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11-28-2012, 01:01 PM

It is in the 50º range this day in the ♥-Land. I am currently just really waking up with a bit of coffee in me. I have only seen Ragg Mopp so far this morning and think that Will is down stairs working on a saddle so that is where Beanie and Cecil would be also.

After I totally wake up I am going to finish that building. All I have to do to it now is make the signs that go over the 3 doors. Over the front door will read POLICE STATION and on one side door JAIL and on the other side of the building door CAFETERIA. Will is going to put another shelf up under the ones in the front room and I now have enough buildings to fill it. We need to get a longer plug in strip so they can all be plugged. I have some of those little tea lights that are battery run that can sit under the buildings that are too small to have a light fixture in them. I’ll have plenty of time to get the little things made that I want to gift some folks with now before Christmas comes around.

I believe for the main meal today I will make a meatloaf. We love having the left-over’s from one of those to make sandwiches with. OH and Cuties are back in the store so I have a bag of them to enjoy. They are quickly becoming my most favorite fruit. :lol:

Will just came in to show me a Wild Rag that one of the college students that works at the museum brought back for him from when he was home for Thanksgiving. There is a lady living near him that makes them to sell. Anyway it is a bandana ~ but huge with a brown, green and gold paisley type design all over it. Cowboys used them for lots of things back in the day. It is so much bigger than the blue and red bandanas we see these days. Like I said, they had many, many uses for them. It was a very important part of their outfit. If he wants to find some material he likes at the fabric store I can easily make him some more.

DONNA FAYE Your ham sounds delicious and it is a good low point meal. Doesn't it feel great to be able to sleep the night though. So glad that you are finally getting better. Your upcoming visit from Jay & his family will be great I am sure. The "little one" reminds me of that song . . . "trun around."

JEAN The sun get its exarcise trying to squeeze itself between the clouds wouldn't you think. I still like my horizontal shades because I like to be able to pull them all the way up to the top. We have the vertical ones in the church building and they work great in there. Guess it depends on what you want the shades to do as to what kind you get. Looks to me you have made the right choice since you cat still has its front claws.

Have a great day Magnolias. :wave:

11-29-2012, 09:20 AM
Good morning ladies. I have paid bills, did a load of laundry and put it in the dryer and will unload and reload the dishwasher when I get done here. I want to get upstairs and clean bathrooms this morning but at the moment my knees are not cooperating.

The family will be here sometime tomorrow evening, but half the family that lives in Memphis is sick. My daughter now has a hum dinger of a cold and was going to fix dinner tomorrow night. She ask me to call around to see about take out pasta, but I don't know what she wants and am waiting to hear from her. I imagine it is for the guys to bulk up on carbs before the race on Saturday otherwise why not just order pizza or something? I am hoping she responds back to me this morning.

I read another of my free bookbub books and enjoyed it very much. Of course our stupid huge library doesn't have any ebooks of this author nor do they have any of the Anne George books on ebooks. Ahh well. I still have about 75 books on my Kindle I can read.

Maggie: Sounds like you guys are keeping busy. Jack hasn't shaken his cold yet but he is coming along. I think one of the biggest uses for the neck bandanas was to keep dust out of their mouths and noses when it was windy on a trail drive. You're right though, they used those things for just about anything you would use a towel, hankerchief, etc for.

Well girls nothing much shaking in my world. Hope you all have a great Thursday. Faye

11-29-2012, 03:11 PM

It is another chilly day here in the ♥-Land but what should I expect since it is this time of the year when we get winter weather. I am waking up with a different flavor in my morning latte. They were out of my usual and I have a different lovely flavor to enjoy this day. :cp: Irish Cream, which is quite tasty ~ instead of my usual Vanilla. I may get brave enough to try more of their SF offerings for she read me quite a list of what they have.

I don’t usually use a recipe for meatloaf and last night’s meatloaf was superb. :chef: I didn’t measure :stir: anything I dumped in it so I don’t know if I can repeat it again. :crazy: Will wants me to make some mashed potatoes and serve them over the meatloaf for the dinner meal along with whatever veggies I decide to make. I got a real tasty recipe from the Pillsbury® folks for Bacon & Egg Savory Cupcakes. I figured it out as having 9P+ a serving and I will make it for a brunch one day soon. It is real easy to make for it takes bacon, canned biscuits, eggs and salt and pepper. I can lighten it up by using turkey bacon, beaters & light biscuits made from Bisquick®. If anyone wants the recipe, as is, I can e-mail it to you and you can decide how you want to bake it ~ lighten it up or as is, It makes 8 servings but one can make just whatever number you want. You can make just one in a 6-oz custard cup. :lol:

Will is now on the board at the museum so now they will have a better say on what goes on down there. The museum director loves it that Will is now on the board. It seems that Will has been the mouth piece of museum ever since he has been a volunteer down there for they give him the points to bring up at the meetings for he is such a good presenter. I really like that director and he is a good friend of ours.

My jail is all finished and looking good. Now I get to get started on some Christmas things. I have the cutest little hinges for the boxes. I do need to add some copper chain to my order for I notice I am almost out of that. I am getting low on several of my needful supplies. I use a length of that copper chain to stop the lid from opening too far. I also use it to hang the signs I put on the business houses. I am so thankful that the company I do my ordering from is so friendly and have all the supplies that I require. I have done business with them for many years and only had one piece of glass arrive broken. I called and reported it and they said they would replace it. They did ~ but not only the one piece but the whole box of 8 sheets came. I called and told them that was not necessary and they said that they were happy to do that for me since I was such a good customer. I guess as long as I have dexterity in my fingers I will continue to cut glass and get my supplies from them.

It is lunch time and I think I will have some soup. Soup just sounds good on a day such as this. Since I am home alone with my furry friends I can eat what I want when I want it. :cp: And I want soup. I have some of my yummy “Peal-A-Pound” soup in the freezer that would be a good low-point+ choice. Actually it is a “NO point+” choice but if I go to adding anything that has point+ values in it I will surely count them. :yes:

DONNA FAYE Sounds like the cold bug is making it's rounds in your family and making them feel lousy. :hug: Hope they have found meds that help those colds to move on through quickly. I love to use cold-eeze. My doc says sucking on that zink really does cut the duration of the cold in half. I try to always have some of that on hand especially this time of the year. I like the orange flavor the best. :p Wouldn't an Italian place have take out pasta? Bet they would.

