Weight Loss Support - Over 50 and Getting Healthy #5

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10-16-2003, 02:14 PM
Hi, all--

The thread got too long so I thought I'd start a new one. I think it was at 11 pages!

Of course, now I don't remember what everyone was talking about except for separating 6 eggs into 6 bowls (man, I howled at that one!) and mice. And it sounds like Bluet is working too hard.

Ah, mice. We would get field mice in our garage and our cat, whose litterbox was in the garage, would bring them back into the house, chase them around a little bit, and then leave the little mice to raid the pantry. It was not pleasant. We had to set traps, and those mice were not relocated, if you know what I mean. I remember one morning one of my dogs was sniffing under the stereo, then started scratching the carpet. I thought she'd lost her bone under there, but when I lifted up the stereo, a mouse ran out. I'm just thankful I didn't drop the stereo console on my foot in my haste to get out of there. We also had them in our heating ducts, so when we were drifiting off to sleep we'd hear them scrabbling about.

Ow, ow, ow! That's all I can say after my root canal. I figure I got a lot of exercise shaking in the chair for two hours. Except for keeping my mouth open the entire time (oh, my aching jaws!), and listening to all the scraping and filing plus the drills, oh how I hate the drills, the procedure wasn't too bad. But last night my mouth hurt, and it does this morning, too. I'll be living on Advil for a while.

Still no word from my DD, although I know she's very busy. I've already written letter No. 4, and it's ready to go to the post office. I told my DH that we would have to actually do something just to have something to write about. We are going on a house tour this weekend to visit homes that have been remodeled. What 20 year old wouldn't want to hear about that?

Well, it's raining cats and dogs here. Oh, no, that's in the house and actually it's raining cat and dog fur--outside it's raining huge drops. It was my weight training day so my muscles are a bit sore. Time for a nice hot bath.

10-16-2003, 09:13 PM
I can't believe the conversations...go from recipes to mice!:lol: Reminded me of once when one of my daughters was about 9 yrs old. She was helping me set the table & we went to the silverware drawer together. When I opened it, a mouse jumped out into my hand! I threw it straight up in the air (as I screamed!) SHE then caught it & did the same! We tossed that poor mouse back & forth for awhile!

Willow...sometimes I wonder if your stories are true.:lol: You know...sound too good to be....;) I know I sure do enjoy them!!:D Wish we could all spend time together in person...wouldn't that be great?! We could sit up all night telling stories! As far as the eggs...that's something I might even do...I am NOT a cook!

Sheila...I WILL be glad when you hear from your daughter. I'm sure she's ok...just a parent needs reassurance. My SIL in Iraq was moved over the last few days, & daughter hasn't heard from him. She's getting nervous, again. Hope she hears something soon.
Hope your tooth & jaw is better now. Never had a root canal, but DH did. Ouch!

Fatpuss...Our husbands sound a lot alike. Mine's not a scientist...but he THINKS he is! http://home.att.net/~scorh/Sign01d.gif

10-16-2003, 11:19 PM
I fell asleep in front of this computer this afternoon, after work, and was almost late for the WW meeting.
I just can't seem to get in the swing of it. I was down 2.8 pounds, but I'm still up .6 pounds from starting weight. I have to get more disciplined with activity, that's all there is to it. Even healthy foods will make me gain weight if I don't get active because I've got a big appetite, plain and simple. And I cannot eat small amounts. That's just the way I am. If I try to live on small amounts of food, I feel cheated and then want to eat more than normal.

Tonight I had a bowl of that 15 bean soup I made in the crock pot last night. It is soooo good, I want another bowl, but it's getting too late. Can't eat so close to bed time. I had some pesta garlic cheese in a pita pocket with it.

I'll be glad when 3 PM tomorrow gets here. 2 glorious days away from work!

In 2 weeks I'll be able to start using the pool at the motel. That should be some fun exercise.

Charlotte, I assure you, my stories are true. I can't imagine why anyone would want to make up stories when real life is more fun. Besides, if you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

I thought your mouse experience was much more hilarious than mine! :lol: I bet that poor mouse thought he was on a carnival ride.
I too wish we could all meet in person. Man! What a gab session THAT would be! :gossip: Maybe some day, .....

I pray your son-in-law is safe.

Sheila, thanks for starting a new thread. I was going to do it the last couple of days, but always got sidetracked.

I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who gets a mouse or two every fall.

Oh geez, I sure hope your tooth is feeling better by now. I cringe when I think of it.

Bluet, thanks for the info on the SUNRISE CLOCK. I think I do get worse with my moods in the winter, but at the same time, I enjoy watching a beautiful snow fall. I always feel safe and warm when I can sit by the window in my pajamas and watch a snow storm.
It probably wouldn't be so bad if a person could see a little more daylight, but when it's dark when you go to work, and dark within a couple hours of getting out of work, and there aren't any windows to look outdoors from at work, it gets to seem like perpetual darkness.

Puss, I loved the story of your hubby making the hot chocolate! :lol: Priceless!!
I bet we could all come up with some good ones if we thought back about what the men in our lives have done.

Well, girls, I need to get some sleep. I'm really tired!
See you all tomorrow! Have a good night!

10-17-2003, 11:07 AM
Hi everyone...
BLUET has gotten lost, so I left her a link to get back to you. But in case she doesn't find her way back I thought I would let you know. Below is her letter - poor sweetie.

Maybe someone could fill her in on how the threads work ;)

God Bless!

Bluet wrote:Hi,
I can' t find any of you where are you? This is too confusing for me. I work with computers everyday all day long so I know it can't be that difficult. What's up with this page business?

Well, I think we are finally done down-sizing at work and everyone has found their new space and is getting accustomed to it. Man, I can't believe what I had to go through to get people to move and be motivated. I had one who didn't want to clean the area she left or the area she went to. It was too difficult for her, she is still stressed out from the move. I had another one who we didn't move and she is moping around not talking to anyone. Another one who wanted to help everyone move and had tons of energy, so things were flying out of people's cubicles and getting mixed up. For two weeks now the office has been in complete disarray. And everyone knows I can't stand a mess. In the meantime work keeps piling up on my desk. I know I am too old to go out and look for another job, but some days I am so tempted.

Well I watched Survivor again tonight and it didn't even cheer me up. Well, what's to be happy about watching grown adults drinking concoctions of sardines, squid, bleeding clams, oysters,etc blended together to make a drink to see how fast one can gulp it down and keep it down. Just thinking about it I would have lost and had to go home. No Million for me.

DH is completely lost in the World Series and hogging the big screen TV. I have to go to another room if I want to watch something, but there is really nothing I want to watch. I would rather be reading a book. I am too much of a scardey cat to read mystery novels. I am o.k. until I have to stay home alone and then I get spooked. It doesn't help living in the country

Last year we were babysitting our two oldest daughters children.
The local Catholic school system was advertising a haunted house at one of the churches. It was advertised as suitable for preschool and up. We went to the haunted house stood in line for about 1/2 hour and then it was our turn to go inside. The beginning of the course was relatively safe, but then when we got to the second floor it was very dark and people were hidden in boxes and such were reaching out and touching you. Well the grandkids started screaming and trying to get out or hide, and it was not funny. It was dark and DH and I were trying to keep track of all five of the grandkids. That was the first time we had ever gone and the last. All the way home, my grand daughter kept asking if we would not take her ever again to the scary house. The boys felt the same way, So this year we are not going to the scarey house.

Well dear ladies, I am heading to bed. Tomorrow is Friday . Yah

Bye for now.


"Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend." Plautus

10-17-2003, 11:16 AM

10-17-2003, 08:05 PM
Gosh...who started all these mice stories, anyway?? I will be having the heebie jeebies tonight and dreaming of them!! Angel, I always love your icons but the mouse!!! Sheila, hope your mouth is a little better now, root canals are not pleasant. I am glad you can now write to DD even though you haven't had word from her yet - I am sure she will be dying to tell you about her new life in the military. Angel, I hope you all hear from your SIL soon to put your minds at rest. Without dwelling on the subject, if I'd have had a mouse on my hand I honestly think I would be rocking myself into a stupor in an asylum for years ahead. The very thought of it! Willow, well done :cb: 2.8lb is 3lb by any other name. You are back on track now. I too have a large appetite and last night found myself eating too much, too late. Bluet, I don't read mysteries, I meant thrillers as in espionage and political intreague or murder. I would be worse than your little grandkids in that house if I read those kind of books. I totally agree with you regarding the isolation of your house too. Years ago in the middle of the Scottish highlands we filled up the car at an isolated petrol station. I got talking to the lady who ran it and said I would be terrified living there in the isolated countryside, I would feel like I could be murdered in my bed without a pack of wolfhounds running round the place. She said she would be terrified living in Liverpool City (she could tell from my accent where I was raised) because of its relevant violence. Strange what we feel safe with eh? Horses for courses and all that. I don't envy your office re-organisation, sounds like a dead-cert for stress for you. Is the world series baseball or football? I don't think you mean the rugby world cup taking place now in Australia, do you? We are all glued to the tv and even DH manages to catch it abroad. I did hear a rude comment last year about the US world series about how could Americans call something the World Series when only America participates in it. Is that right? I hope you have found the new thread now - when I first joined this I took ages finding the new one too.
Well, was reasonably good with foods today and as we were leaving work a friend asked if I had plans for the weekend. I said yes, I hoped to hibernate and lock the front door tonight and not open it until work Monday morning. Just then I received a text message on my mobile phone (cell phone?) from same male friend asking if I wanted to go to the dog racing on Saturday. I have only myself to blame for this because he has never been to it before and I was saying what fun it is (I have only been about six times in my life). Who knows, I may get lucky and win a fortune but for the amounts I bet on a race the odds would have to be 2,000,000.00 to one, ha ha. I like seeing all the greyhounds all excited and wagging their tails at the end of a race. I used to date a chap whose best friend had two dogs and they were treated and fed better than the rest of the family. The sad part, as you will know, Sheila, is they are usually unwanted after their racing careers are over but we have quite a few rescue centres for them here in the UK, we are big on animals here (also big on neglect, unfortunately). I visited a business last year where the Director had a lovely greyhound in his office. He told me that she was a champion he had bought in Ireland but came last in all her races in England. He sent her back to Ireland thinking she was homesick but she never regained her form. The kennels didn't want her anymore so he travelled to Ireland and brought her back as a pet. He had a few errors in his books but I didn't have the heart to fine him because he was so sweet to the dog.

10-17-2003, 08:46 PM
I am sure my post was sent ok but can't find it, maybe it went to the old site if that's possible, or maybe it timed out. Bluet lost the thread and I have lost a post.

10-17-2003, 08:48 PM
Gosh, that was weird, my big post wasn't there just 30 secs ago and the short one above this was posted 30 mins after the big one. Oh, too late to try to figure this out. Night night all (especially fellow Waltons-wanted-to-be)

10-17-2003, 09:38 PM
For SunnyD...
Thank you so very much! Please feel free to stop in and visit us any time.
You found our Bluet for us..... We owe you!!!

WILLOW ~ You are welcome!
Thank you for the invite, but I am only 46 - does that matter? ;)

ANGEL knows who I am ;)
Hope that Bluet finds her way home...

Take Care!

10-18-2003, 12:26 AM
I have caught my daughter-in-laws horrible sore throat and bronchitis. I felt it starting last night, and by noon today I was miserable. I haven't had such a painful sore throat in years! I thought for sure I had strep throat, but I went in for a throat culture after work, and they did one of those quickie ones, and it was negative. I lose all sound at times when I speak.
I stopped at the drug store on my way home and bought a bunch of throat lozenges, throat spray, cough drops, so hopefully it'll disappear in a couple of days.

Anyway, Puss, I guess I'm the culprit who started talking about mice. It went from earwigs, to Asian Beetles,, to Bluet saying how she despises a fly getting in the house, to me agreeing and adding mice to the pest mixture. Sorry about that.

I hope you win big at the race track tomorrow. I guess I'll gamble this week too and buy a lottery ticket, or a few for that matter. I think it's up there pretty high now.

Bluet, I see they have put some advertising on the sides of the pages now instead of at the top. I looks weird.

So glad you got your office back in order.
I can never contribute anything to a conversation about anything on TV because I so very seldom watch it. I don't like any of the shows that are on now days. I love "everybody loves Raymond".
And I watch the investigative reports and COPS and that kind of stuff. But, not very often.

Years ago I went into a haunted house, and I'm claustrophobic, and it didn't go well, so I just don't go anymore.

Well, girls, I've waited for the weekend all week, and now that it's here, I'm STILL going to bed early because of this blasted upper respiratory thing I've got going on. Guess I'll take some Advil and prop myself up in bed and watch a bit of TV till I fall asleep.

Take care, and have a wonderful weekend.

10-18-2003, 01:02 AM
Well, Well, Well!!!

Thank goodness for SunnyD. I still can not get to this page when I click on the prompt in my email message that tells me someone has posted to this thread. This has never happened before. I have to take the long route of going through the sites pages to find all of you.

How embarrassing, here I am pouring my heart out to you guys, telling things I would only tell just you guys and what happens? I end up out there in cyberspace with the whole world reading my post. And did you guys come looking for mr noooooo, I had to be picked up by a complete stranger. Well thank goodness there are nice people like her willing to pick up a hitchhiker. I guess I'll have to keep taking the long way home, if I can't get off of page 11.

Puss, I was laughing so hard, you are absolutely right. Funny how we take things for granted. "World Series" is baseball and it never ocurred to me that the only teams that ever play in it are American and Canadian. What an eye opener that was. I am still giggling. Nope I still haven't touched the white wine, it has been 8 months now, but some of the things I do, I bet people think I am taking a nip now and then.

Wouldn't it be neat if we could all get together sometime, I would be so excited, I would be jumping up and down. You guys would have to hold me down the first half hour. We would all probably start talking all at once.

Shiela, sorry about the tooth. I have three crowns, on some of my molars, but no root things done.....thank goodness. DH has had a couple and if he complains, then I know it hurts. No Thank You! It is a heartbreaker when those children leave home. Reading you posts I got that sad hard lump in my throat remembering when my girls left home to go to college. Tell us some more DD stories, they always cheer us up. The dear man.

Willow, have you locked your back door yet. Work Ugh.... I would love to have taken Puss' advice and locked the back door when I got home from work today, but alas the grand kids are in and out and I certainly can't ignore them. I hope I can catch up with my real work next week. Well, keeping busy makes the day speed along so what the hey then.

Charolett, pretty cute mouse you have running around on the screen. We always get a couple in the house every year too. I absolutely hate it! It is a condition among other things of living in the country. I am not good with wild animals. It bothers me that I never know what they are thinking and I think it is some nerve showing up in my house uninvited.

Well I had better get myself off to bed. Willow thank you for all your help in getting me back home again. I really think something weird is happening with the forum or the intenet though, couldn't possible be perfect little old me could it? :^:

You are all very precious :grouphug:


"There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship." Saint Thomas Aquinas

10-18-2003, 08:48 AM
Morning BLUET ~ Glad to see you found your home again... each time a thread is changed you have to go down to the bottom of the new page and SUBSCRIBE to it again. Then it will show up in your e-mail again. Just scroll down to where you see Subscribe to this Thread and click on it.

Good Luck and Have a Restful Weekend.

10-18-2003, 04:53 PM
Hi everybody...Bluet...glad to see you made it home! I had no idea you were lost...but thankful SunnyD found you. She's a very sweet person...has helped me a lot. Know what you mean about mice. We live in the country. Right now, our house is wide open, with us working on it. So, you know what we're having problems with! I received an email telling all the different ways of using Bounty tissues. One was putting them on the floor for mice. They don't like the smell & will stay away. So...since I have no real "house" or "floor" anyway, I scattered the Bounty "everywhere"!!! Everyone that comes in wants to know what in the world is going on!! I say..."makes the house smell good"...& it does!! Oh, I also believe it DOES help with the mice!

Bluet...you may be right about the email. But, I find that if I don't post, I don't receive the email notification. But, if I do, then I receive notification of the next few posts. Anyway, I usually just go to the forum & find the thread I want...I'm on about 3 anyway.

Willow...sorry you're not feeling well. Hope you get better soon. I agree the ads look strange. But, I can live with it.

Fatpuss...maybe I can find something besides mice this time!:lol: http://aunimages.animfactory.com/animations/objects/miscellaneous/shopping_bag_md_clr.gif

10-19-2003, 06:06 AM
SunnyD thanks for bringing our Bluet back safe and sound - you don't have to be 50 to join us, I was 49 when I joined in the early Summer. Bluet, don't feel bad about getting lost, I was the same and only by saving the new thread to 'favourites' do I get here so quickly. I agree with you, for us all to meet up would be fun and I bring you some steamy British BR novels! Willow I hope you are feeling a bit better by now, bronchitis especially is horrible and you will probably need anti-biotics for that. Sheila, have you heard from DD yet? It probably seems an age to you and your DH but to her with her new busy training and lifestyle meeting so many new friends it is probably a short time. Plus, I guess she will be quite exhausted for a while. Jacqui, are you ok? Hope you are less stressed now your DM is in assisted housing and you are finding yourself more relaxed. I still have the nightly phone calls to make to my mother and as my brother says "same s**t, different day". Good job we have each other for support, he seems to be calmer when things get really bad, can shelve it all but I end up having nightmares and waking up with her on my mind the next day. Well, my dog racing night went very well. Once I had instructed dear friend on the differnt types of bets, (I worked at a Turf Accountants (betting shop) as a student) we were away and I won 3 out of the first five races by literally rooting for the underdog. Magnanimously I decreed that we would split any winnings and then I won the next race with the pricely prize of $14!! He won two further races bringing our grand total to about $40...I text the kids to say all their money worries were now over!! Daughter text back to ask for a silver AUDI sports car, no problem. It was a good evening and our winnings meant that the whole evening cost us about $7.5 each. We didn't stay in the indoor area but stood ringside to look at the dogs as they paraded round and I was frozen by the end of the night. I must confess, I had a tray of french fries dripping in salt and vinegar outdoors - haven't done that since I was a kid and shouldn't have had them but hey, I was celebrating massive wins here. Hope everyone is well.

10-19-2003, 06:12 AM
Angel - I didn't leave you out, I had written a little note to myself to look up in the dictionary a word for your latest creation and it is SUPERLATIVE - that's what your latest creation is!! It is your best so far in my book, I love it to bits. As for the hint with the Bounty tissues - no way, I would be outta the house if I even SUSPECTED I had a mickey mouse living with me. How's the work going in the house? Must be a lot more heartening knowing everything you do now is towards moving in rather than at the begining when it was trying to salvage the bits to move out. I think your run of bad luck has probably ended and that will be your share now forever - I hope so.

10-19-2003, 10:59 AM
Hi everyone...
Fatpuss...glad you like the image. As for the mice...I don't really have much choice! At least the Bounty & poison makes them a little drunk... http://www.gifs.net/animate/105-02_ani.gif so DH can get them out.....or it would be... http://www.gifs.net/animate/101-101_ani.gif around here! Maybe with winter coming on, they'll freeze their little hynies off!!

The work on the house has slowed down a bit. Winter is on us & DH has been insulating the two rooms we're in, so we'll be warm enough. And we are. Kind of waiting to see what happens with settlement, too. He's gotten really tired. Hasn't stopped, just not going at it as he had been. Our money is almost gone...so we're needing to see how far we have to stretch it...or if settlement will ease the pressure. I'm fairly sure we'll be working on it another year. Nov 2 will be one year!
Glad you had fun at the races! Oh...& got so RICH!!!

Hello to everyone...gotta get gone to church.

10-19-2003, 04:15 PM
Now how could you all hate mice so much --- they are so cute ;) Besides... I have three cats, so problems with mice here :lol:

Thanks FATPUSS ~ I have been a long time lurker because I am a big fan of ANGEL's ;) I enjoyed all her graphics (and posts) & animations because I too use them allot. So I followed... and really liked the threads ANGEL joined. I am involved in a couple threads right now, so maybe once in awhile, if you all don't mind I may chime in, but in the meantime I will continue to lurk and enjoy your writing if you all don't mind :) You make me laugh... love your sense of humor! All of you are neat people.

Hi ANGEL :wave:

Take Care & God Bless!

10-19-2003, 04:25 PM
This was in our local paper the other day, and I just read it closely today. Maybe this is what would help me and my big appetite.

A kind of pacemaker for the tummy, an implanted electrical device that fools the body into feeling full, appears to be an effective alternative to radical digestive surgery for helping obese people shed large amounts of weight.
If it proves successful in larger studies, the experimental device could offer a new way to help very large people slim down when they cannot lose weight on diets or with appetite-suppressing drugs.
Researchers on Sunday presented preliminary data on the usefulness of the approach, which has been tested on 450 people to show it's safety.

Surgical techniques that shrink the stomach and reroute the digestive tract are the only highly reliable way to make obese people lose weight. However, this is major surgery that carries significant risk, including a 1-percent chance of death.

The new device is called an implantable gastric stimulator and is similar to a cardiac pacemaker. But, instead of stimulating the heart, this one is attached to the wall of the stomach and is intended to reduce feelings of hunger.

The researchers implanted the devices in 30 obese women and men whose average weight was 242 pounds. Their average BMI was 42.
After a year with the implants, two-thirds of the volunteers had lost weight. The average was an 18 percent drop in their excess weight. The system uses an electrical pulse generator, a little larger than a silver dollar, that is placed under the skin in the abdomen and connected to the stomach with two wires.
Implanting it takes less than an hour and is done as an outpatient laparoscopic procedure.

Still have the sore throat and bronchitis. Eating cough drops and sucking on throat lozenges non-stop.

I went to J. C. Penney and ordered two swimsuits yesterday. Getting ready for the pool at the motel. I have 2 suits, but, they're getting old.

I haven't heard a word from anyone all weekend, which is just as well, because I don't feel like having company or talking a lot anyway.

I am so very uncomfortable in all this fat.
It's hard to move, hard to breathe, hard to lie down, hard to walk, hard to bend, ...........
And I can't find my enthusiasm anymore, either.

You'd think I'd be in a good mood today because the sun is shining and it's beautiful outdoors, ... but I don't even want to take the energy to get dressed and go out there.

Maybe I'll go try to take a nap.

Yesterday I woke up at 7 AM, got up for an hour and a half, then felt overwhelmingly tired, went back to bed and slept until 11:45 AM!!! It HAS to be this upper respiratory thing, because once I'm awake and up, that's it for the day. It actually felt kind of good though, even though I kind of felt like I had done something wrong, strangely. I don't know. Guess I'm just weird.

Well, everyone have a good day.

10-19-2003, 10:48 PM
Hello SunnyD...http://www.gifs.net/animate/jmcwelcome.gif to this thread! We'd love to have you drop by any time!

Willow...My DH saw that on TV ...tried to tell me about it, but always gets details mixed up.:lol: I hope you get to feeling better...this isn't the kind of post I'm used to reading from you...troubles me. DH says if we sleep a lot, though, we must be needing to...so...get your rest!

Hope all have a good Monday!http://www.gifs.net/animate/cobycatt.gif

10-20-2003, 11:08 AM
Just a quickie - am working from home and taking a cup of tea break. Angel, where do you get your images from, that drunken mouse had me howling. If I knew how to do them I would find a big man (or mouse) trap and put it underneath him! You and your DH need to take care of each other, the past year has not only been physically draining for you both, but mentally too. I know you don't need me to tell you that but it does no harm to remind people sometimes when they are rushing round doing for others too. Take it easy for a while. Willow, you are obviously feeling down because you ARE down, physically - bronchitis, sore throat and working schedule, and I don't need to be a doctor to tell you that, either. Have you seen a doctor about the bronchitis? When you feel better you will get this all into proportion ie the dieting etc. Did I tell you I have a colleague who had her stomach stapled (it's irreversable) last year? Cost her about 11,000 dollars and she looks good. To be honest I didn't think she needed it because she is a tall, big-boned lady and it seems she was at the lowest end of the weight scale where a doctor deems it necessary. She could only eat a tiny portion of what the rest of us were gorging because she said she can feel it backing up her gullet if she overeats. I guess it's a solution for some but the fact that there's no reversing it would deter me. I might have to save up for a hair transplant soon, I have noticed for a while (long before the diet) that my hair wasn't as thick as it used to be and now it is thinning in parts where it used to be wild, thick and wavy. This must be hormonal the type that little old ladies get but I am only just 50 so heavens knows what's going on. I mentioned it to the doc last year and he just dismissed me as 'nothing can be done' - he's a real charmer. Sheila are you ok? And Bluet? And Jacqui? SunnyD, you are more than welcome to drop by anytime you like and I love your cute little icons too.

10-20-2003, 11:14 AM
Hi Everyone,

Just out of curiousity SunnyD where did you you find me? I think what I had done was start a new thread out of desperation. Thank you for finding my way home for me. Also thank you for pointing out to me that I had to resubscribe to receive email notification of the correct page to go to. I have taken Puss's suggestion too, and created a desk top image directly to the page. I will have to change it each time we start over. Sometimes, we cannot see the trees for the forest. But anyway, thank you so much for your help. :)

Willow, damn, you sound depressed, is there anything we can do to help you? I don't like hearing about the gastric whatever thing. Don't even think about it until your mood changes. I can come to Minnesota, you know, I am only 5 hours from St. Paul and they are all good roads. If you don't start sounding better, I'll be showing up. Hwy 29 across Wisconsin is double highway all the way. Sounds like you need to get your butt to the doctor and get an antibiotic for that throat. I agree with Charlotte, you don't sound like yourself. :?:

Puss, what a little rascal you are out gambling and winning such big bucks. Goodnes, what will you be up to next? I think DH, better get back to England soon. ;) Just kidding. Glad you had a good time. Fries, salt and vinegar, hmmmmm, insteresting combination. I am not too sure, about trying that, but it must be good if you like it. I like fries, salt and mayo, way too much, it probably tastes about the same. I finished a Susan Wiggs novel this weekend "A Summer Affair" and started a Browyn Williams novel this morning before work. This one does not take place in England either, it takes place on the islands off of North Carolina, but in the same time period of novels I usually read, the 1800's.
Browyn Williams are actually two sisters that write a story each time together. They live and grew up n North Carolina. I read a few of their books, years ago, and noticed this one at the library, so thought I would give it a try.

Charolett, I don't envy you living in two rooms for the winter, I wish things were better for you. You have a strong faith, and that is a very good thing. I just know this trajedy you are suffering will turn into a good thing. Your graphics are so sweet, you look like an expert.

I spent the entire weekend entertaining our grandaughter who lives next door. I thought I would give my daughter a break, she is feeling really sleep deprived lately with the new baby. My SIL and my grandson were out of town helping SIL's Mom and Dad so my daughter just had the baby to look after, so she slept when the baby did.

Well gotta get going, get some work done.

Take care all of you. :grouphug:


10-20-2003, 11:55 AM
Bluet - good to have you back. Bet you had fun minding little GD, I will just have to wait my turn my children tell me! You are certainly ploughing through those books, lady, ever thought of becoming a proof reader for a publishing house? I have a friend who does it, stuff delivered to her home, but she gets lots of boring stuff too like technical manuals ughhh! I have to tell you a story about an author of a bodice ripper who came to give a talk at Aberdeen Library when I lived in Scotland. The author's name was Jessica Sterling , a very prolific writer, (the books are found everywhere at car boot sales etc) and the jackets are always very romantic of ladies swooning into the arms of cavalry officers etc. You get the picture? The talk was to be on how to write novels and there were about ten of us in the library sitting and waiting for Jessica to arrive. I didn't know anyone but noticed a very masculine pair of women at the back. Well, you know what I am going to say, don't you? When Jessica Sterling was introduced she was a huge,great, hairy-bearded man! I have since learned that many of these romantic fictions are written by men but it was all too much for the two ladies at the back who got up and left muttering insults, ha ha. I still can't remember the talk, I was so entranced by this massive barn of a man writing about finer, feminine feelings (how's that for alliteration, must have picked something up after all!!!)

