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10-10-2004, 11:23 PM
Siwa: I searched a bit and found the secret. At the top of the Support Group page, there is a box which says forum tools. I clicked on that, and down came a menu and one of the choices is to start a new thread.

Yes, they found a malignancy, but the Dr. assures me that it is early and there should be no reason not to expect a complete cure. But surgery is what he reccommends, so I see the Surgeon on Thursday the 14th. And then I'll know more about what is going to happen and when.

It sure was like a kick in the belly, when he first told me, as I had never even thought about such a development. I was always concerned with breast cancer, since my mother had a masectomy.

But I know God is good, and I put my trust in Him and that things will be all right.

Hope you all had a nice weekend. I'll keep you posted. Ann

10-12-2004, 03:58 PM
Siwa:L Look for where it says Forum Tools, and the menu drops down. Where is everyone? Ann

10-12-2004, 07:41 PM

I do lurk here occasionally just to see how everyone is doing.

Ann, what a terrible thing to have to go through. Thank goodness they found it in time. Good luck with your Dr. appt on Thurs. I'll be thinking about you and will keep you in my prayers.

Hi Barb, Siwa, Candace :wave:


10-12-2004, 10:32 PM
Oh Alice - So glad to hear from you. How did you fare with the hurricane problems we in the "Plywood State" experienced. Are you all settled and happy with your new home. Please don't just lurk, let us know how you are doing. Thank you for your prayers. Ann

10-13-2004, 02:08 PM

We made it to FL ok, but it was a bumpy road getting here. Our first night in the house was when hurricane Jeanne hit. We fared very well with Jeanne only getting high winds and a lot of rain. We never lost any of our services. Thankfully we didn't own the house when Charley hit and the only damage was a couple of shingles that blew off. The people who we bought the house from were in the process of building a new one and thankfully that only had minimal damage. We have since been down to Port Charlotte & Punta Gorda to see the devastation. They have been cleaned up a bit, but it still looks like a war zone.

Because of hurricane Jeanne we had to wait 2 weeks for our furniture to arrive. The movers left NH 1 or 2 days after we did, they were in NC when Jeanne was approaching. So, the dispatcher called the truck back to NH. The driver had driven as many hrs. as he's allowed so the truck just sat in NH. After the 1st week DH called the movers and when he found out the truck was still sitting in NH he practically bit the guy's head off. We did get our furniture and stuff last Fri. We had been sleeping on a blow up mattress sitting in some lawn chairs, and using cardboard boxes to eat off of.

We passed papers on the house Aug. 27th and told the couple we bought the house from that since their new house was nowhere near ready to move into they could stay in the house until we moved in towards the middle of Sept. About 2 nights after we passed papers, the hose to the washing machine burst flooding the entire house with 1 1/2" of water. Thankfully they were still living here. They had just gotten home when they discovered water running out of the garage. They immediately called someone and they came up to dry the place out. They had caught it in time before the mold would set in. The kitchen floor was gone, that was ok because we were going to put ceramic tile in right away. We were going to live with the carpet for a while, but that had to be replaced too. Thankfully we did have insurance.

We arrived at the house late afternoon on a Thurs. intending to move right in. The guys had been in that day to lay the ceramic tile with no grout. There was yellow caution tape all over the place where the tile was. We had no bathroom facilities. So, we had to call around to find a motel that would take the dog. We did find one in the next town, Englewood. But, they were not taking reservations because of the displaced people from hurricane Charley and the work crews who were helping with the cleanup. It was on a first come first serve basis. DH explained our situation and the desk clerk said that there were 2 rooms available and if we got there before they were taken, we could have 1 of them. So, we rushed out, found the motel, and snagged a room where we spent a couple of days. It wasn't the cleanest room in captivity, but at that point beggers couldn't be choosers.

Anyway, we're here and unpacking. It was an experience, and one I do not wish to repeat. ;)

Ann, how did you fare with all the hurricanes? I believe your area got hit by them all. DH & I were glued to the WC when the hurricanes were heading towards FL. We were in the midst of packing when Charley hit and we stopped until we heard from someone. Good luck tomorrow with your appt.


10-13-2004, 09:52 PM
Alice: In comparison to many others in our park we fared very well. We will have to have a new roof, from Charley, but frances and Jeanne also took a few more shingles. We lost one piece of facia on the front scree porch, and had a small hole in one screen section, as well as one other one which blew in. But that is minor. Many houses in our park were totaled. The residents in a park near us still can't get into their homes because of flooding. It damaged their sewer system and the Bd. of Health won' allow them to move in for at least 4 to 5- weeks later. they have all had to find alternate living.

And you are right - all three went right over our part of Polk Co. It was a unique experience, I hope we don't have to live thru again. We stayed in our house during Charley, but when the next one came - I said never again, and we found a shelter at our church where we could take our dog with us.

It is nice to hear from you and you have certainly had your troubles too. Hope when you get all unpacked that you will be back with us. This board has been very quiet.
Talk to you another day. Ann

10-14-2004, 12:12 AM
RE:quiet board---I was out of town at our cabin but where is Candice?? She's always here but no word lately.

It was an absolutely perfect 3 days at the cabin for leaf viewing. 69 degrees, sunny skies and gorgeous leaves this year. My parents and a friend were with us and we had a great time.

ALICE--What a time you've had with the weather and all you wanted was to escape cold winters. Hope that things are going better and that you are all settled in by now.

ANN--I'll be thinking of you with your appointment tomorrow. Keep us posted. Thanks for clueing me about how to begin new threads.

