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12-27-2013, 09:42 AM
Good morning, ladies! A sunny day but cold at 29 degrees. Ice on the windshields this morning.

I'm going to English Paper Piecing today and that will be a lot of fun.

Faye, Glory has Tricare for Life and its terrible when you are a widow. She's on the bottom when it comes to getting an appointment at Langley. She's signed up for a Medicare supplement so she can get the care she needs. We have a Commissary at Langley and had a Quick Stop on the Bethel Base Housing that they closed 2 years ago. With Obama Care beginning Jan 1 I think we are all in for a rough time medically. They discontinued all Medicare Advantage Plans so my supplement has gone up a lot.

Jean, Cupid was a one-woman cat and whenever anyone came to the house, he'd go upstairs until they left. Casper is entirely different. He knows they came to see him and can't wait until they sit down so he can sit on their laps and get petted.

Maggie, have fun with all your food gift cards. It's nice to have them.

Have a wonderful day!

12-27-2013, 03:44 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! The sun is shining, the wind is blowing, and it's a WARM 51 degrees according to the Weather Bug. It doesn't feel that warm because of the wind. I left a little early for the gift shop this morning; there wasn't a lot of Christmas items left to sell and they were all on shelves clearly marked with 50% off sale signs. There were several who asked about items not even closely related to Christmas, "are these 50% off?" Anyhow, the volunteer director scheduled three of us to work thinking one would come in this afternoon and she came this morning. There isn't enough space for three of us so I volunteered to come home and will go back in a little while. I should be able to bring the money home with me and get that deposited tomorrow morning. Otherwise, it's been a lazy day although I did do a load of laundry.

"Gma" -- I feel for you if the government succeeds in reducing Jack's Navy retirement benefit. :( I think the President and Congress should be the ones to take a cut in pay and benefits -- BIG time cuts! I have cleaned or done some task thinking about something else at the time, and when I finish, later wonder if I really did do the chore. That's age related or losing my multi-tasking ability. :lol: Ernie and Sonny are catching up on their missed sleep; both are snoozing in the recliner. What would happen if you would call whatever doctor, about your headache, every hour and be a pest about getting some sort of answer from someone? This is beyond ridiculous!

Susan -- Thanks for starting the new thread again! :cheer: Our very first cat would head to the closet or under the bed whenever anyone outside of family would come. She did like my mom though, because my mom got up early and would feed her. :D Every cat we've ever had has had a different personality, just like people. Have fun at English Paper Piecing!

I need to change back into my morning slacks and head back to the gift shop for a couple hours. Enjoy the rest of your day! :wave:

12-28-2013, 08:25 AM
Good morning to you all. It seems comfortable and not cool in the house so it must not have gotten too cold outside.

Jack took me out to our favorite italian restaurant last night and we had pasta. They have excellent sauce or gravy as the Italians like to call it. It is funny because Jack detests mushrooms and they put mushrooms in their sauce, but I have never found but one mushroom in my sauce each time we go. Last night I hit the jackpot and found two, but Jack said he found none so it balanced out. :lol: We left and ran to Krogers and it was a zoo because it was Friday night, but Jack self checked us out so it went a bit faster. We now don't have to leave the house this weekend.

Brother, I spent all morning on the phone with dr stuff. I was angry and upset by the time I was done. The clinic not only went behind my back and got a referral without talking to me first, they made the appt too and I knew nothing about it. I imagine I will get a letter from them a couple days before the appt. The woman at the clinic said they had made the appt four days ago!!! I couldn't see the same doctor because he only does afternoon appts so I had to change the appt, then call tricare and change the referral to this woman doctor at the same practice. I then had to call and leave a message about picking up my mammogram films so I have to keep the car next Friday so I can do that then my surgical consult for the biopsy is the
16th and we will go from there I guess. I have the gyn appt the 21st if the idiot referral office gets back with me. If they haven't called by Monday, Thursday they are going to get another call. You can't call the referral office, you have only one line into the clinic which is the appt line and they have to pass on the message. :mad: I also found out that even though the clinic said I needed no referral for the pharmacy or new gyn I did so I am stuck paying the bill for them both if UT Medical bills me, which they will. For out of network we have a $600 deductible and we never go out of network so I am on the hook for over $200.

Susan: Does Glory live too close to Langley to get regular doctor care instead of at the base? Our base doesn't provide for retirees so we have to see outside civilian drs. Luckily, our practice already takes Medicare patients and all Tricare so we don't have to switch practices. I am sorry she has so much trouble. Used to be a snap to get care, it isn't anymore for sure and like you said the more of the Obama crap we have to deal with the worse it is going to get. Pets are funny things and have different personalities just like people.

Jean: Hope you don't get too much snow. My friend from the first cruise lives in Kansas City, KS and she said over the holidays they got hit with snow and terrible ice. I guess the upper eastern seaboard is still without power from last weekend and the Pennsylvania turnpike had several pile ups. Jack used to travel that when he would come up to see me when we were dating and after we married when we would come to see our Indiana relatives when we lived in Va Beach. It could be awful in snowy weather. When we went to pick up our daughter in Lynchburg from college, we had the terror of our lives. We had rented a van to get all her stuff home and it was snowy and bad weather on the turnpike and it was late at night. Jack was driving at a good clip when all of a sudden in the left lane sat a car. It just sat there in the dark, no lights on. We barely missed it and I am sure someone down the line hit it. That was before cell phones and such so you couldn't call and tell someone. They had just left the car in the middle of the turnpike left lane. There were no people around at all. It was one of the scariest things we ever saw and even today talk about whether it was an hallucination but we both saw it! :lol:

Well girls, time to hit the bricks. Have a great day today. Faye

12-28-2013, 01:38 PM

Not much going on this day in the 60° day in the ♥-Land. I wish we had a chance of rain but no such thing is coming our way in the near future.

We had a nice long drive to a little town called Lucas that has 400 folks living there and lots of them are “artsie crafty” folks. That is where that butcher has his shop and makes outstanding jerky which we think is the best in the land. We got a couple pounds of it and a round of yummy Jack Cheese. I package the jerky in little plastic bags for it is 1P+ per ounce. It freezes well and when we want some we can get out a package and know the point cost. I love a piece of it with some orange or tangerine sections.

I have our weigh day cards made up to record our weight each Monday morning starting on Dec. 30th. I make them that hold the dates for 4 months which makes them a nice size. This month is just almost over and a new year will begin with renewed thoughts of doing the program better. I am going to use the nice booklets WW has to track what I eat. Since I will belong to the on line version I can still get products also and Will said he will go to the place locally to pick up “stuff.” His determination to do this is going to help me for we can do it as a team.

SUSAN How did your paper punching go? I just know you had a good time since you like it so much. Thankfully most of the food cards are for Applebee's and I can make good choice there for sure since they do have some WW items featured and the ones I have tried have been good.

JEAN I got a chuckle out of those folks who wanted to buy other items there weren't on the Christmas list. People are always looking for a "deal."

