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Shad
06-26-2005, 06:19 AM
Okay, I've found the house, just look at the view from the front, the back is not bad either. I was also trying to get us a holiday home in Nova Scotia since one or all of us seem to be on holiday at one time or another, but I have run out of time, so the holiday home will have to come tomorrow.

Enjoy the new home. Come in spread out, enjoy the Spanish sunshine, the Kiwi fresh air and the Dutch vista out the back. Very cosmopolitan don't you think? Wish I knew how Meadow gets her pictures into the body of the message.

Click here (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?p=883151#post883151) to go back and see the last entries of the old thread.


Tig
06-26-2005, 07:31 AM
Wow, Shad - it's beautiful. I'll be running around the lake - will post more later! Thanks for the new gorgeous digs, Shad.

MELODY525
06-26-2005, 09:46 AM
Ahhhh Miss Tig is the first to arrive. That must have been her running down by the lake then!:wave: Hello Tig!!!!

Shad~ What a lovely home!! Plenty of running room for me as well!!! Hope the day gave you some siesta time too along with the tile removal! :rofl: Bottles in the rose garden/ Whatever were they watering your plants with?!?!?!:lol3: Have a great week at the old job.

Teel~ Good to see you as always!! Hope the trip is a great one and don't forget to say hello to Bump for me!!!:bb:

Linus~ They had better nail your shoes to the floor to keep you still!! Enjoy the visit. I am envious!!!! Would love to sit around all day looking at baby stuff with you:bb:

Holly! Be careful with those ladders!!! Hope you finally got some help with the pots and pans:rofl:

Meadow~ Loved the quote for Holly! LOL But so true!!!
Thank God the kids or you and Hubby weren't there! :yikes: :faint: God.....you never know!!! What a freak thing. I would have never thunk it!!!! maybe the BBQ needs it's own umbrella! LOL Take care!

today is too humid already for me outside again so I'll finish a project. Yesterday I moved a commode table into the liv. room and put my almost 4' cactus on it. It won't fit in the window anymore. The next trip is OUT the window!!! :lol:
Now I want to fill up the bottom with all my seltzer bottles and have some storage space for sales. Did some general cleaning and believe it or not MORE sorting!!! Have some shoes that won't stay on my feet anymore and more xxxlg pants going in the garbage. found them in a drawer!! Today started off with my new bowl, oatmeal and blueberries all ending up on the floor!!! Not a new bowl any longer!!!:dizzy: Of course one lone berry got stuck on my tire and then made marks on the carpeting!!(sigh) Not a great start to the day!!!:rofl: Good thing Jen and the kids gave me the plastic dishes!!! :lol3: Must be an omen. Tomorrow is an 'outdoor' mall. One with stores around a big parking lot.
I am still looking for a bathroom powder puff. No one seems to have one so I may have to order from a catalog. am I the last of the talc puff users?!?!? LOL I like to make mine from cornstarch and essential oil. Lavendar of course.
Well I best get going. Been up since 5:30 and haven't done anything except clean floors and rugs!!! ;rofl:
Happy Sunday and Good Morning Sunshine :flow2:


Hollyhock
06-26-2005, 11:23 AM
"Holly-I found this quote for you "There are, of course, several things in Ontario that are more dangerous than wolves. For instance, the step-ladder."
~ J.W. Curran, The Canadian Wildlife Almanac, 1981
Be careful on that thing!" Egads Meadow!!!!! That is hilarious!!!!!!!! I am glad no one got hurt in the explosion!! HUGS!

Mel~ I am a talc puff girl. I found one at a dollar store about 5 years ago. I am gaurding it with my life!! I LOVE lavendar. Avon has a glorious bath gel. I out Yardlet lavendar soap in my drawers too.
Shad~ the home is lovely!!!! We have an aundance of rhubarb here, wish I could send some your way!!
Teel&Linus~ I am eagerly waiting to hear about all your fun!!!!!!
I have been fighting a headache all week since my ladder wipe out.I am almost done my period and then I rode my bike for the first time in 8 years,for an hour. I am stiff and achy.
I will do some yoga and then get back at all the cleaning!!!!!
I gave in and did the dishes.
DD fell alseep at 7:30 last night. It was nice to have a couple hours alone with DS. Hubby seems less grumpy today.
I slept way in this morning.
My weight is up a couple of lbs. I am back to nothing tasting good so I eat but I dont enjoy it. It may be the heat.
It is strawberry season here. I may go and pick up a flat today.
HUGS chicks!!!

Hollyhock
06-26-2005, 12:23 PM
Mel~ Madcat posted this in the journals for you and raventoy misses you too!!!

Hot town summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirt and gritty
Been down, isnít it a pity
Doesnít seem to be a shadow in the city
All around people looking half dead
Walking on the sidewalk hotter than a match head

I miss MEL.

Meadow
06-26-2005, 03:26 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/La-Alhambra-Gardens-Lg.jpg I adore la Alhambra in Granada! I've had dreams about laying on the grass there and just feeling the spirits of all those who have gone before :) Lovely choices Shad, thank you. To post a pic on here all you have to have is an url, I post the pics I make/find to a free account at www.photobucket.com so I'm not stealing bandwidth from the other sites. You just have to url of picture between these command brackets and you will have your picture on the site :D

Shad
06-26-2005, 04:01 PM
Looks like the side view is not bad either Meadow. Thanks for the information. I thought I tried that, but maybe I need to do some practice. Or maybe it was the site I was using.

Shad
06-26-2005, 11:27 PM
Okay here's the side gate to the new house.
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/house-granada-spain.jpg

Now I will have to work on the holiday home in Nova Scotia. It's coming Holly, it's coming.

While I think about it, if Tig is running around the lake, then we should see her in around a month next Tuesday.

Hollyhock
06-27-2005, 12:09 AM
Thanks Shad, I am not sure anyone but me would enjoy Nova Scotia, although it is a lot like Scotland. I seem to have read several books this year that take place on our East coast and now I have a hankerin' to go.

Shad
06-27-2005, 12:47 AM
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/novascotia4.bmp

and of course we need views and gardens with that but they will have to wait until I get home and can resize the pics. Meantime shift in and read the relaxation manual.

Here you go. Hours later but what the heck. The view from the front and the rose garden (well did you expect much else from me?)

happy2bme
06-27-2005, 01:19 AM
:love: :love: :love: :cloud9: :cloud9: :cloud9: Oh my, the new house(s) are just BREATHTAKING... Don't know how you manage to find us better and better but you do. Just gorgeous. So pretty I won't even mind cleaning up around the place.

Things are going well with the family. Today just zoomed by so quickly it was over in 3 blinks of an eye. My sister keeps wishing for a thunderstorm :?: :dunno: can't imagine why. Skies clouded up just enough to ruin any swimming chances. We are eating ... alot. But I am trying to add fresh fruits and veggies along with the BBQ and chips. I guess we'll just have to swim more and take longer walks around the neighborhood.

Teel safe flight to you and enjoy your visit with Linus, Bump and family. Between the 2 of you hope you can figure out the camera for a pic or two.

Have a good week everyone...

Hollyhock
06-27-2005, 10:17 AM
Thank you ,Thank you, Thank you Shad!!!!!!!!

Enjoy yourself Happy!!!!

Linus&Teel!!~ We need pictures!!!!!!!!!! I want to sit out in Linus's garden with you!!!
Or at least imagine it.

The house is CLEAN!!!
This is a major accomplishment considering I live with pigs. I say this with love but they are a filthy, messy bunch.
I had words with hubby about his laziness and plain sloppiness in the house. He made a small effort to pick up after himself. The kids pitched in when I started putting their toys and"treasures" in garbage bags to be stored til a future date. Needless to say the house is empty of ALL extra belongings, ALL the closets have a bare minimum of personal belongings. Bedding and towels are in their proper homes, the whole house is dusted and vacuumed.....I will work hard at the pile of paper in the kitchen today and pay bills.
3 little people here.
School is out on Wednesday. DD is thrilled. DS is sad and wants to go all summer. Anyone remember September with him???? Who woulda thought this!!!
I am getting him lesson books per his request for the summer.We got the learning bug turned on and there is no shutting it off!!!!!!! Kinda cool. He is brilliant, of course, lol.
My headache turned into severe intestinal cramps and cold sweats. They have passed.
Supposed to go up to 33C every day this week. Thank God for AC and wading pools.
I will whip up a salad for lunch&supper.
My baby boy who is supposed to start in August is having respiratory issues and may have cat allergies. I am really sad about this. I have had his sister since she was 7 months and she and DD are VERY close.

I best go have breaky. I bought 10 litres of strawberries yesterday.MMMMM!!!
Have a cool refreshing day!!!!

PS I ate half a bag of Bugles while watching a movie( The Gift, most enjoyable) last night. Bah!!!! Told myself I would have a handful. Had several handfuls!!

linus
06-27-2005, 05:58 PM
hi girls, ive posted a pic of the view across the forth from my house ,it doesnt quite fit in with all the other ones but hubby re-sized it for me so you could all see ,ill get him to take pics off my hard drive and re-size them too ,if you al could see my garden you wouldnt want to sit in it honest !!!!!! its taken hubby 2 whole days over the weekend just to cut 50 %of the grass down to a normal length !!!! SHAD our garden is 17 meters 400 long by 5 meters 7 wide {yes hubby measured it men!!!!!!} so yes long and thin the front garden is much more modest 5 meters wide by 4 meters long so wont be as difficult to maintain ,craig starts his summer job tommorow with a 10 hour long shift !!!! i cant wait for the "but ive been working all day " cries
well the nausea is building up so im going to go and ill get back tomorrow after they have replaced the floors {hopefully }
lots of love
kirsty+ big bump

Shad
06-27-2005, 06:55 PM
Morning all.
Just catching up with myself today. I have 3 different classes to take and mostly the same people in all of them. That makes life interesting. Still the one person I have found so far who tends to make life a bit of a puzzle is not there so that makes it more fun! Actually, I shouldn't complain. He wrote a scathing attack on the first course with me on the evaluation sheet, but since then I've been picking on him every time he is in my class and the evaluations are getting better and better. Actually got a five out of him last week. The first was a two (because I didn't put a water jug on the desk for him) Never mind, we have his measure now.

Glad you like the new house(s), I believe Holly is in the holiday house already and curled up with a good book somewhere in the rose garden! It was fun finding the gardens and side bits.

Happy, have a wonderful time with the family. Your sister is wanting a thunderstorm??? Does she want to spend all her time inside???

Linus - somehow I imagined that you would be on the other side of town. I didn't realise you had views to the Firth of Forth. How wonderful. Poor hubby, bet he didn't appreciated having to work all weekend in the garden and all week at work! By my reckoning, you should be meeting up with Teel sometime today. Hope you both have a good time together - no arguments - no mum!!!!! Hope Craig enjoys his holiday job. It's always amusing to see them take up employment for the first time and then realise that you actually have to work for the money!!!! My niece is working in a mobile phone shop. She gets paid a wage, but also gets bonus' if she sells plans etc. So she is working out the values too!

Tig is still running??!!! It's a fairly big lake Tig, hope you get back in time for 4th July! Have you got the mountain climbing boots too. It's not all running paths and nice stuff down there you know.

Mel, hope you are looking after those eyes and not dropping everything on to the floor anymore. Don't you just hate it when you get something on the shoes or tyres and traipse it right through the house? Just shows how many times you go from point A to B to C to D everyday.

Meadow - think I've got the picture bit down pat now. Just have to remember not to make it huge. Suzanne will be down on us about using her server space. Glad you liked the Alhambra. Not sure about lying on the grass. Not sure if there is any.

Guess we are all settled in now. Time for coffee and work I think. See ya

Hollyhock
06-27-2005, 07:07 PM
Linus~ that picture is exactly why I love Scotland so much!!!! You lucky girl!!!!!!

MELODY525
06-27-2005, 10:01 PM
:moped: Just dropped in to say hello. busy day shopping at the mall and then one alarm and call after another till just a wee bit ago. Keeps the blood flowing! :rofl: I bought some exfoliator in lavendar and verbena for the legs. gotta look good in my summer clothes in our new houses! :lol: got more books and a calligraphy set. haven't even started on the watercolors yet but now I have more crafts! :rofl: Used up all my birthday cards at the bookstore they were for. mark was ever so careful over the bumps....he said he didn't want to do what Willy did to me! :rofl: Poor willy!
Said Willy got "away" with it but they woule FIRE him!!! And they probably would have!!! LOL The day was terribly hot and humid but a happy day away from the apartment nonetheless!

I read all the posts but will make it short. Shad I can only say thanks so much for the new and gorgeous homes! I love armchair daydreaming!!!! alweays look forward to our new sites. Yours, Meadow's and Linus' real pic were sights to behold after a tiring day. What a way to end it. Happy I was wishing for a good old thunderhead to come along and cool me off too! LOL
Holly you brought tears to my eyes with the journal thing. Thanks ever so much for telling me! Hope the little guy isn't allergic to cats. good luck.
I forget anything else. :faint: gotta get ready for bed and shopping for food tomorrow!! Wednesday is a day for a gent to come and give the office instructions on how th help the seniors with the new medical something or other. Thursday nis my mammo and bone density test. Probably be there all day. so If I go amongst the missing, you will know where I am. Love and hugs to all!

Meadow
06-28-2005, 12:13 AM
Hello, the kids have exploded their room! I can't walk in there. I am sipping a cup of tea and reading about all the great days you all are having :) I am smiling in our new digs and contemplating how fabulous it all feels. Hey, look who I found out on the balcony :p http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/ab-bythesea.jpg

Roseblush
06-28-2005, 09:35 AM
I Love the new place.... oh how beautiful it is...... the gardens are truly a place for us to walk and talk. To Teel and Linus I hope your visit is great. What good fun!
I am trying to get ready for my trip up North with week but so much work and chores to be done I don't have much energy by the evening after work.....
Hope everyone is well and enjoying their summer or winters whichever the case may be.....I will check in later today I forgot to suscribe to the thread after we came to our new home.... finally figured that out!!! Not too Bright!
Peace and Blessings to all,
Nae

Hollyhock
06-28-2005, 10:08 AM
Post first, Read later...7 kids all day in scorching heat!!!
The basement will be well used. We have a thermometer on the north side of the house, Hubby was going on about it not all that hot at 85F. So I put a thermometer out in the back yard. I popped right up to 97F. LOL!! He agreed that is hot. He likes the heat and builds houses outside in this weather.Remember the winter and how painfully grumpy he was. He hates to be cold. I equally hate to be hot. I get sick! Literally. It is my fair Scot blood.

Heat stroke runs in my family.
I am fighting a bit of a virus too.
My monthly weigh in was today. I am 226. Up 1 lb. Basically maintaining. I seem to lose 5 lbs., maintain for a couple of months, then lose 5 more, maintain for a couple of months.........The trend is thankfully downward.
I have a very sore neck. I have been doing stretches and using tiger balm. Today it feels looser but still painful.
I am not feeling great in general and I dont like it. Niggly things are getting under my skin.
I will be going to the Lake to see my family on Friday and I dont want to see them.
it is Canada Day and there are spectacular fireworks over the lake. In the past we have gone and stayed at least one night with the whole battle axe brigade. It is stressful for all of us. I usually drink too much( to cope). So the plan is we wont stay!!( didnít last year either but spent the whole day). We will go up after supper around 7pm. Lots of time to swim and frolic. Fire works wont be til after dark around 10 pm and then drive home. I invited another family to join us. The BXB will be extra charming and leave me the **** alone.
I tested out Mom yesterday with a chat and told her I hadnít been feeling well and had fallen off a ladder. She went on and on about herself as usual.I know what to expect anyhow.
The kids really want to go. Hubby will be by my side. Deep breath.
2nd last day of school. Very sad.We are all loving school.Our principal is retiring. I am very close with him. I guess I am sad in general too. LOL!
Avon is still going very well. Need to make a few follow up calls.
Gala Days is coming up too.
I worked on the editing for the handbook last night. It is looking marvy.
I jumped into the wading pool with the kids last night. We had a festive time!! They were flabergasted at first. You cant come in a kidís pool...........

Need a swift kick in butt over here in SW Ontario!!!!!!

teel
06-28-2005, 11:15 AM
Hello to all! Yes it is the day before I advance up North to sunny Scotland...I am just about all ready to go and I have even weighed the case! It weighed 15.5kg this morning so there is a bit more room to squeeze last minute things in, like the brush and comb! I am allowed 20kg but there is no way I can carry that amount! Hand luggage is 5kg...
Apparently Norwich airport is a tiny little affair so I hope there are no hold ups!!

Shad thank you for getting us to our new abode...it looks a really amazing place and the gardens are quite spectacular! I think I must be the last to arrive!!
Linus its a lovely view from your new abode...I cannot wait to see it in person! See you tomorrow!!!
The builder is so nearly finished now except he is going to paint the spare room whilst I am away...I bought the paint today...its called Angelic which is a pink colour. He has also put an electric supply in the garden shed so I can keep the scooter out there all nicely out of the way and ready to use.Holly is really going to miss him as she loves him to bits... :love: but he will be here for a few days still...I'll probably end up with an "angelic" dog....some hopes!!!:lol3:
At least all seems calm with mum and Holly better and not needing the hospital or the vets...:stress: Lets hope peace reigns for a while now..at least till I get back to England....
All the plans so far have gone to pot...I only arranged to fly from Norwich so I could leave the dog with mum and dad and they would drive me to the airport...al that has changed and I am leaving Holly here with people popping in to feed and let her out...and I have arranged a lift to the airport. The check-in is at 11:00hrs for a 12:30hrs flight.
I have just got a small amount of ironing to get done and that'll be it.
Sorry this is a short postie but hopefully I will catch up with you as soon as I can get on Linus's pc..:computer: or find an internet cafe...
Bye bye for now...see you from the Highlands!!

MELODY525
06-28-2005, 04:19 PM
:wave: Bye Teel!!! Have a greast trip!!!

Meadow~ I read the poem and THANK GOD THE SEEDS ARE NOT DEAD!!! I HAVE FAITH!!! LOL hOPE THE EYES ARE ALL BETTER IN YOUR HOUSE!!! oopps CAPS!!! SORRY!

Rose~ Glad you found your way back here! :rofl: would havew had to send out the Mounties!!!

Holly~ Hope the niggles don't get to you. Breathe, relax and let it go!!! Good luck

I cannot type today to save my soul so I will be back later this week . tomorrow are meetings with social Security and Ins. company and Thursday is my tests for mammo and bone density.
Wow....my arms are tired and really making lots of mistakes!! Did food shopping and 2 loads of wash. Best get off here and shower and eat! :rofl: have a great night!!!

Shad
06-28-2005, 06:56 PM
Oh yes and here in this part of the world it is 29th June, so............................

Happy Birthday to Nae. Happy Birthday to Nae. Happy Birthday dear Nae

:dance: :dance: :dance: :balloons: :balloons: :gift: :gift: :genie: :genie: :hat: :hat: :cheers: :cheers: :woo: :woo:

Teel have a great holiday with the Linus' clan. Hope all goes well and everything slots together for you. Is Edinburgh in the highlands?? I thought the Hi'lands started around Inverness. Enjoy your tours too. Say hello to Nessie of the loch for me - I saw her head last time I was there. Got of photo of it too!!! It's round and orange! The fact that I was drinking scotch at the local distillery has nothing to do with it!

Rose - glad you like the new house and gardens. I think we will be happy here for a wee while. I am already starting to plan out the next house - but I like this one the best so far.

Mel - rest up those limbs and eyes. You have a bit of a struggle in front of you I fear so you need all the strength you can get. Be in touch later.

Meadow - thank you for the poem and the view from the balcony - what's on the balcony is not so bad either. Sort of completes the house really.

Holly - just relax and let it all roll over you. Enjoy the fireworks - don't kids just love them and enjoy the bits of your family that you can. Smile, they won't kill you, and if all else fails, sit on a rock and just imagine them all butt naked and cavorting. Bet that will have you in giggles in a very short time. It's something I do when folk just p*ss me off. They then wonder why I laugh so much - it increases their aggro and gives them a bigger headache. It worries me not at all.

Dull grey and boring (weather that is)............. sort of sets the tone for today. I feel the same way myself.
Not feeling my normal jovial self today. Tomorrow is weigh in and measure and I'm not happy about that either. What I would like is to put a pack on my back and go hike in the hills. Instead I'll have to summon up some enthusiasm and some humour and go teach some of the natives a thing or two.

Another session at the gym last night. I am getting better at the chin/hip/dip thingy but because I am so unhappy about my general wellbeing and size, this is not being greeted with much happiness or enthusiasm. I shall need to talk to a trainer again soon. The new regime seems to have done nothing to get me excited and nothing to reduce size or shape and since Jason is no longer there, it will have to be someone new. Someone else to whom I have to tell the whole bloody story again.

Okay better go before I get really maudlin - one good thing about doing training is that I can't see out the window and can't see the cold and damp day. There is always a bright side. Sometimes you have to look really hard for it though.

Catch you later

MELODY525
06-28-2005, 07:05 PM
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HOPE YOUR BIRTHDAY IS A WONDERFUL DAY!!! SPEND IT DANCING ALL AROUND THE HOUSE!!! ENJOY MISS NAE!! :love: :joker: :hb: :cp: :cb: :gift: :dance: :hat: :flow1: :dancer: :flow2: :grouphug: :woo: :genie: :cloud9: :wizard: :balloons: :encore: :bubbles: :cheer:

Meadow
06-28-2005, 09:38 PM
Have a super, duper, splendiferous anniversary of that wonderful day you were born Nae! It was a glorious happening and I'm glad I was here to acknowledge it with you :D

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/birthdaysmiles.gif

Hollyhock
06-29-2005, 12:12 AM
All the very best to you Nae. Do something absolutely devine for yourself!!!
Warm, fuzzy thoughts floating your way!!!


Thank you Shad, Mel for fabulous advice. I will enjoy my wee family to the fullest!!!

Roseblush
06-29-2005, 09:26 AM
Thanks for the splendid birthday wishes....you gals are great!!!! I hope things calm down a bit..... I have had more excitement than I want for the last few days. At one in the morning on SUnday I heard the most hairraising screaming outside my window..... I couldn't identify what kind of creature would even make such a sound. Then on sunday afternoon discussing this ordeal with a friend who use to be my neighbor...Lightening struck outside the house and it was very terrifying.... I learned that there is a momma cougar and baby up on the hill behind me... but the sound I believe now screaming raccoons... they sound horrible....... but the best is the last event..... MOnday at work I am sitting working with a patient and I see something run across the floor to the break room,,,, I can do anything but little running creatures inside a building... I scream so loud... my patient screams because I am screaming I tell my boss I saw something and she acknowledges that she heard it while sitting having her lunch...that throws me over the edge I am now in the middle of the room up on a chair and the hysteria is beginning to mount......... what a site..... so embarrassing but I just couldn't stop myself..... oh God... I will never live this down... turns out it was a chipmunk so then I was just pissed.... Alvin I named him and he did not want to run outside..... anyway I have not had panic like that for a long long time.... so silly but it is my fear....the girls said they had seen people in cartoons and movies jump up on chairs but never in real life..... unfornuately I have done this in the past also.... when they are outside it is one thing but ina building..... I FREAK OUT! :lol:
I am working today then packing up and going on a mini vaca for a while... up the the Flathead to enjoy the place the people and find a nice lake and relax.... swim read sleep hike and drink some beer I am sure......
Thanks for you lovely thoughts and I shared my stories so you could all get as big a giggle as everyone else.....
Lot of Love,
Peace,
Nae

Hollyhock
06-29-2005, 05:26 PM
Waving Hello!!!!!!!
Busy last day of school here.

MELODY525
06-29-2005, 05:33 PM
BIG (((((((HUGS))))))) FOR NAE!!!!:rofl: If I could get up on a chair I would do that with spiders or roaches!!! :lol3: Poor Nae and on the birthday too!!! Hope the mini vacation is a grand affair in the 'quiet zone' of your mind!! Good luck!!

Shad~ Many (((((HUGS))))) I send to you too!!! Hope you find a trainer, they listen and give you wonderful advice that causes some results so your day will be a happy one!:cb:

Meadow!~ I loved the BD gif!!!! Very cute!!!

Holly~ I always say....'any port in a storm" ....so take comfort from wherever you can get it!!! Most of us have 'been there, done that' as we're a tiny bit older.....not much though!!! :rofl:

I will be back on Friday. An all day doctor day tomorrow cause another one wants me to 'drop in' between the other 2. Long day and the eyes won't take it very well either. social Security was here and explained all the changes for '06 for the seniors. More paperwork!!! This time I am delegating it to younger eyes. Had 2 sit in on the session and then I filled them in. We're ready for the rush when the papers actually get mailed here and arrive. 99 people!!! :yikes: :faint: (lol)
I spoke to the Director today and showed him all my file for the bus thing. He told me he is on the board for bus insurance and will see it's all taken care of! Kiss and hug and said how could I forget that I have a friend!!! Hopefully he is right and everything will go wellllllll. I am going to trust him for now and put it out of my mind. Keep your fingers crossed for tomorrow for me!
See you Friday and hope you all have smiles tomorrow!!:encore:

Shad
06-30-2005, 04:51 AM
Evening all,
Had a very busy day what with work and gym and I have just finished a couple of doorstopper sandwiches for tea plus a yoghurt and fruit and a mandarin so thought I might try to catch up with you lot.

Aahh Nae poor soul, jumping on chairs is not good for your health you know. Poor little chipmunk. I can't stand cockroaches, but I don't scream at them - just reach for the nearest shoe or boot and dispatch them to the hereafter.

Hello to Meadow - lovely graphics my friend - Hollyhock, Mel.

Not a lot to report today - oh yes apart from the fact that I have some more training to do with the Executive Board no less. Since the report to the board and the letter of appreciation from the board I have been nominated to teach the lot of them. Oh happy days - or should that be happy daze.

Well we have had 4 days solid of grey skies and rain and a bit further south they have had floods. One place has had 535mls of rain dumped on them in one day. Thats about 18 inches of rain. And we are still officially in drought conditions. Good fun hey?
Dorothy McKellar wrote a poem about this country that fits. One of the verses goes -
I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror -
The wide brown land for me.

Seems the lady knew the country very well. Don't think she would be too happy about some of the latest happenings though.

I'm about to attach some pictures. These are of me. I was looking back over the past 5 years or so and this is what I have found. Can you see the differences?

See you tomorrow.

Roseblush
06-30-2005, 08:39 AM
Joy You look fabulous darling!!!! You have really gotten a hold on yourself over the years and made some changes. I am so proud of your success and you are so encouraging to all of us along with Miss Mel for us to get off our butts and do something. I tell ya it has not been good control thinking for me for a while..... but I am ready to just veg out for a while and do some good self talk and try to step up to better body management soon!!!!!
I had a good birthday yesterday and the stories of my hysterical display makes for some increasing rid icule at work... can't really blame them....
All of you have a great weekend.... Happy 4th to those who celebrate freedom no matter where you live!!!!
I'll try to keep up a bit when I am at my mom's....
Peace,
Nae

linus
06-30-2005, 03:31 PM
i have banned the kids and hubby from the living room while i post because i kep being interupted just as i come on :mad: so teel is here and she is welcomed by a very wet edinburgh :rain: :rain: :rain: she had a wonderful mystery tour around edinburgh this morning and then met myself andy and conner from the pictures {we went to see war of the worlds}tomorrow shes off to see loch lomand and sterling castle {hope she gets better weather tomorrow} for some strange reason she thought i had blonde hair ??????? but now she knows ,her b+b is lovely
Craig started work this week and as of yet has not quit !!!! and if not enjoying it can see the benefit of having ,money in his pocket ,conner finishes school for the holidays tomorrow and we have to go to an awards ceremony at the school as he is being honoured for excellence in computer studies so nice end to the term
the house is still not done and i have the joiners boss coming tomorrow to check the mess his joiner made of my top hall and bathroom floor !!! :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: as for now im going to wash the mud off my living room floor and have a cup of tea and wash the dishes
lots of love
kirsty+bump

Shad
06-30-2005, 06:57 PM
Below are the results of yesterdays weigh in. Flat out at work and busy at home. Seems like some weeks are destined to go on forever and ever. Iím so looking forward to this weekend. Except that Sunday the cat must go to the vet for her annual check up. There will be squeals and yells and frustration all around. How the vet quietens her is a mystery. I should be a vet. No maybe not.

Maybe I should have called this entry chasing my tail or the weight goes around and around and around

Weight 72/ 73 Up 1Kg
Upper Chest 36/ 37.5 Up 1.5 inch
Bust 41.5/ 41.5 Same
Low Chest 33/ 34.25 Up 1.25 inch
Waist 32/33 Up 1 inch
Up Hip 38.5/ 38.5 same
Low Hip 39/ 39.25 up 1/4 inch
Arm 12/ 12.5 Up 1/2 inch
Leg 20.75/ 21.5 Up 3/4 inch

So not what I wanted to see. Just have to hope that the month gets better. Otherwise I might have to try fasting!!

Work continues to get busier again. I have more training to do after go live this weekend. This time some of the Executive Board - since I got a letter of commendation from them, the implementation team has decided I should teach the lot. Oh thank you. Now I have to deal with politicians, quasi politicians and others of the ilk. Next they will give me accountants - oh happy days (daze). Sorry LindaT and Ruthxxx and any other accountants out there. I just find that you canít teach the accountants - only point them at the computers and tell them to get on with it and answer any questions to do with the system workings that they canít figure out for themselves. Actually showing them what to do with the systems is an exercise in futility. No doubt that is why they are accountants. Engineers work the same way.

Gym again last night - cardio circuit this time. Only I found that the bike really annoyed me last night. I couldnít get comfortable on the seat and my legs got the burning feeling that goes before cramp. However I was fine on the eliptical and the treadie and the stepper. I feel somewhat stiff this morning. Canít think why. Actually not too sure about going tonight since I am going to dinner with friends at the Thai Orchid. If I get away from work early enough, I should manage to fit in a half hour session, but we will see.

Linus, good to see you and Teel found each other. Hope you continue to have fun in the 'sun'. It has never rained when I've been to Edinburgh. Always fine and sunny if not hot - warm enough anyway. Each time I have been there I have bought myself a jumper. Never had to wear one yet, but I've bought one anyway. Hello to Teel and Linus and hubby. Nice one Connor. Clever man that. Congratulations.
Keep on plugging away Craig. The money comes in handy and just remember that the job may not be everything we would wish, but we can always strive for better. Sometimes the view from the top is not that exciting either after a while. Or even from halfway up. Take it from one who knows. Or maybe not. Teenagers are not good on personal history.

Thanks for the words of encouragement Nae. Yes I have changed in size and shape. It actually looks like I have lost more than around 14-15lbs, but that is what toning and gym does for you I guess. I look forward to another photo to see that I have lost more of the pot belly. I will be really happy if/when that gets smaller. I don't expect to lose it all.

Adieu mes amies - gotta go and figure out what happens today. It seems I have no training, so maybe an early mark is possible today.

Tig
06-30-2005, 11:34 PM
Dearest Ever DD and the Most Darling DGD are here visiting for the next 2 1/2 weeks. :love:

I ran this morning and had the best time ever for my 2.6 miles in the Florida humiidty and heat. If I keep this up I definitely will be in shape for the 5K races in the fall.

Just in case my friend Cherie from Israel peeks in... HI! :wave: Think about joining us.

More later!

Meadow
07-01-2005, 01:09 AM
Rose-OMG! I remember staying in a hotel in Yellowknife for a week and this mouse used to come in under the door every night and rumage through our garbage can. I could hear it, we complained to the management and they just said "don't keep food in your room" Has anyone stayed in a hotel and not had cheezies and cookies for munchies? Or is that just my hangup? :p Totally creeped me out every night, as I had visions of it scampering over the bed and me!! You are not alone in your aversion to those critters.

Mel-I hope you get some good news from all the professions you are visiting today. Maybe they will give you a smile while they are feeling you up :devil: :s: Yikes on the paper work, 99 people and they all have to be sorted and have their little spaces filled in, goodness, the politics of aging!

Holly-I hear music? Is it you celebrating Canada Day with the relatives at the lake? Remember you are there with your little family to have fun, ignore the squishy faced ones and have a blast! Fireworks and Canada flags flying!!

Linus and Teel-Together at last! How goes the conversation? Are you getting more out in person or are your finding yourselves feeling shy with the eye contact and physical presence stuff? I've often wondered how that would go. Stirling Castle has always held an appeal for me, up on the hill like it is, I used to have a beautiful picture of it from the field below.I found a picture like the one I had but mine had sheep in the meadow , very serene
http://www.city-sightseeing.com/Images/gallerypics/Stirling/Castle.jpg

Shad- Have you tried those exercise balls? I saw a personal trainer doing some exercise to increase hamstring muscle rather than calf muscles and he said that is where alot of women miss out because they are concentrating on the wrong areas that help distribute weight and keep a nice firm, round butt . Looked like fun to me, maybe you just need to play more with the exercise .Of course you know this is coming from me, the exercise guru :^: but you never know it might be just the shake up you need. Your numbers look good to me, a little up here and there may just be a blip and it will all tighten up again as you redistribute :D

Tig- Congratulations! Stronger, faster and feeling great! GO!

This is moving week for me. Busy packing boxes and boxes and boxes! Sigh. I will keep the computer running and pack it last because it is my only respite these days. Chocolate and almond cravings as the stress tightens and closes in on me. Onwards, upwards, always! Tally ho!To the mountains I go :D

ceejay52
07-01-2005, 01:16 AM
Hello, mind if I join you. Some I know from the journals.
ceejay

Shad
07-01-2005, 01:33 AM
Go right ahead. Jump on in. Be pleased to have you

Meadow
07-01-2005, 01:35 AM
Hi Ceejay, we are a friendly bunch, please join in and tell us how things are with you in Arkansas:D

Meadow
07-01-2005, 01:38 AM
Hi Shad http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/happywave-computer.gif I see you glowing :D

Hollyhock
07-01-2005, 10:05 AM
HI Ceejay!!!

Busy bunch yesterday. Nice to see everyone popping in!!!!
Gorgeous pic Meadow. I have stood down below and wandered around the castle. Brings back happy memories!!!
Hope the packing is going smoothly.Listen to some Matchbox 20 to keep ya movin!!
Thanks for the kind words. I am feeling fine about seeing them today.
I had a visit from sis on her way up to the lake yesterday , she saw my pic of Kalan and bestfriend as my screen saver and sneered, "EW!! why would you torture yourself every day seeing your best friend hanging all over your guy." LOL!!!!!!!! It was a nice reminder of how incredibly negative and twisted my family of origin is. I feel good about my choices.
It is the happiest pic ever. It brings me so much joy. I cant ever begin to fathom anything negative about it. Cutting back the family contact will only keep me happier.

Linus~ I thought you had blonde highlights in your hair??!!! hmmmmmm. I hope you to gals are having the time of your life.

Tig~ HUGS and ENJOY every moment!!!!!!!!

Shad ~ you pics show an incredible amount of success!!!!!! It was so nice to see you sweet face again. I picture you when I read your posts.

Mel~ how did the appts go????

It is a lovely muggy holiday morning here!!!! I am happy to have 3 days off. Today is all about puttering and cleaning. I am itching to get inot the gardens and weed. The temps have cooled off some.
Still fighting this cold off but seem better today.
Awesome fireworks to be viewed tonight!!!!!
Food has been better.Water is through the roof. Too hot not to drink gallons.

HUGS delightful friends!!!!!!!

A little Kalan for the holiday!!!

MELODY525
07-01-2005, 03:35 PM
WELCOME CEEJAY!!~ so glad you joined in!!! Now we can still 'talk'!!!! How goes life in general?!?!?!?

Shad~ your pics looked great and WHAT A CHANGE!!! good for you and congratulations!!! Hope the weekend has some quiet time for you!!

Holly~ Just stay true to Holly!!!!
Tig~ :wave: giving a wave to Cherie too! Hope she jumps in also. Great run and hope the heat doesn't get you down!

Teel and Linus and Bump~ have a great time together!! Hope you all enjoy the vacation! Congrats to both Connor for the honours and Craig for the job!:encore:

Nae~ Soon something will happen to someone else and they will be laughing at them! :rofl: Enjoy the down time and sounds like you really could use it!!

Meadow~ I forgot to ask how the eyes are in YOUR household!!
I use lots of munchies when I was in hotel/motels!!! What else are those rooms for! :lol3:

Yesterday at the drs: PAP and mammo went very well and do NOT have to be repeated this year!!!:cb:
Eyes are not good but not killing me either so we are statis quo there.
Bone scan will go to the Dr who ordered it(she is gone to Florida for good) and then my other Dr can access it from the computer I guess. won't be for awhile though.
did sugar tests again cause the problems I have could suggest that. So they are usually normal.....am I a closte diabetic?!?!? :rofl: :faint:
Feeling tired but good. Been a very busy week and used 2 young girls to help the seniors! :encore: Great kids they are too. going to take a shower and get into comfy jammies and stay in them for 3 1/2 days!!! :yikes:
Happy Canada Day and Happy 4th of July!!! Hope we all have celebrations of freedom and enjoy the weekend too.

ceejay52
07-01-2005, 04:08 PM
This has been a do nothing week end. I've completed one load of laundry and paid some bills yesterday and that was it. I'm still in jammies and it's 2:00 p.m. our time. Guess I was more tired from work Wednesday than I thought. I'd been getting ready for inspection from the Health Department on July 6th. We are also being audited. Books should be alright. They balance each month.

I've started back to the gym. Gotta start exercising more. The food and water seem to be alright. This is aerobic day. Will walk one mile and thinking about doing some step work upstairs. With the 2 of them combined I'm working on 50-60 minutes.

I'm being tested for allergies Thursday. I've never gone through this but I'm anxious to find out just what I'm allergic to so I can avoid it if possible. I have a feeling that yeast will be one of them. We shall see.

We got a much needed rain last night, about .50 inch, but with a month long drought anything would help.

Shad: I can see a big difference in the pictures. You are a success story.