Have a great day Magnolias. :wave:

11-29-2012, 05:56 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! It's been a beautiful day in my neighborhood with sunshine, NO wind, and 50 degrees this afternoon. I went to get my nails done this morning, sorted through a pile of catalogs, went to WW (maintained -- surprise, surprise), and went to church this afternoon to work on the newsletter. The program glitch I had on Monday carried over to the address labels so they aren't done yet. The poor secretary spent most of the time, I was there, on the phone with a company rep trying to figure out how to fix it. I told her she should have ignored the program updates because we've had nothing but glitches with it. I finally came home and told her to call me and I would come back tomorrow.

"Gma" -- I haven't read any Anne George books that I am aware of. You got me hooked on Michael Connelly! I also brought home a Dick Francis book this time. I know how much you are looking forward to Jay and family coming. I hope Kelly is feeling better and can enjoy their visit. I know the flu is making the rounds here, so hope you all are healthy and feeling good while your company is there. :yes:

Maggie -- Meatloaf is one of my favorites and mine never turns out the same way twice. :( I also get the Pillsbury emails; let us know how the bacon and egg cupcakes turn out. I'm glad your jail is finished and now you can work on Christmas gifts.

This has been a hungry day for some reason. I think it will be Bob's night to cook! I really need to make a serious menu list and head for the grocery store. Enjoy the rest of your day and evening! :wave:

11-30-2012, 01:56 PM

Time sure is flying by ~ this is already the last day of November. Today is the day I was able to order my pasta machine, along with the lasagna attachment and the ravioli attachment. I also am getting a scoop colander which is a long handled colander that strains pasta right from the pot & it holds nearly 4 cups. It will be a wonderful tool to use with my wok also. It is stainless-steel and dishwasher safe. I am so looking forward to making some homemade ravioli. :yes: This should really be the last appliance I will get for a long time now. I will have replaced all my old favorites now that I wanted to. Instead of that stand mixer I have a hand held one that has a balloon whisk and dough hook along with the regular mixer type whisk. I usually use my small bread machine to mix up what dough I may need though, so don’t use the hook very often but am glad I have it. It is a powerful hand mixer and does the job plus it doesn’t take up much room at all in a cupboard. I also have one of those emersion wand thingies that mix, whip, whisk or chop at a touch which lives in a drawer. So what I have done is replace some of the bigger appliances I had with smaller versions that work for me just as well.

This evening we are going out to a place called Whisky Creek to eat. There is a western history author visiting here and we and the museum director are taking him out to dinner. I believe he is bringing his teen aged along so that will be five of us. I always order their grilled shrimp skewers when we go there and a sweet potato without the butter and cinnamon sugar they like to load it with. Just the potato is sweet enough for me. :cp: I get a tossed salad with the dressing on the side and do the fork dipping thing or just eat it without dressing. The food there is excellent.

I was looking through all my glass patterns and cannot locate my box book. :no: I found a couple pattern books that look interesting in my glass crafters catalogue that I will be ordering. I have some darling night light patterns that I can make in the meantime for folks like to have a night light. I wonder what happened to my box book.

JEAN :congrat: on your maintain. A maintain is always welcomed when one thinks they will show a gain. :cp: We aren't having any wind either this day. :lol: I am doing night lights instead of boxes this year but by next year I will have some boxes made for sure. I know the feeling when you get a hungry day. They come to visit me on occasion also.

Have a great day Magnolias. :wave:

11-30-2012, 07:11 PM
Evening girls. We are leaving in a little while to go to dinner with all the family. It will be a lot of fun. We are going to an Italian restaurant so they can carb up and we can visit with everyone.

Jack is feeling much better but still runny nose is about all that is left and he gets stuffed up overnight but he is doing fine. Kelly sounds horrible and is coughing her head off.

Well, they called and canceled my appt for my gyn and wanted to rebook on the only appt in Dec which was the same day as Jack's yearly cardiologist so I won't be going until January now. Luckily, I am feeling better than I was and can hang in there.

Jean: Anne Georges books are really cute about 2 60+ sisters, one of which is rich and pushy and the other one just kind of goes along with her as it is easier. They keep getting into murders all the time. They are amusing books. Lauren Carr has good books too. Her Mac Faraday series is pretty good. If you watch Castle on tv you can get his books too. They are pretty good.

Maggie: Those cupcakes sound pretty good. Jack loves my meatloaf. It isn't fancy, but he likes it. The Thanksgiving buffet had great meatloaf which amazed me. Usually, restaurant meatloaf is awful. Many times they just dump tomato sauce on the top of the meatloaf and it is so bitter.

Just wanted to check in today. We need to boogy! Have a nice weekend. Faye

11-30-2012, 11:56 PM
Good Evening, Flowers! It's been another beautiful day in my corner of the world. I even had the sliding door open a crack this afternoon. I ran some errands this morning; the hospital employees had a "craft" sale which was more party type things like Pampered Chef and I didn't buy anything, stopped at the shoe store to buy a pair of Clarks I had my eye on -- they have gotten more expensive :eek: since I bought my last pair, and then picked up a few groceries. This afternoon I did laundry and debated about dragging out the tree. I just don't feel like decorating the big tree this year and keep putting it off. :hyper:

Maggie -- I can almost taste your home made pasta. :T I hope you find your box book. I am famous for sticking things away in a hurry and then can't find them when I want them. I'm sure you are too organized to do that. I could never figure out why I'm not as organized at home, as I was at school. :dunno:

"Gma" -- I'm so sorry your gyn appointment was canceled. :( I hope the food was good at the Italian restaurant tonight. Olive Garden is my favorite! :T Will has a sore throat and when I talked to him tonight I could hardly understand him. Beth said he sounds like he has a tennis ball stuck in his throat. If he is sick they won't do the surgery; I suggested taking his tonsils out at the same time but doubt if they would do that.

I have a new book so think I will go read. I couldn't go to sleep last night and the last time I looked at the clock it was 3:35. I hope I can sleep tonight! Have a nice weekend! :wave:

12-01-2012, 11:56 AM
Good Morning! It's foggy, but a "warm" 46 degrees this morning. Bob is off on his Saturday rounds, the dishwasher is running, fish is thawing in the sink, and I need to return books to the library. I've read one and tried to get another started but it just didn't catch my interest after the first few pages. Maybe Christmas will start to appear today, and then again maybe not. :p

Have any of you heard of Green Coffee Bean Extract as a weight loss, energy booster "help"? Evidently Dr. Oz talked about it on one of his shows.