10-15-2004, 07:34 AM
I'm around, I couldn't get this site to work for awhile. Sounds like you all survived the florida weather! (Alice and Lizzie)

I think I got my yeast thing under control...what a time I had, couldn't even sit for very long or even walk! No oven, it's on the blink, we think it just needs a new element in the broiler. I would like a new over but DH says no for now:( So no baking yet! Did do a WW pumpkin pie a few weeks ago.

Lizzie, I will keep you in my prayers....that has to be scarey for you.

Siwa....rainy here and cold. Got the graden all pulled up but still have some outside pants to cut back and bring in.

10-15-2004, 10:52 AM
CANDICE--We still have not had a freeze. They keep threatening us but it never materializes. I've quit watering the garden cuz I know the end is near. Just picked 5 gorgeous dahlias last nite and there are many more buds that won't become flowers. I can't even dig those up til they freeze. Have 100's of tulips to plant yet. Just can't get myself out there in the dirt. Raining today so I guess I'll just have to put it off for another day.

DH and DS are going to the cabin this weekend to put the boat and dock away for the winter. I have no special plans

10-15-2004, 04:08 PM
Just a quick Hi. Just got the call and the surgery will be on the 26th. Another whole week to wait. But that is the way it goes sometimes. At least that will give me time to make all the calls I need to do, etc.

We are supposed to have some much cooler temperatures here over the weekend. Maybe in the high 50's. Brrr!:D:

Candice: My oven went on the fritz late this summer, and I have wanted a new stove with the glass top, and our stove was about 20yrs. old. So I have my new stove. The oven works like a charm. I love it and the top is so easy to keep clean. Hope you can talk your DH into a new one, since sometimes the repair of the old is more costly that one things. And you still have an old stove. I bet he misses the baking.

Talk to you all later. Ann

10-19-2004, 02:01 PM
Okay !!!!! Where is everyone? I'm on the count-down now. See you later. Ann

10-19-2004, 09:48 PM
Worked in the garden 4 back breaking hours today planting tulips. First I had to prepare the ground by digging up all the thistles and other weeds that had invaded the space since summer. Then I planted only 120 bulbs this year. Also dug up the dahlias. Nice day for working outside tho--overcast and 50 degrees. I didn't get hot or cold and no sun in my eyes. Supposed to be 60 tomorrow and then 4 days of rain. Lots more garden to cut down so hoping for nicer weather next week. I still have a few things blooming--mums and monk's hoods and even some impatiens next to the house that were able to survive the freeze. Just about time to bring the fish in.

ANN--I'm counting with you and will be thinking good thoughts for you on your day.

10-20-2004, 09:08 AM
Cleaning day was Monday and I'm pooped and sore of course. Got my pots cut back but they are still in the garage.

DH does not want to purchase a new stove right now so we ordered a new element.. hoping that is what it is..I sure miss my baking! The stove is 28 years old and it is smooth top but badly stanied form years of use (the smooth top is white). I really want a new one but will have to wait I guess.

Did you all get a flu shot? We got them early before all the fuss about the shortage.

DS is doing well in med school and has to decide where he want to do rotations next year, he is thinking Michigan or Ohio. He will be here on November 11th for supper and to sstay all night on his way to a wedding (his old roomate is getting married).

Our other son needs another sinus surgery (his 3rd)..he trying to lose some weight before he has it. He has really bad allergies and asthma along with sleep apnea.

10-22-2004, 08:36 AM
Well, thanks to the Dr. having to go out of town, my surgery date has changed to Nov. 2nd. Good think I elected to vote absentee this year. Hope everyone has a good weekend. Ann

10-22-2004, 09:17 AM
Bad day today..not sleeping well.......need to fine some kind of med I can tolorate to help with the pain when it gets bad.

Sorry Lizzie about your change in schedule:(

10-22-2004, 10:07 AM
Ann, sorry about the change in schedule. I'm sure you just want to get the surgery over with. I'm still thinking of you.


10-22-2004, 10:35 AM
Sure could tell it had been a few weeks since I'd been in the garden. The sore muscles lasted for a couple days. I always think that because I go to Curves I'm working most muscles and gardening shouldn't be such a pain--literally, but it doesn't work that way. Those people who think gardening isn't exercise must only have flowers in a couple pots! All better now tho. Taking our oldest cat to the vet today. Wondering if the changes in him are just old age or if there is some problem. Had a crown prep yesterday and it went so quickly that it was a breeze. Unfortunately it's probably because I'm getting used to the procedure cuz I've had it so many times. I just hate the fact that I'm having so many crowns but.........the dentist said it's happening to all the baby boomers due to the silver fillings expanding and contracting so that they crack the teeth. Oh well, such is life!

Had a good time last nite at Red Hat 500 club and I'm not even a card player. I'm just learning and so I just plunge right in w/my bids thinking I'll never make them and then I often take more tricks than I bid. I am somewhat of a timid bidder. I haven't learned when I have enuf to do well.

ANN--I've changed the date of your surgery in my mind and so November it is.

