. You may very well be right about them not making a decision on the job yet, however I am not going to pester them even tho DH said I should call because I hated it when I was a hiring manager and people would bug me. I told myself if it was meant to be it would happen and I'm not going to stress over it.

Shad - Sophia is adorable - I did notice the little bubbles on the FB post - so cute! And DS looks barely a teenager - so young himself. He looks happy - hope you are not mired in drama over there. Glad you posted some pics even if it was a hassle getting them online.

Michelle - sorry you didn't get to see the Clydesdales :( I hear they are massively large horses. The baby animals sounded so cute. No pics???? :( :lol: Glad you are liking the new job so far.

Annie are you buried at work??? Come back come back - we miss you :(

Hello to Patty and Ellen.

Whew, almost lost my post here - hate this laptop touchpad :mad: but fortunately was able to save it. All this noise outside is giving me a headache - think I'll take a book and head into the basement.

ceejay52
08-07-2012, 04:34 PM
Internet is back up at work. YIPEE. I hate using mine after I get home as it takes up to much precious time.
It was almost to hot to refill the fluoride drum this morning but wanted to try out the new ppump B. got for me. The pump itself needs a few minor adjustments.

Mel
Good for you in going outside for awhile. It's still to hot here to do very much of that.

Happy
The pictures are adorable. I love the wild life.

Laura
I like your ideas on the birthday treats. How is you shoulder?

Java
Hey glad to see you posting again.

More later.

Shad
08-07-2012, 08:04 PM
Morning all
Just a couple more pics and I will desist.

Daddy and me
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/0022.jpg

Hands
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/0042.jpg

Couldn't resist the hands one. Just such a contrast. DS1 is not a big person but the contrast in size is just amazing.

Anyway, things are going fair to middling here. I get to spend a fair amount of time with DS1 and the baby which is what I came down here for, fortunately not getting too much time with the partner and that keeps the angst down a bit, but the obsession with baby almost borders on paranoia. Sophia can not be left alone for a second and there is this compulsion to touch and adjust and prod and the hood goes up on the pram because there is too much light and then goes down because she can't be seen and then we fret because she hasn't had a nappy change in a few hours and she must be fed at least 6 times a day and she isn't waking up in the night for a feed and there is a tiny red dot on her bum which might be the beginning of nappy rash and she might need to see a doctor. And she is hot/ cold/ both at the same time so we have to wake her again to take her temperature. Is the baby monitor turned on, maybe she is not breathing. Hold her so she feels secure. Put the bib around to the front, why does she always swing it around to the back, don't jiggle the pram, don't go over bumps in the pavement, don't go on the grass. It just goes on and on and on. I know she had a rough start in life, but ........... There are times when it all gets too much. I have to come back to my place.
I know that I am not the most maternal person in the world, and that babies are not my forte - I prefer them when they walk and talk and you can reason with them - but there is just too much of everything round there. Okay rant over.

While I think of it. The gifts went down very well and you are all the greatest Americans of all time. No doubt there will be some communication coming your way along with some photos. Annie, we loved the hat. She will apparently wear it at Christmas - that is if I don't blot my copybook before then and the whole raft of stuff gets tainted with my presence. I will keep you informed.

Ceejay - I think we spend too much time on the computer, however it does have a lot of my friends inside.

Happy - DS1 is definitely not a teenager. He's 38!!! How did he get so old.
Your garden sounds like it is still growing well. I am looking forward to getting back into mine when I get home. Love the pictures of the deer and the turkey. You did good with a point and shoot camera to get the night sky that well. Sometimes you just have to capture it from video.

Laura - sounds to me like that document is set up to show in HTML format. You need to check where it is saved, and maybe re save it into the correct format. Hope the BF finds all his hidden goodies today. :hb: to BF

Java - Welcome to August

Mel - what a saga of the chairs. Wish i was closer, I would fix the bloody things for you. If things deteriorate around here like they did yesterday, I will be ringing you and to **** with the expense of the mobile cell phone.

Michelle - sounds like you had a fine time at the fair. Haven't been to one in years and the Brisbane one will be on next week. I'll be here in Adelaide.
There is a horse drawn carriage in a place called Victor Harbour down here. They are Clydesdales and if I get down there, I will take a picture for you. In the Hunter Valley they had a pair of Shire horses pulling a wagon as a touristy thing. Let the horses take you around the vineyards.

Annie - haven't seen you on here for a couple of days. Are you okay?

Right, better go get myself sorted for the day. It looks like rain so I'd better get the walk in before it does. DS1 tells me they are going to Baby Bunting this morning to check that the baby seat he put in has been correctly fitted. Guess whose idea that is? Doesn't trust anyone enough to do something correctly. Then they have some sort of clinic at the hospital. So I don't know how much I will get to see them today. Maybe late this afternoon. So I had best sort out something to do with myself for the day.

MELODY525
08-08-2012, 08:03 AM
http://www.freegraphicsonline.com/ClipArt/Baby/BabyTedBlocks.gif https://encrypted-tbn1.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQiJUvyLQJxFzkl4EzcYjahyLUpU_M0s OvvrJsACAu4fp2wJvpu



I AM LOVING ALL THESE PICTURES!! BABIES AND ANIMALS.
DOESN'T GET MUCH BETTER FIRST THING IN THE MORNING.
PUT A SMILE ON MY FACE FOR SURE.

JUST GOT BACK FROM AN ALARM AND I THINK I NEED A NAP ALREADY.
WOMAN ON HER WAY FOR ESRAYS FROM A FALL.

CHRIS IS WORKING FURIOUSLY ON MY WHEELCHAIR.
THE SALES REP & OWNER ARE IN A FIGHT WITH THE INS. COMPANY.
I ACTUALLY THINK THERE IS A NEW CHAIR IN MY FUTURE.
I WAS RIGHT AND THEY DO HAVE TO PAY FOR THIS ONE.
I MADE SURE IT WAS LISTED AS MY "PRIMARY" CHAIR 2 YRS AGO.
NO ONE ELSE COULD REMEMBER THIS BUT ME?
KEEPING GOOD THOUGHTS IN MY HEAD.
LONGISH DAY YESTERDAY....MENTALLY THAT IS
JUST SO MUCH HAD HAPPENED IN THOSE 10 DAYS. :faint:
TOO MANY REPORTS, EXPLANATIONS AND INTERRUPTIONS!
TODAY I AM LOCKING THE DOOR.
I REALLY NEED SOME DOWN TIME EMOTIONALLY.:beach:
GOING TO BE RAINY AND THAT IS FINE WITH ME!!!
NOW IT'S TIME TO PRINT OUT ALL THE PICS FOR JEN.

HAPPY WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY:moped:





HAPPY.....OMG I LOVE THE PICS OF MOMMA AND BABY AND ALL THE TURKEYS!!
I CRACKED UP WHEN I SAW THEM. VERY CUTE.
THE PIC OF THE SKY WAS EERILY BEAUTIFUL.
I THOUGHT IT WAS A GREAT STILL SHOT.
GREAT FOR HALLOWEEN TOO!! SPOOKY!
THANKS FOR POSTING THEM:hug:
(it reminds me that there is a life outside this bldg & away from all the nuts)
DID YOU HEAD FINALLY GET A REST FROM THE CEMENTING??
BET THE BASEMENT WAS COOL!




SHAD.....I LOVED THE HANDS PIC TOO. OMG .....ANOTHER GREAT SHOT.
THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR PICS TOO.
I CAN HEAR THE INSANITY COMING THRU YOUR POST:rofl: :rofl:
I TOLD JEN BEFORE YOU LEFT...WONDER HOW LONG SHE CAN TAKE IT!!
BETTER YOU THAN ME. "MINE" IS WITH HIS KIDS NOW. :lol3: :lol3:
BY THE TIME YOU GET HOME...MAYBE I'LL HAVE GOOD NEWS!
I WANTED TO LAUGH & CRY WITH THE DOTING PARENT.
POOR SOPHIA!! YOU MUST MAKE TIME AS SHE GROWS TO SORT HER OUT!!
WITH A GRANDMA LIKE YOU SHE WILL HOPEFULLY FIND COMMON SENSE!
IT'S IN THE GENES!! :hug:




MARY.....STOP LURKING AND START TALKING!!:dance:
IT'S AUGUST....LET IT ALL HANG OUT:rofl: :rofl:
HERE'S A START....
HOW'S THE MS??
HOW'S YOUR SUMMER?
HOW IS LIFE TREATING YOU??
ARE YOU STILL ABLE TO WORK??
LOVEYA:love:





LAURA.....HOPE THE ARM FEELS BETTER.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE BF:hb:
HOPE YOU BOTH ENJOY DINNER.
GOOD IDEA OF HIS ABOUT USING A GIFTCARD AND RETURNING.
I WILL HAVE TO REMEMBER THIS!!
I HAD SIMILAR STUFF WITH BILLS AND CHECK ACCT AFTER I CAME HOME.
THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN OLD PEOPLE TAKE DRUGS:rofl:
HOPE THEY COUNT THE PAYMNENT ON TIME. :crossed:
AND HOPE WORK GETS SORTED OUT!! NO SAVE BUTTON???WTF!!!




CEEJAY...GLAD YOU GOT THE INTERNET BACK.
NOW HOME TIME IS ALL YOURS AGAIN:hug:
GOOD THING THE NEW PUMP IS WORKING OK.
I THINK SOME OF YOUR HEAT IS ARRIVING THIS WEEK:sunny:

annie175
08-08-2012, 09:51 AM
Hump day has arrived. Yeah! Which means Friday is lurking around the corner.

It is going to be a busy weekend. My nieces 30th BD party is at 1 on Saturday, then a baby shower for one of my besties daughters which is 6-9 pm. Thank God that worked out on the time. Sunday I have tickets to the pre-season Colts football game against the Rams. Will get to see Andrew Luck and not Peyton Manning. Mixed feelings. I need to make some freezer salsa and do not seem to have the time to do it. My tomatos are going to go bad if I do not get my act together.

Made delish tomato grilled cheese sandwiches the other night. Put a tiny amount of olive oil in a pan and heat it up, add sliced tomatos, grill for a couple of minutes on each side. Remove. Wipe out the olive oil. Lightly olive oil slices of wheat bread, place one slice bread oil side down top with tomatos and slice smoked gouda, pepper and bread. Grill like a regular grill cheese sammie. Yum Yum....

Dinner with Cs folks was good. Everyone enjoyed the cowboy baked beans, watermelon, zucchini bread, braunsweiger ball, and salad out of the garden. We stayed and visited for a bit and was home by 4. I really like his parents. They both have such a great sense of humor. Very pleasant.

SHADDIE...the babe is absolutely gorgeous....you can post pix as much as you want, I love baby pix. Your son looks like he is about 18. He is so young looking. Very handsome.

MELLIE...boo on the wheelchair. I see those ads on TV about hov-arounds or whatever they are saying medicare will pay for them if you qualify. I know you have probably looked into it, but just thought I would mention it. Glad Richie got some time off to be with Jen and the kids. Had to take a double look of the deer you posted to make sure it didn't have a red nose. haha

HAPPY...I love your nature pictures. I especially like the one of the sky and thunderboomer. I would love to hug the lil fawn but would probably get my ear bit off. LOL.

JAVA...nice seein' ya. Stay longer the next time you drop by.

CHELLE...glad the job is going well and the fair was fun. Too bad about the horsy's.

CEEG...are you finally feeling better since your trip? Glad your internet is back up at work. When our work internet goes down, we are mostly out of commission as our programs go through our in house net. blah.

LAURA....mmmm, happy birthday dinner to bf and eat some carrott cupcake for me. That is my favorite cake ever. You and C must have the same elbow ache going on. I rubbed his elbow down with stinky joint stuff last night.

ELLEN...everyone back to work? school? You stay so busy...sheesh

Nothing much else going on. No reason for not posting, just didn't feel like typing and work has been a drag lately. Big changes coming AGAIN. We may not be reporting to Michigan anymore, which is a blessing, but who really knows what lies in store for us. Actually it is miserable here and everyone is in a rut about the place, it makes it hard to come to work. blah blah blah.

Everyone have a marvelous hump day. Hugs to the wee one shad.

Loves and hugs....

ceejay52
08-08-2012, 09:53 AM
Mel
You can have all our heat. I'm ready for some cooler weather.
And you deserve the down time.

Shad
I like the picutres of the hands. I may suggest this to my nephew and his baby, who is growing like a weed.

More later.

ceejay52
08-08-2012, 09:55 AM
Annie
You snuck in on me. Sounds like you have a gew busy days ahead. Enjoy them.

diyana
08-08-2012, 10:56 AM
Good morning ladies -

I have a few minutes to post, so I'm going to try and catch up. Work is going well, and now that my PC is set up, I can hopefully start working on the list of projects I've been assigned. :)

Last night, DH went to use the bathroom and his knee gave out and he fell against the wall, creating a huge indententation in the wallboard...that's his project for the weekend. I was surprised the wallboard indented so easily...probably due to the moisture in the bathroom. So I guess we'll be staying around the house...which is kind of good...maybe I can get some sorting/decluttering done. :)

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Mel - So sad that the man with the broken bones might not come home. :( I hope your throat is less sore. Sorry about the loaner chair fiasco, but at least now you have something to use and hold hostage while yours is repaired. :) to answer your question...yes, my b'day is Sept. 9. I hope the man can fix the flat tire on chair. How nice that Richie has a couple days off to spend with Jen and the kids. When do the kids go back?

Shad - So nice that DS2 has taken time off to spend with you. :) So Sophia is a wiggler, huh? The photos of her are adorable. She's such a beauty! I just love all the photos...keep 'em coming! I understand your rant about the fussing...babies are much more resilient than new parents give them credit for. Your son is a very young looking 38! Wow, I'd have guessed early 20s.

Happy - Good on ya' for going through the boxes, finding tea, pasta and vases. :) I wouldn't assume you didn't get the job. If I were you, I would call or email them and ask where they were in the decision-making process. Unless you're really not interested in it. I hope that your DH isn't experiencing too much pain. Wow! Your trail cam takes great photos! What a beautiful photo of mamma and baby deer. :) I also liked the photos of the deer with the turkeys, and the lightning! Way cool! I'll post photos from the fair in the next couple days. I have to pull them off the camera.

Laura - Those are great mugs for your bf. Too funny! Wishing him a big Happy B'Day on his big 5-0. I'll be there soon enough. :rofl: I have to see if my android phone has a Notes apps...what a great place to keep model numbers and measurements! I love "Some Like It Hot". Bummer that you had such a rough day yesterday. If you're using Microstrategy for reports and are on Windows 7, there are some known issues I encountered at my last job. I hope your elbow feels better today.

Annie - Sorry work is such a bummer, but at least the rest of your life is going well.

Ceejay - I hope you're doing well. When's your next day off? Are you going to Paragould?

Well, I've got to get back to work. Lots to get done (what an understatement)!

Much love and hugs,

Laura705
08-08-2012, 11:57 AM
Morning all. Yesterday got a bit better once I figured out all I needed to do was reset the toolbar. :doh:

The restaurant that I chose for our dinner last night was one that bf likes a lot, but when we got there, the whole place was surrounded by fencing and is apparently going through some sort of major overhaul! This place is extremely popular and so I'd never thought to phone about being open, etc. We ended up at Longhorn Steakhouse where we'd gone back on NYE with a group of friends and had a really good meal. This meal was decent. Bf thought his steak had a bit too much gristle. I think this just convinces him even more to just get the really nice steaks at the butcher and grill them at home.

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Michelle - Glad the PC is all set now and you're ready to really dig in. Looking forward to the fair pics. :) I'm sure you've got some kind of notes or memo application on your phone. I have quite a list of notes - gift ideas, movies I want to see, books I want to read, even a little log I kep while I was on vacation last fall.

Ceejay - I hope you get the cooler weather you want. It'll be about mid-80's here today, but then I think we're getting a couple cooler days after that. Looking forward to it!! My shoulder is gradually getting better, but it's still not easy raising my arm over my head to do stuff like wash my hair.

Annie - Sorry work's got you in a rut. I'm looking at going to a short local conference in Sept. I'm not all that thrilled with the sessions shown in the prelim program, but it would be nice to get out of the office for a chance of pace... Sounds like a busy weekend ahead for you. Yum - those grilled cheese sammies sounded delish!!

Mel - Glad the chair folks are battling for you and that your insurance might cover it. I also thought of those TV commercials that make it sound so easy to get a scooter thingy paid for by Medicare...it's never easy, is it?? Hope you have a nice quiet day. :sssh:

Shad - You sound like you're on the brink of "something" (meltdown?) describing how things are with the baby. Never having had a child, I suppose the first few months are going to feel totally overwhelming given that they are completely responsible for the well-being of this helpless little thing. And then they'll (hopefully) feel more comfortable with being parents and chill out a bit. Just hope Sophia survives the smothering attention and you get through your visit remaining on good/amicable terms with everyone. Love the photos!! The hands one is great.

Hi Happy!!

Gotta run, have my 10 am meeting in a few!

upswife
08-08-2012, 01:42 PM
Finally caught up! whew you are a busy lot. Well, i have been battling this tummy big since Monday and last night I was in some pain and couldn't sleep...and here I was thinking it was on it's way out. Just laying around today, so much for the errands I had planned.

I finally made it thru the clothes...DD1 and DD2 really just glazed over, but DH talleyed up the total...we are donating the clothes to a clothing drive to support the United Way thru UPS and we had almost $700. DH said that his goup came up with $2500 total

Ok, will try to get personals done soon...this illness has really thrown me for a loop

diyana
08-08-2012, 03:30 PM
Ellen - I hope you're feeling better. Tummy bugs are yucky. I hate it when I feel lousy, especially when the pain disrupts sleeping. Good for you for giving away so many clothes! I really need to go through my clothes and DH's. I'm also going to either create a quilt out of DH's old t-shirts that he wants to keep for sentimental reasons (e.g., concert t-shirts) but are too small, or I'll send them to my step-mother and see if she'll make the quilt...she's an excellent quilter and I've never made one.

Laura - Bummer that bf didn't like his b'day steak. You sound so organized keeping all those lists on your phone. I need to move away from paper lists and paper all together. So inefficient and creates so much clutter. At my new job, it's quite the culture to bring laptops to meetings and take notes on the laptop. And I must admit, I type much faster than I write, so it's more efficient from that respect as well.

Not sure if I mentioned...but ever since I've started tracking food and exercise with my IT department co-workers...I've lost 7 lbs in just two weeks!! 4 lbs the first week, and 3 lbs this past week. I know it's not realistic to expect this kind of weight loss every week long term, but it's still an awesome feeling!!

Laura705
08-08-2012, 07:14 PM
Thank goodness this workday is over. Going around in circles with the software folks re a report that they "promised" and are now finding very difficult to get a grasp on. Now I'm trying to determine what is critical to me for that report and what can still stay on an excel spreadsheet. Was trying to work out some formulas that deal with dates and the number of days in a given year and apparently leap year causes some problems. :faint:

Enough! Have a good evening everyone. Ellen - feel better soon!!

ceejay52
08-08-2012, 07:36 PM
Ellen
Feel better soon.

Michelle
:bravo: for those pounds lost. It does help to have some one in your corner.

Laura
I'm glad my work day is almost over too. It means that I have a 4 day week end coming up. It will be a busy one though. Only have Thursday for myself, then to Jonesboro to visit with a friend, the Saturday go eat lunch with my uncles.

Annie
I may have to try your grilled tomato and cheese sandwich.

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Been doing good this week on the steps. Been wearing my pedometer.
Monday=10,000 plus
Tuesday=10,000 plus
Wednesday=12,000 plus.
My niece has been texting me this week. She's wanting to come see me. I'm planning a trip to MO in October.

MELODY525
08-09-2012, 08:01 AM
I CLICKED POST AND WHERE DID IT GO??????
OK.....I'LL START AGAIN..........................:write:



http://i572.photobucket.com/albums/ss169/carlislenap/Good%20Morning/Goodmorning-animated.gif


YESTERDAY WAS QUIET. ONLY ONE CALL
NEVER EVEN GOT FULLY DRESSED.
TOMORROW I MIGHT GO FOOD SHOPPING OR HAVE IT DELIVERED.
MORE FRASSING RAIN IS EXPECTED.
NOTHING NEW HERE.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR HE THOUGHTS ABOUT THE TV WHEECHAIRS....
I CANNOT GET INTO THEM SAFELY.
THE CONFIGURTION IS WRONG FOR ME & MY PHYSICAL ABILITY.
I NO LONGER MANEUVER VERY WELL BENT OVER ON SHAKY LEGS.
WISH I COULD USE ONE...IT WOULD BE A LOT EASIER TO GET ONE.
BIG DIFFERENCE IN PRICING!
MY CHAIRS RUN RETAILS OF ABOUT $35,000+.
SO MEDICAID WOULD BE OVERJOYED IF I GOT A HOVERROUND!:rofl:

HAVE A GREAT DAY:moped:






CEEJAY...YOU ARE BECOMING QUITE THE TRAVELER NOW.
HOW NICE TO BE PLANNINGA TRIP TO MO.
I BET THE FAMILY WILL BE HAPPY.
THAT'S SOME STEPPING YOU'RE DOING. GOOD WORKOUT.
HERE IS SOME COOLER WEATHER FORYOU :ginger:





ANNIE...GLAD THE FAMILY DINNER WENT WELL.
YOUR CHEESY SAMMIES SOUNDED DELSH!!
I MAKE SOMETHING SIMILAR BUT WITH A COMBO CHEES HAT J'S SELLS. :hun:
YOUR WEEKEND IS JAMMED PACKED. ENJOY THE 2 DAY!




MICHELLE....SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE DH AND HE FALL.
BETTER THE WALL THAN THAT POOR MAN. HOPE HE'S OK.
A WEEKEND HOME MIGHT JUST BE THE TICKET FOR BTH OF YU.
GLAD WORK IS GOING WELL AND NOW YUR PC IS SET UP.
GOOD LUCK WITH THE PROJECTS.




LAURA...SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE RESTAURANT CLOUSRE.
GLAD YOU FOUND ANOTHER ONE. STEAS AT HOME ARE THE BEST.
EPECIALLY GILLING THEM :hun:
JEN AND I CALL THE GOOD STEAKS BUTCHER CUTS. :rofl:
GOD BLESS YOU GALS AND YOUR SAVVY COMPUTER WAYS.
HOPE YO GT THE WORK AND LEAP YEAR SORTED OUT. :ug




ELLEN...HOPE YOU GET WELL SOON.
I HATE TUMMY ISSUES:cry: YOU HAV MYS SYMPATHIES FOR SURE!!!!
JUST JUMP IN AND NOT WORRY ABOUT CATCHING UP.
NOT SURE HOW YOU KEEP UP WITH YOUR OWN FAMILY!! LOL

MELODY525
08-09-2012, 08:03 AM
MICHELLE.....CONGRATULATIONS ON THE 7 POUNDS!!:cheer3:
WAY TO GOR GIRL. NICE 2 WEEKS YOU HAD!
SEE WHAT A NEW JOB CAN DO!!
YOU WILL BE A CHANGED PERSON. :D

Laura705
08-09-2012, 09:49 AM
Morning all.

Michelle- congrats on the 7 lbs!

Ceejay - enjoy your 4 days. Another trip to look forward to! :)

Mel- Glad your day was quiet. Those Jammie days are nice.
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Did a spin class last night. Wasnt in the mood, but I made myself go & of course it was good. Pushed myself a bit harder, liked it a bit more.

Today's a volunteer day. Wearing the t shirt given to us & a pr of yoga pants. I have no jeans presentable for the public that I want to get painted up, the ones i have are for yardwork, preferably backyard work, lol. Besides the yoga pants are comfier.

Tonight I planned a circuit class, but we'll see how I feel after the volunteer duties.

Cheers!
:cheers:

diyana
08-09-2012, 10:04 AM
Good morning ladies -

Happy Thursday to most, and Happy Friday to Shad! As my cousin says...If I stand on my tiptoes, I can see the weekend! Today, I have to review some code in preparation for a meeting this afternoon with a vendor downtown. We have to migrate our site, and thousands of pages of content from their environment to our new environment, and I need to write a program to do it. I'm hoping I can base my program on an program that was written before I started for another content migration project. Why re-invent the wheel if I don't have to.

After work, I have to stop at the pet pharmacy and pick up more meds, and then, I'm planning on going to the gym to work out for 1/2 hour or so. My first time back at the gym in months. I won't get there in time for the Zumba class, but I'm going to do the recumbent stepper while reading Jennifer Hudson's new book "I Got This".

I want to start going grocery shopping on Friday evenings when possible. The lines are shorter than the weekend, and it's nice to get that chore out of the way to free up the weekend for other stuff. :)

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Shad - How much longer do you get to spend with lovely Sophia and DS?

Laura - So sorry to hear you're having such trouble with that report. I'm pretty good with reports (especially in Business Objects and Microstrategy), since I've done reporting for the last 3 or 4 years. So if you want to PM me what the issue is, maybe I can offer a suggestion. I hope today goes better for you.

Ceejay - WTG on all those steps!! :bravo: Sounds like you have a wonderful weekend ahead!! Good for you! And another trip to look forward to! I'm so happpy for you, sista! :hug:

Mel - What a relief that there was only one call yesterday. I hope today is just as quiet and if I were you, with all the rain coming, have the groceries delivered. We're getting lots of lovely rain...and we still need it. It rained Tuesday afternoon, on and off yesterday and last night, with more coming today and tonight. Bring it on...as DH just put grass seed down to fill in the parts that turned dark brown from hot dry weather; and the flowers and veggies are loving all the rain. The dogs aren't enjoying the wet weather too much, as they don't like to play in the rain.

Ellen - Hope you're feeling better today. :getwell:

Happy - Any fun plans for today? I'm really getting inspiration from you going through your boxes in the garage. I hope to get several hours of decluttering in this weekend.

Annie - How ya' doing sista? Is Lil Man over his cold yet? Sending the lil dude lots of healing hugs. :hug:

Time to dive into code review.

Much love and many hugs to all,

diyana
08-09-2012, 10:05 AM
Laura - you're the sneaker inner! :bravo: on doing the spin class! You go, girlfriend! That's great that you enjoyed it! :) Have fun doing the volunteer duties.

annie175
08-09-2012, 11:31 AM
Good Morning Chicklets....

Wow we had a monsoon here last night. Won't have to water for a couple of days. Believe it or not we are still in a drought even with the h*llish rain storm last night.

I have been fighting a sinus infection all week. My face hurts and my throat is sore from the drainage. Thank God no fever. I just keep poppin sinus tabs and ibuprofen. It is worse in the morning when I wake up. I may go out and get some different meds at lunch.

Harvested more lettuce last night. Two more gallon bags full. I am the lettuce queen at work. I have brought in bags of lettuce for about 5 people. Going to try to make my salsa tonight. I will have to take it over to sissy's as my freezer space is too small.

CHELLE...CONGRATS on the loss of poundage...7 wowser!! It always helps to track our food. Good for you. Glad the job is going well. Hope DH is doing better, tell him I said to stay upright.

LAURA...I would do volunteer day just to wear the more comfy clothes, plus I like working outside. Have fun.

MELLIE...drats on the wheelchair dilimma. Don't cha just wish something would go along smoothly for a change? Glad the alarms were not to bad last night. We finally got some of your rain, but it looks like it is heading your way...sorry..booo.

CEEG...wow good job on the steps. I am very proud of you! Keep up the good work!

ELLEN..hope your tummy woes have ceased. It can make one miserable when the tummy is hurting.

SHADDIE...you must be hugging on that baby...at least when she is alseep and you are not dunking her flinging around...lol

HAPPY...are you out with the animals of nature? Enjoying the scenery? Hope your day is wonderful.

Better get busy...Loves and hugs.

happy2bme
08-09-2012, 11:48 AM
Good morning girls,

Found this in the garden day before yesterday. It's a tiny tiny toad hanging under a leaf on my snap pea vine. He's slightly bigger than a grain of rice, that "rope" underneath him is actually thin twine we have to stake the plants. I had a difficult time focusing in on him - my camera instead wanted to focus on the tomato plants in the back of the picture. I need to learn the various settings on the camera and now that I have had some exposure (no pun intended) to subjects like dark skies and extreme close ups and such, the explanations of the settings will make more sense to me.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/Picture-TinyToadinBeans.jpg

annie175
08-09-2012, 11:58 AM
What a great picture Happy...good job. You are learning and getting it!

diyana
08-09-2012, 12:30 PM
Happy - I love the photo! Great job!

Annie - I wish I lived closer so I could share in your harvest. Pretty much the only thing I'm getting is tomatoes...and not many of them. We're getting rain here too, and I'm loving it. Hopefully it will clear up for the weekend, as I'm sure the lawn will need to be mowed by then. :) Thanks for the books and magazines. DMIL and I just love getting your care packages. :hug: I hope the sinus congestion, pain and pressure ease up for you soon, sista.

annie175
08-09-2012, 01:09 PM
Chelle...I got about 15 banana peppers (sweet and crispy) out of the garden last night. And used 3 of my green onions on the pizza I made. My garden is rockin' this year.

happy2bme
08-09-2012, 02:14 PM
Went last night with my cousin's wife to see Hope Springs with Tommy Lee Jones and Merryl Streep. I thought it was a comedy but it's actually a drama with comedic moments. A good flick that one should probably see WITH their partner. Anyone who has been in a long term marriage can relate to this. I don't care for the characters that Steve Carrel plays but in this movie he played a straight-laced, dead serious counselor and did a very good job. We enjoyed the movie and stopped afterwards for ice cream.

The cement men are here working on the garage pad. I was going to go to the grocery store today but I would have to carry the bags the long way around the yard to the back of the deck to avoid walking on the cement. We are about to run out of coffee creamer so maybe I'll go to the store and limit myself to 2 or 3 bags - I need a few staples and the rest is either making some interesting recipes from my library cookbooks or just skipping the fresh stuff and eating out of the freezer. I made some zuchinni soup the other day that turned out good.

Last 2 mornings it's been great sleeping weather but really chilly in the morning. I have been holding back turning on the fireplace just to take the chill out of the air. 65 degrees inside is a bit cooler than I'd like. So to those of you who are warm, enjoy it while you have it :lol: I don't mind the cooler weather but I am concerned for all those green tomatoes in my garden.

Michelle- congrats on losing the pounds down. That's wonderful! What a great way to start off a new job. That's got to help build comraderie in a new setting also. That's unfortunate with DH having a stumble there but ... if the wall was in that bad of shape, perhaps it is one of those things where it looks like a mishap but allows you to uncover a problem you might otherwise not have noticed. :( That's too bad that he and DMIL will be away for your birthday.

Annie - sorry you are feeling so yucky. Apparently there is alot of mold in the air although with the recent rains that may have helped to wash away some of that. I am starting to feel the headaches and stuffiness too - attributing it to the cool down. It's frustrating too because of the hop-heads ruining the good sinus meds. Now what they have on the over the counter market is junk stuff that probably wouldn't work on a baby. Hope you feel better. :hug: That grilled cheese and tomato sandwich sounds delicious!

Laura - good luck on your Day of Caring

Mel - I hope you get just what you need in a new chair - and you know exactly what bells and whistles will do you best ;)

Shad - waiting on a picture of YOU holding the new baby *hint, hint*

Ellen - great way to put some unneeded clothes to good use. Hope you are feeling better.

I was going to go to the store and the library but the dark clouds have moved in and so has the rumbling of a pop up storm so I guess I'll tackle something else on the to-do list. See yahs :wave:

diyana
08-09-2012, 05:53 PM
Annie - Your harvest sounds delish!!

Happy - If cement guys are working at your house, you're obviously not getting the all day rain that we're having. It is much cooler today...in the mid-60s, but as long as the 80 degree temps aren't done for the year, I don't mind a cool day every now and then. It's ok that DH and DMIL will be away on my actual b'day. I'm trying to price out having a party at a bowling alley or something a few weeks after my b'day, so they'll be back from CA and DMIL will have all her stuff moved in and be settled.

I was thinking about doing a Zumba class after work...but my back is a bit sore. I'll see how I feel in an hour. I just got back to my desk from the meeting we went to downtown. And since I'm leaving in 1/2 hour, I'm not motivated to start anything.

ceejay52
08-09-2012, 07:38 PM
Michelle
I'm proud of you for losing those pounds.

Happy
Can't blame you for not wanting to lug those groceries. They can get heavy.

Shad
I'm waiting for the picture of Nana hold the baby also.

Ellen
Hope you are feeling better

Annie
Your garden has really produced this summer. I saw the picture of the lil man on FB. He's really growing.


Mel
Have you gotten the other chair yet?

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Got a statement on the ambulance service today. I was expecting it to be more.
I'm expecting a mattress to be delivered anytime. I'm putting this on top of the futon.

upswife
08-09-2012, 07:40 PM
Whew another drive by for me...got to run to cross country practice. but on the bright side DD2, DD3 and I are all feeling better and goig to take a walk. will be slow going with a 3.5 yo, but is better than nothing. Took the kiddies to the Dentist this morning...no cavities!! YAY!

Stopped by my moms and took her to the store for school supplies for my brothers and sister. My mom has been steadily improving, even up to driving herself some places and walked at Walmart today (the last mototized cart was out of order)

Ran to the store with my 4 and went grocery shopping...I think I need to start shopping monday or Tueday. when I go at the nd of the week it seems like I spend too much and then there is no food left. Well, gotta run, they are getting antsy to go even tho practice is 5 mins from the house

Luv and Hugs!

Shad
08-09-2012, 08:14 PM
Morning all,

Yesterday I went to the Japanese Gardens here in Adelaide. It was pretty even in winter and the definite signs of spring are there. Then I went to the markets and got some fresh bread, fruit and vegetables and some for the DS1 and his lady, then I went over to there place and fed the babe and had a cuddle. Didn't get any photos of them but had a bit of chat with M and possibly sorted out a sort of truce and she admits she is somewhat paranoic but feels more relaxed now that she and the baby are home and she is beginning to feel better. Well it certainly is a big admission on her part. She's never admitted to anything like that before so maybe this could be a good thing. DS1 seems happy enough anyway, so that is good. Next week will certainly be the test of patience since he is going back to work and I will be going over in the afternoons as I have been and seeing the baby. I don't stay for dinner and the test next week will be to see how well she copes with both baby, housework and her stress levels since everything needs to be perfect!!!

I haven't downloaded any pictures from the gardens yet and I didn't take any of the baby since I spent most of the afternoon holding her and feeding her and having her reflux over me as well (nice!! Not) I'll do that after breakfast and shower this morning and see what we have. I will try to get some more pics today.

Ceejay - I need a new mattress myself, but haven't yet found what I want. I also need a new bedroom suite but can't find what I want. I just keep looking.

Michelle - hope the DH's knee is okay now. Poor guy has had enough problems this year. How's the decluttering going? Getting any easier?

Happy - good to hear of the improvements happening around the house. Sounds like the movie wasn't too bad. I rarely go to the movies myself, mainly because I don't have too many people to go with but also because I am too lazy to bestir myself once I get home from work.
I am still discovering things about my camera too. Just the last couple of days I realised that it even has a setting for sunsets and sunrises. I always knew there was a nightsnaps thing there but sometimes you just have to set it on burst (continuous snapping) or video to get the shot you want.

Annie - Could use some salad veges and there isn't much at my place right now, but that will change after I get home. I'll put the garden back together again and start with lettuce and rocket which I can harvest in a couple of weeks through to tomatoes which take a little longer.
Sorry to hear that things are being shaken up at work again. Never ending these days and the only constants in life seem to be death and change. Not even taxes stay the same.

Laura - good on you for the volunteer duties. Hope you make the spin class again. Sounds like it is doing good.

Better go get breakfast and get dressed. The cold here is not being fixed by the sun pouring into the room. I need to get moving.

upswife
08-09-2012, 08:36 PM
so much for Cross Country practice. :( It was cancelled because there is a storm moving in. Took all the kids for a small walk, had to cut it short would not have made it home b4 the rain with a 3 yo. I have plenty to do, just don't want to move

MELODY525
08-10-2012, 07:54 AM
MORNING CHICKS

GOING FOOD SHOPPING AND TRYING TO BEAT THE STORM.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY.



SHAD...HOPE M CAN CALM DOWN AND FIND A HAPPY MEDIUM.
DON;T LOSE PATIENCE. IT'S ONLY A WEEK!
I REALLY DO HOPE THEY CAN FIND SOME HAPPINESS TOGETHER.
WOULD BE A JICE FAIRY TALE ENDING:hug:




LAURA...HOW DID THE VOLUNTEER DAY GO??
DO THEY JUST TAKE YOU PLACES AND DROP YOU OFF??
HAPPY SPINNING TOO! GO GO GO!!




MICHELLE...GOOD LUCK BACK AT THE GYM.
I USED TO SHOP FRIDAY NIGHTS TOO....MUCH CALMER. LOL
HOPE THE DOGGIES ARE DOING WELL WITH THE MEDS.
OUR RAIN IS BACK AGAIN....I'LL TRY TO SEND MORE YOUR WAY!




HAPPY.....GREAT SHJOT OF THE TOAD. I WAS WONDERING ABOUT THE TWINE!
THOUGHT IT WAS SOME STRANGE PLANT!! LOL
THAT TOAD IS SO TEENY WEENY!
GOOD THING YOU'RE DOING THE CEMENT....BEFORE SNOW FLIES!!!:snow:
65 IN THE HOUSE???:yikes:
I AM NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO WINTER AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!