I need to get a move on or the day will be gone before I know it. Wish the sun would shine and improve my motivation effort! Have a GREAT day and enjoy! :wave:

12-01-2012, 12:45 PM

I am up early this day and all alone except for my furry friends. Will is out and about with that visiting historical author. We had dinner last evening with Jeff Broome and his son David along with our friend the museum director and had a lovely time yakking. We got there at 6pm and didn’t leave the restaurant until 9:30. The son is a college student and will soon be going to Finland for a semester. He is studying photography and since I had taken a class in photography in collage I knew from which he spoke. He was all interested in my stained glass building of things also so I gladly regaled him with my adventures in glass. We were having a lively conversation between the two of us while the three men were talking history. We will be all back together for lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant today then over to the museum for Mr. Broome’s presentation which will be educational. That man knows stuff ~ lots of stuff. Makes me want to get a metal detector and hunt for artifacts. The story goes that Custer lost his signet ring during a battle and it is engraved with his initials and other telling things that show it was his and it is worth a cool million to the person that finds it. Well, we will probably just find some buttons and spent cartridges and arrows ~nothing worth nearly that much in monetary value. :lol: This historian fellow knows where those battles were fought and has gone to some of the sites where other folks haven’t been and found some real neat artifacts. He has invited us to visit him in CO and will be happy to show us his vast collection. It was funny that the museum director and he know a lot of things and places each other knows. In fact the museum director goes to CO to visit one of his dear friends and come to find out this historian just lives in a house down that same street. ♪♫It’s a small world after all. ♫♪

I am sitting here munching on one of WW Berry-licious Cashew Chew bars that I have in my arsenal and it is very delicious for certain and drinking my coffee. Good 3P+ breakfast. :cp:

JEAN Haven't heard much of the green coffee bean extract but there are so many diet "gotcha" things floating out there that I don't pay much attention to them. I do know for years "they" have said that green tea is very good for you and I drink that ocasionally.

Have a great day Magnolias. :wave:

12-01-2012, 12:49 PM
Good morning gals. We slept in a bit this morning until around 8 AM, which was wonderful. We always have to get up at least once to go to the bathroom but usually we go back to sleep fairly quickly. Since I haven't been in pain lately I am feeling better which is great.

We decided not to go to the race today as parking is a nightmare, the walking can be a very long way and no bathrooms available. I really wanted to be there, but it just isn't going to happen. I talked to my son about it and he said he understood and his feelings aren't hurt, Kelly kept pressing about it trying to give me suggestions, but she doesn't think to the end about streets being blocked off etc. She suggested Jack drop me off at the end of the race, which is our semi pro baseball park, but he wouldn't be able to pull up close to the park as it is part of the runners area so I would have to walk a long ways anyway. So, just have to keep up on FB since she and Alicia are posting pics and such. They are probably past the 10 mile mark at this point.

Jean: I love Olive Garden too. We went to an old business that has been here since 1923. We had a great time, great food, I ate way too many of their yummy rolls, and had fun with Jackson. He sat next to me and he was kind of overstimulated, but settled down when Tom went and got Thomas's Ipad. Thomas is boy scout camping this whole weekend and won't be home until Sunday. Anyway, Jackson was playing this one game and everytime I would start talking to his mom or Tom who were sitting close to me he would say, "Nonny watch me, watch me!" So, I mainly watched him play a video game! :lol: You know I really hate it all! ;) I got a couple more of the Anne George books and they are really funny. Check them out if you get a chance.

Guess I will go in and unload the dishwasher. You gals have a great day today! It is lovely and warm here today, perfect for a marathon. Faye

12-02-2012, 01:00 PM
Good morning ladies! Overcast day and currently 56 degrees.

My Kindle won't chage anymore and it won't work with the power cord either so I called Amazon and they are sending me a new one. First they sent a new power cord and that didn't work and when I called back they said a new one is coming 2 day. Excellent customer service, no wait time with either call. I probably shouldn't say call because I did it all with their online chat. Meantime I'm having withdrawal.

Yesterday Sandy and I went to Bella for their Christmas open house and then did a couple of thrift stores, Trader Joe's and COSTCO. After that we finished the day with an early dinner at IHOP since I had a BOGO coupon. I had the senior tilapia with a double order of broccoli instead of the potatoes and skipped the bread and hollindase sauce.

I finished my ActiveLink assessment yesterday so today it's counting and I'm stoked to see some points come up. I set up my 12 week Challenge and then my scheduled of what I'm going to do for exercise. The Challenge starts tomorrow.

How do you like the changes to the WW website? WW 360 has that portion of the program that people really need - making behavior changes. I set up my 3 things to work on this week. We have a huge stack of boxes containing the new materials ready to start passing out tomorrow. The deluxe kit will be on sale for $35 until the end of the month and one nice addition is a set of collapsable silicon measuring cups, new cookbook, new materials. We are down in numbers, as always between Thanksgiving and Christmas, right now but the January deluge is on the horizon.

Faye, I like Olive Garden, but seldom go there. Our library bee will be having dinner there and I already know I'll be having the apricot chicken with asparagus. It's so good. Even better we had a $5 off coupon in the paper today. I know the "Nonny, watch me!" was music to your ears. How did the race go?

Jean, I have some Pampered Chef seasonings that are sooo good...Dill Blend, Cinnamon Plus, Asian Blend, Dill Blend, and Bouci Garni. I also have their microwave steamer pot I found at a yard sale for $1 and it makes perfectly steamed veggies. I just ordered a smaller pot for the microwave. Their pizza stone is wonderful for pizza and breads.

Maggie, I think you'll like the new WW cookbook. I really enjoy and use the calendars you send each month. I'd love to see a picture of Will in his santa costume.

Have a wonderful day, ladies!

12-02-2012, 05:42 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! The sun is shining and it's 61 degrees with a slight breeze. Beautiful day! We skipped church this morning; I've been fighting a sinus headache and it came back last night. We actually slept in which is very, very rare at this house. I've been working on Beth's afghan off and on today; I'd like to get it done before Christmas but not sure if that will happen.

