Support Groups - Worldlies in June - Busting out all over - arses still need kicking.

06-01-2014, 08:44 PM
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There we go. Pledging to do better this month. I WILL have a victory this month.

I'll be back later to put the links in, or if someone else is around first, you can do it.

To go back to May (oh if only we could go backwards in time) click here

06-01-2014, 11:14 PM
Shad--thanks for starting the new thread.

I had a very busy and FUN weekend. We had a family reunion in conjunction with a wedding reception for my cousin who got married the day before.

She had been divorced for almost 30 years! she had dated a guy for 20 of those years and he died about 3 years ago. She has been daiting this guy for a couple of years and they got married. We were all surprised last Christmas when they told us they were engaged.

They bought this beautiful home that is in Applicaian country in Ohio and it is a beautiful setting. We had a fun reunion and then we all stayed while their co-workers and friends came for the reception. They like bluegrass music and had a band...and I got to sing with the band! It was such a fun night.

I didn't get to get any housework or laundry done until today. I also worked a couple of hours. It's been a busy weekend and I am ready for bed.

With the posts on the other thread I won't do any personals...I'm too tired to remember them all but it is so good to start this month with you and as Shad said,"Pledging to do better this month. I WILL have a victory this month".

What will be your victory? Mine will be balance in my world and it will show at the scales.

06-02-2014, 11:58 AM
Good morning ladies,

Thank you Shad for setting up the new thread. I do need some arse kicking myself.

Have I said that the mosquitos are HORRENDOUS???? Swarming all over day and night - you can't go outside. They hang on your clothes and travel into the house and they are huge. Everyone here said they have never seen them this bad. And it has rained the last 2 day replenishing the standing water puddles which makes new hatcheries. It's so bad that I called Mom yesterday and suggested she postpone her trip up here. She agreed, said she doesn't need to be getting bitten and catching some horrid disease or getting sick. She has the kind of scent that attracts biting insects anyway. We are all disappointed but I think it's for the best. DH ordered another bug net suit so that we have something to wear while ATVing. At this point I don't even want to plant the garden although we are fast approaching do or die if something will go in since we have a short growing season.

We exceeded sales expectations at the shop for May. That's good because there are always projects that need to be done at the shelter. We still need more help moving things through the store. Never fear, the biddy patrol is ready to step in (and over everyone) to accomplish things their way. :rolleyes: I am getting out of the way.

Susie - what a fun weekend you had! Sounds like such a nice trip to the cousin's wedding - what an interesting story. Glad she found a partner to share her life with.

Shad - hope you had a good time at the birthday party. Re: your comment - sometimes I wish we could go back in time for an occasional tweek or do over :rofl: but alas, we have to live with our decisions. :lol:

Annie - I hope you get that call you have been anticipating today. TODAY. The waiting is horrid I know. :hug:

Hellos to Michelle, Laura, Terra, Ceejay :wave: :wave: I'm off to do some housework.

06-02-2014, 12:36 PM
Morning all.

Shad, thanks for setting up our new thread. And the title is (unfortunately) very appropriate. Yes, let’s ALL have victories this month!!! :yes: Hope you had a good weekend at home and that your travels went smoothly.

Susie – Your weekend sounds fun. The wedding/family reunion sounds very enjoyable. Congratulations to your cousin! My victory will be to get back into regular exercise and have it show at the scale!!

Ceejay – I hope you enjoyed your long weekend. Did you visit the uncles? Did you get the lawn mowed? One of the wheels broke off of our mower on Friday! Aaargh. It’s always something with all the yard equipment. And it had to be the rear one that has the special self-propel parts on it. Grrr. I’m surprised bf hasn’t brought up buying a new one….

Terra – Did you get storms over the weekend? We had some yesterday, but I was able to walk doggy after one rain shower and before the storms started.

Happy – What a shame you had to cancel your mom’s visit because of the mosquito issue!! :( What a horrible problem! I hope the net suit arrives quickly! It would be a shame to forgo your veg garden as well. Good to hear the sales at the shop were good in May. Very good the biddies will get things done – maybe you can get back to your usual shifts?

Hellos to the rest of the Worldlies. :wave:
Bf and I decided that since we’re holding off on buying a 2nd/replacement vehicle for the time being, we would buy a used motor scooter. BF did all the research and shopping and found a nice one on craigslist at a really good price – in Sheboygan, WI.

Saturday he had a hitch installed on our car, rented a trailer, and drove up to get it. Long day for him, but the scooter is now sitting in our garage. We’ve got it added to our insurance and now bf will get the plates, a motorcycle license, and get it over to a mechanic recommended by our neighbor, who does dirt bike racing, etc., to get it checked out. We’re both signed up for motorcycle safety classes, but not until July. We really only plan to use this as a backup vehicle and ride it locally. Should be interesting...

On Sunday I met friends for breakfast, then did some shopping afterwards. I ended up buying a pair of jeans on clearance – skinny jeans! Usually I have trouble with the jean legs fitting my large calves. These are snug in the calf, but wearable. They’re actually somewhat flattering. I have a tendency to wear a lot of baggy clothes, so this is a change for me. I also bought a new top for work. Usually I never shop at JC Penney’s (I fell into the habit of just shopping at Kohl’s because they’re so close to the house), but I might make a habit of getting over there more often.

Okay, the work won’t do itself! Back to it. TTFN!

PS - Photo of the scooter: (

06-02-2014, 12:57 PM
Shad,Susie & Happy ~ Hi Girls

Laura ~ Yeah we had a storm last night, It even knocked out the power for a few mins.

06-02-2014, 02:56 PM
Hi ladies -

Sorry I've been away. Had a busy but fun weekend. Today is crazy busy at work with sales people in from all over the country and Europe for the annual Sales kick-off conference, and I'm helping my boss and her boss get ready for the presentations. After work, we're doing an all-company outing to play Bocce Ball, which I thoroughly enjoy. I just hope the migraine I woke up with eases up so I can go and have fun. When I first arrived at the office, I literally felt like I was going to faint/pass out from the headache pain. It's definitely a worse one than I've had in a LONG time. I took some Excedrine Migraine and it's lessened somewhat.

I hope you all are doing well. I'll try and do personals later.

Quick P.S. for Laura - What a nice looking scooter!! I used to have a moped that looked more like a dirt bike, but I loved riding it around locally. I used to take it to work (when my commute was only a few miles). The top speed for it was 30-35 mph, so I couldn't take it on the freeway and I rode in the bike lane on most streets. I hope you and bf will wear helmets when riding. It's so important as drivers often aren't looking for and don't see motorcycles and scooters.

Much love,

06-02-2014, 04:45 PM
Morning all.
Back at the grindstone after an interesting weekend. Some good, some bad. The birthday party went off well. I ended up buying Miss 5 a craft set of headwear. The box has 10 headbands and a whole raft of beads, bling, hearts, laces, feathers and flowers that she can put together and pull apart again. It wasn't the cheapest thing, but it sort of fitted so I picked it up at Sydney airport.
The noise at the party was unbelievable. How can kids yell and scream for hours on end and not lose their voices. I am for ever grateful that I didn't have girls since they scream the loudest, are the bossiest, and like getting their own way fairly regularly. Such attitude from some of them. Still it is not all them, much of it comes down to discipline or lack thereof.
Flights were more or less all on time and flight times short and smooth. A big plus. Another big plus is that I didn't eat too much either since there was little exercise to be had.
DS2 is in the middle of breaking up with partner I think. I'm not sure where that's going and he isn't revealing too much of his feelings. She disappeared for the weekend, ostensibly to paint her apartment to get it ready for renting again, but in fact I think she is getting it ready to move back into. I gather that she doesn't want to make the decision - to end/not to end - so she can blame the other half. Now he is not perfect, but he isn't entirely to blame in this case.
The other thing that wasn't so good. My DB2 had his job made redundant end of last year. He works for Coca Cola Aust. They found him another job and he has given it his best but finds that he just is not cut out for it. He did very well but as he said, he put in 120% and worked extremely long hours and still never seemed to finish all that was expected. The company offered him the job permanently - they said they were happy with his performance, but he wasn't. So he has turned it down. The company are now looking for something else for him, but it is extremely unlikely they will find anything since Coke are downsizing, resourcing from overseas, shutting down factories etc. The whole thing is a very insensitive joke. New CEO - everything changes again.
So I got back here to NZ on a beautiful calm evening. Reflections everywhere in the harbour and darned cool!. :brr::brr::brr: I had gone from a sunny 26C in Brisbane (80F) to 17C in Sydney and rain (62F) to 8C (44F)and going down in Wellington. Lucky I had layered my clothing. And I felt like the Michelin man getting out of the cab and getting into the building.

Happy - sounds like a good idea to delay Mum's visit if the mozzies are that bad. I'm trying to think of the chemical that they put on long laying water around Brisbane to inhibit mosquito breeding. It does work, not endangering to the environment and apparently doesn't affect the wildlife. Boo to the biddies who want everything their own way. Pity you don't have strong leadership in that charity. Still it has been good to get extra money in for the animals.
Yep, we live with the decisions we make. And whether they are good or bad decisions at least we have made the choice.

Laura - good looking scooter. I can see you zipping around on that. Will be a lot more economical around town than any car would. Hope it has lots of storage space for the groceries :lol:

Susie - Glad to hear you had some time off over the weekend and went out to friends and family. I'm pledging to exercise more and control eating.

Hi to Annie, Terra and Ceejay. :wave:

Better go and see if there is anyone else in the building. Seems like only me so far today - even the sun hasn't got up yet, although we could be in for an interesting sunrise.

06-02-2014, 07:08 PM
I'll try to post the mosquito catcher idea that one of my friends posted. It's non toxic. and I'm going to try it. I don't blame you for not wanting your mom to be miserable right now. Hey, did you see the picture of the bear resting in the hammock. I thought about you when I saw it on Yahoo.

Hate to hear that things are not working out for DS2. Thanks for starting up the new thread.

You mention earlier if any one watched Extreme Makeover. I do simply cause it makes me at least try.

Saw the bike and thought of Mel. Would she like to have ridden on this beautiful peace of machinery. Are you going to learn how to ride it. Yes got the lawn mowed and went to the uncles. And had a good visit. Even took a 2 hour nap at my uncles Saturday. I was exhausted.

I'll be back later. Just took a look at the radar We are in for some more rain.

06-02-2014, 10:12 PM
Shad ~ Hi how are you doing today?

06-03-2014, 10:54 AM
Hi ladies,

I have to leave early on my shift today - this root canal tooth is really bothering me - I am hoping it did not abscess but I have a 1pm dentist appointment to get checked out. I ran some errands in town yesterday and picked up a load of fresh fruit and veggies. Always feel better when fresh is in the house. :D

Ceejay - hope you find the instructions for the mosquito catcher. They are just dreadful. I feel sorry for anyone who has a business that depends on outdoor activities. Even the cabin owners! I saw the article with the bear in the hammock. Too funny. Hope you don't get too much rain or bad storms.

Laura - love the new scooter. How much fun will that be? Is it like riding a motorcycle - ie shifting gears on the hand controls? It's very nice looking.

Shad - is DS2 the son who lives down the road from you? Sorry to hear about him and DB2's woes. I hope DB2 can find something to support himself. Pity the companies don't care about the long term loyal workers - in fact I think they are the first they'd like to see let go. I hear that Coke is having it's share of troubles with people switching off the sugary drinks. :( So you are in to the office before even the sun shows up????? :yikes: Makes for long days.

Michelle - hope you headache eased up. Been a while since the migraines were troubling you - hope they are not starting up again. :hug:

Terra - you should keep track of the distance you walk and compile it. Then you can tell people you have "walked the circle of the earth" 2 times :lol:

Gotta get ready for my shift - hellos to the rest. Have a good one!

06-03-2014, 12:10 PM
Good morning ladies,

Happy Tuesday! My boss and most of the other "higher-ups" are at an off-site meeting today and tomorrow! :dancer: After a stressful day yesterday, I was glad to go to the company outing where we played bocce ball, and enjoyed delicious food, wine and beer. A great time was had by all!

Tonight, I've got a chiropractor appointment, followed by the conference call book club with some Wisconsin friends.

I heard there's going to be some severe weather in the midwest today...I hope you all stay safe.

My incision is pretty much all healed...I'm not even using a band-aid anymore. :woohoo: My victory will be MAKING TIME to exercise now that I can take proper showers (meaning I can scrub my back instead of worrying about getting it wet). And my other victory will be to stick to a more "diabetic-friendly" diet.


Susie - So nice that your cousin has found happiness! And how fun that you got to sing with the bluegrass band! I've never watched Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss until this most recent one. It definitely motivates me to get moving and eat better.

Happy - So sorry your mossie problem is so bad. Have you thought about getting one of those mosquito "catchers"? It emits something that attracts the mosquitos and that captures them and kills them. My ex and I thought about getting one a few years ago, and we had friends that had them and they seemed to work well. They might not have the range to cover your entire property, but maybe at least the deck and areas close to the house. Bummer that your mom has to postpone her trip, but I can understand. My ex-DMIL hated using mosquito repellant, and she was so worried about catching something from the mosquitos that she stayed inside a lot. So sorry to hear your root canal tooth is causing you so much pain.

Laura - I just re-read your post...that was quite a drive to get the motor scooter! All the way to Sheboygan! Wow!! Of course, several years ago, my ex and I drove to Chicago to purchase a lovely sofa and loveseat set that was EXACTLY what I was looking for and found on a post on Craigslist. Congrats on the skinny jeans!! I just bought two pairs of capris, along with 3 new tops at Kohl's on Sunday. I tend to go to Kohl's first because I know they carry the brands and (usually) the sizes that fit me best.

Terra - I'm glad the power was only knocked out for a few minutes. I hope none of the really severe weather gets to your area today. I heard on the news that Omaha Nebraska was in the bullseye today.

Shad - Sounds like a lovely birthday gift. You're a better woman than I for tolerating the screaming kids at the party. Maybe it's because I've never had any kids and that my nieces and nephews were appropriately disciplined, to me screaming kids is worse than fingernails on a chalkboard. Sorry to hear about DS2's possible breakup. And that's rough about DB2's employment situation. His situation sounds very much like what happened to me and so many others at the major department store I used to work at. Lots of restructuring, outsourcing jobs to overseas, and employees "transferred" into positions they aren't suited for and unrealistic expectations put on them. Wow, you definitely went through a climate shift...good on ya' for layering your clothing. I had to laugh at your Michelin man comment as I've been there - done that, especially in Wisconsin! :rofl:

Annie - Still praying and sending you lots of :goodvibes: that you get the job you want! :hug:

Ceejay - :wave: Hope you have a good day and that the severe weather doesn't find it's way to your neck of the woods.

Much love and many hugs,

06-03-2014, 12:16 PM
Morning all. Lovely day out there. :)

Terra – I agree with Happy – start journaling your steps/distance walked. It’ll be fun to see your progress in terms of the distance to someplace you’re interested in visiting, or a nearby town. :running:

Michelle – I hope the migraine eased up enough to get you through your busy workday and allowed you to attend the outing. How long are the sales folks in town for the kick-off conference?? Re the scooter – yes, we definitely plan on getting helmets for them. This scooter is a 250cc so it could do highway speeds, but I highly doubt we’d ever take it on a highway.

Shad – That headwear craft set sounds like so much fun – what a great gift. Her parents will probably curse you when they step on the beads and other bling…but the little one will enjoy it. :D Sorry the party was so loud, but you knew it would be…Glad the travel went smoothly. I’m sorry to hear about DS2 going through a breakup. Tough time. And so sorry to hear about DB2’s job troubles. I sure hope they can find something elsewhere in the company for him. Wow, pretty chilly for you in NZ – I imagine 40’s -50’s F feels pretty cold to you. Did I mention that I finally laundered my down coat - just last weekend. Had to make sure I wouldn't need to wear it one more time, LOL. Re the scooter – once I get accustomed to riding it, I think it’ll be fun to zip around town with. From what I’ve read about it, it does have a good amount of storage space – for a scooter. :rolleyes:

Ceejay –Glad you had a nice visit with the uncles. I had to look up that bear in the hammock story – LOL. Too funny. But having a bear in the subdivision would sure scare the heck out of me. Dealing with the skunks is a PITA, but a BEAR!! :yikes: Re the scooter – yes, bf and I are both signed up for a basic rider course offered by the local college. In the meantime, bf will go to a nearby empty parking lot and practice what he needs to learn to pass the driver test in order to get the license. I might practice in the lot with him, but I probably won’t go for my license until after I’ve taken the safety course. If you successfully complete the course, the state DMV waives the driving test. Unfortunately, the classes fill up quickly and bf's class isn't until early or mid-July and mine isn't until late July.

Happy – I’m sorry the root canal is bothering you – I hope there’s not a problem with it. :( Glad you’re getting it checked out - if nothing else you can at least get more pain pills! Re the scooter – there’s no gears, just turn the key in the ignition. In my online reading, I see them referred to as “twist & go’s”. It should be fun. It won’t be any safer than riding a bicycle, except now I can take a whole lane for myself. I like that.

Hellos to Annie and Susie! :wave:


I went to the kickbox cardio class last night. I’ve been to this class before with this instructor. It’s a good sweaty workout, and strenuous. We’ll see how my muscles feel tonight. :D The instructor talks fast and I don’t catch everything she says, and I made the mistake of being too far to the side and front of the studio – hard to see all her moves. Next time I’ll position myself more in the center, or off to the side but more in the rear of the room. I generally like the instructor. It's kind of funny because she'll say, "we're almost done with the hard part" at least 10-12 times during class. :lol:

I’m participating in an outdoor volunteer project tomorrow for half a day, but dang, rain is forecast. Oh well. I’ll dress appropriately and hope for the best.

That’s about it for me. TTFN!

06-03-2014, 12:20 PM
I just got an email with some "kid-friendly" healthy recipes, so I saved it to the DropBox account. The recipes look pretty yummy and also easy...which I appreciate:

Laura - Good for you for going to cardio Kickboxing!! Too funny about the instructor saying "almost done" so many times. Glad you and bf will be wearing helmets and taking classes and practicing. My moped was a "twist & go" shifting involved.

06-03-2014, 12:31 PM
Michelle - You were typing over my head! :comp:

I'm glad you were able to enjoy the bocce outing yesterday. :) I hope it'll be nice and quiet for you the next couple days - even if you still have a ton to do, it's nice to be able to do it without interruptions. Yay for the incision being healed and not having to be covered! What a hassle that was for you! Will you be going to any of the aqua-exercise classes in the pool? I have to admit that when I passed the pool on my way out of the gym last night, it looked awfully refreshing! :swim:

Re buying the scooter in Sheboygan - apparently this model scooter is not that easy to find, so bf had to cast a wider net. I'm glad he did, it's in nice shape and he got a good deal on it. We had to have a trailer hitch installed on our car and I'm glad we finally did that - it'll really come in handy. We've been wanting to sell a bunch of our junk at a flea market and now we can just rent a trailer, load it up and go.

06-03-2014, 02:02 PM
Happy ~ Yeah that would be cool to tell people I circled the earth two times.

Michelle ~ Yeah Im glad it got only knocked out for a few mins too. Nope we havent got any severe weather yet today.

Laura ~ I dont quite understand how to keep track the distance I walk to see the progress as to somewhere I want to visit or a near by town? Sorry Im slow sometimes at understanding things.

06-03-2014, 02:21 PM
I shared the photo on my FB wall. I'm going to try this. Another photo shows you can put it in a spray bottle.

I'll be back later. Getting ready to do some more chores for the day. We're having the Health Department inspection on Tuesday. Lots to get done.

06-03-2014, 03:54 PM
Terra - I really just meant it for fun. If you've been walking, say, 2 miles a day for 5 days a week, after 4 weeks you would have gone 40 miles, and if you pretended you were walking from Wichita to Kansas City (about 200 miles distance), you'd still have 160 miles to go. It might motivate you to go further or make it more interesting for you. Or using Happy's example - circling the world twice, which I learned is nearly 50,000 long would that take???!!! :faint:

Do any of the other Worldlies know of a website that lets you track something like that? Now that I'm thinking about it, I'm sort of interested how far I've gone just on my daily walks between the train station and my office given the fact that we've been in this building for 6 years now...

Ceejay - Interesting "recipe" for the mosquito trap. I do know that they are attracted to carbon dioxide...

06-03-2014, 04:21 PM
Laura - Smart of your bf to cast a wider net for the scooter, just like I did for the furniture. It's wonderful (and worth the drive) to get a fantastic deal on exactly what you want. Thanks for reminding me about aqua aerobics. I'm definitely going to go to the Friday class in San Jose, and I've also added to my calendar the Monday classes that are about 15 miles away. When you mentioned to Terra that circling the world twice is 50,000 miles, and I can walk 1/2 a mile before my back locks up (hopefully that will get better soon through physical therapy and chiropractor visits), it would take me about 100,000 days walking every day. 100,000/365 = more than 273 years. :faint: :rofl: I think San Jose to San Francisco (about 45-50 miles) is a more reasonable goal for me. As for tracking overall mileage to see an accumulation of how much you've walked....I don't know of a website that does it, but I'm sure there is one. One nice website to find good walking routes in your area or to map out a route you design and see the length is called

Ceejay - Thanks for posting that homemade mosquito trap to your FB wall. I shared it for my FB friends who live in the midwest. We used to do something similar for yellow-jackets. Good luck getting ready for the health inspection.

06-03-2014, 10:47 PM
Afternoon all,
Just finishing my after lunch coffee, so am writing this as I sip.

Not much news here. Just a bit more work and sorting things out. And working through a new victim to u-Perform. He may be sorry he asked me to help him out yet.

Weather is fine and beautiful, not overly warm but not cold either. I wandered out at lunchtime and got me some mac'n'cheese which wasn't too bad at all. However I am just about asleep at my desk at the moment - hence the coffee. Late night last night. Serves me right I guess.

Happy - hope you got that tooth sorted. No fun with toothache.
Guess DS2 and DB2 will eventually sort themselves out. I can't and won't interfere. They have to get on with their own life.
Yep I get to work before the sun gets up. Lazy old sun. These days in the depths of winter (only 20 odd days to go to the shortest day) it doesn't get up until about 7.30, 7.45. I'm here at 7.00. Last couple of days I have had to turn the lights on for the floor. Guess everyone is coming down from the long implementation days.

Terra - a pedometer (a good one) will tell you how many steps you are taking and the distance travelled.

Laura - how did the muscles turn out this morning. Hope you aren't too stiff.

Michelle - the kids were enjoying themselves. That's why they were screaming, chasing the football around the place. I can take that sort of screaming. Anything else calls for the Queen Victoria 'we are not amused' look. Usually does the trick.

Ceejay - good for you in getting your photos and pictures up there. You are getting adventurous on here. :P:

Okay Annie - where are you. I know anniversaries take us to a whole new level of grief and stuff, but we are your friends. Get thee back in here.

Gotta go. May be back tonight if I can find something to yack about.

06-04-2014, 07:17 AM
Laura ~ Oh okay thanks for explaining that to me

Shad ~ I have a Pedusa PE-771 Tri-Axis Multi-Function Pocket Pedometer, I dont know if you would consider it a good one or not but it seems to work pretty well.

06-04-2014, 10:34 AM
Hump Day....

Sorry I have been missing in action lately. I guess the comment the winch made at my second interview that I seemed over qualified must of made THEIR decision. No word from them since, including the thank you notes I sent and the follow up call that I had to leave in voice mail. The FN chicken sh*ts. You know if you don't want a candidate, at least talk to them or send them an email or snail mail indicating so. I am so peed off over this. Just about to give up on it all. I am now signed up with two temp agencies that seem to not want to pay more than 10-12 dollars an hour for anything. BS, shoot me now. If I knew a good headhunter I would sign up them. Ok rant over.

Been babysitting a lot lately. Sam had a doc apt for blood pressure. God does answer prayers. FINALLY she had a normal read. She goes back next Friday to be sure then off her meds. Both lil ones are growing by leaps and bounds. Royce smiles all the time especially for Nanna. Jacob is still a treat, but getting a lil more personality and words. He likes to use the words actually, seriously and well yes. He is a stinker.

Michael's (DB) check up for June went well. Cancer at bay for another month. He is working part time at Lowes and liking it. Doc seemed to think it would be good for him. I have surprised him a couple of times while he is at work and he said it brightens his day a lot. Once I took the grandbabes and that really made his day.

CHELLE...thanks for playing words with friends with me. It is the very first time I have ever played and don't know all the swapping out letters loses your turn. lol. Anyway, it is fun, I don't always get back right away, please be patient with me. You will win for sure.

SHADDIE...yes you guessed it. You know my emotional side to well. Daddy passed June 1 that anniversary over and now OUR birthday is coming up. Can you imagine if I weren't on an antidepressant. lol. I have some really deep emotions. NEVER have a GEMINI baby. That is the only thing I can figure. hahaha. Hmmm lunch coffee...I haven't even brewed my morning coffee yet. Will do so in a few. love love the scooter. Especially with gas prices that is about all I could afford to drive these days. Gas prices have been ridiculous lately. Nice color too, so everyone can see you coming and going.

SUSIE...glad your fun weekend and wedding reception went well. Nice change of pace.

CEEG...I found a vegetation killer (homemade) also... sharing it now...1 gallon white vinegar, 2 cups epsoms salts and 1/2 cup blue dawn dish liquid. It works great. Beware it kills all not just the weeds so be sure where you use it.

HAPPY...Oh sweet baby Jesus, a root canal. Hope you are feeling better after that ordeal and can do your errands. Drugs, good drugs. Fruits and veggies yum. It has rained so much lately I don't know if anything but the tomatos will survive.

TERRA...keep up on your walking!!

Make it a great day!

Love and hugs.

06-04-2014, 10:39 AM
Morning all,
Tooth hurts this morning as the dentist said it would. No eating corn on the cob for this chick. ;) Good thing I have some nice salmon for tonight but I may have to skip the cucumber salad.

I have an unplanned trip in to the thrift shop. They have arranged with a few ladies and a new volunteer to take over the boutique operations. Fine with me as I don't want to do it. I was in the place yesterday and there were too many volunteers in there. Sometimes that's just as bad as not having enough. Looked out the window at dusk last night and there were black clouds of mosquitoes flying around the house. Never seen anything like it. Sure is going to put a damper on the summer outdoor activities. DH is going to try your homemade mosquito trap Ceejay - thanks for passing that along. I'm sure it will be like trying to bail out a leaky boat with a shotglass :lol:

I bought a bunch of fresh berries 2 days ago and darn if the things aren't all mouldy already :mad: Not really much you can do to stop that except to eat them quickly. I would rather eat them fresh than freeze them because all they are good for at that point is in a smoothie.

Not much else to say for now. Guess I will go get a load of laundry in before I leave. Have a good one everybody.

06-04-2014, 10:52 AM
Just saw your post Anne. So sorry about the job. :hug: You have captured everything I HATE about the job search. I can only hope that these people who ignore you one day find themselves in the same pair of moccasins. :mad: I realize and don't expect them to get back to everyone who submits an application but when you have had several interviews I think they at least owe you the courtesy of a generic "we found someone who is a better fit at this time". Usually when they do what they did to you, they have someone else in mind already and just waste everyone else's time and dash their hopes. I do agree that since they shifted manufacturing out of this country - the jobs went with it. All that is left is low wage jobs. They have funds here for a program that puts age 55 and older people to work but it's at minimum wage. And you need to meet certain income requirements. They have the funds, can't get anyone who wants to work part time for what amounts to little more than grocery money. :( In the interim, keep yourself busy as you have been. Remember that you either have time or money and hardly ever both at the same time. I try not to think too hard on the not having enough money thing, especially when unexpected bills like house repairs and bad teeth crop up :^: But we make it though somehow... still pulling for you that something comes up. :crossed:

06-04-2014, 10:55 AM
oh - also was going to mention that I found a free app online - mapmywalk dot com which uses Google maps to map a route out. Let's say you take a regular walk each day - like Laura to and from the train station. You can map that out, name it and then log it as a favorite when you walk. It keeps track of calories burned based on height and weight. I haven't messed with it a lot but looks interesting. Try it. :D

06-04-2014, 02:40 PM
Afternoon all. Rainy day today. The volunteer project scheduled for today was cancelled.

Michelle – Thanks for the walk routing site. I’ll have to look at that. I’ve used the gmap pedometer site in the past. LOL, 273 years to circle the world twice! Nope, not a reasonable goal.

Shad – Sometimes no news is good news. Yum, mac n cheese! My muscles weren’t too sore last night or this morning. Some muscle soreness at the back of my shoulders, or should I say the back of the arm joint, presumably from all the upper body boxing moves – jabs, uppercuts, hooks and elbows.

Terra – So how far did you go yesterday on your walks?

Annie – Sorry you didn’t hear back re the Office Manager position – one way or the other. Not very nice at all, they couldn’t have had that many people coming back a 2nd time that it would take much effort to make a call. Enjoy your free time while you have it, especially during the summer!!! (Just thought of li’l J not wanting to run through the sprinkler because it was too cold, LOL).

Happy – Yeh, sometimes at work we do these big volunteer projects such as doing painting at schools and we have so many people it makes it harder to work. I like painting by myself I guess. Re the fresh fruit – yeh, I don’t buy or eat as much as I should because bf can be so unpredictable in how much of it he eats. I can only eat so much of it myself! I’ll have to get in to check on that mapmywalk site – same one Chelle mentioned – must be good!

Ceejay – How’s the prep for the inspection going??

Hi Susie!!


Nothing much to report. Picked some of my peonies after work last night. A lot of them are already done, and who knows what the rain will do to them today. But then again, there doesn’t seem to have been heavy rain in my area. It was just light sprinkles this morning, so I road my bike to the train. Hope it's the same or less for the ride home! :bike2:

Should probably get to a class at the gym tonight since tomorrow is supposed to be movie night. Tonight’s class is Zumba.

That’s it for me. TTFN.


06-04-2014, 02:55 PM
Happy Hump Day ladies,

I'm tired today. I haven't been falling asleep until nearly 11 most nights. The chiropractor appointment went well. I go back on Thursday to see the results of the xrays and get them put on a CD so I can get them to my primary physician. The conference call "book club" with my Wisconsin friends was nice. Always good to chat with them.