ANNIE....HOPE YOUR HEAD FEELS BETTER SOON.
MAYBE A VISIT TO THE DOCTOR!!!!! YA THINK????
SENDING A GET WELL WISH IN THE MEANTIME:getwell:
YOU GYS WOULD NEED RAIN FOR WEEKS TO GET OVER THE DROUGHT.
I'LL SEE IF I CAN STILL DO RAIN DANCES THAT WORK.
GET WELL MY FRIEND.
OOPS......AGAIN I ALMOST FORGOT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR THE MAGAZINES!!
I GOT THE PKG WHILE I WAS WORKING AND LEFT IT IN THE OFFICE.
THEY FOUND IT YESTERDAY AND SENT IT UP!!
I WOULD LOSE MY HEAD IF IT WASN'T ATTACHED.
THANKS SO MUCH. VERY SWEET OF YOU. :hug:




CEEJAY....HOPE THE AMBULANCE BILL WASN'T TOO PAINFUL.
FUNNY YOU GOT THE FUTON MATTRESS....
THE KIDS JUST GOT RID OF THEIR FUTON.
A FRIEND TOOK IT.
MY CHAIR BUSINESS WILL TAKE TIME. NOTHING HAPPENING RIGHT NOW.




ELLEN....BUSY AS USUAL I SEE. LOL
GLAD YOU AND THE KIDS FEEL BETTER.
VERY HAPPY TO HEAR MOM IS STILL DOING SO WELL. :cheer3:
SORRY TO HAR THE PRACTICE WAS CANCELLED.

diyana
08-10-2012, 10:14 AM
Happy Friday and happy weekend (almost) !

At the gym last night, I did 15 minutes on the recumbent stepper and then I did a 30 minute Zumba class yesterday for the first time in over 6 months! It felt great! I did all the songs standing (as opposed to sitting on an exercise ball like I used to). Though toward the end, I did have to do some stretching between songs. After the drive home, my back was a bit twingey, but nothing that an ice bag and warm shower couldn't fix. I'm still feeling the endorphins this morning, but thankfully, not the twingey-ness. :) Everyone was pleasantly surprised to see me...and it felt great to be back "home" at the gym. The awesome instructor mixed in several "older" songs in the class so that I would know at least half the routines. :)

I'm doing the weekly grocery shopping after work, so I don't know if I'll get to the gym after that. Usually walking around the grocery store twice does my back in. I make one lap to get my stuff and another lap to find DMIL! :rofl:

This weekend will be DIY, decluttering, housework and yardwork. I've been keeping up with the laundry this week, so Mt. Washmore is more like a hill than a mountain. :)


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Ellen - I'm so glad to hear that you and the kids are feeling better! Good for you for taking all the kids for a walk? Congrats to the kids for their great checkups! So nice of you to take your mom shopping for school supplies for your siblings; great to hear that she's doing better. That's impressive she's driving herself places and walking around WalMart. :yay: for Mom.

Shad - I agree with Ceejay, where are the photos of you holding Sophia? Did you take photos of the Japanese Gardens? That's good you had a nice chat and truce with M. That's great that you have another week there. I hope next week goes well and that M learns that perfection is not all that it's cracked up to be, and often not realistic with a newborn. Thanks for asking about DS's knee. He's got a weak ligament that occasionally allows it to give out causing him to fall. It doesn't happen too often and usually doesn't cause structural damage to the knee or the house. I told him that if he's fixing the wall this weekend, he WILL wear his respirator - no excuses. With two days at the fair last weekend, I didn't get any decluttering done...so that's high on the list for this weekend. I like your method of the 4 boxes (donate, toss, maybe and keep).

Mel - I hope you stay dry while food shopping and you get home before the storms hit. No need to send rain our way, we're getting enough (finally). Everything is green and lovely!

Annie - Are ya' feeling any better today, sista? I hope so. :getwell:

Big :wave: to Laura and Ceejay!

Much love and many hugs to all,

Laura705
08-10-2012, 11:57 AM
Morning all. Big TGIF from me!! Once I get a yucky meeting done this morning I’ll feel much better about my Friday. :D

Michelle – Great job with the Zumba class! It’s nice to be welcomed back and even have the instructor include some familiar routines for you! Good idea to do the grocery shopping Friday night. I’ve thought about that, but never actually given it a try. Sorry to hear about dh’s knee giving out, but better the wall than his knee sustaining damage. I hope he doesn’t find any unpleasant surprises when he starts doing the work.

Ceejay – Glad the ambulance bill wasn’t shockingly high. I opened the electric bill this morning and was again happy to see it wasn’t as bad as I’d feared. And another nice thing is that our village negotiated a contract for substantially lower electricity rates with a third party supplier and that takes effect in early September. Yay! :yay:

Mel – Hope the shopping goes well. Volunteer day was fine. Our community activities person works with a not-for-profit organization that works with schools, and apparently this was one of the schools we went to last year (I think I was off work on last year’s day). School buses pick us up and drop us off at the school. The activities are usually painting and gardening. We never have all the supplies that would make for an ideal project, but we get through with what we have.

Ellen – Glad you’re all feeling better and got out for a walk, even if it got cut off early. Good to hear your mom’s up and about now. Yay for no cavities!! :yay:

Happy – Amazing photo of the toad – how did you even spot him or see him well enough to tell he was a toad and not just another bug?! Thanks for your review of Hope Springs – looks like a good one. Despite what you said about Steve Carrel’s role, I’ll probably still be sitting there waiting for him to be funny. :dizzy: We’re having a cool, rainy day today and it’s a nice change of pace, but I don’t need much more of that – I definitely tire of these kinds of days more quickly than the hot/sunny ones. I need my sunshine! :sunny: Are the cement guys done?? Cool is better for curing the cement.

Annie – Hope the sinus infection is easing up, or that you got some better meds for it. Sinus headaches are the worst! You are the Lettuce Lady this season! Glad you’re having such a good harvest from your veggie garden. We had one of our Early Girl tomatoes in a salad last night – yum.

Shad – Good to hear about the truce, and I hope M loosens up a bit because the kid’ll sense all that stress and that is not a positive thing. Hope next week goes well for you, M & Sophia!!
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Volunteer day was good – my group painted a classroom in the AM, then the new principal’s office in the afternoon. Both were two different appalling shades of blue. One was a smurf blue and the other a bit darker than that. Ugh. Definitely a lack of supplies, but then again you can never expect to have all the supplies and equipment you set yourself up with for the home DIY paint projects. Now I think I’m sort of primed (pun intended, haha) for painting the half bath!

Well, I said I gave a little bit more in my Wed. night spin class, and so yesterday afternoon my quads were feeling it, and all the bending and crouching to do some of the painting yesterday didn’t help me any. I was plum tuckered at the end of the day and was pretty much like a lump on the sofa last night. Going to a circuit class wasn’t happening, that’s for sure. Bf prepared most of the salad, and he grilled a couple giant pork chops – I couldn’t finish mine, but it was yummy.

Quads are still sore today, but nothing horrible. I’ve got a general achey feeling today, pretty much all over and in my hands (always get that from holding the brush). Nothing planned for tonight. We have a bit of a movie to finish watching tonight since I fell asleep while watching it yesterday.

Okay, have to prep for this meeting and get it over with. Oh, Michelle, I've been talking about two different reports. One was just getting a canned report I exported to pdf format to save and my problem w/ that was just me taking way too long to realize I needed to reset a toolbar so I could see the !@#$% save icon. Duh. This meeting coming up is about a new custom report to be developed that’s out of the realm of my software folks, so I’m cutting back on what my requirements are for it. It was really the boss who had expectations that this report could do everything for me w/ no problem…btw, she’s not included in this meeting, lol.

happy2bme
08-10-2012, 02:10 PM
Good morning chicks,

At the moment it is cooler in Chicago than it is here and we are having a cool and overcast day so :yay: the heat has broken down there! It is getting quite cool overnight - great for sleeping but I worry about all those green tomatoes ripening. This morning DH and I sat on the deck and watched all the hummingbirds swarm about. We have 5 feeders along the deck and they shoot up and down the perimeter chasing each other like crazy. DH is hoping he can get one to hand feed. Takes alot of patience and a steady hand. No special plans for the weekend except the Perseids meteor shower just before dawn Sunday morning. Of course it's going to be clear as a bell tonight and Saturday night is predicted to be partly to mostly cloudy. Haven't seen a good sky show since we've been up here - either it's been cloudy or the full moon was out and obliterated everything. So just doing some cleaning and laundry today.

We went to Famous Dave's restaurant yesterday for dinner because DH had a taste for fried chicken and he likes theirs. I decided to order the chicken wildrice soup based on Laura's recommendation and boy was that ever good. It had a strong shot of black pepper and I let DH try it and he loved it too. So much so that I gave him the bowl :lol: Found a recipe for it from Dave's cookbook, will try it again. With the cool weather we've been having I'm in a soup mood. We have alot of serious gray storm clouds passing through although there is no prediction of rain - not that they are right anyway. Yesterday they kept saying we'd get rain and ever hour kept changing the forecast that rain would come at 11, 12, 1, 2, etc. DH decided to take a run up to the cousin's and maybe go for an ATV ride and apparently that was all the clouds were waiting for because no more than 20 minutes afterwards it started to not only rain but also started to hail. This kept the cement guys from doing anything more - they admitted they did not order enough material to do the job and will come back mid week. :rolleyes:

Laura - I was working in the garden and happened to be eye level with the toad. I was able to make out (barely) the front amphibian legs so I knew it was a toad ( I have been corrected that it is NOT a frog :lol: ) Was hoping I could get an extreme close up on the camera to examine it more but that would take a talent I don't have quite yet. That's sort of sad really about the awful shades of paint those kids will have to look at in that school :( Too bad they can't get some local businesses to donate some supplies as long as they have the manpower to work on the projects. Your dinner sounds delicious and you are doing really well on the exercise. Good for you!!!

Speaking of which - good going on the Zumba Michelle. I'm sure you feel at home again. How nice of the instructor to adjust the routine for you.

Mel - I see big storms headed your way - looks like a soggy weekend ahead. Hope you stay warm and dry and have the cupboards stocked so that you don't have to head out.

Shad - nice that you had a good chat with M. Perhaps it's the new jitters and trying to do everything right. Sometimes too you need to have someone reassure you that things are going to be ok and you won't break the baby and at this age if you do something wrong she won't remember to hold it against you :lol: Love the baby pictures - she looks like she has lovely long fingers to play a piano some day. Looks a bit like Dad too although I cannot tell resemblances at all.

Annie - your garden is doing well - nice if you can do a produce swap at work with other gardeners - you have lots of lettuce, maybe they have extra cucumbers to trade :lol: I can't believe how big Lil Monkey is getting. Started small but really sprouted :D

Ceejay - did you get your mattress?

Ellen - I tend to agree with you about the grocery shopping - on the weekend, especially if there's a good sale - shelves are empty. Guess you have to figure out when they get their shipments in and stock up on stuff. Here the sales start on Sunday but it seems like they cut the meat up on Thursday so that's when it's freshest.

Have a good weekend everyone.

ceejay52
08-10-2012, 02:30 PM
Hi ladies
Happy
Yes I got the mattress yesterday. I'm envious of you getting to go to Famous Dave's. I think I may have been dreaming but I think the weather man said temps would be in the low 60's at night. I'm ready for some of this weather.

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Nothing going on around here. I did text my friend who lives in Jonesboro and told her I would not be coming today. I'm tired and I need some rest.
I stopped by the doctor's office and picked up my lab results. I think I should be on cholesterol med's. but I'll try doing my cholesterol diet once again. I have been drinking to many regular cokes.

Shad
08-10-2012, 08:30 PM
Morning all,

Quick one, since I don't have much time before I have to go to DS1's place. We are going to the Jam Factory which is a Glass blowing exhibition and maybe I will pick up a couple of pieces - or maybe not since I have to get them home. Depends on what I think I can't live without.
I'm about off to take my trot around the block and then have breakfast, shower and get going. This holidaying for a living means I sleep late and lounge around until the get up and go, gets up ready to go. Sometimes it takes a while.

Meantime, here are another couple of photos for you.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/061.jpg

and

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and

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Growing like a weed

See you

MELODY525
08-11-2012, 07:47 AM
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:cheers: GOOD MORNING WEEKENDERS!!! :beach:

LOVELY RAINY & WINDY SATURDAY HERE ON THE EAST COAST.
LOTS OF NOISE LAST NIGHT. MADE FOR A GOOD SLEEP.
SPENT THE DAY JUST DOING SMALL THINGS FOR MYSELF.
NEVER GOT TO SHOP. IT RAINED FOR A CHANGE. LIGHTNING TOO.
NOTHING IS NEW HERE. RESTING & CLEANING.
HOPE EVERYONE HAS A GREAT WEEKEND.




http://www.animated-smileys.com/smileys/babies/animated-smileys-babies-122.gifSHAD..... THE PICTURES ARE PRICELESS!! OMG LOOK AT ALL THE HAIR!!
SHE IS GROWING ALREADY AND LOOKS ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE.
JEN WILL FALL IN LOVE WHEN SHE COMES HOME & SEES THE NEW PICS.
IT HAS TO BE TOUGH WAITING FOR EVERYONE TO GET THE DAY STARTED.
BUT YOU COULD USE THE QUIET TIME AFTER THE LONG JOB!!! MEDITATE!!! :yoga: :rofl:





CEEJAY.....HOPE YOU DON'T NEED THE CHOLESTEROL DRUGS.
CHECK OUT WITH YOUR SISTER AND DO DIET CHANGES.
GET SOME REST AND HOPE THE MATTRESS IS NICE!!




HAPPY....THE MEAL AT DAVE'S SOUNDED DELISH.
I HAVE BEEN IN A FRIED CHICKEN MOOD BUT HAVEN'T BOUGHT ANY.
WE'VE BEEN THINKING OF ICED TEAS AND COLD DRINKS OVER HERE...
NOT EXACTLY SOUP WEATHER.....BUT THE HUMIDITY IS SOUPY:lol3: :lol3:
IT WOULD BE A REAL TREAT FOR DH TO FEED THE BIRDS BY HAND.
EVEN BETTER IF YOU COULD GET A PIC!! LOL HAPPY WEEKEND.




LAURA....IT IS SO GREAT TO READ ABOUT COMPANY VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS.
NOT SO MANY OVER HERE CONTINUED THE PRACTICE NOW.
I CAN JUST SEE THE SMURF BLUE. PROBABLY DONATED PAINT TOO!!
HOPE THE ACHES & PAINS GO AWAY.
ENJOY THE WEEKEND. YOU DESERVE IT!
GOOD LUCK WITH THE "REPORT THAT DOES EVERYTHING".
HAD A LAUGH THAT "SHE" WON'T BE IN THE MEETING:rofl: :rofl:





MICHELLE...... THE GYM SOUNDED NICE AND OLD SONGS TOO.
HOPE YOU GOT A NICE WORKOUT.
YOUR WEEKEND SOUNDS VERY BUSY! GET SOME REST IN THERE TOO.
HOW IS DH DOING IN THE LUNG DEPARTMENT??
DID EVERYTHING FINALLY CLEAR UP?? I HOPE SO:hug:

diyana
08-11-2012, 11:25 AM
Good morning ladies -

No time for personals except for GREAT photos, Shad! She's surely adorable!!

I've been procrastinating the decluttering...and it's time to listen to the Nike slogan and "Just Do It". So I'm off. I told DH and DMIL if I don't come down in a couple days, send the dogs in looking for me. :rofl:

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Much love,

ceejay52
08-11-2012, 11:31 AM
Shad
She's growing like a weed for sure. And beautiful. Looks like she's smiling at you or whomever took the picture.

Michelle
When you get through decluttering you can come and help me

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It's a nice 60 degree's outside. It's even nice in the house for a change.
Getting ready to go to Paragould.

ceejay52
08-11-2012, 11:32 AM
Mel
I know I can do this without the meds. I want my cake and eat it to.

Have a good week end every one.

happy2bme
08-11-2012, 12:31 PM
Good Saturday morning kids,

It was an amazingly clear and chilly night last night. I sat out on the deck for a while and watched the sky. Saw a few meteors but the big show is tonight which is supposed to be partly cloudy to mostly cloudy as it nears to dawn. I'm hoping I can see more tonight before the heavy clouds roll in. Had a little hand held flash light with me because there are lots of noises in the woods and it's REALLY dark on a moonless night out there. Shone the flashlight across the yard and 2 glowing creepy looking blueish eyes stared back at me. Ooooooooooooo :spid: Ms. Deer was wondering why I was shining a durn flashlight in her eyes :lol: But the woodlands critters stayed where they belonged and so did I.

Was 46 degrees when I went to bed last night. DH asked for an extra warm blanket. Said it was brrrrrrrr GREAT sleeping weather! Pillows were icy cold. It was 61 degrees inside the house when I got up. I reluctantly turned on the furnace to warm the place up. NEVER have I ever had to turn on the heat in August in all my life. I feel like I woke up in an Australian winter :rofl:

Not sure what I'm going to do today. I really don't want to run into the tourists so might hang around the house and go do adventure stuff during the week. Besides the cement guys aren't coming back until Tuesday so that would be a good time to go work in the garage. And then there's always soup to make :) :hungry:

Whatever you do - have a good weekend ladies.

MELODY525
08-12-2012, 07:26 AM
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THIS IS ALL I AM DOING TODAY... :beach:
2 ALARMS LAST NIGHT. I AM STILL TIRED.
BUT FOR SOME SILLY REASON I WOKE UP AT 5:30 :tantrum:
MAYBE IT'S ALL THESE STORMS. RESTLESS.
HAVE A GREAT DAY LADIES.




CEEJAY....I DO HAVE MY CAKE AND MAKE SURE I EAT IT TOO! LOL
THAT IS REALLY WHY I AM NOT LOSING ANY WEIGHT AGAIN.
HOPE THE CHANGES WORK LIKE BEFORE :hug:





HAPPY....GLAD YOU GOT TO SEE SOMETHING OTHER THAN ANIMAL EYES!
I WAS READING YOUR POST LIKE A MYSTERY NOVEL:yikes: SCARY.
I THINK I MIGHT HAVE BEEN HOLDING MY BREATH TOO!!
I CANNOT BELIEVE YOUR TEMPERATURES!! OMG!!!
I AM BEGINNING TO WONDER IF THIS IS GONNA BE A BAD WINTER.
SOME OF THE MEN IN TOWN ARE PREDICTING IT ALREADY:cry:
THANK GOD SUPERMARKETS DELIVER NOW!!!
HOPE YOU GOT TO SEE MORE OF THE LIGHT SHOW!!

upswife
08-12-2012, 12:07 PM
Morning Chicks. Thank you all for all the well wishes. I am finally feeling better. The bug we had really just holds on for a few days. I’ve been keeping busy, work Fri sat today and Monday. We had an old friend and his wife and daughter come by last night for a small BBQ. DH made turkey burgers and dogs. DD1&2 made a simple salad and I made Annies potatoes again. I am really loving that recipe.

No big plans for this week, Just cross country practice M-F so I will be trying to walk on the days I am there…unfortunately will have to walk with DD3 and at her pace. Friday will be my busy day DD1&2 both need another Heb B shot, have to go shopping for school supplies then work. Hoping I can keep it under $150 for all three of them.

Melody~Get some rest today, sorry you were up so early after a long night. What a PITA about your chairs. I hope you are able to get a new one that is comfortable and works well. Love you ant graphic…DD3 got a big kick out of it too.

Happy~Would love to spend some time in your backyard. It sounds so nice…I just would freak out if the bear got too close while I was there. OMG I can’t believe you had to put the heat on…It has been getting cool here at night, but still warms up during the day.

Ceejay~I also have bad cholesterol, but cannot take the meds for it. I Would love to hear more about this diet of yours.

Michelle~Did you get thru your decluttering? Or are you lost?? I put that stuff off all the time then I finally push thru it…If I would stay on top of it then it would not become the huge ordealall hten time, but I just keep doing it the same.

Shad~Love the pics. She is so adoreable. Glad you were able to come to a compromise with DS’s girlfriend. Did you get any good pieces from the Jam Factory?

Laura~the Volunteer day sound good. UPS does several like that a year, DH and the older kids went to one over his vacation. DD3 is still too little to help out, so I stayed with her and the sick one. How are you liking this cooler weather??
:wave: to Annie, Patty and Java

Time to get back to work…It is really shaping up to be a slow day today.

happy2bme
08-12-2012, 12:14 PM
Good morning,

I am disappointed that shortly after 10:30 last night it clouded up really good so I did not get to see the meteor shower :( Oh and I think I forgot to tell you that the night before when DH and I were standing on the deck looking at the sky something swooped past me. Was too dark to see and I thought it was a small crazy bird but DH said it was a :bat: - ok, so there are worse things to fly 2 inches from your face, isn't there? :rofl:

We decided to go out for a drive yesterday in search of a lake we could not find. Turns out looking at the computer map it was a teeny, tiny body of water that would have been impossible to find on the paper map. Instead we just drove around looking for trail heads (a place to park the car and trailer) for future ATV rides. Also went looking for a place that DH thought he remembered for pizza but could not find that either - a page out of "Land of the Lost" we were yesterday. Went to another bar with a nice lake view and had their pizza. It was good but not great. There was a group of people sitting at the table next to us and one of the women was really drunk and obnoxious. Loud and swearing in the way that every other word out of her mouth was the f-bomb. I was really glad when 10 minutes later they decided to weave their way out and back on to the boat and out on the lake again. Bar flies hopping from dock to dock. :rolleyes:

Several of my herbs have bolted (gone to flower) and the hummingbirds are loving them - especially the Italian basil. Delicately sipping each and every tiny flower. And of course they are clearing out 5 feeders worth of sugar water every day. DH said we have a lot of young ones, I can see smaller birds at the feeder, always females and I just assumed we had petite ladies :lol:

Since I didn't get to do much laundry or cook yesterday, guess I will do that today. It's cool and overcast - put the heat on just to take the chill out of the house this morning. So a good day to make my lemon blueberry cake, some chicken wild rice soup figure out a menu plan to use up some of the stuff in the refrigerator.

Mel - I think sometimes when the weather starts to turn it affects our sleep patterns and we walk around all zombie like. Then we are so tired we conk out for a too long nap and wake up all bushy tailed when we should really be sleeping! Seems like you've been getting alot of cloudy days which don't help either. I agree with you, been wondering myself if this bout of strange, too early coolness means an earlier, harsher winter but I don't know. When we were getting ready to move here last fall, they predicted that the winter would be particularly BRUTAL and yes, they used the words cold, harsh and brutal in the same sentence. And yet we had a very mild winter by northwoods standards. They are often very wrong on their estimates of what the forecast will be so I guess we will continue to do what we do, stick our heads out the winter and go from there and be prepared to quickly shift gears and change plans. :lol:

Hope the rest of you lot are having yourselves a fine time. I'm about to go find something to eat...

happy2bme
08-12-2012, 12:24 PM
Hi Ellen who was typing over my head. :comp: Ugh - hep B shots - poor kids arms! And I don't envy you having to come up with all the cash for school supplies and clothes and such for the new school year - will have to work double, triple overtime! Glad you are all feeling better. Your picnic sounded simple but delicious. Now I have a hankering for a turkey burger. And you just reminded me I have turkey breakfast sausage on bisquits in the freezer. Thanks for that! Outside of the first time we pulled into the driveway and saw the bear sitting next to the garage, we really have seen far more evidence of the bear (scat piles and bent bird feeders) than we've seen of the bear itself. They say they really don't want to be around humans very much. You just mostly have to be careful walking through denser forest (like at the back of the property) so you don't startle them and we avoid situations like that just for that very reason.

Hang in there at work today...

Shad
08-12-2012, 08:39 PM
Morning all,

Monday dawns and I am trying to figure out what to do with myself. DS1 is back at work today and I don't see me being particularly useful at the house. M has a doctors appointment and apparently some nurse is coming to the house at some time. So best I stay away. Yesterday was not very fruitful as far as seeing the baby or anything. She seems to be a bit disturbed and not settling and is keeping them awake at night. That's mostly okay and expected - she is probably taking revenge for not being left alone during the day and she may well be at the point where she needs some awake time - however middle of the night is not good for those needing their sleep, especially DS1 who is generally the one to get up to her. Organisation is not the strong point here. So anyway instead of rambling, I might take M's mother out to lunch or I might just head for the hills and see what is to be seen. I've been most places before but it will be nice to revisit some of them.

Ellen - must be hard to keep up with all the shots etc. How many hep shots do they have to have? I only remember 2 of each, but maybe there are other forms of hepatitus.

Happy - sorry to hear that you had cloud for the meteor shower. We had beautiful clear skies, however it was too cold to get out of bed. One thing is for sure, I sure feel the cool down here. But spring is sprung, the blossoms and daffodils are out in force now.
Let me see if I can find a picture from the phone.

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and

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Hope that keeps you going until next spring!

Mel - the saga of the chairs continues. Hope something gets sorted soon.

Better go sort out what to do for the day and then get showered and dressed. It is too cold here to be sitting around in pjs

MELODY525
08-13-2012, 08:20 AM
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GOOD MORNING CHICKS
NOT MUCH REALLY NEW HERE.
TALKED TO JEN.
HOPING TO GO TO WALMARTS ON THURSDAY.
DEPENDS ON THE WEATHER.
DOING LAUNDRY ALREADY AND MEETING THE BOSS IN A FEW.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY.




ELLEN.....GLAD YOU GUYS ARE ON THE MEND.
THE WEEKEND SOUNDED NICE WITH THE BBQ & FRIENDS.
ALWAYS A NICE WAY TO SPEND TIME.
I LOVED THE ANTS TOO WHEN I FOUND IT!:rofl:




HAPPY.....LOVED THE TALE OF THE HUMMING BIRDS. PETITE MOMS!!:lol3:
THEY MUST REALLY LOVE YOU & DH FOR THEIR SYRUPY FOODS.
HAD A LAUGH AT THE WOMAN BUT NOT FUNNY WHEN SITTING NEXT TO ONE. SHAME.
I USED TO GET MAD IN FLORIDA WHEN WE WOULD FIND DRUNKEN BOAT DRIVERS WHEN OUT NWITH MY UNCLE. SAME DANGERS AS CARS AND THEY JUST DON'T CARE.
SORRY THE CLOUDS GOT IN THE WAY OF THE METEOR SHOW.
IT WOULD HAVE BEEN SPECTACULAR UP THERE I BET ON A CRYSTAL CLEAR NIGHT.
SAVE THE LEFTOVERS FOR ME....CAKE AND SOUP SOUNDED GREAT!




SHAD....YES THE CHAIR SAGA CONTINUES BUT MOVING FORWARD ALL THE SAME.
LOVED THE SPRING PICS. I REALLY NEEDED TO SEE THAT!!
I AM NOT LOOKINGFORWARD TO COLDER WEATHER.
POOR SOPHIA NEEDS SOME DOWN TIME AND TO BE LEFT ALONE.
YOU ARE TOO RIGHT. HOPE THE LUNCH WENT WELL IF YOU DID GO.
ENJOY THE SCENERY!!

diyana
08-13-2012, 09:59 AM
Good morning ladies -

I didn't get all my decluttering done this weekend like I'd hoped...not even half-done, but I've made progress. :)

Today, I'm sore and hella tired from all the decluttering and yardwork I did. But it feels good to have accomplished some stuff...now if the coffee would just kick in before my meetings. :crossed:


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Ceejay - I'd be happy to help you with decluttering when I'm finished at home...problem is, I don't think I'll ever be finished; not at the rate I'm going anyway. :rofl: I want to get upstairs after work tonight and tomorrow and fill at least two more bags of stuff to toss.

Happy - Such a bummer about the clouds on Saturday night. I'm glad you got to see at least a few meteors Friday night. Even though we live in the country (though not as remote as you), we had too many lights from the next city over. DH saw a few meteors though.
Mel - Bummer about all the alarms and not being able to sleep in. We've had some cooler nights here too, but hopefully summer's not over. :)

Ellen - I'm so glad you're feeling better. Like you said, I also procrastinate about decluttering, etc...and then it becomes a huge job. If I kept up with it, it would be easier, but it seems I never learn.

Shad - Beautiful photos of blossoming trees. I wonder if the baby is sensing and rebelling against momma's stress and fussing.

Annie - Did you and C have a good weekend? Did ya' get to spend time with Lil Man?

Much love and many hugs to all,

ceejay52
08-13-2012, 10:37 AM
Morning
Had a nice week end. Didn't go to Jonesboro for visit with bff but did go to Paragould to visit with uncles.
Talked to my sister in MO last night and told her about my e.r. visit. She scolded me for not calling her. She's started to work on her doctorate degree in Nursing. I'm planning a trip to MO sometime in Sept or Oct.My nephew's birthday was yesterday so I texted him and wished him a happy day. He's wanting me to come see his baby boy. Ii can't wait to see him.
My sister told me to gradually build up my cardio tiime to 45 minutes to help build my hdl. Food has actually been good this week end.


Happy
Seems like clouds always appear on some special night time event in the sky. Maybe it will not be long till the bear goes into hibernation. The hummingbirds at my uncles were swarming yesterday also.

Michelle
I need some extra storage space. When it gets a bit cooler I'm getting out in the shed to declutter out there. I know I have things out there that need to go. How are you doing on you weight loss

Shad
Love the Spring foliage. I know you will find something exciting to do.

Mel
Hope things work out for you to go shopping later on in the week.

Ellen
You make me tired just reading your post.

Laura705
08-13-2012, 11:37 AM
Morning all.

Ceejay - Sounds like you had a nice weekend. It'll be so nice to see your grand-nephew! :bb:

Michelle - Progress is good! I'm sure you'll continue to make headway, especially with the prospect DMIL's belongings coming into the house.

Mel - Hope you get your walmart trip in this week. I need to get over there too.

Shad - So how did Monday go? Did you get out to see "what is to be seen"? Like the way you put that. :D Those blooming trees are gorgeous. :flow1: But not more gorgeous than little Sophia!!

Happy - Sorry you missed the meteor shower due to cloudiness. Ah, but at least you have a night sky to enjoy even when there's no special show. But the glowing eyes and bats coming by...that makes it quite an adventure, doesn't it...Sorry you never found the preferred pizza place. Glad the drunk folks left you for some peace and some enjoyment of your meal.

Ellen - Your bbq sounded nice. Good luck keeping to the back-to-school budget, but the good thing is that you have a budget!! :)

Hellos to Annie, Patty & Java. :wave:
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Nuttin' much to report. My weekend was alright. I did a circuit class on Saturday morning. The graduation party was nice - they had a great weather day day for it, and no real family drama. Well, except for the auntie, who's starting to get a bit batty. Sorry, was that a horrible thing to say? The graduate niece was not her usual bubbly self - she's nervous about going away to college. I can see that - she's had a rather protected and might I say indulged life so far, so some stuff - like doing her own laundry - seems like a bit of a stretch for her. But she's an excellent student and doesn't just follow the crowd with stupid behavior re drinking/drugs, so she should do well.

Saturday night was book club night, but I'd already rsvp'd "no" and we didnt' get home til about 8. I could've gone later, but I hadn't finished the book either and so I just skipped it altogether. I did finish the book this morning. If you want a grim, somewhat disturbing whodunit sort of book set in Kansas, read "Dark Places" by Gillian Flynn.

Didn't do much of anything Sunday except a load of laundry and some errands. Dog walk. Been pretty tired with this getting back into exercise business, and so I've gotten to sleep at a normal time most nights.

That's about it, so I'll get cranking. Gonna try to take Friday off - bf and his mum are taking the younger nieces out to lunch and I'd like to join them.

ceejay52
08-13-2012, 01:44 PM
I'm in a do nothing mood. It's really cool outside. Had to help unload a truck that had chlorine on it. Not to bad.

Laura
Don't blame you for wanting to go with bf, mum and nieces to lunch. And good job in going to spin class.

happy2bme
08-13-2012, 06:22 PM
Hi ladies,

Today kinda flew away from me. Just taking care of some routine Monday stuff and here the day is more than half over.

Ceejay - oh my - unloading chlorine? :no: I imagine that is in big, heavy drums. From your comment, does this mean you finally got a break in the heavy weather and got some nice cool breezes?

Shad - loved the pictures of the trees - so very pretty. Hope you are enjoying your trip. Good on yah for knowing what's not worth commenting about re: the baby. Hope you had a nice lunch - wise choice of activities.

Laura - Gillian Flynn - isn't that the author who wrote Gone Girl that is so popular right now? I pulled out my Kindle the other night - you can download a sample chapter of selected books to see if they grab your interest but I didn't find anything that I felt was worth purchasing. Or borrowing from the library. My sister had also recommended "The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D". Hope you get to take Friday off - that sounds like a fun day.

Oops - workmen at the door - will be back later...

Shad
08-13-2012, 07:39 PM
Morning all,

Yesterday I went to Murray Bridge to try and find my friends houseboat. If you have facebook, you can look it up - search for Fifth Dimension Houseboat. It is available for hire. - anyway, I rung G and said I was in Adelaide and at a loose end and he said he was on his way to the houseboat for a week of work on it. We should meet for lunch. Anyway, when i finally find the houseboat, he is not there. Then he rung me to tell me they had had a bit of a breakdown with the trailer - and they were still 200km away. So I went onboard, made a cup of tea and contemplated the river for a while. Then drove back to Adelaide through Strathalbyn - small historic town with a great bakery, (or maybe I was just hungry) and Mt Barker - seems they have changed the roads around there, couldn't find the centre of town. I had wanted to purchase some of the local specialities - namely Mt Barker sausages. Anyway, I then went on down to Bridgewater and did an external tour of the old mill, took a few photos and came back to the house.
Cooked dinner and talked to DS1 on the phone about his day and then DS2 to see how he is going and finally went to bed with the kindle. I must have walked 10km yesterday.
Today, I am going into the markets in town for some more veg and a bit of meat or fish and then to have lunch with DS1 and will be going over to their place tonight for dinner. Hoping to get some family photos of the 3 of them tonight. Never seemed to be able to get the three of them in the same space before.

Mel - glad to hear that the chairs are slowly moving forward - no pun intended. Hope Jen is enjoying her time at the caravan with the kids.

Michelle - I am fairly certain that there is some sort of rebellion or retaliation going on there. I can see conflict in the future. Good on you for chucking the clutter. Keep it up. A bag a day will see results in no time.

Ceejay - sad you didn't get to see the bff, but I guess family time is important too. Are you driving to MO?

Laura - getting back into exercise is the hard part. I have been walking every morning since I have been here. My right knee is complaining today after yesterdays walkathon. I might give it a rest today and just wander around town. Sounds like a plan to have Friday off.

Happy - diplomacy seems to be gaining strength in this old head. 'Bout bloody time' I hear my mother muttering.

Anyway I didn't get to take the mother out to lunch. We have organised that for Wednesday. Then Thursday I will go back to the hills and go back to Hahndorf - another piece of South Australian history and a yummy foodie place as well. Then maybe a trip to Victor Harbor on Friday. That takes me through to the weekend and I go home on Sunday. Looking forward to some nice warmth during the day.
My friend Chris down the road (as opposed to my friend Chris from Japan) got broken into last week. They were sound asleep in their beds at the time. She rung me last night to ask if DS2 could go round and help them with some electrical stuff that go broken during the breakin. She is a real mess. B*stards. Didn't get away with much because they don't have that much - they have put aside getting anything valuable for years because they were trying to pay off the house. B*stards!!!!!! :tantrum:

Better go, get dressed before something freezes. Need to turn on the heat!

MELODY525
08-13-2012, 07:40 PM
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IF THE WEATHER IS GOOD TOMORROW I MIGHT GO TO SHOPRITE.
ONE OF THE DRIVERS SAID IT MIGHT RAIN THURSDAY MORNING.
AND I REALLY NEED FOOD AND CANNOT WAIT TILL NEXT WEEK.

TODAY WAS A GOOD DAY. GOT A LOT DONE & 2 LOADS OF WASH & DID SOME WORK TOO.
I EVEN WENT OUTSIDE AND RODE AROUND THE BLOCK!
CHATTED WITH PEOPLE I HAVEN'T SEEN IN A LONG TIME.
BEAUTIFUL, SUNNY & GOOD COMPANY.

SORRY THIS IS QUICK BUT NOW IT'S TIME FOR TV & BED.

SWEET DREAMS EVERYONE

happy2bme
08-13-2012, 09:50 PM
Back again.

Workmen were supposed to be here tomorrow but instead showed up unplanned tonight. Cement is coming along. Both of us would have preferred they smooth it with a squeeze rather than a push broom but DH said it will be ok. As long as it doesn't crack apart. :shrug: We talked about having to re-do the "moat" and little bridge we have in the front of the yard. I said we need to come up with some plans (ie. do this today and that tomorrow) will help to keep both of us focused. There certainly is alot to do for 2 people who have all the time in the world :rofl: Also I was watching the weather and we are dipping to a low of 36 degrees on Thursday. It's too soon for that to be happening. For sure we will have to tent the tomato plants. :( It really is too early for this to be happening. It's like we skipped a month and are in September instead of August. I did try a new tomato variety from the garden today - a grafted one called Brandywine. It's sort of a pinkish red color - like a tomato that is not quite ripe but it was soft enough to say it was. Rather surprised that it was quite delicious and meaty - just doesn't look like your average beefsteak tomato I am used to. Had a conversation with my sister last night - she is a honey lover like you Shad and has the palate to differentiate between the different subtle variations. She said she hides her "good honey" from people who just pop into the house and fancy a cup of tea :lol: Ok, yes that last bit had nothing to do with either tomatoes or cement but lately my mind follows it's own drummer :dizzy:

Shad - did enjoy the pictures of the mill - how quaint and pretty. I watched the closing ceremonies for the Olympics yesterday and at the end of the show they had several shots of the English countryside and I thought - how pretty it must be to see that country - outside of the city of course. And I thought of you and Teal. Pity there was no one to meet you at the houseboat but at least you had a nice look around. So sorry to hear of the burglary down the street. I guess no place is immune. :no: Quite scary that someone was ballsy enough to break in during the night when the occupants were home. That really frightens me.

Mel - how nice that you were able to get out and enjoy a bit of company and some fresh air. Hope you can get some groceries tomorrow. I guess this will be more of a cook your own run than TJ's ready made meals? How's the tummy been holding up for you? And how is Miss Jen's foot doing?