10-22-2004, 08:50 PM
Ann, sorry to hear you need surgery but you certainly will be in my thought and prayers that the outcome will be good.
Alice,Sounds like you have had quite a welcome to Fla. We were told we lost some screens on the lanai but we will deal with it when we get back. We leave Dec 2 and we can't wait. The leaves have turned and they are falling fast. It's getting cold here and I can't wait to come back to Venice. Perhaps we can meet for lunch.
Haven't posted here in a while cause I couldn't find you guys.
I'm not concerned about the flu shot as I have never taken one. Figure if I stay out of crowds and do alot of handwashing I should be OK.
Hope everyone is doing well. Bernice

10-23-2004, 08:04 AM
Bernice, we got a nice big welcome from Jeanne :lol: Thankfully we had no damage whatsoever. I think we were just south of it. Getting together for lunch sounds like a great idea. This weekend they're having some sort of festival in Centennial Park in Venice. They're closing off parts of Venice Ave. & Nokomis Ave. We had planned on going, but when we heard how many people were expected, we decided to stay put, as we don't like crowds all that much. The weather here has been hot. Last Sunday was delightful, we were able to shut the air off and open up the whole house. One day DH & I were somewhere, either Walmart or some other store, and I saw a lady walking with about 4 or 5 little white dogs all on leashes and I thought of you.

Ann, hope you're doing ok. Has it cooled off where you are?

Hi Siwa, Candace :wave:

Have a good Saturday.

10-23-2004, 12:40 PM
ALICE--I used to live on Nokomis Ave here in MN! We also have a Hiawatha Av, Lake Hiawatha, statue of Hiawatha, etc. All those indian names are all over here.

10-23-2004, 10:01 PM
Hi everyone:
Bernice: How nice to hear from you. I think you must have a new email address since I haven't had any luck with kashapuppy. Glad to hear you didn't get much damage from any of the hurricanes. We are waiting for new shingles, but we are not leaking so of course we are not on the priority list. I had been wondering where you finally built your house. Do you like the Venice area? My SIL and BIL go to Bonita Springs every winter. They like it, but we don't like the traffic. Central Fl just doesn't get the
enormous amout of traffic yet, but I am fearful it is coming because there is so much building going on all around here.

Siwa: I'll now be finding my 'other' muscles, (as I do Curves too) as I spent most of today transplanting amaryillis bulbs, and doing some chrysanthemums out front. I wanted to get all that done, so they could get a good start, before I go to the hospital. Right now everything looks very pretty. I hope they all survive.

Alice: I'm with you and crowds, and right now I sure am staying away from them. Don't want any bugs. I did get a flu shot this past week. It was available, and so I took advantage of it. The Dr. said it didn't matter before or after, so I picked before.

It is some cooler, but not a lot. We had one really cool Sunday, and it was nice to have the air off. We had a good breeze today, so I didn't mind working outside. Ordinarlily, I wouldn't work outside during the afternoon. I would do it early in the a.m. or wait until after 4:00p.m. I got a bit of sunburn on my face. That is unusual for me since I most often wear a hat, but didn't do it today.

Where are you this weekend, Candice? Making cookies?

Have a good one, everyone. Ann

10-24-2004, 01:12 AM
It's getting cold here up North and we can't wait to head South. We have all those indian names here too and a town called Lake Hiawatha. We didn't think Venice or the surrounding area was that crowded, remember we come from NJ which is super congested. Never had trouble getting into restaurants and any place where there was something going on was not at all bad with all the people. Plenty of building going on in Sarasota County too. Wasn't me with all those doggies but we are acoming. The only thing I don't like is they have to be taken out on a leash where here I open my door, they do their business and come right in. But the pluses outweigh the minuses so I just make the best of it. Ann, add tellurian . net to the first part and you have my e-mail addy. Alice, we definetely will meet as we live so close. Catch ya all later. Bernice

10-24-2004, 07:25 AM
No baking here....still no oven and I really msis it! Spent 3 hours getting the garage ready for winter but still not done, we have DH's side to do all my pots emptied out and stored finnally. Over 50 pots..........I think I need to cut back! I know I use alot of muslces when I garden too. I thought you all would be so fit going to curves..wonder why that does not get all the muscles?

10-24-2004, 08:30 AM
Good morning,

Siwa, the town just north of Venice is called Nokomis, and the welcome sign has an American Indian on it, who I believe is Hiawatha, but it looks more like a woman to me. In NH we had a lot of Indian names too. Lake Winnepesaukee and most of the lakes around were Indian names. There were also a few streets. Down here some of the streets have a Spanish origin.

Ann, right now the traffic isn't too..too bad. We've been told that in the winter months it takes you twice as long to get somewhere. There seems to be quite a few accidents. I'm going to have to be on my toes a lot down here, where I'm not used it coming from the sticks. Where I live now there are quite a few empty lots with a lot of vegetation on them. Our street is a relatively quite one, for which I'm thankful. There is a lot of building going on around us though. I think North Port is just seeing its boom.

Bernice, you're on for lunch some day. To me, Venice has a lot of traffic. :eek: Especially Rte 41 & the by-pass. Rte 41 is awful during the winter. But, in the off season you can fire a canon down it and not hit anything. :lol: You would be amazed at the difference.

Candice, good luck with getting your garage ready for winter. I know that iss quite a chore.

Have a great day.

10-25-2004, 03:36 AM
Hi Alice, We spent our first winter in Venice and even tho all us snobirds were here and there was traffic I still didn't think it was as bad as the way people drive there. Took some getting used to, to have people cross over 4-6 lanes of traffic when you are going 50 miles an hr on 41. Kamikazi driving. Here in NJ we have jughandles which I know is an anethema to those not used to it but we don't take our lives in our hands trying to go across the highway. Found out what defensive driving means.
North Port will experience a huge building boom proposed for the next 10 years. Can you imagine what 41 will be like then? Actually the only roads are 41 and 75 and when a truck took out the bridge on 75 you can't believe what was doing on Jacaranda and 41. It went on for days till they could rebuild the bridge. Erik Estrada is the spokesman for a development company pushing lots in Northport. It runs on TV here all the time. 24,ooo dollars for a 1/4 acre lot I think.
Have you been to Siesta Key? Fabulous beach. We land up there several times a week for an hr or two. I just love the blue green water of the Gulf. Time to go to bed, can't sleep so I put a load of laundry in and it's 2:36 AM so I'll say good-nite. Bernice

10-25-2004, 10:23 AM
Even tho' I like the beach, you have just described why we aare happy here in Central Fl. Being a sort of 'country girl' that traffic just boggles my mind. We took 45 min. to go 6 miles last winter with SIL in Bonita Beach. That is just not for me.

