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05-31-2005, 07:20 PM
G'day all,

I knew it, I knew it...just another confirmation how much we have in common.
I also recently saw 'Meet the Fokkers' and could barely raise a smile. We got it on DVD so I am pleased we did not pay excessively to see this so-called comedy :eek: :rolleyes: :mad:

Karen sounds like you had a great birthday, many happy returns :gift: :cheers:

Glenda that will be quite something looking after Makenzie for 5 days. You might need a bit more than an aquarium dvd ;) :D
I cannot wait for Matilda to get old enough to take for walks down the beach, collect shells, come home and paint the shells etc. etc. I was telling my d-i-l and she said yes and teaching her to catch a ball... I told her the ball catching is their domain, I will teach her the finer things of life ;) :D

Trudy I can so relate about dentists. Whilst here the dentist office rang to remind me that it has been some time since I have been. I MUST go when I get back home. I find it very difficult to make myself go when I think all is well.
The Baby Einstein DVD's sound interesting, I have never heard of them but I will keep an eye out.

It is the first day of winter here, beautiful day...still no rain and an expected temperature of 21 degrees.
There is some panic starting to set in with the water situation. The dam that supplies Sydney's water is now down to 38% capacity, the lowest it has ever been and stricter water restrictions are going to apply as of today.

Have a great day all,

05-31-2005, 11:41 PM
Slavika: Thats is such great news!!!!!!! Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!! So did he have his last treatment?

Ann: Congrats on your loss! Woo Hoo! Sorry to hear of the puter Problems. Happened to me. I have a Friend in Finland. We call each other on Skype (its a free telephone chat) She called me once and it took my Norton out. Fixed it tho. Pain thats for sure.

Trudy: Sorry you are having problems with the root canal. I hope they can fix it for you sounds like alot of pain for you. Looks like they did. Hope its better now.

Karen sounds like you are having alot of fun being crafty now! At least you have time to do what you like now :) And Happy Belated Birthday!

Glenda: Have fun with Mackenzie. Im sure you will spoil her :)

Gloria: The weather has been the same here. Its driving me nuts! Rain all the time. We had no Spring what so ever. Now its summer and we shall see. Was nice for a while. Hope it holds!

Peggy: Just attach the Pictures to an email. Not sure which Email you use. But its Under Insert on IE. On Firefox (Netscape) There should be a Picture of a Paperclip on the tool bar to attach it. Just click and then locate on your puter and attach it.

Still crazy here. Still waiting for my Bushes to be pulled out so I can continue with the backyard. With all the rain it has put them behind. ALAS. Kinda at a stand still right now until its done.
Do have some good news. Hubby got Hired back Full time no stipulations as to a year contract. He got a huge bonus to on top of it, so Hawaii here I come! :)

Later! Will check in when I can!

06-01-2005, 01:32 AM
Lily good to see you.
I am intrigued what you said about Skype, I use it quite regularly and have never had a problem. I do use McAfee, perhaps that is the reason.

Hawaii sounds good!


Karen L
06-01-2005, 07:59 PM
Lily it was great news that Hubby has his JOB back. Will you be able to slow down now? Hope so. Great to see you.

We DH's surgery is set for next Tuesday. We saw his doctor today and he was very optimistic. So now we just have to get through it. It does involve an overnight stay in the Hospital. But that is a good thing. I feel most of the time they send them home to soon.

Been raining the last two days here. And is supposed to rain some more tomorrow. Then it will begin to clear up.

SIL is leaving day after tomorrow. So then we will be just 2 and Sprout. This will be a welcome break.

We not much more going on. so see you later.

06-01-2005, 10:12 PM
Hi everyone;

Lily: Nice to hear from you, and so happy for you both that your DH has his job. It must be a relief. We too are having a lot of rain, so it is hard to do yard work. Tomorrow is weigh in again, and hope I didn't sabotage myself from the Memorial Day celebration.

Karen: I pray that all goes well with the surgery on Tuesday. And I know what you mean about letting people go home too soon. And then they end up having to back again. We have a friend who had similar surgery as I had, on a Thursday, and they sent him home on Monday, and on Tuesday he had to go back into the hospital. The Dr. said " I guess I called that one wrong" DUH!! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY belatedly. It sounds like you had a great celebration. Is SIL going to be leaving for good, or just going on a visit?

Maria: Hard to believe that you are starting winter, as we are going into summer. I imagine you are getting 'antsy' to get back home, and to work in your garden. And get closer to your Mattie:D:

I had read all the posts but couldn't get to post since all the computer troubles and solutions took out my password and connection, so once again I had to contact Suzzane to get re-established. :mad:

Yesterday I spent the better part of 7 hours with computer techs again to get straightened out. And all from India, and mostly hard to understand. And once again had to re-do tne Symantec product. But I guess finally things are okay again. I do think that the 1st tech made things worse, because I called originally because I couldn't get my email, so I wanted help with Outlook express. and had me do a lot of stuff, and then she had to get another tech who was more familiar with Windows ME. The first one's mistakes also knocked out Internet Explorer. :mad: And then the next one put me through more diagnostic stuff than you can imagine.
And then the worst thing, in the 3rd session, which started at about 8:15 in the evening,we were about nearly completed with the download, and the power went off, so lost the whole thing and the connection. He didn't call back, so I had to start all over with another tech. :yikes: :dizzy:

Thanks once again for letting me vent my frustration. :D:

Slavika: Hope you had a great time on your little side trip. I too 'hate to get old'. :D:

Glenda: I bet you are having fun with your granddaughter. And getting tired too. But they grow up so quickly.

