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03-19-2014, 01:19 PM
Good afternoon, ladies! 42 degrees and rain. Monday we had sleet, yesterday was only in the 30s but tomorrow it's supposed to be 70. I'll be glad when we get settled into a real spring.

This is my busy quilting week. I have various bees for 3 days and then lock in on Friday. Monday I went to visit my friend who has colon cancer. She's had surgery and had so many side effects from chemo they had to stop it. She has such a positive attitude. Sunday I visited with another friend who had a brain tumor removed in December. It has returned and they have called in hospice and she isn't expect to be here much longer. It makes me very thankful to only have the problems I do.

Faye, I'm sorry you're having problems with your necklaces and dress. Jack will really love the camera.

Jean, the last pineapple I bought wasn't at all sweet. I was so disappointed. I can imagine how sweet and juicy the real thing from Maui must be.

Maggie, the church people must be very sad to lose you and Will to say nothing of the museum. How much fun to get just the right things for your MH.

Have a great day. Lunch time is over and I must get back to work.

03-19-2014, 06:41 PM

The 10 Cup Drip Coffee Maker we ordered from Lehman’s® came today and it is quite nice looking in stainless. It will work great on a burner of our camp stove when we are cooking outside as well as on the stove inside the MH and on a grate over a campfire. I am sure the next pot of coffee that is made here today will be made in that pot. :lol: Will is anxious to try it out and get to know it. The Pitcher alone can be used to heat water for tea or cooking which will eliminate the need for a water kettle. Like I have said before it is fun finding just the right things to go in the MH. I think the next thing I will order, probably tomorrow, :cp: will be that Mandoline from Chefs® that is so much lighter and smaller than the one I currently have.

This afternoon I am going to have a good time looking through a new “special collectors edition of Taste of Home® magazine called Quick & Light, 133 recipes for a skinny new you!” Tomorrow I will be making the Herb Frittata for 5 P+ and Pineapple Upside Down Cake for 2 for 8P+.
There are many, many good sounding recipes in this magazine cook book. It says they are recipes to fix in 30 minutes or less, which is a definite plus.

If the weather continues to be so nice as it is today ~ next week we will bring the MH home and put the items we have to go in it so far put away in their proper places.

SUSAN Thank you for starting a new thread for us. Sounds like you have a busy lot of days ahead to enjoy. I am sure your friends will be so happy to have your visits to them. OH yes it is fun to outfit the MH. We want to watch how much weight to put in it to not overload it. If there is something we absolutely can't stand to part with we can store at our friends place in Texas. Things that we would probably have in our will to grant them anyway. But they are things we could use if we lived in our space they have for us on their property. Useful, needful items.

Always remember ~ Never, never, never give up

03-20-2014, 08:39 AM
Good morning to you all. It is cool again this morning and only supposed to get into low 50's for a couple days then back up in the 70's, Sure wish it would settle down some.

A couple days ago I had the most beautiful cardinal and his "wife" on my deck. I sometimes wonder why God made the males of some species so beautiful and the female so plain instead of the other way around. Guess once I am in heaven I can ask him. :)

Jack has a rehab appointment today so he will be home from work early. Guess I will have to get some work done and not goof off too much. :lol: He could care less. He woke up this morning feeling really well. He said he could sleep on his back and not hurt and even sleep on that side with a blanket rolled up and used as a pillow to brace him and sleep fine so it is definitely getting better. Since his cardiologist's practice changed to another hospital and is not in network, Jack hasn't been able to go see him this year. He has been going to the regular dr and is fine, but come October when he goes on Medicare he can go back to him. His cardiologist usually gives him his prescriptions, but he is going to need them refilled so went to make a dr appointment. He first had to go to Tricare and make his PCM the same as his doctor as they changed their rules. He called to do that and the guy said his dr had no more openings so he kept the dr he had on his PCM and ask the guy to make an appt with him. Well this guy had no open appts so Jack was supposed to call this week, which he did. The earliest appt he could get was April 30!!! Sure a good thing he isn't sick I guess. On top of that, I got a second bill for the copay for my surgery and went round and round on the phone with the hospital billing about it as I had already paid it. Come to find out, I was billed my Tricare for having the wire put in at the womens' center because it is considered part of the womens' hospital and the Baptist "campus" has two hospitals what they call East, which is the main hospital and the womens' hospital that does just womens stuff. Because the womens' center is billed at womens' hospital I had to pay a second hospital copay even though I only had the one surgery. These are all changes I would bet are because of Obamacare because that isn't the way it was before. St Francis womens' center is part of their hospital, but I have never had to pay a copay for stuff there at all. UGH!

I noticed the site has autocorrect now as it has corrected a couple of words I typoed. It fixes it, but you can go back and rewrite it the way you want the second time. I just tried it. :lol:

I am finishing up one side of the sweater shoulder then will do the other side. Patterns are always written, "working both sides at once" but I never do. I put one side on a stitch holder to keep it out of the way and I write out the bind offs and decreases in a vertical row on a steno pad before I start them then as I knit that row I check it off. I also put a stitch marker when I start armhole decreases so I know I have the exact same number of rows on each side so they are exactly even. When I finish that side and go to the other, I make the check marks, X's to show that I finished that row on the other side. Works for me and I never get lost and have to take out rows.