DONNA FAYE Since Jack detests mushrooms then he shouldn't ever be told the ingredients in a dish for there are probably other things he detests lurking in them. ;) Him being such a picky eater I just hope he gets all the vitamins and minerals he needs to stay healthy. After all, a person doesn't have to eat mushrooms to stay healthy. But come to think of it ~ if a person can eat snails you would think he would eat anything. Have you seen that TV program where that guy goes to different counties and eats some weird stuff? I mean he eats some gross things.

Have a great day my friends.
Always remember ~ Never, never, never give up.

12-28-2013, 07:27 PM
Good Evening, Flowers! It was a beautiful day in my neighborhood with a high of 52 degrees! It's supposed to get colder and windier tonight with wind chill warnings. I counted gift shop money and made that deposit this morning, worked on laundry this afternoon. Bob took down our outside Christmas lights early this afternoon so as not to battle the weather later. I'm thinking maybe the tree will come down tomorrow.

"Gma" -- Good luck with the medical stuff! If it's their screw up, why should you have to pay for it? I feel for you! So far no snow. :cp: It felt like a spring day today, but it is supposed to get much colder again. Most of our snow disappeared yesterday and today.

Maggie -- Almost all of the gift shop Christmas items were gone by the time I left yesterday. There were some cute towels with spoon rests attached and they didn't sell at all. Not sure why except the towel was pretty thin. It's the kind for "looks" and not "use." :rolleyes: I was supposed to work Monday again, as backup, but since we are going to a funeral in Sioux City, I won't be here nor would I be needed.

In the newspaper, and online, I noticed the sun is setting a minute earlier but rising at the same time for the next few days! Spring is on the way!

I have sheets in the dryer to fold and put away, then need to think about something for supper. More leftovers! Hope you all enjoy your evening. :wave:

12-29-2013, 11:46 AM
Good morning, ladies! Raining yet again but in the 50s now and headed for 63 this day.

Apparently my email got hacked. I got an email from Yahoo telling me to change my password for there had been "suspicious" activity on my account so if you got anything from me, just delete it.

Faye, Glory is 2 miles from Langley. It's probably good she doesn't get care there for that is where they diagnosed her husband with indigestion and an hour after she got him home he died of a massive heart attack. I love mushrooms, raw or cooked, and eat at least one box of them every week.

Maggie, you and Will have a great plan for the new year and WW. I go back to work there on Thursday and Saturday this week. I'll know it will be packed.

Jean, it's good you were able to sell off most of the Christmas items. No one likes to carry them over. I was at Walmart yesterday and they have the summer clothes out. I did pick up a pair of Lee Rider jeans in black for $5 from the clearance rack, but there wasn't anything like warm clothes left in the store.

Have a wonderful day.

12-29-2013, 12:45 PM
Good morning to you all. We are just hanging out at the house this morning watching tv. I am knitting trying to get the scarf done and working on my sweater.

You are going to know where this is going, but the bead store online has a sale going for new year's. Yep, I put together a bracelet. The one color I don't have is orange and they had a bunch of orange beads and I bought a picture heart. You can have a picture inserted into the heart and I had a picture of Jack in his tux. I got two hanging hearts that are orange and black and then a couple spacers that are love inspired. Including shipping it was $38. I didn't buy a bracelet as I have one that is empty to use. I do need to get some extra things like lobster clasps and jump rings in case I ever need to fix them. I can get them at Amazon really cheap.

I knew I would get the thing from the dr about going to a surgeon. I got it yesterday and the dr's name was Fox. I haven't ever seen a dr named Fox at the clinic. It drives me nuts, but it would be a pain to change drs and this is a large clinic so there is more ability to have a dr than a one dr place. We are limited to few choices anyway. I just don't like being end runned on things. I thought I could make an appt for my dr and see her and discuss it not have them making the choice for me, which is what makes me mad. I would have liked my surgeon that did my other surgeries to do it as he was a general surgeon as are the surgeons I am going to see. I trust Dr Wheat, but I will go see this woman and if I don't like or trust her, then I am going to check and see if Dr Wheat could do it and get another referral. Right now all this stuff is pretty overwhelming to me to deal with.
I have the downstairs cleaned except for the dreaded dusting, which I will do for up and down tomorrow after Jack goes to work. The house is clean and am working on last load of laundry in the dryer. I have to get someone in here to clean out the vent again as I never did do it and it has to be done now. I will probably hire Sears as they did it last time. The vent is so thin in the wall that I am sure every year or so I am going to have to pay to have it cleaned out.

Jack is watching a history program about Alexander the Great. Not my thing particularly, but I don't care. I can knit or read I guess.

Susan: I guess I misunderstood. I thought you said Glory had to use the Langley base to be seen. I don't blame her for being leery of drs at the base if her husband died there from carelessness basically. What a terrible thing to happen. I am a mushroom lover too, all the different types. My dad used to hunt them in the woods and come home and fry them in butter, yum! He knew what to look for as we are all still alive I guess. :)

Maggie: Jack considers mushrooms a fungus, which they are and not a veg so he won't eat them. Mostly because some types are poisonous and doesn't trust that he won't get a "bad" one. He doesn't eat a big variety, but he gets veg because I give him stuff he will eat. I don't think most of us eat properly frankly.

Jean: Glad you cleaned out the holiday stuff. You won't have to put it away that way I guess. Sorry about having to go to a funeral. Seems like the older we get the more we have of those, huh? I just posted a condolence to a friend from school whose mom just died. She was in her 80's. My parents and in laws died so young that I don't think about friends my age still having parents living. Have you seen the commercial for the thing that lays on the floor and has a pretend mouse under this round thing and peeks out and the cats chase it around? Looks like a cat would love something like that, but they said it lasts a long time, but I could see a cat with claws tearing the heck out of it.

As of today we are down to 38 weeks until vacation! :lol: Gives me something to look forward to. We got a $100 gift certificate from the kids we put on our ship credit and $100 ship credit for booking on the ship this year's trip so we have a nice $200 to start with for ship credit and it can be spent anywhere on the ship, drinks, specialty restaurants, shops, etc. The big ship has a lot of shopping available so it should be fun! :D

Everyone have a lovely day. Faye

12-29-2013, 05:16 PM

It is a very cold day here in the ♥-Land for it is 21° now and when I went to walk over to the church this morning the wind chill was -4°. It isn’t going to get much warmer than 31° this day.

We went out for Chinese for lunch this day and I had some yummy food that I can eat with chop sticks. The owner sees us coming and has diet Pepsi already poured over ice sitting on our table. She is such a nice lady and says we are family.

I am really looking forward to tomorrow when our new program starts. We have bought lots of yummy looking fruit and veggies which I will have prepared and ready to have some when we want a “snack.” I am going to boil a few eggs to also have on hand. I have celery sticks which we can put a smear of WW cheese and some of those baby carrots in the drawer of the fridge.

