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QuilterInVA
12-16-2013, 10:38 AM
Good morning, ladies! 36 degrees headed for 42 this day but the sun is out after several days of rain. Rain is better than snow!

Nothing going on today but the Y and housework. Tomorrow I start my eating out at lunch time, dinner at home, and then lunch and dinner out the rest of the week. Careful choices are called for!

Faye, the yarn for your sweater is beautiful! The hat and scarf turned out so pretty and you have a handsome nephew and niece.

Jean, maybe it's time to start some new Christmas traditions. Glory and I will be getting together for a repeat of our Thanksgiving menu. We're going to spend the afternoon cutting out quilt blocks for our bee to make bed quilts for the VA nursing home. One of our members was visiting there and said it is so bleak and cheerless and we thought some colorful quilts for their beds would help brighten it up. We have to make 44.

Maggie, you and Will always fit in with whatever group is about. I'm sure the church people enjoyed Will's sermon.

Have a wonderful day.


Jean
12-16-2013, 05:31 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! The sun is shining and it's a "warm" 25 degrees even though the breeze is blowing. I've spent most of the day counting money at both places then going to the bank. I ordered a new bank stamp for the gift shop -- $48! I have card club tonight so need to put my gift shop books away and pick up the paper clutter.

Maggie -- No snow melting here yet. :( Send some 40 degree temperatures my way!

"Gma" -- Boy, I sure would have NO clue as to why your knitting holes don't go where they should! :lol: Sometimes my thumb will hurt if I do something repetitive too long. I've been ripping envelops at church and that really bothers it after awhile.

Susan -- Thanks for starting the new thread! You are good! :D I think next year I will suggest we all get together the weekend before or after Christmas. Then the kids can start their own traditions at home. That will work until the holiday hits a weekend. I'm sure the veterans appreciate the warm quilts. Good luck with your eating challenges for the rest of the week.

I need to get something done before Bob gets home. He's been out of town picking up another tractor today; promised he has one sold so we'll see. Like I would know the difference! :dizzy: Enjoy the rest of your day and evening! :tree: :wave:

Maggie
12-17-2013, 02:44 AM
♪♥♫GOOD DECEMBER NIGHT MAGNOLIAS☺♫

It got into the 60°s today and that sure felt great. But I think next week we are in for some nasty weather.

I have decided to make Peach Crumb Cake in a jar gifts for some. I have a lovely sounding recipe for that one and for another White Chocolate & Cranberry Cookie Mix. I will wait and see how many jars I can fill with these two recipes before deciding what else to put in jars. I have picked out several recipes I want to use for the Mug’Ems recipes also. Time to do some shopping for ingredients.

Another decision I have made is to do WW on line on my computer. Since the meeting was changed location it is very difficult for those of us who may have a difficulty with stairs to attend. Even though there is an elevator there are still stairs that have to be navigated down to the meeting then up again to use a restroom. Anyway I have you ladies here on this tread as a support group along with Will at home. I am by no means giving up this road to thin.

SUSAN That is so nice of you ladies to make quilts and donate them to such a worthy cause. I am so sure the quilts are used with thanksgiving to the makers of them.

JEAM Does Bob have a collection of tractors now? I saw the biggest one I have ever seen the other day and was told it sold for a cool 1/2 million. They are quite the works of art with those arms stretched out they can cover lots of land.

Have a great nights sleep my friends. :wave: I am off to cut some zzzzz's
Always remember ~ A setback is only a setup for a comeback.


gma22
12-17-2013, 08:30 AM
Good morning to you all. I am looking forward to 60 degree temps by the end of the week, though we will be getting more rain. Our deck is a mess, but seems like every time we plan on going to work on it, it rains and the leaves are too wet to mess with.

The one thing about knitting a sweater is progress is slow, especially when you knit plus sizes. It looks nice so far, but I am anxious to get it done and there just isn't a way to get it done fast. :lol:

I noticed we got a cost of living increase from the government on our Navy pay for next year, so you ladies should see a tiny increase on your SS I would imagine. We netted $22. I told Jack we now could afford to go on that fancy vacation. :lol:

Jack just left for work a few minutes ago and I am going to do more work upstairs today. The spare bedroom is a mess and needs to be straightened up and I really need to dust upstairs. I should just take all the stuff off of everything and get rid of it and give it to Good Will or something. It just collects dust. I need to start doing that for the downstairs too, just keeping what I really want and getting rid of all the other stuff.

Susan: I keep seeing commercials trying to encourage medical professionals to consider joining the VA hospitals and they show them all updated and fancey and what not and they absolutely are not. They are terrible in my opinion and I think it is horrible that our vets get treated that way. The ones I have been to are not only cut rate medical care, but gray or dark green and drab and smelly and disgusting. I think it is wonderful you are going to give quilts to the nursing home. My niece is a twin actually. She has a twin brother. Luke is a little doll and I have never seen him in person, ever. I rarely see my niece and her husband. Last time I saw them was when my son got married and that was almost 10 years ago. They live in Californian and don't come east much.

Jean: I have a thumb I dislocated on my right hand when I fell and messed up my knee originally way back in the 90's and it will start to ache sometimes if I knit for too long or do other things which can put stress on it. Did you ever finish your afghan? Does Bob store his "toys" somewhere as I wouldn't think you have enough room at your house to put them all. Are you all ready for Christmas? I can't believe it is next week. Thomas's presents are still sitting on the floor in the dining room with the bag with the paper rolls and the bag with the bows on the floor next to it. I guess I have to get on the ball and get them wrapped. I haven't heard from my dd as to what she wants to do for Christmas Eve yet.

Maggie: Oooh, I bet the cranberry cookie recipe would be good with dark chocolate or cherry bits and dark chocolate. I know my FB page always has tons of recipes that people post on it. They have one with pork chops in the crockpot and powdered ranch dressing and cream of chicken soup in it that looks good.

I guess I should go. I am doing laundry again today. Sure seems I do an awful lot of laundry for just two people and I hang around in old clothes most of the time when I am home. :D You all have a good Tuesday. Faye

Jean
12-17-2013, 04:23 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! The sun is shining, the wind is blowing, and it's cold outside! I spent the morning doing laundry and a few more Christmas cards. Either everyone else is running late, too, or not sending them this year. I just made a trip to the hospital to turn in the stamper bill and stamper to be pitched. Now I need to start wrapping!