Jean: Hopefully even your dusting of snow will quit soon. I am surprised about our cool temps as we usually are in the steady 60's by now. I guess it will come, but I am sure ready for sandal weather. The IBC comes in brown bottles and is packaged old school in a 6 bottle carton. They have regular, diet, and cream soda that I know of. Their cream soda is great, but I don't think they make it in diet, which is too bad. My package is back in Memphis as of late last night. I don't know if it actually went to LA or what, but supposedly it is here in town again. We shall see if I get it today as I should. I despise the post office anymore. They seem to have more and more morons running the place. It is no wonder people are willing to pay more to send packages by other means.

Susan: Jack fooled around with the camera last night and really likes it. It is sure easier to understand than our other Coolpix camera for sure. It is also a much higher pixal and it has HD1080P for video. It also has a lithium rechargeable battery instead of having to put batteries in it all the time. We are pleased as we got a nice price on it too from a mom and pop online company in New York City. They shipped the day after I ordered it because they ran out of the color I ordered and emailed me what I wanted to do and then sent it FEDEX and it came the next day. Was nice to have a company who actually cared about their customer. Hope you have fun with all your quilting this week. An online knitting friend made this heart quilt that was a hanging I believe and it was so cute. She sent me the link for the directions like that was something I could do! :lol:

Maggie: Let us know what you think of the recipes. Jack loves pineapple upside down cake.

You all have a great day. I am going to go and get my day started. Faye

03-20-2014, 03:28 PM
Good Afternoon! It's a beautiful first day of spring in my neighborhood! The sun is shining, the sky is bright blue, and it's warm enough for a spring jacket. I had my nails done this morning, ran a couple errands, and vacuumed the basement while the washer and dryer did their duty. This afternoon is my monthly coffee date with my friend.

Susan -- Thank you for starting the new thread! :D I'm sorry about your friends. One just never knows what the future holds. I know you will enjoy all of your quilting get togethers this week.

Maggie -- Quick sounds like my kind of recipe. ;) Let us know how the recipes (and coffee) turn out.

"Gma" -- Your medical escapades and insurance challenges sure test your patience! It's too bad O doesn't have to figure out all the SNAFUS he has caused! :dizzy: Funny you should mention the po. There is a single man in our church whose family had rental houses and "old" family money. He has a law degree but has never had a "real" job. He's 70 years old and just started working in the po at the customer window. Bob had to mail some large envelopes for the office and the lady mail person was training this guy; she was telling him step by step, and four people went through Bob's line in the time it took him to do one. I'd love to see him help a nonEnglish speaking person! We are betting he doesn't last very long.

I need to change clothes and head out. Hope you all enjoy the rest of your day and evening! :wave:

03-21-2014, 08:59 AM
Good morning to you all. It I supposed to be nice and warm today and the house seems warmer than it has been overnight so I don't think it got real cold last night.

Jack left for work about 40 minutes ago and was pretty sore this morning. He takes one step forward, one back so it is just going to take time I guess. He said he didn't sleep well last night at all and the night before he slept very well.

I am finishing up the other shoulder and I will be done with the main part of the sweater then the fun begins. I hate putting in the sleeves and such, but unless I want to wear it pinned together I am going to have to do it. :lol:

I finally got my dress yesterday and yep, they screwed it up. Jack took the box this morning to mail back to them and exchange it. I sent a letter to the manager and gave her a piece of my mind about it too. I told her if they screw it up again, that's it. No matter how much I like the clothing, I will not order anything more. You have to jump through hoops to get refunds or exchanges or credits from them and I told her that if she expects her customers to do all that then she ought to make sure her staff pays attention and sends the right stuff. I have spent $40 just on shipping alone! I told her I was fed up spending money I shouldn't have to because someone there screwed up. I told her I made copies of both the exchange form and the letter I sent her so that I knew if they didn't fill it correctly that it was not something I did. I know for a fact the other one was correct also because I sent a note along with it telling them it was for a cruise and I needed a full length dress not a street length dress so I needed a 50-52" long dress. They just changed fabrics and sent the exact same size and length. We shall see what happens.

Susan: I didn't see that your friend is so ill. I will be praying for her that if she cannot get well she can at least be comfortable in her last days or months.

I talked to my best friend for 2 hours on the phone yesterday and it was great. I was telling her about Jack walking around with his snorkel gear on in the house and she got a big hoot out of that. We caught up and laughed a lot, a little gossip about kids we went to school with, and had an enjoyable conversation. I feel for her as her husband is on disability for his back and the only work she can get is 20 hours at I think it was Marshalls. She told them if they couldn't increase her hours she had to find another job. She has her certificate or whatever to do hospital billing coding, but can't find a job. She has to drive clear across town for the one she has and she said she spends a bundle on gas. She said she was going to apply for a job at Meijers, which is like a cleaner Walmart in the north. They only hire part time now too so she will have to work two part time jobs. I could just kick that man in the White Houses behind for doing this to people because of his ridiculous insurance business.

Jean: I just don't get how the heck you have all these machines that read the mail supposedly, the piece of mail comes to the main post office here in town then nothing, then it shows up in Los Angeles for two days then back here again. It is ridiculous. Let us know how it goes with the guy at the post office. I know it gets my goat to go to the post office and find one person working and the line out the door. We have a large Mexican community and so there is a lot of stuff shipped out of the country, passport stuff, visa, green card, whatever and it takes time. So you stand there for 10-15 minutes while they wait on this Mexican customer and don't bring anyone up from the back to wait on customers to get the line down. Doesn't seem to me the government ran this shoddy when we were kids.

You gals have a nice weekend. Tomorrow we are going New Balance shopping for Jack. Have a nice day. Faye

03-21-2014, 10:05 AM
Good Morning! The sun is shining, a breeze is blowing, and it's a chilly 30 degrees this morning. It's supposed to be in the 30s all weekend. :brr: I need to do some serious work on the afghan and catch up on laundry today. Also need to call for a hair cut appointment.

