Support Groups - Worldly Chicks Juggling Through July




happy2bme
07-01-2013, 11:11 AM
Better to be juggling than jiggling! Here we are again at a new month - spring turns to summer for those of us northbound while Shad gets ready for winter rains to set in.

Will be back in a bit after I finish the rest of the set ups...


happy2bme
07-01-2013, 11:17 AM
Ok ladies - happy July.

Part of my company left yesterday - SIL and the kids. We had a great time although after 11 days of non stop running I can say I'm glad to finally sit down and relax for a bit.

I invited my cousins over yesterday (they had never met my SIL) and we had a big bbq. Great weather and we all had a very nice time.

We let the cats out of the basement - the older one is very cautious and nervous but the kitten is just thrilled at something new and exciting to see. She is also a real talker.

I do have to work at the thrift store this afternoon as well as tomorrow and was just about to go out and water my garden and flowers which I didn't get to yesterday. I will be back later tonight with personals as I have a lot of catching up to do. Just wanted to set up the new thread. Catch you later...

diyana
07-01-2013, 01:05 PM
Good morning ladies -

Even though it's Monday and I have the option to work from home, since the temp for today is going to get up around 96, I decided to go to the office to enjoy the air conditioning. Santa gets to enjoy the A/C at daycare. My parents' house is great...it just doesn't have A/C, since it stays cool enough probably 360 days of the year (except when temps get this hot). Tomorrow's going to be a scorcher too, but again, I'll be at the office and Santa at daycare.

I took Santa to the dog park Saturday morning and Sunday morning. We got there between 7:30 and 8 am so we were able to stay a couple hours both days and get Santa good and tired out! He had SO much fun running and chasing the other dogs. Saturday night, I got an invite to go over to a couple's house for a BBQ. It was just the three of us, Santa and their two dogs (and they have 4 chickens despite that they live in the residential area of San Jose close to downtown). Their area actually allows up to 6 chickens per household, which I think is pretty cool. Santa got along great with their two dogs and all three had a fun time. It was so nice to spend the evening with this couple. I hadn't seen her since I was here at Christmas. He helped me unload my moving truck into my storage. I actually met them 33 years ago...they were friends with my first husband and thankfully stayed friends with both of us after our divorce. They are really amazing, wonderful people. She teaches first grade (but will be switching to 2nd grade this year), and he is a high school counselor.

Tonight, I was going to go to aqua aerobics (thankfully I found my bathing suit), but instead I have to help a family friend with their computer. Oh well, I can always jump in the pool where I live to cool down.

I still haven't decided if I want to go up to Tahoe with my friend and his friends or not. I'll probably go and will take Santa with me.

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Annie - I'm so glad you had a fun time in St. Louis!! Good luck on the Advocare. I checked out the website. It looks interesting. Let us know. What I've been doing lately is eating breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. Usually for dinner, I've been having protein powder shakes. I'm finding my appetite is less because it's been so hot.

Shad - Sounds like you had a great time with your family! How was your sister's b'day?

Mel - I hope the rain keeps the tenants mellow so you can rest. I will be glad when there is no storage area and Santa and I have a place of our own. But I'm also really enjoying staying with my step-mom. It's nice to spend time with her and my step-brother (who doesn't live here but comes over frequently). And I'm glad to have the opportunity to pay down some credit cards and medical bills.

Ceejay - Water aerobics is a good exercise. When I did it in Wisconsin I found it to be a great workout and it didn't hurt my back! So nice of you to work for your co-worker so she could talk to her fil's doctor. So sad when a person gets to the point where they need hospice. But at the same time, I thank God for the wonderful people who do hospice care. They were so very good to my mom and dad. I can't imagine hair so short I couldn't run my hands through it! LOL Of course, I've had long hair since I was a little girl. When I was about 6, I had a pixie cut and hated it...and that was the last time I ever had short hair.

Happy - Thanks for setting up the July thread! I'm so glad you enjoyed your time with your SIL and the kids. Are the kids well behaved? Nothing worse than bratty, spoiled kids...but well behaved, fun loving kids can be such a delight!! How long will your mom be staying? I just love the kitten's attitude! Hope you have a good day at the thrift store, and minimal drama.

A big :wave: to Laura!

Much love to all,


Laura705
07-01-2013, 01:11 PM
Morning all.

Happy - Welcome Back!! Thanks for setting up our new thread! Glad you had a nice time w/ the family. Things must be going well if you let the cats upstairs! :)

Annie - Glad you enjoyed your time in St. Louis. :) Sounds like a great time with the babies and doggies and good food and good friends. Good luck on the Advocare - I know you can do it girl!!! I've got at least one cherry tomato on my plant, probably more. Can't wait for a good homegrown tomater! We also have some Fresno chiles that can soon be harvested.

Ceejay - Good to get your time off set up in advance. I'm gonna be taking time off to visit my mom in Sept/Oct - I better get the time blocked out soon. Wow, your hair sounds like it's really short - sure would be cool and easycare. But you're right, if it's not what you like, it'll certainly grow back soon enough. Bf just went back to his super short "summer" haircut.

Mel - Sorry it's going to be so rainy by you this week. I think our area is going to be relatively rain-free for a few more days. Good goal to do some stretching!! I want to try to incorporate frequent stretches while I'm sitting at my desk because if I'm sitting for a long while, my back is stiff when I stand up. The chickpeas didn't turn out a well as I'd hoped. I only made the one batch and didn't bring them to book club. Bleh. That recipe is not a keeper. Enjoy the nap and the reading. :)

Shad - Hope your trip home went safely and smoothly.

Michelle - Ahh, a pool - sounds good, especially with the heat you're getting. And a water aerobics class sounds good too! And nice and gentle on the bod. Stay cool!!

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The rest of my Saturday was alright. The chickpea recipe wasn't to my liking, so I just made the one batch and that was it. I ended up making a white bean dip for book club and that was "just okay" too. It was sort of like a hummus, but with canellini beans and olive oil. There was also parsley, lemon juice and garlic in it as well. I thought the raw garlic made it pretty harsh. One of the book club women suggested using the leftovers as a sandwich spread, which is a good idea - when I'm not going to be at work or socializing (all that garlic, lol).

Book club was alright too. Not too much book talk, and I started to poop out rather early, and I actually got home before 10:30!

I slept in yesterday morning, and did my usual tea and newspaper routine. Then I went and bought gas and went to the home improvement store for a couple things. Puttered some more at home, then had lunch and took a dog walk. Very nice day yesterday, with a good breeze going.

Busy few workdays coming up, but I'm looking forward to some more time off at the end of the week.

Okay, gotta run. Toodles!

Laura705
07-01-2013, 01:19 PM
Hi Michelle! Sounds like you had a fun weekend. It's so great you're still in touch with so many friends out in CA! Nice you can take a dip in the pool to cool off and work in some exercise as well. Glad you and Santa have AC spaces to go to today. :flame:

diyana
07-01-2013, 04:36 PM
Laura - Bummer that the chick peas didn't turn out as good as expected. The garlickey white bean hummus sounds good. I love garlic! Of course, I do tend to avoid it at work and when I'm socializing. So are you taking Friday off? That's awesome! I need to work Friday since I don't get paid for the holiday (contract employee's often don't), but I'll either be working from home or from my friend's place in the Sierras.

ceejay52
07-01-2013, 07:00 PM
Afternoon
This has been a busy first day of the month. Finally got all the reports balanced. Day 2 of this week is almost done.


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Laura and Michelle
This hair cut is extremely short. I feel embarrassed by it. All I have to do is wash it and towel dry it and run my fingers through and I'm done. I will not get it cut this short again.

Happy
Thanks for setting up our new thread.

MELODY525
07-02-2013, 08:10 AM
I will be back over the weekend.
A friend with a tumor in her stomach finds she needs immediate surgery.
Jennifer and her entourage came home last night.
The DD might not be staying till the end of the month.
They were here all night visiting.
There doesn't seem to be enough hours in my day:rofl:

Hope you all have a great week.


Happy....thanks for starting the new thread....July is starting off with a BANG!!!

I WILL BE BACK FOR LAURA'S BIRTHDAY ON THE 5th:hb:
At least it will be the right month this time:rofl: :rofl:

I must run and take a shower and get dressed.
The other office awaits.

annie175
07-02-2013, 08:40 AM
Good Morning Chickies....

Day 2 of Advocare. So far I like it. Have to get up a wee bit earlier as there is a moring ritual and small breakfast I have to eat. However it IS only day 2, ask me in a week. lol

MELLIE...prayers going up for your friend and also for strength for you. Maybe the BANG of July will burn itself out before too long.

CEEG....you probably look really cute with the short hair, you are just not used to it. Glad your reports are done!

HAPPY...thank you for starting the thread. Company is always fun but also nice to get back into our own routine once they leave.

LAURA...oh I don't know about all that garlic at work, it may keep people from bothering you...lol.

CHELLE...I actually saw a license plate on the way back from St. Louis that said CHELLE...I thought surely not...lol.

SHADDIE...saw on FB that you made it home safely. What is next in your life??

They let a sales rep go last Friday, hopefully they will replace her. She hasn't sold only one case in the last two years. She has been on probation, the same kind that got Katie got her only different reasons.

Better get busy before I get on probation for something....haha

Loves.

Shad
07-02-2013, 09:38 AM
Evening all,
Back home again. Lots of things to catch up on and get ready for HRH Sophia - otherwise known as Cyclone Sophia - who should get on well with her uncle - otherwise known as Hurricane Simon. Put the baby seat in the car today. That was easier than expected. Guess they have improved the process these days. The high chair is here so we are just about ready.

Sorry I haven't kept up much over the last week or so. Once this visit is over, life goes more or less back to normal so will be here more often then. Only two things left on the to-do list before going back to work. Hope there will be some work around then.

Miss Puss has come home from the DS2's place. She seems to be taking the travel in her stride - it's just the car ride from one place to another that gets her.

While I have been away, the garden has shot up. Should be starting to see cobs on the corn soon. The green beans have beans on but they are not as bushy as I would like and the beans are small. There is a lot of work to do out there. This unseasonal rain is doing the plants good but the cold and lack of sun is not. Hard to believe that we are not having our normal dry winter. Even the grass is still growing. Will have to mow this week if I can get hold of a lawn mower that works.

I won't do personals tonight. Guess I will get to them early tomorrow morning. Its time to flylady the kitchen and put me and the puss cat to bed.

ceejay52
07-02-2013, 10:30 AM
Morning
A quick fly by for me. Every one have a good day. It's been a beautiful morning. It was 66 degree's when I drove to work this morning. I love it.

diyana
07-02-2013, 11:48 AM
Good morning ladies -

Super quick check in for me as this is Tuesday meeting day, and I've still got a lot of work to do on my project.

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Ceejay - Don't be embarrassed by your haircut. Think of how much cooler you'll be than everyone else for the next couple weeks 'till it grows out to your liking, not to mention how much easier it is. And as Annie says, you probably look really cute with it. I know a lot of women who look great with very short hair.

Mel - So sorry to hear about your friend. I'll be saying prayers for her, and sending strength to you. So is the DD's potential early departure a good thing?

Annie - Glad to hear Advocare is going well. As for the license plate, that's too funny...but certainly not me. I'm not a Midwestern girl any longer, though I do miss all my friends back there.

Shad - Glad to hear you're back home and preparing for Sophia. Cyclone Sophia is too funny, as is Hurricane Simon! When do they arrive?

Big :wave: to Happy and Laura! I've got to run.

Much love,

Laura705
07-02-2013, 01:11 PM
Morning all.

Michelle - Yes, I'm taking Friday off work, as well as the following Mon-Wed. It's no fun when a holiday falls in the middle of the week and you don't get the other days off to make nice long weekend of it.

Ceejay - Sorry you don't like your short haircut. I bet you'll like it better within a few days when it's grown out a bit. We're getting cooler weather right now and it feels good in the mornings.

Mel - I hope your friend's surgery goes well. Hope things calm down for you!!

Shad - Welcome back. Your winter sounds like the spring we had here - a lot of rain, cool, not so sunny. At least your green bean plants have beans! Two of my three rabbit-eaten bean plants are bearing small leaves, but that's all. I like those nicknames you gave S. and her uncle. :D

Annie - Glad the Advocare is going well so far. I need to get into the habit of getting my work lunches and snacks prepared the night before - it takes too much time in the morning.

Hi Happy! Hope you have a good shift at the shop today.
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Nothing much to report. I went to Jazzercise last night. Today is WW. This session, they moved up the weigh-in by 15 minutes and the meeting by 30 min. They used to have a 30 min. period for the weigh-ins and now it's only 15 min. I used to do my weigh-in and then afterwards quick eat my lunch before the meeting started, but now there's no time to do that...Lunch will have to be eaten during the meeting, which I don't like to do, or afterwards at 1:00 pm. Bleh.

No plans tonight, whoo!! The movie choices didn't excite me, so I didn't "vote". They ended up choosing "World War Z", but I'm not into zombie movies, so I'm skipping it. I just feel like I want to be at home.

I'd like to have time to make a nice salad tonight and maybe (finally) finish my car seat cover - I stitched part of the front (towel) to the back (stretchy fabric), and then I went out to the car on Sunday to fit it to the seat, and pinned it where it should be sewn. In the process, I moved the car seat all the way up to get a better angle for myself. I was surprised to find a bunch of loose change had fallen between the center console and the driver's seat - it came to over $5, LOL.

Okay, back to it. I had to do a reference call for the "new" software we use and also had another meeting, so it ate up a good bit of my morning.

Everyone have a great day/evening! :flow1:

MELODY525
07-02-2013, 01:21 PM
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SEE? I LIED. HERE I AM AGAIN.
WHAT A DAY THIS HAS BEEN.
TIME FOR LUNCH BREAK AND I AM STARVED.
MUST BE EMOTIONAL.
WEATHER IS HOT AND STICKY.
LOBBY FLOOR IS TERRIBLE.
MY SINUSES ARE KILLING ME.
SOMEONE SPILLED FABRIC SOFTENER AND THE SMELL WENT THRU THE VENTS.
NOW EVERY FLOOR STINKS LIKE CHEAP SOFTENER. YUCK:cry:
I COULD JUST SCREAM.
SO I THOUGHT I WOULD COME HERE AND VENT INSTEAD:rofl:
YOU GALS DON'T KNOW HOW LUCKY YOU ARE:lol3: :lol3:
RICHIE'S DD IS GOING TO STAY I THINK.
NOT SURE AT THIS POINT THAT I REALLY CARE.
JEN'S SCOOTER SHOULD BE HERE IN 14 DAYS.
WE'LL SEE IF THAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS.
MY NEW CHAIR IS HUNG UP BEING MADE.
MORE RED TAPE.
THEY MIGHT COME TO SEE IF I CAN STILL GET OUT OF IT BY MYSELF.
AFTER ALL I AM 66 AND IN THE CHAIR 23 YRS AND LIVE ALONE.
THEY THINK NURSING HOME AND I THINK INDEPENDENCE. :rofl:
OK....GOTTA GET BACK.
HAVE A GREAT AFTERNOON!




HAPPY.....THANKS AGAIN FOR STARTING THE NEW THREAD.
GLAD THE VISIT WENT SO WELL AND HOPE YOU CAN TAKE A REST NOW.
I CAN IMAGINE ALL THE GOINGS ON WITH COMPANY.
HOW IS MOM DOING????



MICHELLE...SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE LACK OF A/C AT THE HOUSE.
MAKES GOING TO WORK MUCH EASIER!!! LOL
YOUR WEEKEND SOUNDED NICE AND GLAD THE COUPLE STILL ARE FRIENDS WITH BOTH OF YOU. ENJOY THE TIME OUT. STAY COOL!!!



LAURA...SORRY ABOUT THE RECIPES.
I Am not a bean fan myself. too clogging! rofl
SEEMS LIKE WE BOTH PUTTERED AROUND THE HOUSE THIS WEEKEND.
HOPE THE TRAINS ARE RUNNING BETTER THIS WEEK!:crossed:




CEEJAY.... BET YOU'RE HAPPY THE FIRST DAY WENT SO WELL.
GOOD LUCK TODAY TOO. YOUR STORMS ARE HERE....
AND THEY SRE STUCK!!! LOL




ANNIE....HOPE THE ADVOCARE WORKS OUT FOR YOU.
IT WOULD BE NICE IF YOU HAD SOME BLESSINGS THIS YEAR:hug:




SHAD....WELCOME HOME AGAIN. HAVE A GREAT VISIT.
LOVE THE CARSEAT IN THE CAR AND THE HIGHCHAIR!!:bb:
HOPE CYCLONE SOPHIA GETS ALONG WITH MISS PUSS!!! ROFL
ANYWAY....ENJOY THE TIME TOGETHER WITH EVERYONE.

Shad
07-02-2013, 06:28 PM
Morning all,

Mel - The kids arrive on Thursday 4th. If you want to discuss the affairs of the world prior to that give me a ring. Yuk on the smell of Fabric softener. That can get pretty cloying and horrible. Hope the scooter arrives for Jen and that your chair is not too far away. I seem to have missed the reason why the daughter may or may not go home early.

Laura - no point in seeing movies that you have no interest in. Hope the jazzercise is going well. Bummer on the lunch being delayed. I used to hate that when I went to meetings and stuff. So hungry by that point. Nice going on the coinage. Better try out the rest of the seats after you finish the cover.

Michelle - Sophia arrives on the 4th and Simon lives here. Simon is the DS2 I refer to from time to time. Have fun with your meetings. It is good to hear that you are having so much time and fun with Santa.

Annie - seem to have missed what Advocare is but if it works, then I am all for it. Seems that you have been busy while I have been away as well.

Hellos to Happy and Ceejay :wave:

I had better go and get on with my day. Lot to do if I don't want to have to face it again tomorrow before the cast and crew of thousands get here. My ex has decided to come over as well to meet his grandchild. Sure hope he doesn't think I am to be the head chef, bottle washer, tour guide and chauffeur while he is here.
I need to sort out the cat as well. She hasn't stopped speaking since I got her home. If you hear of a cat being mistreated because of gaffer tape over her mouth, that will be Sunday.

MELODY525
07-02-2013, 09:05 PM
I thought I had better post now before Jen comes down again.
The kids did my food shopping & in return I treated them to dinner.
We said goodbye and I jumped into the shower. Ready for bed.
Now the girls want to come down to watch NCIS or a movie.
This togetherness is going to be the death of me:rofl:

I ran into a politician and he asked me if everything was OK.
I answered "absof_ckinglutely".
I thought he would fall down laughing.
He said he's going to use it on other people.
He wanted to know if I needed anything as he heard I am somewhat retired.
I told him I used to be r e t a r ded and now I am retired.
He told me I can't use that word anymore.
It's politically incorrect. Then he laughed and repeated my word.
I told him politicians can't use that one either it could cost votes:lol3:
(3fc has some serious censoring going on here now)

I am going to spend the day with Rosie tomorrow.
We worked together for many years. I love her dearly.
I sit here praying they get the tumor and the oncologist finds no cancer.
I can hardly believe this is even happening.

Anyway...I will be gone for the day & wanted to say hello to you gals tonite. Sweet dreams everyone and good morning sunshine!



Shad...tomorrow is not good for me and once again I am so sorry.
I know I have not been a good friend to you and your issues.
When your kids leave let me know when will be a good time.
Sending you my love & a hug. :hug:
Try not to harm the Ex whilst he is there.
I seriously don't have enough money to get you out of jail...
or even for a good lawyer!!!
Although I am sure it would be a case of JUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDE!!
PS: I can just see you doing his bidding.....NOT!!! ROFLMAO

annie175
07-03-2013, 08:47 AM
Good Morning Chicklets...this is my Friday! YEAH!! 4 day weekend, excited to do nothing except maybe go fishing tomorrow with C. Probably spend some time with Sam and the babe on Friday, who knows what else may go on....I do have to cut the front grass, got the back grass done Monday after work, but it has been raining every night since and have not been able to cut the front.

Last night was uneventful, a h*llish storm came through about 6 pm. We watched 3 episodes of season 2 of Smallville and went to bed. Had a hard time getting to sleep but finally konked out. Sassy thought 8:30 was too early to be in bed and was all about playing so it was about 9:15 before sleep took over.

Day 3 of Advocare. I can say I am a little more energetic but cannot see any significant difference yet. Day 3 or 4 are supposed to be one of the ah ha moments of this diet. We will see. It it not really hard to stick with at all.

My knees have healed, the backs of my legs finally quit hurting (from running up and down stairs in St. Louis), however my bad ankle that I broke when preggers with DS is giving me fits. Been rubbing it with stinky stuff every night and again in the morning before work. I am hoping it is all this rain making it hurt and not arthritis setting in. I won't be able to walk if that is the case. I am walking like the dragged foot monster now. haha

SHADDIE...I would be so excited to see Ms. Sophia. She is almost a year old and now will have her own little stubborn personality. Goodluck with that. haha.

MELLIE....I say that abso f*ckin lutely thing quite often to C or my kids about things. I think it is a funny one. Goodluck with the girls, togetherness, ain't it wunnerful? haha

LAURA...a friend of mine, a guy no less, said on FB to avoid see WWZ as it was awful. Good choice not to go. How did WI go?

CHELLE...did you get your project done?

CEEG...we are having mild weather and lots of rain here. bleh

HAPPY...are you recovering from your company and working?

HAPPY 4th Of JULY in the U.S...happy Thursday/Friday SHADWICK!

Better get some work done today, early release for the 4th of July holiday!

Loves and Hugs.

happy2bme
07-03-2013, 10:19 AM
Morning all,

Got to take Mom to the hairdresser in about 30 minutes. After that I can FINALLY sit down for a bit and boy do I need a rest. Will come back this afternoon.

Laura705
07-03-2013, 12:53 PM
Morning all. Cool and drizzly/overcast today. Hope there's improvement over the weekend.

Happy - Hope you get to rest a bit after your volunteer stints and enjoy the company of your mom. :)

Annie - Huh, something must be wrong, I didn't get tired reading what you have planned for the weekend. :D Must be because I don't have to mow the lawn, bf does. And boy is it long now. He should have gotten to it before it got so long, but now he gets to complain about having to bag the cuttings, blah, blah, blah. Enjoy your weekend. Glad your owwies are healing, hope your ankle pain eases up!!! Ha ha re playful Sass. Coal gets to rolling around on the rug in front of our sofa and we have to pause the tv because he gets to the point of drowning out the volume, lol.

Mel - I do like that curse, it's a good one. Enjoy the time with your girls. (what's up w/ Richie's dd - teenage angst or another sort of drama??) Best wishes to your pal Rosie - hope the tumor isn't cancerous. Yuck re the fabric softener scent coming through the vents! A little is fine in the laundry room, too much is no good!!

Shad - I imagine it's almost time by now for the masses to descend on your house. Hope you got some peace before that (did you get Sunday to go mute??). Enjoy your time w/ DS1 and little S. :)

Hi Ceejay!! Hi Michelle!
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Nothing much to report. Trains have been good this week, knock wood. Have to confirm the usual special early express train today - our office closes at 3 pm today.

Jazzercise has been fine, but I have a twinge on my right achilles heel. Boo. There's a special holiday J. class tomorrow morning at 8:30 am which I plan to attend (in place of my usual Thurs. pm class, which is cancelled for the holiday. Might have to take it easy if the heel isn't healed by then.

I finished my quarterly reports just a bit ago, but now I need to do input for our June monthly report (goes to the boss's boss). Bleh. I'll do that right after I post so I don't have to scramble before I walk out the door today. Have to make sure there's nothing else urgent to finish before I take my time off.

Sure will be nice to be off work the next 7 days. I'd like to actually do a few home projects during my off time, including painting our powder room. Bf and I never did finalize a color choice. I might go off on my own and bring home a few samples to try on the walls. Right now we have pretty strong colors, and two different wall colors. Looking forward to a soothing neutral color and gosh will it be easier painting all the walls one color!! But now I'm thinking it might need primer to cover the darker color, aaargh. Have to paint the ceiling too. But if I get through that, I'll get to the more pleasant part - choosing a new window treatment and towels/accessories.

Okay, enough :blah::blah::blah: and back to work. C'mon weekend!!!

Everyone have a wonderful 4th of July, holiday or not!!

:coffee2::coffee2::coffee2:

Laura705
07-03-2013, 01:07 PM
Oh, forgot to report that yesterday's ww weigh-in was fine, lost 2.2 pounds. Still not back to my lowest ww weight of a couple weeks ago - I have another .4 pounds to get back to that. After that, more poundage to banish!

annie175
07-03-2013, 02:39 PM
Congrats Laura!!!

ceejay52
07-03-2013, 03:39 PM
A horrid morning for work. Came in and my co-worker said the main control panel is down. Ugh It took them till 10 a.m. to finally figure things out. We have an electrician here now and they are about to wrap things up. And the tanks are about to get full again. I've had to operate the plant using the breaker boxes!!!!!! Do you think the "Man" upstairs is trying to tell me something.

I'll be back later.

diyana
07-03-2013, 03:44 PM
No time for personals...busy day at work. Got a lot to get done. And I feel a migraine coming on. :( I'm off tomorrow for the holiday, but since I'm a contract employee, I don't get paid...so I'm working Friday. Hopefully, I'll be working from home, but if it's a super hot day, I may choose to go into the office and enjoy the air conditioning.

have a wonderful 4th everyone!!

happy early birthday to Laura!!

Much love,

ceejay52
07-03-2013, 04:23 PM
Laura
Congrats on the weight loss.

Shad
07-03-2013, 05:38 PM
No time to post today, although I may get back during the day providing the Ex co-operates. No guarantees on that.
Time to get showered and changed and go out to the airport for the first arrival.

Mel no problems with chatting or not as the case may be. I don't have any issues I can't solve. I know that you are champing at the bit to put the world to rights, but unless both of us are up to the mark we will never be able to break the 3 hour record. Friendship is intact and thriving.

Today is A-day (a = arrival) - checked the airport. First flight is on time. I may not be. Gotta go.

MELODY525
07-03-2013, 05:40 PM
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Going thru my e-mail in the office.
Waiting for the accountants to leave.
They're wrapping up the reports for last weeks audit. Sigh.
No maint. man this afternoon.

I found the e-mail for another FREE meditation from Oprah & Deepak.
A 21 day challenge called "MIRACULOUS RELATIONSHIPS".
I think I've had a few of them and they're lucky to still be alive:rofl: :rofl:
It starts on August 5th.
HERE IS THE LINK IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED:



https://chopracentermeditation.com/home

MELODY525
07-04-2013, 08:38 AM
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HAPPY 4th OF JULY


HOPE EVERYONE'S WEEK IS GOING WELL.
YESTERDAY WAS A BIT CALMER.
LOTS OF STREETS ARE CLOSING TODAY.
NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO HAVE A BACKPACK OR FOOD COOLER.

THE TOWN IS CORDONED OFF IN SOME AREAS AND MONUMENTS ARE BEING PROTECTED.
WHAT A NIGHTMARE THIS IS TURNING OUT TO BE.
REMEMBER THE OLD DAYS WHERE YOU COULD GO ANYWHERE & DO JUST ABOUT ANYTHING.
SAD TO SEE THE CHANGES IN THESE MODERN TIMES.
FOR SURE WE HAVE LOST OUT INNOCENCE.

THE KIDS LEAVE EITHER TONITE OR TOMORROW FOR THE TRAILER.
AND I WILL BE WORKING WITH MY FRIEND TOMORROW.
IT'S HER LAST DAY FOR AWHILE. THE DR SAID SHE COULD WORK ONE MORE.
GOOD THING CAUSE EVERYONE ELSE TOOK OFF FOR LOOOONG WEEKENDS:faint:
WE'RE BOTH LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING ALONE FOR A WHOLE DAY.

NOW I AM OFF IN SEARCH OF SOME BREAKFAST.
HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY AND STAY SAFE:hug:




SHAD.....HAVE A GREAT TIME WITH THE FAMILY.
HOPE IT ALL GOES SMOOTHLY.:hug:
I AM CHAMPING AT THE BIT NOT TIO HURT PEOPLE RIGHT NOW:rofl:





Annie....good for you with the Advocare. glad it's easy to follow.
sorry to hear about the foot but you cracked me up with the monster walk.
My "broken" finger is killing me. Maybe it is the weather.
Hope you enjoy the long weekend.




Laura.....Congrats on the weightloss!!:cheer3:
Good job. I love the idea of new paint and new curtains.
You can have a good time deciding. I like changes like that.
Primer is definitely a good idea. Much better than 5 coats of paint and praying:yoga:




Happy....:wave: waving hello and hope the visitor is still happy!



Ceejay... I think the Man upstairs is trying to tell the whole world something!
Hope your day today is much better.
Using the breaker boxes must have been a PITA!!!



Michelle...I don't know how you do it with no A/C.
God bless you and Santa.
Hope Friday is cool at work and the migraine does not fully develop!!

Laura705
07-04-2013, 01:41 PM
Morning all. Happy Fourth of July!!

Mel - Hope it's a quiet long weekend in the building for you and your friend. Love the FoJ graphic!! :)

Shad - Hope the flights arrive as scheduled & you enjoy your visitors.

Michelle - I hope the migraine didn't go full blown on you. So I take it you decided not to go to Tahoe? Stay cool!! So crazy hot in your part of the country. :flame:

Ceejay - Sorry work was such a mess yesterday. Hope the electrician fixed the panel and you're back to business as usual. Or are you off work for the weekend???

Hellos to Annie & Happy. :wave:
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It was nice getting home early yesterday. I prepped for taco night and walked doggy. Tacos - yummmmm. :D

This morning was Jazzercise class. Right now I'm considering if I want to walk a few blocks up to the parade downtown - it starts in about 90 min.

Nothing else firmly planned for today except our village fireworks display at 9:30. Prolly gonna grill some chicken and corn.

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

annie175
07-04-2013, 05:27 PM
Back from fishing....we caught a lot of fish however none big enough to bring home for fresh fish dinner. Instead we are having the fish C caught a couple of times ago on the grill instead, just waiting on them to thaw. It is all good and will be. Mostly caught too small blue gill, sun fish and a couple of crappie.

Tomorrow I am going to dad's house to do all the outside work. Weeding, mulching, and mowing. I asked my bro who lives there what I could do to help and he suggested outside work..well blow me down...gladly...right down my path. Heading to Home Depot to get a few items to do yard work. I am actually excited to do it. Just hope the rain holds off as it is now raining here now. I AM SICK OF RAIN. My garden begs for a break. Zucchini is wilting.

Not much else, thinking this rain is making me lazy!

Loves

Shad
07-04-2013, 06:25 PM
Morning all,

Family is here. They still all appear to be asleep judging by the silence coming from that end of the house. I would have thought that Miss S might have woken by now, but the poor little soul was so completely out of routine by the time she got to sleep that she may not waken for some time. Meantime the doting parents might require some rest so I wont go making too much noise for the time being. Miss Puss has her nose right out of joint.

Interesting - I found a website for the Brisbane airport - arrivals and departures and that gave me a radar version of where all the planes were in the various flight paths around Australia. So I found the kids flight number on this little airplane and tracked it as they flew to Brisbane. Once the flight got over Tamworth in NSW, I left the house to drive to the airport. We both got there more or less together. Oh the wonders of the Internet.

Mel - so sad that the world has come to this place where our freedoms are curtailed because other people don't want us to be happy. And not being able to take food into the venues is really bad news. Not only do the venues have crappy food stalls, some of which are not safe even, it costs the parents a small fortune to feed the kids from them. Prices just skyrocket since they have a captive audience. And they never seem to think about the problems people with food allergies and medical conditions have. Do they cater for them - No they do not and you have to get special permission for even a baby bottle these days. Paranoia reigns supreme.

Laura - Happy birthday. Do I have it right this time?? Maybe not since I can't find mention of it anywhere. Hope the fireworks were exciting.

Annie - fishing and gardening. Does it get much better for you. Hope you can save the wilting zucchini and get dad's garden up to scratch.

So I might go and hang some washing out - looks like a good day for a change. I have some sheets and duvet covers in the wash and they should dry today. And then I better go child proof a few bits and pieces round the house. See ya

MELODY525
07-04-2013, 06:51 PM
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAURA!!!
MAKE A WISH AND I HOPE IT COMES TRUE:hb:
HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY TODAY :gift:



( I know it's not Friday yet but.....)
:wave: LET'S MAKE BELIEVE IT'S...... GOOD MORNING CHICKLETTES
THE KIDS LEFT FOR THE TRAILER THIS AFTERNOON..
THE FIREWORKS HAD TOO MANY RULES AND REGULATIONS.
JEN CANNOT WALK THAT FAR & DIDN'T WANT TO TAKE MY OTHER CHIAIR.
INSTEAD I GAVE THEM MONEY TO GO OUT TO EAT AND TREAT THE DD.
THERE IS A NICE RESTAURANT ON THE WAY THERE.

I AM READY FOR MY SHOWER AND REALLY TIRED TONITE.
BUT IT HAS BEEN PLEASANTLY QUIET.
I WILL BE ON MY WAY TO THE OFFICE EARLY.
I'LL CATCH UP WITH YOU GALS AFTER WORK....MAYBE.
DEPENDS ON HOW THE DAY GOES.

ceejay52
07-04-2013, 11:02 PM
I've been a sloth today.
Had a horrible dream last night about my sister and her dh getting a divorce.
Disappointed in my FB account. I think it's been hacked again. Can't post an update. May deactivate my account for awhile and see if things clear up.

My neighbor's grandson has had fireworks so I've hear the noise and am satisfied that this holiday has almost come to a close.
Need to call the land lord in the morning for a couple of minor things and schedule a maintenance check for the air conditioner.

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Laura
I'm at home this week end. Needed the rest. Yes the electrician got us in operation again. Hope things go smoothly over the week end.

Mel
Glad things are quiet. And hope the day in the office in the morning will be quiet also so you can visit with your friend.

Shad
Ah the moment of silence.

annie175
07-05-2013, 09:00 AM
MAKE YOUR DAY A GREAT ONE, SISTER FRIEND!!

HAPPIEST OF BIRTHDAYS EVER!! HUGS:wizard::tied::df::bday2you::bday2you:

happy2bme
07-05-2013, 01:34 PM
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Happy Birthday to you Laura - hope you have a wonderful day and spend all weekend celebrating! Wishing you also a terrific year ahead.

happy2bme
07-05-2013, 01:51 PM
Hello all,

Sorry I have been so absent - I am truly missing having some alone time to myself at this point. Seems like I am always getting pulled to do something on someone else's schedule. And I've been feeling tired the last few days. There is something to be said for and against a routine!

The cats are doing fine - settling in. Meadow is still skittish and will be for a while but I think she will adjust fine. She loves my Mom's room - of course they go where you most don't want them too. Nina is just happy as happy can be. Still gassy but only 10 times a day instead of constantly! Mom got her hair done the other day - it looked nice until she started smashing it down - now it looks like her pin curl standard hair do. We are having a nice visit and the weather is holding up nicely except for the other day when we had a wind gust that picked up the patio table umbrella and blew it into the house (and broke the spokes). We are EXTREMELY fortunate that it didn't fly right into the glass patio doors which it where I saw it before it went off the side of the deck. They are short of people to work at the Thrift store but I am holding fast and refusing to work more than 2 days a week. My garden is doing great - had my first batches of sugar snap peas, green beans and 2 baby carrots. Also had 3 cherry tomatoes and of course, some lettuce. Didn't do anything for the 4th yesterday except a nice steak bbq dinner. We were in town earlier this week and of course all the summer people are in which makes getting around and driving just horrendous. We opted out of fireworks shows because of the traffic. Heard booming all around us from 9pm to 11:30 but fortunately it was not near enough to disturb the kitties.

Shad - hope you have a wonderful visit with the family - no clash of cyclones either! Post lots of baby pics - I'm sure S is a real beauty.

Michelle - don't melt in the weather - east coast is like that too - ocean breezes and no air conditioning.

Mel - enjoy the peace and quiet.

Laura - have a great birthday and a fun week off of work.

Ceejay - FB is wonky. Period. That's why I don't do much on it and am guarded about who I friend. Hope work is quiet for you. Enjoy some relaxing time.

Annie- hope the rain holds off enough so you can go enjoy some gardening at Dad's place. Will you be selling the house now?

Gotta run - dryer stopped and I have to go intercept my laundry before Mom gets at it. I hate how she folds clothes - funny how we all have our own ways of doing things.