Here is a yummy recipe for a nice healthy snack or a replacement a meal. You can figure the points+ by what type of yogurt you use:

Stir with a spoon & drink with a straw:
1½ cup low fat vanilla yogurt
1½ cup orange juice
3 packets Splenda®
½ tsp vanilla extract

DONNA FAYE I imagine all your different colored bracelets are lovely. I hope you can get your medical deals straightened out and the process you have to go through done quickly and in the past.

JEAN Sometimes decorations like the towel and spoon combo just don't sell as gifts but when folks want a decoration for their own kitchen they buy stuff like that.

SUSAN I believe that our helping each other down the road to thin will work for Will and I quite well at team thing. Since neither of us gets into the others "eating" then when questions are asked they can be answered pleasantly. We will be a help and not a hindrance to each other.

Have a great day my Magnolia friends. :wave:
Always remember ~ Never, never, never give up.

12-29-2013, 06:13 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! The sun is shining, the wind is blowing hard, and the wind chill is -15 right now. :brr: It's supposed to be -5 tonight so hate to think what the wind chill will be then. We went to early church and not many there, so won't be much to count on Tuesday except we will have money from Christmas Eve services and the bags looked pretty full. I had planned to dismantle the tree this afternoon. However, even the best plans go by the wayside. After we ate lunch there was an interesting program on the history channel so I sat down to watch. Bob and Ernie were in the loveseat and Sonny was snoozing in my rocker so that left the recliner for me. Big mistake! :lol: I fell asleep and woke up an hour and a half later with Sonny snoozing on my lap, Bob and Ernie snoozing on the loveseat. Now I don't feel like starting on the tree. Maybe I'll do a load of laundry instead.

Susan -- Most of our snow is gone again and Bob mentioned there will be frozen pipes because there is no snow cover for insulation and it's so cold. Hopefully not our's! :crossed: So far I haven't gotten any emails from you, but I did get a strange one with a "download" button attached. The iPad shows the entire email as I scroll through the list. :( I didn't recognize the name so dumped it. I hope there are some summer clothes out in January as I need some new capris and shirts before we go to Maui. We don't have much storage space for the gift shop so end up selling some things at cost just to get rid of them. We do a seasonal sale after each holiday.

"Gma" -- :lol: As soon as I read "you know where this is going" I had to :D. It's nice you can make your bracelets to match outfits and enjoy doing so. It's too bad you have to have a different doctor but I hope you will like her. The waiting is the worst imo. I agree with Jack on NO mushrooms! I think they are rubbery and slimy! I don't know if you got it, but on FB there was a "364 days until Christmas" notice on the 26th!

Maggie -- Cold is cold! :brr: Our warning is through tonight; I can't help but think of my stray black cat and hope he can find shelter somewhere out of the wind. I ended up dumping some yogurt that was way past the date on the label and it was watery when I opened it. :( I do need to make myself get more and eat it. Thanks for sharing the recipe. The gift shop buyer ordered teeny tiny accent lights, not sure how many were on a string but would look cute on a mantle in greenery or wherever. Someone bought all 20 boxes at one time! Had she known we could have sold a truck load of those! Employees were really disappointed when they were gone. You just never know what will be a hit or a miss, that's for sure.

I need to clear off my kitchen island as I still have the gift shop books out. Hope you all enjoy a nice evening and stay warm! :wave:

12-30-2013, 10:24 AM
Good morning everyone.
Today I will try and finish up my cleaning chores and knit, knit, knit or read.

We got a great deal on another bag for vacation. Jack wanted the same sized bag, a medium size, on rollers so he could roll the duffle instead of having to carry it on board with our Sunday evening dinner clothes and hygiene. I hate getting a bazillion emails everyday from companies I have ordered from, but let them continue because you do get deals from time to time and we did yesterday. I save $15 and got free shipping on this bag. So now Jack can drag it behind him instead of carrying it. :lol:

Maggie: Thanks for the recipe. I don't eat a lot of yogurt, but do from time to time and this sounds nice. I have used the cocoa mix a few times and like it a lot. Just 1 pt for 1/4 c and water so you can beat that for a nice cup of hot cocoa. Having a partner in weight loss is always great especially if it is the guy you live with! :)

Jean: I knew that nasty ole cold weather was going to sock it to you. We have a very cold day here today and tomorrow and on Friday. Temps seem to be all over the place with us. Jack falls asleep watching tv all the time. We have that double recliner and I will be sitting in it knitting and he will be watching something with the remote on his chest and pretty soon I hear ZZZZZZ. I just reach over and take the remote and turn it off and he rears up and says, "you didn't have to turn it off!" :lol:

Well girls, breakfast time. Have a great start to the week. Faye

12-30-2013, 05:51 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! It is snowing and blowing in my corner of the world this afternoon. It didn't get as cold, last night, as predicted but the wind seems to make it seem colder. We hit snow just outside of Sioux City this morning so knew we'd have some at home this afternoon. The dermatologist said no make-up, lotion, shampoo, nail polish, etc., for a few days and then add things back one at a time with 4 or 5 days in between. My "sister" is allergic to nail polish so I'm wondering if that might be it. I also thought of laundry soap but he said no, since only my face is red, flaking, and itches. I have to count money tomorrow so hope I don't scare anybody! There were quite a few people, from here, at the funeral as well as some from Sioux City where the son lives; a good sized bunch for a 94 year old. With New Year's on Wednesday I will be mixed up thinking Thursday is Monday. :dizzy:

"Gma" -- Our luggage is older and has the wheels that go straight. I'd really like a new bag with the swivel wheels but will wait until the airlines finish these off. Wheels sure beat trying to carry them along with a jacket, purse, etc. Bob falls asleep with a death grip on the remote so I can't take it away from him. :lol: I usually ignore the tv because he plays musical channels unless it is football. He did happen to find a good channel over the weekend . . . . Bio something. The program was about how Canada processes different foods.

I need to do another load of laundry that didn't get done yesterday. Enjoy the rest of a marvelous Monday! :wave:

12-30-2013, 07:53 PM

It warmed up considerable from yesterdays very low temperatures. We are up in the high 50°s and loving it. Both Will and I are very happy to start our new program today and so far it has gone great. We are going to be eating a lot more meals at home so I can then control what goes into the dishes. Both of us like to watch our sodium consumption so it will be easier when I do the cooking. I hardly ever use much salt for the spices I use spruce up the flavors of the dish.

We had a nice drive about the area this day and bought some bacon bits which are 1 point for a tablespoon. I don’t usually use that much when I sprinkle a little on a dish though. I am boiling some eggs today and a few of the little chunks of bacon bits go well with one of those. My breakfast (which is actually a “brunch”) tomorrow will be a boiled egg, some fruit and ½ of a toasted bagel. That will cost me a total of 5 points+. When I eat a late breakfast then one like this holds me till dinner so I only usually eat two meals a day.

Will is at a museum meeting right now and so I will time dinner for when he expects to be home. It is the time of the year when they elect new officers but Will was elected for 3 years in his position so he isn’t on the ballot. I think it is funny that he is a volunteer and only works there an afternoon a week and is a board member and signs their checks.