Today DH goes for another epidural. I sure hope this relieves the pain he has. A busy week, but I'll be back now and again. Ann

10-28-2004, 02:26 AM
Sounds like florida is getting to crowed!

No sleep today and yesterday we got the oven fixed so I got it all ceaned up, went for a hair cut ( too short again) and then off shopping and it was rainy and windy the whole time. Now I am very tired......baked some ham and potatoes in my fresh cleaned oven! So hope I can sleep today.

10-31-2004, 07:52 AM
:D ;) :lol:

11-01-2004, 08:41 AM
Good morning,

It's awfully muggy here this morning. I was wilted by the time we got back from our walk.

My IL's were here for a couple days before heading to Ft Myers. They loved the house and my MIL was all set to move in. :fr: :lol:

Ann, good luck to you tomorrow. I will be thinking of you. :lucky: :goodluck:

Bernice, we've had some lovely weather here. On Sat. we had the house wide open and it was great. We have been running the air these past couple of days though. Sat. we went for a ride to discover Englewood. It's nice over there. When my IL's were here we went to Venice for dinner one night. Being New Englanders, we went to Bit of Boston. It's one of our favorite places to eat. It won't be long before you'll be heading this way. There really aren't too many people around yet. It should be interesting to see how crowded it is this year with so many places destroyed by Charley, the rentals are few and far between.

Hi Siwa, Candice :wave:

Have a good day.

11-01-2004, 09:45 AM
good Morning everyone: I'm sticking close to the bathroom as I am working on the colonoscopy procedure. Have to go in this a.m. The Dr. will mark the spot for tomorrow. So you probably won't hear from me for about a week.

Candice: You were talking about not sleeping. does the full moon affect your sleep? It does mine. I can almost always count on one or two bad nights when there is a full moon. And this time with the eclipse it was 3 nights, up in the living room reading etc.

Alice: We are having nice weather. It is so nice. My DD ishere to be with us when I have the surgery. It is nice to have her here.

Hi Siwa - Bernice- Hope you all are having good days. Say a prayer or two on Tues. Ann

11-01-2004, 03:25 PM
Ann, Good thoughts and prayers are being sent from up here to you. Wishing you an uneventful recovery.
Alice, Today is beautiful but the leaves are almost all down so it's getting ugly to look at the naked trees. Can't wait to come back, we are on a countdown. Doing last minute things like trying to eat out the house of stuff in the freezer and pantry as we will be gone 5 months. Getting the dogs tuned up like having their teeth cleaned and shots up to date and groomed. We have some last minute medical appointments to get out of the way. We are starting to plan what to bring back with us. You won't see much of a change in population till about January when most of the snobirds come back. Most of them don't rent but have that second home They seem to leave at the end of April so it really wasn't that bad. Where you are located it is even quieter. Venice is busier and of course Sarasota is where its happening. If you like ribs I recommend The Golddust I think it's called right after the Bridge on Venice Island. That place gets really busy cause they have all you can eat nights. We found lots of good restaurants and can't wait to try lots more. I love when you can open up the whole house and the outside becomes part of the inside. Probably what I like best about Fla living.
Hope all the rest of you have a good week and didn't blow it with Halloween. Only had 15 kids ring the doorbell so it was great. Bernice

11-01-2004, 04:49 PM
Not much going on here. Having a nice long fall but lots of cloudy, misty days lately. People are complaining cuz we haven't seen the sun for a couple weeks. I did about 4 hours of garden clean up today. Have lots more to do but 4 hours is enuf at one time. I have the critical stuff done so if it snows now it will just have to wait til spring.

ANN--Thoughts and prayers going your way until we hear from you after the surgery.

CANDICE--Did you have a 70 degree day last week as we did? Was also very humid too.

It's pretty certain that we won't be going south this winter and I'm not looking forward to winter at all.

11-02-2004, 01:56 AM
Yep Siwa and I worked you critical stuff done but still more to do......Cold and wet here so hurting of course!

Lizzie...thinking of you :goodvibes :grouphug:

11-04-2004, 08:25 AM

11-04-2004, 08:43 AM
Question for u guys.....
Way over that age?????

11-05-2004, 01:57 PM
Hi Coolmom, Yes, that's over the age of 40 as we are a lovely group of woman in our late 50's.early 60's and 70's. All plagued with the same problem of obesity and struggling to control our weight. Please feel free to join us. Has anyone heard how Ann is doing? Bernice

11-07-2004, 08:25 AM
Good morning,

Coolmom, WELCOME!!! Yes, we are all well over 40. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Bernice, in Ann's last post I believe she said that she'd be missing about a week. I hope she's doing well. DH & I went to an art show in Venice yesterday. They blocked off W. Venice Ave. We were looking for something "Floridian" to put over our sliding glass doors in the living room. Everything was beautiful, but so expensive. We did come away with a ceramic wall hanging of a Boston Terrier, which DH hung over the sliders. It looks lost on the wall, but it will do until we find something. It has cooled off, it's been in the high 70's to low 80's, with low 60's early in the morning. I've put on long pants for the first time since we got here.