"Gma" -- Do you knit the sweater sleeves separately and then sew them on to the body of the sweater? Guess I thought you would knit it all as one piece. Goes to show how much I know about knitting! :rolleyes: It would be nice of the company would at least refund your shipping costs on the dress returns. How frustrating for you! A lot of local businesses have po boxes and if I need to mail something or get stamps I try to wait until after the rush. There is usually a line at the window and most of it is money orders going to Mexico. :( Guess we should be glad we get as much mail delivered correctly that we do. I have been getting unknown callers on my cell phone lately; maybe one every 3-4 days. I put our #s on the "do not call" list so just delete them. Hope Jack's soreness is better as he moves around today. Not getting a good nights rest is tough.

I need to get busy! You all have a fantastic Friday and enjoy your day! :wave:

03-21-2014, 11:37 AM
Jean: I just poked my nose in and saw your post. There are different pattern choices for sweaters. Some are called top down, which means you start at the neck and knit down, then there are bottom up, which is what most sweaters are knit, from the waist up. You can get patterns where the sleeves are knit right onto the sweater, but most sweaters you knit a back piece, knit a front piece then knit each individual sleeve. Usually you then sew up the shoulder and side seams with what is called a mattress stitch, which makes an invisible side seam. I use the kitchner stitch to sew up my shoulder seams which is another invisible seam and what I use to sew up toes on socks. Then you set in the sleeves and sew them in and do whatever it call for with the neckline. I have no sleeves on this pattern I am doing for the cruise. It is a sleeveless shell. When I finish the knitting part, I have to block the two pieces so they are equal in size by pinning them down to the measurements for the size sweater I knit, which is on the pattern, then spray the pieces with water and let them dry. Then I will sew the shoulder and side seams, then do my knitting. I have to put a neckline on the sweater and put a couple rows around each armhole which I do using a circular needle. With this pattern, I pick up stitches, stitch per stitch and knit a row around the neck then the next row I purl around, decreasing evenly to the number of stitches the pattern says the neckline should be, ie I may have a total of 150 stitches on the neck I pick up the first time around, but only need 130 for the neck so after I have picked up the 150 around the neck, the next row I decrease 20 stitches back to 130 so the neckline fits correctly. It is the easiest way to do it. On this pattern I do 2 purl rows for the neck and for each armhole. I have an Iphone app where I can put the picked up stitches in, the number to decrease to and it tells me how to knit the row, knit so many than decrease, knit so many than decrease. In other words it does the math for me. :lol: Now that it is clear as mud aren't you glad you ask?

03-22-2014, 12:14 PM
Good Morning! The sun is shining, the wind is blowing, (ssdd), and it was 18 degrees when I came downstairs this morning. Snow is predicted for tomorrow. "We" caught a baby possum in the live trap last night. Bob had gone back to the office and the poor thing was hanging by his teeth. I thought he was stuck because he'd opened his mouth too wide. When Bob tipped the cage he let go; he now has a new home out further in the country by a corn field and a creek. Bob said he (the possum) was happy. I have a load of laundry in the washer, have folded a load of towels, and spent time looking for whale program that is supposed to be on tv tomorrow. So far I haven't found anything related to whales. :spin:

"Gma" -- Thanks for the knitting lesson! :D I wish someone would offer knitting lessons, or better yet how to read a pattern and how to follow the directions. Years ago I signed up for crochet lessons and the lady was just plain nuts. She assumed we all knew the basics, which we didn't; it was a fiasco to say the least and most of us quit after the second meeting.

I need to get moving and unload the dishwasher. Enjoy your day and do something nice for yourself! :wave:

03-22-2014, 02:18 PM
Good afternoon everybody. It is beautiful and sunny and warm and lovely today. We headed out around 10:30 this morning to get Jack some new shoes. We went to Sports Authority and I think they just sell last year's styles because they were cheaper than what they are at the mall or at the New Balance store. We had a tough time finding his size as they were either way too big or way to wide. He finally found a pair on sale for $60, which is great as usually they are way over $100. He gave his oldest pair a nice burial though I told him the least he could do for a 10 year old pair of shoes was a casket (the shoe box the new shoes came in.) :lol: So, he has a new pair of shoes for vacation and the ones he was wearing he will use to wear back and forth to work. He has to wear special shoes with steel toes, electrical safety, etc so he just wears the shoes to work then changes them out for his works shoes. We then went to Krogers and the lady that works the self checkout was oohing and ahhing about my weight loss. She said she thinks I gave it all to her as she was carrying it all in her behind. :lol: She is this lovely older black lady that only works on Saturdays so we always visit if I go in there on Saturdays.

I bought some quaker oats rice cake snacks which are really very good. Usually they taste like Styrofoam but these are pretty good. I like the cheddar cheese and one serving is 18 of the little circles. I also bought some Jimmy Dean's chicken sausage in a couple flavors. I am anxious to try the Andouille flavor. I also bought some eggo waffles. I get tired of having the same thing for breakfast, but don't want a lot of the extra fat and such. I buy Caris sf syrup all the time and use it instead of sugar in oatmeal. I like it better than Splenda or Truvia because it has that little bit of maple flavor to it.

Jean: If you ever decide you really want lessons and don't want to pay for them or whatever, go to and watch the free videos she has for learning to cast on and knit, purl and lots of things. You can also google learning how to knit and there are tons of free videos online you can sit and use your Ipad and watch how to knit. When I don't know how to do a stitch or need a refresher it is what I always do. For one thing they are always backwards for me being left handed, but I can keep replaying them until I get it rather than just reading how to do something.

