New Month - meant to get to this yesterday, however I had other things that obviously must have come first - like falling asleep on the couch in front of the TV.
Let's see if we can lose some combined weight this month. Any suggestions on how much we can lighten our footprint on this good earth?
Here is the link back to the old thread should you need it. http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/support-groups/280781-worldly-chicks-maybe-well-good-maybe-we-wont-7.html
06-01-2013, 07:47 PM
Gotta go shop for some compost soil and then plant the beetroot and carrots. It's fine for a change. Not warm and sunny but at least not raining like most days last week.
Back later with the latest gossip and personals.
06-01-2013, 07:56 PM
Just Checking in, in June. Hello everyone. Cyber hugs all around. I'll be stalking err, uhh I mean lurking, (no, that sounds creepy as well)..... Let's just say I'm here!
06-01-2013, 11:09 PM
Annie - I was so sorry to read on facebook that your dad has passed away. My thoughts are with you and your family. Rest easy Annie's Dad.
06-02-2013, 12:20 AM
My daddy went to be with my momma this afternoon. I am sure he is the happiest he has been since April 27, 2010. I will miss you dad, as much as I miss momma. I love you both so very much. Happy Birthday to us daddy!
ANNIE....I AM SO SORRY TO READ ABOUT DAD'S PASSING.
I WISH I HAD SOME WORD OF COMFORT TO GIVE YOU.
WE'RE SENDING ALL OUR LOVE AND SYMPATHIES.
SENDING HUGS TOO. WISH WE COULD BE THERE. :hug:
I AM SURE YOU ARE RIGHT AND HE IS HAPPY WITH MOM.
SHAD....THANKS FOR STARTING THE NEW MONTH.
I DIDN'T EVEN REALIZE IT WAS THE FIRST!!
IT DAWNED ON ME WHEN A TENANT TOLD ME IT WAS JUNE ALREADY. :rofl:
I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO DROP A FEW POUNDS.
I GOT ABOUT 10 OFF SINCE JANUARY.
BUT I KEEP GOING UP & DOWN IN THE 180'S NOW.
I AM TRYING TO JUST EAT WHOLE FOODS...MEAT, VEGGIE, TATER.
SIMILAR TO THE DASH BUT A LOT SMALLER PORTIONS.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING THAT YOU LOST WEIGHT?
OR WAS IT WORK & WORRY?!?!?:hug:
CEEJAY....SOMETIMES I WISH I COULD MOVE TOO.
IT WOULD BE LIKE A FRESH START FOR RETIREMENT.
GOOD IDEA NOT GETTING INVOLVED WITH NEW NEIGHBORS WHEN YOU GO!!
HOPE THE RAINS STOPPED AND YOU GOT TO SEE THE UNCLES.
DON'T TELL ANYONE BUT I LOVE TRADER JOE'S PANCAKES!! YUM!!
ITH SYRUP & BUTTER OF COURSE!! :hun:
HAPPY.....NOW I FORGOT TO TELL JEN ABOUT THE CLIP ON OFF.
MOSQUITOS JUST LOVE HER!!
THE FISH FRY SOUNDED DELISH. ANYTHING FRIED IS FINE WITH ME.
THE POOR BUNNIES. MR. FOX MUST HAVE SOME APPETITE.
THE FERAL CATS AROUND HERE WILL EAT ANYTHING THEY SEE RUNNING. YUCK!
GLAD MOM USED HER A/C. I TELL THEM TURN DOWN THE TEMP BUT KEEP IT RUNNING.
OVER HERE THE AIR IS TERRIBLE. VERY DIRTY LOOKING.
MARY......WAVING A HAND HELLO.
COME SIT AND HAVE A CUP O' JAVA WITH US :coffee:
:cofdate: GOOD MORNING CHICKLETTES
THE KIDS DID GO TO THE TRAILER. HOPE THEY KEEP DRINKING WATER!!
LOTS FOR THEM TO DO. AIRING AND WASHING.
NOTHING MUCH GONG ON DOWN HERE.
RUGMAN WAS VERY LATE...THEIR TRUCK BROKE DOWN.
HE DID A GREA JOB ON THE LADY'S CARPET.
BUT THE WOMAN IS SO CONFUSED SHE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW WHY HE WAS THERE.
POOR LITTLE THING IS SO DISCOMBUBULATED.
I WILL TELL THE OFFICE THAT HER APT HAD TO BE NEAR 100 DEGREES.
THIS WOMAN NEEDS HELP OR A NURSING HOME.
THE REST OF THE DAY WAS QUIET.
I CALLED A MAINT. MAN BUT HE WAS IN FLORIDA!
GUESS SOMEONE FORGOT TO TELL ME HE WAS ON VACATION.
HE WAS LAUGHING SO HARD I COULDN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT HE SAID. :rofl:
ALL I HEARD WAS...MELLO, I AM IN ORLANDO! :yikes:
GOING TO MAKE SOME CREAM OF WHEAT AND WATCH TV.
THAT'S THE BIG AGENDA FOR TODAY!!:beach:
HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYONE.
06-02-2013, 11:38 AM
Morning all. Yesterday was overcast most of the day, but the rain didn't come til about 5, after the dog's walk, thankfully. Yesterday I did a Zumba class, fun & sweaty, a good workout. About 10- 15 min. In, 2 women joined the class, not dressed for working out at all - one in clogs, the other in flimsy canvas shoes, neither wearing socks. Must have been some spontaneous idea on their part, lol.
Watched the movie "Goon" last night- a funny, very crude & violent movie about a man who ends up as a hockey team's enforcer on the ice. Otherwise, no planting (soil is soooo wet), just some laundry & general puttering.
Annie - so very sorry about your dad's passing. I hope you are comforted that he's w/ your mom now even as you sorely miss him & grieve your loss. :hug:
Shad - Thanks for starting our new thread. NOT busting out -love that! June can bust out, but not US!!!
Mel - Hope the kids are having a good weekend at the trailer. Lol re the maintenance man in fl! At least the carpet is clean now! Poor woman - she surely needs a nursing home if she's confused.
Ceejay - Did you ever get to lunch w the uncles yesterday?
Happy - Glad you enjoyed the new fish fry. How was the shift w the classmate??
Decided to skip an exercise class today, and so my punchcard/ session ends w/ 5 untaken classes. Oh well, I'll get over it.
Today must include shopping! Right now I'm battling the urge to go out & pick up a couple doughnuts. Maybe ill just have some hot cereal like Mel, but mine will be Cocoa Wheats or oatmeal.
06-02-2013, 12:45 PM
Good morning ladies,
Annie I am very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. It seems like he hit a health bump really hard and failed fast or perhaps I missed that he was struggling for a while. As you say, he is back with Momma again and hopefully at peace. Prayers and comfort hugs to you. Come back when you can, we will miss you until you return.
Laura - how crazy that the ladies just show up for class willy nilly. Clogs in a Zumba class? :dizzy: :shrug: :sssh: on the donut word :lol: Much better with Cream of Wheat. What a "summer" we are having, eh? We are dipping below freezing tonight so the garden will be tarped. Up here we are getting several nights in the 40's for routine temps. 70 during the day but really chilly at night. Maybe I'll get good carrots after all but not much else. I guess you'd best get out and get your replacement plants before they are all gone. I wish the stores would carry vegetable plants for a second planting - especially stuff that peters out quick like beans, cilantro and parsley but I guess it doesn't sell after the initial spring planting.
Hello Java :wave:
Thanks for setting up the new thread Shad. I did not do much in the way of lightening up my personal footprint last month. Have to work harder on giving up the sodas, making menus and sticking with them. I did eat cleaner last month - sometimes when I decide to focus on the weight loss my body says oh no you don't and it backfires on me. But I am going to try harder this month, not liking how I'm feeling.
Yesterday went well at the thrift shop. A couple popped their heads in the door and asked if the shop was pet friendly. We said of course and in they walked with their St. Bernard dog. :yikes: Beautiful pup, very people friendly but BIG. Very BIG. About 180 pounds big. Soft and silk fur, a really nice dog. Yesterday was not the greatest weather day - on the cooler side, mostly cloudy with spots of both rain off and on. We had a good day at the shop and I enjoyed talking with my former classmate. She realized after a while that she recognized me from the popcorn shop. After a while I realized that I probably just talk too much. I'm a pretty open person and a yakker and I have to be more cognizant of applying filters to what I say and less is often times more. People ask me what happened to the popcorn shop and I think I should just say that I don't know, I left before they closed up. I also need to keep my opinion to myself about the people at the thrift store. At one point I told my partner yesterday that I was not meaning to be gossipy - just passing along what I had heard and experienced which is there are some groups and people you want to work with, and others it is best avoiding because of the drama surrounding them. It's a pity that there is so much to be done there. The back room is filling up with stuff and every day I have been there more things are dropped off. L was looking at the shelves and said a lot of the stuff was old and tired looking, and there was a rash of things in the back that should be brought out to freshen up the place as well as boxes and boxes of books. There were also several seasonal (Christmas) pieces that would probably not sell at this time of year and were taking up valuable shelf space. She said she'd love to work on the merchandise. The head of the pricing committee came in to pick up some stuff and we chatted for a while. They need help, the ladies doing it now are almost 80 years old and they said they need some new blood to help. So much to do, hard to not get sucked into more than you really want to commit to.
Anyway, I need to go make a grocery list and get over to the store. Now that the summer people are in town, it would actually be best to shop late in the evening as it's a big hassle now. People come into the store, are not familiar with it and stand there blocking traffic in the middle of the aisles looking for things. That would not be so bad but they have no consideration for others trying to get by and sometimes even when you say "excuse me" they don't move over. I think they should rearrange the aisles in the summer and put a section that contains paper goods, breakfast cereal, milk, bread, pop, water and frozen pizzas so those people could stare to their hearts content and the rest of us can get on with our business :rofl:
Let me get on with the day - hope you all have a nice Sunday. Hello to the rest of the Worldlies. :wave:
06-02-2013, 05:18 PM
I BETER POST NOW FOR TOMORROW. THERE ARE THINGS NEED DOING BEFORE TUESDAY'S ELECTION. OF COURSE PEOPLE TOOK OFF.
I ALSO WANT TO SPEND TIME WITH MY FRIEND. AND ANOTHER ONE JUST FOUND OUT SHE HAS A TUMOR. WE "WORKED" TOGETHEER WHEN I VOLUNTEERED FOR 3 YEARS IN SECTION 8.....LOW INCOME OFFICE. THERE IS A WAVE OF SADNESS IN THIS BUILDING!! PLEASE GOD....DON'T LET IT HIT ME!!
THE KIDS ARE SLEEPING OVENIGHT IN THE TRAILER AND RICHIE WILL DROP JEN OFF ON THE WAY TO WORK. THIS WAY THEY DONN'T FIGHT TRAFFICE TONITE ANND O ONEISSON THE ROADS BEFORE 5 AM. THEY SOUNDED TIRED BUT HAPPY.
NOTHING NEW HERE. SHOWERED AND JAMMIES AND NOW SOME TV FOR TONITE. I AM AHEAD OF SCHEDULE...IT'S ONLY AFTER 4PM HERE:dance:
LAURA...HAD A GOOD LAUGH JUST NOW AT THE CLOG AND NO SOCKS ON FOR AN EXERCISE CLASS!! WTF WERE THOSE 2 THINKING....NOT!!!:rofl:
HOPE YOUR YARD DRIES UP SO YOU CAN GET OUT THERE AND PLANT.
DID YOU GET THE DONUTS???
DID YOU SAVE ME ONE???
HOPE SHOPPING WAS GOOD....I LOVE SPENDING MONEY!!
HAPPY....THAT WAS SOME PUPPY!!! ONE USED TO LIVE ACROSS THE STREET FROM OUR HOUSE WHEN I WAS A KID. HE KNOCKED ME DOWN A FEW TIMES:rofl: I HEAR YA ON PUTTING FILTERS ON YOUR MOUTH. I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM AT TIMES...ESPECIALLY WHEN I THINK SOMEONE IS LIKE-MINDED. THEN NEXT THING YOU KNOW...WHAM....SOMEONE HEARS WHAT YOU SAID AND MISINTERPRETS. HAPPENED TO JEN LAST SUMMER. RICHIE'S DD CONFIDED IN SOMEONE AND THE RUMOR WHEN WILD. LOTS OF FIGHTS. I TOLD JEN TO TELL HER TO DENY EVERYTHING....THAT'S WHAT THE POLITICIANS I DEAL WITH DO....DENY, DENY, DENY!! :lol3:
OK GALS I AM OUTTA HERE. IF WORK IS NUTS TOMORROW....THEN I WILL SEE YOU WEDNESDAY ...AFTER ELECTION TUESDAY. I DON'T LOCK UP TILL 9PM ON ELECTION NIGHT SO I KNOW I WON'T BE TYPING HERE!!
06-02-2013, 07:25 PM
So sad to read about your dad's passing. We'll be sending hugs and prayers
Thanks for setting up the June thread. I've made some progress but not as good as Laura. I'm changing weigh in day's to Saturdays. Actually weighed in at 194.6 this past Saturday. Hope to at least maintain if not lose 5 pounds for June, and continue to exercise. And deal with stress better at work.
You could pop in a few more times. It's always good to see you.
I've learned to do as Mel says deny, deny, deny. And I've learned NOT to associate with co-workers. I do let them vent but I've learned to keep my mouth closed.
What's the election for this time? Don't work to hard.
I bet those women dressed that way to come to the class was a sight to see. I think I'd like to try Zumba. May have to get a DVD or look on line to see if there are any video's Didn't make it for lunch on Saturday but did go after the storm. Got to my uncles around 3 p.m. It rained HARD.
I did do some Pilates last night for about 20 minutes. Nothing else is new.
06-03-2013, 12:30 PM
Guess it's going to be on the quiet side here for a bit.
Good luck with the elections Mel. Hope you don't wear yourself out working and handling everything. Sorry to hear that yet another friend has bad news on the health side. I totally understand the fingers crossed hoping it doesn't happen to you too. I say nah, you have too much to do ;) hang in there!
Ceejay - sounds like you've set some good goals for the month, here's to June success :cheers: (toasting you with a cup of tea ;) ) Yes, I too found out the disappointment that it's better to have a hands off approach with coworkers. At least the ones that you directly work with. Thank you for the reminder. Outside of the rain how has the weather been so far? It's much cooler this year than last, although they said that last year was warmer than usual so it's hard to say if this is normal or cool :dizzy:
Annie - sending you some love and hugs to get through this difficult time :hug:
Laura - I guess I'm the only person in the world who doesn't like Zumba :lol: Perhaps it's because of my defective gene that inhibits my ability to learn dance moves. But I'm glad to hear that you had a good time at your class and enjoyed yourself. Sorry you lost out on 5 classes but sometimes things work out that way. Are you going to replace the punch card with the Jazzercise this time around?
Shad you must be quite busy these last few days.
Hi Michelle :wave:
Yesterday early evening I was talking to my Mom on the phone when hubby came rushing down the stairs from the loft area. He had heard a noise outside, looked out the window to see a bear had toppled over the trash can and was about to go hunting for a meal. He grabbed his pistol and the air horn and went outside. The bear decided to move on - I was nervous he was going to get curious about the greenhouse - but he stopped at the Shepard's hook and stood on hind legs to check out the new empty flower pots we just hung there. Hubby said it was a great picture, ran inside to get his camera but by then the bear moved off across the yard. We have not put corn out in a long time so there is pretty much nothing for them to eat but they have a very powerful sense of smell - 1,000 times stronger than we do and he was rummaging around in the area we would normally set the corn down. Hubby blasted the air horn and the bear just looked up at him like "what???". A few more blasts and he reluctantly walked away. This was a smaller bear than the one we saw earlier this spring. Might have been the younger guy we saw last spring - don't know how fast they grow. This was a bit disturbing because up to this point we have only seen the bears at the far end of the yard. They have stayed away from the house. The garage is about 15 feet from the house and there is an alcove of sorts between the garage and the house where the land is built up with a stone retaining wall. It's a short hop from the garage door to the deck stairs and up to the house. We keep the garbage and recycling bins next to the garage entry door less than 10 feet from the deck stairs. The bear was plopped on the ground with the trash can and could have easily turned and come up the deck stairs - which they do. Seeing him across the yard is one thing, seeing him on your deck is quite another :yikes: DH put the bins in the garage for the night and we haven't seen any evidence that he returned after that. We were thinking of leaving the hummingbird feeders out overnight but now we know that's not a good idea because bears love sugar water as much as seed, corn and fruit. We have quite a few hummingbirds, seems like a few more join the crew every couple of days. They are swarming the feeder like they do in the fall - I've not seen this in the spring ever. All I can guess is that they are arriving from down south and are as hungry as the bear when they get here and see some welcome food. We did cover the garden yesterday and I put all the flower pots in the greenhouse. It got to 34 degrees, just shy of freezing so I guess that's good. The cool weather plants are loving this, my tomatoes not so much. After working at the thrift shop Saturday I noticed they could use some big bags. I had a large shopping bag that was filled with shopping bags I was saving as well as a bag of assorted plastic bags. Went to go get them only to find out that someone in this house had decided to rearrange things, came across them and tossed them in the trash without saying anything to me about it. :mad: Thanks a lot there. I had been keeping some packing paper from the move - neatly smoothed and rolled - because I figured I'd use it if I had a garage sale. I've decided I'm just going to get rid of the stuff I don't need anymore and therefore don't need the paper. So I folded it into squares and took it down to the thrift shop along with some large grocery bags. I walked into the store and a man was sitting behind the counter. I said hi, introduced myself and started talking. He didn't acknowledge me, didn't say a word. I was about to ask him if he was dead when this lady came running Edith Bunker style from the back of the store. She introduced herself, said she was a snowbird from Illinois and they had just come back after 8 months to open their place up here for the summer. She's a volunteer over the summer months. Delightful lady. It was her unresponsive husband sitting in the chair. He said not a word to me the entire hour I was there. We had a nice chat and since she had not been at the store for 8 months, I stayed with her while she did the closing because some things had changed and she was a little unsure of things. It was a good opportunity for me because it cleared up 2 things I was not sure about also. At the stroke of 3 (closing), the husband came to life and locked the front door. C said he did not like to stay A MINUTE past closing :rolleyes: We counted the register out while he stood impatiently at the counter drumming his fingers. Which made our counting of the money all the more nerve wracking. But we got everything done and were out the door long before he busted a gut :lol: I'm not sure if she doesn't drive or didn't want to be alone but he was surely no help at all :lol: She said she is coming back tomorrow like me to help with sorting the donations so I'll get to spend more time getting to know her. Me and my former classmate are BY FAR the youngest of the people there. I feel like I'm 30 instead of pushing 60 so I guess that's a good thing :rofl: Went to the grocery store afterwards, got a lot of nice fruit and vegetables as well as meat for the week. I did splurge on 2 filet steaks as well as 2 halibut (fish) filets. We had the steaks yesterday - oh they were soooo yummy with some potatoes I grilled up with fresh herbs and some corn on the cob. The drought really took a toll on the corn last year but the sweet corn we've had for the last 5 weeks has been fantastic. They said it's from Florida so it's nice to know the crops have made a come back. I'm about to go have some yogurt and fresh berries before I head out to finish up the planting.
And with that I have babbled long enough - have a good day all.
06-03-2013, 02:46 PM
Oh My those bears. It does sound like you are having a good time at the thrift store. Be careful on grilling outdoors you may have hungry bears inviting themselves. The weather has been much nicer this spring. My uncle and I were talking about that yesterday.
It does seem quiet in here especially with Annie and Mel not here today.
I got to work this morning and the other boss man was here waiting to explain some things to me about draining one of the ground storage tanks for inspection this week. That went well. Took approximately 2 hours to get down to the depth they wanted and the rest is going out on the ground. In the mean time they told me to start the plant. I did but all of a sudden I heard the water coming up out of the floor down stairs. It took them till almost 12 noon to figure out the probe in the clear well had burned loose. They fixed that but it 's running completely different than our normal run. The elevated tanks were lower than I would like so I'm filling those up but I'm robbing as much water as I'm putting into the ground storage tank. So it doesn't look like the level indicator on the ground storage tank has moved. I'm sure thankful for my nerve meds today. I'm almost tempted to take one now but they are scheduled for 6 p.m.
06-03-2013, 03:49 PM
Good morning ladies (it's still morning here in CA),
I've been so busy. Since I didn't get the job in Escondido and it looks like I'll be here for a few months at least, I spent the whole day on Saturday getting settled into my step-mom's house, which included going through several boxes, sorting out what I really need and have room for, and putting the rest either back in my nearly full storage unit or up in the attic at my step-mom's.
And Sunday, Santa and I went to the coast. We tried out a couple beaches that were easy to access and not too crowded. :beach: Then we drove up and down the coast a little ways to see if we could find other dog friendly places. We came across this one stretch of road where several people were looking out to the ocean. I found a parking spot and Santa and I went over to take in the view. There was a pod of 6 dolphins (4 adult and 2 babies) swimming not to far off shore. They were beautiful! I didn't have my camera with me, just my phone and since the camera in my phone doesn't zoom, you can barely make out the dolphin fins. On the way home from the beach, we stopped at a really nice dog park. It's a little too far away to go after work (because the traffic going in that direction is horrible), but it's a very nice place to go on the weekends.
Today, my step-mom and I are anxiously awaiting word about my niece. She is pregnant with her first child, a boy, and she was due over a week ago. Her doc said if she didn't have the baby by last night, she would be admitted into the hospital and be induced. So they did that last night, and she still hasn't gone into labor! She's doing fine, so is the baby. I guess he's just cozy in there and doesn't want to leave!! :rofl:
I haven't had a chance to catch up on personals, but I wanted to extend my deepest sympathies to ANNIE. I'm so sorry for your loss. Take comfort that your parents are together now. I know it's difficult, painful and so heartbreaking. It's bad enough when you lose one parent...but when you lose both...it's so much worse.
I love you, Annie. Know that your strong faith and supportive family and friendships will help you get through this. Remember and cherish all the good times. I was smiling to myself last night thinking of your dad and how much he loved your excellent home cooking, especially your pineapple upside down cake. You were a wonderful, loving daughter, which is no surprise since that's how you are to everyone. :hug: :hug: :grouphug:
I've got to get back to work.
Much love and many hugs to all,
06-03-2013, 05:11 PM
Thank you girls...I plan on placing a birthday card, Father's day card and a can of pineapple in with him. I am so messed up right now. My heart is breaking and have been crying for two days straight. Thank you sisters for all your support...I am just a wreak.
06-03-2013, 07:07 PM
OK I am officially tired. Very long day that began early.
My friend bought me gave me a vegetarian fallafel [sp]
I was sick as a dog.Never again.
From now on no one can buy me lunch!!:cry:
but she wanted to have lunch with me and yalk.
Her Dr found a tumor in her stomach and a cyst on her pancreas.
Surgery is scheduled for the 21st.
Tomorrow is election and the mayor just called.
What a mess. Does anyone do their frassing job anymore?
Sometimes I think he & I are the only ones.
Jen and I will take turns being a challenger at the table.
We bought food ahead of time so we have nothing to do tomorrow but be there.
My bosslady is devastated without her mother.
We hugged on and off all day.
My heart is just broken watching her.
I thought of our Annie all day too.
I thought of Shad too.
Hope my sisters could feel the mental hugs I sent out to them. :hug:
Please God, we need watching over :yoga:
The one good thing is that Jen has passed out of the anger stage and is done crying also.
She has other things to think about.
The weekend helped her get out of the pity party rut.
We laughed today for the first time in about 3 weeks.
Right now the kids are on the phone with her and excited about coming here.
Wish I could get excited with them.....NOT!!! ROFLMAO
Hope that does not make me a bad person!!!:angel:
Sorry to be such a Debbie Downer but I didn't know who else to turn to.
So aren't you all the lucky ones!! :lol3: :lol3:
I will shower and do personals in a few minutes. :scooter:
06-03-2013, 07:32 PM
I FORGOT I POSTED LAST NIGHT. SORRY TO HAVE REPEATED MYSELF. THINK I AM SLOWLY LOSING MY MIND:crazy
ANNIE....I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES I TALKED TO YOU IN MY HEAD:hug:
TELL DAD HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM ALL OF US:hb:
STAY WELL MY FRIEND. SENDING MUCH LOVE.
SHAD....I GOT A PKG TODAY AND I AM SAVING IT FOR THE WEEKEND.
HOPE THERE WAS NOTHING ELSE IN IT BECAUSE IT WAS RIPPED OPEN:yikes:
I KNOW I WILL LOVE PEDALING TO IT.
I AM ALREADY EXCITED.
MAYBE WE CAN CHAT FRI OR SAT MY TIME??? LET ME KNOW.
SENDING LOVE & HUGS IN THE MEANTIME. JEN TOO.
CEEJAY....YOU ARE BECOMING QUITE THE EXERCISE QUEEN :queen:
GOOD FOR YOU!!
I'LL RACE YOU TO THE FINISH LINE THIS MONTH!!
:yikes: IT'S ALL EXCITEMENT AT YOUR JOB TODAY!!
OMG!!! I CAN JUST HEAR THE WATER RUNNING.
MUST HAVE BEEN SOMETHING ELSE FOR YOU TO BE THINKING OF THE NEXT PILL:rofl:
I THINK YOU SHOULD BE SHARING YOUR DRUGS WITH ME!!!!!
IF THEY WORK THAT GOOD FOR YOU....THEN THEY SHOULD FOR ME TOO:hug:
HAPPY....WOW ALL THE WILDLIFE IS AWAKE IN YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS.
HOPE THE SMALL BEAR DOESN'T BRING HIS DADDY BACK WITH HIME:faint:
EVERY TIME YOU POST, I AM BEGINNING TO LOVE THE CITY MORE!! ROFKMYAZZOFF
OMG....I WOULD FREAK OUT OF I WAS OUTSIDE.
I RUN AWAY FROM PITBULLS THAT THINK I AM A MEAL ON WHEELS JUST MADE FOR THEM,!!! :yikes:
I WAS JUST LAUGHING OUT LOUD AT THE WOMAN'S HUSBAND AT THE STORE.
THAT IS JUST TOO FRASSING FUNNY.
SEND HIM HERE...WE'LL BREAK HIM OF HIS BAD HABITS!! ROFLMAO
MICHELLE....SO GLAD YOU ARE STAYING WITH THE MOMS.
ALSO GLAD YOU CAN GET BILLS PAID FASTER.
THE WEEKEND AND THE SIGHTS SOUNDED GREAT.
MAY EVERYTHING CONTINUE TO BE ALL GOOD!!!!
06-03-2013, 07:44 PM
Sorry, I have been missing, but things go on while I am planning to do other things. Yesterday I went down to get a new pair of glasses and picked up a cot mattress and some cot sheets and a quilt. The bits of the cot are all over my bedroom floor and I need to get on to that today.
I go to NZ in 19 days so I am trying to get sorted for that, and yesterday my DB2 arrived around with his tree lopper thingy and help to prune the Poinciana tree in the front yard. First time he has volunteered to do anything and actually turn up in years. As well as that the green waste bag man arrived to take away my hedge and tree prunings and tells me that he has sold his business, is retiring and next month will be his last pick up. His co-worker is taking over so hopefully he will be just as good. Then the neighbour appeared on the scene while I was trying to fill up my new bags and said that Joe has collapsed on the floor. She has called the ambulance, can I come take a look? What am I expected to do? Dunno but I went anyway. Poor guy has a bad set of kidneys and was carted off to hospital for another couple of days. Hope he has good health insurance. He has sure used it over the past couple of years.
Anyway - enough about me.
Annie - You can't help your emotions at a time like this. Cry as much as necessary. The grief syndrome will play out as it did for your mum. Grief, anger, acceptance and memories. I'm glad you have the family and Curtis there to help you along. I'm afraid I can't say much that will help and wish I could teletransport myself over there to give you a big hug.
Happy - I saw the story of E and the bear on facebook late last night. Good luck with that. Your garden is sounding good. We have had some very cool (for us) temps this year and my veges are basically standing still. I'm glad you are enjoying (sort of) the shop. It gets you out of the house and beats cabin fever.
Michelle - sounds like you and Santa are settling in well. It always helps when the weather co-operates.
Ceejay - sounds like some maintenance is well overdue for some of your machinery. Won't help if the city runs out of water.
Laura - Hope you beat the doughnut craving and settled for the wheat or oats. I'm having instant oats again. I understand the leaving of 5 sports on the punchcard. Some times it just happens. I think I have a card in my wallet from the gym at Banana Alley in Melbourne when I was working down there last. There is no date on it but I suspect that the gym is either not there anymore or has changed hands and so can't be honoured anymore.
Mel - poor Jen. You have to go through these stages to come to a peaceful acceptance. Doesn't make it any easier. Life is just about as complicated over there as I have over there without the addition of disability.
So the cat is going berserk for some reason. The sun is shining. I have done my run for the day. Getting better and going further everyday. Not losing much weight for all the effort tho.
I've finished the big T's doco and starting on a course outline for Micks training stuff.
With a little bit of luck, the back yard will be cleared and neat and tidy by this afternoon, the front yard should be clear of all the hedge debris and maybe I will have the cot done.
I also need to take the cat to the vet. I think she is having problems with her teeth.
So I guess I need to get on with it. But..... lets see if I can find some nature to inspire all of us to get out there and just do it.
Here it is. A beautiful 150 year old peaceful church not far from Christchurch, which for some reason was mostly spared the earthquake. It's for Annie
06-03-2013, 07:49 PM
Mel - typing away over my head.
I will check out the diary for Friday your time and see what we can organise. The dvd arrived quicker than I anticipated. I meant to tell you to watch out for it. Glad it arrived okay - they probably checked it out to see if it was pornographic.
Gotta go. Shower, breakfast, coffee and then work .
06-03-2013, 08:10 PM
Whew glad this day is almost over. We are still draining the ground storage but what a mess. I've mad more trips up and down these stairs today that I may count that as exercise. :lol:
06-04-2013, 12:26 AM
Posted this pix on my cover page of FB and also wanted to share with my sisters....This is his BD last June at 85 and 29 for me...haha
06-04-2013, 12:30 AM
How can a heart hurt even more...I mean really...just when you think hurt cannot get any worse...it rises to an even extreme event. Not only do I miss daddy but it opens the wound for momma. Why does GOD put us through this???? Especially for emotional people like me? I know not to question the word of GOD, however I do. Messed up and a wreck.
06-04-2013, 01:10 AM
Annie - I know your pain. It is heartbreaking and gut wrenching. It does get a little easier over time, but the only way past it is through it, I'm so sorry to say. Before I lost both my parents, my cousin lost both of hers a few years apart. She said it's quite common to feel alone and lost and like an orphan. Know that you have a wonderful husband, loving children and siblings, not to mention many other family and friends, to help you get through this. We are here for you. :hug: :grouphug: :hug: I'm just a phone call away, my friend. Anytime, day or night.
06-04-2013, 10:25 AM
Wow what good advice! I have often felt like an orphan after both my parents passed. But my uncles took me under their wing. It will be the same way with them passing I'm sure.
Hugs. :hug: You will get through this with support from others. God only puts as much on us as we can bare. It will make you stronger as time goes by.
The ground storage tank is still draining but almost finished. The guys are guarding the hole where the inspector will be climbing inside. They are to keep out all small animals.
What a day yesterday!. My back and foot were very painful last night when I got home so I took a Mobic and brought one with me today. I went to bed with a headache and woke up one also. Got tickled ant my co-worker. She's not experienced this before and she had all sorts of new things happen to her that threw her off guard.
Need to call and make an appointment for Friday if possible for lab work and refills. I'm going back to Paragould Thursday to visit with my cousin from Midland Texas. These three cousins are like sisters and we grew up across the street from each other.
The inspectors are here.
06-04-2013, 11:14 AM
Today will be a full day for me - going to work at the thrift shop - this time in the back of the house cleaning and sorting donations. So I don't have time for a long post today.
Annie - my heart and hands go out to you. I know you are feeling very sad, time will make it a bit easier though you will always feel the loss. Be comforted in the fact that you were very good to him, always looking out for him and taking good care of him. We like to believe he is in a happy place now too. Be good to yourself and let those around you comfort you :hug: That was a really nice picture you posted of both of you.
Ceejay - with all the walking and stairs you do at the plant, a busy day indeed counts for some exercise!
Shad - lovely picture of the church you posted. I really like how they framed it in between the rocks.
Mel - good luck with the election work today. Don't wear yourself out.
Michelle - hope the great nephew decided to greet the world yesterday.
Hi Laura :wave:
Off I go into the wild blue yonder... have a good one ladies!
06-04-2013, 11:56 AM
Good morning my dear friends,
It is with EXTREME excitement, pride and joy that I announce my grand-nephew (or is it great-nephew?) Ryan James was born this morning at 2:01 am, all 8lbs 9oz of him! He has a wonderful, loving mommy and daddy, and he's already got a big family and so many friends who love him also! Happy Birthday, Ryan! Here are the stats and a quote from the baby's daddy, "32 hour labor, 8lbs 9oz, 22inches long, APGAR score 9.9. He is a beautiful baby boy."
Ceejay - Like you, I was fortunate to have a wonderful aunt and uncle (my last remaining aunt and uncle - my dad's brother and his wife) to take me under their wing. They did the same for my other cousin who lost both of her parents. I know it will hit me hard when they pass, and also when my step-mom passes. :-(
Happy - I really hope there's not too much dust or anything to upset your allergies/sinus health where you're cleaning. :crossed:
Okay...gotta get to work. I'll be able to concentrate better now that Ryan finally made his appearance!
Much love and many, many hugs to everyone,
06-04-2013, 12:12 PM
Annie - I totally agree with what Happy said. Please be comforted by the fact that you were so good to him, as you were for your momma as well. You loved them, cared for them, and made them feel so very special. Sending you much love and many hugs today and everyday.
06-04-2013, 12:30 PM
Annie - :hug: Such a difficult time for you and your family. :( You've had such a wonderful long time with both of your parents, your pain and grief bear that out. Hang in there girl, I know today will be especially rough. You're fortunate to have your kids and C by your side during this. Know we're here for you!! Love that photo of you and your dad!
Happy - Your bear visit had to be scary as heck! I'm like Mel - citygal all the way. :D Best to not keep anything food-like outside, especially the garbage cans! Too funny about the volunteer's husband. Not sure why he's there at all...Hope today's sorting goes well.
Ceejay - Sounds like yesterday was a huge challenge at work - I hope today isn't as eventful. Hope the pain med does the job on the aches. How nice you'll see your cousins on Thursday! :)
Michelle - Congrats on the long-awaited great & grand-nephew!! :bb: Are they in your immediate area, or down in the SD area??
Mel - How did the election go yesterday?? Sorry the falafel didn't agree with you, hope you're feeling better today. I love 'em, but don't eat them very often - I try to stay away from too much deep-fried food. Sorry to hear about your friend's tumor/cyst - I hope her upcoming surgery is successful. Good to hear that Jen is in a better mindset at the moment.
Shad - You sound busy as usual. How's the neighbor w/ the kidney probs?
Had a pleasant day yesterday - the sun finally came out and it warmed up a bit too. I lazed for a good chunk of the morning and then got out and did a bit of shopping, including two string bean plants (Blue Lake) to replace the one the rabbit ate. (BTW, that one is trying to come back - apparently the rabbit left an unfurled leaf behind.)
In the afternoon I finally planted my 4 windowbox planters. Haven't done any digging in the ground - it's way too wet. I do have a few more pots to plant, might do that in the next day or two. I was thinking to just dump the wet soil (there's already some plants in the pots that I'd overwintered) and plant with the new bag of potting soil I bought. But it's so much more dense than the last bag. Doesn't help that it got wet sitting outside at the garden center....
I had a passing thought of going to a Jazzercise class last night, but the day got away from me and my only exercise was a dog walk w/ doggy and bf.
I will be going to Jazzercise now for my exercise, and haven't bought a punchcard for the recplex's fitness classes, not even for just 1 class per week. I might just have a go at doing 3 J. classes a week. I used to do that - they're Monday and Thursday nights and Saturday mornings. I'll have to shoot an e-mail to my instructor and see what equipment, if any, to bring. For a while way back when, we used to bring the big exercise balls, and dumbbells (and mats, of course). This instructor has her classes in 4 different locations and so she can't supply equipment like the franchises that have a single permanent location.
Not feeling up to a WW meeting or W-I today, so I'm going to skip this week entirely, first class I've missed. I haven't heard anything about a new session starting even though we're within 2 or 3 weeks of finishing this one. I do plan to continue.
Okay, enough rambling for me. Back to slogging through all this !@#$% e-mail. :comp:
06-04-2013, 12:40 PM
Laura - My niece, her husband and their son live in Southern CA, about 25 miles (or a 1 hour drive) east of LA, in the San Bernardino area. They are about 1.5-2 hours northeast of San Diego. They are planning on coming up north in August, so I'll get to see them at that time. Or I might try and schedule a weekend visit in the next couple months. Glad you had a nice day off. I need to find some exercise classes to do, and I'm thinking about joining WW, but I'm having trouble finding out how much it is per week (even on their website). :dunno:
UPDATE: I just found the WW pricing page. It wasn't working last night when I tried to access it.
06-04-2013, 05:51 PM
No tears today, a couple of times almost lost it. DD and babe came over and visited for a couple of hours. The babe is my therapy. Cleaning the house and now cooking for brother and SIL...DD and baby Jacob coming over also. Dinner at 6 pm. Keep it together girl...Tomorrow will be the toughest, laying him to rest next to momma. I know, be strong.
06-04-2013, 06:17 PM
Annie - You are strong, but you are also in pain. Don't shut down. Don't fight the tears. Allow yourself to feel what you feel. Crying is not a bad thing given what you're going through.
06-04-2013, 07:34 PM
Here is a photo of my grand-nephew Ryan James, who was born at 2 am today. :love:
06-04-2013, 07:56 PM
Congrats on the new great nephew. They are grand. I still have seen my newest great niece that lives in California. Her mom is good about putting pictures on FB.
More hugs coming your way. Take Michelle's advice and don't shut down.
Glad you are having a good day today.
They have a Jazzericse location in Paragould. Wish they had more things like that here.
Sounds like you like to work at the Thrift Store. How many hours do you plan to work each week?
The company has inspected the tank and I've been refilling it. Not sure how much water is in there yet. The bossy boss wanted it to run over but my supervisor didn't want to come up here after work so he turned that tank off. They'll pull a sample and take to Paragould to the lab for testing.
I'm about to get used to this way of doing things. It does make you more alert to things.