Maggie -- It sounds like your Friday night dinner was really enjoyable! It's always fun to visit with someone who travels. I just read a blurp that Dr. Oz promoted some sort of raspberry supplement on one of his programs. I don't watch him very often so missed that one too. :(

"Gma" -- I'm glad you are feeling better, but don't blame you for not wanting to stand and walk at the race. Did Thomas get to spend any time with Jackson? I know you enjoyed being with him. :yes:

Susan -- I'm glad you are getting a new Kindle! :cp: I keep waiting for my iPad battery to die but so far so good. We charge it just about every night because we both use it. I must admit I haven't been to the WW site to check out the new program. We must have gotten the same coupons today as I cut out the OG one too!

I have a load of Bob's undies to fold and another load of jeans to get in the dryer. Tomorrow I have a P. E. O. luncheon and then Bob's manor board Christmas dinner at night. I will try not to overeat! Enjoy the rest of your day and evening! :wave:

12-02-2012, 06:32 PM

Got an early morning call from that author from CO this morning ~ his son wants that box I showed him yesterday and wants another also so I need to get that done this coming week. I think this one will have a butterfly on the lid. I have a house also to build for a gentleman who wants it for his wife for Christmas. So besides all the things I want to make I will have these to build ~ I will be kept busy for sure this month. I need to get my pattern books out and decide. :chin: Well I was looking around at things that I want to use as a box top and decided on a butterfly. I resized the pattern to fix the size box lid I want to make and will be cutting the glass tomorrow.

I have to go to my yearly doc appointment tomorrow. Be good to hear what she has been up to this last year. I just go once a year to get a check up and pick up fresh prescriptions for the meds I take which allong with my vitimin regiman help keep me from going to see her more than once a year. Then to weigh in tomorrow night and hopefully they have the new program material on sale here so I can purchace them.

We had pot-luck after church services today and I had a wonderful desert of more fruit. Someone had brought a nice bowl of fresh strawberries and blueberries and I ate them with my meal and had more for dessert. Tonight Will wants to go to Applebee’s and I can certainly choose a WW entrée there.

JEAN Well raspberries are good for you ~ I love them fresh. Wasn't aware they had them in pill form. I imagine you can get that afgan finished if you keep at it some each day. :p

SUSAN I like eating at I-Hop ~ they are very nice about making substitutions and their food always tastes fresh. I know a gentleman who will be taking lots of picture of that "Will as Santa escapade" and I can surely get one from him. :D I can sure see him shrinking since he has been trying now to lose.

DONNA FAYE I too love Olive Garden, but alas, there isn't one here nearer than 3 and a half hours. So you see we haven't graced their establisment with our pressence in a long time. Olive Garden & Red Lobster are owned by the same outfit. Where there is one there is always one of the other ones close by. I also love going to the Red Lobster for fresh Red Snapper. Aren't kids just so precious ~ and they sure know how to capture your attention. :cp:

Have a great day Magnolias. :wave:

12-03-2012, 11:49 AM
Good morning gals. It is warm, warm, warm here. Supposed to be upper
70's today though it is really cloudy. I have my morning chores done and next on the list is dusting and vacuuming this morning sometime. I also say for 2 hours and did my household budget for next year. I did give up after I finished August though and will go back to it maybe tomorrow and finish up. A few years ago I made a budget expense list that really helps. I put the payment amount and date it has to be paid then just go down the list and slot it into my budget. Things like utilities I estimate since I know approximately the top end of those. For things like swiss colony, which I have an account with and usually have a balance until the first of the year because I buy gifts from there for people like Tom's parents for Christmas or whatever. I give it a slot then when it is paid off, I mark paid off on the expense sheet until it has a balance again. It works great, but it takes a long time to slot in payments then things I don't pay every month, like my health insurance or our sirrius account for the car. I just put them on the list and the months and date they need to be paid. I couldn't live without a budget. I would certainly forget stuff for things I don't get paper bills for.

We had a nice time this weekend with the kids. Jackson loved his presents, which was nice. They left for home this morning. Thomas was on a camping trip all weekend, but got home in time for presents and then out to eat last night. I got fish, but only ate one piece and none of the fries. We won't see them again until June when we go up there for his birthday.

Susan: The guys did great. Jay finished with a 5:03 time and Tom about half an hour later. They got separated and Jay had to finally start running again. Tom was having problems because he still had cold remnants then developed a bad couple of blisters on his feet but they both finished. I am very proud of them both. Do you have the new Kindle Fire? My Kindle is being really sluggish opening and closing lately. Don't know what that's about. I have been enjoying books on it though. Sounds like you had a lovely weekend.

Maggie: We went to Genghis Grill for lunch yesterday, Dad was treating, :lol: Jack and I sat amazed at Jackson. Thomas knows how to use chopsticks and eats with them as does his parents, but Jackson had never used them. He had to imitate T though and picked them up and used them like a pro. I couldn't believe he had the dexterity at 5 to not drop anything. I can't use the darn things very well at all. :lol:

Jean: Jackson used Thomas's IPad when we went to dinner on Friday night and loved some game that was on it like I said. Jay said he really isn't into video games a whole lot. He is more physical, ball and running around and stuff like that. He was hopped up Friday night that's for sure.

Well girls, it is almost 10 so I have to get some work done. You all have a great day. Faye

12-03-2012, 01:35 PM

Today is the day I go to see my doctor this afternoon. I received my pasta machine today and am anxious to make some homemade noodles, lasagna, & ravioli. However, I need to get those glass projects that folks want for Christmas presents done first. Well, maybe I can take a day and play with my pasta machine which is called Atlas 150 and made in Italy where they certainly know pasta. :lol: Just not today since I have to go out of town to the doc then have WW this evening. I may come back in here and post after I go to WW ~ I may celebrate or cry depending on what the scale says. I feel like I have lost but sometimes that feeling is fooling me and not telling the truth.