Nae-That's living a bit to close to nature for me. especially with a momma cougar and raccoon's. You made me smile about the chipmunk story. :)

Mel--I found this. Thanks for sharing.

Holly and Meadow--Hello.

CeeJay

Shad
07-01-2005, 06:59 PM
Morning all and Happy Canada Day to our Canadians on the thread. Sorry it is late, the day must be just about over for you

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/canflag3.gif

Hope you all have a great time in a great country
Enjoy the fireworks and the festivities.

Went out to dinner last night at the Thai Orchid. Place was packed and noisy which sort of dulled the enjoyment. However the meal was yummy - I had a chicken satay and a seafood and vegie dish with a mild curry and coconut sauce. Had one alcoholic drink and the rest was water. I do enjoy a curry however I hate them to be too hot. I really am not a great chilli person. I like to taste what I eat.

Welcome to Ceejay. It is good to have you on board. Look forward to getting to know you better. I took a peep at your profile yesterday. We seem to be much of an age and also I see you have a birthday coming up next month. Goodo we like birthdays on this thread. You might have noticed.

Happy must be still catching up with family. Hope the weather has been kind and they have had a good holiday. Such a pity that holidays go so fast and work goes so slow.

Linus + Bump and Teel - do log in and let us know how things are going for you. Some Photos WOULD BE GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!

Also went to the gym last night before dinner. 4th time this week. Have todays Body Balance session and then I can have tomorrow off exercise - well structured stuff anyway. Will get some more painting done, another tile off the floor and of course today is the day I get to take the cat to the vet. Oh lucky me. She hates getting in that carry case, she hates getting in the car. She hates the vets waiting room. She LOVES the vet. Then she hates the reverse trip home as well. I, of course, am the reason for this undignified, unwanted, unwelcome and totally unnecessary suffering!! So I am not liked for the next few hours or so.

So it is time to get dressed and hit the day running. Catch up soon.

linus
07-01-2005, 07:32 PM
hello flying visit sorry again hello toi ceejay,well done on the before and after shots shad and glad the medic roundup went well mel,nae my mum keeps 2 chipmunks in a cage in her living room and the sit on her shoulder
ive only been to the school and back today pregnancy is taking a wee bit of a toll today very tired teel semed to enjoy her day trip and her meal ,her bus trip home overshot by about 10 bus stops but she got home {b+b}eventually ,very tired but she did seem to enjoy it
back tomorrow
kirsty+bump

MELODY525
07-02-2005, 09:04 AM
Ceejay~ Good luck with the allergy testing. Hope all goes well. I need to get a handle on my wash! It continues to mount. Hope the audit goes well too. but knowing you, the figures must all be like ducks in a row!!!

Shad~ I must be wearing my invisibility cloak!!! LOL Good luck with Sunday and the tiles!!! My cats hated the case when the lid was closed! :faint: What has the new trainer said, did you see one and good luck with the balance thing too.

Linus~ glad Teel got to the B&B!! Imagine her getting lost on the first few days!!! Have a wonderful time. Think I said this before! :lol: Get some rest as the end is almost here. You'll need your strength!!!

Another gorgeous sunnt day. going for a quick ride before the heat comes. Haven't been to the partk much. The eyes are not thrilled with this humidity and the city's smog! :yikes:
Hope the weekend is a great one. Stay safe from the fireworks!!!
Happy Saturday/Sunday to you all.

MELODY525
07-02-2005, 09:09 AM
:beach: :cheer: :sunny: :encore: :balloons: :wizard: :woo: :dancer: :flow2: :flow1: :dance: :gift: :hat: :cb: :cp: :hb: HAPPY 4TH OF JULY

RavenToy
07-02-2005, 09:27 AM
Mel, THERE you are! I didn't know what your screen name was on the forums. :D HI!!! :wave: I just wanted to let you know I'm thinking about you!

Uhm.. and Hi to Shad and Ceejay, too! :o *wavelies* :p

Hollyhock
07-02-2005, 11:11 AM
Food was awesome yesterday and water. Lots of walking and bike riding!!!!!!
I am LOVING the bike riding!!!!
Last night was almost painless.Hubby the kids and I had a great day at home for the holiday and went to the lake at 7pm.
I wasnít feeling anxious at all??!! We just walked in and it was like every other time. Everyone was pretty well into the wine and festivity. Mom kept pushing drinks on me and I calmly said no thank you each time. I didnít ďbiteĒ on any of the usual digs/challenges. I saw them with so much clarity.Aunt and Sis clinging off each other.Mom over selling herself at every turn. Dad ignoring them all.
The kids love being there and playing with their cousin.Of course, they ALL think our kids and clever, perfect and very good looking. Wouldnít have it any other way.
I left with the 3 kids to go to the beach and we had a glorious time wave jumping. It was too windy for the fireworks.
I did feel my separateness but it was not lonely or anxious. I do not want to be like them. I was also able to feel genuine fondness too. I do love these people.
It was great to come home!

THANK YOU for all of your support and good advice!!!!!!!

Mel~ I hope you are enjoying this lovley breeze today!!
HI Raven!!!

Shad
07-02-2005, 06:13 PM
Well I am here. So is Sunday the cat.


I got her in her case (all four legs are going in different directions) and managed to shut the door on it before she came steaming back out again and accompanied by street cat music got to the car with the case. I did well this time - only bleeding from 2 places. One of the neighbours asked if the cat has had an accident because of the distressed yelling going on. Bonny has a Czech accent and we had to yell at one another over the top of the cats distress calls. Two dogs and a cat joined in the chorus. Bonny and I yelled louder to try to explain the problem.

Drove to the vet. All eyes swivel to my car at the traffic lights.

Get to the vet and there is a little Westie in the waiting room. The vet nurse shouts - ĎOkay Sunday is here. Take a seatí. The Westie disappears under the chair. The owner would like to follow. Iím tempted to go to the hardware store and buy earmuffs for all present. Eventually the Westie goes to see the vet. The vet is surprised that Heather (the Westie) is so keen to get into the surgery. Hi Joy yells Joe (the vet). I wave. Distress yells continue unabated.

We get into the surgery after the Westie has gone and yell at Joe about the cats health. Nothing wrong with her lungs. She has managed to wet the newspaper and towel in the bottom of the cage. Joe takes her out of the cage - the yowling ceases. Joe takes the cage out the back and asks the nurse to dispose of the wet towel and newspaper and reline the cage. The cat tries to escape. Joe and I and the nurse are chasing her through the surgery and corner her under the computer desk. She then quiets down but then accuses Joe of rape when he sticks the thermometer you know where. Fur flies when the thermometer is removed. She escapes off the table again. I catch her halfway down to the floor. More blood flows. Body check reveals she is in good health but needs teeth scaling. Since she only licks her chicken necks and wings she is never going to do it herself. Joe wants her back soon to do the job under anaesthetic. Wise man - he doesnít need to lose blood. Joe decides to clip the claws so the mother has a bit of a break from bleeding to death. Vets are nice people. We put the cat back in the cage and I pay the bill. Two other dogs now in the waiting room disappear under the chairs. Itís quite amusing to see a Great Dane trying to fit under a normal waiting room chair. I put the cat in the car and drive home accompanied by the cats chorus. Cars occupants stare at us at the traffic lights. Get home open the cage. Cat gets out - SHEíS BL**DY PURRING!!!!!!!

Rest of the day is spent on a bit of housework, Body Balance class - good workout there, 2 hours of hammock time with a book, a bit of shopping and picking up the niece and nephew so they can come and watch the Lions play the All Blacks again (and get beaten again). We had chicken tacos for dinner and a glass of wine (nephew had a beer) and then I took them home. We all enjoy our football. Niece is an avid All Black supporter. She yells louder than I do. Sheís recently become interested in our side of the family tree and is trying to understand the ramifications of being 1/8 Maori. Nice kids. Good to keep in touch with the young even if I donít understand all that they are talking about.

Watched a bit of mindless tv and went to bed. Such is life. Today is all go. Painting, sanding, putting up some fixtures for shelves etc. Got to find some time to look at laminate flooring soon and a couple of new doors round the house and also get the electrician in. The list is now long enough to justify bringing him in. The bill wonít be too small either.

Oh dear Mel...... did I miss you out. You aren't all that far from my thoughts. Maybe I thought you were here with me. You are the body out there in the hammock at the moment. Ah no that's not you. You don't wear boots like that. Must be the son.

Holly so pleased to see that all went well on the family thing. It is a wise person who can see the family faults but love them anyway. No one is perfect and we are all different. Vive la difference.

Hello Raventoy. Good to see you come visiting. Hello to all others - linus, teel, Happy, Meadow, Tig and Nae, Ceejay and YP1 now swanning around the Canary Islands. So who have I forgotten this time??

Thatís about it for the weekend from me. I look forward to hearing the tales of 4th July. Tales from Canada day sound like you have had a good birthday party. Have a wonderful long weekend to all those having a long weekend. To rest of us - just have a good one

ceejay52
07-02-2005, 08:05 PM
ShadWhat a day you had at the Vet's!!! You were brave.
I think animals are like babies in a sence that they can tell where they are headed. Glad all things are back to normal.

My fourth of July will be spent at work. Sigh.

Mel Hope your bike ride was enjoyable. My exercise today is mowing the lawn. That little bit of rain we got sure has made the grass grow. And it's not as hot.

Hi to all the rest, Holly, Meadow, Nae.

Hi to Raventoy as well.

I've spent a couple of hours this morning cleaning the living room. I'm quite please with the results. I must vacuum more. There was very little dust in the container this time.

Went to Walmart again and bought a matress pad. I put the matress in plastic a couple of weeks ago but the sheets kept creeping while I slept. This should stop that.

It's time to mow.

MELODY525
07-03-2005, 08:55 AM
RAVEN~ HELLO LADY!!! GLAD TO SEE YOU HERE AND SO GOOD OF YOU TO STOP BY!!! HOPE YOU DO IT MORE OFTEN TOO!:ENCORE: HOW ARE YOU, THE KIDS AND THE HORSES?????

SHAD~ I REALLY KNOW WE ARE BOTH NEVER FAR FROM EACH OTHER'S MINDS. JUST LIKE TO TAKE A SISTERLY POKE AT YOU ONCE AND AWHILE! :rofl: THE CAT STORY WAS HILARIOUS BUT GUESS NOT FOR YOU! :yikes: i COULD JUST HEAR IT ALL NOW.
BUT I WAS GLAD SUNDAY GOT A GOOD BILL OF HEALTH!
TELL DS TO GET HIS BUT OUT OF MY HAMMOCK!!! :lol3:

HOLLY~ GOOD FOR YOU AND THE GET TOGETHER. IT WILL GET EASIER AS TIME GOES BY. I AM GLAD YOU WENT THOUGH AND IT'S NICE TO LET THE KIDS HAVE FAMILY TIME TOGHER. TOO SOON THEY WILL BE ALL GROWN UP!

CEEJAY~ SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR HOLIDAY BEING SPENT WITH WORK! IF I VACUMED MORE OFTEN THEN MAYBE MY SINUS WOULD FEEL BETTER TOO! :dance: HOPE YOU DON'T GO SLIDING OUT OF BED ANYMORE! :rofl:

TODAY LOOKS HOT ALREADY BUT THEN IT'S SUMMER!!! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S JULY ALREADY!!! YESTERDAY'S RIDE :moped:WAS SHORT LIVED. GOT A CALL TO GO BACK AND RESET AN ALARM. SOME POOR OLD SOUL HAD OPENED THE BACK DOOR SO SHE COULD SIT OUTSIDE, FORGETTING IT'S THE WEEKEND AND ALARMS ARE ON! :FAINT: JUST AS GOOD CAUSE I WAS ALREADY SWEATING! LOL I HAVE BEEN GETTING ON A ROUTINE AND HAVE MY MORNINGS DOWN PAT NOW(I HOPE) I ACTUALLY HAD TO WRITE EVERYTHING OUT SO I CAN FOLLOW IT ALL. OME SIGN BY THE FRIDGE AND THE OTHER BY THE PC! SO EACH TIME I EAT I DO SOMETHING WITH THE EYES. THIS WAY EVERYTHING GETS DONE ON TIME. AFTER READING SHAD'S HEALTHY LIVING STORY....I THOUGHT OF MY OWN. I'VE BEEN IN THE 170'S FOR 1 1/2 YRS NOW AND THINK THIS IS THE END OF LOSING... SHORT OF A MIRACLE. I'M NOT UPSET ONLY A BIT DISAPPOINTED. BUT IT'S TIME TO FACE REALITY. BEFORE I STARTED THE PLAN I AM ON, I HAD ALREADY STARTED TO LOSE WEIGHT BY CUTTING PORTIONS AND GETTING RID OF SODA. THEN I GOT THE PLAN IN MARCH '03 AND WEIGHED MYSELF IN AT 200. SO I DARESAY I WAS A WEE BIT OVER THAT TO BEGIN WITH IN JANUARY OF 2003. LOST THE 30 LBS AND SEEM TO BE STAYING THERE. THE ONE THING I AM PLEASED WITH IS MY EXTREME CHANGE IN DIET FROM MOSTLY JUNK FOODS TO "REAL" FOOD! :flow2: THAT MUCH HAS AT LEAST BEEN ACCOMPLISHED! SO I AM RATHER PLEASED ON THE WHOLE!:cb:
HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE AND GOOD MORNING MONDAY SUNSHINE!

Hollyhock
07-03-2005, 12:17 PM
You SHOULD be peased Mel!!! and Shad too. Being healthy and living well are incredible successes!!!
CeeJay~ do you have allergies? I did the mattress thing too. It does help. I could vacuum a heck of a lot more. Try to enjoy your holiday as much as you can.
Meadow must be revelling in Canada Day festivities or packing!!

I had a lovely snooze!!!!
Wow. Sitting here sipping my second coffee of the day at 11:15am. Sheer madness!!!!
Decadent and delightful!!!!
Yesterday was almost perfect til I had to see the BXB again,sigh.

DD wanted to spend the night at the lake Friday eve and did. I had misgivings but DH figured it would be okay. DS woke Sat and decided he would go back for the day.
Dh drove him up.
I went to London, Ont. to do a hair appts and swim with 2 gal pals. Wonderful.The city was so brown. Everything was heat scorched. It looked sad. Made me appreciate the beauty of where we live. All is lush still. My gardens are stunning this year. That is on todayís agenda, weeding and such.
I sat in my friends driveway debating whether to hook up with hubby at the ďguysĒ ,sit out on the porch, watch Live8 and drink a few beers or come home, wash floors and revel in solitude. It was a toughy. I came home and cranked live8 through the stereo and danced about, hooted and clapped just like I was there. It was a reminiscing type of day beacause each act reminded me of someone I love or a great shared experience.......nice.
At 7:30 I went back up to the lake to watch fireworks and gather my babies.
Yesterday Shad offered me me a ďwise womanĒ crown(thanks). It is a little askew today cause I was pissed off BUT I did not open my mouth.
Everyone was basically drunk on Fri, so everyone was crusty and tired on Sat. I heard endless reports from Mom and Sis about how whiney and stubborn my DD is. ARG!! I had sent up treats for my kids and Sis didnít aprove of them and hid them from my kids.She also commented that she charges $8 a hour to babysit someone elses kids. During the fireworks her son was jumping all around and my kids wanted to but I wanted them to sit and not disrupt the crowd and enjoy the fireworks.Deep breath.
I was very happy to leave. I just dont need the negativity. Next I will hear about how difficult I am and and how my parents dont see enough of the kids. Sigh!!!
I take the kids there and then I hear how hard it is. Not conducive to visiting, frankly.
Okay ,enough of that crap.
I am having a great morning. Kids were crafting happily. Hubby is happy. My coffee is delish. My home is cleaner than usual!! I have glorious gardens to putter in.
There is a bath in my near future and grocery shopping later on.
HUGS dear chicks.

Meadow
07-03-2005, 01:59 PM
Shad has me all frightened now. I have two cats that I am going to have to find cages for and travel 5 hours up the mountains with. Mine don't travel around town well either, can you imagine what that noise is going to be like? Hugs to Shad for the slices out of her skin and a there, there to little Sunday and that CATitude :p

Mel-I think more than your weight has changed over the years. You have come into your own since last year, making time for yourself and setting limits. The number on the scale is great but the ease of mind you have at your ability to say "NO" now and feel good about it is immeasureable. You have come a long way baby! You need to hook up a little battery operated fan to your buggy and have an air-conditioned ride or a parasol. I've seen someone around here with a black and red umbrella on theirs, very stylish. Thank you for asking about the girls and their eyes, they are all better and I avoided catching it. Although my oldest's teacher was away for two days with pink eye, I guess he wasn't washing his hands :s: I hope you are getting stronger and things are clearing up for you. Remember to breathe.

Holly-giggle, your family is a hoot! I'm glad you have the perspective now and can just shrug it off and not internalize all that crap. Passive aggressive stuff is very destructive, it is good that you can just put your hand up and say thanks but I don't agree and leave them to ponder what they have said :dizzy: I heard a bit of Live8 on the radio, tuned in just as Rob Thomas was finishing his "lonely no more" song. I was going wow, a live version already and then clued in that it was the Live8 concert :^: If I was any slower I would be molasses :lol:

:wave: to Linus and Teel, come on, cut the chitter chatter and start typing what is going on? Are you fighting? Are you getting on each others nerves? Are you eating cake? Enquiring minds want to know :lol3:

Ceejay-You should still wear a hat mowing the lawn, you can get a nasty sunburn even on cloudy days. Sneaky those rays, they will get you even when they are hiding. I hope the changes to your mattress means you have a better sleep experience now :)

Nae-any critters bugging you? It will be the flying bugs next, keep the raid handy. Mosquito season!!

I am packing. The moving van is in the driveway waiting to be filled. We should be up the road Wednesday and come back for the cats and the kids Thursday. I have so much dread about all this change but it is going to happen so I'm trying to stay in the flow. I hate the idea of all that dirt for yard, I'm so used to trees and flowers. I'm going to be spending alot of time in the garden making it look like something, hey, that is exercise, I might break a sweat :lol: ;) :p

linus
07-03-2005, 05:53 PM
alls well today except me lol teel has been on the royal yacht and has been eating italian food at one of my fav resteraunts ,me i have onset of flu and since i went out last night wearing high heeled boots i also have one bloody sore back ,were off to the botanic gardens tomorrow and i promise lots of pics for you all i think teel is keeping hers for when she gets home again!!!! me ill get hubby to resize mine tomorrow night and ill post them just so you know shes really here lol bye for now
kirsty and bump

ceejay52
07-03-2005, 05:53 PM
Hi all,
It's almost 3:45 p.m. Where has the day gone. Oh yes, getting ready for the Health Department inspector. The guy's have done a really great job cleaning. All I've had to do really is sweep the floors and get down a few cob webs that have been rebuilt. Oooh those grand daddies spiders!

I haven't done very well on my eating part of the allergy testing. It's way to restrictive for me but I have it all written down. I've not had any reaction except to the sodium, and that's not anything new for me. I relented Friday night and took a prescribed fluid pill and what a relief that was. When I took the pill I weighed 190 this morning I weighed 182. I don't like to take them.

I'm procrastinating on getting the monthly Health Depratment report finished, just about everything that I normally do has been put off just because I don't want to be here. Still have tomorrow to go, sigh. Guess I'd better get up and do the lab analysis for the water.

Oh forgot to mention. Some may remember me talking about my nephew going to be daddy again in my journals. Eva got here Wednesday about 3:30 p.m. Kentucky time.
I'd planned on calling him to find out the progress report on his wife. I'm going to wait until Mommy gets on her feet again and the weather cools down a bit before I had that way. My sister, his Mom is already there. I do have a trip planned to Missouri on Labor Day.

Well got to get up and do some actual work. Sigh.

Shad
07-04-2005, 06:17 AM
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Happy 4th of July to all our American ladies. Mel, please stay inside when the fireworks start. I can't trust you with all those firemen about etc. etc.

Fairly boring sort of day at work today. Had a class that was supposed to last until tomorrow, however - young minds, no baggage and lo we are through both days work by 2 o'clock. Then the accounting side comes in and we are still there going to sleep at our desks an hour later. I do love having the young people in the class. They are like a breath of fresh air. Friday the class experience equalled nearly 300 years of service. Today they didn't even make 10.

Managed to do quite a bit around the house yesterday. Painted another wall. Put up some timber venetian blinds up, cleaned windows, mowed lawns and did the housework. Oh and I plastered a bit of the ceiling as well. Was quite pleased with myself actually. Not much will get done tonight however. I should be cleaning up in the bedroom and bathroom, but hey, one night off the cleaning, dusting, sweeping and washing will not hurt. Anyway, I'd like an early night and I am not going in early tomorrow either.

So love to all. I've got some reading of posts to do, but the eyes have had enough for the day. I'll catch up in the morning. See ya

MELODY525
07-04-2005, 10:17 AM
:) MEADOW~ HOPETHE MOVING IS AS PAINLESS AS POSSIBLE!!! I THINK YOU WILL GET MUCH MORE EXERCISE THAN YOU EVEN DREAMED OF!!! :faint: GOOD LUCK AND SAFE TRIP! I PITY YOU WITH CATS AND KIDS FOR 5 HRS!!! :rofl: YOU ARE RIGHT AND I DON'T ALWAYS SEE THE GOOD THINGS I HAVE DONE....I FEEL BETTER ALREADY!!! :thanks:

:) SHAD~ I LOVE WOODEN BLINDS. SOUNDS LIKE YOU GOT MORE DONE WITH YOUR TIME THAN AT WORK!!! TOO BAD THEY CANNOT GET ORGANIZED LIKE YOU! :rofl:
HAS SUNDAY FORGIVEN YOU YET!! ROFLMAO HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

:) HOLLY~ WHEN YOU HAVE 'SPARE' TIME YOU SHOULD GO TO www.dailymotivator.com AND VISIT RALPH MARSTON'S DAILY WORDS OF WISDOM. I GO THERE AND MAKE MYSELF LISTEN TO THE MUSIC AND READ THE WORDS ALMOST EVERY DAY. I FEEL I AM WORTH THOSE FEW MINUTES OF SOLITUDE! HE ALWAYS HAS SUCH GREAT STUFF....ESPECIALLY ABOUT LETTING GO.
:thanks: FOR THE GOOD THOUGHTS.
:) CEEJAY~ :bb: CONGRATULATIONS!! :bb: HOW WONDERFUL FOR YOU AND THE FAMILY! NEW LIFE!!! BET YOU WANTED TO JUST RUN RIGHT DOWN THERE!!!
SOUNDS LIKE YOU'LL HAVE A GREAT TRIP TO LOOK FORWARD TO. GOOD LUCK AGAIN WITH THE INSPECTION!!!:encore:

:) LINUS & :bb: BUMP :bb: & TEEL~ EVERYONE SOUNDS GOOD!! HOPE THE FUN CONTINUES!!! WILL KIRSTY EVER REALIZE SHE IS PREGNANT??? :bb: HEELS!!!! :faint: :rofl: ENJOY!!!

:) I THINK IT HAS TAKEN ME THE 3 DAYS TO GET OVER THE LAST WEEK!! LOOKING BACK OVER MY POSTS, I HEAR A STRESSED OUT MEL. FEELING MUCH BETTER TODAY! THANKS FOR ALL THE CONCERN....FELT GOOD THIS MORNING. GOT LOTS TO KEEP ME BUSY AND A RIDE OR TWO TO SQUEEZE IN. JEN WILL BE HOME TODAY. THEY CALLED LAST NIGHT FROM THE CAROLINAS AND THE KIDS WERE SAFELY DEPOSITED WITH THEIR MOM ON SATURDAY. BETTER GET MY DAY GOING. BEEN LOUNGING AROUND SINCE 6:30!!! DIDN'T SLEEP WELL LAST NIGHT FOR SOME REASON. ABOUT 5 HRS. MAYBE A DVD DAY INSTEAD! ;rofl:
:) :) HAPPY 4TH OF JULY :) :) AND HAPPY MONDAY!!!:flow2: :) :)

ceejay52
07-04-2005, 11:19 AM
mel--glad your day is off to a good start. And yes i did want to go straight to Kentucky. Eli is a year old and still haven't seen him.

Shad, Linus, Meadow, Holly. Hope your day is going great.

I'm at work so I'd better get something done.

:) :) :)

Hollyhock
07-04-2005, 11:23 AM
Morning Chicks!!
I woke up with hives all over my entire body. Last thursday I had hives on my legs. I took an antihistamine and was okay. I figured it was overindulgance in local strawberries.Today is a different story. I am wondering now if it is the Avon body wash. Thing is, I have used the product every single day for 3 weeks. Would I start to react now???? I have also been pulling rag weed that I am allergic too. Would that cause hives??? Usually I react with the sinus/irritable thing.
ITCHY!!!
The house stayed beautifully clean for 2 entire days. A record. This morning the 6 kids have messed it up well!!
It is warm and breezy today. We have spent an hour out already.

Mel, you sound great today!!
Shad, I admire your well used time, LOL!! Congrats on the training gone well.
Wish I could help, Meadow!!!

Ceejay~ hope all goes well today. Cyber hugs for the new angel!!

MELODY525
07-04-2005, 11:41 AM
Shad~ Did you say fIremen!!!!! I NEVER THOUGHT OF THAT....
I MUST :scooter: GO AND FIND OUT WHERE THEY HOLD THE NEAREST FIREWORKS!:)

:) Ralphie Boy is reading my mind again!!! Scary thought!!!

THE DAILY MOTIVATOR
Monday, July 4, 2005

Make each challenge pay
+++++++++++++++++++

Challenge can make you stop, or it can make you unstoppable.
It all depends on how you respond.

Challenge can compel you to make valuable improvements that
you never would have attempted otherwise. Challenge can open
your eyes to a whole new level of possibilities.

When the challenges come, gladly accept the energy that they
have to give you. Greet each challenge with the expectation
that it will make you stronger, more capable, more
experienced, more effective.

Then jump right in and get to work on that challenge. The
more quickly and enthusiastically you get started, the more
real value you'll be able to gain.

Challenge will give you the opportunity to discover how very
much you can accomplish. And knowing how much you can
accomplish sets you up to accomplish even more.

When there is a challenge in your life, it's only a matter
of time and effort before that challenge can be transformed
into a real and lasting treasure. Take the time, put forth
the effort, and you'll surely make each challenge pay.

Ralph Marston

Meadow
07-04-2005, 01:10 PM
Hey Mel! I did a wp on that topic too:p
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/ab-split.jpg
Packing and regretting how much stuff we have here ;)

Happy 4th of July!!

Hey Holly, rashes are very annoying, I hope you figure out the root cause and get rid soon :goodvibes:

Shad-you are a marvel! I bet I would be all packed by now if you were here ;) How interesting that the young ones sucked up the knowledge in half the time, give them a test and see how much they retained, that can't be right :lol:

:wave: Hi Ceejay, Linus, Teel, Happy and one and all :wave:

Shad
07-04-2005, 04:02 PM
Morning all.
Feeling a bit brighter this morning. Slept really well apart from a potty trip down the hall at 1.30am. Eyes not dry either and the only thing annoying me at the moment is the nose. Sinus' have lept into gear at the dust and debris floating around in the air.

Meadow, I did two tests on my young ones. They passed with flying colours. They were just good, eager, keen and attactive young folk whose brains are not clogged by doctrine and old ways. They were also computer literate and fast on the keyboard. One of them is apparently a budding IT nerd, best to let that variety just get on with it. They can pick up all sorts of interesting facts and short cuts etc.

Oh and while I think about it, some one in the journals asked whether we have something called Feliway down here. Well I have never heard of it. Apparently it is a spray on tranquiliser for cats travelling in cars. You might ask your vet about it Meadow. My old cat was no problem in the car. You simply picked her up and plonked her in it. She settled in the footwell of the front passenger seat and stayed there for the entire journey more or less. Sometimes she would glare out the windows when we stopped at traffic lights. But Sunday is a totally different story. Put her in the cage she yells, let her out and she becomes a ballistic missile in the car. Strange cat that one.

So on to today. No class this morning since I finished that yesterday. So I will go in a little later and bone up on this afternoons session for Investigation cases. That is supposed to take 1.5 hours. Maybe an early afternoon as well??? Maybe not. There are a couple of courses coming up I must take some extra care over - especially the board of directors.

Think that is about it for the time being. Can't think of much else right now. Best go find something for breakfast and lunch and get a few little jobs done before work. See you later.

linus
07-04-2005, 07:52 PM
evening ladies ,just thought id beter pop in and let you all know we are all in one peace incase youve seen any of the news reports about the anarchists march in edinburgh today :mad: we steered well clear and went to the botanic gardens instead :lol: we had a brill afternoon lots of squirrels and ducks even a mommy moor hen with 2 chicks ,lots and lots of very beautiful flowers and plants but no roses??????????? ive took lots of pics and will post them as soon as hubby sends them to my hard drive {he has the usb adapter plugged into his comp}
i have the hospital tommorrow to have my growth scan and then to see the consultant with hopefully the date for my c-section and hopefully for me and hubby to see the babys flavour :love: :crossed: :crossed: :crossed: :rofl: :rofl: AUNTY mel ill send you the new scan pic if i get one ,
SHAD your box full of lovely pressies got here this morning TEEL was glad she was here to ooh and ahhh aswell i absolutly adore the wee man ive sat him on my radiator in my livingroom so i can look at him and both teel and i had a giggle trying to describe him to teels mum down the phone thankyou so very very much for your wonderfull gift you have all been so very generous and kind to myself and my family
i wont have any moans in this post so im not going to mention the house as its really getting me down now and eating very much into holiday time with teel
right folks ive been up since 6.05 am and its now 23.51 this very fat lady needs her bed
night to all and to all my american freinds enjoy your very special day
lots of love
kirsty+big bump

MELODY525
07-05-2005, 10:08 AM
Ceejay~ I cannot believe Eli is a year old already! :faint: Where has the time gone? You'll have 2 surprises then when you go.

Shad~ When you have shorter classes does that cut the week's time down too?!?! Good luck with the "investigations"!

Meadow~ I would like AB to help with "altering my difficulties". :rofl:

Linus & :bb: & Teel~ Glad you didn't get involved with the unhappy people and get arrested!!! We would have had to send Shad over ther to get you out of the Old Bill!!! Good luck with the testing and hope Teels visit continues on happily!!

It's a dark and gloomy day today :rain: so it's a great one for getting the paperwork done this month and put away. Jen and the BF came home yesterday. Tired from the long trip. Drove to and from Florida with only one night layover. He had to go to work today poor sod! Not much new here. Still minimizing my junk and life is more simplified as I go along. I need to make an appt. for transportation cause the eye dr is Monday again. I better get off the phone line and DO IT!!! :cb:
Have a great day :)

ceejay52
07-05-2005, 03:35 PM
Holly--my sister used to break out in hives when she ate strawberries. I've broke out in hives while using some of Avon's bath products also. Could be both. Good luck on finding out what it is.

Meadow- The sad time of moving to me is packing the U-haul. I know you will like it once settled in your new surroundings.

Hi to linus and teel.

Shad--Don't you know not to mention the word Fireman in front of Mel. Those uniform's get to her. :lol:

Mel--I like the what I read in the Daily Motivator.

Yesterday went pretty well. We had a local business to burn yesterday. Doesn't look like it can be saved. The fire gutted it. Lisa had another fire on her shift. This looks like it might be arson. They tried to burn a mobile home and blame the transformer.

Mother nature gave us fireworks also last night. The storm wasn't to bad and we needed the rain.

I've just sat down. Think we will pass inspection. There is still a couple of things on my to do list before I go home, but that will not take more than five minutes.

Gotta get some paper work done.

Shad
07-05-2005, 07:28 PM
At least it is Wednesday. That's good isn't it?

Linus, so pleased you got the parcel so quickly, although the lady at the Post Office did promise me only a couple of weeks. She was right hey. Unfortunately I had to take the wrapper off the wobbly man, so I can't remember what he was called. I had a bit of fun with him as well before he got packed. Miss Puss wanted to have a go too, but I dissuaded her. Anyway glad you liked the parcel. I did actually try to find a Koala or Kangaroo to put in the parcel, but they are all made in China or Korea or somewhere and I wasn't prepared to guess how well they had been made. At least with Tommee Tippee I know they are okay with the consumer council as far as toys go.

Mel, my time is now pretty much as I want to make it. I work around the classes and am now only doing about 39 hours a week. Which is fine, because I get to leave early, get to the gym early and get home at a decent hour. Still good money so I'm much happier.

Holly, so sorry to hear about the hives. Lots of water to flush the system as well as the antihistamines. I got a bad dose of that some years back when I took too much Vitamin B. Everything swelled and I looked like I had done a round or two with Mike Tyson. So think about that as well. Water, water and more water.

Ceejay, sorry you had to work on a holiday. But then someone has to do it or the world would come to a stop. Are you thinking of going on holiday to Ky soon to see the little ones soon?

Happy moving Meadow. Just keep piling things into boxes - throwing out the junk when the owners are not looking. You'll get there in the end. The cats have probably already worked out that something is in the wind. Good luck with the move.

Teel - hope you are having fun. Since you haven't checked in, then you've either met someone who is taking up your entire time, or you are having so much fun you forget that we exist, or you are miserable. Wonder which it is?

Happy - do you still have visitors or are you just slacking off over there?

When was YP due back from Gran Canaris? And is Tig still running around the lake???

Gotta go. Time to work.

Meadow
07-05-2005, 08:12 PM
The computer is set up on two tv trays. It will probably be packed tomorrow and we will be up the road for the big dump of it all in the house. Should be fun trying to find places for all this stuff. I haven't culled as much as I thought I would be. It is all going up there and will find its way to the dump or the charity shops once I am less muddled. Thanks for all the good energy, I'm trying to stay positive about this, new horizons and trying new things etc. Ralph Marston even did a post about it :p That guy is psychic! Shad I like your running cat, the wobbly arms are too funny! Mel, if
AB were helping me with my difficulties I wouldn't be bothered a bit;) Whee! Thanks for the thoughts Ceejay, you never know, I might like it :lol3: Hey Linus:wave: how was the scan? Are you cooking at the right temperature? Woot Holly, what are you up to? Hey chicks this is probably my last post till next week or whenever the phone gets hooked up, it is the country, they might only have people to do that kind of stuff once a month :D I may be gone for quite a while:p Onwards, upwards, always!

Shad
07-05-2005, 08:41 PM
Good luck Meadow. See you soon I hope.

Hollyhock
07-05-2005, 10:23 PM
HEY !!!!! be kind to us country folk!!!!!!!
The slower pace of life is very easy to adjust to after city life, I PROMISE!!!!!!!!
Have a joyful adventure!!!!

I am still very swelled( 8 lbs since yesterday) ,no hives. I should have gone to the doc but will wait and see what tomorrow brings.



You will see a bit of this out front of the post office. I find them cute now!!??

MELODY525
07-06-2005, 08:37 AM
Meadow~ BYE!!!! HAPPY TRAILS TO YOU.....UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN! (an old cowboy song) Good luck in your new home!!

Shad~ I am glad your hours are shorter and paying so well!!
I was wondering.....LOL My hors are almost non-existant now!!! I hear there is much arguing going on downstairs:rofl: Guess they are stressing out with taking up their reins again!

Holly~ Hope the hives subside soon! (((((HUGS)))))) I know they're no fun. Get well soon.:flow2:

Ceejay~ with you at the helm there is good hope for a perfect inspection....or as close to perfection as it can be! :encore:

:wave: Hello to all the others. By now Tig could be on her way to Happy's or Naes! :yikes:

Gloomy!!!! It looks more like 8PM than AM!!!! I could just go right back to sleep! We have more auditors here so I'll stay far away! Maybe tackle a closet or my dresser drawers. Spent the day with Jen and we had a good chat. Birdie went home with her. Peace reigns at Mel's at last!:encore:
Happy Wednesday!!!! (or Thursday as the case may be...LOL)
PS~ I have not been getting any notifications and was wondering if I am the ONLY one?!?!?!?

MELODY525
07-06-2005, 09:20 AM
Ceejay~ I almost forgot.......OOOOOOH!!!! Some smoke alarm trouble at a building down the street.....lots of firemen!!! Trucks FULL of them! :faint: Thank God nothing was wrong but they hung around long enough for me to rush down :scooter: and watch! :rofl: I had just gotten home from the drs that day! :lol3:

Hollyhock
07-06-2005, 03:23 PM
Went to Emereg this morning because my whole body was very swelled up!!
It is hives. I got really concerned about how much I have swelled up and the joint pain.They are all symptoms. It takes about a week for the reaction to leave the body. Benedryl it is.
I feel better knowing it is not more serious.
There is no way to tell what set it off but I do have a question. If I were reacting to the Avon shower gel, when would I have the reaction? I have used it for 3 weeks with no reaction. Would hives come on have after that?

I think it is from pulling ragweed out of the garden. And this is how it manifested itself.

I do adore my friend who came to be with the kids and my grade 8 boy. I came home to happy, fed kids and a spotless house!!!!!!
My dad just picked up DS to go to the driving range and DD and I are going to nap.
I wish i had a hammock today. it is beautiful out there,23C, light breeze!!!!

Shad
07-06-2005, 07:09 PM
Stupidity strikes again
Me that is - just had this entry all written out and then added a link to my new photo album and previewed everthing and LOST THE LOT. Hello, Shad....... brain is where???

Anyway it is sunny Thursday here. The weekend is looming and Iím ready for it. The living room project is at the stage where you can actually see results and not demolition anymore. I love it when things get to this stage.

Been having a long think about my whole eating/ exercising/ working/ playing/ rest thing. I have been putting on weight again, which I am a tad unhappy about and the measurements from the end of June were a little depressing to say the least. So yesterday I decided to have a sort of fasting day. I ate only apples and the mussell/ tuna steak salad for dinner. I drank lots of water and went for a walk in the Botanical Gardens and took photos at lunch time. Today I find I am down one kilo and I feel more like my old positive energetic self again. So...... maybe there is something in the things I have been eating that are not doing my any good at all. It has to be water retention to drop that amount in a 24 hour period. So what have I been eating that contains salt. I guess I have not been reading my labels too well. I donít use salt much at all (generally only with an egg) and never in cooking. I flavour food with things like herb mixtures (herbes de Provence, Tuscan herbs, Greek herbs) and spices (Chermoula, szechuan, paprika, lime and chili, Thai flavours and Chinese 5 spice) and I am now wondering if there is more salt in those than I realise. Check the labels Shad. You keep advising others to do it, now do it for yourself.