06-05-2013, 06:07 AM
Had a good day today. Went for my run and am now able to jog most of the distance on the back track. It'll be a while before I can do the entire length. But I am getting along. Sometimes I still have problems with my knee but not enough to have to stop. It is still not completely healed. Then I did a bit of yard work. Not sure if I have any carrot or beetroot plants left since the cat dug up a number of the little plants. I might just dig her in if she doesn't stop. The car was due in for a service today and I dropped it over and carried on into town to have coffee with the Big T and a lunch with a friend I worked with a couple of years ago. She is going overseas on an extended holiday soon - walking tours of UK and also a long tour of West Africa. Lucky girl. Picked up the car and came home to cuddle the cat and have a wine and sort out some dinner. Now lounging around in my pyjamas and thinking about what to do with the evening. I guess tomorrow will be front yard clean up and getting a load of junk ready for the dump as well as finishing putting the cot together for the royal visit in July.
Annie - you can only concentrate on getting through the next minute, the next hour and the next day. It will get better but unfortunately has to run its course. Each person is different and what worked for me, may not work for you. But it sure can hurt.
Happy - I think there was a reason why they framed the picture that way. If I remember rightly there was a mighty rift in the earth behind the church. By looking up at it, the crack in the earth wasn't visible. It's amazing the thing actually stood up and stayed up.
Hope you didn't get too dust laden out the back of the shop.
Michelle - congratulations to you and the proud parents on the birth of your new Great nephew. He looks delicious.
Laura - the neighbour appears to be fine. They sent him home this morning. He has these attacks every so often. They are serious, but he always seems to rally around and gets out.
Hope the jazzercise works well for you
Mel - missing for the day. Okay. Will talk to you over the weekend
Ceejay - hope the foot is okay now and the headache is gone.
I think that is about it for the day. Not much news over here. Everything is going up because the last government was inept. Gawd I get so sick of that statement. The poor old taxpayer ends up paying for everything anyway.
I've added a couple of photos for your enjoyment and enlightenment. One is my granddaughter and the other is Lake McKenzie in NZ. Different angle on reflections.
Have a fun day
06-05-2013, 11:18 AM
Morning all. The boss is back. The admin PM'd me - "she doesn't look happy to be back". My response "Would you be?" Boss was gone for a three wk European getaway.
Shad - Glad you're back in the groove with your running/jogging and the knee isn't holding you back. When you said you might dig the cat in...I pictured only her head sticking out of the ground, LOL. Glad the neighbor is alright. Gorgeous little S. in the photo! Bet you're looking forward to seeing her in the flesh in July. :)
Ceejay - Totally clueless about water plants, so it seems odd to deliberately let one run over! Your comment made me wonder - has something drastically changed there?
Michelle - The grand-nephew is just gorgeous! Looks like he's actually focused, but it's probably just the photo. Or he was just born ready to see everyone and everything right away!! Not wasting any time, LOL. :) It'll be nice to see him when you get the chance to get away.
Annie - Like everyone's said, let yourself feel what you're feeling, it's part of the process, painful as it may be. :hug:
Nothing much to report. My new sneakers arrived yesterday. I have to phone the eye doc to see if my new lenses have arrived yet. We'll see if their office is open on Wednesdays or not.
Having trouble getting back into the groove with my eating and tracking after the weekend, but I'll keep trying. Feeling like a slug not having exercised in a few days. I'll be going to a class tomorrow.
Okay, back to it. Have a good day everyone! :flow1:
06-05-2013, 11:26 AM
Nothing has changed at the plant. We are in the middle of tank inspections and they always choose my shift to do that. The way we're operating the plant their are certain gages that do not work at the moment.
Good for you in running part of the way. What a beautiful GB you have!
So thankful that today is my last day to work this week. I'm both physically and mentally tired.
06-05-2013, 12:44 PM
Good morning ladies -
I went to bed early last night hoping to catch up on some sleep. Didn't happen. Oh well. :dunno: I'm going to a Curves today to see if it's what I want to sign up for...or if I just want to try WW again. Curves has a slightly higher weekly fee, but it includes a suggested meal plan PLUS exercise facilities.
In talking to my sister yesterday, I learned my niece had a bit more complicated delivery than was first let on. Awhile after they gave her the inducing medication, her water broke with such force that the baby's hand game out. Upon examination, the doctor saw the baby's hand and made the decision that a c-section would have to be done. It was a very good thing too because the umbilical cord was wrapped twice around the baby's neck. If the doctor hadn't seen the little hand and had proceeded with a vaginal delivery, the baby would've been in great distress and might not have made it. :yikes: The family all agrees that God works in mysterious ways and that the little fella's hand came out to say...hey, something's not right...I don't wanna come out this way! :lol: Anyway, momma and baby are doing great. The little guy took to breastfeeding right away. My niece will probably be released from the hospital tomorrow.
Shad - Speaking of little ones, your granddaughter is so precious!! And I love the photo of Lake McKenzie! I'm glad that your knee is doing a bit better and you're well enough to jog!! Sounds like a busy and productive day, with some fun socializing thrown in. :) Glad to hear your neighbor is back at home.
Laura - I can understand how your boss wouldn't be happy to be back after such a long, lovely vacation. Here's a buttkick to get you back on track with your eating, tracking points and exercising. :buttkick: I know, like I should talk...but you're doing so well!! I'm debating about trying a Zumba class in the area tomorrow evening. We'll see. Curves says their new circuit includes Zumba, but given how the rest of their circuit works, it could very well be one person dancing at a time while others are on the machine, and it could be to a video (which I could do at home). Not sure, but I'll find out later today.
Ceejay - I can see why they choose your shift for tank inspections...you seem much more experienced and knowledgeable than some of your co-workers. Are they going to fix the broken gauges or are they supposed to not work because of the way the plant is currently running? I hope you have a nice, relaxing long weekend. :beach:
Annie - Sending lots of comforting thoughts, hugs and prayers to you and your family. :hug: :grouphug: :hug:
:wave: to Happy and Mel!
Much love and many hugs,
06-05-2013, 02:02 PM
Yesterday just flew by. Kind of a messy situation in the store - I think the best for me is to stay on the fringes. There are a few things one on one most of us tend to agree with - some items are priced too high to move, some items will probably never sell and need to be pulled and we have too much of other things - like romance novels. Must have 300 romance novels - can't even give them away for free! Should we have a sale??? The problem is that when you make any suggestions to address some of the issues, there are some loud naysayers that poo poo everything. One lady was placing new items and noticed a wooden picture frame that was missing not only it's back, but also the clips to hold a picture in. She showed it to me and I agreed it should be pulled. She went back to the pricing ladies, showed it to them and they said to put it back on the shelf :rolleyes: As for the pricing, there is one specific person who overprices things - she says because she wants the maximum dollar for the thrift shop - and any effort to discuss price with her is met with steadfast resistance so no one crosses her more than once. As for the having a sale, I suggested a "sidewalk" sale - putting out merchandise in the front of the store outside. Someone else suggested that would be a good idea during one of our outdoor festivals later this month. The ladies poo poo'd that idea - who will run this? In the spirit of helping I stepped up and said I would handle it. Then they complained that they didn't have tables for outside displays. One lady said she might be able to loan them a table. When someone else said the weather was unpredictable I walked out of the room. :rolleyes: What else can you do but step back? I wound up helping the book lady. She was very nice, easy going and the good thing is that if someone drops books off during the week, I can go through the bags, sort the stuff and put it out on the shelves. No mess, no fuss, keep things moving along! I did wind up working all day. I will also work all day Saturday. Was scheduled for the afternoon and the morning guy yesterday said he needed to find someone to fill in for him Saturday morning as he had to go out of town. I said I'd do it - he said that will be a LONG day - I said no longer than the days I put in at the popcorn shop and this is only 1 day - not something I'd make a regular habit of. I did it because he's a nice guy, maybe he can return the favor one day and we have a rough time finding people to come in. The regulars want just their set times, there are a few people who will work extra if needed but there are some open holes. I think the person who oversees the operation got roped into it and he has a lot of other irons in the fire so he sort of takes a pass on decision making and frankly I don't blame him - not worth the drama! Despite it all, I do enjoy what I'm doing, I am learning some of the people and I will stick with the ones I enjoy working with. Unlike the popcorn shop where you spent most of your time waiting on customers, here you spent most of your time chatting with the other desk people or amusing yourself as people browse the shop. I'm glad it's not as hectic!
Got home and DH had fixed a nice dinner of pan roasted halibut with lime and cilantro/corriander (turned out to be too rainy to grill), fresh green beans and roasted potatoes with garlic. It was a great meal. He even washed the dishes afterwards! I tried to finish the second half of my book but had over 360 pages to read. I did until my eyes got strained and blurry and still have about 50 pages left to go. I have an order from JC Penney to go pick up as well as a library book due tomorrow (not the one I'm reading). We are supposed to get more rain today and then it will dry out for a while. I think I'll finish the book, do some planting, clean the house and run my errands tomorrow.
We had the big black bear show up yesterday. Guess we have 2 of them roaming around. It's not as scary as it sounds - the older bears are more afraid of humans because they have the experience of being shot at I imagine so they run when they see a person. The younger ones are not aggressive, just hungry and it takes some persuasion to get them to leave. You just have to be watchful of your surroundings and make sure you don't make your area attractive to them. I still prefer dealing with them over the crazies in the city!
06-05-2013, 02:21 PM
Here I've gone and wrote a book again. As for personals...
Annie - hugs and hearts to you today as you lay your dad to rest. :hug: We are all thinking of and supporting you. :grouphug:
Shad - I'm glad the knee is healed enough to resume your running. S is such a beautiful little girl. She's got those big eyes that melt your heart! Loved the mountain picture too although I thought it upside down at first even though I saw you mention reflection :lol: Yesterday was national Hug Your Cat Day so it was nice of you to participate even if Miss Sunday is less than cuddlesome at times :yikes: I'm glad you mentioned carrots - how do you know when it's time to pull them out of the ground???? I know some of the carrot tops in the store are much much longer than mine are right now. I certainly don't want to disturb them prematurely.
Michelle - your great nephew looks perfect. Congrats to all. Too bad you will have to wait so long to see him in person but by then he won't be so wobbly either ;) And he will still smell the wonderful smell of a baby. Ohhhhhh. That is really a story for the books on his arrival! So glad they caught things in time. As for Curves vs WW - I'd probably make the investment in Curves as long as the circuit does not adversely affect your back. As you say they have a food program now too although I think that's a few dollars more in addition to the regular program. Nice thing about Curves is you can do the "class" at your schedule instead of trying to work around a set time. Sounds like a workable option - hope you like what you see when you go to check it out.
Ceejay - to your question about the store - I was thinking one shift a week, but absolutely no more than 2 days. I have to keep in mind I have responsibilities here at home too. I hope your inspections go well - I agree that they choose your shift because you are a seasoned veteran and know what you are doing. Is it also a small town in Missouri where you are thinking of retiring? Or about the same size as you are in now?
Mel - hope you are not passed out on the floor from yesterday's long election work. Come back when you're rested up.
Laura - you talked about possibly bringing equipment with you to Jazzercise class (unless I misunderstood) - I don't know anything at all about Jazzercise - does this mean you incorporate other things into the routines? I thought like Zumba it was just dance moves. Does this also mean the end to your kettlebell classes if you aren't doing the punch card?
Boy the time sure flies when you're sitting here at the computer. It's past noon and I have GOT to get myself in gear here. Have a good one all...
06-05-2013, 05:38 PM
As of now I'm going to live in Branson, MO with sis until she retires, then she wants to move to Nixa, Mo where one of her son's live. These plans are not in stone yet but I'm almost sure that's where I'll be.
Not sure why I missed the picture of the baby. He's a cutie for sure. So glad the doctor was there. I would like to join a Curves but there's not one available in my town. Maybe when I retire.
Where are you today? Hope things are okay.
It just dawned on me, 2 years 2 months and approximately 25 days till I retire. I'm counting them down.
waving to the chickletttes.....I am still at work.
auditors are forging ahead. very long story,
sneaking on the computer. gotta go.
will catch up over the weekend.
06-05-2013, 06:46 PM
Mel - You definitely didn't miss my birthday - it's next month, LOL. :lol: But it is on the 5th, so you've got the date right. And I know it'll be wonderful because I'm taking vacation that day!! :D Thanks for my early birthday wishes and virtual cake!!!
06-05-2013, 06:52 PM
Laura - did I miss your birthday. So sorry. Hope it was a good day.
06-05-2013, 07:24 PM
Laura - Happy Birthday!! I hope you have a great birthday, birthday week/weekend, birthday month and year!
06-06-2013, 02:37 AM
Hey Girls....the service was lovely...daddy looked so wonderful, since he passed with just his last breath and not via heart attack, stroke, etc. he was not swollen. No pain in is face. He even look very happy and rested. Altho sad, it was peaceful. I will miss him so very much however knowing he is in heaven with momma and his 3 younger brothers makes it better. I just know they are all yucking it up, telling stories and playing cards. The best part...he is definitely watching over all of us along with momma and that brings peace. Wednesday the 12th will be a tough birthday for me, my first without my dad. However, we are all going to the Chinese buffet as dad had planned for he and I to celebrate. I will try not to dwell on this much longer and bore you with my sadness. I am sure you all are very tired of hearing about it. I am just too emotional. Thank you my dear sisters for ALWAYs being here for me. I love you...Annie
06-06-2013, 02:39 AM
Sleep is overrated. As dad always said, there will be time after we die for sleeping....lol.
06-06-2013, 08:35 AM
Nothing new to report.
06-06-2013, 12:46 PM
Morning all. More rain coming our way today. In fact I had bf drive me to the train station this morning because I was running late and it was already raining. Bf just managed to get the lawn mowed yesterday, but he did get some light rain during part of the job. This morning our neighbor was out there in the rain mowing the lawn. Ugh. He must have taken the day off work today - sure hope he has something more pressing and/or fun on the agenda in addition to mowing the lawn in the rain. :p Bf teases him all the time about how miserable he looks when he's mowing, lol. Most people would just look focused/concentrating when they're mowing, but J. just has this look of pure misery on his face. C'mon, it's not that bad...but I'm glad I don't have to do it. :D
Annie - Sounds like yesterday was something of a comfort to you?? I hope so. Yeh, there will be a lot of milestones coming up that will heighten the loss of your dad, but you're strong and will get through them. Nice you'll go on with the b-day buffet plan, it'll be good for you and the family to celebrate him. And then there's Father's Day... Hang in there, we're here for you!! :hug:
Happy - You're a good person to volunteer at that place. Me, I don't think I could put up with those idiots and their petty BS. What makes them think this shop is substantially different than other retail enterprises?? No sales or markdowns???!!! Anyway, I'm glad they're not all idiots and that you've met some nice people and that you enjoy the type of work you're doing. Just keep remembering the charitable purpose of the place and hopefully that'll get you through some of the trying moments. :) Re Jazzercise, 45 min. is cardio - the dance routines. 15 min is strength, and that's what we bring the weights for. Re the park district's recplex, I'm not signed up right now for a punchcard nor any separately offered/paid classes (which is what the kettlebell class was). We'll see how just Jazzercise classes go for now.
Michelle - Scary about the complication with the birth!!! I'm so glad all went well and you must all be so very thankful!!!! I don't know much of anything about Curves, but it sounds like a circuit setting - is that right? I have trouble envisioning how they work Zumba into that...let us know if you go there for a trial class. Thanks for my :kickbutt: I needed it! Still struggling a bit, but not totally off-course. Some of the new habits are still sticking. Scale is down a bit from the last couple days.
Ceejay - I'm sure they do the inspections on your shift because your the most experienced and knowledgeable one there. :yes: Nice countdown!!! Did you download one of those online countdown clocks so you can see it all the time?? So it's your weekend - have a great weekend!!! :)
Nothing much going on here. This gloomy weather is a downer. Oh well, better than having a drought.
They've announced they're offering ww at work again. If they get 20 people to sign up it'll be offered at the same rate as before. And they'll again reimburse us 50% of that if we attend 14 of 17 meetings. Wonder when I get the 50% for this session?? I think the current session ends next week or the following week.
Dug up and cleaned off my nice exercise mat last night. It was in the back of the closet and had picked up a good amount of dog hair and dust. Dog hair finds its way everwhere!! I also brought out my wheelie backpack. Last time I used it was for Jazzercise classes because I was bringing a couple different sets of dumbbells to class. Tonight I'm just bringing my 5's and hopefully that suffices.
My co-worker and I just agreed we were both going to skip an industry function that we'd previously registered for this afternoon. I've decided I'm not interested enough in the topic to bother and my co-worker wants to be able to finish some projects and take tomorrow off work.
Okay, back to work.
06-06-2013, 12:52 PM
Happy un-birthday Laura ;) :lol:
Annie - glad that Dad looked peaceful at rest. Take all the time you need to accept and move on. I understand how you feel - I too have a hard time giving up on things, especially the important things. I will listen to you now and you can lend back the shoulder when I lose my beloved Mom :hug:
The classmate I met at the thrift shop told me that she's been widowed twice. She was recently married for a third time - said she did not want to remarry but new hubby insisted. She told him - don't you DARE go dying ahead of me, I can't take any more. I can only imagine... we did not get to discuss the details of her prior relationships so I don't know what happened but it had to be awful.
Ceejay - you need one of those big countdown aps / clocks on your computer that counts down the days to retirement :lol: 2 years will go by in a flash - that I promise. It's been a little over 2 years since we bought this house and I swear it passed in the blink of an eye. Locals said we will not be considered a native here until we pass our 10th winter :lol: I would say that 2 years kicks into gear starting to do everything you need to plan for the big day including starting to cull out the stuff you won't want to take with you, get very tight with your spending money and start thinking about things like budget, insurance options and the like. Will make for a much easier transition.
It rained like the dickens yesterday. We watched Lake Happy build up on the driveway. I took my yet to be potted plants out of the greenhouse to give them a good drink of water and took them back in last night because I wasn't sure how low the temps would dip. Got soaked both times. I opted not to go out yesterday so I finished the book I was reading, made a nice dinner and emptied out some junk emails from my accounts. Today I have errands to run and it appears that Mr. Washmore has risen up overnight and is about to peak :lol:
06-06-2013, 01:00 PM
Hit the enter key too soon and my post posted before I was quite done. Guess it's nature's way of telling me to get off the computer :D At least I didn't lose it.
Seems like a quiet day for all the ladies. Hope you have a nice one. Later chicks... :wave:
06-06-2013, 01:22 PM
I see Laura and I were typing over each other again. Thanks for the kind words - the one thing that brings everyone together at the thrift shop is the work for the Humane Society. For that reason, a lot of people do what I do - come in, do their part and ignore the drama. I am slowly learning not to try and "fix" things or make them better than when I first encountered them. This is quite difficult because as a former manager and a people pleaser (yes, you might find that hard to believe as cranky as I can be sometimes) - it's my nature to try and do something if there is an issue. I used to think that putting blinders on was equivalent to copping out - .ie if you're not part of the solution you're part of the problem. I should write a book on life's hard lessons- Chapter 1 - You're better off keeping to yourself, Chapter 2 - One Day You Will Wake Up Old and it will take some time before you realize that you have fallen out of the circle of "those who are cool" and moved into the section of "geez what a pompous windbag", Chapter 3 - You Know You Are Old when you disagree with just about everything people 10 years and younger than you do :rofl:
Anyhow I sure did get off topic. That's nice that the company underwrites part of the WW cost. I think that's money well spent on their part for encouraging healthy living. The only thing - and I'm not sure if they will do this - but the rebate might be considered taxable income to you so you are in effect actually getting less than 50 percent back. They did the same at my company - there were healthy living incentives and if you followed them you got a small amount rebated on your insurance premium. Was shocked to see they included that on the paycheck each quarter. But they said the IRS rules dictated that was income (by a broad stretch of the term). Just sayin... however I know how much the WW at Work programs cost so even a 40 percent return is welcome money.
06-06-2013, 02:20 PM
Good morning ladies!
Yesterday after work, I checked out Curves. They had me sit through a video touting the benefits of their 3 pronged approach (exercise, diet plan and motivation). At the end of the video, a price of $299 flashed on the screen for a second or two. Apparently it's $299 for 90 days (and it doesn't come with pre-packaged food just a personalized meal plan). Then the "trainer" showed me the circuit. A couple things I don't like: (1) the "cardio pads" which are every other station...you do your own cardio while others are on the strength-training machines; (2) the strength training machines that you're on for 30 seconds are not adjustable to your height and the resistance is hydraulic...so not adjustable at all. So, overall I'm not impressed. What did impress me was that I could do most of the strength training machines without hurting my back. :) They do offer Zumba classes on Monday evenings and Saturday and Sunday mornings, and they cost extra. I got a free one-week pass out of the deal. I'm not going to get there until Saturday though. Today, I'm running on empty in terms of energy as I didn't fall asleep until nearly midnight last night...and I did not enjoy the alarm going off at 5:30 this morning. And tomorrow night I have a date with the same guy...we're going to a baseball game. I don't know if this is going to go anywhere, but it's nice to get out. On Saturday morning, I'll do the Zumba class, and then I'm getting together with friends.
Back to Curves...if it is, in fact, $299 for 3 months, then WW and a gym membership would be a much cheaper deal.
Annie - I'm glad you're feeling more at peace. Please, never, ever feel like you're boring us or being too emotional. You can't rush the grieving process. We are here for you, sister. We love you too. You couldn't sleep either? At least you have a reason. We should've called each other.
Laura - Crazy about your neighbor mowing in the rain. Glad your bf got the job done without getting too wet. Good for you for getting back on track. That's way cool that your company reimburses you 50% if you attend WW at Work. So cool you have a wheelie backpack to take your stuff to Jazzercise!
Happy - So sad about your classmate being widowed twice. I can understand why she said that to her new hubby. I've been divorced twice, and that's why I don't know if I'll ever marry again...don't want to be 3 times divorced. I know, bad attitude. Hard to believe it's been over 2 years since you bought your house. Wow!
:wave: to Ceejay, Shad and Mel!
Much love and many hugs,
06-07-2013, 07:49 AM
Not a lot to report today really. I've been doing good deeds for people. Taking one to the doctor, one to the vet and cat sitting the DS2's little kitten for the weekend. This has not made me popular with the Miss Puss.
Laura - sorry I gave you too much cake for your non birthday. All Mels fault. She is usually pretty much on the ball with all our birthdays.
Sounds like your neighbour needs artificial grass if mowing makes him that miserable.
Annie - so glad that your service for your dad went off okay. Interesting that he looked happy. My mum was the same. She seemed to have a smile on her face.
Happy - interesting about your friend and the three husbands. I too have a friend who has had 2 husbands die on her. I don't know if she is interested in any more. Personally I think I would have given up even thinking about it after the first.
Glad to hear that someone else has Mt Washmore. I think mine erupted last week. Maybe some of it blew across to your place
Michelle - 299 for 90 days. That's 3.33 per day which is not too bad if you go everyday. But quite frankly it doesn't work that way. You have to have some time off to allow the body to recover. If you don't, you get injuries and muscle pain not to mention chronic tiredness.
My house smells of roses - well two varieties of roses anyway. Mr Lincoln and Fragrant Plum. They have the most beautiful scents. By tomorrow they will be joined by Jude the Obscure who will probably out scent the other two. The rose garden is doing quite well considering I haven't given it much attention recently and it is getting a bit overgrown and I need to take out some of the bulbs and cut back the ground cover which is taking over everywhere. Maybe tomorrow I will get to that.
So time to watch Alan Titchmarsh's garden program on tv and then bed. I love looking at these beautiful British gardens. Tonight he is showing us Hatfield House - something to do with Queen Elizabeth 1 back in 1594 I think. According to Wikipedia it was built in 1497. Anyway, the garden is very formal and lots of hedges and parterres. Not what I grow in a garden, but it is definitely beautiful - if you like that sort of thing.
06-07-2013, 12:37 PM
Shad - Good on ya' for doing the good deeds, even if Miss Puss doesn't approve. I love the smell of flowers, especially roses. When I get my own place, my garden will be full of roses, geraniums and many others. I like to watch the garden programs...but I'm not typically a fan of the overly manicured, overly formal types. I'm tackling my laundry today...now that there's only just me..it's not really Mount Washmore anymore. :)
I hope all the chicks east of here are okay. Now that I've moved west, I'm almost never the first one here in the morning.
Love and hugs,
06-07-2013, 01:23 PM
Morning all. TGIF!
Shad - Nice of you to be doing good deeds. :) Is the kitten being kept separate from your cat?? Last year during our big drought there were some stories on the news about people getting their brown lawns sprayed green, and about artificial grasses, which now are available in much more realistic-looking varieties - not just "astroturf". It's heavenly to have nice flower scents in the house. I had a couple vases of peonies from the garden in the house this past week, and I'll cut some more this weekend - the ones that get more shade in our yard are finally blooming. We don't get much sun in our yard, and what we get has the veg garden in it, so I haven't tried to grow roses. A house we pass by when going to the creek has two large very rose bushes in front - very pretty to look at. Not sure if they have any scent though.
Michelle - I like seeing elaborate gardens in beautiful settings, but wouldn't it be hilarious to see a very formal garden in front of my modest little ranch home?? :D The price seems a little steep for the Curves program. Is there "live" support available too? I don't think I'd be too keen on the hydraulic machines in re to the type of resistance they provide. (I also don't like using the rubber exercise bands either.) I guess you'll find out more when you do your trial.
Happy - Sad about the classmate who's been widowed twice. :( I agree you can get through that drama at the shop by keeping in mind that everyone is there for a good cause, even if some are idiots. And you get more practice trying not to go into "fixer" mode. :D Yeh, we've been made aware that the 50% reimbursement on ww is taxable. That's fine by me, the benefit outweighs the extra tax liability.
Ceejay - Did you visit with your cousins yesterday? Hope you had a nice start to your weekend. :)
Jazzercise was fun yesterday. It was like coming home again - familiar moves and the instructor is still the same crazy person. :) I got a good sweaty workout. And that reminds me that this particular location isn't air conditioned - hope the summer temps don't get too extreme! The Saturday location has AC though.
Bf and I watched the hockey game and that was about it for last night.
No big plans for this weekend. Jazzercise class on Saturday morning. Otherwise, all my flowering shrubs are done blooming and now I really need to prune them. Not good at pruning, so we'll see what kind of funky shapes I end up with. Good thing the shrubs eventually grow back.
Everyone have a wonderful weekend! :flow1:
06-07-2013, 01:42 PM
Quiet in here today. Is it Sunday and I got crossed on the days? Geez wouldn't that be nice because I'm pulling a double shift tomorrow at the store (and WHY did I agree to that???) Of course, tomorrow is also going to be the nicest weather we've had in a week. Perhaps that will keep people out on the lake and paths and it won't be too busy being by myself in the morning. I did not realize there was so much laundry to be done. DH had to go for a blood test today and apparently had to dig out some old corduroy pants because he had nothing to wear. :lol: Hey, I don't wear his pants - how was I to know? Anyway once I started separating clothes from the hamper, I was surprised at how much was in there. Because of the septic system, I generally don't like to do more than 3 loads a day so as not to overload the septic tank. However we have a big septic tank and I have a ultra low water washer so 3 loads of my washer is probably equivalent to 1 load of a regular large washer's output. I have 6 loads of clothes to wash. Have to decide which 3 are the lucky ones to get done today :lol:
I also MUST finish my planting today. I will probably have to go outside and work in my netted jacket - the mosquitos are absolutely horrible. Yesterday I went out to run a bunch of errands and was sitting in the driveway with the car window down talking to DH and this swarm was flying into the car. I finally told DH I had to get out of there.
Michelle - at $100 a month for Curves - that's a pretty steep price. They have a much lower price ($12.95 a week) advertised online for the exercise, food program and coaching - but it also says that's in specific locations. Since that's a franchise, prices may vary but I think you can do better than that. Not sure what they have out by you but when I lived in Chicago they had built this beautiful wellness center affiliated with the hospital. In addition to a gym they had physical therapy, wellness classes and programs - smoking cessation, weight loss, diabetes, cardiac care, etc. It was a really nice place. Might want to see if they have something like that convenient and affordable to you which would give you more bang for your buck.
As for multiple husbands all I noticed is that there's a LOT of women who say one was enough and they are doing just fine on their own :lol: It makes me laugh because these old goats run off and pick up a 20 something they can flash on their arm while she spends all their money and they think they are hot and all that and the women they were with are more often than not, glad to be free of them. Viagra contributed to the downfall of society - no stopping them now.
Shad - I can only imagine that Miss Puss is NOT happy to have a younger one in the house with you. Oh the insult. Make sure she does not bury her in the garden! Nice of you to help out with the neighbors. I love the formal gardens too though I've probably never seen a proper British one. However, not having the means for a gardener to keep it alive, I will have to be content with the view of pots from my deck :lol: But how nice to have a seated arbor and mounds of lovely flowers, butterflies and birds to look at. Maybe a Zen garden too with a gently trickling water fountain. They have some beautiful ones at the nursery - looks like a grotto of sorts.
I have walked away from here 3 times already - best go get some food in me, flip the first 2 loads of laundry and get outside and finish with those plants. Have a good weekend everyone.
06-07-2013, 01:46 PM
Laura - glad you enjoyed the exercise class - I think it helps more if the instructor is fun as well as intent on leading the class. No a/c in the room? Hope they have some big stand fans! Thank you for your comment about people all being there for a good cause - even the idiots. I am going to remember that when some people get to be a bit much.
06-07-2013, 06:04 PM
Sorry I wasn't here yesterday. Had a good visit with the cousins. I didn't realize how short I was until I was up against them.
I feel the need to get outside and mow my own lawn for a change.
06-07-2013, 06:43 PM
Busy day today...Lots of programming to do for work...I'll probably be working some this weekend too. Going out tonight on a date with the same guy I've seen a few times - a guy I used to date before I met my ex. We'll either go to a baseball game or a movie (if it's too hot to sit at the baseball game). Tomorrow, I'm going to a workshop in the morning and a get together with friends in the afternoon. Santa will be in day care tomorrow. On Sunday, Santa and I are going on a dog walk fundraiser.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Love and hugs,
06-08-2013, 03:16 AM
Found out that they fired my buddy at work on Thursday. Katie was on "steps" for being late all the time. However she had not been late for 3 months. Since we do not have management on site the way they tell is when you sign on to your computer. She had shut down her computer at 9 am one day due to computer problems and rebooted. They took that as her signing in for the first time that day and late. We all could vouch for her, however they came in and fired her when none of use were in the office except her. Just a reason to let her go I suppose. So work will be depressing on Monday. Sheesh. We are down to just 5 of us left in our department. Just a check list before the next of goes. Anyway...
Today was a good day. Spent the day at dad's house clearing out two more closets. My brother and I decided to laugh and yuck it up rather than cry so it went really well....
Got lots of errands to do tomorrow including taking 5 gallon ziplock bags of coins to cash in that was in dad's closet...lol how funny. We are all going out to dinner on it. I am guessing there is about 3-4 hundred dollars in there.
Not sleeping much these days, but really what is new. Sassy sleeps in the chair while I watch TV.
Laura...thank you for the lovely card...and a bird on the front...how appropriate for dad. Thank you for being so sweet.
Love you chickies.
06-08-2013, 07:38 AM
LAURA.....SORRY I SCREWED UP THE BIRTHDAY:rofl:
THAT IS TOO FUNNY.
:cofdate: MORNING CHICKS
I AM STILL WORKING TODAY.
WE WILL SEE WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS.
THE AUDITORS WERE FRIST AND NOW THE ACCOUNTANTS.
EVERYONE WANTS TO FINISH AND GO HOME.
MOST OF THEM BEGIN THEIR VACATIONS NEXT WEEK.
ALL I AM DOING IS RUNNING BACK AND FORTH.
I GO FROM ONE SIDE OF THE BUILDING TO THE OTHER.
GUESS THEY ARE LAZY THIS YEAR BUT EXTRA CASH IS OK WITH ME.
YESTERDAY I HAD TO USE MY 2ND CHAIR AND RECHARGE THE FIRST.
I HAVEN'T READ ANYTHING YET.
WILL TRY TO CATCH UP LATE TOMORROW OR MONDAY.
IN THE MEANTIME STAY WELL AND HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND.
SHAD...HOPE YOU GOT THE EMAIL.
SEEMS EVERY TIME WE MAKE A DATE I GET BOGGED DOWN.
BUT AT LEAST THIS TIME IT'S PAYING.
SMALL BEANS BUT BEANS ARE BEANS!! LOL
06-08-2013, 10:17 AM
Good morning chicks,
Going to be a long day for me - double shift at the store. I did go to bed earlier last night but was restless and would have loved to have slept more this morning but oh well, stoke up on the coffee. I was outside planting yesterday and my cousin decided to stop by. We were looking at my garden. My chives are flowering and I was doing some reading and they said the chive flowers are edible. He said he cuts his off and I popped one in my mouth. It definitely tasted of chive. And long after I swallowed it, the flavor got more and more intense. Feels like I ate the entire patch of chives. :p Brushed my teeth three times last night and still woke up tasting chive. :p :p: :p Don't think I'll be eating any more flowers - just because you can doesn't mean that you should. :lol: I did get all but 1 load of towels done with laundry. Got more planting done but about 5pm the mosquitos got so bad I could not stand being outside any more. DH has a yard fogger he says works well but the thing is so chemical potent that I hate to breathe it. Talked to Mom yesterday, think we will bring her up for a visit next month. She would not enjoy the mosquitoes or cooler weather right now.
Mel - that's quite a long day for you if you had to swap out chairs. Guess they really had you zipping back and forth! As you say the extra cash will be nice. Don't tire yourself out too badly.
Annie - sorry they fired your buddy. Not sure turning on your computer is the most accurate mark of coming in - I guess with no official boss everyone is sort of monitoring themselves then? Sounds like they were looking to make up a reason to get rid of her. Besides losing a friend this will mean more work for everyone left - oh joy! :( Adorable shot of Lil Man on FB today.
Michelle - hope you got caught up with work and enjoyed your date. The dog walk fundraiser sounds like fun. Good cause, good exercise, good social opportunity - who could ask for more! Have a good time and raise lots of money.
Ceejay - I know what you mean - isn't it kind of sad to realize just how short we are??? I'm not even sure we can get away with being called "petite" any more. :lol: Glad you had a nice visit with the cousins.
Laura - good luck with the pruning. I was not good at that either - would take tiny snips at things whereas DH just took the cutters and whap. I think you have to have an eye for it. Be careful you don't get cut.
Shad - have a good sniff at the rose garden for all of us.
Time to hop in the shower and get some breakfast in me. Have a good Saturday everyone. Play hard! :lol:
06-08-2013, 06:29 PM
Missing in action again. *sigh*
Yesterday was long and painful. I had the little guy on his harness and we went outside for a while. He loved it. DS2 and G/f are a little nervous about him going outside since the last cat got lost or was stolen - we think the latter. Anyway, out we went and he loved it. Wasn't so sure about wet feet but he did enjoy himself. Then after a run around and we came back inside he went exploring around the house. When he came back I realised the harness was missing so I went looking for it. Found it on the windowsill in the third bedroom. Went to put it back on so we could go out and work and I must have caught something painful in the clip thingy. He went ballistic and while I was trying to catch him to sort it all out, I got in the way of teeth and claws. My poor little pinky just bled and bled. Finally got him sorted and then had to clean up the finger and then clean up the blood that had splattered up and down walls and over the floor. Believe me there was a lot. It has taken overnight to stop the bleeding completely.
Apart from the odd time I step on him or his tail we are getting along just fine now. I haven't and won't try to put the harness on again. DS2 can have that pleasure when he gets back tomorrow.
Annie - great picture of the little bloke. Geez he is growing up fast isn't he. That is bad news on the worker front. Over here she would sue for wrongful dismissal. It's not as if she didn't have any witnesses.
Good work on cleaning out the Dad stuff. Never an easy job.
Happy - hope you have a good day with a full days work at the store.
Michelle - the dog walk sounds great. It's so nice to socialise with other dogs and dog owners. Those ones are usually responsible ones as well.
Mel - sheesh, can these people ever be moved along? The cheque may be good but how good is it for you?? We can phone anytime during the week if you want. I have no appointments this week although I will have to go to M's place one day, but that's not crack of dawn stuff.
Laura - not sure of what shrubs you are pruning but I find it best to take about a third off the roses when I prune always trying to keep the bush to a sort of tulip shape so the air can move. The ficus out the front I take to with the chain saw. It can be cut off at the base and still grow back that one. My neighbour uses a hula hoop to keep them in a ball shape.
Ceejay - I am only the same height as Happy however my sister is much shorter so I am not the shortest one.
Time to go sort out the battle of the cats. It is too quiet around here. What are they up to. Worse than kids
06-08-2013, 07:54 PM
Been outside most of the day. And yes I mowed my own lawn. It was really looking bad so I text B and told him I had the urge to mow. He said lol, ok. I hope I can keep this up as it's good exercise. It was actually nice out today as well. And I can't complain about it, cause I did it.
Ouch on the finger. Glad it's stopped bleeding.
Did the auditors get through today at work?
What a find on the zip locks bags full of money!
How late does the Thrift store stay open?
Di you go exercise today? Or just work outside.
06-08-2013, 08:55 PM
Good evening all.
Ceejay - Good for you mowing the lawn. Yes, it's really good exercise. If the lawn was too long and bf has to bag it instead of just mulching it into the lawn, he's really tired out after having to empty the bag into the yard waste can again and again. I exercised today AND worked outside. And boy am I feeling it now!!
Shad - What an adventure with the kitten!! Your poor finger, and I hope you didn't traumatize the little guy for life by whatever you clipped when you were trying to harness him, lol. When Coal was a pup, bf once clipped his ear when he was putting on his collar. Ever since, Coal has a bit of a cower whenever we put on his collar - it's crazy to think that behavior is just from that one incident, but who knows? We've always been ultra careful ever since then...I think it's just the clicking sound when the two parts of the fastener come together that bugs him. I was pruning the purpleleaf plum, and I sure hope all the new growth at the base of it comes up nicely because I had to remove a lot of overgrown and mis-grown limbs. We'll see.
Happy - Hope your double shift at the shop went well today. Ugh, mosquitos! I'm glad we're not dealing with them yet, but I know all the rain we had will bring them on at some point. LOL re the chive blossom!
Mel - Cute photo today! I hope the audit is done and you get a chance to rest tomorrow! Have a good evening.
Annie - Too bad about your work buddy getting terminated, but when they want to do it, they find a way. Too funny finding all that change in your dad's closets. It'll be fun to see how much it all comes to, and a dinner out with family will be a nice way to spend it.
Michelle - Sounds like a busy weekend with both work and fun. Hope you got the necessary work completed. Did you go to the ballgame or the movies last night? Have fun with Santa at the fundraiser! :)
Bf went out to a friend's summer trailer yesterday and spent the day boating and stayed there overnight. I took doggy for a walk after work and then watched tv and read a book.
This morning was a Jazzercise class and I stopped and bought gas on the way home. I did a load of laundry and pruned the one shrub, then bf and I went to my eye doc to pick up my pair of trial lenses. It's not far from our favorite Middle Eastern food joint, so we stopped there for lunch afterwards.
