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02-23-2013, 12:20 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! The sun is shining, NO wind, and it's a cold 12 degrees in my neighborhood. It has warmed up from 6 degrees when I went downstairs this morning. I have no plans for the day except laundry, afghan, and maybe venture out for a wedding gift.

"Gma" -- You two were up bright and early this morning! I'm glad the new shampooer works so well. :yes: I bought already made ham loaf mix from the meat counter, added eggs, bread crumbs, and a little milk. I made a glaze of brown sugar, vinegar, and mustard to pour over the top and baked it. It's a lot like meat loaf except it's ham. ;) I hope Jack is able to fix your garage door. Have fun at Kelly's tonight!

I hear the dryer buzzing so need to start another load. I start another week of cat chores tomorrow and the couple should be home next weekend. Have a relaxing Saturday and enjoy! :wave:

02-23-2013, 01:28 PM

It is currently 18º at 10 am as I type. ~ AH ~ the weather forecast says we are going to get more snow tomorrow evening bringing 9 – 12 inches of it. Let it come for the land will get a wonderful drink from the moisture. :cp: This last storm brought us 17 inches of snow which translates to 1¾ inches of water. Since the walk to the street from our front door was cleaned it was easy to walk out there and get into the Jeep yesterday afternoon. We went for a lovely ride about and visited the buffalo and then to I-Hop for a burger; so needless to say I didn’t cook last evening. Later in the evening we did watch a couple of movies and had a sf ff root beer float ~ yummy. Life is good.

The magazine cook book Will brought me yesterday is the WW winter edition of 5 Ingredient 15 Minute Recipes,115 everyday recipes w/Mac & Cheese on the front. There are lots of yummy recipes in it that I plan to try, one day, after turning the pages slowly and reading some of the ingredients. For instance “Roasted Pears w/ Orange-Caramel Sauce” ~ doesn’t that sound yummy for dessert for only 4 P+ on page 83. Or “Blue Cheese Burgers” on page 56 for 8 P+ and “Warm Sour Cream & Green Onion Potato Salad on page 64 for 3 P+. Not all at the same meal unless you have a mind to ~ but just as a sample. :lol: Well they do say on the front that they are their “best comforting winter minus, dinners, desserts, and more!” :cp: Don’t we all just love “comfort” foods. :lol: I know I do and have learned to like the lightened versions. I am back into a nice pair of jeans I grew out of a few pounds ago and they don’t even fit tight around the middle. I found them in the back of my closet on a hanger and decided to give them a try ~ sure put a smile on my face. :bravo: Thanks to the WW program being the best there is. :goodscale: I wonder if the snow does come, “as they say”, if WW will be cancelled Monday evening. They had to cancel the meeting in that neighboring town they go to on Wednesdays during the last storm. I will get an e-mail from the leader if they do end up cancelling. Will has a committee meeting he is to attend at the museum also on Monday evening and that too will probably be cancelled if the snow comes. And the beat goes on.

Cecil ~ just came in with snow all over him. Must have been out there frolicking and now wants to be petted. A wet cat. I wasn’t quick enough to get a picture of him with snow on his head. He and Beanie are so cute frolicking in it out back. I never saw a cat and dog get along as well as those two do. When the cat is drinking water Beanie waits patiently till he is through before he takes a drink.

JEAN Thanks for starting a fresh thread. Your "Ham Loaf" sounds yummy. Is the ham ground up like beef and sold just plain without any seasonings? I'll have Will take a look for it in the market for I will surely try it. I am always looking out for a new yummy recipe. :p I imagine that afgan will look lovely when you get it finished. That is really nice of you to do cat chores for folks who are going out of town so they don't have to leave them at the vet.

DONNA FAYE What a neat thing to get a new carpet shampooer. Your garage door has a mind of its own and has gotten sleepy. Closes part way like an eyelid. :( Hopefully Jack can fix it up like it is supposed to work. Have a great time at Kelly's this evaning and enjoy that BBQ.

Yack at y’all later ~ have a wonderful day. :wave:

02-24-2013, 03:07 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! It's a cloudy "cool" day in my neighborhood but NO wind again today. We do have fog though. Bob ushered this morning, then we had a quick Administrative Council meeting right after first service, and finally we drank coffee while visiting until the baked potato dinner started at 11. We were on our way and home before noon.

Maggie -- Your new cookbook sounds interesting. I don't think there is such a thing as a 15 minute recipe, at least not in my kitchen. :lol: The ham recipe from Bob's mom had equal parts of ground pork and ham in it. The last time I ordered it, the meat guy said that is the same mixture as our ham loaf. I decided to try that this time and couldn't tell any difference. It looked like paprika was sprinkled on the top, and I do think there might be some spices like clove in it but not sure. The cat couple will be home next weekend after being gone for 2 months. The gal who did chores last week said Boomer, the cat, is so lonely. That's why I sit with her and watch tv for awhile.

I need to go do my cat chores and work on the afghan. I hope to get that done this week so I can deliver it! Hope you all are having a relaxing day and enjoying it. :wave:

02-25-2013, 10:31 AM
Good morning girls! It is sunny here today but we are expecting rain and thunderboomers today sometime. Our car is filthy, but we can't seem to have two days in a row runny and I am not paying nearly $20 for one day of clean car.

Jack lubricated the screw drive and it said to open and lower the garage door 4-5 times to get the lubricant all over the screw, well it blew up the motor so we have to get a whole new garage door opener. The old and original one, which was over 30 years old was a chain drive, but the consensus among the garage opener companies is to buy a belt drive so we are going to go Friday and buy one and make an appt to have it installed. Jack installed one once, but he said it always rocked back and forth and he isn't doing it again so Lowes will install it. He can't get off until next week though and wants to be here so we will wait until Friday. Until then, we have to park on the side street because the opener won't let us manually open the garage door. It is always something.

We had a grand time at Kelly's and laughed until tears ran playing a game. Have you ever heard of Apples to Apples? It is a game much like that. Jack was hilarious. It is a card game. You have a stack of subject cards for lack of better words, for example, "Justin Bieber's hair sticks up because...." Then you are each dealt 10 cards with sayings or words on them and you have to pick the best match or the funniest or whatever. The object is to get your card picked. If your card is picked you keep the subject card and when you have the number of subject cards the group agreed would make you a winner then you win. The cards in your hand could say cupcake frosting or never washes his hair or things that make no sense at all for the subject. You take turns reading the subject and the cards out loud. Jack would get so tickled reading the answers he couldn't read them out loud and then we would all start laughing and there you go. We played for 3 hours and it was a lot of fun. We bought Showboat bbq for dinner and she made brownies.

I am down 4 lbs since the doctor last wednesday and my weigh day so I will definitely take that. We are going to have something simple tonight, hamburger gravy, mash potatoes and veggie.

Maggie: Those recipes sound really good. Boy, you do have a whopping amount of snow. I sure hope it doesn't dump too much more on you. I guess we get the rain part of the snow you guys get since it is warmer down here. I know Indiana was supposed to get hit with another storm this week too.

Jean: I don't remember, did you say you have the afghan all done now? I have about 5 inches then I can do the armpit decreases. This is just the back then I have to do the front. It is taking awhile, but I have several months to get it finished. I am sure Boomer is going to be happy to have his owners back home. I am already stressing about Fortune being at the vet for our vacation. He will be there 12 days since we are leaving Thursday instead of Friday to head to Florida. We are going to make it a 3 day drive going down instead of two then two day drive coming home. The ham loaf sounds good, but I have never seen it sold here anywhere. I have see ground pork you can buy, but not ground ham.