Trudy: I sure hope you have found some relief from your tooth pain. And that you can get some sleep.

Peggy: Hi. hope things are okay with you.

Gloria: Your little restaurant sounds like the kind of place we like. We won't be gettin our usual fill of New England sea food this summer.

"See" you all later if the computer stays healthy. Ann

Karen L
06-02-2005, 08:30 AM
Ann aren't you going North this year?? :?: And SIL is going for a visit won't be back until we come back from Minnesota. :D Sorry :censored: about all the computer problems. Hope now that you have been put through the ringer it will work right! I think I may have thrown the whole works out the window by now so to you I give a :high: Good luck on weigh in today :goodluck:

Slavika what are you going to spend the $750.00 prize money on???? :bravo: ( Don't mind me I'm just nosey) :nose:
Also this is my happy dance for you and yor family thanks for giving us the great news :dance: :dance: :dance: :bravo: :jig: :jig: :dancer:


06-02-2005, 02:29 PM
June is busting out all over!!!!! At least today....finally sun and warmth.

We got my container herb garden planted this weekend and as long as we do get some sun they will be growing. I just have containers because I am too lazy to start a big garden and since I am the only one who would work on it...why begin what I don't want to finish.

Going to a neighborhood HS graduation on Sunday and it should be a good time. It will be the first gettogether of some of the neighbors that have been housebound all winter and this wet spring. The mom of the graduate has been working like the devil to get her yard and house ready....as if it wasn't always up to snuff. It should be a quieter neighborhood this fall as her 3 boys will be away at college and the two boys directly across the street will be away as well.

What will be left is a lot of little kids and that makes me wonder what this place will be like when they get to be teenagers.

Slavika: Wonderful news about David. It will seem like a long time but the end will be worth it. $750 is a nice win....enjoy it

Lily: That is great news that DH has his job back. I hope it relieves the pressure of you some.

Ann: That's too bad you won't be up this way this year. But.....it leaves all the more seafood for us...... :D I, too, had 'puter problems earlier this year and it is very difficult to understand what the people from India are saying especially all that tech stuff.

Trudy: Hope that root canal has quieted down and you can get on to the post and crown....and leave the pain behind.

Karen: Good luck with DH's surgery...we will keep him in our prayers.

Hi Peggy, Glenda, Maria.....hope I haven't forgotten anyone.

Gloria......going out to sit in the sun for a while.

06-03-2005, 12:30 AM
Hi Everybody :)

Hi Lily great news about DH getting his job back. My DH will have his last chemo treatment tomorrow. The next time he has chemo will be just after they remove the stem cells from his blood, in preparation of the stem cell transplant and that will be the high dose chemotherapy they will give him that will actually temporarily cripple his body's immune system. He will be very susceptible to infections for a few weeks after that. All patients are instructed to avoid fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and cut flowers since these items often carry bacteria that could cause a serious infection. He will not be allowed to see our grandchildren, as they have to be over the age of 12. I told DH that our son could bring the children over to our place when he is home and he could wave to them through the window. :( :love: That I think is the hardest part for DH, to be in the hospital, in isolation for 2 to 4 weeks or so and then another month at home and not have the children able to visit. My dil and the Princess were over for about an hour this evening and they both just make him feel so good. :love:
Karen I hope all goes well with your husband's surgery...I'll keep you both in my prayers.
Gloria I have been trying to convince DH to buy something for himself with his $750.00. He had been talking about getting a 20" flat screen TV for the bedroom. We have one in there now but it's a small 13" and he only watches it if I am watching something in the TV room that he doesn't like. He said he thought he would buy our grandson a new wetsuit since he has out grown his old one. I'll let you gals know what he decides to buy.........this could take a VERY long time. hee hee :dunno:
Ann way to go on the weight lose...how did you make out after the Memorial Day holiday? Sorry about the computer problems. My brother bought a new Dell computer and had to call the "help line" and he also got a chap from India. Now my brother's hearing is not very good, and the fellow had such a strong accent, I think he told me he was on the phone with him for 2-1/2 hours. :dizzy:
Glenda will you be taking time off work to care for little Mackenzie or will you be on holidays? I'm sure you will have tons of fun with her. :)
Maria those Baby Einstein video's are just wonderful and it's amazing that such young babies watch them and love them and also how much they learn from them. Trudy told me that her "little angel" had the video called "Baby Beethoven" that her Mommy often played for her and one day in the Mall the same Beethoven piece was playing over the speakers and her little head was looking all over for the video as she had recognized the music. :)
Hi Peggy I don't see a post from you on this thread and of course I have forgotten everything :( from the previous threads. What are you up to?
Well gals, I think I will call it a night. I didn't sleep well last night so I am very tired. Night all. :)

06-03-2005, 12:40 PM
Just a quick Hi to all. I want to report for my short week from Sat. to Thurs. I had lost .2 Not much, but the numbers went down and there was Memorial Day.:D: So I was happy. The next test is for the full week coming up now. We have had 4 days of rain. The gray skies get depressing after awhile. But I went out and walked this a.m. carrying my umbrella, and of course it didn't rain then. Then went to Curves and when we came out it was starting to sprinkle. Everything is really green and the lawns need to be mowed almost twice a week.

Have any of you tried the WW frozen fudge bars for one point? They are delicious.

