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Shad
09-16-2005, 05:12 PM
We've moved from Spain to Bavaria!

Our new house.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/newhome1.jpg

and because it might get a bit cold during the winter..... the holiday house is on Manihi in the Tahiti group.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/newhome4.jpg

More photos below.

If you need to go back to the old place to pick up the kids or whatever, here's the link ......Old place (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?p=964427)

Will be back to upload more photos later.


Shad
09-16-2005, 05:14 PM
A Boy!!!!!!

And I was so convinced it would be a girl. Good thing all those bits I sent over were aqua and not pink then isn't it? Congrats to Mum and Dad and the brothers. Well done! And thank you Teel for keeping us informed. I took a quick peek at the thread before I went to bed last night thinking that something might have come up then but no such luck. I was a couple of hours too early.

We have wind today. A real bruising - let me just blow everything over the yard - knock down a couple of trees type wind. I was forecast last night, lots of strong wind warnings and we had some heavy rain but unfortunately that didn't last too long. Haven't turned the radio or tv on today to see if there was damage anywhere. I went and cut all the hippeastrums that were flowering as I know they don't stand up to the wind too well and the house is full of these large pink and white striped lilies at the moment.

So what is on this weekend? Well I will be working around the house and getting the ceiling ready with more sanding. I have decided to give the ceiling one more go myself and if that doesn't work, I'll call in a plaster and get him to put a skin over it to smooth it all out. That's todays chore. I also need to sit in the Dr's surgery to get a repeat of my monduretics. Such a bore having to do this. But they won't repeat without giving me at least a cursory BP check and taking a look at the legs and ears etc. Then I ought to get out in the garden and take a trip to the gym. I did most of the shopping on the way home last night. Went to a wildly expensive fruit and vege shop, but the stuff there is really good and picked up some fish, chick and lamb from the place next door - again expensive but it will last a while. I'll be doing some LindaT type cooking this weekend.

Good to see Nae back and posting and keeping the communication lines open with the sons. We can't control them anymore, but we can be around to pick up the pieces when it all goes wrong, or just to issue tissues as required or bake the odd biscuit to show off in front of the guys! No communication - no sons or family. It could be a lonely old world lived like that.

Hollyhock
09-16-2005, 10:17 PM
Beautiful Shad.


happy2bme
09-16-2005, 11:41 PM
I also join the concensus in thinking that surely this poor woman is outnumbered by Testosterone and she HAD to be carrying a girl... :bb: :bb: :bb:

In any regard, congratulations Linus. Hope all is well with you and new baby boy bumpkins. I hope it wasn't too rough for you and you are getting at least ONE good sleep.

Thank you so very much Teel for being the messenger to us. We were all hanging in there just awaiting the news. Sorry to hear that you aren't feeling your best.

Whoa, whoa, whoa Shad. That castle is TALL and magnificent. Is there an elevator to the top turrets? Will take me a month of Sundays to climb up there tho this may be the house the helps me lose weight :lol: Thank you for finding us new homes. I'm all up for taking a boat ride in the clear waters of our Tahitian home too. Perfect place for me to set up the smoothie cart :beach:

Sorry to hear of the strong breezes Shad. Hope you didn't suffer much damage. Shame to cut the flowers tho it does sound like it prettied up the house quite nicely. Regarding the ceiling. We had smooth ceilings up north - pain sometimes as if the light shown right, you could see imperfections. Down here we have textured ceilings. Hides alot of sins. Not sure I like it as much but I'm getting used to it. Of course I don't have to paint it either. But definitely easier to keep clean if you don't smoke in the house.

I'm quite tired tonight. Long day at work today. Glad it's Friday. I may go to sleep in a few minutes. Found that if I can get to bed by 11, I wake naturally at 5am. Not that I want to get up quite that early - it's still night time then, but I could get up by 6 and get a good start on the day. I have the house to thoroughly clean as mom is coming on Tuesday for a week long visit. I have the neighborhood newsletter to write which I want to get done by Sunday so I can spend as much time as possible with mum next week without distractions. Bad enough I don't have vacation time to take off to be with her but we do have the evenings and all next weekend. I bought some frames in which I want to mount some of DH's pictures but I have to pick out the pictures first and have him print them up. My new computer is still sitting here waiting to get loaded and ready to go. And there is the matter of a few pairs of pants that are still waiting to be hemmed :^: I'm sure it will be late Sunday night in the blink of an eye.

Good to hear from Nae and Teel, forgive me for not commenting individually. Will wait until you all get back here. Dance in the rain for me Mel, we're sure not getting the rains here. Run in the rains Tig but be careful not to slip. Snow on the mountaintops Nae? Pretty but brrrrrr. It's still in the 90's here but getting cooler in the evenings. Holly I'm surprised to hear that you were not dancing in the rain yourself. I can see you leading the parade singing in the :rain: Are you seeing rain too Meadow? Trees turning colors out your way yet?

Will pop my head back in over the weekend, enjoy everyone.

MELODY525
09-17-2005, 09:43 AM
:bubbles: :bb: :encore: A BOY!!!! I KNEW IT!!! LAST MONTH I TOLD KIRSTY I THOUGHT SHE HAD ALREADY SAID TO ME IT'S GOING TO BE A BOY. kIRSTY SAID I THAT MUST HAVE BEEN SOME DREAM I HAD!!! ROFL!! :bb: :dance:
CONGRATULATIONS KIRSTY & ANDY!!! WELCOME TO 3FC BABY BUMP!!! :bb:

TEEL THANKS FOR THE MESSAGE AND I HOPE YOUR CHEST FEELS BETTER VERY SOON. HANG IN THERE. THINK GOOD THOUGHTS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE :bubbles:

SHAD~ THANKS FOR THE NEW HOME AND SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE FLOWER CUTTING. HOPE THEY DID CHEER UP THE OLD HOMESTEAD AT LEAST.HOPE THE DR VISIT WENT WELL TOO!!

HAPPY~ THIS IS THE SILLIEST STORM WE HAVE EVER HAD. GETS DARK AS NIGHT THEN A FEW DROPS! LOL THUNDER IS MISSING TOO NOW. ALL THIS BRUHAHA FOR NOTHING! LOL
BUT IS IT EVER MUGGY!!! I CALL IT FUGGY. (EFFING MUGGY)

MEADOW~ RALPH HAS TOUCHED A RAW SPOT MANY TIMES!! I HAVE THEM DELIVERED TO MY MAILBOX AND READ HIM EACH MORNING WITH BREAKFAST. GETS ME GOING. LOL CONGRATS ON THE 4 MILE TAPE!!

NAE~ GLAD THERE IS COMMUNICATION GOING. IT'S HARD TO FIND NEW WAYS TO BE A MOM. WAS THE TOUGHEST THING FOR ME TO DO AND I STILL FIND MYSELF FALLING BACK INTO OLD PATTERNS!! LOL GOOD LUCK! THAT LITTLE DOG WAS LUCKY YOU NDID FIND IT BEFORE IT WAS SOMEONE'S DINNER!!!

HOLLY~ I JUST SAW AN AVON LADY THE OTHER DAY IN THE COMMUNITY ROOM. SHE'S A FRIEND OF THE LUNCH LADY. SOME OF THE SENIORS STILL BUY FROM HER FOR XMAS AND I WAS THINKING OF YOU!

Hollyhock
09-17-2005, 10:10 AM
crash and burn.
It was bound to happen. I coldn’t sleep at all last night because of all the stuff I need and want to do.
Needs: bathroom is beyond unsanitary,little boys pee everywhere; dishes;laundry;we are sticking to the kitchen floor;Avon deliveries;collect some Avon cash;help DS with school work;make calls for handbook to get final changes( wish these people would follow through the deadline was yesterday);make SS attendance charts

Wants: to make dill pickles(very late but still may get cucs);clean up toys clutter everywhere;to have a nice party for DD’s Bday; to have a sucessful career with Avon;the put time into Avon to make this happen; my son to be a happy light hearted little boy*sigh*

The needs and wants get blurred. DH and kids have not been helping for 2 weeks with housework. DH is gone 12 hours a day at a new job. That also means he is earning more.He has had a cold. He has been taking DS to hockey 3 Xs a week.
DD started gymnastics last night. It is an hour. I ran to Sam’s club for potatoes,bread, milk ,bananas and fruit during. Afterwards, us girls went shopping. I have had the same spring/fall coat for 9 years. It is a red windbreaker style. I cant get the dirt out of it anymore. I cringe to look at it. Franky it was never quite my style. So I found a perfect black wool/polyester blend pea coat with a double row of buttons.And then I bought a thin raincoat that is pale green and only $9. DD got a new pair of pants.

I was awake til after 4 am worrying about my son. He is not able to do his school work in class. He is agonizing over every detail, afraid to make mistakes. He is saying things like I am too dumb and I just want to die. I am devasted. DH and I are talking a lot and helping him. His teacher wants to help DS too but he wont let her.
I have a looooong list but not a lot of commitments. I need to breathe. I had my little cry.
Kids are currently playing happily.
Food ,water,wash away the tears and 1 thing at a time.

Roseblush
09-17-2005, 11:34 AM
A sweet baby boy for all his wordly aunties to love.... how great. Hope Mom and family are doing well. Can't wait for the pictures and all the bragging to begin.
Well, I found out who owned the little dog. It is the family that lives behind me.... the woman doesn't like me because I had to fired her sister at one time.... so since she has been up here we haven't been very neighborly..... so the little dog went home thurday afternoon from the shelter where I left him....they didn't think he could even survive the wilderness so were surprised. Guess who is at my house when I come home for lunch on Friday.... so happy to see me and to be a part of my little clan. That family has not called to say thankyou or now to inquire if possibly he is down here again..... oh dear!
The weather has changed and we got a great rain last night but some hard wind too. Shad I hope you garden can recover from your storm.
I am trying to motivate myself to get busy this morning feeling kind of lazy and sleepy.... getting up all night long to let the kids out.....
Hope all is well and try to enjoy your days.... I remember the days of being a busy mother with kids and projects and it does seem it will never end but it all does end...enjoy but make time for yourself.
Love to all of you,
Nae

Meadow
09-17-2005, 02:44 PM
Whoa! Crazy King Ludwig's castle! I used to have a poster of that in the snow on my wall when I was a teenager. Now I'm living there, woot!

Congratulations Linus! May your little fellow bring you much joy and have helping hands when he is bigger to bring you a nice cup of tea and a biscuit when you have your feet up :D

Weather here is sunny and beautiful, a bit cool in the evenings but no storms as yet. I have noticed the leaves turning on a few trees but the big onslaught of leaves falling isn't here yet. I was wanting to plant some spring bulbs, but there isn't any around in any store here. The local hardware store only ordered one box of crocuses and some silly looking tulips so they were sold out in a trice. I mail ordered some hopefully they will arrive before the snow flies. My husband was getting an earfull because of course I blame him for the lack of stuff here for me to buy. I know it isn't logical but did I ever claim to be? Emily got lots of "my little ponies" and a sticker book for her birthday. We had baked salmon, baked potatoes and steamed carrots and her special request was white cake with strawberries and whipping cream for her cake. Her grandfather said "strawberries in September, hmm" as he was raising the spoon to his lips :p Hey, you are only 6 once :lol3:

:wave:

Hollyhock
09-18-2005, 08:24 AM
Slept like the dead for 9 hours
And I more than needed it. Hope I can swing it again tonight. Just me and DD right now. the boys were up at 5am to go salmon fishing.

Sometimes DH is brilliant. He doesn’t say much and he is gruff and when I talk it seems like he doesn’t listen BUT yesterday he spent the whole day hanging with DS ,went to hockey, had lunch together, took both kids over to a friends..... Last night he told me he figured taking DS fishing was way more important than SS cause DS need to sit on a river bank and relax after the week he had at school. DH pretends not to care and be a little dense but it is all a cover for a smart, sensitive guy. Spose that’s why I married him.

I went to the market and then went back to bed. I have a cold and had a low grade fever. At 1 I got up and felt much better. DH did the stinkin dishes and then I sorted Avon stuff.I bought a file box on Fri to set up my files. I listened to tunes. In the aft I watched skating and had popcorn and hot chocolate for lunch. Can you say comfort food?
I did make a bunch of calls and got through about 1/2 of my to do list. I can probably finish it today.
SS at 10:15 and then horse back riding for DD at a neighbours for her birthday gift from us.Party next Sunday.
Much cleaning and puttering to do.sigh. I think I am going to hire a cleaner to fall clean the kitchen.
School Council Mon night. Hair appts and an Avon appt Tues. I have 2 toddlers for a half day on Mon all the others are in school. Tues I will have all 8 kids for a full day.
I am still super worried about DS and his anxiety about school. DH talked to DS about it and DS told him it was fine. So what is the real story?

I made rosemary lamb chops and baked potatoes and peas for supper.MMMMM!

1 more coffee and then hit the shower.

HUGS you glorious women!!

For our new baby!!

MELODY525
09-18-2005, 08:32 AM
Meadow~ I think I forgot to wish Emily a happy birthday! :gift: HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY MISS EMILY! glad she got the strawberries. Good for Mom! Yes you are only 6 once!! Aren't catalogs a wonderful thing?
Hope they get there before the Big Freeze!! and then you need a pickax!!

Nae~ mayber that dog gets treated better at your house!!!! How funny he came back!!! It's all to teach that woman a lesson in life she is ignoring! How to be HUMAN!!! lol does my heart good to see you posting and being here:dance:

Holly~ Next time you will listen to Momma Mel and Momma Shad!!! Having done it ourselves we are very good at recognizing the symptomes of crash and burn.:rofl: Hope you found Holly time.

I have been wondering how Kirsty and :bb: are doing. Hope she gets some kind of rest. As much as I like kids.....not the nappy, vomiting, or up late at night parts!!!:faint: Thank god for menopause! :lol3: :lol3:
I love ARE YOU BEING SERVED on PBS TV. I also loved the short show that followed..ARE YOU BEING SERVED, AGAIN. So I ordered it when I found it on sale and it arrived Friday. Just in time for the weekend. Have watched all 12 episodes already! :cb: And loved every minute of them:encore: Monday is Mall day and haircut time. Hope they don't screw it up! LOL But it grows so fast it really doesn't matter anymore.
:scooter: Well girls I am off and better move before I fall asleep at the keys! Not even 9AM and already tired! LOL ust enjoying the time in our new home!!! did I say thanks Shad?!?! Mellie loves castles!!! :cb: :encore:
Happy Sunday!!

Shad
09-18-2005, 08:16 PM
I came back,

Sorry, I've been a bit busy this weekend. We had a storm on Friday night - with heavy wind gusts. It did a bit of damage to some places around town and the boats etc. etc. No damage at my place, but just around the corner a big tree branch came down and smashed through the neighbours fences and came to rest on top of their car. Apart from the fence not a lot of damage done. Scratches to paintwork only on the car. I'd picked all the blooming bulbs and flowers so that they wouldn't get blown to pieces and tidied up all the stuff that was lying around. Still I ended up with someone's laundry in the yard. I put it out the front on a bench thing made of old tree trunks and a plank. The laundry went and darn it all so did the bench. Strewth it was only a temporary thing to put the missing laundry on. Some folk will take anything that's not nailed down.

Paid for my ticket to Japan last week as well. Now I just have to get the money sorted, pick the ticket up and wait for the sleeps to pass. It gets exciting once all those things are done. Waiting, waiting for the 27th October.

Saturday I went to gym and did some shopping and cooked meals for the freezer. I now have a weeks worth of marinated chicken for a salad and some lamb shanks cooked in stock and red wine which I took off the bone and froze the meat. All I have to do now when I go home is to reheat the meat and cook up some veges. I also experimented with some salads as well. They turned out quite nice and will be made again for lunches etc.

Yesterday was spent in the garden. I have a patch of grass where the lawnmower can't reach very well so I dug out the grass and levelled it off and next weekend I will get some cement mix and pave the area. I'm going to put pebbles and mondo grass between the pavers to make sure the weeds don't grow through the paver joins. Then I dug up some of the lawn which was very weedy and put some good turf in there as well. Fertilised the lawn and watered everything. The vege patch is growing quite well and I will be harvesting the beetroot and basil shortly. The rest of the lettuces went to seed so I put in more as couple of weeks back and they are going okay as are the strawberries, but I need to do something about the mint - it is not looking good and I love mint in fresh fruit salads, and with couscous salads.
My shoulders are feeling the digging.

I been meaning to add some more pictures to the new homestead. Mel has a special place in the new house. Her apartment is called the Singing Hall. There is a nursery set up for Linus and bump. The families with children will enjoy holidaying on Manihi because they can swim from the front verandah in the lagoon. Sea temps don't get below 21C and the lagoon is full of wildlife like rays and sea cucumbers and turtles for them to converse with and feed. Also - get this - the coffee table in the burre lounge is made of glass and is open to the sea below - they can lift up the top of the coffee table and feed the fish (kids, it's a great way to dispose of all that good breakfast stuff that Mum insists you eat). Happy can make smoothies and deliver them across the burres - there are interconnecting walkways to each one. Anyway, tonight I promise I will put up the rest of the pictures.

Better go and try working for a living.

Hollyhock
09-18-2005, 09:03 PM
Yawn. Nighty night chicks!


A little Tahiti sunset to sooth your soul!

Tig
09-18-2005, 10:09 PM
Hurray! A BOY!!

happy2bme
09-18-2005, 11:04 PM
Also - get this - the coffee table in the burre lounge is made of glass and is open to the sea below - they can lift up the top of the coffee table and feed the fish (kids, it's a great way to dispose of all that good breakfast stuff that Mum insists you eat).

Smoothies, woo-theees. Guess when your drink doesn't arrive, you know where I'll be found. :rofl: Shad the new digs sound like the BEST effort. You should go into real estate! I think I'll hang out at the hut, lovely as the castle is, don't know if I want to do all those stairs. And I just :love: the idea of feeding the fish.

Busy weekend for me too. Getting the house in order. Mum arrives Tuesday for a week long visit. Most meals are planned, groceries bought, house tidied up. Hoping to have time for ironing and mending tommorrow.

I was running late from the store (so what's new :dunno: ). Dinner tonight was a rotisserie chicken (from the store), tossed veggie salad (from the salad bar) and cut up fresh fruit - grapes, pineapple, melon (from the produce take away). I must say it was quite yum even if I didn't cook it myself. Dessert was a scoop of cherry limeade sherbet.

Evenings are getting pleasantly cool. Time to reinstate our evening walks I think. Maybe I can do so with mum, she's more my pace - DH wants to go too fast for me.

I figured I would just pop my head in for a sec, still a few things to do before bed in an hour. 'Night little chickies... :faint:

Hollyhock
09-19-2005, 09:39 AM
Slept like the dead for 8 hours. Woohoo!!!!!!
Yesterday was relaxing. I was still feeling monumentally burned out but not over the edge of reason. I think hubby is feeling neglected. We need to schedule a date. I again spent lots of time one on one with DD. We have so much fun.
A lot of the time I am dealing with DS behaviour and don’t get to enjoy her as much. We did go for her Bday pony ride. And the 2 girls that came with us gave her ponies to play with. It was charming.
I ripped up the hallway carpet upstairs and the under-pad was GLUED down. AAAAH! Freaks. Everything in the house was done *** backwards. Much scraping had gone on.
I am signing up a new Avon rep for my team this aft and another tomorrow. Weehee. That gives me 4 ballots out of 25 to win a 27 inch TV and 2 towards a diamond ring. Gotta love the incentive stuff. Plus i will receive a $250 bonus for signing up 5 people in less than 8 campaigns!!!!!!!
I am gong to hire a cleaner to do a fall clean with it!!!!!!!!!!!!
I rock.
Okay vacuuming and laundry to fold this morning. I have the aft OFF!!!!! May just dance around naked to some Doobie Brothers.

Have a footloose day!!!

MELODY525
09-19-2005, 05:59 PM
I'M SINGING IN THE HALL
JUST SINGING IN THE HALL.........LA LA LA:moped:

THE ONLY REASON SHE GAVE ME A HALL WAS SO IT WAS WAY FAR AWAY FROM HER OWN ROOM!!!!! :rofl: :lol3:
I WENT TO THE MALL AND GOT MY HAIR CUT TOO! THIS GUY DID A GREAT JOB AND I TIPPED HIM HEAVILY AND TOLD HIM ONLY HE CAN TOUCH MY HAIR FROM NOW ON!!!! MY HAIR IS THIN AND HE GAVE ME THE OLD RAZOR CUT SHAG. I LOOK LIKE I HAVE A FULL HEAD OF HAIR AND HE KEPT IT SOFT ON MY FACE TOO. GREAT JOB! BOUGHT LIV. ROOM TIER CURTAINS TO GO UNDER THE HEAVY DRAPES AND FOUND OUT ONE OF THE VALANCES IS MISSING!!! I ALSO GOT 2 PJ SETS IN THE SOFTEST OF COTTON KNITS FOR LESS THAN 26.OO!!! GOTTA LOVE WALMARTS EVEN IF THE COMPANY SUCKS TO THEIR EMPLOYEES!!! I AM TIRED BUT PLEASANTLY SO. SOLVED THE MYSTERY OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND IT TURNS OUT SOME JACKASS FROM HERE TOLD THE ALARM COMPANY TO IGNORE ALARMS FROM HERE TILL FURTHER NOTICE AND THEN PROMPTLY FORGOT TO TURN THEM BACK ON WHEN REPAIRS WERE FINISHED!!! :faint: YOU KNOW MEL RAISED A RUCKUS ON THE CEL PHONE WHEN I FOUND OUT IN BETWEEN HAIRCUT AND PJ BUYING! ROFLMAO I LEFT NO WITNESSES WHEN I WAS DONE BERATING PEOPLE!! THE MAN THAT MADE THE ERROR CALLED IN SICK THIS MORNING.....GOOD THING HE DID. :scooter: TIRE TRACKS WOULD HAVE BEEN ALL OVER HIME. 100 INVALIDED PEOPLE RELY ON THAT ALARM SYSTEM! TO SAY NOTHING OF ME GETTING TO SEE MY FIRIES! :rofl: :dance: :cb:

SHAD I AM GLAD YOU DIDN'T FLY AWAY WITH THE NEIGHBORS WASH AND THAT YOU'RE LIVING IN A NO FLY ZONE!!! TAKE CARE LITTLE SIS!!! I NEED YOU!!!

HAPPY I WILL BE RIGHT NEXT TO YOU SO SAVE ME A DRINK!!

HOLLY I AM KEEPING AN EYE ON YOU FROM NOW ON!!! SO BEWARE MOMMA MEL IS WATCHING! LOL

TIG :wave: YES OUR NEWEST MEMBER IS A BOY! :bb:

OK KIDS GOTTA RUN. TAKE A SHOWER EAT ETC. LOVE YOU ALL....:moped:

Shad
09-19-2005, 06:21 PM
Since happy is content to stay on Manihi and bring up the smoothies from time to time, I thought I had better let her have a look at where she is staying.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/manihi2.jpg

Actually for the sake of your waistline Miss Happy, might I suggest that you take alternate months in either place. Once you have as many black pearls as you can swim for, fed the fish and swum with the rays, I doubt that there will be a lot else to do apart from the obvious (they aren't called honeymoon isles for nothing you know). Like many tropical islands, it's strictly holiday time. If you look at any of Gaugin's paintings from the Tahitian Islands, they are all BIG ladies.

Take a look at the apartment that Mel has in the castle. She can really get away from the cockateil in the Singing Hall!

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/Singers_Hall1.jpg

and the views from my room in the castle aren't bad either.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/schwan2.jpg

Okay, enough of that nonsense. I didn't get back to put up the pics last night as I had to unearth my CV (Resume) and update it for one of my recruitment places. He is keen to get me on a project in Wollongong (where Kiwi Annie got lost remember) and is promising me all sorts of remuneration not previously dreamed of. They must be desperate! He also wants me to go to Perth. I want to stay at home! So I have sent the CV. Given no guarantees and will wait to see what he comes back with. Why am I doing this - mainly because this bloke has gotten me more work that any of the others and he thinks on the job. He really does try to match the job to the applicant and one can be fairly sure that the job specs that he gives you actually match with the job that is on offer. Not always the case, I can assure you.

Also last night I was so tired. Don't know why, but I was going to sleep over the computer at work in the afternoon and it didn't improve on the way home. Fortunate that I had done gym in the morning otherwise that would have been a no go day. My house looks like a bomb hit. I am going to have to spend sometime cleaning and sweeping before the bugs move in and declare it a bug haven (sort of Manihi for bugs). Maybe like Holly, I need to get a cleaning lady in for a good spring clean.

Tig - that was a short note. Obviously you are reading our journals and just not posting at the moment. That's fine, just pop in from time to time to let us know you are okay. Sometimes it's hard to fit posting in when you are super busy.

Holly - dancing naked!!!! - please not on the glass coffee table - you could scare away the fish!!!!! Probably work out okay with the Manihians though as they like to dance but usually around the firepit and sometimes more or less naked.

Happy, busy as usual. Hope you get good weather for the visit with Mum.

Gotta go do some work.

Shad
09-19-2005, 06:21 PM
Good lord, didn't mean it to be that big. I'll come back and delete it later.

happy2bme
09-19-2005, 07:05 PM
What, what is big? Leave it big I say. I am old and have bad eyesight. :mag: :mag: :mag:

Can I go sliding down Mel's hall in my thick cushy socks? Wheeeeeeeeeeeeee....

That thar castle's lookin' pretty good Shad. Lovely views. Can I sing "The hills are alive... with the sound of MUUUUUSSIIICCCCC". C'mon Mel, join in. We can just lean over the balcony. And you make a fine point about those ahem, well rounded South Pacific women Shad. I think my sarong is stretched enough. Time to hit those stairs and since I've got the mop already soaped up and ready here, might do a few of those floors while I'm slip slidin' away...

Shad
09-20-2005, 03:18 PM
Where's all the folks gone - we're on page 2
Back later.

Hollyhock
09-20-2005, 04:39 PM
Hellooooooooo!
Busy but good day. It is a gorgeous 22C,sunny and breezy, aaaaahhh!

Hollyhock
09-20-2005, 04:40 PM
Hi happy, I can see you're all lit up!! Hope you are havng a great day!

MELODY525
09-20-2005, 05:30 PM
"WITH SONGS THEY HAVE SUN FOR A THOUSAND YEARS.....LA LA LA"

THE HALL IS FULL IF MY SKID MARKS ALREADY SO MAYBE HAPPY'S SOFT CUSHY SOCKS WILL WIPE THEM UP!!! LOL
LOVING THE NEW PLACE AND THE PICS....THANKS MISS SHAD!!
VERY BUSY DAY. SIGNATURES WERE NEEDED FOR THE PEOPLE TO RUN FOR ELECTION IN NOVEMBER AND NEXT YEAR TOO.
GLAD IT'S ALL OVER NOW!!! LOL AT LEAST TILL NOVEMBER! ROFLMAO WAS OUT A GREAT DEAL WITH THE BLUSTERY WINDS! NOT SURE WHERE ALL THE THUNDER STORMS ARE...BUT I THINK THEY BLEW THEMSELVES AWAY!!! SUPPOSED TO BE A GREAT WEEKEND AND THERE IS THE BIG ANNUAL TOWN PICNIC ON SATURDAY. LOOKING FORWARD TO IT TOO.
SEE YOU ALL TOMORROW! HAVE A NICE NIGHT AND GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE:flow2:

Shad
09-20-2005, 05:53 PM
Wow, we all sound so super busy.

Mel, I didn't know you were a political animal. Suggest you run on a ticket to get justice and peace for all!!! They'd vote for you just to get you off their backs!!!!

If the hills are alive with the sound of music, I still straining to hear the singing and yodelling. Maybe my hearing is worse than I thought. We will have to get sheepskin tyre protectors for that floor. If we have to have Happy running and sliding in her socks to polish off the tyre marks, then she will be off back to the island in no time at all! Can't have that!

Watched a tv program last night called Foreign Correspondent. There was a segment there about the worlds wealthy beating a path to Queenstown in New Zealand to live. As an American expat (ex Washington) put it. It is peaceful, it is beautiful, it is cheap and it is safe. Many years ago when I first went to Queenstown, it was full of ordinary folks holiday homes (called cribs in the South Island) and motels. Now it is full of expensive hotels, luxury apartments and millionaires homes. The local population has had to move out of town in order to afford decent housing since the developers are paying top dollar for property to tear it down and develop some more. There is little hope they can ever move back to Queenstown. C'est la vie. That's progress. It has brought wealth to NZ which is gaining a reputation apparently as a safe, clean, green place to live - given the no nuclear policy and the refusal to join George on his mission to 'bring democracy' to the east.

Anyway, have much to do today as I have been given a stack of stuff to do - mostly analysis work which is interesting, since I am not a Business Analyst. Maybe I can analyse some common sense in to the works. No maybe not.

So cheers to all. It's Wednesday, life is on the up again. Hello to Happy's Mum arriving soon and cheers to Nae, Tig, Meadow, Teel and the bumpless Linus + no name (that we know of yet). Time to log in again and wave girls.

Tig
09-20-2005, 07:43 PM
:wave:

Now these are halls for Running!!! Thanks Shad!

happy2bme
09-21-2005, 12:33 AM
:wave: Hello ladies :wave:

I'm a Business Analyst. Enjoy your work Shad and remember you are not paid to think. Or so they want you to believe.

Kind of sad isn't it to see what was once lovely land now only open to those with lots of cash? :cry: Sorry but I also think the wealthy will bring a corruption of their own, even if it is just spoiled friends who think they can do whatever they like. I am glad we don't have to deal with that in the beach house or castle.

I have watched DH's sleepy little hometown grow into a bustling metropolis with traffic, people and the loss of charm it once had. Is now too much like the big city instead of the haven we would run to to get away from all that.

Mum arrived safe and sound. We had the first of many night's visit just laughing and talking. She is starting to look a bit frail to me. It's sad. Cherish the moments you have ... I wish I could take the rest of the week off but I can't. So we will enjoy the evenings. It's gotten warm and humid again. I was hoping for cooler evenings where we could at least go for a small walk. Doesn't look like it's going to happen for the next 5 days. Was almost 100 degrees today. Matched a weather record. Too hot for me yet the pool is too cold but looks very tempting. Even mum was thinking about putting a toe in. Mum just came down the stairs and said I thought you were going to bed 30 minutes ago. :nono: Oops, never too old to get chastised by mum and sent to my room, eh? So I just kissed her and said you can't MAKE me, can you? Never to old to get a swat on the butt either :rofl:

Shad, perhaps you do need to resize the picture. It seems to be setting the page off size. I had to scroll over to read the new posts. I still say it's a grand hall for sliding along in socks...

Shad
09-21-2005, 01:23 AM
There I think it is okay now. I didn't have to scroll anyway. If it is still too big let me know.

teel
09-21-2005, 05:40 AM
Hello chappies...

More news from Linus....
:bb: is called CHRISTOPHER JOHN STEWART :bb: :bb: :bb:
He actually weighed in at 6lb 1 oz and not as mother first told me..apperently this false reporting was Andrews fault as he got it all confused in the first place!! C.J. has dark blue eyes at the moment (subject to change!) and has quite a lot of hair and he measured 51 cms. They got home on Sunday and at the moment he hasn't settled down to a good routine so poor old Linus and hubby are still having very disturbed nights..:faint: :tired: Oh and he came bursting into the world at 09:56hrs on Friday morning...yay!!:bb: :bb: :bb: :bb:

There. I cannot think of any other :bb: news but hopefully Linus will get on and regail you with the finer details soon.
I too was convinced the new arrival was going to be a girl...ah well...I guess Linus knows her body far better that we do, afterall!!!!

Shad thats such a beautiful castle you have found for us this time round...mind you, you always come up with somewhere absolutely breath-taking, but I think this one goes straight to the top of the pile!!Is there another ground floor room for little ol' me? I don't suppose the castle comes with lifts to all floors...of course if I am on one of the floors, I will have to hire a Jeeves to run up and down all those stairs. Oh and the summer residence is great too..you have done us proud!!!

Mel how are you doing? What are those pains doing these days? I hope everything is settling down...its about time you got some releif and quality time with yourself...:grouphug:

Happy I am glad you are having some great quality time with mum...It's funny how very suddenly they seem to get frail and old...almost overnight....good story about her telling you you should have been in bed by now!! :lol3: Enjoy her stay my friend. And give her a quick squeeze from the mad English girl!!!!

Hollyhock how old is DD? You sound as though you and her had a great birthday celebration together..:hb: Sorry to hear DS is being the proverbial pain in the neck at the moment...may this trial pass over quickly!! Great news on the bonus coming your way!!!

Tig...hello to you :wave:

Ok thats all from me...take care all....:wave: :wave:

happy2bme
09-21-2005, 07:41 AM
Aha, Christopher John Stewart, sounds like a very noble name destined for great things... Thanks for the update and clarification Teel. No surprise that Andy got things bungled a bit, do they ever get those things right? Seems like the only men who ever get those things correct are gay... So C.J. is a restless bloke already? Will Linus EVER get any sleep? Told her she should have sat a bit instead of bustling about constantly... poor thing.

I will indeed give mum a hug from "the mad English girl" Teel. :lol: loved it. Oh and Teel I see from your tracker that you are VERY CLOSE to your goal. Congrats! :high:

It's doing a bit of lightning and thunder outside but no rain drops to be found and no rain in the weather forecast so what's with that? :?: Trying to fool me into not carrying my umbrella?

Busy day today. I have quite a bit to catch up on at work. Follow up chiropractor appointment tonight - we shall see just how crooked the spine is and what his recommendations are. I can tell you he will not be touching / bending / adjusting me if it hurts like it did when he was examining me last week. I am still sceptical. And I just HAVE to sit down and write the homeowners association newsletter. :write: Am regretting I volunteered for that now truth be told. After the first time it's not that much fun anymore. :comp: Being fun is not really the point as much as it takes quite a bit of time to get several pages thought out, lined up and then calling the various ladies to go distribute them to their assigned routes. Not to mention making boring subjects we know most people could not give a hoo hah about interesting. I'm a decent writer but I can't turn drivel into Harry Potter.

Anyway, time to seize the day. Later chickies...

Shad
09-21-2005, 07:59 AM
Course there is a suite of rooms for you Teel and Holly the hound. It's on the Ground Floor around the back from Mels Apartment. View is different but no worse. Here you go, move in, make yourself comfortable.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/Livingroom3a.jpg

There's a conservatory out the back - not your usual variety I have to admit. If you need to have a look at that go to the Neuschwanstein Castle website. And a grotto.

Okay, bed calls. The cat is grumpy with me because I said we were going to bed and we still haven't made it there yet and that was 1/2 hour ago. I need Happy's Mum to tell me off.

There is some bloke from Pakistan trying to get in touch with me by Skype. I think if he gets any more - shall we say persuasive - then I will have to put an ignore on him - apart from the curse he will get put on him as well. Have no clue what he wants at this time. He calls himself Pak-Afghan. I wonder if I am supposed to feel sympathy for him because he is Afghani????? Aaaaah well! Takes all sorts to make a world.

Okay, I am gone - back manana

MELODY525
09-21-2005, 09:02 AM
SHAD TELL HIM NO AFGHANS ALLOWED BOTHERING YOU WHETHER THEY BE TWO OR FOUR LEGGED! :rofl: GOOD LUCK WITH THE NEW JOB AND I HOPE IT KEEPS THAT MIND OF YOURS OCCUPIED AND INTERESTED! LOL GOOD LUCK WITH THE CV TOO! I LOVED THE PHOTOS OF COURSE!

TEEL THANKS FOR THE UPDATE ON CJ AND THE FAMILY! :bb: YOU SOUND MORE LIKE THE OLD TEEL! I AND THE PAINS ARE GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER BETTER. THEY COME AND GO! LOL I KNOW YOU UNDERSTAND THAT. HOW GO YOURS? ARE THEY TAKING A VACATION YET AND GIVING YOU A WEE REST UP? HOPE SO.

HAPPY~ HELLO TO MOM FROM THE CRAZY ENGLISH-WELSH AMERICAN! NOT SURE WHERE I FIT IN AT ALL. A SQUARE PEG IN A ROUND HOLE IS MEL. IT'S MUGGY HERE. LOTS OF WINDS AND CLOUDS AND NO RAIN! :faint: THE STORMS KEEP PASSING US BY! HAVE A WONDERFUL VISIT.

TIG.....:wave: I SAW A SIGN THAT SAID NO RUNNING IN THE HALLS BUT IGNORED IT TOO!!! I'LL TRY NOT TO RUN ANYONE OVER.:moped:

IT'S ARTS AND CRAFTS AGAIN TODAY. A FEW MORE HAD WANTED TO MAKE THE BIRDHOUSE SO WE KEPT THE EXTENDED DATE. I AM THINKING OF ASKIN SOMEONE IF WE COULD PAIN TIMY PUMPKINS BUT DON'T KNOW WHERE THE $$$$ WILL COME FROM. WE'LL SEE. I WOULD LOVE TO SURPRISE THEM WITH AN ADDED CRAFT NEXT MONTH! I'VE BEEN RIDING AROUND AND GETTING SOME FRESH( :rofl: :faint: ) AIR! DREADING MR WINTER'S RETURN. HOPE THE FOLKS STAY SAFE IN THE SOUTH FROM RITA'S DEMOLITION PATH. TEXAS IS ALREADY EVACUATING PEOPLE AND THE ONES FROM KATRINA ARE THER TOO! :yikes: IS NOTHING SAFE ANYMORE!!!!!!
WELL I BEST GET GOING AND PUT A START TO THE DAY! ADIOS MY CHICKIE FRIENDS:wave:

Hollyhock
09-21-2005, 10:16 AM
AH thanks for the morning smiles!!!
Good Morning little CJ, kootchey koo.
Shad ,I love the art in Teels suite.

