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QuilterInVA
07-25-2013, 03:04 PM
Good afternoon ladies. A lovely day in the 70s. What a relief from the heat. Rain the the forecast for later today.

I don't know where the time goes anymore. I have just had a hum-drum week with nothing happening. Tomorrow is English Paper Piecing so I have high hopes for that being fun. I did start a new class at the Y yesterday - Senior Power which is heavy lifting.

Faye, I'm so sorry Fortune is so sick. He's getting pretty old and his quality of life is not very good. Have you thought you might have to put him to sleep? It's always nice to get smaller clothes!

Wow, Jean, you actually made some sales in the gift shop!

I need to get back to work - just snuck a few minutes to post.


GailR
07-25-2013, 03:41 PM
Hi everyone. It's been a very long time since I posted. So much has happened especially in the last 10-12 months. Weight loss has not been a priority with me. It's still not really although I am losing weight but not the way I wanted it to come off. I'm sorry that I never emailed anyone but I just was not up to it. About a year ago I was diagnosed with carcinoid cancer. It's a rare cancer. Slow growing. If you were to see me I look fine. I look healthy except on my bad days. Inspite of the carcinoid tumor being removed from my colon, it spread to my liver. My liver is a mess. A foot of my colon was removed back in October along with my appendix and gall bladder and a of scar tissue from surgeries decades ago. I could go right into the symptoms and what I'm dealing with right now but not sure if this is proper. Anyway, I have a wonderful team of doctors working on managing the cancer...and no...there is no cure. The chemo treatment I get is chemo embolization; one for each section of my liver and I'll continue to get this from time to time for the rest of my life. And then my Dad passed away. He had Parkinson's Disease. I'm the executrix of his will and that is a job in itself. Then, my father-in-law broke his hip and he came to stay with us for awhile which is another long story that I don't wish to get into at all.

But I wanted y'all to know that I have thought about each one of you and hoped everyone was doing well.

gma22
07-26-2013, 11:04 AM
Good morning to you all! It is lovely and cool this morning, enough so that I could turn off the ac. It is going to be in the 80's today, but that's fine with me as it is at least bearable.

My husband gets 5 ***** for yesterday. He knew I was exhausted from the night before so he went out and got chinese last night so I wouldn't have to cook then I was looking to buy a new swimsuit and he told me to buy both of them that I was looking at. He is a peach and I think I will keep him.

Fortune is doing ok. He hasn't eaten this morning and I still have to give him his meds, but he will come around after the meds start working. It takes some time and he has a bad case this time.

Susan: Frankly, I think about having to put him to sleep all the time. I actually think everytime he is sick that it may be the time I have to do it. Doc says he has a really strong heart and he did a whole exam yesterday so hopefully he will bounce back again. It won't be easy, but we know we have to face it sooner rather than later so we will when it comes. Have fun at your paper class.

Gail: Oh my sweet girl, I am so, so, sorry. My prayers go out to you. I have sent you several emails, but don't know if you have gotten them or if you have changed your email address. Just know that God is with you. I hope you feel well enough from time to time to peek in and say hi to us. Anytime you want to talk email me. I will message you my email address again here. It hasn't changed.

Have a good weekend y'all. Faye


Jean
07-26-2013, 03:51 PM
Good Afternoon! It's cool sunny 66 degrees in my corner of the world this afternoon. It feels more like fall than summer, but a welcome change. We got 1/3" of rain last night but need more. I was gone all day yesterday; had my nails done first, then worked in the gift shop with the buyers pricing Christmas items, and had my coffee date with a friend in the afternoon. Bob and I went to the grocery store after supper; it was thirty cent Thursday for the gas incentive. I ran an errand this morning and now have laundry going.

"Gma" -- I am so sorry that Fortune is sick again. I hope the meds will work and he will be feeling much better soon! I noticed WM has the Australian Cream in a smaller container. I thought it was a lot cheaper than WG but then noticed the size. You and Jack will look pretty snazzy in your new clothes! ;) I agree the Jack should get 5 *****s!

Susan -- I had to laugh as the Weather Bug gave a wind chill of 65 right now. :lol: I know you will enjoy the Paper get together today. I admire your exercise "get up and go!"

Gail -- It's nice to see your post today! I'm sorry about all of the challenges going on in your life! :hug: It's never easy to lose a parent let alone taking care of your FIL. I hope that your doctors are able to keep you comfortable. It sounds very similar to what one of my family members went through after I googled it.

I need to return library books and stop at the grocery store for what I forgot last night. :rolleyes: Enjoy the rest of your day. :wave:

Maggie
07-26-2013, 07:49 PM
♪ ♥♫ GOOD AFTERNOON MAGNOLIAS☺♫


I am typing this on my old computer that doesn’t have virus protection anymore so I was able to get in to read the thread without getting booted off. If this old thing gets infected too much I will just gut it and toss it in the dumpster. Thank you SUSAN & JEAN for your e-mailed posts.

It is a beautiful day here in the ♥-Land and we have been out and about all day it seems. We both went to the beauty shop and got haircuts. I got mine cut very, very short where the wind won’t budge it even without hair spray.

We had a bit of rain during the night which the crops round about loved and the temps have dropped some.

SUSAN Busy is good to be. Heavy lifting doesn’t sound like fun to me though. I will stick with my Heavy Hand weights which can be up to quite a few pounds if I add the proper ends.

GAIL :hug: good to see you here girlfriend. I totally understand why you didn’t e-mail and you know that. Being the executrix of your Dad’s estate will keep you busy. I am glad my brother is doing that out in CA for my folks estate for I live too far to be doing it. I think of you very often. I have that beautiful handmade dish washing cloth you made as a mat on my TV tray and think of you daily.

DONNA FAYE You will be stilin’ in your new swim suits. Your poor pooch is in his last days it sounds like. Will you be getting a puppy?

JEAN We didn’t get much rain either but we are thankful for the tad bit we did get. Christmas items. Yikes, I haven’t even started my gift making.