I am happy to report that everything seems to be working okay with the puter, finally. But they told me that in another year Windows ME would be considered obsolete. Whatever that means. Anyway I had to pay $35 for all that frustration. I guess I shouldn't complain tho' since now we are in business again. Do you all have Windows xp and do you like it? I am wondering if I will need to upgrade. All you clever computer people - what do you think?

We have to go to a Memorial service this p.m. at 5:00. That seems like a strange time to me, but I think they had had to wait for one child to get here from Thailand.

Karen: Because of DH iron infusions we will probably not go north this summer. And two of our kids are coming down. So we will wait and see what the Dr. says in his next evaluation.

'See you later' Ann

Karen L
06-03-2005, 08:45 PM
Ann I love the Cookies and Cream one from WW. They are 2 points I think. but are in my book excellent. .02 pounds down is way better than .02 pounds up! Good job! I'm with you Ann the gray is starting to get to me. At least the other 3 days the sun finally came out in the late afternoon. But very damp.

06-03-2005, 08:48 PM
G'day all,

Another 19 days before we leave....... :) ;)

Karen how nice for you to just be 'two' again for a little while. Hope all will go well with your dh's surgery.

Gloria As I am hopefully going to be home for some time, the first thing I will do is plant some herbs. I like to have them in containers, some herbs become absolute pests (rosemary and mint just 2 that spring to mind)
I bought a new cookbook (Australian) with some great recipes but most of them require herbs and of course fresh is always much better.

Slavika It will be very difficult the isolation bit. I was in isolation but 4 days, for some serious radioactive treatment. I found it quite hard but with your dh having to be in isolation for a number of weeks perhaps you will be better prepared. It will still not be easy but the expected outcome will be fantastic. :)
That is a good idea having a larger TV in your bedroom. We have one mounted on an arm in the corner of our bedroom, very comfortable when there is a conflict as to who watches what or if I get sick and tired of SPORT ;) :D

Ann pleased your computer problems are settled. As far as Windows XP, I have been using it for about 3 years and there have been hick ups, so much so that I went back to Windows 2000 for a little while. However the last 18 months I have only used Windows XP and have found it to be fine. It is a little getting used to because it is quite different but once you are used to it, it is fine.
I am always very concerned about virus's etc. attacking my computer and no longer use Internet Explorer but Firefox instead for that reason. I still have all my firewalls, virus detecting software on etc. but now surf the net with Firefox. Again took a little (very little) to get used to and it is also worth keeping in mind that some sites do not display well in Firefox and in those cases you can be forced to use Internet Explorer.
Hope that makes a bit of sense.

It is again a very sunny day here, similar temperatures as Vancouver :rolleyes: I just happen to be watching the world news last night and noted that the day and night temperatures in Vancouver were identical to us....we are in winter and Vancouver in summer :dizzy:

Hope everyone will have a great weekend...wonder how Glenda is going with little Makenzie?


06-03-2005, 08:48 PM
It has been an interesting day!

Saw the eye dr. today for a 3 month check up on the Glaucoma pressure that I have been taking eye drops for and he said it hasn't dropped that much so I will try a different medicine. In passing I mentioned that I had a 'floater' in my eye that I hadn't noticed before and he asked if I had flashes of light in my eye....Yes! He immediately checked the back of my eye and said I had a Retinal Tear. He scheduled me for an appointment with the Retinal Specialist. I looked it up on the internet and it can be corrected with Lazer surgery on an outpatient bases. I will see the specialist in two weeks and will know more then.

DH's knee is in remission...no swelling and no pain. At least he can put off his decision about surgery for the time being.

It was beautiful out today but after the drops I had at the DR. I could not go out in the sun as my eyes were dilated and the sun hurt them even with extra pair of sunglasses. Oh, well, tomorrow is suppose to be a good day and I will enjoy it.

Ann: I have Windows XP and after a bit of learning I don't mind it. Knock on wood....don't want to jinx anything.

Maria, Karen, Glenda, Peggy, Trudy, Slavika....hope you all have a great weekend.


06-04-2005, 01:57 PM
Hi All,

You all have been busy. I have to go back and read and catch up. Today is finally hot and humid. I still have a cover over my ac so I think that might be coming off today.

Lily how wonderful for your dh to have his job back. That has to be a big relief to you all. It is so good to hear from you.

Maria look for those Baby Einstein videos. The babies love them. My dil has a few. I bet you are counting the days to go home. I hope you get to stay awhile this time. I was listening to the radio the other day and Paul Harvey had a commentary about the water shortage in Australia. It doesn't sound good at all.

Karen I take it that sil is gone for a while. Enjoy your alone time. You have earned it. I picked up a Pricilla Hauser painting book today at a yard sale. A nice big hard back one. I love her painting. There are a lot of free painting patterns on the internet. When I have some time I will look them up and send them to you.

Ann I can only imagine how frustrating your computer problems were. My nephew's wife is from India and visiting here. I can hardly understand her when we are face to face.

Slavika it must be fun to decide to what to spend the $750 on. Bet your dh spends it on the grandkids instead of himself.

Gloria hope your eye apt turns out the way you want. Glad that your dh's knee is in remission and I hope it stays that way. How is your little herb pot garden going? I love herbs-they smell so good when you brush by them.

We are going to see the little one later today. I probably won't get much holding time with him since the other grandparents will be there also plus a few others.

Have a good weekend.