Sprinkle Cupcakes are in the oven. My sweet baby girl turns 5 tomorrow. I am taking cupcakes to school at lunch time.
Signed my new rep last night!! Snuck my Avon order in at 11:03. Deadline is 11pm. Yikes. I am not usually late for anything LOL.
Home and School meeting tonight. Bah. I am not on the committee but was asked to come. I rock!! Everyone wants a piece of me. If I give enough away do ya think I would get skinny.
The weather is PERFECT again. 15C, 60F, sunny and breezy!!!!!!!!!! I want to garden!!! May squeeze some in this aft.
2 kids this AM and then just 1 who naps for the aft.
My glorious husband cleared the table and did dishes last night!!!!!!!!

Food was better yesterday. made a lovely dill salmon with some pasta and broc for supper. YUM!!

Must putter away.

Have a sunny day!!

Shad
09-21-2005, 06:20 PM
Morning all - or in the tradition of that wonderful British sitcom 'Allo, 'Allo, should that be good moaning.

Days are flying past much too fast. It's now only 4 weeks to my trip to Japan to see Chris. Then the fortnight will go by at the speed of light and I will be back home again. I have a dilemma to work out about my job. Do I finish here at the end of this contract (while I am away) and go find something else to do, or do I stick with it until after Christmas. There is always a problem with looking for work in November because of Christmas. Sometimes there is no work until the end of January. Normally one just plans for it and either works through or has time off. I don't particularly want time off just then. The bank balance hasn't completely recovered from the 3 months off I had last year. Now that was a bit of a ramble wasn't it??? :lol3:

Thursday already - good heavens - this week has surely sped by. And I obviously haven't been great with the eating since I was at 72 last Friday and am at 73.5 this morning. Grrrrr. I have joined the 21 day challenge thread, to see if I can make myself more accountable.

I'm in the process at home of getting rid of my tatty wardrobe. Some of my old tee shirts are really not even fit to paint in. Some of the casual stuff I have should be my working around home gear and some of my go to work gear should become my casual stuff. I have far too much stuff anyway. Time for it to go. What I am short on though is good shoes. They are so expensive these days. The cheap shoe stores never have either the colour I want or the size I want and if both those things are present, it's never the style I want. The biggest problem is the size and shape of my feet. These are short flat paddles I have on the end of my legs (to stop them from fraying) and most shoes are simply not wide enough for comfort

Christopher John. Now I should have realised it would start with C - Craig, Connor, Christopher, Cleo (now there's a conundrum - why Benjy???). Anyway, hope she gets on soon and tells us all about the wee bloke.

Happy, say hello to Mum from a Kiwi in Aus as well. Does that make me a Kiwaus or an Auski or what? Happy, make the newsletter very short and sweet and ask for contributions at the end. If you try to do it all on your own, then it will become dead and boring and dead boring as well. Shall I regale you with tales of a suburb in Brisbane for your newsletter. Tales from the Boonies and our ongoing saga about water or lack of it? Get the local member of parliament to add something - that should fill up a ream or two.

Holly - since we are already in tomorrow down here, happy birthday to your daughter. May all her balloons fly high!

Teel, thanks for the info on the Stewart addition. Did she mention anything about flowers??

Mel, the Pak-Afghan wants to know who I am, and all about me. I have learned his name, e-mail address, website (or rather the website of a shipping company in Islamabad which is where I presume he works). I have not replied. I have no idea who he is and if he doesn't say what he wants he will be blocked - he will probably be blocked when he says what he wants anyway. Geez, I have just finished a war with Asia on telephone use and now I get it through my computer. My answer machine is now a very nasty message to would be telemarketers. So beware if you ever get it. You could be falling out of the chair laughing, but remember it will be an expensive giggle.

Hope I haven't forgotten anyone. See you later

Meadow
09-21-2005, 08:59 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/linus-babynews.jpg

:wave:

teel
09-21-2005, 09:24 PM
Oh Meadow thats a great welcome for baby Stewart...well done]. I still haven't mastered the art of putting a picture in the middle of my posts so you and Shad are the geniuses of the morning...:cp:

Or should I say the middle of the night? 'Cos its 02:13hrs here in England and I am awake for the 3rd or 4th time this night since going to bed at around 22:00hrs. I know my sleep pattern leaves a lot to be desired in the norm but honestly! Its quite a long time since I have been logging on in the wee early hours... :mad: :mad: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :censored: :censored: :censored: :tired: :tired: :sumo: :sumo: :kickcan: :kickcan: :kickcan:
There that about vents my feelings for a few minutes!

Oh Happy no I am not any where near my target...that number was a while ago when all was going rather well. I KNOW I have put on weight but I am scared to get on the scales! And I am ashamed to say that I have lost the will to get back on any weightloss plan. I did tell myself that on the 1st September I would get back to it big time but now we are on the 21st and I still haven't done it...

Oh talking of flowers, I thought I would arrange for some to be delivered from all of us...any objections? No? Good!

Oh dear, the Hound has gone back to bed in disgust! She doesn't like it when her sleep pattern is disturbed..he he he!!! :tired:

Shad
09-21-2005, 10:25 PM
Teel, I have already sent some flowers, that's why I asked. To make sure they had arrived.

happy2bme
09-22-2005, 08:08 AM
Mornin' ladies and a good evening to you Miss Shad - I see your little egg is turned on at the moment.

Nice of you ladies to send flowers to Linus. It's times like this that it's so cool to have friends around the world. Went out to dinner last night and was telling mum about your hellos which made her giggle. It's like we all stand outside and look at the moon at the same time (and yes, there are many times I can see the moon in the sky during the day so we COULD do it if we tried). Some sort of kindred spirit amongst us which I think is neat. Mum especially got a good laugh at the idea of going around the world making sure you got in a decent bedtime :lol:

Sorry to hear that sleep is eluding you Teel. We have to get you a nice cozy featherbed so you can sink into a cloud of bliss at night. Bet Holly would fancy that too - all nice and warm and snuggly, particularly as we round the change in the seasons. Spring for Shad, autumn for the rest of us.

Cute graphic there Meadow. Very original. :) Shad I agree with you, shoes - comfortable ones - are getting more and more difficult to find. It's to the point that once I find a style I like, I will try and get another pair of the same kind a few weeks later (once I KNOW) that I definitely like them. My closet is littered with shoes that felt good when I tried them on but don't cut it for the long term anymore. More aggrivating than buying clothes is the search for nice looking but comfy shoes. :( So what's the latest on this man who seems bound and determined to pick you up? Perhaps he has heard you are the world traveler and he'd like to hitch a free ride and accompany you? DH was asking me last night if I had heard of any plans for you to come visiting around our way again. I told him about Chris and said things were up in the air at the moment...

Holly, kiss DD and wish her a very :hb: from all of us rockin' chicks. Cupcakes sound both fun and yummy. Have a good day with her.

Mel my buddy, you are not a round peg in a square hole any more than the rest of us. I was calling you Joy-zee Mel yesterday. Let's see a pic of the new haircut too. It didn't look like you had thin hair, I thought you had quite a headful from your last picture. How are you feeling these days?

Tonight is TV night. Weekend's almost here. Mum wants to go shopping over the weekend. Fine with me. I just have to leave my wallet at home as I have promised myself to cut back on the shopping 2 shopping trips ago.

Say a prayer for the folks in Hurricane Rita's path. My niece lives in Houston, Texas. She said she's really scared about the approaching storm. Saw on the news early this morning that it's taking 9 hours to go 2 miles in the traffic. Everything is grid locked. Imagine getting caught in the hurricane - a category 5 top notch hurricane - out in the open sitting in your car that ran out of gas. :yikes:

Makes you wonder with all this crazy weather if we've finally managed to abuse and tick off Mother Nature once and for all! I'd better get running now...

MELODY525
09-22-2005, 08:52 AM
OMG BETWEEN THE JET BLUE PLANE I WATCHED LAND LAST NIGHT WITH BAD LANDING GEAR AND RITA ON IT'S WAY.....I FEAR I CAN NO LONGER WATCH TELEVISION!!! THANK GOD THE PLANE LANDING WENT FINE AND HOPE THE PEOPLE IN RITA'S PATH FARE THE SAME.
SHAD~ I AM UP 0NE LB TOO THIS MORNING. GUESS IT'S BEEN FROM ALL MY BAD EATING THIS WEEK! LOL BEFORE I CALL YOU, I'LL PUT ON MY SEATBELT :rofl: :lol3: BETTER WORK THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS AND BUILD THE BANK BALANCE UP AGAIN SO YOU CAN GO ON MANY HOLIDAYS YOURSELF! THANIKS FOR SENDING OUT THE FLOWERS! :flow1: LOVELY THOUGHT.

HAPPY~ THINGS ARE GOOD, EATING TOO MUCH AND ENJOYING THIS AUTUMN WEATHER. :moped: HOPE THE VISIT IS GOING WELL! AND SEND THOSE SHOES TO SHAD!!! ARE YOU THE IMELDA OF 3FC??? :faint:

HOLLY~ HAVING A 1/2 DAY WITH SO FEW KIDS?! LOL HOPE THE MEETING WENT WELL AND THEY GOT TO HEAR YOUR 2 CENTS TOO! LOL

MEADOW~ THE GRAPHIC WAS LOVELY!! VERY NICE. BUT HOW ARE YOU!!!!

TEEL~ THANKS FOR THE CJ UPDATES ETC. WISH YOU WERE FEELING AS WELL. THE OTHER NIGHT I ALMOST GOT OUT OF BED AND CAME HERE BUT SPENT THE BETTER PART OF AN HOUR WATCHING HARRY POTTER INSTEAD! :rofl: I HAD WILLY'S WIFE MAIL OUT A PARCEL. I HAD FOUND 2 OUTFITS THAT WERE BLUE. THEN KIRSTY TOLD ME SHE DIDN'T KNOW SO I HELD ON TO THEM TILL CJ WAS BORN!!! PSYCHIC HERE! :rofl: (sp) OR MAYBE JUST PSYCHO!!!!

ALMOST 9 AND I AM NOT EVEN DRESSED. MAYBE I'LL COOK INSTEAD OF DOING STUFF. WENT TO ARTS AND FOUND I HAD THE WRONG DAY. I FORGOT WE CHANGED IT TO THURSDAY THIS WEEK! MAYBE FRAN CAN DO IT FOR ME. ONLY 3 PEOPLE COMING ANYWAY. BETTER GET MOVING OR THERE WILL BE DUST BUNNIES FORMING UNDER MY CHAIR! HAPPY THURSDAY!

Hollyhock
09-22-2005, 08:53 AM
Good morning. I seem to have arrived to a sleep pattern of getting to sleep at midnight and waking at 7. DS joined us in the middle of the night and then I woke to DD on the other side this morning and then Hubby and Kitty besdie her. A very cosy family affair.
Hubby and I are quietly splitting hairs over housework. I commented at dinner last night that since I was earning equal income and working fulltime now that we should split the house work equally too.He commented that he would start keeping his pay separate, blah, blah ,blah......( not sure what his point was). Needless to say there is a standoff in the kitchen with all the dinner dished still on the table......
He took my comment as some kind of insult to his manhood and is snarky. Whatever.
HE sure wants those pickles I am going to make this weekend while entertaining for DD's bday, cleaning the house,gardening, hockey,gymnastics, getting groceries,selling Avon caregiving for 9 kids,volunteering at the church and school......
A mini ARG!! It is flattering he thinks I am so wonderful and capable, LOL!
I went to a Home and School meeting last night because they put me on their committee without my consent and wanted to be sure I was taken off.
No freakin meetings or work to do at home tonight.
I WILL however do laundry and tidy up the house and my do some scraping on the stairs or some gardening. It is a beautiful 14C,58F!!!!!!!!!

I was laughing yesterday about how my Scottish,German Canadian blood might frighten our new baby when tossed into the Worldly Auntie mix.
Teel the flowers are a lovely idea!!!

HUGS!

MELODY525
09-22-2005, 08:59 AM
:hb: :gift: :balloons: HAPPY BIRTHDAY HOLLY'S DD!!!!!

Hollyhock
09-22-2005, 09:56 AM
Thought I would post happier thoughts now that the irritating troll is at work now.

SO, my baby girl turned 5 at 8:01 am this morning. She is my heart. I feel such a goddess connection with her.
She woke up and asked, all bleary eyed, is today really the day!Then she said,” I need to wear my best dress.” AW!
One family brought her a set of My Little Pony, out neighbour gave her another one. My family gave $. I will open bank accounts for the kids this week.DH’s folks are stopping Christmas presents cause the kids dont need anything and will give $ too.
Bon Jovi ,on Oprah, yesterday was DREAMY!!!! Hard bodied little rocker guys with pouty mouths make me insanely happy!!!!!
DH watched it with me. It was fun. He is a skinny rocker guy with pouty lips too. Too bad he didn’t have millions to give away.
I need to decide how to use my day. I have 2 loads to fold. 3 to wash. Many toys to tidy. I will give some away.
Dishes to wash. Books to stamp. A few calls to make.

I am so happy not to be going out tonight!!!! Hope DH is less crusty.LOL!

happy2bme
09-22-2005, 01:19 PM
Holly, Holly, Holly... how would you feel if DH went to work and you overheard him talking to his buddies referring to you as an "irritating troll". Bet you wouldn't like it much, even if he said he was just funnin'.

I too have found that when you bring up the fact that you're contributing too, they sometimes get defensive - I've heard the "well I'll just separate my pay too then" speech.

As far as the housework goes, for the better part of 4 years I got to work from home. During that time I did the lion's share of the housework because I was home even tho I was often working more than 40 hours. Now our roles are reversed and DH is working from home and I'm gone 10 or more hours a day. The majority of the work around the house now falls on his shoulders. I might toss a load of clothes into the washer as I get ready to leave in the morning and ask him to pop it in the dryer and take it out and fold it. He's good about washing and drying but often forgets to pull it out of the dryer before it's horribly wrinkled so I admit I still do most of the laundry. I cook, he cleans the dishes, rinses them and puts them in the dishwasher. If there's stuff that can't go in the dishwasher, then I wash the dishes.

I found the easiest way to avoid the standoff of chores is to follow Fly Lady's advice. If everyone picks up after themselves and you don't keep clutter around, things stay much neater and are easier to clean. No reason why when you have 9 kids over that you can't set the loud timer right before they are getting ready to get picked up and make a game of everyone picking up and putting toys away.

I've been married over 28 years, had my share of "discussions" with the DH about sharing duties. I can tell you from experience that no matter what you say, you won't change the situation, best that will happen is you both go to separate corners with arms crossed over chest thinking you are both right and the problem never gets resolved. So you have to change your approach. I beat on hubby to stop that bad habit of dropping things where ever he left them and take the extra step to rinse out a glass, pick up his shirt, etc. AND I needed to do the SAME. :lol: I do a 15 minute tidy up before I go to bed and the house stays remarkably clean. Just a thought...

Shad
09-22-2005, 06:33 PM
Some wise words there Happy. I can well understand Holly's frustration, but perhaps it was not the most tactful to state that I earn as much as you. Still, I well remember when money was a prime object and the lack of it or the amount of current debt can make one somewhat snappy. Now is not the time to withdraw to opposite corners and only come out to make snarky remarks - him or her.

As far as the toys go. I've been watching a program on pay tv about making space. The woman who fronts it, quite frequently drives me crazy with her very best whinging pom voice (no offence Teel or Linus) but she has some good points about creating routine to get the kids to tidy up the toys. She maintains that they always have too many toys and that some should be put away and rotated with those remaining - makes the novelty of them last longer and they think there are new toys. And she says that if you and the kids get into the habit of tidying up the toys last thing - eventually they will do it automatically. You never know, you might have other mums thank you for it in time to come. Also if the toys are tidied up just before the good folk arrive to take them away, they may have time for a story as well. Thoughts to ponder. Not getting at you Holly, just trying to help. I know your kids are not that old, but there is nothing to stop them from helping out with the dishes either. One clears the table, one dries the plates or whatever. They helped to eat the food after all. Mine were encouraged to do the dishes from a very early age. They had to stand on a stool to reach!!! Don't get me wrong there was the odd tantrum over it as well. Mind you, I did lose a few plates from the dinner set from time to time. I still haven't got DS2 into the habit of putting clothes away after they have been washed, dried and folded. DS1 is house trained completely. He is tidier than me.
By the way if CJ gets excited about your bloodlines, maybe he ought to have a go at mine - there's Kiwi, Maori, Pom, Irish, English and German that we know about.

:wave: :wave: :wave: :wave: to Happy's Mum. Now she, via the daughter, is checking on me on the computer late at night. I'll have to try sneaking around without the egg being lit.

Mel, this pesky couple of pounds. Arrgghhhhh :yikes: :eek: I am really getting hacked off with them. I would just love to get rid of them. I'm trying (yeah very trying, I know) but they just don't seem to want to shift. Up and down, 73.0, 72.0, 71.5, 73 and on and on and on it goes.
Mooz tells me she has lost 3 pound. You and I seem to have found them. Will we ever stop looking for lost things?

Morning to all others. I'll be back. Better go and do some work.

PainterWoman
09-22-2005, 10:49 PM
Hi. May I loiter a bit?
I see many familiar names from the Journals... and think I am ready to re-commit to increasing my behavioral sanity-- there's another thread I check in on sometimes, but ... well.... I'm "shopping"...and a little weary and tired. At least today I've eaten better than all last week.
I still have "chemo fatigue"... but had a RN friend, my DH and another friend tell me to accept that I'm tired and stupefied off and on all day.

Congratulations on the arrival of the new baby! I like that quote about babies being confirmation that life should continue.... With all the hurricane news (it's heading this way along with many many evacuees), Iraq, etc., not to mention the meds, I haven't been all that optimistic myself.

Let's hear it for Mad Ludwig (or the tropics)!

Shad
09-22-2005, 11:58 PM
Nice to see you here Painterwoman, and I'm pleased that you chose us to loiter with. No policeman here to stop you from loitering with intent.

Rest your weary bones on our verandah. Happy will be along shortly with the smoothies cart. All good stuff here. Sorry to hear that you are feeling tired and stressed after all that chemo. Sometimes the 'cure' is worse than anything else, I guess. However you can relax among friends here. One thing about being all over the world is that there is usually someone on line most of the time. However as to behavioural sanity - well that's not always evident on this thread.

Come on in and chat whenever you feel the need or the want or just some one to whinge, complain, celebrate or generally just talk to.

Hollyhock
09-23-2005, 08:00 AM
HI PW!!! I a thrilled to see you pop in here. Giant HUGS!!!

So, DH came home all contrite. His way of communicating is soooo indirect. On Wed he was being so cocky and sarcastic and it continued Thurs AM. It is his backwards way of saying he misses me because I have been busy. The thing is, everything I do is for the well being of all of us.He knows that but was being a suck.
Instead of apologising he cracked a few jokes. It was lighthearted. I told him if he wanted a fulltime house wife he had better get out there and double his income.
Needless to say he helped out last night.
The kids do help with their own stuff and rooms. He does not. There is a shirt, hat and papers on every surface in the house. I put it all in a basket and toss it in his closet regularily. I do keep toys away and rotate.
The bottom line is this is a 2500 sq ft house, with a 900 sq ft basement and there are 4-10 people in her every day, I cook 3 hot meals and 2 snacks every day and it is a lot of work. Our yard is an acre.Plus there is the reno mess. I am tired of it right now.

On a happier note, I am thrilled that I have come through the last 5 weeks of massive work and commitments unscathed.I kept myself balanced and even tho I was exhausted last Sat I was smart enough to go back to bed and rest.
I am proud of my acheivements.
Last night I relaxed and watched TV and folded laundry. It was nice.
I didn't snack.
We had a long gentle rain all aft and eve yesterday.Great for the hydrangea I dug up and divided in the morning. That was job. Definitely a work out.
2 little guys for the morning and 1 little guy in the aft.
I am picking up cucs today. I will work on dill pickles over the weekend.
We have 2 bday parties Sat aft and then a very casual gathering for DD on Sunday.
She had a wonderful Bday. Loved playing with her Little Ponies.
DS had a awesome day!!! He asked his teacher to be moved cause the boys at his table were distracting him from his schoolwork!! I am so proud of him. What a huge deal. He has been getting his work done. He has a spelling test today.He has seemed calm and rested for a couple of days. Yahoo!!
I am looking forward to today and the weekend.
Best go feed the kids and get them organized for their day.

Hollyhock
09-23-2005, 12:41 PM
Mel! Thought this would brighten up your day

"Mel, I need a song!!! .... by dlzbth
I miss Mel and her songs! I was thinking of a good song for today. One that would reflect how happy I am that’s Friday. "

....from the journals

PainterWoman
09-24-2005, 12:08 AM
Holly-- Way to go telling DH what was required to have a "full time wife."
I'm giving a presentation on Marriage: a history -- from Obedience to Intimacy or How Love Conquered Marriage... (long title, no?) Anyway, it claims that women were valued (A LOT) until people stopped bartering and began using money and banks... Because THEN women didn't have access to cash. So maybe our plight isn't because of male patriarchy so much as because of BANKS!! :lol:

I had a lovely long nap this afternoon after collecting anything that I thought Rita might blow off our patio. They've changed the forecast for North Texas as well as downgraded the Category to "just" 3... so we might not EVEN get any rain here. It is anti-climax that makes people stop preparing for disasters, don't you think.

DH is watching the Friday night SF marathon... but first he took me out for dinner (I had soup and veggies... yay me!!) and then to Borders. I am set for the weekend whether it storms or not.

IF it cools down, and doesn't rain, I'll pull weeds. Otherwise, knit, read, nap.


PS: I look forward to getting to know those I don't already know from long ago at the journals.

happy2bme
09-24-2005, 12:36 AM
:high: Way to go PainterWoman by going out to dinner and ordering soup and veggies. It's really difficult to look at a a menu, know you can order whatever you want and ordering healthy. You should be proud.

I hear you on the hurricane petering out, people in traffic for 18 hours and wondering why :?: and thinking I'm NOT going through this again. My niece lives in Houston and was no doubt stuck in the traffic jams herself. I think everyone was freaked after hearing about New Orleans so that was good that they attempted to leave but look at what happened... Just brings up the fact that disaster planning takes time, effort, thought and money and most planners feel it's not worth it until the disaster is staring you straight in the eye and then it's too late.

For a change I'm looking forward to a nice weekend. Mom insisted on doing some laundry today so that's all caught up. House is still nice and clean from my marathon cleaning session over the weekend, just some quick surface cleaning and I'm good to go. DH did the yard work over the last 2 evenings after work so he's free to goof off too if so desired. Mom wants to go shopping so we'll have a girl's day out tomorrow. Rains are supposed to come in late tomorrow and probably on Sunday too. Monday we might get a bit of the hurricane but shouldn't be more than a steady rain. We will have to see what else she wants to do as outdoor activities will probably be out and she can't really walk that well. Was complaining about the knees tonight so that's a sure thing that rain will be heading our way. Actually between DH's back, my head and her knees I'd say that's a DEFINITE :rain:

None the less it will be nice to be relieved of chore duty this weekend and spend it just having a nice time.

So what's everyone else's plans for the weekend?

Shad
09-24-2005, 07:21 AM
Hi,

It's Saturday night and I've just got back to the computer after a busy day. The weekend is already half over.

I seem to have been busy all day but not got a lot done. Chasing my tail maybe? I got up early this morning and dug out the little patch for the new pavers, then I dug some more weeds and trimmed up some bushes. There will be some more veges going in down there soon. Bit more preparation of the soil needed there. Following that I had a light breakfast and went to the gym for an hour in the gym and an hour in Body Balance. I had intended to go do weights but got on the treadmill to warm up and was still there 30 minutes, 4k and 304 calories later. So I filled in the rest of the time with a 7.5k free weight in each hand doing squats (and sweating).
After gym came the shopping then I came home to shower, put the groceries away and have some lunch. DS2 invited me round to see the photos of his trip - that kid has the weirdest sense of humour!!!!! - I was taking a photo Mum of the sea and the sunrise when this dirty big whale got in the way, waving his flippers! Yes son. Sure here's a photo of him. Then the whale apparently ruined the next shot by flapping his tail. Not that you can see that much on the camera. It's a long way away and the lens wasn't anywhere near big enough to capture him in all his glory. I picked up my camera lens, bag and container and went to Joy heaven (hardware store/ nursery) for cement, pebbles, creeping thyme plant and came home with cement, pennyroyal plant, cat plants (yes for the cat to roll in and sniff) a large pot, some dynamic lifter and some potting mix. The pebbles will need to wait for an increase in my bank balance.
So tomorrow is cementing in the pavers, going to the gym, planting the pennyroyal between the pavers, potting up some mint that is not doing well in the terracotta pot, planting up the old wheelbarrow tray with the cat stuff and fertilising the garden. Talking of the wheelbarrow - I went down to Joy heaven last weekend to buy a tyre for the old wheelbarrow. No tyres, wheels only and the bl**dy wheels are dearer than the lady size wheelbarrows!!!??? WTF. I bought a new wheelbarrow.

Happy, how nice to have Mum doing the chores for you. Brings back memories of the times where my Mum came down and cooked up a storm - she loved to cook and she was good at it. When the fridge and freezer and the cupboards were full she went home. I then invited the Mother In Law down - she cleaned and washed and ironed - and she was good at it too. These are the times to treasure. They won't last forever unfortunately but enjoy them as you can.

Painter - doesn't matter if Rita peters out and you get nothing. At least you are reasonably prepared. The authorities have got it more or less right this time. It's far better to blame them for erring on the side of caution than blaming them for not doing anything or not being prepared as in New Orleans. My only whinge about the evacuation is that they should have opened the other side of the highways except for one lane in for emergency vehicles should they have been necessary. That may have had some problems too, but not the 2miles per 9 hours problem. And as for sending in the gas tankers - what were they thinking - or not thinking as the case maybe.
Now there sounds an interesting speech. Bartered brides versus the banks. Ummmmmm.
Hiya Holly, glad to see you are getting it all together again. That's just about all you can do sometimes. Just get on with it.

Oooh yes, I was speaking to Teel yesterday on the phone. She is okay, still trying to get in to see her doctor. The chest pains are no worse, no better. Linus got the flowers I sent. 18 long stemmed carnations. They thought Teel had sent them, then Teel's flowers arrived as well. Apparently when mine appeared, Andy said that they can't be from Teel as she apparently said that she would only send flowers if the baby was a girl!!! Nothing for a boy!!!! So then the second lot appeared from the worldly chicks and they were very puzzled. Don't know what was in Teels bunch. Glad the rest of you didn't decide to do something as well. We may have had the whole of Scotland trying to work it out. I did tell you that behavioural sanity was not always part of our brief did I not Painter??

So it is now bedtime. I have much to do tomorrow. Those concrete pavers are not light. Still it will look better tomorrow night. I'll take a photo for you.
Painter, stay in and stay safe. Happy enjoy the shopping trip with Mum. Holly don't work too hard. Mel, Tig, Meadow, Roseblush, Teel, Linus - time for another of those famous waves :wave:

MELODY525
09-24-2005, 08:42 AM
:encore: FLOWERS EVERYWHERE:encore: :dance:
GLAD THE FLOWERS ARRIVED FOR LINUS AND CJ AND THEY SEEM TO HAVE BROUGHT PAINTER WOMAN!!! SO GOOD TO SEE YOU AND WHAT A GREAT SATURDAY MORNING SURPRISE. PICK A ROOM AND REST THE WEARY BONES. DID YOU BRING YOUR KNITTING?! LOL HEALING TAKES TIME AND IS EXHAUSTING. GO WITH THE FLOW. :balloons:

SHAD~ HAPPY PAVING OR SHALL I SAY CONCRETING!!!YOU'RE PROBABLY TIRED AND SLEEPING OFF THE FIRST DAY OF IT! YES I WISH WE COULD BOTH GET RID OF A FEW LBS INSTEAD OF CONSTANTLY FINDING THEM AFTER WE HAVE JUST GOTTEN RID OF THEM!! :tantrum: :rofl:

HAPPY~ HAD A GOOD GIGGLE AT THE 3 "WEATHER" MACHINES YOU HAVE NOW IN YOUR HOUSE!!!! IS IT RAINING IN NEW JERSEY....CAN YOU PREDICT THAT FAR NORTH?!?! HAPPY SHOPPING WITH MOM AND DON'T FORGET TO GET SOME LOVELY FOO FOOS!!! :lol3:

HOLLY~ EVERYTIME I READ ABOUT THE DH I THANK GOD I'M DIVORCED AND OLD!!! :rofl: GOOD FOR YOU TO STICK UP FOR YOURSELF BUT MEN ARE STILL MEN AND HAVE DELICATE EGOS. ANOTHER WORDS DON'T TRY AND MAKE HIM A BALL-LESS WONDER! :lol3: YOU WON'T BE HAPPY WITH THAT EITHER!!

TEEL AND LINUS~ HOPE YOU BOTH ARE FEELING BETTER AND I THINK OF YOU OFTEN. ((((((HUGS)))))))

:wave: TO NAE AND TIG AND MEADOW. CEEJAY SEEMS TO BE LOST IN THE WATER PLANT WHERE SHE WORKS! :lol:

GOTTA GO AND GET DRESSED AND SHINE THE BUGGY FOR THE TOWN BBQ, TODAY IS A REST DAY. NOTHING THERE I CAN BE ASKED TO DO. MAY NOT STAY LONG CAUSE THE WIND IS WINDING ITSELF UP TO A FRENZY AND THAT IS DEFINITELY NOT GOOD FOR THESE PEEPERS. WILLY PROMISES TO GET ME HOME ASAP IF I NEED TO. A GOOD MAN OUR WILLY. I THINK HE STILL FEELS BAD. WE WENT FOR ANOTHER WALK TO THE STORE. I THINK IT MAKES HIM FEEL BETTER TO SEE ME OUT AND ABOUT. THIS TOO SHALL PASS.
HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY AND GOOD MORNING MISS SUNSHINE!!!

Hollyhock
09-24-2005, 09:27 AM
Lordy I LOVE you chicks!!!!
PW~ we just read The Davinci Code for book club and the discussion was great about how the church ruined things for us chicks ,LOL. My inner Goddess was dancing for joy. The banks too, huh? hmmmmmmmm. Nice food choices. Hope you are resting and healing.
Spose us women could barter sex? LOL!!

Mel~ you wise soul. I wonder sometiomes why the **** I am married too. i could have found a sperm doner for the kids. I do love the guy....with all my heart and soul....
You post sounds so happy and lighthearted!!
Shad~ hubby cringes when I say iam "just" heading to the hardware store. Ohoh. I LOVE it there. Happy paving!!
Happy~sounds like a lovely time with your mum so far.Enjoy the girly time.
Where is my Meadow?????
Hugs to Teel,Nae, Linus and all her men!!

So here is my deep thoughts and questions for you wise worldly chicks today....
Is it me??
What is the balance between what I need and what my family needs and if their needs are just as important to them as mine are to me then is it their right to ask for it just like I do for myself?
This is my first real day off in 5 weeks.The cucs I had hoped to get couldn’t be got, so no pickles. So this morning at 7 am DD crawls in bed beside me and says she is hungry, we have a nice little cuddle and I tell her Daddy is already up go ask him, she kisses me and says okay mommy.
DS then crawls in and enmeshes both hands tightly in my hair and wiggles and whines and pushes at me. i told him I just wanted to lay quietly and please be still and he freaks out ,crys and stomps out of the room. A few minutes later DH climbs in on top on lifting my nighty, gropes a bit,I tell him I will get up in a few minutes, he scraped me with his beard by mistake, I tell him he hurt me, he stomps out of the room and slams the door.
Obviously they all love me and felt a need to connect with me. What I needed was a 1/2 hour to lounge in bed and enjoy some solitude. I didn’t get it and feel irritated. They didn’t get what they wanted and feel irritated. Hubby will sulk for a while.Big baby.
Is it a gender thing and just personality? DD usually listens and respects my requests. DH and DS always get mad and pissy.I always stand my ground and state my positon clearly to both. You think in 9 and 7 years respectively they would get it.
I feel sad right now that I dont get the tenderness from DH I would like( need).
I get it from DD and my cat. LOL!
If DH wants to have sex, which is how he communicates love, he should try giving me what i need to to feel loved, which is space, solitude and tenderness.Then I would come to him with open arms. It is hard to explain this to someone who cant stand to be alone. I am not sure he like his own company. Very much like DS.
Fro what it worth we have a regular, wonderful sex life. I am not sure how much he wants from me in life in general.
I have always struggled with the balance of my needs and those of my family. I LOVE to be alone as much as I love them. I lived alone happily for 15 years, I spent most of my childhood alone and feeling separate from my family.I love my own conpany.
So now I have a pissy hubby to deal with when what I want is to enjoy the day and him and the kids, puttered and clean, garden a bit.......

Is it a wonder I nurture myself with food?

Later, this aft, we have 2 bday parties to go to. I will check out the farmers market in town for cucs and pick up the south beach book.

linus
09-24-2005, 05:33 PM
thankyou all of you the flowers from you and shad were beautiful,teels flowers arent here yet they arrive on monday
my wee man is absolutly lovely and as soon as hubby gets his finger out ill have a piccie for you all im posting birth announcement cards this week sometime,im very slowly getting in to a routine and hopefullt if my wee man keeps being such a good sleeper mummy will finally find her brain and get organised,hes sleeping on average from 12.30 till 6 am for the last 4 nights now so i cant complain at all
right folks im so sorry but the wee mans stirring and im the only one who can feed him so i have to go
thankyou all again and welcome painter
kirsty+cj

Shad
09-25-2005, 07:42 AM
Quick post, I'm on my way to bed.
Sorry I got the message wrong linus. Maybe I need to take English lessons, I obviously misunderstood Teel.

Here's pics of what I did this morning. The pavers are yet to be planted out with pennyroyal as I wanted to let the cement set before I started poking and prodding between the pavers. And the flowers are hippeastrums, rescued from the wild wind the other day. I see I now have some dark red ones out as well.

MELODY525
09-25-2005, 08:36 AM
HOLLY~ A SPERM DONOR!! :rofl: :lol3: WISH WE HAD A SPERM SMILEY!!! BUT I UNDERSTOOD ALL OF YOUR POST!!! HARD TO FIND MIDDLE GROUND WHEN YOU "CARE" SO MUCH! GOOD LUCK!!! WE HAVE ALL GONE THROUGH THIS. PERSONALGROWTH....THE GOOD TIMES AND THE BAD TIMES BUT IT ALL HAS TO HAPPEN SOONER OR LATER.

LINUS~ SO GLAD THE FLOWERS CAME AND CJ IS SLEEPING SOMEWHAT AND GIVING POOR OLD MUM A REST! LOTS OF LOVE AND KEEP AN EYE ON THE MAILBOX!! OR PARCEL BOX WHATEVER YOU CALL IT!!! LOL

SHAD~ YOU CAN COME AND PAVE OUR BACK YARD!!! LOVED THE FLOWERS. WHAT A GORGEOUS COLOR. ARE THEY IN THE LILY FAMILY? SO LONG AS THE WIND DIDN'T BLOW YOU AWAY! LOL

MONDAY I WILL GO TO THE MALL AND TRY DIETING(BAD WORD) ONCE MORE FOR 6 WEEKS. IF IT FAILS, THEN THAT'S IT. GIVING IT ONE LAST ATTEMPT. GOING TO TRY RE ARRANGING THE FOODS I EAT AND NO TATERS OR RICE AT NIGHT.
WEATHER IS GLOOMY AND SUPPOSED TO GET RAINY. WON'T CARE CAUSE I'LL BE WINDING UP THE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING. LOOKING FOR SOME STUFF FOR JEN'S BEAU. POOR RICHIE IS ALWAYS LAST ON MY LIST BUT HE HAS A BD SOON TOO! SO I DO IT ALL AT ONCE. NOTHING BUT COOKING SOME CHILI, STEAMING RICE AND VEGGIES AND WATCHING A MOVIE WILLY LENT ME YESTERDAY....UP IN ARMS....WITH DINAH SHORE AND DANNY KAYE!!! LOL HE AND THE DW ARE OLD MOVIE BUFFS TOO. I BOUGHT HIM AN ABBOTT AND COSTELLO COLLECTION LAST XMAS. WE SWAPED LISTS OF WHAT WE HAVE. I THING WE'LL BOTH HAVE ENOUGH TO LEND EACH OTHER RIGHT THROUGH THE WINTER. WE'VE DESIGNATED ONLY SUNDAY AS OLD MOVIE DAY SO I KNOW THEY'LL LAST US.
BETTER GET GOING. EYES ARE SO SO. TAKING THEIR TIME BUT THEN THE FACE IS IN FULL BLOOM STILL. NO ONE NOTICED IT YESTERDAY. I HAD ON A MAKE-UP CALLED SHEER COVER THAT LEEZA GIBBONS SELLS ON TV. IT REALLY DOES COVER ROSACEA. EVERYONE WAS SAYING HOW GREAT MY SKIN LOOKED! ROFLMAO ONLY PROBLEM IS THAT IT'S GROUND UP MINERALS AND I THINK THE GRIT GETS INTO MY EYES EVEN WITH CAREFUL APPLICATION. LOL (SIGH) I AM BEGINNING TO RAMBLE SO I BEST GET THE BUTT OUTTA HERE!:moped:

:wave: TO HAPPU AND PAINTER AND NAE AND MEADOW AND TIG AND TEEL!!!!:wave:

Hollyhock
09-25-2005, 09:14 AM
HI Linus~ glad you are getting a bit of rest. Give the wee lad and hug from is Canadian Auntie.
Shad~ nice work!! I saw some lavendar in bloom there too.
Miss Mel~Have a great day!! You sound happy. Be careful of your eyes.