Enjoy your weekend everybody.

ceejay52
07-05-2013, 03:28 PM
Happy
If you have one of those pick you could probably restyle your mom's hair. Is she the only one there now? Glad to hear that I'm not the only one with FB woes.

Laura
Happy Birthday to you and hope your day is special.

Annie, Mel and Michelle :wave:

Both my days so far have been quiet. I'm planning on mowing a little bit later in the day if we don't have some pop up showers. There's always tomorrow.

diyana
07-05-2013, 04:12 PM
Good morning ladies -

First off...Happy Birthday, Laura! I hope you're having a great day!!

Laura: And, if I forgot to say this, congrats on the weight loss!

Mel: Thanks for the post on the Meditation challenge. I signed up. It starts Aug. 5th, which is good because I just started another online workshop. I hope you have a good day working with your friend and enjoy her company.

Ceejay: Sorry about your horrible dream. I understand you wanting to go off FB for awhile. It's a pain sometimes, but most times I enjoy it. If you can't post an update, it doesn't necessarily mean you've been hacked though. FB could be having problems on their end.

Happy: Glad you're enjoying mom's visit and standing firm at volunteering two days a week. So nice that the fireworks didn't bother the kitties. Santa wasn't bothered by them either. :)

Annie: Glad you had fun fishing. I know you'll have fun working in your dad's yard. I hope the rain eases up for you.

Shad: I hope everyone is having a grand time with HRH Sophia! They have flight tracking apps here too. They're really useful. Please post lots of baby pics.

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Sorry I've been away. Yesterday was a weird day...I just felt weird all day physically and emotionally. Can't really describe it. And although I woke up with a bad migraine, I'm doing better now.

I'm working from home today, thankfully it's not has it has been all week.

I'm starting a five day healthy eating and exercise challenge. The exercise will be the biggest challenge as they want you to work out for an hour a day! Luckily it doesn't have to be all at once.

Tomorrow, I'm getting together for coffee with an old friend who I haven't seen in ages. Then I'm going to a workshop on self-esteem. I'll be putting Santa in daycare for the day, so he'll have fun. On Sunday, Santa and I are going to the dog park!

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Much love,

MELODY525
07-05-2013, 05:51 PM
WOW....I AM TOTALLY WRUNG OUT EMOTIONALLY AND WITH THIS FRASSING HEAT.
DANG IT'S SO HUMID OUT THAT THE LOBBY CANNOT GET COOL AT ALL.
SEVERAL SENIORS ALREADY IN THE HOSPITAL FROM THE LAST HEATWAVE.
I CAN HARDLY WAIT TO SEE HOW MANY ALARMS GO OFF THIS WEEKEND.
I DID PUT THE SIGNS UP AND GAVE WARNINGS.
MY FRIEND IS BEYON DISTRAUGHT.
SHE TOLD ME SHE HAS BAD FEELINGS ABOUT THE OPERATION.
PRAYING THAT SHE IS WRONG.
I NEVER HAD ANYONE HOLD ME SO TIGHT FOR SO LONG.
SHE LEFT WITH HER HUBBY SOBBING.
NEEDLESS TO SAY I CAME UP HERE AND DID THE SAME.
I CALLED JEN TO TELL HER I LOVE HER.
SHE'S PROBABLY WONDERING WHY:rofl:
I NEED A SHOWER, MY INHALER AND REST.
WISH I COULD GET DRUNK AND GO TO BED:cheers:
NO SUCH LUCK THOUGH.
SEE YOU GALS TOMORROW. HAVE A GREAT NIGHT.





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HAPPY BIRTHDAY AGAIN LAURA.
HOPE YOU'RE HAVING A GREAT DAY.




ANNIE...WELCOME BACK YOU FISHY SMELLING SISTER!!:rofl:
I'M SICK OF ALL THE RAIN TOO.
YOU'RE SUCH A GOOD DAUGHTER. BET DAD ADORES YOU!!



SHAD....... I CAN SEE MISS PUSS AND HER UNJOINTED NOSE. ROFLMAO
I BET SHE WONDERS WHY THIS KID IS GETTING ALL THE ATTENTION.
YES THE PRICES I HEARD FOR FOOD WAS RIDICULOUS AND NOT EASY TO GET.
SO GOOD THING THE KIDS LEFT.
THEY SAID THE STREETS WERE CROWDED WITH THOUSANDS.
NO ONE COULD MOVE!!
HAVE FUN WITH THE KIDDOS.




CEEJAY....YOU HAVE MY SYMPATHIES FOR BAD DREAMS.
I HATE WHEN STUFF LIKE THAT HAPPENS.
THOSE KID OF DREAMS LAST ALL DAY :hug:
BEING A SLOTH AT TIMES IS A GOOD THING!!
GLAD YOUR DAYS HAVE BEEN QUIET. MY DAY WAS GREAT TODAY.




HAPPY....YOU WILL APPRECIATE ALONE TIME ALL THE MORE WHEN THE HOUSE IS EMPTY!! LOL
GOOD FOR YOU STICKINJG TO YOUR GUSN WITH WORK.
ALSO GLAD TO HEAR THE FLYING UMBRELLA DIDN'T DO MUCH DAMAGE. YIKES!!
A LOT OF PEEPS I KNOW GAVE THE FIREWORKS A MISS THIS YEAR.
TOO MUCH TRAFFICE IS RIGHT!!




MICHELLE....GOOD LUCK WITH THE 5 DAY CHALLENGE!!
JUST TAKE THE EXERCISE MINUTE BY MINUTE. STAY WELL AND DON'T HURT ANYTHING!!LOL
KEEPING MY FINGERS CROSSED!!

diyana
07-05-2013, 05:57 PM
Mel - I can only imagine how distraught your friend is. Sending prayers and good vibes her way. And sending lots of love, hugs and prayers for you too. I understand how difficult it is to have a friend going through this. You try and be strong, but you only can for so long. Good for you for calling Jen. I'm so sorry you're having such a time with the heat! And so sorry that the seniors are in the hospital due to the heat! Please make sure you drink lots of water, and even more if you drink any coffees or frappucinos. I hope you are able to get some rest. Big hugs, sis!

Shad
07-05-2013, 08:17 PM
Morning all,
Spent much of yesterday getting to know Sophia. She is a good wee thing and even tho' she is constantly touched and cleaned and fed is pretty laid back about it all. She is not a big child and is obviously using the calories as there isn't a lot of wobbly bits. She gets around quite fast on her hands and knees and doesn't see the need to walk yet.

Not sure what is going on today, but I think I will make a start on some of the weeds in the vege patch while everyone else is asleep. The sun is burning off the fog and it is pleasant out there.

Mel - hope you get the power back soon - or is it only the aircon? I am hoping and wishing for your friend and can only hope that somehow she can get to a place in her mind where she can get back the power of positive thinking again. I hope Jen and Richie made the trailer okay and didn't get washed out or sky rocketed on.

Ceejay - I had the problem a while back but it was something in Facebook not a hacker. It came back later. Still there are TOO MANY bugs in facebook. It is a bit of a minefield to work out permissions and have people see something you didn't want the world to know.
Sloth is fine and not a bad thing for some periods of time. We all need downtime once in a while

Happy - saw Mum's hair on facebook. It looked great. Pity she wasn't impressed. Good on you for not giving in to working more hours. Are you feeding those cats ordinary milk? Sometimes that seems to give them a bad gastric experience. DS2's cat is very smelly in that area as well. And J gives him milk. Quite the let off with the patio door and the umbrella. Much easier to replace the umbrella.

Michelle - good luck on the healthy eating workshop. It takes a while to get into the habit, but surprisingly you lose the taste for crappy food. I can barely go near a KFC these days. And the rotten smell from a Subway is more than I can stomach even if they do make reasonable fillings.

Laura - are you out celebrating your birthday? Hope it is a good one.

Annie - are you cooking, cleaning or gardening? Whichever I hope you achieve everything you set out to do.

Okay - out to the yard. Hope the DS2 brings around the lawnmower when he comes to collect the fridge. I shall miss that fridge - it was great for keeping drinks in and also the frozen chicken and fish bones waiting for the rubbish collection. Have a good day. I'll see what I can do to post some photos

MELODY525
07-06-2013, 09:02 AM
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GOOD MORNING CHICKS!!! THE SUN IS SHINING BRIGHTLY HERE:sunny:
THE NIGHT PASSED WITH NARY AN ALARM:cheer3:
I HAD A WONDERFUL NIGHT'S SLEEP.
TIME FOR BREKKIE AND DECIDE WHAT OR WHAT NOT TO DO TODAY:rofl:
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND.





SHAD...JUST PRINTED OUT QUEEN SOPHIA.
JEN WILL BE SURPRISED AT THE AGE CHANGES.
I KNOW I WAS. SHE HAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BIG BLUE EYES EVER.
HAVE A SUPER WEEKEND TOGETHER.
MAYBE I SHOULD HAVE PUT YOU ON THE PHONE WITH MY FRIEND:lol3:
SHE MIGHT HAVE COME AROUND FASTER.



MICHELLE...THANKS. IT WAS A TOUGH DAY.
LATELY JUST TOO MANY OF THEM IN A ROW.
HOW GOES THE JOB SITUATION? ANY NEW RESUMES OUT AND ABOUT?
WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT OBEDIENCE SCHOOL I CRACK UP.
THE FIRST THING I THINK OF IS SENDING SOME SENIORS ALONG WITH YOU.
ENJOY THE PARK OF YOU GO THIS WEEKEND.
ABOVE ALL STAY COOL!! HOPE THE MIGRAINE STAYS AWAY!!

annie175
07-06-2013, 01:50 PM
OMG SHADDIE..Sophia is absolutely gorgeous, must take after grannie Shad. I could kiss her to pieces. Look at that little face, so sweet. Not working in dad's yard today it is raining like crazy. My grass needs cut, to wet and too much rain. My garden is now building an ark. Please stop the rain!!

MELLIE...between the heat, rain and humidity, my sinuses are WAY out of wack not to mention my allergies. I am ready for this mess to stop the craziness. I am with you sister on better weather.

CHELLE....I wish I could work from home, but do not think I could be disciplined enough. I would want to work in the yard on good days or clean and do laundry otherwise.

HAPPY...you momma's hair looked especially pretty on FB...however I now what you mean on the smashing down thing, my mom was the same way, like what is up with that?

CEEG...are you working this weekend, stopping overflows and such??

LAURA...hope your birthday was so wonderful. You deserve it.

Got lots done this morning...off to Goodwill, the bank, met C for coffee, Home Depot, CVS and Dollar Tree. Now doing laundry as I cannot do any work in the yard. My grass is screaming to be cut but is way too wet and besides it is raining. bleh. I am so over the rain, bring on the drought, I can deal better with drought than rain.

Have a great Saturday/Sunday..

Loves

annie175
07-06-2013, 01:51 PM
OH YEAH and witches melt in water, so no going outside in the rain for me. hahahahahahha

Shad
07-06-2013, 07:21 PM
God save me from the organisational skills of an Italian Greek in the kitchen and the mindless spending because something isn't like it is at home.

Can I now put my head under the pillow and come out from my room next week??? Apparently my spatula is too small to spread the cream!!!!! it's been spreading cream for 40 years almost and is just fine.

We are having a birthday party - aka the coronation - I dread to think of how much this is costing. Everything is over the top! My kitchen looks like a bomb has hit and there is crap everywhere. This birthday cake is apparently a Renoir in the making.

I am having a whinge in case you didn't notice. So far this morning now 9.15 we have had 3 crises and 2 meltdowns and all over the frigging cake. It is her mothers recipe and I don't think it is right but who am I to say. It looks like you should be wiping your boots on the two flat bits, but apparently they have to be cut to the shape of a one, sandwiched together with 2 different flavours (and colours) of cream and then have happy birthday piped on the resulting stack. One cream has cocoa, the other is coloured pink, then the icing is green. The ingredients have to be mixed together and then refrigerated for 1.00hr. Heaven help us if it goes one minute over. I suspect I am supposed to do the writing - it will never get done otherwise

Thanks for the rant. I better get my pragmatic self back into my brain and try to salvage something and pack something and put something in the car, and sort out the toys, games for the kids while she is making herself beautiful - as due her current idol Kim Kardashian. You Americans have a lot to answer for.

Okay :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: over.

I'll be back if I ever find a spare moment.

ceejay52
07-06-2013, 10:03 PM
Shad
Sounds like your company has taken over. Your grand daughter is absolutely gorgeous.

Annie
I'm off this week end. Just been working outside. Oh so that's why mom told me to come in out of the rain. ---that I'd melt. Must be a witch too :lol:
I'm on my last load of laundry.

Mel
Glad your night was uneventful. Hope today was also.
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I've been outside most of the day getting things done. I've finished the back lawn, trimmed the bushes, dug out dirt in a big over grown flower pot. Put it in the back of the truck to take to the dumpster tomorrow at work. It was an eye sore to me and in the way of mowing.
I'm exhausted.
Talked to my Mo sibling today. I called to ask about coming for a visit Labor Day week end. Can you believe that Labor is only 2 months away. She laughed about my dream.

happy2bme
07-06-2013, 10:31 PM
Hi all,

Can't tell you how many times I have sat down to post only to be pulled away on someone else's whim or schedule. I will be glad to have some peace and quiet. 2 more weeks.

Went to church for afternoon services and then stopped at the store for something for Mom and then picked up some Chinese food. Mom is driving me bonkers. She does not listen. She wanted a certain type of personal care item. We have searched all stores. I finally found her EXACTLY what she wanted and no, she has to search all the products. Complains about them all, except for the package I am holding in my hand (that she is ignoring) which is exactly what she wants. Then we got Chinese food - chicken was tough, not enough sauce, pineapple is not fresh enough *bonk, bonk, bonk*. Went to the casino last night - took her 10 minutes of roaming to find a machine, sat her down, showed her what 2 buttons to hit. Only those buttons. Walked away and went to check on her 2 minutes later she was gone. Found her roaming around, got her settled again. 10 minutes later she finds me, she totally ignored what I said to her and decided to mess with the buttons so instead of playing 25 or 10 cents - she made a 5 dollar bet and of course lost it. And she ADMITTED I told her not to do that but she did it anyway. :rolleyes: So she got to play, DH made some money and I spent most of my time traipsing after her. She said she wanted to go home and eat her ice cream. Oh Lord Mel, I certainly feel for you and all you put up with those seniors. :angel:

I think I am suffering from no alone time. It's been constantly someone here talking to me and the only time I get to myself is on the toilet or unconscious when I sleep. And I need a bit of alone time.

Baby deer showed up, so did the baby turkeys. But the rotten gang of 5 male turkeys were bothering the turkey Momma so she only made one appearance.

Ooops - looks like thunderstorms are headed our way, I have to go take in the patio cushions - be right back.

Shad
07-07-2013, 06:07 AM
Oh dear, Happy and I are having similar troubles.

MELODY525
07-07-2013, 08:26 AM
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MORNING GIRLS.
ANOTHER QUIET NIGHT. I COULD HARDLY BELIEVE IT.
BUT THE ONES THAT PULL THE ALARM THE MOST ARE ALREADY IN THE HOSPITAL!!!
LOOKS LIKE ANOTHER RAINY WEEK COMING UP.
THE TEMPS ARE TOO HIGH FOR MOST OF US.
I SEE A LOT OF THE PEOPLE STAYING INDOORS.
ONLY ABOUT 3-4 OF THEM ARE GOING OUT EVERY DAY TO SIT.
JEN SAID THEY HAD A GREAT CHINESE FOOD 4TH.
I AM SO GLAD THEY LEFT HERE.
SHE SAID IT WAS COOLER THERE. LESS HUMNID.
BUT SHE SAYS SHE'LL BE GLAD TO COME BACK WHEN THE DD IS GONE.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY.






ANNIE.....SEEMS TO BE RAINING IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES.
WISH WE COULD SEND ALL OURS TO ARIZONA.
HOPE YOU GET TO SEE THE SUN SOON.
I BETTER NOT STICK MY TOES OUT IN THE RAIN!
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SHAD...HERE I THOUGHT YOU WERE HAVING A GOOD TIME.
WORDS ARE FAILING ME RIGHT NOW. BUT I AM CRACKING UP. SORRY.
WE SHOULD HAVE EXPECTED THIS:rofl:
OMG....I CANNOT BELIEVE IT.
I THOUGHT FOR SURE SHE WOULD KEEP HERSELF CONTAINED!!
HAVE A PIECE OF CAKE FOR ME....BUT NOT THE PART WITH THE BOOTS!




CEEJAY....WELL YOU CERTAINLY GOT A LOT DONE.
YOU CAN BE A LANDSCAPER WHEN YOU RETIRE!
SO WILL YOU BE SPENDING LABOR DAY IN MO?? NICE!



HAPPY......OMG!! I AM CRACKING UP OVER HERE AGAIN.
SO NICE TO HAVE SOMEONE UNDERSTAND WHAT IT'S LIKE WITH THE SENIORS:lol3: :lol3:
THE LAST PLACE I WOULD GO WITH THEM IS A CASINO!! LOL
CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MANY CAN GET LOST.
AND WHEN IT'S DEPARTURE TIME FOR THE BUS....THEY GET LEFT BEHIND!! ROFLMAO
THEN THE TOWN HAS TO GO AND GET THEM.
IT'S HAPPENED A FEW TIMES.
ONE RICHER SENIOR HIRED A CAR TO BRING HER HOME!!:rofl:
HOPE YOU MAKE IT THRU THE NEXT 2 WEEKS!
STAY STRONG MY FRIEND:hug:
YOU AND SHAD CAN COMMISERATE ON THE PHONE!!!

ceejay52
07-07-2013, 09:31 AM
Mel
Glad you have had a good week end so far. Maybe the rain will keep the seniors calm this week.

Happy
Oh my, Sounds like you have your hands full.

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Back to work for me this morning. Didn't want to come in. I'm still tired from yesterday but got to look out over the yard this morning and it looks good. Still need to weed eat but I'll do that next week.

happy2bme
07-07-2013, 11:57 AM
Morning all,

I was wondering what happened to my follow up post last night but then I remembered - I responded to personals and then hit enter and it came back with no page found. We have been losing our internet service quite a bit lately :mad: just another flavor of how the heavens are conspiring against me posting here. :p:p

I hope that no one thinks ill of me for my rantings about Mom. I love her dearly but 7 x 24 for a month straight is making me nuts. It would not be so bad if she would just listen instead of forging on. She takes her seatbelt off as we are driving down my road - if I should have to brake suddenly if a deer pops out of the brush she'd be in trouble, she has also opened the car door before I shut off the car - good thing I didn't pull up a bit more or she would have gotten whacked hard with the door - when I brought it up she said "ok, I consider myself PROPERLY CHASTISED". The safety issues just blow past her :mad: She is sitting quietly now watching the Sunday Church Mass on TV - I am asking God to give me more patience as I hear it in the background :lol:

Mel - glad you got a good night's rest. You are surely getting lots of wetness along with Annie. We got a dribbling of rain but really need more as the grass is so dry. I laughed at your casino story - one lady told me her Mom just up and boarded a bus one day - and they came by car with her :rofl: She was panicked when she could not find her Mom, her Mom was confused because the bus took her to a different town than where they lived and she wasn't sure where SHE actually lived :yikes: Another lady I was talking to Friday said her mom was fond of a casino slot machine named Zeus's Treasures except her mom read Zeus as Jesus so each time she would pull the handle she would say "Come on Jesus, pay me a big one!!!" :rofl: One of the young girls I know was thinking of volunteering at the senior homes as she loved older people but then when she saw some of the reality of the sweet old ladies, she changed her mind. :lol: I'm sorry but I also laughed out loud regarding your comment about how it was a quiet night because most of the people who pulled the alarms were already out of the building :lol3: Have a quiet day - get some sun if it peeks through the clouds.

Shad - sounds like your house is topsy turvy. I can't think of a combination that would be MORE INTENSE than part Italian part Greek. You poor thing - how did the party and the cake which baby probably could not have cared less about - turn out?? I hope the rest of the visit is less dramatic.

Michelle - sounds like you are having a GREAT weekend. You are the official fun queen! :D

Ceejay - you are vying with Annie for the best lawn in town. You sure were busy outside - bet you slept well. Isn't it nice to look around and see everything nice and manicured?

Annie - thank you so much for the magazines. I can't wait to make a cup of tea and pour over them :hug: Sorry the rain is interfering with your gardening work - you sure are getting more than your share of rain.

Laura - hope you are enjoying and extended birthday weekend and a fun and productive week off.

Ok, mass is ending, Mom's ready to talk again and the timer went off on my dog biscuits so I have to turn them over and put them in for another hour to dry out. Have a good Sunday all.

diyana
07-07-2013, 05:24 PM
Happy Sunday ladies!

Yesterday was a lot of fun. First I dropped Santa off at day care so that he could have a fun day also. Then I went and had coffee with a dear friend who I haven't seen in roughly 15 years. He recently had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his leg. The doctor is sure he removed all the cancer, but my friend will be undergoing radiation in a few weeks. He's very upbeat and optimistic about his prognosis. He mentioned that a couple of mutual friends are coming over for dinner and cards today and he invited me to join them. Should be a great time. Anyway, after coffee with my friend yesterday, I went to a workshop on self-esteem and self-acceptance for people who have been through difficult times. It was even better than I could've imagined. After that, my step-brother and I were going to see "World War Z", as I have been wanting to see that for weeks. But I got the showtimes wrong, so we ended up seeing The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp instead...which we both also wanted to see. It was an excellent film. Lots of exciting action, great humor and Johnny Depp was, as usual, incredible!!

This morning, Santa and I went to the dog park, and tonight is the dinner and cards get together with my friends. I'm sitting at the patio table in the backyard, and Santa is sleeping soundly next to me. He has such a good time at the dog park, running, chasing and playing with the other dogs. :)

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Shad - Thanks for posting the pictures of Sophia! She's beautiful!! She's got the loveliest eyes!! I guess sophia's mum can be a bit trying? I sometimes wonder at people putting so much expense into an infant's b'day party...they won't remember it anyway. I hope the cake was finished without further incident and met the exacting specifications. Oh dear, if her idol is Kim Kardashian, that explains A LOT...about the spending, the insistence on perfection, etc. Poor DS, Poor Sophia, Poor you. I had no idea that they were staying another 2 weeks. :faint: Hang in there, my friend.

Mel - Glad you got a good night's sleep Friday night. My job situation is going okay, but the learning curve is still steep. No resumes out there. Just kind of taking a break right now and will continue to focus on the job I have.

Annie - Sorry that you're getting so much rain. I hope it doesn't do too much damage to your wonderful garden. Sorry that your sinuses are giving you fits. I actually do my laundry on work from home days. I figure it's just a short break to start a load, and another break to move it to the dryer. It's all good. As for melting in the rain...if I haven't melted by now, I think you're safe! :rofl: :lol3:

Ceejay - Hope you are enjoying your weekend off. Good on ya' for getting so much done. So nice that you're going to MO for Labor Day. I don't even want to think about it being so soon. But at least I don't have to worry about the four letter "S" word here that comes during the "W" months. LOL

Happy - Sorry your mom is driving you bonkers...but do try and cherish every nerve-wracking moment. I know exactly what you mean though. My ex-DMIL was the same way! My ex and I got tired of taking her out to eat because all she did is complain. You and Shad both have your hands full! Ok, now that I've read your next post...my ex-DMIL doesn't remove her seatbelt...nor open car doors before the car is turned off. I can understand about no alone time. When I first got here, I'd watch TV with my stepmother and her boyfriend and my step-brother. Now I don't do that as much. I go in my room and watch DVDs on my computer or read. I hope they don't think I'm rude. Does your mom go to bed early? Can you get some alone time then? So sorry to hear about your umbrella. That must've been very scary. Glad it didn't break the patio door/window! You make dog biscuits? Please share the recipe.

Laura - hope you're enjoying a wonderful birthday weekend!

Gotta go...lots to do.

Much love to all,

Laura705
07-07-2013, 05:59 PM
Afternoon all. Just a quick hello. Thanks for all your birthday wishes. Bf's mom took bf & I to lunch at Big Bowl, a nice Asian restaurant. In the evening we went to our village's fest & saw a band that I like a lot. That was fun. Probably drank too many summer shandies...but I still got up on time to go to Jazzercise class on Saturday morning.

Bf & I got massages yesterday - that was nice.

Did some reading this morning, then some gardening. Still haven't had lunch yet, so it'll be more like an early dinner when we finally get around to it. Eating out...doing that way too much lately. Scale will tell all...

Will be catching up on personals later or tomorrow. Hope everyone is having or had a good weekend. :)

ceejay52
07-07-2013, 06:23 PM
Michelle
Now I really want to go see the Lone Ranger movie. It's good that your friend has an optimistic attitude about the cancer removal.

Happy
Hang in there with your Mom. Count her as a blessing even though it is a little rough going right now.

Laura
Sounds like your birthday week end has been good so far. Enjoys the moments.

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Work has been quiet today.

Shad
07-07-2013, 06:43 PM
Morning all,
Yesterdays party went off okay. It was good for DS1 to catch up with all his great friends and their families. I just love his friends. What was funny was that once the birthday girl was all tarted up and we had made yet another visit to the shops, the DP of DS1 calmed down and told everyone how much hard work it was to have a one year olds party. Between that and my ex muttering away about the partners of both boys, I had to go into the bushes and have a long laugh - over here we call it cracking up big time - once I had got passed that I was fine. The baby was good for everyone and the other four children were lovely.
When I tallied up the jobs, M had made the cake on the Saturday and put the kids stuff in party bags, put cream on the cake on the Sunday, had a shower, washed her hair, set my hairdryer alight. got dressed and given about 1000 contradictory orders and dressed Miss S in her party dress. Saturday DS1 had changed and fed the baby several times, got the groceries for the party, and on Sunday, got the baby up, changed, washed and fed her, changed the nappies, cleaned up after Miss S chucked up over the living room rug and cleaned up the child, had a shower and got ready, packed the car. Changed the baby again at the party and helped cook the food.
As for me, I had the break on the Saturday when they were out and tidied up the house and did some washing and cooked dinner. Sunday, I chopped onions, made the salads, grated carrots and cheese, made some cupcakes, checked that we had candles, candle lighters, first aid, sunscreen, packed the food, watered the garden and soothed the cat and wrote the birthday greeting in icing on the cake. Found the picnic rugs and the soccer ball to play with the kids. At the party, I put the food out, cooked, played nurse when one of the kids got a cut on his foot.
DS2 bought the ice, the chilly bin (to hold the ice and keep her champagne chilled), brought the tables and chairs and set them up. DS1 and DS2 set up the party decorations. All the other parents there helped with that as they arrived. They blew up balloons and tied them with string and hung the banners etc.
At home again, the 4 of us (2 DS's, ex and me) put away the picnic stuff, cleaned the utensils and plates, washed the rugs (after baby had upchucked once more all over the rugs, sofa and herself) and DS1 got the baby to bed.

Would someone please explain how M was so exhausted at the end of the day that she had to lie down on the couch and watch the REAL housewives of New Jersey???? plus the other five stupid sessions that followed (Miami, New York, Illinois) etc. oh and yet another dose of the useless Kardashians.

Okay rant over, they will be up soon so I had better go and sort out the laundry, figure out what they did with the left over food (it must be refrigerated somewhere) and work out what to do with it all.

Sorry about the lack of personals, but I will try to get back to them asap.

MELODY525
07-08-2013, 08:12 AM
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GOOD MORNING CHICKLETTES


YESTERDAY ENDED UP A WORK DAY.
ONE MAINT. MAN AND I.
PRECAUTIONS FOR THE CITY HEAT.
WE TOOK TURNS AND HE LEFT AT 10 PM AND I WENT TO BED.
NO BLACKOUT THANK THE LORD.
3 PEOPLE ACTUALLY SAT OUTSIDE DURING THE DAY.
THEN WENT BACK OUT AFTER DINNER. :faint:
I HAD 2 A/Cs RUNNING. IT WAS BRUTAL IN HERE.
TODAY IS A DAY OF REST AND THE OFFICE CAN WATCH THE "KIDDOS".
MAYBE A GOOD TIME FOR A MELIDAY:beach:


HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY.




SHAD....WHEN JEN COMES HOME SHE CAN READ ABOUT YOUR KIDDOS VISIT.
AFTER THEIR "DD" LEAVES THAT IS. :rofl:
SENDING YOU GOOD THOUGHTS FOR NOT SMACKING ANYONE ALONG SIDE THEIR HEADS!!
YOUR SOAP OPERA IS SO MUCH BETER THAN MINE RIGHT NOW!!:rofl: :rofl:
I ALMOST DIED WHEN YOU SAID SHE WAS EXHAUSTED!!! OMG TOO FUNNY.
AND THE TV PROGRAMS!! EVEN FUNNIER.
SORRY BUT YOU CRACKED ME UP AGAIN TODAY :hug:




CEEJAY...GLAD YOUR JOB WAS QUIET.
YOU DID SO MANY THINGS AT HOME MAYBE WORK IS EASIER!! LOL





LAURA...GLAD THE BD WAS SO NICE.
I WILL HAVE TO LOOK UP SUMMER SHANDIES!!:cheers:




MICHELLE....YOU HAD A FULL WEEKEND I SEE.
GLAD YOU GOT OUT TO SEE A MOVIE.
I AM VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR FRIEND AND HIS LEG.
WILL SEND HEALING THOUGHTS HIS WAY. :hug:
HOPE THE WORKSHOP HELPS.
JUST KEEP REMEMBERING YOU'RE A GOOD PERSON AND CAN DO THIS!!





HAPPY.....SOON YOU WILL GET OVER TRYING TO CHASTISE YOURSELF.
WELCOME TO THE LAND OF THE BLUE HAIRS!
THEY ARE ENOUGH TO DRIVE YOU CRAZY. SO DON'T FEEL BED.
IT'S LIKE DEALING WITH SOMEONE ELSE'S KID CAUSE YOU CAN'T SPANK THEM!!:rofl:
DO NOT APOLOGIZE FOR LAUGHING AT MY POST.
I WAS LAUGHING WHILE TYPING IT.
AND IT IS TRUE...ANOTHER ALARM FREE NIGHT...THAT'S 3 IN A ROW.
IT'S NOT A FUNNY KIND OF THING BUT IT'S THE IRONY OF IT THAT CRACKS ME UP.
THEY JUST BRING SO MUCH ON THEMSELVES AND THEN WON'T TAKE THE BLAME.
"KIDS"....WHATCHA GONNA DO WITH THEM??!!??!!:lol3:

ceejay52
07-08-2013, 09:58 AM
Shad
As my mom used to say when my sis was home. There's never a dull moment. glad you got to laugh about some things. Was the excitement to much for the little one or did she have a stomach bug.
Between you and Happy I've been laughing through out the day.

Mel
You definitely deserve a Meliday day.
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We had a street fight last night just down the street from my house. Heard all the commotion going on. I had the lights out but watched from my camera. These were little guys too and my neighbor's grandson was probably the ring leader. I heard him out shooting his left over firecrackers. I kept asking myself where was the police but they finally got there, 3 patrol cars. This was around 10 p.m. Those kids should have been home in bed. I should have called the police myself. But there were other cars stopping and getting involved so I'm sure one of them made the call.
More later.

diyana
07-08-2013, 12:31 PM
Good morning ladies,

Last night's dinner and cards with friends was a lot of fun. And Santa was well behaved, especially for being in a new environment.

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Shad - I'm glad you got a good laugh out of DP's comment about the hard work she did. I might've wrung her neck or smacked her upside the head. You're handling very well! :rofl: I wonder if when she watches the REAL housewives and the Kardashians, she believes that is REALLY how housewives throw parties and should behave? :faint: It sure sounds like she is modeling herself after those women.

Mel - I got a laugh out of the sunscreen and bacon cartoon! Glad there were no blackouts. Crazy people that sit outside in the middle of the day during a heatwave! I hope you're getting a good rest today. You've earned it.

Laura - Your dinner at the Asian restaurant sounds yummy...as do the summer shandies. :drool: :rofl:

Ceejay - There's sure never a dull moment in your neighborhood. :faint: I'm glad the police finally came and put an end to the kids' nighttime antics.

Big :wave: to Annie and Happy.

I've got lots to get done today so gotta go.

Much love,

annie175
07-08-2013, 02:15 PM
Good Afternoon Chicklets....

Just got back from the finanace guy. Started a ROTH IRA for retirement. That with my 401K I already have, I am quite proud of this ole girl (me). I plan on contributing the max each year that I am able to. C is going next week to open an IRA in his name.

Spent yesterday at dad's house. Mulched and weeded, sanded a wall to be painted and loaded my truck with trash bags to sit by my curb as we have unlimited pick up. Dad had 10 bag limit. I was very sad last night when I layed down in bed and cried just a bit. C was so sweet and just babied me, which just made me cry more, so I told him not to baby me anymore so I could stop crying. lol

Got new area rugs for the living room, entry and hallway. They look fabulous, Samantha helped me pick them out. I took the old ones to Goodwill plus a few other items.

SHADDIE....the laziest ones always claim to do the most. Glad the party was great for Ms. S. What a sweetie.

CHELLE...I must say that I am so proud of you for getting out and doing things. You seem more active in CA than you ever did in WI. You Go Girl!

CEEG...the lil b*st*rd kids, where are the parents/grandparents. I say stick a firecracker up their arses and light it.

MELLIE...glad you had a fairly mild weekend with the seniors. That is a blessing in itself.

HAPPY...you are very welcome for the mags. That is how I recycle, forward them on to someone else to read or take them to the hospital waiting room.

LAURA...glad you had a wondeful birthday celebration.

That about does it for me.

Hugs

diyana
07-08-2013, 02:23 PM
Annie - I am so proud of YOU and C for doing the ROTH IRA stuff! Good for you!! And well done for getting so much at your Dad's place. So nice that C comforted you when you were crying. Sending you big hugs, sista. Please post pictures of the new area rugs. I've love to see them! As for me getting out and doing stuff, I didn't do much in WI because either my ex wasn't feeling well or I wasn't. Now I've got all my wonderful old friends around me and it's fun finding activities that will keep Santa happy and me happy. D, the guy I've been dating, just got back from Tahoe last night (the trip I was debating about going on). Hopefully, we'll be able to work out our schedules so we can see each other this week. He's a very nice guy. Like I've said...I don't know where this is going...or even where I want it to go...but it's nice right now. Just taking things a day at a time. :D

annie175
07-08-2013, 02:37 PM
Good for you CHELLE...one day at a time is all we can do. Funny you should say that. Last night I just kept saying to myself, tomorrow is another day and I will not feel this sad. Sure enough, tomorrow came, and I am not sad. I think when you are around healthy, happy, fun people, it impacts your way of life also. Positive minds create positive outcomes. Keep up the good work on you and Santa. Hugs

Laura705
07-08-2013, 04:40 PM
Afternoon all.

Shad - Your DS1's partner sounds like a piece of work, but like Michelle said, if she's fashioning herself after those housewives shows and the Kardashians, it's no wonder. Take a deep breathe and thank heavens it's temporary for you. Little S. is just such a gorgeous baby - those big baby blues!!! :)

Mel - Glad you're having some quiet nights, and it is thanks to the "alarmists" being out of the building!!! :D OMG, can't imagine having casino and other field trips with that group you've got!!!

Ceejay - Nice you got the lawn taken care of. I need bf to weed wack the area behind our one long flower border. It used to be shrubs, but we removed those when we installed the fence and now it gets REALLY weedy. What I really want to do is lay down a heavy layer of something that will keep the weeds away and that doggy can run along easily (he likes walking along the fence). Last year I used weed cloth and it didn't work out very well. Gosh, I sure hope the neighbor's grandson causing all the trouble by your house goes home soon - what a troublemaker!! :mad:

Michelle - Sounds like you and Santa had a great weekend! I'm so glad you're spending so much time with your family and friends these days - just what you needed! :)

Happy - Oh I totally get your mom driving you bonkers. I usually only have short visits with her and it doesn't take long to get me nutty. Driving somewhere with her.... oy! I'm thankful that her habit is to retire somewhat early to her bedroom to watch her tv shows, so I do get good amounts of alone time to chill out and read and watch tv. Glad the cats are settling in nicely. :) Glad the umbrella didn't cause serious damage to the house!