10-20-2003, 12:34 PM
Awwwe, Thank you everyone for such a warm Welcome!

ANGEL~ I always enjoy your special welcome's ;) Thanks so much...

BLUET ~ I am glad to see that you are okay. What you do is go straight to the top of this page - there you will see 3FC Healthy Weight Loss Support Forums > General > Support > Then the Thread you are on:"Over 50 and Hetting Healthy #5". Click on "Support" and you will be taken to where the Support Threads are... that's where I found you :) You had begun a new thread there :) which was good, because I look for those who may need a helping hand and there I found you :) So glad I could be of some help.

WILLOW ~ I do hope you feel better real soon! I had the flu this weekend, so it is really going around - everywhere! Be good to yourself.

Have a wonderful day everyone!

10-20-2003, 01:25 PM
Just in case you all would like to see my new living-room set that we just got this weekend - Here is a link to the thread where I posted the pictures (I cannot post pics a second time here) :) There are 3 pictures, so scroll up or down, okay.


Be seeing ya...

10-20-2003, 01:40 PM
Hi...only have a minute...gotta go to station.

Fatpuss...you're right...the mice seem to be eating the Bounty! I may have to try a cat. http://www.gifs.net/animate/a-cat022.gif I get the images all over the internet. It's fun, but lots of work & time consuming...I do enjoy it. If you want to try...go to a search & ask for free graphics. Find one you want...right click..."save as"...then go to where you saved it & find properties (I open in enternet explorer to do this) copy & paste into the forum. Put at the beginning & at the end.
You're right about DH & I taking care of each other. We noticed at times we were getting ill toward each other & had to remember it was the stress of it all. I heard building a house would test a marriage...so all of this has REALLY been a test! Happy to say, so far...so good. Got a long way to go, though. We ARE holding tight to each other. So much has happened...it's like...what might happen next.:(

Bluet...thanks for the compliments...not an expert...just a lot of time on my hands sometimes. If anyone would like to see my website (not the homepage here, but a larger Christian website) it's address is http://www.charlotteborden.tvheaven.com I've enjoyed working on it for 2 years now...& have a lot of signatures in the guestbook from all over the world.
I know you enjoyed that granddaughter. Hope the mom gets more rest.

Willow...I DO hope you are better today. Take care of yourself. Been praying for you.;) I think it's a good idea for Bluet to go visit you. Maybe you need a little "push" to the dr.

Gotta go...running late going to station. Time flies in the mornings!

10-20-2003, 01:48 PM
Thinking of you, WILLOW...



10-20-2003, 06:12 PM
Angel, such a sophisticated looking cat that! I think your website is lovely, so professional too, you could easily make your living from IT if you wanted to. Thanks so much for instructions on images - I have picked up a few virus's from this site - kept getting huge picture on my screen the other night which blocked this one out - so I would be worried about going into unknown territories now. We are going to change providers in a month's time, this one is not very good and for years we have said we would but this time we will change.
SunnyD your furniture is beautiful, you must be really pleased. How cute is that mouse in the chair? If they looked like that in real life they wouldn't have a problem from us humans!
Bluet - you don't have to worry about DH having to come home to save me from going astray (not that way, anyway), he is well used to my antics after 32 years together, ha ha. When we met I was just 18 out of school and he was 9 years older but having been to a posh boys- only school, he really didn't have a clue. I taught him all the bad things he never knew like all night drinking games and cards. That was in our youth mind you! Good job I had a lovely MIL who approved of me dragging her only child into the real world,ha! I think we had this conversation with Willow recently, didn't we, about how the kids today think they invent everything.
Sheila, are you ok? Long time no contact. Hope things are ok at home and with DD.
Jacqui, hope you are well and your DM has settled into her new home fine.
Willow - have you been to the doctor's yet????

10-20-2003, 08:39 PM

Here's a little critter for you both, FATPUSS & ANGEL Couldn't help myself :lol:

Here's the cat you both want to get rid of those mice... ;)
His name is Zeppe (one of my three guys)

10-20-2003, 09:05 PM
What a beautiful kitty, SunnyD. I love tiger kitties. I had one similar to your handsome Zeppe--mine was the guy who used to invite the mice to come into the house and play with him! I had an orange-striped cat, too. Now I have one that looks like she's part Birman, a tuxedo boy, and a beautiful calico who is the epitome of autumn colors. You have beautiful furniture, by the way--perfect for sleeping kitties!

Charlotte, I love your graphics. The winking cat is the best! I've heard that building a house, or even remodeling, can break a relationship. I can't imagine how people who haven't been married long can even think about building. At least when you're been married a while, you know each other well enough to know when you need to take a time out, so to speak.

Willow, I hope you feel better soon. You definitely sound down, which is probably the result of not feeling well. It's hard to be motivated when you feel like cr*p,. When I feel bad, I want to comfort myself. And, of course, what I comfort myself with is food.

Bluet, how nice of you to babysit so your daughter could get a break! I hope you had a good time. And I'm glad that you found your way back. :) And that you brought such a lovely guide back with you!

Puss, you always crack me up. I can just imagine you introducing your naive DH to all the "worldly delights!" You must have taught him well because, if I'm recalling some stories right, you two have gotten into some interesting situations! So you're still talking to your mom every night? How's that going? At one point, you were limiting her to 5 minutes or so because she could talk your ear off for hours. I hope you're sticking with that plan.

No word yet from my daughter. Kind of bummed about that, even though I know she's really busy. I sent her a form to sign because she was transferring the title of her car to her brother, so she really needs to at least send that back to me. And hopefully the card where I gave her things to check off.

It is raining buckets here, which is exactly what it should do in the Pacific Northwest. We're having some outside drain problems, however, so my DH was out there in his rain suit digging some ditches to run the water away from the foundation. And I put a bucket under the skylight in our little bathroom. When I had someone out to look for a leak, they couldn't find anything, but it's back and worse than ever.

We went on the remodeled house tour over the weekend. Makes me wish I had a house of my own and some big bucks! If we stay here after my dad passes away, I am going to put a second story on this house so we have an even better view of the water and mountains. Some of the houses on the tour had incredible views.

My dad stayed up later than I've seen him stay up in a long time. We were watching a football game together in his room, and eating pizza (did you know you can order Pizza Hut pizza with half the cheese? I had a veggie lovers on a thin crust with half the cheese--very good!). Because it's hard for me to sit, I bring my pillow and lay on his bed, and then my DH has another chair that's very uncomfortable. He's also not as big a football fan as I am so he kind of comes and goes, and I'm nowhere the fan my dad is, but I like to watch certain college games. The game started at 7:00 pm and didn't get done until almost 10:30 pm. About 10:00 pm, I noticed my dad's head kind of falling forward, but I let him sleep. Of course, then there was an incredible touchdown play and I shouted, "look, look," and of course he wakes up, and looks at me, because I'm shouting at him, and not the TV so he missed the whole thing.

Well, it's almost time for the news. Hope everyone's Monday was a lot drier than mine! Oh, by the way, my dang teeth still hurt. I'm going to wait until Wednesday, and see if they're better by then. If not, I guess I'll go back in, but I really, REALLY don't want to.

10-20-2003, 10:03 PM
Hi everybody...loooong day! Didn't feel too well, either. This RA makes some days rougher than others. Have drs appt tomorrow with my regular dr. I'll probably get my flue shot...hope so.http://www.bigfatbaby.com/newfun2/joke/nurse.gif

Fatpuss...I understand not wanting to go into unknown territory...I've had a lot of trouble with computer the last severl months. A week or so ago, someone went into my email. MSN representative said so...they had things messed up pretty bad for awhile. Same thing happened to my sister...so we're wondering if it's the same person. We had to uninstall internet server & reinstall. Then change passwords. I don't see what people get out of doing those things.

Sheila...I will be glad when you hear from your daughter...I know it will help your feelings a lot. My daughter finally got email from SIL today...she forward it to me. He sounds very tired. At least, he's ok.

Bluet..I try to look on the best side of things...I don't have to clean...just dust a little (doesn't really do any good),clean the bathroom, & wash a few clothes. I left only two plates out for us, & some cookware. We use paperplates, cups, etc. There's no kitchen, so we use the former masterbedroom for make-shift kitchen. I have to use dishpan...so wasn't going to use many dishes.:lol: (get water out of bathroom) DH has the 2 rooms, hall, & bath insulated, so we're snug & warm til summer. We'll just hibernate for the winter! By the time the house is finished, I'll be too lazy to clean it!

Willow...please let us know how you're doing.

SunnyD...cute mice!http://www.gifs.net/animate/anicat3p.gif

10-20-2003, 10:43 PM

HAVE A GOOD EVENING. http://www.agifs.hpg.ig.com.br/coracoes/coracao10.gif

10-21-2003, 12:17 AM
I stayed home from work today because I felt so lousy.
I've been running a low-grade fever (99.6 to 101) and my head hurt so bad by this afternoon, even walking outdoors hurt my eyes. Bad-colored stuff from my chest and nose. I have just wanted to sleep all the time.
I went in to the DR this afternoon and she put me on something called Dexamethason. It's a steroid for my throat and respiratory tract. It was 5 little pills that I had to take all at once. With milk. Plus she put me on the 5-day regimen of Zithromax antibiotic. 2 tablets today, then one a day for the next 4 days. It keeps working for 6 to 10 days after you finish it.
I have infection in my bronchial tubes, my throat, my ears and my nose and sinus'. Geez! Talk about a sick puppy!
She put me off work for this week.
I took the steroid 4 hours ago and I can feel the effects starting already. I'm sweating like a butcher, have pulled the blinds and taken off everything but my panties and bra and turned the air conditioning on. I'm slugging down water like there's no tomorrow, but that's alright because I don't want to dehydrate with all this sweating.
She told me to drink warm fluids in the evening to keep things loosened up before bed time, and said I should take nyquil when I go to bed. Every time I cough it feels like it's tearing from deep in my chest to my throat, and my head feels like it's going to explode, even feels like my eardrums are bulging out.

That's enough damned overtime for me. It wears me down too much.

Hey, I even exercised today before I went to the DR. Twice! :dizzy: I could only do it for 15 minutes the first time, the WATP tape, and a half hour the next time. It made me sick at my stomach the second time. She said don't do that for a few days.
Geez! First I undress, then throw a blanket over myself!
Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

I started my personal journal again. Not just for foods and exercise, but for EVERYTHING. How I'm feeling, what I'm thinking about, who pissed me off, what I think I can do to change some things, .....

Charlotte, and you too Sheila, I admire your strength so much. I don't think I could take a chronic, painful condition. I'm too much of a wuss.
Sorry to hear that you've been having hacker problems. Do you know someone who is pretty good with a computer who would do that to you and your sister? I'm not computer savvy at all. I'm lucky I can navigate around the internet.
Sorry to hear the RA gave you a bad day today. I guess because I'm not sick that often, I wonder how you withstand it, knowing that you're going to be hurting and sick at any time.
Glad you're all snugged in for the winter. I know it must be difficult though.

Puss, have you asked a DR about your thyroid? Sometimes that can cause hair thinning. Of course, it might be a different hormone problem too, or, ... do you have any male pattern baldness in your family? It doesn't affect women as often as men, but, it CAN affect women too.
Oh Lord! I could never have the stomach stapling! I have such a huge appetite that even if my stomach had been reduced to a couple ounce capacity, I'd still try to force a pound of food in there and be sick non-stop! Some people can get their minds in a place where the amount of food doesn't make any difference to them, but I know I wouldn't be able to do that. Probably because I'd be afraid I'd have to feel hungry again as in childhood. Strange what our minds can do to us, huh?

32 years with the same man! Congratulations to you both! Sounds like you had fun this weekend. Good for you!

Your story of the male author was a real knee slapper! I got a real good visual on that one! :lol:

Bluet, no fear here with any gastric bypass surgery, and the article I put on here is still in the trial stages. It doesn't sound as though it's as drastic as the surgery.

I guess I have been a bit depressed. I guess I'm probably ALWAYS a LITTLE depressed, but, I come out of it after a while. But, you're welcome to come to Minnesota if you want to. :D I can always use some company.
That's so good of you to give your daughter a break. But, somehow, I get the feeling that you did that as much for yourself as you did for your daughter. :lol: Those grandkids are sure a lot of fun aren't they? I've always said that they never leave but what they leave a precious memory with you.

SunnyD, thank you for the get well cartoon. It's adorable! Hopefully this medicine will knock this junk out of my body in a couple of days.
Your furniture is beautiful! Don't feel bad about the windows. I took my balloon valances down over a year ago when I painted, and I still don't have them back up, or new drapes bought either. All I have up are my blinds. Lazy, I know.

Sheila, I sure hope that those teeth stop hurting. I had a cementoma on a molar and the oral surgeon cut away some jaw bone to get the tumor out and that was a year ago. Now, from this sinus infection, it feels like there is pain in that tooth that isn't there any more. Weird! Are you really going to wait till Wednesday in pain?? Man, I'd have been on the old horn the next day saying, "give me relief!"

You make me want a new home, ... or at least a different one.
But, seeing as how I'm as poor as a church mouse, (there goes that word again!:D ) I guess I'll be stuck here in my little old, ancient cracker box house till I die. But, that's ok too because It's just mine and I'm comfortable.

You are so cool! Watching the football games with Dad. I bet he LOVES it. Even with falling asleep.

My Dad used to go hunting with my boys right up until the fall before he died. He was 80 years old and still went coon hunting and deer hunting. The last year, the boys said " You stay on point Grandpa, and we'll drive these woods and chase the deer out to you." Well, when my oldest son chased a big buck out, he didn't hear any gunfire from Dad, and when he got out to where Dad was, the deer tracks went within just a few yards of where Dad was, and Dad was fast asleep! :lol:

Don't let your daughters lack of communication get to you too much. I know it's really hard, but, they take good care of them. They work their butts off, but they get fed well and any medical needs are taken care of right away. They are so busy the first 6 weeks that you'll be lucky to hear from her more than once or twice in that time. Probably her first communication to you will be a quickie phone call. Oh gosh, this brings back memories from when my son went in.

Jacquie, are you doing ok? Recovering from that vacation still? Miss your posts.

I better get off of here. It has taken me hours to write this. Lots of trips to the bathroom. I know, too much info!

Everybody have a good night. I hope I didn't miss anyone.

10-21-2003, 03:00 PM
SHELIA ~ These are for you since you enjoyed the last pic I thought I would brag about the others I have...

Here is a picture of the two brothers (1 1/2 yrs old)
GUIDO & ZEPPE (He's the one you have seen already)

10-21-2003, 03:03 PM
And here's DOMINO my 8 year old...

10-21-2003, 03:15 PM
WILLOW ~ Good to hear that you got some meds... sure do hope you begin to feel better real soon.

I am glad you liked our new furniture. You just cannot believe how comfy & cozy it is ~ it will be great this winter. Okay, I won't feel bad about my curtains... I think it's great that I am not the only one who took her cutains down and never put any more up ;) I just don't want to till I find the right ones and colors. I am satisfied that I have the blinds for privacy right now.

ANGEL ~ You changed your picture??? When did you do it? Cool...

Hello's to everybody!

Forgive me for not addressing everyone right now, but I haven't been feeling too well today and so I am going to go take a little nap before I have to get ready for practice this evening.

Take Care everyone!

PS>>> Would you all hold my Mom, Jeannette, in your prayers... she is having shoulder surgery tomorrow morning. I am so concerned for her and hate being so far away. Thanks so much!

10-21-2003, 04:15 PM
Many prayers sent up right now for God to guide the surgeons hands. Take care.
I have to quickly shower and go get a haircut. Can't cancel again! I look like a sheep dog!

10-21-2003, 06:35 PM
HI Everyone,

The accountant has just left and I have that job done for another month, what a sense of relief. It is almost time to go home from work, so I don't really want to start another project today. The accoutant hales from Minnesota and is a huge Viking fan. I had to listen to how the Minnesota Vickings were going to whoop the Green Bay Packers in the Dome in Minnesota. He's lucky I have a sense of humor. :lol:

Yesterday about mid morning I started to feel really punk, my stomach became upset, I got a horrific headache and a stiff neck all of a sudden. I didn't eat much last night, was very careful , my stomach is better today, but still have the headache and stiff neck. I hope this is gone by next week, we are scheduled to get our flu shots here at work and I can't get one if I feel ill. I would have stayed home today, but I had to run payroll and the accountant was coming, so here I am.

SunnyD, your home looks so well appointed and comfortable. You have excellent taste. What some healthy looking kitties you have, they are really pretty. My DH always calls the cats on the farm his "Meese Patrol" The ones that are good mouse catchers are treated rather royally by him. Extra treats and stuff. Gotta have those cats on the farm you know. Extra special prayers and thoughts for your Mom and her surgery, she will be fine. Lovely graphics too. I am not even going to try graphics way too complicated for me. :dizzy:

Puss, I never get to do those neat things, like going to classes with authors showing up. Our community is too small I guess. I can tell you really have a blast no matter what you are up to. I would have probably been astounded if I had been there and the burley guy showed up when I thought a woman was suppose to show up, no telling what would have popped out of my mouth, you know me. And you lived in Scotland at one time, I am so jealous, I was just watching a movie that took place in Scotland this last weekend. It took place on a horse ranch, rains there a lot it seemed, but the actors were impervious to it. A blacksmith was shoeing a horse and it was pouring down rain, and he continued to shoe the horse and have a discussion with the horses owner just as if the sun were shinning and he had all day. We Americans are always in a hurry, I think. :^:

Charolett, I am confused about Bounty Tissue, do you mean Bounty Paper Towel? At first I thought you were talking about Puff Tissue, they have a nice smell to them. Do you know that Puff Tissue if accidentally left in a pocket and the garment is wash will not shred all over the washer and garment. My Mom told me that and it works. Last night I spent an hour scooping up Asian Bettles out of the windows again. Still haven't firgured out how they are getting into the house. Anybody have any ideas? :?: I went to your website, but forgot to sign the guest book. Thank you for sharing, now when you talk about your co-workers, I have a visual, that is so neat , that makes knowing you so much more personable. I wish your house was done, I worry about you. :)

Shiela, I was getting a little concerned about you, so glad you posted. Your Dad is lucky to have you and DH. It is neat that you share a common entertainment such as sports. My DH taught all our girls to like sports, baseball, football, basketball took them to a lot of games when they were young. Now they always have something in common to talk about. They also share a season pass for two to the Green Bay Packers. They have their little meetings and their shared parking pass and their lottery each year before the season starts to see who is going to what games. Not me though, I am not going to go sit on a snowy aluminum bleecher in the freezing cold to watch a football game. I do watch them from the comfort of my recliner in the family room though. Willow is right, you will probably get a hurried phone call from DD, and then perhaps a letter. They keep them really busy, you know the military thing they do, "break them down and them build them up the military way". She is fine, just a lot on her plate right now. Thanks for sharing a Dad story. :)

Willow, man you are really sick. Thank you so much for going to the doctor. Now at least you will be on the mend and get that infection out of your system. What do you mean your as poor as a church mouse? Willow, you are rich in so many other ways. Your are gifted as a person, who posts wonderful articulate messages. You have so much compassion, it is quite obvious with the things that you share about how you deal with your family and nighbors. I am sure you are a super co-worker, you sound like a lot of fun. You are brilliant about a lot of topics that you share with us. And on and on, it is a pleasure to call you friend.

Well it is almost time to go home, I am going to take my sore hurting body home and maybe rest awhile. I am half way through my latest book, there isn't much on TV that I like, so I might finish the book tonite if I am not too tired.

Take care all of you :grouphug:


10-21-2003, 07:45 PM
I am soooo tired, have been reading until 0130 for the last three nights and up at 0700! I never dared to say I was tired to my father because he would always say "and were you reading till all hours last night?" I would just hedge the question and he'd say "then I have no sympathy, it's self-inflicted and the remedy is in your own hands" I miss his so black or white solution to everything, bless him.
Willow - I am glad you are now on medication but your condition sounds pretty grotty, no wonder you are feeling low. You make me feel guilty exercising in your condition when I never do any at all ever. Thanks for the help but I had my thyroid checked last year and it was normal. My mother has thinning hair but she is 20 years older than me and her hair was always straight and fine and mine was always like wild mint as she so aptly used to put it.
SunnyD - your puss cat standing (Guido?) he looks a little like my Alfie, so cute your three moggies. I have asked a friend who is very good on prayers to pray for safe delivery of your mum. My daughter has recently spent two months shadowing an arm and shoulder surgeon and believe me, they were all successful cases - they know so much more now in that field than they did even a couple of years ago. The ladies here are also good on prayer - my cat was at death's door recently and he has amazed his two vets with remission.
Angel - I was thinking of your website in work today, it reminded me of a little haven, peaceful and tranquil almost like a little garden of rest if that doesn't sound too morbid. I am glad you and DH know each other so well and can read the signs when you need shoring up by the other one.
Bluet - I hope you are well over you illness now, do you think it was a virus? The UK has been flooded with some evil virus lately, lots of work colleagues have had it. I am going for my 3 months blood donation tomorrow and I think the number of people will be quite low compared to usual because, of course, you can't give blood if you have been taking meds or had a virus within a couple of weeks or so. I LOVE your DHs name for the cats, Meece Patrol. I always call them Micky Meeces too! I lived in Aberdeen in Scotland just a half hour drive into the highlands and the Cairngorms where they have a ski resort. As for the rain, it ALWAYS rains in Scotland, that's what the English say, anyway. And Aberdeen is way up on the North East coast and gets bitterly cold winds off the North Sea. Pity really because they have a lovely beach which is wasted up there, ha ha.
Sheila - how's the tooth now? Are you still waiting till tomorrow to see the dentist? When is your next acupuncture appointment? I hope you have heard from DD now but the young ones are not so good at writing because they are more used to email and text messaging from their mobile phones. My son seems to get text messages off the world and his wife when he is home yet he has never been known to drop a few lines in a letter yet!
Well, it's 11.40 pm and if I am to finish this Brad Meltzer book tonight I better get up those stairs. My mother is spending more time with her widowed sister lately and seems to be holding it together more. I think the real reason though is she can't stand her new psychiatrist and I think he feels she is not genuinely depressed just controlling. Whatever the reason, she is holding up longer this time than she ever did with the gentle one who retired so perhaps this style of therapy is what she needed. I am not holding my breath......

10-21-2003, 10:56 PM
I feel a little better tonight. I haven't done anything today though except sit on my butt and rearrange my favorites list and deleting a bunch of sites that I never go to anymore. I like to keep like places together. The sites I post on all in a row, the medical sites in a row, the recipe sites in a row, .....
I do the same thing with my money in my wallet. I have to have all the ones together, all the fives together, then tens, then twenties and so forth, and all the heads have to be facing the same way. It drives me crazy to see people with their money all mixed up.
Same thing in my closet. I arrange my tops with lightest colors first, then darker and so on. All have to have the fronts facing to my left. Drawers too. older undies to the left, then newer ones, then regular bras, then sports bras, ....
Book shelves have to have all informational books on the top, then recipe and weight loss and herbal on the next, then historical on the next, then murder and serial killer on the next, .....
But you should see how the rest of my house gets. There is only me here so it doesn't get messy, but I don't dust or vacuum as often as I should, and my dining room table is a catch-all for mail that I don't want to look at right now, .. but I HAVE gotten better about pitching most of that stuff into the trash as soon as I get it out of the mail box.
Right now my computer desk is, ..... littered. :lol: Guess that's a good job for me tomorrow.

I went for my hair appt. today and I hadn't been in for a couple of months. I usually go every month. The girl who does my hair has been going through all the fertility regimen because she was unable to conceive because of endometriosis. Well, after 3 years of all that, she went in for the harvesting and insemination, and during the ultrasound a different DR was in there and he stopped the process because her only ovary was behind the uterus. They sent her home, and the ovary was so enlarged with the eggs that it twisted and she ended up back in the hospital for 4 days, and the short story is that she will never have babies. I started to cry. Her husband is adopted, and sooo wanted to have his own family. She said "that's ok. I'm strong about this, and so is Dave." (Her hubby) They are now deciding if they want to adopt or have another woman use her husbands sperm to have a baby for them.
She had this done 3 weeks ago, and she was sick yesterday with a sore throat and sinus. But, ..... she started to pass out when she was in the shower, and quickly got out and layed down on the floor till the nausea and dizziness passed.
Wouldn't that be something if one of those eggs had floated around in there and the fallopian tube snabbed it up and brought it into the uterus?? She said she had her period just after she got out of the hospital though. But, ... still, ... you never know!

Anyway, that's about as exciting as my life got today. :rolleyes:

SunnyD, I sure hope you're feeling better after your nap. Geez, maybe we're all going to get this crud I have. I sure hope not! I wouldn't wish that sore throat on anyone! That steroid is working wonders. It's a little sore today, but not so painful.
Those cats of yours are about the healthiest looking I've ever seen, and very well groomed.
Have you heard yet how your Mothers surgery went? She's been in my thoughts today.

Sheila, how are ya doin'? I just have kept thinking, "Oh that poor girl, to have to wait until Wednesday to get relief from tooth pain!" Hope it went away.

Bluet, so ya had to put up with one of those tiresome Vikings fans, huh? Well, HE'S sure brave, in the middle of Packer territory and bragging up the Vikes! :D

Oh Gosh, girl, if you've got a headache and a stiff neck, be very watchful of a fever setting in, and if it does, get thee to a Dr quickly. Especially if it hurts your neck to try to put your chin on your chest. that's a symptom of meningitis.

Thank you so very much for all the compliments. Right back atcha too. :flow2: The only problem I'll have now is trying to get this big head through the doorways. :lol:
I feel the same way about all of you girls too. You're lovely people and I'm glad I've met and become friends with all of you, even though it's through cyberspace. Who knows, maybe some day we'll all get to meet. But, I'll be meeting you next June at any rate, Bluet.
You get yourself doctored up and get comfy in bed early and hopefully the rest will fight off whatever you've got coming on there. Have a good night.

Puss, I used to read in bed like you do, but, since I need to wear glasses to read, and with the CPAP machine and mask, I can no longer do it, so, I watch tv. I set the timer on the TV to shut off in 2 hours and that's how I fall asleep every night.

Along with our prayers for Alfie, I'm sure your loving care was as responsible for his remission.
In nursing school they taught us a little about the loving touch and how healing it is. Even in patients who are comatose, they did studies and discovered that if you keep your hands about 3 inches from the patients body and slowly run your hands over the entire body, the patient responds. People, and I suspect animals too, can sense and feel love from nearness.

You have lived in so many interesting places! And beautiful places!
I've hardly ever been any place. Maybe some day.

Well, I suppose I should close this for now and see what's on the boob tube. I never watch tv so I don't even know what's on.

Hello to Charlotte and Jacquie and anyone else out there. Stop in and say hi. Everyone is welcome!

Everybody have a good night.

10-21-2003, 11:54 PM
Hi everyone....been a long, eventful day. Had drs appointment early this morning. He was very happy with the weightloss! 42 lbs! Got my flu shot. Got fluid pill...even my soft socks make my legs swell! But, to sum it all up...was a pretty good report. This is my general practitioner.