Have a great evening MAGNOLIAS and I will type at y’all later.

gma22
07-27-2013, 10:12 AM
Just a quick post as I am not in the frame of mind to talk. Fortune had a really bad seizure around 7:30 this morning and we had to put him to sleep. Just give up a prayer for Jack and I, this is really hard for both of us, but there just wasn't anything more we could do for him.

Jean
07-27-2013, 12:59 PM
Good Morning! It was a cold 48 degrees when I got up this morning; 65 in the house. The sun has been in and out all morning. It's supposed to hit 70 degrees by this afternoon and it's only 55 now. I'm home for the day and need to do some serious cleaning in our bedroom. Right now both cats are asleep on the bed. Tomorrow is church and a 50th anniversary reception in the afternoon.

Maggie -- It's good to see you here! :cp: It will be interesting to see how long it takes a virus to attack your old computer.

"Gma" -- I can :cry: right along with you. Take comfort in knowing that you did all you could for Fortune and he had a good loving home with you and Jack. :hug:

I need to change laundry loads and keep moving. Hope you all enjoy a super Saturday! :wave:

Maggie
07-27-2013, 02:15 PM
♪ ♥♫ GOOD AFTERNOON MAGNOLIAS☺♫


It is a lovely day here in the ♥-Land and I am glad the temps are lower. Currently it is 64ºs and expected to get up to 80 before the day is over with. It is especially nice it is cooler for this is the day Will is teaching a class to a group of Cub Scouts about how it was in the old days. He has some old cowboy stuff from the museum he is using and he will show the boys how to braid leather for a “hands on” lesson. A friend of Will’s is the leader and that is how he got roped into doing this. :lol: This is an all day affair with several classes. One of the gals from the museum is going to supply him with coffee and he took along a small cooler filled with water bottles. The troup will supply him with a bag lunch. This is all being done under the trees down by the river. The boys will be building a raft to cross the river on as one of their lessons. Where they will be the river isn’t wide nor is it deep and the water flows so very slowly. They should all have a wonderful time. I know Will will have a great time of it.

I don’t have much planned to do this day except the regular house work and I do want to check my glass supplies to see what it is that I will need to order soon if I am to make any Christmas presents of glass. I have some mason jars in which I can put layered mixes in. They look so pretty with a bean soup layered in one. The cookie mixes look great also with the flour then sugar then nuts etc all layered in them. All that is left to make the cookies is to add the liquids. I have used powdered eggs in these layered mix jars. I love the soup ones that have all the ingredients in them and all you need to add is water. They also look lovely on a shelf in the kitchen or dining room. I also have a rice mixture that is great in a jar for I can use instant rice in them and they are a quick cooking side dish. I keep some of that mix on hand for we like rice. I think I will give gifts of food this holiday coming up especially since the price of groceries is going up each week. I notice the marketing techniques the fast food places are doing now and offering a reduced price for selected items on their menus. All are after the buck. One can almost eat at the fast food places cheaper now than a meal cooked at home. Speaking of food ~ I want to go to Red Lobster and eat on my birthday in October. Will can pick a place he wants to go in the city for his which is September 1. We have quite a drive to another city for we don’t have a Red Lobster nor a Olive Garden here (they owned by the same company). Will is debating between Olive Garden and Chili’s which is also in that city.

JEAN I must have miss spoke for I do have a virus protection on this computer but it one of the free ones and not as good as the ones you pay for. I just don’t have the one I paid for on this box anymore. The Norton that came on my new machine is giving it tight control. I need to decide what kind of protection I will buy for the Norton will run out in a month. I’ll have Will talk to his techie friend and then decide what to purchase.

DONNA FAYE:hug: It is a sad time when the life of ones loved pet expires. Yes a sad time. I have no doubt that he had the very best of care during his time with you and gave you much joy. Take comfort in the knowing you did your very best for him while he was with you.

Have a great evening MAGNOLIAS and I will type at y’all later.

QuilterInVA
07-28-2013, 02:02 PM
Good afternoon, ladies! Overcast and in the 80s today.

Sandy and I went to lunch yesterday and then did some shopping at Tuesday Morning. English Paper Piecing on Friday was a lot of fun. The group is growing. And by the way, it is a quilting group and not a paper thing at all. It's called English Paper Piecing because we use shapes made from light cardboard, fold fabric over all the edges, and then whip stitch or ladder stitch them together. It's very accurate.

Faye, I'm so sorry about Fortune. It's indeed a heart wrenching time. You and Jack were the best doggie parents and he had a long and good life. He was lucky to have you.

Jean, you and Bob certainly have an active social life.

Maggie, that's funny Norton kept booting you I for I was using Norton, too. Microsoft Windows Defender is already installed on your computer and will take over when you take Norton off active status. I have used that for several years with good success and it is free. If Microsoft doesn't know how to protect its computers, who does? I'm sure the boy scouts had a wonderful time with Will. He is so knowledgeable. I added the power lifting because I was doing 25 pounds each with the hand weights and that's as high at they have at the Y. You have to keep increasing your exercise or changing it out for different ones because the body gets used to performing the same time all the time and becomes very efficient at burning less calories to do it. I'm also lifting heavy because I want to build more muscle and cut body fat. I have some muscle definition in my arms and legs but more would be better.

Gail, you are in my prayers and I added you to our prayer list at church today.

Have a wonderful day.

Jean
07-28-2013, 05:52 PM
Good Afternoon! It's another beautiful cool sunny day in my corner of the world. We went to church this morning, Bob shampooed the area rugs when we got home, grilled steaks for dinner, and then spent an hour at the 50th open house. We got to visit with people we haven't seen for awhile so that was fun.