Anyway to cut a long story short, I think I will cut back a little on the food, check the contents carefully, drink more water (again) and eat more fruit and veg than bread or meat and watch what I buy in the lunch places very carefully.

I took some photos of Brisbane City, Brisbane River and the Botanical Gardens yesterday. If you are interested, try this link Brisbane (http://community.webshots.com/album/88183822Qpezml)

YP1
07-06-2005, 07:17 PM
Hi, I'm back. I got back early yesterday morning, but with an overnight flight followed by work pretty much straight away my body clock's been a bit messed up.

Not to mention I ran my first 5k race today, so I've been busy! I'm absolutely amazed by my time, I've never even got near 30 minutes before, and I did it in 28 minutes 37 seconds. I nearly died of shock! Even better, I raised nearly £350 for charity (and might get past that if some late donations I've been promised turn up).

Anyway, I really should get some sleep now and let my busy, hard working legs rest a bit.

ceejay52
07-06-2005, 10:47 PM
Hello ladies, not much going on today. Inspection went very well. There are a few niggles that will have to be done. :dance: He was really impressed. I over heard James tell him that I did 99% of the paper work. It passed with flying colors. He showed him some bookkeeping from the computer. The inspector seemed to be asking him a lot of questions about the formats that I use in my system of bookkeeping. (My made up formats)

Tim, my supervisor, is in the hospital. He hurt his back at work. MRI's were done today and we are suspecting he'll have surgery. He's in severe pain.

I really dread going to have those test run tomorrow cause I just haven't done well with that restrictive diet. They probably will not run the test because of it. I'm thinking about calling and rescheduling it. There has been to much stress this month for me to concetrate on it.

Holly--glad your hives are beginnng to calm down. :hugs:

Meadow--Be careful. Have a safe trip.

Mel--You are to funny. I'm still laughing :lol:

Shad--Yes I'll be going to Kentucky, probably in October.

happy2bme
07-07-2005, 08:47 AM
Good morning chickies, I'm back at last. :D :D
Had a great time with the family. Everyone liked it here, I think they were all rather surprised that this is nothing like they thought it would be - and rather pleasant to boot. Last 2 days I have been really tired and almost felt like a deflated balloon. I've been chalking it up to being wired for the last 10 days with everyone coming and going. Now I'm doing all the washing and cleaning up in the aftermath. Happy to report no weight gain, even a small loss here. We ate but did lots of swimming and some touring around. Nothing excessive on the eating. Going back to work :( reminds me of how it would be SOOOOO nice to be able to stay at home and choose how I want to spend the day. But staying home doesn't pay the bills, does it? So as Shad would say, I owe, I owe, it's off to work I go.

Shad, I loved your story about Sunday the cat and the adventures of the vet trip. Very creative writing. :) Good thing that only happens once a year. I understand too with the salts in the food. I swear it lurks all over, most obviously in packaged foods but could be in some of the combination seasonings too. Oh and I peeked at your latest album, some very nice pics in there. What a gorgeous city you live in!

Welcome Ceejay :wave: You'll like it here.

High five YP on both running your race AND collecting so much for your charity. Good going!

Holly, hope you are feeling better and that the hives have subsided. I would tend to agree with you that getting a reaction 3 weeks after you used a product seems odd. Perhaps little by little it built up an aggrivation????

Good luck with the move Meadow, hope all goes smooth.

Oh Mel must be in heaven - firemen all around :rofl: Don't be straining those peepers young lady :)

Linus and Teel, sounds like you enjoyed your visit together, you wait so long and then it's over so quickly, isn't it?

Time to get showered and ready for another day so I'd better run. I might be back tonight but I have a homeowners association meeting tonight. Hope that won't last too long. I hate to sit there and yawn. At least it's a short week to ease back into the working world again.

Hellos to Nae and Tig and another else I may have missed. :o Talk to you later, have a great day.

happy2bme
07-07-2005, 08:49 AM
:chin: hmmm seems like the counter on the number of posts a person has made (under their avatar looks like it's off. By quite a bit... oh well, not that important anyway :?:

MELODY525
07-07-2005, 10:03 AM
Shad~ I found out from one of the female drs that if a combo spice says "and other spices" on the ingredients label, then it contains salt. She recommended I mix my own spices to make Italian, etc. I have some recipes for spices and will send them if you like. I don't retain water as much now and usually only when I eat the wrong food. Good luck. Hope your weekend is stupendous!

Holly~ am sooo sorry to hear about the ER trip!!! You are just like Jen in this. She usually gets a steroid in a IV drip bag and the benadryl and a few hours later they send her home. The opinion for her has been this....if she is too stressed out for too long a time and then also eats the wrong food, then the attack is much worse than just the usual bumps. Now when she sees them coming he told her to tak the benadryl right away and not stop till the rash is gone. I wish you well((((((HUGS))))))

YP~ Welcome back and what a great race! Good for you and you must be walking on air!!!:dance: :cloud: Such a wonderful thing for you to do for charity. Congratulations!!!:encore:

Ceejay~You may be still laughing and me too but see how right I was!!! :encore: Congratulations on all of it and will send good healing vibes to Tim. I am sorry to hear of his hosp. stay and wish him well. Just reading it madse my bus thing twinge! :faint:!!!! Good luck with the testing decision!!!

Happy~ Glad the visit went so well and you and the others had such a great time! Congratulations on the loss and hope it's contagious over here!!! :rofl: Hope the work week goes fast too!!

I am in shock of the news from London. It must have been terrorizing to those trapped. jen and I were so happy for them just yesterday with the news of the Olympic 2012. Scary how it all changes in the course of 24 hours. Sending good thoughts over to them today. The sad thing is that part of my happiness was because I live so close to NYC and did NOT want the Olympics here.......I was afraid of just the same thing. So are many others in both NY & NJ. Once was enough and I live with the fear of a repetition. Enough said.
I am back on plan today and I think the TV helped me make it.
If not now........when? so today it is. Done with the feeling sorry for myself syndrome and off to another re-start!:dance:
Hope everyone's day is a great one. Rainy over here so another closet will get sorted! Happy Thursday!

Shad
07-07-2005, 06:59 PM
My counter thingy went pearshaped some time back Happy. I think I was over the 2 thousand mark and it went back to about 500. Maybe a new version update or something. As you say not that important.

More bad news in the world overnight I see. Don't want to get into any pros or cons of it. It's bad enough without me telling it how I see it. Thoughts and good vibes to those missing loved ones at this time. Don't the Jihad understand that the Brits have already been there and done that - several times. WW1, WW11 and the IRA have all tried to take the British people down. None have yet succeded. The British will not be cowed by this, instead they will dig in their heels, set their scientists alight to come up with answers and just get on with it. It may take time, but they will fix it. If they don't believe it, just listen to the words of Rule Britannia. The Brits have lived by it for years.

Okay, on to better things. Like Salt.
I went home after a tough workout last night and checked out the contents of the spice drawer. Of all the flavoured seasonings - 7 - 5 of them have salt as the first ingredient! One has salt as the 3rd ingredient and one does not contain any additional salt. So I will take Mel's suggestion and make some combinations of my own. The ingredients are written on the bottles, I will just eliminate the salt. I've decided I won't throw the existing out - just make the seasonings and mix small amounts in at a time until I have used them all up. Many of the little bottles are more than half empty and some are brand new. At 2.45 each I don't feel like completely throwing them out.

This almost feels like Deja vu. I seem to remember talking salt some time back. Anyway whatever, the weight is now down to below where it was when I started on this regime of Jason the Torturers and I no longer feel like I am jiggling when I am running.

Read the damn labels Shad

On an up note, I had an e-mail yesterday through webshots asking me if I would allow the use of one of my photos in a textbook. I have asked a couple of questions about the publication - who, what, where, when etc. If it is a non profit organisation I will probably say yes, provided of course credit is given for the photo. Some days are full of surprises.

And of course it is Friday. So can things get much better for this little black duck? Have a training class today. We should be through around 3pm so an early mark is on the cards.

YP1 - wonderful results. Jeez, we could see you at the London Olympics in 2012 maybe????
Mel - here we have to state the ingredients in the order of most to least and give a Kcal, fat, sodium content analysis. However this usually only relates to Australian made or manufactured food. In reality since so much of our food now is imported from Asia we really have little idea of content at all. Our CSIRO (Govt Scientific div) tries it's best to let us know what is in the stuff, but they are fighting a losing battle with the supermarkets and the almighty dollar. I'd love your recipes. I do enjoy herbs and spices.
Holly - hope things are getting better for you. Weekend coming up, you don't want to be unwell.
Happy - glad you enjoyed the trip to Brisbane. Thank DH for his lovely comments as well. It is a nice city. Not too crowded, but busy. I just wish I didn't have to work in it. Cities are only good if you can choose to be out of them. I really prefer to work in the sticks.
Linus, Teel - where are youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
And Tig - for goodness sake, get a cab out of the mountains and say hello.

Anyway, I had better go get this posted, and then go upstairs to where the training room awaits. At least it is Friday.

Hollyhock
07-07-2005, 07:50 PM
Still itchy!!! No more swelling. 6 kids all day, 6 tomorrow. Going camping tomorrow after supper til sunday. A family reunion with Dh's family. Lots of biking and swimming.
HUGS chicks. Sad day in the news and Britian.

ceejay52
07-07-2005, 08:42 PM
Just a brief post. I've been in bed with a headache all day. Never had one this bad before. It feels like a sinus headache. Haven't got to take the meds for over a week now, but taking one tonight. Called and rescheduled the testing cause I just didn't feel like driving over there.

Shad I have trouble with the salt/sodium thing too.

The computer is hurting my eyes with the headache so I'm outta here.

Tomorrow will be a better day. I've had to much stress this week.

Hollyhock
07-08-2005, 09:42 AM
Today is basically a To Do list.
My Avon order just arrived. We are going camping tonight for the weekend.
I have 6 kids all day.My helper is coming. I have lots of laundry to do.Packing will be painless.
DS has been hyper. Needs more structure.
I had a Gala Days meeting last night and then I went for a Reiki treatment to help move this itch along. It seems to be about 90% better.
I need to bake a cake for the potluck tomorrow. I made cookies ans muffins yesterday aft. It is hubbyís family reunion weekend.We all camp but have a dinner on Sat and the non campers come too. It is wonderful. I am looking forward to swimming and biking.
I would like to get the house as tidy as possible.I am hoping some kids will help.
So much to do. Breathe. I will make a list.
Food was good.Water has be spectacular.Exercise has been scratching.

Peaceful thoughts to the chicks!!!!

Shad
07-08-2005, 06:16 PM
Just been watching a cooking program on the Lifestyle Channel. Now I never cook anything from these - just watch. The amount of salt that they put into everything appears to be enough to clog the arteries and stop the heart. Just a pinch of salt I hear him say taking half a handful from a bowl and throwing it in. I know that a certain amount of salt is necessary to maintain the blood but from what I have read and understand, the majority of it can be obtained naturally from the foods we eat. Anyway enough of the soap box stuff.

Got out of work yesterday around 3.00 which was nice. Got in the workout and came home, proceeded to bust the cold water tap in the kitchen so have some work to do on that today. Should be fun. Weather this weekend is supposed to be rotten so work will proceed inside. The two new roses I put in a couple of weeks back appear to be dead. I'll give them another week to put out leaves and then replace them.

Have a good weekend camping Holly. Hope the family thing goes fine although I understand this is his family and not yours right??? Families - gotta love 'em.

Ceejay, get over that headache. Sinus problems are so awful, they just go on and on and on and on. Lots of panadol and inhale the Vicks - don't know what you call them over there - its a smelly jelly you can dissolve in hot water and breathe the vapours or a little stick thing you shove up your nose and breathe in the vapours. I live with both. I'm addicted to the inhaler.

Mel the link worked (wonderwoman) and I am going to try some of those mixtures. I took all the spices and combinations out of the cupboard and checked the lot. I have 12 different types here of which 6 have salt as the main ingredient, 2 have it as the third ingredient and 4 do not contain any at all. So I will continue to use those. I'll also take the ingredients off the others and use that and your lists to try to make some more (better) stuff.

Weight is at 71.5 today. Thats down from 74 earlier this week and yesterday was at 70.5. Usual fluctuations again. However it would seem most of the retained water has gone. I can see and feel the bones in my wrists again. Hallelujah.

Off to gym again soon for the body balance class. Then home for housework etc. Back out again to get the tyres done on the car for 1.30 and then the pick up the niece and nephew for the third and final Rugby test against the British Lions. Will end a bad week for the Brits no doubt.

With that, I am off to have a shower, get dressed and start my day. Mel is out gallivanting. Don't ring me back I'll be back in touch later today.

MELODY525
07-08-2005, 08:13 PM
Shad~ glad the link and the recipes were ok. I had a dr tell me that there is enough salt in eggwhites and celery alone to keep a person going! I actually had to cut back on the eggwhites cause of the feet! :rofl: Hope the roses do something other than continue with their browness!!!:dance: Have a great weekend!

Holly and your usual busy self. In case the hives were emotional....don't go into overload just yet!!!! Take care my friend...you don't want a relapse.

Ceejay~ So sorry to hear about the head....sinus weather is bad here too. don't know what is flying around out there but everyone is complaining across the States! Feel better soon.

I had a tough day. rushed back from shopping and a neighbor is being taken off life support tomorrow, a friend's father had heart surgery and the London thing is still affecting so many here. wish I could control and calm myself as well as I can do for others! :faint: :rofl: :lol3: I am going back on a strict plan for next week starting on Sunday. Going to give it the old college try once more and see if I can budge the metabolism withj food instead of exercise. We'll see. Monday is the eye guy again and I would like to show him some normal looking skin and eyes! Wish me luck! LOL Well, I am very tired and the kids want to use the PC. going to bed with a mystery man....I mean book!!! :rofl:
did I ever tell you all that I love you??? Well I do and life can sometimes be too short not to say it again:encore:
Have a wonderful weekend everyone and wish the others would check in too.:wave:

Tig
07-08-2005, 08:51 PM
As usual, I've been lurking. Hello, Everybody! :wave:

Dearest Darling Daughter and her Very Two Cutie Pie Daughter have been visiting for a little over a week. The Thugs and The Parents are in the process of relocating to Okinawa and are visiting until they leave next week so this is the House of Frolic, Noise, and Bedlam. We are having a most glorious time! We've played in The Fort, gone to the beach, caught minnows in the ditch, chased lizards, went to a parade, been terrorized by the BOOMS of fireworks, and today we visited the local zoo. I've been on vacation but go back to work on Monday. :( The washer, dryer and dishwasher are getting MAJOR workouts!!

Slim and I have been running almost every morning. We have to get out early because of the heat and humidity. If we aren't hitting the pavement by 7:00 AM, I'm really sorry after a mile. I was having problems with palpitations but the cardiologist said I could run and recommended Gatorade to keep my electrolytes up and to avoid dehydration. If you read the ingredients, there is definitely a lot of salt in Gatorade. I can tell I am retaining fluid by the scale, but I've made the decision to stay hydrated for the summer. Normally, I avoid salt at all costs. In fact, Slim makes his own seasonings sans salt.

DD's goal was to lose weight while she visits this year. We have eaten all of our meals at home, so she's had her Dad's lowfat, lowcalorie cooking. We can't quite get her to run with us early in the morning, though. We run Before Coffee and she thinks we're Nutz. While she may lose only a few pounds, she's getting her portion sizes back to normal and more importantly, she's getting the much-deserved vacation from a grueling year of school. Only one more year left and she'll move here. :dance:

I was having motorcycle withdrawal so we went for a ride yesterday to church to check on things. I've heard about the 100-mile hug - now I get it! :love:

I'd say Stay out of Trouble, but there are some that might take it personally. Or worse, not!! :rofl:

ceejay52
07-08-2005, 10:47 PM
Hi chicks
Today was a much better day. Got up got dressed and the pay check arrived by 8:30 a.m. Decided to put a load of laundry into wash and jump on the bicycle to ride for 30 minutes. After that it was out the door to do some grocery shopping. Wow, I'm shocked at the prices now adays for nutritional food. :?:

Mel-It feels good to have all that cleaning behind me. I am not going to store things like a pack rat anymore. I really have a lot more storage space.
Good luck on finishing your cleaning and discarding.

Shad--you sound busy as always.

Holly--have fun on your camping trip. That's one thing I like to do, but sis hasn't mentioned going this year. Glad to hear your allergy is clearing up also.

Hello Linus, Teel, and YPI, Happy, Tig and the rest :wave:

MELODY525
07-09-2005, 09:14 AM
Wondering how Teel and Linus are doing with all the sorrow. wish someone would drop a line here!!!:wave:
Tig~ :wave: back to you! Nice visit you had.glad you all had the time together though. PLEASE....no dehydrating allowed on 3FC!!!
I used gatorade in the past and Jen does. We lose water fast. You are sooo right....better to retain than lose it all. Jen ended up with kidney stones as a result of dehydration. Happy running and motor rides!!! good luck with the palpitations too.

Shad~ I was going to call last night at 9:50 my time(Fri. night)
I forgot the computer was still on and heard from the bedroom that it was turning off. When I got in here there was a screen that said "someone else was logging on. I haven't talked to Jen to see if it was her or you! :rofl: We must experiment!!! Happy Weekend!

Ceejay~ Glad to see you up and running again! Hope the weekend is headache free. Of all the problems I can get, headaches rank right up there with unhappiness! :faint:
Glad you got some exercising in too.

I feel rejeuvenated(sp) after a good but short sleep. I need to cook and get ready for next weel's personal challenge! :strong:
I hope the weekend is a quiet one. I must share an absurd story cause you're my sisters......I have been trying to confirm a ridiculous story about the "board's" looking into whether they can BAN people like me from using their commercial bus because I lack an insurance that doesn't cover vehicular incidents! :faint: The person that let this slip to me got an earful that included hiring lawyers and discrimination! Although it shocked me that they would even THINK of something as drastic as this, I am not letting it drive me crazy. My eyes are #1 right now and they and my rosacea are NOT doing as well as I expected. therfore I cannot afford "excitement" right now.....I guess sex is out of the question too then:rofl: :lol3:
The end of the hurricane has gone(Cindy) and the sun has finally gone and the winds have left. 90 degree temps expected this weekend after we had such a lovely but humid cool spell. Very strange weather these last 2 years in our area. :rain:
OK, I better get started. No time like the present to start cooking!
Happy Saturday/Sunday and have a great weekend.

happy2bme
07-09-2005, 02:13 PM
Howdy chickies,
Sorry I haven't been posting. Been very very tired after the company left. A bit of an upset stomach too so I haven't been myself most of the week. Hurricane Dennis is headed our way - going to be a very, very rainy week ahead come Monday so there's lots of cleanup in the yard to be done - picking up little sticks and leaves and such so that the drains are relatively clean once the torrent of rain hits. When it rains here it REALLY rains so I can imagine what hurricane like rains will be. Maybe I should take the raft to work? :lol: I also volunteered to take over the newsletter for our homeowners association - got to write that up this weekend as we need to distribute it by next weekend. Always something to do, eh?

Mel that's crazy about the bus. I thought THEY were the ones who had to carry the insurance. What if one of the seniors tripped and fell? Hope this works out for you as I know you depend on it for transportation.

Hello Ceejay my western neighbor. Are you down south by the Gulf coast? If so you might be getting washed up my way next week. Stop in and I'll give you a dry towel and a hot cup of tea :rain:

Tig, it doesn't surprise me that Gatorade has salt in it. You're supposed to drink it when heavily exerting yourself and sweating so it makes sense. What I'm shocked about is EGG WHITES having salt :?: Geez Louise... it's everywhere, isn't it?

Shad enjoy the footy games and mixing your own seasonings. I generally buy seasonings one on one and mix them together myself simply to control what I'm putting on the food. Of course that makes for 2 shelves in the cabinet and 200 bottles of seasoning. :lol: My fresh basil is doing nicely, anyone want some of that? The tomatoes are starting to come in too but the birds seem to be pecking at the big ones.

Holly, enjoy your camping trip. Wish I could come too. I'm not sure I'd camp down this way - tho maybe I might drive to the Smokey Mountains on the east side and try it try. The mosquitos are horrible out this way. They dive bomb you - you feel one bite and it's really 4 in a row. I have them all over my legs from last week - at least 24 on one leg alone. It was torture this week when I put long pants and socks on for work. Everything touched against my legs and started itching again. And it's big red blotches the size of quarter dollar coins.

I have coconut grass liners in my planters (supposed to hold the moisture in but they don't). The birds are having a field day ripping them apart. It must be bird humping season as they are all carrying the grass off to make nests - mockingbirds, robins, bluejays and probably others too. I don't mind them stealing a string or two but they have pretty much devasted one planter.

Well I do want to get in the pool today and I haven't done much in the way of housework or laundry so I'd better get off the computer and get in gear here. Our pansies petered out with the warmer weather and we have to take a trip to the nursery to see what to replace them with also today.

Have a good weekend. Hugs to Linus and Teel - hope you are enjoying your visit, prayers going out to the poor souls in London - how devistating. :wave: to YP and Nae and Meadow too.

ceejay52
07-09-2005, 03:37 PM
Happy--Arkansas is supposed to get some much needed rain from hurricane Dennis. It looks like Florida and Lousisana will be getting hit the hardest.

It's just a lazy Saturday afternoon. I'm trying to do some cooking for next week so I can stay on plan as much as possible. The roast is smelling so good. and it has no salt.

Made some no bake cookies last night and am paying for it this morning. Who would have thought that oatmeal, along with cocoa, and splenda could have so many calories. I have a zit the size of an american dime on my chin. I tossed the rest of them this morning. It also made me go out of my calorie range yesterday.

Hi to all the rest and have a good day.

Shad
07-09-2005, 06:18 PM
Sunny Sunday morning here. We have been promised rain and cold and wind but so far there isn't the slightest indication that this will happen.
Yesterday I didn't get to the gym, so will try to go this morning, however there is so much to do here I may just skip it altogether and say 4 times is enough this week.

I have an old tap in the kitchen that has been dripping and which I thought I had stripped the thread trying to turn it off so hard. Yesterday I took the thing apart - mainly to see how it worked and to see what I had to do to replace it. Found that DS2 has put a universal seat on the tap and this had come loose. A quick tighten with the allem keys and she works again, but is still dripping. So while I was at the hardware store bought some new washer thingys. Today I need to turn the water off again and fit this. I guess that while I'm there I might as well do the rest as well. If one goes, the others can't be too far behind. At least the new taps in the bathroom don't need doing.

Had the niece around last night. Nephew decided that the series was won and therefore no longer needed his support and so did not come. Their Dad (my DB2) appeared on the scene around half time, stayed long enough for a glass of wine and for niece to wrap the present for the party he was going to later. Watched us cheer and dance and jig about and then yell at the ref about the state of his spectacles. Shook his head sadly and wandered off into the wild blue yonder.

Yesterday while the car was having its tyres checked and the wheel balance done, I wandered into the hardware/ nursery store and bought a few more plants (some herbs, some veges and some pansies and petunias (bright red)). The pansies and petunia will be planted in a pot with the New Zealand Christmas Bush I bought yesterday (has bright red bottle brush flowers and attracts birds). I also got a new orchid for the brother (DB1) since he is a tad down at the moment. His DW has been diagnosed with a pancreatic tumour - this is the one who had to retire through ill health and deep vein thrombosis last Christmas and has not really been well since. I've got her a couple of plants as well since she loves her garden and has a beautiful house and garden. We are not sure whether the tumour is cancerous. There appears to be some doubt. The powers that be have decided to wait a month and then check again to see if the size has increased. If so, out it comes. Blood test are negative in that respect.

So today is:
Sand the ceiling where I replastered.
1st coat on the ceiling
1st coat of top coat on the wall
Chip another tile off the floor.
Gym if I can make it
Plant these seedlings
Change the bed and wash the linen
Clean the kitchen
Fix the taps.
Fold yesterdays washing and do the ironing.

Looking at that. It's time to get started. Back later to catch up on the doings of the friendly chicks. I wonder what the Brits are up to????

MELODY525
07-10-2005, 08:56 AM
HAPPY~ HOPE YOU DON'T HAVE TO BUILD THE ARK AGAIN....WHAT WAS A CUBIT???? :rain: I AM JUST GLAD TO SEE YOU WHEN YOU DO GET HERE:DANCE: IN THE MICHAEL THURMOND TAPES IT TELLS OF THE EGG WHITES AND SALT. I JUST KEEP FORGETTING:dizzy: GOOD LUCK WITH DENNIS'S ARRIVAL.

SHAD~ I DIDN NOT KNOW THAT PETUNIAS CAME IN BRIGHT RED.....AND DID SOMEONE MENTION CHRISTMAS????? AND MORE THAN ONCE!!!! :rofl: IAM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE DW AND SEND SOME HUGS AND GOOD THOUGHTS HER WAY.
NICE OF YOU TO GIVE HER SOMETHING LIVING AND LOVELY TO LOOK AT. GROWING THINGS ALWAYS CHEER ME UP TOO.:flow:

CEEJAY~ I THINK I CAN SMELL THE ROAST!!! YUM! WE'LL ALL GO TO YOUR HOUSE FOR DINNER!! GOOD LUCK TO YOU AS WELL WITH DENNIS. HOPE HE DOESN'T GO TOO WILD DUMPING THE RAIN. SOUNDS LIKE WE WILL BOTH BE BACK ON PLAN FOR AWHILE! GOOD LUCK THIS WEEK ALSO:cb:

CAN YOU TELL BY THE CAPS THAT THE EYES ARE NOT DOING VERY WELL. DRY AND SCRATCHY AGAIN NO MATTER WHAT I DO. I AM SURE WE WILL HAVE THE USUAL ARGUMENT OVER THE ANTIBIOTICS AND I AM EQUALLY SURE HE WILL WIN THIS TIME.
I ALMOST WENT BACK ON THEM MYSELF THIS WEEKEND. BUT WANTED TO BE ABSOLUTELY SURE SO I WILL WAIT FOR TOMORROW'S APPT. OTHER THAN THAT.......
I AM HAVING A GREAT WEEKEND. ATE WITH THE KIDS. THEY WOULDN'T KNOW HEALTHY FOOD IF IT HIT THEM IN THE FACE! :rofl: BUT WE HAD A GREAT TIME. I AM UP 3 LBS! SO MY NEW DIET CHALLENGE THIS WEEK IS THE STRICT PLAN.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY. I WILL PROBABLY SEE YOU ON TUESDAY SOMETIME.

:wave: TO NAE, YP, LINUS & :bb:, TEEL AND MEADOW AND HOLLY.

TIG~ HOPE DENNIS IS NOT ON HIS WAY TO YOU. SENDING ALL MY BEST THOUGHTS YOUR WAY. TELL SLIM TO TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOU!!!

Hollyhock
07-10-2005, 03:43 PM
Hello, hello, hello!!!
More than 48 hours without 3FC.
Just had a wonderful read through and caught up with the gang.HUGS and LOVE to ALL!!!!
First day in 10 without any sign of hives and swelling. Weehee!!!
The camping adventure was spectacular.
I so LOVE my hubby and my son and my daughter. It was non stop action and lots of laughs and caring. A really good time with all of hubbyís relatives.
I am happily home,unpacked and well scrubbed in the tub. I was getting as little ripe.
Laundry and gentle puttering to do.
Big salad for supper.
House is still super clean from friday.
Mised you all. I have been catching up for a while!!!

Life is wonderful!!!!!!!

linus
07-10-2005, 06:37 PM
hello folks sorry for not getting in but been a bit under the weather and very fed up with life in general so i will apologise for worrying you all
MEL we are both fine we just had the chaos of the g8 and the anarchist marches to cope with poor teel had a rough time getting into anything she wanted to see but think shes caught up now ,shes basically going it alone on the visiting front financial ,time ,family and health constraints have took a large part in me taking a back seat on the out and about scene
SHAD i was to let you know the postcards on its way and shell speak soon
to everyone else ill speak to you all soon i miss you all but the alien doesnt like me sitting at this desk and starts booting heck out of me ,,,oh before i forget because ive been a good girl and not put on any weight {spewing for 6 months will do that to you } the hospital has decieded that i dont need sectioned till im 39 weeks so our wee bump is coming out on the 16th of september ive to report to the hossie on that day at 7.30am and baby will be born later that day
bye for now
kirsty and bump

ceejay52
07-10-2005, 08:41 PM
Hello ladies
The clouds from hurricane Dennis are making its way to our neck of the woods. The rain is suppose to ge here after midnight.

I decided that I should work in the yard today. I didn't think the grass needed to be mowed until I started mowing. I sneezed the whole time I mowed. The grass is really dry and blew every where.

For some unknown reason I have had a back problem since Thursday. Don't know whether I've pulled a muscle or have a kidney infection. Either way if it's not better by Thursday I'll be going to the doctor.

Holly--glad you had a good time this week end. and also glad the hives have left. Isn't it nice to come home to a clean house.

Hello to Mel, Shad, Linus, Nae, Happy and Tig. Hope your week end has been fun.

Shad
07-11-2005, 06:10 AM
Saw some pictures of Hurricane Dennis on the news tonight. I sure hope none of the friendly chicks get hit by this monster. Tig, Ceejay, Happy, Mel are you all okay??? The US sure has had a surfeit of these hurricanes over the past couple of years.
Be sure to batten down the hatches and take lots of care.

Had a busy day yesterday. Got most of my list achieved but the taps will have to wait until next weekend. They got missed. The plants got planted, the washing got folded but not ironed and the rest got done. Today was fairly busy as well and tomorrow I start training the big wigs so it will be a bit stressful in the morning I am picking. I don't feel ready for this. I will survive.

I bought a whole raft of spices yesterday while out shopping. So I am now ready to try out some of Mel's spice recipes. I'll keep you posted on how they go.

Mel, what are we going to do with you and those eyes. You really are a bit of a problem aren't you. Wonder if there are any old fashioned (no salt) cures that will help this problem. Unfortunately I know very little about it. Have a good trip to the dr. Tell Willy to drive SLOWLY unless of course he wants to answer to me!! A cubit is an old time measurement - I think from the elbow to the end of the middle finger. Don't quote me on that. Happy may have a better answer.

Holly - so glad you enjoyed the camping trip. Good stuff. And I am very pleased that the hives are disappearing finally.

Linus - good to hear from you. How much longer has Teel got on her northern holiday? I look forward to the postcard arriving in my mailbox. It will make a vast difference from the bills arriving. Sorry to hear that things are not working out for you at the moment. Hope some improvements appear in the near future.

Ceejay - hope that back improves very soon and that Dennis doesn't overwhelm you too much.

I think I am falling asleep over the computer. Time to go finish the dishes, get lunch ready for tomorrow (roast vege salad) and sort out what is for dinner last night. I hear some rumblings in the distance. Wonder what that is about.

happy2bme
07-11-2005, 08:52 AM
Morning chickies,
:rain: :rain: :rain: Dennis is here. Not as bad as it could have been. Shad the pictures you see are what the folks in Florida and some of the water front Gulf Coast states will see. Tig is that near you? We're a good 500 miles / 8 hours drive from there. By the time it hits us it loses a lot of it's punch over land. We get driving rains and windy conditions. Pretty much just a steady rain with occasional wind gusts. I heard the heaviest rains will hit this afternoon.

My back is tender today. There's a huge unsightly bush at the end of our driveway. Prior owners planted it on the neighbors yard to cover up a utility box. It is all overgrown and a hazard as I cannot see past it coming out of the driveway. The neighbor said we could cut it down. DH did part yesterday and I helped. Lots of bending and stretching and up and down yesterday. Also moved everything loose from the yard not knowing how strong the winds would be today. Don't need flying projectiles into my french doors!

Shad, roasted vege salad sounds delicious. Share the recipe please? Ceejay, Linus, Mel - hope you are all feeling better. Glad you had a nice campout Holly.

I'd rather sit at the computer but work becons. Time to wake up DH and shower up and get on with the day. Have to work on the neighborhood newsletter tonight so I'll talk to you tomorrow. Have a great day...

Shad
07-11-2005, 06:48 PM
Morning all.
I think better in the mornings. Best that I post at that time as well. It would be nice to say that the brain works nights, but really it is only ticking over after a full day at work, training and then gym. I daren't sit down until I have done the chores otherwise I never get up again until I wake up and decide it's time to go to bed.

Happy the roast vege salad is very simple. I don't know if there is a formal recipe or not, but what I do is cut up pumpkin, sweet potato, onions, maybe parsnip or carrot and sometimes even potatoes to bite size pieces. I spray them with olive oil, roll them in some sort of herb/ spice mixture and put them on an oven tray or roasting dish. Bake them until almost done and add a few cherry tomatoes (the ones on a truss are nice but any will do) and cook those until the skin splits. I also peel and slice an eggplant and dry roast that with the herbs and spices. I find it gets very oily if done with the rest. Red capsicum (red bell pepper) get grilled until blackened and peeled As far as assembly goes I throw together some lettuce leaves from the garden, add the vegetables, toss gently and drizzle with a good creamy dressing. At the moment I am using an Australian one called Outback Spice - Wild Lime dressing. It's not low in calories or fat but with the rest of the salad having very few calories I don't worry too much. I've sort of gotten over the Kraft lo fat/ no fat dressings. I did like the lime and chili one, but they are a bit enthusiastic with the chili at the moment and I don't enjoy it so much anymore. Experiment with the veges and lettuce. I don't know if you get the packaged lettuce leaves over there, there is one here that has baby leaves of all types of lettuce and spinach and mixed with herbs like parsley, basil and thyme. I like it although it is not cheap.

Overcast out there with gentle breezes. They say it will warm up to 21 today. Maybe, maybe not, but we've had showers which were not predicted for today so who knows what will happen.

Arrgh look at the time. Better go set up that training room and prepare for the good folks of OSR Corporate. Back later.

MELODY525
07-11-2005, 10:06 PM
I Had An Unexpectedly Great Day At The Eye Dr. The Blurry Vision Problem Is From The Catatacts And Maybe My Disability. They Are Not Sure. He Gave Me Advice On Trying To Separate All The Eye Problems(allergy, Dry Eye, Rosacea And Conjunctivitis From Irritants) And Their Symptoms So I Know What Drug To Use And When.
We Talked Of Diet And Such Like Jen's Beloved Bird!!
I Am Controling My Skin/eye Problems With My Eating "plan". I Don't Have To Use The Dreaded Antibiotics!!! Yay I Just Need To Use Bigger Print From Time To Time On The Pc And When I Read Books.
The Rosacea Is In Remission In The Eyes But Not Entirely On The Face. And....the Dr Was Shocked To See The Baby Blues Looking So Good!! I Don't Have To Go Back For 3 Months Unless Something Goes Wrong!! I Am Not Out Of The Woods Yet But Well On My Way.
I Showed Him My 6 Day Diet Plan(the Strict One) And He Thought It Looked Great And Asked Me To Try It For 12-18 Days....get Rid Of The Carbs And Caffeine Etc. He Said That Addictive And Sedentary People Like Myself Could Use A Longer Period Of Detox(as He Put It). He Feels That For Me, 6 Days Is Not Enough To Get Rid Of Cravings And That's Why I Keep Falling Off The Wagon. What Have I Got To Lose? I Will Have To Think About It.

They Look Like Tomatoes Right Now So I Won't Read Till I Get Home From Food Shopping. Hope All Is Well Out There In Our Chick World!!! Have A Great Night!

ceejay52
07-11-2005, 10:27 PM
Mel--Good for you in controlling things with diet. And thanks for the suggestion about the carbs, Maybe I need to go longer as well to detox. Right now I'm just trying to stay within the 1500 calories. Did good today. Yeah me. Still need to ride the air bike.

Hi to everyone else. Nothng new on this end except the much needed rain and a cool down from the heat that we got from the remnants of hurricane Dennis. Would you believe that my oldest sister,sibling, was in Montgomery, Alabama and called me during the hurricane!! She was calling from her cell phone. I fussed at her. Sometimes I think her husband has influenced her in the wrong direction on behalf of using good common sense. Sounds like something he would do.

More later.

Hollyhock
07-11-2005, 11:35 PM
Ceejay~how are you feeling? Better?
Mel~Yippee! great report.
Shad~the salad sounds yummy.I love roasted red peps.
Happy~hope you survived the downpours.
Meadow???? All unpacked yet! LOL!
Linus~ my DD is a Sept baby!! i think they are perfect! LOL!! Take good care of yourself. Hope Teel is touring about and enjoying!!
Nae? Tig? How's it going.
Yp~ I meant to tell you that you have left me in the dust with the weight. Congrats on your success!!
It was 34C( 98F) here all day. I did a bit of weeding and no hives. I think I am allergic to my family of origin, lol!
Got all my Avon distributed.I am pooped now and the dinner dishes are on the table still. DD got her first hit in baseball and we won for the first time. A round of Timbits(donuts) for the team!!!
I watered my poor thirsty flower beds. the grass is toast.
Later wonderful chicks!