Then, met with one of my daughters, Trina, & we went shopping. This is something I hardly ever do anymore...not usually able. Felt pretty good today! DH wanted me to buy my Christmas present I asked for...suede jacket. My jackets were all stolen. (had a few!) Still have Leather coat, & so does DH. But, I needed something to wear with pants & jeans. Love the jacket! Found a couple of angel, of course. Other friends who hadn't been able to come to the Angel Shower had given me money to pick out what I wanted...that's fun too! I've also received more angels...lost count now.:dizzy: So, back to my day...bought Trina a new outfit...she's just started back to church...so...wanted to help encourage her. Bought her 2 pair of bell-bottom hip-huggers...oh, & bought myself identical to hers. (I can't help it...she insisted!!:lol: ) I can remember the days when she & her twin sister, Gina, would beg me to stop wearing them! How times change.;) Anyway, finally got home around 6 pm. DH beat me home...but didn't complain. I'm tiiiiiiiiiirrrrreeeddd!

Willow...take care of yourself. As far as chronic pain...we just don't have a choice. I've not known any other thing for about 20 yrs now. First with back after car wreck...now with RA. I'm not brave or strong...just don't have any choice, but to deal with it the best I can.
We do have an idea, unfortunately, who may be going into our computer. They're not a real enemy. Just someone who has a problem. I know she had an issue with her mother loving me. She was a very sweet person & thought the world of me & I did her, also. She passed away a couple of yrs ago. I think she was jealous of my relationship with her mother. I wasn't around her that much, so I really don't know why. I wasn't going to push her away, though. I loved her & needed her....never had a real "relationship" with my mother. (long story) Don't know why she would do my sister that way, unless it's to hurt me. Also, her mother thought a lot of my sister. We do know she is knowledgeable enough to do it, & know of times she did things. It's sad, really. I hope I'm not accusing falsely...just pretty sure it's her.

Fatpuss...thanks for the compliments on website. Your words were a real encouragement. That was exactly what I was trying to do with the site. Make it a pleasant place for people to visit.

Bluet...I'm so sorry. It's not Bounty...it's Bounce (for the dryer):lol: I don't know why I didn't notice what I was saying. I wonder if any of you spread Bounty around.:lol: I DO use Bounty towels...because my daughter is an engineer at a paper mill that makes Bounty. I guess I just had them on my mind.
Don't worry about our house situation. We're ok. My main concern is my feelings about all that happened. Some day we'll have a remodeled house & can replace furnishing, etc. I don't know if it will make me happy, though. I never have cared that much about all that, as long as it was "livable". It has all just effected me...I'm having a hard time. It's hard to explain. I don't have hatred. I do have hurt from watching DH work alone on the house most of the yr, when he has such a large family...all of whom he has helped so much. I know we shouldn't do for others & expect in return...but...yes...I expected some help from family! I don't have any family to really speak of. My mother & step-dad (unable, of course) my sister is married to DH brother (I won't go there!) I still love them all...but, I'll always remember things "not" done. Also, the theft...I don't hate the thieves...don't really have any feelings about them...figured it was for drugs. But, can't stop the grieving. I didn't care that much about the house, I cared more about the content. Almost everything I had represented something. When we had birthdays, anniv, Mother's Day, Father's day, etc., we would buy one large item to represent all. So each yr, (sometimes twice a yr) we bought something we really wanted...& was nice enough to last. We had a bedroom suite from the week we were married 35 yrs ago. I just don't know how to handle it. Or, how I'm going to live with new & different things in my house. Sorry, I didn't mean to go on & on.
I don't know how to stop those pesky beetles. Maybe try Bounce or Bounty?!:D They're bad everywhere, though.

SunnyD...I came across that angel & liked it...so put my name on it! Think it was yesterday. Hope you feel better.

Getting late...gotta go...http://www.emotipad.com/emoticons/Yawn.gifHave a good day, tomorrow. http://www.gifs.net/animate/106.gif

10-22-2003, 03:55 PM
I woke up at 4:20 this morning and couldn't get back to sleep so I watched TV from bed till 6 AM then got up.
I feel a lot better today. Still some congestion, but at least my head and throat are getting better.

I made myself an egg McMuffin and a hashbrown cake for breakfast, and it tasted very good. I made it on an oat bran english muffin, and the canadian bacon was low fat too.
I bought 5 loin pork chops the other day that were preseasoned, and I don't know what all spices they seasoned them with, but I grilled one on George today for lunch and it was yummy. Grilled all of them and put the rest in the fridge for future use. Had a salad with this one for lunch.
Guess I'm gonna have a can of chicken and rice soup for supper and add some fresh veggies to it.

I felt well enough to get out in my kitchen and do some cleaning. Tsk, tsk!! Messy. I needed to wash glasses and silverware, and clean the fridge out and clean the sinks, .....
I feel better now that it's done.

I'm going to ride my exercise bike for a while this afternoon.

My youngest son is 34 years old today. I called him at 7:30 this morning, and he had already been to the health club and worked out and was back home getting the 2 boys ready for school. When I called his wife answered and I could tell I woke her up and felt bad about it until she said her alarm would be going off in 3 minutes anyway. I asked him what he was going to do today, thinking that he would probably be going out for dinner tonight or something, but he said he's going to clear out some weeds in the back of their yard, then he was going to school to have lunch with their 9 year old son. How's that for a cool Dad? :D

My granddaughter sent me an e-mail yesterday telling me that she accepted a position as a manager with a cosmetic company starting next week. She graduates from college next week. Anyway, she will be making a pretty decent salary, with excellent benefits, but, in the meantime, she needs some money for groceries for the next week or so. I had to laugh. I'm very excited for her and proud of her. I sent her a check and some stickers for her to put her name on her groceries so her roomies don't eat up all her food. I want her to have good nutritious foods and lunches for work so she can do a good job.

Charlotte, I sure wish I could get into hip-hugger bell bottoms again! Good for you! Congratulations on that wonderful loss!

I feel so bad for you with all the losses you've had and not receiving the help you need with the work on the house.

Do you think that woman might also have gone and taken your stuff out of your storage unit?

Hello to everyone else out there. Hope you gals are feeling better Bluet and SunnyD. Sheila, how's it going with the dentist? I pray you're pain-free.

I better get to my exercise bike before I get too comfortable here.

That rabbit looks like he's doing something, ...... personal. :lol: :lol:

10-22-2003, 05:12 PM
http://www.wtv-zone.com/peaches/Gifs/2tag/swflower.gifHi! Just wanted to let you all know that my mom came through her surgery okay and they are saying she can go home sometime tomorrow afternoon.
Thank you so much for your prayers!

! Now to vent ! My father has been home for the last 4 hours and didn't place a call to anyone, but my brother to let us know how she's doing! Ugggggg! What waas he thinking?! He was just happy to be home and didn't think about calling anyone - he frustrates me so much sometimes! Here I am worried sick about my Mom and he doesn't even bother to call - he's like "no news is good news, right?" --- NOT! :mad: He should have called me. When I call he doesn't always answer the phone, so I had to call my sister - and she lives across the street and she had not heard from him or my brother. Well anyway, now I know she is okay and should be home tomorrow. I also got a hospital phone number from my sister that I can call now. I was so concerned... I hate being so far from her. Here we have cell phones, reg. phones & the net and nobody in my family communicates!

Thank you so much for giving me a place to vent this.
You all are so kind!
Thanks again!

10-22-2003, 11:44 PM

No...I don't think it was that woman that stole our things. That's not her style. She's sneaky with technical stuff. Things she doesn't think others will catch on to...but we're catching on! We think it was someone needing money for drugs. But, are suspicious it was someone who knew it was there. It would have taken a very large truck to carry it all. Looked like they came prepared...for ours only. I don't think she even knew we had anything stored, anyway. We have a couple of suspicions...but can't prove anything. Just gotta try to get on with our lives.

I'm so very glad you're feeling better...you had me very concerned! Yes, I bet you would like those jeans! They sound more like your style than mine, anyway. I didn't look too bad in them, though, for 54! Trina (my daughter) says I don't look my age...if I don't dress my age! Kids...they're never pleased!:lol:

SunnyD...glad your mother came through surgery ok. Hope you are feeling better.
I've had a couple of good days! Feels so good! I was up at 4:15, Willow. Just woke up ready to start the day. DH is down in his back pretty bad. Went to chiropractor this morning.

Hope all have a good evening & good Thursday.

10-23-2003, 12:35 AM
Willow, you're so bad! :) I looked at that rabbit and just thought, "Oh, there's Thumper from Bambi." Now that you mention it. . . When I was in college taking a class in mammals, I learned way more than I ever wanted to know about rabbits. I'm glad you're feeling better. That sounded like a pretty tough bug you caught. Worse than the Asian Beetles! :)

SunnyD, I'm so glad your mother came through the surgery. And how frustrating that your Dad didn't call anyone but your brother. You would think he'd realize that everyone in the family was
waiting for news.

Puss, I'm glad that Alfie is in remission. It's all that tender, loving care and tuna, I'm sure.

Charlotte, I can't see the last couple of graphics you posted. All I see is a red X. Does that mean you were posting X-rated graphics again?? ;) Yikes, up at 4:15 am--you must be feeling great! I know when I feel good, I really want to go out and get stuff done, although I definitely don't start at 4:15 am.

My tooth has gotten better so I didn't call the dentist. I can sort of chew on it, and it's down to a very dull ache so I think it'll be okay.

So does acupuncture stand for "accurate puncture?" That was my DH's question when I told him I had my second accupuncture treatment today. I have to say, my neck did feel better, but maybe that's because my hand and arm where she's sticking the needles hurts so bad that I don't feel the other pain. If you're squeamish about needles, don't read this, but she also moves them around, which I can only take for a few minutes before I tell her to stop (okay, make that "yell" rather than "tell"). I felt better for several hours afterward so I guess I'll continue. I certainly don't look forward to it. I don't look forward to massage either except that I really like the masseur, and he and I talk the whole time. There are silent massage therapists and talkative massage therapists, and I always tell mine that I want them to be talkative because then it doesn't hurt so much.

Well, DH got the mail, and came into the house and said that we had proof that our DD was still alive. The Navy had sent what he thought was her paycheck, but it turned out she had applied for something and they were sending her confirmation. I'm on letter No. 7 to her, and wondering if she's going to get teased because her Mommy is writing to her too much. I'll have to ask her that in letter No. 8! It's been two weeks since she called us from Illinois to tell us she'd arrived safely. I'm really, really hoping for a letter this week!

Hope everyone had a great Wednesday. I'm looking forward to the weekend because I'm spending it with friends at their beach house on an island in Puget Sound. Should be fun!

10-23-2003, 07:56 AM
Morning Sheila...everyone else is asleep, so I'll talk to you.:lol: Willow IS bad, isn't she?? That's how we know she's feeling better though...I like her feeling better!:D

Last two graphics???? Ex's????Are you seeing ex's?????? Just kidding....don't know why you can't see them...I can. You may need to refresh your page. I find, also, that sometimes everyone's graphics will do that from time to time & come back.:shrug:

The last two days, I've done very well...had more energy than I have in a long time. Wish I could bottle it! I've been getting up from 2:30 am to 4:30 am for about a yr now. I just wake up & can't go back to sleep. I get up & put on coffee & get on pc. DH says I can't live with this little sleep...but, I am! I've tried going to bed later...dr has given me meds to help me sleep. But, I take too many meds already & they make me "drag" the next day. Usually, after several days, I'm exhausted & sleep til alarm goes off. Also, when I get my Remicade treatment, I'm loaded down with Benadryl, Zertec, etc., so I sleep most of that day. I guess it keeps me going for 6 weeks!:lol:

I'm glad you at least heard some word about your daughter. I wouldn't worry about the amount of letters sent. She is probably VERY glad to get them, & a little homesick. When you're in an unfamiliar place, it's always good to hear from home. I'm sure others are getting letters, also! Maybe she'll have time to respond soon.

Glad the tooth is finally getting better. The acupuncture sounds interesting. I'm very used to needles, so they don't bother me. Of course, I understand about the "moving them around". My veins are very tiny, so I'm usually stuck several times when getting lab work or treatment. It's ok, til they go to probing around! I'm sure it's different...but still a needle, huh?! Hope it helps you.

Gonna go get breakfast started...hope you have a good day.

Willow...if you're there...good morning!!!!

10-23-2003, 10:40 AM
A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8
"What does love mean?"
The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have

When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her
toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when
his hands got arthritis too. That's love."

Rebecca - age 8

"When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.
You know that your name is safe in their mouth."
Billy - age 4

"Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and
they go out and smell each other."
Karl - age 5

"Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your french fries
without making them give you any of theirs."
Chrissy - age 6

"Love is what makes you smile when you're tired."
Terri - age 4

"Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip
before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK."

Danny - age 7

"Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing,
you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like
that. They look gross when they kiss."
Emily - age 8

"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening
presents and listen."
Bobby - age 7

"If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who
you hate."
Nikka - age 6

"Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it
Noelle - age 7

"Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends
even after they know each other so well."
Tommy - age 6

"During my piano recital, I was on a stage and scared. I looked at all the
people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one
doing that. I wasn't scared anymore."

Cindy - age 8

"My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don't see anyone else kissing me
to sleep at night."
Clare - Age 6

"Love is when mommy gives daddy the best piece of chicken."
Elaine - age 6

"Love is when mommy sees daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is
handsomer than Robert Redford."
Chris - age 7

"Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone
all day."
Mary Ann - age 4

"I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes
and has to go out and buy new ones."
Lauren - age 4

"I let my big sister pick on me because my Mom says she only picks on me
because she loves me. So I pick on my baby sister because I love her."
Bethany - age 4

"When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars
come out of you."
Karen - age 7

"Love is when mommy sees daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's
gross." Mark - age 6

"You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean
it, you should say it a lot. People forget."

Jessica - age 8

10-23-2003, 12:22 PM
Heck NO, don't take that bunny off of there! He's cute! I was just making a bad joke! :lol:

I just had over half of my days' calories in my breakfast. But, it was so good, it was worth it. I made myself another egg McMuffin and hashbrown cake. And a fresh pear.

I'm feeling much better, but I think I'm having a reaction of some kind to the antibiotic. I called to tell them about it and they're going to have somebody call me back. It's nothing bad. Just turning a burning red on my face, neck and arms about an hour after I take it. Except for my top lip, .... it was really white.
I didn't get queasy sick, or short of breath or anything like that, and of course I wheeze some just because of the nature of my malady and the fact that I have asthma anyway. So, ... we'll see what she says. As of now, I'm just fine.

SunnyD, I'm glad to hear that your Mom is doing fine and the surgery went well. I can understand why you were so upset with your Dad. I suppose in his relief that it went well, he was thinking that if he told one of the kids, that one would tell the rest of them.
I can well imagine that it must be nerve wracking to be far away from your Mom when something like this happens.
I hope today is a better day for you.

Charlotte, you're as bad, or WORSE, than I am about sleep, ... or lack of it. But, I'm so glad that you're feeling energetic! That's great! I hope it lasts for the whole 6 weeks!
I was up at 3-something this morning, turned the TV on and fell back asleep! Surprised myself. Then I woke up again at 5-something, went back to sleep until 7:50! What in the world is happening to me? I think I'm just relaxing from being away from the stress from work.

It is 50 degrees here right now and the sun is shining brightly. I need to get out there. Don't know what I'm gonna do once I'm out there, but I just think it would feel good to bundle up and go sit in the swing and read or something like that.

Sheila, so glad that your tooth is now down to a dull ache. Hopefully by today it will be painless.
I had accupuncture once for weight loss, when I wanted to lose about 30 pounds. A friend had lost 120 pounds that way. Well, I went to her therapist, which is a 3 hour drive from where I live, and the first visit wasn't too bad, but it didn't do anything to my appetite. I DID feel tired afterwards though.
He stuck hair-thin needles in front of my ears, on my upper and lower abdomen, and on my arms. Then he attached little tubes to the needles, which were coming from a little machine and then he turned a low-voltage electrical current on, which I could feel ever so slightly. The second visit, he stuck the needles in further than the first time, and that hurt. All I got out of it was a bunch of black and blue lumps all over my abdomen. I probably would have been helped if I had kept going, but I never went back. Too far to commute. I liked talking with him too. He was really funny. He was asking about my family and all that, and when he found out I have 6 kids, he said, " Oh! You make good Chinese lady! Lots of children!"
Anyway, I hope it's successful for you. Just don't quit like I did.
Now, a massage sounds heavenly to me.

I just saw on CNN that they successfully separated another set of conjoined twins. They are going to have a special on tonight at 7 Eastern time about conjoined twins.

Sheila, if I were you, I'd write to your daughter every day. They do get homesick, and even just a little 2-line note makes a big difference to them. It's some kind of connection to home until they get used to the new routine and can call home more often.
You are going to be so proud when you see her at graduation, so fit, and proud and beautiful in that uniform!
I thank God every day for people like her.

Bluet, you're starting to worry me. How is that stiff neck and headache? Hope you're feeling better. Let us know how you're doing.

I better get moving here. Hello Puss! And Jacquie! Sue too if you're out there! Everybody have a great day!
Bad, bad Willow here, signing off for now! :lol: :lol:

10-23-2003, 05:05 PM
Willow, glad you are back on form and full of energy, all that cleaning and exercise biking! Your son sounds lovely and such a nice dad - he obviously learned parenting from you having lost his own dad so young. I loved the kids' definitions of love, so sweet and 'out of the mouths of babes'. I hope you are not complaining about 50 degree weather, we have had frost in the mornings already though it does look pretty in the morning with the grass and trees all frosted.
SunnyD, I can imagine how you felt when your Dad didn't communicate about your mum. I am pleased that all went well for her.
Angel, you are on a roll, lady. Hip new trousers, a good GP report and feeling good. I can imagine how you feel about DHs family, it's often the way and there's always a giver and always takers. No matter, it's you two who matter and the kids. Once you get your new stuff back into your house I know you will feel good about it, you will be like bugs in rugs after living like travellers for so long. Try to get the loss of your possessions into proportion, you follow the teachings of a good guy who didn't have a single possession in his life, eh? You and DH sound one of the richest couples going with just what you have between you.
Sheila, glad that tooth is better and also that the acupuncture seems to be working for you. Don't worry about DD getting teased about the amount of mail she gets from you. Every single week I send both kids brown envelopes with a postcard or two of famous paintings or sculpures I have collected from my visits to Holland and at home with just quick scrawls telling them how lovely they are (kids and the art) and although son's flat mates tease him about clinging mum he says he doesn't care and that it feels good to know I care.

10-23-2003, 05:39 PM
Had to leave the site quickly there - on this site I have been getting a full-screen pop up called 'Land of Monsters' telling me I have helped the site get so many hits! I have had this about 6 times now and only when I am on this site. Has anyone else had it or is is just me? My internet server had a download of two virus checkers for two virus's which have been causing havoc to customers. I ran them but there were not detected on my system. I hate these pop ups and the pathetic morons who do them.
I have decided that the only way to get below this platform weight is to exercise and although the thought of it makes me shudder, a good friend at work and I are going swimming tomorrow in our lunch hour. I tried my old swimsuit on before and it's huge on me, bust has shrunk (only good thing I had with weight increase!) and there's a big floppy bit where I don't like to think my stomach used to be. Will have to invest in a new one if I find it ok tomorrow. Also, have made enquiries about an aerobics class locally though the thought of it almost drives me to violence!! Never mind. I am learning to eat slower - even when skinny I used to bolt my food down - and tonight I had half a can of apricot halves in natural juice - 68 cals and no fat. It seemed to work because normally after rushing my food I still feel like I could fit more in and want something sweet afterwards. Well I stil fancied something sweet but the apricots worked tonight. I have managed to talk myself into feeling positive about this now. Tonight I had sweet and sour chicken and adapted the recipie cutting out all fat and had Thai fragrant rice with it. I will start entering on FitDay again too to check on the foods.
Hope you are all well, Hi to Jacqui and Sheila, you and DH have a lovely weekend down at the beach house. Oh, yes, did I tell you my new neighbour trains Guide Dogs for the Blind? Seems her own golden retriever went through the training but flunked out of class, sweet, eh?

10-23-2003, 07:24 PM
Hi Everyone,

Well, it is Thursday and you know what I do on Thursday. No? :?:
watch survivor and trash my mind. Can't wait to see what inhuman thing they come up with tonight and who gets voted off the island. Then I like to watch CSI which is a real gross-you-out show. DH usually falls asleep about five minutes into it. He just watches it because I want to.

Well, I am feeling better, still have some stiffness in my shoulder and neck, but not feeling as tough as I did earlier in the week. Gotta keep taking my vitamins and my fish oil. Right? :dizzy:
I never had strong finger nails until I started on a regime of two Fish Oil caplets a day. The program I am on recommends fish oil. I get a little back taste, but I can handle it.

Drove to Green Bay today to attend Grandparents day at my Grandson's school, first grade, I don't think he was too excited to see us. He probably was wondering what on earth to do with us.:) We had lunch together, toured his class room, and looked at his drawings and accomplishments and then he led us to the door and said "enough" so DH and I took our cue and went back to work. They are so darn cute, you just have to smile.

Charolett, glad to hear you are feeling better. I wish I could figure out how to get up early in the morning. It takes me forever to wake up and get myself motivated to get going. I hate that about myself. While I was sick, I lost three pounds, I don't know where they went, but today they found themselves right back to me. How exasperating. I am going to try the Bounce thing this winter as soon as I remembr to pick some up at the grocery. I finally found the source of the home invasion of the Asian Beetles. My Mom and I had done some window washing this fall and we have the Anderson Crank Out type windows, well I wasn't paying attention and one was not fitting properly when I cranked it shut. There was the tiniest of cracks at the top, and this is where the buggers were getting in. DH and I took care of that problen two nights ago and it is so nice not to come home and have to scoop up beetles.

Shiela,I don't think I could do the acupuncture thing. I am not too fond of needles to begin with. But I give you alot of credit for trying. Of course when you feel pain, you can go to extreme measure to ease that pain. How is the autumn fairing out in Washington? Do you get snow? Are the winters milder than they are in Wisconsin? we are suppose to get snow sometime this weekend and the beginning of next week. It is suppose to melt when it touches the ground. ALL I CAN SAY IS IT HAD BETTER!! Did you get your painting done? Whatever we did not get done, I guess will have to wait until spring now. I have to get out and design some sort of protection for my roses before it gets really cold.

Puss, I haven't had any pop ups while I am on the 3FatChicks site, but I have had a few other problems. One evening I came home shortly after I had installed a new firewall and there was a notice on the desktop that informed me that someone had tried to hack into our computer but failed. I called my guru computer son, and he said I couldn't really do anything about it but to report it to my internet provider. I was damn mad of course. We have been having some dialog boxes come up when we sign on that talks about our memory failing, but I think that is an internal thing. DH wants to invest in a knew operating system, that takes care of fixing minor problems so that you don't have to worry about them. Microsoft is bragging about a knew system they have on the market. I use Windows 98 right now and am happy with it, but if a faster new one would be benefical, then why not. I also do not have DSL. I feel the monthly charge is too excessive., so when I load the site it takes forever, because of the graphics. I'll just have be patient on that one. A new bathing suit, huh... I haven't had a new bathing suit in about 5 or 6 years. You are right we should excercise, but..... at least I know someone that hates it as much as I do.

Sunny, are you still with us? Sorry about what your Dad, put you through. I think men have a penchant for not realizing how important a thing as communication can be. When I was in labor for our third daughter, my DH and I dropped our other two daughters off at my Mom's house and we went to the hospital. I wasn't there very long and delivered our third daughter. DH went home and continued doing the farm chores and never called my Mom. Mom was frantic thinking I was in labor all that time. Finally DH showed at up Moms to pick up the girls to take them home and boy did he get an earful from Mom. He still hears about it to this day. And rightly so. He is a really nice guy so I never say anthing. ;)

Willow, you are a little rascal. I can see when you get over here in June, we will probably be getting into a lot of trouble. I will warn everyone to get the innocents off the street, because we will be in town. Not really, can't resist giving you hard time though, don't know why. I am looking forward to next June though. So glad to hear you are feeling better, and me too. I am such a baby when I am sick, well not a baby so much as perhaps a crabby b....h , poor DH can't do anything right when I am in that kind of mood. Don't you feel sorry for him? ;) Usually we get the same weather as Minnesota, within a few days. But the weather people are not predicting nice weather for the next 4 to 5 days. Oh gosh, I get so cold. The Packers have a bye this week and our quarterback has a broken thumb, but they are coming to Minnesota the following week to play the Vikes who's quarterback has three broken bones in his back. What a debacle, may the best man win. :s:

Well I have to close for now, I have to go visit the daughter next door. Seems I am having a babysitting conflict with her and her older sisters children and I don't know who to please next.

Take care everyone :grouphug:


10-23-2003, 09:40 PM
Just a short one to say hi, and WE GOT A LETTER! Yup, we got a letter from DD dated 10/17. She said to "please write every day" so there's the answer to my question. At that point she must not have gotten any of the 8 letters I've sent her.

She said that time really flies, and that she got picked to be on the drill team so in addition to learning how to make her bed, shine her shoes, and learn the chain of command, she has to learn to throw and catch a rifle. I'm assuming they are not loaded! She said the physical training is the hardest--the running is okay, but "the pushups suck."

Okay, gotta go make salmon for dinner.

10-23-2003, 09:51 PM
See??? I TOLD ya!

10-24-2003, 01:57 PM
:wave: Hello everyone!

First off ~ I wanted to let you know that my mother pulled through her surgery like a trooper! I spoke to her this morning and she is in allot of pain and discomfort (need I say), but she is up and around and at home. My sister is taking real good care of her. She and my SIL are making dinners to bring over to them and my DS is caring for my mother's personal needs. I am so glad that all is going as well as to be expected. It is such a painful surgery. She did not sleep well, but it will get better each night for her - the first night is always the toughest! Thank-you so mcuh for ~ALL~ your thoughts and prayers! I am truly Blessed!

:^: Me --- Well, I have been so very ill the last week and am still on the mend, but so much better today. I had a very bad Diverticulitus attack and had a low grade fever as well. The spasms were pretty bad, so I could not sit at the computer for any length of time. I was flat on my back. I did go back to Curves on Monday thinking I just had a short bout with a flu bug but in reality - I was at the beginning stages of an infection that only got worse after I worked out. You are suppose to be as calm as possible during one of these attacks - woops - I didn't recognize it this time, because it had been so long since my last one. We came to the conclusion that it was all the tomatoes I had been eating from our garden... the seeds got all stuck and then infection set in. And now I have a urinary track infection I am being treated for - because it always happens after an attack.

I am doing so much better now. Been drinking allot of herb teas and tons of water (I think I have lost some weight too). But I should be back in the swing of things soon... It just has been one long and hard three weeks!

SHELIA ~ I am so very happy to hear that you finally heard from your daughter :flow1: It is so hard to be far away from a loved-one and not be able hear from them. God Bless You!

BLUET ~ Thanks for asking about me... you are just so sweet! I am doing so much better today. Still not in the pink, but almost there.

WILLOW ~ I am so happy to hear that you are feeling better!!!! Yeah! :cp: Hope you continue to do so.

ANGEL ~ I am seeing a side of you I didn't on the other thread :lol: - you are really funny! Love your sense of humor - you and FATPUSS make quite a pair.

SunnyD - your puss cat standing (Guido?) he looks a little like my Alfie, so cute your three moggies. I have asked a friend who is very good on prayers to pray for safe delivery of your mum. My daughter has recently spent two months shadowing an arm and shoulder surgeon and believe me, they were all successful cases - they know so much more now in that field than they did even a couple of years ago. The ladies here are also good on prayer - my cat was at death's door recently and he has amazed his two vets with remission.
PUSS ~ Thank you so much for your encouraging words!! And I am glad you also enjoyed my boys! I am not able to have children, so these guys are my kids :) Yes... the one standing is Guido... he's my 'Casanova' (the lover - cudly one).

