Support Groups - Worldy Chicks - August's Attitude of Gratitude




happy2bme
08-01-2013, 11:56 AM
Morning all,

Turn the page on the calendar. New month rolls around as the year races by. Decided to focus on the positive and declare this month an attitude of gratitude. No matter how frustrating the day can be, we can always find something we are grateful for.

Let me go back and do the July clean up and close out and I'll be back with personals.


happy2bme
08-01-2013, 12:22 PM
Ok back again.

Shad - sounds like you scheduled a bit more than you probably should have. Sleep in and give yourself a rest day.

Mel's out shopping (I hope). Michelle's head down in writing code and Ceejay's checking gauges.

Annie - I hope you are up to no good and having fun with it ;) :lol:

Laura - eek - cicadas are out again? Geez those are creepy looking bugs. I swear they come out every year or every other year instead of every 17. Don't know about you but this year I didn't notice any June Bugs. Of course it's been an odd summer for us - we were commenting on the lack of Swallowtail butterflies and the hummingbirds are flocking to our feeders - I mean FLOCKING which we are thinking is due to the lack of nectar flowers.

I guess after Shad I am the first one in today. Were we all supposed to sleep in and I didn't get the memo? :lol: Or are you all enjoying a beautiful day outside. Wait. It's Thursday - most of you are in the office so that can't be it either...

I set out to do a number of things yesterday but got side tracked by other, unanticipated things so I accomplished quite a few things but not a lot of what I set out to do. Last night I went downstairs as I usually do to sift cat boxes and refresh their water bowls. Coming up the stairs my right knee went crunch, crunch, crunch. I could barely stand on it after that and had to support myself to get around. I have been having problems with a combination of my back pinching a nerve and giving me hip and knee problems the last 2 weeks. I slept with my feet elevated last night to take some pressure off my back. Still hurts quite a bit. I guess instead of working in the garden today, I will instead focus on going through some boxes of papers I have. It's a beautiful day - will be nice to open the windows and air out the house once the sun warms the air a bit more.

I think I'm going to go pop in the shower and stand there for a good long while with the warm water running down my back. Have a good day everyone. Talk to you later...

annie175
08-01-2013, 02:10 PM
Friday tomorrow...yeah, kiddos head home tomorrow night. EXCITED. Miss my lil man something awful. Considering I see him at least 3 to 4 times a week.

- When you cannot control the wind, adjust your sails. PM me your email addies, I have the neatest thing I want to send you. (Not 3FC email addy)

- If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would NEVER think a negative thought.

I am just full of lil sayings today.

HAPPY...thank you for starting the new thread. I couldn't think of a title that was cute or snappy, so I gave up. Ouwie on the knee/back/hip issue. I am right there with you. My ankle is still giving me fits. I am on week 6 of misery altho it is getting better slowly. I must of done something to it and not known about it when it happened.

SHADDIE...get some rest, my friend. Slow down and dance or something like that.

Bout it for me...Hugs sister friends.


Laura705
08-01-2013, 02:13 PM
Happy - I was just waiting for someone to start our new thread. :D Thanks for doing that, and I think the title is wonderful. I believe I'll try to report each day something for which I'm grateful.

Yes, cicadas are out again. In our area anyway, and it seems like it's every year now. And they are LOUD! I was happy yesterday that they stopped when the rain started later in the evening! And after the rain stopped, it was so nice and quiet!! Too funny that you mentioned June bugs - I mentioned the cicadas to the admin this morning and she said they didn't have them in her area, but they did have June Bugs. Ick to both!!!

I'm sorry your knee is bothering you! :( Hope the pain eases up so you can get on with your usual activities.

Shad - I totally get why you're tired given the posts discussing all you've been doing lately!!! :faint:

Mel - Hope the headache went away and you got to go shopping today!

Michelle - are you still neck deep in coding? Hope your week is going alright.

Hi Annie, Hi Ceejay!! :spin: :spin:
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Nothing much to report. I think I have 8 more days of the squat challenge, only 6 of squats, 2 rest days.

Going to Jazzercise tonight. I'd rather sit home and eat tacos, but we'll save that for tomorrow night. :D

MELODY525
08-01-2013, 02:16 PM
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CANNOT BELIEVE IT IS AUGUST ALREADY. SCARY.
WENT FOOD SHOPPING BUT I AM DRAGGING MY BUTT. HAD 3 ALARMS LAST NIGHT ....ONE EVERY 2 HOURS. THIS IS THE LAST TIME I GO SHOPPING AFTER A BAD NIGHT. FEELING VERY SHAKY INSIDE. HEADACH IS GONE THOUGH :rofl:

I NEED TO LIE DOWN AND WILL CATCH UP WITH YOU GALS TOMORROW.


HAPPY....THANKS FOR THE NEW THREAD!!
I WAS SO READY TO MOVE ON :scooter:

Laura705
08-01-2013, 02:22 PM
Hi Annie - It'll be nice to see the kiddies after their trip. :) Like the sayings, especially the one about sails - and it makes me think of sailing too. What a nice thing - no noise of a motor, just the wind filling the sails and the boat gliding along. :)

Duh, forgot to say what I'm grateful for today, right after I said that's what I was going to do. Nothing specific to today, but I am extremely grateful for my health. :yes:

Laura705
08-01-2013, 02:24 PM
Mel - Have a good nap!!

ceejay52
08-01-2013, 03:01 PM
Letting my lunch of a baked potato and side salad settle before I go outside to mow. It's a gorgeous day. This is the last time I will mow with this lawn mower. I hope it last long enough for me to mow.

Happy
Thanks for starting up the new thread. Like the attitude of gratitude I am thankful that I still can work at almost 63.

Annie
I know you'll give the little man a bunch of hugs and kisses when he gets home. We can let that little breeze blow me right into retirement.

Mel
I'll let you take the nap. You deserve it.

Laura
So far we haven't had the cicada's. It's usually mid August when they appear. We are having what I call the dry weather fly's. The look like a dragon fly.

Hi Michelle :wave:

diyana
08-01-2013, 03:50 PM
Hi everyone -

I'm crazy swamped with coding. :faint: Oh well, I'm doing my best. Hopefully, it's good enough to keep me here. :crossed:

Had insomnia on Tuesday night, so I tried to go to sleep early last night...but ended up not falling asleep until after 10.

I'm having another card party on Saturday...this one will be a poker party. On Monday or Tuesday, a dear friend is starting heavy duty radiation for an aggressive cancer. They think the entire tumor was removed, but since the cancer is so aggressive, they don't want to take any chances. So that's why I'm having back to back parties for him...because he'll be under the weather and unable to do much for the next two months.

That's all the plans for this week/weekend, but I am hoping to get Santa to either the dog park or the beach one of the weekend days. :)

I definitely have an attitude of gratitude for how good my life is right now, and it's getting better.

Hope you all are doing well.

Much love,

Shad
08-01-2013, 05:52 PM
Morning all,
Decided to get up a bit earlier and get this done before the day creeps up on me. I was dog tired for some reason last night. Guess the heavy work of the week is catching up, but unfortunately I can't stop as I will have to go back to work shortly and have two scheduled interviews for next week already lined up. I wasn't actually thinking about going back just yet, but there isn't enough in the kitty to retire on yet. If I can get a couple of well paying contracts for the next two years, then we can think about that. Don't know what M is doing about the training thing. I haven't heard anything for some time. It must have gone on the back burner.

Happy - thanks for setting up the new thread. Attitude of Gratitude, well everyone should have one of those, since each of us has family, friends, jobs (well mostly), a home to go home to, and food in our bellies. Really what else do we need. Sorry to hear about the back and the knee. Knees take forever to heal. Mine is not yet quite right. Not bad, but not right either.

Annie - will get to the addy after I have finished here. Dance? I don't think so. Not sure the body will be very graceful right now, and I am sure the neighbours would not be excited about the creaks and groans coming from my place.

Laura - listening to the cicada's is commonplace out here. Not so much in the suburbs, but if you go out in the bush, it's like white noise in the background.
No need to do squats around here at the moment, got enough of thigh exercise with the digging I have been doing. Sounds like you are doing well with it though.

Mel - glad to hear that the headache is at least gone. All these alarms. It's **** having broken sleep. Take it easy and get the young ones to do the shopping.

Ceejay - hope the mower lasted out. My new one seems to work well. However, the grass is NOT supposed to grow during the winter here and it is still growing. One thing I find wrong with my mower is that the cord is too long. Small mower for a short body and they put a cord on it that needs a big bloke to get it started. I may have to get them to shorten it for me. Your lunch sounds nice

Michelle. Sorting out code is a PIA. Hope you find the little stink bug soon.

I forgot to tell you last time I posted that I went out into the vege patch the other day to find that my poor (expensive) potato plant had been eaten by bugs - snails probably. Anyway, I decided to dig it up and see if there were any spuds down there, and I got 18 tubers. See attached picture. So the snails did not win. I had a feed of them night before last. They are so yummy. Probably could have had a little longer in the ground but that's not going to happen if you have no leaves up top to bring in the sunlight and encourage growth. The corn has decided to put out cobs this week and is growing by the day. I also had some of the carrots (purple ones) which could have also benefitted from another week or so in the ground. Things are definitely on the move in the garden. No doubt because I am thinking of going back to work away from home again. Contrary beast.

MELODY525
08-02-2013, 07:30 AM
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I HIT POST BY ACCIDENT AND WHOOSH IT WAS GONE!

LET'S TRY AGAIN....GOOD MORNING WORLDLIES.
HOPE EVERYONE IS BEGINNING THE MONTH OPN A GOOD NOTE.
I RESTED AND WORKED IN BETWEEN TIMES.
BOSS SHOULD BE BACK BY TUESDAY MORNING. I WILL BE GLAD.
NOTHING MUCH NEW HERE. JUST A LOT OF ALARMS.
SEMED TO BE LIKE THE SENIORS WERE FILLING A QUOTA FOR THE MONTH OF JULY!!:rofl:

AN UPDATE ON MY FRIEND: THE OPERATION WAS SUCCESSFUL ON HER STOMACH.
A LITTLE BIT GOT REMOVED ALONG WITH THE TUMOR.
THE RESULTS WERE NEGATIVE OFR CANCER.
BUT THE DR WILL FOLLOW UP WITH TESTS FOR WAHILE.
SHE IS BACK AT WORK BUT NOT 100% AS YOU CAN IMAGINE.
SHE'S ALSO CONSIDERING EARLY RETIREMENT NOW.
THANKS FOR THE GOOD THOUGHTS YOU SENT HER WAY.

THE KIDS AND I ARE DOING THE MOVIE & EATS THING THIS WEEKEND.
NOT SURE WHAT THEY PICKED FOR THIS AFTERNOON. SURPRISE!
HAPPY FRIDAY TO ALL AND A VERY HAPPY WEEKEND.






HAPPY....THANKS AGAIN FOR THE GOOD THOUGHTS AND FOR THE NEW THREAD.
I AM VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE BACK & KNEE. :hug:
FROZEN PEAS!!! USE A BAG AS AN ICE BAG. THEY WORK WONDERS WITH AN ANTI-INFLAMMATORY :beach:
CERTAINLY HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON.
THAT WAS SOME ANIMAL SHOWING AT YOUR PLACE.
WONDER IF THE BEAR WAS SHOT. SAD WHOEVER DID IT DIDN'T DO IT RIGHT OR NOT AT ALL.
HOPE YOU CAN GET AROUND BETTER TODAY:encore:





SHAD....I THINK YOU WORKED YOURSELF RIGHT INTO BED:hug:
SOUNDS LIKE SOMEONE I KNOW!! ROFLMAO
LOVED THE SPUDS PIC. BETTER THAN OTHER TIMES NO???
SO GLAD THE SLUGS DID NOT WIN..
GOOD LUCK WITH THE INTERVIEWS. 2 NICE FAT CONTRACTS WOULD BE NICE!
KIND OF DISAPPOINTED IN M BUT THEN IT WOULD BE SKETCHY BEING SO NEW A PROJECT.
LIFE IS TOO COMPLICATED.....PLAY THE LOTTERY!




LAURA....I HEAR YA ON THE CICADAS. IT'S THE 17TH YEAR AND THEY PREDICTION WAS RIGHT ON.
I SAW A PROGRAM THIS PAST WINTER SAYING THEY WERE ON THEIR WAY.
WE HAVEN'T GO T MANY AS YET BUT I KEEP LISTENING.
GOOD JOB ON THE SQUATS!!




CEEJAY.....I WANT A BREEZE TO BLOW ALL OF US INTO RETIREMENT:beach:
MAYBE WE CAN FIND A COMMUNE NEAR YOUR SISTERS HOUSE!!;ginger:
BETWEEN YOU AND SHAD...NOW I WANT A NICE BUTTERED BAKED POTATO.
AND YES PLEASE ON SOME SOUR CREAM :hun:





ANNIE..... BUSY GIVING THE KIDS HUGS AND WELCOME HOME YET??
HOPE THEIR TRIP WAS A GOOD ONE AND EVERYONE WAS HAPPY:hug:





MICHELLE......very sorry to hear about your friend.
sending a lot of healing thoughts out that way.
good of you to keep the mind occupied :hug:

annie175
08-02-2013, 10:03 AM
Good Morning and TGIF FO SHO!!! However it is passover and not good Friday. Don't get paid today.

C bought me a new stainless steel washer and dryer as mine have been on their last leg for over a year. I am sure they are not energy efficient at this point. The new ones are being delivered tomorrow.

The kids leave Florida for home tonight and will pull in sometime tomorrow around noon. After my washer/dryer delivery, I am heading over there. I can't stand it. lol

MELLIE....I still think you should just disconnect the alarms and get some rest. Movie and eats sounds like fun. I ate popcorn yesterday at my desk and today I am paying for it in the loo, talk about fiber. Yeeeee

SHADDIE...your potatos look quite yummy. That is one thing I have never tried to grow. Might give it a shot next year. Never heard of purple carrots. If you eat too many do they turn your complexion a hue of purple like the orange carrots do? lol

CHELLE...I love card parties. We used to play cards at every gathering. Now we hardly gather and don't play cards much. :( Hope your friend comes through everything with flying colors. Power to you on the coding.

CEEG....yum salad and a baked potato, gives me an idea for lunch today. May head out to Wendy's and get that very thing. Thanks for the idea.

LAURA...we have the cicadas around here also. Mostly dead ones on the walk in from the parking garage to the office. They are huge and gross. That along with the goose poo everywhere. Very disgusting walk in. Your squat challenge went fast. Can you tell a difference?

HAPPY....hope you are feeling a bit better today with the aches and pains. Getting older is a real b*tch. Never thought I would be like this. Hugs sister.

That is about it for me. Have a great Friday/night!

ceejay52
08-02-2013, 10:14 AM
Shad
That's a good haul on the potatoes. The one the I like about the electric mowers is there is no rope to pull. However I do have to pull the cord around with me, but I've gotten used to that. And yes I did get the lawn mowed but the mower kept quitting on me.

Happy
Hope your knee's and back feel better today. I've started taking an over the counter me that the doctor advised me to get. So far it seems to be working. One knee still bothers me.

Mel
I can't blame your friend if she decided to retire. I may have to have a movie night on my day off next week.

Michelle
Sending your friend some good vibes. I hate to hear of any one having the c word.

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Nothing new this morning. I will be going back to Paragould today and spend the night with my aunt and uncle then go with them to the other uncles birthday party tomorrow.
I may decide to get my hair trimmed this week end. It's getting long in the back.
Have a good day.

Laura705
08-02-2013, 11:46 AM
Morning all. TGIF, payday or not, rain or sun, it's still good. :D

Ceejay - Have fun at the birthday party. With the mowing and the cord, I imagine you have a pattern established so the cord doesn't get in the way or get cut by the blades. We had an electric shrub trimmer and it was a hassle with the cord. We have a cordless one now. Too funny - seems not long ago you were so unhappy because your hair was too short. It grows quickly!

Annie - Nice, a new washer/dryer. Is the washer a front loader? I've come to like mine, but I sort of wish we'd sprung for the pedestal too. Less bending to put stuff in and take it out, and a place to store laundry supplies. Enjoy your reunion with the kids! Only 7 more days of the squat challenge, and yes, I can tell the difference - my quads are definitely firmer. Rest day today, but yesterday's reps were 190!!! Yeh, we've got cicadas in the grass, ick. Big ugly things.

Mel - Glad to hear your friend's surgery went well and no c was found!!! Hang in there til the boss gets back. I agree with Annie, disconnect the alarms and get a good night's sleep!! Tonight or tomorrow night may be a movie night for bf & I - we got the blueray for "Despicable Me" from the library the other night. I think our area's cicadas are on a reverse 17-year cycle - they stick around for 17 years and only go away for one! :p

Shad - Hope you get a good contract offer to get you to retirement in a reasonalbe amount of time, i.e., while you can still enjoy it!! Glad the potatoes and carrots came in, even if not as mature as you wished. It would be fun to try to grow potatoes. I confess that I had a sweet potato sitting around the kitchen so long that it had sprouted, so when I recently decided it was time to get rid of it, I cut off the sprouted part and planted it. It seems to be growing fine, but it's obviously not the same variety that are grown as decorative foliage for flower planters - the leaves aren't that virbrant bright green. But maybe there'll be a sweet potato to dig up this fall, LOL.

Michelle - Good luck with the coding. On the positive side, I'm sure you're learning a LOT right now. Best wishes to your friend beginning radiation treatment.

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I did my Jazzercise class last night, and I also managed to complet my squats for the day. But...I'm a bit fatigued today. I'm glad today is a rest day from the squats.

Tonight is taco night, and maybe the movie, maybe not.

Jazzercise again tomorrow morning. Then there's plenty to do around the house. We've decided on the paint color for the powder room, but now we need to buy a bunch of other stuff because we want to replace the brass/gold light fixture, medicine cabinet, towel rods, and inset soap dishes & tp holders with brushed nickel. The latter will have to be ordered online - the big box stores don't sell good quality versions of those.

Nothing social planned this weekend, but I'm totally fine with that - I had enough the past couple weeks.

Okay, enough rambling. Everyone have a good weekend. :)

annie175
08-02-2013, 01:46 PM
LAURA...we didn't get the front loaders, I don't like them. We used them while on vacation and that was enough for me. I am going to start calling you Buffy cause you are getting so buff. We have brushed nickel throughout my house, kitchen and bathrooms. It looks very nice. You will really like it.

CEEG...have fun at the birthday party.

Later gaters.

MELODY525
08-02-2013, 05:07 PM
Winter Sunset, The Cathedral, Mt Buffalo, Australia

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AN AUSTRALIAN SUNSET TO END OUR DAY AND BEGIN SHADDIE'S!!


I AM OFF TO HAVE ANTIPASTO AND THE KIDS HAVE PIZZA. THE MOVIE OF CHOICE IS AN OLD B&W WITH WILLIAM POWELL....THE KENNEL MURDER CASE.
HAVE A GREAT NIGHT/MORENING EVERYONE!

Laura705
08-02-2013, 06:13 PM
Mel - Sounds like a nice evening! Enjoy. :)

Annie - Buffy, snicker snicker.

Forgot a gratitude item this morning: Summer fruits & veggies

Shad
08-02-2013, 06:39 PM
Morning all,
The ds2 left his cat here last night. Romeo will stay until Sunday when his slaves come home. He's a funny wee thing. Completely black with big green eyes and one white whisker. When things get too quiet he starts to yowl and you have to talk to him. He's basically an indoor cat and currently he is sitting in the doorway getting excited because my cat is outside and he isn't. If I thought he would just stick around, I would take him out there with me, but I would hate for him to get lost. They have already lost a cat.
Today is going to be a bit more relaxing than the rest of the week has been. I have about an hours digging to finish off the last of the excess soil in the front garden. I have to sit on the wall and contemplate where the watering system will go. This is the spring garden I'm doing at the moment and I need to plan out the next part of the garden which will be mostly natives, perennials and rocks. Then there is the planning out of the side garden as well. Weed the vege patch, order the soil for the garden and get in some compost and manure stuff. So the weekend is for rest and recreation. There is a friend coming out to visit this afternoon I think, but from the things she is trying to fit in to her weekend, I would not be surprised if she cancels.

Mel - Glad to hear that the friends operation was successful. Hoping for a speedy recovery for her.
Agree with the others, although I know you wouldn't do it. Turn off the alarms :lol: Yeah the spuds are great. I have another 6 plants at the other end of the garden and they are doing well. No snails down there yet as far as I can see.
An Australian sunset on an Australian mountain(?). Don't know where that one is, must look doesn't tell me how high it actually is. Will have to check that out later.

Annie - nice to have a new washer and dryer. I like the top loaders best too. I've used the front loaders and although probably a little more gentle on the clothes, they take so looooooooong to get through the wash.
Hope the family have had a good time in Florida.
Don't know about the purple hues of the carrot affecting your skin. Sounds like an interesting thing to have. How many would you have to eat to get that I wonder. Apparently carrots were originally purple. Then they got made orange. Now you can get them in most shades apart from blue or green. They still taste much the same. It's a cheffy thing, I guess. Potatoes take a while to grow, but I think they are worth it.

Ceejay - happy travelling to see the Uncles and a happy birthday to the birthday boy.

Laura - I planted a sprouting sweet potato when I first set up the vege patch. The darn thing shot away, took over the garden, went over the fence to the neighbours place and started up the side yard towards the front. These are different from normal potatoes that stay in one place. They put out vines which put down roots and form tubers all over the place. I ended up with 22kg of sweet potatoes and that was only on my side of the fence! 22kg is about 46lbs! So watch where your sweet potato goes!!!

Guess that is about it. Romeo is chasing shadows and leaping around the joint. Better get my feet out of the way before he decides to do a number on them. Anyway it is time to move. Coffee, breakfast, dig the yard, shower and then do so brain stuff rather than physical stuff. See ya.

Shad
08-02-2013, 06:43 PM
Guess I forgot the gratitude thing too.
I am grateful for my health, my friends, my garden and my lifestyle. And I am grateful for the family I love even if at times they drive me insane.

MELODY525
08-03-2013, 08:22 AM
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GOOD MORNING CHICKS THE HAPPY WEEKEND HAS ARRIVED.

MINE IS GREY AND RAINY. SUN FOR TOMORROW THOUGH.
JEN & RICHIE LEFT EARLY. JEN WAS FALLING ASLEEP FIRST.
I WISH I COULD TURN THE ALARMS OFF. :lol3:
ONLY ONE LAST NIGHT BEFORE BEDTIME THANK THE STARS.
NO ONE WAS REALLY HUNGRY LAST NIGHT.
LOTS OF LEFTOVERS FOR THIS AFTERNOONS AND ANOTHER MOVIE.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY.




ANNIE....HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT THE NEW APPLIANCES. YIPPEE!!
ALSO GLAD THE KIDS WILL BE HOME SOON.
YOU MADE ME LAUGH WITH THE POPCOPRN.
HAS THE OPPOSITE EVVECT ON ME!! CLOG CITY!! :rofl:





CEEJAY....HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT TIME AT THE BD PARTY :gift:
SAFE TRAVELS AND SAVE A PIECE OF CAKE FOR ME:hb:




LAURA....THE KIDS LOVED DESPICABLE ME. TOO FUNNY.
I NEED TO SEE IT FROM BEGINNING TO END.
ALWAYS FIND IT PLAYING IN THE MIDDLE SOMEWHERE. LOL
REDOING THE BATHROOM WILL KEEP YOU BUSY!! LOL
GOOD JOB WITH THE EXERCISING TOO. AND THE POUND LOST!:cheer3:




SHAD.....THE CATHEDRAL IS IN VICTORIA IN THE MT. BUFFALO NATIONAL PARK.... SO WIKIPEDIA SAYS:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Buffalo_National_Park

I FOUND IT BY ACCIDENT AND LIKED THE PHOTO.
BETTER THAN SANTA SITTING ON THE BEACH IN A SPEEDO NO??? ROFLMAO
THE KITTY SOUNDS ADORABLE. GLAD THE 2 OF THEM GET ALONG.
HOPE YOUR WEEKEND WILL BE RELAXING. :beach:

annie175
08-03-2013, 09:29 AM
Happy weekend all. Been up since 4:30 when C left for work. Just couldn't sleep. New appliances are to be delivered between 8 and 10 am. Still waiting for the call at 8:30 am. They are supposed to call 45 minutes prior to arrival. So it won't be before 9. lol

Sassy is asleep in my chair, talked to Sam at 6:30 this morning. They were just south of Nashville, TN. I suspect they will be home around noon. She said lil man grew up a lot this week from hanging out with 3 yr old cuz. boo hoo hoo.

Have a great Sat/Sun!

happy2bme
08-03-2013, 02:27 PM
Hi all,

3FC ate my post from yesterday :dizzy:

Still having problems with my hip / knee / ankle. It's slow going but I am thinking moving around is better than sitting, especially because it seems to be worse after I sit for an extended period. Yesterday we tried a new fish fry place a nice ride from here. It was just delicious. Generous portions too. I had steamed fish but it tasted like it was baked. DH had the fried stuff but it had the most thin, crisp batter I have ever had. It would almost make a fried fish fan out of me but I still like mine non fried. They also had this most awesome honey beer bread. :love: It's owned by a couple from Chicago - we will have to try their "authentic" pizza some time. Just a small place with a bar and a couple of tables - very typical of out this way but a great find - so glad one of the ladies from the Thrift Shop mentioned it. Afterwards we went to the casino for a little while - both of us had a good time. We really enjoyed our night out. Came home to a frantic call from my Mom. We hadn't talked since Tuesday (I swear the days are getting away from me) and she called right after we left around 4pm and was very concerned that we had not called back by 9. We got home just before 10pm. Oops. :o I will try to be more mindful of that. On the good news front DH got his results from wearing that annoying heart monitor for 10 days. No heart palpitations to be found! :yay: He had a reading of an irregular heart beat the other day and he said he's been feeling some fluttering in his chest which I said can often be caused by the stomach. He was getting worried and hearing the results was a BIG relief off his mind. Now if he can get that rash on his leg taken care of...

Our days are cool - great for working outside but the nights are really cool - in the upper 40's for temps. We have not had much of a summer at all. At this rate I will get no tomatoes out of my garden. What I do have is small - not turning red and the temperature swings are causing them to split. Darn it. :tantrum:

Speaking of garden, Shad your potatoes look fabulous. How nice to find that the insects may have feasted on the tops but left the best part for you. I did not know that about purple carrots turned orange. Have seen some rainbow carrots on the cooking shows - I guess they taste the same - just pretty looking in their array of colors. I hope that something good comes from your upcoming contract interviews. Pity that you can't just retire once and for all but it's better to do it on your own terms than be forced into it ahead of time. How sad that Romeo cannot follow Sunday into the garden but I agree it's better to keep him indoors. Hope Sunday does not flaunt that in his face :lol: You'll be happy to know that the Kiwi's retained their title of all around Lumberjack champion at the contest last weekend, although a local woman this year did win the title away from his wife. He was a nice looking bloke - had all his hair (tho there is a bit of "snow" on his rooftop :lol:, limbs AND teeth. (Your comment the other day to that effect practically had me on the floor laughing like a hyena). He seems like a genuinely nice fellow too - make a comment that the others sure did give him a run for the money and he wasn't getting any younger and may not be able to stay ahead of the pack for much longer.

Annie - new washer and dryer - how nice!!!!! I like the top loaders myself but agree with Laura about getting the pedestal for the front loaders. My dryer has an upper drying cabinet so you have to bend deep to get into the bottom which I find a bit more challenging as each year passes. However, from what I understand those pedestals are darn near close to the cost of the machine itself :yikes: I'm sure you'll love the new machines - not only are they more energy efficient but they are also much gentler on the clothes. I don't get the pilling anymore that I once used to on certain fabrics. Get all your chores done today so you can spend the day with Lil Man tomorrow. Hope he doesn't come back TOO grown up :lol:

Mel - Lovely picture of the sunset but so glad I didn't have to be the one to hike up there and take the shot :rofl: I'm very glad to hear that your friend's operation turned out to be successful. Doesn't surprise me that she's thinking about early retirement. Sometimes those scares make you re-evaluate life and priorities as well as how we focus our time and attention. Are the kids going away for the weekend? Hope you have a quiet one if you are on alarm duty - no hard partying with the seniors. Give 'em a shot of Mogan David and send them all to Snoozeland :hat:

Laura - brushed nickel is my favorite finish - keeps cleaner easier than the polished stuff. We did oiled bronze in TN which was nice but I did find that after a while it got mineral spots on it and one set of faucets (NOT CHEAP), the sink stopper part started to chip away on the finish. :mad: Hope you find some nice fixtures - will update the bath quite nicely along with a paint job. You should be just about done with the squat challenge, no? Did BF keep up with you or are you going it alone? Glad you did it? Do tell...

Michelle - have a great time with your card party. Hope it's yummy and fun!

Ceejay - have a good time at the birthday party and your weekend visit with the rellies.

DH announced he is going to the next town to check out some stuff at the home improvement store that he can't get here. I think I'll stay back and use the alone time to do some cleaning - the floors could use a wash. Also they need more dog biscuits at the shop. Geez I just did a batch on Monday :rolleyes: Hope some of the other ladies come through with the baking - demand is far too much for one person to keep up with.

Anyway - on with the show. Have a good weekend everyone.

happy2bme
08-03-2013, 09:40 PM
Oh and forgot my gratitude for the day. I am grateful for having my Mom around - while she may drive me nuts at times, it's nice to know that someone still worries about you when they don't hear from you. :hug:

MELODY525
08-04-2013, 07:42 AM
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:cofdate: GOOD MORNING CHICKS :sunny:

GOING TO TAKE A COFFEE OUTSIDE AND SIT WITH THE 3 MEN FOR A BIT.
TAKING A LITTLE JACKET AND SOME BUTTERED TOAST.
THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE HARDROLLS AND LOTS OF BUTTER.
I NEVER MENTION WEIGHT OR FATS TO ANY OF THEM.
THEY'RE IN EXCELLENT HEALTH FOR BEING IN THEIR 90'S AND ALSO THIN!!!
SO THEY MUST HAVE GOOD GENES OR DOING SOMETHING RIGHT.
NOTHING ELSE NEW HERE. MOVIE & LEFTOVERS YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.
EARLY BED AND A QUIET NIGHT. :cheer3:

HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY AND HAVE A GOOD ONE.




ANNIE....HOPE THE MACHINES ARE UP AND RUNNING NOW.
ENJOY. HAD A LAUGH AT LIL MAN GROWING UP.
IT HAPPENS SO QUICKLY WHEN THEY HAVE A MENTOR.....ROFL!!




HAPPY....WISH WE COULD HELP WITH THE DOG BISCUITS.
I AM VERY HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT DH'S RESULTS.
KUDOS TO HIM AND HOPE IT STAYS THAT WAY:hug:
YOU MUST BOTH BE RELIEVED.:encore:
POOE MOM....THEY DO GET WORRIED EASILY.
WONDER HOW IT IS THEY NEVER SEEM TO REALIZE THEY DO THE SAME THING TO US??? :rofl:
SORRY ABOUT THE TOMATOES. WEATHER THIS YEAR HAS RUINED A LOT OF GARDENS.
PRICES HERE ARE SKYROCKETING FOR SO CALLED "FRESH" STUFF.
THE DINNER SOUNDED LOVELY AND I REMEMBER YOU TALKING ABOUT THAT PLACE.
WHAT A GREAT FIND. GOOD FOOD AND NOT TOO CROWDED!!

ceejay52
08-04-2013, 09:42 AM
Happy
I forgot to call my aunt yesterday afternoon when I got home and she was calling me by 6.00 p.m. Glad that the DH had a good report from his heart monitor.

Mel
Don't blame you for going outside in the early morning. It's been nice this summer in the early mornings. We have had some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets the last couple of weeks.

Annie
Did the washer and dryer finally arrive? And by now the kiddo's are home.

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My uncles birthday party went really well. It was mainly family. My cousin from Nashville, TN was there also. I haven't seen him in ages. One cousin was asking me about retirement and I told him with in the next couple of years. I'd like to before winter but will wait till 2014. I'm now telling people that I will be moving to my sister's in Missouri. They may be my first visitors.
Stopped by Lowes to pick up my new lawn mower. It was still in the box. Sigh. It was a bit bulky and heavy but brought the box in the house this morning. Where there was a will there is a way. I could have gotten my neighbors to help but didn't want to bother. They had company. To much goings on outside last night. I'll put it together this week.

happy2bme
08-04-2013, 03:35 PM
Ding dang dong. Just lost my entire post. :mad::mad::mad: Wonky site drives me nuts sometimes...

Edited for time - my leg and knee still hurt a lot but I did get out to the garden and get a lot of work done yesterday. Doing inside stuff today. Still chilly here. Gray too - looks like a winter's day outside. Good for working outdoors tho - the mosquito population has dropped substantially with the lack of heat and rain. Always something good to find if you look for the positive ;)

Ceejay - glad you got to see your cousin. Hope it's not too much trouble getting the lawnmower together. I agree with you - don't know what it is down south but they truly had spectacular sunsets on a regular basis.

Mel - hope you had a nice morning coffee with your buddies. God Bless 'em if they are 90 and still going strong. Thank goodness we don't wear bathing suits like those any more. Boy the memories that picture brought :lol:

Annie - hope you got your new appliances and are testing them out. I didn't know they made top loaders in a stainless finish. Good luck keeping those clean - I HATE stainless :lol: Hope Sissy and family arrived home safely and you are enjoying the crew.

Hello to the other Worldlies busy on a Sunday afternoon. DH put some beef and broccoli in the crock pot - even though that's not my favorite dish even I admit it smells great. I have some dog biscuits in the oven that are about ready to take out. A bit of cooling off and I'm going to run into town and drop them off. We've been out of biscuits since the ones I made last week got sold out by Thursday. I hope some other people have stepped up to bake also - can't keep up with the demand by myself.

Enjoy the rest of your day people.

I am grateful today that even though it's chilly out, I still don't have to wear a coat and I'm very grateful for my portable heater at my desk which feels so good in the evening - like wrapping yourself in warm towels fresh out of the dryer :D

ceejay52
08-04-2013, 06:24 PM
Happy
Maybe you should go into the dog biscuits business. I thought you were baking them for the shelter animals. Are you baking them to sell? They said that all I would have to do is put on the handle.

Shad
Is this the kitten that clawed you earlier?

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We have some rain headed our way. Didn't think it was supposed to do that until tomorrow.
My attitude of gratitude is having my uncles.

Shad
08-04-2013, 10:56 PM
Morning all,
Not much to report here today so this will be short.

Happy - maybe you should make and sell these things on the internet. Seems that no-one in that charity is prepared to do anything that might involve effort. Romeo did follow Sunday out into the garden and he had a wonderful time. I thought I had lost him at one point but he popped in from time to time to check on what was going one. He's not a bad cat. Nosey as all get out but..... DS2 came and took him home yesterday. He travels a lot better than Sunday does.

Ceejay - yes this is the cat that clawed me sometime back. I did not attempt to put a harness on him this time and we got on a lot better.

Mel - loved those swimming costumes. Glad that you managed to get a bit of sunshine to help the Vit D along. As for the old blokes, I don't think that those that grew up during the depression and war ever seemed to get very fat. They ate natural food mostly home grown and that's what it has done for them.

Annie - hope you are not going around in the new washing machine.

OK - time to go back to work. Earlier I was out in the garden and now I'm going up in the attic. Got some boxes to go up there. And also to measure up for some new batts and/ or insulation, check on the wiring and figure out what else it up there. So I'll be back unless I get stuck in the roof.

MELODY525
08-05-2013, 09:01 AM
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GOOD MORNING CHICKLETTES

THE MEN WERE LATE MEETING ME.
THEY WENT TO THE DINER TO BELATEDLY CELEBRATE PETE'S 96TH BIRTHDAY.
GOD BLESS HIM. HE WALKS HIS LITTLE DOGGIE ALL DAY OUTSIDE.
HE'S ALWAYS ON THE MOVE. BUT GAVE UP DRIVING.
HE GOT LOST FOR A FEW HOURS THIS YEAR & HIS SON TOOK HIS LICENSE AWAY :lol3:

I HAVE LOTS TO REPORT TODAY. TOO MUCH FOR A NOTE.
MIGHT AS WELL GET IT OVER WITH EARLY.
I HAD ONE ALARM....A MISSING TENANT AT MIDNIGHT IN ANOTHER BLDG.
COPS CAME HERE TO FIND HER....SORRY, WRONG BLDG SIR!!
THEY NEVER CAME BACK SO I GUESS IT ENDED WELL.
I BETTER GET GOING. WOKE UP LATE.
HAPPY MONDAY/TUESDAY.




CEEJAY.....I AM GLAD THE PARTY WENT SO WELL.
IT IS NICE TO HAVE SOME FAMILY CELEBRATIONS TO GET TOGETHER.
YOU WILL HAVE A WAITING LIST FOR VISITORS WHEN YOU RETIRE!!
HOW NICE THE FAMILY IS CONCERNED & INVOLVED WITH YOUR FUTURE LIFE.
GOOD LUCK WITH THE MOWER!!!!




HAPPY.....I MEANT TO SAY YESTERDAY THAT I HOPE THE BODY PARTS FEEL BETTER.
SORRY THEY ARE TAKING THEIR TIME GETTING WELL :hug:
THE WEATHER IS CRAZY AND THE SUN IS ALREADY CHANGING PATHS.
I THOUGHT OF YOU LAST WEEK WHEN I FIRST REALLY NOTICED THE SUBTLE CHANGES.
WEIRD AND IT'S ONLY AUGUST NO??
IT EVEN SMELLED A BIT LIKE FALL YESTERDAY.
BEEF & BROC SOUNDED GOOD TO ME!! LOL
HOPE ALL THE BAKING OF DOGGIE BISCUITS BRINGS YOU GOOD LUCK.
KHARMA MY FRIEND. DOGGIE GRATITUDE..




SHAD......YOU BETTER NOT GET STUCK ON THE ROOF!!
CARRY THE CEL PHONE WITH YOU ALWAYS.
I THINK YOUR WINTER TEMPS CAME HERE BY ACCIDENT:rofl:
I ALMOST POSTED A LOVELY FALL PICTURE YESTERDAY INSTEAD OF THE BATHING BEAUTIES!!

annie175
08-05-2013, 09:59 AM
Happy Monday/moite, probably the only day this week for us without scattered thunder showers. Yeee.

We finished up the garage, well I should say Curtis did. I cleaned the house while he did that. Funny thing about the new washer/dryer. I cannot find enough stuff to fill it up to do wash. lol. Guess I will have to let it stack up a bit more before doing laundry. That will just kill me.

HAPPY...you are right. Good thing I am tall as I have to really reach down into the washer to get to the bottom of it. I do love the new things anyway and so quiet. SOooooooooooo glad to hear DH passed his monitor test with flying colors!! Thank you Jesus for prayers answered. My dad thought his acid reflux in his stomach/chest area was his heart and used to pop a nitro pill. All along it was his acid reflux. That went on for about 3 years before we convinced him to talk to the doc about it. Sheesh. Dang ankle/knee thing, I am still fight it too! Today is week 7 of issues with that ankle. It has kind of moved from the ankle to the top left side of foot and big toe. I am just not sure what it is, but don't want to go to the doc about it. My new deductible year started July 1st and it is 4800.00 so it would all come out of my pocket. I guess while I can walk, I am also too cheap to spend the $$ it my foot.

MELLIE...God love the 96 yr old man walking his doggie. I bet that is a real cute sight. My dad would have loved to walk that well in the end. Boo on the alarms and such. Guess you have to pay for those quiet weekends with these nutty ones.

SHADDIE...good luck on the job front. As much as you want/need the $$, going to work sucks. I agree with MELLIE...please take you cell phone with you just in case when you are out working in the yard or up in the attic. C got a little crazy with organizing the attic yesterday, I heard him up there with the vacuum we use for cars and such. haha

CEEG...I think the rain that is headed your way is the same rain headed my way too. Hate to say it but we need it. I actually will have to water my garden tonight. Kiddos are home, I kissed my lil man all up. I am meeting sissy at the docs office for her first appt this morning so I can corral the little man.

Hellos to LAURA and CHELLE...hope your week is starting out fantastic and it is all smooth sailing!

Guess I will post this and get a bit of work done as I am heading out in about 30 mintues to meet sis.

Hugs all.

happy2bme
08-05-2013, 12:19 PM
Morning guys,

I'm not sure about doggie gratitude, perhaps to keep things in balance we have kitty woes. The little cat keeps pestering the older cat - she is vying for DH's attention and is a jealous little thing. That causes it's own problems. Older cat is not eating much and is hiding alot. Little cat is still sick - off to the vet she goes. Is making a mess in the litter box, I am feeding her rice and boiled chicken to calm the stomach (not working) she is trying to pick the rice out and is knocking it all over the floor. Then she wolfs her food down and up chucks it. As DH said this morning with a sigh - not a good day to be a cat in this house. I'm sitting here thinking as one of my friends so famously said after she got married for the second time "oh why oh why do I have to go and MESS UP A GOOD THING???? Life was fine, life was settled but oh no, I HAVE to go and introduce complication :dizzy: :lol: She's still married by the way but I thought it was just funny the way she deadpanned said that. She and her 3 kids were stay up kind of people and her new hubby was one of those early early to bed kind of people who didn't like noise of any sort once he hit the pillow so it really kind of disrupted their whole household :rolleyes: Anyway, today I am feeling like I inadvertently introduced chaos with these cats. Careful what you ask for :s: But we would never return them, we just have to learn to adjust.

I stopped at the shop yesterday to drop off doggie biscuits (yes Ceejay I bake them for donation purposes to the Humane Society). Several emails went out over the last 4 days asking people to bake and yet as of yesterday only one other lady besides me made anything. Oh well, I did my part. I will bake once a week and if they run out of biscuits, I can't do it all myself. And no, I'd never consider selling them on line. Too much work actually. It's about a 4 hour time commitment to make what amounts to about 10 bags with about 36 biscuits each.