I got my two pair of jeans and since I lost weight I should have bought the next size down as these are too big in the waist, but I ordered a belt so I can wear them more comfortably. I wore a pair today and felt like the kids from the hood who wear their jeans down under their butt so they underwear hangs out. :lol::lol:

I guess I better go check my laundry. You all have a great afternoon. Faye

03-23-2014, 10:09 AM
Good Morning! The sun is shining, NO wind . . . . yet, and it's 8 degrees outside! We are getting a slow start this morning. The coffee pot is perking and Bob is in the shower. Inside and outside cats have been fed; nothing in the live trap this morning. My washer is on the fritz and spins off balance with sheets in it. It sits up on a cement pad and I can't get it back up by myself. I will have to call the repairman tomorrow, and think I can see $$ signs in the future. :(

"Gma" -- I'm glad Jack is a happy camper with new shoes. :yes: I've heard others mention finding how to do things on YouTube. Thanks for the reminder. Bob again mentioned bringing his toy tractor collection home and that he will need a desk of his own for his computer and "stuff." In the next sentence he asked what WE can get rid of to make room. :rolleyes: His office desk is way too big and where I have my pc isn't all that big soooooooo :dunno: ! Makes me think of all of my unfinished projects stashed away! I have got to sort and pitch some more? Yay for the new jeans fit!

I need to get dressed and have coffee. Hope you all enjoy a nice day! :cheer:

03-23-2014, 10:44 AM
Good morning ladies. It is cool but nice and sunny this morning. Jack just went to Target to get a new cable for my Ipad as I messed up the one I have. I told him to buy two so we have a spare.

I am trying to get the downstairs cleaned today, but it may be a process. I had a hypoglycemia moment at the grocery store yesterday and so bought the first sugared thing I could find, which was those donut gems from Hostess. I was standing at the checkout stuffing them into my mouth like I hadn't eaten in a month. I keep my meals at below 19 fat grams per meal and just this package was 23 so later in the day I had some problems with my colon and all evening so I felt kind of crummy this morning, but I am better now except for still having a bit of a sore back, which happens when my colon acts up. I vacuumed the carpet and will start on more cleaning when I am done here and just take it a little at a time until it is all done today.

I made a reservation for next Sunday for brunch at Owen Brennan's to take Thomas and his parents out to celebrate his getting into the AP high school, but haven't heard back from them to confirm yet. So, if I don't hear by tomorrow I will call them and ask them what's up so I can tell Kelly for sure.

I got my purple jewelry from the gal on Ebay and it will be great. I paid half for both sets what I paid for the other one and they look even cuter I think. I put them against my wrap and the colors blend nicely and that is all I care about.

Jack has a dr apt for his ribs on Monday, Tuesday a rehab session and Wednesday I have a dr apt so it will drs, drs, drs this week I guess. I just have to get refills on my diabetic drugs and get them to send them to Express Scripts so they are cheaper for me.

Jean: Hope your washer costs won't be too much, but just to come out they usually charge you a $100! When we start doing the remodel, the computer is going to go in front of the window in the kitchen to give us more room in the living room. Our living room is a nightmare the way they built it. I am getting rid of the computer desk and get just a regular desk and a small file cabinet.

Well gals, tomorrow is weigh day for me and looks like I am going to be doing ok again. Have a great Sunday. Faye

03-24-2014, 08:41 AM
Good Morning! It's still dark so I have no clue what the sun will do today. It's a tad warmer at 20 degrees. I've been awake since 2 AM and would love to go back to bed. Bob was coughing and my nose was stuffed up. I finally got up and came downstairs thinking I could sleep in the recliner. I set the alarm on my cell phone and never did go to sleep. I went back to bed and remembered I'd forgotten to turn the phone alarm off so watched the clock go around for another hour. I hate nights like that! My plan for the day is to count money and take a nap!

"Gma" -- Sorry the donuts didn't set so well yesterday. I'm glad the jewelry is a keeper and you like it. My washer works on other cycles; my biggest complaint is I hate seeing 1" of water in the tub and the manufacturer thinks the clothes get clean. I'm just glad our clothes aren't all that dirty. ;)

I need to get dressed and have breakfast. Hope everyone has a marvelous Monday! :wave:

03-24-2014, 10:01 AM
Good morning you to all. It is quite cool this morning, but looks like it is going to be a sunny day. It is supposed to be warming up to the 70's by the weekend for several days so capris and sandals here I come. :lol:

I get a double carrot dance today. My weigh in this morning and I am down 10 lbs for the week. :carrot::carrot: No I did not starve myself and I kept on points and all. It is just I lose weight really fast when I am dieting and staying on track.

Going to work some more on cleaning house as I didn't get much done yesterday. I am better getting work done when I am alone so we may end up with a pig sty when Jack retires down the road and is home all the time. :lol:

I am having eggo blueberry waffles and jimmy dean chicken chorizo sausage for breakfast. I use higher points for breakfast as I find I stay less hungry that way than if I just have a piece of toast and fruit or something like that. I use the sugar free syrup.

Jean: That's what happens if I have too much fat in my diet all at once, but I had no choice. It was something like that or a candy bar and that comes out about the same with the same results. It didn't last and I am fine now. I am getting close to being below 300 lbs, which would be the first time in probably 30 years so am excited about that. I still have a bit to go, but maybe in the next couple months. It would be superb if I could get to 280 or so by the cruise and it is definitely doable at 2 lbs a week. BRRR you are still pretty cold. We are gradually warming up in the overnights, but it still dipped down to low 40's last night. I noticed tiny leaf buds on the trees though. Usually by this time for us our tree has a lot of leaves on it, but not this year. I did notice the dogwoods are in beautiful full bloom though so they must be pretty hardy.