Woohoooo!!
I had a day off!! It was great.
I relaxed, had coffee, puttered at housework, took the kids to 2 relaxing bday parties, came home for leftovers for supper, had a nice time with DH, had a good sleep, enjoying a coffee again!!! Life is good.
I have been reading the south beach book. I was feeling depressed about it. There seems to be a lot of what you cant have. I was feeling like a big loser because of the food I eat that apparently is not good me.
I have trouble thinking a banana is not a good choice. They are full of potassium and other good things.
As far as the lean meats go I am fine. I need to read more and ask questions. i am not sure about the foods listed and what is a limited choice and very limited and how much that is or how often.

Today we are having DD’s bday party at 2. Cake and punch and bunch of her friends and the grandparents.
I wanted to do everything outside but the yellow jackets have been horrible. They were swarming the parties yesterday that were outside outside.

Okay, tidying, one more room to clean, laundry to do and a family to enjoy.
Oh, and eggs for breaky.

Roseblush
09-25-2005, 10:17 AM
So good to hear from Linus about our little nephew and what a good sleeper he has been so far. Oh course he is going to be an angel just ask his worldly Aunite's!!!!!!! We are dying for a pic....
Well I have been absent in relating all the nature adventures here in the wilderness so I will give you a few tidbits. Last week the lone meadowlarks were gathering in groups to begin their long flights to where ever it is they go.
Inside this huge pine tree by the office the sparrows were so thick and riotous for about 4 days in the morning their little twitters and songs were deafening, but now they are gone. In the evening this week the temp was perfect the air so clear and warm that my little Toby and I were outside pushing around some rocks. When we began to hear the meowing in the tall grass just above us. So we looked and remained very stil the two of us expecting to see possibly a little kitten or two.... Instead from behing the rise came two does and 5 offspring and the fawns were mewing to each other it was so amazing..... soon the hillside behind my house was full of mewing deer..... what a treat to experience.
I don't know if I had related the story of thelittle lost dog that kept showing up at my house but he has not returned now and toby and I miss him.......
Shad I wish you could give me lessons in your paving and cement work.... I need to do so much here but seem overwhelmed to even begin.....
Yesterday I went to a rock shop that is outside of town and this place if full of fossils and beautiful stone and i brought home 3 big boxes for $7, I couldnt believe it so I have some nice ones to lay down for stepping type stones and interesting stone to surround my plants.
The tops of the mountains have a nice blanket of snow this morning and the air is crisp and cold.... good for working outside for a while today.... putting a small turkey in the oven to help through the week.
I do hope you are all doing well and this is a great place to come and sit with your coffee or tea and to visit with these amazing women around the world... welcome to all!
Blesssings to all,
Nae

teel
09-25-2005, 12:10 PM
Hello chickies!!
Linus its great to see you online having a moment to yourself at last! C.J. seems to be doing really well in the sleeping stakes....better than me and he is only 10 days old :faint:
Enjoy the flowers tomorrow..They are a called "INDIAN SUMMER" AND SHOULD CONTAIN THE FOLOWING: 1 YELLOW CRYSANTHIMUM...opps! 1 orange crysanthimum 3 orange spray carnations, 3 orange Alstoemeria and 3 Solidago...the picture looks lovely. I hope you have enough vases!!! Oh and they are flying out from Jersey!!

Its come out a gorgeous autumnal afternoon here in Suffolk...but sadly I have spent the entire afternoon in bed...I caught a stomach bug on Friday evening...coo that sounds a bit funny but you know what I mean! and although I have stopped the constantly going to sit on the lavatory, today I feel as though I am a pregnant cow :moo: :moo:...really bloated and I haven't eaten anything today...should be good for the weightloss!!

Hello to PW., I hope you are safe and sound in Texas with Rita having zoomed in. I am sorry you are having such a bad time following the chemo...HUGS to you.

Ah talking of chemo leads me to tell you that I spoke to Bob The Builder yesterday. He is having difficulty swallowing so cannot eat properly...apparently he went to see his consultant who said he didn't think he did have an oesophagul tumour but he would do an endoscopy and if he did come across a tumour he would blitz it with lazer...I don't quite know what to make of this!Ah well time will tell.

Holly has been trying to get me to give her her dinner for the past 30 minutes and I am not sure if I can hold her tummy any longer! So I had better go and appease her...hee hee hee!

ceejay52
09-25-2005, 01:56 PM
Mel---I've not gotten lost in the water plant. If I had to go outside very far this morning I might of had to swim. Remnants of hurricane Rita. I've just not had time to post. I have been reading. I thought about you last week end. My aunt and I were shopping in the Mall in Jonesboro when I heard a familiar voice call my name. There stood this good looking hunky police officer in uniform. He was a former boss. Got a hug also. Think he was glad to see me.

Happy--Have you survived the remnants of hurricane Rita? Think this one was worse than Katrina. The water plant has weepy walls from the excess rain. Down on the street in front of the plant the water was up to the fire hydrant.

Hello to all the rest.

painter woman--glad you are here, even though I'm not most of the time. This is a good group of ladies.

Linus--Glad to hear that baby CJ is doing great as well as mommy. By the way I've been called CJ most of my life.

I may not post daily but I do try to read. Most of the time I'm at work and don't have a lot of time to spend on the computer. By the time I get home I'm to tired to turn on my computer.

Heard a boom while ago and got up to look out the window. It was a fender bender. I called the police station but an officer was already in route.

Gotta get some work done. Every one have a nice day.

Shad
09-25-2005, 06:21 PM
Morning all,

Ceejay - good to hear from you and know you are okay. If you have too much water up there would you care to send some our way. We are getting to the desperate stage. Dear oh dear, Mel does inspire us to think funny thoughts does she not.

Teel - so your flowers came from the Jersey Islands as well! Mine came from those Charity Flower mob that I found when I first sent you some. They keep sending me (by mail) a brochure on their specials. Mind you I get brochures from the Colman's Mustard people too. I'm going to have to take lessons in 'Suffolk' speak.

Roseblush - what a wonderful place you live in. All those animals. I would be in heaven I think. Paving is not hard, just time consuming. All of the pavers on my patio are going to have to be lifted eventually and cemented in. That's a job I really am not looking forward to but it will need to be done as the road base that is there now is sinking and full of weed seeds. DS2 is not always the most patient or slowest of people when doing project jobs and doesn't take the time to plan and think - just do it was a slogan invented for that child.

Holly - so glad you got a day off. Pity you had to p*ss everyone off to get it. I was going to reply to your post, however my day got a bit tangled up with paving, mixing cement, digging, planting whatever. I'll get back to that post with words of wisdom in the near future. Meantime take it easy. South Beach is not a particularly hard diet as I figured, but I have problems with the phase 1 no fruit and no bread. I can see that it would work but it's a very long time to go without fruit. Being a fruitbat myself, I see that as deprivation.

Mel - Sorry to hear of the rosacea rearing it's ugly head again. Be careful with that makeup - may not be doing the skin much good. The flower is a hippeastrum, related to the amaryllis and therefore kin of the belladonna lily - so yes I guess it comes under the family liliaceae. Grows from a big bulb just like the lilies. Doesn't have much scent, but grows well in the tropics - I have a long bed full of them and they are sticking up through the heliotrope - the purple, lavender and mauve goes well with the pink, white and red lilies.

Gotta go do some work. Already given one bloke a slight panic attack this morning, so best go fix things up and soothe the savage beast.

happy2bme
09-26-2005, 12:58 AM
Already given one bloke a slight panic attack this morning, so best go fix things up and soothe the savage beast.

Glad to see you are doing your job Shad. We need more of your kind in the corporate world before it totally implodes from ineptness. Your flowers are pretty as always, glad you explained what pavers were. We have flagstone stepping paths in the back. I think the sandstone is too soft for stepping on, DH said it should be ok. What do I know :dunno: Pavers are way way heavy tho, hope you had some help.

Hey Ceejay, good to hear from you again. Rita is visiting today. A steady rain, mostly soaking, at times a bit heavy. Everything went from bone dry to waterlogged. Sounds like you got more of it than us. Do you always work the weekend shift or do you rotate days on and off?

Teel, the Indian Summer flowers sound gorgeous. Sorry to hear you're home in bed. Hope your friend Bob gets some help. Sounds wretched not being able to swallow like that. Why must people suffer so for so many reasons? :cry:

Nae you paint a delightful picture of your surroundings. Mewing doe, I am trying to imagine it. I'll bet that turkey smelled so wonderful looking out at the snow capped mountains. How soon before the flakes fall at your door?

Holly, glad you got a day to yourself. I understand what you mean about the bananna. After years and years of fat is bad, it's so hard to get used to the idea of fat is ok but fruit is bad. I mean we all understand that sugar is bad but fruit :?: I should do SB - would be best for me and my body type but I just can't fathom no fruit. So I'll stick with Mel on Michael Thurmond even tho some mods on the forum think it's a stupid diet.

Miss Mel the boy scouts were selling popcorn - which is THE BEST and I bought some. Of course it comes in like 15 pack sets. Small bags but alot of them. Will have to send some your way, will go perfect with those grand old movies.

Linus, I'm glad little CJ is letting you get some rest. We eagerly await pictures!

It was a busy weekend for me. I thought I came and posted but I see that it was only in my mind :o Yesterday was a marathon shopping trip with mom - over 6 hours here and there. At least we got in alot of walking but it tired out both of us. Today we got the remnants of hurricane Rita - lots and lots of rain. A good day to stay in and cook which is what we did. Made a batch of Mom's famous homemade spaghetti sauce which even she admits she hasn't made in years and years and can I say it was :T :T :T :love: :love: We've got her favorite slow roasted beef on the menu for tomorrow - will feed her good before she's off again on Wednesday already :(

Better sneak off now, it's after midnight and if she hears me typing I'm done for :lol:

Hellos to Meadow, Tig and Painterwoman too... (she whispered) :sssh:

MELODY525
09-26-2005, 09:42 AM
CEEJAY~ BUT DID YOU GIVE HIM YOUR PHONE NUMBER?!?! :rofl:
OR MINE OR MINE FOR THAT MATTER???? GOOD TO SEE YOU DIDN'T FLOAT AWAY MY PARAGOULD FRIEND! WE GET LOTS OF RAIN THREATS BUT THEN ONLY A FEW DROPS COME. MAYBE SOME TODAY. BESIDES UNIFORMED MEN....DID YOU BUY SOMETHING NICE FOR YOURSELF?

SHAD~ THE GARDEN SOUNDS WONDERFUL AND I CAN JUST SEE YOU PUTTERING AROUND IN THERE. GOOD THING YOU HAD JASON THE TORTURER TO BUILD THOSE MUSCLES UP! MAYBE LAYING PAVERS IS A GOOD BUSINESS! U'M ALWAYS LOOKING FOR ALTERNATIVE JOBS FOR YOU! :lol3: SHOULD HAVE BEEN A LANDSCAPER WITH YOUR GREEN THUMB.:flow1:

TEEL~ HOPE THE TUMMY FEELS BETTER. :faint: JUST WHAT YOU NEEDED....ANOTHER PROBLEM! YOUR CHOICE OF FLOWERS SOUNS BEAUTIFUL. ARE THEY COMING FROM YOUR JERSEY OR MINE!! :rofl:

NAE~ THE SMELL OF A ROASTING TURKEY, ALL THE ANIMAL COMINGS AND GOINGS AND THE CRISP AUTUMNAL BREEZE.....DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THAT I'M SURE.
THANKS FOR THE MENTAL PICTURE. MAYBE I'LL SPEND THE DAY IN THE "WOODS".:moped:

HOLLY~BANANAS MIGHT NOT BE A GOOD CHOICE ON THAT PARTICULAR PLAN BUT I HAVE SEEN MANY GOOD RESULTS. YOU CAN HAVE THE BANANAS LATER ON WHEN THE WEIGHT IS GONE!! LOL GOOD LUCK NO MATTER WHAT YOU DECIDE TO DO.

WELL CHICKLETS THERE IS NO MALL TODAY FOR ME. WOKE UP A WEE BIT LATE AND JUST DIDN'T HAVE IT IN ME TO RUSH. MAYBE CAUSE IT'S SO DARK OUTSIDE! LOL CALLED JEN AND WE'LL SPEND SOME TIME TOGETHER LATER ON TRYING TO FIGURE OUT ALL THE FEATURES ON THE CABLE TV'S NEW REMOTE!!! THERE'S MORE PUSH BUTTONS ON THERE THAN A NASA ROCKET. CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT THE SENIORS WILL THINK ABOUT THIS. THEY'LL END UP ORDERING PORNO MOVIES AND GETTING CHARGED!!! :rofl: SPENT THE MORNING WATCHING "USED PEOPLE" WITH SHIRLEY MACLAINE AND MARCELLO MASTRIANI(SP). SOMETIMES I LIKE A GOOD "PEOPLE" FLICK. BUT I BETTER GET MOVING BEFORE I FIND ANOTHER ONE TO WATCH! LOL
HAPPY MONDAY AND HAVE A GREAT WEEK.

ceejay52
09-26-2005, 01:50 PM
Mel--better Than A Phone Number. He Gave Me His Business Card. It Has All Pertinent Information On It. Come To Find Out He's A Criminal Investigator Now.

Happy--i Usually Rotate Every Other Sunday But This Week I've Worked A Couple Of Extra Day's For A Co Worker. Just A Little Extra Pocket Money.
My Regular Days Are Monday, Tuesday And Wednesday, And Every Other Sunday.

Holly--fruit Cannot Be All Bad Because Of The Vitamins, Nutrients And Fiber Found In Them. Those Who Are Diabetic Need To Watch Both The Sugar And Carb Intake. Those Who Have Choleserol Problems Need To Watch The Fat Intake. It Would Be A Good Choice To Choose A Healthy Life Style And Forget The Fad Diets. You Are What You Eat. Blood Test Will Prove That. I Know That For A Fact. Ugh !!!!!! I Need To Watch All Of It.

Shad- I Wish I Had Your Desire To Work In The Flowers, But This Year The Allergies Have Gotten The Best Of Me. I Will Probably Give It Up All Together Before Next Year.

Some Weird Sounds Going On Downstairs--better Go Check Them Out To See If Anything Major Is Happening.

Hi To All The Rest.

happy2bme
09-26-2005, 01:55 PM
Some Weird Sounds Going On Downstairs--better Go Check Them Out To See If Anything Major Is Happening.

Oooh, now that can be kind of scary when you work in a water plant :yikes: hope everything is ok. :rain:

happy2bme
09-26-2005, 02:00 PM
As far as fruit goes, Mel and I can tell you that there is high sugar fruit - like banannas, cherries, watermelon and lower sugar fruit - apples, pears, and plums. Also fruit juice is a :nono: My doctor gave excellent advice. She said it takes 6 to 10 oranges to make one glass of fresh squeezed. Now you wouldn't eat 10 oranges in one sitting would you? So eat 1 fresh orange, get the juice, the vitamins and the all important fiber and cut out fruit juices or at least cut them half and half with flat or sparkling water.

I think CJ offers excellent advice. Eat wisely from all food groups limiting fats, sugars and portions. After a while of self monitoring you can usually figure out what causes trigger binges and what diets you can't possibly live with -- and which ones you can!

ceejay52
09-26-2005, 04:05 PM
Happy--I got that quote in an email not long ago. As far as the weird sounds--it's the guys outside grading the parking area. I should have known, but it's better safe than sorry i always say.

I'm on a sugary high right now. My blood sugar count will be out of sight in the morning if I don't stop.

I have a question about pass words on an excel worksheet. Does anyone know how to get back into a work sheet. I know the pass word but it is refusing it.

Shad
09-26-2005, 06:08 PM
Morning all,
Ceejay - Will it let you go to the tools > options > security area to get rid of the password? No didn't think so, okay who is the IT geek in your workplace help desk (or is it a case of no-help desk)? They can get rid of it through system administration. If the password is new, did you spell it correctly? and if it is not new, has a system restore been done since you last used it and it has gone back to the old password? We are currently having a 'small' problem with the OnDemand system having brought back an old file path in the development area. Now it can't find anything!!!! I could say NMP but I will be helpful and volunteer some info if requested. I've been told so often by various system administrators that 'that won't work here' or 'can't do that', that I no longer suggest ways and means.

Mel - being a landscaper would have been okay in my younger years. Now the heat would just be too much in the summer. I would only be able to work a full day in the winter. I somehow don't see the punters being very happy with me mixing concrete at 0500 or even earlier. You are always finding something for me to do! :crazy: Don't you think I have enough to do already???? :eek: :faint: :yikes: Yes I do thank Jason (once in a while) for the muscles. Although those pavers are real heavy suckers. Happy movie watching. Sounds like a lovely idea to me.

Fruit is high in sugar and no the Fads don't work for more than a short period of time. The reason that they don't work is because the mind and body get bored with the same old same old. SB and WW seem to be the more responsible and workable ones. I presume the 2 week phases are to cleanse and detox the body before going onto better things. Fasting for a day probably does much the same. Certainly cleans me out - all that water and nothing else. I had heard that about fruit juices as well Happy. Throw away that juicer - eat the fruit and veges instead.

Anyway, better move along. Need to go to the Duty Free store today to look at camera lens. DS2 and I need something a little larger for the digital camera. I apparently don't need to take any bribery and corruption up for the students, Chris has enough to keep her going but she wants some crosswords and codebreaker books to keep the mind occupied for the time she can stand no longer or do any crafty things because of the hands and feet. She sounds thoroughly fed up with herself at the moment.

Have a good day all.

Hollyhock
09-26-2005, 10:07 PM
Hey, Thanks for the fruit info. I must say i agree. I try to follow the Canada food guide but i have not been. Veggies low and starches and fats way up. I have been reading up on SB. The principals make sense. I will try out some recipes too. I have been living off of sandwiches for a few months.
Basically i am revisiting the whole food thing because I have time to focus on myself right now.
I had a great day. 6 kids most of the day.DH was home because of steady rain and worked on installing the bathroom sink!!! Just waiting for a seal to set and then we can use running water in our upstairs bathroom!!!!!!!!!!! weehee. it's been 5 years wihtout a sink up there.
At 5 the boys went to hockey practise and DD went home with a friend for supper and play. I puttered at Avon, watched a soap and relaxed a bit. Since then i worked on final revisions of the parent handbook. I had a great chat with the school board media guy!! We may be in print next week!!

I firmly told my mom we were not coming for thanksgiving dinner on the 9th but would come for lunch on Monday for some leftovers.( she emailed 6 times).
We really want to spend two days home uninterupted just the 4 of us.
The traffic in here is crazy some days.We were planning on three. Two
in a row is better than nothing.

HUGS worldly chicks!!!

PainterWoman
09-27-2005, 11:32 AM
You are all being so virtuous... Working, cooking for each other, keeping old folks from porno....
Me, on the otherhand... listened to an extra hour of NPR while still in bed petting the cat. There are NO edible fresh fruits OR vegetables in the house-- and since I rooted around night before last, we're out of bread, too. Which means I might have to go to the grocery store. Ack.

But worse than that, I actually have two client meetings to which I'm completely unmotivated to go. (Wait, my syntax is scrambled. or maybe fried.)

I have two hours to change said cat's litter, wake up, and get motivated... OH, and prepare for presentations tomorrow morning and Friday afternoon.

Rumor has it there might be a cold front in this week... maybe that will help.
Best to all.

Shad
09-27-2005, 05:53 PM
Geez Painter, I went back through the thread looking for porno!!! Now my day is ruined! Or rooned as they say around here. Get out of that bed woman, go get some good things for the fridge and give the puss cat another hug then change her litter and get ready to go deliver the word to the masses. Geez you're busy Painterwoman - what you trying to do? Wear me out???

Hey Holly, we had rain last night - it was lovely to go to bed and listen to it pattering on the roof. Not heavy stuff but a gentle drizzle to make the plants grow (not to mention the weeds)

Had my last workout for the week this morning :dance: :dance: Five days on the trot, I feel virtuous and no I haven't lost any weight. It's leading up to weight and measurements day as well for those of us who, once a month, put ourselves through the torture of weigh, measure, sigh. :faint: :eek: :yikes: :censored:

Now for the next two days I can sleep a little longer in the morning, and get home a little earlier at night. Gotta love those two days. I had my treat for the week this morning after a lovely ferry ride to work. I got a bacon and egg muffin - no sauce, no salt, no oil, hold everything else. It was good too. Aaaah well there's always next week for another one. Lunch today will be salads - I forgot to get anything ready last night so salads from the MYO is on the menu. Dinner tonight will be chargrilled salad and veg.

Hope everyone is doing okay. Catch up with the news later tonight.

happy2bme
09-27-2005, 06:27 PM
I must say I am surprised at the number of people who have dysfunctional families that they avoid. It's very sad. I guess I am very very lucky as I love my family and would give anything to be with them on Thanksgiving this year. It will be a sad and lonely day for me this year. At least I know we'll have Christmas together (travel weather permitting). While DH's family (who lives 1500 miles away) can be odd at times, I loved my dear MIL as much as my mom. Was a great tragedy to all of us that cancer took her away in 1979. I cherish the few short years I got to spend with her and still miss her dearly. Ah well, I am making myself all weepy at the moment...

Last day with mom today - we're up at the crack of dawn to take her to the airport tomorrow. She wishes now she had made her visit a few days longer but I think she was intimidated by the reservationist on the phone who set up her tickets. As of Saturday there are no more direct flights between Memphis and the smaller Chicago airport she uses so it would not be worth the extra expense to change her ticket for just 2 more days. Besides she is persnickity about when and how she wants to travel, so I just go along with it. We had a great visit. Spent last night talking all evening long. I am truly blessed and very grateful for what I have in my life. I really understand the live for the moment philosophy.

I think the chiropractor might (just a teeny might) be doing some good. We had a treatment yesterday, I am not as stiff as sore as I was over the weekend. Also could be that the achy rains have gone north Mel's way. I am still "evaluating" this, will give it 2 weeks to decide if I continue.

I have also decided that it's time to get serious once and for all. Enough empty talk and pity parties. As the fall weather comes in I can see how I will stiffen up. The x-rays from the chiropractor clearly showed arthritis on the spine. One look at my mom tells my future. I already know moving and what I eat affect so much of how I feel. Besides that, I would really like to make a dent in some of this weight by Christmas. Tonight I will have that last celebratory meal of the yummy spaghetti Mom and I made the other day. Tomorrow when she leaves, I am back on the challenge. This week it's water, water, water and 50 crunches a night. It's supposed to get cooler by Thursday, perhaps a walk with DH around the area is in order too.

I'd join Red's 21 day challenge but there are so many people on there, I always feel I have to post to all and that just requires more time than I have available for the computer. So I'll do my thing by myself.

It's always amazing to think as we transition around the world that we are thinking soups and warm comfort foods and Shad's thoughts are turning to cool refreshing tasty salads. I see the fall colors are starting way up north, if you see snow Nae are the trees turning too? We're just getting brown dried leaves cluttering up everything here. Oh and the pool gets closed for the season tomorrow - another sad thing :cry: it was rather cloudy after the weekend's rains and too cool for one last swim for old times sake. Guess it's time to strenghten those legs and get on that bike of mine. Can I remember how to change gears on the inclines around here? Would be too flattering to call them hills, but steep enough to make you work hard at it.

Time to go get supper ready. Hello to all the chicks.

MELODY525
09-27-2005, 07:22 PM
Too Tired For Words Tonite. Hello Te Everyone And The Best I Can Say Is I Read The Posts....porno????roflmao
Food Shopped Today And Got Left Behind. Willy Had Too Many Chairs On The Bus For Assorted Stops And Asked Me If I Wanted To Shop A Bit Longer. It's A Strip Makk With Some Other Shops. Was A Great Opportunity And Found Some Really Cheap Xmas Gifts For $2.99@. Glass Snowman Dishes. Very Cute And They Don't Look Cheap At All. Filled In A Bit In The Office Too. Got The Xmas Craft Sorted Out And Boxed Up. Fran Got All The Stuff I Wanted From The Craft Store. I Am Way Ahead Of Myself For The Holidays So Maybe This Year I Can Really Enjoy Them!!! The Office Wasn't Busy But....gotta Earn That Next Check Before The End Of December. It Was A Good Day Out And Had Fun All By Myself! Willy Is So Attentive That People Are Wondering Why! Roflmao But He Is Like A Brother. Although Younger Than Me, He Acts Like He's The "big" Brother! The Funny Thing Is I Always Wanted My Oldest Db To Behave This Way And He Never Did! Now I Have Chilly Willy. I Call Him Chill For Short. Remember That Cartoon Penguin? I Am Rambling For Sure Cause I Am That Tired. Glad You Chicks Are Doing Ok And I'll See Ya Tomorrow. Sweet Dreams And Hope Wednesday Is A Great One!!!

Shad
09-27-2005, 07:58 PM
Happy, I joined the 21 day challenge and I don't post to all. Just make the odd comment as I see fit. Would be a long post if I did mention everything and everyone. Join in and just do what you can. Don't be shy, be standoffish like me :rofl: :lol3:

Hollyhock
09-27-2005, 08:32 PM
Aw Happy~ I would give anything for what you have with your family. I have tried and tried and tried and tried and just get hurt and hurt and hurt more. It is not all 1 sided but I am definitely the odd one out. I am just nothing like the rest of them. I love them with all my heart. It breaks my heart. I put all that love and energy into my own little family.I am making new traditions for us. Our thanksgiving in Canada is Oct 9.
We have Christmas/Thanksgiving with DH's family here in Nov before his folks go to Arizona.I am close with them. Very close to one SIL.
I wish it we different. I have to do what is best for me and my kids.

MELODY525
09-28-2005, 08:44 AM
CEEJAY~ NOW YOU HAVE HIS INFO....CALL AND ASK HIM TO COME AND INVESTIGATE YOU!!!!:encore:

HOLLY~ I LEARNED A LONG TIME AGO THAT MY FAMILY WAS JUST TOO DISFUNCTIONAL FOR WORDS. THAT'S THE LUCK OF THE DRAW! SO I REPLACED THEM WITH GOOD FRIENDS!:dance:

HAPPY~ I WISH I COULD SEND YOU HOME FOR ALL THE HOLIDAYS!!!

SHAD~ STANDOFFISH?! YOU?!?! :rofl: :lol3:

WAS A BIT DOWN YESTERDAY BUT HAVE SINCE BOUNCED BACK. GOTTA LOVE THE RUBBER BALL QUALITIES OF LIFE. TODAY IS WASH DAY AND IT'S GETTING NEAR TIME TO STUFF IT IN THE DRYER. SO TAKE CARE AND HAPPY HUMP DAY!!!:moped:

MELODY525
09-28-2005, 12:38 PM
HAPPY~ I WAS JUST WANDERING AROUND AND FOUND THAT 21 DAY THREAD. I JUST LEFT MY CHALLENGE ON PROVIDA BECAUSE IT WAS FAR TOO MUCH TO KEEP UP WITH AND I HAVE SO MANY OTHER THINGS TO DO WITH MY LEFE BESIDES READING AND TYPING! LOL BUT I WAS WONDERING WHY WE DON'T DO ONE OF OUR OWN RIGHT HERE? LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK.
I WAS GOING TO PM YOU BUT....
MAYBE OTHERS WOULD LIKE TO GIVE SOMETHING UP, TRY A NEW EXERCISE, BREAK A HABIT OR WHATEVER FOR 21 DAYS.
I'M GOING TO START MINE ON OCTOBER 1ST. GOTTA PUT MY THINKING CAP ON NOW! :dizzy:

happy2bme
09-28-2005, 01:38 PM
Mel,
Let's do a challenge here! Will be good to keep us in a positive mindset. I always do better when I have to post. Do you want to stick with Red Balloon's philosophy of keeping the challenge to 21 days? I know she's going to be dissapointed that I'm not posting on her thread - maybe I will pop my head in occasionally but I prefer doing something here if anyone is up to it?

Challenge is open to anyone who's interested.

MELODY525
09-28-2005, 01:55 PM
:D YES!!! I AM READY FOR THIS AND RED'S IDEAS WOULD BE FINE. ANYTHING ANYONE WANTS TO DO FOR 21 DAYS AND THEY CAN START ON WHATEVER DAY THEY WANT, AND GO BACK TO SQUARE ONE WHEN THEY SCREW UP. :p I LOVE HER IDEA BUT NEED A SMALLER SCALE OF PEOPLE. THIS WAY I ONLY HAVE TO POST ONCE A DAY AS THE EYES AREN'T WHAT THEY SHOULD BE :dizzy: AND MY TIME ON THE PC IS A WEE BIT LIMITED AS A RESULT.
SO FOR ME IT'S SATURDAY AS MY START. I'LL POST WHAT I AM DOING BEFORE THEN.:scooter:

MELODY525
09-28-2005, 02:00 PM
HAPPY I HAVE BEEN LAUGHING SINCE YOUR POST.....:rofl:......WHEN I READ IT I COULD FEEL ENTHUSIASM AND IMMEDIATELY THOUGHT OF MICKEY ROONEY AND JUDY GARLAND GETTING EXCITED ABOUT PUTTING ON A PLAY!!! :dance:

ceejay52
09-28-2005, 03:16 PM
happy---I'm in for a challenge. It would be more convient for me instead of going to one thread to another. October is just around the corner. It would be a perfect time for a 21 day challenge.

Mel-- I have had an email from that hunky police officer, but when I knew him before he was married. Besides I'm old enough to be his mother.

Holly--I understand about wanting to be with just your immediate family for a few day's. I would love to spend more time with my siblings but one sister lives in Texas and the other sister lives in Missouri. I'm making plans to visit both in November.

Shad thanks for the information. I even tried to reset the read only attribute but it's just not letting me. Instead of being a check mark this one is shaded. I'm waiting for a response from my nieces husband who has a degree in computers. If he can't remove it don't know who could.

Where are the other's. Linus has her hand full with little CJ I'm sure. Hello to the rest.

Shad
09-28-2005, 04:09 PM
A challenge here would be good for us I think - will certainly gee us up going into Winter/ Summer. I'm in the 21 day one but won't be in the next as somewhere in the middle of the next one is my visit to Japan. There is no way that I am going to try to wend my tongue around I can't eat xyz in a foreign language. I'll be in it for Oct 1 as well then. Meantime I'l work on what I am going to do or not do as the case maybe.

I'm home for the morning fasting prior to a sugar test at the pathologists. I go down there at 7.00am this morning. Doc tells me there is an epidemic of type 2 diabetes in Australia and very few miraculous families will miss out on it sometime, somewhere insists on this test every six months (when I go to see him for a repeat prescription) He is out to prove that I am not a modern day miracle. I am out to prove that I am. Hence the fasting today.

Having said that better go and do a few things around the place. This spare time is a blessing too good to pass up.

Oh yes and I put some spring photos of my garden on webshots last night. So go take a peak. It's Spring (http://community.webshots.com/album/462990824nTAhnK)

PainterWoman
09-29-2005, 03:01 AM
I've just barely skimmed today's summary subscription. I'm here! I'm OK.
The cool front arrived with a boom and a flash. I hope it is cool enough in the morning for me to mosey around the neighborhood a bid and get my corpuscles moving.
Will somebody tell me either where to find the "Red" challenge or what it entails? Maybe going back to "confessing" my edible sins will be a help.

Made an appointment to consult with the radiologist Oct 7. (Day after my birthday... Double Nickle. What a treat. HA!) Anyway, I might be starting radiation as early as 10/12 which would put me at the finish line by our Thanksgiving (late November.)

I have hair sprouting on my head again. Some hairs are even more than 1/2 inch long. Bad news, is that I think I might have to re-commence shaving my legs again, too. I was REALLY nice having any hair to shave all summer.

I don't have anything on tomorrow's agenda besides exercise and my surgery follow up. I hope I don't totally waste the day... but get some weeding done (the rain will have loosened the @#$%^ing roots, I hope) and maybe some knitting and drawing and writing. Or balancing my check book. Not seeing clients has made the end of THIS month a real challenge. Grrrr. Funny how that works.

Tig
09-29-2005, 05:24 AM
I woke up "working" and couldn't get back to sleep so rather than toss and turn and wake up Slim, I came out to the computer room to catch up and get caught up. Evidently we had a power outage sometime in the night because all of the clocks are flashing and the TV cable box wants to be reset. That might have been what woke me up.

The race season started and the first race of the year was on the beach. I was first in my age group. I beat hundreds of old ladies who didn't show up and my First Place plaque doesn't even include the words And Only on it! :rofl:

Slim and I are taking a four-week course called Financial Strategies. We had our first class last week. So far I've learned that Slim is a financial genius. But we all knew that. The class is at Cocoa Beach, about 30 miles north of us. We were going to ride the motorcycle because it's such a beautiful ride home in the moonlight, but we're supposed to get storms again tonight. Maybe next week.

We had a great ride last weekend and ended up at a fun biker bar. Another round of unsweetened iced tea for our table, barkeep! (In the southern USA, you have the choice of sweetened or unsweetened iced tea. And when they say sweetened, they are not kidding.) We're such party animals! We got caught in a rain squall, but this time had our rain gear with us. I've learned that raindrops really sting at 55 miles per hour. Tomorrow is a day off for me and we have another ride planned. This time we are going south. Slim had a leather scabbard custom made for my cane for the bike and we're going to go pick that up and then we're going to ride some more. I'm on new medicine that is wonderfully taking care of the pain. On the old medicine I could ride for only a half hour or so max. Last week we were gone for three hours after running the 5K race in the morning and I was still okay. :dance: I'm getting extra wobbly - not fun - and my running time is getting slower. Very annoying. My running time on Tuesday was 4 minutes slower than three weeks ago.

In a couple of weeks we are hosting some of Slim's internet friends at a gathering at our house. The latest count I think is up to 30 or so. They are mostly from Florida and Georgia. They've been internet buddies for several years - I know I met one lady from Atlanta. She's going to stay at our house. I don't know if I know any of the rest of them. It will be a lot of fun. It's his "Where's George" group. They track US dollar bills. You can go to wheresgeorge.com to see what they do if you like. I think they are weird, but aren't we all?

If I go wake Slim up, I'll bet I can get an invitation to go out to breakfast and then a ride to work on the motorcycle. :dancer:

happy2bme
09-29-2005, 07:58 AM
Good morning ladies,

Interesting posts this morning. The original challenge thread is called the 21 Day Challenge - Challenge to Victory and it's within this group on the Support Groups section. There are some twists which I won't go into but the jist of it is to choose something challenging (but not so challenging that you won't stick with it) for 21 days straight. If you blow a day, you reset your counter back to day 1 again. Don't try to tackle too many things at once also - you want to be motivated, and it has to be reasonably do-able. You can pick any activity that you'd like to improve upon - drink more water, eat 3 servings of veggies, take a walk, or even things like clean your dishes before going to bed or spend 15 minutes a day tidying up. Your challenge, your choice. Then each day you report on whether you've met your challenge for the day.

I am starting today because I have made too many empty promises in the past. My challenge is to drink at least 3 bottles of water a day and to spend at least 15 minutes a day getting into exercise mode again - walking or crunches. I am admittedly starting slow but my point is to develop good habits again.

As a side benefit yesterday I started taking my vitamins again and I am renewing my habit of stretching in the morning. Work out the kinks and get some oxygen in the muscles and blood!

I think most all of us are getting a kiss of cooler weather these next 2 days. Was 86 yesterday and a high of 70 today. I will be taking a walk at lunchtime.

Enjoy your day...

MELODY525
09-29-2005, 09:12 AM
PAINTER~ WHAT LENGTHS WE HAVE TO GO TO FOR AVOIDING LEG SHAVING!!! SORRY ABOUT THE LEGS BUT GLAD THE HEAD IS HAVING SOME COVERAGE FOR THE WINTER. JUST IN TIME. I AM DETERMINED TO WATERCOLOR THIS WINTER. I NEED TO DEVISE AN EASEL. EVERY TIME I LOOK AT THE "STUFF" I THINK OF YOU!! :D

TIG~ GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE RACE! I AM SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE WEAKNESS. I HAVE THE SAME STORY HERE. HOPE YOU GOT THE BREAKFAST AND THE RIDE!! YOU SHOULD TAKE A PIC OF THE MEAN MACHINE WITH SCABBARD AND POST IT!!!:scooter:

SHAD~ GOOD LUCK WITH THE TEST...GUESS IT'S OVER BY NOW!! LOL TYPE 2 IS ON THE RISE EVERYWHERE AND THE DR TOLD ME TO GET TESTED ONCE A YEAR NOW. GOTTA BE ALL THE SUGARS ON THE MARKET!!! HE SEEMS TO THINK IT WILL AFFECT JEN'S GENERATION LIKE A BOMB. HOPE HE'S WRONG BUT I COULD SEE HIS REASONING. WHO IS WATERING THE GARDEN WHEN YOU GO? NEED A HOUSE SITTER? HAVE HOSE WILL TRAVEL:MOPED:

HAPPY~ SO GLAD WE ARE DOING THIS. I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE I PICK STUFF I WILL ACTUALLY DO...YOURS ARE ALMOST THE SAME AS WHAT I HAVE BEEN THINKING OF. WATER AND MOVING!!! GETTING VERY LAZY OVER HERE. LOVELY TEMPS ALMOST EVERYWHERE. THE WIND IS PICKING UP ALL NIGHT AND TODAY. THE REMNANTS OF RITA ARE HERE. SUN IS STILL OUT THOUGH!:flow2:

CEEJAY~ YOUNG IS GOOD! :cb: :dance: :encore:
LOOK AT DEMI MORE? SUSAN SARANDON? ELIZABETH TAYLOR? :rofl:

I FINALLY FACED FACTS AND CALLED THE WHEELCHAIR PEOPLE AGAIN. ANOTHER WOMAN IS HELPING ME GET SOME THIGH RESTS SO I CAN PULL MYSELF INTO IT. ONE CHAIR IS FINE BUT THE NEW ONE LACKS "SIDES" LIKE THE OLD ONE DID. CAME BACK FROM THE BBQ AND COULDN'T GET OFF THE TOILET AND BACK INTO THE CHAIR. I DID IT THE DAY BEFORE. THINGS CHANGE SO QUICKLY AROUND HERE! :wizard: WHEN THEY COME, THEN I CAN SEND THIS CHAIR IN FOR MINOR REPAIRS AND DECIDE WHAT TO DO WITH THE TOILET ITSELF. SOME SEATS ARE WAY TO HIGH FOR MY SHORT LEGS :tantrum:
I BETTER GET MOVING BEFORE THE STORM COMETH IF I WANT TO GET OUT FOR A SPIN!
HAPPY THURSDAY :balloons:

Hollyhock
09-29-2005, 09:25 AM
A blustery mornin' to ya! It is veeeery windy, 9C,48F, it was pouring rain....I love this weather. I feel so invigorated.
Lots of empowering stuff went on yesterday.1) I had a good day in general. 2) I made my fav cauliflower soup and it is beach friendly!!!!! It is darned good.I will post it.
3)I ran errands along the way to the city, did Grandma's hair, she commented about me not going to Thanksgiving but seemed okay with it, She said the odd thing that told of conversations about me and hubby amongst them.4)It reinforced my decisions positively.
5)I stopped at an old friends to pick up some fav books I had leant her and was missing. I did another haircut and then 6) went to a new friends for tea. I got home around midnight.
I ate 1/2 a multigrain bagel with ff cream cheese. 7)The rest of the day I did carb free without a hitch.8) Got lots of veggies in!! 9)Had a great sleep. 10) DS was happy and agreeable this morning.11)I am having coffee with you ladies! 12) I just have the 4 preschoolers today and they will all nap this aft and I will have 2 hours to myself.13)
i am going to take a bath in a few minutes. 14) I sent the parent guide to the school board printer yesterday!!! It's like giving birth. I have been working on it since last Feb. It will be celebrated when complete. 15) I am feeling clear headed and full of possibilities for the future!!!