Back at home, I finally planted the two string bean plants I bought, as well as planted three pots with geraniums. What a nice day to be outdoors! I have a lot more geraniums to plant in the spot right off the patio, but I'd had enough planting for the day and still had to walk doggy.
After walking doggy, I was totally pooped, so I sat down in the 3-season room and started reading a library book bf had just finished - Six Years by Harlan Coben. I like his books, so it should be good.
BF and I are going to watch the Hawks game tonight and order a pizza for dinner.
Nothing special planned for tomorrow, except some more laundry, more planting, more pruning, and some shrub trimming. At least the latter is more straightforward - shaping with an electric trimmer. Gosh, lots of outdoor stuff and I don't even know if the weather is forecast to cooperate with all that. We'll see.
Okay, gonna post this and do some stretching - my hamstrings are complaining!
06-09-2013, 09:41 AM
It's back to work for me this morning. The weather man is predicting storms for later this afternoon. But one rolled through about 5 a.m.
It was nice here yesterday as well. I could have used an extra day off to finish everything. But I'll have more time next week end. I soaked in the tub last night and took a Mobic as my lower back was killing me. But that's okay. I feel good today and just a bit sore. Wished I like to read! My mower does well in mulching. But the grass was still a bit wet.
06-09-2013, 09:42 AM
One of the acct's has the computer on. I asked if I could post here. It's our little secret. He let me do it the other day too.
They are almost done. It was a big audit and a lot of paperwork needs to be put away.
The "normal" part of my weekend has been busy since Friday night with alarms and people going to the hospital. They will never learn about going out in humid weather and excessive heat. One man told me on the way out...You were right and I shouldn't have gone out.....well buddy it's too late now. He got IVs and had to stay overnight. Sad. Even the accountants were surprised.
The work here with them is nothing physical...just sitting here while these 2 men put stuff away and sort out things for the next meeting this month. That was the big problem. Their vacation. Both are leaving next week and we have a meeting this month as usual. They have to get out an audit report and the usual monthly reports. That's why they made me the offer. Not much money but for sitting here it's OK by me.
The kids will be here from Florida and I would like to send them all to the county fair this Summer again.. The extra cash will be my treat. Nothing is cheap anymore.
OK I better not take advantage of the computer. I did read all the posts and am missing you guys. My life should be back to normal after I see the boss lady tomorrow. I have a ton to report.
I also want to thank everyone for the pictures. I loved all of them. it was nice to see Annie & Dad. I also loved the church Shad. It really was in a beautiful setting.
Laura....I cannot believe I got everyone crazy about your birthday a month ahead of time. I am laughing down here in the office. OMG!! Now watch me forget it next month!! ROFL 50% back? Not a bad deal on the WW thing.
Michelle......Congratulations on a new grand-nephew Ryan James!!! Too cute. Hope the Mom is feeling better after such a difficult birthing. Is it curves or ww & a gym???
Annie....sorry I wasn't here to give you hugs and hold your hand. :hug: That was too bad about the friend at work. Scary too. Sending you good thoughts for some much needed sleep.
Shad....Sophia is so adorable. Growing up already.
Hope the knee continues to heal. I wish I could smell all the roses over here. Better than the oldies here!!! OMG>>>>> how is the pinky finger?? Geez!!! That must have been terrible.
Happy....hope the bears stay away. If I was working at the store, my credit card would be maxed out!! LOL It's sad that the choice few get to run the real part of the store and no new ideas seem to be allowed. Hope your tongue isn't bleeding from all the biting!!! LOL
Ceejay....between your inspections and my auditors...we've had a busy time. When the boss spoke of retirement I thought of you. How nice to know where you will be and how it will be. It must be a comfort to you having the sister and plans made.
06-09-2013, 01:06 PM
Sometimes I need to be reminded of the heat. Sorry you had the alarms this week end. Remind them to turn on the a.c. and stay inside.
We have one more tank inspection next week. I'm still tired from the last one. :lol: And yes it is nice to have plans in action for retirement.
06-09-2013, 01:43 PM
:mad::mad::mad::mad::mad: Just lost a REALLY long post I'd been working on for the last hour. I don't care, I'm blaming the site for this :lol:
Very abbreviated post (probably good for all of you ;) ) Yesterday was not as bad as I thought it would be at the store. By 4pm I needed to sit down already - was on my feet almost all the time since walking in the door. It was comfortably busy although my partner and I both agreed that it seemed like we did a lot more business than the till showed. Guess we just rang up a lot of sales in small amounts. I did the morning by myself - it wasn't horrid but I'd rather have someone else there too. Was talking to my former classmate who came in for the afternoon shift - she's a retired English teacher. Turns out my next door neighbor was one of her most favorite students! And 2 ladies came into the store Mum and daughter. Daughter was purchasing a set of linen napkins and a table cloth. Turns out they were visiting from Newcastle, NSW. I told them I had a friend who lived in Brisbane - they said we're just in Newcastle. Like it's just down the road. I guess in the spread out terrain that is Australia, New Castle is not far from Shad. I thought to myself that if I were visiting, not sure that I'd be shopping in thrift stores - while a nice set of linens, it was no Irish lace! The lady said she also bought 4 bottles of maple syrup to take home, not realizing just how much room and weight 4 heavy glass bottles of syrup would do to one's luggage. Reminded me of Shad's first trip when she picked up a very large ice hockey bag in Canada and toted that all over the U.S. :lol:
It looks like the popcorn shop is going to reopen - the way they indicated this on the front of the store tells me this is most likely under new owners. They are looking for help. I swear I had a fit of madness and considered it for a moment. Then I remembered how hard the work was and how little it paid. It was nice having the extra money but I decided I will just let DH be my "sugar daddy". ;)
Mel - speaking of extra money, nice of you to donate your earnings to the county fair fund for the kids. Is this to give Jen a break and keep them occupied? Glad the accountants let you use the computer while you were sitting there waiting on them. Might as well do something besides sit there and sing happy songs to them in an effort to get them to finish their work quickly :D
Ceejay - good going on the lawn work. Certainly a great way to get some exercise and fresh air. Did you do all the sweeping and trimming too? To your question the shop is open 10 to 5 six days a week and 11 to 3pm on Sundays. I'm sure they wouldn't mind having it open later during the summer but it's hard to get people to commit to more than 4 hours once a week. Heck, everyone I met who works there is retired - but I guess they all have very busy lives. I laughed that they had to split the Sunday 4 hour shift into 2 shifts, everyone was complaining it ruined their Sundays and no one wanted to work. If I'm going to get dressed up and out of the house, I'd rather spend 4 hours than 2. 2 hours is a waste of gasoline!
Speaking of which - how much is gas in your respective areas? Ours went up to $4.29 a gallon over the holiday weekend - funny how it ALWAYS goes up around a travel holiday and comes back down the week after. It's $4.05 a gallon right now.
Shad - owwww on the cat snag. That was quite a wound - got you good it seems. Just the right spot at the right moment and they can sure knick you a good one! Our first cat would not take to a harness - acted like Annie's Sassy. But she tolerated a neck collar and long leash because she loved being outside. After a while DH would take her outside without it. I was always nervous about that because I know I can't outrun a cat and some of them make a game of running if they think you are chasing them. Nice of you to give him a taste of the great outdoors. Interesting point about using a hula hoop to shape the shrubs. Don't much have to worry about that here - we cut down the pompous grass each year, the deer make fast work of chewing the new shoots and blossoms on the flowering trees and the pine trees just need dead and low branches trimmed.
Annie - hope Dad's coins added up to a lot more than you thought and you all had a very nice family dinner.
Enjoy your beach walks Michelle.
Laura - umm pizza sounds good - you've got me having a taste for it now. I wonder if I can get DH to take me out again :chin: We did go out to dinner last night as I was not feeling like cooking after a long day. Did the Blackhawks win? Since you replanted your beans did you also get a fence to keep the bunnies out? I could probably send a fox or two down your way - they seem to have made fast work of the rabbits - haven't seen one here since last summer. :(
It's a rainy day today. Will be that way all day I think. Yesterday was nice and sunny. I think it's supposed to dry up and get warmer over the next week. That sure will be nice. I have to go harvest some of the lettuce and arugula out of my garden - a salad is in the works for dinner soon. Still need to get those herbs into pots - my dill is going to seed and the cilantro is not far behind. I will probably just plant some seeds for those 2 to restart. And I have some tidying up to do in the house.
Enjoy your Sunday everyone.
06-09-2013, 02:59 PM
Hi ladies -
On Friday night, my date and I went to dinner and then to the movies. It was too hot to sit and watch a baseball game. We saw The Great Gatsby. I had not seen the original nor read the book, so I have nothing to compare it to, but I thought it was very, very good. Saturday, I went to a workshop where you use acupressure points to ease pain in your body. I'm going to practice this so hopefully it will help my back. Saturday afternoon, I got together with some friends for a BBQ. Good times! Today, I was going to take Santa on a fundraiser dog walk, but I woke up with a sore back and legs, so I think we'll be going to the dog park instead...less walking for me. Plus Santa will have more fun at the dog park because it will mean more off-leash play for him.
Before we go to the dog park, I'm going to do some vacuuming for my step-mom.
Annie - Sorry to hear about your friend at work. I hope you're able to get some sleep soon Have you tried ZzzzQuil?
Mel - I hope you're not working too hard. Take care of yourself, sista.
Happy - How come you're doing a double shift at the store? I thought being a volunteer you wouldn't have to sign up to work so much. Thanks for the tip about the chive flowers! Ugh! LOL So interesting that you had custoemrs from NSW! That would be madness for you to go back to the popcorn shop...where you practically were a volunteer. To answer your gas question...ours here went up over the holiday weekend, but it's back to around $4.09 for regular unleaded. I use mid-grade, which is about $4.19.
Ceejay - I had to laugh at your comment about being short compared to your cousin. On my dad's side, I have 5 cousins and the women are 5'10" and the men are well over 6'. My sister and I are right around 5'1" or 5'2" (on our tiptoes). Well done on the lawn mowing. It is great exercise.
Shad - Yikes! That's awful about the cat harness and your pinky! Is Miss Puss getting along with or avoiding her temporary house guest?
Laura - I hope the weather cooperates with your outdoor chores. It's really nice here today...though probably some will think it's cool (in the low 70s), I say that's perfect! I don't have to worry about my lil buddy Santa getting overly hot in his fur coat. LOL
I'd better sign off for now.
Much love and many hugs,
06-09-2013, 05:16 PM
Hi guys....just not in the mood to do personals. Promise to get back to it later in the week. The coins turned out to be $642.02. Looks like we will all have a great night out with dinner. I did finally take a PM last night and slept from 10 pm till 5 am this morning, but had to get my sh*t hot as we had to make deliveries out to DSs house. He wanted the treadmill and bike. Also my old dresser. I took dad's dresser. It has been a very busy day. We used Cs work box truck to do it all. Got rid of a bag of trash, clothes etc out of my dresser in the process...C has been my rock and so sweet to me. Makes me want to cry, not used to the support. I only cry about dad/mom once a day. Some times for a few minutes, sometimes for an hour or two. Today just a few moments when I heard the song on the radio.."I can only imagine" Jolly crap, as MELLIE said.
That it is about it for me. Got a bit to do before relaxing.
ON MY WAY TO MEET MY FRIEND. LOTS TO REPORT.
THE WEEKEND JUST KEPT GETTING BETTER.....NOT.
I AM TIRED THIS MORNINNG.
IN BETWEEN THE OFFICE AND SENIORS,
I COOKED A ROAST FOR THE WEEK AND MAND "TV" DINNERS.
I AM READY FOR WHATEVEER COMES ALONG NOW. :rofl:
NOTHING ELSE TO BRAG ABOUT TODAY
HAVEA A HAPPY MONDAY/TUESDAY:moped:
CEEJAY.....GOOD LUCK WITH THE INSPECTION.
GUESS YOU WILL BE GLAD WHEN IT'S ALL OVER.
I print up excessive heat signs with cute graphics.
We hang them all over the place and in each elevator!!
These seniors are just stubborn:rofl: :rofl:
HAPPY....HOW I HATE WHEN A POST VANISHES.
GLAD YOU DIDN'T GO FOR THE POPCORN JOB.
NO MORE FOOT INJURIES!!!:nono:
HAD A LAUGH AT THE FOLKS FROM NSW.
AND ALSO THE HOCKEY BAG!!:rofl: :rofl:
MICHELLE....YOU HAD A NICE WEEKEND.
HOPE THE BACK FEELS BETTER TODAY.
A FRIEND SAW THE SAME ,MOVIE AND LOVED IT.
SHE NEVER READ THE BOOK OR SAW THE OTHER EITHER.
ANNIE....SENDING MY SISTER A HUG AND A KISS.
SO GLAD C IS TAKING GOOD CARE OF YOU.
THAT'S CALLED A MARRIAGE:hug:
JOLLY CRAP.....TOO FRASSING FUNNY!!
I LAUGH JUST THINKING OF THAT:rofl:
HERE'S AN EXTRA HUG :hug:
06-10-2013, 10:58 AM
I've got a podiatrist appointment shortly - just a follow up - so quick post for me. I think we are FINALLY getting some warmer weather and a break in the rain. It's been wet and gloomy - my tomatoes are very spindly, sad and not a good color of green. If this keeps up I'll get nothing. On the other hand I do have some blossoms on my green beans but not the sugar snap peas yet. I have 1 nice yellow summer squash and 2 more babies are on their way on that plant. The carrots are thriving and I picked a bunch of arugula yesterday which DH had for his salad. Interesting how the home grown arugula has a much stronger flavor than the stuff you get in the packages at the store. My cucumbers are not looking too great either - I think they need a bit of warmth and dryer soil. Hopefully the weather this week will perk them up :crossed:
I burnt my lips badly yesterday :( I made some salmon - pan fried. There is a French cooking technique that involves tipping the pan slightly, gathering the hot oil in a spoon and rapidly spooning that over the top of the fish to cook the top part while the pan cooks the bottom. I have used that technique before, it always makes the fish turn out just yummy. At one point I put the spoon into the salmon to check for doneness and went to go taste the salmon for seasoning. Did not realize how darn hot that spoon was and I burnt the bottom sides of my lips quite badly. They are a bit swollen and very tender - you can't tell when I have my mouth closed but if I push my lower lip out (as if to pout), it's pretty nasty. Since it's in my mouth, nothing much I can do to put anything on it, just have to let it run it's course. Dumb, dumb, dumb move on my part.
I only work tomorrow afternoon at the store, the rest of the week is mine. Good thing as I have lots to do. Right now I need to jump in the shower, will be back later with personals.
06-10-2013, 11:08 AM
The gas prices in my city is $3.35/gallon, but in Jonesboro/Paragould area the prices will vary from $3.29 to $3.23. I can relate to the sore back and legs. I had that when I got through with the lawn. About made up my mind that as long as the mower runs I'm going to mow. And yes I did do the weed eating. I have a blower so that comes in handy for getting the grass etc off the sidewalks and drive way. The lawn mower mulches so that's a blessing in itself.
Wow, that was a lot of change. So glad that you have C to lean on right now. He's really been a good man. :hug:
Glad you had second thoughts on going back to the popcorn shop to work. But that would have been your decision. Meeting a variety of people would be interesting. I do love to people watch.
Maybe you should put out video's to watch of heat stroke and the like for the seniors. :lol:
Did you get the plants in the ground? I love to be outside.
How is your finger today?
Had to watch the radar yesterday and run the plant accordingly. It rained hard for about 30 minutes. Thankfully no damaging winds or heavy lightening like they were predicting.
Had to call out a lineman yesterday and he didn't want to go because their was no major outages. Da that's what you get paid for. I had a little talk with him to and don't think he appreciated it. I told him to go knock on that person's door and he could tell him what was wrong. The person that called used to be a lineman for the city himself. OOOH he didn't like that. If he hadn't gone the second time I was calling his superior. And he doesn't want P. jumping on his case. These young punks who think they know it all. ugh
I told my super this morning in case any thing was said.
06-10-2013, 11:45 AM
Happy - I hope your foot is feeling better and the pain is not a big problem anymore. I'm thankful I haven't had a recurrence of the plantar fasciaitis pain. My veggies aren't doing all that great - the tomato foliage is not a good color. The fresno pepper plant has some blooms - I don't seem to be have any issues growing those types of peppers. The string beans look alright - not sure what to expect since this is my first time growing them. Yeh, we sure do need some sun and warmth for our gardens! Yes, I put up the "anti-rabbit" fence shortly after the first bean plant was eaten and so far so good. Ouch re your burnt lips!!! I think it's time to switch back to a regular coffee mug - I just burnt my tongue sipping my tea out of the insulated/lidded mug I use during the cold weather. The tea doesn't cool as quickly in that mug and today I sure didn't have my timing right! Nice that the popcorn shop is re-opening, glad you won't be working there and giving your feet a hard time!!
Mel - Sorry your weekend was too eventful. I bet you're glad the boss is back and you can report to her and then get some rest. Have a quiet rest of the day. I like that sunny good morning graphic you posted!! :)
Annie - Wow, that was a lot of spare change! I'm so glad C has been such a good support during all this. You deserve a great guy and you have one!!
Michelle - I'm glad you enjoyed The Great Gatsby. :) You sound like you had a nice weekend. Did you and Santa get to the dog park yesterday? I take it these parks don't require permits?? The park we used to take Coal to required a fee/permit and proof of and shots, rabies, bordatella, whatever. We don't take him there anymore because he's not as predictable around other dogs anymore, and now with his hips, it might be too much for him anyway. What I really miss for him is swimming in the small lake they had there. I wish we could find a nice quiet lake not too far away where he could go for the occasional swim. I'll have to ask around.
Ceejay - Hope the inspection goes well this week. Did you end up with a lot of rain by you? My mom said they were getting a lot.
I spent most of yesterday being lazy, and then later I took doggy for a walk, did a load of laundry, and got all but two of my geraniums planted. I thought it was going to rain in the afternoon, but nope.
I didn't do any more pruning or trimming out front, but maybe I'll do a bit more after work this week before the garbage/yard waste pickup on Thursday.
No movie this week - our organizer is in Italy, lucky girl! I will likely go to Jazzercise on Mon. & Thurs. night this week.
My mom's sister in Tuscon, AZ passed away last week at age 84. Turns out she had many health problems that she never disclosed to anyone or did anything to address. She was a lifelong smoker and extrememly sedentary and was on oxygen due to emphysema. She told my mom more than once that her doctor always said something to the effect of "D, I don't know how you do it!" (in a positive way), and my mom learned from one of my cousins that she'd also said that to one of the neighbors as well. It was only when she'd become too thin that her daughter/granddaughters started joining her in the examining room during doctor's visits. unfortunately, I won't be at the recplex to run into my cousin between fitness classes to give her my face-to-face condolences, so I'll try to get in touch another way.
Okay, better get back to work. It still isn't doing itself, drats.
06-10-2013, 11:59 AM
Ceejay, you snuck in on me today. I'm jealous, I paid $4.20 a gallon for my gas on Saturday! Of course we pay some of the highest prices here in IL. The whole state is going to he!! thanks to the crooked and incompetent people running things. It was more important for the legislature to pass a concealed carry gun law this past session than to deal with the elephant in the room - our massive pension debt problem. So now the state's credit rating has been been lowered. Ridiculous. Who in their right mind would choose IL to move their business to?? Okay, end of rant.
Crazy that you had to tell that lineman to do his job - what an idiot. I like your idea of Mel showing the seniors a video about heatstroke, etc. But then they might suffer anxiety attacks from the worry!!
06-10-2013, 12:03 PM
Good morning ladies -
Quick post for me as I have to get a lot of work done today. I took Santa to the dog park yesterday afternoon, and we both had a good time. The wind was really blowing, and by the time we were ready to leave, I had a sinus headache. So we came home and took a nap. I'm doing much better today.
Annie - Wow! Over $600 in coins! That would make for a wonderful evening out! Glad you were able to get some sleep. I'm glad C is being so supportive and wonderful. You deserve it.
Mel - I do hope you get to rest some this week. Take a Melli-day or two.
Shad - Is the finger healing? The photos you posted on FB of the kitties are adorable.
Happy - Good luck at the podiatrist. That's awful about your lip. Hope it feels better soon.
Ceejay - Good on ya' for getting all the yard work done. I hope the inspection goes well this week.
Laura - The dog parks around here are run by the cities. So there are no fees or permits needed. So sorry to hear about your aunt passing away. Sending condolences and prayers to your family.
Hoping that Happy's and Laura's gardens get the sun/warmth they need to perk the plants up and get them to produce.
Time for me to focus on getting my work done. How I wish the programming fairies would come to help me out sometimes. LOL
Much love to all,
06-11-2013, 03:30 AM
Thought I better get in here before I forgot again. If I don't do it early then I either don't get back for the rest of the day or by nighttime I am just too tired to think about what I need to write. Must be getting old.
So the terrorist cat has gone home. Jeez man he could stink up a house no trouble. He was very good about the litter tray but man what a pong. I can still smell it so I guess the floor is about to get a wash very soon.
Going into town tomorrow to check out some new cars. Not sure what I want to buy yet. But it is time. So I will go check out on M and his office and see what gives there and then start at the top of the range of the cars I have selected to test and work my way down to the cheapest.
Ceejay - good idea mowing your own lawn. Good exercise
Laura - Finger is going along. Hasn't completely stopped bleeding yet but it is very slowly weeping. I'll leave the bandaid on for a couple more days. I've got to go back to the doctor later in the week for a report on the Lichen schlerosis so I might get to talk to her about it if it still hurts and bleeds then
Mel I have found a house for you in NZ. It's called Mel's House. I'll attach a picture if I remember.
Happy - so you met up with someone from Newcastle. :faint: Buying linen. :faint: Can't she find any stuff down here. There are some fantastic craft markets in the Newcastle Hunter Valley area that sell all sorts of things. Off course you would bring some maple syrup home. I did last time I was in Canada. The stuff they sell here is revolting.
Michelle - No Miss Puss was not impressed with having the terrorist around. She was very naughty and forgot all her clean habits and sprayed around the yard and pooped on the concrete I had just cleared and cleaned. Sorry TMI.
Annie - time heals and at least you are posting, if not doing personals. Sounds like you are busy anyway. All this clearing of gym stuff and drawers and taking them to other people.
Gas down here is currently running at 1.37 per litre. That makes it about $5.19 a gallon. So count your blessings girls.
Can't think of much else. But will come back later to check on what gives online.
Mel's wee house in Arrowtown - one of the most beautiful little towns on earth and here's a house we could use as a commune meeting house. It is the new marae meeting house at Turangawaewae. Try getting your tongue around that one
06-11-2013, 08:50 AM
Tuesday Morning....starlog 6.11.13. I feel like an alien just moving along in space today. Cannot concentrate. Driving to work was a real chore and could not remember to pay attention. Just a little foggy this morning. Guess I need to get some coffee in me, or something to wake me up. Bah!
Sissy is coloring my hair tonight, hard to believe 4 weeks have already passed since the last coloring. Sassy is enjoying lil man and the babysitting kids at Sissy's house. I did call the vet yesterday as Sassy's lil eye is still weeping. It cleared up for a bit but came right back. Vet put her on children's benedryl for 3 days to see if that helps and is allergies. Go figure!
SHADDIE....my two cents on a new vehicle is a Toyota, great mileage and lasts forever. That is just my opinion. We could probably put that lil house on the commune site for MELLIE...that is if HAPPY does not object. lol
CHELLE...hope you got all your work done and if you do see any of those fairies of any type, please do share. lol. Sounds like Santa and you are both enjoying CA. Good for you both!
LAURA...sorry to hear of your Aunt's passing....Sad times.
CEEG...pretty bad when people get paid to do their job and they don't do it. Sometimes it takes a reality talk from someone. Good for you but sheesh.
HAPPY...the way you pan fry your fish you can also do eggs, over easy that way too, especially in bacon grease...yikes calories and so fattening. My dad used to love them that way. Thank you for the lovely card also. I sure do feel the love lately for you all.
MELLIE...mmmmmmmmmm roast for TV dinners. That is one of my favorite meals..roast, mashed taters, gravey and of course green beans. YUM YUM. Hey Grandpa, what's for dinner? <--- Hee Haw~!
That is about it for me, one day at a time is my motto, really one moment at a time.
JUST A QUICK NOTE.
I WOKE LATE AND JEN & I ARE GOING FOOD SHOPPING.
PICK UP A FEW THINGS FOR THE COMING WEEKEND.
HOPE YOU GALS HAVE A GREAT DAY.
HAPPY...SO VERY SORRY TO NHEAR ABOUT THE BURNS ON YOUR LIPS.
GOD THAT MUST HAVE BEEN AWFUL.
HOPE IT'S NOT TOO PAINFUL:hug:
CEEJAY...THAT'S A GOOD IDEA ABOUT THE VIDEOS!! :rofl:
MEN ALWAYS THINK THEY KNOW BETTER THAN WOMEN!!
GLAD YOU GOT HIS BUTT MOVING THOUGH.
WICKED WEATHER DOWN SOUTH THIS WEEK.
HUGE AREA OF HIGH TEMPS. STAY COOL.
LAURA....I AM VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR AUNT'S PASSING.
SAD HOW SOME PEOPLE IGNORE HEALTH PROBLEMS.
I WOULD LOVE TO GO TO ITALY!
MAYBE TUSCANY OR UMBRIA...I WANT TO GROW OLIVES!!!
MICHELLE....WINDY AND SINUS. WHAT A COMBO.
I KNOW THAT FEELING. HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER TODAY!
SHAD...OH.....I LOVE MEL'S HOUSE!!! HOW CUTE.
THE MEETING ROOM IS GORGEOUS.
WISH OURS LOOKED LIKE THAT.
MAYBE THEN ALL THE TRUSTEES WOULD WANT TO BE THERE!!!
ANNIE....SENDING KIRK AND THE BOYS OUT TO WATCH OVER YOU!
YES....LET'S MOVE THE HOUSE INTO THE COMMUNE...OR WE CAN BUILD ONE AROUND THE HOUSE!!
WISH YOU COULD TAKE SOME TIME OFF WORK.
ONE DAY AT A TIME...ONE HUG FOR EACH DAY :hug:
I will tell you about it on Friday. Going there Thursday evening for dinner.
06-11-2013, 10:04 AM
Funny MELLIE...my oldest brother is a "trekkie". A girl from here went to the Star Trek convention in Chicago last weekend or so. They paid 380 bucks to have their picture taken with the Star Trek actors. NUTS I tell you! Have fun shopping!
06-11-2013, 10:20 AM
I watched a star trek marathon last week end. It was the newer ones. on the Enterprise ship.
I should have know that the boss son was to young to mow. I really don't mind it. But as Mel reminds me it's supposed to be hot today and tomorrow. 97 degree's ugh.
Have a good day shopping. My friend texted me last night stating she would be in Jonesboro Thursday, our usual day to eat out but I'm kinda glad in a way. I have that day to myself for a complete rest day.
I liked the picture of Mel's house. Wouldn't mind having something similar when I retire. Wow already time for a new car! Believe it or not mine still has that new car smell.
Not much has happened since yesterday.
06-11-2013, 11:40 AM
Geez Louise another day checked off the calendar. DH remarked that yesterday seemed to fly by, I said they all do. On a whim we decided to take a run to an animal park - poor man's northwoods zoo up this way :lol: Supposed to be a nice family friendly place. Got there and the place was over run with Mom's with strollers and little very energetic kids. NO THANKS. I thought for sure a gloomy cool day at the beginning of the week would make for an emptier park. Guess we'll have to pick another not so nice weather day and go right when they open. Reason being is that we'd like to get some animal pictures and you know you can't do that with 120 screaming 4 year olds running about. On the way back we went through town and there were activity in the popcorn shop. We found a parking spot down the street (none too easy) and walked over there. Turned out the doors were locked and people were getting the place set up. Darn and I had such a taste for popcorn! We went back by the car and I wanted to look into a new shop. Handmade moccasins on the main floor, wine cave downstairs. Skipped the shoes (no support) but did pick up a nice bottle of wine :hat: Then we decided to take an ATV ride and go get lunch at a local place we'd been talking about. Got all the way there, turns out the place is closed on Monday :( Came back and had a late lunch of a sandwich at home. I did go to the podiatrist in the morning - all is well except with my feet settling (I'm warning you against the no support of flip flops Annie!!!! ) I may have future problems with ingrown toenails. I asked her too about the bursitis - she said it tends to be seasonal - spring and fall interestingly enough and once it starts, it advances like a freight train. So... does not seem to be a good idea to consider even 2 days working at the popcorn shop. Done deal.
Annie - oh yum - a delicious seafood restaurant - my favorite kind of place to eat out. Lots of yummy items there - how can you pick just one??? Enjoy your dinner. Very much! Thank you for the tip on cooking the eggs that way. I would have to come up with a liquid that was far less calories than butter or oil though :lol: Speaking of Sassy's possible allergies - we have some new gift items in the thrift store - one is a plaque in the shape of a bone and it says "I had to get rid of the children - the dog was allergic". Everyone who sees it laughs and points it out to whomever they are with! And what a big payday with Dad's change! Should make for an outstanding dinner. Is that what you're using for Thursday's night out?
Yes, we can put "Mel's House" on the commune grounds. Will have to clear some trees out unless we put it in the back by the garden but that area might be too close to the bear's path for Mel's liking. Cute little cottage that one is. Also was oohing over the insides of the meeting house. Not sure I can add that too although it gives me some ideas for us decorating the mancave ;)
Happy shopping Mel - you are shopping for the weekend already??? It's only Tuesday - unless I am mistaken :dizzy: Pick up some good stuff - hope they have sales on exactly what you need.
Shad - the finger is still bleeding??? How deep did that cat nick you? I suppose that cold weather maple trees do not do so well in your tropical climate - hence the low grade (probably artificially flavored) syrup. Actually I find that I purchase the good stuff from better gift shops and guard it like gold. Most of the store brand stuff - not so good either. Ok - you win the gasoline wars. Cost us 60 dollars to fill up the SUV the other day - DH was really grumbling. However when you think about it, we probably fill it up once or twice a month - we use the more efficient Avalon for tooling about town. Health insurance and gasoline - 2 big rip offs.
Laura - very sorry to hear of your aunt's passing. :hug: Sounds like your gas prices are close to ours - I know they add lots of extra taxes to your prices. It's about 50 cents a gallon MORE in the city at the Mobil by my Mom's house. :faint: That was a nice gesture of sisterhood to burn your mouth on your cup but really, you didn't have to do that for me ;) :lol: Actually, I too have suffered a way too hot drink - particularly tea for some reason - out of one of those well insulated cups. You have my sympathies.
Ceejay- be careful now that the heat has moved in by you. Time to find someone to mow that lawn :lol:
Michelle - how nice that they have city run bark parks for the pups. We have a really nice one that volunteers built at the Humane Society. And I hate to break it to you but the programming trolls are siblings to the laundry leprachauns that grow Mt. Washmore into those monsterous piles. No rest for the wicked :D
Ok, I have to get out and water the garden before I head off to the shop for the afternoon. Happy Tuesday chicks.
06-11-2013, 11:50 AM
Just a quick fly by to say hello! So much work to get done, and I have to leave a bit early to go to the DMV for a CA driver's license and Vehicle registration, so I'll be official.
Love to all,
06-11-2013, 11:57 AM
Morning all. Tired of how balky this site can be. :shrug:
Ceejay - So will you have the kid mow in that hot-hot weather? Too early for me to be thinking of the weekend, darn it.
Annie - Awww, little Sassy might have allergies. I think Coal might have them too, he was a bit weepy (and sneezy) a few weeks back. He's better now though. How many of you are going to dinner? You sure picked a nice place!! Makes me want to go out to a good seafood joint sometime soon.
Mel - Another nice sunny graphic! Thanks for posting that. :) Hope the shopping goes smoothly!
Shad - Gosh, can't believe your finger is still bleeding a bit - you might have needed a stitch or two?? Hope Miss Puss gets back to her normal (?) self now that the tiny terror is gone. Love Mel's house and the meeting house!! Great additions to the commune. :D New car - whoo!! Having one car for two of us has been getting to me a bit lately. With gas prices and maintenance, though, we're trying to resist the urge to buy another vehicle. Bf mentioned a scooter...not thrilled in the least by that, and it has limited usefulness in this climate.
Michelle - Sorry the wind got the sinuses going and a headache. My eyes are affected by the seasonal allergies, thought that might be over by now... Nice the dog parks are easily accessible and you're not limited by permits, etc.
Happy - How did the foot doc appt go?
Went to Jazzercise last night. Got the times mixed up - arrived about 25 min. early for the 7:15 class. It's the Thurs. class that starts at 7:00. Good class and I reconnected with another of the students I knew from years ago - that was nice.
Went outside w/ doggy this morning to discover the rabbits somehow got through the fence and into the veggie patch and again ate up the bean plants.:mad: One full size remaining leaf between three plants. I dug out the spray bottle of hot sauce and sprayed it on what's left. Yep, I'm the queen of closing the stable door after the horse has bolted. Sigh.
On the positive side, one of the tomato plants looks like it actually grew, and might even have some blossoms. Otherwise, my yard time included reaching over the fence to pet the pup next door and him grabbing my wrist in his jaw and not wanting to let go. Brat. And my sneakers got so wet with dew that I had to change my socks. Must remember to save shoes and socks for right before I leave the house and wear my crocs in the yard.
Nothing going on tonight. Hope the weather stays rain-free so we can grill some marinated chicken tonight.
Thanks for the condolences re my aunt. I know 84 is really a good long life, but I still don't get how someone with children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren doesn't want to address their health issues so they can hopefully enjoy being around them a bit longer...
The scale was alright this morning, so I have a chance of being back or nearly back to where I was three weeks ago. We'll see how the ww weigh-in goes today. I didn't do well with tracking over the weekend, and that's key for me. I had the SparkPeople app on my old phone but when I went to install it on the new one, it is no longer free, so I didn't install it. Now I realize I like to see my calorie intake and not just ww points, and I prefer the SP tracker over My Fitness Pal, so I will spring a whole $4 and buy the SP app. :rolleyes:
06-11-2013, 01:38 PM
WOW HAPPY...sounds like Mondays are not a good day for anything...busy, not open yet, closed....strike 3. Yes we are using the $$ from the change to go out to eat. You see, tomorrow is me and dad's birthday. He always buys my dinner on our birthday, so technically he still is with the change. It will be a tough bd without him to celebrate with, my first bd alone.
LAURA...dinner will be two of my older brothers and their wives, me and Curtis. To h*ll with the brother that is in the Philipines instead of being at dad's funeral. Sore spot, my have to bonk his head a few times if I ever see him again. Tomorrow nite, our actual birthday, Samantha, Chris, the babe and Ainsley (her BD is Thursday the day after mine), Jake and Kristin are all meeting me and C at Texas Roadhouse for dinner. We will celebrate me, dad and Ainsley. I am making Ainsley's cake. New recipe, hope it is good.
Hello to CHELLE flying by to get official in CA!!
CEEG...don't have heat stroke cutting the grass.
06-11-2013, 01:50 PM
Annie - I know this b'day will be rough. Enjoy it as much as you can since you're spending time with those you love. Sending you many, many b'day hugs. :hug: :hug: :hug:
Annie we are wishing you a very special birthday this year.
Although bittersweet, you have lots of good memories.
Hope you have a very special day. :hug: :hb: :gift:
I would love to go to a Star Trek fest!!
But that's a lot of $ buckaroos $ for one picture!!:yikes:
MY POST FOR TOMORROW MORNING
:cofdate: "Good Morning" Ladies of the World
I just got a notice for another evaluation from Social Security.
Seems like I just went thru this.
Hard to believe a year has gone by.
I need to copy 3 yrs worth of my "big" pay checks :lol3: :lol3:
Too bad I forgot and put last years info in the shredding bin. :faint:
I just set the alarm for early tomorrow morning.
I'd like to get the job done before the office opens.
Have a great day tomorrow.
Ceejay....sorry your friend won't make the lunch date.
But what a great treat to have the day to yourself!!!
I'll join you Thursday for a day of rest:beach:
Happy....Strange day out huh??
Sometimes days like that were everything is upside down make me feel like I am in another dimension!!:rofl:
Jen & I had one of them the other day....weird :crazy:
Everything we did or planned didn't go right.
Michelle...hope the DMV trip was a good one.
I always hated that job....now I am license free!!!:scooter:
Laura....I need sunny graphics....it's been so gloomy here.:sunny:
I am surprised Sparks is charging for the App.
Guess every thing is going up this year.
Fingers crossed for the weigh-in:crossed:
Shad....sorry the finger is still bleeding. It needed stitches!!
Does DS2 have insurance...get a cat bite lawyer:lol3:
Hope you don't get any infection from this.
Also hope the Lichen med is working.
As soon as I find a quiet day I'll let you know. http://www.smilies.4-user.de/include/Girls/smilie_girl_078.gif
Good luck finding a new car....how about RED!!! http://www.e-moticone.com/emoticone/transport/jeep.gif
I showed Jen the house and she wants one too.
Shall we leave Richie behind??
Not sure he can make it on his own though!!!:cry:
06-11-2013, 07:47 PM
Mel - guess I can find a man cave for Richie. That place in Arrowtown is actually called Mel's Place. Who Mel was I don't know. Since NZ has just been proclaimed the third most peaceful place on earth after Iceland and Denmark, perhaps we need to shift the commune down there. I did see a photo of the Hobbit Hotel the other day. Can't find it right now. Wouldn't you know it.
Annie - happy birthday :hb: :hb: :hb: :hb: :hb: :hb::hb: :hb: :hb: :hb: No really that is too much cake. Hope you have a great day and a good dinner with all the family except the recalcitrant traveller. So nice of your dad to shout you all a lovely dinner. Hope you are not going to pay the bill in 5c pieces.
Laura - this site is a bit weird but I am not sure if it is the site or the IE doing it. I do know that word is acting wonky and shifting the cursor to places unknown so I have to keep checking my work. Maybe MS7 or 8 or whatever I have on this machine.
Pesky rabbits. At least I don't have to deal with them here. Just bugs, burrowing insects, cats that dig out my seedlings and the odd possum and bat.
Michelle - Getting organised. That's the way to go. Good to have a busy job.
Happy - you seem to be doing a lot of volunteering up there. Hope you are getting some downtime as well. Batting 0 for 3 is not good. But at least you got a sandwich at the end even if you had to make it yourself.
Ceejay - didn't realise that the boy mowing the lawn was just that - a kid. No wonder his father needed to come with him
My finger is out of the bandage. It does not look pretty. It is more of a rip than a bite and has displaced a fair amount of skin. It doesn't seem to be infected, but I am being very careful of it and can't afford to knock it or it will begin again. Yep it may have needed a stitch but I can't see where anyone would have put it. So I will wait and watch and mention it when I see the doc probably on Friday. Fortunately the nail is not damaged. The fang has gone in alongside the nail and pulled out along the length of the fang down the side of the finger. Sorry TMI there.
