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01-31-2014, 02:45 PM
Good afternoon, ladies! 44 degrees and more warm weather on the way. In fact, next week we are going to have rain at least 3 days which is a lot better than more snow.

I got out and went to work today. Boss is going to be gone for a month so we needed to figure out what needed to be done while he is gone.

The Y is starting a new yoga class for those with osteoarthritis and I think I'll sign up. My neck, back and hands are getting worse.

Faye, I hope things go quickly for your pre-op and the commissary isn't too crowded.

Jean, I've always been fortunate to have a good car dealer that gets my car done quickly. Mine doesn't have all the bells and whistles that are available now so its a lot cheaper to repair.

Maggie, it must be hard to part with all the nice things you have acquired since you moved to KS for I know you shopped wisely. On the other hand, how much fun is it to decide what you are taking and where you will go. I know the church and museum will miss you and Will a lot.

Have a wonderful day.

01-31-2014, 07:19 PM

It snowed just a skiff last night and it is cold today. They say we have a chance of getting more snow this evening after 8pm with 1 to 3 inches. Hoorah for any moisture we can get. If that happens we can go out and play with our Jeep. :lol:

I have decided not to get that bow after all and just hone my shooting a sling shot. I have a perfectly good wrist rocket, which needs new robbers, that I got quite good with one like it as a teenager and will get some marbles and do some practice in the back yard to get my aim sharpened up again. I can kill snakes and other varmints and not have to retrieve any arrows. :cp: Will is going to make us each a nice little leather pouch to carry our ammo in. He has some very soft leather that will make excellent ammo bags. The reason being where we go tramping around we have encountered some unsavory characters of the varmint kingdom and we donít want to face any, without protection of some sort. We have a very nice backyard to practice in and get our skill up to par whenever the weather decides to co-operate. I found out I needed new rubbers when I drew back and one side snapped ~ what a surprise.

With the weather turning bad for traveling we have cancelled our quick trip to Texas so will be staying home. We have decided when we can find new batteries for the MH then when we do leave here we can go there and visit our friends. No one around here sells the MH kind we are looking for. We may have to make a trip to a big city to get some at a Camping World store.
When we can we buy locally but when we canít we go to where they sell what it is that we are after.

SUSAN How nice they started a group that you can join and help your condition. Thank you for starting a fresh thread. :p It is nice now someone else will have a turn to have fun with the nice kitchen tools I have gathered these past few years. They are all still in good condition and will serve someone well for years to come. What I am taking will do more than one thing and not be specialty items. It was fun gathering up a nice array of kitchen appliances and now it will be fun to sell them and reduce my inventory down to what I can use to do an array of jobs without them.

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

02-01-2014, 01:03 PM
Good morning ladies. It is overcast but a lovely upper 50's here. Poor Jay is getting more rain and sleet and ice this weekend. We talked to him this morning and they are looking forward to going to Mexico on Valentine's Day to see her dad for a week or so. I guess they have no problem taking Jackson out of school for a week. None of my business.

We had a busy and unusual day yesterday. I went to the hospital and got my preop done and boy this was great. They came to me instead of me having to trapse all over a hospital to get things done. I am all ready for Wednesday now. We then went and had lunch, then went to Macys at the mall because they were having a big small appliance sale. I have a 20 year old Oster blender that bit the dust awhile back and wanted to replace it with a good strong one and they had blenders 40% off until tomorrow. So I got one of those Ninja professional ones $150 and I paid with the savings stuff only $90 then they had $50 flat long griddles for only $20 and a $50 rotating waffle iron for $20. Of course, until we do the remodel on the dining room and make it into a big pantry storage area I have no where to put the darn things so they are sitting on the dining table. We then went to Home Depot so Jack could get a keyhole saw, to Krogers to pick up some stuff then to Fresh Market because I wanted a rotisserie chicken and some of their fresh cranberry relish, which is delicious.

We came home, unloaded and put everything away and Jack wanted to make something in the blender. I told him to be sure and wash the parts first. Well, this thing doesn't have the blades that screw into the container, but a vertical set of blades on a spindel type thing. He dropped it in the sink and it cute his right pinkie pretty deep so off we go to the ER. We spent two hours in the ER getting him fixed up. He hates needles so they didn't numb him and sew it even though I thought they should go that route as he cut it almost all the way around the finger. They cleaned it, which hurt him a lot because the cleaning stuff had alcohol and the wound was open, then they did the durabond or whatever the superglue thing is called, gave him an antibiotic prescription and pain meds and we came home and went back to the pharmacy to pick up the prescription. What an evening. They call it rapid treatment, but lie, lie, lie as we were there over 2 hours sitting and waiting after the bandaged it in the front part to keep it from bleeding onto the floor and such.

My leg is killing me today after being up on it for so long and my hip on the other side from sitting in their horrible chairs last night. I am gimping around today.

Maggie: Jack read an article online about California's draught and they have now gotten to the point where they are telling people to cut out showers everyday, hair washing, toilet flushing everytime, etc because it hasn't even sprinkled out there in over a month. It went on to show Lake Mead and the water level in Mead has dropped horribly, partly because parts of the Colorado river are drying up.