06-06-2005, 07:06 PM
G'day all,

No-one has been posting for a while :(
I hope everyone is well.

Gloria I thought with glaucoma the treatment was an operation :?: perhaps I am thinking of a different eye ailment. Good you are keeping a close check on it, eyes are so important. I hate the fact that I can see very little close up without reading glasses. :mad:

Peggy the drought is really becoming very scary. A city 2 hours from Sydney has only enough water till maybe christmas. I noticed on the news that my hometown Adelaide has a temperature of 24 degrees and its WINTER :rolleyes: :eek:, another town near Melbourne is also 'dying' because of the drought.
I now wonder how my garden is surviving as I turned our automatic water sprinkling system off, I expected that we would get some rain.
Australia is the third largest water consuming country (USA and Canada are ahead of us). The other interesting fact mentioned this morning that people living in apartment buildings use more water than a normal house and garden. It maybe that people in apartment buildings are not that conscious of saving water and figure they do their bit anyway because they have no garden.

I have been doing a lot of tidying and packing. Only 2 more weekends :cp: :cb:

Slavika I loved the 'have you ever been this tired' email, great photos.


06-06-2005, 10:59 PM
Hi Everybody :)

Well PEGGY, did you get to hold the little one at all. I just love the smell of babies and their skin is so "new" and soft. :)
Gloria I got a notice that two email things I sent to you .... were not accepted because they said it was being recognized as "spam". :?: Sorry you are having trouble with your eyes, but that should be fixed up soon.

I have my appointment to have my eyes checked on June 13th. I am trying to get all my appointments out of the way because in July, DH and I will be busy with his pre transplant stuff. He has lots of appointments in July for more chemo, neupogen injections and blood work. On July 4th, we will be at the hospital all day for his tests including, chest xray, EKG and I don't know what else. We even go to the hospital on SATURDAY, July 9th and SUNDAY, July 10th.
On July 13th, we have to be at the hospital at 8:15AM and likely will be there for 10 hours. He will have blood work done, another Neupogen injection and this is the day that they have scheduled for the collection of his STEM CELLS.
The Neupogen injections are the ones I told you about that I have been giving him at home. In July, I will give him the first three injections at home and then we have to go to the hospital for the next 5 injections because they also want to test his blood each day. The Neupogen injections is one of the most commonly used man-made growth factors in transplantations that stimulate a type of white blood cell that fights bacterial and fungal infections. It is also used prior to stem cell harvest to move stem cells from the bone marrow to the bloodstream because I think it is easier to get that way then from the bone marrow.
Ann, I didn't do too well with the Golf game you sent us, I got an 94 the first time and 72 the second time. My grandson was over today after school and he played three times. Par is 48 in that game and he had 49 twice and 50 once. Hmmmm :shrug: Ann .2# is still a loss..good for you. Maria, I know you are anxious to get home....too bad about the water shortage that is going on.
Trudy is having a bit of computer trouble and she is hoping that her sil can fix it for her tonight. :)
Tomorrow I am hoping to see Trudy for Tea. One of the gals is having therapy on her back and the other is working so it will just be the two of us. I haven't had tea time for a long time, so I am looking forward to it. Talk to you all soon.

06-07-2005, 12:14 AM
I have my computer home again. As I was reading the posts I missed, I noticed that Maria has Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird...that is what my SIL put on my 'puter today. I hope I like it. The Norton kept on crashing my puter and the blue screen would say it was my anti-virus doing it. Right now I don't have any anti-virus on. He said I don't need it.... true? I am confused.... again. I was reading some of my e-mail and wanted to pass it on to several people, but could only do 1 addy at a time, must be some way of sending more. I will have to research that. So far, I haven't read the e-mail from any of you, will do that tomorrow.

I have not been feeling well at all. That root canal did me in. At first the specialist left the filling too high, and he did shave it down but the horrible pain continued. It took me until last night to recoginze that the procedure flared up my Fibromyalgia and that is why I have been in so much pain for such a long time. Pain killers do nothing for it. Unfortunately I didn't realize that sooner. I was taking Advil and that irratated my esophagous so bady I had to go to the emergency on Saturday. They had to make sure it wsn't my heart giving me all the pain.

The good news is we got to baby sit 2 whole days in a row. On Sunday DD & SIL went golfing in a tournament and today my DD had to go on a course. She is usually home on Mon & Tue and doesn't have the babysitter for those days. We got lucky. We are tired, but had so much fun with that little :angel:.

I read the posts, got you all caught up on my life and now I am going to call it a day. Because of all the pain I haven't been sleeping well and maybe tonight I will be able to get a decent night's rest.

'Night all... (See you tomorrow Slavika)...

06-07-2005, 12:53 PM
Today is the first day I have had a chance to post since getting back from our angel. Makenzie was just a dream for the 5 days. She only had one night of being restless in her sleep and called out Mama a couple of times. She is so darned sweet and talks like a grownup. She says things like, "Grandma, I love you soooooo much!" and "Grandma, I will miss you!" This last after she realized Mom would be home the next day and I would leave. She also dreamed about Pop and the puppy.

But let me tell you, girls, that first night in my own bed was heaven. I had been sleeping with her and DH was by himself. So, of course, I did not sleep "well." So much fun! Do you think little girls already talk about "feelings", like grownup women? Are they just different from little boys? I, at least, have not had such conversations with my grandsons at this young age.

Lily, that is the best news ever about your hubby. It is always best to have a position with a company and never miss a paycheck. The bonus sounds wonderful too.