I want to Thank you ~ALL~ again --- for being there for me while I vented... My father is a long story (won't even go there right now :dizzy: ) I am just so relieved that my mother is home and recovering and that she is being cared for.

You all Take Care now and My God Bless You!

10-24-2003, 02:02 PM
OH! ANGEL! ~ How could I be so thoughtless!!!

:cp: YA HOOOOOO!!!!! :dance: for reaching your weight-loss goal and then some!!! I am so very happy for you and cannot wait to do that dance one day myself. I bet you look so sharp in that new jacket ;)

10-24-2003, 02:06 PM
WILLOW ~ I just loved that post on what children thought "LOVE MEANT" --- very enjoyable! Thanx!

10-24-2003, 02:13 PM
Another picture of my boys (the two brothers) on our new sofa... I believe they use it more the my hubby & I do :lol:

10-24-2003, 03:02 PM
Hi, all--

Got on long enough to say congrats to Charlotte! Wahoo!

I lost 2 lbs. this week--finally got over my emotional eating. I'm heading out to the ferry across to the island where I will be staying with friends for the weekend. I will check back here on Sunday. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

10-24-2003, 05:42 PM
SHEILA ~ WAH-hooooo for you too! :cp: A loss of 2 lbs in a week is really good!!!! Emotional eating is so very hard to get past... I am working on it too. How are you doing it?? I enjoy eatting for any reason - when I feel bored, wen I am sad or happy - I always seem to go there. I don't binge, but I do eat all through the day no matter. So what I do is grab a glass of water first now each time I go into the kitchen for anything; then I either forget what I was going for OR I am now too full and don't want it. It's working for me right now :)

:flow1: Have a great time this weekend!!!!! :flow1:
Come back a tell us all about it...

10-24-2003, 07:45 PM
Angel and Sheila - you losers, you!! :cb:
Well done the pair of you! Sheila I am so glad your mind is at rest after hearing from DD. They must think she has big potential choosing her for drill team - co-ordination is not one of my better talents.
Bluet - my mum introduced DH and me to CSI investigation. We really liked it but it's always on when we watch something else. Your little GS is so cute, independent little sir too, ha ha. Glad you are feeling a little better now, hope it continues. Your problems with IT were interesting. I heard on the radio that Microsoft have developed a system where emails automatically destruct after a certain time and I think that may be linked to what you were saying. We used to have Windows Millenium but changed it to 2000 because it wasn't much good - or so DH tells me, because what I know about IT you could write on a full stop. I can't believe your DH didn't phone your DM that you had given birth. Well, yes, I can really, my DH has done similar things.
SunnyD - I am sorry you can't have children and I fully understand how the pussies are the babies. I was trying for a baby for 4 years and had a puss called Tigger who was my world. My neighbours in UK wanted to keep her when we were sent to Bahrain with DHs work but I couldn't part with her and took her with us. Six months later she went missing never to return and I was heartbroken. We put pictures of her all over the island and offered huge reward but had to take them down when all these people came to the door with cats they had obviously hi-jacked off streets - couldn't bear the thought of someone else missing their cat. I was 6 months pregnant at the time and the doc was concerned I was losing weight. I cried about my cat and still remember her saying "but you will have a beautiful baby soon" and me replying "I would rather have my cat back". Honestly. I still think of that little fiesty Tig 23 years on and wished I had left her with the neighbours in England. I have heard that diverticulitis is really nasty, poor you. Pleased that your DM is on the mend, she sounds a trooper. Your boys are just too cute christening that sofa! They would make good TV advert material.
Today I decided to stop the procrastination and get on track again. Friend and I went swimming in our lunch hour - 35 mins non stop breast stroke - and 10 mins brisk walk each way to the pool and back to work. We tried not to get our hair too wet but I got splashed in the face and was worried my mascara would 'panda' my eyes so I was blowing furiously up into my eye to blow dry it and trying not to blink. Karon said I looked like a basket case!! I bought a new swimsuit tonight - the one I wore today was from 7 years ago and baggy on me, I have lost about 30 pounds since I wore it. I also bought a wooly hat because it's so cold now - minus 5 expected overnight. As you probably know it was Concorde's final flight today and I felt quite sad as did more than half the nation. I usually see it right in front of me as it takes off across the motorway in the morning on my way to work. My work is the exit before Heathrow airport. So magnificent and majestic and such a shame.
Well after all this walking and swimming and being good with food today, if I haven't lost some tonnage tomorrow I will throw a paddywack fit!!
Regards to Willow and Jacquie and all friends here. xx

10-24-2003, 09:48 PM
I can't believe it! Good job, you!
I bet you'll have a whopping good loss too, because you're not a regular exerciser, ..... yet.
Although, sometimes, when you first start exercising, the muscles fill with and hold fluid for a few days, which can seem like a gain, but they eventually let go of the fluid, so don't get discouraged if that happens. I'm proud of you. And water exercises too. I love putzing around in the water. I'm not a good swimmer, but I like to do exercises in the water. I always feel so relaxed and sleepy after playing in the water.
Another week and I can buy my swim passes at the motel.
That really was a shame about the Concorde, but I don't imagine many people can afford it anymore, and I thought they had said that the cost of the upkeep for it was unimaginable. Too bad, though. Another piece of history put away.

Sheila, congratulations on that 2 pound loss! I'm proud of ya!
You enjoy that weekend now. You can relax about your daughter now too, so you should be able to have a good time.

Bluet, I have some fish oil capsules here, and I've forgotten why I have them, or what I was doing at the time I bought them. Probably just read someplace that they're good for your heart or something.
That little Grandson sounds like a hoot! Cutie!
I bought 2 different halloween masks today and I'm going to wear one tomorrow when my little grandson stops over with the pies I ordered from him for a fundraiser his school was having. He's 5 yrs old, and tonight they are having a fun night at his school and he's going to wear his HULK costume.

Glad you found the entry the Asian beetles were using.
We had a little rain here today. Dark and dreary all day. Very cool too.
I promise I'll behave when I come to Manitowoc. :s:

Charlotte, glad you made your goal, plus lost more! It must feel so very good! Still feeling rarin' to go?

SunnyD, Those kitties are adorable.
So sorry to hear you aren't going to have any children. A person takes so much for granted until you hear of something like that.
Glad to hear that your Mom is doing so well.

My sister has diverticulosis and was horribly sick and in pain with it a few years ago, and they had to do a colonoscopy and open the abcess up, which she said was unbelieveably painful. Hers got infected from eating jojo's and one got stuck.
Take care and continue to get well.

I better go do something. My hinder is getting numb from sitting so long! :o

Everybody have a good night. Hi Jacquie! Hi everybody else not posting!

10-24-2003, 10:47 PM
SunnyD, Those kitties are adorable.
So sorry to hear you aren't going to have any children. A person takes so much for granted until you hear of something like that.
Glad to hear that your Mom is doing so well.

WILLOW ~ Thanks - we think they are cuties too ;) Oh... it's not that I we aren't going to have children, we were not able to... Here is what I shared on another thread and just thought you all might like to know about me also.

I have been married to Joe for 28 years - he is 50 and I am 46 and 3/4 :) I hope you and the others don't mind me sharing...

When I was 18 and just newly married I miscarried my first preg. at 4 months and then at 19 lost our first and last baby, Lisa Anne, in a car accident I had when I was less then two weeks before having her. It was snowy here in OH and I was driving a VW (engine in the back) and hit the slush just right and began to lose control of the car on a hill. A van came down the hill I was going up and he hit me on the passenger side. The impact caused Lisa to just burst up out of her womb and into my ribcage she instantly died. Me... I was rushed to the hospital barely able to breathe with her up inside my ribcage and had a dislocated left knee from it hitting the steering column & had a huge blood loss. To make a very long story as short as I am able ~ I not only lost Lisa, but all chances of ever having children again. They had to remove most of my uterus, one ovary & tube and had to do some repairs on my intestines. To date I have had four surgeries total eventually removing everything (by age 26) that was left due to many cysts & tumors that liked to take possession of my body. I went through many years of self-doubt, depression (which I have little battles with still today) and now have Diverticulitus, and IBS as a end result. One of the surgeries I had was to remove tissue of adhesions that had grown on my bladder to my intestines to the muscle wall... all stemming from the trauma. It hasn't been easy...

Joe & I had also tried adoption but after I had the baby for just about 6 months (all shortly after my accident) the mother who had that 6 months to change her mind - did - and we lost him too. I vowed to not try any more after that... too much loss in such a short amount of time overwhelmed me. To this date, Joe & I have no children, but I did find comfort in being with the children in our lives and in my Lord. He has gotten me though much! I was a very angry young woman for many, many years before I found peace in God. Anyway, through the years I have found that my experience has given me insight to help many people through their trials... I hope I am able to help you also. We don't always understand "the why's" of things that occur in our lives, but once we give them over and do our best to get better - it does get better. I don't know what you are going through, but I am sure of one thing - you are hurting deeply. I offer you my *Prayers*, help to the best of my abilities (a listening ear/eye) and my love. Whenever I have things go wrong I slip into these bouts of sadness still... like with this ankle or health attacks. I allow myself a day or two to wallow and then say to myself "enough". Time to assess this situation now and see what I must do to move out of it. I love being happy and making others happy and feeling peace, so I make it so. Otherwise, I would just sit in it and where would that get me other then feeling 'alone'. I am so Blessed that my Joe stayed with me though all of this mess & believed in me. And trust me... it doesn't ever just go away and we both cope to this day - but together. But even though Joe was always there, ultimately it was all up to ME to do something about where I was heading. I am now 46 years old and we have been married for 28 years. Not long after my accident Joe & I joined a Christian Play that was touring Ohio... after a year or so of feeling very forced into it and rebelling to the best of my ability - someone in the cast ministered to me, loved me and I was touched by their peace & wanted it. My life changed from then on... We did that ministry for 17 years and met some wonderful people.

I have found that life is like a huge puzzle... we get it a piece at a time so that we aren't overwhelmed by the whole picture, but eventually as you begin to put it together you begin to see the picture as you can cope. It sure isn't easy, but oh so well worth living. God Bless You!

10-25-2003, 12:41 AM
Hi SunnyD,
I had understood your earlier post that you were unable to have children.
I just think that is such a sad thing, and really makes a person appreciate what they have, especially when I have been blessed with so many.
I congratulate you and your husband both on your strength. I'm glad you found your Christian group for strength and guidance through some of your awful journey.

Have a nice night. God Bless.

10-25-2003, 07:36 AM
Try to get the loss of your possessions into proportion, you follow the teachings of a good guy who didn't have a single possession in his life, eh? You and DH sound one of the richest couples going with just what you have between you.

Fatpuss...I had to let you know how your words touched me this morning. I thought of something else we had in storage last night just as we were going to bed. It meant so very much to me. I was crying, & DH talked to me quite awhile about it all. I know he was so very tired (had a bad day), but took the time to comfort me, before drifting off to sleep.
I woke at 3 am & got on pc...reading the many posts I'm behind on now...& read these words from you. A lot of people have said many different things to me...& all were heartfelt, & encouraging. Somehow, this paragraph "woke me up". Yes, I have a treasure worth more than any possession. My DH is my best friend, my rock, the love of my life. His sisters have made the statement many times that they have never seen two people who were meant to be together, more, than he & I. I thank the Lord for him every day. I've wondered why the Lord didn't stop the thieves. He was watching & knew what these things meant to me. But, you know, this past couple of weeks, there have been several break-ins of homes, around the area. The owners were home at the time...held by gunpoint, or knives...as they watched their possessions taken! I know my DH well enough...he would try to stop them. I had rather lose everything I own...than him. With the Lord & each other, we WILL make it! Thank you, my friend. http://home.att.net/~scorh/Flower1m8.gif

Be careful with those "pop ups". They sound suspicious. I don't get any on the board, either. There are pop ups other places on internet, (very annoying), that are ads...& even "not nice" invitations. Here, though, I've never had one.

Willow...Don't worry about the rabbit...I was joking, too! I'm so glad you're doing better. You're talking more like the Willow I know & love! Yes, I had about 3 days of energy. At least it was more than I'm used to having! I was able to go all day...stopping to rest often, of course. The second day...after shopping with daughter on the first day...my hips & feet were sore. I guess that's the most "exercise" they've know in quite awhile!:lol: Yesterday, kinda came "down to earth", though. Back to my normal routine. Not too bad, as the Remicade is still holding out. I hope it helps me tonight. We're in a Praise-a-thon at the tv station. Going to be helping out....as well as singing...til midnight. I really enjoy it...just hope I can handle it...:dizzy:

Sheila...I'm sooo glad you heard from DD! It's a possibility she hasn't received any letters yet. My SIL gets several letters at once, after going for periods of time without any. Even, before going to Iraq. Likewise, the letters in return, are later than should be.

Bluet...congrats on the weightloss! :cp: It's the hard way to lose, though, isn't it! Fish oil capsules...I'd heard of that...but forgotten. I'm going to try them. I talked to the girl who does my hair, & she's going to start doing my nails for me next week. It's getting very hard for me to do my own, now. It's so aggravating to try to do anything with my hands! I know it could be a lot worse, though. Although my knuckles are a little swollen...my hands really don't look bad. That's one thing the treatments help with. They help stop the progression of RA deformity...or, at least, slow it down.
Your grandson sounds adorable! One of my little granddaughters (always thought she was grown!) started kindergarden last year. Mom & Dad were a nervous wreck! They BOTH took her to school the first day. Started in the door...she turns & asks "You're not going in with me are you?! You'll embarrass me!"...After convincing her they HAD to go in....she finally took all she could & let them know NOT to worry...she would be fine...so they left. She's now in first grade. On teacher/parent nights...the teacher lets them know that Kelley is doing fine & sees to it that she (the teacher) does things correctly!

SunnyD...I'm so sorry for what you've been through. We don't always know why these things happen...but, God does. I'm glad you got over the bitterness. Remember...you ARE a mother. Your children are in the care of our Lord.
I read a short story once, of a lady who had lost her baby. She had a very hard time dealing with the loss. After praying & agonizing for so long...she asked the Lord to show her why her child had to be taken. One night she had a dream. She dreamed the child had not died. Was grown...& had many hardships in life. The child ended up dying unprepared to meet the Lord. After waking, she realized that, although she wasn't sure it was from the Lord, or "just a dream"...it HAD given her peace. She had rather give the child back to the Lord then, as hard as it was, than to have it to raise for such sadness. Of course, I'm not saying this would happen to your children...it just came to mind & wanted to share.
I admire your strength. These experiences, sad & bad as they were, have helped you become sensitive & caring for others' burdens. You're a valuable asset to this board. I'm sure you're the same in your community. I wish you didn't suffer with your health. I'll be praying for you.

Sunny...you remarked about getting to know me better, here. This is more my personality...before these past few months happened. I guess, I just let it out easier on this thread. Don't know why. I was always bubbly, joking, & happy. I'll be that way again...I'm improving....maybe not daily....but improving!

Everyone have a good weekend!

10-25-2003, 09:04 AM
Classes for Women!

1. Silence, the Final Frontier: Where No Woman Has Gone Before
2. The Undiscovered Side of Banking: Making Deposits
3. Parties: Going Without New Outfits
4. Man Management: Minor Household Chores Can Wait Till After The Game
5. Bathroom Etiquette I: Men Need Space in the Bathroom Cabinet Too
6. Bathroom Etiquette II: His Razor is His
7. Communication Skills I: Tears - The Last Resort, not the First
8. Communication Skills II : Thinking Before Speaking
9. Communication Skills III: Getting What you Want Without Nagging
10. Driving a Car Safely: A Skill You CAN Acquire
11. Telephone Skills: How to Hang Up
12. Introduction to Parking (hahahahahahaha)
13. Advanced Parking: Backing Into a Space
14. Water Retention: Fact or Fat
15. Cooking I: Bringing Back Bacon, Eggs and Butter
16. Cooking II: Bran and Tofu are Not for Human Consumption
17. Cooking III: How Not to Inflict Your Diets on Other People
18. Compliments: Accepting Them Gracefully
19. Dancing: Why Men Don't Like To
20. Classic Footwear: Wearing Shoes You've Worn Before



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Meets 4 weeks, Monday and Wednesday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM.

Class 2: The Toilet Paper Roll. Does it Change Itself?
Round Table Discussion. Meets 2 weeks, Saturday 12:00 for 2 hours.

Class 3: Is It Possible to Urinate Using the Technique of Lifting the Seat and Avoiding the Floor/Walls and Nearby Bathtub? Group Practice.
Meets 4 weeks, Saturday 10:00 PM for 2 hours.

(Note: this class meets at O'Malley's Brew Pub on 16th Street)

Class 4: Fundamental Differences Between the Laundry Hamper and the Floor. Pictures and Explanatory Graphics.
Meets Saturdays at 2:00 PM for 3 weeks.

Class 5: After Dinner Dishes. Can They Levitate and Fly Into the Kitchen Sink?
Examples on Video. Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Class 6: Loss of Identity - Losing the Remote to Your Significant Other.

Help Line Support and Support Groups. Meets 4 Weeks, Friday and Sunday 7:00PM.
Class 7: Learning How to Find Things - Starting with looking in the right places instead of turning the house upside down while screaming.

Open Forum. Monday at 8:00 PM, 2 hours.
Class 8: Health Watch - Bringing her flowers is not harmful to your health.

Graphics and Audio Tapes. Three nights; Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00PM for 2 hours.
Class 9: Real Men ask for Directions When Lost. Real Life Testimonials.

Tuesdays at 6:00 PM, location to be determined.
Class 10: Is it genetically impossible to sit quietly while she parallel parks?

Driving Simulations. 4 weeks, Saturday's noon, 2 hours.
Class 11: Learning to Live - Basic Differences Between Mother and Wife.

Online Classes and role-playing.
Class 12: How to be the Ideal Shopping Companion.

Relaxation Exercises, Meditation and Breathing Techniques.

Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM.

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10-25-2003, 11:36 AM
Hi Everyone,

Just a note......probably won't be able to post until Sunday night or Monday. Have a variety of families, of grandchildren here, some off and on others staying overnight. Our computer is in the spare bedroom and that is where the kids sleep when they are here. The three year old goes to bed earlier and I won't be able to use the computer again until everyone is gone. Just came in to make the bed, I have all boy grandchildren this weekend. I guess bed making isn't in their scheme of things. :wink:

Take care. Oh yes, congrats to all the lbs lost people. I am so jealous :s:



10-25-2003, 09:33 PM
I didn't do much the first part of the day, but after lunch, about 12:30, I went out and started rearranging my shed and getting rid of stuff I'll never use again. I even gave a lawnmower to my son, that's brand new, I just could never get the blasted thing to run.
Then I started raking my yard, and I raked for 5 and 1/2 hours with a half hour break at 3:45. I am sooo sore already, so I can imagine what it's going to be like by tomorrow.

I think I'm going to have to call Mayo about my lung, because it's starting to be pretty uncomfortable, and raking today made it even worse. Feels like a really bad pulled muscle in my back, but, it goes deeper than that.

My little grandson brought me one of his first school pictures. Such a cutie! :love:
I don't know where he found it, but he came to me with a dandelion that he had picked for me!! :flow1: I thought those were done months ago! I wore it in the hole in the tab of the zipper to my hooded sweatshirt. He asked why I wore it there, and I said because it was a special flower and it was picked by him just for me, and I wanted to be able to look at it all day while I was outside.
Then he wanted to know why it was special.
I said because those flowers don't usually grow this time of year, so I thought God put that flower there especially for him to pick for me. He thought that was pretty cool!
Actually, a few times I DID kind of wonder if there were some special meaning to it.

I have had no white foods today. No bread, potatoes, rice ...
But, I ate a lot. I feel pretty good too. Sore though.

Tomorrow is laundry day. Ugh!

Charlotte, I just LOVED the his and hers lists! :lol:

Bluet have fun with those grandbabies this weekend!

Don't forget to set your clocks back tonight, or early tomorrow morning.
Hello to Puss, Jacquie, Sheila, Sue, SunnyD, and anyone else reading this.

Everybody have a good evening!

10-26-2003, 08:33 AM
Hi girls, here's all that wonderful grandchildren talk again from you - I will definately be dreaming of that secret little GD again, ha ha and giving my DD the shivers! We had some good news from her yesterday, she landed the job with the top surgeon she wanted. Next year she will be the junior doctor in the team and the bottom of the heap in the kick-the-cat-syndrome and working minimum of 96 hour weeks and she was thrilled!! 46 applicants with just 4 vacancies, 3 for medical and 1 for sugical, so proud of her for just the sweet thing she is.
SunnyD - how horrific that accident was and so tragic, my heart goes out to you. It's testimony to your strength of character that you have come through it so balanced. If a partnership was ever tested it sounds like you and DHs was the one.
Bluet - well done on the weight loss. I didn't lose a speck on Saturday after the swim and walk but DD gave me the old muscle retains water routine but I was like a petulant kid with her and said I want to see it on the scales not the figure etc but she said (like Willow did too) that it will show on the scales too. Willow - are you sitting down, dear, I have another shocker in store for you, not only do I plan to go swimming again this week (bought a new swimsuit and binned the old big one) but I plan to go to an exercise class on Wednesday with a slimming club. That's today's plan anyway but I have a Masters Degree in talking myself out of mad ideas like exercise so we will see what happens between now and Wednesday. Raking for 5.5 hours!! I hope your lung/back pain was a result of that but do check it out, won't you? Ater your bronchitis it may be infection still. Your GS is adorable and I bet that stinky old dandilion was better than the rarest orchid to you. Bluet - thanks for taking the time to do the Rules for Men and Women. I would print the men's one off and pin it on the wall for DH and DS if I thought for one minute they would pay attention to them!
Angel - I am so glad the words helped. It was the kind of thing my wise old dad would have said. I have a confession to make Angel and hope it does not affect our friendship. I don't believe in a divine being though I do believe a wonderful man called Jesus walked this earth. You see, my mother was a Christian and my father an agnostic and of the two of them, my father was the one who followed the Bible's teachings without reading it. He was the kindest, most giving and loving person I ever met (certainly not perfect, ha ha) and our local vicar loved him (he knew him from my mum's involvement with the church). The vicar would always call when my mum was out and my dad would get the frying pan out and make bacon sandwhiches and the two of them would have good old arguments about the existence of God. It always ended with the vicar saying dad was one of the best Christians he had ever met and dad being the modest man he was saying "bugger off, you won't get me in your church" in a nice way. Funny thing was, years later after the vicar left someone in lunch break at work tossed DD a bible and said "read this, you'll never read a better book" DD read it with the intention of giving back a good old argument on why it was a load of rubbish and found himself converted!! He was in his 50s then. Thing with me is that although I was pleased for him - his religion brought him much joy - I felt let down. He raised my brother and I never to pass a needy person on the street without giving the price of a cup of tea and a sandwich (regardless if they were drunk or not), always give charitably and always to fight injustice for others less able. He tried to convert me which always led to blazing rows - me accusing him of needing a crutch to deal with my mother's behaviour - and him saying he was wrong about God and now needs to persuade me! Agrhh, the rows were over as quickly as the discussion, we were too close to carry them on but I hope you see why I don't feel the need to believe in a God, even when my father was dying I would feel a hypocrite praying. I respect everyone's right to believe in whatever God they do believe in and when my cat was on death's door recently I called on you ladies because I know that goodness can (and did) prevail at times over adversity. I do hope I haven't bored you all too much with this and if you feel differently now then I can't do anything about it to change it. I do think it is wonderful that you all seem to have strong faith and that must be fantastic. And Angel, I meant every word about your website - it is a haven of peace and tranquility, I loved it and so would my father have. xx

10-26-2003, 09:02 PM
I stayed in bed until almost 9 AM. I wasn't sleeping all that time, but was just feeling lazy, so I turned on the TV and watched it for about an hour before I got up.
Then, when I got up, I just sat around and putzed around on my computer all day, except for when I washed clothes. The last load is in the drier now.

I made some ground beef and green beans and eggplant in my crockpot with cajun seasoning, and I'm going to grill some boneless, skinless chicken thighs on george to use in salads etc this week.
I still haven't had any white foods.

The weirdest dream happened last night.
I dreamed that I was dreaming, then, .... it was so real that I wasn't sure if it was a dream or not. Very chilling.
I dreamed that I could hear footsteps coming towards my bedroom, and they sounded like a mans steps with hard-soled shoes on. You know. That hard, sharp sound. Heel, then toe, slowly. But, in reality, that doesn't make sense, because my floors are carpeted. So, I said to myself, this is a dream, because I shouldn't hear the steps that sharply.
Then the steps stopped, and a couple seconds later, the sheet started slowly sliding off of me, as though someone were slowly pulling it off. :yikes:
I was afraid to move, yet afraid not to.
Then, I woke up, and I had goosebumps all over me, even on my scalp. I don't know if it was from being afraid or if I had gotten chilled. I was covered up, and I usually am too warm at night, but I put another comforter over me. I was afraid to go back to sleep, but what is really strange is that I was awake for a while, then the next thing I knew, I was waking up again. I would never have thought I could have gone back to sleep. I'm sure glad that I didn't start shooting! :fr:

I haven't read the paper yet either, now that I think of it.

I have to stop and pick up my swimsuits that I ordered too. They called and left a message on my voicemail that they came in Friday. Next week I can start using them.

It's back to work tomorrow. DOUBLE UGH!

Puss, congratulations to you and your daughter on her new career. How exciting! It's a good testament to your parenting that she has developed such good management and learning skills. She has to be brilliant because those things don't just happen by chance. They see her potential and want to be in on it.

I can't believe it!! Now you're going to an exercise class????? Will this be done on your lunch hour also, or will you be going later in the day? Sounds wonderful!

As for believing in God, I guess I don't care what kind of power a person believes in or does not believe in as long as that person treats me well.

I should finish getting my things ready for tomorrow.

Hope everyone has a good evening.

10-27-2003, 09:29 AM
Hello everybody...thought I better post a quick one...gonna be busy for a couple of days.

Fatpuss...Please, don't ever feel I would think any less of you for not believing the way I do. We all have our own choices to make. I respect you for being honest with me & telling me what went on concerning this. I would never try to convert anyone in my posts, OR in my website. That's why I don't have my website linked here...just a regular Homepage. I didn't want to offend anyone, or make anyone think I was trying to "trick" them into going into a site they wouldn't want to go into. I gave the opportunity for anyone who wanted to look at it...but said it was a "Christian" website. It makes me feel good that you checked it out, after knowing it was a christian site. Thank you for your kind words. The website is part of my ministry, just as volunteering at the christian tv station is, also. I'm there for anyone who needs to talk, or pray. But, I don't call them...they know I'm there, & call me to talk, pray with them, or sing a song for them that might make their day a little better.
Your beliefs are your business. You may express them any way you want & I haven't changed my opinion of you at all. It sounds as though you dad was very wise & kind man. He raised you well. You are a very caring person. I don't take back my words...you helped to "wake me up" to a few facts. It's still going to take time for me to be "allright"...but, I'm coming along...because of friends like you!