Maggie -- It is 30 degrees here right now, but feels like 15 because of the wind. :brr: Both jar recipes sound good! Good luck with doing WW online; you can do it! That's too bad the new meeting place has stairs; I'm sure there are others who are disappointed along with you. Bob had a hutch with glass doors made for his office to hold his toy tractors. I asked and he guessed he has around 40. I'm guessing more like 50. One is made of iron and has a man sitting on it; it was my uncle's when he was little. He also has an Oliver wall clock that was in his dad's shop and it was there when his grandfather had the business, so it's old too. He has 5, soon to be 4, farm tractors.

"Gma" -- You sure don't want to make a mistake by hurrying your sweater project. You have lots of time to get it done. ;) Has the job position that Jack wanted been filled, or is it hurry up and wait to find out? There is a kid from Jason's class who is a radiologist in Mpls. He was part of a group and 3rd from the last hired. They let the last 3 go this fall, thanks to the unknowns of Obamacare. He has looked all over the U.S. and there just aren't many positions open for his experience level. January is going to be a bit scary, for the medical field, I think. If you try the pork chop recipe let us know how you like it. It sounds good!

I need to keep moving and work on Christmas! It will be here before we know it! Enjoy a terrific Tuesday! :elf: :wave:

gma22
12-18-2013, 06:55 AM
Good morning to you all. Jack should be up any minutes and since I was up thought I would hurry up and post before he comes downstairs. He likes to read the news online as he eats his cereal. Slurp, slurp, slurp, but I have learned to live with it! :lol:

My younger sister is learning to knit and keeps texting me with questions. It is tough to answer some of them without being in front of her and also because I knit backwards to everyone else. I gave her a link to a great knitting help site and told her there are videos to help her. I have yet to not find a video for a stitch or whatever I need to learn. They are backwards for me, but I usually can get the idea.

I made my hair appt for next month so if they do surgery next month at least I have a good haircut and color. One of the things in the biopsy said I have endometrial polyps so I really need to have the thing removed I think. Of course, it has quit giving me trouble at the moment, which is great.

Jean: We have only received one Christmas card so far this year from our friends that cruised with us the first time and are thinking of going with us next year. I will eventually get one from Kelly and my niece that I made the hat always sends us one, but I used to get tons and people just don't send them out anymore or only send to those who send them one. Stamps have gotten so ridiculous for one thing. I won't be trying the pork chops as Jack wouldn't eat them with the ranch dressing in them. I don't think I could sneak them by him either.Though they have vetted whom they think is qualified for the job, they haven't even done the interviews for jack's promotion. He thinks they won't do anything until after the first of the year as the position is a created one and not one that is urgent.

Everyone have a great middle of the week. Time to test the blood sugar then get things started for the day. Faye

QuilterInVA
12-18-2013, 10:09 AM
Good morning, ladies. 38 degrees right now and in the high 40s later today. It's supposed to get to 70 on Saturday and 75 on Sunday!

I have a luncheon at 12:30 and then my library bee is going to Olive Garden for dinner and then we'll go have our meeting and sew.

Faye, did you get the books? I checked with UPS and they said they were delivered on Friday evening. Just want to be sure they gave them to you.

Jean, I've gotten 4 cards and sent 17. It's just too expensive for any but out of towners. I have a few more I need to do if I can squeeze them in this week.

Maggie, I'm sure the folks who receive you jar gifts will be very happy to get them. They sound delicious.

I need to get to the Y so you all have a good day.

Jean
12-18-2013, 04:53 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! The sun is shining brightly and it's 41 degrees this afternoon! There is a breeze and it's cold outside! I went to get my nails done this morning and then made the dreaded trip to WM. I had quite a list and was there too long trying to find "stuff." I finally gave up on the grocery end as I just can never find what I'm looking for even when I read the signs. Tried to remember a few salad ingredients without checking the recipes before I left home. :rolleyes:

"Gma" -- I learned how to do the afghan stitch from a left handed knitter. I sat facing her after we ate lunch. It was my first year of teaching and Bob was in Vietnam so I had lots of time. I lived in an apartment and we hadn't been married long enough to accumulate anything. I had endometriosis; they didn't know that until they got in "there" so washed all my innards.

Susan -- Wah! :cry: I want warmer weather like you have! We are supposed to be colder by the weekend and perhaps get some snow. Know you will have fun today -- enjoy! I just send cards to out of town friends.

I need to keep moving and figure out what groceries I need for Christmas food. I still have a few cards to do, many gifts to wrap although I did a few of those yesterday, and bell practice in a couple hours. Hope you all enjoy the rest of your day and evening. :tree: :wave:

Maggie
12-19-2013, 12:45 AM
♪♥♫GOOD DECEMBER NIGHT MAGNOLIAS☺♫

It has been a beautiful day here in the ♥-Land ~ more like spring it seemed. We went to a small berg about 50 miles away to have lunch with some friends and had a great time of it. I took them a jar of Peach Crumb Cake mix and she was thrilled. They gave us a gift card for Applebee’s which we truly appreciated. They are older than us and what a neat couple. They own lots of acres of land with oil pumpers on it and she used to be an airplane pilot. We will be taking our metal detector equipment to explore for old artifacts on some of that property.

We had Bible Study tonight and we took jars of that cake mix and gave each couple one. It was just much easier to make all jars alike. I made 6 coffee cups up today for Will to give to his co-workers at the museum of Grits & Cheese Casserole Mix which it is to be made in the mug and serves one. Both recipes I used sound like they will be real yummy.

Somehow I broke a fingernail way back where it will have to grow out before I can cut it off. I used some nail glue and glued a piece of that stuff that looks like a tea bag paper over the cut and that should hold it well until I can cut it off after it grows out. When it grows out I will cut all my nails short and they can all grow out together. I remember as a teen we did use tea bag paper to mend nails with and now you can buy sheets of it in the nail department for mending nails. I hardly ever have to use the mending stuff I have but it is good to have on hand when something like this happens.

JEAN You my friend have been having colder weather than we have. It is like spring here and not jacket wearing weather. Ah but we are supposed to get cold weather next week so I am not a hurry to send my cold weather jackets and sweaters to the cleaner just yet and put them up for I am sure I will need them before very long again. I seem to get more house work done when the weather is cold also for I don't venture out so much when it is cold.

DONNA FAYE Folks are not sending cards out like they used to because of the cost of stamps. People can greet others on their phones or in letters or on their computers and not that they have lost the Christmas Spirit. I still haven't sent my few out and had better get on it and do it tomorrow. :o

SUSAN I love the Olive Garden and they have some good choices for those of us who are watching what we eat. Those that we handed those jars to were thrilled to get them. I remember last time we did that how thrilled it made folks and do believe I will do it again next year and use a different recipe.