Susan: I am sure looking forward to spring for sure. One of the questions yesterday was my skeletal and muscular and she asked me about arthritis so I told her about my knee and then told her I have arthritis in my hands, shoulders and upper arms most likely from knitting all the time and she kind of chuckled at that. It can get bad where I just have to give it up for awhile. Do you find hand quilting parts difficult with needles? I tend to lean forward when I knit for some reason, which causes stress in the shoulder bone on my right side and in the ball and socket in my arm with the movement back and forth.

Well gals, I need to go fold laundry. Have a great weekend all. Faye

02-01-2014, 01:55 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! The sun was shining but has disappeared. The wind is blowing slightly; the flag across the street is shredded and the solar (?) light at the top of the pole has been out for months. The guy is an EMT so you'd think he'd know better but guess there is no common sense upstairs. I made a quick run to the bank for the gift shop deposit so that's one thing I won't have to do on Monday. I have laundry going and need to vacuum. Sonny pulled the bird/squirrel food bowl off the table and I have bird seed everywhere. He's too fat to squeeze through if the chair is tight to the table, but he can sure reach a long ways!

Susan -- Thanks for starting the new thread for us! :D It would be heaven to have a 44 degree day right now! The yards are covered with snow again; we got a new 1/2" last night and maybe an 1" the day before. I'm glad you could get out even if it meant going to work. Will you have to go in every day while your boss is gone? There is a chair yoga class offered here and I've thought about checking into it. I have never ever, in my whole life, been agile, flexible, or whatever.

Maggie -- With the bad weather you are probably wise to stay home. :yes: I have a horror of getting stuck on a freeway after seeing the Atlanta mess. An airport would be bad enough but at least one would be inside out of the weather. Hope you are able to make it to the city to get the batteries that you need.

"Gma" -- Poor Jack! :sorry: I hope his finger is feeling better soon! When we took the kids to Maui, the teachers gave them the school work they were going to miss for the week they were gone. I guess the idea was that the parents could help if needed. Have fun with your new appliances but be careful of the Ninja! ;) Hope your hip and leg are feeling better as the day goes along.

I need to get busy. Bob is at the office working on taxes and should be home for lunch soon. Hope you all enjoy a super Saturday doing something nice for yourself! :wave:

02-01-2014, 07:27 PM

We went out and about last night around 10:30pm to drive about in the snow. I think by then we had a good inch which covered everything with a nice white blanket. It was so nice and peaceful for not many folks were out at that time.

We got out again today which is in the 20˚ area of coldness and drove around a bit and stopped at Wall*Mart and picked up a couple 4 qt sized small plastic boxes for me to pack some needful things in to store in the basement of the MH. I like that size for they stack neatly and aren’t too heavy when loaded to move around to get the one out one wants. The sides and bottoms are clear so it is easy to see what is in each of them and they measure about 12 x 16 inches and are 7 inches deep and have locking handles that come up over the lid on the ends. The things I have put into them are things that were in my “crafts” room closet that I will need while “out there.” I just thought I would get a start on repacking my needful things in to proper storage containers for the MH basement now that I am rather house bound. Those boxes can still reside in my closet until we move into the MH for I will be using the contents during those months. All of these things were in cardboard boxes with lids that can now contain the things we will sell in a yard sale come spring. As I come across something I don’t intend to keep it goes in one of those cardboard boxes.

I think I will take these two new boxes into the bedroom and put seasonal things in them. I have shoes that I wear only in the warm weather, etc. and they don’t have to take up room inside the MH. Well on second thought I think I just might let the shoes live in their plastic shoe boxes that they currently occupy and store other seasonal things in the boxes.

OH ~ just looked out the window and it is snowing. :cp: It probably won’t amount to much but every little bit helps

JEAN What is funny about those batteries is that golf carts use the same type batteries ~ 4 of them in fact. Will was talking to our friend that owns the gun shop and he told us to check with the golf cart folks. Sure enough they have the very battery type we need for the MH so we will be buying from "local" after all. :cp: Our weather may just be a bit colder than yours. :o We don't worry about getting stuck because of our Jeep and wench and etc.~ but the crazy other drivers on the road are scarey. They shouldn't even be out there and swerve all over the place.

DONNA FAYE Those blades are sharp! Guess he won't be doing that again. YIKES what a wake up call on handling a new piece of equipment. Poor dear. Hopefully he will heal fast. Yep, California is in dire straits, they need rain so badly out there. Sounds like you got some nifty new kitchen appliances. What fun.

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

02-02-2014, 03:34 PM
Good Afternoon! I'm wonder if the groundhog saw his shadow or not. The sun is shining, the wind is blowing, and it's another cold day in my neighborhood. We skipped church this morning and slept in instead. I've read the papers, have been doing laundry, and have breakfast/lunch. For some reason my washer is taking too long to fill with water on a certain cycle so when I go down to put the load in the dryer it is sitting in water with the lights flashing on the panel. I have to cancel the cycle and start over. Bob checked the filters which is what the book said to do and they are clear. If I use another setting it seems to run fine. Sometime ago Bob thought our water pressure was lower than usual so am wondering if that might be the problem. I'd like to think I am smarter than the washer, but maybe not.

Maggie -- Funny that batteries for a tiny golf cart would keep a motor home moving. :lol: Sounds like you are putting the packing plan in motion.

I plan to watch some of the Super Bowl commercials since there has been so much hype about them. Don't give two hoots about the game though. Hope you all enjoy your day today! :wave:

02-02-2014, 05:59 PM

It is another cold day here in the ♥-Land with snow predicted for the early days this week. We sure are thankful for what we can get though in the form of moisture.

Nothing much going on today to speak of ~ just the regular Sunday things going on.

JEAN For MH’s and golf carts 2 of the deep cell 6 volt batteries last longer than the 12 volt ones do. Golf carts use 4 of the deep cell 6 volt ones and our motor home uses two of them. The deep cell 6 volt batteries are for the lights and other stuff inside the coach and the motor home takes the 12 volt to operate the engine. Hope that clarifies it for you.

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

02-03-2014, 01:26 PM

Another day in the cool to cold temps and they say we have a 90% chance of snow tomorrow. What we got the other day is gone except around the edges. I showed a ďmaintainĒ in my weight today which I gladly accept. I always did have the hardest time losing weight in the winter months and this winter is no different it seems.

The folks around here that have fireplaces sure make the air smell good but make my eyes water. :lol: I donít know how they can afford to burn wood if they have to buy it for at the station where they sell it ~ it is $5 for four logs about two feet long and 6 inches wide. I remember when we would go up into the mountains and cut wood for the stove in the church building when we lived in WY. It takes a lot of wood to keep a room nice and cozy. We also have a wood burning stove up at the cabin and I know how much it took to cook a meal. That isnít the only source of heat up there though. When we went up there we took enough food to last the amount of days we planned to be there for the nearest store is many miles down the mountain. :yes: I am so thankful that my folks bought that cabin from my fatherís brothers when I was just a young girl. It was plenty big for it has 4 bedrooms. We spent a lot of fun times up there. We could be surfing in the morning for we lived 2 blocks from the beach and up in the mountains playing in the snow the same day. From sea level to 6000 feet up in the Sierras 180 miles away. Our daughters ashes are scattered on the ridge above a meadow adjacent to the cabin overlooking a huge lake. The pulleys are still there on the trees along the meadow for the old ski lift on that hill they used back in the 20ís. The skiers sat in a chair and pulled themselves up to the top of the hill for it wasnít motorized. That, my Magnolia friends was a trip down memory lane. :yes: I love that cabin.

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

02-03-2014, 01:33 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! The sun is shining brightly and there is hardly a breeze blowing which is nice! It's supposed to warm up to 28 this afternoon and then head back down to the - temperatures in a day or two. I am so proud of myself! We had a huge amount of money to count this morning and I didn't make any mistakes in posting! That is unusual as I usually have to go back and look for a mistake in typing numbers somewhere. I have a P.E.O. meeting this afternoon and we are meeting friends for supper in another small town nearby. Bob has practice so will go a little later than usual.

Maggie -- To me a battery is a battery is a battery. ;)

I need to change clothes and get ready to head out as soon as we eat lunch. Hope you all enjoy a marvelous Monday! :wave:

02-03-2014, 02:29 PM
Good afternoon ladies. It is chilly here and lots of accidents as we had rain, hard rain all day yesterday then it froze last night. Took Jack about twice as long as usual to get to work and though they wanted people to stay off 385, it is the way Jack needs to go on to get to the interstate without a much longer commute on surface streets. No sun so don't think it will melt anytime soon.

I got my preop done at the hospital and no one mentioned the womens' center needed the CD with the mammogram on it. I now have to keep the car tomorrow and take it out there. We could have dropped it off easily on Friday. It is such a huge complex that I imagine I am going to have to walk a lot and I am seriously concerned about the icy weather. I don't know what I am going to do. I may ask Jack if we can try and get there before they close this afternoon or something, though they close at 4 PM. What a mess.

Jack's finger bled some on Sunday, but hopefully it is sealed up well enough. He is wearing a big bandage to keep it clean at work so we shall see.

Criminy they are doing something in the condo next door and the noise is incredible. You can hardly hear yourself think.

I am down 3 lbs for the week but need to keep working really hard.

Maggie: We have people that sit on the side of the big streets with trucks full of wood and sell it by the cord or half cord, stuff like that. We don't use our fireplace, but people here do. Makes me really nervous because I have never seen any chimney sweeps every being here to clean them. It is scary to think about.

Jean: I know you loved getting it right the first time. We have a Roper washer, which works great, but makes more noise then I have ever heard in my life. It is always clicking and clacking. It has this complicated drain and spin cycle that self adjusts so it is crazy. It also makes a lot of noise filling. It always sounds like the water is falling on the floor.