MELODY525
07-12-2005, 02:38 PM
I WANT SHAD TO COME AND BE MY COOK! BRING THE LIME DRESSING WITH YOU WHEN YOU DO! :ROFL: THAT WHOLE DEAL SOUNDED DELISH! I BUY THE PACKAGED BABY GREENS NOW TOO. VERY EXPENSIVE BUT THEY DON'T GO BAD BEFORE I CAN EAT THEM!!! VERY FRESH STUFF! FOUND OUT THAT DANDELION GREENS MAKE ME PEE LIKE MAD! :faint:
I DID SOME SHOPPING FOR MYSELF AND JEN. WEATHER WAS A BIT MUCH FOR HER SO IT'S EASIER WHEN YOU ARE RIDING! LOL
SHE SAID NEXT TIME SHE MIGHT JUST BORROW A CHAIR AND GO WITH WILLY. OH BTW, I GO BY MEDICAL TRANSPORT AND NOT POOR WILLY!!! HE WOULD DIE IF HE HAD TO TAKE ME OVER THAT MANY BUMPS! LOL

YOU ALL SOUND GOOD AND I AM GLAD THAT LINUS AND :bb: HAVE CHECKED IN!!! I GOT A CARD FROM TEEL!!! SORRY THINGS HAVE TURNED OUT SO CRAZY DURING HER VISIT AND HOPE LINUS WILL FEEL BETTER. NOT LONG NOW TILL BUMP ARRIVES!! I AM FEELING A WEE BIT TIRED AND WILL TAKE A SHORT NAP. SORRY THE POST ISN'T MORE PERSONAL. I ALSO HOPE HAPPY AND CEEJAY'S BACS FEEL BETTER TOO!!!

Hollyhock
07-12-2005, 03:09 PM
I just had a nap too!!! Quiet day on the home front. 4 kids including my two and everyone is happy and well rested.I may go nap some more!!!

ceejay52
07-12-2005, 11:36 PM
Food :)
liquid/water :)
exercise :)

I have had an on plan day today. This makes 2 days in a row. Did have a sodium overload today.

For some reason I can't read the previous page. So I will say hello to all and a good night.:wave: Will try again tomorrow.

Suzanne 3FC
07-13-2005, 01:33 AM
testing if error fixed :)

happy2bme
07-13-2005, 08:48 AM
Good morning chickies,
Just a quick fly by for me. I volunteered to take over doing the newsletter for our subdivision homeowners association. Silly me didn't realize just how much work this would entail. :rolleyes: It's taken up the better part of the week but I will be done by Friday. Yesterday we had one of those days. DH and I are both in computers and consequently both occasionally on call for after hours support. Yesterday was a busy evening for both of us vying for the telephone (cell phones don't work inside the house and mine was almost out of a charge anyway). With as many as 5 computers all plugged in at the same time we were also tugging over network connections and power outlets. But we got through the night and at least it was quiet after midnight. Not quite enough sleep for this chickie tho and my kitchen is a mess which is bugging me. Also doesn't help that the last of the hurricane is stalled here - not a whole lot of rain but definitely gray skies and cooler temps which cut into pool time.

Oh well, next week will be looking better in all aspects. Sorry I don't have time to respond individually, the job becons. Will catch up by the weekend at the latest.

MELODY525
07-13-2005, 09:02 AM
HAPPY~ GLAD THE STORM DIDN'T GO NUTS AT LEAST. SEND THE TEMPS UP HERE CAUSE I'M DYING OF HEATSTROKE! :rofl: HAPPY VOLUNTEERING! LOL HOPE YOU'RE NOT GETTING OVERLOADED!

HELLO SUZANNE! ALWAYS ON THE JOB FIXING SOMETHING FOR SOMEONE!:wave:

HOLLY~ GOOD FOR YOU AND NAP TIME. MY DAY WAS QUIET IN THE END.

CEEJAY~ GREAT ABOUT THE OP DAYS!!! CONGRATS!! AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK:) SODIUM IS NOT MY FRIEND! LOL

I HAD ANOTHER GOOD DAY SO THAT IS 3 NOW AND 3 TO GO. I DON'T SEE ANY DRASTIC RESULTS YET BUT THE FEET ARE NOT AS SWOLLEN! :cb: I AM STILL UNDECIDED AS TO HOW LONG TO DO THIS. THUNDER IS ON IT'S WAY NOW. I CAN HEAR IT GETTING STARTED AND THERE WILL BE SOME RAIN FOR THE NEXT 6 DAYS THEY SAY. MAYBE WE WILL COOL OFF A BIT AND GET OUT OF THE 90'S! :dance: HAPPY WEDNESDAY AND TAKE CARE.

Hollyhock
07-13-2005, 09:19 AM
My nap was glorious,the rest of the aft went sideways.
Dh's home town is an hour north of here on a lake.He is still best buddies with all of his friends from grade school. We see them all several times a year. I called a friend there because they have a connection for some beautiful free range chicken. I picked up the phone and she started to cry. The son of another couple had drowned last week.He was in the care of another parent.He was 6 1/5, his birthday just 2 days after my DS.
Devastating is is the minimal despription for everyone invloved. This couple have been together for 18 years. He was their only child.
Every time I look at my son I and think of all the love/energy that has gone into his existance since before he was born to suddenly disappear is plain unimagineable to me.
I dont how this couple will ever heal.

Sure puts an emphasis on cherishing each moment in everything we do and in every speckle of love we share.

happy2bme
07-13-2005, 02:06 PM
Oh man!!!! My little cubicle farm at work is just over a partial brick wall from the break room / cafeteria. Someone is making garlic bread and the smell is wafting through the area. That is just DOWNRIGHT CRUEL! Worse than the fact that there seems to be no air conditioning just in the immediate area where we sit. Yesterday I was downright about to melt. Even the girl who's always cold was complaining about it being too hot!

Mel, our temps are in the low 80s with 70's at night but the humidity has been on the lower side so it feels like it's in the 70s when it's really much warmer than that. We have to get you a breeze machine for your chair so you can be cool no matter where you are and then we'll just call you Ma-rye-a - how do you spell Mah Rye Ah anyway? Keeps coming out looking like Maria... well hot spam, I just looked it up and it is spelled Maria.

Holly, I just saw your journal entry - pretty scary story about the kids. I'd be freaking out myself and yelling at all those so called adults. Hope your friend learned her lesson about being pressured into what her gut told her not to do. Always a tough call. So sorry to hear about the other couple losing their dear son. Can't imagine anything more heart wrenching.

Well I have taken a short break from boring documentation and the unbelievable smell of garlic bread to pop in here. I moved my car 30 minutes ago and got a primo parking spot so no chance of me leaving the building in pursuit of garlic bread of my own. I'll just have to be content with my fresh garden tomatoes - yum, yum - just realized I should have taken a leaf or two of fresh basil for them.

Make the most of the day ladies!

happy2bme
07-13-2005, 06:21 PM
Thought this was worth sharing...

Birthday Present Debate

The couple had been debating the purchase of a new auto for weeks. He wanted a new truck.

She wanted a fast little sports-like car so she could zip through traffic around town.

He would probably have settled on any beat up old truck, but everything she seemed to like was way out of their price range.

"Look !" she said. I want something that goes from 0 to 200 in 4 seconds or less. "And my birthday is coming up. You could surprise me." !

For her birthday, he bought her a brand new bathroom scale.

Services for him are pending. :rofl:

Hollyhock
07-13-2005, 07:34 PM
LOL!!!!!!!!! So sad but true!!!!!!!! i will pass this on the some curvy open minded gals!!!
Thanks for the smile!!

ceejay52
07-13-2005, 07:52 PM
Just a quick post.I'm at work at it's nearing the end of shift for me. Yipee.

Happy--I just saw that you live in Memphis. Is that Tennessee? If so I'm just across the river.

Holly--I'm envious. Naps, I love them.

Hello to all the rest. Got to "shake a leg" as my grand father used to say before I can go home.

happy2bme
07-13-2005, 09:10 PM
Happy--I just saw that you live in Memphis. Is that Tennessee? If so I'm just across the river.

Yes 'mam. Memphis Tennessee. And its a mighty BIG river between us. But a big howdy neighbor to you :wave: :D (I'm learning to be a more polite ex-Yank here).

Back later, gotta go finish up my newsletter. :write: :comp:

Shad
07-13-2005, 09:50 PM
Is there more than one Memphis?????

Shad
07-13-2005, 10:50 PM
Left work early yesterday and went along to the Eyeman. I spoke to one of the receptionists and checked the time of my appointment which was 4.40 (Iíd forgotten my phone and therefore lost all my appointment times as well). They said then that I could go in early as there had been several cancellations between now and then so report back in 20 minutes. Okay.

I needed a couple of new bras, so I went to the underwear section of the department store and a lady came up and asked if she could help. I told her the story of how I have lost some weight and redistributed some weight and she said she would give me a fitting. Fine. To cut a long story short, all my old braís have been between a 14 and a 16C, now I find that although I have lost several inches in the bust I am a 16D. And even worse the old bras still fit!!!!! Iíve never been a D anything before in my whole life, but now I am a D. Whatís more the sample bras she gave me to try on fitted.

So my question for the day is - have they devalued the boob??? I might be able to understand this if these were the horrible made in Indonesia/ Taiwan/ China/ Vietnam/ India type clothes that we have to put up with in the shops, but these are either made locally or made in NZ. Why do manufacturers put us through this trauma - or is it that we allow them to treat us in this way. And the prices are horrendous, even for the cheap imports.
Clothes used to be different sizes depending on the brand. You used to find brands that fitted and just keep on buying that brand. Now you can get identical trousers for example, wearing identical labels, on the same rack and bearing the same size and one will fit and one wonít. Iím getting really hacked off with this. Iím tired of paying money for inferior rubbish. I might have to start making my own again - if I ever find the time to indulge in some sewing or crafty stuff.
The wife, of a bloke I used to work with, works for a clothing store in Stones Corner, just down the road a bit. She was telling me that some of these imports are just ridiculous. One container load of shirts from India came with 1 sleeve and the buttons and buttonholes on the same side of the front. How???!!! Where is the quality control?? It seems that they come over by the container load and get sent back by the container loads as well. How stupid are we to put up with this???

Apart from that, I went back to the eyeman to get the news that I can no longer wear the permanent contacts. He has given me a pair of disposables (3 months = $95), permanents cost $200 and last 2 years. If these new (rolls royce type) lenses donít work for me and they donít for everyone then I have to resort to glasses. I HATE GLASSES - these WILL work.

And because of those two things to think about I missed the gym yesterday - well that's my excuse anyway. Today might also be a bit of a battle to get there as I am getting my hair cut and foils put in and maybe some sort of colour since grey is on the increase - or maybe I will get streaks put it so it all looks the same. Who knows - Iíll talk to Cara about it tonight.

So here I am, bigger than ever, poorer than before, missing the gym and going grey. Isnít life interesting!!!!!!

Back later to catch up on you all (good joke Happy) and make comments. Better do some work.

happy2bme
07-14-2005, 01:49 AM
Is there more than one Memphis?????

Well golly (as they say out here) - apparently there is tho I think Tennessee gets the bragging rights.

1. Memphis, Indiana, United States
2. Memphis, Michigan, United States
3. Memphis, Missouri, United States
4. Memphis, Nebraska, United States
5. Memphis, New York, United States
6. Memphis, Tennessee, United States
7. Memphis, Texas, United States
8. New Memphis, Illinois, United States
9. West Memphis, Arkansas, United States

happy2bme
07-14-2005, 01:58 AM
Well Shad at least you have new contacts to see how fabulous your big boobs look :rofl:

When I read your post I was actually thinking well, they say most of us wear an incorrectly fitting bra so perhaps you were wrong all along in what you thought your size was. I think there are so many manufacturers outsourcing things all over that you can't rely on any size. Have to waste even more time shopping by trying everything on. I'm with you on the complaint of buying 2 pairs of pants - same size, same manufacturer, same style, right next to each other on the rack. Tried one pair on, liked the fit, decided to get 2 pairs and the other one didn't fit the same grrrr :mad: :bomb: :tantrum:

And why is it that you can't wear the permanent lenses anymore? Not enough oxygen to the eye or just because they want you to spend more money? I gave up on contacts long ago. Too much hassle, learned to love / accept my glasses as a part of me. At least I can see (somewhat). :lol:

Miserable day for me at the office. Oh the sorrows of being on support. It carried into the evening again. I will only hope the balance of the night goes quietly so I can get some sleep.

Nighty night all.

Hollyhock
07-14-2005, 09:40 AM
Shad~ sounds like a traumatic day!! I hope the contacts work. There are some really funky glasses out there now. I agree about the clothes issues!
Happy~ sorry you had day tough day. Hope you came home a frolicked in the pool.
HI Ceejay!
How's the rest of the gang doing???

Hazy day again.
We had booming flashing storms all around us yesterday and not a drop of rain here. A mile away got a major downpour.Calling for storms again today.
The power kept cutting out. I had written all the minutes for Gala Days and was about to save when it blinked out the first time. Lost it all. Arg!
Great day with the kids yesterday. We have started the summer reading club at the library. Enjoyable.
I weighed in a TOPS. I am up a couple. Too much salty snack food.
Hubby went to see the guys yesterday. He was out late and up and gone early. I wouldnít have known he was in bed at all if I hadnít rolled over and opened an eye at about 3am. He is grieving/mourning the loss. He always goes to the guys place when bad stuff happens.He is lucky to have them.
I enjoyed a peaceful evening at home.Everything is less chaotic when he isnít here. The kids get SUPER excited when he comes home from work and everyone is LOUD and BUSY! It was a nice break for me.
Just 4 kids today. Dollar store shopping on the agenda. Need to get green decorations for the kids bikes to ride in the parade on Saturday.Going with ďturtleĒ bikes.
I may just shave my legs, they seem to be furry.
I have been tired-ish. May be the heat or a hangover from the hives.
Apparently I will be rewriting those minutes.
I need to focus on less salty food. I do drink tons of water. I eat a lot of fresh fruit and moderate fresh veg. Need to up the veg.

Hugs dear chicks!! Have a blessed day!!

linus
07-14-2005, 04:36 PM
hi folks ,everythings chaotic here never had time to pause for thought {which would explain soooooooo much} never mind rest .i will get back later ive scheduled an hour on the pc later ???? after the dishes ,the laundrey,washing and swiffering the living room floor {cant wait till the rest of the house is floored}cleaning the cooker {the plaster look aint good on silver}and clearing the garden of everthing i dont want carted away tomorrow and the kids scrubbed conner is in the bath now so one down one to go ,and dealing with hormonal minnie{cleo who is due to go into season and keeps molesting poor benjy who couldnt even if he really wanted to }so ill be back at some point tonight
lots of love kirsty + bump

MELODY525
07-14-2005, 07:37 PM
iLL-FITTING BRAS, HORNY DOGS, WELL RESTED PEOPLE, RUSHING PEOPLE, HARD WORKING PEOPLE, THE SMELL OF GARLIC BREAD.......YES THESE ARE THE WORLDLY CHICKS AT IT AGAIN! :rofl:

NOT A LONG POST. HAD SOME WORK TO DO DOWNSTAIRS AND WILL BE GETTING A CHECK SOON I HOPE. THE NEVER ENDING STORY OF MEL IS THE RESPONSIBLE ONE. GOING TO CALL ONE OF THE DRS TOMORROW AND SEE IF HE CAN HELP ME FIND OUT WHY MY LEFT6 THIGH IS STILL BOTHERING ME:faint: IT'S BEEN ALMOST 3 MONTHS NOW AND IT'S BURNING LIKE THE DICKENS STILL. OTHER THAN THAT ALL IS WELL AND I AM VERY TIRED. JUST SHOWERED AND ATE AND FEEL LIKE READING TILL THE SANDMAN COMES! :dance: HAVE A GREAT NIGHT/DAY!

HOLLY~ MY CONDOLENCES TO THAT FAMILY. WHAT A TRAGEDY FOR THEM.

Shad
07-14-2005, 07:48 PM
I gather that Teel has gone home then Kirsty??? I might try to ring her tomorrow then. Probably easier than ringing Mel!!!! Sorry Mel.
When are they going to finish fixing the house then???

Morning Holly, so sad to hear about the little boy drowning. It's a terrible thing and it can happen so fast. You only have to look away for a couple of seconds with children. It is so hard. My thoughts go out to the parents of the wee boy.

The contact lenses are working fine. They are just delightful even if they are tinted and I now have a strange shade of blue/green/brown eyes. They were green/brown before I put the lenses in. I can't wear the permanents anymore because they are not giving oxygen to the eyes. The right is fine but apparently the left has spots (!???) I also have monocular lenses - that is the left is distance the right is reading. The man seems to think I will just give up and start wearing glasses if he lectures long enough, however he doesn't know me that well.
I don't have a problem with glasses per se. As Holly says there are some great designs around at the moment. I just have a problem with wearing them. You see as a kid I was incredibly clumsy and accident prone. I broke my nose several times - like about 7 that I can remember - consequently the darn thing is plastered all over my face. It hurts to wear glasses for any length of time. Doesn't matter how lightweight they are or how well they fit, come a couple of hours of wearing, I have a nose ache!! It just hurts. If glasses did not sit on the nose, I would wear them. I have a pair, I use them during the weekends mostly and at night.

As I have said before I am a morning person. I like to read the journals and comment early but when I come here to work, for some reason, I have difficulty posting a comment. Itís just taken three goes to get something to stick in Turtles journal post. bah humbug. Luckily I copy everything and then submit and paste it back in again and submit again, preview the post, paste once more, submit again. Hello where did it go this time. More bah humbug.

Hairdo last night. For someone with short hair, a lot sure does end up on the floor when I get shorn! Cara, my hairdresser always comments on the amount of it I have growing on my head. I call it number 8 fencing wire - she calls me lucky.

Anyway I am shorn and frosted - sat there forever or so it seemed with that silly looking cap on and a Southpark type hair sticking out of the holes - but it does look good. Or at least it did when Cara finished with it. Since I have no talent whatsoever with hair, it does not look so good this morning.

The weekend is almost here. Another 6 hours or so and I will be free for a couple of days. Well not free exactly - chained to the house more like since I have a lot of work lined up. My friend Chris (who works in Japan) will be down for next weekend, so I would like to get some stuff done before she arrives. I may have to follow LindaTís example and set the timer for 15 minutes during the week to get things shipshape. We are going to plan our next overseas jaunt timed for next year which will include the Italy trip we were supposed to go on about now. We are talking about spending time in Italy and Switzerland and need to hammer out what we both want to see and what each of us would like to see. Itís all about compromise - she doesnít like heights, I hate buses. So I may well go to the top of the mountain, she may take a bus tour around some city or area. She likes museums and art galleries, I can only take a limited amount of time in them. I like the outdoors, she gets sunburnt, neither of us are great shoppers so there is no problem there. We can work it out - well weíve been doing so for over thirty years now. This will be no different.

Food has not been particularly good this week. But then again exercise is down too. I should have been to the gym at least three times for the week but I have only been twice. Tonight is cardio, tomorrow I will have to do a double whammy of weights and Body Balance. That will bring up the 5 times and near enough 5 hours of exercise for the week. Water is at this time abysmal. I shall have to do better today.

Right having said that. Time for a loo trip and then a large glass of water and then finish this paper on What comes next - training into the future at the OSR. Have a good day/ night whatever you are up to.

ceejay52
07-14-2005, 10:26 PM
:dance: I've lost a couple of pounds this week. I have found that the routine of calorie counting and burning those calories off is what is the best for me.

Shad-I've only had one eye doctor tell me that I could wear contacts. But I don't think I'd like them. I've also heard that the clothing companies are resizing. So that may be your problem.

Mel--Sorry that you are still having problems. Get well soon

Holly--hello,

Happy--I was thinking of Memphis, Missouri. Glad to know that we are neighbors.

Linus-- You don't have much longer to wait until that little bundle gets here.
Try to stay comfortable.

Hello to every one else.

I don't usually make lists but I did for today. Today is my rest day and I didn't want to over load myself. I' ve accomplished 3 out of 5 things so that's not bad. Made 2 phone calls and washed out the air conditioner. I got grass on the outside of the air intake screen last time I mowed the lawn.
I have that to do again tomorrow, mow the lawn that is. My next apartment will have a concrete lawn or the land lord will do it one.

My uncle fussed at me for not going to Paragould last week end and told him I would try to be there this week end. I think my aunt should have a little more time to recupe from her surgery. I've emailed him that I could not make it.

Hollyhock
07-15-2005, 09:39 AM
"iLL-FITTING BRAS, HORNY DOGS, WELL RESTED PEOPLE, RUSHING PEOPLE, HARD WORKING PEOPLE, THE SMELL OF GARLIC BREAD.......YES THESE ARE THE WORLDLY CHICKS AT IT AGAIN! " This kinda sums up my whole life Mel...LOL!!!!!!!!!!!
Shad and Ceejay I commented in your journals.
Happy! HI!
Linus~ "hi folks ,everythings chaotic here never had time to pause for thought {which would explain soooooooo much} never mind rest". The doc/chicks orders you to to rest, breathe and be kind to yourself!!

Anxious niggling thoughts.
Why o why o why cant we ever get a little bit ahead with money.
Every month we are a little bit short.We just spent $500 on my van. It is a necessity to drive where we live. How am I going to tell the kids that they cant go on endless rides at Gala Days this weekend? I wont be going to the dance this year.
All my t shirts are stained and holey. I found 1 at Giant Tiger $9.99 that washed up well and fit well so I went and got 3 more. I also spent $3 at the dollar store to decorate the kids bikes for the parade. I am NOT a big spender. I dont want to look like a bag lady. My Mom spends $60 on a t shirt.
I am feeling bad about it.
DH is laid off for next week. There is so much for him to do here but we will miss the income.

The other niggle is that I sent a friendly email to mom and dad and sis and invited them to come different parts of the weekend to see the kids and to baseball and I told them about Tyler drowning. No response from any of them.
It hurts.
Yeterday was hot, busy, but good. I think the heat makes me tired. After the extra kids go home at 4:30 I lay down til 5. I set a timer put on Dora for my kids and snooze.
Good sleep last night. 7 kids today my helper is coming for the morning. DH is home but has ďchoresĒ to do. I want him to start working on the front deck or possible finish the bathroom.

Deep breath. Have another coffee. Tidy, tidy, tidy.

MELODY525
07-15-2005, 02:00 PM
I HAVE A FEW MINUTES HERE TO MYSELF SO I WILL MAKE ANOTHER QUICK POST TODAY. LUNCH HOUR IS ALMOST OVER. THE EXTRA CHECK SHOULD BE GIVEN TO ME TODAY AT 4PM!!! THANK GOD CAUSE WITH ALL THE OVER THE COUNTER CRAP FOR BOTH JEN AND MYSELF WE WERE A BIT SHORT THIS MONTH! :dance: SOUNDS LIKE ALL IS WELL WITH THE GROUP FOR THE MAIN PART AND I WILL BE A BETTER POSTER(<---IS THAT A REAL WORD?) OVER THE WEEKEND!:) GLAD TO SEE CEEJAY HAS LOST SOME LBS! CONGRATULATIONS!!!
TAKE CARE AND HAPPY FRIDAY!!!
OR IN SHAD'S CASE....HAPPY SATURDAY! :encore:

linus
07-15-2005, 07:59 PM
sorry i never got back last night say down and fell asleep ,yes shad teel is now home ,im knackered painted the bathroom today and the ceiling is fine the woodwork is great the walls are horrid so im going for paper tomorrow ,and once again i dont like blue lol ,sister and her monsters are arriving from hull tomorrow and my other sister and her monsters are off to sweden on sunday {nephews playing footie over there},garden was cleared today it now looks super huge {all 17.4 meters of it }but for now im off to bed night all
kirsty+bump

ceejay52
07-16-2005, 12:16 AM
In for just a quick post cause it's late, 10:00 p.m. my time.

Could barely get up out of the bed so I went to the doctor. Glad I did. Found out that I have inflammation of the hip joint. I asked the doc if it were
arthritis and he said probably, without x-ray's you can't be sure. oh boy--now how old did that make me feel!!!!! We had a good conversation. He's going to be grandpa in September, his first and it's a boy. He was elated. Told him about me having to go to the ear, nose and throat doctor when he was on vacation and him wanting me to have allergy testing. He wasn't for it. I may back out of it again and save myself some money.
He gave me an injection of cortizone and sprayed ether on my back before hand but I still felt that long needle hit the hip joint. Told me I might have to have another one next week if it doesn't clear up by then. OUCH. No exercise this week either. So I'm going to cut my calories to 1200 to 1300 and see what happens. He was happy to see a loss this time.

Mel--I'm feeling that money crunch this week. I'm trying not to use my credit card, wish I had today. I got another offer on a credit card for 3.99% interest until the balance is paid. I jumped on that.

Hello to all the rest. I'll comment more tomorrow.

Shad
07-16-2005, 05:47 AM
Been a busy day today. I have dusted, swept, sanded, cleaned, washed, folded, dusted some more, changed the washers in the taps and am now in the process of processing the veges I bought today into soup and also roast vege for salads during the week. The roasted red peppers are done, now the veges are in for their turn. I still have to prepare the eggplant and do some onions. But we are getting there. Then I am about to do some fish chowder and pumpkin soup. I also have some bananas that will either be made into banana cake or chucked. I won't eat them when they get to this point.

I think I also have a problem with my ceiling. I'm not yet sure, but I was plastering up there today and there seems to be a distinct lack of wood in a couple of areas. I poked a rather large hole in it trying to find the beam to screw up the plasterboard. Maybe tomorrow I will have to get into the ceiling space to see if there is something happening up there. Keep your fingers crossed that I don't fall through or something else stupid!!!!

Tomorrow is some more sanding and some paint. And I guess I will have to dust again. I am going to a jewellery party in the afternoon. I hope we don't have to sit around there to long. Only promised to go because of a good friend. It will do me good to get out of the house, but there is still so much to do here. At the moment, whatever I get done is visible, which is one reason why I want to get on with it. Preparation seems to take so long and you don't really get to see much for it.

Ceejay - so sorry to hear about the hip. Hope it all comes right soon. Keep to gentle movements. No bending down to pick up 70kg weights or anything. I always think it helps to give the joints gentle movement to keep the muscles working. If they seize up as well, you are in real trouble. Congratulations on the weight loss too.
Linus do you ever get any real rest?? You are going to end up with a hyperactive baby the way you are carrying on. Good job on getting the yard cleared. Next time we see a picture will there be a Ground Force garden in there???

Hiya Mel, sounds like you are having a busy time there - trying to be a better poster huh? Is that an anti-smoking poster or one of those posters that advertise using hunky firemen to sell yoghurt.

Happy - all those Memphis' and all in the US. Yes I will be thinking of how to get to and from Italy/ Switzerland and will probably do another RTW trip. It is a bit more expensive than a return ticket, but you do get a lot more for your money. Will need to consult with my man Shane of the Travel Agency about what I can get and the best way to go about what I want to do, once I decide what I want to do that is.

Holly - glad to hear the hives are gone, maybe it was just stress and too much bad stuff going on. I alway find that too much vitamin B will do it for me. Oh the pain.

Where have we all gotten to?? Hello :wave: Tig, :wave: Teel, :wave: YP1 :wave: Meadow, :wave: Nae. Who else are we missing?

Gotta go. Catch up again tomorrow.

happy2bme
07-16-2005, 10:57 AM
Hi y'all. Zoom, zoom, lurking at the moment. I have neighborhood newsletters to deliver this morning in between the rain drops. We're getting soaked. Pool is about to overflow. Getting more rain now than when the hurricane passed us over. Go figure :dunno: would send some Shad's way if I only knew how.

Anyway, this not morning person has to get busy.

Shad be careful with that ceiling. Rest that hip Ceejay. Take a breather Holly and Linus and hello to Mel and her firemen posters. :D Hellos to the rest of the gang in the interim. Back later...

MELODY525
07-16-2005, 11:32 AM
:coffee2: HELLO CHICK OF THE WORLD! I MAM HAVING A WONDERFUL WEEKEND FOR A CHANGE AND FEEL GOOD AND FEEL HAPPY. CAN IT GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS? :dance: :encore:
:wl: CHANGED THE LIVROOM CURTAINS AND THE BEDROOM. TOOK DOWN THE SHOWER CURTAIN AND WASHED IT. LETTING IT DRIP DRY AND WILL REHANG IT WHEN I MGET OFF HERE. DUST WAS EVERYWHERE! TRYING TO KEEP THE SINUSES FROM DOING ANY DAMAGE! I LOVE :love: THIS WHEELCHAIR AND THE HEIGHT YOU CAN REACH. 8" IS A LONG WAY UP AND WITH ,MY GRABBER STICK, I CAN DO ALMOST ANYTHING. I ALWAYS HATED WAITING FOR HELP!!:dizzy:
THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT I STEPPED ON THE :goodscale AND LOST 3 LBS AND 1.5 INCHES. I AM A BIT DISAPPOINTED IN THE INCHES AS I THOUGHT THE STOMACH WOULD HAVE AT LEAST GONE DOWN A BIT! TIRED OF IT LOOKING LIKE :bb:II :lol3:
BUT I AM PLEASED NONETHELESS. (<---IS THAT ONE WORD?)
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.:cb:

SHAD~ PLEASE WATCH WHERE YOU WALK. I HAVE NO IDEA HOW I COULD GET OVER THERE TO SAVE YOU. :chin: THE POND IS A BIT DAUNTING FOR SWIMMING AND I CANNOT FIND BIG ENOUGH WATER WINGS!!! :stress: HOPE IT'S ONLY A WEE BIT OF DRY ROT AND NOTHING SERIOUS! SENDING SAFETY VIBES OVER THE SEA! YOU HAVE BEEN A VERY BUSY GIRL AND I FOR ONE WANT TO KNOW YOUR SECRET ABOUT HOW YOU MAKE A 24 HOUR DAY INTO 30!!! :yikes:

HAPPY~ I THINK THE RAIN IS HERE FORM THE NEXT FEW DAYS :rain: AND THE SWELTERING TEMPS ARE DUE BACK ON MONDAY. THE HUMIDITY HERE IS POSITIVELY HORRENDOUS :hot: .....AT LEAST FOR ME!! HOPE THE POOL DOESN'T TURN INTO A WATERFALL!!! HOW DID YOU LIKE THE EARLY MORNING DELIVERY. I MUST SAY THAT I AM SO PLEASED YOU BOTH HAVE ADJUSTED TO THE NEW HOME AND LIFESTYLE SO QUICKLY AND TAKEN PART IN IT. :dance: I KNOW IT MUST HAVE BEEN TOUGH AND STILL MORE ADJUST,MENT TO COME! ENJOY YOUR NEW HOME TO THE FULLEST.

CEEJAY~ MY FRIEND WHAT IS GOING ON OVER THERE? :?: HOPE THE HIP FEELS BETTER SOON. CANNOT BE FUN WITH THOSE NEEDLES. CAN YOU TAKE ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES LIKE ALEVE? GOOD LUCK AND SENDING HEALING THOUGHTS YOUR WAY!! YOU WILL NEVER GET TO PARAGOULD THIS WAY!!!! :moped: UNCLE WILL BE VERY DISMAYED!! LOL GOOD LUCK WITH THE CALORIES AND BE CAREFUL NOT TO MAKE THE HIP ANY ANGRIER THAN IT ALREADY IS.

LINUS AND :bb:~ GOOD TO SEE YOU EVEN IF YOU BOTH ARE TIRED! THE WORK SEEMS NEVER ENDING. BY THE TIME YOU ARE ALL FINISHED YOU'LL BE WANTING TO REDECORATE! :rofl:
HOPE YOU DO REST UP IN BETWEEN :beach: .....DON'T MAKE ME COME OVER THERE AND SMACK YOU IN THE HEAD!!! :rollpin:

HOPE I FORGOT NO ONE. :wave: TO NAE, TIG, MEADOW, YP, HOLLY!!! COME ON IN. THE WATER IS FINE!!! WE MISS HEARING FROM YOU AND HOPE ALL IS WELL. GUESS MEADOW IS GETTING SETTLED AND AWAITING HER COMPUTER SET UP!!
HAPPY WEEKEND TO ALL:)

ceejay52
07-16-2005, 02:35 PM
Having a bit of bad luck this week-end. Called the land lord about 4 p.m. yesterday and told her the A.C. was dieing. She sent out the repairman but all he did was tape up some big gaps around the piping. Last night around 12:30 a.m. (had to go pee) I checked on it again. It was frozen solid. I turned it off. It took till 3 a.m. for the bedroom to cool down with the window's open and the 2 fans going. I called them again this morning but evidently they don't work on Saturday's. I have a feeling this repairman is wanting to put in a new system. Good thing it's overcast with rain today.
On the brighter side of things I might loose an extra pound.

Mel--wanta come clean for me. I'm so glad that I've finished my bigger projects of discarding etc. I'm to the point now that I can take a couple of rooms per day and have a tidy house all week.

Joy--Do be careful climbing around.

Happy--Carry an umbrella while you are making deliveries. We are getting some rain that may be coming your way.

Hello to Linus, Holly, Nae and Tig have a good week end.

Shad
07-16-2005, 08:30 PM
Have a few minutes while I have a bit of toast and a cup of coffee. Then I need to get back into it. Sanding and plastering will take up much of this morning and then when I get home, there should be enough light to add some paint to the ceiling and walls. Mind you if I keep at it, I should be able to get some painted before I go out. Really don't know why I said I would go to this jewellery party. I don't want any jewellery really. Guess it was just to go out with a friend and see something outside my own house.
Went up into the ceiling this morning. There is no problem with the timber in that corner mainly because the timber is nowhere near the nail that the builder hammered in to the plasterboard. Aaargggh. Now there is a whole stack of little beasties (spiders) living up there so I got tangled up in a couple of webs. I now need a good soak in the tub to get rid of the feeling.

Feeling a bit sore this morning after that mammoth effort at the gym yesterday. It will go away no doubt. Wonder when the muscles will get limber enough not to hurt anymore??? It seems that I am always finding new ones here and there and there.

Happy - scoot around in that rain. Keep the pace up but do be careful of slippery pavement and uneven pavement. We do not want to hear about your back again. And besides can't have Ceejay and you both having bad times with backs and hips and movement.

Mel so good to have a good day. May it carry on all weekend. That chair sounds fantastic for getting into places you can't reach properly.

Spoke to Teel on the phone last night. She seems to have had a good time on her holiday - apart from the Anarchists that is. She even got chatted up by a BLOKE. There now she will have to come back and tell you all about it!

That's about it. Coffee break over. Back to work. Can you all hear the whip cracking?

happy2bme
07-17-2005, 02:50 AM
Shad, did you have at least a bit of a fun outing with your friend. Interesting that you should mention going out. It does seem like life is revolving around working, gym, and the house - period. When do you get a bit of relaxing? I know, it makes it harder when you're going during the long work days. But sometimes a girl has to have something to look forward to more than sanding and playing with her power toys! :lol: Weekends go too fast as it is. And thank you for the update on Teel.

Teel was flirting!! Whoo hoo. :o - C'mon, give us the details, eh girl?

Ceejay that doesn't sound good at all with the AC. Does this mean the landlord will drag their feet getting the new unit in? It sure is muggy and terribly humid on this side of the river. Not the weather to be without AC.

Mel, I can hear the joy in your voice just being able to do things with your rise up and get 'em chair. I know you're most happy when you're buzzing and cleaning. Just don't over do it, ok? I'm glad to hear that you had a wonderful weekend too.

So Linus, what's going in the new garden - flowers or veggies?

Holly as far as spending $3 or $60 on a T-shirt. It's all about a sense of style. You can take the easy route and pay 10 times the price to try and look *trendy* or if you have a good sense of style, you can look fabulous in an $12 outfit - complete with top, bottom and shoes! Don't let anyone make you feel badly. You talking about holey T-shirts reminded me that I finally in my life had a T-shirt that I loved but it was so worn and torn and full of holes. The neckline band was coming away and I think if anyone tugged hard, the sleeves would have come off. I had a hard time parting with that shirt - I finally understood -- just for a microsecond - how guys were. Mind you this was a workout T-shirt, not something I'd go out in public with. Anyway, I hope the money situation improves. Seems like you either have time or money but never both.

I did get part 1 of my newsletters done - at least I got them off to the people who will be helping to distribute them in the neighborhood. It was hot and steamy today and I decided to head back home when done to pick up some lunch. We're out of everything so I decided to pick up some fried chicken from a place DH likes. Bad move on my part. It was a little spicy - they seem to like spicy down this way - and it upset my stomach. I have 35 newsletters to deliver to individual homes - I'm covering routes for some who are ill or out of town this weekend. I tried to head out 3 times but it was not to be. So I stayed home and at least cleaned up my kitchen which was bugging me. Sunday is going to be one of those hurry up days I hate - too much to do, not enough time. I have to get out early and do my deliveries as it's supposed to rain again - possibly hard - in the afternoon. DH rerouted my dryer vent - can you believe they had it discharging into the garage???? :yikes: :flame: :flame: :flame: They say it's legal here because one wall is latice work bricks - not closed in but I was never comfortable with it. Do you know how combustible dryer lint is? Well bless his heart, it now routes directly outside like it should. This does mean I am backed up on laundry with 5 loads to do tomorrow. And it was a hectic week which meant off plan, cheatin' eatin' and I am looking forward to better eating this coming week. That means a trip to the grocery store too. I did go to the super Wal-mart store and could have done my grocery shopping there but it was sooooo crowded I had to check and see if they were giving things away for free. (No they weren't). But I was supposed to be out getting lunch and that would have tied me up for a good hour and a half and I didn't want DH to send out the dogs looking for me. So it's going to be a pretty hectic day. And I have a new friend who wants to ride bicycles. I am not skinny, fit and athletic like her so I have to dig out the bike and get used to riding again lest I fall over and poop out after 20 minutes. Especially since it's somewhat hilly around here. DH will just pop on his bike and ride like the wind, and I could too if I had his muscle. Just another nagging thing to remind me of all the things I should be doing... which won't get done if I stay up half the night so it's off to bed for me. Pleasant dreams to those of us on this side of the equator while Shad at this point is already well into her work day -- in fact she's even past lunch and on the better side of the quitting bell by now. See you later...

MELODY525
07-17-2005, 09:47 AM
SHAD I CAN REACH ALL YOUR UP HIGH COBWEBS NOW....YOU JUST REMINDED ME THAT I SHOULD BE DUSTING UP HIGH NOW! ROFLMAO GLAD YOU GOT A BIT OF GIRLIE TIME IN AND IT WAS OUTSIDE THE HOUSE AWAY FROM PAINTING AND SANDING ETC! HOPE IT WAS FUN TO BE WITH THE FRIEND AND THANKS FOR THE TEEL UPDATE! A BLOKE HUH?