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

gma22
12-19-2013, 08:37 AM
Good morning to you all! It is going to be nice and warm here today and by Saturday be in the low 70's for one day then it will dip back into the upper 40's.

I put a call into my PEM group because I have developed some pretty awful headaches from the insulin and they won't go away. I had Jack get me some Aleve yesterday and that doesn't work either. I think I may have to change to Levamir, which is a 12 hours versus 24 hour extended release. That would mean an extra dose I imagine, but who knows. All I know is I can't stand these darn headaches.

Well, I see as usual Christians are not allowed to express their opinions about anything. They have suspended Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty indefinitely for statements he made in a GQ interview. I think they don't know who they are messing with though and he isn't going to take back the statements he made. I am kind of sick and tired of all this being one sided. People still have the right to express their opinion and if I were him, I would sue A and E for civil rights violation. A and E people are stupid. The people that watch this show and buy the products are family oriented, country, redneck, conservative folks and they aren't going to quit buying the products. It didn't work for Chickfilet and it definitely won't work with this family. They are very close and I see them telling A and E to stuff it. This is their number one show and when the whole family stands behind him and refuses to go on with the show I imagine they will change their minds. Ratings will top anything else with tv channels.

Still plugging along on the sweater. I need to start a new project though as I get bored working the sweater all the time and I have plenty of time to complete it.

Jean: The problem with my endometrial stuff is they can't do a "burning" of the tissue with novasure because my uterus is too long. I am fed up with going every few months into the hospital for a d and c. I just want it out and over with. The hospital never sent me the first results of my mammogram, but they were johnny on the spot to send me a letter saying I had an abnormal mammogram. If I hadn't talked with people there this darn letter would have scared me to death. They make it sound like my breasts are full of cancer and all it is are a couple of very tiny calcium spots. I am waiting to hear from my doctor how she wants to handle it, but if I haven't heard from her by Christmas I guess I will make an appt and go in and see what she wants to do. I am so sick of stupid doctors!!!

Susan: I'm sorry, I thought I had posted that I received the books and thanked you for them. I do thank you as they are great cookbooks. I don't know how much I can use them for meals for both of us, but I sure can for the one person meals, which is great. Jack is so picky.

Maggie: Sounds like your gift giving is keeping you busy. I sent out my last three cards yesterday so I am done. So far, I have gotten 3 cards and I sent out 25! :lol:

Everyone have a great day. I have to get off the computer as this headache is killing me. Faye

Maggie
12-19-2013, 02:31 PM
♪♥♫GOOD DECEMBER AFTERNOON MAGNOLIAS☺♫

It is a bit cooler here in the ♥-Land with the temp in the 40° range.

I have gotten all the jar and cup gifts delivered and that is good to get them done so I don’t have to rush. I love those little one person recipes that goes in a mug to Mug-Em with. I’ll do that again next year mainly for single folks as I did this year. The book has 21 mug recipes in it. I may even make some of the bars from the book Hip 2b Square and gift them. There are many ways to share a square or more. They look festively stacked and wrapped with shrink wrap with a bow on top or in any type of container for that matter. Just thinking of the “Sunshine Lemon Bars” makes my mouth water. What fun to give gifts from the kitchen.

I ordered the neatest travel mugs for our “stocking stuffer gift” which are called French Press Travel Montana Mug. They have a place at the bottom which will hold 2 servings of grounds and are said to keep coffee hot like the one I currently use from Zojirushi. We will see how long the coffee with be kept hot when they get here. French press coffee is soooo good. Those of you who don’t like or drink coffee probably don’t have a clue to what I am talking about here. :lol: It will be interesting to see if they will fit into the drink holder in the Jeep. My tall thin Zojirushi fits quite nicely for it is 2˝ inches wide and 9 inches tall and still sold as the “best” for keeping a beverage hot in Hammicer Schlammicer (sp)catalogue for they do tests on the products they sell and try to find the “best”. I love the little elephant on Zojirushi’s logo and have had this container for quite some time now and it is still keeping things hot. :cp:

DONNA FAYE Surely there is a med for you that won't give you those headaches as a side effect. No, Robertson won't back down from his beliefs and look for A&E to buckle under the pressure from the "people" ~ just a matter of time.

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

Jean
12-19-2013, 04:12 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! The wind is really blowing today, cloudy, and feels like 5 degrees outside. It's bitterly cold and the wind seems to go right through my coat. I braved the grocery stores this morning; don't know why they both can't carry the same items in the same sizes. :twirly: I have a coffee date this afternoon and then am home for the night. I'd really like to go see Anchorman 2 but maybe this weekend. I have a couple more cards to write and lots of gifts left to wrap so need to finish those projects.

Maggie -- I waiting for you to share your weather! :dizzy: Yesterday felt like a spring day! Sioux City had 50 degrees but we didn't get quite that high. Last night, after practice, it did feel like a nice spring evening with no wind. I'm sure everyone appreciates the food gifts from you. A great idea!

"Gma" -- I hope your headache is gone by now. Bob's mom got us started on extra strength Tylenol and that seems to work well for both of us. I still keep Excedrin on hand. The Robertson family (maybe just Phil?) is being interviewed by Barbara Walters tonight but I couldn't find it on the cable guide so not sure of the time or channel. I got it on FB. I'd like to watch it. What happened to freedom of speech, let alone opinion?

I need to get moving and run an errand on my way to coffee. Enjoy the rest of your day and evening. :tree: :wave:

gma22
12-20-2013, 04:17 AM
Good morning ladies. As you can see, it is near 2 AM and here I sit. My pharmacy dr called me back and said she had talked with my regular dr and they were highly concerned and they wanted me to go to the ER. She said Lantus only causes headaches in people whose blood sugar is low and since mine wasn't (I did an extra test during the day and it was fine) so I texted Jack and he zoomed home early (which he didn't really have to do) and we spent the next 5 hours in the ER. They took blood and the guy hit a big vein and before he could attach the tubes for the blood, I had blood pouring out of my arm down it and all over my shirt and jeans and onto the floor. :lol: I showed him for poking me! I had a cat scan, they checked my heart and sinuses and neck etc and nothing. Lying in the hall waiting for someone to take me back to the ER after the Cat Scan they pushed up a very elderly black lady with her daughter. Her daughter was so sweet and ask me if I was ok and was very pleasant. Poor thing had a hip replaced and she looked to be about 90 or so and just layed there. I guess she was developing pressure sores so they wanted to scan them to see how deep they were getting. God Bless her daughter. She had the old lady dressed up for sure. She had on hospital gown, but she had fancy fuzzy sleepers peeking out under the sheet and had a leopard skin hat/scarf combo and big earrings so she wasn't going to be a plain jane in the hospital for sure! When they came to take me back she walked up and patted my shoulder an wished me happy holiday and said santa would be to my house soon. I told her I wasn't so sure because I had been naughty this year and might get coal in my stocking. She just laughed as did the young man who wheeled me back to my room. I had all my clothing on including shoes and I whacked the poor kid a good one with my shoe when he wheeled me into the room. I profusely apologized, but I imagine his knuckles stung. They sent me home with a migraine med. I woke up at 1:30 with the headache so I took one of the meds they gave me and am waiting for the headache to go away if it does. I am not sure as the stuff is a barbituate combined with tylenol and caffeine and it put me to sleep so I am not sure the headache ever really went away. We shall see what the next step is as I am going to make an appt to see my regular dr in the morning. I probably won't get in to see her for at least 2 weeks or so and I am supposed to make an appt with the scheduling nurse to go in to see my gyno since my blood glucose stays ok they can proceed with my hysterectomy.

I am not up to about 7 cards and thank you, Jean for the cute cat card, btw. Jack knew who you were because I talk about all of you all the time. :lol:

I am probably going to sit and knit for a bit until I feel a bit better or they make me sleepy again.

Maggie: Have you ever made the Splenda hot cocoa mix? I think I am going to make that so that I can get my milk in during the day. I am supposed to have two servings and the only thing considered milk is yogurt and milk pretty much. Cheeses, cream cheese, sour cream and such is considered carbs on the list. I bought FF milk, but I couldn't use it up fast enough before it went bad and Jack won't drink it. He drinks 2%. I just wondered if you liked it if you ever made it before. I am going to get the ff dry milk and creamer and cocoa and make up a batch and see if I like it I think. I do like hot cocoa. I don't know about the mug, but I know what a french press is for coffee. In fact, Jack and I watched a show on one of the cooking channels all about coffee and the different way to brew it an such. Jack has a Keurig that he really likes. He likes the flavored creamers to put in his coffee and even said he was going to take some on the cruise next year so he could put it in coffee from the ship, which is actually free unlike anything else you want to drink on the ship. :lol: Do those cranberry/white choc cookies freeze well do you know? Jack wouldn't eat them and I would like to make them and freeze them in baggies. TX

Jean: It got into the low 60's here yesterday, in fact I didn't even wear a jacket to the hospital. I took one and threw it into the back seat in case it was cool when we came out. We seem to be going to have nice temps until Sunday then back into the 40's, which is better than the 20's, which we were having for awhile. We have commissary this weekend and of course ti is going to rain. We can now park in handicap though so it will be closer to the store and we may not get totally soaked. Jack always lets me out at the store entrance as they have a big median strip with planter and such between the parking lot and the store and have a drive through to pick up groceries so he lets me off there.

Well, I guess I will go sit and knit for a bit if my head allows it. I noticed a bit of stiffness in my shoulder so probably slept wrong too, which doesn't help. Have a great day and great weekend. Faye

Jean
12-20-2013, 03:31 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! It's another cloudy, breezy, cold day in my corner of the world. I went to get a "trim" this morning and I'm hoping I can do something with it after I wash it again. One of Bob's customers is having their annual Christmas open house tonight. They clear out the machine shed, lay down carpet remnants, turn on the heat, and invite the surrounding farm families plus every other Tom, Dick, and Harry they know to come. They provide most of the food but others also bring things to share. The newest agent was personally invited this morning so I'm hoping he and Bob will go together and then I won't have to go. I really wanted to go to the show tonight, but maybe tomorrow night.

I have developed an allergy (?) to something. The skin on my face is splotchy and dry to the point it is scaly. This morning it itched and is red. I don't have time to go to Sioux City to the dermatologist right now. I haven't eaten anything different, nor changed any of the soap, etc., I use. 'Tis a mystery, and I'm not much liking it.

"Gma" -- I'm so sorry about you having to go to the ER. :hug: I hope the prescription helped your headache. Beth has migraines so I know they can be awful. I hope your commissary trip goes smoothly. I guess with a holiday it could be worse than ever. :(

I finished my cards this morning and now need to wrap, wrap, wrap this afternoon! Hope you all are having a good Friday and enjoy! :ginger: :wave:

Maggie
12-20-2013, 04:10 PM
♪♥♫GOOD DECEMBER AFTERNOON MAGNOLIAS☺♫

Santa must sure not like me at all this year. Will ordered a bow for me last month from a local shop and found out today it won’t be here until mid January. Good thing is he gets it for the price it was when he ordered it and it will be about a hundred dollars more in cost next year. At least the special arrows he ordered made up and the hand guard did come in and I do have the arm guard. I’m not really bummed because I wouldn’t be able to use the bow until after then anyway for the weather won’t be good. If he wants a take-down one like it he will have to order it in April probably. Mine will be a take-down bow and he has one now that isn’t but I imagine after I get mine he will want one like kinda like it.

:lol: Will came in with some ger-prizes for me. Since I won’t get my bow until after the New Year he got me a kids re-curve bow with 3 arrows that have rubber suckson cups on the end and a Daisy Red Rider BB gun with 1500 BBs. The gun is because the 22 handgun he bought me for my birthday is still in the shop being worked on. He also brought me a bottle of Opium which is my favorite fragrance that I wear each day and it is a tradition to have it for my anniversary present. I love my smell good stuff and new bow and BB gun. Will had one just like it when he was 8 years old.

We so far have gotten 3 gift cards for Applebee’s and 2 for I-Hop that came in nice Christmas cards. The two charms I ordered came and I now have the” Never, Never, Never Give Up” and on the back it says Winston Churchill. The little telescope is actually way too big for my bracelet but does make a nice necklace.

An insurance guy gave Will a book which is called The Art of the Cookie by Shelly Kaldunski ~ just what I need is a cook book filled with nothing but cookie recipes. It says to craft beautiful and delicious cookies to savor and share. If I made any I would have to be making them to give away for they don't have any nutritional information with the recipes. The pictures are luscious and inviting though and a nice looking book for the insurance company to give away. I have a nice little paperback booklet put out by WW called Best Ever Desserts and lots of yummy recipes clipped from Cooking Light magazine which do have the nutritional information in the recipes. I could find out the points+ values in this book if I wanted to but know the points value would be too high to make me want to eat any of them. It is a nice "give away" from the insurance company none the less.