Anyway - better go and see if I can salvage the day. Didn't want to get out of bed. Now that I am here I don't want to do anything. Best if I take myself off to see some people and do something interesting. Might go see M and his mob and then take a walk along the Nudgee boardwalk. Check out the crabs and fishies and birds.
Here's a couple of friends to keep us company
06-12-2013, 09:12 AM
Aww MELLIE...thank you for the birthday pix. How sweet. Another evaluation? SHeesh. THey need to find someone else to pick on.
SHADDIE..thank you for the cake and I don't need any for sure. Proven fact, people with red cars get more speeding tickets. Just sayin'. Hope the finger gets better. Please quit trying to one up me on injuries. lol
C got up and sang HB to me and my dad first thing this morning. He gave me a beautiful card and a copper butterfly wind wheel for the yard and a copper frog spinning sprinkler for the garden. Both are very beautiful. They are also supposed to glow in the dark, but I forgot to look last night.
Have a wonderful Wednesday/night everyone.
06-12-2013, 11:15 AM
Samantha just called to wish me a happy birthday....she was going to tell me she was pregnant for my birthday, however she had a miscarriage over night. We both just bawled and bawled. JUNE SUCKS
06-12-2013, 11:17 AM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANNIE!
Sounds like it's off to a good start! Even though I know this is a difficult time for you I hope your day and the year to follow bring you good things. :) :hug:
06-12-2013, 11:29 AM
Okay, scratch the part about the day being off to a good start. Annie, sorry to hear about S. :(
06-12-2013, 11:50 AM
Morning all. Nothing much to report. Dreary and overcast out there, and stormy weather is on the way.
Happy -Well your day out on Monday sure didn't go as planned, but at least you got an ATV ride and some wine out of it! :D Yeh, gas prices are a lot higher in the city than out by us, but even getting lower prices through our Costco membership that price it HIGH. :faint: Lol - laundry leprechaun. :p
Michelle - Are you official now?? :D
Mel - Sounds like they've got you red-flagged in their system!! Have fun at the photocopier this morning!
Shad - Really, none of the other sites seem to give me trouble like this one does! Maybe no stitch for your finger, but maybe one of those butterfly bandages that hold the skin together? Glad it's not showing signs of infection...did the beast have its shots??!! Love the pics of the animal friends. :)
Annie - Hope you can enjoy dinner with the family tonight, celebrating your dad, Ainsley & YOU! :)
Had a loss of 1.2 pounds at ww yesterday. That brings me to within .2 pounds of where I was 3 weeks ago. This session ends next week, and I've signed up for another.
Forgot I had an eye doc appt last night after work. Good thing bf reminded me. He did a kind of scan that could better identify a detached retina, or the potential for it. No problems there.
Nothing planned for tonight except maybe watching the hockey game. Not sure I should do that - I get all hyped up watching them. But I've also found I enjoy watching them - a lot more non-stop action than, say, football. Not a whole lot of stopping play for time-outs, penalties, etc.
Back to it.
06-12-2013, 11:53 AM
:balloons: Happy Birthday Annie. :hug:
06-12-2013, 12:20 PM
Annie - Sending you birthday wishes. So sorry to hear about Samantha. Sending you big bunches of love and big hugs.
Laura - Congrats on the weight loss!! Glad you have no retina problems.
Mel - Bummer that you have to jump through more hoops and spend your morning at the photocopier.
Shad - Glad to hear the finger is not infected. Cat bites/scratches can lead to nasty infections. Maybe wrap the hand in bubble wrap to keep from banging it.
After over an hour at the DMV, I am still not an official Californian. I have to bring my birth certificate and/or divorce papers and/or passport that shows legally what my maiden name is...otherwise the only license they can give me is in my married name!! :tantrum: :tantrum: All that stuff is packed away, and their website made no mention that I'd need it. :tantrum: As for car registration, I need to get the vehicle smog tested. Really? It passed smog test in Wisconsin. Aaaargh! :faint:
I got a call from my recruiting agency for the job in Escondido. Apparently, the guy that accepted the job offer, changed his mind. He was supposed to start this coming Monday, and called them yesterday and said he doesn't want the job anymore. So the company called recruiting agency and asked them to reach out to me to see if I'm still interested. I said I am still very interested, depending on the salary/benefits offered. There are pros and cons to both options (taking the Escondido job versus staying here), but since I'm struggling with a steep learning curve at my current position, a permanent job offer with benefits using technology that doesn't have quite the steep learning curve would be nice. Of course, if I stay with my step-mom, it means free rent. :dunno: We'll see if an offer comes and what the offered salary package is.
Anyway, gotta get back to climbing the steep learning curve at my current job.
love and hugs to all,
06-12-2013, 01:37 PM
Happy Birthday Annie. I will forgo the usual festivities as this is more of a somber day for you. I would say not to be sad for Dad because he would not want that for you, but I have no words for Sam other than I am so very sorry to hear that. :hug: My heart goes out to you - you seem to get sadness in heaping bunches. Be gentle with yourself today. :grouphug:
Michelle - your experience with the DMV reminds me of Memphis. It took 7 hours - no lie - to get both our drivers license and another all day trip to get our gun concealed carry permits. Worst place I have EVER seen. Ever. So I feel for you. We too got caught up in coming there, waiting in line only to find DH did not have acceptable ID info. Since they are state run agencies, don't know if you can do much about it. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: Interesting about the job in Escondito. Decide with your head, not with your heart as this would be a big move. Easy to get caught up in the excitement but I know how easy it is sometimes to get enthusiastic and miss some of the cards on the table. At least you have avenues open to you. :D
Laura - horrid weather predicted your way - and in the afternoon commute too - they think there might be a superstorm extending for something like 145 miles :eek: :yikes: Congrats on the continued weight loss! Go Hawks!!! :yay:
Shad - I'm thinking you should probably get that finger looked at. Sometimes they can literally glue the wound closed when it's hard to get a stitch in there. That has to be painful! How did the car shopping go?
Ceejay - looks like the intense heat of summer has moved in by you. Stay cool. Hope you don't get those bad storms too.
Mel - good golly Miss Molly - dancing with the G Man again. :( I hope this is not too invasive or stressful for you. I'll meet you at the end of the day with a cold Frap and we can put our feet up and grumble about red tape and stupidity :lol:
I had an ok day at the shop yesterday. Had a good talk with my buddy who advised me to forget trying to make a difference, make things better than I found them and not to worry about the personalities. Come in, do your shift, don't ask, don't tell - ie. if you aren't sure of something - make it up, don't worry about rules or consistency. :dizzy: She advised of some strong personalities with strong beliefs - not unlike I encountered down south. Said it's best to just do your thing quietly and keep to yourself. I said more and more I am discovering that it's just best to retreat to my own house, be a hermit and make friends with the animals :lol: She said you don't have to be quite THAT bad but there is no bucking the ruling class - you just get frustrated and don't accomplish anything. It was rather enlightening. Just means changing everything I ever was and believed in...
Anyway it's a new day. I did stop at the grocery store on the way home, picked up an oregano plant even though I don't use it all that much, a replacement dill plant as my 2 are about to bolt and I also got a lovely hanging basket of strawberries. Teeny little guys - I hope they are as good as they look. The shop girl said they'd bloom all summer as long as the plant was kept watered and in maximum sun. The bees and the butterflies are starting to come out which will help keep things pollinated. Still waiting on the mass of dragonflies we typically have here too. It's going to be warm but overcast so it's a good day to work outside. Have a good one ladies.
Again happy birthday Annie - try not to be so sad as there are still some good things in your life. :hug:
06-12-2013, 05:45 PM
HAPPY...big corp or lil place the politics take over and it is all about keeping your head down and doing your job. Sadly tho, you are a volunteer, do they not realize you do NOT have to be exposed to that crap? Really, lighten up people, be positive, think happy thoughts and do your best. QUIT b*TCHIN.Sheesh!!!
CHELLE..thank you so much sister for your support and love.
LAURA...congrats on the loss, hope you do not have to revisit those LBs again.
CEEG...thank you for the HB.
Sis is having a difficult time...made me cry with her. LIL sh*t. There is a reason for everything...the next babe will be perfect.
Dinner in a bit for me and kidlets, hope Sis is ok and doesn't be too awfully sad.
06-13-2013, 08:32 AM
Flat out busy today - right from get up. Been up to see M and M to see how the training thing is going - slowly. Had some morning tea and a laugh and then I went into Fortitude Valley in town and had a look at various cars. Naturally enough I start at the top end of my budget and check out the European cars. I have an appointment on Monday morning to test drive an Audi A3. Yummy. Very impressed with the features and finishes. I will be checking out a Mercedes A class as well. I couldn't find an equivalent BMW but will check out the 'net sites shortly to see what is available. Tuesday I will look at the Japanese and Locally made models.
Then I went to pick up some of the things I had to get for Sophia's visit. Just got to pick up the car seat and the high chair from one of DS1's friends and that is all ready for the Royal Tour. Oh and some bath toys apparently.
Tomorrow I go back to the doctor to see how the Lichen Schlerosis is
progressing or not as the case maybe. I think the steroid cream is doing the job, but I do know that you can not use it forever and a day. So my bet is that she will tell me not to use it for a few weeks and then start it again.
Darn site is putting the cursor everywhere except where I want it tonight. It's a pain. So I am going to leave personals until tomorrow in case I lose everything
06-13-2013, 09:46 AM
I will try and come back later on.
Up all night with sciatica.
Must be aggravation :rofl: :rofl:
I left a note on the SS phone for the evaluator.
"Sorry I am not up to this right now. Try Monday."
I had to sleep part of the night in the chair. Ouch.
Going back to bed.
See you soon:wave:
06-13-2013, 11:02 AM
Good Morning Everyone...
Last night was bittersweet at Texas Roadhouse, one of dad's favorite places to eat. We did surprise Ainsley with the birthday song from the peeps at the restaurant. SHe sat on the saddle and we all gave her a big YAHOOOOO. Lil man was less impressed and it frightened him so he ended up freaking out and crying. All and all it was a good time. Sam was a little depressed and sad from losing the baby but managed to smile a bit. My heart was breaking for her. I know exactly how she feels as I went through that 3 times.
Tonight is Oceanaire. I am so looking forward to it. I am definitely getting a shrimp cocktail and probably go with lobster tail. YUM!! Maybe even treat myself to the house bloody Mary.
MELLIE...sure hope you get to feeling better sweet sister. I sleep in the chair at some point nearly every night. We should talk during the night besides telepathically. lol
SHADDIE...hope the doc appt goes well.
Everyone have a terrific THursday.
06-13-2013, 11:47 AM
Mel Ė Sorry to hear about the sciatica keeping you up. I hope the pain eases up today.
Shad Ė Those sound like some very nice vehicles you're considering! :) So when does Sophia arrive? Hope the doc finds the lichen treatment progressing satisfactorily. I seem to have the cursor problem on the desktop computer at home, not on the computer at work.
Annie Ė Iím sure it was difficult for all of you to be up for celebrating birthdays, but it was nice to make Ainsleyís b-day special. Oceanaire sounds like a wonderful seafood place. Iíd be tempted to get a crabcake because I live them, but there are so many other options! Enjoy your lobster tail.
Happy Ė Itís just a whole Ďnother world up there isnít it? :D Ooh, strawberries Ė how fun. Be sure to let us know how those do!
Michelle Ė No sooner did you unpack a few more things at your stepmomís house than you learn that the Escondito job is still a possibility! Many things to consider. You sure seem to be happy being with family and friends where you are, but if this job is a struggleÖand you want to ultimately be further south, huh. Youíve got some thinking to do! Itís so great you have that opportunity!! How annoying about the DMV wait and not even accomplishing your objective after the long wait! Typical.
Ceejay Ė Starting your weekend Ė aaahhh! Enjoy your day!
The severe thunderstorm warning brought Metra to a standstill yesterday right during the evening commute. On my 5:33 train, we waited until they made an announcement just shy of 6 pm that they wouldnít move until the storm had passed (the storm warning was in effect until 6:45, so that was the minimum). Instead of waiting, I ended up taking the CTA Blue Line to Rosemont, where bf picked me up. Ultimately, I probably got home about the same time as when my Metra train would have finally arrived after a long delay, but the resumption of Metra service wasnít a given, so it was better for me to just be on a train actually going somewhere. I got home around 7:30. We had a bit of heavy rain and thunder/lightning at times, but it wasnít severe in our area. Havenít checked the news to see about other areas though.
I had to walk to the train this morning as Iíd left my bike there overnight. Lovely day shaping up today. Too bad Iím in here! At least I got a bit of a nice walk.
Tonight will be a Jazzercise class.
Thatís all folks.:ink:
06-13-2013, 12:57 PM
Good morning ladies -
Late night last night. Just as I was getting ready for bed, both downstairs bathrooms decided to have "Roto Rooter" type issues. The plumber came out and was there 'till after 10:30. Still couldn't fix the issue, so they're coming out this morning. Step-mom dealt with the plumber like a champ and will be at the house this morning when they arrive.
My 30-year old nephew who lives in the area was supposed to come over for dinner tonight, but decided he'd rather spend time with a friend. So, I may get together with a friend, or I may just take a relaxing evening at home.
Still haven't heard about the Escondido job, but I'm just taking things as they come. No sense in worrying. Whatever happens it will all be good. :D
Shad - How fun car shopping!! I hopefully won't be doing any of that for a few years. Audis are very good cars, from what I've heard. I've had good luck with my Toyota Corolla for well over a decade. Glad to hear you're nearly ready for Miss Sophia's tour. Good luck at the doc. Sending you lots of :goodvibes:
Mel - So sorry about the sciatica. I hate it when that happens. Sending you get well wishes. :getwell:
Annie - I can understand how last night was bittersweet, between your dad not being there and Sam losing the baby. I had no idea you had gone through it too. Sending you all many hugs to help you through your grief. :hug: :hug: :hug: Enjoy your seafood dinner tonight.
Laura - Wow, that storm sure packed a punch (from what I heard). I'm glad you were able to find an alternate way home. I'm glad the storm wasn't too severe in your area. I checked with my ex (since, yes, I was worried about him and my ex-DMIL). He said they had torrential rain and close lightning, but at least the wind wasn't too bad. Have fun at Jazzercise. As for the DMV, I got my car smog tested yesterday, so I am ready to make another DMV appointment to surrender my WI plates and get my CA registration. As for my license, I have to find either my birth certificate (I ordered another online just in case I can't find mine), or an old passport with my maiden name, or my divorce paperwork which is in storage and should be the easiest of the three to find. Then I'll make an appointment for next week.
A big :wave: to Ceejay and Happy.
Much love to all,
06-13-2013, 01:29 PM
Nice and sunny and just the right amount of breeze to keep things perfect. Had I known ahead of time would have gotten up early and gone to the animal park. Oh well, DH had a bunch of errands planned anyway and what with the predicted bad weather, was almost impossible to get on the weather dot com site to see anyone's weather forecast. Our summer craft shows and festivals have started. I am going to be working as a volunteer at a Humane Society fundraiser on Saturday. A photographer has kindly donated her time and talents for Pet Portraits - all proceeds to the HS. I will be working the desk gathering info, setting appointments, taking donations and the like. Will find out more shortly. As long as I don't have to walk the dogs or scoop poop! :no: Then, since I'll already BE at the fair, won't hurt to have a look around when I get off my shift, no? :chin: :shrug: :D Then the following week we have one of our big summer festivals in our town. I am working Thursday afternoon but we have Friday and Saturday open to enjoy the digs.
Glad to hear that the storms were not as severe as they were talking about them being in the Midwest. People are complaining that they made a big to do out of nothing, however if they had not taken precautions and warning and people got stuck in the bad weather then they'd complain about that wouldn't they? :dizzy: I was SHOCKED to see that they stopped the Metra commuter trains in Chicago. Never in my life had I heard about that. Had to be frustrating sitting there not knowing when they'd get going again. It was good that you had an alternate way home Laura. I'll let you know how the strawberry plant works out - even if the berries aren't the best, the hanging basket with it's blooms is pretty.
Annie - glad that you made a nice birthday for Ainsley even though your heart was hurting. Do enjoy your dinner at Oceanaire. How I wish I could be with you :hungry:
Mel - so sorry to hear of the sciatica. Hope you can find some type of relief - that is really bad pain. :hug:
Shad - how nice that Sophia is visiting your side of town. Forgot how much "stuff" one needs to accommodate a baby guest :lol: Hopefully you can borrow what you need. Hope the steroid cream is doing it's job - that's the problem with that stuff - can't use it forever but hopefully it can keep it in check. Have fun test driving the new cars!
Michelle - who would have guessed that you picked a field of work where the technology would explode into all different areas that you have to be versed in? Good luck with the learning - geez that would make my head explode :lol: On the other hand, I have some friends who are making a very comfortable living on a really old programming language that is industry specific and a standard in about half the mfg plants in the country. So even though they work very hard and there are very few of them who know it any more, they are assured of a job until THEY decide to stop working which is a huge plus in today's society. I guess there's something to be said for having a niche ;)
Annie - I'm sorry but you card is going to be late. I should have known better than to leave it for our mailperson to drop at the post office. It just came back to me today looking like she dropped it in the creek and used it for fish bait :rollpin: the address was obscured but my return address label was still good. I will try again. :dizzy:
Hi Ceejay - hope you are not melting down there :wave: :wave: :wave: - sending you some breeze :D
Ok, now my cursor is jumping all over - here I thought it was me but I will readily blame anything else. Have a good Thursday all !
06-13-2013, 01:42 PM
Happy - Have a good time running errands enjoying the nice weather. I hope you don't have to stand too much at the Humane Society booth this Saturday, so you're able to look around after your shift. I'm going to have to check around for craft fairs and festivals in this area. I just loved going to those in WI.
06-13-2013, 03:00 PM
Thanks for the nice breeze. It's dropped the humidity also. I've been outside mowing, but I'm still taking long breaks. Taking one now as a matter of fact.
I'm glad they stopped the train for bad weather. But of course it did cause you to be late in getting home.
Yep, I've started my four day week end. I love the day's off but would rather work 8 hour shifts.
You have some decisions to make. When would you start the newer job. Makes me want to see what else is out there.
Enjoy your evening. I know last night was good to a certain point. It will take time.
Ouch on the sciatica!!! Try to get some rest today.
I heard some kiddos outside last night but didn't realize they were in my yard. The neighbor's grand children are back and her grand son just takes over. They pulled the basketball goal over to my yard. When I saw it this morning I almost had a melt down of rage. I immediately text my neighbor, tried to call but I had the wrong phone number, to come remove it as I was going to move this afternoon and politely added that I didn't want them in my yard. I could be sued if anyone got hurt. She came and got it. She also told me that the detectives had been back in the area. I wonder what else has gone down out here.
I also checked in on my SS status yesterday and my retirement age is 66. I made up my mind that I'm going to live off my retirement from work at age 65 and then go to my SS benefits at age 66. And I will be moving in with sis in MO. She said she wouldn't charge any rent.
Ok break is over. Time to go back outside for another 15 to 20 minutes to mow.
06-13-2013, 03:16 PM
Ceejay - Sista, if I were as close to retirement as you are, I would not be looking. As for the Escondido job, it's up to the company to decide if they want to offer me the position or start a new recruitment process. So I don't have any decisions to make just yet. :) Good on ya' for mowing! It's interesting that you say you'd rather work 8 hour shifts. Most people I've talked to who work five 8+ hour days would rather work four 10 hour days and have the extra days off. So good for you that you have your retirement income and living situation set!! I'm so happy for you!
06-13-2013, 11:41 PM
Hey sistas -
I just had to post another photo of my adorable grand-nephew Ryan....he's just 8 days old in this photo. What a cutie pie!!!
Love to all,
06-14-2013, 09:18 AM
LAST NIGHT I WAS HAPPY...BACK WAS DOING OK.
TODAY MORE PAINFUL THAN YESTERDAY.
BE BACK OVER THE WEEKEND.
HOPE EVERYONE IS DOING OK.
GETTING TIRED OF LYING DOWN!!
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.
ANNIE....GOOD THOUGHTS YOUR WAY.
AND YOU MADE MY DAY WITH YOUR PACKAGE:encore:
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THINKING UF US.
06-14-2013, 11:26 AM
Morning all. Happy Friday!
Mel - I'm so sorry your back is giving you pain again. :hug: (Hope that didn't hurt.) Feel better soon!
Michelle - Hope the plumbing issue has been resolved - those stink (sometimes literally). Bf has been trying to make the pop-up stopper in our bathroom sink work better and as a result the drain pipe has somehow developed a leak. He's still messing with it. Bleh. Love the photo of the g-nephew! :)
Ceejay - Has it cooled down by you yet? Wow, you still mowed in that heat. Good for you taking needed breaks. Me, I might never get back to it if I went inside to take a break, lol. Did you get the kids to move the basketball hoop back to where it belongs? Sometimes I think it might be a really good thing for kids to be in school year-round. Too much time on their hands and they get into too much trouble. I'm glad you're doing the math and working out your retirement finanaces and arrangements. Whoo re no rent!!!
Happy - So is this an art/craft fair at which the H. Society will have a booth? Should be a good people-watching day, provided you're not overly busy at the booth. Re Metra - they seem to get very cautious about these storms now. Not everyone appreciates that. Enjoy your weekend if you get to return to the fair to see the sights and maybe find something nice.
Hellos to Annie & Shad! :wave:
Went to Jazzercise last night. It was a different instructor. She was "just okay". I sweated a lot, but it didn't feel like I really got my heart rate up like I do with the other instructor. But it was certainly better than doing nothing.
Tomorrow I'll do a Jazzercise class, and then I have a hair appointment at 11:30. Plenty to do around the house, including the remaining pruning and the shrub trimming.
Much as I hate to, I really need to do some clothes shopping. Every morning is the question of what to wear to work. I now have two pairs of dress slacks and two pairs of more casual chino-type pants that fit alright, although I'm not in love with any of them. The one pair of dress slacks needs to have the hem let down, but because of the skimpy hem, I need to buy some hem facing in order to do the job. That's what get for not buying something higher quality. Though I have to say, the other pair of dress slacks I purchased off the clearance rack at Walmart for $7 seems more well-made than the ones from Kohl's. They have a brand called "George" that seems to be higher quality than what they usually sell. Anyway, I hope these will see me through to the point where I get to my weight loss goal. I really need to get to some other stores, but that means planning a separate trip outside the ones I go to for the usual groceries and home/personal supplies.
Okay, just rambling now. Let me get this posted, see who might have snuck in on me, and, oh yes, get some work done. :lol:
06-14-2013, 11:45 AM
Mel - sorry you are still hurting. It will take some time. I can understand getting antsy. Not sure what is worse a bout with sciatica or a review with the SS people :dizzy: Rest up and feel better soon :hug:
Michelle - nice picture of the baby - cute that they caught him smiling. I often wondered how they get the babies into poses like that. Guess they just have a good eye for working with wiggly things :lol: Hope all the plumbing issues got fixed at the house.
Ceejay - sounds like you are getting your retirement plans in place. At least at 65 you can go on Medicare and have the medical coverage available to you. That's the biggest cost factor, anything else you can adjust your spending. This way also it will be like getting a "raise" when you turn 66. DH and I are doing the same thing as we are different ages - staggering our collectible income. Just don't pick up any expensive hobbies between now and then :lol: I don't blame you for not wanting the kids in your yard. Now a days you never know when someone is going to hold you accountable for something they should have been responsible for. Sad that we have to be that way...
Nothing much going on here. I have some housework to do and a load of laundry to finish. I will be gone a good part of the day tomorrow so trying to get things taken care of before I leave, otherwise I walk out feeling guilty that I should have stayed home to do something else. Funny how time is all my own chosing (for the most part) and I still seem to have far more than I can handle all at once. :dizzy:
Hello to the rest of the chicks. Have a good weekend everyone!
06-14-2013, 12:04 PM
Ah there she is typing above my head again. Hi Laura :wave: As for tomorrow I'm not exactly sure what is going on. This is billed as a Garden Fest held at the greenhouse in my cousin's town up the road. I guess they will also have some arts and crafts booths too but the primary feature is to get people in to buy plants. I think they are having some educational how to presentations also. I have not heard any more about what my part entails other than the general help the photographer with paperwork and making appointments. Seeing as how she has a business, I'm hoping she will have some sort of "process" we are to follow. I'll go there early so we can get set up (and I can get a parking spot) ahead of the crowd.
Good luck with finding some interim clothes. Not sure if it's too soon for the clearance racks but that would entail some serious shopping. I can totally understand how you wouldn't want to spend money if you are between sizes right now. Can you take a nip / tuck in any of your existing bigger pants to make them fit better? I have a couple of online places I check out (for short people so can't help you out there ;) ) and will occasionally browse through them bargain hunting. Never fails, I'll get a one off something for a great deal and really, really like it and couldn't get more if I wanted them. I just picked up a couple of supima polo shirts from Land's End. I really like those - nice colors too - it's just that sometimes they seem to attract grease stains which are the devil to get out and I'm not even sure where they came from. I do agree with you - getting more and more disappointed in Kohl's stuff. Was very disappointed in JC Penney too and Coldwater Creek as well. With pants and blazers I have found that it's better to pay a little more up front because in the end the quality lasts longer. However, when you are between sizes it's not worth it. Maybe you need to cruise the malls for a day for a Pant Mission :lol:
Anyway coffee cup is empty and the washer just beeped the end of the cycle. Later chicks...
06-14-2013, 01:36 PM
Oceanaire was marvelous! I ordered King Crab legs, Curtis ordered Lobster, then we shared. We also shared shrimp cocktail. The shrimp were as big as 3 of my fingers put together and so dang yummy. Had the best bloody Mary in my life. It also came with a huge shrimp hanging off of it. Smooth not acidic. We had the best time ever and get this.....the change we found was 642.00, the bill last night with tip and taxes was 635.00, and we didn't even keep track of anything, it just worked out. Cheers to dad/mom.
LAURA....sorry you have to go clothes shopping, however look at the bright side, small and not larger!! Yeah!! Happy Jazzercising!
HAPPY....I love crap festivals...that is what my brother calls craft fairs...You know like Frank's nursery and crap! lol. Have fun with all the lil pets. Hope all the animals get adopted out.
MELLIE...feel better sister and I am glad you liked the box of goodies.
CHELLE...what a sweet lil babe. So handsome.
CEEG...what the nerve of the neighbor brats to assume they can use your yard. Ballsy.
SHADDIE...how is the finger coming along? When does Sophia arrive? Wonder how Sunday will get along with the babe.
That is about it for me. Have a great Friday/night.
06-14-2013, 02:54 PM
Happy Friday ladies -
Well, the plumbers came out Wednesday night, but weren't able to fix anything. They came out yesterday and got things to point where we could flush the toilet but not take showers. And they're out today to get us "good to go". Luckily, it hasn't been too stinky.
My step-mom, step-brother and I are going on a diabetes eating plan. We all need to lose weight, especially me and my step-brother. I'm the only one with diabetes though.
I'm glad you're enjoying the photos of my niece, her husband and my grandnephew. Here's another one! This one is of my beautiful niece, her husband and Ryan not long after he was born. :love:
Tonight, Santa and I start obedience training, and I'm sure after a couple weeks Santa will have me trained to be very obedient to his every whim! :rofl:
Tomorrow, Santa and I are meeting up with a group of women who have Westies (West Highland White Terriers). I've met the women before and they are very nice, and their dogs are fun. We are going to a very nice dog park that has a separate section for smaller dogs. :D
No plans for Sunday yet...maybe relaxing at home...maybe going to the beach...not sure.
I'll be back to post personals in a bit.
06-14-2013, 04:18 PM
GOrgeous family CHelle....
06-14-2013, 06:22 PM
Yesterday went to the doc and got a good report for the lichen stuff. Still need to continue on it for another 3 weeks. Then back for another visit. Got my knee looked at again and told to be patient :lol3: who me? and got some antibiotics for the finger/ cat bite. Also asked her about the medication I had from when I was in Indonesia. The company gave us a first aid kit that contained needles and syringes and pills for just about every conceivable disease that might come your way. Anyway they were all out of date. She advised me to take them to the Pharmacist next door which I did but they wouldn't take the sharps (why can't people call them what they are? Needles) so I am wandering around with sharps in my handbag. I will dispose of them at the airport when I go to NZ next week. They have bins to put used needles in, in the toilet blocks. So all in all I reckon I am probably in the clear for the next couple of weeks. I certainly don't really want to see a medical professional for a long time if ever.
Not sure if any of you have heard but Kim Doty who was Ottoette on 3FC had her house burnt out in the recent Colorado fires. She is over on face book. Poor soul is in the middle of a marriage split and getting her kids over the worst of that when she had to tell them of the house going up and they have little than the clothes they escaped in.
Annie - sounds like you had a great birthday dinner thanks to the stash of cash from your dad.
Finger coming along reasonably well. It has stopped bleeding, but the doc gave me antibiotics anyway and said that probably they could not have stitched it anyway.
Sophia arrives 4th July. I put the cot together yesterday. Today I will wash the bedding and get it all ready for her. I have some toys to put in it and need to buy some bath toys for her bath time. Sunday will be kept out of her room, but they will need to put up with the fact that she lives here too. However I think she will probably keep her distance while they are home.
Michelle - the new eating plan sounds really good. It always helps to have someone there doing the same as you and hoping for the same results. Hope the plumbing gets sorted really soon.
Happy - hope you and the photographer get along okay and make lots of appointments. Must have missed something - how does that relate to the Thrift shop?
Laura - ughhh clothes shopping. How I hate that. I will probably have to get something for my sisters birthday and I don't fancy that one little bit
Good luck with the Jazzercise
Mel - oh no, not a bad back now. Take it easy and find a comfortable position. Backs are not to be ignored.
And that's about it. I've got cleaning, gardening, car cleaning and some laundry to do today - plus shopping for bath toys for S. At some stage I need to go up the road to pick up the highchair and car seat. But that might wait until I need to go into town on Monday or Tuesday. Today is apparently a weekend. I've lost track of the days.
06-14-2013, 08:13 PM
Thanks for mentioning about Kim. That was so sad when I read that. She's been through a lot lately. Those fires are huge and don't think they are out yet.
Hope you had a good turn out at the arts and crafts show today. It's been gorgeous down here. Medicare is why I'm waiting till I'm 65 to retire.
I had to do some clothes shopping this Spring. Not that I had lost any weight, just because I needed new clothes. You are doing well on Jazzericing class. The high yesterday was only 91 and the humidity levels were down so I was okay.
What a feast! And you deserved it.
Nice picture of your niece and family. That's great that your step and brother are willing to go on the diet with you.
Oh NO. Try to find a compfy position and rest.
It's been a gorgeous day and I've spent the entire day on the inside. I basked in the quiet with no t.v. or radio. Every once in a while I heard the boys bouncing their basket ball. I took a long nap. Now I'm going outside to wash the truck.
06-15-2013, 09:39 AM
Quick post for me as I have to get ready soon and head off to the fund raiser. To your question Shad - there is a gardening event / arts and crafts show held up north of me today. A portrait photographer from the southern part of the state is coming up to participate. She is doing pet portraits and is donating part of her proceeds to the Humane Society. They were looking for volunteers to help at the booth - greeting customers, setting appointments, taking payment, etc - so I volunteered to take a half day shift. It's rather gloomy out there right now - we had some mild thunderstorms overnight but things are barely damp so I don't think we got much rain at all. Too bad, I was counting on it to water the plants!
Do any of you have this problem? Typing a post and the resolution / font size gets smaller and tinier? I used to think it was something with the touch pad on my laptop but this site is the only place that happens to me. Very frustrating!!!
Thank you for the information on Kim - I knew of her but did not know her - I think she was part of the original journals group that I did not participate in. Regardless, that is very sad about her situation. My sister was telling me about the fires - burned so hot it burned everything down to the cement foundation of the home. Bad enough about the divorce but to lose EVERYTHING you have on top of that :no: My heart goes out to her and her family.
Ceejay - you're not alone waiting on the medicare for coverage. I have a nurse friend who is in the same boat - stuck working for 6 more years just for the health coverage. At least it gives you time to plan and the time will go by quickly. Sounds like you had a lovely time the other day.
Shad - reading your post I was totally surprised they would not take the sharps (I too wonder why they just don't call them needles) at the doctor's office - after all, they have the disposal containers. I'm seeing them in more public restrooms - would probably drop them off there myself if I had no other option. That is however, some serious kit you had there. Just having to go to a place where having something like that is a common sense idea would make me think twice about going in the first place :lol: But obviously we are not used to life in the tropics.
Mel - hope you are feeling a bit of relief today.
Michelle - the diabetes eating plan is a very sound and nutritious one. It's great that you are doing that as a family project - makes it easier to plan and implement. I wish you lots of success with that.
Annie - glad you enjoyed your seafood dinner and a great drink too! I'm sure Dad is smiling...
Laura - hope the Jazzercise class today is a bit more energetic than the other day. You are getting to be a powerhouse now - what would have me on the floor probably makes you barely cut a sweat :rofl:
I'm off to the showers - talk to you later.
06-15-2013, 11:52 AM
It's another beautiful day. I'm making plans to go to Paragould for another uncles get together at 11.30, but I am planning on coming back home.
The boys were inching their way back to my part of the yard. So I went out and told them myself that they were not welcome here. The neighbors grandson got a bit huffy with me. But that's okay. If they don't give him limitations I will. I've notice he's helped himself to some bricks and other things I had in the yard to help hold down the basketball goal. I'll get those today and put them in the shed. Guess that's where they should have been in the first place.
We're under a flash flood watch for tonight and tomorrow. I'm a wimp when it comes to weather these days.
06-15-2013, 02:13 PM
Quick pop in to say hello. Did a good jazzercise class this morning, then a shower, & back out again. Had too little for lunch yesterday & popped over to Walgreens next door to our bldg. They had a good sale on jerky, so I tried. Sure, a lot of sodium, but the chewiness iworked for me. So today I went back & bought two more pkgs. for future snacks.
Then I stopped at the thrift shop before my hair appointment. Bought a colorful beach towel for $3.50 since I don't have one of my own. (I borrowed my sis's when I was a teen & never returned it to her. It's a thin towel, but what's cool about it is that the design is a giant can of Budweiser beer on it. Vintage 70's, lol. Someday I will return it to her in the form of a gag gift. :D)
Ok, waiting for my color to set, then comes my cut - nothing new or different planned.
Tonight will be the Blackhawks game on the telly.
Personals tomorrow, have a good day everyone! :flow1:
06-15-2013, 06:35 PM
Sunday and I had better make this short since I have a ton of stuff to finish off today. Always seems that when I am busy I should never sit down with a cup of tea and biscuit since I always seem to end up dozing off and then nothing gets done.
Today I need to clean out the car and assemble the new toy - which is a mobile ladder scaffold thingy - I bought to be able to trim up the top of the hedge without having to get up and down and moving the ladder. This way I can trim up about 6 foot of hedge without having to move the thing. And it is on lockable wheels so I don't have to pick it up to move it either. So that is to be put together today as well.
Yesterday I washed all the cot bed linen and got it dried, so making little S's bed is part of todays work as well. Since it is not blowing like crazy today as it did yesterday, I might get to poison some of the weeds down the side of the house. These have come from next door - the neighbour there seems to think that the grass only needs to be mowed when it is so high that you lose the dog in it. Most of my neighbours are pretty good even if they are not gardeners, but this one has no interest in a yard whatsoever and should have bought an apartment on the twelfth floor of a 40 storey block. Not much chance of much going in the tiles or around the hot tub there.
This cat is about to drive me crazy. She had her breakfast, went down the hall and out the bedroom sliding door and walked down the back of the house and sat at the dining room door waiting to be let in. No. Not. Going. To. Happen......
Happy - Yes I get the font thing. Normally only on this site and it seems to depend on where I have the cursor arrow at the time and whether I am scrolling up and down the page. Ctrl + 0 will take it back to 100%. That's zero not o. Ctrl + and Ctrl- zoom in or out. Don't know whether I hit something that puts those combinations together or not but it sure happens often.
Ceejay - hope the flash floods don't come your way
Laura - Watch that jerky. You may hold water after eating that stuff. Glad you had a good exercise class
Okay - shower time, then into it. No time for sitting around today.
Happy Father's Day although except for DH, all the men are gone in my life. No more living grandpas, dads, brothers, or uncles. :(
Yesterday was an interesting day. It was overcast and at time spitting moisture so not the best of days weather wise. The mosquitoes were ferocious as usual. The event was held at a local greenhouse - she has gorgeous flowers - her begonias literally glowed they were so fiery. They had a couple of workshops - one making a serving tray out of a giant rhubarb leaf, another making imprints of flowers onto fabric using a mallet -however that one took some extra embellishments with markers or paints - but still, an interesting concept. There was another workshop in which people were doing something with plain glass bottles and vases but I wasn't able to stick around enough to see the finished product. My cousin's wife took a class on painting flowers on glass bottles and she was actually very good at it. There were a couple of vendors there with handcrafted goods. I got a very interesting vase which makes it quite easy for flower arrangements when you are not adept (like me) at arranging flowers. I will have to see if I can snip some of my flowers and will post a picture for you. The animal photographer I worked with was just the sweetest, nicest girl ever. She was born in the town we were working in, then moved south to go to college and recently moved to a neighboring state to the "big cities". She really has a flair for photography and animals. We had 9 dogs and someone was thinking of bringing their horse over after my shift. She said one year someone brought both their dog AND their pet parrot. The bird was a beautiful green. It was fun, except for the mosquitoes I really enjoyed it. On the way home I stopped at a local gift shop in town I had meant to visit but never did and also picked up a few groceries from the small store there. Got home and DH said he had a taste for Chinese food which I am always up for. So the steaks will wait until today and we had a nice take out dinner yesterday. Took a nap afterwards and watched some tv and had a quiet night. We got some rain but not enough perhaps for the garden so I'll go out and check and harvest some arugula for a salad tonight. It's supposed to be rather chilly again tonight - I am really concerned that I won't be getting much in the way of cucumbers or tomatoes out of my garden this year. :(
Mel - I hope you get the relief you need soon. Rest up as you know best and we will be missing you in the mean time. :hug: Where's Igor with a gentle back rub when you need him?