Weeheee!!!

ceejay52
09-29-2005, 03:08 PM
Challenge for me is to keep calories at 1600 per day and to do 30 to 45 minutes of daily aerobics, in general a healthy living strategy. I shall start tomorrow because after working 6 - 12 hour days I need a rest. I slept until 9 a.m. this morning. (I'll have a good pay check in the morning.) My goal is to lower cholesterol and fasting blood sugar levels by next appointed dr.s visit in 6 months.

Painter woman-- I was 55 in August--hope you dr visit in october goes well.

Shad--Blood sugar testing. I suppose that one of my challenges should be to watch the carb and sugar intake. Dr. fussed at me because my fbs level was near the high end of the scale. yikes.

Holly--you sound rested and in control this morning.

Happy--I love the fall. I'm going to get out later in the day and get in some exercise in the yard and some fresh air. I'm wanting what I call "fall foods" also. May make some home soup and corn muffins tonight.

Tig-- A Financial Strategies course would not hurt anyone. Have fun with the "internet group" .

I need to run some errands but may weight until tomorrow-pay day. I ordered a pair of shoes online. They should be comoing in the mail today or tomorrow.

Speaking of financial strategies, I paid off 2 credit cards this morning. I got upset with CapitolOne this morning so I paid that one and my Discover card in full. I'm going to close out CapitolOne next month when I get that statement. I'm making sure all
payments have been posted first.

Shad
09-29-2005, 06:24 PM
Yeah g'day,

I think we should post a list of all the challenge goals and ideals. It will then be easier to go back to if we want to see what we actually set out to achieve.

Do you want to have the pause day as they do in Red's 21 day challenge. Basically it seems to go like this.

Choose your goal/s for the 21 days. Report it in every day. If you stuff up, you go back to day one and start again. If you wish you can take one pause day (better to keep this for later in the challenge when you don't want to start again) This doesn't mean that the pause day is counted in the challenge. If you are on Day 15 and take a pause day, then the next day of the challenge is Day 16. .
Hope that makes sense.

My goals will be as in Red's thread:
Portion Control
Exercise 5 days a week
Drink the water
Lo Carb.

Weigh in and measure this morning. General trend seems to be down, some of that will have to do with the fasting yesterday for that sugar test. I'll take it, don't care how it comes. I'll post the results tonight when I get home.

Friday, last day of the month. I'm hoping to leave early tonight to go and pick up my Japanese Yen (120,000 - sounds like I am taking a fortune to spend doesn't it), but I may have to make that next week. We will see. I'll pick up the tickets tomorrow after gym. That always make me feel like the day will eventually come. Large hole will appear in bank balance tho' - arghh well it's my medical fund really that will decrease. This is preventative medicine so I can justify the expense. :rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3: The things we do to justify spending money!!! 27 days to go.

Ceejay - glad to hear that you have paid off the credit cards. It makes life so much easier if you don't have those and the incredible amount of interest that they charge hanging around and ruining the budget.

Holly - good to hear you sounding upbeat (or should that be offbeat??) Dear old grannie. Isn't some of these family occasions a bit hard on her at 95? Mind you I should hope to be as good if I ever get there.

Mel - DS2 is going to house sit the house, garden and cat! Should have an interesting cause and effect. They are not in love with each other, but she tolerates him because he feeds her. He tolerates her because he has to! It's an interesting stand off. She should win but don't put your money on it. Sorry to hear of the problems coming up with the loo and the chair. We may have to invent a gadget to get you off the loo! Can it get much harder? Oh and thanks for Ralphies message. It's a good one.

Happy - starting slow is good. It reduces the risks of strains, sprains and splints to mention just a few nasties. What size water bottles are we talking here?? I'll start mine today with you. Make a note - Friday 30th September, well that's what it is here anyway.

Tig - well done on winning the race. I don't care if you were the 'only'. You took part, you won. You would have won in my eyes anyway even if you weren't the only one. So please to see the Financial Strategies coming into play. When you are done, send Slim over with the wizardy to turn me into a millionaire - come too. Plenty of places to run around here. The city has just put in a floating walkway/ cycleway. You can now ride/ run for miles and miles from the far western suburbs of the city to the far eastern suburbs of the city on both sides of the river and it is a beautiful way to exercise the day. If I lived in town or nearer to town I would do it myself - as it is I only get to walk a few k's of the facility in my lunch break. Life sounds so interesting with that bike. I'm so glad you are both getting pleasure out of it. And great news on the medicine working as well. Iced tea?!? :crazy: sweetened or unsweetened I think I will leave it thanks.

Painter - Radiology - does that stop the hairs on your legs growing again? Always something to bug us. State your aims on this thread challenge. Easier than finding the other and sorting out who is who. Read Happy's post and/ or mine to see what you have to do. Good luck my friend. Birthday coming up?!!! Oh good, we like to celebrate with cyber cake on our cyber terrace, in our cyber home - where do you want to be for your birthday - Bavaria or the summer house on Manihi????

Teel ????/ Linus????/ Meadow???? :wave: :wave: :wave: where are you??? Don't make me come over there and fetch you back (unless of course there is a man on the scene? :love: :love: )

Shad
09-30-2005, 04:11 AM
There you go, told you I would be back. You lot have obviously been snoring off while I've been slaving away.

Measurements are as follows:
Weight 73 71.5 down 1.5k or 3lbs more or less
Upper Chest 36 36 same
Bust 40 40.5 Up 1/2 inch
Lower Chest 34 33 Down 1 inch
Waist 33 32 Down 1 inch
Upper Hip 38.25 38 Down 1/4 inch
Lower Hip 38.75 38.5 Down 1/4 inch
Top of Arm 12.25 12 Down 1/4 inch
Top of Leg 21.25 21 Down 1/4 inch

I'm really pleased to see the lower chest and waist measurement reducing. I've been putting a lot of effort into abs and crunches. Still not enough and those bl**dy boobs are GROWING!!! :faint:


So that's it for another month. Of course next month will be early before I go to Chris' place.

happy2bme
09-30-2005, 08:03 AM
Good morning ladies,

Day 1 of my challenge completed. Water good, exercise good. Did do a little bit more than the minimum committment because it was in my head that I was in a challenge - so a good thing.

Half my day at work will be meetings today. When I get home I MUST work on the neighborhood newsletter. :kickcan: Ok, just apply yourself and get it done and over with already. It's gloriously cool here. I'd love to dig the bike out over the weekend.

Shad, good to see you are getting some positive results in the measurements, I know you've been working so hard and it's been so frustrating. How long will you be visiting Chris and when do you leave?

CeeJay your mention of soup and cornbread sounds very good to me too. Will have to dig out my soup cookbooks this weekend. I love cornbread too. Good for you on paying off the credit cards. Sometimes when you threaten to cancel they lower the rates substantially. We got rid of all but 2 cards and pay them off each month. Best thing we could have ever done.

Holly sounds like you're busy as ever. Hope you get out in the garden this weekend.

Tig, it's not always about finishing first, sometimes it's about just finishing the race. I admire your determination. Good riding this weekend.

Mel, I hope they get your chair working for you properly. I had to laugh at your comment about Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland the other day. Does anyone besides us and Tig know what that meant? :lol: I can just picture the enthusiam!

PW - funny but I never considered an up side of chemo as to not shaving the legs :rofl: Hope you get a bit of an energy jolt that lets you get out and about. Take a walk and stock up those cabinets!

My allergies are in full bloom here - I'm allergic to mold so the fall is worse for me. Drippy cough and tickly throat. Makes me crazy. And I can't get my favorite over the counter allergy medicine anymore since punks have cooked it up into some sort of substitute drug concoction and the chemists don't carry it anymore. I hate to go to the doctor but might have to if this gets much worse. Ugh.

Hellos to the rest of the lot, Teel and Meadow where are you? Linus we are thinking about you even if you are too busy to check in. Nae is probably outside on her porch enjoying the view and fresh air...

Roseblush
09-30-2005, 08:37 AM
Hi Everyone, I see we are all getting together to do a challenge.... good one.... ok I am in for water and vitamins. That will be a good start for me to get completed for 21 days.....
I had a nice dinner last week for my friend Bill and yesterday I did a lunch for the lady who altered my dress for the wedding. You know once you have the house fairly cleaned up is the time to have company over and take advantage of clean floors, right!!!
The funniest sight is Toby deciding to bark and charge at the twin mule deer....they were having a go at Toby and he had to turn and run for the house a couple of times.... it was so cute but he could be in harms way if they ever cornered him....
I did a big clean up on the turtle tank and Sparky and Squirt are so happy, I put in a few more rocks that they can dig out sleeping chambers for themselves if they want.
Nice to see new faces here and everyone posting. Hope all is well around the world.
BLessings,
Nae

Hollyhock
09-30-2005, 09:16 AM
HI chicks!!

My challenge is to eat mindfully. roughly follow south beach, cause it makes sense and what i was doing was not workin for me.

Shad~ it is relaxing at my folks. They all sit around and do crosswords puzzles and talk about how great they are. Grandma does her puzzle and tunes them out. She always says to me, good lord why do you listen to them and laughs. They wait on her hand and foot. LOL!
hope you weekend is off to a good start.

I will aim for more personals this aft. It is nice to read everyones posts in the morning.

I have been spending time revisiting my eating habits and have been reading up on and doing a modified South beach diet this weeks. I have been living off of sandwiches,cheese and crackers and ice cream for a month and gained 5 lbs.
I have dropped my starchy carbs enormously.
On fitday the last 2 days my numbers have been. 40% fat, 30 carbs, 30 protein. Obviously i need to drop the fats.
A week ago I was at 75% carbs,20 fats,5 protein. LOL!
Every day I seem to have eaten 1 slip up. like yesterday i had cheese and crackers before bed. The old me would of eaten the whole box of crackers and gone for more. I had a handful. So that is a small NSV.
I would say the “diet” has not given me more energy physically( I didn’t lack any) but I feel more clear headed, which is nice. So my goal starting today is to really do phase 1. I am half detoxed as I type.
Our fair is this weekend. Fair food is a non issue. It will be FUN. Both kids will be MUTTON BUSTING.Which is sheep riding just like bull riding. DS came in 2nd out of 22 last year.
Just 2 kids and DD today. We are going to the Early Years group.
I may go back to the thrift shop. I picked up 2 small lamps yesterday. Many of our rooms dont have overhead lighting. It gets gloomy in the winter months. One was a vintage sconce. I LOVE it.Only $2.00. woohoo.
The Avon sales meeting was a bummer in a way. I won an award but dont like the gift, bah. I just started in May but there are women selling $2-3000 but have been doing it 25 years plus. I spose I will get there.
I am doing well. My brain has great ideas and vision. I dont have the time to impliment it. Next Sept is a whole different story. I will have DD and 3 other in school fulltime and 2 other in parttime. Can you say ding dong!!

Hubby was sweet and cuddly last night. Mostly he is just obnoxious LOL!

It is 6C,42F.Nice.Going up to 17C,64F. Perfect!

Off to putter in the kitchen.

Have a glorious day!!!

ceejay52
09-30-2005, 12:06 PM
Shad congratulatins on the inches lost. That's where I get the most pleasure from my results.

I'm up in pounds this week. It's probably due to the fact that I grabbed food last week while working those extra days. It will come back off. I will be officially starting the 21 days today. Will make it easier for me to track the days. I'll be putting the results at the bottom of my post. I will most diffinately be watching the carb and sugar intake. I checked my fasting bls this morning and it was at the high end of the of the range limit.

I slept in again this morning. I knew the pay check was suppose to arrive early this morning (it usually gets here about 7.30 a.m.) but I just didn't want to get out of bed. I called Tim, my boss, about 9 and he sent Frank back out to the house just a few minutes after that. Now to go do errands. I wanted to get the living room cleaned first. I'm just not in the mood.

It's so nice outside this morning and smells so fresh. There was a mockingbird singing. We don't have as many birds as we did this summer. Think they are heading south.

Speaking of the south. My cousin's sil has been with the guards in Lousiana helping with the clean up of the hurricanes. I wish I knew how to transfer this picture from my email to here. They caught a crocodile that weighed over 4,000 pounds and over 80 years old, I've forgotten how long he was. They caught him as he swam down one of the streets in New Orleans. The army said that he was to old to hunt animals and that people were an easy target.

Every one have a good day.

Meadow
09-30-2005, 02:44 PM
Hi :wave:
My computer went for a dive and I have been internetless for over a week :( I have been keeping at the exercise. I find if I come home from dropping the kids off at school, put on my workout gear and just do it, it gets done ;) All part of my master plan to be on my own side for a change instead of being the voice of ridicule and depression. Who is that voice connected to anyway? Wish she would pack her pounds and get lost :lol3: I have to re-set up my computer. I lost all my AB picture files :cry: It is so funny using an empty computer again. It was my video driver which was the biggest headache but they reloaded windows 98 just to make sure it wasn't something else because they had such a bugger of a time finding a compatible driver for this old IBM of mine. Five years old in computer years is ancient! I will catch up reading and get back to good here soon :D

Okay, caught up some.

OMG! PainterWoman!! how grand that you have joined us:D Big hug for the weary chemo blues, I hope you are keeping some balance. I find having a smoothie in the morning both relaxes and peps me up. Be a good way for you to get some yogurt and fruit in. I usually put in a hand full of ice cubes in the blender, a cup of milk, 1/2 cup of yogurt(usually peach) and a small banana and whir it around. I have thought about getting some of that green stuff from the health food store to add but facing green goop in the morning would put me over the edge :b

ceejay52
09-30-2005, 02:59 PM
Just an update. I thought today was October 1, therefore my challenge will not start until tomorrow. When doing errands, I stopped and bought a bbq salad. They don't put any bbq sauce on it unless requested. I measured the meat when I got home. Think I 've been short changing myself on that end. It was 4.5 ounces. I'm off to do some more errands.

Oh and since my blood sugar level has been a little on the high side I'm going to go with Holly and do my version of the South Beach/ 4 to 6 ounces of meat, 1 fat, 1 starch, 4 oz veggie, 1 small fruit.

Shad
09-30-2005, 05:53 PM
Morning all,
Just had a call from Teel to say that she is going away for a couple of days. She is not well with these chest pains and has had a ride to the A & E department of the local hospital in the ambulance. Not a cardiac tho'. She is severly depressed, not sleeping, not eating well, not doing much at all. Anyway some folk from church have invited her and holly the hound to stay with them for a few days. I wish there was a magic wand for all the ailments inflicting this special group of friends right now. :grouphug: :grouphug:

Meadow - good to see you back. Nice to know it was a computer problem and not us that was causing the problem. Good on you for doing the exercise. It just takes a few things to jell into place and then you're away with the new you. I hope you had some backup files of the photos and things that you lost???????????

Ceejay - wow crocodile huh. One just doesn't think of those sorts of critturs being displaced in storms and hurricanes. Don't know why, but it never crossed my mind about the predators being on the hunt as well. What did they do with the croc?? If you want to post the pic, save the attachment to a file on your computer and then upload it using the advanced function and manage attachments. You may have to resize if the photo is large.

Holly - good on you for containing the carbs and starting afresh. The mutton busting sounds good so long as the sheep are treated properly that is. You will probably have a hyped up little boy after his ride. Have you thought about food allergies maybe causing some of this behaviour. Tomato sauce was a great one for DS1 to become horribly hyper on and my nephew couldn't take any form of food colouring at all before he became the kid from all ****.

Rose - nice to have you back and posting the news from the wilderness. I love to hear of the deer stories and the wildlife issues. Good on you for joining the challenge.

Happy - I go to Japan on 27th October - just 26 days away now. I'm back here on the morning of the 9th October - the overnight flight gets in around 4.00 am to Cairns and 7.00am to Brisbane. I will probably sleep during the morning and get my brain back together in the afternoon. I'm looking forward to it now to see how Chris is getting on. There's a bit of depression under the cheerfulness sometimes and she doesn't feel like she is making good progress. I didn't say that the internet article mentions it can take 2 - 3 years to stabilise patients with the syndrome.
Congrats on day 1 down. Me also.

Oh yes and Teel says that CJ loves Mel's tiger being rubbed against his cheek. Good choice Mel.

Gotta go, half an hour till gym time and body balance class. See ya.

MELODY525
09-30-2005, 08:46 PM
I LOVE THE IDEAS OF HAVING 2 CJ'S!!! BIG CJ AND LITTLE CJ!
IT NHAS BEEN A BALL BUSTING DAY....IF I HAD ANY THEY GOT BUSTED. SO I BUSTED BACK AND WHILE JOHN IS ON A CRUIES, MEL IS TAKING OVER THE MAINTENANCE DEPT AT REQUEST FROM AUTHORITY. GO MEL GO! CRACK THAT WHIP. I WILL ALSO HAVE THEM INSTALL A NEW STOVE IN MY APARTMENT AND FIX MY SHELVES. BEEN PROMISED STUFF FOR A LONG TIME AND NOW I WILL GET IT DONE.
EVERYONE BUT TEEL SOUNDS OK. I AM VERY TIRED SO WILL SAY A COLLECTIVE HELLO AND GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE CHALLENGERS! TOMORROW IS DAY #1 FOR ME.
MY GOALS ARE:
DRINK MY WATER
TAKE MEDS EVERY DAY!!
DO THE EXERCISES M,W,F
BREATHING EXERCISES M,T,W,T,F
ART. TEARS FOR THE EYES S,M,T,W,T,F,S
LOWFAT, LOW SALT, LOW CARB MEALS 4-5 X'S @ DAY
KEEP ALL THIS IN THE DAMN JOURNAL THAT SITS HERE LOOKING CUTE!
CAN YOU TELL IT'S BEEN A TOUGH DAY? BUT IT GETS MY BLOOD FLOWING:rofl: ONE WOMAN IS THRILLED I AM COMING BACK FOR A WEEK AND THE GUYS ARE ALL JUMPING FOR JOY. 2 OF THEM IM HAD TO PUSH OUT THE DOOR AT 6PM TONITE!
SECRETLY I AM GLAD CAUSE I LOVE THE POWER AND THE ATTENTION AND THE BLDG ALWAYS LOOKS BETTER WHEN I AM IN CHARGE. ROFL
WILL TALK TO YOU TOMORROW. I NEED MY BRITISH SITCOMS AND SOME REST. LOVE TO YOU ALL!

Shad
09-30-2005, 09:29 PM
Whhhhhhaaaaaaaatt is that on your weight tracker. Oh lord not Christmas already????

PainterWoman
09-30-2005, 10:48 PM
OK. New month. New goals.
1.Record food eaten. (I hope this will help me get back on Am. Diabetic Plan that my nutritionist recommended-- but to demand that just now would be too much and I'm sure I'd fail..<I get exchanges: 5 meat, 4 vegs, 3 fruits, 3 breads, 3 dairy, and 3 fats I think-- each exchange is approx 60 cal. worth... so it's around 1400>.... but there's no reason I can't start a new food journal) I'm NOT gonna tell y'all what I ate!! :cookie: :cookie: :cookie: :cookie: :cookie: :cookie: :cookie: But I will tell you if I wrote it down!
2. 20 min walk or stationery bike in the morning before 10.
3. 8 x 8 0z water (not soda, tea, or coffee but WATER!!)

You'll all be glad to know that since I was actually giving a presentation this afternoon, I finally shaved my legs. :spin: ;)

Went to Black Eyed Pea for dinner.... didn't do too badly.... tilapia, broc/rice/cheese casserole (well, yeah, I ate the whole serving!!) mashed sweet potatoe (half.) Then to Borders... had brewed coffee rather than a mocha latte... have only had water since.

The other good news is that my friend with melanoma is going to get to have Novalis/radiation INSTEAD of surgery on 3 new tumors. Whoo hoo!! Her surgeon didn't think the radiologist would be able to do it, but Dr. Ed says he can. My friend says that the rest of her life will be a big search and destroy mission because so far, they don't know how to "get rid" of melanoma. Usually with melanoma that's as advanced as her they only give the person 12 months... She's going on 3 years... looks great and is sweet but feisty.

Sorry to hear about Teel. I corresponded with her quite a bit when I first found 3fc.

Y'all enjoy the weekend, y'hear? (Tomorrow is Llama days at the State Fair of Texas, but I think DH want's to do some wood working... so I'll see if I can catch up on snail mail, laundry and some knitting. )

Hollyhock
10-01-2005, 08:23 AM
84 Days

16 Hours

46 Minutes ...til Chrismas!!!

I am surprised Mell isn't singing deck the halls!!!
I am thinking of putting an Avon booth in the town Market. The are moving it inside Ye Olde Town Hall for the winter.
It is so nice to read news from Nae, Meadow, PW, CJ,Shad, Mel....
HUGs and healing energy for Teel.

I got tired yesterday and didn't do much in the aft. DD went to a Bday party and I took DS to a friends and then called DH and told him to stay in the city! A couple of hours to myself. I took DD to gymnastics and did a mad dash for some lf cheese and raw almonds.

I have an ahem, ahem cough. Last year at the fair I was fevered and shaking. Gotta love 3 weeks after back to school. Everyone gets snotty. Germ sharing angels!!

Having a relaxing Sat morning. I picked up ceiling fixtures for the living room for $5 for 2 at the thrift shop. The old ones were crumbling, literally. 20 year old fake metal and glass, cheap, and ugly.These are old fashioned countryish, almost tacky but I love them, painted glass.
Going to the fair at noonish. DS has hockey practise from 6-8. I might go for a walk and deliver Avon books with DD.
I am going to make and can salsa tomorrow after church.

hugs!!!!

MELODY525
10-01-2005, 08:47 AM
SHAD...IN MY DEFENCE...I WENT TO GET A AUTUMN TRACKER AND THEY DON'T HAVE ANY SO THIS ONE WAS THE LEAST XMASSY ONE I COULD FIND! ROFLMAO (WHISPERING....HO HO HO) I WAS WONDERING HOW LONG IT WOULD TAKE ANYONE TO NOTICE. I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE HAPPY!!! LOL HAPPY WEEKEND!

PAINTER~ THE GOALS ARE GREAT. PRACTICAL AND DOABLE.
GOOD NEWS ABOUT YOUR FRIEND.....AND WHAT A SHOW OF STRENGTH FROM HER TOO. WONDERFUL ATTITUDE. NOW WHY WON'T YOU TELL US WHAT YOU ATE?!?!?! LOL INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW THESE THINGS! LOL I DO LOVE BORDERS SO! WE GO THERE ABOUT EVERY 8 WEEKS AND I DO SOME XMAS SHOPPING THERE. CAN'T LEAVE WITHOUT BUYING SOMETHING!! I ALSO GET RICHIE'S 2 KIDS HOLIDAY GIFTS THERE TOO. THEY HAVE GREAT BARGAIN TABLES. :dizzy:

IT'S 49* OUTSIDE AND I C;OSED MY WINDOWS LAST NIGHT THANK GOD. WOULD HAVE BEEN AN ICICLE THIS MORNING. FUNNY CAUSE MONDAY NIGHT I HAD THE AC RUNNING!!!
THIS WINTER WILL REQUIRE AN ELECTRIC BLANKET TO GET THE BED WARMED UP I THINK. GONNA GET ONE FOR JEN TOO. HER SKINNY BUTT COULDN'T WARM UP A CHAISE LOUNGE ON A BEACH IN TAHITI:faint: TODAY IS DAY 1 AND I HAVE MY WATER AND MEDS RIGH HER AND DID BREAKFAST ALREADY SO I'M OFF AND RUNNING. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE.

TEEL~ I AM THINKING OF YOU EVEN WHEN YOU AREN'T HER SO TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF AND HOPE THE RESPRITE WORKS! :encore:

NAE~ HOW MANY PETS DO YOU HAVE NOW AND WHAT ARE THEIR NAMES? OTHER THAN SQUIRT AND SPARKY? THE TURTLES MUST THINK THEY MOVED TO A LUXURIOUS LOCATION....NEW ROCKS. TOBY SOUNDS LIKE FUN TO BE WITH AND HOPE THE DEER LOOK ON HIM KINDLY! :rofl: GUTSY LITTLE DOG!

HOLLY~ THE AVON "MAN" WAS HERE. THE LADY'S HUSBAND CAME TO DELIVER AND COLLECT CAUSE SHE IS SOOO BUSY TOO. I HAD A LAUGH WHEN I SAW HIM CAUSE HE USED TO BE A COP!!! :lol3: I TOLD HIM AVON MIGHT PAY BETTER AND IT'S NOT AS DANGEROUS AND BESIDES THESE WOMEN HER WOULD PROBABLY BUY A BUNDLE FROM HIM JUST TO GET HIM TO THE HOUSE!!! :rofl:

MEADOW~ GLAD THE PC IS UP AND RUNNING NO MATTER WHAT THE PROBLEM. I TOO WOULD LIKE TO GET INTO THE HABIT OF EXERCISING IN THE MORNING. CRACKED UP WITH YOUR "GREEN GOOP" CAUSE I BOUGHT A BOTTLE OF BOLTHOUSE GREEN GODDESS(THINK THAT WAS THE NAME) AND HAD A REALLY TOUGH TIME FINISHING IT!! LOL THE COLOR IS NOT INDUCIVE TO GUZZLING IT DOWN! :rofl: I AM TRYING NOT TO SOUND LIKE A CINIC LATELY(SP). GOOD LUCK!

CEEJAY~ FOR SOME REASON I HAD NO IDEA OF YOUR AGE.
AFTER I BOUGHT A SCALE I FOUND OUT I WAS EATING TOO LITTLE PROTEIN. MY EYEBALL MEASUREMENTS WERE WAY OFF:faint: LAST NIGHT I THOUGHT YOU WROTE THAT YOU HAD A "BLOG: SALAD AND FOR A FEW SECONDS I THOUGHT WTF IS THAt????? THEN I GOT CLOSE THE THE SCREEN AND SAW BBQ!!! :rofl: AFTER LAUGHING VERY HARD I WENT TO BED EXHAUSTED BUT HAPPY.

HAPPY~ I HEAR YA ON THE SINUS SITUATION.THEY TRY TO TELL ME THEY THINK I HAVE MORE "IRRITANTS" THAN ALLERGIES AND I SAID I DON'T GIVE A F... WHAT THEY ARE JUST GET RID OF THEM!! :lol3: HAS MOM LEFT? I THINK I HAVE MISSED SOMETHING HERE? DID SHE SEE ROCKY WADDLING AROUND THE GARDEN? WHAT WAS THE MEDICATION YOU LIKED? DID THEY TAKE IT OFF THE COUNTER EVERYWHERE? LET ME KNOW.

I BETTER GET GOING AND CHECK ON THE ALARMS. GETTING LATE AND HAVEN'T EVEN TAKEN A LISTEN YET!!! GOTTA EARN THE BIG BUCKS:rofl: :lol3: :lol: :faint:
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND:moped:

happy2bme
10-01-2005, 11:23 AM
SHAD...IN MY DEFENCE...I WENT TO GET A AUTUMN TRACKER AND THEY DON'T HAVE ANY SO THIS ONE WAS THE LEAST XMASSY ONE I COULD FIND! ROFLMAO (WHISPERING....HO HO HO) I WAS WONDERING HOW LONG IT WOULD TAKE ANYONE TO NOTICE. I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE HAPPY!!!!

:snooty: :snooty: :snooty: Just for your info Miss Mel, I DID notice but I chose not to say anything because, well... you haven't listened :listen: to me complain about your talking about Christmas way back in JUNE was it. :rofl: :rofl: Besides, I like your birdies.

Yes, mom has gone back home. I miss her as the lady loved to wash - dishes, clothes, toilets, you name it. I have a fancy Maytag washer and dryer and she said doing laundry was more like playing to her. So now it's back to reality and I have to wash my own stuff :p More than the washing I miss her company. Even if she did talk over and constantly comment when I was trying to watch my 3 favorite TV shows. She's like her own jeering / cheering section - "Boy he's quite a SKUNK, isn't she pretty, I can't stand that :censored: " - yep Mom says blue words I would get my mouth washed out for. :tape: But she's so cute and I love her to bits.

Mel, the medication I used was called Actifed. Benedryl and Sudafed just never worked as well for me. Best I can do is the generic version that the pharmacy chains carry but it doesn't work as well and I have to actually sign a form that they send to the state to track my usage - and I can only buy one box at a time. Like I'm going to go to 100 pharmacies and buy 1 box each to cook up a batch of fake crystal meth :rolleyes: I had the windows wide open last night and had my favorite soft, snuggly blanket to keep me warm. And if that fails there's always DH - with the furnace body but watch out for those cold as ice feet :yikes: Good sleeping. :cloud9: Hope you find yourself a nice electric blanket. I would set mine to warm about 30 minutes before bedtime and ooooohhh heaven to crawl between nice warm sheets when you can hear the icy wind blowing outside. They also have what they call bed warmers too which is just a big old giant heating pad that you lay on instead of under but I think I like the idea of the blanket a bit better. Mel, you have like a gazillion things on your challenge - do you want to juggle that many balls at once? :dizzy:

I was hunting the Internet last night for some info for my newsletter and got side tracked and discovered that my SIL out east just made the President's Club for Avon sales. I was breezing through the website (put out by the district manager) and was pretty surprised to see how radically they have shifted the Avon sales strategy.

Come on PW, get on the diabetic diet plan. I will suffer with you (pinkie swear!). I should be on that too so I will feel your pain and longing for those things we want most dearly that we shouldn't have. I :love: the Black Eyed Pea restaurants. The don't have them here in Tennessee, I have to go east (Georgia) or west (Texas) to get to one. Probably a good idea they are far away. They had great corn bread and peach cobbler if I remember correctly. Was also the place I got hooked on sweet tea (sweetened cold ice tea - I know, an ugly concept to Shad).

Thanks for the update on Teel Shad (we love you Teel :grouphug: ) Wish we were closer to visit with her. Enjoy your visit away Teel. I looked at your garden shots on Webshots Shad. Love that red prickly fuzzy flower in the pot. Is that the Christmas bush? (Wait, are you in kahoots with Mel on the Christmas thing? :lol3: ) Yard is looking quite lovely. I remember the shots of when you first started to tear it apart. Maybe I should front your airline ticket in the spring and you can come and plant my front yard and gardens :chin: :idea:

Welcome back Meadow, glad to have you back with us. I'm soooo sorry that you lost all your AB pics. You had some incredible artwork there :cry:

Ceejay did you notice that sometime during the summer the mockingbirds went away for a while? They were all over in the spring - we used to feed them blueberries and grapes and then they disappeared. There was one mommy mockingbird who built a nest in our tree. She had a bent pin feather so we could easily recognise her. She's back again but stays in the front yard only. They peep a little bit but nothing like the chattyness we heard in the spring.

I just squeeked by on yesterday's day 2 challenge. Just wasn't forefront in my mind. Today will be a challenge with the water consumption - I drink more naturally when I'm sitting at my desk instead of running around the house. And I always have to push the water a little harder when it's cooler and I'm not so thirsty. I am going to try and take the bike out for a while - IF there is air in the tires. :bike: DH will probably get all excited and want to do a 50 mile ride while I'm wondering how I'll negotiate the mini hills in the neighborhood :lol:

I've got my newsletter done, will go out for supplies shortly and print it this afternoon. Then calls to the block captains to pick them up and distribute (tho I will probably have to drop them off) I can probably get the whole house tidied in the time it takes to do a few loads of laundry. Meal planning today, shopping tomorrow and I have most of tomorrow to myself if I hustle today.

Ok, DH wants to know if I'm ready to go to the store so I'm off. Hellos to Teel, Tig, Holly, Nae and all lurkers. :wave:

MELODY525
10-01-2005, 12:27 PM
:cofdate: I WAS MINDING MY OWN BUSINESS, SITTING AND WATCHING MY BRITISH COMEDY DVDS AND THE DOORBELL RANG. IT WAS ONE OF THE MAINT. MEN WITH AN ORDER OF PORK LO MEIN! HE AND THE FAMILY WERE PICKING UP LUNCH AND HE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE NICE FOR ME NOT TO HAVE TO COOK TODAY.....I TOLD HIM HE'S AFRAID OF WHAT ORDERS I WILL GIVE HIM FOR WORK NEXT WEEK! :rofl: HE'S A GOOD 'UN THOUGH.
INSTEAD OF USING IT AS A MEAL I WILL HAVE A SMALL PORTION AND ADD A SALAD AND MORE VEGGIES. THERE'S ENOUGH HERE FOR 4 SENSIBLE PORTIONS AND THE FUNNY THING IS THAT 3 YEARS AGO, I WOULD HAVE SAT IN FRONT OF THE TV AND ATE IT ALL! :eating2:

HAPPY I AM STILL LAUGHING AT THE GAZILLION THINGS. :lol: :lol: I THOUGHT LONG AND HARD AND THOSE ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT IN ORDER TO KEEP MY STATUS QUO :lol3: THERE ARE MORE IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT....THINGS I SHOULD BE DOING AND NEGLECT AT TIMES! IF I CAN MAKE IT THROUGH THE NEXT 21 DAYS THEN JUST MAYBE IT WILL BECOME A HABIT AND I WON'T HAVE TO "THINK" SO MUCH. KNOW WHAT I MEAN? I'M SO TIRED OF THINKING!!! :lol: :lol:
:wave: BYE MOMMA HAPPY!!! SORRY TO SEE YOU GO. SEND SHAD THE TICKET, SHE CAN STOP HERE :sunny: , SMACK ME IN THE HEAD :rollpin: , SLAP SOME SENSE IN ME :crazy: AND CONTINUE ON TO YOUR PLACE :bike:

I MUST HAVE MISSED THE GARDEN PHOTO BIT. WILL HAVE TO CHECK IT OUT THIS WEEKEND IN MY SPARE TIME. I HAVE A POT ROAST IN THE DUTCH OVEN POT AND HAVE BEEN SORTING STUFF IN THE KITCHEN. OLD APPLIANCES I DON'T WANT LIKE A SANDWICH MAKER ETC. FAD APPLIANCES JEN JUST HAD TO HAVE AND LEFT HERE WHEN SHE MOVED! :tantrum:

BETTER GET BACK TO IT. I ACTUALLY HAD A HEATER ON IN THE BATHROOM 2 DAYS IN A ROW! :( :cry: :eek:

ceejay52
10-01-2005, 01:08 PM
Hello every one

Slept extremely late this morning - till 11 a.m. but I had a rough night with another colitis attack. Man I hate that. I gotta find out what is causing this. I'm thingking it's allergy related.

Happy--did you get my email with the crocodile? The mail deamon hasn't sent it back to me this time.

Mel--Are you already in the christmas spirit? Love your tracker, I need to put one of those in my post.

I'm going to post my pounds and inches today since it's the October 1.
Bust------43.0
upper abs 38.5
waist-----40.0
tummy---43.0
hips------45.0
thighs-----19.0
calves-----13.0
biceps-----13.5
Think wearing the pedometer has helped me reduce my hips and legs from all that walking.

Weight is back down to 179.

Mel--I'm going to Paragould today to visit with my aunt and uncle and play with there grand kids. My aunt just called she's already wanting me over there so I guess I'll get ready and go. Would you believe that after 8 to 10 years she is wanting to locate her parents grave site. I don't know why she doesn't go out there with her sister she know exactly where it is.

Gotta go.

PainterWoman
10-01-2005, 01:55 PM
I've already screwed up on the challenge... but I'm not starting over and here's why.
I said I'd walk or exercise by 10 am. If you sleep til 11.... well, you get the picture. But I did walk immediately... and have just had water since. Not hungry so don't have to make any food confessions.

I get tooooooooooooooooooooo ashamed of my bingey times to post what I eat... so I thought I'd spare myself the public humiliation. If I can get the binges managed, THEN I'll go public.