Michelle - cheers on getting a start with the cleaning. Even doing one bag a day is 7 bags at the end of the week and that's ALOT of stuff. Don't let it overwhelm you, just consistently keep at it with a reasonable goal.

Mel - I loved the good morning birdies today! :D started my day with a smile!

Ok, I have a load of laundry to flip then might dig through a cookbook or do a little reading before my one tv show tonight comes on. I think I'll go in the basement - DH has the fan on in the living room and he's a hot box and I'm chilly so I'll go down and cover myself with a blanket :lol:

upswife
08-13-2012, 10:12 PM
GOod evening everyone! I was really lazy today and didn't do anything b4 I had to leave for work, just hung out with the kids and watched some old episodes. Tonight has been ok for work, but still reayy slow...can't wait till it picks back up.

Also got a surprise thought the kiddies went back to school on Aug 27, but we got DS and DD1 schedules yestderday and the first day of school is Aug 22nd. So I really have to make sure I get everything done by the weekend/Monday at the latest.

Well, I have about 45mins left of work, so I should get back to it.

Luv and Hugs ladies!

diyana
08-14-2012, 11:03 AM
Good morning ladies -

With DMIL at her sister's and since I knew I wouldn't get off work yesterday in time to get to Zumba class, I had every intention of doing more decluttering upstairs (at least enough to come up with 1 box of trash/recycling and 1 bag or box to donate. But by the time I got home, gave the doggies their meds and tidied up a few things...I was really tired. Truth be told, I was tired most of the day at work. I hope my iron levels aren't down, but I'll find out in a couple hours as I've signed up to donate blood at the blood drive at my work.

Today after work, I need to pick up some meds for Mischief at the pet pharmacy which is 1/2 hour to the east, then it's another 45 minutes to the northwest to get back home, so I'll miss Zumba class tonight. I will do some decluttering though since I've got Zumba class tomorrow evening and Thursday evening, and on Friday evening, a friend and I are going to Irish Fest. :D :leprechaun:

DH is sick again. It started on Friday with a bad sinus headache and has turned into a cold. And his boss is off all week, so he can't call in sick. I told him he needs to get to the doc to see if he can get some meds, but I know he's worried about the medical bills since our current insurance stinks (in 3 weeks, we switch to my awesome insurance!). Worse yet about him being sick is he has to work BOTH days this weekend. :faint: Poor guy. No rest for the weary. :(

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Ceejay - Glad you had a nice time in Paragould. And I can imagine how excited you are to go to MO to visit your sister, nephew and grand-nephew!! Make sure you follow your sister's instructions and GRADUALLY build up your cardio time. Don't jump to the goal all at once. Good for you on doing well with your eating. :) As for storage space, we definitely need more...or just less STUFF! :rofl: When we bought the house, we'd fallen in love with the yard...which we still love. It's the perfect size, lots of shade trees, a lovely weeping willow in the way back. It's my little paradise. The house wasn't our dream layout, and certainly doesn't have enough closets or storage. But by the time I get done decluttering, we'll be fine. :D

Laura - Good for you for finishing the book and doing circuit training and spin! :bravo: sista! I'm glad the grad party went well, and I can imagine that the niece is a bit nervous about going away to college. Not sure I'll get to read Gillian Flynn's novels anytime soon. Right now, I'm reading Jennifer Hudson's "I Got This", which is pretty good so far. I hope you get to take Friday off. The only downside of the new job is that I can't take time off for 90 days (so mid-October), but at least my PTO days do carry over from year to year. :D BTW, I sent you a PM.

Shad - So nice that you got to spend some time on the houseboat (and what a nice houseboat it is). I've ALWAYS wanted to vacation on a houseboat if we can find one that takes dogs because it's so hard to find someone to leave the dogs with (or a kennel) that I would trust to give their medicine correctly. But then taking the dogs presents another problem...we'd have to pull ashore to let the doggies do their business. :rofl: Good for you for getting so much walking in! I hope you have a nice dinner with DS1 and his family, and get to take photos of the 3 of them. Will we be seeing photos of grandma and Sophia too? How terrifying for your friend Chris! I'm glad that their ok; still sucks that someone would do that. F:censored: b*stards!

Mel - I hope you have a great day for shopping. They're saying we might get rain Thursday as well. Good for you for getting so much done, as well as an enjoyable pleasure ride!

Happy - Glad to hear the cement work is coming along. I'm sure if the workmen do a lot of work up north der, they know how to keep the cement from cracking. Good idea to come up with a plan and rough timeframe for what you and DH want to get done. DH and I have had to adjust our plans due to DH's health last year and this year. He wants to be able to accomplish so much, but I try and keep him realistic and remind him that he can't overdo it. Your mention of the 36 degree temps is scaring me. It is WAY too early for that! My "full size" tomatoes (as opposed to grape/cherry tomatoes) are still GREEN!! Brandywine tomatoes are really yummy!! Glad you enjoyed yours. As for the cleaning/decluttering...in order to keep up with the bag a day...I'll have to do 2 bags today...which I guess really wouldn't take that long...I just dread the hike upstairs to get it done. That's when the lazy voice inside me says, "I'm so tired, I'd just really rather rest". But that lazy voice got me in this predicament to begin with. Sigh.

Ellen - Wow! Your DS and DD1 go back to school really early. Good luck getting everything ready. I know you can do it.

Annie - Are you ok, girlfriend? I hope so. I've been thinking about you a lot. And I sent you a PM about September.

Gotta get back to work. Lots to get done.

Much love,

ceejay52
08-14-2012, 12:51 PM
checking in--more later

Laura705
08-14-2012, 01:01 PM
Morning all.

Happy – Yes, I believe Gone Girl is Gillian Flynn’s latest. The “Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D” sounds very interesting. I’ll have to get myself on the list at the library for that one. Getting chilly up there in the Northwoods – I agree, way too early for that. Hope it’s a blip, but it does seem you’ve got a definite trend going there…

Shad – Sounds like you had a grand tour yesterday, but too bad you missed your houseboat friend. Hope you rested the knee enough and that lunch and dinner went well and you were able to take some nice family photos. Nice run-on sentence there – it’s not like I’m paying for the punctuation, lol. Horrible and scary re your friend Chris’s home break-in. One thing to be burgled, another when you’re in the house.

Mel – Glad it was a nice day for you yesterday – we need more of those! Hope you get your shopping done!

Ellen – That’s not a pleasant surprise for the kiddies, and you too I guess, since now there’s more rush-rush to be ready! Sorry work is slow for you, though I wouldn’t mind that for me at the moment… but not for long, of course.

Michelle – You have to listen to your body and give it some downtime, so the clutter will still be there tomorrow, lol. But I do strongly believe in everything having a home, and that helps with clutter A LOT. I do have a home for those sections of the newspaper that I don’t get around to reading right away (that aren’t really time sensitive, like the travel section), but now I’m finding some piling up on the dining room table and in the 3-season room – shame on me. :o Get well wishes to DH – too bad he can’t spare any time off this week to get him through this. I bet you’re counting down the days to when the good insurance kicks in!! And another countdown until you get to take some time off!

Ceejay - Enjoy the cool weather!

Hey Annie, Patty, Java – how’s it going?
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Bf used the car last night so I did a BE workout in the basement – quads, abs, glute & hamstrings. My abs are already feeling it – whoo. It was a routine with a small ball placed mid-back, instead of doing crunches with the back flat on the floor. Not sure where the rest of my evening went. :?:

Tonight I’m skipping movie night and I need to get to an exercise class, except the only one I want to get to starts at 6 – a circuit class. I’ll have to try and get out of the office a bit earlier to make that one. I’ll have to make really good progress on a project this afternoon though because I have a meeting tomorrow morning about it. Maybe I need to suck it up and go to the Tighter Assets class at 7 instead. :halfempty:

TTFN!

happy2bme
08-14-2012, 02:02 PM
Hi ladies,

Our internet was down last night and all morning - they said it was STATEwide. How does a carrier lose an entire state????? And of course, we only have one option for service so we are stuck. We were going to take an ATV ride today and DH spent a good part of the morning with Verizon trying to get our new phone to work. We are having problems with billing - first they saw we owe them odd amounts of money (like 5 dollars), then they say not. Our service is horrid even tho there are 3 cell towers in the vicinity and they saw we should be getting excellent service. They reprogrammed the phone 4 times with no luck. DH finally went into town to the Verizon store to see if they can do anything about it. So probably no trip today. :(

I have to remember to water my plants first thing in the morning as they are getting less sun and with the cold overnight temps they are getting stressed. My cucumbers are getting seams in them I'm sure from the temp swings. My poor sugar snap pea plants are trying so hard to push more green at the top of the plant while the main lead from the root is all but rotted out. I planted a few seed pods in the ground just to see if they sprout.

I had never heard of Brandywine tomatoes Michelle - thanks for the recommendation. I understand about being tired at night - especially after working all day but maybe do the fly lady thing and set a timer for 20 minutes and head upstairs. When the timer goes off you are free to stop and chances are, if you get started you might get a bit more done. Sorry to hear DH is sick again. We are getting bills from DH's visit to the emergency room - even after the high deductible, we are still paying an awful lot it seems. Maybe we will finally be able to claim a deduction on our taxes next year.

Mel I hope the shopping is going well. Get something good.

Annie - we miss you :cry:

Shad - enjoy more sights today.

Ellen - hope everyone is feeling better.

You too Ceejay ;)

Laura - hope you get your project done on time so you can leave early and be ready for the meeting.

Gotta run now...

Shad
08-14-2012, 08:32 PM
morning all,

Had lunch with the DS1 yesterday and did a bit of shopping. Not a lot that I wanted to buy, but it was nice to have the time to look. Then went to dinner at the house last night but as usual can't get the three of them together for long enough to get pictures. DS1 and M weren't getting along too well either. She likes to be in control ALL the time and he wasn't having it last night. Seems he won the battle the night before and the baby slept from 10.30pm to 5.00am. M is not impressed that he was right. I really fear for those two. Anyway, no more photos today but there may be by this evening, who knows. Things change fast around here.
I'm taking the other grandmother out for lunch today. Not sure where we will go yet, I left that decision up to her. However according to M, I am not allowed to take her to anyplace which has poker machines, and she can't eat a list of foods! Sometimes you got to wonder who the child is. It's all about control.
Anyway, we will rub along just fine and if she wants to go to pokies, I will put the kybosh on that and not because of M but because of DB2. I now find I can not be within earshot of the things without murderous thoughts intruding in my brain.

Mel - hope you got to go to the shops. I'm out of food here too. I didn't get to the market yesterday, so I will have to do whatever it takes to get some food when out today. The fridge consists of some icecream, cream, bit of pumpkin and half a capsicum, half a loaf of bread and 2 eggs. Theres some fruit as well. Not much for a full meal unless I only eat pudding.

Happy - Yeah, the burglary was frightening for them. 'Specially since he is not long out of hospital for a hernia operation. A moment of carelessness is all it takes these days apparently before these lowlifes consider that your stuff is theirs for the taking. Anyway being an American, you could always pop out your AK47 assault rifle and shoot them. I suppose there are two sides to everything. I see there have been more shootings over your way.
Actually, the police over in Sydney raided some gang place last week. Came away with a hoard of unlicensed illegal weapons including a couple of the above. Seems that one of the gang members is an expat American who considers that even though he isn't in his own space, he has a right to bear arms and got them through some US mobster over here. There is some conjecture that they were part of a stolen shipment on route to the army base. Not proved of course. That might embarass the government and the defence force. Now how cynical am I

Ellen - how interesting that you only just found out now that school resumes earlier than thought! That should make for a busy few days for you. Hope you manage to get it all. Be grateful you don't have to find uniforms as well. I well remember those days. The kids would have grown out of everything. But that's where a uniform does come in handy. No arguing about what they were going to wear.

Michelle - so sorry to hear that DH is sick again. It really sucks, poor guy. Hope you manage to get some more decluttering done today. When the space begins to show, it really makes it all worthwhile. Not sure whether G will allow dogs or pets on the boat. We often see dogs on private boats in the Brisbane River. Some have been trained to poop over the side or right on the edge and you see the boat owner draw a bucket of river water and sluice down the deck. Some lay down sheets of newspaper and it all gets rolled up and put in the bin when they come ashore. They might consider one dog, but I doubt that anyone would consider 4.

Laura - yep good sentence that one. The answer is:-
Yes I did
Yes they did
No I didn't.
Hope that makes sense.
Well done on the abs stretching. Hope you make the exercise class tonight.

Happy - just read your last post. How does anyone lose an entire State? have they given you a discount for services unrendered?

Anyway, better get myself sorted for the day ahead. Should be interesting. I doubt that I will see the family tonight, but I will check on progress to see if things went according to plan last night. Don't know if I can put up with the angst again tonight even though I love to see DS1 as often as possible.
I'll be back.

MELODY525
08-14-2012, 08:56 PM
SORRY FOR THE ABSENCE. I HAD COMPANY.
AND LOTS OF CALLS TO MAKE. THEN JEN CALLED.
BUSY IN THE OFFICE WITH THIS VACATION NONSENSE TOO.
THE DR JUST CALLED AND HE WANTS TO SEE ME TOMORROW.
TOLD HIM OK. I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS FOR HIM TOO. LOL
HE'S LIKE A FLEA ON A HOUND DOG.
WON'T LEAVE ME ALONE!!!
I PROMISE TO COME BACK TOMORROW SOMETIME AND READ.

BTW....THURSDAY IS FOOD SHOPPING.
HOPING THE WEATHER IS GOOD FOR WALMARTS.
THE DRIVER WAS WRONG ABOUT TODAY. LOL
I HAD TO CANCEL ....RAIN AND LIGHNING.

BEEN A LONG DAY AND I NEED A SHOWER.
HOPE TO CATCH UP WITH YOU GALS SOON:moped:

diyana
08-15-2012, 09:51 AM
Good morning ladies -

I woke up early to come in to work and get a head start on things and now I can't connect to the servers that I need to in order to get caught up. :tantrum: :faint:

I didn't get any decluttering done last night...just too tired by the time I got all the errands run. Tonight, I was going to go to an hour-long Zumba class, but since I woke up with my right hip and right low back area very sore, I'm going to pass and definitely do some decluttering tonight as it's garbage/recycling day tomorrow. I'll do Zumba class tomorrow and on Friday evening, I'll be doing a lot of walking at Irish Fest.

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Laura - that BE workout does sound tough! Good for you!! Did you get to the Tighter Assets class?

Happy - That's weird that the internet was down Statewide! What Internet carrier do you have? Our internet was fine. Bummer about the hassles with Verizon causing you to miss your ATV ride today. Thanks for the suggestion about the FlyLady timer method.

Mel - I hope the appointment with the doctor goes well. And that you get all your questions answered. :crossed: Don't you work too hard, sista, regardless of how many people are on vacation.

Shad - Sorry that M is being such a control freak and that she and DS1 are having troubles. I hope the situation improves soon for everyone's sake. Did you have a nice lunch with M's mom? Were you able to keep her away from the machines? You're right about the shootings here. Not far from Milwaukee a white-supremecist gunman opened fire on a Sikh temple; so very sad. I hope you get to see DS1 and Sophia again today. I got a laugh at the trained dogs on the boats. I only have 3 dogs...maybe I can get a houseboat owner to give me a quantity discount on the rental deposit. :rofl: Anyway, a houseboat vacation is so far off in the future, who knows. :dunno:

Much love,

Laura705
08-15-2012, 10:09 AM
Just a quick hello from the train this morning. I have a lot to get done before my 11 am meeting today.

I didn't get to a class last night, but I did another BE workout- calves, hamstrings, biceps & triceps. Shoulder a wee bit better, but still have to be ginger with it. It's getting there, but the tendon/ligament/whatever right at the elbow joint is still a worry. I might be headed to the orthopod next month...

Have a great day everyone. :flow1:

ceejay52
08-15-2012, 10:31 AM
Laura
Good for you in getting the exercise done. I may have to look into to those BE work outs. I'm still emailing my sister.

Shad
Enjoy you lunch to day with grandma2. I hate to see such a controlling person. Think all families have them. My cousin seems to be that way.

Happy
You'll learn to drive the ATV. I saw a beautiful motorcycle that had three wheels on it the other day. Sure would like to have tried it out.

Michelle
I'm glad that you are listening to your body.

Mel
Please send us some rain. We rally need it. Maybe Thursday will be a better shopping day.

Annie
Where are you?

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No new is good news.

annie175
08-15-2012, 10:49 AM
Sorry girls...have been on the sofa since Saturday evening. Missed M-T of work. Started with a week long sore throat last week then went to my sinuses and chest. Heads pounds, coughing is crazy. Still feeling like poo. May not be at work all day. Feeling a tiny bit better today with no energy. (I have not cleaned in five days if that tells you something). I will get back with you all when I am up to reading and posting.

Loves and hugs.

happy2bme
08-15-2012, 11:30 AM
Good morning all,

Yesterday was a rather topsy turvy day. :dizzy: The phone - DH took it to Verizon who said since we bought it from Walmart we had to return it there (even tho it was the tech on the phone from Verizon who killed the phone with her reprogramming it). DH was pretty sure he tossed the receipt from the phone but Walmart was very nice and the guy at the counter was really helpful, even getting on the phone with Verizon. In the end they decided we had to send the phone back to Samsung (the manufacturer) for replacement. I'm not sure why because Verizon was the one who messed up the phone in the first place. This time around we opted for a no contract phone so we purchased it at Walmart with a month to month re-up of service. The guy at the Verizon store said had we bought it at his place (with a 2 year contract) they would have replaced the phone on the spot but since we didn't, we had to go back to the place of purchase. Also, we paid our monthly service fee of $80 and the clock is ticking away while we have a dead phone. So DH has to call Verizon to give us credit for these days of service we can't use. I must say that all of this is making me really question the need for the stupid phone in the first place !!!! :mad: :tantrum: We have lousy service although they tell us we should have 17 bars because of all the cell towers around us and have been diddling with this for 2 months now. :rolleyes: Were it not for the fact that it's more remote out here and the fact that if you have a breakdown or accident, you can be in some trouble, I'd just chuck the whole thing.

Since we were at Walmart, I decided to pick up a few things. By the time we got back to the house it was 2:30. I was getting a bit hungry and DH wanted to go for a ride. I ate a handful of nuts and we took off. Got to the place and DH realized he had taken the passenger seat off the ATV when he was hauling some brush and forgot to put it back on . So off we went back to the house again - luckily it was a quick ride 10 miles away. I ran into the house for a minute and when I came out DH was backing up the trailer with a frown on his face. There were some warning lights on the dash related to the skid control system. I wasn't too worried about it as we were not driving in snow or slippery conditions but DH was kinda annoyed - mostly I'm sure thinking expensive repair. And he didn't want to drive the car. I told him to go call the Toyota dealer and ask them. Sure enough, it was ok to drive but needed to be checked out. We were about to take off again when I asked DH if he was going to put the seat back on the ATV. :o He got distracted when he saw the warning lights and forgot all about the seat we had come back for. We start the truck again and the warning lights are no longer blazing. :dizzy: Went for a ride, it was nice. The trees are starting to turn fall colors. Some brilliant reds so far. Just a hint of color but no mistaking it, autumn is coming to the northwoods. We had a nice ride in search of a lake my cousin said was pretty. We drove round and round - took so many forks in the trail I'd have never found our way back. It was getting late and starting to cool down. We were just about to turn around when we finally found "the lake". Not much more than a small muck pond it was :lol: Not worth all that searching although the trail itself was pretty with lots of trees and tall pines. Reminded me alot of the Pacific Northwest area. This will be a pretty ride when the colors are in full bloom as there's a wide variety of trees and bush in there. As a passenger, you sit with your legs pretty much in one position and short of stopping and stretching, after a while your legs start to cramp because unless I wrap them around DH (which would give the squirrels opportunity to talk about us) - there's not much I can move my legs. I mentioned this to DH as we were stretching and he asked if I wanted to drive the ATV. I figured it would give him a chance to have a look around as it's hard to keep one eye on the trail and the other roving the forest floor. This was a rougher trail - alot of ruts, some water and many, many rocks. You really had to pay attention to what you were doing. And of course I was totally unfamiliar with this. You have to use your thumb on the right hand to continually press the throttle to give it some gas. As soon as you let up the ATV slows quickly so you generally don't need to use the brake. This is wider than a bike so that also takes some getting used to. The one good thing is that sitting closer to the engine you get some nice warmth on your left leg so that felt nice in the coolness :D It was a bumpy ride, I was very nervous but I felt I had to keep pushing through this. DH said I needed the practice and was doing fine. A few times I felt like the buggy wanted to head off the road and right into a drop off :yikes: But you can control the speed with your thumb and we were only going 10 to 15 miles per hour which at times felt like 60mph. I was never so happy to see the car and the trailer at the end of the trail :lol: By the end of the ride - I think I drove for 30 minutes, my hands were all stiff from the tension. I would do this again (drive) but would prefer a more smooth sand type trail instead. We got home about 6:30 which was too late to start dinner from scratch so we just popped some frozen dinners into the microwave. Blech. They were awful. Would have been better with a sandwich although I was a bit chilled and wanted something warm. I need to spend today working on some soups. We did discover that there is something going on with the car - backing up with the trailer causes the warning lights on the skid control system to come on so that will need to be checked out. I hope it's not an expensive repair. :(

Laura - hope your meeting goes well.

Michelle - that's frustrating that you came in early and couldn't accomplish what you set out to do. I hope you don't jump too fast into Zumba considering your back is talking "back" to you :lol: Sorry - couldn't resist that one. We have Century Link for our internet service. I suspect that they have probably grown faster than they can handle things as we get periodic slowdowns which they attribute to too many people on the trunk. Not my problem folks - you don't give me a discount when I get less than the service I am paying for. :mad: but when you only have one choice for a service provider, you don't have much in the way of options. :shrug:

Mel - sorry the weather messed up your shopping plans. Will you still be going tomorrow? I hope it dries up a bit - sounds like you've had more than your share of rain - you'll be all pruny looking soon :( And those dreary gray days have to get to a person after a while.

Shad - well it sounds like it's probably a good thing that M is a plane ride away and not down the street. Sounds like she can be quite difficult to deal with. Poor little baby doesn't know what she's in for. And I don't have an AK47 - just a pistol with a laser site :lol: I am in favor of having a gun - but TOTALLY believe that with it comes education and responsibility. I have to say it's a much easier place here with low crime because everyone has a gun (so there is little opportunity to prey on folks unless you are just darn foolish) as opposed to living in the city where only the criminals and low life are armed, ignorant and preying on the regular folks. They are also cocky which makes them all the more dangerous to deal with - up here people respect fire arms and what they can do. The problem with guns are the criminals and no matter what you try and do, the criminals will always find ways to get arms, drugs and another other illegal things. Anyway, that's my 2 cents on the subject. If they get caught doing a crime with a gun, cut off their trigger finger ;)

Well I need to get off my soapbox and get some things done around here. The cement men are due back today to finish the job and I have lots to do around the house today. Have a good one chicks.

happy2bme
08-15-2012, 11:32 AM
Sorry you are so sick Annie. Make a cup of tea with some lemon and honey for that cough :coffee: Get your favorite get well blanket and go back to sleep.

Hi Ceejay :wave:

Laura705
08-15-2012, 07:15 PM
Brain is fried right about now. Just a hair appt tonight, so I can just sit and read a magazine, or just look at the pics, hahaha.

Made good progress today for my meeting. Plenty to do tomorrow, and my motivation will be my day off on Friday! :)

Annie - you poor thing, feel better soon!!

Shad
08-15-2012, 08:12 PM
Morning all,

Another friend is in town today so we will be catching up for coffee this afternoon, maybe dinner. Number 1 son rung me last night and said the previous was not quite as good as the one before but very acceptable. I hope it is the start of a trend since he is the one that gets up to feed in the middle of the night. He needs his sleep to get through the work day. Anyway ........ won't go there any further.
Yesterday I had lunch with M's mum. Apart from the fact that I got lost and couldn't find her to pick her up. Stupid navigator in the car took me to a street with the same name in another suburb. I knew it wasn't her place since these were all million dollar joints. I guess I will learn to navigate that thing any day soon. Anyway we finally hooked up and had a meal and a long gossip. Didn't touch too much on the kids since we have diametrically opposing ideas as to what constitutes a stable relationship. She has the big C or at least had. In remission at the moment and I feel a bit sorry for her but really she is her own worst enemy - talk about a drama queen. But it was fun most of the time. Then I came home and turned on the heat and read for a while before thinking about dinner and deciding I didn't want any.
Today I am going up to Hahndorf. My friend who is flying in this morning wants me to pick up some chocs for his wife and a big smelly roaring hot salami for him or as he describes it 'and really hot burn ya bum out salami' So now I am going up there on a mission.

Mel - hope the doctors appointment went okay. When I get back I am going to ring you and give you the same treatment that you gave me last call. Whinge, whinge, whinge.

Happy - glad to hear you are making progress on the bike. For some reason I had the idea you both had a bike each. Silly me. It is getting close to the official Autumn season for you, we are well into spring down here. Don't do spring very well in Brisbane. We only have Hot and Wet and Warm and Dry. Not much in the way of traditional spring flowers or blossom up there. I was trying to put up a photo through photobucket but things are very slow today and I get too impatient. Try it out again later.

Annie - sorry to hear you are so sick. Just go to bed and sleep. Lemon honey and a couple of margaritas will make you feel better.

Michelle - hope you get to the declutter tonight. Once you really get started it will be a whole lot easier. Of course it makes it easier if you do it close to rubbish day since you can't then retrieve it out of the bin.

Laura - hope the abs are feeling better today.

Off to the shower and dressed and out the door. I'll be back from historic Hahndorf later today. See you

annie175
08-15-2012, 08:40 PM
Hi girls...

Took a break from resting on the couch. I have back aches from sleeping on the couch...have stuffed pillows under the cushions, unstuffed, boarded, unboarded, nothing seems to make me happy...good sign I do not feel very good. Worked till 1 pm, then came home to the uncomfortable couch....Next couch WILL be comfortable. I am sleeping on the couch so not to infect C. He has no time for being sick nor any sick days. That alone scares me. He keeps volunteering for the couch and me the bed, but I really think he needs the best rest considering I do not sleep much and he sleeps like a bear in hybernation. Sorry no personals, I promise to get back later...Loves and distance hugs.....

MELODY525
08-16-2012, 08:58 AM
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nrngPtTnHMk/TjiHyFsGdwI/AAAAAAAAADQ/Fy-BEaAP5II/s1600/51ZirWIRRiL__SL500_AA300_.jpg

GOOD MORNING GIRLS OF THE WORLDLY CHICK SORORITY:coffee:

THERE IS A REPLACEMENT GIRL IN THE OFFICE.
SHE'LL BE HERE FOR A WEEK OR SO.
I LEFT RIGHT AWAY. LOVE IT:beach:
DR CAME AND WENT . BP IS GOOD.
SAID HE'LL WORRY ABOUT BP NUMBERS IF I'LL ATTEND TO THE "DENIAL".
THIS MAN KNOWS ME TOO WELL. WE HAD A LONG TALK.
NO ANXIETY DRUGS ALLOWED. I HAVE TO TOUGH IT OUT ON MY OWN.
HE'S COMING EVERY MONTH JUST FOR BP AND TALK.
THE INSURANCE COMPANY AGREED.

I'VE BEEN MEDITATING FOR OVER 2 WEEKS NOW AND HE SAID IT SHOWS.
ALSO DOING THE DEEP BREATHING EXERCISES AND PEDALING.
I KEEP TELLING MYSELF THAT THIS TOO SHALL PASS.

JEN STUCK A NOTE UNDER MY DOOR. THEY GOT HOME AT 4:30.
SHE'LL BE ASLEEP FOR A WEEK AT LEAST :rofl:

WILLY IS TAKING ME SHOPPING TOMORROW. HE'LL HELP ME.
THE OTHER DRIVER IS ON VACAY THANK GOD.

I NEED SOME BREAKFAST. THEN SIT & READ YOUR POSTS.
BE BACK LATER:wave:

MELODY525
08-16-2012, 09:39 AM
SORRY FOR ANY TYPOS!!



MICHELLE.....PLENTY OF TIME TO DECLUTTER WHEN THE SEASONS CHANGE. LOL
AN IRISH FEST IS JUST THE THING FOR A P[ICK ME UP!! ENJOY IT FRIDAY.
SENDING YOUR DH GOOD THOUGHTS.
HOPE HE RECOVERS VERY QUICKLY....POOR GUY. :hug:
HOPE THE DOGGIE IS STILL FEELING OK TOO :hug:





CEEJAY....THINK I MIGHT TAKE YOUR SISTER'S ADVICE AND BUILD UP THE PEDALING SLOWER THIS TIME. GLAD YOU GOT TO SEE THE UNCLES AND HOPE YOU GET TO MEET THE NEW BABY:bb:
THAT CHLORINE MUST WEIGH A TON!!!:nono:
HOW I WISH I COULD SEND YOU SOME RAIN!! YESTERDAY IT POURED ON AND OFF AND I DOO MEAN POURED!!
YOU COULDN'T SEE OUT THE FRASSING WINDOWS!!



LAURA....HAD A LAUGH AT THE AUNTIE AT THE PARTY.
I AM REALLY TIRED OF TALKING TO BATTY PEOPLE!! LOL
I THINK I'LL TAKE A PASS ON THE "DARK PLACES" BOOK.
GOT ENOUGH NIGTMARES NOW. ROFLMAO
HOW IS YOUR BODY FEELING? STILL GETTING BETTER I HOPE?
*** I SEE YOU ALREADY ANSWERED THAT. BUT BE CAREFUL!!!
IF I HAD BEEN DRINKING ANYTHING...IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ALL OVER THE MONITOR...
I READ "TIGHTER ASSETS" & ABOUT FELL OUT OF THE CHAIR LAUGHING!!!!!!!!!!!
MY ASSETS NEED A LOT OF WORK GETTING TIGHTENED UP:lol3: :lol3:




HAPPY.....HOPE THE CEMENT HAS A GOOD & LONG LIFE:crossed:
I CANNOT BELIEVE YOUR TEMPS. TOMOORW WILL BE 90 HERE.
LOVE HONEY AT TIMES. SPECIALLY ON A PB SAMMIE. YUM!!
I MIX IT WITH DIJON MUSTARD & DIP DELI TURKEY & VEGGIES IN IT.
WEIRD THINGS ARE GOING ON ALL OVER WITH INTERNET & PHONES.
SORRY TO HEAR YOU'RE GOING THRU SO MUCH WITH YOUR PHONE.
JUST HOPE IT ALL ENDS WELL AND IN YOUR FAVOR :crossed:
I DID GIGGLE AT DH & THE ATV CUSHION.
IMAGINE NHAD YOU LEFT A 2ND TIME WITHOUT IT STILL! OMG!!!
I WOULD HVE BEEN SCREAMING AND KISSING THE CAR BY THE TIME I GOT TO IT!!
I HAVE A FEAR OF MORTOCYCLES...YET I HAVE THE CHAIR!!!:lol3:




http://www.ozhouseboats.com.au/houseboats/fifthdim/images/mainph.jpg
SHAD....I FOUND THE HOUSEBOAT ON GOOGLE.
WILL READ ABOUT IT LATER. ALWAYS WANTED TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT.
THE TRIP SEEMS TO BE GOING NICELY.
HOPE ALL THE DINNERS & LUNCHES WENT WELL......
I WAS JUST READING YOUR NEXT POST & SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT M & CONTROL.
GUESS IT IS TO BE EXPECTED WITH A NEW BABE IN THE HOUSE.
IT'S HEIGHTENING ALL HER ANXIETY & PUSHINGALL HER CONTROL FREAK BUTTONS.
HOPE THE OTHE GM DIDN'T LOSE A BUNDLE ON THE SLOTS!!! OMG!! TOO F'ING FUNNY.
SORRY ABOUT THE GM & HER BEING IN REMISSION.
I CANNOT FIGURE THAT FAMILY OUT.
I JUST HOPE DS1 CAN CARRY ON AND SOPHIA HAS AT LEAST ONE STEADY HAND TO GUIDE HER:hug:
YOU CAN WHINGE ALL YOU WANT TO HONEY.
AFTER SPENDING ALL THIS TIME DOWN THERE....YOU DESERVE IT!!:rofl:
JUST KEEP YOUR YAP SHUT TILL YHOU GET HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BTW....YOU'RE FRIDGE HAS NICER THINGS IN IT THAN MINE!!:rofl:




ELLEN....I SEE THE MAD RUSH WILL BE ON TO MAKE THE 22nd DATE FOR SCHOOL. GOD LUCK!! SENDING YOU ENERGIZED THOUGHTS. LOL



ANNIE...I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR YOU ARE DOWN AND OUT SICKJ.
SENDINGYOU LOVE AND HUGS:getwell:
HOPE YOU WILL BE FEELING BETTER SOON.

diyana
08-16-2012, 10:14 AM
Happy Thursday ladies!

I am so happy it's Thursday, and believe it or not, I'm looking forward to a weekend of doing more decluttering. I got some more stuff out of the upstairs yesterday when I got home from work and took it all down to the curb with the rest of the trash/recycling. :yay: I can actually start seeing progress, although I have a long way to go. The upstairs has always been the "catch all" for all kinds of stuff. Once it is cleared out and organized, I plan to have much more room to neatly give some of the downstairs stuff new homes.

I'm hoping today will be much better than yesterday. A co-worker and I implemented some code changes provided to us by our vendor onto our test server, and now our test server is not working correctly. We backed out the code changes, and we're getting the same error. We probably have to restore the code on the test server from a recent backup. Hopefully that will fix things. Then we (or the vendor) has to figure out why the code they sent us caused major errors in the server.

Gotta sign off for a minute or two. I just got the go-ahead from my co-worker to contact the Server team to restore the backup.

Back later,

Laura705
08-16-2012, 11:42 AM
Morning all.

Michelle - Nice you're getting into the decluttering groove and seeings the fruits of your labor. :) How's DH feeling?

Mel - Yay for the replacement girl in the office!! Now you can just sit and watch the rain - probably a good meditation helper, especially if you can't see out the window and get distracted, LOL. :D Glad the doc visit went well and that he'll be keeping an eye on you. Bet you'll have a lot of catching up to do w/ Jen - once she wakes up!

Annie - Sorry you're still feeling crummy, and being uncomfortable on the sofa doesn't help at all! :nono: I thought you had a guest room setup... that would be nice. Very sweet of you to give up the bed for C. Feel better soon, and I hope you get a good night's rest tonight.

Shad - How frustrating that the gps sent you astray yesterday! Gps is fine but not perfect, so I still like to see a map...old school. Glad you enjoyed the dinner w/ the other gma, in spite of your differences and her foibles. ROFL about how your pal described the salami he wants you to pick up!!! :rofl: Abs are less sore, but the calves are sore now...

Happy - What a major PITA with your phone and internet service!!! I don't use my cell phone or land line phone much at all for calls, but I sure as heck want reliable service when I need it!! I hope the pay-as-you go service works out for you - is it Verizon as well? I notice Walmart's hitting it hard with those tv commercials advertising the pay-as-you-go cell service. Good for you cutting your teeth on the tough atv trail - I thought the story would end with you never even getting on the trail the way it started off, LOL. :lol:

Ceejay - See what your sister says. I have a feeling she'd stress the cardio over the strength training if you were only going to do one. The BE workouts are strength training, but if you were interested, I do recommend them. You can make them as easy or challenging as you need - even the pushup routines!!

Hellos to Ellen, Patty & Java!!
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Hair appt yesterday was fine. My hair has been annoying me lately, so I asked my gal what I should do for a cut and she suggested layers. I agreed, and I'm glad for the change, even though my hair gets really wild with them. I must have complained a lot the last time we did layers because she's been very cautious about doing it, but she could tell I was ready for them again. :D She gave me a couple ideas about easy styling - the kind where you twist sections and wrap it up before going to bed so it's curly/wavy in the morning. My kind of styling, since I'm hopeless with the blow dryer!

Rainy day today - it was very overcast when I cycled to the train, but it didn't actually start raining until the train got well into the city. Dang, I forgot to cover my bike seat with a grocery bag. Duh. Not even sure if the rain will stop before I get home. Better make sure I have a wad of napkins ready to wipe down the seat. Of course if it's still raining when I get off the train, I'll walk or have bf pick me up. :rain:

It's my Friday Whoohoo!! :carrot: Plenty to do, including finishing the budget work. Off to my spreadsheet!

annie175
08-16-2012, 11:48 AM
Good Morning All.

Not even going to try to catch up on personals. I am at work today, feeling a teensy bit better today. I did get better sleep last night. I took some of that new Nyquil ZZZZZ sleep aid. It helped a lot.

Oh LAURA...I do have a guest room, as a matter of fact I have two guest rooms at the moment. I am such a clean a holic, I don't want to sleep in there cause I would have to wash the sheets again. I think I may make it back to my bed with C tonight.

Will be back just got an urgent request from a broker...sorry.

Hugs

diyana
08-16-2012, 01:52 PM
Crazy, insane day today. I don't know if I'll be back to post until tomorrow. Hope everyone is doing well.

