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11-30-2013, 09:35 PM
Okay here it is December.
Due to popular request I have dedicated the thread to Mel. You will forgive me if I don't join in too much with this one, since I don't grieve out loud or in print. My memories are private and deep.

But to set the ball rolling here is a picture that I know Melody used on the thread once or twice and the second picture is one where I hope she is now sitting and enjoying the fragrance and fresh air. Go free my friend.] ( (

To take a sneak peek at November click

11-30-2013, 10:01 PM
The weather over the past couple of days has been atrocious. High winds and driving rain and pretty darned cold as well. However late yesterday afternoon, it cleared to a beautiful calm evening. Today has been a bit breezy but at least I didn't get blown into the sea when I went to the markets. I got my fruit and vegetables and some flowers and then wandered along and bought some Prosecco (Italian bubbly). Yesterday I went out to my nieces place and had lunch with her in-laws and my sister plus the niece and nephew. Niece is about to give birth any day now. It's supposedly due 6th of December. M the nephew (IT Geek) has put together a sweepstake for the baby. You pay $5 and select the answers to the questions. My guess is that the baby will be a boy. He will weigh in at 3.5kg (about 7.9lbs), he will be born in the AM (early morning) on the 9th December and he will look most like M but have the same temperament as R. Apparently the winner will be from the date, then the sex, then the weight. Can't tell looks or temperament at birth really. That's just a trick question. The winner takes half of the prizemoney and the other half goes into the babies bank account. A bit of fun.

I was thinking of going to the zoo today, but I am feeling just a bit too lazy and besides which I really should do some housework and I have some soup to make (red pepper and tomato with a bit of basil thrown in. And I need to start looking at other apartments as well. I'll start the list next week. Although I did see a few on the 'net this morning.

There is sirens screaming around the place at the moment. Don't think we are on fire or anything. Never quite know around here.

Michelle, I am sorry to hear that your stepmom is moving you out. But at least you have a place to go. Hope the job hunt will come up with something soon.

Happy - so nice that you had a good break with Mum and that you got to see the family and some friends. I know what you mean about the shopping in major centres. It just is!!!!!! But the advantages to living in the wilderness are great as well.

Laura - good to know you had a good Thanksgiving with the family. Slothing is a vastly underrated pastime. I'd love to do more of it.

Ceejay - don't the family ever come to visit you???? You always seem to be driving up there. Are the tenants behaving themselves with the rubbish now??

Annie - Your poor son. Not a pretty sight that. But at least it isn't as serious as it could be. Guess he will be looking for a new car now. Strange that the airbags didn't deploy. I had heard, like Happy that seat belts sometimes need to be checked and/or changed. I sincerely hope C is okay. Not a good sign but it could just be something quite simple. Fingers crossed anyway.

Susie - hope you are not working too hard. Maybe you are having such a great time with the family that you haven't had time to post. Hope SAP is working properly for you and that your reports are reporting the correct bits and pieces. One I was trying to document the other day wasn't co-operating very well. I think the wrong infocubes were attached somehow. There was a fair amount of swearing going on that's for sure.

Anyway, I will buzz off and make my soup. I might even make the pizza that I bought the bases for as well. Not sure what I will do with the Mountain bread since it is probably out of date now. Maybe I will brush with some flavoured oil and some spice, cut it up and make chips out of it.
Can't waste food. It is too expensive these days.

12-01-2013, 02:13 AM
Good evening ladies,

Thank you Shad for setting up the new December thread. I will start with my Mel memory for the day.

Mel first joined us in January 2004. Here’s a snippet from her first post “I guess I should say my name is Mel and am almost retired and looking forward to full retirement. I could use more time for Mel now. I love all these smilies!!! :cp: They alone are worth the trip. (And so began the love affair with smilies which became our new punctuation.)

Shad convinced her to join our little international group and in a tip of the hat to her Mel posted “I lost my drive but Shad helped me find it again. I only temporarily misplaced it! You, Lady, have done more for me than anyone knows.”

I remember Mel having a bird which she called her grandson but I didn’t realize she had a whole flock at first. Her humor and her unique way of looking at things is what really drew me to her. “One of my finches died last week. The other 5 didn't even stop eating! he was dead in the nest and they were all eating and taking baths!! So much for birdie love!”

12-01-2013, 02:29 AM
I made it through the first of 2 days volunteering for the Santa photo benefit. Rose quite early on a minimum of sleep and headed out on a cold and crisp day. I did wear 3 shirts - turtleneck, long sleeved and a logo sweatshirt and I'm glad I did because it was very, very cold in the storefront. They said they were having trouble with the heat. I was glad I brought a mug and after 2 cups of tea I just kept heating water and cupped my hands around it to stay warm. Outside of that it was a fun event - we had 2 Irish Wolfhounds come in - talk about BIG animals. One of the ladies said the owners had to have arms like Popeye the Sailor Man to hold those babies in place. But they did get them to sit with Santa. We had several cute dogs and even one cat. It was a nice fund raiser for the Humane Society. The ladies who sponsored the event had trays of goodies - both sweet and savory so we were able to snack a bit. Tomorrow will be a shorter day - 11am to 2pm and then the rest of the time is mine again. I came home and wound up sitting in a hot bath just to warm up.

My sinuses are really bad with the water in the nose feeling. I have the humidifier running constantly with a warm mist. I also got some saline spray which seemed to work for 10 minutes. I don't really want to take an antihistamine which will dry me out even further. I only have the water in the nose aggravation - not stuffed up or having a runny nose.

Shad - what a cute idea your nephew had for the new baby. A chance to have some fun and start a little fund for the wee one. Very clever! So what did you do with the Prosecco? I have seen it on the cooking shows - is it just a sparkling wine? Generally they add it with a juice of sorts. The soup sounded lovely also. I am a big fan of roasted red pepper soup.

Michelle - sorry to hear that you'll be finding a new place but at least you have something in mind. Sounds like step mum was willing to help you get a leg up but then she also had a busy life herself. Will D keep you closer to SF than SD or are you keeping your options open? Sending you good vibes :hug:

Annie - I'm sorry to hear about C. Hope his issue is something treatable like a hemmoriod which can be scary at first. Glad he's getting it checked out. Sending good wishes his way too.

It's getting late and I still have to rise early tomorrow so I'm going to call it a day/night.

Sleep well good chicks and I'll touch base tomorrow.

12-01-2013, 04:17 AM
Ha, yes I remember. I also talked her through making the font size bigger permanently on her old computer. I think she thought a miracle had happened. Never had to tell her anything twice tho'.

12-01-2013, 02:26 PM
Morning all,
Not much to report since I posted the above last night. Nothing much happens while I am asleep (that I know about).
I have given my notice at the apartment I am in. I think I said all this yesterday. I found cockroaches and some form of ant in the dishwasher. That was the last straw.

The soup turned out great. I have some for lunch today. It's pretty easy to make, just roast the peppers (many as you like) roast the tomatoes (many as you like).
Saute as much onion as required (I used half a brown onion) and a couple of cloves of garlic in a light splash of good oil or just spray the bottom of the saucepan with oil. Add a touch of salt.
Peel the skins off the tomatoes and peppers and chop roughly. Add to the onions and garlic. Add as much stock (vege or chicken) as you want - less equals thick soup, more equals runny soup. I like mine thick. Simmer for about 10 minutes and blend in the food processor or with a blender stick. Eat. Very few calories there.

Then I had some Mountain bread that needed using up. What's mountain bread? It's that flat bread you use for wraps and things. Very thin and flat. Anyway I sprayed it with Olive Oil - although a flavoured oil would have been good, sprinkled the sheets with a Moroccan spice blend and baked for about 10 mintes. They are crisp and and tangy and better than the packaged chips.

Finally I sliced up an eggplant (Aubergine) and sprinkled it with salt to get some of the water out. Sprinkled those with spice and baked until crisp. They are yummy as long as you don't cook them too long. They need to be just crisp.

So that was my afternoon. Evening was watching a couple of programs on TV. Doing some puzzles on the computer and going to bed to read. My book at the moment is The Paris Architect. It's about an architect in Paris during WW11 who built secret hideyholes in houses and apartments in Paris to hide the Jewish people. How true it is I don't know, but some of it sounds plausible.

Happy - I love the Irish Wolfhounds. They appear so dopey, but give them a target and they will run for miles. A friend who used to live around the corner had two of them. She walked them on a duo frame. Her mother always said that they looked sort of unkempt and dishevelled - a bit like Bob Geldoff. So we nicknamed them Bob and Geldoff.
The Prosecco I DRINK. You can put it with Peach Nectar (and make a Bellini) or you can add it to orange juice (I think that is called a Mimosa) or you can add gelatine to it and make a champagne jelly with grapes set in it, but it is nice just straight up after a hot day in the kitchen or garden. The local store also has a good cider as well, but one thing per week only. Prosecco is this weeks treat.

I am having a push to get some of this weight off. It's my last effort I think. If it doesn't move then I will be around the 180 mark for the rest of my days. It's becoming increasingly harder and harder to get rid of this lard. I don't like it, but short of starving myself (and that probably won't work) I don't know what else to do. I eat well, I walk to work, I don't eat much in the way of junk food, I cook my own stuff and count the calories. I climb stairs and hills and still nothing moves. So for the next month, it is a case of up the exercise, and control the food. Let's just see if something will happen.
Let this be a warning to those of you under the 55 to 60 mark. Once you get to this age, it is progressively harder and harder to lose. It is progressively harder to tone up. It is not a pretty sight with all the lose skin and droopy bits. So my advice to you is to DO IT NOW.

Gotta go. See ya

12-01-2013, 05:21 PM
My Mel moment for the day...

We all remember how Mel loved to sing. Next to posting graphics I think her next favorite thing was Googling song lyrics.

Bet you didn't know this...

She wrote "Yes my Dad gave me this name and I have been singing ever since! When he worked the late shift, he used to listen to a radio program called MILKMAN'S MATINEE.(1947) It was musical. The announcer had a daughter and named her Melody-something but my Dad liked Melody-Ann better. Long ago the hyphen got lost in the shuffle."

12-01-2013, 05:32 PM
Greetings and salutations,

I finished my stint at the photo fundraiser. We made over $600 so it was a nice turnout. We had a lot of huge dogs - Great Pyrenees, Great Danes, a couple of huge lumbering mixes, a couple of Chihuahuas - one that was dressed in a red salsa dress along with her mixed breed sisters but my favorite was Lucky the cat who had the best looking reindeer sweater I've ever seen. Lucky was a stray the owner found caught in an animal trap - poor lucky lost his leg due to the severity of the injury but was one of the most docile cats I've ever seen. We thought the sweater was cute but when they pulled out the reindeer ears and strapped them on his head with no objection, we all had to gather round and awwwww. I will post a picture later. The people who sponsored the event brought in their 5 dogs at the end and it was literally a scene from the movie "A Christmas Story" when the Bumpus dogs from next door got into the lead character's house. I just sat behind the table and watched the melee. I also had to guard the basket of dog treats on the table next to me. They were all laughing at me but I said this is why I was a cat person. :rofl: All in all it was a good time and I'm glad I did it.

DH is watching the end of the Bears football game and then we'll figure out someplace to go and eat. I have to type up the list of contact info for the clients to give to the photographer and hope to get that off before DH is ready to leave.

Thanks for the soup recipe Shad - I think I will try that. I will have to add some cream or at least fat free half and half (half cream half milk), otherwise that would be too much acid for my wimpy tummy but it sounds delicious. How wretched to find roaches in the dishwasher of all places. If they are there, they are in the cabinets for sure. Ugh. Hope you find another, more suitable place quickly.

Ok, I'm off to type up my list.

12-01-2013, 07:45 PM
Hi ladies -

I've been spending most of the day working on a project for my step-brother. I also need to finish my online website portfolio so that I can present it tomorrow in an interview. Santa is resting right now. I'm taking him to the vet later. His paw is getting worse not better...he doesn't even put it down now...just hobbles around on 3 legs. Poor little guy.

Shad - I love that idea for the baby sweepstakes. I've worked in some companies where a similar thing is done for expectant parents. I hope you find a better apartment and are able to move into it very soon.

Annie - I really hope C is doing ok. Sending hugs and healing prayers.

Happy - The photo fundraiser sounds like a lot of fun. I'm hoping to find something like that around here for me and Santa. I'd like to include a photo of us in the Christmas cards. I love the big dogs like wolfhounds, pyrenees, danes, newfies. I don't think I could/would own I prefer lap dogs. Of course most of the time those big guys think they're lap dogs and crush you under their 150 lbs body. Thanks for sharing the Mel memories. I know I joined the Worldlies after you'd all been around awhile. I do remember Mel's grandson though and how much she loved the lil guy.

Gotta get back to website work.

Much love to all,

12-01-2013, 09:00 PM
I do most of the driving to visit with the relatives. Seeing that they are in their 80's I don't expect them to travel. Ugh on the roaches in the dishwasher. And yes the neighbors are better at putting out their garbage.
Love the picture. I wouldn't mind visiting that place myself. I fully understand about the weight problem. I'm their too.

Sounds like you had an interesting day at the fund raiser event. $600 dollars is not bad.

Poor Santa. Hope it isn't any thing to serious.

Yesterday was working in the yard. I mulched most of the leaves with the lawn mower but there was several around the bushes that needed to be raked to the curb and the driveway had almost as much as the front lawn did.
My aunt called last night and told me she really liked the Christmas tree we bought. And that she had it decorated already.
I did relent and go back over there today to go to church. But that's to far to drive for a church service.
My next trip over there will be after Christmas. I'm working on one of my long week ends and of course Christmas Eve and Christmas day is on my day's to work. At least I'll have a bit of rest from driving.
My weight loss stalled due to some medical issues and the only reason I've lost some weight in November is because I've been more diligent in taking my fluid pill. I eat to late at night also due to the 12 hour work day's. Some things I can change though and will.
More later. Need to charge the tablet.

12-02-2013, 08:46 AM
Good Cyber Monday/evening.....

Did not take C to the ER. I decided that he had been eating terribly and with a irritated colon that he has and his hernia, it was time to regroup his food choices. It really was not what I was feeding him and it was the junk he eats all day long on his route. He is lactose intolerant and continually eats chocolate, drinks soda, and eats sugary cakes off of his route truck. Now you are going to laugh, but I found him on Saturday at one of his stops and snuck/sneaked up on him. Caught him eating a Reeces PB cup. Well let me tell you I ripped him a new arse. Told him that I had worried myself to death about his issue and was thoroughly hurt that he was not helping himself. He promised to not eat that stuff anymore, and I confiscated 2 snicker bars from him and gave them to Sissy. Well low and behold, the bleeding has stopped and he feels so much better and the bloating is gone. Well duh! That is the first time I had to be rather harsh with him on anything and I think my wicked witch of the west attitude scared the bejeebers out of him. It is also helping me eat better.

My funny memory song of MELLIE is she and I going back and forth singing lines of Gilligan's Island theme song. Or music from the 70s.

SHADDIE...have you found a new place to live yet? Man all the hustle and bustle-ing you do wears me out.

CEEG....sometimes I find yard work refreshing. We had good temps but being a young neighborhood with very young, small trees, we had no leaves to rake. C did one final grass cut last weekend in the back so Sassy wouldn't have to jump and hop around to go potty.

CHELLE...any news on the work front to report? I just know you will hear something this week. Fingers crossed and prayers going up.

HAPPY...good job on the fund raiser. I am very proud of you and impressed with all the volunteering you do. You are a good woman, Ms. Happy. So cute on the salsa dressed chewie hewie and the reindeer cat. Can't wait to see the pixs.

Hellos to LAURA and SUSIE

And a great big HEAVENLY HELLO to our MS. MELLIE.

Have a marvelous MOnday all.

Loves and hugs

12-02-2013, 11:23 AM
Do we have a new APT # for Jen yet?

12-02-2013, 11:46 AM
I found this in one of MELLIE's older posts.... in the snow to Lapland in a sleigh.......
:elf: Sleigh bells ring
are you listening
in the lane
snow is glistening
A beautiful sight
we're happy tonight
walking in a winter wonderland

Gone away is the bluebird
here to stay is a new bird
He sings a love song
as we go along
walking in a winter wonderland

In the meadow we can build a snowman
Then pretend that he is Parson Brown
He'll say: Are you married?
we'll say: No man
But you can do the job
when you're in town

Later on
we'll conspire
as we dream by the fire
To face unafraid
the plans that we've made
walking in a winter wonderland

In the meadow we can build a snowman
and pretend that he's a circus clown
We'll have lots of fun with mister snowman
until the other kids knock him down

When it snows
ain't it thrilling
Though your nose gets a chilling
We'll frolic and play
the Eskimo way
walking in a winter wonderland

Walking in a winter wonderland
Walking in a winter wonderland

12-02-2013, 12:32 PM
Morning all.

Annie – Cool you have a new tablet. What a nice gift. Will you read books with it?? How’s DS? By now he probably looks worse than he feels. How’s C – I hope the blood is not an indicator of anything serious. Ah, just caught up with your latest post and see that it might just be his diet. I have to say if I were around all that junk, I’d have little resistance. But now he has you watching out for him and guilting him into really taking care of himself, so I bet he’ll be more conscious of what he puts in his pie hole. Or else... :D

Happy – Glad you had a nice visit with family. Yes, it’s a shame we couldn’t get together this time, but maybe next time! Too odd that you have trouble getting a good pork roast up your way! Enjoy this one. I’m tired out just reading about your drive home and your weekend activities! The photos with Santa sounds like a nice event. I just love the extra big dogs, especially the Irish Wolfhounds – that commercial on tv with the military gal and her IW is a favorite. Too funny about the 5 dog melee and you guarding the treats! – I just love that scene from A Christmas Story!!! :D Glad to hear the cats did well on their own.

Shad – Glad the tests came out alright. Seems like a lot to go home for, but it wouldn’t have been good to put it off, and this assignment isn’t a short one. Thanks for starting the new thread for us. Very fitting title. I’d saved a bunch of Mel’s graphics to dropbox, but when I tried to post one here, I was having trouble resizing them small enough to attach. Maybe you (or Michelle or Happy) can insert some of those directly into the post throughout the month? I’ve never set up a shutterfly account or learned to insert the photos into the body of the posts. I used to love seeing the graphics Mel would post. Re the baby prize pool – great idea. Not long now!! Your soup sounds delish. I think I agree with you about not wanting to starve myself to lose weight. I was talking about my final ww goal with bf last week and while I lean towards the top of the ww healthy range for my height/age as my goal, bf is thinking I should try for something lower. I think lower would be nice, but I honestly don’t want to have to struggle much more than I do for the rest of my life to maintain. I might strive for what my drivers’ license actually says, but beyond that…dunno. I don’t think there’s any ww rule that would prevent me from continuing to lose weight even after I were to achieve a reasonable goal and lifetime status.

Ceejay – Nice of you to help with the aunt’s holiday decorations. I don’t know why, but this year it seems I’m noticing how early the decorations are going up everywhere. I enjoy seeing them. As for our own…I’m not too thrilled to wrestle our giant artificial tree out of the attic, but after it’s set in the stand, plugged in and fingers crossed that all the lights will light, I’m fine with decorating it. I didn’t do any exercising the entire week, Monday through Saturday.:blush: I have, however, done all the daily dogwalks from Wednesday onward. Gives bf a break and me some exercise. Yesterday I went to the gym for a yoga class. Good instructor and I enjoyed it. It’s a nice thing to do for myself on a Sunday and not too strenuous. Mmmm, cornbread. Funny how some foods taste much better in our memories, LOL. Good for you getting the leaves raked//mulched. Our tree in the back still has a ton of leaves, but enough have fallen to require some raking. It’s a nice day today, I might do that in lieu of an exercise class. Just have to remember to use my inhaler and maybe wear a mask…

Michelle – I hope your moving out is on an amicable basis with your stepmom. It was nice of her to have you and Santa stay for all these months. Not the best timing given your job situation, but you’ll be back at it in no time, and I’m glad you won’t be out on the street! Lucky you, moving in with a cook!! :) I must have missed you mentioning Santa’s paw – I sure hope it’s nothing serious. Coal was hobbling on his walks for a couple days this week, but was just fine yesterday. I think he must have pulled something in a paw when he scrambles around like a nut when he hears the mailman at the door.

Hi Susie!!! Hope you had a fabulous TG holiday!!
Nothing much to report. Why do I always type that?? Saturday was shopping for the bday gift, then my hair appointment. Touch up, cut and actually had an excust to have her style it - the party. It looked nice, wish I could do that myself. Saturday evening’s party was fun. So good to see a couple friends from HS that I haven’t seen in way too long. So the honoree was the first of our group to turn 50. Another friend’s milestone is in January. Oh boy, hard to believe. But it’s just a number…

Yesterday was mostly lazy. In the morning, I watched the end of a dvd - I watched the first part w bf when I got home Saturday night. Then a bit of tv and reading. Went to an 11 am yoga class, showered, puttered, walked the dog. Early dinner with bf and back home for more loafing. Pinned up the hem of a pair of his nylon sport pants. He had them hemmed by the dry cleaners but they’re still too long.

So I took a vacation day today and have no real plans. I will renew my Art Institute membership (it expired 10/31) today since they are offering a cyber Monday 20% off special. Other than that, nothing on the agenda except maybe a visit to the thrift shop, raking leaves, a dog walk, reading…It’s already nearly 10:30 so it’s already flying by. Typical.


12-02-2013, 02:50 PM
Just a quick one.

I had a note back from Jenn last night. She did mention the new number of the apartment but she won't be in it until January. I can't remember what it was and I will get back to you with it tonight.

12-02-2013, 04:26 PM
Hello everyone!

Busy morning of applying for jobs. Now Santa and I are off to an interview. I'm taking him with me because stepmom and stepbro both had appointments today. It's cool enough outside to leave him in the car for an hour or so while I dazzle my way through the interview!

I start a new job on Thursday. It's a decent job...the pay is lower than I'd like and the benefits and vacation are practically non-existent...but it's income. In case some of you saw my FB posts from a week or so ago, this was the bird in the hand I was referring to. I'm still trying to catch me a much better bird in the bush...but income is income.

My stepmom would like me to move the week between Christmas and New Years. I'll have to coordinate that with D. It should all work out ok.

Anyway, I've got to get going. I'll let y'all know how it went. Please send prayers, luck and keep your fingers crossed for me.

Much love to all,

12-02-2013, 06:30 PM
Give me patience

12-02-2013, 06:38 PM (

Here is a Mel-ism for you Laura. Picked it off a thread from ages back.

12-02-2013, 06:39 PM
Wishing you the best on the job hunt/interview's.

Good thinking on regrouping the food C eats.

Laura and Happy :wave:

I'm at work and just finished with the November reports. I feel worn out from the week end. I started to decorate the small tree but decided against it last night. I'm putting out a few decorations and that's it.
We have a cold front coming in Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. They are predicting a low of 16 on Friday night. :brr: The high on Saturday is 30 degree's. I'm already shivering.

12-02-2013, 07:38 PM
Hi Everyone :wave: I had a wonderful holiday with my family. The sweet potato casserole turned out well.

I don't feel that I overdid on the food on Thanksgiving, except I did have two desserts but I spread them out through the day.

I have my decorations up and I have done some shopping. I will do a bit on-line shopping here in just a little while. My goal is to be done and wrapped by December 14 in case on December 16 they tell us we should/can do the ablation for DH before the end of the year.

I am enjoying your "remembering Mel" posts. I am getting to know her and you all as well as I see how you each remember her.

Annie: Your C is very lucky that you are going to be there to help him get on track. I do think that he should schedule a doctors visit and be assessed. A hernia can go bad quickly. My Father-in-law had to deal with that this past fall. All turned out well but it could have been very scary.

I am about to go get some laundry out and get some online shopping done before the Country Christmas show comes on at 8 p.m. I will be singing right along with them.

See you all tomorrow.

Idaho Nae
12-02-2013, 10:35 PM
Dear Shad, I have been thinking of all of you on this thread for sometime now and could not use my old registration. I am saddened to hear about the loss of sweet Mellie. She was so kind to me and we exchanged some good pieces of advice with each other and mailed a few things back and forth. My heart is with all of you here and she was able to show such great support and encouragement to all.
Shad, this is Renae from Idaho. Sending blessings

12-02-2013, 10:45 PM
My interview went really well. I think I'm precisely what they are looking for...a combination of programmer, graphic designer with email, search engine and social media marketing savvy. They have more candidates to interview, but hopefully they will decide (and choose me) by the end of the week. Even though we didn't talk salary, the pay would undoubtedly be better than the place I'm starting on Thursday...and the benefits package is REALLY good. :D Please keep your fingers crossed for me, and keep me in your prayers if you do that sort of stuff. Otherwise, any good vibes are greatly appreciated!

Much love,

12-02-2013, 10:57 PM
Is this Renae who once sent me a knitted duster cloth of all varying hues and stripes?

Idaho Nae
12-02-2013, 11:13 PM
Yes it is.... I am having trouble posting here. But I wanted you to know I have thought of you gals so often... I can only imagine how this loss will effect you Shad and wanted to let you know I am thinking of you. Thoughts for Jenn and her family and all of Mel's friends here.

12-02-2013, 11:17 PM
Thank you so much. Please don't be a stranger. Come back and check on us anytime. Are you still living in the mountains? Didn't you have a wee dog Toby?
What's been going on in your world?
BTW, I still have the duster. It's not quite as pristine as it used to be! :lol:

12-03-2013, 05:14 AM
Jennifer's address - note it is from January 1st. She is not there yet.

Hey there....I'm at same address different apt #...will be jan 1st 2014 will be...APT.3F The apt is much bigger walk in closet...also have the trailer for storage...the kids will be here to help move...the don't know yet...finally be able to put up a x-mas tree...have the room now. gonna put a mom's stuff on it...i'm here right now boxing things up...feels funny...horrible actually...thanksgiving was
s cousin his step kids dad dies 2 days after my mom...not a cheery day this year...I couldn't believe it he had a heart attack. very nice's a shame. goes on.....happy or not. i'll write you you...jenn

12-03-2013, 09:21 AM
Happy Tuesday everyone!!!

SHADDIE...thank you for the update from Jenn. I did send out my C cards yesterday and put the old apt # on it per instructions. I also sent her a book of stamps. Don't know if she uses/needs them but it is the thought that counts. Haha, on the patience, I do know what you mean by that. Some days are better than other days for those coming in contact with me. I try to show kindness first and grumble inside, and also pray on it.

CEEG...for the first time in 7 years C has talked me into a real tree. Although the prices are scaring me away somewhat. The cheapest I can find is 35.00 at Kroger's. May just have to go some time during the night and cut someone's shrub down. lol. I don't want a very big one, just a small cute one.

CHELLE...more good vibes being sent your way. More prayers going up. I am sure you will get this job as Santa went along for goodluck. Santa was very glad you just didn't take his foot only for good luck. lol. When are you moving out of stepmums? stop in when you can. I went back years past from the Worldlie posting and read some of your posts. We all miss MELLIE so very much. She was such a hoot and dear sweet lady.

SUSIE...good job on the Thanksgiving feast and not overdoing it. Hugs! C has had his hernia for the past 3 1/2 years. It comes and goes however thank God it is in a fatty tissue and not sprinting out between intestine and muscle. He has learned to deal with it. Also not lifting 4 trays of product at once is helping. I told him no more than 1 or 2 trays, so far he is complying. I have most all of my C shopping done, with the exception of a few gift cards. I did a lot of cyber shopping yesterday, that about finished it for me. far I love the tablet. Just messing around with it right now, took a few pictures. I might read books with it, there is just something about holding a real paperback in my hands that I like. You always have something going on every weekend...exercising, shopping, walking the dog, sewing something, you are one busy person. Good on Ya!

Nuttin much going on last night. Dinner, dishes a little tube and bed. BORING!! I did stop on my way home and purchased Cs cologne he likes. Walgreen's is the only place I can find it since it is an older type from year's back. Lagerfeld - original.

Make it a terrific Tuesday all.

loves and hugs

12-03-2013, 10:26 AM
Not much happened last night. I dug through the Christmas decorations and decided against putting up the small tree. I've got some 6 inch fiber optic tree's I'm going to use instead. The rest of this stuff is being boxed up and taken to Goodwill.

What size is your tablet? I love my 10 inch. I couldn't get used to the 7 inch. It was like a big phone to me. Good for you in having your Christmas shopping done. I'm not shopping this year. There's really no reason to do so.

More later. I'll post more later.

12-03-2013, 11:08 AM
Morning all,

Quick post for me. 6 inches of the white, fluffy stuff overnight with possibly another 10 more by Wednesday morning. Then we are going to drop like a rock with temps. Predicted high of 1 degree on Friday - low of minus 16. Brrrrrr.

Can't stay - got a call from the Tuesday morning Thrift shop volunteer asking if I can cover for him as he lives 25 miles out of town and the roads are not yet cleaned.

Be back tonight. :grouphug:

12-03-2013, 11:26 AM
Morning all. Back at the office today and will have to wade through yesterday's e-mails. Bleh. And we'll have the monthly report to do as well. Ugh.

Happy - Wow, 6 inches snow and possibly 10 more!!?? Our temps are supposed to drop a lot by Thursday, don't recall the precipitation forecast. We got rain last night. Be careful out there!

Ceejay - Ooh, I like the fiber optic trees - so pretty when the other lights are dimmed. Our tablet is a 10 inch iPad I believe. BF reads books on it and does internet surfing on it. I did a little bit of online shopping on it (well, no purchases, so I guess it was just browsing) and it's good for that.

Okay, have to restart the computer, so I'll be back shortly.

12-03-2013, 12:15 PM
Shad - Hope you got the patience you needed. Thanks for the Mellie graphic. :) And thanks for the update from Jen. Will take note of the new apt. number effective Jan. She sounds very busy. Must be so hard for her to go through all of her mom's belongings. :(

Susie - Glad you had a nice holiday and the sweet potatoes turned out well. Good for you getting the shopping and decorating started/done. I'm finding that the weekends are filling up quickly, so I better find time for all that very soon!!

Michelle - I hope you get the job you really want :crossed: - but it's good you have some income in the meantime. :) How's Santa doing?

Annie - Enjoy the real tree - sap, needles, etc. :D Other than that, they're nice - the scent is awesome. :yes: Re real books vs. e-books, yeh, I'm still partial to the paper & ink ones. But it's convenient to have e-books on my phone - I know I'll have at least a couple loaded when I go on my cruise in Feb. Re being busy - I don't seem to plan much for my weekends/time off, yet the days just fly by...don't get it. :?:

Renae - I seem to recall a few posts here and there by you when I first joined this thread a few years ago. Hope you'll stop by every once in a while to say hi. :)

Yesterday morning I'd decided I'd get out in the yard and do some leaf-raking. I even put on my "yard work" clothes. But then I decided that since the temps were mild, I should complete my zipper replacement project so I could wear that jacket to do the raking - perfect weight for that. Had to fill a new bobbin for the bottom thread color, and then I did the 4 rows of stitching. Happily, no problems like I'd feared, and so that project is finally complete. :) Since I was already at the sewing machine, I re-hemmed two pairs of bf's sport pants.

By the time I was done with the sewing, it had clouded over and I didn't want to be outside doing yard work. And it was lunch time...went out to lunch. (With all the leftovers in the house, why go out? but we did.) Back home and out for doggy's walk. After that was a lot of slothing - on the sofa watching bits and pieces of hallmark movies and hgtv shows, doing online browsing, etc. No exercise class or nuttin'.

For movie night tonight, they selected the movie Catching Fire, which is the new Hunger Games movie. Not interested, going to skip that one. And since I skipped exercise yesterday, I will go to an exercise class tonight.

WW meeting and weigh-in today. Scale at home this morning was down a pound, so I expect a loss at ww, but we'll see. I know I did alright over the long weekend with the exception of Thanksgiving when I ate too much of the cheese/sausage/cracker tray my friends brought over for the appetizer.

That's about it for me. Have a good day everyone!

12-03-2013, 05:43 PM
I wish I had your skills in sewing. I didn't have and still don't have the patience for it.
You can't tell I've cleaned off the yard this week end. The leaves are not as deep but they are covering the ground.

Thanks for mentioning the Christmas program. I'm going to watch that also.

Hang in there.

Be careful while out and about. Will the DH take you in the ATV?

Work is going well today. Hope it continues. We're supposed to get that cold air Happy is experiencing today but if anything we'll probably get the ice instead of the snow. I'm dreading it.
I've been going back and reading some of the threads from the past.

12-03-2013, 08:48 PM
Hi Ladies -

I'm exhausted today. I didn't sleep well last night. Santa is getting used to the cone of shame, though he still doesn't like it. He's not putting any weight on his sore paw, but the swelling is coming down a little I think.

Today, I learned that I am being offered a job in San Francisco as a long-term contractor with the Federal Government. It's a good job, except for the commute...but the pay and benefits are good. I'd still prefer the job in San Jose...and I've got a second interview for that position on Friday.

Tomorrow, I'm interviewing for a short-term contract job with Apple. The pay isn't great...but it might be a way to get in the door with Apple.

Laura - I saw Catching Fire on Sunday. It was very good. But then, I really enjoyed the Hunger Games book trilogy, and the first movie. You really are good at sewing. I can sew crafty things...but I'd never try making clothes or replacing a zipper.