Shad - we have one of those scaffold type ladders too. Very handy it is. Especially when you can walk side to side and not have to keep stretching precariously and moving the ladder. Be careful though. Sounds as if Miss S is going to be staying with you during her visit. How long are they in for? Is there room for DS and his partner or is it just you and the baby? Miss Sunday will no doubt be displeased that yet another intruder is in "her" house. :lol: Thank you for validating that you also have the problem with the font size. I really thought it was me except for the fact that it only happens on this site. Boo on the neighbor who ignores their lawn. We had neighbors like that in TN. Was a young couple who loved to spend their weekends away from the house doing outdoor things like camping and kayaking and the like. I never understood why they bought a house since they had no interest at all in taking care of it. DH was super frustrated since their front lawn quickly went to weeds, the seeds of which would always blow downhill and infest the lawn he worked so hard to keep decent - not perfect but grass filled. Then those people sold out to another young couple - the wife was a very unfriendly, snooty princess who spent her days laying out by the pool while the guy mowed the lawn twice and then neglected it just like his predecessor. Which was quite frustrating for us having sunk a lot of money into making our house prim and pristine and then having the house next door look like an abandoned lot. :mad: I guess mowing the lawn is for old folks :rofl:
Laura - my former co-worker's husband would make what she said was awesome deer jerky. I never did get to try any. He also would get a beef roast and make jerky - but I didn't get any of that either, will just have to take her word for it. DH had some deer jerky that one of my cousin's friend's made - he said it was really, really good - would love to know how he made it but this guy is VERY secretive about most aspects of his life so that's a no go. D said it's not hard to make it and since you are making it for yourself, you don't have to put in all the salt and preservatives that you would if making it commercially for extended shelf life. I imagine it must be similar to fruit leathers which were popular several years back. Most of that stuff has a smoke flavoring which for some reason gives me really bad reflux so I don't eat that stuff. Did the Hawks win last night?
Ceejay - I hope the neighbor boys don't give you any trouble. After all you suffer through I'll be you'll be looking for a quiet place with your sister. It's one of the reasons we like our place as much as we do. Undeveloped land on one side of us, 100 acres of undeveloped forest across the road and we only have one neighbor to the side - a nice guy with teenaged girls but we have a fairly thick pine tree border between us so it feels quite like we are by ourselves. No neighbor's screaming young kids, no having to look at people who don't want to mow their lawns, no bouncing balls in the yard, no yards with abandoned junk cars littering the property - it's HEAVENLY ;) :lol:
Michelle - sounds like you had a lovely time with Santa. California sure is agreeing with you - seemed like you worked non stop in WI and barely had any time for recreation. At least you can enjoy the sun and the sand! Santa seems to be making the adjustment well also.
What's Annie up to? Lemme guess - outside in the garden??? Take good care of your ouchie toe there woman!!!!
Ok, let me get off the computer and accomplish something useful today. I think I'll try my hand at the dog biscuits for the Humane Society too. I'll pass along the recipe if anyone is interested - all natural ingredients - we could eat them too although they are a bit hard on the human teeth :D
06-16-2013, 12:37 PM
oh and one other thing I was going to say... Yesterday at the photography session customers had to leave their name, address and contact info. One guy came in with a beautiful malamute dog. After he left I glanced at his address. When we were house hunting up here, we were very interested in 2 houses. After much discussion we opted for the house we have now. That guy with the dog was the one who bought the other house we liked - and looked at 3 times - we were that interested in it. I was struck by how sometimes your life passes through another person's - sometimes you are aware, sometimes not. Just like a person walking into the thrift store dropping off a donation turned out to be a high school classmate, and one of her most favorite students is my next door neighbor. Then again too there was the person I saw at the event yesterday whom I worked with for 6 months who acted like that was the first time we had ever met when I said hello to her. How quickly they forget you when you stop volunteering - or was it just being insincere when they gushed over you while you were there???
IT TOOK ME ALL DAY TO READ AND TYPE THIS BIT BY BIT.
BUT I DIDN'T WANT TO GET TOO FAR BEHIND.:rofl:
STILL WAITING FOR SS TO CALL ME BACK.
I THOUGHT SHE WOULD AT LEAST LEAVE A DATE.
I THINK WE'RE PLAYING TIT FOR TAT.
RICHIE HAD TO WORK AGAIN TODAY.
SO JEN MADE DINNER & WE ATE EARLY WHEN HE CAME HOME.
NONE OF US CAN EAT BIG DINNERS AT NIGHT ANYMORE.
THE ONLY GOOD THING ABOUT THIS WEEK IS I LOST 3 LBS....181.5 NOW.
MUST BE FROM BEING IMMOBILE IN BED.
I WASN'T ANYWHERE NEAR THE REFRIGERATOR!! ROFL
HOPE TO SEE YOU GALS TOMORROW.
HAVE A GREAT NIGHT.
SHAD....I HOPE WHEN YOU GET BACK WE CAN CHAT.
WHEN ARE YOU LEAVING??? TOO SOON TO TALK??
I AM GLAD THE LICHEN CREAM IS WORKING.
HOPE IT CONTINUES TO IMPROVE....WHO'D A THUNK ALL THIS???
HOPE THE CAT BITE HEALS TOO. GEEZ!!
WE NEED TO COLLECT BUBBLE WRAP AGAINNNN
THIS TIME FOR YOU!!!
SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT OTTOETTE BUT DIDN'T KNOW HER.
WHAT AN AWFUL TIME THEY ARE HAVING.
HOPE TOO THAT M & M MOVE A BIT FASTER SO YOU CAN SEE IF IT WILL WORK OUT OK FOR YOU AS WELL:crossed:
HAPPY.....THAT JOB IS LIKE THIS TOWN.
ONLY THE CHOSEN FEW GET TO DO WHAT THEY WANT.
THEY ALSO MAKE UP ALL THE RULES!! JUST LIKE BULLIES!!:lol3:
HOPE YOU MADE BIG BUCK YESTERDAY AT THE FUNDRAISER!!
I can't wait for the first salad from the garden!!!
Save me some for sure.
FUNNY TOO ABOUT THE GUY THAT BOUGHT THE OTHER HOUSE.
LIFE CAN BE SO STRANGE SOMETIMES!!!
CEEJAY....I LIKE YOUR RETIREMENT PLANS.
HOPE THE KIDS STAY IN THEIR OWN FRASSING YARD!!
WE GET SKATEBOARDERS HERE.
THE SENIORS GO OUT AND YELL AT THEM!!!
HOPE THE DAY IN PARAGOULD IS GOING WELL!
BE CAREFUL WITH THE FLASH FLOODING. :crossed:
ANNIE....I AM SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT SISSY.
WHAT CAN I SAY. SENDING BOTH OF YOU A HUG:hug:
:hb: BELATED HB TO AINSLEY:gift:
I AM GLAD OCEANAIRE WAS SO NICE.
YOU DESERVED A GOOD TIME:encore:
LAURA...CONGRATS ON THE WEIGHT LOSS.
GOOD LUCK WITH THE NEXT SESSION!
GLAD YOUR AREA MADE IT THRU THE STORMS.
THEY WERE WACKY!!
GET YOUR BUTT OUT TO THE STORE AND GO SHOPPING!!
I LOVE CLOTHES SHOPPING...IF IT'S FOR SOMEONE ELSE!! ROFLMAO
MICHELLE....NOW I AM SORRY TO HEAR YOU HAVE TO JUMP THRU HOOPS AT THE DMV.
THEY WANT EVERYTHING NOW!!!!!!
THEY WERE THE FIRST AGENCY TO GO NUTS WITH INDENTIFICATION!
GOOD LUCK WITH ESCONDIDO.
LOVED THE PIC OF RYAN!!:bb:
06-16-2013, 03:02 PM
So far so good today. The grandkids haven't been around this week end. I did see a couple of friends come by the house going next door but they have left. It's supposed to rain this week so I'm praying that they will not be here.
And yes I'm looking forward to the peacefulness at my sis's.
Good job on the exercise class yesterday. What's ya doing today?
:hug: to you my friend. It's so good that you have a doctor that still makes house calls. I hope you get some relief soon.
When is Sophia coming or is she already there? Is her mom and dad staying also. What a treat this will be. I'm missing out on both of my sister's grand children.
It's still quiet this morning. Looking like rain but I haven't checked the weather map.
I've been food shopping bought enough supplies for a couple of days.
06-16-2013, 03:03 PM
I'm like you can't eat big dinners any more. And congrats on that three pound loss. Makes me want to try again.
06-16-2013, 07:24 PM
Such a hard, weird, emotional Father's day for me. Thank God we went to Curtis' parents house last night and spent the day there. We had a cook out today. I took homemade slaw, baked beans, cheesy mashed potatos, and his dad's fav...braunschweiger ball. His dad was in heaven. All and all it was a good day, however I noticed on the way home that I missed 4 calls from sissy. Called her and she was on her way to emergency at hospital...we beelined it to the hospital, that was the longest hour drive of my life. Come to find out, she is fine, was just experiencing the remainder of the miscarriage...i.e. severe cramps and heavy bleeding, nothing else wrong, as they feared tubal pregnancy. She is fine. At home resting. Ready to resume life...look forward and not back. Crap I am so glad I only have two kids. They make me crazy with worry. Home now...Sassy completely worn out, C out fishing on our pond, me just hangin.
Sass has to have tear duct flushing on Tuesday. Her left eye will not stop watering and is so puffy. Finally the Vet figured out it was her tear duct and not infection, only about 250 bucks later. The surgery will be about 150. I cannot believe I spend so much on this lil critter....but I love her so.
Have a great evening/morning...
06-17-2013, 09:03 AM
Just going to be short tonight. I'm running well behind. I went into town today to test drive the Audi A3 and then talked money to the guy. I knew I wasn't going to get much for a trade in of my old car, and I didn't but they came up with a figure that gave me a good discount and then knocked off another $500 when I mentioned that I was going off to test drive the Mercedes. Perhaps I should have mentioned some other things I was going to test drive as well. Anyway I have bought my new car. Now I will have to think about going back to work to earn some money. Oh joy.
Forget who asked, but Sophia and her Mum and Dad will be coming up on the 4th of July and going home on 14th July and yes they are staying with me. I am off to NZ on 23rd June and back on 1st July.
Oh yes and Happy you asked about carrots being ready. Well to be honest I really don't know. I generally start to pull them when the top of the root starts pushing above the ground. The young ones are probably more delicious that the mature ones IMO.
So that's about it for today. I will be back with personals tomorrow morning. It's cold and it's late. I'm off to warmer places. The cat is already there.
06-17-2013, 09:21 AM
:cofdate: GOOD MORNING WORLDY CHICKS
ON MY WAY TO THE OFFICE.
SOME EXPLAINING TO DO WITH MAINTENANCE.
THEN I AM FREE TO LEAVE.
NOT PUSHING MYSELF THIS WEEK.
Richie's DAUGHTER IS DUE TODAY.
THE SON IS STAYING HOME FOR NOW.
LOTS OF DISAPPOINTMENT GOING AROUND.
I AM STAYING OUT OF IT.
NO DRAMA ALLOWED IN HERE.....LOL
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY.
SHAD...IT WAS ME THAT ASKED ABOUT DATES.
HOW IS THIS FRIDAY AFTERNOON MY TIME??
GOING TO ASK JEN TO TAKE BOTH PHONES IF IT IS & SHE IS STILL HOME.
IF NOT....SIGNS CAN GO ON THE DOORS!
I AM GLAD YOU GOT A GOOD CAR DEAL!!
CONGRATS AND ENJOY THE NEW SMELL!!:scooter:
CEEJAY....HOW ARE THE UNCLES DOING.
I THINK IT'S GREAT THAT YOU STILL MEET WITH THEM.
HOPE THE STORMS PASSED YOU BY.
ANNIE.....I AM GLAD SISSY IS DOING OK.
BUT YOU ARE BOTH GOING THRU SO MUCH RIGHT NOW.
WISHING HER A SPEEDY RECOVERY AND HOPE SHE RESTS.
BETWEEN ALL THAT HAS HAPPENED YOU'VE DONE A GREAT JOB.
STAY STRONG LADY. :hug:
THURSDAY IS ANOTHER TJ's SHOPPING TRIP.....GUESS WHO IS GOING?:dance:
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOU GIFTS.
06-17-2013, 11:36 AM
I'd been concerned about Sissy, Annie. Do they not do D and C's any more for miscarriages. Just curious. Medical science changes every day.
Glad she's okay.
Don't blame you for not wanting the drama. I didn't want any today either. But first thing we've had to drain another tank for yet another inspection.
Hope this is the last one for this year.
Did you buy the Mercedes or the Audi3?
Gotta go see if I can get my computer to come on. I'd like to get things done before all this rain comes through.
06-17-2013, 12:40 PM
Morning all. Running late today, I missed my usual train. I'll try to get back later to post.
06-17-2013, 01:47 PM
Good Monday morning everyone!
Santa and I went to the dog park on Saturday. (Attached is a picture.) We met up with a group of people who all have Westies. There were probably 15 or 20 Westies. And there were also more than a dozen French bulldogs, including one that was just 12 weeks old...what a cutie! Several pugs. A few Boston Terriers and a few Schnauzers. And lots of other breeds. All in all nearly 50 dogs 20 lbs and under! There was much barking, chasing and frollicking! Of course there were big dogs in the big dog section of the dog park...but there was so much going on in the little dog section that I really didn't notice. LOL We were at the park roughly 4 hours! When we got home, we both took a nap! I also learned that the last Sunday of each month is Schnauzer meetup at the park...so that's on my calendar! And after talking with some of the Schnauzer parents there, I got the recommendation for a good groomer in the area...and also learned that most of them groom their own, so I will probably invest in a good clipper and give that a try. :)
I'll post more later...gotta get some more work done.
06-17-2013, 06:25 PM
Michelle Ė Sounds like a great day for you and Santa at the dog park. So great they have a separate area for little dogs, and a special meet-up for Schnauzers! Nice. Love the photo of you and Santa! How did the obedience class go??
Ceejay Ė Hope this is the last tank inspection for a while.
Mel Ė You are getting out and about Ė is your back feeling better now? Or did the doc give you some meds to knock out the pain? What ages are Richieís kids now? Iím not surprised at least one isnít visiting right now, as they get older they just want to be with their friends. Enjoy your TJ's trip. My Mon./Thurs. jazzercise class is very close to a Trader Joeís store, so I will probably start going there after class every so often because itíll be convenient from the perspective that I wonít have to make a special trip to the other location. The one negative about going after class is that Iím usually totally wet with sweat and Iím not all that comfortable & presentable at that pointÖbut Iíll get over it. Congrats on the weight loss! Just continue to keep away from the fridge!
Shad Ė Congrats on your new car! Enjoy that new car smell! Less than a week until your trip Ė you must be looking forward to going home. Re the ladder - bf and I have never bought anything more than a 6-foot ladder for our ranch home, but we have occasionally talked about getting an extension ladder. And then we start saying we should get one of those that can be used like a scaffold as wellÖand we never get any further than that. Not sure why we donít just borrow from a neighbor for the rare occasion when we need to get on the roof. The gutter cover system weíve had since í08 or Ď09 is working out nicely (no gutter cleaning!), and we probably wonít hang anymore strings of lights on the gutters for the holidays since we decided last year to use colored flood lights to light up the faÁade. Good thing Ė the less that needs to go in the garage, the better.
Annie Ė Iím sure your first Fatherís Day without your dad was so difficult for you, and it's awful it ended with a medical emergency!! Sorry to hear Sis ended up in the ER, but thank goodness sheís okay - a tubal pregnancy would be very serious. Awww, poor Sassy with her tear duct. Well, finally the vet figures it outÖbut at least he did. I hope that resolves it all.
Happy Ė Sounds like you had a good day doing the volunteer thing (except for the skeeters). I understand the need for privacy and some peace and solitude, but you sure went a long ways to get it! Iíd like that too, but I think Iím just too citified to want to worry about the wild critters. And being out of cell phone and cable tv range, hahaha. Iím sure you know by now that the Stanley Cup Hawks-Bruins series is tied at 1-all. Tonightís game 3. Iím not sure Iím up to watching these games Ė very nerve-wracking for me.
Re jerky Ė I think thatís one of those things that a food dehydrator is used for. Iíve thought about buying one of those relatively inexpensive ones, but I donít think I like dried fruit enough to bother. And jerky is probably something I should limit just because it has so much sodium. Bf has been using mesquite wood chips the last couple times heís grilled Ė for pork chops and for burgers Ė yum. Do naturally smoked foods cause the reflux, or just the artificial smoke flavors? Thanks for shopping for the replacement of my Budweiser beach towel - or rather, my DSís towel. Iíll have to post a photo of the Bud beach towel I have because itís different than the one you found Ė itís got flowers on it too Ė itís pretty cool. And I might as well post a photo of my cute ďnew to meĒ beach towel. I like the colors. :)
The rest of my weekend was alright. Yesterday I lazed around in the morning and then got outside to pull weeds in the front shrub border that desperately needs to have its mulch replenished. I Preened it afterwards - hope that helps. Bf and I met my friend D at Panera for lunch. Sheís been so busy going back and forth to spend time w/ a seriously ill aunt in the hospital that we havenít had time to get together and catch up.
Bf grilled burgers for dinner. I did the usual dog walks Sat. & Sunday and some laundry. Iím just about halfway through the book club book (Whereíd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Semple). Itís a bit similar to another one we read for book club (What Alice Forgot) in that the mother character is the target of the other moms active in the fancy school her daughter attends.
The boss and sr. mgr will be out the rest of the week, so it'll be nice and quiet around here. :) That made my Monday more pleasant. :D
Tonight will be Jazzercise class. Itís pretty hot todayÖit will be a good sweaty workout even if I donít give it my all! :exercise:
06-17-2013, 06:36 PM
Mel - Friday your time should be okay with me. I can't think of anything else I will be doing. Sometime on the Saturday Miss Puss will go to the DS1's but that will be probably late in the day. I don't pick up my new car until early next month. It has to come through customs, be prepared and cleaned from riding on a ship and then tested out. I will be kept in the loop as to where it is from time to time. The date being bandied around was the 8th July. Right in the middle of the Royal visit from Sophia.
Ceejay - I bought the Audi A3. Its a little gem. I'll find a photo soon and you can see for yourself.
Laura - seems like it might be one of those days for you.
Michelle - glad you had such a good day at the dog park.
Annie - poor Samantha. Hope she feels much better soon. It would have been hard for you on Fathers day. The 'first times' are always hard. Hang in there.
Happy - must be having a good time driving the tracks and going bush. Have fun. Watch out for the bears.
My finger is finally healing up. It is still a bit tender but no longer needs band aids. I do protect it with rubber gloves when working in water or outside and it still reminds me it is not completely healed when I knock it but slowly it is coming right.
Not sure what the workload will be today. I need to do some outside work but won't make a start on the shed until this finger is completely healed. I also need to make a trip to the dump with some rubbish as well. I might just go up and give the DS2 a bit of a hand. I haven't been around to help him much lately. He doesn't complain, just drops hints from time to time.
And that is about it. Miss Puss is making cute outside the door. How did she get out there - she went out the bedroom door which is open. So how come she can't come back in the same way? Beats me.
06-17-2013, 06:39 PM
And there is Laura typing above my head. Happy exercising Laura
06-17-2013, 07:13 PM
Less than an hour to go with work for today. I really need a nap. I'm not feeling well at all. very dizzy. :dizzy: I wonder if I'm losing weight and my meds need to be adjusted...I've been too afraid of the scale to check my weight. And I think my blood sugar meter thing is packed away too. ooops. :dunno:
A little over an hour later, and I'm feeling MUCH better.
06-17-2013, 09:30 PM
HI girls...I am officially restricted from the at work. Like it is a threat. ok...so will be posting from home which will be less than every day. Unless I can get a minute.
I don't even know what all everyone posted. Will try to figure that out in a minute.
C and I are trying to decide to do with his kids. Both are going to try to visit in the next couple of days...We will see. Poor c, he gets so excited, then they cancel.
Will post more tomorrow...loves and hugs.
06-17-2013, 09:33 PM
Shad - Congrats on the new car!! How exciting! Audi's are really, really good cars. Well done! Bummer that you have to 'till next month to get it. How long are you going home for? I'm glad to hear that the finger is healing. Wrap it in bubble wrap before you start banging around with it.
Laura - Good job on all the exercising. I'm going to visit a 24 hour Fitness tomorrow and quite probably sign up. I'm hoping they have a recumbent stepper cardio machine like my gym in WI had so that I have options when my back is too sore for Zumba.
Ceejay - What bratty neighbor kids. That would drive me crazy. I hate it when kids (and adults) don't have any respect or care for anyone but themselves. :tantrum: I hope the inspection goes well.
Annie - Sending many hugs and prayers your way for you and Samantha. You two have been through so much. :hug: :hug: Shad is right...the 'first times' after a loved one passes are always so hard...and so close to your dad's b'day. :( I'm so sorry, sweet sista. Sending you much love. Also sending prayers for Sassy's tear duct procedure. Poor little sweetie. I hope that C's kids visit C. It's awful to get C's hopes up and then cancel.
Mel - I'm glad to hear you're not pushing yourself this week. Steer clear of any office or kid drama.
Happy - So glad you had a nice time volunteering at the craft fair. Are your feet doing okay with all the hours you're putting in? I hope so. :crossed:
Well, time to figure out what I want for dinner.
06-17-2013, 09:59 PM
Well, Humana has finally pissed me off and blocked 3fC completely. Really they are so gunhoe on getting healthy and excersizing, you would think they would allow this website, eventho we rearly talk about weight. I am so tired this evening, forgive my misspelled word and talk.
I JUST CANNOT SEEM TO GET A BREAK THIS MONTH. LOL
STILL WITH THE GOVT, RICHIE'S DAUGHTER ARRIVED AND ALARMS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. UNREAL.
I CAN'T WAIT TILL EVERYONE LEAVES FOR THE TRAILER.
I HOPE THEY HAVE A GOOD TIME UP THERE.
NOTHING NEW HERE. HAVE TO RUN AND GET A PKG MAILED TO THE GOVT.
IT MUST BE ALMOST 2 INCHES THICK.:faint:
DR HAD TO CANCEL THE VISIT.
HE HAS EMERGENCIES IN THE NURSING HOMES.
I SDAID IT WAS OK I AM PAST THE NEED FOR NARCOTICS..
WE CAN RESCHEDULE NEXT WEEK.
OK...O FF TO GET SOME STA,PS!!! LOL
HAVE A GREAT DAY.
CEEJAY....HOPE THE INSPECTION WENT WELL.
OUR BUILDING'S SHOULD BE THIS SUMMER SOMETIME. YUCK!!
I SEE YOUR RAIN IS HEADING THIS WAY FOR THE AFTERNOON.
HOPE YOU STAYED DRY!!
LAURA....CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT TJ'S..
NOT READY TO BOUNCE AROUND ON THE BUS JUST YET.
WHAT WAS I THINKING????? LOL
SORRY YOU MISSED THE TRAIN.
I HEAR YA ON THE SWEATING AND SHOPPING.
NOTHING IS EVER EASY:rofl: :rofl:
RNJOY YOUR QUIET WEEK AT WORK!!
SHAD....OK....FRIDAY MY TIME IT IS.
MAYBE BY THEN WE CAN CHAT AND FIX ALL THE WRONG CRAP IN THE WORLD.
SEEMS TO BE A LOT IN OURS TOO!!:lol3:
DON'T THE CAR EXECS KNOW THE DATE OF THE ROYAL VISIT CANNOT BE BANDIED ABOUT!!:queen:
I AM CRACKING UP OVER HERE BUT SUCH A DILEMMA!!
CAR?? SOPHIA??? CAR??? SOPHIA???
LET ME KNOW WHO WINS OUT!!
MICHELLE....CHECK THAT SUGAR!!!
WITH ALL THE CHANGES IN YOUR LIFE IT'S IMPORTANT.
GLAD YOU FEEL BETTER NOW BUT BE CAREFUL.
REMEMBER A PEANUT BUTTER ON WHITE BREAD IS A GREAT LOW BLOOD SUGAR TRICK.
FAST CARBS & SLOW CARBS ALL IN ONE.
WITH SOME HONEY ON IT,,,IT'S EVEN BETTER.
ANNIE...SENDING MORE HUGS AND HOPE C DOESN'T GET CANCELLED ON AGAIN.
POOR GUY....SOUNDS LIKE OUR RICHIE.
SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT WORK BUT IT IS MORE IMPORTANT!!!!
06-18-2013, 11:01 AM
Just a quick post for me. The light office is having trouble switching the phone back over and I've been getting a lot of phone calls.
I probably stayed on FB to long yesterday. I was chatting with a male high school friend.
Can I say, hallelujah. B just called and told me the phones were switched.
I'm having to keep the water towers filled to brim this morning. When and if the inspectors get through with the tank I'll have to start refilling the tank. ugh.
06-18-2013, 11:39 AM
Quick post for me as I have a lot to get done today amidst a morning full of meetings. With everyone here working from home on Fridays and Mondays, Tuesdays are hectic because people try to schedule all the meetings on that day.
Mel - Thanks for the tip about the Peanut Butter on white bread. Good to know. I usually keep trail mix on hand (the kind with peanuts, almonds, cashews, raisins and M&Ms. M&Ms and raisins provide the fast sugar...and the nuts the slow carbs.
Ceejay - I'm glad the phones finally got switched over for you. I hope the rest of the day goes better.
Shad - I hope you and Mel are able to chat on Friday...I think the world needs being set right in a big way, and you two ladies do such a good job when you get together. :)
Gotta fly! Have a great day everyone!
Love and hugs,
06-18-2013, 11:55 AM
Morning all. Chilly, foggy & drizzily right now. Yesterday was hot and sunny until I drove to Jazzercise, then a cold front came through and cooled things off.
Ceejay - Glad the phones got switched over, you've got other things to do!
Mellie - Glad to hear the pain has eased up. Yeh, good idea to be gentle with the back and not subject it to a rough ride! Two inches of paper - that package is gonna need a lot of stamps!! It's ww today, so I skipped breakfast, but now you have me jonesing for a piece of toast (preferably cinnamon-raisin) with some peanut butter!! Maybe tomorrow morning - instead of cinn-raisin bread, I bought some cinn-raisin english muffins because they have fewer calories. :D
Annie - Sorry they've blocked 3fc at work. That stinks. Hope the kids don't cancel on C and you get to do something fun.
Michelle - Hope you're not having any more dizzyness. Does 24 hour fitness have Zumba classes, or would you go elsewhere for those? I hope they have the stepper machine you want. I feel like I've lost some flexibility, and my back gets stiff after sitting all day. I really should try to do a yoga class, or at a minimum do some stretches/exercises at home for that. Besides the bridge, what other exercises have doctors recommended you do for your back?
Shad - Too bad you have to wait a few weeks for the new wheels. I bet you'll have a lot of fun tooling around in it with little S. in the back in her car seat, LOL. :bb: Glad the finger is healing. You have a valid excuse not to get hands-on with work at DS2's place, but you could go over there and supervise and inspect. :D Too funny about Miss Sunday going out one door but having to get you to let her in through another.
Hi Happy! :wave:
Nothing much to report. Considered skipping Jazzercise, but decided to go to sweat off some weight before my ww weigh-in today.
No movie tonight, but I do have an eye doctor appt to follow up on the new brand contact lenses I'm trying out. They feel pretty good, but get uncomfortable like the other ones when I've worn them all day. The eye doc recommended I use rewetting drops throughout the day and that makes a difference. But wouldn't it be the same with my usual brand of lenses? As for the vision...there's something "off" in the rx of the left lens, so I'm not sure I'll stick with this brand. I don't think my rx changed, so I don't know if this specific lens is an issue or what. I do know that the office ordered a pair of my usual lenses and I hope they give them to me tonight to see if there's the same issue. I'm kind of tired of traipsing back and forth to this office because the route has a lot of long traffic lights. On the other hand, our Middle Eastern food joint is right on the way and it's an opportunity to stop there for dinner...
Okay, enough rambling. Back to work.
06-18-2013, 12:26 PM
Laura - 24 hour fitness does offer Zumba classes at fairly convenient times. Stretching your back is very important. I've also found that stretching my hamstrings and calves are equally important because when those tighten up, they pull my back out of alignment. Below are some links for back stretches and exercises...obviously don't do any of these if they cause you pain. (Thanks for asking me about these exercises...I've saved the URLs because I really need to make time to do stretches.)
As for your lenses, way back when I used to wear contacts, I used rewetting drops as it got later in the day. Good for you on doing Jazzercise!! Let us know how the weigh in goes.
06-18-2013, 01:49 PM
Sorry I didn't get here yesterday. Was starting to post and DH was going into town so I went with him. Wanted to check out the farmer's market (the Mennonite ladies make fabulous bread) and had some errands of my own. Got back, made lunch and then went outside to work on the garden. FINALLY finished planting everything. Then my cousin called and said they were predicting perhaps a light frost. Since I am now finally getting baby buds - green beans, sugar snap peas, tomatoes, squash and cucumbers - opted to err on the side of caution and we tarped the garden and I had to bring everything from the deck (flowers and patio pots) into the greenhouse or cover them on the deck. I was outside all day long and we didn't eat dinner until 7:30 - very late for us. I think I zoned out afterwards because outside of a chat with Mom, don't know where the evening went.
Got up early today, uncovered and moved back everything (it only got down to 38 degrees but glad I covered stuff over anyway). Took me almost 2 hours to move and completely water everything in the yard. My cousin stopped by because we discovered some wild Morel mushrooms in the yard but he said they were old and had gone bad :( So we visited for a bit. Then DH said he needed some lightweight long sleeved t-shirts because he keeps getting poison ivy when he mows and trims. That was an internet search that took a while but that's done now. I was supposed to get a pork roast in the crock pot, I think it might be too late for that. Now I need to hurry and eat something before I jump in the shower and off to the thrift store for the afternoon.
So I'm sorry - will do personals tomorrow. :wave: to the chicks.
06-18-2013, 02:17 PM
Hi ladies...this place is freaky. Yesterday Humana blocked 3FC due to malicious content, whatever. Today I got on with no problem. Strange I tell you.
Vet called and said Miss Sass a cakes did perfect with her surgery and should be ok after this. Only 145.00 for that surgery. Yikes. I must be out of my head spending $$ like that on a doggie....haha
My BF, Tari from St. Louis called me at 4am yesterday to tell me her doggie, Bailey, passed away. She was just bawling, so therefore I was too. C was just about to leave for work and stood there waiting to see what was going on. I told him Boo Bailey had just passed away, he was relieved it wasn't something else but also sad. Bailey was 14.
Made a new meatloaf recipe that is quite tasty, lots of work however you grill it out on the grill. It turned out quite yummy. Made steamed broccoli to go with it last night and that was it. Delish!
HAPPY...I don't blame DH for wanting long sleeve shirts for the ivy. Man if I get that it spreads everywhere. I think next year put all your plants on rollers, then just roll them in and out. lol.
CHELLE...I love crazy busy days, they go by a lot quicker. We are in our slow time of year and I am not liking it one bit. Makes for a long boring day.
LAURA...kudos to you for wearing contacts. I tried them a couple of times but I just don't like stuff in my eyes. Plus I like rubbing my eyes.
CEEG...glad the phones got switched. THey did not do a D&C on Sam because the ultrasound show a clean, clear miscarriage. Nothing to scrape out. Which is good. Yes they still do D&Cs if they need to.
MELLIE...Sorry you missed out on TJs. It can wait. wink wink.
SHADDIE...congrats on the new car!! An Audi..wowser, you must be one of those rich people. lol.
That is about it for me. Everyone have a terrific Tuesday/nite.
06-18-2013, 05:03 PM
Annie - yesterday, 3FC was blocked by nearly all browsers due to malicious content (probably contained in a banner ad). 3FC fixed it last night. Glad you're back with us. I'm glad to hear that Sassy is ok. $145 is pretty good for a doggie surgery. And if the surgery will keep her happier then it's worth every penny. I always say...when you get a pet, you've got to be prepared to pay for more than just food. That being said, after getting such a lousy grooming for Santa last time - Petco telling me AFTER they were done and I was out $70 that they'd never groomed a Schnauzer before - I ordered an electric pet hair clipper off Amazon for less than the cost of 1 grooming, so I'm going to start doing it myself. I'm sure Santa will look mighty silly the first time or two that I groom him, but I'll get better with practice. So sorry to hear about Bailey.
06-18-2013, 05:14 PM
Happy - I'm glad you were able to check out the farmers' market and got everything planted in your garden. Hopefully next time you'll be able to harvest some Morels before they go bad. I hope your afternoon at the thrift store goes well.
06-18-2013, 06:17 PM
Up early this morning as I am going back to help DS2 again with the reno. He was sounding a bit panicked yesterday and had such a lot to do. So I made a batch of scones and went up and painted trims while he rollered the walls. I put rubber gloves on to protect my finger which is rapidly healing now. Went there and jumped up and down scaffolding to get the job done. Apparently he has refugees moving in over the weekend. He was going to spend last night tiling the bathroom. Lucky he is good at these things. Today we will finish the last coat of trim, finish the tiling. Clean up for the carpet layer arriving probably tomorrow and get the tools and stuff out of the house. Then we need to start on the yard.
DB2 arrived around the house yesterday morning on his way to get a hair cut. He wants me to take him to the airport on Thursday since he is off to NZ as well for my sisters birthday. Just goes to show what you can afford if you don't gamble hey.
My new car will not now arrive until late July, early August. The dealer rung me yesterday to say that there was a delay on the shipping. To compensate they will install the 2014 upgrade at no extra cost. So that is fine. Cynically I suspect that someone else didn't drive the same bargaining power as I did and therefore is getting the car earmarked for me and I wait for the new one.
Happy - going out with the DH is much better for you than sitting at the computer. Sorry to hear that you are still getting such low temps overnight. That won't do too much for the garden except if you are growing cauliflower :rofl: or broccoli or even parsnips are they all need frost to give them their great flavour. Shame you didn't get the roast pork into the crock pot - love roast pork.
Mel - will sit by the phone with lots of coffee brewed on Friday.
Michelle - Good to hear that you are back to exercise and are doing stretching stuff. Better take pictures of Santa after you groom him for the first time. We like to see interesting things like that.
Annie - it seems that I must have got in early enough yesterday since I haven't had much problem getting into the site. Getting it to stay in one place is another thing. It is really bad on the cursor jumping bit today.
Glad to hear that all is well with both Samantha and Sassy.
Hope C's children grow up soon and start to behave like adults.
Ceejay - happy filling of tanks etc.
Laura - Strange about the contact lenses. I have no problem with mine. I wear Acuvue brand. They are supposed to be monthly disposables but I usually manage to get about 2 1/2 to 3 months out of them. Never get dry eye unless I am really tired or the lens is just too old.
Miss Puss is again sitting at the closed door. She is becoming a real old lady. Doesn't want her breakfast. Dinner is not good enough.
Finally the sun has risen and I can see it peeping through the trees. Time to get showered, fed and ready to go to the DS2's place. I will be there until lunchtime, then I need to come home and do some work around here. The garden needs water and weeding. However first, trim up some nails and then shower.
This site is a real pain with jumping cursors this morning. I'm a bit worried I might lose this post. See ya
06-18-2013, 07:47 PM
Whew what a day! First of the phone was driving me nuts and I had to start to refill the tank. Lo and behold they forgot to turn off the other tank and it over flowed. The boss was a bit embarrassed. I laughed. I'd only gotten 6 feet of water in the other tank when that happened. It took till 12.45 p.m. to fill it to 29.0 feet. I'd gone over to the waste-water lab to have my friend boss sign his initials where the other person made a mistake, and when I got back the filters were draining. Flew down stairs to start closing the filters. I made mention to the maintenance man that I'm getting to old to be climbing under and over these pipes. The rest of the day was spent filling up the water towers. I had to let them drop to 31.0 feet. They hold 38.0 foot of water. I'm still putting water in the other water tower.
I'm tired mentally.
GOOD MORNING LADIES OF THE WORLD.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY.
I HAVE SOME WORK TO DO TODAY.
GOING DOWN EARLY TO GET IT OVER WITH.
CEEJAY...HOPE THE INSPECTION WENT OK.
GLAD THE PHONES GOT CHANGED OVER.
I CRACKED UP AT THE OVERFLOW ON THE TANK.
BUT I KNOW IT WASN'T FUNNY.I JUST LIKE WHEN OTHER PEOPLE SCREW UP AND IT'S NOT ME!! LOL
I BET YOU WERE MENTALLY TIRED AND NOW GLAD IT'S ALL OVER.
MICHELLE...CUTE PICTURE OF YOU AND SANTA.
BET HE WAS GLAD TO FIND NEW FRIENDS TOO.
TAKE CARE DURING THIS HEAT TOO.
LAURA....I LOVE CINNAMON-RAISIN ANYTHING!!! :frool:
HOPE THE LENSES WORK OUT.
JUST THE THOUGHT OF USING THEM MAKE MY EYES HURT!!
AS WE AGE WE GET DRY EYE...COULD THAT BE PART OF THE PROBLEM??
I FORGET IF YOU EVER THOUGHT OF THAT.
HAPPY....YOU HAVE BEEN ONE BUSY GAL!
IT WAS CHILLY HERE ONE MORNING.
I CAN IMAGINE HOW IT WAS BY YOU. :brr:
I THINK I ZONED OUT ALL DAY YESTERDAY :rofl:
ANNIE....GLAD SASSY IS DOING OK.
SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT TARI'S POOCH. VERY SAD TO LOSE A "FRIEND".
SEND ME THE MEATLOAF!! LOLOLOLOL
GIVE SISSY A HUG FROM US:hug:
SHAD....GLAD TO HEAR THE DB CAN AFFORD THE TRIP.
HOPE HE STAYS THAT WAY. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUR SISTER;hb:
HOPING THAT POOR FINGER HEALS VERY SOON.
BEEN A LONG TIME DOING IT. :hug:
DS IS LUCKY TO HAVE A GREAT HELPER.
YES...I WILL BUY A FRAPPUCCINO JUST FOR YOUR CALL. ROFLMAO
06-19-2013, 10:02 AM
Guess we are all getting older, even the cat. Sounds like she is set in her ways too. Good for you in offering to help in the reno's. Right down your alley
Glad you are feeling better. I'll be glad when this day is over. My 3 day week end will be here. And I'm staying home. It's to hot to be on the road.
Laura, Michelle, Happy, and Annie :wave:
I'm yearning today to go visit my sister. My niece posted a picture of my Sis and her grandson on FB. He's such a cutie. And he turns one year old at the end of the month. It's looks like they were having lunch outside in the back yard. I'm missing out on so much. It will be nice to get to finally be around my family. I've never had that opportunity.
06-19-2013, 10:07 AM
Oh Happy Day, Oh Happy Day!! Just thought I would start it out on a positive note. Every time my phone rings at odd hours, I get a sick feeling in my tummy. It happened twice this morning, both calls were good. So I am going to have a happy day and be positive. All good things come to those who wait.
Sissy is coming up for lunch and shopping at Costco with me today, of course, this will be a two hour lunch. SHe came up yesterday and today she is coming back to return a couple of items at Costco. Ok by me, two days I get to visit with baby girl and lil man. Sassy is none too happy about it as this is a Sissy day. Beats being in the cage all day as opposed to a couple of hours. Wish you all could meet Sass in person, she is such a lover puppy and sweet.