Love and hugs,

Shad
08-16-2012, 08:11 PM
Morning all,

Whinge for the day - since you lot are my sounding boards at the moment.
Yesterday I went up to Hahndorf. It was fun but freezing cold and I spent a fair amount of money on stuff - including a beautiful tapestry which I now have to figure out how to get home. But I digress.
I was in the German bakery and saw a vegetarian quiche which I thought the DS2 might like for dinner so I rang him. Yep he said, sounds great. We better get some salad stuff. I'll get 'em said I, there is a market down the road from here. So I did. I had afternoon tea with my friend from Brisbane and his offsider and gave him the Bavarian Bum Hummers he requested plus the handmade chocolates for his wife. Then picked up the fixings for dinner and went over to the sons place. Or rather as she painstakingly points out M's house since it is officially her place. Anyway, once she got out of the shower (1 hour) and found out that DS1 hadn't woken up the baby and fed her she packed a wobbly about needing him to help around the house. Now I can't state categorically what happens in that house when I am not there, but so far I have found that DS2 does the cooking in the house, feeds, walks, gives the medicines to and baths the dog, feeds the baby the middle of the night feed and the feed when he gets home from work. He does his own washing and ironing - she doesn't trust him to do hers and the baby's stuff and he does the yardwork where necessary. And he is biking to and from work because he has given me his car to use. He holds down a full time job as well so no wonder he gets tired now and then.
Anyway, DS1 said that previously she had suggested that we get some chips to go with the quiche and salad. Fine by me. I'm not that hungry so I only want a couple of them. DS2 gets the baby out of the crib when she dashes off to the bedroom slamming both doors as she goes. We chat, wake up the baby, feed her, I put the quiche in the oven, DS1 changes the baby and surprise, surprise she doesn't want to go back to sleep again. So i hold her while DS2 goes down to get the chips. But before he goes, he comes back to say that M thinks I am holding the baby all wrong. I should be laying her back and rocking her. He comes to tell me. I put the baby 'the right way' and no surprise she starts to cry. She was very happy while I was holding her upright with her head under my chin. Anyway, while DS2 is away, out she comes and says - won't she settle? So I put the baby back in her arms and state that I will make the salad. I am by this time too angry to say anything. DS2 comes back with the chips, we prepare the salad veges together and then she decides that she only wants the chips after all, which is probably why she suggested them in the first place. This after she does a rant on why she should eat healthy because of her feeding the baby breastmilk. This is our fault that she only got chips??
I didn't hang around for the blueberry cheesecake I had bought for desert. I just thanked them for dinner and left after stacking the dishwasher and clearing up the kitchen. I suppose I had better get over it, because if I am to see anything of Sophia then I need to be able to get into the house.

Okay, rant over, but I have now made myself angry again, so I need to get out and walk it off. I'll be back later for personals.

ceejay52
08-16-2012, 09:45 PM
Shad
Bless you for putting up with this.

Michelle
Pleased that you are getting so much accomplished on the decluttering. You'll work out those problems at work.

Annie
Have you been sick or can you still not sleep at night.

Mel
Did you get to go shopping today? Will you still work some in the office even with the new office help?

Laura
I sure hope we get some rain tonight. Can you order the BE work outs online?

Nothing new here except I'm tired for some reason. Even took a nap this afternoon. I'm hoping I don't have to go to Paragould Saturday. Don't think I will any way. As my aunt said I've spread myself to thin.

Shad
08-17-2012, 02:03 AM
Back - personals - yep okay

Annie - hope you are feeling somewhat better. I see you are back at work for the day. That medicine must be good stuff. And really, a good nights sleep does wonders for the wellbeing.

Mel - hope that doctor can keep up with his promises. I guess at some stage or other we are all responsible for our own well being and our own future. Glad to hear that the meditation is helping.
Poor Jen, she does such a lot for Richie and the kids. Are they still hanging in there??
Wish you were here, I would take you shopping. We could have a rip roaring time whinging about the quality of clothing and the stupidity of shoes.
My fridge doesn't have much in it at all. I've only got two more days here. I'm not putting anymore in it. Might make a vege stir fry with whats left tonight or I might just go and annoy M some more. I'll ring the DS1 soon.
Yes that is the very same houseboat. Owned by a guy I worked with in Jakarta, nice bloke 43 going on about 20. Strange for an accountant.

Michelle - yeah, the decluttering is showing results. You won't know yourself soon. Gotta love it when code doesn't go to plan, but at least you did the testing in the test system. Used to be a standing joke and there was a poster as well in SAP implementations that said, I don't always test my work, but when I do, I always test it in Production. There are some real cowboys out there.

Laura - I'm with you, I need something new to happen to my hair at the next trip to the hairdresser. I'd like to grow it a bit, but it is so thick and heavy that I get really mad with it and get it all chopped off again. Maybe I might see if C can do some layers as well and at least leave some length at the back. Hope you don't get a wet butt going home.

Ceejay - thanks for the vote of confidence. I quite frankly know quite what to do at the moment. Murder comes to mind, but that won't help I guess. Hope you don't have to do too much driving during the weekend.

Where's Happy gone. Swear I saw a post from her earlier. Must have been my imagination.

Hi Ellen, Patty and java.

Catch you all around. Only two more sleeps to home. I'll sort out some more pictures soon and put them on here. Spring may have sprumg but the temperatures certainly haven't.

MELODY525
08-17-2012, 08:38 AM
I AM OFF TO FOOD SHOP!
CAN FINALLY GET OUT OF THE HOUSE.:cheer3:
CLEAR SKIES THIS MORNING.
BUT NOT FOR LONG.
SO WE'RE LEAVING EARLY.
WILL BE BACK LATER TO POST.
HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYONE.....THE WEEKEND IS HERE!:encore:

diyana
08-17-2012, 10:19 AM
Good morning ladies -

Happy Friday! Dang! TGIF, fo sho! Yesterday, I managed to figure out what was causing the errors to display on the test server. I confirmed my theory with one of my IT co-workers, and implemented the code fix. Now I have to import all the code changes our vendor sent over onto to the test server one by one, and test after each is installed. I'm sure by the end of the day my brain will be quite fried, so I'm glad I'm going to Irish Fest with a friend tonight. I love Irish music and dancing...should be lots of fun...but I'll have to avoid sampling the Irish beer/ales/whiskeys since I'm driving.

DH has to work this Saturday and Sunday. :( So I'm trying to think of something fun to do with DMIL. I might take her to Irish Fest, or a Maritime festival, or a local town's Fireman's Picnic festival. Or I might suggest we go to her sister's and play cards. It'll be up to how my back is doing after walking around Irish Fest tonight.

DH was up most of the night coughing and choking, which kept me up. Poor guy. I hope he can take a couple days off next week as comp time for working the weekend. He reminded me last night that DH and DMIL's trip to CA to bring back her stuff is rapidly approaching. She flies to CA on the 5th, and he flies to CA after work on the 6th. Then they'll be packing up her stuff, loading up the truck and heading back to WI on the 11th or 12th. While they're gone, I hope/plan to go down to Chicago on Sept. 8th to spend the afternoon with Annie and Laura (hopefully they can both make it). :crossed: Happy, I totally understand it's a heckuva long drive from where you live now. And I hate driving in Chicago too. And the rest of the time will be taking care of doggies and decluttering.


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Laura - I hope you're enjoying your day off!! Have a wonderful lunch with bf, his mom and the nieces. :) Thanks for asking about DH. He's doing better than he was earlier in the week, but still has a nagging choking cough. Do we get to see photos of the new hairdo?

Shad - Glad you had a nice time with your friend, and I hope you had success on your quest in Hahndorf! I was a bit surprised at your mention that DS1 gets up for the middle of the night feedings since he has to work the next day...but I guess it's something DS1 and M will have to sort out to figure out what works for them and keeps peace. Glad you had a nice time with M's mom. Probably a good thing that you didn't talk about the kids too much with your opposing viewpoints. Sad that she had the big C, but good that she's in remission. OMG! I just read your post from yesterday where M wants DS1 to help more around the house. I don't even know what to say to that. Un-freakin'-believable! And M is telling you your holding the baby incorrectly? Really? I could understand if you were...well...me...for example, who never had kids. But she should respect your experience and maybe...possibly...learn from it. Sheesh! I give you tons of credit for holding your tongue. You can always rant here to us. I totally, totally understand your frustration and anger. Hang in there, sista. Sending you lots of :goodvibes: I got a great laugh out of your testing in Production joke. I saw a poster like that a few months ago. It's so awesome!!! :)

Mel - I'm so relieved that there's a replacement girl in the office so you were able to leave! :woohoo: Good on ya' to have a long talk with your doc. I'm so glad to hear he's going to make regular visits to check your bp and to talk/listen. As for stress management and lowering your bp, etc. I've got several meditation CDs, and I'd be happy to send you some if you're interested. They help me A LOT. They've been an absolute necessity as I was dealing with the stress/b.s. of my last job, the stress of DH's illness, etc. I'm not always great about making time during the day to meditate, but I listen to them pretty much every night as I'm falling asleep. Please let me know if you want me to send some your way. Good for you for meditating on your own!! And doing deep breathing and pedaling! I'm so proud of you, girlfriend!! Good to hear that Jen is back home. How is her foot? And I'm so glad that Willy will be taking you shopping...he's such a good guy. :) Thanks for the good thoughts for DH.

Ceejay - Before you give me too much credit for decluttering, I really don't get much done during the week...but since I've been keeping up with Mount Washmore this week, I hope to spend some time decluttering this weekend (maybe even get the office done) - I'll do this while DMIL is resting. I think skipping the trip to Paragould this weekend and resting instead might be a good idea.

Annie - I so hope you're feeling better today, and that you get to relax at least a little bit online.


Time to get some work done.

Here's to a wonderful day and weekend for all of us!!


Much love and many hugs,

ceejay52
08-17-2012, 12:11 PM
Up to cleaning and doing laundry today. We still haven't had any rain. Need to go to Walmart this afternoon for supplies.

happy2bme
08-17-2012, 12:34 PM
Good morning ladies,

Here's a picture of Wednesday's garden harvest. Had to cover the garden yesterday - temps dipped into the 30's.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/Picture-GardenHarvest081512.jpg

We also had to take the 4Runner up north to get it worked on. On the way back even tho it was a cold and gray day, we decided to stop in a State Park just because we were up that way. They have lovely falls - not huge waterfalls but a lovely channel with water flowing nicely. Along the river there are many places to park the car with picnic tables and those rustic metal grills you see in the parks. DH and I took some pictures and of course, as soon as we showed up so did others who insisted on climbing the rocks and getting in the way of our pictures :mad: And they wouldn't leave! They came, they intruded, they saw several of us up on the rise trying to take pictures and they just stood there defiantly to ruin the shot. I told DH that the kids will be in school in a week or two and we should plan a day when it's nice and sunny and come back with a picnic lunch or even a bag of charcoal and some hot dogs. They have nice toilets (a rarity in the parks) so we can wash up, I can drink to my hearts content :) and we can have a nice lunch and walk around the area. Here's some shots from yesterday.

Shot number 1 - this is the main "waterfall". It's actually deeper than it looks, we were up on a ridge and what looks like rocks is a flat area where people were going down and walking up to the water's edge. We had to wait until they all disappeared although there may be a hidden straggler.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/Amnicon1-Falls.jpg

A little further along is a beautiful covered bridge that was actually relocated from it's original home and covered once it came into the park. The bridge is very old but also very sturdy.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/Amnicon2-Bridge.jpg

This shot shows the falls under the bridge. You can go a bit further as the water bears to the left and there is a beautiful trail which we'd love to come back and explore.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/Amnicon3-Bridge.jpg

happy2bme
08-17-2012, 01:51 PM
Obviously that took most of the day. We were going to go into Duluth to get some lunch but they are working on a main bridge into town and the traffic was at a standstill. Since we no longer are tolerant of traffic jams, we turned around and headed back. I was famished by the time we hit the park at 2 - hadn't had anything to eat since supper the night before except for my morning cuppa. I'm glad we stopped at the park but I could have eaten the dashboard by the time we got back into town at 4pm. I picked up some take out Chinese. Across the street was one of many truck vendors who literally fill up their trucks with produce from their farms and sell it in the parking lots of the stores. I noticed one had a sign "canning tomatoes" and I got all excited. I have learned to appreciate the amazing taste that fresh tomatoes bring to a dish and I have been anticipating my tomato harvest all year long - yummy tomato soups, fresh pasta sauce and all sorts of tomato things for the winter larder. I have tons of green tomatoes on the vine but with the advance of the chilly weather lately (we covered the garden in plastic yesterday), I am afraid I won't get enough to make my sauces. So I bought a big box - 38 pounds to be exact and shortly I will be blanching, chopping and cooking. :hungry: :D

Oh and there are definitely patches of red leaves peeking out from the trees - no denying autumn is on it's way even if it's still summer here. ;)

Ceejay - I see some rain down your way. I'll bet it waited until you headed to the store to open up :rain:

Michelle - enjoy your outing to Irishfest! Good for you for planning some more quiet things with DMIL tomorrow. I'm sure all the walking - even at a leisurely pace with a friend, will be enough for the back for a while. Sorry to hear that DH is having troubles again. This cooler weather always seems to drum up the coughing, running nose, sinus issues. Poor guy has not been dry for over a year! I hope he gets better by his trip. Was he gently reminding you that there's a need to make some room for DMIL's stuff? Hard enough to find places for your own stuff, much less someone else's. And yet one needs some of their own stuff to feel at home. Good luck finding a happy balance :hug: Sorry that it doesn't look like I will be able to make your get together. Things are still up in the air with DH and Mom and their medical issues. I will be there in spirit tho!

Shad - God Bless you for finding the wherewithall to zip your lip with M. Sounds like she is a typical female of her generation. All I can say is each partner has to decide just how much they are willing to put up with the other's idiosynchracies. :shrug: Pity that you have to keep your mouth shut to keep the peace - which allows her to continue her bad behavior unchecked - but that's the way it is nowadays. When you get to visit here, I think you will like this place the best of the 3 you've visited. No big city, lots of open spaces, green and fresh air to enjoy. There are sea caves on Lake Superior if you're so inclined but you have to kayak through them :lol: As for the ATVs, DH talked about getting 2 at the onset but they are a substantial monetary investment and I wasn't sure I'd like them enough to warrant the outlay of money. So the 2-up seemed like a nice compromise for now. They are coming out with what they call UTVs - 2 side by side - like a golf cart of sorts but since they are wider, you can't use them on all the same trails as the ATVs and are probably more paved trails which DH doesn't care for.

Mel - I hope you have a good shopping trip and a bit of sun to warm your bones. :D

Annie - I was wondering how that Nyquil ZZZZZ worked. DH and I admit to using the regular stuff as a sleep aid. Sorry you had to drag yourself to work when you're not quite up to speed yet. Hope you didn't get C germed up. That's the worse part about starting a new job - no time off when you need it. Weekend's here - hopefully you can get more rest.

Laura - enjoy your 3 day weekend. I love the idea of twisting the hair and getting a bit of wave to it. Effortless and not too formal. Bet it looks good with the layers.

Well DH is probaby giving me the mental stink eye because I am still on the computer and he is out scrubbing turkey poop from the new cement but hey, I didn't invite the birds over. :shrug: Better get cooking here. Have a good Friday chicks.

annie175
08-17-2012, 01:54 PM
Hideee Hoooo. Not too much on the agenda. I am feeling much better today. Not completely well but getting there. Cleaning house and grocery shopping. Sunday we (Curtis, Sis, Chris, Babe and I) are going to my son's new house. They just moved in last weekend. It is his birthday on Sunday, he will be 24. He asked me to bring his birthday cake. Like I wouldn't? He wants the Better than S*x Cake AND a my peanutbutter pie. He is having a cookout. I am also taking a salad. I am excited to see his house, I should say their house. (he and fiance')

WOW HAPPY...great pictures. I sent my friend here at work the pix of your veggies because of the kitty in the picture. She has two cats and is cat silly. Plus I thought it might cheer her up, she just got a phone call that her g-ma may not make it through the weekend. She is older and in a nursing home with ailments of sorts. Love the waterfall pix with the covered bridge. It looks like some of the bridges in Parke County Indiana. Beautiful. Your day in the parks sounds lovely and romantic...kissy kissy...

CHELLE...looking forward to the 8th. I, like Happy do not like driving in or around Chicago, it is just too crazy. Yet, my brother and SIL drove up there one New Years eve 6 years ago and eloped. Go figure. Your mood is so much more spunkier and happy since you left Kohls and started this dream job. I am so happy for you.

SHADDIE...there is NO incorrect way to hold a baby. OMG REALLY? As long as you don't let their head bobble it is all good. New parents are a riot. I am sorry but the baby's momma sounds like a beeeeeaaaaaccchhh. Maybe I should unleash my DD Samantha on her for a couple of days. hahaha.

CEEG....don't work to hard at cleaning and wear yourself out for the weekend.

MELLIE....did you go to TJs? I am heading there after work. I need to get some specialty cheeses.

LAURA...your new do sounds nice. Wish I had enough hair to do more with it. It is very fine...and not groovy fine....we had more rain yesterday. It has been cloudy all day today, with spotty sunshine. Cottenball clouds in the sky.

Hi ya's to Ellen Patty and Java...

Have a great Friday/Saturday all

Loves and hugs

annie175
08-17-2012, 02:00 PM
HAPPY...you sneaker inner....the Nyquil Zzzz worked wonders, I don't know if it was because I was also worn out from not sleeping (coughing) or because it worked really good. I will have to test it when this coughing is over. Scrubbing turkey poop off the cement cracked me up, it is goose poo we have to scrub off....always taking somebody's sh*t. Have a great weekend sista!

diyana
08-17-2012, 02:40 PM
A fabulous Friday afternoon to all! Less than 4 hours 'till my weekend!!

Happy - I love the photos of the harvest, and also the waterfall/State Park photos! I love the covered bridge photos too. Being from Vermont, I grew up with covered bridges, and I always get very nostalgic when I see them. :) DH and I have got to get up there. It's absolutely lovely. :) Good idea for you and your DH to plan a trip there after school is in session. Have fun canning all those tomatoes, and scrubbing off turkey poop. Our doggies keep the turkeys and geese away from our backyard.

Ceejay - I hope you make time for relaxing this weekend.

Annie - I'm glad you're feeling better...but don't overdo it. Have fun at your son's birthday party. :) I am way more spunky and happy now that I have this great job. I had my 30-day evaluation...which is more about are they doing enough for me so I can be successful...and my manager asked if they represented this position accurately and if it's everything I expected. I told him it's everything I expected and way better! I'm so happy!! :) I'm really looking forward to meeting up with you and Laura. I'm hopeful we can meet somewhere and take public transportation (like the "El" or is it "L" train) to where we need to go. I'm totally flexible. Heck, even if we just meet up for a yummy lunch and either sightseeing or shopping, I'd be cool with that.

lunch break is over....back to work.

Much love,

ceejay52
08-17-2012, 03:03 PM
Annie
So glad that you are feeling better. Don't over do

Happy
The rain about fizzled out before it got here. But it was nice to see a bit of the wet stuff. It made for a happy weatherman last night. Love the pictures.

Michelle
Wow meeting up with Annie and Laura would be fun. Hope your DH feels better soon.

Laura705
08-17-2012, 07:38 PM
Hello all. Hope everyone's had a nice Friday. :)

Ceejay - Sorry the rain wasn't all that much. We had a couple rainy days, but we're still way behind. Hope you have a restful weekend.

Michelle - Hope the coding/testing went well today. Enjoy Irishfest tonight! Sorry DH is feeling lousy and has to work this weekend. I sure hope he gets a couple comp days next week to help him recover.

Annie - Happy bday to your ds. Enjoy the cookout tomorrow and don't overdo it - you're still recovering! I had to laugh when you said you didn't want to sleep in one of your guest rooms because you didn't want to have to clean it up!! :D BTW, the washer actually cleans the sheets, not you, LOL.

Happy - The park looks beautiful. I usually get over having uninvited people in my photos - sometimes it's good for gauging the size of the landscape. I would have been one cranky chick not eating til 4 pm - I hate skipping meals.

Mel - Hope the shopping went well!!

Shad - You are a saint for not saying anything to M! Good for you having that restraint. Sounds like she's pretty self-absorbed, and the division of work is not balanced at all. I hope things settle down and even out. "Bavarian Bum Hummers" - LOL! :lol: Safe travels if I'm not back here this weekend. :)

++++
Went to a circuit class last night.

This morning was a bank appt, then off to Rockford to meet bf's mum, aunt and two nieces for lunch. Yes, Rockford, so it was a long drive. Lunch was fine, and we drove the nieces home. The older one is is rather silly/giggly/spastic and can be hard to take after a while (hope it's just a stage!), but the younger one is rather calm. They're both good girls though
and we had a nice drive back home with them.

Bf had me take doggy to the vet for his adequan shot this afternoon - oy. The girl was not at the desk when I arrived, but one couple was waiting before me, and another person arrived after me. Both of them were there to pick up drugs. It took a while for the doc to get up front for the shot, and in the meantime two lively lab-looking dogs that their person could barely handle came in, and then two feisty, barky beagles came out of a treatment room and one got in Coal's face and he lost his footing and went down as has been happening a lot lately. !@#$% Their person apologized and asked if he was okay, which he was, but Coal had already been panting and shaking like a leaf because he hates being there so much, so by that time we were both totally ready to be out of there. Shortly thereafter the doc gave Coal his shot and we were finally outta there. Sigh.

This evening we have to hit Walmart for some stuff and the pet supply store for some dog food and a new collar for Coal. His old name tag finally gave out and came off his collar, so we also need to get a new one ordered/made up for him (he's also microchipped).

Tomorrow is the get together for bf's bday. The weather is supposed to be nice, so it should be fun. As I said I'm not really up for an all-day, all-night party (we'll be getting there early in the afternoon), but it's at a very popular, old spot on the Chain-o-Lakes that I've never been to before (Blarney Island), so it should be entertaining.

That's about it for me. Everyone have a great weekend. :)

upswife
08-17-2012, 09:44 PM
Good Evening ladies! Been a busy week, but with the kiddies going back to school it should settle down. Today I took both DD1 and DD2 for their shot. They are both just now getting the series, so they are on #2 of 3 shots for Heb B. Then we went school supply shopping. I am all done, just need to make a quick stop Monday morning for Gym uni’s and they are all set for another new school year. Nothing much new…working this weekend thru Monday, I will miss the open house at the kid’s schools, but DH knows to take them.
Laura~it sounds like you had a busy busy day. Glad the luch was fun, but OH what a drive to Rockford. Sorry Coal had such a bad trip to the vet…hope he is settled down now.

Ceejay~How was your trip to Walmart? It seems like a few of us stopped there today!!

Michelle~I am so happy that you were able to find this new job. You sounded so miserable and sad at the old one. Your trip down here sounds fun…wish I could meet up with annie,Laura and you, but I have to work every weekend. Enjoy the “L”

Annie~hope you are feeling better...I know what you mean about not wanting to clean the guest Bed rooms, but I know I sleep so much better on a bed than the couch. Have fun and Happy Birthday to DS

Happy~I love your pics…the veg from our garden look so yummy. You should start to pak some dried fruit/granola for your trips out. You and DH always find some trail to look at, then you miss eating…I know I eat poorly when I go that long with out eating something.

Melody~Hope you stayed dry on your trip out!

Shad~OMG, I do not have words for what you went thru. I want to apologize for my generation…I don’t know how some ppl were raised, but I would never have acted that way…Esp with all the help you have been making dinner and holding Sophie. M just needs a wake up call!. You can always whinge to us here!

Ok, time to get back to work. You ladies have a wonderful weekend!!

MELODY525
08-18-2012, 07:57 AM
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I AM AWAKE BUT NOT BRAIN FUNCTIONING YET
SORRY NO PERSONALS. MAYBE LATER.
YESTERDAY WAS JUST TOO FRASSING BUSY.
SHOPPING, MAINTENANCE, FRIENDS VISITING & GENERAL CRAPOLA.
I'M TIRED INSIDE MORE THAN OUTSIDE THOUGH.
WOKE UP EARLY TODAY WITH AN ALARM & NEED SOME MORE REST.
CAN'T HANDLE ANY MORE THINKING RIGHT NOW. :rofl:
THANK GOD THE OFFICE IS CLOSED FOR 2 DAYS AND IT'S RAINING!!
HOPE EVERYONE HAS A GREAT WEEKEND. :encore:

Shad
08-18-2012, 08:54 AM
Well today was a better day. It is liking living with Jekyll and Hyde.

Back tomorrow with update and personals. Going home tomorrow. Looking forward to that.

ceejay52
08-18-2012, 01:13 PM
In to say hello.

Procrastinated yesterday about shopping but today it's a must. Stomach was upset for some reason. Last night I took a phenegran that the e.r. doctor gave me and slept till 10. 30 a.m. Feel lots better this morning. The rest of the morning was talking to my sis who lives in Dallas. They sure have had a busy month.

I'll do personals later.

happy2bme
08-18-2012, 03:36 PM
Afternoon chicks,

Was raising the shades this morning and noticed something on the outside window sill. Thought it was an odd looking piece of pine tree schmutz but upon closer examination I saw it had legs. If the pine trees start growing legs I'm MOVING :yikes: I called DH to the window to see and he said "oh, that's a stick bug". I said "that's no stick bug". He said Yes it is. I started laughing being totally famililar with Australian stick bugs and thought what Shad would be saying about this creature, while as large as my hand from fingertip to wrist, is a dwarf baby compared to the arm length Aussie kind :lol: If I zoomed in on the shot you'd see how it looks just like a stick. Always something new to see in the northwoods...

It's a bright and beautiful Saturday out there. Next couple of days going to be the same. Lovely autumn weather - the perfect temperature for doing just about anything outside. Next few days supposed to be more of the same.

2 days ago we had swarms of hummingbirds all over. Best I could count was 12 trying a go at the most popular of the 6 feeders we have out. I'd say their numbers are halved today. Guess they are getting ready to make their long trip to South America for the winter. I'm thinking they will pretty much peter out in the next 3 weeks.

Yesterday I made a tomato soup with roasted fresh tomatoes, onions and garlic - that came out pretty good. I also put the fixings for a tomato / pasta sauce in the crock pot last night and let it cook overnight. Woke up this morning to a nice smell in the house :D I still have about 15 pounds of tomatoes to use. I think I'll roast more and freeze them. It's so nice out I hate to stay in the house. DH is trying to find a place he can go fishing off a dock since we don't have a boat. I should go into town to pick up a couple of gifts but I hate to contend with the weekend summer people. Only a few more weeks and they should be headed back home. :D :D :D I'd like to put off shopping until Monday. Nothing much else going on.

DH is calling me for something - be back later for personals.

happy2bme
08-18-2012, 03:37 PM
Stick bug -

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/Picture-StickBug.jpg

Shad
08-18-2012, 08:41 PM
morning all,

Thought I might have time to chat this morning, however time just slips away when you are having fun. Just finishing tidying up the house, packing the last of my belongings and getting ready to go to DS1s place. We will probably have lunch together and then he will take me to the airport. DS2 will pick me up and dump me at home in his usual style. I feel warmer already. Anyway gotta go. Trying to get some more pictures of Sophia today. Will show them if it comes off.

MELODY525
08-19-2012, 09:03 AM
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HAPPY SUNDAY!

I HAD A BAD NIGHT. WOKE AT 3 AND BACK TO BED AT NEAR 5.
NOT FEELING MYSELF TODAY. IT WAS A SINUS/ASTHMA ATTACK.
NOT SURE HOW IT HAPPENS WITH THE A/C ON! :tantr4um:
HAVEN'T HAD ONE LIKE THIS IN A LONG TIME.

ANYWAY...ON WITH THE MORNING & BREAKFAST.
THEN MAYBE A LITTLE LIE DOWN AFTER I CHECK THE ALARMS.
SOUNDS GOOD TO ME:cloud9:

NOT MUCH TO REOPRT. YESTERDAY WAS A FEW FALSE ALARMS.
THEN I TRIED TO CLEAN. FELT VERY LAZY.
WENT OUTSIDE FOR A BIT. COOKED SOME FOODS.
THEN WATCHED TV.
HOPE YOU GALS HAVE A GREAT WEEK.




HAPPY....I LOVE THE WARNING SIGN UNDERNEATH THE BUG.
SHOULD HAVE SEEN THAT BEFORE YOU OPENED THE SHADE!!:rofl:
OMG....THAT THING IS HUGE!!
ARE YOU SURE YOU STILL LIVE IN THE USA??
I REALLY LOVED THE CAT PLANTER ON YOUR DECK TABLE.
THE VEGGIES LOOKED BEAUTIFUL & DELICIOUS. YUM!
THE PICTURES OF THE WATERFALL AND PARK ARE GORGEOUS!
LOVED THE COVERED BRIDGE TOO.
REALLY TOOK A GOOD LOOK AT THE ROCH FORMATIONS SURROUNDINGTHE "RIVER".
THE WHOLE PLACE IS JUST LOVELY.





SHAD....THIS TRIP WENT SO FAST...FOR ME ANYWAY.
GUESSING YOU ARE ALREADY HOME SAFE & SOUND.
HAD A LAUGH AT JEKYLL & HYDE BUT NOT FUNNY I KNOW.
PROUD OF YOU THAT YOU MADE IT THRU THE VISIT.
ESPECIALLY THE BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE DINNER FIASCO.
GOD HELP THAT GIRL. SHE IS SOOO LOST. VERY SAD.
LOVED THE HOUSEBOAT SITE AND ACTUALLY READ ABOUT THE DIFFERENT BOATS. LOL
WISHFUL THINKING!!



CEEJAY,,,,,HOPE THE TUMMY FEELS BETTER.
DID YOU GET TO SHOP?
I'VE NEVER HEARD OF THAT PILL BUT GLAD YOU FELT BETTER.



ELLEN....I CAN IMAGINE THE COST OF SCHOOL SUPPLY SHOPPING.
WHILE IN THE STORES I FAINTED:lol3: :lol3:
GOOD LUCK WITH THE SHOT SCHEDULE. BUSY GAL!
HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT WEEKEND TOO.



LAURA....POOR COAL...I KNOW JUST HOW HE FEELS.
I HATE DOCTORS OFFICES AND JEN HATES SHOTS!
WONDER IF YOU CAN ASK FOR A SPECIAL "BACK DOOR" TREATMENT?
SOME VETS WILL ACCOMMODATE A NERVOUS ANIMAL.
NICE LUNCH OUT WITH THE BF'S FAMILY.
DID THE BANK TEACH YOU HOW TO MAKE MEGA MILLIONS?
IF SO PASS IT ON:rofl:
HOPE YOU STILL LIKE THE LAYERED HAIR. :D




ANNIE....GLAD YOU FELT A TEENSY BIT BETTER.
SENDING GET WELL THOUGHTS YOUR WAY:getwell:
HOPE YOU GET BETTER VERY SOON.
THIS IS NO WAY TO END A SUMMER!!:hug:
HAVE A GOOD TIME AT THE BD PARTY:hb:



MICHELLE....YOU'VE BEEN BUSY TOO I SEE.
HOPE DH FEELS MUCH BETTER.
HOPE TOO THAT THE TRIP TO PACK THE STUFF & BRING IT BACK GOES WELL.
IT WOULD BE GREAT IF YOU CAN MEET UP WITH THE GIRLS :crossed:

ceejay52
08-19-2012, 09:53 AM
Morning chicks.

Happy
That's the biggest stick bug I've ever seen.

Mel
Sorry you had a rough night. I've seen rag weed this morning and I know that the golden rod will be in bloom if it isn't already. I'm prepared.
Fall is coming early this year in my area.

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It's back to work for me this morning. Didn't want to come in. I couldn't go to sleep last night but I think it was due to the fact I slept so long yesterday morning. Still have a bit of a queasy stomach. Don't want to go to the doctor but my sis the APN told me to not put off going.
Did some yard work yesterday afternoon. Raked up the pine needles which are worse than raking leaves. We're supposed to rake them to the curb but I think they miss me on purpose.
We had a bit of rain during the night.
I'm going to look up the phenergran. It puts me into a deep sleep.

ceejay52
08-19-2012, 01:19 PM
Looked up phenergran--It's main purpose is to treat allergies but can be used to treat upset stomach. I believe this was a bit much for me.

happy2bme
08-19-2012, 03:21 PM
Good morning all,

We were supposed to go for a picnic back to the park with the waterfalls today but last night when I went to bed I was feeling poorly and woke up several times with an upset tummy. Yesterday we had spaghetti and meatballs with the homemade tomato sauce and I think it was a bit too acid like for me. Either that or we had too much garlic as there was garlic in the sauce, DH made meatballs with garlic and we had garlic bread. We probably STINK today :rofl: I have an awful metalic taste in my mouth I can't get rid of. Yesterday I made Oatmeal Scotchies cookies for our picnic today. DH loves them and was hovering back and forth in the kitchen. I told him they were for the picnic and then said - oh go have some - not knowing he pulled a stealth move and snuck some off the dish anyway :lol: Last night I packed a bag of paper goods and stuff like chips and cookies into a bag so I'd have less to fuss with this morning. I made the cookies from a package so there weren't a whole lot of them. I packed a dozen or so in a bag for the picnic (they are small) and went to bed. This morning when DH woke me up I said I wasn't feeling well and went back to sleep. I woke up a bit later when DH came into the bedroom and he said to me "are you sure it was the spaghetti that made you ill or all the cookies you ate". I looked at him and said - "you think I ate a WHOLE PLATE OF COOKIES????" :lol: (This would be something he'd do so not entirely out of the relm of reality for him). He didn't see my picnic bag - only the empty cooler bag on the counter so he thought I ate them. What is funnier is that (and he admitted to thinking this) was that he was thinking here I was telling him he could not have any cookies because they were for the picnic and then he thought I went and ate most of them after he went to sleep :rofl: We will try another day as we have lots of nice days ahead of us this week.

Glad you liked the stick bug - I thought the warning sign was funny too - it's a warning that the screens are not secure enough to keep a toddler from falling though - only a small pin holds them in. I like my cat planter too - used to have 2 of them but DH built a small shelf on the fence in TN that got clobbered when a tree limb fell in a wind storm. That's my lemon balm growing in there which is quite happy even though it looks to be root bound.

You coffee pic Mel looks good enough to drink :coffee: Sorry the head is stuffy - it's that time of year and with all the rain you've had, everything must be soggy including the nose :( Thanks for your comments on the pictures - yes, the park is really lovely. Hope to get some good shots in the fall with autumn colors. I'll bet the bridge will be especially pictureesque.

Poor Shad - Jeckle and Hyde :rofl: Should not laugh because it's not funny but you do have a way of putting things that makes me :D You should be home by now and getting things back to normal. Are you still on contract and just took a holiday or are you a free woman for a bit?

Ceejay - at least you got some good rest. Now ready to face the day? Looks like the weather is getting a bit more tolerable out your way. I imagine with the heat you have alot of dust and things to make the head all stuffy too.

Michelle - you sound sooooo much happier at the new place although it sounds like it didn't take long to get wrapped up in the swing of things. :lol: Glad to hear you had a nice time at the Irish Fest. Hope you have a good time with DMIL today and that DH is feeling better. Put him in the yard on the patio in a comfy chair and let him soak up some healing sunshine!

Ellen - seems like you are ALWAYS on the run! Great idea about the granola or trail mix. I used to make some for DH - will have to do that again. Thanks! So are the kids ready to go back to school? Always a bit meloncholy as that means summer is about to be over again :(

Laura - pool Coal getting all shaken up at the vets. I imagine sometimes it gets pretty wild there. Looking forward to hearing about BF's birthday party. Hope it was more fun than frustration and that everyone had a good time.

Annie - hope you are feeling better and enjoying some sun with C and your kids. How great that DS got a new house. Bet it's pretty. Have a great cookout.

I need to get off here and wrap this up. Have a good Sunday all.

Shad
08-20-2012, 04:34 AM
Evening all,
Short one as I have frittered away most of the day and need to get going again to get a few things done before it gets too late and I need to go to bed..

I am home. It's been a lovely day. DB2 arrived around earlier and had a cup of tea with me. I've organised for the cat to go to the vet on Wednesday and need to ring my accountant for a meeting tomorrow. I did some shopping for food, but will have to do some more later this week, I went to the plant nursery and got some seedlings for the garden. Hope I will be around for these to grow up big and strong. I've done some laundry and unpacked most of my stuff from Adelaide. I am not on contract to anyone at the moment, but there is some work coming in and I may be off to the Northern Territory later next month.

And that is about it from me for today. I'll get here earlier tomorrow to do personals etc. See ya

MELODY525
08-20-2012, 08:13 AM
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GOOD MORNING GIRLS.
GEE....WE MAY GET RAIN FOR A CHANGE TODAY. :lol3:
I'M THINKING WE SHOULD BE GROWING FINS!
A FEW ALARMS AND BROKEN TOILETS THIS WEEKEND.
NOTHING TOO SERIOUS.
JEN SLEPT A LOT. RICHIE & I CHATTED.
HOPE EVERYONE HAS A GREAT WEEK:moped:





CEEJAY....I LOOKED IT UP TOO. THINK IT'S TOO STRONG FOR ME.
HOPE THE TUMMY FEELS BETTER. MINE'S BEEN A BIT WONKY TOO.
DR SAID IT WAS FROM ALL THE MUCUS PROBABLY.
YOU'RE RIGHT...I FORGOT ABOUT THE FALL WEEDS GROWING.
I SHOULD HAVE LEFT THE WINDOWS CLOSED DURING THE DAY TOO!! LOL




HAPPY....I THINK MY LEMON BALM & BASIL LIKED BEING ROOT BOUND.
WHEN WE LEFT THEM ALONE ONE YEAR IN THE BACK, THEY GREW BETTER.
THIS YEAR I PLANTED NOTHING. I MISSED THE BASIL SMELL.
BUT MY TUMMY DIDN'T. I GET ACIDY WITH FRESH HERBS NOW. :cry:
I LOVE LOOKING AT PEOPLES PICTURES.
ALL THERE IS AROUND HERE IS CONCRETE AND DIRTY BUILDINGS.
THE KIDS FREAKED OUT WHEN THEY SAW THE STICK BUG.
TOO FUNNY. SORRY YOU MISSED THE PICNIC.
HOPE YOU'RE FEELING BETTER TODAY :hug:
ALTHOUGH THE WEATHER IS WEIRD, I THINK WE MIGHT JUST HAVE ANOTHER MILD FALL/WINTER. :crossed:
CAN''T WAIT TO SEE YOU AUTUMN FOLIAGE.