DONNA FAYE Sounds like you have your bill paying down to a fine science. Swiss Colony does have some yummy entrees from which to order. I understand from those who have had that cold like Jack has that it is a long lingering one that is hard to shake.:o Bravo to him for getting in that race and bashing on regardless. I think it is great those little boys know how to use chopsticks! I love using them and eat whatever it is that I put in my bamboo bowl with chopsticks. I have a nice ivory set that I have had for years. :p

Have a great day all y'all Magnolias. :wave: Tis the season. :wreath:

12-03-2012, 06:19 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! It's quite windy but a nice 56 degrees with sunshine. I'm home catching my breath! My morning started with not balancing at church this morning so had to recount and double check all the check amounts, then the new computer program wasn't cooperating and I double entered things that weren't supposed to be there. :crazy: :hyper: I was frazzled to say the least, and finally left at 11:15 to go to my luncheon. The meeting part lasted longer than usual so am going back to church in the morning to finish my "job." I will also have to do my gift shop deposit tomorrow. We have another Christmas dinner tonight at 6 and I'm hoping to be home by 7:30 to regroup my thoughts and relax.

Maggie -- Hope your doctor appointment went well. :yes: Good luck at WW tonight! I know how much you will enjoy making pasta with your new machine. What kind of vitamins do you take?

"Gma" -- Do you create a spreadsheet for your budget? I keep on gift shop records on one; I didn't make it but got it from the previous treasurer. :congrat: to Tom and Jay for finishing the race! :cheer: I've never tried using chopsticks but can imagine I would have more food on me than in me.

I'm going to go work on my afghan until it's time to leave for the dinner. Enjoy your evening! :wave:

12-03-2012, 11:29 PM

Happy am I for I showed another 2 pounds down at weigh in this evening and that brings me a bit closer to my goal. So I am not crying but I am certainly celebrating. :D Yep I am happy. Onward and downward I go, I bought the new WW material tonight so I will have fun going through all the good material included. I also purchased the new "Eat Out" and "Shop" booklets since they don’t come with the bundled things this time around. OH, and I also bought the new cookbook Turn Up The Flavor which I am going to save till tomorrow to thoroughly enjoy.

A good report from my doctor for I have lost weight since my last visit plus my BP is in the normal range so all is well in that department. I do have to go in for the usual lab work though but that won’t be until January. After that when the results come in she wants to see if she can lower my dosage for BP and thyroid meds. I’ll have to take some dosage of those for the rest of my life I do believe. Life is good. Along with my pasta machine I had ordered a stainless colander. It is such a cool long-handled colander which strains pasta or vegetables from the pot. It measures 17½L x 7” W x 3”deep. I can visualize many uses for it in my kitchen. The bowl of the strainer tapers down to about 3” and is shallow toward the handle.

JEAN The vitamins I am taking daily are: 1 Baby Aspirin 81mg; 1 Multivitamin; 1200mg Fish Oil, 50mg B Complex; 1000mg Vitamin C; 1000iu Vitamin D; 400iu Vitamin E; Garlic 2000mg. Will takes the same except he takes more of the Fish Oil per his doctor. This regimen has done us well through the years and every doctor we have been to approves of it heartedly.

Have a great night Magnolias. :wreath:

12-04-2012, 08:28 AM
Good morning girls! It is a balmy 68 degrees here this morning but we are supposed to get thunderstorms all day and into the late evening today. Jack had to work overtime last night so we had chinese takeout for dinner. It is always nice as I get lowmein usually and split it into a couple meals.

Jack just left for work about 10 minutes ago and said he has to work out on the pithog again today. Think of Andrew Jackson on those flatbottom boats and how they got across the river with the big poles in the water and the ropes over their head to pull them across. Well, that is what they use to get out to the pithog only instead of a river, this is basically a sewage lake. I hate it when he has to work out in the middle of that for falling in could be deadly. He worked out there all day yesterday and still has more to do today and in the rain to boot, all for a paycheck! :^:

I am working on T's final sock today and hope to make some big progress so I can then go on to other things. I found a beautiful sleeveless sweater pattern to make for the cruise next year. I am posting the pic and the yarn I want to buy. I think the yarn looks very tropical. A nice pair of light gray or white pants would look great with it I think.

Jean: Sorry you had such trouble with the church counting. I can sure feel for you as I remember the missionary payments driving me bonkers when I did it. Yes, I use an Excel spreadsheet to do my budget. Jack taught me how to use Excel years ago and I know some of the functions like to add or subtract but nothing extensive. I have a system where the budget is all in black. When I pay a bill I color it to red or green or whatever. I then know what still has to be paid or for example at the end of the month sometimes Jack gets his city check and a few days later his Navy retirement. So, I will highlight the bills being paid on his city check like red and his Navy retirement bills in blue and when they are paid change them all to purple as they are paid. I never forget anything this way. I will be glad when our mortgage is paid off. We haven't got a lot of years left but we will have eternal maintenance fees! :lol: I hate calling them that as they don't maintain anything. :mad:

Maggie: Congrats on the loss, that's great! :carrot: I take a Centrum Silver 50+ for women and 1600 mg calcium, a low dose aspirin and a probiotic as my supplements then 3 different bp meds so I choke down 7 pills every morning and another calcium in the afternoon. The calcium and vitamin a huge too. :lol: I want to get a nice big sifter. I have one of those little ones, the old style that you crank the handle. Problem is, you can only put about a cup at a time in those things.

Well girls, sounds like my first load of laundry is done though with this washer I am liable to start to walk in there and hear it going again. It does a great job but is a weird washer! :lol You all have a nice day today! Faye

12-04-2012, 10:49 AM

I am sad this day. Cecil is nowhere to be found. When it was time for him to come in last night from the yard he wasn’t out there ~ not anywhere we could find. He either found a way to escape or someone cat-napped him. We just don’t know. I didn’t sleep well at all last night ~ listening ~ hoping he would want to have us open the door. I got up several times and went to the back door and there was no cat on the step. I was probably just hearing some strays meow. :cry: I am sad. We will check with the pound to see if he has been picked up but other than there we have nowhere else to look for him. He must be hungry for his food dish is still full for he didn’t eat his evening meal. And here it is morning and he is not home. :cry: I usually look at the bright side of things but I can’t find the bright side of this happening.

Have a great day Magnolias. :wreath:

12-04-2012, 12:46 PM
Good morning, ladies! I have spring fever this day for it is already in the 70s with sunshine. A good day for a walk after the Y this afternoon.

I have a Christmas potluck luncheon tomorrow at the Y for the aquatic classes and Thursday is First Thursday Bee's meeting and dinner. Need those APs and a careful eye for sure. I'm loving my ActiveLink and it certainly has me moving more. I love to see those lights stay on and the points I earn.