Happy - That's a lot of snow. Be careful, okay?

Annie - I'm saying prayers for C (and for you sista). :hug:

I'm going to try and get my Christmas cards out this week. I just sent out a PM to most of you to make sure I had your correct mailing address. Laura, I sent yours by FB message.

Gotta go for now...gotta help get dinner ready.

Much love,

12-04-2013, 02:18 AM
Evening all,
Feeling a bit depressed. I went to have a look at two 'apartments' today. They were dark, dreary and depressing. One was so tiny that you had to wonder why they put two bedrooms in it. And it was supposed to be one of the 'better' places in town. Guess I will have to think about forking out a bit more money.

Not much else to report. Run out of work until some queries can get sorted. But they tell me they will be on to it tomorrow and have plenty of work lined up.

Feeling tired and not too well so I might call it quits for tonight. (
This is one of Mels Christmas graphics that Laura put on the dropbox.

12-04-2013, 09:45 AM
Sending good vibes and prayers for C.

I pm'd my address to you. I need to get out Christmas cards myself this week end.

OOhhhh I'm not liking our weather forecast. They are predicting very low temperatures and an ice storm to boot. I'll be off work until Sunday but another round is supposed to be here that day. Guess I need to take a whole med for panic attacks for this week end.
I got the living room semi decorated. I am glad I chose the smaller fiber optic tree's. I made a small village using them. Don't know why but they relax me.
My friend called me last night stating that she was sick, and asked if I could bring her a coke. I took her a coke and a sprite. Sprite's do me more good when I sick. Of all things I forgot to put my phone in my purse. She was going to call me to let me know how she was feeling this morning. ughh. And I can't remember her phone number. I'm used to texting and scroll down to find her number.

12-04-2013, 11:34 AM
Morning all.

Ceejay - I'm not liking our upcoming forecast either, and we never did rake the leaves in back. And I still haveflowerpots on the patio with dead flowers in them. After work I'll try to remember to dump the contents and put the empty pots in the basement slop sink for washing. I hope you don't get an ice storm!!!

Shad - Sorry your current apartment and your apartment hunt aren't going well. Hope that changes soon. :crossed: Thanks for posting the Mellie graphic. :)

Michelle - I responded to your message on FB. And I deleted some of my 3fc pm's here - I keep too much! Re sewing - I don't do much with sewing as to clothing anymore - I'm not as good of a sewer as I'd like. But stuff like crafts and home dec items are fine. My next projects will be fleece boot socks for my rubber wellies and a pair of flannel pajama pants. Glad Santa's paw is on the mend.

Happy - How did the podiatrist appt go??

Hellos to Susie & Annie. :) :wave:

I went to the "Body Works + Abs" class last night at the gym. I felt like I eased up a bit during this class so I could avoid the soreness in my quads like I had last time. There were still a ton of lunges and squats, but I made sure to use the lighter weights for those, and switched to the heavier ones for the non-leg moves (upper body). However... walking to the office after my train commute this morning, I can tell the soreness is starting up. Just hope it isn't too severe this time.

I had a loss of 1.2 pounds at my ww weigh-in yesterday. No gain after a long weekend that included a holiday meal and a party - whoo!

Nothing much else to report. Aside from emptying my flowerpots tonight, i also need to go through my mail basket. BF knocked it over while cleaning last week and everything's a mess.

Okay, that's about it for me. The work won't do itself, so I'm back to it. TTFN!

12-04-2013, 12:39 PM
Morning all,

Mel Moment For the Day -

In regards to decorating for her most favorite holiday in her most favorite month of the year...

...Nothing is safe when I started to decorate in the past. I have toned down quite a bit. Jen and I used to share this tiny apartment and one year we decided to use everything we had collected over the years all at once. That year there was a surprise inspection from the State Authorities for Housing. 2 young fellas. 1 came in, ran out and called to the other one....You gotta come in here and see this. It looks like F*cking Macy's in here. They should put up a rope and charge admission." The 2 of them were in such awe that the inspection came to an end and they stayed here till they left. We had a great time while they pointed out things to each other. I must admit it was a tad over the top and we never did it again... but it was a great year to remember! Have fun with it. We only go through life once! :xcheer::hohoho:

12-04-2013, 01:10 PM
Happy - What a great memory! Thanks for sharing it with us!

12-04-2013, 01:39 PM
Well we have quite the winter wonderland out my windows this morning. At least 6 inches of snow yesterday. It's snowing quite heavily now - 2 to 4 more inches expected and if it keeps up like this we'll get more than that. I'm hoping it keeps to all snow because they were predicting freezing drizzle or rain all afternoon long and that would make it darn treacherous out there. :yikes: We're supposed to get the cold blast starting tomorrow which will send us into the bottom of the deep freezer. Time to haul out the longer towels to block the draft at the bottom of the doors.

I cancelled my physical therapy appointment this morning in anticipation of the bad weather. Supposed to work the thrift shop tomorrow afternoon but if it's going to be icy out, I'm not leaving the house. The lady who I gave up my usual Tuesday afternoon volunteer slot for was grousing yesterday afternoon that the shop should not be open in bad weather - it's dangerous for customers and the volunteers. Considering I had a good run of customers yesterday morning and only made $35 - $11 of which was my shopping ;) I'd have to agree with her.

Monday's podiatrist appointment was a bust. I got there and as usual the doctor was running behind. DH drove me there and was sitting in the waiting room as he was going to help me with the grocery shopping afterwards. I sat in the waiting room for over 45 minutes - they kept coming in and telling me it would be 10 minutes more. I finally got up and walked out. I told the receptionist I was leaving and she went to check with the doctor who was not done with the previous patient and would have been there even longer. Which meant I would have waited over an hour before I even got a chance to see her. I am debating about going back - my foot was bothering me but the cortisone injections for my hip helped the foot somewhat. I am disappointed that the expensive custom fit orthotics I purchased don't seem to be doing anything to help the feet and I wear them regularly now. So I guess I will keep my appointment for next week after all. I am also disappointed in that I felt pretty good with my back and neck sleeping at my sister's and now the pain is starting again. I'm thinking it's partially due to the bed, my sleeping position and bad posture at the computer desk so I will have to be mindful of that.

I bought a new shower curtain and thought the pattern looked familiar. Turns out it matches a set of towels I purchased in town last year on closeout. I loved the trim on the towels. So even though this color scheme is quite similar to what I have right now, with the towels (which I stole back from DH's bathroom :lol: ), will give my bath a fresh updated look.

I am wanting to decorate for Christmas this year. Would love to have a real tree - not sure how Nina who thinks everything is her personal toy to play with will deal with it. She has little fur mice and especially likes a black one. Every night she trots in with it in her mouth and drops it at DH's feet. They then have to engage in a game of toss and fetch for about 20 throws before she gets tired and snuggles into his arms for a while. She had to get her teeth cleaned. Apparently Siamese mixes like her have issues with teeth as the vet said genetics are against her. She does not like having her teeth brushed but the doc said it's crucial as she will get rotted teeth, gingivitis and oral infections. This poor bow legged, crossed eyed, snaggled toothed mess sure got the bottom of the gene pool. But on the other hand she is love in a fur bag and is so affectionate, full of energy and cute that you can't help but love her. I just wish she would not chase her older sister all over the house. DH is spending a lot of time with Meadow and she is slowly coming around. She even came to me last night and allowed me to scratch her head. That girl has some thick fur on her. But she is a shedding machine.

Other than that I have a house to clean and still stuff to put away from my trip as well as Mt. Washmore to tackle. Good day to stay inside and keep busy. After that I have to review the next raping ... um increase in health care for next year's sign up ;) and work on finishing up my class. I told the president of the Humane Society I would be willing to write articles for the weekly local paper column as well as for the quarterly newsletter which will help me to hone my skills on writing "tight" ie. less wordy.

Laura - your comment about the flowerpots reminded me that before I left I put a few pots of herbs that managed to make it through the cooler nights out on the deck. Didn't have time to transplant them indoors before I left and now they are flash frozen :lol: I have to agree with the others that you are quite the masterful sewer. I made most of my clothes freshman year of high school but didn't do much more after that. I see your work with jacket zippers, throw covers and other such ambitious projects and you are quite the seamstress! Congrats on maintaining a weight loss over the Thanksgiving weekend! That's wonderful. Hope you are not feeling too sore this morning. I can say that the stretches they gave me for PT are really helping with the soreness in the upper thighs so you might want to consider a few if you are feeling tight.

Ceejay - you poor thing - I see that they are predicting ice down your way. Particularly in your area. I sure do hope you don't have to get out and go to work in it. Seems like it will hit on Friday AND Sunday to really mess things up. Ice storms really knock things out down your way, including a lot of wires for power and telephone. I hope you will be ok. To your question about the ATV - we cannot drive it on certain county roads - many of which intersect our area and we can't drive ATVs or snowmobiles into town for "commuting" purposes. That is probably a good thing as there are lots of bars in town and drunks on snowmobiles are a bad enough issue on the less traveled trails. But we have a 4Runner and the 4 wheel drive works well except on ice - for that I need a tank with treads or one of those rover machines they use for driving out on the lake for ice fishing :rofl:

Shad - I am sorry the apartment hunt is turning into such a bust for you. Hotels here have long term furnished living suites with small kitchenettes, a small living area, bed and bath and since they are designed for staying for weeks or months on end they are priced competitively to a furnished flat. I realize that every dollar spent on living quarters cuts into the pay profit so I hope you can find something reasonable soon. Thank you for the Jenn update.

Michelle - I am a bit confused with the jobs - I know you are applying to many. So you are starting a job tomorrow? And the job you said you were perfect for - is that in San Jose? Yikes I would not want to have to commute into the city SF over those bridges each day with all that traffic or could you take BART? Good luck, keep at it, something will come through soon. Are you moving in with D sooner now that you have the time off or waiting to see what comes about? What happened to Santa's paw? I missed that post.

Annie - I hope all works out well for C today. Is he still having bleeding issues despite the crackdown on his eating? Sending good thoughts and healing prayers to both of you. :hug: I think sending Jen a book of stamps is a wonderful idea. That will certainly help cut costs with some of the correspondence she is doing. Sad that she is sending out sympathy notes instead of Christmas cards. :(

Susie - I see DH is having an ablation. Mine had one earlier this year and except for the night of the procedure in which he was in a lot of pain - due to the nature of what they are doing, he did great and :crossed: things are in steady rhythm as they should be. We are both relieved as he was not responding to the usual medications. So I hope all goes well for you both. Just a busy time of year for that sort of thing but the recouperation is quick - he just won't be able to lift much for a bit.

Nae - was good to hear from you again. When I get up in the morning and the house is cold and I look out on the snow covered trees in the yard, I think of you as it reminds me of what you have described in your posts. I can see why you love it so much now. Hope you are doing well. How is Toby the dog?

Yikes - looks like the snow has eased up - I hope this doesn't mean the frozen drizzle has moved in. DH was enjoying his morning coffee - if stuff is going to glaze over we both have to get out and shovel/plow/sweep before it freezes into chunks. Just when I had other plans.... :shrug:

Have a good one ladies.

12-04-2013, 02:34 PM
Morning all,
Feeling somewhat better this morning, but am getting hacked off with this post nasal drip and the morning episodes that make me think I have a rotten cold. I suspect a sinus infection. However the darned thing has probably been there that long it will take a mammoth effort to get rid of it.

I have a list of apartments to ring up about today. Fingers crossed that one of them works. There is one I would love to have, but I'd better get on the phone asap this morning as I suspect there will be a few after it. My downfall will be not that I can't pay for it, but that I only want it for a small space of time. They have fixed ideas here that you should sign a six month lease. My time span is 5 at the most. Of course I don't have to tell them that, but I like to be upfront and as honest as possible. It generally pays dividends with the New Zealanders.

Raining this morning, but not blowing at all. I don't mind the rain, and I don't mind the wind, but I hate both of them together.

Happy - lovely memory of Mel this morning. I can just imagine that tiny apartment with every inch decked out in Christmas stuff. Jen seems to be coping reasonably well. Sure she is not happy but ........... what can she do about it.
I am starting to look at Hotel apartments. The one I saw yesterday was just dreadful. But it was cheap. I am now thinking that I have to go upmarket to get something I can live with. Not that 400+ per week is exactly cheap, but you know what I mean.
Having a real Christmas tree brings back memories of Shad the dog. He loved them. He used to sit by the tree waiting for us to decorate. As soon as the box of decorations came out, he was in there looking for his favorite decoration. We had a bunch of red shiny apples (not real) and one year we came into the lounge room and there was Shad next to the tree with a guilty expression on his face and red foam drool dripping from his mouth. We rushed him off to the vet, but halfway there, he sat up in the car and spat out an apple - still with the guilty expression. He was fine. Took him back home, gave him lots to drink and he tried to get into the apples again. Maybe the red shiny stuff tasted good. Nina will have a fine time batting the decorations around so make sure the lower ones are well stuck on.

Laura - I am sure your sewing skills are great. They sound good anyway. I used to make all my own clothes however these days I don't really have the time or maybe it is the inclination really. However the way these stupid Chinese clothes are fitting, I may very well have to either find a dressmaker or start making things again. Bet my sewing machine (hidden in the back of a wardrobe) has seized up and doesn't work anymore.

Annie - hope C is okay. Sometimes it is just haemorroids and polyps but whatever, he should get them seen to. Please let us know how it goes.

Michelle - good luck with all these jobs. Hope you get a good one. Are you actually starting one today??

Ceejay - seems strange that the South of USA would get snow and ice. Let's hope they miss you completely. Drive safe if you are driving.
I forget my phone frequently. Maybe that's because I hate it.

Better go sort out some work for myself. And start ringing these people. Today will be a good day I am sure.

12-04-2013, 03:16 PM
I hope you can find an apartment soon. I don't mind the snow. It's the ice that's a pain for me. No control over the car whatsoever.

Don't think you should go to the Thrift store. Most people will/should be indoors unless it's to get out to by groceries.

You can find more fitness classes. I've never heard of Body Works+abs.. I hate squats but I'm learning to do them correctly and it doesn't hurt my knees as bad.

Susie :wave:

What is so odd is that the temperature is almost 68 degree's outside and the wind is blowing like March. But then again we're under a winter weather advisory. I sure hope they are wrong.
I came in to see in Annie posted results about C.

12-05-2013, 09:46 AM
Thank you for all the well wishes and prayers for Curtis. He has diverticulosis (thepockets that bulge out on the intestine), not diverticulitis (when the pockets get infected). He goes to a gasternologist January 8.

Here comes the crappy weather for Indiana. Starts tonight then will make a mess of things thru noon tomorrow. Rain, freezing rain, then snow. Lovely. My drive into work will be awful in the morning.

Will do personals later. Got too much on my desk right now.

12-05-2013, 10:08 AM
For some reason

12-05-2013, 10:20 AM
For some reason my key board is not working. I'm using the keyboard on the tablet.

I'm glad u have a diagnosis for C. I've had both. We are supposed to get the same thing tonight. Need to get some errands run before all this starts. At least I don't have to get out till Sunday, but that's when the second round comes through.

Think I could get used to not having the key board even though its easier to use

More later.

12-05-2013, 11:51 AM
Morning all. Cold and windy today and more to come, but I don't think any snow/precip is forecast here until Sunday. Time to really bundle up!

Ceejay - We had very mild temps yesterday as well, but today is quite the opposite. Bf bought a case for our tablet that has a small keyboard with it so he doesn't have to use the touch screen.

Annie - I didn't know about C's er visit until getting on FB later yesterday - glad there's a diagnosis and he will be seeing the doc to address its treatment.

Shad - I hope you just have a cold and not an infection, but if it's lingering with no decrease/change in the symptoms...might be the latter. Boo. :hug: Funny story about Shad the dog with those apple ornaments, since he was fine. Not so funny if it were otherwise. Coal shows mild interest in the ornaments. I make sure to put the unbreakable ornaments on the lower branches of our tree. Hope you have some luck in the apt hunt!!

Happy - Bet it's very pretty outside your house. Just love the serene look of snow-covered ground, trees, etc. And it muffles sound, and that's nice too. Well, until the salt melts the snow and the the traffic noise is increased. :shrug: Definitely stay off the roads if you get the frozen stuff - totally not worth the hazard. How very maddening when these doctors overbook themselves and you have a long wait. And even worse they keep saying it'll only be 10 minutes!! Sometimes it's tempting to call ahead to ask if they are running on time, but you know they'll tell you yes just so you'll be the one waiting, otherwise they'd likely just take you in the order you arrive. Grrr. Greedy jerks. It's a good thing they don't allow ATV's and snowmobiles on the town roads - that would just add a whole 'nother layer of chaos to winter driving.

Michelle - Good luck to you on your first day of work and more good luck on the more preferred job prospects. How long of a commute is it to SF?

Hi Susie!!
Thanks for your comments re my sewing skills. :) I suppose I could do just as good a job as (or better than) the cheap stuff you see in some of the stores, but I think my issue is having the patience to go back and rip out seams and re-do it when it isn't "just so". Also, at a certain point you see the need to customize patterns to fit you better (and isn't that part of the point of sewing your own clothing?) and that's yet another skill to learn. I suppose the decision to deliberately move to more complicated patterns and enhance my skills is one I don't have the time or inclination to pursue at this time, so for now I stick with the simple projects. My SIL's mother was a seamstress and I can only imagine how wonderful it must be to have the skills to tailor existing clothing and make custom pieces so well you can make a living at it!!

I got the chance to wear my old jacket/new zipper last night when I went out in the yard to empty all my flowerpots of dead flowers and soil, as well as pull the dead flowers out of the small bed adjacent to the patio. Glad I got that done. I also covered the wheelbarrow with a new tarp and used twine to secure it since we are now storing it alongside the house. While I did that, bf pulled out my shephard's hook and also bagged some leaves.

That was about it for me yesterday. Oh, I had lunch with a friend I hadn't seen in over a year and it was nice catching up. But...I had a huge burger and curly fries, and the rest of the day's eating wasn't so great either. Back to lighter eating today.

Will probably go to the gym tonight for a class, or maybe to finally do some strength training on the machines. My quads are still sore, but not nearly as bad as last time.

Okay, back to the grind.

12-05-2013, 01:00 PM
Winter has arrived in the northwoods

12-05-2013, 01:38 PM
Morning all,

These were taken this morning AFTER the first shoveling / plowing yesterday. DH is not happy about having to go out again today because not only is it snowy but it's darn cold out there. And going to get even worse. I'm glad we didn't get quite as much ice as they talked about and I was shaking in my chair yesterday as the lights flickered a bit several times. We are totally dependent on electricity here - without it we don't have light, water or the all important heat. Most of the lines are buried here but if a tree snaps - and all the trees are heavily loaded down with wet snow soon to freeze solid - then all bets are off when things start snapping.

I'm going to try and make it to the thrift shop this afternoon. It's sunny out so I hope they have the roads plowed. If they are too bad, we'll just turn around. I feel badly if I skip out - the animals need to be fed no matter what and the shelter workers made it in I see. I'm hoping with the sun out, there will be more people roaming around town.

Don't have a lot of time to post so I'll make brief personals.

Michelle - good luck on the new job today.

Annie - thanks for explaining the difference - I always get them confused. Glad C doesn't have the inflammation one - that's what my Mom has - severely limits the food choices and is tough to adjust to. Keep us posted on the outcome. Hope you don't get socked too badly with the weather.

Ceejay - stay SAFE. I'd be dreading this coming weekend. Nothing scared me more than ice down there. Bad for driving, lots of power outages and downed trees. Hope it's not as bad as they predict.

Laura - glad you got a chance to get the yard in order before the cold and snow set in. Smart idea covering the wheelbarrow. I understand your comments about the sewing. I once worked with a woman who was quite petite and decided to take up sewing just to get things to fit. I was amazed at her incredible tailoring skills because at the time we were wearing suits to work. Tailoring is a whole different level to sewing. Like the difference between a home cook and a chef. I'm a level below you. I can sew. If it's not quite right, I just cuss at it instead of redoing it. :rofl:

Shad - I totally understand the issue with finding a short term apartment lease. We had the same issue when we first moved to TN. I didn't want to commit to a year long lease because we wanted a house as soon as possible. I wanted a 3 month or month to month lease and most places considered 6 months a short term lease. Not much to pick from and they all charged a big upcharge for the privilege too. Hope you find a little gem soon. The hotel type might be your only choice. I thought you might have more options considering you are in a city and not in a little mining town this time but it just goes to show you...

Hi Susie :wave:

I've got to get ready now. Will look for a Mel nugget later when I get back.

12-05-2013, 02:57 PM
Good Morning Chicks Of The World. When I Got Off Here Last Night, I Rolled Over To The Window...and What To My Wondering Eyes Did Appear?...but A Driveway Full Of Snow But No Reindeer
The Snow Miser Was Good On His Word And Gave Us The Dusting He Must Have Known How Much I Needed It. :lol:
Other Than That...all Is Well And Quiet Here In The Bldg. The Seniors Are Going Out Today And Make Their Free Holiday Long Distance Phone Calls...all Paid For By Merrill-lynch. God Bless Them. Now They Can Talk Overseas For A Few Minutes To Long Lost Family. It's Such A Good Thing M-l Is Doing. :cheers: I Am Ging To Watch More Harry And Xmas Stuff. So Have A Great Sunday. :scooter:

Laura~ Thanks For The Note. Cheered Me Up For Sure. Hope Your Calves Feel Better!! Ouch!! Good Thingyou Got The Numbing Shots. What Are Dentists Thinking Of Anyway?? :yikes: You Better Get To Decorating Your Place...what Are You Waiting For?? January?? When Is That Block Party??? Do I Sound Like The Nagging Mom-type??? Love Trader Joes

Hope you are taking notice of that one Laura.

I saw one to Happy about opening the doors to Christmas smilies. It was a typical Mel event. Probably written about 1 hour after everyone had risen from the table after Thanksgiving Dinner. I'll try to find it again.

This one is missing the odd smilie since I don't have the time to save them to photobucket and bring them back. I might have a go at that over the weekend.

Saw an apartment I would be able to live in yesterday, much smaller than the one I now have and immediate tenancy and a lot cheaper as well. There is one more I have to see at lunch time today, and then I will make the decision. The one today is on the waterfront, right next to the weekend markets and the supermarket and across the lagoon from Te Papa - the national museum. Could be an interesting place to live. It's downfall is that the tenants don't move out until the 17th and I must move by the 18th. Not a lot of time to get cleaning done etc.
I'll let you know. At the moment I am leaning towards the one available today. It's modern, clean, freshly painted and decorated, is convenient to work (10 minutes walk down the hill - 15 mins walk up it) Not too close to a supermarket tho' altho there is a bottle store on the ground floor. Who needs food????? And the tenancy period is flexible. I had better check the tenancy period on the other one before I march off down there at lunch time.

Having said that. I'd also better go do some work.
Having some internet issues as well. Thankful that I haven't lost this post.

12-05-2013, 04:15 PM
It's getting colder outside. I've gotten all of my errands completed and I'm all settled in waiting on the storm.

I was hoping for a picture of the snowfall. It's beautiful with all those tree's. Heard on the news this morning that Memphis will get this stuff too.
Do you feed and water the animals also or do you just work in the store?
That's something I'm going to look into when I retire.

I was puzzled at first when I read your post. Thought really, Shad having snow. But then I realized it was from Jenn. Glad she is still keeping in touch. Living by the water front would be nice.

My mom was a seamstress. She'd rather take the clothes apart than make them. I just don't have the patience for it. Wish I did.
I took some things over to my sick friend. She had more color in her face and was beginning to act like herself. But she is still not completely well.
I am freaked out with the bad weather that's on it's way. Guess it's because I'm dependent totally on electricity and like Happy with no power comes no lights, heat or water. I was going to buy some extra water but Walmart was
completely sold out.
And believe it or not my weigh in this morning was 193. Only .8 pounds lost but hey I'll take it.
I forgot about a doctor's appointment in Jonesboro tomorrow but I'm calling today to cancel that. I'm not driving in this stuff at all. Infact they will be coming to get me Sunday if they want me at work.

12-05-2013, 09:22 PM
Mel Moment ...



Dear Nutter Friend, I hope this Christmas finds you in your new place filled with lovely furniture and decorations from Ikea. I hope you have a big, beautiful Christmas tree filled with lavender ornaments that look and smell delightful. Take a big whiff and enjoy - no sneezing, no sniffling and no more problems with the eyes or the Rosacea. And I hope you are able to climb the ladder and place an angel on the tree top. :D :tree:

12-05-2013, 09:50 PM
Shad - I loved your Shad story about the Christmas apples :rofl: How fun is that with him waiting for you to get on with the decorations? Thanks for the warning - I have tiny shiny red apples I put on the fiber optic tree - I'm sure they will be great fun to bat about the floor and knock through the railing in the loft area. That apartment by the waterfront sounded nice - being close to the food shopping is an added benefit BUT as you say, only one day to clean up, move in and get settled is not nearly enough. Let us know what you decide on and if there is room for us too - we need someplace warm to hang out in. ;) As for the bottle store, after some of the days you've had, perhaps you'd better partake of sustenance of the liquid kind :lol: Thank you for today's Mel memory. I forgot that Mel liked the snow.

Ceejay - glad you were able to get all your errands completed and are ready to hunker down for the weekend. I worried about you driving too. Especially when they are talking a half inch of ice. I agree - let them come get you and provide transportation. I hope it's not as bad as they predict. Congrats on the weight loss. You may lose more from worry or shivering in the cold!

I did make it in to the thrift shop this afternoon. $6.86 in sales. 2 men who came in separately and were very quietly in the back for a long, long time looking at books. It almost creeped me out. Then I closed out my cash drawer at 10 minutes before the hour and darn if some lady didn't rush in 2 minutes before 4pm. I told her we were closing but that didn't stop her - she was excited about all the new Christmas stuff that was set out. Of course I made a mistake ringing her up and now there will be an imbalance on the drawer tomorrow but I have all the supporting doco to explain it. The morning volunteer didn't come in either. I should have stayed home too but I keep thinking of those sad little animal faces. I did take some dog treats over to sell at the vet's center and mailed out the driver's license of the man who dropped it on the floor on Tuesday and has still not figured out that it's missing. So all was not lost. It is VERY cold out there. The turkeys hung around all day and the deer are constantly coming tonight. I ran out to the garage to drop a bag of trash in there and when I touched the metal knob with my bare hand, my skin almost stuck to it. It's that cold. 1 degree and falling. I'd better go and put some towels at the base of the doors to cut the draft.

Hope the weather doesn't hit us too hard. Later chicks.

12-06-2013, 08:59 AM
Slip sliding away, slip sliding away. la lalalallaaalaa

Made it to work in one piece. There were only 3 cars I saw that slid off the road. I did leave 15 minutes earlier than normal. Poor Sassy was having nothing to do with going potty in the 5" of snow. So I broomed a 4 foot path from the back door to the fence. She still wouldn't go, so I guess she may have an accident in her cage today. We are supposed to have round two starting around noon for an additional 1-3". Bleh...Me thinks we need to move the commune to a warmer climate....look out Shaddie here we come.

Tried a new fruit that I picked up at the grocery the other day. Only bought one as they are expensive and didn't know if I would like it. You all probably have heard of it or have eaten it. It is an apple-pear. Looks like a pear but crunches like an apple and is quite tasty. May have to get a couple more.

SHADDIE...this job sounds like a major PIA. Hope you like your new digs better than the first one. When reading Mellie's post from past, I started getting all teary eyed, then read HAPPY's and literally cried. You know I miss her like I miss my own momma and daddy.

HAPPY...what beautiful pictures of your place. Snow is lovely if you don't have to shovel or go anywhere. If only it would snow on the grass and not the concrete or wood decks. haha MELLIE would love your pictures also.

LAURA....cheeseburger and curly fries, yikes, that would start me on a downward slide. You are far better at eating healthy than I.

CEEG...we got the same slammin weather that you did. Bleh Glad you got all your errands done and sitting back to enjoy the snow storm.

CHELLE...good luck on your interview today. Hope it all goes well and you are one happy chickie.

SUSIE....prayers for your hubby's ablation. How did you to at TOPS this week?

Have a great Friday/eve all.

Love and hugs.

12-06-2013, 09:58 AM
You know I'm thankful that we had such warm temps on Wednesday. Last nights freezing rain didn't make things slick here, but it is sleeting now and will change over to snow later.
I'm still praying that we don't lose power.

You are brave to drive into work this morning.

Good luck with the job interview today.

12-06-2013, 12:11 PM
Morning all. TGIF!!!:carrot:

Annie - Still not eating like I should be, but taking lunch to work yesterday and today is better than eating out. If only I hadn't eaten that slice of cake from the coffee room! Glad you made it to work safely. Stay safe getting home - it'll be dark(er) and more snow. Ugh. Poor Sassy. :(

Ceejay - Ick, rain-snow mix. Fingers :crossed: that you don't lose power!! Is it your weekend now? Hope you can just hole up at home and don't have to go out in this. Good job re the loss - a loss is a loss and NOT a GAIN, and during the holiday season, it's a victory!

Happy - Pretty photos, but all that snow and now the frigid temps! Brrr. Fingers also :crossed: for you that you don't lose power, especially since you rely on electricity for your heat. I should probably know this, but we have a newer gas furnace, but doesn't it also rely on electricity for the fans to work or does the gas power the blowers too?? I know our gas stove/oven has an electric ignition system, and I believe the broiler is an electric element, not a gas flame. Furthermore, the oven has a convection option that relies on electricity. Gosh, if we lost electricity here we might be roasting weenies while huddled around the fireplace! Love that snippet re Mel & Ikea & lavender. :)

Shad - LOL re your Mel snippet - not sure which year that was, but it is typical of the bf and I to be constantly behind on everything, especially our holiday decorating. Is it no surprise that I finally threw out the last ripening (okay, it was rotting) garden tomato from the windowsill just this past weekend and that we still have leaves to rake?? :D Anyway, the weekends are getting filled up by now, so this weekend might be the one to take heed of Mel's comment & get the tree & other decor out of storage and the halls decked. Hope you signed for some nice(r) digs by now and that the moving/cleaning isn't a gigantic pain in the neck.

Michelle - How's it going out there? Are you the only one of us in the states that's not getting a cold spell? Wait, it appears you're in the 30's at the moment. Brrr. But at least you'll get up in the 50's today. How's the job hunt??

Hi Susie! Hope you're staying warm!
Nothing much to report. I did a BE workout in the basement after work and then went through the mail. After that TV. My bedtimes have been getting a bit later than they should, so I need to make an effort to heave myself out of the sofa at an earlier time so I can finish all my bedtime tasks at a reasonable time.

BF was trying to make a vet appt this weekend for doggy for his routine 6 mo. blood test (he takes an anti-inflammatory for his joints) and nail trim/gland expression, but the vet staff is short-handed on Saturday so it was a no go. When Coal gets his nails trimmed, they need "assistance" to get through it, i.e., at least one person to hold him down, LOL. I shouldn't laugh, poor guy, but the fact that he can still put up a fight when he's also been doped up beforehand...better them than us dealing with that.

Plenty to do this weekend and there should be time to do it as we have nothing else on the agenda.

That's it for me. Everyone in the cold and snow/ice stay warm and safe!

12-06-2013, 12:48 PM
An excerpt from a typical Mellie post, Dec 2011 I think:


The smilies didn't copy over - had to manually throw a couple in there for you to get the effect.

P.S. Happy St. Nicholas Day. I recall a few years as a kid getting some treats in our shoes on St. Nicholas Day, which we'd find outside the front door. Okay, I've finally finally learned how to post an image in the body of a post, watch out Worldlies! (

12-06-2013, 01:25 PM
So much to say and so little time to say it as I have to get ready for hopefully my final (and successful) job interview (2nd interview) for a job that I really want.

After the interview, I'm going to the funeral for our next door neighbor. He battled cancer and heart problems until he couldn't fight any longer. We've known these neighbors for over 40 years, I grew up with their kids. His wife has Alzheimers and although she still lives in the house, she needs round the clock care. Not sure what will happen to her.

Tomorrow morning, I'm providing tech support to one of my step-mom's friends. Hopefully that won't take more than an hour or so. Then having lunch with my friend who made it through cancer surgery and radiation and is now dealing with the painful lasting effects of the procedures.

I will probably be moving in with D sometime next week or next weekend. He's busy this weekend and while my step-mom said I could wait and move out the week between Christmas and New Years, D will be prepping for an out of town business trip, so that timeframe doesn't work for him. We'll see what happens. As long as Santa and I have a roof over our head and food in our bellies (and we do and we will), we'll be fine. :D

Santa is still not putting hardly any weight on his paw...the swelling has gone down a bit...but I may have to take him back to the vet this weekend or next week.

Just taking things one moment at a time right now...and looking forward to a hopefully wonderful 2nd interview in approximately 90 minutes. SO EXCITED!!

Much love to all,

12-06-2013, 02:06 PM
EVERYTHING crossed for you CHELLE....even stuff we should not mention. lolololololol

12-07-2013, 12:55 PM
Morning, it's icy outside and cold., :brr:
Put out most of my decorations for Christmas. Not as many as last year but enough for me. The rest is boxed up and ready to go to GoodWill.
For some reason I'm not excited about going to work tomorrow.