Everyone have a great day. I am going to make myself some breakfast then get cracking. Faye

03-25-2014, 07:57 AM
Good morning everyone. It is chilly here this morning and high around 50 they said. I am looking forward to the weekend for sure as it will be in the 70's.

I cleaned the downstairs yesterday and will tackle the upstairs today. Except for dusting, I am not fooling with the spare bedroom as that is where we are putting stuff we bought for the cruise and the bags and stuff. Jack has to set up the table in there as right now it is all sitting on the floor.

Looks like the sd card for the new camera and a couple pair of new pj pants for Jack should come in the mail today. That is if the mailman isn't too lazy to deliver them. Yesterday he stuffed my bra package in our little mailbox so he wouldn't have to get out of the truck.

Not much else going on around here. Hope you have a good day. Faye

03-25-2014, 10:33 AM
Good Morning! It's a cold 16 degrees and snowing big huge flakes. :hyper: This weather is so crazy and unpredictable! I need to order flowers for two gals who are in the local hospital. First I need to find out if they are still there. Otherwise, it will be more of the same -- pick up the kitchen, more laundry, and sneak up on more clothes sorting to start another SOS box. Our church usually has a Relay for Life rummage sale but no one seems to be in charge this year. I'm not hanging on to "stuff!" :no:

"Gma" -- :congrat: on the great loss! You are so doing it! :cheer: Hope your camera and the pjs arrive today. We have an extra wide mailbox with a door on each side. The mailman will jam a box in there so tight I have to open both doors to shove it through. They have been known to hang boxes on the flag in the rain. No common sense used whatsoever!

Susan and Maggie -- Hope all is well with both of you! :twirly:

I need to get dressed and get started on my "to do" list. Hope you all have a terrific Tuesday! :wave:

03-25-2014, 12:06 PM
Good morning, ladies! 46 degrees and overcast. The forecast called for sleet to begin around 7 and then turn to rain and back to snow tonight. Hopefully that's not going to happen as its already warmer than predicted for today. I don't see sleet or snow at this temp.

Faye, :bravo: Congratulations on the big loss! I'm sure your sweater will be beautiful. You do such lovely work.

Jean, I've had to have the Fish and Wildlife come and trap raccoons and move them. We have some huge ones. They told me to call if I see them in the daytime, especially, because the carry rabies.

Maggie, what's up this day with you?

03-25-2014, 02:30 PM

I have been MIA because when I usually post that time has been used for typing indexes for the recipes I still have in my 5 ½ x 8 ½ ring binders. I went through them awhile back and took out recipes that I shouldn’t have saved in the first place but they looked good then or I had two of the very same recipes because the magazine had reprinted it years later. Anyway I had my files stored on a thumb drive and it somehow got corrupted just sitting there. Well my intention was to go through the indexes and remove the recipes listed that I had tossed. Since I couldn’t access the files I am having to type them all over and it has been quite an undertaking. Anyway that is my “reason” and I am sticking to it. Not anything exciting to report anyway.

We all went to the groomer yesterday except Cecil of course. I got my hair cut shorter and spikey which suits my style since it is getting so thin. Will had his head shaved and his beard trimmed and the dogs both got trimmed and bathed. We all look nice and fresh once again.

JEAN Our weather has been in the 50’s but with a sharp wind blowing which isn’t pleasant at all. I’ll be so glad when I don’t have to go outside with a wrap. We are going to have some huge yard sales and what doesn’t sell we will donate.

DONNA FAYE :congrat: on your huge loss. You lose in chunks but do you also gain in chunks? When I lost every week that 6 month period I only lost a pound or a pound and a half each week. I have never experienced such a great loss as you have. You go girlfriend ~ you will be at goal in no time if you keep to it.

SUSAN That was good advice about the racoons for they are creatures that come out at night unless they are sick. :o I hope you don't get that lousy weather that they predicted for your area.

Always remember ~ Never, never, never give up

03-26-2014, 12:31 PM
Good morning, ladies! Only 36 degrees today. We did end up with rain, sleet and snow yesterday but only a dusting and it's gone now. We haven't had snow in April since 1940 so we are all hoping that this is the last of the winter weather. My daffodils and crocus are blooming.

Tomorrow is Glory Bee (quilting bee) and Glory and I are hosting a full English Tea for the ladies. :hungry::coffee2: and then Friday is English Paper Piecing at Bella.

Gloria Steinman turns 80 today. Women's Rights, burning bras, what hoopla she started. She's going for an elephant ride in Narobi to celebrate.

Maggie, I use Mastercook and have for many years. Its about $20 and wonderful for it lets me type, scan, or load recipes directly from websites and I can organize them in cookbooks. It also computes the nutritional info based on the USDA stats. I have the recipes on my computer, a thumb drive and stored in the Microsoft cloud.

Have a wonderful day.

03-26-2014, 04:00 PM
Afternoon gals. Cool here today. Have to hurry and post as I have to leave in just a few, run by the mail and send my prescriptions to express scripts then go and get Jack.

Both the pharmacy doctor and my gp are very pleased with my blood sugar situations and how I am doing. I have to go back and see Dr Bruijn in 3 months, but I am cut down to only one pill and just a little over half the insulin so I am coming down little by little. I feel really good since I have been off the hormones too. I had to have a blood test today to check my a1c so hope it has come down drastically too, which I am sure it has.