SHAD.....GLAD TO HEAR YOU HAVE SOME WORK.
WAS WONDERING HOW THE ECONOMY/JOB SITUATION WAS OVER THERE.
HOPE YOU DO GET TO BE HOME FOR YOUR SEEDLINGS TO GROW!!
WOULD BE A SHAME TO DO ALL THAT WORK AND NOT GET THE FULL BENEFIT!
HOPE THE DB IS DOING WELL TOO.

ceejay52
08-20-2012, 09:40 AM
Morning
Nothing new here except work.

Mel
Glad the week end wasn't to bad.

Happy
I used to like growing things but even that I don't do any more. No time to take care of it. I had some thyme and oregano growing in the yard and found some the other day while raking th pine needles. I may move some of it closer to the house not that I'll be using it. I know to much garlic would put my tummy in a whirl wind.

diyana
08-20-2012, 11:39 AM
Good Monday morning ladies,

I had such a fun weekend attending Irish Fest Friday night with my friend and then again yesterday with DMIL. Enjoyed lots of Irish music, dancing and humorous storytelling. I took a beginning Irish dance class, and also a class that taught a bit of the Irish language (specifically Irish "chat up" (or pick up) lines. :rofl: I'm so glad I was able to talk DMIL into going with me on Sunday. While she really enjoys the music and dancing at the festivals, she doesn't much like the crowds or walking around. Luckily, most of the performances we enjoyed were in the same area which limited the amount of walking and fighting the crowds. :) DMIL really, really enjoyed the day and told me later that she was so glad that I talked her into going. :)

I highly recommend that if you like Irish dance at all, check out Brian Cunningham on YouTube. And if you like what you see, you can order his DVD "In the Blood" from atlanticsteps.com. I bought the DVD at Irish Fest on Friday night and played it for DMIL on Saturday, which convinced her to go with me on Sunday. It's a lovely story of how music and dance has always been in his family and most of the time he performs with his brother and sisters and his mom and dad take care of the backstage duties. Brian Cunningham is incredibly talented, not to mention quite handsome. ;)

My back didn't do well on Friday night as we did a lot more walking around. I was quite sore on Saturday and spent nearly all day relaxing, though I did mow the lawns. I got absolutely no decluttering done...but I can get back to it a little bit each evening and next weekend. Thankfully, although I was sore last night it wasn't as bad as Friday night and today, I'm not too sore at all. :)

Poor DH's weekend wasn't nearly as fun. He worked 11 hours on Saturday and 5 more on Sunday. He said he might meet us at Irish Fest, but I suggested that what he really should do was go home and relax...which is what he ended up doing. I picked up dinner on the way home from the Festival, and we all went to went to bed early. He will get two comp days, but he's using them for his trip to CA in early September. He's going to spend a couple days in Yosemite National Park before he loads DMIL's things into a moving van and brings them back to WI.

Warning...food p*rn ahead...Like all Wisconsin festivals, the food at Irish Fest was amazing. There was Irish Stew, Pot Roast, Guiness-based everything (from stew to cakes), fabulous desserts. :drool: The two things I did try were the Irish Nachos (homemade potato chips, covered in cheddar cheese and chunks of corned beef), and the Reuben Rolls (Corned Beef, Swiss Cheese and Sauerkraut wrapped in an egg roll wrapper and deep fried, and served with Thousand Island dressing for dipping). Completely unhealthy and wonderfully delicious!! They also had a variety of Irish beers, wines, mead and whiskeys...but I skipped those since I was the designated driver both days.

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Laura - Why did you go to Rockford to have lunch with BF's mom and nieces? Is that where the nieces live? That is quite a long way. Glad you had a nice lunch. How old are the nieces? Poor Coal for getting so scared at the vet and then losing his footing. Are there any vets that make house calls? I know that some do that. We actually give our dogs treats that contain chamomile to help relax them when we take them to the vet or the groomers. I hope bf's birthday was really fun. I've decided against having a big party, but instead am having multiple weekends of celebrations (like the get together with Laura and Annie on 9/8), and then later in September DH, DMIL and I will be getting together with a family friend in Chicago.

Ellen - Bummer that you have to work on Sept. 8 (and every weekend). It would've been fun to meet up with you too. Good on ya' for getting all the kids ready for school.

Shad - Sorry that your DS1 has to deal with Jekyll and Hyde. I hope things balance out for them soon. I'm thrilled that you are getting a nice well-deserved break between contracts! :)

Happy - I actually think stick bugs are cool...at least the dwarf ones we get here in the States. It amazes me when a creature adapts to blend in so well with its surroundings. :) Your tomato soup and pasta sauce sound delish!! Bummer that you had to postpone your picnic. I hope your tummy is doing better today. Too funny about the cookies, and DH thinking you ate them all after telling him he couldn't eat them. Your picnic will probably be more enjoyable on a weekday since not as many tourists will be there.

Mel - So sorry to hear about your sinus/asthma attack. I do hope you're feeling better by now.

Ceejay - DH and I are not looking forward to the ragweed and goldenrod blooming. I hope your stomach is feeling better. I know that when my sinuses/allergies are bad, I sometimes get queasy...and also some of the stronger allergy meds make me queasy as well.

Annie - I hope the cookout at DS's house was fun. Happy B'day to DS! When is C's b'day?


I'd better get back to work.

Much love and many hugs to all,

Laura705
08-20-2012, 02:07 PM
Almost lunchtime. I'll just post a quick hello and come back later for personals.

Saturday I went to a circuit class, and then packed up for the bday gathering and then took doggy for a long walk by the creek.

Bf's bday gathering was nice - nine people in all. Accomodations were alright, but the bed I slept in was too soft and I still have an upper back/neck ache. We really didn't get much outdoors time on the lake until sunset, and it would have been nice because it was a nice day. The popular boater's bar that we went to was having a mardi gras style event and so the crowd was a bit different I think - they had a body painter on the island and there were some women displaying their painted girls... The guys didn't mind that, lol. I was disappointed that the only band was one having their performance filmed at various times throughout the day for a video, and they were a country band. Oh well. If we had a boat at our disposal, bf and I would definitely go back sometime mid-week during the day to enjoy being on the water.

Sunday we packed up and 5 of us stopped for breakfast on the way home. I didn't get enough sleep (I was not comfortable at all in that soft bed), so except for unpacking & taking doggy for a walk, I didn't do much except sit around - for a bit outside in the yard on the chaise and then on the sofa.

The boss is out sick today, so it's quiet. Still have a little bit of work to do before my budget project is done, but I will be submitting something today because it's due today!

Tonight I will get to a spinning class. I have 5 classes left on my combo pass to take by 9/2... That's not bad, shouldn't be a problem.

diyana
08-20-2012, 02:14 PM
Laura - Glad bf's bday gathering was nice. Painted "girls", huh? I'll bet the guys didn't mind. Bummer about the too soft bed, but good that you were able to relax yesterday. :) Have fun at spinning class!

annie175
08-20-2012, 06:06 PM
Good Evening All...

The stinkin' internet at work did not function today so I could not get on line. How frustrating. Couldn't even do some of my job because of it.

The birthday party at DSs house was absolutely great. His house suits he and his finance' perfectly. Out in the country. Huge deck off the back of the house that faces a tree lined lot then a small woods after that. The boys all shot rifles, guns ect into the woods for the most part. DD actually shot her first gun/rifle. She love it. Scares me. haha. I was getting ready to shoot but a couple arrived with a 5 and 6 yr old so I made the boys put everything away. Not around the kids. They respectively "minded" me. I got to see Kristin's wedding dress and the invitations. You all are invited but will not receive invites as they are only inviting 130 people. I had like 15 people I wanted invited and had to cut it back to 10. haha...they are so funny. I gave my son and future DIL their check for my contributions toward the wedding...wowser...that took the account down quite a bit.

DS loved his better than s*x cake and peanutbutter pie I made for him. Ended up taking cucumbers and onions, my salsa and chips, my zucchini bread, and something else I cannot remember. Also gave them a house warming gift of a gift card they could use to get mini blinds for their home.

Gotta go, C is home and dinner is not even started.

Love and hugs.

Shad
08-20-2012, 07:26 PM
Morning all,
Bit cooler this morning but I will accept it seeing as I am still wearing shorts and a tee shirt. Supposed to get to 23 today. There is plenty for me to do so I won't get cold any time soon and I should get out there and exercise as well before it gets too hot for that. Better make a list of things I want to achieve today.

Mel - seem to remember, my cousin the minister gave me dimensions and plans for building the ark when we were in the middle of deluge some time back - should I look them up and are you familiar with building in cubits as a measurement??

Ceejay - I used to have phenergan for a B Vitamin allergy I developed some time back. Seem to remember that it put me out for a couple of hours as well.

Michelle - glad to hear that you enjoyed the Irish fest. I like Irish dancing. I hope the stress of driving and hauling furniture and packing stuff doesn't upset the DH's lungs too much. Tell him to wear a dust mask when packing or shifting the furniture.

Laura - funny, both of my dogs loved going to the vet. It was a nice experience for the vet as well. He loved them back. Now do not ask whether the cat likes going to the vet!!!! :lol: She doesn't like anything that upsets her routine - for routine read sleep, eat, sleep some more, venture out into the sun, sleep some more and the very occasional burst of exercise.

Happy - liked the stick insect. He is on a par with some of ours. Currently we have a crop of small bitey things, so it is out with the bug spray and kill 'em off before they breed. Soon there will be heat and flies and I will be grumpy again.

Anyway, best get off here and go poison off a few weeds, dig out some soil and crud stuff in an old garden bed and get ready to turn it into a place for the bins and then plant out my vege patch. I need to also source out somed sugar cane or lucerne hay mulch for the vege patch as well. Never ending

happy2bme
08-21-2012, 12:43 AM
Hi all,

DH and I packed up the picnic basket and headed out to the park for a walk, some fresh air and sandwiches and fruit in the woods. We got some nice shots of the waterfalls before everyone else followed us in there. He also said we'd never been on a picnic before. I reminded him yes we did (I have pictures) and at the time I was wearing a halter top with no bra because that's how we dressed back then which meant it was a long, long, LONG time ago :rofl: It was a nice day. The fresh air has made me tired, it's good chilly sleeping weather so I will leave personals for the morning. Goodnight all and welcome back home to fussy Miss Puss Shad - she has still not learned any gratitude, eh?

MELODY525
08-21-2012, 08:38 AM
MORNING EVERYONE.
HAPPY TUESDAY / WEDNESDAY.

BROKEN FRONT DOORS LAST NIGHT. OH JOY OH JOY!
THANK GOD IT WAS EASY TO FIXGURE OUT.
CALLED THE MAINT. MAN IN.
THEN SHOWED HIM WHAT I HOPED WAS RIGHT. :rofl:

JEN & I HAD A CHAT WHILE SHE DID SOME WASH.
HER FOOT IS GETTING BETTER EVERY DAY.
BUT I THINK THE DR IS RIGHT NOW INSTEAD OF HER & I.
IT'S GOING TO BE A LONG TIME TILL IT'S FULLY HEALED.
OR AS HEALED AS IT CAN BE WITH THE DYSTROPHY.
SHE'S NOT HAPPY.

NOTHING MUCH NEW.
GOING OUTSIDE BEFORE THE BUILDING WAKES UP.
HAVE A GREAT DAY:encore:





CEEJAY....SEEMS LIKE WE'RE HAVING THE SAME KIND OF WEEK.



MICHELLE....THE FESTIVAL SOUNDED WONDERFUL.
GLAD YOU BOTH HAD A GREAT TIME.
HOPE YOUR BACK & DH ARE BOTH FEELING BETTER.




LAURA....HAD A LAUGH AT THE "PAINTED GIRLS". :lol3: :lol3:
OMG....WHAT A BIRTHDAY PRESENT. HARD TO GIFTWRAP!!! :rofl:
GOOD LUCK WITH THE BUDGET PROJECT:crossed:
HOPE THE ACHES & PAINS ARE SHORT LIVED.
ONE NIGHT OFF MY MATTRESS AND MY BACK IS "BROKEN".
HAPPY SPINNING!! :dizzy:




ANNIE....HOPE YOU FELT BETTER AT THE PARTY.
GLAD YOU ALL HAD SO MUCH FUN.
THE HOUSE SOUNDED NICE. LOVE A BIG DECK.
YOU'RE A GOOD MOM MAKING THE FINANCIAL GIFTS:hug:




SHAD....SOON WE'LL BE BEGGING YOU TO SEND SUN & HEAT OUR WAY!!
WE COULD USE SOME BUG SPRAY HERE. LOTS OF GNATS!!
THEY LOVE TO BITE MY HEAD!!:cry:
HAPPY GARDENING.



HAPPY...HAD A GOOD LAUGH AT THE HALTER TOP & GOING BRALESS.
IT TOOK ME RIGHT BACK TO THE DAYS OF YORE!!:rofl:
THEY SEEM LIKE ANOTHER LIFETIME.
GLAD YOU GOT TO PICNIC AND GET OUT.
SOMETIMES WHEN I THINK OF YOU & DH I AM REMINDED OF NORTHEN EXPOSURE AND THE MOOSE.
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diyana
08-21-2012, 09:22 AM
Happy Tuesday ladies -

I don't understand how I can sleep all night and still wake up exhausted! :dunno: After work, I stopped at the store and did the weekly shopping (since I didn't get to it on the weekend). By the time I got home, my back was killing me. I think it's still sore from the fun weekend.

It's going to be a crazy busy day today. I've got back to back to back meetings, and somewhere in there I have to test some new code so that we can get it implemented this Friday. :faint:

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Shad - I'll make sure DH packs his dust masks, and tell DMIL to make sure he uses them. My dogs love going to the vet too. Of course it helps that all the vets and technicians keep their pockets full of dog biscuits! :rofl:

Happy - Glad you had a good picnic and got some nice waterfall photos before the crowds joined you. Too funny about the halter top you wore for your last picnic. LOL

Mel - Broken front doors?! What next? Sorry...I shouldn't ask that and tempt fate. Glad you got the maintenance man over there to fix it. Bummer that Jen's foot will take a long time to heal. I hope the pain eases up for her. DH is doing a bit better, thanks for asking. My back is still sore...but after the fun weekend...I don't mind a bit of soreness. I just hope it eases up this week so I can get some decluttering done.


Gotta get back to it! Here's to a great day for all of us!

Much love,

annie175
08-21-2012, 09:33 AM
Happy Tuesday...

Thought I would post before this place decided the internet should work or not. I swear Humana is living in the ice ages when it comes to network stuff. Blah

I am taking a vacay day tomorrow on Cs day off and we are going fishing down at Lake Lemon in Southern Indiana. We hope to catch our dinner for tonight. We are also going to walk the RR tracks picking up coal for the pit fire. I am rather excited about it. I have a hair appt with sis tonight to get my hair colored then tomorrow night I am getting is cut.

HAPPY...OMG I can remember the same halter tops. As for going braless at this age, I am afraid of stepping on my b**bies. lol. I love going on picnics and am very jealous of you and DHs adventures. Hope when I EVER get to retire, I can do the things you all do.

SHADDIE...glad to be home? THe babe is a real beauty...must get it from her G-ma. I would love to come and work in your yard with you. My pleasure and beats being here in this dump. I know, be greatful I have a job, and I am...but it is just so sad here.

MELLIE....poor Jen, I am glad she is healing but with complications of her health hanging around that has got to suck...hugs and prayers to Jen..

CHELLE....the Irish fest sounds fun and so glad DMIL had a great time too! Funny when dad fights going places but ends up going with, he has the best time ever. I think he even got to shoot a rifle at DSs house over the weekend. I wasn't out there at the time, but thought that is what I heard. The X and I used to go to an Italian fest out in the sticks every year. It was nice and the food and dance was fun. C and I are looking forward to the Covered Bridge Festival this year again, as you may or may not recall that is the day last year that lil man came into the world.

LAURA....glad the BD celebration went well, except for the sleeping in a too soft bed. I don't care where I sleep anymore as long as I sleep. I have slept sound all night long the past two nights due to Nyquil ZZZZ. It is amazing how much better I feel during the day with the rest. Hella B used to crap on the floor EVERY time I took her to the vet. I guess you might say it literally scared the crap out of her. lol

ELLEN...I always used to look at the kids going back to school was a much needed break for me, except when they got home it was homework that I could barely understand. lol

CEEG....phenergran is used for many things. The ped doc used to give it to the kids for cough. They gave it to me for my tummy after bariatric surgery. It is good stuff, but makes me sleep. There are also suppositories of it I used on the kids when they could not quit vomiting.

Guess I had better get busy here since it seems like things are working for the moment.

Hey to Java and Patty...

Loves and Hugs

annie175
08-21-2012, 09:35 AM
CHELLE...you are the sneaker inner. Hope your day eases up on you and your back. Can't wait til the 8th. Make it a great day sister. Hugs

ceejay52
08-21-2012, 09:54 AM
Michelle
Sounds like you had a lot of fun at the Irish fest. Lots of good fattening food. Would have loved to try the Irish stew. How is dh doing?

Annie
Glad you are feeling well enough to go to son's bd party. Sounds like it was a fun time with good food.

Happy
I can remember the halter tops too. Glad you and dh are getting to do things together. Sounds like you two are enjoying retirement.

Mel
Yikes a broken front door. Glad you called in the main. man.

Larua
I'm proud of you on all this exercise. My shoulders, biceps and triceps are are extremely sore. But it's got to be done.

Ellen, Patty and Java :wave:

Laura705
08-21-2012, 12:03 PM
Morning all.

Shad – Back home and no lolling around for you, huh? Why is it that your winters seem to go by so quickly and ours so slowly? In Brisbane you don’t really have much of one do you except for the meteorlogical dates telling you it’s winter, lol. Enjoy your outside time today. Nice your dogs liked the vet – it’s so sad seeing Coal so frightened. He so nervous he won't take treats until the treatment is over.

Michelle – Glad you and DMIL enjoyed Irishfest. It sounded so fun. Sorry your back is sore, but you’ve been doing a lot and I guess it’s complaining about that. Hope your day isn’t too crazy. We went to Rockford because bf’s mother and aunt lived there for a couple years and they liked this restaurant and they thought it would be a nice little road trip with the nieces before they go back to school.

Mel – Boo on the broken doors! It's always something, isn't it?? Glad Jen’s foot is coming along, but based on my own experience, I’m not surprised about the healing process taking a long time. Yeh, I guess the painted girls was an added bonus bday treat. I saw a guy or two with painted torsos – to give them six pack abs, of course, lol. Crazy boaters.

Annie – DS’s bday party sounded nice. His house in the country sounds nice and quiet – except when the guys are shooting guns!!! :rofl: Hope the internet works for you today. :comp: I’m so glad you’re getting more sleep thanks to the new Nyquil zzzzz stuff. Your vacation day sounds just wonderful. You & C be careful on those train tracks!!! Guess I should be glad doggy doesn’t poop at the vet’s office, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he did.

Ceejay – You are right about exercise – if you don’t use it, you lose it. My lack of exercise this summer certainly proven that to me.

Happy – Eeew, stick bugs! But the warning sticker in the photo was funny! Hope your tummy’s back to 100% now. Glad you put the 38 pounds of tomatoes to good use – it sounded like so much when you mentioned it. Your picnic sounds lovely. Glad you got your people-free pics. :D LOL, halter tops. I don’t think I wore one - I think tube tops were more popular when I was a teen. Nowadays going braless doesn’t seem as popular as wearing multilayers with all the straps showing. BTW, my niece’s school doesn’t allow the straps underneath to show. The tops have to have straps wide enough to cover all that.
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No exercise class for me last night. I had to work a bit late to finish up my project and I barely made the 6:30 train, and that was even with taking a taxi to the station. I got home around 7:15. There was an 8:00 Zumba class, but I just wasn’t up for it after my long day. But the budget info got emailed and I’m on to all the other pressing projects. Sigh.

My friend D, who was at bf’s bday gathering on Saturday told me she might not make it to the fest we’d wanted to go to in WI Dells in mid Sept because of a work thing. She’s trying to get out of it, but we’ll see. Another friend has prepaid the two hotel rooms (one for her & her hub, and one for D and me), so we’ll see if I’m going w/ D or if I have to get bf to join me. Reminds me, I need to schedule a day off that Friday.

Tonight’s movie is Hope Springs. I’m looking forward to seeing it.

That’s about it for me, so I’ll get back to the grind.

annie175
08-21-2012, 01:07 PM
Oh LAURA...I want to see Hope Springs.....sure hope to get a good report from you. Have fun tonight.

happy2bme
08-21-2012, 01:25 PM
Howdy peeps,

This morning's discussion of halter tops and straps and such begs the question - if girls wear thongs so that they don't have panty lines, then why do they walk around with tops with skinny straps and all sorts of "lines" on their tops with various things hanging out??? Hmmm, why don't they mind that? Or wearing flip flops when you have gnarly looking toes? Oh and God forbid you say anything to them - MAJOR attitude. Yes, I think wearing a tank top and having your bra straps show is as trashy now as it was before. Also hate these clingy shirts girls wear with big time belly roll / muffin top hanging out.

Woke up to a magnificent day outside. It was cool overnight but warmed up quickly. The door is open and a fresh breeze is coming through the house. Smells so good. I have to go into town to pick up 2 gifts - been procrastinating about it but it's bubbled to the top of the to do list. Also need to pick up some groceries. Last night I made a casserole type dish with thin sliced potatoes, pancetta, pan browned boneless skinless chicken thighs, rough chopped fresh tomatoes, parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning. Stuck it in the oven for 45 minutes and it was really good. Paired it with an arugula salad with lemon vinaigrette as recommended (got the recipe online from Food Network). A nice, not too heavy dinner and I got to use up some stuff I had around the house. I still have about 15 pounds of tomatoes to cook up - I think those will get skinned, rough chopped and then roasted with garlic and onions and then I will bag them in portions to be frozen and used for chili, pasta sauce and chicken.

Laura - I remember tube tops - scrunchies for your chest :rofl: Was never fond of them - or halters for that matter either. I'm sure you will enjoy Hope Springs tonight. Not so sure that Meryl is that fond of TLJ in real life - all the post shots I've seen of them promoting the movie she is standing far away from him and not looking happy. There was a picture of him with his much younger wife at one of the movie premiers and someone commented about how big his ears are. I took a closer look and geez, they'd give my stick bug a run for the money :yikes: :lol3: Anyway, it's a great movie. Painted ladies reminds me of a picture I have of one lady with (what does Annie call them 38 extra longs :lol: ) and hers are painted with beagle faces. It's pretty funny. I'm sure the boys enjoyed the view. Glad the BD party went better than you thought it would.

Ceejay - yes, we are enjoying not having to go to a job each morning. We still do alot of work around the house and have lots more to do so I can't say we don't work anymore but it's sure nice to look at the weather, see a nice day coming up and go make plans to do something outside and actually enjoy it. You could probably grow a nice herb garden that didn't need much maintenance - even in pots. My rosemary was growing into quite the tree but unfortunately I had no where to put it inside when we moved here and it died a frosty death last winter :( I felt kind of bad about that. But I totally understand not having the time to fuss with a garden - even if it's only weeding and watering flowers.

Annie - I totally get you on stepping on the girls :rofl: DH said I should go braless when home cleaning the house and I said nope :no: at my height it's way too easy to kept walking into things and pinching the nips :lol3: Your fishing trip with C sounds like so much fun. What's this about picking up coal bits along the train tracks??? Hey, you don't have to be jealous of us, we are just "paving the way" as I tell my sister and working out all the kinks and gotchas for everyone else that comes along after us - believe me it's not all roses and violins :lol: Isn't it sad - thinking back I remember that there might be one or two people in the crowd who were in a job from Heckland who were in a miserable situation but most of us either loved our jobs or had enough good times to balance out the occasional bad moments and now pretty much everyone (besides Michelle and wait - she's still on her honeymoon ;) ) is not happy with corporate life anymore. Are you saying that it's Little Man's first birthday already???? I can't believe a year has passed - he has really sprouted from his humble beginnings and looks adorable. He will make a fine match for Miss Sophia although it sounds like he might have to pass a pretty intensive interogation from her momma :lol:

Michelle - sounds like you are back to running at full speed and enjoying life. I hope you get enough time between meetings to check your systems. Guess indoctrination is over and now you are old hat on the team :D Not sure I have an answer to your sleepiness other than you probably have alot on your mind and are not sleeping as deeply as you might like to. The food you described at the Irish Fest sounds amazing. I am soooo hungry after reading that - can I have a sample plate of everything please? :hungry:

Mel - glad the doors were an easy fix and not alot of "don't have any" cash needed to get them working. Your comment about the moose reminded me of a field we pass that has a big flat "cut out" of a moose set far in the back - you almost miss it driving by and it's not until you've passed by a couple of times that you realize it's not real because it's always in the same place back by the trees. Some of the bars have moose heads mounted on the walls. Those are some BIG animals let me tell you. We have elk around here too but haven't seen any of them yet. That's what I like about here - always something new to see. Starting to see the return of the eagles too from where ever they decide to summer it out. I'm sorry about Jen having to come to grips with her body. That has to be frustrating to be so young and have to face that but I guess you have to keep a positive spirit and a keen eye to keep from hurting yourself. It's good that you can give her some gentle encouragement and an insight to what may lie ahead.

Shad - I think we could all take a bit of your winter but none of us would be happy with your summers. Being away as you are, does it make sense to plant the veggies or does DS take care of the garden when you are away? It's nice that you have a bit of time off before you head back out again. I'm sure there are things that need catching up on the homefront.

Guess I'd better get rolling before the day gets away from me. Have to go uncover the tomatoes and give everything a drink before I head into town. And I'm probably going to be very sorry I had a second cup of coffee - didn't think about potty stops today.

Hellos to Ellen, Java and Patty :wave: Have a good day all.

happy2bme
08-21-2012, 01:26 PM
EVERYBODY should go and see Hope Springs! :cp:

diyana
08-21-2012, 02:06 PM
Quick check in...I have just a few minutes between meetings. At least the rest of the week I don't have as many meetings to attend. :)

I've been meaning to ask...do any of y'all have suggestions for dealing with hot flashes? The night sweats aren't too bad...but I hate getting hot flashes while at work. It's super embarassing to be in a meeting, and all of a sudden start sweating.

My town's library is showing "The Hunger Games" tonight, so DMIL and I will probably go. It's free and we've both been wanting to see it.

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Annie - Good for you for taking a vacay day! Sounds like a great day planned!! As for bra-less...not me....except around the house. I might not step on the gals, but without a bra I risk causing bruises to them or my knees. :rofl: I hope things get better for you at work. I know how awful it is when the mood at work is so negative. Shooting guns doesn't interest me. I'd much rather shoot pictures or shoot pool. :) The Covered Bridge fest sounds like lots of fun. So when does lil man turn a year old? I'm glad you're sleeping better now that you're taking the Nyquil. I can't wait 'till the 8th either! Just about 2.5 weeks! :woohoo:

Ceejay - DH is doing pretty good. He's exhausted from working all week and then all weekend. And he has to work all this week and Saturday too. He might be off work on Sunday. But then he'll have the 3-day Labor Day weekend, work three days and be off work for 10 days (of course, he'll be moving DMIL's stuff out here, so he won't be relaxing). Poor guy. :(

Laura - I hope your friend's work schedule works out so she can go to the Dells with you. And I'm really glad that your weekend in the Dells doesn't conflict with our get together on the 8th. :)

Happy - I hope the honeymoon I'm on at work lasts a good long time! :) Good luck with the gift shopping.


Okay...time to prep for my next meeting.

Love and hugs,

annie175
08-21-2012, 03:02 PM
HAPPY...I do remember the tube tops and am guilty of wearing them. Of course I was a beautiful 34C when in high school. Now a 36C Long. Probably would feel better in a 38C Long. Lil man will be 1 yr old on October 19th. Gestation wise it will be 10 mos on Oct. 19th. He does not catch up with his physical years until 18 mos to 2 years old. Oh and BTW...another tooth popped through which makes him 3. Two on bottom 1 on top with the one next to it about to pop through.

CHELLE...I saw hunger games. It is good and a good story line, I just don't like movies where people get killed. You will like it I am sure. Especially if it is free at the library. Do you have to sit in those lil chairs for kids when you watch...haha.

Gotta get this posted and back to work. I am leaving early to get my hair colored tonight by Sis. I would look like cheap white trash with my roots showing and a tube top right now...ba hahahahha

happy2bme
08-21-2012, 08:43 PM
ok, so what the heck did I search on the Internet today that the pop up ad on the top of the 3FC page was about i-n-t-e-s-t-i-n-a-l d-o-g w-o-r-m-s??? :barf: :barf: :barf:

Just popped in while waiting for dinner to finish - back later.

Shad
08-21-2012, 10:15 PM
I have On-line educational courses, weight stuff, birthday cards and BUPA affordable medical insurance. Now there is a lie - it's only affordable if you don't have glasses, hearing aids, go to the dentist, go to the doctor, get sick. In fact it is very affordable if you die but then you aren't insured for that

annie175
08-21-2012, 11:39 PM
I was holding Jacob....Sis was sitting in front of us feeding him carrotts which you can see on his face and stuffed in his cheeks. My brother was sitting in the chair next to us taking the pix unbeknownest to us. Made such a great profile pix of me and lil man. I just love love love this pix. I have already framed it and placed it in my office.

MELODY525
08-22-2012, 08:55 AM
LAST MINUTE CALL FROM THE OFFICE.
GOING TO BE A SHORT WORK DAY.
WILL BE BACK LATER :moped:

HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYONE:encore:

MELODY525
08-22-2012, 09:22 AM
LORD GIVE ME STRENGTH....GOT ANOTHER CALL.
DON'T COME DOWN TILL I HAVE THINGS READY FOR YOU.
THIS WAY YOUR DAY IS EVEN SHORTER.
AIN'T THAT SWEET???? :dance:





MICHELLE....HOPE YOU & DH BOTH FEEL BETTER TODY.
GOOD LUCK AT WORK.
SOUNDS LIKE YOUR PLATE IS VERY FULL!!!
BE MINDFUL OF YOUR BACK WITH CHANGING TEMPERATURES.
****go to the dr and get some drugs! don't suffer.
unless yiou want to try herbal remedies to find one that works.



ANNIE....ENJOY YOUR DAY WITH C AND HAPPY COAL HUNTING!
THAT'S A GREAT IDEA AND THE WEATHER HAS BEEN SO GOOD TOO.
ENJOY THE NEW HAIRCUT! I NEED JEN TO GIVE ME A TRIM.:belly:
I JUST LOVE THAT PICTURE OF YOU AND JACOB.
OMG HE IS SO ADORABLE...AND SO IS HIS GRAMMY!!
IT REALLY IS A GREAT SHOT.
I LOVE UNPLANNED PORTRAITS LIKE THAT.




CEEJAY......HOW ARE YOU DOING DOWN THERE??
NOTHING NEW UP HERE.
DID YOU SEND THIS DELIGHTFUL WEATHER MY WAY???
YOU ARE SO RIGHT ABOUT DOING EXERCISES.
I TRY TO KEEP TELLING MYSELF THAT:lol3:




LAURA..... HOPE THAT D CAN MAKE IT TO THE FEST.
I FORGET WHAT IS WAS FOR?? DID YOU TELL US??
GOOD LUCK ON THE PRESSING PROJECTS:hugZ:
MUST FEEL GOOD WHEN ONE GETS E-MAILED AND IS OFF & RUNNING:cheer3:
the previews for hope springs were funny to me....hope it's a good movie.



HAPPY....I WAS POSITIVELY DROOLING AT THE DINNER YOU MADE.
SOUNDED DELICIOUS & I WAS THINKING OF FINE RESTAURANT FARE. :hun:
BETTER GET THOSE TOMATOES DONE BEFORE THEY END UP PUREE!!
15 LBS LEFT?? HOW MANY DO YOU THINK YOU HAD THIS YEAR??
WOW!! GOTTA LOVE THAT SUN RIPENED FLAVOR.
I HATE THE BRA STRAP LOOK, CLINGY TOPS ON FAT LADIES AND AVOID BOTH PROBLEMS LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!
WITH THE HOUSING OFFICES AND THEIR CLIENTELE, YOU GOTTA SEE THE SIGHTS:faint:
YOU & I COULD GET VERY CATTY SITTING ON THE LOBBY BENCH.
I KNOW IT'S NOT NICE BUT IT COULD BE A FUN DAY :rofl: :rofl:





SHAD....WHEN THE DR WAS HERE LAST HE SAYS THE INS COMPANIES ARE TRYING TO BE THE DOCTORS NOW.
THEY'RE TRYING TO DECIDE WHAT IS NECESSARY FOR THE PATIENTS NO MATTER WHAT THE DRs SAY
SO THEY LIE ABOUT EVERYTHING:cry:

diyana
08-22-2012, 09:40 AM
Quick post for me....I've got so much to get done today....OMG! but it's all good.

DMIL wasn't up for the movie last night....so we didn't go. Instead, I ordered it through the library...so when everyone else is done watching it, we'll get a chance. Or I might just go rent it. Fine by me, as I was exhausted after work, and was worried I'd fall asleep during the movie. :rofl:

No time for personals right now, other than to say: Annie, I love the photo of you and baby Jacob. :) So adorable!

Much love to all,

ceejay52
08-22-2012, 10:08 AM
Shad
I hear you on the insurance. But once catastophic ordeal and you'd be wiped out.

Happy
I remember those tube tops, infact my niece wears them. I agree about those lines at the top.

Laura
I want to go see Hope Springs. And I don't usually want to go to the movies.
I hear you on the lack of exercise. My siblings are working with me to make me accountable, but my heavens it takes a lot out of me. I need to e-mail my sis in Dallas my results this week.

Mel
How are things up your way?

Michelle
Is dmil going back to california? It saounds like you are in a happy place now at work. Hope it continues.

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Since Shad has brought up insurance I've been wondering about my medical bills. They started to come in this week. I did the happy dance yesterday when I read the EOB that said I only owed 200 dollars to the e.r. However there's still the e.r. dr and the ambulance ride that I've not heard from yet.
I've been having a good week.

Laura705
08-22-2012, 11:41 AM
Morning Worldlies.

Ceejay - Glad the week is going well for you. I wish mine were further along... Good to have accountability with the exercise - I'm way too easy on myself.

Annie - Love that photo. It's always nice to get unposed shots from different angles. Enjoy your vacation day.

Michelle - Sorry you didn't catch the movie last night. I think I'll look into that one at the library as well - didn't see it in the theaters.

Mel - I don't think I mentioned the festival because I will never be able to get the name right: Wo Zha Wa Days Fall Festival in Wisconsin Dells 9/14-16. Here's the link, hopw it works:
http://www.wisdells.com/wisconsin-dells-attraction/wozhawa.cfm

Sometime before the fest I will need to read up on what that name means, lol. :D Oh, and festivals are great places for people watching and of course being nasty about the clothing choices of others. :rofl: As for finishing projects - yup, nothing better than passing it along to the next person down the line.

Happy - Huh. Wonder what made that come up. I've got $3 fitness videos as my popup.

Shad - Yeh, funny how insurance only covers what you don't need, or only a pittance of the cost. Well, not funny. Pathetic.

Hey Ellen - Was Monday the first day of school? I think in my area it's today. Hope it isn't too insane!!

Hi Patty - how's it going??
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I thought Hope Springs was a really good movie - very thought-provoking for people in long-term marriages/relationships. Not all of it lighthearted and funny as the trailers might want you to think, but a good amount of humor in it. Imagining oneself in front of a therapist like the couple in the movie (in couples counseling) and discussing the topics they did - wow, awkward for sure.

Tonight is an exercise class!!! Bf bought the fixin's for chili yesterday but didn't make it last night, so I fully expect to be eating some for dinner tonight - or else. :rollpin: :D He will use serrano peppers from our garden.

Okay, back to work! Have a great day everyone!!

happy2bme
08-22-2012, 11:42 AM
Morning all,

We have these pretty goldfinches in the yard as well as black capped chick-a-dee-dee-dees :D I've been trying to get a picture of the goldfinch for a while now. They sit on the feeder or on the bird bath and the minute I pull out the camera, they fly away. I went to put away the thistle feeder last night (the bears like the bird feeders) and there was the goldfinch mocking me. I had to stalk it in the yard for a while. Not the clearest picture but it gives you an idea of how bright they are. The males are very bright yellow, the females are a duller greener yellow.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/Picture-Goldfinchonfeeder.jpg

happy2bme
08-22-2012, 12:24 PM
Yesterday I was planning to go into town to pick up a few things and DH decided to come with. I was able to get what I needed and as we walked through the shops we found a wonderful popcorn store that has the most amazing flavors. We walked out with a bag of garlic parmesan and white and gold cheddar. Yum! There is also a local winery shop, went in there - sorry to see they were out of lemon flavored olive oil. Tried 2 samples of wine and walked out with a nice bottle of white I will enjoy soon. We know one of the locals who has a game store and he was telling DH this is the worst year for shoplifters ever. They are catching about 4 a week which is an awful lot for the volume of people who come through here. Kind of pathetic if you ask me.

Given what some of you have posted, it would be fun to see what pop up ads the rest of you are getting :lol: I'm back to diet plans which is way better than what yesterday was displaying :dizzy:

Laura - glad you liked the movie, I think you have to be in a long term relationship to understand it. I agree with you on the therapist. My DH would have reacted the same way as TLJ - he always said he'd never go to a counselor because of the touchy questions they ask :lol: Can't believe you had not heard of The Hunger Games movie. They really gave it alot of press when it came out in the theaters. I haven't seen it - thought it was on the violent side which is not my kind of thing. I guess it's based on a trilogy of books - the movie sparked interest in the books which is good.