HAPPY~ SO NOW YOU ARE TRYING TO SET LINT FIRES AND GET ALL MY FIRIES?!?!? HEY YOU GOT YOUR OWN DH!!! HANDS OFF MY PROSPECTS!!! HOPE TOO THAT YOU ARE FEELING BETTER TODAY. I'LL HELP DELIVER THE PAPERS AND THEN YOU COULD HAVE A SUNDAY LIE IN! LIKE SHAD, YOU ARE ONE BUSY WOMAN!!!

CEEJAY~ I WISH FOR YOU THIS WEEK SOME GOOD TIME AND HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER TOO AFTER THAT SHOT. KEEPING MY FINGERS CROSSED FOR YOU TOO! TAKE GOOD CARE OF THAT HIP!

I GOT UP LATE AND WENT TO BED LATE. CAN'T SEEM TO GET BACK ON A SCHEDULE. BUT I THINK IT'S ALL THESE BLACK MORNINGS WE ARE HAVING. I HAVE MORE STUFF TO DO TODAY AND EVEN JEN SAID SHE CAN'T BELIEVE IT LOOKS SO "NEAT" IN HERE EVEN IF THERE ARE :moped:'s all over the place! :rofl: HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY AND TAKE GOOD CARE THIS WEEK. HOPE ITS A GREAT ONE FOR ALL OF US. :D

happy2bme
07-17-2005, 12:05 PM
... SO NOW YOU ARE TRYING TO SET LINT FIRES AND GET ALL MY FIRIES?!?!? HEY YOU GOT YOUR OWN DH!!! HANDS OFF MY PROSPECTS!!!

Geez Mel, you won't even share them across state lines???? :rofl: :rofl:

Ok, I get the picture, I'll just walk around wearing wet, wrinkled clothes. :D

linus
07-17-2005, 05:29 PM
hello folks ,im so tired tonight think it might be the weather, :lol: slept all night well from2am this morning till 9.05 and then from 12.30 this afternoon till 5 pm so just cant stay awake ,but feel better now ,the bathroom is tiled ,the shower is in and now ive tiled the floor and tomorrow i decorate well paper oive already done the ceiling .and the paintwork so i just need to put the paper up and another room down ,right ive got really bad heartburn so im off just didnt want you to worry bye for now
kirsty+bump

MELODY525
07-17-2005, 05:50 PM
Geez Mel, you won't even share them across state lines???? :rofl: :rofl:

Ok, I get the picture, I'll just walk around wearing wet, wrinkled clothes. :D


YOUR BODY HEAT SHOULD IRON OUT THE WRINKLES IN TIME FOR WORK ON MONDAY :dance:

MELODY525
07-17-2005, 05:53 PM
KIRSTY & :bb:~ GLAD YOU GOT SOME REST. NO SENSE IN PUSHING IT TOOOOO FAR!!! LOL IT WILL BE NICE TO GET IT ALL DONE AND BRING THE BABY BUMP HOME TO A BRAND NEW HOUSE! TAKE CARE THIS WEEK. WATCH THE HEAT!!!

Shad
07-17-2005, 07:02 PM
Morning all,
Kirsty, do you actually realise you are pregnant? Do you understand that you will get tired and cranky and fatter? So why are you tiling and painting (ooooh the smell - doesn't it affect you at all?) and papering? Maybe you are looking for the pregnant ironwoman of the year award?

Mel - don't be mean, share the firies with Happy. She can't go around looking all baggy and wrinkly and wet! Now if you just lent her a couple of blokes with a fire engine - the entire neighbourhood would be out in force to check out the mail (and the male).

Happy, keep meaning to say, I like the bunnies in the egg cups - errrr mugs now I look at them (would need bloody big eggs to fit in those). They look soooo cute.

It was an interesting jewellery party yesterday. No I didn't buy anything, but there were a couple of people there who were just looking out for their own agendas and not there to look at the stuff on sale. Networking is all very well, I do it myself from time to time but not at someone elses party. There was too much to eat for the number of people there and I indulged in a bit of cheese too much. So we are off to the gym again tonight to move along the excesses of the weekend.

Another week here at work. Don't have a huge schedule, but there will be time to bring things up to date at last. I'm a bit happier about that. Some of the grammar, spelling etc was 'interesting' and some of the lessons in OnDemand as less than the basics which I think are required. So I will do something about that as well. Still managing to work slightly shorter hours, but thats just fine by me.

Got an entire wall painted yesterday morning. And part of the ceiling as well. There needs to be some more plastering done this week and a few patches where I missed before painting. Why is it that when you put a coat of paint on a wall or ceiling all the flaws stand out - why didn't I see them before I painted? Still it is moving along, for which I am grateful.

So here we are at work for yet another week. The bloke who went on leave to the UK returned today. He is all ready to go on holiday again. When he gets through his e-mail, he will be more than ready to go home I should imagine.

Okay, time to go sort out my day. Remind me to pay my bills tonight please.

linus
07-17-2005, 07:14 PM
just vinyl tiles and took one hour lol all 24 of them and hubby cant decorate at all hes hopeless but im taking it very slow and do as much as i can sat on the floor
sorry to worry you all lol
kirsty+bump

Shad
07-17-2005, 08:06 PM
Glad to hear it.

MELODY525
07-18-2005, 10:01 AM
Kirsty~ If we didn't have someone to nag it just wouldn't be right! :rofl: i too am glad to hear it!

Shad~ OK if I have to......I'll share some with Happy. :cb:
No rings there that you liked?!? I hate when people undermine someone else's party with their own needs. How rude!
Have fun at the gym and how is the new guy there? keeping you sweaty?! :lol3:

I am in the m iddle of doing laundry. Finally got it all sorted and bagged and ready to be dragged to the washers. One load started and about 5 more to go! It is one job I truly hate. When Jen and I lived together, I cleaned the bathroom and she did the wash.
Wonder if Richie is cleaning HER bathroom! :rofl:
Not much new here except the dark mornings contimue. Storms everyday now are getting boring. I was outside early so I don't get electrocuted! I joined another 6 week challenge on my weight site. I am 3 lbs thinner from the last one so I am back to 170! Will I ever get OUT of the 170's!!! :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum:
Happy Monday to you all and sweet dreams Miss Shad.
Where are our other Worldly Chickies?!? Inquiring minds want to know!!!

MELODY525
07-18-2005, 10:15 AM
I Am So Excited!!! I Went Downstairs And Judy Has Bought Me The New Harry Potter Book!!! She Says It's An Early Xmas Present!!! It's Such A Big Book That It Will Probably Take Me The Rest Of The Year To Read!!! She Made My Day :flow2: :encore: :flow1:

teel
07-18-2005, 02:12 PM
And yes its Hello from me at last!!
I have had so much trouble getting an internet connection but at last here I am!
Thank you to Linus for keeping you all updated during my 2 weeks holiday amongst the Make Poverty Marches and the anarchy marchers....cor I really chose the wrong weeks to be in Edinburgh.
I am sad to say that I really didn't see Linus as much as I had liked although we managed to do a couple of things together. She was in the middle of so much hassle and muddle with the house and all the workers needing their collective bottoms kicking, and then the mobile phone went wrong and people didn't turn up when they were meant to. Poor Linus! A nice level blood pressure was not in the picture over the last 2 weeks!! :stress: :tantrum: :censored:
Well we do really seem to be in the height of summer here in England...or should I say Suffolk, as mother keeps telling me how grey and miserable the weather is where she lives about 60 miles away. Here it has been lovely :sunny: in the mid to high 20's.
Holly was well pleased to see me when I got home last week although she has been sick a few times. I am not very happy with this but I hope its due to the very hot weather. I think its supposed to cool down a shade or two for the rest of the week.
Hello to Happy...I love your new avatar!! Talking of the "post-counters", my count went down significantly...its not important, as Shad says, but a shame not to be able to see exactly how much one has been posting.
Well I had better bring this to a close...I promise I will share some holiday memories in my next post...if I can get a connection, that is!!!

Hello to all. I have now got to read 2 weeks worth of posts!!!

Bye for now. Love from Teel xx

Hollyhock
07-18-2005, 02:51 PM
Wow~ so nice to see lots of the gang here!!!!
I had an incredibly busy weekend but it was insanely fun and well worth it.
Gala Days had it's official closing ceremony at 8:30pm last night.
The weekend was a resounding success. ALL the events went well. There were some major mishaps but I must say our committee absolutely rocks. We pulled together and pulled through with class.
My Avon booth did very well. I booked some orders but better yet handed out over 70 books and talked to a couple of hundred. I would say the county knows where to find Avon now!!I was at the Park from early in the morning to till 2am the next morning and back again 6 hours later, 2 days in a row. What a huge endeavour. We have 25 different events all weekend long and about 10 committee members running it. Quite amazing really.
I am proud to be a part of it.
Food was minimal. Water was plentiful. It was over 30C every day with thunder showers off and on. No rain for 4 weeks. It poured several times over the weekend but only put a minor damper on things. Farmers are happy. My yard is happy.
I was rain soaked or sweating my *** off all weekend.
Hopefully we will have a quiet day today.6 kids.
Went out groceries. All I had to offer for any meal are pb&j sandwiches.
Hubby is laid off this week til next Mon. He says he will build the front deck. I have had the $$ in the bank for 2 years.I dropped off the permit application.
He needs to order lumber and then dig post holes. It is just sooooo hot.
I must say that in the week I turn 40 that 3 days with no sleep does show. My eyes are beyond baggy. 10 years ago it would not have showed. Other than that the big 4-0 seems effortless. LOL!!
Hugs dear chicks!! It is a new week and a new day!!!!

ceejay52
07-18-2005, 07:15 PM
Just a note to say hello. Nothing happening much in my little world.

More later.

Shad
07-18-2005, 07:30 PM
Thatís Queensland in the winter for you. Although it is still cold at night and early morning.

Iím looking at clear blue skies (around the skyscraper across the road) and sunshine and shadows through the trees. Might go down to the gardens for lunch. It would be nice down there I think.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/Brismorn.jpg

Here you go, Brisbane in the morning. Errmmm the building that I work in is the one on the extreme left with the tower thingy on the top.

Changing the food around again today. Going for a bigger breakfast, lots of veg and salad for lunch and tea will be a light affair - maybe mushrooms or something. Have to see if I can shake this body into some action again. I need to journal the intake again as well. What am I eating or not eating that has stopped the weight loss in itís tracks? (again)

Going to shake the exercise around as well. Maybe do both cardio and weights/ resistance in the same session. I know I am fitter than before, and I know I am stronger than before, and I know that the muscle weighs more. But I am not seeing changes in the way my clothes fit and I am not seeing changes anywhere else. Maybe a couple of classes like Body Pump or Step once in a while instead of the program I am currently doing.

So I am thinking - up the protein some more - fish and chicken and a lean steak once in a while and also add some nuts into the mix. I used to eat these frequently, but havenít for some time. Knock off the carbs again - bread, potatoes (oh dear, boo hoo) and see what happens. I thought about upping the calories again too, but not for long, just as long as it took to remember what happened last time!

Still getting around the 15 minute housework dash. I have a list of things to achieve each night during each 15 minute cycle. Things are getting done around here slowly. Iíve resurrected the white board list as well. This time I have only given myself three things to achieve per evening. That should also allow for cuddle time with the puss who is definitely neglected (according to the gospel of St. Sunday that is) and a bit of tv viewing, although much of the time these days, viewing is done from the back of the eyelids.

Okay, having said that I have a short training course to deliver in half an hour. I had better go get ready for it.

Good to see Teel posting.
Ceejay are you melting in the heat. Not doing anything because you are lying down??

Tig
07-18-2005, 09:25 PM
We picked up our copy of the Harry Potter book on Saturday. I finished it Sunday afternoon and Slim finished it early this morning. *SOMEBODY* stayed up all night reading last night and is dragging today. :yawn:

The thugs and their parents are on their way to Colorado. After a week or so visit with DDIL's father, they'll be on their way to Okinawa. DDarlingD and the most precious DGD are home, and DDD started her new job at the pediatric clinic today. After almost three weeks of mayhem and bedlam it's terribly quiet around here. We had a glorious visit. Beach, zoo, The Fort, kiddie pool, playground, laughing, only a few fights and time outs... lots of fun!

Saturday afternoon and Sunday after church Slim and I went riding on the Harley-Davidson. I was feeling H-D: Harley-Deprived. It was great to get out and feel the wind, smell the wild flowers along the roadside and dead fish along the river (well, not EVERY smell is pleasant), and enjoy the scenery.

I didn't do too badly keeping up with the running but I still put on some weight - both pounds and waterweight. Slim moved the treadmill back from the garage to the boys' bedroom so I can get back where I want to be. I don't have much to lose, but I've found that it's too much easier to let it creep back up than it is to drop it off. Drat. We ate most meals at home, but it seems that only one or two meals in a restaurant swell me up. Water Retention must be my best skill.

Work is remarkably unpleasant. My group was split up today - I had no say. I wasn't asked; I was told. It was really a blow to the entire technical team. The result is clearly going to be failure. I don't understand why the non-technical believe that the technical have no brains. When we say that having floating requirements and scope results in not being able to accomplish tasks on time, what part is unclear? And how surprised will they be when I turn in my resignation? Alrighty, then. Time to move on.

We have inherited a third dog while the Military Folk are in Okinawa. We had her for four years before her Other Family moved to Florida, so she and our older dog are good buddies. She and our younger dog seem to be vying for the title of Cutest-Youngest Doggie or something. She's 9; he's 3. Don't anybody tell her that's she's older - she's sensitive about her age. They'll settle down, but meanwhile both sets of brown eyes appear to have a lovely shade of green.

I have a ton of laundry to fold. All the beds are stripped and clean linens are smoothed and ready for the next wave of company. Although, if the next visitors are a year away as expected, you know I'll put on fresh sheets! Dear Slim spent today cleaning the house - vacuuming, mopping floors, and cleaning the kitchen. We tried to keep the house clean but 8 people and three dogs drag in lots of dirt and sand.

It's been great to read everyone's news. Is it just me or is summer worse for putting on weight? Heat and humidity seems to just do me in. Of course, then in the winter cooler weather, I blame the hibernation factor. ;)

I have a summons for jury duty beginning next Monday. Anything's better than work! :rofl:

happy2bme
07-19-2005, 09:00 AM
Happy Early Birthday for Thursday HOLLY!!!

I know I'm a bit early but it seems lately that I forget things so easily - sometimes in mid stride even :lol: that I figured I'd start sending the happy wishes right now. :hb: :gift: :cb: :cp: :cb: :cp: :dance: :hat: :woo: :twirly: :balloons: :cheers: :cheer:

I opted for going to bed a bit earlier last night. Best thing I could have done. Woke up naturally today a bit before the alarm and feeling rested. Was talking to sister last night, she said something innocent that really hit me - I didn't realize I was projecting something so strongly - made me really sit and think hard the rest of the evening. I'll tell you all in a bit when I have my thoughts more organized.

Just wanted to check in quick, I will try and get back tonight after groceries and a few chores. Maybe I can even manage a post during my eat in lunch at work.

Have a good day - lovely pics Shad, what a great view. I get to look across the road at a large brewery - look but don't drink :rofl: :cheers: :cheers: :nono: :nono: :nono:

MELODY525
07-19-2005, 09:17 AM
Tig~ lovely newsy post!! I loved every word. Yes su,,er helps with water retention. With the heat, the body thinks it must hold on to every drop!! glad you all had such a grand time together. Happy Harley riding. Next time the wind is in my hair, I will think of you and Slim :scooter:

Shad~ Thanks for the pic and I loved the blue of the sky! Nice to know where you are at during the day!!! lol I think the garden would be great and I'll meet you there for lunch! I tried adding protein and it helped move the weight. The minute I eat carbs it stops. Could we REALLY be sisters?!?!?:rofl:

Holly~ So happy for you the gala Days went so well. Nice when you can feel pride and truly enjoy yourself!!! Great feeling of
accomplishment! Hold on to that feeling! :encore:

Teel~ Welcome home again!!! Glad the trip went well and you are safely ensconced with Holly in your abode. Too bad about the timing. The whole world seems so unsettled and especially where you're at. Can't wait to see any pics!!!!!

Well I am off to the market to buy more salad for me and tofu ice cream for Jen. she has finally found something she likes since the lactose intolerance showed up. The heat today is oppressive already. I will be sorry if I don't get out more soon!!! Next thing yoiu know, it will be Fall!!! Better not even go there.....
Hope you all have a great day.
Mel whispers: Holly's BD is Thursday! We will surprise her with good wishes :cb:

MELODY525
07-19-2005, 09:19 AM
Happy you snuck in there while I was typing!! I'll sit on pins and needles till you spill the beans!!! :rofl: Hope you have a great day too. Happy thinking!

Hollyhock
07-19-2005, 09:36 AM
Tig~ what a wonderful post. It touches my heart how much you love spending time with your family. Sorry about the work woes. I would love to feel the wind in my hair too. By the time our kids are grown we will be 60ish. Hope we will be up to the challenge.
Happy~Thank you, thank you. I am still trying to figure out what 40 looks like and feels like.
Teel~ waiting with excitement for some pics!! Happy that you arrived home safely.
Shad~ beautiful pic.Good luck shakin' it up.
Miss Mel~ This heat makes it hard to breathe outside.Stay cool. I love the frozen yogurt.Enjoy your fresh veggies!!!

28 Days, the movie with Sandra Bullock and Viggo Mortenson was on tv last night.A fav. I curled up with a blanket to watch. This movie is is like watching clips of my life.
When she starts to recover and her sister comes to visit I sob and sob. I do find it uplifting and heart wrenching all at once. And she cracks me. Hey, I crack myself up sometimes too. Maybe I should watch it every year to remind myself of far I have come.

I did eat some pistachios and it was after my blubberfest. hmmmmmmmm
It did fill the emotional ache in my heart.
My Avon district manager is really pushing me to be a team leader. Today she is coming with the regional manager to talk about me going into managment. I dont want to. They keep telling me I am too good to waste just on personal sales.
Um...maybe in 2 years. I can see it heading that way but i have only been doing this 6 weeks. AND I really hate working with other people. I am am okay with being the boss usually but I work best independantly. Hubby is the same. Couple of rebels.
I ate too much yesterday. Started my period too.Still tired but had a good sleep last night.
Got the building permit yesterday. DH ordered the lumber. It is being delivered today.I may have a deck in 2 days!!!!!!!!!!
5 year with no front porch. It will be so nice to sit out there and watch the cars go by.

Todayís chuckle.....

Butt Measurement
> > >
> > > A man and his wife were working in their
> > > garden one day and the man looks over at his wife
> > > and says
> > > ďYour butt is getting really big, I mean
> > > really big! I bet your butt is bigger than the
> > > barbecue.Ē
> > >
> > > With that he proceeded to get a measuring tape
> > > and measure the grill and then went over to where
> > > his wife was working and measured his wifeís bottom.
> > >
> > > ďYes, I was right, your butt is two inches
> > > wider than the barbecue!!!Ē
> > > The woman chose to ignore her husband.
> > >
> > > Later that night in bed, the husband is
> > > feeling frisky.
> > > He makes some advances towards his wife who
> > > completely brushes him off.
> > > ďWhatís wrong?Ē he asks.
> > > She answers: ďDo you really think Iím going to
> > > fire up this big-*** grill for one little weenie?Ē

teel
07-19-2005, 10:16 AM
TEEL'S HOLIDAY DIARY....

Well as promised here are a few tales of my stay in Linus' country!

:rain: I landed in the rain at Edinburgh which was a shame as the rain continued through till the next evening and I thought ah boo sucks!! :tantrum: :censored: :rain:So to get out of the rain I went in to the city and got on one of the bus tours that goes round the old town so I could get my barings and keep dry. Then late afternoon I went to the Ocean Terminal (where there is a huge multi screen cinema and a large shopping complex) and met up with Linus and DH and DS who had just been to see War of the Worlds. Then it was back to the guest house for an early night

FRIDAY...came out a better day and it was off on my coach trip to Stirling Castle and a trip on Loch Lomond. Oh and a tourist photo stop by the Forth Bridges. The weather was grey and overcast but Stirling Castle was awesome and Wet Wet Wet were appearing on stage that evening...shame I didn't see them...The boat trip was great and I got chatted up by a very nice chap who bought me a drink! Of course he turns out to be married but he is a chief executive of a charity...why are all the nice men married?? :tantrum: :tantrum:

SATURDAY.....I was so tired I slept for an age and had to keep out of town because of all the thousands of people turning up for the Make Poverty History marches so I got the bus out to see Linus and then found somewhere for dinner in the evening...

SUNDAY....another day to keep away from the city center so I went to the Ocean Terminus again where the ROYAL YACHT BRITTANIA is moored and open to visitors. It really is a fantastic ship and there are lots and lots of signed photos of all the royal family and all manner of personal effects and gifts from all their travels abroad..one of the most impressive pieces is a gold button from Nelson's coat which is framed and hanging in one of the state rooms...it was certainly a very memorable occassion.

Well thats all from me for now...more later!!

happy2bme
07-19-2005, 02:41 PM
Good afternoon ladies. I am posting on my lunch hour so I am legal.

Teel, thanks for the run down on your trip. It sounds so interesting and youíre so descriptive that I can almost picture the display of Admiral Nelsonís shiny button. I was fortunate to visit on the Queen Mary myself and if you ever get the chance to check one out, donít pass it up. Especially one that was stately in itís time. Wish you had gotten to spend more time with Linus though. Well anytime together is good time, right?

Holly, Iíd tell you what 40 felt like but I think youíre better off getting someone elseís opinion. :rofl: I liked 30 better than 40 Ė although there is a confidence within yourself that develops as we get older that soooo makes up for some of the trials and tribulations.
I really, really, really, REALLY hope that you stand your ground and do not let yourself be talked into taking a management position with Avon that you are not comfortable with. Personally although there are natural born sales people and natural born managers, I think just 6 weeks on this is way too soon to talk about climbing the ladder. Of course I am naturally suspicious anyway. But the important thing is to always make sure you have your priorities in the correct order and live your life as makes you most comfortable. Donít let them take you to a place youíd rather not be.

Mel, could you pick up some salad AND protein for me too? I wasnít up to getting to the store this weekend and DH hates grocery shopping. We both have to drag ourselves there tonight (share the fun/misery I say). Very little thatís healthy in the house to eat right now though last nightís tuna salad was fabulous if I dare say so. Are you getting the monstrous humidity too? I thought only Shad lived in the tropics, feels like we are too. Everything is starting to smell sort of damp too Ė kind of like the inside of the fern garden at the conservatory. If it gets any worse I will expect to see a dinosaur peeking over the house. :yikes:

Tig, I hear you on the work arena now a days, but Ö seems like itís like that all over. So where do you go? Big announcements at work today, they are selling off parts of the business to focus more on core things they can do really well. Lots of uncertainty for people and buzzing about. A very disruptive day. Thank heavens that my group is minimally affected. These are scary times we live in and I donít see an end in sight. Itís also one of those times I wish I was still smoking Ė could have used a calm down ciggie instead of the comfort hot dog I indulged in Ė didnít even really enjoy it either.

Shad, I would think by now as well toned as you have become that the muscles would be helping burn the kcals for you. I give you credit for not giving up and continuing the mix things up until you find the right formula. I myself am going back to a measure of plain, raw almonds as a snack. Kind of reexamining what workís what doesnít. I sure do feel bloated when I havenít gotten my fruits and veggies all in. Wish I had grabbed the carrot sticks this morning Ė will just have to make do with the cherry tomatoes I brought.

Is pumpkin a carb, fruit or veggie? I think itís a fruit Ė a berry actually? :?:


This wet moist weather is not doing much for my peppers and tomatoes. Next year weíll have to till the soil and add some peat moss to break up some of the thick clay soil Ė it holds the water in Ė perhaps a bit too well.

Well, lunch hour is about up, time to get cracking this afternoon. Talk to you laterÖ

linus
07-19-2005, 06:14 PM
hi all ive slowed down for tonight so thought id catch up with you all,ive got my copy of half blood prince too andy ordered it for me and i got it at 7.05am saturday morning and finished it 2am sunday morning lol :lol: :dizzy: ,well my exscuse is that craig and conner wanted to read it after me but then again im just a harry potter feind :wizard: :wizard: :wizard: ,,the bathroom is now nearly papered and we have a lovely brand new pvc front door :yes: :lucky: :encore: :encore: :encore: my sister and nephews are here for a visit house sitting for my other sister who is in sweden for my nephew to play footie ,im loving having my we nephews here especially as charlee sings to me ALL the time ,mostly barney songs ,but hey you cant complain :cheer: :rofl: :angel: :angel: :angel: craigs gf is in blackpool so i am actully seeing him for a change well until friday when shes home anyway :love: :love: :love: ,was at the midwives today for antenatal and ive lost another 3 kilos ,she wsant impressed but has said if my sickness :barf: :barf: does not ease off shell have to get something done{bit blooming late hunnny im due in 8 weeks}ive also got protien in my water{thats me being polite :rofl: :rofl: } but baby is growing well and is 2 cms bigger than my dates so no problems there its just me thats falling apart !!!!! right im gopnna go and make a historic start on the ironing as its meeting me at the door now ,but ill speak to you all later
lots of love
kirsty+bump

Hollyhock
07-19-2005, 06:51 PM
what a happy post Linus!! Glad things are coming together.
Thanks Happy.

Ding Dong Avon CALLED!!
Okay ,so my district manager calls to see if she can come today to talk to me in person, then she calls back and tells me the regional manager( for all of Ontario) wants to come too, and then when they show up the National Director from Montreal is with them.
So we sit out at my picnic table with 6 kids playing in the yard and DH splitting wood in the barn.
They want me to become part of the managment team and lead a group from this area.
They spent 2 hours trying to convince me. I still didnít sign on the dotted line. I would still do my own sales but would also receive commission from the sales of my team. The next step wuld be to run a district on a salary...... hmmmmm.
I am a little blown away.
I have til Friday to decide then they will look for someone else.
Crazy eh!
Right now I am trying desperately not to eat a bucket of ice cream!!!!!

Shad
07-19-2005, 07:00 PM
Good to hear from so many of the worldly chicks this morning. I love it when I get up in the morning and there you all are just waiting to share my coffee and breakfast with me. :cofdate: :hun:

Linus - good to hear that you do at least have some downtime. I'm amazed at the number of adults who raced out (with their kids) to get the book and then settled down and read it themselves - fast - so the kids could stop whingeing about Dad reading their book. Glad to hear you are having a good time with the family. :gossip:

Happy, glad to hear that you are at least legal :rofl: Can't have illegal people tippy typing through our threads. Perhaps Mel would like to do my shopping as well. I've had more than enough of it over the past few weeks - prices going up, quality going down, too many people in the aisles, and too many of them letting their darned kids loose with the trolley - bah humbug.

I think the pumpkin is a fruit, but is sure as hades ain't a berry :rofl: I should go look it up for carbs etc. But if I have to give that away as well, what do I use as a filler?? Ice cream? I do love pumpkin and roasted with some spice (morroccan or tandoori is good) it is yummy. I've spent a lot of time and effort cultivating the soil at my place so it is fairly friable now - at least for the first 9 inches or so and the worms are there so it isn't at all bad. You ought to see the size of one of the tomatoes on one of the plants. Ye gods, it will be the size of a pumpkin if it doesn't stop growing and start ripening soon.

Teel - thanks for the update, now inquiring minds would like to know the state of the man - you know, height, weight, age, colour, creed, brain power, length of fingers, waist size, UNIFORM - Mel will want to know about that!!!!

Holly - don't let them talk you into management if you don't want it. They will want more than a pound of flesh and will be setting targets and KPI's before you know it - most of the deadlines are impossible and it is not you they care about, it is the earning power. If you are happy in your little corner and doing part time and have other things such as the baby sitting service to think about, then you need to decide what you can and can't fit in and what you are/ are not prepared to do. It's your choice don't let them talk you into it. Ohh and the joke is a good one too.

Mel - I thought of you in the garden yesterday. There was a person there in a chair like yours. She was having a wonderful time smelling the Hibiscus?!?! :shrug: Didn't know they had a smell. Actually I don't think they do. But they are pretty. Later I saw her buzzing along the mangrove boardwalk trying to avoid the crabs and other crustaceans which had been left there after high tide. (We've had a couple of unusually high tides in the bay which have affected the river and the tide rose over the boardwalk.)

Tig - so nice to hear from you and the doings of the family. You have had a busy time. Lucky you - three dogs! I wish - no I don't really, I don't have the time at this point in my life so the poor crittur would be lost and lonely. Cat would probably welcome a new comer because she gets lonely. The job sounds so horrid. Floating requirements and scope - huh!?! :shrug: Whatever is that supposed to mean?

Okay, guess it time to move along and go to class. I'm not the trainer today. I am the student from ****. I like to live up to the title.

Tig
07-19-2005, 11:19 PM
Double smooches to all.

A few quick points: For my 60th birthday, Slim got me a Harley-Davidson rainsuit. It's not so bad being 60. I've been there for four days and have been bike riding for three of the four and ran two of the four. So far, so good.

On the work front: I have as much loyalty for the company as the company has for me. Feel free to quote me. It isn't the same everywhere. For Real. Meanwhile, the Lord is in charge. I'm very willing to Go For It.

I'm truly glad all are safe on the Brit side.

Slim is growing his hair. Do you think he's going for the ponytail biker look? When we were in college he grew his hair long but his curly hair reached the bottom of his ears. He's as cool now as he was then.

Thanks for all the news everyone. VERY fun!

REAT

Shad
07-19-2005, 11:54 PM
Oh brother - another one I have missed.

Tig - happy birthday for 4 days ago. When was that 15th July??? :gift: :balloons: :queen: :dance: and all the other smilies I haven't got time to go find before I am due back in class.

happy2bme
07-20-2005, 12:21 AM
Eighty percent of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October.

This explains why Shad gets to enjoy all these wonderrous soups and roasted pumpkin dishes all year long and we just have to sit and drool. :kickcan:

happy2bme
07-20-2005, 12:56 AM
We got the most horrendous downpour this early evening. I'm going to look up building an ark soon if it doesn't stop. And the hurricane is all the way over in Mexico so we can't even blame that. The scary part is, we are still short about 6 inches of rain for the year.

We got new cell phones today. Just like the old ones, the new ones don't work in the house either. But they do work in the front porch. Darn antique leaded glass doors of ours. So if you're going to call me, call the land line first and tell me to go outside. :lol: I made DH take me to dinner afterwards. Outback Steakhouse. We had shrimp on the barbie as an appetizer - very good. I had a Ceasar side salad, grilled tilapia (white fish) and just the absolute BEST grilled squash and carrots. Ummm. Ummm. Ummm. Then I made him take me grocery shopping while we were still quite full and satisfied. Now I have yummy fruits, fresh veggies and good stuff for salads. I am happy again.

Glad you like my avatar. We once had a black lop bunny just like the ones in the cups. She appeared at our door one day (knew who the suckers in the neighborhood were) and took over our basement for 5 years leading quite the happy life. We did not know how old she was but we did pay for a bunny hysterectomy when she got sick and I was surprised to see her muzzle turn gray with old age. She was a cutie.

We now have 2 cats in the yard. One ferral I think. The other is the neighbor's cat who I think they are trying to keep in the house so she doesn't bother us. Haven't seen the raccoons lately either. All the birds are nesting, the air is filled with the incessant peep peep peep of babies all around. Yesterday DH said he watched a pair of mockingbirds beat the heck out of a squirrel who was trying to cross the fence a bit too near their nest. He said it was quite funny.

Happy belated birthday Tig. Good luck in your job search but in an informal poll of everyone I know who is working - and that's lots of people living in lots of cities everywhere, it is unanimous that people do not feel appreciated or "a company's most valuable resource" anymore. It's all about the bottom line. I have never seen so many people from so many diverse lines of business and companies all feel the same way. And I can't find a single person who says they love their job (anymore). Well maybe the stay at home moms are the last holdouts but then again they are always worrying about stretching the budgets. Everyday I thank the Lord I have a roof and food and a job and especially thank him that I am not 21 and facing another 40 years in the work force.

kpi's, KPI's :rofl: Shad, your SAP is showing. :rofl: Hope you gave 'em what for in the classroom, I would have paid to see that.

Oh and the house is sounding quite lovely Linus tho I was as shocked as Shad to hear that you were on the floor laying tiles. Eeek. Well maybe little bump will turn out to be quite the handy one learning it all from mommy. At least I hope you sat down for a bit while reading the Harry Potter book.

Shad
07-20-2005, 01:45 AM
Oooh, I hope she wasn't laying tiles while she read the book. Disaster strikes that way!

Hollyhock
07-20-2005, 09:49 AM
I think Austailian pumpkin is more like some of our squash, if I remember correctly.
I am growing pumpkins in my veggie garden that are taking over most of the yard. They look splendid. I am hoping for some wonderful big fat orange fruit in Oct!

MELODY525
07-20-2005, 10:22 AM
:o :?: WHATEVER IS WRONG WITH ME :?: :o

:joker: :cb: :gift: :flow2: :dancer: :bubbles: :encore: :cheer: :lucky: :balloons: :woo: :flow1: :dance: :hat: :hb: TIG~ I HOPE YOUR BIRTHDAY WAS A GREAT ONE. SORRY I MISSED IT. :kickcan: WEAR THE NEW SUIT IN GOOD HEALTH!! LOL ARE YOU WAITING AND PRAYING FOR RAIN NOW??? POST A PIC OF SLIM'S HAIR WHEN IT REACHES THE RIGHT LENGTH!

HOLLY~ WHEN AVON CALLS YOU BETTER ANSWER! :rofl: GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR DECISION!!! ANOTHER NEW ROAD TO TRAVEL!!! AND NO DIAPERS TO CHANGE EITHER!!! THINK ABOUT IT! :dance:

TEEL~ GLAD TO SEE THE TRIP'S LOG STARTING!!! ANY PICS??? I THINK I SAW THE BUTTON ON TV IN A DOCO ONE DAY. SOUNDED VERY FAMILIAR TO ME. TOO BAD ABOUT THOSE MARCHES!

HAPPY~ WE CLOSED ALL THE A/C VENTS TO TRY AND KEEP THE MOISTURE OUT. GOD EVERYTHING IS SOOOO SOGGY UP HERE. VERY UNUSUAL WEATHER ALL OVER THE WORLD. NO DONOS YET BUT I'LL KEEP A CLOSE LOOKOUT FOR THEM! :rofl: FUNNY STORY: WE HAVE CEL/RADIOS FROM NEXTEL FOR WORK. EVERYONE WANTED A NEW MODEL AND I KEPT TH BIG OLD CLUNKER. BETTER FOR ME INCASE I DROP IT OR RUN IT OVER.... WHICH I HAVE!
NOW THEY CAN'T USE IT WELL INDOORS CAUSE WE CHANGED OUR WINDOWS FROM STEEL TO PLASTIC OF SOME KIND AND MINE STILL WORKS ALL OVER THE BUILDING! :dance: I'LL MEET YOU ON THE FRONT PORCH THOUGH!

SHAD~:yikes: SHELLFISH ON YOUR TIRES MUST BE A SMELLY SITUATION OF IT'S OWN LET ALONE THE HIBISCUS! :rofl: I TRY AVOIDING DOG **** AT ALL COSTS!!! :lol3: i WOULD LOVE TO DO THE SHOPPING FOR YOU AND HAPPY! BUT THE AMOUNT OF STAMPS IT WOULD TAKE TO GET IT ALL THERE IS MIND BOGGLING! THANKS FOR PICKING UP ON TIG'S BD....CAUSE I READ HER POST AND IT WENT RIGHT OVER MY HEAD!! LOL

MISS LINUS AND COMPANY:bb:~ YOU ARE SO CLOSE TO TERM THAT I DO HOPE YOU TAKE CARE. LISTEN TO WHAT THE WOMAN SAYS OR THE DR.......CAN YOU PLEASE TRY AND TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF BEFORE AUNT FANNIE HAS A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN ACROSS THE POND?!?!? :dizzy: :faint:
(:rofl:) i BET YOU CAN HARDLY WAIT NOW. HOW DID THE LAST SCAN GO?? DID YOU GET IT??? I AM ONLY READING ONE CHAPTER EACH NIGHT SO IT WILL TAKE 30 DAYS!! I AM TRYING TO STRETCH IT OUT! :rofl:

:cofdate: WELL KIDS.......TODAY IS HUMP DAY AND IT'S QUIET HERE AT THE OLD PONDEE. THE BLDG IS QUIET TOO. THIS HEAT KEEPS THEM INACTIVE. ME TOO. I KEEP TRYING TO GET OUT BUT IT'S JUST TOO MUCH FOR THESE OLD LUNGS. SO I'VE BEEN BUSY WITH HOUSE STUFF. STILL TRYING TO CATCH UP WITH THE WASH! LOL JEN AND I HAVE BEEN HAVING SOME CHATS AND TOSSING OLD MEMORIES OUT. ALL THAT'S LEFT SOON WILL BE STUFF OF OURS. IT'S SOMEHOW VERY FREEING. I THINK I SAID IT BEFORE :?: SOUNDS FAMILIAR! :lol:
HAVE A HAPPY HUMP DAY AND TAKE CARE:MOPED:

Hollyhock
07-20-2005, 11:35 AM
Miss Mel~ gettin' pretty fancy!! All those colours. weeeeeeeeeeee

I would need to recruit 10 people for my team to earn good commision. So I am putting out feelers to see if it's reasonable. I will decide by Friday.
My own sales are great.

Happy Birthday TIG!!!! :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :queen: :woo: :woo: :woo:

Hollyhock
07-20-2005, 11:43 AM
This is a North American pumpkin.