Trudy, I am so sorry you are having such a time with pain. I did not know the fibromyalgia was such a problem with pain pills. I knew you had GERD too. Getting older is just walking on eggshells all the time.

Slavika, being isolated is going to be tough, but what a great cause! Maybe it won't be as bad for your hubby. Sometimes men can enjoy isolation. My hubby has been known to "isolate" himself in a crowd of people. Can he have technology? phones? computer? This helps somewhat. Those grandchildren are going to have it bad because they are so crazy about Papa.

Maria, the drought sounds awful. Do you have a rainy season? We have water rationing a lot in the summer in Oklahoma. My hometown is always on rationing which makes it very difficult to attract any industry because people want a pretty lawn. It seems the bad weather we all have in different areas of the country that we dread is the source of the water we all need. I heard that without the hurricane season Florida would be in a bad way and without our tornado season we would be in a serious drought. Well, another Glenda ramble. I will stop! Maria, if you find the Baby Einstein tapes your little one will love them. They are very graphic and little eyes are attracted to them. I like them too.

Peggy, when we were at my son's with Makenzie, my DIL's biological mom came by. My DIL just found her a year ago and she is very, very nice. Right now, I am battling a little of the green-eyed monster. Makenzie calls her "MiMi." My gosh, no one can have too much love, right? So, why am I having a problem with this new woman coming in? I am so ashamed of myself. I have to get my mind right on this one. The poor woman missed out on raising her daughter because of family influences. She can at least enjoy her granddaughter.

Well, now that I have rambled on and on and on...

06-07-2005, 04:09 PM

Finally had to turn the ac on. It is like 90 with high humidity.

Glenda what fun you had with your grandbaby. I am glad that you enjoyed it so much. Yea, it is hard to share babies when the other side of the family is around. Our poor little guy was passed around way too much Sunday. I know my dil's family sees him a little more. Girls tend to gravitate more to their parents than boys do-at least from my observations with my friends and their daughters. Teach me to have boys. LOL And there is nothing better than getting home and sleeping in your own bed.

Trudy I didn't realize that your fibro would flare up from your root canal. Sorry to hear that you had to spend some time in the ER. You have been having more than your share of stuff.

Slavika loved the email about being tired. I sort of felt that way last night. We were helping someone move. I thought she had most of it moved but guess what-she is so totally unorganized that there was so much stuff left all over the old house. It was hot-no ac. We took a few loads over to the new house and it was a total disaster. You couldn't walk through-she has soooooooo much stuff. I have no idea where she is going to put all this. I guess I don't understand how people can accumulate so much stuff. We were in the attic putting stuff away. I moved a big candle on a wood thing. She told me that the candle was 37years old. Now why would anyone want it plus it was so hot up there it will probably melt.

I am going to a dinner tonight for a group that I belong to. We see each other only a few times a year. Tomorrow night is our wicked women night. I hope it doesn't rain cause we are going to sit on the patio.

06-07-2005, 07:27 PM
G'day all,

Glenda Great to hear how much you enjoyed looking after little Makenzie.
The climate in my hometown Adelaide is described as 'mediteranean', Sydney is described as 'sub-tropical'. This is a site that gives information of the climate range in Australia, you may find it interesting http://www.australian-education.com/la_body.htm
The state of South Australia, Adelaide being its capital, is known as the driest state and in summer we can go most of summer without rain. Hence our state looks pretty awful in summer with the country side being very dry and brown. Sydney however having the sub tropical climate, the country side always looks very lush but now everything it brown and dry :(
I think the whole world seems to experience unusual weather patterns, all a bit scary.
By the way I always enjoy your so-called 'ramblings' ;) :)

Peggy thank you, thank you! I am with you, I hate having babies handed around like a parcel to everyone, even more so when it is MY grand daughter ;) My d-i-l's family are lovely people, they have a very large close extended family and cannot see anything wrong with a baby being handed around for everyone to enjoy. As lovely as they are, I am always having to hold my tongue, her father is very chauvenistic and her mother just accepts that :( Both are very kind hearted and I guess that is just how they are, I am just a firm believer in EQUALITY between the sexes.
I did say to him once that if I was married to him, it wouldn't last five minutes, he replied 'try one minute Maria' :D :D
There was a large article in the paper about d-i-l's desire to be selected in the Australian netball team for the Commonwealth Games. She trained throughout her pregnancy and started training again 2 weeks after her birth.
There was a photo accompaning the article with the team manager feeding Matilda whilst her Mum was training. Usually our ds looks after her but he has football training sometimes on the same nights.
I have to say all this really bothers me, I have never played sport and perhaps that is why I cannot relate to any of this.
D-i-l's Mum applied for tickets to attend the netball games (assuming d-i-l will be selected) at the Commonwealth Games. She has received a letter to say she missed out. The games are not until next March and all the tickets for the netball games have gone :?: I have told ds that I would be happy to stay in Adelaide and look after Matilda for the 10 days whilst the Games are on. He thanked me and said it would be something they would think about.
Talk about rambling.....I have really gone on but I do feel so strongly about this.
I personally think when you decide to have a child that should be your number one focus and everything else has to fit in around it, not the other way around.

I hope you had fun at your 'wicked' women night!

Trudy I hope you are starting to feel a bit better. It is so true what Glenda said about this getting older thing....at times it is just not fun :dizzy:

14 days to go.......