Ceejay - I agree with you on the insurance. Even if I banked the premiums for an entire year, the one trip DH took to the ER when his heart was palpitating badly enough to worry him a bit would have eaten all those savings and more. I complain about insurance but it's also nice to know we can go to the doctor when we need to. That's good that you're ER visit didn't cost you as much as you thought. The ambulance may be covered also. Hope so :crossed:

Annie - LOVE that picture you posted of you and Jacob. I think the best pictures are not posed but those that capture a slice of life at the moment. And the carrots on his face are just an extra bonus of cuteness :D I had to laugh about you talking about your roots showing and looking like a hot mess. I saw a tv advertisement for the show The X-factor where I guess Britney Spears (yes, not the model of glamour I admit) is a new judge. She had wild hair and 1 inch dark roots on her very light hair so maybe you'd be in fashion :lol: Hope you enjoy your day off with C.

Mel - I have gotten about a dozen tomatoes from my garden already - slow - about 1 every 3 days or so except for the grape tomatoes which are coming in nicely. I actually bought a box (38 pounds) from a farmers truck in town last week. Those are the ones I am using to make all the sauces and stuff since mine aren't ripening in enough quantity to cook up at once. I still have about 15 pounds to cook up. Went to the store yesterday to get more onion and garlic so I think I will roast the bulk of them instead of making sauce. This way I can use them for lots of different things. Glad you liked the chicken dinner - very easy to make. Sorry they are pestering you at the office before you are ready for them. Why do they do that???? Has it dried up out your way or still gray and wet?

Shad - I did get a baby gift for Sophia finally. Want me to send it to you or send it directly to DS? Let me know. PM me with an address if sending it to baby. I hope it will meet with M's approval. There's a baby store in town and I was looking for an excuse to go in there. So many adorable things. The had some cute baby shoes from New Zealand and I thought that's funny - buy them here and ship them back around the world to whense they came :rofl: No, I didn't buy the shoes or any clothing as I don't know how big or little the babies are. Anyway hope you are enjoying your time at home for the moment.

Michelle - is DH driving DMIL back to CA with him to pick up her stuff? That's got to be an exhausting trip driving so far in a rather short time. I hope he can get his strength back.

That's it for me. I have cooking and laundry to do. Have a good day peeps.

Shad
08-22-2012, 05:36 PM
Morning all,

bad nights sleep last night and I've been awake since around 2.30am. Laid in bed and read for a while then decided to get up. It's now just breaking daylight so I guess I can go do something like getting the washing done and making a list of stuff to be done today. I'm currently digging out a garden that hasn't been doing so well and I will put pavers and gravel in there when the soil is gone and create a place for the bins and green waste bag. I have to dig down about 10 inches, then fill with road base gravel, pavers and gravel and river stones. All being well it might look quite good. Hard physical work though and not made easier knowing that down there is some electrical cables and some water lines. Do not chop through any of them Shad - although I am not digging down that deep. I also need to remember to put some 'danger' tape down there to warn anyone else that might dig in the future and a sign on the fence to state that they are there.

Happy - just send the parcel here. I will forward it onto Miss Sophia from here. Thank you so much. Yesterday I planted out my garden with tomatoes, lettuce, beans and corn. Looking good so far. I still have some more garden to dig over and plant. It will happen in the next couple of weeks. Popcorn sounded nice. Wondeer why they are importing baby stuff from NZ. Well better than China I suspect. World gone mad.

Annie - lovely picture of you and the lil man. Sometimes candid photos are just the best. Unposed seems to work better.

Laura - that festival sounds like fun. You get to see some wonderful talent at craft shows like that.

Michelle - hope DH is up to the long haul trip, but I think you said that he will be spending some time in Yosemite or Yellowstone or somewhere. That should soothe and lift the soul. I've got it on my list for next time over there.

Ceejay - for you over there, yes a health catastrophy would wipe you out, however here we have public hospitals paid for from the taxes we pay. If, heaven forbid, I have a heart attack, cancer or stroke, I get taken by ambulance to one of those and get priority treatment anyway. If they can't deal with whatever is wrong with me, I get private hospital treatment paid for by the public health system. I pay enough in taxes to keep a small town in medical supplies anyway. Our big problem is people clogging up the system by going to the ER on weekends when they should be going to their GP. They do this because the majority have to work and the GP centres are not always open on weekends although they can go to any GP that is open. Just means more paperwork for them. People being lazy as they are, don't like paperwork. However things are changing and I can see a time when younger people and families will have to have health insurance. How they will afford this I don't know.

Mel - that comment from the doctor must make you wonder what the **** it is all about. Well apart from profit that is.
Sounds like you are having fun in the office again - NOT

Time to get dressed and go get outside and dig some more. Hopefully it will all get to ground level today and then down a bit further tomorrow.

MELODY525
08-23-2012, 08:29 AM
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MORNING CHICKS
NOTHING NEW HERE. THE DAY WAS OVER BEFORE I KNEW IT.
WE'RE ALL READY FOR THE SENIOR BBQ NEXT WEEK.
JUST HAVE TO PUT FINISHING TOUCHES ON THAT DAY.
I WAS ASKED...HOW DO YOU KNOW HOW TO FIX THE DOORS.
ANSWER..BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN WITH THE REPAIRMEN WHEN THEY COME.
COULD YOU PLEASE WRITE THIS INFO DOWN.
I DID..IT'S IN THE OFFICE IN A RED 3-RING BINDER
ALONG WITH HOW TO GET TRAPPED PEOPLE OUT OF THE ELEVATOR.
OH...........
GAVE ME A GOOD LAUGH.

THE SUN HAS REALLY MADE A BIG CHANGE IN THE SKY.
MY APT HAS TO WAIT SO MUCH LONGER TO SEE IT:cry:
PLEASE MR. AUTUMN.....DON'T RUSH ME!!!
HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYONE. :moped:




HAPPY.....THE CHICKADEE IS SO BEAUTIFUL
THE PICTURE IS GREAT....WHAT COLORS.
REMINDED ME OF MY SOCIETY FINCHES THAT JEN & I HAD.
THE POPCRN SOUNDS GREAT. ONE THING I CAN'T EAT ANYMORE.
SAD ABOUT THE SHOP LIFTING. IT'S GETTING WORSE.
THAT A HIGH NUMBER. MUST THING NO ONE IS PAYING ATTENTION.

as for ads....i try not to look at them. some have pictures that revolt me for some reason.
like the flat belly with the muscles picture....but with no skin on.
first thing in the morning it makes me feel sick.
i get a lot of diet ads and haven't noticed others.
but i'll look now.....nope....flat belly, diet and bank americard!!'




SHAD....OMG!! ELECTRIC CABLES!! YES...LET'S NOT FOOL AROUND WITH THEM.
UNLESS YOU LIKE VERY CURLY HAIR!!! :yikes:
ALL THAT HEAVY WORK WILL KEEP YOU WARM.
DON'T GO CRAZY LIFITING AND END UP IN BED:nono:
HOPE YOU GET A BETTER NIGHTS SLEEP RIGHT NOW:hug:




LAURA.....I WAS WONDERING IG THE MOVIE WAS MORE SERIOUS.
I HAD SEEN A FEW MINUTES OF MERYL & TOMMY INTERVIEW.
THEY WERE TALKING WITHOUT SMILING. ALL SERIOUS LIKE.
BUT I WAS IN A CROWDED ROOM AND COULDN'T HEAR WHAT THEY WERE SAYING.
HOPE THE CHILI AWAIT YOUR ARRIVAL TONITE. :hun:
WILL CLICK THE LINK AFTER I POST......THEN REPORT:rofl:




CEEJAY......WE'RE ALL FINE UP THIS WAY.
HOPE THAT YOU ARE TOO.
GLAD THE BILLS AREN'T TOO BAD AND HOPE THE REST ARE TOO.
I OFTEN WONDER WHODECIDES & HOW MUCH TO PAY???
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO COMPANIES PAYING FOR IT ALL?? SAD.




MICHELLE....SORRY YOU GALS MISSED THE MOVIE.
I'LL ADD MY NAME TO OUR LIBRARIES LIST TOO. GOOD IDEA.
HOPE ALL THE WORK IS GOING WELL.



ANNIE....SHOWED JEN THE NEW PICTURE. SHE LOVED IT TOO.

diyana
08-23-2012, 09:48 AM
Good morning ladies -

I woke up at 1:30 this morning, and didn't fall back asleep until 4. Then I had to get up at 5:30 for work. I am dragging and waiting for the first cuppa coffee to kick in.

My back still hasn't forgiven me for Irish Fest, and if I hadn't had so much fun...I might be regretting my decision to go twice. But I had a blast so no regrets.

Laura and Annie, when we're figuring out what to do in Chicago on the 8th...can we find something that doesn't involve a ton of walking, please?

To clarify about DMIL's moving back in. We didn't know she was moving here when we bought her ticket for her current visit; so we made it round trip. She flies back to CA on Sept. 5, she will be packing her stuff and seeing her docs there for the final time. DH flies out a couple days later. He's hoping to spend a couple days visiting friends or maybe going to Yosemite before he rents the moving truck and loads it up. He and DMIL will be driving back in the moving truck and they'll be towing her car. It will probably take them 3 days to drive back. He doesn't mind driving...even long drives...as he finds driving relaxing. Not sure how he'll deal with his mom in such close quarters 24 hours a day. :rofl: While they're gone, I'll be working, decluttering and getting together with friends a couple times.

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Laura - The festival at the Dells looks like fun. Did bf make chili for dinner last night?

Happy - Beautiful goldfinch. I just love seeing them in the yard...so bright and cheery. Bummer that the shopkeepers in town are having such trouble with shoplifters. My ads this morning are for a weekend getaway with an American Express, a Milwaukee County Transit bus pass offer, and a Spanish ad for Kool Aid. :dunno:

Shad - Careful digging that you don't hurt yourself or knick an electric or water line.

Annie - How was the day off with C? Did you catch any fish?

Mel - Too funny that people are asking you to document your knowledge and you're way ahead of them. Hello? What did they think that red binder was for? :dunno: I know the flat belly / muscles ad that you're talking about. Turns my stomach too.

Ellen - Are the kids in school this week? How's it going?


Okay...gotta sign off for now. Lots to get done and too little time.

Much love everyone,

Laura705
08-23-2012, 11:34 AM
Morning all.

Michelle - Yes, I was thinking about activities with less walking. The zoo and other museums are nice, but you do end up doing a lot of walking and standing. That's why I thought a bus tour or the like would be better. I'll continue thinking about it. I'm glad DH isn't driving both ways! Hope the coffee has kicked in and helps you get through get through the day productively. :coffee2:

Mel - Nice to be able to just point to that red binder now. In fact now you can just answer the phone and say "red binder" and then hang up, giggle. :D We've enjoyed the cooler weather but I was worried that autumn was moving in...but today we'll be hitting 90 degrees, and the next two days as well. :cool:

Shad - Hope you got a good night's rest after such an early wake up yesterday. How large is the area in which you'll be digging? Sounds like a big job and you'll have to be very cautious with the cables down there.

Happy - I've heard of The Hunger Games (with that media blitz, how could one not?!), I just never got to the theater to see it. I like the finch photo, and that's a nice feeder. I actually saw a finch last weekend. :) Mmm, popcorn. Actually, since I hadn't had anything to eat before the movie the other night, I bought a small popcorn ($6, NEVER AGAIN) and they actually had parmesan/garlic seasoning available to sprinkle on it. Still not worth 6 freakin' dollars!!! :mad: I bet the game shop is sells video games - I'm sure those are very much shoplifter targets. Terrible though. But wouldn't the store have special security in place for those??

Hello Ceejay, Annie, Patty, Ellen and Java!
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I smelled the chili as I pedaled up the driveway last night. Yum. But before eating some, I did go to a spin class. Class was fine. Pushed myself some more. Hope I'm not too sore tonight/tomorrow. The instructor marked off a group fitness class instead of a spin class by mistake on my combo pass and she told me about it and made a note on the back of my pass so I wouldn't lose a class, but then she also decided not to punch the pass for the spin class we'd just finished, and told me now I have an extra spin class. That was nice of her...of course, I'll be lucky to finish the ones I have left. I shouldn't think that way, especially since I don't have much going on the next couple weekends.

Another note to start in my iphone: teas tried and rejected. I actually have a list taped on the inside of a kitchen cabinet and a comment as to yes, would buy again and no, would NOT, but it would be handier if I had that in my iphone. Right now I've got a box of Red Rose Irish breakfast tea at work and it's just not flavorful enough. Yesterday I even doubled up on the tea bags in my mug, but it just didn't taste right. And it's a box of 40. Boo. I think I'm just searching for that elusive flavor that I remember when we'd go to my grandmother's house as a kid and I'd get tea while the grownups had coffee.

I can't wait until next Wednesday is over at work - we've got an audit by a third party that will happen next week Mon-Wed and our department and another one are running around getting our records in order. Naturally the boss is freaking - yesterday she said she wondered if it's possible to have a heart attack and a stroke at the same time. :lol:

TTFN!

ceejay52
08-23-2012, 12:10 PM
Not much time this morning. I have a lot of things to do today. Have a long week end planned starting tomorrow. Need to do house work and laundry.
I'm beginning to see a few minor changes in my body from the exercise routine. Eating is getting better also.

More later

diyana
08-23-2012, 12:36 PM
Laura - Yes, the bus tour sounds great. I've done the architectural boat tour, and that's nice too. If we do end up choosing something where walking is involved, I can always bring my walker. One cool thing that a friend of ours showed us is all the stuff "stuck" onto the WGN building (at least I'm pretty sure it's WGN). Cemented in various places on the exterior walls there is a piece of the Berlin Wall, a piece of the Acropolis, a piece of the Blarney Stone, a piece of the World Trade Center, and all kinds of other famous places, buildings, sites. It's pretty darn cool...and what's funny is I'll bet many Chicago-ans walk by the building and never even notice it. 90 degrees for you today?! Gosh, I hope it's not quite that hot up here. $6 for popcorn?! That's insane! The prices of popcorn and soda at the movies irritates me because I know the profit margin on those is so high!! Good on ya' for doing spin class prior to chili. Bummer about the Red Rose Irish Breakfast tea. I've never heard of Irish breakfast...just English Breakfast. I like Good Earth teas (very spicy/cinnamon-ey) and Earl Grey's. Too bad your boss and everyone are stressed about the audit. I haven't worked in the healthcare field long enough (only a month so far) to know if its possible to have a stroke and a heart attack at the same time; according to the search I did on Google...yes it is possible. So tell your boss to stay calm and breathe deeply. :lol:

Ceejay - :bravo: for seeing changes in your body from the exercise! I'm so happy for you!!! And :yay: on the healthy eating! You go, girlfriend!!

annie175
08-23-2012, 01:30 PM
Good Morning...

CHELLE and SHAD...sounds like you have gotten my no sleep disease. Poor things.

Yesterday was a pretty good day. We caught about 12 fish and brought home 5 to clean and ate them last night. YUM. Collected a whole bucket of coal from the RR tracks. That will keep our pit fires going pretty nicely.

My Goddaughter in St. Louis had her baby yesterday. Bryson Joseph came into the world weighing 7lbs 12oz. 19" long. Dark hair and eyes.

I have a ton of work on my desk. I will try to get back later.

happy2bme
08-23-2012, 01:31 PM
Morning girls,

My ads this morning are for the Discover (credit) card a personal trainer and a personalized diet plan. I guess I need the Discover card to pay for the traininer and online plan :rofl:

Laura - yes, it is possible to have a stroke and heart attack at the same time. My Dad was visiting my brother's family in Michigan and woke up in the middle of the night having difficulty breathing. He had a heart attack, stroke and congestive heart failure all at the same time. :yikes: SIX DOLLARS for a small bag of popcorn. Holy Guacamole! No wonder people sneak stuff into the movies. We had a medium soda and medium popcorn and I think it was 5 dollars for both. It's interesting what you say about teas - I have a huge storage container full of boxed teas I'm embarassed to admit. It seemed once I started drinking the jasmine tea pearls I ordered online, the other stuff in the bags now is so weak. It mostly just tastes like hot sugar water. I stopped in Teavana in the mall in Memphis before we left - the leaf tea is good but no longer in my budget. So I understand your disappointment at having a box of 40 of something you don't really care for. We used Luzianne brand for iced tea - that has a good black tea flavor - I guess you could add a slice of citrus (my friend was fond of adding a fresh orange slice) or some lemon balm or mint leaves for flavor. Good for you for keeping up with the exercise.

Ceejay - that's encouraging that you are seeing some results from your efforts too. Keep up the good work!

Michelle - that's awful about burning so much awake time when you should have been sleeping. I wonder if your back discomfort is waking you without knowing it - that happens to DH alot. Geez, wracking my brain about something to do in the city that doesn't involve walking - of course after 8 years I am no longer an expert - good thing Laura is still active around there. Sorry your back is bothering you so much - I guess you will just have to make accomodations as you go along, like we all do. Don't limit but it seems our marathon days are over :^: I'm glad to hear that DH doesn't have to drive both ways - that would be really hard. And loading up the moving truck is tough work too. DH rented a bigger truck because it had a lift gate but then he was nervous about driving such a big truck (the ones with a lift are 20 footers or something). I feel for the poor guy. I hope at least he can have a few days to enjoy the parks and get some good shots. As to your question about hot flashes my answer still is HRT - hormones!!!!! I tend to agree with my gyne - unless you have a very high risk for cancer, use the HRT temporarilly to improve your quality of life. Some people (and I was one of them) breeze through menopause with few symptoms. Oh wait, I was on HRT so maybe that was the reason. I was lucky not to have the mood swings, the night sweats and while my hot flashes were uncomfortable, I did not get soaking wet - just had the desire to stand in front of the open refrigerator/freezer or go stand outside in January in a t-shirt - which I often did for 5 minutes until they passed. And the doses the offer now are much lower than what I took so they are safer. You can try some of the herbal stuff like Black Cohosh but with that stuff too you are never sure of the purity or how much you are getting unless you use a reputable supplier. I hope you find something that helps. I would go from flames one minute to freezing the next.

Mel - the game shop has a section with sports logo stuff - hats and such from the local teams - Packers, Vikings and Bears. That's the stuff they try to steal - soft goods they can tuck into their shirts / under their clothes. Fortunately the guy comes down hard and prosecutes every shoplifter - $200 fine but that's what has to happen. I'm glad the sun has finally made an appearance out your way. One of the things I first notice about the seasons changing is the path the sunshine takes. I really like the idea of - ask you a question, point to the red manual - tell 'em to read it and hang up :rofl: surely they will get the message. :lol3: And yes, Hope Springs looks like a comedy from the trailers but it's actually a serious movie with comedic moments. If you've lived with a guy long enough, you realize that they fall into a routine and they are quite happy with it. Very happy. That's normal for them. My DH said he could easily eat the same menu week after week - sandwiches one night, bacon and eggs the next, spaghetti the next, etc. Every morning he eats a bowl of Cheerios - pretty much only the Honey Nut flavor. Me, I hate routine. Gotta change up the furniture, I read things and try this, try that. I said the only things I have stuck with on a consistent basis is him and my family :rofl: Oh and Kraft Italian Spaghetti in a box ;) The movie is about Tommie being so deep in his routine he's in a rut that rivals the Grand Canyon - and he sees nothing wrong with it. Meryl on the other hand wants more and he thinks it's a bunch of hooey. Like I said, I'm sure alot of people can see bits of themselves in this movie.

Shad - be careful with that digging! I have to agree with Mel - don't want to see you with a fluff ball electric hair do :yikes: How did the vet visit go with Miss Furface? I will send the parcel out shortly - let you know when I've dropped it at the Post Office. I can see why M is so anxious - I was looking at this and that - is this a choking hazard, is that toxic - geez they scare you. I tried not to buy anything from China but that's darn near impossible unless I make it myself. I'm not sure what the fascination of the NZ baby shoes were other than some soft leather which for infants who are not walking yet, what's the deal???? Anyway happy hoeing in the garden for you.

Annie - I hope you had fun fishing.

Hello Ellen, Patty and Java.

I need to get off my duff - there's cooking and laundry to be done. But first a bit of lunch for me. It's dark and cool and rainy - I think a good day to make the Chicken Wild Rice Soup. :hungry:

happy2bme
08-23-2012, 01:39 PM
Michelle - that's the building I know of as the Tribune Tower - alot has changed since I've been downtown. But that's really interesting - I did not know that about the building ---

Prior to the building of the Tribune Tower, correspondents for the Chicago Tribune brought back rocks and bricks from a variety of historically important sites throughout the world at the request of Colonel McCormick. Many of these reliefs have been incorporated into the lowest levels of the building and are labeled with their location of origin. Stones included in the wall are from such sites as the Trondheim Cathedral, Taj Mahal, Clementine Hall, the Parthenon, Hagia Sophia, Corregidor Island, Palace of Westminster, petrified wood from the Redwood National and State Parks, the Great Pyramid, The Alamo, Notre-Dame, Abraham Lincoln’s Tomb, the Great Wall of China, Independence Hall, Fort Santiago, the Berlin Wall, Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, and Banteay Srei among others.

Some of these had a political or social context such as the column fragment of Wawel Castle located in its own niche over the upper-left corner of the main entrance, as a visual tribute to Chicago's large Polish populace, the largest such presence outside of the Republic of Poland. There are 136 fragments in the building. More recently a rock returned from the moon was displayed in a window in the Tribune giftstore (it could not be added to the wall as NASA owns all moon rocks, and it is merely on loan to the Tribune), and a piece of steel recovered from the World Trade Center has been added to the wall.

happy2bme
08-23-2012, 01:39 PM
It's so dark in here right now that I have to turn the lights on in the house. At least I don't have to water the garden today :lol:

diyana
08-23-2012, 03:40 PM
Annie - Congrats on the great catch! Always fun to go fishing and actually catch something. :)

Happy - Due to the fact that my sister had breast cancer at 41, I am considered to be at a higher risk, and I've been getting annual mammograms starting when I was 33 (when my sister was diagnosed). I am going to make an appointment with a doc once my insurance kicks in. In the meantime, I'm open to anyone's suggestion regarding non-prescription options. My mood swings aren't bad...but the night sweats and hot flashes/day sweats are really bad. I think I'll ask go to the pharmacy and ask the pharmacist if they have any recommendations. As for the building, yep, you're right...it's the Tribune building, and all the stuff listed in your quote (and more) are incorporated into the lowest levels of the building. It's way cool!

I just don't get it, ladies. Most of the time, I feel like I'm in my late 20s/early 30s...because I refuse to "grow up". :rofl: I just can't believe I'm turning 50 soon because I remember so well that when my dad turned 50, I thought he was so "old" back then! And I KNOW I'm not THAT old! :rofl: I sure as heck don't feel as old as my dad was.

Laura705
08-23-2012, 03:42 PM
Happy - The other morning was like that - kept getting darker and darker. This morning looked fine, but I went out in the yard with the dog and it had just started sprinkling lightly. Still, I watered the struggling hosta - they look horrible, but I know I need to keep them alive so they can make it back next year. Then it was still sprinking when I left for the train, but I decided it wasn't raining very hard and I rode my bike anyway. Riding under the trees helped. We also like Luzianne for iced tea, and the regular Red Rose tea is good for that too - that's why I took a chance on their Irish Breakfast tea. Let us know how the soup turns out!

Michelle - I didn't know about the rocks & bits in the Trib Tower until I was waiting around for a bus or something over there years and years ago and "discovered" them. BTW, I thought you'd said you'd been on the architecture river cruise or I would have suggested that, even though I've been on it twice myself... I'll continue the research, otherwise we'll end up riding the el and the bus and maybe the water taxi, lol.

Ceejay - Yay for seeing changes! I'd like to get more exercise sessions done - right now I feel like I don't do enough. This week it's looking like my next class will be a spin class on Saturday.
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Wow, so it's possible to have a stroke and heart attack both at once. Double whammy. The boss better keep her cool!

Lunch is over. Back to work.

happy2bme
08-23-2012, 04:58 PM
Did you guys consider one of the boat cruises that goes through the locks from the Chicago River and over to the lakefront? The Wendella line that is on the lower level of the bridge at Wacker and Michigan Ave. Afterwards you can walk across the street and look for all the hidden artifacts at the Tribune Building :mag: maybe then some pizza at Pizzaria Uno? Ok, I'm making myself hungry here.

I'm sorry you're not a candidate for HRT Michelle - I was fortunate not to have to deal with the night sweats but from what I've heard from others, that has to be miserable. :( Good idea to ask the pharmacist.

Here's a link to an interesting article. Including her last recommendation - see what you think...

http://blog.greenearthbamboo.com/20090921/all-about-bamboo/natural-remedies-for-night-sweats-that-may-surprise-you/

diyana
08-23-2012, 05:25 PM
Laura - You're so much better about watering than I. I'll have time to water tomorrow morning, since I'm going into work later. I've got an implementation tomorrow night...so I'll be working until 8 or 9. The architecture boat tours are interesting...and going through the locks is cool. And the Trib buildng is right near there, right? I didn't know there was pizzeria uno near there. Not quite as good as Lou Malnati's (in my opinion) ..but still yummy deep dish pizza.

Happy - So according to the article, I'm supposed to get bamboo sheets and give up intense lovemaking AND chocolate in the same lifetime? That's awful! :nono: :rofl: :rofl:

annie175
08-23-2012, 06:50 PM
CHELLE...hahaha on the menopause....I have been suffering for about 4 mos. mostly hot flashes and night sweats. I have read about natural remedies but have not gotten them yet. I should cause I am miserable as you sound. I am afraid of hormone therapy because of the side effects. I do not care what we do in Chicago. I just want to meet you and Laura in person. Wish all of us chickies could meet. Food goes with anything we do. We go to Uno's pizza here about once a month so that is not too exciting but willing to do it. I am easy to please. I don't sweat the small stuff, unless I am sleeping or flashing...lol

Shaddie...your rocks/blocks/stone planting and plotting sounds great. I would love to be there to help you. I love being outside. And by golly, I can dig a hole....haha

LAURA....everything you mention to do in Chicago sounds wonderful...you and Chelle figure it out, and I will do it. I think C and I are going to see Hope Springs on Sunday morning matinee. 5 bucks a person. I love your movie reviews and they are so accurate.

MELLIE....hope you all are feeling well and Jen's foot is healing nicely. Don't cha just love leaving a "how to do it" bible binder in the office then no one reads it when necessary. You should post a giant poster on the office wall...read the "Fix It Bible" before calling Mel.

CEEG...nice to see you are getting great results from excising and eating better. Try to find some time for "YOU" time this weekend even if it is just sitting down with a book or magazine.

HAPPY...love the picture of the chick a dee..or is that a black capped something...cannot remember. Anyway I printed it off as my dad loves birds and bird watching. I am taking it over to him this weekend. He feeds the birds in his backyard. He also has a hummingbird feeder that is suctioned to his kitchen window. He stands and watches them as long as his legs will hold him. We used to have a ton of hummingbirds on our feeders when I lived in the sticks. They would even fight/dodge each other for the food and I had 4 feeders out. We would have a dozen or more at a time. Too cool. Should of taken pictures. Young and dumb and didn't think of it at the time.

Hello to Ellen, Patty and Java.

Gotta get dinner finished. I have Monterey pork chops in the oven... I will post the recipe in a minute.

Loves and Hugs

annie175
08-23-2012, 06:53 PM
Monterey Pork Chops

6 pork chops 1" or more thick
6 Onion slices
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper
1 1/2 T lemon juice
1/3 cup of favorite bbq sauce

Place chops in baking pan (I spray with pam). Tope each chop with onion slice. Combine remaining ingredients and pur over chops. Cover tightly with foil and bake at 350 oven for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or til tender.

I am serving sauteed veggies from the garden with the chops....

happy2bme
08-23-2012, 09:58 PM
ok, guess Annie and I are on the same cooking circle again. Tonight we had pan grilled pork chops marinated in pineapple & teryaki sauce, baked potato, fresh corn on the cob and cucumbers from the garden. It was totally delicious.

Shad
08-24-2012, 07:56 AM
Worked hard today and had breakfast visitors so didn't get in here until late. Will be back in the morning to comment

MELODY525
08-24-2012, 08:43 AM
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GOOD MORNING ALL.
THE WEEKEND IS LOOKING GOOD WEATHER WISE.
MAYBE SOME TIME SPENT OUTSIDE WILL BE ON THE AGENDA.
I LIKE A PROTEIN BAR IN THE MORNING OR A COFFEE TREAT.
TUESDAY IS THE SENIOR BBQ BUT I WON'T ATTEND.
TOO CROWDED INSIDE & TOO SMOKEY OUTSIDE.
NOT MISSING MUCH....THEY ALWAYS FIND THINGS TO FUSS ABOUT.
NOT WORKING TODAY AND JUST SPEND TIME WITH JEN.
SHE'S COMING DOWN AFTER LUNCH.
NEXT WEEK ARE MEETINGS & TRADER JOES. CAN'T WAIT:hun:

HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY AND A FABULOUS WEEKEND:encore:





MICHELLE....I BET ALL OF YOU WILL BE GLAD WHEN THE MOVE IS OVER.
HOPE IT GOES AS SMOOTHLY AS PLANNED.
SEEING YOUR FRIENDS WILL BE SUCH A NICE GIFT! GLAD YOU'LL HAVE SOME FUN TOO.
WISH IN COULD HELP ON THE MENO PROBLEM.
BUT I TOUGHED IT OUT ON MY OWN.
WE CAN'T HAVE HRT WITH OUR MD AND I WAS AFRAID OF OTC STUFF...BUT THAT WAS 20 YRS AGO.




LAURA....I HOPE I DO GET A CALL WHERE I CAN SAY "RED BINDER" :rofl: :rofl:
I CRACKED UP JUST READING THAT LINE!! HA!!!
SO NOW YOU GET TO SPIN AGAIN!! SOUNDING LIKE A GAME SHOW OVER THERE!
TOOK ME A MINUTE TO FIGURE OUT THE TEA LIST.
TOO BAD THERE'S NO APP FOR THAT.
I HEAR ABOUT APPS ALL DAY IN THE OFFICE.
THANK GOD I AM A TECHNO PHOBE:lol3: :lol3:
HOPE YOU FIND MORE THAT YOU LIKE.
JEN IS BROWSING ARUOND THE TEA AISLE LATELY.





CEEJAY.....SOUNDS LIKE YOU'RE ON A ROLL.
HOPE ALL THESE IMPROVEMENTS KEEP YOUR TEST RESULTS GOOD.
HAVE A GREAT LONG WEEKEND. I LOVE THEM TOO. HAVE FUN:encore:




ANNIE...NICE HAUL ON THE FISH AND THE COAL.
WAS CHATTING WITH A SENIOR ABOUT THAT AND SHE REMEMBERS HER PARENTS DOING IT YEARS AGO.
I THINK IT WAS FOR THEIR FURNACE.
HAVE A GREAT FIRE & FISH WEEKEND:hug:
WILL PASS THE PORK CHOP RECIPE ON TO JEN. YUM!!





HAPPY.....I AM SOUNDING MORE LIKE TOMMY LEE JONES BY THE MINUTE;rofl: :rofl:
I JUST DIE WHEN ANY CHANGES NEED TO BE MADE.
MAKES ME NASTY TOO! HA!
SOUP SOUNDED GOOD TO ME. I'LL BRING SOME CRUSTY BREAD AND MY BOOK!
GLAD TO HEAR THAT GAME GUY PROSECUTES.
STEALING HURTS SO MANY PEOPLE.
PS: JEN LOVED THE CHICADEE.






SHAD....DID YOU SURVIVE THE VISITORS??? AND ALL THE WORK???
THERE MUST BE NO REST FOR THE WEARY:beach:

annie175
08-24-2012, 10:10 AM
Good Morning Chicklets....

I am the only one in the Indy office today. I am just kicking back and having my java right now. Have several things to do today, but not going to run ragged getting them done. I just may have an in-house vacation day.

HAPPY...what is on the agenda for dinner tonight. I am thinking of some kind of chicken dish. Or maybe my homemade pizza. I ususally don't decide til just before I go to cooking, unless I find a recipe I want to try.

SHADDIE...hope you get some good rest to rejuvenate for the next project. Do you have your next assignment yet?

MELLIE...enjoy your day with Jen. Have some laughs and fun.

Gotta refill my java cup.

Have a wonderful day/night all.

loves and hugs

happy2bme
08-24-2012, 12:16 PM
No Michelle - keep the chocolate and the stuff that puts a big smile on DH's face :D :D ;) :D and just get the bamboo sheets for the aftermath :rofl:

Hope your implementation goes well. We got some surprising rain tonight so I'm happy I don't have to water the garden. Will try and blow some down your way too.

Annie - I'm going to try your chop recipe - it's sounds delicious and very easy to pull together. Thanks for posting. The picture I posted was actually a Goldfinch, I have some of the chickadees too - they (chickadees) always remind me of a winter bird but they sing such a lovely song and are such gentle birds. The chickadees will patiently wait on a branch if another bird is at the feeder until it flies off.

This evening after dinner one of our adult deer came to feed. Very tentatively a young fawn came around the side of the man cave. I'm thinking it's Momma was eating because the youngster came right beside it and the big one left it alone. They were inches apart from each other. I very quietly slid the screen door open and poked my face out to take their pictures but my camera setting was not correct and the pictures came out too dark.

And for the "well there's always something new to see album" - today I looked out the windows and there on the side of the yard was our flock of 18 turkeys with the youngsters all napping. There were two adults walking among them and watching for danger but the "kids" were all sleeping. This picture doesn't do it justice but the minute I went out on the deck all the little heads popped up. It was the funniest thing.

There is something not working right with my online photo album so no pictures until I figure it out.

Laura705
08-24-2012, 12:17 PM
Morning all. TGIF!!! :carrot:

Annie - Enjoy your in-house vacation day today and Hope Springs tomorrow. :) How were the chops?

Mel - Not going to the senior bbq??!! I guess you know what you'll be missing and really won't be missing much of anything except the fussing, LOL. Enjoy your quiet time away from it. :D No, I'll just put my tea list on my "Note" app in my iphone. I did find a website for tea reviews, but I believe it's mainly loose teas, and I tend more towards bag teas for work especially. (teaviews dot com)

Shad - Breakfast visitors...sounds like an early start. Hope you had a good night's sleep after the hard day's work.

Happy - Your pork chop dinner sounded tasty! Yeh, when it's a nice day, any of those boat cruises are fun. I like being on the water.

Michelle - Hope you find some sort of relief from the menopause symptoms. Not looking forward to any of that. I haven't been watering much at all - once we had a couple good rains, I seem to have fallen off. My veg garden isn't producing all that much and I think a big part of that is lack of water. :(

Ceejay - Hope your weekend is off to a good start!
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Nuttin' much to report. Didn't do a darn thing after work. Bf went out to see the new Bourne movie with a friend.

Nothing planned this weekend - yay! But I guess I should put together a list of stuff that needs doing. Will start off with a spin class Sat. morning.

happy2bme
08-24-2012, 12:38 PM
Annie - I was thinking steak fajitas tonight. Got to use up more tomatoes so was thinking of salsa. Also thinking of maybe canning some salsa too. My friend said because tomatoes are naturally acidic that they are usually pretty goof proof when it comes to canning. Never did that before. I'm glad you finally have a quiet day in the office - you deserve it based on how hard you've been working lately.

Laura - I guess you guys are still getting some heat down there. Saw another report about shootings in the city as well as at the Empire State Building. Geez Louise what is going on? Makes me glad that the occasional gun shots I hear over here are just target practice :lol: Have a good spin class and a nice weekend.

Mel - the yellow bird is a goldfinch. I tried to post a picture of the chickadee and the napping turkeys but my photo app won't work at the minute. Glad some nice weather is finally headed your way. Tell them on Tuesday they can just fix you a nice plate and bring it up to you - you'll dine in on BBQ :lol: I guess we all get more crotchety as we age - part of our charm ;) :lol: The worst ones are those who have been cranky all their lives - you can easily pick them out.

Shad - breakfast and you didn't invite us? :( :cry: Were you digging yesterday? DH wants to start working on the moat/rock pile. I need to channel your love of digging outside :lol:

Looks like summer is back for one small push. Supposed to get near 90 here which is pretty warm considering I've had to cover my garden a couple of days last week against the night chill. It's a nice sunny day - lots of birds are chirping outside - seems like a early summer morning. We got alot of rain last night which is good for the garden. I hope the cucumbers plump up a bit - they have gotten skinny from the night chill I think but the plants are still pushing out cukes so I'm happy with that. I guess I'll pull out my arugula. It has these things that look like cat tails on the ends - I thought it was tightly rolled leaves that would open but I guess it's seed pods or something. In any regard, I think the plant is done producing for the season. My cousin gave me a couple of bulbs of garlic he grew in his garden. It was really good - more flavorful than the stuff in the store. Only thing is it takes up alot of landscape space although you do plant it in the fall and it develops over the winter. I think tho it does tend to grow a bit in the spring - you don't pick it until the tops dry out) so I'm thinking it might compete with space I'd rather use for other vegetables. I'd also like DH to expand the raised beds. I think he put too much open space and not enough bed space but when I brought it up he said he'd rethink it next spring. :(

Anyway I need to get some food in me and figure out some goals for the day. Hope you all have a good Friday.

Hellos to those who haven't checked in yet :wave: Good luck on your implementation tonight Michelle.

diyana
08-24-2012, 01:21 PM
Super quick post....I started work at 11 today since I have to work until between 8 and 9 pm. Lots to get done around here today. I went to the pharmacy and the pharmacist recommended Estroven for my hot flashes. I took one as soon as I got home, and did not have any night sweats. :yay: I took one right before I left for work (the dosage is one per day). Hopefully, I'll get through the day without any hot flashes.

UPDATE: So far today, I've had 2 hot flashes while at work....so I'd say the Estroven is helping because they aren't as bad or as frequent.

This weekend will be spent decluttering, and maybe taking DMIL to our town's GermanFest. Right now, I just want to make it through the day. :lol:

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Much love,

Shad
08-24-2012, 06:07 PM
Morning all,
Going to be another nice day here. Seems like we are about to skip Spring and go directly to Summer. Not that we get a traditional spring up here anyway.
My hole in the ground is growing. I suspect I will have another 4 days of digging to go and then put in all the gravel and pavers and weed mat stuff. I'll post pictures when finished.