I'm anxious to hear about your interview but I know that you will land this job.

12-07-2013, 12:57 PM
Mel moment for today begins with a graphic specially selected for Laura

And then we move on to a Christmas Aussie Website ( Mel found. For some reason the music isn't downloading or playing so I'll just include the funny lyrics to Jingle Bells in the Style of Down Under. Shad may have to translate for us :lol:

Aussie Jingle Bells

Dashing through the bush
In a rusty Holden Ute
Kicking up the dust
Esky in the boot
Kelpie by my side
Singing Christmas songs
Its summer time and I am in
My singlet, shorts and thongs

Oh, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells
Jingle all the way
Christmas in Australia
On a scorching summer's day
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells
Christmas time is beaut
Oh what fun it is to ride
In a rusty Holden Ute

Engine's getting hot
Dodge the kangaroos
Swaggy climbs aboard
He is welcome too
All the family is there
Sitting by the pool
Christmas day, the Aussie way
By the barbecule!


Come the afternoon
Grandpa has a doze
The kids and Uncle Bruce
Are swimming in their clothes
The time comes round to go
We take a family snap
Then pack the car and all shoot through
Before the washing up


12-07-2013, 01:26 PM
Ok, now that you're all sung out and in the mood it's darn cold out here. Got to a low of minus 19 yesterday. Even this morning the snow is all sparkly and iridescent so you know it's cold out. The rubber stop on the door frozen and I thought DH was going to pull the door off it's hinges. I guess we have to invest the big bucks in a new door come spring time. Probably should have done that in the fall.

I went to physical therapy yesterday and they gave me some new exercises for my back but didn't do anything for my neck and did not give me the full hour either. They are busy and my next appointment is not until 12/20 so this is rather disappointing. The stuff they are giving me does work so that is the only reason I am not writing them off completely. I may just cancel out and do it on my own. I suspect being back on the computer as much as I am is not helping my neck pain.

I would like to get a real Christmas tree this year but it's so cold out there and it going to stay that way for at least a week that I'm not sure we really want to go out. DH went to feed the turkeys and refill the bird feeder this morning and was not excited about going out there. It's pretty crispy out. I'm not much in the mood to do cards this year although I did buy some earlier. I guess it's do or die this weekend on that.

I think a pot of chicken wild rice soup is in order. :stir: and I still have some laundry to do. With it being as cold as it is, I ration out the laundry loads so as to not overload the septic system. I know the tank is below the frost line but I'm not sure how quickly the water drains into the field as cold as it is. I am very happy with the fleece shirts I bought on sale 2 weeks ago. My new uniform is a fleece pullover and a pair of sweatpants. :lol:

Michelle - I hope your interview went well yesterday. Did you opt out of the temporary job you were going to start on Thursday? Hopefully moving to a new place won't require too much shifting of the personal stuff. Sorry to hear that Santa is still favoring the sore foot. What happened to him?

Ceejay - I see you got some slickness but not as bad as they predicted. That has to be a relief. Be careful anyway. I hope your drive to the plant is uneventful.

Laura - I noticed too that the smilies from prior posts do not carry over. Yay that you learned how to embed URLs and graphics into your posts. No stopping now! To your question about the furnace blower and loss of power - yes, you do need electricity to run the fan which blows the air through the ductwork to heat the house. So without electricity, it's a gather around the oven kind of day unless of course you have an electric oven. We could light the electronic ignition with a match but we have big chalet style windows on the south wall and while pretty, they let in a lot of cold air so the poor little oven would not be able to keep the room warm - even if we had it on broil. Last night I had the thermostat set at 68 which kept the bedroom warm (which we didn't want) but the front part of the house was at 61 degrees when I woke up. And I have draft blockers on all my doors and those new shades on the lower windows. So I'm not a fan of the sub zero temps. Did you get any snow or just cold weather moving in?

Annie - I sort of agree with you about moving the commune to warmer weather BUT you have to remember - without a freeze to kill them off, the bugs grow really BIG in the warmer, more humid climates. And from what Shad says - they get some really big ones. :yikes: We might be better off having Michelle set up a place for us in San Diego. Warm temps, ocean front property, a base full of uniformed navy guys - what's not to like? ;) When is Sissy due again? Have you finished your shopping for Lil Man?

Hi Susie :wave: Guess I'd better go make something of myself today. So glad I don't have to go out for anything. Stay warm and safe chicks and happy weekend.

12-07-2013, 01:53 PM
I cannot take one more sad thing. My favorite brother the one in a band, has found out he has advanced prostate cancer, very aggressive growing. It has spread to lymph nodes and two ribs. Not a good prognosis. When I think I have no more tears left, I lose it and bawl for hours. Signing off for now cannot see for the tears

12-07-2013, 07:11 PM
Oh Annie - I am so sorry to hear about your brother. Keep hope alive. Sending lots of healing prayers to him and comfort to you. :hug:

12-07-2013, 07:20 PM
Annie - I am so very sorry to hear about your brother. Sending prayers for him and you and the whole family. I love you, sista.

12-08-2013, 09:35 AM
Annie, I'm so sorry to hear about your brother! How devastating. My thoughts and prayers are with you & your family. :hug:

12-08-2013, 09:57 AM
:hug: So sorry to hear about your brother. Sending good vibes to both of you and prayers for you brother.

12-08-2013, 10:02 AM
It's cold and icy out there today, but I made it to work. I'd gotten out yesterday to get the car ready for work this morning. It had about 1.5 inches of ice. We had more sleet over night so it was to do all over again.
More later.

12-08-2013, 02:27 PM
Morning all,

Annie - I am so sorry to hear about your brother. I wish him all the best and hope that the medicos can do something to help him get well. It''s been a very long hard year for you and your family. Please look after your own health and welfare like never before.

Michelle - I see on the news this morning that the job count is on the rise and unemployment is falling in the US. Hope that brings you some luck in the job market. How is Santa's paw and what happened to it. I don't think you told us that.

Susie - hope everything is going okay for you and your DH. I guess you are very busy tying up loose ends before Christmas.

Ceejay - Ice? Oh yuk. I used to hate it on the car. Took so long to get it off and keeping it off was a nother thing as well.

Laura - hope you have missed the worst of the weather. I saw on TV how Dallas/ Fort Worth have been copping it. I know that is a long way from your place, but I never thought they would get snow and ice down there. No idea why I thought that. They get snow in Arizona, why not Texas.

Happy - the pictures look postcard pretty, but I will leave you to the frozen shut windows, iced up doors and slippery steps and pathways. It's all yours. It was good to chat on Facebook the other day. I can't really ring anyone at the moment - there will be a landline phone in the new place but for local calls only. I will have to get my family to ring me at the number.

I have a new apartment and am currently shifting in - should be wholly there by Thursday. Then I will give the keys o this apartment back. and it will be in a cleaner state than when it was handed over to me.

Apart from that there is not a lot to report. My niece still hasn't come to light with this baby. I had lunch with her & M yesterday as well as my sister and M's sister and brother in law.
The weather still sucks with all the wind and low cloud. It is supposed to be fine and calm by this afternoon. Well hallelujah. I sincerely hope the wind goes away. It is driving me crazy.

So I will catch up with you lot later in the day as I can.

12-08-2013, 02:43 PM
Hi everyone -

On the agenda for today is...get the Christmas cards done. The job situation has been kind of I'll try and explain.

I have been received three job offers, and am still hoping to be offered the job I really want (I will hopefully hear tomorrow or Tuesday).

1. I was offered a job about 45 min. to an hour away doing everything for a company's website (programming, design, online marketing). I started that job last Thursday. They keep the office VERY cold because to turn the heat up would literally bake the owner's office and his wife's office. I know it's very cold in there because I am NEVER cold and I was freezing. It's not a horrible commute in the morning, but it's very difficult coming home. This position offers NO insurance, and one week vacation only after 2 years of employment. I know it sounds horrible, but I'm planning to leave this position as soon as I can. It sounded much better in the interview than it really is. I literally just started this position to give me a little income until I can start another job.

2. I was also offered a long-term (probably 5 year) contract with the Federal Government in San Francisco. I would most likely take BART (a high-speed train) to get there. It will probably take 60-90 minutes each way to commute, but at least I only have to contend with traffic to and from the station. The pay is VERY good and even though it's a contract position, they offer insurance, vacation and other benefits. I have to wait for a background check to go through as I need security clearance. This could take approximately one week, so I'm not sure of the start date.

3. I was also offered a short-term contract with Apple. It's only 3 months and starts on Jan. 5. The pay isn't great, and no insurance and no benefits. On the positive's Apple...and it might be a way to get in the door and it's close (not as close as position #4). Still mulling this one over.

4. The position I really want is doing graphic design, website design and programming, and social media/online marketing and e-mail marketing for a company in San Jose. It's only about 10 min. away from where D lives. The pay is good (not great like the position with the government in San Francisco), but still good, and they offer GREAT benefits. I had a second interview with them on Friday, and they've contacted my references. I'm hoping to hear good news tomorrow or Tuesday.

So I'm currently employed at Position #1, am hoping to get Position #4. If I don't get Position #4, I'll either take Position #2 or #3. Confused yet? I know I definitely am. :lol3:

I'm really not sure what happened to Santa's paw. A couple weeks ago he started limping, then not putting any weight on his left hind paw at all, and it was very painful for him to let anyone touch it. He started on an antibiotic ointment which didn't help. Then after a week, I went back to the vet and got him some antibiotics and a disinfectant foot soak. He's doing a little better. He's walking on it more, especially outside on the cold grass. I have an appointment for a re-check at the vet tomorrow evening. I'm hoping he continues to improve.

To all of my sisters in the Northern Hemisphere, please stay warm and safe. This is brutal weather you all are having. Don't go out in it unless you have to.

Annie - I'm so sorry to hear about your brother. Sending healing prayers to him, and much love and prayers to your whole family. Stay hopeful.

Happy - Definitely stay warm. I hope you don't have to go out today. I love all the Mel moments you and Shad are sharing. One thing I wanted mention regarding the rubber door stop freezing. That used to happen with our cars. But if you rub a bar of Ivory soap on the rubber/weatherstripping, the door shouldn't stick...or at least it would stick less often. It worked with our cars anyway. But it has to be Ivory soap and the liquid Ivory doesn't work.

Shad - Glad you found an apartment and are starting to move in. What did you mean by your niece not coming to light with the baby? Glad you had a nice lunch with her and your sister and others.

Susie - I'm sure you're busy getting things ready for your DH's procedure. Sending hugs.

Laura - Are you getting all the snow or just cold?

Ceejay - Ice is the worst. Between doors frozen shut, all the scraping off the windshields and then losing control while driving. Ugh. I don't miss that at all. Stay warm, and stay inside if you can.

I've got to run to the store for my step-mom. She's got a bad cold, though she keeps downplaying how bad it is. Anyway, I told her I'd go to the store and get her some Nyquil and Coricidin. Then it will be finishing Mount Washmore and doing Christmas cards.

Much love and warm hugs to all,

12-09-2013, 09:46 AM
Thank you ladies for all you thoughts, prayers and hope. Just a very sad weekend with a lot of tears. We did get out tree but my heart and spirit was not in it. C did most of the work.

12-09-2013, 10:06 AM
The roads were more clear this morning. I'm thankful. They are predicting snow flurries for this afternoon. I'd rather have snow than ice. The cities street crew has done an awesome job and so has the Arkansas Highway.

You have a good man to help put up the tree. Did you get the real one?

Keeping your fingers crossed for the best job opportunity.

Laura, Susie and Happy :wave:

Nothing much going on this week. Trying to stay warm.

12-09-2013, 10:23 AM
Morning all.

Michelle - hope your stepmom feels better soon. Fingers crossed you get the offer on #4! :crossed: We didn't get any snow until yesterday, and it ended up being about 3-4 inches.

Shad -i hope the new apt is a better (bug free) place for you. Yeh, Dallas got a bad deal with this storm. I don't envy the southern states with their tendency for ice storms. My sil & nephs in plano have had several roofs replaced due to hail damage. This storm had damaged a couple of their trees.

Ceejay- Glad you made it to work safely. Hacking away at your icy car was probably a good workout!

Annie - Very sad weekend indeed for you. :( I hope there's some options available that can help your brother.

Happy- Hope you & dh & the kitties are all warm & snug in your home in the woods.

Hi Susie!!
Sat. AM I Did laundry & put my boiled wool cardi in some dk brown dye in hopes the shade is better than my prev. attempt. Also did 2 BE workouts. After that spent more time in the car shopping for shoes & clothes for the upcoming vow renewal ceremony we're attending this weekend.

Back soon - the train's pulling into the station.
I'm back!

RE the shopping - we both needed shoes and bf needed a new pair of dress slacks. My shoes in my size required us to pick them up from another store, so more driving.

I still have to make sure I have a good pair of pantyhose, preferably control top! Do they even still sell pantyhose? I've never liked the "no hosiery" thing and will be ignoring that.

When we finally got home I walked doggy in the dark and of course the flashlight I'd brought with me went on the fritz. I used my cell phone's flashlight app. I don't like to use it for a flashlight because the dog tugging at me while I'm trying to both pick up after him and hold the phone so I can see what I'm doing raises the possibility of me dropping my phone. That night bf had a few friends over , so I watched tv in bed and promptly fell asleep.

Sunday I woke up at a reasonable time and by 8:30 I'd decided I better get some leaf-raking done. This week is the last week of free leaf pickup! Our tree out back isn't done, but I still bagged 4 yard waste bags of leaves. Towards the end it was flurrying. Yep, that's us, always one step ahead (barely) of the next thing.

Puttered around the rest of the day doing more laundry, talking on the phone, walking the dog and reading. The snow fell in earnest, but it was nothing like other areas with the ice and large accumulations, thankfully.

Movie night was changed to tonight. With this cold, I really think I'll skip it. Maybe. The movie "The Book Thief" was chosen and it's at the theater near the house, so I might be changing my mind as I type this.

Everyone have a good day!!

12-09-2013, 02:29 PM
Hi all,
Man I HATE waking up to an alarm in the morning. So glad those days are over. I think that's the biggest deterrent to me going back to work :rofl: Especially with it being cold and us getting more snow last night. The winds are moving in and it's going to get rather blustery as the temps drop down again. DH is out plowing, he requested some cheesy cream of potato soup which I am cooking up for him.

I made it to the podiatrist again today. She tweaked my orthotic again. Seems I have 2 problems on either side of my feet which contradict each other - fix one and it aggravated the other. :dizzy: We'll see if it helps any. I have messed up feet. Should just strap on boxes which contain down pillows.

Things are finally calming down I should do cards and a tree but I'm losing my festiveness. Not sure if DH wants to trek out and get a tree - I wonder what they cost. Heck, I live in a forest of trees, we should be able to go and cut one down but I hate to kill a tree :( besides the ones out my way are 40 to 80 feet high which is a bit bigger than I need.

I also need to make some room in my closet for the winter fleece shirts and sweatshirts I just bought. Guess I can fold up and box away the thinner summer t-shirts and relocate the dressier clothes I stopped wearing.

Laura - that movie The Book Thief looked quite interesting. Let us know if you see it - not sure it's coming around here yet and that's not the type of movie that would interest DH. I see that Captain Phillips is due to come out on Pay Per View shortly and I wanted to see that one too. Must be the week that flashlights died as the reliable one I've carried in my purse for years finally blew a bulb or something and petered out too. I totally agree with the danger of using your cell phone as a flash light while walking Coal. Better to get a cheapie with a wrist strap.

Shad are you moved into your new place yet? Nice of you to leave the current place much cleaner than how you found it. Are the winds still blowing hard? I'll bet the niece is anxious to deliver the wee one.

Ceejay - glad the roads have cleared and the weather warmed a bit. Kudos to you for getting around in it. That's good to hear the highway workers were in front of the storm taking care of the roadways.

Michelle - good luck with the job hunt - hope you find something that sticks. Sounds like a short commute is your top perk.

Annie - how are you feet doing? Sending prayers for your brother. I know it's hard but maybe this is the time to spend some extra special time with him and let him know how much he is loved and supported.

Timer just went off so the potatoes are done. Time to go make some soup. Later chicks.

12-09-2013, 02:34 PM
Morning all,
Left work at lunchtime yesterday. Nothing to do for a time. Everyone is too busy to give me something to do. Hopefully today will be better.

A Mel post from way back in May 2012.

I Am taking friday afternoon off and giving jen the phone.
the big boss said it's the least he can do.
i am determined to speak with shaddie if it kills me!
and that is just what i told him too.
oh crap....i lost my caps!!!!!!!!!!!



This is how I remember Mel. Full of concern for her fellow inmates.
To tell the truth, I can't remember if we spoke then or later. It was probably one of the last conversations we had. It may have also been the 3 hour marathon one.

Anyway, I'd better get on. I got up early this morning and stripped the bed in the apartment I am leaving. I put the linen in the wash and cleaned the ensuite out. I brought most of my gear to the new place.All I have left to do now is to finish sweeping it out, pack the last of my clothes and food and wash the kitchen floor. It's cleaner now than when I went in.

So I'll be back later with personals. I'd better do something here I guess.

12-09-2013, 02:35 PM
CEEG....we did get a real is tiny. Only about 4 1/2 ft tall and maybe 3 ft wide at the largest part. Sure smells pretty tho.

LAURA...the snow is pretty for about an hour, then I am done with it until next year. Now we have dirty smooshie snow, very ugly.

CHELLE...anxiously awaiting your interview decisions and offers.

SHADDIE...glad you found a new place to roost, hope this one suits you better than the other one did.

HAPPY...much too cold where you are, just stay in a snuggle with DH and Kittos.


Lobster bisque from our little Ruth's cafe downstairs, it is quite tasty but a little on the salty side.

That is about it for me. Have a good one!

12-09-2013, 02:37 PM
Happy - typing away on top of me I see.

Nearly done with the old flat. Niece still hanging in there although they won't let her go much longer.

12-09-2013, 02:40 PM
Oh and Annie is there too.

12-09-2013, 02:41 PM
Shaddie...I know there must be some in the senior building thanking God for Mellie's handbook right about now.

12-09-2013, 09:54 PM
Hi Everyone. I was able to pop in last week and read through the posts. I tried to post but it lost the post when I hit submit reply and I didn't have time to go back and redo it.

Work is just crazy! Once I get through this week and all the year-end meetings it will be back to busy, but not crazy!

DH has his appointment a week from today with the cardiologist to talk about the ablation option. We have been doing some research and writing down our questions. I want to be prepared when I go in so that they know I have done my homework and we can make informed decisions instead of just taking their point of view about it.

I'm not making any progress with the weight-loss but I'm not losing any ground. Just staying the same. To be honest my head just isn't in it right now.

But I'm not allowing myself to just forget about it. I do what I can and right now that is logging my food and staying in my calorie range.

I had a NSV today...I try to avoid soda but when it's at a meeting and it's free, I usually will get it instead of water...but NOT today! I'm going to work really hard and not have any soda between now and New Years Day.

You all have been so kind to call me out in posts and I feel so included here. Thanks to all of you!

I don't have a lot of time to do personals tonight but I wanted to give Annie a big hug....:hug::hug::hug::hug: I'm sorry to hear this news about your brother. I will be praying for you and your family. I will pray for time for you all to love each other, peace when you don't expect it and protection for all of you during this time. May God's arms be wrapped around you all and help you all during this very sad time.

12-10-2013, 09:17 AM
Morning All....

I took a little trip last in a slip and fall on the driveway. Skinned my knee and hurt my bad ankle. Walking is a chore today. The girls here at work have decided to wrap me in bubble pack.

I will come back later this think is jumping around when typing and driving me nuts.

12-10-2013, 10:42 AM
SUSIE....Thank you Susie for you kind words concerning my brother. Hey maintaining your weight is better than gaining. Kudos. Good job on researching on DHs ablation.

Hello to all you lovely ladies. Sissy is coloring my hair tonight then get it cut on Friday night. Need a little bit of pampering. Amen.

Have a terrific Tuesday!!

12-10-2013, 11:40 AM
Morning all. Brrrr! Super cold & windy today. One of Mel's graphics seems appropriate: (

Wore my longies and a silk tank under my clothes today & I'm still cold & have been in the office for a bit of time now. And to think of all those fans at the Bears game last night here in Soldier Field!! I was cold just seeing the bare skin of the players!

Annie - Ouch re the slip and fall today! :hug: I agree with the girls in the office - bubble wrap for you! And it might keep you warm too, LOL.

Susie - Good for you and your hubby to be prepared for the doctor appointment, you'll probably end up getting more out of the discussion than not having questions, and having the doctor go through a spiel of what he normally tells people. And good for you to give up the soda. I don't know if you drink regular or diet, but they both have bad stuff in them, be it all that sugar or all the chemicals/artificial sweeteners. I've been trying to cut back with varying degrees of success. As for the weight loss, ideally I'd like to be losing, but staying steady is also a victory this time of year and I'll take it!

Shad - Your post made me wonder how the building is faring without Mel - she was indeed the go-to person, not only because she knew what to do, but because she would do her darnedest to get it done. :) I hope you have work to do today. Nothing worse than the day crawling by.

Happy - How did the soup turn out?? Sounds yummy right about now. Sorry the orthotics aren't working out for you. I might need to swap out a pair of my orthotics from my sneakers to put into my snow boots - they don't have enough support. The snow isn't going away any time soon due to this frigid weather, so I need to keep wearing them.

Hi Ceejay! Hi Michelle!
I decided not to go to the movie last night, and then my train home had mechanical problems not long after it left the station last night, so that really sealed the deal. By the time we reversed back to the station and changed equipment, I didn't get home until 7:00. Boo.

BF and I watched the football game. I didn't stay up for the whole thing, but it was nice to learn they won after a horrible loss last week. Our backup QB is doing a great job. Wish our defense wasn't plagued by all the injuries though...

No plans tonight. I still need to buy a necklace to wear to the vow renewal this weekend. None of my existing stuff works with the neckline of my dress, or it's too blingey for the occasion. I might stop by Claire's before I get on the train tonight - it's right in the train station.

Okay, enough rambling. Time to post. Cheers!

12-10-2013, 01:48 PM

another Mel graphic that felt right for today. And thank you Mel and Laura for getting me hooked on Downton Abbey. Can't wait for the premier on January 5. I'll save you a seat Mellie. As Mel said last year - LAURA...MY FRIEND JUST CALLED ME AND SAID NEXT SUNDAY IS THE LAST EPISODE OF DOWNTON ABBEY SEASON 3!! OMG!!! ONLY 7 EPISODES AND NO CHRISTMAS??? WTF!! I FEEL CHEATED.

It's cold, it's cold. Temps in the negatives with the sun full on out. Going to be very cold tonight and tomorrow. Glad I don't have to go out in it. DH did reluctantly go out to get more corn. The critters are all hungry and trying to stay fed and warm. I got a call from the Thrift shop and was hoping they didn't want me to come in this afternoon but it was just my buddy wondering if I could cover for him next week. I said ok. How can you refuse someone who is going for a cancer treatment?

I am trying to decide about the Christmas tree situation. Menards (home improvement) has them on sale an hour away as well as decorations too - I'd probably get the newer cool burning energy efficient LED lights. But that's an hour's ride on the highway in the cold. Not sure if that's stressful on us as well as the poor tree.

Laura - the soup turned out great. DH doctored his up with bacon bits, more cheese and some green onions. I am a purist and liked my au naturel. :lol: I am making some chicken wild rice soup later today. My Mom was complaining yesterday about how cold it is by you. Good thinking wearing the long skivvies to work today. That's when I dreaded the walk to the train station and the office. I'm sure you'll be able to find something nice at Claire's for a necklace. They have cute stuff and the prices are good.

Susie - my DH had an ablation this spring - if you had any questions, feel free to ask. Scary for the patient but thank goodness it's a rather common procedure now. Good for you for doing your research on it.

Annie - ouch on the foot. Hasn't it taken enough of a beating? I think this time of year is hazardous for all body parts. Rest up and take care of yourself. :hug: I have been having problems with this site too - where the smiles stop jumping and the screen seems to freeze. I still think it's some of the ads.

Shad - that was a nice post from Mel. So typical of Mel. I'm betting that they can't find her carefully put together notebook and sadly, without her - things will just suffer. Because that's how that goes. :( Still everyone was better off under her watch. I just hope they don't expect Jen to fill her slippers. Glad you are just about shifted into the new digs. Gives you time to dote on the niece. Are you close enough to visit her once the baby makes an appearance?

Ceejay - hope the roads are clear and you are at more manageable temps.

Michelle, I'm sure you are on pins and needles waiting for phone calls. That was always nerve wracking. :crossed:

Since I do have the day to myself I think I will get off this computer and go accomplish something worthwhile. If I am going to work the Tuesday shift next week, it would be a perfect time to bring in some things I don't need anymore into the thrift shop to be sold.

Have a good day all and keep warm.

12-10-2013, 02:18 PM
HELLO MISS poor body aches and aches more and more. This cold weather and wind is just tearing me up. I am sure you feel it in your body also. Bleh on getting old. One might think with all this flubber on my body I would be padded enough not to get hurt when I fall...but then again that is a lot of flab hitting the concrete/ice hard. My aunt fell on ice and hit her head just right on the curb that it put her in a coma and few days later died. She was in her late 50s early 60s back in 1990 something or rather. We do need to be careful out there. I am such a clutz these days anyway and with my ankle not bending like it should I think I fall more than not. Do you make any money on the stuff you sell at the thrift shop or does it all go to charity? I know MELLIE loved Downton Abbey. Me too! I am ready for season 4. on the train probs. THat would make me crazy, especially getting off work at 4:00 then not get home til 7. Too bad we don't live closer, I have a lot of good jewelry, expensive jewelry (thanks to C), and also costume jewelry from my momma, gma and auntie. You could borrow some anytime. Let it be known that all is available to all in our commune when we settle. lol.

Hidee ho everyone else...CHELLE...any news??

\Loves and hugs

12-10-2013, 02:18 PM
Hi ladies -

Still haven't heard about the job in San Jose, but I am SO hoping. In the meantime, I'm completing the documentation for my government background check for the job in SF. SO MUCH PAPERWORK!

I'll try and check in this evening.

Much love and many hugs to all (and prayers too),

12-10-2013, 03:18 PM
Morning all,
Getting settled into the new digs. It's a lot smaller than the other one but nothing I can't live with at this time. Sure if you open the window and the balcony door the traffic on the freeway 8 floors below is noisy but it's not bad enough to wear noise cancelling earmuffs. Slept fairly well and got up bright and early this morning to meet with one of my colleagues who has so far failed to show. Nice one boofhead.
I've booked flights to Adelaide for Christmas. Going to see DS1 and DP and little Miss S. I took over some presents for them when I went to Brisbane and DS2 was going to post them. Let's hope he has done so.
A little left to do in the old apartment and some food to pick up from the freezer. Then I can hand the keys back. It will be done and dusted. Yeehaa.

Laura - graphics from Mel. Appropriate for your time and place. I'd better go back and take a look and see if she has any that indicate constant wind!!!
Bummer on the train breaking down. No doubt cost cutting has got to the maintenance area and now things just break. It costs big money to run an efficient maintenance system. Hang on, that's the sort of thing Mel and I used to talk about. Think she may be getting into my head.

Happy - Downton Abbey has just finished over here - season 4. I'm not going to tell you anything about it. But I do think Maggie Smith is a fantastic character actress. She is fantastic as the Dowager Lady Crawley.
The soup sounds good, although the DH no doubt is wearing a couple of extra kilos somewhere after all that cream and cheese and bacon. Yummmeeee.
I doubt that the tree will mind moving but is it worth going out in the cold for???
Mel's redhandbook is in the bottom drawer of A's desk. I think there is(was) also a copy in Mels apartment as well. I know she had two. So if anyone asks you, you can now tell them where to go!

Annie - goddam it woman!!!! :faint: Can't you stay on your feet!. Hope you feel better soon.

Michelle - Any news on the job front?

Susie - Nice to hear from you. Everyone seems to be flat out this time of the year. I haven't yet got cards or Christmas letters out and I must do that this week. Probably everything will be e-mail this year. Better PM me your e-mail address. I will include you in my list of friends to be bored to death with my goings on for the year.

Oh oh - :wave: to Ceejay

Okay time to get started on solving someone elses problems around here. No rest for the wicked.

12-10-2013, 10:09 PM
I'm still here just no internet at work.

I'll be back tomorrow.

12-10-2013, 10:48 PM
boofhead. Love it Shad. My new word for January. May replace doofus. :rofl:

12-11-2013, 09:12 AM
Love the boofhead, I know a few of those here at work. THey are super boofy.

12-11-2013, 10:13 AM
Think we all love the new word, boofhead. Glad that you are getting settled in in you new digs.

Ouch on the fall. I agree with the others on the bubble wrap. I love the smell of a fresh tree in the house. They are a bit messy though.

Yum, potato soup. May make some this week end. I'm looking forward to the day where I don't have to depend on the alarm clock.
Still enjoying the graphics and tidbit's from our Mel. I'm sure they are missing her knowleged of the building.

It's nice to just stay inside on these cold winter nights.

Sending good vibes for you and the job situation

I'm glad that you and dh did some research to ask the doctor. At least you will be informed.
Nothing new here. I've made it to work each day with out trouble and manage not to slip and slide on the ice. I'm ready for the brief warm up--45 degree's this week end. The kiddos' haven't had school this week due to the weather
It's time to get back to chores at had here at work, beginning with a backwash procedure.

12-11-2013, 11:51 AM
Just lost a nearly complete post. No time to re-write it. Personals will come later or tomorrow.

I went to Claire's before getting on my train last night. It's not the same as it used to be. It's now about 20% costume jewelry for grown-ups and 80% little girl/tween stuff. So I found nothing there. But...I finally did visit the Charming Charlie store at the mall near the house. It's a FANTASTIC place for costume jewelry. Found something nice - there would be something seriously wrong with me if I hadn't, LOL. I'm not up on jewelry trends, so I was surprised to find so much gold-colored jewelry on display - more than silver. It all comes and goes - hang onto it all, LOL.

Okay, meeting in 10 min, better get my chit together.


12-11-2013, 01:12 PM
Morning all,

Mel Moment from the past. I was heading out of the house to make my pilgrimage back to Mom's for Christmas and was having trouble posting my goodbye and Christmas wishes for y'all here. So I asked Mel to pass it along. She responded - "...i sent your undying love to all the chicks !! i had a terrible time last night too. took forever. i just kept loggng on with each tv commercial!! God forbid i should miss a christmas movie!! roflmao"

Geez how that woman loved her Hallmark Christmas channel movies :rofl:

Geez it's cold out there. Minus 9, feels like 21 below with the wind and the sun is full on shining. Would probably be 40 below if it was cloudy out. :brr: The Christmas tree will have to wait until tomorrow when it climbs back up to at least zero. I am at the computer next to my trusty personal heater, one cat is snuggled deep in the comforter, the other is curled as tight as she can against DH's legs as he sits in the recliner reading a book. It's so cold out I don't even see the animals looking for food. Except maybe the chickadees - nothing seems to deter them but then when you get your meals one seed at a time, I guess eating is a long process :rofl:

I'm going to make the chicken wild rice soup, clean up a bit and maybe do some Christmas cards. I should also dig out the garland and lights and do up the railing leading up to my loft. I love how that looks at night all lit up.

Laura - bummer on losing the post - hate when that happens :mad: Glad you found something at another store. I like Annie have some jewelry - both costume and good stuff and would be willing to lend it out if we were closer. I've seen some commercials on TV for the colored diamonds with pretty jewelry but let's be honest, up here you don't need much in the way of jewelry here - in fact, a lot of people don't even bother with wedding rings although I don't subscribe to that one myself. As Annie said - we can pool our stuff at the commune. I have enough fleece tops to clothe you all - pants are optional and your own problem :rofl:

Ceejay - sounds like things are pretty routine back at the work front. Are you working the holidays? Do they have any company parties?

Hello to Annie and the boofheads at work :lol3: Doesn't that just describe it perfectly? How is your foot and knee doing? I know what you mean about falling - I have to admit I have adopted that stiff legged gait because I am nervous about not so much falling as much as tearing something up as I twist like a cat to try and stay upright. I already have a weak nerve spot on my back from doing just that. As to your question about the thrift shop - we pay a small amount for rent - which is pretty much covers just the cost to heat and provide power to the place - the rest all goes to the animal shelter. It's interesting to see the creative ways they come up with to bring in money this time of year with fewer tourists and donations coming in. Animals need to eat, shelter needs to be heated every day whether money comes in or not. That's why on low earning days like I had last week, I throw a few extra bucks in the till. We are doing ok this month, we have a lot of cute gently used or even new Christmas stuff which is bringing in money. I think January through April are going to be some pretty lean months. Have you started or finished your Christmas shopping for the kids yet?

Shad - 8 floors up in your new flat? Sounds like you got the bell tower suite :lol: Actually it reminds me of Madcat's old place with the street noises and such. Is this the place that is nearer to the markets? I'm sorry but your card will be an email this year also. With you shifting about for work and me having to remember to mail your card by our Halloween in order to get it to you on time, it's more than my simple head can deal with. So ... without giving away plot lines, how did you like season 4 of Downton Abbey? Rumour has it they twisted a few things around - was it successful or one of those "why did you go and ruin a good thing?" things? I agree that Maggie Smith is one of the most charming and interesting characters in the series and she plays the role as if she was born for it. Thanks for identifying the location of Mel's red book. I just realized that poor Jen has got to clean and shift her own apartment as well as Mel's. She will be busy AND tired I'm sure. I need to get a card out to her.