Karen L
06-08-2005, 08:22 AM
yesterday was a very long day. Dh had to be at the hospital at 7:30 am so we were up at 6:00. He was taken into surgery at about 10:00. At 1:00 The doctor came out and talked to me. They were able to successfly do the ablation on one of the pathways. But when it came to the other it was in the center between the upper and the lower chambers of the heart. Had they tried to do the ablation there was a high risk of disconnecting the upper and lower chambers of the the heart. Not a good thing. So the doctors had to stop the ablation. He told me that we would have try the medication to keep the arrhythmia in check. So we will be trying different medications. The only problem I can see with that is the medication also lowers the bloodpressure. His is already lower than most teenagers. So it is a wait and see situation. The main thing we need to remember is the arrhythmia is not life treatening it is more of a nuisance. Dh is very dissapointed. And depressed that he has gone through this and then not to beable to have it work. So I have my work cut out for me. Must try and cheer him up. He should be getting out of the hospital today. Have to go call and see what is what.

06-08-2005, 09:58 AM
Karen how disappointing for both of you to have to go throught all of that and not have it work. I hope that the medications work out and not cause any more problems. On a happier side I ran across this free pattern for a Santa chair. How cute it would be in small size for a kid. Now I am on the lookout for an old chair to do this on. http://editors.myfree.com/editors/html/santaandstarsproject.html

Maria go ahead and ramble any time you want. Kids do things so differently nowadays that it is hard to bite your tongue sometimes. Your dil has to be in great shape to be back in training already. Isn't there a whale problem somewhere in Australia also? Being beached or something?

Have a great day everyone.

06-08-2005, 06:40 PM
G'day all,

Peggy you are so right, a number of whales beached themselves on the Western Australia coast. Volunteers were able to get them all back in the water except for one.

Karen sorry to hear the procedure for your dh did not quite go the way it was expected. Hope all will be well soon and he will cheer up.

I am FED UP!!
I have decided to take the train to the Bue Mountains today, it is about a 2 1/2 hour train ride. I have my camera all charged up and I am OFF!
Now that I am a 'senior', public transport is very reasonable so I might as well take advantage of it and feel I have done something more than sit behind my computer for 14 hours!


06-08-2005, 08:10 PM
After all my moaning about the rainy and cold weather we had in May we have turned the corner.....90's today. I will not complain as, although the heat makes me tired, I do love Summer better than cold, snowy weather.

Although we don't have central AC we do have a large Air Conditioner in the dining room window and if I close up the other windows down stairs it will cool off the first floor. Have a small one for upstairs and I close off all but our room so it works well.

Peggy: Loved that Santa chair. I wish I were as crafty as you :) Even in a full size chair it would look good by the fireplace with an empty sack as if 'himself' had just left.

Glenda: Glad you had such a good time with your grandbaby. Yes, young people are so much more relaxed about newborns than we were. It might be a good thing if they do not go overboard.

Trudy: Just having a root canal can be tough enough without the extra pain and agravation of fibro. Hope everything is quieting down for you.

Karen: Sorry to here DH was not able to complete the ablation. Hope they will be able to find a med that will help without lowering BP too much.

Maria: The US also has varied climates bu we don't have the sub tropical that you have unless you count Hawaii. Have a great time on your excursion on the train to the Bue Mountains....I'll bet we get to see some great pics when you return.

Since DH is retired Air Force we went to the local base for Commissary & BX shopping yesterday. That is about a hour each way and then the shopping and when we get home it is unpacking and putting away. We go about every 6 weeks and I love to go but it gets to be such a chore....besides every other 'old' retiree had the same idea. ;) There were an awful lot of them yesterday.

Have a great day!

Karen L
06-08-2005, 08:41 PM
Gloria, Didn't realize that you are Ret Military. We are too. My DH was Army. And yor right I love to go to the commissary but the unpacking when we get home is for the birds. At least we only have about 45 minutes one way.

DH is home but feeling not so good yet. He is still very swollen in the neck area. Looks like a bad case of mumps so he is holding ice packs on it even now and again. He is glad to be home and I am glad to have him here. Poor Sprout was a lost sole with out his "daddy" around.

Maria hope you had a good time.

Peggy The chair is great. Thanks for sending me those painting site. Have found a couple of things I want to do.

Well i'm tired again tonight so am going to go make some decaf and relax. If there is nothing on the tub then i will paint.


06-08-2005, 10:59 PM
Hi Everyone:
Karen: So sorry that you had a disappointment with the treatment. I'm sure DH is a bit on the depressed side, but once he is feeling better and less mumpy maybe he'll snap around.

Maria: Hope your blue Mountain trip is a happy time for you and we'll be looking for pictures.

Trudy: so sorry that you have been having such a bad time. I can identify with the chest pain that makes you think you are having a heart attack. Those esophageal spasms can be awful. Hope you are doing better now, and have been able to get some rest.

Glenda: Sounds like you had a great time. I think that girls do chat more at an earlier age than boys. It takes boys a while to catch up, I think.

I too agree that somehow it doesn't seem like such a great idea to be passing a new baby around like a sack of potatoes. But I guess there is that old 'generational gap' that our parents experienced dealing with us. Sometimes it is hard to remember that we are now the 'older generation'.

Slavika: I loved the 'too tired' pics. Made me laugh right out loud. We need some good laughs like that. Hope all is well with you.