Well gals, have a nice day. I am going to get ahold of Jack and see if he thinks we can deliver this thing today. Faye

02-04-2014, 10:01 AM
Good morning everyone. It is again raining here to beat the band and is supposed to keep it up all day. Temps are in the 30's and only going into low 40 today then into 40's tomorrow then cold again. Looks like we aren't out of winter yet here for sure.

When I told Jack about the women's center, he took some sick time and came home and got me and we went over there yesterday and took the cd of my mammogram so we are all set for tomorrow.

I imagine I won't be in here tomorrow so say a little prayer everything goes ok. I am supposed to be there at 6 AM to have the wire inserted at the women's center then over to the admissions at the hospital and I think I am first up so should get in around 8 or so if she is ready. I just want to get it over with at this point and find out if I am ok or we have to deal with something.

You gals have a great day. Faye

02-04-2014, 12:39 PM

The temps today are said to be between 25˚ and 5˚ with 100% chance of Precip ~ This county has been issued a winter storm warning in effect until 6 PM and it has been snowing during the night while we slept and we have about 3 feet so far this morning. This will help save the winter wheat. :cp: We parked the Jeep out front on the street because when it snows like this it is very difficult to get out of the alley because of the drifts being very high at the end where the wind whips the snow around and piles it up. When we go out and about today Will will shovel the walk out front so I won't get my shoes full of snow as I walk out to the Jeep. :lol: Needless to say the animals are all still in the house and Cecil wasn’t asking to go out first thing when we got up today before the back door was open.

I don’t know if any of you ever get anything on the front of your clothing when you eat but I occasionally do and have found the neatest thing to clean it off right after it happens and it is the new “Tideģ To Goģ Stain Eraser™.” They are small 1⅜ ” by 1⅞“ pieces of stiff paper with a ĺ” wide strip down the middle which is the part you rub on the fabric using the folded back pieces to hang onto. You squeeze up the two outsides upward then backward to break the seal and the middle fills with fluid which you use to blot the stain up with. They work! I tried one yesterday and it lifted the chili off my blouse like a charm. They come packaged individually so they are so easy to tuck one in a pocket or purse for use “just in case.” Thank you Tideģ.

DONNA FAYE I do pray that the results are favorable for you. Keep thinking positively.

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

02-04-2014, 04:26 PM
Good Afternoon! It's a gloomy and very windy day with snow flurries flying every once in awhile. The serious snow is supposed to start later this afternoon. I made a WM and grocery store run this morning; figured if a storm was really going to happen they would be packed later today. I need to finish my doll sorting project and get that ready to take to Maddy. We are supposed to have lunch with my "mom" tomorrow but will wait and see what the weather decides to do. She is a little over an hour away and further south where the snow is supposed to be heavier.

"Gma" -- It's too bad they couldn't have sent the mammogram pictures over cyber space and save you the hassle! :hyper: For years our mammograms have been digitally sent wherever anyone wanted to go for further treatment. You are in my thoughts and prayers for everything to be ok. :goodvibes I hope Jack is getting along ok with his finger, and it doesn't bother him too much at work.

Maggie -- 3 feet of snow? :yikes: I have used the Tide stain removers and think they are great! :cheer:

I need to write some church birthday cards so better get at that. Hope you all enjoy the rest of your day! :snow4:

02-05-2014, 06:03 AM
Good morning gals. I am up, showered and dressed and ready to leave in about an hour so thought I would post this morning while I am sitting here.

Got a call from the Baptist Women's Center that the films weren't good enough and I needed to go in yesterday and get retakes.{{{SIGH}}} So Jack had to take half day off work again and I was there three hours. They took a set, the radiologist looked at it then back again and another set then I sat again then I had to have a sonogram. Her words were that because I had heavy breasts (translation you have big boobs) it was going to be a challenge to put in the wire this morning, but they were going to do the best they could. Wow, real encouraging that I am having something foreign put in to remove tissue from my breast and all you can say is best you can? I was already really mad about the whole thing. So, in I go this morning.

Maggie: I do not envy you all that snow for sure. You guys be careful. We are supposed to have icy conditions, but the deck doesn't look slick this morning so I am crossing my fingers. I don't do well on slippery surfaces and I have to go to the car, get out and go into the women's center, back out to the car, go to hospital admissions, then back in the car to come home and the temps are staying below freezing today.

Jean: Jack's finger is coming along. Part of that ugly look was trapped blood beneath the glue stuff. He said some of the glue is starting to peel off.

Well gals, just wanted to check in. I will let you all know how it went. Results of the biopsy won't be in for a couple days though. Faye

02-05-2014, 09:53 AM
"Gma" -- :hug: Good luck this morning!

02-05-2014, 11:23 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! It's another cold, windy, gloomy day in my neighborhood. Enough said about that! We were supposed to have lunch with my "mom" today, but Bob's manager called a meeting and the weather is "iffy" with wind chill in the -20s, wind, and blowing snow for travel warnings. Hopefully we will have lunch with her tomorrow. I have long "to do" list made for today.