Siwa, will you and your DH be going to Alabama this winter like you have in the past?

Hi Candice :wave:

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

11-08-2004, 05:56 PM
I'm hurting, to much cleaning I guess, been at it for a few days trying to pace myself but it still hurts! My son will be Thursday so gotta go get the sheets on his bed. My cleaning help called in sick today so I'm doing it alone. IBS was so bad this weekend...might be the whole batch of lemon bars a made and ate:D

My son ordered me a refurbished inkjet cartridge and it is leaking everywhere and it is still sealed ink all over!!!!!!!!! I reordered some new ones from Office one seems to carry them in the stores anymore, a very old printer but it still works good. Stilll checking into cameras....DH just does not want to spend the money on anything good! Do you all know anything about digitals?

11-09-2004, 02:08 AM

11-09-2004, 12:10 PM
Hi Alice and Candice,
As for the digital camera we have a Kodak DC215 which we hate because it's heavy and we never understood how to dock it to the computer so we bought a Casio Exilim EX s3 which I love because it's the size of a credit card and 3.2 megapixels. I carry it in my pocketbook, very light and extremely easy to use. Beautiful pictures,has zoom and makes 30 sec movies.
The docking statin is small and it's easy to download on the computer. I think we paid about 300 dollars for it.
The art fair in Venice is twice a year and the artist had beautiful and yes expensive items for sale but it was art and not craft type items. We bought a watercolor for our bedroom that I just love. You will see there are arts and crafts shows going on all the time and sometimes you see the same thing over and over. We found there was plenty to do and go and see. There is a good show in Sarasota in the middle of winter with music, food and activities. It was fun.
We actually are flying to Fla Sat as My DH's aunt died and will be buried here tomorrow and so we are going down to clean out the apt. Lovely job but someone has to do it. We will come back only to drive down to our house 2 weeks later. It's getting bitter cold here so I really don't mind the idea of one less week here.\
Have loads to do when we get there as we have furniture and window treatments ready to be delivered. Want to look for wallpaper and do the bathrooms and kitchen. Would have loved to have bought a model home and have had nothing to do. Oh well! Have a good day ladies. Bernice

11-09-2004, 03:08 PM
We're having such a lovely fall this year---nice and long. Was able to do a couple more hours of garden clean up yesterday. I may even get it all done. That would make for an easier spring. nearly 60 again today but can the snow be far behind?!

Alice--No, we're not going south this winter. DS was not responsible with the house last year so we'll just have to wait til we no longer have cats or can find a long term house sitter. The wait for the cats could be a long one. The youngest is 13 and going STRONG! I'm hoping for an easy winter but in any case I'm not looking forward to it.

11-10-2004, 06:20 PM
Bernice, I am so sorry for your loss. Many years ago DH & I had to fly to NYC to clean out my aunt's apt. when she passed away and then a few years later we had to fly to FL when my aunt in Venice passed away to clean out her house. So, I don't envy you the task. Have a safe flight.

Siwa, that's a shame you won't be going to AL this winter. You seemed to enjoy it so much. I hope you do have a mild winter.

Have a good evening everyone.

11-13-2004, 09:00 AM
Son was here and the meal went well, bakerd sand apple tart and some cookies:D
He gave us a all and adjust ment with his new techniques he has learned. But now I hurt. Not warm here Siwa and still have to cute a few things back.

My son gave me one of those outside projectors to put Chrismas scenes ont he garage but not sure I will have room, I will ahve to drag an extension cord out and check it out. 9need to be abit warmer for me to messing around out there. We got the garage done and I about froze!

11-14-2004, 12:43 PM
Got DS off and now I'm on my way to bed. :D

11-19-2004, 09:52 AM

11-19-2004, 01:20 PM
Just every day life going on here. We've had warm days and nites. Going to Red Hat gatherings--book club and card club. I'm finally beginning to catch on to 500. Hair cut--too short. don't like it but it will grow out--such is life.

11-19-2004, 04:34 PM
Just a quick hello. I have been home from hospital for about a week now, and am finally able to sit for a time at the computer without just fading away. So I will try and keep in touch a bit now. Haven't taken time to read all the back posts, but alwo will try to caatch up. Have a nice weekend. Ann

11-19-2004, 04:47 PM
P.S. This surgery turned out to be a bit more extensive than originally thought. My possible 5 to 7 days in hospital turned into 10. It was nearly 6 days before i could have anything by mouth except ice chips. And I was being hydrated introvenously all that time. I'll tell you more later. Ann

11-19-2004, 11:15 PM
Ann, So glad you are back. Sounds like it was more than you bargained for but I'm glad its behind you. Bernice

11-20-2004, 07:10 AM
Glad that you're back. What an ordeal you've been through. Hope you'll be feeling more like yourself soon. Alice

11-24-2004, 07:55 PM
Getting better every day. Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Ann

11-24-2004, 08:34 PM

Hello everyone, I've just spent the last hour or so catching up. Sorry I haven't been around, no excuse.

Ann I'm glad your ordeal with the hospital is over and you will soon be feeling much better.

Hi to everyone else. I's still struggling but can't seem to loose a pound with out gaining back 3 or 4. Just not fair.

I'll try to be back again tomorrow.