DONNA FAYE :hug: What an ordeal you are going through with that headache. Do you suppose it is a migraine? They are known to last for several days and can be quite severe. When I first feel one coming on I found if I take a couple of Vanquish, which I get over the counter, it keeps the pain away. My doctor, years ago, told me that I would find a medicine over the counter that would work for my headaches since I hated taking the prescribed ones for they made me feel goofy.;) I like to keep a nice Hot Chocolate Mix on hand especially in the colder weather. I got the recipe out of my Splenda® Recipe Book by Marlene Koch. Here it is in case you don’t have this recipe.
HOMEMADE HOT CHOCOLATE MIX
1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
˝ cup nondairy dry creamer
⅔ cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
⅔ cup Splenda Granular®

1. Thoroughly mix all ingredients together
2. Place in an airtight container
3. To serve, stir 3 tablespoons of the dry mix
into 6 ounces very hot water & stir

Per Serving (3 Tablespoons)
Calories 50
Carbohydrate 8 grams
Protein 3 grams
Fat 1.5 grams (1 saturated)
Fiber 1 gram
Sodium 30 milligrams
Diabetic exchange = ˝ carbohydrate
WW point + comparison = 1 point

JEAN Sounds like quite a open house party those folks are putting on for their friends. I hope you can soon figure out what is causing that skin rash you have and get it treated. Since you have done nothing different it is one of those weird things that just happen and leave a person guessing. :o Not a fun thing for sure. I had to cut my long luscious fingernails off this morning because somehow I had broken one back a bit beyond where it was growing at the tip of the finger. All long and one short makes it look odd. I have some mending stuff but with this break it wouldn't work well at all. They will all grow out again but they sure feel strange being so short.


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

Maggie
12-21-2013, 01:43 PM
♪♥♫GOOD DECEMBER MORNING MAGNOLIAS☺♫

33° high today with a low of 17°. It is cold folks.

Last night when I was ready for bed before getting in bed I reached over to set bottle of lotion on my side table and in the process I knocked over my full water bottle and it hit on my toe next to the little one. This morning I think I may have broken it from the looks of it and it hurts. But I have never had a broken bone so don’t really know what one would feel like anyway.

Will is being Santa at the Applebee’s today from 11am till 1pm and I did not choose go down there and sit around for those 2 hours. When he is through there he will come home and change out of his Santa Suit and we will then go back there and have lunch. I think this is his last appointment to be Santa anywhere this year. Christmas is coming soon and I hope you are all ready. I have everything mailed out that I am sending this year except Thank You cards. I would really be amiss if I didn’t send those out.

Today I need to make sure I have all the things I need to make our Christmas Day meal of Prime Rib and the Chili Beans for Christmas Eve. We have been invited out for the Christmas Day meal but declined and are staying home but will visit with that group in the afternoon.

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

Jean
12-21-2013, 11:50 PM
Good Evening, Flowers! It's been another cold, gloomy, windy day today. I've spent most of the day wrapping gifts and doing laundry. We did go see Anchorman 2 this afternoon. In our opinion, it is way over-rated; in other words we both thought it was stupid movie. The people sitting around us agreed.

Maggie -- FYI on a broken toe, and trust me! Tape it to the next toe and it will feel so much better. The doctor did that for me when I broke mine saying there is nothing else to be done for a broken toe. Actually, my dry peeling skin has pretty much cleared up, but my face is red, and it itches from time to time. I will put up with it until after Christmas and then call the dermatologist in Sioux City. Have fun with your new toys! :D

I am heading off to bed! Tomorrow is church, shop for a ham afterwards, and then home to work on more Christmas. I have a cat character Nativity set that I need to find! Hope you all enjoy a nice day tomorrow! :gift2:

gma22
12-22-2013, 03:12 PM
Good afternoon gals. Just got back from the commissary about an hour ago and Jack settled down to take a nap and they called him into work. He is not happy about it, but with the promotion looming I guess he decided he should go out there. I hope it doesn't take too long. We have planned to go out to dinner tonight to our favorite pasta place, but we shall see how long it takes to fix the problem.

I still have a headache and though it lessens, it doesn't go away completely at all. Nothing has worked even for a little while. So, I guess I will wait and see if they call me back next week about it. I have to make an appt with my regular dr next week and I did call into the pharmacy and had the resident take all the info to pass onto the pharmacy dr and to my regular dr so we shall see. I have had no low blood sugar and not one bit of high blood sugar in the whole time I have been on this stuff.

I have got to get Thomas's presents wrapped as they are still sitting on the floor in the dining room and we are taking them to him on Tuesday evening! :lol: I don't suppose it would be the right thing to do to put them all in a black trash bag and say "Merry Christmas!" and give them to him, would it? :rofl::rofl: Just kidding, but I do hate to wrap presents.

Maggie: Thanks for the recipe. I already had that one as I belong to the Splenda recipe club thingy. For those cranberry cookies I found and did buy sf choc chips (instead of reg white choco) and found sf dried cranberries too so will make them better all around for me. I am going to bag them up into servings and freeze them just so I have treats for now and then. I am also going to make a sf custard pie I found on FB so I hope it is good. The lady uses truvia and the commissary actually had a jar where you can measure it instead of just packets so I bought it and Splenda to bake with. I agree whole heartedly with Jean. Tape the last toe to the one that got whacked and though it will turn black and blue, it will feel a lot better. Ice it if it swells though.

Jean: They have electrical contractors out at the plant and the guy that owns the company that won the bid to send them to the plant brought in hams for all his workers and gave Jack one two. They had been bbq rubbed and smoked, but I washed off all the rub, cut it in half and cut slices from one half and the other put in the freezer to bake with brown sugar/pineapple glaze for maybe new year's. We are having BBQ from across the street for Christmas Eve as it is the only place pretty much that will be open past 3-4 PM and for Christmas I am making a rotisserie chicken for the two of us. Since I hate Will Ferrell wouldn't have gone to see that one, but Jack really wanted to buy "The Family" with DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer about a family of mobsters in witness protection. I wanted "Dispicable Me 2" so we bought both. Have mercy do not buy the DeNiro picture. It is the worst thing we have ever, ever seen. It had no plot and was really stupid.

Well gals, I am going to read and knit, etc until I hear from Jack. Have a great afternoon. Faye

Jean
12-22-2013, 05:47 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! Just a quick "hello" since I'm upstairs collecting laundry to head down to the basement. It's a cold, windy day but the sun is shining this afternoon! Church attendance was skimpy this morning so I don't anticipate much to count tomorrow. I hope it will be short and sweet because I have lots to do before Wednesday! I did take time to read the paper after church, fixed lunch, and have made the expected party mix which the kids expect to take home with them.