Today after work I have an appointment with my primary about some pain I've been having in my left shoulder, and also regarding my back and knee (I don't have problems with my knee when I walk just when I'm doing yoga poses on hands and knees.

Shad - I got a chuckle out of the Queen Victoria 'we are not amused' look. I've been known to give a few of those too. :rofl:

Terra - if your pedometer is multi-function, then it probably does keep track of the distance walked - not just the steps.

Annie - I agree that companies should send out a letter, email or something letting the candidate know they've chosen someone else. At the same time, I've always held the belief that no news is not necessarily bad news. You never know...maybe some of the deciding people are on vacation or something. Good that you signed up with temp agencies...bummer that the pay is so low. Have you tried Robert Half? Glad that you're able to help out Sam and that you're getting to enjoy some time with the boys. Great news about your brother. I'm still keeping him in my prayers. As for Words with Friends, sometime I'm away for a day or two, but I try and keep up. I know your birthday is going to be rough since it was your dad's b'day too...but hang in there, sweet sister. Sending you lots of hugs. :hug: What a great "recipe" for a vegetation killer!! Great to know!!

Happy - I replied to your mosquito post suggesting your DH put up one or two bat houses. He could hang them near the Man Cave so they're away from the house. A single bat can eat as many as 1,000 mosquitos in an hour! I've used It's a good app (and website). I'm planning on purchasing a very portable lightweight chair or stool so that I might be able to go on short hikes, and just flip out the chair every 15 minutes or so when I need to sit.

Laura - I hope you get to Zumba tonight. What movie are y'all going to see tomorrow? I wouldn't mind seeing "X-Men: Days of Future Past" (apparently you get to see Hugh Jackman's very toned naked butt). :drool: Seriously, I have enjoyed most of the X-Men movies. Another movie I really want to see is "Maleficent" with Angelina Jolie. I think D and I are going to have a "date night" on Saturday. Hopefully we'll get to see one of those movies. Have you seen "Divergent"? Both D and I really liked it.

:wave: to Ceejay and Susie!

Love and hugs to all,

06-04-2014, 05:17 PM
Hi Everyone, Sorry to be MIA. Yesterday DH had the loop recorder put in. We were at the hosptial from 1 to 6. He was to be there at 1 with the procedure at 3. The procedure ended up being at 4:30 p.m.

I was just beat when I got home and so was he. It all went well, and this is the start for what will be the heart ablation sometime end of July middle of Aug (that is how far out the suregon is booked right now). We see the doctor on Monday for the incision check and then they will also start the blood thinners then for the ablation in July/Aug.

I had my DXA scan on Mondy and the results came back that I don't have osteporosis--I sure was glad to hear that.

I'm trying to catch up things at the office after being out yesterday (I did work 1/2 day from home--so that helped).

I'll do personals going forward tomorrow.

I have read and am caught up on all of you.

06-04-2014, 06:41 PM
For some unknown reason I woke up at 1.30 this morning and couldn't go back to sleep. I've been tired all day. Things are going well with getting things ready for inspection. I'll do a last minute tidy on Tuesday
The maintenance man poured something on the floor to make the old paint in the bathroom It reacted to something and left a stench. I've put a fan in there for now and a door open. Whew.

I've never tried that mosquito stuff but I'm going to

I'm going to try that formula too for the weeds. When we were teen's and helping dad with the lawn he mixed up something like that. It's a bummer about the job and rude of the prospective employer for notifying you of their decision. How nice of you to take the grandbabies to visit at Lowe's while your brother was there.

Know what you mean by those yoga poses and knee's. I've been wanting to get one of those walkers that have a seat on it. I'd like to see Maleficent.

Need to get on with the end of the day. I'll be playing secretary for the next couple of hours.

06-04-2014, 09:56 PM
A big thank you to CHELLE for hooking me up with your recruiter in WI that he knows of a recruiter in INDY and may be able to hook me up. I am not getting my hopes up but yet another opportunity to get another shot at a job. know that BS about the position is that the company had already hired a temp from the agency that I am already a member of..Robert Half. That position was on their site, I applied and got an email back saying the position had been filled probably at a lesser pay scale. WELL OK, you get what you pay for and I think very less of the temp agency and the company that wasted my time.

CEEG...I feel you on not sleeping at nite. Last night C got a text from another route man at 12:30 am and the beeps and lights woke me up, well that was it for me. So I spent the next 4 hours trying to go to sleep. NOT. Watched CSI Miami. Finally took half a PM and slept about an hour till C left for work. Sleep has to be overrated. Just has to be as I don't get much. Hope you are sleeping better.

SUSIE...hope your hubby's procedure went well and the check up is great. Especially the following procedure in July/August...Glad you test came back awesome.

LAURA....OMG I love peonies and was one of mommas favs. I bought a plant in pink and waiting to plant it. All this rain is beating it to death and cannot plant it in the lightening. Yikes.

HELLO MS SHADWICK...hope all is going great in your mixed up world. Hugs.


Dinner was homemade chimichangas (SP) not bad for throwing something together when I didn't feel like cooking....yes one of my depression cooking or baking.....bleh.


06-04-2014, 09:57 PM
ALSO in my emotional state I am missing MELLIE like crazy these days....Shad, anything from JEN?

I am a wreck.

06-04-2014, 10:02 PM
My avatar is Samantha's little family....Sam, Chris, Jacob and Royce

06-04-2014, 10:46 PM
Laura ~ I havent started to track my walking yet but I will soon

Michelle ~ Yeah I bet it does too

Annie ~ H-I-

I got my walks in today and I'll get them in tomorrow like always. I went to an appt. at Dress For Success this morning and I got a nice outfit,shoes,make up,a necklace and earrings so Im all set for when I go on job interviews.

06-05-2014, 10:59 AM
I forgot to mention I also got a purse

06-05-2014, 12:16 PM
Had a horrible night. Going to make a doctor's appointment in a few minutes. My air way's closed up and I thought I was going to die. An awful experience. It's happened a few times before so it's time to have it checked out.

Need to run some errands also today. Will be back later.

06-05-2014, 12:19 PM
Morning all. Going to be a lovely day today. Really wanting to take a vacation day or two, but I’m pretty stacked up with projects. Bleh.

Michelle – I hope you were able to get more sleep last night. The movie chosen for tonight is “Godzilla”. I’m feeling a bit guilty because I think bf wants to see that one…but he had the chance to see it with his friend last week, but they saw “The Grand Hotel Budapest” instead. Oh well. I’ve been feeling a bit “meh” about a lot of the movies out lately – I think I just want to see a good old-fashioned drama. All the superhero and sci-fi type stuff is sort of getting old for me I guess. I like the idea of the portable stool for your walks. If you just need a few minutes of rest to be able to go further, that might be the ticket. :)

Hi Susie! Glad dh’s procedure went well and I hope everything goes well in preparation for the ablation. Yay that your bone density test showed a good result! My mom has osteoporosis and her mom had it. I grew up with a lot of dairy products in my diet and hopefully the weight-bearing exercise and calcium supplements will all help me avoid it. Soooo….if i recall correctly - you have a birthday on Saturday???? :D Any special plans??

Ceejay – Another Worldly with a bad night’s sleep. :( I hope you caught up on your zzz’s last night. Glad the inspection prep is going well. When does your weekend start this week?? For some reason I woke up and it felt like a Friday to me – wishful thinking. :D :shrug:

Annie – Oh, nice of Michelle to get you set up with a recruiter!!! Good job Michelle!!! Good luck!! First Chelle, then Ceejay, now you not getting enough sleep. BOO!! I just hate laying there not being able to sleep, and then the mind gets going with all sorts of stuff. Aaaargh. I generally sleep very well, but sometimes something wakes me up and then that’s it - can't get back to sleep. Anyway, I hope you can catch a nap today. Gosh, I have tons of peonies in the yard…I should dig a couple up for you! Peonies are very hardy, so I’m sure with you giving that new plant some of your green thumb TLC it’ll do great! ;) Yeh, I miss Mel too. Such a wonderful woman, such a crack-up, such spirit. Sigh. Wonder how Jen’s doing these days…Nice pic of dd & the family.

Terra – Nice you’re all set for a job interview – from head to toe! Good luck on your search! I‘m ashamed to say that I haven’t had any real “business formal” or “interview suitable” clothes since before my employer changed its dress code to “business casual”. And that was a loooong time ago. I really should buy at least one appropriate outfit for that – when I go to certain work-related/industry functions I’m always scrounging for something to wear.

Hi Shad, Hi Happy!! Oh Happy – have you ever tried a Thermacell for the mosquitos? It’s probably more suitable if you were sitting in one place – it’s the size of a tv remote and emits a scent the skeetos don’t like and keeps them away for something like a 15-feet radius. Just a thought. Don’t think it would be applicable to activities like walking around your property, going to/from the house/car, riding in that trail thingy you have (can’t think of the name of it for the life of me right now). Has the other net suit arrived yet??
Nothing much to report. I went to Zumba class last night. Dunno why that class left me more tired than the kickboxing class…maybe my muscles were still tired from Monday’s class…Anyway, good workout. Glad I went.

Going to an offsite WW meeting today. I received an email re the at-work WW program – they don’t have enough people to do the next at-work session. I’m not surprised – numbers have been dwindling with the last couple sessions. And I think now that our employer announced it’s going to reimburse employees for 50% of the monthly WW pass fee (for whatever meeting/location they choose, as long as they attend a certain number of meetings), more people will go that route. I know that a lot of people weren’t really happy that our meeting day was on Tuesdays. And I wasn’t happy that our meeting leaders were changing frequently - and not always for the better. I don’t know if I will continue with WW or not. On the one hand, I really would like to achieve my final goal, make lifetime status w/ WW, and be able to attend meetings (for free!) to help stay on track. On the other hand…I wouldn’t mind saving some money and just track and weigh on my own. We’ll see.

Tonight I’m going to the movies to see Godzilla.

Okay, spent longer on this than I planned. Back to the grind.

06-05-2014, 12:21 PM
Ceejay - just missed your post. How awful!!! Is it some sort of allergic reaction or asthma episode? I hope the doc can give you an inhaler or something - that's scary.

06-05-2014, 01:24 PM
Good morning ladies,

At my back exercise class yesterday, I learned it was to be my last class. The physical therapist said that since I'm not getting substantial improvement in my mobility from the PT exercises that I need to go back to my doctor and get reevaluated for other options. The physical therapist said I might need to lower my expectations about being able to hike this summer (or even ever). So frustrating and disheartening. But I'm not one to give up easily, so I went to the chiropractor after back class to see if she could pop my hips/pelvis back into place.

Susie - Glad your DH's procedure went well, also good news that you don't have osteoporosis. :cp: :cp:

Ceejay - Sorry that you couldn't sleep night before last, and that you had difficulty breathing last night. How scary! Good for you for getting that checked out. I hope the doctor appointment goes well. I actually have a walker with a seat. I used to use it A LOT in Wisconsin when my back was really hurting. I'd use it when we went to fairs/festivals so I didn't have to worry about looking for the nearest place to sit and rest, I always had it with me. The walker I got cost about $90 or $100 and it was so worth it. It's in storage right now.

Annie - I hope the recruiter's colleagues in Indy can help you find something. I've had both good experiences and bad with Robert Half. For years, I only had bad experiences with them...I'd apply for jobs, take their tests and never hear back. I was going to write them off all together, but they actually helped me get a job when I first moved to CA. Homemade chimis sound great! Sam's got a great little family. How does Ainsley like her brothers?

Terra - Congrats on the new interviewing outfit!

Laura - I was hoping today was Friday too. As I heard my cousin say a few times, "If I stand on my tip-toes, I can see the weekend." Good for you for getting to Zumba last night. Let me know how you like Godzilla. My friend B wants to see it...and while I loved the original Godzilla movies from the 50s and 60s (I don't have much interest in seeing this one).

:wave: to Happy and Shad!

Gotta get back to it. All the managers, directors and VPs are back from their off-site meeting.

Love and hugs to all,

06-05-2014, 03:26 PM
I keep hitting the wrong button so this will be short.
I went to the doctor this morning and he told me it was due to allergy plus a virus that cause my throat to swell closed. Think I'll start keeping a food journal just for this cause But I'm thinking it's grass and pollen right now. So I'm going to quit mowing the lawn for now and see what happens. My throat is still swollen but the doctor ordered an injection and two rx's . If not better I'll go back next week. I don't want that to happen ever again.
It's so dark here due to approaching rain that the street light came on.

I'll close now and write more later.

06-05-2014, 04:27 PM
Sorry to be missing in action. Haven't even turned the computer on at home for two days.
I'm being kept busy at work at the moment and yesterday I wasn't feeling very well so left to go home at 2.00pm. My back was spasming - the spine is okay, but the muscles were really going to town. Felt like I had been lifting heavy weights overnight.
This morning that has disappeared, however there is an ache down low on the left hand side. Usually a back ache of this type indicates flu in my case. However none of the other symptons are presenting. I haven't had flu in years and don't feel like getting it now.
I've not heard from Jen although I did send her a message last week. Depends on the frequency of her being at the library I guess. I wish I could ring but that isn't possible right now. I'll let you know if I do hear.

Better go and organise a few more bits around here.

06-05-2014, 05:07 PM
Ceejay - Glad the cause of the breathing trouble isn't anything more serious. I hope the injection and prescriptions help. Keeping a food log is a good idea. Did you eat anything right before your throat swelled up? Or were your windows open? Maybe in addition to not mowing you might want to try keeping the windows shut and using the A/C if any of your neighbors mow. I hope the rain storm isn't a bad one.

Shad - I know what you mean about not turning the computer on at home. After working long stressful days, the last thing I want to do at home is go on the computer even for fun. So sorry to hear about your back spasms and achiness. Can you do any very gentle stretches? I hope you're not coming down with the flu. Sending healing vibes your way. :goodvibes: I hope you hear from Jen soon and that she and Richie are doing ok.

After work today, I'm getting together with a high school friend. Next week she leaves for a 4 month sabbatical in Mexico. Tomorrow night, I'm getting together with some girl friends, Saturday is Obedience Training for Santa in the morning, and a date night with D (dinner and a movie) in the evening. On Sunday, I'm going to a fashion show for plus-size women, which should be a lot of fun. It's supposed to be in the mid-90s today tomorrow and upper 90s this weekend, which means trips to the dog park will be in the early am and just before sunset in the evening. I'm also hoping to go over to the beach for at least a few hours either Saturday after obedience training (while D is at work) or Sunday before the fashion show (or maybe both).

Does anyone have any fun plans for the weekend?

06-05-2014, 06:55 PM
Hi all,

Thought I posted, guess it was just in my head. :dizzy: I've been working on some numbers comparing sales for the Humane Society. Was my idea - not theirs - I used to be very, very good with Excel and I'm surprised at how much I have lost not using it for 3 years. So in an effort to retain my skills, I'm doing this for my own benefit.

Waiting on some rain to hit...

Ceejay - that had to have been frightening having your throat swell like that. Once I "burned" my esophagus with some strong antibiotics and the doc gave me a numbing agent to ease the pain. It numbed ok - and I could not swallow - it was the scariest experience I ever had - felt like I was choking and if your situation was anything like that I really feel for you :hug: I hope the medication helps you. Probably should avoid the outdoor and keeps the windows shut too as the girls advised you here. DH wears a mask when he mows - said it helps a lot with irritation and pollen and such. I see some bad storms are headed your way - hope they drift north of you.

Shad - sorry to hear about your back. Could it be from stress and clenching? Perhaps a hot bath when you get home for the evening. Glass of wine couldn't hurt either ;) Hope you feel better.

Michelle - that is sad news about your back. I am afraid with the stiffness I feel that we will just have to accept this going forward as part of everyday life. NO. Please. NO. :tantrum: Perhaps you won't be able to do long, steep hikes but can you at least go for 30 minute easy trail walks to enjoy some outdoors? Or a walk along the beach with Santa? Hope you have a fun date night - will be good to spend some time with D. Speaking of Mexico - how is your step brother doing in Belize?

Laura - yes the other net suit arrived but I haven't tried it on. DH thinks it might not last long if worn daily as we are using it now. Might need to stock up. Thanks for the tip on the Thermacell - will look into that. DH is going to get one of those rings Michelle talked about to drop where the sump pump (which has been going non stop since March) is kicking the excess water out - the grass is all soggy back there so we can drop one in the outtake trench. There are some funny chick flick type movies coming out next month which look interesting so you'll get a break from what's out now. Can't remember their titles but they are already showing trailers on TV - one is with Mellissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon with Susan as the crazy bad grandma. Let us know how Godzilla was. I understand about the dilemma with WW - you need to decide what is worth the investment for you and if you do better with an organized group - some people do.

Annie - I hate recruiters. I applaud you for getting things out on Facebook. Anyone, anywhere who can come up with something - that's how they do things now. Sorry the other job did not work out. :( :censored: What a bunch of dummies for passing you up.

Terra - how nice that you got a job hunting outfit. I am glad to hear that Dress for Success is still operating. I thought about donating some of my work dress clothes to it but there's no one around here. I bet you look nice.

Susie - glad things are going well for DH and his procedure. That has to be a relief for both of you. Bummer that you have to wait so long for it to happen but will be here before you know it.

Turning out to be a big expense year for us. Added to it - our riding lawn mower was not working properly - only firing on one cylinder. Needs a new coil - that's over $400. Meanwhile DH has to mow with the gas mower. We have ALOT of land to mow by hand. Poor guy is wiped out.

Guess I'd better go get supper on the stove. Later chicks.

06-05-2014, 09:48 PM
I'm back

the storms hit with vengeance at 70-80 mile an hour straight line winds. I probably should not have gotten out to pick up the tree limbs and twigs, but I did. It was cooler outside than inside with our power being off. 3 big piles of it. Think of some one having a bronchial attack and can get no air. That is really what I thought happened. Even the pharmacist said this was a bad thing. Ouch on the expense for the lawn mower.

I was drinking a dr pepper when all that started. But I do have these during the middle of the night also. Don't think I'm going to have another dp for a while.

That's a good incentive to go to an off sight WW meeting. Wish the city would do something like that.

Have you thought of on line jobs? My step niece has one teaching English.

Susie and Terra.
Wave: Have a good day!

06-05-2014, 10:48 PM
Hi Everyone--the thread has been busy. It's fun to read all that is going on with everyone.

Shad: I hope your back is feeling better. If not, I would try Happy's plan...a tub soak with a glass of wine...what wouldn't that make better?! ;)

Annie: I love the picture of your daughter's family. Very nice looking bunch! As for the issue with not hearing about the job and then finding out how they handled's best you didn't get a job there. I am thinking good things for this hook up that Michelle helped you with.

Michelle: I'm sorry to hear that your class was cancelled. Did the chiropractor appt help?I would like to hear more about the fashion show that you are going to go to. It sounds like you have a fun weekend planned.

Terra: I didn't know that you were going to start job hunting. How nice that you found something at Dress for Success...they are a great organization.

Ceejay: OMG! What you have been going through sounds very scary. I'm glad you went to the doctor right away.

Laura: What did you think of the movie? I am in total agreement with you about seeing a good "drama" movie. or something other than superhero movies.

About WW, do you go so that you have the accoutability of the weigh-in or do you go for the support or both? Before I joined TOPS (and I did that because it was so much less expensive than WW), I felt I needed the accountability of weighin in weekly where people expected me. I talked to my doctor about it and I came very week and one of the girls weighed me and wrote it in my chart. It was very helpful to me. I need the weigh-in and also the weekly "teaching" to keep me motivated so when I found TOPS that took care of both things. However if I didn't go to TOPS I would do the doctor weighin thing again.

Happy: You have had a lot of big expensive things to buy this year! Poor DH to have to mow with the gas mower...that would be tiring for sure.
Good for you for finding a way to keep those Excel skills sharp!

As Laura mentioned my birthday is coming up on Saturday. I took tomorrow off. I wanted to just be home and piddle around. I do have a doctor appt to have my thyroid rechecked and our garbage disposal isn't working so I have a handyman coming to take a look at that. Other than that, I will just do what I want. On Saturday I'm having my hair trimmed and colored and that night we are having a b-day dinner celebration with some of my family and friends at a local resturant.

I stayed the same at TOPS weigh-in tonight. That seems to happen to me when I have a big loss the week before like I did last week. I'm ok with wasn't a gain!

06-06-2014, 12:40 AM
Laura ~ Thanks, I really like my interview outfit, Thats a bummer that you dont have any professional outfits for business functions.

Michelle ~ Thanks

Happy ~ Thanks, Im sorry there isnt a Dress For Success in your area but thats nice of you to want to donate some of your business outfits to them if they're in your area

Susie ~ Yeah, Im glad I was able to find an outfit at Dress For Success, I agree they are a great organization

I didnt get my walks in today, It was storming this morning and then tonight I forgot to set my alarm when I took a nap but I wont forget to set my alarm tomorrow if I taken another nap tomorrow and hopefully I can walk tomorrow morning as well but I dont know if I can cause I think the fore cast is calling for several days of storms.

06-06-2014, 11:22 AM
Morning all,

Happy Friday. Nothing big on the agenda for this weekend. Working this afternoon. I guess I'll go through some boxes in the basement, DH has to pull out the rest of the carpet so we can call the junk guys to pick up the load.

Looks like rainy weather is hitting most of us. We were fortunate not to have the bad storms they were predicting. Only got a bit of rain actually which was ok with us.

Ceejay - I saw on the weather just how bad those storms were. With straight line / tornado like winds - you probably should NOT have been outside picking up branches and such :yikes: Glad you are ok - I guess it was pretty bad through your area.

Susie - happy early birthday! I hope you have a nice day off today to do only what you feel like doing. What kind of restaurant are you going to tomorrow?

Hello to the others. I probably should go and make some breakfast. I have a leisurely morning and then before I know it, I am rushing to make it to the shop on time. I've got to use up the fresh berries I bought the other day - they sure don't last very long before they get all fuzzy. :mad:

Catch up with the rest of you later :wave:

06-06-2014, 11:55 AM
Work up with a bit of a headache. I took something for it and it is easing up.

I was planning on cleaning up the car this afternoon but I might just take a nap instead.

Terra: I'm sorry you missed your walks. Don't forget about the Walk Away the Pounds DVD so that you can have it on hand to use if you miss a walk time or if it is raining or too hot outside you can use them. Look for them the next time you are at Walmart. l love to use mine.

Happy: Thank you for the early b-day wishes. I am enjoying my day off to do what I want to do, which is to just enjoy being home in the quiet. I do have to go to the license bureau in a bit to get my tags for my car. I forgot to mail it in.

I hope you have a good afternoon working. Make a smoothie with your berries.

I was just checking in and maybe I will be back again today.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day.

06-06-2014, 12:49 PM
Susie ~ Okay I wont forget about the Walk Away The Pounds DVD's, I'll get them Monday when we're at walmart

Im gonna go on my morning walk here in a little bit and then I'll go for my evening walk before it gets dark tonight

06-06-2014, 01:30 PM
Morning all. TGIF!! :carrot:

Michelle – Sorry the PT exercises aren’t going to get you where you want to be with your back. Did the chiropractor appointment help you some? How was the get together with the HS friend? How interesting she’ll be in Mexico for 4 months!! Your weekend sounds very busy – enjoy the fashion show and date night with D. Both sound nice.

Ceejay – Sounds like you had an overload of pollen your body didn't like at all! How scary when your breathing is affected. Good idea to avoid the outdoors at the moment. Maybe the rain yesterday helped take some of that out of the air and give you some relief?? Rough weather out by you!!! Eek, and you went outside?? :yikes: Yeh, the WW 50% fee reimbursement is a good incentive, that’s why I’m still considering continuing with it.

Susie – No loss, but NO GAIN! Whoo!! I go to WW for both the accountability and the support. I feel like it’s good to go to the meetings to keep my focus, and I guess I hope the tips/techniques finally sink in. I hope you’re enjoying your day off – it’s nice to have a quiet day at home. Enjoy your birthday dinner tomorrow!!!

Terra - Re my lack of professional attire – it’s my own fault. I really should just get out and shop for it so I have it when I need it. I hope you get to do your walks today. :crossed: Do you have access to a library? Sometimes you can borrow workout dvd’s from them. That might help you avoid missing exercise because of the weather.

Shad – Sounds like work’s keeping you busy right now, and you’ll probably be buried after missing part of a day – Murphy’s Law, right? I sure hope your back is feeling better now. And I double hope it isn’t the flu!!! I hope you hear back from Jen soon. (That's a lot of hopes!) Assuming your back feels better – what are you up to this weekend??

Happy –Nice to have those Excel skills, they do carry over into personal life – I know I use it for personal purposes. Use it or lose it for sure!!! We made sure the admin we hired had good MS outlook skills – we don’t have time to teach the basics. Glad the net suit arrived, it’s certainly needed this year. I follow a blog on SparkPeople written by a woman in Canada, and she just had a photo of herself in a net suit – and discussed how bad the skeetos are right now up there. Ugh. You poor things. I’ll have to check out that Melissa McCarthy/Susan Sarandon movie trailer – SS has guested on MM’s sitcom Mike & Molly several times and they are hilarious together. Oy, you guys are bleeding $ right now – or should I add a few more $$$$?? Boo!!! :mad:

I liked the Godzilla movie – it was entertaining. But I will tell you, I never watched a Godzilla movie ever, so I didn’t really know what to expect. I would have liked to have seen more of Bryan Cranston and Juliette Binoche, but the male lead was alright – definitely easy on the eyes, LOL. I’m not really into these kinds of movies, so it’s not like I was all rah-rah to go see it, but if that’s your thing, I do recommend it.

No big plans this weekend. Last weekend was a bit goofy with the scooter purchase, so this weekend I’d like for bf and I to do a bit more with the garage. I could have sworn I had some “before” photos of the garage because I know I was looking at them when we were shopping for the wall track system last fall. I’d like to do some yardwork also - well maybe not "like" but "need", but I don’t think we’ve had enough rain to soften up the soil to make weeding any easier. And I still haven’t planted any veggies…It’s a bit late…I better get to a garden center if I want any tomatoes this year.

That’s it for me. Everyone have a lovely weekend.

06-06-2014, 01:35 PM
Oh, forgot to mention I lost 0.2 pounds at yesterday's WW weigh-in. Better than nuttin' and I'll take it!! The leader made a point during the meeting that if you lost .2 every week for a year, you'd be down 10.4 pounds in a year. The little losses do add up!

06-06-2014, 02:34 PM
Good morning ladies!

Happy Friday! TGIF, for sure!! Looking forward to a fun and hopefully somewhat relaxing weekend.

I had a great time with my friend yesterday, and she showed me a book called "8 Steps to a Pain Free Back", written by a woman (Esther Gokhale) who has treated thousands with chronic back pain simply by using proper sitting, standing, walking and lying down techniques. Here's the website if you're interested: I ordered the book this morning.

Even though the physical therapist said that there wasn't much more they could do, and I should lower my expectations for ever having complete mobility...I disagree and I'm not giving up my goal of being able to stand, walk and hike without pain. I'm not willing to accept any limitations. There are a lot of people a lot older than me who have tremendous mobility, even larger people and people who have had chronic pain.


Happy - Good for you for refreshing your Excel skills. Bummer you have to fix the riding mower. I'm surprised it's not still under warranty. I hope you can get it fixed quickly so DH doesn't have to mow with the gas mower too many more times. Good that you're not getting bad storms.

Ceejay - Like Happy's DH, I also used to wear a mask whenever I mowed the lawn and it definitely helped with pollen and allergies. Those straight line winds you had were brutal. You shouldn't have been picking up tree limbs.

Susie - Congrats on no gain at TOPS!! I hope you have a good dr appointment and get your garbage disposal fixed. And most of all, have a wonderful birthday tomorrow!

Terra - I think someone's suggestion to check out exercise DVDs from the library is a good one. I used to do that a lot. I appreciated being able to try them before I bought them. I hope you're able to get "Walk Away The Pounds" this weekend at WalMart.

Laura - Glad you liked Godzilla. Maybe I'll suggest it as an option for my "date night" with D tomorrow night. I'm also going to suggest the latest "X-Men" and Maleficent. And if D still wants to see "Grand Budapest Hotel", I'll be ok with it since I got to pick the movie last time. I hope you're able to have a productive and fun weekend. Congrats on the loss at WW! :cp:

:wave: to Annie and Shad!

Well, time to get back to it.

Much love,

06-06-2014, 05:56 PM
Morning all,
And since it is Saturday over here: (

Since my computer is playing up and I have to use the laptop mouse because my mouse battery has died. I might give up with the rest of the :hb: pictures for the moment.
Hope you have a wonderful day and have lots of company and fun.

My back is better. Still a bit stiff yesterday but it is okay. No idea what caused it except that some in the night I woke absolutely rigid. What caused that I have no idea.

Happy - hope you get over the mozzie invasion soon. I hate that they are so little and so loud and so vicious. Guess I will have to bring over my hat and netting next time I come. Enjoy the space that the boxes no longer take up. :rofl:

Michelle - sad to hear that the PT is not being encouraging. However you have the right attitude, now you have to learn to live with and work around this problem. Certainly another 10lbs or more will help, but there are skinny people out there with back problems. They find work arounds to keep them going. Good luck with that.

Laura - 0.2 - much better than nothing or a gain. Hope you are getting around and about on the scooter.

Annie - good to have you back in the fold again. Keep posting. If nothing else it will take your mind off work or lack of it. Things do get better eventually.

Ceejay - nasty bout of bronchial trouble there. Hope it goes away just as quick as it arrived.

Terra - some good suggestions there for your walking progress. Hope you can get out in the fresh air tho'. It is much better for the workout than a stuffy gym or air conditioning.

With that I am off. I have a bit of housework to do. Then some shopping to look for an outfit for our SAP Go-Live party next Friday. Then some walking of my own, up and down some steps since it is raining - sort of. And I need to get my spreadsheet done for my taxation stuff, work out whether to go to Adelaide for S's birthday and how I can do it for less than $1000 and 2 days pay. Then sort out when I am about to leave this place and where I will go for a bit of a break - apart from Christchurch - rellie visiting.