Maggie -- I'm sure the Cub Scouts enjoyed Will's class. :yes: I had Norton on my first Gateway computer, installed by Gateway, and had to take it in twice because of a virus. I need to take my pc in and find out why it won't connect to the wireless every time -- sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't. :(

Susan -- Do you take the cardboard out as you stitch the fabric? :dunno: I wish you didn't live so far away as I know you and my "sister" would enjoy comparing quilting notes! :yes:

I came upstairs to change clothes so better get a move on. As soon as the area rugs are dry we can move furniture back and call it good for the rest of the day. Hope you all are enjoying a nice Sunday! :wave:

gma22
07-28-2013, 11:14 PM
Good evening ladies. It has been a tough couple days. I can handle my grief, but Jack's is a lot harder. Fortune was sitting in his lap when he had the seizure and last night he just started sobbing saying he felt so guilty because he couldn't help him. I told him we did everything right, we did all we could to get him to eat, we always gave him the meds, we took him to the vet, etc. This morning he looked horrible and I ask him what was wrong and he said he didn't sleep well and that he was afraid of falling asleep that he would dream it all over again. Bless his heart, it is hard to see your husband cry for sure.

I told him we were going on a "date day." We were going to go out to lunch and go see RED 2, which we hadn't bee able to do so that is what we did. We enjoyed the movie and it felt good to laugh a bit and we enjoyed lunch.

We also bought an upgrade in phones. Our contract was up over a year ago on our current Iphone and we could get the Iphone 4 for a $1 so what a deal!! :lol: I refuse to pay hundreds for a new phone so until Iphone 5 lowers its price, we will just go up one level at a time cheaply. :lol: I may have to get a new cover, I am not sure. One place says the 3 and 4 are the same size and another says they are different so they should be here Wednesday so we shall see I guess.

I just heard Jack go to bed so I hopefully he will sleep soundly tonight since 4 AM comes pretty quickly. I am going to try to start going out around 7 or 8 each morning and start walking again and see how I do with the cramping in the groin since I have lost weight. I am about 20 lbs heavier then when I did the 5K several years ago and at least 10 lbs still heavier since the before my surgeries and I was walking everyday. Wish me luck! :lol:

Susan: Thank you for the kind words. We sure are going to miss the little guy, especially me being home alone all day as I used to always talk to him. Guess I will have to pull out the stuffed dog Thomas bought for me years ago and talk to him. :) I have Windows defender, Mcafee, and a malware program and none of them every found anything so I wonder what is up with that? I checked to see they were all at the proper safety levels after you said something about it. I am just glad you all can come in and talk to us. Thanks for the info on the paper piercing. I am sure you told us before, but sometimes my brain lets stuff just seep right out! How do you like the power lifting??? You will put all us old ladies to shame for sure!!! :D

Maggie: Nice to see you back in here. Hope all is going well with you and the doggies and kitties and Will. Thank you for your kind words about Fortune.

Jean: Jack is going to shampoo the carpets downstairs in a couple weeks. We would do it next week, but it is commissary weekend and nuts and he just couldn't face it this weekend. How does he keep the rugs in place, do you tack yours down??? Thank you too for the kind words.

Well gals, I should be getting ready to go to bed. Have a lovely evening! Faye

QuilterInVA
07-29-2013, 09:36 AM
Good morning, ladies! It's a nice 75 degrees right now but will get into the high 80s with thunderstorms this afternoon. I don't care how many of them we have if they keep the hurricanes away. August and September will be the worst months for those around here.

Casper and I went out at 6:30 this morning and walked for 45 minutes. I have water aerobics at 10, power lifting at 11 and yoga at 12:45 so I'll be busy this morning. I need to run the vacuum and steam mop the kitchen this afternoon and then the rest of the day I can play (quilt).

Faye, I feel so bad for you and Jack. After Cupid died, everybody said get another cat but I just wasn't in the mood and I told them when the time was right God would send one to me and that's how I acquired Casper. They are a lot of company and even though Casper can't hear me, I talk to him a lot. There is some stuff that looks like the vinyl shelf liner that you can put under area rugs to keep them from moving. I use it in the sunroom for there is ceramic tile in there. Both Maggie and I have Windows 8 and it is supposedly better protected than previous versions.

Jean, once all the edges of a piece have been surrounded with other pieces, the template is removed - and can be used again and again. It's nice handwork to carry along to work on in the doc office, etc. Antivirus has to be updated daily. Mine does it at startup. As fast as the developers find fixes, the nerds write new virus and Trojans, etc.

Maggie, I hope you are having a nice day in the heartland! You're jeep will be just like new.

Have a wonderful day!

gma22
07-29-2013, 11:28 AM
Good morning gals!!! I have been able to turn off ac since it did get nice and cool last night, but gonna have to turn it on soon as it is warming up already.

I have gained about 3 lbs but not really a surprise. I am not a stress eater but from what I understand, stress alone can cause weight gain. I have had some not so friendly food this weekend so just have to work hard to get it off. Believe me, I am not going to go back up!!!

I have to get cracking on housework when I get done here. I need to get a lot done in a little time today. If I can get the downstairs done, then tomorrow I can start walking. I missed my opportunity today as I had to take some allergy meds last night and they always make me sleepy. I woke up and talked to Jack for awhile before he left at 5, but then fell back to sleep and forced myself away a few minutes ago. It is too warm to walk now. I have to walk when it is cool and you sure can't walk around here in the evening after dark. :lol:

Susan: Jack and I decided several years ago that when Fortune died we would not get anymore pets. I have had to put 2 dogs down and a cat and everytime it got a little harder and Fortune's death was the worst. I was the most attached to him, he was bought for me, and kept me company. I can't go through that again. That's good to know, because when we remodel we are getting all tile flooring and I would like a big area rug in the living room.

Well, not much news around here. Waiting to see when they ship out my cruise clothing, hopefully this week. It takes awhile as the dresses are made to order as are the tops. The tshirts are screen printed after you order them and all this takes awhile I guess. The phones should ship today too. Have a great one and a very good WW start to the week. Faye

Jean
07-29-2013, 11:38 AM
Good Morning! It's another beautiful cool sunny morning in my neighborhood. We were done early at church and now I have my gift shop money to count and deposit. I have a board meeting after lunch, then need to get some more clothes sorted for the Good Will and SOS store.

"Gma" -- I think the guys are just as soft hearted about our furry children as we are. :yes: Good luck with your walking program; I like to go early and get it over with. When we put the laminate floor in, we purchased carpet and had it cut then bound into different sized area rugs. They are big enough they don't slip around except for the one in the hall when Sonny is playing hockey with his balls or bottle caps. My kitchen table sits on one, the loveseat anchors one, and the coffee table sits on the one in the livingroom.