"Gma" -- It's too bad "they" couldn't have gotten good films the first time and saved you the stress of having to redo them. You are in my prayers that all goes well today. :yes:

I need to finish getting dressed and get to work on the chores. Hope you all enjoy a wonderful day and keep warm! :wave:

02-05-2014, 03:14 PM

Well my Magnolia friends I do believe I am staying inside today. I donít even want to walk out to the Jeep which is parked on the street in front of the house. Reason being it is COLD! The temps will be between 9˚ and minus1˚ this day. The animals are inside and when Cecil comes to be petted he isnít cold so he has been staying inside. I am so thankful our heater works well to keep the inside nice a warm.

Will just came in from running his errands and bless his ♥ he brought Colonel Cluck home and I had a good lunch that was easy to figure the points value. For dinner I am thawing some pork chops which I just may cook over the top of some Scalloped Potatoes which are 3 P+ per serving of Ĺ cup. I have some fresh Brussels sprouts that I have a great recipe to fix which is called ďRoast Lemon & Pepper Brussels Sprouts w/Parmesan which is 2P+ per serving of Ĺ cup. A nice leafy green salad will go well with this and some 2 p+ each little biscuits. Will does so like these little biscuits and I havenít made them in so long.

DONNA FAYE I am hoping all goes well with you this day. I have found the trick for me to walk on slippy surfaces is make sure my feet are planted flat on the ground before taking another step. Works for me anyway.:p

JEAN I hope you have a good time with your long to do list today and get it all done. I have all my "to do" things done so far this day and what is left is preparing dinner.:D

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

02-06-2014, 02:14 PM

It is said that the top temperature today will be 9˚ and the low at -1˚. I believe that is true for it is another chilly day. Will has hired a man to clean out the sidewalk in front of the church building and up the walk to the door. Our neighbor down the street cleaned the sidewalk in front of our house and up our walkway while he was out and about yesterday. Nice guy he is to do that but he says he is having fun doing it. We certainly donít mind him having his fun. :cp:

I was going to crock pot a roast this day but low and behold there isnít one in the freezer. Will said he will pick one up along with a rotisserie chicken from the market on his way home from the museum today. The market makes wonderful rotisserie chickens so that will be our dinner today I can crock put the roast tomorrow along with some quartered onions, baby carrots and pink potatoes.

Cecil came in and used his butt hutt ~ snow has covered his favorite spot out in the yard. Will had dug a bit of a hole and then dumped a bag of butt hut sand in it awhile back for him to use out there. Will keeps it racked out for him. Guess I will have that chore to clean it inside as long as there is snow on the ground covering his spot. It was funny ~ he inspected it first. It has been a long while since he has used it and it has clean sand in it which met with his approval.

Will got me a neat jacket from the museum. It has the faces of Custer, Hickok & Cody embroidered about 3 inches high on the front left side. They are three of the characters that lived around here in days past. The jacket is a light brown and the embroidery is dark brown. It is lined with lambs wool and nice and warm. It will be my knock around jacket. My brown fur lined gloves go nicely with it.

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

02-06-2014, 07:17 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! Another cold, windy day in my corner of the world. We had sunshine this morning but cloudy this afternoon. We did go to eat lunch with my "mom" and spent a few hours visiting with her. The complex is all new and so nice. Otherwise I've accomplished nothing today, and probably won't until tomorrow. I did cross a few things off my "to do" list yesterday.

Maggie -- We "warmed" up to 5 today! :dizzy: A roast sounds good as we haven't had one for awhile. Have fun wearing your new jacket.

I need to think of something for supper, probably leftovers. Hope you all stay warm this evening; we're going to watch the Olympics I think. :wave:

02-06-2014, 08:06 PM
Evening gals. Just a short post as I am pretty sore. This was definitely not a pleasant experience. It might not have been so bad for someone young, but it is tough when you are old. I will explain the next time I post though.

I just wanted you all to know I was home and ok, actually came home yesterday afternoon, but yesterday and today were pretty rough and I have been on pain meds, which make you sleepy all the time. Pathology report won't be available until Tuesday, but I will let you know what I hear when I hear it. Hopefully tomorrow I won't feel as bad. The whole left side of my left breast is a bit swollen and totally an very ugly purple from the surgery. On top of that being left handed and it being on the outside instead of inside of my left breast, I rub it all the time with any movement I make with my left arm and such. I also have a tight shoulder blade from the surgery too and it feels like there is a big knot in it.

Talk to you gals tomorrow I hope. Faye

02-06-2014, 08:50 PM
"Gma" -- Glad you are home and hope you feel better tomorrow. I've been thinking of you and hoped all was ok.

02-07-2014, 11:06 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! It's another cold windy day in my corner of the world, but the sun is shining so it looks warmer than the -4 degrees outside. :brr: I need to run a couple errands this morning, work on sorting through stuff in the basement looking for another tote of dolls, and have a coffee date this afternoon. The calendar is filling up for next week already so I need to get myself organized over the weekend.