Faye, Congrats to Tom and Jack II for their finish in the race. I'm going to walk a half marathon in 2013 or perish in the attempt. We have plenty of races around here so I just have to get training. That sure sounds like a nasty job that Jack has to do. I love the yarn for your new sweater. It a very pretty pattern.

Jean, it's exasperating when things don't work like they should. My boss was waiting for me this am because he could get the laptop hooked up to the project screen in the conference room. He gets flustered quick. It's hard to get in the Christmas decorating spirit when our weather is so nice. I know that is forecasted to change by the end of the week however.

Maggie, Oh my goodness! I hope Cecil makes his way home. I couldn't stand it if anything like that happened to Casper. Fortunately he doesn't want anything to do with the great outdoors. Thanks for the sharing the things you take to stay healthy. I take what you do except for E and Garlic. I'm going to add them to my regimen. You are on a roll with your weight loss. 2013 may be your goal year!

Have a wonderful day.

12-04-2012, 01:17 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! It's a beautiful sunny day, but still breezy and cooler with a high predicted for 50. I've been to church and had to start all over with my mess from yesterday. "Someone" dumped what I was working on; this new upgrade is going to drive me nuts until all the glitches are fixed. Now I have gift shop money to count and dust/fur bunnies to vacuum. Tomorrow morning the deck cat goes to the vet.

Maggie -- :congrat: on losing another 2#s! You are doing so well working the program! I am so sorry Cecil is awol. :cry: I hope he comes home soon. I can imagine how worried you are!

"Gma" -- Chinese sounds good :T as we haven't had that in awhile. What does Jack have to do in a pithog? It sounds gross to me! :( I really like the yarn, it will be so pretty made up. :yes:

Susan -- We are supposed to head down into the 20s, with snow on the way, towards the weekend. From the weather map this morning it looked like the western states were getting hit again. We really need rain so the ground will freeze. :crossed: I'm with your boss . . . NO patience when it comes to technology! The church secretary flips from screen to screen so fast I can't keep up with her. I'll bet you do too! ;) Have fun at the Christmas potluck. What are you going to make?

I need to keep moving. I ordered a pair of shoes from the local shoe store so I'm hoping they come in today. Have a nice day and enjoy! :wave:

12-04-2012, 02:59 PM
Had to come back in and say Maggie, praying Cecil will either come home on his own or be found at the pound. I know your heart is breaking. Thoughts are with you.

Jean: Don't know why they call it a pithog, but I have never seen it. Jack described it to me as a machine that keeps the sludge moving. What happened yesterday is they had to replace these electrical cables about the size of your forearm and they had to pull them out of the sludge and then replace them. I don't know exactly how they do that, but it takes a lot of strength I guess. They stand on the boat and pull the cables. I don't exactly know the process but they are replacing the old cables with the new ones today.

Susan: Have fun at your potluck! The guys did a great job on the marathon.

12-04-2012, 09:45 PM

Great news! We found Cecil. We got home this evening from being out and about looking at folks decorated houses and when we drove up I ask Will if he had checked everywhere, absolutely everywhere in our yard for Cecil and he said as he pointed, “Just not in that shed.” Beanie had made a bea line to that shed and was running around it. Well low and behold when Will went and unlocked the door out shot Cecil. He evidently had gone in there yesterday afternoon when Will had the door open for he was doing some yard work and was not aware Cecil was in there when he locked it all up. All is well that ends well. We are so happy now we have him back. Beanie is beside himself with joy. Cecil came in and ate a couple bites of food then went outside and came right back in and is eating some now. I think he might be miffed at his "people." Ladies thanks for your kind concern. I will be back tomorrow and do personals. Just had to tell you the good news.

Have a great night Magnolias. :wreath:

12-04-2012, 10:21 PM
Maggie -- What wonderful news about Cecil! I am so glad he is back with his family! I can imagine he is a bit put out being shut in the shed. ;)

12-05-2012, 11:40 AM
Good morning ladies. We are cool here this morning, upper 50's but in a couple days it will be back to 70 then back in the 50's again. Weird weather just like last year, but as long as it isn't freezing I am ok.

I have had a couple great days and today a bit of a set back but just some shakiness and a bit of cramping is all. I took some Advil so hope it will do the trick. It is amazing how much you can get done when you feel good and how you just want to sit when you don't.

We now have all the plans set up for the holidays and such. Thomas has a Christmas band concert on the 11th then we are going out to dinner at a deli afterwards with the kids. We always spend Christmas Eve with them so this year Kelly is going to make a roast for dinner and we will go over and play games and have snacks before dinner and have dinner around 7 or so. My job is homemade yeast rolls and a couple pies. I am just giving Thomas money and his socks for Christmas so the only gift I still have to wrap is Tom's parents. I got them a big ole box from Swiss Colony that has sausages, a ham, mustard, jams, crackers, cakes, etc, etc. I know his dad will really like it. Kelly called me last night to talk about it all and said she puts ranch dressing in her roast. I didn't say anything but thought, "Oh dear Lord Jack will never eat it." She then laughed and said, "I didn't mean ranch dressing I mean Lipton's Onion Soup Mix!" :lol: :lol: Whoa, that sounds more like it. I told her that her dad will love it as I never put onions in my roast. Christmas will be just Jack and I and quiet around our house. We will talk to Jay and Alicia and Jackson on the phone and that will be about it.

I am almost to the heel on his second sock (like I said, pays to feel better) and zooming right along. I hate it when I am goofing off and looking at knitting patterns and find something that I want to try. I then put everything aside to try it. I found this new pattern called minimania. I am posting a pic of the scarf. It uses small "mini" skeins of yarn of fingering or sock weight yarn and the linen stitch to make a woven looking scarf. You can make placemats too and they turn out lovely. I just want to try it and see how it comes out using my leftovers of sock yarn. You change yarn every two rows so it makes this wonderful pattern. I am thinking of making one for Alicia for her birthday as she loves scarves. I also want to make Kelly this pair of slippers she wants and do the sweater for the cruise and of course socks for both boys for Christmas next year and maybe a new winter had that actually fits him for Jay. So I have lots of projects on tap for next year! :D