Hope everyone has a good day. http://www.agifs.hpg.ig.com.br/ursos/urso12.gif

10-27-2003, 07:01 PM
Angel, never once did I ever think you were looking for converts, I had to square that one for myself because I would have hated to have given a false impression of myself. You are a fantastic lady and I value your friendship. You do a sterling job down at your station and I know you live your religion like it's meant to be lived and I have nothing but admiration for you. Glad we got that one settled. How's the house going now? Willow must have made me feel guilty because yesterday I raked up 15 big bags of leaves off the back lawn. I was going to take Sheila's advice and hire a leaf sucker but knew the exercise (foul word) would be good for me! I hope you ladies are sitting down for this - I went swimming again in my lunch hour again today, and alone too as friend is on leave. I try not to get my makeup or hair wet but an elderly lady - obviously learned to swim recently - was splashing about wildly and putting the effort in of a 7 year old into swimming was drowning me with the water she churned up!! I couldn't feel bad towards her because she was so sweet putting twice the energy into keeping herself afloat, bless her. Willow, the exercise class is not in lunchtime, it's a dreaded slimming class by Rosemary Conley the Brit guru in her late 50s early 60 I mentioned. Not her taking it of course, franchises. Reason I chose this group is they have a 45 mins aerobic class built into it whereas Slimming World just do a weigh in and tell you what you already know about nutrition etc. That's the plan anyway. Your foods sound lovely again, WIllow. I am getting tired of my standard 3 recipies. Do you friends get Muller Rice brands in the US? They do pots of rice pudding (jelly optional) and are only 75 cals and virtually fat free. They also do a chocolate mousse for those of us who can't bear to do without the sweet things. Your dream sounded awful, Willow. Do you really have a gun? Angel, have you put an angel up in the new house yet? You must let us know which room you site your first angel. I still haven't dropped a gram in weight yet but I did start my period on Saturday so I am hoping that's the reason. With the exercise I don't want to end up with muscles like Carnera (?) - an expression of my father's, I believe Carnera or Karnera was a champion boxer who emigrated to the US). I remember years ago having a car without power steering and my right biceps was enormous! Today I had to check out some imported goods in a warehouse - tatooists needles and ink holders, shudder to think of it, ha ha. Second thoughts, maybe I should have one done on my bottom with "move it lady" on it!
Sheila, hope you had a good time away at the beach house and that you have heard from DD. Bluet, are you rested after the busy weekend? Angel - I love that Panda and I am going to try to cut and paste him!

10-27-2003, 07:06 PM
Angel, the cut and paste half-worked - he doesn't do his little dance but still looks cute staring out at me sitting on his botty! I will send him on an email to DH tomorrow.

10-27-2003, 10:52 PM
I went back to work today and it went quite well.
I got up at 4:30 AM and rode my exercise bike for 30 minutes, intending to ride it another 30 minutes this afternoon when I got home, but, that never happened.

I stopped on my way home from work and picked up my swimsuits, but haven't tried them on yet. Held them up to me, and I think they might be a bit snug around the middle, but, hopefully I'll have enough pounds off shortly that it won't be a problem. Even if they are too small, I still have my old ones to use just for a bit.

I then went to the grocery store to grab a couple bags of chicken thighs, (3-pound bags for $1.99) and of course, as usual, had to get more things. Got a couple of squash, celery, cauliflower, string mozzarella cheese, and some frozen teriyaki veggies. It's hard to find frozen veggies without carrots in them, but the teriyaki doesn't.

Then when I got home a friend called and we talked until 6 PM, then I made supper and did dishes. Had pollock walleye and stirfry veggies with a wedge of laughing cow melted in them and a couple squirts of ICBINB. This is my third day without any white stuff to eat. I feel good too.

Now I can sit and post for a few minutes, then get my stuff ready for tomorrow again.
They asked me to work overtime all week again and I said "no".

Puss, the elderly lady splashing around trying to swim??, .... That will be me. :lol: I'm not a swimmer. I LOVE doing the resistance exercises in the water, but, the best way for me to swim is on my back. I panic on my face. I don't like to get water up my nose, or to have my face below the water. I can't even stand to have a sheet over my face, much less be below water.

I think this is just cool, you swimming and going to a fitness class. :cp:

I wonder where everyone is?

Those puddings sound delicious. I'll have to look for that brand, but it doesn't sound familiar.

Yes, I have a gun. There is a very good reason for it too. I had a horrible experience years ago with someone breaking into my home and beating me. I vowed no one would ever find me in a vulnerable situation again.

Charlotte, Whatcha doin' that you aren't gonna post for a couple of days? Whatever it is, I hope you have a good time doing it.

I better get my things going here for tomorrow. Have a great evening everybody.

10-28-2003, 06:36 PM
Willow, well done on the bike for 30 mins, I know I couldn't do it for more than 5 mins cos when I went to the gym last year that was my threshold limit on the bike, rowing machine, walking/running thing (whatever it's called) and ski or step thing. I HATED every one of them!!! Swimming is about my level and I must admit I was clock watching then too. I am going to the aerobics class tomorrow and I believe it is for all ages and levels. Think I will join the 90 year olds first..they are probably more active than me. Glad you got your new swimsuits, when do you plan your first swim? I am also glad you knocked back the overtime at work, you are only just recovering from illness. I can well understand you having a gun after your incident with an intruder. I would be a wreck for life if that happened to me, I swear I would have half a dozen rotweilers and electrified fences before I could relax again. Testimony to your strength of character. Have discovered a brilliant new snack for times when only sweet things will do. They have to be American because the company is an Inc (the equivalent of our Limited company). They are Popcorn Cakes by Orville Redenbacher's and are caramel flavour. I think they are much better than rice cakes or SnackerJacks and have virtually no fat and very few calories each cake. I still haven't lost a smidgen of weight but a few women in work today said how slim I look. I think the secret of this was my wearing trousers with a too-big waistband and a snug fitting top. That way, the rolls of fat on my waistline could spread out instead of bulging above and around a waistband which fitted properly! I may write a book about fashion cheating after this amazing discovery. Ha, must keep all the baggy pants for the waistline disguise.
Hi to Sheila, SunnyD, Angel, Bluet and everyone else who used to call at this site.

10-28-2003, 09:07 PM
Hi everybody...vveeerrrrryyyy tired!!! Went shopping with another daughter today. Gina is the one with DH in Iraq. She's been blue...so, I knew what we women do to cheer up. Hit the sales!!

Fatpuss...you might be more successful in taking the images if you "right click"....click on "save as"....& "save". Then, you can take it to your email by copy & paste, or better still...go where you saved it..."right click"...then where it wants to know what to do...there will be a place for emailing! Just click & follow the directions. Good luck!
I've got a couple of the angels in the house with me...but, remember, it's only 2 rooms, & still no walls...just insulation. We're still underconstruction.:dizzy: I guess we're just settling in for the winter. DH doesn't talk much about it lately. I think he needed a well-deserved break. Also, we're waiting to hear from the settlement. Thanks for asking.
WOW...Your still swimming!:bravo: We have a place to go where we could exercise & it would help my RA. I can't get anyone to go with me, though. I know I'd enjoy it. That's about the only kind of exercise I can do.

Willow...I'm SO SORRY that horrible break-in happened to you! I wouldn't be able to ever stay alone, after that. You're a brave lady. DO be careful. I hear that a lot of people being unemployed now, & close to Christmas...it's a dangerous time.
Proud of you with your "no white" foods. Determination!;) Glad you turned down the overtime, too. You need to get your health better.
I'm not doing anything special these couple of days...just "tide up" running time-consuming errands.:dizzy:

Hi to everyone else...we need to hear from all.:) http://www.gifs.net/animate/acat1.gif

10-28-2003, 09:08 PM
Charlotte, I love that cat peeking out of the bag--it reminds me of one of my kitties who absolutely loves getting into paper bags, suitcases, laundry baskets, just anything that he can peek out of. He loves ripping paper bags, too. That was wonderful that Puss' paragraph put things into perspective for you. She's a pretty wise woman, as well as always causing me to laugh out loud while sitting at my computer. My DH is forever wondering what I'm laughing at.

Willow, you sound so much better now, but that lung thing doesn't seem too good. Raking for 5.5 hours! I don't think I could hold up at all. You have way too much energy. That dream sounds pretty scary. I've had dreams that seem real, too, so that I don't know if I'm dreaming or not. I really hate them! I don't need to go to horror movies because sometimes my dreams can be horrible enough. Yuck! Glad work went better than you thought. I imagine you were dreading getting up.

Bluet, hope you had a great weekend with the boys!

Wow, Puss, your daughter must be incredibly thrilled, and you guys are probably bursting your buttons with pride. And you're raking and swimming, too?? Pretty soon we'll hear that you're organizing an expedition to Mt. Everest or are running in your first marathon! Yes, you can wear tiny jogging shorts and have your new tattoo showing!

Well, I had a great weekend. Here I was at a beach house, and I didn't go on the beach once. Instead, we talked all day and into the night. We also went into town, went to a couple of antique stores, went to look at the house their son built before he died in a boating accident, and went to a Farmer's Market. Plus we watched two football games in a row. My friend fell asleep at 9:00 pm and said she was exhausted from watching football! My DH came over on the ferry on Sunday and picked me up. Of course, we all drank and ate too much. But, I didn't eat any of the cheese doodles that my friend's DH put in front of me nor the M&Ms. However, cookies are my downfall and ice cream every night really wasn't in my program. Oh, well. I had fun. Their house looks out over the water and across to the Olympic Mountains. The weather was great all weekend so we saw some incredible sunsets. They put a bunch of stuff out for the seagulls and it was fun watching the first seagull defending the food from the others.

No other letters from my daughter. Now that I've gotten one, I want more, of course. Hey, our big news is that we bought a new car. It's a 2003, but since we're still in 2003, and we're the first owners, it's still a new car. One of the things on my "Things To Do Before I Die" list is to buy a brand new car so this will be my one and only. It's Matador Red, which anyone else would call maroon or burgundy, I think. Another thing is to go to the U.K., which we are planning to do in September, if everything works out okay.

I'm reversing roles with my Dad, I think. You know, the child takes on the parent's role when the parent gets older. Anyway, I went in to put his compression stockings on him and as I go over to where he's sitting, he closes the top drawer. Since he usually doesn't do that, I'm wondering what he's up to, and I caught a glimpse into the drawer as he shut it. He was eating cookies! He knows he's not supposed to have cookies (he's diabetic) so he shut the drawer so I wouldn't see. I didn't say a word to him about the forbidden cookies, but I was laughing inwardly because it reminded me of when I used to hide stuff from my parents.

Puss, be sure and give those 90 year olds what for tomorrow!

10-28-2003, 10:58 PM
For some reason I didn't sleep well last night. Maybe I need a softer mattress.

I rode my exercise bike for 30 minutes again this morning. I seem to do better at getting on the thing in the mornings.

I still haven't eaten anything white, and haven't had any yearnings for it either.
In fact, I may have been a bit gruff with a friend at work over that very thing.
She knows that I said "I'm not going to have anything white, and I'll see how it goes." 3 of us were talking and I had JUST said that I still hadn't had any white foods, and she said, " I'm going to bake some brownies tonight and bring some in tomorrow. The 3rd girl working with us said that sounded good to her, and then this woman said, to me, "I'll bring you some too."
I said,"NO! Now I told you I'm not having any sugar, white flour, rice or potatoes and so forth!" She said, "OK! then, I won't bring any for you."
I didn't want to hurt her feelings, but sometimes you just gotta be firm.

It was cold here today. 37 degrees, rain and windy. Fall is upon us. I closed all the storm windows on my porch. Kinda like putting the houses winter covers on. It's still raining out there. Not hard, but enough to keep it wet. We really need this before it freezes too so the roots to plants get some protection for winter.

I soaked my new swimsuits in vinegar water tonight, then rinsed them out and hung them in the shower to dry. So, they're ready to go next week.

Puss, I've heard before that if you want to look slimmer, you should wear your clothes just a tad bit on the loose side. See? You're just changing your whole personna on us. :D Swimming, exercising, slimming clothes, ....
And I'm with you on the exercise equipment. I hate most of those things too. I like the stationary bike and I can tolerate the treadmill once in a while, but not the steppers etc,
You ladies are too funny! :lol: I'd love to see you in there with the 90-year olds. Getting splashed! :lol:
I'm betting that one of these days, soon, you're going to suddenly have a 3 or so pound drop.

Charlotte, did you find lots of good buys on your shopping spree?
Oh gosh, Charlotte, is there any way you could go by yourself to the water classes? It could be so beneficial to you. How about your daughter?

Sheila, glad you had a wonderful weekend.
And, thanks for sharing Dad with us. I really look forward to hearing about his pecadillos. Too cute! Sneaking cookies!

Hey! Congratulations on the new wheels! Cool! I've been debating whether I want to get one now or wait.
When you go to the UK in Sept. maybe you and puss can meet up. But, then again, you might be on the opposite side of the country from her. That would be great if you could, though.

I suppose I better get all my posts made and get my things ready for tomorrow. Everyone have a good evening.

10-29-2003, 07:43 PM
Welcome home Sheila, your weekend sounds like something you see in movies with Meg Ryan or Julia Roberts in, really posh and sophisticated; chilling out, conversation, antique shops etc. Sounds absolutely idyllic. Thanks for the compliment about my 'wise words' though most of my friends think I am crackers and I am still waiting to grow up myself but I think most people feel that way too, don't they? So tragic about your friend's son in a boat accident. My daughter only started on Accident and Emergency and this morning a young man of 19 was rushed in after a car accident and he died despite everyone's best efforts. Some poor family shattered tonight, poor souls. Angel, thanks for the hints on right mouse click, if it works I will be copying lots of your icons to send to friends. I am sure the sales did both you and DD the world of good. My DD and I used to do that a lot when she lived at home but we can only manage it about once a year now she lives in the North. I must tell you, in work today there was a contractor who came from my home town. He was only in the south for a week's work and said I hardly had an accent anymore (all my southern colleagues howled laughing at that because compared to them I definately do!). Willow - you have posed the puzzler of the year for me - what does washing your swimsuit in vinegar do to it? I am worried now because I just snipped the tags off mine and wore it though I did take travel wash to work and rinsed it afterwards - that little job will soon wear off, I know. Sheila, you kill me laughing! I had an awful vision of myself in Richard Simmons cast-off shorts and getting a perm to match whilst climbing Everest. For a start, I am useless with heights and for another, I'd be the first to die of hyperthermia - my bottom is still freezing in the tropics, ha ha. A chap in work doesn't eat white foods, Willow, he is not allergic or anything but the girls think his wife is a health food follower. Well, I went to the Rosemary Conley diet and fitness club tonight and the exercise instructor was really nice and she is my new best friend after she told me I don't need to lose weight and to set my target at 7lb max. Personally I think she needs an optician because at 5' 1" and 164lb I am far from slender. I think she was probably looking at my face which is small (naturally!) and thinking "if this one loses too much she will have suitcases under the eyes to match the hereditary bags she already has)." It was 45 mins long and ended just as I was begining to wish it would end, so it was good. Ladies of all shapes and sizes and one gutsy lady who looked like she had either had a stroke or palsy - I took inspiration from her. I had to laugh at the end of the class the instructor told me not to worry about the moves and routine because they had all been doing it for the past 6 weeks and she will be doing a new one next week. (She had obviously spotted me out of sync with the rest of the class). I had to confess that I was naturally uncoordinated so not to worry herself. I still can't believe it was me there tonight though if I could clone myself I would and whilst I was laying about on the setee reading I would send my clone to do the exercise for me. Sheila, your DD is wonderful and your attitude to his little foibles just so nice. Angel, does your pool have adult only sessions like ours? That's the one I go to in my lunch hour and there are quite a few singles there. Willow, I had to laugh at your reaction to the work colleague with the brownies! You can always tell her to ship your share over to my place....I won't tell her off! Ha ha. Congrats on your new car, Sheila, Matador Red; sounds proud, racy, passionate....you will have to buy a lipstick to colour co-ordinate. As for your visit to UK next September, you are likely to fly into London Heathrow and I am only 35 mins drive from there. We would have to meet up and perhaps I could show you the sights etc. I have always wanted to be one of those people with big white placards outside the airport arrivals with someone's name on it. I could have "Sheila and DH from 3fatchicks.com" on it.
Good to have the gang back together again, all we need now is Bluet. Bluet, hope you are well.

10-29-2003, 07:48 PM
OOPS - I keep saying I am 164lbs; that was my starting weight when I joined here. It's 146 and I can still grab huge handfulls of surplus padding around my bod.

10-29-2003, 08:05 PM
Hi all!

Just a note to let you know I am back! Had a major meltdown with my computer and had to get a new hard drive. Thank goodness DS is a computer whiz.

I will post when I get caught up reading all your posts!!


10-29-2003, 08:37 PM
Oh, Puss, yes, I want you to be standing there with the card that says "Sheila and DH from 3fatchicks.com" on it. Can you imagine the looks you'd get! I just had to show my husband what you wrote, and he burst out laughing, too.

The vinegar sets the color in the swimsuit so that it won't fade. I think that's what I remember from my daughter's swim team days.

It actually sounds like you just might enjoy exercising. . .well, maybe some day. Since I'm the youngest in my class by a good 10 years, usually more, it always makes me laugh when I'm totally outclassed by the white-haired retirees. But, hey, most of them have been in the same class for years.

Your poor daughter! What a horrible first day. My friend also lost another child (at 31 years old) from eating a hamburger. Usually e. coli affects the young and the old, but this time it got a healthy 31 year old. My friend is very resilient, however, and has an incredible sense of humor. You remind me of her so much--plus she's only 5' tall and shrinking (she's 68). I'm 5'9" tall so we look like cartoon characters when we walk together. :)

Willow, brrr! That's getting way too close to freezing. When I lived in Colorado, we always had the first snow by the middle of September, but then it would warm up again for a while. I bet those cold temps are there to stay. And, hey, chocolate is not white food! :) Okay, I know the "white" is the sugar. You're doing really well to keep those out of your food plan. Sometimes when I eat sugar, it sets me up for days of eating more sugar. And kudos to you for standing up for yourself. I wish I could have done that with my friends, but the lure of chardonnay was too strong. . .

Today I was a live pincushion for an hour. I had 10 needles sticking out of me, mostly in my leg, but two in my ear and one in my hand. That one always gives me a bruise for a while. We also did this tuning fork thing, mainly because if she had stuck more needles in me, I would have screamed and fled from the room. I have no problem telling her what my tolerance level is, although I know she'd like to be able to poke me some more.

Well, the guy should be here with the new car any minute. We're taking a photo of it to send to my daughter. We're still waiting for the mail every day. I imagine it will be like that until we see her again.

Hope everyone is having a great Wednesday! Good to hear from you again, Jacquie--we've all been wondering where you were. Those hard drive crashes are the pits. Now, if we could just hear from Sue, we'd be set!

10-29-2003, 09:02 PM
I had a good day at work today.
Woke up a few times last night because my CPAP mask was leaking air around the edge and it wakes me up because it blows right up into my eyes and makes a farting sound. It works after I adjust a dozen times when I first go to bed, but, then as soon as I turn over, it breaks the seal and it starts all over again.

I took 2 hours incentive and left work early today, went to the bank and took out a loan just for some odds and ends things I want to do around here.

Had a good supper just a little while ago. I feel so gooood. Feel satisfied. I had teriyaki stirfry veggies and put just a tad bit of creole seasoning in and some shrimp. it was so so good.
Still haven't had any white foods. Haven't craved them either.

They are having a tailgate party at work tomorrow and I still have to go get something to take to it. Maybe a meat and cheese tray.
Our plant manager loves football and started this tailgate thing a couple of years ago when he first came here and this guy really gets in to it. He clears out an area of the plant and has a contest for the vikings against the Packers, who can sell the most raffle tickets for prizes and he has foods voted on and all kinds of stuff. Then, the proceeds are given to a charity. It's a lot of fun for a good cause.

I rode my stationary bike for 30 minutes this morning and again for another 30 minutes this afternoon when I got home from work.

Puss, you just kill me! I laughed so hard at your description of you in RS' shorts and perm, .... Oh, please, you're killing me! And climbing Mt. Everest too. You and Sheila need to go into comedy. You're wasted doing what you're doing!

If you put your new swimsuit in vinegar water it "sets" the colors and prevents it from fading so quickly from the chlorinated water.
1 TBSP. per quart of COLD water, soak it for an hour, then rinse WELL in COLD water and squeeze excess water out (never wring out a swimsuit) and hang to drip dry, or lay on towels.
Now I have a question for you. ........ What is travel wash? :D

Jacquie!! Soooo good to see you back! We were worried about you.

Sheila, so you had the old needle treatment again today. I sure hope this helps you.
I can just see it now, .... Puss carrying a sign saying "Sheila and DH from 3fc.com" and you carrying one saying "PUSS!"
You two are something else.

Did you gals know that there have been explosions on the surface of the sun since last Friday that are interfering with earths communications systems? Like phones, computers, electrical supplies, etc.

Bluet, where the heck are you? And Hello Charlotte! Hi Sue! Are you ever gonna come back and say Hi?

I have to run to the store. See ya all tomorrow. Have a wonderful evening!

10-30-2003, 12:43 AM
Oh , I am right here, sorry..... lifes been biting me in the butt again. It will take me forever to catch up with everything that you girls have been talking about. I was pretty tired after all the grandkids left. Monay night I went to bed at 7:00 and slept all night until 5:00 in the morning. Tuesday I had another go round with that *** at work, he was critiquing my management skills. I have had it up to there with him. When I got home I was in no mood to talk to anyone, not even DH. Been especially busy at work this week and wasn't able to squeak any private computer time in. But here I am, my positive upbeat self back again. ;)
I would neve forget you guys, you know that. :^:

Sheila, I am so happy for you and so envious at the same time. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to go to the British Ilses. How long a flight will that be for you? who is going to take care of DD? You better hide the cookies when you go. I would love to see the faces of the people going by when they read the signs that say "where are you Fatpuss?", "Where are you 3FatChicks.com?" Way too funny. Glad you enjoyed you mini-vacation on the island.

Puss, just when I feel happy that I have met someone else who does not like to excercise, you turn bandit on me and become the exercising queen. Now is that fair? I think not. I am really happy for all of you that you are exercising, but it sure makes me feel like a twit. I guess with all this peer pressure, I am going to have to start getting up early again and get on that treadmill.
Man, there's another dreaded thing I am not good at...getting up early. I am a mess, whatever am I going to do with myself. New bathing suits, new exercise programs, you are just a little motivated machine, you will be dropping weight and inches in no time. Good for you.

Willow, just when I least expect it you turn around and tell us something I don't want to hear. What an awful tramatic experience you had with someone breaking into you home and hurting you. I am surprised your boys allow you to stay alone after something like that. Somehow, though I know they know Mom can handle just about anything. Right? I don't expect you to behave, when you come over next summer, I expect you to be yourself and for me to throughly enjoy your company. It has been pretty cold here too, had some sleet yesterday, not suppose to clear out until after Sunday. So we should expect your cold weather in a couple of days. I am sure that that supervisor is a huge Green Bay Packer fan and he is celebrating with a Packer Party to welcome the Packers to Minnesota. What a really nice guys he is. I'll bet there is a lot of Wisconsin Cheese and sausage platters and Milwaukee Beer at your party. Ha! :p When I watch the game Sunday night, I'll be thinking of you and wondering how you are doing. I might be starting to exercise, but there ain't no way I am buying or putting on a swim suit. Now is about the time I drag out my long underwear and keep wearing it until the bears come out of hibernation in the spring.

I weigh 138 pounds and am 5' 5" I lost twenty pounds since May 11, 2003. I will just cry forever if I put any weight back on. I want to weigh 130 pounds by Thanksgiving. I haven't weighed 130 pounds since I was 40 years old. That's twenty years ago. Yes, I know exercise. I have not eaten any white sugar or flour since May 11, 2003. I haven't had any alcohol since February 6, 2003. It would break my heart, if I broke my pattern and indulged in the flour, sugar or alcohol. So that is where I am in my program.

Going to bed. Take care all of you, you are all vey dear to me.

Bluet :grouphug:

Goodnight sweet Charolette, Jackie, SunnyD and Sue where ever you are.

Remember, we all stumble every one of us. That is why it is a comfort to go hand in hand.....Emily Kimbrough

10-30-2003, 09:24 AM
Good Morning!
Whew! Don't know if I can ever catch up with you ladies. I have been very ill the last few weeks. I had a diverticulitus attack that was pretty severe this time - I think it was caused from too many tomatoes (the seeds). I was enjoying the last of them from our gardens a little too often and I got sick. But that's all behind me now - I am feeling so much better! After being in so much pain with the gut and then a urinary track infection (always happens after an attack) I feel so good. I got so much done yesterday... I caught up a bit with my house cleaning and had some pieces of replacement furniture delivered and did some laundry. And caught up on another thread I have been a part of for a long time and today wanted to pay a visit with you all :) Sorry I stopped writing... but I was told not to sit for too long while I was infected, adds insult to the injury, but as new as I am here - I missed you guys.

The weather here has been cloudy, very cold and rainy on & off, but today we are suppose to have temps into the high 60's and sun! And in the 70's by Saturday... :cp: Yeah!! We have so much yardwork to do!!!!! Me not feeling well, I had not been able to get out and empty our pots or cut the plants down for winter or get the leaves picked up. So Joe & I will do that this Saturday together... big job. And the warmer temps are just in time for the children to enjoy Halloween and not be cold when they go out. Joe and I don't celebrate Halloween - per say, oh I put up corn stalks and put out pumpkins but haven't carved any for years cuz I want them to last through Thanksgiving Day ;) - but we so enjoy the children when they come to our door in their cute costumes. We get allot of smaller children, because we live in a Manufactured Home Park and allot of grandparents bring their grandchildren around... which we always enjoy! We get to meet the neighbors and visit with their grandkids - FUN!

WILLOW ~ You are quite a story teller!!!!! What a dream!!! And I thinks it's great that you have kept up your exercising :cp: I will be going back to my Curves this coming Monday (11-3) after being away for almost two weeks!!! I so miss going. Not only for my health of body but of mind as well. I don't get the blues when I exercise... and with it getting darker earlier here and colder - heading into winter - I need to get out. I am so inspiried by you --- keep up the great work!! Oh I like your coffee-cup under your name allot... it suits you ;)

PUSS ~ You write wonderfully... I can just imagine how you really sound by the way you write - just love it! I can even hear your accent by the wonderful words you use in your letters. I could read/listen to you all day :lol: A compliment!

SHEILA ~ Love your kitty picture!!!! Is it a female? Absolutely beautiful and expressive face. I so adore animals of all kinds --- they are such treasures! Did your acupuncture work?? I always wondered about that. Have fun on your trip!

BLUET ~ I feel the same way... couldn't ever catch up with all that was written, but so enjoyed reading the posts - so very entertaining (with a few exceptions of sad moments).

I think your weight is really good BLUET... and your diet sounds fine too. You'll get that 8 lbs off. I wish that's all I had to lose! I have 50 I want to take off! I have lost 16 (that I know of - I don't have a scale) but still need to lose the 50. Right now I would be happy with another 10 off me!!! Hopefully when I go back to my exercise classes (Curves) I will begin to lose again. I am 5' 6" and weighed 204, but I think I have lost since I have been ill and I don't have a scale at home. I have to wait till Monday... I sure hope I have lost or I will be so very disappointed in this body!!! I too have cut out allot of white four products and all the processed foods. The only food I cannot bring myself to give up is my dark chocolates!!! That is part of my food pyramid :lol: I think you are doing wonderful!!! :cp: Keep up the great job and being an inspiration too... no alcohol since Feb :cp:

ANGEL ~ Morning Charlotte! Hope you are feeling okay... hopefully you are just very busy and not ill again. Take Care!!! How is your hubby doing? Is his back any better????!

Hi JACQUIE ~ I am new here --- glad to meet you :)

Well, I must be going... have tons of bills to pay today and catch up. Uggg! Hate paying the bills! But someone has to do it ;)
Have a wonderful day Ladies!!! Keep up the great work of dieting and exercising!!