So I have a fairly full day in front of me. Best I get started before it gets away.

06-06-2014, 06:27 PM
Starting to rain again but the weather men are not predicting as big a storm as yesterday.

I do feel better. That was an awful experience for me. Haven't done to much today Did some shopping at Walmart. I haven't done to much exercise lately. Okay, I'm curious whose birthday is it!

I also think that a .2 pound loss is better than a gain. I didn't have a gain at the doctor's office yesterday so that's good for me.

Silly me was trying to download some pictures from my cell phone to my tablet and it erased all my pictures. Don't have any idea what happened.
The weather people are showing some good pictures of the storm.

06-06-2014, 07:24 PM
It is Susies birthday on Saturday (which it is here). I tried to go back to put her name in but something is not working well either one this site or on my computer.

06-07-2014, 12:27 AM
Happy Birthday Susie! Hope you have a wonderful day on Saturday celebrating and a very festive weekend! (

06-07-2014, 12:50 AM
Met a lovely couple today at the thrift shop. I showed her some jewelry and as she was talking I asked where she was from. She and her husband are visiting from Warwick Shad. I told them where you lived and they asked if you were by the bay or the Gold Coast. I guessed by the bay. We had a really nice chat - it started to rain hard and they stayed in waiting out the storm. They are on a 6 week tour of the states and Nova Scotia. It was really nice chatting with them.

Glad you are feeling better Ceejay and that the rains have moved on.

Michelle - good for you for not giving up on the walking. I'm sure you are able to temper pushing and pushing too hard. I'm sure you will be able to increase your fitness level. How are the headaches?

Laura - the movie with Susan Sarandon and Melissa McCarthy is called Tammy and comes out 4th of July weekend. Are you going to see The Fault In Our Stars? The book was supposed to be very good.

One of my thrift shop buddies called me just before I left today and asked if I could fill in his morning shift tomorrow as he has an emergency. He is a good guy so I said yes. I am coercing DH to come with me as Saturday's are generally busy days and it's too hard to be there alone.

I'm tired now so I think I will hit the bed early - IF I can chase the cats off of it. They have taken to settling on my side of the bed and sleeping the sleep of the dead - like 12 pounds of cement to move them! :lol: Good night all, will catch up with you later tomorrow.

06-07-2014, 12:59 AM
Laura ~ I went ahead and order an Walk Away The Pounds DVD for a beginner

Michelle ~ I rarely go to the library but thanks for the suggestion

Shad ~ Yeah I enjoy walking outside in the fresh air

I got my walks in today

06-07-2014, 09:21 AM
Happy birthday Susie! !

Have a wonderful day & a fabulous year!!


06-07-2014, 09:23 AM

It has been a lovely two days here in Indy. Still no job, but hey it will happen when it happens. I have decided to just keep applying and interviewing till it happens, I mean what else is there? lol

Lil man went to the doc yesterday as he was up the night before complaining his ear hurt. Sam and I could smell the infection. I kept Royce while they went, sure enough water and infection in his left ear (the one the tube came out). Ear drops and antibiotic. Lil man has his ENT check up next Friday as it is already so I imagine they will schedule new tubes.

Royce is flourishing, no ailments so far. Fingers crossed. Growing like a weed will be 3 months next week on the 12th already weighs 13 lbs. Smile like crazy. Just say Hi and he smiles at you.

I am going to St. Louis the 20th-23rd to visit my bff. I need a change of pace. Sis and the kids may be going with me. Just depends on the kiddos and what is going on with them.

CHELLE...thank you for your help with the recruiter and all. I really do appreciate all your help, time, and love. Sorry your back is giving you troubles and may not get to hike. Kind of how I feel with my bum ankle. Cannot do a lot of things either, some days it is just walking that kills me. Hopefully the back and foot GODS will bless us!! Ainsley absolutely loves her little brothers, mother hen, couldn't ask for a better sister. They love her right back.

LAURA...I have heard mixed reviews on Godzilla movie from many people. I think I will wait on that one to come to DVD and rent it. There have been several movies I wanted to see but will wait till they can be rented cheaper. Let us know how you liked it, your reviews are pretty accurate! Good on you for going to zumba.

SHADDIE...sorry work is keeping you so busy you cannot do things you like. It always seems to interfere with our personal life. lol. Hope your back is feeling better. Guess you need the back Gods to smile down upon you also!

CEEG...yikes not being able to breath is scary. Only happened to me one time when I had a reaction to anesthetic while on my way home from the hospital. Feel better sister! Hugs.

HAPPY...hey sister, how you feeling? How is DH and the kitties? Is the thrift store thriving now?

TERRA...goodluck on your interviews once they start!

HI SUSIE..hope all is great in your world!

Everyone make it a great weekend, I need to get my arse moving to the bank and grocery....cut grass, replant part of my garden and hopefully get my car vacuumed out.


06-07-2014, 12:34 PM
Annie ~ Thanks

Susie ~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY, I hope you have a wonderful birthday today, My sister in law's birthday is today too, She turned 20

06-07-2014, 01:13 PM
SUSIE...I am an R-tard......Happy Happy birthday sweet sister....I hope your day is a great one! I am a duh. I only looked at page one and not page sorry.

AGAIN GIRLS...I am at a loss of no calendar from work to keep me on top of things. PLEASE send me a PM of your birthdays EXCEPT Laura and Chelle who have already done so, of your birthdays and other great celebrating times...Thank you so much.....from this disorganized sister.

Out to finish my chores....


06-07-2014, 02:22 PM
Afternoon all. Jazzercise was moved to another location today with no AC. Bleh, it was hot in there. I was getting pooped about halfway through. The fact that I've been, uh, let's say backed up (might have been the popcorn on Thursday at the movie) probably didn't help. My abdomen feels heavy& bloated. Ok, if not TMI, it's enough.

Woke up at 3 am to the scent of skunk. And this one hung around a bit - wasn't just passing through. Ick, the basement still smells of it. Have to find a way to make them not want to come in our yard...

Feeling tired right now...gonna save gardening for tomoorow when it'll be a lot cooler. Prefer to go out for some lunch & grill dinner tonight & putter in between...

Be back later or tomorrow for personals. Hope everyone's Saturday/Sunday is enjoyable.

06-07-2014, 05:50 PM
Hello every one.

Happy birthday Susie. Hope you are having a good day.

Sorry, the little one has an ear infection. They are not fun.

Did DH go to work with you today? It's tough being buy yourself.
Now that was an interesting day with a customer. I like to meet people from different countries.

Thanks for the information about Susie's birthday.

Don't think I could be handling the skunk smell very long.

I'm really getting tried of all this rain and storms. More is coming today.
Found out Friday that my nephew that lives in Houston, TX got engaged. All I can say is it's about time. But I can understand that she wanted to wait until she got her second degree as a nurse anethesis.(ms)

06-08-2014, 09:30 AM
Last one out first one in.
These storms and more are on the way this morning may put me off line. Not to sure how much more of these storms I can take.
Weird dreams last night. Dreamed my cell phone was ringing and no one was there then of all things the jet pack (phone) for the internet started to ring. Neither has any incoming calls. Woke up to my heart racing 90 to nothing and today I'm as nervous as a cat so I'm thinking all this is due to a panic attack. That job opening at the doctor's office is looking might good right now. I may call Monday to set up an interview.

06-08-2014, 12:39 PM
Morning all,

Finally got some sunshine though it is on the cooler side. These mosquitoes are just awful. They are out in droves all day long - you can't get in and out of your car without getting attacked. I am going to check out the thermacell but I may have to order it online as most mosquito related items in town have been sold out. Last night I had to get up twice to hunt down and kill that buzzing before I could fall asleep.

I didn't have to go into the shop after all yesterday - got a call as I was getting ready to leave - the regular person changed their plans. It turned out to be a pretty lazy day - chilly, gray and rainy. We ran some errands, came home and had lunch and then took a nice nap. I should have done more than I did around the house but I didn't. :o Tomorrow I have been asked to go on a long road trip to see another thrift shop. I REALLY don't want to go - it's going to be a long trip and taking the antibiotic for my tooth always sends my tummy into wobbles. And I'd have to get up REALLY EARLY. But it would be a good learning opportunity and I think they are counting on me so I am wavering and will probably say yes even though I want to say no. :^: We did watch the movie "Monuments Men" on PPV cable last night. Not a bad movie. Interesting topic but it felt rushed somewhat.

Ceejay - sorry the storms have got you on edge. I remember how scary they can be so I don't blame you for being troubled. I think that was one of the things I was glad to leave behind - maybe our "snow weather" is not that pleasant but I'll take it over the heavy rains and high winds that accompany southern storms. Is it being in the plant by yourself that has you so worried? At least it's sturdy in there. Hope you feel better. :hug: Congrats on the nephew's engagement - makes me sad that marriage has become so passé nowadays. Also makes me sad on the flip side that thanks to reality tv young brides are all bridezillas trying to make the event into a 3 ring circus. I guess that officially qualifies me as an old fashioned coot. :lol:

Laura - ick skunk. We would get one occasionally walking through the yard. We tried the mothballs thing which did not deter it at all - at least I didn't think so and those things are soooo toxic that they scare me so I would rather be around the skunk. :lol: Sorry the jazzersize class was so hot - I hate that - particularly if you can't shower afterwards.

Annie - sorry Lil Man is having ear troubles. Poor guy. I feel badly for the little kids when they have those troubles - both for the pain and the ordeal of the tubes. Can't believe Royce is 3 months already - time sure does fly by. Glad you at least get to spend more time with them while they are tiny. Thrift shop is doing well, thanks for asking. Sales are off from last month's opening but we expected that. Still ahead of this time last year. We just need to look at ways to keep sales up - hence the road trip tomorrow. Kitties are doing well too - both of them confiscated my side of the bed last night - 2 twelve pound sacks of cement that were not giving up their comfy warm spots so I had to find other sleeping accommodations - taking my own bed back tonight tho. :lol: Sooooo... what are the big plans for your birthday on Thursday??? Bet C has something nice for you. Sounds like you wore yourself out with the yardwork yesterday.

Terra - we had a couple of WATP tapes come into the thrift shop - thought of you but who has a VHS player anymore? :lol:

Hi Susie and Shad - hope you are enjoying your weekend!

I am seriously leaning to skipping the garden this year. Will cost us more money as I need to build a reinforcement for the climbing things as well as adding more garden dirt to the raised beds. And there is that thing about crossing the yard twice a day to water the garden and fight the mossies. Just seems like too much trouble so I may skip it this year and get my tomatoes from the roadside stands in town. I will have to spend some time weeding out there - but the raised beds are loose dirt so that's not too difficult - will have to wear one of the bug jackets and hats tho. Anyway have a good Sunday ladies.

06-08-2014, 02:13 PM
I'm with you and take your body into your own hands. We know what we can tolerate. I'm sure enough going to. I've tried those masks and they either don't fit right or I don't have the right kind. I can't find the one I want to wear.

After talking to my co-worker this morning I'm thinking that I got a good dose of paint fumes. Our maintenance man was using a chemical peeler and it reacted to some rust on the floor. She told me he called in sick on Thursday. So I'm going to mention this fact tomorrow to the bosses.

Can't blame you for not putting out a garden this year. It's almost to late. And by the way I do have a vhs player. Guess I'm an oldie too, :lol: It's not just the storms really. It's the thought of being at work with all the pumps and motors and electricity that scares me the most. To much responsibility for this old coot. Oh how I would like to retire!

I have calmed down for now. but here we go again. My co-worker has brought down the computer from one end of the desk to other. I need to do some more moving to make it more useful.

06-09-2014, 07:30 AM
Morning all,

Very early morning for me - up at 5. Road trip - 2 and a half hour drive to visit a contact's successful thrift shop. While it should be interesting, I am not keen on burning my whole day up but it's a great learning opportunity and I think they are counting on me. Trying to wake up with just the fewest sips of coffee. Will be back later on to catch up with everyone.

Have a good start to the week...

06-09-2014, 12:21 PM
Morning all.

Michelle – Good for you not giving up on your goals to strengthen your back and be able to walk and hike longer distances without pain. You know your body best! What movie did you end up seeing?

Shad – Glad you back is better. No scootering for me yet – need a license, and I haven’t even been doing any practice yet in the nearby church parking lot like bf has. Did you find an outfit for the party?

Ceejay – Sorry you lost your photos off your cell phone – any way of recovering them? Gosh you’re getting the rain in your area!! Congrats to your nephew on his engagement. Breathing in the chemical fumes is not a good thing. What the heck was the maintenance man thinking?!?!?! I think I’d be a nervous Nellie being responsible for the plant when storms are wreaking havoc with electricity and all that equipment! :stress: I hope you get a quiet weather period where you don’t have to worry about that for a bit!

Happy – Everyone seems to be talking about that movie and book “The Fault in our Stars”. I saw the trailer and I’m just not sure it’s my thing. Lol re the cats taking over your side of the bed. How are they doing? Wonder if the Thermacell could stand up to the droves of skeeters you have up there this year? Good of you to take the long road trip and a full day to check out another thrift store. I hope you learn a lot of helpful things that can be incorporated into yours. Yeh, if I tried mothballs, I’d only want to do it outside the backyard, like right where I think the skunks enter the yard. I wouldn’t want that toxic stuff anywhere near Coal.

Terra – Good for you ordering the WATP dvd – it’ll be just the thing when you can’t get out for a walk.

Annie – I hope you’re enjoying your time off – yes, a job will find you, or vice versa. Patience, sister! Awww, poor li’l guy with the infection. Hope he’s feeling better now. Glad to hear R. is doing well. Nothing like a smiley baby. :) I saw Godzilla – those kinds of movies aren’t really my thing, but it was entertaining and pretty well done. I’m thinking some of the hokey parts with the characters are in keeping with the feeling of the old Godzilla movies? I don’t know because I never watched on of the old ones!! There are many movies that I’ve seen at the theater or taken a pass on that were probably better to just wait ‘til they were available on dvd or Netflix. I like to get out to the theater, but won’t pay full price 99.9% of the time. So nice to hear you’ll visit your bff in St. Louis!!!! You must be looking forward to that. :)

Susie – Hope you had a wonderful birthday!!
Well, it’s Monday again. I didn’t have a great weekend due to the gut problem, which is still giving me some discomfort but seems to be at the end. Yesterday I did a wee bit of weeding and more cleaning up of some leftover leaves - wasn't up for much more. I did get over to Home Depot for a couple tomato plants – one roma, one cherry. Also bought a flat of impatiens. I think that will be the extent of my gardening this year, unless I get some herbs going as well.

Having just replaced one of the lawnmower wheels, now the carb needs rebuilding. Sigh. Bf can buy a kit and do the work himself, but we agree this is the last season for this mower. It’s given us 13 years, that’s good enough.

Bf and I decided we would get rid of the crowded thatch of FIVE hydrangea bushes right off our patio. They are so very beautiful when they bloom, but they don’t bloom for us reliably every year and I don’t know what to do to get them to, so that’s that. Freeing up that space will let us use it in another way. Maybe a fairy gardent? This is one I see when I walk with Coal. This photo is from last year. This year's looks slightly different, so I'll have to snap a photo of it. (

06-09-2014, 03:41 PM
Happy ~ I actually still have my VCR and I still watch my VCR tapes

Laura ~ Yeah Im glad I ordered it too, It will come in handy when the weather is bad.

06-09-2014, 04:42 PM
Morning all,
Yesterday I started to post. The system network went haywire, I recovered my post eventually and then 3fc decided that it wasn't going to play ball. So I lost it again, and then decided to do work instead.

Not much to report here. I have an end date for this job - picked it myself. 11th July. Now I can give the landlady notice and then plan my little holiday, some of which will be spent in the Archives digging into the family history once more and then down to the South Island of NZ for a drive around some of the most beautiful places on Earth. Nice to know whats happening for the next month or two.

Happy - hope you enjoy your drive around the countryside checking out the opposition. I think they call that industrial espionage. Hope those mossies give up soon. Just ensure you have no uncovered water bowls, butts or buckets around the house that the rain will collect in. Sounds like you need to regrade the land to take away all the hollows in the bushes.

Laura - what a lovely wee garden for the fairies. Some people have wonderful ideas for the gardens and such a knack for putting things into perspective.

Ceejay - all those chemicals around. I sincerely hope your company has all the right things on board to prevent and contain any chemical spill.
You sure did have some crazy dreams. Storms are a fairly natural phenomonem in many parts of the world. At least you can see them and hear them. You never know about an earthquake until you feel it, although some of them do make a noise.

Annie - both Happy are I are in the same month - birthdays that is. I am on the 25th and she is the 27th. We had a birthday each a couple of months back. That should sort you out with us.

Guess I better go do something. The 11th July is not that far off.

06-09-2014, 07:08 PM
Hi ladies,

Sorry for being away all weekend and all morning today. The weekend went by so quickly. My company is doing a shutdown for the week of June 30-July 4, and I'm really looking forward to having a week off. I don't have any plans to take a trip during that time, but I'm hoping to be able to get over to the beach at least a couple days that week. :beach: :D

Friday after work, I took Santa to the dog park. He was limping just slightly when I picked him up from day care, but that didn't slow him down any at the dog park. He was running after all the dogs and having a great time. I don't know if Santa found something at the dog park to eat that he shouldn't have, but he was quick sick Friday night. And when we went to obedience training on Saturday morning, not only did Santa not want to move AT ALL from a sitting or lying down position, he didn't even bark or show any interest in the other dogs...and that's just not like Santa. He was doing a lot better by Saturday evening, so I dropped him at day care for a few hours so D and I could go out to dinner and see the "X-Men" movie (which we both thought was very good). I especially enjoyed the movie for the brief scene when you got to see Hugh Jackman nekkid as a jay-bird (okay it was only from the back, but what a nice back and tushie! Dang, that man has a fine body! I've seen him in interviews say that he really has to train hard for months to get into shape for the Wolverine character, and it certainly showed. ;) :drool: Santa was fine on Sunday. I was going to go to the beach with Santa in the morning, but didn't get an early start, so we just went to the park. Sunday afternoon, I went to a Plus-Size lingerie fashion show. I went mostly to support my yoga teacher who had a vendor booth there since her yoga classes are perfect for larger people who feel intimidated by all the slender, flexible people in most yoga classes.

I confess though, the fashion show brought up a lot of feelings for me. How I wish I were as comfortable in my own skin as the models and several other women appeared to be. It made me wonder/question whether I'll ever be comfortable in my own skin even when I'm at weight that is closer to my definition of my "ideal" weight. Because I know that self-confidence, or lack thereof, really comes from the inside and not about how you look. On the positive side, all the inner critic monologue motivated me to go straight from the fashion show to the gym, where I did 30 minutes on the recumbent bike (the only cardio machine I can do for that long). As I was riding the bike, I kept thinking of a t-shirt I bought at the fashion show that says: "Strong is the New Skinny", which motivated me to follow up the cardio with 1/2 hour of strength training.

After I was done at the gym, I picked Santa up and we went to the dog park. It was in the low to mid 90s, but he still seemed to enjoy himself.

Today after work, I'm going to a water aerobics class, and then will take Santa to the dog park after I pick him up. Should be perfect timing as it's another scorcher today, but by the time we get to the park it will be 7:15 or 7:30.

I haven't had a chance to read what y'all have been up to, but I'll do that tonight or first thing in the morning.

Much love and many hugs,

06-10-2014, 10:45 AM
Morning all. Had an uncomfortable day at work yesterday. My brilliant prune plan did not help with my gut recovery, in fact it just added to the discomfort.

Today I called in sick. Between this thing & feeling burnt out at work, I just needed a day to lay low. Already bored. Guess I'll have some breakfast & do some puttering. I'll probably be back later. TTFN.

06-10-2014, 11:03 AM
Morning all,

Had a really nice road trip yesterday. Went almost all the way to Minneapolis - it's a nice drive out that way - rolling country and such. Will have to try it again with DH. You wouldn't believe how nice this thrift store was - it's a small college town but they are fortunate I guess living near the city to get a constant stream of donations. They are in a huge retail space - former furniture store - and the way they have everything displayed, no wonder they do so well - heck even I wanted to shop there!

Today I have to do my shift at the store and then another dentist visit afterwards :(

Laura - sorry you are feeling so badly. I find that pears help better than prunes. Canned or fresh - doesn't matter - I guess it's a good balance of water and fiber in them. Hope the rest of your day goes better. LOVED that garden pic!!!!!

Michelle - interesting post about the fashion show and your own feelings. I have had similar thoughts. Not sure I subscribe to the big and beautiful theory myself. I'd rather be smaller and feeling better - less stress on the achy joints and such. Glad tho that you found motivation to push a little longer and harder at the gym. Just keep plugging away and take pleasure in the success of a job well done :hug:

Shad - sounds like you picked a perfect end to your contract. How I wish I could accompany you on the SNZ drive!!! Good to be wrapping things up I imagine.

Ceejay - I do understand that once you get retirement in your brain and it's within reach, every frustration seems amplified and scratches that itch to "get the heck out of dodge" :lol:

Hello to the rest of the chicks :wave: I gotta get ready for the day...

06-10-2014, 01:38 PM
My WATP DVD came in the mail yesterday. I dont know if it was this thread where someone said to compare scales, the scale at the doctor's and my home scale but I did that today and they are the same

06-10-2014, 02:44 PM
As soon as this weather calms down I'm going for a week end trip some where. I'm thinking about the watering hole where we used to go swimming
as youngsters.

Checked out FB this morning and our little one is in the hospital with a high fever. I had to text my sis to find out the problem but they still don't have any results or she hasn't contacted me.

Did you go by yourself or with some one? Always nice to check other stores. Are they thinking of making you full time?

Sorry you have the "tummy" woes. Hope you feel better soon.

So you've picked the "retirement" date for this job. How long will you take off this time?

Have I missed your post? If not it's time to come up for air.

I may get out my WATP DVD and do it this week end. I'm going to try to walk at least 10 minutes while I'm at work.

06-10-2014, 03:31 PM
Good morning ladies -

After work yesterday, I went to the gym for an hour of aqua aerobics, which was a lot of fun and an excellent workout while staying cool! Then I picked up Santa from day care and we went to the dog park from 7 to 8 pm. Santa had a great time running around with his doggie friends getting petted by his human friends.

I did not sleep well last night. It was so hot. Even with the fan blowing at top speed it was too warm to sleep. Temps are supposed to be 10 degrees cooler today with highs in the upper 80s/low 90s.

Today I'm leaving work a little early to see the chiropractor anddiscuss the xrays they took and request them on a CD so I can take them to my primary physician. Then it's dinner with two wonderful high school (one of them lives in Las Vegas and is just in town for a couple days for a conference). These ladies were the ones who took me ziplining for my 50th b'day do-over celebration.

My headaches have been doing better. I'm hoping that if I remember to stay hydrated and to keep my blood sugar stabilized by eating healthy at regular intervals (rather than skipping breakfast which I sometimes do on the weekends). As for the hydration, there's a REASON why pretty much everyone in CA carries a water bottle all the time in the summer. I need to get in that habit.

My back is a little sore from exercising two days in a today I'll just do some stretches when I get home, and probably a short walk so Santa can do his bizness.

I'm looking forward to Saturday because after Santa and I do another session of obedience training, I'm going to take him to day care and then head up to San Francisco to meet up with a friend and go to a Crystal Fair...this fair isn't about crystal stemware and vases, but rather crystal stones - like clear quartz crystals, rose quartz, amethyst, etc. I hope the prices are reasonable.


Okay....I'm going to try and catch up on personals. :crossed:

Happy - What are the odds of a couple from Australia visiting your small town in Northern Wisconsin while they toured the States! Way cool! Interesting you mentioned "The Fault In Our Stars". I definitely want to see that. It looks very good. I hope you can find a mosquito solution soon. I have a friend in the UP of Michigan who says that the mosquitos are horrendous there too. Glad you had a nice road trip to the other thrift store and got to see what they were doing right! Though up at 5 is even early for me, and I'm a morning person. Did you have company for the long drive? As for "big and beautiful", I think many women can pull it off. with me though, I used to be thin...back in my early and mid 20s. And when I look at myself, sometimes I get angry for all the unhealthy choices I've made over the years, and angry that the result of the unhealthy choices is this body and my health issues. I'm still confident that I can and will get at least 50-75 lbs off. And I'm going to do that by making better food choices and exercising at least 4 days a week. And I'm going to gradually increase the amount I walk, starting with 5 minutes out and back, and working up from there as my back allows.

Terra - Good for you for ordering WATP! It's always good to have a backup plan to turn to in inclement weather.

Annie - I hope little man is doing better now. So glad to hear that Royce is growing well! I'm so glad you're using this time to go visit your friend in St. Louis! I know you'll have a great time. I'm trying to figure out what to do with my week off the first week in July.

Shad - Good for you for selecting an end date for your current job. And it sounds like you'll have a lovely time off.

Laura - I'm so sorry to hear you felt lousy all weekend and it's lasted through 'till today. I give you credit for doing Jazzercise on Saturday in a building without AC. I loved the photo of the Fairy Garden. I'd just love one of those. Sending you lots of healing energy and good vibes. :goodvibes:

Ceejay - Congrats to your nephew on his engagement! Sorry to hear that all the storms got you stressed out. I used to be on edge anytime severe weather was forecasted, and the storms you get are usually worse than Wisconsin storms.

Susie - I hope you're having a good week.

Well, I'd really better get back to it, especially since I'm leaving early today.

Much love and many hugs,

06-10-2014, 06:07 PM
Hi Everyone! I was able to get on my phone this morning and read all the posts I have missed since Saturday. It seems that 3fat chicks made it a little easier to navigate that using the phone.

I didn't want to type posts because that little key board is not the easiest to type on.

I'm doing good. I had a lovely birthday and you all were so kind with your birthday wishes. Thanks you! :hug:

Going back to work yesterday after being off on Friday was a bit stressful to catch up! I am almost there with email. It helps that both my mangers are OOO this week for vacation.

I have decided that 3 days out of the work week I will get up at 4:30 and do the treadmill in the morning before work. That way I know I get at least 3 days of exercise in. I did the treadmill on Sunday morning and yesterday morning. Tonight I'm going to do my WATP DVD. I don't want to inflame that foot or knee with doing the treadmill to many days in a row.

Happy: That little shop sounds very nice. I hope things go well with your dentist appointment today.

Shad: You have a end date. That has to feel somewhat least you can now make some plans and get ready to move to the next job phase.

Laura: I feel so bad for you. I have had those issues before and it's no fun. It was a good idea to stay home today. Feel better soon! BTW I loved the garden is very cute!

Terra: I can't wait to see what you think of the Walk away the Pounds DVD.
I am planning on doing mine tonight.

Ceejay: I hope your little family member won't be in the hosptial too long. Did you ever hear what is going on?
I encourge you to pull out that WATP dvd and do it with me and Terra.

Michelle: I am jealous that you are going to have time off when the whole company shuts down. That would be least you know you won't have to come back to all that work that always goes on when a regular vacation is taken while others are still working.

Have a lovely time at dinner with your friends!

Annie: It is always good to see your posts! Be well and enjoy this time that you have been given to take a break. The right job will come along when it is supposed to. :hug:

I'm headed home. Have a lovely evening and I will see you tomorrow.

06-10-2014, 08:40 PM
Morning all,
All quiet on the South Western Front down here. Weather is not good but at least it isn't too cold.
Last night I let everyone who needed to know, know what I was up to - my landlady, my house sitter, my son. Then I thought I'd better tell DS1 that I will be on the scene for the weekend of little Miss S's birthday. I also added that if I wanted photos, I guessed I would have to appear for every birthday otherwise I'd never get to see the growth. Naughty of me, but I don't play very nice when people have annoyed me. It seems they are all down with the flu. At least that is what I read on Facebook. Unusual for the DS to come down with anything and he is certainly not usually the typical male when he does, despite what might have been written on facebook.

Susie, glad you had a good birthday. Nice also that the bosses are out of the office. Exercise first thing is the morning is the hardest habit to form, but it is the best one, since once the exercise is done, the rest of the day is yours and if you have raised the metabolism, or endorphins, or got the blood fizzing, you feel great for the rest of the day and can accomplish so much more.

Michelle - hope you enjoyed your time with old friends. So good to catch up. One of the reasons I am looking forward to going back to Aus is to catch up with some of the many friends. Sorry to hear that Santa wasn't well, but at least it doesn't seem serious.

Ceejay - no idea how much time I will have off. I will put it out there that I am available and see what happens.

Happy - hope you and the other volunteer came back with lots of ways to display things properly. Last thing you need in a thrift shop is clutter. I don't even want to go into some place where I can't move around properly or get excited about knocking things over.

Laura - hope the tummy is getting better now. A brilliant plan but apparently it didn't execute well.

And that's about it. Oh no...... that's right I had an e-mail from Jen. She is still plodding along trying to get some answers and sorting out her payments for the biopsy. And get this......... Poor girl. She just found out her Dad died three weeks back. Almost 6 months to the day Mel passed. So she is struck with yet another blow. She is still picking up her messages from the library. Not the happiest of bunnies, but trying to rise above it.

Okay - with that I am off. Better get some more work in before lunch.

Seeing as I am feeling somewhat cheeky at the moment. I'd like to say Hello :wave: to all of those people who lurk around the fringes. Come on in occasionally. The water is fine, we don't bite (much) and we love you!!!! :love:

06-11-2014, 12:29 PM
Hi ladies,
Quick run in and hello this morning. Off to run errands and DH is impatient to get started so no time to post. Have a good day everyone!

06-11-2014, 01:04 PM
Morning ladies,

I had a wonderful dinner with my high school friends. It was so great catching up! :D

I'm very tired today even though I slept well. I've been looking at my schedule for this week, wondering if there might be an evening where I can relax...maybe tomorrow night, though I'll be getting home a tad later than usual due to a doctor appointment. Tonight, I'm going to the chiropractor for an adjustment and then Santa and I are going to meet up with the obedience training instructor to have a makeup class from last Saturday when Santa wasn't feeling well.