I got a $23 credit on Amazon for Kindle and a $7 credit on ITunes from some settlement over overcharging or something. I promptly order a couple new books that haven't come out yet for Kindle and put an album on my Ipad, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, my favorite group. You can't listen to their music and not get happy! :lol:

Susan: Brr little bit cold still at your house it sounds like. We should be in capri weather by the weekend. Wow can't believe she is that age, but then I graduated high school over 40 years ago so I guess time rolls on.

Maggie: I pretty much put everything on my Ipad now. I find a recipe online I like and I just mail it to myself and then stick it in a folder in my mail account then can pull it up and use it straight from my Ipad. I do the same with my knitting patterns. Better than having to print everything out all the time for sure.

Jean: Hope you are doing well. Have to run!

have a great day all. Faye

03-26-2014, 05:49 PM
Good Afternoon! The sun is shining and we are in a wind advisory until 8:00 tonight. I wonder how "they" know the wind will slow down, or stop, at that time. This was my morning to work in the gift shop; I wasn't busy but saw several people I knew. I bought flowers and took them up to my co-bell ringer. The nurses were working on her so I didn't get to see her. I got a much needed hair cut after lunch, and will go to bell practice in a little while.

Susan -- What are you serving at your tea? :T We did have a raccoon visit a couple times this winter. We caught one in a live trap a few years ago and he was really mad. When Bob took him out in the country to let him go, he had rigged up some sort of pole to release the trap door. He put the cage on the ground and got up in the back of the pickup to open the door. He was afraid the coon would turn around and attack him. Fortunately, he just took foo running as fast as he could -- the coon, not Bob.

Maggie -- I don't envy you typing recipes. Good luck! Glad you like your new "do." :)

"Gma" -- It sounds like you have had a busy day " on the run." What a nice surprise to get the credits and be able to spend them on something you will enjoy. :cp: I'm so glad your numbers are moving in the right direction and hope you can get off the meds all together.

I need to change clothes and head off to church. Enjoy your evening! :wave:

03-27-2014, 01:18 PM
Good Morning! It is raining in my neighborhood this morning. We need it badly. The robins are happy! I went to church to help put together the monthly newsletter, which I haven't done for several months. Two of the "older" ladies couldn't help this morning. I need to make a grocery list and head to the store after lunch. Bob went with a bunch of farmer friends to visit another farmer's collection of refurbished tractors and farm equipment. Crafty club was supposed to get together this afternoon but the hostess has the flu so canceled. I have lots of things I could work on, trick is to decide which to tackle. :rolleyes:

Hope you all enjoy your day! :wave: :rain:

03-27-2014, 07:25 PM
Good evening gals. We had internet service down all day in our area and it just came back up a bit ago so I couldn't get in to post. I could have used my Ipad, but it takes too long so I decided just to wait.

I just sat and read mostly today. I stayed up too late last night and got up with Jack at 5 AM so I am kind of pooped today and dragging my feet. I did my chores and a load of laundry, took and shower, etc, but that was about it. The house is cleaned for the moment and we will go grocery shopping on Saturday this time as we are taking Thomas out to Owen Brennan's with his parents for Sunday brunch. They are pricey, but their food is really good and a nice variety of choices.

I did all my bill paying so that is done. Several things are auto pay so I just have to put them in my checkbook, but I paid the stuff online that had to be paid. We have direct tv, which I really like, but I hate their stupid website. It is hard to maneuver around and you have to make the screen 75% just to see the place where you sign in. It is a pain.

Jean: I saw on tv an advertisement for trash bags that have some type of smell on them that keeps raccoons out of your trash. I wonder if it would work for squirrels too. I know mint is used to detract some animals. Hope you had a good day today. We are raining cats and dog at the moment and supposed to rain all night.

Everyone have a good evening. Faye

03-28-2014, 10:11 AM
Good morning girls. It is mild and wet here this morning. We had some really hard thunderstorms on and off from about 5 PM last night. Of course it is dreary this morning.

I kept the car and am going to go get my nails done and pick up some stuff from Walmart that the commissary is hit and miss with having. I found some really good chicken sausage at Krogers and am going to see if Walmart has it while I am there. I get my nails done in their salon there at the store so it is convenient for sure.

Jack has one more full week of light duty then back to the doctor and probably back on full duty then the second week of April. He seems to be much better and not hurting now so we are hopeful it all healed up well.

I have been reading all the cat who books that I have missed. The library has quite a few, but I am almost caught up on all they have so probably will have to fork out money if I want to read the latest ones. I have read some reviews that were not favorable with her late books and it may have been her age as she was in her 90's when she died and had a book partially written that was never published I guess.

Well gals, I need to go shower and get dressed. Am debating about wearing capris today, but will probably stick to long pants for a bit longer. Have a nice weekend all. Faye

03-28-2014, 03:15 PM
Good Afternoon! It's another cloudy, windy, cold day in my corner of the world. At noon the weatherman said the weather isn't going to warm up much for another week. *sigh* I've been working on the afghan this morning. I called my friend who is still in the hospital. Her leg is numb so she is having therapy, and won't be going home any time soon. No one seems to know how long that might last. They are also waiting for the biopsy results on her liver. She is single with an elderly mother who still lives in her own home and a sister who is going through chemo for breast cancer. Guess my "problems" are pretty minute.

"Gma" -- Sunday brunch sounds like fun! :T I know you always enjoy spending time with your family. We had a couple good thunder booms when it rained. It's been so long that I wasn't sure what it was at first. :lol: Glad that Jack is on the mend and feeling better. Who or what is the "cat who" books?