Cs DD, Maryann came over last night. She and her BF. We ordered Donato's pizza. Bacon and tomato pizza. I just love that combination. We ordered a pepperoni for them. Tons of leftovers which pleases C to no end. I rented Silver Linings Playbook, which I saw at the movies with DS and DDIL, however none of them had seen it. It was just as good the second time around.
My eating is terrible and no exercising, which is no surprise to any of us. lol. I did walk a mile on Monday around the pond. Whoop Whoop. I think Laura has us all beat on exercise.
MELLIE...Thanks for the extra hugs, I will take them and pass along to Sissy at lunch. THe meatloaf is seared on all sides for 3 mins each before placing out on the grill then you lay bacon across the entire top. Then there is a sauce you make on the stove and pour half on top wait 15 minutes and pour the remainder on it. It makes a nice glaze. Bacon is nice and crispy too.
CEEG...gez your day wore me out just reading about it. Good idea to get that mistake initialed by boss so it won't come back to haunt you. Cover your bases girl.
SHADDIE...you are such a great momma to DSs, and to Ms. Puss too, altho I don't think she appreciates you as much as DSs. lol Maybe another delay in the car will get you something else free or maybe they could knock a few bucks off?
CHELLE...haha about Santa looking funny for a while. He will get used to it and only be embarrassed for a while. I used to groom Bella when she used to let me in the old days. You will do fine!!
HAPPY...wakey, wakey, eggs and bakey.
LAURA...how did the WI go?
Guess I better post before I lose it...literally, hahaha
06-19-2013, 11:10 AM
Good morning girls,
Got a surprise phone call from my SIL last night. If my Sis will drive my Mom the 2 hour trip north to SIL, she will bring her up to our house and stay a few days with her extremely well behaved grandkids. That's great - means only one 8 hour trip for Mom instead of two. Of course in my SIL's usual fashion they will be making the trip THIS weekend. That makes for some really tight timing to get the house ready for visitors and plan out things like meals and such. So I will be a very busy girl and probably not on the computer much over the next week or so. I guess with summer coming into full swing, several of the regular volunteers at the thrift store are taking some time off. There are holes in the schedule and I signed up to work 2 days early next week which I will need to cancel now. I am still honoring my commitment to tomorrow afternoon though. We have no one to cover the store Friday and Saturday afternoon and with our first big summer festival right in town, that will mean lost revenue for the store if we have to close it due to no volunteers. I am doing my part by taking the Thursday slot. :shrug: I did manage to get the pork roast in the crock before I left yesterday. Came home to a delicious dinner - will definitely do this again.
Annie - pizza sounds delicious as well as the meatloaf on the grill. I love meatloaf :hungry: Sorry to hear of your friend's loss :( always sad to lose a devoted companion. So many people talk about losing a long time pet and then they are reluctant to get another one - but thankfully after a period of time, they usually do. Have fun with Sissy today.
Michelle - glad you had a great time at the dog park. You seem to be finding more fun activities now - must be the fun in the sun CA living :D Keep it up! Did you decide on a gym yet?
Ceejay - perhaps you should schedule a trip to visit your sister? Can you fly or is your only option to drive yourself? That's a long trip but I agree with you the little ones are cuties and they grow up so fast.
Mel - how's the sciatica coming along? Gone, gone, gone I hope :crossed: Did you reschedule your meeting with the SS people? Hope you and Shad can connect up on the telly soon.
Shad - congrats on the new car. Hopefully the current one won't get wind she's long for the car lot and will last out the time until the new one arrives. Whew! sounds like DS2 has his hands full with the new renovations. Lucky you are a handy family - hope they get done in time. Nothing like a tight deadline to make you move faster. Good to hear DB is using his money for better things. Guess you won't be going to Sis' BD party or is this the near term trip you had planned?
Glad you mentioned about 3FC and malicious content. My antivirus blocked a mis-direct twice. Thought it was here but it happened fast - sometimes my fingers are crooked. :lol:
Laura - hope you are having a good day - I'm sure you are over my head typing again. Will catch up with you later.
And with that, I really need to get moving. Have a good one ladies, I will be here sporatically but with you in spirit. :grouphug:
06-19-2013, 11:18 AM
It is a lot of work but oh so good!
Grilled Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf
1 pound ground beef chuck
1 pound ground beef sirloin
6 ounces ground pork
3 slices sandwich bread
1/4 cup cream, or milk
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 sweet onion, diced
1 large carrot, diced
1 small bell pepper
1/2 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
Couple dashes Tabasco
1 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
6-8 slices good-quality bacon
1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons molasses
1/4 cup Dr. Pepper
1 tablespoon cracked black peppercorns
1. Beat egg and cream together. Tear bread into small pieces and soak inmilk mixture.
2. Meanwhile, pulse garlic, onion, bell pepper, and time in a food processoruntil finely minced, but not pureed. Add milk/bread mixture, spices and hotsauce, pulse twice.
3. In a large bowl, combine meats with the mixture and gently mix in. Form intoa "loaf". Wrap in plastic and put it in the fridge while making theglaze.
4. For the glaze, combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan and simmer for5-8 min, until slightly thickened.
5. Preheat grill to high, or oven to 325. If using a grill, heat only one side.
6. Render bacon about halfway, so it is still pliable. Sear meatloaf on allsides, about 3 min per side, then move to cold side of the grill and shinglewith bacon. spoon glaze over loaf and close lid.
7. Cook for about 15 minutes, spoon glaze over loaf. Close lid.
8. Cook for about 30 minutes longer, until the meat has reached 155 degrees.
06-19-2013, 11:58 AM
Good morning ladies -
Another busy day ahead...lots to get done for work. Santa and I are enjoying California living. I am more light-hearted than I've been in a long time. I'm very grateful to my step-mom for letting us stay with her until I have a more permanent job.
I haven't signed up for a gym yet. Though I'm pretty much deciding on 24 Hour Fitness. There are three that are convenient to work/home/doggie day care, and they offer classes at good times. The thing I'm debating is the "level" of membership...do I go with the fairly basic package, which gets me access to 50% gyms that are convenient but don't have as much in the way of amenities...or do I pay a bit more and get access to pretty much any gym in the area, including some that are brand new and gorgeous. I'm going to tour the lower grade gym nearby, as well as the brand new gym. I did find out that if I pay "up front" for the gym and purchase the membership through Costco, I can save A LOT of money.
Today, I think I'll do a Zumba DVD that i checked out of the library, and then take Santa for a walk if he's not too tired. I haven't slept well in a couple weeks. Too much on my mind. Hopefully the exercising will clear that out.
Shad - Good on ya for helping your son with the reno work. Glad to hear the finger is still healing nicely. :)
Annie - So nice that C's daughter didn't cancel out. And that you got to see Sam and the lil man two days in a row. :)
Ceejay - What a hectic day you had. Sheesh! No wonder you were tired. I hope today is a bit easier.
Mel - Don't work too hard. I hope you're feeling better and don't have sciatica anymore.
Happy - How nice that your sister and SIL are helping with transporting Mom. I know how much you must be looking forward to her visit. I really miss my DMIL. My ex says she'll be coming out later this summer and staying with one of her daughters. And I've promised DMIL that I'd take her to the beach or wherever she wants to go.
:wave: to Laura!
Gotta get back to it!
06-19-2013, 12:07 PM
HAPPY....thank you for the HILARIous birthday card. I brought it to work to share with my buds. hahahahaha and it is so true and me!!! Perfect!
06-19-2013, 02:26 PM
Afternoon all Ė later post today and for a change Iím not typing over Happyís head. :lol:
Michelle - I can imagine trying to squeeze all the meetings into a three-day week Ė why do they try to schedule them all on Tuesdays? Wednesday is a good day for meetings - people are more likely to be in the office. I know I hate to take single days off mid-week Ė just donít want to come back to work the next day!! Thanks for posting the links to the back and hamstring stretches and exercises. Iíve done many of them during cool-downs at the end of exercise classes. I need to make them a daily thing Ė stretching and flexibility in general is very important and I just donít make time for it, just do it when itís incorporated into an exercise class. Hope the gym locations you can make it to have the right amenities and class schedule so you can make the best of the membership. Sounds like youíre really enjoying being back in sunny CA!!! Iím so happy for you sister!! :)
Happy Ė Did you buy any good bread at the Farmers Market? Yum, just love good bread. :love: We met a friend on Sunday at Panera and bf & I had bread with our salads and soup. We didnít eat it all, so we took the leftovers home and wrapped/froze it. Love good crusty bread. Gosh, you're still worried about frosts up there! Glad it didnít get that cold and that you protected your plants. We had a chilly day yesterday, but no frost worries. Still, my veg patch (two tomato plants, one fresno pepper plant and three 95% dead bean plants, LOL) are not exactly thriving. I donít think the veg patch is in the optimum position for the most sun, and being next to a flower bed probably blocks a bit of the sun at a certain time of day because some of those flowers can get tall. Iím thinking about some major changes to that flower bed Ė itís been left to its own devices for years and itís jam-packed with flowers, and youíd think thereíd be no room for weeds to invade, but they still manage! Glad you got the pork roast done Ė sounds delish. Nice youíll have guests coming to stay and shake up your schedule. Hope the shop finds some volunteers to fill in for the weekend. So youíll only be making the trip to take your mom back home? How long will you stay when youíre in town?
Annie Ė Glad Sassyís procedure went well yesterday. Sad to hear about Tariís dog passing away. She had a lot of years with Bailey though, have to be thankful for that. Glad you arenít permanently blocked from this site at work. I've tried to get to a couple sites - maybe from links that someone suggested - that were blocked by my company Ė due to content or just not deemed safe. Didnít run into that issue recently with this one though. Yum, pizza Ė we had it last night too!!! I just put myself on the libraryís request list for Silver Linings Playbook Ė Iím number 43!!! But they have 5 copies of it and if itís new, the checkout period is only 2 daysÖI might get it in 2-3 weeks!! Maybe weíll just rent it from Redbox instead, LOL. Weigh-in was good Ė down 1.2 pounds. I think the exercise is the main contributor because eating has been somewhat so-so lately. Speaking of eating Ė Iím not even a meatloaf person and that meatloaf you made sounds YUMMY. But itís quite an involved recipe Ė Iím sure Iíd enjoy it significantly more if someone else prepared it, LOL! :D
Shad Ė Nice of you to help ds with the reno work. Long wait for the car, but now you donít have to choose between the car and little S, LOL and you get that upgrade. :D
Ceejay Ė Sounds like yesterday was challenging Ė I keep imagining a bathtub running over, lol. What really happens when the tank runs over Ė where does all that water go??. Hope today goes better. Are you going to schedule a visit to see your sister and her grandbaby anytime soon? Weekend coming already for you Ė nice!! :yes:
Mel Ė Have a lovely day today and not filled with too much work! Yeh, I suppose my eyes are getting dryer Ė Iíve done the same type of work for years and worn soft contacts for years, so itís probably me thatís changed. :halfempty:
Went to the eye doc last night for a contact lens follow-up appointment. Yeh, the left lens was not sitting properly in my eye, so this brand is out for me. I have severe astigmatism, so itís hard to properly fit my eyes with lenses. Back to my usual brand Ė they gave me the trial pair of those last night - and I hope nothingís changed with the lenses. My rx hasnít changed, thank goodness.
Instead of Middle Eastern for dinner last night, we opted for pizza. However, bf ordered from the wrong Malnatiís location! Much further drive for him Ė it was the one we usually go to when we eat in. The one nearer the house is a carry-out/delivery location only. When he went to pick up the pizza (at the near location), they didnít have his order. They asked if they wanted them to cancel the order at the other location and order it there, but he said no. He didnít think it was fair to have them eat the loss. If it had been meÖif theyíd offered to do that, I would have accepted. Oh well, thatís okay, we put the pizza in the oven when he got back with it and it was fine. So fine I had TWO pieces! Thatís a lot of pan pizza. Bf updated his cell phone contact list so he doesn't do that again!!
My sweaty Jazzercise classes make me want to rework the car seat cover I made out of the bath towel and elastic. Too much of a PITA lately to get the elastic where it needs to be. Now Iím planning a design where the cover has an opening at the very top where it can just slip right over the headrest. I want to add some fabric to hang over the back and have it sewn to the front (towel part) at the sides so itís sort of like a sleeve that goes a little ways down the seat back. But not too far down so as to interfere with the seat belt! Iíll check my stash of fabric, but Iím almost 100% positive that I have something thatíll work for that. Thatís one project. The other is letting down the hem on some slacks.
Thatís about it for me. Going to the nearby Thai Festival w/ a couple work buddies for lunch today. Hope theyíve got some tasty food there! :hungry:
06-19-2013, 02:59 PM
Laura - The reason that all the critical, in person attendance required, meetings are scheduled for Tuesday is that some of the team members work from home on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and others on Monday, Thursday and Friday...while the rest of us work from home on Mondays and Fridays. Tuesdays are essentially the only day that ALL of us are in the office. On the other days there are still meetings, but they are done via conference calls. I not good about stretching either. I just don't make time for it. I need to though. I need to get my back better because there are a lot of doggie-friendly hiking groups I'd like to join up with, but the usual hike is at least 2 miles and often 5 or more miles...and I can't get around the block without pain. Congrats on the weight loss! You've got to be close to goal, right? Good for you!!! You have me drooling at the mention of Lou Malnati's pizza. :drool: Yummmm. Wow! I'm impressed that you're designing your own car seat covers!! I hope your lunch is delicious!
06-19-2013, 10:59 PM
Funny you should ask about where the water goes when a tank runs over. This particular tank runs out the through an over flow port hole. It looks like a water fall. And unfortunately the water falls on the ground and out to the street. I should have made a picture of it but I was to panicked to do so. I did get a picture of the tank draining.
Wow, I wished I had your sewing ability. My mom was excellent at sewing and repairing anything. I didn't have the patience. I need to make myself hem some pants.
They invited me to the baby's birthday party this week end, but I can't go. I'll probably go in August around my birthday.
Don't think I could handle a 2 mile walk/hike. But this is a good way to meet new friends.
I ALMOST WENT TO THE STORE TODAY.
CHANGED MY MIND AND THOUGHT I COULD DO IT.
BUT THERE ARE STILL TWINGES SO I CANCELLED AGAIN.
THE DRIVERS ARE LAUGHING AT ME.
BUT THEY HAVE A BUSLOAD FOR TJ'S ANYWAY.
NOTHING NEW HERE.
RESTING AND CHATTING.
YESTERDAY FLEW BY. HOPING TODAY WILL ALSO.
I WAS TOLD BY SS OFFICE THAT I HAVE TO WAIT FOR A WRITTEN APPT CHANGE:faint:
THIS IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS.
I WILL WATCH THE MAILBOX NOW.....LOL
HAVE A GREAT DAY :moped:
CEEJAY....WITH AN OVERFLOW LIKE THAT I WOULD HAVE FREAKED.
I ALWAYS THOUGHT THERE WERE HUGE DRAINS:rofl:
HAVE A WONDERFUL 3 DAY WEEKEND:beach:
I BET YOU CAN'T WAIT FOR THE TIME WHEN YOU CAN BE WITH THE FAMILY.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE NEPHEW:hb:
ANNIE...HAPPY TO HEAR YOU & SIS GET TO SPEND TIME TOGETHER.
IT'S GOOD FOR THE SOUL.
EVEN HAPPIER TO HEAR THE VISIT WENT WELL.
I AM DROOLING FOR SURE NOW....
BACON ON MEATLOAF AND PIZZA???:drool: :hun:
I THINK I AM MOVING INTO YOUR BACK YARD....GOTTA SHED????:ginger:
HAPPY....HOPE THE VISIT GOES WELL.
VERY GLAD TO HEAR MOM WILL ONLY BE ON ONE TRIP.
THAT IS A LONG DRIVE FOR SURE.
GOOD LUCK WITH THE MEAL PLANNING.
WE'LL HOLD DOWN THE FORT IF YOU GO MISSING.
ENJOY THE VISITORS:hug:
MICHELLE...I BET IT FEELS GOOD TO BE MORE LIGHTHEARTED:hug:
HOPE THE GOOD FEELINGS CONTINUE.
I AM ALSO HAPPY YOUR SMOM COULD HELP YOU OUT WITH A PLACE TO STAY.
HANG ON TO THOSE GOOD THOUGHTS.
YOU BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR BACK AS WELL!
LAURA....YOU HAD PIZZA TOO??? SHOULD HAVE GON TO ANNIE'S HOUSE.
THEY SEEMED TO BE HAVING A PIZZA PARTY!!:gift:
SORRY IT WAS AT THE WRONG PLACE...BUT 2 SLICES??? YUM!!!
HOPE YOU HAD A GOOD TIME AT THE THAI FESTIVAL.
THAT SOUNDED GOOD TOO....I AAM STARVING THIS MORNING NOW!!!
06-20-2013, 09:22 AM
Good Morning Ladies of the Worldlie Type..........
Dad came to me in a dream last night. It was so real and happy. He said he felt wonderful and it was just beautiful in heaven. Everything was perfect, no pain and was happy to be with momma. I woke up with happy tears.
Then I dreamed dad and momma and I were going to Kings Island and my BF Tari was going also. The dream was all about making the plans to go, the reservations and where to stay. Now that is a funny dream to me.
Ok girls with knowledge of the Wisconsin Dells....C and I are going the third week in August....need suggestions where to stay, what to do, etc.
RIP James Gondolfi...51 years young. Heart attack.
MELLIE....You do not have to live in the shed. We have two perfectly good EMPTY bedrooms that you can chose from, altho one has about 900 DVDs in a ceiling to floor bookshelf, lol. Your choice.
LAURA...Congrats on the WL. Whew whoo to Ms. Laura, you are one rockin' star sister. Very proud of you. I don't think I have ever tried Thai food but would love to. Isn't it spicey?
CEEG...when the water tank overflows and runs into the street, do the kids play in it? Somehow I just imagine it. lol
Hey to all my sisters.
Have a wonderful Thursday/night all
06-20-2013, 12:09 PM
Michelle - Ah, Tuesday is the only day to be face to face with everyone - what a scheduling nightmare! On days when I have too many meetings I just feel so unproductive. It's hard to dig into a project when you have meetings interspersed. But if it's always Tuesdays, you plan accordingly. Did you do the Zumba dvd last night? If so, how was it? I can see how you'd like to build up the distances you can walk without much pain - those outings with the dog folks sound like a lot of fun!
Ceejay - That sounds like it could be a lot of water depending on how much overflows from the tank! I'd also be too frazzled to be thinking of taking photos when that happens!! Too bad you can't be at the g-nephew's bday party this weekend.
Mel - Why would the drivers laugh at you - it's how they drive that could cause you the pain/problems! Typical SS bureaucracy. When I think of the waste in our federal, state and local governments, it's just a shame what the money could be doing for us.
Annie - What a lovely dream to have!! I'm glad you had that. :) And what a funny one about the travel to KI. I think the dream picked up on your plans to go to the Dells. I'll have to ask about where we stayed last September, but it was just a chain hotel, not a water park or a resort or anything special, so that might not interest you at all. I do recommend going on a ride on the Ducks. They are amphibious vehicles formerly used by the military that travel on both land and water and you get to be on the water to see the rock formations the area is known for. When I was a kid, we went to the Tommy Bartlett water ski show...the town itself is full of souvenir, t-shirt and fudge shops, totally touristy. We went in September when they have a craft (aka crap) show, flea market, parade, art fair, so that was fun. The attachment is from a short story by Flannery O'Connor and the one line made me think of you. I also thought of you when I read a columnist who mentioned basting her eggs with butter...;)
Hellos to the rest of the gang! :wave:
The Thai festival was nice yesterday. They had entertainment - dancing, and a description and symbolism in a Thai wedding ceremony, etc. I bought an order of chicken satay and it was larger than I thought, so I brought about half of it home. I also bought bf some Tom Yum popcorn, which is flavored like the soup of the same name that bf likes. It was pretty much just for fun because I'm not sure the flavor of the soup carries over all that well to the popcorn! Thai food can be spicy, but things like chicken satay (chicken usually on skewers, served with peanut sauce) and the popular dish Pad Thai aren't spicy. Same for things like potstickers, spring rolls, etc. Other dishes can be adjusted to your taste at the restaurant, i.e, you just tell them where you sit on a scale of 1-5 in terms of spiciness.
After work, bf and I went out to buy a couple new tires for my train bike, as well as a spoke for one of the wheels. The little air compressor unit we use for filling the tires on our bikes and other household equipment (wheelbarrow, two-wheel dolly, snowblower, etc.) crapped out the other day, so we also shopped for one of those. We ended up at Costco and found exactly what we were looking for. We also had a really cheap dinner there - 1/4 pound hot dog w/ drink, $1.50. Unbelievable. Bf and I always joke about going to Costco for a cheap dinner (because it's certainly not healthy - though I could have chosen a chicken caesar salad, but that was $4, so expensive, hahaha), but never do it - except for yesterday. We saw some teens in there and bf said he didn't think you need a membership to buy the concession stand food there. I'm sure the parents would be happy to know their kids are eating giant hot dogs and pizza...
I took down the hem on my slacks and did some upper body weights while I watched the rest of the hockey game, and that was about it. (Blackhawks won, TG!! They really needed this one, and now the series is even 2-2.) Oh, and I watered my flowers and plants and found some fabric to use for my car seat cover project. (Michelle - there's not much design to these covers, and I got the start of the idea from something online. Otherwise, it's just rough measuring. )
Having lunch w/ a work buddy today. Tonight will be Jazzercise class.
That's it for me. Everyone have a great day!
06-20-2013, 12:18 PM
Annie - a pic from the Dells Duck tour friends and i took last Sept.
06-20-2013, 01:02 PM
LAURA....haha on the home again, home again, I say that a lot. As much as C and I are into rocks we will most def to the duck tour. I am going on line later to check out sleeping places. Thai food sounds quite yummy, and I have had the chicken satay before, just didn't realize it was Thai, lol Go Blackhawks!!
06-20-2013, 01:28 PM
Good morning ladies -
I haven't been sleeping well for the past couple weeks. I don't fall asleep until 11 pm or later, and then getting up at 5:30...well that's just not enough sleep for this chick. I've tried everything...cutting out caffeine after 3 pm, listening to meditation CDs. I got some Unisom yesterday, and that helped me fall asleep and stay asleep...though I still feel like I could sleep for a week. :faint: I didn't do the Zumba DVD last night, I was just too exhausted from lack of sleep.
I had a good meeting with my manager this morning. He's happy with my progress, which makes me happy! Might not meet the deadline of getting this one project done by the end of the month, but he's okay with the slight delay. He expected a bit of a learning curve.
Ceejay -- Bummer about losing all that water when the tank overflows. That wouldn't be a good thing here in CA where water is in such short supply. I know what you mean about wanting to go see the baby. I want to see my grand-nephew (and my niece and her hubby) soon. They're coming to northern CA in August, so I may have to wait until them to see the lil guy. Enjoy your 3 day weekend...are you going to Paragould? Sending happy birthday wishes to the baby.
Mel - Probably very wise of you to not go to the store. Twinges of pain are your body's warning system. SS is such a PITA to you. Dang! I hate how bureaucratic all the government agencies are. As for my back, I promise I'll be careful dear sister. You be careful too with your arms, legs and back.
Annie - So nice that you had dreams about your mom and dad. As for the Dells, you've got to ride a Duck (see Laura's photo). It's a fun ride and you get to see some of the beautiful scenery. Plus it's cool to be on a vehicle that travels on both land and water. The Dells boat tours are really good too. And if you like water parks, there's tons of them there to choose from. Another cool place that's about an hour's drive from the Dells is House on the Rock. It's a little pricey, but there's so much to see. I really enjoyed going there. (http://www.thehouseontherock.com/)
Laura - Luckily, I only have to attend 2-3 meetings per week, and one of them is a quick 15 minute touchbase with my manager. A lot of the team are in meetings or conference calls nearly all day. Ugh, I would hate that - can never get work done because all your time is taken up with meetings. Maybe because I'm a developer or maybe because I'm a contractor, they feel it's actually important for me to spend most of my time in my cube doing programming and being productive. :) Glad you had a nice time at the Thai festival. I love the peanut flavored Thai dishes. Costco is a great place to go for cheap lunches/dinners! Hmmm, I always thought you had to have a membership to purchase from the concession stands. Have a nice lunch with your work buddy, and have fun at Jazzercise.
Gotta go. I desperately need more coffee. :tired: :coffee2:
06-20-2013, 03:00 PM
When my mom passed away she would come to me in dreams to help me sort out things to do. Then one day I wanted one last visit with her and I came upon the huge crevice in the clouds. A man in a robe with a long white beard and a staff asked what my business was and I told him. He made the crevice come together and said your mom is in the building first booth. And yes there she was all clothed in white. She told me a few other things and said this would be her last meeting and she flew off with her wings spread out like an eagle. It was a beautiful sight to behold.
Last night I heard my name called while I was asleep. So she may be trying to contact me.
You did the right thing by not going shopping. There's always another time.
Some of our water tanks like the water towers do go to the ground in big pipes. I did make a picture of the tank draining and one of the tanks when the indicator was near the top indicating it was almost empty. I'll try to post those.
You do sound a lot more at ease in California.
You'll have plenty to do before your relatives come for a visit. Think I'll call both my sister's tonight and talk to them. Maybe that will ease some of the anxiety I'm having.
I've had a boil type thing on my upper leg this past week which was really sore. It drained by itself Wednesday. But I let the doctor here take a look see this morning and he gave me some antibiotics to take for it. I asked him about his retirement. He's at retirement age but going to work one more year then his daughter is going to take over his practice. I'm pleased. She has one more year of residence to do.
When I weighed in at the doctor's office the scaled showed a 6 pound loss from the last visit. So I'm happy.
Need to go to Blytheville to run some errand.
Then when the back yard is shaded this afternoon I'm going to mow. I have really weird neighbors. I heard a lawnmower last night at 11.15 p.m. At first I thought it was a helicopter. But when I got up to look out the door I saw the neighbor across the street on his riding mower with the head lights on. I thought how ridiculous is that but I guess it beats the heat of the day.
06-20-2013, 03:04 PM
Michelle - Sorry you're not getting enough sleep!! :( I hope that ends soon, you definitely need your sleep or everything else starts to go to heck. Glad your boss is happy w/ your performance and that you don't have to attend many meetings!!! :) I agree - The House on the Rock is a fascinating place to visit! Annie might have to dig up some fishing spots for C. :D
06-20-2013, 03:15 PM
Ceejay - After my parents passed away, I dreamt about them from time to time too. I still do occasionally. The dream you had about your mom sounds very nice, as was Annie's about her dad. :) Sorry to hear about your leg. Glad you got some medicine. Congrats on the 6 lb weight loss!! That's fantastic!! I used to have neighbors that would mow at all hours too. Weird. LOL
Laura - You're right about the fishing spots. The Wisconsin River (which runs through the Dells) has EXCELLENT fishing!! C and Annie just might have to try that out.
06-20-2013, 03:17 PM
Ceejay - Congrats on the weight loss!!! :carrot: :whoo: Mowing at 11 pm??!! That really is weird. And not very neighborly, I might add!! :mad:
06-20-2013, 03:20 PM
I forgot to tell y'all about a bit of excitement I had yesterday. When I got home, I was so exhausted. My step-mom was out, so I just sat in the backyard and chatted with my step-brother. We left the screen door open so Santa could come in and out as he wanted. After awhile I realized he wasn't in the backyard, so I looked through the house calling him. He wasn't anywhere indoors. My step-brother checked the gates to the backyard...one was left open by my step-mother. I ALWAYS check the gates when I let Santa outside, except for yesterday afternoon. :tantrum: I don't care how tired I am...I have to be more careful. Anyway, Santa had gotten out and we didn't know how long he'd been gone. So my step-brother started off around the block in one direction and I went in the other. He eventually found Santa (thank God). Santa had gone to the end of the street and was playing with another dog. I was so relieved that Santa was found! It would've broken my heart if anything had happened to him. I have to be more careful about the gates from now on.
06-20-2013, 08:46 PM
Having a fun time trying to cybertrack my DB2 who should have landed in Wellington NZ last night. Wellington has been having some atrocious weather and the flight got cancelled. We hadn't heard from him, but I just managed to find him or rather he found me on facebook a few minutes back.
I'll be back with personals when I get him sorted.
06-20-2013, 11:05 PM
We have 2 new fur babies in our lives.
This is Meadow. Meadow is somewhere between 5 to 7 years old - probably closer to 7. She has been living at the shelter for almost 3 years. No one wanted her because she is older I guess. :cry: She lived in a room with the younger cats and barely tolerated all this roughhousing. She prefers to be alone but tolerates Nina - mostly.
This is Nina. Nina is a 5 month old rambunctious kitten. She's a Siamese Lynx Point they say. She likes to talk and fart a lot. She's stinky right now - we must check into her diet. She is very loving and affectionate and is total high energy. I hope she calms down in a few months. Nina is DH's cat so he can tire her out :lol:
DH brought them home today - 5 minutes before I had to run to the Thrift Store. They are getting acclimated now, we have them in the lower level until our company leaves next week. Neither of them is fond of the big thunderstorms we are having right now. Meadow is hiding under the sofa, Nina is looking for someone to cuddle with.
I'm going to go play with them a bit - will be back shortly for personals.
06-21-2013, 03:02 AM
Back again. Been a long and busy day. I spent a good hour and a half watering everything. It looked like it wanted to rain but sometimes all we get is dark clouds that pass us over. Things were dry and I had to work today and knew I wouldn't feel like watering when I got home. It looked like it wanted to rain all day long and then just as I was about to close the shop, the skies opened up as some really really dark clouds moved in. I got soaked going to the bank and was about to wait out the storm at the shop but then the rain let up a bit only to start up again 5 minutes later. Everything got plenty of water for a while. I'm sure my lettuces are beaten down. We'll see come morning. The popcorn shop opened up again. Stopped in on my way home. It's good - they are using the same recipes - but it will be an occasional treat for me - too much salt and kind of pricey. Came home and sat with the cats for a while. The older one has bonded to DH of course. The young one, she's up for a good time with anyone. Boy though does she stink. Gassy Lassy. She loves to cuddle and thinks my breasts are a perfect warm water bed. I was holding her and I could feel the rumbling in her tummy. Constantly. I tried to do some research on the Internet but it's quite conflicting and confusing. Many things point to a change in diet but she was that way at the shelter. The thing that makes the most sense is that she is a young kitten and like humans, their digestive system is still maturing. I hope this doesn't last too long - it's really awful. I'm getting a little concerned with guests about to arrive...
Shad - glad you found DB2 and he didn't get swallowed up in a typhoon or flung to the far parts of the Fiji Islands or something like that! Bummer that you have to wait on the new car. Guess that gives you time to make a proper goodbye to your current buggy.
Michelle - that sure was a close one with Santa. Perhaps being in daycare and the bark park, he is used to having playmates and just took it upon himself to go find an adventure! Glad no harm came, guess as you say, you must be extra vigilant. I hope you find an answer to your sleeplessness. That certainly is no fun when you have to be alert in the morning. We use Nyquil or ZZzQuil occasionally - but sometimes that interferes with other medications.
Ceejay - congrats on the weight loss. As for mowing at 11:15pm, I'd be soooo angry. Might be cooler but certainly it's dangerous if not outright rude to be keeping other people up. Oh well... takes all kinds right? Did you get to have a nice chat with your sisters?
Annie - glad you got a kick out of the birthday card. :D I'm also glad you had a peaceful dream about Dad. See, he doesn't want you to cry for him. I hope that left peace in your heart. :hug: My experience with Wisconsin Dells consists of the casino we went to a couple of times, the Mobil gas station we always gassed up at between here and Memphis - the huge one with the Dunkin Donuts attached to it. I can't remember ever staying there so I am at a loss for recommendations - sorry :o 2 things though you can depend on in Wisconsin - cold beer and hot fishing :lol:
Laura - ok, now I can add Pad Thai to the dishes I am missing up here! Actually, that one - hold the spice please - I think I could actually wrangle up here myself if I tried. Wow - I agree that's mighty ambitious to take on making car seat covers. You must really like to sew! You'll have to take pictures so we can see the finished result.
Mel - you'd better rest up and get better. TJ's is about to report a sudden drop in sales :lol: Seriously - you know yourself best and I'm sure you would not pass up a shopping trip arbitrarily. Can someone else pick up what you need? Darn this red tape with the SS people :mad: I hear that some doctors are starting to drop medicare patients also because it's just become too much of a hassle. Crazy, crazy, crazy!!
Sorry I did not get into more depth but I am sooooo tired right now. And I have a long 2 days ahead of me getting things ready around the house. Not panicking yet, but I will be busy. Be good everyone...
Goodnight to all.
06-21-2013, 06:06 AM
Mel - just sent you an e-mail, but in case you don't see it I'll repeat it here.
DB2s flight is re scheduled for 7.00am tomorrow. I will have to pick him up at 4.30am. I should be home by 6.00am which is our normal speak time, but if I don't answer leave a message and I will get back to you.
Need an early night.
06-21-2013, 08:29 AM
SHAD....I WILL TRY TO CALL AROUND THEN BUT THE KIDS ARE ALSO LEAVING FOR THE TRAILER AT THE SAME TIME.
IF YOU WANT TO WAIT ONE MORE DAY THAT IS OK WITH ME.
LET ME KNOW.
ONLY ZABRINA IS LEAVING THIS AFTERNOON.
SO I AM FREE & WILL TRY & GIVE YOU A CALL.
IF YOU ARE HOME OK ......IF NOT OK TOO. LOLOL
I WILL BE BACK LATER ON OR OVER THE WEEKEND.
SO MUCH TO DO AND SO LITTLE TIME:rofl:
I DID SEE PICS WHILE SCROLLING DOWN....DUCK TOUR AND CATS!!
BE BACK LATER
06-21-2013, 08:54 AM
TGIF FO SHO!!!
Whew who...I have a new grand nephew. My brother's son had their baby. Zachary Michael weighing in at a whopping 9 lbs 1.5 oz, 21" long. Born yesterday 6/20/13. Head full of dark hair. His momma is 6ft tall and his daddy is 6'4". This will be one big kid.
HAPPY...the new kitties are adoreable. I love the name Meadow. THey look quite a bit alike. I am so excited for you two! Congrats momma and DH kitty!! lol You can bet we are going to try to go fishing and probably eat cheese..haha.
SHADDIE...loved the doggy card, too cute. Sassy appreciates you including her in the mix. Thank you for the other card also, heartwarming.
MELLIE...hope things smooth out at work and you are feeling better.
CHELLE...that is such a sick feeling when you realize you are missing your doggie. Bella got out a couple of times but came back on her own to the front door before we even realized she was missing. Glad Santa is safe.
CEEG...wow, congrats on the WL....you are rockin' just like LAURA
LAURA...good morning, happy Friday!!
Have a Fabulous Friday ladies...
06-21-2013, 11:22 AM
Good morning ladies,
Rained all night - woke up to a lake out in the front yard. My cousin said something about 45 mph wind gusts today. That is not good - we have our first summer festival of the season on Main Street this weekend. Food and craft vendors and lots of outdoor activities. I think it's going to be a terrible weather weekend :(
The kitties are settling down. Thank God Nina stopped farting. I guess all the excitement of something new had her upset. She is calming down a bit too - such a cuddler that one is. Meadow is not so fearful and is starting to relax too - she will come to me which is good. I think both are accepting us and their new home. We are keeping them in the lower level for the time being, until our company leaves next weekend as one of the kids has allergy problems. The cats sit at the top of the stairs right next to the door - I'm sure once we let them in the main house they will go nuts - lots of stairs, height and light for them.
Annie - congratulations on the new grand nephew. Perhaps yours and Michelle's can get together for a play date! 9 pounds - eh? That's one little bruiser - glad I didn't have to pass that! :yikes: I agree with the others on making sure you schedule a ride on the Ducks at the Dells. It's a pretty neat experience.
Mel and Shad - hope you get your loved ones off safe and sound and then meet up for a good chat.
Well my coffee cup is empty so that means it's time to get back to working on the house. Have a good weekend everyone and hello to the rest of the chicks :wave:
06-21-2013, 01:08 PM
Morning all. TGIF!!
Michelle – I’m so glad Santa wasn’t far away after she ran out of the yard! Yep, more vigilance on checking the gates. I always get a bit of momentary nervousness when I look out in the yard and don’t see the dog right away. There are places out of sight, which include the gates and I worry that maybe the electric meter reader has come and gone and left the gate unlatched.
Happy – Awww, kittens. This came out of the blue!! So – they are siblings?? They sure look like it. I hope you find the answer to the gas issue. Glad they’re settling in okay. Isn’t it just typical that after you spend all that time watering it ends up raining? Oh well, everything’s had a really good soak now. I have to check the forecast, but I know my garden needs watering. I usually end up watering after work, even though I know early day is better…I hope the rain you get doesn’t ruin the festivals in town. Yeh, I’m sure you could be successful making Pad Thai at home. I’ve never tried making that dishi, but I did make a really tasty Thai basil chicken dish not too long ago. I need to get those ingredients on the shopping list because I want to make it again soon.
The car seat cover isn’t a big deal - it’s not going to be fitted to the entire seat for a permanent thing, it’s intended to be easily pulled on and off after my workouts, and easily washable. I get so sweaty, sitting directly on the car seat would be nasty. The seats are leather and easily washable, but still…eeewwww. :D I will try to remember to take before and after photos. My “before” is what I did with the elastic straps (that’s not working for me). The “after” will be a sleeve-type thing using some fuschia/hot pink colored cotton spandex I have left over from making a pair of exercise leggings many years ago – the stretchiness is a plus! I have to sew together enough of the big scraps to make a piece large enough for my project. This isn’t a precision kind of project so not much skill is required. My sewing skills are a bit beyond beginner, but they lack in my ability to produce neat, precise finishes, be it on machine- or hand-stitched items.
Hi Shad!! Hi Mel! Hi Ceejay!! :wave:
Annie - He will be a big kid??? – He already is a big kid!!! :lol: Congrats auntie!
I considered skipping jazzercise last night, but ended up going anyway – I always feel good afterwards.
Bf hasn’t gotten the new tires on my bike yet, so I walked to the train this morning. Gonna be a hot day today. Maybe bf will pick me up from the train, otherwise my walk home will be at a very leisurely pace.
Nothing on the weekend calendar except Jazzercise Saturday morning. Weather permitting, I want to finish the pruning and do the trimming on the shrubs that aren’t blooming. There are three blooming shrubs that the bumble bees are thoroughly enjoying, so I will leave those alone until the blooms are done. So what if they are overgrown and look like one giant shrub?
I also want to get my slacks hemmed and get going on my car seat cover project. And do some cooking & shopping.
Everyone have a great weekend.
06-21-2013, 02:37 PM
Shad.............posting This Twice In Case You Didn't See It Before:
Only Zabrina Is Leaving This Afternoon.
So I Am Free & Will Try & Give You A Call.