Susie - Glad that you've nearly caught up with the email. The downside to the company closing down for the week is that we have to use a week of vacation. They close down for Christmas and New Years weeks too, which means more paid vacation used. I'm not sure I'll have enough to cover the time off I'm taking in September AND these mandatory time offs. Oh well. Not going to worry about it or complain about it. I'm glad to have this job that I enjoy. And I'm going to save what I can, in case I have to take some of the time as unpaid. I give you kudos if you can get up at 4:30 am to exercise. I consider myself to be more of a morning person than a night owl...but I don't like to get up much before 6. As Shad said, morning exercise is often best because the metabolism is up for the entire day AND, if you're like me, I sometimes can talk myself out of exercising after work because I'm (a) too busy or (b) too tired.

Shad - I hope your DS1's household feels better soon. And hopefully, he gets the message that you'd like to see more photos. I'm so sorry to hear Jen lost her dad. What an awful blow to her. I lost my dad and mom within less than 3 months of each other, and it hit me hard. Could you please PM me her apartment number? Is she still in the same building (address)?

Happy - Hope you get all your errands done.

A big :wave: to Laura, Ceejay and Annie!

Much love,

06-11-2014, 01:19 PM
Morning all. Quiet here at the moment – the other two are at a big meeting for the morning. I’ve been playing catchup with the phonemail and e-mail. Still feeling things are not right in the gut, so I might phone my doc today.

Shad – You already have a lot of plans for your post-assignment time off – good for you! Sorry ds1 & family are down with the flu and that you are annoyed with them! Hope the e-mail sets them right about staying in touch!!! Thanks for the update re Jen. Poor Jen, losing her dad too. I hope Richie is still in the picture to offer some emotional support.

Susie – Glad you had a nice birthday. Good plan to do some workouts in the morning. I still haven’t managed it, even though I regularly wake up at 5:30 am, a half hour before my alarm and the perfect time to do a workout since I’ve already been woken up by something. I think it must be the next door neighbor leaving for work, but I never hear anything (or remember hearing anything) that wakes me up… Anyway, good luck forming the morning workout habit and take care with your knee and foot!!

Michelle – Good job with the aqua aerobics class! And so great you got motivated by the fashion show to get the workout done on the weekend. I like that t-shirt saying!!! What did the chiro say about your x-rays? Nice to touch base with the HS friends. Yay Santa’s doing good!! Nice about the company shutdown, but a bummer you have to use your own vacation to cover it. That doesn't seem right - vacation time should be used when you seet fit. Huh.

Sorry the heat has been interfering with your sleep. No possibility of getting a small AC window unit for the bedroom?? Before we had central AC installed in our house, all we had was one giant AC unit in our dining room and cool air didn’t make it all the way through the house to the other side where the bedrooms are. We bought a small AC unit for the one bedroom and it really helped.

Ceejay – Have you planned out your weekend trip yet? How is the little one? Have they figured out what’s causing the fever?

Terra – Have you tried out the WATP dvd yet? We had a lot of rain last night and it continues today. Good day for an indoor workout here.

Happy – Glad the road trip and store visit went well. Hope you brought back some good ideas for your shop. How did the dentist visit go? Glad you liked that fairy garden pic. Isn’t that cute? This same yard has a lot of what I think must be flowers and plants native to our area – interesting and different from “the usual”. I brought canned mandarin oranges to work with me today, but wasn’t able to buy any pears at the CVS downtown. I’ll check out Walgreens at lunch to see if they have them.
I mostly sat around at home yesterday. Watched tv, finished the book I was reading. I got bored and went out to the thrift store, but bought nothing. Walked doggy. Watched too many reruns of Law & Order.

As I said, I don’t think my gut issue is gone yet, so I’ll contact the doc.

The work never ends. The new admin will start with us on Monday, so that will take away even more of my time. The mini-lull I had between projects – that was really only a lull in my head – is over now, so I’ll just get this posted and get back to it. TTFN.

06-11-2014, 11:03 PM
Susie ~ Yeah Im looking forward to trying out the WATP's DVD.

Laura ~ Nope, I havent yet but I will the next time its rains

06-11-2014, 11:08 PM
Quick post as I need to head to bed.

It was hard to get up this morning and hit that treadmill but I did it. I won't be able to do it tomorrow morning as I need to be into work early for a meeting so I'll miss tomorrrow.

Laura: Did you get the doctor called? Hoping you feel better soon

Hi to everyone else..will try and do more personals tomorrow.

06-12-2014, 11:22 AM
Annie - Have a wonderful day and a fantastic year to follow!! (

06-12-2014, 11:23 AM
Morning all. Yesterday got busy and I didn't get a chance to call the doctor. I'm actually (finally) feeling almost 100% now, so I will not call the doctor. As usual, it seems like one of those things that takes time and if it's gradually getting better and not getting worse, patience is called for.

Had a hair appointment last night. My regular person comes back part-time from maternity leave next month and I'll wait 5 weeks this time around so she can do my hair.

That's about it for me. How did it get to be Thursday already???!!!

I'll check back later, it's quiet here right now.

06-12-2014, 01:30 PM
Happy Birthday girlfriend :hug: and happy birthday to your dear sweet daddy too. I know you might be feeling a little blue missing him today but remember he is smiling down on you and would want you to be happy. I loved your comment on FB that you were his little present. Try to have a good day for him and yourself. (

06-12-2014, 02:02 PM
Happy Thursday ladies,

This week is taking forever to get through. I thought I slept well last night, and I went to bed early enough (around 10 pm and woke up at 6). So why am I so tired? Am I still having a sleep deficit from Sunday and Monday when I didn't sleep well due to the heat? Thankfully, the only after work plans this evening are a doctor appointment at 4:45. I'm going to discuss my back pain, shoulder pain and knee pain when I do certain yoga moves.

Yesterday's makeup session with the dog trainer went well. Santa is definitely learning that I want him to automatically sit whenever I stop walking (which will come in handy when crossing the street - he won't rush out headlong into traffic). When I first taught him this, I used to have to correct him 5 or 6 times before he would sit (he can be very stubborn). By the end of the training last night, I only had to correct him once. Of course, I'll still have to practice with him today and tomorrow so he'll be ready for training class on Saturday.

I guess I forgot to mention that I got the x-rays back. The x-rays showed that my cervical spine is actually curving in the opposite direction from how it should curve. Some of my vertabrae in the thoracic (chest) area are a little out of alignment, and that my lower lumbar (L5) vertabrae is out of alignment. I received the x-rays on a CD and made a copy of the CD, which I will give to my doctor this afternoon. The chiropractor that took the x-rays said that correcting my spinal issues will take 6 months of 3x per week visits, at a cost of $5,600. However, since I already signed a subscription/membership plan with a different chiropractor that I've committed to for 4 more months at a much lower per visit rate, I gave her the x-rays so she'd have the same information, and told her I will come in 3x per week and hopefully see significant improvement within a few months. She said that she'd have to review the x-rays and if I don't have too much degeneration, it is possible for me to get improvement in mobility and pain relief in roughly 6 months.


Annie - Wishing you a very happy birthday, sweet sista. I know this day is bittersweet because you miss your dad who shared your birthday. I hope that C and your kids and grandkids can help you focus on celebrating YOU today!

Laura - I'll talk to D about getting a window AC. I hope your tummy is doing better today.

Terra - So since it hasn't been raining, are you still getting in two walks per day?

Susie - So proud of you for hitting the treadmill so early in the morning.

:wave: to Happy, Shad and Ceejay!

Much love to all,

06-12-2014, 02:04 PM
Hi kids,

Kind of a rainy, cold day today. Went out yesterday looking at garden plants. Stuff is pretty picked over for some veggies. The only plants they have for sugar snap peas are very small - not sure if they will do well enough - they need cooler weather and if it gets too hot by the time the plants are ready to start pushing peas, it might be too late. We got a few flowers for pots on the deck but no big spread this year. I am thinking of going to visit my Mom - looks like I will postpone to August instead of July which leaves DH to tend to the garden. He wants a few vegetables in but we'll only do about 25 percent of what we planted last year. Need to pick up some dirt and manure to fill in the beds but we are waiting on the arrival of the new bbq grill today and don't know when it will arrive. DH decided he wanted a grill bad enough to warrant spending the money for it - and replacing worn out parts on the old one would bring us to about the same as buying a new one - just a shame because the outside housing is perfectly good.

My next yoga class starts on Monday - I'd better do some stretches or I'm going to be in bad shape - bad enough I will have to get up at the crack of dawn to get to an 8am class 30 minutes away :lol:

Happy Birthday Annie - hope you have a good day and that the family does something special for you.

Susie - good for you for pushing to get on the treadmill. It's really hard after working all day but the hardest part is pushing yourself to step on it and turn the on switch. I agree not to stress the foot too much either.

Terra - looking forward to your thoughts on the WATP videos.

Laura - glad your tummy issues are resolving themselves. No fun there. Are you planning any vacation time this summer or will you just drift along until the idea moves you for something?

Michelle - I agree with the others about looking into a stand alone or window unit a/c. You keep a very busy life and need to get a good night's sleep. Glad you had fun with Santa - hope you sneak in a night just to relax.

Shad - I see you are counting the days to the end of the contract. Will be nice to wrap things up and get a good visit with the family in - never know when you will be there again for a longer visit. Sorry things are wonky with DS1 - it appears the GF controls everything. Such is the fractured family structure nowadays. Just keep making sure you are a part of things is all you can do. Thank you for the update on Jen. Poor thing - I know Mel was not fond of the man but what a blow to poor Jen to lose both of her parents within a year. I'm glad she at least has Ritchie in her life.

Hi Ceejay - where yah been? Not washed away in the rains I hope. :rain:

I'd better get a move on - need to pick up the last of the plants and I have to get a few things at Walmart. Will stop by the shelter too - I am going to start a FB page for the thrift shop and want some tips on how they work the shelter page. Have a good one everybody.

06-12-2014, 05:27 PM
Morning all,
Woke up to a beautiful day here and we are supposed to be having a beautiful sunny weekend. Tonight we have the 'Go-Live' (end of project) party. I have been looking for something to wear and nothing seems to be just right, some interesting and some horrible fashions about at the moment. And I don't want anything too heavy since I will be heading back to a completely different winter in a little over a month. I did see some nice NZ fashion (from an NZ designer and made in New Zealand) that I might try on before I go home. It will be different from anything over there.
If this weather continues, I may well go for a tramp over the hills and valleys this weekend. I'm also trying to put together an itinerary for the South Island visit but as with the next world trip, I am procrastinating. That had better stop and soon.
I've been inviting a few people for dinners and such to try to return some of the hospitality I have been shown over the last 9 months. My calendar is getting to be full. Then I have the trip to Adelaide coming up at the beginning of July as well. Life will be getting pretty full.

Happy - hope you get some good use out of that bbq. Is it in a nice sheltered spot where you can relax even during the cooler months? I haven't replied to Jen yet. Will get there soon. Just not sure what to say.
Most other shelters and refuges seem to have a page on facebook. Raising awareness has got to be a good thing.

Michelle - sleep deprivation can take a huge toll on the body. Are you happy with the mattress you are sleeping on? Sometimes an old mattress is bad for the back, legs, peace of mind etc. I know that I need a new one at my place. Just not looking forward to spending the money on it.
I'll send you Jen's apartment number as soon as I can. I'll PM it for you.

Annie - added a message to your facebook page yesterday. Hope you had a pleasant day. It's hard when you have had such a special relationship with your dad. Try to remember the fun things and the good things and while we have those memories, those people will never really fade away.

Laura - glad to hear you are feeling better - maybe whatever was causing it has now passed through. Have you tried probiotic acidopholous yoghurt to help the tummy along?

Terra - walking away the pounds. When is the next weighin?

Ceejay - hope you are okay. Not like you not to check in.

That's it. Better go. Time to do something.

06-13-2014, 11:50 AM
Morning all,

Made a nice dinner yesterday. My cousin "shared" a recipe on FB for potatoes that had my DH's tongue hanging out. Crash Hot Australian Potatoes which Shad said means Bloody Good Mate :lol: Boil some small cleaned new red potatoes until soft - about 30 minutes. Remove from water, let dry on a paper towel. Spray or lightly coat a metal baking sheet with olive oil. Put the potatoes on the sheet and smash them down with a potato masher, pot or heavy cup. They should look like a sunny egg without the yolk of course. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion salt. Add chopped fresh herbs - I used chopped chives and parsley from the garden. Top with grated cheddar cheese. Pop in a hot (450F) oven for 20 minutes until the cheese is melted and the ends crisp on the potatoes. So delicious. We had them with corn on the cob and some baked chicken thighs.

Tonight we are going to a buffet at the casino - Steak House. They will have some really good offerings so it's a light eating day for me in preparation. I have managed to lose a few pounds even though I have not been tracking on MFP - mostly because my eating is erratic due to my tooth which is why I haven't been tracking - hard to figure the calories in the local restaurant's yummy chicken and dumpling soup which has a been a staple of my eating for the last 2 weeks. :^:

Shad - hope you find something nice for the party as well as practical and usuable going forward - no Oscar ballgowns then? :dizzy: How nice to reciprocate to those who have entertained you on your last stint here. A nice way to get together one last time. Will take careful planning of menus no doubt. After the cooler, wetter climate of NZ, you may go back home and complain of the heat :lol:

Michelle - I just saw your post from yesterday which crossed in flight with mine. Holy geez louise on your spine girlfriend!!!! :yikes: :eek: Gosh no wonder you have been in such pain. And the price of those chiropractic visits - how much will your insurance cover????? And will this fix things or will your spine curve again if you should stop. :?: Wow - that's a lot to process.

Got to get a few things done here before I head off for my afternoon shift so I'll be taking leave. Have a good weekend to all and I'll catch up later.

06-13-2014, 12:04 PM
Super quick post for me...I'll post more later today or tonight.

I went to see my primary physician. We didn't even get to talk about my shoulder or my knee. She's quite concerned with my lack of mobility and lack of improvement in my back. She wanted me to get straight over to the hospital's radiology department to get a full set of x-rays, and she scheduled me for an MRI at 8:30 am (so I came into work early, and have to leave soon). I've got an appointment with a spine specialist on Tuesday afternoon.

She said that I absolutely MUST lose weight. If I don't she sees my limited mobility getting worse because of my degenerative discs. She said she wants me to do 30-60 minutes of stretching morning and night, and do some kind of cardio, preferably water aerobics, 5 days per week. She'd like me to do water aerobics or swimming every day if possible, but the recumbent bike at the gym is probably also ok. And she told me that walking is not a good exercise for me right now due to my back problems.

Oddly enough, Happy, according to the chiropractor's xrays my cervical spine is more messed up than my lumbar, but I don't really have any intense pain there, just low back, hips and legs. As for how much of the chiropractor costs the insurance I have Kaiser insurance and they don't have any chiropractors in their medical group. But they do have acupuncturists and my doc has referred me to one for an initial evaluation.

The first chiropractor I signed up with has a monthly plan...$49 per month and you get 4 visits, any additional visits are just $10. So I can afford that.

I tried to get on MFP today to log my food, and it's having problems. I'll write it down for now and record it later.

Hopefully, I'll be able to get back on here this afternoon...or if not, then tonight.

Love to all,

06-13-2014, 12:19 PM
TGIF everyone! It has been a long week and I have accomplished a lot with both my managers out. It feels good!

Well...I was disappointe when I went to TOPS last night. I knew I was going to be up. I think it was water gain, my have been tight on my fingers all week. I have had a lot of salads from places like Panera and such this week as I had a lot of working lunch meetings. I think they have a lot of sodium in them.

I won't count the gain unless I don't get it off by next weigh-in.

Happy: I haven't done much planting this year. In fact I hav two pots on my pourch and I bought them all reay potted! I'm not one to put things in the ground that I have to tend to. I perfer to put them in pots. We do have two tomato plants that my father-in-law planted.

I think I will be hitting the local farmer markets ;) It all feels very European to me to shop that way..that's my make-believe anyway!

Thanks for recipe--I think I will ask DH (he is the cook for us) to make that this weekend and give it a try. Enjoy your steak dinner tonight.

Annie: Happy Birthday girlfriend! I hope you had a wonderful day. You are a Gemini like me!

Michelle: OMGoodness about your back! No wonder you have been suffering. I am glad that your have appointment with a spine specialist on Tuesday afternoon.

Laura: I'm glad you finally feel better! That is a miserable feeling.

Shad: Have fun at the "Go live" party!

Hi Terra and CJ!

06-13-2014, 01:11 PM
Morning all. Happy Friday.

Michelle – I hope you had some time for rest and got a good night’s sleep last night. Good for you and Santa with the training. It’s such a neverending thing, huh? - practice and reinforcement. And consistency – that’s one thing bf and I lack with Coal when we walk him. We no longer require Coal to sit when we get to a crossing, but I certainly want him to stop. I try to do the command at every crossing when I walk with him, but bf…not so much – if it’s clear, they just keep walking. Sigh.

I’m glad your doctor is getting you in to see a spine specialist – she sounds very concerned about your back. I know you have the desire to get your weight down and mobility up - you can do this!!!

Happy – Sounds like the timing of the snap peas is very iffy. Does your dh mind tending the garden? What a shame your existing bbq grill can’t be repaired less expensively. But…I have an idea – remove the innards and use it for a planter, LOL. :D Wow, early yoga class. I have a harder time with Saturday morning Jazzercise class than evening exercise classes – the body just isn't awake yet! Be careful with those moves on Monday morning! We haven’t planned any vacations or short getaways this year. BF has been reluctant about doing an overnight boarding of the dog at the doggy daycare where Coal was successfully evaluated…but not long ago he suggested we get him there for some daytime sessions and then if all goes well, a single overnight session and go from there. Any trip we take will not be very long regardless. Have to save time and $$ for those cold weather getaways! I’ll also probably start looking for cheap flights to visit my mom in Sept or Oct. Those potatoes sound delish!! And so does steak – enjoy the buffet tonight.

Shad – Wow, has it really been 9 months that you’ve been over in NZ? How time flies these days! How was the “go live” party, or is that tonight?? Sounds like you’ll be busy entertaining during your last weeks on the job. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend and the weather. Re my tummy – nope, never tried any probiotics of any sort. I rarely have tummy issues and have considered myself very lucky that I don’t (didn't??) have to watch my diet from that standpoint. Watching my diet from the weight loss perspective is a whole ‘nother matter…

Susie – Glad you had a productive week at work – so nice when the bosses are out! The sodium definitely plays havoc with the scale reading. I hope next week’s weigh-in is better for you. Yes, I’m glad I’m feeling better too! :D That whole gut thing threw me off track this week – I have to get back to MFP.

Hi Ceejay, hi Annie!! How’s it going girls?
Nothing much to report. My ears feel like they have fluid building up – time to take a zyrtec. Strange, didn’t really notice allergies bothering me, but now this. Huh.

Plan for tomorrow is to go to Jazzercise in the morning. Then since I’m already in the area, I’ll return some items to Eddie Bauer – not keeping anything from the order. Bleh. The size on one thing didn't work. Another thing turned out to be soooo unflattering, and the third was a cardigan, but not a sweater, more like a t-shirt fabric. Oy.

I’m going out to my friend’s place in the afternoon and staying overnight. Not sure what we’ll get up to – the band we wanted to see is not starting until later in the evening and the place they’re playing at will be mobbed by then - special event. We’ve decided to do something else.

That’s about it for me. Everyone have a great weekend.

06-13-2014, 01:23 PM
Susie HELLO back at ya

I walked for the 1st time last night since Monday, I'll be sure to get in the habit of walking twice a day every day from now on, I'll gonna aim to walk back and forth 4 times in the morning and 4 times in the evening. The most I've done so far is 3 in the morning and 4 in the evening but I want to make a habit of doing 4 in the morning and 4 in the evening.

06-13-2014, 02:04 PM
Hi all
Yesterday was a busy day in the yard. The lawn has been mowed one more time and weed wacked. Had my lawn chair out yesterday to rest every so often and came inside but it was gone when I went back outside! The nerve of that young man. He didn't know that he was on camera! I got it back after they left across the street. My nephew's baby had viral meningitis. He was very sick in the hospital but came home this week.
I called the insurance and hospital to verify the colonoscopy. If they file it for wellness I should be okay.
Think I'll call my neighbor to see if she wants to go to Blytheville today. I want to get out of the house. Tomorrow I'm going to my uncles.

Happy belated birthday Annie.

06-14-2014, 11:37 PM
Hmmm where is every one?

06-15-2014, 12:12 AM
crazy busy day today, but lots of fun.

Didn't get home from poker 'till 12:30 am, didn't fall asleep 'till 1:30. Then up at 8 because I had to stop at the pet store to get some training stuff for Santa's obedience training class. Training class was over at 11:00, then I dropped Santa off at day care and drove 40 miles up to San Francisco to pick up a friend and we went to a Crystal Fair there. I bought some lovely clear quartz, rose quartz and amethyst pieces for really cheap. They had some expensive pieces there too, but I shyed away from it. I headed home at around 4, picked up Santa and fed him, then at 6, we went to the dog park until 7:30.

Now I should be doing website work, but I'm pretty darn tired. I'll do it in the morning.

In the afternoon, I'm meeting up with B and helping him put together a website for a mystery novel he wrote that he's going to self-publish.

Hope you all are enjoying your weekend.

Much love to all,

06-15-2014, 11:45 AM
Hello worldlies. At my friend's house being sloth-like. Yesterday was Jazzercise, return/shopping, and setting up the veggie garden. Lunch w/ bf & his mom- pizza on the patio. Nice.

Trained it out to my pal's for a lowkey evening of dinner/drinks.

Back to my tea...TTFN.

06-15-2014, 12:43 PM
Morning all,

Twice I tried to get in here and it would not let me get into the forum yesterday. I think my computer service out here is wonky. Takes a long time for pages to load and I know it's with the internet connection rather than problems on the laptop.

I worked at the shop on Friday afternoon - was unusually slow and quiet - we actually had time to do some cleaning. My partner had arranged a beautiful 5 piece, 4 place setting of Noritake china which caught my eye. I have always wanted some nice china for special occasions like Christmas but I didn't want to spend over $100 for it or buy a service for 6 or 8 that I didn't need. The china is in perfect condition and now that I think about it, the only thing missing is the cups which I don't care about since I don't use that size cups anyway. We have coffee mugs and I have a special china cup for my tea. I was very happy about that.

No one wanted to work yesterday afternoon so I stepped up and dragged DH reluctantly in with me. It helps to have someone who can help wrap or do things I can't do away from the register. It was a busy day, I was glad I had his help. I didn't sit for a minute all afternoon. I closed an hour early because we had a fancy Art for the Animals fund raising event that night. Good thing I closed early because we had a busy day - lots of cash to count and DH was helping me. He miscounted and we recounted about 4 times. The fundraiser was very successful - lots of people and a lot of people donated items. We purchased 2 art prints, a certificate for vet service for our vet which when I picked it up I noticed it was for canine not feline services but I'm sure they will honor it. (The bid card did not indicate canine). And I got this really pretty purple dragonfly art necklace and earrings. I will have to take a picture of it. I was really tired after standing all afternoon and having to wear dress shoes for a change :lol: made my feet even more tired. There were not enough tables and chairs in the event hall for everyone - they need a bigger venue - that and the fact that we ran out of advance tickets for sale said something very positive about people's willingness to support our efforts which was heartwarming.

It's stormy and rainy today - a good day to stay in and get some things done around the house. I got an email notification (thank goodness) that I have a hair appointment tomorrow. I also start my early morning yoga class 30 minutes away from here. Going to have to hustle to get from one place to the other - good thing my hairdresser is never on time. :lol:

Hope everyone is having a lovely Sunday. :flow2:

06-15-2014, 02:05 PM
I slept through my morning walk this morning Oops!!!!!!!!! I wont do it again but I'll be sure to still get my evening walk in though. I need to clean my room sometime today either before I go on my evening walk or after

06-15-2014, 04:34 PM
Morning all,
Sorry if I have been missing. For some reason I thought I had posted yesterday. Must have been the planning for the post in my head while I was cleaning the kitchen that made me think that.

The 'Go-Live' party went off okay. I am no longer enamoured about seeing my fellow works drunk and disorderly so I left around 10.30-11.00 and my friend and I walked back through town to the taxi rank near my place and she got a cab home and I walked across the road. They had finger food, most of which was fine, but a few that were hard to eat standing up with a drink in one hand. Where's one of those party plate things that hold the drink and a little tray for food and leave the other hand free when you want it?

Saturday I went for a walk up in the hills. My feet were telling me all about it when I got home. I don't think these sneakers are really good for my feet. I guess I should wear the hiking boots more often. Anyway, then I did my housework and planned my dinner party for tomorrow night and decided to go over the wharves and have a late lunch by the sea. Another five kilometers later I got some tempura fish, chips and salad and then walked slowly back to the apartment. It was a beautiful day.
Yesterday, I went to the markets and the supermarket and picked up my stuff for the week, the extras for the dinner party and some of the stuff I will need for Saturday's dinner. So tonight when I get home, I will prepare the dinner for Tuesday and leave it to marinate in the fridge overnight - we are having lamb in red wine with shallots and maybe mushrooms and some mashed potatoes and baby carrots. For dessert, I will make a Jaffa Drizzle cake and serve it with some cream. There is cheese, nuts and dried fruits for before and after. Think that should do them. Saturdays dinner is somewhat more complicated - Pork ragu on cous cous and probably Apple and Raspberry crumble for dessert. Since that lot don't eat cheese or chocolate I will have to come up with something different for starters and coffee.

That's enough food porn :censored: to be going on with I guess.

I'd better go and get on with my day. Despite the fact that I didn't overexercise yesterday, I did sleep in this morning. Too much planning going on in my head I think.

Back - as I can make it - with personals. Seems that the company have been hiding information in the cupboards somewhere and now they want it all up on the website asap - like yesterday.


06-15-2014, 10:16 PM
Happy - Did you actually buy the Noritake? I love the stuff and when I was in Japan, I went to the Noritake retail shop (expensive) and then the factory outlet (not quite so expensive). We were going to do the factory tour on my next trip up there but it didn't happen. Maybe some other time.
If you ever want to add places, you can usually get it online for a reasonable price. As I did with my mothers Wedgewood set.

Laura - sounds like you had a good weekend.

Michelle - busy weekend for you by the look of your post.

Ceejay - don't believe the neighbourhood you live in. Wonder if they would pick up a mousetrap as quickly.

Terra - looks like you are down 10lbs now. Well done. Hope you are still getting the walking in.

Annie????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????????

Susie - local farmers market for the vegetables and fruit will save you a fair amount of money over a year. I got some beans from my market last weekend. They were 2.99kg and they are not even in season. At the local supermarket they were $14.99kg. What a rip off.
I also got some daffodils at 3.00 for a bunch of 8 or 9 and at the supermarket they were 10. for 4.

Alrighty, back to work. Break and coffee are done.

06-15-2014, 10:20 PM
A nice week end with the uncles. Lunch was short of one uncle. But that's okay. This morning the phone rang at my uncles and it was very sad news. One of my aunt's had passed away. This my cousin's mother who lost his son
We had a nice lunch today with my uncles immediate family.
Back to realization tomorrow.

06-16-2014, 09:59 AM
Shad ~ Yes your right Im 10 pounds down and Yes Im still getting my walks in

In 10 mins Im gonna go on my morning walk and then of course I'll get my evening walk in today too

06-16-2014, 12:11 PM
Just a super quick check in to say Hi! :wave:

Yesterday was a difficult day for me. It's been 10 years since my dad passed away, but I still miss him every day. Some days like his birthday, Father's Day and holidays, are especially difficult.

Laura - Sounds like you had a very active Saturday. Good on ya' for getting to Jazzercise and getting the veggies planted. A relaxing Sunday at a friend's house sounds lovely.

Terra - Congrats on the weight loss! That's wonderful!! Keep up the walking and sticking to a healthy eating program.

Shad - I'm not much for drunk and disorderly crowds either so I also tend to leave parties early. Your dinner party menu sounds so delicious!! And your menu for Saturday sounds yummy too!!

Ceejay - I'm so very sorry to hear about the passing of your aunt. Sending my deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. :hug:

I'd better get to it.

Much love and many hugs to all,

06-16-2014, 02:00 PM
Sorry sweet sisters...being a bad sister here.

Thank you for all the birthday wishes and the heartfelt birthday cards. I do feel the love from you all.

Birthday was so so. Lots of FB wishes making me feel great.

Saturday was awesome, we had a party for Ainsley at Chris' parent's house. They have a build in pool and it was the perfect day for that. Yesterday was ok. C took me to have lobster and crab legs for my birthday present. yum...kind of celebrated Father's day too, his kids were non-existent and my kids were once again made him feel like an awesome dad. What the H is wrong with kids these days? (his kids)

Today spent applying for more postions and running errands. Blah. Rainy day and so hot and humid, not complaining as it beats the H out of snow..amen.

Not feeling like posting personals, I do love you all, just not chatting lately.

Thanks for putting up with my crap.

Love and hugs

06-16-2014, 03:19 PM
Afternoon all. Busy morning – the new admin started today.

Let’s see, on Sunday after lazing around most of the morning, my friend and her sister decided they’d drive me all the way home instead of just dropping me at the train. They didn’t have any other plans and there’s a grocery store by me that they like.

But before that, I dug out a clump of their hosta that D said she didn't like. It’s a variety I don’t have, so I decided to take some to plant in our yard. At least I won’t have all the same kind now, lol.

We ate lunch at the local taqueria near my house, then went back to the house. They checked out the scooter, and our new garage wall track & hooks – they’re doing a garage cleanup/reorg of their own. In exchange for their hosta, I dug up a clump of my very common hosta to give to them. They want something smaller in the spot from which I dug out their hosta. I can’t guarantee that my hosta will be successful for that spot – it's so large it looks like it’s on steroids. I dunno how it grows like that!!

After they left to go off to the grocery, I took a couple Excedrin Migraine, since I had the start of a funky TOM headache. After a bit of rest and quiet, I took doggy for his walk.

It was very windy and warm and overcast at times, but our area didn’t get the storms that were forecast. I used that forecast as an excuse not to plant the hosta or the flat of impatiens I still have sitting by the patio. Instead I turned on the AC and read my book and watched a bit of telly.