JEAN :o glad it is your area that is so cold and getting snow. We would sure like some rain here though. Isn't it funny that all of a sudden you have become allergic to something you have been using for awhile. Did they change where they get the polish where you get your nails done maybe. By adding things back in slowly maybe you can find the real reason for the rash. I would love to have a string or two of those teeny tinny lights myself and didn't see any for sale around these parts.

DONNA FAYE That yogurt & orange combination is good. The place in town, Frosty's, makes a good one like it and for a small it is 6 P+ and they use low fat yogurt. I like it for a breakfast replacement meal.

Have a great day my cyber friends.
Always remember ~ Never, never, never give up (a saying by Winston Chruchill)

12-31-2013, 08:35 AM
Good morning to you ladies. It is another cold morning here. Jack say they had snow flurries on and off out at the plant all day yesterday. I never stuck my nose out of the house so have no clue whether it did anything here or not. It is about 26 degrees at the moment, which is cold for our overnights. I look forward to spring that's for sure.

I have a hair appt on Saturday to get it cut and colored. It seemed to do better this time colorwise than last. It didn't fade as fast, but then I tried to wash it in lukewarm water if I showered then turned down the cold water some to wash. I always wash my hair in the sink in cool water to hold the color.

Packages, packages, packages! Looks like we are going to be unlocking the gate everyday after the holiday. Jack has meds coming, my bracelet, my yarn and the duffle bag. Everything but the duffle is coming postal and the duffle UPS. I ordered 4 more skeins of the yarn for my sweater just in case. It was on sale 50% off and I can always use it for something else or send it back, but I will more than likely keep it even if I don't need it. I definitely don't want to run out this time. Looks like though it will actually work this time. I have 10 rows then I start armhole decreases on the back and I am on my 4th skein. The front is always shorter than the back or almost always so I imagine it will be ok. I finished the scarf and hat for my girlfriend. I will probably get her a gift card to go with it this year. I have a bunch of points on my rewards credit card so I may use those or get her a Target gift card.

I have to keep the car on Friday and go to the women's center and get my mammogram films for my appt the 16th. It would sure be nice if she could do the procedure on the 20th, which is the following Monday as Jack has it off for MLK day. He also has off Feb 17th for president's day so it would be nice if we could schedule the hysterectomy for that day, but I have to get the darn referral people to get me a referral for him first.

Jean: I told Jack about your allergy issue last night and what you said and told him if it were me, I would add back in shampoo first. I am not sure I could stand days and days of having dirty hair. I could look like a hag and my skin could peel off, but dirty hair, no!!! :lol: Hope they can figure out what it is. I know I can't use the Oil of Olay stuff as it does that to my skin. I feel like I have gone through a chemical peel when I put on their products. Could be a medication too as I have itching on and off with my diabetic meds and it is just in one place on the left side of my abdomen, but it can itch so bad I want to claw my skin off.

Maggie: You could really slim the drink down by using ff yogurt and getting the Tropicana 50+ orange juice which is less calories and sugar. I will have to try that sometime and see how it tastes. Eating out a lot can be a killer on a diet. You think you are doing well with choices, but you just don't know what is going on back on the kitchens of restaurants. We stay home a lot more than we used to. Right now I am fighting to start losing again, probably because I am still trying to adjust to the diabetic meds and they make it harder to lose weight. The holidays didn't help either but they are behind us now so forward to weight loss for the year.

Everyone have a great day. I am going to sit and finish the scarf while I wait for the clothes to get dry. Faye

12-31-2013, 03:02 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! It's a cloudy, windy, COLD day in my corner of the world today! Wind chill is -15. :brr: I went to church and counted money this morning then stopped for a few groceries on my way home. I plan to stay inside for the rest of the day! I'm going to start on the Christmas tree this afternoon and maybe even get it completely put away before dark.

When we were Christmas shopping Bob found a quilted lined fleece jacket like Jason likes to wear. He tried it on and decided the sleeves would be too short for Jason but Bob really, really liked it so I said to get it and Merry Christmas for himself. He was going to wear it to the office this morning, and it still had one of those plastic security thingys on it. :( He was going to pry it off but I knew it would leave an ink blob so talked him out of it. Fortunately, I still have the receipt so we will be making another trip to Sioux City. I'm surprised we got out the door with it.

Maggie -- I take my own polish to the salon, but the products they use look the same as they always have. It's anybody's guess. The OTC ointment has done wonders just since I took the makeup off yesterday and have been using it. No itching, redness, nor peeling today.

"Gma" -- I really like the hat and scarf! Such pretty yarn and pattern! I've used the same makeup, shamppo, etc., for years so have no clue what it might be. My sister is allergic to nail polish so I did take mine off. I still have the layer of "whatever" it is on the nails though. I feel so much better than yesterday it's unbelievable. I did use shampoo this morning as I wash my hair every day when I shower first thing in the morning. Not sure what I will do about makeup; I had been using Bare Minerals powder and thought maybe that might be even more drying to my skin. My dad had sensitive skin and so does Ian; Ian gets a rash on his body every winter and has since he was a baby.

I need to get busy before the afternoon gets away from me! Wishing you all a Happy New Year! May 2014 be the best year yet! :newyear:

01-01-2014, 01:06 PM
Happy New Year, Flowers! It is -0.4 right now with a wind chill of -22, thanks to the strong wind. How weird is -0.4? I did manage to stay awake to see midnight last night because I took my nap early in the evening. That's a "first" in many, many years! (seeing midnight, not a nap) My accomplishment so far today is cleaning out the cat boxes, starting a load of laundry, and sweeping the laundry room floor. I think I will make a meat loaf dinner and eat around 1 or so. We got another inch plus of snow during the night so Bob has shoveled out both driveways and the deck. The squirrels were digging around for their breakfast and the birds were lined up on the rail. I do spoil my critters!

My first load of laundry should be ready for the dryer so I'm off. My house looks like the wind blew through open windows and messed with my "stuff." I'm embarrassed to say I still have Christmas bags and gifts to put away. Christmas will be gone by nightfall today! Enjoy the first day of the rest of your life! :newyear:

01-01-2014, 01:20 PM
Good morning gals. :newyear: Not too bad on the cold front this morning. We have the furnace set at 70 and it hasn't kicked on much this morning. It is supposed to be in the 50's today which is fine with me. Jack rubs it in though as he sits and looks at the weather at the ship's ports, which are in the 80's even this time of year.

Today is bowl game overload so I gave up watching my Law and Order marathon so he could watch the bowl games. I am getting my sweater done this way. I am almost up to the neckline on the back, which is great. I saw a beautiful free pattern for a cowl on FB and printed it out and ordered a skein of yarn from the lady that does the patterns and dyes her own yarn. The cowl only takes one hank and the hank is $12 so not so bad. I thought it would great with jeans and a tshirt or even jeans, tshirt and a jacket. I don't have blue jean jacket, but I might buy one just to wear with the cowl.