If You Are Home Ok ......if Not Ok Too. Lolol
06-21-2013, 03:49 PM
Good morning ladies -
Well, it's still morning here anyway, though not for much longer. I am noticing online that the Milwaukee area is getting hit with some doozy storms today. I hope my Midwestern Worldly sisters aren't getting any inclement weather.
I had a pretty good night's sleep night before last, and I slept really well last night, despite not falling asleep until after 10.
Santa and I are home today. I'm working, he's relaxing. We go to obedience training this evening. Tomorrow morning, a woman I met who breeds Schnauzers and grooms her own is going to teach me how to groom Santa. Tomorrow night, I'm having a few friends over to play cards.
On Sunday I might go to an afternoon BBQ party, or I might just relax if I'm not feeling up to driving an hour each way to get there.
Happy - As I said on FB, your kitties are adorable. Absolutely beautiful!! Funny about the farting cat...I can say that because I can't smell it from so far away! :rofl: That seems to always happen in the midwest...you water everything REALLY well, and then you get a torrential rain storm later in the day. Here in CA it's easier. You have to water nearly daily because it almost never rains from April/May 'till October. I wonder if your older cat has bonded with your DH because he was home with her after he brought her home, while you had to go to work. I'm sure the guests will be okay with the Gassy Lassy. She's so adorable, you just have to love her. As for my Santa, yes, I have to be extra vigilant. I just now put him out and I went out with him to check the gates since both my step-mother and step-brother have been going from the front yard to back yard all morning. The gates were shut tight, but the door from the backyard to the garage was wide open, as was the overhead garage door. I shut the door tight, and will just have to check it all the time. Later, I'll sit outside and do my work and keep close tabs on Santa while we're out there. Thanks for the tip on ZzzQuil. I bought some Unisom and that helps. I just read your recent post...I'm glad Nina has stopped farting.
Shad - I'm so glad you found your brother. I hope everything is okay and that you both get to NZ safely. I hope you and Mel are able to talk soon. I definitely think the world needs the kind of "righting" that only a long convo between the two of you can take care of.
Annie - Congrats on your new grand-nephew!! I agree with Laura...he is ALREADY a big kid...and will just keep on getting bigger! I hope all are doing well.
Mel - Have a good chat with Shad.
Laura - Good idea for making easy on and off seat covers to keep the sweat off the leather. Wow! You made leggings?! That stretchy kind of material is hard to sew!!!Good for you for not skipping Jazzercise. I miss post-workout endorphins. I'll probably sign up for the gym this weekend. Sounds like you've got quite a nice weekend planned. Have fun!! I hope the weather cooperates for you.
Back to work for me.
06-21-2013, 05:17 PM
shad......i'm in the mainternance room.
everyone left already and we sprung a leak in the electrical room.
I cannot believe this happened.
I will try again tomorrow.
so very sorry for this mess.
06-21-2013, 06:13 PM
First Mel, you can't ring me tomorrow. I won't be here. DS2 is picking me up at 6.00am to take me to the airport. So if you want to ring, better make it when you have plugged the leak! or it will wait until I get back.
Happy - nice kitties. Yes the young ones can smell. That one of the DS2's was pretty high most of the time. I hope he settles down as he gets older. I keep telling him it is because he and J give it fresh ordinary milk.
Ceejay - congratulations on the weight loss. Awesome
Laura - Looking forward to seeing pictures of these car seat covers. Sounds interesting. I may have to have some for my new car as well.
Michelle - Glad you found Santa. Always a worry when they go missing. Thing that gets me is that when you are wound up to fever pitch trying to find them, they come sauntering in with an innocent expression as if to say whatever is the matter mum?
Annie - another great nephew. How wonderful. Our families are getting bigger.
Anyway - better get going and finish cleaning out my room. I've moved the cot in there, but need to get behind the chest of drawers and the bookcase and clean out the dust and spiders and whatever else lives behind. Might even find some cash. Seems that the bro's flight has closed. They are boarding. He is going. Hallelujah.
06-21-2013, 10:17 PM
The kittens are adorable. Did you get them at the Humane Society or did they just show up at your door step? You must have gotten a doozy of a rain storm to have the yard flooded.
Glad you are finally getting some rest. Your week end sounds like fun.
Once you make Jazzercise a habit it will not be hard to go every day. You are doing well with the class.
Safe travels. Did you and Mel get to talk?
Conggrats on the new g-nephew.
:wave: Hope you get the problem solved.
My day started bright and early at 6.45 a.m. Didn't want to get up but I did.
Took out the garbage and talked to the neighbor for just a little bit.
about 9.30 the girls rang the door bell. They asked for a rid e and I told them politely that I'm not giving any more rides.
Got out and finished the yard today. Should have waited as it was hot and muggy. I only had the front and side yard to do but it took me the whole afternoon.
It's hit me that I'm tired.
06-22-2013, 12:11 AM
Ceejay - I hope you're getting some needed rest. I am SO proud of you, girlfriend, for standing up to the girls. You had much too much to do to give them a ride anywhere. Good on ya' for saying No.
06-22-2013, 08:56 AM
I WOKE LATE. LONG NIGHT AND ALARMS ON TOP OF EVERYTHING.
MEETING THE PLUMBER IN A FEW MINUTES.
HE CALLED AND IS ON HIS WAY BACK.
WAS A PUMP LEAK LAST NIGHT. BIGGISH JOB.
BUT THEN WHEN HE TURNED EVERYTHING BACK ON...ANOTHER PIPE LEAK.
IT HAPPENS WITH THE RETURN OF PRESSURE.
WHAT A FRASSING MESS.
GOT HOME AROUND 10:30 AND CRASHED.
HE JUST WOKE ME WITH HIS CALL:rofl:
SEE YA LATER OR TOMORROW. I AM BUSHED.
HAVE A HAPPY & SAFE WEEKEND.
SHAD....SAFE TRAVELS AND KISS SOPHIA!!
06-22-2013, 09:32 AM
Good Saturday Morning/Eve.....
My knees are healing nicely, sufficiently scabbed over from the fall last weekend in the mall parking lot. Ouchie...but recovering. I have not been stable since bariatric surgery. Believe it or not...this is a side effect...and now that I am 35 lbs up, yes 35, fat and unhappy, is it all worth it??????? I will say yes, beats being 165 up. Anyway, I am going to try this Advocare diet. Google it. It is a 24 day diet. Hope to make progress. Won't start for about a week, have to wait on product.
Lots to do today...clean the house...can't stand it anymore, cut the grass and laundry. I would say I need a maid but how the heck would I get any exercise? Day is cut out for me....also have to weed garden. Have jalapenos, zucchini, green peppers, cherry tomatos and reg tomatos all coming on. Bout the size of a quarter. None ready for harvesting. Basil and lettuces are ready for harvesting.
Been up since 3 am. Watched a bizarre movie with Kate Winslet called Little Children. Do not recommend it, it is just too weird and about cheating on your spouse. Bleh, not much to chose from at 3 am. Sass and I dognapped. Sis said if Sass does not quit rolling in her own poo (next to the rabbit poo) she is not going to keep her anymore. This is the third time she has had to bathe her for that. Don't really blame her, but will have to look into doggy daycare.
Best get on with this day...lots to do and the time just gets away from me...have to do the bank thing this morning first.
06-22-2013, 11:26 AM
Good morning ladies,
Making progress getting the house ready for guests. I still have a lot to do but I am fine, no stress yet. Hoping to make the bbq dinner tonight at the casino as a reward for all our hard work. It's worth having guests just to give the place a deep clean and declutter :lol: I just have to do more laundry than I usually would (to freshen up the linens) and I'm hoping with all the rain we got that I won't be overloading the septic system. Trying to stagger it out. The cats are doing fine - getting used to their new home. Nina is a delight - she is the cuddly kitten. We have discovered that wet food seems to be the source of the gas problem so she's on dry for the time being. I have to feed the older one separately - she's mostly a sauce licker when it comes to wet food. My company should be here tomorrow afternoon - if I know my SIL they will be leaving at 6am. Good thing I've been going to bed earlier exhausted and getting up early too.
Shad - safe travels and enjoy your trip. Hopefully you got the DB off just fine also. Will be fun to have S for an extended visit as well as the family. Did you find any cash while you were cleaning?
Mel - sorry you could not hook up with Shad - emergency is the code word of the day. Hopefully the pipe leaks will stop at 2. That's part of the problem with an old building that is heavily stressed. Tell people cooking and bathing only once a day :lol:
Annie - ouch on the knees. I did not know that wobbliness could be an after effect. That's scary as I am trippy as it is :dizzy: You sure are a big pile of boo boos lately. Hope C is kissing them and making them all better. How is the toe doing? My greens are all doing well in the garden - have been harvesting spinach, lettuce, arugula and herbs all along. Yum, in fact I have to go do another cutting if the rain will let up. Baby beans, yellow squash, peas and tomatoes are also coming in but I only have flowers on one of my cucumber plants - and that's a special hybrid one. Good luck with the new eating plan - is that similar to what you might have eaten after surgery? Why do you think Sassy is rolling in the poo? I can't say I blame Sissy for complaining. I take it that Sassy will get herself into too much trouble if left alone during the day?
Ceejay - I also applaud you for telling the neighbor girls no to a ride. They all took serious advantage of your good nature. Give 'em an inch and you will be their personal slave :rolleyes: Yes, I got the cats from the Humane Society - with so many unwanted animals I think that's the way to go. Even if what you are looking for isn't there at the moment, wait a bit - just like the Thrift store, something new and interesting is always turning up :D So the heat is back in town for you? Be careful with the yard work - it's easy to get overwhelmed out there. I used to fill a bucket with cold water and add ice to it - DH had a towel he would dip in there and put on his neck to cool off. He said he is not missing the southern summers at all :lol:
Michelle - let us know how the obedience training goes - I'm sure Santa will be a willing participant. And how nice that someone will teach you how to groom him. Sounds like your life is so much fuller now - what was it again that was the appeal in the Midwest? I mean, for us at this part of our lives, I totally get and appreciate what we have here but you seem to have a much better social live now - which I would think would be great all around. :shrug: Anyway I'm glad you are having fun in the California sun :D Glad to hear you are doing well at work in spite of having so much to learn - that's reassuring.
Laura - how is the car seat project coming along? I understand what you are saying about the sweating. When we'd go to the gym DH would just lay a big beach towel on the car seat and clip it with a (paper) binder clip to hold it in place :lol: I never wanted him to use my car at the gym because I have cloth seats and his car has leather seats :lol: I look forward to a pic of your finished project. No, the cats are not siblings - far from it but they do look somewhat similar in coloring. Light color cats that match our carpeting - good thing ;) Actually we'd been pondering cats for a while - I was just hesitant because though we don't travel much, DH is a give them extra water and food and leave them a few days and I'm a what if something happened let's board them instead kind of person. It was a weak moment and we caved :lol: Good luck with the lawn work this weekend. I understand what you are talking about - one large bush or 3 manicured ones??? Either will look fine but I agree I'd not be messing with the bees right now.
Ok, coffee is finished - I have lots to do so better get on it. Have a good weekend all - longest day of the year for us - shortest for Shad - make the most of it no matter what you chose to do!
06-22-2013, 11:32 AM
Thought I posted last night but evidently not.
I checked the kitten on FB they are really cut. Did they adopt you or vise versa.
Good for you in keeping up with the Jazzercise class. My doctor informed me to do more. exercise. ugh.
You do sound more relaxed since you moved to Ca. I'm not sure I'd get any thing done if I worked from home. Even Santa sounds more relaxed.
Springing a leak in the electrical room is not very safe. Be careful. Hope today brings you some rest and relaxation.
Wow, that g-nephew is already half grown.
Got the rest of the yard work done yesterday and I'm pleased. Makes me good to do something and get to be outside. Talked to my neighbor a bit yesterday morning. She mentioned the fact the she was woman enough to apologize if the need arose and I said I was too, but right now I have nothing to apologize for and changed the subject.
The girls down the street came down wanting a ride. I decided there is no need of me putting a do not disturb sign on the door just for them. Of course they asked for a ride and I politely told them I'm not giving rides anymore. They went next door not sure if she gave them one or not.
Also yesterday morning a huge truck pulled up out front and started pulling a long hose to the apartments next door. Then I hear a commotion up in my attic so I went to investigate. The guys told me they were spraying in insulation, instructions from the landlord. My rent may go up, but the air and heat will stay inside.
My doctor called last night to tell me the blood work results. Told me my cholesterol had elevated some and wanted me to do more exercise. I can do that with the yard work. I'll have to put the bike on minutes only from now on cause when that mileage starts to accumulate I get tired more quickly. Guess it's physiological.
It's also back to healthy eating, protein, veggie and fruit.
Need to get started for the day.
I CAN'T BELIEVE I MISSED THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER.
HAPPY BELATED SUMMER SOLSTICE!:sunny:
IT HAS BEEN LIKE A NUTHOUSE HERE.
FLOWERS DELIVERED FROM THE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION CLASS.
TELEPHONE COMPANY...WE NEED YOU TO OPEN DOORS!
ONE MORE ALARM...GUESS WHY....HE WENT OUT AGAIN!!!
SAT IN THE SUN.... AGAIN. FAINTED..... AGAIN.
OFF TO THE HOSPITAL FOR YOU PAL.....AGAIN.
I FEEL LIKE A WET DISHRAG. ALL WRUNG OUT.
NOT DOING ANYTHING ELSE TODAY UNLESS IT'S AN EMERGENCY,.
I WAS GOING TO DO LAUNDRY BUT NOT THIS WEEKEND.
NOW I AM TOO CRANKY:crazy:
I DEFROSTED A SHEPHERD'S PIE FROM TJ'S AND LOOKING FORWARD TO DINNER.
REMINDS ME OF MY GRAM'S COOKING.
THE KIDS CALLED...THEY JUST GOTH THERE.
RICHIE GOT OFF WORK EARLY TODAY.
NEITHER ONE OF THEM SOUND Enthusiastic about going when they left.
I think this "mom & pop" summer stuff at the trailer is getting old.
RICHIE TIRED OF RUNNING BACK AND FORTH.
JEN TIRED OF THE DRAMA.
EVERYONE TIRED OF THE GASOLINE BILL!!:rofl: :rofl:
HOPE YOU GALS HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND :beach:
ANNIE...I AM HAPPY FOR YOU AND YOUR DREAM.
EVEN HAPPIER DAD & MOM AREREUNITED:hug:
I WILL TAKE THE ROOM WITH THE DVDs I LOVE THEM!!!
I'LL BRING MY TV AND A REMOTE!!:rofl:
CONGRATULATIONS ON THE GRAND NEPHEW:bb:
HOW SWEET TO GET GOOD NEWS.
HOPE THE KNEES ARE EVEN BETTER TODAY.
LET ME KNOW HOW THE DAVOCARE DIET GOES.
I WILL GOOGLE LATER.
LAURA.....I THINK MY SCALE FOR SPICINESS IS A ZERO. ROFLMAO
I HAD SOME SPICY CHINESE FOOD AND ALMOST COULDN'T BREATHE!
HAD NO IDEA IT COULD HAVE THAT EFFECT OPN SOMEONE.
GLAD THE FAIR WAS NICE. SOUNDED GREAT.
YOU HAVE ONCE AGAIN BEEN A BUSY GAL.
I USED TO LOVE TO GO TO TARGET AND HAVE THEIR HOTDOGS!!!
REMINDS ME OF YOU & BF AT COSTCO:hun:
MICHELLE....GOOD LUCK FINISHING UP THE PROJECT.
GLAD THE BOSS IS OK WITH A DELAY.
I ALSO HOPE YOU GET SOME MUCH NEEDED REST.
HAVE YOU TRIED THE HOT BATH?? 45 MINS BEFORE BEDTIME?
YES....THANK GOD YOU FOUND SANTA.
THIS HAS BEEN A VERY STRANGE WEEK ALL AROUND.
CEEJAY...SO LONG AS WHEN THE TANKS OVERFLOW THEY DON'T RAIN ON YOU!! :rain:
HOPE YOUR LEG IS FEELING BETTER.
HOW GREAT THE DR'S DD WILL TAKE OVER WHEN HE RETIRES.
AT LEAST IT WILL BE ALL IN THE FAMILY STILL!
I CAN'T BELIEVE THE NEIGHBOR AND THE HEADLIGHTED MOWER:rofl: :rofl:
IS THERE NO NOISE LAWS?? WHAT WAS HE THINKING THAT LATE AT NIGHT.
A BIG CONGRATULATIONS ON THE 6 LBS!! WAY TO GO!
HAPPY....LOVE THE CAT PICTURES.
ENJOY YOUR NEW FAMILY. THEY LOOK LIKE MOTHER AND CHILD.
ARE YOU SURE THEY AREN'T RELATED???
GASSY LASSY CRACKED ME UP. SOUNDS LIKE THE SENIORS OVER HERE ROFLMAO
BUT JUST THINK...WHEN THE GUESTS ARRIVE EVERYONE CAN FART AND BLAME THE KITTEN :rofl: ;rofl:
SHAD...NOT SURE WHEN YOU WILL SEE THIS.
WHAT CAN I SAY BUT SORRY.
SOMETIMES MY LIFE JUST ISN'T MY OWN.
IF I DIDN'T NEED THE MONEY I WOULD TURN THE KEYS AND PHONE IN FOR SURE.
SOME DAY I WILL HAVE TO.
HAVE A GREAT VISIT.
:hb: TO THE SISTER:gift:
06-22-2013, 03:51 PM
Might be my last post for a while since I have no idea of the living arrangements for the next 8 days. All going well I am back in Australia on 1st July around 6.00pm.
Hoping to take some good photos, but it is winter over here and in NZ that doesn't always mean blue skies, cool temps and sunshine. It could be snowing.
Speaking of snowing, I went shopping for some warm clothes yesterday. Now I have put on a little weight, but still fit my size 16's here at home. Off I went to Target and I found a couple of jackets that I liked so picked up a 16 and an 18 and some jeans - same story. Not one of the 5 items would even do up. I see they have devalued our sizing again. I spoke to the salesperson in the store and said that I didn't believe the labelling was right. Her reply was (and I quote) that 'that particular label was a small fit because it was aimed at the young people but this should be okay'. Excuse me - a 16 is still a 16 is it not? It might be tight because the young like to have tight fitting stuff that shows all the lumps and rolls but it should still fit, not be 2 sizes to small. And if that is the case, why doesn't the 18 fit a size 16 body. Bloody made in China!
Anyway with that rant, I'm off before the DS2 gets here to cart me away from all this. I'll try to get back if I end up staying at my sisters place. Who knows what form of technology the niece and geeky husband will have. Be good or be careful. Annie, knees are meant to lock the legs in place. Give up trying to ruin them will ya.
06-22-2013, 09:08 PM
Shaddie- Safe travels home. Enjoy the visit with family and the sis's bday celebration. The sizing is crazy - very inconsistent between brands. Interesting that you found the sizes fitting smaller. I thought with vanity sizing the size stayed the same but the fit got larger. Anyway, with my dislike of shopping, it makes it harder to shop online. Better to carry armfuls of clothes to the fitting room and see right away what fits.
Happy - Hope you got to the bbq at the casino. You're absolutely right about having company/guests - great time to get the deep cleaning done. :lol: It was rainy this morning and muggy this afternoon. I pulled some weeds in the veg garden and adjacent flower bed and that was it. Not very motivated at the moment.
Mel - Sorry there's been so much trouble in the building w/ plumbing and alarms. :( I hope things are quieter tonight and you get some rest.
Michelle - Hope you're having a good weekend with Santa and your friends. How did obedience class go?? It's so great you'll get Schnauzer-grooming lessons from that woman you met!
Ceejay - Good for you not giving the neighbor girls rides. I'm hot, sweaty and tired just reading about you mowing the lawn in the heat!! But it's good exercise!!! Sorry about the cholesterol results - have to find a type of exercise you don't mind doing, not an easy thing. Do you have the bike set up in front of the tv??
Annie - Glad you knees are healing. Good luck on the Advocare plan. I should have planted some lettuces earlier in the season - we sure had enough cool weather. Now we've got this hot muggy crap that I can't stand. But maybe my tomatoes will get going now!
So I skipped Jazzercise this morning because I didn't have any clean bottoms to wear (yoga pants, etc.). :o I ended up mostly lazing the morning away except for the weeding out back. Also did some laundry (yes, clean exercise bottoms now!). Puttered around mostly. Finally hemmed my slacks - they don't look so hot. We'll see how they look when I press the hems. I did them by machine, but I might have to re-do them by hand. We'll see. Who really gets a close look at them, all the way down by the ground, hahaha. :D
Took the "before" photos of my towel/car seat cover. Prolly gonna work on the re-do tonight.
We're going to get an ice cream cone and perhaps go to the cruise night at the train station, so I better get my photos posted and skedaddle.
Re the photos, shots of front and back. The back shows the elastic, which I didn't have a problem with until recently. Now I have a heck of a time putting it on and taking it off, hence the redo for something that's hopefully easier to deal with. Took measurements today, ready to get busy on this.
06-22-2013, 09:12 PM
Pic of my new beach towel, each side. Love it! Other photo is my sis's really old Budweiser beach towel - love the flowers decorating it!! ;)
PLUMBING WAS DONE EARLY BUT ALARMS CONTINUED.
ONE WOMAN HAD TERRIBLE PAIN & A PACE MAKER.:yikes:
I FELT SO SORRY FOR HER.
THEN THE DAY QUIETED DOWN IN THE AFTERNOON
I WENT OUTSIDE FOR A FEW BUT THE HUMIDITY WAS ROUGH.
REMINDED THE SENIORS OUT THERE TO COME IN EARLY.
NOTHING ELSE NEW WITH ME.
MAYBE IT'S THIS SUPER MOON MAKING THINGS CRAZY :rofl:
HAVE A GREAT DAY.
SHAD...HOPE THE FLIGHT WAS UNEVENTFUL.
HAVE A GREAT TIME WITH EVERYONE.:encore:
LAURA....LOVE THE COLORFUL SEAT AND BEACH TOWEL.
HOPE YOU FIND AN EASIER WAY FOR THE SEAT COVER TO FIT.
YOU ARE A HANDY GAL TO HAVE AROUND THE HOUSE.
NO WONDER BF LOVES YOU:rofl:
06-23-2013, 10:22 AM
By now the "bus" has left southern WI and is headed north. I hope they don't run into bad weather on the trip up - doesn't look that great out there. I am still in cleaning frenzy but I think I'll manage to get as much as I "need" to done. Never enough time no matter how well you plan.
Love the graphic Mel - take care of those seniors. You could use a little cooling breeze it sounds like. How was the shepards pie?
What a great Budweiser towel Laura! No wonder you took it for your own. :lol: Seat covers look great. I am amazed at your skills!
Safe travels Shad - have a great trip. As for Target I have always found their clothes to run small - really small. Seems like their clothing is sized to fit tall, slim Asian women. Walmart used to be like that but got more realistic.
Ceejay - you are right, the insulation will help a lot with the heating and cooling. I think that's wise to retire the Do Not Disturb sign - just keep saying no and the girls will get the message.
Hi's to the rest of the Worldlies - time to get cracking again. I probably won't post much either for the next week. Will be on the quieter side here. Have a good one everybody.
06-23-2013, 10:54 AM
Didn't get a lot done yesterday. Mainly I piddled around. Fixed chicken in the crock pot and it smelled like chicken and dumplings so I made some dumplings. First time I've cooked in a long, long time.
Got up thinking about the baby's birthday this morning. He turned one yesterday but they are having his party this afternoon. Wish I could be there.
I was outside cleaning out my truck when my neighbor came walking down the street which is kind of unusual for her especially in the heat. She had locked her keys in the car. So I told her I would take her back to her truck. Low and behold I grab my purse, sunglasses and as soon as I locked and closed the door I realized I had locked the keys in the house. Her son came to try to break in for me but the couldn't, which I'm glad in a way. At least I know that my lock works. A professional thief might be able to break in. They had the latch out but the door would not budge. He asked me if someone was on the other side holding the door. I said no-but thought about possible an angel being there. My neighbor had the landlords personal cell phone so I called and told him. He said someone would be there shortly. He was in Jonesboro. Before they got out of the driveway to go get her truck some one was there to unlock the door.
Had a notice in my box this morning that some revisions has been made in the hand book policy concerning retirement. Since I'm 62+ I have to give a written notice 3 months in advance. I'm supposing so they can have time to pull out our retirement funds.
Hope things settle down for you today. There is a full moon this week so you are probably right about the seniors.
Glad your knees are healing. Don't know why the knees are so sensitive but the are. Almost like the elbow. I don't blame you for not hiring a maid. I could have used someone to mow the lawn but it's good exercise. And evidently I'm melting off some fat. I'm waiting next week end to mow around 6.30 p.m. Most of my yard is shaded by then. Do you have a riding mower?
Not much else is going on.
06-23-2013, 08:21 PM
POSTING NOW FOR TOMORROW.
I HAVE SOME WORK IN THE MORNING AND ALSO TENANTS NEED HELP.
THE GOVT IS TAKING BACK THE SENIOR CELL PHONES.
NOW THE SENIORS HAVE TO MAKE A CALL TO KEEP THEIR HOUSE PHONE.
SO THE GOVT GIVETH AND NOW TAKETH AWAY.
WHAT A FRASSING MESS THIS IS.
IT WAS A FOOL IDEA IN THE FIRST PLACE.
A WASTE OF GOVT MONEY.
MOST OF THEM DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO USE IT ANYWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TODAY WAS RELATIVELY QUIET AND I FEEL A LOT BETTER.
STORMS ARE COMING THIS WEEK & MY SINUSES KNOW IT ALREADY :cry:
OFF TO WATCH HARRY POTTER2.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT MONDAY:encore:
HAPPY....I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT VISIT.
ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF IT.
THE SHEPHERD'S PIE WAS GREAT.
ANOTHER TJ HEAT & EAT MIRACLE! :lol3:
HAVE LOADS OF FUN THIS WEEK:hug:
CEEJAY.......THEY HAVE THE SAME 3 MOMNTH RULE DOWN IN THE OFFICE.
BET YOU CAN'T WAIT TO WRITE THAT LETTER:cb: :carrot:
SORRY TO HEAR YOU GOT LOCKED OUT.
THAT WAS GOOD IN A WAY THAT YOU FOUND OUT THE PLACE IS SAFE!!
YOU CAN REST EASY ABOUT BREAK INS.
HOPE YOUR 3 DAYS WERE GOOD AND SAVE ME SOME DUMPLINGS!
BEEN A VERY LONG TIME SINCE I MADE ANYTHING LIKE THAT!! :hun:
06-24-2013, 05:26 AM
Not stopping for long since I am on the nieces computer. It's cold, but the days have been quite pleasant and not bad at all. Pleased.
Trying to get some times fixed up so I can see all the people I want to see.
06-24-2013, 11:19 AM
Glad you arrived safely.
That's horrible about the gov taking away the cell phones. Don't work to hard.
Enjoy the time with family.
My niece posted pictures of the birthday party for our one year old. He was really enjoying that cake. I'm missing out on a lot of things.
Nothing new here. I did ride the bike for 20 minutes. Not sure what good it did after eating 3 slices of pizza. But I did it. Going to try and stay on plan today. So far so good.
06-24-2013, 11:29 AM
Mel - Glad things quieted down. Hope this phone thing isn't too much hassle. Were the phones for emergencies only? I've heard about programs to give old cell phones to people who don't have any phone service at all. Apparently cell phones that don't even have service can be used to make a 911 call. Sounds good...but only if the person would use it!!
Happy - Hope your guests arrived safe and sound and are enjoying the north woods. :) Have fun.
Mel - Mmmm, chicken & dumplings sounds good. :) Sorry you locked yourself out, but good to know your place isn't that easy to get into! I'm sure you will be quite ready three months in advance to submit notice of your retirement!!! :yes:
Shad - Enjoy your time in NZ. Hope you get to visit with all the peeps you want to see. :)
Hellos to Michelle & Annie. :wave:
Nothing much to report. I went to the farmers market Sunday morning and bought some strawberries, peaches and corn. Stopped at the bakery for a couple pastries - my Sunday morning weakness. Have to limit that! Did some laundry, weed pulling, ironing, and reading. I got about halfway through my car seat cover project. On my walk with doggy I was skirting around someone's sidewalk covered with what I'm guessing are mulberries that had dropped from his tree. Must not have skirted far enough - I managed to get a mulberry in my sandal. Squished my heel into it - what a mess! Wiped off my sandal and my foot, but of course my foot was stained with it, LOL.
Didn't sleep very soundly yesterday. I'm still not happy with my pillow situation. The buckwheat hull pillow isn't working out - I though it would hold whatever shape I molded it into, but no. The fiberfill pillows are too puffy for me. The memory foam pillow gets way too warm, and it compresses too much. The closest to what I like is my foam rubber pillow, but it's too puffy. I think I thinner/low profile one would be perfect. They're not all that easy to find, and it seems too hard to buy something like that online, but I'll try.
Tonight will be Jazzercise.
Boss isn't here yet - wonder if she's just late today or taking another day off work. Whatever, another quiet day is welcome.
06-24-2013, 12:26 PM
Morning Lovely Chicklets.....
Yesterday was a busy day. Cleaned the entire house, all laundry done, garden weeded. Even cleaned out the refrigerator. Lemon oiled my kitchen cubbords. Made roast in the crocker, a huge salad and kidney beans..toot toot!! <---in honor of HAPPYs new kitty.
LAURA...I have issues with my pillows also. I have never found one that I like my entire life. I just fight with it all night long and I have tried a million of them. Strawberries and peaches sound delish!! Corn gives me gut troubles so I steer clear of it.
HAPPY.....my kids always tell me, "mom you should clean after your guest instead of before" Kind of makes sense. I am too OCD about cleaning before guests to do that.
SHADDIE...glad you arrived at your destination safely.
MELLIE..are you going to TJs this week? Poor Jen and Richie on the kid thing, Xs can be such a PIA then it kind of rubs off onto the kids, like a carry over. Bleh on that.
CEEG...bad enough to get locked out of your house, but when you are trying to help someone else who is locked out is like getting a double whammy. Glad it all work out ok.
Hey Michelle...you must be enjoying CA way too much. lol.
Better post and do something, even if it is wrong.
06-24-2013, 02:45 PM
Good morning ladies -
I'm really tired today...not sure why as I slept well. Saturday was fun! A woman who is a member of my Schnauzer meetup group (which doesn't really meet up all that often - LOL) came over to my house to teach me how to groom Santa. She breeds and shows champion Miniature Schnauzer so she grooms her dogs very often and has for years. She actually brought over a portable grooming table and all her clippers and scissors and we set up shop in the driveway (easier than doing it in the house and getting hair all over everything). She would groom a section and then have me do the other half. Santa was very good and held quite still. Santa looks positively gorgeous after his cut. It wasn't that difficult to groom Santa, though he may not look nearly as good next time when I'm doing it myself. :lol3:
Saturday night, I invited D (the guy I've been going out with) and a couple of our mutual friends over for dinner and to play cards. To refresh your memory, D is someone I used to date before I met my ex. He's a sweet guy. I'm not sure where this will go or even where I want it to go, but it's nice to go out with him. D and I have known the other couple for probably 30 years. It was a lot of fun for us all to get together! It was nearly 11:30 when they left.
Yesterday, I slept in, and awoke with a headache. The biggest thing I did yesterday was take Santa to the dog park for an hour or so, then I came home and helped my step-mom with some yard work. After that, I didn't feel well, so I took a nap.
I just learned that my friend who drove out from Wisconsin with me is in San Francisco on business and has time to see me this afternoon/evening, so I'll head up there after work. Hopefully, I can find her hotel and some place good to eat without getting lost.
Annie - I'm so sorry to hear about your knees and your wobbliness. That sucks. I didn't know that wobbliness is a side effect. I've been trying to follow a more "diabetes-friendly" way of eating, but I have trouble sticking to it. Sounds like your Saturday was super busy. I hope Sassy can stop rolling in poo. Santa likes to roll on the grass, but thankfully there's no poo there. Could Sam pick up Sassy's poo after she goes? Of course there'd still be rabbit poo to roll in. Dang, girlfriend, I got tired just reading about all you got done yesterday!
Happy - Glad to hear the kitties are liking their new home. Funny you should ask about the appeal of the midwest for me...my ex took me there for a vacation, and I loved the rural countryside. And there were jobs, when there weren't any in Silicon Valley. I am glad to be back home though. Hope you are having a wonderful visit with your family!
Ceejay - It would really be a bummer if your landlord increased the rent because of the added insulation. Hopefully he won't. In any case, your utility bill should go down. As for the healthy eating and exercise, it sounds like the summer is gearing all of us up for that. The chicken and dumplings sound delicious! Bummer that you were locked out of your place for awhile..but good thing it's difficult to break into!
Mel - Too bad about all the alarms. I can only imagine how exhausting that must be. Glad the kids got to the trailer ok. I hope it turns out to be enjoyable for them even though they weren't looking forward to it. I hope today goes better than the weekend was.
Shad - I hope you're enjoying your stay in NZ. I agree with you about the made in China sizes. :tantrum: And the sizes at Target do tend to run very small. I hope the sister has a great b'day celebration! Have a wonderful time with family and friends in NZ!
Laura - The obedience class is going fairly well, but Santa is taking awhile to learn certain things...like not to pull on the leash when walking. I feel the same way about hems for pants...who really looks at them. Those are great beach towels, Laura! I love the flowers on the Budweiser towel. Bummer that you're having such trouble finding a good pillow. I use a memory foam one and it doesn't get too warm, which is nice.
I gotta get back to work...lots to get done.
Love and hugs,
06-24-2013, 06:51 PM
I bet Santa will learn quickly. And that in no time you will be as good a groomer as the rest. Hope you can find your mom a hotel/motel room that's easy for you to get to.
I have trouble with my neck if I sleep on a regular pillow. I have one of those angled pillows that fit under my neck. It sure has helped. Can't remember now what they are called.
I like the low carb thing. I need to watch my cholesterol also.
The roast sounds good. I may have to do that this week end. I'm liking my crock pot. Do you brown your roast before you put it in the crock pot? Just curious. Is Sassy doing better as Sissy's?
It's hot outside today.
I've looked both last night and the night before for the super moon. Couldn't tell much difference except that it lit up the night ski. Reminded me of the October moon.
Rode the bike for 20 minutes last night.
I'll be looking forward to May 2015 which is when I turn in my notice. Will be retiring 9-1-2015.
06-24-2013, 06:58 PM
Hi Ceejay - Thanks for the kind words about Santa's learning ability and my grooming ability. We'll get there. It's not my mom that needs a hotel room. I'm meeting a friend at her hotel in San Francisco, and I dislike driving in San Francisco...too many one way streets...too many hills....too much traffic...and too little parking. :faint: Oh well, we'll have a fun time anyway. I'm leaving in 1/2 hour to hopefully beat the traffic. I know you asked Annie, but when I make a roast in the crock-pot, I always brown it first. Good for you for bike riding, and for setting your retirement date!
IF I TOLD YOU WHAT KIND OF DAY IT WAS YOU WOULDN'T BELIEVE ME.
IT'S LIKE THE ENTIRE WORLD HAS GONE NUTS.
JUST FINISHED WITH THE FRASSING FIRE DEPARTMENT.
TENANTS BURNING THE BUILDING DOWN AGAIN :rofl:
TENANTS PASSING OUT. OVERHEATED, DEHYDRATED. WTF!!
I TOLD THEM THE NEXT ONE IS GETTING RIDDEN OVER BY ME!!:scooter:
JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH MY POOR BOSS WHO IS ALSO WRUNG OUT.
SHE CALLED SOME PEOPLE AND I CALLED THE OTHERS.
AT LEAST WE CAN WORK TOGETHER AND GIVE EACH OTHER A BREAK.
THE HOUSING'S FINANCES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY ARE GOING DOWN THE CHITTER.
CUTBACKS ALL OVER THE PLACE.
I WILL PROBABLY BE NEXT.
I WISH!!! I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY TO GET FIRED.
I DID NOT GO OUTSIDE CAUSE THE AIR IS AWFUL.
OK....I AM DONE WITH MY RANT...LET ME READ POSTS AND DO PERSONALS. I'LL TRY TO BE KIND! :lol3: :lol3:
SHAD....I HOPE YOU GET TO SEE EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING.
STAY WARM. ITS AFRICA HOT OVER HERE:flame:
MAYBE I SHOULD JUST FLY OVER THERE.
WE CAN VISIT IN PERSON AND SCREW THE PHONE!!:rofl:
CEEJAY....YOU WILL HAVE MANY PArties to go to when you retire.
then you can enjoy the family.
doing a great job exercisinG. keep it up!!
LAURA....THE PHONES WERE 25O MINUTES FREE EACH MONTH FOR WHATEVER YOU WANTED THEM FOR.
BUT THEY SHOULD HAVE REALIZED THE GOVT ALREADY GAVE THE WENIORS A PRICE BREAK YEARS AGO:tantrum:
THAT'S WHY THEY'RE CALLING FOR THEM BACK OR YOU MAKE A CHOICE WHIICH YOU WANT. I CHOSE THE LANDLINE.
CELLS WERE NO USE WHEN 911 HAPPENED!!!:cry:
I WOULD LOVE TO GO TO THE FARMERS MARKET WITH YOU!!
PILLOWS ARE A PITA! I USE A NECKROLL THAT MUST BE ABOUT 25 YEARS OLD:rofl:
ANNIE....I LOVED THE SMELL OF LEMON OIL.
REMINDS ME OF MY NANA. SHE ALWAYS USED IT.
THANKS FOR THE MEMORY. I NEEDED IT TONITE:hug:
I WAS SUCH A CRANKY F_CK TONITE!!:witch:
NEXT WEEK IS TRADERS AND I CAN HARDLY WAIT!!!:hug:
MICHELLE.....SO GLAD SANTA GOT THE SPA TREATMENT. HOW CUTE.
ALSO GLAD YOU HAD GOOD TIMES WITH D AND YOUR FRIENDS.
YOU NEED GOOD TIMES:hug:
WHO CARES WHERE IT IS GOING...YOU ARE HAPPY RIGHT NOW.
06-25-2013, 08:56 AM
So I get an email from the Dr. in our office that I do a bit of work for that says...
we need to talk....perhapsFriday. Has Haddad (HADDAD IS MY BOSS IN LOUISVILLE) spoken to you this week? Might be able to do a phone callthis evening or Thursday. Louisville today again, DC tomorrow, MLB thursday,Busy Friday in Indy office. W
Wow don't leave me hanging like that....with all the unsure around here, I am just a bit freaked out. Like what have these two been talking about behind my back, am I next on the list to get canned?
06-25-2013, 09:49 AM
Think positive, You may be getting raise or promotion. Hang in there.
06-25-2013, 11:01 AM
We talked, it is all good...may go to work directly for the Dr...more $$ also more responsibility. I won't know which end is up. I am excited.