Today they are having the annual used book sale from the Friends of the Library. I wanted to go an see if they had any videos or music CDs but I keep telling myself I have 2 boxes of books to read - and I'm not reading any of them right now. I need to stay home and away from there :lol: We finally got some rain overnight - a good soaking we sorely need. First time we've gotten some substantial rain in probably 2 months. I noticed that the fire danger rose from low to moderate so the rain will help that situation too. Don't need any wildfires here - especially with the cool weather and inclination of people to start to use firepits again.

Annie - I was thinking of you as I struggled on tip toes to get to the bottom of my washer - sometimes I actually need to grab tongs to get out a stubborn piece that lays flat :rofl: Sounds like you have much bigger capacity ones but I guess it will be hard to break the habit of near daily washing if that's what you are used to. DH always suggested over the years to do a load a day - I said I never had enough to do that - would rather spend the day washing everything. Although here I do have to break it up over a few days as not to overwhelm the septic system. Isn't it crazy that you have to spend so much in insurance premiums and then have to spend so much out of pocket that you don't want to go to the doctor? :dizzy: I'm sorry to hear that your leg is STILL bothering you. I wonder if you have adjusted your gait because of the pain and it is causing other issues? I find that to be the case sometimes. Hope Sissy gets a green light at the doctor's today.

Mel - how sweet about Pete and his little doggie. I could see the way my Mom lit up watching the kitten's antics that sometimes a pet is good company. And a little dog is just the right speed for someone to walk. Yikes, sounds like the police have their hands full with the senior population in town. But still a better swap than chasing criminals, right? Maybe we have to put chips in those who tend to wander - would make it easier to track them down. Especially if they get disoriented and can't help anyone get them back to where they belong. Do you think autumn will be coming early to your part of town this year also? How are your aches and pains doing?

Shad - I certainly hope you did not get stuck in the attic :lol: With as hot as it gets down your way - do you find that you have to replace the wires periodically from extensive drying or does the excessive humidity take care of that? :lol: I say that because down south where I was, the attics got intensely hot - so much so that you could not really store anything in them - it would literally bake and get ruined. One would have to install drywall and a good vent fan if you actually wanted useful storage. I imagine it might be the same by you.

It's pouring outside - God's way of saying I don't need to go to the Friends of the Library sale. :rofl:

Ceejay - I wanted to say how nice it is of you to go visit your uncles the way that you do. My Mom and I were talking the other night and we both commented on how the older set doesn't hear much from the nieces and grandchildren the way that we were brought up to do. The old excuse "oh they are busy and have their own lives" is just a poor excuse in my mind. I wrote to DH's aunts on a regular basis and called my Mom's sisters too. She said it was really nice to hear from people so I'm sure your uncles appreciate you. :hug:

Hello Laura (who is probably typing now) and Chelle getting ready for a new work week. Will catch up with you later.

Laura705
08-05-2013, 12:20 PM
Morning all. Kind of gray out there today, and why I took my umbrella out of my backpack - no idea.

Weekend recap:

Saturday: Jazzercise, thrift store (scored a decent pair of jeans for $1 - whoo!!), bakery (rye bread), laundry, researched irons online (ours bit the dust last week), lunch at the fabulous grinder place, bagel bakery (2 doz. Mini bialys), returned some online ordered items to the Eddie Bauer outlet store; dogwalk, freezer-wrapped the bialys, tacos for dinner, watched part of “Despicable Me”.

Sunday: Newspaper/tea/bialys, weeding in front, more laundry, bought a new iron (BBB 20% off coupon), walmart for various & sundry items, dogwalk, had grilled ear corn & burgers for dinner, watched the rest of the movie. It was very cute. :) The blueray also had 3 mini-movies (4 min. each) and I had to watch those too. Bf and I will have to borrow all the other kiddie movies we’ve been missing all these years!

I’m grateful for the beautiful weather this weekend. It was nice spending a bit of time on the patio and in the 3-season room with all the windows open (on 3 sides).

Annie – I’m probably a bit less enthused to use my new iron than you are to try out your new washer/dryer, haha. But I will be using it all too soon. Good luck to Sissy at her appointment.

Mel – Every birthday at Pete’s age is a milestone, LOL. That dog and those walks together are what's keeping him up and going! Good for him. Sorry there’s a lot to report today – hope the rest of your day is quiet. And the boss returns tomorrow??? Whew!!

Shad – Glad all went well with Romeo - no blood shed and he didn’t go missing. Hope the attic visit went well. You’ve reminded I need to get some attic items on the list - -finally insulate the skylight framing, and add insulation all over for that matter. We’ve slacked on the upkeep lately and now the list will surely be a mile long. My sweet potato plant is actually in a hanging planter, so that will keep it from setting roots elsewhere. But there won’t be much room for a potato to grow in that pot!!! Maybe I can transplant it into the veg garden…

Ceejay – Glad you had a nice time at the uncle’s bday party. So nice you saw some cousins you hadn’t seen in a while. The retirement talk is making it all real now, huh?? How exciting for you!! But hang in there in the meantime. Good luck with the new mower.

Happy – Good thing you’ve got cool weather to allow you to bake up those dog biscuits in comfort! That’s so nice of you, sure would be nice if others joined in. I’m glad the mosquitos are not so numerous at the moment. Beef & broccoli sounds good to me! Sorry your hip/knee/ankle are still giving you trouble. Is it easing up? Good to keep on moving. The stiffness after sitting just makes it feel worse. Good news re your dh’s heart monitor results! :) Sounds like the latest fish fry/pizza place will be on the list for a return visit. You’re right re the pedestals for the front load machines – they cost a lot more than you’d think they would for what’s essentially a box/drawer… Thanks for the warning re the rubbed bronze finish – I like that too, but we’ve got a more contemporary look going, so the brushed nickel will be it. I’m going it alone in the squat challenge as of about a week ago – bf claimed his knees were sore, but he never picked it back up. On the plus side, he thinks he’s now feeling better about getting back to the gym, and he went Friday night with a friend of his. Re the squats - only 4 more days to go, and one of those is a rest day. Today I have to do 230!!! I’ll definitely be fitting in some sets during the workday – can’t do all of them at night, and certainly not after my Jazzercise workout.

Hey Michelle!! Hope you had a great weekend out in sunny CA!!

Okay, before any more interruptions, I'm signing off and getting this posted. Have a great day everyone!
:cofdate:

annie175
08-05-2013, 02:26 PM
Good News all....got to see the lil peanut squirming around on the sonogram and also hear it's itty bitty heartbeat. Too tiny yet to tell the sex. Very excited. I had the due date correct 3/18/14. However since she will be going C-section again it may be a week earlier than that. Baby daddy Chris' birthday is 3/12. I don't know if I would want them for them or not, after going through this last one my dad and I shared, without him.

Yeah!!

diyana
08-05-2013, 05:30 PM
Happy Monday ladies,

I had a very nice weekend. On Friday night, D and I went out for dinner and then we came back to the house and watched TV. On Saturday evening, I had friends over for tacos and then we played poker until nearly midnight. Sunday, I got up early to take Santa to the dog park and then came home and helped my step-mom get things ready for a luncheon she's hosting today for several of her lady friends. I'm working from home today. The ladies are about to arrive, so it will be my job to keep Santa from being a pest. :rofl: I offered to put Santa in day care today, but my step-mom said a couple of the ladies were looking forward to seeing him again.

I was kind of overwhelmed with emotion and gratitude yesterday. When I think of how bad my life was just 11 months ago, and how happy I am now with being back in CA, being close to family and friends, and dating a really nice guy. If someone had told me last autumn that I'd be this happy in less than a year, I would've said they were crazy. Yesterday I took a moment and expressed my tremendous gratitude to my step-mom for letting Santa and me stay with her while I got back on my feet.

I entered a contest of sorts to be among a group to go on a hike in the mountains of New Hampshire with my favorite author and his dog. I really wanted the opportunity to meet this author (and the dog), but I was unsure if I'd be able to do the 5 mile hike with my back being as bad as it's been lately. Turns out, I did not win...and it's probably for the best as I can't walk to the end of the street without pain, and last night just a walk around the block had me in agony. I need to keep walking and do better with the healthy eating...and once my insurance gets straightened out...get to a specialist to see what can be done.

As for work...I had first and second interviews last week for a job that has a MUCH better chance of going permanent than my current job. And I just found out about an hour ago that I GOT THE JOB!!! The learning curve won't be as steep, which will be very nice. It's a longer commute, but it also pays much better, which will help me pay off my credit cards sooner. I may not get to work from home on Mondays AND Fridays anymore, but I'm hopeful that I'll be able to talk my manager into letting me work from home one day per week. I'll either start my new job on 8/19 or sooner if my agency releases me early. It's tough leaving my current position because the people are so nice. But this learning curve has been insanely steep, which is why I haven't produced much actual work in the 3 months I've been there. As a result, even though they haven't said anything, I thought my chances of going permanent were getting slimmer and slimmer. With this new position, I'll essentially have nearly full power of the entire website and I can really use my skills and experience to improve it dramatically! It's very exciting! :woohoo:

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Happy - I'm so glad to hear your DH passed his monitor test!! I hope the little kitty feels better very soon. Did you take her to the vet? What did she suggest? As for the older cat, can you distract/play with the little one so that the older one can have your DH's attention? Or does this rivalry tend to happen when you're volunteering at the store? Can you please post or email or facebook me the recipe for the dog biscuits? Now that I have a working oven (courtesy of my step-mom, as opposed to my apartment in Wisconsin that did NOT have a working oven), I could actually make some of these for Santa.

Annie - So nice that you have a new washer/dryer! Too funny that you have to wait longer between washes to have enough clothes to fill it. How is Samantha feeling?

Shad - Glad everything went ok with Romeo. Do he and Sunday get along? Or just avoid each other? Do you have any work assignments coming up?

Mel - So cool that the 96 year young man still walks his dog. Sorry you had a busy weekend with alarms. I hope you're able to relax today.

Ceejay - It's nice you were able to spend time with your cousins. I'm looking forward to seeing mine too. Maybe I can get down to Southern CA this fall.

Laura - Your status as the exercise :queen: remains safe. 230 squats? That's insane!! But good for you!!! :bravo: I really like the brushed nickel finish.

I've got to get back to work and try and accomplish something.

Much love and many hugs,

ceejay52
08-05-2013, 05:53 PM
Annie
It must be exciting to get to be grandma again. I shared my mom's birthday and one of my uncle's birthday is the day after mine. A bunch of August babies in our family.
I have to use my tip toes to get the clothes out of the washer.

Mel
Wow a 96 year old man still walking his dog!. I hope that I will be able to do that.

Happy,
I'd been saving my clothes for the week end. I hadn't thought about using a pair of tongs.

Laura
We got the rain on Saturday and today. It was much needed. I like children's movies as they are light hearted. Sounds like you had a busy week end.

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I've had a good couple of day's at work.
July's paper work has been balanced.
I've been wrestling with the lime machine the past couple of weeks. They finally got some one to come fix it today. :dance: The chemical truck also came today. Let's just say I've been a busy person.
I'm grateful for the rain.

Laura705
08-05-2013, 06:22 PM
Annie - Glad the dr appt went well for sissy and the peanut. :)

Michelle - Big CONGRATS on the new job! :congrat: More money and it sounds like it suits your current skills better than your current gig - that's just great! Whoo!! :woohoo:

Ceejay - My mom mentioned all the rain she'd gotten - threw a wrench into her gardening plans for yesterday... Aaargh, when you mentioned your paperwork, you reminded me I still have to submit my input for the monthly report for July. I better get down to it and get it out of my hair for another month.

Shad
08-06-2013, 04:48 AM
Today I give thanks for having incredible strength and health. It took all the energy that I had to shift 2 cubic metres of soil today in less than 2.5 hours. It was tough, back breaking stuff and I am glad that it is finished. Not that the garden bed is finished by any means. It's going to be a big garden. But that bit is crossed off the list.
I'm also grateful for where I live. We are at peace - well as much as an Aussie gets to be at peace anyway, we have separation of church and state, so don't have the 'holy' cr*p to put up with, and we have more than enough to eat, clean water to drink and freedom to choose whatever. That doesn't mean I am coming to grips with the politicians and their posturing and taunts. I'd just love it if we could have an election with a modicum of common sense and politeness. Guess that is impossible in this day and age.

Mel - not stuck in the roof space. Our winter temps have reverted to normal this week. cool nights, warm days. Hope you get some relief from these alarms soon.

Annie - glad the washer is going well and you don't have to wash as often as you used to. Be pleased about that, it may reflect on the power bill and also the water bill. When C has finished in your attic, send him over. I have plenty to keep the dear man busy.

Happy - Sunday and Romeo used to do the hiss spit thing. Luckily Romeo is not a lap hogger. This time they got together they just sniffed each other out and went on their separate ways. Only time I heard a bit of hissing and spitting was when Romeo thought he should sleep in Sunday's outdoor hideaway. :nono: Maybe try feeding the kitten little and often for the time being. But I guess the vet will sort it.
Never noticed that the wiring gets dried out. Occasionally there can be damage due to vermin, but I have never had the problem. I'm more likely to trip over the spaghetti junction up there and damage me, the ceiling and the wiring. Which is what I am trying to fix by getting up there and putting in some new insulation and a bit of flooring.

Laura - have fun sorting the attic. Maintenance is always ongoing in a house and you can't let the bugs get a hold round here. Hence the need for bugless insulation - or as bugless and I can get it.

Michelle - congratulations on the new job. I gather this is another contract? since you are talking about the possibilities of going permanent. I am so pleased to know that you are having a much better time of it now.

Ceejay - good that you have had some good days at work. It always makes life better.

And so it's time for dinner. I was going to have some chicken and salad, but feel more like just veges now. So I may chuck a potato in the oven and have that instead. Don't really feel like eating right at this moment.

MELODY525
08-06-2013, 08:59 AM
http://coolrain44.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/summertime.jpg?w=468&h=306

SHOULD BE AN INTERESTING DAY.
BOSS IS BACK & I WILL BE HIDING FROM MY INDIAN FRIEND.
NOT UP TO ANOTHER CHAT WITH HIM SO SOON.
THE BOSS & I CAN SPEAK BY PHONE TILL HE LEAVES:rofl:
I AM GOING TO RELISH STAYING HOIME AND NOT ANSWERING THE DOOR.
I COPULD USE A TOTALLY SILENT DAY. TOLD JEN WE CAN CHAT WEDNESDAY:beach:

HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYONE :encore:






ANNIE.....SUCH A WORKAHOLIC YOU ARE.
CAN'T KEEP YOU STILL FOR 5 MINUTES:lol3:
I WILL SEND YOU MY MT. WASHMORE...AND YOU CAN GET A GOOD START.
I AM SURE THE NEW MACHINES CAN DO THE JOB:rofl:
SO HAPPY TO READ NOW ABOUT THE SONOGRAM!!
I'M SO EXCITED FOR YOU BOTH :hug:



HAPPY.......SORRY TO SAY I HAD THE SAME THOUGHT WHEN YOU FIRST GOT THE CATS...WHY??:lol3:
SINCE MY BIRD DIED I HAVE BEEN TEMPTED TO REPLACE HIM BUT THANK GOD I DIDIN'T.
I LIKE NOT SHARING MY SPACE WITH ANYONE....OTHER THAN THE KIDS.
SORRY THE LITTLE ONE IS STILL SICK AND THE OLDER ONE HIDES.
WONDER WHAT'S GOING ON??? HOPE THE VET FINDS THE REASON.
I SHOULD HAVE SENT MY BOX OF STUFF TO YOUR HOUSE.
I JUST GAVE MY MAINT MAN BOOKS, CDS AND DVDS.
HE WAS THRILLED!!




LAURA....JEN & RICHIE WATCH ALL THISE TYPE OF MOVIES.
MADAGASCAR, CARS, SHREK, AND ALL THE REST OF THEM.
EVEN KUNG FU PANDA:rofl: THERE IS A LOT OF ADULT HUMOR IN THEM.
I THINK I CAN SMELL THE BIALYS!!! :hun: YUM!





MICHELLE....CONGRATS ON THE NEW JOB.
GLAD THE CURVE IS LESS STEEP & HOPE YOU WILL BE VERY HAPPY THERE.
SO GLAD FOR YOU TOO THAT THIS MOVE HAS BEEN SUCH A BENEFIT TO YOUR FUTURE HAPPINESS.




CEEJAY......GLAD YOU WRESTLED THE PAPERWORK AND WON!!
HOPE THE LIME MACHINE STAYS FIXED NOW.
HAS TO BE HARD HANDLING THOSE CHEMICALS WITH BROKEN MACHINES.
I HOPE BOTH OF US GET SOME SUNSHINE THIS SUMMER.
SEEMS LIKE AN AWFUL AMOUNT OF RAIN THIS YEAR.




SHAD....AGAIN I FORGOT TO TELL THE KIDS ....GET POTATOES!!
I AM DYING TO BAKE SOME.
I WAS READING WHERE THE AUSSIE WIKILEAKS GUY WANTS TO RUN.
JULIAN ASSANGE...HAD TO LOOK UP HIS NAME....I FORGOT!!
SOON WE WILL HAVE ED SNOWDON RUNNING FOR OUR SENATE...OR MAYBE HE WILL RUN AGAINST PUTIN!!:rofl:
THE WORLD IS GOING INSANE.
HOPE YOUR BODY FEELS OK AFTER ALL THAT SOIL SHIFTING:hug:

annie175
08-06-2013, 09:02 AM
Good Tuesday morning/evening all....................

Last night I kept lil man while Sam went to Chris softball game. He had us in stitches. What a character! I literally laughed so hard at him, he started laughing me laughing at him. Dinner was homemade chicken salad with grapes, celery and pecans. YUM with leftover roasted veggies. I brought the rest of the veggies for lunch today but must say they are so good I am having them for breakfast.

SHADDIE...how are you feeling today, needing Hot and Icy on that back? Yikes that is a lot of dirt moving. You know C would probably help you out with the attic, he is so kind hearted.

CHELLE...wow Huge CONGRATS on the new job. WOWSER...see you just gotta believe good things will come and they certainly have for you. Sometimes I actually pinch myself so I know I am not dreaming this wonderful life with Curtis. I am so happy that you are happy!!

CEEG....so tell me...who won the wrestling match between you and the lime machine? lol.

LAURA, I mean BUFFY...how was your evening, busy as usual with exercise, doggie and life in general?

HAPPY...I had a thought this morning, maybe if we put what good parts each of us have left we could make one person with no pain. We are a mess....lol Yes, my gait (I feel like a horse saying that) is much different. It went from Igor dragging my foot behind me to limping to barely limping at all.

MELLIE...probably typing over my head? Hope your night was peaceful after the crazy weekend.

Not much else going on...all take care and have a terrific Tuesday/nite.

Hugs.

PS...today is Sassy's first day back to Sissy's house. She couldn't run fast enough into the house, down the hallway and jump in bed with Sam and Chris. I think she missed them.

annie175
08-06-2013, 09:57 AM
MELLIE...I have been to a place that looks much like that picture. Ahhhh to go there again other than in my mind.

ceejay52
08-06-2013, 10:00 AM
Looks like we might get some more rain this morning.
Two good day's equals one bad night. Stomach pains last night for some unknown reason. Still feel out of sorts this morning.

Mel
Think I'm going to hide out this week end.

Michelle
I can personally tell that you are more happy in CA. Will you have to move or is this job in the same area. Can't blame you for taking something that is more in your area of expertise.

Hello to the rest. I'll read more later. :wave:

happy2bme
08-06-2013, 11:28 AM
Good morning ladies,

Going into town shortly - another work day at the shop. I work Tuesday and Thursday this week. Yesterday I did go through some things in the basement and put together a box of stuff to donate. That along with some costume jewelry I used to wear a lot for work outfits and have no real use for any more. I am patting myself on the back for self control - yesterday was the Friends of the Library used book sale and though I really wanted to go, I didn't. Told myself that there was no need to spend money buying books since I can borrow for free pretty much anything I want from the library itself. And no clutter afterwards to clean up. Also there are 5 thrift stores in town if I just can't fight the desire to browse :lol:

Our poor kitten had to spend the night at the vets. They need a stool sample so they can run tests and diagnose her problem. They said she is eating hearty, loving and affectionate but not producing her "get out of jail" card :rofl: Hope she is able to comply and come home today. We all miss her. As much as DH might complain at times, he does enjoy both cats and I think it's been good for his mental health. Expensive buggers tho :lol: - the money we spend on these animals ;) We have another momma deer who brought her baby to the yard for the first time. The little fawns are soooo cute. Especially when they frolic and dance in the yard. Only 4 baby turkeys this year it seems - better than fifteen I suppose. They are growing quickly too.

Ceejay - hope you feel better later on. I suspect it might be some residual side effects of recent stress.

Annie - Lil Man is at the age that I most start to enjoy them - they can communicate, I LOVE their unfiltered view of the world and it's just so much darn fun to play with them. Glad he brought a big smile to your face. I laughed at your comment about taking all our parts and building one FrancesStein :rofl: Problem is, I'm sure we'd all fight about who gets to be the one with all the good parts :lol3: I'm thinking we all have to get our backs and legs back in shape before winter comes and makes them all cramped up and hurting again. I guess Sassy knows how to give a proper welcome home too :lol:

Mel - you must really want a quiet day if you kicked Jen out too :lol3: I hope you get your peace and quiet - I know what you mean about just needing a bit of you and you alone time. Sometimes it's nice to have people to talk to but one also needs balance and some quiet time too. Glad you were able to make the maintenance man's day with a box of goodies. :D As long as they appreciate them and you can recycle them - that's the important part. Do you ever hear from the maintenance man who reluctantly retired?

Shad - you certainly know how to get things done. Good on yah shifting all that dirt! Is this for a veggie garden or flowers or both? I hope the elections go well and you don't run into the awful divide we have in this country. I fear for the future, I really do. It's good that Romeo and Miss Sunday get along - sometimes it's hard to get 2 cats from 2 different places to accept each other. I'm glad both of ours were in a community environment - makes some things easier - like sharing litter boxes and communal spaces. Do you have a nice bed of rocket in the garden now that it's cooler?

Michelle - congrats on the new job!!!! Hope it's interesting and fun and not so stressful trying to learn and produce at the same time. Yes, I am sure there was a time when your world was so black that it was hard to imagine you'd ever feel happy again but it's like going from a ravaging black destructive tornado to spring and rebirth again. So happy to hear that you are shining again :hug: During the bad times it sure is hard to hold on, but enough of us have experienced them to say with confidence - things will get better. And they do. Which sometimes of course leads to another set of issues but that's life ;) Hope the happy times continue - just proves you are where you were meant to be. I DID post the dog biscuit recipe here just a few days ago and I don't seem to see it. I remember looking at it once it got posted to make sure it came out correctly since I did a cut and paste. Wonder how (and why) it's missing :chin: Will email it to you...

Laura - congratulations on your new iron. Put it to good use :lol: You and Annie can open a laundry service. I understand Shad was pretty good with an iron too - I'll help by vacumning out the lint screen in the dryer and I have several boxes of that Tide washing machine cleaner I will donate to the cause. 230 squats????? :yikes: my knees are screaming for you. Holy Guacamole - that's a lot of squats. You'll have legs like Popeye :eek: But you gotta admire a woman who sticks with a plan ;)

Guess I'll get off the computer for now. I want to take some photos of the stuff I am donating for record keeping purposes but mostly so that in the future I don't tear apart the house looking for something I forgot I gave away :lol:

Have a good Tuesday all.

diyana
08-06-2013, 01:07 PM
Good morning ladies -

Today I am grateful for my step-mom letting me stay with her for awhile. I'm grateful for all my family and friends being so kind, caring and fun. I'm grateful for Santa brightening my day. I am definitely grateful for my new job, and for my current job - as they gave me a job so I could move out to CA and get on with my life.

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Shad - Politicians with common sense and politeness...not bloody likely. Good for you to move all that soil! Yes, this new job is a contract job (like my current job), but since my experience much more closely matches the skills needed for this new job, the learning curve won't be nearly as steep as it has been for my current job, and I'll be able to truly hit the ground running and be productive and successful from day 1. Because of this, I think my chances of going "permanent" are much greater with the new job. :D

Mel - I hope that you get the silent day that you want. I loved baked potatoes...but unfortunately potatoes are among the worst foods for a diabetic, so I rarely eat them. :(

Laura - When you mentioned kid movies, I saw "Brave" (http://movies.disney.com/brave) in the theatres when it came out. And I recently saw "How to Train Your Dragon" on DVD. Both are very, very good for all ages.

Annie - Glad you had a great evening with the lil man. So funny that you got him laughing at you because you were laughing at him. Speaking of laughing, my stepbrother mentioned to me that he had never seen me so happy or laugh so much as I did Saturday evening during the card party. He said it was great to see. Laughter, fun, love...that's what life is all about, right? Speaking of chicken salad, my stepmom bought some at Costco (do you have Costco there?). She added a bit more celery and some craisins (dried cranberries), and it was so delicious (and easy). Thanks for the congrats...yes, sweet sista, good things have come for me. And I am so grateful for all the blessings in my life. I agree about putting all the good parts of all of us together. I can throw in my feet, ankles and legs up to the knees...and my arms and hands are pretty good too. I think we'd best use someone else back though...maybe Laura's or Shad's?

Ceejay - Sorry you're not feeling good. I hope you feel better soon. You're right...I am happier here than I've been in a long time. :) No, I don't have to move for this job. But it kind of changes where I might eventually look for a place of my own. I'm not worrying about that yet.

Happy - I hope you have a good day at the shop. Good on ya' for getting stuff together to donate. Good for you for not going to the book sale. There's one this weekend, and I will be going. Last time I went, I got 6 books in perfect condition (3 for my stepbrother and 3 for me) for $2 or $3. I only bought books that I knew my stepbrother and I would want in our permanent collections. One was the 3fatchicks book. (http://www.amazon.com/Fat-Chicks-Diet-Because-Together/dp/031234807X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1375804628&sr=1-1&keywords=3+fat+chicks+on+a+diet). I'm so sorry that the little kitten had to spend the night at the vets. I hope they figure out the issue and get her home to you soon. So cute about the fawns and baby turkeys. Please take more photos! FrancesStein! What a perfect name for our cobbled together body! You are right about my shining rebirth. That's what it feels like! :D And people (including you lot) told me it would get better but I was so stuck up to my eyeballs in that ravaging destructive tornado and muck that I just couldn't see it. But you all were right. Thanks so much to all of you for everything! Sorry that I missed the biscuit recipe.

Gotta sign off and get some work done!

Lots of love, gratitude and many hugs to all,

annie175
08-06-2013, 01:32 PM
HAPPY...have a good day at the thrift store. We could have a zapping thing along with the good body. Switch off every other day or so, that way it is fair to everyone. lol Sorry to hear about lil meower, hope she is doing better today and gets to come home. Yes laughed so hard and long at the lil man, I thought I was high for a minute there...

CHELLE...funny thing, we just go along in life and don't even know that we are not happy, then bam, happy hits us right in the face when we least expect it. Have a marvy day sista!

Later gaters.

Laura705
08-06-2013, 02:28 PM
Morning all.

Shad – Hard work moving all that soil! Hope your back isn’t complaining too much in the morning. We don’t have troubles with bugs in our area thanks to our hard winter freezes, so that’s not an attic worry of mine. Sounds like our attics are similar otherwise – we have no flooring up there except a few pieces of plywood laid out here and there and have to be careful walking around. Good thing we have very little stored up there and almost all of it is reachable while perched at the top of the attic stairs.

Mel – Love that beach photo! Isn’t it amazing that the water can be such a beautiful blue?! I like your new avatar too!! Yeh, I’ve heard there’s a lot of adult humor in those movies, not just enjoyable for kiddies. Hope you get a lot of peace & quiet today. :sssh:

Annie – Your evening sounded so fun! Too cute that Sassy is so happy to be back with Sis & Co. My evening was alright – I almost talked myself out of going to Jazzercise, but ultimately got myself dressed and out the door. As usual, I was glad I went.

Happy – Sorry your younger kitty was kept at the vet overnight. I hope they find out what the deal is with her. Congrats on staying away from the book sale. :D When I go to the thrift store I usually end up taking advantage of their 5/$1 paperbacks. Problem is, a lot of the books I read are part of a series and I try to read them in order, but I often buy the ones that come further along than where I’m currently at in the series…so they sit on my bookshelf for a while til I get to them. The fact that I buy them at all is sort of silly because, like you, I can get pretty much any book I want at the library when I want it. Perhaps someday I will learn not to do that. Good for you filling a donation box. :) This summer I realized that I have a closet full of warm weather tops and not many that I like all that much. I should get rid of them, but the hitch is then I’d have to shop for more. Bleh. Not up for that at the moment. Not sure about the laundry service, though I did have the job of ironing my dad’s handkerchiefs when I was little. No starch, LOL. Yup, back then at least one person I knew still used hankies, LOL. I also spent many hours ironing all my white cotton uniform blouses for school – grade school & HS. So I’m pretty darn good at ironing and don’t actually mind it if I have the time to take my time and can do it in front of the telly. But trying touch up a pair of slacks when I’m trying to get ready for work in the morning is a PITA.

Ceejay – Sorry you’re having tummy troubles. :(I hope you feel better soon.

Michelle – I’ll have to add those to my “movies to watch” list. So many movies, so little time... Hmmm, have to think which of my parts are good for making that one-pain-free Worldly – I’d say hands, wrists, left arm/shoulder, knees, ankles, feet (for the time being). Back…for the most part, some twinges now and then. Speaking of backs – I’m sorry to hear you’re having bad pain. I hope you get your insurance sorted soon and can get some relief! The fact that you’re so happy right now in spite of the back pain is a sign of how far you’ve come in almost a year, and I’m so glad to write that!! :)

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So I did Jazzercise last night and did my 230 squats in various sets throughout the evening. Thankfully I have a rest day today! Only two more days after that. Whoo!

Weight watchers meeting today. The scale has been up at home the past three days and I was thinking I might skip the weigh-in today. But no, I won’t. I will see a gain, and will have to deal with it. I will try to blame it on TOM, and will try to pass part of the gain off as muscle gain from all those !@#$% squats, but I’ve been tracking my food consistently – including the weekends! – and I know I’ve been eating the wrong things, snacking too much, and going out to eat too frequently. A meeting and “officially” facing up to the gain will hopefully help get me back on track.

I’m not going to the movies tonight - the one they picked is one I think will be entertaining (White House Down), but it starts too late and is at the theater that's far from home (guess it's leaving the theaters now and that's the only place in the general area to see it).

Okay, off to my WW meeting.

Laura705
08-06-2013, 07:02 PM
Okay, so I again forgot to state something for which I'm grateful. There's so much! Today the boss was kind of short with me about something, but I'm still grateful to have a job with good pay & benefits!

WW update:

I had a gain of 0.6 pounds. Based on my scale reading at home this morning I was expecting much more, so I suppose this is a relief. But...it's still a gain, and I need to get back on track. For exercise, I'm going to try to get to 3 Jazzercise classes per week for the month of August. For eating, I'm going to prepare more home-cooked meals.

Have a good evening/morning all! :wave:

MELODY525
08-07-2013, 07:46 AM
Good Morning Ladies Of The World.
Sorry This Is Short. We Have Another Leak.
Plumber Is Not Far Away Now And Called To Get Me Going.
Hope You Gals Have A Great Day.
Will Try And Catch Up Later.

annie175
08-07-2013, 08:36 AM
HOLY BAT CRAP, BATMAN!!

SOOOoooo we start this morning off with the wooden leaf to my kitchen table taking a fall right on my little toe on the bad foot/ankle. It is swollen up the size of my big toe and a real pretty purple is setting in. You can bet I had some very nice choice words like momma trucker...could barely limp into work this morning. That is how my day has started.

On a grateful note for today...traffice was light and I was into work in record time, not speeding either.

MELLIE...thank God your leak is not in St. Louis. They are flooding as they had 10" of rain in a very short period and it is still raining. If these hit and miss T-storms do not hit my garden, I will have to water tonight. Hope things smooth out for you.

LAURA...the gain was not too awful bad, but better get a hand it now before it get to be 6.0 rather than .6 Buffy you are my hero, I don't think I could do 2 squats much less 230. WOWSER.

HELLO to the rest of you chicklets have a humping Wednesday.

Hugs

Shad
08-07-2013, 09:03 AM
Evening all,
Just on my way to bed. Can't say it has been a great day. I missed out on both the jobs - didn't even get to the interview. Seems that they found someone by other means in both cases. Not to worry. I do have some casual training coming up in Sept/ Oct. It will make me think again.
One of the recruiters said he had some government work coming up, but I told him that I was a less than civil, civil servant and that I didn't think I was up for another stint of less than sensible projects. I left him laughing about the fact that I said I had only just begun sleeping through the night again and had no wish to change that situation.

Mel - more leaks. Geez, there needs to be a better maintenance plan for this building. Take care

Happy - hope the kitten 'obliged' and is now safely home. Did she chuck up the food at the vets?

Laura - how long did it take to do 230 squats and anyway how did you arrive at that number?

Annie - hope the rain hits soon. And a big OUCH on that toe. Do we have to put you in a plaster cast to prevent this type of thing happening???

Surprisingly my back is not sore at all. But then I rarely have a problem with that. It aches on the odd occasion but nowhere near as bad as Michelle has it. My shoulders seem to have born the brunt of the exercise, but they aren't too bad - not even uncomfortable now. Knees ache somewhat, but hey a few aches and pains that I can live with at my age. Today was a quiet day garden wise. I planted up the Kurume azaleas and put in some hippeastrum bulbs that I dug up from around the back and bought some punnets of pansies, petunias and viola for pots of colour. The basic shades in the azalea garden will be pink and white (kurumes only seem to come in pink and white and maybe a light red) and they are not easy to get around here. I just looked them up and there are white, a couple of pinks, an orange yellow and a red (just for Mel it is called Christmas Cheer). I'd better see if I can get some online since there are some that I never see in my local store. I've also got some purple/blue viola to put around the edges of the garden and a couple of bulbs of Asiatic pink lilies to fill in some holes.
The house is tidy and the laundry is done. I've taken the last of granddaughters left overs down to my niece for her little one. Picked up a multi photo frame to put up for 'Sophia's Wall'. Things are moving along slowly. And so am I now, so it is bedtime for me. Countdown to the weekend I guess. Looking forward to that. No exercise and a let up from the house jobs list.

ceejay52
08-07-2013, 11:16 AM
Don't no why but I'm not in the mood to be at work or much of anything else. Must be all the gloomy weather we're having. I'll be back later.

Laura705
08-07-2013, 11:58 AM
Morning all.

Mel - Yikes, that building of yours has the makings of a real poseidon adventure! The plumber could be a permanent staff member. Hope it all gets resolved quickly.

Annie - OUCH!!! for the poor toe, on top of your continuing foot/ankle problem. :( You really should give steel-toed shoes some serious thought!!! :yes: Wow, bad news for St. Louis. Hope the rain stops/moves on. Yeh, we've had rainy patches, but nothing significant here. I'll have to water the garden tonight too.

Shad - Sorry neither of the jobs came through, but maybe you need more time off work - you still sound busy as all get-out, even when you say things are slowing down around the house! I'm now experiencing the cursor issues you've mentioned, grrr. I'm glad your back isn't sore, but with all the gardening you do, I guess you're conditioned for that type of movement. Your new garden sounds lovely - azaleas are so pretty. Too bad I'm not in the right zone for those... Re the squats, they really don't take very long, but then again I'm doing several sets at different intervals, mostly during the evening. If you were a die-hard and could do all 230 at once, it would likely take 5 minutes or less, and that's going at a normal pace. I will time myself on a set of 25 or 50 and report back. I learned about the squat challenge from a blogger. Here's a fb page link for the 30-day schedule. https://www.facebook.com/pages/30-Day-squat-Challenge/109536482550422

Hellos to the rest of the Worldlies!

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Nothing much to report. I used my new iron this morning and it's nice. This one has a stainless steel sole plate and it seems to glide easier than my old one, which had some sort of non-stick finish. Which confirms what Consumer Reports said in their reviews of irons.

It's day 29 of the squat challenge, 240 squats. So far I have 35 done.

I have a volunteer day tomorrow so I will be out of the office most of the day - I probably won't post tomorrow until late afternoon, if at all. Tomorrow night is Jazzercise class. And day 30 of the challenge!!

Friday I have a doctor appointment, so I decided to take the day off work. Whoo!!!

Okay, back to it. The boss is in an all-day training session, so my contact with her is going to be practically nil the rest of the week and I'm not unhappy about that.

Today I'm grateful for my bf - he's funny, kind, loving, and smart. I'm lucky to have him in my life. And I'm not just saying that because he fixed the pedal on my bike yesterday! :D

Laura705
08-07-2013, 12:01 PM
Ceejay - Sounds like you're ready for the weekend and some down time. And by down time, I mean this: :beach: NOT this: :(

diyana
08-07-2013, 02:16 PM
Happy Hump Day ladies -

Today after work, I have a consult with a chiropractor about my back, which is getting progressively worse. It feels like my spine, hips, pelvis and legs are all out of alignment and not working properly, making walking and standing, and now even sitting very painful. I've been to chiropractors years ago for other issues with mixed results...but I figure it's the only thing I haven't tried yet and maybe it will help since everything feels out of alignment and like all my other muscles and joints are being used in ways they weren't intended to be to do simple things like walk and stand. After my chiropractor appointment, I may go to Water Aerobics class if the chiro says it's ok.

Tomorrow, I'm having lunch with a friend from high school who I don't see often enough. She works near where I do, and since I won't be working here much longer, we figured we'd better do lunch. After work, I'm going to my new contract agency to fill out paperwork.

My niece, her husband and the baby will be coming for a visit tomorrow afternoon, and staying until around noon on Friday...then they'll be going to see other relatives in the area. On Friday, my step-mom's brother and his wife will be arriving. I think they're staying a week or so, but my step-mom is taking them up to Lake Tahoe and Yosemite for a few days during that time.

Hmmm, what am I grateful for today: great friends and a wonderful family!
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Happy - I hope little Nina is doing better.

Annie - I really think we need to wrap you in bubble wrap. Your poor toe!! I hope your day goes better than your morning.

Laura - Too funny about ironing your dad's hankies. I used to do that too. I don't iron anymore now. Thanks for the kind words about how far I've come. I can hardly believe it myself! I'm so impressed by 230 squats, and then 240 two days later!! :faint: Jazzercise and home cooked meals should help with the numbers on the scale.

Mel - So sorry to hear you have another leak. I hope it gets resolved soon so you can relax a bit.

Shad: Bummer that you didn't get to the interview phase for either job. But at least you have some training coming up in the next couple months. You had me laughing at being a less than civil, civil servant. I'm glad your back isn't sore after the lifting, bummer about your shoulders hurting...but you did work hard. Your plants for the garden sound lovely!

Ceejay - Isn't it interesting how gloomy weather can affect our moods. Sending you some sunshine and smiles. :beach: :D


Gotta sign off for now!

Much love and many hugs,

annie175
08-07-2013, 03:59 PM
Downton Abbey Update:
'Downton Abbey' star: Lady Mary 'needs to find a husband'

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Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary.

When "Downton Abbey's" fourth season begins, six months after the tragic death of Matthew Crawley, the household isolated by grief is just starting to rejoin society again.
But almost as soon as the Crawleys reopen their doors to visitors, potential suitors for Lady Mary come rushing in.
"She has more than one love interest," Michelle Dockery confirmed at the Television Critics Association press tour Tuesday.
Some of the first to cross the threshold are Charles Blake (Julian Ovenden) and Lord Anthony Gillingham, played by Welsh actor Tom Cullen.
"He is an old family friend (Mary's) known since the girls were children," Dockery said of the latter.
She'll also be wooed by another familiar face: Evelyn Napier (Brendan Patricks), who memorably introduced Mary to her doomed first lover, Turkish diplomat Mr. Pamuk, in season one.
"Mary's suitors are really brave — I'm pretty sure Richard Carlisle (Iain Glenn) is somewhere dead and we don't know," Dockery joked about the heiress's doomed beaus.
"They're like praying mantises," added producer Gareth Neame. "They get to do it once and then she kills them!"
But it's Mary herself the family — and their faithful servants — are trying to resuscitate in "Downton's" fourth-season premiere.
"She is broken and bruised, and it is our job to wrap her up and keep her safe from the world," her father says in a brand-new preview screened for critics.
"No, Robert — it is our job to bring her back into the world," argues his wife, Cora.
And that includes socializing with eligible bachelors.
Understandably, Dockery told TODAY.com, "it's difficult for her to move on and even see men in that way. She adored Matthew, and she was completely in love with him, and she really thought that was it. So to then have to play that game again of meeting someone — it's difficult for her certainly.
"And I feel it should be, because the audience have invested so much in that relationship between Mary and Matthew — and of course Matthew is a character everyone adored. Everyone loved (actor) Dan Stevens, and I don't think it would be appropriate for her to move on quickly."
But even though the birth of their son, George, means the family has a male heir, Mary "still needs to find a husband," Dockery told TODAY.com. "At that time, and within the aristocracy and the world she lives in, it's important for her to meet someone else. It's very frowned upon to be a woman without a husband."
"Eventually that will have to come," she hinted. "She has been so many ups and downs — just when I thought she was happy and she had it all, everything was shattered at the end of (season) three. (This season), it's almost like a new chapter for her."
And that includes partnering with Branson — at the unlikely suggestion of the Dowager Countess — to run the Downton estate.
"She steps up, and she becomes part of that process with Branson and Robert," Dockery told TODAY.com. "There's still a kind of slight battle between her father and her. He kind of doesn't really want her to get involved, but actually she does want to get stuck in — and actually do what Matthew would've been very proud of her doing."
But don't count her sister's widower among Mary's ardent admirers.
"We're aware there are suspicions about Tom and Mary's relationship, but they are very much friends — he is her brother-in-law," Dockery insisted. In addition to managing the estate together, "They become close because of what they've both been through. Romantically, I don't think it's going anywhere. I hope not."
"Downton Abbey" isn't going anywhere either: "As far as we know, we're all doing (season) five next year," Dockery said, and Naeme confirmed that they are already plotting the next season — and beyond.
"I think the show has a lot further to go," he said, adding that as long as the fan fervor continues, "we want to keep making it."

ceejay52
08-07-2013, 05:44 PM
Laura
You are absolutely right I need some R&R. I think I've burned myself out on going so much. I really didn't want to get out of bed this morning and come to work. But today I've honestly "babysat" the plant. I've been downstairs approximately 4 times and they may not like the way I filled out my sheet so be it.

Michelle
You may need some R&R too. Hope the chiropractor can help.

Shad
I agree that this may be a good sign that you still need some time off. You have been doing a bunch of stuff. You must be in good shape to have moved all that soil and still not complaining about being so sore you can't move

Annie
Ouch on the foot. You may need to have an x-ray especially if it turns black.

Mel
Did you and the plumber get the leak resolved? How are the 96 year old's doing?

Happy
Think I'm going to do some more purging tomorrow. I've got things out in the shed that need going through. And I'm tackling mom's stuff.

_____________
Called street and sanitation this morning about picking up the old lawn mower in the morning. I told him we had some mischievous kids in the neighborhood and would like for someone to come and pick it up. He told me to call him in the morning.
Question Do I keep my baby dress that is in mom's stuff or dump it. No one else will want it and I have seen it in years. Can I make a picture of it and keep it that way?

happy2bme
08-07-2013, 09:11 PM
Hi all,

Started to post today but had to run off with DH and take care of some errands at the last minute. Forgot I was in the middle of something until I came back.

Among other things we picked up Nina from the vet today. It's going on day 3 and she still hasn't "produced". We were starting to get worried about her. I think the problem is that Nina is a VERY good, very clean kitty. Her litter box per se is a small plastic tray that has about 1/4 cup of plastic beads in it. They do this so they can capture the output. However this looks nothing like litter at all and I am afraid that being as clean as she is, she will not go potty if she doesn't think there is a potty available. Case in point, as soon as we brought her home she went downstairs and did number 1 right where she was supposed to. Unfortunately we need a sample of the other stuff. DH is sitting downstairs watching tv and monitoring her. I don't think they wanted to let her go but we were insistent and Doc said it didn't matter if we did the collection or they did. She is home now, crawling all over everything, trying to steal her sister's food - life is back to it's usual ways. Outside of the few errands we ran, didn't get much else done. I did notice as we were driving along several small but nonetheless still there patches of autumn color in the leaves. We got a good soaking rain the other night - just what we needed. I won't go so far as to fall into the cliché of a bad winter, but I think it will be an early autumn for us. At least half the nights this week will see upper 40's for a low overnight temperature.

Michelle - I feel for you with the back issue. I have about had it with mine and can totally relate to your sense of putting out a lot of energy to compensate for what feels out of whack. I hope the chiropractor gives you some relief although for me, it made me far worse. The thing was, people told me I would have some pain at first as they aligned things so I didn't pay much attention to the warning signs that the pain was getting worse and worse. I didn't know what to expect so I could not tell that something was very wrong. I know some people swear by them for relief - I hope they do something for you however I have heard they cannot help if the problem is one of degeneration in the spine. Sounds like you certainly have a very busy household over the next few days. Hope you get to spend some time with your niece and see the new baby. Let me know how you like the 3FC book - I will have to keep an eye out for a copy around this way.

Ceejay - you pose a wise question about the baby dress -what can you possibly do with it? If you can't repurpose it to someone else, perhaps it is best to give it away. If there were a small bonnet or such that was tiny enough to store, that might make more sense to keep. Have to start thinking of what you will take with you when you downsize to retirement. I like Fly Lady's suggestion of only keeping what you absolutely love.

Mel - thanks for the preview of Downton Abbey, season 4. They mention Lady Mary attracting the suitors but what of her poor red haired sister jilted at the altar??? I can't even imagine trying to replace Matthew - he will be sorely missed. My eyes will miss him too ;) ;) ;) :lol: I'm glad I had purchased the last 2 episodes of season 3 through iTunes. I'm going to need to review them before the new season starts as I have completely forgotten what was going on and I'm sure there will be a run on copies to borrow from the library as everyone gets up to speed again. Perhaps PBS will marathon Season 3 before the new season starts. Did all the leaks get stopped in your building?

Laura - your comment of the hankies brought back a warm fuzzy for me. My Dad used hankies also. I too learned how to iron doing pillowcases and Dad's hankies. I agree with you on the stainless steel plate working far better on the iron. I had the same experience with a non-stick (which was not so much a non stick finish). I hate ironing period but slacks just about the worst - suit jackets taking the number one spot in my book! Glad you aren't letting the slight weight gain get you down and sounds like you have a good plan in place to deal with it. Very proud of you on that squat challenge. Geez I have enough trouble doing 2 (one up and one down) to get to the floor to peek under the bed to check on the cat when she feels like hiding under the bed skirt. My knees would creak like a sonic boom if I tried to do 240 of them. You definitely are BUFFY the squat-erator!!!! :lol3:

Shad - I'm sorry your job leads fell through. Just means you have more time to handle things around the house. Good for you for passing on the idea of another government contract - better to tighten the belt a few notches than introduce that kind of torment into your life. I have to admit, I didn't think of azaleas in your yard but it makes perfect sense. Will they bloom for a good part of the year? Ours came in gorgeous colors also but they were generally pastels (although never a yellow) but there were some intense reds and deep pinks too now that I think of it. Lovely bushes those are.

Oh man - poor Annie!!!! :hug: Sounds like you broke your poor toe. And on your sore foot on top of it. Why, why, why? I hope this won't be too hard on your leg and that you have some sandals or soft slippers to get by at work. I feel for you sister - will pass you a bottle of my local wine (hope you like whites) to help dull the pain. :hug: :hug: :hug:

I guess I will go call my Mom before my Master Chef show comes on. I think I'll make a nice cup of tea to watch tv to also. My challenge this week is to not eat after 8pm. I got in a bad habit of a late night snack and that's one of the hardest to break. I realize it's also not a good idea to watch food based television shows late at night. Another good reason to start reading again instead of TV. Have a good night all.

happy2bme
08-07-2013, 09:13 PM
Oh and Mel I love your new summer avatar! :D

I am grateful for you ladies - you make me smile both intentionally (still smiling over Shad's comments about the lumberjacks not quite strapping as much as missing hair, teeth and the occasional limb :lol3: ) and unintentional smiling too - like trying to do 2 squats and wondering just how Laura is managing it as well as a tender, sweet smile about my Dad and his hankies :hug:

MELODY525
08-08-2013, 08:04 AM
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GOOD MORNING CHICKS

WOKE EARLY BUT NOT FEELING UP TO PAR JUST YET.
SO I AM POSTING THIS GOOD MORNING FIRST.
THEN I'LL READ YOUR POSTS & HOPE MY TUMMY SETTLES DOWN.
BE BACK IN A BIT.:scooter:

MELODY525
08-08-2013, 08:42 AM
HAPPY.....I ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR AVATAR.
IT WAS THE FIRST THING I SAW THIS MORNING. VERY CUTE.
I USE THE LIBRARY ALL THE TIME NOW.
A FRIEND TOLD ME THAT'S WHY BORDER BOOKS WENT OUT OF BUSINESS NEAR ME:rofl:
John is the supervisor that retired.
I see him about once every 2 months.
He and his wife stop by every time they go into NYC.
Then they bought a gorgeous condo in Florida.
They brought me pictures and spend about 2-3 hrs here.
It was a lovely visit. She has Celiac's disease now. So sad.
I THINK THE KITTIES ARE GOOD FOR DH TOO. GOOD THINKING.
THEY CAN'T BE ANY MORE EXPENSIVE THAN JEN & RICHIE....
AND I STILL KEEP THEM AROUND:rofl: :rofl:
HOPE THE KITTEN WILL BE OK AND POOPS!!
REMINDED ME A BIT OF SOME OF THE OLD GALS HERE. ROFLMAO
PS....IT WAS ANNIE GAVE THE DA PREVIEW:rofl: :rofl:






ANNIE.....JAKE MUST BE ADORABLE GROWING UP.
TREASURE THOSE MOMENTS TOGETHER:hug:
I MEANT TO SAY LAST WEEK.....THANKS AGAIN.
WE HAD A GOOD TIME AT TRADER JOES. EVEN THO I WAS TIRED. LOL
I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE FOOT. OMG!!!:yikes:
I HOPE IT FEELS MUCH BETTER VERY SOON:hjug:






CEEJAY....I AM BEGINNING TO THINK WE'RE DROWNING OVER HERE.
MUST BE ALL THE RAIN COMING UP FROM THE SOUTH!! LOL
I THINK I HAVE SYMPATHY STOMACH PAINS FOR YOU.
HOPE YOURS ARE GONE:hug:
I'M NOT IN THE MOOD FOR ANYTHING THIS WHOLE WEEK!!:rofl:
RIGHT NOW I THINK THE OLD MEN HERE ARE DOING BETTER THAN I AM:lol3:
AS FOR THE DRESS....DO WHAT YOU FEEL IS RIGHT.
A PHOTO IS A GREAT IDEA. THAT'S A TOUGH CALL THOUGH.





LAURA....I SOMETIMES THINK THEY MAKE THOSE MOVIES SO THE PARENTS WILL TAKE THE KIDS!!
I AM SURE IT BOOSTS TICKET SALES.
I LOVED THAT BEACH PHOTO THAT I POSTED TOO.
WISH WE WERE ALL THERE SIPPING ADULT BEVERAGES:cheers:
GLAD THE WW MEETING WASN'T BAD AT ALL.
SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE RUN IN WITH THE BOSS.
I HATE UNSETTLING THINGS. BUT A JOB IS A GODSEND!!:angel:
I HAD A GOOD LAUGH AT THE BF & BEING GRATEFUL.
GUESS IF HE CAN FIX BIKES HE'S A REAL KEEPER:love:






SHAD....SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE 2 JOBS.
I ALMOST FELL OUT OF THE CHAIR THINKING OF ANOTHER GOVT JOB:lol3:
THE IRONY OF THAT IS TOO MUCH TO THINK ABOUT.
MAKES MY BRAIN HURT ALREADY!!
PRAYING THAT SOMETHING ELSE WILL COME UP.
I LOVE THE IDEA OF SOHPIA'S WALL. GREAT IDEA!!!
THE GARDEN SOUNDS LIKE IT WILL BE A RIOT OF GORGEOUS COLORS.
LOVE THE CHRISTMAS CHEER!!!:hohoho:
I FOUND THE CHRISTMAS CHEER.....LOL
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MICHELLE....LOTS TO BE GRATEFUL FOR THIS THANKSGIVING.
IT WAS NICE TO SEE YOUR LIFE TURN AROUND RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES.
HOPE THE YEAR CONTINUES ON THIS GOOD NOTE.
ALSO HOPE THE CHIRO CAN HELP YOU :crossed:

annie175
08-08-2013, 08:48 AM
A sad day in OZ ladies....the gal that play the flower pot munchkin passed away.

annie175
08-08-2013, 10:40 AM
Good Morning Ladies of the Worldlie Type!!

Had a chiro doc friend x-ray my foot. 2nd to last toe is cracked, little toe seems to be fine, however it was so swollen that he couldn't get a decent shot of it so it may or may not be broken. Little toe also has a huge blood blister on it the size of a nickel. The other side of foot/ankle that has been bothering me is unfortunately arthitis. The one bone in the ankle is actually fused together. This is the ankle that I broke when preggers with Tater. So I am sure that is why arthitis is settling in it. Boooo, I may have a permanant limp, but at least I can walk. Yeah!! Thank God for friend, x-ray was free. Boo hiss on Humana. I know if I break the blister it would relieve pain and pressure, but I am going to wait till I get home cause I don't know how much it may bleed. Yikes Plus I want to use hydrogen peroxicide and keep it clean.

MELLIE....Glad you had a good time TJs and nothing but tired. AMEN. So sad about John's wife, I say one can never retire cause things go wrong with health or we die. Too common in this area. That is why I may limp to work forever. lol. I will have to google Celiacs disease as I do not know what that is.

HAPPY....glad to hear lil Nina is home. Do you pronouce that N long I na or N Long E na? Nina or Neena? Or hey NANNA....haha. Doesn't sound as tho you have had a success at getting the poo for testing. Good luck with that. NOOOO not autumn!! That means the S word is not far behind. Yikes.

CEEG...probably not a good idea to leave the old mower outside. Those kids might build a bomb with it. You do need some R&R...between running around and your crazy work hours it is a wonder you are not completely nutty. Hugs sister.

Tonites menu is slow cooker beef stroganoff. I put it together last night in the stone pot then refigerated it. Put it in the cooker this morning and all is cooking away today. Tonight I will make brown rice and noodles, your choice. My bro, SIL and sissy are coming over for dinner. I am going to slap together a fresh peach cobbler when I get home and still have about a half of my bluberry pie left. Probably put together a salad as I have lettuce, tomato and cukes from the garden. May make some cornbread also. The strognaoff is a very easy recipe if anyone wants it I will post, just let me know.

Hellos to the rest of yas!!! Have a great Thursday/nite

happy2bme
08-08-2013, 12:06 PM
OMG ANNIE - I AM SO COMING TO YOUR HOUSE FOR DINNER TONIGHT.

I'll take a serving of noodles with my stroganoff please. Yum, yum, yum. I have some steak and mushrooms in the refrigerator. I think I'm just going to have to make a batch of stroganoff myself. And I have some peaches - might just have to make up a quick peach crisp. Sounds absolutely delicious!

annie175
08-08-2013, 12:18 PM
HAPPY....I will set you a place and leave the front door unlocked with the light on!!

ceejay52
08-08-2013, 12:20 PM
I just read on MSN news that Captain Kangaroo, age 86 passed away.

Annie
So glad that you had the foot x-rayed. Even though it's arthritis, at least you know. Now to get the cracked toe healed. I've heard that if you pop the blood blister at night, they will heal better. I was leery of the kiddo's pushing the lawn mower out in the street and causing a wreck. He just came and picked it up.

Happy
Your avatar is adorable and made me smile this morning. Is it of your kitten? I have a hard time finding a finding a time to eat my evening meal. So I wait till I get home. It's to late for me. I've decided that light food is all I need at night.

Mel
It was nice that John and his wife stopped by for a visit.

Laura
I would like to try that squat challenge when the swelling in my knee's subside. I can do ten b4 they start screaming at me.

Shad
What's on the agenda today?

Michelle
What are your plans for the week end?

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It's so nice to be at home this morning. I woke up around 5 to thunder but it wasn't close. When I went to get the lawn mower out of the shed the grass and sidewalks were wet. He came and got the lawn mower. I think the city fixes up and sell's what they can in this area.
I went to bed with more pain's in my stomach to which I believe to be nothing but gas. And woke up with it this morning. I've taken some otc meds for that and it seems to be getting better. I cannot eat dairy except for yogurt. Don't know why that is. And I had a bowl of cereal with milk last night for dinner. No more.
This is going to be a C.J. week end. I've started off right by not doing anything this morning. My bff and I usually go out for lunch, but so far no text or phone call. I have a load of laundry started.
Oh and I sent a message to my high school friend who recently moved to Missouri that I was planning a trip to my sissy's on Labor
Day week end but didn't know which location I would be. He's still interested in getting together to talk over old times.

happy2bme
08-08-2013, 01:12 PM
:lol: Ok, I took a minute and some deep breaths and calmed down. :D

Our Nina is Neenah - I actually never heard of Nine-ah until some people were asking how we pronounced it. She is back home, made a "deposit" overnight (thank goodness because I was starting to get worried). She is her old self bouncing around, getting into everything and tormenting her older sister. The doctor did confirm she is a bit cross-eyed - Nina the bowlegged, cross-eyed farting cat - is that a children's book title or what??? :lol: Her crossed eyes don't seem to interfere with her dexterity - last night a fly got into the house and you should have seen her chase it around. I told the vet it's like me, I didn't know I was blind as a bat when I was little until they tested my eyes and I got glasses at age 6. Up to that point, fuzzy was normal to me - what blackboard???? :dizzy: :lol:

Got down to 43 degrees last night. We have perfect cool days in the low 70's and great sleeping weather at night. I almost turned on the heat for a bit to take the chill out of the house but put a sweater on instead. By the time I take my shower and get ready to head off to the thrift shop this afternoon, the bright sun overhead should warm up the house quite nicely. We're getting a lot of deer passing through. We have a new momma with her baby so that's 3 fawns and a couple of young bucks who much to DH's delight are not that afraid of him - they keep their distance but allow him to walk the yard, especially when he's going to get corn to feed them. No sign of the bear which is very good.

I do feel that since my Mom's unplanned visit, I got knocked off my groove and I feel a bit disoriented. I am getting things done each day but I feel more like I am drifting about. Think it's time to sit down and make a plan again to give me some focus and direction.

I did good with yesterday's personal challenge of drinking more water and no eating after 8pm. We ate earlier yesterday because running errands I didn't get the chance to eat all day and by 3pm both of us were starving. So I fixed a quick dinner but by 7:30 I was looking for a snack. I had purchased some Ranier cherries last shopping trip so I washed them off and portioned a serving in a bowl. Boy were they good! They are usually too pricey for my budget but they had a good sale last week and they are so pretty - yellow cherries with a red blush. The only thing was after I ate them, I was craving something savory to balance out the sweetness - should have had a couple of crackers and cheese with the cherries. But I was a good girl. I am going to pick a challenge and do one each week - will make me feel like I am doing something good and hopefully will set in some good habits. My leg felt better yesterday than it has in 2 weeks but today it's back to aching again. Getting very tired of this already. :mad: I suspect the cooler weather is also contributing.

Annie - be careful with that blister. I know it's tempting to pop it but you don't want to get a blood infection either. I feel so bad for your poor foot. It's really hard to get around when you have that kind of injury. Is it on your driving foot? Maybe you could freeze a water bottle at work and rest your sore foot on it under the desk and ice it a bit. But of course that would mean actually sitting at your desk and I don't know if your schedule allows it. Celiac's disease is like lactose intolerance but with gluten and wheat flour instead of dairy products. It causes a rash of problems with people who cannot metabolize the gluten - things you'd never relate to food and since wheat flour is in so many things, most carbs were bothering them and they didn't even realize it. My cousin has it really bad as well as some of my other family members. Since they have diagnosed it in so many people, they are now coming out with a bunch of gluten free products that makes it much easier to change your diet and enjoy things you love like pizza crusts and breads. And RIP to the Munchkin Lady.

Mel - I heard that the invention of Kindle and E-books spelled the doom of bookstores like Kroch's and Brentano's, Borders and the likes. One thing I noticed at Borders was that they set up the coffee lounges and they were often filled with people sitting there reading magazines and books. I mean, it's great to BROWSE and see if you want something but I thought how crazy - people are reading these things for free and then putting them back. Is this a library or what??? Some people are just incredibly cheap about things. :rolleyes: Glad you like my avatar. It was DH's for a while - he kids about Driving Miss Daisy - driving me all around and I said this was his Driving Miss Daisy avatar :lol:

Oops :o sorry for my slip up :o Thank you Annie for providing the D/A preview. :lol:

Need to go find me a light lunch before I head off to the shop. Have a good day and hello to the rest of my Worldie Sisters. :wave:

diyana
08-08-2013, 01:30 PM
Good Thursday morning,

The appointment at the chiropractor went ok. He said the muscles were so tight, there wasn't much adjustment he could do, so he worked on loosening the muscles through a traction table and an electric massager. He then did some accupuncture on me. I felt good for a little while, and then the back pain came back. I imagine it will take more than a 1/2 hour treatment to fix years of back problems. My next appointment isn't until a week from tomorrow, but hopefully they'll get a cancellation earlier in the week. He said no weight bearing exercise...just stationary bike and water exercise for now.

I'm grateful to be having lunch today with a high school friend, and getting to see my niece, her husband and my grand-nephew after work!

Since Ceejay asked, my plans for the weekend include a workshop Saturday morning, followed by a local library book sale (that I may or may not go to), followd by a date with D. On Sunday, I'll probably take Santa to the dog park in the morning and then relax the remainder of the day.

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Ceejay - It's tough to decide whether to keep family heirlooms. Have you asked others if they would want it? I have many family heirlooms that I will pass on to my nieces and nephews since I don't have children. I'm glad you got your old lawn mower picked up.

Happy - I hope Nina is feeling better now that she is back home. Not sure if you know of this...but there is a town called "Neenah" near Oshkosh, WI. Glad she made a deposit. I think you should write a children's book about her. As for the chiro...I'm going to give it a few visits before I decide one way or another. Your avatar is so cute!

Mel - I'm glad you had such a nice visit with John. My ex has Celiac's disease so he has to figure out a new "gluten-free" way of eating his favorite foods (beer, bread, pancakes and donuts). I love your summery avatar!

Annie - I hope your foot gets better soon. So nice that your friend did the xray for free. Rest Ice Compression Elevation...especially the Rest Ice and Elevation. I know...you never Rest. At least not for very long. Next time you make stroganoff, you might just have to set a place at the table for me. I LOVE stroganoff!! And despite brown rice being healthier, I'll take mine with noodles if you please. And I'll have some peach cobbler AND cornbread, if you don't mind. :drool: Sounds super yummy!! Yes, please post the recipe.

:wave: to Shad.

Gotta get back to work now.

Much love,

Laura705
08-08-2013, 06:14 PM
Afternoon all. We got back from the volunteer day about a half hour ago. As usual, I'm tired from doing the physical labor to which I am unaccustomed. In this case, it was painting all day. My feet are feeling it from being on my feet all day, and I'm starting to feel it in my hands from holding a brush in my hand. And I feel sweaty and grimey too.

Back at the office, I learned that a project I thought I had til next Friday to complete, I now have til just Tuesday noon when the boss needs to see it before her boss wants to see it. I'm not thrilled by this, because I already have a vacation day scheduled for tomorrow. But...they'll definitely get something in their hands by the deadline.

I've got 100 squats done for the day, only 150 more to go. Not sure I want to go to Jazzercise tonight, but what the heck, I already need a shower, so I'll go and we'll see how energetic I feel. :D I'll probably do everything low impact - marching instead of jumping/hopping/etc.

My dr appt isn't until 9:30 am tomorrow, so I get to laze around a bit. Bf's mum is coming over for lunch tomorrow and we're grilling some nice steaks we'll get from the butcher and some ear corn bf's mom bought. Just add a salad and we''l be done. Well, the house is a wreck, so that'll be another thing to do, but she's probably gotten used to it by now, LOL.

I'm really not up to starting any real work right now, so I'm going to clean up e-mail and get on the earlier train home. Or maybe I'll just catch up on reading your posts, LOL. I will bring home my laptop and my project file and think about doing a few hours of work over the weekend. The upside of the earlier project deadline is that maybe now I can take a day off later next week and go to the state fair w/ bf and meet up with a friend who is going next week for several days.

Okay, enough :blah::blah::blah:.

Shad
08-09-2013, 05:59 AM
Evening all,
Another busy day, TGIF. The list is not as long for the weekend. However I have been in the roof space today as well as doing some work in the garden and getting the housework done.
Miss Puss chucked up over my doona in the middle of the night and that had to be cleaned today. Lucky I have more than one doona hey. I had taken her to the vet for her annual check up ($180.00 thank you) and she has some problem teeth. So now she has to have a couple extracted and the rest cleaned. Somewhere between $365 and $700 depending on the number extracted. $700 equates to all teeth. Other than that she is very healthy. No kidney, no heart, no weight problems (grrrr. Wish I knew her secret) and she has only varied from 3.8kg to 4.2kg in her entire 15 years. The current weight is 4kg.

I've been in the roof, as I said. Checked out all the wiring and pipes since some folk have had fires in their homes due to rodents eating the wiring. It all looks okay up there but I found a lot of stuff up there and now I have to get it all down and through it out. How the **** we managed to keep boxes (empty) of items we don't even own any more, I don't know. DS1 has some boxes of text books from university days. I presume they don't even teach those languages (IT) any more, but I will check them out and see if I can sell them or if not, get rid of them.
My new garden seems to be taking root okay. Will give it another week or so and then start to create some more. That will mean laying some more blocks and digging some more drains.

Mel - if you have found the Christmas Cheer, send it over. I've just dumped the Christmas tree, so might need some cheer.

Annie - Poor little toes. Bubble wrap, plaster cast or moon boot, I think you need to be wrapped up away from these catastrophes. Love Stroganoff. Will put in an order for when I get to Indiana next time.

Ceejay - the following is what is on the list for tomorrow. Only 1/2 hour stints because the temp tomorrow is supposed to be 84F - unseasonable but it beats the rain we had.
Clean and dust Bed 3
Taxes
Roof – Clean Out, 1 hour
Garden ½ hour
Side Gardens ½ hour
Back Yard ½ hour
Orchid Shift
Even getting too hot to get all wrapped up and work in the roof now as well. Probably need to be some laundry in that lot as well. And mow the lawn.

Happy - those temps sound like what we should be getting at the moment. Instead it is warming up in a big hurry. Glad to hear that the kitten appears to be okay. Hope they find out what was wrong with her and it doesn't cost a fortune along with an arm and a leg.
The cherries sound nice. I have been eating USA cherries for the last week or so. Also this week we got in some US Peaches and Nectarines and I treated myself. They were very yummy.

Michelle - hope the chiro works soon. My DS2 had acupuncture on a bad ankle. Said it worked a treat.

Laura - Painting all day. Come on over, I'll get the DS2 to give you a job. Soon sort those muscles out. You might learn to tile as well, so those awesome knees after all the crunches should be up to that you reckon?

And that is about it. Need to rest up for another day tomorrow. Oh yes and I have a job for a month or so starting in September working in Brisbane, Rockhampton and Mackay. Third time lucky I guess. This may lead to more casual stuff in the future.

So time to go watch a couple of tv programs. Pains me but the two I want to watch tonight are both on at the same time. Boo. But repeats will no doubt happen.

MELODY525
08-09-2013, 08:44 AM
GOOD MORNING CHICKS.
I NED TO GET SOME STUFF DONE BEFORE THE WEEKEND.
TIE UP SOME VERY LOOSE ENDS HERE.
PEOPLE THINK THEY ARE STILL ON VACATION OR HAVE ALREADY LEFT.
ONE MAN IS ACTING LIKE A CONCIERGE RATHER THAN A MAINTENANCE MAN:tantrum:
HE REALLY NEEDS TO RETIRE.
SAD CAUSE I LOVE THE GUYS BUT THEY ARE JUST NOT WORKING.
EACH HAS A REASON LIKE AGE & ILLNESS.
BUT THERE IS WORK TO DO AND 6 BUILDINGS TO DO IT IN.
I KEEP TELLING MYSELF IT'S NOT MY PROBLEM.
ONE DAY I WILL LISTEN TO MYSELF. :rofl:

HAVE A SUPER DAY AND A GREAT WEEKEND:encore:





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CEEJAY...GLAD YOU'RE HAVING A CJ WEEKEND.
HOPE YOU CAN KEEP IT THAT WAY.
WOULD BE NICE IF YOU & THE FRIEND CAN GET TOGETHER WHEN YOU VISIT.
WE HAD SOME THUNDER LAST NIGHT AND MORE PREDICTED FOR TODAY.
DID IT DRY OUT BY YOU YET???
WE BETTER BUILD THAT ARK!!




ANNIE...VERY SORRY ABOUT THE CHIRO NEWS.
OLD AGE IS A BIOTCH AND YOU ARE SO YOUNG YET:hug:
I HEAR YA ON RETIREMENT AND GETTING PROBLEMS.
SEEMS LIKE THE MORE I RETIRE THE MORE IS GOING WRONG:rofl:
STAY STRONG MY FRIEND.
CELIAC'S PEOPLE HAVE TO BE TOTALLY GLUTEN FREE.
SHE LOST SO MUCH WEIGHT I COULD HAVE PICKED HER UP.
AND SHE IS SUCH A TINY THING ALREADY.
BUT LOOKING MUCH BETTER NOW.




HAPPY.....HOPE ANNIE SAVED US SOME LEFTOVERS!!!
THIS LEG SEEMS TO BE TAKING IT'S TIME GETTING WELL.
I HOPE THE LEG FEELS BETTER SOON. :hug:
HOW CUTE ABOUT DH & WALKING IN THE YARD WITH THE DEER.
MOM MUST BE A TRUSTING SOUL.
THE CHERRIES SOUNDED DELICIOUS!!




MICHELLE....HAVE FUN THIS WEEKEND.
SOUNDS LIKE A NICE ONE ALREADY.
SORRY THE CHIRO COULDN'T HELP RIGHT AWAY BUT GUESS WE KNEW THAT ALREADY.
JUST TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND GO SLOWLY. THE TURTLE ALWAYS WINS THE RACE WHEN IT COMES TO BACKS!




LAURA....HOPE THE PROJECT ALL WORKS OUT.
SOUNDS LIKE A DAY OFF LATER ON IS EVEN BETTER.
BUT WHAT A PITA TO FIND THIS OUT NOW!!
HOPE THE HANDS AND FEET FEEL OK TODAY ALSO.
THAT IS SUCH A NICE THING FOR EVERYONE TO BE DOING.:hug:




SHAD.....YOU HAVE BEEN A BUSY GAL FOR SURE.
HAD A LAUGH AT THE EMPTY BOXES AND THE IT BOOKS.
I JUST DID SOMETHING SIMILAR BUT ON A MUCH SMALLER BASIS.
HAPPY GARDENING. HERE'S THE CHRISTMAS CHEER:xcheer:

ceejay52
08-09-2013, 12:08 PM
I may get out and try the mower if it doesn't rain this afternoon. Trying to let the grass dry off too. It's cloudy, hot and humid already so I'll have to do like Shad and do it in 15 minute segments. But sweating out the toxins in my body is a good thing.
We had thunder boomers for 2 hours last night. Kind of weird. We needed the rain but not sure about the farmers. It's getting close to harvest season.
Set the box that the lawn mower came in for garbage pick up this morning. Of course my neighbor came to ask about the other mower. I told her that street and sanitation came and I couldn't find any parts for it. She seem okay with that. My new mower has a 4 year warranty on it. That mower probably had the same thing. And I used it for 5 years. This one will not be loaned out.
Need to go run some errands in a few, bank deposit, buy vehicle tags and pay taxes. ugh there goes a hunk of money.

Mel
I feel the same way as your maintenance men sometimes, but I told myself I have to keep pushing for 2 more years. The main thing I need to do is quit going all over every where on the week ends.

Happy
Glad the kitten is back to her self. I like your idea of taking one small goal at a time. I'd love to see some of those cooler temps down here this week.

Laura
I know I'd be sore from doing all the painting. But I'm glad you did. I need to volunteer. I'm going to start the squat challenge especially if I don't have to do them all at one time.

Shad
I don't envy you going up to the attic. And ouch on the vet bill for Sunday.

Annie
How is the foot doing today?

Michelle
Hope the chiro can help ease those tense muscles?

happy2bme
08-09-2013, 01:45 PM
Well girls, I guess it's settled. First menu item on the commune commissary is stroganoff :hungry: Glad we can agree so easily on the food although Miss Annie is going to have to separate the food into 2 batches - mild for me, Mel and Ceejay and speecy spicy hotchacha for Annie and Shad who have a stronger tummy and well developed tongue. Not sure where Laura fits into the mix - easy enough to accommodate.

Yesterday was one of those days when I question why I work with the public. We had a lot of traffic through the shop - bigger groups of people who had to pick up and touch EVERYTHING and drop it all over the place where it didn't belong. Made a mess of the bookshelves over and over. I tried to clean up as much as I could but every time I walked away, someone stepped up to the register. I made very little money on my shift - mostly dollar or less purchases not worth wasting the cash register tape they were printed on. There were also a lot of people who engaged in my peeved behavior which is setting the money on the counter in front of them and making me reach wayyyy across the register and counter (the front counter is shoulder level) instead of being polite and handing me the money. Like "I won't touch you because you have cooties" :rolleyes: For the first time since working there I closed and locked the door at 5 minutes to closing and started counting up. The prior hour we had people tromp through the store, mess up shelves and walk out without buying anything so I figured no need to stay open. Funny how people's behavior changes as it gets towards the end of the season. We also had another volunteer who was gracious enough to make 2 huge bags of dog treats and left them in the refrigerator. I bagged up the first package (we portion them out in cute cellophane bags). As I opened the second bag, I noticed that the cookies were not baked nearly long enough. They should be hard like dog biscuits and these were soft like chewy granola bars. I daresay she ran out of time making them. I debated about what to do, in the end decided that undercooked was not good for the dogs, would be a waste to package as they will mold up quick as they are too wet with no preservatives and I thought it unfair to those who might buy the biscuits in good faith, only to find them go bad quickly - not good for business. So I took them home last night and baked them for 2 more hours. They are nice and hard as they should be. Will take them with me when I go to work on Sunday. Yesterday I had a dear elderly couple come in to the store asking if we accepted VHS tapes and books. I said yes. The gent came round the back door - they had 6 boxes of stuff. As he brought it in I was dismayed to see that it was homemade VHS tapes - ie copying a movie from the tellie and creating your own tape which we cannot resell. Also the books were very old. VERY OLD. Odd subjects - things that I'm sure will be pitched. There are some old gardening books - I will have to have a look on Sunday to see if there's anything worth setting out but I fear that most of this will be chucked in the trash bin. Despite what people think, not everything has a value to someone. Pity... On another note, today our local co-op had a huge meat sale starting at 7am when the store opened. I debated about going even though I did not get to bed until late and would have had to get up at 5:30 or so to wake up and get myself out the door. In the end decided it wasn't worth it. My cousin did go and sure enough, tons of crazy, crazy people fighting each other to get at the meat. They don't put limits on the number of items you can buy so people jam their carts/trolleys full and 30 minutes after the sale starts, they are sold out of the good stuff. Think crazy markdowns and end of season sales at the bridal salons ;) Ain't no meat at any price that's worth it for me.

Ok, so I glanced at the ads to the right of my page on the site here and there is an ad "L-o-o-k-I-n-g -f-o-r a-n A-s-I-a-n w-I-f-e?" with a website address. Seriously???? Here????? Geez. :rolleyes: I am spelling it this way so this ad will not track me around for the rest of the day.

Sounds like I am coming off as a grump - not really. Just one of those days. Hope today is better. :)

Ceejay - leave it to the neighbor to come investigating your trash. Glad you kept things to yourself. I hear it is hot down your way. Stay cool and as dry as you can. Plan to make it 2 more years working and also plan a Plan B just in case some interferes with the 2 year plan. This way you have all your bases covered.

Mel - seems like they need some new blood in with the maintenance crew. Understandable how and why people slow down but with 6 old buildings and so many apartments, I'm sure it would keep even 10 Igors hopping along. Hard to find good help though. I understand you comment about the more you retire the more there is to handle. I see the same, you have to pick and choose how much you want to be in the trenches and sometimes you just have to go to your place and not try to be everything to everyone. It's hard. I know :hug: Maybe we need to find you a boy toy so that you are properly distracted ;) :D :o

Shad - the peaches they have out now are particularly juicy and tasty. I keep forgetting the first of the season look pretty but are not good at all - this is the time of year for stone fruit and berries. Sounds like you are one incredibly busy person. I need a rest just reading your list. Might as well chuck the I.T. books - that stuff goes out of date so fast. We pitched all of ours too - sad - even the library and thrift shops don't want them. Glad you were able to grab yourself some upcoming work. At least it's close to home. Yikes I hope Sunday gets to keep most of her teeth. The vets are REALLY encouraging the teeth brushing now - I guess like people, some felines are more prone to dental problems than others. That's a task for DH - not sure if he gave up on the little one and we certainly can't get near the older one to even attempt it at this point.

Laura - good on you for volunteering. I can see how painting all day - which I'd be terrible at - would put a strain on the body. Boo on finding out that you have precious less time to finish your project at work. Well I would not fret over it - enjoy your day off today and tackle all your errands including having a nice lunch with BF's mom. Steak sounds just delish.

Michelle - I'm sure everything in your back is tight right now - particularly if you are having pains. Hope you can get some relief. Do you ever swim in the pool in the yard? Yes, I am familiar with Neenah, WI. My first job was at a steel outfit - we had a very big customer located in Neenah so that name stuck with me. Don't care for that spelling tho :lol: Hope you have a nice weekend with friends and family. When do you start the new job?

Annie - how did dinner work out? I bet there's no leftovers for us :cry: Hope your lower half is feeling better today. If not, better living through chemicals ;) although some times even that doesn't help.

I should send an email off to a friend for her birthday and then get off this computer and get something done before the day goes away. I just spent 30 minutes looking for methods to slow down a cat from eating too fast. Nina is VERY gassy today and that is one of the biggest causes - she snarfs her food down. Anyway - happy weekend everyone.

diyana
08-09-2013, 05:43 PM
What a whirlwind evening last night and what a hectic day today.

I have a wonderful time with my beautiful niece, her loving husband and their adorable baby Ryan!! I think babies, like animals, can sense fear...or at least uncomfortableness. As much as I greatly love Ryan...he knows I'm a rookie when it comes to babies. So I got to hold him, but not for nearly as long as I would've liked. He did great with his great-grandmom (my step-mom). He's such a cutie. At 2 months, he weighs 11.5 lbs, and he is in the top percentile for height for his age. I wish my niece could've stayed longer, but this weekend, they are also visiting her husband's sister and brother-in-law who live a few cities away.

A couple hours before they had to leave, my stepmother went to the airport to pick up her brother and his wife. They are visiting from New Hampshire for roughly 10 days. It's very nice to see them too. I haven't seen her brother and his wife since my dad passed away, roughly 10 years ago.

Right now, I'm not feeling really well. I have a couple more hours to work and then I think I'll relax for a bit.

Sorry about no personals...hopefully later.

Much love,

MELODY525
08-10-2013, 07:17 AM
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MORNING CHICKIES

JUST GOT DONE WITH AN ALARM. YAWN....YAWN....
THOUGHT I BETTER SAY HELLO BEFORE I HIT THE SACK AGAIN.
I COULD USE ANOTHER HOUR OR TWO.
THANK GOD IT'S KIND OF DARK & GREY OUTSIDE.
I AM NOT AWAKE YET:rofl:
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.




CEEJAY.....I KNOW HOW YOU AND THE MEN HERE FEEL.
WISH YOU ALL COULD RETURE NOW AND ENJOY LIFE.
I HEAR YOU ON STAYING HOME MORE OFTEN AND NOT RUNNING AROUND.
BUT MIGHT AS WELL SEE THE UNCLES NOW BEFORE YOU GO.
HOPE THE MOWER WORKS WELL AND KEEP IT LOCKED UP!!!




HAPPY.....GOOD THING YOU RE-BAKED THE BISCUITS.
IMAGINE A DOG GETTING SICK AND COMING BACK??? YIKES!!
WE GET THE SAME KIND OF DONATIONS HERE.
DUSTY, MOLDY, WEIRD TITLES....CRAP THAT NEEDS A GARBAGE BIN!!!
ESPECIALLY THE MOLDY STUFF FROM WSOMEONE'S BASEMENTS.
THE MAINT. MEN KNOW TO SAY THANK YOU AND THEN THE MINUTE THE DONOR IS GONE...THROW THEM OUT ON THE TRUCK!!:rofl:
OUR LITTLE LIBRARY IS SOMMETIMEES JUST A DUMPING GROUND. SAD.
I AM READY FOR THE BEEF STRGANOFF!! YUM!! :hun:




MICHELLE...SO NICE TO BE SEEING THE FAMILY AGAIN.
HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON.

annie175
08-10-2013, 08:18 AM
Good Morning Happy Crowd!

Was up at 4 with Curtis. Wasn't planned but kept seeing him passing thru the bedroom and shutting drawers rather loudly. I finally asked, honey, what is wrong. He said, I forgot to take the pen out of my work shorts and I do not know what the disconnect is, as I take out my wallet, my hankie. He was frustrated even before he dealt with the public. I started laughing, I said, honey, with all that is on your mind with work, your clumsy wife and her toe, no wonder you forget a small pen. He started laughing too! It is all good now! Oh how I love this man that takes such good care of me.

Started laundry early. Put work clothes from C and I. Tuesday thru Saturday, evening clothes and nighty nite clothes, the d*mn washer is still only about half full. haha....now only have one more load of towels. Granted laundry gets done with less loads. Gonna clean out my SUV, and vacuum. Raining today, not washing it. Got to hit the grocery...Aldi's, Walmart and the bank today. Then resting. haha, my resting is like nothing. Forgot to water my hanging petunias on the front porch so I have a hanging of dead rubbish. blen. We don't use the front door so it is easy to forget.

Have a great weekend all..

Hugs

ceejay52
08-10-2013, 11:03 AM
It's dark and dreary here this morning. I really wanted to finish the law today but the radar say's no. More all day rain. Good thing I'm not going to my uncles.

A friend is coming over later this morning with a watermelon she wants to cut up. She has no place in the store to do this. I need to go get some Zip lock bags.

More later.

Shad
08-10-2013, 06:38 PM
Morning all,
A crisp cool morning here. Still it will be a beautiful day. I think winter is about gone and we are into an early spring since the temps are rising daily. The corn cobs are growing daily - no doubt helped along by the fact that I set the water on yesterday dinner time and forgot about it. The back yard was well awash this morning. There's goes my water bill for the month. I think the beetroot will be ready soon as well, along with the last of the purple carrots. I also notice out there that the pots I planted the lemon and lime bushes in have rotted at the bottom - that's what you get for putting them in wooden 'barrel' size pots made in Vietnam. Sort of cheap and wholly nasty.

Happy - I'm not such a spice person as it seems. I like a little chili but when it begins to blow the taste buds and you can't identify what you are eating then I give up. Far as I am concerned it is supposed to enhance the food, not drown it. Stroganoff - I wait for the commune to produce this masterpiece but if I have to wait too long, I may just have to make it myself. Forget the noodles or rice, I'll have mine with a couple of slices of crusty bread thanks.
Glad you noticed those underdone biscuits otherwise someone would have been coming in to a gawdawful smell one morning and guess who would probably have been blamed.
The vet always talks about raw chicken necks for cleaning the cats teeth however I find that I have to buy them in big bags from the supermarket and then the cat will only look at one once a week and only gets around to eating one a month. Waste of money. As for the toothbrush forget it. I will take her to the vet. I pay them to get scratched.
No finding Asian anything down my way. Very few ads overall.

Mel - thanks for the Christmas cheer. It didn't work. I need someone with a magic wand. I ache in places I didn't know I had places to ache in. Today should see the end of the rubbish in the roof. Now just have to put in some new insulation and a bit of flooring. Might need the DS2 for that tho'. I will certainly need his ute to bring the stuff home in.

Ceejay - not sure that I like my new mower too much yet. Hope you like yours better. If you sweat while mowing that's a good thing, however you must remember to put the fluid back when you have finished. Glad you beat the neighbour to the removal of the old mower.

Michelle - babies don't tend to like being with people they don't know well. The more you see him and play with him the better. I have a better relationship with my great nieces than with my granddaughter, but S is getting better with other people now. Feel better soon.

Annie - Men fret over the darnedest things. Good you could have a laugh about it. I forget some of the pots around here too with the watering but hopefully when I have finished with this garden, they too will have a dripper system which will water them when I forget. Pots unfortunately need a lot of water.

Okay - I won't put my pornographic old VHS's into the old folks home anymore, :lol: Nor will I donate suspect books or furniture or knickers for that matter :lol3:
Time to get dressed and get up in the roof space. With a bit of luck I can be down from there before it gets too hot although today is a lot more cloudy that yesterday which may keep the temps down somewhat.

Back to the ladder!

MELODY525
08-11-2013, 07:49 AM
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Ahhhhhhh......Sunday Mornings and the crossword puzzle:cofdate:


THIS WEEKEND IS QUIET THANK THE LORD.
THERE IS A 2 DAY MARATHON OF SCOOBY DOO CARTOONS.
THE KIDS WERE HERE ALL DAY YESTERDAY.
THEY'RE COMING DOWN TODAY FOR ROUND 2.
WE'VE BEEN LAUGHING A LOT AND IT WAS MUCH NEEDED.
THERE WERE JUST TOO MANY HEAVY THOUGHTS IN JULY.
SOMETIMES I GET TIRED OF PRETENDING EVERYTHING IS ALRIGHT.
EVEN TO MYSELF:rofl: IT'S LIKE A SICK JOKE AT BEST.

I BETTER GET A MOVE ON. GET THE VCR READY AND FIND TAPES.
WE'VE BE TAPING THE CARTOONS FOR FUTURE MARATHONS.
HAVE A GREAT DAY:encore:




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CEEJAY....MY MOUTH STARTED TO WATER THINKING OF CUTTING UP THE MELON.
SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD IDEA TO ME!!:drool:
HOPE YOU TWO HAD FUN. WAS IT MESSY????:rofl:



ANNIE.....POOR CURTIS. WAS HE TOTALLY AWAKE??? LOL
HOPING YOUR TOE FELS BETTER AS THE DAYS GO BY. :hug:
JEN CAN FE YOUR PAIN. SHE KILLS HER FEET ON A REGULAAR BASIS!!




SHAD.....NICE TO HEAR AN EARLY SPRING IS SETTING IN.
WEATHER HAS BEEN SO STRANGE THIS YEAR.
DO I REMEMBER YOU HAVING THE ATTIC DONE JUST A FEW YEARS AGO??
OR THE CEILING FROM BELOW?? SOMETHING IS RINGING A BELL IN MY HEAD.
HOPE TE BODY ACHES GO AWAY SOON. SLOW DOWN!!!
I HAVE A PICTURE OF WORLDLY ON MY WALL ALONG WITTH MY BIRD.
I WAS THINKING OF THEM LAST NIGHT. :D

happy2bme
08-11-2013, 12:02 PM
Hi ladies,

Started to do a post this morning and then the Internet bonked out on us. Been rather spotty service lately. Not much we can do about it - part of the problem of living on the outskirts of civilization.

Must have been wake up early day although I did not get up at 4 or 5 am like you crazy people! It's gray and cool and cloudy even though the weather report says it's sunny right now ;) I did a little work in the garden, picked a couple of sad veggies but I think we are rounding out the end of the season. My cucumber plants don't look too good even though they are producing a smaller crop of fruit, the arugula is overgrown, I pulled out the lettuces that were bitter - won't be growing them next year. Got the last of the baby carrots and my sugar snap peas vines are withering out even as they are sending new shoots with a few flowers. Was a complete and total waste of garden bed to grow Roma style plum tomatoes this year. I got a lot of fruit but it is small, hard and is far more suited to lining the rock bed than eating :( I did get 2 small Early Girl tomatoes which I hope to make into a nice Caprese salad for dinner tonight. My chive plant is huge and needs to be cut back - I guess you lose less flavor if you freeze them than dry them out so I'll be doing that today after I water the garden. The flowers are starting to lose their blooms too. :( I missed the last 2 autumn color shows here with the trees, hoping to catch it this year. Funny to talk about autumn colors when we should be sweating in mid August but it is what it is.

DH and I went for a ride yesterday - wanted to drop off some large dog watering bowls to the Humane Society but they were not interested so off to the Thrift Shop they went as well as 2 bags of cans (they get cash for them and use it for the animal chow). I had a taste for a burger so we decided to try a place that is just down the road from us on a lake. What a nice place - typical bar and 7 table restaurant but they have a really nice deck with 5 outdoor tables which overlooks a big lake. It was a nice afternoon. Came home, took a nap and spent the rest of the night doing a few house things and then some relaxing. Next thing you know it's morning. I am working at the shop today and I spent a bit too much time having coffee, talking with DH and playing with the cats so I am short for time. Sorry no personals right now, will try and get back here later tonight.

Enjoy what's left of your weekend ladies.

ceejay52
08-11-2013, 02:18 PM
More rain this morning, but I did make it to church. My friend never made to cut up her watermelon. So I don't know what is in store today. If she come she comes. I'm not waiting on her.
I'm pleased with all this I got accomplished yesterday. I've started cleaning the office which is getting piled up in junk again. Went through some files and discarded some and need to do some more. Anything under 2003 will be shredded.
Rode the bike for 4.2 miles or twenty minutes.

Mel
Ah a Scooby Doo marathon. Sounds like a good day. Your picture of the news paper and coffee reminds me of Laura.

Happy
Sounds like you are in a good area to live. Nothing but the animals to bother you. I don't know if it's me but it feels like fall is just around the corner. A nap sound good for this afternoon.

Shad
Be careful up in the roof space.

Hello's to the rest. Have a good day :wave:

MELODY525
08-12-2013, 08:00 AM
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GOOD MORNING CHICKLETTES

DARK & DREARY AND MORE RAIN:rain:
2 MORE ALARMS....IS "A" FOR AUGUST ALARMS???
I JUST GOT BACK IN. ONE WOMAN HAS BEDBUGS.
THE HOSP FOUND THEM ON HER PERSON AND CALLED THE FAMIILY.
SHE HAD TO BE ISOLATED IN HER OWN ROOM THERE.
REMIND ME TO TAKE A BEDBUG WITH ME NEXT TIME I GO TO THE HOSPITAL.
I WOULDN'T MIND HAVING A PRIVATE ROOM:rofl:

OK...TIRED AND GOING TO LIE DOWN. BEEN UP SINCE 4AM.
HAVE A GREAT DAY.




HAPPY.....YOUR WEEKEND SOUNDED NICE.
I HAVE BEEN MEANING TO ASK...
HOW DID THE GREENHOUSE WORK OUT??
A LOT OF PEEPS I KNOW SAID THEIR GARDENS WERE NOT GOOD AT ALL THIS YEAR.
WEIRD WEATHER FOR AUGUST AND IT'S BEEN CHILLY NIGHTS * MORNINGS HERE TOO.
THEN HOT & HUMID AFTERNOONS. TERRIBLE BREATHING WEATHER.
SITTING OUTSIDE LOOKING AT THE LAKE MUST HAVE BEEN NICE.
CAN'T WAIT FOR YOUR REPORTS ON THE FALL COLORS!!




CEEJAY.....I CLEANED MY COMPUTER DESK AREA OFF AGAIN TOO.
GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE.
WAS GETTING PILED UP WITH JUNK MAIL.
WONDER WHAT HAPPENED TO THE WATERMELON LADY??? LOL
HAVE A GREAT WEEK AT WORK.

Shad
08-12-2013, 08:29 AM
Evening all,
Been another busy day, well at least the morning part of it was. This afternoon was devoted to housework and email yelling at the car salesman. I want me new car and I am getting impatient and will shortly be so far over it I may cancel the order and get on with finding something that will actually get to my place.
This morning I dug and spread some more soil, then took to the side garden and dug out all the weeds which are coming from next door. I poured a fair amount of weed killer along the boundary as well and put sleepers along my side of the fence. I doubt that will actually stop the weeds, but it might slow them down. I may have to rethink that garden. I've sorted all the stuff from up in the roof and chucked most of it. Stuff up there I hadn't seen for years and years and years. I didn't even know we still had it. Well we don't any longer, the heat has got to the plastics and cloth stuff and that just disintegrated in my hand so I was dropping handfuls of dust into the bucket at the bottom of the ladder. I suspect DS1 will not want any of his uni text books and will tell me to chuck them.
Then I put the Sophia wall together will a lot of the photos I had on the computer and which I got printed. I need to get some more printed as well. Once it is all up and running I will take a photo of it and post it here.
The afternoon was given over to house work - cleaning up the junk and rubbish and dust from the roof, changing beds, laundry, cleaning - all that junk. So I haven't exactly been idle. I did manage my walking exercise this morning.

Mel - I have been planning this jaunt up in the roof space for a couple of years. I did do some of it and thought I had chucked all the junk, but apparently not. I will categorically state that there is no cr*p up there now.
Funny you should talk about Worldly. I was doing my taxes last night and totting up the donations for the year. All except one donation was for an animal cause. To **** with the people

Happy - sounds like you haven't had a good growing season. We didn't have much of one here this time around. Normally I can get 4 seasonal crops a year. But the winter started off so cold that everything just didn't grow well. Some of them are starting to come away now, now that we have our proper winter weather back. So at best there will only be 3 croppings this year. Fingers :crossed: By the way, lettuce gets bitter if it has been left growing too long or has not had enough water in the early growth.

Ceejay - nice going on the exercise and the cleaning tidying bit. Strange that the watermelon didn't show up. Maybe she took to it with an axe in her own backyard.

Tomorrow will not be a big work day. The cat goes to the vet for surgery, and I go to town for a chat with M about a job he has for me and also the training school. Then lunch with a friend, pick up a layby and home to pick up the cat. I should still manage to get a bit of yardwork and housework done, if I push it.

And that is about it. Hope I can find the cat in the morning. I have to let her out to allow her to relieve herself, but maybe I can get her back in with some yoghurt or icecream.

annie175
08-12-2013, 09:12 AM
Good Morning, It's a Brand New Day.....Wake up, wake up!! You too Shaddie.!

Broken toe and all, I got the the grass cut and my car cleaned, vacuumed out and all the laundry done. What would normally take me 4 loads to do laundry, I got it all done in two. I tell you that washer and dryer are amazing. Went to Sissy's neighbor's little boy's fall ball baseball game. Oh did that bring back the memories of my kiddos when they were little. It was fun. Had a stomach ache and loo issues most of the weekend. Don't know what started that unless it was too many fresh veggies from the garden. Curtis slightly had it. Of course all is well now that it is Monday and back to work. bleh. I have about 50 packets I have to get together for an enrollment on the 22nd. Lots of PDFs to put together and rate sheets. It is rather fun making the PDFs. C and I are taking the 21st-24th as vacay and heading down to Brown County, Indiana staying in a cabin on the lake with a hot tub. Fishing, tubbing and fun. wink wink. Which also means I won't have to do the enrollment. Yeah!!

Sissy is doing great. Still a lot of morning sickness all day long, guess that would be day sickness rather than just the morning. My hunches...it will be a girl. Lydia Anne. Everyone think pink.

MELLIE...you know that if you have a quiet weekend, you week will be h*ll with alarms and muck. Maybe not. Fingers crossed. The picture of the coffee cup in the wind looks so lonely sitting there in the rain window.

CEEG...good for you on decluttering the office. C and I love watermelon. I think we have had 3 this past month. Of course C can eat about half the watermelon in one sitting and that is after he has eaten dinner. lol


HAPPY...think I am going to give up on a hanging pot on the front porch and instead replace it with a wind chime. I just cannot remember to water the stinkin thing. Probably because we do not use the front door. We go in and out through the garage with the opener. I have enough other flowers out there to keep it pretty and colorful. My cukes are flailing around also. Half of the plants are dried and brown. Still have a few cukes but none to brag about at the moment. I have never heard of the Humane Society NOT accepting doggie donations. Must be picky.

SHADDIE...winter is about over for you and here comes fall for us. Altho beautiful, not looking forward to the S word and the cold temps that go with it. Bleh. Would love to see your purple carrots, don't know why I am so intrigued by the thought of them.

Gonna post this and go to page 3 to finish...

annie175
08-12-2013, 09:15 AM
SHADDIE...did I miss something, why is the cat going to have surgery. Remember I am a blonde and forget things easily...lol. (Not really a blonde but play the part very well)

On with the day, think I may grill out tonight. For some reason I am craving Angus burgers on the grill. May do some taters and fresh veggies on the grill also.

Hello to all the rest of you lovely ladies.

Hugs.

Laura705
08-12-2013, 10:27 AM
Morning all. Was busy with appts & cleaning Friday & Saturday & was in recovery mode yesterday. Did not do any work yesterday, so I lugged the laptop home (and back) for nothing. Busy day today, so this is probably it for me today. Hope to be back tomorrow for personals. Have s good day everyone.

happy2bme
08-12-2013, 01:01 PM
Morning all,

Last night was the peak of the Perseids Meteor shower. Been nice and clear the last few nights and OF COURSE it totally clouded up last night. :mad: Been here 2 years and have yet to catch a decent star show. If it does happen to be clear, we have a full moon obliterating everything. Might be another opportunity tonight, we'll have to see although I do have to go into the shop tomorrow afternoon. Things are starting to slow down for the summer season - I guess the kids are back in school (it's the MOST WONDERFUL time of the year :yay: ) - love that television commercial :lol: Less foot traffic in town, people will be coming up for the weekends rather than a weeklong stay which means we get our town back again and I won't have to grocery shop during the week days. :lol: I only did $40 in sales for the 4 hours I had the store open. Spent a good part of the time tidying up the store - people were tossing things about again. Then I priced some costume jewelry and rearranged the display cases. DH and I went out for pizza afterwards. It was decent enough - not enough sauce tho and DH did not really care for the mix of cheeses they used - he's more of a straight up mozzarella man. We will still go there for fish fry, might try Monday Chicago hot dog night or Wednesday wing night too just for a change of pace. It's a beautiful day today - no rain in sight for the next 10 days - we are having an awfully dry season. I will have to go water the plants again today and then on to housework. DH will work outside - good weather for that.

Mel - your coffee picture looks so dreary. Please send some rain our way - we certainly could use it and you seem to have an abundance of it - must be picking it up from the Great Lakes as our winds pass east over to you. I'll say you've been inundated with alarms this month. What gives? People get bored in the gray weather??? :lol: That's sort of funny about the lady getting a private room because she had bedbugs but I'd have to say I'd be freaking if she lives in the building. Can they be easily passed to other apartments? :yikes: As for the greenhouse - it served it's purpose well in the spring when I had plants that were still in the trays and I could protect them overnight. At this point it's been storing my garden tools and extra pots for the last 2 months. DH was going to take it down and I told him no as I would have moved my herb pots in there if it got really cold. However, herbs and flowers are starting to fade out - don't think there is much worth saving so I will probably clean out the shelter and let him take it down for the season. DH shored up the frame on the garden itself so that it made it easier to use the plastic tarp but with my tomato crop as sad as it is, not sure I will use that into the fall either. Night time temps are creeping closer to the 30's mark - will probably get there in about 2 more weeks. Are you having a cool season too with all that rain? The only good thing about it being so dry here is that the mosquitoes that were so horrid the beginning of the season have all but disappeared. We're seeing a lot more animals in the yard, no doubt because the grasses and greenery are all dry.

Laura - I'd always get peeved when I dragged my computer home for nothing over the weekend. But on the bright side, that meant you probably spent it doing things for yourself instead of "working for dah man". Good luck with that upcoming project you have due soon.

Michelle - sounds like you had a great weekend on your FB post. Glad you had a fun time. When does the new job start?

Annie - glad you are liking the new laundry pair - I'm sure you'll get set into a new rhythm for getting the proper size loads - no more washing every day. :D How nice that you scored a cabin! You rarely take a vacation and this sounds like just the relaxing break you need. C will no doubt be in fishing heaven. Cherry on the top for also missing the enrollment period - hope you won't have to go nutzo trying to get everything done before you leave. Maybe you need to just get a nice pot of SILK (ie. no water :lol: ) flowers for the front porch. Reminds me of one of the neighbors back in Memphis. Had to go door to door for something we were doing in the neighborhood and I was kind of appalled when I got to one door which was covered in dust, leaves and spider webs. I knew the woman who was just the nicest lady and very particular about herself and the landscaping. She opened the front entry door to me and I didn't want to touch the screen door because it was covered in sticky cobwebs. :yikes: It was awkward for a moment and they she realized what was going on, got all red in the face and got a broom to clean off the door. She said she never uses the front door - they too use the side door and the garage entrance. We had a good laugh!

Shad - I missed it too - what's with Sunday or is that the dental work you mentioned earlier? Poor kitty - hope she does not have to have too many teeth extracted. :( Good job on cleaning out the attic. Guess it's good when it's hot up there - keeps one from using it as storage for things you don't really need to keep. I love the idea of a Sophia wall - can't wait to see how it comes out. I tend to agree with you on the charitable donations - I am more and more inclined to support the animals over people. :shrug:

Ceejay - sounds like you had a nice productive day too. Too bad you didn't get any watermelon out of it :lol:

I'd best get on with the day. Have a good one all... :wave:

annie175
08-12-2013, 03:54 PM
HAPPY....I thought about the silk flowers for the hanging pot. A friend of mine, that is all she puts out every year. She gets them at Dollar Tree and has the most gorgeous flowers every year...lol. From the street you cannot tell they are silk. My brother said the flowers are so dead in there now it looks like I need to harvest them and roll a doobie. lol. I try to broom my porch every couple of weeks to avoid getting leaves congregating there, not to mention the cob webs and such. I knew about the meteor shower but was too tired to stay up and watch it. Didn't help that I took a nighty night pill either. We have scattered T-storms in Indiana today, but they are all in the lower half of Indiana. Always misses us. Looks like I will have to get out and water again. Dang it. Too bad on DH and the cheese, I LOVE cheese of all kinds. First job was Hickory Farms. YUMMY. Back when they used to sell it out of the case and gave samples. I like extra sauce on my Za also. Mostly why I make my own pizza. Have a Fab of a day/night. hugs

MELODY525
08-12-2013, 05:45 PM
POSTING NOW FOR TOMORROW. BUT NO PERSONALS.
I HAVE AN ELECTION TOMORROW THAT I FORGOT ALL ABOUT.
JEN JUST WENT DOWN TO SET UP WITH A MAINT. MAN.
THE STAFF ARE ACTING LIKE FRASSING JERKS. :tantrum:
i have a lot to do to get ready. jen's gonna help.
definitely not spending the whole day down there tomorrow.
just long enough to get the seniors out and voting.
OOPS....LOST MY CAPS....LOL.....
HAVE A GREAT NIGHT AND A WONDERFUL DAY TOMORROW.

diyana
08-12-2013, 07:37 PM
I'm a sore chick today...not even sure why. I didn't overdo it this weekend. I'll be done with work in 1/2 hour, and will then take Santa to the dog park. That way he can run around and I don't have to overtax my back.

Mel - Sorry about the surprise election. Don't you overdo it, ok?

Sending much love to all...I'll try and catch up tomorrow.

Hugs,

Shad
08-13-2013, 07:45 AM
Evening all,
Been in town today. Had lunch with a friend and went to see M about my new job. I think I have everything I need until I come back from NZ, then I will have to knuckle down and figure out a new company, new machinery, new methods and the same old recalcitrant blokes. That will be fun. However having dealt with my sister, I am sure I am up to the challenge. I also paid off a new ring that I put on layby some time back so all and all I spent some money. Had a laugh with friends, drank some coffee, and slung the bullsh*t as per normal.
Picked up the cat from the vet and she is okay if somewhat subdued. Had 4 teeth removed. Had to have soft food for tea (if she feels like eating says the vet. Huh?) The day that cat doesn't feel like eating will be the last day. Then I rung my sister and listened to the excuses that the house doesn't need tidying. And IM'd my niece and declared that it does. She agreed. So a load of fun is to be had by all by the sound of it.

Anyway, it's time for bed so I will do personals in the morning. Catch you later

annie175
08-13-2013, 08:33 AM
Good Morning Chicklets...Looks like all are doing fly bys...

MELLIE...Surprise election, are we getting a new what?? Yes, Probably a what? haha Taker her easy and do very little. Then get your arse back to your hut.

CHELLE...hope the back feels better soon. Yikes I now know what it is like to have on going pain with something. I am week eight with foot/ankle and week two with toes. I can tell you this s*cks big ones. Hugs

SHADDIE...nothing like a good round of bullsh*t with friends to keep us in a good state of mind. Glad you enjoyed your day and Miss Priss is back home. Sometimes that subdued state for the furry friends is a break!

Good Morning, afternoon, and evening to all have a marvelous day.

Hugs.

Laura705
08-13-2013, 10:21 AM
Morning all from the train. Still not in great shape with my project, but I have the morning to finish up. Worked past the usual time yesterday & missed jazzercise class. Tonight is movie night & I'm going. We're seeing "We're the Millers".

No personals again, but I wanted to wish all of you a good day, and some relief for those of you suffering with your various physical aches & pains. It'll ease up in time & you'll feel better. Til then, take the pills, use the hot/cold packs, stretch, & try to get comfy. :hug:

happy2bme
08-13-2013, 01:18 PM
Morning all,

Count me in on the fly-bys.

I did get to see a few meteors last night but they were short, quick and sort of faint. I sat outside for about an hour with a nice hot cup of tea. We broke through the 30's last night (39). :( I working the shop this afternoon so I'm trying to cram in a bunch of little house errands this morning - after this I HAVE to give the garden some water and then go water myself in the shower :lol: Back is feeling better today but the knee is pinching something awful. Like Annie, I AM SO TIRED OF THIS ALREADY.

Don't know about these cats - sure more than we bargained for and far more than we seemed to deal with all our other cats. Little one still has the poopies - I have a mess to clean up every day - sometimes twice. We picked up special wet and dry food for her - $32 for a BAG of dry food and almost $2 a can for the wet. :yikes: It must taste pretty blah because for the first time EVER she did not finish her food. That's probably a good thing. Vet bills for her trying to diagnose the problem are over $700 already and we still don't know what's wrong. We cannot afford this for much longer. The older cat doesn't eat as much as she started out eating - which isn't so bad in that she's a bit overweight from shelter living but she pooped outside the litter box today. We HOPE this was an accident and not a reaction to the other one's troubles. We honestly did not have this much of a problem when we first got them. I know DH is concerned but getting frustrated too. I hope and pray that things straighten out soon... :(

Sorry for lack of personals right now but I still have a few things to do and watering takes some time. Have a good one all.

ceejay52
08-13-2013, 07:25 PM
Nothing going on, just work. I did get a lot done this past week end. My home office is looking a lot better. Still need to get out in the shed. I'm going to stay home again this coming week end also. It's rained so much this past week that it's going to be a necessity to mow.
My friend never showed up with the melon. She said one of the melons went bad and I'm hoping that she gave the other one away. I don't need half a melon. I buy the quarter or sliced melons.
I got so sleepy this afternoon. And almost dozed off. Good thing I didn't cause my boss popped in.

Laura
Did you get the report done? Enjoy the movie tonight.

Happy
That's sad about the cats. I bet you will nurse them back to health. It never fails that we have cloud cover whenever there is a meteor shower. I was startled the other morning in the chemical room. Saw something out of the corner of my eye and when I turned around a small Siamese kitten ran out of the building.

Annie
Can't keep a good woman down, but you should rest the foot/toe.
Maybe this baby will be a girl.

Shad
I may have some things in the shed that have dried up as well. I don't blame you for getting overly anxious in getting that new car. I'd forgotten about it.

Hello's to the rest :wave:

annie175
08-14-2013, 08:59 AM
Good Morning Everyone!

Quiet evening at home. Grilled mushroom/onion burgers on the grill and had canteloupe, tomatos and rice. Easy dinner, then we started season 7 of Smallville.

CEEG....probably better off cleaning out and ridding of unnecessary junk much prior to retirement and moving. Makes it easier when the time comes. Good for you!!

LAURA...how was We're the Millers, that is one I want to get to the movies to see, hope it is worthy. Let us know.

HAPPY...sorry the kitties are on the sh*t attack. My goodness seems like someone's cat here went through that for about 3 or 4 weeks then amazingly it cleared up. Must be something in the air. Cold air, 50s last night, 70s today.

Hello's to all....MELLIE is probably typing over my head.

Hugs

MELODY525
08-14-2013, 12:03 PM
GOOD MORNING CHICKLETTES
I HAD A GREAT DAY YESTERDAY AND A LOVELY SLEEP. AN ALARM FREE NIGHT FOR A CHANGE.

I ONLY DID THE ELECTION PART THAT WAS GETTING SENIORS DOWN TO VOTE.
I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING FOR THE ELECTION BOARD.
SO THE DAY WAS EASY & FAST.
THE KIDS ORDERED TAKE OUT & I ATE THAT WITH THEM ON A BREAK.
THE RAIN STOPPED FINALLY AND MORE VOTERS CAME.
RAN INTO LOTS OF PEOPLE.
ALL IN ALL IT WAS A GOOD DAY SPENT OUTSIDE THE APARTMENT.

NOTHING NEW TODAY. NOTHING PLANNED. JUST RESTING UP.
RICHIE IS GOING TO BACK THE DENTIST.
HE THINKS HE CRACKED A MOLAR GRINDING HIS TEETH IN HIS SLEEP. YIKES!!

WEATHER IS LOVELY & I AM HEADING OUTSIDE TO ENJOY IT.
HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY. :scooter:

I WILL READ IN A LITTLE WHILE AND POST PERSONALS.

Laura705
08-14-2013, 12:14 PM
Morning all. Happy Hump Day! Feeling very fall-like last night and this morning. Nice change, but I definitely want more summer-like weather - it's August after all!

Annie - Mmmm, the burgers sound delish! We had some canteloupe over the weekend, and it was delish. In fact all the fruit I bought at Aldi has been delish. The only issue I have with their produce is when I have to buy an entire package of something. LOL re the silk flowers - no watering needed! I probably have cobwebs on our light fixture by the front doorway - have to clean that up. Easy to forget - and we even go in and out that door all the time. Once you get in the door, doggy is greeting you and there's groceries and stuff to put away and we forget that we need to hose or blow that stuff away. Sorry to hear about your fused ankle - there must be some sort of physical therapy that can be done to help it. How are the toes doing - what color are they now? ;)

Ceejay - Good for you getting the home office cleaned up! I feel so disappointed in myself that I haven't tackled my three lousy bins leftover from our cleanup. And I also have a couple baskets of newspapers that I've saved. I feel like a hoarder when I look at those...but in my defense, I'm sort of glad I kept them because our newspapers have really deteriorated over the past several years and they aren't nearly as good as they once were. So I saved certain sections they no longer publish, hoping I can read them sometime. Yeh, watermelons are definitely a lot of fruit unless you get the baby ones they sell. Bf is very inconsistent with eating fruit, so sometimes it goes in a flash and other times it's just me and doggy working through it. :) Glad you're staying home again this weekend - it's good to take a breather from the driving, isn't it?? Enough with the rain, huh??

Happy - Sorry you're still trying to get Nina healthy and not seeing enough progress so far. Are the food changes gradual - they always advise doing such changes gradually (as you probably already know). Hope the other kitty doesn't pick up the bad kitty litter habit. Sorry your knee is still bothering you. Is it related to standing around the shop, or climbing stairs at home?? :( Too bad some of your veggie crops didn't turn out as planned. I have to say the same for my own garden. The Fresno chili plant only gave us 3 peppers. There are now some tiny buds on there after a real "dead" period, but it's certainly too late in the season to get more. And my bean plants have lots of lovely foliage and nice blossoms, but no beans! Only the cherry tomato plant is doing well, as usual and I'm enjoying those in salads and eating out of hand. The bigger tomato plant has had a lot of large tomatoes on it for some time, and they are finally starting to ripen - I'm getting impatient and also worrying some critter will come along and help themselves!

Shad - Re spicy flavorings, bf and I have developed quite the taste and tolerance for spicy foods over the years. I agree with you though - it's not as appealing if the heat overwhelms the food itself. Our friend P reportedly puts serrano chilis on everything and that's just overkill if you ask me! Congrats on getting the attic cleaned out. What a job - dirty job to boot! Looking forward to seeing the Sophia wall. :) So...no dandy new car yet, but a new ring - nice treat, and you deserve it after all the hard work you've been doing around the house. :yes:

Mel - Love the photos you've posted! So what's this election you had - was it yesterday or Tuesday? You seem to have a lot of elections in your town!! Anything exciting?? Sorry August has had a lot of rain and alarms. But a Scooby Doo marathon sounds like a lot of fun. I used to love Scooby! And for cartoon dogs, I loved Marmaduke. :D I still have a Marmaduke paperback on my bookshelf that a HS friend gave to me. :)

Michelle - Hope your back is feeling better now. Have you gone back to the chiro or are you trying to do some exercises to stretch/relax the muscles so the chiro visits can be more effective? Feel better soon!! Soooo...when do you start your new job?

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I submitted my project late in the afternoon yesterday and the boss is looking it over right now. Unfortunately, she is seeing different formatting in the Excel file than I do, such as a column of the spreadsheet being too narrow and seeing #####'s instead of numbers. Aaaaargh! She is not computer savvy and isn't all that patient either, so something simple to fix for most folks is a problem for her.

I enjoyed the movie "We're the Millers" last night. Just so you know, this isn't a g-rated movie, so there's some drugs, violence & sex in there along with a bit of raunchy stuff (but not too much to totally turn me off). It's funny! Glad I saw it. I don't know if I ever saw Jason Sudeikis in anything before, but he's quite a funny guy, and the kid who plays his neighbor/"son" was hilarious - has such a funny face! His name is Will Poulter, and I could have sworn I'd seen him in something else, but nothing on IMDB rings a bell.

I didn't stay for the WW meeting yesterday because I was still busy, but I did pop in for my weigh-in and was down 1.6 pounds! Thank goodness - my eating over the weekend was basically a bunch of junk. And I was severely short of sleep hours on Sat night/Sun AM so all I wanted to do was eat. But somehow my home scale went down 3 pounds by Tuesday morning, so yay for that. Last couple days have been good - been too busy at work to do boredom eating! Bf bought "munchies" for our small gathering on Saturday - two big bags of the little single serving chips/salty snacks. He has them sitting on a counter and I see them and I've been resisting them for two days, which is a miracle because those are a real weakness for me. I'm going to tell him he needs to get them out of sight before I get home tonight - I can only hold out so long!!

Dunno what's going on, but my eyes have been watering like crazy this morning and my contacts don't feel very good. Something's in the air! Might end up taking out the lenses...

I've decided to call it quits in my attempt to carry around less in a smaller purse. It just isn't working for me. So that means...PURSE SHOPPING!! And I've decided I just love all sorts of pockets, so I might just go back to the nearby luggage outlet. They sell all sorts of travel gear, including lightweight nylon purses with all kinds of pockets and whatnot. I'd like to buy a nice leather bag, but once I add all my junk to it, they just get too heavy!

Okay. Enough :blah::blah::blah: Everyone have a great day.

Oh, I see Mellie posted. Glad the election stuff went well and no alarms and no rain! Ouch re Richie's tooth! I think it's crazy that even dental insurance doesn't cover night guards, but they are the answer for grinding, at least for me. Has R. tried the over the counter guards?

Okay, NOW I'm posting and back to what I've let slide the past couple days.

happy2bme
08-14-2013, 12:26 PM
Morning all,

Cool but sunny day out there. I think I will spend some time in the garage going through boxes now that DH moved the UTV out of there. I realize that before I know it, the weather will shift and it will be too cold to work in the garages so best get cracking on going through those boxes. I told my partner at the thrift shop that I am only going to do one day a week next month. She is covering a morning shift for her friend in Sept and Oct on another day so that will split us up. Probably a good thing, she made some comments to me that I didn't particularly care for so once again I am reminded that it probably IS best if every one do their own thing by themselves ;). We have a young buck deer that comes by - I suspect he might have been a baby here the last year or two. DH is able to get within 10 feet of him which thrills DH to no end. God bless the man - he was able to get a good sample of the little cat's doo doo (which I could NEVER do first thing in the morning :lol: ) and he ran that off to the vet. Hopefully they will FINALLY be able to figure out what is wrong with the poor thing. Although it doesn't get her down in spirit. She is a little less hyperactive now that she is eating the expensive vet food. I have to figure out something to fix this hip as I am very very tired of this already. I must have twisted in my sleep because it was hurting me a lot today - guess I will slap on a hot patch or some linament but I would very much like to start exercising or at least walking in this beautiful weather. I am rather stiff legged right now.

Mel - glad you had a peaceful night's rest that you needed. Glad you were able to do your civic duty, help the election and not over extend yourself. Reward yourself with a good Meliday. Sorry to hear about Ritchie's tooth - no doubt an unwelcome expense. That was one of the reasons they recommended a night guard for me - which I could never get used to wearing BTW - but it was to prevent the pressure points and breaking of teeth from grinding them. I hope it's not too pricey of a fix for him.

Annie - sounds like a nice, light summer dinner. We had a beef and red bell pepper stir fry recipe from my latest issue of Kraft Foods Cooking magazine - I LOVE that magazine. It was simple and delicious. We added the last of my garden sugar snap peas. So yummy! I got some cantaloupe at the store last week and it was finally a good one. The earlier ones this season looked nice but didn't have much taste - probably picked them from Costa Rica way too early. Did you get all your packets put together? Funny you mention about Hickory Farms - boy that brings back an old memory - I loved their samples too!

Laura - how was the movie? Did it live up to the buzz? How's the project coming along?

Shad - I too forgot you had ordered a new car. Did you get it settled or are you shopping again?

Ceejay - you have inspired me to clean my desk at home too. Thanks for the nudge :D

Michelle - how's the back doing? Any help from the chiropractor?

That's about it for me. Happy Hump day everyone. :D

MELODY525
08-14-2013, 12:28 PM
might as well do personals now.
the landscapers are mowing the lawn and weed whacking!!! sneeze sneeze!


ON A SIDE NOTE- OUR STATE SENATOR FRANK LAUTENBURG DIED RECENTLY AND WE HAD TO HAVE A PRIMARY TO SEE WHO'S RUNNING IN NOVEMBER. I Had forgotten all about this "special election" THAT OUR GOVERNOR DECIDED COULT NOT WAIT. GEEZ!!!
MY KEPBOARD IS GOING NUTS WITH CAPS & LOWER CASE:rofl:







SHAD.....FUNNY YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN TOTING UP DONATIONS!
SEE....GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE.
YOU HAVE BEEN SO BUSY IT EXHAUSTS ME!!
WHEN I HEAR MORE BEDBUGS WERE IN THE BUILDING, I WANT TO GET RID OF EVEN MORE STUFF.
I AM THINKING YOUR INSECTS MIGHT BE BETTER AND MOVE OVER BY YOU!! ROFL
WE HAVE SO MUCH TO CATCH UP ON.
TRYING TO FIND UNINTERRUPTED TIME IS MY PROB LATELY. USUALLY WHEN YOU ARE ALSEEP!! ROFLMAO




ANNIE....YOU CAN BRING HOME THE BACON AND EVEN FRY IT UP IN THE PAN...LA LA LA
HOPE THE TOE FEELS BETTER EVERY DAY.
SEND YOUR :LOOSE ISSUES: OVER HERE.
TIRED OF UASING MILK OF MAG:rofl:
I AM PLEASED TO HEAR SISSY IS DOING SO WELL.
GIVE HER A HUG FROM ALL OF US CHICKS:hug:




LAURA...HOPE THE BUSY DAY DIDN'T WEAR YOU OUT :hug:
HP[E THE PROJECT GOES BETTER TODAY. SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS YOUR WAY FOR PRODUCTIVITY!!:hug:
PART 2: HOPE THE BOOS LADY SEES THE GOOD WORK YOU DID!!
TELL HER TO GET TECHNO SAVVY :lol3: :lol3:



HAPPY......WAIT.....
:rudolph: <----this is the most wonderful time of the year!!
PEOPLE ARE SUCH SLOBS WHEN THEY BROWSE A STORE.
WE'RE HAVING ALL YOUR RAIN HERE. I'LL SEND SOME BACK!!!
YES THESE LITTLE BED BUGS JUST WANDER AROUND INSIDE THE WALLS TILL THEY FIND THEIR NEXT VICTIM.
PRAYING IT WON'T BE EITHER JEN OR I!!:cry:\
U CAN IMAGINE THE GARDEN AND THOSE NIGHT TIME TEMPS.
SAD THAT FALL CAME BEFORE SUMMER ENDED.
WE'LL HAVE A GOOD INDIAN SUMMER THOUGH.
WEATHERMAN PREDICTED IT LAST NIGH.
SAID WE SHOULD GET READY FOR HOT WEATHER. LOL




CEEJAY.......WAVING RIGHT BACK TO YOU:wave:
HOPE YOU STAY AWAKE TODAY.
CAN'T HAVE THE BOSS FINDING YOU WITH A BIG OL SMILE ON YOUR FACE & EYES C;LOSED!!!
I LIKE THE CUT UP MELONS TOO. SO MUCH EASIER TO HANDLE.

MELODY525
08-14-2013, 12:32 PM
GAPPY....SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE HIP.
TIME FOR A SHOT???? SENDING HUGS YOUR WAY :hug:
MINE HAS BEEN ACTING UP AND WAS CONSIDERING GETTING "SHOT" AGAIN:rofl:

HAD A LAUGH AT DH...JEN AND I WOULD BE THRILLED TO GET CLOSE TO A DEER.
SCARED BUT THRILLED. ROFL
HOPE THE VET CAN FIND OUT WHAT IS BOTHERING MISS JUNIOR PUSS.
SENDING THE WEE ONE A HUG ALSO :hug:

ceejay52
08-14-2013, 02:13 PM
Mel
You sound like you are in a good mood today. No alarms does make a big difference.

Happy
Fingers crossed that this "test" will find out what is wrong with the little one. I had to break down and take a Mobic last night for the knees. Don't know why I didn't do it earlier. It sure made a difference.
We have cooler weather today. Feels like and smells like fall. I'm loving it.
High 50's for over night lows tonight.
I'm still envious of you wild life.

Laura
Congrats on the 1.6 pound loss this week. I still have some work to do in my home office but it's in a lot better shape. Going to do some more work this week end.

Annie
I do have retirement on my mind and that's the main reason I'm purging. Still have a long way to go. My goal is to get to the bare bones. And only have what I need-----not what I want.

Michelle:
Have you started the other job?

As mentioned before it's a gorgeous day. Had a spectacular sunrise this morning also. Nothing new.

annie175
08-14-2013, 02:18 PM
MELLIE...I am surprised you don't have to cut the grass and weed whack too! lol What a wonderful day and excellent nights sleep. Wonder if you were just sleeping so well you didn't hear the alarms. haha

HAPPY...I do not recall handing over the owie hurty crown to you for your hip to hurt. So get over it now! Used to love getting close to the animals/deer when we used to live out in the stix. Many of the deer would come right up to our back step and we would stand just inside the back door about 5 ft away and watch them.

Laura....the toe and toe nail are a deep purple almost black looking. Where the blood blister that I popped was is clearing up and is only light purple. I will def have to see We're the Millers. Congrats on the WL...YGG. Just have to run all the good WL weeks together.

Later chickies

annie175
08-14-2013, 02:19 PM
CEEG...Enjoy this gorgeous day, we too, are having a beautiful day. No humidity and about 70 degrees....I may have to fake sick and go home early. lol

Shad
08-14-2013, 07:10 PM
Sorry, not much time to post lately. Been flat out shifting things, shovelling things, growing things, watering things, sweeping things, throwing out things and keeping cat occupied. She's become very clingy. She knows I am going away again and seems to think she will be left high and dry. I need to take her back to the vet tomorrow for a check up and then she goes to DS2's place for a week. She seems to be healing quite well, and is certainly back to normal as far as food goes.

I'm doing a dump run this morning to get rid of the last of the roof space junk. DS1 has said I can chuck his old university notes - since he hasn't used them in 15 years, that is not surprising. There are no text books that I can see that might have a resale value. Then I need to get on with a bit of digging and possibly some more drain stuff.
And then there is the matter of my taxes having to be sent in. And where pray Mr Accountant are the family trust papers I asked you to set up back in July. Hello - is any one listening out there. You can now tell I am ready to go back to work since I am becoming a grumpy old woman.

The car man has come back saying that we are on track for end of August, but if that doesn't happen then they will give me a loan car until mine is ready. I ask you, what needs to be ready? Isn't it built like a new car already? Not happy. The things I wanted to do to get used to my new car I can't do in a loan car - it may not even be the same model for Pete's sake. So the war of words continues. They have 2 weeks to the end of August.

No personals sorry. Just don't have the time. I'll try and get in tonight before I fall asleep in the chair.

happy2bme
08-15-2013, 02:46 AM
Shad - I have ordered one and only one car in my life - my 1976 Firebird. It was nothing flashy or special yet it took forever to show up on the lot. I too wondered what took so long. Good luck with the shifting, tucking, hiding, raking, mowing, washing. Like going on vacation - have a lot of effort to sink into things before you go away.

Annie - Sassy passed me the owie hurty crown :queen: when you were distracted :rofl: Sisters gotta share you know ;)

Good night all - I am trying to figure out how to calm down 2 crazy cats with the midnight heebie jeebies who are literally chasing each other all over the house and making a huge racket. Going to be a short night if I don't get to sleep soon... :yawn:

MELODY525
08-15-2013, 08:03 AM
http://www.progressiveinvolvement.com/.a/6a00d8341c3e3953ef0120a56b734e970c-320wi


GOOD MORNING LADIES OF THE WORLD.

JUST GOT DONE WITH ANOTHER 2 ALARMS.
GOING TO QUICK EAT SOMETHING AND LIE DOWN.
FEELING A LITTLE NAUSEOUS.
BEEN AWAKE TOO LONG WITHOUT ANY FOOD.
MAYBE CATCH YOU GALS LATER.

Laura705
08-15-2013, 11:36 AM
Morning all. Happy Thursday to all of you, and happy garbage day and happy payday to me!

Mel - Hope a meal gets rid of the nausea and that you can get back to sleep. !@#$% alarms!! :mad: I think you posted that coffee graphic to get Ms. Java here. :D I think I heard a blurb on the news re that election - it only stuck in my head because I don't care for the name Cory, LOL. the boss lady didn't have any comments to speak of re my project, which was our 2014 budget, BTW. Apparently neither did her boss. :carrot: Off it goes to the financial planning folks. :broc:

Happy - Did you get the cats to finally settle down? Or did they keep going until the energy ran out? It's no surprise to me that your Firebird took forever - it was the 70's and the car mfrs still thought they were the kings of the universe. How did the box sorting in the garage go yesterday? Our garage doesn't have boxes stored in it, but it sure could use a clean-out!

Shad - Aren't you on the warpath!?!?! And who could blame you - a lot of foot-dragging going on. Glad kitty is healing well.

Annie - Isn't that just the key - string the losses together. Instead it's been ups and downs. Sigh. But I'm not giving up!! :no: :nono: Another nice day here - how about by you? Worthy of a "sick" day? :D

Ceejay - We're having cool weather too, but I heard it's going to be heating up soon, and by next week we could be in the 90's. :beach: When I think "what if something happens to us", a whole host of thoughts cross my mind, and one of them is someone else having to go through all our stuff. That's by no means the most critical concern if something happens, but it would be a major chore. For you, it's much more real - in what's really a short time, you'll be making a major move and you sure don't want to drag too much with you. The key is you know it's coming and can address it little by little. :)

Hi Michelle!! :wave:
==
Nothing to report. Wait, yes there is: My HS gal friends are planning a cruise for our milestone bday year next yr. So far there's only 4 of us, but I'm 99.9% sure I'm on board (get it - on board for the cruise, yuk yuk).

Have some planning to do for that, as well as trying to find a cheap flight to get to my mom's in MO in Sept/Oct. I think I've given up on that though...not gonna do Greyhound, not gonna drive - too much time. Just gonna suck it up and book the fight and be done with it.

Oh, bf and I went out to eat last night and when we got in the car to leave the restaurant, the car wouldn't start. It's some sort of electrical thing, or the starter/ignition. Not the battery because that was replaced last May - unless it's defective, but I don't thing that's it. He wiggled some wires under the hood and turned a lot of the electrical accessories on and off and got it to start, so we weren't stranded, but ugh, hate car problems. Oy, hope it's not too expensive. :faint: NOTE TO SELF: Buy the !@#$% motor club membership already!! (I keep putting it off. Doh!)

Okay, back to work. TTFN!
:coffee2::coffee2::coffee2:

annie175
08-15-2013, 11:41 AM
Good Morning/Nite all...

I am on a very painful webcast at the moment. It keeps cutting in and out and the speaker is so monotone, blah blah blah.

Got my hair cut last night. I love getting my hair cut then came home and made 3 cheese grilled cheese sandwiches, cut up tomatos and had leftover white rice for dinner. Very easy night.

Tonight is baked lightly breaded pork chops, baked quartered cut red potatos with olive oil, garlic and oregano, have not decided if greenbeans or mixed veggies. I made angel food strawberry creamcheese cake for dessert, which I am not eating. Bro, SIL and Sissy are coming for dinner.

MELLIE...Loved the coffee cartoon, I sent it on to my coffee klatch peeps. Hope you are feeling better and the alarms remain silent.

HOLY SMOKES SHADDIE...you are one busy woman. My brother ordered a Fiat X19 back in the 70s, it took them 8 months to deliver it. THen it came in the wrong color. Sheesh. He accepted it anyway as he was tired of waiting as he was driving a VW.

HAPPY...crazy cats, wonder where they get that from? lol

Hi to all the rest of ya's.

Hugs

annie175
08-15-2013, 11:47 AM
There you go LAURA posting over my head. No cruises for this gal, no way, so sir, too many horror stories in the news about those cruise ships. Instead spend the same money or less and get an all inclusive stay in Cancun. I hate car probs too, and to think you only have one car to rely on. That stinks. I belong to AAA Motor Club. So far the only people to use is Curtis and Samantha. I guess by having it, I will not have car probs. Kind of like a good luck charm. Beautiful weather here. I did leave the office at 3 yesterday, to get home and enjoy it a bit. Next week brings back hot and humid. Bleh. Blame it on Tropical Storm Erin?? Who knows, this weather has been ridiculous. Have a great afternoon! Enjoy!

MELODY525
08-15-2013, 01:10 PM
http://reviews.in.88db.com/images/cluttered-closet.jpg


WELL....NO NAPS AND NO REST.
TOO WIDE AWAKE SO I SORTED 1/2 OF A CLOSET.
FOUND A BOX OF TOPS FOR WHEN I AM SKINNY.
GAVE THEM TO THE MAINT. LADY FOR THE GD.
SHE SAID SHE CAN USE THEM FOR SCHOOL.
THEY ARE LIKE BRAND NEW.
MY CLUTTER IS SO ORGANIZED IN BOXES AND THOSE VACUUM BAGS.
BUT IT'S JUST RIDICULOUS TO SAVE THIS STUFF.
SO I AM GOING TO SORT THE REST OF THE SUMMER STUFF THIS WEEKEND.
HOPE YOU ARE ALL HAVING A GREAT DAY.




LAURA....GLAD THE BOSS WAS VIRTUALLY COMMENT-FREE.
NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS...USUALLY.
HOW WONDERFUL ABOUT THE CRUISE IDEA.
SOUNDS GREAT TO ME.
HOPE THE CAR IS CHEAP TO REPAIR.
WTF!!! JUST BEFORE THE WINTER MONTHS AHEAD:ginger:




HAPPY....I SEE I TYPED "GAPPY" YESTERDAY :rofl:
HOPE YOU GOT THE CATS CALMED DOWN.
WHEN YOU LEARN THE TRICK TEACH ME.
IT JUST MIGHT WORK WITH THE SENIORS!!





CEEJAY...OUR MORNINGS HAVE BEEN WONDERFUL TOO.
I GUESS WE BETTER ENJOY THEM WHILE THEY LAST.
WE'RE HEADED FOR MORE STORMS OVER THE WEEKEND THEY SAY.
HOW WAS THE NEW MOWER???





ANNIE...DON'T SAY THOSE THOUGHTS TOO LOUD...
THE HOUSING AUTHORITY MIGHT THINK THEY CAN SAVE MONEY IF THEY TIE A PLOW OR MOWER ON MY BACK!! ROFLMAO
ONE YEAR THE MEN SAID AT THE MEETING IF THEY TIED A SNOWBLOWER TO MY CHAIR, THEY COULD SAVE A TON OF OVERTIME!!!
LOVE ME SOME GRILLED CHEESE. YUM!!
ENJOY THE NEW HAIRCUT!!




SHAD...I DID A "DUMP RUN" TO MY MAINT. LADY. ROFL
SHE WOULD LOVE EVERYTHING YOU TOSS OUT.
SHE'S A HOARDER OF SORTS!!
YOU WOULD MAKE HER VERY HAPPY!!
YOU'RE GETTING READY FOR SPRING....
AND I AM GETTING READY FOR WINTER.
MAYBE THE CAR MAN WANTS TO PUT A LOVELY RED RIBBON ON THE CAR?!?!:lol3:

annie175
08-15-2013, 01:52 PM
MELLIE...believe it or not, all the cleaning, tossing and sorting I have done, I could still go through it all over again and have another mess to dump. I tell you combining two houses into one, then inheriting some of dad's stuff. I need a house to house the stuff. Maybe you could attach dusters to your chair and roll around dusting your apt. We can come up with all sorts of things you can do with that chair. lol.

ceejay52
08-15-2013, 03:14 PM
Waiting for the lunch to digest some more before I get outside to mow. It's only 73 degree's in the middle of the day. I'm not looking forward to the heat returning. I'm ready for fall.


Mel
I like the new mower. It's a bit different than the other one but 3 inches wider in cut. I have most of my stuff in plastic bends and I'm like you there is absolutely no reason to keep it.

Laura
Yeah for getting the project done and without much comment. That's good news.

Happy
Were you awake all night due to the cats?

Annie
Been thinking about getting my hair trimmed which usually end's up being cut to short. You know a grilled cheese sandwich would be a good idea for tonight.

Michelle
What's going on?

diyana
08-15-2013, 10:34 PM
Okay...I'm pretty sure I told y'all about this new job I'm starting on Monday. So I gave my notice to my now former agency last week Monday, but my manager was on vacation. So then this week rolls around, and Monday is a work from home day, so on Tuesday, I worked for a couple hours and then he called me into his office and wanted my badge and laptop. No worries. This happens all the time when you've got a job dealing with computers and websites.

Anyway, I called my new agency and said I could start on Thursday (today)...but the manager at the new job said to just have me start on Monday. I'm very excited about this new position because I know I will do well and the pay is $8/hour MORE than what I was making AND the insurance, which I have to pay for until I go permanent, is cheaper.

Yesterday, today and tomorrow, I'm providing transportation for a friend who is undergoing radiation for cancer. He's doing pretty well all things considered. Then after I drop my friend back off at his place, I've been going over to D's place to say hi to him...and get a nice hug and smooch. He's been busy cleaning and doing some renovation/repair on his house, which is over 100 years old and needs some help.

I went to the gym on Tuesday and Wednesday to ride the recumbent exercise bike for 1/2 hour both days. I saw the chiropractor yesterday and he did a little subtle alignment and lots of acupuncture, and I imagine he'll do the same tomorrow. Last night, I vacuumed and tidied up the house because my step-mom is getting back from her trip this evening (she went to Lake Tahoe and Yosemite with her boyfriend, and her brother and sister-in-law).

Sorry I'm so far behind on personals. I do think about you ladies all the time. I just haven't had much time on the computer lately...despite being off work.

I'll hopefully be able to catch up with y'all later tonight or tomorrow.

Much love,

Shad
08-15-2013, 11:53 PM
Afternoon all,
Getting this done now as I have an early start tomorrow (4am) and don't know when I will get back on line again next week.

Managed to lock myself out of the house again yesterday. Gawd I am stupid sometimes. So today I have got 3 more keys cut which I will keep in some unusual and secret places. Can't do this too often, I will begin to think I have Alzheimer. Anyway the man came out and replaced the pane of glass and laughed the entire time he was here.

I'm about to go get my suitcase out of the wardrobe and pack my bags. Don't think I need to take anything too special since I will be working in the dust and dirt, grit and grime most of the time. However we will go out to dinner one night I am sure.

The car man has been back and forth. The upshot appears to be that my black car will not be here until the end of September. They are offering me a loan car. Or I can have a white one with a couple of extras on (not sure if these are the extras I asked for - need to go and check out the paperwork) and it will cost me an extra $2K. It is available first week in September - so they say. I've asked for a couple of clarifications and will make a decision when they get back on that one. Bah humbug.

If I have time, I will come back with personals later. Other than that I will catch up with you somewhere over the pond.

MELODY525
08-16-2013, 06:52 AM
http://www.smiley-lol.com/smiley/metiers/sante/ambulance.gif WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT IF I TOLD YOU I HAD TO GET UP TO GO POTTY AND AS SOON AS MY BUTT GOT INTO THE WHEELCHAIR....THE COPS CALLED ME!
I COULDN'T BELIEVE THEIR TIMING. IT WASN'T EVEN 5 AM.
GOING BACK TO BED. WILL SEE YOU GALS PROBABLY TOMORROW.

annie175
08-16-2013, 09:22 AM
90% of pet owners say they consider their pets family members.
50% of pet owners admit they talk to their pets.
80% of dog and cat owners feel that their pet can sense their moods.
75% of dog owners believe that their dogs try to make them feel better when they are unhappy.
70% of dog owners expect their dog to come to their rescue if they are in distress.
57% of Americans are pet owners and 90% want to be.

annie175
08-16-2013, 11:37 AM
Good Morning/Evening!!

Nice evening with dinner guests. Quite yummy dinner and lots of laughter. Lil man was very entertaining. He was shaking the chain link fencing in the backyard shouting "Rally, Rally, Rally" like at a baseball game. Too stinkin funny.

CEEG....we must be having the same kind of weather you are. Except the tropical storm Erin will not reach us. You may get some rain out of it. I think Mellie will get some of it too but not till like the end of next week.

My computer just did something weird and posted part of my post and now I am typing in advanced screen.

MELLIE...Go rest up and come back when you feel like giving us a shout out.

CHELLE...you are such a good person and deserve all the good things coming to you in your life plus more. Have a nice 4 days off before starting new job. Goodluck!!

SHADDIE..you are getting down and dirty for the next job. Hmmmm, makes me wonder if there is pole dancing involved. ba hahahaha. Hope all goes well and there are not too many idiots you have to work with.

Hello to all the rest of ya's.

Hugs.

Laura705
08-16-2013, 12:44 PM
Morning all. Happy Friday!

Annie - Love the dog/pet stats. :) I do want to do one of those all-inclusive resort vacations someday. Easy way to vacation when you want to just hang out in a tropical environment and chill on the beach. But cruises allow you to see a few different places...but I was clear to my friends - no Carnival cruises!!

Mel - I feel tired just looking at the time of your post!! You need to get paid a shift differential amount like the nurses do when they work their ungodly hours in the middle of the night. :yes:

Shad - Safe travels! I'd definitely be hiding some keys around the exterior if the lockouts are getting to be frequent - do you have an account with the glass guy, LOL. Reminds me, I need to make sure bf put our spare key back in it's not-so-hidden place. He locked himself out on garden day and used it, and last I saw it was on the kitchen counter. I might have to put another key in a secret spot - he's not so great with putting things back in their homes. Gosh, what is it with the car that's posing such a problem getting it to you??!!

Michelle - I'm not surprised you were released from the other job right away - with computers, etc., just a precaution. Sounds like you've been making great use of your time off. :) Enjoy the rest of it!!!

Ceejay - Nice that your mower cuts a wider swath - less work, right?

Hello Happy!!
==
Another ho-hum day. I did sign on for the AAA motor club membership yesterday, so Annie, hopefully you're right - we won't ever need to use it. But I have in the past! I gave up the membership a few years ago because I thought I already had something similar included in my auto insurance coverage, but it turned out to just be reimbursement for similar expenses, but not a service. Bleh.

Bf took the car to the dealer yesterday and we had a loaner vehicle last night. Nice SUV type thing - Acura RDX. I like those backing-up cameras.

Went to Jazzercise class last night. It was alright. Everyone's favorite instructor is on vacay this week, so the attendance was down last night for the substitute instructor. I hope our fave is back for Saturday morning's class.

Okay, enough with the interruptions already!

Nothing planned this weekend except Jazzercise. Plenty to do around the house this weekend. I caught a good sale on the index tab dividers I wanted for my recipe binder, so I will switch out the tabs. Maybe that'll motivate me to pick out some recipes to prepare next week!

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

happy2bme
08-16-2013, 01:12 PM
Morning ladies,

Man I am getting scatterbrained lately. :dizzy: Was talking to my cousin this morning and my Mom last night - both asked what I was up to and for the life of me, I drew a blank. I know I did something to while away the day but what was it???? Most days seem like that lately. The day is actually filled with little but totally unmemorable things - clean up counters, vacumn, clean the baths, scoop litter boxes, tend to the plants, etc. I am trying to take a room at a time and go through it completely and reorganize and toss things I don't need or don't use. The other day started in the laundry room - not a big room but by the time it came to do supper, I still had more to do. And more annoying - it doesn't really look like I did anything that took 6 hours to work on :mad: Today I have laundry, more housework and I really should take an hour to price some costume jewelry for the shop. There were some grumblings about the cases being a bit empty :rolleyes: We are going to a fish fry tonight and tomorrow to an Italian buffet special at the casino. So 2 nights out this week :yay: To make up for the extra calories I have been eating Lean Cuisine meals for lunch all week and watching my supper portions. Weather warmed up a bit - we are kissing the 80 degree temps - kind of warm for DH working outside but I hope it gives a boost to my tomatoes. And we had a new momma turkey show up with 9 baby chicks. Mom is by herself - that's a pretty big brood to handle herself. I can't believe she is the momma to all of them. Hummingbirds are going through about a gallon - yes a GALLON of sugar water each day. I think they are starting to prep for their long trip south. My cousin got their firewood (they heat with a wood stove), wood pellets and stocked the freezer at a meat sale last week. She said she is preparing for winter. I said isn't it a little early???? But I will blame her totally if it snows next week :rofl:

Mellie - sorry you had such an early roll call. Hope you got back to sleep for a while. Is this the last surge of summer and the seniors are giving you a run for your money? How is Jen doing? Did your sciatica ease up?

Laura - I see you have one of those guys also where objects homes are where ever they drop them last. I gave up complaining about it. Now I just call him from whatever he's doing and make him go retrieve the missing item. Thanks for the review on the Millers. Yesterday was the last day it was at our movie theater. I missed that one and The Heat as well. :( I understand what you are talking about with the motor club - I wanted to keep AAA and DH said we had the same coverage on our insurance. We argued about the expense and the fact that we hardly used it so I gave in and just dropped it. But it's nice to have when you need it. Funny that you talk about the back up camera. With cars that park themselves, back up cameras, directional guidance systems in 10 years we will be telling our grandchildren about how hard it was to drive in the old days when we were learning and had to "rough it" ourselves. I barely remember the days when power steering was an option as well as disc brakes but it was harder :lol:

Annie - glad you are loving up the baby. Where'd he get rally from :lol: too funny - he's at that adorable age of cuteness and looks like such a happy guy from his pictures. I totally agree with the pet stats - even if sometimes they make us crazy!

Shad - have a good time this weekend. Hope you sort out the car issues with what works out best for you. Did Sunday check out well at the vet?

Michelle - nice that you have a few unexpected days off to tend to some things. Especially helping out a friend with a ride. Enjoy the extra time and good luck on the new job Monday!

Ceejay - hope the cooler weather holds up for you - especially on those lawn mowing days. Glad you got everything assembled properly and no left over parts :lol: And no, I don't let the cats keep me awake. If they get too rambunctious I just holler at them and they run upstairs!

Well I'd better get off the computer and get cracking here. Have a good weekend everyone.

ceejay52
08-16-2013, 06:07 PM
Haven't gotten a whole lot done today, but I have rested. That's a good thing. Then I trimmed the bushes. The skies are still over cast today. Made a run to Wally World this morning. Need to go back cause I was side tracked when the girls down the street approached me. Decided on a Bar B cue sandwich for lunch and this place has excellent reviews but good heavens that was the sweetest bbq I've ever eaten. This is the first and last time there.

Laura
Don't blame you for not wanting to go on a "Carnival" cruise. That type of vacation has never appealed to me. Mainly I don't like the open water. I don't even like to get into a fishing boat. I'd love to have a back up camera on my rav 4.

Happy
Don't blame yourself for not remembering you what you did yesterday. It's important at the time but later on down the line it doesn't matter. I'm the same way. Who wants to know about my same ole things.

Michelle
I don't blame you for taking a better job with better benefits. How nice of you to take a friend for his treatments.

Annie
I can't wait for when I get to retire and be around young children, my sissy's grandchildren. I'm gonna spoil them more rotten than what they already are.

Mel
Bah humbug on the cops calling you that early. Hope you got to go back to bed.

Shad
Safe travels. I guess when they say custom built they mean it.

Going to make my second run to Wally World when the washer is through.

MELODY525
08-17-2013, 07:29 AM
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HAPPY WEEKEND TO ALL OF YOU.
BEEN VERY BUSY HERE. JUST LIFE HAPPENING AT A RAPID RATE.
MUST BE A FULL MOON ON THE HORIZON OR JUST PASSED.
I HAVEN'T HAD TIME FOR MYSELF EVEN.
MY FRIEND & I HAVE BEEN SPENDING A LOT OF TIME ON THE PHONE ALSO.
SHE HAS MADE THE DECISION TO GO OUT ON DISABILITY.
ALREADY THE PROCESS HAS BEGUN. I WILL BE SAD WHEN IT'S FINAL.
NOTHING NEW WITH ME. I JUST NEED SLEEP AND PLENTY OF IT.
HAVE A GREAT DAY.




I HAVE READ THE POSTS BUT TOO TIIRED FOR PERSONALS JUST NOW.


SHAD....I DO HOPE EVERYONE IN THE FAMILY IS OK AFTER ALL THESE EARTHQUAKES THEY JUST TOLD ME ABOUT THIS MORNING ON THE WEATHER CHANNEL. WHAT IS GOING ON WITH NEW ZEALAND?? HAVE A SAFE & HAPPY TRIP.




I'LL TRY AND COME BACK ALTER. GREAT WEEKEND WORLDLIES:encore:

annie175
08-17-2013, 07:54 AM
OK Ladies...I am an idiot...

When I get in my car, I throw my cell phone in the cup holder. WELLLL...I had a cup of water in the holder and threw my cell right into the cup of water and probably 5 minutes elapsed before I realized it. Phone dead. Overnight rice treatment did no good, off to Verizon to get a new phone today. Bleh! Thankfully it is my turn to get a new phone. Laura and Chelle, I had your cell numbers prior. Please PM me them again. I lost everything. Anyone else that wants to share your # please PM me.

No personals, not in the mood. Feeling like a boob!

ceejay52
08-17-2013, 11:09 AM
Annie
I feel the pain of the cell phone. I've washed my in the washer several time. This time I bought insurance on it.

Nothing new
Have a good day every one.

Laura705
08-17-2013, 01:15 PM
Morning all.

Annie - I PM'd you my cell ph. # What a PITA with the phone, especially losing the data on there. Are you going to get the same model, or a newer/different kind? It's nice having new features, but learning how to use it can be frustrating.

Mel - Hope things slow down for you and you get to rest up and have some time for yourself. Sorry to hear you friend is going on disability if she wasn't mentally ready to do that.

Ceejay - Glad you got some rest on your day off! Two trips to Wally world in one day - now that's not my ideal day! But I will get there sometime this weekend - have a few things to pick up.

Happy - Yeh, I notice a lot of my days are like that - all of a sudden it's late afternoon and not a clue what's been accomplished, even when it's not a lazy sofa day, LOL. Gosh you've got some thirsty hummingbirds!! They're preparing for what's to come just like your cousin, LOL. Good for you cutting back on other meals when you're eating out more frequently. It's all about balance... Between not driving as much and living in the 'burbs, I'm quite rusty with parallel parking now. You'd think it'd be 2nd nature after all the years in the city, but now I've spent 13 years out here, so that's a good long time of driveways and parking lots vs. street parking. And honestly, the cars have such different sight lines now, it's harder to do parallel parking when you can't really see where the hood ends!

Hellos to Shad & Michelle! :wave:

==
Didn't do much of anything last night, and we ordered pizza for dinner. I found another headboard that's a good possibility for us, but we might not get to see it til Monday because the seller is going away for the weekend.

I started watching the movie Mildred Pierce on cable last night. I missed about the first half hour, watched about 45 min. of it and recorded the rest. I might just see if I can borrow it from the library so I can see it from the beginning.

I went to Jazzercise this morning and the usual instructor was there, so yay. Good sweaty class. All showered now and got a load of laundry going. We let the towels pile up and now we have several loads of those to wash. Good thing we have a lot of towels!!

I have a hankering for some middle Eastern food - lamb kabob sandwich, some hummus...maybe a little piece of baklava to take home for later. I'll have to see what time bf is leaving for a charity event he's attending with a couple friends.

Okay, off to get my recipe binder set up wit my new index tabs! Have a great weekend everyone. :)

:flow1::flow1::flow1:

annie175
08-17-2013, 04:48 PM
God Bless Adam at Verizon. He retrieved all my contacts off my dead to life phone. Thanks but need no numbers now.

LAURA...I got an I-phone this time. A huge jump from a basic phone that calls and texts, takes pix. Took me 10 mins to call my first person. Sheesh.

CEEG...it is so very painful on this new IPhone. bleh

Shad
08-17-2013, 05:26 PM
Morning all,
Got here safe and sound. There have been some big earthquakes here in the past week, however none that could be felt since I arrived.

About to get down and dirty with my sister who is resisting most of the way. I'll be back as often as I can, but with this connection, it could be a while.

Take care.

diyana
08-18-2013, 02:31 AM
Hi ladies -

Super quick post for me as it's late, and I'm tired. It's been busy around here with my step-mom's brother and his wife in town from New Hampshire. They are both SO nice. I hadn't seen them since my dad passed away in 2003.

I had a great day today. It started with a vet appointment for Santa that went very well. Then I decided to join Weight Watchers and release some of this weight and the unhealthy eating patterns that are holding me back. Then I got my hair colored by my step-mom's sister-in-law...and it's the perfect shade of strawberry blonde that I wanted! After that, D came over and made a delicious healthy dinner for me and my step-brother as step-mom, her brother and sister in law went over to a friend's for dinner. Then D and I went for a walk afterward! Such a perfect day! And I'm looking forward to a good night's sleep and a fun day with Santa tomorrow!

I'm sorry I've been so behind on reading and personals. Please forgive me.

Shad - I heard about the earthquakes in NZ. Not sure what's going on with you and your sister that you're getting down and dirty...so I'll have to go back and catch up on reading.

Much love,

MELODY525
08-18-2013, 08:02 AM
http://www.orkugifs.com/en/images/its-the-weekend-enjoy-lifes-simple-pleasures_1502.gif


MORNING CHICKLETTES

NOT WIDE AWAKE JUST YET BUT WE HAD AN ALARM AT 6. YAWN.
GOING TO EAT SOMETHING AND THEN LIE DOWN TO WATCH CARTOONS.
FEELING A WEE BIT CONGESTED WITH THIS WEIRD WEATHER.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A SUPER SUNDAY.





ANNIE....VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE PHONE. OMG!!
WILL PM LATER. REMIND ME. LOL
PS: GOD BLESS ADAM!! GOOD NEWS!!


CEEJAY...NOTHING NEW IS A GOOD THING HERE!!! ROFL




LAURA....PIZZA...:dance:
HOPE YOU FIND THE HEADBOARD OF YOUR DREAMS!!
MILDRED PIERCE....GREAT FILM!!




SHAD....YES ...LIKE I SAID YESTERDAY...I HEARD ABOUT THE QUAKES.
STAY SAFE YOU GUYS AND KEEP US POSTED IF YOU CAN.
WILL TRY TO LISTEN TO REPORTS HERE.
ENJOY THE VISIT!!



MICHELLE......SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE ALREADY HAVING THE PERFECT WEEKEND.
MAY IT COPNTIMUE ON THIS ROAD!!!

ceejay52
08-18-2013, 12:43 PM
Shad
Hope things are okay and there's not been any other earthquakes. We've been having some smaller ones in our area.

Mel
Ugh on the alarms. Maybe you should give the building a curfew--stay in bed until you get up. But I realize that's not feasible. Watch Tom and Jerry for me.

Michelle
No wonder you are tired. Have a good night's sleep. My sister had strawberry blond hair when she was younger. I love that color. Good for you in joining WW. It is a good program.

Laura
I've never eaten mid eastern food. I've eaten India food prepared by my nieces husband. He didn't make it to spicy.


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It's back to work for me. Nothing new.

happy2bme
08-18-2013, 01:27 PM
Morning all,

Yesterday was such a crazy busy day - I was really on a tight schedule and not even sure I got on the computer. DH hurt his back so he is having to rest it for a few days, he politely asked me to handle a few of his chores in the interim. No problem, just more to pack in. I cleaned out the cat boxes and the floor, did 3 loads of laundry, baked a double batch of dog treats, watered the garden and all the plants on the deck as well as washed out and refilled the "water pots" we have that the birds, bunny, squirrels, deer and anything else that rambles by takes drinks out of. Since it's been so dry here I've been setting out water for them. The buck and does drink out of the bird bath and sometimes leave it bone dry. I ran into town to take in an package up the dog treats and set out some jewelry I had priced as well. Stopped at a roadside stand and bought some lovely cantelope, sweet peppers and some tomatoes. The roadside stands are doing very well with tomatoes this season since most of our gardens are a bust. Was talking to a man while waiting in line and he said his tomato plants are first flowering now. I'm a little further ahead of that but not by much. It warmed up a bit the last few days - can see a difference in the tomatoes so maybe I'll get a few. Today I need to do some work out there. I pulled the lettuces and one half dead green bean plant yesterday. More trimming and a little bit of picking to do today when I have more time. DH and I went to the casino last night - they had an Italian buffet. It was my only meal of the day and I did enjoy it. DH said the food was good but he wasn't crazy about it. They had several meats - a braised beef, chicken Vesuvio, a roast pork, some other pork dish in gravy, Italian sausage and bell peppers and of course - pasta, pasta, pasta. They also had a parmesan polenta which I loved - must learn how to make that. Desserts gave me a chance to taste things I have seen on the cooking channel but never had the opportunity to try - zeppoli, panne cotta, and a really nice marscapone cake with berries. I tasted a bite or two of each but my favorite was amaretti cookies which I always wondered about. I like amaretto - these were tiny crispy cookies with an amaretto flavor. Sorry - I probably just did food porn here. :o I only had one plate of food and what amounted to a reasonable portion of dessert. Would have loved to go back for seconds but no room in the tummy so that's a good thing. Afterwards we went in the casino for about an hour but neither of us were having any luck so we came home and watched some television. It was a nice evening out. Today I think DH will rest up again, I have a few things to do but not as rushed as yesterday which will be nice. I'm supposed to go blueberry picking with my cousin this week - waiting for her to pick a day.

Shad - I sort of missed what's going on with your sister also. Hope you have a good visit with the family and can avoid any earthquakes. It certainly is getting quite active over on that side of the pond. :yikes:

Ceejay - your mention of middle eastern food had me thinking but then I remembered there was a small place in a bad area of town down by the Memphis airport that we would go to for lunch occasionally. They had really good middle eastern food. Sure don't have the variety of ethnic foods that they do up north. I guess northern goes for a sweeter bbq sauce too as I never cared for the tomato based sauces I found down in TN - that's how I got used to actually eating just a dry rub - thank goodness for Sweet Baby Ray's bbq sauce :rofl: Are you planning anything special for your upcoming birthday?

Mel - I think the goldenrod is blooming - my allergies have been giving me fits too and I'm getting the vertigo that comes with fluid in the ears - a sure sign of the allergies. Hope you find a way to get rid of the sniffles.

Michelle - glad your hair turned out the shade you wanted it to be. Good going on joining WW - I assume you are going to a meeting after work somewhere locally? Good luck on the new job Monday.

Annie - that's a bummer on the phone - I can send you my landline # if you want it. Don't beat yourself up - it was an accident and those things happen - the kind of thing where you can see it happen in slow motion as you are saying nooooooooooooo! I had to smile at your comment about it taking so long to figure out how to make a call - we got a TracPhone - a very simple one made for the ELDERLY and I took it with when we were doing the Mom relay transfer. Tried to call my SIL and I could not figure out how to unlock the blasted phone! DH was trying to tell me but he was driving and could not look away. I swear it took 15 minutes also. This coming from a former I.T. person - guess I will have to renounce my technical membership although I was always better at problem solving than technical stuff :rofl: I hope you get used to the new phone and I'm sure you'll be loving it (in a month or so) :^: ;)

Laura - Mildred Pierce - didn't she win an academy award for that movie? It's nice to see that you still use a recipe binder. I have printed some recipes but always debate about the quickness of being able to search on my computer vs a book. However there are a few go to favorites - like my cole slaw recipe that I always make from the printed copy. They have a couple of cute recipe boxes at the thrift store but it would mean rewriting things on index cards so I've talked myself out of it. Did you get your middle eastern food? You remind me that the one thing I really miss living here is the variety of food available to you where you live. BUT is it worth dealing with the day to day crowds and traffic? :?: :shrug: tough trade off :lol:

Well I have a cat at my feet begging for some attention so I'd better see to it. Half my life lately is tending to animal - clean and refresh the hummingbird feeders, water and feed the cats, put corn and seed out for the critters, fill water bowls outside - I might as well be a farmer :dizzy: Have a good Sunday all.

Shad
08-18-2013, 07:42 PM
Well the peace didn't last long. And that is about all I'll say about that for the time being.

It's a beautiful day today and although I'm told and the 'quake link' tells me that we are still having earthquakes swarms, I have not felt any yet. I'm about to take myself off for a walk down the hill shortly and check out the town and tomorrow I will go into the city and see if I can meet up with some friends for lunch. Thursday I go out to Japanese Chris' place and will no doubt have dinner with her as well. My niece has set my computer up on her network so I have my own computer up and running. That's nice. At least I know the foibles of mine.

Happy - sorry to hear about the DH's back. How did he manage that or was it one of those things that just happen when you stand up or turn or move? It's obviously kept you busy.

Annie - Arghhhhh on the phone. Just when you think you might have a bit of money left over at the end of the week, along comes trouble and you are back in the sh*t again. What with feet an phones etc., you must be the frontrunner for August's Klutz of the month award.

Michelle - sounding upbeat and happy. Life is being good right now for you.

Ceejay - at least the earthquakes are little. Don't know what is going on with our little planet but it sure is complaining.

Mel - Hope you are feeling somewhat better today. No problem with earthquakes right now but I could be jumping the gun here. No news is good news right now.

Laura - Pizza - did someone say pizza? yum. However the niece has just made some berry and lemon muffins. I might just have to settle for those with coffee.

Okay - better dash. Might just cook dinner tonight to let the Nephew in law out of the kitchen for a night. He is a superb cook, but I can do just as well (I hope). It's a long walk down the hill and to get back, guess what I have to climb back up it. I'm trying to describe the steepness of this hill but the best I can come up with is to say to Happy - remember that incline we walked up when we went from the motel to see the music in the town square in Arkansas? Well take that incline and make if 10 times as long and slightly steeper. I shall be puffing at the top.

MELODY525
08-19-2013, 06:38 AM
GOOD MORNING CHICKS

UP & AT 'EM EARLY THIS MORNING.
SOMEONE FELL AND HAD THEIR OWN ALARM AROUND THEIR NECK.
DIDN'T REALIZE HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE GETTING & PAYING FOR THIS THEMSELVES.
I JUST WISH THEY COULD WAIT TILL A DECEMD HOUR TO FALL. LOL
CAN'T THINK RIGHT NOW.
HAVE A GOOD DAY.




CEEJAY...I THOUGHT OF YOU WHEN I HEARD TOM & JERRY COME ON.
I KEEP THE TV ON FOR COMPANY. I LAUGHED WHEN I HEARD THEM CHASING EACH OTHER.




HAPPY....YOU HAVE BEEN VERY BUSY!!
HOPE DH FEELS BETTER. THAT HAS TO HURT.:hug:
EVEN THE FLOWER GARDEN HERE DID NOT BLOOM AS USUAL.
TOO MUCH RAIN AND THEN TOO MUCH COOLER WEATHER.
2 TREES ON THE PROPERTY ARE LOOKING LIKE THEY'RE DYING.
TERRIBLE GROWING WEATHER THIS YEAR.
I FORGOT ABOUT THE WEEKDS GROWING....THANKS.
WILL PASS THAT ON TO JEN. THE NEWS SAYS THE MOLD SPORE COUNT HERE IS EXCEPTIONALLY HIGH WITH THIS DAMPNESS. :cry:




SHAD....HOPE THE TRIP REMAINS NON-DEADLY!!! WTF!!
FAMILY....GOTTA LOVE THEM.
HOPE CHRIS IS DOING OK AND WISHING HER WELL.
HAVE A NICE DINNER WITH CHRIS AND THE FRIENDS TOO.
TAKE NOTES AND WE WILL HAVE MORE THAN ENOUGH TO BURN UP THE PHONE LINES.

annie175
08-19-2013, 08:41 AM
Monday morning which is my Thursday. I am off on W TH Fr for our brown county cabin stent. I am so looking forward to it altho the hot and humid temps begin returning starting today and by Wednesday it is supposed to be 90 and yuck out. Oh well, Curtis said we will just stay inside the cabin naked. WHAAATTT???? Wonder what HE has in mind. lol. Sounds fun and interesting. ba hahaha.

Yesterday was lovely. C and I went to see "We're the Millers", a lot of funny parts and I think the guy that played the son, was the best actor in the group. Such a nerd and I knew so many of those types that were my friends in high school. Of course, I liked everyone.

Then L. Fish Furniture was next door the the Olive Garden where we went for BLINNER...Lunch/dinner. I had soup (Pasta Figole) and salad. Anyway we ended up buying at L. Fish, new night stands for both sides of the bed, dining set (cherry wood), the higher pub style tables with stool type chairs. Also got a new reclining each end sofa and reclining love seat (Slate/gray color). Delivery should be tomorrow evening.

SHADDIE...OMG I could do the walk down the hill with you, IF my ankle and toes are feeling good, BUT you would have to hire Sven and his buddies to carry my fat arse back up the hill. Or I would just have to sleep at the bottom of the hill and wave as you all go past.

MELLIE....Maybe all the seniors need on of those "I've fallen and cannot get up" neck dillies. Also post that they MUST stay in bed from 9pm to 8am, no potty or snacking or TV. It is just not acceptable for you to answer alarms during those hours. lol

HAPPY....I think you may have started your own little zoo. Now just train the animals to endure petting and you can charge for the petting zoo. Hope DHs back gets to feeling better and can do his chores. You have so much to do already. All that food you mention makes me hungry, may have to go heat up my lunch for breakfast. lol

CEEG....Hi ho, hi ho, off to work you go.....makin those big bucks so you can retire from the public. Hugs.

CHELLE...your weekend sounded fantastic and so much fun. Have a marvelous first day on the job! Hope you love it there!

LAURA...no doubt wiggling around doing some sort of exercising, making me shameful for myself. Never heard of the movie Mildred Pierce. Let me know if it is worth renting. I love yummy pizza! Share please....

That is about it for me...must get some work done, even if I am dreading it.

Have a marvelous Monday/nite all.

happy2bme
08-19-2013, 10:55 AM
Morning all,

Just got a call, they need someone to fill in at the thrift shop this morning and I am a sucker when it comes to these kinds of things so I said yes. I won't be working my usual tomorrow then - perhaps my partner will be glad to be by herself. Guess I won't be making dog treats today either. Big weather change from last night today - all of a sudden rain is moving in - or at least it looks like rain but maybe just dark clouds. All I can say is that everything on every inch of me hurts. Bad. If I actually had prescription pain meds I'd take one and I never do that. I don't know what's going on but I am so over this.

Anyway - I have to go scoop the litter box, chug my coffee and get in the shower to get to the shop on time so I have to skip personals for now. Happy Monday all.

Laura705
08-19-2013, 12:33 PM
Morning all.

Happy – Sorry DH’s back is giving him trouble. I hope it’s getting better now and that he can get back to his usual activities in maintaining your menagerie. ;). And your pain sounds like all your activity on Saturday (and probably yesterday as well) is catching up to you - and wasn’t your back/knee/hip still hurting?? :( And now you’ll be on your feet at the shop today! I hope you do take some sort of pain reliever - and plenty of it! - and get some down time in the next few days. I did get my Middle Eastern food fix on Saturday – we go to a place that has locations in Palatine, Glenview & Skokie. Very well run – consistent quality and very clean. Just love it and have to appreciate places like that when you sometimes end up in places that can’t even seat you at a booth that’s been properly wiped down.

I do appreciate having so many ethnic food choices around. As a kid it was limited to some Italian and Chinese, and nothing close to anything authentic, LOL. BTW, your Italian buffet sounded tastyl, even though I'm not a buffet fan. Yeh, I do keep a recipe binder because I want to keep the “keeper” recipes handy, and for me it’s handier to have the binder than to retrieve a recipe from the computer and print it off. Instead, the recipe is printed off once (or taped to a sheet of paper if it’s a clipping from a newspaper or magazine) and it goes into a plastic sheet protector. When we make the recipe, we pull it from the binder, tape it on the cupboard door (with blue painter’s tape) just above the counter where we’re doing the preparation - essentially in front of our faces at eye level. Any notes, comments, revisions are written on the recipe page so we’ll have them for the next time, and back it goes into the binder. Sorry your tomatoes didn’t do much this year. I finally picked some larger tomatoes on Saturday and bought some fresh basil and fresh mozzarella yesterday so I can make some caprese sandwiches. Yum! I finally noticed some very tiny green beans on my bean plants – crossing my fingers they have enough time to mature and be eaten, and not by rabbits!!

Annie – Enjoy your new iPhone! I kind of miss mine…I think it’s because I’m not thrilled with the podcast player I’ve got on my Galaxy. So great the Verizon guy was able to retrieve your contact info!!! :carrot: Ah, a nice short workweek for you!! Hope you’re not too crazy busy for the next two days though. New furniture – cool. We have a sofa with the recliners at both ends – love it!!! I fall asleep quite often when I get that thing reclined all the way back, heehee. As for movement – I have a feeling with how busy you keep yourself, you burn plenty of calories mowing, gardening, keeping house, etc. I’m the one who should be ashamed - sitting on my heiney reading a book or watching tv way more than I should…

Shad – Glad you’re at your destination safe and sound and there are no EQ’s at the moment. What’s going on with your sis? The way you word it, an intervention of some sort comes to mind, LOL. Good exercise walking up and down that big hill. :D

Michelle – Sounds like you had a very nice Saturday and I hope your Sunday was pleasant as well. Good luck at the new job today!! Good going with joining WW. I’m not crazy about the point-counting, but the support and accountability are very helpful.

Mel – Those alarms just won’t end will they??!! Hope you’re a good napper – those sleep interruptions can have a big impact on you.

Ceejay – The foods I’ve eaten at the middle eastern place aren’t highly spicy (in terms of heat) but they do have their hot sauce available if you want it. Gosh, you’ve got earthquakes too??!! Don't want to ask what's next.

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Well, not a good start to the day. A schedule I gave to my boss on Friday was waiting for me this morning with a lot of comments. Ugh. I was initially furious because before I did this schedule, I asked for some more guidance on what was needed and given very little info, and now that I’ve done it, all the suggestions come??? :mad: And the comments are in the boss’s indecipherable handwriting. Whatever. She has certainly developed that “short-timer’s syndrome” that soon-to-be retirees often experience. :rolleyes:

So Saturday we went for our lamb kebob sandwiches, and then bf went off to the fundraising event with friends. I did some more laundry and then took my bike to the library (only a couple of blocks away from the train station). Picked up a book, season 4 of Monarch of the Glen (where I left off), and the dvd of the movie Mildred Pierce. Annie, that’s a 1948 movie starring Joan Crawford about a woman after her marriage breaks up. I’ve had the bedroom TV tuned to the Turner Cassic Movies network and they’ve had some good old movies playing lately.

I took doggy for a walk and the rest of the aft/eve was sitting around at home watching tv and reading.

Sunday I lazed away the morning with a book and did some of the new index tabs for my recipe binder. I also did some checking on flights and hotel for the cruise. I hate when there’s too many variables, and in this case there are. What a PITA. Have to find time today to phone one of my friends to discuss it.

Did some grocery shopping and also went to Walmart. I was whooped by the time we finally got home. I think the allergies are bad right now and that was part of it. I wore my glasses today.

Okay, better get this posted and get to it. At some point I’ll rework the darn schedule for the boss.

diyana
08-19-2013, 01:51 PM
Super quick post...as I'm at the new job. I overslept this morning...or thought I did. I woke up at 7, when I had planned to drop Santa at day care at 7:30. :yikes:

Anyway, I got Santa to day care at 7:45 and got to work by 8:15. Traffic was slow in parts, but always moving. :crossed: I hope it stays that way. Later today, I'll ask my manager what hours he would like me to work so I can determine if I'll be going to the gym before or after work. Today, I'll go after work before I pick up Santa (if I get to the gym at all). No telling how I'll feel at the end of the day, which is why maybe going to the gym before work might work better for me. I can always seem to talk myself out of exercising by the end of the workday. :dunno:

Hope y'all are doing well.

Much love and many hugs,

ceejay52
08-19-2013, 05:45 PM
Laura
Our earthquakes are minor compared to some. as low as a 2.6 which one can barely feel the ground shake. The train can shake the ground that much. At least I feel the building move when the train comes by.

Michelle
I'm the same on the exercising. I can't do it before work. I'm definitely not getting up at 4.30 a.m. just to exercise and by the end of the 12 hour shift I'm give out but I have been forcing myself to ride the bike for 20 minutes after I get home.

Annie
Enjoy your "fun" week end. I like those pub type table and chairs but for me they would be to tall. Now you and C and Sassy can have the own reclining chair.:lol:

Happy
Have a good day at the shop.

Mel
Tom and Jerry always make me laugh. Guess I should start watching some of those older cartoons.

Shad
:wave: Hope you are having a good day.
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Still nothing new on my end.
When I was at Wally World the other day I saw that the Great Gatsby was coming out on DVD soon. I'll be buying that for my birthday present. And taking it to Missouri with me to watch there. My bil likes to watch movies.
For some unknown reason I've come down with some intestinal issues today. Almost afraid to go down stairs.
Been thinking about momma today. Today is her birthday and would have been 90 years old.

Shad
08-19-2013, 07:23 PM
Just lost a big post answering all the personals and telling you about life in NZ. Can't do it again.

I'll be back tomorrow.

MELODY525
08-20-2013, 08:44 AM
http://www.yogaparking.ru/upload/resize_cache/iblock/590/345_205/image.jpg

GOOD MORNING WOMEN OF THE WORLD!!

I HAD TO LAUGH THIS MORNING.
ON THE ONE NIGHT WITH NO ALARMS, I WOKE AT 2 AM.
TOOK ME ANOTHER HOUR TO FALL ASLEEP.
MUST HAVE BEEN THE ANTICIPATION:rofl:
NOTHING MUCH NEW HERE.
JEN & RICHIE DID SOME FOOD SHOPPING.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH. LOL
THEN WE CHATTED A BIT AND THEY LEFT.
RICHIE'S INFECTED WISDOM TOOTH IS NOT CRACKED BUT NEEDS PULLING.
WAITING FOR THE INFECTION TO LEAVE.
GOING OUT FOR A BIT IN A FEW MINUTES BEFORE THE SENIORS GET UP.
HAVE A GREAT DAY.




SHAD....SORRY YOU LOST THE POST
WAS THERE ANY BLOOD SHED IN IT??? ROFLMAO
HOPE THE GROIUND IS NOT MOVING IN YOUR AREA:hug:
I HAVEN'T HEARD ANYTHING TODAY.
YESTERDAY THEY SAID THE SHAKING PERSISITED.
FLOODS, VOLCANOES AND FIRES ALL OVER THE WORLD TOO.
SCARY!!!:yikes:





ANNIE....SOUNDS LIKE CURTIS INTENDS TO RAISE THE TEMPS INDOORS TOO!!:flame:
I HOPE YOU BOTH HAVE A GREAT TIME & THE WEATHER IS GOOD TOO. ENJOY!




HAPPY....I AM THE SAME WAY ABOUT EMERGENCIES.
ALWWAYS READY TO FILL IN. HOPE IT WAS A GOOD DAY.
WE ARE SO WITH YOU AND THIS PAINFUL SUMMER. WTF!!
I THINK WE'VE TRIED EVERY OTC PAIN MED KNOWS TO MAN.
SENDING HUGS FOR BOTH YOU AND DH:hug:




CEEJAY.....SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE INTESTINAL ISSUES.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MOMMA :hb:
LOVED THE IDEA OF THE MOVIE & THE VISIT.
I CANNOT BELIEVE YOUR BIRTHDAY IS IN 7 DAYS!!
WHERE IS AUGUST GOING TO???




LAURA...I HEAR YA ON THE BOSS'S ATTITUDE.
THINGS ARE SIMILAR HERE TOO.
THEIR HEAD IS ALREADY OUT THE DOOR ON RETIREMENT.
SIGH. AND DOUBLE SIGH.
I DID THE SAME AS YOU WITH THE RECIPES.
THEN GAVE THEM ALL TO JEN.
SHE KEPT THE ONES THEY LIKED AND WE GOT RID OF THE REST.
I DON'T COOK ANYMORE.
I LOVE THOSE PLASTIC SHEET COVERS. LOL
I LOVE THE TCM CHANNEL. THE SENIORS DO TOO.
I STILL TAPE FOR A FEW OF THEM.
LAMB KEBOBS???? HAVEN'T HAD THEM IN AGES! :drool:





MICHELLE...HOPE YOU CAN FIT THE GYM IN.
JUST TAKE CARE OF THAT BACK EITHER WAY.

annie175
08-20-2013, 10:01 AM
It's Friday, Friday, Friday....YEAH! At least for me it is....New living room and dining room furniture arrive tomorrow morning before we leave. Went to dinner at Bob Evans last evening. We met up with Cs good daughter, Maryann. Will not go back to Bob E. That was the worse food on earth. The company was good tho.

MELLIE....love this mornings picture. I remember a trip like that once. Ahhh the memories.. Poor Richie and his tooth. Nothing more painful than an infected tooth. Owie. Sleeping woes, I am convinced I have had them since my first born. I find taking a half of a PM keeps me sleeping a bit better.

SHADDIE...I just hate it when I lose a post. I haven't had that in a while. Knock on wood. Hope you are not too far down under it all.

CEEG...I just bought the James Bond movie Skyfall. We saw it at the movies but wanna see it again. Hope your tummy woes straighten out and don't ruin your entire day. Feel better sister.

CHELLE...how was the first day at work? You seem busier than you have ever been, work and play. Good for you!

LAURA...I am getting more and more used to my IPhone. It is just a matter of figiting with it. Lots of new lil tricks to get used to. Boo on the boss and her comments on your project. I think they just do that to justify their job and feel like they are "bossing" you around.

HAPPY...how was your day at the thrift store? Everyone mind their Ps and Qs? How is DHs back? and BTW how are your feet/hips etc?

That about does it for me....I may post tomorrow morning while waiting on furniture delivery. Otherwise chat at you all on Sunday/Monday.

Have a wonderful week/weekend.

Hugs.

Laura705
08-20-2013, 11:55 AM
Morning all.

Annie - Happy Friday to you!!! Glad the company was good last night, too bad about the food... Good you're getting used to the phone. I don't like fidgeting with mine. Yesterday bf & I were trying to figure out how to add holidays to the calendar, but neither of us wanted to spend any time on it. Another day. I forgot my phone at home today. I hate how much that bugs me - how did it suddenly begin to seem like a life-line? If you don't get back here tomorrow - have a wonderful getaway!!

Mel - Now your body is getting used to the wee hour sleep interruptions! Nice someone else did the shopping. :yes: Ooh, like today's photo. :)

Shad - Oops re the lost post. Not too annoying. Enjoy your time in NZ.

Ceejay - Don't like the ground shaking. I walk over a bridge to get between the office and the train station and when buses and trucks go over, it makes the bridge shake. Don't like that at all. Find myself wondering what I'd do if the bridge gave out while I was on it!!! Is your belly better today?? Great Gatsby was entertaining, and just a very beautiful movie to watch in the visual sense - sets, costumes, etc. Good for you getting on the stationary bike after a 12-hour shift. Not sure I could do that!

Michelle - Hope you were able to fit in a workout yesterday. :swim: Otherwise, you'll figure it out as you settle into your new work schedule.

Hi Happy! Hope you're able to take it easy today!!:beach:

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Went to Jazzercise class last night. Another sub instructor. This one doesn't have her microphone set high enough to hear her very well over the music. Sigh. I did mostly low impact, but it was warm in the space and so I got sweaty anyway. It's really heating up here, so I have a feeling I'll be skipping class on Thursday. Shame on me, already talking myself out of going...:o

Nothing much else going on. Forgot my phone today and I had the e-book version of the book club book on it. Couldn't read it on the way to work, and obviously won't be able to read it on the way home. Not even half way through the book and book club meets on Saturday. Oh well. I'm skipping the movie tonight so I suppose I can do some reading tonight.

That's about it for me. Everyone have a great day today. :flow1:

MELODY525
08-20-2013, 12:58 PM
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ANNIE....HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME IN BROWN COUNTY!!
I AM VERY JEALOUS!!:belly:


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annie175
08-20-2013, 02:04 PM
Thanks MELLIE.... There is even a hot tub on the back deck....yeeee what fun!

happy2bme
08-20-2013, 02:30 PM
Hi all,

Geez yesterday ran away from me faster than a bullet train! I told DH I felt like I was running at top speed and was still 3 blocks behind :faint: Of course it started being disruptive with the change in plans to work. Wasn't a bad morning - there are some people who are really, really nice and some you will never walked into the shop but that's the way it goes. :dizzy: I made about $100 in sales so not too bad of a day - particularly for a Monday when we have much competition from the junky flea market on the outskirts of town. And junky it is indeed. After I got off work I went to the grocery store and decided instead of just picking up a few things, I might as well do the week's shopping. They had soda bottles on sale for a good price - some variety for DH and that really loaded my cart down. Felt like I was pushing an elephant. After that I ran over to the farmer's market. The family farm did their pig butchering (geez don't that make you want to become a vegan???) and I got 3 nice pork roasts as well as some lovely meaty soup bones and some thin sandwich steaks. Yes, it's going to be 90 degrees today and I have a taste for soup :lol: Came home really tired, made a quick dinner, played with the cats who were demanding attention and did some research on the computer. Then I remembered it was trash night so I went and cleaned out the litter boxes, gathered the trash and recycling to go out to the curb and gave a quick drink of water to some of the plants on the deck. The animals were looking for water outside so I filled the birdbath and the bowls. Bucky our young deer buck came and drank out of the dog bowl I have out there. It's really funny to see but I guess when you are thirsty you are grateful for any bit of water you can find. And it continues to be dry here. Was gray and cloudy when I got up and every inch of my body hurt - I thought for sure it would rain but no such luck. I took an allergy pill and fell into bed and slept the sleep of the dead until morning. Today I have to water the garden, do some laundry, cook do a bit of tidying up. It's going to be really warm - I set the air conditioning on so it would be comfortable in here - DH is happy about that.

I was really worried about our younger cat. They finally got the test results back - they think it's Irritable Bowel Disorder - chronic inflammation of the innards. They started her on a steroid regiment. DH was a bit grumpy - the cats have cost us almost $900 in medical bills so far - something we did not bargain for. He said if this doesn't fix her we will have to surrender her back to the shelter as we cannot afford this continued high expense. I felt really, really bad - I don't see anyone putting up with this problem of hers - she is such a loving, happy cat despite this problem. Her need for constant attention does sometimes frustrate the older cat although right now both of them are napping on the bed head to head and DH is right there next to them sleeping. I think DH got his panties in a twist when the vet said this is a chronic but controllable condition that she will probably have for the rest of her life. He was thinking of all the dollars flying out the window... I was a bit more comfortable with my research - hopefully the steroids - might need 2 doses - will calm the severe inflammation and calm things down. She will be on strict diet for the rest of her life - that means the expensive dry cat food which is ok - both cats nibble on it which is how they prefer to eat all day long and is better for us in the long run. She will never get the cat treats I sneak to her sister - her "treats" will consist of a few spoons of wet meaty cat food which is ok with her. I sincerely hope things work out :crossed: I told DH the info I found and he is more relaxed about things. Sometimes when we have extra expenses like this, he gets a little tense even tho he says overall we are holding our own and doing fine. I guess it didn't help that the stock market had a down week too.

Every muscle from head to toe on me hurts. I don't know why. I popped 4 ibuprofens and will try and stagger a reasonable amount throughout the day. Not eating anything unusual, not doing any unreasonable activity, weather is steady and consistent. Can't figure it out but DH and I look like 2 old cripples. :rolleyes: Just keep plugging away.

Annie - I hope you have the most best, wonderful, amazing, relaxing time with C at your cabin. It sounds sooooooo wonderful. I love Mel's last pictures - hope that's EXACTLY what you have in store for you. Happy fishing and cooking up those fishes in a pan. We had a Bob Evans restaurant down in Memphis - I agree worst food ever and we ate there 4 times just to make sure it wasn't a fluke. It shut down to no surprise. How nice with the new furniture. I love those pub style tables even though I have a hard time getting in the high seats - should be no problem for you though :lol: House must be looking quite nice with all the shiny new stuff. Makes you come home and say ahhh... what a lovely home we have here :D You deserve it.

Mel - you find the best pictures :D I love the cabin and wine glasses - gives one a feeling of relaxing just to look at it. I'm sorry to hear about Ritchie's tooth - poor guy - I agree that is some of the very worst pain and I imagine he has to work through it also. Your cabin picture looks very much like it looks up this way - perhaps we should build a vacation cabin on the commune here - but would be better if first I could buy the undeveloped lot next to us. I'll work it into the plans. Has the sun finally peeked out of the clouds by you?

Shad - sorry you lost your big post. Hate when that happens. Hope you are enjoying your visit back home, despite the bumps in the road. Mostly I hope the earthquakes quiet down - don't need no rumbling in your life and let you decide on how much you're going to be shifting the earth :lol:

Laura - I have to say one of the nice things about not having the cell phone is that I don't feel tied to it. In fact we bought a TracPhone - for emergencies - it's right on the counter by the keys and we still most often forget to take it :lol: I always hated the idea of constantly being plugged in to everyone which is what the cell phone does. I know exactly the feeling you are talking about with the bridge rattling with the passing cars. I think the worst one is the Wacker one that crosses over to the IBM building. That one if I remember has the open weave grates which in and of themselves are scary looking or maybe it's just sizeable gaps in the concrete spans that allow you to see straight down to the water :yikes: The only good thing about that bridge was that once you crossed it you could get to Gold Coast (hot)Dogs - one of my favorites! :lol: Ok, so I'm reading your post further and I see that one of the bummers about forgetting the phone was that you can't read your book. Understandable. However, I could not imagine - perhaps because my eyes are not that great - how one can read comfortably on the iPhone. I guess there is more landscape surface there but I had a really hard time with email using my iTouch - I guess it's a young person's thing :rofl: Sorry your class didn't turn out to be so enjoyable. Seems like it's a hodgepodge of instructors.

Ceejay - happy birthday to Momma. Hope you honored her with pleasant memories - not the same as hugging her in person I know. But I'm sure she was with you in spirit. I was starting to get myself all worked up over the possibility of earthquakes when I was down south. I think if a bad one hit Memphis it was going to be a lot of chaos and badness. Might not be as bad over where you live although I'm sure you'd be called into super duty with the water system. Let's hope nothing other than gentle rumbles ever happens :crossed: I was wondering how that Great Gatsby movie was too - let us know.

Michelle- ain't that the bad luck to oversleep on your first day? Fortunately you made up the time. I am totally with you when it comes to evening exercise. Although I didn't like getting up at 5am, I found it too easy to be tired at the end of the day and it was very hard sticking with a gym routine. Morning was way better - of course I didn't have to contend with getting the pups into daycare either - but hopefully you can work something out. Can you swim in the back yard at all? Looked like a nice pool there.

Well ladies, times a wastin' - I need to get some lunch in me - maybe a panzanella salad to use up the leftover sourdough bread, garden tomatoes and fresh basil (I bought 2 new ones to replace my petered out ones I barely used). Stay cool friends.

happy2bme
08-20-2013, 02:30 PM
You're going to have a great time Annie! Hot tub under the stars. Ahhhhhh.

ceejay52
08-20-2013, 02:57 PM
Annie
I'm envious of the cabin and hot tub. Reminds me of last years adventures at Pigeon Forge.

Happy
At least you know what is wrong with the kitten. Glad it wasn't anything more serious. I'm kind of thinking that may be my problem as well. May relent and go to the doctor this week end.

Mel
Don't know where you find all these pictures. Maybe my trip to Missouri will be enough to satisfy my getting away. I'm surely getting anxious on going. Will not be long.

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Nothing new here. It's been quiet this week. Got tickled at my co-worker who told me there would be a blue moon tonight. We are under a full moon this week. I told her all that meant was that this is the second time in the month that the moon will be full. Think she was disappointed that it wasn't going to be blue in color.
Time to go get busy doing something. I feel eyes watching me for some unknown reason. Maybe I'm just being to sensitive about the camera today and that the boss is in his office more today than usual.

diyana
08-20-2013, 03:27 PM
Annie - How exciting to be getting new furniture and then going on a wonderful vacation to a cabin with a hot tub! Where is Brown County? Indiana? I know there is a Brown County in Wisconsin. Hope you and C have a wonderful time, my dear sista friend.

Happy - I'm so sorry to hear of the younger kitty's bowel problems. I hope the steroids and strict diet get it and keep it under control. And I hope your pain eases up. Sending healing hugs your way. :hug:

Laura705
08-20-2013, 04:39 PM
Ceejay - LOL re the blue moon. :D

Happy - Glad N's condition is treatable. I hope it won't be too expensive, but that's always a possibility with having pets - a condition, illness, accident... LOL, I know the feeling when the shopping cart has a giant bag of dog kibble or several 12 packs of soda - pushing the cart gets very difficult!! I hope you and DH get a break from those aches and pains!!! It's frustrating when you can't even figure out what you might have done to bring it on. Which I guess equates to old age/aging. :rolleyes: Every one of us here knows the feeling! The bridge I'm on occasionally that I don't like is the one that has a slightly lower rail than the Madison St. bridge...don't like that. Re the e-book on the phone - there are settings to increase the font size and change the background colors, so it's not like reading fine print. Lots of pages to turn though! Re Jazzercise, there are 3 instructors - the franchise owner and 2 others and I just think we're having the other ones more frequently this month due to summer activities of the owner. Last week she was on vacation. Otherwise it seems like there's a sub every other Thursday and maybe one Saturday a month. Nothing horrible, especially if you're an experienced Jazzerciser, you can go with the flow.

Mel - Love those photos!! Hope Annie & C's cabin is as great as that - they've got a hot tub, so it's already pretty awesome!

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I was up 0.2 pounds at the WW weigh-in today. Not entirely unexpected, since I'm tracking faithfully and my calories are higher than they should be. If I were in maintenance mode I'd be pretty satisfied, LOL.

We're getting a new meeting leader starting next week, so maybe that'll change things up for me. I'm getting tired of no forward movement in this session!! Our existing leader was good and a lot of fun, but I've found it's actually interesting to go to different meetings with a different leader every once in a while.

I have an alert set up looking for good airfares to visit my mom next month, but nothing good's been coming up. This morning I was frustrated and did a quick search of my own in travel ocity just to see for myself and found a great fare for $140 round trip via American! Lickety split, I booked directly online on AA's site. What's really funny is that not 10 min. after booking that, I get my e-mail alert about it (I use airfare watchdog). Anyway, I'm very happy to have gotten a good fare.

Okay, I suppose I should try to be more productive today...

ceejay52
08-20-2013, 08:34 PM
Laura
When are you going to Missouri in September? That was a good buy on tickets. I'm going to be in the Springfield/Nixa area around Labor Day. Are you going to regular WW meetings or do they still have them at work?
I read the book and had to do a book report on the Great Gatsby in college so I'm looking forward to watching the movie. I should get the book and follow along with the movie.

MELODY525
08-21-2013, 07:47 AM
Good Morning Gals
On The Run. Someone Is Sick.
Someone Needs To Get The Offices Going.
Maybe See You Later.
If Not Have A Wonderful Day.
We Actually Have Sun And Good Weather Today!!

ceejay52
08-21-2013, 09:52 AM
Morning
Nothing new here. I'm looking forward to my four day week end and pay day Thursday.

Mel
Don't work to hard today.

Everyone else have a good day.

Laura705
08-21-2013, 11:19 AM
Morning all. Happy Hump Day. But honestly, it feels like it should be Thursday by now...

Ceejay - I'm going to MO at the end of September for my mom's b-day. Re WW, I'm still going to meetings at work. It might be nice to re-read The Great Gatsby before you watch the movie so you can refresh your memory of it. I still think it's funny that I could have sworn I read the book way back when and when I started reading it, I realized I hadn't. Wonder what book I was remembering instead?? At least someone's close to their weekend!!! :)

Mel - Hope you get to be outside in the good weather for a bit today. :beach:

Hellos to the rest of the Worldlies. :wave:
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After work, I took a different train line and met bf up on the "north shore" to look at a headboard we'd found on craigslist. Just what we wanted, in great condition, and a great price. I still like the queen headboard that we originially bought with our bedroom set better, but this king headboard is very nice and is nicely contemporary.

We actually managed to fit it into the back of the loaner SUV we had from the dealer and get it home without too much trouble. Interesting trip because the people selling it had a house in a very rich area and the house was huge, the property was huge and it was literally across the street from homes that are right on Lake Michigan. Lovely view. Don't often get to see up close and personal how the 1%'ers live.

Next step for that headboard - aside from a good dusting - is to buy the thingies that let us attach it to our sleep number bed - apparently our bed doesn't have a traditional frame, so we need to fork over some $$ to buy some sort of adapter.

After that, bf went off to the dealer to drop the loaner and pick up our car - it had three different things repaired, and the bill sure reflected that. But it's generally been a good car. Sure hope it continues to be.

Nothing else to report, so I'll post. Have a great day everyone. :sunny:

diyana
08-21-2013, 01:07 PM
Good morning ladies -

I really like my new job. Everyone is so welcoming. Yesterday I received the access to all the systems I need, and several assignments. I'm trying to devise ways to automate some of the more manual efforts, and my manager is pleased that I'm thinking along those lines. I'm still adjusting to my new work schedule and commute. The commute takes me a little less than an hour each way, but that includes the time it takes to drop off/pick up Santa, so it's not too bad at all - not for around here anyway. I didn't get to the gym on Monday, but I went yesterday after work and did 10 minutes of a kickboxing class (I know, what was I thinking, but I figured I'd try it). Anyway, after 10 minutes, my back made it clear that it would prefer the exercise bike. So I did 25 minutes of the bike, plus the 10 minutes of kickboxing. Not too bad. Maybe next week, I'll try the elliptical for a few minutes just to give myself some variety. Tonight is water aerobics. My manager said I could work 8-4:30, which is great as that will allow me to get to the gym after work, and then pick up Santa after I'm done working out.

I'm doing pretty good with following Weight Watchers. I say pretty good because I am tracking faithfully, but have been dipping into the weekly allotment of extra points. We'll see how I do at my first weigh in on Saturday.

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Laura - A 0.2 lb gain isn't too bad really. I agree with you about the meeting leaders, finding the right one can make a lot of difference. Wow, you really did get a good deal on the airfare to see your mom. That's great you found a nice headboard at a good price on Craigslist. Years ago, my ex and I bought out couch and loveseat in exactly the color and style I wanted, in perfect condition, on the Chicago Craigslist. Too funny about how the 1%'ers live. When I lived in Wisconsin, if we wanted to go to rummage sales, we went to the lakefront neighborhoods, as the quality of stuff was better, but the price was still good because people wanted to make room for redecorating!

Mel - Don't work too hard, ok? And keep away from sick people. We don't want you getting sick.

Ceejay - I hope you don't have to work too hard today either. Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? Do you get a long weekend for Labor Day or do you have to work on the holiday weekend? I don't remember reading the book "The Great Gatsby", but I thought the movie was good.

Annie - Enjoy your new furniture and your getaway!

:wave: to Shad and Happy!

Much love and many hugs,

happy2bme
08-21-2013, 02:57 PM
Hello ladies,

Another hot one today except it is overcast and we are supposed to :crossed: get some thunderstorms and rain this afternoon. Hope so, we desperately need it. I gave everything a good soak yesterday. In addition we have a bird bath, large dog bowl and the bottom piece of a planter filled with water. The critters must have figured out this is an easy drink where there isn't much water around save for a walk to the nearby lake because everything was bone dry this morning and I filled it all up last night. Also I always check the doors and outside when I go to bed and I saw what looked like a bear cub and a large dark mass out on the lawn. I wasn't sure if it was a big bear or some tree bark so I got a flashlight and just cracked the door open. With that squeak noise the big lump (huge bear) took off running for the next town. Not sure if this was the same bear we saw a couple of weeks ago that was limping badly but this one sure was scared of humans (a very GOOD thing for both parties). The younger bear took off in the other direction but just stood by the man cave and when I closed the door it ventured back. DH said that if it was 2 bears together was probably a momma and cub because normally they are solitary and don't tolerate others. I have no desire to see them any closer than across the yard behind a closed door! The hummingbird population is dwindling down - I think they are getting ready (early) for their long trip south. I do think we will have an early autumn here. So yesterday even though DH said it was HOT, after I did my chores I sat out on the deck and listened to music on my iPod because as I told him I have learned to appreciate the good weather as we head toward the end of season. Tomorrow I am going blueberry picking with my cousin which should be fun. Yesterday I made a chicken salad with sliced grapes and chopped cashews which was fantastic. Just improvising. I also had a nice fruit salad of cantaloupe, strawberries and raspberries. It was such a good and filling lunch that I didn't want supper - had some popcorn in the late evening. I am hoping :crossed: that the steroids are helping Nina the young cat. She isn't gassy and stinky and seems to be calming down and tolerating her food better. Please, please, please let this work. I am excited because my sushi kit is coming today from Amazon. I have decided to try my own after jonsing about it for so long and knowing that DH will probably not be that interested in taking a 90 minute trip up north to a Japanese restaurant so I can get my fill. I'll take any tips from sushi makers here.

Annie - have a most amazing time with C at your cabin in the woods. Just remember when you are running around nekkid that sounds carry far in the forest ;) :lol3: Hope the new furniture arrived in perfect shape and looks great.

Shad - are you having a good time yourself with the family?

Michelle - good to hear that you like the new job. Would be horrible if you got there and realized they lied about the work, the people or the projects. Sounds like you will do well. I am debating about dropping WW - I can't really seem to get into it and for me it works best if I eat the same things over and over again which I don't like. It's just easier to count points that way. Good job on getting to the gym. A less than hour commute counting time to take care of Santa is not bad at all. Hope it stays that way for you. At least you don't have to worry about weather delays much.

Laura - good to hear that you finally found a headboard that you liked. We never did put one on our sleep number bed for the same reason you found with the frame although ours sits on a traditional type of frame. Hope you can work something out. Your comments about the neighborhood reminded me of when I was doing PC work out at the CEO's home in Glencoe. Such incredibly beautiful "estates" out that way. He was near to the lakeshore too but the downside according to his wife was that the house had gotten struck by lightning several times. They had lightning rods and when they went away for anything longer than a day, they had to disconnect all the pricey electronics and appliances. So see - even the wealthy have problems :lol: But they are gorgeous old houses if you can get behind the tree lined and private drives to see them. Even though you had to spend some money on car repairs, it seemed like you made a good choice getting the SUV rental in it's place. I can't believe a king headboard fit in the car!

Ceejay - doing anything special for your long weekend or just taking it easy?

Dang, the sun is coming out. :mad: I want it to rain!!!!

Mel - sounds like superMEL got sucked into action. Hope it's not too hectic of a day for you.

I think I'll go find some lunch. Have a good day everyone.

Shad
08-21-2013, 07:06 PM
Well I am here and it is raining and today I will be going out to see my friend Chris and have a giggle or two with her. Last night I went to dinner with another friend and we had a lovely tapas meal.

As to whether I am having a good time over here - well no! apart from visiting friends which was not what I came over here to do. I suppose it has been good in that I am getting to know my niece and her husband better and having a family time with them but that wasn't what I came over here for either. Enough - God gave us our families, thank God we can chose our friends.

Michelle - good that you are enjoying your new job and that you can get to exercise as and when you can. Nice that you don't have a huge commute.

Happy - big bears in the yard. The younger one sounds a bit daring. Hope it managed to catch up with the mom before she reached the next county. It's raining here in NZ today, maybe I should send it over. It's cold too. Maybe you don't want that.
As far as sushi goes, I've made my own for quite a while. They are probably none too traditional but who gives a damn. I find that at first I put too much rice on the nori paper (seaweed sheet) and it made the darn thing too thick when rolled and also difficult to cut. So a thin layer of sushi rice, then you filling just at one end and roll from that end. There is something about shiny side and dull side of the nori but I can't remember that bit for the moment. Anyway, they are good for left over bits and pieces - I've even made a salami sushi and a pickle sushi.

Laura - glad to hear that you got the headboard for the bed at last. As you say, interesting to see how the 1% live in times of trouble and stress. Hope you can get the bits for the headboard with out too much hassle and $. Do you have to attach it to the bed?? Might it not be easier to attach it to the wall and then just butt the bed up to it?

Mel - don't work to hard and don't wear out that brain. You might have some serious counselling to do when I get back.

Ceejay - Glad that you have no problems to report since nothing is new in your neck of the woods. I hope you have a great 4 day weekend and of course we always look forward to payday. After all it is why we work.

Annie - enjoy that cabin in the northwoods or whichever direction those woods are. I would love to be there at this moment - even if only to thaw out.

Never mind - today is Thursday, go home on Saturday. Will miss the big footy match since I will be at 37000ft when that kicks off. No doubt there will be a replay the next day.
So it is time for me to find some breakfast, get showered and dressed and ready for the day. At least the rain appears to be clearing.

happy2bme
08-22-2013, 02:33 AM
Quick post for me as I have to get up early to go blueberry picking. I actually should have been in bed over an hour ago but was printing driving directions just as a back up and making a CD of 50's and 60's music so J and I can sing when we're not chatting away.

Sorry you are not having a decent visit Shad - you will have to fill us in on your return. Make the best of it which I'm sure you will. Thanks for the sushi tips - I just found a great website that gives how to instructionals, recipes and tips. I did see something about the shiny side of nori but since I was glancing over quickly I will bookmark it and pay more attention when actually making it. I may ask you for tips when you get back. Will also be happy to take the rain you might want to send over although I'm sure it will dry up well before it gets here which is part of the problem.

To the rest of you lot, have a good Thursday, I will check in later.

happy2bme
08-22-2013, 02:38 AM
Oh and thanks to all goodness in the world for the first time in 2 months since we brought her home, Nina the cat has finally gotten through a day without making a litterbox mess. DH and I are both hoping that this means we finally have been able to manage her condition. She swiped her sister's chair when she wasn't looking and is fast asleep right now while her older sister is sitting on the floor looking grumpy. I don't care - there are plenty of soft cat resting spots to be had, I am off to bed before it gets so late it doesn't make sense to lay my head down. Good night all.

MELODY525
08-22-2013, 08:51 AM
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GOOD MORNING CHICKS.

I MADE IT THRU YESTERDAY AND NOW GOTTA GET THRU TODAY.
MORE WORK AND THE DAY ENDS WITH MEETINGS.
GOOD THING THE BOSSLADY MENTIONED IT. I FORGOT.
JUST GOES TO SHOW HOW IMPORTANT MEETINGS OR ELECTIONS HAVE BECOME TO ME:rofl:
I FEAR MY HEAD IS ALREADY "OUT THE DOOR".
I NEED TO STOP DAWDLING AND GET MYSELF WASHED & DRESSED.
GOTTA PUT SOME HOURS IN FOR THE EXTRA CHECK.
IT'S DUE ON SEPTEMBER FIRST:dancer:


HOPE ANNIE IS HAVING A GREAT TIME.
WHEN I GOOGLED BROWN COUNTY CABINS ...THERE WERE TONS IF PICS.
GOD'S COUNTRY FOR SURE. LOTS OF CABIN SITES.
MUST BE A HUGE AREA FOR VACAYS.
THIS PIC TODAY IS A COVERED BRIDGE FROM THERE SOMEPLACE.:beach:













HAPPY....SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE CAT AND YOUR ACHES & PAINS.
HOPE THE KITTY AND YOU BOTH FEEL BETTER SOON.
I CAN UNDERSTAND HOW THE DH FEELS ABOUT THE MONEY GOING OUT THE WINDOW.
HOPING THE STEROIDS AND THE FOOD DOES THE TRICK.:crossed:
PS: GLAD TO HEAR NINA HAD A GOOD DAY.
WHEN YOU BUILD THE CABIN...MAKE SURE THE BEARS KNOW IT'S NOT FOR THEM!!!:rofl:




CEEJAY....I WOULD BE WATCHING THE CAMERA AND WAVING!!
WHEN WE FIRST GOT OURS IN THE LOBBY I WAVED IN CASE THE DIRECTOR WAS WATCHING US. ROFLMAO
HOPE YOUR DAY TURNED OUT OK.
BET YOU CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE FAMILY AGAIN.



LAURA....SO HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT THE CHEAP AIRFARE.
WHAT A GREAT BUY. CONGRATS.
FUNNY ABOUT THE EMAIL 10 MINS LATER. ROFL
THE SUMMER IS FLYING BY.
GLAD YOU FOUND THE RIGHT HEADBOARD AND GOT IT HOME.
SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE CAR BILL. FINGERS CROSSED FOR A LONG GOOD RUN!:crossed:
ENJOY THE NEW LEADER...HOPE IT A GOOD ONE!




MICHELLE....GLAD THE JOB IS WORKING OUT SO FAR.
GLAD TO HEAR ALSO THAT THE COMMUTE ISN'T TOO BAD.
GOOD LUCK WITH THE WW AND NTHE MEETING.






SHADDIE....I AM READY TO COUNSEL & TO BE COUNSELLED!!:lol3:
JUST HANG ON TILL YOU GET HOME.:hug:
I FEEL I AM MISSING A LARGE PIECE TO THE PUZZLE.
YOU ONLY HAVE 2 MORE DAYS....MORE HUGS....:hug:

Laura705
08-22-2013, 11:33 AM
Morning all. We're getting there - closer to the weekend.

Mel - Lovely photo of the covered bridge. I'll have to check into that. I wouldn't mind taking a short getaway to a sleepy little area with nothing much to do but explore the covered bridges and row on a little lake. Yes, it seems both of us are trudging through our week. Hope the meetings don't drag tonight!! Re the new ww leader - it's a he, and our old leader was singing his praises, so let's hope he lives up to her hype. :D

Happy - Yay for the kitty, and let's get another good day under the belt!! Have fun blueberry picking - you're probably already on your way and singing to the oldie. Not much for eating blueberries out of hand, but I do enjoy a blueberry muffin that's more berry than muffin! What are your plans for them?? Oh, the SUV we had was a loaner from the dealer while we had the car in for service, so no rental fees. Glad the timing of that worked out for us! With only one car at the moment, using a dealer that still has loaners is important! Funny story about having to unplug all the electronics during t-storms - and there's probably plenty to unplug!! Scary about those bears - I didn't even want to go out in the yard after dark the other night because the skunk scent was in the air!!! Good luck with the sushi!!! I think you should create a blueberry sushi roll, LOL!

Hi Ceejay - Enjoy your weekend!! :carrot:
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Nothing much to report. Didn't do much of anything last night.

It's overcast this morning with rain moving in. It would be nice if we got enough so I don't have to water. That was something I should have done last night and didn't.

The boss is out sick today. I have a feeling there will be more of those coming just because I know she's used up all of her vacation time...

Okay, nothing else, so I'll get this posted. TTFN!

Shad - Sorry you visit hasn't been 100% happy and light, but nice you're getting together with friends. Re the headboard - we prefer to attach it to the bed. Turns out the adapter bracket thingy is $30, so not too ridiculous since we got free shipping and a discount on top of that. Sorry you're going to miss the football match while in the air. But on Sunday you can wrap up on a blanket on the sofa and enjoy the replay. :yes: Oh gosh, did I just have a pleasant thought about upcoming Sundays during our US football season???!!! Yikes. Way too early for those thoughts IMO. (Though the greedy league/owners have already begun with the pre-season games. Humbug!)

MELODY525
08-22-2013, 02:04 PM
I'LL BE BACK IN A FEW DAYS TIME.
MY SECURITY PACK RAN OUT ON THE COMPUTER.
SOMEHOW I NEVER GOT THE WARNING EMAIL.
IT ENDED LAST NIGHT AT MIDNIGHT & I JUST GOT THE NOTICE.
AS SOON AS I BUY IT I'LL BE BACK.
STAY OUT OF TROUBLE WHILE I AM GONE!!! :rofl:

diyana
08-22-2013, 03:40 PM
Happy Thursday ladies,

Work is going well. I've been able to make some important updates/fixes to the site. I still have MUCH to learn about the systems, but I'm getting there. My boss has agreed to let me flex my hours to 8-4:30, so I've been going to the gym after work. Tuesday I did 1/2 hour on the recumbent bike; Wednesday I did an hour of water aerobics; and today I'm going to try a Step Class, but if it doesn't work out, I'll jump on the bike for a 1/2 hour. I'm also going to purchase some styrofoam water weights so I can work out in the pool at my stepmom's.

Not much else is new. I don't have any real plans for this weekend except for helping out my friend who is going through radiation. He has good days and bad, but is doing well overall so far. And then D and I will probably go out on Saturday evening. I don't have plans yet for Labor Day weekend either. D will be busy running a bridge tournament that starts this coming Monday and runs through Labor Day Monday.

Did I mention I'm having a 50th birthday "do-over" this year? On the weekend of September 7 and 8, I'm re-doing my 50th birthday, since my actual 50th birthday pretty much sucked last year with the demise of my marriage and all. So I'm doing it over...with good friends and family and lots of fun. I'm throwing myself a party on Saturday, Sept. 7 at my stepmom's place. It will be a pool party/cookout. And then on Sunday, Sept. 8, my good friends from high school are taking me Ziplining in the redwoods (http://mounthermonadventures.com/redwood-canopy-tours), which should be a blast. I figure the Ziplining shouldn't hurt my back since it's non-weight bearing, and my doc thinks it should be ok too. There may be a bit of standing and walking...but it looks like so much fun, and in such a beautiful surrounding...what a memorable way to celebrate my birthday! I can't wait!