Tomorrow is my weigh-in. I'm hoping I have done okay. I'll let you know if it is a thumbs up or down. Hi Peggy, Gloria, Lily. "See" you all tomorrow. Ann

06-09-2005, 10:26 PM
Just a quick Hi and to say I was down .8. All I can say is that at least I'm going down. Have you ever heard that if you exercise before you weigh in, that you will weigh more? A friend told me that today, and I wondered, since I walked my mile and a half this a.m. before going to WW. Hope all is well with everyone. Karen do you have an answer for that one?

I am anxiously waiting for our crepe myrtle tree to bloom. It is covered with buds on the tips of most of the branches. I think it will be beautiful. It is hard to believe that it just looked like a dead stick when we planted it.

We have had buckets of rain today. We have turned off our lawn sprinklers since it has rained so much. You can almost see the grass grow. I sure hope we have some sun tomorrow. 'See' you later. Ann

06-10-2005, 04:02 AM
G'day all,

The end of the day for me, just waiting for dh to come home and have dinner.

Ann well done a further loss! I haven't heard that about excercise and weighing heavier other than of course muscle will weigh heavier then fat.
I love :love: crepe myrtles, I think nature is quite wondrous when you watch all the buds and then all of a sudden the tree is in full bloom.

Karen I bet your dh is pleased to be home, I hope being home will soon have him feeling a lot better.

Gloria why do you go shopping such a long way away :?: Is this where ex-forces people do their shopping because of better prices?

My little sojourn to the Blue Mountains was fine but I did not quite realise how long it took by train etc. All in all I travelled for almost 6 hours :eek:. I did a bit of a walk when I got there and then it was almost time to return again. I took some nice shots. Another day closer to going home......
Talking of home, Adelaide had very heavy rain today :cb: :cp: the first decent rain for some months. Unfortunately it did not fall where the farmers want it :( but my garden would have loved it!
We have a long weekend, not sure what we will do. The forecast is for rain here as well which of course is great but will restrict us somewhat.
I did some more packing today....

All the news is about Russell Crowe, I am not a fan, I just think he is a foul tempered jerk. Maybe this will wake him up.
Of course it is also about the up coming verdict for Michael Jackson. :rolleyes:
I think so many 'stars' are a bit (or a lot!)weird, give me the likes of Paul Newman and Richard Gere.
Sad to hear about the passing of Ann Bancroft.

Have a great weekend all,


06-10-2005, 07:29 PM
Maria: We shop at the Base about every 6 weeks. Although you have to know the prices as some are not as low as local prices, most items especially taxable items are cheaper and there is no tax at a Military Instillation. They have a very good meat department and I usually stock up on these items. During the last few months a number of bases have been up for closing and we were sure that ours would be on that list, however, we were lucky and they did not close this one. It is a very large base and the only one anywhere near us with a Commissary and BX (bx is base exchange, the equivilant of a department store)
You also asked why I was not having surgery on my eyes for Glaucoma....it is Cataracts that require surgery most often.
I am glad that you have had some rain....at least on your home garden.

Ann: I just heard the latest forcast and you people in Florida are due for and are probable getting right now, a rain storm. I hope it does not mean the start of another awful Hurricane season for you.

Peggy, Glenda, Trudy, Slavika, Karen, et al. Hope you all have a great week end. Summer is really here.

06-10-2005, 10:36 PM
I have been mia for several weeks, but have read posts quickly hit and miss. I have been terribly off program - birthday celebrations and other excuses. I'm going to a lunch for General Tsos tomorrow with a friend and will then get back on the daily exercise and diet routine. I guess we all have to take a break occasionally.
Speaking of the weather in Florida, my oldest son left today for a yearly golf trip that he and several old fraternity brothers take. They play as many Robert Trent(?) courses in Florida in a week as they can. I asked him how he planned to play golf if the people in Florida are packing up for hurricanes or tropical storms. He said if it rains their they will head to Alabama or Mississipi. Oh to be young again. (I guess!)
Everyone have a great weekend and send positive thoughts that I will be back on track Mon. I am really ready to diet again. Too much indulgence doesn't make me feel well! :faint:

Karen L
06-10-2005, 11:21 PM
I looks as though the really bad weather will miss us. But like Ann I am tired of rain.

Made a trip to DH's doctor to make sure he is healing like he should. He is still very swollen in his neck and throat area. Not to mention he is Black and blue and green and purple. He look as if some one has really beat him up. Any way doctor said the bruising will take about 3 weeks to go away. The swelling will go down as the bruises move down on to his chest area. Gravity will cause that to happen. He is feeling better and his sense of humor is slowly returning. We made a trip to Wal-Mart for a few things and that seem to help his mood a bit.

So we go into the weekend in the rain. I sure hope there is some breaks so I can take poor little Sprout out for some walks. he really misses it. and so do I. I've been tempted to just go with an umbrella and may do that tomorrow. He likes to walk in the puddles but not get too wet. Doesn't like wet grass at all. He takes after me that way I guess.

Ann you asked how we like just being two and it has been great. We can watch a TV show with out a running commentary through the whole thing. That is wonderful.

Well I'm tired so it's off to bed. Have a great weekend all


06-11-2005, 11:16 AM
Karen: Get yourself one of those big golf umbrellas and then you can walk Sprout and you under it. That is what we did with our Cuddles. It worked fine. She hated the wet grass too.
As long as it isn't thundering, I have walked in the rain, with my umbrella. I just get cabin fever and have to get out. We did walk this a.m. with our umbrellas along just in case, but didn't need them.