Maggie: Oh I am soooooo glad you found Cecil and except for being peeved at you none the worse for wear. ;) I lost my baby son once...truly. After Jay was born, Jack had to go on sea duty for the first time. I didn't want to live alone in San Diego and so I went to live with his parents. They lived out in the desert in Las Cruces, NM. Jay was about 6 months at this time and crawling like a mad man. They had this awful miniature poodle that I hated but he sure loved Jay. He followed him around the house crawling on his belly just like Jay. One day, I asked my mil where Jay was. We freaked out as neither of us had him, he wasn't in his crib or anywhere in the bedrooms, living room, dining room, bathroom, tv room or kitchen. We knew he couldn't have gotten out, but we looked on the back screened in porch and then outside. I gotta tell you I was freaking out. We went back through the whole house and he was not there. I was getting ready to call the police, when my mil started laughing and told me to come here. There was Jay, his chubby little body stuck behind the couch. He had followed Buddy through the opening between the couch and the wall and Buddy got through, but fatso didn't and was stuck. The thing is, he didn't cry out or make a sound at all he was just working that fat little behind to try and get out! :lol:

Jean: It is gross working on the pithog, but then money is money. The problem is, he is pretty much the oldest guy that works out there and with his bad knees, I really worry about him. He just does his job though and keeps quiet. He is senior tech out there and will be until he retires so it does have its benefits, like first pick of vacation time, time off and such. He can bump someone too, though he would never do that unless it was an emergency, but I know it is hard on him. I feel guilty sitting at home, but what can you do? I have never had a career and with us moving around never had a job for a long time except the law firm so at this age getting a job as a receptionist or secretary is pretty much out of the question. They want younger people. Besides, with my health issues it isn't feasible to work again.

Susan: I am technically stupid but give me a computer and you need research and I am your gal. If I can't find it, it doesn't exist, but you want me to connect the computer to the printer and I am sunk without being told what to do. I talked to Jay when they got home on Monday night and told him, "Well guess you have to head back to work tomorrow but at least you don't have to get out in the cold and run 17 miles in the morning." He said, "Mama, I may never run again!" :lol: :lol: Tom has run several marathons and Jay just did this for St Jude's so I doubt running will be in his exercise plan from now on. He gets his exercise from his jujitsu. I guess Jackson has started classes. She told me he wears his Kung Fu Panda tshirt I bought him on the ship to his lessons! :)

Well gals, I need to start on the ole morning chores and clean the kitchen. Have a great middle of the week! Faye

12-05-2012, 04:24 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! It's a cold windy day in my corner of the world. The sun is trying hard to shine but there is a cloud cover in the way. I tricked Ernie's little brother into going into the carrier by putting his breakfast in there. He was not a happy camper when I shoved him on in and shut the door. He was good at the vet's office though he did growl a time or two. He doesn't have feline leukemia but does have a respiratory infection so $111 later, came home with antibiotics. I shut him in the garage and he headed straight for the door. Now when I go out he dives under Bob's work bench and behind a pile of lumber. I hope he will mellow; Bob thinks we should let him back outside but I'm not so sure.

"Gma" -- Hope you are back to having ALL good days! It sounds like your Christmas plans are all set. That is a nice feeling for sure. :yes: The yarn is beautiful! I had to :D at minimania name. Will you weave the ends in each time or tie a knot? I've heard that companies sometimes will hire an older person because they are more dependable and don't have the child care issues that younger parents have. We stopped at the DQ yesterday afternoon, for a cone, and an older lady waited on us. She was so personable and pleasant that we both commented on how nice she was as we were leaving. Running isn't my "thing" either; Bob says he's never seen a runner smiling as they run.

I have laundry going and bell practice later. Bob's group is singing with us this Sunday so is practicing with us today. That should be interesting since we aren't playing up to speed yet. It could be a long practice!
Enjoy the rest of your day and keep warm! :wave:

12-05-2012, 06:44 PM

Cecil is back to loving us once again and wanting attention when he wants it. Currently he is asleep on the bed with the door closed. The dogs are outside and all is rather quiet around here. I ate a noodle dish in my bamboo bowl with chop sticks for I was very hungry this day. I haven’t had a “hungry day” in ages and will watch real close what I put inside this mouth this day. Be on guard. My snack this afternoon was a couple of those wonderful little cuties. I’m so glad they are back in season once again. We have finished what decorations we plan on putting up now. The glass village is all lit and festive looking and we have a few other decorations round about in the front room. Looks good and not “overdone” if you get my drift. Simple and nice.

I have been working on a box for a gentleman and it is turning out cute. I made a butterfly for the top of it in shades of blue and will decorate it with some beads. I have a house to build and that will finish up my orders and I can take a break from glass work for a while and start playing with my pasta machine. :cp: My hungry streak has passed and all is well for I got busy doing glass work and never eat while doing that. I will be making baked pork chops and scalloped potatoes, green beans & salad for dinner after class tonight. I like to put the chops right on top of the potatoes to bake.

JEAN After paying that vet bill I imagine you will be keeping that cat. :D I can imagine both the choir and your bells will sound real nice together. Are you going to do a Christmas program together?

DONNA FAYE What gorgeous yarn and it looks so soft. What a cute story about when Jay was a baby with that dog. I can imagine your fright when he came up missing only to find him behind that couch. What a kid. Isn't that a great feeling to have your Christmas plans all taken care of.

:ginger: Type at y'all later. Have a great evening. :wreath:

12-06-2012, 09:59 AM
Good morning everyone. Looks like it wants to rain today again but I haven't looked at the forecast. I don't turn on the tv to our local news in the morning as I don't want to listen to half an hour of who was murdered overnight. It is just vile.

I am a little under the weather this morning. My right shoulder is bothering me again and Fortune would not lay down and sleep last night so I had to deal with that and didn't get any sleep or very little myself. So, this morning Jack made himself a big breakfast, which stunk up the house and made me nauseous since I had no sleep. I am going to finish here and fix some toast and see if that will settle it.

Please pray for Henry. I do not know his last name but he works at Jack's plant. He is an operator, which means he takes measurements, checks dials that sort of thing for all the operations out there. Tuesday night, he was in a city truck driving around to the different areas of the plant and had a stroke in the truck and hit a big gas main. Luckily, he was going slow enough it didn't rupture and on the good side, hitting it prevented the truck from going off into the lagoon, which is the sewage lake I was telling you about. He is in intensive care at one of the hospitals here in town, but this is his second stroke and he is probably about 5 years younger then I. I couldn't believe it when Jack told me.