"Gma" -- I feel sorry for Jack getting called in to work on a day off. I sure hope the doctor can come up with a solution for your headache. :yes: I still have clothes to wrap for the kids; I don't bother with boxes nor bags, just do the tissue paper and call it good. What is your recipe for the brown sugar/pineapple glaze for ham? We bought two nine pound hams this morning. I hope they turn out tasty good. :T They do have a tinfoil packet of glaze with them, but I really like pineapple. There is a Julia Roberts movie coming but I don't know the name of it. I like "happy ever after" movies! :D

I really did want to bake some cookies but not sure if I'm up for that now or not. I still have some wrapping to do too. Hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday! :rudolph:

gma22
12-23-2013, 08:27 AM
Good morning all. We never did go out to eat last evening. He didn't get home until 6 PM and he decided to just fix himself a sandwich so I did too and that was that. I think we may go tonight.

Jack said there weren't going to be many guys at work today so he bought a couple dozen donuts to take out there. They have to be ready to work at 7 though as the motor they wanted last night didn't get there and is supposed to be there first thing this morning. Jack's only part in this is wiring up the electronics once the thing is installed so he will be sitting around waiting for that and probably eating donuts! :lol:

I had to sew up one of Jack's tshirts he bought on the ship this year. It already tore under the armpit in both seams. I stink on a sewing machine, but I am a darn good hand sewer (soer not suer :lol: ) and just fixed it right up this morning.

I have laundry that just finished in the washer so will be sticking it in the dryer and I will have it all done. I am hoping to make up those cookies today. Depends on how I feel. Right now my headache is midrange and hopefully it will back down this morning. I may go ahead and mix up the custard pie mix and put the pie in the oven though. My grandmother made the best custard pie so I hope this is even half as good using Truvia.

Maggie: I sure hope your toe is feeing better today. I know you have some things planned for the holiday you want to get done.

Jean: Does your church have a Christmas Eve service? Some churches do and some don't. I always liked the midnight service where they just had singing and it was lit in candles instead of lights with the wreathes and such. It was a way to make the kids sleepy for one thing! :lol:

Here is Jackson making a snowman on their back patio. They must not have had too much snow at this time because his snowman is a bit puny, but I am sure he had fun making it.

I best get things rolling for the day. You all have a great start to your week!
:hohoho:

Maggie
12-23-2013, 01:23 PM
♪♥♫GOOD DECEMBER AFTERNOON MAGNOLIAS☺♫ :tree:

It is a day here in the ♥-Land that is rather cold with the high tem at 20° and the low at 7°. No snow ~ just the cold.

Our new French press coffee mugs arrived today and look like they will be good ones. We will be trying them out later today for sure. I call them “stocking stuffer” items. We were given a nice loaf of homemade “flavored” bread and a box of candy a lady brought back from Hawaii to give to us and a few hundred dollars worth of restaurant gift cards. People delight in giving us gifts of food for they know we have everything we need anyway. :lol: I am going to slice that nice loaf of bread and freeze most of it in small packets to enjoy through the next few months. A piece of it toasted with a boiled egg and some fruit will make a lovely meal.

I found my container of Christmas music that had been hiding from me and am having a great time listening to the CD’s. I have a great range from classical, traditional to rock and roll.

DONNA FAYE How nice of Jack to take donuts to work to share with his co-workers. There doesn't have to be much snow for kids to have a great time in it ~ thanks for the picture. I have found using sugar subs made for baking do justice to the pies and such. Some sweeteners break down in the heat and I don't use them. You will find what works best for you by just trying different sweeteners made for baking.

JEAN Did you get some cookies baked ~ what kind? I love the smell of cookies being baked this time of year. Sadly I didn't make any this year ~ didn't want the temptation around. :o

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

Jean
12-23-2013, 05:12 PM
Good Afternoon, Flower! The sun is shining brightly but it's a cold 3 degrees in my corner of the world this afternoon. Wind chill is -16. :brr: There wasn't a lot of money to count this morning but some big checks from people who wait until the end of the year to pay their pledge in one lump sum. Gift shop money is in the bank too. I was going to stop for a gallon of milk on my way home and couldn't buy a parking spot so came on home. I'll send Bob later. ;) My house looks like a tornado hit and I need to get busy and hit the high spots. Wrapping is finished!

"Gma" -- I'm sure the guys enjoyed Jack's donuts this morning. :T We have three Christmas Eve services: 2:30, 7, and 10. Years ago we used to have an 11 that ended right at midnight but think that was too late for little kids and "old" people who don't like to go out after dark. The pastor is promoting the 7:00 service with something special for children. Not sure what that might be. We'll go to the 2:30 service. I'm sure Jackson is proud of his snowman. Cute picture!

Maggie -- I know you will enjoy your new coffee mugs. :yes: We have an Olive Garden gift card that we need to use soon. We have a funeral in Sioux City on Monday so may get to go then. On the other hand, there probably will be a lunch after the service. No cookies yet, but that's still on my "to do" list. I don't need them sitting here either but know the grandkids will snarf them down in no time.

I need to keep moving before I run out of steam. Enjoy the rest of the day! :santa:

gma22
12-24-2013, 08:26 AM
Good morning to you all. Jack is snoozing away this morning as he is on holiday. He worked 15 hours yesterday and freaked me out bigtime. I knew that the work they did on Sunday could not be completed and the motor was supposed to be at the plant at 7 AM. They kept stalling and it didn't arrive until noon. On top of that, as Jack said things went from bad to worse, the strapped the thing over the motor and bent some rod, which made it blow up as they installed it and there is NO backup. From what I understand, there are 4 of these machines that bring in the sludge to the plant. Three of them have variable speed motors and one is straight speed. One of them has a broken rod and is being repaired at the same place the repaired motor for the other one came from, one is broken down and they can't figure out how to fix it and the third one is the one they were repairing and it blew up. From what Jack says, the constant speed machine cannot keep up with what is being brought into the plant and there has to be at least one of the variable speeds working. None of them are working right now. Jack didn't get home until 9:30 PM last night and two of the foremen, one of which is on vacation have to go in this morning. The place that has the bid for repair is supposed to go out and repair it at the plant today, but Jack says he is not going out there, period to connect the electronics. Today is our Christmas with Thomas and we are not going to sacrifice that. The thing that freaked me out is the last time I heard from Jack was when the motor arrived and he texted me it had gotten there, which was about 12:30 I think. He always calls or texts when he is going to work late and I heard nothing. I texted him starting around 4:30 about whether he was working and by 6 PM I was getting a bit freaked out because I had heard nothing and when I called the plant the phone rolled over to voicemail so I couldn't even check to see if he was out there, which would have allayed my fears. I was scared to death at any minute the cops would come knocking. I finally got him on the phone around 8 PM just enough for him to say he was ok and at work. He was down in the blower building and the reception was awful but I relaxed because I knew he was not on the road somewhere hurt or at the hospital or something. I am a nervous nelly anyway and I have to say, I was a mess by the time I finally got ahold of him.