That’s about it for me. I’ll catch up on personals tomorrow. Everyone have a good day.

06-16-2014, 06:37 PM
Sounds like a fun week end.

Congrats on the 10 pound loss. Keep at it.

Michelle, Annie, Happy and Susie :wave: hello

Hadn't really felt good today. For once I'm going to be happy to have a colonoscopy done!!!!!!! My right side has really been painful today-No fever just pain. I want whatever is causing this out of there.

06-16-2014, 10:41 PM
Hi Everyone. It was a busy weekend for us. I still have my kitchen to clean thourghly. I gave it a "lick and a prayer" on Saturday but not my usually cleaning. I will get it tomorrow or Wednesday.

I cleaned up both of our cars yesterday. It felt so nice to get into clean cars this morning.

We took DH's dad to dinner last night for Father's Day.

Monday's are always busy at work and today held true. I came home and worked from 7-9:15 p.m. We have a department meeting on Thursday and I am the one who owns the PowerPoint and getting the contect--so there is that as well as calendars and also our fiscal ends at the end of the budget reports are being ran and looked at every day.

Happy: So nice to hear the fund rasiers were succesful. Did you buy that china that you have your eye on? How was the new yoga class?

Ceejay: Sorry to hear you still aren't feeling well. When is your procedure scheduled?

Shad: How are the feet feeling? I am like you, I don't care to be around drunk co-workers. I also put in my apperance and get a coke and then leave.

Michelle: Sorry to hear that yesterday was difficult for you. I know how that goes. It's been 17 years since I lost my dad and Father's Day always gets me too. :hug:

Annie: It's good to see you here. Don't worry about being chatty for personals...just keep checking in when you can and updating us. We love ya!

Terra: Have you tried the DVD yet?

Laura: I love your "lazy" day yesterday. I hope the headache is better.

I am going to sign off and get ready for bed. I hope to hit the treadmill in the morning before work.

If I am missing a day or two this week, know that I'm dealing with PowerPoints for Thursday meetings and I will be here for sure after that. I will try to check in daily though.

06-17-2014, 11:54 AM
Good morning ladies,

Yesterday, I ended up working a little late, only 20 minutes which is no big deal, but it was enough to make me question whether or not I'd get to water aerobics on time, and, therefore, whether or not I should go. I'm one of those people who just hates to be late. But I decided that being a few minutes late is better than not going at all. I ended up joining the class just 5 minutes late and got a great workout. I really enjoy water aerobics!

Today, I'm leaving work at 3 to see a spine specialist. He should have the results of the x-rays and MRI. It will be interesting to hear what he has to say.

Annie - Glad that you had a good weekend, celebrating Ainsley, and your kids making C feel like an awesome dad. Bummer that you're having hot, humid, rainy weather. Is it any better today?

Laura - So nice of your friends to drive you home and how nice that you had a hosta exchange. Sounds like a lovely, relaxing Sunday. I hope your work week is going well.

Ceejay - I honestly didn't mind the colonscopy, it was the preparation the night before that was awful! I hope you're feeling less pain and that the doc is able to figure out what's going on. When do you have your procedure or next doctor appointment?

Susie - You work so hard during the day and in the evenings. I hope your employer appreciates all you do. So nice that you celebrated father's day with your DH's dad. Did you get up early to do the treadmill today?

Happy - So, did you buy the china? How is the weather up your way?

:wave: to Shad and Terra!

Much love,

06-17-2014, 01:48 PM
CJ ~ Thanks, I would of loved to be 287 like I thought I was but oh well I know I'll get there

Susie ~ Nope not yet, We havent had any rain since I got it

Michelle ~ H-I-!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I cleaned my room Sunday afternoon so its all clean I just need to vacuum it now which I will probably do sometime today, I also need to give my dog Clyde a bath sometime today too.

06-17-2014, 02:58 PM
Afternoon all. Or it will be by the time I post this…

Terra – Dog baths are no fun. We take our guy to the grooming area at petco, where we bathe him ourself using their facilities. We pay about $15 to do that, but it's better than getting our tub all dirty…

Michelle – You sound like you had a really busy weekend. I like amethyst – are you displaying your purchases at home somehow? Glad you made it to the water aerobics class last night!! Hope the appointment with the spine specialist goes well today.

Happy – How was the buffet the other night? Everyone wants to know – did you buy that china set? Nice to have something special. I love kitchen gadgets and all the pretty tableware, etc. I just have to stay away from that sort of thing because it sure takes up the storage space. I already have my grandma’s old china…Great that the fundraiser did so well. How was your yoga class yesterday? Hope you aren’t too sore today!!

Shad – Glad the go-live party went alright and you got yourself out of there before things got nutty.

Dang it, forgot about an appointment at the bank. Better get over there. Grrrr.

Okay, I’m back.

So Shad – is there any Jaffa Drizzle cake left – that’s something orange-y, correct? Sounds delish. How did your first of the two dinner parties go? The menu sounds wonderful.

Ceejay – My condolences on the passing of your aunt. Are you feeling better yet? Your appendix is on your right side, I know that now after bf going through his appendectomy. When’s your colonoscopy? I was ready to go that route last week when my gut was giving me grief…

Susie – Nice you cleaned up the cars. We don’t get our car very messy, but we really do need to have the car detailed. Hope you have a good work week – sounds like a busy one for sure. Did you get on the treadmill this morning??

Annie – your weekend sounds nice. Happy belated b-day to Ainsley – a pool party sounds so fun. I’m glad you and your kids made C’s father’s day special for him. I forget when your trip to St. Louis is – it’ll be nice to get away for a bit, huh?

The new admin started yesterday. Of course she doesn’t have access to our department’s network drive yet – honestly, you’d think that would be part of what HR arranges when a change like this happens. Sigh. Anyway, I think she’ll do well.

I didn’t do much last night after work, though I did finish the book I was reading. On to the next.

I woke up early this morning (I guess it’s the norm now), so I actually got myself to the basement to do one of my Body Electric workouts. Whoo! Short but sweet. My shoulders/upper back might be sore tomorrow…

Nothing planned for tonight. I should change clothes as soon as I get home and get out and plant my flowers & hosta. Hopefully it won’t be raining by then.

Okay, back to it. :comp:

06-17-2014, 04:34 PM
Morning all,
If I don't get this done now, early in the morning, I just don't seem to get back here at all. So like exercise, it has gotta be done early.

Dinner party went off well last night. As per normal, I cooked too much and will be eating it until the next dinner party. The Jaffa Drizzle cake I brought in to work with me this morning. They can eat it up. Here is the recipe if you are interested.
I found that the lamb in red wine wasn't as nice as I had made it in Aus but it was still tasty. There is a lot of left overs. Some will get frozen for next weeks meals. None of us can eat as much as we used to.

Laura - glad to hear that the admin is doing okay. It might take some work off your shoulders.

Susie - maybe you should ask for a part time assistant to take some of the work off your plate - or maybe you like being overloaded?

Michelle - what results from the Spine man.?

Annie - good to have you in here. Glad the birthdays were good for you all.

Ceejay - Hope the procedure goes off okay and that there is nothing serious coming up.

Terra - hope you got all your walks in today.

Better go look at what I have on my plate to do today. Only 16 working days left to freedom. And from some of the news out of the Aus Govt yesterday, I may have to shift back here permanently - or become a tax resident over here. B?st*rds.

06-17-2014, 06:47 PM
My colonoscopy is on July 8th. I'm feeling better and my side is not hurting as bad is sore but still swollen. I'm praying it's not my appendix. I'm thinking the diverticulitis is acting up again. Sometimes that can be rough. But who knows until the procedure.
I've done some research on my throat closing shut. And what an ear, nose and throat dr on line said sounds logical to me. Someone else had asked the same question with the same symptoms. I'm seeking a second opinion cause that wasn't the first time that happened. It's due to the larynx something touch it such as sinus drainage or small particle of food or even acid reflux.
I've made up my mind for sure that I'm retiring at 65. My sister can't make me work till I'm 66.
Thanks for the condolences for my aunt. She was a good person. She will be missed. Felt so sorry for my cousin. This is the one who lost his son a couple of months ago.

Good for you for doing your exercise early.

Hm, you reminded me that I have a couple of slices of cake in the fridge.
At least you will not have to cook for awhile.

I wish I could work from home. Maybe when I retire.

Annie, Happy, and Terra, Hello :wave:

06-17-2014, 07:56 PM
Laura ~ Thats cool, Clyde is a small dog so Im able to give him a bath in the kitchen sink instead of having to get on my knees to give him a bath in the bathtub.

Shad ~ Nope not yet, I still need to go on my evening walk which I will at 8:30 pm and its 5:54 pm right now so I have a few more hours yet


06-17-2014, 10:07 PM
HI Everyone. Just got the kitchen cleaned up from dinner. DH made tacos. I have rice and mushrooms in mine instead of beef or chicken.

I didn't make it to the treadmill this morning. I just couldn't get out of bed. But I did the Walking DVD (2 mile) when I got home tonight.

I am finding that while I'm getting more exercise now I'm not as careful with my food. I really need to put the two together.

Today at work for the site Admin Team we had a class about how to get others to value you. It was all about the way we communicate with people.

This is what I learned1.When you are heard and comprehended it increases your value
2. If you wan to be heard, youcan't speak your language, you have to speak their language.
3. To know the language of the person you are trying to influence you need to become more of a people watcher and a people studier. You do this by being a student of people, observing them, and talking to those who know the person you want to influcene.
4. Remember that speaking more words doesn't help you communicate.
5. Remember that features tell but benefits sell! To influence you must be able to talk the benefits that it brings to the person you want to influence.

It was a interesting training. All based on the "Love Language technique".

Michelle: Good for you for going ahead and going to that class! What did you find out at your appointment today?

Shad: It would be nice if I could have part-time assistant but we are having to cut two heads from the Department for next fiscal to make our headcount way would I get even another part-time Admin for the Dept, much less to help me.

We have 3 Admins (including me) taking care of a department of 95 people, 12 that are managment level. I think that makes our jobs secure! I don't mind being busy but working late at night and through lunches day in and day out gets old. But if you don't do it then one gets behind and supporting a Director and a Associate Director I can't get behind.

Laura: Did you get your planting done? We keep having a lot of rain off and on and when it isn't raining it's 90 outside!

Hi Happy, Annie, Terra, CJ!

06-18-2014, 08:50 AM
Susie ~ HELLO back at you

I still need to take a shower,vacuum my room and give Clyde a bath, I get online and time just slips away LOL. Im gonna go for my evening walk at 8:00 am and its 6:43 am right now so I still have a few hours before Im gonna go on my morning walk and then of course I'll walk at 8:30 tonight too.

06-18-2014, 12:13 PM
Morning all. The other three are at a volunteer event today. Pretty quiet around here.

Terra – Nice you can bathe Clyde without too much trouble. Yeh, online time just seems to fly by!

Susie – Very interesting points about communication. Haha, I know someone here at work that doesn’t know #4. Yum, tacos. Love ‘em. Three people supporting 12 managers?!?!?! Wow, that’s a lot of work, but like you say – job security.

Ceejay – Glad you’re feeling a bit better. Do you change your diet when you think the diverticlulitis is acting up?

Shad – Glad the dinner party went well. Thanks for posting the cake recipe – my bf likes orange pound cake – I bet he’d like this cake. I had to look up golden caster sugar though. Not a US thing. Only 16 more days for you – whoohoo! Bummer about the tax thing, but there’s no doubt you somehow pay at least your share if not more, and certainly in a complex way only tax people can dream up.

Happy –What are you up to? I hope the skeeters haven’t gotten so much of your blood you’re off to the hospital for a transfusion…

Michelle – How did the spine dr appointment go?

Hi Annie!

I did get out and plant last night, but only the 4 planters that go on the window ledges outside the kitchen. I still have the rest of the flat of impatiens to plant as well as the new hostas.

I have a ton of pruning and shrub trimming to do. Did I ever mention that I thought the rechargeable battery to our “shrubber” fell out and was lost? Not having come across it, we finally went to the user manual on Sunday to look up the part number so we could order a new one. That’s when I finally realized the spot where I thought the battery had fallen out of was not for a battery, but for a long handle attachment (the cap to this opening came off). Doh. :doh: The battery on this thing is internal and not removable, and all that’s needed to recharge it is to plug it in! We have another household gadget, the “scumbuster” (for cleaning tub/tile) that has a battery that I was confusing with that of the shrubber. What a dufus I am, but at least we don’t need to buy a battery for this thing. And I can get out and trim the shrubs! I love my little shrubber!

That’s about it for me. Everyone have a good day.

06-18-2014, 02:01 PM
Hi Ladies,

Yes I bought the china. It has delicate blue flowers with a few small lilac flowered accents. It's really pretty and I love it. (


06-18-2014, 02:14 PM
Sorry I haven't been around - I have been having trouble accessing this site - my browsers - both of them - keep giving me page not found when I went to the forum part of the website. Wasn't sure if 3FC was down or if it was me. I think we are having issues here. :(

Been a busy couple of days - I worked on Friday. Also stepped up to work Saturday afternoon as we had no one who could come in and that's one of our busiest days of the week. I made DH come in with me and I'm glad he did - we were busy and he had to run and help out with a few things, plus he is an expert package wrapper! He made some notecards with a few of his butterfly and bird wildlife pictures and donated them to the Humane Society. They all sold and he was quite pleased about that. People commented how lovely his pictures were. I know it made him feel good. Saturday night we went to a Humane Society fundraiser. It was very successful - perhaps their best to date. It just was not fun standing around in dress shoes all night - they didn't have enough tables and chairs and people who got them hogged them all evening. I had stood all afternoon working at the shop so my feet were pretty tired by the time we got dressed to go. Plus I can't tell you the last time I wore "dress shoes" so my feet were screaming by the end of the night. But it was a good time. Sunday we tried a new place for lunch - had the most delicious prime rib sandwich and broasted chicken - we shared dishes. It was nice to get out with DH - he's been working hard and I have spent too much time at the thrift shop. Monday I went to yoga in the morning, raced back to get to my hair appointment in town and stopped for a minute to grab a quick yogurt to tide my tummy over. When I got back in the car something didn't sound right so I pulled over and had a flat tire. :( I'm just glad it didn't blow as I was doing 60 on the road coming back into town. :yikes: I pulled into the thrift shop parking lot, called DH and walked over to my appointment. DH was at home waiting for our new bbq grill to be delivered so he could not come to my rescue right away. I spent the afternoon at the shop which worked out well - it gave the regular cashier time to price and she and J cleared out one of the rooms for donations. I worked yesterday and had lunch with the president of the Humane Society - we talked about the road trip we had to the other thrift shop last week. Good meeting. Then I came back to the shop and covered the afternoon as neither shift person made it in. There is a bad cold / flu virus going around and whomever gets it, it knocks the stuffing out of you. Two volunteers have it so I'm glad they did not come into the shop and give it to us!

I am home today and tomorrow and will buckle down and get some things done around the house and get my few flowers and herbs planted.

06-18-2014, 02:24 PM
Good morning ladies,

Sorry for the late-ish check-in. D had cataract surgery on his right eye this morning. It went well, and even though the eye is irritated, dilated and the vision is blurry, it's still much better than with the cataract. The doc said he'd be fine on his own at home, so after driving him to the hospital, waiting during the surgery and driving him home, I went in to work (only 2 hours late). I had told my boss about the surgery and that I wasn't sure how long I'd be but that I'd be in before lunch time. I didn't want to take a whole day off if he didn't need me because I don't have that much vacation time, and I'm going to need a day off for a procedure of my own in the near future, which is a nice segue into my spine specialist appointment,

As suspected, he confirmed that I have a bulging lumbar disc at L4-L5 which is pinching a nerve, and he said that I have "nerve clumping" in my spinal column. Which is where, in most people, the nerves have plenty of room to flow freely...some of mine are clumped together. I haven't done a lot of research on this yet, but he said that and the pinched nerve were the causes of my pain. He strongly suggested an epideral injection (which is a combination of lidocaine to numb and steroid to relieve the swelling and pain). Over the past year, I have spoken to many people in my physical therapy back class and in water aerobics and they had great relief from the epideral.

It's just a stop-gap measure. It will wear off in a few months to a year. He said the best think I can do to alleviate my pain is lose a significant amount of weight (same thing my primary physician said). He happens to be one of the two Medical Directors of the Opti-Fast program for my medical group, and he highly recommends it. He said they he has seen tremendous success in both losing weight and keeping it off...including countless people who have lost 100+ lbs. I told him that I was considering it and also considering bariatric surgery. He said that my medical group requires that people lose at least 10% of their body weight prior to bariatric surgery, and many people choose Opti-Fast as a way to do that. In fact he's seen numerous people cancel their bariatric surgery because of the tremendous success they had with Opti-Fast. Opti-Fast also includes weekly group support and frequent blood tests to monitor everything.

So the good news is that now I have possible ways to help alleviate the pain short-term and long-term. I was talking with B who is disabled due to a cancerous nerve sheath tumor he had removed from his leg nearly a year ago. They had to cut through all the muscle and because he's diabetic the wound still hasn't healed. He told me that I might have to accept that I might have to live with this limited mobility for the rest of my life, and I told him that I'm not willing to go there. His situation is different from mine. None of my muscle tissue has been compromised. The doctors say I'll do better if I lose the weight, so that's what I have to do.

I'm going to an informational meeting about Opti-Fast on Saturday morning, and I'm trying to get registered for an informational meeting about bariatric surgery.

I understand these are both extreme measures and I know that they both require drastic lifestyle changes. I've been talking extensively to people who have done both with great success, and I'm aware that unless I stick with proper eating it's very easy to gain it all back. I'm just not willing to live in pain or to have my mobility limited any longer.

BTW, after I saw the spine specialist, I went to the chiropractor and told her the results of the MRI and got an adjustment, then I went to the gym and did 1/2 hour on the recumbent bike.

Well, I'd best get some work done.

Much love to all,

06-18-2014, 03:02 PM
On to personals - didn't want to lose my post so I cut it into smaller posts.

Clyde must be a popular dog name right now. Terra's dog is the 3rd Clyde I know of. Seems like you are an early riser Terra - good for you.

Funny comment Laura about the mosquitoes. It sure seems that way and we've had intermittent rain which isn't helping much. More dragonflies are coming out though which is a good thing. Whey what a relief about not losing that rechargeable battery - they sure can be pricey! That's nice that you could trade off the hostas - they like shade, don't they? I was looking at the west side of our house which I rarely do and was delighted to see that we have some lily of the valleys springing up. I guess they got lost in all the over grown foliage or survived DH's buzz cut - everything's a weed to him :lol: Hope you're not too sore this morning from your workout.

Susie - interesting that you comment if you're doing good on exercise, then the food gets a bit lax. I find the same thing. Not a conscious intentional thing - ie I'm burning more calories so I can eat more - just seems like something that happens. Like the communications advice - thank you for sharing. I have to work on number 4 - I tend to give long winded answers or over explain and I need to be mindful of that. Sometimes a short answer seems so... abrupt. :lol: That's a very small group of people to support such a large staff. When I was last working we pretty much were expected to do our own admin stuff - the real admins were supporting the managers. Still think it's terrible that they cut staff and expect you all to do the work of 3 people but that's today's business world. The hours that you put in should be occasional - not typical. But at least you like your job and that's what matters.

Why does the zoom keep reducing when I type here? The screen resolution gets so small I can't see it and I have to keep resetting it. It only seems to happen on this site. VERY ANNOYING :mad: I may have discovered the answer. I disabled my touch pad when I have an external mouse. I think the touchpad was causing the problem...

Ceejay- my condolences on the loss of your aunt. Seems like the family shrinks and you are just left with men. Better take care of YOURSELF - :D I'm glad you got your colonoscopy scheduled. At least you can get your mind at ease and once you've had it - you're done for 5 or 10 years.

Shad - your Jaffa cake sounds divine. I looked up castor sugar - Castor sugar may not be easy to track down, but it is easy to make. In fact, it's really nothing more than granulated sugar that has been ground to a super-fine consistency. So you can make castor sugar by pulsing it in a food processor - I guess it's like cake flour - a finer version (no pun intended) than regular white flour. So what's this about shifting quarters? Is the government fussing with the super annuation? (forgive me if I spelled it wrong). That would certainly put a kink in the plans, eh? I am trying to negotiate on Ebay for 3 extra serving pieces for the china - not interested in a bunch of the stuff like creamers and sugar bowls but I would like some serving bowls and platters. I agree that the outlets are the place to shop for the china - there is one Mikasa outlet but it is clear at the other end of the state, nearer to Chicago. I guess with names like Noritake and Mikasa - Japan has taken over the china market from Britain? Used to be fine English bone china.

Michelle - fingers crossed that the results of your spine MRI are not that bad. Glad you decided to go to your water class. I can understand not wanting to come in late - I try to be the same. The only time I don't like late comers is in the beginning of yoga when we are calming into the practice and some bozo comes clomping in late and makes a huge noise setting up and walking very close to our heads (we are lying down). Hugs on missing your Dad :hug: I know what you mean about missing them. :^:

Annie - glad you had a good birthday - what a great seafood dinner. How nice that they had a fun party for Ainsley - how can you go wrong with a pool? :lol: Still hoping something comes your way on the job front. I think something is wrong in this country when you can't find work. :(

Ok, I am hungry as a bear and spent all morning on the computer so it's time for me to get off my duff. We are having steaks for dinner on the new grill so I need to eat some light lunch soon so that I have room for a bigger dinner. Have a good day all.

06-18-2014, 03:16 PM
Michelle - just read your post about your back. It reminds me of a friend's situation as well as one of DH's cousins. Both elected bariatric surgery to get off the significant weight for back problems. It has helped their back pain tho of course not 100 percent, nor are they feeling like they did in their 20's although of course that is an unrealistic expectation. I applaud you for looking at various options. I have toyed with the idea of bariatric surgery myself - not sure it's right for me. I wondered if I had the ability to be able to stick with restricting my food after surgery since I am awful :o about sticking to a diet program for any length of time. Yes this is hard to admit but I have to be honest with myself. Keep us posted on what's going on.

06-18-2014, 04:52 PM
Happy - I totally hear you about difficulty sticking to a diet program. I almost posted that "I am willing to do ANYTHING" to relieve my back pain, then I caught myself "except stick to a :censored: eating and exercise plan". So I'm thinking I'll do better with either or both of these two very drastic measures. Sadly, if I don't do Opti-Fast, I'm not even sure I could get off the preliminary 10% that bariatric surgery requires. And it will be dang hard to not eat any solid food for 4 months, and only little bits for several months after that as I transition. I'm not sure when it starts, but there will be summer BBQs, D's father's wedding in August, my vacation in September (which includes a wedding)...during all of these I'll only be able to have my Opti-Fast liquid. As for bariatric surgery, there's really no choice in eating less and avoiding fatty or sugary food because if you don't eat right, you risk "dumping syndrome", which means that if it's overly fatty or sugary or is greater than the size of the new stomach (the size of an egg), it's coming out. Thanks for the anecdotal evidence of the weight loss alleviating your friend and your DH's cousin's back pain.

06-18-2014, 05:03 PM
Morning all,
Nothing doing on the western front today. There is a beautiful sunrise about to happen and I have some work to do. Grateful for small miracles.

Castor sugar comes in packets over here. To be honest, I'm not exactly sure what the difference is. Probably it is a finer crystal. Provided you thoroughly mix everything, I really don't see it making a huge difference - maybe the cake will be a little grainier??? As for golden castor sugar - no such thing here so I just used the white stuff. Works for me and the guys at work love the cake.

Seems the thing that the government of Australia has passed is to do with the fact that prior to 2001 New Zealanders were treated like honorary Australians (well sort of) and we could pick up pensions etc. After that time, the Kiwis who came to Aus had the benefits slowly eroded and there is none of the stuff we had prior to that date. I will have to research it when I get home. Mainly of course it is that some of us did not take out citizenship and I guess the powers that be have suddenly decided to make an example out of us - and that includes me. I will check it out and see if I can live with it, or whether I will just pack up and come back to NZ and see out my working life here and apply for the pension when I need that - which I think I can do now anyway. 65 is pension age in NZ. Not that I could live entirely on the pension but I do have savings even if not enough to see me into senility.

Happy - I came across this site. You have to know the pattern number which I guess should be stamped on the base. to see what is available - there are thousands of patterns and I didn't even get past the 'A' names to find yours. Hence it would be easier with the pattern number.
Noritake and Mikasa appear to be the Japanese fine china and some of it is very fine indeed. I just loved the one I saw at Meiji Mura in Japan which was cobalt blue and gold on a stark white background. However I have never pursued it because when I looked it up at the Noritake shop, I nearly fell over at the number of zero's on the end of the Yen - it was in the tens of thousands of Yen. Considering 100Y is worth about a dollar - the maths were not favourable. You can still get fine English china - Wedgewood are still around and so is Royal Doulton and a few others, but again they are pricey. You probably need a Princes salary for a Royal Doulton dinner set.

Susie - I really worry about you and your work. There is absolutely no life balance in there at all. But at least you love your job. I do some very long hours but only for short periods of time. Then I have downtime.

Ceejay - sorry to hear about the Aunts passing. Please pass on my condolences to the family.

Michelle - Sorry to hear about the back. The only thing you can do is to work hard on it and lose some of that weight. There is little we can do about the bunched up nerves, it is probably a genetic thing. My ex had a similar problem with several nerves emerging from the spine in the same place. This made it especially easy to get a pinched nerve if he stretched up to hard, or twisted without thinking. So we will expect to crown you the weight loss queen very soon??
I've just read your last post and I am sure that even with the optifast you would be able to eat small amounts of food on special occasions. Best you talk to Annie re the Bariatric stuff. I have friends who have had the band inserted, with varying results. One thing I have learned from both diets of shakes and drinks and from the lapband procedure is that it does not teach you to eat well. It just limits what you put in your mouth be it good or bad.

Laura - I love it when everyone leaves me alone in the office. I can get more work done, and I can sneak into the internet as well! :nono:

Okay - the system has given me a message that it has a problem and has to close, click retry to try and get back your internet page. I've achieved that once, but don't feel like losing this post if it happens a second time. So I'm out of here. Apologies to anyone I have missed.

06-18-2014, 06:40 PM
Hello all. Shad's prod about lurkers popping in finally got to me, and here I am.

Michelle, last year I was very much immobilized and on some heavy duty opioids for sciatica caused by a herniated disc. I went for a total of three epidurals, and while the first two did nothing the third (a year ago tomorrow) was like a miracle. It's not a cure, I still have trouble sitting for very long, but I was able to go back to working occasionally and am completely off the pain meds. So I highly recommend giving epidurals a try, the treatment gave me back my life and has already lasted a year instead of the six month max they talked about.

So what else is new? Well, thanks to back pain and gluttony I had gained a ton of weight, then one day I bought an ipad and took a selfie. EEEEK!! So towards the end of December I started to track everything I ate on MFP and it has worked so far. I'm still overweight - in fact about ten lbs more than when I last saw Shad - but I'm down almost forty pounds and still working on it. Of course it's a lot easier to restrict calories when you live alone and also when you don't mind eating somewhat repetitively...

Not much else to say for now. Greetings to Happy, Shad, Ceejay, Laura, Annie and Michelle, and hello to the newest member of the thread Terra. I'll probably go back to lurking but wanted to tell Michelle about my success with the epidural

06-18-2014, 06:44 PM
Oops - hello also to Susie who joined the thread since I last made an appearance. My apologies if I missed anyone else!

06-18-2014, 07:54 PM
Is Castor sugar from the Castor Bean? So you are thinking of moving to New Zealand.

Hello stranger. Good to see you posting.

I'm definitely a people watcher. But the other things on the list I need to work on. And I agree that I'm in the same boat when exercising and dieting.

At least you have a diagnosis for the cause of your back pain. ((hugs)) I know for a fact that I couldn't do the Opti Fast program. Anything that restrictive sends me on a binge.

Steaks sound good to me right now. Your DH may have found himself a new business in dealing with the note cards etc. I like the china pattern. And I'm most definitely taking better care of myself. Heart disease runs in my moms side of the family.

I wish I had the gumption to plant some things but it doesn't pay anymore to have anything outside with out some one destroying it or taking it. Yes, I do change the diet accordingly to the symptoms. Guess I should just stick to the diet but it's really strict. Glad you are feeling better. It's nice to just laze around for a day.

When I first saw the name Clyde I thought it said Claude which is the name of my nieces dog. What type of dog is he/she?

How are things going?

Whew, the health department inspector has come and gone and he was very particular. He left after 4 p.m. My friend was telling me some of the things but didn't know all. B was having to deal with him. Of all things our lime machine is down and that room was a total disaster. I'm having to hand feed it every 15 minutes. The machine is feeding into a pan that is catching the lime but I'm having to put it in the flash mixer.
I woke up this morning at 4 a.m. and couldn't go back to sleep so I pulled the bike into the living room and rode for 20 minutes. My bike is beginning to make a squeaky noise and I sometimes can hear my neighbors alarm clock. I think the maintenance man is helping to control my eating at work.
The main thing I'm doing now is trying to build the vitamins and minerals back into my body. Every time the doctor checks something it's extremely low.
Going to call tomorrow to make hotel reservations for next week end. If they have single adjoining rooms that's what I'm going to book. I told my sis that I think we needed separate rooms instead of me stay in a room with them. They need their privacy as I do my own.
It's time for me to make my last round for the day. I know that my co-worker isn't going to be to happy about the lime procedure. But it is what it is. I just hope we have enough lime in the hopper to finish out the week end. Water usage is beginning to pick up.

06-19-2014, 01:21 PM
Morning all. Weird weather here – it was rather hot and humid yesterday and then a cold front came through last night. This morning it’s overcast, and out by me it was chilly, damp, and misty. I don’t think we’re getting much rain out of these systems/fronts that have been coming through. I better keep on top of the watering.

Happy – Ooh, pretty china. :) I hope you can pick up the other pieces you want. I have a very plain set of Pfaltzgraff stoneware I bought at Kohl’s and Pfalt. eventually discontinued it. I must have bought a few serving pieces directly from them previous to that because when they discontinued it, they actually notified me in writing with an offer to buy some pieces they were clearing out. I used to like getting their catalogs – unbelievable how many serving pieces and other accessories they offered in some of their most popular patterns.