I need to get a load of laundry going, and get back to the afghan.

Hope you all enjoy the rest of the day! :wave: :brr:

03-28-2014, 07:22 PM

It is a lovely warm day without the wind blowing here in the ♥-Land. I am a happy camper for my small light weight hand held Mandoline arrived today and it is trick. It cuts slices or juliennes into 3 different thicknesses. It is very light and I can now sell my larger one that is in a case. :cp:

We drove to a nearby town where I was told to go to have blood drawn to check my Thyroid and they didn’t have the order from my doctor so it will mean I will have to go back when they do get the authorization for she was out on a call when they tried to contact her today. I will have that to do another day. Will isn’t in any pain today from having that broken tooth removed and the stainless steel post planted down in the bone a ways. He will have to go back the later part of April to get the thin post that goes inside of this one that the tooth attaches to. Then it will be about 3 months for it to all heal then he can have the tooth crown attached to the post. When it is all done they will adjust his partial to fit nicely and he can chew again on that side.

I am making a scrambled egg dish tonight for dinner for it will be easy for Will to eat. I will also make some of my light biscuits. My cooking will be different for awhile since he can only eat softer foods and chew on one side of his mouth. We might just both lose some weight these next few months while his mouth is being worked on.

I have just about got all my binder cook books fixed up with updated indexes. The one I am working on is the largest index for it is for two binders since it is the “Main” index. I have actually been enjoying this project for I have re-visited the recipes that I have saved through the years and there are some real yummy ones that I remember making and glad that I have them still.

JEAN You can please keep your cloudy, windy, cold days there for we have had enough of them here. :p Does your friend have a pinched nerve in her back that is causing her leg to be numb? There is a nerve that runs down the back of the leg up the back. That is the one that I have pinched that gives me "drop foot."

DONNA FAYE What caused the internet to crash in your area? What fun to take your family to a nice place like that. Enjoy and let us know what you chose to eat. :D Get some sleep tonight!

Always remember ~ Never, never, never give up

03-29-2014, 08:03 AM
Good morning gals. It rained and thundered overnight and is cool this morning, but our warm up begins and looks like we are well on our way to spring finally. I was woken from sleep by something in the vacant condo next door. I went to the door, turned on the light and leaned my head out the door and what a racket. Something turned on, and the only thing out there is the AC unit, but it sounded like a million locusts making noise all at once. It turned off just a minute ago, but I sure hope we don't have to deal with that all the time. I climbed all over the guys working yesterday for blocking my garage with their vehicles when I got home from shopping. I told him not to park there again that they weren't allowed to block people's garages. I was tired, needed to eat and my knee was killing me so I was not kind. :mad: It won't do any good, they do what the heck they darn well please.

Today is commissary day. Oh what fun, but at least Jack's ribs aren't hurting now and he can carry in groceries. Let me tell you doing that is a job in itself. Carrying up the laundry is a chore too because I can't walk up stairs without the rail so these past few weeks I have had to clunk the basket up a few stairs then climb up after it and so on until I got to the top where I would shove it onto the landing and climb up the rest of the way. I have been doing smaller loads too as I have had to carry it downstairs and can only carry it one handed so I can hold onto the rail so the basket can't be completely full. So besides the fact I am glad he is no longer hurting, I am sure glad he can go back to doing chores he has always done for me.

Jack started watching basketball tourney stuff last night and gave up on them when they seemed to get out of hand points wise. Tennessee almost won though. They caught up, (Jack had to check before going to bed of course) and were even, but lost by 2 pts in the last couple seconds of the game. I don't know how Iowa did.

Jean: You have never read the "Cat Who" books? Oh my gosh. You are sure to be able to get them on your Ipad or at the library. The author is Lillian Jackson Braun and she wrote about 25 of the things. They are an easy read though the first one or two I think the main character hadn't adopted KoKo. The man character is a newspaperman and KoKo is this cat who is super smart and can "solve" things. I think you would like them. They aren't very involved and I can sit down and read them through pretty quickly. The first in the series is The Cat Who Could Read Backwards.
Try to read them in order as the guy's life progresses and he ends up with 2 Siamese through most of the books, a female named Yum Yum joins the cast. If you need a list of the books, google her or the cat who books and wikipedia has a list.

Maggie: Hope Will feels better and better with the tooth thing. Sounds like you are getting things going for the rv. I am sure you are anxious to get the show on the road.

Well, I hear Jack up and around. Have a great day all. Faye

03-29-2014, 12:49 PM
Good Morning! The sun is shining, just a breeze blowing, and it's supposed to be in the 50s by afternoon. I hope so. I've been on the phone with a customer support person who actually spoke English! :cheer: I have a friend who uses a Shark steam mop which we borrowed, and it works much better than the one I have now. I ordered one and Bob put it together this morning. There are two heads, a rectangle one and a smaller triangle one. I was missing the smaller one which fits behind the toilet. This is my gripe about Amazon -- they often order/ship from a different company and that's what happened. The machines have two different model numbers. The rep said what I ordered and what I got is the same machine although they have different numbers. When I explained about the triangle piece she said, "oh!" So they are sending the missing piece plus extra cleaning pads for my inconvenience. Not bad for a few minutes on the phone. Bob is off on his Saturday morning rounds and I need to do some laundry then work on the afghan. I'll get that done yet, just wish it were smaller so I could take it with me when I know I'm going to have to wait somewhere.

Bob has mentioned painting the smaller bedroom where my pc is located. He thinks he needs his own desk in there. I'm not sure how sharing space is going to work. Summer will be ok because he can spend hours putting in the garage and out in the yard. Winter, I'm concerned about!