Mel wrote: AFTER I BOUGHT A SCALE I FOUND OUT I WAS EATING TOO LITTLE PROTEIN. MY EYEBALL MEASUREMENTS WERE WAY OFF
My first reading of this made me think, OMG, even my eyeballs probably don't measure up. My waist and hips certainly don't! but then I re-read it. :twirly:
I can't remember when it was cold enough to want an electric blanket, but it is great to snuggle into a warmed up bed! Unlike Happy's situation, I'm usually the one with the iceberg feet.

Happy-- Yes, Black Eyed Pea has the soft yeast rolls and corn bread. DH and I aren't as enamoured of the peach cobbler as the chocolate cake. I swear it is a half a pound of chocolat frosting, chocolate chips, ganash with a little cake thrown in. The two of us can get two generous servings EACH from one piece. But... um... guess that won't be happening any more. :rofl:

Hollyhock-- have you thought about dressing up your DH in a cop uniform to distribute those Avon booklets? Might start a whole new craze. There IS something about a man in uniform. (Though my demise (well, one of them) was a session musician who was always wearing a tuxedo. Sigh.) DH owns a tuxedo, but neither of us can fit into it any more.

Speaking of which, he has just emerged from his den. TTFN.

Meadow
10-01-2005, 02:15 PM
Shad-your photos were superb! I have bookmarked your site to go back and prowl around some more. I planted a bunch of bulbs outfront, lots of mini daffodils which are my favourite and some white crocus because I'm just fickle and decided I wasn't going to plant any yellow or purple because that is what the local place "had" carried in their miniscule way and since I had to mailorder all my bulbs, I'm just honery :lol3: I planted some bluebells too which I have always had a fondness for, I adore spring! I guess it is just around the corner for you ;) Long wait up here :^:

Mel-golly, irritants! What are you supposed to do? Wear a space helmet to keep the buggers away from your peepers? You need to reverse your magnetism and repel them somehow, hmm, must be a vitamin for that or a way to make your eyes a less hospitable host to these things. Give me some time, I'll get it figured out. Have you been to a natural path? How charming that the maintenance fellow brought you some nosh. You are must cared about by many people.

Holly-I know, I know. Both my kids have had fevers and sore throats. Emily came home from school yesterday and just crashed. She slept for two hours and threw up, said her throat was sore, wouldn't eat. I gave her some Tylenol and she seems to have rallied this morning. I don't remember being sick all the time when I was in grade school. High school sure, I had lots of bouts of can't get up itis, self inflicted :s: :lol: How industrious are you? Having a kiosk in the market? You go girl! Avon is going to have you working in head office in no time.

Painterwoman-nice goals, the less sugar diabetic plan is a good one. Congratulations to your friend at beating the odds, melanoma is scary. I hope you are keeping your energy up and enjoying the day:)

Happy-aw, I loved hearing about your mom. Doesn't she brighten your day? Will she be coming back for a visit at Christmas :D She sounds like alot of fun, you are very lucky to still have a parent in your life to enjoy. How is your wild kitty? Have the raccoons been back?

Ceejay-EEEE! 4000 lb crocodile eating people in downtown New Orleans! you are kidding right? That is a movie in the making, just wait. :lol: Good luck on the challenge, it all begins today!

I gave the challenge some thought and I will be exercising at least three times a week, the 4 mile WATP tape. I need to drink more water. So at least 4 glasses. I am getting dehydrated, even my skin is getting flaky. I can't find a good moisturizer that doesn't clog my poors and make me all sweaty. *sorry, probably more than you wanted to know :p

((((Teel)))) feel better soon, I'm so sorry you are having such a tough go of it.

Linus and little Christopher-go to sleep, rest ;) Can't wait to see a little pic of the wee one. Is everyone taking good care of you Linus? They aren't leaving it all up to you are they? Get noisy if they are, you need to focus on getting you back again after this incubation :smug:

:wave:hello lurkers and readers, do drop a line, we are the United Nations of weight loss;)

happy2bme
10-01-2005, 02:37 PM
Meadow, don't know if you can get this stuff but I love it. I too have problems with creams. This is Neutrogena NORWEGIAN FORMULA Moisturizing Cream. It comes in a jar and a thinner version in a bottle with a pump. I prefer the thicker version in the jar. It's hypoallergenic, fragrance free and dermatologist recommended. My whole body gets dry in the cooler months but legs and feet are especially bad. I use this after a shower and sometimes when I get ready for bed at night. My sister who tries every beauty product produced gave me some for my birthday and I can't say enough about it. It even says it won't clog pores on the back of the jar.

Here's a pic.

happy2bme
10-01-2005, 03:05 PM
It's a beautiful day outside. Sunny and just a just a bit of warmth. Windows are all opened and I also opened the front door - we have a big screened storm door to let in all that glorious fresh air.

I have a zinnia patch right at the front steps. There are several butterflies dancing and prancing about. Here's a picture of one that DH took this week.

LindaT
10-01-2005, 03:10 PM
Mel said for me to pop in and say hiya.. so hiya ladies! :wave:

happy2bme
10-01-2005, 03:20 PM
Ceejay, I didn't get your email but I did find the story on the Internet. It's a semi hoax.

The hoax part is the email text itself: Stay out of the water . . . Now this is a Crocodile!

Man, can you imagine what else was swimming around down there in that water? Lord have mercy.....

This crocodile was found in New Orleans swimming down the street. 21 FT long, 4,500 lbs, around 80 years old minimum.

Specialists said that he was looking to eat humans because he was too old to catch animals. This crocodile was killed by the army last Sunday at 3:00 pm, currently he is in the freezer at the Azur hotel. The contents of it's stomach will be analyzed this Friday at 2:30pm.

The reality is that it's a real picture of a real crocodile but he wasn't in New Orleans and wasn't really 21 feet long and 4,500 pounds.

These photographs actually show a crocodile that was shot and killed on 6 July 2003 at Pointe-Noire in the Republic of Congo. According to an article in allafrica.com, the reptile was a Nile crocodile whose vital statistics fell a bit short of the claims made above: he was estimated to be 50 years old, about 16 feet in length, and about 1,900 lbs. (not quite the 80-year-old, 21-foot, 4,500-pound monster described in e-mail). The local mayor reportedly insisted on preserving the crocodile's carcass against the efforts of locals who wanted to eat it and arranged for it to be shipped to a taxidermist.

(There were 3 pictures of the croc but this one showed it's size best in relation to the people standing next to it)

Shad
10-01-2005, 03:52 PM
Hiya LindaT - welcome to the mad mad world of the worldly chicks.

Do you always do as Mel tells you? If we all did that, we would be spinning around out of control digging, cooking, wheeling, etc.etc. We would probably rule the world as well.

Back shortly - got a couple of things to do before I post todays chapter and verse.

happy2bme
10-01-2005, 03:58 PM
So I'm sitting here watching my newsletters print - they occasionally jam so I have to keep a closer eye on them than I'd like. The up side is I get to waste more time on the computer here instead of helping DH pick up all the sticks and leaves and schmutz in the yard - bad for my allergies anyway.

I picked the last of the oregano and the scent is still on my fingers. I'm going to dry it on the counter like I did the fresh basil (I ruined the first batch trying to dry it in the microwave.)

Linda T, thanks for poppin in. I love your Halloween kitty picture. Surprised that kitty's not chasing the spider or does he have a good grip on it? :lol:

Wow Meadow, the 4 mile WATP tape? You go girl! :high: :dancer:

:cb: Same for you Mel on not slurping down the whole Lo Mein order at once. How nice of one of your buddies to look out for you. You've given me a taste for Chinese but our favorite restaurant is still closed for remodeling. Maybe next week. Enjoy your movies and rest those peepers. I'm noticing you're on here alot today. Scat woman - don't over do it. We have learned to get you in little bits and pieces. And we much prefer that to long absences when you over do it. :nono:

Ok PW, no more sugar / carb binges. The only binges we want to hear of the rest of the week are water hangovers, brocolli binges and marathon walking episodes :rofl: You are hereby ordered to post one good thing you did right each day to change that negative mindset. :goodvibes:

Shad
10-01-2005, 04:52 PM
Back again. Sorry about that chief. I'd forgotten that saying until the report of Don Adams death this week. Brought back some memories that did! Oh how young and silly we were back then! :rofl: :lol3:

Happy - NZ Christmas bush is Metrosideros thomasii not to be confused with Metrosideros excelsus which is the Pohutukawa tree. I figured that people would like the common name better than the botanical. So called Christmas bush because in NZ it flowers (you guessed it) at Christmas, likewise it's big brother the Pohutukawa. I've been trying to translate Pohutukawa and the nearest I can guess is that bitter flower. It's not quite right but close enough. Anyway back to the trees. These two wonderful specimens flower in the summer for quite long periods and grow (the trees anyway) mostly along the coast line. So imagine a rugged and rocky coastline surrounded by pounding surf and blue seas covered in those bright red almost orange spiky flowers. There are or at least were vast stretches of bright red hillsides and cliffs along the coasts. Maori legend has it that when one passes on to the next world, ones spirit (soul) flies to the very tip of the North Island and rests for a period of time in the very ancient pohutukawa tree which clings to the cliff face. From there it goes on to join the ancestors. Which explains the length of a Maori funeral.
Have fun with the newsletters. Is it part of a cunning plan to get the challenge exercise in by walking the neighbourhood?

Painter - I don't care when you get the exercise in - as long as you do it. I haven't checked up on all the challenges but some of us are trying to make ourselves perfect in one go. The idea really is to have a do able challenge that you don't have think about all day and within 21 days it might just become a habit. You are being very hard on yourself my friend. Try one or two things at a time and achieve them, then on to the harder bits. Here's a hug for you to keep up your spirits {{{{PW}}}}

Meadow - I'm a bit ornery about my plants and colour schemes as well. My local nursery carries a lot of roses, but I don't buy them from there for a couple of reasons. One, they tend to have a small selection to choose from and the stock answer is (if you ask for another variety) 'that one doesn't grow well up here'. Two, their roses are more expensive than the nursery I do go to and who hand out advice free, gratis and for nothing and whose personnel all are dedicated rose growers. Your spring garden sounds wonderful. I've tried but most bulbs up here become annuals. It just doesn't get cold enough for them. I have some success with the creamy white Erlicheer jonquil and the coloured friesias but that is about it apart from those gigantic hippeastrums you saw on the pics.

Holly - will you please stop the Christmas countdown. I don't need it at all. And slow down for heavens sake, you are making me tired and it's only 6.32am.

Mel - the maintenance manager - have you fixed the pipes yet? Can you organise for a man to come and put in my tap in the bathroom - oh and change out the spout over the bath and maybe plumb in some new pipes in the laundry?? What - how much $$$$ did you say???? Take care sis, enjoy the time. It may be what you need to keep occupied but if you overdo it, there will be consequences. So think, plan, organise before you go rushing into the basement and take the works apart.
Also, like Painter, you may be overdoing the things to do on the challenge. Change things gradually - not all at once. Geez, when I said my mission in life was to change just one American attitude, I didn't realise how hard it was going to be. That frenzied rushing about, get it done now, must be born in you. Ever heard of relaxation?? That's r-e-l-a-x-a-t-i-o-n. Means to sit back, reflect on the achievements already done, count your blessing, rest, renew, recuperate, recreate. No forget the recreate bit. Okay, lecture over.

Ceejay - Your measurements are very similar to mine when I started keeping the records. Looking forward to next month to see your progress. Have a nice time with the extended family today.

It's going to be a beautiful day, the sun is shining, there is a cool breeze at the moment but it will warm up. The sky is a clear blue. The Willy Wagtails are digging worms out of the garden, the blue jays are building another nest in the Silky Oak tree (last one got blown down eggs and all in the big wind), the Poinciana is showing the first signs of fuzzy green, the Cockatoos are having a family argument while flying overhead - what a noise! Other than that, it is a peaceful, quiet, lovely day - well so far anyway. The new neighbour had a house warming party last night. She came over and warned me it was going to happen. So I guess the other neighbours will get their own back later in the day with lawnmowers, power tools, car revving etc.etc. We have our own noise laws around here!

Okay, that's it for this morning. I have things to do, places to go, people to see and the bloody gym equipment to look at for an hour this morning as well. Best go get breakfast or it will be sitting in the stomach while I am trying to pound out the k's on the treadie.

Hollyhock
10-01-2005, 05:49 PM
I am completely pooped form the fair. I have just guzzled 4 glasses of water, fed the kids and now the boys are going to a 2 hour hockey practise. Holy crap.
DD is lounging on the couch.
No trophies this year at Mutton Busting.
It was fun, festive, saw lots of friends.
My goal for tonight is to tidy every surface in the house! and fold 3 basket of laundry.
I have cleaners coming on Monday to super fall clean the kitchen. Weehee!!

Happy~ Avon has totally stepped up. There is loads of potential to make cashola. I am gunning for Prez Club too.

I just had such a lovely read thru!!! I adore you ladies. What a chatty Saturday/Sunday. I will try to look at the pics from everyone later.

Meadow~ I am partial to the African Shea Butter from Avon and the Naturals line.

Love ya chickies!!

Roseblush
10-02-2005, 08:12 AM
Hey Everyone, hope the weekend is fun and full of the little jobs and projects getting done. I completed my first day on the challenge and ready for day 2. It seems like taking your vitamins would be a simple thing to do but I am using this challenge to make it a daily habit..... sort of have a problem getting them down. Mental thing I am sure.
Shad I am so glad your trip is approaching and you get to do some travelling again. I have a girlfriend who's stepson is just recently moved to Japan to play basketball for a semi pro team...I am sure he stands out!
I am getting ready to plant a few bulbs this weekend and to do some more work on the newsletter I am trying to get out.... it is taking me forever!!!!
My little fawns are still around mewing and the weather each day carries a promise of cooler wetter days ahead.
Mel you asked about my creatures.... Tiny Teeka Tiger is the princess 101/2 yr old yorkie...my love. Then the new kid Toby Two my yorkie mix...he is hilarious.... then I have Sparky he will be 3 this november a Red Slider Turtle.... and also Squirt will be 2 this november another Red Slider Turtle.... and I have a small tank of tetra's, a molly, two monkey fish and some guppies..... besides all of the wilderness creatures....they all entertain me.
Hope everyone is well and looking forward to all those holidays which are fast approaching.... I made a delicious batch of turkey chili yesterday.... turned out sooo good!
Take Good Care,
Nae

MELODY525
10-02-2005, 08:52 AM
LINDA~ SO GLAD TO SEE YOU HERE!! HOPE YOU STAY AWHILE AND JUST MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME. LESS FORMAL HERE AND CHIT CHATTY. LOVE KITTY'S PICTURE!!! SHAD WILL SHOW YOU TO YOUR NEW ROOM IF YOU WANT TO STAY.
WE TRY HARD NOT TO CHASE ANYONE AWAY BUT GUESS WE'RE A SCARY LOT CAUSE SOME DO LEAVE! :rofl:

PAINTER~ AFTER READING IT AGAIN....IT SOUNDED LIKE I WAS MEASURING EYEBALLS AS WELL AS EVERYTHING ELSE! ROFLMAO
I DON'T THINK LATE STARTS ARE A BAD THING....AFTER ALL, YOU DID IT. THAT'S WHAT COUNTS. UNIFORMS? DID I HEAR YOU SAY UNIFORMS!!!?!?! YUM YUM!!! :faint:

MEADOW~ I WONDER IF THEY MAKE BUBBLE SUITS "TO GO"!!! THEY MUST HAVE VERY LONG CORDS ON THEM.:rofl: AFTER MY SHOWER, I USE NEUTROGENA LIGHT SESAME OIL BUT ONLY ON ARMS AND LEGS. EVERYTHING ELSE BREAKS OUT!!! LOL NOW I'M THINKING OF TRYING HAPPY'S CREAM! :lol: GOOD LUCK WITH THE GOALS.

HAPPY~ I HAVE SEEN IT AND WILL BUY IT NOW. I HAVE ABOUT TRIED EVERYTHING ELSE ON THE MARKET! LOL WE HAD A LOVELY DAY HERE TOO SAMS THE BUTTERFLIES. UNLESS YOU COUNT THE KID THAT WAS THROWING ROCKS OFF OUR 8 STORY BLDG!!! THEY WERE FLYING!!! CROCODILES!!! YIKES!!! THANK GOD I LIVE IN THE NORTH! LOL I am watching the eyes....but the face! :yikes:

SHAD~JEN AND I USED TO SAY THAT ALL THE TIME!!! "SORRY ABOUT THAT CHIEF" :rofl: I HAD FORGOTTEN TILL YOU MENTIONED IT! I'D LIKE TO COME BACK AS A FLOWERING PLANT. :flow1: MAYBE SOMEONE WOULD TAKE GOOD CARE OF ME THEN! :lol3: LOVED THE FUNERAL; STORY...THINK I MIGHT GO AND LOOK FOR A PICTURE SO I KNOW WHAT TO LOOK FOR SO I CAN STOP AND REST THERE TOO. YOUR MISSION TO SLOW ME DOWN IS A TOUGH ONE AND I DON'T ENVY YOUR POSITION! LOL I AM TRYING TO GET ORGANIZED FOR THE WEEK. I AM ALSO THINKING I CAN DO A LOT OF IT FROM HERE. TALKED TO THE LADS YESTERDAY AND THEY THINK THE SAME. THERE IS A FLIGHT OF STAIRS RIGHT OUTSIDE MY DOOR AND I'M ONLY ONE SHORT FLIGHT UP. ANd WE ALL HAVE THE SAME RADIO/CEL PHONE. I DECIDED on THIS CAUSE THE EYES AND FACE ARE JUST BARELY HEALING WITHOUT THE PILLS AND I WOULD LIKE TO KEEP THE BALANCE IN MY FAVOR! LOL AM GOING TO SEE YOUR PICS TODAY. I WAS ALSO THINKING......SEEMS ODD THAT SOMEONE WHO NEVER SITS STILL IS TRYING TO GIVE ME FLAT TIRES!:dance:

HOLLY~ I AM GLAD THE FAIR WAS SO NICE!! I MISS STUFF LIKE THAT WHEN I LIVED IN THE COUNTRY FOR A SHORT SPELL.
HOPE THE WEEK IS A BIT SLOWER AND YOU ENJOY THE CLEANERS!!!

NAE~ HOW SURROUNDED YOU ARE BY FRIENDS!! OR SHOULD I SAY "FAMILY" BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THEY REALLY ARE. DOES TEEKA GET JEALOUS? NOW SHE HAS TO SHARE MOM WITH ANOTHER 4 FOOTED RELATIVE! I AM USING THE CHALLENGE FOR MY SUPPLEMENTS AND MEDS. I HATE TAKING PILLS ALSO FOR SOME REASON AND HAVE TRIED MANY TIMES TO FIGURE OUT WHY! THEY DON'T SWALLOW SO EASY!!! LOLI CAN HARDLY WAIT FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND JEN AND I WERE TALKING ABOUT THEM YESTERDAY. SHE ASKED IF I NEEDED HELP THIS YEAR WITH THE BOXES! I SAID YA WANNA DO IT TODAY? ALL I GOT WAS A LOUD AND LONG MAAAAAAAAAAAAA! I LOVE TURKEY CHILI! :eating1:

CEEJAY~ I AM WITH YOU IN PARAGOULD IN SPIRIT MY FRIEND. I WAS THINKING WHEN I READ YOUR POST THAT MAYBE SHE TRUSTED YOU WITH THIS MISSION TO FIND THE GRAVE BECAUSE IN OUR MINDS WE KNOW WHO TO PICK....THERE WILL BE A LOT OF EMOTIONS UPON THE DISCOVERY OF THE GRAVE AND ACTUALLY SEEING IT. SHE MUST WANT THAT PERSON TO BE YOU. I THINK IT'S A GREAT TRUST SHE HAS IN YOU...EVEN MORE THAN HER OWN SISTER. HOPE IT ALL WENT WELL.

I HAVE GOT TO GET THY BUTT MOVING. THE CHALLENGE IS A SNAP FOR ME ON THE WEEKENDS.....THE REAL TEST WILL BE THIS WEEK AND THE ADDED GOALS THAT ARE MON-FRI.
I CAN DO THIS!!! ;bubb;es:
HAPPY SUNDAY AND HAVE A GREAT WEEK!!!:moped:

HOPE ALL THE REST ARE WELL AND HAPPY. :wave:

MELODY525
10-02-2005, 08:58 AM
HAPPY :queen: QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY :queen:
&
:judge: HAPPY LABOUR DAY :judge:
& :hat: HAPPY ROSH HASHANA :hat:
(WHICH STARTS ON TUESDAY)

LindaT
10-02-2005, 12:26 PM
:coffee2: I'm enjoying my first iced mocha of the day so I thought I'd stop back in because Mel would run me down if I didn't. :lol: Besides, quite a few of you have run off from the journals and I miss you. :(

Shad, I do some things Mel tells me to because if I don't she'll start singing Christmas Carols all the time and drive me bonkers earlier than normal. You KNOW she likes to do that. :D

Happy, all those things in the kitty icon are put there but PaintShop Pro magic. She wouldn't sit still for a spider in her paws or candy corn in her ears. I made another icon for one of the mods here.. I like doing the seasonal stuff. Hers has a witch hat and other things in it. I have slime and all sorts of stuff for Halloween.

Mel, you and your holidays!! :lol:

I just finished my 73 minutes of step aerobics and need to go eat breakfast before I start eating things I shouldn't. Arggh gotta go and clean off the cat anyway. She has long hair and well let's just say she has a present for me. :p

Hollyhock
10-02-2005, 12:56 PM
Hiya. I only cleared 2/3 of the surfaces but it's a start. Church was nice.We now have a hockey game at 2 and I want to go. I have all my veggies for the salsa. I guess I will run them through the processor after supper and let it stew all night.Hubby will have a fit. BUT I am up till 12 and he is up at 5:30. I am certain the house wont burn down.
Did I mention I have cleaners coming!!! Gotta love Avon cash bonuses!!!

Hiya Linda. We aren't scary at all!!! Dont let Mel fool ya.

Melly, Melly quit scaring off our friends!! DS is has irritant issues( WTF) I did have him skin tested and did all the food elimination stuff and he has no real allergies.He is sensitive to a few things. Annoying. I wonder if I have irritant issues with my family, LOL!!

HUGS Teel, wishing you peace.
Cuddles to CJ and his Momma.
CJ~ how was paragould?
PW~ you keep on.
Shadster~ busy as usual. I still haven't gone ot the pic lnk. Damn kids keep interfering.
Miss Meadow you exercizing Vixen!!!
Hi back atcha Happy.
Nae~ your life sounds so peaceful at the mo.

HUGS worldly chicks!!!

Shad
10-02-2005, 06:20 PM
Here we go again, another Monday.

Yesterday was really busy, I started at one end of the house and finished at the other. Loads of washing in between. Plus an hour at the gym and a couple of hours tv viewing I guess. See I do sit down Mel. I do a flylady thing - X number of minutes then a ten minute rest. It is amazing how much can get done when you are on a time trial :lol: I watched an Aussie made program called 'Small Gardens' yesterday afternoon to see if it gave me any ideas. There was a courtyard garden which was absolutely beautiful - French provincial in style and I loved it until they said that it would cost $15,000 to do in a 4m x 3.7m courtyard (13ft x 10ft more or less) :yikes: :faint: :shrug: :eek: :censored: Apparently the urns - which by the way were not vintage, antique or anything else and were made of fibreglass - cost $2500 each and they had 2 of them! Had a few thoughts about my garden but they will have to wait till the big stuff is done. My garden looks all right for the time being.

Holly - what sort of salsa is it that has to stew for all those hours? What I call a salsa is chunks of veges and fruit like tomato, avocado, mango, onion etc. You sound like you are making a huge batch of pasta sauce or something - ketchup? Ummmm am I missing something? - talking about Mel scaring off our new friends and irritants in the same paragraph? :rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3::rofl: :lol3::rofl: :lol3::rofl: :lol3:

Linda I know just what you mean about all of those irritating Christmas Carols. Bad enough that I spied Christmas decorations in the shops last week and they will be doing all the Chrissy displays soon. It's much too early. And the thought of sickly Christmas music assaulting my senses in the stores is enough to send me out to buy all the Christmas gifts now and stay out of the shops for the rest of the so called 'season'. Hope you got breakfast in time. Would you believe that I actually forgot about breakfast this morning! Forgot! Food! Me!!! So today is my treat day for breakfast. Normally that comes on a Wednesday when the exercise is done for the week.

Is it Queens Birthday in Western Australia today then Mel? Or is it somewhere else in the world. Certainly nothing like it on this side of the continent. Who is having Labour Day? I'm trying to work out the 'Steps' - you aren't thinking of climbing up and down them are you???

Roseblush - so nice to hear about the rural sector. You sound like you have such a lovely back yard. Maybe my big overseas trip in the future will have to be a drive around the States and Canada getting to see all the things I only get to read about on here. Okay, maybe not driving - although I only managed to frighten a few of the people in Arizona with my drift to the left. And at least they sort of speak English over there. Imagine trying to drive on the wrong side of the road and be unable to explain ones actions or interpret the road signs. :moped: Think I might learn to ride a bike again.

Teel's away for another couple of days, Tig has ridden off into the sunset with Slim and scabbard, Meadow is out planting for spring, Linus is busy with the baby, Happy must have got lost delivering the newsletters or maybe she has found something interesting to see and do. Painter is busy with the cheque book and taking speaking engagements. Or is she just busy shaving her legs.

The challenge seems to be going well, although I think I overdid it with the veges for dinner last night. Roasted veg with a herb and garlic sauce, steamed zucchini and snow peas. Too much and too yummy. Also had lo fat, lo carb icecream and apricots. Don't usually like the lo fat varieties but this one is not bad - from an ice cream addict that is saying something. I forget what day I am on here - is it 3? Will need to go back and look. After this I might use the day as a title. That way I can't forget.

Have a good day - or what is left of it for those on Sunday.

Hollyhock
10-02-2005, 06:52 PM
Shad~ it is like a mexican salsa with tomatoes,pepper, jalapenos, onion, garlic, I can it in sealer jars. I like to cook in down for the flavours to meld and to reduce the liquid. My house smells devine right now.

I have the cutest pic of DD( age 5) and DS (age 6 3/4) and me from the Princess Bday party last Sunday for DD.

ceejay52
10-02-2005, 07:58 PM
Challenge is off to a good start 2 out of 2 days. We walked in the woods yesterday at my uncles and today when I got home I climbed on the exercise bike and did 45 minutes. My aunt has been fixing food that I can eat so that makes it easier. Today there were a few more carbs than I wanted to eat, but they are both diabetic so I knew it was healthy. This is the aunt who is a dietician. Maybe I've been to hard on myself. Church was goodthis morning. Wish I could go there Sunday and Wednesday evenings.

LindaT. Hello hope you will stay. I just didn't have enough time to journal, besides I wasn't for sure who was reading it. And I talked about work alot. Your kitten is so cute.

Happy--That's nice to know about the email. That may have been the reason they kept returning. Those are the pictures!!!!!!!!

Painter Woman--I agree with the others about not being so hard on yourself. Do what you can.

Mel--Was that you making gobble (turkey) noises in the woods yesterday? :rofl:

Shad-- Would you come here and do the flylady thing for me? Those 2 extra working days have me behind. Guess I should at least turn on the diswasher.

Holly--Glad you enjoyed the fair. There is to many things at our fair that would set off my allergies.

Hello to Roseblush, Meadow, Teel and Linus (if you are lurking) :wave:

Hollyhock
10-02-2005, 09:56 PM
Recipe for Tomato Salsa
1. Ingredients:
7 quarts peeled, cored, chopped tomatoes
4 cups seeded, chopped long green chiles
5 cups chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped, seeded, jalapeños
3 tablespoons oregano leaves*
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro*
2 cups bottled lemon juice
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
2 tablespoons ground cumin*

Directions:
Combine all ingredients (*except cumin, oregano, and cilantro) in a large pot and bring to a boil, stirring frequently, then reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
Add spices and simmer for another 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Ladle hot salsa into pint jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace.
Adjust lids and process in a boiling water canner: 15 minutes at 0-1,000 feet altitude; 20 minutes at 1,001-6,000 feet, 25 minutes above 6,000 feet.

Shad
10-02-2005, 09:58 PM
From Linus - via Mel.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/CJStewart3a.jpg

and

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/CJStewart2a.jpg

Back later with the other two.

Shad
10-02-2005, 10:02 PM
Oh poop, do it now before lunch.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/CJStewart1a.jpg

Shad
10-02-2005, 10:04 PM
And


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

happy2bme
10-02-2005, 10:19 PM
Is he adorable or what????

Thank you so much Linus via Mel via Shad for the pictures. What a cutie patootie! :bb:

Holly, can you do a bigger size pic of your bunch? That one's too small - can't see it very well.

happy2bme
10-03-2005, 12:52 AM
Day 3 done for the challenge. Walked all over shopping and delivering newletters. Got more than my water in - will be a restless night - too much water but I was thirsty.

Good thing my challenge wasn't related to food. I remembered at 8pm I was supposed to make cookies for one of the girls at work tomorrow. It's her 30th birthday - a milestone birthday and she's a contractor and this is her last week so a celebration is in order. DH wanted oatmeal raisin cookies and I owed him a favor so I cooked up a batch. Smelled sooo good. The smell of cinnamon is divine! And I made the dreaded :cookie: too. I did well, only ate the equivalent of 2 cookies worth of raw dough. Samonella you say, hey toss caution to the wind foolish girl! :nono: Every bit worth it though. :T

Otherwise eating was good. We went out to dinner, I had roast beef, veggie salad and a bit of mashed potatoes. Oh wait, we did have a burger for lunch :o Good thing this current challenge is not about food. As you can see I would have a devil of a time doing South Beach unless I employed lots of :tape: and a liquid diet.

Well past my bedtime and I have to get up early with the chickens tomorrow. Night all, don't work too hard Shad...

Shad
10-03-2005, 01:03 AM
Chance would be a fine thing - work hard :rofl: :rofl: And here I was thinking I was here to have fun.

Nearly home time for me. 55mins and counting.

Meadow
10-03-2005, 01:09 AM
EEE! I want to hold him and smell him! I have a huge grin on my face and tears in my eyes, how precious is he? Sniff, he looks so good and healthy and wonderful. Thanks to the picture fairies ;)

I did my WATP today, drank lots of water and the kids drove me crazy. Having two little ones doing your routine with you is stressful, did you know that? All the "look at me" and arguing about space. :yikes: I mowed the lawn yesterday, got 3/4 of the way through and it started to rain. I didn't stop, just mowed the last bit and got soaking wet. I suspect myself of being stubborn :p I wasn't going to let some old weather pattern make me have to get out there another day! :devil:

Happy-thanks for the moisturizer advice, I will look at the drugstore

Holly-I don't have an Avon rep here so can't explore your moisturizer option but thanks. I guess you are busy cleaning for the cleaner you have coming to your house tomorrow :p You pic of the family looks great! You all look like you just stepped out of a film.

Rose-aw, fawns in the dewy grass I can picture it :) Good luck taking your vitamins, remember "with" food now ;)

Mel-so you are in the office? how is it going? Breathe. Deligate. Back away from the cookies :lol3: Don't allow there to be any stress, if you feel it sneaking across your shoulders, go outside and take a break. Five minutes away will give you renewed energy :^: Don't allow the regulars to lurk too long in the office, with there, "could you just..." too much of that and you will be down for the count.

Shad-yeah, isn't gardening like painting? Such a joy to get dirty and plant stuff and nurture the little seedlings. My garden would be gravel and pavers and urns too if I had the money, I love those places where there are little hidden corners of beauty everywhere.

LindaT-oh, you use paintshop? Me too. I usually am working on Antonio Banderas stuff myself, even put a kitty into a pic with him once :p Welcome, I hope you enjoy the company:) My latest example of Antonio messing ;) http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/ab-fall.jpg

Ceejay-45 minutes on the bike! your poor tushie! Way to go though:)

Painterwoman-we all keep stumbling towards success. I have been here since last January trying to get the connection and balance right. Hang in there :)

Teel-thinking about you, thanks for sending the pic to Mel, who sent it to Shad, who posted it here of our new little world nephew :D Be well!

:wave: hello out there in the world, you are looking marvelous!

Shad
10-03-2005, 06:45 AM
Day 3 is finished.

And so am I for the time being.
Food :D
Water :D
Exercise :D
Portions :D
lo carb :)

Later, gator

happy2bme
10-03-2005, 07:31 AM
G'morning chickies :coffee:
As predicted I had a terrible sleep last night. Woke up every hour. I also hurt like the dickens too. Must have been the sugar in those cookies I ate. Going to be a long day :yawn: :yawn: :yawn:

Meadow, I understand the feeling of "I'm not giving up" - many a time I was chasing the sun mowing and finished up the yard work with it being rather dark. :lol: At least your hair should be nice & soft - what is it about rain water that makes your hair nice and soft when you get doused yet makes your sheets stiff as a board if you leave them outside in a rain storm? :?: Does anyone hang clothes outside anymore? DH won't let me but when mom came last week she insisted on hanging her bras outside to flap in the wind - the very day I had the girls from work over for lunch. Fixed her tho, ran around with the bra on my head - chin strap, head protector, ear warmers :rofl: Good thing my yard is very secluded :crazy:

Today is my sister's birthday. Happy birthday little sister :woo:

I am off to the showers. Day 4 in progress. I WILL get to the office a little early today. I will NOT eat any more cookies. Well maybe 1 but that's it. I will deliver the newsletters for the elderly lady's route just around the corner and I do so hope the lady who has 43 to deliver calls me back (she not only lives on a long stretch but a hilly one too and we are getting a last blast of hot weather right now :stress: ) Bad enough I have to write the things, I'm not delivering 170 of them too.

Sleep well Shad. :coffee2: WAKE UP to the rest of you - except little CJ of course. :sssh:

Hollyhock
10-03-2005, 07:36 AM
Bless his wee heart and all the other parts of him/. There is nothing better ever than a new baby. I am weeping right beside Meadow.
I can even smell him. Welcome little CJ!

PainterWoman
10-03-2005, 02:05 PM
Howl the @#$% did it get to be 1 pm? I was up at 6, made non sugar/low fat mocha mix for DH to take to work, then did 15 min of stationery bike... then sat down to listen to news about WOMAN supreme court nominee and promptly fell asleep until about 20 minutes ago. :o :faint:

Good grief.
Wrote down food
Water OK
Exercise done (even if the exercise was half-a**ed, I'm not!!)
So, Days 2 and 3 OK.

DD want's to plan on the 3day 60 mile walk NEXT September. I might say yes. Perhaps I am officially deranged.

I'm trying to get through emails relatively fast... so my apologies for not replying individually to y'all... but thanks for your good wishes, and please know that I did read every word. I need to make a list of who belongs to which situations. I LOVED the baby pictures. All boy that one!

Hugs and Kisses to all.

MELODY525
10-03-2005, 06:33 PM
I HAVEN'T READ ANY POSTS. THE WEEK GOT OFF TO A BAD START IN THE OFFICE BUT I KEPT TO MY PLAN AND EARNED MYSELF ANOTHER DAY OF THE 21!!! THAT MAKES 3!!!!
JOHN LEFT A LOT OF UNFINISHED BUSINESS AND IT NEEDED BEING DONE AND I ALSO GOT MY NEW STOVE AND MY SHELVES SCREWED BACK ON! SO ALL WAS NOT LOST. THE MEN WERE TIRED AND PROBABLY GLAD WHEN 4 O'CLOCK CAME SO THEY COULD RUN OUT THE DOOR! LOL IF THE WHOLE WEEK IS LIKE THIS, I WILL SEE YOU ON THE WEEKEND. THERE IS NO WAY I CAN DO IT ALL.
SENDING LOVE :love:TO YOU ALL AND SEE YOU THEN.

MELODY525
10-03-2005, 06:34 PM
PS LINUS AND CJ SEND THEIR LOVE AND SHE GOT MY PARCEL. EVERYTHING IS GOING OK OVER THE OTHER SIDE OF THE POND BUT SHE IS JUST GETTING USED TO A NEW ROUTINE WITH CJ. :bb:

MELODY525
10-03-2005, 06:55 PM
ok one last post.
SHAD~ I TRIED TO GET THEM TO DO YOUR BATHROOM BUT WE RAN OUT OF TIME TODAY! LOL THE PICS ARE GORGEOUS AND THANKS SO MUCH. I JUST COULD NOT GET THEM HERE!!! LOL NICE GARDEN IDEAS BUT THE COST!!! YIKES!!!

HOLLY YOU SALSA MAKING FOOL. GUESS THE HOUSE IS OK CAUSE I GOT THE PICTURE!!! HOW CUT MYOU ALL ARE! THANKS AGAIN FOR SHARING!

CEEJAY YOU DID SOME NICE EXERCISING AND YES IT WAS ME....GOBBLE! GOBBLE!!!

HAPPY PLEASE SEND ME THE SAMONELLA RECIPE CAUSE I CAN THINK OF A FEW PEOPLE I COULD MAKE THOSE COOKIES FOR :rofl:

PAINTER~ SENDING YOU HUGS AND KISSES BACK!!! GOOD FOR YOU WITH THE OP DAYS!!

MEADOW I CRIED HERE TOO WHEN I GOT THEM. COULD HARDLY SEE TO TYPE AND ASK SHAD FOR THE FAVOR AND SEND THEM TO HER! LOL NICE MOWING JOB! :rain:

LINDA YOU BET YOUR BUTT THAT I'LL COME AND RUN YOU DOWN. I'M WORKING ON HOTCUPOJAVA FOR A LONG TIME NOW. MAYBE I SHOULD THREATEN TO RUN HER BUTT DOWN TOO!!!:moped:

MEADOW THANKS FOR THE ADVICE AND I WAS OUTSIDE FROM TIME TO TIME BUT DIDN'T THINK TO MAKE IT PART OF THE DAY, EVERY DAY. GREAT IDEA CAUSE I WAS CALMER THERE! LOL
I FORGOT MTO SAY THAT ABOVE! LOL
OK THIS TIME I AM REALLY OUT OF HERE. SHOWER AND BED ARE CALLING TO ME :scooter:

ceejay52
10-03-2005, 10:12 PM
You are adorable little CJ. Linus get some rest.