I am going to make a school friend a hat. She wanted to know what I would charge and I told her if she didn't spread it around, I would make the hat for free if she would buy the yarn and pay for it to be shipped to me. She was thrilled. I guess I could have charged her for it, but darn it, the yarn is inexpensive but my time isn't and who wants to pay $20 for a hat you can get in the store for $5 or less on sale just because it was handmade instead. Besides, a hat is a really quick knit so it doesn't take a lot of my time, about a day to make one.

I have chicken in the crockpot and we are having chicken and dumplings for dinner tonight. I was going to put that ham on that Jack was given by the electical contractor, but Jack wanted chicken and dumplings so that's what we are going to have.

Jean: OMG, glad he didn't get hauled off to jail. :lol: :lol: Of course you had the receipt, but still it is kind of funny. Unfortunately it isn't funny to have to drive all that way back to just have them take the tag off. Too bad there isn't someplace in town you could go and ask them to take it off if you showed that you had paid for it in another store. Oooh, I don't envy you with temps like that. Guess that is why I live down here now. Kelly keeps trying to get us to book an Alaskan cruise and I keep telling her, I am not interested in taking a vacation where it is not tropical. If I want to look at whales I will go to Hawaii and dolphins I can see following the ship. We saw a couple last cruise. As for mountains and such, eh, I don't really care. Is this your Hawaii year??? I thought you said you were going to stay somewhere different the next time you went. I wonder what is in nail polish that she is allergic to. I don't think I have ever heard of that before.

Well gals, gonna go check the chicken to see if it is done so I can debone it and put it back in the crockpot. Have a great new year's day all! Faye

01-02-2014, 09:55 AM
Good morning girls. It rained all night last night, but the temps were in the 40's so no snow or ice, etc. Jack still had to drive with the nuts on the road that drive 85 on the interstate on wet roads, but he is careful and I have talked with him by text at work so I know he made it.

I sat and paid bills this morning including our car tags so we are legal for another year. :lol: We pay $108 a year and they have closed all the city inspection stations so we don't have to sit through that. It has to do with city/county and county never has had to do inspections, which is like the area my daughter lives in and other suburban areas, but city residents did because of air quality. Now how the air is ok in shelby county cities right next to us and we are part of shelby county, but city air is bad, who knows, but they have closed all the inspection stations. Unlike Virginia though, our inspections were only air quality stuff and lights and stuff and I know at least it used to be they checked your brakes and everything. I think you also have to pay a fee because it is done through gas stations and such, right, Susan???

I have to call the scheduling number at the clinic because it has been a week and no referral call back. I am giving them until Monday or Tues of next week after I call today then I am going to call the scheduling nurse for Dr Lipscomb and see if I can get it that way because my appt is the 21st with him for the hysterectomy surgery appt. I wish these people would do their jobs like they expect us to come to the drs.

I have to keep the car tomorrow and pick up my films, then Saturday I have a hair appt. Sunday is commissary day and it is supposed to rain all day here. Always fun to get groceries in the rain.

The back of my sweater is coming along fine. I have done armhole decreases and bind offs and will be at the neckline soon to put it in. I can then cast on and start the front. That's the bad part of a sweater, you get the back knitted then you have front and most times arms to knit before you can put it together. :lol:

Hope you gals aren't freezing to death where you are! Have a good Thursday!! Faye

01-02-2014, 01:31 PM

It snowed some yesterday but none expected today. The high today is expected to reach 44°s with a low of 16°. Will has gone to a small town a few miles from here to do a funeral service this morning and will be home after lunch time. He is doing the funeral as a favor for a co-worker at the “first call” place Will is a volunteer for.

I got a couple recipe booklets yesterday that are the magazine type. One is from BH & Gardens Eat Well – Lose Weight and the other from Cooking Light Comfort Food Favorites . I’ll have fun going through them for they both have some yummy looking recopies in them.

I ordered the Weight Watchers® Digital Glass Weight Scale by Conair yesterday and when It comes it will live in the motor home. When we are out and about I do need a good scale to weigh on when my weigh day arrives in the week. The one we use here in the house is the upright doctor’s scale by Health-O-Meter and it is quite heavy. When the WW one arrives I can see just how accurate it is for my upright one is very accurate. When the weather turns to spring it will be fun to outfit the MH with some of the items we have already purchased to go in it. We need to get new batteries for it before taking it anywhere. It has a battery for the engine and others for the coach. We are going to replace them all to be safe for the existing ones look like they have been in there for a long while but we will wait until spring to replace them. We aren’t sure just yet if we are going to do any remodeling inside soon. I eventually want to yank up that wall to wall carpeting and put down wood like flooring but the carpet looks like new right now. Everything is so clean & new looing in the MH.

Sounds like you gals have been busy with daily going-ons.

Have a great day my cyber friends.
Always remember ~ Never, never, never give up (a saying by Winston Churchill)

01-02-2014, 05:39 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! The sun is shining, the wind is blowing, and it's warmed up to 1 degree from -9 this morning. :brr: I went to have my nails done first thing this morning, stopped to pick up a prescription, and am staying home the rest of the day. Christmas is back in the basement closet except for the front door wreath, which we both forgot. :rolleyes: Today seems like Monday since yesterday was the holiday.

"Gma" -- Bob had football on all day yesterday too. I did watch bits and pieces of the Iowa game just because I was working on the afghan right close to the tv. It's nice of you to make the hat for your friend. No one could afford hand made items if they had to pay for the labor by the hour. The last time we went to Maui we rented a condo for a few days before we went to the time share resort. We have dumped the time share so are spending the whole time in the condo. I know I will miss the resort although every time we went they had decreased the amount of owner perks. When we take the kids back, I'd love to stay there again since the pool is huge and that's where the kids like to play. The yarn is very pretty! I've never seen yarn in a "wad" like that! :lol:

Maggie -- Please keep your snow! :yes: However, we really need moisture and Bob was saying the farmers are talking about a wet spring. They are never happy no matter what the weather is like. I know you will enjoy your new recipe booklets. The man, whose funeral we just attended, was known for his candy that he made every Christmas. He worked for a company that made paperback cookbooks, around Christmas time each year, of donated recipes. I plan to go through them and see if any of his recipes are there. I had forgotten all about his candy until it was mentioned during the service.

I came upstairs to put some laundry away. I really should vacuum the livingroom and kitchen area while the sun is shining and I can see all the dust and crumbs. Hope you all enjoy the rest of your day! :flow2:

01-03-2014, 10:11 AM
Good morning gals. It is :brr::brr: here this morning around 20 degrees and don't know wind chill. I imagine all of us are going to be cold by the weekend as there is an artic blast dipping down and we are going to get snow on Sunday. UGH! That is commissary day and I hate going out when I could slip and fall. I have a hair appt tomorrow that takes like 3 hours so can't go tomorrow. Jack will just have to deal with driving in the snow and dealing with the nuts out there I guess.

I am having a whole wheat bagel and my grapefruit for breakfast this morning with the lower fat olive oil margarine on it. I actually could have had one of my cream cheeses for the same pts, but I went with the margarine this morning.