Annie - Good job setting up the Roth IRA!! We're gonna need every penny we save, and then some with the way things are going in this country. I'm so glad you have C to comfort you when you're sad - what a great hubby you have. :yes:
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Nothing much to report. Bf and I watched a dvr'd movie last night - "A Serious Man". It's a Coen brothers movie, so of course it was goofy and darkly funny.

We finally had some pizza - yum.

I went to Jazzercise this morning. Back at home after my shower, I had a nice long chat with a friend. She has time off this week until she starts her new job, but some medical issues have come up with her FIL and her own mom, so there's no time to get together face-to-face this week. We're trying to plan a breakfast or lunch in the next few weeks with the other gals.

Bf and I are going to see the movie "The Heat" with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy later today. I've heard it's funny and I'm looking forward to it.

Have to get over to Costco to order my contact lenses. Can't order them over the phone because I don't pay with an AMEX card. Grrr.

Tomorrow morning I'm going to an AM WW meeting in my area. Don't want to miss any meetings if I don't have to. Plus I need a reality check - eating too much and no tracking going on. Well, I've done it so far today...but haven't since probably last Wednesday. :blush:

Rainy day today, which is good cuz we needed it. I pulled a ton of weeds in my veg patch yesterday and laid a bunch of newpaper over the bare dirt, and laid some stepping stones and brick over that. Hope that keeps the weeds down. That'll teach me not to bother with weed cloth. I don't like the extra step, but it certainly helps in the veg patch. Gonna try something different to amend the soil. I really think the weed seeds are in the mushroom compost I spread in there each spring.

I transplanted another sedum plant yesterday - it was totally being smothered by the ever-multiplying daylilies. I also decided I'm going to completely dismantle the hodge-podge flower bed adjacent to the veg garden - it's so overgrown, it's like a jungle. I'd love to post a craiglist ad telling people they could have whatever they dig out - choose from daylilies, peonies, iris, phlox, etc., but I doubt there'd be any takers. So I'll do it myself. Tempted to do it ASAP, but not sure this is the best time. I do want to try and relocate the phlox. The height of the summer is likely not the best time to do it.

I've also decided to see if the south side of the house is a better spot for growing veggies. I always thought the tall cedar fence would create too much shadow, but I'm not positive how much sun that area does or doesn't get. Have to do several checks throughout the day (on a sunny day, of course) to see if it gets the sun longer than our current veg patch. Otherwise I was thinking of planting hosta there. It would block weeds better than the gravel does.

Okay, enough rambling. Have a great day everyone!

annie175
07-08-2013, 09:21 PM
LAURA....we have had NO rain, at least in my neck of the woods since SAT nite...Thank you JESUS...My garden is overly happy. Will probably get some rain tonite or tomorrow. bleh....hoping my zucchini can recover...will take some sun shiny days.

Took my momma's suggestion when I was younger and rubbed WD40 in my ankle and knee. WHAT the H*LL was I waiting for, I could do a marathon. This stuff is amazing for joint/arthritis pain...just do it. Yeah, it stinks, but the outcome overweighs the stink. Why I waited is beyond me.

Just Sayin"

Shad
07-09-2013, 06:14 AM
Evening all,
Where do I begin with the continuing soap opera as Mel so aptly put it.
Last night poor little devil continued chucking up - I am almost positive it is something they are feeding her. I keep annoying them by calling it force feeding. They will persist in continuing to feed her even when she is crying and putting her hands over her face and turning her head away. Anyway after the second large chuck last night where we had to wash absolutely everything within a 4 foot range, I managed to persuade them not to give her any more of the veges they pulled out of some strange pack and gave them a small amount of stewed apples I had done that afternoon. I only put apples, small qty of water (just enough to cover the bottom of the pan) and a couple of spoons of low GI sugar plus the juice of a lemon. Took a few minutes but then she loved it. We fed it until she decided on no more and then let her loose on the plastics container from Grannies cupboard. No more sickness for the night - she was fine. Breakfast this morning was fine. However they took her into the city today, feed her in a café and within a few minutes up it all came again. It has got to be something she is eating. Maybe the vege concoction is not agreeing with her. I think there are teeth coming as well

To add to that, my paranoid neighbour turned up for a chat and apparently he and she are not getting on and she is convinced he is stealing money from her. He is insulted - as only a Spaniard can be. She on the other hand is accusing him of telling lies and trying to get people to believe she is schizophrenic. It's an interesting world I live in.

Following the 'he' neighbour and before the 'she' neighbour, my ex rung up in a panic because he couldn't figure out how to work the DS2's washing machine. Not used to a front loader. So off I went to rescue him, brought him round here, sorted the washing and set it going then put him to work pruning some trees. I'm no idiot. I didn't want him sitting around whinging. Then I told him I heard the washer finish so he should get around there and hang it out. What???? oh okay. Did he really think I would do it for him??? Just after 3pm I declared it beer o'clock and went in for a well earned rest, a wine and some nibbles. Geez I am a hero!!!! Finally DS2 came home and asked if we had been playing nicely in the same sand pit. I saw the joke, the ex didn't and tried to explain everything at about 3000 words per minute. DS2 and I haven't stopped laughing yet.

So I have showered and got into my pj's and am awaiting the kids and babes return home. I might just go and warm up some more apples. Sometimes grandma's actually do know something.

Now let's see what some of you have been up to.

Annie - the whirlwind. It is hard not to be sad from time to time, especially when you are doing something that reminds you of times gone by. You will be fine. Well done on providing for your future. If you don't, who will?

Michelle - it is so great to have you so upbeat and apparently happy since you have been in California.

Mel - sounds like everyone is not playing nicely in your sand pit. Long may it last. Hope Jen is not doing too much and wearing herself out.

Laura - Actually I think thick layers of newspapers are better than the weed mat. That plastic stuff is really bad for the soil underneath and doesn't actually stop the weed seeds from germinating in the brick and rubble. That's why I have to dig those drain/ weed restrainers in the front yard.

Ceejay - Wow, such goings on around you. Stupid kids. Parents don't seem to care much where their kids are these days.

Better go and sort out some dinner for the chickadees when they get home soon. They will be needing something no doubt. Sorry the personals are short, but sometimes it has to be. Happy might be slugging it out with her mama since she hasn't been in yet.

annie175
07-09-2013, 08:38 AM
Good Morning My Lovely Chicklets....

Last night was rest and relaxation. C wanted hot dogs and mac n cheese for dinner. Like ok, wow, how easy is that. I did not partake. I instead had a salad. Bleh. Then we watch a few episodes of Smallville.

SHADDIE...sometimes grandma does know what is best for the little tyke. THey must back off on the food as an answer to the wee ones problems. We all know what unnecessary food can do to us...hence. 3FC. No rest for you till they all go home.

Good morning to all the rest of ya's. Will check back later.

Hugs.

MELODY525
07-09-2013, 09:12 AM
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MORNING CHICKS

HAD ANOTHER GOOD ALARM FREE NIGHT.
THEN FELL ASLEEP FOR ANOTHER HOUR.

JEN'S NEW HOBBY IS CHECKING UP ON MOM WITH TEXTS.
RICHIE'S IS COMING HERE AFTER WORK BEFORE HE GOES UPSTAIRS.
I NEVER HAD SO MANY "VISITORS".

THE DAY WAS QUIET AND I THINK I NEED ONE MORE.
SO STAYING UPSTAIRS AGAIN TODAY.
NOTHING NEW HERE. MAYBE I SHOULD GO MAKE SOME HOT DOGS!
ANNIE NEEDS TO SEND ME HER MAC & CHEESE!!:drool:
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY :encore:




CEEJAY.....OMG!! A STREET FIGHT!!
I MISS OUT ON EVERYTHING!!
WE HAVEN'T HAD ONE OF THOSE IN A LONG TIME.
MAYBE I BETTER NOT BRAG!! :rofl:




MICHELLE....VERY HAPPY TO HEAR THE NIGHT WAS A GOOD ONE.
SANTA HAS BEEN A GOOD DOGGIE WITH ALL THIS NEW STUFF.
CONGRATULATIONS TO HIM:hug:
MAY THE HAPPY DATING CONTINUE:crossed:
IN THE MEANTIME YOU ARE GETTING OUT!




ANNIE....THE PACKAGE ARRIVED AND JUST IN TIME.
SOMETHING TO KEEP ME BUSY READING INDOORS.
THANK YOU SO MUCH. I STILL LAUGH AT THE SENIOR WHO WAS SO EXCITED ABOUT "YOU KNOW....THESE ARE THE GOOD MAGAZINES.....THEY'RE VERY EXPENSIVE":rofl: :rofl:
THEIR REACTIONS TO NEW THINGS ARE VERY CUTE AT TIMES.
NEW RUGS SPRUCE UP THE JOINT. GOOD FOR YOU.
A BIG CONGRATS ON THE IRA's AND BEING PREPARED.
VERY GOOD MOVE. :hug:
I AM CRACKING UP ABOUT THE WE40!!
I CAN'T BREATHE ANYWHERE NEAR THAT STUFF....
SO GUESS I WILL NOT PASS THAT TIDBIT ON TO THE SENIORS:lol3: :lol3:




LAURA...THINKING OF HAVING PIZZA THIS WEEKEND OR MAYBE WAIT TILL THE KIDS COME HOME.
HOPE YOUR FRIEND'S "PARENTS" MEDICAL ISSUES ARE GOING TO BE OK.
CAN'T WAIT TILL YOU SEE HEAT....WAITING ON A REVIEW!! LOL
GOOD LKUCK AT WW. I AM BACK UP TO 187!:faint:
HAPPY GARDENING!!




SHAD....I AM BESTOWING THE TIARA ON TO YOU THIS MONTH :queen:
YOUR OPERA IS FAR BETTER THAN MINE WILL EVER BE;rofl: :rofl:
THIS POOR KID. JEN WAS COLICKY FOR YEARS!!
IT'S THE TEMP OF THE ROOM, THE FOOD, PARENTS ANXIETY....ON & ON.
LOTS OF STUFF CAN CAUSE THIS CHICKING. POOR WEE LASSIE.
APPLESAUCE WAS A FAVORITE OF JEN'S.
ALSO PEACH JUICE FROM A CAN OF PEACHES.
THERE IS SOMETHING IN THE JUICE FORM THE PEACHES AND THE "HEAVY SYRUP" THAT CAN CALM A STOMACH AND ALSO BOWELS.
GOOD FOR THE RUNS AS WELL.
JEN IS PACING HERSELF THIS YEAR.
SHE LEARNED FASTER THAN HER MOTHER DID:rofl:

annie175
07-09-2013, 09:37 AM
Ha ha MELLIE, yeah I only read the expensive magazines. Actually many of them are passed on to me, then I pass them on to others. Only fair I suppose. THe WD40 made all the difference in my ankle today. At least I am not limping nearly as much as I have been in the past two weeks. I added a little Laura Lean angus cooked beef to the macncheese. Actually two leftover burgers from previous dinners. It made it quite tasty as C said. lol. I just got another bunch of magazines from a co-worker, so hope to spread them out in the next week or so. Have an alarm free day my dear sister!!

ceejay52
07-09-2013, 10:14 AM
Talked to my neighbor's granddaughter last night. She is just the opposite of her brother. She told me that it was a girl fight the other night. Guess I jumped to conclusions.

Mel
I agree that Shad deserves a crown. I very seldom use the phone to talk any more except to my siblings and my aunt and uncle. My friends like to text.

Annie
I've heard that WD40 was good for joint aches. We got one of those pop up showers yesterday. It was much needed rain.

Laura
I wish I had the opportunity of having a face to face consultation. It would be a lot easier to keep myself accountable. It does help

Happy
Think you deserve a crown this month also. Dealing with company and mom's visit. I love the wild life in your area.

Shad
I agree that it must be a food allergy. It looks like the parents would realize that. My niece's daughter was allergic to dairy products.

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Nothing happening but work. Think my bff here has found herself a new boyfriend. He's quiet a bit younger than she is so I'm not sure how that will work out. He's single with no children. So far she seems to be enthused about it.

Think I'll do some cleaning downstairs before it gets to hot. Supposed to be 98 degree's today and tomorrow.

annie175
07-09-2013, 11:02 AM
CEEG...your bff best be careful, maybe the younger guy is looking for his sugar-momma...lol...of course C is 2.5 years younger than me. Guess I am a cougar. hahahahaha

diyana
07-09-2013, 12:31 PM
Good morning ladies -

I woke up at 4 am because my sleep apnea machine stopped working. I thought it was due to a power outage, but the lightswitches worked while the outlets did not. I don't know where the breaker box is in my step-mom's and I didn't want to wake her, so I tried sleeping without my machine. I did not sleep well. I also couldn't curl my hair this morning because I couldn't find an outlet that worked. Oh well. I'll call my step-mom later and let her know what's going on.

I made a yummy dinner of grilled chicken (that I sliced into strips) with grilled veggies (yellow squash, zucchini, onions and peppers) that I served over a big bowl of salad greens! Mmmmm.

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Laura - How was the movie "The Heat"? I've heard it was funny. I hope weigh in went well today. Are you off all week?

Annie - I have NEVER heard of rubbing WD40 on sore joints! That's so weird that it works!! I'm glad it gave you relief. Too funny about C being younger than you, making you a cougar! :rofl:

Shad - I'm so sorry you're having to deal with such a soap opera. I wonder if she is allergic to something in the vege concoction. If they are insistent on veggies, they should try a different one or different combination. Between the "Real" DP of DS1, the he and she neighbors, and your ex, I'd say you had less drama and stress back at work.

Mel - It's good that Jen and Richie are checking up on you. I hope you have another quiet day. :cloud9: Now that you mention peach juice, I remember having that as a kid, along with pear juice. Even the natural juices (not heavy syrup) are yummy. You are right about Santa being a very good boy with all these changes and new environments. He still doesn't like it when I leave. Yesterday, since I worked from home, I didn't have Santa in day care. So when I wanted to go to the gym, I asked my step-brother if he could keep an eye on Santa. He said sure. Santa missed me and barked, and when my step-bro wasn't looking Santa jumped on the living room couch (which is a no-no) to look out the window and wait for my return. Unfortunately, my step-mom came home before I did. She wasn't too mad though. She told Santa to get down off the couch, and he did.

Laura - did you get the seat covers done? If you posted a photo, I think I missed it.

Ceejay - I hope your friend finds happiness with her new man. Have fun housecleaning. I'm glad we aren't getting your heat.

I think most of you ladies (Shad - with DP1, Happy - with her mom, Mel - with the seniors and alarms and government, Ceejay - with neighbor's grandson) deserve a crown. My life seems quite calm and drama-free by comparison, and I'm thankful for that (it's about time! LOL).

Well, I've got to get some work done.

Much love,

annie175
07-09-2013, 01:03 PM
CHELLE....wonder if your machine blew the fuse? We just got rid of dad's machine. Funny being a cougar, I couldn't think of the name one day while talking with C and called myself a Cobra....he about laughed his A off at me. Yeah, a real snake...lol I love grilled veggies and those are a few of my favorites and chicken too! Have a groovy day chickie.

diyana
07-09-2013, 01:08 PM
Hi Annie - I suppose my CPAP machine for my sleep apnea could've blown a fuse. But the weird thing is, I use it every night and have since I moved here, sometimes with my computer left on overnight and my phone charger and bluetooth charger plugged in. Last night, only my CPAP machine and phone charger were plugged in. Cobra is too funny! LOL

ceejay52
07-09-2013, 06:46 PM
Annie
I wouldn't think 2.5 years to be to young at all. My friend is 61 and the new man in her life is 48. To me that's to much age difference. I've jokingly called her a cougar a couple of times. She's seeing dollar signs for sure but I'm not saying anything. The guy is a new car salesman and has a good income. There were 6 years difference in my mom and dad's ages. I almost laughed when she said I can't give him children. He's asked her to go to Eureka Springs in Arkansas which is a tourist type town up in the hills and she wants separate rooms. Don't think he's taking her just to show her the sights. :lol:


Michelle
It does sound like you've blown either a fuse or a breaker.

annie175
07-10-2013, 08:36 AM
CEEG....my xdh was 15 years older than I. He is now ancient. lol Yes, a guy 48 taking a 61 yr old to the hills is certainly looking for gold! haha

MELODY525
07-10-2013, 08:43 AM
MORNING CHICKS


INTERNET EZPLORER MUST HAVE CHANGED SOMETHING.
EVERYTIME I CLICK ON SOMETHING A NOTICE COMES UP.
HAVE NO TIME TO FIND OUT THE REASON AND PUT A STOP TO THIS.
ON MY WAY DOWNSTAIRS SHORTLY.
MORE PEOPLE WITH DAYS OFF.
SEE YOU GALS TOMORROW.
HAVE A GREAT DAY.





CEEJAY....I AM CRACKING UP OVER HERE WITH THE GIRL FIGHT.
THERE ARE SO MANY OF THEM NOW. THEY WERE UNHEARD OF IN MY DAY!! LOL
ALSO LAUGHING ABIOUT THE BFF AND HER NEW BEAU.
SO WHO IS USING WHO?? :rofl:
MAYBE HE THINKS SHE HAS MONEY??
OMG!! THANK GOD NO ONE IS CHASING AFTER ME.
I COULDN'T GO THRU THIS ALL AGAIN.
HOPE YOU HAD A GOOD DAY AT THE JOB!




ANNIE.....USUALLY PEOPLE JUST DROP OFF THE GOSSIP MAGS.
THAT'S WHY WHEN SHE SAW YOURS....SHE GOT ALL EXCITED.
THEY FLY OFF THE RACK WQE HAVE IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM.




MICHELLE...POOR SANTA....CAUGHT ON THE COUCH!
HE PROBABLY WAS WORRIED WHERE YOU WERE GOING WITHOUT HIM.
DINNER SOUNDED GREAT. DO YOU ALL EAT TOGETHER?
SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE LACK OF SLEEP.
WAS IT A HOUSE FUSE IN THE END??

ceejay52
07-10-2013, 09:57 AM
Morning all

Mel
I'm wondering about this whole ordeal with the friend. I hope she comes to her senses. But I think the love bug has hit her. She's always backed out of the trips I had planned, where she had planned to go with me. Maybe she will this one too.
I'm not interested in any one chasing after me for sure. I do have a high school friend that seems interested though. It's a long distance friendship. He's moving this Thursday to Carthage, MO. Told me to contact him when I came to visit with my MO sister. He lives in Bartlett, TN.

Annie
Glad some one else sees that he's looking for "gold.

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Got a phone call this morning before work. It was my co-worker telling me that her father in law passed away during the night. I'd been expecting it but not this quickly. Pray that I have the strength to work the over time. I'm getting to old to do this. It always taxes my body. BUT she does it for me.

happy2bme
07-10-2013, 10:44 AM
Morning ladies,

We've got some activities planned for today so no computer time for me. Just wanted to say hi for now. Back later (I hope). Happy Hump Day :wave:

diyana
07-10-2013, 01:02 PM
Ceejay - My dad was 11 years older than my step-mom, and they had a wonderful 35 years of marriage. Several years after my dad died, my step-mom started dating this very nice man who is 12 years older than her. She's now 75 and he's 87, and they've been together for roughly 5 years. I don't think 13 years is too much of a difference. If they're happy and they both want the same things out of the relationship, more power to them. I think it depends on the person's attitude. For example, I feel I am a very "young" 50, since most of the time I still feel (and probably act) as if I were in my 30s. I'd be willing to date a guy who was in his late 30s if he knew who he was and had his act together, and I'd be willing to date a man in his early 60s (maybe) if he were a "young" 60. Does that make sense? As for your friend wanting separate rooms, if she's clear and upfront with him about that and he's okay with that, then cool. Annie could be right though, he might either be looking for sex or money, or he could legitimately care about her. Either way, your friend should be honest with herself (and with him) about what she wants and what she's willing to "give". I'm sending prayers and sympathies to your co-worker. Hang in there with the overtime.

Mel - My step-mom, step-brother and I often eat together. Last night, we didn't because my step-mom was going out and I wasn't feeling well. Actually, the power outage was the entire street. We think it had something to do with some repair work going on in the house next door.

Happy - have a great day full of activities!

Must get back to work.

Much love,

annie175
07-10-2013, 02:55 PM
Not much going on here, trying to get a 1000 piece mailing out the door by Monday. Rates to the docs and hosps are going up. You know what that means for us peons....Letters all have to go out certified, what a PIA this has been.

Getting H*llish thunder boomers at the moment. Skies are dark, it is very hot and muggy and windy outside. Looks like a good day for the wicked witch of the west. Oh wait is that monkey flying by? lol

MELLIE...Internet is wacky here too. Been trying all day to get into Amazon. It keeps breaking the connection, must be Amazon.

HAPPY...you have been a busy beaver lately. Slow down for a minute and breathe.

CEEG...you just never know what the man future holds for you once you are in MO. Expect little, gain a lot.

CHELLE...I understand your philosophy on the age/men thing. I just know it didn't work for me, but then again I bad an initial bad choice in the first place no matter the age difference. It was more about him being a cheating, beating a$$hole.

LAURA must be enjoying her time off. Good for you sister.

SHADDIE...has the crowd at your house gotten you tied to a chair or something?

Have a great day.

Loves

diyana
07-10-2013, 03:05 PM
Annie - Good luck with the mailing. Stay safe with the t-storms. Hopefully your weather doesn't get more severe.

Ceejay - Just wanted to say one more thing about the man future...a dear friend of the family was divorced for 35 years. She raised her kids as a single mom, had a wonderful successful career, and married a really terrific, and handsome guy last year. They met online a few years back. He's a lot of fun, they have a great life together, and he's a very down to earth millionaire. We just never know what life has in store for us. Best advice is stay true to yourself, go with the flow and be open to opportunities of all kinds.

Shad
07-10-2013, 05:48 PM
Not tied to a chair, just hiding under the bed.

God gave us our families, thank god we can choose our friends.

Bah humbug.

diyana
07-10-2013, 06:00 PM
Shad - Sorry the family is causing so many headaches and grief. At least try and enjoy S before DP1 turns her into a Kardashian. :yikes:

Laura705
07-10-2013, 07:50 PM
Good evening all.

Shad - Sorry to hear little S's tummy is having troubles, I hope things are better now in that respect. As for the rest of the family troubles...keep breathing deeply and telling yourself it's all temporary.

Michelle - Hope you're back up and running w/ the CPAP now. I did finally stitch my car seat cover just after I read your post, LOL. Wanted to accomplish something on my time off, LOL. I'll post a pic sometime. I'm not totally thrilled with it, but it'll serve it's purpose.

Annie - Good luck with that big mailing. Cobra, cougar, LOL.

Ceejay - Hope your OT isn't too demanding. I think 15 years could be a big difference if the mindsets aren't the same, as Michelle commented. Bf's brother is 13 years younger than his wife and he's immature for his age and she acts like an old lady, so the chasm seems very wide. They don't seem very happy together. Best wishes to your bff if it's a real match. How long has she known this man???

Mel - Glad you've had more quiet. Boo on Internet Explorer! Good Jen's pacing herself. Her wheels should be here soon, huh?

Hi Happy!!!
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I had a 0.8 pound gain at WW yesterday morning. Could have been worse, given the way I've been eating. Back to routine and I should do alright. But I really need to get better with tracking every day, not just weekdays/workdays.

After the ww meeting I went to Tuesday Morning and bought NOTHING. Just wasn't in a shopping or buying mood. Same thing today - thought I might go to Sephora (cosmetics) and use my gift card, but nope, just wasn't in the mood.

Bf and I went to the movie yesterday late afternoon. The Heat was funny and entertaining. I have to say that I thought if Melissa McCarthy's character had been the way she was the first 15 min of the movie, it would have gotten old for me, but she wasn't, so I enjoyed both her and Sandra Bullock, especially together.

BF and I selected a couple paint colors for the bathroom and bought samples. They are rather close in shade, but both just look like I spread my foundation makeup all over the wall, LOL. One color is called Classic Taupe, the other Gobi Desert. Yes, very neutral, aka boring. But I figure we can have fun with the other stuff - towels, art, window treatment, etc.

Been a rather slothful day today. I did a lot of reading this morning, finished one book, started another. Painted swatches of the paint samples on the powder room walls in various spots. Went out to lunch (Red Lobster), walked doggy, finished my towel car seat cover. Feeling like should have done more fun stuff out and about with my time off, but I'm also okay with just having kicked back and relaxed for a few days. Also wished the weather would have been nicer. Naturally tomorrow will be gorgeous - cooler and less humid, sunny, no rain. Oh well, guess I can look forward to no weather-related commute problems tomorrow.

Back to work tomorrow. Not looking forward to digging out of mt. e-mail. Going to Jazzercise after work.

That's all for me. Everyone have a great evening.

annie175
07-11-2013, 08:29 AM
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MELODY525
07-11-2013, 08:47 AM
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IT'S CJRISTMAS IN JULY ON THE HALLMARK CHANNEL.
ONE MOVIE EACH NIGHT AND THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND.
YOU KNOW WHERE MELLIE WILL BE FOR SURE!!!
THINKING OF TURNING THE ALARM CIRCUIT BREAKER OFF!!!:devil:




GOOD MORNING CHICKS

NOTHING NEW HERE. MORE RAIN & MORE HEAT.
GOTTA LOVE THE SUMMER.
NOTHING NEW HERE.
TAKING A DAY FOR MYSELF AGAIN.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY.




CEEJAY....I THINK THE LOVE BUG BIT BOTH OF THEM :lol3:
NICE TO HAVE YOUR FRIEND LIVE NEARBY WHEN HE MOVES.
WILL HE BE VERY NEAR YOUR SISTER??
YOU GUYS CAN RETIRE TOGETHER:beach:




HAPPY....HOPE YOU ALL HAD A GREAT DAY :hug:





MICHELLE....I AM DREADING ANY POWER OUTAGES HERE.
GLAD YOU FOUND OUT WHAT HAPPENED....I WAS NOSY!!:rofl:
I HAVE A FEW OLD MEN HERE THAT THINK THEY'RE STILL 60!!!
YOU CAN HAVE YOUR PICK:rofl:




ANNIE.....1000 CERTIFIED PIECES. YUCK!!
MORE MONEY BEING SQUEEZED OUT OF THE PEONS POCKETS:cry:
YOUR THUNDER BOOMERS WERE SUPPOSED TO ARRIVE LAST NIGHT AND TODAY. :rain:




LAURA.....HOPE THE MOUNTAIN OF EMAIL ISN'T TOO BAD.
WILL TAKE YOU NEXT WEEK TO GET RID OF IT!!
I LOVE NEUTRAL WALLS. YOU CAN CHANGE THINGS AROUND A LOT.
I GOT AN EMAIL ABOUT DOWNTON ABBY.
THEY ARE ADDING A NEW MAN AS CORA'S BROTHER.
Paul Giamatti IS HIS NAME. I AM NOT A BIG FAN OF HIS.
PART OF ME IS NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS NEW SEASON.
MAYBE I WILL BE BY JANUARY:rofl:




SHAD....MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU:hug:
THIS TOO SHALL PASS!!! http://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo146/Tig_the_Wing/Smilies/SmileyPaddedCell.gif

MELODY525
07-11-2013, 08:48 AM
ANNIE.....GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE....I JUST POSTED A NOTE TO LAURA ABOUT THE DA'S ADDITION OF A NEW AMERICAN ACTOR!!!:rofl:
NOE I CAN BUY DA COSMETICS???? ROFLMAO

annie175
07-11-2013, 09:52 AM
Good Morning Chicklets..

Well when I posted the thunder boomers coming through yesterday afternoon, little did I know that either straight line winds or a tornado was hitting the town of Peru, Indiana which is about 10 miles north of Cs parents. I saw that on the news this morning so I called C and told him to call his parents and make sure all were safe. He said that is why he loves me cause I care so much about him and his family. Well make me cry why don't cha. lol.

Ate a wee too much veggie quiche for brekkie and brought some of it back up this morning. Bleh, now my mouth tastes like poooooooo. Will have to be off to the toitie down the hall and brush thine teeth.

SHADDIE...I am wondering, is Sunday under the bed with you while the company is there? haha. You might consider building a treehouse for such occasions.

MELLIE...Yes you may buy DA cosmetics, but you have to wear a corset and cut your hair the same. ba hahaha Tally Ho!! Today is beautiful, no humidity and 80 degrees, we got all of our rain out yesterday. Amen...speaking of Amen, did you all see that Randy Travis is not doing too well??

LAURA...thank God it was only .08 gain and no 8.0 gain. There is your bright side. How much more do you want to lose? I may go see Heat this weekend. I was lazy while I was off for the four days around the 4th.

Hi ya Happy, Ceeg and Chelle!!

Loves

diyana
07-11-2013, 12:56 PM
Good morning ladies,

I did an hour of aqua aerobics last night, which was good. Then had a protein shake for dinner. I wish aqua aerobics was offered more often than just Mondays and Wednesdays because I can get a really good workout without hurting my back very much. I've even checked other gym locations. I'll just do Zumba classes on the other days.

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Laura - A 0.8 lb gain isn't too bad given it was your b'day weekend. Good for you for getting back on track. Glad to hear "The Heat" was a good movie. I want to see that one. Too funny about your description of the bathroom paint colors! Neutral colors are really good because it's easier to change the other stuff around to jazz things up...especially since you're so good at sewing...do you make window treatments? I hope you're having a good day back at work today. At least you just have today and tomorrow 'till the weekend. :yes:

Annie - Too funny about the Downton Abbey beauty products! I hope that C's parents are okay after the storms. I had not heard about Randy Travis not doing well.

Mel - I really don't want to think about Christmas in July, but I must admit that since I won't have to worry about snow anymore, I'm not dreading winter as much as I did in Wisconsin. :rofl: I hope you're able to stay cool. Thanks for the offer of the old men who think they're 60, but no thanks. :rofl:

Big :hug: and :wave: to Shad, Happy and Ceejay!

Much love,

Laura705
07-11-2013, 01:52 PM
Morning all! Yes, it's still morning! This'll just be quick because I have to run out and buy a couple greeting cards and pay the darn cell phone bill. At least it's a nice day to get outside for a bit.

Mel - I like Paul Giamatti a lot - I think he's a good actor. Should be entertaining to see him on DA.

Annie - Hope your guts are okay now post-quiche. LOL - DA cosmetics! Looking for a quick buck, that's for sure.

Michelle - Bravo on the aqua aerobics! That'll keep you cool to boot!

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Nothing much to report, just catching up on e-mail. Bleh.

Posting my car seat cover pics - front looks the same as before, back is just the stretchy fabric in place of the elastic straps. Whoopee. Oh Michelle - yes, I've made simple sewn window treatments before, but nothing elaborate like draperies. I just removed the DIY valance from the powder room in preparation for painting. I'd rather not have any valance in there (just a pleated shade), but the window trim already has holes in it from past window treatments, so it's either another window treatment or trying to fill the holes and stain the fill to blend into the wood...I'd really like to have all the trim in the house painted white with new doors in white as well, but that's a HUGE, EXPENSIVE job that will have to wait.

Okay, time to post and go!!

diyana
07-11-2013, 01:56 PM
Laura - Well done on the seat covers!

ceejay52
07-11-2013, 02:51 PM
A quick one for me. I'm taking things easy this round of overtime. I've learned my lesson. I've been updating our "trainers manual" which is basically my notes that I took while the plant was new. The boss keeps saying find it in the manual. Da, it's not in there, sir.

ceejay52
07-11-2013, 07:17 PM
Mel
My high school friend is from Missouri about an hours drive from where my sister lives. I'll be living with my sister and I'm looking forward to it. I've not had the privilege of being near my sisters just my mom. It will take some getting used to but it should be worth it. I keep thinking I'm getting older and don't like being on the road by myself. This will be an ideal arrangement.

diyana
07-11-2013, 07:50 PM
Ceejay - Good for you for updating the manual. It's so great that you'll be able to live with your sister and near your high school friend when you retire. :D Don't work too hard.

MELODY525
07-12-2013, 06:11 AM
I Have Been Awake Since 4am.
Woke Up Sneezing And With Sciatica On Both Sides.
Took Some Meds And Going To Lie Down Again.
I Should Have Realized This Was Coming The Other Day.
I Got A Warning And Didn't Recognize It.
I'll Be Back Over The Weekend.
Have A Great Friday!

annie175
07-12-2013, 08:54 AM
Aww Shoot MELLIE...just when the seniors give you a break on the alarms your sciatica and what not start in. Get wll thoughts and prayers are with you my sweet, onery sister. Hugs.

CEEG....Living with your sister and a maybe love interest, could it get any better than that? You vixen you!!

Not much going on. Going to take some comp time this afternoon and leave at 1pm. The weather is perfect. Not much on the agenda but sure want to enjoy it while I can. No rain in the picture for many days ahead...YEAH!!

Made a new recipe in the crocker yesterday. Beef roast with mushrooms, potatos, onions, carrots, greenbeans and kidney beans. Then made a mushroomsoup mixture and poured over it. Bro, SIL and Sam came over for dinner. Also served rice, watermelon and cucumbers/onions, and a tomato/feta cheese/black olive salad. Let's just say it was one of my better dinners and they all raved over it. Made me feel really happy.

Cleaned the kitchen and was in bed by 9:30.

Hellos to SHADDIE, LAURA and HAPPY.

Hugs

annie175
07-12-2013, 08:55 AM
OH and HELLO to CHELLE!!!! Hope your work at home day is productive! Hugs sister

ceejay52
07-12-2013, 10:16 AM
Morning
Loving this 68 degree weather in July.

Annie
You are a great cook and a meal like that would make any one rave. It sounded yummy.

Mel
Get some rest. Next time heed the warning. But I'm like you and wait till the pain is unbearable before I take anything for it.

Michelle, Laura and Happy--:wave:

Nothing new on my end. Just working the overtime. And like my boss friend said this morning more for my future retirement.

Laura705
07-12-2013, 11:41 AM
Morning all. TGIF! I could go for 2-day workweeks! :D

Ceejay - Nice and cool. We had a nice day yesterday, but with the AC off the house was a bit too warm for me. Still, I didn't turn on the AC. Today will be more of the same, so I'm thinking bf will likely turn it on at some point. Yay for OT pay!! :yay: Good idea to update the training manual/notes. It'll be nice to have a friend in the same vicinity as you when you are living w/ your sister.

Annie - Your meal sounded delish!! Nice to have a beautiful Friday afternoon off work!! Enjoy it. :)

Mel - Sorry your sciatica has kicked in. :( Feel better soon.

Hellos to the rest of the Worldlies. :wave:
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Nothing much to report. I missed my Jazzercise class last night. Bf attended a wake/funeral for a friend's mother and ended up hanging out with the friends all afternoon, lost track of time and couldn't get back in time to get me the car so I could go to my class and ended up staying out until late. I'm not a happy camper at the moment and I'm sick of sharing one car between us.

I'm on day 2 of a 30-day squat challenge I decided to do. Bf joined me for day 1, but now he's missed one so he'll likely give it up. He's not very consistent with this type of thing. Reminds me, I saw a note in my calendar of the due date to send written notice if I decide to cancel my gym membership. I'm pretty sure I'm going to do it since I have no desire to work out there. I'll stick with classes going forward - I know that's what I like. I should pressure bf to cancel his membership as well. He isn't using his either. It's not a lot of money, but it's still a waste.

Tomorrow I have a hair appt. Just noticed it's later in the day than I recalled and it's right before a gathering with the Relay for Life event team. Whatever snack I decide to bring to this thing I'll have to have it prepared before my hair appointment. I might make a jalapeno popper dip that one of the book club women made. I'll have to squeeze that in between Jazzercise and my hair appointment. Bleh. At least I don't have anything going on Sunday.

Everyone have a good day, okay??

happy2bme
07-12-2013, 01:25 PM
Hi guys,

I'm being a sloth - barely catching up with posts. You guys are on my mind even though I'm not active right now. Another week and a half and I can get back to normal again. Ahhhh. Something to be said for consistency. :D

Just wanted to say hi :wave:

diyana
07-12-2013, 02:48 PM
Good morning ladies -
Working from home today. Trying to be productive, but lots on my mind. Have. To. Focus. :rofl:

Dog training is later this afternoon, so that should be fun.

Tomorrow, I may go to a workshop in the morning, and then D and I are going out on a date in the late afternoon/evening, so Santa will be in day care.

On Sunday, my step-mom's boyfriend's kids and grandkids are in town from Idaho and they'll be coming over for a BBQ/pool party. So I'll be helping out with that.

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Mel - So sorry to hear the sciatica has flared back up. Take care, sista.