Michelle - sorry can't help with the hot flushes and mood swings since I never had any. Just went from whoa to go in six months or so and no problems whatsoever - only one hot flush that I remember. However I did listen to my body at the time and when I think back now, I realise that for some time before I actually ceased having periods, my body was rejecting a lot of dairy, especially milk. I switched to soy milk and had no further problems. I'm back on the normal stuff but Cream will still make me queasy from time to time. It's better if I don't have it anyway. We have a product here called Promensal which sounds much like what you are taking. I'm not one for drugs and would have refused HRT if it was offered. One risk too many for me. Thankfully I didn't need anything. Germanfest, Irishfest - are you the festival State or something?

Happy - once I have finished the rocks over here, I'll be over to dig the rocks over there. Are you building a portcullis to go with the moat?

Mel - We will be having a bbq over here soon, shift your butt over, no smoke here - at least not much and we'll put you next to the roses rather than the bbq. Work on the voice inflections for 'Red Binder' bet you can get all sorts of spin on those two words. And they are not rude like FO

Laura - good luck with the early morning class. I haven't been to gym since I got back, but I am getting plenty of exercise in the yard and house anyway.

Annie - guess you would have had a good day in the office yesterday. Can't argue with yourself. Generally don't tell yourself off either.

Here comes the sun. Hope it doesn't get as hot and humid as yesterday. Had to turn the aircon on last night because it was still 27C in the house at 9.00pm Damn, sounds like a real rotten summer coming up. Gotta love the months from March to November, but summer is mostly rotten. Need another place to spend the summer months.
Anyway, better go and get digging again - another two or three barrow loads of soil going out today. That should get rid of the worst of the digging. Back later

MELODY525
08-25-2012, 09:05 AM
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MORNING KIDS
DID A LITTLE WORK YESTERDAY.
GOTTA EARN THAT SEPTEMBER CHECK YA KNOW. (sarcasm)
THEN JEN N& I MADE STUFFED PEPPERS.
THEY WERE DELISH. HAVEN'T HAD THEM IN A LONG TIME.
NOT MUCH NEW HERE. JUST SPENDING LOTS OF TIME WITH JEN.
SHE'S DOING OK BUT TIRED OF PAIN.
TOLD HER TO TAKE ONE OF THE CHAIRS AND GO TO THE STORE!!
SHE MIGHT THINK ABOUT IT NEXT WEEK.
TOO HUMID FOR US OUTSIDE. WE TRIED.
BUT IT'S NICE IN THE EARLY MORNING.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND.




CEEJAY.....ARE YOU DOING ANYTHING SPECIAL THIS WEEKEND FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY ON MONDAY????
HOPE I HAVE THE DATE RIGHT...THE 27th:hb:
ENJOY THIS LONG WEEKEND YOU HAVE.
WE CAN ALL CELEBRATE WITH YOU!!:gift:






ANNIE....GLAD YOU GOT TO KICK BACK AND RELAX AT WORK.
HOW COOL IS THAT. :coffee:
JEN & I COULD HAVE KEPT YOU COMPANY!! :cofdate:





HAPPY.....THE MOTHER AND HER BABY MUST HAVE BEEN ANOTHER TREAT TO SEE.
I CANNOT IMAGGIN ALL THOSE TURKEYS SITTING RIGHT OUTSIDE THE HOUSE!
THIS WHOLE LIVING IN THE WOODS IS VERY EXCITING IN NEW JERSEY:rofl: :rofl:
SORRY THE ALBUM IS GIVING YOU A HARD TIME.
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michelle......hope you made it thru the day.
I AM VERY HAPPY TO HEAR YOU FOUND SOME HELP WITH THE ESTROVEN.
I MUST TELL JEN ABOUT IT. GOOD LUCK WITH THE DECLUTTERING!!





SHAD......WE WERE HOT & HUMID HERE TOO. ALMOST 90 YESTERDAY.
I THINK THERE MIGHT BE A VERY SHORT AUTUMN AND RIGHT INTO WINTER.
VERY STRANGE WEATHER. BTW....WHERE IS THE DIRT GOING TO??
I KNOW WHY YOU'RE DIGGING BUT THOUGHT THE DIRT WOULD GET SPREAD AROUND.
HOW'S MISS PUSS?? ARE YOU OVER THE WORST OF THE TRAVELING?? AND THE VISIT???
I MUST PRACTICE MY RED BINDER .....MAYBE WITH AN AUSSIE ACCENT???
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happy2bme
08-25-2012, 12:42 PM
For Mel - some outdoorsy pictures -

A pair of male goldfinches on the feeder -

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This is a chickadee on the feeder -

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DH was able to snap a pic of baby and momma deer in the early morning -

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And finally - the wild turkeys napping on the lawn. Yes they look dead but it's because they flop down, sort of shimmy into the grass to make a dent and then cover their heads under their wing. One of those "can't quite capture in a picture what it really looked like" but you get the idea...

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happy2bme
08-25-2012, 12:51 PM
Not much going on today. Yesterday I made salsa to use up some of the garden tomatoes. Cousin uses garlic in his so I thought I'd try that. Didn't much care for it and it seemed to make both of us sick last night. A really restless night. Was going to go for a walk this morning but not up to snuff. Then DH went fishing with the cousin. I should go do something fun too but I think I will tackle some things around the house and make DH take me out later. It's a bit overcast here - can't tell if we are getting pop up rain storms so kind of hard to plan outdoorsy things.

Shad - did not know what a portcullis was - guess you visiting castles makes you more up on the lingo than me :lol: If I could manage it, I would put one on but it probably does not fit into the cabin / northwoodsy decor :rofl: How's the digging coming along? You can help assemble the fire pit. I convinced DH to get one yesterday - it's made of bricks so will be sturdy and has a nice grill on the top so we can have a fire and cook stuff too if we want. Ever have potatoes roasted over an open campfire? They are just amazing!!!! Sorry to hear you missed spring. Seems the seasons are like that.

Mel - sorry to hear that Jen is still hurting. I have to imagine this is a bitter pill to swallow. Hope she feels better. You could probably do nothing and do more to earn your monthly check than the people in the office. :rolleyes: Keep your chin up.

Michelle - sounds like you are in summer festival mode. Have a good time - don't stress the back out.

Hellos to the rest of the chicks. Think I'll find something (non garlic) to eat. Happy weekend.

annie175
08-25-2012, 09:03 PM
Hello All....

Well today entailed a delivery of my new Stainless steel fridge. We got it from the scratch and dent section of HHGreeg. Very nice, little to notice of the dents. HOWEVER, when they were taking if off the truck they dropped it off the dolly and it went on it's side. Major scratching and denting of the side of the fridge. Well guess what...they offered us 200.00 bucks off. But C and I were worried about the mechanics rather than the scracthes. So they conceded to deliver a brand new fridge tomorrow afternoon. We made off like bandits. Got a 4 grand fridge for 1700. What a deal. It is stainless steel, bottom freezer, upper fridge, ice maker and water on the front...I am excited. Glad I didn't throw a fit. I just told them don't sweat the small stuff, and look what I ended up with .....Yahoooooo!!! It also has a drawer between the upper fridge and bottom freezer for cold cuts, cheese, etc....I am Excited!!

Babysat lil man while Sis and Chris helped his parents move. He was sooooo good. A perfect lil gentleman. I even went to the grocery with him. He took a 1 hour 45 minute nap. Man am I spoiled to a great baby. The next one will be holy terror. lol.

Tonights dinner was twice baked potatos, meat loaf and just for C...mac n cheese. We are all full and happy. Maybe just a lil tired.

Guess I will close and think about bed...whether it cooperates with me or not...maybe take a sleeping aid.....

Have a great night/morning Shad...

Love and hugs

MELODY525
08-26-2012, 08:25 AM
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GOOD MORNING AND A HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY TO YOU.

SO FAR THE WEEKEND HAS BEEN A GOOD ONE.
NO ONE BANGING ON THE DOOR.... EXCEPT ONE.
BROKEN FRIDGE....NOT.
GO BACK AND RESET THE GFI RECEPTACLE.
KNOCK. KNOCK. THANKS MEL. :D
THEY BLEW IT WITH A COFFEE MAKER.

NOTHING PLANNED FOR TODAY.
AFTERNOON MOVIE & DINNER WITH THE KIDS.
PROBABLY CUBAN SANDWICHES. ONE OF RICHIE'S FAVS.
I EAT THE INSIDES. :hun:
GOING OUT EARLY. THE HEAT & HUMIDITY ARE TOO MUCH AFTER LUNCH.
JEN & I TRIED IT BUT........... :flame:

HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYONE:moped:





HAPPY......I FORGOT TO SAY I LOVE THE BIRD FEEDER. HOW CUTE.
THE FINCHES ARE TOO ADORABLE....AND A PAIR!
LOVE THE CHICKADEE TOO AND THE DEER AND THE TURKEYS.
IT'S SO FUNNY TO SEE THEM SACKED OUT ON YOUR LAWN.
THEY MUST REALLY TRUST YOU & DH TO ALLOW THEIR CHICKS TO SLEEP THERE.
GREAT SHOTS!!! THANKS FOR POSTING THEM.
FUNNY WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT ME DOING NOTHING & EARN THE CHECK.
I JUST SAID SOMETHING VERY SIMILAR TO SOMEONE.
I SAID I DO MORE SITTING IN A FRASSING CHAIR ALL DAY THAN THEY EVER DREAMED OF. :lol3: :lol3:
HOPE YOU GOT TO DO SOMETHING NECE AFTER THE DH CAME HOME.
OR WAS IT CLEANING & COOKING FISHIES?!?!?!




ANNIE....I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU AND C WITH THE NEW FRIDGE.
WHAT A GREAT THING TO HAPPEN!!!
FOR THE FIRST TIME I AM HAPPY SERVICE MEN DROPPED SOMETHING:rofl:
GLAD YOU GUYS HAD A GOOD TIME WITH JAKE .
AND THE FOOD??? EXCELLENT!!! YUM!!!!
ALL MY FAVORITES AT ONE MEAL...AND I GOT A LOT OF FAVORITES!!! LOL

happy2bme
08-26-2012, 01:12 PM
Good morning peeps,

Got up early this morning and went for a walk on the nearby nature trail. I thought it was going to be a paved/semi-paved path. NOT! :lol: It was all through the woods and I half expected to see Little Red Riding Hood come strolling past us. The path was strewn with greenery and tree roots and such - didn't much care for that because I have to intensely focus on where I'm walking so I don't trip on a root or something. Also it was really really buggy and I hated the bugs buzzing in my ears. DH was a gentleman and gave me his (dry) sweat towel to flick the bugs away. I said this would be a nice walk in the late fall after the bugs cut back. Or I could wear my bush hat and head net. We then took a drive to a nearby lake a mile and a half away. They have a boat launch area where we could park and take a nice walk around the lake on the paved road and eventually work our way up to a 3 mile hike from the house to the lake. We also bought a firepit yesterday - bunch of bricks with an inner core of iron and it has a nice grate on it so we can also roast potatoes and corn and steaks if we want. Think of Michelle's flower circle she build but on a smaller scale and instead of the tree and flowers in the center, we have a grill :lol: Will take a pic when done. I'm about to go out and help DH.

Annie - how good is that about the refrigerator? :cp: Something that could have been a major disaster turned out so well for you. Very happy there woman. Sounds like a fabulous refrigerator/freezer. We have had experiences like that with the delivery guys dropping refrigerators too. Once they dropped it so hard it shattered the glass shelves inside and THEY THOUGHT WE'D ACCEPT IT THAT WAY. Fools! I think we also had issues when we ordered the stand up freezer from Sears here. I'm glad you opted not to accept the dropped unit. That refrigerator is going to be so lucky with all the yummy stuff you cook up and keep in it :T Oh and last night for supper I had leftover meatloaf, mashed potatoes and garden veggies - but I'm sure yours was better!

Mel - yum Cuban sandwiches :hungry: I love 'em even tho I'm not fond of pickles or mustard :lol: I'm glad you liked the pictures - I forget how when one is in the city, all you get to see is concrete. Was watching a tv show about art galleries in NYC and it brought to mind about how you don't get any trees or grass. No wonder everyone loves Central Park. Bummer that it got warm and humid again keeping you inside. Enjoy it, autumn will be just around the corner. There are lots of little peeks of oranges and reds out here. Not full on trees but a small branch turning. Can't wait for the color show. It sounds like they took a vote in the building and you are the only one allowed to think. :rolleyes: Of course I'm sure it's much easier to Ask Mel than think for themselves. Geez... :rolleyes: Hope you have a quiet Sunday.

I need to get out and go help DH. Enjoy the day ladies...

Shad
08-26-2012, 05:51 PM
Morning all
Seems like if I don't get in here first thing, then I never get back to it. Sorry I didn't post yesterday although not much happened around here until late in the afternoon anyway.

Saturday night I went to Chris and Tims place. They are the ones that got burgled a while back. DS2 was putting in some more sensor lights and fixing some other electrical stuff for them. They invited us for dinner (with the DS2's g/f). Anyway we had a nice dinner, I watched the footy (my team won - yeehaa), when DS2 got a call from a neighbour next to one of his rental houses to say that there was a strange car in the back yard. DS2 took off with g/f and called the cops on the way. Turns out that the car was stolen, and we think left in the yard of the unoccupied house probably while they scouted around looking for places to burgle. Cops didn't arrive until midnight and meantime DS2 took some bedding around from here to there and went to sleep. He was concerned that his tools collection (around 5K worth) would get stolen. They got woken up by the neighbour again saying that there was a woman at their place trying to get to the stolen car. DS2 had parked the ute in such a position as the car couldn't get out. When DS2 went to open the door to look, there was a woman on his verandah. He said she wanted to take her car back and that she had hidden it there because she was being stalked. In the meantime, the neighbour spots a furniture van driving very slowly down the street. Seems maybe she wasn't on her own. DS2 rings the cops again and describes the woman - she is still standing in front of him. When she realises he is not kidding about talking to the police, she slopes off down the road. He said he didn't get to take her photo - he wouldn't make a great tell it all would he???
Anyway to cut the story short, the cops arrived eventually and towed the car away. Apparently it is a stolen hire car. They say they think they know who the woman is by the description given by both the neighbour and the DS2. DS2's g/f is a lawyer and has been drafting statements for both the neighbour and the DS2 so they don't have to spend much time at the cop shop waiting for the fuzz to type them up etc. Things we do huh!

Yesterday, I dug out another 4 barrow loads of soil. Reckon there is two more days of digging to go and then reconstruction of my ideas. Another 2 or three days. Maybe by the end of the week it will all be done.
DS2 and g/f made dinner last night. Roast lamb with rosemary and garlic, roast veges, steamed veges, it was very nice.

No digging today as I am going into town to talk to some people about work and then going to my accountant to talk about trust funds for the grandchildren. Plural because I only want to deal with one fund and not several incase someone decides to have some more or someone else decides to have one.

Happy - firepit will be welcome on chilly autumn days but can't see you using it mid winter much. Love the pictures

Mel - you might have to pretend amnesia or dementia to stop having to think for others. Just keep up the 'red binder, red binder' mantra

Annie - new fridge. Nice. Well done on standing up for your rights. You would always be waiting for the scratched, dented and dropped one to stop working. That takes the fun out of a new appliance.

Well better get up from this chair and get on with my day. Might have to move it as the cat has that look again - she'll be off down the hall again at top speed shortly. Tail waving madly, feet skidding on the floor boards, ear back, eyes wide. Nuts. Doesn't she know she is OLD.

MELODY525
08-26-2012, 08:28 PM
I WILL HAVE TO RUN DOWNSTAIRS IN THE MORNING AND DIDN'T WANT TO MISS OUR CEEJAY'S BIRTHDAY



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:gift:CEEJAY..........I WISH FOR YOU A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY:hb:

HOPE ALL YOUR WISHES COME TRUE ON YOUR SPECIAL DAY :wizard:

MAY YOU ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF YOUR BIRTHDAY!:cheers:


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happy2bme
08-27-2012, 03:45 AM
Happy Birthday Ceejay - hope you have a really fun day!

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MELODY525
08-27-2012, 08:50 AM
morning chicks. quick post.
need to get wash done and the office too.
hope you all have a great day.




happy....bugs abound everywhere. seems like our gnats have trippled this year. 2 towns away they had to spray for mosquitos they were so bad. enjoy the fire pit when it's done. you two will love it.



shad.....omg!! what a story with the car, van & woman. geez!! poor ds2 worrying about the tools and all. what a world we live in. nothing & no one is safe. the gf sounds like she will come in handy in the future!! tell him to hold on to this one she sounds smart!!
loved the sound of dinner....yum!! i'll be right over.
hope you're not wearing your back & muscles out too soon after that long job at the mines. be careful.\



OH CRAP....I LOST MY CAPS...SORRY....YOU'LL HAVE TO DO WITH ANY TYPOS!! ROFLMAO

annie175
08-27-2012, 09:26 AM
HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY CEEG!!!! Enjoy your day and be kind to yourself.

QUACK QUACK QUACK....it is raining in Indianapolis, and something about lil green apples that LAURA referred to in an earlier post...lol Of course, I watered the H out of my gardens last night, thinking the rain prediction was a bunch of bunk as usual. Hope the plants don't drown...

Went to see Hope Springs yesterday. A very good movie. I was getting a bit sad at the ending until the real end came. I loved it. You know, I could relate to "Kay" when I was married. THere was no "loving" romance no matter how much I tried. But I guess when the ex was out scouting the entire county he had no time for romance. Curtis sure makes up for it tho, he is very loving and romantic. He always asks me if I want to cuddle on the couch before we go to bed while watching TV. Of course I do.

I made mud pie dessert yesterday and shared it with Sis and Chris. We dropped a bowl off on our way to the movies. It is the dessert with the crushed oreo cookies, cream cheese, whipping cream, powdered sugar, chocolate pudding, etc etc. First time I had ever made that, and all went nuts over it and it is so easy to make.

SHADDIE....wow on the stolen car and the woman. That is how they work. One goes by foot while the other drives the truck. Scary sh*t. In and around our neighborhoods....they come in 3 or 4. One goes to the front door and knocks and knocks for like 10 minutes if no one answers they bust in the door and rob your house. It has been going on in Sis's neighberhood for months but they finally caught 3 of the 4 TEENAGERS, like 14-16 years old last weekend. They live in the hood across a major road from Sissy's hood. WHERE are the parents? Really? SHeesh.

HAPPY...had to laugh at your Lil Red Riding hood comment. Me thinks, I wouldn't be thinking about Red passing by as much as the wolf making an appearance. Not to mention the lions, tigers and bears you see up there. lol Always love your pictures...and btw, my dad loved the pix of the birdies. He said he wished he was really there....God love his heart.

MELLIE...I have never heard of a cuban sandwich. Guess I will have to google that one. Might have to add it to my recipe collection. Curtis is always open to trying new things...wink wink..haha, I mean recipes. He never liked meatloaf until he ate mine. Hope you get to go shopping or something this week.

CHELLE...LAURA...the 8th is getting closer, any ideas where we are going to meet yet? It is up to you two to tell me where to go...haha. Hope your weekends were wonderfule.

ELLEN, PATTY, JAVA....check in chickies, we miss you!

Have a wonderful day/night....

Loves and hugs

diyana
08-27-2012, 09:45 AM
Happy Birthday, Ceejay!!! I hope you have a wonderful day/week/month/year!!

Quick post for me today....Lots of work to get done. Sorry I didn't check in over the weekend...was busy running errands and decluttering. The upstairs office is about 75% done, and I should have it finished and also the craft loft finished by the end of this weekend. Oh, and I also decluttered/cleaned up a couple of the major hot spots (to use a FlyLady term) in the downstairs. I'm actually enjoying going through the stuff... but it's been really tough emotionally when I found a letter my dad wrote me before he passed away, and when I found the memorial service program for my best friend who passed away 9 months after my dad and 7 months after my mom. And all the photos of loved ones who have past. Dang, it was tough. But I'm grateful to have all those treasured memories.

Laura and Annie - I was thinking about the 8th....it doesn't really matter to me where we go or what we do...I'm just so looking forward to meeting and spending time with you both!

After work, I've got to pick up some meds for Mischief...and go to the store to pick up stuff for my department's potluck lunch tomorrow. I've signed up for Chips and Salsa because I hate to cook and because I knew I'd be busy over the weekend. When I finally do get home, I hope to get in at least an hour of decluttering. :)

I'll try and check back in later for personals.

upswife
08-27-2012, 09:56 AM
Good morning chicks! Sorry I was almost all caught up on Friday, then had to work and never got back here. Kids are back n school, so 3 of my 4 are gone for most of the day...so that leaves me and DD3. I wanted to put her into preschool this year, but it really is too expensive. I signed us up for a Mom and tots meetup group. going out this morning for the first time. Hope we get to meet some nice ppl.

I worked Friday and Saturday, then I took Yesterday and today off. DH was supposed to be out of town for work...he didn't have to go, so we have been able to spend some family time together.

On actual weight loss...I am down a total of 11pounds. not bad since I kinda took the summer off, but now it is back to tracking and getting some exercise.

Gotta get rollling today. Hope everyone has a great day!!

upswife
08-27-2012, 09:58 AM
OH....almost forgot!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY CEEJAY!!!

annie175
08-27-2012, 10:36 AM
CHELLE...sounds like you are getting a lot accomplished around the house as far as decluttering. Be easy on your back sister. I know what you mean about coming across some memorabila of our loved ones. Heck I cry without even seeing any of it. Hugs.

ELLEN...glad you got some quality time with the family on your days off. 3 of 4 in school that must seem like a vacation in itself.

Have a great day!!

Laura705
08-27-2012, 11:12 AM
Morning Worldlies. Happy Monday. NOT.

Our auditors are here already and I have a meeting in 20 min with them. I hope my involvement will be limited. Anyway, will have to come back later and catch up, but I just wanted to wish Ceejay a happy birthday today.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CEEJAY!!!

:bday2you:

diyana
08-27-2012, 11:59 AM
Back again....I'm in a good mood today. Not sure why...maybe it's the successful implementation from Friday evening. Maybe it's the cafe mocha I'm just finishing. :coffee:

A friend of mine that I used to work with is applying for a job here. He wants to talk with me tonight or tomorrow night in preparation for his interview later this week. I really hope he gets the job here. Even though I wouldn't be working with him directly...I know that this is a good company, and he's not being treated well where he is (sound familiar?).

The Estroven I've been using has been very helpful. The daytime hot flashes have reduced in frequency and intensity, and the night sweats are gone. :yay: I'm going to make an appointment with a new doc for early September, and hopefully, she'll say there's nothing wrong with me continuing to take it. It does have a bit of soy in it, and I've been leary of ingesting soy based products due to a potential for increased risk of breast cancer (which I'm at risk for anyway due to family history of it).

We didn't get to Germanfest this weekend. DMIL wanted to stay home and get things ready for the trip to CA and subsequent move out here. She's so stressed about moving, having to get a new doctor, being away from her daughters and their families (who are making her feel very guilty about leaving). :faint: Such unnecessary drama.

DMIL was in a very crabby mood yesterday evening. Most of the day, she was fine. We all went out to breakfast, and she relaxed while I decluttered, then when I was ready for a break, she and I watched Twilight: Eclipse (she loves the Twilight series as much as I) while she helped me fold clothes. Then she went down for a nap (since she didn't sleep the night before), and woke up crabby as all heck. Pitching a fit about everything. Hopefully she'll be in better spirits when I get home.

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Shad - Wisconsin is DEFINITELY the festival state! Ever since we moved here, I've always joked that if you live in the Metro Milwaukee area and you're bored on a summer weekend, it's your own dang fault. There is always some festival or fair to go to, usually several on the same weekend. This weekend coming up, there are two nearby county fairs, and there's the Scottish Highland Games, and a Harley Davidson rally, not to mention all the Labor Day parades, festivals and fireworks. All your talk of digging is making my back hurt, but you surely are getting a good workout! :strong: That's really scary about the car, van and woman casing the neighborhood where DS2's rental house is. I hope the cops catch the crooks. So nice that DS and his gf made dinner after you worked so hard digging and hauling dirt.

Laura - No gym for me this week as classes are on a break. But I'll get back there next week. I'm getting enough exercise doing the decluttering. Good luck at the meeting with the auditors. Fingers crossed :crossed: that your involvement is limited.

Mel - I love stuffed peppers, but I have to make them using red peppers or they are just too acidy for my tummy. I hope Jen's pain eases up soon. I know I don't have to tell you both how much chronic pain sucks and how exhausting it can be. Is Jen experiencing hot flashes? Seriously, you had to remind the tenant to reset the GFI? I'm surprised you don't have people come to you with electronics problems because the cord isn't plugged in. :faint:

Happy - Thanks for all the critter photos! The birds are so lovely...as are the mama and baby deer. What a treat!! I've never seen turkeys sleeping...they must feel especially safe in your yard. :) Bummer that your walk in the woods wasn't as enjoyable as it could've been. Gotta be careful on the uneven terrain, and I hate buggy trails. So cool that you bought a firepit. We have one made of cinder blocks that was here when we moved in. Most houses around us have one. It's perfect for bonfires, but does not have a grill.

Annie - Excellent news on the new fridge!! That's fantastic!! What a bargain!! So glad you enjoyed Hope Springs. I know I'd like it, but I doubt I'd get DH to watch it. He does not like "chick flicks". :rofl: Glad to hear that C is loving and romantic and is treating you well. I'm so happy for you, sis! :D Mud pie dessert sounds yummy. Can you share the recipe please? Scary that the burglaries in DD's neighborhood
are being committed by young teenagers!! Sheesh! Your comment about the decluttering and my back is true...the decluttering is hard on my back. Even though I do it sitting down, all the reaching and tossing things in different piles. I can really feel it after a couple hours.

Ellen - Glad that 3 of the 4 kids got off to school okay. :) The Mom and tots meetup group sounds fun. I hope it is, and that you both make friends. So nice that your DH didn't have to go out of town and you actually had some family time. :) Congrats on the weight loss!! :bravo:

Gotta get back to programming...the code I need for this project isn't going to write itself.

happy2bme
08-27-2012, 12:26 PM
Good Monday morning girls,

Happy Birthday Ceejay :hb: Hope you are having a good day so far! Did alot of work yesterday and even got a bit of sunburn on my chest for my efforts. We went for a stroll, built the firepit (which I hope to try out tonight), watered the garden, did some laundry and picking up and made dinner. DH took out some sod to put the pit in and I moved that across the yard over to where we have a trench that needs filling in. It was tiring work and all the while I was thinking about Shad and Annie who love being and working outside! Now that we are feeding them, we seem to have attracted a bunch of goldfinches. DH was sitting on the deck enjoying a lemonade and said there must be at least a dozen out there flying through the trees. And that's not counting the chickadees or the whipporwills (sp ?) They sound so pretty singing. We also have some very large bird on the edge of the property. We've only caught a passing glance - not enough to see what it is. It's a big bird - at least the size of my arm from elbow to fingertip. We both think it's a pileated woodpecker. We hope so - they are very cool looking birds - black and white body with a brilliant red head. Cousin said they are abundant around here and so far we've only seen one once. I went out to right the bird bath the raccoons knocked over last night and as I approached the area the bird was in the trees and flew off. I can't tell you how much nicer it is here enjoying nature and peacefulness instead of the concrete and annoyances of human strangers. But I hear more and more people who live in the cities saying they are just getting tired of people. :^:

Laura - AUDITORS :yikes: the only way it could be worse is if it was auditors from the Internal Revenue Service :eek: :lol: Seriously, I hope they don't interfere too much with your day. Good luck with that.

Ellen - hope your Mom and Tots group has some people that you will enjoy spending time with. Does the house seem almost too quiet with most of the kids in school? Congrats on the 11 pounds down this summer - that's great!!!!! :yay:

Michelle - great job on the decluttering. Sounds like you are making serious and steady progress. A little bit at a time keeps you trekking to your goal. As for the mementos, I totally understand getting all emotional but on the other hand, what treasures they are. I keep a memory box of stuff like that - one of the things I cherish is a 5 dollar bill. My favorite aunt and I started sending it back and forth to each other - first for things like birthday and Christmas but then we started sending it for random occasions like Flag Day :lol: Of course it always came with a day brightening letter - I'd smile just when I saw the envelope in the mail. So it's good to have those things.

Annie - glad you enjoyed the movie. I think many people will be able to relate, see a bit in it. It's not Oscar worthy but a very, very popular movie. Happy that you found a loving match in C ♥ That Mud Pie dessert is good - I had a bit of it at a pot luck. Usually that's the kind of stuff that had too much sugary stuff for my tastes but it's really light. The kids are lucky you love to share :lol: I had my first Cuban sandwich at Bahama Breeze restaurant chain. It's a sandwhich on a soft hoagie type roll. Pulled pork (think cook a roast down and shred it with a fork), add some slices of deli ham, yellow mustard, swiss cheese and top it with some nice slices of dill pickle - think of the big fat ones they used to have in the crocks at the Mom and Pop deli's. :hungry: :T I am not a fan of dill pickles or mustard or salty ham but there is just something about this sandwich where all the flavors are amazing. I cook mine in the panini pan to crisp up the bun and help melt the cheese. Ok, now I am hungry :D

Shad - that is a really scary story about the burglars. I guess things are no different on your side of the pond. DS needs to be careful - most of those people are petty thieves but sometimes you get professionals who will shoot you just for the sport of it. Sorry to hear that city life is just as gone to the dogs as it is here. Dinner sounded good. I guess you eat lamb the way we eat beef out this way. Here lamb is more of a special occasion dish - unless you are Greek. You would probably very much enjoy the whole lamb my former Greek neighbors in Chicago make for family get togethers. They have a big homemade spit and roast the thing for days.

Mel - I think many places are dealing with an abundance of mosquitoes and West Nile sickness this year. It isn't too bad here although they are out and the other day there was a monster sized skeeter in the bathroom that got away before I could smash it. Hope you have a quick in and out downstairs so you can get back to fun stuff like washing. Do you have to use a common laundry room in the building?

Guess that's just about it for me. Trash day tomorrow. I need to clean out the refrigerators to organize them as much as look for bits that need to be discarded. I have some tomatoes to use up - guess I'll make another batch of sauce. If I feel like it, might stop in town and pick up some Italian bread for bruschetta which I have a taste for. Gotta stop watching these cooking shows although I am looking for ideas to use up stuff and found a few good recipes. Have a good day all.

happy2bme
08-27-2012, 12:30 PM
Today's picture - my herb garden is starting to peter out. I guess if I want stuff over the winter I will have to keep planting seeds in planters and some of the stuff like chives seems to do much better in the ground than a pot :(

I have this watermelon sage - I picked it up because it said it produces red flowers that hummingbirds love. Well as we are getting to the end of season and the birds are stoking up for their long trip south, they are checking out not only the feeders but any and every flower in the yard. They really do love the sage. We've been trying for a couple of weeks to get a picture of a hummer on one of the flowers - they check out each flower quickly and you have about 30 seconds to react before they move on. Yesterday DH was hot and tired after building the firepit so was relaxing on the deck with a cool glass of lemonade. He decided to sit with the camera just in case and was rewarded with his patience. He got one and only one shot of a bird on the flowers and I think it's a pretty good one.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/Picture-Hummingbirdinwatermelonsage.jpg

happy2bme
08-27-2012, 12:38 PM
Michelle - had to laugh at your comment about Hope Springs and DH. I think mine wiggled out of going at the last minute for the same reason even tho he said he'd go when we saw the trailers. ;)

Sorry DMIL is in a bad mood. I'm sure the finality of it is on her mind and it certainly doesn't help that the folks on the west coast are guilting her. :mad: When your away from the drama you tend to forget why you wanted to leave in the first place. I hope she will be okay with her decision. And you too ;)

Good idea about using the red peppers for stuffed peppers. Thanks for the suggestion - I don't like cooked green ones but love the others.

Ok, gotta get off this computer now. Bye. :wave:

annie175
08-27-2012, 12:53 PM
HAPPY...love the hummingbird picture. I have one of those feeders that suction onto the window and usually come early morning you can catch one or two buzzing around it. I love our fire pit, hope you all can enjoy yours as much.

CHELLE...I may have to try the Estrovan myself. I am sick of sweating at night. and flashing during the day.

Prayers needed...my brother in Bellevue, IL is having 5 open heart by-pass as I type. I was going to go over for support but his wife is not very friendly with me. She does not like any of my siblings. Witchy! He is 57 years old.

diyana
08-27-2012, 02:21 PM
Happy - Great photo of the hummingbird!! Thanks for the tip about watermelon sage. I'll definitely get some to plant next year. DMIL, DH and I love to watch all birds, and especially hummingbirds. As for city vs. country...it's funny cuz a friend of ours in Chicago LOVES the city. Whereas DH and I really prefer the country. I can handle Chicago for a few hours...a day at the most. Then I just get claustrophobic and panicky with all the traffic. I don't know how I survived in Silicon Valley for as long as I did...oh yeah, I remember...I was horribly stressed out all the time. I'm so glad there's virtually no traffic in my commute, and I don't have to go to downtown Milwaukee hardly ever. :) You bring up good points about why DMIL was probably so crabby. Luckily, even though we can occasionally get snappy towards each other, we get over it pretty quickly. I'm sure we'll do fine. Crazy thing is that the same daughters who are begging her not to move because they'd miss her terribly are the ones that when she is in CA never take the time to visit her, spend time with her or take her anywhere fun. GRRR! Don't get me started on them. As for peppers, I can't remember the last time I ate a green pepper...maybe a little bit on a pizza...but not in any quantity...just too hard on my tummy.

Annie - I'm still flashing occasionally during the day...like an hour or so ago when the stress level was high here as there were major issues on two of our websites. But at least I'm not flashing every hour or two, and no night sweats...and no "pins and needles" feeling...like I want to jump out of my skin. Hard to explain...but it makes it VERY difficult to concentrate on work or anything. Sending lots of prayers to your DB for a successful surgery and speedy and complete recovery. Many healing :hug: and :goodvibes:.

happy2bme
08-27-2012, 03:38 PM
Annie - sending you some prayers for your brother's surgery. Hope all goes well for him. That's unfortunate that SIL cannot put aside any personal feelings at this time when everyone should be rallying support. :( Love those suction cup hummingbird feeders - especially for someone like me who can't see distance that much - you really get a good eyeful of the little buggers. Because of window types and screens, we can't use those here but I am able to get pretty close to them to the feeders on the deck.

Michelle - glad the Estrovan is helping. Anything to be more comfortable. I totally understand the "jump out of your skin feeling" - reminds me of that when I look at a toddler and sometimes they stand there and just shake because they have all this pent up energy and they're not sure what direction to go in because the mind is racing, racing, racing :lol:

When I was younger I loved the excitement of the city. Then you get involved in your career and it's heads down and you don't notice it - only when someone comes in to visit do you seem to take part and enjoy what the city has to offer. Then you turn a phase and the city gets too crowded and you're way past the bar hopping and nightlife and what the city means and only then can you appreciate the county life. I tell people that I had to go through things in my life (good and bad) in order to appreciate what I have today. And it's nice that there is something for everyone. I actually kind of feel sorry for the young kids that live here - I think how boring this must be for them :lol:

Ah geez, I just realized it's Monday and I forgot about the Farmers Market in town...

annie175
08-27-2012, 03:51 PM
My brother is successfully in ICU Recovery! YaHooo!!!

ceejay52
08-27-2012, 05:26 PM
I've had a good week end. And a good birthday today.

Thursday I leave out again to go back to Jonesboro to take my bff to get a pain management treatment.
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Annie
I'm happy that your brother made it through surgery.

Happy
All of your pictures have been really good.

happy2bme
08-27-2012, 05:45 PM
Glad to hear you're brother's surgery went well Annie - that has to be a relief!

Also glad you are having a good birthday Ceejay.

Thanks for the compliments on the pictures - glad you guys are enjoying them.

Shad
08-28-2012, 04:58 AM
Glad to hear that things went well for your brother Annie

Annie - good to hear that you had a good birthday.

Michelle - us old folk have meltdowns, things get on top of us at times. Good to hear that you are having success with the Estroven. It's a personal journey for each of use. I used soy milk for some years while my body rejected regular milk. I guess I didn't know it can be dangerous. Probably a case of moderation over excess. The Japanese use a lot of soy and very few of them have problems with menopause - we had a discussion about this in one of Chris' English classes that I attended and they were surprisingly frank for Japanese who are usually reserved about these personal things.

Ellen, well done on the 11 pounds down. :woohoo: You must be happy that the kids are back in school. I used to love it when I was home and they came home from school. It was so exciting to find out what they had been up to and then you never knew what you might pull out of DS2s backpack.

Got some good digging done today. Tomorrow should be the last day of heavy digging - just when I was getting used to it. Then I have to sort out what sort of gravel or road base to put back in, what sort of weed mat, knock up some framework for concreting in the pavers and then going down to buy the stuff and the rocks (mainly for my head I think) and put it all back together. It will be one task off my list. Next one will probably be the roof on the pergola. Then I came in and took the laundry and loo to pieces, cleaned it all up and put it all back together. Smells nice down there now. Tomorrow will be the bathroom and the culling of out of date medicines etc plus a thorough clean of the bath and vanity.

Yesterday, I went to see my mate Mick and his business partners. Seems I will have some work coming out of there soon. I've told them not to rush. Don't care if I don't work until October. It will involve travel, but not long stays away from home. They also have some single days working with the CEO of an aerospace business and his financial offsider. That could be interesting. One can't teach accountants anything, so how am I going to get around this?

Anyway, my pork cutlet is cooking, my sweet potato is baking, my pumpkin, purple carrot and broccoli are steaming away. Better go sort out my dinner.

PS - have to sort out my donations to charity for the year soon. Any suggestions?? I might spread it over several things this year.