Doing good on the challenge so far this is day 3. I'm usually good for a 7 day challenge so maybe I can break this one down into 3 7 days.

Happy--Your story about your mom and her bra still has me laughing.

PainterWoman looks like you are getting into the swing of this challenge. Keep going.

Mel don't work those men so hard. Did you borrow Linda's cattle prod when you went back to work.

Hello to Shad, Linda, Holly Rose, Meadow. :wave:

Shad
10-04-2005, 04:53 AM
Day 4 has bitten the dust. Between the other challenge and this one, I'm getting confused!.

Didn't get onto the forum this morning. Lots of other things to do. Thought I better work hard since I was leaving early to go pick up some Yen and then get an International Drivers licence. Seems you can't drive in Japan without one. I have driven in the States, Aus, NZ, England, Ireland North and South, Scotland and in Samoa, and no one has ever asked for an international drivers licence. So I am now $29.95 lighter in the pocket and to top it off, I have to take my regular licence with me as well. Hmmmmmmm okay. I'll be good. Then picked up the puss cats special biscuits and drove home, did a couple of loads of washing (where does it come from?) and made dinner. In this case only a couple of eggs. I wasn't all that hungry and couldn't be bothered cooking or defrosting. I now need to get to the dishes and make tomorrows lunch. No early morning tomorrow, I have weights to do and I do those after work. It's the cardio stuff I find I have to get out of the way first thing or it doesn't always get done. Painter - don't ever worry about half a**ed exercise. Exercise is exercise and somedays are just not as good as others. This morning for example I couldn't get past level 8 on the stepper. Normally I am at 10 or 11. But today, the breathing was bad, thanks sinus', and I just barely got through it as it was. The Elliptical and the treadmill on the other hand were a breeze. The cycle as always remains my bete noir.

Plenty of action on the thread today by the look of it.

Ceejay - keep it going on the exercise and stuff. 3 x 7 days for the challenge is fine. Whatever floats your boat as long as you just keep on keeping on.

Mel the magnificent - those poor men. You have probably made them work harder than they have in the last year. Hope they all come back tomorrow. Keep on trucking sis, but don't overdo it. You can yell from the living room you know.

Painter - 3 days 60 miles - ye gods. You better keep up the exercise because you are going to need to be reasonably fit to walk those distances. It takes me 10 minutes to walk a kilometre at a good speed, that would be 15 mins per mile walking at 6.6kph on the treadmill. That will work up a sweat within the ten minutes. Therefore count on at least 5 hours per day of fast walking. Deranged - well maybe :crazy: :crazy: anyway.

Oh come on Holly and Meadow. Tears!!!! Okay, you too must be the MOST maternal people I have ever met - well you know what I mean.

Happy, 170 newsletters. Hope there is plenty of help to be had. Is it a scintillating scandal ridden gossip mongering tabloid??? Sorry about the bad sleep, but those salmonella cookies will do that to you.

Gotta go. It's time for the lunch, the dishes and a bit of mindless tv.

happy2bme
10-04-2005, 07:44 AM
Good morning ladies.

Day 4 completed. Barely. The challenge brings it right into my face that I must be diligently mindful of even the most minimal of efforts. Yesterday I did get a load of wash done, hemmed 2 pairs of pants while watching TV, dropped off most of the remaining newsletters to other volunteers to distribute (I only have 21 to deliver myself now), went to the chiropractor and tidied up the kitchen. So all was not lost. The days and mostly nights fly by quickly. I need to get back into turning off the TV and making lists to get things done.

Shad, sounds like Japan has found a way to garner more money from tourists with the license thing. Bah. With all those people can you even drive out there? Can't recall seeing cars, just crowded city streets tho I guess there is a country area somewhere out there. I need to respond to your note, it was good hearing about some things in greater detail.

Ceejay I agree with Shad, 7 day challenges or 21, whatever keeps one foot in front of the other, just keep doing it!

Mel, while you're whipping those people into shape down in maintenance, remember that the slave driver does not work as hard as the slaves :rofl: Don't burn yourself out now, hear? Are your leaves turning yet? Never been to a New England autumn, need to do that one day. And we will someday show Shad the Manhattan skyline from your park.

Painter, WALKING 60 miles? :yikes: I can't even fathom. Sounds like a good and aggresive goal to get to. Good luck, I would be in awe of you. Of course that's one of those things you think at the onset you could NEVER do and then what a mighty accomplishment when you find out you can...

Time to pop in the shower. I did not get to work as early as planned - where does the time go? :dizzy: Another opportunity to try again today as I need to leave early for doctors appointments. Have a great day everyone, I'll try to catch up with those I missed later on...

Hollyhock
10-04-2005, 08:09 AM
Good morning!
I KNOW this will sound weird but I think I am lazy. I went to bed last night feeling lazy and unaccomplished. ( sounds like Happy is in the same mode)
For a reality check I started telling myself everything I did yesterday. The list is HUGE.
This is why I post. To keep perspective.I was only thinking of what didn’t get done. I watched TV from 9-10 and then read til 10:30 and went to sleep.I felt guilty about spending an hour online here yesterday morning.

Thing is. I dont have any close friends in real life. I dont have a social life. I dont have a girl friend.My best friends are here. The people who seem to really like me and know me are here.
I need to have something in my life besides kids and housework.
There is just so much to do and I run out of time. When I take time for myself I feel bad about what doesn’t get done.
It makes me sad that I had to hire cleaners to fall clean my kitchen. Yes, I used Avon bonus $$.
Why is life so expensive that we need to work so much. Then it comes back to choices. I could have a “career” job and probably earn $60K a year. Then I wouldn’t be here for my family.Hubby is a carpenter. The $$ is not great. He works fulltime. He does help a bit around the house.He works a 11 hour day of hard labour. He thinks I am nuts for doing housework at 10pm. Thing is, who is going to do it?
AND it is never done.
I have filing and paperwork to do too.For both sitting and Avon.
I still need to can the salsa.
I need to eat mindfuly and exercise more.
I need to call the media guy.
I need to nurture myself.
I need to be tougher on my 5 YO boys here. They were wild and destructive yesterday. It takes a LOT of energy to keep them under wraps.

Kidshave arrived. DS needs to get ready for school. OH, he will have hockey practise every freakin Monday from 4:30-6. WHAT!!!!! Stupid. His coach picked him up from school. 2 mom’s were late getting their kids here. I took 1 with me and raced to the rink at 6. DS was starving and exhausted.

6 kids today. NO PLANS tonight but delivering Avon books. the kids will help. They LOVE to help. They will each pick 1 thing from the catologue at Christmas for helping.


HUGS!!

Roseblush
10-04-2005, 08:37 AM
Well I have lasted so far on the challenge too. Little goals but success! Oh my gosh CJ is the cutest...and I two was dewey eyed and just wanting smell him and cuddle androck away an afternoon..... It dawned on me that my dad was a CJ also.... OH Linus take good care of yourself and let us know about the wee one when you are able.
My little lost dog came back but this time the owners actually came to the door and saw him just so happy and contented sitting on my porch. They breed the little oneeyed homey guy so no getting him fixed any time soon.
I took back 3 of the goldfish that have grown too big to the pet store and exchanged for a male guppy to keep my female happy. I left one goldfish the smaller one in there so the turtles would know they still have food if desparate times should arrive. The new batch of guppies have survived to the 5th day so far.....they really have a challenge going on!!!!!!!
Mel, hope you are giving orders with a smile and your cheery dispostition..... heaven help them!
Shad soon to be the world traveller I am so jealous!
We are a busy busy bunch these days and if I don't get that **** newsletter done I am going to lose what is left of my mind......urgh!
Take care everyone!
Blessings,
Nae

Meadow
10-04-2005, 12:07 PM
Holly you are the master of everyday improvisation ;)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/whirling-dervish.jpg

happy2bme
10-04-2005, 01:35 PM
I certainly don't feel lazy and unaccomplished. I am gone 10 hours a day at a very intense and demanding job. I wish there were fairies who would come in the night and take care of things or that I could wriggle my nose and things would be done snap, snap but it hasn't happened yet. :lol: DH does help around the house and I am grateful for what he does but we have a general agreement that he does the outside and I do the inside and he has plenty to keep him busy on his side. Not sure I'd want to swap with him if I could.

My comment was more related to the fact that I realize that with diet and exercise it is too easy to just make all kinds of excuses. They are legitimate things that take up my time but they are in brutal reality, excuses. And excuses don't reduce the dress size any. Excuses don't get you healthy. I'm as busy as the next person and they find time in their day so there's no reason I shouldn't either. Unless of course I'm content to always be what I always am, just whining, never changing. And quite frankly, I'm tired of listening to myself whine, tired of seeing the seasons change and I'm in the same place as I was last week, last month, last year.

And with that I bagged up the last of the cookies to give to a friend I'm meeting for lunch tomorrow. Had lunch with the girls at work - great turkey meatloaf one of my buddies made, I brought the salad and veggies. I'm just about to finish my 2nd bottle of water and it's still early in the day. Will be walking the neighborhood delivering the last of the newletters after work and might just get in some work with the stretchy rubber bands tonight as I watch the Biggest Loser show.

Hollyhock
10-04-2005, 02:14 PM
Happy~ I didn't intend to imply you were feeling lazy and unaccomplished. I meant about the list and everything there is to do in a day with work and home and our health,diet and exercise.I was commiserating about what you wrote in your post.

I dont really think I am that way either but that is how how felt at the end of the day yesterday. I realize it was not realistic.

Anyhow, wishing you the change and fulfilment you are seeking.

Meadow~thanks! LOVE the pic!!

happy2bme
10-04-2005, 06:12 PM
Holly guess I'm just saying that you have to rethink how you look at things. Maybe you should go by yourself to deliver Avon books to get a little quiet time for yourself. Heaven knows after a long day with kids you could probably understand the pleasure of 10 minutes of solitude. That way you work in some exercise and get a bit of quiet time.

And let go of the guilt of not getting everything done. That's a hard one to let go - almost as hard as giving up carbs (I know that one too well from both sides). I'm sure it's tough to schedule time for DH to help out when he works a sometimes erratic schedule. You have to decide what's priorities and those are the things that get done first. If there's left over time, they get done and if they don't well there's always tomorrow and if they don't get done 3 days later and no one is dead and the lights and heat are still on, well maybe it wasn't worth fretting about in the first place, you know?

Shad
10-04-2005, 06:12 PM
Morning all,

Holly, the vast majority of us are awfully busy these days. It just feels like there isn't enough hours in a day. :crazy: :crazy: Happy has learnt to appreciate what she has done, and grieves that she hasn't done enough - well me too. And I can remember the days when I felt as you do, that it doesn't matter how much I did, nothing seems to be done! That's life at home with kids. In addition I had a DH who used to 'wonder' out loud what I did with my day! So one day I didn't do any of it! It was all still there looking at me the next day. The wondering also abated somewhat. It's a horrible couple of words but routine and organisation is what did it for me. Certain jobs on certain days and guess what? I learned the art of it from my MIL. Bless her cotton socks. I'm sure you are not completely friendless, however there are days when that sometimes seems true and it is fairly obvious you are looking for and need adult company - all those kids must wear one out somewhat. Chin up - it doesn't last forever, and if you keep on with the Avon stuff and work at it as you seem to, you may be able to bring in cleaning help once a month or so to do all the hard stuff. It's worth thinking about. I'm sure Happy hasn't taken offence - she's not like that, but she does ensure her point of view is expressed and good on her for that. We all know where we stand when people let us know how they feel.
One of the interesting things about writing and 'talking' to people from all over the world is the variety of expressions and meanings and how many different people can take things different ways. Sometimes I shake my head in wonderment. What one person may say can have a completely different meaning to others. Take the Kiwis and the Aussies for example. If a thing is Mickey Mouse in NZ - it is viewed with suspicion, not quite kosher or genuine - a bit of a worry. In Australia, Mickey Mouse is taken to mean all things happy and bright - I was going to say gay there but not any more - it's a good happening. So you can imagine that we can get ourselves into some odd arguments and conversations going nowhere just by talking among ourselves. I venture to bet there will be like comparisions between the States and Canada. Probably even from province to province and state to state.

Meadow - wonderful graphics. Holly the Avon lady floating about her business. Lovely colours. Thank you.

Rose - good to hear from you. Challenge is going well - atta girl. Keep it up. Are you into newsletters too?? Maybe you and Happy should pound the pavements together delivering the mail - a bell and a shout and you could be the town cryers just like in the old country. Hear ye, hear ye. Or in local parlance - hear youse this!
That wee guy obviously likes it at your place. He feels at home there. Poor little chap is obviously not getting what he needs at home. Maybe he doesn't like the feeling of only kept around for stud purposes!!!! (A new twist on you only want me for my body!!!!)

Happy - being minimal - this is a real chore for me - those portions. I just can not look at it and say that is about right. My eyes obviously do not measure weight well at all. I can look at a line and say it is straight or not, I can measure distances by eye and be pretty spot on, but weight no way. Portion control is my hardest trial.

No Mel this morning - aahh well she did say that she was wearing out fast and warned us she wouldn't be back till the weekend.

The international drivers licence is not Japanese. I was reading through the book last night and there are several countries which require one of these things. All they really are is a 3 fold brochure, which contains your photo, explains the limitations of your drivers licence in about 10 different languages and is an extension of your own licence. It comes with a little booklet which explains which countries embrace international signs and what they are, what side of the road they drive on, where the Automobile clubs that participate in the international driving scene are. Quite handy. It also warns of some bizarre rules - such as in some parts of rural Asia, if you run over someone!!!! make sure they are dead!!! Hello?? apparently some folk are so poor they send out the old folk to get run over and claim compensation for their injuries. They don't want them dead, they only want them injured. Remind me not to drive in 3rd world countries. Approximately 2/5ths of the countries of the world drive on the left and the 3/5 on the right. Japan drives on the left and so does India - that was a surprise. Not Japan I knew that, but India. Must be the influence of the British Raj. Most other countries in that area drive on the right!! Africa is left, Europe is right. There you go, trivia for the day. Picked up my money too. Now all I need is the ticket (Thursday night) and I am ready to roll. Chris tells me we are going to explore Nagoya and surrounds, do a tour of the Toyota factory (you get to see the cars being made mostly by robot and then get to see all the fancy models in the showroom and sit in them etc.), make some pottery and decorate it, maybe a tour of the Noritake factory (we did Wedgewood and Waterford in Ireland). We are going to a shrine, castle and garden as well. Oh yes and we have to go to a speech competition because one of the students from the school is participating. While she is at school, I can take the car and go looking for autumn colour. It all depends on how well she is and how much she can do. Only 22 days left to wait.

Gotta go and strike a blow for the working person.

happy2bme
10-04-2005, 06:14 PM
:chin: hmmm for some reason I can't see Meadow's pic, just the box with the big ole red x.

ceejay52
10-04-2005, 07:23 PM
What a chatty bunch this morning? I like it. I've had a busy day at work and it's still not finished. Maybe tomorrow it will be. Don't know why but sometimes I think Tim thinks I have more than 2 hands. On top of all the paper work that Tim has piled on me I've done some major cleaning today. I had to have a break from this computer.

Training Lisa is a little slow. She can't grasp the full potential of what she is doing. Still a bunch of mistakes is being made. This is what Tim wants this is what Tim gets. He thought it could be learned in a day's time. Maybe it's me and not showing her correctly. She's going to be in for a big surprise tonight. There is the end of the month filing that has to be done. At least it's keeping her busy and out of Tim's hair. She thought she was ready for another report, but she isn't. If this one get's her I'm not sure what she would do with the soil conservation. I'm beginning to see a slight change in her attitude so maybe she will buckle down and get her confidence. I feel like a teacher grading papers.

Hello to every one and have a good day.

Hollyhock
10-04-2005, 08:30 PM
Actually I dont really have any close friends. I have former friends i used to be close to but dont have anything in common with now, we talk once a year. I have newer acquaintances whom I really like but we are not close. I do not have a close girlfriend except for the friends I have online at 3fc, my SIL and an old workmate, all online.
I dont feel bad about it I made these choices. What I felt bad about was spending a whole hour online yesterday ,with many other things to do. But it is what I needed and wanted on a personal level. So, I did choose what was right for me but it meant going to bed with mess all around me.
I do have a routine and i am very organized. It is never ending because I work at home. I am looking forward to next Sept,LOL. A whole year from now, when 4 of these kids will be in school fulltime. My load will lighten up radically. i never thought the Avon would take off like it did but I am not foolish enough not to ride this wave and do the necessary work to give myself more freedom in the future.

I take the kids with me because I deliver books on rural routes. They sit in the passenger side and stuff mailboxes. i drive. i also think it is important for them to "work" and give their time to the business that enables them to do extra things.

I volunteer because it matters to me to do what I can in my own small way to improve or maintain the quality and goodness in the world around me.I am very blessed to live where and when I do really. I dont ever want to take it for granted. If no one cares or helps out where would I/we all end up.I start with myself , help guide my children, give time to the school and church...it is what feels right to me.

I have considered that I may hire the cleaners once a month for a big clean to the new year. DH will start to miss work then because of weather and be home more.His days will be 12 hour ones til then.

I do let things go.And I say no to lots too.

I do wonder about the busyness of our world because I know it is not just me or because I am home with kids.

Anyhow, tomorrow will be a lighter day with the afternoon off from kids.I am baking pumpkin pies for a fundraiser for ye olde town hall in the morning. I accomplished many things from todays list and feel on top it all.
I am very looking forward to this weekend home for 2 days and no outings for me.

HUGS ladies. I do appreciate your words, thoughts and time you give.

happy2bme
10-05-2005, 07:29 AM
Hello this fine morning ladies,
It's the last of the hot days for a while, 90 degrees today, high of 67 on Friday. Can you hear the sound of me rushing to open all the windows? They must have had some good sales this past weekend, noticed that there were a number of people wearing fall clothes and colors even though it was a baking summer 95 degrees on Monday. I have some new things I'm itching to wear myself but am holding off. Was laughing with a girl in the elevator who had a smart 3 piece chocolate brown pantsuit on. She said she knew it was hot but darn it she had new fall clothes and she was going to wear them :D

Day 5 is done on the challenge. I'm going to try and kick it up a bit for day 6 here.

Ceejay, is the new girl specially trained (as in some education degree) or is it just someone they hired off the street hoping being the master trainer that you are that you can turn Lisa into a water plant wizard? I would imagine in your field it's something that you get much better with given time and experience. Some day you must educate us on the workings of a water plant. Probably far more interesting than computer programming :comp: If Rose and I are the town criers for the news, than Meadow and Shad are the master trainers :D Service with a smile.

Noritake, oooh I like their stuff. I thought you were going to visit with Chris Shad, should have known that you'd have a much more busy schedule than just sitting around yakking and drinking tea. :cofdate: Perhaps it gives Chris a sense of normalcy to be cramming an activity into every minute. In any event we look forward to pictures.

Holly I applaud your committment to volunteering. Far too many people are into themselves for many reasons. We have lost a sense of belonging and community. Too many times it falls upon a select few to do everything and that gives those of us who do a sense of why bother sometimes :dunno: but as long as people like you try, it gives the rest of us some hope.

Meadow, I did get a short glimpse at your latest art design. Very pretty but now it's gone again :(

Mel, how did you send the parcel to Linus? She still hasn't received mine and I sent it over a month ago. How did you send it? I probably should have used FedEx and not the US Postal Service :mad: Now that you've been on maintenance duty for the week I'm sure everything is fixed and up to snuff so you can rest NOW. Did you get the leg things fixed on your chair?

Painter did you get out and pick up groceries and get some walking in? Don't make us sign you up for Linda T's 5am aerobics class :tired: : :dancer:

Time for me to run into the shower. I have an early morning meeting today, MUST get my butt out of here soon. (The clock moves extra fast in the morning - that is UNTIL I get to the office :lol: )

Hello to the other chicks and a good day to everybody...

Meadow
10-05-2005, 12:14 PM
Happy-Must be your computer settings protecting you from excessive use of colour :lol3: here is the link, http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/whirling-dervish.jpg It has been cold up here for two weeks. I took the tomato plants down and have half a counter of little green tomatoes to think up something to do with.

Holly-what are you doing today? How was the cleaning lady/team, did they do everything according to your expectations? Drink a Horton's large coffee for me ;)

Shad-oh, your trip to Japan sounds like it is going to be a hoot! I hope your friend Chris has her energy and will be able to keep up. Will you be going to any of the gardens? The Toyota plant should be a real eye opener, my husband swears by their quality, doesn't think much of any other automaker.

Mel-How goes it? You breathing deep? Deligating like a sergeant major? I hope you are enjoying being back in the saddle again, just remember to enjoy the view;)

Ceejay-is this new trainee taking notes? It is so important to have a reference to flip back to. It always takes people a week or so to start a new routine, have faith that what you are showing her will create the glowing light bulb soon:D

I'm doing well on my challenge. Making sure I have a glass of water here by the computer everytime I'm on is getting the fluids into me. Exercise is progressing. I have done the WATP 4mile and 2miles so far this week, will do another 4mile either today or tomorrow and who knows?! maybe I'll pop this pilates tape I got in the cereal box into the computer and see what that stuff is all about.

:wave: Hello Teel, Linus, CJ, Rose are you having a lovely day? Plant some spring bulbs, a little gift to yourself for the future :)

Hollyhock
10-05-2005, 12:48 PM
I was going to say good morning but it is 12:36. SO, Afternoon Ladies!
DH and I both woke with colds. That could explain feeling down the other day. Yesterday was good.
I baked the pies this morning and scooted them to the rec centre and met with the minister to do some business. Just 2 little guys all morning.I am going to bed at 1 with a good highland novel. mmmmmmm
I have a big school council meeting tonight.
Shad~ you must be getting excited./ Hubby was in Japan 25 years ago and still talks about it. We have good friends in Tokyo.
CJ~ how goes the training today?
Happy~ are ya lovin' the cooler temps??

PW, Mel, Nae, Tig, Teel ,Linus and crew...HI!!!

happy2bme
10-05-2005, 01:24 PM
Happy-Must be your computer settings protecting you from excessive use of colour :lol3:

THAT's a good one Meadow - yeah, that's got to be it :idea: :chin: :D

I will join hubby in the Toyota loyalty department. We're on our 7th 4Runner - can you tell which is my favorite model :s: . Hubby has an Avalon. We're pretty much had Toyota's exclusively since the 80's (sorry Chevy and Ford, we gave you a chance and you disappointed us big time). When it comes to both quality of manufacture and service, it's Toyota hands down. I did love my Firebird but it's no good to drive in the snow, :( they don't make them anymore :( :( and I've gotten too old and stiff to be able to get out of one without rolling out of the car on to the pavement and using the door handle to pick myself up - just not cool anymore - kinda like when I went to get off DH's Harley, swung my leg in too much of an arc and flew right off the bike on to my butt on the driveway :( :( :( :rofl: :rofl:

Meadow there's nothing better than Pilates to work the abs. It doesn't seem like it's that hard but it's a great workout. Takes about 3 weeks of 3 times a week sessions to start to see results but it does make a difference. Helps with the posture too. Hope you like it.

Hope you feel better Holly, enjoy your book and rest up.

I was supposed to have lunch with a friend today. He got stuck in a meeting. I don't have anything here except THE COOKIES I BROUGHT FOR HIM I will not eat them, I will NOT eat them. I have to remember to leave some canned soup here for emergencies. I don't trust myself to run out and make decent choices on the fast food front. Maybe just some :corn:

PainterWoman
10-05-2005, 02:49 PM
Well, it isn't morning... but I took my walk and DH went with me.
Yesterday, however was a big bust. Water, yes, no food writing and no walk. Blech. On the other hand I made it to the office for clients, paid bills, met a friend for dinner and went to the local knitter's guild meeting. I can't remember the last time I was awake that long!!

So I'm back on the wagon. And thinking about how to ressurect my business, professional website/newsletter, etc. etc. but don't want to get overwhelmed.

Apparently you can get a "coach" for the 60 mile, 3 day cancer walk. I bicycled 35 miles in one day , um, 24 years ago.... They give you a 27 week plan... which allegedly allows me almost that long to get in shape for the shaping up. DD and I are thinking about doing it in Philadelphia or San Diego... anybody want to join us?

How far do you think waitresses walk during a day? If they're doing double shifts? Maybe I'll go get a pedometer.

Shad: your trip sounds wonderful. At first I thought the advice about making sure somebody was dead when you ran over them was one of those bizarre translation problems. I hope nobody in my neighbor hood thinks I the best one to send out to get run over.

Y'all... DON'T tell Linda I back slid... don't want a 5 am aerobics class and don't want her cattle prod, either. (Though, come to think of it, I'd like her results.

Happy2: Thanks for sharing the thigh flinging image with the Harley. ExH had a Kawasaki and I was worried my toe would get caught and I'd fall on my face. I was lucky, I guess. Do try to get to New England for fall colors sometime. You can go as early as August, I think, if you go to Nova Scotia and as late as mid October if you hit the longitudes even with Indiana....

Hollyhock.. you have the kinds of days that used to make me crazy. Interrupted at every turn but with tons of appointments. Bless you for keeping your mind in one piece. There were years when I think we mostly ate fruits/vegs and sandwiches in the car on the way to or from someplace. I guess the fact that my son only had hockey practice once a week is why HE wasn't the 18 yr old draft pick for Pittsburgh!! (Can't wait to see highlights.) People don't understand, but this Texan fell in love with hockey...)

Roseblush... if you want profitable pets you might consider alpacas or llamas. I don't think there's any cash in koi or guppies.

Ceejay: good luck training your worker. I think training is more of an art than a science... and that there has to be excellent understanding between the parties. Maybe Shad has a differeing point of view.

We're supposed to have a cold front in 5 hours. I'm waiting.

LindaT
10-05-2005, 04:35 PM
FY end and reorg time. I'm getting some added duties so makes things more complicated.

Rumor has it that several of you wish to join the AM aerobics class, which starts at 4:45 so you lazy butts had better not be late. :lol: Painter.. Happy.. I have space on the floor for you.

Holly, yes you guys are scary. I am imagining all of us without makeup first thing in the morning and that, at least for me is terrifying!!

Ceejay.. yes I missed you on the journals too. Just so many are leaving.. :-(

Hi Meadow.. oh Antonio. Nice choice. I am partial to latinos as well.. Jimmy Smits can warm my tootsies any night. :devil:

Mel, you need to grab Turtlebutt and get here here. She is having a tough time and needs some good buds to get her aligned again.

Shad is going to Japan? How completely cool! I'd like something lucious in silk please.. a bathrobe. Yeah!

I am sitting here with a portable heater blasting on my feet, legs and butt. Living in California you would think I'd be warm? Nopers. :lol: My weather whines are beginning early this year. Tonight I have to work in a cold warehouse so I have no idea how this is going to go. I am volunteering at the local Food Bank tonight from like 5:30-8. Last time I was there it was rather nippy insides, but it was nice because it was hot outside. Oh well.. long sleeves for me tonight!!

Good news: Going to a lobster festival this weekend. YUM!

Gotta go nag the bossman.. Toodles!!

ceejay52
10-05-2005, 04:36 PM
I have to start off with something that I think is funny. Last night I had some shopping to do at Wal-Mart. I was making a turn between some card board boxes and their was one corner that was torn just enough to hit the buggie. Yep it made a horrible sound--as that of a fart. When I round the corner of the boxes I heard someone say who did that the other person had this big grin on his face and said a woman in the isle. Yep that would have been me, but trouble of it is that I didnt physically do anything.

About the trainee--No she is not taking notes. I'm having to do that for her, which I don't think is fair, but how can I train someone who is on another shift. She's been here almost 9 years

Happy--I love Toyota's. I have a Rav4.

Painter Woman--like the motto--If I can't be slender by 55 maybe I'll be hot by 60.

This is short, and I still have lot's to do before I can go home. Most of the cleaning I did yesterday. I also need to type my notes for the trainee. Sigh!!!!!

MELODY525
10-05-2005, 04:45 PM
I WILL HAVE SOOO MUCH TO READ SATRUYRDAY MOIRNING....BETTER COME HERE WITH A CUP OF COFFEE AND SETTLE IN FIRST THING SAT. MORNING :cofdate:
JUST WANTED TO SAY ALL IS WELL. STILL CRACKJING THE WHIP. GOD HELP THEM. THEY WILL BE SO GLAD TO SEE JOHN ON MONDAY MAND ME INCLUDED. THE PARTS FOR THE CHAIRS ARE NOT IN YER!!! :tantrum: I HAVE TRIED TO MAKE MORE TIME FOR MYSELF BUT THINGS ARE ALL BREAKING DOWN EVERY FIVE MINUTES!! :yikes: BEEN TRYING TO SQUEEZE IN SOME TOME FOR THE OUTDOORS AT LEAST. THE PLUMBER IS HERE AND I NEED A SHOWER BUT HE DID NOT OFFER TO WASH MY BACK. SO I BEST GET ON WITH IT MYSELF BEFORE HE CALLS ME TO LOCK UP WHEN HE'S DONE. :wave: A HAND TO EACH OF YOU AND TAKE CARE. LOVE YA:moped:

MELODY525
10-05-2005, 04:47 PM
PS~ I HAVE COMPLETED 5 DAYS!! AND YA KNOW WHAT?.....I THINK I HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB WITH EVERYTHING CAUSE I AM DOING THIS CHALLENGE. I EVEN HAVE TIME FOR BREAKFAST EVERY DAY BEFORE I LEAVE THE HOUSE! IT'S ORGANIZATION THAT'S BEEN HOLDING ME BACK or the lack there of!!! :rofl:

Shad
10-05-2005, 06:25 PM
Morning all,
It's going to be a stinking hot day here today - they are predicting 35C which is around the 100F mark. Hot gusty winds as well. It will not be pleasant out there. Seems we've bypassed most of spring and gone for the hot stuff already. I can only hope that there will be some rain during the rainy season as well. We are desperately dry now. Garden sprinklers are banned, gardens can only be watered by hand held hosing on certain days of the week, and from 7pm to 7am. Yeah right like I am going to stand there holding a hose for 12 hours of a night. It would actually be more beneficial for the garden to allow us one deep water a week. But there you go. More gardens will die I suspect.

Only 21 days to my trip. Can you tell I am looking forward to this??

Ceejay - What I would be inclined to do is to turn the notes into individual lessons and stick them on the network for all to access as required. You could plonk in a screen dump and then explain what happens and the process behind it under the picture. Then it is available and instead of you having to explain over and over again, refer the user to the notes on the computer. All the processes should be documented anyway and business processes plus how to actually do the job is always a bonus when new on the job. You can also get quite reasonably priced programs which create a sort of macro on how to do the job. The user opens the program, selects the job and watches the movie. The movie can be paused so you can go back to the real life stuff and do the things shown on the macro. Camtasia is one such program. Check it out on the 'net. I've used it alot for microsoft stuff and lotus notes (which I hate).
Aha, now we know what you do when you are out shopping. Does it clear the checkouts as well so you can go straight through?

Linda - does the cattle prod attend these sessions? :rofl: :rofl: Nah we're not scary - a little :crazy: perhaps but not scary. I hate to tell you this but I don't wear makeup most of the time. I'm a horrible reminder - from the laws of happy!!! I left the journals mainly because I don't have the time really to sit there and stress. Most of them are very nice people - there are a few I would really like to beat up and tell them to get a life. I wish I had a $ for every time I have shouted at the computer when I read about the attitudes of friends, family and kids and themselves. These times I am so delighted that I live alone. I still read some of the entries. I make comments from time to time to try to encourage and compliment. But I am tired of those who are not able to lose weight EVEN when they EAT MCDONALDS LO FAT SALADS - WTF.
Ummmm I'll look for something in silk for you, but I don't think latinos come wrapped in silk, bathrobe or not, even in Japan.

Painter - are you taking a pause day for the bust yesterday or have you started over? Enquiring minds must know these things. The words in the book are completely English or rather Australian in this case. They don't exactly read as I put it, but the gist is there. Be careful of old folk in the middle of the road (perhaps they don't know which side of the road to lie on?). At first I thought it was a joke since there was something about the Italian Autostrada and Autopista coupled with Italian drivers that made me smile. But when I went back to check, it was fairly plain. It may still be a joke and I am not getting it as such. Don't worry it won't be me that runs you over, I'll be the one on the wrong side of the road driving very slowly and causing chaos. Call me Agent 99 if you will.
Oh training is very scientific with me - it is also an art form. Size up the audience and decide on what size timber with what size nails in the end fits the majority of the heads. Belt with stick where necessary. I still have people coming to me stating that they haven't shaken their heads since I came on the scene but it is a close run thing! I tell all my students that they can only nod. No shaking heads allowed. This is followed up by a practical demonstration in how to nod. But at least they remember who I am and what I do!

Happy - your methods of alighting from vehicles and bikes leaves a bit to be desired. I'll take some pics of the Toyota vehicles I see (if I am allowed) I want to have a go at one of the top of the line Supras or whatever they call them in Japan. Probably something like Parsley!!!
No I am not cramming stuff into every minute. We have about five things planned and 13 days to do them in. If they don't all get done, they don't get done. I shan't get excited about it. After all, we can just get in the car and drive off into the mountains. That way she doesn't have to walk too far. Anyway she is used to me going off hiking up stairs like at St Pauls or at the Temple in Ireland while she does brass rubbing or takes a quiet tour of the building or sits and talks to some other tourist who has done enough for the day. She knows I need to get in exercise and I take her up a whole lot of books for the English library - practically all contributions from Shad - so she can sit and read while I climb trees or whatever. We get on well.
OH AND LEAVE THOSE COOKIES ALONE.

Mel - I'm proud of you, but keep on relaxing. You are doing well. Hop out and see the world for a few minutes too.

Okay - hugs to Holly and Meadow, Tig and Linus and Teel. I can't stop any longer or I'd be writing a novel. And I have work to do. And it is Thursday. And if I have another day like yesterday, I'll be able to post all day because I won't have to come to work. I won't have work. I will have resigned in a huff.

MELODY525
10-05-2005, 07:46 PM
:wave: :joker: :hb: :cb: :cp: :gift: :hat: :dance: :flow1: :flow2: :dancer: :woo: :genie: :cloud9: :queen: :twirly: :wizard: :bubbles: :encore: :cheers: :cheer:

:balloons: HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAINTER WOMAN!!!!
HOPE THE DAY WILL BE AS SPECIAL AS YOU ARE!!!

Shad
10-05-2005, 08:11 PM
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Many happy returns Dana. Have a great day and do something great for yourself.


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Dancing on the roof is fine - it's exercise and burns calories.

Meadow
10-05-2005, 09:25 PM
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Meadow
10-05-2005, 09:27 PM
One for Shad and anyone else who identifies;)

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ceejay52
10-05-2005, 09:51 PM
Happy birthday Painter Women. :gift:

Shad--I'm basically writing a manual. It sure does take time though. This is just on the paper work that I do. I thought about bringing it home, but quickly talked myself out of that one. I've written a manual on how to operate the water plant. Tim uses it to train new employee's. I noticed that most of my copies are gone. I need to get those copies and put them in a binder so they will not get lost. I'll ask the newest employee if I can borrow his copies and make more.


I've blown my diet today. I really buckle under stress and this manual / training session is just that, stressful. I need to set a time limit for my last meal of the day. I don't like to eat after 6 p.m. at work cause it's to near the time to go home, and salads are out of the question for right now. My aunt is thinking that lettuce may be causing the IBS episodes.

Linda--Do you have night exercise classes as well? Ah--forgot to bring home the exercise equipemnt I have at work in my locker. I may have to bug my co-worker tomorrow. I'm diffinately not an early bird.


Hello to Holly, Happy, Mel, Linus, Nae and Teel :wave:

Shad
10-05-2005, 10:57 PM
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Bah humbug. Taking a pause day at day 5? 6?. Grrrrrrrrrrrr. When will I ever learn? Aaah well tis done - first day off the rails for ages and ages and it had to happen today. When I stuff up, I really stuff up. Did I enjoy it. No not really and I can feel it there sitting in the stomach - idiot. And no I can't see the mouse.

Meadow
10-05-2005, 11:09 PM
hmm, cheese :drool: :p

Shad
10-05-2005, 11:21 PM
Exactly - silly me. And I wish cheese was all it was as well.

happy2bme
10-05-2005, 11:41 PM
hard to imagine that at this moment I am preparing for dreamland and Shad is preparing lunch. :dizzy:

Ok, you get your pause day BUT it's back to plan again young woman :nono:

And I did NOT eat the cookies. I packed them in my bag along with some cracked corn for the mallard ducks in the pond and took a walk around the pond area over to my buddies building and hand delivered him the cookies. DH walked with me and helped deliver the newsletters tonight after the chiropractor. Got extra water, extra exercise and food wasn't stellar but not so bad as to undo the entire day.

I am trying to read your posts but the cable modem is going bonkers. Either that or it's melting down at the idea of Linda T's 4:45 aerobics class. Aerobics at that hour? Even the birds aren't up. Oh wait, 4:45 in Linda's time is actually 6:45 in my time. Ok, I can handle that - where's my Reebok step thingee?

happy2bme
10-06-2005, 12:03 AM
Modem is flaking out. I'm getting REALLY ticked off. I will try again in the morning.

happy2bme
10-06-2005, 12:04 AM
oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAINTER WOMAN - I'd do this in color but this #$%(@#&%&* thing is so slow that the color would fade to black by the time you saw it anyway.