Maggie -- Last summer when I called for a mammogram appointment, which I have always made myself, I was told I needed the order to come from my doctor. Not a problem but took extra time leaving a voice mail for his nurse, and her to let me know they faxed the order. Glad to hear Will has no pain with his tooth. The post part does sound like pain though. I've been going through some old recipes, but one came up on Facebook last night. It's called Shipwreck and Bob's mom used to fix it. It's actually a scout recipe Bob made in tinfoil over a camp fire: hamburger, onion, potatoes, carrots, and tomato soup. This recipe added rice and celery. I remember it smelling so good. :T

"Gma" -- Do you think there might be people staying in the condo when the workmen aren't there? :( How very rude of them to block your driveway! Did they move their vehicles for you? We had the Iowa game on last night, they couldn't do anything right and Connecticut couldn't miss. Bob said there were a couple of bad ref calls against Iowa. They were behind the whole game, usually 10-12 points, but came back to lose by 4. I will have to look for the "Cat Who" books.

I am dressed and need to get busy! Hope you all enjoy a sunny nice day! :wave:

03-30-2014, 02:57 PM
Good Afternoon! The sun is shining, the wind is blowing, and it was 57 degrees on our way home from church. We stayed after first service to drink coffee and visit until lunch was served at 11. The youth group grilled hamburgers and hot dogs to raise money, for postage, to send care packages for the military. Came home to a plant dumped on the floor so "the boys" must have had some sort of disagreement. Lucky for them the 46 1/2 year old plant was still in one piece! I have no ambition right now but need to continue working on the afghan. I just put some squirrel and bird food out on the deck. There are honey bees swarming and landing on the corn and the hanging bird feeders. We've never had that happen before.

I need to check the dryer as I forgot to get the sheets out last night. Most likely one or the other will still be damp. Enjoy the rest of your day! :wave:

03-31-2014, 02:30 AM

It has been a wonderful day up in the 70s and would have been perfect if the wind wasn’t blowing. Guess we can’t have everything at once though.

I finally have all my indexes typed and then I chanced to try that thumb drive before tossing it and it worked so I saved my newly typed ones on it and deleted the old ones. I also kept my newly typed ones on my computer. :cp: Now I need to make some decisions which cook books I want to keep and the weight of them will play a good part if I keep them or not. I do want to keep one of the books that is a total cookbook like Betty Crocker’s. And of course a few of the many WW ones I have.

Tomorrow I am going to go out to the kitchen and make some more decisions on what to keep for the MH and what to put in boxes for a yard sale. We noticed when out and about Saturday that folks have already started having yard sales. Will is going to the DMV and get the MH license so when we get ready we can bring it over here from our storage place and get some of the things put up in it that we have gotten for it. We will get personal plates for it when we decide which state we decide to get a mail box and so want to have the plates for it in that state. We are currently looking at a couple places for the Jeep tags are due in July so we will have to make a trip and get tags for it by then. We will get the MH personal tags there also at a later date.

JEAN I have heard those steam mops are great. We are thinking of getting one for the MH and the "Shark" sounds like it will be it. That recipe in foil sounds yummy!

DONNA FAYE Yep I am anxious to get on the road again but have a lot to get done before that can happen. Baseball season is close ~ very close. :carrot:

Always remember ~ Never, never, never give up

03-31-2014, 08:30 AM
Good morning girls. Busy day yesterday and sad to say I am back to spotting and cramping and such so am having to deal with that again. I am not going to worry about it, but dealing with all of it is uncomfortable. We shall see how it plays out this time since I have no artificial hormones in my body now.

We had a nice time with the kids yesterday. Thomas told us all about the cruise and how they had one selection per night on the menu that was "Have you ever tried.....?" He said he ate, alligator, frog legs, oysters, escargot, and a couple other things. Thomas said the alligator was fried in batter and all you tasted was corn meal like hush puppies and everything else was drowned in butter. Not many kids would have even tried it, but he tried them all. He ate oysters on the half shell yesterday along with peel and eat shrimp. They have really good food, but they have changed and now only allow parties of 5 or more for brunch so Jack and I can't go just by ourselves. The place was packed yesterday so obviously no one is complaining and staying away in protest.

I finished paying bills online, bought 2 pair of scrunch shoes from Payless, and 2 pairs of cotton capris from Walmart online this morning for the cruise. I can finally start wearing them and shorts and sandals. It is going to be in the 70's all week this week!! I wore sandals to lunch yesterday and they fit better than last year. I am hoping my feet don't swell this summer so everything fits. Maybe with losing weight they won't.

Jean: No, we would have heard someone next door if they were "squatting." The walls are pretty thin here and you can hear water run through their pipes over by the living room coat closet. I think they turned it on Friday and forgot to turn it back up. Tom told me to go over and turn off the power at the outside if it gets too bad and I may just do that, but haven't heard it come back on for awhile and it didn't overnight so that is all I care about. When we have the fans on in the house you can't hear outside stuff. I had a steam mop for a long time, but when we put in the tile, I don't know what I will do. I like the steam mop, but I like this one I have that uses cleaner too. I like it because the head swivels so you can mope in tight areas like between the toilet and wall, etc. It is like a Swiffer mop, but it is a lot longer and has a scrubber on the front for marks and stuff.

Maggie: The Cubs season opener starts today in Pittsburgh I think Jack said. They has screwed this team up so much I don't even know who is playing this year. Have fun going through your cookbooks.

Everyone have a great start to their week. Faye[/COLOR]