Michelle - at least with something to do right now it takes away from the frustration of waiting on phone calls. I agree with you on the government paperwork. When I was working for the Census, each enumerator had to fill out 14 - yes FOURTEEN pages of forms. And as the training supervisor I had to sign each and every one of them. Talk about major hand cramps! I am a stickler about a legible signature but in the end it became a scribble at best since they would not let me use a stamp. So much red tape! Do you have to get fingerprinted too as part of the background check?

Hi Susie :wave:

Time to go nudge the sleep kitties :lol: Later chicks.

12-11-2013, 01:50 PM
Shad – Glad you’re settling in to your new digs and can do something else with your precious spare time other than apartment hunting. So…when is the niece’s due date?? Has anyone been knocked out of the baby pool yet? Re the trains – it’s been major mismanagement for many years now. Tthe powers that be have been too busy perfecting corruption. The capital funds have been used for daily operating needs, so of course maintenance has been neglected. And no fare increases for many years until a year or two ago when they hit us with a huge one. Duh. I’ll stop now before I go into a full-on rant. Nice you’ll see little S at Christmas and get to see in person how she’s grown. Is boofhead a common derogatory name in NZ and/or Oz?

Happy – What happened to the Christmas decorations from past years? Did you get rid of a lot before your move?? Or are you just in the mood for something new and different. I think you should buy a few of those cute little potted pine/fir trees and enjoy them over the holidays and then plant them come spring. In future years you’ll have trees to chop down for Christmas. ;) Mel got me started with Downton Abbey and now it seems all of us Worldlies are fans. I have to set up a reminder so I set the DVR for the premier – and whatever recap shows they’ll be running before that. Just saw your latest post – LOL, good Mel moment! Yes, I will forever think of Mel when I have the Hallmark channel tuned in. Yummm, chicken wild rice soup!!
Ceejay – The 40’s sound heavenly at this point. Enjoy.

Michelle – Still praying and sending positive vibes for your dream job to come true.

Annie – Looking forward to borrowing your jewelry at the commune. How’s your knee feeling today??

Hi Susie!!
Forgot to mention my WW weigh-in. Up 1.6. Aaaargh. I wasn’t expecting that. In fact, it seems that the results on the ww scale are less predictable than they used to be when I would compare them to the same day reading on my scale at home, and that’s sort of frustrating. But focusing on did I actually do what I needed to do to have shown a loss, or just maintained, I have to admit I haven’t been OP and exercise has been almost non-existent the past couple weeks, so this is the result.
Unfortunately, this weekend will be very challenging for weight maintenance. I’m taking a vacation day on Friday and bf and I are driving up to a resort near the Dells in WI for this vow renewal ceremony on Saturday. On Friday night, a group of us will get together for dinner – the hub half of the happy couple just had his 50th bday and we’re going to celebrate that. So a lot of meals out and not much exercise. The resort where the ceremony/reception will be held and where we’re staying for two nights has a little water park in it, so we’ll definitely be using that, but I don’t see myself using it beyond some Jacuzzi time. Swimming doesn’t appeal to me at the moment – unless I’m in the tropics on a nice sandy beach!! I’ve decided I will just try to practice portion control, but not really restrict the types of food I eat.

12-11-2013, 01:52 PM
Shad – Glad you’re settling in to your new digs and can do something else with your precious spare time other than apartment hunting. So…when is the niece’s due date?? Has anyone been knocked out of the baby pool yet? Re the trains – it’s been major mismanagement for many years now. Tthe powers that be have been too busy perfecting corruption. The capital funds have been used for daily operating needs, so of course maintenance has been neglected. And no fare increases for many years until a year or two ago when they hit us with a huge one. Duh. I’ll stop now before I go into a full-on rant. Nice you’ll see little S at Christmas and get to see in person how she’s grown. Is boofhead a common derogatory name in NZ and/or Oz?

Happy – What happened to the Christmas decorations from past years? Did you get rid of a lot before your move?? Or are you just in the mood for something new and different. I think you should buy a few of those cute little potted pine/fir trees and enjoy them over the holidays and then plant them come spring. In future years you’ll have trees to chop down for Christmas. ;) Mel got me started with Downton Abbey and now it seems all of us Worldlies are fans. I have to set up a reminder so I set the DVR for the premier – and whatever recap shows they’ll be running before that. Just saw your latest post – LOL, good Mel moment! Yes, I will forever think of Mel when I have the Hallmark channel tuned in. Yummm, chicken wild rice soup!!

Ceejay – The 40’s sound heavenly at this point. Enjoy.

Michelle – Still praying and sending positive vibes for your dream job to come true.

Annie – Looking forward to borrowing your jewelry at the commune. How’s your knee feeling today??

Hi Susie!!

Forgot to mention my WW weigh-in. Up 1.6. Aaaargh. I wasn’t expecting that. In fact, it seems that the results on the ww scale are less predictable than they used to be when I would compare them to the same day reading on my scale at home, and that’s sort of frustrating. But focusing on did I actually do what I needed to do to have shown a loss, or just maintained, I have to admit I haven’t been OP and exercise has been almost non-existent the past couple weeks, so this is the result.

Unfortunately, this weekend will be very challenging for weight maintenance. I’m taking a vacation day on Friday and bf and I are driving up to a resort near the Dells in WI for this vow renewal ceremony on Saturday. On Friday night, a group of us will get together for dinner – the hub half of the happy couple just had his 50th bday and we’re going to celebrate that. So a lot of meals out and not much exercise. The resort where the ceremony/reception will be held and where we’re staying for two nights has a little water park in it, so we’ll definitely be using that, but I don’t see myself using it beyond some Jacuzzi time. Swimming doesn’t appeal to me at the moment – unless I’m in the tropics on a nice sandy beach!! I’ve decided I will just try to practice portion control, but not really restrict the types of food I eat.

That's it for me. Take care everyone!!

12-11-2013, 03:14 PM
Morning all,

A Mel moment from 3rd December 2007


In the same post she observed (snow storm in Canada apparently)


Laura - my niece was due on the 6th of December. To date no little arrival. My bet was for the 9th, so I am out. Don't know how many people are still in as I haven't spoken to her about that this week. I should have known that the baby would have been later than 3 days. Soon as I know, I will let you know.
Sorry to hear of the weight gain. You're right, there has to be a complete balance of food, exercise and fluid to lose the weight. However you are doing so well - wish I had half the willpower.
Glad to hear that you found the jewellery you wanted. Better send a pic.

Happy - Mel and Christmas. She had so little but she sure used what she had to keep bright and cheerful and always helpful
I've enjoyed the DA series. Maybe it is now more 'dramatic' than it was and they have been putting in some actors/singers from other places to make it more 'international flavoured' I guess. 1st episode has Dame Kiri Te Kanawa playing Dame Nellie Melba and giving a recital at the abbey. That's about all I'll say about that.
Chicken soup sounds good. I loved the thought of the potato soup though and may just try that one, but probably not until after I come back from Christmas break.
It seems that boofheads abound in the workplace. Got one or two here.

Michelle - anything new on the job hunt?

Ceejay - hope the ice hasn't got into the water yet. I didn't realise it got so cold down by you.

Annie - how are you today. Still aching and paining from the boofhead ice????

Hiya Susie. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.

I'd better go do some work. I will keep this open and finish off the personals later. Have a great day. Mine will be boring and hard since I am fixing up other peoples booboos. I was amazed to discover that some of them can't use the simulation tool very well and others are too lazy to finish off the Work Instructions that are developed alongside the simulations. Struth, I know we are busy but if you finish all the information at the same time, you DON'T HAVE TO GO BACK AND REDO!!!!! Or is that just me???

12-12-2013, 10:15 AM
Hey girls

I am moving slow today, as a matter of fact, just got here at 9 am. Was 3F today and decided to wait and come in when daylight hit. I am so over this job, weather and everything else and was just discussing with Ms. Sassy this morning about moving to a warmer climent. She hates this weather and peed the bed a tiny bit the past 3 nights. We have beach towels covering the issues and do not have time to do sheets till wasn't much but just enough to gross me out. C slept on the good side, me on the couch.
Will come back with personals later.

Love and hugs

12-12-2013, 11:15 AM
Morning all. This Mel graphic is the tags she mentioned using last year for some goody bags she gave to people in the office and/or building. (

Shad - Mel's comment "turned on my little tree and I am bathed in Christmas spirit!!" makes me smile. I guess I could say that's the feeling I get when I turn off all the lights in the living room except for the tree lights. I love that glow. :)

Annie - Yeh, at this point many of us are wondering what the heck we're doing living in this climate. Just trying to get through it. Poor Sassy. :( And poor A & C dealing with the sheet issue! Though I do have to say that even if I didn't have a 2nd set of clean sheets to put on the bed, I'd be sleeping on a bare mattress if necessary!

Hello to the rest of the Worldlies!! :wave:

Not much to report today. It's my Friday, so TGIF for me! Tonight I'll be packing for our weekend away. We probably won't be leaving until late morning, early afternoon tomorrow, but I just want to be 90% done with the packing tonight. Tomorrow morning I hope to get out and get my out of town gifts taken care of, if not wrapped, packed & shipped.

Everyone have a good day!

12-12-2013, 11:44 AM
It's cold out this morning and so thankful that I didn't have to get out this morning to go to work.

Have a safe trip tomorrow.

Mel did love Christmas and thanks for sharing. Wow didn't realize that you were 8 stories up. At least you get some extra exercise if you take the stairs.

Sometimes it is good to have something different for Christmas decorations. I just simply don't like decorating a tree and then have to take it down again. I had a small on last year and got it out this year but didn't decorate it. Put up my small fiber optic trees. Thinking about getting three more if I can find them this year.

Hi Susie

12-12-2013, 12:07 PM
More Ugly News

My younger cousin, Brandi, has had what they thought was pneumonia (sp) for the past 4 months. Well she was finally diagnosed with lung cancer. They do not know where it originated. Outlook not so good. Please pray for her and her 10 mo old daughter and hubby.

12-12-2013, 12:34 PM
Morning ladies,

Love the Mel tags Laura. Good choice!

Annie - that is really sad news about your niece. And with such a tiny one to watch over. I send healing prayers her way. Geez, what's in the water out your way? Sorry to hear of so much illness. Stay strong and help the others to do the same :hug: I guess if I had short legs like Sassy (who by the way makes my stubs look like Vicky's Secret models :lol: ) - I would be hating on the snow and cold weather too. We are sitting in a blanket of frozen snow ourselves - DH said this morning we will probably have this stuff sticking around until March of next year. What a depressing thought! But then again I am starting to forget how living in a place that was warm year round had it's own set of problems and annoyances so nothing is perfect. Unless we got to live in Hawaii :lol:

Ceejay - I agree, it's nice to change out the decorations occasionally. I hope you find more fiber optic trees.

Laura - hope you have a nice weekend and a good getaway for the vow renewal ceremony. I think the weather is supposed to hold up for travelling or was it today that you were supposed to get snow again? Be safe!

Shad - reading your comment on the workplace from your last post, does anyone ever embrace the new ways or do they just continue to struggle and ignore things until they finally realize that resistance is futile??? I certainly don't envy your herculean task of educating the unwilling :lol: After this you should get a job with preschoolers - should be easy peasy with all your patience through the years. Thank you for the Mel memories - you have picked out some that just bring her back into my heart :D

Hello to the rest of the Worldlies :wave:

I need to get myself together. We went looking for a tree yesterday and didn't see anything I liked in the way of trees or decorations here so we will expand the search today. And to your question - Laura - I do have decorations here in the house. A small - 3 foot - fiber optic tree I have used for a couple of years now when I wanted no fuss decorating. I also have my big white fancy tree that looks department store window glorious and takes me 2 to 3 days to decorate it. That's the tree you have to put up right at Thanksgiving because for so much work, you want to look at it a long time. ;) What I would really like to find is the box I had up in my attic that is somewhere in one of the super cold garages outside. That has my favorite ornaments I have collected through the years from my very first Christmas tree. It has a lot of one of a kind stuff. DH was not fond of the hodge podge look and that's when I relented one year with the white fancy, pantsy tree. If nothing comes out of today's search, I might do the white one provided I can find the tree stand.

Anyway - have a good one everyone. I will try and get back later.

12-12-2013, 12:56 PM
Super quick post...boss is in early this morning.

Annie - I'm so very sorry to hear about your cousin. Sending prayers for her. I'm keeping your brother in my prayers as well. And sending you and your whole family much love, hugs and many prayers.

I love all the Mel memories and graphics!

I'll try and post tonight. It seems by the time I get home, eat and am showered and in my jammies..I just don't want to do much else.

12-12-2013, 03:06 PM
Need some advice my friends:

The job I really wanted has morphed into a 4-month contract to hire with no benefits. The company wants to see how the new person fits in a role before bringing them on full-time. The hourly rate is really good (to compensate for no benefits or PTO), and if I do a good job and if the role/job qualifications they need don't change over the four month period, they'd hire me as a permanent employee. And this position is roughly a 15 minute commute.


I have been offered a long-term (5-year) contract position assigned to a Federal Government department located in San Francisco. Really good pay, and it offers time off and benefits, and it's fairly stable since it's such a long-term contract, but the commute would be roughly 90 minutes each way taking high speed rail (BART) for most of the commute.

And I've been in the job market a lot lately, so I'm a bit jaded. I know that you just can't believe a job is long-term, permanent or "safe". So now I'm trying to weigh both offers as having equal chances of being long-term. Then it comes down to going 4 months without benefits (but I could sign up for COBRA for not too much money) and then once the San Jose job goes permanent I would get benefits....versus a long commute. The San Jose job would be more interesting...more of a graphic design + web design + programming role in the Marketing department, versus the San Francisco federal government job is doing more content management on an intranet. Definitely something to ponder.

12-12-2013, 10:44 PM
Ok Michelle - since you asked I'm going to be totally blunt with you. Because I think a true friend would be honest and forthright - someone who does want the best for you instead of a cheer coach of all ponies and rainbows rah rah sys boom bah.

Fact - you've had a lot of jobs in the last 18 months. You need stability. While longevity doesn't count for as much as it once did, it still is a turn off to some people. As a former manager and I.T. director when I had to hire someone I wanted to make the most of my efforts in the most efficient amount of time. Nothing irked me more than people who would waste my time by trying to convince me that they were the best candidate for the job and really wanted to work for me only to come to find that they were either trying to get their foot in the door or took my offer just until something better came along leaving me high and dry and resulting in me putting forth twice the effort because I had to re-interview, re-hire and re-train. I say this because I'm not the only person who's been burned and one day you might be interviewing with a person for a job you really want who may scrutinize your job record more than you think and you lose out on something without ever knowing why.

Fact - you are a single woman who needs to support herself for a good, long time. You need stability. While you might have future living arrangements, what would happen if that didn't work out? Having something that provides for you and Santa needs to be your biggest priority.

Fact - you're not twenty anymore. While everyone would like an interesting job at this point there should be considerations that carry a lot more weight than fun and exciting and with them the potential of something that might not last very long. At this point in your life benefits are really important. Pay is important. The ability to save - especially if you don't have much now - is or should be crucial to you. You are also in the Silicon Valley area - there's a lot of competition for jobs out there.

The fact that this job has turned into a short term gig would send a big red flag to me. That opens the door to allowing them to be more picky about who they let in the door and gives them a lot of leverage to tell someone "sorry you just don't fit in". From a management and budget perspective this also means the job itself can be subject to getting yanked for budgetary reasons and no permanent job may ever appear. Did they actually extend an offer to you or did your recruiter just tell you that the terms of the job changed?

As for the SF job. I took the commuter train - one hour each way twice a day for 22 years. (Laura commutes too). Aside from the occasional mishap, I LOVED the train. Weather is hardly ever a factor unlike driving. A train ticket is still cheaper than driving when you factor in gas, insurance, wear and tear and maintenance on the car. My last 2 jobs were 10 mile commutes and even for such a short hop I would walk in cussing with my hair standing on end from dealing with the idiots on the road. That didn't happen on the train. I always contended that half the aggravation of working was the commute. The other reason I liked the train was that those were 2 hours of the day I totally had to myself. I could read, nap, write, plan my day or just meditate. I missed that when I started driving again. And with smart phones now, there's even more you can do to fill that time. Walking from the train station to work and back again will get you daily exercise. Several of us who drove and lived in once walk friendly cities bemoaned the fact that we missed walking when all we did was get in and out of our cars. And you don't ever have to worry about bundling up and facing the frosty blast hitting you in the face from Lake Michigan on a January's frigid day (right Laura ;) ) And I've ridden BART several times - from the Fremont station too ;) it's a really nice train line - even nicer than Chicago's Metra although they have upgraded the (Chicago) cars since I've been on them.

Obviously I would counsel you to take the job that offers good pay, stability and benefits. Hopefully you can jump right in and there's no learning curve to rush to speed to learn new software. You can always take some classes if you want to increase your skills.

It does sound like the carrot of your interest is that short commute. If you are willing to risk everything for that, that's certainly your choice but I think it's time you set down some roots.

And that's the advice I'd give you or any of my friends in I.T. at this point in time. My 20 year old nephew has the time to gamble and sample - I don't think you do.

12-13-2013, 12:01 AM
Wow. Thanks, Happy for your insight. I really appreciate it, especially given that you can bring a management perspective. I really understand and agree with what you said. Sadly...with the San Francisco job, I would still have to contend with commuting traffic for 30 minutes each way just to get to the train station, then an hour on the train each way. BART isn't as nice as I remembered it being. The cars definitely show wear, but it's still ok. I was just a little surprised to see how many homeless people I had to walk past between the SF train station and the office building. According to the hiring manager for the SF job, the office is moving to another building closer to the BART station.

I agree with you that it's time to settle down. A former manager who I use as a reference, just emailed me. He thinks that the SF job sounds like the better/more stable option.

I definitely have lots of thinking to do. When the SJ place calls me, I will likely mention to them that I have received a job offer for a position in SF, and while the SJ job is more appealing to me, it would be difficult for me to accept a contract position over a position that offers benefits.

12-13-2013, 12:24 AM
Have to agree with Happy. I think you have been extremely fortunate in that you have been offered work frequently. Contract work is the coming thing and a 5 year contract is just about unheard of. It's like permanent work for us. I've been contracting for 20 years and although I love the freedom of it, there is no permanency and no benefits. I'm lucky that my reputation is established. Many employers here are using it so they can employ people quickly and get rid of them quickly. So I would be looking at the 5 year contract since as Happy said, it gives you some stability into the future. May not be the most glamorous job, but it brings in the bucks and you can always do study for some form of certification - train journeys are great for studying. Up to you, but I think the other one is a no goer. Either they are not sure of you and your qualifications, or they are experimenting to see who's out there and available. If that is what they are doing, then they have no idea what they are looking for. Ask for a permanent job guarantee and see what reaction you get. I would be extremely wary. Choice is yours.

I'll be back after dinner to read and chat.

12-13-2013, 08:59 AM
CHELLE...I must say, I agree with HAPPY and SHAD. Thank you for the Christmas card too :)

Will come back later when my fingers are unfroze.

12-13-2013, 10:58 AM
I agree with the others on the job situation. I've liked working for the city even though this job has had it's ups and downs. We have to live with in the city limits so I'd be sure to ask about that also if you choose SF. My niece work's in SF and she rides the BART. They live in Freemont.

That was very good advice. I'm going to stick out my job for another couple of years. Some times I don't feel like I'm going to make it but I will.

How are you feeling today.

Are you going to explore the city again today?

Had an enjoyable girls day out yesterday. Needed to be home cleaning and getting ready for the two extra work days but I can manage that today. I need to go pick up my pay check this morning and go get a few groceries before the rain comes in today.
I weighed yesterday to see that the pizza and mcdonald's meals cause me to gain 2 pounds. I'll be cooking this week.
Finally set up the cable box in the bedroom. It was much easier this time around. They are using HDMI cables.
Now to figure out how to turn off the camera on this tablet.
Happy Friday the 13th.

12-13-2013, 01:05 PM

CEEG...seems as tho we work are arses off all of our lives, retire then die not long after. Just ain't right, I tell you.

HAPPY...I agree with your post on Chelle's job. Sassy came in yelping last night as she got into the deeper snow, it freaked her out so I had to wrap her up in a blanket and hold her til she calmed down. It was almost humorous, but I felt sorry for her. Keep pondering the tree thing and Christmas will be over with and you won't have to get a tree at all. I will send you some needles from my tree.

SHADDIE.....glad you get to visit with lil S over the holidays. How fun will that be...the older Jacob gets, the more fun he is. He ran past my legs the other night and slightly brushed up against them, turn around and said, "Oh sorry, my Nanna". Melted my heart immediately. He calls me MY NANNA. the tags of MELLIE you posted. Just doesn't seem real she is not here posting...I miss her dearly. I am working through lunch and leaving early today to get a few errands done before our snowstorm hits. 3-6" by noon tomorrow for us. No I am not buying milk and bread, besides I have a hook-up on the bread situation....

Hi SUSIE...hope you had a great week and DH is feeling good. How did you do at TOPS this week?

HI CHELLE...hope the decision making is getting easier. Choose wisely, my friend. (that is from some chinese movie I watched) Wax on, Wax off, Karate Kid....haha

Here is the website if you would like to read up on my cousin and her battle with cancer.

Snowstorm coming in after 6 pm tonite through tomorrow through lunch. 3-6 inches of snow. One thing I have to do is buy a snow shovel as the one from last year broke and I pitched it. I am snow shoveless.

About it for me. Have a marvelous Friday/evening!


12-13-2013, 01:14 PM
Morning all,

Picked up a real Christmas tree yesterday - a Balsam fir one. Smells sooo good throughout the house. Cats are curious but leaving it alone for the most part. I haven't decorated it yet - just letting it rest and relax as it was near frozen in the outside garden part of the warehouse. I have to work the thrift shop today - traded days as a favor to my buddy - so I will probably work on decorating it tonight when I get home. The real trees, particularly the balsams are dense so lights and decorations will pretty much go on the outside of the tree which means I won't have to put up a lot of stuff.

I am a bit miffed with Kohls. I took advantage of sales and purchased new stuff for both loos. Shower curtains, towels and such. They are shipping the stuff in bits and pieces. Must have broken the order into 6 different parts all being shipped at different times which prevents me from getting everything cleaned and swapped out at once. Petco is doing the same thing - I ordered 2 cat beds since it gets quite cold in the house overnight. One kitty snuggles up with me or DH but the older one just sort of roams about although lately she's taken to one particular guest bed to sleep. But they too have broken my order of 6 items into 4 shipments, one of which was backordered which leaves me wondering why they said the item was in stock when I ordered it. :dizzy:

Thank you for the Christmas cards I have received. I have lots of cards which I should use up - will probably try and work on them this weekend so that they have a reasonable chance of showing up before Christmas to your homes. :lol:

Tonight into tomorrow morning is the Geminid meteor shower. That generally has some good cracklers and fire bombs in the sky (larger meteors). Of course, we have having cloudy skies yesterday and today, unlike the brilliantly clear skies earlier in the week. :( Snow is falling again, the temps have warmed up to single digits but it looks like next weekend is going in the deep, deep freeze again. Guess it will be a cold Christmas. I did pick up some special cherry scented seed for the animals for a Christmas treat. They love it and will have to distribute it equally between the birds, turkey, deer and bunnies. Everyone is hungry in this cold.

Ceejay - isn't it funny how 3 of us from different walks of life all know someone who used a specific train station? :rofl: I know it's tempting sometimes to leave the current job for something more exciting but there comes a point when stability and security have to override the I'm bored because I've been here forever feeling. :^: Especially for you who are in the home stretch of the game at this point.

Annie - hope your fingers thawed out.

Michelle - I'm sorry to hear that the homeless situation is back again in downtown SF. I used to travel there a lot on business so I was comfortable grabbing a cable car or walking around the area. On my last visit there - which was a while ago - I dropped my bags at the hotel and went out in search of some dinner. It was late afternoon and I was shocked at the amount of homeless people who were staking out their doorways for the night. Many of them were panhandling and were rather aggressive about following you and begging. It really unnerved me and I went back to the hotel and waited for my co-worker to show up. Since the people were hanging out near to the hotel I mentioned something to the front desk. They said it was bothersome and they were concerned for the guests but if they called the police the people just dispersed for a short bit and came right back. I had heard that the city was trying to address the issue because it negatively affected tourism and I thought they had made some headway. Apparently not so I don't blame you at all being nervous about that. Just walk tall, look mean and carry a sturdy umbrella :lol:

Shad - I do agree with you about the work force being a temporary thing. Many big employers now do just contract work so they can grow and shrink the workforce more easily. I suspect that as they are also supposed to provide healthcare too more will opt for contract people they don't have to provide benefits to. Are you settled into your new place now?

Hellos to Laura and Susie. I need to get some light lunch into me before I have to head to the shop.

Have a good one all.

12-13-2013, 03:02 PM
Hi everyone -

Thanks for all your input and wise advice. I really appreciate it. :D

I'm doing my Christmas cards in batches. The first batch went out early this week, but I ran out of stamps. So the second batch went out yesterday. And the remainder will go out this weekend or Monday.

Happy - As for Kohl's doing multiple shipments, I can explain that. They have multiple distribution centers across the country, and while there is some overlap (where more than one distribution center carries the same item), some items may only be carried at one distribution center or may only be in stock at one distribution center, especially this time of year when items are being received and then shipped by the distribution center at breakneck speed...hence the multiple packages. Glad you were able to find a nice real tree, nothing matches the lovely smell (although candles and air fresheners try - they don't come close in my opinion). All this talk of warming up to the single digit temps, make me so grateful to be in a warmer climate. :brr:

Shad - I know you enjoy contracting. I think employers here are using it so they can bring people on quickly and let them go even quicker. Of course, with a "permanent" employee you theoretically won't have to train a replacement as soon either. I can't find in writing where the position is a 5 year contract, so that may be something they mentioned verbally. But I agree that this company in San Jose is either not sure of me and my qualifications despite talking to many references, or they don't know exactly what they need/want.

Ceejay - What a small world that your niece lives in Fremont and works in San Francisco and rides BART every day. I won't be working for the City of's a Federal Government office, but I won't even be technically working for the Federal Government. I'll be a consultant/contractor working for a consulting agency assigned to the Federal Government. I'm glad you had a nice girls day out. I definitely think you should stick it out at your work as long as you can. Good for you for cooking this week.

Annie - How adorable that Jacob calls you "My Nanna". :D Good for you to get errands done before the oncoming snowstorm. Yuck. Yes, definitely get a snow shovel. Hopefully you don't have to go out tomorrow. Thanks for the great Chinese wisdom.

Hello to Laura and to Susie!

Much love and many hugs to all,

12-13-2013, 08:05 PM
Hi Everyone! Busy work week. We had a lot of meetings and offsites and holiday parties and things. I did a lot of working from home in the evenings.

I'm still not caught up. I have a goal to get everything caught up by Jan 1 2014 so I can start the year that way. My manager understands I will have OT (I usually have at least 5 hours a week) and she is ok with it. Two people used to do my job for one manager. I do the same work for two managers. It makes the paycheck nice. I feel if I can get it caught up (I came into the role and there were a lot of things behind and I've been playing catch-up ever since and we have had two management changes)

I didn't make it to TOPS as I was downtown for work yesterday and the traffic getting out of the city was crazy.

Michelle: I think you have been given very good advice. Do you think that you could find something closer to the government job?

Laura: You mentioned Charming Charlies in a recent post. I LOVE that place! It's so fun!!

Happy: Was your husband's ablation for afib? I would love to hear about it. You can pm me on here.

Shad: How are you settling into the new place?

Hi Ceejay!

I've got to scoot..we are going out to dinner to a local restaurant and when I come home I'm wrapping some of these gifts! I have been storing them in my home office and it's getting out of hand!

I'll be back soon. You guys are so much fun!

12-14-2013, 10:10 AM
You do sound like a busy girl. And good for you on setting a goal to get that job done.

I love the smell of fresh cut tree's. Some times in the Spring and Fall I can smell the pine trees. I've been trying t find a potpourri that mom used at Christmas time. It smelled so good.

How cute is you gs calling you MY NANNA. It does melt your heart. How is your daughter doing. Thanks for the web sight.

I've been procrastinating on the Christmas cards. But told myself tonight I will do that.

Laura :wave: Have a good time this week end.

Shad :wave:

Picked up my pay check yesterday then went to get groceries. Back home I finished the laundry, cleaned the kitchen and bathroom and started on my bedroom. Did my ironing for the work week while watching Miracle on 34th street. Also hooked up my dvd player in the bedroom. I found an exercise
dvd that was inside the player. I'd looked for it earlier this month. This time I remembered I only had to use one wire not all of them. I used the color coded ones. I wanted some fried catfish and the best place to get that is at a Chinese restaurant but immediately the smell of it turned my stomach. And I was nauseated afterwards. Think that was something trying to tell me to stay away from the fast foods this week.
I'm working a couple of extra days for L. Just extra over time money for me and a little more Social Security if and when I get there.
Have a good day.

12-14-2013, 12:56 PM
Morning all,

Melly Moment from last year as the Scrooges had kept threatening to cancel the annual Christmas party for the seniors.



12-14-2013, 02:05 PM
back again. Got distracted with an advertisement here. Bought some yoga stuff - thanks Mom for the neat Christmas present :present:

Cold and snowy out there - good day to stay inside and decorate. The tree smells wonderful - there is no artificial smell of potpourri or candles or sprays that can come anywhere near the smell of something natural like this. I just wish the LED lights would not have been so expensive - I think the cool burning LEDs would have been better for the real tree. Oh well - it gets down to 63 at night in that room so I hope it will stay fresh - I am religiously watering it and keeping an eye on it.

Ceejay - sounds like you've been a busy bee yesterday. I can understand about the catfish. Don't know what it is about Chinese restaurants but they sure know how to fry stuff. I find they usually have the best chicken wings too. Sorry the catfish upset the tummy. Yay on the extra money - nice of you to help L out and the extra cash comes in handy this time of year. Nice to not have to start the new year with a bunch of bills.

Susie - yes, my DH had the ablation to address AFIB which was not responding to any other kind of treatment. I will message you but first I have to clean out my 3FC message box which is pretty near to capacity. I had to smile at your comment about catching up. I've been looking around at things and thinking the very same thing except I'm the one to blame about letting things get out of hand. How was dinner last night?

Michelle - I sort of figured that's what was going on - the multiple warehouses - still makes it frustrating when you wanted to co-ordinate a whole room. I don't care so much when it comes to clothing. Oh come on, you know you miss dry, cracked hands, sinus headaches, that still legged gait trying not to slide on black ice and cold feet - don't you? :rofl:

Annie - thanks for the link about your cousin - renews my gratitude that life is good and I should appreciate what I have. I just love the idea of Lil Man calling you My Nanna. I'll bet it sounds even cuter coming out of his mouth! Hope you didn't get doused with too much snow.

You and Laura must be digging out now. :snow4::coolsnow:

What's the plan for the weekend Shad? Any news on the niece and the baby?

DH is wondering where the leftover lasagna is for his lunch so I'd better go help him out - might be stuffed in the back and only I can navigate the refrigerator. :mag: Have a good weekend all.

12-15-2013, 10:16 AM
The internet at work has been on and off for awhile so I brought my tablet.

Work yesterday was busy in the morning but tapered off in the afternoon. I was off 7 pounds on my fluoride report but thought that this morning with a fresh mind would help. It did and I finished balancing yesterday reports.

I'd forgotten what trouble it is to have a real tree by keeping it watered, etc. Mom and dad always had a fire ******ant put on ours. but you are right they sure do smell good. And thanks for sharing that tidbit about Mel. I sure do miss her.
I like Yoga for the stretching part. My goal this month is to actually get down on the floor to do the downward dog. I'm almost there. I've been doing Peggy Cappy's senior yoga, but found another yoga on line that I really like. It's on you tube.

I'll be back later.

12-15-2013, 01:56 PM

For Shad - I'm thinking we missed a fine opportunity when we had one in the shop that day. Over the years I have occasionally looked for that special ornament, only to come up empty handed. Found this just in case you were interested. Probably won't be able to get it through customs in time for Christmas though. The best part of that day was I've never heard you laugh so hard for so long. We sure had a good time. :D

I got the lights on the tree and was dismayed to find that somewhere in that bitter cold garage are my ornaments and garland. The last few years I have used the small fiber optic tree and didn't need them. It's going to be bitterly cold out there - high only of minus 1 degree F so digging around in the garage will not be fun. DH said we could drag some boxes across the yard into the man cave which has a propane heater in it. But that building smells of gasoline since the AVT, UTV, lawn mower and snowblower also make there home in there. Maybe I could just string up popcorn. Then again, maybe not - do you know how hard it is to string popcorn and besides the food allergy Nina would probably have a field day with it.

Anyway - stay warm chicks. I'm off to get busy.