BJ: Good for you getting back with the plan. I know every time I think I just can't live without a Snickers bar, as soon as I have devoured it, I feel sickyicky.:faint: but I am learning not to give in to it now so much. Why is it that the stores play on our weaknesses, by putting all the candy bars right at the checkout counter.:mad: I expect that your ds had to play golf in some other state, but they were getting rain too. Maybe South Carolina would be okay. They have lots of golf courses around Myrtle Beach.

Maria: Glad you have had a little relief from the drought there. We'd gladly ship you some rain. I was reading about Russell Crowe. Sounds like a spoiled brat whose celebrity status has gone to his head.

I am very glad that Tropical storm Arlene didn't effect us much, except for rain. Someone said that might be a good omen for us, since the first tropical storm of last season came into south Fl. Let's hope so.

Have a great weekend everyone. Ann

06-11-2005, 03:03 PM

Karen I had to laugh about your watching a tv show without a running commentary. How much longer will it be just the two of you? There is another site that gives a free pattern every season. www.betweenthevines.com Look under seasonal fun. It is Jamie Mills Price-she is a sweetie.

I think you Florida gals have sent the rain this way. We have been having showers almost daily. Been very humid and hot-sometimes I think I am melting if I am outside.
It would be nice to have a nice gentle overnight rain-the grass and flowers could use it.

I went to a yard sale yesterday and got a chair for 50 cents. It is a solid captain type. I am going to try painting it. If I mess up it is no big deal. The part I hate the most is the prep. I am impatient and want to get right to the fun stuff.

Maria seems like every time I turn on the tv there is something about Russell Crowe, Brad Pitt and Angelina or Tom Cruise and Katie. It is getting tiring.

BJ3 I bet your son is having fun playing those courses. My friends son took his dad to Scotland last month to play St. Andrews. Ann's little game of putt putt on the internet is my speed.

Ann somewhere I have heard that you weigh more if you exercise before you weigh in. Must have been at a WW meeting sometime or other. I love crepe myrtles-wish I could grow it here.

Got to run, have a good weekend everyone.

06-12-2005, 04:28 PM
Hi Everybody :)

I too am getting really sick of all this rain. I have not planted one flower this year yet. I would also like to put in a few tomato plants but my little garden is just to wet and muddy. :(
Karen glad that your DH is getting better all the time. These little "airings" we take our menfolk on are good for them. :lol: :D
Peggy I bet when you get finished with that chair it will look wonderful. I think any craft that has lots of prep time is a pain. When I used sew sweatshirts and then hand paint them.......I just hated cutting out the shirts with a pattern, and then the ribbing, and then sewing/serging them. I just wanted to get to the painting part. :)
Ann I'm happy that ARLENE didn't come to see you and Karen. Congrats on the .8# weight loss. :cb:
Hi BJ nice seeing you again. :)
Oh....my son and grandson just got here, I'll try to get back again later. Bye for now.

06-12-2005, 07:10 PM
G'day all,

Nice to 'see' you Slavika albeit briefly ;) You can always send some of that rain our way, we have had a little but not enough to break the drought. :(

Gloria those 'base shops' sound interesting, no tax, that would have to be a nice saving.

BJ3 I had been wondering where you had been, nice to 'see' you again! It is very difficult to always stay on program, especially when there are celebrations in quick succession. The main thing is to be aware and now get back onto it again. Good luck!

Karen Pleased to hear your dh is getting better and how good it must be to just be 'two' at this time. I honestly don't know how you cope with your s-i-l, I would be going insane.

Ann good luck with the tropical storms this season, good to hear that 'Arlene' decided to give you a miss.

Peggy What a lovely site with some great ideas and patterns. You cannot go wrong with the price you paid for the chair.

I just received news from dh's sister that his brother had a bad fall and has broken his hip above where he had the hip replacement :eek: :fr: :(
He went to a nursing home 2 weeks ago, obviously the high care there is not 24 hours a day. Unbelievably sad to see someone deteriorate as quickly as he has.
On a brighter note, it is a holiday Monday here so we will do some more packing...don't know how it will all fit into our Landrover :dunno: , it is amazing how much we have accumelated in the 7 months we have been here. :?:


Karen L
06-13-2005, 07:55 AM
got to new tread.

06-13-2005, 11:28 PM
Slavika: So sorry to hear about the Isolation. But if it helps. Im sure the Grandkids will understand. I think it will be hardest for DH. Like you said. He needs it and it will be hard, for such a long Period. But if it helps him it needs to be done. Sounds like alot is going on right now.

Ann. Cant help. Dont use Windows XP Almost everything is obsolete as soon as you get it now a days :( Sounds like you are doing great in the weight loss! Woo HOO!

Gloria: Sorry to hear about your Eye. They have made great strides in the Laser so it should be ok. So keep us posted.

Peggy: Hope you got to hold the Little one a a Minute anyways.

Trudy: I dont agree with the not having a Virus Scanner. I feel ts very important now a days. Maybve they think you dont go Places. I love Firefox. Keeps all ads out. Which I have always hated. To add more people you need to put them in your addressbook. Just click on adress book and then New card and you can add

Karen: How disappointing about DH. I do hope the Medications work

MAria: Poor Whales......

Got Bushes out Finally! But now I cant dig. Hurt my foot with so much. Its better now. But took a weekend away from yard. Was nice was quite lazy for a chnage. Loved it!