I got my last issue of Knitting magazine that Kelly bought me for my birthday last year. It has some really great patterns in it and I bought yarn for this great long cowl that you wear doubled. I got the cheaper acryllic yarn instead of the higher cost silk yarn they recommended. The acryllic I buy is nice and soft and wears well and since it isn't something like a sweater no need to get a more expensive yarn. It will be fun. It is called a sand stitch, which I have never done and I bought a fun combination. It has 4 sections of stripes then repeats. I haven't decided how I am going to stripe it yet. They used totally different colors, but I liked this combo. I spent about an hour downloading pics of the yarn and then moving them next to each other in my picture file to see what would go together but be fun. This is what I came up with. I now have several projects to keep my busy until vacation time.

Jean: I had to laugh when you said you had never seen yarn in a "wad" like that before. Pretty much all hand dyed and expensive yarn in done this way. It is actually called a hank rather than a skein. Hanks have to be wound a whole lot different or they will knot up. I had to throw a whole skein of lace yarn away a few years ago because I didn't know how to wind it and knotted it up so badly I couldn't get it straightened out. Jack is my "holder" like in the old days or if I am alone, I put it over the back of the old computer chair and wind it off that. Hanks are tied together and when you untwist them they form an oval, which you then have to wind from the oval so you have to either have a professional winder, which cost around $80 or use a free method, your husband's hands! :lol: We are going to go to a different resort as an excursion this year. The jamaican one has raised their prices by $20 per person so we went with something very similar in Cozumel instead. That is the only excursion we are doing for the cruise this year. We did upgrade to a balcony cabin so we shall see about that. I know I am going to have to make sure I take those pills or the curtains to the balcony would have to stay closed all the time! :lol:

Maggie: Sounds like you have some great little pamphlets to use. I use my old Fanny Farmer cookbook a lot still. It has great recipes in it of all kinds. It is worn out so much the spine broke a few years ago. I especially like their noodle making recipe. I used it for my dumplings the other night and Jack just raved about them. I did tell him I think I will cut down on the salt a bit as I found the chicken and dumplings to be a little salty, but he didn't think so, which is unusual as he doesn't use salt.

Well gals, I need to get going for the day. Have to go over to the women's center and pick up those films this morning. Still haven't gotten a call from the referral office even though the patient services gal said she was going to take and put a personal message on her desk and send it through the system again. Have a great weekend and keep warm and dry if you can. Faye

01-03-2014, 10:36 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! It's 5 degrees ABOVE 0 this morning :cp: and the sun is trying to peek through the clouds. The wind is blowing so I know it is going to be cold outside. Plan for the day is to clear off all the excess from the counters, find a spot to store my new small crock pot, and then work in the living room. I have craft club here the 16th so need to do some deeper cleaning before then. I should make a grocery run later this morning.

"Gma" -- I got an email some time ago about margarine vs butter, and the gist of it is that margarine is one molecule away from being plastic. :dunno: Supposedly if you let margarine sit out the flies won't even land on it. I was going to try that and see if that's true but kind of forgot about it. You can tell I am not yarn knowledgeable! :lol: I buy inexpensive yarn for the afghans. I like the colors you picked out and will be anxious to see the finished cowl. Bob has helped me wind yarn a time or two. However, the cats like the balls and think they are for them so I try not to do that. Good luck with the referral! A lady from our church has been waiting for three weeks for insurance approval on a new drug for a skin problem. She and her husband moved here from Omaha; he was raised here but their relatives all live in Omaha and they doctor in Omaha. That's a two and a half hour drive from here on a good day, over hill and dale back roads. Not my idea of a smart move.

I am dressed and heading downstairs to get busy. The OTC med and prescription from the dermatologist have made the world of difference in my face, almost overnight. I wore make up yesterday; didn't follow his advice about adding one item at a time. Hope you all enjoy a fantastic Friday! :wave:

01-03-2014, 04:25 PM

It is in the 40° area here today with snow predicted for tomorrow. The snow we have is slowly melting away. I would much prefer rain. :yes:

I just got in from going out to lunch with Will and the group he works with at the museum. Big mistake. Now they say I have to be there each week when they go out to gather. The place to eat was great plus I get along famously with those folks so no doubt I will be there with them each week.

I picked up my “Eat Out” & “Shop” WW booklets today from the place I had them spiral bound. It sure makes it easier to look things up when they are spiral bound. I plan on using them more than in the past for now they will be handy and open better. I have been going through all of my WW material and making it better to be more user friendly.

My desk is getting a cluttered look once again so I need to tackle it after while the animals are all snoozing and not nosing into what I am doing. Especially Cecil ~ the “I have to know what is going on and I know you need my help” cat. He must have heard me type his name for he just appeared.

DONNA FAYE What beautiful shades of yarn. I know what you make will be gorgeous. We don't eat margarine but stick with butter which doesn't have all those chemicals in it which makes margarine one molecule away from being plastic. Only a little butter gives great taste and you don't have to use much. We had a nice wonderful doctor in Oregon that had strong opinions on "natural" products. Some of what I do to this day was told to me by some of my doctors through the years and kept me healthy for a fat person. :p

JEAN That is great that your rash is gone. If inexpensive yarn holds up why not use it is my motto. They make such pretty yarn that doesn't cost an arm and a leg anymore. I am thinking of starting to knit myself an Arian sweater with cables in it in natural color yarn in the size I want to be when I reach goal. Yep I think I will research that in a bit. I made one once before years past and know I can do it for it turned out gorgeous. I do have all my needles and such still with my sewing things.

Have a great day my cyber friends.
Always remember ~ Never, never, never give up (a saying by Winston Churchill)

01-04-2014, 12:34 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! The wind is blowing, it's cloudy, and gloomy in my neighborhood this morning. The temperature (now 12 degrees) is supposed to drop throughout the day and be frigid tonight. Bob ushers the month of January so I'm betting the church will be cold tomorrow and not many there. I need to go to the grocery store this morning and have been putting it off. The store is on the edge of a corn field and so the parking lot has no protection from the wind. Other than that I plan to work on the afghan some more, and finish a couple more loads of laundry. I really need to sort through doll stuff in the basement!

Maggie -- I think I have forgotten what 40 degrees might feel like. ;) How fun to have a lunch date each week with the museum group! Have fun planning a new sweater to knit.

Hope to see all of you sometime today! I'm off to the grocery store. Have a super Saturday and enjoy! :wave:

01-04-2014, 04:39 PM
Good afternoon all. Today was hair day so I didn't get time to get in here. She changed up the color a bit doing a more golden red streaks instead of the blonde. I told her when the blonde started to fade it made it look like I had chunks of gray hair and she did a beautiful job. I just love it. Very noisy in the salon studio today as they have hired 6-7 more stylists and it was very busy in there today.

Tomorrow is commissary day and it is supposed to be frigidly cold here and snow so am not looking forward to that. I did Jack a favor and went by the ATM and the gas station so he doesn't have stand and pump gas in the morning nor roll down his window to get money out of the atm.