I need to get going and brave the cold this morning. Hope you all enjoy a fantastic Friday! Think SPRING! :wave:

02-07-2014, 05:55 PM

It is supposed to be a tad bit warmer today in the ♥-Land with the high temp at 18˚ and the low at 12˚ with 20% chance of precipitation. The few feet of snow we got the other day is still on the ground for it hasnít gotten warm enough for it to melt away. It is fun to see the children sledding down to the frozen snow covered river. The buffalo are impervious and have snow on their backs. The young ones are almost as big as the adults now for they grow so fast. I donít think it will be much longer before their owner removes the young ones to a different pasture away from the old bull. The old guy was frisky today having a great time rubbing his huge face in the dirt he had exposed on a hill by kicking the snow away and shaking his head. Evidently this cold weather agrees with him.

We are having snow flurries today which are about a foot apart swirling about. It isnít said they will amount to much moisture this day.

That rotisserie chicken we got yesterday was quite yummy and leftovers of a bird such as that help a nice bowl of noodle soup be yummy on a winterís day. Today I am crock potting a roast with some pink potatoes, quartered onions, cut up celery and a carton of fresh mushrooms. I found I am out of carrots so they didnít get in the pot this go-round. First I sprinkled chunks of garlic over the surface of the roast and then added a packet of onion soup mix and about a cup of water to the pot. The house will smell lovely all afternoon as it cooks.

DONNA FAYE Glad you are back home safe and soung with that ordeal overwith. Post when you feel better and we will be here. :p

JEAN OH yes let's think of SPRING. I am tired of this cold weather but it is all we have at the moment in time so I do try to make the best of it.

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

02-08-2014, 01:10 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! We got up to lazy snowflakes falling, very pretty! I suppose we got at least a couple inches this time. Bob went to have breakfast with the men's group at church and then they were going to replace light bulbs in the sanctuary. The hanging lights can be lowered from the attic, but most of the guys can't get up there because of their size, or age/climbing ladders. The rest of the wall lights are done with big ladders. It was nice to have several guys to help with the project. I've been doing laundry and just putzing; I should go to the grocery store but perhaps I can talk Bob into going this afternoon.

Maggie -- Our snow this morning must be leftover from what you had yesterday. It has warmed up to 12 this morning. The high today is supposed to be 18, so we'll see. The sun has been in and out all morning. Since we can't do anything, about the weather, except talk about it --what will be, will be. :D

I came upstairs with laundry to put away. Next chore is to vacuum! Hope you all enjoy a super Saturday! :snow4:

02-08-2014, 01:10 PM

The temperatures for this day are 14 to 30 with a 10% chance of precipitation. Have I said that I long for spring ~ guess I have said that several times already.

The roast didn’t get done in time for dinner so I fixed something else and when it did get done I let it all cool a bit then put it in the fridge. We can have that today. :cp: All those beautiful veggies will be great later in a soup. I cooked it all in my large crock pot so I put in lots of veggies.

I received the silver Picasso that was made for me out in CA. My mother bought it when she was in Spain and wore it quite often. In her will she gave it to one of the grandchildren that really liked it and my brother got it and had made copies of it for some of us gals that wanted one. It is a stylized ladies face with her arms over her head with the face in the middle. Hard for me to explain except if you know Picasso it is one of his pieces. It is 2Ĺ” long x 1Ĺ” wide. A very nice piece in gleaming fine silver. I put it on a long silver box chain I have and it looks quite nice.

Pablo Picasso, 1908–1909
Birth name Pablo Diego Josť Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno MarŪa de los Remedios Cipriano de la SantŪsima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso
Born 25 October 1881
MŠlaga, Spain
Died 8 April 1973 (aged 91)
Mougins, France

JEAN We also have tall ceilings in the church building. The lights hang down on long chains so aren't so hard to replace the bulbs with a ladder. I think this building is one of the ones built in the 60's. Guys working around those old buildings need to be very careful. It is a good thing that we can't do anything about the weather. Just think ~ Mark wants snow so he can snow ski and Martha wants sunny skies so she can plant her veggies. It wouldn't work. :no: I also like staying in a putzing on days like this. However, I also like getting the Jeep and visiting the Buffalo. :lol:

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

02-09-2014, 03:23 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! It's was below 0 in my corner of the world this morning. The sun is trying hard to shine through the clouds. I went to church early as we played bells at second service with the dog and pony show. Hate wasting time waiting to go and it was way after noon before I got home again.

Maggie -- Glad you have received your silver Picasso and know you will enjoy wearing it. When the guys went up to the sanctuary yesterday, they discovered part of a ceiling had fallen. It's in an area, sort of like a closet with doors on three sides: the elevator, sanctuary, and narthex entrances. Bob said the furnace pipe going outside had snow and ice frozen over the hole, which in turn caused water backup in the pipe and it broke under the pressure.

"Gma" -- Hope you are doing better today.