PainterWoman
10-06-2005, 12:33 AM
Thanks for the birthday wishes!
I feel virtuous after my am walk with DH. and plan to do the same tomorrow with cool weather as promised. I didn't take a pause day.... I feel the day I missed was plenty pause enough!

Shad... thanks for letting me know you don't suffer fools... I'm unfoolish in some areas, but not when it comes to moving my body around or putting food into it. I'll keep my dietary whines to myself. Actually, I might even straighten up and fly right!!

OK. I'm off to some knitting and then to bed.
No late noshing.

Hollyhock
10-06-2005, 07:36 AM
Happy Happy Happy Birthday Dear Painterwoman!!

Roseblush
10-06-2005, 10:18 AM
Happy Bday Painter woman.... the best to you and all year through! It is a gorgeous morning here and I actually slept in with the pups.... oh it feels like a slow start today. My day off a nd Toby is already so happy not to be put into his bathroom for the whole day.
The challenge is still going well for me and I hope that the vitamins and water is helping me. SO maybe I will make it to the endof this one....
Lots and lots of deer all around the place resting bedded down lots of times and walking around with the dogs in tow doesn't even seem to bother them... Toby has even halted his wee little charge when I tell him to stop!
Hope all is well around this world with each of you and yours!
Mel, are you barking orders with a smile?????
Blessings,
Nae

ceejay52
10-06-2005, 11:28 AM
Nae, Deer,can't wait until they start to appear at my uncles. Do you have turkey also? We saw their tracks in the woods last week end.

Shad -I'm starting over with this challenge. Yes, I'm a stress eater and I've got to over come that. I' m also adding a no coke or dr. pepper for this one. Coke products really make me retain fluid.

I'm going to my uncles later in the day. Their grand children's school is having grand parents day tomorrow. I'm getting to baby sit. Yes, I volunteered, but I get to have some one on one time with the baby. Yeah, She'll be 2 Oct 30th. And I'm taking back some chiggar's that I got out in the woods last week end. I've never had this many.

Got to get cracking. Laundry has been done and I really want to clean the bedroom before I leave this afternoon.

I've just figured out a reasonable dinner and it's easy so I can eat at a decent time now.

Need to make a couple of phone calls. Going to redeem my plane ticket that I didn't use last Chrismas because of the snow and ice. Making a trip to Dallas to see my oldest sister in November. That's just around the corner.

linus
10-06-2005, 04:09 PM
hi folks if i make too many spelling mistakes blame my wee horror who has decided that he doesnt need sleep after all lol i am having continuall battles with nice caring relatives not too put the wee man on the bottle so they can take him off my hands for me to get some rest !!!!! i keep telling them its not the wee man its the bloody rest of them !!! happy birthday painter woman ,brill end of month weigh in results shad and thanks mel for passing on the piccies to shad and to shad for posting them ,shad youll get the updated versions i promise
love to you all and welcome linda t
kirsty and christopher {the lesser of 4 evils }

Shad
10-06-2005, 08:21 PM
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Okay so yesterday is dead and gone and I have to get over it and start over. Day 1 of 21, it will just give me time to complete the challenge before I go away. I've finished beating myself up about it.

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I did salvage some of yesterday. Last night I went home and definitely wasn't hungry, fed the cat, got some of my taxes up to date and will have to finish them this weekend. Then around 8.00pm I had my first of the season Northern Territory mango. It was yummy, yummy, yummy. But there won't be too many more of them at the price that one was. I'll wait now until they come down a bit in price.

Last night on the way home, I stopped off at a shop near the railway station and bought myself a new skirt. Its in aqua - which seems to be my new colour this year. Last couple of years have been sort of sage and khaki. This year is bright aqua and a bit of teal. So I am set to go (hot to trot?) for a while now. Need to throw out some of the old stuff to make way for the new. I do like these new clothes in the stretch fabrics - had a lot of sins some of them!

Linus - good to hear from you. Be my guest as to the photos. Had all the girls here going clucky. Tell the rellies to take Andy and Connor and Craig and just leave you holding the baby. That would make life a lot easier all round.

Ceejay - yes well I'm starting over as well. So you're not on your own. What are chiggar's? Sound intriguing - sort of like Hansel and Gretel - taking them to the woods! Have a fun time with the toddler.

Rose - fancy having living deer snoozing and wandering around your yard. It sounds idyllic, probably isn't as you will be cleaning up the deer poo and they will be eating the veges and plants etc.

Painter - hope you had a wonderful birthday and all good things came your way. I promise not to hit you too hard with my stick when the time comes. You'll be wondering why you are here, what with the cattle prod and now the big stick.

Happy - glad to hear you didn't eat the cookies. Did you 'share' the corn with the ducks or did they get the lot? :lol3:

Okay, duty calls, work to do, etc.

Happy Friday (you lot will just have to pretend it is Friday)

happy2bme
10-07-2005, 07:44 AM
I've gotten through a week of my challenge. By now I am automatically looking for the water and the idea to move and stretch pops into my head several times throughout the day. So something good is coming of this. I definitely need to focus on the food next go round. Right now my knee is killing me. I suspect it has something to do with the chiropractor. It feels twisted. My left foot did slightly turn in for all I can remember. It's straightening out now as the spine is being straightened (so they tell me) so there will be some aches as the body aligns. It does make sense and the pressure I once had lifting my leg is greatly diminished so I will proceed cautiously. Just won't be doing any race walking this weekend :lol:

And a glorious weekend it will be - we have a cool snap from our Canadian friends - daytime temps only in the 60's. Fall is here at last. Should be great for working out in the yard - there's much to sweep and pick up. Not sure if I want to rip out the front flowers and redo them with fall and winter flowers (pansies and mums). We have some zinnias in the front that are doing well, the butterflies love them so I'll see how they weather the cooler temps. Hummingbirds are all but gone. It's down to one or two now from our peak of about 20. The ferral cat seems to have taken a new road too - haven't see it in 3 days. Stopped putting food out as I noticed the raccoon was nosing around the other night.

Weekend's plans are to sort out and put away the summer clothes, dig through a box or two for fall sweaters. I will make a committment to go through 3 packing boxes. Need to pick out some of DH's flower and butterfly pictures for a framed grouping on 2 walls. I did want to take the bicycle out but we'll have to see how the knee is feeling - DH has already found a local bike path he wants to try. He doesn't realize/remember that I need to build up the stamina first before we launch on a day's ride. :(

Looks like it's time to hop in the shower. Will be back this evening to catch up with everyone. Enjoy your day.

Hollyhock
10-07-2005, 09:11 AM
Wowzers, Friday already!!!
This week had gone by in a blink!!

All is well on the school front. The meeting last night had a much lighter and “informed” tone. I spoke on the topic and hope I did okay.
Food had still been much,much better. Mindful. Healthy choices.
I am soooo looking forward to this weekend. It cool again 16C/62F as opposed to 25c/80F all week. ew. I had the ac on in the afts. gross.
I will putter at paperwork and gardening. I have 2 little guys Sat morning so the parents can go to a funeral.

We had a completely chaos free morning!!!!! woohooo!!! It is pajama day at school ,so I didn’t have to get kids dressed and it is pizza day, didn’t pack lunches. It was freakin GREAT!!!
2 pre schoolers til noon and then I am FREE til 3:30 and then only 3 kids coming. Fridays ROCK!!!

I didn't think i had made my challenge but i have. I DID do a modified SB diet and I DID eat mindfully. I am feeling great.

Oh happy sigh!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING MEADOW!!!!!!! What are your plans??

MELODY525
10-07-2005, 04:32 PM
WELL KIDS I MADE IT TO THE END OF THE WEEK.....NOT ONLY DOWNSTAIRS BUT WITH THE CHALLENGE. TODAY IS DAY 7 AND STILL HOLDING. I EVEN ADDED TAKE CARE OF LIPS AND NAILS TO MY LIST AND HAVE KEPT UP WITH THEM. I DON'T LEAVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT BREAKFAST EITHER. THIS IS A WHOLE NEW ME! LOL SINK IS CLEANED AND EVERYTHING BEFORE 8 AM!
BUT I WILL BE GLAD WHEN THIS 3 DAY WEEKEND IS OVER AND JOHN IS BACK.:bubbles:
A COUPLE I KNEW (FROM INDIA) HAS A DD LIVING NEAR ME. I MET THEM A FEW YEARS AGO. HIS WIFE PASSED AWAY THIS YEAR AND HE CAME TO SPEND TIME WITH DD AND HE IS LEAVING TOMORROW AND I BOUGHT HIM A BEAUTIFUL SUEDE JOURNAL AND TOLD HIM HE CAN STILL SPEAK TO NIRU(HER NAME) ALL HE WANTS WITHOUT ANYONE KNOWING. HIS DD'S BOTH HERE AND IN INDIA ARE TRYING TO RUSH THE GREIVING PROCESS TOO MUCH FOR HIS LIKING. HE WAS BLOWN AWAY FROM THE GIFT AND SPEECHLESS BUT SAYS HE WILL USE IT AS SOON AS HE GETS HOME....MAYBE EVEN ON THE PLANE FOR THE 19 HOURS! I WAS SAD AND GLAD TO SEE HIM GO. THE GLAD WAS BECAUSE I AM TIRED OF CRYING!!! LOL
SO THAT WAS THE LAST DAY FOR HIM AND FOR MAINTENANCE.
THE BOYS ARE SAD JOHN IS COMING HOME THOUGH.....I WAS SURPRISED HOW UPSET THEY ARE TODAY. THEY WERE REMINDED OF THE "OLD" DAYS AND NEVER DID ACCEPT JOHN'S COMING HERE. (SIGH) NOTHING I CAN DO ABOUT IT AND TO BE HONEST I DON'T KNOW HOW I DID IT ALL FOR SO MANY YEARS ALONE. I AMAZED MYSELF!!! NOT A BLDG WE OWN DIDN'T HAVE MULTIPLE PROBLEMS THIS WEEK AND MAINLY CAUSE THEY LET THE PREVENTIVE MAINT. SCHEDULE GO TO BLAZES. CAN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT THAT EITHER ALTHOUGH I TRIED....SEEM TO BE A LOT OF DEAF EARS AROUND HERE NOW.
WELL ANYWAY..............
I READ ALL THE POSTS AND WON'T COMMENT SINGLY BUT GLAD ALL IS WELL HERE AT THE CASTLE! I NEED A WEEK AT OUR SUMMER HOME TO WARM UP AND SOAK IN THE RAYS.
JEN IS GOING AWAY FOR THE WEEKEND OR SO THEY THINK. I HAVE CUSTODY OF THE GRANDCHILD. BIRDY IS HERE AGAIN! ROFLMAO HE MUST LOVE ME CAUSE HE FLEW ON MY HEAD, TOOK A **** AND FLEW OFF! LOL BUT I'M USED TO GETTING **** ON.ROFLMAO
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND. WE ARE GETTING RAIN AND COOLER TEMPS SO MAYBE I'LL CLEAN HOUSE!!! LOL
M NEXT CHALLENGE SHOULD BE GETTING THE LAUNDRY CAUGHT UP!! LOL

Shad
10-07-2005, 05:49 PM
Morning all,

It's going to be another stinker, they are predicting 36C, around 102F, today and with hot blustery winds. Well thanks guys. That means a heap of dust. Aaah well put up with it, summer is here. The bugs are coming back as well. Last night I rushed around and cleaned the house and did the washing. This morning I have done an hour in the garden clearing weeds and rubbish from an area I am going to have concreted this summer - provided the pennies are there. I shall have to get a couple of quotes shortly.

So today I can concentrate on the challenge, the dining room ceiling, getting some meals in the freezer for the DS2 and working on the taxes which must be done by the end of this weekend. I put a chicken in the oven this morning while I was out in the garden. So that will be a couple of meals when I get veges in there with them. I've got some lamb roasting at the moment. Should be finished in half an hour or so. There's another couple of meals as well. I'll pick up a couple of ham steaks at the store on the way home and he can have some pilaf with ham and veges. I'll have to think of a few other things - this kid is not domesticated and if I don't cook, he will but the resulting mess will be nasty. Easier if I do it and clean up behind me.

It's time to go do something before I go to gym. Back later to comment.

Tig
10-07-2005, 07:56 PM
The weekend is here! Yeowww, Shad! Bugs, dust, and 102! :yikes: I wish you could just paddle on over. It's only 82 here. I'm relaxing with a glass of little Boomey cabernet while the oldest dog is relaxing with me; the youngest dog is trying to entice me to play ball by throwing it for me (truly!); and the girly dog is relaxing with Slim, the love of her life. Is the gym going well for you? Our next race isn't until the end of the month. Creaky Bones 5K for the Arthritis Foundation. We are saving our pennies to go to Okinawa in June 2007. We talked to our DDIL last week. She said The Thugs are already speaking Japanese and she takes them shopping with her when she goes into town. I can't wait to hear about your visit!

SMellie has the grandbirdie for the weekend! Are you going to take the little chirper to see Chicken Little? (Might be too intense.) Sounds like you are doing great with your challenge.

happy, I hope your knee is doing better. Are you icing it and taking it easy? Hope it isn't annoying that I'm hovering. Knees worry me - I'm not so convinced by the back theory, I guess.

Holly, what was your modified SB diet? I'm really interested because one of the side effects of my new medicine is that I have a different view of food. It sounds like you had a really great day. You definitely deserved that!!

Linus, thanks for peeking in. And your dear wee one is precious. :love:

Poor ceejay. I haven't had chiggers in years, but it sure made me itch reading about yours. Alchohol still for them or is there a different, more humane for your skin, remedy these days?

Nae, I'm glad that Toby decided to listen to you about challenging the deer. Are the deer traveling through or are they inhabitants of the area? Is it unusual that there are so many? I'm always very interested in the animals.

Happy Birthday Month PainterWoman! You are Entitled to Celebrate all month.

Meadow, you are always so expressive with pictures. I really admire your visual talent. I liked the balancing act. I think that's my job at work. That and Herding Cats and evidently making people cry and forcing them to throw temper tantrums. At least that must be part of my job description because they happen at least once or twice a week! :rolleyes:

Hello to anyone that I missed. :wave: It was old age, not intentional. It sounds like everyone is doing great with the challenges. :cp:

Hollyhock
10-07-2005, 10:09 PM
Shad~ I love the way your day is shaping up. Sounds like a nice blend of food prep and garden!!
Your hairy friend the other day was a hoot.
Tig~ I found I couldn't go full phase 1, which is detox with no carbs ,fruit etc.
Phase 2 is more reasonable to me,adding in good carbs. They have food lists on the the forum here. Easy to use.
So, I am eating small amounts of fruit, no sweets or bread and small amounts of whole grains, 4 c of veg a day and 2-4 oz lean protein at every meal.Nuts for snacks.
I really weant to try some SB specific recipes.
Bread, ice cream,crackers,chips are binge foods for me so I am doing none. I feel good about the control. The scale hasn't shifted much.
The comment to meadow about making people cry and have tantrums is making me chuckle....my week was a little like that,I triggered a few people.

Mel~ be good to that winged friend. You sound like it was good although busy week. Now you can relax. Your visit sounds lovely,too.

I went and picked up thanksgiving fixins while DD was at gym. I will cook a turkey, stuffing,potatoes,carrots and pumpkin pie on Sunday. DS asked if we could sit in the diningroom!! Well, of course.
He plays hockey tomorrow but i am not going.I will be sleeping in, puttering, gardening and maybe some crafting.weehee!!
I picked up a glorious huge deep burgundy garden MUM!!!

It is the front right corner colour.They bloom til it snows.

Have happy day!

PainterWoman
10-07-2005, 11:18 PM
Had a good day... although if I'm to keep up with my water I'll be up peeing all night!!

Congratulations to all who are still on challenge (or who've stopped beating themselves up!!).

Linus-- I understand completely... Tell the relatives that if they REALLY wanted to be helpful they could pump their OWN breast milk... maybe that'll keep them out of your hair. My daughter wouldn't do breast AND bottle, so I was stuck. But #2 child, DS, would slurp anything from any source. Perhaps when Mr. Munchkin is a bit older he can be taught to be similarly adaptable... for your sake.

CJ... ewwwwwwwww I hate chiggers. I'm a fan of clear nailpolish and LOTS of benadryl or antihistamine. Hope yours appreciate your generous offer of a return to their native territory.

Shad... great monster... sorry your day was tough. It has only just gotten cool here. I was going to twist DH's arm to go to State Fair of Texas (www.bigtex.com) which is an amazing spectacle... but this weekend is a big rival football game... so we might have to play hookey in a week or so.... Neither of us are big on crowds... especially college aged ones full of beer.

Mel... what an awesome present for your friend... so thoughtful and understanding. I must say, though, I'm lost about the identity of "john" Hope his return/visit goes well anyway.

I felt well enough today to wear low heeled pumps to the MD and movie. EGAD... I must go back to sneakers or slides tomorrow. Who knew my calves had gotten so lazy.

Happy weekend all.

Shad
10-08-2005, 06:20 AM
It's been a good day. Didn't get as hot as I thought it would although the telly tonight said it reached 38 and well over 40 out west. Obviously, where I was, it wasn't that bad.

Garden got dug,
Lawn got mowed,
Hedged got trimmed - now I need to do the top
6 Meals got plonked in the freezer. The freezer got cleaned out. Have another 4 or 5 to go and that will be it for the lad.
Had an hours siesta with a book on the bed
Went to the gym 2 hours
The dining room ceiling is tomorrows effort.

Painter - Hope you got to walk again today. It is so good for you and you can do the bonding thing with DH - two things in one go. Watch the shoes if you haven't been wearing heels for a long time. It does get up the back of your leg.

Holly - Thanksgiving dinner sounds nice. Hang on a tick I'll be right over. The chryssies are a lovely colour too. Glad that you are having a bit of time for yourself today gardening and crafting. Good stuff.

Tig - Go on, get out there and play with that dog. They are not there forever - Shad the dog used to love to play ball. Even when he was starting to deteriorate in the spine he loved to get out there and pretend he was still as good as ever if only for a short time. I take it little Boomey is a breed of Cabernet wine???? I thought the balanceing act was the necessary ingredient in Projects - as for the tears and tantrums. Well I've had a few of them myself - where they throw up the arms and declare it is all too hard, burst into tears and run from the room - and that's only the blokes.


Mel, I am glad you made it - well done. It always annoys me when they don't have a preventative maintenance plan. It may be expensive to install and take two years to come to full bloom, but the money it saves is amazing. Prevention always was, always is, and always will be better than cure.

Falling asleep at the computer here. Time to call it a day and go to bed. Another busy day tomorrow.

More of the same,
Food, Exercise, Water, Portions, carbs.
Garden
Ceiling
Cooking
Hedge if time and inclination
Taxes. Uuuugh. But I have put them off for too long.
Wash the car - the birds used it for target practice at gym today. Although I may give in and take it through the car wash when I fill it up with petrol in the morning. It will certainly save me the time to do it myself. And I can sit in it and watch the water come through and remember when it used to rain like that here.

That's it from me. Catch you same time same space tomorrow.

MELODY525
10-08-2005, 09:01 AM
I SEE SHAD IS ALREADY WELL INTO HER WEEKEND WITH A LIST OF TO DO'S!!! MY EX CALLED IT THE HONEY DO LIST. FUNNY HOW I ALWAYS ENDED UP RE-DOING THEM!!! LOL 102!! YIKES!!! I WILL BE NEEDING SOME OF THAT HEAT SOON ENOUGH! GET THE A/C OUT!!! SAME TIME, SAME SPACE SAME BAT CHANNEL.
GOOD LUCK WITH THE TAXES! AND WHERE IS THE HAMMOCK OR IS IT A WEE BIT TOO HOT FOR THAT?!?!?

TIG IT'S ALWAYS NICE TO SEE YOU AND GLAD FOR THE UPDATE ON THE THUGS. AHHHH TO BE YOUNG AND LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE. I HOPE THEY'RE ALL HAPPY. WHAT AN EXPERIENCE.
I HAVE SOME CREAKING GOING ON AND MAYBE I COULD ROLL ALONG SIDE YOU!!! I COULD CARRY THE WATER! GOOD LUCK!!

PAINTER~ JOHN IS THE MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR I FILLED IN FOR. HE LEFT ON A CRUISE WITH THE DW FOR HER BD. HOPE HE HAD A GOOD TIME CAUSE TUESDAY HE'S GETTING YELLED AT! LOL I WILL STOP BY BIG TEX LATER AND CATCH A GLIMPSE OF THE FAIR....DOES TEXAS DO ANYTHING SMALL?????ROFLMAO
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WEEKEND! LOL

CEEJAY~ HAS THE TRAINEE BEEN CRYING YET?!?! LOL
HOPE YOU GET THAT MANUAL COPIED. IT WOULD BE A SHAME TO LOSE ALL YOUR HARD WORK AND ESPECIALLY WHEN IT'S SO USEFUL TOO! I REALLY THINK TIM WOULD TRULY BE LOST WITHOUT YOU...IT SHOWED WHEN YOU WERE OUT WITH YOUR FOOT. YOU ARE THE WATER NYMPH OF THE PLANT!!

HOLLY~ CUTE THE DS ASKED ABOUT THE DININGROOM. FUNNY HOW KIDS GET. WHEN JEN WAS SMALL ALL THE GOOD STUFF HAD TO COME OUT WHEN GRANDMA CAME. SHE LOVED HOLIDAYS AND BEING MORE FORMAL....WONDER WHERE SHE GOT THE HOLIDAY THING?!?! ROFL I HOPE YOURS WILL BE FILLED WITH HAPPINESS AND GO SMOOTHLY. YOUR MUMS ARE GORGEOUS. WE USED THEM HERE ONE YEAR WITH THE ORNAMENTAL KALE AND IT WAS A REAL TREAT FOR THE EYES!

LINUS~ I THINK OF CJ ALL THE TIME!! I ALSO KEEP FORGETTING TO SHOW JEN THE PICTURES SO I'LL PRINT THEM OUT TODAY AND MAKE COPIES!! REST IN BETWEEN THE WELL WISHER VISITS AND I KNOW YOU WILL DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR BOTH OF YOU WITH THE BREAST FEEDING. JUST DON'T WEAR YOURSELF OUT....:dizzy:

HAPPY~ I SENT IT WITH THE US POSTAL SERVICE AND I AM AS STUNNED AS YOU THAT IT GOT THERE. MAYBE CAUSE IT WAS LIGHTER THAN THE FIRST ONHE I SENT?! WHEN I SENT THE BIG BOX, IT TOOK FOREVER AND I THOUGHT IT WAS A GONER!!! BUT IT FINALLY GOT THERE. THIS ONE I PUT 2 OUTFITS IN A MUCH SMALLER BOX AND HOW IT GOT THERE IS A MYSTERY TO ME. MAYBE MARY(WILLY'S WIFE) SENT IT 1ST CLASS? I DON'T KNOW?!?!?!? YOU ARE ANOTHER BUSY GAL!!! WOW!! IF I HAD YOUR JOB I'D BE COLLAPSING AT NIGHT. WHEN I HEAR YOU AND SHAD TALK ABOUT ALL THE "HEAD STUFF" I GET :dizzy: JUST READING IT!!! LOL NOTHING TIRES ME FASTER.....I'M A MORE "PHYSICAL" KIND OF GAL. :rofl: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SOME WARMER WEATHER AND ENJOY THAT YARD TOO. YOU AND SHAD NEED HAMMOCK TIME!!! LOL
PS: THE PARTS FOR THE CHAIR HAVE YET TO ARRIVE!!!:tantrum:

MEADOW!~ THE AVON LADY WAS A DELIGHT....THE COLORS REALLY POPPED OFF THE SCREEN! HOW IS THE NEW HOME GOING? ARE YOU ALL SETTLED IN AND UNPACKED? SEEMS TO ME THAT YOU DID A GREAT AMOUNT OF WORK IN A VERY SHORT TIME!! I AM IMPRESSED WITH THE SPEED IN WHICH IT WAS ALL DONE! HAVE YOU FINISHED WANTING TO YELL AT THE CONTRACTORS?!?! I OFTEN THINK OF YOU WHEN I WORK WITH THE GUYS.....CAUSE I YELL ALOT!!!:rofl: I USE THE PHRASE: WTF WERE YOU THINKING....MANY TIMES IN THE COURSE OF ONE DAY!!! BUT I LOVE THEM :love:

NAE~ I FEEL SORRY FOR THAT DOG THAT HE HAS TO GO HOME. THEY'RE NOT GIVING HIM ENOUGH ATTENTION!!! LOL THEN YOU COULD HAVE TRIPLETS!!! I MISS JEN'S BIRD WHEN HE'S GONE BUT WHEN HE'S HERE I THINK OF BIRDY STEW! :lol3: :rollpin:
WITH ALL THE SNOW BLOWING UP NORTH, HAVE YOU SEEN ANY? I WAS SO SURPRISED TO SEE SOME PICS ON THE TV!!! :faint: GET THE SHOVELS READY!!!

GOD I HOPE I HAVEN'T MISSED ANYONE EXCEPT TEEL :wave: HOPE SHE'S HAVING A GOOD REST AND ENJOYING THE VISIT.
I SLEPT TILL 7:30 AND WAS SHOCKED THE BIRD DID TOO. IT'S DARK AND POURING ALL OF SHAD'S RAIN ON NJ THIS MORNING!!! I WILL SEND SOME TO HER! I BOUGHT ORGANIC BURGERS, HASHBROWNS AND VEGGIES. GOING TO MAKE IT A VERY EASY 3 DAY WEEKEND! :love: I MIGHT NOT EVEN DO ANYTHING AT ALL!
HAVE A GREAT DAY/NIGHT AND STAY WELL! :moped:

MELODY525
10-08-2005, 09:12 AM
LINDA~ I ALMOST FORGOT YOU!!! AND I THOUGHT OF USING YOUR PROD THIS WEEK TOO!!! I COULD HAVE USED IT MANY TIMES IN ALL THE OFFICES!!! WE ARE A LAZY BUNCH DOWNSTAIRS!!! LOL I WOULD LOVE TO JOIN YOUR EXERCISE CLASS BUT ALAS MY INTERNET SERVICE DOESN'T START UNTIL ABOUT 8AM! :rofl: :lol: :lol3: :encore: :bubbles:
SO I WILL HAVE TO PASS ON THAT ONE!!! I HAVE ALSO TRIED MANY TIMES TO GET HOTCUP OVER HERE!!! MAYBE WHEN SHE READS ALL THIS SHE'LL COME. MAYBE I SHOULD TRY PUTTING A GUILT TRIP ON HER!!! ROFLMAO WE E-MAIL A LOT AND STAY IN TOUCH THAT WAY SO I KNOW SHE'S HOLDING HER OWN :flow2:
HOW IS THE JOB GOING? I THINK I HAVE MISSED SOMETHING ABOUT IT?!?!?! HAPPY WEEKEND!!

Hollyhock
10-08-2005, 09:37 AM
Being as it is Thanksgivng, just thought I should express how thankful I am for each one of you and your unique gifts and talents and brilliants minds!!! We are a lucky bunch here on this thread.At least I am lucky. Some days it is like having 4-5 great Mom's. I adore the guidance, feedback, being challenged and supported.
Okay, enough mush, LOL!

Shad~ I can honestly say I do not envy the heat. I have good old scottish blood, transplanted in Canada. Cool and drizzly is okay by me.

PW~ you are sounding wonderful!!! Heels even!!!!

I have invited Java too.She has a very sick kitty right now.

Mel~hope you are relaxing.

HUGS to everyone!!

I slept way in!!! Just having a coffee. I have 2 of my boys here. The Mom's Grandma died and the funeral is today. They are just like family. The oldest, DS and DH are going to hockey any minute. DD and the 2 yo and I will hang out.
DH has been tidying the kitchen every night AND he cut the back grass. I think he wants to get lucky and doesn't want to hear that I am too tired or stressed out from house work!
I realy need to do bookkeeping. I really dont like it. I am quite capable but like Mel I am a mover and shaker. I would way rather clean a toilet.

I am soooo happy to be home with no pressing engagements. I still want to roughly plan my day out. I really dont like to misuse valuable time. Gawd I am a geek.

HUGS chickies!!!

MELODY525
10-08-2005, 10:27 AM
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happy2bme
10-08-2005, 11:12 AM
Good morning chickies,
Right now it's a sun shiny 53F/12C. Guess Shad would call that a cold winter's day in the tropics but it's actually a lovely invigorating day. Get your autumn sweater on and go rake the leaves or plant some lovely "chryssies".

I know the color you speak of Holly - should look gorgeous in your yard. And they are so full and lush. Happy planting!

Happy Thanksgiving to Holly and Meadow and Ruthie and Madcat. Hope they are enjoying a nice warm day since they pushed the cold all down our way :rofl:

Poor Mel. I have just looked at the weather map and the entire east coast from tip to tip is covered in rain, heavy rain :rain: :rain: Good day for you to whip up a pot of soup, sit back and enjoy those videos. Might want to hold the umbrella over your head in case birdie decides to do a fly by over your head again! :eek: I don't think Mary's much into posting on a thread but thanks for inviting her anyway. Maybe we should set out some turtle flakes and lead a trail over here. :mag:

Shad did you make all those meals for the DS while you're away? Is that his incentive for watching the house and cat for you? One more week and you're on your way. Betcha can't wait! I know what you mean about the taxes. :write: I used to file ours a week after we got the paperwork but now I've left it up to DH as he does it via the computer. I support the one flat tax rate, take it off the top, no deductions, no filing. If you're going to stick us, minimize the pain.

And you asked what are chiggers? They are tiny little mites that gather and bite the skin causing red bumps and intense, savage itching - worse than 100 mossies biting you all at once. Some areas are more prone to them than others. Not something you prefer to encounter in your life. Sorry to hear that you ran into a gang of them CJ.

PW good to hear you're holding your own on the challenge. It doesn't take long for those leg muscles to cramp up in heels.

Teel, if you're peeking, we miss you and wish you'd come back. :grouphug:

Linus, good of you to check in too. I think people don't realize that when they gather together to "help" you out they are interfering far more than they are helping. Perhaps you should take the wee man and go sneak into one of their houses while they are over at yours :rofl:

Tig, thanks for the concern on the knee. It's the back of the knee that hurts. Kind of like when you stub your toe and you walk a bit off center - those muscles hurt because you aren't walking properly. That's what it feels like. Today I will wrap it for some extra support, it's just hard to wrap a joint - the bandage is either too tight or it keeps slipping. They come up with such cool names for your races. What a great way to stay active and involved.

CeeJay, enjoy your trip with the family. Make those plans quickly for your sister's visit. Air fares are going up, schedules are getting cut. They are making it harder for us to fly.

Rose hope all is well in your part of the states. Enjoy the deer and the puppies.

Hello to Linda T who will no doubt put me to shame having already probably got her day well underway. :lol: No, no, no - I'll do better - no cattle prod for me :yikes:

DH is pestering me - I said I'd get up and take my car in for an oil change this morning - I keep forgetting and I'm overdue for that. He's an up early get things done kinda guy (like Shad), I'm a wake up, have a coffee sluggish person myself. But I do have lots of plans for the day and they don't get done sitting here in front of the computer. So on with it.

Later chickies...

Shad
10-08-2005, 04:32 PM
It's blowing a gale out there today. Started sometime in the night when the hammock frame blew over and wrapped itself around the hot water cylinder. I got up and went and had a look but since it could go no further I left it there and went back to bed. It's a lot cooler now as well. But because of the wind, I shall have to revise the plans to finish the hedge trimming (up a ladder) and working outside digging bone dry dusty weeds won't be too great either. And to make matters worse the wind is blowing the wrong way for sanding the ceiling - all the dust would get blown back into the house. Plan B appears called for. At this stage I have no idea what plan B might be, but I will think of something. All I know is that the gym opens at 8.00am this morning and I will be there.

Happy I still have 18 days before I fly away. I simply started early with the cooking. If I leave him to it, the DS2 will either eat junk or cook and make a mess. He needs something in a hurry because he works nights from Midnight to 9.00am and then from 10.00 to around 5 at his second job. So in order to get enough sleep, he has to eat quickly, no time for good hearty stews or roasts. Therefore it is the least I can do to make sure he eats well while he is doing me a favour. I put 6 in the freezer last night. I'll get another couple done today. I'm only away for 13 days. He can eat out over weekends or whatever. I guess I should get his old room ready for him as well. That's something I can do today - sort out the futon. Some of the slats are coming unglued and unpinned so I could get my trusty screwdriver and fix them all back up again.

And to all our wonderful Canadian folk and their families on this and other threads. Thanks for being our friends and .....

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Meadow
10-08-2005, 06:16 PM
My computer has gone for a dive again. The video driver has pixilated everything, I can barely make out some things. I'm going to try and use the boot disc the shop guy gave me, but if you don't see me in awhile you will know the reason.. I blew up the computer:p The boot disc didn't work, couldn't get it to work actually :p I changed the video setting to 32 bit colour and that seemed to have fixed the hiccup, somehow it changed itself to 16 bit somehow. Computers are strange and mysterious things.

The teachers here are on strike so my kids didn't have to go to school on Friday. Monday is our Thanksgiving, so long weekend here :) We are going to my inlaws for an early ham dinner, nobody here really cares for turkey. I will miss the stuffing though, love that:p

Meadow
10-08-2005, 09:02 PM
We had a lovely day here today, sunny and warm. I hope a rainbow appeared somewhere for all you lovely ladies that had rain today :D

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/autumn_rainbowb.jpg

Mel-those turkeys in fishnet stockings are hilarious :lol3: No cooking for me this weekend, it is all going to be the MIL. Good luck with the bird sitting, perhaps you should find an old Baretta rerun so it can see one of its own that made good in Hollywood :lol: I doubt that I will ever feel really settled in this new place. How long before a place feels like home? I took the girls up to get videos today, 79 cents each for the cartoon ones, so I thought I could splurge ;)

Holly-doing the "Martha Stewart" version of a meal ;) I remember seeing a show of Martha's where she baked a turkey for all those hours and then baked it again covered in flake pastery :devil: Beautiful Chrysanthemum, I have three bright yellow ones planted out front here:D such hardy bloomers for the fall.

Painter-what movie did you go to? You know the new Zorro is coming out the end of this month ;) Nice to read you are feeling so chipper.

Tig-I love that title for the race "creaky bones" :lol: Okanawa huh? Are you speaking Japanese as well as the thugs? They will use it against you if you aren't :lol3:

:wave:Teel, Linus, Ceejay, Linda, Rose and gosh anyone else who pops by to visit HELLO! How was your day? Smile someone is watching you :D

Shad-your to do lists make me tired :p I have a cold trying to catch me which is my excuse for not being up to much of late. I have done exercise three times this week and am drinking more water so I'm doing alright challenge wise.

Happy-how many of your "plans for the day" came about? did the car get its fix of fresh oil?

ceejay52
10-08-2005, 09:05 PM
Hello every one
The week end was great. I enjoyed babysitting the 2yo. She was adorable and so easy to keep. I got in my exercise playing with her. Can you believe that she can count to 5! I was impressed. It's been a long time since I've changed diapers. My niece is almost 15. The last diaper I changed was a cloth diaper and had to use safety pins. I put hers on backwards. I wondered why those tabs were hard to close.

Not sure who asked but I renewed the air plane ticket on Thursday and talked to my sister who lives in Dallas today. I was scheduled to visit in December of 2004 but got snowed in so I'm set to go. I have a vacation sheet filled out but need to put it in Bud's box for him to ok it. He'll have to fill in for me that Monday.

The chiggers are just about gone. YIPEE. Thank goodness for clear finger nail polish.

Shad you make me tired just reading your posts. I forgot about the challenge today and bought a coke. This time I'm going to take a "bust day" and start again tomorrow.

Mel You are one busy lady. I'm glad you are back. Good for you on making 7 out of 21 days of this challenge. Your bird incident reminds me of the saying "May the bluebird of happiness fly over you" I think you're right, it likes you.

Holly Happy Thanksgiving.

Hello to the rest. :wave:

I have a full 4 day week end this coming week end and I'm looking forward to it.
Aunt and uncle are going on vacation. They need a few day's just to themselves.

I'm preparing my food for tomorrow. It's the only way I can stay on plan. All I've had today is starches and my blood sugar will show it.

Have a good day/night.::):

Hollyhock
10-09-2005, 09:12 AM
R&R RULES!!!!!
OMG a well rested and relaxed Hollyhock!!!! Woooohoooooo!!!! An entire day of no pressing engagements. Putter and more putter. I completed ALL of the Avon bookkeeping!!! We had the loveliest family time. No whining from anyone including me!!! A great morning so far.
Going to church and then cooking my heart out with the the Thanksgiving fixins.
I want to do a a tidy thru and vacuum and pull out my fall decorations. Better late than never.
I had a wonderful chit chat with my co chair from school council. I really needed some feedback on my "talk" the other night. She thinks I covered things well and remained emoitionally dettached. There have been some personal attacks flying around. Hard not to be upset.This is challenging in a good way.
It is 0C outside and 15C in the house( 32F and 60F).I wore my granny flannies to bed, pulled out the extra blanket and wooly socks!!!!!!
I did some weeding and transplanting yesterday. Once the bird in in the oven I will mulch and water those bits.

Meadow~ no flakey pastry here just a flakey Mom. Beautiful pic. VERY Canadian!!!!
Happy turkey day to ya( or is that ham day). Have fun at the inlaws.

Ceejay~ you sound happy and peaceful. Glad the chiggers are leaving you. I ahve never hear dof them either. Glad you enjoyed the toddler time.

Shad~ hope you haven't blown away.

Waving hi to everyone!!!!