Susan -- We are supposed to get some rain later today. I hope so as we are really dry. You have a busy energetic morning planned! :yes: Sonny is a talker; he's always yakking at the birds and squirrels on the deck.

I need to get the deposit ready and head to the bank. Hope you all enjoy a marvelous Monday! :wave:

Maggie
07-29-2013, 04:16 PM
♪ ♥♫ GOOD AFTERNOON MAGNOLIAS☺♫


It is half past noon o’clock and only 72ºs which suits me just fine but the humidity is up to 94% and that is not a good thing unless it gets up to 100% and we get more rain. It has rained the last couple days off and on and made the fields have a large spurt of growth. I don’t operate well in high humidity weather unless it is raining. :rain:

I will be missing going to WW again this evening for Will has an important meeting to be at around the same time. I did weigh on my scale that weighs the same as the WW one and am showing a “maintain.” However it is the exact weight I had on the first so I didn’t lose any this month. Looks like I need to get a grip and re-evaluate my program. Will stated that he is ready to start a weight loss program and that will surely help me if he is paying more attention to losing weight. It is hard to believe this month is practically over with. I have not been doing well with “writing what I bite” this month and it sure shows me that I have to do that or I don’t lose. I have just got to track what I put in my mouth and quit goofing off. I sabotage myself and when I get closer to reaching those 100 pounds gone I lose my grip. I have just got to change this type of behavior. Do any of you have this problem? I think I am just tired of putting out the effort it takes to lose weight for I have been at it for so long. After reaching that 100 pounds down I still have a long road of weight loss to travel to reach goal. Guess I had better quit with the whining about it now.

JEAN It is a good thing to take no longe wanted items to the Goodwill and have them be ownd by someone else for a spell. When we had our last yard sale we boxed what didn't sell and took it down there. Aren't steaks on the Barbie just the best. I like to sprinkle garlic powder and lemon pepper all over them before grilling and they are so yummy.

SUSAN Yeppers ~ variety in exercise is the best way to exercise. Our Jeep will be really stilin' when we get it all tricked out with the "necessary" addtions. :cp: When I finish here I will look into dumping Norton. Thanks for the "heads up" on that and I'll run a search on my computer to see where that program is and download it if it isn't on my computer.

DONNA FAYE Oh yes please do watch yourself when you start your walking program even in the daylight for thugs are out even then.

Have a great evening MAGNOLIAS and I will type at y’all later.

Maggie
07-29-2013, 08:04 PM
♪ ♥♫ GOOD AFTERNOON MAGNOLIAS☺♫


I am back again ~ well I tried to open the Windows Defender which came on my new computer so in order to do that I needed to dump the trial version of Norton. So I dumped the trial version and still the Defender wouldn’t open and so the computer is now at the shop being worked on again. They are going to trick it out and make it look more like Windows 7 and open like it does with the “start” button in the tray but it will be the 8 system, Windows 8 has yet to bring back the “start” button like they said they would. I did find a way around that though and it wasn’t my problem. They will find and fix the problem that is that the Windows Defender wouldn’t open which is my main concern. All that took up most of my afternoon. I am sure glad I kept this old thing out and hadn’t trashed it yet.

Have a great evening MAGNOLIAS and I will type at y’all later.

QuilterInVA
07-29-2013, 08:14 PM
Maggie, click on the upper right corner of the screen to get the tools and then click on search and type in Windows Defender. It'll be there.

Maggie
07-29-2013, 08:32 PM
♪ ♥♫ GOOD AFTERNOON MAGNOLIAS☺♫


Thanks SUSAN but I did try that and it still wouldn’t open it because the residue that Norton left on my computer was blocking it’s opening. The Tec Junkie guy will once again get into my machine and reload everything for there was something in the residue that was left behind after I dumped Norton that was keeping the Windows Defender from opening. That “something” I could not find so I’ll let my Junkie fix it plus trick out my machine. I spent enough time working on that problem and before I went totally bonkers we took it to the shop.

Have a great evening MAGNOLIAS and I will type at y’all later.

gma22
07-30-2013, 07:36 AM
Early good morning gals. Jack just left for work and I had to get up and go to the bathroom so decided to stay up for a bit and check delivery stuff. It is going to be a hot one here again today and looks like we will be back up into the 90's everyday with only upper 70's cool off overnight. It wouldn't be so bad if it would cool off into the 60's overnight, but it stays too warm to turn off the ac units.

Yahoo, my dresses and such were shipped last night. One thing is she called and said they sold out of the white top with the gold crowns on it but had it in navy blue in next size up. I told her that was way too big since I buy them a bit larger anyway so I can wear them to cover my scars. My scars show through my clothing so I don't wear anything tucked in or short length. Anyway, I got online to pick something else and she said she could alter the shirt to my size so I let her go ahead and do that. I didn't want a dark color, but I will wear it on a ship day sailing day and not an excursion day so I should be ok and keep cool. I bought 3 dresses and 4 tops/tshirts so am excited to see them then get started pairing everything up.

The phones should be here tomorrow. We had to take on another 2 year contract, but that's ok. I just wish this area had better reception. The plant is terrible and half the time I can't even get a text delivered to Jack let alone call him. Here it is a bit better, but the combination when we make calls to each other is awful a lot of the time.

Jean: When we had Butterscotch, he was a talker too. He would sit up in the upstairs window in either the spare room or Jack's office and just click clack away. The birds tweeted back at him, but I don't think they realized he was telling them, "If I can find a way to get this window open, your birdiness is cooked and I am going to have lunch early!" :lol: You seem to be tons busier now then when you still taught school!!! I think you need to look up retirement in the dictionary, 'cause you missed the meaning somehow! :lol: You are so busy I am surprised you don't just run out of steam. I was thinking about Bob and his fishing expeditions and you getting fish yesterday when I was watching this BBC America program where the chefs were professionals cooking in a competition not amatuers sort of like the american top chef master chef programs. I got the giggles because the chefs all had to do a knowledge test cooking something and it was sea urchin. They had to know how to open it, what to cook from the inside, etc. I don't know why, but I thought of you standing at the sink after Bob brought in sea urchins trying to figure out what to do with them. Jack asked me why I was laughing and I told him because on the show, not one of the chefs had ever cooked the things and a couple of them made a real mess of it.