Happy - Enjoy your mom's visit...we'll still be here when you have more time to post.

Annie - By now you're off work...Hope you're enjoying yourself. That dinner did sound delicious...If you have a recipe for it, please share. Have a great weekend!

Ceejay - Pace yourself with the overtime, so you don't wear yourself out. I know you have to do the overtime with your co-worker on bereavement leave...just pace yourself and conserve your energy.

Laura - Glad your 2-day work week has gone well. Sounds like you have a jam-packed, but nice day planned tomorrow.

Shad - I hope things are going well and the DP drama is minimal.

Much love and many hugs,

MELODY525
07-13-2013, 07:55 AM
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MORNING CHICKLETTES

NOTHING MUCH NEW HERE.
I SLEPT AND TOOK ALEVE.
THAT WAS THE EXCITEMENT FOR THE DAY.
DOING DISHES WAS THE BIGGEST TASK.
BACKSIDE IS FEELING BETTER. NOT NEAR 100%
HIGH TEMPS COMING THIS WEEK.
I'LL BE DOING A LOT OF INDOOR STUFF.
MAYBE GET A JIGSAW PUZZLE OUT.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.




ANNIE....NOT SURE IF I CAN GET A CORSET ON!! ROFLMAO
I MIGHT PULL THE HAIRSTYLE OFF THOUGH!
RANDY TRAVIS HAS BEEN FAILING FOR QUITE SOME TIME.
HE'S BEEN KILLING HIMSELF FOR MANY YEARS.
GUESS MONEY DOES NOT BUY HAPPINESS. POOR SOD.
I AM VERY GLAD C'S PARENTS WERE OK. SCARY WEATHER.
THE CROCKPOT SOUNDED DELISH.





MICHELLE....GLAD THE WATER IS EASY ON THE BACK.
TAKE GOOD CARE OF THAT BACK.
SORRY YOU'RE NOT INTERESTED IN THE MEN HERE.
THEY WILL BE TERRIBLY DISAPPOINTED:lol3:
HAVE FUN THIS WEEKEND WITH D AND ON THE DATE!!



LAURA...I HOPE YOU'RE RIGHT ABOUT PAUL ON DA.
KEEPING MY FINGERS CROSSED:crossed:
LOVE THE SEAT COVER. YOU'RE VERY INVENTIVE!!
I LIKE WHITE TRIM ALSO BUT I'LL COME AND FILL THE HOLES,SAND AND STAIN!!!:scooter:
HOPE YOU GET TO REST UP A BIT THIS WEEKEND.
ONE CAR CAN BE A PITA BUT CHEAPER THAN 2.
WHAT'S A GAL GONNA DO???:belly:




CEEJAY....ONE DAY THEY WILL JUST BE SAYING TO THE NEW PEOPLE...
LOOK IN CEEJAY'S MANUAL!!
GOOD FOR YOU PACING YOURSELF.
TOO BLOODY HOT TO DO ANYTHING ELSE.
YOUR RETIREMENT PLAN EVEN MAKES ME HAPPY TO THINK ABOUT.
GOING TO BE A GOOD CHANGE & A GOOD MOVE.
YOU WILL BE WITH MORE PEOPLE!





HAPPY....WAVING BACK TO YA MY NORTH WEST SISTER:wave:

annie175
07-13-2013, 08:40 AM
Good Morning All.....

Whew last night was full of dreams. Woke up several times and each time I dreamed I was preggers at 53 years old. Talk about freaking out in a dream. I was devastated. Then went back to sleep and dreamed it again. and then again. YIKES...I have no chance in h*ll of getting preggers as I am fried, tied, cut, looped, clipped, froze and scrapped. Geez once I woke up, I was so relieved it was a dream. Talk about being greatful to GOD.

Supposed to be a beautiful day until around 4 pm then showers, then clearing for the evening time. I hope so, want to have a pit fire if the weather holds out. I love pit fires. We have not been able to have a pit fire for so long due to rain. bleh

Got a few things on the agenda before the rain hits. Cut front and back grass. Put rocks around the back and sides of the shed. Change the juice in the humming bird feeder, and clean out the right side of the garage. Hopefully I can get some motivation to get started. Aldi's is having good prices on red,yellow, orange peppers, grape tomatos, baby carrots, cukes and mushrooms. Hope to get there and get me some. Garden is coming along but not much ripe yet, just a few cherry tomatos. Patiently waiting.

MELLIE...the beverage you posted looks delish. Our temps are doing the same thing as your temps this week. We get it then you get it. Oh Joy! NOT. Sick of rain and high temps. This is the first year that I have not worked on my tan AT ALL, and furthermore don't even care. Think I have crossed the line of old age. :(.

CHELLE...have fun on your date...sounds like a very nice out.

HAPPY....really? Is there normal to anything? Well maybe a little. lol

CEEG...boo to the OT, YEAH to the $$$..but that crap can certainly wear you out when you finally get some time off. Take care of yourself.

LAURA....You are always so busy...you need sloth time...doing a bunch of nothing for a couple of days.

HELLO to SHADDIE, I am convinced they are keeping her hostage.

Have a marvy Saturday all!!

Loves

ceejay52
07-13-2013, 10:25 AM
Annie
I agree 100% on the OT. I like the $$$$$ and it will help build up a little more in my social security account. Wow, what a dream!!!! Maybe Sam is pregnant again!!!

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Woke up at my usual time this morning closed my eyes and went back to sleep for another 30 minutes. Now I have a headache and I hope it will leave soon. Day 3 of my OT day's.

happy2bme
07-13-2013, 12:23 PM
Hi all,

I surely would like to read and post but everyone KEEPS TALKING TO ME and asking me things and pestering me. I guess I have to stay up until 3am so I can have some time to myself... :rolleyes:

MELODY525
07-13-2013, 01:13 PM
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:tree:Watching all these movies, I am thinking I should be decorating my tree!:devil:

AND.....next weekend is the Good Witch's Marathon!! :witch:


I am sure these thoughts will cheer SHAD right up!!! :hohoho:

Shad
07-13-2013, 05:55 PM
Not lost, not hostaged and held for ransom (who the heck would pay a ransom for me). Just busy. Today the family goes home and we get back to normal - well as normal as it gets. I'll be back then with updates and some photos

Laura705
07-13-2013, 11:45 PM
Evening all.

Shad - So you survived the visit! Enjoy the quiet time. :)

Mel - Glad you're feeling better. Love both graphics. Not up for the holiday movies at the moment, but I can definitely see myself tuning in for the Good Witch marathon! :carrot: Yeh, we're gonna get the hot weather next week too. Time to appreciate the AC...

Happy - You're going to be all talked out by the time your mum goes home. Or is it your ears that will be tired out?? :D

Ceejay - Very interesting interpretation of Annie's dreams!!!! Hang in there with the OT.

Annie - Wow, three dreams about being preggers!!??? What do you think of Ceejay's take on the dreams??? :D Hope you had a productive day - that sure was an ambitious to-do list! I stopped at Aldi's today and bought cukes, baby carrots and bananas. Prolly shoulda bought the grape tomatoes too - I've got cherry tomatoes on the vine but they aren't ripe yet.

Michelle - Hope you're enjoying your date tonight. The pool party/bbq sounds fun! Enjoy. :)

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Today was as planned. Jazzercise, stopped for groceries afterwards just for the cuke salad I was making for the cookout today, shower, made the salad, read a bit, hair appointment, cookout.

The cookout was nice except the house - which has a very nice patio - is on the airport's flight path and really close to the airport to boot. Constant planes overhead and very loud. And no shade on the patio, so it was quite sunny and hot out there. But, it was still a nice gathering.

Unfortunately I came home with the beginnings of one of my TOM headaches. I've taken the migraine med and hope it'll pass soon.

Nothing at all planned for tomorrow, yay! :D

Off to drink some ice water and watch some tv. TTFN.

Laura705
07-14-2013, 03:23 AM
The house reeks of skunk right now. The skunks pass right by the air intake for our hvac system, so the smell gets sucked right in. To top it off, bf had the dog out in the yard. Doggy didn't get sprayed, but he must have stuck his snoot in their mist or the grass & picked up the stench. I'm so effing po'd. Just because the dog wants to go outside doesn't mean we have to let him out. Especially late at night when skunks pass through. We've used the skunk cleaning solution & will have to try to get doggy in for a bath tomorrow.

Gonna try to read & get sleepy, but I'm really in a crappy mood right now.

MELODY525
07-14-2013, 08:55 AM
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STILL THE WEEKEND. YIPPEE!!
I WOKE AND WAS CONFUSED FOR A MINUTE. THOUGHT IT WAS MONDAY.
THEN WAS OVERJOYED TO FIND IT WAS SUNDAY HERE.:dance:
QUIET NIGHT AFTER A DAY OF MAINT. CALLS.
ALL REPAIRS CAN WAIT TILL TOMORROW.
MADE A LIST FOR THEM AND WILL DROP IT OFF TONIITE.

I ALREADY POSTED THE HEATWAVE SIGNS. :flame:
WHILE I WAS AT IT I TOLD ANYONE I MET I WILL NOT BE DOWNSTAIRS.
I JUST HOPE NOTHING HAPPENS TO CHANGE THAT :lol3:
THURSDAY IS TRADER JOES AND THE MEETINGS.
THE BUS A/C IS NOT WORKING ALL THAT GREAT.
I WILL WAIT TILL THURSDAY TO DECIDE IF IT'S WORTH GOING. :crossed:
THAT'S ALL THE NEWS FOR YESTERDAY. QUIET. Shhhhhhh!





ANNIE.....WE HAD A FEW MINUTES OF SUN THIS MORNING.
NEXT TIME WE GET ANOTHER FEW I'LL SEND THEM TO YOU :sunny:
HOPE YOU GOT TO ALDI'S FOR THE VEGGIES.
YOU HAD A LONG TO DO LIST!
WAS THERE TIME FOR YOU TOO???
PREGGERS???? YIKES????
THAT WAS NOT A DREAM FILLED NIGHT IT WAS NIGHTMARES:rofl:




CEEJAY....SO HOW DID DAY 3 OVERTIME GO??
DID YOU HEAR "CHA CHING" ALL DAY IN THE SOC. SECURITY CASH REGISTER??:rofl:
HOPE THE DAY WAS A GOOD ONE.





HAPPY.....THINKING OF YOU.
ARE YOU COUNTING THE DAYS??? :rofl:






SHAD....I WAS JUST GOING TO TAKE UP A COLLECTION FOR THE RANSOM!!
GLAD TO HEAR THINGS WILL BE BACK TO "NORMAL".
BET MISS PUSS WILL BE HAPPY!!



LAURA.....NO SHADE?????:faint:
I WOULD HAVE HAD A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN WITH THE PLANES.
I HAVE A FEAR OF LOW FLYING ANYTHING!!!!
AND THAT INCLUDES CLOUDS!!!! :yikes:
GLAD YOU SURVIVED & HOPE YOU NIPPED THE HEADACHE IN THE BUD:hug:
PART 2: I AM VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE SKUNK SMELL.
WE HAVE ONE THAT PASSES MY WINDOW AT TIMES.
YUCK!!!!!! POOR DOGGIE AND POOR YOU!!!
MAYBE WE GIVE PEPE A BATH INSTEAD OF COAL!
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ceejay52
07-14-2013, 09:37 AM
Laura
I take something for a headache whether it be sinus or migraine at the beginning. Headache pain to me is very debilitating. I wished I like cukes but don't like the taste of them. Ugh on the skunk smell. I can smell it from here. :lol:

Michelle
Curious minds want to know how about your date with D.

Mel
Glad you had a good night's sleep. Did you check the leaks yourself or call one of the maintenance man. It's supposed to get hot here the week.
Day 3 went good now if day 4 will be as quiet as yesterday I'll be happy.
When I saw the tulips I thought about the son tip toe through the tulips

Shad and Happy
Hang in there things will be back to normal soon.

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Did not sleep well last night. I woke up with serious drainage in my throat and my throat felt like it was getting sore. I got up and took an allegra. It's helped. I should have been taking this all week.
I'm on day 4 of the over time. As of now I've worked 96 hours straight. When I'm finished with this stretch I'll have accrued 132 hours for my next pay check. 48 of those hours will be overtime.

happy2bme
07-15-2013, 02:43 AM
Hello, hello -

It's midnight. Everyone is asleep but me and I finally have a few moments to myself. I tell you, this was an interesting exercise in having Mom live with us. There is a lot I would have to get used to and honestly I'm not sure I totally could. My Mom likes to tell you stuff - like how to pick out groceries, where to park, what line to get into to check out at the store and the list goes on and on. It can be very annoying. I told DH that I now see how I must appear to him at times because I do the same on a much lesser scale. My Mom God Love Her is also a bit of a critic - dinner was over priced, why can't they seat us in this other section, you sure don't get much for you money here, it's too hot, too cold, too bright in here (she has problems with bright areas with her macular degeneration. And then there is the constant nitpicking about salt grams in food while she totally ignores the amount of salt in the sweet rolls, bread, ice cream and chocolate that she's been indulging in. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: To make matters even worse, we had bbq ribs the other night and she somehow lost a temporary tooth that was glued in - she chewed it up and swallowed it. And the ribs were fall off the bone slow roasted for 3 hours tender so not my doing. It's an incisor - eye tooth - and now she's in a funk that she has to have a lot of dental work done. She has some bad teeth. I told her not to get her jammies in a twist - that you can't see the missing tooth (she is self conscious), you don't need your incisor for eating despite what you think and the fact that it was a tooth the dentist found in a drawer, glued in and made a "temporary" fix that held up for 5 years - she did pretty good. My sister and I were wondering where he "found" this tooth in a drawer that he glued into her mouth - my crazy sister said she hoped it wasn't a cadaver tooth :rofl: I don't want to even think about it... :sklol: DH is kind of crabby because he has to wear a heart monitor strapped to his chest for 10 days straight. This is a follow up to his heart ablation earlier this year - time to check for any residual palpitations. The unit is bulky, uncomfortable, the battery does not hold a charge for more than 5 hours and he is pretty much stuck around here for the most part. Said he can't even mow the lawn because if he sweats the leads will fall off. He has also about had his fill of Mom's "idiosyncrasies". And of course sometimes his frustration comes out in snappy comments back to me which I don't appreciate. The older cat is s-l-o-w-l-y coming out of her shell but the young one is both a delight to watch and a pain in the tush. They require as much effort as infants right now. So there has kind of been a lot going on. We will be taking Mom home in about a week or so - still debating on which day and how long of a turn around until we head back. DH definitely wants a short trip down there - he doesn't want to board the cats because he thinks it's traumatic to them even though a month ago there were living in kennels in a shelter :dizzy: and my Mom's house will be warm and stuff after being closed up for a month and not all that comfortable to stay at. Parking is bad in the city and her neighborhood smells bad from the tortilla factory nearby and the fried chicken wing store across the street from her house. Every time we go into the city we notice how we dread going back there. I'll barely get an opportunity to see my sister and forget meeting up with friends (sorry again Laura ;) ) I'm sure he would not mind dumping me off at Mom's for an extended stay but at this point, I'd surely go in the loony bin if I did that. I went to church with Mom for Saturday mass and I prayed that God would give me patience, tolerance and help me to get past the annoyances and see the blessings in my life. So far it's working. This week will pass quickly as I prepare for a road trip and then it will be back to a new normal - a normal that includes 2 cats who I'm sure will be delighted to have it even less quiet than it already is.

Shad - I'm so sorry that S's Mom thinks the Kardashians are people to emulate. That is very, very sad and pathetic. Hope you had a nice visit in spite of things.

Mel - I'm sorry to hear of the sciatica. I hope you can remedy yourself up so that it's not completely debilitating. Has Jen's foot healed up? Perhaps she could shop for you if it's too warm on Thursday.

Ceejay - sounds like you're getting wistful about retirement. You'll have a nice paycheck in O.T. but I hope half of that does not go to extra taxes. You'll also need a part of that for sinus meds. I sure don't miss the constant headaches and stuffy nose and throat from the allergies down your way. I hope you'll have less issues when you move to your sister's area.

Laura - yuck on the skunk. When I lived out your way I still smoked but not in the house. I had a park bench on the front porch and would sit out there. At night I could smell the skunks and would hear rustling in the leaves under the bushes. I was terrified that a skunk would pop it's head out one day :yikes: Bummer on missing your class the other day because of one car. When I was working downtown, we only had one car also - didn't make much sense to have 2 but there were times like you saw where it got pretty inconvenient. I couldn't go back to one car again and am secretly glad that we sort of have to have 2 even up here ;) Thanks for the review on The Heat - it was looking somewhat goofy from the trailers I saw and I was wondering if it was just too much "shtick" and not enough true comedy. Identify Thief also looked like they took an interesting bit and dragged it out too long also. Although I do love Melissa McCarthy.

Annie - I hope you are not preggers either but if by some chance you are after all of that we all better get right with the man because the second coming will be upon us :lol: ;) Funny you should mention pit fires. I am looking at our pit with lots of grass growing in it. We don't dare start a fire with it being as dry as it is. Gusty windy the last few days too although they said the fire danger is low. Guess the fire pit is an autumn thing. :( Save me some of that beef roast - it sounds delish!

Michelle - Santa is just having a gay old time in CA, isn't he? Reminds me of the movie How Stella Got Her Groove Back :lol: Sounds like you have a really active social life. That's great. Hope you get past the learning curve at work soon. I'm not sure my brain could retain any more new stuff at this point.

Mom just hollered out from her bedroom "GO TO BED ALREADY!!!" As old as I am, still getting hollered at by Mom to go to sleep :rolleyes: Geez o peaso already :tantrum:

I may still be sporatic for a bit but will be back soon. :wave:

MELODY525
07-15-2013, 09:05 AM
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MORNING WORLDLIES.

LOVELY SUNNY DAY. WOULD YOU BELIEVE THE DOORBELL RANG BEFORE 7:30?
ONE DRIVER HAS LOST HIS PHONE.
BUT WE MADE CALLS AND FOUND IT.
I COULDN'T BELIEVE THE DOORBELL RANG:rofl:

NOTHING NEW AT ALL HERE.
RESTED THE BACK AND FEEL MUCH BETTER.
JUST DOING LITTLE THINGS TO KEEP FLEXIBLE.

HOPE YOU GALS HAVE A GREAT DAY.






CEEJAY.....I CALL MAINT. MEN OUT AND THEY CHECK THE APARTMENTS.
I CAN'T GET INTO A LOT OF PLACES WITH THE CHAIR.
HOPE YOUR DAY 4 WENT WELL.
STAY COOL THIS WEEK...IT'S GONNA BE A SCORCHER!!
I LOVE YOUR OVERTIME!!
GET A WHEELBARROW TO CARRY YOUR CHECK HOME!!
GONNA BE A VERY HEAVY ONE!!!:encore:





HAPPY.....AFTER READING YOUR POST......
THANK GOD ALL MY SENIORS HAVE THEIR NOWN APARTMENTS!!!
THERE WOULD BE A LOT OF FUNERALS IN THIS TOWN!!:rofl:
BUT IT'S EASIER FOR ME....I RAISE MY VOICE AND WHEN I USE THE F WORD....THEY BACK OFF:lol3:
OMG!! SENDING YOU A LOT OF GOOD THOUGHTS.
ALSO...FOR THE DH. PRAYING THE WEEK GOES WELL AND HE DOESN'T LOSE IHIS COOL DURING THE EVENT!!

ceejay52
07-15-2013, 10:42 AM
Just a fly by. I'm doing okay.. I'm tired but so goes. only three more days and hopefully have three day's off

MELODY525
07-15-2013, 11:00 AM
I just talked to my nephew and found out my older brother has passed away.
I need a few days to get myself together.
I won't tell Jen till she comes home over the weekend.
This is their last week together and there is nothing she can do from there.
His family lives in Nebraska and Washington DC.
I'll be back in a few days.

Laura705
07-15-2013, 11:37 AM
Morning all.

Mel - Sorry to hear about your brother. Please extend my condolences to Jen and his family. Take it easy during the heat. Like I need to tell you that!!! :D Love the good morning graphic today!

Happy - I can totally understand making a quick trip here to drop your mom off and then getting back home, for the sake of your kitties, and your sanity!!! After how long - 6 weeks? - you definitely need a break from your mom. I suppose your sis appreciated the break, even though she's not living in the same house with her... but now I'm sure she'll be spending some time helping your mom through her dental issues. LOL re her dds finding a replacement tooth in a drawer!!! Anyway, it's a shame we won't be a ble to get together, maybe next time. Good luck to your dh wearing the heart monitor. Nice to hear the kitties are settling in. :)

Ceejay -That's a lot of workdays in a row, hang in there for the last 3. The OT check will be nice though. Ick re the sinus drainage. Hope it doesn't repeat. With these TOM headaches, the docs - my physician and my gyne - have told me to take the migraine med througout my period, but I've found they're not consistent. So if I'm feeling no pain, I forget to take the meds. Thankfully, the med works well when they do hit.

Hi Shad! Hi Annie! Hi Michelle!!
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I eventually got to sleep Saturday night, but woke up fairly early Sunday. I read the paper a bit on the patio - it was a really lovely morning out there. Doggy was on the lawn.

As soon as the petco grooming opened I phoned and discussed a bath appointment. No self-serve appts on the weekends, but they of course had openings for their staff to do it. After bf called a couple other places, we ended up taking doggy to petco. We didn't do the special skunk treatment, but we did "pre-treat" him with the skunk solution as we had the night before. He's mostly stink-free, but his snoot still smells of skunk when you get up close. If it's on his nose, there's nothing to be done - it's in the skin. You just have to wait it out.

While doggy was a the groomer, we got a quick lunch, then picked him up, dropped him at home and we took his bedding to the laundromat. Ick, not a fun task on a hot day. We ducked out of the hot place and hopped over to the library to pick up some books, then back to finish off the bedding in the dryers.

Back home I did a load of my own laundry and had a long chat with my mother, then we had Lou Malnati's for dinner and watched a movie. I'd forgotten I'd been on the request list for a looong time for the movie "Silver Linings Playbook", so it was a pleasant surprise when the library had it for me when I checked out my books - the e-mail alert had just been sent that afternoon.

I really liked that movie. Wish I had time to watch it again - sometimes there was a lot of dialog going on at once and even though I heard most of it and didn't miss the jist of the plots, I always feel compelled to hear everything.

Even though it was hot yesterday, we opened up the house to let fresh air inside and had a couple fans and all the ceiling fans going - the house still has a slight smell of skunk. One of bf's grooming inquiries ended up as an extended conversation about skunks. We were advised that foxes are the #1 predator of skunks and that spraying a solution of fox urine and water around the perimeter of the property is a good way to keep the skunks away. We're definitely going to go that route. We'll either get a small bottle of it from a sporting goods chain that sells it, or get a gallon of it online.

Okay, I'll wrap this up and get down to work. Have a good day everyone! :)

annie175
07-15-2013, 11:48 AM
Oh MELLIE..my heart goes out to you. May God rest your brother's soul. I am so sorry to hear of this. Hugs dear sister.

diyana
07-15-2013, 12:03 PM
Mel - I'm so very sorry for your loss! My prayers and sincere condolences to you, Jen and his family! :hug:

diyana
07-15-2013, 01:41 PM
Good morning ladies -

I'll catch up on personals later...just have time for a quick post right now.

Friday and Saturday were quite hectic at the house. One of our family friend's daughter was getting married Saturday night, so all day Friday and Saturday the groom and his family used our house to prepare the food, and later on Saturday to shower and change for the wedding. The groom is from Argentina, but lives with his fiance (our friend's daughter) in Utah. The groom's family is all from Argentina and don't speak much English, but despite having forgotten so much Spanish, I was able to converse with them a bit, and help translate for Mark and Barb when they talked with them. It was a lot of fun using my Spanish again.

I decided with all the commotion at the house, it was best to have Santa in day care on Saturday, that way I didn't have to worry about a gate or door being left open and him getting out. Saturday night, I went out with D. D had a tough week and was in the mood for something funny and silly, so we saw Monsters University (very cute) and then went to a Mexican restaurant for a very yummy dinner. :drool:

Yesterday, my stepmother's boyfriend's family (kids and grandkids) came over in the afternoon for a pool party and BBQ. They brought their 6 year old female pug and she and Santa got along great!!

Santa is doing well in obedience training. In two weeks, he graduates, and I'll probably put him in intermediate level training.

Much love to all,

happy2bme
07-15-2013, 03:51 PM
Mel - my deepest condolences on the loss of your brother :hug: Our hearts are with you at this time.

diyana
07-15-2013, 07:17 PM
Annie - 3 dreams of being pregnant?! Wow!

Shad - Glad you weren't lost or kidnapped.

Mel - Holiday movies one weekend followed by a Good Witch Marathon the next...sounds like a great way to beat the heat. I'm so glad your back is feeling better today. I wish I could say the same. I helped my stepmom a lot the past two days with cleaning and entertaining. Too much walking, standing, etc. and now my back is complaining.

Laura - So sorry to hear Coal got too close to the skunks with smelly consequences.

Ceejay - Just a few more days of OT left. I really hope they give you 3 days off...or at least 2 days off.

Happy - I'm glad you got a few minutes to yourself so you could post. My ex-DMIL liked to think she was the authority on everything, even simple stuff and she'd instruct you on how to do stuff you've been doing your whole life. And my ex-DMIL complained a lot too, just as you're describing. Nothing was ever the way she wanted it. Bummer that your mom lost her tooth, but it's good that she doesn't need it for eating. DMIL has lost quite a few of her teeth, but while Medicare will pay for dentures, they won't pay to get the teeth pulled. What a PITA all that crap is. Too bad that your DH is tied to the monitor and is limited in terms of what he can do. When are his 10 days up? Yes, try to see your mom's annoyances as quirks that come with age, and cherish that you still have her around. I had to laugh at your Mom telling you to go to bed.


I need assistance from my teammates as to where to find some data (what database tables, etc.), and I'm having difficulty getting the info from them - they are quite busy. This is putting me behind schedule. Arrgh. :faint:

Well, it's almost time to be done for the day. Going to take a quick trip to the library to pick up some things I have on hold that have come in. Then I'll take the dog for a walk, and call it an evening. I'm still tired after the busy, but fun, weekend. It's hard work entertaining Argentinians and stepmother's boyfriend's family! :rofl: :lol3:

Shad
07-15-2013, 07:25 PM
Morning all,

Mel deepest condolences on the loss of your brother. Stay calm and think of the memories.

Happy - I think you have the worst of it. My life was easy compared to that. It sounds like the early days of my Mothers downhill slide. Had to laugh about the tooth. I had a tooth temporarily filled at one time. That lasted 7 years before the entire chunk came away. It's the one that is now going to be an implant - hopefully soon.

Michelle - seems like you are a new person since your move. Sometimes you just need a push - brutal or otherwise - to get you back on the happiness trail. Good that Santa is having obedience lessons - or is it you that gets the lessons and he follows along?

Laura - skunk, yuk. Poor you. I have only smelt them once and that was in Canada and Carla and I were travelling to the airport. So no close encounters for me and I'd like to think it would stay that way. Good work on the car seats by the way.

Ceejay - hard work all that overtime. You will be looking forward to that finishing and your big paycheck. Got plans for that have you?

Annie - Thank god that dream won't happen. Can you imagine being pregnant again? Oh such fun. And today the medicos have taken all the fun out of it as well. Can't eat this or that, can't have a drink, can't do all sorts of exercise, have to have the baby in a car seat for that first journey home, car seat has to face certain directions depending on the weight of the baby. Etc. etc. etc. No idea how we and our kids survived the life journey to get to where we are. And are todays kids any better for it???

Sorry to have been missing so much but I have been busy. The ex managed to stick his foot firmly down the back of his throat, and the DP threw a wobbly and apparently I featured in that because I had said something that didn't go down the right way. I told the DS1 that I would be happy to apologise if I knew what it was that I said. Anyway, things improved somewhat after that. I still don't know what I said. We worked together quite happily in my kitchen for most of Saturday morning and I think we got back into a reasonable state. I took them back to the airport on Sunday and put them on a plane and we were all good. It seems that I must watch my p's and q's but I think she must grow a thicker skin as well. Always too dramatic. But I will say that she and DS1 are doing a great job with that little girl and she is a happy, healthy, bright and much loved child.

So there is just me and the cat again. Seems a bit quiet but no doubt that will change shortly. The ex goes back next Thursday and life can get back to normal after that. I need to talk to M. about this training thing which I might do after dropping the ex at the airport and if that is not going ahead I will need to think about working again. The new car should arrive by the end of the month, I need to ring them and confirm that as well.

I've cleaned up (mostly) after the visit, however the wee DGD loves to shred tissues and there is a pile on the floor of pink tissue paper which will be tidied up today and I need to change a bed and then since for a change the sun is shining, I might get out into the yard. There are some beans to pick I see as well and the bugs have got at the potato plant and stripped the leaves. I doubt that there are many under there yet since it's not been that long since I planted it. I better spray it and see if I can rescue it.

And that is about it for today, better go and get into this garden before the freakin' rain starts again. Whatever happened to our beautiful winter days.

Shad
07-15-2013, 10:27 PM
Oh and before I forget, the tax man wants another chunk of my considerably diminished fortune. Better book my overseas trip before he decides he needs some more. Where do we not get expedited from?

Laura705
07-16-2013, 11:43 AM
Morning all. Hot and steamy here.

Shad - Huh, not sure which countries have no extradition treaty with Aus. In a quick search I learned the US doesn't have treaties with Cuba, Morocco, Iran, Nicaragua and there are surely others. Good luck with the tax man. I'm glad that all was good by the time the DS and DP and little S. left town. All the togetherness reminds you of the importance of tolerance - by all, for all, LOL. Sorry your potato plants got eaten. I hope they can come back from that. :crossed:

Michelle - Sounds like a really busy weekend for you, I hope you're better rested after another night's sleep, and that your back is feeling better too. :yes:

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Went to Jazzercise class last night. Lordy it was hot in there. This class is held in a church space that has no AC. I think they must have the windows closed all day, and that doesn't help. But even with fans and the windows wide open, it was really hot in there. And of course that's the day I forget to pack a towel!!! And there was another instructor leading the class and she's not nearly as good as my fave instructor. Not my best class by a long shot. If it's hot again like that on Thursday, I'm not going. Well, maybe, and only if C. is teaching. I have to check the calendar on that.

Bf and I are on day 6 of the 30-day squat challenge we're doing. So far, so good. He keeps focusing on the fact that by day 30 you do 250 squats and he's not keen on that, but I hope he'll stick with it.

Not going to the movies tonight. I didn't even vote...just not in the mood. They picked "The Lone Ranger" with Johnny Depp. I'm not particularly interested, so it's good I didn't really want to go to a movie tonight.

WW meeting today. Hoping for no gain, and that's as optimistic as I dare to be because I had quite a snacky day yesterday.

Everyone keep cool today!

diyana
07-16-2013, 12:44 PM
Good morning ladies,

I got the info I needed from my teammate. Now I have a bit of reconfiguring of my program to do to make it all work. Rather write the program to grab the data from a wide variety of sources, I just need to tweak it to utilize existing programs that call the data, and import it to display in my program. Not sure if that makes sense. It'll take a bit of work to tweak my program, but in the long run, it will be better. So despite the work I put in unwittingly going down the wrong path...it'll be ok in the end.

Santa was restless last night and woke me up several times to go out. Hopefully he'll be better tonight. :crossed:

I have a couple recruiters submitting me for positions in Southern CA. I'm not "actively" looking for new positions, but I'm not removing my resume from the job boards either. So if recruiters call me and have a position that sounds interesting either in Southern or Northern CA, I'll let them submit me.

I'm very happy where I am, and could happily stay here for at least another 6 months to a year, if my stepmom will have us that long. Santa and I enjoy living with my stepmom and spending time with my stepbrother, and not having to pay rent is helping me pay off some debt, which is a very good thing.

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Shad - Bummer that your ex and DP had issues, and that she got mad at something you said too. Glad you were able to work together on Saturday, and all was good by Sunday. It doesn't surprise me that DP is dramatic if she watches the Kardashians and Real Housewives, but I'm relieved to hear she's a good mum. Hope you had a good day in the garden today. As for the obedience, I am the one who gets the lessons! :rofl: Thanks for the kind words. I am much happier and more light-hearted since the move. It's still sometimes a rollercoaster of emotions, but the good days are many, and the not so good are few and very far between. :)

Laura - My back was really bad yesterday, but it's a bit better today. Hard to believe they hold Jazzercise in an unairconditioned building on a hot muggy day/evening. Good for you on doing the squat challenge! Good luck at WW today.

Hugs to Mellie. Hang in there, girlfriend. My thoughts are with you.

Big :wave: to Happy, Ceejay and Annie!

Much love to all,

Hotcupojava
07-16-2013, 12:54 PM
Imagine. If you will: a turtle wearing a grass skirt and a coconut bra (okay, let's be realistic....a watermelon bra), flowers in her "hair" (turtles don't have hair..shhhh) and flower leis around her wrists and ankles (cankles). Now, Melody, you're on! Sing "we're having a heat wave, a tropical heat wave". Okay, I just wanted to plant that image, then sneak back out. Hello to all you lovely ladies of the world. Please be kind to yourselves and enjoy your day.
:coffee::coffee:

ceejay52
07-16-2013, 02:23 PM
Java
Are you actually there?

Shad
Bet you are glad for some peace and quiet. And back to work.

Laura
Just think of all the calories you are burning and toxins you are sweating with out the a.c.
I'd like to do the squat challenge but right now my knees are not able to do that.

Michelle
You do sound very happy in SJ. Even Santa sounds content.

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Not much going on today. I've had to contend with two power outages this week. Sunday afternoon until shift change and last night at shift change
A 99 year old man knocked down a utility pole Sunday. It took from 3.30 p.m. till around 10 p.m. for them to rebuild a new pole and get it set. The customers were getting irate. This is the one thing about this job I will not miss at all.
I can see the light at the end of the tunnel for this work week. The rest of today and tomorrow and I'm off for 3 days. :dance:
I wanted to go to the a district water meeting in Paragould Thursday but I don't think I should. I need to stay home and rest.

diyana
07-16-2013, 02:26 PM
Ceejay - I hope today and tomorrow are better for you, with no power outages or irate customers. :crossed:

Laura705
07-16-2013, 04:54 PM
My weight had no change today and that was fine by me - no gain is a good thing! Strangely enough, the WW weigher didn't mark it in my weight tracker thingy. I'm sure she just marked their card and forgot mine. We'll see next week.

Ceejay - Gosh, hope there aren't any more power outages to deal with! I'm sure your weekend can't come a moment too soon for you. Hang in there!! Re the squats - my one knee felt slightly strainedin class last night, but I don't feel it when I do squats, only when I do lunge-type moves.

Michelle - Glad your back's feeling a bit better today. Any water-aerobics classes coming up? Hopefully you'll have a more restful night's sleep tonight. I slept like the dead last night and overslept this morning. My clock-radio alarm is set to wake me to the radio, but the volume had been turned down too low and I didn't really hear it.

Hi Miss Java!! Now I have that song in my head!! :D

annie175
07-17-2013, 08:30 AM
Mornin ladies...

Too hot for comfort around here. I have gotten a lot of yard work done the past few days. Curtis got the attic ladder installed. That was a hot job. Shue weeee.

Today is a meet in greet with the VP from Ohio. He is supplying the meat for lunch and we all brought a covered dish. He ordered BBQ from GT South restaurant. Very good BBQ. I made baked beans with all the trimmings in it. Onion, bacon, brown sug, etc etc. Then covered the top with bacon. Baked them this morning before work. I can smell them...I am not a bake bean fan but the bacon sure does entice me. lol

MELLIE...hope you are finding peace.

SHADDIE...is in re-coup land after company.

CEEG...is looking for the light at the end of the tunnel.

CHELLE...is having a good ole time in CA.

LAURA...is waisting away to nothing.

HAPPY...is trying to survive her momma.

HELLO to JAVA!!

Stay cool everyone.

Hugs

ceejay52
07-17-2013, 09:50 AM
Morning
I'm tired as can be but hanging on for today. I didn't sleep well last night.
Giving every one a :wave: I'll be back tomorrow.

Laura705
07-17-2013, 11:10 AM
Morning all. Still hot and steamy, and it will continue through Friday.

Annie - Enjoy the bbq today. Your baked beans sound delish!! :hun:

Ceejay - Glad you slept well. Very important to be well-rested when you're on day what - at least #10 right??!!!