10-30-2003, 09:35 AM
One more thing... here is the link (just click on it) to see our new niece. Just scroll up or down till you find my post ;) The first pic is my hubby, JOE, holding her & the second is of Mikala.

Her name is:
MIKALA ROSE Ain't she sweet ;)


10-30-2003, 09:52 AM
Hi everybody...

SunnyD...SO glad you're better! Enjoy paying bills.:lol:

Bluet...Sorry things haven't been going so great for you, lately. Hoping it will get better soon.

Hi Sheila, Fatpuss (let me know if you ever need a certain image to email!), Willow, Jacquie.....maybe I'll have more time later. Got a hair appt.....just looked at the clock!:(


10-30-2003, 06:17 PM
All the little chicks back in the fold !!:dance:
It's brilliant when the whole tribe are back; welcome back Jacqui and Bluet especially as you two have been away for a while and were missed. I miss each one of you when you don't post.
SunnyD - I want that beautiful baby for my secret GD! She is a honey pot, isn't she, and I know you will be the most doting auntie ever. Your DH is quite tasty if you don't mind me saying so, you make a good looking couple. Sorry you have been so ill, who'd have thought tomato seeds could cause such havoc? Bluet, sorry you are having trouble again with that moron at work, pity we girls couldn't all gang up on him for you and give him what for. You will never know how much pleasure you gave me with your "turning bandit" phrase. I have only ever heard it said before by my dad. I would promise to take his side over something my mother disagreed with and he'd always say, "don't you turn bandit on me". Such lovely memories of him came flooding back just reading that, thanks! Listen, we are too alike for me to suddenly become motivated! I too hate getting up early and would rather read my life away than do the least bit of exercise. You can count on me to be the last man lying down when it comes to activity, I won't let you down. Bluet, you must be very slim already if you are 138lb and 5'5"? I suppose you want to get down to what weight you feel best at. I love your expression The British Isles, so long since I have heard it referred to anything but the UK. I have gone off the idea of meeting any of you American ladies - I have decided that you are all too tall, Bluet at 5'5", SunnyD at 5'6" and Sheila a whopping, envious 5'9"! Sheila, if you come to London you will either have to learn to walk next to me stooping like Groucho Marx or I will have to get a pair of those 70s platform boots, I can't have you tall and glamorous next to me! Willow and Jacqui, I am relying on you to be 5'3" or under. Sheila, I hope you are less of a pin cushion now the accupunture is over, ughh. I hope it does you good. How awful for your friend to have lost another son - I don't think any of us could ever imagine losing one let alone two children, poor lady, my heart goes out to her. My nut-case son volunteered for salmonella trials when in 2nd year med school. They injected the stuff into the 'guinea pigs' and did various tests on him over a period of months. The trial included overnight stays in a unit with video games, dial in food etc etc and he got paid about 550 dollars but it was the tiny hand held computer he did it for he told me. A few weeks ago his room mate and he were talking about other trials that were on offer, having a big toe amputated and even having your heart stopped for some minutes! I won't even repeat the blasting I gave him although he swore he wasn't seriously considering it, honestly, they think they are invincible at this age. Sheila, when you meet up with DD and see how happy she is it will be then that you can put your mind at rest. You must be so proud of her already. Jacqui, it's so nice to have you back; we have had problems with our computer too, it's really annoying and takes so long to log on sometimes. How is your DM doing in her new home? Angel, are you still working at the station? I still say you would make a brilliant IT teacher too. Willow, I have never heard of the vinegar thing you and Sheila knew about. Travel wash is just travel-sized laundry liquid for washing clothes - sorry, it's a brand name, that's all, and fits into a handbag. Here's another one for you, what's a tailgate party? The only tail gating I know is when someone is driving too close to your car bumper. It must be so uncomfortable sleeping with a mask on, never mind it losing its seal. I am glad you left work early, you seem to put the hours in. I plan to swim in my lunch hour again tomorrow though I would much rather browse round the department store opposite my office. Oh, yes, this morning I weighed in at 144.5 - but tonight I had loads of jelly babies and a huge slab of french bread with thinly spread margarine and some jelly (apricot flavour). I started off well, though, with plaice, new potatoes and minted peas. Just got an email from DH saying his company Xmas dinner/dance theme this year is 1920s prohibition Molls and Mobsters black and white dress. Is that Bonnie and Clyde era?

10-30-2003, 06:36 PM
Hi Everyone,

Well, it is Thursday I am going to go get my hair cut and then I will be rushing home to watch........yes, you guessed it Survivor. I don't know guys, I do have a life, but I just so look forward to watching Survivor. All the ousted people are coming back tonight. I am not sure I am going to like that, all that old rehashing stuff. Might be too boring. I need a hair cut badly. I have a trim every five weeks, but last hair cut, she did some sort of razor technique to it. That exposed so many split ends and no amount of hair conditioning on it seemed to help. I am hoping the trim will get rid of a lot of the split ends. I wear my hair short and it could almost be called red brown and it is naturally curly. I am very fussy about how my hair looks. Usually I can just wash it and go, but this razor technique thingy has caused my hair to act very differently. DH has nick named me bushy-top, the last couple of days. Needless to say he is treading on dangerous water. Men! :s:

Work went pretty well today. Not much going on, was able to keep up with the stuff coming across my desk and still interact with coworkers. Avoided you know who, all though he seems distracted today. Probably on another mission, hope I am not the focus. Hey, maybe my hair scared him off, maybe I won't go get a hair cut tonight after all. :D

It is almost dark when I head home from work these days. I need sunshine, and plenty of it, but oh well I have told you that so much I know you are sick of hearing it.

I want to talk about fish oil and the benefits of Omega 3, but I need to do my homework, which I will get around to in a couple of days. I have been carrying the book around with me "Your Last Diet" by Kathleen DesMaisons, but I haven't researched the Omega3 Plan enough.

I called my grandaughter a little while ago because it is her birthday today. When she answered the phone she said "Hi Grandma, it is my birthday day and I am 5." I get such a chuckle whe she say birthday day.

Well, it is almost time to stop work for the day. If Survivor is boring, I will check in later. Have a good evening everyone.

Take care :grouphug:


Remember, we all stumble every one of us, that is why it is a comfort to go hand in hand. Emily Kimbrough

10-30-2003, 09:00 PM
Oh, Bluet, our hairdressers must have talked to each other. I got the dreaded razor cut the last time I got my hair cut. I didn't know what to expect so when she asked if it was okay, I was "sure, why not?" Hah! I need to call and make an appointment for next week. She and my massage therapist live together (and are getting married soon) so I have a massage, then get my hair cut. She does facials, too--I could make a whole day of it there!

So, is Rupert still around? From the little I saw of Survivor, he always seemed to be the only one catching fish and working. They'd starve if they voted him off!

Your GD sounds so cute! She was so proud of her birthday. Does she go to kindergarten next year?

I take flaxseed oil rather than fish oil. Flaxseed oil is supposed to help lower cholesterol, and I believe it also contains Omega 3 fatty acids. I'm not sure what the difference is nutritionally, but I bet the burps are a lot better with flaxseed oil than fish oil! :)

Puss, you have to get a slinky black dress with spaghetti straps and a stringy hem (hhmm, not sure what that's called?) and wear a flapper cap (not sure what that's called either!). And your DH has to wear spats and a zoot suit. My great aunt and her DH were bootleggers during Prohibition and my Dad likes to tell the story of how he went there one day, and the "revenuers" (the Federal agents) had come and smashed the barrels of booze and the chickens all got drunk. Luckily, the relatives sold booze to the chief of police and other city officials so they didn't do any jail time.

OMG, I can't believe your son would even consider amputating his toe for a clinical trial, and getting his heart stopped! I bet your heart stopped at that one! Sheesh! I did know someone who was in an asthma medication trial and got $800, but somehow a kid testing asthma medication is a lot easier to take than a salmonella trial.

Oh, tailgating is a party on the tailgate of a truck (or other vehicle) in the parking lot at a football game. People really get rather elaborate and bring out the barbecue and all sorts of stuff. People sit on the tailgate and eat, or bring lawnchairs and the food is laid out on the tailgate. I've never been to one, but if you watch football or go to games you see them all the time. Do fans paint themselves in their teams colors when they go to football or rugby matches in England? People here are very passionate about their favorite teams and do (dumb) things like coloring their hair and painting their bodies the colors of their favorite teams.

So, Charlotte, how was your hair appointment? Please tell us you didn't let them go at it with a razor! :)

SunnyD, I'm so sorry you weren't feeling well. What exactly is diverticulitis? And then to follow that up with a urinary tract infection, which in itself is bad. Hey, billpaying for me today, too. The tax bill was the worst! I love that baby--and her name is beautiful.

Well, we couldn't drive our new car last night. My DH was going to get a phone card for our daughter (got our second letter!) and then put that plus my letter in the mail. I asked him if he'd seen the registration and he said the temporary license is usually on the back window. It wasn't. The guy who brought us the car had forgotten to put that on the window so we couldn't go anywhere until we got that. My DH had to drive to the dealership this morning to get it. And we haven't had to go anyplace so we still haven't driven the new car. For some reason, my father is fixated on the idea of having Japanese food tonight from some place in downtown Seattle. So my DH is going to drive down there during rush hour to get it, mostly so my dad will quit mentioning it, and he's afraid to take the new car. So I have no idea when we're going to drive this beautiful new car that's sitting in our carport! I could drive it to the YMCA tomorrow, but the parking places are so close together that I'm worried about it getting scratched. Maybe the dang thing will just never move out of the carport so it stays in pristine condition!

Well, I got my comeuppance for going out to breakfast with my DH this morning. Now, I will say that we went after we'd spent 1/2 hour at the gym lifting weights. But that probably doesn't make up for the 4 pieces of really great bacon (not turkey bacon either!) I ate. Anyway, we didn't tell my dad we were going to do that, and when we got home around 10:00 am, he was sitting in the dining room with his jacket on. He'd had a dentist appointment at 10:00 am and we'd parked the new car behind his, he couldn't get out, and he didn't know where we were. Ouch! He'd forgotten his previous appointment so this was the make-up appointment where they were supposed to fill his cavity. Boy, did I feel guilty! Guess that was the universe telling me I shouldn't have been eating all that bacon.

10-31-2003, 09:06 AM
Good Morning Ladies :)

http://www.cartooncottage.com/graphics/funnycatgrey.gifHi PUSS ~ :) :lol: No... I don't mind you saying that about my hubby - I think he is too :lol: --- you are adorable. And YES (!) I will be a doting auntie... always have been when it comes to our nieces & nephews. Since we'll never have grandchildren they are like that to us :)

As far as TAILGATING... Here is a newpaper picture of Tailgaters here in Cleveland, Ohio --- getting ready for a Browns Football game. SHEILA did a great job in describing them if you take a good look at that picture - sad - isn't it :lol:

10-31-2003, 09:21 AM
My hubby has the day off today, so I will catch you all when I get a moment, okay... it's harder to come in here to chat when he's home. One thing - when Joe is home I like to spend my time with him, the other he doesn't like me to be in here too long when he is home (he gets lonely)... can't say I blame him.

So I will come back when I can. We have tons of yardwork to get done and the weather is perfect for it today and tomorrow. Gotta get when the gettin' is good when it comes to the weather here! The saying here is: "If you don't like the weather, just wait a moment" :) It changes so often with us being so near Lake Erie.

Joe just went outdoors... real quick notes:

SHEILA ~ I will send a link to a site later that will explain Diverticulitus to you (hopefully with a picture). I can tell you that it is so very painful when it flares - cannot put it into words. But I am so much better today :) So glad you enjoyed the pictures of the baby too - she is so precious! All children are!

I really must be going... going to make us some breakfast.
Take Care everyone!
I will be back ;)

10-31-2003, 10:43 AM


http://www.artbycheryl.com/libs2k/holiday/halloween/halloween-0018.gif I COULDN'T RESIST! JUST HOPE ALL THE KIDDIES ARE SAFE TONIGHT.




10-31-2003, 09:32 PM
Here's the link to a site that will help you understand what I have...
*DIVERTICULITIS (with infection & fever like I just had) or
*DIVERTICULOSIS (not infected but have the disease):

Hope you all had a super day today, I am so very tired.
Good-night everyone, sleep well.

10-31-2003, 10:37 PM
I got up at 4:30 again and rode my stationary bike for 30 minutes.
Had cooked eggs with ICBINB on them and a slice of ham and a cup of green tea.

Work went well again today.

I stopped at Shopko and picked up some candy for trick-or-treaters, and also got a HULK truck and motorcycles on a trailer for my little grandson because he has been sick and the nurses tried to get blood from his arm yesterday and couldn't get his vein.
My daughter-in-law said he kept saying, "Can we please stop now?" Poor little guy! He's only 5 years old.

I only bought 2 bags of candy because I don't get many trick-or-treaters here. I also got 2 bags of delicious apples, plus I got each of the grandkids a big cup of M&M's, and since I got one a toy, I got books and toys for the rest of the grandkids too.

For supper I had a piece of fresh salmon fillet made on George with garlic pepper and some mock mashed potatoes and a salad. I am really stuffed.

Now to try to catch up, ...:eek:

I'm not going to try to answer each post that has been made since I last posted. I'd be here all night.

The "tailgate party" went really well at work yesterday.
I took along my own lunch and had that for my lunch. However at afternoon break I did have a deviled egg and a wedge of lunch meat and one of cheese.

Between the three shifts we raised $1900.00 and donated it to the GOOD FELLOWS. Pretty good, huh?
It's funny that you posted that photo of the tailgate party because we had a casket (homemade) at work yesterday with a (stuffed) Brett Favre in it. A woman who works there and her husband have their whole back yard decorated with Viking stuff all football season, and that "casket" is one of the things they have out there, so she brought it to work yesterday.

A lot of the employees wear their team colors and of course some color their hair purple or green too. For Puss, the Vikings are Purple and gold uniforms and the Packers are Green and gold or yellow.
The company provides the hamburgers and hot dogs catered and grilled just outside the plant, and the employees all bring food to go with it. There is a ton of food always. I took a huge fruit bowl and fruit dip.

SunnyD, that baby is absolutely beautiful!! I'd be fighting to get to hold her all the time!
I'm so glad you're over the bout with diverticulitis. So awfully painful!

Charlotte, the halloween cartoons are so cute! Glad you're feeling good yet.
I don't blame you for getting your hair done every week and your nails too. You need some pampering with all you go through.
I should have something done with my nails, I suppose, but they are so ugly that I don't think there's much hope for them. They are all wide and misshapen, and they curl under if they grow out to more than 1/4 inch beyond the end of my finger. Just icky!

Sheila, I laughed so hard I darn near pee'd my pants when I read that about the chickens getting drunk!! :lol:

My hairdresser cuts my hair with a razor all the time. She takes a tiny bit of it and twists it, then makes tiny cuts along the length of that tiny piece and then goes on to another little twist. I have fine hair and this makes it different lengths and makes it look fuller. I wear my hair short, and it really helps.

Bluet, is that creep still not bothering you?
Wow! If I weighed 138 pounds, I'd be calling it GOAL! And I'm only 5' 3". But, I guess it's what you're comfortable at. We're all different in that respect.

Puss, how goes the swimming and exercise classes? I think I'll try out my treadmill tomorrow. It's been ages since I've walked on it.

Jacquie, it was nice to hear from you, but, ... where did you go again?

I hope I haven't missed anyone.
I need to get my dishes done up and start getting ready for bed. I'm really tired tonight.
Everyone have a good evening.

11-01-2003, 12:39 AM
That's sounds so painful, SunnyD. So when you don't have diverticulitis attacks, do you still have discomfort from the diverticulosis? I noticed it said some people do, and some don't. I hope you're one of the "don't." Do you find that eating high fiber or drinking fiber helps reduce the number of attacks? When you mentioned the seeds, do you think the seeds get caught in the diverticula and then get infected? Sorry--I was in technical journalism and sometimes I get carried away with questioning. Please feel free to ignore if what I'm asking is too personal.

Hey, Willow, I read an article that said that exercise in the morning is the best for postmenopausal women. The article went on to say that women who exercised in the morning slept better and ddn't want up as much at night. Now, I'm not sure if they are talking exercising at 4:30 am, however!! To me, that would be waking in the middle of the night. . .

That was so nice of you to get all your grandchildren something for Halloween. Your poor little grandson. He sounds like a pretty brave little guy. I'd be screaming bloody murder by then.

And salmon for dinner--my fave! I had it twice over the weekend at my friends' place. They catch salmon from their backyard--isn't that cool?

Charlotte, those are great Halloween graphics--thank you! I'm like Willow in the nails department. I think my toe fungus has spread to one of my thumbnails, and the rest of my nails grow a little, then just break off. I take vitamins, too, and I thought that was supposed to help nails. My mother had nice nails. In fact, when she was undergoing chemotherapy, her nails looked fantastic, the best they'd ever looked. Pretty strange. Sometimes I think having a manicure would be fun, and maybe the manicurist could give me some tips to help me grow my nails a bit longer. If I didn't have this toe fungus, I'd like to have a pedicure. My heels are awful--I hate looking at my feet so I don't take care of them at all.

So last year we had two groups of kids come trick-or-treating, but this summer we met a girl who lives two houses down and has a barky dog. So she came with two friends, and then our across-the-street neighbors, and our next door neighbors. People are really careful where their kids go these days, as well they should be. Plus we live on a hill so they have to work for their candy.

My Dad was so funny today. I went into his room to give him something and I could tell he was eating something. He quickly put it in that top drawer of his and shut it--the guy moved faster than I've seen him move in weeks, much faster than the last time he tried to hide something from me. I said, "Are you eating something you aren't supposed to be eating?" and I see him moving his jaws up and down like you do when you've stuffed your mouth really full of something, and he's nodding yes while he's chewing. I couldn't help myself--I just cracked up. At that moment, he looked like a guilty four year old who's got his mouth full of candy. He never did tell me what he was eating, but I was laughing so hard I wouldn't have heard him even if he could talk with his mouth so stuffed. I did tell him he really didn't have to hide stuff from me--I'm not going to get mad at him.

Hope everyone had a great Halloween! We may see some snow tomorrow, but I doubt it. Pretty darn chilly, though.

11-01-2003, 07:56 AM
Good Morning everyone!

SunnyD. So when you don't have diverticulitis attacks, do you still have discomfort from the diverticulosis? I noticed it said some people do, and some don't. I hope you're one of the "don't." Do you find that eating high fiber or drinking fiber helps reduce the number of attacks?

SHEILA ~ I don't mind the questions at all. When I get through an attack - most times I do not have any pain. I may get bloated (like I am 4 -5 months preg - not fair cuz I can't get preg. :o ), but other then that, no pain. With the IBS I have I sometimes hurt up higher in my gut depending on what type of food I ate. For instance - I should not have anything FRIED. That is a killer for me, but I must admit that when I feel good I make some bad choices... thinking I'll be fine this one time. I know better - but try to push. Most times I am not bothered by seeds, or nuts or corn and alike but when I have it allot in say like two to three days in a row that's when I am vulnerable to an attack. When I stay on the South Beach Diet (purely) I feel real good! And, yes, I take fiber tablets - 2 a day - to keep the monster away ;) and I eat fruit. Oh and drink Peppermint tea - yum! I also noticed that as I get older and after having several attacks this year - I have to eat less so I don't overtax my gut. Everyone in the family is telling me that one day I will have to have surgery, but I am not having that right now. When I behave I feel just fine if not pretty darn good. Kinda makes you wonder why I go off the track, huh. Sometimes I think it's because I feel left out and go for it anyway or feel sorry for myself that I can't have what most enjoy. But when I don't think that way and stay "on track" I feel well. We had such beautiful tomatoes this year (few, but good) I over-indulged and that made me ill. Same with corn --- I had corn-on-the-cob this summer for like two to three days in a row (so sweet - no salt or butter), it does not digest in your system well and behold --- --- I became very ill. So it's always when I push it. You think I would remember the pain and not do that, but I think it's like having a baby - you forget the pain once it's all said and done with... My hubby helps me out allot - reminding me, but I have rebel in me at times and it rears it's ugly head.

WILLOW ~ I have read the same thing that SHEILA did about exercise in the morning. I also, know that you will burn off more calories that are stored "in the body" when you exercise in the morning. When you exercise in the afternoon or evening there's a tendency for the body to burn calories that are from the food eaten and less from stored fat. So good news, huh.

What a shame that your grandson had to go through that... next time maybe ask for an emergency nurse --- they get your veins right away because they have to do it so quickly and efficiently. I had to do that once when I was going through pretesting for surgery... after three stick and missing all three times (and I have great veins!) I demanded an emergency nurse and she got me at first stick!

Your meals sound so delish!!!!! I was eating that way and felt great - now you have given me incentive to get back on track and stay well. Thanx Willow!!! :)

WoW!! :dance: $1,900.00 --- did SUPER! Good job! :cp:

Thanks for the compliment about the baby, Mikala... she is beautiful, huh ;) I still haven't seen her because I was too ill to go out, but I will this Sunday :) Can't wait!!! I bought a fleese jacket with a hood for her and some small gifts for the rest of the family too... FUN to do.

BLUET ~ I too am a "SUVIVOR" fan and "CSI" and "WITHOUT A TRACE" - I recored that so I can watch "ER". Great TV night on Thursday nights. I also enjoy on Friday evening that new show "JOAN OF ARCADIA"... great show! So what did you think of the 'double-voting out' ??? Big surprise the way they did that. Love the twist they come up with to keep it interesting. Quite a game. The only time I really hate to watch is when they make them eat stuff - totally gross! Can't watch it.

:hb: Belated Happy Birthday wishes to your granddaughter!! :hb:
My mom had her 66th birthday on Halloween (10-31)... us kids use to love that she is a Halloween baby - we had the best cakes made for her!

:wave: Hellos' to ANGEL, PUSS, JACQUIE too! Hope you all have a great day & evening!

11-01-2003, 08:56 PM
I got up at 6:30 this morning and rode my stationary bike for 30 minutes.
Foods were good, but I had the munchies this afternoon for a couple of hours.
I still haven't had any white foods.
I have a headache off and on though, and I think it's withdrawal from the carbs.

I did laundry today and finished the SBD book.

For supper I'm having barbecue ribs and stirfry veggies.

This place has been quiet today.

Sheila, believe me, I wouldn't be getting up to exercise at 4:30 if I didn't have to be to work so early. I'd probably wait till at least 6 AM! :D

Oh, to be able to catch salmon from your back yard! I guess I never knew where salmon went when they weren't migrating back to their birth place to lay eggs and die.

Love your Dad story. He's so cute!

Sunny, I noticed you said you take 2 fiber tablets a day. I was just reading the SBD book, and that Dr. Agatston said to take a spoonful of metamucil a couple times a day before meals to help the fats absorption.

I didn't do much today, but I was up early, and I'm starting to get tired. Guess I'll get my pj's on and watch tv for a while.

Everybody have a good evening.

11-02-2003, 06:20 AM
Just a quickie - son and girlfriend pitched up yesterday with what seems like every stitch of clothing son has - for laundry! Said he's been starving all week working late at the hospital and couldn't wait to get home to get fed "and to see you of course, Mum, in case you are lonely without Dad" (and to bring ten ton of laundry too! Ha ha, my fault because I ask him to bring his washing - I am one of those weirdos who like ironing). Hope everyone is well, will post later tonight when they go.

11-02-2003, 02:16 PM
Ironing, Puss? What's that? Must be one of those ancient British customs, right? :) I don't know when I used my iron last. Actually, I think my son used the iron a month ago when he ironed a couple of shirts before his job interviews. He's coming over today to do washing, too, and he'll probably come around dinner time so he can get fed. I don't do the washing for him, but I do feed him.

SunnyD, I know what you mean about the rebel inside. Even when you know you shouldn't, it's hard to stop yourself. That's such a bummer having to watch what you eat all the time--even worse than trying to lose weight because you pay in pain, not pounds gained. Moderation is not a word that, unfortunately, is in my personal dictionary. If it was, I wouldn't have been 100 lbs. overweight! So I can appreciate you wanting to eat as much of those yummy tomatoes and great corn as you could

I'm not a Survivor fan, but I do love CSI (although not the Miami one) and Without a Trace. However, I love ER so I watch ER, and see Without a Trace during reruns or when ER isn't on. And I will confess to a fascination with Extreme Makeovers. The changes in those people are just incredible! I wish they'd do a follow-up and see how their lives have changed. You know, people really do respond to attractive thin people a lot better than they do fat people or people who are perceived as unattractive. Don't even get me started on how middle-aged, grey-haired overweight women with disabilities are perceived!

Willow, you should be so proud of yourself for not having any of the "white" stuff. That's incredible! Too bad you're suffering from a headache, but it's all in a good cause. When I quit caffeine, I had a major headache for a week, but I'm glad I did it. How was the SBD book? Are you combining that with Weight Watchers? I've heard about that on other forums.

My DH left for Florida this morning. He'll be there for a couple of days, then fly to San Diego for a couple more days. I haven't seen anything on the San Diego fires today, but I hope the residual smoke doesn't bother him--or anyone else. I remember how smoky it was in Colorado when there were fires in Yellowstone, which was actually hours away from where we lived. I felt bad for the poor guy because he had to be at the airport at 5:30 am or so and my married son called last night at 11:30 pm. He's having an incredibly rough time with his marriage--it's an on again/off again kind of a thing so he needed to talk. I have no idea when we turned out the lights. I should have gone into another room, but it was cold and I was all warm and toasty in bed. Hopefully DH slept on the plane--at least he'll be tired when it's 11:00 pm in Florida, which would be 8:00 pm here. So maybe I wasn't that selfish?? :)

So I'm curious how you guys with married kids handle it when the kids call about marital problems? I try to be supportive, and I never say what I really think should happen. However, this time I did say something because my DIL doesn't want them to come for Christmas, which is something we arranged a while ago. It's mainly because my daughter is supposed to be home and it will be the last family holiday we all have together. So, I was bad and told my son to take my granddaughter and come anyway. We're planning on giving him our old car, which he really needs, and this is actually the only way he can get it. I don't really even care if he comes for Christmas, but just for the time my daughter is at home, which could be over Christmas or before or after. I was rather ticked that my DIL would do that to us, especially after they spent 3 weeks this year with her parents and so far only one week with us. We are paying for the whole thing, too, and had planned on sending them places by themselves while we babysat, so they could have some time alone.

Okay, I'll quit complaining. I'd ask for a little cheese with my whine, but it would have to be fat-free and I'm not wild about fat-free cheese.

Hope everyone has a relaxing Sunday! The sun is starting to peek out, but I don't expect that to last. I should take my dogs out while it's not raining.

11-02-2003, 09:55 PM
I had a quiet day today. Putzed around all day. Even took a short nap this afternoon. I only dozed off for about 10 minutes though.

I didn't do any kind of exercise this morning either. Wasn't in the mood for it. Now I have to be sure to get back in the groove tomorrow morning. I've already got my alarm set for 4 AM.

I still haven't eaten any white foods. Don't know if it's working or not, but, it sure can't be hurting anything. Maybe I'll weigh myself in the morning.

The last 2 afternoons I've gotten the munchies really bad, so, I'm thinking that it's boredom. Both weekend days, and in the afternoon.

For breakfast today I had a big veggie, ham and cheese omelet, and for lunch I had a little piece of leftover salmon with a small salad and for supper I'm eating as I type this a sweet potato, some asparagus and a leftover barbecue rib.
When I had the munchies I had some beef sausage sticks.