Maggie: I hope you can get your new one fixed up correctly. I stay in the complex to walk at least for the time being and everyone here knows me and we get along just fine. I have always walked in the neighborhood too and never had problems. The biggest thing is be friendly and don't let them think they have spooked you. We actually had a black man who lived across from us then keeps an eye on us all the time and tells us when he thinks something is hinky. It is kind of funny actually as I guess he thinks we are too old and decrepid to do it ourselves, but we appreciate him caring enough.

Susan: Hope things are going well for you. We have had a couple nice rains, but we could use more for sure. The forecast will call for thunderstorms, but it will cloud up then nothing. That used to happen every night when I lived out in the dessert with Jack's family decades ago. It would get all dark and cloudy like we were going have have a heck of a rain, then nothing.

Well girls, want to finish a book I started. Have a good one. Faye

Jean
07-30-2013, 11:46 AM
Good Morning! It is misting here this morning; the weatherman said fog but I don't see any of that. I am home for the day and plan to get lots done! The washer is running and I've written checks to pay bills plus a couple of sympathy cards. Now I'm hunting for a recipe using hamburger, cheese, and Bisquick. I used to make it, by memory, when the kids were little -- the memory has disappeared! :dizzy:

Maggie -- I know you will find your program focus again and the pounds will disappear. It's hard to stay op when the weight loss trail seems so long. I haven't been doing well and have missed several weigh-ins. I'm really tempted to quit for awhile and rejoin when my head and heart are working together again. :rolleyes: Good luck with getting your computer fixed. I think my pc is heading for the shop; I keep getting annoying pop up ads and so much spam junk. My laptop doesn't have the same problems, but I don't like typing on it; it has my gift shop figures and that's about it. At least that junk goes into a spam folder and I can dump it daily. It's also slower than usual so don't know if that's the computer or the isp. It isn't all that old and I sure don't want to replace it. :no:

"Gma" -- I hope all the new clothes will be just the right size and things you will enjoy wearing. Will the new phones be much different than what you are used to now? I hope they never do away with "dumb" phones or I will be in big trouble. Bob fixes the fish in an iron fry pan on the grill. They turn out great and my house doesn't stink afterwards. I wouldn't have a clue how to clean any type of water creature, and have no urge to learn. ;)

Hope you all enjoy a terrific Tuesday and remember to smile no matter what you are doing! :wave:

QuilterInVA
07-30-2013, 02:07 PM
Good afternoon, ladies. 83 degrees today so very nice but overcast. We never did get rain yesterday. It went all around us.

Faye, your new clothes sound lovely. You'll surely be stylin' on that cruise.

Jean, Casper can't hear but he sure talks a lot. Must be some inborn thing. Of course, he has one volume level and I have to say it is a pretty annoying one being very loud and squeeky. You may have picked up one of the Trojans from here. That usually results in slower and slower computer speed.

Maggie, I hope they get your computer straight. The changes to Windows 8 aren't due to be released until October. I've gotten used to it and like it better than 7.

Have a great day...I need to get back to work.

Maggie
07-30-2013, 02:08 PM
♪ ♥♫ GOOD AFTERNOON MAGNOLIAS☺♫


It is currently 79ºs here in the ♥-Land and not expected to climb into the 100º area this day. Will is at the place to have the new shocks installed on the Jeep and all the animals are outside.

Last night we got a bit of a startle for a large bird went whizzing by our heads. Cecil had caught a dove and brought it inside and let it go. Will caught it in the dining room and let it go outside. That Cecil is quite the hunter for he is so quick. He doesn’t hunt because he is hungry but just is his instinct to catch them. The food chain thing.

It is hard to believe where the time gone this month for it is almost over. It slipped away from me quickly. I am going to shake up my exercise routine and do some different things. I must continue my walking though for I need that for it does help my knees and back to function better.

Not much else on my ticket this day except the regular picking up and cleaning that goes on around here.

JEAN Isn’t it nice to have a day where you can stay home and get done what you want to do. I did ended up writing what I ate and stayed inside the lines yesterday. I plan to do the same this day for it will help me keep my head in it and my FOCUS. I am determined to go back to what worked for me and that was to write it down before I ate it. No surprises there. Sometimes I just get so tired of it all but I do know what I do need to do. I do so want it to be easy but it just won’t be ~ but it is necessary. I have to quit sabotaging myself.

DONNA FAYE Your new duds sound like you will be well prepared for any occasion on the cruise. You are such a good list maker and trip organizer you will have everything you need to take all together. I wouldn't have a clue on how to cook those urchins either unless they could be cooked on the Barbie. I certainly would have to do some research before cooking them.:p I cook most of the sea food outside to avoid smelling up the house. Watching those knowledgeable chefs must have been a hoot. Cecil isn't much of a talker but he is an excellent stalker. :D When we were out in CA in the mountains we had to drive a few miles to a spot where we could get reception to make a call. Here we are in the flatlands and don't have that problem. It is hard to believe we have been here almost 6 years.

SUSAN Got a call from the techie that is working on my new computer ~ he informed me that when I purchased it it came with 40 viruses installed. Even Norton didn’t detect them but it made my computer not act like it should with the 8. I am sure I will like 8 when I get it like it should be but it was a nightmare the way it was. He is gutting my computer to rid it of all those viruses and re-installing everything. I was pulling my hair for what I couldn’t fix on the computer for I didn’t have a clue that it had all those viruses since Norton didn’t alert me to them. If I ever buy another computer I am taking it right to my techie guy and have it gutted then what I want re-installed.

Have a great day MAGNOLIAS and I will type at y’all later.

gma22
07-31-2013, 09:48 AM
Good morning ladies. It is very muggy out and very dark so expecting some big time thunderstorms this morning. Nothing yet, but it is so still outside at the moment, not one leaf is moving and that is always scary. I live in the part of the country called tornado alley and there is a reason for the name for sure.

I have started knitting again and I hope I can get this sleeveless tank finished before the cruise. I bought some gray dress slacks to wear with it so am keeping my fingers crossed. This picture is of the back of the sweater and I am almost up to the decrease rows for the armholes. I just coldn't knit and be worrying about Fortune all the time so I quit. For me, I have to concentrate when I knit anything with a pattern or I screw up.

Jean: Glad you got the recipe. I found it pretty easily on the Betty Crocker website. It was the only one out of about 200 recipes that was bisquick, hamb and cheese so figured it had to be it! :lol: I think summer and holidays are the worst for losing weight. You have all these picnics and pot lucks and such and there are always tempting things to eat. I got a hankering for olives the other evening and ate 5 of the big ones. Not good for my feet because of the sodium but they were so good at the time.

Maggie: I think I would have made them just replace the laptop instead of fooling with it. Seems to me they shouldn't have sold you one with viruses and when you complained should have just given you another one. You have to cut sea urchins with scissors and then take out the orange part that is pretty slimy looking to me. You eat them raw from what I understand. EUWWWW! Sounds like something that weirdo guy on tv that eats all those creepy things would willingly eat. The chefs did everything from fry them to putting them through a sieve. One guy strained them then put them and what he had strained all on the plate so there was a lot of grit. UGH! I am going to bypass sea urchin I think.

Susan: Hope you got your needed rain. We surely haven't had enough here. We did get a lot of late spring rain though so the crops don't look too bad, but we do need more rain.

I need to get going. Have to sweep and mop floors today. Have a great middle of the week. Faye

Jean
07-31-2013, 11:41 AM
Good Morning! It's a beautiful morning in my corner of the world -- sunny, cool, and NO wind. :cp: The weatherman says a chance of thunderstorms every day this week but so far nothing. I need to make a grocery list for tomorrow; the local grocery store has a coupon for $.75 off 20 gallons of gas for spending $100 tomorrow only. I doubt I would even come close so won't try. I wonder how many people over buy just to get the gas price. I know a lot of people are upset because they can't take the 20 gallons in one shot, and then lose the extra gallons the next time around. We are going to Sioux City this afternoon to meet some of Bob's classmates for a 50th get together. It's at a restaurant from 2 until 6; he says it won't take 4 hours to say what he has to contribute. :lol:

Susan -- I've been running extra scans after visiting here and FB. Supposedly FB had a huge virus going out but nothing ever showed up on my computer. :dunno: How do you tell if there is a Trojan lurking?

Maggie -- I had to :D at Cecil bring you a bird! Many years ago we had a cat who would go outside on a rope. She had a collar with a bell and still caught birds. She also brought one in the house but kept her paw on it. Bob happened to be home and caught it to get it back outside. I, too, get tired of thinking about what to eat and not eat all the time. I get tired/bored with "easy" menu choices; since I don't like to cook it is an every day challenge for sure.

"Gma" -- I'm glad you are back to knitting again! Thanks for sharing the picture -- very pretty! Will had asked for an afghan while I was working on Beth's so think I will start shopping for yarn for his. My problem is Sonnybub because he thinks he need to help! :hyper: Bob found olives with jalapeños stuffed inside at Sam's. I dig the jalapeño out and enjoy the olive!

I need to figure out what I'm wearing this afternoon and get something done around here this morning as in vacuum the flying fur! Have a wonderful Wednesday and enjoy! :wave:

Maggie
07-31-2013, 02:36 PM
♪ ♥♫ GOOD AFTERNOON MAGNOLIAS☺♫


I woke up to rolling thunder and rain. Sounds like what the ancient Greeks & Romans thought during a thunder storm ~ that their gods were rolling large rocks. It rolls along then bang. This just may break the humidity which has been high lately.

Will has gone shopping at Wal*Mart to get some meat for the freezer. We have been using some of what we had frozen and now need to replenish. They put “yesterdays” cuts out on sale each day and it is a great mark down so we get more bang for the buck. The cat is asleep on the bed and the dogs are out in the patio watching the rain and barking at the thunder.

DONNA FAYE I didn’t take the computer back for it was the only one of it’s kind that they had and weren’t going to get anymore for a long while. Since it was brand new I thought it should work correctly. Not using an 8 before I didn’t really know what to expect from it and didn’t know it wasn’t supposed to do some of the things it was doing for I had heard from several that the 8 was so different. Where it is being gutted now is a trustworthy outfit and they will only load back what I want and not a lot of the other stuff that came with it. It is a pavilion and has some things on it that other machines don’t have. In the long run it is cheaper to buy a computer on sale then take it to our teckie to be gutted and reloaded. They are making my machine look like a 7 and have some of its features but be an 8 while they have it down there. It didn’t have a “start” button in the tray and they are installing one. They are making it user friendly for me personally. It will be so much better than one I could buy. It is an Entertainment Pavilion and has great speakers for when a movie or CD is played.

JEAN Cats were made to be huners and catch birds. :p I know you will have a nice gab fest at that reunion and have a great time. I love those olives stuffed with jalapenios. I can make one last a long time ~ savoring it.
:D But I am a "mo hotta ~ mo betta" type gal.

Have a great day MAGNOLIAS and I will type at y’all later.

gma22
08-01-2013, 10:56 AM
Good morning girls. I haven't put my nose out the door this morning, but the house is cool so I imagine it cooled off last night. It is lovely and sunny today.

I ordered two swimsuits and a pair of charcoal dress pants last night. The pants are for this sweater, if I get it done on time. Part of it is my hands and shoulder both have some arthritis in them so they will start aching. I take Osteo Biflex but I am not sure how much good it really does for me. I just hope the swimsuits fit. I really need at least one more. One is a swimdress type and the other is a two piece tankini thing. Fingers crossed.