Good of dh to help you at the store. Bummer about the flat tire. Do you know what caused it? How was steak on the new grill?? :hun:

Yes, hostas love shade. I have a bunch of them going gangbusters in the gangway on the north side of our garage. Lucky you, I love lilies of the valley. Make sure you show dh what they look like so he knows they aren’t a weed!!

Michelle – Sorry to hear you have the double whammy with your spine – the bulging disc and the clumped nerves. Are you scheduled for the epidural yet? I hope it brings you some good relief. How does that differ from the other injections you’ve had – were those to block the nerves? I can’t recall. :?: Your weight loss strategy sounds like it’ll be extremely challenging, but if you want the pain relief and increased mobility enough, you can certainly make it happen. It does, however, go back to long-term lifestyle changes…we all know that struggle. Just know we're all with you!!! :hug:

Shad – Sort of disconcerting how changes in the Oz govt could cause you to make a move back to NZ. How long have you lived in Oz? I assume it was a while before 2001? Re castor sugar – we do have “superfine” sugar here – I have a small box of it for when we make homemade iced tea or lemonade.

Hi Carla!! :wave:

Ceejay – Are you glad you didn’t have to deal with the health department inspector? :D I hope there weren’t too many “findings”. Oh, another visit with your sister? Nice to have a getaway to look forward to. :yes:

Hi Susie, hi Terra! :wave:
Nothing much to report. I did a load of laundry last night. I did a couple sets of knee pushups. I want to get back to that. Planks too. I came across a plank workout in the May issue of Real Simple magazine at the salon last week. I can view it online, but I think I’d rather go to the library and check out that issue of the magazine to make a photocopy of it – I like how it’s all on a single page and it’ll be a handy reference. I was tempted to tear it out of the salon’s magazine, but decided that wouldn’t be very nice of me…after all, it’s not my magazine.

I was awake early again today and did another BE workout before getting ready for work. I wasn’t sore from the last workout. My triceps might be sore from today’s. I’ll probably have to use heavier hand weights going forward. I’m currently doing the “unplugged” BE 2000 series and the workouts don’t seem to pack in as many routines as previous series do. And I think I do miss the music (this is the version that was sold without the music so there wouldn’t be any music royalty issues). Glad I was able to record the entire 1900 series when they aired on tv and don’t have to worry about that. By the way, I did finally obtain the set list for the entire 2000 series from Margaret Richard’s company, so I could ostensibly obtain the music on my own to play along with the workout.

I’m going to go to a WW meeting at lunchtime. I’ll just pay for a single meeting. I learned that the WW reimbursement plan at work requires a 3-month minimum monthly pass purchase. Not sure if I can buy those online only, or at the meeting location. I’ll ask today. I’m sort of losing my steam for WW now, so I’m thinking I might take a break from it because right now all it’s doing is making me feel guilty that I’m not working the program wholeheartedly.
Nothing planned for tonight except for a brow appointment. I’ll probably try to do another load of laundry. I will also try to get more planting done, weather permitting.

Okay, gonna get this posted before more interruptions come my way. TTFN.

06-20-2014, 11:09 AM
CJ ~ He's a long haired chihuahua, Pure Bred

Laura & Carla ~ Hi

I didnt have time to get my morning walk in this morning but I will be sure to get it in tomorrow and I'll be sure to get my evening walk in tonight as well.

06-20-2014, 11:48 AM
Happy Friday, Ladies!

I took yesterday off to take D to his post-op appointment with his doc. He gets his other eye done on July 11. In the afternoon, I went to an introductory class about weight loss surgery, which was ok. I think I learned one or two things, but mostly it covered things I heard about from friends (thank you, Annie), my niece who is a Dietician at Kaiser in Southern Cal, and info I found online. Anyway, the class is required as a first step for anyone considering weight loss surgery. The next step is get a referral for surgery from my primary physician and then to take the surgery overview class which is conducted by a dietician and goes into more details, then to meet with the surgeon, and all that stuff.

I'm going to wait to ask my doc for a referral until next week, as I'm going to an intro class on Saturday for the "Medical Weight Management Program" (Opti-Fast).

D really wants me to do Opti-Fast first as he doesn't think it's smart to have surgery to resize and reroute my internal organs without first trying to lose weight by any means (meaning Opti-Fast or any other means) while keeping my body in-tact. I understand his concern. I also know that he has not been with me through my weight loss struggles and increasing pain these past 10 years since I hurt my back. It's a lot to think about. I didn't fall asleep until nearly midnight last night because I was thinking about this.

I'll try and get back in later to do personals.

Much love to all,

06-20-2014, 12:46 PM
Morning all. Happy Friday!

Terra - "Life" can really get in the way of an exercise routine - we just have to work around it as best we can. :running:

Michelle - I hope D's eye is doing well after surgery. Re the bariatric surgery - I suppose it's only logical to try the least invasive, least extreme measures first before considering surgery, so D's concern is for you is natural. But you're right - D doesn't know your entire background of past struggles with weight loss and your back injury. I'm sure you're giving this very serious consideration, and I'm sure you'd love to discover that Optifast turns out to be the thing to achieve your weight loss goals and that surgery was not necessary...I'd love that for you too!!

Hellos to the rest of the Worldlies!!
Nothing much to report. This weekend is the grand opening celebration of our village's new dog park. BF and I will go there by ourselves since we need to pick up the key fob anyway, but since there may be a LOT of dogs there on opening day, we'll leave Coal at home.

Poor Coal ate something that upset his tummy - he was throwing up his food yesterday. Dinner was half his usual amount, and so was breakfast this morning. Poor baby, I hope he didn't get something that can't find its own way out of his body. We always worry about that. Did I tell you that he found not one, but two butcher bones that looked like another dog had been chewing??? How in the world does that stuff get into our yard??!! We have some adjacent neighbors with young kids...who knows what they do when they're out playing in the yard.

That's about it for me. Jazzercise class tomorrow morning. No other plans, but we really need to do some grocery shopping!!!


06-20-2014, 12:57 PM
Laura - Oh no, Poor Coal! I sure hope he feels better very soon. Thank you for your thoughtful comments. You're right, D's concern is because he loves me, and I appreciate his concern. My sister, who did Opti-Fast successfully and kept nearly 100 lbs off for 3 years (and then gained some of it back), said she'd recommend having surgery over Opti-Fast. Her daughter (my niece) had gastric bypass (RNY) and it saved her life. My niece is no taller than me and was around 300 lbs. I don't know how much my niece lost, but she looks and feels great, and is having a very healthy pregnancy (she's due in a couple weeks). Another difference between Opti-Fast and surgery is that my insurance covers surgery (out of pocket would be around $100, maybe slightly more). My insurance doesn't cover Opti-Fast (out of pocket would be around $4,000 or more). D thinks it doesn't make sense to have organs resized, rerouted and removed to save money. I understand his concern. I am giving this careful and serious consideration...there is so much to think about and research.

06-21-2014, 12:26 AM
I've been busy the past couple of days cleaning and rearranging furniture. Think I'm going to give up mowing my lawn And see if my co-worker will mow it. Almost over did it yesterday.
Speaking of co-workers I was shocked to see my boss on the news tonight. Some one has been hiding 100$ bills around town. He found one of them this week.

You've got a lot of thinking to do concerning the RNY. I've about given up on my own body. I literally have to starve myself to lose weight but right now I need to get healthy again on the inside.
I'm thinking about calling the Metabolic Research Center to try this again. With that program I could lose weight, yes its going to be expensive but to me it will be worth it. But mainly it's a very low carb plan.

Who would throw their bones over the fence! Hope Coal feels better.

I haven't gone back to read but will later.

06-21-2014, 10:22 AM
Happy ~ Thats cool that Im the 3rd person you know with a dog named Clyde

Laura ~ I agree

My day started at 6:30 am even though I set my alarm for 6:00 am, I didnt hear my alarm go off at 6:00 so when I woke up it was 6:30 but anyway so far today I've taken my pills and thats it, Before I went for my morning walk I put Clyde outside. I just got back from my morning walk. Im also gonna take a shower and give Clyde a bath today and go for my evening walk tonight.

06-21-2014, 12:57 PM
Hi all,

Quick check in for me as we have a few things to take care of today. DH tweeked the router yesterday and something went off and we lost access all day. He finally got it going again but he was not a happy camper.

Shad - countdown to the end - are you getting things all packed up and ready to go? How much leftover lamb do you have to eat up yet? :lol:

Laura - sorry to hear about Coal being sick. I hope the kids aren't throwing things over the fence to him. :(

Michelle - surgery is a deeply personal decision. Can't blame D for feeling the way he does - I have thought the same. But you have to decide what is the most viable option. The biggest issue I'm sure is that surgery is a tool BUT how do you deal with the head games in your brain?? I liken it to quitting smoking - the Zyban helped the physical but I still had to deal with the cravings and thoughts in my head on my own. I know you will think things through thoroughly.

Terra - maybe we need to form a Clyde Club :rofl:

Ceejay - how lucky for the boss to find one of those $100 bills. :D

:wave: Hi Susie.

I'll be back later. Have a good weekend everyone.

06-21-2014, 12:58 PM
Hi all,

Quick check in for me as we have a few things to take care of today. DH tweeked the router yesterday and something went off and we lost access all day. He finally got it going again but he was not a happy camper.

Shad - countdown to the end - are you getting things all packed up and ready to go? How much leftover lamb do you have to eat up yet? :lol:

Laura - sorry to hear about Coal being sick. I hope the kids aren't throwing things over the fence to him. :(

Michelle - surgery is a deeply personal decision. Can't blame D for feeling the way he does - I have thought the same. But you have to decide what is the most viable option. The biggest issue I'm sure is that surgery is a tool BUT how do you deal with the head games in your brain?? I liken it to quitting smoking - the Zyban helped the physical but I still had to deal with the cravings and thoughts in my head on my own. I know you will think things through thoroughly.

Terra - maybe we need to form a Clyde Club :rofl:

Ceejay - how lucky for the boss to find one of those $100 bills. :D

:wave: Hi Susie.

I'll be back later. Have a good weekend everyone.

06-21-2014, 06:48 PM
My this cursor has a mind of it's own today.
We're fixing to get some rain. Very dark clouds with some thunder.
It's coming from the North and has cooled us down a bunch.
Must of have worked to hard the past two days. I slept till 10 this morning and have been lazy most of the day.
A friend of mine posted bbq chicken on FB and that's what I have in the oven. I'm praying the power stays on this long.
I did check into the MRC program. There web sight has changed and it looks like they may be allowing us to do this on line too. Yes I'll still have to pay for the products.

Hope you find the right choice.

I'm going to do my bike ride in a few minutes. Keep up with the walking.

It's now raining.

06-21-2014, 07:36 PM
Hi Everyone. I made it to the weekend. What a work week! In two weeks the paycheck will be very nice....but I don't want to put those type of hours in again. I can deal with 5 hours of OT a week but not 15.

Last night DH and I went to Maleficent. I LOVED it! I'm not a huge Angelina Jolie fan but she really was amazing. It was so nice to just to sit and watch a movie...and since we were in the movie theatre I didn't fall asleep like I tend to do when I'm at home on the couch.

I read through the thread....a lot going on here. I missed checking in every day.

Ceejay: Good for you for sleeping in and being lazy today. It's good to do that every once in awhile.

Happy: What pretty china you found. It is just beautiful!

Shad: You are so right, I don't have much work/life balance right now. I have a DVD on the topic from a speaker I heard at a convention about a year ago. Her name is Collette Carson. I really liked her and her talk made a lot of sense to me. I bought the DVD but have never watched it. I keep thinking I should pop it in while I'm on the treadmill.

Here's the deal. Only I can do something about the work/life balance. I just need to figure out how and keep my job.

Things are winding down for will be good for you to have some downtime. After that, do you have a plan or know what you want to work on next?

Michelle: I'm sorry to hear about your back and the nerve issues. Chronic pain is tough. You have a lot to think about, consider and decide on with the weight-loss options. It seems that either way you go, you have to lose 10% before you choose the path you will stay on. Myself, that is where I would put my focus right now...that 10% you can see how you are feeling and if losing the weight has helped any---mentally, physically , etc. Do what is necessary to get that 10% off..tell you doctors you need their commitment to that to help you...with the weight loss, the back pain etc and then keep moving toward your goal. That's just my advice.

Laura: I hope Coal is feeling better. How did the WW meeting go?

Terra: I am in awe of your dedication to your walking should be proud of yourself .

Hi Carla: It is nice to meet you. I look forward to getting to know you.

Time to pay some bills and then dinner. We are grilling out this evening. DH is having a steak and we are having corn on the grill, twice baked potatoes on the grill along with grilled veggie kabobs and deviled eggs and we have some root beers in the fridge. We LOVE root beer and are always trying different kinds. Tonight we are having Frosty Top root beer. I usually only drink water but am looking forward to that root beer in a frosted mug.

See you all tomorrow.

06-22-2014, 10:26 AM
Happy ~ Yeah LOL

CJ ~ I just came back in for going on my morning walk, I will definitely keep up on my walking

Susie ~ Thanks, I am proud of myself

I woke up at 6:30 am, So far today I've taken my pills and thats it, Im about to go on my morning walk here in a few mins. I gave Clyde a bath last night so he is all clean now. Today I should probably work on cleaning my room again, It isnt that bad, I just need to straighten up and stuff. I also took my shower yesterday as well. So after I clean my room the only other thing I have to do is go for my evening walk and then my day will be complete.

06-22-2014, 11:57 AM
Morning all,

Happy Sunday. :flow2:

Susie - have fun spending that O.T. pay - better yet, set it aside for a weekend getaway for you and DH to have some time to yourselves. I'm not an Angelina fan myself but I can see where she would have been very good in that movie. Good advice to Michelle. Root beer HAS to taste better in a frosted mug :lol:

Ceejay - hope the bad weather skipped your area. Good for you for getting on the bike.

Terra - how nice to have the day to yourself :D

Laura - how nice is it that the town has a new dog park! Probably best to wait a bit and let the crowds die down as you say. I can't imagine trying to control the chaos of 57 dogs wanting to play with each other :^: Is Coal doing better today?

:wave: Hello Carla - always good to hear from you again. ;) Congrats on the 40 pounds down. I'm sure that took a lot of effort so good job!

Michelle - I'm glad to hear that D's eye surgery went well. They really seem to have mastered that surgery. My SIL had both eyes operated on for cataracts and they not only fixed them but also improved her vision to the point she doesn't need glasses any more. I guess down her way they have a new procedure which is like Lasik and cataract all in one. I'd almost consider it myself as I'm noticing my vision deteriorate. Gotta be cheaper than glasses each year, especially with my high powered / close to the Hubble Telescope type lens :rofl:

Shad - thanks for pointing out Replacements dot com. I have seen that site before - we used it for some base pricing at the thrift shop but I find them horribly expensive. I did buy 2 companion pieces for my set - a large serving platter and an oval bowl. Paid more for each of those pieces than I did for all the dishes :yikes: but I did get the best price on e-bay. I'm not interested in a full set with things like sugar/creamers, salt and pepper shakers, etc. I would like a covered serving dish but I'm not about to pay over $100 for it. Are you busy entertaining this weekend?

Hi Annie :wave:

This weekend was our big summer festival in town. I looked a bit on Friday before I went in for my shift - it was rather quiet at the store with everyone roaming on Main street. Saturday DH and I came back in the afternoon to hit up the other 2 streets we missed. There were a lot of vendors but not as many people as I would have thought and a lot of those were browsing far more than buying. I bought a walking stick - now I must start walking :lol: Was talking to the vendor who confirmed that most people were browsing and sales were not that great. This is not good in getting repeat vendors again for next year. We also purchased this really neat decorative piece - it's 3 black bears in a canoe made of birchbark with some pine needle accents. We saw it at the booth, I liked it immediately. DH said we can get it on the way back - it's was a bit big to carry around. I said ok but I'm going to pay for it now and we can pick it up on the way back to the car because otherwise it will be GONE. Sure enough, the vendor walked over to get it just as another couple walked in and were about to reach out and take it. :lol: Literally if I had hesitated 30 more seconds... :^: It looks quite nice on the mantle over the fireplace. I think DH might have been holding out for the moose centerpiece which he preferred slightly over the bear. :lol: We saw a few things that we liked in the way of accent pieces / furniture but they were handcrafted and the prices were pretty high for a fair event - ie. 700 dollars for a driftwood table. 80 dollars for these cool wood carvings of woodland animals that were almost 2 dimensional but made from burning the wood - like painting but with a hot pen of sorts. Then we went up to Moose Lake for a nice prime rib dinner. Not sure if we are going to go out this afternoon or just hang around the house. There is some planting to be done but DH has his own ideas about what he wants to do with the cucumbers so I may leave that to him. It's been really chilly overnight lately - good sleeping weather - but bad for tomatoes so I'm glad I didn't plant any. Mosquitoes are still pretty bad even though the dragonflies are out in droves. I guess I should go make my plans if I'm going to Chicago before I lose the cheaper air fares. There are things I want to do here so I guess if I book tickets it will force me to take care of other things too. :D - you think? :shrug:

Anyway - on with the day. Happy Summer to us :cheers: Happy Winter to Shad :coolsnow: - the solstice is upon us again.

06-22-2014, 04:53 PM
Morning all,
been a busy weekend with too much food involved, but apart from my sisters birthday next weekend, there isn't too much more entertaining to do. The pork ragu was a total success as was the blackberry and apple crumble desert. Really funny when you consider I didn't follow the recipe very well at all and substituted a fair amount of stuff. I might just try it again another time doing the complete recipe and see which I prefer.

Last night I took Chris (from Japan Chris) out to dinner for her birthday. Now she is older than me again. We went to an Italian Rustica Tratoria and had sort of a tapas menu. I say sort of because tapas is Spanish and not Italian, but they were small plates of food to share so we had seaweed fritters, mussels, a speck, brie and camembert pizzette, duck risotto, and for desert - tirumasu and honey and saffron pannacotta. All delicious.

The rest of the weekend has been spent cleaning and clearing out stuff that I won't be taking home, trying to sort out menus to use up all the foodstuffs I have accumulated and working out how to eat up all the left overs. Yes the lamb got finished Happy. Now it is onto the pork.

Happy - sounds like you did some good shopping at the stalls on the street. Yep it beats me how people think they can charge $700 for a table where they picked up most of the ingredients from the beach and spent a couple of hours gluing and screwing it together. The top would have been the biggest cost.
The burnt wood stuff you are talking about is called poker work. I believe it was created originally with a poker, but is now done with a tool that looks a bit like a small welding iron and is heated electrically. My sister used to do it as a hobby.
Im not packing just yet. Just sorting the things I need to take home and then gathering up the things I don't. I will probably have an afternoon with friends and family where they can take away what I don't want and which doesn't belong in the apartment then I can get on with packing.

Terra - sounds like a relaxing sort of day for you. Nice.

Michelle - Lapband surgery or the surgery where they take part of the stomach and bowel away are both fairly drastic measures. You do lose weight fast. I have a friend with a lapband. However neither of them appear to be long time fixes. With the lapband, the internal organs are intact, the stomach is made smaller by the band which is filled with saline solution which can be added or taken out as the need arises. It is by far the less invasive of the two. My friend lost a lot of weight on it due to the fact that she couldn't eat anywhere near as much. However the down side there was reflux if the band was too tight. Certain things did not agree with her anymore. And then if some of the fluid was taken out, then weight loss did not always occur. However she did lose a significant amount of weight for a while. What it does not do, is stop you from junk eating. There is nothing to teach you to ditch the crap and eat well.

Susie - know what you mean about the overtime. In my job I tend to work some very long hours. It's the exception to have an 8 hour day. A professional day is 10 hours and I've regularly put in 12 or 14 and occasionally 16 and can work 7 days a week at times. Which is why I have a long break between contracts. And which is why I am now questioning whether I want to do it again. The cash is nice, but once you get to my age, you only get to save it, since you can see the years ahead without much cash to live well in retirement.

Ceejay - I will be cooking a chicken tonight too for my lunches for the week. I thought I might do mine in Lemon and Honey since I have honey to use up.

Carla - Hi. Wondered if I might shame you into poking your nose in. Seems to be a few lurkers around the place at the moment. Good for you in losing those 40 pounds. I think I might have found them. Would you like them back?

Laura - I'm looking forward to getting back into the garden and the good earth. Hope Coal is okay again now. It's awful when they are sick and can't tell you what is wrong. One of my dogs used to have stomach problems regularly since he picked up all sorts of things. The other remembered his training and would not eat unless told to eat - which could be somewhat haphazard if I forgot to give him the word. He would follow me around with pleading eyes and then go and sit by his bowl.

Thats about it. Better get back to it. They have landed me with a new mini project which they expect to have in system in 2.5 weeks and want all the doco done to trial it this week. Oh happy days. I have a meeting with the boss to determine what I have left to do, how much of it will be done before I finish and who to give the rest to. There won't be much left undone. I have already done most of the doco for the new project, it just needs tweaking and as far as I can see, there is no need for a full blown course, just a couple of pages of words and pictures will suffice - its not rocket science.

So, it's back to work Monday for me. How's your weekends going. Oh and Carla, I will be sending you an e-mail soon. Just how soon remains to be seen. Don't wait up for it.

06-22-2014, 05:00 PM
Another quiet Sunday at work. Hope it stays that way.

That was a close call concerning the bear figurine. Printed off your Zen things list on FB. I'm a big fan of Zen. Don't know a lot about it except that I like to live simple. Yep, the solstice is upon us again. Along with the humidity and pop corn type showers.

I've been wanting to see the movie Maleficent. But I'll probably get the DVD when it comes out. My ears can't handle the loudness in a movie theater.

Hello to the others. Hope your week end is a good one.

06-22-2014, 07:14 PM
Hi Ladies,

This will be a short post. I'm an hour behind on my schedule for the day. I want to get the porch railing cleaned and I planned to do it at 5:00 p.m after I worked on the follow-up to our Secure IP roll out. It took longer than I thought to confirm attendance and then send out all the follow-up materials. I scheduled 2 hours for that and it took 3.

I'll see you all tomorrow.

06-22-2014, 07:36 PM
Hi ladies -

Thanks for all your wonderful support and insight. I've made my decision. Tomorrow, I'm going to ask my doctor for a referral for bariatric surgery. Once she submits the referral, I'll have an orientation with the dietician and possibly others from the bariatric program staff. At that orientation, my weight will be taken...the starting weight...of which I have to lose 10% before I can have surgery. To lose that 10%, I have signed up for the Medical Weight Management Program (Opti-Fast). Once I've lost the initial 10%, which will take roughly a month, I'll decide whether to do the surgery or continue with the Opti-Fast. One of the doctors of the Opti-Fast program says that bariatric surgery patients frequently use the Opti-Fast to lose the 10% and then some of them end up cancelling their surgery. I figure by 3-4 weeks into the Opti-Fast, I'll know whether I can do another 3 months of Opti-Fast, or if surgery would be the best option. I've sought out opinions of lots of people and done some soul searching. Yes, it would be preferable to lose weight without having any internal organs altered. The question that I keep asking myself is...will I be able to keep my food healthy and portions small if I don't surgically alter my stomach? And honestly, I don't know. What I do know is that however I lose the weight, is going to require discipline. Discipline and commitment that I'll need for the rest of my life.

Shad - I've got major reservations about the lap band. My niece had that first and nearly died because it "slipped" and pinched off her entire stomach. She couldn't even keep down water. I know that the other two surgeries are drastic. But I also know that while you can eat and drink crap after Opti-Fast and after surgery...the "benefit" to surgery is that you will physically feel lousy and have nausea and "worse".

06-23-2014, 01:18 AM
Michelle - it's good that you have come to a decision. I think going first with the Optifast program will give you an idea of what it will be like to stick with the restrictive eating regime of post surgery. Particularly since you mentioned that you have a few upcoming events like a wedding and such that would tempt you away from the program. Don't totally rely on the dumping syndrome to keep you honest. I knew someone who had surgery and 3 weeks later was eating shrimp with cocktail sauce and fatty spinach sour cream veggie dip at a holiday party we were at. I swear I don't know how she did it without getting crazy sick. She was not totally committed to the program and I suppose was one of those who learned to "cheat" which I thought was crazy after risking her life (she had surgical complications). She said she could eat anything except for carbonated beverages - she just only ate 2 spoons of it instead of a bowl. :dizzy: I'm sure you are far more motivated than J was.

Shad - sounds like you are having some lovely dinner parties. Pity we can't help you eat the food and cart off no longer desired decorative items from your flat! Thanks for the explanation on the wood - it was a wood poker, sort of like a soldering iron that they used to burn the wood. Very popular in the 50's. Give a small child a hot soldering iron and piece of balsa wood that catches fire easily. :yikes: Yes, that's the era we grew up in. In any regard, that "burned" artwork was truly beautiful.

Time to get to bed - going to try out my new CD - Liquid Mind Sleep - I am not tired but have to get up at 5:30am to get ready for my morning yoga class.

Talk to you in the afternoon.

06-23-2014, 09:11 AM
Happy & Shad ~ Yeah it is and was nice

I woke up at 6:00 am, Like always I've let Clyde outside and took my pills and so far thats all I've done today, Im gonna eat breakfast at 7:00 am and I'll go for my morning walk at 8:00 am, Later on today I need to clean my room since I didnt get around to it yesterday and hopefully it wont be humid this evening so I can get my evening walk in.

06-23-2014, 10:28 AM
Very very sad Monday here. I learned yesterday that my brother in MO was killed late Saturday when he was struck by a car while crossing the street. He was only 52.

My sister is flying to MO today to be with my mom, and I will be working on travel arrangements today pending funeral plans. In the meantime, I'm headed to work to get as much done as I can before I leave town.

That's it for me right now.

06-23-2014, 11:41 AM
Oh, Laura...I am so very sorry for your loss. How tragic. Please know my thoughts, prayers and deepest heartfelt sympathies are with you and your family.

06-23-2014, 01:18 PM
Oh Laura - I am so very sorry to hear that. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family. How very tragic. :hug:

06-23-2014, 05:01 PM
Morning all,

First of all - Laura, so sorry to hear about your brother. My heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. Safe travels to wherever you have to go.

Laura's brother is a sad reminder of the fleeting time we have on this earth and how we should enjoy life as it is without reaching for the unnecessary or nice to have. It is our responsibility to reach out and care for those suffering and in pain. It is our responsibility to try to care for this earth and its myriad of creatures. But it is more that we should take responsibility for ourselves and not expect that we will always live a charmed existence.

Not much happening here. We are plodding along. I have work to do, probably more than I can handle but like Susie, I will have to make it happen.

I now have airplane tickets to Adelaide for little Miss S's birthday. I have accommodation. I have yet to hire a car. DS1 said I could use theirs, but with the wonderful (NOT) relationship between me and her, I am not taking anything that may be used against me at a later time. I'll stand totally independent thanks all the same. I don't need the crap.

Ceejay - it seems like you up there have hardly gotten into summer and now the solstice is upon us. What's pop-corn showers. I agree with you with the noise in theatres. I have enough trouble with normal speech. I don't need sound effects and shouting blaring at me.

Susie - back to being overloaded I see.

Michelle - nice that you have made the decision. I sincerely hope the Optifast works out for you and you won't need surgery.

Happy - My friend that lives in Arizona does a lot of craft work. She goes to craft fairs all over Arizona. She was saying that there isn't a lot of money around and business hasn't been great. She was thinking of cutting out a couple of the normal circuit fair days as well. I guess you have to think of the outlay versus the income and act accordingly. Many of these craft people here have websites to take up the slack as well. I'm not sure what N is into at the moment, last time I was up there she was making bags out of old denim jeans and a few baby things out of denim as well.

Anyway, I had better go look at the news for the day and then get onto work. Never a dull moment around here.

06-23-2014, 07:01 PM
So sad to hear the news and deepest sympathies also. Hugs

I know this surgery is going to be hard and it may be the Opti-fast program will be enough. I've started back on my MRC plan yesterday. Maybe this time I can.

My uncle mentioned last Saturday that he still had his cattle prod. I could borrow it if needed to get you into the work mode. :lol: Very well said about taking care of ourselves.

Susie and Terra :hello:

Time is getting shorter for my boss/friend who's last day is the 30th of this month. Wish I could retire at the same time but can't.

Not much is happening today.

06-23-2014, 10:56 PM
Laura--I am so sorry to hear this tragic news regarding your brother. You and your entire family are on my heart and in my prayers. :hug:

Michelle: I am glad to see that you made your decision. I think the way you went about it was throughly thougt out.

Ceejay: So your friend/boss wil retire in a few days. That has to be bittersweat for you. :hug:

Hi to the rest of the Worldlies.

I'm heading to bed. See you all tomorrow.

06-24-2014, 09:46 AM
Morning all,

No time to post this morning. I am off to the dentist shortly - still having problems with that root canal and sensitivity. Then it's off to my shift at the shop. Will catch up later.

Safe travels Laura :hug:

06-24-2014, 10:22 AM
Thanks everyone for your condolences. I'm headed to work - arrangements are made for this fri/sat. My sister will be w/ my mom all week & I'll stay fri thru sometime next week to help my mom with whatever needs doing. Have to nail that down so I can make flight arrangements.

Gonna be quiet at work today/tomorrow- two are out to visit one of our field locations. I made good progress yesterday at work- it was good to focus on work.

I'll be back in a bit w personals.

06-24-2014, 12:03 PM
Hi ladies,

I took yesterday off from exercise. After having a sinus headache most of Sunday and yesterday morning, I was feeling nauseous and a little dizzy. Instead of the gym, I went grocery shopping after work, then picked Santa up and we had a relaxing evening at home. I fell asleep by 9:30 (much earlier than I have been lately). This morning, I feel much more rested. My back is a bit sore today, so I'll play it by ear whether I go to the gym for some recumbent biking. Tomorrow is yoga, which should help loosen up my back. And a week from tomorrow, I'm getting an epidural injection which after a couple days of hurting like heck will hopefully reduce my back pain and allow me to increase my mobility. :crossed:

My doctor put through the referral for weight loss surgery yesterday. I hope to hear from the bariatric department soon so I can hopefully schedule an orientation next week when I'm off work.