Hellos to the rest of the Worldlies. :wave:

Nothing much to report. Went to dinner and then Home Depot last night. They botched our bound rug for the foyer - not the rug itself, but not phoning us that it was ready for over two weeks, and then not knowing where it was in the store when we initiated the inquiry about it. So bf spoke to the store mgr and got us a 10% discount on several items we bought last night, including an air compressor and its accessories.

Nothing planned tonight.

Okay, off to see the boss. She has a project from her boss that will become my project. TTFN.

diyana
07-17-2013, 11:55 AM
Good morning ladies -

Super quick check in for me as I was given a project late yesterday that has to be done by tomorrow. I did sleep well last night. Yay!! And I'm ready to tackle the day and the creating of a time-recording system in a programming language I'm still learning.

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Laura - Congrats on the no gain! Good on you and bf getting a discount to make up for the rug fiasco. Aqua aerobics is on Mondays and Wednesdays. I skipped this past Monday due to exhaustion from the weekend. I'm planning on attending tonight.

Ceejay - Hang in there, sista. Just a couple more days. Have they said if you'll get three days off? I sure hope so.

Annie - You had me drooling just thinking about your yummy baked beans. I can almost smell the bacon. :drool:

A big :wave: to all!

Much love and many hugs,

ceejay52
07-17-2013, 03:21 PM
This is my last work day for this week. :dance: I will be off the next three days. Just going rest and relax. I might get out and mow the lawn if it's not to hot. Definitely not going anywhere.

Shad
07-17-2013, 07:59 PM
Morning all,
Been up since early this morning to take the ex back to the airport. Kicked him out and stuck around just long enough to make sure he went. If there were ever any doubts about that split, they have disappeared for ever and ever. Gave him a farewell dinner last night along with the DS2 and girlfriend. We managed to get through several bottles of bubbly and a fair amount of food.

DS1 and DP and little one are safely home and settled back in. Don't think DS1 really wanted to go, but unless he sticks his foot down and gets a good paying job somewhere else, dead end State is where he will stay.

Laura - many of our gyms have set aircon temperatures and have to use fans to keep the temps down so the users don't drop down dead. I presume the aircon is set as in an office for the average person or more generally for a bloke in a suit which means it is too cold for the average woman. Anyway 24C is far to warm for exercise, hence the fans.
I like the idea of a squat challenge. You will have rock hard thighs and buns with that one.
No change is better than upward spiral in the weight area.
Good for you for complaining about the rug and its non appearance. 10% discount is good news.
Good luck with the new project.

Michelle - good luck with the new program. Hope you get it done in time. It's good that you are enjoying staying with the stepmother.

Ceejay - you must be feeling somewhat tired of work by now. Do you have to get a security firm out to escort you to the bank with all that money?

Happy - hang in there. It's really quiet when they have gone.

Mel - hope the sciatica has gone now and you are on the road to recovery. No doubt you are thinking of your brother a lot just now.

Java - nice to hear from you again.

Annie - the smell of bacon and toast are some of the best smells in this world. Hope you enjoyed the meet and greet.

It's cool here - temp hasn't got above 18C yet. I need to go and do something to warm up. Can't sit around all day. Seeya

MELODY525
07-18-2013, 09:34 AM
http://tunisia.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/heat-wave.jpg




MORNING CHICKS

I'VE BEEN A HERMIT FOR 3 DAYS.
OR I SHOULD SAY TRYING TO BE ONE.
FINALLY JUST UNPLUGGED THE HOUSE PHONE.
I THOUGHT MOURNING WAS A GOOD REASON NOT TO BE PESTERED.
APPARENTLY NOT :faint:

THE MEETINGS ARE TONITE. YUCK.
THE TEMPS ARE HORRID AND THE AIR IS SO BAD.
NOT A LEAF IS BLOWING...NOT EVEN A TINY ONE.
WE'RE HOPING THE STORM COMING THIS WEEKEND WILL BREAK THIS HEATWAVE.
WE REALLY NEED IT.
HOSPITALS ARE BEGINNING TO GET CROWDED.

THANKS FOR THE KIND THOUGHTS.
THEY WERE MUCH APPRECIATED & MUCH NEEDED.:hug:
I AM GOING TO DROWN MY SORROWS IN STARBUCKS & WATCH THE GOOD WITCH MARATHON THIS WEEKEND.
A FEW TREATS SHOULD BE JUST THE TICKET.

GOING TO READ POSTS NOW AND DO PERSONALS. HOLD ON A SEC.......




CEEJAY....HOPE YOUR 3 DAYS OFF REJUVENATE YOU!
YOU MUST BE WANTING TO RECHARGE YOUR BATTERIES:hug:
2 POWER OUTAGES???:yikes:
WE HAVEN'T HAD ONE YET.
HANG IN THERE CEEJAY...IT'S ALMOST WEEKEND TIME:hug:



ANNIE.....I AM FINDING MY WAY AS I AM SURE YOU DID:hug:
I CAN SMELL THE BAKED BEANS FROM HERE....:drool:
I LOVE THEM. ESPECIALLY HOMEMADE.
HOPE THE LUNCH AND VP MEETING WENT WELL.





LAURA...GLAD THE BATH GOT RID OF MOST OF IT.
POOR COAL AND HIS STINKY NOSE.
GUESS YOU DON'T WANT HIM CUDDLING & STICKING HIS SNOOT UNDER YOUR CHIN!!
HOPE THE FOX THING WORKS. WOULD BE AN EASY FIX.
GOOD FOR YOU TWO WITH THE SQUAT CHALLENGE!! WTG!!



MICHELLE....I COULD USE YOU AS A TRANSLATOR HERE!!
I NEED A DICTIONARY FOR SURE.
GLAD THINGS ARE GOING SO WELL FOR YOU.
DINNER & A MOVIE SOUNDED GREAT TOO. ENJOY!




SHAD.....OMG I HAD MY FIRST LAUGH IN SO MANY DAYS!! THANK YOU!!
I CANNOT BELIEVE YOUR "DIL".
TOO FUNNY ABOUT NOT KNOWING WHAT IT IS YOU SAID:rofl: :rofl:
LEAVE IT TO THE EX TO START IT OFF TOO. ROFLMAO
MAYBE ONE DAY YOU WILL KNOW WHAT IT WAS YOU DID.
GLAD IT SEEMED ALL WAS WELL & MENDED AFTER THAT.
POOR DS1 AND TRYING TO KEEP BOTH QUEEN & PRINCESS HAPPY.
IT'S A TOUGH JOB BUT SOMEBODY HAS TO DO IT.
SENDING HIM GOOD THOUGHTS FOR A JOB WELL DONE!
SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE TAX MAN!!
GREEDY LITTLE BUGGER HUH???




HAPPY....SAFE TRAVELS WHEN YOU GO.
THIS HAS BEEN A TRIAL FOR THE FUTURE!!
MAYBE YOU AND SIS CAN SHARE THE BURDEN??
HOW DID DH DO WITH THE MONITER..WAS IT A HOLTER AGAIN??
GOD I HATED MINE SO MANY YEARS AGO!! LOL

MELODY525
07-18-2013, 11:06 AM
Mary...i Am So Discomboobulated That I Forgot Your Hula Post.
Glad To See The Old Sense Of Humor Is Still Intact.
Not Able To Sing Just Yet But I Will Be Soon.
Have A Cool Summer If You Can Find "cool".

happy2bme
07-18-2013, 11:46 AM
Morning ladies,

Been a crazy week. Long story but we are not going in to Chicago after all. We are doing a "relay" with Mom - DH driving her 5 hours to Madison, SIL is picking her up there and taking her back to her home in Milwaukee where my sister will drive up and meet them there and then take my Mom back home. I am sad that I won't get to see my sister probably at all this year :( and I think DH is secretly happy we don't have to go to Chicago. But there are considerations and all in all, I think we are doing the best thing even if it doesn't work out for every one. Mom had a good time, she said part of her is ready to go home and part of her is not. She said she sure will have a period of adjustment once she gets back home.

Seems like most of you are suffering from this latest heat wave. No exception here. Been in the 90's, everyone is complaining about the heat and it's only been really hot for about a week now :rolleyes: I would think that would be ideal weather for boating, kayaking, canoeing - water things like you do out here. The bugs are annoying - particularly the flies. Mosquitoes are not quite as intense as they were because we are suffering for a lack of rain as things are drying out but there are still enough of them in the woods to bite you when you least expect it.

Mel - you should know that you can't ever truly get away from everyone. I hope you had sufficient time to mourn properly and remember your brother in happier times. Keep cool in this heat and take care of yourself first. I'm sure the hospitals are inundated with heat stroke cases. Asked my Mom why old people won't use air conditioning and she said because they are always cold. I find it hard to believe that because the minute she steps outside she is complaining about how Gawd awful hot it is outside so she notices the warmth :dizzy: Enjoy your Good Witch marathon this week.

Shad - glad that everyone is off to where they belong and you have the place to yourself again? I saw your objections to the rains - isn't that what winter weather is for you or are you looking for just clear blue days and comfortable temps?

Ceejay - enjoy your 3 days off. Isn't it hot out by you? Be careful if you decide to do the yard work. Take a big picture of tea or lemonade along with you.

Michelle - good luck with the new programming project - hope you fly through the code!

Laura - good going on getting some compensation from Home Depot - sounds like it was a timely discount since you were purchasing other things.

Java - I love your pictures of Stinky on FB.

Annie - hope the luncheon turned out well. The beans sound delicious.

Well I have to run out and water all my plants - will have just enough time to clean up, grab something light and fast for lunch and then it's off to the thrift store for the afternoon. I took Mom around yesterday - we ran some errands, had some fun at the casino and she got all of her fudge and candy purchases made for gifts back home. I'll get to spend all day tomorrow with her for her last day here so that will be good.

I'll be back to post on the weekend once I have the house all to myself again.

ceejay52
07-18-2013, 01:03 PM
I've been online paying some bills this morning. Completed one load of laundry also. Will start the second load this afternoon.

Happy
It's definitely hot. I've been trying to stay inside. A five hour trip can be exhausting. But glad things worked out to where ya'll didn't have to drive all the way to Chicago.

Michelle
I like learning new things. Hope this wasn't to hard of a program.

Be back soon.

Laura705
07-18-2013, 01:41 PM
Morning all. Ugh, really hot already - 88 F at about 9 am when I checked. Who knows how bad it is now!!

Ceejay - Hope you get to stay inside today. I especially dislike running errands by car in the heat - the car gets so hot when it's parked, way hotter than outside. Multiple stops are just so annoying in this weather - the car barely starts to cool by the time you get to the next stop! Enjoy your 3 days, and stay cool!!!

Happy - Wow, 5 hours just to Madison. :faint: That really is a long trip, and super long to Chicago. Good you don't have to do that this time, but it's a shame you won't get to see your sister. :( Have a good shift at the thrift shop today (have you bought much from the shop?) and enjoy the last day with your mom tomorrow.

Mel - Not nice of people to ignore the "go away" signs on your door! Can't they just leave you in peace??!! Thankfully we're expecting cooler weather on the weekend, but til then, everyone I see on the street looks soooo uncomfortable. :stress: I suppose the low 80's will seem like a treat after the 90's with heat indexes of 100+.

Shad - Ah, the ex is gone, and good riddance, huh. Not that there was ever any doubt about the split with him, right, lol. You've got a point about the AC - big difference between a man wearing a suit jacket, or even just the dress shirt with sleeves (and undershirt underneath it), versus a woman wearing the flimsy dresses and sleeveless tops - which is all they seem to sell in the stores despite plenty of women who would very much like to cover there upper arms because (a) they don't like the way they look and (b) they are the that part feels the cold most - except for maybe toes. Sometimes it feels so good to step outdoors just to take the chill off! But really, that just lasts for only a step or two in this type of weather.

Michelle - Hope the project is going well. A friend of mine heads up time reporting system implementations. The last couple times we've gotten together, she's talked about how she wants to do something less intense and just plain different. Sounds interesting... I wonder how serious she is. Did you go to the water aerobics last night? :swim: Sounds cool just thinking about it. :)

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Nuttin' much to report. We were at Home Depot again last night for a couple returns and to buy a light bulb. I've had enough of that place lately, but I know we'll be back soon enough. The other night we revisited the paint swatches. The two samples I painted on our powder room walls didn't do anything for either of us. This time we didn't buy a sample, just took a bunch of the swatches of the same shade, which were single color only and much larger than the usual multi-shade ones. We'll tape some together and hang them on the wall, and hopefully that's the color!

NOT going to Jazzercise tonight, too darn hot. I'll see if I feel like doing a workout in the basement after work. Last night was a rest night for the squat challenge, but on with it today. I think we'll be up to 85 reps now.

That's about it, so I'll sign off. TTFN!
:cofdate:

diyana
07-18-2013, 07:53 PM
Such a hectic day today at work....My head is still reeling. After spending all day yesterday and this morning building something that's due today...then my manager changes how he wants it to look, which would involve essentially starting from scratch. Spent a couple hours trying to figure out an easy way to give him what he wants....and then he said...no continue on with what I created at first, but get all the bells and whistles working as well. :faint: Well, I knew even that couldn't happen by end of day today...so I'll be working on that possibly this evening and definitely all day and evening tomorrow. And I may even put Santa in day care tomorrow so I can focus on work more. Luckily his day care is the same place we do obedience training. :)

I'll probably be working a little this weekend to try and get further along on this learning curve as well. Oh well, it's all good and fine. No worries. Learning is ALWAYS a good thing.

I'm also doing this self-help, self-esteem workshop, that's been very good, and I need to devote more time to that, and to playing and practicing with Santa. So yes, I have a very busy, and very fun life. :)

Hopefully I'll have time to catch up on personals tomorrow.

Much love and many hugs to all,

ceejay52
07-18-2013, 09:13 PM
I'm back. Went to eat with friends at lunch.
Talked to the doctor this afternoon. He raised the mg's on the thyroid med.
Guess I was to sleepy to understand but I 'm glad I asked. Also asked about another med, my fluid pill, it's two in one. It has some potassium in it. My blood pressure was up a bit but think my knee pain was the cause.

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Shad
I've thought about getting an armored car to take the money to the bank.:lol: I realize that uncle Sam will get a hunk of it though. Bet you are glad things have settled down.

Laura
You've motivated me enough to exercise a bit more this week. And my food has been better too. Thanks.

MELODY525
07-19-2013, 09:43 AM
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I WAS JUST TOLD THE WORDS HAPPY FRIDAY ARE AN OXYMORON!!
FOR SOME REASON HIS STRUCK ME FUNNY.
IT WAS A REPAIRMAN. :rofl:

nothing new. haD TO GO DOOR TO DOOR LOOKING FOR A CODEINE PILL.
AS YOU CAN IMAGINE...THE NECK AND SCIATICA ARE AT IT AGAIN.
BUT THIS WASN'T OVERWORKING JUST EMOTIONAL.
SO THE ONE PILL I GOT WORKED OVERNIGHT.
I REALLY NEED TO MAKE A DR APPT AND GET MY OWN PILLS. :lol3:
BUT THIS BLDG IS LIKE A FRASSING PHARMACY.
TONS OF MEDS IN THEIR CABINETS AND THE PILLS SO STRONG THE SENIORS CANNOT TAKE THEM.
I WAS LUCKY AND FOUND A WOMAN ON MY FLOOR.
FEELING BETTER ALL AROUND NOW. LOOKING FORWARD TO THE WEEKEND.
ALL I NEED TO DO IS PLACE AN ORDER DOWN THE STREET FOR WEEKEND TREATS.
WAY TOO HOT AND SMELLY TO GO TO THE SUPERMARKET.
I WENT OUTSIDE FOR ONE SECOND AND CAME RUSHING BACK IN.

HOPE YOU GUYS STAY COOL AND HAVE A GREAT DAY.
SHADDIE...STAY WARM AND HOPE YOUR SATURDAY IS WONDERFUL.







HAPPY.....THE SENIORS ARE ALWAYS COLD.
THEY HAVE VERY LITTLE CIRCULATION AND FREEZE RIGHT AWAY.
I UNDERSTAND HOW THEY FEEL BUT THEY NEED TO KEEP IT ON WITH THE THERMOSTAT BARELY ON. THIS WAY THE AIR GETS CLEANED. MORE OXYGEN THAN SOOT!!! :lol3:
I AM RELIEVED LIKE DH AND GLAD THE TRIP IS SHORTER.
IN THIS HEAT AND HIS OWN HEALTH IT'S A GOOD THING.
SORRY YOU WON'T SEE YOUR SISTER THIS YEAR THOUGH:hug:
UYOU CAN SING CHRISTMAS CAROLS OVER THE TELLIE:hohoho:




CEEJAY....HOPE THE CHANGES IN THE MEDS WORK.
ALSO HOPE THE KNEE FEELS BETTER.
I NEVER KNEW ABOUT POTASSIUM IN THOSE PILLS.
THAT'S VERY PRACTICAL. THANKS FOR THE INFO.
HOWS THE DAYS OFF????





LAURA.....JUST PAINT IT RED AND BE DONE WITH IT:rofl: :rofl:
I AM SURE SHAD WILL COME AND HELP OUT.
SHE LOVES RED WALLS JUST ASK HER.:hohoho:





MICHELLE...PUT THE NOSE TO THE GRINDSTONE AND GET IT DONE.
WE'LL STILL BE HERE WHEN YOU'RE DONE!! LOL
HOPE YOU DO OK WITH THIS PROJECT AND GET A GOOD "GRADE".
SOMETIMES BOSSES CAN BE REAL PITAS!!!

annie175
07-19-2013, 11:09 AM
Geez Friday couldn't get here fast enough..TGIF for SHO!!

Made my homemade Za and breadstix for dinner with a lovely garden salad. Toppings on the ZA: Maple sausage, bacon, roma tomatos, chives, black olives, mushrooms, orange bell pepper and cheese of course. Bro, SIL and DD came over for dinner. YUM....good food and good company.

Went through a suitcase of pictures from dad's house. Came across yet more pix I wanted to keep. I need to make a space for them in the house. Great pix of mom and dad from young age to older. Momma was so beautiful and daddy handsome, not just saying that cause they are my parents either.

Just going to fluff around the house and try to finish up some projects, clean the garage mess up from installing the attic stairs, laundry, ran the vacuum yesterday after work. Will probably do sheets, dust, mop and scour baths tomorrow.

Cs work truck, brand new last September, the air conditioning went out. He is working in this challenging heat making his route stops. Poor guy, he was exhausted last night when he got home. Bless his heart.

We are supposed to get a break in the heat starting tomorrow. Thank you JESUS. It is ridiculous. Have to water the gardens every night. We might even get a bit of rain too, hate to say it but I am excited about it.

MELLIE...glad you are hanging in there, my thoughts and prayers are still going up for you and the kiddos. Codeine only makes me sleep but does not do anything for the pain. I am a tough cookie to crack. lol Hope the seniors are quiet for you this weekend.

SHADDIE...have you completely recovered from the company fiasco? Sheesh. Yeah on kicking out the x and sending him back to where he came from..you are a much better woman than I letting him stay at your house.

CHELLE...you can do the work, just focus and concentrate. Think positive thoughts, my friend. Hugs

HAPPY...Sadly you don't get to see your sister, but the shorter drive for you and DH has to have some kind of reward. Looks like the majority of the U.S. is suffering from this heat. You and I have to water our nuts off...lol

CEEG...hope you are enjoying your 3 days off. THat was a LOT of hours you put in. Seems like you all are a bit short on worker bees when someone is off for one reason or another. HOpe you get to feeling better with the knee pain. I am still suffering the ankle thing.

LAURA....Why not go retro in the bathroom? lol Then when you have to sit in there you have excitement to look at. I was just at Home Depot last weekend buying more stone and dirt. I like going there, well any hardware for that matter. I need a t-shirt that says, no I do not need help, I am just meandering around.

That is about it for me. Must do some work. Have a great Friday/nite all.

Loves.

Laura705
07-19-2013, 11:39 AM
Morning all & TGIF!!

Mel - Too funny you went around and asked neighbors for some codeine! Not an egg or a cup of sugar, drugs, LOL! :rofl: What does the repairman have against Fridays???!!! Now Happy Monday - that's an oxymoron as good as jumbo shrimp, teehee. Stay cool and I hope the sciatica pain eases up.

Michelle - Mel's right, bosses can be such PITA's! I had a couple mini-projects from the boss yesterday and the guidance was very vague, and in one case she got snippy when I asked for more information. It was something her boss wants and she obviously didn't get much detail from him and didn't want to follow up for more. Sigh. Sent a template and we'll see what he says. Good luck on your project - too bad you have to put in more time on it over the weekend. Oh well, it'll keep you out of trouble. :devil:

Ceejay - As long as the exercise is indoors with AC and not lawn mowing, go for it!! Hope the med adjustments set everything right for you. :)

Annie - Yeh, you are so right about the t-shirt since HD is another one of those stores in which the employees must acknowlege every customer in their path!!! BBB is like that too. Bah. Just have people around when I need them, but MYOB and do your own thing until I approach you. That sound like a breakfast pizza to me - just add a fried egg on top, LOL. Reminds me that we need to use some pizza dough we have in the freezer. Maybe tonight or tomorrow night. Hmmm. When you said go retro with the bathroom, I first thought, we already are retro, lol - partially. We still have the old kind of inset tp holder and soap holders and we're not ready to pull them out and patch the walls and install surface-mounted ones....then what came to mind was the old tables from Wendy's that had that old-timey newspaper design on them - do you remember that from, gosh, who knows how long ago? Wonder if they have wallpaper like that, LOL. Yeh, I'm so glad we'll be getting a break from this blasted heat!!!

Hellos to the rest of ya's. :wave:
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Bf and I went to look at a headboard posted on craigslist last night - only a mile from the house, so what the heck. Unfortunately it wasn't the right shade of stain to blend with our BR set. Our BR set has a queen headboard with it, but it's been stored in the basement ever since we switched to a king bed years ago. I've been checking CL for a while now to see if a suitable king size headboard pops up. Not yet so far. We'll probably end up with a decorative metal headboard - no need to match wood stains.

Nothing going on tonight.

Tomorrow will hopefully be Jazzercise. We'll see how my right hamstring feels tomorrow - stepped off the bath mat from the shower this morning to turn on the fan and I slipped (didn't fall) and strained my hammie. Ouch.

Tomorrow afternoon is a memorial lunch for my friend's aunt. Sunday is a walk with one of my HS friends and then breakfast afterwards nearby, joined by two more HS friends. Definitely glad the weather will be mild on Sunday for our walk. :)

That's it for me. I have to "study" before a work lunch and see what else is out there. TTFN! Everyone have a great weekend. :)

diyana
07-19-2013, 02:01 PM
Hi everyone -

Another very busy day today. I'm hoping to be able to check in after Santa's training class this evening or sometime this weekend.

Much love and many hugs to all,

Laura705
07-19-2013, 03:17 PM
Chelle, don't worry about us. Do what you need to do and post when you have time. Have a good training class!!

Just got back from my work lunch. When we stood to leave, we saw that none other than the mayor of Chicago was dining at the table across from us! Even more exciting that today being Friday, LOL.

Shad
07-19-2013, 06:38 PM
Morning all,

Get this done before I tackle the filing again. I have emptied the filing cabinet, sorted everything into piles and today I will put it into date order and decided what I need to keep for the given 5-7-10 years (depending on who you speak to) and what I can get rid of now. Might have to go buy a new shredder. Damn. The home variety doesn't seem to last long and they cost a bomb. Anyway, this is what on my list of to do's today. It's too wet to go outside and I have some new lettuce to plant as well. Better put my steel caps on to go out the back. We have had some heavy rain.

Happy - winter here is normally blue skies, light winds, comfortable temps although cool at night. Mother Nature is highly hacked off with us apparently as this rainy weather just won't go away.
Glad to hear you don't have to do a route march to take the mum home. It should please the DH no end.

Laura - :mad: on the hamstring. Hope it comes right before the jazzercise class. Hope you find something for the headboard on the bed soon. Have you tried some of the second hand stores or thought about making one? Lunch next to the Chicago Mayor? Wonder what deal he was doing over lunch.

Michelle - hope the project gets up and running for you and that you can finish it in time.

Annie - Good lord, the ex didn't stay with me. I do draw the line at somethings. The ex stayed with DS2. He made noises at wanting to come back but I think I dissuaded him about that I think. He can't afford to come back anyway.
That must have been one colourful pizza you put together.

Mel - that is very naughty of you to try to persuade Laura to turn her walls red. Can't think of anything designed to keep me out of the bathroom for long periods of time.
Sorry to hear that you have to go door to door begging for pain relief. But that's what you get for trying to put red walls on Laura's loo.

Michelle - always, always, bosses have a different perspective as to how things should look, behave, and be used. Sometimes even the perspective is not possible.

Ceejay - Guess Uncle Sam will take a decent chunk of your hard work. It really annoys me that hard work on our part goes unrewarded. The harder you work the more the Tax office takes and pays it out to others not working or not deserving. Something screwy there.

Okay, we have a watery sunshine and a slight breeze out there, might try to get a wash out and see if I can get it dry. Catch you later.

MELODY525
07-20-2013, 08:31 AM
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GOOD MORNING CHICKLETTES

A WEE BIT TIRED TODAY.
FUNKY KIND OF SLEEP LAST NIGHT.
EVEN THE AIR IN THE HOUSE WAS SMELLY.
WHERE IS THIS STORM SUPPOSED TO TAKE CARE OF ALL THIS???
NOT DOING A LOT TODAY.
JEN IS DUE HOME TONITE AFTER THEY GO TO THE AIRPORT WITH DD.
GOING TO REST AND WATCH TV. OT UP TO ANYTHING STRENUOUS TODAY.
HAPPY WEEKEND TO ALL OF YOU.




ANNIE....YUM ON THE DINNER AND GOOD COMPANY.
HOPE C CAN UNWIND FROM THE HEAT THIS WEEKEND.
I ALWAYS FEEL SORRY FOR THE UPS AND MAILMEN. NO A/C.
C NEEDS TO CHILL OUT WITH SASSY!!!




LAURA....I TOLD THE REPAIRMAN HAPPY MONDAY IS THE RIGHT OXYMORON.
BUT HE' INSISTED IT WAS FRIDAY. ROFL MEN.
SYMPATHIES FOR THE FRIEND WITH THE AUNT PASSING.
CAN YOU MAKE THE QUEEN SIZE LOOK GOOD ON THE BED WITH SOME EXTRA WOOD>>
WHAT ABOUT A PADDED HEADBOARD ATTACHED TO THE WALL??
HAPPY HUNTING!




SHAD.....:rofl: PUNISHMENT FOR RED WALLS???:lol3:
I ALMOST SPIT ON MY COMPUTER JUST NOW.
I AM SURE THE NEIGHBOR JUST GOT WOKEN UP WITH MY LAUGHING.
EVERY TIME I THINK OF RED WALLS I REMEMBER A FRIEND FROM MANY YEARS AGO.
500 COATS OF PRIMET AND WHITE PAINT AND IT STILL LOOKED PINK!!!:faint:
OMG TOO FUNNY. SEND US THE RAIN. WE ARE WILTING OVER HERE.
I WILL SEND YOUR GARDEN SOME SUN IN RETURN!
AND ALSO MY MINI SHREDDER....IT STILL WORKS:lol3:
HAPPY SHREDDING.

MELODY525
07-20-2013, 08:32 AM
:wave: I ALMOST FORGOT MICHELLE....DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET DONE. BUT I HOPE YOU AND SANTA CAN GET OUTSIDE THIS WEEKEND TOO. GOOD LUCK FINISHING THE PROJECT!!

MELODY525
07-20-2013, 08:59 AM
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You're gonna laugh....
I went to toss the garbage down the shoot and I met up with the pill popping neighbor woman.
She was on her way to my apt with the rest of the pills!!
She has no use for them and was going to hang them on my door in a discreet small BLACK plastic bag. ROFLMAO
Maybe I should have been a pharmacist!!!

annie175
07-20-2013, 09:01 AM
Happy Weekend

This weather has to break. Cooler temps says the weatherman...right. Instead of 95 degrees out there it will only be 88 today. Go suck a goose egg Mr. Weatherman. The rain we are supposed to get today is hit or miss, mostly miss my little sector of the world. Bleh. My day will start later as my favorite movie is on Hallmark channel...Overboard with Goldie Hawn and yummy Kurt Russell.

MELLIE....today is the Good Witch marathon, so you kick back and watch. Also I am interested in watching a new series that starts tonight called something COVE at 8 pm est. It looks good with Andie McDowell.

SHADDIE...oh thank God you x did not stay with you. I was thinking for a brief moment you had reconsidered him. lol. Wish we had some of your rain and you had this sun and heat. I take my shred it stuff to work and shred it there. Much quicker with a heavy duty shreddit and if it wears out we just call repair.

LAURA...I got one of those 15% off grocery sacks in the mail from Menards. Anything you can fit in the bag is 15% off. I am going and putting two of the 100 oz Tide laundry soaps in it as I really do not need anything else that would fit into that bag. I just have to shower, get ready and go, of course after this Overboard movie.

CHELLE...may the forces be with you and you get everything accomplished this weekend. I have faith in you sister. You CAN do this....hugs

CEEG...hope you are enjoying much needed time off.

HAPPY....come out, come out where ever you are.....delivering mom? volunteering? gardening? Busy Bees need a break every now and then.

Later chickies....hugs

annie175
07-20-2013, 09:02 AM
OMG MELLIE...have fun better living through chemicals!

ceejay52
07-20-2013, 11:56 AM
Mel
Had to laugh about the mating of the bulldog and shitsu. Glad you are feeling better today. How nice of the neighbor to bring you the rest of the meds.

Annie
Will the company fix C's delivery truck. It too hot to be driving around all over the place with out a.c.

Laura
I never think about looking on Craigslist for things.

Michelle
You are still one busy lady.

Happy :wave:

_________
I did mow yesterday afternoon after the back yard was shaded. There was also some breeze coming off of some clouds. I had to be patient with my lawn mower. It's just about to bite the dust. I like to mow but think at this late stage I do not want to buy another mower. If I do it will not be another electric. Don't think they make them anymore. I'm praying I have one more summer here.
I paid for my labor yesterday. I was in pain this morning when I tried to get out of bed.
I need to eat breakfast, then go to the pharmacy for my refills. and a buy a few groceries for next week. Lower back and knee's were on fire.

MELODY525
07-21-2013, 09:05 AM
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MORNING CHICKS ACROSS THE WORLD

I HAVE TO LAUGH.....
I HOPED THE DAY WOULD BE MAINLY JUST FOR ME.
THEN HAD SOME OF THE MOST ANNOYING CALLS THIS YEAR.
THEN DECIDED TO REST WITH A BOOK ALL AFTERNOON.
ALL THIS WHILE WATCHING THE GOOD WITCH MOVIES.
BY DINNERTIME I COULDN'T MOVE MY WAIST OR RIBCAGE.
SEEMS THAT I CANNOT HOLD A BOOK FOR HOURS ON END:faint:
I COULD BARELY MOVE TO GO POTTY EVEN:tantrum:
I THINK HUMAN BEINGS SHOULD COME WITH A REPAIR MANUAL!!!!
TOOK SOME ALEVE AND WENT TO BED FRUSTRATED.

TODAY IT'S OK FEELING & I AM DOING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!


HAPPY SUNDAY!:encore:


ANNIE....A BETTER LIFE THRU CHEMICALS....ROFLMAO
I TRIED TO THINK OF HOW YOU SAID THAT ALL DAY.
I SHOULD HAVE COME HERE!! HA!!
THE WEATHERMAN MADE A BIG DEAL OUT OF LESSER TEMPS....
THEN TOLD ME IT WILL BE 91 BY WEDNESDAY:faint:
I KNOW IT'S SUMMER BUT THIS IS TOO MUCH :sunny:
WISH WE COULD SAVE SOME OF THIS HEAT FOR JANUARY.
HOW IS C FEELING AFTER THE A/C FIASCO WITH THE TRUCK??/




CEEJAY....HOPE ALL THE ACHES & PAINS GO AWAY BEFORE YOU GO BACK TO WORK.
LAWN CARE IS TIRING. HOPE TOO THAT THE MOWER HOLDS OUT!!
THEN YOU CAN BOTH RETIRE TOGETHER!!:beach:

ceejay52
07-21-2013, 09:35 AM
Mel
Love the picture this morning. Something to day dream about. When I read for a long period of time it bothers my neck.
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Back to work this morning. Still tired. It just takes me longer to bounce back, after all I'm 63 or will be officially in August.

Called my sis that lives in Dallas yesterday. She was happy to have her grand daughter there and son in law. And her son from Houston was there also. Got to talk to every one but the son in law. They are from California.

Made a new goal for myself his week. I'll be trying to accumulate 50 miles this week by wearing the pedometer and riding the bike. Met my goal of 20 miles last week.

Shad
07-21-2013, 08:07 PM
Morning all,
Short check in today. I guess some of you may have heard that Wellington NZ is currently experiencing a swarm of earthquakes, some quite severe. My sister and her daughter both live near Wellington. So far, all is okay with both of them. My nephew lives in Nelson which does not seem to be in the danger area thank goodness.

I'm currently cleaning out the spare room. Just re-organised all the filing system and thrown out a lot of junk that I have kept for more years than I can remember. I must ask the accountant how long I have to keep things for and whether they can be stored on the computer and backed up rather than paper trails. Now I am up to the boys stamp collections. I am sorting them out into country of origin and then will try to check if there are any among them which might be worth money. There are some very old NZ stamps among them but I don't think there are too many that are rare. So among todays tasks are stamp sorting, hair cut, implant check, prepare for dump run, return the car seat and high chair, getting the mower fixed and mulching the garden. Yesterday was a perfect Queensland day, today we are back to cloudy and cool. Seems that the weather is going to be crappy all winter - damn it all.

Can't catch up on personals right now. Will be back and try to make sense of them later. Not that you lot don't make sense, right now I'm the one not making sense.

annie175
07-21-2013, 10:45 PM
Please do NOT say anything on Facebook, but my dreams were pretty close...Sissy IS preggers again! She is not telling anyone, she is a little bit afraid from the last experience. Prayers and fingers crossed.

MELODY525
07-22-2013, 08:44 AM
http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Angels_and_Demons/praying-angel.GIF ANNIE.....SENDING A PRAYER IN SISSY'S DIRECTION!




:cofdate: GOOD MORNING LADIES.
NOTHING NEW HERE.
PUT THE REPORTS IN THE OFFICE MAIL SLOT.
SPENT TIME WITH JEN & RICHIE.
THEN DECIDED TO HANG OUT IN THE LOO FOR THE REST OF THE NIGHT. :rofl:
MUST HAVE BEEN THE CHINESE FOOD.
FEELING PRETTY GOOD TODAY.
NOT SURE WHAT TO DO THOUGH.
ENERGY LEVEL IS ON THE GROUND.
JEN LOVES HER SCOOTER.:scooter:
SHE CAME BACK TO VISIT WITH THE CHINESE FOOD IN HER BASKET:lol3:
SOMEHOW I KNEW SHE WOULD!

HOPE YOU GALS HAVE A GREAT DAY.




CEEJAY.....MUST HAVE BEEN NICE TO TALK TO SO MANY YESTERDAY.
HOPE THE FAMILY IS ALL DOING WELL.
MAY TODAY BE AN EASY DAY FOR YOU TO EASE BACKL TO WORK.
2 DAYS IS NOT MUCH OF A BREAK AFTER SO MANY HOURS.




SHAD....I DID HEAR THAT ON THE WEATHER CHANNEL.
AND FORGOT YOU HAD FAMILY OUT THAT WAY.
SENDING A PRAYER FOR THEM THAT IT CONTINUES TO GO WELL. :angel:
EVERY TIME I TURN ON THE TELLY, SOMEONE IS SUFFERING SOMEWHERE.
THESE STORMS ARE MOUNTING IN NUMBERS AND STRENGTH. YIKES!
HAPPY SORTING OF PAPERWORK. NOT MY FAVORITE TASK.

Laura705
07-22-2013, 12:23 PM
Morning all.

Ceejay – Good for you with the goals – making new ones each week. It help keeps you focused, doesn’t it? :yes: I hope your mower holds up until you’re ready to give up the mowing. Must have been nice to have a mini family reunion by phone! Hope you’re ready for the workweek after this weekend – couldn’t have been nearly long enough to make up for all those hours you put in!!!