I just remembered a load of towels in the washer so guess I'll put them in the dryer. My washer has quit working on a sheet/towel cycle for some reason. The code says it took too long to fill. It works on all the other selections. I'm hoping it doesn't quit completely before I get clothes ready for vacation. Hope you all enjoy a nice day! :wave:

02-10-2014, 11:11 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! It was -16 when I went downstairs this morning. The sun is shining and it has warmed up to -11 with a slight breeze making the wind chill -28. Remind me of this temperatures if I EVER complain about being too hot again! We are counting at church tomorrow but I need to go get the gift shop money as soon as the coffee crowd clears out and I can check the greeting card rack. I didn't get the doll sorting finished yesterday so that's next on my agenda. No excuse except I sat down to watch the Olympics and never made it down to the basement. We do have a tv down there . . . :rolleyes:

I need to get a move on before the morning slips away. Hope you all enjoy a marvelous Monday and keep warm! :wave:

02-10-2014, 02:35 PM
Good afternoon ladies. I put on a bra for the first time today and am doing ok with it pretty much. I used an all cotton bra very much like a sports bra except it has hooks in the back. It has helped with pain when getting from a sitting to a standing and walking position. I am pink and yellow pretty much now with just purple around the incision area. Now that the coloring has changed I noticed that the incision is quite long so that may be why I am having a longer adjustment period. I just have to take it easy I guess.

When I went into the women's center to have the wire inserted I had no idea what would happen. I assumed you would lay on a table, but they put you in a chair that rolls that looks just like a hair salon chair and pumps up just like one and has the foot rest. They roll you up to the mammogram machine and put you in the vice as I call it and take picture. There is what they call the paddle that is the plastic part of the mammogram machine and this one had holes in it. They then clean the area and put you back in it with
the holes against the skin, your arm is slung up over the machine and the radioligist is below me, using a marker to mark where to insert the needles from looking at the films, then films again, then back and forth until they have it right. You have to sit completely still and my back and hip was spasming something awful from having to sit forward and my shoulder was killing me from having my arm slung up over the machine. She then shoots you full of lidiocaine, more pics, then starts with a long needle, which in my case meant two needles, more pics to make sure they are exactly right then puts a wire through the needles into my breasts in the two areas, more pics then removes needles if wires are in the right place. This took about an hour. I was in agony by the time they were done, but she told me she had never seen a woman sit so quietly and not move the whole time even when she put in the lidocaine, which stings. I just wanted to be sure it was in the right place. When you have surgery then, the surgeon goes in and cuts a circle of tissue around where the wire is located and then takes out the wire and sews you up. Not pleasant I can tell you and she says it is no guarantee I won't have to go through this again sometime if the calcium comes back or my pathology, which she should call me about tomorrow is malignant. UGH!

I am up a few lbs but not surprising since I haven't cooked much since coming home and a lot of take out. Jack has been doing everything for me and refused to let me stand up and cook. We even had waffles over the weekend, which was great and he has been doing all the clean up. I am back to my regular eating and starting to do at least part of the cooking in the evening. I eat light for breakfast and do most Lean Cuisine and veg and fruit for lunch so it isn't a lot of standing either.

Our tax refund will be deposited tomorrow so I will then pay off the cruise, the excursions and the specialty restaurants along with the hotels if they have advanced pay options. I have reservations with senior or aarp rates but will change to the advance pay when they offer it. I know the one hotel is offering it now. The more I can pay stuff in advance, the better I like it.

Maggie: Picasso was an odd duck and quite a womanizer I believe. Some of his stuff I like, but most of it I don't care for. One of my favorite paintings is a Salvadore Dali painting, "The Persistence of Memory." It is the melting clocks painting. He was once ask is the painting represented Einstein's theory of relativity and he replied, "No, it is the surrealist perception of a camembert cheese melting in the sun." :lol: I believe paintings are always subject to your own interpetation no matter what the painter thought when he or she painted it. I read an article a while back about Adam being lefthanded because of the painting "The Creation of Adam" by Michelangelo he is pointing his left hand. Brother how dumb is that. I doubt there is anyone who ever saw whether he was lefthanded or not! :^:

Jean: Wow you are like Indiana as you can't seem to get a break in the very cold weather. We are cold here today and have had some snow, but nothing that has stayed more than a few short hours. I just want spring to get here. Sorry to hear about the church mess. Are you going through Beth's old dolls???

Well gals, just wanted to let you know I am still kickin.' You all have a good start to your week. Faye

02-10-2014, 08:16 PM

It is another chilly day here in the♥-Land with the temps to be between 14˚ and 6˚with a 30% chance of more snow today. We got another 2 to 3 inches during the night. In other words it is another chilly day here in the ♥-Land and I am glad I have nice warm clothing to wear when we go out and about after awhile. The dogs are at the groomer and the cat is a pest. The clock just ticked to Noon O’clock. After Will goes out and scoops the path we will go out and about.

Today is my weigh day and I stated the same once again. Time to get back to writing what I bite then I can possibly see what I am doing to keep the same weight week after week if I show a maintain next weigh day that is. I have proven to myself once and for all that I am one of those people that has to write everything down in order to lose. At least during those past weeks I didn’t show a gain. :cp:

I will be back later to finish this typing of my post ~ time to get my warm clothing on. :wave: We got the call that the dogs were ready to be picked up so we got them and brought them home before going out again. We went out to see the buffalo and they are none for the wear of being out in the snow. I love their nice fur coats. We picked up a few necessities at good ole Walmart and headed for home where it is nice and warm.