11-27-2004, 03:44 PM
HOpe you all had a great Thanksgiving. Now DH and I are on our own, as DD left this p.m. to go home and back to work. Will miss all her pampering. See you tomorrow. Ann

11-27-2004, 06:49 PM

I told you I'd be back. I'e had four days off work. As you may remember, this has always been my weekend to put up all my Christmas decorations, and I would go overboard with them. Well I'm not coping very well with this :censored: diseasae. I've cut way back this year, just one tree in the living room and my santa collection in the den, and a couple of small fiber optic trees that all I have to do is take them out of the box. It has taken me all weekend long to do just that little bit, and I've had to stop and rest about every hour.; It is so fustrating no to be able to do what I want to do. I feel so helpless and inadequate in everything I try to do. But I didn't come here to whine,

Hope everyone had a great weekend. My mom finally got a job about 2 months ago, she is working as a cashier at Kohl's department store, she only works aboutr 4 hours 3 or 4 days a week. She had to be a work at 5:15 AM Friday and she said when she got there, she had to fight her way up to the door to get in! That just blows my mind.

11-28-2004, 02:46 AM
ANN--Glad to see you popping in once in a while. Glad to know that everything is working out for you now.

We had our first snow last nite. Only 1 inch and most of it's gone by now. We had such a long warm fall and it was so delightful. I knew winter had to come sooner or later.

I began decorating for Christmas on Friday. Much is up but more to do yet. Nephew's 5th birthday celebration today. Went Christmas dress shopping with 2 nieces on Wednesday. The sales had alreasy begun so got a couple good deals on dresses. 30% off. That puts the dresses in a reasonable price range.

I've begun dieting again and saw a 3.5# loss after the first week. With all the celebrations this week I don't know how I'm doing. I'd be happy with maintaining this week. I won't step on the scale until Thursday. It feels good to be losing again. I always feel to healthy when I eat in this sensible way. It's just not fun to do it EVERY day!

11-28-2004, 07:18 AM
Lizzie... glad you are home and recooping. sound like me now!

Siwa..we had 8 inches but almost gone now but more coming tues maybe.

Don't feel much like Hoidays right now, my mom is in kidney failure due to the stomach flu a few weeks back that dehydrated her. My brother did not take her for medical attention, didn't think she needed it.(she has alzheimers and he is her caregiver) If she lives through Monday they will send her home to die with hospice care. Now I am trying to decide if I can make several trips one to see her and one for the funeral and then Christmas again. (6 hours one way and I am not feeling the best and having vision problems, and then there is the weather.) I'm just really stressed and an emotional basket case. We cannot even reach our one son and the other one says he cannot get out of school to drive me, DH does not want to make more than one trip either. I am forceing myself to eat right now so losing some...that is the only up side to this!

Might not get back here for awhile..just depends.

11-28-2004, 08:42 AM
Ann, it was good hearing from you. How are you feeling? Hope you're taking it easy and getting enough rest.

Candice, I am so sorry about your mother. I will be thinking of you. If your mother doesn't have much time, why don't you just go to see her, stay there until after the funeral, then come home. At Christmas, invite everyone to your house instead of you making another trip.

Barb, I've been seeing on the news about all the rain down your way. Did you get a lot? That's great your mother got a job a Kohls. It will give her something to do. We've started getting our Christmas stuff out too and it takes us just about the whole weekend to get everything up and each year we put up less and less. This year with the new house we will be putting up a little extra.

Siwa, congratulations on your weight loss. Are you doing one of the diets from Curves? I can't get over how much people decorate their houses here in FL. Quite a few people had their decorations out before Thanksgiving. Some decorations are quite tasteful and some that are not.

Have a good day everyone.

11-29-2004, 08:46 PM
Yes, we've had lots and lots of rain. A cold front came in today so maybe now I can get in the holiday spirit. Ole Alvin gave me his cold, and I came home from work about 3:30 and went to bed.

Cj: so sorry about your mom. I agree with Alice, why not go and stay? Especially since you don't think it will be long? How old is your mother? I can't imagine living 6 hours away from my Mom. We don't even live 6 blocks from each other. But you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Siwa: Congrats on the weight loss, I keep struggling, but nothing moves.

11-30-2004, 03:22 AM
Barb and Alice Mom is 82 and been in good health except for her mind so my brother kept her at home, the house we grew up in and that is where we stay when we go there. They would never come here, it is a home thing......

Looks like we won't be making the trip unless we get a call that she is worse, my sister says she is stabilized and moving to a nursing home Wednesday and things would just be too hectic if I am there cause I am the emotional one along with my niece. And when we made the plans we were to have good weather for 3 days but they have changed it to snow and ice. I know I can't help or do anything for her so why do I fell so bad not being you think this feeling will pass if I do not make it be for she does. We will be going there for Christmas as a family this year and my sis says she thinks mom will be around then and if she gets worse they will call me. I can't hardley eat all my pts or sleep much, can't even bake...but I did clean and do laundry today for DH thinking I was leaving this week. Now I have a sick kitty of them is throwing up blood, I think maybe some hard treats might have torn there insides cause that is what came up. They all act ok...but I better call the vet I guess.

Siwa they say during the holidays you should just try to maintain and not lose so you are probably ok.

12-01-2004, 02:36 AM
she is in the nursing home and all is ok right now.

12-01-2004, 09:57 PM
Candice: So glad to hear that things are better with your Mom. I hope you can have some peace of mind now.

I don't think we will be having much in the way of Christmas decorations. No energy from either of us. Just have to wait and see as each day goes by. I am doing better every day. My instructions are to walk, walk, walk, and let my body tell me what I can do in small ventures. No lifiting, reaching, pulling, pushing, so that lets out the cleaning. Have a cleaning lady coming now when she can. She is very thorough.