On top of that, I got an explanation of benefits from Tricare and they didn't pay for my gyn appt saying I didn't get a referral. I had this problem one before at least 6 years ago with the gyn before the one who put me on the meds. I fought with them for months about it saying I didn't need a referral and I wasn't paying so we will probably have that again. I don't understand why the 5 years I saw the gyn who put me on the meds there was never a problem but the first appt with this guy there is. I have to tell you I am about done with health issues. I have put up with one thing after the other going wrong and now I am dealing with round the clock headaches that no one is helping me solve. I have the mammogram issue too and now what is going to happen with my hysterectomy if they tell me this guy isn't someone I can see? I will have to completely start over with another gyn and frankly with everything else in my life health wise I am not even sure I am up to it.

Maggie: I have packaged sf cookies that taste great and have Splenda in them and I know you use it for baking so I know the taste as far as sweetness is ok. I have used Truvia and it is good too. I made my pie and it came out fine and has a good taste to it. I will probably make the cookies tomorrow as we are alone on Christmas day. Cocoa mix is terrific btw.

Jean: Does Bob drink milk? I just wondered because half the time we don't use up a half gallon before it goes bad let alone having a whole gallon in the house. Hope the service is nice and you enjoy it.

Well girls, I am not sure if I will get in here tomorrow and I am sure you all will be busy so have a fabulous Christmas Eve and Christmas!!! Faye

Jean
12-24-2013, 11:53 AM
Good Morning! Just taking a quick break . . . two pans of cheesy potatoes made. One about ready to come out of the oven (leftovers to send home), and one to bake tomorrow. Need to hunt for a gift I bought and can't find. Will's birthday is in Feb. so he may get it then! Have salads to put together after the hunt.

"Gma" -- It sounds like a major mess where Jack works. :( Wading through the medical insurance mumbo jumbo is enough to give anyone a headache. I feel for you! :hug: It was nice of Obama to add an extra day for people to sign up today. All of our local offices are closed today! :lol3: Bob does drink milk; once in awhile I have to pour a little down the drain but not often. I buy half gallon jugs. If I were alone I'd have to buy the smallest size available because I don't drink it.

I need to keep moving. Enjoy your day and Merry Christmas to all! :tree:

Jean
12-24-2013, 01:30 PM
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, Maggie and Will! Wishing you many more happy years together! :balloons: :cheer:

Maggie
12-24-2013, 04:23 PM
♪♥♫GOOD DECEMBER AFTERNOON MAGNOLIAS☺♫ :wreath:

It is a day that will get up to 41° before it ends with a low of 20°. AH, but the wind duth blow mightily. We got a funny Christmas card from the museum director with another food card. Anyway the front of the card has a cat with a serious look on its face wearing a green sweater and a red Santa hat. The saying is “No animals were harmed during the making of this Christmas card.” Inside it reads…”The photographer, however, is in serious but stable condition and may be able to leave the hospital by New Year’s.”

I got so irritated with Beanie last night. He wanted outside and so I opened the door and let him out. Then when he knocked I went to the door and opened it and he ran back down the stairs. That went on 4 times and I finally just shut the door and left him out there. What he was waiting for was Ragg Mopp to come out then they both would come back in together as is their custom. Ragg Mopp didn’t want to go out at that time so Beanie just had to wait for awhile out there by himself. This all went on when I was getting things in order in the kitchen before going to bed. What a brat he can be but he is so cute at it. Today we bought them some chew treats and couldn’t find anything for Cecil but a can of food. He eats dry food so it will be a treat.

I need to go out the kitchen and mix up some more of those Jar mixes to give as gifts. I need at least 3 more. It is also time for me to get the chili beans going on the stove for our traditional Christmas Eve meal. So it is audios for awhile.

JEAN Thank you for the well wishes. It has been a great marriage so it should continue to be so. We have been blessed for sure. I am sure all your food will be yummy. Don't you just love this time of the year. Food cards seem to be the gift of the year for those of us who have everything we really "need." :D

DONNA FAYE OOO tough times at Jacks work. Hopefully they will get it all back to exact soon and running as it should. Will drinks a lot of milk and me not so much but ours never gets a change to go bad.

Have a great afternoon & Christmas Eve my friends. :wreath:
Always remember ~ A setback is only a setup for a comeback.
:tree:

QuilterInVA
12-25-2013, 09:53 AM
:xcheer::elf: Only time for a quick Merry Christmas this morning. Our record temperatures from the weekend have now gone down to 25 degrees - 60 degrees difference. I am so thankful for my warm house and warm clothes.

Maggie
12-25-2013, 06:28 PM
♪♥♫GOOD DECEMBER AFTERNOON MAGNOLIAS☺♫ :wreath:

Hello to all Magnolias. :wave: It is a wonderful Christmas day in the 40°s and we had a yummy dinner of prime rib, stuffing, green beans, cranberry/orange mixture and half of a baked potato topped with ff sour cream. It was all delicious and now in the fridge for a later time. We will be going out for dinner for several restaurants in town are open. We went for a nice drive about the country while sipping our coffee and had a nice peaceful of it time.

Nothing much going on this day but being home and enjoying it.

Have a great Merry Christmas Day my friends. :wreath:
Always remember ~ A setback is only a setup for a comeback.
:tree:

gma22
12-26-2013, 09:23 AM
Good morning girls. I am baking cookies at the moment to stave off blowing my top. As I said, my insurance ran a couple of visits through point of service instead of network leaving me a bill for a total of $200 which I shouldn't have to pay. I was looking at the site this morning to make double sure my gyn was listed in network providers and just glanced at my referral authorizations and saw one dated last Monday the 23rd for a dr named Hammond that was approved. I thought it was a mistake until I clicked on it and found that someone, more than likely my regular dr did this. It is in reference to the calcium spots on my breast, but no one told me anything about it. I am fed up with all of this. I should at least be called before they go behind my back and make arrangements for me to see another dr. Jack says we will have to pay these other two bills and he doubts Tricare will give me a referral for the pharmacy visits, which means I don't go as I am not going to pay to sit there and have them look through my stuff and decide things for me. I will just go to my regular dr and this other one can sit in, but not get paid for it. As to this other thing, I guess I will go see him, but I am pretty steamed about it, hence baking cookies. I checked into whether they can do them both in one trip to the surgical unit and they can so I am going to fight this big time. I am not going under anesthesia twice within a couple months. My biggest problem is not calling me and talking with me about this first, just assuming I would go along.