I got my yarn for my first cowl today and finished the back of my sweater so am going to start the cowl and put the front of the sweater on needles. I will have two things I can knit now back and forth so I don't get bored.

Jack is snoozing at the moment. I did up the dishes and have a load of laundry in the dryer. I am going to sit and make a menu and a grocery list in a little while but for now will just sit quietly and knit until he wakes up.

Maggie: Glad you enjoyed your lunch. I grabbed a small burger from Micky D's on the way home from the salon so I wouldn't get shaky as I had breakfast really early and didn't get out of there until afternoon. I had fun picking out the 4 colors of yarn for this large cowl/scarf. The original pattern had pinks and greens and I wanted something a bit more fun.

Jean: I read something on FB about margarine and turkeys. I don't use a lot and do prefer butter, but the olive oil is good for me too so I guess I will stick to it. We are thinking of skipping a year for a cruise then taking a week cruise and spending a couple days in Orlando on the way back. They have a military resort on the Disney property, but I am not sure we will use it or not if we ever go. They have Embassy Suites all around there and the prices are very decent and we like ES a lot so who knows. That a couple years off yet.

Well girls, hope the day is going well for you. Will talk to later. Keep warm! Faye

01-05-2014, 02:05 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! The sun is shining, the wind is blowing, and it's COLD outside! Wind chill is -25 in case you were wondering. We've been to church and the pastor said quite a few of the 8:30 regulars came to the Saturday service so they wouldn't have to come out this morning. We had more than I thought we would and Bob was the only usher to show up. A couple other guys offered to help direct the communion lines which helped him.

"Gma" -- Hope the trip to the commissary was a "dry" one! I thought sure you would be planning a trip back to Vegas at some point. ;) Embassy Suites is what our Maui time share was when we bought into it in '06. We really liked it and then it was sold the next year. Now it is Diamond Resorts which has been on Undercover Boss twice.

I have dinner in the oven and need to put yesterday's wash load in the dryer. Hope you all enjoy a relaxing day and keep warm! :wave:

01-05-2014, 04:59 PM

The weather was a nice -5 when I walked over to the church building this morning and it has warmed up to 14 now. We had pot-luck today and I only ate a couple bites of white meat chicken and some veggies and fruit so not enough to be real meal at all but all I wanted. We will be going out someplace to eat where we have a Christmas gift card to eat tonight. I do hope my scale shows me down some at tomorrows weigh in.

A few days ago we made an order and it came quickly. Since we go out and about we needed a good way to get water safe to drink from a stream or similar body of water since there are bad things lurking in most of them. We got what is called LifeStraw® which is 1”x8” with a screen at the bottom and a sip place at the top with caps to cover each end. It filters water quickly and easily. The product requires no batteries or replacement parts, and filters up to 1,000 liters of water over its lifetime. It can be used to drink directly from an open body of water or a container, like a bottle or a glass. Its lightweight and slender design makes it perfect for hiking, traveling and camping in areas where water may be unsafe to drink due to contamination by bacteria or parasites. Since it is so small and lightweight it is perfect to keep in our “go” back pack bags. You can survive lots of things but can’t go many days without water to drink. We like to be as prepared as can be when out and about in “strange” places in our Jeep. Like the Scout motto ~ “Be Prepared.” There is a whole long list of things it filters out but I won’t regale you with that list. :lol: I hope I never have to use it but it is sure nice to have just in case.

DONNA FAYE I am going to have fun looking for the Arian sweater I want to make for me when I reach goal. It will be fun working something first to get back into the swing of it. That sweater I knitted had quite an intricate cable system in it but if I did it once I know I can do it again. It has been quite a few years since I have knitted anything. I just had learned how to knit so I could make that sweater. There are so many nice "help" booklets out there now days.

JEAN Sounds like that time share condo changes hands as much as some folks change their sox. Hopefully the amenities are as good as when you first bought in years back.

Have a great day my cyber friends.
Always remember ~ Never, never, never give up (a saying by Winston Churchill)[/b][/i]

01-06-2014, 10:41 AM
Good morning to you all. It is cold here and we did get rain through early afternoon, at times pretty hard, but the wind was blowing so much that when the rain stopped it pretty much dried everything up. We never got a flake of snow and it originally said we were supposed to get all night snow. I know most of you probably have snow again, but am thankful we don't have any. Jack did put out deicer on the deck and down the side of the garage to the mailbox so deliveries I am expecting can be made today.

I have the cowl almost completely done already. I have about 5-6 rows to do and then can bind off. It is a reversible cowl so it will be fun to wear. I will then put the front of my sweater on the needles and go back to working on it until I get the yarn for the big cowl or the yarn for the hat for my friend.

My friend who wants the hat is snowed in big time in Indiana. She said this morning the snow in her driveway is waist high! Alicia posted a picture of Jay shoveling snow for the third time yesterday and here is Jackson out having fun in the snow. He was with Alicia's sister and bil I believe.

I have my last laundry in the dryer, the dishes washed, breakfast eaten and will start tackling housecleaning in a bit. We are going to have tenderloin steak for dinner and Jack will have a baked potato. If I eat any it will be a half, but I have a serving of leftover cauliflower I might eat instead.

Jean: The commissary was quiet yesterday and I expected it to be full with people afraid snow was coming. The sameo is back with checkout cashiers though. We had to stand in line. We talked about going back to Vegas but decided it was too expensive. If we drive, it is a 3 days drive out there and back and if we fly, it is so expensive with all the fees and we would have to buy all new luggage because ours is oversized. On top of that, renting a car is 3 times what it used to be. Several years ago, they started charging monumental city, county, etc government fees because Vegas has huge unemployment and money problems. We rented a car for about $150 for a week last time we were there and the same sized car is nearly $600 now. So, we will just keep cruising and enjoying that for the time being.

Maggie: Sounds like it was cold to even walk the few feet to the church. I need to make something with cables. It is one of the few things I haven't tried knitting even though I have a cable needle. I just really like doing lace style patterns.

Well gals, it is cold sitting here next to the window so will say TTFN. Have a great start to your week. Hoping we have the best weight loss year ever this year. Faye

01-06-2014, 11:33 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! Another frigid, windy, sunny morning in my corner of the world. I went to church to count, only to find out the secretary supposedly got the flu during the night and wasn't coming in. She did send me a text but when my phone is buried in my purse I don't always hear it. So I picked up the gift shop money and have that to count and deposit. I put my cat Nativity set away on my way through the living room so Christmas really is put away for another year. Just got our June confirmation date for the annual MN fishing trip. I told Bob I didn't think I got much bang for my buck on this one since I still make the bed and cook meals.

Maggie -- Since when is -5 "nice?" :lol: It's -17 right now so I suppose -5 would be an improvement, sort of. Your on-the-go water filter sounds interesting. We aren't going back to the Maui resort this time, but staying in a condo. We can stay there for two weeks for what one week at the resort would cost us.