Shad
07-20-2005, 04:22 PM
For the birthdays around the world. Holly - yours is today in my world I believe. Here's to Tig and Holly - :cheers:

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/catwithballoons.gif

Shad
07-20-2005, 04:25 PM
And have a http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/HappyBirthday.gif

linus
07-20-2005, 08:53 PM
just a wee quicky ,HAPPY BIRTHDAY TIG AND HOLLY SORRY I FORGOT ,dont please worry about me im taking it very easy ,i strip of wallpaper to 30 minutes sitting on bum,my family have learned the best way is to just let me get on with it and gently hover under the ladder :lol: :lol: only kidding ,im starting to feel ever so slightly pregnant now very tired keep falling asleep at the drop of a hat lol some very strange meal times at our house just now
right ladies its 1 am and im knackered again
night for now
kirsty+bump

happy2bme
07-21-2005, 12:35 AM
I am harmoniously accompanying this graphic by playing DH's harmonica. :hat: :woo:

happy2bme
07-21-2005, 12:47 AM
Quickie post for me, I swear I don't know where the time races to. I am creeping out the door later and later so before I find myself in hot water, I am going to bed earlier and have already set the alarm for 30 minutes earlier. I have chosen my outfit for tomorrow - temps are pushing 100 over here. And I'm looking forward to my chef's salad for lunch tomorrow.

Mel, I'm not sure what's funnier - that fact that you were smart enough to keep the old walkie talkie or the comments that would come out of your mouth when you found that you had maybe accidently run it over. Somehow I have to believe you would make a great joke of it.

Holly we anxiously await your decision. Maybe if you get involved at higher levels at Avon you could convince them to get cool bags for their products instead of those dull white ones.

And Shad, is it true that your pumpkin would be different than ours?

Great, I can't go back and see the posts on the previous page. Guess that's a sign that it's time to go brush the teeth and race to snoozy land. Catch up with you later...

Shad
07-21-2005, 01:39 AM
http://www.sydneymarkets.com.au/fandv/pum_index.htm

Everything you wanted to know about pumpkins and more.

happy2bme
07-21-2005, 08:26 AM
aha, that explains it. Thanks. No grey pumpkins here - only orange ones but we do have all kinds of "squash" including butternut here - year round.

Squash is most often served as a vegetable. I'd say there's more variety in recipes for the October orange pumpkin including soups, dessert bars and pies.

Hollyhock
07-21-2005, 09:38 AM
Thanks for the birthday wishes.
There was $10 missing in my card from my Grandma. I guess I am too old for cash!! LOL!!!!!!
So far I feel just the same as yesterday.

I have decided to take a "leadership position".If someone new in the area signs up to be a rep I will mentor them, I will receive a percentage of commision from their sales. I have no quotas etc.I will give it 3 months and I can delink at any time.

Mom and dad are coming to take us all out to dinner. There was the usual drama because our plans didn't fit around dad's golfing. Oh well. I stood my ground and got dinner out of the deal!! weehee!!

My mom has painted me a picture for my livingroom. I am excited about it. I need to take down a bricbrac shelf and dust.

I gave her pics of some peaceful rural scenes and then she went to town. She has done this for all the gal cousin when they turned 40.My sis is next in 2 years.
I have a ton of tidying to do.It shouod be mandatory to have a maid on your birthday!!

Love to the chicks!!

MELODY525
07-21-2005, 10:06 AM
Happy~ My favorite saying for everything is WTF!! It fills in for so many occassions!!! You can use it for anything:rofl: I get many a laugh from many a person when the blue streak comes flying out of my mouth! :lol3: flylady would love that you will be on time and also laid out your clothes!!! YGG!!!

Shad~ how did all this pumpkin stuff come about!! :rofl: I will bookmark the page and go there later. I thought they were just for pies and Jack-o-lanterns! :lol3: Pumpkins in the Land of Oz....now there is a Fantasy thought. Have you lunched in the garden yet?

Linus~ I rally know that you wouldn't do something absolutely stupid.....but if you do then don't tell me!! :rofl:

Holly~ my Northern friend.....HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU AND HOPE ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE....EVEN THE AVON ONES!
:hb: :dance: :cb: ;cp: :gift: :flow1: :flow2: :woo: :wizard: :balloons: :encore: :cheer: HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!

Maybe some food shopping tomorrow. Just not up to the crowd this morning. One in the office is on vacation till Monday so some decisions are falling to me. The other too nervous to make them! lol Good thing Gram raise me the right way.....to be independent!:strong: some rain and cooler temps tomorrow so maybe I should put a slicker on and cool myself off! :scooter: :rain: I think some dusting and polishing are in order today. Hope yours is a great one :D

ceejay52
07-21-2005, 10:17 AM
Holly--Happy 40th birthday :woo: May you have many more. Glad you decided about the Avon managment position.

Tig-Happy belated birthday to you. 60 is a good age.:hb: Can we celebrate again today?

Hello to Joy, Mel, Linus, Teel :wave: Have a good day.

Almost forgot my neighbor Happy:wave: How are you doing? We didn't get as much rain as Memphis did. Isn't that strange, I'm just an hour's drive from Memphis. The clouds looked like they were hovering the river.

Not much going on here. I'm pleased that my weight is starting to go down again once more. I've made a couple of major changes and it is working. I'm using the old method of dieting--Counting calories and then burning them off. Weight this morning was 180.6. :dance: All food is logged into fitday.com.
Had an epsiode of IBS this week due to a little debbie Zebra cake, so I'll not be eating those anymore. I may be allergic to this also. That would be a blessing in a way if I were.

Have a good day. Use caution this week end. It's going to be hot.

Shad
07-21-2005, 09:59 PM
Yaa Hoo on a couple of counts really.

1. It is Friday and the weekend stretches in front of me.
2. I have a friend coming to visit tomorrow and I am really looking forward to that.
3. Scale is looking a bit more reasonable this morning.
4. Well, just because really.

Great workout at the gym last night. Felt good at the end of it - stuffed but good. Drove home, feed the cat, showered and got stuck into the necessary work.

Dinner was quick and a I baked a cake, did a load of washing, paid a couple of bills and cuddled with the cat while trying to stay awake to watch a tv program. Sleep however won and I woke up some time later. Went to bed and couldnít sleep for ages.

Miss Puss is not pleased with me cos I put up some white timber venetian blinds in the lounge room windows and now she canít sit on the window sill and watch the world pass by the door. Not much of the world has passed by the door lately. She is going to be even grumpier with me when I do the same to the spare room!

Tonight is dusting the computer table and get it ready to move down to the bedroom because the painting and sanding will be starting in itís corner next week. Progress indeed. I need to get the electrician in soon to sort out the lighting, fans and power points - not to mention aerials for tv and also I need to think about where to put furniture so I can get at the plugs on the wall. I would like to fill the entire wall with cupboards and drawers & shelves and it is a long wall. We shall see.

Anyway, time to go start my last scheduled training class. See you.

Hollyhock
07-22-2005, 09:55 AM
Turning 40 ROCKS!!!!!!!
It was a great day.
I did housework all morning. DH has finished the new deck and steps, he needs to build the railing today. It is like a new room. It is 33 feet long( length of the whole front of the house) and 7 feet deep. The kids think it is a stage. Much performing has gone on.
Mom and dad came to take us out for dinner. It would seem there is a new normal established. There was no anxiousness and it did not feel as intrusive and there was absolutely no negative talk about anyone or anything. We all had a really nice time. The painting Mom painted for me is a peaceful dream. It all soft tones, a rural scene, with an old barn up on a hill and a meadow down in front with all my fav Ontario wild flowers!!!
The kids got gifts too.
Dad bought DS a brand new set of kid sized Dunlop golf clubs!!! My dad loves that my son is athletic. He excelled at many sports for all of his life. It is a nice bond for them. There is a course in London that allows kids so the 2 of them are going next Friday.
DD got some new beanie babies to have something to open but also got some $$ towards gymnastics in the fall.
After dinner the kids and I popped into Walmart to take advantage of the summer furniture sale and bought ME a 3 seat porch swing with a canopy!!!!

Had a great sleep!! I have 8 kids this morning and then 4 go home. Much toy tidying to do later.
Baseball tournament tomorrow at 10:30. Casual party here tomorrow night for ME. I have no idea who is coming. Sort of a drop by thing. We have a sitter for over night with our kids. Then I dont have to get up in the morning!!!!!!!!!
Having my coffee right now!!!

Thanks for the wonderful birthday wishes. I LOVE the friends I have a 3FC. You make everything in this life better!!!!!

Shad~ poor will have to adjust!! The blind sound very nice a fashionable. I like the Yahoo for just because!!

Ceejay~nice downward trend!!

Mel~WTF just about covers all life's hurdles!!!!
Happy~ HI!!

Linus~ take is easy!!

Hello to the other worldly chicks!!!!

MELODY525
07-22-2005, 10:18 AM
CEEJAY~ I WAS THINKING OF YOU THE OTHER DAY....WE HAD A HUGE HOT WATER LEAK AND FOR 2 DAYS WE HAD THE WATER TURNED OFF EACH TIME THE PLUMBER CAME! :FAINT: CONGRATS ON THE NEW PLAN WORKING AND THE LOSS!! GREAT NEWS!

HOLLY~ I AM SO GLAD THE DAY WAS A GREAT ONE AND THAT THINGS ARE 'ROLLING' ALONG SO WELL TOO! I AGREE.....WTF SAYS IT ALL! :rofl:

SHAD~ HOPE THE WEEKEND AND VISIT ARE GREAT!!! HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME. BEATS TRYING TO CALL YOUR FRIENDS WHEN THEIR LINES ARE ALWAYS SO BUSY! :rofl: POOR MISS PUSS!!! ONE WINDOW MUST BE HERS!!! LOL GLAD THE HOUSE IS COMING ALONG SO WELL TOO. HAPPY WEEKEND!

WENT OUT THIS MORNING FOR A FEW MINUTES. A GIRL WAS KILLED NEARBY AND NOT FAR FROM MY 'ROUTE' THAT I TAKE. SEEMS SOME MAN HAS BEEN SEXUALLY ASSAULTING WOMEN IN THE NEXT TOWN AND KILLED THIS GIRL IN THE PROCESS. SCARY STUFF. WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE CAREFUL TILL THEY GET HIM. SO I HAVEN'T WANDERED ALONE TOO FAR. OTHER THAN THAT....MY 6 WK CHALLENGE STARTS AGAIN ON MONDAY. OF COURSE I AM HOPING FOR SOME KIND OF LOSS! :lol3: :lol3:
I'LL START COOKING TODAY AND GET MY PORTIONS ALL BAGGED UP AND READY TO EAT. HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!! GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE! :flow2:

ceejay52
07-22-2005, 12:34 PM
Hello all to the wordly chicks,

Holly--What a great bd present. That deck will be well used.

Mel-Please be careful. Glad it was the hot water and not the air conditioner.

Shad--Enjoy your week end visit.

I am planning on doing some errands this morning. Pay check arrived this morning bright and early 7:30 a.m.

Got to bed on time last night. Was exhausted after mowing the lawn. I waited until the yard was shaded and cooled down a bit. That was my exercise for the day. Talked to my girl friend via IM.

Tomorrow afternoon I will be making my week end drive to my aunt and uncles in Paragould. It's about 45 minutes drive from here. It's been a couple of weeks since I've been there and am looking forward to the visit. My uncle told me yesterday that my aunt was doing great after her surgery.

Time to get moving. :)

happy2bme
07-23-2005, 02:06 AM
Hi Peoples,

Sorry I didn't check in yesterday. It was my turn to host a staff meeting today and I had to prepare some stuff last night. But now it's Friday evening - my favorite time and I am free, free, free for 2 whole days. Well, sort of free beyond the usual rounds of chores and such.

Going to be a hot one this weekend. Temps kissing the triple digits and humidity to boot. Great pool weather. I got in a good swim tonight after DH and I had a simple supper.

Ceejay - hope you took frequent breaks and drank lots of water when you cut the lawn. That's hard work in this weather. Congrats on the loss and have a safe trip. What's Paragould? I remember you mentioning it before in the journals. It it just a great little get away town where your relatives live?

Shad, I hope you are having the best time visiting with Chris. It's a shame it has to be such a short visit. And I'm sorry but you just have to figure out a way to give Sunday back her view to the world or you may find yourself with broken blinds. Our cat would jump on top of the bedstand/bookshelf and poke her head under the curtains. This would leave a semi circle of calico colored hair (light hair on dark parts, dark hair on light parts) all around the curtain where it rested on her body. There was no taking her away from her sunny window.

Geez my inner ear really itches on one side. Time was that this was a precursor to getting a horrid cold. Tell me I'm NOT getting a dreaded summer cold. I feel just fine. But I hate the itching you can't scratch.

Mel, please be careful on your outside excursions. How scary for you! Are you starting Michael Thurmond's plan again? What's on the menu for next week?

Holly - a new deck AND a new swing to go with it? Sounds just heavenly! Glad the DH got the building done for you. And fast too! Enjoy. How cute to hear that the kids think it's a stage. They are going to be mighty disappointed when the railings go up.

Well it's after midnight and even tho it's Friday night I can sleep in tomorrow, I'd like to get up early, get the laundry and cleaning done so I can enjoy some afternoon pool time - extra sunscreen please. I am also getting the urge to get going on my bicycle again tho DH is ready for an hour's ride up and down the hills and doesn't really understand that I am not strong enough to keep up with that. Especially being as hot as it's going to be. So I guess I have to try and sneak out on my own to build up some endurance. That will be hard - on both counts :lol:

So, hellos to the other worldly chicks and a fine day to all. Happy weekending!

Shad
07-23-2005, 06:40 AM
Hello to everyone on this cool Saturday evening.

Had a wonderful visit with Chris. It is so good to have a friend who one is so comfortable with. It just like having an old pair of comfortable walking shoes around the place. Such a good day. Time went by far to fast but that is life. It always does when we are enjoying ourselves. We've more or less sorted out the route for the Italian job. Both of us were not interested in sticking to the cities - we want to explore the little mountain towns of Tuscany, Umbria and the Veneto. Then a bit of time in Switzerland maybe? We haven't worked that one out yet. Chris tells me this will be her last big trip. She is looking to return to NZ in three years time. I shall have to find a new travelling companion if I am going to continue travelling. Anyway we will just have to make the most of this one. Who knows it may be my last as well.

So I'm now processing my vegetables for the weeks lunches and dinners. Then I am about to watch a bit of tv cuddle with the puss cat and a fairly early bed. Tomorrow will be busy. I have another part of the ceiling to plaster and paint, some sanding to do, some grouting and I really must wash the car. There is a need to go to the hardware store and the gym must be visited. As well the washing needs hanging out and bringing in, folding and ironed. The lawn needs mowing as well. Aaaaaah well no rest for the wicked.

My DB1 just rang to thank me for the orchid that I put on his doorstep tonight. He has been in bed for a week with pneumonia. Still doesn't sound too bright but is on the road to recovery. SIL is still waiting for the 2nd scan to decide the story on her tumour of the pancreas. Haven't heard from the rest of the family so don't know what happens then.

Time to go get those peppers out from under the grill and then to watch that tv I was rabbiting on about previously. See you

MELODY525
07-23-2005, 10:37 AM
Shad~ Sending healing thoughts to the family. I am glad the visit went so well and you thoroughly enjoyed yourself. Take me to my favorite places in your heart when you go! Exactly where I mwant to retire!!! What a wonderful trip to look forward to!

Happy~ Was it OP food for the hosting?!?! :rofl: Yes I am going on Michael Thurmond's 6week plan again. The menu has a lot of chicken on it!!! :chicken: :lol3: I'll be clucking for a month afterwards!!! Hope you get to the bike riding but what a time of the year to get started!!!!:dizzy: :faint: Good luck!

Ceejay~ Have a great time in Paragould when you get there and I am so glad the Aunt is doing even better! Stay cool with that mowing!!! Too bad there's not a grass seed that just grows to a certain height and stops! :rofl:

:write:Went out for a bit but did not wander far.:moped: I can get fresh (LOL) air in my own back yard but I miss the wind in my hair part. (bugs in my teet are an option if my mouth is open!):df:
I started reading my mysteries in the backyard. If I save them for the parkm they maay never get read! LOL Very light :bubbles: mysteries with a teashop owner solving them all. :coffee2:
I am cooking and cleaning a bit more. Yesterday got a bit away from me while chatting with people. Feeling a bit brain dead with sinus meds but happy nonetheless. :D Happy Saturday/Sunday and hope it's a sunny one:flow2:

linus
07-23-2005, 05:05 PM
hi chickies, :wave: :bravo: :cb: :cp: :hat: :gift: :dance: the bathroom is finally finished ,the roman blind is up the sink curtain is made and up aswell,and it looks good ,now for the kitchen lol :stress: :doh: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: then the hall and were done with the major hassles and just wee niggly bits to do
SHAD glad you had a good visit with chris ,i have beech wooden blinds up at my windows and as an extra precaution moved the sofas away from the windows aswell so cleo cant be nosy {i got fed up with cleaning windows every day due to wet noses}
MEL you take that mace with you hun just incase you dont acccidentally run over the bad guys :censored: :yikes: :moped: :moped: :moped: :scooter: :scooter: stay safe hunny
HOLLY glad you had a great day with no hassles enjoy the party
right folks i am off just too tired to stay awake any longer
love to all
kirsty+bump

Shad
07-24-2005, 04:57 AM
Something weird is happening to my keyboard. It seems to be turning itself in to capital letters all the time. Then it highlighted my post and deleted the lot when I typed the next letter. Grrrrr. Better get this one sorted out.

Didn't get my list done today. No painting, sanding, plastering or grouting - but I did work in my garden and get a fair amount of weeding done. I did get to the gym, I did get to the hardware store, the washing did get done and is now waiting to be folded up. The car did not get washed nor the lawn mowed. Aaaaah well. There are days and then there are days. I will catch up.

Linus, I'm glad to here that things are being sorted out at the house. You will be looking forward to resting up when all of it gets finished.

Ceejay, enjoy the visit with the relations. Drive carefully.

Happy, happy swimming and working out in the pool. Good to hear that you are getting plenty of use out of it.

Holly, so glad the birthday celebrations went off okay. The deck sounds great. Was this planned or part of the birthday present?

Mel - just be careful out there. I hope they catch the a*sehole shortly. I know what I would do to him. He wouldn't be feeling too crash hot for some time. Tried to ring you this morning but it was the usual story - no ring, then the engaged signal, then nothing again. You need a Jeeves on the answer phone. At least then I could leave a rude message.

Okay, clean the kitchen, have a shower, get into jammies and cuddle the cat. Bye y'all.

MELODY525
07-24-2005, 10:09 AM
Shad~ sorry for the phone. there were alarms all over the place these last few days and I have been in and out. we'll make a date for next weekend. Let me know what a good time is. Your keyboard sounds like mine! :rofl: And here I am blaming the "user" :lol3: I am glad you were out in the garden.....the house will still be there when you next tackle that to do list! have a great week.

Linus & :bb:~ good for you and getting it all sorted piece by piece. it must feel good to see the progress. You and Shad should get together and start a remodeling company. she could be in charge of demolition!!! :rofl: Hope you had a good rest. aunt Fannie says hello to :bb:!!!

I can't seem to find out about that man they are looking for. Will ask a cop tomorrow what's up. Been finding plenty of stuff to keep busy with right here anyway and the heat was a bit much anyhow. This has been my month for money. I got a surprise from Marilyn who retired.She left a belated BD card here with cash and then the next day I got a check from the state to help with the cost of air-conditioning. my Dr had written a letter saying it was a necessity. I feel Blessed to say the least. I must spend it wisely. I owe Jen 200 so that takes care of most of it :rofl: I borrowed from Peter to pay Paul awhile ago and used her $$ to do it. So I'll give it to her now. she could use it for the winter and Christmas. Now she is only cleaning for one person and $$ is a bit tight but her body can only take so much now.
We had a great weekend of movies and talking. I mam exhausted!! Tomorrow is the Mall so I might see you Tuesday instead. Still looking for a big powder puff. I was thinking of what to buy for myself as marilyn said last night to go out and spend it all on me. It's funny but I can't think of anything. life seems to have gotten so much simpler(sp) since the bus thing. I have jen and my friends and neighbors. All you Worldly Chicks. My books and dvds and cds. All my chairs are working....well not the oldest one. And I am almost 100% recovered....as the Dr said, it's the best we can hope for and although I am a bit sad, I am pleased I bounced back as well as I did...he in turn is shocked! :rofl:
Maybe I finally have it all. Pilgim, your search just might be over!! Hope you all have a great day and be well. Hope too that the week is a JOY filled one! (chuckle) :moped:

Hollyhock
07-24-2005, 11:26 AM
Shad, this is our 6th summer here with no front porch at all. the door opened into air.
The money has been in the bank for 3 years. Hubby needed a few days off ina row to builkd it and that happened this week. Coincidence.He built the back deck last summer. We had a temporay one there before.
Gardening sounds delightful.
Can I be the painter in Shad and Linus' company????? Pleeeeease.
Mel~ We are blessed to know you!!!!!!
Linus~ the bathroom sounds wonderful. All clean and new. Are feeling at home yet??
Meadow~ are you settled in yet?????? I am missing you here!!!
Ceejay~ hope you are enjoying the visit with your Aunt and Uncle.

A little bleary this morning. Just had a big piece of choc cake with my coffee. LOL!! I am not really a sweets person. It was decadant and yummy. I am ready to refocus too. I have a month now before school starts and things get really busy and all my summer commitments are done.The next 5 weeks are all about me!!
Our party was great last night. About 20 people stopped in. I received gifts!!?? I am feeling spoiled and blessed. One of the Mom's I sit for had a pine quilt rack made for me. My partying gals all brought this huge cake and bottle o wine. I had a sitter here for over night. She's still here. We had fireworks. Lots of dancing and laughs.
We had quiet cozy moments out on the front deck!!
Friends, old and new got to know each other better.
I was up til 3 and got to sleep in til 10. Yeah!!
The house is tidy. Absolutely NO PLANS or CHORES today!!!! I may lay around and watch decorating shows all day!!

Today I will think first before I eat! No more wandering the house with a sandwich in one hand, tidying toys etc with the other or making phone calls.......

Have a splendiferous day!!!

teel
07-24-2005, 03:21 PM
Aaaaargh! stupid computer...I haven't been able to get on for a few days so its a very belayed HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO TIG AND HOLLY!! :wave: :hb: :bravo: :cp: :hb: :hat: :gift: :woo: :grouphug: :wizard: :balloons: I should have done the greetings early but I thought I would get in again!!!

MEL keep safe sweetie whilst horrible minded people are lurking around. Thanks for that beautiful colourful post a while back...great to see appearing!!

LINUS I am SO pleased that the home improvements are coming along to your satisfaction at last...can't wait to come back and see it all finished!! :woo:

SHAD I am very soorry that DB1 is ill with something nasty. :barf: I hope he recovers well and quickly. I am glad you had a good time with Chris and have started to make plans for next years holiday. Itlay and Switzerland!!! Ooooh jealous is what I am!!!! :p :lucky: :lucky: Good luck with getting through to Mel! I can usually not manage it and end up having tried half a dozen times over ther weekend and still not having any luck!!! :callme:

Its been a wet and rain-filled day today :rain: and for once the weather forecasters got it exactly correct!!! As long as it isn't still raining in the morning when I have to hang my washing out . Later I have to go into town (6 miles away) to meet with my social worker. We have arranged to meet somewhere that has a garden so we could sit in the sun but somehow I think we might be sitting inside!! Its so dark out there tonight I have already put the light on in the study. Poor children! They have just started their summer holidays here so it might be a very trying few weeks!!:rain:

Got my 5 (!!) rolls film developed yestrerday!!! Cost me a small fortune! Some have come out really well but others not so! Somehow the first 3 on the Bass Rock film got a shaft of light through...I don't know what happened there, as the other 20 were absolutely fine....

Well I have to leave it there for today as dinner is nearly ready...I can smell the bbq mini ribs cooking! :T Next time hopefully I will continue to regale you with tales from Edinburgh!! That is of course if my IPS ever lets me in again!!! :devil: :mad:

Take care everyone....

Hollyhock
07-24-2005, 05:04 PM
Eagerly awaiting Edinburgh tales!!! (and pics)Hope the isp behaves!!!
Nice to "see" you Teel.

ceejay52
07-24-2005, 11:19 PM
Hi ladies

Had a good week end visit with my aunt and uncle. My cousin brought his children up to see me as I was a little late with William's birthday present. He reallly liked it. It was Nascar related. My cousin liked it also. My aunt is coming along nicely with her surgery. Got to see all 3 of my uncles this week end.

Holly--Glad you enjoyed your birthday party.

Happy--Paragould is a city where I was born and raised. My mom's people still live there and I go visit on week end's--with one of my uncles (mom's brother)

Shad-Glad you had a good visit with your friend. So sorry that your DB1 is still so ill. Hope he gets well soon.

Mel-Glad you have had a good day. Trip to Paragould was fun.

Hello to Teel, Linus and bump. :wave:

Shad
07-25-2005, 07:01 AM
So the weekend has finished and I am back to work - usual story. Canít think why I wasnít born rich instead of beautiful.

I have a couple of things to do tonight and then I can get back to reading the Italian book and trying to work out what I want to see. Chris has left a few things on the list so I had better read up on them to figure out what she wants to see at these places. I am also going up to Japan on my frequent flyer points in October - want to see the autumn colours up there and will spend about 10 days with her, probably during Golden Week. (A week where they have so many holidays, they donít get to go to work very often.

Apart from all those fun things, itís back to the chores at home. Washing is being done, dishes are yet to be done. The weekend wash is yet to be folded and the ironing needs to be finished. DB2 appeared on the scene to tell me that his DD (my DNiece of the football fame) is causing them a bit of strife - surprise, surprise. She wants to leave school and go full time at her job. Naturally enough the parents are somewhat perturbed. I offered what advice I could and said I will have a go at her next time she comes for the footy. Life does get interesting from time to time with my family.

Went to the gym tonight on my way home. 40 minutes of tough weights and resistance training. I was sure sweating when I finished. But it feels good when I am finished. Just about ready for the shower now, but I best get to the chores first.

Iím going to have Wednesday off work I think. There is little to do at the moment and it seems like a good idea to work 2 days and have a day off and then work another two days and have two days off. Thatís the way I would like to live I think.

Anyway, I had better go and hang out this load of towels then get some of the chores done.

Oh by the way, it is Mooz49's birthday today. I have wished her happy birthday in her thread. If she pops in here as she sometimes does:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOOZ

Hollyhock
07-25-2005, 09:21 AM
"Canít think why I wasnít born rich instead of beautiful. " Me either Shad, me either!!!!
I guffawed out loud when I read this and scared the kids!!!! Too funny. I need it on a T shirt.
Ceejay~ glad the weekend was good and your aunt is doing well.

I will go see Mooz too!!!

This is kinda like New Years again for me.
All my big commitments are done. There nothing on the calendar til the kids go back to school.
In the last year and a half I have completely stopped binging. My portion control is good. My food choices are mostly good. I HAVE lost 18 lbs.
I feel great. I have resolved the little issues that eat at me.
SoÖ
Today I will eat consciously.
I will stop and ask myself, is eating this food for my highest good.
I will sit down at the table when I eat.
I will do yoga every other day and walk or ride on the opposite days.
This is my plan!!!!

I had a LOOONG sleep but still feel tuckered out from life in general.
Tidying and kitchen cleaning first thing. I want to move a wall unit in the livingroom today. I dont have the time or $$ to paint the room so I will try to make it more pleasing.
I seem to drop 5 lb and coast for a couple of months. It is time to drop the next 5. Looking at 220!!!

Have a great day chicks!!

MELODY525
07-25-2005, 11:09 AM
I SENT MOOZ AN E-MAIL YESTERDAY. I HAD FOUND HERS AND LESSOFME'S BD ON MY CALENDAR! LOL THERE WAS NO MALL TRIP AS THE BUS NEEDS NEW BRAKES. SO I WILL GO NEXT WEEK. DARK AND DREARY HERE BUT I WILL FIND SOMETHING TO KEEP THESE HANDS BUSY! LOL HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY. MY SHOULDER IS BOTHERING ME SO I'LL KEEP THIS SHORT. WAITING FOR THE NEW TALES OF EDINBURGH, HAPPY HOLLY IS GOING TO GET HER HAND SMACKED NEXT SHE GRABS FOR CHOCOLATE CAKE AND DOESN'T GIVE ME SOME, HOPE IT'S NOT SHAD CAUSE SHE ALWAYS HAS A POWER TOOL IN HER HAND OR IS SANDING MOUSES! YIKES! cEEJAY HAD A GREAT FAMILY REUNION! LOL OK KIDS....SEE YOU ALL MANANA!

linus
07-25-2005, 05:47 PM
hi chicks ,the arthritis has funally reared its ugly head and is causing me much pain and bother doc said to go back on the anti inflamitories the same ones the obstetrician said to come off of so????????????? ill wait and see how much of the pain i can take before i put up the white flag
stay well and happy and ill be back soon
kirsty+bump

Shad
07-25-2005, 07:29 PM
Morning all,
Linus - oh dear. Please rest up and take things a bit easier. Check with the obstet bloke before you take any drugs but don't stay in pain either. There needs to be some sort of compromise somewhere along the line.

Mel - the shoulder is back?? Good lord. As for the phone - how about I try to ring you at around 6am Saturday MY TIME which is about 4.00pm Friday YOUR time. If thats not good for you, what about the next day. We can make it later if you wish, but I do have to be up the road to the eye man at 9.00am Saturday and it takes 20 mins at least to get there.

Holly - good to see all committments are done and gone. Relax, there will come a time soon enough when you are haring around wondering where the time went and what you did with yourself.

Wonder how Meadow is getting on. Maybe she can't get on because the electrician has connected the power to the roof and the plumber connected the taps to the power outlets. Maybe the roof is under the floor and the floor tiles are on the walls etc. Just kidding Meadow. Log in and let us know how it is!

Forgot my pass again today. I am getting really good at this - my forgetterer is magnificent. Maybe one day I will forget to come to work. That would be fine! as long as they don't forget to pay me!!!

Speaking of which time to go and do something so they will pay me.

ceejay52
07-25-2005, 07:41 PM
Linus--I understand about that arthritis pain. Hang in there and take Shad's advice on the med's.

Holly--Good for you. Accomplishments under your belt is something to be proud of. Congrats on that 18 pounds gone.

Mel--Ouch for that shoulder. You must have been reaching to high. Don't over do.

Shad-- You are busy as always. You make me tired just reading about it. :lol:

Back to the grindstone today. Paper work has been caught up from the week end. Felt like I'm grading papers. There were some mistakes--Men!!!!I'm beginning to understand LindaT reasoning behind men.

Hello to all the rest.

happy2bme
07-26-2005, 02:02 AM
Hey ladies,
Sorry I haven't been around. DH's computer conked out and he seems to always get on mine just when I'm trying to get on it. And here it is almost midnight, I have promised myself not to stay up so late anymore.

The night just flies. Rushed home, got a good swim in, then we grilled up some fish and had fresh fruit and raw veggies. A bit of TV, a few chores a quick phone call and the night is done. I am giggling over Shad's comment of forgetting to go to work. Oh if it could be so. Not so sure this place would appreciate that as much as the old one would.

Ceejay good to hear you had fun this past weekend. Thanks for clearing up Paragould - it almost sounded like a place - like "Graceland" rather than a town. If you have a spare 7 or 8 hours, let's chat about men at work, shall we? :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: - ok, well there are a FEW good ones but...

Linus, sorry to hear you are under the weather. I sure hope bump is a good baby and a sleeper for you as this pregnancy has been one long bumpy ride for you. Take care of yourself.

Mel, you have cracked me up with the comment about Shad coming after us with a power tool in hand. I'm not sure what will make me listen to a lecture more - you with the high rising chair in the air or Shad and her electric tools. And you'll probably bring your friend Linda with the cattle prod, eh? :lol:

Holly, hope you had a successful day on plan with your new resolve today.

Boy oh boy it's tropical steamy down here. The pool was 90 degrees - not even refreshing for me who finds the water usually cooler than I'd like. I'll bet we could even grow some of Shad's orchids.

Dinner was grilled salmon and cucumber dill salad. Yumm. Lots of good fruits here in my kitchen today. And it's way past my bedtime so I'm going to run to sleep before I get to picking at any more of that fruit tonight.

Night 'all. Pleasant dreams...

Hollyhock
07-26-2005, 09:40 AM
HI Happy!
Hi Shad!
How is Nae? Meadow?
Linus~ be sure to double check about the meds. Hope you find some comfort.
Hi Mel!
Hi Teel!
DD went for a swim and sleepover yesterday but I got a call at 10pm because she couldn't get comfy and needed to come home.
I entered my Avon order. Biggest one yet. I have a few phone calls to make today and then I send it tonight by 11pm.
I moved furniture and pictures in the livingroom and I painted a shadow box shelf.The room has seemed too dark but I have lighened it up considerably with curtain etc. Just cant afford paint right now.
Food was much better yesterday but not great. I ate 2 chocolates that were gifts.
I did wander about mid aft looking for a snack and did not eat and took DS to the library and then bought him and DH icecream and none for me. 2 small victories!!
I hung my old quilts on the new rack. I smile every time I see them!!

Have a peaceful day!!

MELODY525
07-26-2005, 01:49 PM
SHAD~ THE DAY AND TIME ARE JUST FINE! WHATEVER IS BEST FOR YOU. I WILL STAY OFF THE PC!! LOL STICK THE PASS WITH YOUR FOOD TO GO TO WORK OR DON'T YOU TAKE ANY? LOL JUST DON'T FORGET TO COME HOME OR PORANGI!!! :rofl:

LINUS~ I DO HOPE YOU CAN TAKE THE MEDS AND GET SOME COMFORT. YOU'RE OVERDOING IT AND INFLAMMING EVERYTHION!!! YOU ARE JUST AS BAD AS I AM!! :lol3: :lol3:
HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON!!

CEEJAY~ MEN!!!! YES INDEED I TOO CAN SEE LINDA'S POIUNT AND OFTEN WANT FULL OWNERSHIP OF THAT CATTLE PROD OF HERS!!! :lol: WHERE WOULD THEY BE WITHOUT US TO STRAIGHTEN IT ALL OUT! :faint:

HAPPY~ HARD TO FIND TIME WITH A DH, LONG JOB AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS. DON'T KNOW IF I COULD!!! LOL POP IN WHEN YOU CAN AND WE WILL ALWAYS BE GLAD TO SEE YOU!:dance: HAPPY SWIMMING AND HOW ARE YOUR NEW PETS, THE ROCKY RACOONS?

I WENT SHOPPING AND THE A/C IN THE BUS DIED ON THE WAY THERE. WILLY WAITED OUTSIDE AND I GOT OUT FAST SO HE COULD TAKE ME HOME BEFORE IT GOT ANY HOTTER.....IT WAS 90 BEFORE 10 AM! HUMID?! AND HOW!!!! WELL I GOT MY STUFF AND JEN'S FEW THINGS AND OFF WE WENT. THE BACK OF THE BUS IS HOTTER THAN HADES! :devil:
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!! AND GOOD MORNING MISS SUNSHINE :flow2:

MELODY525
07-26-2005, 01:51 PM
HOLLY~ DON'T KNOW HOW I FORGOT YOU!!! CONGRATS ON THE BIG AVON ORDER! GOOD THING JEN AND I AREN'T NEAR YOU OR IT WOULD BE BIGGER. NEVER COULD SAY NO TO A FRIEND WHO SOLD THE STUFF! :rofl: HOPE THE DAY IS GOOD AND THE LIV. ROOM SOUNDS GREAT. WHEN YOU'RE READY TO PAIN, SAVE SOME ENERGY FOR MINE! :lol3:

linus
07-26-2005, 04:13 PM
hi folks im officially grounded to the living room with my pooches as hubby has just glossed the bottom of the hall so i thought id pop in for a blether,pains not too unbearable today im coping with the fact that i chose to continue with this pregnancy and therefor take the concequences and i have to admit ive had a not bad 7 months so i really shouldnt complain too much :^: :angel: and i have to admit the nausea and heartburn p**s me off more than the pain :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :censored: ,as of friday i only have 6 weeks left till our baby shows its face so i really am on the last legs now and soon itll just be dirty nappys ,breast pumps and sleepless nights :lucky: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :crazy: :crazy: and im really looking forward to it ,,,,i know im mad but i honestly didnt think id ever be able to do it all again and greived for every milestone conner took thinking it would be the last ,and now i have the added bonus of not having to go back to work or worrying about child minders ,i can just sit back and let mother nature do her very best .
SHAD with you on the missing memory mine went years ago :rofl: i write everything of importance down or poof its gone never to rear its ugly head again
MEL its blooming cold here hunny fancy a visit :beach: :cool: :cool: :cool:
MEADOW where are you ???
ROSE where are you too????
HOLLY glad the avon thing is going so well for you ,what we did for this house is to buy the emulsion and gloss in bulk ,then buy a pale cream for the bedroom but a far bigger tin than what we needed and weve just either added darker paint to it {for the kitchen}or white{for the hall}and therefor managed to keep the budget within reasonable limits :o
HAPPY im sending cooling thoughts to you i cant handle the heat at the moment so very glad edinburgh is living up to its cold summers
TEEL im just going to call you
TIG im thinking you and slim might be enjoying harley time
CEEJAY ive been with my hubby for 20 years now and i still dont undrestand him all that much :crazy: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
right folks im going to call teel and sit on me bum for half an hour -or so ive decided that the meds are not for me the doc has said id need to stop taking them 3 weeks before i give birth and as you all know babys will come when babys want too and these tablets can cause premature closing of the heart valves so im not taking them ill stick to my heat pad lol
night to you all
kirsty+bump

ceejay52
07-26-2005, 05:29 PM
holly--Glad your avon is doing well. Did you decided on the management position?

happy--I agree with you on the weather. I have to go outside perodically to check on the chemicals. My eye glasses have been steaming over!!!! that's hot and humid.

Mel--I forgot about LindaT's cattle prod. I could see if my uncle that used to raise dairy cattle still has his. It would come in handy in this department.

Linus--6 more weeks of pregnancy. Bet you can't wait until that little bundle is here. Is it a boy or girl? My nephew and his wife are proud parents of a new baby girl. Can't wait to see him and his family.

Shad--hello.

All men are not bad. It's just that they can be very irritating at times. One of my bosses has been my best friend for years.
It's time for me to make a chemical check. For those that don't know- I work in the water treatment plant of our city. Been here 13 years and plan on staying another 7. By then I can take my 20 year's and retire.

Shad
07-26-2005, 07:20 PM
A quick post and then Iím off to the gym, do a bit of shopping and then home to catch up on the chores here. Iím having today off work. It means I wonít get paid for it, but hey it feels so worth it.

Slept in to 6.30 this morning and woke to a delightful dawn and clear sunrise. There is a bit of a breeze blowing which will dry the washing - thatís if I ever get it out there!

Today I intend to take the computer and fax/phone down to the bedroom so I can sand some more in the lounge/ dining room and do the necessary painting as time permits. I want to do some more plastering on the ceiling as well. The lawn needs a mow and there is some more weeding to be done in the garden. I will keep myself busy I think. Oh yes and the two roses which passed into the hereafter immediately after planting have been despatched and I will need to find something to replace these. A nursery up the road is advertising the best selection of roses in town. I may go and check that claim out after gym today.

Speaking of gym and diet/ food related topics, it is the end of the month coming up this weekend. That means measure and weigh in. Oh boy AGAIN!??? Well I guess we shall see what we shall see.

My trip plan is slowly starting to gel. Chris has left me in charge of the planning while she is off visiting grandkids and family. This old hen is busily researching the net and the travel guides. Today I shall have to see if I can find some stuff on Switzerland. This could be interesting, bearing in mind she doesnít like heights and Iím not big on buses. Training it seems to be the case in Italy. More revelations as they come to hand.

Righto then, at 8.16am Iíll be wasting time if I stay here longer. Have a good one. I'll be back to check up on the doings of the friendly chicks later today.

PS Teel, your card arrived finally. Thank you. I see they haven't painted the Firth bridge since the last time I was there either. :rofl:

happy2bme
07-27-2005, 12:41 AM
Hi girls, today was the nastiest day of the year for me. A total stinker all around from dawn to dusk. I'm going to go sleep it off and hopefully tomorrow will be better.

Hollyhock
07-27-2005, 01:16 AM
(((((((((happy)))))))))) Sweet Dreams!!! It Would Seem Tomorrow Has To Be Better!!!!

MELODY525
07-27-2005, 09:50 AM
Linus & :bb:~ I think you have done damn well for the 7 mos even with all the sickness and conditions you already have!:dance: Yes I fancy a visit!!! nothing like an aunt Fannie in Edinburgh! :moped:

Ceejay~ I laughed so mloud about the prod I scared the bird! :rofl: I know they're not all IDIOTS!!! Just the majority! :lol3: I could just see you with the prod at work! :yikes:

Shad~ Glad you had a day for yourse4lf, money or no. Hope it filled the spirit with overflowing JOY! :encore:
I will weigh in and measure too. Haven't made any great strides except backwards! :tantrum:

Happy! ((((((((HUGS))))))) what can I say......Hope it looked better tofday!! :flow1:

it looks like the heat will be way too much for me again so I'll find something to do. I got a letter form the Osteo test and they want me to make sure I add a supplement to my fosamax pill. Twice a day now for calcium, once a week on Wednesday's for Fosamax and I need to get someone to look at the results. DUH!!! I thought I asked one already!!! Guess he never did it!!The Ob-Gyn has left for Florida and bought a house there.....so I still need a new Dr..... always something. The pain in my thigh they said is the osteo. I would like to talk/see the Dystrophy Dr before accepting that though and make sure. There are days when I am so sorry I ever got on that bus! What a can of worms that whole thing opened!

Don't go there Mellie! Stay your clam and cheerful self:dance:
So I'll get some breakfast going here. Running late cause I had to take the Fosamax and you cannot eat for 1/2 hour or so. Starving now! LOL Hope you all have a great day and take CARE OF YOURSELVES! :scooter:

Hollyhock
07-27-2005, 10:05 AM
Dull Day!
I may be dull too. LOL!!

Not much out of the ordinary going on. It has rained non stop for 3 days. The yard and flowers and farmers are happy.I havenít been out on my swing tho.
Spent most of the day on the phone yesterday for Avon.It is amazing how many orders I get for making follow up calls.
Another good order. All new people. I need to get everyone ordering every campaign. I need 25 orders every campaign to earn $200( every 3 weeks). That is my goal.
In really like running a business again. It is what I do best. it is a little stressful the day of the order. It will be better when the kids are back in school.
I ordered a dump truck full of topsoil for in front of the new porch and up the south side of the house. It all costs money tho. Causes some anxiety. We are intentionally going into some debt. Way less than the average young family but it is yucky. Life is expensive. FOOD is freakin expensive if you want to eat well.
I am hoping this is our last big expense til next year. We have the materials to finish the bathroom. After that is to refinish the upstairs floors, put in a beam and railing on the stairs and refinish the stairs.Next year??!!

Food yesterday was better again. Still not enough veg. I have been draggin my butt a bit and the veggies would give a boost!!
DH says I am tired cause I am 40 now. Gotta love the dear man.

Stay happy Miss Mel!!!!!

ceejay52
07-27-2005, 03:17 PM
Just a brief note. I'm at work. I have access to the internet at work but the past 2 nights I've not had internet at home. They are working in my area. If I'm not around the next few day's you'll know why.

More later.

linus
07-27-2005, 06:10 PM
really really bad day i hate men and mankind in general craigs 16th birthday tomorrow so im feeling really old
stay safe and calm {hahahaha}
kirsty+bump

Shad
07-28-2005, 12:44 AM
I'm calm, I'm calm, I'm bl**dy calm :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum:

Actually it is so laid back here, one could almost state that it is laid out! One of the business analysts is leaving tomorrow. We are all going to a trattoria or a cafe or somewhere for a 2 hour lunch break. Well some of them are going for a long break.

Had a lovely day off yesterday - only problem is that today feels like Monday for some reason. Oh po*p thats not fair!!! I went to the gym and did my 45 minutes and then felt drained at the end of it - ummm you idiot, you forgot to eat before you went. Duuuummmmmyyyyyy!!! :crazy: After gym I went and got the meat and fish for the month and then went to the nursery and went stir crazy on the roses - they weren't wrong when they said they had a good selection. Anyway I finally picked up two - Fionas Wish and Aotearoa.
Fiona's Wish is named after the youngest heart transplant in Australia. It's described as being Red upper and creamy Almond underside petals with an deep fruity fragrance. Sounds almost good enough to eat AND some of the buyers price goes toward the Victor Chang Cardiac Centre - a heart/ lung hospital. Mr Chang - brilliant man that he was got shot in a hit and run accident shortly after the charity dinner which starred the late Princess Diana. She was dead not long after that as well. Anyway, Fiona has survived, she was 13 or 14 when she got a transplant and is now in her thirties I think and does volunteer work for the hospital among her other commitments.
Aotearoa is New Zealands gift to the world (according to the label) It is a deep pink (I really wanted a yellow but hey) and has a fragrance described as intense. I can only hope it is not intense in the Rotorua style (sulphur, rotten eggs perfume and very intense) According to the label it should never be planted on its own but in groups and hedges. Sorry but no room for more.
There was one other rose I was very interested in - a bright deep yellow/ gold rose called Golden Girls (it reminded me of us lot) however it had no perfume. That's why it got left behind. I can't see the point of a scentless rose!

Then I went home and had some lunch, watched a bit of daytime tv, packed away the months meat in the freezer and hang out the laundry. Lots of different bits of work called my name but I resisted them all and had an hour in the hammock. Such a lovely day out there.

So it sounds like it wasn't such a good day for the rest of you. Kirsty and Happy are crying foul - rotten day. Kirsty begins to sound like LindaT with the I hate man and mankind day. Happy Birthday to Craig from the Koala Lady.
Happy has overslept and got to work late and work was not pretty by the sound of it. Or something like that.
Holly is having a dull day - but anything that combines kids and phoning around can't exactly be described as dull my friend.
And Ceejay what !!!!???? another cattle prod. Oh heck can we stand it on the site.

Mel - so it's weigh in day on Sunday?? Uuggghh again? Seems like only last week I was moaning and groaning about having to do it. Okay. I was doing well, but every time I stop to think about doing well I do something stupid. Like today - I had my salad and was not hungry, BUT out in the shopping precinct (I'd been to buy some new trousers (of the unbaggy variety)) and then I smelt the small homemade pizza's in the deli and then I wanted something hot. It had to be hot. I'm such a dumbo, why can't I seek out soup or something, why does it have to be something with 1000000 calories and 5555gr of fat in it.

Anyway, better go find some work to do. The 'boys' around here are playing practical jokes on one another. I have stated loudly that none of this is my fault ever!!!!! (even if I did put the tape over the phone button - which he hasn't found yet)

happy2bme
07-28-2005, 08:38 AM
Put the :jeno: down lady! :nono: if I can't have it, neither can you! :lol: But I do understand the "I want something WARM" craving. Even tho it was still warm yesterday, I had the most wonderful chicken corn chowder for lunch and I enjoyed every drop of it.

Temps have cooled considerably here. DH and I wound up going for a late evening swim as I got home late from the office and made the whole schedule late as a consequence. The water was much warmer than the air for a change and we put on the lights which illuminated the pool which was quite nice. Mossies can't bite you when you're under water either. :df:

Yesterday was a bit better of a day but still some residual aggrivation. Going to a friend's tonight for a BBQ, should be fun. So all I can say Linus is to wait a day and the feeling will pass. You can't be old, you're having a baby!

Stay cool Mel - I saw on the weather today that it's still quite warm up your way. Sending some cool breezes north to you. 71 feels downright chilly right now.

Holly, somehow I think that you are ANYTHING but dull! :lol: You're the kind to make your own fun.

Ceejay, I know what you mean about the glasses steaming up. They've been doing that quite alot lately. Hope you get your internet fixed.

Teel, time to come back with another installment of the vacation adventures.

Hellos to Tig, Meadow and Rose. Time to check in ladies. I'm off to the showers, it's another morning where the clock is going at double speed. Have a good one!

Hollyhock
07-28-2005, 09:26 AM
Happy~ A friend who was at my bday party asked me if I was hungover on Sunday. I only drank 4 lite coolers. Enough to get tipsy. I was just having FUN! Yes ,I make my own fun.
You sound less POed. The swim sounds glorious!!

Shad~your roses sound devine!!! Put down the pizza and have some soup next time.

I have had a headache for 3 days which seems to be gone.I think it was the low pressure system with all the rain.
Beautiful ,cool ,sunny morning.
I wore my granny flannies to bed last night after snuggling with a blanket on the porch swing, chatting with hubby!!!
Quiet week as I have 1 family on holidays. I am enjoying it. Yesterday my kids and I went to visit friends and had a swim.
She was talking about how lonely she is living out in the country with no neighbours.They have been there for 9 years.
I never get lonely here. In fact ,I could use more solitude. I felt gratitude for the happiness in my own life. I dont have anything to be discontented about.
I am taking 4 kids to the splashpad this morning and then my Mom is coming to pick up my 2 and take them home for a sleepover.Then Dad is taking DS golfing on Friday and dropping DD off on the way. Once again it wasnít what they(she) wanted exactly but it worked out with little conflict. Mom doesnít like having both kids, says it is tooooo hard and stressful. All I can think of is every weekend my sis and I spent at my Grandmaís all my life( she was the exact same age as mom in respect to my kids ages) while they went off to parties or travelled.My kids go to my momís twice year.And I hear MUCH complaining. Okay, enough grumbling.
We had a load of topsoil dropped off at 7am! Another $265. Gotta stop thinking about $$.
I need to get the kids packed and car seat put back in the van.
Kids helped tidy a bit last night. I was feeling frustrated with their mess.
Signed DS up for hockey last night. Another $500. sigh
Food was okay yesterday until I ate chips! BAH!!
Still need more veggies!!
We need to have a veggie challenge.
Hugs to you lovely gals!!

MELODY525
07-28-2005, 09:37 AM
Happy~ On the other hand i am snapping all over the place just like a dragon!! Grrrr....:tantrum: The temps willbe so low it will make a "fog" over the pool soon! :rofl: We are starting to come out of the hundreds! lol so I might get out. glad the day is better and hope the BBQ is/was fun!

shad~ What...no Smellie Mellies there?!?!:flow1: the day off sounded leisurely. Gotta love the hammock time. What a twist of fate...you would have thought that Dr Chang would have lived a long and productive life. Diana too. Life is strange....
Hope the 2 bushes love their new home!

Holly~ I feel boring myself today. Draggin my butt. You though move so fast that I don't know how you could be boring! :rofl:

Linus~ don't let the aggro get you down! LOL Men again! Hard to believe he's going to be 16!!! YIKES!!! Good luck MOM!!!:bb:

Ceejay~ Sorry to hear about the repairs near your house. But it gives you a break from posting! :rofl: If we don't hear from you then Happy Weekend! :dance:

I can hardly move or think with all the sinus meds. I might have a bit of a lie in today again! lol Happy Thursday!!! Have a great day.

linus
07-28-2005, 05:38 PM
sorry for yesterday chickis but me and hubby had the god awfull blow out to end all blow outs ,its a long story but here goes
when we had the shower installed the council being the council completely tiled the wall where the shower sits and the wall adjacent to it but not the wall above the bath taps that they only tiled half way up and stopped at the border tile ,so hubby and i had a brain wave and decieded that wed tile the rest of the wall ourselves,hubbys cousin works at the tile warehouse so we got the tiles for nothing a[should have been £38 }and hubbys bil is a tiler he said hed tile it for us the first week in august when he went off work on holiday so we were all set ,the bathroom is all papered painted new floor down new cistern in new door all done except the tiling ,hubby and bil then decieded that the pipes which run up the wall would look so much better boxed in which means that the tiles on the wall would have to come off i threw a hissy fit as im just so fed up the house being half done{theres bits needing done in all the rooms} and just demanded that the tiling be finished as is or id just paper it hubby then chose to take a hammer and remove said tiles in a fit of rage ,needless to say we now have one complete bare wall and the argument continued till 3 am this morning ,fil came at 11 to start painting the hall so i wouldnt have to do it {apart from the woodwork which hubby and i had already first coated and resanded ready for its second coat}but as there is a 12 foot drop from the top of the stair well and the bottom step and fil doesnt keep good health i ended up helping anyway aswell as hubby ,family all descended to wish craig happy birthday so the house is a tip ,im completely knackered and im going for a bath and bed
craig had a brill day got about £300 for his pressies {he just wanted money}and surprise surprise he stated that being 16 is just like being 15 lol
bye for now chickies
kirsty+bump :o

Shad
07-29-2005, 12:52 AM
Just got back from the Public Services Club where we all went for lunch to farewell Glen to \Brighton, England and the SAP Real Estate sector. Had a very nice lunch (huge plate which I couldnít fully eat) for 6.50 and a small bottle of white burgundy for a couple of bucks (enough for 1 1/2 glasses). Wonít need dinner tonight.

Which is good in a way because I can then get the laundry done, the sweeping done, the floors washed and the house generally tidied before the couple of tv programs I like to watch on Friday night. That way I can go to the eye man on Saturday, do a gym workout and come home to a clean place on Saturday - Sunday will be spent painting and plastering some more. All good plans as long as the hammock stays out of sight and mind!

Sunday is of course weigh in and measure day. That should be interesting all I donít think all that much has changed. Yes I have moved inches I think in the hip area. Iím beginning to wonder if these trousers that I bought yesterday should have been a size smaller. They just feel a little loose, particularly in the crotch area and all (since they are stretch) maybe a smaller size would have been better. I have no grumbles with loosing the butt, hips, gut area but it would be nice to match the top bit up. Iím still a 16 up there. If I moved to a smaller size in the hip I will be a 12. That is a bit too much out of proportion. One thing is for sure, I won't fall flat on my nose if I trip up!!!!! :rofl:

Last night was gym with weights. I did actually manage 5 reps of the hip/ chin/ dip thingy waving the legs around madly 20 times on each. It doesnít seem so long ago that I couldnít even support myself on it much less move anything around. I just get so tired at the end of it all, I wish the stamina would build up somewhat. It is a pain to come home, sit down and then wake up just after the end of the program I wanted to see. Tonight is cardio circuit. Iím getting better at that too, but the rowing machine stills really gets me going. I do 5 minutes on whichever is the warm up machine and then 10 on 4 others. That gives me 45 minutes. The rowing machine is the one which really taxes this body. The bike is in second place. The rest I actually quite enjoy. In fact last night after weights, I had ten minutes left of my time at the gym so went onto the treadmill to do a short program there. I must be mad.

Sorry to hear of the almighty balls-up with the stubborn DH Linus. Honestly sometimes men are the absolute end. Why not just get one thing finished instead of carrying on and on and on and not finishing anything at all. Now he has to get those tiles off the wall. Horrible job which I'll bet he gets jack off very soon and doesn't completely finish. It will all come out in the wash I guess.

Mel I hope you are feeling better soon. Do you want me to give tomorrow morning a miss on the phone? Try for Sunday instead??? No 'smellie mellie' roses around at the moment. Will check it out next year to see if someone has put this on the market. We have Sexy Rexy, but no Smelly Melly. Have to put up with Fiona's Wish and Aotearoa.

Holly & Happy - I didn't actually eat the pizza. When I went to check it out they sort of looked greasy and thick on the base. I like my pizza thin and crispy based, so I went looking for other things. Couldn't find soup and so ended up with a cheese and spinach roll (not so nice really) and a fish cake. Naughty me, but the weight was up this morning as well - a real off putter in case I wanted to indulge today! But thank you for the kick in the butt anyway.

Right, need to ring the vet to book Sunday the cat in for a dental check, tartar removal etc. Oh joy!!!! Another trip in the car for the little she-devil.

MELODY525
07-29-2005, 02:40 PM
I BETTER MAKE THIS FAST AND GET OFF THE PHONELINE. ALMOST TIME FOR MISS SHAD'S VISIT! LOL WENT FOOD SHOPPING AND FEEL MUCH BETTER. TOO MANY DRUGS FOR SINUS MADE ME FEEL AWFUL BUT WHAT COULD I DO!!
LINUS~hOPE IT ALL GOES WELL AND GETS FINISHED!! (((((hugs))))) AND TRY NOT TO KILL ANYONE!!
sAHD~ TALK TO YOU SOON.
cHICKIES....TAKE CARE AND HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND! :moped:

ceejay52
07-29-2005, 04:39 PM
I'm back on line after I did a lot of complaining and 2 computer tech's later.

That cattle prod is still at my uncles. I will not be using it here.

Linus--Calm down. You shouldn't be arguing right now. Things will work themselves out.

Mel--Sorry to hear you don't feel well. :balloons: Feel better soon.

Shad-- I thought about you today. I've turned my armoir into a t.v. cabinet. Got that jigsaw going but it took me a minute or two to figure out where the blade went. My next project is to hang a shop light in the closet so I can see while I'm using the computer. Will just need my drill to do this.

Hello to Holly and Happy. :wave:

It's just dawned on me. I haven't had lunch yet. Think I'll grab a bite to eat and get busy tidying up the place.

Will be mowing the lawn later this after noon. The temperatures have dropped considerably here. It's actually nice to be outside.

Shad
07-30-2005, 07:16 AM
Yeaaaaah CeeJay, another DIYer around the place. Glad to see that you got those techies running around and patching things up again. Must see if I can mow my lawn tomorrow as well. The back particularly needs doing.

Mel, good to talk to you as always. The world is always a better place when we have finished putting it to rights.

The others must have been busy today I guess. They haven't come in to report - come on Teel, Happy, Holly, Meadow, Tig

Went to the eyeman today. He was pleased with the way the eyes have improved since a couple of weeks ago. I can now carry on wearing contacts. So I have ordered a 3 month supply and also a new pair of glasses. The cost may prove prohibitive later on but for now I am happy. Because I don't carry medical insurance I have to pay full price. If I had insurance I would be paying 10 dollars less each time (40 dollars a year). However the insurance would cost me around $500 per year so I think I am still winning. Such a gambler I am with my health.

So I wandered around the shopping centre. Couldn't find anything to spend my money on. Came home via a furniture shop and purchased a chest of drawers for the DS1 - it's his birthday, Christmas, next Christmas and birthday present all rolled into one. I like it. Whether he will or not remains to be seen.

Two of my orchids are in flower. Here you go - There's Chocolate drop x Red Fire and Lemon Tree x Golden Magic.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/GeneralSize-ChocolateDrop.jpg http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/GeneralSize-LemonTree.jpg

The Chocolate Drop one is brilliant as a full size photo even if I do say so myself. If any of you want it for your wallpaper let me know, I'll mail it on or maybe put it onto webshots for you to download.

Better go, it's almost time for The Bill.

MELODY525
07-30-2005, 11:04 AM
CEEJAY~ WOW!!! GOT IT ALL TOGETHER GIRL!!! NICE IDEA WITH THE ARMOIRE AND THE ELECTRONICS. I STILL AM MAD THAT I LET SOMEONE TALK ME INTO GETTING RID OF MINE! I COULD HAVE USED IT NOW FOR ALL MY STUFF! HAVE FUN. NOTHING FEEL MORE FULFILLING TO ME AS WHEN A PROJECT IS DONE AND YOU GET TO SIT BACK AND ADMIRE YOUR HANDIWORK!!!

SHAD~ IT WAS GREAT TO TALK TO YOU ALOS. I ALWAYS FEEL LIKE I AM FLYING AND YES THE WORK IS A BETTER PLACE WHEN WE GET DONE SORTING IT! :rofl: THE ORCHIDS REMINDED ME OF A DANCE I WENT TO AND THE BF GAVE ME A PURPLISH ONE. SIGH. MEMORIES..........
GLAD THE LUNCH WAS GOOD AND YOU BID THE FIND FAREWELL! i REALLY THINK YOU AND cEE SHOULD JOING FORCES AND START A COMPANY! LOL

:wave: to Teel, Happy, Holly, Meadow, Tig

i HAVE SPENT WAY TOO MUCH TIME IN THE JOHN. WILL NEVER TAKE ALL THOSE MEDS AT ONE TIME WITH M.O.M. AT BEDTIME! :rofl: FEELING BETTER TODAY AND HOPING I CAN GO TO THE MALL ON MONDAY SO I CAN FINALLY RETURN THOSE BRAS!!! LOL NOT MUCH ON THE AGENDA THIS WEEKEND. ALL THE COOKING IS ALREADY DONE! BIT OF TIDYING AND TV.
HAPPY WEEKEND TO ALL OF US WORLDY GALS AND HOPE IT'S A SMILEY ONE!

happy2bme
07-30-2005, 12:45 PM
Hi girls,
The end of a very busy work week leads right into a very busy weekend. Besides the usual household chores, I promised myself that I will clean out and shampoo the car interior - it could use a good bath. My spindly tomatoes needs some trimming - a disappointing crop this year but I will learn and do better next year. And it's high time to go through a few of those packing boxes.

DH and I each got a new computer this week - a fabulous employee discount from work so that means cleaning off ALOT of stuff on that puppy too.

Which doesn't leave me much time to actually sit on the computer. So rather than lurk, please accept a quick pop in here. I will try and make some sit down time tomorrow night.

Good to hear that all is going well with you (mostly). Have a good weekend.

Hollyhock
07-30-2005, 01:49 PM
Hello to everyone!!!!!!!!
This is my daily news.

When we bought our house 6 years ago the yard had never been used. This place was built as a resaurant/gas station in the 60ís, turned into apts in the 80ís and a single family home in the early 90ís.We are the first family with kids and who wants to use the yard as a yard. Our property was severed from a larger one and a newer house was built on the other part. Our neighbour own 5 acres that is around 3 sides of us. They are our only neighbour.It is odd to be surrounded like this. I had started planting trees, shrubs and flowerbeds for privacy and prettiness and they told me most of it was on their property.Our driveway and clothes line etc were over the line too because everything was done half assed right from the beginning.We do have an old survey with measurements off of our house.Anyhow they have put in a pool and want to put up a solid fence for privacy and safety and had a survey done yesterday. ALL my stuff is ON our property, in fact out the back where she has been planting veggies is actually our property.We have gained 10 feet of yard!! Can you say spruce trees!!?
It is soooo nice to have this resolved. It is sooo weird that in 65 years no one has used the back yard. It has also been a weird feeling to not know where our land ended. There were many stories from locals and the previous owners and none were right. I am happy it is resolved and I can continue with my gardening uninhibited.

I had an Avon meeting yesterday. I have signed up 2 new reps out here as my team. That means my name goes into a draw for a 27 in TV, 2 out 25 chances.
woohoo!
We went to a bday party last night that was supposed to be for dinner, i made a pasta salad but the plans had changed and no one called us. So at 7:30 I ran to the restaurant in town for some burgers for takeout to go with my salad for my family.
We had a nice time.
We all slept in til 9. Hubby is still in bed.
I had my coffee out on my new porch swing, on my new porch!!!!
Today is about laundry and moving gravel and dirt. I have a load of wood chips coming next week to cover everything til I plant. I need to weed and cozy up my other beds and trees too.

Food yesterday was good, water good ,not much extra exercise.

Have a fulfilling day!!

happy2bme
07-30-2005, 02:38 PM
Interesting history your property has had Holly. Hard to imagine restaurant to apartments to home. I find it odd too here that they are rather lacidasical about where the property lines fall. When we bought this house, we expected to get a plat of survey as is customary up north. Nope. We were told we could order one if we wanted to but they don't mess with that 'round these parts. :dunno: Sometimes it becomes important. As in big huge dangereous bush at the end of my driveway obstructing my view. After I almost hit a little dog I didn't / couldn't see, I told DH it HAS to come out. Some former owners planted 9 trees around a metal utility box and never kept it neat and trimmed to eye level. Anyway, from the position of it, up north it would have been considered to be on our property. However the neighbors fence was along that same line so did our property start on the very edge of the driveway? DH called the town who said there are "crow's foot" markings in the cement to demarcate your property line. Yeah, right. We finally got hold of the neighbor who gave us her blessing to saw them down, we just have to do all the work - well mostly DH does. Anyway I am glad to hear that you gained back some property Holly. Would have been such a hassle if someone had laid the driveway over the neighbor's land and they were going to wreck things for you. Be sure to thank your neighbor for planting some stuff on YOUR property for you to enjoy! :lol:

Ok, lunch break over, back to work for me.

Shad
07-30-2005, 06:24 PM
Lets get the news (good/ bad/ indifferent) out of the way first.

Weight - 73/ 73 - Same
Upper Chest - 37.5/ 37 - down .5inch
Bust - 41.5/ 40 - down 1.5inch
Lower Chest 34.25/ 34.25 - same
Waist - 33/ 32 - down 1.inch
Upper Hip - 38.5/ 38 - down .5 inch
Lower Hip - 39.25/ 39 - down .25 inch
Top of arm - 12.5/ 12.25 - down .25 inch
Top of leg - 21.5/ 21 - down .5 inch.

There it is out. Happy? well not really. I really thought I had done better this month. Although most of it is down so I should not really complain. Sometimes it just seems that I do a lot of hard work for so little results. Still I know I haven't been good on the water. I know I have skipped a meal or two that I really should have had and I know that I had a bit of a chocolate binge there in the middle somewhere. At one stage the weight was back at 71.5 and is now at 73. Can't blame it all on water!

Holly - imagine all the fun you could have had if the swimming pool was now on your land!!! Oh dear what a shame! Here they are big on the survey pegs at the boundaries of the blocks, however it is a real shame (ha ha) that they make the pegs out of soft wood timber (probably not treated) so in a few years the pegs have completely disappeared or have been moved 15 times to get fence posts and retaining walls straight. Gives the surveyors work to do in later times as the neighbours prepare to go to war over the boundary lines.

It is still too dewy out there to go wake up the neighbours with the lawnmower so I will take the spade and go dig over the front garden bed by the fence. That is right after breakfast and trip to the shop to get the paper. I was going to go to the markets up at Forest Lake today, but I feel energetic enough to do some gardening. The markets can wait for another Sunday.

Anyway - seize the day before it gets too hot and sunny. Let's go.

MELODY525
07-31-2005, 10:14 AM
SHAD~ I THOUGHT OF YOU LAST NIGHT. ON TV THEY WERE SELLING A T-SHIRT WITH A TUSCAN LANDSCAPE ON IT!! I WAS CRACKING UP! NICE OF YOU TO LET THE NEIGHBORS SLEEP. :rofl: THE WIGH AND MEASURE ISN'T BAD. THINK WAHT YOU'VE BEEN EATING AND THERE IS NO GAIN!!!! HERE IS A SHORTER VERSION OF MINE:

WEIGHT 174/172.5 -1.5
TOTAL INCHES 297.5/297 -.5 IN THE BUST ONLY
I AM STILL LOSING AND GAINING THE SAME 5 LBS! LOL BUT I WILL DEAL WITH IT.

HOLLY~ SO GLAD YOU FOUND OUT WHAT IS ACTUALLY YOURS....SOUNDS BIG ENOUGH FOR ME TO BUILD A SHED FOR MY 'CARS' :scooter: GOOD LUCK WITH THE TV DRAWING!!! NICE WORK! ALSO GOOD SAVE ON THE CANCELLED PLANS! NICE IDEA! I OWULD NEVER HAVE THOUGHT OF THAT! LOL

HAPPY~ BOTH JEN AND I GOT A PC FROM DOWNSTAIRS. I HAD ORIGINALLY GIVEN MINE TO JEN AND IT 'BURNT' UP SOMEHOW! WHO KNOWS! SO THEY TOOK IT BACK AND SOLD ONE TO ME AGAIN. OF COURSE THEY WERE ONLY $1 EACH!! SHOULD I HAVE ASKED FOR A REFUND?!?! :lol3: :lol3: HAVE FUN GETTING SORTED OUT WITH THOSE PACKING BOXES. BET YOU'LL BE GLAD TO SEE THEM ALL GONE SOMEDAY!!

TOMORROW IS THE MALL AND I FEEL GOOD ENOUGH TO GO. I THINK THE WHOLE PROBLEM NOW WITH MEDS IS MY AGE DUE TO THE DISABILITY AND I NEED TO SPACE THINGS OUT BETTER.
JEN WENT TO THE TRAILER WITH RICHIE FOR A FEW DAYS SO IT'S JUST BIRDIE AND ME.(HERS) I THINK HE LIKES TO COME HERE AND GET SPOILED....WHAT ARE GRANDMAS FOR ANYWAY!!! :rofl: MY BIRD IS STILL IN DEATHS CLUTCHES. HE'S SUCH A LITTLE FIGHTER BUT WISH IT WERE OVER.
HUMIDITY IS SO BAD AGAIN THAT I HAVEN'T BEEN OUT FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME AND THAT MANHUNT STILL CONTINUES TOO. I THAT GUY HAS FLOWN THE COOP CAUSE THERE HAVEN'T BEEN ANYMORE HURT BUT THERE WAS ONE IN NYC THAT SOUNDED SIMILAR.....MAYBE HE WENT ACTOSS THE RIVER.
BY THE TIME THE WEATHER GETS GOOD IT WILL BE EFFIN' XMAS!!! :rofl: THEN I'LL BE COMPLAINING OF THE COLD!!! :yikes:
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY AND HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

Hollyhock
07-31-2005, 11:32 AM
Hi Mel~ We have been humidity free. It sure makes life bearable. I am glad you are feeling better. Happy Shopping!! The land we gained is as big as most yards in the city.LOL!
Shad~ it would appear that that most of your news is GOOD!! Our pegs are iron.They found 2 buried way down deep.
HI Happy~ nice of your neighbours to LET you take care of the bushes. I am happy to only have 1 neighbour and they are okay.We have a acre and they have 5.Lots of space in between.
All of the changes in our house have been done by the owners.Many major renos but the last 2 owners did things the quick fix way. Most of what we have done is tear things right back to the wood and start fresh. Hubby is a builder and knows what he is doing. It is beautiful when it gets done. Actually, inspite of a torn up starwell and bathroom we have accomplished a LOT in 5 1/2 yeas. it is certainly livable and quite nice really.
Laughing in a sad way today.
After much dirt shovelling yesterday Hubby went to his home town to visit friends last night.
I just asked him how everyone was. They are a close knit bunch who have been friends since grade school. They married gals from the area and never moved away. They are all in their mid forties now. We have had a lot of deaths in the crowd this year starting with Aís suicide and then there have been parents and grandparents dying and then Tyler drowned.
Last night hubby asked one gal how they were doing and her response was,Ē 2005 can just f*** right off.Ē
Wher Tyler drowned DH went outside saying,"there is too much deathĒ, and had a big cry.
Wanda can be a little rough around the edges but she sure made hubby feel better and she kinda said it all for the gang.

I had a nice quiet evening. The kids and I went for a swim next door.
There is somethig magical about floating on your back in a pool surrounded by huge trees.

I was super tired but didnít fall asleep til 1am. Slept til 9am. The kids have vacation bible school starting tomorrow. I need to get all of our butts into bed earlier and get up earlier.
I cut the grass with the push mower for the exercise and then edged around the trees out front.
I ate well all day, water and exercise we great and then I ate 4 bowls of maple walnut frozen yogurt. sigh. I was overtired and relaxing and I ate. ARG!
Lately food and water have been good and exercise has been lame. I really need to do all 3!!
I did get 3 loads of wash done, 2 still to put away. 3 more loads today. House work is a MUST!
Hubby is going to put topsoil up the south side of the house. I will have 2 new 30 feet long flower beds to work on in the spring. I will get some mums and bulbs in this fall.
I have a load of wood chips coming this week.
This year I have just been maintaining the stuff i have planted over thelast 5 years. I actually have a hydrangea and a bleeding heart that need to be divided. I will have quite a bit od Sept gardening to do.

I suppose that is it for today.

Have a spectacular day.

linus
07-31-2005, 06:43 PM
hi folks im here ,were super busy !!!! well hubby is im supervising ???who knew it could be so tiring?????? halls done just need the men to come and lay the carpet{were not attempting that one the staircase turns at the bottom}and then its just the re-tiling to be done in the bathroom and the kitchen ,all i can say is phew its nearly over
love to you all
kirsty+bump

Shad
08-01-2005, 06:29 AM
Made the decision
Itís taken a while and a bit of soul searching but I have finally decided to carry on and extend my contract at the Ministry of Funny Walks aka OSR.

I had at first decided not to, and up to a few days ago was sticking with that decision. However Iíve been checking out the available work and there isnít an awful lot of it around and that which is there is not paying the sort of money Iím getting here. So............. here I stay for the next 5 months or so.

Thanks for the comments re the weight for the month. Sometimes it is like pulling teeth trying to get this weight off, but there is simply no way I can give up now, Iíve come too far and been through too much. Besides which who would Madcat have to annoy and be annoyed with if I gave up. Iím trying to work out what to do this month which may shift the final kilos from this butt and gut and tummy. Not that the butt is big, but it is flabby.

Today my DS2ís christmas and birthday present arrived. What !!!! Well he asked for a chest of drawers made of timber not the cheaper veneered MDF/ chipboard and I said I would look for something and check it out with him. However he didnít go and have a look at my choices - too busy Mum - so finally on Saturday I took the plunge, paid for it and had it delivered. He liked it. At least I think he did - maybe it was only an impression that I got. But anyway he has got it now and is putting in orders for Christmas this year. Unbeknowns to him, I have already got part of his Chrissy pressy - the goofy part. Every year I try to get them something that is totally ridiculous - last year he got a singing bottle opener and stubby holder and a few other gimmicky things relating to his footy team. This year I have found a seat pad (no it doesnít sing) and a dressed teddy bear. Iím sure I will find a couple of other goodies before Christmas strikes as well. Now all I have to do is find something for the older one (whose sense of humour doesnít run to footy paraphenalia) - maybe crutchless bike knickers or something equally stupid.

So no gym tonight. Iíve been feeling so worn out lately that I am going to cut the gym back to 4 sessions per week for a while and carry on with the walking at lunch time (I can do 4k in my lunch break and the scenery is superb). I may still do a double on Saturday morning - we will see.

And that is about it for today. Clean the bathroom, do the dishes and the ironing and thatís about me for tonight. I'll catch up on all your posts tomorrow.

ceejay52
08-01-2005, 11:01 AM
I got a bunch of stuff done last night after I got home from work. It sure helps to have something in the fridge to pull out and heat up in the microwave. Did my 15 minute flylady tidying last night in the living room, and a load of laundry. I want to have most of the house work done before the week end because I have a shelf to hang in the kitchen and a t.v. cart from the bedroom to spray paint, and a yard to mow. The t.v. cart will be going to the kitchen to house some small appliances. This is my long week end and will be going to Paragould on Saturday.

My 2 week limit on exercise ended this past week end so Iím going to the gym tonight for my weight session. The gym doesnít have a wide varity of machines. It seemís the men hog those and I do free weights. I want to walk at least a mile around the inside track. Thatís 20 minutes for me. To make it in 15 minutes I have to jog and thatís to much weight on my bad feet.

Hello to all the chicks

J. just informed me that the chemical truck will be here today or tomorrow. He was sure in a good, bossy mood. The time was not right to ask him about his week end.

Weighed in this morning at 182. Have a couple of fluid pounds cause I did not drink the required amount of water Saturday and Sunday. I also measured and Iím glad that the tape measure is shrinking.

Time to get to work after all thatís why Iím here

Hollyhock
08-01-2005, 11:14 AM
Shad~ tough decision. 5 month of good money is hopefully worth the annoying bits.
Linus~ supervising in underrated!!!! Hope all went well!!
Ceejay~ great to get that kind of stuff done! Drink that water.