We had a nice quiet Christmas. I made a rotisserie chicken and mashed potatoes, gravy, corn and rolls. We watched one of the older "A Christmas Carol" and just vegged out for the most part. We enjoyed Christmas eve with the kids too and Thomas liked his presents. His socks fit perfectly, btw. He put them on and walked around in them for awhile then said they were itching him and took them off so don't know how much he will wear them.

Jean: Hope you had a nice Christmas. I am done with birthdays until June, which is nice. I now just have to buy a new dishwasher, go through surgeries, try to get someone to listen to me about the darn headaches, etc. Fun way to begin the new year.

Maggie: Sorry I missed your anniversary. It didn't come up on my alarm thing for some reason. Hope you had a nice one.

Well gals, back to cookies and laundry. Have a nice end of the week. Faye

Jean
12-26-2013, 12:08 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! It's another cloudy, windy day in my corner of the world. We got a dusting of snow Christmas Eve during the night, but no snow in the next few days forecast. We had sunshine yesterday so my cat nose prints, that I forgot to clean off, added to the decor! Sonny's ratty looking rug was also mentioned; Jason asked if I couldn't afford a new one. Poor Sonny had a traumatic day yesterday. The kids were back and forth from the basement and would shut the door when they were downstairs. He evidently hid under the bed when they came, and couldn't get downstairs with the door closed. He finally did make it down to the laundry room to hide, and never came back up last night after everyone left when it was quiet. Ernie, of course, was right in the mix of things most of the day. Well, another Christmas has come and gone. Seems like more work every year, or else I just don't move as fast as I used to

I've become allergic to something! :hyper: It started out with a dry spot on one cheek and it would peel. I kept putting extra moisturizer on it and it would clear up for a day or two, then be dry again. Different areas of my face are scaly and now itch at times. I called the dermatologist in Sioux City and can get in Monday morning at 9:00 which really surprised me. The funeral is at 11 so I'm hoping the doctor appointment won't take too long.

Maggie -- I had to :D at the card from the museum. I don't think Sonny would sit still for a picture by anyone but me and then I have to be quick. How many years have you and Will been married? I'm sure you have said in years past but I forget. It was a bit warmer here yesterday, but still that raw cold with the wind blowing. The kids played outside for a few minutes a couple of different times.

Susan -- I feel sorry for the people who had no electricity for Christmas. I just caught the tail end of the news on that so not sure where it was. There was a water/sewer leak (?) a couple of blocks from church. We saw them working when we left church after the service. It was really cold and windy that day; I felt so sorry for the guys who had to work. We do have lots to be thankful for! :yes:

"Gma" -- I feel so bad for you having to deal with the musical doctors and medical system! :hug: I don't blame you for being angry! I can imagine how frustrating it must be for you, after listening to Bob talk about some of the snafus his clients go through.

The dishwasher is running and I have laundry to get downstairs. I'm ready to put Christmas away, but probably not until the weekend. The gift shop Christmas items are 50% off tomorrow and I have to work. I'm hoping for a sell out by noon. Enjoy a terrific Thursday! :wave:

gma22
12-27-2013, 08:18 AM
Good morning gals. Another day of winter, but we have passed the longest day so we will gradually have more sun, which is ok with me. It is going to be sunny and in the 50's here today but the temps at night still dip lower than usual.

I got an email from Tricare yesterday about the surgical consult and that I only have so many days to make an appt and blah, blah, blah. I will make that one today I guess. I am still waiting to hear from the clinic about my referral for the gyn appt the end of the month. I imagine I am going to get stuck with a couple doctor's bills because of being told wrong information. I told Jack from now on, I get referrals or I don't go even with the gyn and the pharmacy people. No one has called me so I guess they could care less I have headaches all the time.

I need to get the downstairs cleaned today. I did the upstairs bathrooms yesterday and kind of screwed up. We have a bath mat in the tub so that I don't slip and when I clean the bathroom, I spray it with Tilex to kill mold or mildew on both sides, take it out of the tub and clean the tub, rinse the tub then put it back in and rinse both sides of the mat. Problem is, I can't get the suction cups to stick by just pushing them down so I always tell Jack to be careful when he takes his next shower because I cleaned the bathroom and he knows what that means. He taps them down when he gets in, then I can shower whenever. Well, I had planned to shower yesterday then clean the bathrooms and I just got carried away cleaning and before you know it, I had done the tub and realized what I had done. So I had to just do a wash up and I washed my hair in the sink downstairs. I was alone and wasn't about to climb into the tub and try and push down the suction cups. That's what I get for being in a hurry to get things done.

I am coming along on my sweater and my girlfriend's scarf. Her birthday isn't until May so I have time and I just need the sweater done by Sept. I am a few inches away from my decreases for the back piece. I have no other knitting projects so I should be good.

I noticed they are again trying to cut our Navy retirement and talking about closing all the commissaries. Maybe instead they should cut the salaries of the president and congress. All they do is make trouble and don't solve things. Jack earned what he got and it isn't much so taking any of it away is crappy. They already have raised our Tricare insurance premiums 3 times since the Obamacare stuff started. We shall see what comes of this. The veterans groups aren't happy, that's for sure. Maybe they should quit cutting defense spending to give to the illegals and the lazy and then they can balance the defense budget.

Jean: Poor Sonny. I imagine it does disrupt him considering how he was living. It will take him awhile to get used to a lot of people around I imagine or he may never warm to a crowd in your house. They are both so cute. I thought about my little Fortune the other day because I always made him something for Christmas. I have been having itching on and off on the left side of my abdomen and I think it too is the lantus. It will drive me nuts and nothing I do helps, not benadryl, not hydrocortizone cream, nothing. It just has to go away by itself. I am finding if I take 2 Aleve it will dull the headache until they wear off at night then I either take 2 more if the headache rears up badly or not. It is about the only thing I can do. Hopefully they can just give you cream or something to put on it and it will go away.

Well girls, time to get the morning started I guess. You all have a nice weekend. Faye

QuilterInVA
12-27-2013, 09:32 AM
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