Puss, I have ironed maybe twice in the past year. And it was only one outfit each time.
My husband was so good at ironing. They always looked like they came from the cleaners.
Hope your weekend went well.

Sheila, I AM proud of myself for not eating any white foods, but, I'm getting curious to see how much I've lost. I know I've lost a little because I can tell it in my belly. But, if you could see what I eat! :yikes: Large amounts! I haven't counted calories or points or anything. I just have been concentrating on eating slowly until I feel satisfied. And I have a LARGE capacity.
That omelet this morning was really big. The bulk of it was vegetables, but, still, it was BIG.
My next challenge will be eating normal-size meals. But I want to get one thing under my belt (so to speak) before I tackle the next thing.

I liked the SBD idea, it's pretty much like what I've been doing the last 2 weeks, but, I didn't see one place in the book where it said just how high was high enough on the glycemic index, or what foods were too high, except for about 4 of them that were named. So, I'm going to have to look out on the 'net to see if there is a cut-off number. Like, is 50 on the index considered a high number, or a low or average? Is 100 ok, or too high? See what I mean? I didn't think that was explained very well.
The concept makes tons of sense to me though.

WW has kind of fallen by the wayside I'm afraid. I truly don't like going to the meetings. I don't think I get as much out of it as I do sitting here typing stuff back and forth to you gals.
I already know before I go to that meeting if I've gained or not, and I know it works for some people, but, I gotta be honest and say it has never worked for me. Or, rather, maybe I've never worked IT. I'd rather spend the money on swim passes. I enjoy the water and I don't enjoy sitting through a WW meeting.

As for my kids calling me about marital problems. Or any problem, for that matter. I have always told them I don't want them sitting alone, hurting, especially in the night. I've gone through that many years ago with my first husband, and I was hundreds of miles away from my family and friends. There is nothing worse than to be sitting alone at 1 or 2 in the morning, with a broken heart and not knowing where your spouse is or what's going to happen to your marriage and doubly bad if you have children.
The nights seem to go on endlessly.

Only one of my kids has been divorced, and he was married to an alcoholic. I watched him be hurt over and over again for 9 years. I realize she had an illness, but I got to the point that I hated that woman. But, I never told him that, and I listened, late at night, sometimes till daylight when he had to get ready for work, for as many times as he needed to call me. But, when he did ask me what I would do in his place, I told him not to waste anymore of his youth on someone who obviously wasn't ever going to keep her word and go for treatment. Every time he was ready to leave, she would promise to go for treatment, and would "supposedly" quit, until he stayed, then the same thing would start over.
When he started getting calls from her boyfriend, he left, but still didn't divorce her for a year and a half. I'm glad that they DIDN'T live closer to me. There probably would have been a couple of hair-pulling contests if they had. :p

She too quit coming for any of the holidays. Said she needed to stay home to take care of the dogs. Funny, ... they had always gone to a kennel before. At any rate, my son and granddaughter came home for the holidays anyway.
She just didn't want to face any of us because she knew that we had found out what she was doing.

So, I say that a mother should always make herself available to her kids, to listen if nothing else. Sometimes they only need to talk and hear themselves express it to make a decision. I'm sure her parents are doing the same for her. Unless they don't know about it yet.

Well, I'm going to get my stuff ready for tomorrow.

Hello to everyone else! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Take care and I'll see you tomorrow.

11-03-2003, 07:22 AM
Good Monday morning everyone. Hope all have a good week. I had a long, & pretty good weekend.

Willow....proud of you for doing so well on your diet! Hope you're feeling better these days. At least, you sound more like Willow!

Sheila...I was never able to talk to my mother...so I taught my children to come to me with anything at any time. As teens, they would tell me things they had done I REALLY didn't want to know!:dizzy: But, was still there for them. As married adults...they know they can still come to me & tell me anything, & they do. I don't give advice, unless asked. If I'm asked, though, I'm honest...& tell them what I think they should do. They know they can take the advice or choose not to. I'm very careful about giving opinion of their spouse, at that time, though. It backfired on me once. My son came to me (said he was leaving her), sometime during our conversation I said something about I couldn't trust her not to tell things I told her (which I can't). They made up....he told her what I said....then they were BOTH mad at me!:?: Now...I just listen.:lol:
I've also had my son-in-laws & even the daughter-in-law to come talk to me about problems & asked advice how to deal with "my" children. I try to be there for them, also. VERY careful not to say something to get me in trouble. I usually just say I hope they can come to an understanding...& I love both of them & will pray for them. So far, so good. Seems like the other families do get more time on holidays, though.....just can't figure that out.

Fatpuss...I HATE ironing!! Wish you could do mine for me. I have very little to do....but, put it off til I have to...as I need it.:lol: http://www.00fun.com/rosie_ironing_md_wht.gif










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11-03-2003, 11:38 AM
Hi Everyone,

Had a long quite weekend. Grandaughter came over for awhile on Saturday, but then she decided it was too boring at Grandma's and wanted to go home by Mommy. I think she wanted to check and see if Mommy was giving too much attention to new baby sister and she might be missing out. Personally, I think her Mommy was just thankful to get some peace and quite while baby sister slept, and Mommy took a nap. I hope so.

Went to church Sunday morning and then did some shopping DH needed a new sports coat. He has to wear one everyday and one of his old ones was wearing out on the elbow. Found a nice tweedy one that looked really nice on him and he was happy.

Went to work in the afternoon and finish the first part of the month end on the computer, came home and ate some supper, then got ready for the Packer Game. Finally got to bed around 11:00 pm.

Willow, I think Brett Farve, didn't like hearing that your co-workers stuffed and effigy of him in a coffin and it sent him on a rampage. I am only speculating here. One year our daughters and their spouses and DH and myself traveled to Minnesota to attend a Viking/Packer game at the Metro-Dome. The noise in that dome is tremendously over-whelming. I had never seen so much purple in one place at one time. I still get a little afraid when I see a Viking head dress and yellow braids. I see they have added purple hair to the Viking Costume also. The Viking Horn blowing in the Dome is really intimidating, and now they have added an additional siren sound. I think as fans, we're best off if we keep our Green and Gold colors and our variety of dumb looking cheese heads and stay home in Packer Country, the home of brats, beer and tailgating. All-in-all it was an exciting game to watch, kept me awake. Willow, your diet sounds a lot like Dr. Kathleen DesMaisons program at www.radiantrecovery.com, there is a lot of serious helpful support there. If you have a couple of minutes, please check it out. I think you will like it. It was how I was able to lose twenty pounds, after years of struggle to lose weight and was unable to. I have such a high regard for the program on November 11, 2003 I will have been on the program six months and have not gone back to my old sugar/white flour eating habits yet.

Puss, what is an an iron? Is it that heavy flat thing you put on the wood stove, heat up and grab with a hot pad, and desperately try to get wrinkles out of clothes with? :dizzy: I have one daughter that still irons, whenever she comes home, before she goes out someplace she has to iron her outfit. It is always a desperate search to find the iron and ironing board for her. I have ended up putting it in the spare bedroom closet just for her. I know people who love to iron though, my Mother, for one, could take in ironing as much as she loves to iron. Guess what Puss, you and Willow have inspired me, I got on the treadmill this morning. Now if I can just keep it up, I can hopefully shed these last eight pounds. I hope, I hope.

Sheila, I should chide you a little too after all Mike Holgrem left Green Bay to go coach Seattle, and after Green Bay named a street after him too. That took a lot of nerve. Awe who cares, right? ;) Seems like you have bigger fish to fry anyway. I hate that when the children struggle with personal problems, it breaks my heart. I learned the hard way when they were teenagers, not to demean their chosen one and to be there when they need you. And never, never give advice, unless they ask for advice, and even then tread with caution. Sounds like, you are a typical Mom and Dad, doing your best and doing things right. Don't worry it will all turn out alright, even if it is not exactly the way you thought it should turn out, the kids usually find a way. I think our children spend more time with their inlaws too, but only because their inlaws are more demanding than we are. You will be fine.

SunnyD, you are such a bright happy gal, for all the unhappy strife you have suffered. Your heart and faith are in the right place, more power to you and that handsome hubby of yours. I'll bet as soon as you got that yard work done, you hurried over to see that new little niece of yours. The kids and grandchilden were so cute for Halloween, and having such a good time. Too much candy though. Well, I have to take off here, I am at work and I have to go to the computer room and work on some more Month End stuff.

Take care Everyone, talk to you later :grouphug:


11-03-2003, 06:35 PM
Hi everyone, I did actually post a long one on Friday night before the short one but the computer timed out on me and I lost the lot. I was too tired to do it again.
Thanks for explanations on tailgating and costume for prohibition party. Sheila, I laughed my head off imagining those tipsy chickens, such a hoot. Bluet :cb: you are exercising!! Hey, if I can force myself, anyone can. I went swimming again in my lunch hour and friend was so impressed I went twice last week alone when she was off work. We even have a new recruit from the office for wednesday (we are both out of office on Friday so re-scheduled). Your GD sounds so lovely, Birthday Day, love it. Willow, you are doing well on those foods though I could not do without bread, rice etc. Thanks for explaining the Vikings and Packers, are they football or baseball? You did well to raise $1900 for charity. SunnyD, thanks for the photo of tailgate party, it looks a bit like a car boot sale over here where people empty their attics for sale! It must be so difficult having to avoid certain foods. I am so lucky not to have a single medical problem yet. Angel, good for you getting a regular manicure along with your hair appointment. I have naturally long and strong nails which always get commented on but what people don't realise is, the toe nails are the same and I need the garden pruners to chop em down to size! I love your 'About Women' pointers, ha ha. Sheila, your DD is just too lovely for words, you have a lovely relationship and I can tell you are a really loving daughter to him. How's the Matador red going? Got the lipstick to match yet? I know American's don't iron much because my uncle came from New York 30 years ago and watched my mother ironing and said he never sees anyone iron over in the US. I think perhaps you tumble dry more stuff than we do here. I try to dry most things in the fresh air outdoors and I still haven't met the non-iron shirt that didn't look better for a quick run-over with the iron. I iron everything except tea towels for drying dishes, ha ha. 15 shirts son had, obviously he hadn't done any laundry for two weeks. Interesting reading your posts about grown kids with marital problems. I know all the advice columns say not to interfer, just listen but I know I will never be able to do that. I said to my daughter's boyfriend soon as they went steady that if he ever hurts her in any way he had better leave the planet because I would kill anyone who so much as breathed on her. He laughs about it now if he says the slightest thing about her he always says, "only joking, hey". I have told my kids I would like to be a listener and sounding board but don't tell me anything bad because I could not control myself. I just can't help it, DH says I am like a wolverine with them but I would hate to think it would prevent them confiding in me.

11-03-2003, 06:41 PM
I have done this in two bits because if the computer timed out again I would go mental! Son and I spent ages deleting loads of stuff DH had put on the computer for work, weather charts etc. and it seems to be quicker now.
My cat doesn't seem to be as well as he has been. He hasn't eaten much this last week, even his beloved fish. I have a horrible feeling the tablets are just not working as well as they did and this is the start of the decline. My mother rang me in work this morning weeping and wailing. Now that the tinnitus is made better by her two hearing aids we are back to her tablets and every side effect ever listed including some that are not!! Great!! DH is back on Friday morning and I have booked the day off work.
Jacqui, hope you are well. Am always tired on Monday nights - finished another good book last night at 0130 - so I am off to find another book to read .....

11-03-2003, 09:26 PM
It snowed here today! Beautiful! Makes me feel all warm and Christmasy inside! I wish my family was here right now.

I got up at 4 AM and rode my stationary bike for 45 minutes.
And, .... I weighed myself this morning.
........ But, ........ I'm not going to tell you what the scales said. ....
Just kidding! I lost 9 pounds since Oct. 20th. Isn't that great? I love it. But, we all know that's about the end of any big losses. It's a nice start though. Now I hope it continues.
I need next to do something about the portions.
I still haven't eaten any white foods.

Work went well today.

I got my appointment itinerary from Mayo. I go back on Dec. 3rd and 4th. Wish me luck.

I went right after work and bought my swim passes at the hotel. 30 swims for $40.00. Actually, $42.60 counting taxes. You can go anytime you want, for as long as you want to, from 7 AM until 12:30 AM. Sunday through Thursday. Can't go on Friday and Saturday because that's when they have the most guests and they want to keep the pool available for the customers.
I'm getting my stuff rounded up tonight. Yesssss!!

My foods were good today. I had cooked eggs and low fat ham for breakfast, and a BLT without the bread for lunch and skinless chicken tenderloin with stirfry veggies for supper.
Tonight I made some quiche cups.
egg substitute, fat-free half and half, really crisp crumbled bacon, or lean ham, chopped spinach and/or any other veggie you like. divide the ingredients into foil cupcake liners that you first spray with cooking spray and pour the egg mixture over ingredients and bake at 325 for about 45 minutes, then sprinkle fat-free shredded cheddar cheese over the top. When they're cooled you can put them in the freezer in a bag and just grab 1 or 2 when you're in a hurry.

I better go get my stuff ready for tomorrow.

Charlotte, the "about women" is cute. True too!! :D
Do you ever watch any of the games? Any of the sports?
I used to, but I lost interest in it years ago.

Bluet, how do you pronounce "bluet"? Is it like Bluette? Or like Blue tee? or some other pronunciation?

I don't like going to the Dome at all.
I used to love going to the football games and baseball games at the old stadium, but after they built the dome, I never enjoyed going. Just doesn't seem right to be sitting indoors at a football or baseball game. I haven't been up there in about 18 years.
I hear that the pack played a fantastic game this last weekend. Good job!

Thanks for the addy to that site. I'll check it out.

Good job on starting to use the treadmill! Geez, before you know it, we'll all be doing some form of exercise! Yippeee!

Puss, I'm just amazed! You're still swimming! You go girl!

Oh no, I hope kitty isn't getting sick again! I'll be sending out vibes for his good health.

I better get going and get my stuff rounded up for tomorrow.

Have a good evening!

11-04-2003, 08:35 AM
http://www.addis-welt.de/smilie/smilie/party/tanzen002.gifOk, Willow.....do that victory dance! 9 pounds!! You're doing so well....hope you're feeling well, also.
I'd love some snow this winter. So far, it's been beautiful warm weather the last several days. Helps my aching bones.:lol:

Fatpuss...liked your toenail comment.:D Mine are like that, only they're yellow.:( So, I keep 'em painted pink.:) I'll have to be pretty bad off to get a pedicure....embarrassing to me. Of course, if my hands get worse, I may have to give in.
Sure hope your dear kitty is doing better.

Bluet....we have to really watch those older sisters/brothers. They love the babies, of course....but do tend to get a little jealous. They really watch others coming in to make over the new baby. I hated when my baby sister came home. I was four & can still remember. I must have been mean to her.....she fell once & knocked her 2 front teeth out. Because I was in the room with her, my mom & dad thought I did it....didn't believe me when I said I didn't push her down...I got pretty bad licking for it! It took 8 yrs for her teeth to grow back in! (sweet revenge.:lol: )

Sheila...hope you're ok today.
Everyone have a good day.

11-04-2003, 10:18 AM
Good Morning Ladies,

I had such a good day yesterday! And I am feeling so well - like nothing was ever wrong - just cannot shake the feeling of being tired, but otherwise I am fine. I went back to my Curves class for the first time in two weeks and got weighed in and measured again and lost another 3 pounds and 10 inches! Ya-hoo... It really made my day because I was expecting some weight gain because I had not been exercising or really watching my diet (just sick). It really felt good getting back to classes. I am trying to get back on track as far as my eating habits go. I have enjoyed the peanut butter cups from Halloween a bit too much the last few days. :nono: Shame on me... Just the smell alone sets me to opening a pkg. up :dizzy: Don't feel bad, but the weight will go back on if I am not careful.

Guess what!? Joe & I went to go visit my great niece (& family) on Sunday afternoon :) What a doll she is! The warmth of her little body and that sweet smell and the ultimate peace on her little face - so awesome! We had a lovely Sunday afternoon visit with them. We brought over a fresh pumpkin pie for mom & dad and a sticker book for sister, Sierra, and baby clothes for baby Mikala Rose.

Hey there ANGEL ~ I really liked your Halloween graphics - so cute! I so enjoyed the kids coming by in costume, just wish we had a few more! Only 9 children came :( I enjoyed your bit about the women also - funny!

So glad that your DSIL wasn't on that chopper!!! Such a sad thing to happen... my heart goes out to those who have lost. Wish this war was over already.

Hello WILLOW ~ You got some snow, huh. So strange this weather... we are having another 70* day today and then we are to begin seeing some temp. drops as of tomorrow afternoon. We went up to 72* yesterday and today they are calling for 77* and they are calling for snow this weekend! Strange! The saying here in Cleveland is, "if you don't like the weather now - just wait a minute" ~ it changes so quickly here because of Lake Erie.

:dance: WooHoo!!!!!! You lost 9 lbs!!! I am so happy for you. I still have 50 lbs to go to be where I want to be. When I got weighed and measured yesterday Sue also did my height (which had not been done) and I thought I was 5'6" - NOT! - I'm 5'5" and that makes a bit of a difference with numbers, but I still think that if I could reach 145 to 150 it would be a good weight for me. Awww the thought of ultimate Joy to have all this weight off me. I am so very happy for you! Yes, I take two fiber tablets a day - it does help to trap the fat in your foods and also helps me with my intestinal health. Yep - I do the SBD most days ;) When I am watching like I should be. And yes, the amount of food is great because you are eating allot of veggies that fill you. I must say - you have given me the 'want to' in going back and behaving myself. My tummy went flat right away too in Phase 1 of SBD.

Willow what are you having done at MAYO in Dec?? Are you okay?

Hey PUSS ~ I am sorry about your kitty... was he or she ill before? How old is your kitty? It is so hard on everyone when they are ill. I remember when my 'Tang' kitty became ill with kidney failure (he was only 7 yrs old), he stopped eating and that was so very unusual for him. He was a big eater! Anyway, he eventually died with his illness... I still miss my big guy very much! I hope yours gets better real soon!!! My thoughts are with you! (((hugs)))

Did you get all the laundry done??? :lol: Love how they kids always bring home the laundry - the boys do that at my DSIL's too. She has 5 boys! All grown and she still does their laundry for them. And you are not the only one that still irons - I DO TOO!!! I like the way they look and last when you press them. Mostly my hubby's shirts for church, but I still iron ;) So you are not alone there.

You are a tiny little lady at 5' 3" PUSS ;) My niece (who just had her baby) is only 5' 3" - and so adorable!!!!! I bet you are too!!!!

Hi SHEILA ~ Yes, I did lose 3 lbs while being ill... not to keep it off and continue to get more off me. Moderation is not easy for me either - believe you, me!!! When I want to lose weight and stay well if I keep in mind "all the time" how ill I become I do very well. But as I said - sometimes I forget myself and just don't care. But I must care or I will land in the hospital next time! I am sure of it after this last bout I had. Each time it gets worse. So I must try to keep my head about me when I have meals or snacks. When I stayed on the South Beach Diet ( SBD ) - I felt my best! The first Phase is the hardest and when you might get a headache or feel real tired (cleansing your body), but Phase 2 is someplace I wouldn't mind staying in - and am trying to get back into before the holidays begin. I felt my best there.

I have found myself popping over to that show "Extreme Makeovers" and sometimes on the "Wayne Brady Show" he has the people on the day or two after their make-overs... what a difference! I would think you would have mixed feelings, cuz they don't look like themselves at all. I would love to have my eyes worked on - my lids are falling and they interfere with my vision... especially on my right eye. It has gotten real bad in the last year.

Okay, I'll quit complaining. I'd ask for a little cheese with my whine, but it would have to be fat-free and I'm not wild about fat-free cheese.
You are just too funny :lol: ! May I join you? ;)

Hey there BLUET ~ That's a sweet story about your granddaughter - so far Sierra has not shown any jealousy with her new baby sister, Mikala... she is a big help to mommy and loves it. She was begging her mommy for a baby sister. Too cute. But I do recall my sister, who is a middle child, having the 'green-eyed monster' in her. And still does to this day... always looking to see what the others have. I must say that she isn't nearly as bad as she use to be now that she has a better relationship with my parents. I am happy for that.

Thank-you so much for the sweet and kind words... I try real hard to keep my head up and not bring anyone else down because of what I go through in life. I am so very Blessed to have a good husband and three beautiful cats to bring me comfort and laughs. Not to mention my hubby's huge family - they have accepted me as one of their own. I must say that during "Thanksgiving, Christmas & Easter" I so miss my family!! I live in OHIO and they live in MAINE... I call often, but still miss the hugs and smells and the comfort of home & my parents --- mostly my mother... she & I are great pals! My mother turned 66 on Halloween... she is so precious.


Well, I feel like I have been on all morning already --- whew! I must be getting my day going - have tons to do today. I still have a few pots to empty outdoors before the winter temps hit here and some plants to cut down. It will be way too nice to be inside all day. And tonight my hubby and I have practice with our church group. We sing on Sunday's at church - our group is called "Gift of Song" and there are only 5 of us, but we do alright. My Joe is the one with the great voice (Italian tenor).

You all have a Wonderful Day!!!
(((Hugs))) :grouphug:

11-04-2003, 10:21 AM
Picture of the baby taken on Sunday

11-04-2003, 10:23 AM
One more...
Mikala Rose

11-04-2003, 04:29 PM
SunnyD and Willow - you big losers!! :cb: Total of 12lbs between you, imagine that in packets of butter! Well done you two. Willow, you will be leaving an oil slick in the pool at this rate, lady, you will look like a mermaid in the water. I am hoping that your appointment at the Mayo in December is better than good and feel it in my bones that it will be. SunnyD well done on the 3lbs, it's not easy for you with your health problems but you did it! Baby Mikala Rose is so beautiful, I really can't wait to be a grandma one day. I too would like my eyes done at plastic surgery but the thought of anaesthetic risk for cosmetic reasons frightens me. Angel, poor you getting the blame for your sister's fall. I was also 4 when brother came along and although I don't remember it I know I was jealous of him for years later, he escaped all the chores and the punishments. We are best of friends since we became adults. I would love a pedicure too, my feet are quite good-looking actually and I think if Miss World was judged on feet then I would have been a contender. It's all because I was born with congenital dislocation of the hip and had to wear specially measured and built-up shoes for the first 14 years of my life so I have long straight toes and no umps or bumps. The nails are barrel shaped though like my finger nails (domed) so the big toe nail curves in like an ingrowing toe nail and gives me a twinge when it needs hacking! I was told they were not ingrowing but the shape. SunnyD, my cat is 9 1/2 and was diagnosed with renal failure about 8 weeks ago and not expected to live the week by the vet. The ladies with faith here all prayed for him and the turnaround was amazing - even the vet was stunned. He has been fine on medication since then but now although he is drinking he has lost interest in food, even his fish. He would wake from a coma if I even whispered the word 'fish' before. All I can do is keep a check on him and take him back to the vet if I see him getting thinner or any signs of discomfort. Well, Willow, I am off to get my swimming gear ready for tomorrow too. It will be exhausting for me tomorrow because I have the aerobics class in the evening too - the two activities couldn't be avoided because I won't be at work to swim on Friday. One things for sure, I will sleep well tomorrow night! Regards to Sheila, Bluet and Jacqui ....

11-04-2003, 05:15 PM
Hey there PUSS ~ That's what my kitty had too - the kidney's failed to function... I am so sorry. Maybe he will perk up again, it has been known to happen and it has for you once already. I too will hold him in my prayers - I believe the Lord has a special place in His heart for our pets.

As far as the cosmetic surgery - I would ONLY do it if I had to for my sight, you see... the sagging lid is interfering with my eye-sight and sometimes it hurts so bad at night when I am tired and it's hard to see. The thought of surgery frightens me as well or I would have gone into the hospital a long time ago for this bad gut of mine. As good as the hospitals & Dr's are today --- it is still very scary! I have been under four times already in my lifetime and not by my choosing. Just has to share that with you ;)

So glad you didn't mind me posting the pictures and boasting a bit more... she is so precious. I cannot wait for you to experience being a grandmother either - I am like that to these children being born now... such a wonderful feeling.

Hope you have a peaceful evening and a great day tomorrow.
My thoughts and prayers for you and your kitty.

11-04-2003, 06:18 PM
What a beautiful, sweet baby! I absolutely love those photos of her. You just want to kiss those sweet baby cheeks, don't you?

Bluet, that's so nice of you to watch the older child so the Mom can get some much-needed rest. Remembering back when I had kids, I would have loved to have someone do that for me.

Congrats to both SunnyD and Willow on their fabulous weight loss! Willow, that's amazing that you can lose 9 lbs. just by changing a few things, like not eating that white stuff.

So, Charlotte, how do you feel about your sister now? I'm the youngest so I don't know how it feels to be usurped. I'll have to ask my sister how she felt about me. Eight years to grow her teeth back. Poor kid--and poor you for getting into trouble for something you didn't do. That probably made everything a whole lot worse!

SunnyD, I know someone whose insurance paid for the eye surgery because she had the same problem as you. It wasn't considered cosmetic surgery, but medically necessary. Now, that didn't change what they did as far as the surgery went, but at least the insurance paid for it.

Well, Puss, when I see you in September, you'll have to take off your shoes and show me your fabulous feet! :) I'm so sorry about your cat. I hope that he'll get his second, actually third, wind and starts to feel better. You've gotten a lot more time with him than what your vet said, and I bet you're really thankful for that, but as a pet owner, I know that you want more as long as it's quality time.

Oh, my gosh, what did I miss? You're going to aerobics, too! And swimming and aerobics both in the same day. I can hardly believe what I'm reading. You really, really do want to look like Elizabeth Hurley! Pretty soon you'll be telling us that you're pumping iron and going to enter an Ironwoman Triathalon. . . :)

I talked to my son yesterday. He's so proud of his daughter because she's doing so well in preschool. She's now making choices between three toys and is learning to sign "more" when she doesn't want people to stop doing stuff. I'd asked how they taught that sign because she doesn't eat food by mouth, which would seem the logical way to teach "more," so I learned that they play with her, then quit playing with her until she signs "more" or he'll kiss her (she always laughs when he smooches on her) and then stop until she signs "more." She's also learning to help them get her dressed in the morning. I guess they put her shirt partway on, and then she has to put her arms up for them to get it on the rest of the way, and same with pants. The teachers have never worked with a Trisomy 18 kid, only Trisomy 21 (which is Down Syndrome), so it's exciting for them to see what she can do. I'm really looking forward to seeing her in December and seeing the progress she's making.

Not much going on with me. I took my dogs to the groomer this morning. I always feel so bad taking them there because they get so excited to ride in the car, then they end up at the groomers instead of the beach or the woods for a hike. Since they're getting groomed, I went and got my haircut after my massage. Boy, that makes me sound pampered, doesn't it? My hair person lives with the massage person so I can get both things done one right after the other. Works out very well for me since I don't like to drive.

Jacquie and Sue--where are you??

Hope everyone is having a terrific Tuesday. It's cold here, but sunny with lots of blue sky.

11-04-2003, 07:10 PM

I just came inside from finishing up with the yard work... now we are all set for winter - well, as far as the outdoors goes, don't know about mentally ;) I got all my pots emptied and put away and Joe is out still blowing the leaves. Can you believe that it is still 75* out and its almost 6:00! Beautiful! Such a nice day today.


SHELIA ~ Thanx! I just love to take pictures and she is so photogenic. And that's good information to know if I need to have eyelid surgery done. I will remember that!!