Shad – I’m glad your family in NZ is okay!! I hope they stay safe and the quakes stop. I heard a news blurb this morning about a strong one in central China. All this severe geographic & weather stuff is scary, but I think it’s the natural progression of our planet – hastened, of course, by human destruction. Bleh, going through all that paperwork and other accumulation. :halfempty I went through an accordion file pocket of stuff on Saturday morning and got rid of some paper, filed others, and have yet to take apart some computer diskettes before tossing them. Found a packet from a visit to my HS on the last day before it shut down (I believe it’s now a charter school). At breakfast Sunday morning, I gave my fellow HS friends the pencils with our HS team logo. No takers for the bumper sticker. One more HS friend will get the last pencil and the sticker whether she wants it or not. I hope you get some more nice winter days, but I suppose the yucky ones are a good excuse to get stuff done inside the house. Re the headboard, I prefer to check out the options online. Believe it or not, there aren’t that many options even in the big metro area I’m in. Many people are selling an entire bedroom set, or the ones available are just sooo butt ugly. Maybe I will visit a few of the thrift shops in my area, but it won’t be nearly as efficient as craigslist.

Annie – Will keep hush about Sissy, and will keep her in my thoughts & prayers!! :hug: Did C get his AC fixed??

Mel – Are you going to compile a book of all the strange and funny tenant calls you get on the weekends? Just keep copies of your reports… Sorry about the soreness from reading all day, and the results from the Chinese food – it’s always something, isn’t it??? I’m sore today on the left side of my back and have no idea why. Sigh. Glad Jen is liking the scooter. :moped:

Michelle – Hope you had a productive weekend. Learn anything good in training with Santa? :D

Happy – Saw on FB that the mom-relay was partially successful. I hope the traffic wasn’t too bad and that she’s now home safe in the comfort of her own home. :)
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My weekend...
Friday a friend of ours came by the house after a meeting she had in our area. We had some beer & pizza at the house. Just as she left, we saw lightning from a fast approaching storm. It was a very quck storm that came through, but severe – very strong winds. Thankfully, we didn’t lose power or any large tree limbs. There was both throughout our area, and ComEd was out restoring power and trimming damaged trees the next day.

Saturday I skipped Jazzercise and bf & I went out to breakfast instead. I puttered around the rest of the morning and then we went to the memorial luncheon for my friend’s aunt – more pizza. Bf had sprung on me during the ride to the memorial that he’d forgotten about a block party/grad party that day at a friend’s place nearby the restaurant. Grrr. After the memorial, we went to the party and I basically had time for some hellos before leaving again – someone had to go back home to walk & feed doggy. I didn't actually mind that it was me. I just wish I'd elected to take the car and let bf get a train home. But nope, bf dropped me at the train station nearby and I got the train home. With no notice, I had no book to read and had forgotten my cell phone (dang it!), so I updated my check register to pass the time. I also had to listen to the couple sitting behind me complain about how noisy the train was. Can’t dispute that – it was crowded and noisy. A bunch of people got off the train with me at my stop and headed to the bar right across the tracks. I’m thinking they were part of a “pub crawl by rail”...

If I’d known ahead of time that I might be walking home from the train station that evening, I definitely would have worn different sandals that day, but I didn’t, so I had to walk in my uncomfortable sandals (2” wedge on them). It was a relief to finally get home. I changed into my comfy sneakers and walked the dog. At least I got some exercise that day! But I was really tired out after that for some reason and eventually fell asleep in front of the telly.

Yesterday I met my friend B for a walk in the forest preserves before we met another friend nearby for breakfast. We didn’t get there too early, so there were plenty of people out on the bike trail, which I was relieved about. We started off passing by an area that’s home to a herd of elk. This is a fenced in area, and I’m assuming for the protection of the elk. I’ll try to post one of the photos I took. We had a nice walk, about 45 min., not too brisk, but still sweaty because it was already sunny, warm and muggy by then.

I did a quick cleanup and change at the restaurant and the three of us had a nice breakfast together.

The rest of the day was ho hum. I did some puttering around the house – some laundry and small chores, read the paper, finished reading a book, etc. Out for a late lunch at a local taqueria, a dog walk, and that was about it. I figured I’d eaten enough, so I skipped dinner and went to bed sort of early.

Not sure why, but I was tired before my usual bedtimes this weekend. Saturday was supposed to be 110 squats for the challenge, but I skipped them. Sunday was a scheduled rest day on the challenge, but I figured I’d just do Saturday’s 110. I did a set of 55 Sunday AM, intending to do the rest later in the day, but I never got around to it – just too sleepy to remember. I might try to do the remaining 55 today at work and tackle today’s scheduled 130 tonight.

It’s going to be very hot and muggy again today, so I’ve already talked myself out of going to Jazzercise tonight, LOL. :D I guess that leaves plenty of time for those squats. :D

Today is the only day the boss and the sr. mgr will be in the office, they will be out the rest of the week with out of town meetings. Will be nice and quiet, ahhh. All employee meeting this afternoon which will kill an hour of the day.

Enough, or rather more than enough from me. I'll check back later today.
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diyana
07-22-2013, 12:25 PM
Good morning ladies -

A quick check in as I overslept and have to get started on work right away. I've made progress on my project, but have much more to do. I worked on it a few hours Saturday and a little yesterday. I went out on a date with D on Saturday night, which was a lot of fun. On Sunday morning, I took Santa to the dog park and we both had a good time. And I also helped my step-mother with some stuff around the house.

Shad - Saying prayers for your family and friends in NZ.

Annie - So exciting about Sissy. I'll be saying prayers for her that she will have a full term, healthy pregnancy and deliver a healthy baby.

Sorry for no more personals. I'll try and do more later. I've got to start working.

Much love to all,

annie175
07-22-2013, 01:42 PM
Good afternoon all. Is it Friday yet? lol

It is overcast and 70s today. Very nice outside. Hard to come back into work after running lunch errands.

C got the attic stairs all installed, plywood down up there so we can cram so crap. haha He also got the floor of the garage all picked up from pieces of wood, saw dust and tools so I got my car back into the garage last night. That excited me most.

Cs air conditioner on his work truck will not be fixed till this Wednesday. He has to take it on his day off, otherwise he would not be able to work. He pays for repairs however can take them off the taxes. Thank God we are now having a few days of mild weather.

Yesterday...got up about 6:30 am, made C breakfast of steel cut oats, toast and coffee. Then sissy called and wanted to know ifI was fixing breakfast, but didn't like what I was serving so she and the babe came over at 9, Chris had gone golfing with his boss and I fixed them homemade waffles, bacon and toast. I had put a new recipe for chicken and noodles in the crocker and let me tell you..AWESOME!! Also fixed mashed Yukon Gold potatos and broccoli/cheese. Chris, Sam and the babe came back over at 6:30 pm for dinner. Momma Anne's kitchen was very busy yesterday. Also ran to the hardware to get more decorative stone. What a weekend.

LAURA...you sure did have a busy weekend, but sounded mostly fun.

CHELLE....oh anthor date...yeah!!

MELLIE....glad to hear Jen likes her new scooter and is buzzing around the place...sorry about the loo and chinese food. bleh.

Hello to all you girls...

Hugs

happy2bme
07-22-2013, 01:51 PM
Hi all,
Back to normal again. Or near normal. :dizzy: Mom got home via a "relay" - we drove 200 miles and passed Mom to my sister in law who then drove almost 200 miles to her house. My sister then drove 2 hours from her house to SILs house to pick Mom up and complete the run. Mom's staying at Sis' house until Tuesday so that she can take Mom to the dentist to hopefully :crossed: repair the tooth that Mom ingested while eating ribs at my house. :dizzy: Mom liked the relay and while I thought it would be a hard travel day for her she said she actually liked it as it broke up the trip. SIL offered to run the middle leg of the relay again if I wanted to come to Chicago or Mom wanted to come visit again. It's a much easier trip for DH although we did drive for 7 hours on Saturday there and back home again. He still said it was still easier than confronting the road construction and city traffic.

Thursday we ran around town, picking up gifts and things for Mom to take back with her. Friday she was packing and getting her things together. DH has been routinely taking her blood pressure and he noticed it spiking. Took a couple of readings and it kept going up and up. Mom was not excited about anything but was getting worried as the numbers climbed - she associates a spike with congestive heart failure. When we took a reading and it got to 179 over 117, we decided a trip to the emergency room was in order. Mom was frustrated - this was the day before we were to travel. We had a quick trip in and out (by emergency room standards ) - 2 hours. After an hour of observation her pressure (which up to this point had been normal for the month she was here) dropped back down without anything other than having her lay in a bed with a warm blanket. The doc said that they generally don't do anything about elevated pressures until it gets to a reading of something like 220 / 120 and Mom was far from it. Her chest was clear, no difficulties breathing or chest pains, ankles a bit swollen but could have been from the sweet rolls she was eating and the heat wave we just had. So she was cleared to go home and travel back to Chicago on Saturday. We went out that night for a last fish "fry" although Mom and I both had broiled fish. Mom is learning to give up the fried stuff and tartar sauce. ;) Saturday we travelled so that was a lost day and yesterday was cooler and beautiful so both of us worked outside almost all day long. DH did trimming and the lawn and I watered, weeded and picked garden vegetables. Today I have cleaning and we are going to check out some furniture. The cats are doing well. The little one is a bundle of energy - sometimes annoying but always fun to watch. The older one is still skittish but is getting used to her new home and is very friendly when she decides not to be spooked. I am very happy to have some peace and quiet again :D In fact it was funny - my brother-in-law who is quiet stressed at work right now commented on the fact that my Mom talks CONSTANTLY (she is staying with them until Tuesday). :lol: Guess it wasn't just me who noticed that ;) However, poor Mom realizes that when she heads home, things will be different - no kitten to amuse her, no one to talk to except on the phone, no one to cook and serve meals to her (she especially likes that one particularly since I cook very low sodium and diverticulitis friendly so she gets to have her other "treats" like ice cream guilt free ;) ) Told her she could stay as long as she wanted to. Her neighbor said she should stay all summer but we both knew that wouldn't be the best idea :yikes: :lol: I'm glad that she realized that not every spike in blood pressure means she is going into heart failure and that she could come her and stay a month and everything would be fine back home (she worried about leaving her house empty for extended periods). So I hope now we can get back to normal. I have sooooo many things that need attending to - it can get overwhelming.

Will try to catch up on personals but there's a lot of reading to catch up on...

Annie - thank you for the magazines, I look forward to reading them this week. I hope all goes well with Sissy and her pregnancy :crossed: Funny about your dream being a "sign".

Shad - I hope all will be well with your family in NZ. That has to be scary with so many frequent quakes but what can one do when you're established in your home town?

Mel - hope the sciatica went away. I'm very happy that Jen likes her new scooter. And to bring a treat back too!

Michelle - good luck with the new project - sounds like you're just having so much fun in the California sun :D it's great to hear that you are thriving.

Ceejay - that's an ambitious exercise goal coupled with your long work days. I know what you mean about it taking longer to bounce back. Funny how we stop and think twice about things we used to just plunge into head on. DH and I were commenting about being achy today after yesterday's yard marathon. It catches up!

Laura - it's good to hear the Elk heard is thriving. Sounds like you are getting your share of fresh air and exercise. That's wonderful considering how muggy it's been out your way. Hope you find a headboard. Since you sew have you ever considered building a frame and making a cloth headboard? I've seen some of them on the few decorating shows I caught a glimpse of and they looked really neat. You could coordinate pillows and draperies too if you liked.

Well I am still in my pjs and it's almost noon :o - just had to politely decline the routine visit we get from the Jehovah's witnesses - thank goodness I was able to respond from the loft window and they were none the wiser to my "outfit". DH is napping now - the cats wake him at 5am apparently and afterwards we may get some lunch and check out the furniture store.

Then it's time to get the trash out and remember to put the recycling bin out too as it's time for the monthly pick up.

Hope you all have a good day...

happy2bme
07-22-2013, 01:53 PM
Annie - please share chicken and noodles recipe. I am starting to love my crockpot :lol:

ceejay52
07-22-2013, 02:25 PM
Happy
Sounds like you are back to normal. At first I thought DH's bp was spiking. You did the right thing in taking your mom to the E.R. I realize this is a big goal but the doctor has told me to exercise more. And I do walk more than I need to at work. I'm using the pedometer and my bike to get this goal.

Annie
I'm so happy to hear that Sissy is pregnant again. Sending her good vibes and prayers that things go well.

Michelle
Sounds like something may be brewing with another date with D. I hope so. California is definitely agreeing with you.

Laura
You had a busy week end for sure. And got that exercise in as well.
The elk looks like he/she is trying to say let me out of here.

Mel
My orders--no necessary movement. I can't eat Chinese food. To spicey and it sends me to the loo also.

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Woke up this morning sleepy and tired. Thought how nice if I could retire. But there's no way of doing that yet. Could have been the thunder storm that was brewing. It caught me in a heavy down pour of rain and a lot of close lightening. I do not like to drive in weather like this.
Got to work and the power was out once again at the plant. My co-worker had begun to answer the phone. Thanks to the electric crew the plant had power again around 8 a.m. It stormed for an hour and a half. I don't like thunder storms and being on the phone. Things are back to normal again.

Shad
07-22-2013, 08:34 PM
Another brilliant sunny day. Long may it last. I'm off to hang out the washing, get into the garden and do some heavy digging. Nothing else is new around here. Will be back tonight with personals.

MELODY525
07-23-2013, 08:55 AM
not feeling all that great.
Thought I could fake it till I made it but alas that was just a dream. :rofl:
Going back to bed in hopes this day will pass quickly.
I really think this is more emotional than physical.
But the body is the one on strike. lol

Have a great day. while I have a Meliday:beach:

Laura705
07-23-2013, 11:48 AM
Morning all.

Mellie - Have a good relaxing day, do some medication (lol, I meant to type meditation - whatever works!!). Just let whatever stress and negative emotions you have float away. :)

Shad - Hope you had a great day digging around in the garden. :sunny:

Ceejay - Hope the bad weather has passed now and you don't have to deal with power outages and phones. Re the elk - I feel bad that they are fenced in, but it is a pretty large area. The one by the fence in the photo wanted me to feed her!!

Happy - Sorry your mom's last day was marred by the ER visit for the bp spike. I'm glad it was nothing more serious. Hope your sis can help her get a new tooth!! What kind of furniture are you looking for? Re the headboard, I like the look of those upholstered ones, but with the allergies I have, I'd rather not have another thing to collect dust.

Annie - Hope it stays cool for C until his AC is repaired. We have an attic access in our garage, but it's just an opening. I think the opening for the other attic access inside the house used to hold a whole-house fan (because there was a switch for it on the wall below), but previous owners removed it and replaced it with a set of attic stairs. Very convenient vs. the garage access. :yes:

Michelle - Glad you had some time for fun over the weekend. Hope your project is going well.
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Skipped Jazzercise last night, but did the remainder of Sunday's squats and then did all of yesterday's scheduled squats.

Bf made orange roughy for dinner and he oversalted it. Bleh. Other than that it was okay, but it really stunk up the house. Also had boiled new potatoes and steamed green beans. I was generally annoyed about dinner because when we make fish, bf needs to have it seasoned. He asked me to find a recipe, but rejected the one I picked. Grrrr. He wants to eat more fish and be healthy, but I get annoyed when he insists on needing to have some sort of recipe to season it every time. What's wrong with just grilling it, or poaching it with wine or lemon? Of course he doesn't want more than salt & pepper when we have steak....

Finally picked some cherry tomatoes from the garden. Yum! Need to be prepared for the onslaught going forward! :D With all the hot weather we had the past week or so, everything's growing pretty well. Had to tie the tomato plants in some spots.

Skipping the movies tonight. I might dig out the mouse sander and get going on the powder room ceiling. It needs painting, and it needs to be done before the walls.

WW meeting today. Bleh. Scale at home was up this morning, so I'm not optimistic.

diyana
07-23-2013, 11:54 AM
Hi ladies -

Still behind on the project, so this will be quick. The learning curve for this job continues to be steep, but I'm giving it my all. I'd really like to keep this position, the people are great, the commute is wonderful, and working from home two days a week is so very nice.

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Mellie - I really hope you are able to relax and feel better, whether through meditation or medication! :rofl:

Laura - I'm in awe of all your squats! You go, girlfriend. The scale might be up due to the muscle you're building in your legs from the squats...but ultimately that will boost your metabolism.

I've got to get back to programming. Hopefully I'll be able to check in later or this evening.

Love and hugs,

ceejay52
07-23-2013, 02:43 PM
Michelle
You can do it. Think of all the knowledge you will have when finished.
Sending you good vibes.
Mel
Good for you in relaxing. I'm sure the emotional aspect of thing can do the body harm.

Laura
I admire your ability to do that many squats. Wish I could. Even riding the bike bothers my knees.

Shad
I forgot to mention yesterday that I thought about you when I heard about the earthquakes in NZ. Glad your family is okay.

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More rain this morning but not the 4-5 inches we got yesterday. We needed the rain. Nothing new in my corner of the world.

happy2bme
07-23-2013, 03:00 PM
Hi all,

It's a beautiful day out there. Nice and cool in the 60's starting out but warming up as the sun gets overhead. Today would have been a great day to go berry picking. The strawberries are about to peter out, the raspberries have just come into bloom and we're about 2 weeks from blueberry picking. DH is working outside and I'm doing some inside housework. Maybe we'll try and schedule an ATV ride this week. I love the cool weather but I fret for the tomatoes. Don't think this will be a good season at all for them.

Laura - this is my favorite recipe for fish. It's not too bad on the calories and you can skinny it up a bit if you like.


Wash the fish fillets and pat dry. We mostly use cod but any whitefish will do.
Season with a bit of melted butter, a couple of squeezes of lemon juice and some black pepper and paprika. I generally don't add salt because there's enough in the next step so add it to taste if you desire.
Melt about 1/4 cup of butter in a microwave safe dish. Add 1 cup panko bread crumbs and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese. Stir to coat and spoon on top of the fish fillets. Can add more of any of these 3 ingredients to taste just don't make the crumbs too wet and mushy.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily. The parmesan cheese will cause the bread crumbs to brown slightly and crisp up.
Serve with lemon wedges for additional juice if desired.


This is a never fail method. We use it all the time and everyone who has it loved it and shared it with others. DH also is fond of grilling fish in aluminum foil with a bit of salt and pepper, lemon and diced bell peppers and onions - honestly it's not my favorite prep but sometimes I let him do things his way ;)

Michelle - I'm sure it's not easy trying to keep on top of the programming but at least you are learning and keeping your skills current. I don't envy you as I'm sure the deadlines are always quicker than seems feasible.

Laura - we had a whole house fan in AH and I loved it! Wish we had one here - it's great for sucking the hot air out of the house, especially when it's been warm during the day and cools off nicely at night. I suppose having attic access inside the house is convenient also. I am also in awe of you with the squat challenge. That's one thing I can't do any more - bad knees.

Mel - sorry to hear that you are feeling under the weather. :hug: Is it that things are catching up with you? Try to think good thoughts - such as Igor giving you a nice once over :lol: and feel better soon.

Shad - whatcha digging up outside? Not the bodies of ill mannered guests I hope :lol:

Ceejay - send us some of that rain if you will. We haven't had more than 5 minutes from a passing cloud over the last couple of weeks. I don't blame you for not wanting to drive in the rain, I never saw it rain as hard as it does down south - might as well attach a fire hose to the car windshield for what little you can see. Sounds like your brain is excited about the idea of retiring - who can blame it? Although retirement brings it's own set of challenges.

Hi Annie :wave:

Not feeling too great myself today. My back is pinching and it gives me a sciatica type feeling in my hip and the back of my knee. Gives me that side to side old lady waddle I hate but it hurts like the dickens. I think it's got a lot to do with how I am sleeping. I guess DH and I will just have to rub each other up with linament :lol: I do have a couple of books to read, perhaps I will just take a heating pad and toss the kitty out of the recliner and relax after I change the bedding and finish this last load of clothes. Ta ta for now. :wave:

annie175
07-23-2013, 03:01 PM
Top of the Afternoon to you all!!

Not much to report since last night. C had leftover bbq pulled pork and baked beans. Not me it sounded disgusting. I skipped dinner all together, then made me some chickpeas sprayed with butter Pam sprinkled with garlic baked in the oven till crispy. YUM!

It is a boy for the Prince and Princess! I can't wait to hear what they name him. I am sure something a mile long. Too bad it wasn't a girl so they could use Diana's name in there somewhere. I loved her and was very sad when she passed.

Sissy and lil man came up for lunch. Sis had to run off to the toitie to puke. I am thinking this pregancy is a go!! Lil man was as good as gold today. We went to Kohl's and he kept waving his hand and saying Hi to everyone. Cracked me up.

HAPPY...I will post the recipe tomorrow. I left it at home and will have to bring it to work to post it. Too busy at home. lol. Glad momma got back safely, that dang BP is a PIA all the time for me. Glad it wasn't too serious. I have not had any "chruchies" since I put my homemade no-soliciting sign on the door. I don't even get Girl Scouts. There are the ocassional people who cannot read, of course. I am just assuming because they knock on the door anyway.

LAURA...good luck on the WI. Maybe sometime make the recipes you like instead of what BF likes all the time, of course if he is doing the cooking it might be a little hard to do. I like orange roughy but it has to be prepared correctly for me to eat it.

CEEG...No rain for us today. Yeah. We had quite a bit the past few days. Back to work? That was a quick 3 days off.

MELLIE...whew girl you do what you need to do to take care of you. Meliday it is. Feel better sweet sister....hugs.

CHELLE....keep striving away at the programming, you will get it. Have faith and confidence in yourself!! Hugs.

SHADDIE...enjoy your beautiful day of sunshine, I really miss having a clothesline. I throw rugs over the fence but that is about it. We cannot have clothes lines in our community. Bleh!

Have a great evening/morning all.

Hugs.

annie175
07-23-2013, 03:04 PM
HAPPY...you snuck right in above my head. Your fish recipe sounds very similar to mine. GMTA. Think I will make that for dinner tonight. Sorry you are not feeling up to snuff. Feel better, my friend. Hugs

happy2bme
07-23-2013, 07:31 PM
Thanks Annie! You cannot have clotheslines in your subdivision Annie???? That's horrendous. Just as bad as us not being able to have chickens in TN. Actually Shad's comment about hanging the wash reminded me that we never did put in the clotheslines that I wanted. Sometimes I throw bedding over the deck railing but on days like today when it's gusty windy - perfect for airing out stuff - it just blows it over the deck unto the dusty driveway.

I made some meatloaf for dinner tonight. I debated about it because I didn't really feel like fussing but now I'm glad I did. The smell is wafting up through the house and it smells HEAVENLY. I love meat loaf and pot roast and all the traditional good stuff. It's cool today too so the meatloaf will taste just grand (I hope). Told DH I thought that it seems more like a mid September day than the end of July. He said that's great but our summers are short enough as it is so the hot weather doesn't really bother me. You should have heard the people in town complaining last week. Would have thought we lived on the sun the way they were whining. I just think it's God's way of making us drink more water. :rofl:

Posting a picture of the kitties. The young one follows tradition as all cats we have ever had just bond to DH like he's their king. Any where he goes she runs after him or meows loudly until she finds him. He went up to practice on his guitar and she grabbed her toy mouse (the red and orange thing you see in the picture) and decided to lay down and take a snooze while he played. Didn't take long before Meadow (on the left) decided to join her. I'm glad the cats match most of my bedding and upholstery - so much easier to clean up :lol:

happy2bme
07-23-2013, 07:33 PM
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Shad
07-24-2013, 12:12 AM
Cats on the bed. Bet that bed didn't get made until they moved!!!

Just been up to town and handed back the baby gear we borrowed for the royal visit. Now have few reminders of their holiday.

Finally just about finished the big filing cabinet clean out. Still got the last of the old stuff to put away and that stuff that you don't know what to do with but can't throw away.

Happy - meatloaf. Yum yum. I can imagine the smell. Hope you are all back to normal now and are not snapping at each other.

Annie - congratulations to Sissy. Your fish sounds nice. Not so keen on the baked beans. Never been much of a dried bean person.

Michelle - head down, back to work. Brain always feels better with a workout.

Ceejay - Brought myself a new mower yesterday so I've been mowing lawns too. No rain down this way. 2 brilliant days in a row. Love it.

Mel - Rest up, come back all renewed.

Laura - don't like oversalted fish myself and I find that orange roughy has plenty of flavour without it.

Okay - got a list of things to finish before the end of the week. It's already Wednesday. Better get on with it. Dump run first up.

MELODY525
07-24-2013, 08:41 AM
sorry this is short.
I am on the fly this morning and still not up to snuff body wise.
i'll try and get back here tomorrow.
keep well and stay happy!

annie175
07-24-2013, 10:52 AM
Good Mornin' All...

MELLIE...you get to feelin' better sister...I miss your posts.

HAPPY...the kitties sure are cute. Looks like they rule the house or at least that bed..lol. Meatloaf is one of my favorite meals, so comforting. I forgot the chic n noodle recipe again today, I will staple a note onto my purse handle. That is the only way I can remember things.

SHADDIE...the royal visit, what a hoot. Funny how babies can rule the entire house. Good thing they are so dang cute and adorable.

Not much going on here to report. The weather is perfect today. Cool, no humidity, and a lil breezy.

Hello to the rest of yas,

Hugs

Laura705
07-24-2013, 11:49 AM
Morning all. Another nice day here - sunny, cool, low humidity. :)

Annie - Thanks for the coupon! Never tried those before so it's a good time. Probably good to do that to alleviate boredom with my treats! Lol re the note on the purse strap. When I need to remember something, I put a note or whatever in the little bag where I keep my contact lens & eyeglass cases. Things might get buried in my purse, but I definitely see what's in with my eyeglasses!!

Mel - Have a good day. Hope you feel better as the day goes on!

Shad - Cheers to another good weather day! :cheers: :cofdate: Enjoy your new mower. ;)

Happy - Love the pic of the kitties!! BTW, that's a nice headboard! :D Bf and I will probably end up with a dark-colored metal/iron one, since we'll probably never find a good match for a wooden one (with our BR set). That fish recipe sounds delish and easy. So the crumbs just go on the top of the fish (not coated all over), right?

Michelle - Keep chuggin' girl!! You can do it!! Re the squats - lol, I wish that was the cause of my weight gains!!!

Ceejay - Wow, that was a lot of rain you got the other day!!!! Sorry the bike bothers your knees. Make sure the resistance isn't set too high and your seat isn't set too low! Your leg should only have a slight bend at the knee when that pedal is at the lowest point, otherwise you could be straining your knees. BF and I see way too many people on the street riding bikes with their seats too low. We think it's because they feel more secure being able to reach their feet to the ground without having to get out of their seat when they come to a stop. Obviously with a stationary bike that's not an issue!
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It was so nice after work that instead of doing the ceiling sanding in the powder room, I finally got out and trimmed the three bushes that were growing into one. They don't look so hot now due to my lack of skill, but hopefully if I keep on top of it as they grow back in, it'll look better soon.

I had a gain yesterday at my ww weigh-in - 0.6 pounds. Like I said, wish I could blame it on the squats or on the oversalted fish, but it's much more likely from me eating too much. I'm really going to try to crack down on my tracking this week - including the weekends!!!

At lunch I'm going to Sears a few blocks away to pick up a pair of the sport slide sandals I ordered. Been wanting a pair to wear around the house as slippers and be able to slip on quickly after workouts, etc. Cetainly much better than the cheapo rubber flip flops - you know the ones - and easier to put on take off. Talk about lazy, lol!!

Have a great day everyone!!

diyana
07-24-2013, 12:18 PM
Quick post today ladies,

I'm way more than half asleep today. I didn't fall asleep until after 1 am, and I did not want to get up at 6:30. 5.5 hours is not enough sleep for me. I'm having lunch with the account manager from my placement agency...no doubt to hear how I think I'm doing at my job and how I like it.

I wish I could've just stayed in bed. :faint:

And last night, my step-mom asked me if I could go over to a friend of her's house to help her with her computer. Normally I would happily do this, especially since I'm so grateful to my step-mom for letting me stay with her. But the friend is having trouble with Windows 8, and I don't know much about troubleshooting Windows 8. That combined with not enough sleep last night, makes me really hope that the friend just takes her computer back where she bought it. :rofl: :crossed:

Hope you all have a great day!

Much love,

happy2bme
07-24-2013, 03:08 PM
Hi ladies,

Thanks for the kitty comments. That's the day bed in DH's "guitar" room aka second guest room. It's his domain. I actually fixed the bed nice and neat and when the cats came in looking for him he unmade the bed and created a cat haven. Lucky cats.

Shoowee as Annie would say - it got doggone cold out there last night. While many of you are sweltering in the heat, someone turned the thermostat way down over here. Yesterday was a lovely day hitting a high of 71 but it got as cold as 43 here last night. I knew it was chilly because I put an extra blanket on the bed last night though sometimes it feels colder than it actually is. I actually turned the FURNACE on for 30 minutes this morning just to take the chill out of the house. It's very gray and overcast so we won't be getting any sunshine to warm things up. I'm not sure I will see any big tomatoes from my garden this year as they start to go dormant when it gets chilly at night. My wild berry bushes did not push out a lot of berries this year either, although it still might be a bit early for them. Last night I refilled the hummingbird feeders - the birds are swarming (lots of birds jockeying for a feeding position) which is typical of their behavior in mid September as they are bulking up for their big trip down south for the winter. They cleared out 2 bottles of juice in just one day which is quite unusual. Makes me wonder if we're going to get an early fall and winter. Hope not. :no:

Laura - yes, the crumb mixture sits on top of the fish, not rolled and coated on the fillets. I totally get what you are saying about the bicycle seat adjustment - I probably have the wrong ratio too - comes from the fear of not being able to stop the bike in a hurry I think :lol: We have one of the original Bally Life Cycles and while DH loved it, I could never get the seat adjustment quite comfortable enough so it always bothered my knees and therefore I never really used it. Now my legs are embarrassingly weak so that riding a bike would be tough work. Come on squat challenge ;) Don't you work downtown? Did Sears put a store back in there? My first job was at the original store on State. 5th floor toys. Do you find with the weight gain that you have to consistently stay on plan - even a little deviation will set you off kilter? Good luck finding a metal headboard - I can't believe how expensive they can be. But you are right about trying to match wood to wood.

Annie - yes, the pets do tend to rule the house but you already know that, don't you? :lol: Actually the older cat has her spot and it happy with her little place on the couch. It's the kitten who is a sassy diva and thinks everything is hers for the taking. She can't stand for DH to pay attention to the other one such that if he's petting Meadow, Nina has to run in between them and put herself in the front - which sometimes results in a cuff from Meadow. I had to laugh at you stapling notes to your purse handle - I would do the same except I taped mine in a circle link like one of those paper chains we used to make. Are you going to be putting Dad's house up for sale? What's going on with C's house? Maybe you should get a real estate license :lol:

Mel - sorry you are still out of commission. Rest up and take care of yourself. Gentle :hug: to you. And a snort for what ails you :hat:

Shad - "stuff that you don't know what to do with but can't quite chuck" - boy can I relate to that. And I have to admit consistently when I decide to chuck it, I need it a week later which doesn't help things any. Are you glad to have your house back to normal again?

Hi Michelle and Ceejay - hope the work day is being kind to your today.

We're off to go pick up a TV table so I'd better sign off. See yah later chicks.

ceejay52
07-24-2013, 03:15 PM
Mel
Feel better soon. :hug:

Happy
I was thinking about meatloaf yesterday. They do make the house smell good. The cats are pretty as can be. Maybe when I retire I can get some kind of an animal.

Annie
We are having better weather today also. However we've only had a couple of day near the 100 mark.

Michelle
Hope things go well with the review. I know how you feel about not getting enough sleep.

Shad
I didn't want to buy a new lawn mower but may any way. That's one chore I don't mind doing if it's not extremely hot. I wish I could find one with an electric starter on it. But not have to drag around a cord.

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Had a raunchy phone call yesterday from a customer who was bound and determined to get her utilities restored. She said that she had paid her part and that the EOC office had just faxed her part over. Da lady it was almost 5.30 p.m. when you called. The light office goes home at 5 p.m. She was ranting on and on and finally told me she was just up there in a pink blouse and that she saw me as you/me were standing by T. I told her it wasn't me that I work in the water treatment plant and I haven't left this building to go over there. I had to get a bit stern with her. Told her I did not have access to the computers or the accounts. Luckily I had my nerve meds with me and took one. I was literally shaking. She finally hung up the phone but 10 minutes later she was calling again but this time wanted to talk to the person in charge. I told her that I'm the only one here. She'd have to wait till 8 a.m. in the morning. I told my supervisor this morning that I got stern with a customer yesterday. He said not to worry about it. They all know how things are. We should not have to deal with this. Sorry for the rant

Laura705
07-24-2013, 04:05 PM
Ceejay - what a pain to have to deal with people like that on the phone. I don't know how the regular light office employees deal with that all day!!

Happy - You gave me a great opportunity to rant about Sears. Yes, Sears opened a store downtown on State & Madison, so only about 6 blocks from my office. I went over there at lunch tody to pick up the order I placed online. The guy comes out in Merchandise pickup, opens the shoebox and they aren't what I ordered. He's like, no wonder it wouldn't scan. I ask what they're gonna do about it. Twice. When I say I'm going to re-order, he takes me up to the shoe department and hands me over to another employee. Leaves the shoes with me but takes the packing slip with him. The shoe dept employee re-orders my shoes and hands me a very unprofessional slip of paper with the order confirmation number handwritten on it. The one bright spot is that I took the opportunity to quickly try on the wrong pair of sandals (same brand name) for fit and decided I should have sized up instead of sized down (no half sizes) and ordered a size larger on my re-order.

So after that, I still have the wrong shoes in my possession, and I ask about making the return. Expecting to have to go back to merch. p/u, I'm surprised when they tell me the checkout desk is supposed to do it. Really??? They sure didn't know how. "The system" wouldn't let them return the shoes because they don't sell that item there, or some BS. So they get another pair off the floor of the same price and supposedly do the return using that. I don't get a credit on my credit card, but get a gift card instead. I gave them my phone number no fewer than 5 times for whatever reason. Grrr. No wonder MDU told the checkout folks to do it - they knew it would be a major PITA. Everyone was generally courteous. But for Pete's sake, it ate up my lunch hour and then some! (Not counting the time for typing this rant, LOL!)

Today's experience was very sad and pathetic. It might be time for someone to put Sears out of its misery. I have fond memories of Sears from my childhood and beyond. My local store was at 6 corners - Irving/Milwaukee/Cicero. My mother ordered via catalog all the time, always with pickup at the store. Today was a far cry from that, that's for sure.

diyana
07-24-2013, 04:28 PM
Lunch with the account manager at my placement agency went well. We went to a wonderful Italian restaurant. I had spinach ravioli that was delicious! It wasn't really a performance review. She just asked me how I like the position and the people I work with. She wanted to make sure I'm happy at my job. I told her I definitely am. I'm learning a lot, and working with wonderful people. Apparently my manager has told me that he likes my work, and that I'm making good progress, which is great to hear. :D

MELODY525
07-24-2013, 04:49 PM
I JUST TRIED TO CATCH UP THE BEST I CAN.
IT'S BEEN A TOUGH WEEK OF VERY SAD PHONE CALLS.
ALL OF A SUDDEN THE FAMILY WANTS TO TALK TO ME. SIGH.
WHERE WERE THESE FRASSING PEOPLE ALL OF JENNIFER'S LIFE????
MY SIL WANTS TO CHAT THIS WEEKEND AT LENGTH AND I AM NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO IT.
PLEASE GOD DON'T LET HER TALK "DOWN" ABOUT MY BROTHER.
I MAY HAVE TO STRANGLE HER RIGHT THRU THE FRIGGING PHONE.
I CANNOT WAIT FOR AUGUST!!!
I AM SOOOOO DONE WITH JULY. :rofl:
TIME FOR A SHOWER AND MAYBE SOUP & SANDWICH.
NOT REALLY HUNGRY THESE DAYS.
HAVE A GREAT NIGHT.