MELLIE....yes, the govt is messing with everything. My son is getting out of the Army when his stent is up in about 1 1/2 years. They have taken away what little perks they had..education assistance, lowered their weekend pay for National Guard...he is over it. I am glad, probably means he will not get deployed. Amen.
CEEG...yes, I fell into that negative mode. Thanks for the bump on positive thinking. Shame on me. Yes I usually pan sear meat before putting it into the crocker. So far, today, Sassy is doing good. We will see.
CHELLE....good job on the dog grooming 101 class...lol. It will save you bundles on the grooming. I know you, you will master it in no time. Have fun meeting up with your friend from WI.
Hey to Shaddie, Laura and Happy!
06-25-2013, 11:09 AM
Start to finish: 10 minutes
Makes 3 cups
1 large crisp-tart apple (such asFuji or Gala), cored and chopped
2 bell peppers (any color), coredand chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon lime juice
Saltand ground black pepper
Ina medium bowl, toss together the apples, peppers, jalapeno, garlic, mint,cilantro, vinegar and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper.
Nutrition information per 1/2 cup: 40 calories; 0calories from fat (0 percent of total calories); 0 g fat (0 g saturated; 0 gtrans fats); 0 mgcholesterol; 10 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 6 g sugar; 1 gprotein; 85 mg sodium.
Start to finish: 10 minutes
Makes 3 cups
2 ears of corn, husks and silkremoved
1 large cucumber, peeled, seededand chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
4 scallions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
Hot sauce, to taste
Salt and ground black pepper
Carefully cut the kernels from theears of corn. To do this, one at a time stand each ear on its wide end and usea knife to saw down the length of the cob.
In a medium bowl, combine the cornkernels, cucumber, celery, scallions, dill, and the lemon zest and juice.Season with a splash of hot sauce, salt and pepper.
Nutrition information 1/2 cup: 45calories; 10 calories from fat (22 percent of total calories); 1 g fat (0 gsaturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 3 gsugar; 2 g protein; 105 mg sodium.
06-25-2013, 11:34 AM
2 Large tomatos
1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled
1/2 cup kalamata olives, I use black olives
1/2 cup Italian vinaigrette made with extra virgin olive oil
2 T fresh chopped basil
Mix all ingredients, refrigerate one hour. Serve with crackers, chips, lil toasties.
06-25-2013, 12:01 PM
Annie - Glad all's good - being sought out for other job opportunities is a good thing! Those salsa recipes are so summery! I have to figure out a snack for book club Saturday - maybe something like that with some chips/crackers. Re pillows - so I'm not the only one with a pile of rejected pillows....No more education assistance for soldiers??!! I'm not sure how big of a defense we need for our country, but the less attractive they make it to serve, the more trouble we'll have with the voluntary recruiting system.
Mel - What a mess you had to deal with!!! :hugs: I have my doubts that many of these tenants should be living "independently" in their own apartments - they obviously can't be trusted to not bake themselves in this heat or not burn the place down when trying to cook meals. It's a shame that doesn't become apparent until after it actually happens! So the phone thing was just another instance of govt waste. Sigh. Re pillows, I've got a neck roll, but I think it's too big. So tired of this hunt for the right pillow! Enjoy your trip to TJ's!!
Ceejay - Good job on the exercise - keep it up sister! Wow, 9/1/15 - not far away at all!!! You'll have to give us the countdown every once in a while. :D Stay cool.
Michelle - I hope you had a wonderful time with your friend last night and not too much trouble with traffic & parking. I'm glad the obedience & grooming sessions went well. Both those things will take practice and repetition. Coal never did learn to walk very nicely on the leash, probably because bf and I have almost always taken the easy way out and use a flexi-leash. Really, the walks are for Coal, and when we use the short leash, it just seems unfair that he can't go very far and sniff around. With the flexi leash we just have to make sure we "reel him in" when the situation calls for it. If we were taking him with us everywhere, that would certainly be a different matter.
Hellos to Shad & Happy! Hope you're both enjoying your time w/ family. :)
I went to the Sears store a few blocks from my office at lunch yesterday, but they didn't have the pillow I wanted in standard size. (We have a king size bed, but I've decided king size pillows are way to big and unwieldy to deal with. And if I'm constantly buying new pillows in my search for the perfect one, I'm not spending the big $$ for that size.) Anyway, I ordered the pillow I wanted from Sears online and will pick it up at their store in the mall that's not far from our house.
Bf had a wake to attend yesterday, so the plan was that he would meet me at the Metra stop right by my Jazzercise class with all my workout gear and the timing would work perfectly and he would pick me up after class. Of course, that was when Metra decided to stop the trains due to severe weather warnings. (And of course the worst of the weather has passed through much earlier, but they appear to stop things until the weather service warning period ends.) So it screwed that up. I ended up just getting on an express train and going home, no Jazzercise class for me. Allow me a rant - I'm getting sick of Metra f***ing up my plans with their overly cautious actions. And I'm getting sick of sharing one car between bf and I. And it really wasn't the one car thing that messed up my plans, it was bf not making a point to get to the wake and back home early enough for me to be able to use the car later. Grrrr. :mad: End of rant.
Back at home, I did maybe 10-15 minutes of exercises with my light kettlebell, as well as some knee pushups. We watched the Hawks game - what a great ending!! I thought at best it would go into OT, at worst we'd go to a game 7. But those last two scores at the very end of regulation time - wow - and here they are, Stanley Cup winners!! Whoo! Of course, my timing is off - I'm taking a vacation day on Friday and that's the day of the celebratory parade dowtown here. Maybe that's really a blessing because the trains and streets will be packed with people, but right now it just seems like it would be fun to be around everyone in high spirits.
Tonight I'm going to movie night - we're seeing Man of Steel.
Okay, that's it for me. TTFN!
06-25-2013, 12:45 PM
Good morning ladies -
Quick check in for me as I've got a lot of work to get done. Had a great dinner in San Francisco with my friend. I was so crazed after driving up there and then the finding a parking place hassles, we just ate at a restaurant within walking distance of her hotel. The food was really good, and the conversation was even better.
I've been checking out this online dating site. The site allows you to post a profile and see others' profiles and then send a message to those you're interested in. You don't get each other's personal email addy's or phone numbers unless you decide to share them after messaging through the site. Well, this one guy messaged me through the dating site. I checked his profile and interests and he seemed pretty compatible, so I answered him back with a few questions. He responded but didn't answer my questions...he asked for my phone number so we could text. I wrote him back explaining that I'd like to know him better. I told him what I'm looking for in a relationship and asked him to do the same. He wrote back again, requesting my phone number so we could text. I wrote him back saying he has not really given me any information other than his profile, and I'm not really comfortable giving out my phone number to a complete stranger. Again, he responded with no answers to my questions...just a request for my phone number so we could talk or text. That's it. This time, I didn't respond, I just BLOCKED HIM on the site so he can no longer see my profile or contact me. Freak. I'm glad I erred on the side of cautiousness. Gotta do that nowadays.
Mel - I'm so sorry you had such a crazy day. The tenants need to listen to you and learn how to take care of themselves in the heat, and they gotta quit burning stuff!! That sucks about the housing cutbacks. Thanks for the nice comment about "who cares where it is going" in terms of my friendship/relationship with D. You're right. I'll just be happy now. As I noticed from the guy from the online dating site, there are some really pushy weirdos out there.
Annie - That email from the doc would have sent me off in a tailspin too. I'm glad it's all good. More $$ and more responsibility....good for you!!! And there might be more job security working directly for the doc. When will you start this new gig? Thanks for the salsa recipes! I'm not a big fan of feta or olives, so I might pass on that. That really sucks that all the perks are being taken away from the soldiers.
Laura - I agree with you about the walks being for the dog. I prefer to use a flexi-leash too so he can sniff around, and I can rein him in if I need to (near the street or other dogs/people). Sorry about your transportation woes. I'm really amazed you and bf do so well with just one car. When I was with my ex, it would've been a big hassle if we'd only had one car...of course, we didn't live anywhere near reliable public transport. Bummer that the Metra stops the trains during the warning periods. I guess with the possibility of pop up storms, if they waited until the severe weather was imminent for a particular area, they could get stuck with lots of passengers on a train in the path of severe weather Congrats to the Blackhawks on winning the Stanley Cup! I hope you enjoy Man of Steel. I've heard mixed reviews. Of course, I've also heard mixed reviews for Lone Ranger and I want to see that movie just because Johnny Depp is in it. :drool: :love: I've also heard mixed reviews about World War Z, but I want to see that too.
Well, I thought this would be a quick post. Ooops. I gotta get some work done now before the morning meetings start.
Love and hugs,
06-25-2013, 05:06 PM
Ugh, this is not the day of my dreams.
I had a 2.6 lb gain at ww today. Didn't help that I ate too much yesterday, much of it very salty. And missing my workouts Saturday and yesterday probably didn't help either.
I forgot about a project I need to finish this week. It isn't huge, but I hate that I forgot about it.
They finally posted the other sr. mgr position for our dept on our company intranet - the boss told me about this way back before her vacation. I kind of hate how they're handling this. We currently have one sr. mgr, and our dept head is planning to retire. So they decide to hire another sr mgr., ostensibly to prepare for the transition. Are they planning on having the two of them face off for the dept head position? If I were our current sr mgr, I'd be anxious. But then again, maybe they've told him more than they've told me. And naturally I have no idea what they plan to do with my position, if anything. The admin took the day off today, sick day. She's on some sort of probation/improvement plan, not sure how that'll work out. I usually see those as a way for mgt to fire you, so I don't have much optimism for her continued employment here.
No doesn't take me long to go off on a paranoid tangent.
Okay, back to work.
06-25-2013, 05:28 PM
Laura - Bummer about the weigh in. Don't worry about your position at this point. As for the admin on the probation plan...she should be worried...if my experience tells me anything...and it does. My former company, a major department store, has an interesting way of getting rid of people....first, when they do a reorg, they move you to a position doing things you have no experience or skill doing, then in a few months, they review you compared to people who are experts in the field, and since you perform poorly by comparison, they put you on a probation/improvement plan that you can possibly successfully complete.
06-25-2013, 06:08 PM
I think we all get that I wonder what/why they are talking about me especially when it comes out of the blue. I'm glad it's good news. I'm going to try some of these recipes. Thanks for sharing.
I salute you for driving in SF. I really don't think I could. Just riding in the back seat was enough for me. And then I asked the driver, my nieces husband, a couple of times to go back so I could pick up my stomach. Glad you enjoyed the visit with your friend.
I'd like to see Man Of Steel and the Lone Ranger. By bil really liked the Man of Steel.
You did the right thing on that dating web sight.
Hope the pillow turns out okay. I haven't been to Sears in ages to shop and I used to like to shop there.
Ugh, on all the issues you've been having. Did you have to deal with each tenant?. I've learned that if I'm cooking I have to set the timer. Otherwise I forget. So far I've not had to call the fire department. :lol:
Nothing out of the ordinary today except for some reason the day is flying by.
I'm ready for a haircut. But can't make up my mind to go here or in Jonesboro. I'm ready to get out of town for awhile.
06-25-2013, 06:18 PM
I'm with Michelle. A company can fire you for most anything, according to the attorney I've talked to especially if you are an "AT Will" employee. And as Michelle said companies can be sneaky. Some of us catch on more quickly as to what they are doing. Like for instance the change in how they are handling the way I retire. It makes me want to go ahead and turn in my notice but I really want to try and stay for another 2 years. I'm going to talk to my sis and she what she recommends. I'm not telling my bosses anything to give them leverage but I'm cutting back some of my trips downstairs. They have camera's if they really want to get technical. I hate sitting on pins and needles.
06-25-2013, 07:20 PM
Ceejay - you're right about the "At Will" employment. As for your situation, if it will make a big difference in your retirement payout/income, I would stick it out as long as I could (if I were you).
Laura - I really wouldn't worry about your position at this point. If your performance reviews have been good...they should find a spot for you regardless of what happens with upper management.
Another short post as I am waiting for my sister and brother to pick me up and we are going to an old family friends place for lunch. I will shortly need to do some washing as well.
Dang it my feet are really cold today. Obviously not enough exercise yet. I need to get up and moving.
The days have been cool but beautiful and from my nieces window I can see a really beautiful view across the gorge and down through the valleys behind Wellington City. I can also see the snow covered mountains of the Kaikoura Ranges which are on the top of the South Island. It's a lovely view.
Okay that is it - off to finish the laundry and then to pack my bags to move to my sisters place.
It was a long day yesterday no matter what sign I hung on my door.
The bldg. is falling apart....must be the heat:rofl: :rofl:
The auditors were dying of the heat.
Last man out of here was my cutie pie A/C man at 7 PM
Everyone will be able to stay cool & eat lunch in the community room today.
I have a few things to do early & hopefully the dam won't break again today.
I am running out of fingers to plug the holes.
My boss would not have called but she was beside herself with audit and repairs.
When I come back I'll read and then post personals.
Have a great day and stay cool out there!
06-26-2013, 10:29 AM
Train delays to start my day. :(
06-26-2013, 11:17 AM
Good morning ladies,
Just a quick check in for me. Having a great time visiting with the family - we've been quite busy - hardly touched the PC and haven't seen a lick of the TV. The cats are adjusting nicely to their new homes too. I found out that one screechy old bat at the Thrift Store is throwing an atom bomb hissy fit to anyone who will listen - even wrote to the up and ups that I had the "audacity" to be new a make a suggestion about putting price tags on the new stuff so that it would be easier to get the pricing correct. I am taking Laura's advice to heart that we need to be there for the animals so I am ignoring this piece of garbage and hoping that as she complains to anyone and everyone that they realize how petty she is. I emailed a suggestion to our store coordinator who forwarded it to her and she PRINTED A COPY of it and PULLS IT OUT OF HER PURSE and shows it to anyone she sees and complains about me. She assaulted one of my coworkers in the grocery store the other day. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: No wonder they have problems getting new people to help. Anyway other than that we are all having a good time, my company decided to stay and extra few days until Sunday. We are hoping to rent a pontoon boat for half a day tomorrow and have some fun on the water. I am going to the doctor shortly - I got some bites on my legs that have red circles now - they are not ticks, don't know if they are mosquitos but don't look quite right. I probably need an antibiotic.
Seems like you all are busy in various capacities. Forgive the lack of personals - I sure have alot of catching up to do.
Have a good visit with your family too Shad.
Later chicks :wave:
06-26-2013, 11:29 AM
The fleas and flies have really been bad this summer. The flies bite harder than the mosquitos. Good that you are going to the doctor. You are right, the audacity of that person. Sounds like she is very territorial.
I've been having mixed emotions about retiring. I really do need to stay as long as I can and if they will work with me I will. There are some aspects of the job that I can't do any more.
Kind of ironic that Shad is cold and were having heat. Glad that a/c man did his thing. Which reminds me I need to have my a/c serviced.
Rest today if you can.
I'm a little envious of your cooler weather. However, it's not to bad. Sounds like you are having a good visit with lots to do.
Laura and Annie :wave:
Nothing new for me today. Trying to stay cool.
06-26-2013, 11:56 AM
Good morning ladies -
Happy Hump Day! I'm going to the DMV after work with all (hopefully) my needed paperwork in hand to once again try and become an official Californian. :beach:
After that, I'm hoping to go to the gym. Yes, I signed up for a membership at a major nationwide gym chain. They have 3 different locations within a 5 mile radius of my step-mom's place, and two within just a couple miles of the doggy day care. I chose this gym because they have facilities all over Northern and Southern CA, so no matter where I end up living, I'll be able to use my membership.
Shad - The view from your niece's place sounds gorgeous! I hope you have a lovely time with your sister.
Mel - So sorry to hear that people kept pestering you despite the sign on your door. Bummer about the heat, but at least you got to see the cute A/C man. Stay cool and try and rest, sister. :hug:
Happy - How wonderful that you're having so much fun with your family and they're extending their stay!!! The pontoon boat sounds like fun! I hope the doc can take care of your bites. What a pain about the beotch at the thrift store. You're right, you're there for the animals. Try and let all the b.s. roll off, as hard as that is to do when things could be done so much better and more efficiently.
Ceejay - Hopefully the bosses will work with you so you can stay as long as you can with a minimum of drama/stress and have someone else take care of the parts of the job you can't do. :crossed:
So far, we've been having fairly perfect weather here with temps in the mid to upper 70s/low 80s. That's just where I like it. I kind of remember it being warmer in July and August, but then again it's always a few degrees cooler where my step-mom lives than it is in San Jose where I used to live.
Annie - I hope you're having a happy hump day.
Laura - I haven't been following the midwest weather, is it super hot there? Did you see Man of Steel? How was it?
Gotta get some work done.
06-26-2013, 01:21 PM
http://www.smileysnetwork.com/fou/fou33.gif Just more of the same insanity today.
Won't bore you with the absurd details.
Hopefully done for the day.
PRAYING......Auditors last day :crossed:
Weather is ultra humid & hot:sunny:
There must ba another storm coming. HEAD PAIN!!
Time for aleve & a shower.
Have a great afternoon.
Annie.....hope the news will be good....but wait.....
let me read further on!! The suspense is killing me already.....
I am glad for the new job offer and also for your son not getting deployed!
Will send prayers for both things. Choose wisely my friend!!
Laura...if you were here you wouldn't believe the stupidity.
There is NO winning this war and I am so DONE with it all!!
YES.....the phone thing was a huge mistake and an even bigger expesive waste of money.
I heard that the man who owned the cell phone company in Mexico is rich as all get out...he sold the phones to the USA!!
I am not sure whether to laugh or cry but ....A HORRIBLE WASTE.
HOPE THE SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT PILLOW ENDS WELL.
NOTHING WORSE THAN THE WRONG PILLOW. YUCK!!
Oh shoot...my caps went nuts!!:rofl:
Anyway...success to you sister on the pillow hunt!
And enjoy the long weekend:encore:
I beat you....I gained 5 lbs!!! :lol3: :queen:
Sending you good thoughts for the job.
Think as positive as possible:hug:
Michelle....just be careful on this dating thing.
I have heard terrible stories about some very persistant fellas...and women too!
We live in a more dangerous world and there are TOO many fruitloops out there as you know!!:hug:
Good luck at DMV!!!:crossed:
Ceejay...get the scissors out...I need a haircut too!!
I looked like a ragdoll yesterday.
I need to get my timer out of the closet before I set my house on fire with hardboiled eggs:rofl:
Maybe we can both rest over the weekend.
Are you going to see the Uncles???
I bought Trader Joe's pancakes for this weekend.!
Shad.....I should have sent you my wash.
Right now I would like to lie down in the snow and make angels!!!:angel:
Hope you're having a good time.
Keep the tootsies warm....send me the snow:ginger:
Happy....well if you get "fired" over there you have a job with me!!
We always need volunteers here!! and I will let you do whatever you want to the seniors.
Maybe we can put price tags on their toes and sell them on the nearest corner...or just give the f_ckers away!!!:rofl:
Hope the bits are OK and keep an eye on them :hug:
06-26-2013, 02:16 PM
Good Afternoon Beautiful Ladies....
Busy morning, then went to see a financial advisor about investing in a ROTH IRA. Taking the info home to Curtis to make the final decisions. Then I went to Osh Kosh store to get Cecila and Bryson (St. Louis kiddos) a couple of outfits as we are all going to St. Louis this weekend, Sam, Chris, the babe, Tater & Kristin. C is staying home as he has to work. Sassy is even going with us.
Our Wisconsin Dells trip has been cancelled due to short handed at Cs work. They have no one to run his route for him if he takes a vacation. They have had 14 people quit in the past 45 days, mostly because they are lazy and cannot handle the physical part of the job. They actually have to work for a living. We will do something later down the road.
HAPPY...there is always someone at every place of business that has to beeaccch about something. Sherry moved into Katie's old spot next to me and told me I talk to loud on the phone. Hey, move back to where you came from. Bleh. Glad you are enjoying the family. Making memories!
CHELLE...good job on joining the gym, hope you get lots of use out of it. Have fun with your male friend from years back. Those dating sites can be scary. Especially when you have a situation like you had, good judgement call. hugs.
SHADDIE...hope you are enjoying your family also! Stay warm.
CEEG...it is hot and humid here also. Have to cut the weather just to walk. We did have rain last night, but now muggy today.
MELLIE...OMG, I loved the witch cartoon as I played the witch in the 4th grade play. I sent it to my brother also. Hot and humid here and you are probably going to get the storm we had last night. Crazy weather.
LAURA...hope you finally got to work....train delays and highway delays can be annoying.
Have a great hump day/evening...
06-26-2013, 04:22 PM
Hi ladies - Regarding the guy on the dating site...something just felt weird about how much he was pressuring me for my phone number without giving me any info about him. I wasn't sure what kind of private info he could get about me from my phone number....but it just didn't feel right...so I blocked him. I'll continue going out with D (the guy I dated years ago), and be open to possibilities if I meet any other actual nice guys. For 4th of July week, D is having a bunch of friends up to his family's place in the Lake Tahoe area and he invited me to join them. It's beautiful up there. I'd have to drive myself as they are going up on Tuesday, and I couldn't leave until Wednesday after work. I'd have to take my work laptop and work from up there on Friday. And I'd have to take Santa with me. I'm still debating. A long drive up to the Sierra Mountains doesn't really appeal to me, though I know it won't be nearly as trecherous in my car as it was driving the moving truck. We'll see. I don't have to decide right away, so I'm still mulling it over. :)
Annie - such a bummer about no Wisconsin Dells, but there will be other times. How cool that almost everyone is going to St. Louis! Bummer that C can't go, but good to have the rest of the family going.
Stay cool everyone!
06-26-2013, 06:16 PM
Michelle - Wonder what that guy was up to wanting to get your phone number right away - my friend D does the online dating thing and she says a good number of the people on there are scammers of some sort. I agree about the probation plans. In this case, they do set hard to reach goals for a short period of time. And I honestly believe that if a manager has been doing his/her job, the behavior/skill deficiencies would be addressed as they are noted throughout the year and not for the first time during the annual review! Glad you enjoyed dinner with your gf in sf yesterday. I know I shouldn't complain about the precautions metra takes - safety should of course come first - but it's frustrating. LOL re the adult neverending story! How true! The getaway to Tahoe sounds nice - that's a gorgeous area - but the negative is the solo drive. Sounds like you'll have a lot of flexibility with the gym membership! Good luck at the DMV today!
Annie - Big road trip to St. L. Safe travels to you! C is going to be lonely this weekend without you and Sass. :yes: Too bad about not getting away to the Dells. I like that feta bruschetta recipe - except for the olives... might make it minus the olives for book club Saturday.
Ceejay - I agree w/ Michelle - hang in there with the job as long as you can til you can get on Medicare. I hope the job can accomodate you for those things you can't easily do anymore. I almost never ever go to Sears these days, but they came up in an online search for the particular type pillow I want...hope it works out.
Shad - sounds like you have a lovely view at your niece's place - why move to your sis's place, LOL??? Hope your feet warmed up. Funny how I'll often feel chilly and once I eat my lunch, I get warm.
Mel - Sorry you had another chaotic day in the building. You shouldn't have to answer your door when the sign is up...but I suppose if you didn't who knows what type of disaster might befall the building!!! I did order my pillow from Sears and will go pick it up at the store tonight. :crossed: Stay cool. Fingers :crossed: that the auditors finish up today!
Happy - Re the old bat at the h. society - let her have her hissy fits. I think you should keep throwing out good ideas and let her continue her fits. At some point they'll either give you the boot, or someone will have the AUDACITY to agree you have a worthy idea and put it in motion. The pontoon boat sounds like fun! Hope the bug bites are nothing serious. Is there even enough insect repellent available to be outdoors without getting eaten alive!!!???
The weather's been hot the past couple days, but not today. Yesterday it was really humid - felt like the tropics.
We had a TON of rain since the middle of the night - and a lot of lightning & thunder along with it. That's what messed up the trains today - tracks flooded, communication issues. Our kitchen ceiling was leaking again. We're supposed to be on the roofer's schedule now...wonder how long it will take them to get to us. We better call and pester them. I have a feeling a portion of the kitchen ceiling will have to be re-done. Bleh.
I generally enjoyed the movie Man of Steel. The cast was good, the storyline was good - you learn more about where Superman comes from & his folks. I didn't care for the special effects all that much - too much CGI and the action sequences just went on too long for me. The last couple scenes were kind of lame... But overall I enjoyed it.
I stayed up too late last night and was awoken around 4:30 am by the storm, so I'm starting to feel the shortage of sleep hours. But I have things to do tonight, so I better just keep moving and not plop down on the sofa when I walk in the door after work.
Tonight I'll pick up my new pillow. We'll also do some grocery shopping. Bf wants to eat out too. He had his age 50 colon invasion today (his mom went with him) and is looking forward to eating something good.
My "forgotten project" is just about done, just waiting on some info from a couple people. Gonna skip out and get the slightly earlier train today.
Okay, enough rambling. TTFN! :wave:
06-27-2013, 08:49 AM
http://immaginidivenezia.i.m.pic.centerblog.net/1cf4685c.gif LOOKS LIKE THE STORM WILL BE HERE SOON.
AND NONE TOO SOON FOR ME. EVERYONE WILL GO TAKE A NAP!
MEETINGS ARE TONITE AND HOPE THEY ARE SHORT.
BUT I ASSUME THERE WILL BE DISCUSSIONS OVER FINANCES FOR SURE.
I HAVE ENOUGH OF MY OWN....NOT SURE I CARE ABOUT THEIRS:rofl:
OK...GOTTA EAT SOMETHING. SEE YOU ALL TOMORROW.
HAVE A GREAT DAY.
ANNIE......SORRY TO HEAR THE TRIP WAS CANCELED.
POOR CURTIS AND THE JOB...PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO DO THE WORK,
BUT THEY WANT THEIR PAYCHECK ON FRIDAY FAST ENOUGH!!:tantrum:
HAVE A GOOD TIME ON THE WEEKEND WITH EVERYONE...SASSY TOO! LOL
I BET THE PLACE IS GORGEOUS WITH VIEWS!
GOOD LUCK ON THE DECISION!!
LAURA....HOW WAS THE NEW PILLOW??
HOPE IT'S THE RIGHT ONE.
YOURS & ANNIE'S STORM IS ALMOST HERE.
GETTING DARK OUTSIDE.
GOOD LUCK WITH THE FORGOTTEN PROJECT!!!
MOST NEW MOVIES I CAN'T WWATCH ANYMORE.
THE ACTION PLAYS UP WITHJ MY VERTIGO AND ALSO MY FEAR OF HEIGHTS.
WEIRD HUH? BUT IT'S THE RAPID EYE MOVEMENT DOES IT.
GOOD THING I LIKE ALL THE TURNER CLASSICS:rofl:
SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR LEAKS.....
I'LL SEND ONE OF MY ROCKET SCIENTISTS RIGHT OVER:lol3:
06-27-2013, 11:25 AM
It is a shame that C. can't get off work to take vacation. I'd love to go to the Dells in Wisconsin. The younger generation does not want to work.
especially physical work.
Hope the seniors calm down for a while.
I'm going to try to hang in there only if they will work with me not against me then I'll stay. Their is usually different ways to handle things. For instance last night one of the filters started to drain for an unknown reason. The plant was not in operation. They have a work table by number one filter effluent valve( a valve that lets the water out of the filter) and I can't get to this one because of this to close it manually. This is one of the things that is hard for me do. I have to crawl under and then sometimes over huge pipes. Then have to close a the valve by a thing that looks like a steering wheel on a car. My 62 almost 63 year old knees and back don't give like they used to. I keep forgetting about the effluent valve on the control board which I could use if the power is on. I turned the wells back on to fill the filter up and called the boss to tell him. Told him I thought it was the rewash switch. Cause it was a slow drain and one boss told me that a draining filter is caused by something on the filter control panel. If the filter drains dry they get air bound and we have to purge the air out of them. This a different process altogether but similar to a back wash and takes extra gallons of treated water that could have been sold.
The thing that bothers me most about my job is on occasions such as yesterday they could have an excuse to fire me if I don't perform my duty. I'd rather retire and keep my 401k than get fired and lose every thing.
06-27-2013, 11:30 AM
Mel - I was thinking of your witch cartoon this morning - "I'm melting!" Bf put the new tires on my bike, but he damaged the innertube of the front tire when he was putting it back on. He patched it, but the patch didn't hold. So I walked to the train this morning. So humid, and the sun blazing away didn't help. Thank goodness for AC!! Hope your meetings go quickly tonight. No it's not weird re the vertigo watching some of the movies out there - bf's aunt has a particular bad problem with that. :dizzy: My new pillow is alright - I still need more neck support. I imagine I will have to rig something myself to deal with that. But the standard size is definitely a positive thing.
Good morning to the rest of the Worldlies. :wave:
Today is my Friday, since I'm taking tomorrow off work. Tonight I'm going to Jazzercise class.
Tomorrow is the Relay for Life charity event sponsored by the Amer. Cancer Society. It really doesn't officially start til 6 pm, but I like to get there a wee bit early to get decent parking and to set up. It'll be nice to see friends and family who are fellow team members, but I feel guiltly I haven't done much fundraising this year.
I don't really have any other plans for tomorrow during the day at this moment, but I might treat myself to a pedicure or maybe even a mani & pedi.
The RLF event runs essentially all night long and ends at dawn, but I really doubt I'll stay very late and certainly not all night long.
Saturday morning will hopefully be a Jazzercise class. Saturday night is book club.
Sunday, no plans - yay!
Nothing else to report, so I'll get this posted.
06-27-2013, 11:53 AM
good morning ladies,
Happy Thursday!! I was at the DMV for 1.5 hours, most of it standing in one long line after the next even though I had an appointment. :faint: But, the good news is: my car is now registered in California, and I am now an official California driver! :woohoo: I'm an official Californian again! :dancer:
I went to the DMV after the gym, and did 1/2 hour of Zumba! It was an hour long, very intense class, and I only lasted for half of it...but I think that's pretty good for not having Zumba'ed or done any formal exercise in months. I was planning on taking another dance class after work today, but between Santa waking up a few times and my step-mother accidentally setting off the house alarm at 11:30 pm, I didn't get much sleep.
Laura - What a bummer about the roof and ceiling issues due to the rain. I hope the roofer gets out there soon. Glad you enjoyed Man of Steel. I hope the new pillow worked better for you. I'm due for my age 50 "tests" too...trying not to think about it. :rofl: Good on ya' for making good progress on the forgotten project. Have fun tonight at Jazzercise and tomorrow at the Relay for Life.
Mel - I hope the storm brings you some peace, and that the meetings will be short. I hope you're able to relax today.
Ceejay - Wow, you're job is really physical. I'm not sure I could climb under and over huge pipes.
A big :wave: to Annie, Happy and Shad!
06-27-2013, 12:09 PM
Ceejay - Not sure I understood all that, lol,but it sounds like if you can't do a process physically, there's an alternate way to do it remotely, and that should be acceptable most of the time. Are there any formal procedures that outline both ways? I agree that it's scary to think you could lose your job and potentially your retirement benefits if they don't want to work with you. Is there a way to be more certain that doing something in an alternate way is acceptable? My employer still has a pension plan, which is a nice benefit to have. A lot of companies don't have that anymore and they just offer a 401, but we currently have both. I do sometimes worry that I'll get fired and lose my pension benefits. I often think I need a change, and I can't help but also think that getting a new job with a new employer would also save my pension benefits (I've been vested for a while now.) I just need to take the leap and do it. Unfortunately, financial concerns make it seem so risky to leave a good job with a good company....
Michelle - Whoo!! Glad you've gotten your CA DMV stuff done and you're official. I meant to comment a while back when you mentioned it - now you have to have your car pass the CA emissions test - I've heard they're tougher than other states. Is that true? Hope your car passes with flying colors!! Well, the kitchen ceiling didn't fall in yesterday, so we're still okay. BF is calling the roofer today to see where we are on their schedule. Good for you doing the Zumba class. :) Hey, baby steps - if you keep at it, you'll work your time up in class and it'll get easier. You can do it Michelle!!!
06-27-2013, 01:24 PM
Hi Laura - Yes, CA emissions tests are tougher than other states. The good thing is that my was originally built for, and purchased in, CA. It's a 1999, and that was back when I lived here before. So it passed without any problem! You're right about the Zumba...the more I do it, the easier it will get and the more I'll build up my stamina and strengthen my muscles that support my back.
06-27-2013, 02:31 PM
I feel cruddy today, body aches. Don't feel much like posting either. So hello to everyone. Catch yas tomorrow. Dental appt in the morning.
OK.....technically it's not Friday yet.
But tomorrow & tonite are wicked thunderstorms & tornado watches.
I want to get up early & see if I can get to the store before the morning storm.
The meetings were endless. I thought I was going to die.
It was so cold in there my nose froze.
I spent the entire day alone so I shouldn't complain.
It was a TRULY quiet and relaxing day and I needed it.
I think my BP was up too this week.
But I am feeling great tonite.
Hope you all have a happy Friday!!
Ceejay...I had no idea your job could be so physical.
That's not easy at all. I can imagine how the knees & body feel.
You're climbing around like a monkey!!!
I can understand now why you are so concerned about doing your duty and not getting fired.
Dang woman....that's a tough spot to be in :hug:
Laura.....I should hang the witch on the bulletin board!! HA!!!
I loved that cartoon too when I found it. Too funny.
Sorry to hear about the bike tire and walking!! yuck!!
I am interested in seeing what you come up with for neck support. I tried a lot of things before settling on the old neckroll.
Somehow it fits my needs.
I cannot find another one like it.
The new ones are either too soft or way too hard!!
Hope you have a great day tomorrow. Enjoy:beach:
Michelle....congrats on being a Californian!!
http://rlv.zcache.com/california_smiley_face_plate-rf30714663b0742c6b32791521cfe88fa_ambb0_8byvr_152. jpg It's official now!!
Annie.....all I can say is.....................
06-28-2013, 01:54 AM
Hope you feel better Annie and got a good night's rest :hug:
06-28-2013, 08:08 AM
Hope you are feeling better this morning.
Glad that you had a peaceful day. Sorry the meeting went to long. Can you excuse yourself from those?
Hope you are celebrating the fact that you are now a Californian.
Laura and Happy :wave:
Woke up to power thunderstorms. We need the rain. And I'm not at work so all is good. And after this rain the temperature is supposed to be back down into the 80's.
A lot of people think that my job is not as physical as it is. My older sibling thinks all I do is sit in a chair for 12 hours. I wish that were true. This is one of the reasons why I'm going to talk to my sis in MO to see what she recommends. And then talk to my bosses to see if they will work with me through out the remaining 2 years.
06-28-2013, 02:27 PM
Good morning/afternoon/evening ladies -
It's still Friday morning here. I had a doctor appointment...and new patient appointments always take longer. This one took 1.5 hours, but since I was the first patient very little of that time was waiting, so that's good. I went over my meds with the medical technician, talked with the physician's assistant at length about my diabetes and my back, and then met the doctor briefly. She seems very nice.
My nephew is coming over to have lunch with my step-mom, step-brother and me.
After work, Santa and I have obedience training...which is going ok except that Santa is easily distracted. I wonder if he has doggie ADD. LOL
We're supposed to go on some doggie meetups this weekend, but that will depend on the weather. It's supposed to be very hot (in the mid 90s) today through Monday. :faint:
Mel - bummer the meetings ran on so long. I hope you get to relax a bit today and this weekend. Maybe the rain storms will keep everyone quiet. I hope you don't get any severe weather.
Ceejay - I hope your bosses are willing to work with you so you can finish your remaining time.
Annie - Hope you're feeling better sister. :hug:
Big :wave: to Laura, Happy and Shad.
Much love and many hugs,
06-28-2013, 03:13 PM
St. Louis bound tonight. DS and DDIL cannot go. Her momma is in the hospital looking at surgery for obstructed bowel. So it will be just me, Sis, Chris, lil man, and Sassy roo. Thank you for all the get wells, I do feel better today. Thank God cause it is about a 4 hour drive.
Not doing personals as I am trying to get out of here by 3 to get a head start on traffic.
Have a great weekend all and will chat you up on Monday.
Loves and Hugs
06-28-2013, 05:09 PM
Annie - Wishing you and the family safe travels! Have a wonderful time with your friends in St. Louis!! So sorry to hear that DS and DDIL can't go. I'll keep DDIL's mom in my prayers. Love you, sister!
06-28-2013, 07:42 PM
Evening girls. Lazy day today. Some AM TV & reading early, then a mani & pedi late morning.
Last night I was planning on jazzercise, but once again metra messed up my plans - switch malfunction. Got home close to 7:30. Grrr. What a crappy commuting week!! Watched tv & read.
Considered the 9:15 am jazz. Class this morning, but thought traffic might be a bear into the city, & the class location is a bit further than the ones I usually go to on m-thu-sat.
After my nail appt I popped over to the thrift shop. Bought a workout shirt & 5 paperbacks.
bf & I had lunch & stopped at walmart for a few things. I've got the charity event tonight, but it was announced that due to weather concerns & the field conditions it will be held indoors instead. Sorry if I already mentioned that. I'm disappointed - last year some severe weather drove us indoors as well, so I know it'll not be as nice as being outdoors. I was looking fwd to doing some walking...
Tomorrow I fully intend to get to jazzercise class!! Book club is in the pm. Still don't know what to bring!!
Mel - sorry the meetings went long. Bleh. Take it easy & keep feeling good. ; )
Ceejay - will u eat lunch w the uncles this weekend? Safe travels if u do.
Annie - hope your drive to SL is going smoothly & safely. Have fun. :)
Michelle - whatever you do this weekend, stay cool!
06-29-2013, 07:58 AM
http://www.smileys4me.com/getsmiley.php?show=6213 I cannot believe it is almost July 1st.
The summer is flying by for me.
I am on my way to the office to wait for the mail pick up man.
Didn't "we" throw the outgoing rent checks into the box for pick up before the money was in the bank?! :faint:
I am sure the mail carrier is going to be so pleased to pick a hundred or so checks out of the pile.
Nothing else is on the agenda for me this weekend.
Richie will bring the girls home this weekend. Rain is forecast for the entire week on & off.
Nothing to do up there but listen to the rain on a tin roof c:rofl:
Hope you all have a great day:scooter:
Ceejay....hope the bosses do work it out with you.
We have some probs here with people who just can't do the job anymore.
Knees & bodies are beginning to rebel.
Sending you good thoughts. Thank God it's only 2 more years.
Michelle....had a laugh at Santa and being distracted.
Maybe I should go to school with him!!
Hope the weather cooperates for the meet ups. Good Luck.
I am also happy to hear the Dr seems nice.
It means a lot when you need them!!
Happy....hope the visit is going well.
love the new avatar!!
Annie...have a wonderful time :encore:
Laura.....Well at least the nails all look good while waiting for delayed trains!
Lots of malfunctions in our tri-state area also. The say it's the heat.
Hope commuting gets better next week:moped: