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12-06-2013, 05:23 PM

It is a chilly day here in the ♥-Land with the temps between -1° and 19° with no chance of rain ~ so our heater is working overtime. I didn’t want to get out of bed but it wasn’t so bad for we have carpeting in the bedroom. That is the only room here in the upstairs that is still carpeted. The temp has climbed all the way up to 11° right now and that is chilly for sure.

While looking through some magazines before tossing them I ran across the cutest little “gadget” that folks are loving, according to the review. One comment by the author was “We love this gadget.” It is a small appliance that is a Breakfast Sandwich Maker by Hamilton Beach. I was surprised to see our Wall*Mart had such a thing here in this little berg. Since the one making the sandwich controls what goes into it ~ it can be made program friendly. I have not gotten a new kitchen gadget in a long time and this looks like one I would enjoy using. They didn’t have a red one so I have the gray one. The recipes that came with it all sound yummy and I can lighten them for sure and make up some of my own.

We stopped by our favorite station store that has lots of useful office goodies. Will came back to the Jeep with what he had gone in there for and told me about this really neat brief case. It was rather spendy and I told him if he really wanted it to go back in and get it and I would call it one of his Christmas presents and I would tie a bow on it and stick it under that little tree. It is metal with a very nice interior that has a compartment for his I-Pad and has a great locking system. It looks like the large version of that card holder he got me the other day. Since he is so hard to buy for I decided I should go ahead and get that brief case for his old one has seen its better days and was never as nice as this one when new.

Will has to go to the museum this evening for a few hours for the Christmas things that are going on there. Santa will be giving out presents to the cheery faced children and can have their picture taken with Santa. He is at the store as I type to fill my list of what I want to start making yummy breakfast sandwiches in my new machine.

I hope all you Magnolias are having a wonderful afternoon.

Have a great afternoon my friends. :wave:
Always remember ~ A setback is only a setup for a comeback.

12-06-2013, 11:31 PM
Good Evening, Flowers! It's -5 right now heading down to -10 according to the weatherman. We made a two hour drive to have lunch with Bob's 96 year old aunt and two of his cousins. One is moving from Chicago to the southern Atlantic side of Florida. We asked her about what she would do when a hurricane was coming. She said she will take the first plane heading north! :lol: His aunt is more spry than I am!

Maggie -- I'll bet Will gets a kick out of playing Santa. I'm sure the kids enjoy him. We have retired guys who comb the parks and beaches with metal detectors. Bob is getting Oliver suspenders for Christmas! Several times he has mentioned he's getting just like his dad and always hiking up his pants. He probably won't wear them but it will be good for a laugh. Have fun with your new gadget!

"Gma" -- I sure don't blame you for staying home tomorrow! From the forecast and looks of the map on tv tonight, I wouldn't be surprised if it gets cancelled. I sent my first Christmas card on November 25th, to Lebanon. I hope she gets it because sometimes they don't get their mail. I'm not sure what the internet page would be on an iPad. I hate to mess with the settings and screw it up even more.

I'm watching IPTV and right now The Texas Tenors are on. The network is fund raising and will have different celebrities performing all weekend. Have a great weekend! :wave:

12-07-2013, 10:18 AM
Good morning gals. It is cold here, but not near what most of what you have. They cancelled the race completely. A lot of runners are upset I guess, but heck it keeps them from breaking a leg or something. It didn't do what it was supposed to do, ice wise. The streets are dry, but I guess they were concerned about the running through the park and such. Thomas is pretty disappointed, but his Nonny is thankful. I was worried about him running.

We have had breakfast and cleaned it all up and Jack is plopped in front of the tv watching college football. UGH, I hate Saturdays during college football season. He watches game all day and night on Saturday. This is the last week as they are playing their different group championship games. I imagine college basketball will pick up from here. :^:

I almost have my dil's mitten done. I will have to mail them to her as I can't get them both done by tonight and they are leaving first thing in the morning.

Jean: His aunt sounds like a pistol. You can keep your weather. I hate the cold so much as it kills my knees. Are the grandkids getting excited about Christmas? I hope Jackson likes what we bought him, but I am sure he will. I just feel bad for Thomas about the race. I am going to have to think of something for him too though his mom wants us to wait to give him his presents until Christmas Eve.

Maggie: We went from $109 for October to $226 for November's heat. We have all electric and I am told it is more expensive than gas, but who knows? I am not going to sit and freeze just to have a lower heating bill.

Everyone have a nice weekend. Faye

12-07-2013, 12:16 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! It was -9 when I got up this morning and has warmed up to -4; it's heading up to a high of 10 this afternoon. The wind is blowing and the sunshine is "iffy." I'm hoping to stay inside today and finish the tree. I thought if I started early enough I could decorate more around the house, the way I used to, but that's not happening. I don't think the grandkids will even notice. I did get two more gifts crossed off my list yesterday so I could start wrapping.

"Gma" -- I would be glad to have the race cancelled too! :cheer: I'm sure Thomas is disappointed but better safe than sorry. I'm sure both our gas and electric bills will be high next month since I've been running the little space heater by my tv watching chair, plus the Christmas lights. I hate being cold! Will Thomas mind waiting until Christmas Eve for his gifts?

I need to get busy and accomplish something this morning. The washer is waiting and the pile of laundry is ready to take downstairs, so I'm off! Enjoy your day and keep warm! :wave:

12-07-2013, 01:41 PM

It is another cold day here in the ♥-Land between a low of 11° and a high of 16° with a 20% chance of needed rain. This evening is when my Bro-in-Law is due to arrive. Hopefully he is here before dinner but if now Will and I will enjoy it by ourselves. I’ll be making Beef Stroganoff (lightened version) which is so yummy.

After while I am going to make us a nice brunch and try out my new little Breakfast Sandwich Maker. I’ll also peel oranges and we will have the sections to eat along with it.

That Cecil comes in from the cold and expects to be petted. The little scudder’s hair is ice cold to the touch but he needs the reassurance that I still like him.

In going through those magazines and tossing them I tore out just a couple recipes and one is real intriguing. Out of the August issue of Eatingwell Magazine I tore out the “7 Delicious Flavor Combinations of Fruit Sorbet in 5 Easy Steps” article. Not a big surprise, I am sure you know that I do have one of those ice cream makers that they used and keep the innards in the freezer so it will be ready to use.:cp: I can also make frozen yogurt in that freezer mechanism. It is something I use in the warm weather and that is not now. :no: I used to use the old fashioned method where you use ice cube trays to freeze the mixture in than break it all into chunks and then process it. The combinations they have listed are some interesting paring of flavors.

JEAN Tis the season my friend. We didn't decorate nearly as much as we used to but are having a great time with what we put out anyway. The snowflake lights we hung in the picture window sure look nice especially to those driving by. We keep the drapes drawn and they give a nice soft glow of brightness behind them. We have our stuffed couple standing beside a side table. They are about 3 feet tall and dressed for winter. They are really antique store front decorations but we got them cheep at a garage sale. :lol: I think we will end up donating them to the museum one day.

DONNA FAYE Yes electric heat is more expensive than gas but you have to use what came with your place. The heat here in the house is gas which we are thankful for. Good thing they did cancel that race for safety sake. The runners really do understand but don't like it for they are pumped up and ready to go.

PS: Back later ~ That breakfast sandwich maker is sure a keeper for it sure made a good brunch. When we were back a bit later to the store to get some things we needed to pick up there were no more of those little sandwich makers left and they had a whole lot of them before. Guess they flew off the shelf. I just got through making some 2P+ thin sausage patties to use later for they will freeze well. Our guest won't get here till maybe tomorrow for he got caught in a snowstorm in Texas.

Have a great day my friends. :wave:
Always remember ~ A setback is only a setup for a comeback.

12-08-2013, 01:41 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! It is windy and cold with light snow falling. The ground is covered so guess the weatherman was serious this time around. Bell practice was horrible this morning! It was like we'd never seen either piece before! But when we "performed," I at least, didn't screw up my part. We played Carol of the Bells and What Child is This; I don't play much in either one and it's hard to concentrate and keep my mind on the music when I'm not playing.

Maggie -- I hope your rain doesn't freeze and your brother-in-law arrives safely. He was wise to stay put in Texas. The older I get, the more I pay attention to warnings about the possible storms. Glad your breakfast sandwich maker is a keeper! :cp:

I have got to finish the tree today! I worked on it awhile yesterday, but lost interest. I have several glass or breakable ornaments to sort through since I'm not putting them on the tree this year. Sonny found the stuffed mouse that every other cat has played with over the years. It doesn't have cat nip in it, but I hang it low hoping they will leave the rest alone. He had it off in record time and hid it under a chair. Like I've said before, "he is like having a two year old" again. :lol:

Bob is picking up chicken dinners and one for his secretary. I may be on call tomorrow to take her to her doctor's appointment in the afternoon. Hope you all enjoy a special day today! :wreath:

12-08-2013, 05:03 PM

It is currently 17°s and 51% chance of precipitation. We got just enough snow to make things white all over ~ probably just an inch but it is sure pretty and the fluffy kind and not the slick hard kind so it isn’t hard to walk in. Our guest is still stuck in Texas and may not get here until maybe Tuesday ~ the day he was planning on leaving here heading on to CO to visit one of his sons and daughter-in-law. Texas doesn’t have much in the way of snow removal equipment like we do here in this state and they won’t have the highways open until tomorrow morning.

Beanie just took a dead bird away from Cecil and Will just made him go outside. We don’t want them playing with those types of toys inside. We have never had a cat that was such a great hunter.

Tonight after services we will go round where there are housing and look at the Christmas lights that folks have put up. Tis the season. I do so love this time of the year.

JEAN My bro-in-law couldn't get out of Texas for the roads were covered with wrecked cars and trucks and snow. I hope he stays safe ~ Will talks to him and things are OK with him for he didn't get in any of the slipping and sliding road wreck stuff but he just can't come on down the road at present. They need to open the road and clean up all the wrecked cars and trucks. We did get to spend some time visiting with him when we were out in CA but lots of his 6 children & their kids he hasn't seen in awhile for they live in different states. Your cat sounds a lot like ours. Cecil likes to tease the dogs with their toys.

Have a great afternoon/evening my friends. :wave:
Always remember ~ A setback is only a setup for a comeback.

12-09-2013, 09:42 AM
Good morning, ladies! 37 degrees and rain right now but headed for 45 this day. We've had rain for the last few days but it never got cold. The winter storm passed us to the west. Richmond is 50 miles from here and they get snow a lot and we get none at all - and I glad for that!

I've been doing Christmas things - had a covered dish with First Thursday Bee last Thursday, and open house on Saturday, and brunch with friends yesterday. Since I'm by myself, my decorating consists of hanging the Christmas tree quilt on my front door, the angel on the lamp post and getting out my fake poinsettia for the coffee table. Faye, I'm glad they cancelled the race, too. No need to go out and break a leg! Did they cancel the whole thing or are they rescheduling it?

Jean, I'm sure Casper would have a Christmas tree knocked over by now. He has to be on top of everything, the higher the better. He surely is into everything!

Maggie, I know you'll enjoy you sandwich maker. I saw them at Walmart here. I hope they get the roads open so you BIL can get to your house.

Have a wonderful Day...I'm off to applique Bee at Bella Fabrics.

12-09-2013, 04:09 PM

Today’s temps are said to be between 27° and 7°. Our heater goes constantly cycling on and off as needed. Believe me we are thankful for it but it sure dries out my nose. :yes:

The dogs are getting a haircut and bath today and they sure need that bath. :yes: They get so excited when we ask them if they want to go get a haircut. I am so thankful we have such a nice groomer here in this little berg. The only drawback is the cat is going to be crabby while they are gone. :lol: Cats are such funny little creatures.

We heard from my bro-in-law and he got in late last night and was up and rested this morning and at noontime we all went out for lunch and had a good gab vest. Right now Will has him out in the Jeep riding around so he can see the area and our favorite places we go to.

I have my old WW recipe (plus veggies I have added to it) for Beef Stroganoff out and am making that for dinner today. I have the meat all cut into strips and the mushrooms, celery and onions sliced and all the other ingredients in the crock pot to cook all afternoon and it sure makes the house smell so good and yummy. The sour cream & flour mixture doesn't get added until the end of the cooking process.

SUSAN Once our guest got through Texas he got here in good condition for we have a great road crew that keeps the surrounding roads cleared. We had a great time talking with him especially when we were out to lunch. He will be leaving in the morning off to CO after breakfast. Needles to say we will be missing the WW meeting tonight because we have an out of town guest.

Have a great afternoon/evening my friends. :wave:
Always remember ~ A setback is only a setup for a comeback.

12-09-2013, 04:29 PM
Good afternoon gals. Just a short post as I am not feeling well today. I feel fluish, but I made sure my blood sugar is ok and it is so guess I just have the blue funk. I can't get warm, am achy and have a horrible headache. I haven't gotten anything done, but working on the laundry and doing up the dishes.

Maggie: I am so glad you bil got there ok. Jay and Alicia left for home yesterday morning at 6:30 AM. There were 5 semi accidents within first 100 miles and it took them 5 hours to get that far!!! They didn't get home until 9:30 PM their time and they had school and work this morning.

Jean: Oooh, I love "Carol of the Bells." Thomas's winter concert is tomorrow night so I sure hope I am feeling better by then. I hate missing his concerts. Chicken sounds yummy. We are having cold shrimp for me and crab cakes for Jack. He is having tater tots and I am having a couple of them, but mostly vinegar coleslaw. I made it this morning and it is nice and mixed up so it will be great. I use Truvia for the sugar substitute, red wine vinegar, and a bit of canola oil.

Susan: I don't think they are going to reschedule. You would be a real Scrooge to contact St Jude's and tell them you want your donation back since they didn't race so they did get money. It was mostly disgruntled runners. Sunday was much worse. It was foggy and icy and horrible. We got out and back from the commissary though so at least we have groceries now. :lol:

Gals, I am going to go wrap up in a blanket and finish watching "Love It or List It" until Jack gets home in an hour. Have a great start to your week. Faye

12-09-2013, 07:23 PM
Good Evening, Flowers! It's been another cold day in my neighborhood -- it was -6 this morning and warmed up to 4 this afternoon. Whoopee! The wind is blowing but the sun did shine all day. We had lots of money to count this morning since the children's program was yesterday and more people were in church. Just as one was ready to get on the computer, and I was ready to copy checks, the copy machine repairman shows up. He set me back a good 45 minutes, :hyper: and I was antsy to get going. If it's a small deposit we could skip copying the checks but with $18,000+ the secretary thought I should make copies. By the time I picked up the gift shop money and got home it was almost noon. I had to run a couple errands this afternoon and stopped for a few groceries so am now home for the night. Bob had practice and a meeting right afterwards so won't see him for a couple more hours.

Maggie -- Glad your bil arrived safely and you're enjoying a nice visit. I don't think as many homes have outside lights this year, or else they are just late in putting them out. I enjoy a drive in the country to see the farm lights.

Susan -- I'm glad the winter storm missed you. I was wondering as I watched the national weather news. I know I wouldn't decorate a tree if I lived by myself. Yesterday we finished the tree and I had two tiny stuffed fabric ornaments just laying on the end table. Today when I came home both were clear across the room next to the feline toy box. Mr. Blue Eyes looked at me just like he was going to say, "I didn't do that!" I haven't seen the mouse he took off with so am guessing it's under the loveseat and he can't get to it.

"Gma" -- I hope you are feeling better by now! I know there is flu going around. Bob's secretary is having so much trouble with her leg swelling. She was supposed to have her knee stitches out today but the surgeon left them in. She has whatever it is called when they remove lymph nodes and the body accumulates the fluid that the lymph system moves around the body. She feels good and would like to come to the office to walk the "loop" but is confined to her small house because of having home health care help.

Guess I will turn the outside Christmas lights on and start pulling shades and blinds so as to keep the cold out and the heat in. Hope you all enjoy a nice warm evening! :tree:

12-10-2013, 08:24 AM
Good morning to you all. Don't know what was going on with me yesterday. I had a fever of 101 and just felt awful. I went to bed at 6 PM and slept until I heard Jack get up and go to the bathroom around 3 then went back to sleep until he got up at 5. I feel fine so far this morning.

Tonight is Thomas's winter concert so will pull out the Christmas sweater to wear. I have a cute black one with a little white snowman and little sparkles all over it. I think it is one of those from QVC, the Quacker Factory ones.

I had Alicia's other mitten completely done except the thumb and noticed I goofed and knitted the left hand glove again so had to tear the whole glove out! I am back to the cuff and starting over, but this time I am paying attention and knitting the right handed one. On mitten with no pattern they are interchangeable, but with pattern you have right and left and I guess I was so zoned yesterday I didn't pay attention to it.

I am expecting a new visa check card today from my bank. Someone charged some stuff from Sephora on it and I know I didn't so again had to cancel the card and get another one. They do send it FEDEX two day so you get it pretty quickly. I have to wait until the authorization posts before I can make out a fraud charge and get my money back though. It is still showing authorized only so maybe it is a mistake that will drop off, who knows. I am such a tiger about watching my bank account. I check it everyday and balance everyday just so we don't have major problems.

My blood glucose continues to be way into the normal range so I am hoping I won't have to continue on the insulin for very long and just take the oral meds for awhile. I am convinced it was the hormones as I have had pasta and lo mein and other things that are carb heavy, though not all at once. The night I had pasta and I checked my blood sugar the next morning my reading was 82 so who knows? I just know I am not having the incontinence problems or any of the other stuff when I was on those darn pills. My female stuff has stopped again too, which is nice. I haven't heard from the doctor's office though so if I don't hear from them by the end of the month I will call his scheduling nurse and see what is up.

Jean: We have warmed up a few degrees over freezing now so that is better than it was, but still below what we usually are this time of year. I don't care too much as long as there isn't snow and ice I have to deal with walking. We used to have copy problems all the time at the law firm. I think it is because the darn things were used so much. They finally moved them up onto another floor and all the copying was done by people that were hired specifically for it. I think they had 6 copy machines up there and assorted other things like fax machines and such. I worked up there overtime sometimes when the drunk manager didn't come into work. Mainly I answered the phones at her desk and did her job. She would come to work wreaking of booze everyday.

Well girls, I really want to get work done. You all have a great day today. Faye

12-10-2013, 06:53 PM

It is currently 42° and a sunny day. Snow is melting all over and I feel great. We just got back from having lunch at a local restaurant with some friends and I had half a hamburger which did fill me up with a few onion rings and had a good time yakking.

Will’s metal detector came today and we will watch the video later that came with it. It’s one of his Christmas presents and he is thrilled with it. He better be for I let him pick out which one he wanted. :lol:

I got the neatest little book today. It is a cute little 5¼ x 5¼ spiral bound book called MUG’EMS Meals & more. What a neat idea ~ recipes and ingredients in a mug. There are recipes for all kinds of foods with the ingredients scaled down to cook one serving in a mug. There are several other booklets that I am interesting getting also and have ordered their catalogue. I was interesting getting this particular book now because one of the board members of the city council gave us two huge boxes of coffee mugs and what a neat way to gift them to others with food inside.

Dinner tonight will be an easy fix for we will have Beef Stroganoff that is left over from last nights dinner. My bro-in-law didn’t even know he was eating a meal prepared by a Weight Watchers recipe and he sure liked it.

DONNA FAYE Maybe all your body needed was a good nights sleep. You just do the best you can with those cards and someone can still sneak in there and get ya it seems. We only use those debit cards for charging and then change them every couple months. We totally avoid charging anything with the card hooked to our bank account.

JEAN There seems to be more lighted homes here this year than last. More fun animated things also like trains with wheels that spin, rain deer with heads that move, dancing lights and such.

Have a great afternoon/evening my friends. :wave:
Always remember ~ A setback is only a setup for a comeback.

12-11-2013, 06:37 AM
Good morning to you all. It is chilly outside this morning and not going to warm up a whole lot. A least it is dry until tomorrow then we are going to get rain again and of course I have dr's appt the next two days.

Thomas's concert was great and my grandson even had a solo. It wasn't very long, but he did terrific. I posted it on my FB if you would like to hear it. They didn't seem to have as many this year as last year when we couldn't find seats at all. They did split the bands and the choirs so that not all of them sat out in the auditorium at the same time, but they still took up one whole section of the church. We enjoyed it very much and it wasn't all that long about 90 minutes.

I got my shoes last night and one pair I am returning to the store tomorrow and the other I will probably keep and wear even though they are a bit big. I think the next size down will be too small and they are comfortable and have slip and oil resistant grip on the bottom, which is good for me. They are basic black shoes so I can wear them with dress pants or jeans.

I have her mitten more than halfway done so I imagine I can finish it today. I would like to mail them out to her tomorrow when I go to the post office and get Christmas stamps and mail my niece's package.

I ordered this beautiful periwinkle colored yarn that is silk for my sleeveless sweater. I am going to use the old yarn I bought and didn't have enough of from last year to make something else or several something elses. I made sure I had enough of this yarn to make the sweater so in case it sells out I can finish the sweater and shouldn't run out of yarn.

Maggie: Glad Will likes his Christmas present. I still have all of Thomas's presents to wrap but did wrap Tom's parents present and took it with me to the concert and gave it to her last night. Her husband wasn't well enough to go. Since I buy most of the stuff with my card, seems mine gets compromised more, but our bank is johnny on the spot about replacing the funds and fixing everything. We have been with them for over 20 yrs and never been disappointed. We have our car loan and our regular credit card with them too.

Well girls, Jack will be up soon and I have to test my blood this morning. Have a wonderful middle of the week. Faye

12-11-2013, 06:11 PM

I’m not sure exactly when we are supposed to warm up here but today’s high is 22° with a low of 13° and no chance of snow or rain. What snow we had is just about all gone now, which is nice for I don’t like walking in it like I did in my younger years. No longer do I like frolicking in the snow ~ guess that is a sign of “growing up.”

I just noticed I have a scratch down the length of my right ring finger. It skips along 4 places till it reaches my nail. I wonder which animal’s territory I got into during my sleep. Cecil doesn’t have any front claws but I do think it was him. It isn’t a deep scratch but a scratch none the less.

This being so close to losing 100 pounds is playing with my mind ~ it is right there out of my reach. I can’t seem to get my head wrapped around losing weight this holiday season like I did last year. As I remember I lost all through the holidays. I am more than half way to my goal and don’t want to quit but I have sure slowed down. Hopefully when the New Year arrives I can get my head straight and back on program for the long haul.

I got 3 other books now with recipes to gift food in different containers. One is Gifts in a Jar: Soups & Bread and another is Gifts in a Jar: Sweet Endings and the third is Hip 2b Square: Square Treats - Hip Eats. I have lots of folks to give these types of gifts to in a jar or tinfoil bread pans with decorative Christmas tops. I am going to have fun assembling them and making up the instructions. After I decide which recipes to make then I can make a list and do some shopping. The recipes from the Mug’Em book will be great to give to college students and single folks for they are for one serving. I do love this time of year for gift giving especially. I am going to package up some little bags of Rain-deer Food to give to the little children. In the past years I have been asked by adults for a bag also. I use those little 2 x 3½ inch ones for that food for they do hold quite a bit. It is just a mix of quick cooking oats and red and green sugar granules which aren’t harmful if a kid eats some.

I am still waiting for my new charms to arrive so I can get them on my bracelet before the New Year. They should be here any day now.

DONNA FAYE How nice that the children's concert went well and your grandson had a solo. I know you are so proud of him! :cp: Did you take a picture of his performance to put in your memory bouquet?

Have a great afternoon/evening my friends. :wave:
Always remember ~ A setback is only a setup for a comeback.

12-12-2013, 12:02 AM
Good Evening! I've had another "too" busy day. It was -9 early this morning. Two people in Bob's office live in the country; one said -15 and the other -17. Wind chill was -31 according to the tv. :brr: Bob agreed after coming in from blowing the neighbor's driveway and then ours. I ran a couple errands this morning and then went to lunch bunch. Stopped to pick up fresh veggies for my/our two Christmas shindigs tomorrow. Then I had bell practice this afternoon. Beth and family came over to go to Santa's Castle but we went out for supper first. They stopped by the house for a few minutes and then headed home. I'm ready for bed!

"Gma" -- I'm glad your are feeling better today. That is too bad about the mitten. That sounds like a goof I would make, not you! ;). I knew you would enjoy the concert and it's great the weather cooperated so you could go.

Maggie -- I'm sure Will will have fun with the metal detector. Bob picked out a flannel shirt when we were in Sears yesterday. I asked him if he wanted it now or should I put it under the tree. He opted for the tree! :lol: The mug meals sound like a cute gift idea. We got about 3" of new snow last night. Enough!

Guess I will head to bed and read for a bit. Have a terrific Thursday tomorrow! :wave:

12-12-2013, 07:52 AM
Good morning to you all. Still chilly at our house, but nothing like Jean is having thank goodness. I don't even own a winter coat so I would have frozen to death going out at Jean's house.

I have my first pharmacy check up today. I am hoping with all good numbers they will lower my insulin dose some more or maybe forego it all together. I just think they will lower it and see what happens, but who knows?

I sat for about 2 hours yesterday and did my budget for the new year. I have a spread sheet for the whole year and I slot in expenses according to when they are due and then count them each month to make sure I have them all then onto the next month and so on. It takes awhile as I toggle back and forth between my monthly expenses spreadsheet and the budget spread sheet.

I paid for our drink package for the cruise next year yesterday so that is taken care of. After the first of the year when we get the tax refund, we will pay the remainder of the cruise off then it is just expenses for the cruise. We were able to get a balcony cabin this year and prices dipped for about 2 weeks and I happen to catch it looking for something else. Jack called them and they changed our cabin. We actually saved some money over the central park view cabin we had originally besides getting a balcony cabin, which is larger and has a balcony. It dropped about $500!!

Jean: Hope you had fun at Santa's Castle. The old department store, Robertsons in South Bend used to have this fabulous Christmas display when I was a kid. It took up a whole floor of the store every year. You would walk down this "Christmas lane" and it would all be decorated and having moving parts and such and at the end was Santa Claus. It was wonderful and the store is now apartments. It was left vacant for decades downtown and when they started to renovate it and had the doors open the mold and mildew would hit you in the face when you walked by. There is a little amish sandwich shop we would go to for lunch and you had to walk by the store to get to it and it was awful.

Maggie: I made a holiday bracelet that Jackson had fun with guessing what holiday they were. Glad you don't have any snow at your house. I don't like walking in it either.

Susan: Hope you are having a great week.

Gotta take Jack to work. Have a great day everyone!! Faye

12-12-2013, 03:23 PM

We are in a warming trend for it is in the 40°s here today in the ♥-Land. I have been having fun looking though my gifts in a jar books and trying to decide what I want to put in the jars. There are just too many yummy sounding recipes in these booklets. The soup recipes I can put all the ingredients in a container but the cookie recipes have things like butter that the person would have to add. If I added it to the mix then it would require the person to bake them soon and I don’t want them to think they have to bake them soon and put pressure on them. So there will be a few ingredients that the person receiving the gift would be required to add. Once when I made some of these before one lady said the jar looked so pretty with all those layers that she kept it on a shelf for over a year before cooking the contents. Anyway it is going to be fun putting stuff into jars and mugs.

Will is at the museum this day and said he is coming home early so we can go out to the range and pop some caps. He has one of his presents to get the scope sighted in and the wind isn’t blowing hard today. We don’t like to go out there when the wind is blowing. Not fun.

I am going to make a box meal today for the evening meal ~ the kind where you just add burger or chicken meat. I have yet to decide which flavor yet but have several from which to choose from. I think maybe Spanish Rice sounds good. We have plenty of yummy fruit we can have for a nice dessert.

We have been invited out to enjoy a Christmas dinner with the folks we spent Thanksgiving with but have decided to eat at home then go there later in the afternoon to pay our respects and have some fun with that family. I’ll be fixing Prime Rib, baked potato, asparagus, green salad, and homemade rolls for our Christmas meal. OH, and of course I will be mixing up some whole berry cranberries, mandarin orange sections, and a few chopped walnuts to accompany the meal. For Christmas Eve we will be having our traditional Chili Beans a la Maggie to celebrate our Anniversary. That is the plan.

DONNA FAYE Sounds you have all your ducks in a row for your upcoming cruise and :congrat: on your getting such a nice discount on your room on the boat. That is a nice chunk to use elsewhere on your cruise.

JEAN I don't think we are going to have any gifts under our tree for we both know what we are getting and there are no surprises. :D I'd much rather buy Will what he really wants then something he wouldn't use or have fun with. Besides our little Fica tree sits on an end table and there isn't much room on it to place any gifts. Well, a small box with a diamond ring or such would fit under it.:p You can keep your snow ~ ours is gone,

Have a great afternoon/evening my friends. :wave:
Always remember ~ A setback is only a setup for a comeback.

12-12-2013, 07:02 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! It's been a nice day with sunshine and a high of 25 this afternoon. My craft club had their Christmas luncheon and gift exchange today; I took a veggie tray thinking there would be 11 - 12 of us, and there was only 6. It was nice to visit in a smaller group. I came home and redid the veggies and relishes to take to the church dinner tonight. I'm still full from cheese soup, fresh fruit, and pumpkin pie this afternoon. I sure don't feel like a turkey dinner -- yuck!

"Gma" -- I hope your pharmacy appointment turned out to be a good one. :yes: I think you are a wise lady to pay for cruise expenses ahead of time. I'm sure you will enjoy a balcony room. Our traveling companion just sent me an email saying she found a rental van for half of the cost that the original one was to cost us. She had a friend shopping for their trip and shared the site. Our Santa's Castle is in a building that was a Carnegie Library. It isn't handicap accessable which is too bad, but it is a neat layout. We have over 60 animated characters but not all work so the repairs are ongoing. There are volunteers who paint and sew new clothes, whatever needs to be done. It is set up year around for bus tours, etc.

Maggie -- How do you fix your prime rib? I'm not a prime rib fan, don't like it when it moos at me! But Bob does like it, and I know the kids do so wouldn't mind trying one. I know you will have fun with your mug gifts. Bob's suspenders came in the mail yesterday so I need to get them wrapped. He will never ever guess what they are until he opens the package! :cp:

I need to defur my clothes and get Bob moving. Hope you all enjoy a nice evening! :wave: :wreath:

12-12-2013, 07:53 PM

JEAN I have never fixed a prime rib before but this one I got from Schwan’s® and here is what it said in the catalogue: “Our freshly hand trimmed, 100% well marbled, seasoned prime rib with no added solutions is a cut above the rest. Pre-seasoned with roasted garlic, herbs and sea salt. Packaged in an ovenable bag that seals in natural juices. Cooking guide included in package.” Their food always turns out for us like it is advertized so this should be delicious. This is something new for them and seasonable. They also have crab legs this year that are seasonable.

Have a great afternoon/evening my friends. :wave:
Always remember ~ A setback is only a setup for a comeback.

12-12-2013, 08:09 PM
Good evening, ladies! We had a high of 34 degrees today and that is quite cold for us.

I've been busy with Christmas things, as everyone is. Looking at my calendar for next week, I realized I'm really going to have to be on my toes to keep from gaining weight. I have a lunch on Tuesday, lunch and dinner on Wednesday, Tea, open house for a friend who is visiting in the are after moving to Oregon 10 years ago, and then dinner, and Friday is again lunch and dinner. I had to slot in my gym times around all that for I can't forego my exercise.

Faye, I took the cookbooks to UPS yesterday and shipped them to you UPS ground and I've PMd the Tracking number to you. I checked it this evening and it says they left Knoxville at 6:30 pm. Not knowing TN geography, I have no idea where that is in relation to Memphis. Anyway it says delivery by end of day tomorrow. I hope you appointment with the pharmacy went well and you can get rid of the insulin soon.

Jean, I'd hate to have to copy all those checks! I can see you are busy with Christmas things like the rest of us. When you make a prime rib, the slices on each end usually get done and it's rare in the middle.

Maggie, I'm glad you had a nice visit with your BIL. It's so easy to get off track this time of year, but I know you'll do good and get back to the program.

Have a wonderful evening.

12-13-2013, 11:43 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! No sunshine this morning, and a -1 wind chill. I'm glad I get to stay home today! My plan is to work on laundry, fur bunnies and Christmas cards.

Maggie -- I have heard others talk about putting the prime rib in the oven and not opening the oven for hours. :dunno: Ham is sounding much better today!

Susan -- Your next week of food opportuniities sounds like my week I just finished. Our lunch yesterday was a cheese vegetable soup, fresh fruit and veggies, and pumpkin pie. I didn't eat that much, but by the time we were supposed to eat at church I wasn't in the least bit hungry. I took a small piece of turkey and a scoop of broccoli salad. I came home feeling way too full. Can you weigh in at WW now that you are/will be working for them again? You will manage your eating and the exercise will help. :yes: It doesn't take too long to copy checks as I adjust the size and use legal size paper so get quite a few checks on one sheet. We do it just in case someone questions that we didn't get the right amount posted or that they can't find their check information on the quarterly statements we send.

I need to get busy on my "to do" list. Hope you all have a fantastic Friday and enjoy! :tree: :wave:

12-13-2013, 02:26 PM
Good afternoon. I had the redo on my mammogram and it could have been better. I have calcium deposits and can't do an outpatient biopsy something to do with my size and the equipment. I was very upset about it all as he told me not to worry about it after telling me that they can turn cancerous, but didn't seem too anxious to find a way to biopsy the area. He is turning the stuff over to my drs and I am hoping they can just do a biopsy when they do my hysterectomy and be done with it. I ask him outright if the hormone meds could have caused this because they weren't there last year and he said it is possible. The pharmacy appt went fine. They lowered my units of insulin and hopefully we can wean off it in the next year. I am being patient, but we discussed the fact I am shaky every morning, which means I am taking too much insulin so that's one reason they lowered the dosage some. My week has not been the best for sure.

Susan: Knoxville is the far east part of Tenn and Memphis is as far southwest as you can go before going into Arkansas or Mississippi. Even so, the books should be delivered today. I will let you know when I get them and again thank you so much.

Jean: I bought some canned pumpkin and plan on making a sf dessert with it of some kind. I love pumpkin pie or pumkin squares or whatever. The dr told me that occasional regular sugared desserts are ok as long as I don't overdue it so I had a small piece of a chocolate chip muffin mix that I made into a cake/coffee cake and my blood sugar was 87 which is way below the top number you should keep it at 130 or below. So, occasionally I can have something with sugar. I don't eat a lot of it anyway.

Maggie; Hope you are keeping warm and the animals and the hubby are having a good season.

Everyone have a great weekend. Faye

12-13-2013, 07:41 PM

We just got back from a trip to a town about 90 miles away to take my 22 to a gun smith to trick out and make it easier for me to operate. Something just isn’t right with it that he can fix. The guy is well qualified to work on S&W so I will surely get it back fixed. He was a helicopter operator in Viet Nam and then a police officer when he was back in the states and now retired. While with the police he was their gun smith in addition to his regular duties and has gone to S&W school. Anyway he comes well qualified and liked by those he has done work for.

We stopped by Olive Garden for lunch and ordered that little pizza that is with chicken, green onions and Alfredo sauce. We had lots of salad and half of that little pizza each. Our waitress came by to say it would take a little longer for our pizza for the chef let the first one burn. We said that was perfectly fine for we were enjoying our salad and were patient people. When it came time to pay she said that the owner said Merry Christmas and that meal was on him. We tipped her 10 bucks and I went back to the kitchen to talk to the owner and thanked him and told him it was not necessary to give us that free meal and he said it was his pleasure for we were such nice folks. That is proof that it pays to be nice. The waitress told us that she had told the owner that we were not a bit upset about it.

Our friend the author, Jeff Bloom, is in town and called to ask us to meet him at Whiskey Creek for dinner this evening. (I’ll have my usual shrimp on the BBQ, green salad and a half of a sweet potato.) Jeff writes true history books ~ the way it really was here in this area in years past. He has picked Will’s brain so much that he has him in his latest book. His former book has Will as a contributor.

The weather is warmer this day at 37° and no wind to speak of. But they say that next week we are in for some very cold days. Winter is here.

DONNA FAYE I don't think doctors will work on two different parts of the body at the same time unless things have changed. A breast biopsy is a different type of procedure completely than a hysterectomy. It will be very interesting if they will do both procedures in the same session now days. I love pumpkin pudding ~ tastes like the pie without the crust and I use Splenda instead of the sugar. You can use what ever sugar sub your program allows you in this type of dessert.

JEAN I suppose there are many different ways of cooking prime rib. I've not as of yet read the instructions that came with this one but I don't think it will take all day. :p Ham is good also. We always get a nice spiral cut one this time of the year and eat on it for a long time for it freezes well.

SUSAN You have a lot of nice sounding activities to attend this season. Have a great time and you know how to treat your portions of food ~ practically second nature for you by now I would think.

Have a great afternoon/evening my friends. :wave:
Always remember ~ A setback is only a setup for a comeback.

12-14-2013, 06:10 AM
Good morning to you all. It is very wet outside having rained all night long. I imagine the garage is flooded as per usual since they won't redo the cement in these things. Most of them leak like a sieve, partly from rats who chew through the concrete back when they opened up the street a few years ago.

Today is clean the house day. I want to get up and down all down this weekend and then just touch up during the week. I am behind having had two dr appts this week.

I mailed my dil's mittens and she should get them the first of the week and mailed out all my Christmas cards so that is done. I haven't sent Christmas cards out in eons, but we decided it would be fun to do this year. Hope you like yours.

Here is my baby Thomas all dressed up for the holiday dance with his girlfriend, Bronwyn. I hope they had a good time. I told him he looked like a cool dude with his arm around her. I still can't believe he goes to high school next year.

Maggie: Hope you got your gun all fixed up.

Short and sweet today. I am going to go work on my sweater. Have a good Saturday. Faye

12-14-2013, 11:58 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! It's a cloudy, cold, breezy morning in my corner of the world. The weather map doesn't show much sunshine for next week but it is supposed to be up in the high 20s. I think all of my eating this week has caught up with me. I'm not sick just feel full, and food doesn't sound good.

"Gma" -- I hope the calcium deposits prove to be nothing to worry about, but know you can't help worrying. I ask to see the previous years pictures, each time, and have had the same spot for years. It's great that they lowered the insulin dosage for you! :cp: I know that Amanda's mom will have a glass of wine or a piece of dessert from time to time, but also know she is diligent about her #s. I don't think Amanda is as careful but know she keeps track of her #s too. What a great picture of Thomas and Bronwyn! I don't think I've ever heard that name before.

Maggie -- We haven't eaten at OG for a long time. No matter what time of day we go, there is always people waiting. I hope your gun is fixed the way you want it to be. I've never heard of Jeff Bloom :o but know you enjoyed your visit with him.

My plan is to work on cards today, and maybe start the wrapping. I did a few cards yesterday, but for some reason it seems like they are taking longer this year! Hope you all enjoy a great day today! :wave: :wreath:

12-14-2013, 03:55 PM

It is a day in the ♥-Land that will get to 42° with a low of 20° and warmer tomorrow they say then by the middle of the week back to the very low temperatures with zero chance of snow.

I have been having fun going through my books on container gifts of food items. I need to decide which recipes I will use and get a list started to round up the ingredients.

Will has gone to the museum where Jeff is doing a presentation and then we will all go out to eat again this evening. Jeff is in the top 5 of best western history writers and has received many awards. So if you like to know how the west really was then you will read real history books and not just believe what you see about it in the movies. I chose not to go to the museum this day for I have things that I must do here at home. At least I won’t be cooking dinner this evening either for we will all be going out again together. We had a great time out to dinner last evening where I was the only female and there were 4 men. At least I could hold my own in the conversation for I happen to know a lot about what they were talking about. We had all planned to go to the range and do some shooting this morning but it turned out too windy today for that venture.

JEAN If you aren't a reader of factual books about the old west then you probably wouldn't know who Jeff Bloom is anyway. He is just one of the best writers of people doing things in the old western days. Your temps there are definitely colder than ours here. You, my friend, can keep that snow in your neck of the woods.

DONNA FAYE Thomas is quite grown up now and has a lovely girlfriend. Thanks for sharing that picture. They grow up fast don't they. Pretty soon he will be graduating high school and off to collage. Rats ~ reminds me of that movie ~ Willard. Those city living rats can get as big as cats and that is scary. We put Decon in our MH to keep the mice out. I certainly wouldn't want any rats to make a home in there either. Girlfriend we would love to have some of your wet, wonderful rain.

Have a great afternoon/evening my friends. :wave:
Always remember ~ A setback is only a setup for a comeback.

12-15-2013, 08:04 AM
Good morning to everyone. It is warming up, hurrah!!! We will be in the 60's next week they say. I am looking forward to some warmer weather for sure especially since we had unusually cold temps for us so early this year.

I have been working on my sweater. I really love the color. The yarn is cotton and silk and so lovely to the touch. This shows a little more lavender than it is. It more a true periwinkle blue. I thought nice white pants would go lovely with it for casual dinner one night on the cruise.

Jean:I beat you out this year doing Christmas cards. Of course I only had to address the envelopes and not write in all the cards. I kind of like doing the photo cards. They are easy to do for sure. I still have 3 I need to send out if I get the addresses from my dil. We watched the Army/Navy game yesterday (what a surprise! :lol: ) and I think Jack said they were playing it in Philadelphia and it was snowing so hard you could hardly see anything. By the 4th quarter the poor guys were slipping and sliding all over the field and they had come out and did something so that the lines could be seen, but it looked like a big checkerboard. The score was again, big loss for Army. Poor guys. Twelve years in a row Navy has beat them.

Oh here is a picture of my niece and her son wearing the hat and scarf I made her. She says she loves it so that's enough for me. She is a sweety and her two boys are so dang cute. She said her younger son who is like 6, bought his brother her is in 2nd grade Diary of a Wimpy Kid for Christmas. She said she and Kai had a long talk about not telling is brother what he bought him. He promptly went home walked in the house and said, "Luke guess what? I bought you a book for Christmas!" :lol:

Maggie: I have a true phobia of any kind of rodents. It makes me shiver just to think about it. There was a kids movie a few years ago called Rattatouille about a rat that wanted to be a chef and it was animated but not cartoon and I couldn't watch the movie. It just creeped me out completely. We had a pet rat from a neighbor's apartment get into our apartment when we lived in Indiana. I called the office and told them I wanted it found immediately or I was going to sue them. Of course, that was totally ridiculous, but I literally got up on the couch and wouldn't get down and refused to sleep in the bedroom until it quit showing up. :lol: It tended to stay in the bedroom in our big closet and then it would disappear, probably back to their apartment. I couldn't contact them as I didn't know whose pet rat it was. It was white so I know it wasn't common garden variety.

Well I should go. I promised Jack french toast for breakfast and I can hear him moving around upstairs. Have a lovely day today. Faye

12-15-2013, 01:12 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! It's another cold, cloudy, breezy day in my neighborhood with a few lazy snow flakes falling. We have a 70% chance of snow so I'm sure we'll have more by the end of the day. Bob's group is singing at church today so I won't see him until after noon if the second service runs late as usual. The church ladies are having a bake sale so I bought a Christmas cup with greenery and a few peanut clusters for Bob's secretary. He latched on to a plate of fudge and some other kind of candy. I feel "normal" today so have to get LOTS done on my Christmas "to do" list.

When I couldn't sleep last night I had the brilliant idea of not getting everyone together on Christmas Day but the weekend before or after. :cheer: Maddy wanted to have Christmas at their house this year but that adds another hour plus driving time for my step family plus Beth doesn't have the room to seat people to eat. Maybe next year, we'll have to think about that.

Maggie -- You could send some warmer weather my way please! It's a good thing you were "up" on the subject matter at dinner with the guys the other evening. ;) It could have been a long evening if you were clueless. :lol:

"Gma" -- Whether blue or lavender, the yarn is very pretty. :yes: Your niece is a cutie as is her son. The hat and scarf look really nice! Between you and Maggie, you could send some warmer temperatures my way! :crossed: I don't know what games Bob watches but there have been a couple where they are playing in the snow. I feel really sorry for one team if they are from the south and never play in cold and snow. I'm surprised they don't have more injuries and/or the northern hosts have indoor fields.

I have laundry in the dryer that should be ready to fold and put away. Hope you all enjoy a relaxing Sunday! :wave: :elf:

12-15-2013, 06:36 PM

It is a beautiful day in the 60° area here in the ♥-Land and for some reason I am sleepy. We got back just a little while ago from our trip about an hour’s drive away so Will could preach for a congregation there and the ride back with the sun beating down on me on the ride home made me sleepy and I haven’t shaken that feeling yet. I think I will put some music on my boom box.

Cecil is being bothersome and insisting that I pet him and I stop and do just that and he wants more. Wonder what it would be like to be a cat.

I didn’t eat much at the pot-luck today but one of the ladies brought the best soupy dish and I had a small bowl of it. It was a veggie type soup with hamburger in it and very tasty. I am going to have to make something like if for I can remember most of what was in it and I can put what veggies we like into the pot. Someone brought a spiral cut ham and I made a small sandwich out of it using a little bun. I did not eat any of the desserts that looked very tempting. When we got back to our territory we went by Frosty’s and I had a small Orange Julius with yogurt which is yummy and good for me. Maybe this coming week I will cook something at home ~ we have been going out with friends a lot lately. It is the season. Will has appointments to be Santa at a couple restaurants before the month is over with then he can get his suit cleaned and put up for another year or.

In the spring we plan on taking our MH and parking it on a friends property and look for artifacts. There is evidence of old dwellings on his property that he has given us permission to search with a metal detector. He has RV hookups beside one of his outbuildings which he said we can also use.

JEAN Back to feeling "normal" is a good thing for sure. Enjoy your snow for it will be gone before you know it. It is fun to hang out with guys that have the same interests that you do for sure.

DONNA FAYE Most wild rats are nasty and carry diseases unless they have been domesticated and are a pet. We had one once that was named Benjamon Ratso and was trained to come when called when he was let out of his cage for a romp. He could roll over and sit up and beg. But he was still a rat.:D Your sweater sounds beautiful. White pants ~ you are brave to wear white pants.:o

Have a great afternoon/evening my friends. :wave:
Always remember ~ A setback is only a setup for a comeback.

12-16-2013, 09:22 AM
Good morning to you all. We are going to reach the 50's today which is alright with me for sure. My son and his family are getting at least 2-4" more today and they had a major snow storm just a few days ago so lots of fun sledding and such, but not so much driving, etc. I remember going tobaggoning behind my youth leader's house in high school. What fun that was.

The sweater is coming along. I do what I can until it starts bothering my hands then I put it down for awhile. For some reason and I can't figure out why except maybe because I knit left handed, my "holes" in the sweater line up in a straight line instead of one on the left and one on the right. It did that on the other color too and I could never figure out why mine didn't do sort of the zig zag like the pattern. I haven't done anything wrong so my sweater is just going to have them in a straight line! :lol:

Jean: Glad you got my card. Jack and I chuckled about Bob wondering who the heck the strangers were that sent you two a Christmas card. :lol: I have three more to send as my dil sent me her mom and sister's address then I am done as I have no more cards. It is always hard when you want to have everyone at your house, but it is just impossible. I gave up trying to have anything here because I would have to put up a table in the living room so we could all eat together then it was so cramped you couldn't move. I didn't have enough chairs either so someone would have to sit on the couch with a tray table. Kelly has a nice big house so we go to hers.

Maggie: I wear white pants, capris and shorts, but never wear the thin fabric. If it is going to show the undies then it is a no no.

Everyone have a great day. I am going to go and dust the furniture then head upstairs and put away laundry and straighten up the upstairs and clean a bit maybe. Faye

12-16-2013, 10:27 AM
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