I am going to make hot beef sandwiches with that left over roast for dinner and call it good. I will have a bunch of the veggies for a nice soup for later.

DONNA FAYE You went through an ordeal I hope I never have to go through. Sounds totally barbaric what they did for you. One would think that this day and age they would have a better way of doing that procedure. Hopefully the tests all come out clean. I like some of Picasso's artistic things he made and it was because of his artistic ability ~ what he did with his personal life he will pay for.

JEAN You know what you didn't get done on your list will be there another time to do and get crossed off the list. :cp: I hope your money count comes out fine this next count.

Have a good evening my cyber friends.
Always remember ~ Never, never, never give up

02-11-2014, 11:59 AM
Good Morning, Flowers! Another below 0 morning, sunshine, and wind in my corner of the world. We counted and balanced fast this morning and I was back home in a little over an hour. I will have 3 weeks "off" since the banks aren't open next Monday. For some reason my isp is super slow this morning. I need to vacuum, dust, and work on laundry this morning.

"Gma" -- I can't imagine how you must have felt after the ordeal at the women's center! I hope the procedure was done "right" the first time! I hurt just thinking about it. :hyper: You will have the extra pounds gone when you start to feel like cooking again. I should have gone through the doll stuff years ago; I probably wouldn't be so fussy but my mom made a lot of doll clothes when Beth was little. I also have a bride doll of my own with a complete wardrobe my mom made. The doll's head was held on by a rubberband that rotted over the years. Bob had it redone one year for Christmas, but Beth no longer played with dolls by then.

Maggie -- I guess you have to look at a maintain as being better than a gain. I know I do better when I write down everything. I get lazy and think I can do it in my head, and eventually give up. :o You are brave to be out and about when it is so cold. I try to do all my errands at one time so I can stay home once I get here. I love my heated car seats but am usually almost home by the time they are toasty warm.

I need to get busy before the morning slips away. Enjoy your day! :wave:

02-12-2014, 09:46 AM
Good morning to you all! I got the all clear from the dr yesterday. She said the pathology report showed nothing and all tissue was benign. So went through h e double hockey sticks for nothing, but couldn't ignore it either just in case. Hopefully the stuff never comes back as I sure don't want to go through all this again, though if I lose weight I can do the clinic procedure instead of removal and surgery.

I paid the cruise off, pd the excursions and even prepaid two of the hotels so we are getting there with the cruise budget. I even ordered a new garment bag as the handle on ours broke last cruise. Thing is, that garment bag was over 20 years old, as Jack bought it and a matching bag way back when he got out of the Navy and went to work for Syscon. So, it was time. I got a decent deal on it and we only need it to carry our hang up dress clothing. We definitely have enough travel bags for sure now.

It is kind of snowing/sleeting here a bit this morning, but we are supposed to be up in the 50's then 60's by next week to almost 70. I sure hope it hangs around. The newest storm may mess up Jay and Alicia's plan to fly to Mexico on Friday though. I am pretty sure they fly out of Chicago and it was supposed to get hit with another bad storm tomorrow.

They have some really pretty new stuff at the place I buy my dresses and tshirts. I am likely to buy at least a couple things. I would like to get into the 200's for sure so I am going to have to get really serious so I can accomplish that.

Jean: I have very little of the kids stuff left, but I do have grandson stuff I need to clear out since we won't have any more of them. I will keep the games and cards and stuff, but some of the stuff I need to just pack up and give away to Good Will or whatever. It will clear out the closet under the stairs a bit. I have kept a few things in a big box of the kids stuff, especially things my mil made for them. I like the heated car seats too, except they dry out my skin if I leave them on to long and I start to itch around my lower back and such. :lol:

Maggie: I just hope I never have to do this again. I seem to be having more pain now then when it was done. Standing up is the worst for sure, but wearing a bra all the time helps that, but then wearing it 24/7 is irritating and uncomfortable too. :lol: Hang in there it will start coming off again.

I guess I need to get out of here and take my meds and eat something. I am a little late getting it started. Have a good middle of the week. Faye

02-12-2014, 12:20 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! It was 16 degrees when I came downstairs this morning! Wow! We've had a light snow which has quit and the sun is shining now. I'm guessing we got a 1/2". Today is my lunch bunch and I'm making my last, I hope, WM run just before. This afternoon we are heading to Sioux City for a SAMs and Penneys stop, then supper with Beth and family. I did find all the dolls but think there may be some more clothes for the Cabbage Patch dolls. Lots of boxes and church rummage sale stuff down there. I WILL get rid of it ALL when I get home!

"Gma" -- :congrat: On the GREAT report from your doctor! :cheer: I'm so happy for you! It's nice that you can prepay so much of your cruise trip. We were just talking about food and meal expenses. I just paid for our whale watching trips, 10 of them, so the whales had better be there! Beth give things to a women's shelter but we don't have one here. At least not that I know of. I hope Jay and Alicia get to leave in spite of the weather. I'm sure glad I'm not trying to go to Atlanta!

I need to double check my WM list and get going. Hope you all enjoy a wonderful Wednesday! :wave:

02-12-2014, 02:14 PM
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