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Happy - I'm glad the bears kept their distance. Here's a link to my fave author Tom Ryan's blog, and a particular post about how they frequently have bear in their yard in the mountains of New Hampshire (http://tomandatticus.blogspot.com/2013/08/our-afternoon-visitor.html). You are so right about appreciating the good weather as autumn and the season that follows grow near. It's funny. When I lived in Wisconsin, I hated thinking of the end of August and being reminded of the end of summer with the "back to school" sales and Halloween merchandise being displayed. When I first noticed it here, I reflexively got upset about the end of summer...and then I realized Northern California has such a moderate climate year round that autumn and winter aren't bad at all here. It rains here, but rarely ever do we get frost. And the daytime highs are usually in the 60s. It's so good to be here! I know moving back was absolutely the right thing for me. Hope you were able to pick lots of blueberries!! Fresh blueberries sound absolutely delicious! I love them plain, in a smoothie, in a muffin, in a fruit salad, you name it! It sounds like Nina's doing better. I hope it continues. :crossed: :hug:

Shad - I'm pretty sure I missed why you are back in NZ. And even though you're not having a great time of it, at least you're getting time with friends and also with your niece and her husband. I hope the rest of your stay goes well. Sending you hugs. :hug:

Mel - That extra check for you will sure be nice. Just make sure you make time for rest and meditation, ok? Sorry to hear about your computer woes. Sending many hugs your way. :hug:

Laura - I hope your new WW leader is a good one. The WW leader for my first meeting was pretty good. But I'll probably be going to a Saturday morning. It's not too early to start thinking about football season...it starts in 3 weeks, right? I still have to locate a Packer bar where I can watch the games. The first Packer game is against the SF 49ers, so it will be on local TV here. But I'll have to DVR it since I'll be Ziplining during the game!

Ceejay - Have you started your 4 day weekend yet?

Gotta get back to it. And also figure out what I'm going to do for lunch. I'm thinking of going to a nearby grocery store...hopefully they have a salad bar.

Love and hugs,

Shad
08-22-2013, 08:49 PM
Morning all.
Sitting back here with a cup of Earl Grey tea and feeling pretty toasty since I just walked up the hill and had to stop and take my jacket off halfway up. Well that was the excuse I made for stopping to catch my breath.

Happy - how good to hear that Nina the cat is getting better. My vet usually tells me it all comes down to diet and if you had her history from birth you may find that she was weaned too soon and given some substandard food, which now manifests itself in the problem you are having. Enjoy the blueberry picking

Mel - you head is out of it because you haven't been feeling so good. It's okay to forget now and then. There have been plenty of times where I just want to crawl under the bed and hope it all goes away.
1 more day now. I am happy enough, it just isn't what I came for and I won't be back for sometime either.

Laura - yes you did just have a Sunday moment. Time moves on and waits for no man or woman - although you have to admit that most women fit more into the available time than men do.
I'm glad the bits didn't cost too much. Look forward to seeing the photo of the bed.

Michelle - you are into exercise with a vengeance. Good for you. Just watch that back and ensure that whatever you do, you are hold the core strong. That's the thing that will support the back with strong muscles.
Have fun with the ziplining. Haven't checked the link yet but will do so in a moment or two. Aah ziplining is what we call a flying fox. They are fun and you will enjoy that, however as a word of caution be extra careful when coming off at the end - whether you land on the ground or on a platform it can be occasionally jarring. So ensure you check with the instructor on the softest landing possible. Hope you found the salad lunch bar.

And that is about it from me. Don't know if I will get in tomorrow or not.

ceejay52
08-22-2013, 11:25 PM
Michelle
I'm envious. I've been contemplating a zip line experience myself. Do I dare do this at age 63?!!. You are doing great with the exercise. Can't blame you for doing another 50th birthday with people around you.

Mel
I agree with the others. You have to much on your mind right now. Don't put yourself down.

Happy
Hope you have had a fun day blueberry picking. One of these day's I'm going to have to figure out how to make a cd.

Shad
What a cute photo of Sophia! And good for you in keeping up with your exercise while visiting.

Laura
Did you get the headboard attached? Don't think I could walk a busy bridge with all that movement.

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Talked myself out of going to the doctor with my stomach this morning. Hadn't had an attack in 2 days but late this afternoon it hit me again so I'm going in the morning. And I had lettuce and tomato salad again so I'm wondering if this combination is doing this.
I meant to mow this afternoon but it was really to hot and after the attack I didn't feel like it.
Yes, I'm going to the uncles this week end. He makes me laugh. He sent me a note reminding me of the luncheon and told me to bring I.D.

Laura705
08-23-2013, 11:47 AM
Morning all. Happy Friday!

Ceejay - Sure you can do the zipline! But I hadn't thought about the part Shad mentioned - where you get to the other side and "land". Hopefully there's someone at the other side who makes it more gentle if it tends to be bumpy. I guess I'd have to read about other people's experiences. Re the headboard - we're waiting for the adapter thingy to be delivered and then it should a quick installation. I hope your tummy is feeling better now - wonder if it was that salad? Enjoy the time with your uncles this weekend!!

Shad - Love your avatar and signature photos! "Flying Fox" - I like that name. I think I might like ziplining better than a scary swaying suspension bridge (or as I call it, an Indiana Jones bridge). So you've probably conquered the big hill by your niece's house several times during your trip - great that you got your exercise! Safe travels home.

Michelle - Great job with all the exercise! Those foam "weights" really do give you a good workout - nice that you can do that workout in a nice backyard pool. Your b-day do-over plans sound fabulous - party, zip-lining - so much fun! ...and a complete 180 from last year, as is your current life! What a reason to celebrate! :) Have a great weekend.

Mel - Hope you get the security pack bought and installed (or whatever you do with it) and are back with us soon. In the meantime, enjoy your weekend. Fingers :crossed: for no alarms!!

Hellos to Happy & Annie, off enjoying nature's bounty. ;)
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Being a slacker and skipped Jazzercise last night even though the rain yesterday cooled things down quite a bit. I did get my flight booked for the cruise in February, and also booked it for the friend that I'll be rooming with. Another friend is likely booking the cruise itself this weekend. Now we just have to book a hotel room in our port city (New Orleans) for the one night before our cruise departure and that'll be the end of the biggies. Oh wait, not for me. I have to renew my passport - i printed the application form last night and will complete it this weekend. I'll be glad to get all this transportation stuff done and then focus on the fun parts - researching port excursions, etc.

Last night we ate caprese sandwiches with the big tomatoes from our garden - so tasty on nice crusty tosted french bread with the fresh mozzarella cheese, olive oil, red wine vinegar and balsamic vinegar. Yum. I'm definitely looking forward to having another one of those! It's so nice to have really good ripe tomatoes. It's unbelievable the light pink and even white tomatoes that restaurants have the nerve to serve with your food!

My other garden items have finally kicked back into gear and I was happy to see that I have plenty of green beans on my two plants and several chilis on the Fresno plant. And the cherry tomato plant is still going crazy. Love it!

Taking a half-day of vacation today. I'll go to lunch & do some shopping (or go to the Art Institute). Around 3-ish I'll meet my friend D. by Navy Pier to join her on the annual lake cruise hosted by an industry organization to which she belongs. It's a gorgeous day today, so it should be a wonderful time start to the weekend.

That's it for now! :flow1:

happy2bme
08-23-2013, 12:44 PM
Hi ladies,

Quick post for me as I have lots to do before I run off to my shift at the Thrift Shop this afternoon.

Blueberry picking was fun - brought home 7 pounds, some good local honey, a jar of jam and some wonderful butterscotch sauce they had in the shop. Yum on all counts.

Laura - toasted bread - that's what was missing on our caprese salads. But yum oh so good with fresh tomatoes and some good mozzarella cheese and a few leaves of basil from the garden. Your cruise sounds like so much fun - me and my childhood friends are having a milestone birthday next year :cry: and I was thinking they might want to rent a cabin up this way for a girls weekend - don't think any of them could afford a cruise although that sounds like the way to really celebrate. Glad your garden is doing well. Enjoy the bounty.

Michelle - love the idea of the do-over birthday! Be careful with the zip line - they have a point with the landing - bent knees!!! I had a pair of webbed type gloves I wore in the pool which did a great job of increased resistance for arm exercises and also helped with the swimming. Had a pair of foam dumbells too. Hope you can get a nice workout routine going for yourself.

Ceejay - hope you are feeling better. Sometimes the acid in the tomatoes - especially the big ones now and the roughage in the lettuce can be hard on the tummy. But who can live a life without tomatoes? :lol:

Shad - you changed your avatar!!! Love the pictures of the little cutie. Did you have a nice visit with Chris?

Mel - we will miss you and eagerly await your return :hug:

Annie - hope you are enjoying your cabin in the woods and the wonder of nature - minus of course the mosquitoes :lol:

Sorry to be so quick -- have a good weekend everyone.

diyana
08-23-2013, 12:54 PM
Good morning ladies,

I don't know why, but I am super tired today. I have been tired most days this week, but today is the worst. I even went to sleep around 9 pm. I wonder if it's because I didn't work out yesterday. Instead, I took my car for an oil change, and by the time I was done, I just wanted to get Santa and go home. I am going to do 1/2 hour on the exercise bike today though, actually, 35 minutes...because I checked the exercise calculator, and 30 minutes of biking earns 8 points, while 35 minutes earns 10 points!

Not much planned for this weekend except for helping my friend tomorrow (the guy who is undergoing radiation), and getting together with D tomorrow evening.

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Laura - I've been meaning to ask you...do you use your extra weekly allowance of points? Do you use your activity points? My leader said she was most successful using the extra weekly points but not her activity points. I've gone over my allotment of daily points nearly every day (so I've been using the weekly points). But I haven't dipped into my activity points yet. Funny you should mention scary swinging suspension bridge...I think my ziplining adventure includes crossing two of those! :rofl: Thanks for all the kind words about my current life being a complete 180 from what it was last year. You are so right! I'm happy, light-hearted, optimistic, enthusiastic...and focusing on me. :D Your cruise in February sounds WONDERFUL! Is it just a girls' trip then? Your bf isn't going with you? Have a wonderful afternoon off, whatever you choose to do!

Shad - I love the photos of Princess S as your avatar and signature!! Yes, I have gotten back into exercise, but I'm only doing what my back allows and definitely engaging my core muscles as I do the exercise so that I protect my back. Thanks for the warning about the ziplining (flying fox) landings at the platform. I will be extra cautious of my back, and ask the instructors the softest way to land. Bummer that the visit wasn't what you went there for, but glad you're enjoying the time as best as you can...and fitting in exercise on that huge hill!! Well done! :bravo:

Ceejay - If you want to try Ziplining, I would call a place or go online and ask around. I would think that it should be fine for people in their 60s. Heck, people in their 60s mountain climb, skydive, snow ski, etc., and ziplining has much less risk involved. Heck, I'm doing Ziplining, and I have trouble walking for more than 5 minutes..so you most certainly can do it. So sorry to hear about your stomach issues. If I eat too many tomatoes (or too much citrus), I can have stomach issues. Or if I eat acidey food in the evening, it messes with my acid reflux. Good luck at the doctor appt, and have a nice time with the uncles.

Mel - I hope you're just away due to computer security issues and not that you're overdoing it.

Happy - Glad you had fun blueberry picking. I hope your shift at the Thrift Shop goes well. Thanks for the tip about the webbed gloves.

Much love and many hugs,

ceejay52
08-23-2013, 03:16 PM
I'm back from the doctor's office visit. He scheduled me for a CT of the upper and lower GI tract this afternoon. I'm glad he's doing this. I'll be going to the hospital to have this done as an out patient.

Happy
Wow you picked a lot of blueberries! I like them frozen as well. A good warm blueberry muffin sound good.

Michelle
How high up is you zip line? Going across to bodies of water would be scary for me. I will check into some in the Branson area.

Laura
Sounds like you are planning some good vacations. I need to plan some more of my vacation time. May take off some more me time.

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They didn't tell me to go through admissions at the hospital but I have no earthly idea as how to get to the x-ray department. Guess I'll find out soon enough.

diyana
08-23-2013, 05:06 PM
Ceejay - The highest Zipline that I'll be going across is 150 feet in the air. Not nearly as tall as the redwood trees they're attached to. :rofl: I don't think I'll be going over any bodies of water (maybe a very small stream). Are you getting the CT done today?

Shad
08-23-2013, 06:30 PM
Morning all,
Going home day and I need to move along and get my sh*t packed, get showered, dressed and ready to go. Just dropped in to talk about the ziplining finish some more.
Most places have a platform and you descend to a point where the apparatus slows and almost stops. You then glide into the platform, bend the knees and just drop on, there is usually someone there to help. On the ground landings - much the same but the drop to the ground is usually a little steeper.
Yes you can go ziplining at 60+. I've done it and I'm here to tell the tale. There are much scarier things out there believe me, like bungee or heli bungee or wire piloting or all the other silly things that people throw themselves into, off or under. I found that if I relaxed into the journey and thought that I was a bird just hovering over the forest, then I could begin to see things that I had never seen before, for example, eagles nests in cliff faces and birds nests in trees branches. It can be magical. Go for it.

Anyway - as I said, time to pack this up and get ready to be a bird in a silver tube for a number of hours. I'll see you lot on the other side of the Tasman.

ceejay52
08-23-2013, 10:45 PM
Whew, 150 feet in the air, not sure about this. I'll be giving this some serious thought.

Spent most of the day at the hospital getting ready for the Cat Scan. They poked and dug several times before they found a vein. My arms are bruised and my arm is still puffy at the sight of the I.V. But I don't have any signs of gallbladder problems just the same thing, good ole diverticulitis. Therefore no nuts or corn, two of my favorite staples. I still have a salty taste in my mouth from the saline solution before the I.V.- a contrast dye.
Yep I had to drink one of those yucky shakes to "highlight" the stomach.

Invited my neighbor to go eat a burger at Huddle House.


Called my sis while ago to make sure things are still okay for me to come. She did tell me that she had found an outlet store for Alfred Dunner. So I told her I'd be coming to Branson Friday night so we could go shopping Saturday morning.

Laura705
08-24-2013, 02:12 PM
Afternoon all. Just finished reading the book club book for tonight's meeting. Not sure it was worth my time but it will be a good discussion if the group decides to discuss it at any length. I skipped class this morning to finish this book but to be honest I was feeling like I was tired last night and just not up getting up early this morning. But of course I didn't sleep late, but that didn't stop me from just skipping class.

Yesterday's lake cruise with my friend D was really nice - couldn't ask for better weather. Glad she asked me back on it again this year.I also went to the Art Institute before the cruise and did an Express tour and that was only half an hour but it was really interesting. Everytime I go for such short visits to the Art Institute I wish I had more time to spend. One of these days I'll definitely have to get there Saturday or Sunday for more time there. So many galleries so little time!

Today I think bf and I might be watching some of his niece's Golf team match at a nearby golf course and I also have to make a snack book club. Or buy something to bring.

I'm pretty sure I'm going to just buy something I'm not sure what. So I guess I better get dressed and head to the store or maybe the bakery and find something to bring.

Going to skip personals for now. I'll be back tomorrow- everyone have a wonderful day!

PS. I did most of this post using the voice speaker feature on my phone and I like it. Not that I would do it I'll sitting on the train. Lol.

Shad
08-25-2013, 08:39 AM
Sorry, it's late and I am tired. Be back in the morning.

ceejay52
08-25-2013, 07:02 PM
Waiting for it to cool down some more before I get outside if I get out there at all. Thinking about waiting till Thursday to mow.

Back from the uncles and had a good visit

Also got my hair cut. It was bugging me again.

I'm having Mel with drawls. so I'm hoping she is back before long.

Shad
08-26-2013, 08:08 AM
Aaaah, nice to be home.
It's warm in the daytime, cool still at night. Just nice.
Today I went to get measured up for my implant tooth. The dentist had to take moulds of my teeth and bite and from that, they will develop the tooth. Strangely enough I would have thought that this process would have developed more than it has. Not the nicest experience ever.

Ceejay - enjoy the shopping with your sister. Hope you get something special.

Laura - sounds like a nice cruise you had. Voice feature! It's amazing that it got the words right. So often you have to proof so much, it really is not worth doing.

Tomorrow I have a list of jobs worked out to do, Hope I can get through most of them. I wouldn't mind having a weekend off to just relax rather than rushing around doing things. I've been trying to get hold of the accountant today, he is not co-operating. I might have to get nasty with him as well as the car salesman and the power and gas people. Why can't some folks just do their jobs and do what they promise to do.

That's my whinge for the day anyway.

annie175
08-26-2013, 11:02 AM
HELLOOOOOO, back from the woods/lake/hot tub/naked running....lol

It was fabulous. Hot tub and a glass or two of wine. What a wonderful night that was. We went into Nashville, Indiana one of the days and walked around all the shops. Such a cute town with many little shops of a multitude of items. Then we ate at Nashville House, a bit pricey but sooooo good. C got the BBQ ribs which literally fell of the bone every time he tried to take a bite and I had roast beef that could be cut with a fork, mashed tatos with gravy, greenbeans, fried biscuits and applebutter, cole slaw. Had to take some of it back to the cabin for later. YUM!! Got me a new pair of rose earrings, very cute. C got new suspenders...lol. The weather was beautiful and the fishing great. C caught a 5 lb bass on the last morning. Of course I was in the cabin tidying up and getting ready to head home. No picture, sure C you caught a 5 lb bass. lol. I caught a few crappy and the hugest bluegill I have ever seen. Sassy had fun at Sissy's house but was also very happy to see us and come home.

Yesterday I had my son's late birthday meal for him. He was at guard and we could not celebrate on his BD. Italian meatloaf, fried taters and onions, corn on cob, cukes/onions, my salsa and chips, deviled eggs and strawberry cream cheese angel food dessert. Played cards and BSsed for the most part. My nephew fixed my printer. So it was all a great day.

Lil man is saying more and more words and speaking sentences. He is just so darn cute. Throws his hands up in the air and says, I don't know, when you ask him something. Lil fart.

Not going to try to do personals...SHAD sweet pix of the wee one, CEEG hope you get your tummy feeling better, CHELLE....have fun at your re-do 50th wish I could come, HAPPY Yikes the bears-stay inside, LAURA .02 isn't a bad gain just kick b*tt this week. MELLIE that senior building keeps you hopping, hope the extra check is a biggie!!

Love and hugs to all.

Laura705
08-26-2013, 11:54 AM
Morning all. Monday again. Pretty quiet here in the office since the admin and the sr. mgr are both out today.

Happy – So what have you been doing with your 7 pounds of blueberries? Re the caprese, yes, I forgot to say before, but I did include fresh leaves of basil on the sandwiches – it’s a critical part of it!

Michelle – Re your question about the weekly allowance of points – ever since I began WW, I have always exceeded my daily points and used up all of my weekly points and then some. Yes, I’ve still lost weight, but always going over points might explain why I still haven’t made my goal yet, LOL. I’ve never factored in my activity points either. Lately I haven’t even been counting WW points –I've been using the SparkPeople food tracker and counting calories instead. I find calories more meaningful to me, and if I do want to see the nutritional components of the food I eat, it’s there too. Yes, so far our cruise is just a girls trip.

Ceejay – Good to hear the CT scan came out good. The stuff you drank sounds icky. No nuts or corn – bummer. So you have some nice plans set up for your Labor Day weekend with your sis. Whoo! You do need to schedule that “me time”. Glad you had a nice time with the uncles. How do you like your haircut? Not as short as last time??

Shad – Thanks for the further description of the ziplining. I might try to do that on our cruise... Glad you’re back at home sweet home and you’re comfy again with the temps. Implants sound like a very long process. Bf’s friend was supposed to get a tooth extracted, but the doc is trying to save it and just do a root canal so he won’t need an implant, just a crown. Hope it’s successful – it costs and arm and a leg and he can spare neither! Hope you get all the people who owe you something back on track. Yes, why must we pester to get anything done??!!

Annie – Can’t recall if you’re back in town yet or not. If you’re still away, I hope you’re having a fantastic time w/ C.

Hi Mel!! :wave:

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Let’s see…I left off somewhere on Saturday. I bought a cheese plate and crackers for the book club. Went home with 95% of it – there’s always so much food at these things. I did better than I usually did - I had a late lunch, so I wasn't very hungry when I got to book club. We talked a fair amount about the book. I wasn’t the only one who didn’t like it, no surprise. I hope the next book is a complete 180 from this one.

My friend D booked the two rooms for our cruise, and she also found a reasonably priced room in our departure port city, so she reserved that too. Whoo!! I’ve completed 90% of my passport application (there’s not much to it), but I need to get a photo taken. I’ll see how much it costs at the drugstores that do it, and if it’s comparable to the deal the motor club offers, I’ll just do it there because the motor club probably won’t be as convenient. Like I told Shad – glad to be mostly done with all the bookings and moving on to the fun stuff.

Sunday I was up early and spent relatively little time w/ my paper and tea. I dressed in my ratty garden clothing and got out to pull weeds. This time it was the south side of the house which has a lot of gravel, but apparently not enough because it was very weedy. An hour later and one full trash bin later, clear. Yay. I was worried about the skunks beginning to think it might be a good spot to nest.

Then I moved on to the flower bed next to the veg patch. Another dense place that a skunk might find ideal for shelter. I cut back all the peony foliage and the milkweed. No more allowing the milkweed to grow – I didn’t even see any butterflies this year! Tore out a lot of grass that grew into that bed, and some weeds. Discovered another sedum plant hiding in there that I’ll transplant when it’s a bit cooler. So now all that remains are the phlox and the daylilies, both of which are just about done for the season. That leaves me with a lot of digging later on when it’s cooler. Phlox will be transplanted somewhere else. Daylilies will be given away at the curb or via freecycle. The peonies…I do like them so much. I might have to find spots for them elsewhere, but I think I’ll end up giving those away too. With the cleared bed, I will either expand the veg patch or just shift it over. That assumes I don’t get thoroughly sick of digging. I tried at one point to dig out a peony from there many years ago and it had such a root system that I just gave up.

After filling nearly 2 yard waste cans with weeds, etc. I’ve decided instead of spending the $$ on yard waste stickers to dispose of weeds, I would rather put the money towards weed killer and save myself the labor of yanking so many weeds. And bf is happy about that because he was hounding me about buying a nicer sprayer bottle for the weed killer.

Last night we watch the movie “It Happened One Night” on the classic movie channel. Just love that one! I’ve watched it so many times in bits and pieces that I’d forgotten some of the funny scenes.

Okay, I’ve rambled enough. Time to get back to work. TTFN!

Laura705
08-26-2013, 12:06 PM
Annie - Welcome back! Sounds like you had a fabulous time!!

diyana
08-26-2013, 01:05 PM
Good morning ladies -

I had a nice weekend. On Saturday, I helped my step-mom with some housework, then took Santa to a workshop where I learned pet massage...he really enjoyed that! Afterward, D and I went out to see the movie "At World's End", which I thought was cute and funny. It was a typical Simon Pegg movie. If you liked "Shaun of the Dead", you'd like this. On Sunday, Santa and I went to the dog park, then we picked up my friend B (who is undergoing radiation) and drove him around on some errands. Afterward, B treated me to lunch. We found a restaurant that had outdoor seating so Santa could sit outside with us, and we had a lovely meal. Santa even behaved himself. He was very, very good. I think being tired out from nearly 2 hours at the dog park probably helped! :rofl:

Not much planned for this week, other than getting to the gym hopefully every day. Today is water aerobics, so I don't want to miss that. This Saturday, I'm having friends over for a poker game, and the following Saturday is my birthday party. Lots of grocery shopping to get done, especially for the birthday party.

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Annie - sounds like you had such a lovely time! What a nice getaway!! Naked running, huh? Was that through the streets of Nashville, IN? Your son's b'day meal sounds super yummy! I wish you and all the chicks could come to CA for my birthday.

Shad - I hope you get through your "to do" list quickly so that you can relax a bit. Thanks for the tips on ziplining! Good pointers, especially about landing with soft/bent knees to cushion the impact.

Ceejay - I know a bunch of people who have diverticulitis. They have to be really strict about avoiding nuts and corn. Glad you had a nice time with the uncles. The ziplines in Branson might not be as high up as 150'. If you're interested, I'm sure they have a website you can check out that also lists restrictions (or who they would recommend NOT do ziplining). I figure Ziplining is much less scary than sky diving, bungee jumping, etc., because you are all harnessed in and not free-falling. Even my step-mom said that some of her senior friends have done ziplining.

Laura - Glad you had a nice time on the lake cruise! A few years ago, my ex and I did a Chicago river architecture cruise that went out into the lake for a little while. It was a very interesting and fun cruise. Thanks for the input about the WW points. I think it may just take me a week or two to get out of old habits. For breakfast, I used to frequently have an Egg White Delight McMuffin (6 pts) and a large McCafe mocha frappe (15 pts), and snack on trail mix or nuts (4 pts per 1/4 cup, and I'd have A LOT more than 1/4 cup). :yikes: Now I'm trying to do 7 points for breakfast, 7 or 8 for lunch, 8 for dinner and two snacks (3-4 pts each). It is good that fruit is 0 points now, but my leader said that doesn't mean I should eat tons of fruit all day, 3-4 servings is good, she said. Another fun thing to do while you're on your cruise is parasailing. You're wearing a parachute and are hooked to the back of a boat. The boat speeds off and your parachute lifts you into the air! So fun and great views! I've done that twice...once in Lake Tahoe (and oh the water was SO cold) and once in Hawaii (where is was a much nicer experience). Where are you cruising to again? So cool that your friend booked your rooms. As for the passport picture. It's roughly $10-$15 to get your passport photos done at Walgreens. Good for you for getting all that weeding done. I love "It Happened One Night"! That's the one with Clark Gable, right? And the "Walls of Jericho"? :rofl:

:wave: to Happy and Mel!

I'm so happy in my new life. Santa and I are doing well, and I'm getting my health and finances on track. Last year, it seemed impossible that I would ever be happy again, or feel strong and much more confident and self-assured as I do now. I'm so grateful to all my friends (including you ladies) for helping me through this!

Much love, gratitude and many hugs,

happy2bme
08-26-2013, 01:20 PM
Hi all,

I had a great weekend. Worked Friday afternoon but DH picked me up and we went to a local Mexican restaurant for dinner. Since it was Friday I had to have fish so I ordered grilled fish tacos. DH was hungry so he ordered a small nacho plate and after nibbling on that and some chips and salsa, I was stuffed by the time my dinner came so just boxed that up. Saturday we had plans to do breakfast at a place I've been wanting to try. He also suggested a road trip to see a picturesque grist mill as well as travelling to one of the bigger towns that we haven't explored yet. Got up early but I was hesitant to eat a sizeable breakfast and then go driving for 4 hours so I suggested we save breakfast for another day and instead packed some water and snacks and off we headed. One of DH's coworkers who we haven't seen in something like 30 years lives in the town with the grist mill. DH had emailed him and G said to stop by if we decided to go down there. So we did. We went to the door, he came out, said hello and we talked for a few minutes. Finally he said "WHO are you????" :?: I thought he was kidding so I started joking around - I answered "Candygram" which is a take off on an old Saturday Night Live TV skit with Gilda Radner". :^: Then I realized he truly did not know who we were even tho they had spoken via email just 2 days prior. :o We had a short but nice visit catching up and the guys vowed to get together and go fishing some weekend. Afterwards we were hungry and cruised though town but they only had small rinky dink restaurants which DH does not like to eat at - I guess he feels he will get food poisioning or something :rolleyes: So we opted to take a different route home. Fortunately that too us through some very pretty farm country and we headed in to a town that had a meat market I wanted to try out - we have a smaller outlet of that brand here in town and I was happy with the frozen meat we purchased there. We got to this place 20 minutes before closing. Bad place to be when you're hungry :lol: In addition to the pork, chicken and beef they also had a lot of game meat - elk, bison, venison. We got some sausages, bacon, a few roasts and some chops and set back home. I did bring a cooler bag with me just in case and it came in handy. Yesterday DH needed something to calibrate the scope on his rifle and I thought we might have better luck finding it in the Walmart Supercenter an hour's drive from our place so we got dressed and headed out. It was very, very hot here - 96 degrees mid day. Now mind you, I've had the heat on 3 times this month to take the morning chill out of the house and we did hit a low of 39 degrees one night. What is up with this weather? Anyway I did some shopping, brought 2 cooler bags and couldn't get everything I needed so I just stuck with what I could not get at our store here. Came home and we ate a quick dinner of leftovers. They predicted rain but it was no where in sight so I went out and gave the garden a big drink of water as well as the flowers. The heat of the last few days really popped out my tomatoes. I need to go do some picking today. I rounded out the night with calls to my mom and sister and trying to give the cats some playtime but they are being lazy, disinterested slugs. There was quite a lightning show in the sky when I went to bed - it even woke up DH. No thunder, just constant lights in the sky. There were really bad storms way north of us and I guess we got the residuals. Apparently after I fell into a coma, the storms did move in and DH said it poured like crazy with lots of thunder and lightning and I slept right through it. At least everything got a good watering. We still have bears around - we haven't seen them but they are leaving their "calling cards" all around the property to DH's chagrin. Actually it is quite dangerous having a cub and momma around - I wish they'd move off also. Have to be very careful in the yard. Today I have housework, laundry and making up a few recipes to use the frozen meat as well as those fresh blueberries. And that's it for me.

Mel - hope you are doing ok, miss you. Come back :hug:

Shad - glad you are back home, hope you can get what you need to done. I know the feeling of just too much and not enough time. I also share your frustration on having to hound people just to do what you are giving them good money to do. :rolleyes:

Laura - sounds like you got a lot accomplished in the yard. Bet it's looking nice. We commented that we have a lot fewer butterflies than we did last year. I'm not even sure I've seen the swallowtails which on one hand is good because that means I get to enjoy my parsley this year. Funky weather may have affected them so don't give up on the milkweed yet. I agree with you about too much food at the book clubs - would be better if people alternated. We got down to the point of the host providing 2 dishes - generally cheese and crackers along with some fruit and veggies or a dip of some kind. It came out to less food overall than if everyone brought something to each gathering as we often had a lot of excess too prior to that. Sounds like the plans for your cruise are shaping up nicely - what a great time you will have! Thanks for the rundown on the WW points. I would eat healthy - but perhaps carb based and always run out of points which I would find very discouraging. Also I never really came to grips with the increase in points when they changed the program over to no longer count plain fruits and veggies as zero points. I have been reluctant to give up my WW membership but I truly am not using it. Sparkpeople is probably a better way to track.

Annie - welcome home. Glad you had a wonderful trip - need to do that more often just to keep your sanity. Came home to a nice party - even if you did all the cooking - but I'm sure you were smiling all the way. Nice family get together! Now to forget the fun and get back to work :s:

Michelle - hope you had a nice weekend too. Wow 5 more minutes of biking gets you 2 more activity points? Go for it! Now that you are back in the land of freshest fruits and veggies might have a better variety of meals for your plan. But you know you're going to miss that Midwest beef and cheese ;) :rofl:

Ceejay - an Alfred Dunner outlet store??? Ooh I could not be trusted - save your pennies and have a fun shopping trip. Bet you are glad you are over the tests. Hate when they have people at the hospital who can't do a proper blood draw. I am not an easy stick but for people who know what they are doing, I have never had a problem so I think it's them rather than me. Hope you get some relief from this.

Well it's almost lunchtime. Better get a move on - at least I don't have to water anything outside today for the next day or two - that saves me at least 90 minutes of work which I'm sure will be gobbled up by something else.

ceejay52
08-26-2013, 02:05 PM
Hello
I'm feeling much better. Still having some symptoms but as bad.

Michelle
Yes, I'm going to have to be on a very strict diet. Santa sounds to be as happy as you are in his new surroundings.

Laura
I'm with you on counting calories instead of points. Points takes to much time to figure. I hope I don't get to obsessed with every thing like I have in the past.

Shad
Thanks for the tips on zip lining. Don't work to hard.

Michelle
I've seen pictures of people parasailing and that does look like fun. True Branson's lines may not be that high. I'm going to check into it.

Annie
Sounds like you had a good time away. Hope I do.

ceejay52
08-26-2013, 02:07 PM
Happy
Don' think I'd like to be in the yard when one of those bears decided to come wandering through.

Shad
08-26-2013, 08:59 PM
Morning all,
The power and gas people are pissing me off! Seriously - a bill for $12933.32 for a 3 month reading? I'll go to jail before I pay that one. The problem appears to be from a reading way back when and estimated readings since. But to use the amount of power that they state I have used, I estimate I would have to be cooking on 3 commercial ovens, 24 hours a day for around 13 months. I haven't been here over the 8 months between October last year and May this year so where have I used this power??
Anyway, that's my problem and it will be solved by end of day TODAY.

So for the moment, no personals. I will be back to my normal sunny self as soon as I get this sorted.

happy2bme
08-26-2013, 09:43 PM
OMG Shad :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes:

annie175
08-27-2013, 08:51 AM
Oh Holy Bat Crap Shad.....I would of fainted. Will be back in a bit.

annie175
08-27-2013, 09:39 AM
Happy Happy Birthday Ceeg! And Many More!!!

ceejay52
08-27-2013, 09:40 AM
Shad
And our customers are complaining about high bills. You definitely have the right to be highly upset. I would be.
I'm hoping the decimal is the wrong place.
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Just checked facebook and found out my niece who has been in the Ukraine for the past 2 years doing the peace corp thing is engaged as of last night. Now this may put a damper on her coming home. But I'm excited for her.

ceejay52
08-27-2013, 09:41 AM
Thanks Annie

Laura705
08-27-2013, 10:00 AM
When I saw annie's bday greeting to ceejay, I thought, Ceejay's bday isn't until the 27th.Took a look at the calendar & dang if it isn't the 27th already!!

Happy Birthday Ceejay!!!

:hb: :woo: :celebrate: :balloons: :gift:

happy2bme
08-27-2013, 12:12 PM
Happy Birthday Ceejay - hope you have a wonderful day and a great year ahead! Another year closer to retirement :D

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diyana
08-27-2013, 12:34 PM
Lots to get done today...so not much time for personals. I didn't sleep well last night. I think I need another audio book from the library...those always help me sleep.

I did an hour of water aerobics last night, and if I'm not too tired by the end of the work day, I'll do at least 1/2 hour on the exercise bike tonight. We'll see. Right now, I'm pretty tired and not feeling too great.

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Ceejay - Wishing you a very Happy Birthday and a fabulous year ahead!!! :bday2you: :bday2: :celebrate: :woo: :hb: :balloons: :gift:

Shad - I would've fainted at the sight of that bill. Is the power company going to do anything to correct it?

Here's to a great day for all! I'll try and check in later.

Much love,

happy2bme
08-27-2013, 12:35 PM
Good morning all,

Laura I can totally relate to your comment about the date slipping by. I was very surprised to see that Labor Day is next Monday. Where did the summer go to? We have had such wacky weather. We barely had any rain - literally it rained 3 times for 5 minutes in the last 3 months. Then the last 2 days we have had a line of thunderstorms at night that darn near washed the house down the road and sent the older cat scurrying under the bed. It went from chilly to super hot - which really popped some of my tomatoes by the way. :D And after being in the 80s and 90s, it looks like the forecast for next Monday is 67 degrees for a high. I think DH said something like the Farmer's Almanac said it's going to be a dreadfully cold winter but I don't believe that because the first year we moved here it was supposed to be a BRUTAL winter and it was quite mild. Last year we got a lot of snow and had that record breaking 22 inch storm the first week of May so it seemed that spring would never come. I don't think they know themselves what's going on so we take each day as it comes.

DH had to replace the weather stripping on the front door yesterday which was an ordeal so he had to take the door off the hinges. It was really really hot outside and I could not turn the air conditioning on so it was really uncomfortable to do much work and I also was unable to bake the dog treats I was planning on doing. We wound up having a light supper of bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches just because it was too hot to fuss and neither of us were hungry for a big meal. I have to work today - was going to do a few things this morning but DH got up at 5am to go and put out the garbage cans to the roadside. A few days ago the critters got at the trash can and made a mess so he didn't want to leave the cans out overnight. He went back to bed and is sleeping now so I don't want to make a lot of noise so I guess I will catch up with things later.

Shad - that's one helluva bill you got there. I hope for THEIR sake that the power company does not give you a hard time.

Doing anything special for your birthday today Ceejay? Would be nice if all those neighbors who ask you favors bought you lunch today :yes:

Michelle - the last time I was a WW, the leader also talked about fruit servings - said to remember that there is natural sugar in fruit and it meant that we were to be mindful of eating portions and servings - ie. 1/2 cup on average and not to just have at the cantaloupe like there was no tomorrow. She also suggested denser, more fiberous fruits like an apple vs sugary watermelon :( and on the veggie side - portion out the starchy vegetables - broccoli vs corn or potatoes. I think it would be easier to hire a personal chef who calculated the points ahead of time and just set a plate in front of us to eat ;) :lol3:

I guess everyone's busy this morning and I gotta get a move on so I'll try and come back tonight to catch up. Have a good day.

Laura705
08-27-2013, 01:01 PM
Morning all.

Michelle - Yes, that was Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert and the "Walls of Jericho". :D With WW or any other tracking method, it sure is an eye opener once you do it! Yeh, even though most fruits & veg are 0 points, you still can't go crazy on them - calories are calories. I'd definitely do another architecture cruise - they're so interesting! I've been parasailing - once many many years ago in Acapulco, Mexico! I enjoyed it, but in later travels to other places, I observed parasailors being dipped in the water! Was that your experience?? I don't think I'd care for that. Especially not in a cold mountain lake like Tahoe!!! Brrr! At World's End sounds good. I never saw Shaun of the Dead, but I did see Hot Fuzz - I think that had some of the same people? Loved it. Good job on the exercise! Take a rest day if you need it sister!!

Happy - Yum, fish tacos sound good. LOL re the coworker who didn't know who you were! :lol: Crazy weather we have - people were complaining around here about the fall-like temps and now we've got heat indexed in the 100's! But the heat is good for the veggies!

Shad - Wow, that's quite a bill. I'd be hyperventilating for sure!! Hope you're on the way to getting it straightened out!!

Ceejay - Yeh, the points are a hassle to calculate - you still have to have the nutrition data to calculate them, so it's just another step. The eTools that's part of my ww membership makes it easier, but I still like to readily see calories, because to me, most of the time all I really care about are the calories going in. I know choosing healthy calories is important, and I know fruits and veges give me a great calorie "bang for the buck"...but when I want candy or chips, it's just about calories. So, are you doing anything special for yourself today?? :)

Hi Annie!!!!
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Nothing much to report. Last night was the third Jazzercise class I've missed in a row - too darn hot.

I made the Thai Basil Chicken recipe last night - yum. Have to make it more frequently.

Supposed to go to see the movie "Blue Jasmine" tonight. A Woody Allen film. It's getting good reviews.

WW meeting today with the new leader, and the time has been changed so they start earlier!!! Yay for that, I won't starve when I fast before my weigh-ins. Unfortunately, I don't expect great things at today's weigh-in. :( And I'm sort of nervous because the new leader is manning the scale personally so he can get to know us! So I get to tell him I've been struggling all summer and have nothing to show for all these weeks...

That's it for me. TTFN! :flow1:

happy2bme
08-27-2013, 01:08 PM
Well Laura - I can imagine how it might be uncomfortable to have the leader watch over the weigh ins, but then again, this could be a test of how good a leader he is. I have to say that I've probably been to a dozen WW meetings and by far the most favorite leader I ever had was a guy. He gave us really good, practical information, didn't play favorites as some leaders do and some of the ladies I thought were just sort of fake - like they didn't really care about you as a person and I think weight loss is one of the most personal efforts you can make. Not everyone is a super star - those are the people who need the least amount of attention, not the most I think. Anyway hope your WI is not too disappointing.

Laura705
08-27-2013, 01:18 PM
Happy - Yum, BLT's - another excellent thing to help use up those tomatoes!! And we actually have some bacon in the house!! That's tonight's dinner for sure! :hungry:

I think the ww leader wanting to know each of us is a good thing, I just think once I get to meet him and know him it'll be easier. And it'll probably help to have even more accountability!

annie175
08-28-2013, 08:54 AM
Happy Hump Day!! Trash Day!! and drum roll....I am excited...my son is going back to plumbing school which is very near my house, therefore he will stay at my house on Wednesday nights after class and eat me out of house and home. lol. It will save him an hour plus drive at 9:45 pm. His work is about 20 minutes from my house so he will get to sleep in just a bit on Thursdays. Plus save him that hour plus drive into work.

I wasn't much up to cooking last night so I made sloppy joes and baked fries. All and all it was quite delish and a change from the usual. I have leftover joes, so hopefully DS will enjoy that tonight.

I am taking Friday off and going to the zoo with lil man and sissy. It is supposed to be hotter than haites so hopefully we can go early in the am when the zoo opens and leave by about 1pm to avoid the terrible heat.

It is hot and humid here these days. We are officially in a drought. I can tell cause all my cuke vines have wilted and died, even with the watering. I had about 8 cukes off of it. Not very many and a few of them were no more than the size of a dill pickle. Tomatos are growing by leaps and bounds however they are still pretty green. I have had about 6 ripe ones thus far. Heck with the lettuce.

Going to post this then do personals...don't want to lose it.

annie175
08-28-2013, 09:05 AM
HAPPY...we do not have any critter problems in our neighborhood. I don't know how we escape them. THere isn't even a stray dog or cat. The most we have are rabbits. I see dead coons and oppossum on the main road near the neighborhood but none in the hood. Thank God. We even sometimes keep our trash on the side of the house when we get too many bags. How was work? Are you still enjoying it or is it becoming a pain in the arse? Are your feet/hips/legs withstanding the hours on your feet? I love BLTs but mostly the B. I could eat the bacon without anything else. YUM!