We are going out after Jack gets home this afternoon and get new underwear and socks for Jack for the cruise. He drives me nuts about this. I guess it is a man thing, but he will wear his plain white tshirts, his undies and his socks until they completely fall apart. I told him we can afford to replace them before they get monstrous holes in them but he says no one can see them. :lol: I am forcing to get all new for the cruise. He even lets his work tshirts get that way. I told him it is a reflection on how I take care of him when I can no longer get his white tshirt work shirts clean anymore. He says they are only work shirts. I told him this fall he is getting new navy long sleeved ones and next spring all new white ones. He has button down shirts that come with his pants, but they can buy tshirts long and short, white or navy that have the city logo on the pocket and wear those, which he prefers. I once tried my mother's warning of what if you got run over in nasty undies, but he said "They only will care about my body not my underwear, besides it probably would get torn in the accident anyway." :lol: I can't win. :D

This weekend is commissary and some packing weekend. I am going to start initial packing like all my dresses, my shoes and some of my other stuff. I should have all my new stuff except for the swimsuits and that pair of slacks so will wash it all on Saturday and start pairing it up with already existing clothing. We have to pack a separate bag with several changes of clothing for our hotel stays as we don't want to be dragging all those big bags in to a hotel everyday. I have bermuda shorts to travel in with tanks and tshirts so they should pack fairly easily. I am taking a plastic garbage bag to put all the dirty clothing in each day when we change clothes. Jack told me this morning that it was 10 weeks and we would be leaving for Florida. He is really excited and even getting his new phone and playing with it didn't tamp it down much.

Jean: We have had the same thing with the thunderstorms. It even clouds up here but then just goes away. Did Bob have a large or small graduating class? Since I grew up in Mayberry revisited, my graduating class was 72 kids. I know them all. Some have died, at least 5 that I know of, some still live in Liberty but a lot of them beat feet when they graduated. One of the guys that went to school with my sister has been posting pictures of the town on facebook. Lots of us have reconnected that way talking about things when we were growing up. It was a neat experience to grow up in a very small town, actually. When I think that back then you could get an ice cream cone for a nickel or a coke for a nickel. You used to be able to get a ham salad sandwich, chips and a coke at the drugstore for 25 cents! It was yummy ham salad even though it was made with bologna! I remember collecting Beatles cards and going to the drugstore, the one place they sold them to get another pack to see if I could get new cards. I wonder what happened to those things because I think I had about 200 of them and they would be worth a bundle I would imagine.

Maggie: Your a better woman than I am as I would have given the people that sold you that laptop a huge piece of my mind. I can't believe they would let it leave with viruses in it.

I better get going. I want to get more of that sweater done and I have to do morning chores. Have a great day all. Faye

QuilterInVA
08-01-2013, 03:02 PM
Good afternoon, ladies! Every day it clouds up and threatens and storms are in the forecast but still no rain. At least its staying in the middle 80s so we aren't baking.

One more story about cat's gifts - my Bertha brought a snake into the house. I didn't know it until she came into the family room with it dangling out of her mouth. I am terrified of snakes because we have copperheads and cane brake rattlesnakes here. I didn't wait to see what it was just grabbed the broom and cried and yelled while I beat it and swept it out the door. When Stan came home from work I told him it was laying on the patio and he came back laughing - apparently I didn't kill the snake for it was gone.

Tonight is First Thursday Bee and then nothing quilting related for over a week. Yesterday, my 2 friends and I went to Surfrider for lunch. I had my usual - 1/2 pound of peeled shrimp and broccoli. The actually give you 2 whole heads of broccoli. I get a box and take half of everything home and I had it for lunch today.

Faye, love the sweater! Do you have new outfits for everyday of the cruise? I'm very self conscious of how I look in a bathing suit because of excess skin on my arms and legs. I get aquatards that come down several inches on my legs and they just have to put up with my arms. Stan was like Jack with his underclothes. If I didn't buy him new ones, he wore rags.

Jean, if your antivirus detects a Trojan, it would quarantine it and it would show up. Trouble is they are very sneaky and can be set to go off at a later time than when the download so sometimes get past security software. I'm a pretty plain cook because I'm not good at it but I keep variety by changing marinades (bought in a bottle) and spices.

Maggie, it sounds to me like you got a used computer, no matter what they said. It could have been returned to the factory and they reboxed it and shipped it to where you got it without the store knowing it. It'll be so much better when things work correctly. Right now I'm wrestling with trying to install Electric Quilt 7 on this computer. I haven't needed it until now and it's refusing to accept the password. Fortunately EQ support is prompt and efficient and they verified what I put in was correct and gave me somethings to try.

Have a marvelous evening.

Maggie
08-01-2013, 03:54 PM
GOOD AFTERNOON MAGNOLIAS


It is just noon thirty and in the mid 80ºs and a beautiful blue sky scattered with white fluffy clouds. I put a roast in the crock pot with a package of onion soup mix sprinkled over the top which we will have for dinner this day with the usual veggies. I can make some yummy burritos with the leftover meat. I think in a while I will make some sugar free lime Jell-O with a can of fruit in it that I can serve later in the evening with ff cool whip over the top for a yummy low point dessert.

I got my computer back last evening and it is working like it should now. The teckie put all my things back and I don't have to re-download items such as my Incredimail program & Weight commander. I love having a start button once again for it makes it so much easier to navigate and open programs. I can have access to all my aps without opening the ap screen for there is a list in the start button now. I had learned to navigate without these improvements but it is sure nice to have them so handy. I do have the most visited programs such as "word" down in my tray and my most visited web sites in a "list" pop up thingie in the tray.

The internet folks must be working on the system for I am hearing off and on phone conversations that sound like technicians of that sort. It is weird to all of a sudden hear folks talking on my computer. I don't have any programs open besides this word program that I am typing this on. Strange to all of a sudden be hearing folks talking when it is so quiet in here.

SUSANCats do love to give us presents. Thank goodness all Cecil has brought in so far has been crickets and birds ~ oh and one frog. The Surfrider restaurant sounds like a place I would love to visit for shrimp and broccoli are two of my favorites. Yes, I am thinking someone previously had this computer since it did come in a factory sealed container. I like it a lot not that it has been fixed to work properly. Plus I am very pleased with the way the teckie tricked it out for me personally. Hopefully you can get your EQ program installed and ready to use.