Barb: Hope you get rid of the cold.

Hi everyone. Ann

12-02-2004, 10:45 PM
Ann your story sound just like my moms. She had the colon cancer last year and they took out the infected section of instestines. She two was in the hospital a lot longer that they said she would be, because she kept throwing up. Anyway that was a year ago last Oct 1st and she is doing fantastic. She has even gotten a part time job. She'w working for Kohl's department stores and loving it.

CJ glad things are going okay for you mom. It's hard as they get older, and especially if you aren't near.

Hope everyone else has a great day.

12-04-2004, 04:06 AM
Lizzie just listen to your body, glad you got a cleaning person and she is good..they are hard to find I think!

Barb...I love all your Christmas graphics! Keep them coming, very cheery! :D

So far so good with mom........

I have not started baking yet, have all my stuff bought and dug out all my storage containers and baking stuff but we need to clean the freezer out, cause that is where I keep everything untill I give it away. It is a big chest freezer and hard for me to do alone and my son can't help like he usually does so I told DH he had too, we will see.

I made a new recipe for chex mix with oil and dry ranch dressing mix and it tastes like the oil.....did I use the wrong kind or something? I used canola cause that is all I have for cooking..don't use it much. Maybe it was too old? I guess I will have to throw the stuff out if it does not taste right tomorrow! made some regular mix too and it is not seasoned enough...I can't seem to cook with not much of an appetite

12-06-2004, 03:45 AM
Got the freezer cleaned and defrosted and I am hurting form head to toe..taht is an awful job!!!!!!!!!

12-08-2004, 08:57 AM
Baked some tonight but hurting pretty bad, not sure I can do much more. Gotta get some rest and maybe take a break from baking and wrapping, my right arm is killing me from the shoulder down and in the ribs.

12-09-2004, 08:32 PM

Candice: Our Baking Queen, this one's for you!
Looks like everyone is busy these days. Candice, I know what you mean about hurting, I wasn't able to do nearly as much as I usually do this year!

12-09-2004, 09:20 PM
Just a quick update. I'm doing fine, stronger every day and that is good, since DH is in the hospital with a blood clot in his right leg. They are also working on finding out why his red blood count is so low. I don't get up there early enough to get to talk to the Dr. but I know they are taking good care of him.

There won't be any holiday baking, or even decorations this year. Just more than we can put together I think. We'll just enjoy everyone elses. Ann

12-11-2004, 06:33 AM
Thanks Barb..she is so cute!

Lizzie sorry about your DH hope they find out what is worn..low blood count does not sound good.

WEll...I have my thrid batch of chex mix in and got several batches of cookies made, some good some not so good..I did real well on the eating the first night and then I kept dropping some and had to eat them cause I will not throw anything out! did get on the tredmill tonight since DH ws gone to a friends house for a Christmas get together, they used to live her but moved to a big new fancy house south of here. He is my husbands cousin and the buick dealer and they are loaded and she knows how to spend! We used to be close but she got fed up with my not feeling well alot and she also got goofy in the head on pain pills for her mastectomy. I got tired of a one sided friendship..just no fun but she used to give nice gifts

12-11-2004, 05:02 PM
A quick report. Brought DH home from the hospital yesterday. He is doing okay. He is going to have B12 shots and some iron infusion introvenously once a week. It is goo to see him with some color in his cheeks again. I improve daily, but sure do get tired quickly. Where is everyone? Candice, it seems like it is just we two. sounds like you are doing well with the cookies. Christmas this year will be different, for sure for us. Neither one of us feels like doing much. We are just doing our thing, and resting as we need. Ann

12-12-2004, 05:35 PM

Ann, you are a perfect example of the old saying, when it rains, it pours" I'm so sorry about your DH. It's no fun being sick during the holidays. I had to cut way back on my decorating this year, and I'm also cutting back on presents. (I've never been one to do much baking and cooking, I just eat what everyone else does!)

CJ, I hear you about your friend who got tired of you feeling bad!!! It's not as if you ENJOY feeling bad It's just that we don't look sick, so people don't understand!

I still think of Mona, and wonder whatever happened to her.

12-13-2004, 06:30 PM
Wishing you all a Happy Holiday and Ann I hope you and hubby are on the mend. Certainly sounds like you had more than your share. Wishing you a better New Year.

alice,trying to get hold of you but don't seem to get thru. We are in Fla now and would love to meet you like I did Ann a few years back.

Would loove to decorate this message as you girls do but don't have a clue as to how. Bernice

12-14-2004, 04:49 AM
Lizzie, glad DH is home! Take it easy, sounds like you are...wish I could...I need to learn to tell myself NO! LOL

I know barb..we look the picture of health and usually are over achievers so they expect more out of us. If we lived closer we could chat over tea and cookies!

12-14-2004, 11:11 PM
Making progress now. Drove for the first time yesterday, taking DH for his iron infusion. Couldn't believe that we used up most of a morning, by the time the paper work is done, and all the red tape before they can actually get started. It is good to drive again.

We managed to put up a couple of decorations outside today. so we are not completely without the Christmas Spirit.

Bernice and Alice - Hope you two can get together. Wish we three could make it but there is quite a distance between us.

Barb and Candice _ you two have a lot in common. Except Barb, I don't hear you talking about cookies. Do you bake too?

Where is Siwa? Did she go on another trip?