LAURA....THE BEST THAT CAN BE SAID OF THE UNANNOUNCED PARTY WAS YOU GOT A LOT OF UNSCHEDULED WALKING!!:running:
LOVED THE ELK PIC AND FENCING IS GOOD!! THEY LIKE TO PLOW INTO PEOPLE!! MAYBE IT'S THERE TO PROTECT YOU!! LOL
SEARS NEEDS TO KNOW WHEN TO LIE DOWN AND JUST THROW IN THE TOWEL.
I HAVE FOND MEMORIES TOO.
WE USED TO GET ALL OUR SCHOOL STUFF THERE FOR MANY YEARS.
SAD THE WAY IT HAS DETERIORATED.



MICHELLE...GLAD YOU HAD A GOOD TIME WITH D.
HOPE THE PROJECT IS STILL GOING WELL.




ANNIE....POOR C AND THE BROKEN A/C.
GOD WHAT A TIME FOR THAT TO BREAK.
YOU GUYS ARE FOREVER BEING BUSY.
LOTS OF GOOD FOOD AND FAMILY TOO.
I LOVE IT!!
PS: FINGERS STILL CROSSED:crossed:





HAPPY....I AM GLAD MOM IS BACK AND THE ER TRIP WENT OK TOO.
SOMETIMES SENIORS SPIKE BP DUE TO BEING SO SEDENTARY.
THEY SIT SO MUCH THAT JUST GOING TO THE BATHROOM CAN DO IT.
HOW DID DH DO WITH HIS TEST??
I DON'T REMEMBER SEEING ANYTHING ABOUT THE MONITOR???
THE KITTIES ARE ADORABLE...'SPECIALLY WHEN SLEEPING. ROFLMAO





CEEJAY...GLAD THE PLANT IS BACK TO NORMAL AFTER THE STORMS.
THESE STORMS ARE PLAYING HAVOC WITH OUR SINUSES!!
HOPE YOU KEEP THE LIGHTS ON THIS NEXT ROUND OF STORMS!!
I HATE NASTY PHONE CALLS. GOD BLESS YOU FOR NOT SENDING THE HIT SQUAD OUT TO KNOCK HER OFF!! LOL




SHAD....I THINK SOME OF YOUR SUN ARRIVED TODAY.
WE COULD USE SOME COOLER AIR NOW IF YOU DON'T MIND SHARING!!

Laura705
07-24-2013, 05:00 PM
Michelle - I'm so glad that the lunch went well and that your boss is happy with your work and your progress!!

Mel - Sorry you've been having a rough week and a rough month! Still another week left of July - hope it improves for you. Well, no one in my family is really trying to develop closer ties, so I can't give you any advice on that. I suppose it's never too late...

Shad
07-25-2013, 04:47 AM
Evening all,
Been a busy day. I've done the dump run and got rid of the last of the unused, unloved stuff that was hanging around and catching dust. I've made soup and stewed apples, and done a bit more work in the spare room, tidied the kitchen and the bedroom. The spare room is not that far away from done now. Of course I have to find a space for all the stuff (like clothes that don't fit at the moment) and that will be in the attic once I get onto that. I've finished the filing cabinet update and keep finding bits and pieces that I must have put away in a safe place for later filing. Still it will be down probably by the end of next week and I can think about redecorating that room. Have no idea as yet what I will do with it, but it will not be RED.
Tomorrow will be just as busy as I look at the whiteboard for the jobs to be done by the end of the weekend. I'm hoping to have the weekend after off since a friend of mine is in town for a job.
I've just put dinner on - I'm having Portuguese chicken with baked spud, pumpkin and beans from the garden.
Went out for a walk this morning - trying to get into the exercise swing again. I see the wattle blossom is out. Maybe this will be a short winter. It is certainly not a normal one. Miss Puss decided to come with me, but got tired by the end of the street and went back home.

Mel - hope you are starting to feel better today. It's not good not being up to snuff. Funny you should mention it, I had soup and a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch today. And very nice it was too. I'm considering making another couple of batches of soup for the freezer since it is an easy meal.
Hope the family don't get all crazy around you. If they do, just ask them nicely to F*** off and hang up. You don't need that sort of angst. Cooler air coming up, however it might take a month to get there. I'm just about all out of puff just now.

Annie - Yep, the royal visit with Cyclone Sophia, Hurricane Simon and the WW of the South. Went off okay, I was sorry to see them go, but don't know how long the peace would have lasted if it was a longer trip.

Laura - my hedge probably looks as sad as your bushes. I'm waiting for it to grow back a bit so I can even up the top and make it look better. Sounds like you had a really nice time at Sears (not) and you still haven't got the sandals you wanted. Now that's service.

Michelle - Nice to have someone say good things about your work. You may get an extension to the contract if you are not careful :lol: Seriously I hope they keep you on for a while. A good contract can make all the difference when going for other work.

Happy - that fish sounds nice. Similar to the recipe on the Better Homes and Gardens show this morning. I love crusts on fish and lamb. As you say, lucky cats.
I'm happy to have the house back, but it would be nice if they lived closer and it didn't take so much time or money or effort to see each other.

Ceejay - lucky you, getting a grouchy customer. Help desk is never dull and always you are in the wrong. She picked the wrong person to grumble to this time.

Didn't sleep to well last night for some reason. So it's an early night tonight I think. Only a couple of programs to watch and about a million stamps to sort. I'm sorting out the boys stamp collections and they will probably want to sell them so guess who gets the job?

Anyway, better go sort dinner. It's smelling good.

MELODY525
07-25-2013, 08:56 AM
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MORNING CHICKS

ANOTHER WOMAN WENT TO THE HOSPITAL.
BEEN A KIND OF STEADY STREAK FO ALARMS AT NIGHT LATELY.
FUNNY THING IS THEY'RE ALL AROUND 11-12:30.

GOT A CALL LAST NIGHT ALSO AND THE MEETINGS MIGHT BE VERY SHORT.
DOING THE HAPPY DANCE OVER HERE. SOME PEOPLE CANNOT MAKE IT.
SO THE LESS PEOPLE THE LESS TALKING. :dance:
NOTHING ELSE NEW SINCE LAST NIGHT.
HAVE A GREAT DAY.




LAURA....THE "FAMILY TIES" WILL DIE OUT AFTER AWHILE.
THIS IS JUST SOME KIND OF SHOW THEY PUT ON WHEN THEY HAVE TO.
WASN'T THAT THE NAME OF A TV SHOW???? ROFLMAO
I LOVED MICHAEL J. FOX IN THAT.





"Have no idea as yet what I will do with it, but it will not be RED."

Awwwww.....Come on now Shad....you know you want to buy as big ol' can of fire engine red!! :rofl:
SPEAKING OF WHICH...I HAVE NOT WATCHED THOSE HOME IMPROVEMENT SHOWS IN A VERY LONG TIME.
I USED TO BE GLUED TO THE TV SET.
I HAD A LAUGH AT MISS PUSS POOPING OUT ON THE WALK AND GOING HOME.
YES...THE SOD OFF COMMENT IS ON THE TIP OF MY TONGUE.
OT'S MY SIL...I CAN SHE SHE'S GETTING READY TO TRY ONE MORE TIME TO TURN ME AGAINST MY BROTHER.
WHY SHE NEVER WENT FOR A DIVORCE IS A WONDER TO ME.
WELL....IT'S JUST NOT HAPPENING.
HOPE YOU AND I CAN CHAT NEXT WEEKEND IF YOU'RE FREE.
BY THEN WE SHOULD HAVE LOADS OF STORIES.
HAVE A GOOD TIME WITH YOUR FRIEND.
HOPE SHE GETS THE JOB!

annie175
07-25-2013, 09:03 AM
Good Morning all ya'll......one more work day this week.

Sam, Chris, Ainsley and Jacob are leaving for Florida tonight for a week. I will miss my lil man so much. He is calling me "my Nanna" now. THey are going down for a wedding. Chris parents rented a condo for them all as they are going also. The kid's only have to do their gas and food. I am slipping Sam a bit of money to help out.

I got into it with my brother (the one in Illinois), who didn't go to dad's funeral but instead left that very day on vacation. Let's just say I gave him a piece of my mind then ended up hanging up on him. I probably shouldn't of done it. He drove me to it. He is a narcissist and got tired of hearing about him and his crap.

SHADDIE...you have been working your bunz off since the company left. Take a break, have a brew. What is Portuguese chicken? I love stewed apples.

MELLIE...I am pretty sure it is a go with this pregnancy for sissy. When I dropped Sassy off at her house this morning Sis was in the bathroom puking. My doc always said the sicker you are the better he liked it. Ha. Hope you are feeling better sister, mentally and physically.

CEEG...I agree with Shad, hang up the phone or hit the end button on mean people. Cause you know I have a sticker that says, Mean people suck.

CHELLE...so glad the lunch and check in went well and good to hear that your manager is speaking well of you. That should boost your work production. lol.

LAURA...I, too have fond memories of Sears and JCPenney. A lot of my friends worked at Sears and the rest of us worked at JCPenney, all at the same mall. It was a lot of fun. It was during my late teenage years. Its all coming down to most stores cannot compete with Walmart.

HAPPY.....Wow, you already had to turn the furnace on. Now that is just not right. I don't even want to think about that. Cs house is rented out to his boss and wife. It is going well. They are OCD cleaners, no worries there. My dad's house, we are still working on it. New carpet will be installed on the 15th of August. We put tile down in the entry way and bath, next is the kitchen. All the walls are now painted. Need to get a new fridge put in. My 2nd oldest brother and SIL that are living there may end up buying it as they already own 25% of it anyway.

Got to post will be back shortly.

Hugs

annie175
07-25-2013, 10:44 AM
Crock Pot Chicken n Noodles

4 Boneless/skinless chicken breasts
2 cans of cream of chicken sup
1 stick of butter/margarine
2 - 32 oz cans chicken broth
24 oz frozen egg noodles

Place chicken, soup, butter and broth, lightly salt and pepper in crockpot on high for 5-6 hours.
Remove chicken and shred/cut up place back in pot.
Add noodles
Cook two more hours
Stir a couple of times while cooking.

This ended up pretty thick so once it was completely cooked I actually added additional chicken broth.

Laura705
07-25-2013, 11:28 AM
Morning all. Another lovely day out there with me in here. Sigh.

Shad – Good for your progress getting rid of unwanted stuff. It can really accumulate over the years. What’s this thing about the color red?? Private joke, or just something on the thread that pre-dates me? How nice of you to be going through the stamps. The boys’ proceeds should be net of the value of your time and effort spent selling them because it sure sounds laborious!! I hope you got a good night’s sleep last night.

Mel – Awww, I like that graphic. Fingers :crossed: that the meetings go quickly and for NO ALARMS tonight!!! The SIL must not be very bright to try to turn you against your brother, especially if she hasn’t been successful in the past! Duh.

Annie – It would be really difficult to be civil to someone who missed the funeral of an immediate family member in order to take a vacation. Can’t blame you for going off on him. LOL re your doc’s opinion of morning sickness. :D Nice that your dad’s house might stay in the family. That chicken and noodles recipes looks easy and tasty. Reminds me of a dish my mom would make – chicken parts cooked on the stovetop, served with rice and a cream of chicken soup gravy. This one sounds easier though!!

Happy – Saw your kitty video on FB yesterday – how cute!! Your kitty fetches better than Coal! He never liked to give back the toy. lol.

Hellos to the rest of the Worldlies!!

==
Nothing much to report. After work last night I watered the veg & flowers. Been feeling crabby all week and I know some exercise will help me. Definitely plan to go to Jazzercise tonight!

ceejay52
07-25-2013, 12:30 PM
Michelle
I'm hoping that this is a good sign and that you will be hired on permanently.

Annie
I am going to make your chicken and noodles this week end. I like things to be simple. Hope Sissy does okay on vacation. Do you still have Sassy?

Mel
I know what you mean. I'm ready for July to be over with too. Do what they tell me to do at work, hang up the phone. I'm fortunate to have a good relationship between my brother in laws.

Shad , Happy and Laura :wave:

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Been looking on line this morning at Lowes for lawn mowers. I said I didn't want to buy a new one but if I'm going to be hear another couple of years I need to. And I can always take it and let some one in my family have it. Lowes do have some electric mowers. This one will not be loaned out to any one.
Need to run some errands then come back and start to clean house.

happy2bme
07-25-2013, 01:20 PM
Good morning fine ladies of the world.

Funny how now that I have all the time to myself, once again the days fly by. Nothing special going on, just putting through the house, dusting this, washing that, folding, tossing, putting things away. Picked up a book I renewed twice from the library and haven't looked at. I did read a few pages, it looks interesting and is large print so I should be able to pop it off in one night. Better get on it, it's due back at the library on Monday :lol: I have a pile of newspapers to go through also. I'm working tomorrow at the Thrift Shop, I do like that I can recycle my packing materials and bags at the shop rather than filling up the garbage can which is now half full of cans, bags and litter from the cats! Tomorrow is supposed to only get to a high of 62 degrees - and an overnight low of mid 40's. Brrrrrrr. That is way too chilly for July - feel like I'm in Shad's winter on the other side of the world! Tonight I finally get a badly needed touch up on my hair and a trim to boot. Guess I will keep this short hair - certainly is easier to keep up with and the part I like the best is that there is not as much stress on it so it doesn't fall out in the brush nearly as much as it did before :lol: I work tomorrow afternoon and all day on Sunday at the shop so trying to get housework things done now.

Ceejay - I admire you keeping your cool on the telephone. I would probably not be as nice. Must make you cringe when the phone rings as no one will ever be calling to give out compliments. Still think it's a bummer that your team gets saddled with handling the carry over. Still, this will make retirement all that more sweet when you can ignore your own phone if you want to :D I think you are doing the right thing with the lawn mower - would be different if this were your last summer but you can always pass it to a family member or friend when you leave. I also agree with not lending it to anyone. We had a fellow mowing our lawn in TN - his broken down mower died so he borrowed ours and ran over big rocks and drain pipes breaking not only them but the mower too. And he denied he did it even though DH saw him do it. And he said he was a preacher too - lying and all that. After that DH did the lawn himself - no one cares about your stuff better than you do.

Laura - glad you liked the cat video. She just started that bringing her toys on the bed and fetching when you toss them. I did the video for my sister who loves seeing small animals run for some reason :lol: Sorry you are feeling crabby - maybe you need a vacation where you actually go somewhere? Or is it too much of a hassle because you have to take Coal with you? Better plan a few days in the sun - one more month of summer left although September was always my favorite month down there - gorgeous blue lovely days and cool sleeping nights.

Michelle - how nice to hear that even though you are hustling to keep up with the work, everyone is pleased with the outcome. Means you are doing something right. Hope this continues to bring good things to you. Spinach ravioli - sounds so Californian :lol: but as a veggie lover that's right up my alley too. :hungry:

Annie - thanks for sharing the chicken and noodles recipe. Sure is easy enough and I imagine you can throw a bag of frozen veggies in towards the end to bulk up the meal. I will keep that for future reference. Don't blame you for sounding off to the brother - unless Dad tormented the kid (and there are some Dad's like that my FIL being one of them) there is no excuse to go on vacation and miss Dad's funeral. Even if he paused vacation for one extra day. But people are what they are. Good thing you were there for your Dad :hug: Hope Sam has a nice trip and vacation - that's good that they could work in a break from the routine. I was going to ask who is going to watch the dog but wait... Sassy is YOURS. :rofl: I swear I am losing it. :dizzy: Not sure I'd want to do a car trip that far with morning sickness tho - good luck and safe travels folks.

Shad - what is Portuguese chicken? The more I hear you talk about food, the more I wonder what I will feed you when you come here - I am starting to realize we ARE on different ends of the planet and how bad the typical American food palate is. Sounds like you are making great progress on all sorts of tasks at home.

Mel - adorable graphic today :D Hope the SIL finds someone else to grump to. How silly that she'd think you'd be listening to her complaints. :rolleyes: I hope that the latest family hijinks don't take too much of a toll on you and that your office meetings get cancelled because they realize there is no need to talk - just set to doing it. :lol:

I should get off the computer and get out there and water everything. Takes me about an hour and a half to do a complete job and time's a wasting. Have a good day all.

ceejay52
07-25-2013, 09:05 PM
Happy
We are having temps in the 80's with low humidity. Brrr on those 40 degree temps.at night. I wished we didn't have to deal with the overflow of phone calls from the office and most of the time its pretty quiet. Just on Tuesday's when the cut off list comes out. I still have a headache from all that. I had to call B back yesterday about a similar situation. She said don't you call them back. If they do call back tell them to wait till tomorrow and hang up the phone. I'm talking to B tomorrow when I go pay my light bill about how to handle that situation.

MELODY525
07-26-2013, 07:48 AM
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MORNING CHICKS


SHORT-ISH MEETINGS LAST NIGHT BUT BUSY DAY TODAY.
BOSS IS LEAVING FOR VACATION FOR 10 DAYS.
I WANT BETTER PARAMETERS SET THIS TIME.
NOT TAKING THE BRUNT NOR THE BLAME IF SOMETHING BIG GOES WRONG.
AS THE BUILDINGS GET OLDER THE REPAIRS ARE MORE EXPENSIVE AND FASTER COMING.

NOTHING ELSE IS NEW.
GOING DOWN EARLY TO MEET WITH THE BOSSLADY.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY.




ANNIE...YES FEELING BETTER BOTH MENTALLY & PHYSICALLY :crazy: LOL
WILL KEEP SIS IN MY MIND ANYWAY.
HOPE ALL GOES WELL ON THE TRIP.
YOU ARE A GOOD MOM WITH THE "MONEY SLIPPING"!!
I DID THE SAME LAST MONTH ROFLMAO.....TWINS YOU & ME.
DINNER SOUNDED GREAT:hun:




LAURA.....HOPE YOU GET RID OF THE CRABBY FEELING.
LEAVE IT AT WORK TODAY WHEN YOU GO HOME:hug:
HAPPY JAZZERCISE-ING!!!
AND YES...THE SIL IS NOT THE BRIGHTEST BULB IN THE PACK. :faint:






CEEJAY....GOOD IDEA FOR THE NEW MOWER.
I FORGOT IT WILL BE A COUPLE OF YEARS YET.
KEEP IT LOCKED UP AND CHAINED:rofl: :rofl:
GLAD YOU CAN HANG UP ON THE IRATE PEOPLE.





HAPPY.....IT WAS 66 DEGREES THIS MORNING.
THIS WEATHER IS INSANE. IT'S WAY TOO COLD BY YOU!!
I HAVE THE A/C ON BUT THE THERMOSTAT TURNED DOWN.
TOO MUCH POLLUTION TO TURN IT OFF JUST NOW.
YOU MADE ME LAUGH ABOUT LESS HAIR IN THE BRUSH!!!
MAYBE I SHOULD GET MINE CUT SHORT TOO:rofl: :rofl:
ENJOY YOUR BOOK!!!

annie175
07-26-2013, 08:48 AM
TGIF FOR SHO and pay TGIF~YEAH!!

Talked to Sam at 6:30 this morning, they are as far as Birmingham, AL, almost to Pensacola. She said lil man woke up at about 1:30 this morning a was awake till about 5:30, he was good, but awake. lol Ainsley has been perfect also. I gave Ainsley ten dollars last night to buy her something fun. I told her it could only be something fun and for herself. She just smiled and thanked me.

Dinner last night was homemade chicken pockets, tomato/mozzarella/basil salad and mixed veggies. Everyone was happy.

MELLIE...Funny how we as parents can do without but don't want our children to do without, hence slipping money to the kiddos. Glad the meetings were short. I dislike meetings, a lot. It will be another gorgeous day here. 79, no humidity and beautiful skies till about 6 or 7 tonight then rain coming in. Hate to say it, but we need it. YIKES, hope the rain Gods didn't take that too seriously.

HAPPY...seems like the more time I have on my hands the less I do. I work better under time constraints. lol. Hey how are the feet coming along? and how is DH doing with his heart and meds? I have had 5 cukes, 50 cherry tomatos and only 3 reg tomatos out of the garden. Oh and lettuce. I will be lucky to get even one zucchini. Dad never tormented him, actually it is sad that brother is just like dad, very self centered.

LAURA...sending feel good vibes and no crabs your way. It is Friday and we get two days off the forsaken trail. Make it a great day, don't let that crabby mood steal your joy!! Hugs.

CEEG...do you think you can stand two more years of that job and the crazyiness? Come on retirement. Let me perk you up...I have 12 more years before I can retire.

Hi CHELLE and SHADDIE!!

Have a great Friday/nite.

Hugs

Laura705
07-26-2013, 11:17 AM
Morning all. TGIF! :carrot: If anything can help the crabbies go away, it's Friday. ;):D

Annie - Nice the kids are getting away. The little ones are probably handling the long drive better than i would!! :rofl: Wonder what Ainsley will treat herself to with your $ to her... I work better under time pressures too. Why is that??? Wow, you've had a much bigger harvest than I have so far. I need to get my garden situated better for full sun. Maybe on the rooftop, LOL.

Mel - Glad you're feeling better now. :) Yay for the short meetings! :yay: I hope you've got everything set up to roll smoothly while the bosslady is away. :crossed:

Ceejay - Is it your weekend today?? :) Are you going to buy a new mower. Nice that you will get an electric one again. Those are quieter aren't they? And cleaner, that's for sure!!

Happy - Wow, nighttime temps in the 40's - brrr! And having the furnace on - eek. It's still July, for Pete's sake!! But you're right, makes you enjoy the warm weather that much more. Have a good day at the shop today. Nice that you recycle your bags/packing materials at the shop. Because we are always picking up after Coal in the yard and on his walks, we can barely keep an adequate supply of grocery bags in the house for that purpose! Yes, I'd definitely like to get away for a bit of chill time. Bf and I are not thrilled with the idea of taking Coal along though - we haven't ever taken the type of vacation where we just rent a cabin and stay put, hanging around one spot, preparing our own meals etc. And Coal is a bit too old now to be able to take with us on walks, hikes, etc. And we'd probably feel guilty and nervous leaving him behind in an unfamiliar place. So we'll take shorter trips. Bf's mom can stay with Coal for the occasional 1- or 2-day jaunt.

Hellos to Michelle & Shad!
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Went to Jazzercise last night. My fave instructor wasn't there last night, but it was still good to work up a sweat.

Today I brought an overnight bag with me to work & I'm leaving the office around 3:30 to take the train out to my friend's place. We're going to a fest in her 'burb because a couple of good bands are playing there tonight, one I've never seen and look forward to seeing them. I'll stay overnight by her and return home tomorrow morning. It's overcast with a few sprinkles right now - I hope it clears out by showtime. :crossed:

Nothing else to report. I need to phone Sears today and verify my order has indeed arrived. They didn't do the order the same way and so I never received the text saying it's ready for pickup. I don't want to go over there at lunch to find it's not ready for me.

Okay, back to work. TTFN!!
:cofdate:

annie175
07-26-2013, 11:21 AM
http://www.flickspire.com/m/Thrival/AttitudeIsEverything (http://www.flickspire.com/m/Thrival/AttitudeIsEverything)

This is such a great video. Only 3 or so minutes long. Please watch it.

annie175
07-26-2013, 12:47 PM
Beautiful Day in the neighborhood, I am leaving at 2pm for the weekend..going home to cut grass and enjoy this lovely day!!

ceejay52
07-26-2013, 03:58 PM
I have no energy today and so sleepy. Must be the weather. Could be that I've finally calmed down after the ordeal Tuesday night. I talked to B. when I went to pay my light bill. She told me NOT to put up with it. I no longer have any sympathy for these folks.

Annie
Early retirement is looking even better.

diyana
07-26-2013, 04:22 PM
Lots to get done today...and I didn't sleep well last night, so I'm having trouble focusing. As a result, I might have to work some this weekend.

Tonight, Santa "graduates" from obedience class....if he can pass the final. Right now, it's 50/50. Loose leash walking, come when called and stay are the challenges. Luckily we'll have time to practice some more.

Tomorrow, I'm participating in an online workshop, and then later having friends over for dinner and to play cards.

No real plans for Sunday. Maybe working. Maybe relaxing. I'm going to play it by ear.

I hope y'all are doing great. Sorry I don't have time for personals.

Much love,

Shad
07-27-2013, 01:16 AM
Afternoon all,
The house is smelling of chicken soup. I made it from scratch - stock base to the plating up. It wasn't too bad either if I do say so myself.

Annie - glorious day here too. I've put a huge load of washing out this morning. Haven't done any all week. Naughty me. I may have to join you in mowing the grass. Darn stuff hasn't stopped growing at all this year. Watched your video clip. It's nice. I like the rule about discipline. I firmly believe in discipline. It just makes life work.

Laura - hope the Jazzercise got rid of your crabbies. Life is too short for too long grumpy periods. The colour red stems from when I was in the States last and stayed a couple of nights with Mel. We watched some home improvement shows and on every renovation, the walls were painted red. Red maybe my favourite colour but not for walls. They had red in the kitchen, red in the bedroom, red in the bathroom, red in the lounge. I find that it is a hard colour to live with for any period of time, not to mention that you have to prime the wall with grey to cover the red twice before you can change the colour.

Ceejay - hope you find a good mower. I would never buy an electric one since I have a tendency to cut cords and things. My little petrol job does good work so I am happy with it. It only takes 15 minutes to run round my small areas of grass - or to put it more truthfully - weeds.

Michelle - see on facebook that Santa passed his test. He has successfully trained you to his standards :lol:
What is the online workshop about

Mel - feel free to tell the SIL to stick it where the sun don't shine. What's her problem anyway. Did she stick with your brother in the hope she would get some money out of him? No point in trying to set you against him now - he's gone to a better place.
Hope you get the holiday parameters done to your satisfaction.
Next Saturday is no good for me, I have a friend coming over. That's my Saturday, your Friday. However any other day this week or next week is fine.

Happy - My winter time temps are better than your day time temps even if I do think it is being a cold winter. Most days we are at 22C which roughly converted is about 72-73F. Nights can get to 6-8C or 42-45F.

Okay Annie and Happy asked about Portuguese Chicken. It is basically chicken pieces marinated in spices, garlic and lemon. You can do it the hard way (real stuff) which I do admit turns out nicer than the easy way, or you can go down to the supermarket and pick up a jar of Portuguese Chicken seasoning (mind you read the labels and decide how much heat you want) and rub it all over the chicken - or do as I did this time and loosen the skin of the chicken and put the spice mix between the skin and the flesh. The full list of ingredients should you want to make it are from memory - Lemon juice, smoked paprika, sweet paprika, garlic cloves (3-4), chili, oregano, red onion and olive oil. Mix them all together, put the chicken pieces in a bowl or a bag, pour over the marinade and leave for up to 24 hours.

Okay - timers gone off. Time to get the muffins out of the oven. Being a real Betsy Homemaker over here this week and now the freezer is full. Catch you.

happy2bme
07-27-2013, 01:53 AM
Good morning ladies,

Happy Friday. One of the big summer events here is the Lumberjack Championships. The arena is outdoors in a big sunny field. People have complained over the years that there is no shade and it's really hard to sit in the stands in hot, hot weather so this year DH tells me for the first time they decided to do it in the early evening instead of during the day. Wouldn't you know it that we have unseasonably cold weather today and tomorrow - those people are going to FREEZE. :lol: Well not freeze but they better dig out their camo(flage) fleece :hyper: I am working the store this afternoon - forgot this was another event weekend - don't like working by myself but hey - if it gets busy, people will just have to be patient. DH will drop me off and pick me up tonight and we'll go out to dinner. :yay:

Went and got my hair done last night. Had a long talk with my hairdresser - her brother died very suddenly this past Christmas and she's having a really hard time. Lots of similarities between her and my situation with my brother. I hope she finds some peace. We were chatting away and I didn't have my glasses on as usual so I could not see as she was snip, snip, snipping away. My hair is REALLY short this time around. I feel like a sort of have a boy's haircut. It's cute. DH said it looks nice (tho he may have been just being polite). It certainly won't take much time to fix when I get ready to go out and that's a good thing!

Annie - I watched the video - thanks for sharing. Simple advice but so very true. I have found that counting my blessings before I go to sleep and thinking of things that I am grateful for have done a lot to improve my mood. My feet are doing well, thanks for asking. At this point I just have to be mindful if I get a flare up to deal with it right away. The problem with the popcorn shop was that I continued to work the long hours over the Christmas season - knowing I was hurting my foot more and more each day but the good person in me wanted to help out. In the end for what? Cost me more at the doctor than I made working. :dizzy: Lesson learned! As for DH we are waiting for the heart monitor reports to get evaluated and sent to his doctor. The rash he had on his legs appears to have cleared with the steroid medicine - they admitted they still aren't sure what caused it. I'm hoping we can get settled more into a better groove for both of us. What is your secret to lettuce in the garden? This is the second year I have planted it and I have a mix of lettuces - red and some other kind as well as butter lettuce. DH loves the arugula but I have found the lettuces to be bitter to my taste. Even the deer and little wild bunny won't eat them :lol: They look pretty, grew like crazy but bitter to my taste. I found the same with my friend in TN's lettuces. Cucumbers here started out good but are getting misshapen - like a balloon that doesn't inflate all the way. The last 2 cukes have also tasted bitter to me although DH said he doesn't think so - they are delicious to him. Maybe I am just an old, bitter woman :rofl: ;) ;) ;) My sugar snap pea crop has been delightful. I am still eating peas - we just chill them and eat them raw. I grew bush Blue Lake green beans. The bushes grew to about a foot high, produced 3 servings of tasty green beans and that was it. :(

Laura - I had to smile at your comment about running low on grocery bags that you use for Coal. We've recycled ours also cleaning the litter boxes and now I find that I am forever scrambling for them. Too bad because I used to take the extras to the Thrift Shop and now I don't have enough to spare. Hope you have a really fun overnight trip with your friend and that the weather held up for you. As for Sears, it's really sad how that company deteriorated. Like IBM, they certainly are not the companies today that they once were.

Mel - I can't picture you with a short hair cut - in your case it might be more of a hassle than it's worth. Glad the meetings were short. You are better off with the air conditioning than open windows - particularly if the air is schmutzy. Just don't freeze!

Ceejay - sounds like you are having some glorious weather. Hope it hangs around. Also hope you didn't get stuck with phone duty.

happy2bme
07-27-2013, 02:20 AM
Ok, came back to my computer to find that I had stopped before I posted. I'm quite the flitter these days.

Also as I was getting ready to go in to the shop, got a call that I was a "no show". Turns out I was supposed to work the MORNING shift, not the afternoon one that I was prepared to go in to. I hardly ever get a morning shift and it was clearly my mistake. I feel horrid about it - today was a cool and rainy day - there were lots of people in town and we lost some potential revenue with the shop closed until noon when the coordinator showed up and called me. Then to top it off I was trying to do a nice thing and signed up to fill in some open unstaffed holes in the schedule for next month. Turns out the regular lady who works a particular day and shift had never bothered to put her name on the schedule (because EVERYBODY is supposed to know she always works that shift - sign up schedule be darned) and then got all bent out of shape when she saw my name on the calendar. She went up the chain of command complaining about me. Between that and missing my shift, I was this close || to just throwing in the towel. I am trying very very VERY hard to remember Laura's fine advice that we are hear for the animals and try to ignore the personalities. Once again, no good deed goes unpunished. I have learned my lesson, going forward I will not step forward for anything extra, will stop bringing in extra supplies, will make no further suggestions for improvement and will certainly cut back on the number of days I go in there until I eventually fade out. As I told my hairdresser yesterday, the older I get, the more people disappoint me. She agreed with me. I don't know why, but this is bothering me (feeling sad) a lot more than it really should.

Perhaps I can just sleep it off - it's already 46 degrees out there - great sleeping weather. I am going to try sleeping in one of the guest rooms - my hip and knee are killing me and I'm hoping a change in mattresses will help.

Shad - sounds like you are cooking up a storm out your way. One of the lumberjacks defending their title this weekend is a Kiwi. Will let you know tomorrow if he is successful again. Will also let you know next week when they post pictures in the newspaper if he's a strapping handsome bloke :lol: Thank you for posting the ingredients to the Portuguese Chicken as we certainly can't run to the store and get some of the pre-mixed seasonings. At least not in MY stores up here :rofl: It sounds delicious and as long as I keep it light on the hot spices, I'm sure DH and I would both enjoy it. Yes, I'm sure your winter is actually warmer than even our autumn. Given the unseasonal temps we are having right now, I'm afraid to suggest when the best time is to visit! Our hummingbirds are swarming the feeders - they emptied not one but two bottles of sugar water today. I'm betting that they will head south earlier than September this year.

Michelle - congrats on Santa passing training. Sorry you aren't sleeping well. Hope you don't have to devote too much of the weekend to catching up on work. Better that you hone your skills as a card shark :lol3: Have fun!

Ceejay - if people are just going to complain on the phone when it switches over to your department and you can't do anything about restoring service - what is the point of you taking calls? You certainly don't need the aggravation. Or are you just fielding calls in the event of a real emergency?

Guess I will call it a night. I'd like to have a more productive day tomorrow instead of today and it all begins with a good night's sleep. Night all...

MELODY525
07-27-2013, 07:57 AM
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MORNING CHICKS. HAVE A HAPPY WEEKEND.

SEEMS TO BE SOME SUN OUTSIDE. HOPE WE GET MORE.:sunny:
NOTHING NEW. CHATTED WITH JEN.
THEN ATE & WENT TO BED EARLY.
.YOU WILL LAUGH BUT THE PERSON TAKING THE EMERGENCY BEEPER THINKS THEY KNOW & CAN DO ALL.
MOSTLY HE RUNS ON A LOT OF BS...GET OUT THE SHOVEL.
SO I PUT A SIGN ON MY DOOR SAYING ALL MAINT CALLS GO TO HIM.
THEN MADE CARDS WITH THE PHONE NUMBER:rofl: :rofl:
WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

GOING TO BE A MELIDAY WEEKEND IN BETWEEN ALARMS.
I HAVE NOTHING PLANNED EXCEPT THE FAMILY CALL. :cry:
I CAN ALWAYS PRAY THAT GOD WILL BE WITH ME AND SHE WON'T BE HOME.

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND.





ANNIE...GLAD THE TRIP IS GOING SO WELL.
YES WE LIKE THE KIDS TO BE HAPPY.
SOMEHOW IT PAINS ME INSIDE IF THEY DO WITHOUT.
MAKES ME INCREDIBLY SAD AND BRINGS BACK CRAPPY CHILDHOOD LONLINESS.
SIGH. WE'RE SUCH EMOTIONAL PEOPLE.
SOMETIMES I WISH I COULD FLIP THE SWITCH OFF.
EVEN IF IT WAS JUST FOR ONE DAY :rofl:




LAURA....HOPE THE TIME WITH THE FRIEND WAS NICE.
HOW WAS THE WEATHER?? NO RAIN I HOPE.
WE JUST GOT NOTICE FOR A BAND CONCERT.
TO BE HELD IN THE LAND OF MOSQUITOS DOWN BY THE RIVER:lol3: :lol3:




CEEJAY....GUESS OUR PATIENCE IS WEARING THING. I HEAR YA ON LETTING IT GO AND FEELING HAPPIER.
\SENDING A HUG FOR A BETTER WEEKEND:hug:




MICHELLE....HAVE FUN WITH THE FRIENDS.
DINNER & CARDS SOUND NICE. ENJOY.




SHAD....THE BOSS IS COMIMG BACK ON THE 6TH OF AUGUST.
IT WILL BE CALMER THAN. WE CAN PICK A DATE WHEN IT GETS CL;OSER.
HAVE A GOOD TIME WITH THE FRIEND TOO.
RICHIE WOULD LOVE THE PORTUGESE CHICKEN...JEN TOO.
I WOULD IF IT WASN'T TOO HOT:flame:
BUT IT SOUNDS DELICIOUS!!





HAPPY.....MY FACE IS TOO ANGULAR FOR A SHORT HAIRCUT.
I LOOK LIKE A LESBIAN TRUCK DRIVER:rofl: :rofl:
ANOTHER CUT MADE ME LOOK LIKE OLIVER HARDY'S SISTER:yikes:
I HAVE TO STICK WITH THE OLD SHAFG I'VE HAD FOR YEARS AND YEARS.
HOPE THE JOB WILL GO SMOOTHLY.
HAD A LAUGH AT THE TIME CHANGE FOR THE LUMBERJACKS.
FIGURES THAT MOTHER NATURE WOULD TOSS A COG IN THE WHEEL!
PS....I SEE THERE WAS A FOUL UP IN THE JOB SCHEDULE....
TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH...IT WOULD BOTHER ME TO NO ND.
STUFF LIKE THIS STICKS IN MY CRAW AS THE SAYING GOES.
FADING OUT SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD IDEA....
EXCEPT FOR THE POOR ANIMALS.
THESE PEEPS JUST DON'T LIKE CHANGE. THEY'RE BULLIES TOO.

ceejay52
07-27-2013, 11:07 AM
Morning
Getting ready to go visit the uncles today. And I'm looking forward to getting out for the week end. I have gotten a lot of piddly work done this morning. Yesterday afternoon I had a migraine and slept most of the afternoon. House is in good shape. The lawn however needs to be mowed. I may do that when I come back Sunday afternoon.
The weather has been gorgeous this week.
Haven't heard from my friend in Jonesboro this week. I text her last night but still haven't heard back from her.