Maggie: Yep, unlike humans animals aren't grudge holders! I am sure he is glad he is out of the shed though. I bet the village just looks adorable. I have seen some of the things posted on FB of Christmas decor. I am hoping maybe I can go out and look at decorations in a week or so. The road on the way out to where we shop has upper middle income people and lots of them had really nice decorations out when we came home the other night. Jack never did this as a kid and thinks it's stupid, but I did it as a kid and I took my two every year and our tradition was to get ice cream cones. I know I have told the story and sounds stupid to get ice cream in winter, but we lived in the southwest when I started this so it was warm. When we moved to colder areas, we just kept it up. When it is really cold we would get looks, but not too much. :lol:

Jean: How are you guys going to get the antibiotics into him if he is staying away from you now??? One of the cool things about this scarf is you can take any colors, stash leftovers, etc and make a beautiful woven like look. Of course, the smallest scarf you cast on 200 stitches so you have to be prepared for that. You can do it either way, either weave in ends or leave length and make tassels. I don't know what I would do I would have to decide at the last minute.

I think we have the couple we enjoyed so much at dinner on the cruise convinced to go with us next year. They live in Kansas City, Kansas and would fly in, but we would meet them on the ship etc and we would make advanced plans to sit together at dinner and all that stuff. They are actually about 10 years older than us, but she is a live wire and I love her to death. We laughed til we cried about some things we talked about.

Well girls, I have to go upstairs today and clean bathrooms. Hope you all have a great day today. Stay warm and dry. Faye

12-06-2012, 10:53 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! It's misting and a "warm" 41 degrees in my neighborhood this morning. The wind has calmed down again so that's nice. I need to go to the grocery store then look for an electric pencil sharpner that Beth has on her Christmas list. Our church staff - volunteer dinner is tonight and I offered to bring a vegetable. I called the pastor's wife to see how many were coming. She said 22 had said "yes" while there were another 15 or so she hadn't heard from. She is cooking the turkey and dressing; I think it is so rude when people don't rsvp and especially when food is involved. Anyhow, I am taking the easy way out and fixing corn in the crockpot. I can add the leftovers to soup, if there are any.

"Gma" -- What a scary thing for Jack's coworker Henry! I hope he gets along ok and has family support close by. We had DQ cones a couple days ago after we voted in the school election. It felt more like a spring day than fall/winter. The cat will eat canned food so I put the pill in that. He ate the first one, no problem. The one I put out for supper was mushed in the remnants of the food this morning. :( I guess I will smash the next one and mix it in. He is still in hiding under Bob's workbench and behind some lumber. We are leaving the cars outside so we won't scare him any more. I would let him back outside but I'm afraid he may take off never to be seen again. :dunno: Bob doesn't think he will go too far since his food source is here. It would be nice if you can travel with the other couple on the next cruise. We enjoy having company on our Maui trips. I'll let you know how FL goes! :lol:

I need to get dressed and get moving. I got my driver's license yesterday and I look like I should be on the po wall of "most wanted" criminals! It is my worst picture ever! Enjoy your day and have a good one! :wave:

12-06-2012, 12:30 PM

It is currently a chilly 40º here in the ♥-Land and not expected to get over the 50ºs this day. No rain in sight. We do so need rain. If we don’t get rain the price of anything made of these crops in the plains will sky rocket. Ranchers are selling off cattle for the hay is so scarce and what they can find they can’t afford to buy. We need rain soon to save the winter crops that have been planted or they will all die in the field for lack of water. It’s a sad day when a farmer has to plow his crop under.

On a happier note ♪ I am going to finish that butterfly topped box this day and get it in the mail. :cp: Will is making me a leather holder for my new WW tracker which is bigger than last years and won’t work with my current holder. It’s like a binder but doesn’t have the rings for paper but has pockets and a closer tab that comes around and snaps on the front. The snap is a buffalo head nickel. It holds my weight loss things to keep track and my weigh-in card nicely. He made the one I have now thick enough to hold my “pocket guide” plus the tracker. I like it a lot and folks at WW asked where I got it. :lol:

Cecil sure has been coming around wanting attention more today than he has in a long time. He loves having his ears scratched. He is now taller than Beanie and they look so cute together when they wrestle around. Cecil is a BIG kitty. He is so cute when he lines up with the dogs to get a “treat.” They sit in a row very patiently looking so cute.

JEAN There is so many things you can do with left over corn so that is a good very veggie to take. It is good as corn, corn fritters, cornbread, corn pudding, corn salad ~ and the list goes on. People are rude then they don't let the hostess know one way or another if they are going to make it to the party. Especially when it invoves a meal.

DONNA FAYE Hope you get to take a nap this day since your sleep was so disturbed last night and your pain subsides. Yep Will likes his ice cream no matter what the weather so I can see you and your kids eating cones in the snow. :D Jack's co-worker is sure fortunate he didn't go into the muck. Hopefully he gets back to exact now that he is under the care of a doc. That is terrific you can team up with that couple you had such a good time with before on your cruise. Something good to look forward to for sure.

:tree: Have a wonderful afternoon Magnolias. :wreath:

12-07-2012, 12:23 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! It's a cloudy, windy cold morning in my corner of the world. There's not much chance of it warming up as there is a 50% chance of rain and/or snow this afternoon. I think I will start wrapping gifts and see who has what, then make a list of things I need to get. We are going to Sioux City Monday for Maddie and Kolby's Christmas program. Rumor has it that after Kolby's school sings at 6, they are going to make everyone leave the auditorium so that Maddie's school parents can move in. I'm not sure what that entails if there are families with children in both schools. I don't want to lose my seat! Whoever set up the calendar did a big SNAFU; there is play practice, a swim meet, and a freshman basketball game the same night! The parking lot is quite small so it will be interesting to see how it works out.

Maggie -- There was no leftover corn last night! Several kids came this year, and the other vegetable choice was green beans with bacon and big slices of onion in the juice. I know my kids wouldn't have eaten that. :no: Your new leather holder sounds will be just the ticket for your WW materials. I ran errands yesterday and when I got home realized that my meeting had come and gone. :o Bob didn't come home for lunch yesterday so that made my schedule a bit different.

I'm off to wrap, wrap, wrap! Have a fantastic Friday and enjoy! :wave:

12-07-2012, 03:46 PM

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