12-15-2013, 02:07 PM
Happy Sunday ladies,

Lots on the to do list for today: laundry, finish Christmas cards, start boxing up my stuff to move over to D's next weekend, sort through my bills and other piles of papers, and I should go shopping for a Christmas-ey shirt for me and a present for my great-nephew, and I'm sure there are other things that I've forgotten about.

My step-mom and a group of her friends are going caroling this afternoon to some nursing homes, and I really wanted to go...but since I've woken up with a migraine (or sinus headache) I may have to pass.

Happy - Is it still snowing there? I hope you're staying warm. I totally understand about your DH not being able to navigate the frig, my ex was the same way. He couldn't find anything that wasn't right in front, yet from the other room, I could give him "directions" to exactly where something was. :rofl: Thanks for sharing the Mel memories. I may not be in the cold anymore, but with the heat running here, I'm still getting dry skin and lips, and sinus headaches.

Ceejay - I'm glad you got your reports to balance. I find I can do more mentally challenging stuff better in the morning as well. I know that I should do fairly "mindless" work after 3:30, because if I do anything that requires a lot of thinking at that time, I'll just have to re-do it in the morning.

:wave: to Shad, Laura, Annie and Susie!

I'll try and check back in later after I've checked a few things off my list.

Much love to all,

12-15-2013, 03:00 PM
Morning all,

Oh Happy - how I yearn for the lamp. It would go so nicely with the firescreen. I have just the place for it. Yes, that was a real fun day. I've never seen so much kitsch in my life all in the one small shop. While cleaning out my files earlier this year I came across a couple of the postcards I bought with the recipes on them. I think I must of bought them to remind myself of how not to eat properly. Thank God he could sing. He sure couldn't decorate!! :rofl: :rofl: :lol3:
Hope you find the tree decorations. You'll have Mel and the cattleprod (that I can no longer find) sitting in the mezzanine if you don't do it.

Ceejay - Good thinking on taking the tablet. It's always handy to have the net available. It's not as if you are going to be on it all day. One of the guys here does the same thing.
I don't have a problem with the down dog exercise, its the lunge from the downward dog that gets me. Bring your left foot forward and place between the hands -says the gushing yoga lady. What? are you stupid woman? I have boobs and creaking bones and not enough length of leg to do that.

Susie - I have settled into the new place. Don't mind it at all although there is a distinct lack of storage space. I may have to find some of those cubes to put things away. I hope the DH's procedure goes well for you both.

Michelle - guess you will have come to some decision about work over the weekend. Good luck with that.
Sometimes commute is not bad. I used to use it to get certification. I still read and pass the time on the internet when I have to travel. It's only Santa that you will need to think about.

Annie - how gorgeous that the lil man calls you my nanna. Poor little Sassy. Maybe next time you will get a huge Irish wolfhound or similar so you don't have to worry about the depth of the snow. My only other suggestion would be to have a box of earth on the deck so she doesn't have to plough through the snow.

I wrote and sent out my Christmas letter yesterday. However I did get a couple coming back. Laura - your address was one of those. I seem to remember we had the same problem a couple of years back. So where do I send it? Always supposing you want it of course. Ceejay, I am not sure that I have your addy. Couldn't seem to find it last night. And I don't have Susies.

Mels Christmas 2011:


I did some gift shopping on the weekend but I still don't have anything for the NZ mob except for Peanut who hasn't put in an appearance yet. I believe
there is to be an induction today.

Well I guess I had better get on with some work. Everyone seems to be here today and also in the Christmas spirit. *sigh*. Guess I better try to find some.

12-15-2013, 04:51 PM
Shad - I do have a decision to make about the job. I know that I'm going to take BART to SF tomorrow morning so I can go to the Federal building and get the paperwork started to get computer access so that by the time my background check comes through I'll have all the ducks in a row to start. The SJ job called me and wants me to start on Wednesday. So I'd work Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and then the office is closing for the Christmas and New Years weeks, so I'd go back on the 6th. In talking with a friend, the quandry I'm in is that until I positively pass my background check, the SF job offer is not a sure thing. So I really can't turn down the SJ job just yet. Now there's no reason I can think of that I would not pass the background check, but one never knows. So I'm still mulling over what to do. I hope your niece's delivery goes well. Keeping her and Peanut in my prayers.

My headache is a little better, so I decided to go caroling with step-mom and her friends. I also got most of my Christmas cards done...just a few left, and I'll finish those tonight (hopefully).

Lots of love to all,

12-15-2013, 07:39 PM
Quick hello. Back from the Dells & the vow renewal. Nice time. I'll do a post tomorrow. Everyone take care. :)

12-16-2013, 08:50 AM
Good Morning...HOLY YIKES!! I had no idea we were in for more snow last night, guess I was just not paying attention to the weather forecast no matter how wrong they are at times. Took me 40 minutes to do my 20 minute commute. Not all that bad and for some reason I was ready and out the door early enough that I wasn't too awful late. Looks like a shoveling good time AGAIN when I get home so Miss Sassy Queen wil go potty. She did go out this morning and made a couple of deposits, must of really had to go as normally she won't have anything to do with the snow. We only got an inch or so, just enough to cause havoc on the roads.

Spent yesterday at Cs brother's house celebrating with him, his sister and his niece and 2 grandnephews. We got there early to spend time with his brother as once the rest of them show up it is loud and crazy. The two GNs are 3 and 5, their mom (Cs niece) lets them run amuck. The 3 year old doesn't mind worth a crap, nor does she displicine them. Mostly just yells at them. I can tell you if they were mine, I would of beat the arses. Thank God Sam wasn't there as she would of taken it into her own hands and there would of been chaos. Just glad it is over and don't have to do that for another year. Amen!

Need to ship my St. Louis family their gifts before it is too late. Will try to get them wrapped tonite and ship them out tomorrow. I love the thoughts of Christmas but not liking the pressure to get things done.

CEEG...thanks for asking about DD. She is doing well, so far, hoping to make it all the way to March 12 for the delivery. This week she is 27 weeks. Lil man came at 32 weeks. So far no issues. Fingers crossed. would of loved my xh's antique collection as he had lots of things that looked like that lamp. When we got divorced, I was so over all that old stuff, including him, that I told him to take it all with him, I didn't want to see it anymore. Glad you are settled in you new digs, altho small, it has to be better than the last one.

HAPPY...maybe forego searching for the ornaments in that cold garage and string popcorn instead. lol. How are the kitties doing with the tree, just don't hang any ornaments within their reach, may find they use them as a batting cage.

CHELLE...decisions, decisions....lots of thinking, go with your gut instinct.
Hope the head feels better.

SUSIE...hope you had a nice weekend and don't work too awful hard trying to play catch up and miss the enjoyment of the season.

LAURA...Did you do anything in the Dells or just go to the vow renewment?

That's it for me now. Trying to stay warm. Get this....Friday we are to hit 50s and have rain. This weather is crazy.

Have a marvelous Monday all..


12-16-2013, 08:55 AM



Let's have some morning JOE with MELLIE....

12-16-2013, 01:50 PM
When I saw the Elvis lamp I thought of the song You Light up my life.
Still love Elvis and listen to him on the way to work on Sirus Xm radio.
How sweet that your dh would move the boxes of decorations to another location.

I'll pm you my email addy. I still have a way to go before I get that good with Yoga but I'm trying. Wish I lived in Missouri. My nephew's wife teaches Yoga.

I'll take hot chocolate instead. I love to smell coffee brewing but that's it.
Thanks for the information on Sam. Ugh on the snow.

I haven't been caroling in a long time. What fun that would be! I'm hoping my friends will go with me to see the Christmas light display at the old ir base in Blytheville on Thursday night. I'm happy that you are taking the SF job. Think you will too.

Was minding my on business yesterday morning when the phone rang which was from the fire department down the road. We have a well located behind their building. He called and said we heard a loud pop and the well pump is burning. :yikes: I turned the plant off and called my boss. He didn't hesitate to get there either. It was the motor but still yet we can't run it until a new motor comes. I'm running another set of wells. For about 4 hours yesterday I ran on one well. The other well was down also, but our electrical crew got it to going. Always something exciting and new in my line of work. I thought of Mel when the fire dept called.
I noticed that something has been blocked on my last post!!!!
The internet is back up this morning for some reason. The ISP man called today and wanted to speak to the person in charge of the computers. Hopefully it will stay on this time.

12-16-2013, 02:31 PM
Morning all,

First the good news. I am again a Greataunt. I have a wee greatnephew named Isaac born yesterday. My niece had a bit of a hard time after the birth as the placenta did not come away and she lost a lot of blood, but apparently all is well now. With a bit of luck I should see her and him and him over the weekend.

And for the bad news, the power bill has reared it's ugly head again and they are now telling me I have an overdue account. So I have thoroughly lost my temper and if it were possible, I would be camped on their doorstep when the doors open ready to go 5 rounds and deliver the knockout blow. I have written them a really nasty email, and will this morning try to get in touch with the Ombudsman and get nasty with them.

I'll do personals later when my temper improves and you needn't shake in your shoes for fear of upsetting me.

12-16-2013, 03:18 PM
SHAD...congrats on the new grandnephew!! Issac, nice name, I like it. The power bill peeps better look out, here comes SHAD!

12-16-2013, 05:40 PM
Congrats on the new nephew, Issac. And hit them below the belt if you need too.

12-16-2013, 09:31 PM
Congrats on the new great nephew Shad. I like the name Isaac also. Nicely traditional. Glad the niece made it through the rough patch of delivery also. Reminds one that childbirth can still be complicated, even in this day and age.

I CANNOT believe you are on round 7 with this bloody power bill. What is going on here? I think we need rolling pins AND cattle prods. You poor thing. :no:

I'll be back in a bit, things to do at the moment.

12-16-2013, 11:20 PM
quick post...had a busy day...and now have a migraine...took some prescription meds and am going to bed early.

Love you all,

12-17-2013, 10:26 AM
Wow HAPPY you must really be busy, it has been more than a moment. hope you are feeling better today, I had a slight headache yesterday but know it was of the raw onion on my sandwich. It is gone today.

Got all my St. Louis gifts wrapped and putting them in the mail today. That was my evening last night wrapping.

Have a great Tuesday all.
Loves and hugs

12-17-2013, 10:28 AM

12-17-2013, 10:55 AM
Good morning all,

Thanks for keeping up the Mel posts - I am slacking here. :o Loved the ones you picked. Especially this morning's one. It's 15 degrees out there. We are laughing - HEAT WAVE! :rofl:

Run... run... run... run... run. Yesterday we went to town I bought lunch at a local place which wasn't that great but it was DH's pick. Got some popcorn to send to my sister, got some candy to send to my Mom. Picked up stuff at the gas station - they have the best butter at their convenience store, stopped at Walgreen's for some bargains and capped it with a visit to the grocery store. We picked up a whole beef tenderloin roast for the holidays. Then had to look on the internet to see how to butcher the thing - thank goodness for YouTube. Did some laundry. Changed out part of DH's bath with a new shower curtain and towels - if ONLY the rugs would show up. Did some more decorating. Did some laundry. Played with the cats. Watched a bit of tv because I was just too tired to wrap packages or do cards.

Today I am off to the thrift shop this morning to fill in for a friend. I wish I'd had time to go through some of my Christmas decorations - there's a bunch that need to get out of my house and over to the thrift shop. Right now I have more to do's than time.

Sorry for lack of personals. I am a bad person except at lunch yesterday a man sitting off to the side of me suddenly got up. He lost his wedding ring. Apparently it stuck in his glove and must have flown off without him noticing it. He was looking all around when I noticed it about 10 feet away under the chair of another table of patrons. I pointed it out to him. DH said where's the reward? I said go buy a lottery ticket. He bought a scratch off and won a nice tidy sum. I told him it still pays to be kind, even if sometimes it seems entirely one sided. ;)

Have a good day everyone.

12-17-2013, 11:06 AM
Hi. I'm home with a cold today. Usually I keep going, but I've had a fever off and on so I thought it best to stay home.

I'm working a bit from home this AM; I am a morning person and I had a good nights sleep so I'll do what I can and then nap this afternoon and take 1/2 a sick day.

I just had some hot chocolate and it was so good. I'm like Ceejay..I don't drink coffee but I do like to smell it. I LOVE hot chocolate.

DH's appointment yesterday was very informative. He told us to think about the information he gave to us and then call back and let his nurse know what we want to do. He told us if we choose the ablation it can't be done for at least 6 weeks and maybe longer with his schedule. So, we decided to think about it, get more information and then decide. We are leaning towards it to give it a try but want to be sure. He told us even if we didn't do anything but keep DH on the blood thinners, he felt that DH would have a very long and normal life. But if it was him, he would want to try the ablation to be back in normal rhythm if he could.

So, Annie: I'm looking to hear your story with your DH and the ablation. The fact that it has a 60-70% success rate is encouring but I wish it were more like 80-90.

Shadd: I hope this power bill issue is resolved soon. That sort of thing can take so much time and effort to get resolved. Congratulations to your family on the new baby.

Michelle; I hope you headache is a lot better today.

Laura: Was it your vow renewal?

Happy: did you find the lights or did you just get the other tree back out? to get back and do some more work and I'm washing sheets and blankets. Trying to keep things sterile so DH doesn't catch this cold.

12-17-2013, 11:12 AM
Hi was HAPPY's hubby that had the heart ablation, unless you are talking about the uterus ablation that I had in 2009? If so, it went fine and have not had a period since, don't even think I have really had any menopause to speak of other than gaining weight, and that is probably due to poor food choices and no exercise. lol

Have a good one.

12-17-2013, 01:18 PM
Good morning Worldlies. Sorry I didn’t post over my long weekend. I’m still not completely caught up, but I’ll get there.


Ceejay – Did you find more of the fiber optic trees you wanted? You sound like you’ve been keeping busy at home and at work filling in for L. How’s that downward dog yoga pose going??

Annie – I’m so sorry to hear about your cousin’s diagnosis. So very sad. On the flip side – so cute that little J calls you “my Nanna”. Sweet. What a joy he must be. Not like the kids you had to deal with over the weekend… Being out in the snow driving yesterday when we got just a little bit - but enough to goof up the PM commute – makes me happy to not have to drive to work!! Hope you got your gifts shipped out!!

Happy – How’s it going with the real tree this year?? Are the cats still leaving it alone?? I can see not wanting to have a big tree to decorate. Ours isn’t as big as many (thinking of bf’s brother’s tree), but it’s too big for us. I too have a lot of favorite ornaments, and I like them and the memories associated with them. But I suppose it would be fun to go with a certain color scheme… Sort of goofy all the stuff from one order being shipped separately. I get they have their reasons, but it doesn’t seem like it could be profitable to do it in so many shipments. Let alone environmentally responsible!!! Count me in as another one who has experienced BART, but just a couple times. Airport runs, from Oakland once, and to/from the SFO airport another time. RE the homeless – I can’t say I noted a problem, but I’m either accustomed to that, or wasn’t in the same areas while I did my assignments out there. Great post from Mel re the Christmas party and the spending spree at TJ’s. I love that place! It’s a good thing I usually don’t go in there alone – I end up being so tempted to try all kinds of stuff. I was in there yesterday and luckily only ended up with a couple things outside the usual – a loaf of sourdough bread and some vanilla-cinnamon tea bags. All the holiday goodies were calling out to me though!!

Michelle – I’m sorry I didn’t get to respond more timely to your post re advice on which position you should accept. I do agree with the others – big red flag re the change from a perm position to a short-term contract one for the one you preferred. That would scare me right off. Then again, I prefer the stability of the longer contract with good pay and benefits. And being accustomed to a long-ish commute, that wouldn’t bother me quite that much since a lot of the time is on the train. The time on the train is mostly your own, and not stressful like a 100% driving commute. I hope it all works out well for you whichever you choose. Hope you’re all ready for your move this coming weekend. Those piles of paper you mentioned are the bane of my existence!!

Shad – I know contract work is very very common in the tech area, but it’s just scary to think of more and more employers going that route. No Peanut yet??

Susie – I hope you’re able to get caught up at work. I like to think I can do some of that, but I just this morning have gotten word of a big project that we’ll be working on the next few weeks. Sigh. Anyway, i’s nice you at least get OT pay for all the extra hours you put in
So I think I said I’d pack on Thursday night and shop/wrap/pack/ship on Friday morning before we left town. Ha. Don’t recall what we did Thursday evening, but I didn’t pack. That happened Friday morning. Our drive up was alright, but a 40 mile portion was under construction and was 2 lanes and even 1 lane part of the way. Traffic wasn’t heavy, so it wasn’t horrible, just slower than desirable. My friend D and her sister happened to be at nearly the same point in our drives (different routes though), so we met at a Wendy’s in Janesville where bf and I ate a quick lunch. I bought a mega millions ticket for that night’s drawing. I’m back here at work today, so you know I didn’t win big (no one won it), but if I understand the game correctly, I did get match the mega ball and might have one $1.00. :D I will use that to buy another ticket for tonight’s drawing.

Friday night we went to dinner with a big group, then had cake to celebrate the 50th bday of one of our friends. After that we spent time in the pool/whirlpool.

Saturday a smaller group of us met for breakfast, then went shopping at an outlet mall right behind the hotel. I found a couple nice things. The vow renewal/reception was nice. It started off a bit quiet, but finally got going very nicely after the couple had their first dance (and we all had a drink or two under our belts).

Sunday bf and I slept in a bit and then drove home, different route so no construction to deal with. It was nice to get home to doggy, even if I did have to brave the cold to take him out for his walk.

Yesterday I did my shopping/wrapping/packing and got over to the post office to ship my gifts. Glad that’s done. I got over to the library and picked up a few books and watched some telly.

The scale was not kind to me this morning, so I just went ahead and ate breakfast and wore whatever clothes I wanted with no care to dress "lightly" or consistently with what I usually wear on my WW weigh-in days. I’ll take my lumps at the scale today and get back on track with eating and exercise this week.


12-17-2013, 03:28 PM
Shad - congrats on the greatnephew! I'm glad your niece is doing okay, despite a difficult birth. I hope you can get things sorted without too much bloodshed (or maybe that's what is needed by now). I like Happy's idea of the cattle prod and rolling pins.

I still have the migraine from yesterday. I wish I could figure out what's up with it. :faint: I've got to get some boxes packed of things to take over to D's. I'll be moving in there this weekend; I'm a bit nervous and excited. The nervous part is moving into a household with three men (D, his brother, and a disabled man that D rents a room to).

Later today, I'm taking Santa to a new doggie day care for a temperment evaluation.

12-17-2013, 05:29 PM
Don't think I'd like those living arrangements, but I've been single to long and like the quiet time. Hope it works out.

No I haven't found those small fiber optic tree's but I'll look some more this week end.

Happy, Shad, Annie and Susie :wave:

We finally have internet again at work. The big boss was here this morning and I asked why we didn't have internet. Dah that got the two other bosses going. The trouble shooter on the computer kept saying it was the Ethernet cord. After the main boss said what he did the other two checked the wire and got us a different set up. He told us that our department was eating together on Monday. Can't believe that Christmas day is next Wednesday.
Wanted to thank those who have sent Christmas cards. I've not been in a mood this year for much Christmas cheer.

12-18-2013, 09:01 AM
Happiness for today: I got gas for 2.94 a gallon this morning, granted I was not quite on empty, however the total cost was 27.88. Whew whooooooo!

I will be back later for personals.

12-18-2013, 09:49 AM
Wooohoo is right. I paid 2.99 for it a couple of weeks ago in Blytheville.

Sorry to hear that you have a cold. I hate those things. I have chronic rhinitis/sinusitis.

Nothing new. Finally my last day of work for this week. I've taken it easy at home and at work.
And by the way I did the downward dog last night, it's a small NSV for me. For exercise last night I did a DVD with Jillian from the Biggest Loser.

12-18-2013, 11:57 AM
Morning all. Another Mel photo: (

Shad - Congrats to you on the new grand-neph Isaac. Glad all is well now w/ your niece. Sorry to hear the power co is still hassling you. I'd be losing my temper too!! :mad: They better watch out!

Happy - How nice of you to look around and luckily spot that man's wedding ring. :)

Annie - Wow, nice price for the gasoline. I like that squirrel pic, LOL. We still have some of the little varmints in our yard digging around for forgotten acorns.

Ceejay - I'm not a coffee person either, though I do love the smell of the beans being ground! Whoo for your Friday today! Whoo for doing that downward dog!!

Susie - Sorry to hear you have a cold. Feel better soon! No, it wasn't my vow renewal. I have a long-term bf, but no husband. The couple that did the vow renewing are friends, one of whom goes way back to my HS days.

Michelle - Sorry you've been suffering the migraines. Not that you're going through anything stressful right now - just a job search and moving, LOL. :faint: Speaking of the move - that's gonna be quite a living arrangement!!
My WW weigh-in was not pretty, so I'm putting it behind me. I didn't remove my sweater or shoes for weigh-in and I'm kind of glad not to know how much of the gain was me and how much was my clothing, LOL. My scale at home was down a pound this morning, so that's a good sign. There are no ww meetings at our office for two weeks (because they fall on Christmas Eve & NYE, many people out on vacay), so I think I will seek out my own meetings those weeks just to keep myself accountable.

I finished the Christmas cards last night.

I haven't exercised in who knows how long, and I need it! We'll see about doing something tonight, either at home or at the gym.

Our building has a holiday breakfast buffet set up in our lobby today, so there were mobs of people down there. Okay, not mobs, but a LOT of people. I resisted the urge to get myself a breakfast sandwich, but only because I didn't want to wait in line for it.

This afternoon is our company's holiday party, at a restaurant a couple blocks from the office, 3-6 pm, nothing elaborate I'm guessing. I will go, but I don't plan to stay for all that long. I plan to catch my regular train home (at the latest).

TTFN Worldlies.

12-18-2013, 01:02 PM
Mellie Moment of the Day:

Can't Wait?


How long 'til Christmas?

28 Days

13 Hours

46 Minutes

...But who's counting?

(Updated for today because that's how Mel would like it)

:hohoho: 6 Days

12 Hours

28 Minutes

12-18-2013, 01:30 PM
Good morning everyone,

Nice sunny day out there today. That's nice - haven't seen Mr. Sun in a while. I worked the morning shift at the shop yesterday - it was really slow although I got a chance to chat with the pricing ladies whom I've not seen in a while. It did snow on and off and at one point there was a raging blizzard outside. It actually snowed about 2 inches in the span of 30 minutes. Then the cloud passed and it was light flurries after that. Don't know what that was all about but I'm glad it's done with.

Came home, did some things around the house and fixed an easy supper of BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato) sandwiches. I added a little fresh avocado to mine. Yum.

My towels finally showed up this morning so I can finish the update of both baths. My foam roller also showed up today so DH and I will have to try it out to see if it rolls out the aches and pains. I told DH I hated the thing but had to admit that it did work.

Nothing exciting going on today - I have physical therapy late today. Going to ask the therapist about treating my seasonal vertigo. I had a big problem about 4 years ago and since then it comes back each winter and lasts all season long. I can't even lift my head up to look at something overhead without setting it off. Didn't think there was anything that could be done about it but there is something about crystals in your ear that communicate movement to the brain and if they get displaced, you get vertigo. Sometimes a therapist can manipulate them back where they belong and fix you. It's a worth a try instead of dealing with this for the next 5 months. I thought it was sinus related but it's not.

We have been having trouble with our cable - the dish is on the roof covered with snow but I think it's more the problems with the HD box. That seems to have crapped out and with it I lost a bunch of Christmas movies and some cooking shows I saved with recipes I wanted to write down. :( I'm glad I don't watch much tv right now - once you have a DVR to record shows, you kind of get used to it.

You asked about the Christmas tree Laura. The older cat is ignoring it after one initial curious sniff but the younger cat seems fascinated by it. Especially when I turn the lights on - they randomly twinkle. She sits and stares at it. She is also curious about the water in the tree stand. I really don't want her drinking out of it. Haven't caught her yet but she sniffs it. I purposely didn't put lights and ornaments on the lowest branches and she seems to pay no mind to that thank goodness!

Mel - I remember how excited you were about Christmas and how we made it a game to sneak in the C word so that Shad would not notice (she always did but often said nothing ;) ) I hope you are in charge of keeping the countdown clock running up there in heaven and that you are helping the seniors with their Christmas craft wreaths. Hopefully the angels can handle the clean up. :hug:

Laura - good on yah for passing up the tempting breakfast buffet this morning. I'm sure it smelled great. Have a nice time at your office party. It's been so long since I've been to one that I barely remember them. Most of the places I've worked in the last 15 years have eliminated or severely cut them back due to budgets so it's nice to hear that you still have one. I like your graphic from today although Annie may not :lol: I certainly hope you don't get rain to melt all the snow away for Christmas - it can rain 2 days after. Bummer on the weigh in but this time of year it's hard to avoid all the temptations. Just eat as clean as you can and enjoy an occasional treat, then back on the wagon January 1 for sure.

Ceejay - congrats on getting the downward dog move! I ordered a new yoga mat and sticky socks for my Christmas present. Looking forward to them. Let me know which were the good YouTube yoga videos please. Are you stuck working the holidays or will you have some time off? Glad you got the internet back at work.

Susie - sent you a PM last night. It was late, I was typing fast - hope it covered what it needed to! Hope you are feeling better today. Hate those Christmas colds! :mad:

Annie - crikey - gas under 3 bucks a gallon??? Been a long time. That almost calls for a road trip :rofl:

Michelle - hope your migraine eased up. :( Your living arrangements remind me of a current TV show on the Fox channel - New Girl. Zoey Deschanel found out her long time live in BF was cheating on her so she moved out and took a spot with 3 guys in a loft. They are interesting characters. It's actually one of my favorite shows. I look forward to your "adventures".

Shaddie - where you been? Hope you are just busy and not way locked up for threatening the silly folks at the power company billing services :yikes: :lol:

Ok, let me get busy before the day runs away from me.

12-18-2013, 03:11 PM
Nah, not locked up. The men in white coats haven't come to take me away either. We're good. The Ombudsman has sent the power company a directive and given them 20 days to respond. Like a lot of places that sound good, they really don't have that much teeth so we shall see. The power company have bought another power company out, one that the DS2 was using and now my power company have decided, that with the name being the same or similar and the 2 addresses interwoven in their history, they will bung the two power bills together. Nice one. Since the Ombudsman will want to talk with me soon, I will need to get my spreadsheet up to date to prove that the power company sucks at maths. That's tonights job.

The new wee family addition seems to be thriving. His father is delirious. His Mum has had to have a couple of blood transfusions and isn't feeling the best but they think they might be home today. I'm hoping to catch up with them over the weekend and see I for myself. I'm trying not to get in my sisters way while she is bonding with the new one. I know I do tend to take over once in a while. My sis invited me to go to the hospital with her, but it was her turn to shine in the grandma role - or ayah as she prefers to be called, not mine. She said she didn't mind if I came, but I decided no anyway.

Mel on the last day of 2007





Not sure of the book that she referred to with Ceejay, but the 3 guys Ruth was entertaining were gay and she had decided not to wear her pearls, velvet or cleavage in case one or more might get jealous. I do love the zany humour round here at times.

As some of you know, we have had some earthquakes in NZ over the past couple of years. Wellington has had it's fair share as well and some of the buildings have not stood up to code as well as they should. I might add here, that all the buildings, built since WW11 which have been subjected to the strictest building codes anywhere are still standing hale and hearty. Those built before 1926 when the first building codes came into force are at about a 50/50 split. BUT since they relaxed some of the codes 10-15 years back and buildings have gone up practically overnight, I am amazed at the number that are being declared non-NBS (New building standard). I'm afraid $$$$$$ and developers and councils and greed are out in the community alive and well. The building we are currently in was declared 75% NBS but they have now declared the stairwells to be only 40% compliant. The rating goes on the lowest grading so we are obliged to move out to somewhere else. So when I get back from leave, we will be off to another place somewhere in the City. Such fun.

Today half the team will be disappearing off to various parts of NZ and Aus to have Christmas with the families. Friday (tomorrow) is the last day of work until the 6th of January. And I am off on Monday to Adelaide. Have no idea if I will have access to anything in Adelaide, but with a family of technophobes in the house I am sure I will be able to wangle some sort of communication. I did put email on my aussie phone, but for some reason or other, it worked for a while, then stopped. Not sure why. Will have to get the son and heir onto it in Adelaide.

Okay, better go do something for which I will be paid. I'll be back with personals as able.

12-18-2013, 03:25 PM
Okay, just one more Mel v Happy joke

Happy - I have the original set of Leslie's WATP - 1, 2 and I think 4 miles. Have some other one that is a speed walk I think but I never opened it. Got one that you use some weighted balls with (ok Mel, calm yourself down I can just HEAR the comments ) Anyway I was just wondering if the various videos were much different from one another. I liked the original set, it's a good kick start.


12-18-2013, 03:29 PM Sis and lil man came up for lunch. We went to Kohl's, not a cart to be found, lines 30 people deep and just insane. After walking around for about 10 minutes, lil man says, "find a cart, Nanna". I about fell over laughing, guess he was over shopping and wanted to ride in a cart. Of course this was after we had just left Target. Target was not crowded at all, in and out.

So I am sitting at my desk and bend over to pick a pen up off the floor, low and behold, my nose started bleeding. I went through about a 1/3 box of tissues. We even sleep with a humidifer (cold mist) in our bedroom. Go figure.

HAPPY....glad the kitties are not really bothering the tree. It could be disasterous. We have sun today also, but it is still colder than the North Pole. Rain coming on Friday to get rid of all this stuff. What did PT say about your vertigo? is awful hard to eat right and exercise during the holidays. Don't be too hard on yourself. You do a great job usually.'s the head? What decisions, if any, have you made?

SUSIE...hope you are feeling better. you need bail money?

CEEG...lucky you this is your Friday. Enjoy your time off.

Bout it for me....have a wonderful day/night

12-18-2013, 06:58 PM
Yipee ki yo ki ya I'm galloping all the way home tonight for three days off and I don't have a lot of things to do but relax.
I can't remember which book I bought. At that time I was buying all kinds of diet books. Read through them and that was it.
We had our evaluations today and I passed with in the 90-100% range and got a raise. Wasn't expecting one this good but I'll take it.
The well that pooped out on us Sunday did it again today but it's back online. Hopefully this time it want go out on us again.

I'll look through the yoga video's on you tube tonight to see which one I thought I would like. Believe me none of them are easy.

Hmmm the electric company should have phone you to verify that was not your bill but you son's bill. That's one part of my job I dearly hate. And last night I had three people to call for reconnects. ugh wish they had a different set up than this.

I try to stay out of the stores until after Christmas. It gives me claustrophobia
with that many people in there. Your gs is the cutest thing. But he did good after walking for 30 minutes. Or were you holding him?

It may be the stress of the move that's causing your headache. I'm anxious to hear about your life with three men in the house.

More later.

12-19-2013, 10:33 AM
Ok the test results are in for my cousin Brandi. They are not good.

Well.....the diagnosis came back from Mayo Clinic. They are not the results we were hoping for but there are answers. The diagnosis is lung cancer. They have always known there is cancer in her lungs, they just thought it came from somewhere else. Now they are saying the primary is the lungs. It has also spread to her lymph nodes. They are still running tests to determine the best course of treatment, whether it is chemo through an IV or chemo in the form of a pill. The prognosis is not what we were hoping to hear either. They are saying, without treatment, 4-9 months. With treatment, 1-2 1/2 years. I know Brandi, and I know she doesn't care what the doctors say, she be around as long as we can all stand her. :) Pray hard, pray often! Brandi is one strong chic and is still ready to fight this head on.

Just thought we would have better results. A sad day.

12-19-2013, 12:08 PM
Mel memory: Hope this isn't too small. Thought it would be nicer to show the screen shot of the whole post than just the two pics. (

12-19-2013, 12:30 PM
Quick post for me to let you all know I'm still here. I'm getting things ready to move in with D this weekend. The website work I'm doing "part-time" for the nonprofit is keeping me busy too.

Annie - I'm saying prayers for Brandi and for your brother...and for you, my dear sista.

Laura - Thanks for the sharing the Mel post. Brought a smile to my face.

Shad - Thanks for sharing the Mel joke!

Ceejay - Congratulations on your evaluation and your raise! :woohoo: :bravo: Enjoy your 3 days off!

Happy - Seasonal vertigo? Wow. That's different. I wonder if it's because of all the use of heaters and the dry air drying up the inner ear. Just a guess as I'm not a doctor, and I don't even play one on TV. Hang in there, my friend.

:wave: to Susie.

Much love and many hugs to all,

12-19-2013, 12:46 PM
Morning chicks,

It's sunny AND snowing right now. Crazy place I live in. :dizzy: I'm waiting for some thunder snow myself. DH measured what we've gotten so far from the trailer out back. 20 inches. It pretty much has snowed every day - some days a few inches, others like today - flurries that blow about like dust bunnies.