'See' you all another day. Ann

12-16-2004, 12:21 PM
I'm still here--just been busy. Tonite is my big party of the year. Hosting 8 former co-workers. We've been together since the 70's. The party theme is angels this time. I've made halos for all to wear and asked that the pot luck item be a food that reminds them in ANY way of angels. My dessert is called "chocolate angel" Angels scattered all over the house. Angel ornament at each place for them to take home.

ANN--Glad to hear that you're getting around better and your DH also.

12-16-2004, 09:41 PM
No, I don't bake much, but I sure like to eat cookies!!!

12-17-2004, 03:37 AM
Now that we do have in common!!!!!!!!!;) :D :lol:

Barb..I know how to get the pic in the signature now but stil have not figured out how to get them at the beginning of your post??? Got any advice for me?????

Been baking again but did the tredmill too!

angle theme siwa..that sounds you had a heavenly time!

Lizzie..hope you did not overdo withthe decor!

12-18-2004, 12:47 PM
No overdoing!! I am learning my limits. This a.m. we put some lights on one of our bushes out front. Then I walked for my exercise. And then it is rest a bit. I would like to get a little oomph so I would feel like baking something, but standing for any lenght of time is not good as yet. DH did find me a stool so i can sit at the counter, but it is just a little high. But beggars can't be choosers.

Siwa: your Angel part sounds great. Bet you had a nice time. Are you still doing Curves? I will be happy to get back there in the new year.

Hi everyone. Have a good weekend. Ann

12-19-2004, 03:05 PM
CJ, it's very easy to put the pic anywhere in the post. Just copy the url of your picture and click on the "Image Icon" the yellow square right under the arrow on the size prompt, the yellow square that looks like it has a mountian and a postage stamp on it.. then past the url in between the thingys. If you try it an it doesn't work, ask again, and I'll try to make it where you can understand. I can do lots of things, but have a time trying to convey my knowledge to others!!! :D

SIWA: I made your Angle Macaroon to take to my uncle's for our family annual Christmas party, and they were a big hit!!!

HI ANN, ALICE, KATEY(where ever you are0 and BERNIECE!!!

12-20-2004, 09:17 AM
Ann, glad that you and your DH are getting better. It would be nice if we loved closer and could get together. Bernice & I have been in touch, and after Christmas we'll be making plans to meet for lunch, which I'm really looking forward to.

Just wanted pop in and wish everyone a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

Alice :merry:

12-20-2004, 11:47 AM
Two big parties down and just one to go but it's after Christmas. Now I can relax a little and enjoy little things. I've been eating too many sweets and I think I've not lost anything this week. Today is weigh in. Didn't go to Curves this am cuz it was sleeting and I didn't feel like driving with all the crazies. Walked on the treadmill instead. The party on the 28th is Curves friends and it will be a low cal pot luck. We'll be doing salads and appetizers that are strictly low cal. Many of them are WW ladies and others are dieting in some form or another. Christmas day is at my brother's house and I'm just bringing the bread and butter. I bought so much butter for baking and then didn't use it. What was I thinking??! Even I don't know why I bought so much and now I'm trying to get rid of it. We don't use butter any longer after DH's heart attack--just use Take Control or similar product.

BARB--Glad you received rave reviews on the angel cookies. They seem to be a hit every where and it's not a recipe that is known. It's always fun to be the first with a recipe that is such a hit.

CANDICE--We've had some very cold temps lately, including some below zero but still no snow at all. Do you have snow?

12-20-2004, 04:19 PM
It's cold here too in sunny Florida. Was 25 in AM and I think it's 58 now. My neighbor's came over bearing wonderful homemade Christmas cookies. What a sweet treat and so nice of them to think of us.
Waiting for my new couch to be delivered and of course they tell you its between 1 and 5 and I'll just bet it will be closer to 5 so we just sit here and waste a day.
Alice and I are going to meet after Christmas and I find that exciting. My daughter has met alot of people she has met on the internet and they have started their own group alled the Divas. They have theme parties every couple of months and they are from very diverse backgrounds making the whole thing so much more interesting.
Think I'll go for a walk and leave hubby to wait for couch.
see ya later, Bernice

12-21-2004, 12:56 PM
Hi All,
I'm still around, but just lurking and not even doing much of that since I've had home computer problems and can only check in at work. I'm very far behind as far as knowing what all of you are doing. If you don't mind me jumping back in again, I'll try to do some posting again. I really need all the support I can get.

Ann: Sounds like there have been some health issues with you. I hope you and DH are both getting better. I had a slew of minor things in the fall, but thankfully now they all seemed to be cleared up. Homemade Christmas cookies..yum! They're definitely my downfall so I haven't done much baking yet.

Barb: Thanks for wondering about me. It prompted me to write!

Bernice and Alice: That's so nice that you're planning to get together. Maybe all of us should make a trip south this winter and plan a big get-together!!

That's about all I have time for now. Hi to everyone!


12-21-2004, 09:36 PM
Lets go to a new thread. Ann

12-22-2004, 04:56 AM
Siwa getting snow tonight and tomorrow and we are going south right into more snow....leaving thursday..I'm afraid this cold is going to do me in..stopping at all the rest stops to stretch and pee! I will freeze and loading the car..oh I have another yeast infection and the diflucan is making me sick and headache so I am not taking the 2ne does until we get back next week...might be sorry......but I get car sick and do not need anything else to amke it worse! If my mom were not so sick we would cancel this year.

Barb..thanks I will try it.....

Lizzie..glad you are not overdoing...I do not know my limits! :D

Alcie..waiting to hear about your lunch with Bernice:D