LAURA...change can be good. Sounds like your new male leader is taking a great interest in you all so maybe it will help you stay OP. Thai basil chicken sounds quite yummy. Is it very hot or spicy? If so, I would have to fix C something else, he doesn't do hot or spicy. ONLY ME!!! lol How was the movie. I am not a Woody Allen fan, but if it is good I might go see it. I am trying to work in The Butler at the moment, however others keep planning things for me.

CHELLE...Sorry you cannot sleep at night. Since I started taking a half of a PM at night I do much better, you might try it. If I do wake up, I start counting backwards from 100 and fall back to sleep by 80. YEAH! Good on you for exercising. Amazing with your back and all that you get any exercising done. Proud of you sister, you have come a long way baby!!!!

CEEG...how was your birthday? Did you do any celebrating? or just working? When are you going on the vacay? Congrats on the neices engagement. Will you be attending in the Ukraine? lol

SHADDIE....are the peeps at the electric company still alive? That bill certainly had to be an MAJOR error. Either that or someone has tapped into your electricity while you were not looking. Now that is a scary thought.

MELLIE...good morning dahling, I suppose you are typing over my head. Quiet night? How are you feeling? Is this hot weather hitting you also?

Have a wonderful Wednesday all.. hugs

Laura705
08-28-2013, 11:40 AM
Morning all.

Annie - How nice that your son will be staying by you once a week and you can hopefully spend more time with him. Good luck to him in plumbing school!! The Thai Basil Chicken is yummy, but it does contain thai chili peppers and is spicy. It has other great flavors - garlic, fish sauce, oyster sauce (warning: sodium alert!) and of course, basil. Not sure if cutting back or eliminating the chilis would negatively impact the dish. I haven't had sloppy joe's in ages - I might have to dig up a recipe and make some one day. Maybe I'll choose a few ground beef recipes and tackle them all on a weekend day. Yeh, we've had a lot of dry weather lately and I got out after work yesterday to water the veggies. I don't know how the green beans respond to the hot dry weather we've had, but bf picked a batch yesterday and i'll keep an eye on the plants.

Hellos to the rest of the Worldlies! Mel, hope all is well in your corner of the world and that you're back with us soon! Miss ya!! Shad, have you gotten the power and gas situation straightened out yet? What an outrageous bill! I recall having issues when the electric co. was only doing estimated readings for months on end.

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I was up 1.4 pounds in yesterday's weigh-in. Bleh. But...today is an anniversary of sorts for me. One year ago today, I stepped on the scale and the number I saw shocked the heck out of me. It was my highest ever, and that was what started me (finally) in earnest on this weight loss journey. Yeh, I know that number was really a blip because two days later the scale was down 4 pounds, but it still made me take notice of where I was headed.

As of yesterday's weigh-in, I'm down 29 pounds in total. I've struggled most of the summer, but I won't let that deter me. I've come a good ways this year - I'm about 3/4 of the way there, and I'm not giving up now. :) All of you have been very supportive and I so appreciate that!! Keep it coming - I just know these last 10-12 pounds are going to be toughies.

As for the new leader - I like him. His history with WW is that he was a meeting leader, then a training manager, an operations manager, and now back to a leader (he's resumed an acting career). I'll pass along one of the thought provoking things he discussed yesterday: Ask yourself this: What do I want? And then ask yourself What will that get me? Keep on asking that 2nd question about each of your previous answers until you hit on the one that strikes an emotional chord within you. That one will be your true motivator. I thought one of my top motivations for losing weight was to reduce my BP and get off the BP meds, but I don't think that's the prime motivator. I'll have to give this more thought.

I enjoyed the movie Blue Jasmine last night mainly for the cast and performances (Cate Blanchett was the lead & she was excellent). I'm not sure the storyline had enough going on in it for me - I suppose I was not all that happy with the ending either. But it was certainly entertaining enough. I'm glad I went because one of the women who doesn't come to the movies with us much anymore was there last night and it was great to see her.

Because of the movie, we didn't have BLTs for dinner last night, but tonight for sure!!

That's about it for me. TTFN!
:coffee2::coffee2::coffee2::coffee2::coffee2:

diyana
08-28-2013, 12:26 PM
Super quick post today....I took last night off from the gym. I felt very nauseous all day long yesterday, so I just went home, took a shower, got in my jammies and relaxed. Santa is so good about just chillin' with me when I need to relax. :) I feel MUCH better today...all well and rested and I'm going to water aerobics after work today.

I got to work later than usual (but still on time), because I stopped at the grocery store to pick up some items for lunches for the next three days. Now I've got to hunker down and get going on work. I'll try and check in later.

Just had to add....a big :congrat: to our Laura!! So proud of you for losing so much weight over the past year!! :bravo:

Love and hugs,

happy2bme
08-28-2013, 02:02 PM
Howdy peeps,

Looks like I've started a chain of BLT's :hungry: :D :yay: How can you go wrong with bacon, fresh tomatoes and toast???? Yummo. I worked yesterday and last night we had flat iron steak. DH marinated it. This is a relatively new cut of steak - sort of like flank steak but more tender. I cooked this up in a pan and followed a recipe using fresh herbs for the marinade. While it smelled wonderful in the refrigerator it was lacking a bit in flavor so I had to add a bit of steak seasoning. I also pan fried it per directions and it was way too rare for us. When I left it to rest on the plate I used the pan drippings to make a sauce with the remaining red wine, spicy mustard and a bit of cream. HATED the sauce - I just don't like red wine no matter what and I did cook the alchohol out of it. Cleaned the pan and put the steak back on for a bit to cook. Remade the sauce using Greek Yogurt, mustard and a bit of milk and it came out better. All in all, I was disappointed with this recipe. We used this cut of steak last week in a teriyaki stir fry recipe and it was awesome. Will just have to remember it.

I worked with my partner this week - skipped last week when I substituted for another person on Monday. S was happy to see me, she was upset about an email that went out - I don't blame her. This is the last time we will work together for a while since I have decided to cut back on my volunteering in September and will instead focus on things I need to do around the house before the really cold weather sets in. She is covering for her friend who needs to attend to some personal business out of state so she is holding her slot open. We promised to stop in and visit with each other over the next 2 months. There is one person who comes into the shop that neither of us can tolerate well. First of all this woman is always complaining about other people - everyone is incompetent, a moron, an idiot, etc etc. I think anyone who calls others so many names is pretty much an A-ONE goof themselves. Secondly this person is always complaining about how she doesn't have any money - she lets important things go like appliances breaking down, car troubles, can't afford to turn on the air conditioning during the hot weather, etc. BUT then she turns around and talks about all the things she buys online or for her multitude of hobbies. She is always talking about something new she purchased. I guess because she gets things for 10 or 20 dollars she thinks she is not spending much but we certainly agreed that if she didn't fritter away so much money on petty things like cheap costume jewelry, a million shoes and any new craft item that catches her eye, perhaps she would have enough money to fix her car, stove and turn on the air to be comfortable. 100 purchases at 10 bucks is a thousand dollars :lol: people sure are something. And then there was the 90 year old man who came into the shop last week looking for rollerblades. :yikes: REALLY??? I sort of assumed he was looking for a grandchild when he came back yesterday S knew him and said he may suffer from a bit of dementia which explained a lot. He just came in to browse and chat.

It's still warm here - I need to go get some lunch and go work in the garden. There are lots of cherry tomatoes to pick and possibly a cucumber or two.

I will be back with personals in a bit.

Shad
08-28-2013, 06:22 PM
Morning all,
Still fighting the power company, but have stated that it is their mistake and I can not and will not pay the bill. Waiting on the dispute going further up the ladder - slave I spoke to yesterday can not make a decision. Takes too much longer and I will go to the Ombudsman (arbitrator for disputes) with my tale of woe.

Other than that, I think I can safely say that winter is over and we are deep in spring. The forecasters are predicting a wild summer for us. Guess that means more rain and wind I guess. Cyclones and all.

Haircut and colour today. That will get me out of the house for a while. My new car arrives in Brisbane today. It should be ready for me next week. AT LAST.

Meantime I better head outside before it gets too hot and dig some more garden, water the veges and shift some gravel to remove the dreaded black plastic along the path. Back with personals later.

ceejay52
08-28-2013, 06:56 PM
Thanks every one for the birthday wishes. I'm celebrating this week end with sister and family.
Personals later.

happy2bme
08-28-2013, 08:33 PM
Between my internet being slow and 3FC being even slower, not sure I'll get this post out but I will try. Mother Nature is a cruel woman. My tomatoes have been sitting green on the vine due to the cool weather. We finally heated up and got 2 huge rainstorms (we did lose one tree) in the last week after having an almost drought ridden summer. The heat made the tomatoes turn and I went to pick them today and was upset to see that over 1/2 of them cracked and split. This is due to the sudden burst of growth (heat) and the intense amount of rain which made them grow faster than their skin could stretch. Bummer. At least I have some to eat.

Shad - I hope it's not a drawn out process to get your utility bill straightened out. How could they possibly have thought? Maybe gypsies parked their camper and set up a roadside stand outside your house while you were gone. Or Sunday ran around turning all the lights on at night. ;) Good to hear your car is FINALLY on it's way. Frustrating month for you, eh?

Mel - come back, we miss you :cry: :cry: :cry:

Feel better Michelle. Is your back doing better in the California dryer weather?

Laura - :congrats: on your weight loss! :cp: That is wonderful. :yay: Keep up the good work - I'm sure the last 10 will be harder than the first 10 but keep at it. Very proud of you. Please share as much as you can from your new WW leader. I'm not fond of the flowery rah rah stuff but I do like practical advice!

Annie - you can have the bacon - I love fresh garden tomatoes on toast with mayo. See - we can share all kinds of things at the commune and save money. I am ASTOUNDED that you say that C does not like spicy food compared to the way you would cook. Maybe Mel and I can let you cook after all :rofl: ;) As for the zoo it's not so much bad walking in the heat (especially if you stop at a stand for those awesome ice cream dippin' dots :D ) but the SMELL of the animals on a hot day I think is the worst. Have fun with the kids.

Hi Ceejay :wave:

DH just turned off the shower water so I'd better head down and get the hot dogs on for supper. Another simple dinner. Enjoy your BLT's girlfriends. :T

annie175
08-29-2013, 10:12 AM
Happy Friday...well at least for me!! Nice and hot thru the holiday weekend then 70s on Tuesday. Probably should of taken Tuesday instead of today. Oh well.

Had a great visit with my son last night. His class got out early and he was back by 8 instead of 9:30. C was in bed at 7:30 so it was just me and my baby boy. I was so happy hearted I could barely stand it.

annie175
08-29-2013, 10:22 AM
How the heck that posted is beyond me. I didn't even do anything, well back to posting...lol

Laura...what a great loss for one year nearly 30 lbs. That is such a wonderful feat. I am really proud of you my sista! Yes the visit with son was good. Altho Sassy ended up sleeping with him. We ordered Pizza Hut for dinner as that is what the boy wanted. Spoil the kiddos, I do.

MELLIE....come back, we certainly miss you my sister friend. Feel better!

CHELLE...so glad you are feeling better after the nauseas day.

SHADDIE...geez like the customer service person could not tell that a bill the high was in error. Duh. Good things come to those who wait..your car finally arrives! Yeah! Wish we were looking at spring instead of winter and the S word.

HAPPY....sad to hear of you tomato woes. Even if they split, they still taste good. Curtis eats toasted tomato sandwiches too! I am fond of them myself. I could eat them without the bacon.

CEEG...party down and do something fun and crazy for your birthday!!

Going to post before this hangs up on me again.

Hugs

annie175
08-29-2013, 11:19 AM
Just realized why I am so happy today...it is my unanniversary with my ex...would have been 30 years today. I have thee very best man on earth now, AMEN

annie175
08-29-2013, 11:20 AM
Title for next month...

Worldlies...no slothing in September..step it up!!

Laura705
08-29-2013, 12:35 PM
Morning all. Happy Friday to those whose weekend begins tomorrow, and happy Thursday to the rest of us. :)

Annie - Great title - I like it. I know the date just pops into your head and you don't mean to commemorate something that wasn't good, but it's far better that you're grateful for the great guy you have now. :) You sound so happy having your son over last night. How nice to have that weekly!! So is there anyone Sassy doesn't like?? :D Keep cool and enjoy the zoo tomorrow. Probably at least some indoor exhibits w/ AC that you can pop into to cool off every once in a while.

Happy - So sorry your tomatoes split from the extreme weather changes! I've had a little bit of that this season with my cherry tomatoes - not much, thankfully. If I think the split is very recent/fresh, I might go ahead and eat it anyway. I'll be sure to try and share some of our WW meeting leader wisdom going forward so it can give everyone else some food for thought. We had our BLT's last night - yum. Again, I could have eaten more than one! We had a couple leftover slices of bacon, so bf did end up making himself another half sandwich. I don't eat bacon very often, so I really enjoyed it. Don't generally eat just tomato sandwiches, but I bet they would be tasty with a bit of seasoning. I'm thinking of just broiling tomato halves sprinkled with parmesan or asiago cheese. Probably good to give yourself a breather from the shop for a bit - all the drama probably gets old. So does the shop operate year-round? I bet the number of volunteers drops off with people not wanting to drive in bad weather...

Ceejay - Have a wonderful time with your sister this weekend!! Hope you have some great finds while shopping. ;)

Shad - Hope you get hold of a decision maker who can get the crazy wrong bill sorted out. Glad the car is finally getting delivered!!! How exciting!

Michelle - Glad you chilled out the other night. Did you get to water aerobics last night? I'm feeling so slothful after missing my Jazzercise classes. I'll see about tonight. Even if it's hot, I might just go and take it easy, but at least I'll get some movement in.

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Trying to decide if I want to do a specific fitness class starting next week, or just buy the fitness class passport. For the ones that require individual registration, they've added a barre class - I assume it uses the ballet barres they have in the various studios at the park district facility. They've also broken out Pilates into beginner and intermediate. They offer a combo class - pilates one day and barre another. There's a belly dancing class that's new...doubt I'd do that though. :belly: I might just buy the fitness passport for 1 class per week and and then register for the pilates/barre combo class which I believe is Mon/Wed nights. Or just skip the passport altogether and get back to doing my Margaret Richard/Body Electric dvd workouts in the basement.

When I think about it, I really would like to start my Saturday mornings at home, spending the time scheduling bills for payment, filing paperwork, doing housework, MEAL PLANNING, etc. If I could fit in three workouts during the workweek or get my mind around doing a workout on Sunday mornings, I'd really be able to accomplish more on Saturdays. I hate going back to work on Mondays feeling like I didn't accomplish all that much aound the house. It's very distracting to have that on my mind.

Since I've proven - yet again - that I don't have the self discipline to go to the gym and work out on my own with the cardio and strength machines, I'll stop by my $10/mo gym to cancel my membership before they bill the $29 annual fee in October.

Well, I thought I'd have a nice long weekend without much going on, but it seems to have filled up. Friday evening we'll go by a friend's for a little bday celebration for her and her brother - they have b-days one day apart.

Saturday is a housewarming party for bf's nephew, who just bought a townhouse. Sunday we're going to a "taste of" fest in a largely Italian suburb where we always go to the booth that sells arancini - rice balls. Yum.

Okay, I've rambled way too much this morning, probably because I'm procrastinating on getting back to "the neverending project" - a schedule that started out as a "how quickly and easily can this be done?" to a multitude of add-ons and details and digging back to things that happened five years ago. Bleh.

Tonight might be jazzercise class only because I'm getting tired of being inactive. :shrug:

diyana
08-29-2013, 12:51 PM
Hi ladies -

super busy today...trying to get caught up on the backlog of website issues that my predecessor either didn't want to or didn't know how or didn't care to fix.

I'm hoping to leave work at 4, so I can get to the library before they close and pick up some items that have come in. Otherwise, I can pick them up on Saturday, but Saturday will be a little busy as I'm having friends come over to play poker.

I did an hour of water aerobics last night, and it felt great! I have so missed the endorphins that I get as a result of a good workout. I just need to remember to eat some kind of healthy snack before working out so I don't have a blood sugar crash (which has sometimes happened post-workouts).

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Happy - Lovely photos of the hummingbirds that you posted on FB. Thanks for asking about my back. It really depends on the activity...water aerobics, stationary cycling, no problem. Vacuuming, hanging laundry on the line, walking down the street...BIG problem. I'm hoping as I exercise more, strengthen my core and lose weight, I'll be able to do more of the stuff I can't do now. I really would LOVE to go on hikes.

Laura - Sounds like a wonderful weekend ahead for you! And yes, if you don't get to the gym to use the cardio and strength machines, you should probably cancel your membership. I'm finding that as long as I have my gym bag packed and in the car, it's convenient for me to get there after work before I pick up Santa.

Annie - I really like the title for September's thread too! This time of year is an anniversary of sorts for me too. A year ago (not even sure of the exact date) I learned that my now ex was in love with someone else. And as difficult as that time was and as heartbreakingly sad as it was, I'm still sometimes sad that we didn't/couldn't work it out...but I'm also a lot happier now. There are a lot of things that my ex and I had in common, that I sometimes wonder if I'll have those in common with D or someone else. Only time will tell. I won't stress about that or pine away for the past. I'll just enjoy my now and my future...and have the best dang birthday weekend ever (next weekend).

Shad - Glad you're going to finally see your car! Please do take photos!

Mel - I hope you're doing well.

Ceejay - When are you leaving for your birthday weekend?

Much love and many hugs,

ceejay52
08-29-2013, 09:44 PM
Whew I have a lot to do and little time to do it, packing that is. I did manage to mow the lawn today so that has been accomplished and I'm counting that as my exercise today. It was hot out there too. Kept taking frequent breaks. But every once in a while there was a light breeze.

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Happy
Sorry about the tomatoes. That's one of the reasons I'd rather purchase my food. Let some one else do the hassle of growing it.

Annie
I like the title for September. Glad you enjoyed the visit with your son.

Laura
Congrats on that 29 pounds lost. You have given me a new reason to try again. And it really is an eye opener to see how many calories one consumes if it is not planned ahead of time. Thanks for mentioning the option of the DVD workout's. I may have to take Bob Harper with me this week end.

Michelle
I'm leaving in the morning for my birthday week end. Sis is taking me shopping on Saturday. My niece is coming is coming to Branson on Friday night to spend some time with me and go shopping with her mom and me Saturday. I'm getting excited.

happy2bme
08-30-2013, 01:16 AM
Hi ladies,

General comments - the tomatoes that split were the cherry tomatoes and they split clear to the insides and got dirt and bugs in the split from both the exposure and the heavy rain that made a mess. So I could not use them at all. I only got 2 roma tomatoes and 2 early girls that turned red enough to pick but that was it from the 10 plants of regular tomatoes I have out there. Lots of green ones but I'm prepping myself for disappointment - particularly since we are headed back to much cooler and seasonal temps next week. As for the thrift shop, yes it is open year round. They are only open Sundays mid May to end of October and the hours will shorten to 4pm for the rest of the days during the non summer season. I can't for the life of me see a lot of business going on once Jan - March hit and I don't look forward to 4 hours there in the winter time. When you're by yourself and there's no one there, the time just dragggggggggs by. We have several long time volunteers who come just for the summer so there will be more open slots to work in the next few months. Got a call from my partner, more drama at the store again so I am resolved to give them one day a week and no more as we roll into yet another new month and start the march towards that cool part of the year. :snooty:

Yesterday DH went out to check out some ATV trails and I sat on the deck for almost an hour trying to get some hummingbird pictures. Those buggers sure a quick ones - it was tough getting shots but I got a few - they are on Facebook - thanks Michelle for your kind comments! We have honeycomb shades on most of the windows in the house and DH decided to order one online to replace the double window in the bedroom. I convinced him to order a shade for the second window in the room so that they'd match. He thought he'd found a matching color - really a straight guy finding a color match??? :rofl: :lol3: :rolleyes: The shades came yesterday - they were pleated, not honeycomb and sheer as in very lightweight light filtering - they cut the glare of the sunlight (which we don't have at all on the shady north facing windows) and you can see right into both inside and outside of the house :yikes: Since they are custom shades - no returns (as stated up front when you order) but they will give a 25 percent discount on future purchases. I told DH not to feel badly - I learned a whole lot from the mistake and had no idea there was so much to know and think about when it came to a window shade :stars: Thing is the sale they have ends on Saturday - do I trust they will have a likeable variation next week? :?: I have ordered some fabric swatches which are on their way but won't get here by the 31st. So I might just order up come Saturday and get a neutral white. Always something to do.

We went to check out a video rental store in town. Picked up the Great Gatsby, Big Wedding, and Silver Linings Playbook. I have to get all of these viewed and returned by Saturday at 6:30pm. What was I thinking? We are going out to dinner tomorrow night at a lovely restaurant so there will be little time to watch movies.

Ceejay - I hope you have safe travels and a wonderful birthday weekend to celebrate and have good laughs and good times. Enjoy :hat:

Michelle - I agree with you that last year at this time life for you was about as bleak as it could get. Just goes to show that we must have faith that sometimes it really IS blackest before the dawn. So glad that you have really blossomed again. Yes, it's hard to walk away from a long term relationship but sometimes things just come to a natural end and it's time to move on. You sound so much happier than you have sounded in years.

Laura - your talk of asiago cheese on tomatoes reminds me of yummy broiled tomatoes. I love them in restaurants but have never been able to get them quite right at home. Sounds simple yet just not as good as when you get them out - just like a mixed drink ;) Wow a barre class! Holy geez louise - I hope you are super flexible! And long enough legs to get on the barre. :lol: But I would do it once just to try it out. Sounds really interesting and if the pass lets you try different things... Sorry you had to cancel the gym membership but why throw money away if you aren't using it? And having taking MANY a Saturday college course only to later regret it, I totally agree with your thinking of allowing yourself Saturday to organize, plan and execute. You WILL feel better for it. At least try it for the duration of the next exercise session.

Annie - happy un-anniversary or freedom day ;) ;) ;) Just goes to show you, you are now with the person you were meant to be with. Consider the ex just one of those warty horny toads you had to kiss before you found your prince :lol3: That's like those folks that knew each other as kids, grew up, parted ways and then found each other 30 years later and had the most wonderful of relationships. Good to see people happy. :hug: Speaking of which - how great is it that you get to spend an evening with your Tater? Super duper cool that he can have a night for you to dote on him and have some great mom and son time. I think you'll be putting C's gift of cookware to good use at your house :hungry:

Shad - so did you get a wild messy cut so that it matches the cyclones? New color to celebrate the new car arriving? Can't wait to hear more about it. I am impressed with the new safety features they are adding on Toyotas - coming to the point closer and closer where the cars will drive themselves.

:hug: for you Mel - ok, maybe 2 :hug: :hug:

I might watch part of the movie now so let me sign off and a pleasant night to all and a good day ahead to Miss Shad.

happy2bme
08-30-2013, 11:31 AM
Hi there,

Last one out, first one in. That's a change :lol:

I decided to stay up and watch Silver Linings Playbook. It would not play my movie at first, said something about drivers needing updates so I did that which ate up almost 40 minutes. By the time I started watching the movie it was 12:30am. What an odd flick. 2/3 of the way through it I kept thinking this was a strange movie and I really should go to bed but it was both odd and intriguing at the same time. In the end I did like the movie but it certainly was different. I can see why Jennifer Lawrence won an academy award for it. I think we'll watch Big Wedding tonight after we get back from dinner and then I'll try and watch the Great Gatsby Saturday morning. I probably should do other things and mostly I probably should have only gotten 1 or 2 movie rentals but I can't tell you the last time I watched a movie. In fact I have 4 of them I recorded on cable and our DVR is at 50 percent full (not only my shows I might add) so I should get to those too. Also got a book from the library called HEAT which is about the adventures of a sous chef working up the ranks under the tutelage of a big name, highly volatile chef. I should take it to work with me today as I am not going to be of much use since I am tired (went to bed after 3am and up at 8) and we are going to a really nice place for dinner tonight and I won't have time to change clothes so I will go dressed up nicely and keep myself as un-dusty as possible :lol: Tomorrow we might go and check out a pig roast at a neighborhood bar. They are supposed to have a live band and it might be fun to get a pork sandwich and listen to some music. Supposed to be a nice day and we got some rain last night so that means it won't be dry and dusty although I think the mosquitoes were just waiting for a good rain to wake up from hibernation.

Not much else going on, I should finish my coffee and get a thing or two done before I have to get ready for the shop. Have a great weekend everyone. A few chores and a whole lot of fun stuff. For us in the States it is Labor Day weekend - a holiday on Monday to pay homage us working stiffs. Mostly it means for a lot of the country that it is the official end to summer just as Memorial Day in May is the kick off to the summer season. There's a bit of melancholy :^: if you realize that you have frittered away the warmer weather by working so hard - nose to the grindstone - so this is almost the last hurrah to have a little fun before the leaves start to turn and the winds grow cool. So get outside and have some fun!

Laura705
08-30-2013, 12:37 PM
Oh brother, just lost a long, nearly complete post. Bleh. I'll have to come back later. Gonna run down the street quick to Walgreens and get a passport photo taken while there's a lull between the morning and lunch rush there.

TTFN!!

diyana
08-30-2013, 01:13 PM
Crazy busy day today. First thing when I came in, I got hit with an issue that is believed to be related to a minor change I made a couple days ago. And if it is, then this is the stupidest content management system I've ever seen...basically all I did was make the company field on the create an account page required. Now, it seems if you change the company (e.g., you move to a different company), it changes the master record of the original company to your new company's address! Craziness! :dunno:

Gotta run and put out this fire. At least they're closing the office at 2 pm today, so my step-brother and I are going to finally see Wolverine.

Much love,

Laura705
08-30-2013, 01:30 PM
Ceejay – Safe travels! Yup, the mowing is most certainly exercise, and lots of it! I say leave the workout dvd at home and get your exercise shopping!! :D Enjoy the time with your sis and niece.

Annie – Hope you’re enjoying your visit to the zoo w/ dd and li’l guy. Not too hot I hope!!

Michelle – Glad your gym has a lot to offer, especially the aqua aerobics classes, etc. I hope you can gradually strengthen your core and your stamina and be able to do all the hikes/dogwalks/whatever that you want!!! Don't get the work problem, but I hope you can get it rectified quickly!!

Happy – If I have any doubts about the splits on the tomatoes, they just get tossed. Sometimes the cherry tomatoes have split just when I pull them off the vine! Too bad re the shade. We have pleated ones in our two bathrooms and they’ve been fine for our needs. Ours are opaque, but the light comes through – did you mean you could see light & shadows through yours or see everything? What I like about ours is that we ordered them to open from either the top or the bottom. Convenient for privacy, and when the window is open from either top or bottom and we want to let the air come through. Luckily, the powder room window is narrow and a new shade won’t cost a fortune when we finally get to the point of ordering one to match the new colors. The current one is seafoam green.

I was going to suggest a book for those shifts when you’re all alone at the thrift shop, but you’ve already thought of that. :book2: Glad you liked Silver Linings Playbook. Yes, it was odd and often funny, but sad too. You’ll have to let me know how you like Big Wedding. I didn’t hear great things about it…

Re the barre class, it’s not really a ballet class, it just utilizes the barre. The catalog description is: “…offers the core conditioning of Pilates, the muscle shaping technique of isometrics, and the elongating principles of dance conditioning all rolled up into a revolutionary new workout that will reshape your entire body.” The class is only 7 sessions, and then another session of it starts after that, so it’s short enough that I can bear it even if it ends up not being my cup of tea.

Hi Mel, Hi Shad!!
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After my conference call this morning I ran next door to Walgreens and had my passport photo taken. Have to run out again to pick it up in a bit.

The office closes at 3 today so I’m catching the special 3:10 express home. After work, bf and I will install the "new-to-us" headboard. We ordered and received the adapter thingy and then discovered our sleep number bed is already on a standard type of bed frame and we don’t even need the adapter!! :doh: Why we didn’t know that already is beyond me. :doh: Bf has already returned it.

That’s it for now. Everyone have a great day and if you’re celebrating Labor Day, have a great long weekend!

MELODY525
08-31-2013, 09:33 AM
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I JUST WANTED TO CHECK IN.
JUST BOUGHT THE SECURITY PACK. MY CHECK CLEARED THIS MORNING.
INSTALLATAION WAS A PITA:crazy:
MY LIFE HAS BEEN INSANE SINCE I LEFT.
MURPHY'S LAW NEEDS TO BE RENAMED TO MELODY'S LAW.
AND JEN LEARNED SOME VERY EXPENSIVE LESSONS.
WILL READ YOUR POSTS FRIST AND THEN COME BACK.

HAPPY WEEKEND!

MELODY525
08-31-2013, 10:20 AM
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WHERE TO BEGIN. I'LL MAKE THIS SHORT.
MY EXTRA CHECK IS DELAYED.
LADY IS ON VACATION. :rofl:
JEN TRIED TO USE HER EXPIRED DRIVER'S LICENSE TO GET MONEY OUT OF HER ACCT.
LONG STORY SHORT...THE WOMAN REALIZED IT AT THE LAST MINUTE, TOOK THE MONEY BACK AND IT COST ALMOST $100 IN FEES TO 2 BANKS AND A CREDIT CARD.
FEES FOR TAKING IT OUT AND PUTTING IT BACK. :faint:
I WANTED TO SHOOT HER CAUSE SHE KNEW IT WAS EXPIRED:tantrum:
WORK IS NUTS. SO ARE THE PEOPLE.
MY FRIEND IS STILL LOOKING INTO EARLY RETIREMENT.
HER HUBBY IS AGAINST IT. SIGH.
RICHIE FEELS BETTER AND TOOTH WILL BE PULLED SOON.
ONE MORE ROUND OF ANTIBIOTICS.
WEIRD THINGS GOING ON HERE.
STRANGE MEN IN THE BLDG SELLING CHEAP ELECTRIC RATES ETC.
SENIORS WENT INTO PANIC MODE SEEING A STRANGERS. WTF.
COPS TELLING ME TO CALL THEM AND LET THEM DO THE WORK.
OK I WILL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
THE BBQ WAS HELD DURING A THUNDERSTORM.
NEEDLESS TO SAY EVERYONE WAS INDOORS. WHAT A MOB!
I HAD VERTIGO BEST PART OF THE WEEK. THE DR IS TELLING ME TO USE PILLS ON A REGULAR BASIS. EASY FOR HIM TO SAY....THEY'RE ALL MAKING ME NAUSEOUS ALL THE TIME NOW.
OF ALL THE AILMENTS I CAN THINK OF....NAUSEA IS THE WORST,
THERE'S LOTS MORE CRAP TO TELL BUT NOT WORTH TYPING ABOUT:rofl:
PRAYING THE WEEKEND IS SILENT.
I NEED SOME REAL DOWNTIME. BEGINNING TO FEEL LIKE I AM OUT OF IT.
I PUT A PERMANENT SIGN ON THE DOOR NOW TELLING THE TENANTS IF THEY NEED MAINTENANCE TO CALL THE BEEPER NUMBER.
TIME PEOPLE THAT GET PAID TO DO THEIR JOBS.
SOME OF THE COPS HAVE BEEN VERY PROTECTIVE EVEN MORE SO THIS MONTH.
OTHERS ARE SPEAKING OUT ON MY SAFETY & HOW THINGS ARE HANDLED HERE WHEN I AM ALONE.
I FEEL LIKE I HAVE LOTS OF BROTHERS. OH CRAP....THAT JUST MADE ME CRY.
BETTER NOT DWELL ON THAT THOUGHT. I WON'T BE ABLE TO BREATHE!!
AND I HAVE HAIR TO WASH AND A SHOWER TO TAKE.
HERE ARE SOME PERSONALS....THE SHORT VERSION.





CEEJAY....HOPE YOU GOT MY EMAIL FOR A BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
I SNEAKED ON THE COMPUTER IN THE BACK OFFICE.
SORRY I MISSED IT :hug:
THANKS FOR THE KIND WORDS AND HOPE YOU WILL BE FEELING BETTER VERY SOON. SO SORRY TO READ ABOUT THE "TUMMY" PROBS.
BE KIND TO YOUR TUMMY'S DIET!
I KNOW SOME OF WHAT YOU ARE GOING THRU.
IF I EAT THE WRONG THINGS....IT'S REVENGE TIME!!! LOL
HAPPY ENGAGEMENT TO YOUR NIECE!!!:encore:
HOPE YOU ARE HAVING A GREAT TIME AND SHOPPING TOO!!
A SPECIAL HAPPY BIRTHDAY WEEKEND TO YOU :gift:
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SHAD....LOVE THE SOPHIA PICS AND THE NEW avatar.
I FEEL YOUR PAIN WITH THIS NZ TRIP.
WE WILL CHAT DURING THE WEEK.
MY HEAD SHOULD BE FAIRLY BACK TO NORMAL BY THEN :hug:
"Why can't some folks just do their jobs and do what they promise to do."
GREAT POST!! I'VE BEEN ASKING MYSELF THIS QUESTION ALL WEEK!
THE ELECTRIC BILL ALMOST MADE ME FALL OFF THE CHAIR.
THIS IS THE KIND OF STUFF THAT'S MAKING ME NUTS.
WE MUST BE UNDER THE SAME BLACK CLOUD!!!!!!!!!!



HAPPY...YUM ON THER BLUEBERRIES.
YEARS AGO WE POICKED THEM ON FARMS OUT ON LONG ISLAND.
SUN-KISSED AND OH SO SWEET!:drool:
THIS YEARS SUMMER IS CRAZY.
I ALMOST HAD THE HEAT TURNED ON FOR SEVERAL NITES.
THEN LIKE YOU, WE'RE HAVING HIGHER TEMPS.
BUT IT'S RAINING HERE SOOOOO MUCH!!!
HAD A LAUGH AT THE MAN NOT KNOWING WHOI YOU 2 WERE:rofl:
DID HE REALLY FINALLY FIGURE IT OUT????


LAURA...YOUR TRIP TO MO WILL BE HERE IN A BLINK!
GLAD TO HEAR THE LAKE CRUISE WAS SO NICE WITH THE FRIEND.
BET YOU'RE EXCITED GETTING THE PASPORT & STUFF DONE!!
YES.....ON TO THE FUN STUFF!!!
GOOD LUCK NEXT WEEK WITH WW.
CONGRATS ON THE LOSS OF 29 LBS!!
GOOD SHOW LADY!!! GLAD YOU LIKE THE LEADER.



ANNIE....GLAD THE TRIP WENT WELL.
LIL MAN IS GROWING LIKE A STINK WEED.
HAPPY BELATED TO THE SON :hb:
CONGRATS TO THE SON GOING BACK TO PLUMBING SCHOOL!





MICHELLE...REALLY HAPPY YOU LIKE ALL THE NEW PEEPS AND THE JOB.
HOPE YOUR PARTY WILL CHEER YOU UP!!:hb:
SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT IDEA TO ME. ENJOY!
GLAD YOU'RE FEELING BETTER TOO.
IT'S BEEN A CRAZY TIME OF CHANGES AND ALL.
STAY STRONG WOMAN!

ceejay52
08-31-2013, 10:35 AM
I'm in Branson getting ready to go shopping. This afternoon my nephew in Nixa is having a BBQ at his house. Sis is ready to go

Mel
Yes I did get the email thanks.

happy2bme
08-31-2013, 02:39 PM
Morning all,

Going to be a nice weekend it seems. Today is bright and sunny with a good chance of rain tonight. That will cool off tomorrow nicely and the rain will make the ATV trails nice as it will cut down on the dust. We are planning on taking a ride sometime this weekend. Today DH is tackling the lawn - not too bad since it's been so dry I think he's cut the lawn perhaps only 3 times over the entire summer. Last night we went out to dinner at a nice restaurant. DH picked me up at the shop to save time and I was pleasantly surprised to see him dressed up. He looked so nice. I told him I could not remember the last time I saw him in a collared shirt (not a t-shirt) and pants that were not denim. :lol: We had a lovely supper. I had lobster bisque which I have not had in ages. He had a beef tenderloin appetizer which he said was delicious. Ceasar salad was ok, nothing special. They had delicious rolls with some sort of fantastic cheese type spread that were amazing. We opted for prime rib which was fabulous but brought a lot of it back home because we filled up on the other stuff. I brought a piece of flourless chocolate cake home and it was the best I think I've ever had of that type of dessert. Really a nice dinner and probably the nicest restaurant we've been to up this way. They also had New Zealand lamb on special but neither of us are lamb people. Sorry Shad, bet you would have liked it. The only thing is that this restaurant is only open seasonally - late May to mid-October - the owners must winter down south. That's why we made an effort to get there before they closed. It was a pricy dinner at that but worth the money. They are closed during the time of our birthdays and wedding anniversary but DH said we can delay our celebrations until they open. I said :no: :no: :no: don't think so. :lol: The only disappointment was that they didn't have either a Riesling or White Zinfandel wine. Said it was nearing the end of the season (although they will be open for 7 more weeks) and they were starting to run low on bar items. Thought that was odd because wine keeps even if they are closed for 6 months over the winter and spring. :dizzy: Was ok though, I drank water instead and saved the alcohol calories for dessert ;) We came home and watched a movie - The Big Wedding. It has a big name cast - was a cute movie, has some raunchy humor in it which was enough to make DH chuckle and kept it from being a just a chick flick. We only paid 3 dollars to rent it, I think I would have been disappointed if we paid the going rate of 5 dollars via the cable streaming. Laura - wait until it's on the bargain rack or free at the library. After that DH went to sleep, I watched a bit of tv and spent some time with the cats. But it was a nice evening.

I ordered and received some Pilates and Yoga videos that I'm going to try. I am at wits end with the "catches" and pinches I am having in my lower extremities. The other day I turned around and the cat was right under my feet. I twisted to avoid stepping on her and wrenched my knee again. :mad: Although I had a bad experience with a chiropractor in TN, I was wondering if perhaps they might be able to help in this case. There is a nice practice in town and I'm thinking I might give them a try.

Ceejay - hope you have a wonderful time with your family and a very happy birthday celebration. Have fun!

Mel - so glad you are back :D :hug: Sorry to hear about the snafu with Jen. She needs to listen to Momma knows best :nono: I'm sure you are a bit peeved and sad - money that can't afford to be wasted. Scary about the men pedaling the electrical. I am never sure if that's something to be considered from people trying to get their foot in the door or something that smacks of scam. I am so skeptical and I would especially be leery when it comes to selling to seniors as I know my Mom is quite gullible. Mel has to wear ALOT of hats in the building. It must get hard. I'm very glad the cops are your buddies and looking out for you. Why wouldn't they be??? You are the best :hug: Now if only they could get their firemen brothers to parade around shirtless for you ;) ;) ;) That'd set those wheels on fire for sure :lol3:
Laura - the shades DH ordered are sheer. They would cut bright sunlight streaming in the window but I can see through to the outside so they are too sheer. We talked about going outside at night to see if we can see in with a light on but the room is at the back of the house and with the bears roaming around at night, neither of us is willing to take a risk to venture out. Last night when we got home a deer was waiting for us. DH went to go feed her and lo and behold - a porcupine waddled through about 30 feet from him :yikes: He just stood still and the feller kept a goin'. I think they have poor vision thank goodness. The barre class sounds quite interesting - are you going to sign up? Sounds like it would give great toning and stretching. Hope you got the headboard all connected. Bummer that you had to waste a part you didn't need after all. Have a good weekend with all your cookouts - I see it's still pretty dismal weather wise out by you.

Michelle - hope you fixed the glitch at work. Sometimes things are like that until you learn the idiosyncrasies of yet another new application. Did you get to the movies? How did you like it? Jimmy Fallon had Hugh as a guest and was just gushing over the movie. I think he has a man crush :lol:

Annie - I'm sure you are spending the weekend outside. Thanks for thinking of a new thread title.

Shad - when are you getting the new car? I imagine with spring rolling into town you have lots to do to get ready outside. Don't work too hard!

I need to go check out the prices of shades on some other online sites. I can get a discount if I reorder from the same place DH made the mistake but I have to call the order in to get the discount and I'm not sure if they are open. Today is the last day of the sale so I need to get hopping. Also I figured I need to start watching The Great Gatsby by 3:30 if I am to see it all and have a comfortable lead to return the movie on time. It's a hassle to run into town but the prices are $1.50 less than if I rent from cable and I get 3 day rentals instead of 24 hours from cable so it's worth it. Just have to plan better.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Shad
08-31-2013, 08:56 PM
Morning all,
Been so busy and so tired that I haven't had time to post. Sorry to be MIA. The week has been filled with physical activity. I dug and shifted mountains of soil, planted a garden bed with Kurume azaleas, dark blue and purple pansies, pink petunias and some pink and white bulbs which are just shooting out of the ground. I repotted the lime tree yesterday. Today I think I might sign up for the summer Olympics weight lifting team. I can be the whole team after that lot. And I get to practice some more because the lime tree also needs repotting. The lettuces are all ready to pick and I can't eat all of them so the neighbours will make a killing again. The corn will be ready next week, the coriander is seeding all over the place and more potatoes are ready for harvest. Carrots are ready for harvest and the beetroot only days away. Only failure has been the beans although they seem to be having a second go round and I might get a feed off them in a few weeks.

Better make this short and sweet since I have to go down to Hardware Heaven and pick up the pot for the lime. I do not want to be in the queue with the fathers thinking about spending their fathers day gift cards. Yep today is fathers day.

I think I have made it up with my sister. At least we are emailing again and explaining things to each other. Only hope it lasts. She has such a fragile self esteem, and I like things out in the open - bluntly, so no doubt there will be further tensions down the line.

Okay - off to the store. Back later tonight with personals. This is too good of a day to spend on the computer, besides which my coffee is finished.

Shad
08-31-2013, 09:05 PM
Go away, don't post here anymore. Click here to go to the new threadhttp://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/support-groups/286994-worldlies-no-slothing-september-step-up-its-spring.html#post4829393