MELODY525
08-28-2012, 08:47 AM
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bX4hK67zVM0/Txy5JRKp99I/AAAAAAAAELs/yOh3vsWkKzQ/s320/rainy+days+and+mondays.png

AND I LOVE THEM ON A TUESDAY!!!!



BY THE TIME THE BBQ STARTS AT NOON THE SKIES SHOULD BE CLEARER.
HOPEFULLY SOME OF THE SENIORS CAN BE SITTING OUTSIDE.
I'LL SPARE YOU THE DETAILS OF WORK YESTERDAY.
SHE TOLD A MUTUAL FRIEND THAT SHE & I AREN'T 3 RETIRING FOR 3 YEARS.
WHAT?!?!?!? I CALL THAT WISHFUL THINKING. :rofl: :rofl:I AM DOING NOTHING TODAY. TV & ME. THEY SHOULD MAKE A SHORT MOVIE ABOUT THAT.
HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT DAY :moped:

****CUBAN SANDWHICHES HAVE SLICED ROAST PORK,
SLICED HAM, MELTED SWISS CHEESE AND PICKLE SLICES
ON A CUBAN ROLL.
THEN PRESSED ON A "PLANCHA" AND HEATED.
LIKE A PANINI PRESS WITHOUT THE RIDGES. IT'S FLAT.
DELISH. I THINK ANYONE WOULD LOVE THEM.



ANNIE....ALL THIS COOKING AND DESERTS NOW??
I AM DEFINITELY GOING TO HAVE TO GET A LONGER EXTENSION CORD :scooter:
SENDING PRAYERS AND HEALING THOUGHTS TO YOUR BROTHER. :hug:
HOPE EVERYTHING CONTINUES TO GO WELL AND YOU REMAIN CALM:hug: SCREW THE SIL!!




MICHELLE......GLAD YOU ARE ALMOST DONE WITH THE PROJECT OF DECLUTTERING.
ALTHOUGH TOUGH...I AM GLAD YOU HAVE THOSE LETTERS AND MEMORIES:hug:
HOPE THE DRAMA STOPS AND THE MOVE WILL BE OK FOR MOM.
SAD HOW FAMILY USES THE GUILT CARD JUST TO MAKE THEMSELVES FEEL BETTER.
GOOD LUCK WITH ALL THAT AND GOOD LUCK TO YOUR FRIEND.
***cafe mocha can make anyone in a good mood!! roflmaoff

WE USE RED ORANGE AND GREEN PEPPERS.
MY GRANDMOTHER USED TO PARBOIL THEM AND PEEL THE "WAXY" SKIN OFF THEM BEFOPRE STUFFING.
THAT IS WHERE THE INDIGESTION COMES FROM.
BUT I HAVEN'T DONE THAT IN MANY YEARS...TOO MUCH WORK!!!




ELLEN....CONGRATULATIONS ON THE 11 LB WEIGHT LOSS!! :cheer3:
GLAD YOU AND DH HAD SOME TIME TOGETHER. YOU DESERVE IT.
HOPE THE MOM & TOTS TIME WAS GOOD TOO. SOUNDED NICE.





LAURA...SENDING YOU GOOD THOUGHTS WITH THE AUDITORS THERE:hug:




HAPPY...YOUR DAY SOUNDED SO NICE...EVEN WITH THE HARD WORK.
I COULD BE A BIG HELP WITH A WAGON ATTACHED :lol3: :lol3:
THE PICTURTE IS GORGEOUS!! THE BIRD AND THE PLAND ARE BEAUTIFUL. REALLY GREAT SHOT.
YOU & DH ARE KEEPING OUR EYES BUSY OVER HERE.
I TELL JEN WHEN SHE COMNES DOWN...WAIT TILL YOU SEE WHAT HAPPY POSTED!!




CEEJAY...GLAD YOU HAD A GOOD BORTHDAY WEEKEND :encore:
HOPE YOU GOT ALL YOUR WISHES TOO:hug:



SHAD....JUST READING YOUR POST EXHAUSTED ME.
AND HERE I THOUGHT I DID A LOT OF WORK YESTERDAY :faint:
TREAVELING?? IS THAT WITH THE AEROSPACE CEO???
YOU COULD BE THE FIRST FEMALE AUSSIE TO THE MOON!!!
HOPE YOU GET TO STAY HOME FOR A BIT BEFORE THE TRAVELING BEGINS AGAIN THOUGH. :hug:

upswife
08-28-2012, 08:54 AM
good morning chicks! super sleepy this morning. will head back later and put together a more thought out post. Luv and Hugs!!

annie175
08-28-2012, 09:30 AM
Good Morning, Good Morning...singing like Snow White in the forrest with HAPPY's birds and butterflies floating around....

Brother is off the breathing tube and talking just a bit. Seems to be recovering very well. May get to go home on Saturday. Thank you girls for all your support and prayers.

Last night's dinner was baked swai (pronounced SWHY) fish with lemon and butter, left over twice baked potatos, and greenbeans. Also made cucumbers, tomatos, green pepper chopped up with a little vinegarette (sp). YUM YUM. Had enough fish and greenbeans to bring in for lunch.

ELLEN...I can understand about being sleepy. I wake up during the night, then again with Curtis when he gets up at 3:30, then IF I fall back asleep it is hard for me to wake up at 5:30 to go to work. I usually lay there too long and then have to fly getting ready so I am not late to work. It is torture. Plus not liking my job does not motivate me much to go.

SHADDIE...I think you meant Ceejay happy birthday not me. My birthday is in June and I do not care to celebrate more than once a year...haha. Of course all that work you are doing outside can jumble up your mind especially when you are using your own rocks...lol. Sure wish I were there to help. We would have so much fun chatting and digging.

MELLIE....the cuban sandwiches sound quite yummy. I may have to brew some up here soon. Retiring in 3 years, if only. Unless I hit the lottery, I probably will be working till I am 70+. Of course, I will be hitting the lottery, very soon, for big bucks...so we all can get that commune going up at HAPPY's place.

HAPPY....did you make it to the farmer's market? What did you buy? My sales rep is bringing me a grocery sack full of tomatos today, guess I will be brewing up some more salsa.

CHELLE....the hot flashes I have are very similar to my anxiety attacks which I am on meds for and have not had any in a very long time. The only differences between the two are the flashes don't last as long and I don't have to lay down from exhaustion after one. The anxiety attacks just drain my energy. Funny, last night I did not have sweats as a matter of fact I was freezing all night long and had to snuggle into C to get warm.

LAURA...hope the auditors weren't too brutal on you. Are they here all week or just a couple of days?

CEEG...have a wonderful day after your birthday!!!

Hello to Patty and Java...

Loves and Hugs

diyana
08-28-2012, 09:52 AM
Quick post for me....I've got an early meeting and have a bunch to get done beforehand.

Didn't get any decluttering done last night...just too tired after work and all the errands. Hopefully I'll get some done tonight. I've got errands to run, but I should be home a bit earlier than yesterday.

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Annie - I'm so glad to hear your brother is recovering well and off the breathing tube! I'll continue to send many prayers and healing wishes. As for retiring...I'll be right there with ya' working 'till 70+. So we'd best win the lottery, girlfriend! That sucks about the anxiety attacks. I used to get them occasionally when I was under a lot of stress (when my parents were both very ill).

Happy - I just don't understand places that have Farmer's Markets during the week. I wonder how people who work are able to get to them.

Ceejay - Glad you had a nice birthday. So very sweet of you to take your friend to a pain mgmt treatment. After having a few of those myself, based on the procedure, there are sometimes when you need someone to drive you...which isn't always easy to find. You're a very good friend.

Shad - The work coming up sounds like it could be promising - what a nice balance of travel but not long stays away from home. I don't envy you having to try and teach accountants anything. Good luck with that. I'm so impressed that you and Annie are able to do heavy digging. Just the thought of it makes my back hurt. If I were to do something like that, I'd have to take A LOT of breaks.

Mel - I hope the BBQ goes well. Good for you for taking a relaxing day for yourself. I'm not almost done with the decluttering...just almost done with one room. After that comes the craft loft, which I should get done this weekend. Let's just say that the second hand stores are going to be getting donations of a lot of craft supplies. :rofl: After the craft loft comes all the closets. I did not know that it's the waxy skin of the pepper that causes indigestion. Very interesting.

Laura - Are the auditors still there? I hope they don't pester you too much.


Gotta run. Let's all have a terrific Tuesday!

ceejay52
08-28-2012, 10:08 AM
Don't know why but I had an upset stomach after I got home. It started around 6.30 p.m. I'm wondering if it's not my nerves.
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Ellen
Congrats on those 11 pounds lost.

Michelle
Do you have the decluttering done.

Annie
It's good news to hear that your brother came through his surgery.

Mel
You deserve a day to be by yourself. Enjoy it.

Laura
Are you still dealing with the auditors?

Happy
What's on the agenda today? I envy your lifestyle of retirment.

I'm back to work this morning. But I'm not pushing myself.

diyana
08-28-2012, 11:54 AM
Ceejay - perhaps you should take a cue from Mel and try meditation. It's really helping me too. I listen to meditation CDs at night while I fall asleep, and I listen to positive uplifting things on my way in to work. The good mood doesn't always last for the whole day but at least my day start off on a positive note. It's really helping my stress level. I started doing this relaxation stuff when my former job was getting way too stressful and it was really affecting me. It didn't take long for me to feel better. Just a suggestion. Oh, and btw, I try and avoid the news as much as possible. I used to get so stressed out about stuff that I can't control. You know the Serenity Prayer, right? "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference." No the decluttering isn't even close to being done, but I'm happy to be seeing progress. After the upstairs is done, then I'll be tackling the closets and then the dreaded basement. It fees really good to be going through all the stuff. I hope you feel better soon. Don't work too hard. :hug:

Laura705
08-28-2012, 12:13 PM
Morning all.

Shad – I’m tired just thinking of that project of yours, but what an accomplishment that will be when it’s all done. :) I’m glad you’re not in a hurry to get back to work.

Mel – If it weren’t for the pickles I just know I’d love a Cuban sandwich… I know I’m in a different spot than you, but retiring in 3 years sounds
heavenly. Right now it feels like I could save and save and still not have enough money to retire comfortably.

Ceejay – Glad you had a good birthday and a good weekend. So nice of you to be able to help out your friend. Yeh, some days it’s good to not have to push it at work. Hope your tummy is feeling better by now.

Annie – Glad your brother’s procedure was successful. Wishing him a speedy recovery!! I saw that swai fish in a grocery store flyer and I was wondering what type of fish it was. The auditors are jerks and they are here until tomorrow afternoon. My time with them has been very limited, but enough that I know I want to slap them around a bit. I sure hope I wasn’t such a jerk in my former life as an auditor, haha.

Michelle – I hope your DMIL gets past the guilt trips being played on her and her own uncertainties. This is a big change for her, but I hope she concludes it’s the best option for her. I get you on being too tired to attack projects at home after working all day – you just need some downtime.

Ellen – Congrats on the 11 pound weight loss – that’s super!! Hope you like the mom and tots class w/ dd3. Must be a real break with the other kids back in school now. A co-worker has been going through major headaches changing schools for her daughter. She had her in a parochial school for a couple years just so she could get the after-school program, and then she tried to arrange public school and after school care with a family member, but that got nixed when the caregiver decided to get greedy. So she’d opted to keep her in the parochial school, but then that school raised the tuition significantly. Back to the public school plan. And then she just learned her daughter made it to the top of the waitlist for a magnet school and has to go through another registration process. And the past couple weeks have been another headache for her because once she decided to not go back to the parochial school, she had a two week gap in her childcare to fill since public schools don’t start til after Labor Day. :faint: You’re smart and fortunate to be able to set your work schedule mostly outside of school days. I’m sure that the lack of weekend time with your dh and kids is a big sacrifice for you and the family though.

Happy – Love all the photos. You’re both getting to be really good at capturing the camera-shy creatures you have visiting. Can’t wait to see a pic of the new fire pit. Did you get to try it out yet??

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After work we went for a minor grocery shop and picked up a new co2 cartridge for the sodastream. I'd put a date on a piece of tape and stuck it on the tank when we bought the last one and I think it said 5/31, so $11 for almost 3 months. Sure is a lot less money than buying seltzer and soda and having all those cans to recycle. I find I haven't been drinking as much seltzer as in the past, but bf drinks quite a bit of it. We haven't gone off soda completely, but drink much, much less than we used to. Right now we haven't had any soda in the house for probably close to a month. I might check out the Labor Day sales and pick up some this weekend. Mostly I just drink water.

Nothing much else to report. We watched a couple more episodes from Season 6 of Doc Martin. The dvd is due back tonight, so we'll watch the rest of it tonight.

Guess that means that exercise class is off the schedule tonight - shame on me. :o I have three classes to finish, but I have til 9/2. Wed. & Sat. for sure. Probably Thursday, but perhaps Sunday...we'll see.

Okay, back to work before more interruptions come. Have a great day/night everyone! Toodles.

happy2bme
08-28-2012, 03:39 PM
DH lit the firepit last night under an almost full moon.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/Picture-EricLightsTheFirepit.jpg

Now this one is kinda freaky. Makes me wonder what the heck he was channeling in the fire :lol: Looks like a pregnant girl with an 1960's flip type hairdo. :rofl:

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/Picture-Whatsinthefirepit.jpg

happy2bme
08-28-2012, 05:30 PM
Bambi's been coming to the yard visiting. We think the poor baby lost it's Momma. Barely able to get along on it's own. I told it that if it comes here it has corn, water and safety. ;)

A word about retirement since a few of you have brought it up. I know that many of you feel like you will have to work until your 70's BUT the best advice I can give you is not to assume that you CAN work as long as you want to. Especially if you are in the corporate world where they routine ferret out the older, more expensive workers (they say) in favor of the younger ones. Particularly as they cut benefits to save money. So cut back your spending where ever possible and shore up your savings as much as you can. Even if you put 5 dollars and your spare change in a jar at the end of a week. It's alot easier to deal with the unexpected if you have some sort of back up. Not that any one of you are frivolous spenders anyway. And if you can put money into a company program towards future health care expenses, do so. I'm not sure what's going to happen to us - we have one political candidate who advocates a voucher system for medical expenses - and you KNOW that won't be enough to cover near the cost and another candidate who seems to be more concerned about taking care of the tons of "visitors" to this country, rather than the middle class citizens. There are both good and bad things to this early retirement, but like anything, we are learning to make a go of things and hoping for no catastrophic event in our lives. But I can't advocate enough the need to make sure you can take care of yourselves first and foremost.

Laura - thank you for the compliment but I have to admit this Canon Powershot camera really helps take good pictures :D Where are you taking your exercise classes again ? Through the park district programs? Are you doing book club any more? How did the auditors go? (out the door as you wished :rofl: )

Michelle - I agree on the meditation and not watching the news anymore. I selectively look at stuff on the internet and stopped reading the news down south years ago. Here we get a local paper once a week and it's all good news except for the police page and I can easily ignore it :lol: If you are donating so many crafts does this mean you realize you won't ever get to alot of projects? And I agree with you on the Farmers Markets - they are all here during the day but then again, most people here are retired or recreational visitors so that's different. In Memphis they had a few of them on the weekends but the thing that always got to me was the gym offerings - classes. Most of them except for the super buff were offered during the day. If you had to commute from downtown like Laura, it was almost impossible to catch the 5:30 classes. Twice I decided against the gym just because of their class schedules.

Annie - yum on the fish dinner. That's a great idea on the cucumber tomato salad. I will have to do that - lots of those ingredients available to me. I bought at the farmer's market (they have more stuff now that the stuff is in season) kale, fresh celery, scallions, fingerling potatoes (something new for me to try), fresh carrots, basil (mine is petered out) and a loaf of Poppyseed almond bread from the Mennonite lady. I also got 2 packages of beef stew meat from the organic farm and a jar of Peach Walnut jam that sounded sooo good. I had picked up some canning jars intending to make salsa but when I read the recipe and how much work it is to make salsa, I decided to cop out and cook up the tomatoes with onions and garlic and seasonings and freeze them for use in chili, sauce or tomato based dishes. Been thinking of frying up a fried green tomato. Have you ever tried that? Glad your brother is doing well. Don't take but a minute to offer up some kind words for someone's health. :D And don't tell DH but I like your fire pit better ;) ;) ;)

Shad - sure does sound like alot of work in the yard but I'm sure it will be well worth it. Did you finish the wall in the front you started last season?

Ceejay - guess you'll be getting some of Hurricane Isaac's wetness in the next few days. Hope you're feeling better.

Ellen - did you wake up yet? By now it's too late for coffee.

Mel - how did the BBQ go? Did you get some sunshine? Anyone bring you a plate of goodies??? Here's a picture I just took - little chickadee hopped in the turkey water trough and decided to cool off on a hot day.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/Picture-ChickadeeinthePool.jpg

We got invited to a picnic, not sure if we are going to go yet. But I need to get off the computer. See yah later.

Shad
08-28-2012, 11:14 PM
Morning all,
Finally finished the big dig. Still got a little bit of trimming, and scraping to go. Now I need to go down to the landscape place and get some road base, weed mat stuff and some timber to create concrete framework for the pavers. It will be finished in due time. Now having had breakfast and a shower it's time to get on with the rest of todays list. Bathroom, floors, garden centre etc.

Mel - it would be a very short movie. You doing nothing :rofl: The cuban sandwich sounds great. Tell Richie I want one when I come over. Digging is over. Now it is time to rebuild. I await the end of the project - although there are two more projects I want to get done this year.

Annie - good to hear that your brother is on the mend. Dinner sounds nice. I like it when there is enough left over for lunches etc. Never heard of swai fish. Where does it come from. Come on over, we can sit on the pergola rafters and put on the roof and giggle. Sure thing we would need the margaritas at the end. Yes I meant Ceejay and not you. Slip of the typewriter here.

Michelle - some days it is a much as I can do to load the dishwasher after a work day. I don't envy you the declutter, but it does look good with everything in its place and no piles of junk mail on the coffee table.
My serenity prayer is somewhat different from yours. It goes something like this:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know where to bury the bodies of those that really pissed me off so much I had to kill them.

Ceejay - When the gut decides to play up, get on the bike and ride it out. Good for the body and gives you more aches to think about than the one you already had. Nothing seems so bad after that.

Laura - glad you are enjoying Doc Martin. What a man!!! :crazy: Hope the auditors are gone now and you can get back into a normal routine.

Happy - love the firepit feature. Interesting flames you have. The birdies certainly do have it easy at your place. Mind you they do at my place as well. I do not feed them, but they find my green garden easy to nest in and there is plenty of spray free insects to eat around the place.
Retirement was a discussion the accountant and I had the other day. I have saved well, don't owe any one any thing and figure that if I can save as I did over the last couple of years, I may be able to retire in two or 3 years. It is not a given and thanks to the GFC and the corporate and share holder greed, I doubt that my superannuation and my savings will keep me going for more than 6 or 7 years unless things take an upturn for the better soon. It's not a case of wanting to work, it's a case of having to work. If it kills me, then the boys will have a windfall. If not, then I will have to eke it out very carefully until my passport runs out for my time on earth.

Anyway, this is not getting my bathroom cleaned. And there is a lot to clean in there. I also should get into the depths of the vanity and wall cabinet and check for any thing in there that is past its use by date. Andre Rieu is playing lovely music on the TV so I can clean to the Blue Danube or Schwissingfer or the Lagunawaltz. Music to clean by. How unromantic

upswife
08-29-2012, 08:51 AM
Morning ladies! I had a busy day yesterday. Found DD1's running shoes in her room and had to run them up to the school for her cross counrty meet after school. Then took DD3 on a nature walk thru a nearby woods. We grabbed a quick lunch, then a trip to the grocery store. We came hoe put everything away. I got to sit down for 15min, to look up directions to the cross country meet. Made meatloaf so it would be ready wehn we came home.

DD2 came home and we headed off the the meet. While there I got a text from my boss...I had totally forgotten I was supposed to work. DH was meeting us at the meet, so I was able to make it in to work...only an hour and 15 mins late.

Nothing big on the agenda today...just need to balance the check book. and make dinner.

Have a great day everyone!! luv and hugs!

MELODY525
08-29-2012, 09:22 AM
Morning Chicks.
The Seniors Had Great Weather For The The Ones I Ran Into This Morning Said They Had A Great Time.

Hold On Phone.

Gotta Go The Boss Has A Big Problem.
Geez I'm Not Even Dressed Yet.
See Ya Later

ceejay52
08-29-2012, 10:01 AM
Mel
Hmmm what could be a big problem this early in the morning! Broken water line!!!????

Ellen
Sounds like you have yourself organized. Meatloaf sounds good. May make one this week end.

Keeping an eye on hurricane Issac. Nothing else going on.

MELODY525
08-29-2012, 11:35 AM
SOME PEOPLE ARE JUST TOO BLOODY STUPID.
REMEMBER THE RETIREMENT COMMENT IN 3 YEARS???
WELL A WOMAN THOUGHT SHE COULD MAKE A POLITICAL MOVE.
AND WHILE DOING IT USED MY NAME. WRONG.
OH HONEY...DON'T F_CK WITH THE BIG GIRLS.
SHE'S ALREADY FEELING THE WRATH OF HURRICANE MELSIE.
I NEVER SAID A WORD TO HER ABOUT MY KNOWLEDGE BUT...
I STAGED A DRAMA JUST FOR HER.
GOT DRESSED AND WENT TO THE OFFICE.
I TOLD MY FRIEND I NEED TO SPEAK TO HER IN PRIVATE
WE WENT OUTSIDE AND WALKED FOR A BIT WHILE I FILLED HER IN.
WHEN WE CAME BACK THE OTHER ONE IS GOING NUTS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT'S HAPPENING.....AND WHY SO FAST.
LITTLE MISS GUILTY. SHE'LL BE STOMACH SICK BEFOR LUNCH TIME IF I HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT IT.
SHE ACTUALLY THOUGHT SHE COULD BETTER HER POSITION AND HURT SOMEONE ELSE USING MY NAME. WTF!
SHE DOESN'T EVEN HAVE THE BIG GIRLS HANDBOOK! :lol3:
SHE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER THAN TO EVEN THINK SHE COULD PLAY THIS GAME.
SILLY WOMAN.
NOW SHE CAN PUT HER BIG GIRL PANTIES ON AND GO CRY IN THE FRASSING CORNER.
NO ONE PLAYS THIS GAME BETTER THAN I DO. I'VE HAD YEARS OF PRACTICE.
I SELDOM EVER USE THIS STRATEGY.....I HATE HURTING PEOPLE.
BUT THIS BROAD ASKED FOR IT. MORES THE PITY.

AS FOR ME..... I NEED TO LET THIS GO AND LOWER MY BP:yoga:
NOTHING LIKE BS TO GET THE BLOOD & BODY MOVING FAST IN THE MORNING.
I AM DOING WASH WITH THIS ENERGY!! LOL
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY.




HAPPY.....LOVED THE PICS AND I THOUGHT IT WAS A DUTCH MILK MAID WHEN I SAW THE FLAMES. ROFLMAO
LOVED THE BIRD AND THE PIT. HOW WONDERFUL TO HAVE ALL THAT AND A GOOD DH TOO:hug: SENDING YOU BOTH LOTS OF LOVE. YPU ARE SO RIGHT ABOUT THE SMALL CHANGE JAR. I HAD ONE AND SPENT IT ALL THIS SUMMER. I NEED TO DO THAT AGIN. I WON'T HAVE ANY BATTERY FUNDS AS I CALL IT:rofl: THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE REMINDER..






ELLEN......YOU'RE SO BUSY LIKE I SAID BEFORE...YOU'RE LUCKY YOU KNOW YOUR OWN NAME OR WHERE YOU LIVE!! LOL
I HAD TO LAUGH ABOUT FOPRGETTING TO GO TO WORK. THANK GOD FOR TEXTING!!! LOLOLOL




SHAD.....SO GLAD YOU HAD ANDRE SERANADING YOU WITH SUCH WONDERFUL MUSIC. I MIGHT TRY THAT NEXT TIME THE LOO NEEDS CLEANING. EVEN THE DR LAUGHS WHEN I EVEN SAY I'M NOT DOING ANYTHING. :rofl: MAYBE YOU TWO KNOW EACH OTHER?? WILL TELL RICHIE NEXT TIME TO GET THE SAMMIES FOR ALL OF US:hug:





CEEJAY....HOPE ISAAC IS GENTLE WITH YOU GUYS DOWN THERE. HE'S BEEN FEROCIOUS AT TIMES. WE'RE NOT GETTING ANY STORMS UNTOILL THE END OF THE WEEK. HE IS SHOVING A SYSTEM OF BAD WEATHER TOWARDS OUR AREA. BUT NOTHING SERIOUS.





LAURA....I REALLY DO LOVE DOC MARTIN. THAT ONE MOVIE WAS SO NICE BUT IT'S NOT LIKE THE SERIES. HE'S SUCH A SWEET MAN IN THE MOVIE:rofl: I LOVE SELTZER WATER AND DRINK IT ALL THE TIME OR SPARKLING MINERAL WATER. THAT'
S HOW I GOT OFF REGULA SODA YEARS AGO.
I WONDER NOW WHEN THE NEWER DOC MARTINS WILL BE SHOING ON TV....DOWNTON ABBY ISN'T UNTIL JANUARY I THINK.






MICHELLE....TOO RIGHT ABOUT JUNK TV AND GETTING TOO EXCITED. I HATE REGULAR TV FOR THAT. NOT ONLY THE NEWS BUT ALL THE BLOOD & GUTS STUFF. TERRIBLE. GOOD ADVICE FOR CEEJAY AND ALL OF US:hug:





ANNIE...I AM VERY GLAD TO HEAR YOUR DB IS DOING SO WELL. STILL SENDING HEALING THOUGHTS HIS WAY. DINNER ALWAYS SOUNDS GOOD AT YOUR PLACE. HAPPY'S TOO. YOU GALS COULD RUN A RESTAURANT WITH ALL THE CREATIONS YOU MAKE. :hun:

happy2bme
08-29-2012, 12:41 PM
Good morning ladies,

Last night they had a thank you picnic for the volunteers at the Natural History Museum. We went and had a really nice time. People here are so much nicer - there are some who stick together but many others will sit and talk to you and be friendly. DH was mentioned specifically for his contributions which was nice. When he first started he got a little frustrated but I told him that he was really doing something positive and to stick with it. The museum does nice stuff to recognize and thank the volunteers. They are having an art exhibit of local artists and I fell in love with a painting. (I really want to buy it). It's colorful autumn leaves. I love autumn ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Looked up the artist and it turns out she does alot of stuff I really like. I bought a refrigerator magnet of these gorgeous birch trees at the last craft show in town. (A compromise on the magnet as I really wanted an art print of these trees and DH feels we already have an overabundance of pictures and not enough wall space). Problem is, we have paintings that don't fit in up here, except oddly enough a set of landscapes we bought 20 years ago at a starving artist sale :lol: Oh well. :shrug:

Today and tomorrow it's heating up outside - last push of summer I think. Most of the hummingbirds have flown down to Ceejay and the hurricane. :yikes: It's too hot to do much outside so I'll focus on some laundry and I need to reoganize my freezers.

Mel - glad you nipped the problem with the lady in the bud and showed her that games WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. She should have known better than to mess with you. Some people are so dumb. Dutch milk maid :?: Darn if you aren't right about that. :rofl: Better sock those pennies away, can't have you running out of battery money. That would be like running out of gas :yikes:

Ceejay - looks like you are going to get some big time rain in a few days. Hope this does not cause problems at the plant for you. And it's still hot down there - add lots of water makes for hot, buggy and muggy :faint:

Ellen - how neat that you find time in your busy day to take DD on a nature walk. You sure do run, run all day long. We will give you the award :queen: Funny that you forgot you were working.

Shad - I LOVE your Serenity Prayer. Could make good use of that down south :lol: Glad the outside project is near done, on with the next one. Good that you have a steady stream of work tho working on your own, never seems like you can take quite as much time as you'd like / need between contracts. Do we get photos of the new yard?

Guess I will wait on personals for the others to check in. I need to get moving before it gets too hot outside. Have a good humper day chicks :wave:

Laura705
08-29-2012, 01:25 PM
Morning all. Just a quick check in today. Had a status meeting re the "new" software (yes, dragging on an on), and at 1:30 is the auditor wrap-up meeting. Can't wait til that's over. I've been very fortunate that I haven't been sucked into much of that drama. The boss had drinks with them yesterday after work, so hopefully that smoothed the relations a bit and the meeting today goes well.

Feels like it should be Friday by now, sheesh.

annie175
08-29-2012, 01:52 PM
Good Afternoon....was busy this morning getting my personal stuff done here at work...wink wink.

LAURA...bout time for you to come up for air when the auditor leaves. I agree about Friday as I have been thinking it was Thursday all day long. Bummer it is not as it would be a 3 day weekend due to Labor day Monday.

HAPPY...sounds like a nice time at the museum picnic. It is so nice that DH likes doing things with you. You two love birds!! We just got our burn ban cancelled so C and I are looking forward to fire pit nights. Your pix made me want a fire even more.

MELLIE...yeah you tell em girl and don't forget we chickies have your back. Do not mess with the worldlie girls. DB is sitting in the chair and walking a bit.

CEEG...hope Isaac doesn't bother you too much. We are supposed the feel the rath this weekend sometime. Blah

ELLEN...oops on missing work...too bad they missed you and found you....lol

SHADDIE...need to post some pix when get all your reconstruction done.

CHELLE....staying above water and decluttering?

Better get to work...I have goofed off enough for one day.

Loves and hugs

Laura705
08-29-2012, 06:59 PM
Good afternoon all. The audit wrap-up meeting went fine, the auditors are gone, and the boss has already left for the day - she needed to de-stress after all that.

Annie - When's there ever time to do some of that personal stuff at home anyway? If I waited until I were outside office hours to make appts, etc. it would never happen because so many places don't have evening hours.

Happy - So nice the museum recognizes the efforts of its volunteers that way. So who's the artist you like? Nice firepit - yeh, you're right, the one flame looks like a preggo gal with a 60's flip hairdo. I suppose the head part could look like a dutch girl hat, but it doesn't go with the preggo belly. :D I started - and have sort of fallen off - dumping the change out of my wallet into a jar. It was more out of curiosity to see how quickly it would accumulate, but it's a good idea to use that for savings - retirement and whatever else. I'm putting away my money for retirement like a good girl, just seems like the necessary amount will grow more than the saved amount by the time I start to seriously contemplate retiring. Okay, maybe the Canon does a lot of the work in taking good photos, but you have obviously spent some time learning about the features that help it take those nice photos! :) Yes, I'm still in book club. Next gathering is end of Sept. The book is What Alice Forgot. What Laura forgot is the author's name. It's about a woman who wakes up on the gym floor thinking it is years earlier than it really is. I like amnesia stories, so it should be good. I take my current exercise classes at the Rec Plex in MP, part of the MP park district. I'm thinking of taking some classes through school distr. 214, at a facility near Golf & Goebbert in AH.

Mel - Well, that woman sure got your dander up this morning.:mad: I hope the BP is back to normal by now. :yoga: Season 6 of Doc Martin is going to be filmed in spring of 2013 and aired in the fall of 2013. I actually liked the Doc Martin character in those movies, just different - certainly less extreme - than the tv series character. Glad the bbq went well.

Ceejay - Hope Isaac doesn't cause you much trouble.

Ellen - I think a work schedule that changed a lot would drive me nuts. :dizzy: Glad you didn't miss too much time that day.

Shad - Hope the music made the housework go by more pleasantly.

Hi Michelle!!
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Nothing much to report. Tonight will be a spin class I guess. Not too excited about it at the moment. Just have to get into my clothes and get myself there. I didn't get sore the last couple times, so I think I'll step it up a bit this time. The classes really seem to go by quickly. For one thing, they're 45 min. (vs. an hour for most other classes), and for another, the warmups and cooldowns are pretty short. I'll be interested to see if the instructor marks off the wrong spot on my combo pass this time. So far it's happened twice. That was okay, with the fitness center closed for 10 days, the circuit classes were cancelled, so the spin classes were my preferred option. But circuit resumes Saturday, so I want to make sure that I do have one punch left on the group fitness section of the pass so I can take it without a lot of explanation.

TTFN!

Shad
08-29-2012, 07:57 PM
Morning all,
Not much going on round here today. I am about to go do the grocery shopping and to Shad Heaven store (hardware megashop) and then work on the bathroom again. Tomorrow I will get back to the hole in the ground and put in some retaining boards, weed mat etc and then plan out where the pavers will go and the stones will fit in and around them. Still some trimming of roots to do as well, but it should all be done by this time next week - all things being equal and it doesn't rain. We haven't had rain for 40 days. What's the odds that it will rain over the weekend when I want to get on with the 'hole'?

Laura hope you manage to get the spin class and the circuit done. You really have been working hard on the exercise. Now if only you had taken Karate or Tai Kwon Do - you could with a flick of the wrist, turn the auditor out of the window.

Annie - I thought that the office was where you went to do your personal stuff :rofl: :yikes: do you mean that all these years I have been WRONG? All these years I thought the office was really the place where you went Off-Ice and got to be YOU? Devastated.

Happy - how nice that DH got mentioned in dispatches. He must have impressed. Maybe his reward will be more unpaid work. Pictures of my slice of heaven (and hard work) will be available when I finish, which should be next week. The big tapestry I bought while in Adelaide is of Autumn trees and a shady path.

Mel - Shame, someone thinking they could pull themselves up on your bootstraps. Go get 'em girl. There are ways and means of getting ahead but that's not one of them. She should be aware that the butt she kicks on the way up may well be the same arse she has to lick on the way down.
Keep calm and get on with the washing. Bet you could wring it dry by hand today! :rofl:

Ceejay - obviously your mind is on the job. First thought for Mel's emergency is a burst water pipe. Hope you are feeling better today

Ellen - ha ha. Forgot to go to work. :rofl: :rofl: What a nice thought.

Better go get on with the shopping before the crowds get too big. Love to just be able to browse my way through the supermarket and shops.

MELODY525
08-30-2012, 09:36 AM
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GOOD MORNING CHICKS.
SO GLAD IT'S A NEW BRIGHT & SUNNY DAY HERE.
LETTING YESTERDAY DIE A NATURAL DEATH WAS HARD TO DO.
I SO MUCH WANTED TO THROW A TEMPER TANTRUM BEFORE IT WAS OVER.GOOD THING I DON'T HAVE THE FEAR OF LOSING A JOB HANGING OVER MY HEAD :rofl:

JEN CAME DOWN LAST NIGHT. THIS POOR KID CANNOT GET A BREAK.
I THINK SHE'S GETTING ANOTHER KIDNEY STONE. SIGH.
WE'LL SEE HOW SHE FEELS TODAY.
THEY HAVE A LAST HURRAY BBQ SCHEDULED FOR 1/2 OF SA,SU, MO & TUES.
HOPE SHE CAN GO NAND NOT BE GETTING AN IV DRIP IN THE ER.

SAT OUTSIDE IN THE AFTERNOON WITH 2 OLD GENTS.
ONE WE'VE KNOWN FOR MANY YEARS IN OUR OLD ADDRESS.
I LISTENED TO THEM DISCUSS THE OLD DAYS.
GEORGE ASKED FOR MY CELL NUMBER.
SINCE HIS WIFE DIED HE'S BEEN FALLING A LOT.
NOW HE'S SCARED. TOLD HIM TO GET HIS SON TO PUT IT ON SPEED DIAL.
HE AND LUCY WERE LIKE THE GRANDPARENTS JEN NEVER HAD.

I AM OFF TO EAT BREAKFAST AND THEN TURN A WASHLOAD AROUND.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY.:sunny:





HAPPY....I READ YOUR POST LAST NIGHT IN MY MAILBOX.
I FELT SO MUCH CALMER AND THEN WENT TO BED.
I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW HAPOPY I AM THAT YOU & DH HAVE FOUND NICER PEOPLE.
THEY ARE TRULY HARD TO COME BY LATELY.
HOPE THE DH SEES THAT THE THINGS HE DOES ARE REALLY APPRECIATED.
IT'S A GOOD FEELING INSIDE TO KNOW YOUR DID SOMETHING GOOD.
HUGS TO BOTH OF YOU FOR THE WORK YOU DID:hug:




LAURA....I HEAR YA ON FEELING LIKE IT'S FRIDAY ALREADY!!:lol3:
I SO WISH IT WAS!!!! :beach: :sunny: :cheers:
HOPE THE END OF THE AUDIT & SOFTWARE GOES OK.
THE OFFICE DOES THE SAME WITH DRINKS HERE WHEN THEY COME.
I KEEP SAYING IF THEY BUY THEM ENOUGH WE'LL BE HOME FREE!!
YOU'RE REALLY DOING GREAT WITH THOSE EXERCISE CLASSES.
HOPE THE CARD GOT MARKED RIGHT THIS TIME.




ANNIE....THAT IS THE BEST NEWS AND THANKS FOR THE DB UPDATE.
SITTING UP IS A GOOD THING. SENDING HIM LOVE & GOOD THOUGHTS :hug:
HOPE YOU ARE HOLDING UP DURING THE STRAIN MISS WORYY WART!!:hug:




SHAD....WHILE YOU'RE DOING THE PAVERS THERE WILL PROBABLY BE A MONSOON!!
WHAT'S WITH THE 40 DAYS WITH NO RAIN. ANOTHER DROUGHT COMING TO PASS??
YES I COULD HAVE DR5IED THE CLOTHES BY HAND WRINGING THEIR NECKS...I MEAN THE MATERIAL :rofl:
HOPE YOU HAD A GOOD TIME IN THE HEAVENLY HARDWARE STORE.
HOW IS MISS SOPHIA DOING?? DID HER MOM SURVIVE YOUR VISIT?
INQUIRING MINDS HAVE LOTS OF QUESTIONS HERE. ROFLMAO