I also am waiting to hear from the Medically Supervised Weight Loss department to schedule a physical and an EKG before I start the Opti-Fast program, which will either start on July 2 or July 16 with complete meal replacement starting a week later (7/9 or 7/23).


Laura - It's good that you and your sister are arranging your time with mom over this week and next so that she has someone with her. Nice that you'll have a couple quieter days at work today and tomorrow. I went to work the next day after each of my parents passed. Their memorial services didn't take place for a couple weeks after they passed so people could make arrangements. It was good to have work to keep my mind busy and be around supportive co-workers. Sending you lots of love and big hugs. :hug: :grouphug:

Ceejay - As Susie said, I'm sure it's bittersweet to see your friend/boss retire.

Happy - I hope the dentist can alleviate the pain/sensitivity. Have a good shift at the shop.

Susie - Have a great day at work!

Shad - So good you have things sorted for Miss S's birthday. Your plan to rent a car and be independent rather than beholden is a good one.

Terra - Did you get yourself a pedometer? Have you tried out the Walk Away The Pounds? Sorry if you posted about that and I missed it.

Annie - How are you doing? Are you helping Sam out and getting to spend fun time with the grandsons? Sending you big hugs, sweet sister.

Well, I'd better get to it.

Much love and many hugs to all,

06-24-2014, 12:39 PM
Happy - Sorry you're still having issues with the root canal. :( You'll have to post a picture of the bears in the canoe decoration. Steep prices on some of those other items - I'm sure the vendors go home with a lot when they price things out of reach.

Ceejay - Wow, less than a week now for your boss/friend. I can see how now that you're getting closer and closer and really want retirement that it would be difficult to see someone else actually do it. Anticipation!! Will things be different for you now that he's going to be gone from your workplace? As much as I worried about the department without my old boss, I find I'm not thinking of her much at all lately now almost 3 months later.

Susie - Sorry work is taking over again. :(

Shad - You're so right about using our time on this earth wisely. It's a sad thing to know we'll have regrets about things we could have addressed and didn't. Your mention of responsibility is broad in scope, but it reminded me that I'm still procrastinating about will/trust and medical decision documents. Glad you have your trip to Adelaide planned. Best to be self-sufficient with your plans than to have "hospitality" come back to haunt you. Such a shame it's like that with S's mom.

Terra - Did you get your room cleaned? It's a good feeling when it's done, but unfortunately it's a short-lived feeling because it keeps needing to be done!! How was the walking? It's really really muggy here today - glad I rode my bike to the train because walking there would have been even worse.

Michelle - You must feel some relief having thoroughly thought out your options re surgery and coming to a decision. Is it a sure thing that your doc will refer you for bariatric surgery? Best wishes to you as you begin this journey. We're here for you!!!

Since several of you asked - Coal is all better now. Just one day and part of another suffering from something bad he probably ate in the yard. I caught him today eating something nasty that had been forced out of the downspout extension by the heavy rains we got on Saturday evening - you know the part of the downspout that gets buried under the ground and runs some distance away from the house foundation? Anyway, it was a combination of dirt and those helicopter thingies that fall from the maple trees, ick. Why do dogs go after decaying/rotting stuff like that?

That's about it for me. TTFN.

06-24-2014, 12:45 PM
Michelle - You were typing over me - glad the referral is done and things are being set in motion! Glad you're feeling better today - get that exercise in! I forgot about your week off!! Any fun activities being planned??

06-24-2014, 12:49 PM
Laura - I don't know why dogs go after yucky stuff. Santa picked up something on our walk last night. I don't know what the heck it was, but I yanked it out of his mouth and chucked it into the street. I do feel relief about having made a decision. My doctor did put through the referral for the surgery. Now, in addition to waiting to hear from the Opti-Fast team to schedule my physical and EKG, I am also waiting to hear from the surgery department to schedule my "surgical orientation" which involves several appointments, including meeting with a dietician, meeting with the surgeon - who will determine if I qualify/can benefit from surgery, determine with me what the best surgery is FOR ME, discuss the surgery including pre and post-op care and then decide exactly how many pounds I need to lose prior to surgery. The orientation also involves a psych evaluation essentially to make sure the patient realizes that surgery will not magically make the weight and all life's problems disappear, it's just a tool to help people regain their health. A lot of people view surgery as a quick fix to solve all their problems. It's not quick, nor is it a cure-all. It involves A LOT of hard work and a true lifetime of commitment. Life's problems and stressors will still be around but after surgery I won't be able to turn to food for comfort. Heck, many patients cannot eat sugary food ever again because it makes them ill. The psych eval is to determine if I have developed other coping mechanisms and a good support system (thankfully, I have both).

Some of you may be asking...if she's decided on Opti-Fast, why is she going through the steps for surgery? The reason is that in case Opti-Fast turns out to not be right for me (mostly I'm worried about managing blood sugar spikes and crashes on it), I want to have a starting weight and a lot of the pre-surgery required hoops already jumped through in case I decide later to go the surgical route.

Since you asked, Laura, I don't have any specific plans for my week off (other than my epidural injection on Wednesday). I hope to sleep in, and hopefully get some of these orientation appointments scheduled. D and I were going to go to the beach for a day trip either Wednesday or Thursday. Well, now Wednesday is out...and who knows how I'll feel Thursday. I'll probably take Santa to the beach for a half a day on at least a couple of those days off. :beach:

06-24-2014, 07:12 PM
Well, my week off work (next week) is filling up rapidly. The Medical Weight Management (Opti-Fast) group has scheduled me for a physical evaluation on Tuesday morning, which means that between now and Monday afternoon, I have to have fasting bloodwork and an EKG done to show that I'm healthy enough for the meal replacement weight loss program. Next week Wednesday is my epidural injection. D will be driving me to that appointment and back home as I will be under very light sedation to relax me, and also have some possible numbness in my legs from the local anesthetic they inject prior to the steroid.

Also, the bariatric surgery department called to set up my initial evaluation with their team. Sadly, they didn't have any openings for next week, so I have to take Tuesday afternoon, July 8th off work.

Oh well, even with all the medical appointments, I still plan to have a fair bit of quality time at the beach or at a shady park or redwood grove to read a good book. :beach:

06-24-2014, 10:18 PM
CJ & Susie ~ HELLO

Michelle ~ Yeah I bought a pedometer in March, I havent done walk away the pounds yet, Even though tonight would be a perfect day for it since its raining outside so I cant go for my even walking but my boyfriend is watching t.v in the front room cause he doesnt have a t.v in his room anymore until his new t.v gets to our walmart store but hopefully there will be another time to try out Walk Away The Pounds.

Laura ~ Yeah I got my room cleaned last night and I still went for my evening walk. Your right it is a great feeling when its done but it is short lived cause it seems like as soon as you get it cleaned its time to clean it again a few weeks later if not a month later, Usually its just a few weeks before I have to clean it again. The walking is going good. Thanks for asking.

06-24-2014, 11:15 PM
I typed a long post and then it went away!

I will be back tomorrow and will do personals then. I just don't have it in me tonight to retype it.

06-25-2014, 10:18 AM
Like Susie I typed a post last nigh but it wouldn't post. The things just kept spinning around.

A popcorn shower is like a pop up shower. Our weather men term things differently sometimes.

Not much on the agenda this week. Friday and Saturday I'll get to spend some time with my sister from Dallas/Fort Worth area.

06-25-2014, 10:33 AM
Morning all,

We are trying to decide if we want to go out and run some errands. It's chilly, cloudy and quite cool. Was downright cold last night - got down to 46 degrees. Good sleeping weather though. The clouds are supposed to break and get sunny out later on but you can't rely on the weather to be correct.

I was asked yesterday if I would co-chair one of the big Humane Society fundraisers - tag day - at the beginning of August. The lady who runs it is a real sweetie - tough old broad she'd call herself and I just love her. She said she is never allowed to step down from this job so I said I'd help but I have no interest in taking this over. Many of the key people with the shelter are getting up there in age and are looking for some "younger" blood :rofl: to step in. I said I will be out most of August but she said all the work needs to be done in July so I said ok even though everything inside me said NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! :rolleyes:

Susie - sorry you lost your post. I hate when that happens. I disabled my touchpad on the laptop and aside from an amber warning light constantly shining in my eyes, it seems to have fixed the problems I was having with my screen going wonky and the resolutions constantly changing. Hope you got a good night's sleep.

Terra - what????? you have not tried the Walk Away the Pounds CD yet???? How could you pass that up? :lol: Just kidding, I'm sure there will be plenty of winter days to try that out.

Michelle - well it sounds like they've got you jumping head first in the pond with the weight loss thing. That's good, I would not want things to drag out once I made my decision. I like how they will evaluate different surgical methods and determine what is best for you - that sounds like you will get the best option / least invasive. Is Optifast mostly protein type shakes or do you eat solid foods too? Hope you at least have a few days to enjoy some relaxing vacation type things. Is D all right and good from his eye surgery now?

Laura - glad to hear that Coal is better. As for digging in the yucky stuff - I guess dogs have a totally different smell-o-meter than humans. I'm sure the smells we like are putrid to them and vicesa versa. We have not finalized the will thing either and we should too - talked about it but DH is dragging his feet. :o Safe travels down to your Mom's - sorry the visit is for such sad reasons.

Shad - yesterday we had a group of people come into the shop from Adelaide. The spokesperson from the group had no accent whatsoever. Perhaps she's an ex-Pat. I guess it's that time of year for the Aussies to visit this side of the pond - so that begs the question - where are you? Seriously tho, this would have been a bad year to visit - the weather just messed things up a lot. Are you counting down the last minutes on the job?

Ceejay - that has to be a bit sad to see your boss friend leaving. Just know that your time is coming soon too. It's worse if that's the one person in the office you could talk to. I laughed a good one about your uncle offering up the use of his cattle prod :rofl:

Annie - are you ok? I saw that tornadoes went through your town yesterday.

Hi Carla :wave:

Looks like the clouds might be breaking up so I should go and get ready in case DH decides he wants to leave and forgets to actually tell me that ahead of time :dizzy: Have a good hump day everyone.

06-25-2014, 02:00 PM
Happy Wednesday ladies,

Today after work is Yoga. I'm looking forward to it. It's been several days since I've done any yoga, and I'm in need of some good stretching. After yoga, I'm stopping by a friend's house for a little while.

The Bariatric Surgery overview class has been rescheduled to tomorrow afternoon, so I'm taking 1/2 day off tomorrow. According to my niece, there are several more mandatory classes a person needs to complete before they are allowed to have surgery. This is a good thing, as it helps make a more informed decision is a person is told about all the possible risks and complications, as well as what to expect afterward.

I've actually been considering surgery for several years as a possible last resort ever since my niece had the lap band surgery. Then when she had major complications with the lap band, I knew I didn't want the band. She got a new surgeon who removed her lap band, and did the RNY procedure (which is what Annie had). She's doing great with the RNY and enjoying a very healthy pregnancy.

I'm still committed to trying the Opti-Fast first and hopefully avoiding surgery all together.

D is doing well from his first cataract surgery, and has his other eye done on 7/11.

Like Susie and Ceejay, I've been having trouble posting for the past couple days...just see the spinning icon and nothing happens. So what I've been doing is typing up my post in Notepad or Word and copying it into the 3FC page then clicking Post Quick Reply. That way at least I don't lose what I typed.


Susie - I hope you have a good day at work. Don't work too hard.

Ceejay - How nice that you get to see your sister from TX in a couple days!

Happy - Wow it did get cold where you live! Good on ya' for offering to help out with the Tag Day fundraiser, and for setting expectations as to when you would and wouldn't be available up front. The first 16 weeks of Opti-Fast are a completely meal replacement diet - shakes and bars, though you can work in Opti-Fast soups after your first couple weeks. You get 5 shakes and 1 bar per day and are supposed to "eat" every 2.5-3 hours. You have to purchase the Opti-Fast food which is nutritionally balanced, Starting with Week 17, you begin to incorporate real food into your diet (small portions of healthy food), but you still have the opportunity to purchase up to 3 meal replacements per day. After Week 30, you're entirely on real food. I figured it would work well for me because for at least 16 weeks, I don't have to worry about what to eat and when...and I don't have to cook. I guess I will have to start cooking once the 16 weeks are up though, which is why surgery appeals to can only eat between 1/2 cup to 1 cup at a sitting (depending on the surgery)...not much to cook. Of course, after you have surgery, it sure doesn't pay to go to an all you can eat buffet! :rofl: Did your DH have cataract surgery in both eyes or just one?

Laura - Safe travels and big hugs.

Annie - I hope you weren't affected by severe weather.

Terra - Keep on walking! I hope you're able to get both walks in today. I walked Santa around the block last night. I get about 3/4 of the way around the block and then my back starts really bothering me. I'm hoping the injection I get in my spine next weekend will allow me to have more mobility.

Shad - I hope you're able to get all your stuff done for work.

Speaking of...I should probably sign off.

Much love and many hugs,

06-25-2014, 03:28 PM
Afternoon everyone.

Michelle - All this preparation & testing for your surgery & fasting program - certainly makes you realize it's nothing to be taken lightly. Lots for you to do on top of all your usual stuff. I was wondering if diabetes complicates the fasting program? I'm glad you'll still have some time to relax during your vacation week.

Terra - Not doing more housework will NOT be one of my regrets in life, but having a clean tidy space does have a positive affect on one's mood. :)

Susie - Sorry you lost your post. I hate when that happens. :(

Ceejay - It'll be nice to have a low key weekend and spend time with your sister.

Happy - At first when I read your post, I thought I read "tag sale" and now I looked back and it really says "tag day". So that's like people out at intersections collecting donations in exchange for a tag to wear to show they donated? Will there be a lot of work for that? Re the will - do get that taken care of. I told a friend of mine to bug me about seeing the attorney (she referred me to hers) once I'm back home and the holiday is over. I've been procrastinating for a long time on this.

Hi Shad! Hanging in there?

Annie - I also heard about the rough weather down your way. Hope all's well with you and yours.

Bf and I made our travel arrangements last night. We're booked on an airline I never heard of that flies into Branson, little putt-putt planes. But there aren't tons of options, and what there is includes truly obscene airfares or very long car rides. I just have to remind myself that flying is safer than driving.

I'm at work today, and will likely work all day tomorrow. I'll be out Friday through Tuesday. I think I'll end up taking a vacation day next Wednesday because I get back home late Tuesday and I might not be good for much the next day.


06-25-2014, 04:58 PM
Happy ~ Yeah thats true I'll have all winter to work out to it

Michelle ~ Yes I will keep up my walking, I hope the shot helps you with having more mobility

Laura ~ Yeah LOL, Speaking of cleaning I need to dust the computer area, Mom asked me to do it yesterday and I forgot all about it so I'll have to do that today.

I've taken up a new hobby, Im gonna try to make me a quilt out of t-shirts that still mean alot to me but that I will never wear again, so last night I cut out from the t-shirts what I wanted on the quilt and I looked up step by step how to make a t-shirt quilt so Im gonna be busy doing that when Im not walking outside or giving Clyde a bath or cleaning my room LOL

06-25-2014, 05:24 PM
Hi girls.

All is ok here. Tornado was 10 miles north of me. Only one friend in that area and her family made it thru with only losing their trampoline and swimming pool. Very lucky.

Weekend was wonderful in St. Louis. Pool and bbqing. Babies and God babes. Relaxing. Very

Job search still slow. Applying every day. Hmmm. Getting old sucks.

Family time however is good. Too bad it does not pay at all. Lol

Bout it for me. Make it a great one!!!

06-25-2014, 05:56 PM
Laura - Yes, diabetes probably does complicate the fasting program. But a lot of diabetics successfully manage the program, lose a significant amount of weight and come off their meds. I will talk with the doctor next week about whether or not I should come off my meds during the 16-week fasting program. Airlines used to offer a less than obscene airfare if you needed to fly last minute due to a family emergency. I guess they don't do that anymore.

Terra - That's so cool you're making a t-shirt quilt. I nearly made one when I was married as my former husband had A TON of t-shirts most of which didn't fit him but he kept them for sentimental value. I will likely make a quilt out of my t-shirts one of these years. Always seems to be so much I want to do, and so little free time. LOL Not that I'm complaining. I'm grateful for my great job.

Annie - I'm glad the tornado wasn't near you. And that your friend didn't sustain too much damage. How fabulous that you had a great time in St. Louis!! Glad you're enjoying the family time.

Much love to all,

06-25-2014, 07:41 PM
The power blinked lost my post and the plant. Thankfully the power came back on and there was no need to go downstairs to manually operate the filters. One of the main reasons I don't want to keep working here. To much for the nerves. Need to get ready to go home. Will post more when I get home.

06-25-2014, 10:19 PM
Hi Everyone. I will try this posting thing again. Last night I was able to type it all ok and then I hit send and it just didn't go.

The week has been busy as usual but tonight I didn't log on a home and work any. It just have had enough and nothing pending that would effective the stock (just kidding) was waiting ,so I said "no" to working from home for a couple of hours. It feels good. ;)

Regular life has been busy too. I didn't get up to use the treadmill yesterday or today. I'm dealing with a migraine. I think it is all these storms we have rolling in and out these days.

Monday we came home from work and couldn't get our key to turn in the front door lock! We finally got in the back door but it took a bit. I had a locksmith come out yesterday and take a look a the locks and "clean" them out and they work great now. He also rekeyed all the locks to be the same key so now we should be able to get into any door easily.

Happy: I guess I don't know what a tag sale is. I was laughing a bit when I read that you said yes when you were thinking NOOOOO! that is so me. You will have a busy July getting this ready.

I can't believe how cool your weather is!

Annie: I missed that there were tornados in your area yesterday. I'm glad you weren't in that middle of that!

Michelle: I'm looking forward to hearing all about your journey with the Optifast and maybe the surgery. You know we all are here supporting you and in your corner.

Terra: what a great project you are planning with the quilt!

Laura: You are on my heart especially in the next few coming days. I pray that you and your family are able to comfort each other and start the healing process. It will be good for you to be all together. :hug:

Shad: Where are you? :?:

Ceejay: What happens when you manually operate the filters? It sounds scary!

Hi to Carla.

Did anyone watch Extreme Weight Loss Makeover last night? It was really good and very inspiring. The guy that was on the show did a lot of emotional eating...that is my issue.

06-26-2014, 01:10 AM
I'm here, just a little busy and frustrated at the moment. Do people really like setting themselves up for failure??

I'll be back when the temper subsides. Meantime I will bang my head against the latest stupidity and wonder where they found this bunch of drongos

06-26-2014, 09:44 AM
Michelle & Susie ~ Yeah Im looking forward to making it

In a couple of mins Im gonna go for my morning walk and then of course I'll go for my evening walk tonight.

06-26-2014, 11:05 AM
I'm not wanting to do anything this morning. It's my day off and I should have some rest but what is that for a single person! But looking forward to tomorrow. Will get to spend some time with my sis and bil in Paragould this week end.

I'm glad that bf is going with you. I've flown on those small planes. Mom used to call them crop dusters.

I'm glad you are safe from the tornadoes. Thought about you that day. Sounds like you are keeping busy.

Sorry you are busy at the moment. I'm not sure what a drogo is! Hang in there your are almost done.

When the power goes off at the plant and it's in operation the filters full of water has to be shut down manually. We have to run downstairs crawl over pipes to get to the valve. Since we have three filters it takes a while to get them closed. The valve has a stirring wheel (like on a vehicle) It has to be turned till it can't be turned any more. If we don't do this we'll loose x many thousands of gallons of treated water. And it ends up in the floor downstairs. Plus the phone is usually ringing off the hook.

Hello's to Happy and Terra and Michelle

06-26-2014, 11:18 AM
Morning all.

Terra - Great idea to make a t-shirt quilt. Everyone has so many t-shirts they accumulate and some do have sentimental value. It's a great way to use them - and have them on display so you can enjoy them.

Michelle - I did check United and American airlines and they no longer offer bereavement fares, and they are two of the three major airlines flying into Springfield, MO's airport. This is not a popular location so not much competition, hence the high fares. It will be so great for you to go off your diabetes meds.

Annie - Glad you were not near the tornado. So nice to hear you had a good time in St. L. Chin up, you'll find something, I just know it.

Ceejay - Boo re the power outage. Hope things are better today.

Susie - Good for you not doing more work at home after your usual workday. You need that downtime to recharge. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. You're right - it will be good to see other family members & be able to comfort each other. I think I saw the very end of Extreme Weightloss Makeover the other night. Boy that guy was psyched!! It's great he "paid it forward" to a friend who will now have the chance to do the same.

Shad - Sorry the job is frustrating at the moment, but at least your countdown continues. :D Had to look up drongo, lol. The things we learn from you!

One more day of work, then off to MO tomorrow with a very early start to the day. We're flying out of Midway at 8 am, not O'Hare, which is much MUCH more convenient. Oh well. We'll get over it.

Nothing much to report. This weekend will be very difficult, but being with family will help us all get through it.

Okay, back to it. TTFN.

06-26-2014, 11:55 AM
Happy Thursday, ladies! If I stand on my tiptoes, I can almost see the weekend.

Got up early to go to the clinic for a fasting blood test. I hope the results are ok. I fasted for 10 hours instead of the preferred 12. I slept really well last night for the first time in long time. :D

Had an interesting time at yoga. My yoga teacher and I took several minutes at the beginning to "catch up". She and I are friends but we haven't seen each other or talked for a few weeks. She has re-taken up running. She used to run before she had knee surgery, and she's just now gotten back into it. She wants to lose a lot of weight and since running can burn more calories...she chose that for cardio but she's been having severe back pain from it. Her doctor and chiropractor told her that she is carrying too much weight on her frame for running. So she's kind of in the same Catch 22 that I have been. Need to lose weight. Need to exercise to help get weight off. And certain exercise can cause pain, which then stalls our exercising and stalls weight loss.

After yoga, I went over to a friends for a little while. It was good to see them.

Today, I'm working 1/2 day and leaving at noon for a bariatric surgery orientation. Tonight is book club and I haven't finished the reading. :blush:

Ceejay - I'm glad the power only was out briefly and you didn't have to manually operate the plant. That sounds really stressful. I hope you had a relaxing evening at home. Enjoy your day off, and your time with your family this weekend.

Susie - I think the 3FC site is having intermittent problems when it comes to posting. I'm so proud of you for not logging on and working last night. I may have to check email next week when the company is off. There are some forms on my company's new that when submitted are sent to me...and I need to forward them. Maybe I can get an automated process in place. So sorry to hear about your migraine. I hate those. I used to get them around changes in barometric pressure as well (when storms move in and out). Glad the locksmith cleaned and rekeyed your locks.

Laura - I'm sending you and your family so much love, hugs and prayers. :hug: :grouphug: :hug: Safe travels on the puddle jumper planes.

Shad - I didn't know what a drongo was, so I looked it up ( Ahhh, now I get it. I hope your frustration eases. :hug:

Terra - Good on ya' for keeping up with the walking.

Happy - I dare say the thrift shop is keeping you busier than when you were working. :rofl: At least it's for a good cause.

Much love to all,

06-26-2014, 01:28 PM
Morning all,

Went up to Duluth yesterday to take some pictures of a rose garden in a park they have off of Lake Superior. Yo ho blow the man down - boy was it windy. The website they have is not updated so it SEEMED like the roses were in bloom but they and the peony garden were still a long time to bud, much less bloom. It will be pretty once everything opens up. There were a few sporatic flowers but with the winds blowing the way they did, it was too hard to take a picture without it blurring. While we were up there we had to of course stop at my favorite grocery store and stock up on sushi :D Got some nice meat and fish too but they were out of crab cakes :cry: Got a bit of deli and a few vegetables and we're good to go on groceries for the week. I bought a bucket - yes bucket - of fresh strawberries from a roadside van on Tuesday. They are so yummy - we are trying to eat them fast because they start to soften as soon as they are picked and nothing - rinsing, green bags, vinegar spray, refrigeration - really keeps them fresh for more than a couple of days. Also I noticed those darn pesky fruit flies are back - must have come in on some fruit. Once you get those they are so hard to get rid of so I am being mindful of what's set out. Today is a thrift shop meeting - we see how that goes. Tomorrow is working the afternoon. The week sure fills up fast for someone who isn't working. :dizzy:

Shad - I am sorry you are surrounded by drongos but I do love the new terms you teach us. Sometimes you just have to give it up and let the idiots rule. :^: At least you won't have to put up with this much longer. Don't let it get the blood pressure up. Has to be difficult dealing with this kind of frustration over and over at each account you are at.

Michelle - I wonder if power walking is a better alternative to running for those not in the best condition to take the pounding? One of the things I like about my yoga teacher is that she is reading a lot about injury free yoga. Obviously up here we have a lot of people who are in their 60's to 80's - older folks with different needs. She talked about movements and modifications and one thing that was a wake up moment was about avoiding stress fractures - especially those of us past menopause with compromised bone density. :yikes: I never liked running / jogging and I think that would keep me away from it even more. I live in an area with rolling landscape - a steep hill just as you get to my road. So with walking, I feel the incline will give me a better workout than on flatland without the pressure of hitting the pavement running. Just something to consider... I think we should still push ourselves, but in a different manner. One good thing about the Optifast plan first is that it will transition you over from food to protein shakes. Is that still the norm for food after surgery or have they changed that? I would still gently suggest that you "learn how to cook" even tho you hate it. You don't have to make homey comfort meals like Annie or fancy fun gourmet stuff like D, but a few simple techniques incorporating fresh ingredients - especially where you live with the abundance of markets - could serve you well. The problem is, after surgery when you can only eat 1/4 of an egg and one strawberry - I guess a lot of food will go to waste. But I'm sure they will cover that in your classes. Hope all your bloodwork comes out a-ok!

Speaking of food on Monday I stopped at the local family owned grocery in the town of the yoga class. I picked up some thick bone in pork chops - mostly for DH who likes them. We christened the new grill on Tuesday - marinated the chops in some Amazing Taste seasoning with oil and orange juice, salt and peppered the chops and grilled them. OMG - I have never had a pork chop that tasted like a steak before. It was more meat than I could eat and DH was happy to finish my half chop. We had a salad of cucumbers and tomatoes as well as a bowl of the chopped fresh strawberries. It was such a tasty supper - we both enjoyed it very much.

Terra - I'll join the others in a thumbs up on the idea of the t-shirt quilt. What a great remembrance and guaranteed to give you happy dreams :D

Laura - I don't think any airline gives a bereavement fare anymore - I think even when they did it was only $100 or so off the outrageous last minute fares. Funny how flying out of Midway is a hassle for you - I am coming out in August and I'd love to fly into Midway - 8 miles from Mom's house and I could easily get a ride in but Midway requires a layover which I don't want. So instead I am going to O'Hare where the limo will cost me as much as my airline fare. Wish we could switch :dizzy: Bummer that you will have to take a puddle jumper into town - I guess unless you are flying big city to big city - that's how it is now a days. Just don't get a window seat because the plane is so small the fuselage curves on the window seat and you lose 1/2 the seat area. I learned that the hard way flying from Duluth. Have a safe trip and give some comfort to your Mom and family. :hug:

Ceejay - yikes - at this point in my life I cannot imagine crawling over pipes, turning valves and fighting incoming water leakage :yikes: I can see why you say it's time to hang up your boots for good!

Susie - a tag sale involves standing outside (hopefully in good weather) shaking a can (or in our case hot pink buckets with paw prints), begging for money and giving people a brightly colored sticker when they oblidge. Nothing different than the vets selling poppies, or Kiwanis with peanuts or the Lions with Tootsie Rolls. Basically we are just trying to collect donations for one day. I am SO PROUD of you for finally stepping back and not putting in extra time after the long week you had last week. You know I'm sure that the more O.T. you put in, the more that becomes your standard work week. YOU have to manage your time my dear and while the first pushback is hard, after a while they respect your time too. Don't compromise your time and your health and your wellness for going headlong into the job. That is my biggest problem and I have to keep reminding myself of that. How crazy was that with the locks? We have everything on 2 keys - one for the door, one for the dead bolt and it makes it so much easier. Lighter on the purse too without 7 keys :lol:

Ok, well I have a few more things to accomplish before our afternoon meeting so let's get rolling. Poor kitty has a vet appointment for her yearly check up - she will not be a happy camper. Nor will DH who has to get her into the cat carrier :eek:

06-26-2014, 02:07 PM
Happy - Sounds like you had a nice, if windy, time in Duluth! As for the running, it was definitely not ME who was considering it. Heck, I'd be happy to be able to walk around the block without pain (and I will get there - I know I will). My yoga teacher is wonderful about finding out where people in the class have pain and showing modifications. She totally believes in injury free yoga, and encourages us to use straps and blocks and do any modifications necessary to prevent injury. You're right about the incline giving you a better workout than flatland (as long as your knees and back can handle it). As for me, I'll stick to water aerobics and the recumbent bike for now. Then, once I get the epidural and lose weight, hopefully my back will be able to handle more. I do know how to cook...I just am going to look for healthy simple quick recipes since starting with Week 17, I'll be incorporating food. Pre- and post-bariatric surgery requires an all liquid diet (two weeks prior and I think a week or two after surgery). I'm not sure if Opti-Fast qualifies, I'll have to ask at orientation today. The shakes may have too much sugar/carbs. Eventually, after surgery, the post-surgery diet progresses to pureed foods including beans, egg whites, yogurt, cottage cheese. After a few weeks of pureed foods, post-surgery diet progresses to soft solid foods like ground meets, canned fruit, cooked veggies. Then eight weeks after surgery, I'll be able to start on solid foods. So funny that you said after I get to cooking I can still only eat a little. I guess I'll get a "Cooking for One" cookbook and that should be enough for D and I for one meal....or enough to feed me for a week! :rofl: The description of your pork chop dinner made me salivate. :drool: I'm going to have to skim over the food porn once I start Opti-Fast. :lol3: Hope everything goes well at the vet.