I'm working the shop today. The regular morning lady is not coming in today or next week. I will go in about an hour earlier but that's it - not working all day. They didn't even send an email out asking someone to cover so don't know what's up with that. We have a bunch of cute Christmas stuff - much of which is very gently used and some new in the package. They talked about running a sale - hope they decided - doesn't make sense to repack the stuff after next week and take up valuable shelf space in storage. Animals gotta eat no matter what so even a dollar in the till is good. ;)

Shad - when you say you are moving - is this the office space? I certainly hope you don't have to move your living quarters AGAIN. I can understand about the earthquakes and the politics of compliant / non compliancy. After all you've had quakes there recently. And big rumblers too. I was nervous in Memphis because building 1 that we were in was not as earthquake compliant as the other 3 that were were built later in the complex. Was glad when we moved. And then I moved to a single story warehouse in the ghetto which was actually the least safe for many reasons - tornadoes AND hoodlums in the area :lol: I am glad you will get to see the new greatnephew over the holidays. Will you be swinging through to see DS1 is it and S also? Nice of you to give your Sis her shining moment as new Grandmum. I laughed a lot at your weighted balls comment - that was SOOOO Mel. :rofl: I wonder if she's still chasing firemen or is she peeking up the angels dresses????

Annie - I'm very sorry to hear about the diagnosis for your cousin. :hug: Not encouraging at all - but there is always a strong spirit and the power of prayer. I wish her the best. Very sad as she is young and still full of life to be lived. As for the nose bleeds - the skin inside the nose is thin from what I understand. A saline spray will also help. While you use a humidifier at home, the office air is famous for being dry and full of irritants. My nose is dry too. I talked to the physical therapist about the vertigo. They are faxing a request for treatment to my doctor so I won't have to wait weeks for an appointment. He got a model of the ear and explained it to me. Deep inside the ear canal you have a trumpet like tube - think of a morning glory flower. That tube has tiny hairs and on those hairs rest crystals which adhere to the hairs. Those signal movement to the brain and control equilibrium. Sometimes those crystals get knocked off the hairs and settle into narrow canals. When they move, you get that wave of dizziness that is classic vertigo. The treatment takes just a couple of minutes and involves them rotating your head in such a manner to reposition the crystals out of the narrow canal and back to the trumpet like thing where they belong. Look at it like those games where there was a device sealed and filled with water and some plastic rings and you have to shake the game back and forth to move the rings in the water to a bay or small stick inside the toy itself. Or like shaking a snow globe to get those sometimes random pieces of snow away from where they don't belong. :lol: He gave me a good write up about this, including what they do so if this works and the crystals move again (which they seem to do occasionally), I can try slow spinning myself back into position. Either that or I can have DH roll me around on the carpet :rofl:

Ceejay - I totally get your reluctance to be in the stores around this time of the year. People are mad, car doors get dinged and I always found this was the best time of year to catch a bad cold because sick or not, people are all out shopping and spreading their germs. Enjoy your days off. What are you going to do?

Laura - loved the Mel graphic today. That's a Terry Redlin photo with the snowman - one of the most popular Christmas tins sold at the popcorn shop last year. :lol:

Hello to the rest of the Worldlies. I need to get ready to head out so will be back to check in later.

12-19-2013, 12:48 PM
Just a guess as I'm not a doctor, and I don't even play one on TV. Hang in there, my friend.

Ah you made me laugh out loud today Michelle :lol: Great comment. Good luck with the move this weekend. Be careful with your back. Did Santa pass his temperament evaluation? Have you heard back about your background check yet?

12-19-2013, 12:55 PM
Morning all. Nothing much to report. The holiday party for work was nice. I pretty much planted myself in a booth with a glass of wine, and my two co-workers seemed content to sit with me. I didn't get up to get anything from the buffets, which was appetizer type stuff, but I did have a few things being offered by servers going around with platters. Our admin skipped lunch, but then nothing being served appealed to her. Oops.

I did a load of laundry and one BE workout last night.

That was about it.
Annie - So sorry to hear that your cousin's diagnosis wasn't better. I was hoping that perhaps the cancer did come from somewhere else and maybe was a more treatable one. Having lost my dad and my oldest sibling to lung cancer, I know it's not as successfully treatable as others. But your cousin has her age going for her and intends to fight it all the way, that'll definitely help her. ---- Kohl's sounded like a nightmare. Glad you were with the li'l guy - kept you in good spirits. Better check your credit/debit card activity - I heard Target had a data breach. ---Re the nosebleed - when we were staying at the hotel over last weekend it was soooo dry - our skin was dry and itchy. We were glad to get back home to our whole house humidifier.

Shad - I hope the has an impact and can help get things straightened out with your power bills. Glad to hear the new kid is thriving, and I hope your niece is now 100% and back home. Thanks for more of the Mel posts. :) I hope the new work location isn't too inconvenient for you. Then again, a non-compliant building would be much more inconvenient (to say the least) should it give way while you're in it!!!

Happy - Love the countdown you re-posted and updated. Yikes! Where did the time go. With this late Thanksgiving, it sure snuck up on me. Hope your PT went well and that they could do something with your vertigo. Never heard of a seasonal variety. Bf's aunt has positional vertigo issues, and I think bf gets some of that too, though he also has inner ear issues that might be part of it. Glad the kitties aren't messing with the tree much. I'm sure you don't want to deal with a toppled tree...I'm ashamed to report that we haven't put up our tree yet!! :o I think bf finally gets that I prefer a skinnier tree, and I guess he's no longer thrilled with the prospect of trying to cram our big fat existing tree through our attic access opening twice a year. This year, I think I'll use my first ever tree of my own - a compact little 4-footer. To raise it up so we can see it from where it sits in the corner behind an easy chair, we sit it on top of a piece of plywood that in turn sits on top of a little tray table (both covered with a green sheet and a tree skirt). I might do that tonight.

Ceejay - I'm also interested in the yoga videos you like, looking forward to the title or link for them. Congrats on the good performance review and double congrats on the good raise!! Enjoy your days off!! I even had Monday off work and the week is still dragging for me.:rolleyes:

Michelle - You're one busy gal. Don't get too run off your feet! :faint:

Hi Susie!! :wave:

Back to it!

12-19-2013, 06:50 PM
Laura - Enjoy your tree. In the past, I've used shorter trees set atop tables, and they looked quite nice. Good for you for not overindulging at the party.

Happy - Santa passed his temperament evaluation at two different places, so now I have a couple different places I can take him. I won't be moving too much stuff over to D's right now. Just clothes, some books, my desk, a small bookcase, my bike and my two computers (one desktop/tower and one laptop). 'There was a glitch with my background check. Apparently when they ask for your middle name a middle initial is not good enough. So I resubmitted my paperwork via email last night and have to send the hard copies via FedEx this afternoon. I'm glad you liked my I'm not a doctor comment....I said that the other day to a friend, and he laughed too.

12-19-2013, 10:34 PM
Afternoon all.
Finished work for the year and am sorting out the washing and getting things ready to go to Adelaide. I go on Monday early morning so would like to get everything done asap. Not that there is a lot to do. I'm not taking much with me.

Yeah Happy- it is the office building where they have discovered the cracks in the stairwells and the problems associated with it. So when we come back next year, it will be a new office block somewhere further uptown.

Laura, thanks for the e-card. Haven't read it yet, will get around to those things tomorrow morning.

Michelle - interesting living arrangements you will have soon. Are you friends with all of them?

Ceejay - enjoy the 3 days off. I'm sure they will go very fast. Are you working over Christmas?

Annie - some sad family news on your front. Take a moment to go hug the hubby. I am so sorry for that poor young girl.

Hiya Susie. Hope you are not working too hard.

Catchup with all of you later. I'm off to take a nana nap. For some reason I am stonkered.

12-19-2013, 11:32 PM
This day has gone by quickly. But I did get a lot done.

Wow, the government sure is a stickler in the paper work. Don't over do on the move.

20 inches of snow is a lot of whiten stuff but you will have a white Christmas.
Thanks for the information of the inner ear. Didn't realize that neck rolls helped that.

Yes, I'll be holding down the fort at work both Christmas Eve and day. It falls on my days to work. It's just overtime. I'll got to Paragould that week end.

Good for you in not over indulging on the food at work. I hope I can do the same on Monday.

What are you doing?

Prayers are going up on behalf of your niece and brother.

12-19-2013, 11:37 PM
Not sure if this is legal but this is the yoga video that I like. Vinyasa flow yoga for beginners on you tube.

12-20-2013, 09:37 AM
I am tired....tired of sad news, tired of fighting bullsh*t, just plain tired. Told my brother I am so ready to go to heaven I will take his place immediately. Everything is just irritating me to no end. I pray and pray for everyone and everything. Exhausted. Ready to go. I know, be thankful for all that is good, kids, grandbabes etc etc. whatever, over it. Done

12-20-2013, 01:01 PM
Annie - I'm praying for you and your family. I'm so sorry for what you're going through. I wish I could do something. I understand what you're going through...just tired of all the sad, bad news. Sending you lots of love and hugs.

Shad - I hope you have a wonderful time in Adelaide. So nice that you'll get to spend the holidays with Miss S. I hope her mum is in a good mood while you're there. Yes, it will be an interesting living situation for me. I just met D's brother, and he seems nice. The disabled man...well, he sleeps most of the time, and when he's not sleeping he keeps to himself. I'm sure I'll be quite busy at first helping Santa and D's cat adjust to each other.

Ceejay - Thanks for sharing the title of the yoga video. Enjoy your time off.

Big :wave: to Happy, Laura and Susie.

Love and hugs,

12-20-2013, 01:30 PM
Morning all. Yes, still morning here!!! Gloomy drizzily/rainy day here, but the temps are mild, so that's a positive. And it's Friday!! TGIF!! :carrot:

A Mel pic: (

Annie - I'm so sorry you have such sad sad things going on with your loved ones. :( All you can do is keep praying, and like you said, keep in mind all the good things in your life and savor them to the fullest. :hug:

Ceejay - Well, hopefully it'll be nice and quiet and uneventful for you at work next week. Nice that it's your regular work schedule but you get OT for it!! :D Thanks for the name of the yoga workout. I'll have to check it out.

Shad - Enjoy your weekend! Wishing you safe & smooth travels to Adelaide and a pleasant time with the family. I forget - the other DS is also traveling down there too, right?

Michelle - I hope the background check re-do goes through without any hitches this time. So do you have to take any stuff to your storage unit if it's not going to D's? More work - aargh, please don't overdo it with your back!

Hellos to Susie and Happy! :) :)

We did not get the tree up last night. We decided to go to the Dominick's grocery near our house. That chain isn't doing well at all, so the locations that haven't been sold already are closing next week. They've been having 50% off clearance sales to clear their shelves.

Since the sales have been going on for a couple weeks now, we really didn't expect there to be much left there, but I guess they still were still getting shipments, and then there's still a lot of things you don't think of that were still available. We ended up being in there for over 90 min, prob. longer, and ended up with over $170 of items for $88! And most items are the usual types of things we use, including frozen/canned/boxed/CHEESE lol - and good timing - some sterno fuel we will need tomorrow night for our block's holiday potluck party. [At nearly the last minute (~3 wks ago), our next door neighbor decided to host it. So bf and I will bring Italian beef and sausages and bread for sandwiches as our contribution.]

By the way, Happy, they had a lot of the seasoned broths you'd mentioned, so we decided to try 1 box of the mexican one and 1 box of the thai ginger. The recipes on the back of the box looked pretty good! Looking forward to making some soup! This was a nice opportunity to try it and see if we like it.

Anyway, by the time we got home and put it all away (thank goodness for the 2nd fridge/freezer in the basement), it was late and I didn't eat until later and was late to bed. I'm sure it'll hit me later on today.

Tonight we will hopefully get the tree set up as well as stockings and a few other things. Tomorrow evening is the potluck. Sunday, who knows. Well, I DO know - I need to get some shopping finished!!

I will work on Monday. Tuesday I'm taking vacation and bf's mom is coming over for Christmas Eve dinner. Wednesday we go to my SIL's sisters place for Christmas dinner with my family. I need to make an appetizer for Wednesday - any suggestions? Something more than cheese & crackers, but nothing too elaborate or filling. Thanks!!

This morning has flown by. A ghost of projects past has reared its ugly head and the boss and I have been trying to refresh our memories on something we did well over two years ago!! Oy! :faint:

Off to lunch!

12-20-2013, 01:52 PM
Hi ladies,

Last night we got some soft falling snow and it was really twinkling in the night. Very pretty. Today it's big and sunny out there. Still cold and I'm not sure we will see 20 degrees ever again. But it's fine if you can stay inside and the house is always warmer with the sun shining. I'm going to tackle the cards today and do some pick up stuff. I also want to look through my cooking magazines and identify a few dishes and maybe some treats for the holidays. Since it will be just DH and I, I would like to make it a bit special. I was thinking today - I just don't have that "Christmas spirit" any more. Did I ever really have it, is it something manufactured from watching sappy Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel or have times changed and the memory dims and it's not quite the same as we remember? I just don't know.

One thing I do know and I will shoot some of this unsolicited advice your way too Annie is that we should not take things for granted. It's easy to get caught up in the day to day blah stuff and Lord knows it sure is easy to get bummed out when we think of the loss or the suffering of those we hold dear to us. Particularly at this time of the year. But there is a purpose to everything. Perhaps we stay healthy and strong because we have big shoulders to comfort those in need. Perhaps we are the problem solvers so the burden falls on us to figure out how to make things right. Sometimes I get frustrated with DH because he can be such a... a... guy! :mad: WHY can't you think???? But then, he does something so sweet I feel so badly for getting annoyed. And I think - especially when he's not in the house - what would I do without him? And one day one of us is going to be without the other. That's how life works. So is it worth it to waste time fretting on something, or should we instead turn our focus to dealing with what's here right in front of our faces. As my Grandma famously said - I love flowers. Give me flowers today when I can stick my face in them, take a big smell and admire their beauty. Don't send me nice ones when I'm dead (at my funeral) because I'll never get any pleasure out of them and we both lose - I don't get to enjoy them and you wasted your money. Gramma was a wise one ;) So while I totally understand your sadness Annie, dry your tears. Take a deep breath. Go see or call your brother and your cousin. Do something that will make them smile and forget about their troubles for the moment. Cherish them while you both walk this earth and be here and live your life for those like Mel who no longer can. Ok? :hug:

Michelle - wish you well with the move. Sounds like it will be an interesting mix. Sorry for the snafu on the background check. Geez - but then again you have a simple name so I can see where there might be more than one person sharing your name. That's where those of us with complicated names have an edge :lol: I hope it gets straightened out quickly. Nice to hear that Santa has been pre-approved at a few places - always good to have some choices.

Ceejay - the last link didn't come through but I'm sure I can find it on YouTube. Thank you for your suggestions, I'll be sure to look them up. That's a bummer that you have to work the eve and holiday. Are you working longer shifts? Do you have a little Charlie Brown Christmas tree to keep you company at work?

Laura - congrats on the strength to ignore the appetizers at the holiday party. I am a big fan of little bites of things. Oh geez - I can't even imagine trying to get the big Christmas tree through that small opening in the ceiling to the attic storage. I'm sure you can make the little table top tree look nice and cozy.

Shad - hope you have a good time with the family. Relax and have a good time and be well rested to join the chaos when you get back to work.

Hi Susie :wave:

Guess I'd better get on with the day. Enjoy yours.

12-20-2013, 02:04 PM
Hey Laura,

Typing over each other as usual. Score on getting some things from Dominick's :cp: My sister is sad to see her store close too.

Re: appetizers. Deviled eggs. Or smear some softened cream cheese all over a plate. Spread the contents of a bottle of shrimp cocktail sauce on top (we like Hoffmans brand). And over that sprinkle a bag of the (defrosted of course) tiny salad shrimp or chopped up larger shrimp. Serve with Ritz crackers. Just drag the cracker across the plate to scoop up the goodness. That's easy and a favorite in our family. Or a package of Knorr Vegetable soup mixed into 1 cup mayo and 1 cup sour cream. Let flavors sit and meld for at least one hour prior to serving. Serve as a dip with either chopped vegetables or add 1 can of diced water chestnuts to the dip and serve in a hollowed out bread bowl of a dense bread such as rye, pumpernickel or sour dough.

Glad you had an opportunity to pick up some of the seasoned broths. They make a quick and easy soup. I'm sure you will like it.

Hope you get your shopping all done. My new yoga mat just came today. I have it between the back door and the screen to "air" out as it looks like a nice dense one but it smells terribly of plastic right now.

Guess we will all be yoga'ing into the new year. :yoga: See what you started Ceejay? :lol:

12-20-2013, 02:45 PM
Happy - Good advice there for all of us. :yes: I'm guessing if you just type Ceejay's description/title in a search engine it will return what you're looking for.

12-20-2013, 03:03 PM
Happy - Good ideas - espec. the deviled eggs and the shrimp. Might just do deviled eggs and plain old boiled shrimp & cocktail sauce.

12-20-2013, 05:14 PM
Hi ladies,

Not sure who asked, but I won't be moving much stuff out of my storage and into D' least not for a few weeks/months. There's really no room there as he's storing a lot of stuff that was his mom and dad's. His mom passed away two years ago, and his dad is now engaged and living with his fiance and doesn't have room for all the stuff from his former house. And I won't be moving much into my storage either as there's just not room.

Happy - Thanks for the great easy appetizer ideas! Simple and yummy...that's my idea of cooking. :D :yes:

Laura - What a great score at the closeout sale. It's sad when smaller businesses have to close their doors because they can't compete with the big box retailers.

12-20-2013, 05:17 PM
My Mellie Moment for the day - she was always putting out some kind of fire






don't it make you wonder what's going on in the building now a days? Perhaps I should subscribe to the Weehawken news just out of curiosity.

12-20-2013, 05:25 PM
Glad you liked the appetizer ideas. Now I'm hungry. :hungry: :lol:

That's a good thing you don't have that much to move Michelle. Sometimes just packing up the clothes is enough to carry! And.. I suppose the longer you live without the other stuff, the easier it is one day to just get rid of it. I am doing some serious clutter evaluation in my own life at the minute.

I bought 2 new kitty beds and I'm glad they are both using them instead of the usual why did I waste my money? Only thing is that Meadow is happy to take "the other one" and then that little peendah Nina has to go chase her out of it and then go sit in it and look all innocent "just because". She is really something. I'm cheering Meadow to give her a good cuff and she's lucky Meadow is so easy going because she's almost twice her size and all muscle. Like Danny Devito trying to push around Arnold Schwartzenegger. :rolleyes:

Got our new cable boxes today and it took DH all morning to get them set up. Now we can record up to 5 simultaneous shows at once. Far more than we need. But we are enjoying the streaming music through Pandora. Let me go see if they have some Christmas stuff...

12-20-2013, 05:26 PM
I have to fess up. You remember how I couldn't decide between the two job offers? Well, here's what I'm's awful of me, and I feel a bit guilty...but at the same time, if the employers want to "try before they buy", why can't I? So I started the SJ job on Wednesday, and I worked Wednesday through today, then the company is closing down for two weeks for Christmas/New Years. They will be closed until Jan. 6th.

Then the SF job said I could start on Monday, even before my background check was fully complete. This will give me a chance to check out the commute. Even though it will be a bit lighter than normal for the next two weeks, the amount of time on the commute shouldn't be too much different (just the trains won't be as crowded). If I hate the commute and it's not worth the extra money or potential stability, then I'll go back to the SJ job on 1/6. If I don't mind the commute (if I use it to read or write on my book), then I'll e-mail my manager at the SJ job that I got a better, more permanent offer (even though it's technically not permanent).

I know, I'm an awful person for doing this. I don't blame you if you think less of me. I just hope it doesn't affect our friendships. I just need to know that whatever job I take, the job and the commute are both things I can handle well. I try and do things my dad would be proud of...if he were still alive...and it bothers me that I don't think he'd be too proud of this. :-( I just didn't know what else to do...I felt like I needed to try out both (just like the companies want to try me out) to be sure. :-(

12-20-2013, 05:33 PM
Happy - Thanks for sharing the Mel moment. I remember that one. What a fiasco. She was always putting out fires, literally and figuratively. I definitely think that Meadow should give Nina a good whack. I'm sure that's what D's kitty will do to Santa if he bothers her. I hope that D's kitty and Santa will be able to work it out fairly quickly.

12-20-2013, 05:35 PM
Came across this article while I was looking up something else. Thought it really fit in with the whole Mel moments and Christmas thing...

From her local newspaper a while ago... ( esidents+remember+U-S-+soldiers+and+sailors+at+Christmas%20&id=2367580)

12-20-2013, 05:38 PM
Michelle - as far as the job goes - you have to do what you are comfortable with. I'm sure each and every one of us would take a different approach from each other, simply because we all have different needs as well as what we can tolerate and what we can't. I wish you well and hope that you find something that works out for you.

And you are right - cats do have a way of bossing around dogs. I've seen more than one of them (including several of mine) give a dog a good cuff. Get a fielder's mask and umpire's outfit for Santa :rofl:

12-20-2013, 05:41 PM
Happy - Thanks for the link to the article that had some quotes from Mel. :D Bless her heart. She was always doing for others. As for Santa...I think an umpire's mask would be a good idea....or even better a goalie mask! D's kitty has all her claws, and I'm sure she'll use them if she needs to.

12-20-2013, 08:17 PM
I'll try this again. It didn't post.

That was very good advice for any one.

Hang in there. It's always tough around this time of the year.

Don't blame you at all for trying out the job in SF especially if it doesn't interfere with the other one.

My friend has been sick for at least 3 weeks with some kind of virus. Not really sure what it is cause she wouldn't go to the doctor. I was really overwhelmed with this because this is the way that my mom had her heart attack. I went behind her back and sent a message to her sister who is a nurse via FB. I told her what was going on and told her how concerned I was. She assured me she would go to the doctor next week. I haven't heard from my friend this afternoon. But I will text her in a few minutes.
The only thing I've done today is clean my bedroom and have rested the rest of the day. I've had a headache most of the afternoon. It may be due to the storm coming in tomorrow.
The girls down the street came and asked for a ride but I said NO. I guess they have forgot that I told them this summer I was not giving any more rides.

12-20-2013, 08:21 PM
Forgot to mention the article that mentioned Mel. I remember that one. Thanks for sharing these.

12-21-2013, 01:48 PM
Morning all,
Got woken early this morning by a bunch of drunks. This building has an atrium in its very centre. Nice place to sit and have a drink in the cool airy space. However it's draw back is that it echoes. And this morning this loud mouthed drunk was singing - if that's what it can be called. However he appears to have passed out because silence has returned.
Bloody IE, usually I can press Enter and it goes to the next line. Today it decided to post. At least I didn't lose the post I suppose.

Michelle - I have to say it, but I think you have or will by the time you decide, lost any credence you may have had to do contract work. Maybe even permanent work. It's your choice, but I am afraid it doesn't work the way you said and employers talk - amongst themselves and around the world. They may be able to try before they buy but the employee can't. It is not an employees market. If there was full employment status you just might have gotten away with it, but there isn't and probably never will be again. It costs companies to recruit and employ. The old golden rule applies I am afraid - them that has the gold makes the rules. Sad but true.
Still it is your choice - how you are going to decide whether or which of them is for you in a couple of days I don't know. Always takes me at least a solid week of hard graft and mental confusion to work out the projects. Good luck with that.

Happy - little Nina sounds like a bit of a bully to poor wee Meadow. Hope that passes soon enough. Maybe they are dealing with the abandonment earlier in their lives in their own ways.

Damn, now I can't see what everyone else has written. I'll be back.

12-21-2013, 02:30 PM
Okay - easier all round to start again. Now where was I? Oh yes Happy.

Those appetisers sound okay too. But a bit rich for breakfast time. I will stick with a couple of boiled eggs or some cereal.

Ceejay - it's not so bad working Christmas day. I did it for years when the ExDH and I had the cab business. At least you don't have to deal with Joe Public face to face as I did. Those girls sure don't give up do they? I thought they were moving away sometime back???

Laura - trying to work out what we did two years ago is always baffling. I sometimes can't remember what I did 2 days ago. Guess you will get there. Do you have files (archived on the computer or in a folder at the back of the filing cabinet about what you did)
Sounds like some bargains in the food department. Strange to hear of a food store closing - they are usually the last to go - everyone has to eat. However, I guess if they were specialist foodstuffs then they can't really be afforded at times like these.

Annie - you've had such a hard year. Time to sit back and reflect now. Spend the time you need with the bro and the cousin. Let the family pamper you somewhat rather than you racing around after them. And remember that you have been given the gift of life. You owe it to those who don't to live, love and remember them and theirs in times to come.

Susie must be really busy. Haven't seen her for a while.

Okay, better get on with the day, starting with coffee. I am going out to Chris (ex Japan) for lunch today. And it is bloody raining. Still I am going.

See you late. Oh and here is a picture of wee Isaac. Born late on Monday 16th so he was just 5 days old yesterday when these were taken.

12-21-2013, 03:21 PM
Shad - Little Isaac sure is adorable! Thanks for sharing the photos. And thank you for sharing your comments about my decisions and the potential damage I'm doing to my credibility. I really do appreciate your input and insight.

I hope everyone is having a good weekend. I can't be on here long as I have to finish packing up boxes and my clothes to take over to D's. He'll be here in a few hours after he gets off work.

Much love and many hugs,

12-21-2013, 05:08 PM
It's been raining all day and part of last night but I think this system is close to moving out of the area. It's left approximately 4-5 inches of rain. The streets are holding water but no deep stuff like we have had in times past.

I took my friend some chicken noodle soup and another Sprite. Her color is still not good. Her sister the one I talked to called her and told her to take some Immodium so I got that and took that to her along with some chicken noodle soup. I don't think she'll be able to go home tomorrow. She's still as weak as a kitten.

Watched the Grinch that Stole Christmas last night and thought of Mel. She like the cartoon version. I've also watched Charley Brown this week also.
While I was digging through my DVD's I found a Beginner's Yoga DVD and did 30 minutes of that. I stopped when she did what looked like the splits. I could have done the rest of the DVD.
I've made a meatloaf and home made soup. Will make cornbread in a little bit.
Guess this guy was celebrating Christmas a wee bit early. I'm very lucky that I live in a quite neighborhood. The girls down the street had big ideas last summer about moving but they didn't pan out. I'm going to continue to say no when they ask. Yesterday I didn't feel like dealing with them.

I'm going to be anxious to hear about the job and new living arrangements. Keep us informed.

Nothing else to report. We may have some more storms before this system gets out of here.

12-21-2013, 05:12 PM
Oh Shad forgot to mention that Issac is a cutie pie. He looks very alert.

12-22-2013, 03:39 PM
Morning all,

Sorry I haven't posted. Got a bit distracted but then again, it gets very quiet in here on the weekend anyhow.

Shad - Isaac is such a cutie. And what a great head of hair! I agree that he's very alert looking for a new born. Great personality trait if he's already curious about the world. Hope his Mum has recovered well. Enjoy your visits and have good travels.

Ceejay - that was really sweet of you to take your friend some provisions. I wonder if she has that strain of flu that is going around. It darn near knocked the socks off my niece - left her quite weak so it's doubly nice of you to look in on your friend. Is this the one who has the recent surgery? Your meals sound yummy - good comfort food. I had to laugh about doing the splits on the Yoga DVD - there will be none of that here either :no: :lol: Guess you won't be having a white Christmas. Although I would much rather have the snow than the warm weather and the Christmas tornadoes it brings down your way.

Guess I'd better get a move on here. Nothing's getting done with me sitting here.

12-22-2013, 05:57 PM
Popping in to say help It sure is quiet in here.

Yes this is the friend who had minor surgery a while back. It sure is taking her a long time to get well. I know one thing I don't want it. I hand her stuff through the door.

12-23-2013, 01:15 AM
Just a quick check in...I've got all the stuff I had at my step-mom's moved over to D's house. I'm about 40% unpacked...there's lots of reorganizing to do around here. Luckily, I still have most of my stuff in storage and will keep it there for at least a few months.

It's nice here. D's brother and the other roommate are very nice and really like Santa. D's cat has mostly just hissed at and hidden from Santa...but she'll come around eventually.

Time for me to call it an evening. I'm leaving early tomorrow to make sure I allow enough time to drop Santa off at Day Care, then get to the train station by 7:00 or 7:15 so I can get to the office in SF on time.

Much love and many hugs to all,

12-23-2013, 11:45 AM
Mornin' chicks. Mel moment for the day...

WARNING WILL ROBINSON...THE RAMBLINGS OF A DEMENTED DECEMBER DUCK FOLLOWS: (our thread title that month was Worldlies Demented In December :dizzy: )

12-23-2013, 11:47 AM
Morning all.

Michelle - Well, you're all moved out of your stepmom's, so that's good. I'm sure it'll take a little while to get yourself settled into D's, though you've gone through several moves in the past year, so you're practically a pro by now. :D Re the Dominick's chain closing in Chicagoland - it was actually a very large chain in our town - one of the two largest. Not sure how many years back, they'd been purchased by Safeway. I believe that a union workforce was part of what made them less able to compete with the other area chains (i.e., Jewel). Wow, complicated work situation for you...are you balancing 3 jobs now, or is it two?! I don't even think I could keep them all straight!! I hope that the issue Shad warned of (a reputation as a job hopper) doesn't become an issue for you during this relatively short span of time, and that you can get an idea if the SF job will work out for you.

Happy - The Mel memory with the tenant smoking up the building was a good one - as I always said - never a dull moment in that building. :lol: And thanks for the article link - typical Mel. I hope the kitty bed situation has been worked out and Nina and Meadow are playing nice. Good luck with your cable situation. I just scheduled a bunch of DVR recordings and bf went in an deleted a bunch of shows he recorded because the boxes were getting full I guess. A bunch of his shows were reruns...

Shad - I hope the boisterous tenants aren't a regular thing for you. :crossed: RE revisiting the project from 2+ years ago, I do have some decent files and correspondence, so that's helpful. And we just called back some files from storage to look at. In fact, the boxes just arrived a few minutes ago and I'll pull out the folders we want so the boss and I can spend an hour looking through them for what we need. Awww, tiny baby Isaac. :bb: He does look like he's really focusing more than such a young baby normally does...

Ceejay - I sure hope your friend gets to a doctor - this seems like it's been going on for a while. Re the yoga workout - I'd have to stop when it came to the splits too!! And that was a beginner video??? :yikes:

Annie - I hope you're getting through this tough time with your brother and cousin's illnesses. We're here for you girl!! :hug: :grouphug:

Hi Susie!! Hope you're getting caught up at work and able to enjoy your holidays at home! :)

It was a rather slothful weekend for me given I should have been shopping so I could avoid a mad scramble today and tomorrow. Oh well...I did do a few loads of laundry and the requisite dog walks. I also made a batch of yummy spiced pecans - sugar, vanilla, cinnamon. Those'll be for tomorrow, and I'll probably make another batch to bring to the gathering on Wednesday.

The holiday potluck at the neighbor's house was very nice. Glad they resurrected it, and I hope it'll come back in future years.

I'm working today, and then be off work Tues - Thursday. I have to get going on my quarter-end work, so I plan to be in the office on Friday even though I'm sure I won't want to be!

Okay, I just know someone is probably typing over me, so I'll post and see who it was. TTFN!!


12-23-2013, 11:53 AM
Awww, Happy, what a nice Mel memory.:) I do recall reading about Jen painting the windows and the senior activities Mel always took the lead on. Re the painted windows - our local taqueria always has painted windows for all the holidays and bf and I thought it would be fun to have a big snowman painted on our big picture window for the holidays. We even asked the restaturant folks for the painter's phone number, but apparently he just shows up and paints, not on any arranged schedule. Too bad, would have been something different for the block. Maybe we should check out the internet to see how it's done, i.e., special paint, etc.

12-23-2013, 11:55 AM
And a big good morning from me. I'm sure everyone is rushing about getting ready for Santa tomorrow night. If I do get cards out, they will obviously be late. Sorry for that :^::o and thank you to those who have sent them out. I want to get to the store today to pick up a few things and then I have some laundry and tidying up. Would like to spend the time tomorrow and the next enjoying the time with the only "work" involving cooking. They asked me if I wanted to work the afternoon shift at the Thrift shop on the eve's this week and next and I said no. I hardly ever say no but I didn't want to and didn't see there being that much business worth staying open to be honest. Went out with the cousins last night - had a good time. Finally caught the cat drinking water out of the tree stand - guess that's why she's been gassy again. :rolleyes: My thoughts are already ahead to the new year and I'm ratting around some things that I want to do differently.

Michelle - good that you got moved in and you are settling in nicely with the new crew. Bummer that you had to do it the day before you had to go to work but sometimes that's how things work out. Don't envy you getting up early to catch the train. I have to say that not having to wake up to an alarm anymore is probably the thing I most enjoy about being retired. AND the thing that puts the brakes on about me getting another job when I am toying with the idea. Hope you have a good day.

Hi Ceejay - yes, I think it's going to be very quiet here this week. Is it quiet in your office too?

Happy travels Shad.

Hello to the rest of the Worldies :wave:

Guess I'll go make my grocery list. Have a good week people.

12-23-2013, 12:03 PM
Surprise! It's Me Laura typing over your head. :rofl:

I would think with the proliferation of kids painting sayings and such on their car windows that one could easily get some special paint to decorate. Painting the picture window sounds fun. I just remember they would have spray "snow" in the olden days and while that was pretty, it either flaked off or hardened to cement. I hope they've improved it over the years.

Your pecans sound yummy and I happen to have a bag sitting here so thanks for the idea!

Just wanted to wave hello :wave: catch you later.

:hug: to Annie and Susie.

12-23-2013, 12:11 PM
check this out Laura

12-23-2013, 12:20 PM
Happy - Glad you opted not to work on the holiday eves this week and next - I imagine it would be really slow those days. Lol re the cat drinking out of the tree stand - you might need to cover that with some of that sticky plastic wrap - Press N Seal??

The pecans are sooo delicious, and easy! Whisk together egg white and vanilla in one bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon in another; stir pecans into egg white mixture to coat, then in sugar to coat. Spread on greased cookie sheet, bake an hour in 250 oven, stirring every 15 min. I got my recipe on all recipes dot com.

Re the window painting, the paint the "pros" use has to be better than that spray stuff! We never used that stuff in our house as a kid, and bf and I finally bought some last year to try. Bf did it while I was out of the house and made a royal mess of it...I'd like to try it again myself, and I saw the can and stencil in one of our Christmas bins this weekend.

Oh, forgot to mention I did get the little tree set up, as well as the stockings and lighted garland for the mantel and more above the windows in the 3 season room. (I love looking out there and seeing the lights.) I'm underwhelmed by the little tree this year - not enough lights for me! Wonder if after Christmas would be a good time to shop for a 6-7 food SLIM prelit tree.

Okay, enough rambling, back to work.

12-23-2013, 12:23 PM
Thanks for the link Happy!! Maybe we'll experiment on our 3-season windows, LOL.

12-23-2013, 03:29 PM
Super quick post for me. I'm typing this while I'm on break at the SF job. I like it here. The people are very nice. My new boss will be out of the office this week and next, but she popped in to greet me. The rest of the team members will be getting me up to speed. My boss' boss delivered Christmas gifts to the team and even included me! I thought that was so sweet. In the gift bag was a small apple cinnamon jar candle (one of my fave fragrances), and a small jar of specialty honey with walnuts in it. Should be delish as a spread!!

The commute in was a breeze. I left the house at around 6:30, dropped Santa off at his new day care, and was at the train station by 7:20. The train was much more crowded than I thought it would be, but maybe they were running a shorter train (fewer train cars) due to the holiday week. I'm not sure. I used the train time to read e-mail on my phone. I also nodded off a bit. I arrived in SF at 8:15. The BART station is literally right in front of the building I'm in. NICE!! :woohoo: One of my teammates came down to the lobby to escort me past security. They'll have to do this for a week or two until I get my temporary access badge.

When I met with my boss briefly, she said that once I get building access I can set my hours to whatever suits me as long as I don't come in before 6:30 am and don't leave later than 6 pm. Due to the doggie day care situation, I'll probably end up working either 8-4:30 or 8:30 to 5. If I work until 5, I should be home by 6:30 unless I stop at the gym before picking up Santa.

I like it here. I just wish I could actually get down to working on the website, but I won't have access to most of the files for a couple weeks. *sigh*

Gotta get back to it.

Much love, many hugs and Merry Christmas Eve Eve!

12-23-2013, 06:17 PM
Glad you like the job in SF. How neat that the BART is right in front of the building. Couldn't ask for a better drop off.

I wish I could eat nuts. I love pecans. Kinda glad that I'm working on New Years Day next week. I can get out my reports and have them ready for the boss.

Good for you in not volunteering to work Christmas eve. I wish I didn't have to, but I'm hoping it will be calm. I know I'll have several phone calls about billing and trash pick up, but I'll just tell them to call back Thursday on the billing. Oh no, Nina drinking the tree water! I'd definitely put a guard around it of some kind.
I'm with you about switching some things around in my mind on what to do next year, especially for health reasons.

Safe travels. and enjoy the week.

I've done a bit of this and that today and time seems to drag on and on. Our department had lunch this morning at 11.15 a.m. It was good. I didn't eat the corn, turkey nor the potato salad. The dressing had to much sage--it was actually green, but good. The sweet potatoes and green beans were good also. And I didn't over eat.
I'm kinda surprised that the light office didn't call me. They usually have a Christmas party!!!

12-23-2013, 10:30 PM
Hi Everyone. I am replying on my Kindle. If you see spelling mistakes or things that don't make sense it is because I am not used to typing on it.

I am off work until Friday. I have 1 1/2 days left of vacation left so I am working half a day from home on Friday.

I worked today in the office and left early to go back to.the doctor. I am better with the cold and upper repository infection I had last week but not where I should be and I have a skin yeast infection in the belly area where my stomach hangs over a bit. I was so embarrassed to go about it because it happened due to my weight and size and not getting the skin good and dry.

My doctor was nice about it but told me it is past time to get some of this weight off. I need to loose about 120 lbs but she said she could bet that 30 to 40 lbs would be good for me. She said I need to focus on my health because I am getting close to 50 and it starts to get harder to turn things around. I know she is right. So ladies I need your support. I will not end 2014 at this weight. 40 lbs is my goal loss for this date 2014. I need a cheering section and I need tough love and held accountable.

The doctor did give me some meds both topical and internal to take for the skin issue.

Sorry not to do personals for everyone. I read 3 pages and got caught up on everyone.

Michelle thanks for the Christmas card. I hope the best job situation works out well for you. I have a question if you d o my mind. Who is D?

12-24-2013, 08:21 AM
Thank you girls. Merry Christmas eve/morn. Love to all

12-24-2013, 09:43 AM
Glad you are getting well. Thought you had skipped out. I really like my Surface 10 inch tablet. Believe me the doctor is right about the weight.

I enjoy the pictures you put up on FB.

I have already had one call about garbage pick up. There will not be any until Thursday. And I'm sure that there will be more. I'm thinking about doing only the office part of this job today and tomorrow.
Made brownies last night and they smelled so good. I did try one after they cooled down and brought some to work today to give to a co-worker.

12-24-2013, 12:22 PM
Good morning everyone.

Merry Christmas Eve except for Shad where it might already be close to Christmas Day itself.

Got a lot done yesterday, a few more things to do today and then I intend to spend the evening relaxing, watching the pretty tree or maybe watching a sappy movie with DH. We have a nice dinner planned. I just have to sharpen up the chef's knife and take another look on how to carve up and prep that beef tenderloin. We are supposed to get more snow today - up to 3 inches and it's the soft, dry, twinkly snow I like. However because it's so cold here right now, the salt and solutions they use on the roads are not effective so the roads are kind of slippery. DH has to go out and get more deer corn today but that's about the only trip out we have planned. I went to the grocery store yesterday - it was a pain. I imagine today is worse. I am actually looking forward to a quiet night home with the hubby. We haven't had too many Christmas' with just the two of us in our long run together and somehow I think he's been cheated for it. So I will lavish him with attention. Me and the cats :rofl:

Annie - sounds like you are feeling a bit better. So happy to hear it. Enjoy your family and cook up a storm woman. :hug:

Shad - hope you are enjoying your family too. I know this isn't your most favorite time of year but at least this one you get to see more friends and family than usual. :hug:

Michelle - good to hear the first day on the job worked out well. Boy did you luck out with the location of the office in terms of the train station. Score! :high: That will come in handy for sure! That was very nice that they including you in the gift bags too. Hope you have a nice Christmas in your new digs with your new roomies :hug:

Susie - glad I could tell you something you could maybe use or think about. I'm sorry about the skin issue. I am with you about refocusing for the new year ahead and totally willing to swap support and the tough love. They took some pictures at Humane Society events and I just hated to look at them. I have a big milestone birthday in April that I am not really looking forward to and will be off the mark on some goals I made last year in preparation for it. So enjoy this next week, after that we are kicking butt woman! :hug:

Ceejay - green dressing? Only if it's Green Goddess salad dressing :lol: I'm glad you had a nice luncheon at work. Sometimes it's the only time of year when people set aside the usual politics and sniping. Thank you about the pictures - this last set came out really good I think. I hope you don't get too many crazy calls at work - people always get confused about trash pick up on holiday weeks. Merry Christmas :hug:

Laura - thank you for the spiced nuts recipe. I am going to make a batch - they are so easy and I have some leftover cinnamon sugar to use. That's a great idea to try out the painting on the 3 season room windows first. I know the home improvement stores are having 50 percent off sales on decorations now - don't know if they will go even cheaper on the weekend. Guess you should look at the newspaper advertisements. Just be careful with the pre-lit trees. A lot of people were complaining that they worked for a year or two and then petered out. No way to fix the lights once they stop working so they had to toss out the whole thing. We have an annual raffle / auction of trees up here mid December. Whomever donates a fully decorated tree can designate the charity of their choice that receives the proceeds for their tree. Many ladies head to Hobby Lobby and such after Christmas to pick up their tree for the following year. Makes sense. You can probably beautifully decorate a big tree for less than 50 bucks. Anyway enjoy your lights and little tree :hug:

Merry Christmas Mel. I'm sure it's all a glow where you are now. Missing you a lot. :wreath::tree::ginger::clause: :hug:

And with that I will wish you all a Merry Christmas and go get busy myself.

oh... before I forget - Laura - here's the stuff I was trying so hard to remember that I said people would decorate their windows with. I thought it was Bon Ami brand.!Br3bqmQ!2k~$(KGrHqUH-CMEvF1Og1mtBL1f3iiUZ!~~_3.JPG

12-24-2013, 12:39 PM
My Mel Moment for the day.

Shad posted this September 30, 2005 after she looked at Mel's signature: Whhhhhhaaaaaaaatt is that on your weight tracker. Oh lord not Christmas already???? Mel always tried to sneak those things in under Shad's nose. :lol3:

And I just happened to see this also and thought it was nice. For a while there Mel was getting Ralph Marston daily affirmations in her email and occasionally she would share them with us.

Funny how ralphie Boy sent this this morning....I shared Ralph with Jen about an hour ago and decided to share him with you too. I just re-read it while drinking a coffee.......hope you have time for him too to all of us because we are survivors!!! Jen left with a smile and I have one too.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Look up

Look up from what you're doing and look around for a minute.
See what a beautiful world you're in.

Take your mind off the problems for a moment, and focus on
the positive possibilities. Consider how very much you are
able to do.

Turn your attention for a while away from the worries and
anxieties. Remind yourself of all your many blessings.

The direction of your focus is the direction your life will
move. Let yourself move toward what is good, valuable,
strong and true.

The things that fill your awareness are the things that will
fill your life and your world. So expand your awareness
beyond your own concerns and toward the best of what can be.

Look up and look confidently toward the highest vision you
can imagine. The moment you do, you're on your way there.

Ralph Marston

Merry Christmas to all :tree:

12-24-2013, 03:25 PM
Merry Christmas Eve ladies (and Merry Christmas Day, Shad)!

I'm on a quick break at work. I'm working a full day today and then going over to D's father's place for Christmas Eve dinner, which D is cooking. (Susie, D is my boyfriend who I just moved in with.) D is also cooking Christmas Day dinner at his father's place, but I am going over to my step-mom's on Christmas day to open gifts and have dinner there.

I don't have much time for personals since I'm at work...but I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

But I definitely am willing and wanting to kick butt and get serious about meeting some weight loss goals in 2014, so I'm right there with you Susie and Happy.

Sending much love and many hugs to all,

12-24-2013, 04:32 PM

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!!!

12-24-2013, 04:57 PM
You had to work ALL day today Michelle? That kind of stinks. Enjoy your dinner - I'm sure it will be delicious.

I would like this holiday stuff way better if it didn't involve so much cleaning :lol3: But I am almost done. The place looks sparkling and I searched for prime rib roast recipes earlier and found one that I think will provide a nice crust. I'll be popping that in the oven as soon as the floor finishes drying. Besides potatoes I'm trying to think of a nice side dish. DH does not like the fancier ones like roasted brussel sprouts or baked squash. Maybe just some jazzed up green beans. I am playing the radio and will have my fill of holiday songs by the end of the night. :lol:

Anyway ...

:xcheer: Merry Christmas dear Worldly Friends :tree: May you have joy and peace in your hearts.

And if you need any snow, just let me know ;) :snowglo:

12-24-2013, 05:02 PM
Merry Christmas, dear friends! I feel so blessed to have you in my life. :D

Happy - yes, I have to work all day...but after going nearly a month without working and without getting paid, I don't mind, especially since I don't have any plans until later anyway and the commute home from the BART station should be a breeze. I'm just SO grateful that I get a paid holiday for Christmas Day and New years day (something that's pretty much unheard of for contractors at least here in the States).

Happy Holly Jolly Days to all! :hohoho: :ginger: :clause:

12-25-2013, 05:28 AM
Evening all,

It's Christmas night here. We had out main meal at lunch. The DS1 cooked snags (chicken and mushroom sausages) and Marinated chicken and we had prawns as an entrée. BIG ONES. All of the above with salad. I am still full this evening and I do not want anything else to eat. It has also been fairly hot and I probably am somewhat dehydrated which will make for a sad tummy tomorrow no doubt.

I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas eve and a great day tomorrow. I'll be back as soon as I get myself together again. And I will be in a challenge of any description to lose this flab asap.

12-25-2013, 09:26 AM
Merry Christmas
Don't feel to bad for working yesterday. I did too. And today I might add. But since I don't have family here I'd much rather be working to keep myself occupied.

The roast sounds good.

Glad to hear from you.

Susie and Annie
Hope your day is filled with joy.

Like I mentioned before I'm at work. Yesterday wasn't to bad. I did have several phone calls but that made time pass by quickly. When I got home the package from my niece was by the door. It was a sweat shirt with piano keys on the front. I'm wearing it this morning and had my co-worker make my picture and messaged it to her. They are probably still asleep in California. My sister is their also so she called me last night too. She had mailed me a gift card from Kohl's
My friend texted me last night to say that she went to the ER last night. Her sister took her. They gave her a saline IV, she was dehydrated and took blood. She will know more when the blood results come back.

12-25-2013, 12:46 PM
Merry Christmas, my friends!

After work yesterday, I had a lovely Christmas Eve dinner with D's family. He and I will be going over to my step-mom's later.

Shad - I hope your tummy doesn't get too upset with the heat and dehydration.

Ceejay - I hope your work day is quiet, but that the time passes quickly. The sweatshirt from your niece sounds very nice. I'll keep your friend in my prayers.

Sending much love and Merry Christmas hugs to all,

12-25-2013, 01:39 PM
From Mel...


Merry Christmas to you too dear Mellie. Sending some good thoughts back to you also. Hope you are happy in your new home. :grouphug:

12-25-2013, 01:51 PM
Good morning ladies,

:wreath: Merry Christmas to everyone. :tree:Hope you all had a nice Eve and a lovely day today.

We have snow (but no mistletoe) and it's still softly snowing. Enough already with the snow machine! I'm sure the snowmobilers will be delighted - this new powder is much better than the icy base. My prime rib roast last night came out perfectly. A bit more rare than I would prefer but for a change, DH got it as he liked and with a bit on the rare side, the remaining 2 pieces will reheat nicely. After dinner I watched one of my favorite movies and one that I have not seen in a long, long time. Lilies of the Field with Sidney Poitier. So old it was made in black and white. But a wonderfully funny and uplifting movie to watch for Christmas. Was thinking about cracking open the wine bottle I had chilling in the refrigerator but then decided to save it for another day. I might take a stab at it today but then I do have to work tomorrow. Talked to my Mom and sister. We all had a quiet Christmas this year. Not such a bad thing and it was nice not having to worry about going out in the bad weather.

I did get the house decorated and I must say after lighting a few candles last night, with the glow of the tree and the fireplace, it was really pretty. I was debating about just sitting in the recliner with a glass of wine, Christmas music playing and just enjoying the scene but I had already started streaming the movie so I may savor the scenery for tonight.

I guess I'm going to have to go out and help DH clear the snow. We had to have gotten at least 4 inches overnight. He went walking out in the woods yesterday - said the snow is 24 inches - 2 feet high so I'd have difficulty maneuvering (just like the poor turkeys). We have a lot of broken tree branches because the poor things have been stressed out with the heavy snow. But he did get some lovely pictures I have shared on FB.

Guess that's about it. I am wishing you all a very lovely day. Hope you are surrounded by love and family and friends and good things in your life. Merry Christmas my friends :grouphug:

12-25-2013, 02:39 PM
Merry Christmas to all my Worldly friends!

Happy - Thanks for the Mellie posts. That Ralph M. one was very nice. Your dinner sounds fantastic! My nephew that has a culinary degree is making dinner tonight, so I have high expectations! :D. We've been getting light snows lately, though the news folks like to make an inch or two sound like a blizzard. :rolleyes:

Ceejay - people actually phone you on holidays wanting to know about trash pickup???!!! Huh. Hope it's quiet for you. Nice gifts!! Sorry your friend is in the hospital, but at least she's getting needed treatment.

Susie - I'm with you and the rest of us here about committing & re-committing to our weight loss goals for 2014!! Let's do it. I'm going to get back to exercise tomorrow with a visit to the gym. :)

Shad- Sounds like a holiday feast , but I can see how the hot humid weather could not mix with a heavy meal. Have some fizzy water to settle your belly.

Hi Annie!! :wave:

Michelle - How cool the BART station is right at your office door! Enjoy the rest of your holiday - nice you get the paid holidays.
Our Christmas Eve dinner with bf's mom was nice & tasty. We decided on ribs & baked corn casserole. Not light or healthy by any means, but we rarely have that casserole. And I did have green beans with it!!

We also lit our luminaria with rest of the block - so pretty! :)

I watched the news and part of a hallmark movie and that was it.

Today I watched the rest of the movie and then the 2 hour psych episode i dvr'd a while back. Got my dose of silliness, that's for sure.

been reading a bit while the eggs boiled. Now it's time to make the deviled eggs to bring for dinner. Better get at it.

I'll leave you all with my wish to you for peace, health, love & happiness on this holiday and through the New Year.

12-25-2013, 05:56 PM
Work day today has been very quiet. I did have two call out's for sewer problems. No big deal, just hated to have to call the stand by man.
Just an update, my friend went to the ER. She's not in the hospital but at her sister's.
Boss and his wife just startled me coming up the stairs. They brought my Christmas dinner. I've eaten a piece of cake. Shame on me.
I'm with the rest of you on resetting my weigh loss goals. I need to do this form me.
I'll ride the bike tonight when I get home.

Yes, they do call about garbage pick up even though it's been in the paper. A lot of us including myself don't buy this rinky dink paper for all the news is at least a week old.

12-25-2013, 08:59 PM
Morning all,
Hope you all had a good Christmas day, didn't eat too much or drink too much. And that you all got what you wanted or deserved from Santa.
I think I told you we had prawns and today I will cook scallops in a sauce meuniere - sort of butter and lemon juice. Probably I will get to eat most of them because DS1 is vegetarian, and M is a fussy eater but that's okay. It's not often I buy fresh scallops because they are so expensive. But they are just about the ultimate fast food - heat up the frypan to smoking, add a spray of oil and a dash of butter, pour in the scallops, toss once and pour out of the pan. About 3 minutes and they are done. They go with most things like bacon, lettuce, lemon or lime, rice, stir fry, risotto or paella. YUM.

Happy - the standing rib sounded so nice. I nearly came over for it, but I would have had to bring Miss S and that means her ma and da as well - and I don't think you would have appreciated that much.
Thanks for the Mel thought. I hope Jen and Richie are doing okay. I haven't heard from them. I did send my Christmas letter with a note. I wish I knew a phone number. I'd love to give them a ring.

Laura - sounds like you have had a nice quiet time. Guess the neighbourhood is looking pretty with all the lights. Definitely time to recommit to goals. I won't be back to exercise until I get back to Wellington on the 1st. So from the 2nd it will be all on again. I might redo half of that ABs exercise. Haven't got time for all of it, but some is okay.

Ceejay - glad to hear that they are not keeping you overly occupied at this time. A couple of calls must be a bit of a miracle. Usually the poor stand by bloke gets called out for stupid reasons often.

Michelle - enjoy the feast and company. For next year we recommit to our diets and exercise.

Annie - hope life is treating you with care and love. You do so much for others. Time to have them waiting on you for a change - and it gives you a chance to heal. Have fun surrounded by rubber balls and bubble wrap. No more falls for you this year.

Susie. Hope you have a great day with the family. Guess we will hear about it in time. I hope you can show us some pictures.

Okay - that's about it. We were supposed to do a lot of things today, but as per normal, there is little organisation and the time that should be used to achieve things (when S is asleep) is being used to watch some old rerun of Friends on tv. No wonder they say there isn't enough time in a day. DS1 gets to doing things and is currently taking a shower and a shave, bub is asleep. I'm deciding what to eat for lunch if we ever get to it. We may get to walk down to the beach today, but then again we may not. M is trying to push DS1 into spending his gift cards but he is wanting to do research on a few things first. A row may or may not be brewing. But whatever I will be getting some exercise today. I have an 'elimination' problem (I am trying to be polite and not upset Happy here) if I don't move, eat properly and drink enough. I haven't been doing too well on any of the above since I came over. It is probably to hot to go out in the midday sun just yet, but I will be moving along as soon as it starts to cool down.

Gotta go. Have fun and get on with life. You only live it once.

12-26-2013, 12:29 AM
wave::wave:Merry Christmas everyone. We had a very nice Christmas lunch with our friends who are like family. We do Christmas together every year. I took deviled eggs, a ham, rolls and cookies. My friend made baked beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and beef and noodles and a bananna cream pie.

We eat lunch at 1 then we watch movies and then have leftovers. It is always a relaxing time. The movies we watched today were The Heat and Superman.

I am so excited to see that we are all ready to get back on track with our weight loss. I think I am going to my Leslie Sansone walking dads the next few days before I get back to the Y and work gym. Also I am going to restart using my Fitness pal tomorrow. Is anyone else on My Fitness Pal.

Happy, it sounds as if you had a white Christmas. We had so much snow here all of December and it melted last week and we had no snow this week. I am not a big fan of it but it would have been nice to have a white Christmas.

Shad, did you get a walk in on the beach?

CJ I hope your friend is getting good care and back to good health. Did you ride the bike today

Laura, I love the Hallmark movies. Which one did you recently watch?

Hi Annie and Michelle !

12-26-2013, 12:29 AM
I just want to wish everyone a good, peaceful Christmas night.

I've got a bit more website work to do for the nonprofit (that really should've been done last weekend, but I was moving).

Much love to all,

12-26-2013, 08:25 AM
Good Morning Everyone....

All and all it was a very enjoyable Christmas eve at my house with family and friends. Lil man got a little police car that makes all the noises of a police car. You would of thought that was the only gift he received. He carried it around all night. Dinner was chicken and noodles, mashed tators, greenbeans, salad, rolls, dressing (regular and oyster,bleh), apple pie and I made a sugar free banana split cake that no one could tell it was sugar free and all loved it. The only thing that might of had a bit of sugar was the graham crust on the bottom. Curtis was very generous to me with a digital video recorder, cookbook, gift cards, lottery scratch offs, and a few other things. The kids came through very nicely also. Yesterday C and I spent the day watching movies, taking naps and eating leftovers. Today back to work, and at the moment I am the only one here. Kind of eerie.

Glad everyone had a very nice holiday. I, too, am going to focus on this weight loss. It is getting rediculous.

Make it a great day all.

Loves and hugs..

12-26-2013, 08:28 AM
Oh and I forgot the big news. Samantha and Chris got engaged yesterday. He surprised her with the ring and question, of course she said yes. Five years later, a baby and one on the way, um yeah, it is time. I asked Chris how many boxes of crackerjacks he had to eat to get the ring, he said 5 years worth. lol.

12-26-2013, 09:11 AM
Good morning. I am off work today and my plans are to pay some bills, take down the tree and other Christmas decorations. I will leave out some of the snowmen though. Also have laundry to do.

I will also do my walking DVD today and I want to sit and write a couple of letters. That should make for a full day.

Hi Annie, I am glad you had a nice Christmas. The engagement sounds exciting for your family.

Have a great day everyone. I might pop back in later this evening.

12-26-2013, 11:33 AM
Morning all
No I didn't ride the bike. In fact I fell asleep on the couch. I'm like you I'm going to take down what little Christmas decorations I have up and put them away, do laundry and then a trip to Walmart.

Seems like the police car was what the lil man wanted. Too cute for sure. And congrats to Sam and Chris on their engagement. Yesterday was a little odd to me. Felt like a Sunday cause no one was there.

Have you decided upon which job you are going to take?

Need to get started on my chores for today. Not really wanting to do any thing. I half way have a headache but that will soon pass.

12-26-2013, 11:38 AM
I understand you completely about the "movement" thing. Since the last bout with the diverticulitis, I've had to watch my food intake and eat smaller meals. From now on it's cooked food only with possibly a salad and apple along the way.

12-26-2013, 12:53 PM
Super quick post....just to say Happy Boxing Day!

I hope those that are having tummy issues feel better soon.

Susie - I hope you get all the things done that you want to.

Annie - Sounds like a great Christmas! I'm so happy for Samantha and Chris!! :D

To answer Ceejay's question...I've decided to take the SF job. The commute on BART isn't bad at all (hopefully it will still be so good after New Year's. And I hope the commute to/from the train station stays good as well. The money with the SF job is better, and I like the Benefits starting Day 1...and that it's not just a 4 month contract. :D

Hope you all have a great day!!

Much love to all,

12-26-2013, 01:29 PM
Good morning girls,

Happy Boxing Day. Actually boxing day for me was 2 days ago when I finally busted up all the boxes from recent deliveries that were clogging up the dining area and DH hauled them out to the garage until he takes a run to the recycling place.

Yesterday was a quiet day. We got about 5 inches of new snow. And it's snowing again today. :rolleyes: I got hungry about 2pm and so was DH. It was sort of late for lunch and kind of early for supper. They did have a promotion at the casino for loyalty card members for a free buffet - and the monthly specialty buffets they put on are really, really nice. DH said we had gotten too much snow to go out and he preferred not to. So I defrosted some pre-cooked shrimp and opened a bottle of cocktail sauce. I had some TGI Friday's brand potato skins I popped in the oven and grabbed a big hunk of the rare prime rib roast I made the night before. Sautéed that in the pan with a bit of garlic butter and seasonings just to make the "bits" that create the base for the sauce. Crusted the meat on both sides and removed it to a plate. Added a bit of cream and some Dijon mustard to deglaze the pan and slowly cooked the sauce to thicken it a bit. Sliced the beef into "steak bit" sized chunks which we had with the mustard cream and also a horseradish dipping sauce. It was a light brunch but quite tasty. Told DH there was his surf and turf Christmas dinner and he said he enjoyed it immensely. :D He was going to clean the snow but it kept snowing so he decided to wait it out and went up on the computer while I sat in a chair and enjoyed the fireplace and the Christmas tree. Afterwards he went out to plow and the deer parade came walking down the driveway. 9 deer in single file. By then it was dark and he had turned on the lights on the garage and man cave so he could plow. Those lights on the white snow really cast a lot of light. He set out some food for them and they were really enjoying it - especially the special package of cherry cobbler bird seed I had purchased for them just as a Christmas treat. He said he put that seed down next to corn piles and they went specifically to each cobbler pile, ate every single seed and left the corn for some other less fortunate bloke. :rofl: We have to set out about 5 piles across the yard because they do fight - particularly 2 sets of mommas with their youngin's. He came in the house to tell me what was going on but was eager to get back to work outside. I told him to wait 15 minutes to let them eat and then go about his business. He did just that. Much to his amazement (and delight) when he started shoveling again they paid him no mind and actually pranced around him as he worked. He was even able to start up the snowblower and walk around and they still stayed which amazed me. He came in all excited like a little kid. He said that we had 2 great dinners, it was nice and quiet, he didn't have to drive all over and the cherry on the sundae (or should I say Wednesday :s ;) :lol: ) was having the deer prance all around him like he was one of their own. He said it was just the perfect Christmas for him. Which was nice :hug: I watched the movie Steel Magnolias which believe it or not, I had never seen before. I had recorded the colorized version of the I Love Lucy Christmas show but for some reason, that didn't take and I had to delete 1 hour of a blank tv screen.

My poor sister on the other hand was missing me (as I was her) and was dealing with my less than cooperative Mum. My sister unfortunately has to be the food police because my mom will eat all the sweets and ignore the tasty food my sister worked so hard to make. Sis said that she noticed that my mom makes a very pointed attempt to avoid anything my sister cooks low sodium or healthy for her. :rolleyes: Mom was going for something last night which had she eaten it that late, would have resulted in her being up most of the night being sick. So Sis reminded her of that (gently) and offered other suggestions instead. To that Mom got mad, said she "wasn't hungry" and gave her the silent treatment all night. :mad: This is becoming more typical behavior for her sadly. Sis and I were trading messages and advice on FB last night. :^:

Annie - congrats on Sissy getting engaged! That's nice that C overcame his reluctance and realized that not all women are out to burn him. You must have been thrilled. Loved the cute story of Lil Man and his police car. How cute that they pick something and pour all their love into it. Just hard to figure out what that attraction is, isn't it? :lol: Sounds like you had a very nice holiday. Today you are - as my niece said on Tuesday - The Captain of The Ghost Ship at the office today. :rofl: Enjoy your reign. Give the peasants some treats :lol: I am about to head to the thrift shop myself shortly.

What's with all of you taking down your decorations already? There's still another week of holiday! :lol:

Susie - we have more than enough snow to share. We are well over 28 inches on the ground so far. Our first snow never had a chance to melt and it just keeps 'a coming. So pop over if you want some and bring a truck with you :lol: Sounds like you had a nice time with your friends. Good food and fun. I am going to start my exercise with yoga to get me in the habit of moving and do those stretches I seem to need a lot lately. I am waiting for my new yoga mat to air out - it smells badly of new plastic but they said it will dissipate. Right now it's between the outside and storm door off the laundry room. What is My Fitness Pal?

Michelle - hope you had a nice dinner with the stepmum and got to work on your website stuff.

Shad - come on over - I'm sure S will love playing in the snow. Just bundle her up. I'm sure we can find a makeshift sled and you'd love walking the lanes out here. I have boots and coats to lend out. Sounds like you had an interesting time as always with the DS and M. Is the baby starting to talk yet? I don't mind people talking about potty stuff - just like sex or other body stuff - let's not get too graphic ;) I think there is far too much cheese this time of year which tends to stuff people up! :lol: And I'll share my roast if you save me some of those yummy prawns and scallops. Love seafood!!!

Laura - how was the nephew's dinner? Up to your culinary expectations? The luminarias must have been lovely. How many people participated?

Ceejay - how nice that the boss brought you Christmas dinner! What a nice surprise - hope it was tasty.

Sorry to be so short - I looked at the time and I need to get ready and out the door. Will be back later.

12-26-2013, 05:42 PM
Happy - What a lovely special day for your DH! How cool it must've been to see the deer prancing around with him so nearby! I too would've been as giddy as a little kid had I seen that! The prime rib pieces in mustard cream sauce sound so yummy!! We had a very nice dinner with my step-mum, and I got home in time to finish my freelance website work, which was good. My Fitness Pal is a neat app that you can use online or on a smartphone to track food AND exercise.

Gotta get back to work. I'll try and check in this evening!

Love and hugs,

12-26-2013, 07:13 PM
Afternoon all. It was so nice having the day off to do almost nothing.

Yesterday was nice. My nephew made dinner at his aunt's house and we all enjoyed his beef tenderloin, asparagus, and mashed potatoes. We also enjoyed the cookies my SIL and her sis baked, as well as the home baked cheesecake my sister & BIL brought. I was told my deviled eggs were tasty. I didn't care for them myself as much as others I've had. This recipe had whole grain mustard, cider vinegar and Worcestershire sauce in them along w/ the usual mayo & egg yolk. I'll try another recipe next time.

Michelle - Sounds like you had a nice day with your stepmom. Is your step bro still going to South America? I'm glad you like the SF job!!

Happy - Yum, your lunch sounded delish. My nephew made a horseradish sauce to go with the beef tenderloin and it was wonderful - not too strong for me. How fun that must have been for dh to be amongst the deer prancing around and you seeing it!! :) Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday. Sorry to hear your sister was having difficulties with your mom...just trying to keep her feeling good. I have to say I feel like I could make a meal out of pure junk food of the salty and sweet variety, but it doesn't take me long to get tired of that and long for "real food".

Susie - Sounds like a nice meal spent with your friends. I hope you enjoyed your day off. Nice you can work from home tomorrow, and only a half day - yay!!!

Ceejay - Wow, you and Susie taking down your Christmas decorations already!!?? Because I was so late with putting up ours, I'll keep them up until at least after New Year's Day.

Annie - Sounds like you had an eventful holiday. So cute the li'l guy loved that toy!! :D And congrats to DS and her DH-to-be on their engagement.

Shad - Yum, scallops. They sure are expensive, but so tasty! I hope "all systems are go" concerning your digestive tract, don't want to feel badly during what should be a nice family visit. Speaking of family, I hope there was a plan to do something special during your time there. The beach is sounding really good to me right now. Which makes me think of wearing a swimsuit and in turn makes me think of printing off both the ab and squat challenge forms and try to work both to some degree starting very soon given my cruise is coming up in a little over a month now. I'll modify both of the challenges just to get me some core and lower body work going until I get my heinie back in the gym mode.

Today I was lazy til mid-morning, then went to Walmart. Not much I wanted from the Christmas clearance, as it turns out, but I need some "female supplies" so I was there anyway to at least look. Stopped at Aldi, and then the thrift shop. Bought a Christmas ornament, a pair of brown corduroy pants and a brand new sweatshirt with the tags still on it, all for $6 and change. Can't wait to get the sweatshirt washed up - it's a lovely raspberry color with a V-neck.

Watched a movie, walked doggy, shoveled snow (we didn't get much) and that brings me up to date. Off to eat dinner. TTFN gals!

12-26-2013, 08:50 PM
Hi. Successful day here. I got the house back to normal and also cleaned out a cabinet.

I didn't get my walking DVD done but with all the dusting and sweeping and mopping and such I feel I got a pretty good workout in.

I just finished eating dinner (leftover pasta dish from O Charlies when we ate there Sunday evening with friends).

I logged everything into My Fitness Pal and I am in my range for the day.

I am about to hit the shower, relax with a book and get to bed earlier than I have been.

Laura: your thrift shop purchases sound lovely.

Michelle I think you made the right decision with the job. Doesn't it feel good to have that settled?

Happy: I broke down boxes today as well so they can g with the recycling.
Michelle explained My Fitness Pal. I find it helpful because I can put my food in right from my smart phone and see where I am in my allotted calorie range for the day.

I found 3 yoga stretches I think would be helpful to me if I did them daily. They take about 10 minutes to do so I will start doing them and pretend we are doing yoga together.

Ceejay I hope your headache passed and you got those decorations put away.

See you all tomorrow

12-27-2013, 08:42 AM
Good Friday--> Payday. Yeah!!

Picked up the living room and kitchen last night from the Christmas diaster. Tonite I will take down the tree and box up all the holiday stuff. Stopped by Sissy's last evening and she already had her house back in order. Lil rat! We watched "Man of Steel" over the holiday. I was not much into it, too much fighting going on for me. I am a lover not a fighter. Last night was leftover homemade chicken and noodles and I made C a grill cheese. He could live off of grill cheese. Too much bread for me so I just ate a small bowl of soup. My calories were excellent yesterday, under 1000 for sure. Breakfast and lunch were 420 total. Trying to get a head start on this better eating, exercising plan before the new year. I pray the Lord is with me all the way, cause I need every bit of help I can get. sound like a cleaner like I am. I can especially clean like crazy if I am upset. I should really try yoga also as I have many aches and pains that would probably benefit from it.

LAURA...good for you on relaxing and taking it easy for a change. You are always doing something. The nephew's dinner sounded delish. I love horseradish in food. I even like Arby's horsey sauce. lol glad you chose the SF job. I just sounded more inviting to me than the others. Glad your move went smoothly and you are fitting in like a glove. Hugs

HAPPY...oh how fun DH got to play with the deer. Reminds me when we used to live out in the sticks. The deer used to come right up to our back porch and we could stand at the door and watch them. They seemed a little on the tame side of things too. It is the small things in life that make us the happiest. Sorry to hear you momma is giving your sis a little bit of a hard time.

CEEG....nice that your boss brought you your dinner to work. Hope your headache as gone away by now. Feel better.

SHADDIE.....MELLIE and I always had PMs about Hope things are moving right along for you. lol. How is lil Miss S? Growing like a weed I am sure. Safe travels girlfriend.

Once again, I am the only one here so far, kind of getting used to it and liking it. Next week is back to the norm. Bleh.

Have a wonderful Friday/eve.

Love and hugs

12-27-2013, 11:04 AM
Good morning. I'm working from home this morning. I'm almost caught up with my work emails--well at least reading them and flagging them for action.

I only have to work until noon--sure if nice to sit on the couch in my pj's and work. ;)

We will be seeing my brother and his partner and their two boys later this evening to open gifts and have dinner. One of my cousins from CA is also in for the holiday's and she is going to meet us at my brothers' so we can all spend some time together. I'm excited! :carrot:

After I get done with work, I WILL do my walking DVD, then get a shower, maybe write a letter and get it in the mail and then it will be time to head to my brothers. I think I could get used to this routine as long as the pay stayed the same! lol

Annie: :hug: I love knowing other cleaners...we get each other! When I clean, I feel better mentally.
Wanted to ask you, how you can have energy when eating no more than 1000 calories? I just couldn't do that. I have always been told that a person shouldn't go under 1200?

Hi to the rest of the Wordly Chics...I hope to again check in later today and see how everyone is.

Have a great Friday!

12-27-2013, 11:52 AM was only the first day and I am sure I had enough in my body from the holidays to have enough energy. lol. I have always been told the 1200 cal a day thing also. From previous dieting, I just know I lose better keeping it at 1000. I suppose if I moved more, I would require more. I do not like exercising, as all the other worldlie chickies know. Cleaning...yes...I can scrub the heck out of a bathtub when I am upset. It does make me feel mentally better when my place is clean. Where in Ohio do you live?

12-27-2013, 11:53 AM
Morning all.

Susie - Before you know it, it'll be noon and your weekend begins!! :carrot: I could certainly get used to working half days - or working three days a week. Someday perhaps. When I'm "retired", LOL. :lol: Enjoy the day with your brother & his family and your CA cousin. :)

Annie - Yay for paydays, especially after Christmas, lol. Yeh, I recall Man of Steel having all those fight scenes, and I didn't particularly like them - waaay too many of them, and I also didn't care for the way they were filmed. I love grilled cheese sandwiches!! Re the 1000 calories - I have the same question as Susie - how do you do it? It just wouldn't be enough for me! Unless I was eating tons of fruit and veg - I guess that would be filling enough to keep the headaches at bay.

Hellos to the rest of the Worldlies!! Have a great day. :)

Temps will be milder today, and tomorrow too. So I guess our snow will melt. I don't mind that at all! :D Our big oak tree in back still has leaves and has been dropping them bit by bit. Once the snow melts we'll have some soggy leaves on the lawn and patio. Bleh.

Shame on me, I didn't exercise yesterday, but I did take doggy for a nice long walk, and I did shovel the small amount of snow we got on Wed/early Thurs. So I got a bit of activity in.

I'm pretty happy to have a free weekend coming up! Tomorrow is a holiday party given by a couple we know. Honestly, in the past I haven't really enjoyed that gathering much... Bf actually has other plans that will require his early departure from this party, so he has already made excuses for me to be absent - the logistics work out better that way. Besides, the next weekend will be a surprise birthday party for the wife, so we'll see them then.

Sunday we were supposed to go to bf's bro's house for his side of the family's holiday gathering. BF did not respond to the invitation personally - his mother relayed his rsvp. Guess what - last night his brother texted bf that he shouldn't bother coming, taking offense that bf didn't care enough to respond personally. Sigh. This is the brother that used to be a nice, normal person and is now a superficial, materialistic jerk. His daughter has even unfriended him on fb - he can spend oodles of [his wife's] money on his clothes, shoes, gadgets, and golf crap, but won't help out his daughter, who's a single mom to 2 kids living out of state. The way he's changed is really sad when you think about it... Anyway, this is another gathering I wasn't too thrilled about attending, except to have the opportunity to see other members of the family. I feel bad for bf, who was looking forward to seeing his two nieces (his other brother's kids). I guess we'll arrange something separately with the other brother. Sigh.

Well, that was depressing. Anyway, I better get back to work. Everyone have a good day.

12-27-2013, 11:58 AM
LAURA...I understand the brother thing. I have one of those in Illinois like that. Bleh on them. His wife did the Christmas cards and wrote in mine. Having fun in the Phillipines. Love it. Like rub salt in the wound. First her english sucks, they HAD fun in the Phillipines instead of going to dad's funeral. You know that story...anyway, bleh on them.

12-27-2013, 12:36 PM
Good morning ladies,

I have to keep this brief. I came into work early so I could leave a bit earlier. I'm getting together with friends tonight to play poker...really small stakes, the most anyone really wins or loses for the whole night is $5. We just mostly play for the fun of it.

My step-bro is going to start his drive to Belize either tomorrow or Sunday. I'm hoping for Sunday so I can see him once more before he goes.

D is getting prepared for a big bridge tournament that he both participates in and coordinates. He's been playing bridge since he was a kid and really enjoys it. The tournament is in Monterey and since it runs from morning until late night each day, he'll be staying there for a week starting Monday.

I'm going to spend time this weekend getting settled in.

Laura - sorry that bf's brother is being such a jerk.

Annie - Your brother and his wife are a real piece of work too. Bleh.

Sorry I don't have more time for personals...gotta get back to it.

Love and hugs,

12-27-2013, 05:36 PM
How rude of the bf's brother. I would do the same thing with my sister though if she did me that way. How ridiculous is that any way. I'd say taking the doggie for a long walk was plenty of exercise.

1000 calories would cut it for me for sure. But I do need to decrease my food intake a bit more. I do better losing weight at 1400 calories and then I feel as though I'm starving. I like to call cleaning exercise too. IO can work up a sweat at times.

Yesterday I did take down the Christmas decorations, did the laundry and cleaned the bathroom and kitchen. But didn't even look in the office. Today
I've cleaned the living room and my bedroom. I'm thinking about starting in the office. I also rode the bike for 20 minutes and then did 10 minutes of strength. I also went to pick up my rx's that needed to be refilled.
It's a beautiful day. My jacket was to warm. Also stopped and filled up the tank the RAV4. Ughhh, Annie I didn't that low price this time! It was 3.26 per gallon.
Hellos' to Annie, Shad, Happy and Susie :wave:

12-27-2013, 11:25 PM
No poker game for this chick tonight. I knew by lunch time that there was NO way I'd be able to stay awake until 11:30 and then be safe to drive. D was really sweet and offered to drive me to the game and pick me up afterward (he doesn't play poker...he prefers card games like bridge). But I told him that I just wasn't up to it.

Tomorrow, I'm going over to my step-mom's to see my step-brother one last time before he heads to Belize. I'm hoping to get there later this year or next year.

Sunday, it's the big winner take all Packer-Bear game. The winner will will the NFC North Division...the loser goes home. Thankfully, the Packers will have their starting QB back. I know, I know...the Bears fans on this thread outnumber the Packer fans. Anyway, I hope it's a good game, with no injuries. I'm going to a Packer bar to watch the game with other Packer fans.

Sending much love to all of you. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

It's time for this chick to shower, get some jammies on and watch It's a Wonderful Life (that I DVRed from a few days ago).

12-28-2013, 11:23 AM
This is going to be brief. I'm getting ready to go to my uncles for the week end.
Actually got a few things done in the office. Think I'm going to set up the computer again so I can play some games I have on that one. My tablet has dominoes which I do like to play but get tired of it after a while.
Sounds like most of us are getting things back in order. My mind is always more relaxed when I have a clean house.
Need to finish packing for the week end.

I rode the bike again for 20 minutes and did 15 minutes of strength. I'm only using 2 pound weights but can already tell the difference.

12-28-2013, 11:24 AM
Your mention of chicken and noodles makes me want chicken and dumplings. I'm going to try my hand at making dumplings when I get back Sunday.

12-28-2013, 01:09 PM
Morning all,

Didn't get in here yesterday - peeked a bit but we had a bunch of stuff to do so I didn't get back in. And I wound up with a marathon 3 hour on the phone session with my Mom and sister - no way did I want to be on that long and it killed the entire evening.

Woke up today and everything hurts like I took a major beating. In fact pain woke me up early today. We are in warmer weather yesterday and today and then it's dropping like a rock tonight and we're going into the deep freeze again for a week. That should be fun (not) as all the mushy snow refreezes again. I'm thinking the weather is a big factor in my aches and pains.

I popped a few aspirin and waiting for them to kick in before we run out to the store to pick up a few things.

I'll have to come back later for personals. Enjoy your weekend ladies.

12-28-2013, 09:07 PM
Peeking too. Will try to get back later today. We are out to lunch shortly.

12-28-2013, 09:52 PM
Good Saturday evening ladies,

I've finally got all my clothes and books unpacked. Now there's just a few odds and ends that I really need to find or create a space to store. D just got home from work and now he's replacing the garbage disposal so that hopefully our kitchen sink will be useable again.

I ran some errands this afternoon, and took Santa to the dog park, then went over to my step-mom's to hang out with my step-brother. He's leaving early in the morning for his long drive.

Tomorrow, I'm going to take Santa to the dog park in the morning, then drop him off at the groomers so he can get a bath and haircut while I'm watching the game. Then I'm getting together with a friend for dinner.

Ceejay - I hope you are having a nice time at your uncle's.

Happy - The more I hear about the bitter cold and tremendous amounts of snow the midwest is already getting, the more I realize I made the right decision to move back to CA. While the scenery and natural beauty in Wisconsin sure beats Silicon Valley, I am truly a California girl.

Annie - Can you please share the chicken and noodles recipe? With D leaving for Monterey for a week, I've got to cook for myself. Oh the horror! :rofl:

A big :wave: to Shad, Susie and Laura! I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend.

Love and hugs,

12-28-2013, 10:14 PM
Hi girls. Posting from the tablet so will be short

Got the house back in order. Tree out in the fire pit wood stack.

Chelle....noodles are a couple of eggs mixed with chicken broth, salt and pepper then add flour till rollable. Roll out flat. Then roll up, cut and string out in noodles. I cook a whole chicken in my pressure cooker, debone put back in broth add water if not enough broth bring to boil add noodles. Big process. Slow boil till noodles r done and broth is thick.

Happy...yikes what is going on with momma. Just being stubborn? One day you will wish it all back.

Hi Shaddie, Laura, Ceeg and Susie

I hope my getting tired is a sign I may get some sleep tonite. One can only hope.

Loves and hugs

12-28-2013, 11:16 PM
I'm posting again tonight from my uncles.
Had a good visit with the uncles at lunch and didn't overdo. But something I ate didn't agree with me. I did have a fried chicken leg, so fried foods may have to go but it could have been the black pepper also. I may go back to the very strict diet for diverticulitis and see if this will help.

I'll think about you fixing noodles tomorrow. I'm going to try my hand at making dumplings. I didn't realize that one could drive to Belize. Will he have some major highways or will they mainly be gravel/dirt roads. Just curious.

For some reason I'm exhausted. Think I'll go to bed a little early tonight.
No formal exercise today. But did some walking around in a couple of stores. Bought a couple of new tops.
My aunt gave me some pictures that she had of us girls when we were little. One of them was awesome. I'm almost sure that mom had just come home from the hospital with my baby sister. She looked tired and was in her pajamas and robe. My sister's birthday is next month so in her birthday card I'm sending her a copy of this photo.

12-28-2013, 11:38 PM
Hello. It was a full day for me. I cleaned the kitchen and bathroom and did 3 loads of laundry. DH cleaned out his closets and his dresser.

We then headed to the movies to see Saving Mr. Banks. It was a great movie. Had dinner out. I had a fall harvest salad and a cup of French Onion soup. YUMMY.

I did get my walking DVD in yesterday but not today. I plan to do another walk on the DVD tomorrow. I would like to get up and get it done before I get ready for church. I plan to take a nap tomorrow.

Ceejay: i hope you get to feeling better so you can continue to have a nice visit with your Uncle.

Annie: I hope you sleep well to night. You asked where I live in Ohio. I am in southwest OH. The small town we live in is about 1 hour to downtown Cincinnati downtown Dayton or downtown Columbus. Tonight we headed toward Dayton and went to the movies and out to eat in the suburb of Kettering. It is about 35 min drive.

Happy are you feeling better?

Laura, I will be watching football tomorrow too. Bengals vs Ravens. GO BENGALS!

Hi Michelle and Shad.

12-29-2013, 12:13 PM
Morning all.

Susie - Busy day for you. Enjoy your nap today. ;)

Ceejay- Hope your belly is feeling better today. Glad you had a good visit w/ the uncles. Nice to get some of the old family photos & share them.

Annie - The chicken and noodles sounds so tasty, true comfort food! A lot of effort but so worth it!! I hope you get a good night's sleep tonight. :yawn::yawn:

Michelle - Glad you're settling in at D's place. How's Santa adjusting? Getting along with D's cat?? Enjoy the game today.

Happy - Wow, that's a long phone call!! Hope all's okay with your mom - and your sis. Brrrr - saw on fb your weather forecast. We're in for some frigid temps too. So not thrilled. I hope your aches & pains have eased up by now!

Hi Shad!! Tell us about your weather, some of us want to warm up!! :lol:

Went to a zumba class yesterday. I like the usual instructor for this day\time. My knees felt a bit rusted on a few moves, but otherwise it felt good to work up a sweat.

I did a load of laundry & took doggy for a long walk. Have to take advantage of the mild temps while they last!

I finally made the cranberry loaf using the cranberries I had sitting around. Came out pretty good, but not without some labor. Not sure it was worth it.

Today I need to clean out the guest bedroom - has Christmas bins & the yet-to-be-sorted office bins & some other junk that needs to be cleared out. My friend D & her sis are staying over NYE & the trundle bed needs to be rolled out & there's no room to do that right now!!

I also want to get my donation bags ready to drop off & make it into this year's tax filing.

Had some thoughts of going to the gym for a yoga class, but I think I'll read the paper with another mug of tea & get down to the cleaning instead. Hopefully I can get enough accomplished before the Bears-Packers game.


12-29-2013, 08:13 PM
Went to church today then out to lunch. And I didn't over do.
I meant to ride the bike last night at my uncles but their grand daughter came up and I played with her. She's a lot of fun. She's 10.
My tummy still doesn't feel as good as it should. I'm going to find the diverticulitis diet on line and stick to it a couple of days.
Road the bike for 20 minutes.

Sounds like you had a good evening out. We all need those. I have the walk away the pounds dvd. I may do it one day this week.

Did you make the chicken and noodles. I'm going to wait till the week end to make the dumplings.

Did you get all the bins moved. Good for you in going to Zumba.

12-30-2013, 12:20 AM
Hi Girls,

Mellie Moment - I have been seriously slacking here. It was the end of 2006 and I was looking for someone to help me drink the 2 bottles of wine I had been saving for New Year's as well as the prime rib roast...


12-30-2013, 02:17 AM
Well. The thermometer shows - 23 degrees F which is pretty darn cold. The house is banging quite a bit - sounds like something is crashing into the side of the house. It can be startling. I can't watch TV because we keep getting errors that we are losing the satellite signal. Not sure why - it's clear and cold out there and this time there is no snow covering the cable satellite dish. Also having some issues with Internet Explorer alternately hanging and crashing. Can't play my Yoga DVDs because it says I need a driver updated. I did some rumaging, tried to update the driver but now it says something else is not supported. Not sure what changed, I was watching videos a few months back without a problem. Darn computer! :mad:

I did pick up a couple of books from the library so I guess it's a good time to just turn on the personal heater and get cozy in a chair with a book.

Ceejay - how nice that you had fun with the uncle's granddaughter. I'm not going to even attempt to figure out what relation that is - only that you had fun with her! Good job for minding your lunch meal and getting in some cycling time. You have a jump on the new year's clean living goals. That's nice that you got some old time pictures. They are fun to look at.

Laura - did you have to do something special to the cranberries for the loaf? Not just wash 'em and toss them into the batter? I have a turkey breast to roast and I'm looking forward to making a batch of cranberry sauce - gotta start using up those cranberries I froze. That's great that you put together a donation bag - great start to get prepared for the new year. I should follow your lead.

Susie - wow you are really getting things organized. Glad that you enjoyed the movie. Did you get your nap in?

Annie - yum on the chicken and noodles. That sounds really tasty. I wonder if I can mock it up with frozen Rheams egg noodles and some rotisserie chicken. As to my Mom, I'm not sure what is going on - is she just becoming more stubborn and childish because of her age? Is she scared because she is losing some of her capabilities - ie. the arthritis in the knees really slowed her down and stopped things like jumping on the city bus to do things on her own? I don't really know and of course if you try and talk with her she doesn't realize or see anything wrong so Sis and I will just have to be patient with her and overlook ALOT. :rolleyes: Were you able to get a good sleep last night?

Geez the way the house is banging - very frequently - I wonder if that's going to interfer with sleeping tonight. Not sure what's going on, DH said the house is just settling and such - nothing to worry about. It's loud enough to spook the cats too and seems to be happening on the upper level of the house. This is a frame house - all our other homes were brick. I was talking to DH the other day and said while there are aspects of this house I really like - closeness to town, a nice yard - there are other things that I would definitely change if I could. And being in here for a while now, I'd have to say that this house is not as well made as we first thought it was. NOW he tells me that maybe we could have afforded a home on a lake after all. :lol: Still probably would not have bought one tho - too many negatives overall to lake living - the biggest of which is too close of a proximity to your neighbors :rofl:

Michelle - I totally get you wanting to move back to California. The midwest is a totally different culture from California. I think each area of the country is rather unique and they are all quite different. It has to be hard to assimilate into something unless you are a small town kid who moves to the big city for excitement when they are fresh out of college. The older we get, the more difficult it is to change. Back in the 80's we were seriously considering relocating to Atlanta or San Francisco. In retrospect I probably would not have liked either place as a permanent home. Yes, the cold and snow I could do with a shorter season of, but I don't have to get up and go to work in this and that makes a BIG difference. Also the crowds and the bugs are almost non existent during the winter months which is a huge bonus. I could not deal with the crowded city - people and traffic - ever again, and the earthquakes, high living expense, water shortage and restrictions you face along with a state that is in deep trouble financially would not make for a happy retirement for us. Alot of the issues with California are very similar to why we knew we couldn't stay in Illinois. The thing is, no matter where you go, where you are happy is the place you need to be! Hope you had a nice dinner with your friend the other night.

Shad - are you still visiting with DS and S? I guess you will be packing soon to head back to the office. How depressing that the holidays are over and it's back to business again. But there is nothing more motivating to me as a fresh start as New Year's Day so that's a good thing.

Finally I was peeking at a friend's page on FB and saw that one of the people I once worked with - a lovely couple - the husband has been diagnosed with a terrible degenerative disease. And it's progressing fast. They were just two of the nicest people you could want to know. He got a bum deal at work once upon a time and one of their children had some serious medical problems so they have had their share of sad times. I was devastated to see this. I will have to write her a note. I especially thanked God extra hard last night for the blessing that is my life. And DH has relaxed a bit and with 2 years under our belt, we are holding our own financially and he said I can turn the gas fireplace on as much as I want to (it heats the front of our house which gets rather cold, especially in this weather). So thank you God for health, peace of mind and as much propane as I want to use ;)

Anyway I should be getting to sleep. When it first snowed DH thought it was a fluke and that there would be some meltings in between snow storms. Not this year. So the deck that covers 3 sides of our house went unshoveled except for the part to get into the door. Can't leave that because it will get too heavy so yesterday DH and I were out for hours slicing and shovelling snow that was crusty and 30 inches deep. It was not fun. We got 2/3 of it done and we have the back part yet to tackle tomorrow. So it's not even morning and a full day ahead.

Have a good sleep all.

12-30-2013, 05:44 AM
I'm here and it is hot. Think we are heading for 31C today (about 90F) Sky is blue. We are about to go for a walk down by the sea. M wants a long walk but I am not sure I am up for a really long walk. We'll see. I'll take some photos of bright blue sea, yellow sand and sunshine for you
I've pinched a nerve in my back so maybe the walk will loosen up the twinge. I put together a rocking moose for the princess S that I bought at Ikea yesterday. She loves to move and rock and spin and fall over and climb things. It wasn't expensive and isn't very big so no doubt she will grow out of it quickly.
Okay, better get to see what the Princess S is doing. She is very quiet which those of us who are mothers will know spells trouble. She is a bright little kid but could use less of a helicopter mum (hovering) and a bit more discipline.
Gotta go. We are at last ready.

12-30-2013, 09:03 AM
Good Morning...another eerie morning here at work....I actually love it when I am the only one here.

Curtis has been down with a chest and head cold since Christmas eve. He slept all morning till bout 11 yesterday then went back to bed at 3:30 yesterday and did not get up till 3 this morning. Poor guy, he is a trooper, still has not missed any work even tho I know he would of liked to stay in bed another day.

Didn't do much of anything yesterday. Watched the Colts spank the Jags. Now our first play off game is in our home field. Yeah!! Altho against the Chiefs it could be a doozy.

Have a pork tenderloin in the crocker today. Got it going this morning. Just kind of threw some stuff in with it, slapped the lid on and left. Haha. Actually I cut up onion slices on the bottom, rubbed the tenderloin with garlic, pepper and tenderizer placed it on top of the onions then scooped a can of mushroom soup on top, then a jar of mushrooms, poured a half cup of italian dressing around it and a half cup of water. Usually turns out pretty good.

SHADDIE...I will take the 90 degrees over this 11 we currently have. I DO NOT LIKE COLD WEATHER!! If it weren't for family I think I would seriously move to a warmer climate. Bleh on this mess. I think LAURA is getting it a little worse than we are and certainly HAPPY is a popsickle. Glad you are enjoying the princess.

HAPPY...I am with you, if it were not for work I would hunker down in my house and read books. I have 3 I bought at the half price bookstore a couple of months ago and have not even opened them. Cold weather...major bleh! Hope you don't have to work at the thrift store this week. My little house is settling quite a bit also. Sassy puts out 2 or 3 barks when she hears it. Love the MELLIE moment..she was always such a hoot! Probably has my momma and daddy in stitches all the time. much fun to play with the little ones. Heck yesterday I didn't even have little ones and colored in the coloring books. I find it theraputic. Hope you tummy gets to feeling better. Good on you for riding the bike.

LAURA...funny, my guest bedroom has all the remnants from Christmas in there also. I am bringing new boxes home from work today to get things organized in there. Organizing seems to never end.

SUSIE....I did get a good nights sleep last night, probably because I took 2 PMs so I could. I got 4 loads of laundry done yesterday while C slept. Oh and ran the vacuum and scroured the toities. Pretty much lazy the rest of the day.

CHELLE...are you all moved in and settled? How is Santa liking his new place? How is the new job coming along? Did you step brother take off? Here is an extra HUG for you sister.

That is about it. Better get busy just in case the ghosts around here see me. lol.

Love and Hugs

12-30-2013, 11:52 AM
Another MELLIE post...always doing for others.....


12-30-2013, 11:55 AM
Morning all.

Annie - Yeh, 7 degrees here. People are finally bundled up! Poor C down with a cold. :( I hope the extra rest helped him and he isn't feeling too bad right now. That pork should be good and flavorful and tender tonight! Enjoy. :hun: Re organizing - even though I still have the tree and other Christmas decorations up, I put the bins back in the attic to get them out of the way. While I was up there, it reminded me that I don't have much in the way of decorations for other holidays, but I could still use about one bin each for Valentine's, Easter & the Fourth of July, color-coded, of course. (I'll have to remember that when those holidays roll around - the home improvement stores stock them seasonally.)

Shad - Your weather sounds soooo nice right about now. Looking forward to photos! I hope the walk helps your back! Yes, too much quiet from kids during waking hours isn't a good thing! Enjoy the rest of your time w/ S. and the rest of the family.

Happy - Bummer about the tv and computer probs. Is it windy there? Wonder what's with your satellite service. :?: I hope the books are entertaining enough to pass the time. Our house is brick and we don't get the settling sounds, but strong winds will whistle down our chimney... Our HVAC ductwork does make a racket upon startup in the AM. I don't get that - the furnace does operate all night, though maybe not as frequently. Huh. Re the cranberries, they just needed to be coursely chopped. Thank goodness for the food processor. I was tempted to chop them by hand just to avoid dirtying up the processor, but the way those berries roll around, the machine is the way to go for me! The other labor was chopping the nuts and zesting an orange. I don't grate the zest, I use a peeler to remove strips of zest, then I mince it. It all adds up...banana bread is a breeze by comparison. Stay warm up there - glad you can crank up the fireplace and make things cozy. My question is - doesn't that draw the heat out of the house, or is the venting different, or is it a ventless system?? Don't overdo the snow-clearing, our greatest asset is our health!!!

Ceejay - Good for you riding the bike. I will likely do some at home workouts this week - I really won't want to leave the house more than necessary in this cold weather. Re the bins - I moved the holiday ones back to the attic, but the office ones still need to be dealt with. I'll probably move them back to the office just so the guest bedroom is clear for my friends Tuesday night. Sorry your belly is still not right. I hope the change in diet will help it.

Hellos to Michelle & Susie!! :wave:
Bf and I worked on the guest room a bit yesterday and it's in much better shape, but still needs some things shifted so there's room for D and her sis on Tuesday.

I took doggy for a walk and that was all the exercise I got yesterday. :(

I pulled out all the bags in the closet I'd been filling with donation stuff. I didn't change my mind and pull anything out of the bags, so that's good. There's still some clothing that's too big for me that I didn't donate (some nice slacks)...wish I felt confident enough to KNOW I'll never need those items again. Anyway, I listed all the stuff (support for tax deduction) and now it sits in the living room waiting to be dropped off today or tomorrow.

That's about it for me, so I'll get this thing posted and back to the grind. More people here at the office today...the quiet time is over I guess. I wasn't here Christmas Eve, but I saw that the big boss sent an e-mail telling everyone to leave at noon...I'm hoping that happens again tomorrow!!! :crossed:

12-30-2013, 01:01 PM
Quick check in... I'm getting more settled at D's...still more unpacking to do, but I'll get there. Santa is adjusting quite well. The only thing I think he misses is a fenced backyard. Santa wants to be friends with D's cat, but D's cat isn't interested at all. She just hisses at Santa. Hopefully, she'll come around.

The Packers-Bears game was such a nailbiter! Sheesh! And on that last drive by the Packers...those 4th downs they had to convert or their season would be over. OMG! When the Packers scored the winning touchdown, I wouldn't be surprised if people in Wisconsin could hear the cheering coming from the bar where me and roughly 20 other Packer fans watched the game.

Next weekend, the Packers play the SF 49ers in Green Bay. I won't be able to watch the game though, as I'll be in Southern CA attending my niece's wedding. I'm flying down Saturday morning and flying back Sunday afternoon.

My step-brother headed to Belize yesterday. I'll call my step-mom later today and see if she's heard from him.

The new job is going good. The long commute is tiring, but at least I can relax or catch a nap for most of it while I'm on BART.

Gotta go for now.

Much love to all,

12-30-2013, 04:39 PM
From Mel for Shad:

From Mel for us:

12-30-2013, 05:39 PM
Thanks, Happy, for sharing the Mel funnies!

Just 1.5 days left in 2013. I'm looking forward to the new year and its new beginnings. New job, new living situation...all good. Speaking of the new job...

Last week, I sent an e-mail to the San Jose job stating that I had accepted a very long-term contract position, and I couldn't accept a short 4 month contract over something that's much longer term, and I also explained about the $20K difference in pay. I received an e-mail from the San Jose job today offering me a regular, full-time, permanent position starting on January 6, and they increased their original pay offer by $13K plus $5K in stock options, with medical benefits starting on January 6th and dental and vision starting on Feb. 1. I guess I really must've made a good impression on them in the 3 days I was there for them to change their mind and offer me the job permanently at a much higher salary. Well, I did fix a couple critical outstanding bugs on the website.

Anyway, I got to thinking...the San Francisco job still pays more...but it is a contract job, and working in San Jose would mean roughly 2.5 hours less commuting time per day. What to do? What to do?

Then I just got an email from the contracting agency for the SF job, and they have lost the contract here, effective 1/3/2013. And the new contracting agency wants to bring in their own people. Arrrgh! Seriously? I just started. You'd think they'd know this before they brought on new people...but apparently they didn't. Not even the department manager knew anything about the decision to change contracting agencies. I'd be REALLY upset if I didn't have the other job offer in my hand. So I accepted the regular, full-time permanent job offer with the San Jose company.

I guess the only constant in life is change, right? :faint: Luckily, I've had so much change in the past year...I've learned to go with the flow and be flexible. So I'll be working in SF tomorrow, Thursday and Friday (with a paid holiday on New Years), and start the SJ job a week from today.

Much love to all,

12-30-2013, 05:52 PM
Omg Chelle for goodness sake buy some freekn
Lottery tickets. Congrats. The extra hug must have worked!!!!!!

12-30-2013, 06:41 PM
OMG Michelle - What a turn of events! I'm so glad you had that new/improved SJ job offer! I agree with Annie - girl, go buy some lottery tix, hahahaha! :carrot: Congrats!

Re the Bears-Packers game - I'm surprised it was so close of a game, Bears have had some probs this season for sure. Too bad you'll miss the playoff game next weekend.

Annie & Happy - Love the Mel post & pics!

12-30-2013, 07:47 PM
Brrrrrr it's cold outside.

So nice that the job offer came through. Isn't this one the one you liked. At least it will be close to home. Guess the federal gov is cutting back on everything.

7 degree's is to cold for me. Think we're supposed to get some of the s word this week end. I was looking for flurries today. It smelled like it outside when we were unloading the chemical truck. I've seen the colored bins which would really help to organize stuff. I still have some things to go though but nothing like I've had in the past. I'm like you I have clothes I've been hanging onto but I told my aunt they are going t dry rot before I get down to them so they are going next.

Today has been a bust really. The chemical truck came and I didn't want to get out in the cold. I've ben cold ever since.
My diverticulitis diet has lasted for two meals. Then I started craving things. I may pay for the popcorn I've eaten this afternoon.

12-30-2013, 08:23 PM
Chelle. The pork tenderloin recipe is in my previous post. You asked for the recipe. That is where it is.

12-30-2013, 08:34 PM
C has had 5 days of no blood in stool. Very excited. Still going to doc on day a -