"Gma" -- We haven't gotten any new snow, and there is none in the forecast for the next few days. :cp: We are hoping what little snow we have will be enough to keep water pipes from freezing. Our luggage is big, and we try to watch the weight. Sometimes they will let it pass if it's just a pound or two, but we've gotten charged the $25 extra too. Like Bob says, he's not going to dig through luggage and try to sort stuff while standing in line. We have seen people do that; I rarely have any extra room in my carry-on as it is. Jackson sure has gotten tall!

I need to round up my gift shop materials and head back downstairs to count money and record. Enjoy a marvelous Monday and be glad that you woke up this morning! :wave:

01-07-2014, 08:49 AM
Good morning all. I imagine we are all :brr: this morning. It is 5 degrees here at the moment and we are supposed to get ice tomorrow night from low temps and rain, but then we will start climbing and by the weekend be back in the 50's and stay there all week next week with sunny skies, which will be nice.

I finished my cowl and put the front of the sweater on needles so imagine that is what I will work on today. This is the sand stitch side and the other side looks like ribbing. You can wear it blue side top with sand stitch, blue side bottom with sand stitch or tan side up with either. It hasn't been blocked so will wash it today and block it which should make it a bit longer. I thought the yarn might be a bit scratchy but it doesn't seem to be now that it is finished.

I talked to my best friend yesterday and she finally got hired at Marshalls, but only part time and it was seasonal. She says she does think they are going to keep her on though as she has been scheduled to work in January and she said the manager ask if she liked it and told her the other employees liked her. She is a sweetheart so what's not to like? She is the one I made the purple scarf and hat for her birthday. She could use it right now as yesterday their afternoon temps were -16 regular temps and about -30 wind chill. They have about 2 ft of snow too. Jackson is loving it as he is off school and there is enough snow to go out and have fun in. I posted this pic on my FB page, but it is so cute I'll post it here. I said I thought he looked like one of those wrestling guys with the missing tooth and the ski mask on. :lol:

Finally got a call yesterday from the referral nurse and she is back dating referrals for the pharmacy and gyn appts that Tricare billed as non network. She also did a referral for future gyn appts and she said if I needed to see the pharmacy group to call her for an appt since they are not medical drs and she can follow through with Tricare so I don't get charged again. So, all that is fixed and I can get these surgical things going now I hope. Sure would be nice if the breast biopsy could be done the 20th as Jack is off that day.

Jean: I agree with you. If you have to clean up a bunch of stuff and cook it isn't much of an enjoyable trip. We considered doing a combo cruise and a couple days at Disney and Universal studio until we checked ticket prices. We decided for us it would be a waste of money as a lot of the rides Jack wouldn't be able to go on because of his heart condition and there is a ton of walking, which may keep us seeing a huge amount of the stuff. So that idea went out the window. We are going to book on the cruise this year for next year and go on one of their smaller ships that does mostly Mexican ports of call. It is a lot cheaper so we are going to splurge and get a grand suite we think. Who knows? We will cross that ship when we come to it! :lol: If we would go to Hawaii we would go to Waikaki beach as there is a military resort there so it is much, much cheaper. It is right on the beach too and you can't beat that, but I doubt we would every go to Hawaii with the way airline prices are and all the extras and restrictions.

Well off to start my day. Have a good one and try and keep warm. Faye

01-07-2014, 02:15 PM

It is currently 39°s with the expected high to be 46° this chilly winter day so we will deal with it as it comes. I slept in and if felt so good and cozy. I am down a pound since this is my weigh day I remembered to get on the scale yesterday. Will is down also so what we did this past week did work. I am going to figure out my menu for a few days this afternoon sometime. I like to do the shopping for the items I may not have and make certain they are here in the house when the time comes to cook a meal.

Will bought a label maker today so we can label the containers we are getting to put in the basement of the motor home. It will help to know generally what is in a container before dragging it out to get something, especially his tools. We plan on getting those containers that lids lock down nice and tight to keep any critters out. It will be a good system for those type things that aren’t used often but are necessary to have. It sure will be nice when spring comes and we can do what we want to that motor home before taking a trip.

JEAN Sounds like the condo is a much better deal if you get 2 weeks. That should be more relaxing then just one week for time passes so quickly. Sounds like they are taking a chef, cook, and bottle washer & maid all in one to the hunting shack ~ namely you. If you went fishing also then all that were there would have to share in the work. I had an aunt once that went hunting with the men and she stayed in camp and made the meals and shot the deer also. The men tramping around in the forest caused the dear to run to the camp area and she was ready for them. She shot 4 last time they were all up there and none of the men shot any. :o

DONNA FAYE That is nice that all your medical stuff is getting straightened out and then you can go on from this point. That picture is a hoot ~ what a kid. Don't you just love it when they are having fun playing in the snow. No matter where you end up going for your vacation it will be a nice "get away" time. Things are getting so expensive so you gotta go where you get more bang for the buck.

Have a great day my cyber friends.
Always remember ~ Never, never, never give up

01-07-2014, 04:46 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! The sun is shining, the wind is blowing, and it's warmed up to 12 degrees this afternoon. The church secretary is still "sick" but the other gal who does the paperwork and counts with us is back from AZ so we did get the money counted this morning. The secretary hadn't rolled anything over to 2014 so all of my posting will have to be switched. Too bad for her . . . NOT! I do not have a terribly high opinion of her office management skills although I will admit she is a computer whiz. I worked in a spare bedroom this morning and am embarrassed by how many empty plastic bags had accumulated. I keep the door shut to keep the cats out and hardly ever go in there except to add to a pile here 'n there.

"Gma" -- I'm glad the referral nurse was able to help you with the Tricare issue. We only went to Epcot when we were in Florida last year. I would have liked to go to the Animal Kingdom but we ran out of time. We did see Mickey Mouse, and friends, posing for pictures with the kids. There were several people in scooters and they can park right by the entrance gate on the few rides we went on. I never saw any warning signs except the one where we felt like we were flying in a hot air balloon; I think that one was for height requirements on kids because we each sat in our own seat. I'm sure you would enjoy Epcot if you would ever decide to go. The military hotel in Honolulu is the "pink" one on the beach. It was officers' quarters during WWII, and my dad stayed there. The day we visited it was raining and the traffic was horrendous so we didn't even try to go visit it. For some reason we didn't when we were there on R & R, and I always regretted that we didn't. Thanks for sharing Jackson's picture; the cowl is very pretty. I like your choice of stitches on the things you make. :yes:

Maggie -- :congrat: to both you and Will for losing last week! That is a huge accomplishment during the holidays. When we go to MN my "sister" and I each plan so many meals, and we do eat out one night. We are going a week earlier this year so may come home a day earlier since it is Father's Day weekend and the kids will most likely want to meet up at the lake. I do a lot of reading and playing on the iPad although we do visit some of the are antique, quilt, and gift shops just to see if there's anything new or different from the year before.

I need to keep moving and get a box ready for the SOS store and/or Good Will. Can't believe how many clothes I have that are out of style. Dumb! Enjoy the rest of your day! :wave:

01-07-2014, 08:51 PM
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