06-26-2014, 03:14 PM
Michelle - I'm not a big fan of running either - just the thought of all the pounding the bones and joints take makes me shudder. Hope the blood work comes out good. Enjoy book club tonight. At the book club I attend there's always someone who hasn't finished (or even started) the book! :D

Happy - Sorry the rose garden conditions weren't right for photos. Another time. We also bought a couple giant pork chops last weekend and we ended up putting them in the freezer - we realized we had some leftovers to take care of. Anyway...that chop is way too big for me, so bf will end up helping me with it. Yum. We used to buy only the thick boneless "America's Cut", but once we tried bone-in chops for a change, we realized how much more flavorful they seemed. (Michelle, sorry for the food porn!) Re flights - we both have the same situation with the airports!

I had a 2.4 gain at WW last week, but then again, I recall I ate breakfast and a morning snack before that meeting. At today's weigh-in, I had a 1.4 pound loss. I'm still up 5-6 pounds since early February (all gained post-cruise), grrrr, but I'm still down 20 pounds from my highest weight in 2012. I really need to get my heart and head back in this game in order to reach my goals.

06-26-2014, 03:19 PM
Laura - I'm still on solid foods, so food porn is ok. :rofl: When I start the all liquid...well, let's just say food porn offenders might find themselves on the business end of the rolling pin! :rollpin: :rofl: :lol3: Congrats on the loss. Don't beat yourself up for the overall post-cruise gain. You can do this. Big hugs to you, my friend. :hug: I hope to finish up the reading for book club today at the clinic while I wait for the bariatric surgery class to start.

06-27-2014, 10:35 AM
I'm making this short as I'm getting ready to go to Paragould. Sis texted me while ago and they are leaving Little Rock, AR. So they should be here by noon or after. I'm going to a luncheon honoring the boss that's retiring, but will leave soon after that to go to Paragould.

Every one have a good day.

06-27-2014, 01:47 PM
Good morning ladies,

I learned a lot at the bariatric surgery class yesterday. The presenter for the class is one of the actual surgeons, and he has 11 years experience doing bariatric surgery. He really knew his stuff. The last 1/2 hour of the class was presented by a dietitian explaining what vitamins will need to be taken for the rest of our lives, and also the portion sizes post-surgery. The success rate for the surgery in terms of weight lost and low rate of regaining weight makes it very appealing. I made an appointment with the surgeon for Monday, which is when I'll learn, among other things, the weight I need to get down to before surgery. They weighed all the class participants yesterday, but the amount of weight we need to lose is based off our highest weight on record at Kaiser over the past year. I asked the surgeon if it's possible (or recommended) to use a meal replacement program (like Opti-Fast) to lose the weight prior to surgery. He said he doesn't recommend it because he wants patients to learn strict portion control, healthy eating and practice chewing each bite very well. I will discuss Opti-Fast again with him on Monday, and in the meantime, I'm still keeping my appointment for with the Opti-Fast physician for Tuesday morning, and I should have an idea about what I decide to do by Tuesday afternoon, right now I'm leaning more toward surgery simply because of the much lower rate of regain. According to Kaiser's statistics, the average person loses 66% or more of their excess weight, and over 70% keep most of the weight off for more than 10 years.

After the bariatric surgery class, I went to the gym and did 30 minutes on the recumbent bike. Tonight is aqua aerobics, followed by poker. And tomorrow morning is dog training class.

Ceejay - Enjoy time with your sister. Safe travels.

Laura - Safe travels to you as well. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. :hug:

Annie - I hope you have a great weekend!

Shad - I hope you don't have to put in any work time over the weekend. Get out for a lovely walk if the weather is suitable.

Susie - I hope you have a nice, fun, relaxing weekend.

Happy - Any fun plans? Are you pulling any weekend shifts at the shop?

Terra - keep on walk, walk, walking away the pounds (either indoors or out).

Love and hugs to all,

06-27-2014, 04:57 PM
In Paragould with my sister. They have a big night planned.

06-27-2014, 05:27 PM
Ceejay - Have a wonderful weekend with your sister!

06-27-2014, 08:50 PM
Morning all,
Time to get this done before I get into the swing of housework, present buying, deciding what I have to buy before I get fully packed and stop cooking and what I can eat out of the fridge/ freezer before I leave and general sorting for packing.

It's been busy at work as we try to sort out all the problems before we sign off the project. I think there will be some who will stay on after d'day but it won't be me. I have this project in front of me. They want it done and dusted in 2 and 1/2 weeks. I doubt that it will happen. I have the doco ready to go, but our wonderful ;P implementation screen don't seem to want to come to the aid of the party as far as doing the system stuff goes. There have been some real bullshit reasons as to why they can't do it - apart from the real one, which is they don't know how. But hey, they have already done it for another category in the same transaction. What's with not being able to do it for this category????? Bulldust, bulldust, bulldust.
Other than that project, two more mini projects have landed on my desk. One is almost done, the other I don't think will get done before I go. I'm waiting on business input and that doesn't seem to be forthcoming.

Anyway - 'nough about work.

Terra - :running: :running: :running: :running: :running: :running:

Ceejay - Have a great family time with your uncles and sisters and the extended family. It will be hard without the boss there to whinge to. I can understand the reluctance to dig and delve among pipes to find valves that have been put in the wrong place anyway - or not relocated during upgrades and renovations.

Laura - hope the journey goes well. Such a hard thing to do. Shame on the airlines for not offering bereavement leave. I haven't had to try for any recently but when my dad went, Air New Zealand bumped off a passenger to get DS2 and I a seat when Dad died, and we got first class treatment all the way. Qantas wasn't quite so accommodating but I still got a discount when Mum passed.
Looked up the drongo word. :rofl:
We will see you when you get back.

Michelle - glad that you have made a decision. Interesting that you were going on optifast because of the surgery, but the surgeon is not impressed. Must admit that I agree with him. Yours is going to be a hard road to tread, but you are educating yourself and maybe you now need to take some cooking lessons as well. I'll send you my cooking for one recipe book. I don't use it because I cook for 2 or 4 and freeze the portions. Just remember that American portions are not natural and that's what got you to where you are now in the first place.

Happy - you are beginning to sound like Ruthxxx. Retirement is busier than work.
Certainly walking hills and inclines will burn more calories than walking flat land. Different muscles are used on the way up than on the way down. Just keep walking. DH will find you eventually :rofl: The trip away sounded nice.
With the strawberries - try freezing them when they get to the point that you know you can't eat them all. Then you can make jam, put them into ice cream, make smoothies, stew 'em up and make couli for around puddings etc and just use them in puddings where the recipe calls for frozen or fresh berries, or they can go in fruit loaves etc. Yummo.

I went on a long walk this morning. Up around the rose gardens (just getting ready for the winter prune, down Tinakori Road and looked at Antique shops and old buildings. Down Hill Street to Parliament buildings, past the Railway station and ending up on the wharf. Beautiful morning. I discovered you can have the ultimate apartment on the waterfront for $10 million - let me know if you have a spare million or two lying around. Checked out the maritime police station and its boats and then came back to the apartment to cook breakfast, do the housework and ponder on what to buy my sister for her birthday. Then I thought I should check in here and catch up on the goss.
I've taken some pictures which I will try to put up on the site shortly.
See you.

06-27-2014, 09:02 PM
Aaah yes forgot. I was also having problems with posting. I found that if I clicked the post button again nothing happened, but if I clicked Go Advanced, then it would give me a message that I could not duplicate the post so buzz off. And when I looked, yes it was there.

Right pictures:
It could be an early spring around here - well we haven't really had winter yet. In the Bot Gardens this morning I saw:

Magnolias coming into bloom
Azaleas well into their display
Poppies - windblown but a great display
Tulips poking their leaves out of the group. Should be a great display later

Here are a few pics. In the last you can see the $10million apartment at the top end of the wharf. The monastery on the left has just been sold and will be converted to luxury apartments. Obviously we like to cater for the wealthy.

06-28-2014, 08:23 AM
Thanks for sharing your photos. They are beautiful. 10,000 dollars for an apartment. I heard ocean front property was expensive but whoa!

I slept half way decent last night. It took me awhile to unwind.

Time to get ready for the day. We are going down to breakfast at 7.30 a.m.

06-28-2014, 12:34 PM

Laura ~ Yeah Im having fun making my t-shirt quilt

Michelle & Shad ~ I will be sure to keep up on the walking

Happy ~ Yeah Im sure it will give me happy dreams too, I agree it is a great remembrance

I woke up at 9:00 am this morning, I decided to sleep in this morning so I didnt go for my morning walk but I did take Clyde outside and I took my pills and thats all I've done so far this morning, Im about to have breakfast though. I think Im gonna clean the bathroom today and I still need to dust the computer desk and everything on it so thats what I'll do today.

06-28-2014, 12:42 PM
Hello chicks,

Happy Saturday. Thrift shop meeting went ok, not as I thought it would but that's ok - incentive for me to back off and concentrate on other things like setting up Facebook pages. I am still stuck taking minutes - a lesson I often forget that sometimes it pays NOT to be good at something :rofl: I worked yesterday afternoon - my partner who is in her 70's and small in stature - I'd say maybe 10 to 15 pounds max off ideal weight had some heart tests. She has a terrible family history of heart issues - one of those lot whose body manufactures a ton of bad cholesterol even with the benefits of medication. They put a stent in her, found that both her carotid arteries were severely blocked. She had been having some fainting spells and it's good they caught things when they did. They are telling her strict diet and lose weight and really up the exercise. I know we are a nation of chubbies but it seems the doctors want us all to look like tiny Chinese women :yikes:

Something definitely to be said Shad for the American portions. I look at the servings of Lean Cuisine meals which are fine for a light lunch and many times are quite enough to satisfy me but I often thing that this is what the entire dinner should look like - my dinners are often healthy but have far more foods than that. I guess it's a good retraining tool.

Ceejay - I hope you have a most wonderful time with your sister. Do share the details of the "big night". I hope it didn't end with naked dancing and lamp shades on the heads :rofl:

Shad - lovely flowers. Our lily of the valley have just petered out about 2 weeks ago. I watch some of those reality real estate shows on cable tv so I have seen the insides of these million dollar plus apartments. The thought rolls over and over in my head that many people have far too much money for totally frivolous stuff. Also interesting that in New York City - many of these high priced flats are sold to international clients. The common man (and woman) is more likely to be the one holding the door, cleaning hair out of the pool drain and scrubbing the loos. :rolleyes: Sounds like you have adopted the healthy attitude of :shrug: if you want it done, you have to co-operate with me and give me what I need. Do you remember I am leaving in 2 weeks? Not my problem if you dilly dally. :lol: Thanks for the many tips on the berries. I am not a fan of mushy thawed out strawberries however since these are so flavorful they could be used as a coulis or for tasty cakes or something. And of course there is always the smoothies although I must admit my love affair with them has tempered out.

Michelle - I guess I never considered that but after you mention it, I think the doctor makes an excellent point about rethinking food vs the shake plan. I suppose too that you will have to maximize your protein levels so you may have to focus on "learning to love" if you already don't - new foods that are nutrient dense in some areas. Lots to think about. One thing I heard that was interesting was that you lose the maximum weight in the first year and after that you have to work just as hard to lose the weight as pre-surgery. So I suppose it's best to use that first year to retrain yourself as much as possible. Did they talk about loose skin too - especially for those of us not in our 20's with good collagen anymore. :( And what's with thoroughly chewing everything? Is that so that things don't get "stuck" and it makes it easier to digest with the smaller stomach? Do they recommend a vigorous exercise program from the get go also to help with the toning and weight loss? Guess it totally does turn one's world upside down, doesn't it? Sounds like you have a pretty busy weekend ahead of you. How long is the dog training classes? As to your question to me, nothing exciting planned for the weekend - I do have to start focusing on clearing out some things to take to the thrift shop and get them out of the house. Our donations are starting to drop off so they can use the stuff as well. I am going to Chicago in August and I want to maximize this time left to focus on getting the house in order. I am also going to set up 2 Facebook pages - one for the thrift shop and another for a local business so I need to bone up on some tips for that - will probably do that on Sunday. Did the weather cool off a bit so that it's more comfortable sleeping for you?

Laura - thinking of you this weekend :hug:

Annie - one of the restaurants we go to on the lake has 3 dogs, one of which is a 7 week old dachshund puppy. Cutest thing ever. No wonder you are so enamoured of Sassy. :D Still pulling for you on the job front, it will happen when it does but I can totally understand getting antsy about it already. Things sure aren't like they used to be. :(

Hi Susie, Terra :wave:

It's supposed to be warm today - it's already muggy in the house. I suppose I should get started before it gets too uncomfortable. There is a good breeze blowing through the house even if it's a warm one and with it being sunny out, it will heat up in here once the sun gets overhead so I'd best get busy.

Have a good weekend everyone.

06-29-2014, 10:14 AM
Hello Everyone. I spent most of yesterday cleaning house in the AM. I still need to dust the living room today.

We watched our nephews for a few hours last night while my brother and his partner went to dinner and a movie. They rarely do anything without the boys. It was good for all of them to be apart for a bit and we had a great time with those little guys. Talk about a workout...getting up and down off the floor! ;)

We ended our 12 weeks TOPS Lose-a-thon fundraiser. I ended up with 6 losses, 4 stay the same and two gains and lost 7 lbs. I also made $132 for our chapter. We are going to do another 12 week challenge soon where we will each put in $12 and each week we lose we get a $1 back, if we stay the same or gain that $1 goes to our treasury. We are interested to see how we do with this one. Some people are motivated by "winning", some are motivated by telling others what they want to do and don't like to admit that they "didn't do it"--I think I'm in that group but I'm also very competitive.

I had a 3 lb loss this past week. :D

Terri: Have you done anymore with the quilt project?

Happy: It's very warm in Ohio this weekend. I'm so happy we have the air on.

Thanks for explaining the tag sale. Was it a big success?

Ceejay: I hope you are having a nice time away this weekend. YIKES about shutting those filters and things down manually! I would be terrified to climb over all those pipes and things.

Shad: I keep forgetting that you are in the "winter" season. From the looks of the flowers blooming perhaps it will be a short and mild winter for you.
You are so right about the American portions!

Michelle: As you know, I tried the shake thing and it just wasn't for me. I don't mind one every once in a while but daily they aren't for me. I will say that I'm thinking about making them my "snack" when I come home from work. I'm always hungry when I walk through the door and struggle to not overeat at that time. The shakes that I was using are full of protein and I know that I don't get much of that so I think that using them as that snack (when I just can't get past needing "something" would be a good idea for me.

I'm looking forward to hearing what you find out with your appointment with the surgeon.

Laura: Happy to hear that you had a loss at WW. Keep focusing on that you are 20 lbs down from your highest weight and when you get back from being with your family I know you can refocus and get back to losing weight.

Hi Annie! :wave:

06-29-2014, 12:13 PM
Morning all,

The saga of the cats continues. I swear we have had more issues with these shelter cats than we ever did with cats off the street. Took the older one in for her annual check up. She has always had weepy eyes - at the shelter they said it was due to stress. And it did seem to clear up once we brought her home and she calmed down - for the most part. Would flare up every now and then and she is very skittish so getting near her to clean her eyes is just not happening. The doc said that her eyelids are actually turning inwards and that the eyes are weepy because they are probably irritated. She gave us some eyedrops to be applied twice a day. I'm not sure what happened in Meadow's past life and she was at the shelter for 2 and a half years so she is very, very skittish. Our progress with her has been in little tiny bites at a time and slow in coming. When we first got her if we walked past her she crouched down and bolted from us. It was very difficult to touch her. At first we mostly just left her alone to get comfortable and then gradually we just pushed ourselves on her - first time around we could only brush her once or twice before she ran away. Now she actually comes up to us, meows, gets "in position" facing away from us and expects to be brushed. Her coat looks so much better now with regular grooming. She is weird and certain things can only happen in their "specific place". ie - she will let me sit next to her on the couch but only in the basement. If I try and sit next to her in the living room, she will run like mad. She has just begun to allow me to sit on the vanity bench at the foot of the bed and pet her when she lays at the foot of my bed on a blanket each evening. Some days she is affectionate and allows us to touch and cuddle her, other days she looks at us with fear and runs if we look at her for too long. We usually trim her nails when we take her to the vet because DH had to almost hog tie her when he trimmed her himself and only got 8 of 10 nails at that. So knowing he had to take her to the vet last week, for 2 weeks prior, he would approach her after brushing and pick her up and put her in his lap - which lasted all of 20 seconds tops. But she was getting used to being picked up. He got her to the vet on Tuesday. Wednesday we snatched her in the morning - I held her in my arms and DH administered the eye drops. As soon as I set her down - she bolted under the bed where she stayed pretty much for the next 24 hours. If she did come out and saw us - she flew to the basement and went under that couch which means sitting on the bare cold, cement floor. By yesterday she allowed me to touch her again although she is still very skittish and will not allow DH anywhere near her. So we get a call from the vet on Friday. Meadow's blood work came back and she is diabetic. This means a total change in the habits of the cats. Nina is on expensive prescription cat food for her food allergies - although it does seem that she has grown out of them for the most part now that she's out of the kitten phase. We set out dry food and they both eat the same thing. DH has started giving them wet food - Nina takes a few licks but Meadow is the chow hound. Nina's food is too high carb for Meadow so now we need to get 2 kinds of prescription food - one for each cat, restrict their food intake and re-train them from free range nibbling throughout the day to twice a day eating on demand and no sharing of each other's food. The worst part is that Meadow may need insulin injections twice a day. That is just NOT going to happen. The doc said the needles are fine gauge and don't hurt a lot but they do pinch - I'm thinking oh SURE - just like the dentist says "you'll feel a pinch and your eyes start tearing from the pain". I told the vet that we can't even get ahold of Meadow to trim her nails or give her a second dose of eye drops much less rustle her twice a day for shots. I am willing to do what needs to be done but the poor thing is horribly traumatized when we come near her. I don't want to be scaring the bejeezus out of her and I seriously doubt outside of permanently kenneling her, there's no way we'd catch her. The vet said she understood so we are going to try changing out her food, restricting it so she loses some weight and see how that goes. Her "diabetic" issues have just recently surfaced so hopefully we can manage her disease with less invasive methods. We are both just sick about this. :(

Also my tooth / root canal is no better than when I first went to the dentist. Don't know what's going on but now it is again super sensitive to both heat and cold. And I have a tender spot all the way up by the curve of my nostril against my face so I am so scared of some sort of infection so close to my brain. :dizzy: - I have taken a second round of antibiotics which has made no difference at all. I don't know what's going on and I'm nervous about leaving town next month. So that and a few other things are weighing heavy on my mind. Kind of in a bummed out mood. I guess the best thing to do is immerse myself in some "need to do things" for the time being.

Susie - glad you had fun with the nephews - I'm sure the change of pace was good for them also. I hear you on the shakes as meal replacement. I am so not one of those people who can eat the same thing day after day - the only two things I do routinely is have 1 morning coffee and drink Coca Cola :lol: Congrats on the 3 pounds down - that is a great loss for the week :yay: I think having a challenge at TOPS is a great motivational tool. It's fun to have group events like that.

I hope everyone is having a nice Sunday. I'm going to go get busy.

06-29-2014, 03:18 PM
Good morning ladies,

Friday night was home late, but had a good time. Then it was up early on Saturday to take Santa to training. The dog training classes are supposed to end in a few weeks, but it's taken us a bit longer to learn "auto-sit" where the dog automatically sits when we stop walking, so now the trainer says we can join in with the beginner class that starts in August and he won't charge us. Very nice of him. That way, we'll get through all of the classes (assuming that the new class doesn't get stuck as badly as we did). Speaking of that, I should take Santa to the park today for practicing before I drop him off at day care while I go to the gym and then to yoga. I didn't work out yesterday, got my hair trimmed and colored (strawberry blonde) instead, so I'm going to the gym later to do 1/2 hour on the bike and then go to my yoga class.

For years, I've known I was a sugar addict, but yesterday proved it to me. After my time at the salon, I was hungry and wanted to get some ice cream (for purely medicinal raise my blood sugar...yeah, right). Instead I went to Chipotle (a healthy Mexican chain restaurant) and got my favorite...a salad with steak, beans and brown rice. No dressing, instead I use the pico de gallo salsa. Then right after, I craved something I wanted ice cream. Nope. I went home instead. Later, Santa and I went to the dog park, and on the way home, I wanted to drive "just a few blocks out of the way" to get ice cream. Nope, I went home and had a container of Greek yogurt instead. But I swear, I felt like an addict who was "jones-ing" for her next fix. Sheesh!

I have just started a great book. "It Ain't Over 'till the Thin Lady Sings" by Michelle Ritchie. She is a counselor who has worked with drug and alcohol addicts and also works with weight loss surgery patients. She has also had weight loss surgery and really describe what to expect, how to prepare, and most importantly what won't/can't be magically fixed by having weight loss surgery (our relationship with food, turning to food for comfort, etc.). I'm only a few chapters into the book but so far I think it would be beneficial with anyone who struggles with losing weight and turns to food in times of stress, even if there's no way you'd consider weight loss surgery (just skip over those parts).


Shad - You are right about American portions not being natural! And that, along with the massive carb intake over the years, are what got me where I am. A cooking for 1 cookbook sounds perfect. I'll also check the local colleges and see if they offer any basic cooking for 1 or 2 classes. I am going to have to train myself to start enjoying cooking, and in smaller portions. And you're right...this is not going to be easy, but I must do it, so I will do it. Anytime I think of eating or drinking empty calories or skipping a chance to exercise, I'll just envision myself with a walker or in a wheelchair, because that may not be too far off.

Terra - I'd love to see a photo of the quilt when you have it done.

Ceejay - Hope you're having a great time with your sister and other relatives!

Happy - You are definitely keeping busy in your "retirement"! :lol: You're right about Lean Cuisine portions. If that's the proper portions, I think 99% of America needs to be retrained. And to think, after surgery, a Lean Cuisine will likely be 2 meals for me. :lol: Though, due to the sodium and preservatives, I will definitely want to cut back the amount of processed food I eat. You and Shad continue to stretch my vocabulary...drongo, bulldust, and now coulis? What is a coulis? After surgery, the number 1 rule of eating is EAT PROTEIN FIRST because it keeps you feeling full longer. I will definitely have to retrain with nutrient dense foods because there simply won't be room for empty calories. Due to the way gastric bypass works, I will have to take lots of different vitamins daily to ensure I get the necessary nutrients. You are right, about the first year being key. This is for a few reasons...the first being that for the first year or 18 months, you don't feel hungry. Something about the surgery inhibits the production of the hormone ghrelin that makes you feel hungry. Good stuff!! Also, it is possible to stretch out your pouch, but we don't want to do that, because after the first year when the hunger hormones come back, we need the smallest pouch possible to minimize our eating and maximize our feeling full. So the surgeon said that the first 12-18 months post-surgery are the "prime time" to lose as much weight as possible. The reason for the insane chewing is to throughly mush up the food to aid in digestion and nutrient absorbtion, and so things don't get stuck. I am realizing now how very little I chew my food - a few chews and down the hatch! They do most definitely recommend exercise. Starting with walking on the day of surgery in the hospital, gradually working up to faster pace, and eventually incorporating weights a few weeks (not sure how many weeks) post surgery. To answer your question, the weather here has been nice. In the low to mid 80s. We occasionally get temps in the low 90s, but at least it cools off at night, so with the fan circulating the air, I'm able to sleep. The 7 wk old dachshund puppy sounds adorable. I feel so bad for poor dear Meadow. She must have had a rough life before you found her at the shelter. Good luck with the eyedrops. Actually, the insulin needles aren't too bad. We had to give our cat twice daily insulin for about 10 years. Just lift the scruff of the neck and inject it there into the scruff. My cat never even flinched. In fact, after a few months, he would come and "remind" us that it was time for his shot. The insulin injection will likely be much less traumatic and feel much less invasive than the eye drops or nail trimming. I hope your dental/sinus issues clear up soon. :hug: :hug:

Laura - Been thinking of you all weekend. Sending you and your family lots of love and prayers.

Annie - Hope you're having a great weekeend. Sending you lots of love and good vibes.

Susie - Congrats on the losses at TOPS, especially the 3lb loss this past week!!!! So nice of you and your DH to watch your nephews. :D I can totally relate to sometimes just "needing" a little something. I'm really finding the best bang for my buck in terms of feeling satiated/filling me up/staving off hunger are Greek yogurt or string cheese. Thankfully those are both low-cal and will be things I can use after surgery.

Okay...time to get ready for the day, make out a shopping list to go with my 1200 cal a day plan, get to the gym and then yoga later. Does anyone know if/how on MyFitnessPal if you can set it so that the calories you burn exercising DON'T get added to your food allowance?

Love and hugs,

06-29-2014, 04:28 PM

A coulis (/kuːˈliː/ koo-LEE; French, from Old French couleis, from Vulgar Latin cōlāticus, from Latin cōlātus, past participle of cōlāre, to strain) is a form of thick sauce made from puréed and strained vegetables or fruits. A vegetable coulis is commonly used on meat and vegetable dishes, and it can also be used as a base for soups or other sauces. Fruit coulis are most often used on desserts. Raspberry coulis, for example, is especially popular with poached apples.

The term originally referred to the released juices of cooked meats, and today can sometimes refer to a puréed soup of shellfish.

Knowledge that might come in handy for post-surgery

06-29-2014, 04:29 PM
Can't stop this morning. Too much to do. Heads to bash together, doco to fix, consultants to insult, bosses to whinge to.

What a life!!!!

06-29-2014, 08:46 PM
Happy - You are is good for me to know about pureed fruits and veg, as that will be my diet for a short while after surgery. Thanks for the education. :D

I'm pretty tired after riding the bike and then doing yoga. I have to finish reading my bariatric surgery binder before tomorrow afternoon's appointment, so I'd best get to it.

06-29-2014, 09:13 PM
Ate things yesterday that I shouldn't have and paid for it big time this morning. Was going to go to church this morning with my sister and bil but told them I just didn't feel like it. I had to drive home in a down pour and thunder and lightening. They were going to Nashville after church. I got home and crashed on the couch. Also got a phone call from my Missouri sister wanting to know when I was coming up in August. I told her on Labor day. She's making plans.

I got to see people that I haven't seen in a long time. But felt like a third wheel so to speak. These people were upper classman.

Will be back later do to personals. I'm still tired,

06-30-2014, 01:52 PM
Morning all,

Alarm went off early at 5:30 today. Didn't want to get up. Spent 15 minutes laying in bed and stretching and finding a zillion reasons why I didn't want to get out of bed and go to yoga. In the end I decided to be stronger than my excuses and got up. :yay: Meadow also jumped on the bed and let me know she was hungry. ;)

Class was a bit more strenuous today - I swear my arms and legs shrunk at least 6 inches - having trouble grasping them in a rolled posture. There was a new lady there - a sister to one of the regulars She was tall, overweight and out of shape. Like me she had knee issues. I felt badly for her - you could see she was frustrated not being able to keep up. It makes it worse that there are some 80 year olds in our class who are bendy and not as tippy as me. :o I wanted to say to her - just do what you can - don't pay a mind to the others which is why I take a place in the front of the class rather than in the back. Yep, it's embarrassing that we are not able to bend and stretch and everything is an effort. Today my feet were really hurting with the arthritis but I feel that it's important to do little things to just keep plugging away and trying. Trying is better than giving up. :D

Ceejay - I was talking to my sister yesterday about the few items I want to eat when I go to Chicago. I told her that as I get away from the not so good stuff - if I do eat it, I feel awful for it and not just guilty so I can totally empathise with how you feel. It sounded so good at the moment :^: Hope you got some rest - that's a long drive in bad weather. I think being tense at the steering wheel doesn't help either.

Thanks for the explanation Shad. I am more familiar with fruit coulis than vegetable ones - I shall have to expand my horizons :chef: Is this the countdown to the craziness at work as the days dwindle down and the work load goes up proportionately? Just do what you can.

Michelle - thanks for the book recommendation. I will have to check that out. Also for the explanations on the surgical follow up. You are right about not chewing food for the proper amount of time. Good for you for avoiding the temptations of the ice cream. :cp: That can follow you around like one of those annoying gnats - eat me, eat me, EAT ME I SAY!! :lol: Reminds me of how I feel when I decide I should give up Coke :lol: As for the cat, it's the chasing after her to catch her that will be the problem. She is so fearful, I'm not sure what awful thoughts come into her head when you approach her - the fear in her eyes is just pathetic. I hope you have good luck with your medical appointments this week. It sounds as if they are very very thorough in preparing one for surgery. That's a good thing.

Hello to the others. DH is calling me and he who must be obeyed will be obeyed. I have to stop him from ripping out all the perennials on the side of the house. Just because it doesn't flower doesn't mean it's a WEED. ;)

Later chicks. :wave:

06-30-2014, 04:26 PM
It's July - guess we need a new thread.
Do we still need butt kickers??

06-30-2014, 05:39 PM
I vote for some sort of fun title. Jiggly Worldies in July HAVE MORE FUN! :lol3: :lol3: :lol3: That'll get the lurkers spying on us. :rofl:

06-30-2014, 06:27 PM
Yes Arse kickers still needed in my department.

06-30-2014, 08:55 PM
Aaargh lost my post, but it was short anyway. Quick pop in to say hi. Going home tomorrow. Full day today & I'm tired. Almost 7 pm - too early for bed??. Kidding - last thing I want to do is wake up in the middle of the night. TTFN.

06-30-2014, 09:45 PM
Happy ~ Yeah, I have a half of the border on one of the t-shirts done

Michelle ~ I'll be sure to post a pic

Im about to go for my evening walk in about 30 mins. I didnt get my morning walk in cause I had to go to a job interview this morning, I'll be sure to get my morning walk in tomorrow morning and of course I'll get my evening walk in tomorrow night as well.

07-01-2014, 01:26 AM
Busy day. I'll try and post all about it tomorrow night. All good at all the doc appointments.

Heading to the beach tomorrow morning! Can't wait!

Love and hugs,

07-01-2014, 11:03 AM
Morning all - Happy July 1. No time to set up a new thread - I am running behind and will just barely make it on time to my shift this morning. Will be back later to catch up / set up if needed.

07-01-2014, 04:20 PM
Don't post here anymore. Come over to July and midwinter in NZ. Hey we are beginning to have Christmas in July dinners now.