I remember taking punishment for my siblings also. Especially one time when my brother, who is 14 months younger then I, got into the sink and thought it was so cool to hold his hand to the faucet and see how it sprayed the whole bathroom... I came in and fell on the slippery floor and began to cry - my mother came in running and saw the mess asked who did it and I wouldn't rat on him and he didn't fess up so we both had to kneel in the corner for what seemed like hours! I guess it's part of being the oldest :o

I too watched my DSIL's & DBIL's children while they vacationed... I did it for many years while the children were small. She & hubby would go twice a year for 7 to 10 days and Joe & I would move in and I would take care of her 5 boys and their home and their pets as if they were mine (plus run over to care for my home & pets). I didn't mind because I knew that they would be coming home, but boy was it ever exhausting! Their second child is Down's and is 27 years old today. I had forgotten I had done that till I read your post :^:

Well, our practice was cancelled tonight, it was so nice outdoors everyone wanted to get their yardwork finished up. I am glad really, cuz then we got ours done as well.

I was feeling a bit blue this afternoon - don't know why, but now that Joe is home I am doing so much better. It just comes over me sometimes. I think I just get lonely.

Sheila, I hope that when you and Puss meet you will get tons of pictures you can post for us to see ;) If you don't know how to post them, I will give you my e-mail and you can e-mail me the pictures and I'll post them for you. That would be so cool to see you two together.

Well, it sounds as if my hubby is ready to come in for dinner.

11-04-2003, 11:30 PM
Hi everybody!

I got up at the same time this morning and rode my stationary bike for 30 minutes.

My day went pretty well, but this evening I feel really tired.
And when I get tired or too comfy or bored, I start thinking of food. What's with that??? I must have a weird brain, I guess. Anyway, it's now 8:30 at night and I just ate a couple smoked sausage sticks. Better than sugar, I guess.

I stopped after work to see if I could find a pair of flip-flops, and Shopko had 4 pair left, one of which fit me. I was surprised they had any left at all. They were marked down to $1.27. So, now I'm ready to go to the pool. Got my bag all packed. I was going to go after supper, but, I got lazy, then remembered a few things I needed to do around here, like shutting off the water in the basement that goes to the outdoor faucet and disconnecting the hose and draining it.
I also just put a crock pot of chicken vegetable soup on, so my supper for tomorrow will be done.
I'll just take along a snack to have between work and the pool and go straight from work to swim.

Still haven't eaten any white foods.
Had poached eggs and lean ham for breakfast, tuna salad rolled up in romaine lettuce leaves for lunch and shrimp and veggie stirfry for supper. Had a dessert too, ... the ricotta, splenda, vanilla and peanutbutter. Sure hit the spot!

Sunny, it will be a long time till my tummy gets flat. :lol: In fact, I'm sure it never will.
I have to go to Mayo because I had 2 surgeries in June of 2000 for a rare cancer in my arm, and I have to go back every 3 to 6 months for MRI's of the arm and CT scans of the lungs because, IF it metastasizes, it usually goes to the lungs first. The last time I was there, in Sept. they found a lesion in my right lung, so, I have to go back now to see if it has grown or not. I pray that it's gone, but, ... I don't think so.

My sister too had surgery to lift the eyelids. She said that the Dr noticed that she kept raising her eyebrows to keep her eyes open enough to see, so he said she needed it done and there was no arguement from the insurance company at all. She said it's a piece of cake to have done.

Ladies, I am just beat tonight, and I need to get to bed so I'm not going to make individual replies tonight.

Hello to all of you and I hope you're having a wonderful evening.

More tomorrow.

11-05-2003, 10:54 AM
http://home.att.net/~scorh3/Thanksgiving01g.gifMorning WILLOW ~ You aren't alone with the bore-dome eating... I do it too! That's why I keep foods that are good for me cut up and ready in the ref - just for that (like: celery and lite cream cheese, carrots, seedless cukes & cream cheese & deviled eggs). And I think that you are at least eating foods that are part of the SBD. You are being wiser about you choices. Boy, sounds like you had quite a day yesterday too. Your meals sound great!!! Don't you just love the ricotta desserts!!!! I have about 7 different flavorings to add to it when I mix it with the spenda... so good! And good for you!

I got my workout at Curves in this morning - boy, did I ever miss going! It really feels good to get back :)

Make sure you come back and fill us in on your big day at the pool! Sounds so good for you, I am so very happy for you :smug: !!!

Willow, I am sorry... I had no idea you had cancer :( I will hold you in my prayers that that lesion will be gone when they check it. I bet that the exercise will help you, no? I pray for good news at your next visit - when is it??

Thanks for the encouragement on the eyelids... I have a good Dr for that type of surgery - she took a mole off my back a few years ago and I really liked her. So maybe I will get in touch with her after the holiday's about my eyes (mostly my right eye).

Take Care now Willow...

PS>>> :wave: Morning Ladies!!! :wave:

11-05-2003, 06:04 PM
Sharing a picture of my little man ~
Domino (8 yrs old) flirting with me this morning ;)

11-05-2003, 10:03 PM
I spent 2 and 1/2 hours in the pool today. It was just wonderful! I had a hard time sleeping last night, and about 4:30, I decided I wasn't in any mood to go to work, so I called in and took the day off.
I went back to bed and watched TV for a while and fell back alseep and slept till almost 8:30.

Of course my chicken vegetable soup was done by then and the whole house smelled of it, so I had a big mug of it for breakfast. I had put some thyme and a little bit of dried rosemary in it and it gave it such a good flavor.

I had a big ham and veggie omelet with FF cheese for lunch, then I went to the pool. It was so quiet there! When I first got there, there was only one older woman there, using the hot tub, and just as she left another lady, probably in her 60's came in and spent about an hour in the pool, then used the hot tub. After 2 1/2 hours, I figured I better get out of the pool.
Just as I got out and went into the hot tub, 2 more women, both younger and just as overweight as I am, came in to get in the pool. Then, while I was showering, 2 more younger women, thin ones too, came in to use the pool. So, it wasn't real busy, and I felt so comfortable because they ALL said they use the pool for exercise to either lose weight, keep weight off, or in the case of one older lady, for her arthritis.
I think it got busier around 5 PM because some of those arrivals had just gotten off work.
If I can, I'm going to try to get there every day it's available.

Tomorrow I'm taking my CPAP in to get the pressure adjusted lower and he's going to check out the mask to see why it's leaking air, besides the fact that the air pressure is too high. I think maybe the mask is too big.
Anyway, as soon as he's done with that, I'm heading for the pool.

When I got home from the pool, I had a big mug of soup and a cup of green tea for supper. Now I'm all set for tomorrow.

My muscles feel like they've been used, but they feel relaxed too. Those jets in the hot tub pounding on my back felt soooo good.

I've heard this before, years ago when I was still in school, a home economics teacher told us in foods class that you should eat meals the size of your fist. She said that's the size of your stomach, and that's all you should eat at one time. Of course, we thought she was kind of neurotic anyway, so we joked about it amongst ourselves, and I suppose that's why we remember it today.
Anyway, today I read that very same thing, and do you know, I can't remember where. I think it might have been in a back issue of the Skinny Daily Post.
Anyway, I'm going to try to keep that in mind when I'm eating. My meals have been more like the size of my foot!! :lol:

What a beautiful kitty!

Sunny, what are the 7 flavors you use for your Ricotta desserts? I sometimes use just the Splenda and vanilla, and sometimes cinnamon, and the peanutbutter, but that's about it. I suppose any food flavoring would work though.

Good job on going back to Curves. I used to go but withdrew my membership until later. They were very good about it.

My next appointments at Mayo are December 3rd and 4th.

Boy! Has this place been quiet today! Where has everyone been Sunny? Looks like it's just you and I!

Puss, are ya still swimming? How are those exercise classes going?

Hi Sheila, Bluet, Jacquie, Charlotte and Sue and everyone else reading this. Hope you're all having a good evening.

11-05-2003, 10:06 PM
What a handsome boy, SunnyD! My big guy flirts with me, too. And the handyman, and the realtor, and the refrigerator repair person, and the police officer who came to take a report--the cat has no shame!

What a nice auntie you are. I got my sister to watch my daughter for a week when we went back to Florida to clean out my MILs house after she died. That was the extent of her watching any of my children while they were growing up--and that was only one kid. I would have preferred an aunt like you! :) I hope they are properly grateful. I babysat 5 boys (ages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5--what were their parents thinking?) when I was a kid, and would only suffer through that for money.

So glad you're still on the no white food kick, Willow. It seems to be working well for you. I wonder, though, if your tiredness has anything to do with withdrawal?

I'm also praying that when you go back to Mayo next time that you'll get some good news.

Yum, chicken vegetable soup--I can almost smell it!

No letter from DD today. I was ever so hopeful, but tried not to be too down about not getting anything. I just keep on writing.

Today was my pincushion day. This time I lay on my right side and she stuck needles in my neck and shoulder, and after she took them out she did something called cupping. While I was lying on the table with the needles in me, I had no pain at all. I wished I could have stayed there forever. Also felt okay when I sat up, and the cupping was kind of interesting. I bet I'll have a lot of broken blood vessels, though.

Got a sad e-mail from my cousin who lives close to me. Her sister, who has been in and out of mental hospitals most of her adult life, is dying from ovarian cancer that has spread to her stomach and liver. The doctors won't operate or do radiation or chemo to shrink the large tumor in her stomach that is pressing on a major artery. We're all wondering if that's because my cousin is on Medicaid. My cousin who lives near us is looking into have her sister fly out here to die so at least she'll be around some family. Isn't that a horrible thing to have to arrange? My sick cousin is about 45 or 46, I think. If you can spare a prayer for both my cousins, I'd appreciate it.

Well, on that sad note, I guess I'll go make dinner.

11-06-2003, 01:20 AM
Hi all!

It is nice to have my computer up and running again. I still had a frew problems to get sorted out after the hard drive was installed but everything appears to be working fine now.

I have been very busy getting caught up on all the posts, its amazing how much you miss in 2 weeks.

Last Tuesday we had freezing rain all day and by Wednesday morning 8 inches of snow!! Needless to say driving about town is like driving on a skating rink and no one ventures out unless it is really necessary. The weather is supposed to start warming up on the weekend...hopefully they are right.
Even with the bad weather we had about 80 trick or treaters on Halloween.....usually we have about 175 though. Needless to say they all got extra treats!!

SunnyD...I can really relate to your problems...my mother and my aunt both have diverticulitis so I feel for what you are going through and what you have to deal with.

Willow I have been reading the SBD and would like to give it a try ....hopefully I have the willpower you do. DH has an appointment with an Orthopedic Surgeon Dec 4 for disc problems in his back so my prayers will be with you both.

Sheila I will also say a prayer for your cousins.

There just seems to have been so much heartache this year for so many people, hopefully 2004 will be a much better.

Hi to Charlotte, Bluet, Fatpuss and everyone I have missed.

Its good to be back!


11-06-2003, 08:48 AM
A very good morning to you JACQUI ~ So glad you are able to come back... I know we don't know one another too well, but I know that the ohters sure missed you ;)

I am feeling so much better now that I am back into my Curves exercise classes. I always feel so well after I have a bad attack - so strange. Maybe it's because what ever was festering is now out of my system - who knows for sure, but it is something I have to live with. It's in my family also. I am just glad that the infection in gone and I am feeling like ME again :)

So good to see someone here! It has been pretty quiet on 'all the threads' the last few days... must be the time change getting to everyone.

Morning SHEILA :wave: So glad you get a kick out of my pics... I so enjoy taking pictures!!! It has become a great hobby of mine. Now... ... when I go to family parties and functions they ask me to take the pictures for them too - fun!

I will definately keep your cousins in my prayers! Jacqui is right... it does seem like I have been doing allot of praying this year! So much cancer and other illnesses these days. I too hope that 2004 brings us all much JOY, HEALTH & WELL-BEING!

Hey there WILLOW ~ Okay - the Ricotta Desserts: I use a bit of orange zest and orange flavoring with splenda (I use Splenda each of the different desserts), I also have lemon falvoring, using the zest, and I have peanut-butter flavoring & add the mini chocolate chips (just a few sprinkled on top), and maple flavoring (my fav!!!) with slivered almonds on top, vanilla extract, almond extract (use very lightly - it's strong!) with slivered almonds on top (another fav of mine :) ) and coconut flavoring. There ya go ;) Hope you enjoy!! Maybe make them in smaller portions - just in case there's a flavor you don't enjoy to much. I got allot of these flavorings at a specialty store, so I hope you will be able to find what you are looking for. But most grocery stores will carry allot of them.

WoW! 2 1/2 hours in the pool! :o Did your skin look like a raisin :lol: I bet you didn't sleep well because of the lack of carbs in your diet... I did the same thing! I sleep lightly to begin with and have bouts of insomnia so when I was totally no carb I couldn't sleep well at all... but in Phase 2 where I have a bit more carbs with the fruit and veggies and whole grained breads or cereals I sleep much better. Soon you should be in Phase 2 and then maybe you will sleep better.

Boy-o-boy, did your soup sound wonderful!!! I think I will make up a pot too :^: With our temps getting colder again that will hit the spot! Glad you enjoyed my kitty picture too - they bring me so much JOY!

Well, I have bill's to be paid today and a day to begin, so you all have a great one!!!! I meet my girlfriend, Peggy, on Thursday's for lunch and then we go grocery shopping together... makes it fun.

:wave: Morning ANGEL, PUSS & BLUET!!

11-06-2003, 09:04 AM
Oh... ...PUSS ~ How's your kitty doing??? Hope he's getting better! I have been thinking of you...


**One more note to you all: "I am so glad that you allowed me to become a part of your thread and have welcomed me with such open arms and made me feel like such a part of your group in such a short amount of time... it means allot to me! You ALL are such special ladies!!! Thank-you!" :^:


One more thing... BLUET ~ :) It's the Great TV THURSDAY! :) My Favorite TV night! :cp: Enjoy!

11-06-2003, 07:03 PM
Sorry for not posting yesterday - I was shattered after swimming at lunchtime and aerobics in the evening but it was the phone calls that held me up, both kids and usual marathon one from mother. Willow, well done on the swimming. Two other colleagues joined us yesterday at the pool, one 20 years younger than me and one 10 years younger and neither could keep up with friend and me (she is also 10 years younger) We only do breast stroke for 40 mins but we are up and down without stopping and the newbies kept stopping for rests so even with the smoking and age I can't be that unfit I suppose. Mind you, didn't tell any of them I used to swim backstroke for the county as a girl, ha ha!!
If you see another post after this one, its because I don't want this tempermental computer to crash like it sometimes does and wipes the message out.
SunnyD, thank you very much for praying for my Alfie. We need all the help we can get because he is not eating much at all now and if it wasn't for the fact he is a chubby puss I think he would be quite thin by now. I see you are back at curves again, well done! Your pussy sure is a natural model, posing like a genuine cat walker.

11-06-2003, 07:18 PM
I suppose I should have done this in word and cut and pasted it so sorry for the two posts.
Sheila, I am so proud of my feet and toes especially that at the airport I will be sitting on Dhs shoulders waving them at you - I thought about just going barefoot but without my heeled shoes I would be even smaller and you wouldn't see me in the crowd. Hope you are feeling ok after all the accupuncture, ugggh! They changed the routein in aerobics last night and although I am still uncoordinated, there's a few there worse than me. Things like that don't bother me anyway. Your little GD sounds adorable and all the little things we see kids achieve as they grow must be so more special when your little one makes such effort. My friend adopted first a little girl who has Down's and a couple of years later a little boy with learning difficulties. Little madam is no different to any other little girl teaching younger sibling how to do stuff and bossing him around. Gorgeous pair of kids. It's so sad about your two cousins, I do hope things get better for them.
Willow, 2.5 hours in the pool - well done, girl! You'll be needing to replace those new swimsuits before long with smaller ones. I too have heard that thing about only eating what would fit into the palm of your hand but I can't ever imagine it satisfying me. I was thinking the same thing as Sheila, is the lack of white foods depleting your energy levels, especially now you are swimming etc? You know I will be thinking of you at the Mayo.
Jacqui, good to have you back. Hope your DH orthopaedic appointment goes well, it must be a worry to you. I won't even mention IT problems - my contract with this server ends later this month and I hope the new one is better.
DH flies in early tomorrow morning so hope to post but if I don't then you will know he is totally mesmerised by my new voluptuous figure and stunning new looks and .......
Not!! He probably won't even notice that I spent an hour raking up 6 bags of leaves from the front garden today.
By the way, I lost 2lb when weighed in at the aerobics class yesterday, wasn't really expecting it with the pig-out over the weekend so just as well I got the swim in before the class, ha ha.

11-06-2003, 11:49 PM
I simply cannot get a meal down to the size of my fist! I had a big mug of soup again for breakfast and 2 slices of Atkins low carb rye bread with a wedge of light laughing cow cheese.
Lunch was a sliced roma tomato with egg salad.
Supper was a grilled skinless chicken breast and saute'ed brussel sprouts and 1/2 a sweet potato. Dessert was my ricotta cheese-peanutbutter thing again.
Drank lots of water.

I took my CPAP down to have the pressure adjusted and they ended up also putting me on a different head gear. It's called Breeze with nasal pillows. I think I'm going to like it much better. It doesn't have that mask over my nose. It is a narrow strip that is adjustable that fits the curve of your head from back to front and has 2 little soft rubber attachments that go into your nostrils to keep the airway open.
The one I have been using can be seen at http://www.cpap.com/productpage.php?PNum=757
and the one I am going to be using now is at http://www.cpap.com/productpage.php?PNum=105
I just hope it helps me to sleep. I've been waking up waayy to much lately. Feel tired all the time. But, I think it's from the mask, not from the low carb, because I was tired before I started the low carb.

Went swimming again today. got more exercise than yesterday, actually, because I was there by myself longer today. Then one of the ladies I met yesterday came in and we yakked up a storm again, but we kept pretty busy too.
Now I can't go back until Sunday afternoon. Something nice to look forward to though.
I HAVE to go to work tomorrow. Much as I dislike it. :rolleyes:

Sheila, when you told of baby sitting 5 boys, it reminded me of what my 6 boys did to a babysitter one time. Her parents were divorced, and her father lives across the street from me, but I'm also very good friends with her mother. Anyway, my boys were playing cowboys and indians, and convinced her to let them pretend to tie her up to the chair. Well, they didn't pretend at all. They wanted to go outside and play, and she didn't want them to, so they tied her up for real, and took off outside to play. Little devils! :lol:

When you spoke of cupping, did you mean a maneuver of cupping the hands and using them to lightly pound the muscles?
We also do that with patients who have respiratory illnesses like emphyzema, or cystic fibrosis,... It's called cupping and clapping when we do it in that setting. We would change their position to better facilitate the mucous draining out. Head down and tipped first to one side then the other then onto their tummy.
The maneuver is also good for circulation.

I certainly am praying for your cousins. Have they tried another Dr? I just get so irate when I hear of things like this, It should not matter what kind of insurance a person has or doesn't have. A human being is a human being, and everyone should be given every medical option there is. This really pisses me off because we're sending our hard earned tax money over to Iraq and we've got people being refused a simple medical procedure here at home. I better shut up right now, because I'll get on a rant and won't shut up for hours.

Hi Jacquie! Glad to see your post!

I guess what I've been doing is pretty much the SBD, only I didn't know that when I started. I just was going to stop eating white foods. I have done that for over 2 weeks now, and it's working really good. I bought the book last week, and it is what I'm doing, so I'm going to hang in there as long as it keeps working.
Actually, it didn't take any will power. I honestly haven't craved carbs. Although I had an awful headache for 4 or 5 days, and I think that was from the carb withdrawal. If you do it, I hope you have the same luck I've had as far as not craving carbs.
I also didn't worry about amounts. I just have been eating slowly until I'm satisfied.
I have always had such a large capacity though that I know at some point I'll need to do something about the size of my servings.

We had snow for a day or so, but it's all gone now. It's pretty cold out there though. Around 30 or less at night and maybe up to 40 during the day.

Best wishes and my prayers for your hubbys visit to the surgeon. Hope all goes well.

Hi Sunny, and thanks for the ricotta ideas. They sound nummy.
Yes, my hands looked like prunes when I got out of the water. But it's worth it. I slathered on the lotion after I showered and it just seemed to be absorbed into my skin immediately. I'll have to remember to put lotion on several times a day now, especially with winter here and the dry heated air.

That soup really does taste good. It feels so good on my tummy that I've been having it for breakfast.

That really does sound like fun to have a friend to go shopping with.
I won't have to get anything this week except maybe some frozen veggies.
Sunny, YOU'RE a pretty special lady too, and I'm glad you decided to start posting here.

Puss, you little devil you! Here you are an experienced swimmer and showing those kids up without telling them. God! I'm just LAUGHING here!
I'm not a good swimmer at all, but, all I care about is getting some exercise, so the little bit I do suffices nicely. Side stroke, back stroke, dog paddle, ... None of them strong, but I keep at it continuously. Today I hit the water and kept moving in one way or another for an hour and a half before I took a break and yakked with another lady when she came in. Now, I wasn't swimming all that time, but was doing some kind of exercise or movement all the while. I feel good tonight too.

Poor Alfie! He's in my thoughts.

OMG! I can just picture it, .... A lady on a mans shoulders waving her feet in the air, .. at the airport!

And you waited till the end of your post to tell us about your loss too!! CONGRATULATIONS!! Well done!

Well, ladies, I need to get out of here and get to bed. Hopefully tonight I'll sleep well.

Hello to Charlotte, Bluet and anyone else out there! Have a wonderful evening!

11-06-2003, 11:54 PM
Hi all!

All the swimming discussion has me heading back to the pool tomorrow morning. I have been lax lately but have been water walking at 7 am 3 days a week for the past 2 years. I can really see the difference in my legs when I do it consistantly.

Today I even got some Christmas shopping done, it seems with all the snow we have had everyone is getting into the spirit early me included.
I met my DIL and grandaughter ( 8 months today ) for lunch and a very nice visit. She is such a joy and is doing new things everytime I see her. Her big sister who is 8 years old just adores her.

The diet hasn't been going very good lately. Still so much going on and I am such an emotional eater. I haven't been really bad just not good enough to loose.
Mother is still so dependant on me even being in an assisted living complex......I really understand the stress there is on caregivers!

I have to go to Calgary which a couple of hours drive from where we live for several weeks to look after the grandsons while my DIL works and DS goes to Houston on business. I will take all my relaxing tapes, CDs and a couple of good books to read and have some quality R & R time while the boys are in school. We are truly the sandwich generation. I don't mind though I don't get to see the boys often enough and before I know it they will be all grown up.
Just have to find out how to log onto their computer when I get there and I will be all set!

Sorry for the rambling I guess it was my time to unload.

Till tomorrow...


11-07-2003, 10:16 PM
Well, I made it to work today. It was a long day too.

Foods were good. Had ham and eggs for breakfast with my cup of green tea.
Had egg salad and half a sweet potato and some raw cauliflower for lunch. Supper was a loin pork chop and some chopped turnip greens and half a squash that I saute'ed in olive oil and sprinkled some oriental 5 spices on. And, of course my tea.

I rode my exercise bike for a half hour this morning.

Went shopping after work and bought a new carpet steam shampooer and a new vacuum cleaner. I want to get this carpet cleaned before the holidays. Even if it's only the main traffic areas.

Guess what? ... I'm not baking my own pies for Thanksgiving. I ordered them today from our local privately owned bakery. They have the BEST baked goods! Am I getting lazy, or what?

I made out my grocery list for the holiday weekend too. One of the stores had butter for 99 cents a pound for solids, so I bought a bunch and put it in my freezer.

I think I'll clean my carpet and wash laundry tomorrow and then spend Sunday afternoon in the pool. Sounds sooo good.

Jacquie, it sounds like you've got a nice several weeks coming up. I bet those kids are gonna love it!

Do you go to the Y to use the pool, or do you have a different place? They say that walking in water is wonderful exercise all the way around. I go to the deep end and "run" back and forth across the pool for a while. Of course, I'm more or less treading water, but it sure gets your heart moving.

I am not going to do any Christmas shopping. I'm going to give each family a check and let them use it how ever they want to. There are just too many to come up with ideas for. Like 25 people. And I don't like shopping anyway.

I understand how stressful and aggravating it is to contend with an elderly parents care. You know that you're doing a good job, Jacquie, so that's all you can do. Give yourself permission to live your life too, because you can ruin your own health if you let the stress take over.
Maybe getting away for these next few weeks will do you good and you'll get some rest in.

I gotta go now. Hello to everyone. Hope you're having a good evening.
Have a great weekend!

11-08-2003, 06:44 AM
Hi everybody....I'm soooo glad it's the weekend! It's turned cold, though....makes my arthritis worse! I seem to be losing strength, too, a week too early. Don't get treatment until the 17th. Could just be a spell of overworked....which I am these days. I've got to stay home more, & rest. My old body is telling me so.:dizzy:

Fatpuss... Congrats on the weightloss! I've heard swimming is really good for losing weight. So, you can probably get away with eating a little more!;) I DID enjoy the manicure! I'm having to get used to my nails being longer, though. Always kept them short. I don't know if I can ever give up for a pedicure. My feet are ugly, & I am paranoid about someone having to take care of my toenails! Wish I had pretty feet....like you. It must be nice to feel good about your feet. Always want to hide mine. Guess I'll have to give in, when I can't hold on to the clippers, though. Right now, they're large enough, I can still grasp fairly well. I HATE RA!!

Willow...your sons sounded like my twin daughters when they were little! We had our hands full. Once I heard something on the roof....it was my 3 yr old daughters! They had climbed the antenna pole, & was running up & down & sliding part ways down the roof of the house! I begged them to come down....I couldn't climb the pole....they just laughed at me.:lol: I had to get a neighbor to help me. Another time....before cars had all the safety features...Trina got behind the wheel...shifted it out of gear....tried to run over Gina....while she laughed & played "dodge" with the car! I looked out the window, just in time to see the car barely miss her, & land in the ditch! Ater almost having a heart attack, I got my neighbor to help get the car out of the ditch. I know he was happy when we moved!:lol:
I could write a book on them.:) It wasn't that we didn't try...I guess they got the switch more than any kids I know....grew up to be such sweet young ladies. We're just happy they survived growing up!:D

Jacqie....I've bought 1 item for Christmas, so far. It's hard to get started. Can't wait much longer, though.
I understand about your mother. My mother has Alziemer's...& step-dad won't give up to put her in a nursing home. His health is bad...& she doesn't even know what's going on, anymore. I think he's afraid of being lonely. The nursing home is only a block away, though. He could be with her every day. I don't like the idea, either....sometimes, it's the best. She can't handle "personal" care anymore, & my sister & I can't be there all the time. It's sad.

Sheila....I'm so sorry about your cousin. I will certainly be praying for both of them. I'm very fortunate, so far, with my drs. I've been on disability since I was 36....& have never had a problem getting the care I need. I've always selected the drs I want to use, also. I've had several surgeries, so I know the bill has never been an issue. I suppose every state, & every dr is different on these things. You know, though, it may be they know it wouldn't help, & just don't want to put her through more. My dad was only 52 when he passed away with cancer. I think the more they operated & treated him, the worse he got. We all felt that he would have suffered less, & lived longer....if there had not been any surgeries. I just hope & pray all will be done for the best for your cousin....& will not be in pain.

SunnyD...your neice is gorgeous! I love to kiss the back of their necks at that age! Give her a kiss for me.:)

Hope all have a good weekend. http://www.gifs.net/animate/anilion1.gif

11-08-2003, 10:01 AM

11-08-2003, 02:48 PM
Just so nobody gets lost this time - HERE IS A LINK (BELOW) TO THE NEXT THREAD :) "Over 50 & Getting Healthy #6"