Fresh start today?????
Much needed!!! I have been doing some emotional eating in the evening. At least I think it is emotional. Allergies are pretty bad and i feel tired and crappy so I eat. Eating is not gong to help. As always my choices arenít bad ,it is the quantity.
I am feeling extremely fat which may be a good motivation.
Nice day of house cleaning and spending time with the kids.
We went through both kidís dressers. DS just needs jeans and socks for back to school. He wears them out faster than fast.
DD needs LOTS. The little monkey has grown 2 inches since school got out in June.
I gave her a short and sassy haircut last night per her request. It is a little short for my taste but she is happy.
Kids go to vacaton bible school every morning this week for 9-11:30. Had to set my alarms cause we have been sleepiong in so much.
DS has traded for a hockey video game and has played non stop. Now that hockey will be back on I am voting for a second TV. Now there are 2(DH&DS) against 1. We need to buy a receiver. We have an old TV kicking around. I wonder if the hookups work. It would save a lot of grumbling on my part.

Have a glorious day!!!

Shad
08-02-2005, 12:53 AM
Need to get us back on page 1! We were actually in danger of becoming page 3 girls. ;) :D :lol:

Not much happening here. Just one day after agreeing to stay on, I am so bored, bored, bored. I have work to do, but each time I try to get it done, something gets in the way or becomes a problem. Wait, wait, wait. Patience is running out fast. Wait may very well become away.

Oooh Mel, just saw a couple of cops marching down the street. Mmmmm not too bad either, good shape, good height, reasonable look. Thought of you but refrained from wolf whistling out the window.

Holly sorry to read of the problems with DS again. Let's hope he will grow out of this one phase too. Kids have a habit of growing in leaps and bounds particularly in the summer. I well remember DS1 getting a new pair of sneakers and two weeks later complaining they were too small (and they were)

Dug out a new garden bed over the weekend. Well it is not new exactly but it was definitely overgrown and weedy and looked terrible now the new fence is up and looking good. I have transferred some poor neglected plants from the garden to this bed so now I have to water in the plants every night until I can see that they are settling in. This weekend I will need to mulch and feed so the poor things can see they are appreciated after all. I do wish it would rain just one day this week. Plants always look better after some of the good stuff.

Okay, lets go and fight once more with the powers that be so I can actually achieve something today. Even if it is going home early!!!!!!

happy2bme
08-02-2005, 01:34 AM
Egads, page 3, we can't be having any of that. :no:

Another weekend flown by and here we are into August ALREADY. Time is rushing by much too quickly. Each day I'm making choices between doing this or doing that and something always suffers.

Weekend was nice tho I was dealing with a rumbly tummy all day Saturday that kept me out of the pool. I popped some antacids and DH and I managed a late evening movie tho I felt it better to pass on dinner out. Saw a documentary - March of the Penquins about the Emperor Penquins in Antartica. Very interesting movie. Only about a dozen people in the theater and all but me and DH were talking :gossip: At one point I finally said "PLEASE BE QUIET". Now I know why they blast the volume so loud. Was no excuse for the 2 elderly couples right behind us - the ladies weren't interested in the movie so LEAVE or give me my $12 back. :bomb: 2 grannies brought their unruly grandkids and all 4 of them talked. And lastly a dad and his 4 year old who I could almost forgive given her age but after 10 minutes you knew it wasn't a cartoon movie so check the listings BEFORE you enter the theater. No wonder we only go to the movies about once a year. We did stop for a delicious ice cream cone afterwards. Just a plain vanilla cone, no fancy sundaes and we both enjoyed it immensely. I'm not sure where Sunday went, I think I was captured by aliens and taken to the mother ship for the day again.

Had to laugh at your post Shad, at least you have a few months of steady income ahead of you. Perhaps something interesting will turn up in the interim. I picked a few sad tomatoes from my garden today. Was thinking if I mulched and fertilized and tended to it like you, I'd get a better reward. I will know better for next year. Same with the rose beds.

Perhaps we can get pictures of Holly's new yard next spring too. And Linus' fit for a queen new castle.

Mel, I think you need to turn down that sizzling electric personality of yours and stop burning up the computer chips :lol: Hey a PC for a dollar, can't beat that, can you?

Well past my bedtime, I have to hit the sack before DH hogs all the bed again. Hellos to the other chickies of the world. Goodnight ladies, sweet dreams.

teel
08-02-2005, 06:39 AM
Hello chicks!!
At last I have managed to get a connection into my internet after days of not being able to! :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :censored: :kickcan: :kickcan: :kickcan:
Lovely to read everyone's news......

LINUS ...I am so pleased to see that the house is finally taking the shape you desire it to be! At last you can see lights at the end of the tunnel!!! I do hope its all finished before Bump arrives.. :bb:

SHAD .....well done for making the decision about the workplace!! And you've already started the Christmas shopping!! :faint: The chest of drawers sounds great and I do hope it is fully appreciated when the time comes!! The additions to the rose garden sound very pretty ...I have to agreee with you that I don't think there is much point to a rose with no perfume!!

MEL...I am glad you are feeling better now and well enough to get out and about again...just do everything in small measures and don't tire yourself out so you regret going out the next day...(been there...done that!!!) Sorry your bird is not well...oh and by the way...did you get to the mall and exchange those brassieres??

HAPPY....hope you are quite better now after the tummy troubles....it must be a worldwide bug 'cos I had a 24hr tummy upset about a week ago!! I hope you got that hedge trimmed down successfully...sounds like it was getting a bit dangerous for you and the local animal population!!

Where has Meadow got to??Hope all is ok, what ever you are up to!!

CJ.....well done on your losses! Keep up with that water! This time of year I find it a lot easier to drink water but I am sure I don't get 2 litres in me!!

I heard a very interesting fact about the reason we are supposed to drink the clear stuff not long ago! Apparently our metabolic rate increases for I think it was 30 minutes after we have a drink so we are supposed to burn up more calories just by having a glass of water!!Hmmmn. I wonder!! :chin:

And so back to the holiday memoires!!!
MONDAY....Unfortunately today was the day the anarchists decided to march in the city center so it was another day to keep out of the way of thugs throwing park benches around in the Princes St. gardens! Kirsty and I decided to head out to the peace and tranquility of the Botanic gardens....they were absolutely gorgeous and SO peaceful and beautiful ...I got some photos and even hand-fed a few squirrels! They were so cute and relatively tame especially when you are holding a handful of monkey nuts for them to devour!! :T

TUESDAY...Was really a day of rest as I was exhausted after an eventful weekend of being a tourist!!

Ok thats it for now!! Be back when my ISP lets me have a connection!!
All take care! Hellos to those I havenot had a good "chat" with!!

happy2bme
08-02-2005, 03:48 PM
Halfway down page two. Bump, bump, bump... :wl: (lifting us up)

One of those boring days at work - even if it is month end. Is it time to go home yet? Tonight is the annual neighborhood BBQ and block party. Only about 20% of the people attending - AND IT'S FREE!

Do most people just not care about anything anymore? :?: I barely see my neighbors. We seem to be the only ones on the block who 1)work on their lawns and gardens and 2) don't pile tons of trash in front of the house right after garbage pick up and let it sit and rot in the sun for a week. And one day I am going to rent a video cam and sit on the corner and film all the people who run right through the stop sign and send the video to the police.

It's downright depressing... :( Give me some reason to have faith in mankind again.

MELODY525
08-02-2005, 06:14 PM
WOW!!! WHERE TO START?!?!?! I THINK I'LL JUST SAY HELLO EVERYONE, READ YOUR POSTS, LOTS OF GOOD CHEER AND I AM TIRED! LOL NOT NECESSARILY IN THAT ORDER. I WENT TO THE MALL. EXCHANGED THE BRAS, GOT SOME BOOKS, SHAMPOO, AN OUTFIT FOR THE COOLER WEATHER AND SOME XMAS SHOPPING DONE AS WELL. I HAVE TO GO BACK TO THE CLINIC AS MY HIP/THIGH SEEMS TO BE WORSENING. PAIN ALL THE TIME NOW BUT IN DIFFERENT LEVELS DURING THE DAY AND NIGHT. NO ONE KNOWS YET WHAT'S GOING ON. SO THE APPT. IS FOR NEXT THURSDAY. PROBABLY XRAYS AGAIN. SORRY I SEEM TO ALWAYS HAVE SOME CRAPPY NEWS THIS YEAR. LOL EVEN THE BIRD DIED OVER THE WEEKEND! 2005 IS NOT MY YEAR! JEN WENT AWAY FOR A WEEK AND LEFT HER BIRD WITH ME I SAID.... are you sure you want to leave him here as I seem to be in the bird killing business!:rofl:
I WENT FOOD SHOPPING AND WAS OUT FOR AWHILE. JUST AIRING OUT MY HEAD. TALK TO YOU TOMORROW. HAVE A GOOD NIGHT! :dance:

linus
08-02-2005, 06:47 PM
hi folks i am only just sticking my head in family problems have reared there ugly head {not hubby and bot sons}so hectic evening will be back tomorrow to keep us off page three {page three is an entirely different thing over here its where the pics of the topless models appear in the paper}
love to you all
kirsty+bump

Shad
08-03-2005, 01:01 AM
:tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum:

I think that about sums up how I feel. And it's not work this time.

I came home last night and collapsed in the chair, woke up some hours later and as per normal nothing got done. I really have to do something about this.

It's to do with gym late in the afternoon. I was trying to work out why, when at gym the other day, I got through a workout really easily on the Wednesday I had off last week, but couldn't manage the same one after work.
It is to do with this day fowl, night owl thing.
It to do with food and water.
It's to do with living life as I do.

So it is time to take stock and work out a new plan. New and different food too, since I am becoming bored with just about everything at the moment and really can't be bothered about food when I get home at night.

My plan at the moment is to not go back to the gym until next week. I think I will possibly go to the other gym for the cardio type stuff which is the stuff that gives me problems in the afternoon. This one opens at 5.30am and is closer to town which means I can work out and still get to work on time.
I may stay where I am for the weights which don't worry me so much in the afternoon and........
I will work out some menu plans which involve hot food for lunch. Salads are just not cutting right now. I think I will look at Happy's approach and venture into some hearty soups and maybe a frittata or too. Something I can warm up which will stop me from going downstairs to the cafe and buying things like fish cakes and roasted drumsticks (nice and all as they are).

Meantime, I will go home at night, snuggle with the cat and wait for warmer weather to arrive. It may be the lack of blubber on me right now, but this is the first winter ever I have felt the cold like this. This morning was so hard to get out of bed.

Anyway, that's my moan for the day.

Happy, why didn't you shift chairs so you didn't have to listen to the old biddies and kids whingeing and carrying on? I think I would have asked for my money back anyway. It's a very good reason not to go to the theatre.

Sorry to hear of the 'rumbly tummy' (actually there is a restaurant in one of the suburbs called that) hope all is fixed now. Definitely mulching and fertilising is the way to go with the tomatoes and the roses - indeed all of the garden (EXCEPT the bl**dy weeds - they do well enough without)

Linus - what!!! more family fun and entertainment. You guys sure know how to get the rest going. Are you ever going to have some quiet time before this baby arrives??

Mel - good to hear from you. I've got hip/ thigh pain as well, but not for the same reason as you - mine is just protesting about the exercise and the cold.

Teel - good to hear from you again too. Maybe I will have to come over there and deliver a stern lecture to your computer. (Should you now threaten it with the same??? - Behave or Shad will come in to beat you up!!!).


I have to get DS1 to give me some advice about mine too. I use Skype as a means of cheap telephone conversation with anyone who has broadband and has Skype downloaded. It is easy to use and doesn't cost me anything!!! Anyway it stated that it has an upgrade available which will give me better sound. Yeah right. The sound is not as good as it could be, however every time I go to download the upgrade it doesn't work. Just reinstalls the same version. I'm getting jack of all this. I will begin to get grumpy with the program soon and write to the outfit. Still it is good to call Chris in Japan - yak on for an hour or so and not cost me anything on the phone bill. And the DS 1 in Adelaide. Biggest problem is that as soon as I get yakking, the normal phone rings and then my mobile gets in on the act. It's all a conspiracy I tell you.

Right well, everyone elses two hour lunch break is nearly up, so I had better go do something here I guess. Catch you all later

teel
08-03-2005, 08:23 AM
Good afternoon to all...
Sorry everyone seems to be unhappy/stressed/ fed up at the moment...

Shad, are you sure you are not deficient in something or other and that is why you are so tired all the time? Are you aneamic or lacking in vitamins? I do hope you feel more like your normal self very soon....:grouphug:

LINUS I hope all has quitened down in your house today....hope to hear from you later to hear what the latest trouble was....

MEL sorry you are having trouble again with pain and immobilty. I hope the medics are able to fix you up with something that WORKS!!! Sorry to hear that the bird passed into a higher life over the weekend....I hope it didn't upset you or Jen too much...:faint: Good luck with the appointment next week.Let us know how you get on please!

Bob the builder is doing great things around the house! I now have lovely white internal doors with nice shiny new white handles! He has also made me a great ramp so I can keep the scooter in the garden shed and get it in and out without too much hassle and effort! All we need to do now is actually get enough room in the shed to get the scooter in to start with!! :scooter: :scooter: Next week he (weather permitting :rain: :nono: ) hopes to Cuprinol protect the fence and the shed and paint the garage...at last!! I bought the paint for the garage AGES ago!!But the weather has really been too wet for an outside painting job...:rain:

As for me, the arthritis in the feet and the ankles particularly is very bad and painful right now. My GP gets back to work next week after 3 weeks holiday so I will get along to see him as soon as possible and see what good ideas he comes up with to help sort this out... I tried to order a repeat prescription for my anti-inflammatories last week as I am still allowed them occassionally but the dispensary told me the practice is no longer prescribing that one at all so I have had to wait...Ho hum... :tantrum: :tantrum: :stress: :stress: :cry:

Hello to everyone else ! I hope everyone is fine and well and enjoying the summer(if you live to the left of me) and coping with the winter if you are in the opposite direction!!!
Ta ta for now! Be good!
Love from Teel xx

happy2bme
08-03-2005, 08:52 AM
Sorry to have taken us to a place where we are all sort of in the pits, can't have that!

Teel it sounds as if things are progressing quite lovely around the house. I'm sure that Shad and Mel can give you great tips for cleaning and decluttering around the shiny new house. Linus can give you decorating tips IF she ever sits down for a minute!

BBQ last night was nice. It was warm and muggy but not as buggy as I thought it would be. I did not overeat - hard to eat at all standing up and balancing a plate. Got to meet some more new neighbors - not everyone is over the age of 60. One gent moved all the way from Alaska to here to take a job he found out he's not keen on at all. Talk about culture shock particularly as he was about as far north as you can be without living in Russia!

Shad, yes I did consider moving seats at one point but I am also horribly stubborn. We were the first in the theater, we had good seats and to move away from everyone would have meant climbing the stairs and sitting ALL the way in the back of the theater, right by the projectionist, up high and far away which DH prefers and I hate anyway. Besides, then I'd look down and actual see the shadows of all the yakkers which would fume me more. Maybe I'm just in one of those "nothing satisfies me moods anyway".

I think you nailed it with the bored statement. I was thinking this morning that my feelings are within my control and I am just spinning my wheels in the dirt letting things plod along. Time to mix things up as you say. I've been really tired at night, sometimes DH shakes me gently to get me to stop snoring and it wakes me up just enough to disturb my sleep. So like the fairy tale the 3 bears, I've been going from spare bedroom to spare bedroom trying to find a bed that's comfy and will give me a good rest. I've been going to bed earlier which has really cut down on my 3FC time here but I need to get into a rythym and get up earlier and make myself get on that treadmill. I feel all this extra weight in my back and knees and it's only going to get worse when "winter" if you want to call it that here - approaches.

I've already gotten away from the bad eating habits and am trying hard to get the water in. The only missing part is the exercise. Apart from a good swim which I can't always get to each day, I'm just being a slug here. Crack the whip girl!

Shad you've made some lovely soups before, I suggest you get cooking. I completely agree with you about salads not cutting it when it's cooler out. It's like you're hunting for something nourishing.

Oops just noticed. Time to wake DH up and get my keester in gear here. It was just 6:08 five minutes ago. Better get rolling on the day.

Hellos to all, I'll be back later.

MELODY525
08-03-2005, 01:14 PM
Teel~ I had antiinflammatories for my before bed snack! :rofl: I use over the counter ones! The house sounds nice and just toss all the shed stuff out! :faint: Have fun!

Linus~ Hope all is well and please send me the NEW ADDRESS! :tantrum: Stay calm.....time is near :bb:

Shad~ It must be the Winter Blues so get out there and :dance:
You feeling the cold always reminds me of LindaT. I thought last winter was bad and dread this one! next time you see a cop just jump on him and say this one's for Mel!!!!! It will probably make us BOTH feel better:cb:

Happy~ I am thinking of setting an alarm and getting up earlier and going to bed earlier. It will also interfere with PC time but who cares! :rofl: Good luck!!

I am having a "Mel" day and did 2 loads of wash and am cleaning and sorting again. It never gets done! LOL Jen's bird is cranky and might make a tasty morsel for tonite's dinner! :devil:
The weatherman gave out a warning this morning so I got up early, put in the wash and Scooted:moped: outside all before 8AM!!! Now it's MUCHO HOT and I am all ready for a bit of lunch and a movie. Have a great day and hello to all the other missing Chicks:wave:

Hollyhock
08-03-2005, 01:54 PM
Hello chicks!! Lots of reading to do. I am also taking a hard look at everything in my life and reassessing and somehow making room for what matters. Problem seems to be a lot does matter.
Kids and Hubby and homelife are #1.
We desperately need to up the income so babysitting is good, easy, reliable money and the Avon is going VERY well. Hubby tried all year to find something"better" with no luck but has a decent employer right now. If i up the Avon effort it means something will have to go and the rest of the crew here will HAVE to do more housework and tidying.I also love the home business thing,it is what I do best. I was called and told to be at the sales meeting Thurs eve for sure because I am receivng some kind of award.
In the fall I am looking at school council and sunday school starting. I already have meetings at the end of the month for both.
I would like to go OUT for a yoga class( again money).
I need to nutrure myself. I feel like I have a done quite a bit of soul searching, resolving and healing and now I need to move on.
I need to eat consciously and well.

Any brilliant solutions from you worldly, wise women?

Shad
08-03-2005, 08:37 PM
Weeeeellllllllll,
What a lot of us are feeling the full effects of the summer/ winter silliness. Mel is probably right - I have the winter blues. It's an interesting phenomenom over here. The nights are cold - we have got down as far as 4C (about 38F) but the days are reasonably warm - at least they are if you can get out of the August winds and generally it is clear sky and sunshine all the way with no humidity (and few flies). So the days are fine. It's the nights that cause problems for me (apart from being tired that is) and the fact that it is dark by around 1800 and doesn't get light until 0600. So daylight fades and so does this day fowl. Add to that the fact that the house doesn't have much in the way of flooring and fabrics so it gets cool quickly. I really will have to get cracking on fixing the place up and getting the new furnishings in to make life better.

Sorted through a stack of recipe books last night for soups and stuff that I can bring to work and re heat. LindaT has some good recipes for lunches too. She wants me to try her pumpkin chilli!!! I'll go check it out shortly. A great many of the recipes I have will need playing around with to get the calorie and fat content down. Some of these grannies made great soups in vast quantities but eggs, cream and salt seem to have featured in a great many of them. I can remember my own grandmothers soup pot on the back of the stove. Anything and everything went into it. It was hot, instantaneous and nourishing. I can remember times when I was in bed sick and my mother would bring me some soup into which she had dropped an egg. The egg gently coddled away with the heat from the soup and the whites set but the yolk was runny. Yummmy. Sometimes I'd like to go backwards through my life. I would give a lot for some of either Mum's or Nana's soup right now.

Teel, I thought about vitamins and things. I really do loathe taking tablets, but it may be worth a trip to the chemist to look for some multivitamin tablets for the short term (sure as hades, I'll forget them after a short time). Sounds like the house is coming along. Can I come and inspect the improvements next year???

Mel, I'll see if I can nail down an interesting policeman for you. DB2 went to a mates 50th birthday a couple of Saturdays ago. The mate is the 'Fuzz' - maybe I should have tagged along to check out the talent for us!

For those up in the Northern summer - it is a good idea to get up earlier. The heat of the day puts exercise in the too hard basket.

Holly - it seems you are at the stage where life is just becoming too full on and there is no time for you and your own interests and self. It's a very hard road, the kids are still dependent on you, the DH is starting to feel that he is not going anywhere with his life and career, money is usually at it's lowest point and everywhere you turn sacrifices seem to need to be made and it's you that seems to have to make them. I'll put thought into what comes next while I am drumming up the soup tonight and maybe tomorrow I will come up with the gem that will set you on your way. My accountant came up with a gem a couple of years back - the ex was moaning his fate about finding other work (other than taxis that is) and the accountant said that if his job ever went under, he would also find it difficult to get good work. It would be far easier for his wife (less educated but bright) to find good paying work than it would be for him. Likewise he said it would be for me. Thats when I went out and got work and left the house to the DH and kids. It all depends on what you want versus what you need out of life.

Gotta go. Some work has to be done around here today.

Shad
08-03-2005, 10:56 PM
Shad~ It must be the Winter Blues so get out there and :dance:
Quote from Mel, so I have found the answer - in picture form of course.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/Tired_of_the_winter_blues_they_clim.jpg

It's titled - 'Tired of the Winter Blues, they got up on the roof and danced'

Keep smilin'

Hollyhock
08-03-2005, 10:58 PM
Shad~ you quite right on most, maybe all ,counts.
The domestic stuff, like canning,freezing,gardening, although work ,are mostly for me and because I LOVE to do it. Likewise with the choice to be home with and for my kids and family. Coming here to 3fc is definitely a break from reality and nurtures my soul in a big way. So is journalling.
I had a really good talk with my little family over supper about how i am feeling and what needs to change. For a small start the kids will pick up all the toys every night. Dh will clear the table and sweep the kitchen floor. We will all benefit from my Avon sales.Once again, although work, I an a entrepeneur and this fits. I am great at direct marketing. It is good to connect with business women again and the women in my community. Part of me is a little shocked at how fast it has taken off. I need to reorganize my life a little with help from the rest of my family.
Mostly I need to have a good sleep.

Shad
08-04-2005, 12:38 AM
Nothing like a family meeting to get things moving along. We used to have them quite frequently. And we took minutes. We set an agenda about what was happening, what was going to happen, how the money was, who was coming to visit, who was going to visit who. Then everyone was able to talk about whatever or whoever concerned or upset them. That way the kids knew that there was no money to spare, or it was tight for the month/ week/ year. It also stopped tantrums in the supermarket about buying or not buying sweets or icecream or chips or whatever. They grew up knowing that if they spent on the incidentals, they were likely not to get the basics. Those were the days.

Tig
08-04-2005, 07:07 AM
July was a busy month around here. We had company the first two weeks - the thugs and their parents, our DD and the cutie DGD - very busy times! I worked one week and then the last week of the month had jury duty. Things are just now getting back to normal. At least normal for us. We have a third dog now. The thugs and parents will be in Okinawa for three years and they left their collie/mix girly dog with us. When it storms we have THREE lap dogs - the lab, the boxer and the collie.

It has been hard with the heat and humidity to get in our running this summer. Our weight has crept up on both of us. Slim did move the treadmill back into the house now that all the company is gone. Additionally, we decided that we needed to go back to journaling. We are sure that our portion sizes have crept up on us and our choices are not as good as they should be. Nothing like journaling to get that spotlight pointing out the problem areas!

I'm going to get in my treadmill time before time to get ready for work.

:wave: All! I do still read our news almost everyday.

teel
08-04-2005, 07:55 AM
Coo things must be looking up...I have managed to get into the site 3 days running!!! :lol:
Not much to report here, the sun is shining (well it was 2 minutes ago when I looked out, but for now it has disappeared behind a cloud :sunny: )

As I said yesterday, the house alterations have come on a treat. I now have bright white internal doors rsather than horrible brown ones...and I have bought some lovely white door handles to replace the metal ones. The spare room (where Shad and Chris have slept) has been painted and the yukky self adhesioning mirror tiles taken down after at least 14 years. Coving has been put up all round and to finish off the brown (!!!) spot lights around the walls have been replaced by a lovely 3 way spot light in the ceiling...phew!! Outside now I have a great ramp up to the garden shed so eventually I can keep my scooter in the shed and charge it up with my newly installed electric supply. The shed now even has a light installed and I have put the old fridge in there for all the excess bottles and cans of drinks..
Shad, of course you are welcome here at any time you like!! It will always be great to see you. ;)
Hellos to all.Tig, great to see you back with us. I hope the jury duty was not too taxing. 3 dogs! How lovely but hard work to keep them all fed, watered, excersiized and happy!
Shad I hope you begin to feel a lot better soon and get out of those winter blues..perhaps you do have a touch of the S.A.D. syndrome, you know, Seasonal Affective Disorder, when the sufferer gets low moods 'cos of the lack of sunshine and natural light. I believe St John's Wort is good for easing the symptoms...worth a thought, perhaps??
Well I must get along. The sun has well and truly gone into hiding and its total cloud cover now. Better rescue the dog in from the garden and get to the shop.
Bye now. Take care.
Love from Teel

MELODY525
08-04-2005, 10:14 AM
SHAD THE PICTURE IS A RIOT AND THE TITLE IS TOO FUNNY!!!
HOWEVER DID YOU FIND IT?! WHILE i WAS READING YOUR POST THE OTHER DAY i THOUGHT THAT IS HOW i FEEL OVER HERE IN THE MIDST OF WINTER MONTHS. i GOT UP EARLY AGAIN AND GOT ANOTHER WASH DONE AND BREAKFAST ALL BEFORE 8AM! YOU ARE SOOOO RIGHT ABOUT GETTING GOING BEFORE THE HEAT. GOOD LUCK WITH THE DANCING AND FUZZ BITS! :rofl:

HOLLY~ I THINK SHAD SAID IT ALL SO I WON'T REPEAT IT. GOOD LUCK IN YOUR DECISIONS AND CHOICES! ((((HUGS))))
I THINK YOU'RE DOING A GREAT JOB AND JUST FIND WHAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU TOO IN THE PROCESS.

WASH IS FOLDED AND PUT AWAY AND TIME FOR THE DAY TO CONTINUE. MAYBE A FEW MINUTES MORE OUTSIDE. I JUST CAME IN TO GET THE WASH FINISHED. I HAD A DAY FROM **** YESTERDAY WITH THE INSURANCE MAN OVER THE BUS THING STILL. MADE A CALL TO THE HEAD HONCHO AND HE ACTUALLY SPENT TIME WITH ME YESTERDAY. N O ONE TOLD HIM I WAS AS SERIOUSLY INJURED AS I WAS ANS LEFT WITH RWSIDUAL PAIN. SO HE WILL TAKE CARE OF THE HOSPITAL BILL AND ANY FUTURE ONES AND WAIT TILL MY DR GIVES THE FINAL DECISION IF THERE IS ANYTHING THAT CAN BE DONE TO AID THE HEALING. I AM NOT THINKING THERE IS BUT THE LAST APPT IS FOR NEXT THURSDAY. OK I AM OFF FOR A FEW MINUTES OF FRESH AIR (LOL) AND HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYONE!

Hollyhock
08-04-2005, 03:35 PM
Shad~ i think we all need to dance on the roof once in a while!!
Tig~ your summer is sounding fun and full of love.You and Slim are so devoted to your health journey!!
Mel~ it is stinkin' hot here again too but over cast and possibly less humid.

I am feeling much, much better about everything.
I made a good list of every day tasks and weekly tasks and then put names beside the ones I want help with. It is a start and I feel better just knowing they are trying to help.
I made my casserole for the bible school troupe and one for us for dinner tonight!!!
I have that Avon meeting tonight where i am to receive an award.
The floor is swept. Desperately needs to be washed.
DS is mid meltdown right at the moment but I dont seem to be upset! LOL!
All the phone calls are done. I just had my wood chips delivered.
Another thing I do for myself is that I have MY quiet time from 1-2 every day. The kids are good at respecting it. They can read, play quietly, go outside but not allowed into the livingroom. I get my daily dose of trash watching AMC. I often make lists, do mail,yoga etc during it. I have a tea and sometimes my lunch.
At night I always watch TV from 10-11. I like the shows in that time slot, ER, Law and Order,Coldcase..... I read every night for almost an hour.
Something the therapist said on tues is on my mind. I always felt and know that I did not get what I needed as a kid emotionally, psychologically. My parents just did not nurture me. That is the truth but what she said was they were offering something and I did not receive what they did offer. It is very true. I have always liked my folks and we get along fairly well.
They have a lot of hurt because I rejected their lifestyle choices.I am hurt because of what was missing. What I am questioning and what is important to me as a parent is to see what my kids need to feel loved, nurtured, safe, belonging and find I a way to give it to them so they KNOW it and do receive it.It is not easy. It is not about me.
I may have a different understanding of where my mixed feelings come from but the root of my feeling is still the same. There is a hole in my heart that is a misunderstood, unliked, unvalued child. The adult part of my heart knows better but the emptiness in that place is still there. It is not a blame game. I am just trying to heal that hole.
On the other hand maybe I am just spoiled brat.LOL!

Our living expenses keep going up and it is beyond our control. there has been a jump in staples like, $ .40 a loaf of bread, we use 1 a day. $ .70 bag of milk I use 2 every 3 days.......... Our property taxes are going to double next year for 10 years for new sewers in a subdivion that we have no access to.........
These are other thoughts.The worst possible case scenario (mostly for me) would be to go out and get a full time jub. I will make a valiant effort to make this work as is. hubby completely agrees.I hope he steps up like he said he would!!

Last day of bible school tomorrow. 6 kids for the day. I am looking very forward to a laid back Saturday!!

Love to you clever, dynamic gals!!

linus
08-05-2005, 05:24 PM
hi folks
sorry for :wave: :listen: being gone seems like im not the only one though :wave: :shrug: :mag: :dunno: been hectic here this week what with one thing and the other craigs been spending his birthday money ,got his new footie strip and his season ticket,new boots and got his ear pierced and a new gold bulldog earing so he didnt waste his money
conner was at the hospital to get his hearing aides fitted so they took moulds of the inside of his ear drum and hopefully they will be ready for him going back to school :listen: andy had his vasectomy last night :^: :fr: :bb: :stress: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: hes a lot better today than what he was last night ,ive got stronger stuff for my sickness and heartburn so hopefully ill feel a wee bit better soon{well before i give birth anyway lol}cleos still in season and bleeding everywhere and poor poor benjy is just an angel lol
right im off im completly knackered
love to all kirsty+bump

MELODY525
08-05-2005, 05:35 PM
KIRSTY~ I FOUND SOMETHING :bb: AND WILL SEND IT NEXT WEEK ONE DAY. I'LL LET YOU KNOW WHEN IT LEAVES MY HOUSE.
Hope everything can stay calm for awhile at least and hope andy recovers quickly!!! :cb:

Holly~ glad you are getting more "head" stuff sorted. It's good to clear the mind once and awhile and we are forever growing and learning about ourselves. :dance: on your roof too!!

I had a much better day toiday and the bossman called to see how I was 3 days in a row now. guess they are finally realizing just how serious this whole enchilada was. I feel vindicated somehow and think I can let the bad stuff float away now. :bubbles: I sent him a thank you note....or will mail it over the weekend I mean.
Looking forward to the weekend after a crap filled week. feeling pretty good and I think a lot had to do with getting things off my chest. Still going to the Drs on Thursday though. We're hoping for cooler temps this weekend and days that don't come with warnings of bad air! :faint: Hope you all have a great weekend and take care!
:wave: to Tig, Nae, Meadow and Teel! good morning Miss Shad! :flow2:

Meadow
08-05-2005, 08:53 PM
Miss me?

I have finally gotten back into the computer. The telephone company went on strike and I gave up on them for access and have now gone cable. I haven't lost a pound after all this stress and moving malarky! I feel like we have been camping out, it is all so different. We still don't have a telephone. I have been gardening, reading and getting a sunburn while boating. I have to read back and catch up on what you all have been up to. Will do that later tonight. I have missed you all terribly. I hope you are okay, I notice Mel has the bosses worried about her. Hmm... Take it easy out there in the world chicks!

Shad
08-05-2005, 10:03 PM
Meadow - great to see you bak. We were beginning to wonder where you had got too! Welcome, welcome - tena kotu katoa ( 1000 welcomes). Shifting is so much fun. You must be out in the bush with phone companies and all. That usually happens here if you move 100k inland. Okay round the coastline.

Mel, I hope something comes out of this bossman ringing and calling and more or less courting you. Hope it all sorts itself out before too long.

Linus - hope the whole hearing thing works out for Connor. I didn't realise he was deaf enough for a hearing aid. Must have missed something along the long. Sounds like Craig is having a ball with his money. Aaah well one has to have a splurge sometime. Is he still working at that place???? Forgotten what it was.

Mel, I went to yahoo - google would have found it too, and typed in Winter blues. Then I clicked Images so I would only get pictures and told it to search. There was plenty there, some quite ridiculous, some beautiful but too big (I can't resize at the office). That one popped up. It is actually a card from some gallery in North Carolina. http://www.ediegoodthings.com/notecards.htm - here's the webpage if you want to go have a look.

Holly, congratulations on your awards. That's really good news. It always makes one want to do better - well it does me at least. I'm a bit competitive that way. Not usually against others but definitely with myself. Always striving to do that bit better, bigger, or whatever.

Okay, I have done the shopping and hung out the washing. I now need to go put the groceries away and make a start on the soups - maybe I will even get some for lunch. I'm interested to try that one of LindaT's although I have the idea it may be a bit chili for me. I'll try it with less first and then build it up to where I can still taste the rest of the stuff but it has a bit of a bite.

Then I will work on the lounge ceiling for an hour or two getting it ready to paint tomorrow. After that I have the garden bed I dug out last weekend I bought some plants today - blue and white petunias, primula and pansies, blue agapanthas - it already has white snowflake bushes in it and the rose is a peachy gold shade. I'll get some petunias to go around it later. So there you have it a blue and white bed with a splash of orange/gold . Should look okay.

Nearly forgot. Take a look at this tomato out of my garden. It's huge. There's about 5 others like it as well. This one fell off the vine when I went to check out the truss of tomatoes. It's called Black Russian. I'll let you know what they taste like.
Therefore, time being what it is, time to get on with it.

happy2bme
08-06-2005, 12:35 AM
Evenin' all,

I'm glad the week is coming to an end. It's been a horrid one. All 4 systems I support had problems over the last 2 weeks. Schedules blown, committments cast to the wayside. More grumpy than happy this week. But the weekend with a brief break away is finally here.

Gave blood at work yesterday - on top of everything else they want our blood too. (Too bad we don't have a vampire smiley). They couldn't get it out of one arm - I have sneaky little veins that jump about when they see a needle coming at them - Oh no, no, no - dodge and zoom :yikes: . Well they weren't going to let me out of there without filling a bag so they set about on the other arm. As I was about to tell them I changed my mind, they hit paydirt. I left them with one bag of O Positive universal donor blood and they gave me 2 Oreo cookies, a small orange juice and two bright blue bandages - one for each arm so that I could appropriately look like the good soldier that I was.

I am really tired tonight as I have been every night this week. So tired I could have crashed shortly after arriving home and some nights actually thought about doing just that. Go to bed by 7:30, get up at 4am and go for a morning swim. Instead I did get to bed after 10 which is much earlier than usual for me and I was shocked to find that I'd actually wake up naturally around 5am or so without benefit of the alarm.

Last night I wrote you a big long post and DH interupted me with a question or two. When I turned my attention back to the computer, everything just sat there. The stupid cable went out and I lost my post. Arggh. So fitting to a dandy week.

Shad that tomatoe is something else all right. Hope it tastes good too. I can't fathom the idea of you getting tomatoes and it's "winter". Even so, you do get chilly temperatures and I'm surprised your tomatoes still come in with temps like 52 degrees. That's like October weather for us by then the garden is all mangy and what fruit we do have is rather sickly looking. I thought tomatoes liked it hot - tho not buggy tropical summer hot. The flower garden colors sound quite lovely. You'll have to take a picture or two for us.

Meadow, welcome back. Yes we did miss you as a matter of fact. Sounds like you've had a bit of time to enjoy some simpler things in life which is not such a bad thing after all. I really don't use my phone much since moving down here and I can't say I don't mind. In fact, I never run for the phone anymore.

Mel I'm sorry to hear that you are stressing, not what you need. It sounds like the accident really took it's toll on you. Wish there was some way to erase it but as you said you have to find the gumption to just carry on. Does the air quality (or lack of) bother you too? I noticed it one night when we were outside for several hours. My chest hurt like in the old days after a heavy day of smoking. It's rather startling to realize it's just air making you feel that way. Hope you have a nice weekend to make up for that lousy week that is over and done with.

Kirsty, sounds like your house is hustling and bustling with activities. I hope bump is a sleeper for you, sounds like he needs to join in the day time activities with the rest of the clan.

Holly, I'm glad to hear that you take an hour for yourself in your hectic life and look forward to hearing what your Avon award was.

Teel, all these renovations are making your house sound so very lovely. I know just what you mean about the white doors vs the brown ones. The house next to us is vacant. One of my co-workers is house hunting. She made an appointment to view the house and being the nosy person I am, she let me in for a look when she was over there. It's a nice house but I like ours much better. I realized afterwards that mostly it's because ours was "updated and refreshed". All the cabinetry is the same in the house - bath vanities and kitchen cabinets and shelving in the great room. It's rock solid and it's all painted white. The house next to us has the same style of cabinets as the houses were built about the same time but their cabinets are the original dark brown wood. It's so dreary looking compared to the white. I wasn't sure I liked ours being painted but having seen something to compare, white surely livens up the place, don't you agree? And now that you have a spare refrigerator stocked with cool drinks, I say it's time for an end of summer party at Teel's in merry old England, don't you think? ;)

They are threatening rain this weekend. I hope not, I would like to get some swimming done in between the chores. Was thinking of dusting off the bike too but it's been quite muggy. Would have to get up REALLY early to do that and not sure I'm feeling quite that ambitious yet. I'm hoping next week is quieter on the work front because I've been chastising myself about getting on that treadmill again. High time to get moving.

As for now, high time to get sleeping. Hellos to the rest of you chicks. Make the most of the weekend.