DONNA FAYE The store wasn't aware they were selling a defective product and no use yelling at them for the box came sealed. It happened way before they put it on their shelf. I gather up the clothes and get them ready to be carried downstairs for Will to wash them. When he brings them back and I fold them if I find any of his unders that show too much wear I toss them in the trash. When he runs low he purchases more. Works for this household. :lol:

I love my new computer! Type at y'all later. Have a great day

Jean
08-01-2013, 04:45 PM
Good Afternoon! It's another nice day in my corner of the world. Sunny, 82 degrees, and a slight breeze blowing in the open windows. Thunderstorms are possible but I will believe it when I see it. Bob is home today working on digging a ditch big enough to hold a rain pipe the length of the garage. He's rerouting water from the patio to the street in case of a heavy rain like we had this spring. I've just been putzing with laundry and piles of paper that seem to multiply when I'm not looking. My goal is to get the island cleaned off today!

Maggie -- Bob's class was small, only 27 I think. There were 11 there yesterday and a few spouses. After eating, a few of the "locals who meet once a month" left and those remaining broke into men and women groups. I enjoyed the visiting and a couple hours was long enough. :yes: Glad you have your computer back!

"Gma" -- The "undies" must be a man thing! :hyper: I pitch Bob's when I notice they are getting ratty looking. He doesn't do holes, but they don't stay as white as when they were 100% cotton and I could bleach them every once in awhile. After school, I used to stop at a neighborhood ice cream/antique shop run by an old lady everyone called Grandma. She had a huge display of penny candy and it was so fun to decide what to spend my nickel or dime for. My class was around 182 which was large 50 years ago. Even though I don't go to the reunions I am curious as to what some of my classmates are doing. One couple has great-grandchildren now; they had their first child during our senior year.

Susan -- Your snake story just gives me the shivers! You were much braver than I to take a broom after it. :cp: Bob has clobbered a few possums, thinking they were dead and they would be gone the next morning. The Electric Quilt 7 sounds interesting. Have fun at the Bee tonight!

I have a box ready for the SOS store so need to get it downstairs and out in the garage for Bob to deliver. Have a nice rest of the day and enjoy! :wave:

gma22
08-02-2013, 10:16 AM
Good morning to you all. We have beautiful sun out today and I turned off the ac for awhile, but I need to turn it back on soon.

My dresses and tshirts will come today so I can launder them and get them upstairs and start matching the new and old stuff. I am going to take the three new dresses and two from last year then wear slacks the other two nights. During the day it is capris or shorts. I have a feeling it is going to be hot and humid like last year so want to be as cool as possible.

We went out to dinner last night, but I didn't eat that much. Just as we were pulling into the restaurant, I got a call from my younger sister in California saying they had taken my older sister in an ambulance to the hospital with blue lips and she had pneumonia. I got roped into calling everyone else, one of whom is my brother who I am not speaking to. I sent him a text message, told him if he got it to reply he had and left it at that. He did reply back so I know he got it. The thing is ladies, first off this woman almost died about 8-9 months back from what the doctors called pre emphysema and pneumonia. She was strongly admonished to quit smoking or die. Well she did, but when we were up there in June she reeked of smoke on her clothing and in her car so I know she is smoking again and think it finally got to her again. She posted on FB last weekend she had visited with friends, but was so out of breath and tired she could hardly drive home. She refused to go to the doctor and finally her son and dd said that's it and called her dr who said if she refused to call an ambulance, which is what they did. She is now in ICU. It isn't like she can't afford to go to the doctor, frankly she is just stupid about it and stubborn. I love her, but it makes me very, very angry not only what she is doing to herself, but to all of us who love and worry about her. I was blunt with her in June about her health, but obviously it went in one ear and out the other. Please pray she gets better.

Susan: No, I don't have new outfits for everyday, but as far as what I bought, I have two new capris, two new shorts, 1 pr of seersucker long pants, 1 pair of charcoal dress pants, and 4 new tshirts and tops. I also bought two swimsuits, but don't know if they will fit. I have an expensive tank swimsuit and then bought a swim skirt to wear over it. I decided long ago I could care less what people think about what I look like. I am only wearing the skirt overlay, the swimdress, and the tankini which has a skirt bottom because my surgical scars show through my tank suit and my capris and such too. I wear really long shirts or tops to cover my belly then the swimsuits which cover it We will be gone 9 days total so I needed to fill in on some of my stuff that is getting old and a couple have little holes in the tops. I did buy the three new dresses for evening dinners.

Jean: Jack would have a cow if I just threw stuff out and bought him new. It is one of his "prissy" things about him. I have gone round that block a couple times and he gets mad so I nag him instead when stuff needs to be replaced. :lol: Glad you enjoyed the visit with his classmates. How did you meet Bob? You must not have grown up in the same town with the difference in your class size.

Maggie: Hopefully you have your computer ducks all in a row so to speak. I know it is frustrating when it doesn't work right.

Have a wonderful weekend. We have commissary tomorrow so I have to get going on my menu and grocery list. TTFN! Faye

Jean
08-02-2013, 11:39 AM
Good Morning! It's a cloudy and cool in my neighborhood this morning. I need to finish my grocery list and head to the store this morning. Other than that not much that I have to do. I called to make a mammogram appointment and now they have to have the doctor's order before they can make the appointment. Of course he is "off" today so I will have to call Monday. :dizzy: I don't know why such things have to get so complicated and time consuming.

"Gma" -- I hope your sister will be able to recover and realize she needs to quit smoking. I just happened to think that if you pack clothes now, they will have wrinkles when you want to wear them. ;) Bob and I met at college; I was dating a guy that he spent time with between classes. Bob lived at home so they would either go back to the dorm or hang out in the coffee shop. The ironic thing is that the friend moved to my hometown and attended the same church as my "mom." Bob grew up in a small town just north of Sioux City and I came from the northeastern part of the state.

I need to get a move on and head to the store. Hope you all enjoy a nice day! :wave:

QuilterInVA
08-02-2013, 01:56 PM
Please go to Steel Magnolias #55