Happy
I thought my last hair cut was a bit short but it's growing back.
Oh me, on missing the early morning shift. But it happens.
Good luck to the lumberjacks tonight.

Mel
Keep your shovel with you this week end. You may need to poopy scoop. :lol:

MELODY525
07-28-2013, 07:55 AM
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WATERMELON MONTH IS JULY AND IT'S ALMOST OVER WITH.
REMINDS ME OF SITTING ON THE FRONT STOOP PEOPLE WATCHING.
NEIGHBORS CHATTING AS THEY PASSED EACH OTHER.
SEEMS LIKE TODAY NO ONE TALKS TO EACH OTHER.
I AM FROM A SUBURBAN BYGONE ERA.

JEN & RICHIE DID SOME FOOD SHOPPING.
IT WAS NICE TO GET WAITED ON TOO.
THEY HAD GONE TO A FLEA MARKET.
NO GOOD FLEAS THERE TO BRING HOME.
THEY SAID THE PRICES ARE A BIT HIGH FOR JUNK.
GUESS EVERYONE NEEDS MONEY.

THE BLDG HAS BEEN QUIET. LONG MAY IT REIGN!!:queen:
I DID NOT FEEL WELL AGAIN YESTERDAY AND SLEPT MOST OF THE DAY AWAY IN CAT NAPS.
NOT SURE WHAT THAT WAS ALL ABOUT AGAIN.
I FELT LIKE I WAS GENTLY CRASHING AND JUST KEPT FALLING ASLEEP.
I FEEL FINE NOW & EVEN HUNGRY.


HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY/MONDAY:encore:






CEEJAY...HOPE YOU HAD A GOOD TIME WITH THE UNCLES.
YOU MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD WITH "poopy scoop".
YOU ARE RIGHT ON THE MONEY :rofl: :rofl:
IS THE FRIEND BUSY WITH THE NEW BEAU???? LOL
ALSO...DID YOU FIND A MOWER YOU LIKED?? I FORGET.

Shad
07-28-2013, 07:58 AM
Evening all,
Had a fairly relaxing day today. Went and picked up a few bits at the shop that I missed on Friday, reorganised the pantry and when the rain went away I went out to weed the rose garden. Got about two thirds of it done in between the showers. Talked to my niece on facebook. She's now at 21 weeks in her pregnancy so just halfway cooked so far. She is due on 6th December. DB2 popped in to see if I wanted to go on a trip in his truck to pick up the nephews goods and chattels since he and partner (the nephew that is) are moving back to Brisbane from the Gold Coast. I've also been trying to sort my photo negatives. There is another long and boring job to be done. Maybe I will just identify the negatives, match them with the developed photos and label the packets. Some of them seem to have fallen out of the packets. Anyway, that was about my day and now it is about ended. It's time for bed.

Happy - short hair certainly makes life easy for those on the go. If it is cut well, it doesn't move much and stays pretty much as you fixed it in the morning. Unfortunately mine grows so fast that after K cuts it, it only seems to be a couple of weeks before I have to start styling it after a wash, rather than comb and go. Sorry about the mix up with the shop, but I think you may be wise to just do a shift or two a week, don't volunteer for anything else and keep well away from the roster (or lack thereof) system. I think I might have been somewhat rude after what they said to you.
The kiwi woodchopper might be a strapping bloke, but there are not too many of them that are knock yourself out, swoon worthy varieties. They are muscle bound particularly in the upper body, but most of the ones I have met seem to be missing teeth or hair or fingers.

Mel - hope the man with the beeper gets overrun over the weekend. Serve the know all bast*rd right. You can ring me anytime except for the week between 17th and 24th August since I am going back to NZ then to try and sort my sister out. That's going to be a job and a half. We probably won't be speaking by Wednesday.
The thing with the Portuguese Chicken is that you can make it as hot as you like. I'm not too much into chili despite the fact that I have several bushes of them in the garden. So I just put in enough to know that it is there. It can be left out altogether is desired. I have a full list of the ingredients in the marinade if anyone wants it and the amounts can be as little or as much as you want, but you probably need to be careful that you don't unbalance the dish.

Ceejay - hope you enjoyed your time with the uncles and family.

Time for bed. I'm done. Another day tomorrow, wonder what delights that will bring - other than the green waste man.

MELODY525
07-28-2013, 07:59 AM
Ps......annie......that Video Was Very Nice.
Thanks For The Link. On A Good Day That Is Me :d

Shad
07-28-2013, 08:01 AM
There's Mel typing away above my head

annie175
07-28-2013, 08:39 AM
Happy Heavenly Birthday Momma......I miss you intensely and daddy too! I love you, funny that is the last thing I said to both of you before you retired, not knowing it would be my last words,

ceejay52
07-28-2013, 06:54 PM
Back from a good visit with the uncles. Going back next week end for one uncles 80 birthday party.
Another uncle said he turned over a back hoe. He ran into a sink hole that was cover up in grass. He was not hurt nor was the back hoe. He scares me a bit for doing all this heavy equipment. He and his son pulled it out with a rope and the tractor. He's only 85/86 years young. But gets around very good for his age.
I went shopping for a lawn mower today and found one at Lowes. I started at the Lowes in Paragould. They didn't have an electric mower but he called Jonesboro and the had three in stock. By the time I got over there they had sold one of them. It's electric. This one looks a bit more durable than the one I have now. The brand name is the Green Works.
Talked to my younger sibling this afternoon. Kinda shocked me.

Mel
I had those same feelings Friday. I came down with a migraine so I laid down and went to sleep.

Shad
You still have negatives to pictures. Your working in the roses reminds me that I need to be out mowing the lawn but think I'll wait till I bring home my new mower.

----
I need to get something to eat then ride the bike. Didn't make my goal of 50 miles last week so it's still in place for this week.

Shad
07-29-2013, 06:36 AM
Evening all,
Well most of what was on my to-do list today got done. I was quite pleased with myself. I've dug in the front yard, weeded and mulched in the back yard, clean the loo, laundry and bathroom. I think that tomorrow I will ache in places I didn't know I had placed to ache in. It didn't rain although it was threatening that for most of the day. Then I cooked up some turkey legs for lunch sandwiches during the week. I also made a margarita pizza for dinner from scratch. I also exercised.

Mel - I know what you mean about being FROM A SUBURBAN BYGONE ERA. My neighbours apart from the two across the road scarcely speak. I don't even know the names of the people 2 doors down anymore.
At least you are listening to your body and going for naps every so often. Hope you feel better soon.

Ceejay - glad you had a good day with the uncles. Seems that at least one of them is hale and hearty into old age. Long may it last. Hope I work as well if I get to 85.

Annie - Happy birthday to Mum. Celebrate in style.

And that's about it for today. Nearly time for bed.

MELODY525
07-29-2013, 08:22 AM
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MORNING CHICKIES

MY INDIAN FRIEND HAS DECIDED TO ARRIVE EARLY & LEAVE RIGHT AFTER LUNCH.
HE WAS OFFERED A RIDE.
GOING TO GET DRESSED AND MEET HIM IN A LITTLE WHILE.
I AM SO NOT INTO THIS ANYMORE.
HE IS SO BOSSY & DEMANDING THE OLDER HE GETS.
EVERY SUMMER I PRAY HE DOESN'T COME BACK ON THAT LONG FLIGHT:lol3:

NOTHING ELSE EXCITING HAPPENING TODAY.
THE SIL WAS OUT AND THE NEPHEW EMAILED TO SAY WE CAN CHAT DURING THE WEEK.
THAT WAS OK BY ME.
I BETTER GET A MOVE ON.
TIME SEEMS TO FLY BY WHEN SITTING IN FRONT OF A COMPUTER. :rofl:





SHAD....SEEMS WE POSTED TOGETHER YESTERDAY. LOL
WE HAD MORE SHOWERS HERE TOO.
SENDING A HUG TO YOUR NIECE :hug:
I THOUGHT THE DS2 WAS ALREADY BACK IN BRISBANE.
I AM LOSING TRACK OF HIM :rofl:
IS YOUR WINTER WEATHER AS WEIRD AS OUR SUMMER??
SOME STATES HAVE DROPPED DOWN TO ALMOST 40 AT NIGHT.
UNHEARD OF SINCE ANOTHER STRANGE SUMMER IN 1972.
YOU CERTAINLY GOT A LOT OF STUFF DONE! WOW!
I NEED ANOTHER NAP JUST READING ABOUT IT ALL.
HOPE THE BODY ISN'T TOO ACHY TODAY!





ANNIE....SENDING ALL 3 OF YOU MUCH LOVE AND :hug:





CEEHAY....:hb: ANOTHER BIRTHDAY TO CELEBRATE!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY NEXT WEEKEND TO THE UNCLE.
YOUR BD WILL BE COMING UP NEXT MONTH TOO.
GLAD YOU FOUND A MOWER YOU LIKE.
SO YOU HAD A CHAT WITH THE SIBLING.
HOPE IT WAS A GOOD ONE.

annie175
07-29-2013, 11:11 AM
Good Monday Morning/Evening Chicklets...is it Friday yet? My babes will be home on Friday from Florida.

MELLIE...wish I could do as you lil cartoon says...nothing, but I feel guilty when I don't do anything. Hope you can enjoy your day.

CEEG...happy riding. I had an electric mower my brother gave me, but I gave it to Goodwill, I didn't like the cord thing going on all over the yard. I prefer the gas type mowers.

WOW SHADDIE...you had a very productive day. Good on ya for that. I love margherita pizzas, actully there is a frozen out there by California Kitchen that is not too bad. Homemade anything is always better.

Hello to the rest of you wonderful ladies.

Hugs.

Laura705
07-29-2013, 12:15 PM
Morning all. Lovely day out there. :)

Annie - Hope you enjoyed the early start to your weekend and the rest of it. Got some error when I went to watch the video...might try it here at work. :sssh:

Michelle - Congrats to you and Santa for graduating from the training. :congrat: Love the photos on FB! How was the workshop? Dinner and cards sounds fun. Bf, his brother, and his nephew-in-law have been trying to set up another game night for ages. Guess they're not trying that hard... I'd like to set one up with my friends - games & potluck. It would be a change from always going out to eat.

Shad - Your post made me tired just reading it. Or should I say more tired. Between weed-pulling and squats yesterday, I'm still whooped today. You are just a regular Suzy Homemaker at the moment. :D All the food sounds yummy - Portuguese chicken, chicken soup, home roasted turkey for sandwiches, pizza... Ah ha re the red. You're right - very strong colors get old for me, hence the bathroom re-do.

Mel - LOL re your graphic today. :lol: Wishing you patience today with your Indian pal. :D

Ceejay - Gosh, must have been a scare when the uncle and the backhoe went over ! Glad he wasn't hurt!!! The 80th bday celebration should be fun. :)

Happy - Glad to hear the medical maladies are under control, and I hope DH's monitor results come back good. Too bad about the bitter lettuces and cukes. But the sugar snap peas sound wonderful - fresh is best for all produce, but especially for those it seems to me. Good thing to do homegrown. Have to consider that for next year. Or can they be grown in cooler weather?? Oy re the scheduling boo-boo. Too bad about yet more drama. Fading out/phasing out of this gig sounds like a good option. Too bad, this org could be doing so much more if they were open to it. :(

==

Friday I left work a bit early to get an early train out to my friend's place. Geez, the train was packed! No wonder my regular train feels so empty on Fridays, LOL. I kept walking through the train with everyone else seeking a spot and finally found one. Kid had his backpack on the seat next to him, but moved it right away when I said "excuse me". A bit annoyed he didn't move it when he realized the train was filling up. Whatever. Not gonna rant on that - I'm sure I've done it before here!!!! :yes: It rained for part of the evening, but by the time we finished dinner, it had cleared. Unfortunately the band performances were shortened, but still, it was a nice get-together.

Went to bed a bit late and woke up too early - not my own bed/pillow/etc. :yawn: Chatted with my friend and her sis for a couple hours over coffee (them) and tea (me). We went to lunch and frozen yogurt afterwards, and then caught my train home.

Back home I didn't do much of anything that I recall except walk doggy. We went to dinner somewhere (can't for the life of me remember where - oh wait, we ate Filipino food at our long-time Chinese restaurant. They added a Filipino menu a couple years ago and we'd never tried it there. Generally positive on it.). Afterwards, we stopped by our village's downtown block party for a short time and that was about it.

Sunday I lazed around with the paper for a bit, then got down to business with the weeds in the long backyard border. They'd once again gotten out of control. Sigh. My hands are sore from pulling! Also started cutting back the peony foliage.

And naturally I had another idea about what to do with another flower bed. The bad part about the garden ideas is they always involve manual labor, LOL. But...that kind of work feels more productive than pulling weeds. The flower bed changes I have in mind are one-time things. Weed-pulling, like housework, never ends. :halfempty:

The rest of the day was a load of laundry, late lunch, Lowe's to check out stuff for our powder room re-do, the market, and a dog walk. Actually put together my lunch for today last night. Watched the Pilot for Cedar Cove. Have another episode to watch and I'll be caught up on that.

Tonight will be Jazzercise, but I'm feeling pretty tired right now...we'll see. Thank goodness it's a rest day for the squats. I'm keeping up, but it's getting tough.

This morning they posted my boss's job on our company intranet. WTH???!!! Admin says the Sr Mgr posting is gone, so apparently there's been a change of strategy. But not a word from the boss. Thanks. The current Sr. Mgr is out on vacay this week or I'd ask him what's up. Not going to ask the boss. She's not herself these days and I don't want to deal with her if I don't have to. :mad:

Okay, gonna post this before I begin to rant. And I have a meeting in 15 min. to prep for. I'm off!

annie175
07-29-2013, 01:45 PM
LAURA...shuuweee you had a busy weekend, you need a weekend just to catch up on the weekend. Your company sounds like my company...it is just surprise, you have a new boss, the old one is gone. No explanations. Have a good one kiddo!

ceejay52
07-29-2013, 06:43 PM
Flying by today. Playing catch up from the week end.

MELODY525
07-30-2013, 07:58 AM
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GOOD MORNING LADIES OF THE WORLD.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY.

LUNCH WITH THE FRIEND WENT WELL.
I THINK HE KINOWS HE'S BEEN A TAD PUSHY.
HE IS NOT WELL AT ALL AND I VERY WORRIED.
HE HAS NO MEDICAL INS HERE IN THE STATES.
WE WILL MEET NEXT WEEK WITH FRIENDS AGAIN.

NOTHING ELSE NEW HERE. JEN AND I SPENT THE AFTERNOON TOGETHER. THEN I HAD A VERY EARLY NIGHT. WITH ONLY ONE ALARM ARONHD MIDNIGHT. TIME FOR BREAKFAST. I FEEL HUNGRY.
HAVE A SUPER DAY:encore:




ANNIE .....GLAD THE BABES WILL ALL BE BACK IN THE NEST.
THEN MOMMA HEN CAN HAVE LESS WORRIES:hug:




LAURA....GLAD TO HEAR THE GETTOGETHER WENT WELL EVEN WITH RAIN.
WTH IS RIGHT?!?!? THISNGS CHANGE SO FAST AT JOBS THESE DAYS.
FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT IN CASE IT'S A BUMPY RIDE!!
MAYBE THE BOSS WHO IS NOT HERSELF LATELY IS ON THE BLOCK!!:yikes:
SENDING THOUGHTS YOUR WAY FOR A PEACEFUL PLACE TO WORK:hug:




CEEJAY....WAVING TO YOU AS YOU FLY BY :wave:
HOPE YOUR DAY BACK WAS A GOOD ONE.




MICHELLE....SOMEHOW I MISSED THAT YOU AND SANTA GRADUATED!!
PROUD OF YOU BOTH. GOOD WORK!!:cheer3:

Shad
07-30-2013, 08:02 AM
Quick post for me. I'm pooped. Think I did more today than I did yesterday. But at least I am getting there. I can see progress. What the **** am I going to do with myself when it is all up and running.

Annie - yep homemade is always better. I've filled the freezer with soups and pizza bases and all sorts of strange stuff. It's never been so full.

Laura - it always amazes me that I go out to the garden and then have some brilliant ideas on how to renovate the entire block. :lol: Better not start that one again.
Love the communication in your office. Sounds pretty normal to me.

Mel - DS2 is in Brisbane, it was the nephew that was moving. The DB2 (father of the nephew) was driving the truck with all the gear.
That Indian bloke still causing you trouble.

Okay, time to get on with life - or sleep rather since I need my rest. Tomorrow is some more work on the front garden, some weeding round the back and maybe some unwanted, but unable to throw out junk up to the attic. Went to buy a new ladder today - DS2 has taken mine and I don't see it coming home any time soon and I need to access the manhole in the ceiling. Can't see me jumping 9 foot with a big box to get it into the roof. Anyway, as I said I went to buy the new ladder. Went to Bunnings the big hardware store (joy heaven) and found the ladders. When I thought I had found what I wanted, I couldn't get it down off the shelf. After searching for a storeperson for ages, I finally gave up. I will go to another store on another day. What's with these companies? Don't they want my money? The checkout chick asked if what was in my trolley was everything for today? Silly question. No, I said. I wanted to buy a ladder. They are all stored in such a way I can't get the one I think I want down to have a look at it. I searched high and low for a warehouse person and there are none to be found. So I have decided to go somewhere else for it.
She said she would call for someone to help me, but I said it was too late. Thanks for the memories and got out of there. No ladder, but hey, I have to go out for cat food tomorrow, so I will check out some other places. No biggie.

Shad
07-30-2013, 08:05 AM
There's Mel, typing over me again.

annie175
07-30-2013, 09:29 AM
Happy Tuesday

What if the Hokey Pokey IS what it's all about?????

Made tacos last night for dinner. They were quite tasty as we had not had them in a while. That was the extent of the evening, watched a couple episodes of Smallville and folded clothes. Pretty boring.

I came across a new oats product that I like very much, called Oat Revolution. It comes in Maple & Brown sugar and Strawberries n cream are the only two I can find at the moment. It has a bit of flax seed in it. Instant old fashioned style oatmeal.

Looks like we are to have these mild temps through all next week with only a bit of rain here and there. I am loving it, but also don't like being inside at work. Thank goodness I have errands to run every day and can get out in it.

SHADDIE...what are you going to do with yourself when it is all up and running is a very funny. You know once it is all done you have to start over from the beginning for upkeep. No worries I am sure you will find something to do, you are a busy body in a good way!

MELLIE...sorry to hear your friend is not feeling well, hope it is manageable without medical treatment and maybe OTC drugs instead for his sake of no insurance. You and Jen sound like me and Sam, still hooked by the umbilical cord. lol. Glad your nite wasn't too awful with alarms.

HELLO to CEEG who is just puttering through the land of the worldlies....

CHELLE...must be busy with her projects and Santa. Hugs..

HAPPY.....come out, come out whereever you are...hope all is going ok with you. Hugs sister.

That about does it for me. Make it a great day/night.

Laura705
07-30-2013, 11:25 AM
Morning all. Full day today so I'll try to get to personals later.

I overdid it on the fiber yesterday thanks to the addition of a FiberOne bar yesterday morning. Along with my shredded wheat cereal it was too much. So it wasn't a great day. Stayed home from Jazzercise last night. Sat on my rump all evening, had pizza for dinner.

Scale stayed the same from last week - hopefully no gain at WW today.

Okay, back to it.

diyana
07-30-2013, 11:45 AM
So crazy busy at work (and at home). I did make time to play with Santa this weekend, amidst the cooking, cleaning, work and party. I've got to get some coding done, and it has to work, for a meeting right after lunch (and today is meetings all day), so I worked 11 hours yesterday and came in early today. None of my code is working, and I'm not sure why. :tantrum: Oh well, I will figure it out.

Gotta get back to it...have a great day all!

Much love,

happy2bme
07-30-2013, 12:31 PM
Good hump day eve chicklets,

Sorry I did not get in here yesterday. I got up early, had to race to make dog biscuits so I could get to the thrift shop before the morning lady left. She was the one who was upset I had "taken" her spot next month on the schedule. She is one of the sweetest ladies ever, we made nice - all is well. I have learned from this - Do NOT do anything extra, do only what you have to minimally and if something is broken, not right, needs attention - leave it for someone else to worry about. :( Sad but true. I rushed in with still warm dog cookies and everyone in the shop was raving about how good they smelled - peanut butter, oatmeal and a touch of cinnamon. :D I chatted with the shop ladies a bit and then went and spent way too much money on groceries. I have not done a real shopping run since Mom was here - with her I shopped "European" and picked up what only what I needed for a meal at a time. Yesterday the produce was heavenly and tempting. I have all kinds of fresh fruits, veggies and meat so ready to eat clean and healthy again. I was really tired by the time I got home and so was DH so we had a quick dinner. Then I tinkered - laundry, cleaned up after cats, played with them, washed dishes, put away a thousand bags of groceries - or so it seemed. Fell into bed at midnight and passed out.

I did buy a desk chair at Overstock.com - DH wanted something without arms for his guitar playing and I need something higher than the desk chair I have now. What a piece of doo doo this way. The screws don't fit right and it's so poorly constructed. And this was one of their "better chairs". :rolleyes. I think I have purchased before from this place and have been less than satisfied. I have a cat "tree" platform thing coming today, will see how that goes - might be returning both of them and I hope I don't get stuck with a horrid shipping rate. Hey people, buy better quality stuff and I'd love to do business with you. We are stuck as we don't have many furniture options up this way.

Michelle - hope your code comes clean. I HATE when things don't work and you're under the gun. Hopefully you can find the nit and fix it quick.

Laura - if Fiber got to you then cheese (on the pizza) is the perfect counter balance. :lol: Sorry - don't mean to laugh and it gives me a good warning to be mindful of the new trailmix flavor Fiber One bars I picked up yesterday. Hope you are feeling more to sorts today and that you have a good WI. Surprise on the new boss - but a lot of times someone else makes a decision - not always a popular one and others have to go along with it and are not allowed to discuss what's going on. They think we don't notice garbage like that. :s:

Annie - I love the saying about the Hokey Pokey. It's kitchy but fun. :lol: We had tacos the other night too and I really enjoyed them. I did simple ground beef ones instead of our usual fajitas and it was a nice change of pace - at least I thought so. I thought taco salad for a minute but I love the taco shell "bowl" and nixed the idea - too many unneeded calories. Funny too that you mention the Oat Revolution oatmeal. I was looking at that also yesterday but opted to save it for the next trip. Good to know it's tasty and worth buying. I'll check and see if we have other flavors but I seem to remember 2 packages on the shelf - probably the same as your offerings.

Shad - wow you are cooking up a storm - but then again, you have not had occasion to be home for extended periods in such a long time that it just didn't make sense. How do your garden carrots come out? Is it cool enough for them to be sweet? As for the ladder, we are having the same issue with not enough staff here in the states too. Walmart is famous for not having enough floor people. I do feel sorry for the poor few that are trying to do everything AND deal with frustrated customers. We walked out of Best Buy (huge electronics store) for the same reason of you - could not get anyone to assist us. One chain that was going down the tubes - Home Depot - home improvement / hardware - has really done a turn around. I love that place - lots of helpful, friendly, knowledgeable staff which was NOT the case a couple of years back. I'd place a call to the store management and tell them they lost a sale. Companies have to hear this stuff.

Hi Ceejay :wave:

Mel - hope you are feeling better. Is this friend B - the person who would routinely come around? Perhaps he can pick up something at the local pharmacy over the counter. Bummer to be sick when you are not at home. Glad you got to spend some time with Jen.

It's about time for me to get something to eat and get ready for my afternoon stint at the shop. Kinda tired today - started out dreary but it seems like the sun wants to poke it's head through so maybe it will clear up and wake me up. If not, some sort of caffeine will have to find it's way into my lunch :lol:

Have a good day all. Can't believe we are ending another month already. Accepting suggestions for August's Thread Title...

ceejay52
07-30-2013, 02:31 PM
Feel out of sorts today for some reason.
We got some much needed rain this morning. No thunder boomers this time either.


Happy
Your doggie biscuits sound good enough for humans. I agree with you 100%. I've learned to stay my distance at work and even with the neighbors.

Laura
I think we all eat to much fiber every once in awhile. I had a cheese and pineapple pizza last night.

Michelle
I hope you get the codes working.

Mel
Are you spending time with your friend today?

annie175
07-30-2013, 04:11 PM
HAPPY....What is your recipe for doggie biscuits? I have a recipe also. When there is more than one personality at a work place, anything can happen. Relationships are odd and sometimes I feel I need to give more.


Pet Oatmeal Cookie Treats Treats for ahappy Meow & Bow wow
Yields 40 cookies
1 ½ C. rolled oats
¼ C. vegetable oil
½ C. all-purpose flour
½ C. either chicken broth, beef broth, or juice from canned tuna or salmon
Preheat oven to 350°
1. Mix all ingredients well until dough forms
2. dust hands with flour shape dough into cookies
3. Bake 30 min. on a greased cookie sheet until lightly browned
4. Once cooled break into bite sized pieces and store in an air tight container.
I think I have posted it before, heck I don't remember.

CEEG....hope you get your out of sorts, sorted out....feel better.

LAURA...Fiber one bars always do it for me. Stay near the loo.

CHELLE..hope your coding worked out for you. That stuff is mind boggling to me.

Sleep well and wake up happy and healthy all.

Laura705
07-30-2013, 06:09 PM
Afternoon everyone. Just got a deadline task out of the way. Taking a breather for the moment, then I'll catch up on a few things before I leave for the day.

Annie - The dog biscuit recipe looks yummy. The fiber one bars will have to be carefully coordinated with the rest of the day's foods, but I think it'll just be easier to bring the rest of the box to work and leave them in the coffee/copy room. Yummmm, tacos!! (Rubbing my tummy.)

Ceejay - Mmmm, pineapple pizza!!

Happy - Glad your shift went well. Your doggy biscuits sound tasty too! Sorry the chair is not up to par. I think I've ordered inexpensive items from overstock, but nothing significant. They won't cover the return shipping?? Boo. I was all better today after yesterday's fiber overload. Should have known better - I usually don't bother buying processed foods that add extra fiber.

Michelle - Hope you got your coding to work! :crossed:

Shad - Too bad about the ladder. It always seems so useless to tell the cashier what your issue is when you're ready to leave a place (unsatisfied), but it might help...not that I see ever them taking a note to report back to management. LOL re a whole-block reno. :lol:

Mel - Glad all is generally well...except for you friend from India. Hope he can get relief from some OTC drugs. I might have thought the boss might be in trouble with her boss, but it sounds like she gave a very long notice of her intention to retire in a year, which works out to 4/30/14. She's not happy with the progress to hire a replacement and get a transition going. (She might be wanting a few months of "lame duck" time before then and she might not get it if they don't make progress with the hiring, hahaha.)

--
Leaving a wee bit early to meet a group of friends for dinner. One is from out of town, and she chose a German bar/restaurant. Of all things, one of the heavier ethnic cuisines. Whatever, I'll try to choose smaller items - maybe soup and dessert, and a beer, of course. She also has failed to let me know if she needs a lift to the restaurant. She's such a flake!

WW weigh-in showed a 0.2 loss, so I'm content. I tracked all week and WEEKEND, and while I wasn't OP by any means, it helped.

Okay, back to work. TTFN!

annie175
07-30-2013, 11:19 PM
LAURA...congrats on the loss, when I don't do so well and have a loss, I feel like I am getting away with something. BOOO on the friend and the german foods. Do your best. That is all you can do. Or do not eat the heavy laden crap. Goodluck!!!!

MELODY525
07-31-2013, 08:05 AM
Morning Chicks.


Sorry No Personals.
Got A Whopper Of A Headache.
Lights Are Killing Me.
See You Gals Tomorrow After Food Shopping.....i Hope!
Happy Weds/thurs.

ceejay52
07-31-2013, 09:31 AM
Morning
For some unknown reason I didn't sleep well again last night. It can't be work cause it's been a quite week.

Mel
Hope I didn't send you my migraine. Feel better soon.

Laura
Congrats on the weight loss. I've never eaten German food.

Shad
Be careful climbing that ladder to the attic. Those small openings can be tricky.

Have a good day.

Laura705
07-31-2013, 11:31 AM
Morning all. Rainy and gray here today. At least I won't have to water the garden.

Ceejay - Hope you get a good night's rest tonight. Re German food - my opinion is that it's all rather heavy, rich food. Heavy on meats and sausages, served with sauces. Not one of my favorite ethnic cuisines.

Mel - Feel better soon!!! :hug:

Annie - Sometimes the scale is kind, sometimes it can be cruel. All I know is that .2 is not much of anything, but it wasn't a gain, so that's fine by me, given all the meals out lately. I'll keep plugging along.

Hellos to the rest of the Worldlies. :wave:
==
Dinner at the German place was so-so. This is in a suburb near the airport, and they are building up an entertainment district and mall in that area after they lost their bid for a casino license (the town next door got it). Anyway, this place is going for the tourist $$ - pricey. It's a big beer hall and a German band was playing. It was a very loud atmosphere. I think there's a separate restaurant area, but we didn't go in there.

I ended up having something called leberkase, which I later looked up online and learned it translates literally as liver cheese, lol. Rest assured, it is neither liver nor cheese. It was described in the menu as sausage loaf, and it was served grilled with German potato salad. It was tasty in a hot doggy way. We also had beer, and appetizers were a giant soft pretzel with cheese & mustard sauces and some potato pancakes. Brought home a menu for bf so he could see it's probably not a place he'll want to go because it's overpriced and touristy, and there wasn't a large selection of beers, and what they had didn't seem very special.

I told my out of town friend who picked this place (she obviously only looked at the restaurant's site and not reviews on Yelp) that next time she wanted German food, I'd take her to the little German deli/cafe by my house - tasty, not the least bit touristy or loud, and reasonably priced.

Okay, work awaits. Off to it.

happy2bme
07-31-2013, 12:13 PM
Morning kids,

Nothing but ME time for the next 7 days. I don't work again until next Tuesday. Yesterday my partner was in a hurry to get out of there and she sort of rushed out a customer before closing time - I'm not sure the woman liked that very much and I thought it was the wrong thing to do. Most of these volunteers burn rubber to end their shift or close the store out at the exact minute the clock ticks to their times. Geez we're all retired - you think they'd have a train to catch or something :dizzy: The only person I'd think has a legit reason to hurry out is the woman who drives 45 minutes to get into town and C is like me, if people are shopping, what's the harm in waiting another 10 minutes?? We had a disaster with the register last night too - I thought we should have done one thing, my partner disagreed so I backed off and sure enough, it caused a big problem. Starting in September I will probably be working myself due to some schedule changes and I'm starting to think that's probably a good thing.

Came home, threw a small amount of feed out for the baby turkeys and a young buck came into the yard to eat. Shortly afterwards the momma and her twin fawns appeared. One of the fawns was extremely curious about the buck which upset momma to no end. It's a good thing the buck was quite young, if he was an adult he could have seriously hurt the fawn. Mom was doing her best to get that fawn away from the buck but the kid was stubborn minded. In the meantime the other fawn was prancing - yes - frolicking and prancing back and forth across the yard. Several times we thought to get the video camera but we were looking through the windows and the camera picks up the screen on the windows which greatly diminishes the quality of the video. It was really amusing. After a good 10 minutes of prodding, momma finally got the fawn away from the buck and they took off. Suddenly the buck stood ram rod straight and took off in a mad dash. A minute later a bear appeared. He looked to be on the younger side and had quite a pronounced limp in his hindquarters. Someone must have shot him :( He didn't stay long, was checking out the place and quickly moved on. An injured bear is probably about the most dangerous situation and we both felt bad that he was injured. All you really need to do is fire a warning shot - that's generally enough to scare them. The only reason you need to shoot them is if they are attacking you and 95 percent of the time the bear will do it's best to avoid humans. So yesterday we had quite the animal parade. We have a flock of hummingbirds - probably about a dozen who are swarming one feeder. The other feeder is closely guarded by one aggressive male who chases most of the others off. It's unbelieveable how much juice those little guys drink - like having hungry babies :lol:

It's been cool and I think I will use the next few days to go through things and sort out some donations for the shop and clear things out of the house. I'm in the mood to do that and also have an urge to get back into a set routine here. I've been busy since Mom left but I seem to be more scattered and sometimes I feel I'm spending more time spinning my wheels in the sand instead of accomplishing anything worthwhile.

Ceejay - hope you don't have a sleepy day at work. I guess the rainy weather was not helpful in a good night's sleep? Maybe tonight will be better for you...

Mel - sorry your head hurts. Go find a soft pillow and a dark room. Hope you feel better :hug: Don't want to have to take a pass on the food run tomorrow.

Laura - congrats on keeping up with the weight loss efforts! You are doing really well on the program. How did the German dinner go? Yikers - I can't think of ANYTHING that is lite in German food. :rolleyes: Hope you enjoyed yourself. As for the chair, DH jury rigged something to make the chair a bit more sturdy - he said it will work. I'm not sure if overstock would have made me pay for return shipping - it wasn't an outright defect as much as really, really poor construction so I'm not sure. Plus the box was bigger than most packages so I'm sure I'd be stuck with return shipping. I think that's why DH decided to see if he could make it work with some minor modifications. I was hoping to use the chair at my computer desk - I need something a bit higher but he is using it for his guitar practice and since his back is hurting him, I will let him have it. How frustrating for the boss who gave a long notice only to have them hem and haw about getting her replacement in. I'm sure it will come down to a hurried transition which is frustrating - she just has to give it up and it's not really her problem if the new person doesn't get turn over. They will probably switch things up with someone new anyway.

Annie - I like your biscuit recipe - especially adding the beef broth for dogs or tuna juice for cats. I will have to try a batch and see if the cats like it. Thanks for posting the recipe. Our recipe is a bit more stiff - I find it's easier to make in the stand mixer and I use a can to roll it out since I have a hard time fitting my rolling pin into my jelly roll pans. I also line the pans with parchment paper - easy to get them out - easy to clean up!

Shad - sounds like you are making great progress at home. Any more leads on jobs or are you just taking some much needed time for yourself to catch up on things? It's got to be hard travelling so much and being away.

Hope the code run is going much better for you today Michelle.

I'm hungry - better find a good use for all those berries I bought the other day - they won't last long. And then it's down to some serious cleaning. Have a good hump day everyone.

happy2bme
07-31-2013, 12:15 PM
Dog Treats Recipe

Ingredients:
¼ cup oil
2-1/2 cups quick cooking oatmeal
2 eggs
3 cups flour
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ cup creamy peanut butter
¼ cup honey or molasses

Mix wet ingredients together (oil, eggs, brown sugar, peanut butter and molasses/honey). Mix well. Add in the dry ingredients (oatmeal, flour and cinnamon) and mix completely. Mixture will be stiff. You may add milk or water as needed to make the mixture more pliable. Prep a jelly roll pan with spray Pam, quick release foil, or parchment paper. Press biscuit mixture into prepared pan. You can use a rolling pin (sprayed lightly with Pam) to press down the mix and make it even. Use a pizza cutter to cut and score the dough into the desired size of the individual biscuits. (This is important as they are difficult to cut once baked). Bake at 325 degrees for one hour. Let the biscuits cool down enough to handle and break them apart and turn them over in the pan. Put back in the oven at 200 degrees for 2 more hours to dry completely. Once cooled store covered in a container or bag. Can be refrigerated or frozen.

Laura705
07-31-2013, 10:11 PM
I think I've had enough of these cicadas tonight.

Shad
08-01-2013, 08:03 AM
Sorry. Too worn out to post. Catch you all tomorrow

happy2bme
08-01-2013, 12:01 PM
Closing out the month - don't post here any more - go to the new thread

Worldly Chicks August's Attitude of Gratitude (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/support-groups/285637-worldy-chicks-augusts-attitude-gratitude.html#post4805798)