Well girls, I better get to my chores. I woke up at midnight last night and stayed up until 4 AM so I slept in this morning and haven't gotten a thing done except to feed the dog. and start a load of laundry. Have a great start to the week. Faye

02-25-2013, 12:59 PM

It is currently 28º and snowing. It is said that it will snow all day and give this area another 1 to 2 inches. However, the beat goes on for the dogs are at the groomer and that is good for they really need a bath ~ especially Beanie. Cecil and I are alone in the house and he is sticking real close to me. Something went crash in the night and it sounded like it was out in the kitchen area. First Ragg Mopp started barking at 3 am and woke me up. I was trying to listen and hear what he heard and then a bit of a sliding noise got louder and “crash.” I guess some snow slid off the roof or something of that sort because we didn’t find anything inside that had landed on the floor as if the cat had knocked something off the table or counter. But the cat was still in the bedroom. Anyway the crash was so loud it sounded like it was inside. Ah, things that go bump in the night.

I weighed in on my scale and stayed the same for it didn’t budge from its position of last week. I’ll take that for I do believe my body is taking a breather then will go on down the hill and start losing the last half of what I set out to lose. I won’t be attending WW this evening because Will has a very important meeting at the same time that he must attend. They may still yet today end up cancelling the WW meeting for the evening because of the snow.

There is a deep ditch with sloping sides that runs through the area which is there for “run off” purposes. It is filled with snow and kids are having a blast sledding down the sides of that ditch. That is so neat that they have that to play on because there aren’t very many hills around here in the “flat lands.”

My eyes have sure been itching ~ some winter allergy. They aren’t dry but they sure itch. I have some “Clear Eyes” that is supposed to relieve the itch and it sure does. This particular bottle is the "7 symptoms relief ~ complete.” One bottle to do all.;)

DONNA FAYE They don't make things to last as long anymore as the old methods did in lots of products it seems. Ergo your garage opener. It is definitely better to get it fixed than parking on the street especially in your neighborhood. :p :congrat: on your weight loss ~ you are getting there for sure to be down some before your next cruise.

Yack at y’all later. :wave:

02-25-2013, 06:00 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! It's a gloomy, foggy day in my neighborhood and the wind is blowing again. It's not a nice day to stand outside to visit with a neighbor! I stayed a little longer at church this morning; contribution envelopes are marked with a member's number so the name comes up when I enter the number on the computer. Several of our members do not use their weekly envelopes so I went through them to cross off the numbers. They either give once a month or some not at all. We put generic envelopes in the pews for those who wish to put in cash and get credit. I picked up the gift shop money but haven't counted it yet. I've been to do cat chores and have a load of undies in the washer. Bob has a meeting at 5, with food, so won't see him until later.

"Gma" -- :congrat: on losing another 4#s! Way to go! I'm sorry about the garage door opener; what a pain to not be able to park in your driveway! No, the afghan is not done but I am working on the edge going around it so it won't be long. When I have special ordered meat for the ham balls, they take a ham and grind it to go with the ground pork. Have you asked Kelly if she would keep Fortune? Perhaps Thomas would be willing to dogsit and take care of him.

Maggie -- No snow here . . . yet. ;) Noises in the night don't very often wake me up but we live in a pretty quiet area. Since the "boys" sleep in the basement I think they do sleep until they here my footsteps going downstairs and then they want OUT for breakfast. Hope your itchy eyes feel better. I have that when I handle the cats and then rub my eyes. After all these years I don't do it often but when I do I pay for it dearly.

I need to get my gift shop money counted and ready for the bank first thing in the morning. Hope you all have had a good day and enjoy your evening! :wave:

02-26-2013, 08:22 AM
Good morning to you all. It rained here pretty hard last evening and was still at it at midnight when I got up with the dog and let him out. It is wet outside so it must have continued for awhile. It isn't really cold out though. I wear a sweater in the house most of the time in the winter and keept the temp at 69 unless I am freezing. I will sure be glad when we turn the corner to spring temps that's for sure. I am ready to wear sandals.

I made up my cleaning list for today. I am going to get everything done but the sweeping and mopping today. I am a bit tired as Fortune was a bit antsy again last night and that wakes me up and then it takes awhile for me to go back to sleep, but if I find I am getting sleepy I can always nap for abit.

I should get my new shoes today. I hope they fit. Land's End was having a sale and I bought a pair of the loafer style driving shoes and a pair of the canvas slip ons. I don't usually buy that type of shoe as I am flat footed so I tend to walk on the inside of my foot making a shoe like the canvas ones bow out so to speak. We shall see. My sister swears by the ones she buys, which are Toms I think. I got two pair of shoes for under $50, which isn't bad and the driving shoes are tan suede. The canvas are blue and white nautical stripes. I want them just to wear casually like to the store or something. My Easy Spirit shoes are wearing out.

Jean: Our church in Indiana would assign envelopes, but only to people who regularly gave because of the expense. If you only gave once a month or less then they didn't issue you numbers. We too had envelopes to put checkes in and such on the back of the pews. Living in the condo, we don't actually have a driveway. You pull into your garage straight from the street and they will tow you if you park in front of your garage or park in the extra spaces on the property if you haven't purchases a parking space. They want almost $150 for the darn things. It is just ridiculous to live here. No, we decided not to ask Kelly regarding Fortune. We don't want her to feel obligated to do it since they no longer have a dog. If she offers we will take her up on it, otherwise he will go to the vets. The one nice thing they are willing to do is put him in the treatment area instead of back in the kennels as it is quiet up front so won't cause him distress. I had to change his food again and he loves the Cesar brand stuff so he will probably eat ok. I give him two at once and he just scarfs it right up. It has a large variety to pick from to so he doesn't get bored with it. Hopefully, he will still be like that in October. Unlike Petsmart, the vet lets you bring his personal stuff like his stuffed elephant to put in the cage with him and you can bring his own food, which Petsmart doesn't allow.

Maggie: I have all year allergies that can drive me nuts at times. Mainly it is that I always have a clear runny nose. I have to keep tissues with me all the time. I have noticed the last couple days my eyes are itching and am wondering if the trees and bushes are getting buds and ready to flower. Speaking of that, I read the best murder mystery in which the woman who started at the suspect was a beekeeper. I sure learned a lot about beekeeping. It was a fun book and interesting to learn something new too.

I guess I need to get started on chores and work more on my sweater. Have a great Tuesday all. Faye

02-26-2013, 06:50 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! It's another foggy day in my corner of the world. It's a damp chilly feeling outside. This morning I made the bank deposit, ran a couple errands, and dropped checks off at the hospital on my way home. This afternoon I've been to do cat chores, vacuumed fur bunnies (spring must be coming the way the "boys" are shedding), and have been working on the afghan.

"Gma" -- I'm anxious for some no heat/no air days! I hope Kelly offers to keep Fortune for your peace of mind and his comfort. :yes: I'm glad he likes his new food. It sounds like the vet tries to be accommodating for the animals. There is "pet hotel" in Sioux City where the rooms have tvs, couches, etc. I have no idea what they charge and found out about it when Beth hosted homes during a Christmas Tour. The house where she hosted put their dogs up in the hotel during the week of the open house. I hope the new shoes fit and you like them.

It's almost time to make my weekly call to my "mom," and think about something for supper. Maybe it will be Bob's night to cook! :lol: Enjoy your evening! :wave:

02-27-2013, 08:23 AM
Good morning flowers. It is cool this morning after being pretty cold last evening and heavy winds. It is supposed to be sunny for several days now, but it isn't going to warm up much.

I have started a load of laundry, fed and watered the dog and will unload the dishwasher when I am through here. Today is upstairs chore days, which I always hate, but they have to be done.

I received my shoes yesterday and they fit fine. I especially like the driving mocs. They will be nice to wear while in the car going on trips especially. The little canvas ones are a bit scratchy but they fit fine. I am sure they will be ok after a bit of wear. They have a nice rubber sole on them.

I bought more beads to make another Pandora style bracelet for vacation. I have a blue one, pink one, and purple one and bought beads and charms to make a yellow one. I love wearing the things and they are sure a lot cheaper to put them together when stuff is on sale then buying Pandora or other brands already made. They jewelry store on sale wants $20 a bead and they are the same beads for heaven's sake. I bought a bunch of beads for my pink and purple bracelets to fill them out as I bought new heavier bracelets than what they were on. I also got longer chains so they fit me better so I needed more beads to fill them out. I usually order from a company called and bought about 30 beads, spacers and charms and only paid $1.59 for them each. So, I found they were having a spring sneak peek sale yesterday and bought enough beads and charms and spacers for the yellow bracelet for the $1.59 each plus a coupon for buy one get one free so I really had a deal there. I still have to buy another bracelet to put them on, but will keep an eye out for sales on snake chains, which is what I buy.

The place I bought my dresses for the cruise last year has some beautiful new fabrics so closer to the trip I think I may just buy some of their stuff as it is cheaper, very comfortable and they have a lot of tropical things this year. I am also going to get some of their new fabric tops. They have some cute stuff.

Jean: The one thing nice about this Cesar brand of food is they have tons of selections so I can buy him lots of different taste combinations. They are .67 at the commissary and .75 at Kroger. I buy two cartons per day for him. It is nice to seem him go right for it and eat not go and sniff it and walk away and not eat for 3-4 days, which means three or four days of no kidney meds as it is powder. Petsmart has suites that are not cages, but rooms and they have tvs in them and pillows, and have a full length door with just a window at the top, but he didn't like them any better and the last time we took him which was at least 5 years ago, it was $35 a day, he had to eat their food, and I had to pay extra for them to come in and play or sit with him everyday. I am letting his hair grow out and I am finding another groomer so that cost will probable almost double compared to the vet, but the groomer was lousey and I am tired of paying for him to be groomed and not being happy with it. Last time, his ears were dirty and the hair not even shaped.

I guess I should get going and round up stuff to pay the bills. Hope you all have a great middle of the week. Faye

02-27-2013, 02:02 PM

This is a partly cloudy 35º day here in the ♥-Land and windy ~ but when isn’t the wind blowing here. We didn’t get that snow storm they were talking about ~ evidently it missed us completely and got blown away. I burned the roof of my mouth and it is so hurtful. I do like my coffee hot and it is rare that I ever burn myself. And my eyes itch and burn from rubbing them in the night from whatever it was the wind brought with it. I gave them a nice wash with Clear Eyes and they will settle down now. Other than that I feel great and my shower this morning felt so good I wanted to stay and enjoy the worm water in that rain locker. :yes:

We have a container of “Pounce ~ tuna flavor moist treats” for Cecil and he absolutely loves them. He always gets a treat when the dogs do and sometimes in-between :lol:~ these are his favorite.

The time had come where I was planning to make a fresh loaf of sourdough bread yesterday and my little bread maker was not working properly. I had it set to mix the dough and it wouldn’t co-operate and I had to do it by hand. I think it has been used so much I wore it out. Anyway it is time to get another one and I want one just like it. :yes: The round loaf of sourdough bread I made did turn out lovely looking anyway. I have yet to try a piece. :lol: I was thinking of making some lasagna noodles today but that is now on hold until I get a new bread machine so it can mix up the dough for the noodles. I have a good WW recipe that is 5P+ per serving and I imagine how great it would taste with homemade noodles. I do have dough hooks for my hand held mixer but I would rather not use that for mixing the dough for the noodles ~ I would rather the bread machine do the mixing for it does it so well. I should be able to order one the first of the month coming up with my “allowance.”

DONNA FAYE Isn't it wonderful when you order things that the do fit when you get them. Enjoy your new shoes with happy feet. Sounds like you have a bracelet for each color that would go with every outfit that you have. Jelery is fun isn't it. Graceous sakes what a lousy groomer for your dear little pooch who will get a better one now. We are fortunate to have a wonderful lady to do our dogs. She does a lot of this same breed and everyone is so pleased with her work. I am glad she has her daughter in with her now and she is getting some good training so when "mom" retires the transition for the dogs will be an easy one. Hoepfully you can find a groomer that you are satisfied with the results. ;) Isn't it nice to have found a brand of food that your little guy likes so well and he can have his meds each day.

JEAN How is your fog today? Has it disapated any. I don't like fog ~ had enough of it living on the ocean front. It sure made my hair curley. It is so nice that you and your friends exchange cat chores. Sure makes it easier on their "parents" to know that the cat is well taken care of and not just in a cage somewhere. Our groomer has a play room for the cat and a dog run for the dogs to frolick in. They won't put Cecil in with Ragg Mopp & Beanie though ~ liability I guess if something happened to the cat for they have their rules to keep dogs & cats separated. Can't blame then for that though. They feed the animals the same kind of food there that we give them here. The cats you baby sit get their own food there ~ it is so important that that happens ~ something they are used to.

Oh ~ the wind.
Yack at y’all later. :wave:

02-28-2013, 12:22 AM
Good Evening, Flowers! We started the day with the usual wind and clouds. The sun did come out late this afternoon, about an hour before it slid down the horizon. I was busy in the gift shop this morning which was a nice change. The volunteer director treated me, and another volunteer, to lunch in the cafeteria. Hmm, hmm good! One of the choices was chicken-ka-bobs with some kind of spaghetti noodles and a choice of mixed vegetables or cauliflower with cheese sauce. I chose cauliflower but passed on the cheese part. There were several choices for desserts and again I passed. One was an Oreo cheesecake that was at least 4" high. They always have a huge salad bar too. After lunch we met with the accountant to see if we could figure out a simpler way to track credit card charges in the gift shop which are rung up in the coffee shop. That is a challenge for me, and not so sure of the new idea will be any better. I wanted to call Bob regarding lunch and my cell phone was deader than dead, which has been happening more frequently lately. So we met and went phone shopping this afternoon; I was due for an upgrade and decided to stay with pretty much the same phone I had, a dumb one not a smart one. My cat chores ended today because the cat's parents would be home tonight. One of the other sitters is a personal friend and was taking food out for the couple so did the chores today.

"Gma" -- Your bracelets sound very pretty. :yes: The church secretary made one for Valentine's Day and I helped her put it on. She had it pretty tight so it was hard to hook but I like my bracelets a bit looser. I hope you can find a new groomer. I'm sure you want Fortune to look as handsome as possible. ;) That's like us getting a bad haircut.

Maggie -- I hope your mouth is feeling better tonight. :yes: I'm thinking I read a hint about that somewhere but can't remember it right now. I wonder if your bread machine is related to my cell phone! :lol: I hope you can find one just like it. Nope, no fog today, just clouds and wind.

I am heading to bed to read for a bit. I ended up finally going to bed about 1 last night and then didn't go right to sleep. I hate watching the clock so try not to look at it! Hope you all have a terrific Thursday tomorrow! :wave:

02-28-2013, 01:19 PM

I am so tired of winter. But I imagine I am not alone in this feeling. Think of blue skies, flowers booming and the grass is green. We still have to get though March which can be pretty messy but I can deal for that is what we are about. Dealing with whatever it is that is coming our way. Good morning on this 30 some degree day here in the ♥-Land. I hope your day is going well with you. I slept late and my day is just beginning. I have on a pink oxford cloth button down loose shirt on and a pair of black pants and am feeling good. The roof of my mouth is just about back to exact and my coffee is tasting great.

I have a recipe for pork chops with lightened gravy that is good and only 6 points + that I am going to try for dinner this day. Here it is:

1/4 cup all-purpose flour (about 1 ounce)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
4 (4-ounce) boneless center-cut loin pork chops (about 3/4 inch thick)
1 tablespoon butter
Cooking spray
1 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Place flour, salt, dried marjoram, dried thyme, and dried rubbed sage in a shallow dish. Dredge pork in flour mixture, turning to coat; shake off excess. Reserve remaining flour mixture.

Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add pork to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Reduce heat, and cook for 10 minutes or until done, turning pork once. Remove pork from pan; keep warm.

Combine reserved flour mixture and milk in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk until blended. Add milk mixture to pan; place over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Reduce heat, and simmer 2 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring constantly. Serve with chops.

Serves 4
Cal. 252; Fat 9.6; Carbohydrates 10.6; Fiber 0.3; Protein 28.9; 6Points+

Now that sounds like a yummy recipe ~ I just received it this day from the folks in an e-mail and will make it this evening and serve it along with some rice, vegetables & sour dough toast. They also said that the gravy recipe in it would be good for other meats and I am thinking boneless chicken breast tenders. :yes:

JEAN Sounds like that hospital has a good chef working for them for that food sounds yummy. It is good that you got a phone that your familiry with and works for you. I am thinking of down sizing from my Blackberry for I certainly do not make enough calls to warrant having one that does so much. The internet and ease of conversing with folks that way has pretty much taken the place of a phone or letter writing these days. I need a phone but not such a grand one. I have had it for a few years now and the newness has completely worn off for me. I am due for a change and down size. Chef's Catalog sells a bread machine just like the one I used up. In fact I think I got it from them before. They have that very one plus a bigger model made by the same folks which is Zojirushi ~ now say that quickly 10 times.

Have a great day Magnolias :wave:

02-28-2013, 06:39 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! Another gloomy, damp chilly, day in my neighborhood. I've spent the day putzing: sorting magazines and catalogs, dusted, and finished a book to return to the library. I didn't go to WW and have no excuse other than the time slipped by and I wasn't paying attention. :o I have got to get serious about working the program!

Maggie -- The recipe sounds good, let us know how it comes out. I am ready for spring too! :cp: More and more the powers-to-be are predicting a very dry summer here. :( The farmers are getting rid of livestock thinking they won't be able to afford to feed them. I debated about a smart phone but prefer "simple." Even though my new one is similar to my old one, some of the things are in a different set up/order. It will take me awhile to get used to it.

I need to think about something for supper -- maybe soup, or whatever sounds good to Mr. B. :D Enjoy your evening! :wave:

02-28-2013, 09:38 PM
Evening ladies. The yorkie has been driving me nuts all day today not letting me anywhere near a computer without barking and whining at me. He is to the point where he is making be a bit angry. I try to be understanding as he is 13 but sometimes I just want to sit by myself and read or whatever I want to do without him in my lap. Jack hightailed it upstairs to his office so I am now stuck with him this evening too. He has been this way for about 4 days now and I am finally at my wits end. I got mad at him and told him to go get on his pillow. He has finally gotten the hint and gotten up on the couch, but the minute I finish here he will jump down and come and jump into my lap.

I got my pap results yesterday and they are a-ok and am waiting for my blood test results. The doctor's nurse hasn't called me so I am assuming everything checked out ok as the tests were done over a week ago and usually if something comes up I get a call a couple days after I have blood tests done.

I am reading a cute, cute book I got free for the Kindle/Iphone at Amazon.
Scared Hitless (The Lemon Drop Martini Club) by Carolyn Anderson Jones. They are a group of 3 senior ladies that are friends and get themselves in trouble a lot. I am a big fan of Nora Roberts pseudonym
J. D. Robb and her "In Death" series. She just came out on the 26th with the newest in the series Calculated in Death and I read the thing almost in one sitting. They are great books and very interesting and fun even if they are about a futeristic lady cop in NYC who solves homicides.

I was really sick this morning with a tummyache and sort of pukey feeling. Don't know what that was about, but it eventually went away. I have been achy today though with the hands, knees and shoulders. This cold, damp weather is doing me in. It was so cold Jack wore the Boise hat I made for him to and from work today.

Tomorrow we go and pick out the garage door opener and set up the install time. I know Jack will be glad about that since he has to park on the side street. He has just been working so hard with the installers of this huge Emerson equipment out at the plant that he doesn't want to take off work at the moment so he won't get backed up.

Maggie: Thanks for the recipe. One of the things I like to do is take a couple cans of fat free beef broth and pour in about 1/8 c of dried onions and stick a pork tenderloin or a couple chops in the crockpot and cook it. Jack loves it that way and all I do is thicken the broth with a bit of flour and water or cornstarch and water if need be, but usually it cooks down nicely. I do that rather then add onion soup mix to cut down on the sodium as I use low sodium broth. I got my yellow bead grouping and am excited to get a bracelet to put them on. I went with gold tone spacers and such and bought a couple real cute ones. I buy two of each and then work from both ends to the middle. One of the spacers I bought are these cute goldtone cupcakes. I bought a sailboat that dangles and a heart that dangles too. I am signed up for their emails so everytime they have a big sale I get an email and I go and get more beads and such in a different color. When you pay over $100 for Pandora bracelet and I can get the same look for about $30 and I get to pick the beads, what's not to like about that?

Jean: Your lunch sounded good. We had ham slice and rice a roni for dinner tonight or Jack did. I just took a piece of the ham and made a sandwich out of it. I had to :lol: at your dumb one phone. I have to say, I kicked and screamed about buying an Iphone, but we are into our 3rd year with ours and I love mine. It was easy for me to catch onto, I can do a lot of stuff with it and some of my aps are absolute necessities. I have a couple knitting aps that are wonderful. One can figure out how to decrease or increase evenly if you put in the number of stitches you want to increase or decrease and the total number of stitches. It figures out how to do it evenly across the row. One of the other ones I have has a bunch of videos on how to do some things I forget all the time like how to knit or purl into the back of the stitch, stuff like that. The other one I have is a counter so I can keep track of rows or stitches or whatever. I use that one all the time. For example with this sweater. I am supposed to knit the sweater up to 14 1/2 inches so I am counting the rows so when I do the front I will have the exact same number of rows as the back instead of measuring and possibly being off a bit. I have put the knitting down for a couple days because the cold weather is making my hands hurt.

Well, I have to give it up and go get in my chair sooner or later. I hope you all have a lovely evening. Faye

03-01-2013, 08:45 AM
Just a quick peek in since I posted last evening. Nothing much happening this morning though it is another chilly morning here.

We will be out and about this afternoon getting the garage door thing solved then grab a bite to each and back home. I have a hair appt at 11 tomorrow morning and Jack wants to redo the carpet in the dining room since I spot cleaned it this morning. We think the last couple times we used the old machine, it dumped the water into the rug but didn't take it all out so we are trying to get the rugs all cleaned really well.

Saw some interesting things online this morning, an 11 year old boy addressing the Dallas city council and calling them on the carpet when members weren't paying attention to the questions he was asking. A woman here in Tennessee got sent a bill for $5 for using a restaurant restroom when the sign said customers only. The problem with this, the sheriff was a friend of the owners and ran the woman's plates so she could have an address to send the bill. The woman tried to pay the thing. I would have told her to stick it frankly and probably would have gone three rounds with the sheriff and the mayor's office for allowing her privacy to be invaded when it wasn't a city illegality involved. I know that with my problems, sometimes I have to take the first thing we can find if we are traveling and though I wouldn't have a problem ordering a soda or something, the fact she got the address illegally gauls me.

I finished my book this morning and will probably work on the sweater since my hands are hurting as much.

You all have a nice weekend. It is commissary weekend for us so you know I am looking forward to that. Faye

03-01-2013, 01:23 PM

It is a new month now called March the windy month (what’s new) and a very cool morning of 17º and foggy at least till noon they say. I have some cleaning of the house to do this day and am going to get to it when I finish this post. I ordered my new bread machine this morning and will get it a few days. I love that they are not charging any shipping charges for that cuts a chunk off the price on something heavy. Chefs® Catalog has been having that “no shipping charges” going for a long while now and it sure saves the customer money. If any of you want to see what that bread machine looks like you can see it on their web site ~ and it is the Zojirushi Home Bakery Mini Bread Maker. That way you can take a peek at what I just ordered. :lol: I like this model because it makes a smaller horizontal loaf than the bigger model but still has a lot of good features. I remember my very first bread machine was a Panasonic and cost a bundle back then and the store owner wanted me to demonstrate it at the local fair since it was such a new appliance. A nice fresh loaf of bread sure makes a good gift and I love to gift people ~ puts a smile on their faces. I can add lots of fiber bringing down the points+ value when I bake it myself. :yes:

DONNA FAYE It will be great when you do get that new garage door opener installed and working and can park inside instead on the street. What a relief that will be I imagine. Our dogs wanted out at 2 am this morning. I hope this doesn’t become a routine thing with them for it messes with our sleep. They usually last the night trough until “getting up” time rolls around and the back door is opened. We shall see what transpires from here on in about that. I like cooking with broth also. I use it "instead" in several things I make for it is sure a good points+ saver.:p

JEAN That is too bad about the ranchers having to downsize because of the weather. The beef will glut the market then prices will go way up afterward when there isn't so much. Cecil gives me the outside temp on his fur when he comes in. Right now he greeted me and his hair is very cold and his ears are also so cold. He was yammering at me and I thought he wanted the bedroom door open but when I got up to do that I saw that Ragg Mopp was on the bed sound asleep. Cecil thinks that is "his" bed during the day. Too bad for him for that is a king size bed and surely big enough for the both of those animals. :cp:

Have a great frist of the new Month day ~ good day for a beginning of a new habbit that is helpful to our weight loss efforts. :wave:

03-02-2013, 01:08 AM
Good Evening, Flowers! I stopped by to read and never posted earlier today. It was another gloomy, windy, and cold day around here. I went to the grocery store this morning and it was quite busy which is unusual for as early as I was there. I asked the checker if there was a storm in the forecast that I missed, and she didn't know either. This afternoon I worked on the afghan and did a couple loads of laundry. Even though the washer and dryer save a lot of time, doing laundry still takes time! :rolleyes:

"Gma" -- I hope your garage door is on the way to being fixed by now. Bob had a spring break on his -- what a noise when that happened! The story about the woman being charged for using the restroom was on our news too. We've stopped at gas stations/convenience stores for the same purpose but always buy a drink or snack. I feel sorry for the lady!

Maggie -- It sounds like the jet stream is going to hit this weekend bringing snow, but no one seems to know how much. :dunno: I'd just like to see the sun for a whole day, or two, or three! I had to laugh at RM on Cecil's bed. I couldn't find Sonny yesterday and he was on our bed with Ernie, which was a first. He doesn't get up on the furniture so I was surprised! I will check out the bread machine website, thanks!

We have a funeral tomorrow morning for a 97 year old man from our church. He was such a nice all around gentleman kind of guy. His wife died a few years ago; she was in a nursing home in a nearby town and he went to see her every day even though she didn't know him any more.

Hope you all have a relaxing Saturday and enjoy! :wave:

03-02-2013, 09:50 AM
Good morning to you all. We have no ground cover, but snow on the rooftops, garbage can lids, that sort of thing and it is cold here this morning.

I have a hair appt at 11 today and Jack is going to be waiting for a garage guy. Jack is not your basic handyman sort of husband so really doesn't know a lot about things that break or fixing things. We always have to hire someone. Well, his boss told him to check the spring before we went out to buy a new garage door opener because to him, it sounded like the spring had broken, especially since we couldn't manually open the door and bingo that is what it is. I called the management company for the condos and they refuse to fix it. They said they are only responsible for the door not any fixtures connecting to the door. Bunch of jerks. I find this new management company hinky. I think it is the home owners association that is their own management company now. They have no physical address, only a PO box, it is called "Community Management" but that isn't in the phone book or internet anywhere and all you have for repairs is a phone number or email. On top of that, when I called them, it was answered, "This is Jerry." What professional company would answer their phones that way. I give up on them. Jack was furious, but I told him we can't make them do anything so we will just have to pay for it ourselves. The guy who is coming out quoted us between $165 and $190 and he was even willing to come out yesterday afternoon but we were going to be gone so he is coming out this morning. We don't have a home warranty at the moment, but considering this crappy home owners association, I am thinking I am going to call and get one again just so most everything is covered. They aren't doing squat on the property anymore either and you can sure tell. It is like living in the ghetto. Unfortunately, we just can't afford a bigger house payment to go out and look to buy somewhere else. If we tried to sell this, the amount of work we would have to do first, would put us more into it that it is worth so we are staying put unless some relative would die and make us rich. Sometimes I think we should have just stayed where we were and rented from the old couple, but if they had died then most likely we would have ended up homeless because their kids would have sold their properties.

Jean: It did make a lot of noise, but we thought it needed lubrication and I know the spring hadn't broken when we first started it all because when I went online to look at what to do, they said to check the spring and it was all in one piece. It isn't now though!! I don't know about you, but I am fed up with the cold and want spring to come roaring in. So far, it hasn't! :lol:

Maggie: It seems like it is just like everything else, less farm products bigger costs. I can't believe how costs have skyrocketed lately in the grocery stores. Your doggies are young so they can hold it better than old Fortune.

I better go and get breakfast so I can get ready to go to the salon. Have a great day all. Faye

03-02-2013, 02:13 PM

It is 25º and cloudy and feels like 18º here it in the ♥-Land. It is chilly for sure around this place. We have found that we can eat out at I-Hop cheaper than we can fix a meal at home. On the back of the grocery print out at the cash register is advertisements for some establishments and coupons for money off meals at that restaurant. Also the burger places in town are offering a free one for each burger of like kind you buy. Two for the price of one is a good deal however not so good for my waistline. :no: The prices at the markets keep climbing and the packages are shrinking and we buy most all of our meat from the “used meat” bin. I now have a few racks of ribs and plan on using my electric indoor smoker next week and smoke one of them. That will be good for a few meals. The meat is good chopped up in some rice for a later meal for one thing. :cp: I have been known to get quite creative with “leftovers.” For instance left over rotisserie chicken goes into a salad, pot pie or a sandwich. With just the two of us most times for dinner there are leftovers to deal with and spaghetti is better as a leftover most times. :cp:

I peeked in the bedroom and Ragg Mopp is asleep on one side and Cecil on the other side of that king sized bed. Beanie is the odd one out for he is in the front room on the sofa. It is very quiet here in this house for Will is gone to the museum ~ he was summoned to come meet some man that wanted to meet him. And so it goes ~ here am I typing. I have got to cook those pork chops today. Something came up the last couple evenings and they didn’t make it into that recipe I want to try. I think they will go bad if I don’t cook them this evening.

BTW that sour dough loaf of bread that didn’t mix properly in the bread machine came out really good. I had to knead it by hand ~ hadn’t done that in years but I still have the knack. :lol: I had a piece toasted (sans butter) with some soup yesterday. I don’t eat much bread but Will does and ergo the bread machine. He has toast with his breakfast (which I don’t eat) every morning. Coffee is my breakfast. He mentioned that he needs a new toaster and there is a great one in my Chefs® Catalog that I just know he would love to have ~ I’ll have to show it to him. It is called the “Cuisinart Touch To Toast™ Toaster” which has wide slots that self adjust to toast bagels, English muffins, frozen waffles or bread. It comes in 2 slice and 4 slice units and is currently “on sale.” I think it is what he needs for he just keeps buying ones at Wal*Mart which aren’t that good and go ka-poot quickly. I’ll show him my catalog when he gets home from the museum.

DONNA FAYE Too bad you are caught between a rock and a hard place and feel that you absolutely can’t afford to move out of that area which isn’t getting any better but deteriorating. :hug: With that said, you just have to do the best you can and be happy for your “state of mind” is important on how you live your life each day. Too bad you have to bite the bullet and pay for the garage door opener to be replaced.

JEAN Lots of the old folks are passing on these days it seems. Those old men like that one you knew are jewels to go visit their women when then don't remember them. They truly did love them didn't they. Funerals are for the living aren't they for we need the closure. I like the way some countries centuries back used to do it ~ put the dead on a boat and sent them out to sea to Valhalla or some such place. Closeure is what the living need by doing the funerals. Have you ever been to a "sing off" where the congregation gets together and sings acapella some of the favorite songs of the deceased? What a neat gathering that is. I don't want a "funeral" when I die but a "sing off" would be great. Hallalujah.

Have a great day Magnolias ~ :wave:

03-02-2013, 11:54 PM
Good Evening, Flowers! The sun was shining until midafternoon today! It's windy and chilly though the sun makes it seem nicer. We spent from 10 to 1 at church; the funeral was a large one considering the guy was 97. Some family members shared stories and that was fun. He had a lot of friends in the community as well as lots of relatives. Most everyone stayed for the lunch and the lady in charge was really nervous about running out of food. It was close. This afternoon I vacuumed fur bunnies and defurred my dark blue chair only to have Sonny go right back and lay next to it. :hyper: Jason and the kids stopped by later and we had pizza for supper. Amanda had to work this weekend so was stuck there; her dad has wood working equipment so he, Jason, and Ian worked on Ian's Pinewood Derby car this afternoon. They live about a half hour from us.

"Gma" -- I suppose your management company figures anything on the inside is your responsibility to fix. :dunno: It doesn't sound like they are very cooperative. I hope you have a working door by now. :yes: Did you get your favorite gal to do your hair this morning?

Maggie -- The last two or three toasters we've had only toast good on one side. :hyper: It's the same old story that things aren't made the way they used to be. :no: Does Will "need" a 2 slice or 4 slice one? A singing send off sounds like a good idea! We sang one hymn together and there were two soloists, singing three pieces, this morning. They both did a wonderful job and enjoyable to listen to.

I think I will figure out what I'm wearing to church tomorrow and head for bed. Have a super Sunday and enjoy! :wave:

03-03-2013, 08:34 AM
Good morning to you gals. It is another cold morning here, but it is supposed to warm up by next weekend into the upper 60's so I will certainly take that. It snowed here off and on all day and into the evening sometimes fairly heavily, but it was warm enough none of it stuck except on rooftops. The one nice thing is supposedly lots of sunny days so this afternoon we are taking the car and get the filthy thing washed. It probably could use two run throughs to get it cleaned it is so dirty. It just never seemed to have 2 days or more of weather that wasn't rain.

Poor Jack has a toothache because he had a bad tooth, but he is really needle phobic and our insurance network dentists only use novacaine. He has used an oral surgeon not far from our house, which we will take him to, but he gets a bonus day soon and doesn't want to mess that up so he is going to put up with it until he gets his bonus day then take a sick day to get it take care of. I have been having him doctor himself with the ambesol/oraljel stuff, ice packs and advil and told him the more he can keep ice on it, the less swelling, which will cause less pain and to keep putting the benzocaine stuff on it to keep it numb. The man has a really high pain tolerance so I imagine he will put up with it until then.

We actually had a great outcome with the garage door. We found this wonderful young man who came out on a Saturday, replaced both springs as he said the other one was really old and should be replaced, then without us saying anything, he looked at our garage opener unit, replaced a burned out capacitor, which is what the smoke was about and the thing works fine now so we don't have to buy a new garage door opener and pay to have it installed. He refused to charge us for looking at the door opener or for the part either. We now can park in the garage again. Unlike the guy who installed the garage opener, this guy told Jack what he needed to do to keep things working proper and he told Jack the cross bar on the door itself should be replaced soon as it is old and will start to bow. Well, as far as we can tell all this stuff has never been touched in 40 years so I am sure it is long past wearing out. We will have him back out when we see it bending at all and have it replaced. He also sells and installs the openers so when we need a new one, we will go to him instead of Lowes or Home Depot. He is a one man business with a helper and a young guy trying to develop his business.

Jean: What a nice send off for the old gentlemen. I remember the pinewood derby days. Isn't Ian in Boy Scouts now instead of Cub Scouts? I thought only Cubs Scouts did the pinewood derby. I know Thomas doesn't do it anymore. He just seems to be on camping trips all the time. :lol: I did get my hair done yesterday and she cut it so cute. I got lots of comments about it. They do such a fabulous job, I don't mind spending the extra that's for sure.

Maggie: We have a crummy toaster at the moment. We had a nice 4 slice toaster for a long time and it was back when Thomas was little, kindergarten or so. He couldn't understand why anyone needed a 4 slice toaster. Everytime he would come to stay that darn toaster would be a puzzler for him. It was funny. I bought a sunbeam, but it crappily made in my opinion. I expect it to go belly up anytime now. I am enjoying my cast iron skillets though I have to get used to scrubbing as they aren't non stick of course. I haven't used my dutch oven yet, but plan to try it out with a roast soon.

Well gals, I need to go. I want to go upstairs and shower and dress so the hot water heats back up for Jack to have a shower. He likes to scald himself shaving and showering and uses a lot of hot water. I don't as the hot water washes out the color in my hair so I use cooler water to wash my hair in the shower. Commissary day today then wash the car. Have a great one. Faye

03-03-2013, 12:44 PM
Good morning, ladies! 36 degrees and partly sunny this day.

The quilt show was wonderful and I had a great time - and spent less than $40. I have all the gadgets and enough fabric for 2 lifetimes.

My boss is finally back to work so I can get back to my regular routine.

I was reading an article about a new book by Michael Moss, a Pulitzer Prize winning writer for the NY Times, called "Salt, Sugar, and Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us." You can look it up on Amazon for a peek inside and write up. I put it on my Audible wish list and in 2 days I'll have 2 credits and I can get it for one. That's cheaper than putting in on my Kindle as an ebook. It's a real eye opener.

Faye, when you say you are scrubbing your cast iron skillet, I hope you are only doing it with salt and a paper towel. A properly seasoned cast iron skillet is nonstick. Mine are ancient and nothing ever sticks. I use salt, a paper towel and that's it. Never use soap on them. I'm glad you are getting good reports from the doctor. Poor Jack with his tooth. My dentist numbs my gum with this orange tasting stuff before he puts the novacain in and it never hurts. It's it great to find and honest young man to do work.

Jean, I really like the idea of sending someone off with songs. I do not want calling hours. Just cremation, the funeral Mass, and then a big happy party to celebrate my life.

Maggie, I have a crappy toaster, too, so I toast bread in my convesction toaster oven. I'm going to throw the toaster out. One less appliance to deal with.

Have a wonderful day!

03-03-2013, 05:16 PM

Will liked that Cuisinart Touch to Toast ™ Toaster I found in my Chefs Catalogue and was pleased with its features and had me order the “2 slice model” which will be here in a few days for that company is very quick in its delivery. So now from the same company we will be getting the bread machine and the toaster. :cp:

Today was pot-luck after church services and I am proud to say that I held myself within the limits I have set for myself for those types of affairs. :yes: I have become a “picky eater” by choice ~ pick out what I think will be a good OP choice and leave the other delicious ooie gooie stuff alone.

JEAN Here is what the catalog said about the toaster I ordered for Will ~ “Touch a button to increase or decrease toasting time, select from 7 shades or reheat. Wide slots self-adjust to toast bagels, English muffins, frozen waffles or bread. Bagel setting ensures perfect balance of oft and crisp. LCD with countdown timer shows toasting progress. Defrost and cancel functions. Removable crumb tray and cord wrap. Brushed stainless steel.” I have some of those heat resistant sleeves that are used to toast sandwiches in toasters that can take a wide load which are neat to use ~ cheese doesn’t goo up the toaster that way. BTW I made that pork chop recipe and made a substitution that probably didn’t change the taste of it at all. I didn’t have any marjoram or thyme when I started to mix things and just had the sage so I used poultry seasoning instead for it is made up of those spices anyway. :yes: Will and I both give that way of cooking pork five stars ~ which is the most a recipe can have that I make. That way of cooking the pork will also work well with chicken tenders or cube steak.

DONNA FAYE What a nice guy to have work on your garage opener. You will get many years use out of your cast iron ware if you don't wash it in soapy water and just do as Susan said. However if you have used soap on it you can re-season it by rubbing crisco all over it and baking it for awhaile then leaving it in the oven to cool. Mine, like Susans, are non stick now from their years of use and proper care. A tooth ache is a hard pain to deal with and hopefully Jack can get it taken care of sooner than later. :o

SUSAN I imagine you are elated that your boss is now back at the work place. If it were just me and I wanted some toast I would also use my Convection Oven to make toast but Will needs a toaster. ;)

Have a great afternoon Magnolias ` :wave:

03-03-2013, 11:21 PM
Good Evening, Flowers! Another morning of sunshine and then the clouds and wind moved in this afternoon, tonight the street is "wet." We are in a winter advisory for rain, freezing rain/sleet (there's a difference?), and snow through tomorrow night. I am supposed to attend an installation of officers at an evening P.E.O. meeting tomorrow night. If the weather does what it's supposed to, I hope somebody is smart enough to postpone it. We went to church this morning; I fixed a roast for dinner, then spent the afternoon working on the afghan, and watching basketball games on tv.

"Gma" -- I can imagine how Jack feels with a sore tooth as I've been there and done that. :yes: It sounds like you found a gem when you found the garage door repairman. I'm not sure if Ian is in Boy Scouts or still in Cub Scouts. He is 10 and in 4th grade; he went camping overnight a couple times last summer. I think this is his second Pinewood Derby; last year we were all set to go watch and he got the flu so couldn't participate.

Susan -- Glad to hear your boss is back and you can get back to semi-retired status. :cp: I just knew you would enjoy the quilt show! Did you just buy fabric? Thanks for sharing the link on Salt, Sugar, and Fat -- I will check it out!

Maggie -- I know Will will enjoy his new toaster when it comes. :yes: My grandma used to toast bread in the oven. What yummy food did you take to the pot luck?

Hope you all have a marvelous Monday and a great start to your week! I'm off to read in bed! :wave:

03-04-2013, 09:32 AM
Good morning to you all. I hope you are all doing well. We actually have another day of sunshine and it is going to be in the 60's this afternoon :carrot:! It will however rain this evening. :(

We whizzed through the commissary for once, got home and put it all away and just relaxed for the rest of the day. I am starting in on cleaning when I get done here inbetween reading another Maeve Binchy book I haven't read. My greatest Bucket List wish would be to have the money to go on the QM2 land in England, tour England, Scotland and Ireland, see a couple of my FB friends that are knitters then ride the boat back home again. If it weren't for the kids/grandkids, I would live in London easily. I just love everything about it, (so you see why I love the Harry Potter books so much, Susan :D )

I bought all the supplies to make myself another Pandora style bracelet in yellow using goldtones instead of the silver. Well one of my cute little heart dangle charms was broken when I got it so I took a picture of it and the one that was ok and emailed them asking how I could get it replaced. Got an email back today that since it was buy one get one free, they would give me back 8 cents for the broken one as it was out of stock! :mad: I have never had trouble with this company but was hoping I would just get another charm to replace the broken one. So, I had to rearrange my bracelet so it would look right as I make them using two of everything and one charm or bead in the middle that is different, ie it is red for the yellow bracelet. I lay them out how I want them to go on then feed them on until we get to the middle different bead then basically go from the end back to the beginning so each end of the bracelet is the same as it works itself to the middle. That's why I buy two of each. I also like a really full bracelet and always buy a small pretty extender so I can put them on myself. I also buy from a company called Fire Mountain Gems out in Oregan someplace. They sell tons of beading and jewelry making supplies, but also sell premade necklases, bracelets and the like. I found some gorgeous fresh water pearl necklaces in colors for the cruise this year and a couple other chunky bead types that I like.

Susan: I bought Lodge cast iron cooking stuff and it said it was preseasoned, that you should use a stiff bristle brush to clean it and always oil each time after use. As Jack is from the southwest and they use a lot of cast iron, I knew not to use soap on it. I do use my scrubber sponge and water only then dry it and oil it everytime. I will try the salt and paper towel way and see how that goes too.

Maggie: Thanks for the info on the pans. Sounds like you have a plan for a new toaster. I bought a packet of spices to use in the crockpot next time I make the pork loin. I guess this stuff bastes itself, but then everytime I have made anything in the crockpot it bastes itself anyway! :lol:

Jean: I imagine Ian is in Webeloes. I thought he was closer to Thomas's age. Thomas will be 13 in June. I can't believe I said that. He is going to be an actual teenager. Where does the time go??? So, what book are you reading at the moment? I am reading Maeve Binchy's Minding Frankie and I like it so far. Her books are so village oriented and I have always liked the way the plot is tied together bit by bit by each chapter being about the person or persons involved in the plot.

Well this is not getting my work started. I have already purchased some more contacts online, had breakfast, and a couple other things. I leave here and it is make a big ole list of cleaning chores. It is satisfying to cross them off! :lol: Faye

03-04-2013, 06:37 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! It's another gloomy day in my neighborhood. We got up to a slippery crunchy ice glaze but it didn't last long once people were out and about driving. The predicted snow storm has gone around us for now. School was two hours late this morning so we counted without the secretary's help. I picked up the gift shop money and have been to the bank with that. As far as I know the meeting tonight is still on.

"Gma" -- I'm sorry about the broken charm. It's too bad you couldn't find one to replace it. The kids grow up too fast, that's for sure. I think Ian grows taller every time we see him. I'm reading a Michael Connelly book right now; I have a feeling I've read it before although my initials aren't on the inside pocket. I have reread books more than once, and get almost to the end before it finally clicks. :o

I need to do some much needed ironing. Bob has practice at 5 so we will probably meet coming and going. Hope you all enjoy a relaxing evening! :wave:

03-04-2013, 06:59 PM

This is my wiegh day and I stayed the same so guess I should call it a "maintain." My body needed a rest after reaching the half way mark I guess to gather it's breath for the next group of pounds it has to lose. I expect I will show a loss at WW meeting next week.

Last night we took a trip out to the book store and bought a copy of the Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss ~ published in 2013 ~ that Susan gave us “heads up” on. If any of you buy the book please don’t skip over reading the “prologue” for I found it quite interesting and you may also. I liked what one comment Ron Suskind made that is printed on the back of the book “What happens when one of the country’s great investigative reporters infiltrates the most disastrous cartel of modern times: a processed food industry that’s making a fortune by slowly poisoning an unwitting population? You get this terrific, powerfully written book, jammed with startling disclosures, jaw-dropping confessions and, importantly, the charting of a path to a better, healthier future. This book should be read by anyone who tears a shiny wrapper and opens wide. That’s all of us.” Maybe one of the reasons I like the prolog of this book so much is that I did love that class I took on “Marketing” while I was in college. :yes: I am so far into 28 pages of the book + the 28 pages of “prologue” and what a power packed group of pages already on what is going on in the industry. I highly recommend the book. :yes:

I have been busy doing some of this and that this day. However, busy is a good thing. I did get a few pounds of ground sirloin packaged up and in the freezer for a future use. We like finding that 90/10 ground up meat in the “used meat” bin at the market. It can be used in so many dishes. I freeze some of it in ½ pound pieces because sometimes I only need that much in a recipe and I don’t want to thaw out a pound and then have to decide what to use it for before it goes bad. Some of the things I make that call for one pound I use ½ pound for that is enough I do believe plus it does cut down on the points+.

When we were out and about this day we went by to see the buffalo and the babies are almost as big as their parents now. They certainly do grow fast. It is fun to see one scoot away when it gets in the way of the big boss male buffalo. It isn’t hard to see which one is the dominant one.

DONNA FAYE Wasn't that nice to be able to get through the commessary without any mishaps. My two nephews went to England to look up the land where our ancestors were located and had a grand time there. But bought some land on a tropical island. :p I haven't used my cast iron Dutch ovens in this oven but could because the legs could go between the wires on the shelf and work like one without legs. I have cooked many a scrumptous thing in a crock pot from biscuits to desserts. Most of the crock pot recipes can be made in the Dutch oven. I have a cookbook called Cast Iron Cookbook by Griswold & Wagner which has lots of yummy recipes it it. Also The Dutch Oven Cooking, recipes by K&B plus the Camp Dutch Oven Cooking 101 from backyard to backwoods which have some very good recipes also. If you ever need a recipe made for the dutch oven just ask me and I just might have it. Isn't that just how it works you break a charm and that is the very one they are out of. Are they getting any in like it soon so you can get one or can you get two differnt ones to take their place?

JEAN We are supposed to get some rain this evening and I sure hope the clouds that are gathering do dump some on us. Will has a meeting tonight also for he is on the museum board now. If his meetings are always going to be on the same night as my WW meeting but on the last monday of the month then I am going to have to see if I can get into the building where they have WW early (I know they are in there) and I could sit quietly (yes I can be quiet) and read a book till time for the meeting. His meeting tonight is because it was cancelled last week. Anyway it will be the last Monday of the month when I will want to get in the building early.

Have a wonderful evening Magnolias ~ :wave: I can hear the wind howling ~ hope it is bringing the rain. :crossed:

03-05-2013, 08:59 AM
Good morning ladies. It stayed in the 60's overnight but temps are dropping this morning into the 40's and again with the rain. I would love to just blow it right up to Jean and Maggie since they need it. Hopefully, it will only last today then get back to sunshine as it is supposed to be warm towards the end of the week.

I started a load of laundry, balanced the checkbook, fed and watered the dog, took my meds and will get up and put away dishes and reload the dishwasher with breakfast dishes in a bit then on to the cleaning chores. I still have to dust and clean kitchen counters downstairs today then want to get upstairs and clean the hall bathroom today if I can.

We had homemade sloppy joes last night and are having crab cakes for Jack and I am having cold shrimp for supper. I do try to have at least one fish or seafood meal a week. I think I will put a small piece of pork loin in the crockpot tomorrow for dinner with the packet of that mix I found and we shall see how we like it.

Jean: Which Connelly book are you reading? I have his latest one in my Kindle and usually just read it in one sitting, but I haven't been able to get into it much this time. Like I said, I am reading a bunch of Maeve Binchy books that I haven't read. For once the online library has a lot of an author's books so I don't have to buy them. The charm isn't that big of a deal. I will put the heart on a jump ring and use it separately sometime and the spacer it came on I can use as a spacer sometime too. The one that wasn't broken I put in the middle of the bracelet and then worked my way out on both sides. I imagine the bracelet part will be here today since it was supposed to be delivered yesterday and of course the post office didn't deliver it. Not that they care, but I gave them a piece of my mind because I ordered stamps on the 27th online and they are supposed to go out the same day and they weren't even shipped until this morning and they are only in Missouri so would have been here yesterday if they had just put them in an envelope and shipped them. I mean how hard is it to put two little flat booklets of stamps in an envelope and mail them???

Maggie: Thanks for the help with the dutch oven. I haven't used it yet, but I imagine there will come a time soon when I need it. We are able to get 93/7 ground sirloin and that's great for the ole diet, but it has so little fat, it is difficult to use sometimes if you want it scrambled up or something like that.

Well gals, I need to hit the bricks and get things going for the day. Have a good one and hopefully we will start having spring weather soon. Faye

03-05-2013, 11:01 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! It is spitting snow flakes right now but don't think we are supposed to get much. It's cold and the wind is supposed to pick up later around noon. I'm home for the day as far as I know. I need to do some laundry and sort through the never ending pile of magazines and catalogs.

Maggie -- I would be most happy with a maintain, and know you are patiently :?: waiting for your body to get moving downward again. I had to chuckle when you said you could sit quietly and wait for the WW meeting to begin. My meeting choices are either at the hospital or in a church where the leader has to lock everything in a closet. I don't know how long it takes her to set everything out but know she's ready to go a half hour before the official weigh in time.

"Gma" -- The name of the book is Trunk Music; it's an older paperback but I didn't look at the copyright date. It hasn't grabbed my interest like some of his books do so may end up not finishing it. There is a local editorial campaign to get the post office to deliver on Saturday but not Monday. We get hardly anything on Saturday as it is so it really wouldn't make any difference to me. For whatever reason mail going east, to my "mom," is a day shorter than her mail coming west to me. :hyper: It's only a little over an hour drive so something is wrong with that picture!

My next project, for the day, is to finish the afghan so I'm off to get a load of clothes in the washer and then park in front of the tv with the afghan. Enjoy a terrific Tuesday and be glad you are on the "right side of the grass!" :wave:

03-05-2013, 12:39 PM

We certainly didn’t get much rain yesterday ~ just enough to wet the road and sidewalks. They are predicting some rain for Thurs & Fri so we shall hope it comes to pass. Daylight Savings time begins the 10th (for all but a couple of states) and it sure seems that it has come around early. Then we have St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th and Easter on the 31st. This month is packed with “happenings.” This year is marching right along and it will be gone before we know it. It is important for me to keep my FOCUS and be awake to my program so I can be a good loser. I can give myself a pat on the back for while reading this book it imprints on my mind why I am eating low fat or fat free and using Splenda® instead of sugar and watching the salt intake. I rinse my canned veggies to remove all the sodium I can from them and never use salt at the table. I get all the sodium I need from the food I eat and cook with spices instead of using salt. I do use a little salt when baking bread but do use the Splenda® for the sugar and the butter makes the crust brown. But other than baked goods I don’t use lots of salt, sugar, and fat. “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” is a good sub for butter spritzed on veggies, toast and such. Read the book folks and it will reinforce why we cut back on salt, sugar, and fat and what made us fat to begin with. You will get an eye opener on what goes on behind the scenes in the food industry that will make you shudder. Remember when regular yogurt was considered a “health food” ~ well it isn’t anymore because they have put 4 times the amount of things in it that make us fat. I am so happy that I have my own yogurt maker and can control what goes into it. :cp: I happen to like yogurt and know how to make the ever popular Greek Yogurt also (which is also called Yogurt Cheese). I mix yogurt with Low Fat Miracle Whip half and half and it cuts the MW points down further. The yogurt takes on the flavor of the MW and doesn’t diminish the flavor. I like using the yogurt to cut points+ in creamy things such as that. If you use mayonnaise instead of MW you could do the same with it. Life is good. Experiment with it and see if you like it by using a spoon of one and a spoon of another mixed together for a taste test. For deviled eggs I like to use some lemon pepper in it when I mix the MW with the egg yolk along with some chives or finely chopped green onion. Never bring any home when I take them to pot-luck. :lol: Folks are not aware they are eating lightened fare but always say how good they are.

Will is going to grill burgers outside since it isn’t raining this day so our dinner meal is planned. I haven’t decided yet what I want for lunch but it will be something low in points+ like maybe a cup of soup with a few croutons sprinkled on top. Soup on a day such as this sounds good to me. I have some packets of “Peal A Pound” soup in the freezer that can be quickly thawed. I look forward to when the weather gets nicer when we can cook outside more often. We like cooking and BBQing outside and have some things we want to try. We have that nice outdoor smoker that is waiting for a rack or two of ribs or a chicken or turkey breast. Smoked food is so good and good for you also. I am learning to find things that I can keep using the rest of my life and not just to lose weight but does help me to lose weight.

DONNA FAYE Hope you get chain soon so you can assemble your bracelet. Sounds like you hit the floor ready to get your work done this day and all is well at your home. Isn’t it fun when you have your ducks in a row.

JEAN Yep I can be quiet. :lol: But not often. I am going to really watch what I eat this week so maybe I will show a loss this next week instead of another "maintain." It is my history to lose a few weeks then not lose for a couple so I have to take it in stride whether I really like it or not. Can you post a picture of your afgan when you get it all finished? Wonder why they want their mail on Sat instead of Mon for most stores are open on Mon anyway. Doesn't make any difference in the long run anyway.

Have a wonderful day Magnolias ~ :wave:

03-06-2013, 01:00 AM
Maggie -- We had a few raindrops this afternoon, along with the sprinkle of snow flakes. The wind blew harder as the day went along and it was a cold icky day here. Wind chill is 9 tonight as I'm typing. The weatherman, at 6, said to expect rain starting Friday through the weekend turning to snow Sunday night. I'll take the rain without complaining because we do need it. If it's a "wet" snow, so much the better I guess. I think the no mail on Monday had to do with Labor Day, Memorial Day, President's Day, etc., being on Mondays so that would be 3 days without mail if no mail on Saturday. Bob has been frying fish on the grill outside; I like that because it doesn't stink up the house. :yes: We still have a Canadian fish to eat now that I think about it.

I'm heading to bed. See you tomorrow! :yawn:

03-06-2013, 07:05 PM

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