MELODY525
10-09-2005, 09:15 AM
:rain: we had lots of the wet stuff! But NJ was in a drought condition so it was much needed rain. We haven't had a lot and last years snows weren't enough either. It's going to be gloomy till Thursday so I might just go and find some closets to clean again or maybe the dresser drawers.
I took a pause day yesterday...not because i wanted one but because the day was filled with trips to the loo. I wasn't sick, it was just a necessary, planned thing. too many bananas! :rofl:
Now it's too much information!!! :lol3: Because of the high winds, Jen and Rich didn't go away but I don't see anyone coming to take Birdy home!!! :rollpin: I had to cancel the eye doctor and they left a message on my machine that the next one available is in January!! :yikes: :faint: Hope the eyes stay good till then! :lol: better get going or I might just go back to bed!

Happy~ I wake the same way. Living alone I have to force myself out of bed! :lol: Hope the car got a good check up and BTW...a friend of mine is a loyal Toyota fan too! He keeps buying their small pickups. wouldn't own anything else. Funny you should say "soup" cause a neighbor dropped of chicken soop with those little orzo pasta things. I love them!!! :eat2:

Shad~ DS is lucky to have a good and thoughtful Mum like you!:encore: Bet Chris is looking forward to seeing a real friend and hope she's feeling better more every day. Any new news?
I wondered where the hammock was!!! maybe it got a bit chilly and decided to wrap itself around something warm. Hope you tied an anchor on your butt if you went out!!!

Meadow~ I am sorry to hear about the computer problems. I wanted to ask if it could be all the graphics you do? I was going to ask the pc man that comes here about that cause i remember one of the former ones telling me about how a computer "supports" them, cross bands and im forget what else.
We had gotten on the subject because another website I use crashed and that was part(or all) of the problem. Anyway....hope you keep it up and running!!! I agree....they do very strange things and don't even ask permission!!!!:rofl: :lol3: Thanks for the rainbow...it's the first i've seen in a very long time! lol

Ceejay~ I know you will love the trip. Nice babysitting job! :lol: backwards:rofl: You cracked me up!!!! surprised you didn't take the kid for a ride on the lawnmower or did that get returned?!? LOL enjoy the holiday weekend!!! Hope it's good weather your way too.

MELODY525
10-09-2005, 09:20 AM
I see Holly snuck in there while I was typing....have a great day Miss Holly and enjoy the bird. I am droooooling over here just thinking of it!!! YUM!!!! Glad you're rested and happy. Have fun.:flow2: :dance: :bubbles:

Roseblush
10-09-2005, 10:00 AM
Happy Holiday to all of our Canadian friends hope you enjoy good food and family! I does seem to be the wet windy weekend lots of places in the world this weekend.
I took my puppy Toby on his first big hike yesterday in the rain. Met with my friend Maria and we did about 51/2 miles up one of our old trails. Heard an elk bugle and enjoyed the soft rain and smells. Toby did very well and he is good about letting me know if he needs picked up at all.
I made some soup this weekend too and am busy trying once again to get to some of the todo's on my list.
How is our little man CJ? hope he is resting well with his mum!
Mel, how are you feeling? your eyes good? Enjoy the birdie! Shad you are going to enjoy your trip so much hope all goes well for you.
Everyone have a great weekend and hope the challenge is holding up for everyone....so far I have been good!
Blessings,
Nae

ceejay52
10-09-2005, 11:36 AM
Mel - You asked about the trainee. This morning I think she was fishing for a compliment, because she told me she wanted to go back to school to be a nurse. Believe me I do not want her to take care of me. but to get the grant she needed she would have to quit. She's called wolf to many times. I'm not going to give her the compliment that she so desires just to keep her here. If she wants to go so be it, let her go.

Holly Happy Thanksgiving. You'll have to share that bird. Have a good day.

Nae--The soup sounds good.

The phone has started to ring. The power is out in the neighborhood.

Hollyhock
10-09-2005, 12:52 PM
HUGs CJ, Nae, Melster, Chicks...I am about to pop a 15 lb turkey in the oven for the 4 of us.Tomorrow I will be bagging up 4 0z packages for me for in the freezer and then making soup stock and some stew and 1 tiny batch of turkey tetrazini,YUM.

Church was peaceful and lovely. The day is following suit. The kids just gathered up twigs,leaves etc to make decorations for the house. I have a speedy clean thru to do and we will decorate for fall( late I know). Oh happy sigh. DH just left to watch the race with the boys and will be home for dinner. The kids will love surprising him with the decorations.
Today will not be super on plan with the diet but I will decline the potatoes and have a tiny bit of stuffing and a small slice o pie. Back in the saddle tomorrow. Oh and couple of glasses of wine.
Feeling insanely happy and totally blissed out with love for my sweet little family.

We are going to the lake tomorrow for lunch. They are having their big do today.

HUGS!!! H
Ps listening to some "seasonal"*giggle* rock and roll, kids are dancing, LOL!!

Shad
10-09-2005, 06:25 PM
Lessons I have learned.

Eat breakfast early. If I do not eat breakfast I tend to graze my way through the day, especially if I am at home. It's a bit easier at work.

Do not cook for the DS2. I have to taste it to see if it is too spicy (he's not that fond of chilli) too bland (likes a bit of salt - probably too much) too Indian (not fond of Asian food) too Pacific (meat eater not veges). Actually he is not as fussy as that sounds, so he now has meals in the freezer for:-
1. tandoori chicken (not spicy because it is a commercial brand) with pilaf and harvest mix.
2 Roast lamb and potatoes with beans and corn (and gravy which he will not eat but keeps it moist)
3. Ham fried rice
4. Braised lamb cooked tomatoes, onion, bacon, red wine and oregano, some with potato and some with rice and all with harvest mix.
5. Sausages and mash with peas and corn.
6. Chicken spaghetti bolognaise - lots of tomatoes, lots of pepper and basil.

There is at least two of each. So there should be enough for every day that I am away. I hope he is happy about that. And I have cleaned out the freezer of all the meat which should have been eaten this month. There is only a few bits of chicken thighs and fish fillets to eat before I go away.

Went to finish off the taxes last night and I have lost the PAYG group certificate. I have no doubt the wind has blown it off my desk but where it has blown it to I have no idea. I will find it and get the thing cracking by tonight. And next year I will keep better records and do it straight off. Straight up I will (yeah Shaddie - who are you trying to convince?)

Meadow, my old computer did that. For some reason it would revert to 16 bit. I can't remember whether it should be 32bit or 256 colours. I think that is when it went haywire - on the 256 colours. Anyway, I had new graphic card, new monitor, new something else and nothing worked. It would and still does go for ages perfectly well and then whammy something shifts in it's brain and it does a nose dive. Love the photo of the rainbow. We are getting incredible sunsets at the moment because of the dust flying through the air. Most of it seems to land in my house - the dust not the sunsets.

Ceejay - Glad you had a good time with the niece and the family. Enjoy that 4 day weekend. I could do with one of those. Just keep plugging along with the new person. One day you will say something and it will just click in her head. Sometimes those days are a long way off and it becomes frustrating. When do you plan to go to Dallas to see your sister?

Holly - there will always be people who think they know better than you do. Some may actually be right. However these good folk just can't seem to spread the knowledge around, they hug it to themselves and criticise those who are trying hard to communicate, help and just be downright neighbourly. Forgive them their sins for they are just not worthy. I really get grumpy about those who criticise but don't do anything about it. Enjoy the turkey and the gardening. Put out the best dinnerset, table decorations and crystal glasses. It only gets to be Thanksgiving once a year. Encourage the DS to enjoy the formal side of life - it may be what he is looking for.

Mel - Bananas!!!! - does that prove you are not a monkey??? I don't know about DS being grateful. I'll ask him when I see him and let you know. Chris reckons she'll be at about 80% by the time I get there. She tells me she has dispensed with the stick except for going upstairs (or is it downstairs). But she is fed up and frustrated with herself for not getting better quicker. I keep saying it will happen in time. She may not have yet read the blurb that Jenny sent up to her about complete recovery could be 2 -3 years!! We will see in about 17 days time.

Roseblush - that walk sounded good. Enjoy the trails while you can. Glad to hear you are going well on the challenge.

I saw Tig in here sometime around Friday or Saturday. Hiya Tig. Glad to hear the thugs are speaking Japanese. I may have to call on them if I get stuck or take a wrong turn and end up in Okinawa. Love the names of these fun runs you go on. Creaky bones indeed, sounds like me getting out of bed.

Okay, time to run along. Who are we missing? Teel :wave: LindaT :wave: (she's probably cooking as well) Painterwoman :wave:

Someone mentioned the turtle. She's back posting on PIC thread. Saw her there the other day. Gotta run.

happy2bme
10-09-2005, 11:02 PM
:T umm I love tandoori chicken - especially the not so spicy kind. Do you cook it in a clay pot? I would be willing to house sit if you were to feed me tandoori chicken. However if I'm going to spend an entire day and night on a plane to get to your house, I'd probably prefer it more if you were home and we could spend some time together. Besides, between not being able to stay on your side of the road and trying to decipher the Aussie language where they forget to add the second and third sylables of the words, it might be best if I have a guide along with me.

Tiny American children speaking Japanese - now that's got to be a hoot!

DH took my car in for me. Bless him. He even said he'd wash it too. And I didn't even have to promise him he'd get lucky for it :s: That allowed me time to do 7 loads of laundry, clean 4 baths and a kitchen and sift through the recipes to plan out meals and make the grocery list. Soups are on the menu this week along with some baked chicken and a meatloaf recipe from my friend at work. I'm learning to eat with a bit more spice in my life. I found a recipe from a friend who's a fabulous cook - it's for a spicy pumpkin soup - will pass along the recipe if you want it Shad - probably doesn't have enough curry for you but you could add more. What is harvest mix? Inquiring cooks want to know!

My exercise today besides being on my feet for 14 hours had to settle for crunches. My leg really hurts. I think I'm slow to get going on the weekends because once I get going, I don't sit down until late evening supper. Then it's up to wash the dishes and finish up all the things I didn't get to but wanted to. I guess I make up for sitting too much during the week with non stop marathoning on the weekends. I did take 30 minutes out to soak my feet with some eucalyptus salts. That helped ease the pain. I picked up a few magazines too including this Looking Good that I think Java Turtle was raving about. It's pretty good. Reminded me that it's good positive reinforcement to include some reading on a regular basis.

Tonight's dinner was yum. Grilled salmon, fresh steamed green beans with red bell pepper strips, a few slices of nuked yellow squash and a small lettuce and tomato salad. Geez I even measured portions and used the butter spray instead of the real stuff. Feeling virtuous. :D Dessert was one small coconut macaroon which I nibbled and thoroughly enjoyed just one. No desire for more than that. The way DH scarfed them down I won't have to worry about them being around for much longer anyway. Friday we grilled fish too - sea bass for me and swordfish for him. We grilled it on cedar planks. Smelled heavenly, looked just like a magazine photo but taste. :eek: :no: The bass was oily, DH said the swordfish was so so, the marinated cucumbers were bitter - the only thing that came out ok was the sugar snap peas. It's amazing how it's impossible to overeat when the food doesn't taste that good. I should probably learn to yuck up my cooking and I'd do better at portion control.

Mel, your comment reminded me to go looking for some orzo pasta in the pantry here. Found it. Love that stuff and since it's so tiny you can have some and not feel so guilty. It's wonderful in soups.

Sounds like everyone had some good eatings on the table this weekend. Enjoy. Eat, move, breathe...

Shad
10-09-2005, 11:43 PM
where they forget to add the second and third sylables of the words, it might be best if I have a guide along with me. Huh!!!!

Oh now come on happy, where's your sense of adventure?

They always shorten things to Jono for johnny or prego for pregnant or arvo for afternoon. But even I have some trouble understanding some of them. And the further north you go the worse it gets. They speak slower up there, but they shorten the words so it doesn't take so long.
Me I speak perfect English!!!

I well remember Beamo who said,

I...m... from....the...norfn...teritry....'bout 12hunrd K..... sart.... o... Kafrin.
I...m....on cattle....lot...an'I...work....t'bulls.....Im dry..

Yep right on Beamo - here you go, have another tequila.

In case you didn't get that lot. He is from the Northern Territory and he works on a cattle station 1200 kilometres south of Kathrine. He's the stud manager and he is now thirsty from all this talk. Easy really isn't it?

happy2bme
10-10-2005, 07:27 AM
You do speak perfect English! Is it that the closer to the equator you go, the slower you talk because the hotter it gets? :rofl: Crikey, I'd think you'd talk faster before you burnt up :lol3:

happy2bme
10-10-2005, 07:35 AM
:wel3fc: :welcome: :welcome3:

New smilies. :D :D :D Got all excited, thought we had some pumpkins and the like...

MELODY525
10-10-2005, 09:28 AM
:hat: :dance: :cp: :cb: :dancer: :woo:
:welcome2: :welcome3: :welcome: :wel3fc:

THANKS FOR POINTING THIS OUT MISS HAPPY!!! I LOVE NEW TOYS! BUT WHERE ARE OUR PUMPKINS?!?! WE COULD HAVE USED HIM ALL MONTH! IT'S GOOD TO SEE EVERYONE IS COOKING, STANDING AROUND ALL WEEKEND, CELEBRATING AND RESTING AND HAVING A GRAND OLD TIME DOING IT. :rofl: I HAVE BEEN PUTSING AROUND THE HOUSE DOING ODD JOBS. JUST THE LITTLE THINGS THAT GET PUSHED OFF. I REALLY NEED TO SORT THROUGH THE VCR TAPES I TAPED FROM CABLE TV. I HAVE LOADS OF THEM AND NEVER WATCH THEM!!! MUST MAKE A PILE FOR JEN AND SEE IF SHE WANTS ANY OF THEM. TODAY IS THE LAST OF THE HOLIDAY SO I WILL MAKE THE BEST OF THE SILENCE. YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN PROUD OF ME. A GENT CAME TO ASK FOR HELP FILLING OUR FORMS, A CRANKY OLD CUSS TOO, AND I SAID I'M SORRY BUT IT WILL HAVE TO WAIT TIL TUESDAY AFTER I FOOD SHOP. HE WAS SO STUNNED HE STOOD THER AND THEN ASKED WHY. I TOLD HIM I HAD OVERNIGHT COMAPANY AND WAS BUSY, SAID GOODBYE AND CLOSED THE DOOR! I KNOW IT WAS A LIE BUT IT WAS KINDER WITH THE EXCUSE AND AT LEAST I GOT IT OUT! WELL THE MORNING IS RUNNING AWAY FROM ME SO ADIOS TILL TOMORROW.

CEEJAY~ I KNOW THAT TYPE VERY WELL AND AS I GROW OLDER AND WISER I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO PATIENCE OR TIME FOR PEOPLE LIKE THAT. HAPPY HOLIDAY. HOPE THA AUNT AND UNCLE HAVE A GREAT TIME.

NAE~ TOBY SOUNDS LIKE A REAL TROOPER! WHEN I READ YOUR POST I THOUGHT AT FIRST YOU BOTH HAD WALKED 51 MILES....DID A DOUBLE TAKE AND REALIZED I WAS WRONG. I WAS GOING TO TELL YOU THAT YOU WOULD HAVE HAD TO CARRY ME TOO! :rofl: :rofl: THAT WAS SOME GREAT EXERCISE! :tread:

SHAD~ HAD I KNOWN YOU WERE FILLING THE FREEZER I WOULD HAVE FLOWN OVER AND HOUSE SAT. HAPPY AND I WOULD HAVE WATCHED THE DUST COLLECT AND THE GECKOS RUN AROUND AND HELD THE HAMMOCK DOWN TILL YOU GOT BACK! :lol3: PRAYERS FOR CHRIS. IT'S SO HARD ON ACTIVE PEOPLE WHEN THIS KIND OF THING HAPPENS. :crossed:

HAPPY~ STILL WITH THE SALMON HUH?! LOL I MUST GO TO YOUR HOUSE AND HAVE YOU COOK FOR ME TOO!!!
YOU SOUND LIKE YOU HAVE A GREAT HUBBY. CARS, BIKES, GARDENS, BUTTERFLIES AND ALL. HOW IS ROCKY AND HAVE YOU SEEN THE CAT LATELY?

THE BIRD IS SQUAWKING CAUSE THE TYPING IS KEEPING HIM FROM HIS NA!!! :faint: :rofl: BEST GET THE DAY GOING ANYWAY. HAVE A GREAT ONE AND :wave: TO ALL THE REST!

ceejay52
10-10-2005, 09:40 AM
It's almost 8:30 a.m. I'm at work but just don't feel like doing to much today. My other foot is starting to give me problems. I'll be calling the podiatrist sometime this morning to make an appointment, and I need to work on that manual so I guess I need to get started.

I went to sleep earlier than usual last night. I need to start going to bed by 9:30 p.m. then I could get up and do my 30 minutes of aerobics before I came to work. I only got to do 20 minutes this morning, but I did wash and dry a load of white clothes.

Hello to all the chicks. I'll try to come back later and talk.

happy2bme
10-10-2005, 01:55 PM
You know Mel, when I was talking about housesitting for Shad, I was thinking that I'd bring you along and we'd stir up quite the ruckus in her neighborhood. :devil: that we are :lol3: Probably wouldn't let us both enter the country at the same time - our pics with the big red circle and slash at the customs gate :rofl: :rofl:

And yes, I do have a great hubby. And he has an equally fantatic wife. Must be good that we found each other :love:

Rocky is still around but he comes in the dead of the night so I don't see him much. Feral cat came late last night. I put out some food when I saw her but she's hyper skittish and took off running. Didn't come back until 6am and when I was passing by the doorway it scared her off again. I wonder if someone tried to catch her.

I am SO VERY PROUD OF YOU for standing your ground and sending the old cuss off to wait until the regular crew showed up. Yay Mel :bravo: I had to laugh at your taping of the videos. My dad did that too. He had a wall's worth of tapes - probably every movie HBO ever broadcast. He couldn't understand why we were not as excited about them as he was :rofl: Hope someone takes them off your hands or better still, works a trade swap with you.

Ceejay - what's going on with the foot? I know the feeling, fix one side and the other poops out.

Man, WHAT is it about the bread down here? :?: ONE side of it gets stale. Yep, one side is fresh as can be and one side gets stale. I was running late today (what else is new) and packed a sandwich as I didn't make the soups last night. Bread was fresh when I made the sandwich - well it's a few days old but still soft. Eating it now, one side is HARD. WTH?????? I have noticed this several times with the bread down here - same brands as I bought in Chicago but it doesn't last as well. I had a chicken breast sandwich, am getting ready to start on my carrots and cucumbers and will finish off with my plum for dessert. I did have a Coke :o and I'm chowing down fast between meetings so I'm swallowing alot of air. Between that and the fizz in the Coke I'm burping like crazy. My new cubemate must be really impressed :no: - but hey, she chose to set her cube up so that she faces me instead of the way the rest of us sit. Only a short wall (which muffles NO sound) separates us. I am trying to be very very quiet. Cripes now my TUMMY is gurgling. Wish everyone would get back from lunch quick and start talking to muffle the noise. ;)

Ok, my 10 minute dash and grab is over, I have just enough time for 3 laps around the office for a bit of exercise. Am really trying to step things up this week. Later ladies...

Shad
10-10-2005, 07:13 PM
Morning all, glorious morning that it is and all.

I'm feeling fairly perky this morning. Darned if I know why, but I'm not complaining. The day will grind down as it passes no doubt.

Challenge going well. Have no idea what day I am up to but that is okay, I will figure it out.

Work is being dorky, whinging all around me. If I have to listen to another day of grumbles by the resident drama queen, I may just have to give her something to think about. Give me my blokes back.!!!!!

Rung the DS2 last night to tell him what I have learned of lens for Canon Digital cameras and he is impressed with his mummy's knowledge. Good onya mum was what he said. Then I told him about the home cooked meals now in the freezer. He tells me I am a 'legend'. I guess that must be good huh? Then I told him about a couple of other things and I am the 'best'. So maybe I have earned enough Brownie points for a month or two?

Still can't find that piece of paper that blew off the desk in the wind. I've looked absolutely everywhere, well maybe not everywhere since I haven't found it yet. I will ring the agency and see if I can get a copy sent. PIA. Have absolutely no idea where it could have gone.

Nice new smilies - what's with all the welcoming. Have we had an influx of people or something. Or maybe we should now be saying - you're :welcome3:

Hey Ceejay, you are in danger of becoming organised. All this washing and aerobics before work. Hope the foot comes right soon.

If I had known you two were keen on coming over and housesitting, I would have made some more dinners. Sunday would have preferred you too, since Mel is a sitting audience and she loves people who sit (because then she can sit on top of them and claw them to death and purr in their ear). The cockatoos are back - raucous monsters. Can't shut up for 2 minutes that lot. It's not as hot as it was in the weekend so you can relax in the terrace, I'll go sling the hammock out there when I get home. You won't need to mow the lawn or dig the garden - just concentrate on the geckos and swatting the BUGS.

Better go do some work. It could be novel experience.

happy2bme
10-10-2005, 09:58 PM
Think I'm getting the hang of this challenge thing. I would like to try some yoga on Wednesday.

Went to the chiropractor today. He found the spot where my nerve is sore. :yikes: The soreness is from twisting my hips back into place. DH said he noticed (without prompting) that my foot seems to be straightening out and is not nearly as pointing inward as it once was. Kinks are working their way down and out the foot. I'm hoping to be feeling better by the weekend at the very latest. Would like to get back on the treadmill by the end of the week. I'm going to try icing the spot as Tig suggested now that I know right where it hurts.

Shad, I daresay DS2 is buttering you up. Maybe he's hoping to find a new camera lens in the freezer next to the chicken :mag: :dance: :cb:

And just what are we supposed to do with the geckos? Over this way they put them in TV commercials and make them sell auto insurance :lol: I suppose I can't even post a picture lest we all get sued for copyright infringement :nono:

I made one of the soups tonight - a shrimp and corn chowder but it seems to be missing something and I added alot of cayenne pepper so it does have a kick to it.

I have to figure out how to get one of the other soups made tomorrow - a beef soup that will take a while to cook. We have a homeowners association meeting tomorrow night. Almost 200 homes in the subdivision and we'll be lucky if we get representation from 12 houses. Why doesn't anyone want to get involved anymore :( :dunno:

Mel, here's a pumpkin for you. Tell Miss Suzanne to load us some smilies.

DH and I had to stop at the home improvement store tonight to pick up some nails. Of course they have all the Christmas decorations out. Among them this HUGE plastic snowglobe that must be 6 feet across with singing snowmen and tiny pellets of "snow" falling inside the globe. Lighted too of course. I poked DH and said "might be the only snow we see here" ;) He said that's ok. The winds would catch it and it would go rolling down the street and cause a horrible bus accident. He has no sense of adventure (he must have rubbed off on me Shad)...

Hollyhock
10-10-2005, 10:50 PM
Hello!! The turkey and pumpkin pie had been eaten and massively enjoyed and on to an OP diet day tomorrow.
It was fun to read everyone's happy news and chit chat!!!

Shad
10-10-2005, 11:00 PM
Happy - why are you now an Old BAT? I like bats - I'm a bit bats myself. Are we going to get the old bat bit right through to Halloween????

Holly glad the turkey and pie have been eaten. For the life of me I can not imagine eating pumpkin pie!! Pumpkin is good with the roast potatoes and is yummy with cheese sauce and great in soups but pudding???? Can you tell I am from downunder??? Teel would be saying something like - Pumpkin - ugghghghghgh feed it to the cows!!!

Just went out to lunch - bought a MYO salad and frittata and went to the gardens. Got sidetracked by 4 bearded dragons. They were having a wonderful time trying to get me to feed them. There's a couple of turtles there too. They were watching from a distance and the ducks and waterfowl sort of ducked around the dragons who thought that they were the kings of the crumbs.

Better go get a coffee and do some work.

happy2bme
10-11-2005, 12:45 AM
I like bats too. Without them we'd be wading through a layer of bugs 1 meter (3 feet) high. They sure do eat alot!

It was either old bat or great pumpkin for seasonal Halloween. Will have to think of something turkey like for November.

You have to remember that our pumpkin is not like your squash. I would not even dream of making a spaghetti squash dessert or an acorn squash pie. Yet most of us only know the humble orange squash known as pumpkin as a dessert - pie, pumpkin squares, I've even heard one girl on the threads raving about a pumpkin (milk) shake. I think pumpkin is getting more popular here with people touting soups and other sorts of tasty bits. Still can only get fresh pumpkin 1 month out of the year - kind of limits the time for creative cooking choices.

Wish I could have been sitting with you on the bench at lunch - sounds peaceful yet entertaining too.

Hellos to all the chicks, wiggle those fingers and set to typing a bit here, ok? I'm off for a good night's snooze. Sweet dreams all and a pleasant afternoon to Shad.

Hollyhock
10-11-2005, 09:01 AM
The pie is a delectable blend of the orange pumpkin pulp cooked to a mush, whipped up with some eggs, brown sugar,cinnamon, nutmeg,ginger ,milk poured into a pastry and baked for an hour. mmmmmm
I use butternut squash to make soups and other "pumpkin" recipe. I do know of a good lowfat bread recipe.

MELODY525
10-11-2005, 09:25 AM
:wel3fc: Ceejay~ hope the foot gets a good look at. Funny thing is that yesterday I was going to ask you if it still bothers you....guess you must have "heard" me!!! LOL It must feel just grand when you exercise! :faint: Hope the holiday weekend was restful at least.

:welcome2: Holly~ Funny how all the food just tastes so much better on a Holiday isn't it? Glad the day was a great one.

:welcome: Happy~ Think there are many singing and dancing geckos in Oz? Maybe we could become agents for koalas instead....start a whole new trend of insurance commercials. Or the Cockatoos!!! Baretta all over again!
Sans the creep Robert Blake of course. Hope the dr get you all "straightened out". :crazy: Can't be nice to have the feet going in a different direction from the body!!! :?:

:welcome3: Shad~ Sunday would love me cause i would be giving her a lot of attention to keep her away from Happy! :rofl: Happy might just toss her out the door!!! :rofl:
I love pumpkin pies with all the spices in it. Have you never had a PROPER pumpkin pie?! Delicious :eat1: :eat2:
MEL<----works cheap for food! :lol3: :lol3: Isn't it grand when the kids recognize perfection?!?!? :encore:

Good thing there are only 4 of you this morning cause I ran out of welcome signs:rofl: :rofl:
I too do not know why we have so many welcome signs and no pumpkin men!!! :rofl: Must be an influx of newbies coming and 3fc is getting ready for them all! :rofl: :faint: :lol3:
No shopping today, bad night, bad sciatica and who the f*ck knows what else. Change of weather stuff so this too shall pass!
Jen is coming down for a chat and pc games. I will recline in my chair and she can lull me to sleep with her own brand of cursing each time she misses at the games.
Hope everyone has a great day! :wave: to the rest!!!:bb: too! :bike:

PS~ Happy, I am afraid to change my avatar cause I never want to lose wheels of fire! :rofl: I wouldn't know how to get it back there again......and would anyone recognize me without it! :rofl: I love your bat and love holiday decorations!!
:welcome: <----really not sure what these are for but I do feel compelled to use them. After all someone went to a great deal of trouble to give them to us! :rofl: and I have had ones that I love dearly in the past :scooter: :moped: :bike: :beach:

happy2bme
10-11-2005, 02:20 PM
Bumping us up on the thread. I would LOVE Sunday the cat - even if she did make me all sneezy. Reminds me of our dear departed Kitty who lived 22 years with us. I love cats, just can't live with them in the house anymore. All the better if she's affectionate too.

Argh - rant of the day. Wish people would LEARN TO USE A FAX MACHINE! People don't put the number in right and then walk away (like they can't wait 2 minutes for their fax to go through). The number doesn't dial right and the machine is really loud and it keeps trying the same bad number, irritating phone noise and mechanical message over and over and over. Probably the same people who run a giant copy job, don't make sure there's paper in the bins and then take off. Meanwhile all our print jobs get stuck waiting on the inconsiderate co-workers. I am not as brave as some of my counterparts who just come along :dunno: and hit the big ole DELETE button :rofl: Actually I am brave, it's just that I won't mince words tangling with the offender so I just avoid the confrontation.

'k - gotta go earn my pennies now.

No more talk of yum yum pies ok, we're supposed to be suffering here. :D

ceejay52
10-11-2005, 04:24 PM
Hi chicks,
Shad--I' m trying to get organiszed. I don't know how I got so unorganized but I did. It's probably from all this running around I do on week ends.

Mel--I started giving into my left foot last week. I'm praying that the podiatrist will give me another injection but I know that the question is coming so I'm prepared for it,after the holiday's doc. I have 2 trips planned in November (Texas and Missouri) and one in December.(Suppose to go to Kentucky for Christmas.)

For those who haven't read my journal's last year, I found out that I had heel spurs and bunions on each foot. The podiatrist did surgery on the right foot and I suppose it's time for the other. It's been a little over a year but I'm just not ready for that yet. However, I'll be lucky this year and just have 2 surgeries instead of 3. Did I ever have a sore foot! Do not even want to think about it.

Happy--I like the new avatar. You must be getting ready for Holloween. That's one event I just wish would disappear.

Holly---Your pumpkin pie sounds yum.

I went to bed a little earlier last night, and this morning I got up and did my exercise before 6 a.m. You know it's not a real challenge and at the end of the day the best part is that I don't have a guilt complex for not doing it. BTW, I prepared part of my food for today last night. I have a small oven so I can cook simple things at work.

I've been reading LindaT's journal for over a year. I see a routine in her day's as well as organization. I know what I have to do to loose this weight but I have to get organized.

Shad
10-11-2005, 06:00 PM
Day 6 and still doing okay. I'm on about Day 19 on the other challenge. Yesterday:

Food :D
Exercise :D
Water :)
Lo Carb and Portions :D

Trucking on....... and on..... and on.

Ceejay - LindaT's journal (where's she go to by the way - someboday say something to her???) has been an inspiration to many and yet she has kept it a personal reminder of her days and struggles. She's obviously organised and strong minded and determined to do things properly and well. There's not much doubt in my mind that that determination and singlemindedness has led to a few other outside problems for her as well both personally and professionally, however she just works on it and at it (nagging as she would say) until whatever it is either goes away or comes around to her way of thinking. Awesome.

Happy - I feel that rant. Happens here all the time. Don't fill up the printer or copier, don't feed toner to the fax, don't bother to check the fax number just guess! Oh and while we are at it, let's just put a password on the large and cumbersome spreadsheet that the whole project uses and let's neglect to tell anyone what it is and let's go on a study break for 3 freaking weeks.
I like the bat and the moon. I have the objection to the old bat bit. We are not old, just moving along the edges of our prime time.

Holly - the pumpkin pie sounds nice. Not doubting that, I was just brought up with pumpkins (all year round) that we ate because it was a cheap and easy vege to grow. We have a variety of the orange firm flesh pumpkins starting with Jarrahdale (also known as Ironbark because it is so big and hard - I can remember my father chopping into it with an axe - and it takes forever to cook) and working through Queensland Blue (forget what the NZ name of it is, Jap, Butternut to the very tiny yummy Nuggets. Squash was and still is the acorn squash, marrow, spaghetti squash and all the attendant varieties. We tend to only use them as vegetables. Love 'em.

I see Mel's got the WELCOME mat out. Maybe the sisters are taking their own tip and not putting the smilies up until it is closer to the day. :rofl:
You can come and cuddle Sunday anytime but be sure to wear non colour clothes - she leaves fur all over everywhere. Anything for cheap food huh Mel. Endure a 10 - 15 hour flight for cheap food. Goodonya.

Here the gecko's sell tyres. There is a gorgeous green cartoon one selling a particular variety at the moment. Gotta love it when he has a good deepbellied laugh - looks like :lol3: before he starts banging the floor with his fist.

Tonight is the last night of exercise for the week. I really look forward to Thursday and Friday off. And it seems like the exercise goes faster too. But boy do I need those days off. I am really, really tired come Wednesday night.

Last night I went home and hung out some laundry. All the gym gear etc. This morning it was grey and cloudy and the forecast was 'chance of a late storm or afternoon rain' so I went and bought it in again. Not quite dry, but better than dripping. Anyway as I drove to the station it got finer and finer, so now it is hot, sunny and scarcely a cloud. Grrrr I should have left it out and tempted the rain. Yes I hang my laundry out in the sun and wind Happy - probably one of the few who do. I love the feel and smell of sun and breeze dried towels and sheets.

Brought in a big salad and some chargrilled salmon for lunch today. Lettuce, tomatoes, beetroot all from the garden. It's such a productive little garden. Gotta love it. Not sure if the last lot of tomatoes I planted will come to much - what with the water restrictions and now the heat. I won't give up on them just yet tho. Rocket has all gone to seed, so has the coriander. Guess I will have little plants popping up everywhere shortly.

I guess Meadow's computer has bitten the dust again as she hasn't been back, but where is the Painterwoman? :mag: Tig it's time for a wave :wave: Teel, I know you are back home again, where are you? :wave: Linus & CJ :wave:

:grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug::grouphug: :grouphug::grouphug: :grouphug: for us all.

Meadow
10-11-2005, 08:44 PM
My computer is hanging in there, this time it was the cable/internet company doing upgrades or something, plus my kids are home because of the teacher's strike, doesn't look like they will be going back anytime this week. So my exercise has gone down the tubes, still drinking the water though, doing a little instead of just opting out of it all like I would have once upon a time;)

Ceejay-Would be nice if we could absorb some of the determination that exists on this site and make a pill to give to us less than focused folk :p Sorry about your floorpads, that sounds very painful. Surgery, wow, I hope it gets fixed for good and you can forget about that area for awhile :)

Shad-Who is a goer? Cogratulations on keeping the challenge working :D Sorry the weather tricked you into bringing your clothes in. You are right, there is nothing like the smell of the wind in your clothes. You would think that would make me want to run around outside more wouldn't you :p I haven't had spahgetti squash in ages, hmm, should look into that ;)

Mel-Does Jen's birdy like the Baretta bird? Is there chatter? Sorry about your Sciatica, AB suffers from that too. Do you have a hotwater bottle? That can help sometimes, at least might allow you to get a bit of sleep. :wave:to Jen and I hope she is able to take your mind off things and maybe lull you to sleep :^:

Happy-Faxmachine bandits! The rotten so and so's, must make a sign that says "check your number" to hang over the area :p or sticky notes, I love the pink ones ;) You can say all sorts of nasty comments on them but because they are on a pink background they appear so much friendlier :p

Holly-I suppose you make your pumpkin pie from scratch and don't buy the in a tin stuff? Why aren't you on that Martha Stewart apprentice show? Baby you have it so nailed :cool: How are you doing with the kids? Have they tied you to a tree and pretended to be Indians yet? Locked you in a closet and run around the house screaming its snowing while throwing popcorn at each other? I made chocolate chip cookies and forgot a cup of flour in the first go round so I had one batch of flat cookies and the next of little rounded up ones:p Martha doesn't want me :cry:

:wave: :wave: Hi de ho! all you dedicated, stunning beauties out there!
I took a walk in the quote garden again and came away with these lovely boquets of words :D

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places. ~Author Unknown

When the world says, "Give up,"
Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."
~Author Unknown

If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking. ~Buddhist Saying

I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday. ~Author Unknown

happy2bme
10-12-2005, 01:16 AM
Ok, no more old bat. I have changed my title to something of a tribute to Mel and her wonderful classic movies.

Was a long night tonight - homeowners association meeting ran way long. Busy night. It's almost 12:30 and I'm not in bed yet. Will be horrid trying to get up tomorrow. Will catch up later...

Oh and I totally blew my challenge today. No exercise, bare minimum of water. Slip, slide, bumpity bumpity bump back to day one. Fail to plan, plan to fail... :cry:

MEL - you've changed your avitar! LOVELY! I will always have a copy of wheels of fire around so don't you go worrying about losing it!

PainterWoman
10-12-2005, 01:49 AM
:snail: Hi, Y'all. Boy... I skip a couple of days and you are PAGES AND PAGES ahead.
There's not much news here.
Re: Challenge -- I'm back to day 1. :p my feet really hurt... swollen ankles... so I didn't exercise... didn't even stretch. Didn't drink my full 8 glasses of water, and I didn't write things down. :rollpin: :rollpin: :rollpin:
Re: Surviving --I had another MD adventure today and it was more of a challenge than I expected. (I'll probably make a journal entry... I haven't sorted it all out yet.)
Re: Baby Surprise Jacket-- only have one seam to do and a few ends to weave in. Guess what... Mine doesn't look "like the picture." I don't think a baby will mind though... especially if I knit a cute matching hat to go with it.
Re: NHL: My local team (Dallas Stars) WON!
Re: "work" --I've got a staff meeting tomorrow. Not really interested. Blah blah. feeling sorry for myself. I should get back to doing my online newsletter or other marketing because I hardly have any clients.

Last but not least, Mr. Marston was in top form today but after I read it I just had a personal tsunami of cynicism.


:kickcan:
If you don't see me right away, I'm probably out eating worms somewhere.

Fill your moments with action, and there will be little time
left for worry. Fill your moments with meaning, and there
will be little time left for despair.

Fill your days with discovery, and you will fill your life
with valuable knowledge. Fill your hours with caring,
compassion and respect, and you will fill your world with
love and friendship.

Fill your thoughts with positive possibilities, and the best
things in life will surely be within your reach. Fill your
words with encouragement and enthusiasm, and you'll often
find people and circumstances lining up in your favor.

Fill your efforts with purpose, persistence, diligence and
integrity. And your life will be filled with valuable
achievements.

Fill your heart with a love of truth and goodness. And your
soul will be filled with the treasure of wisdom.

Your life is a most precious gift. Fill every corner of it
with the best that you can.

Ralph Marston

happy2bme
10-12-2005, 07:58 AM
Oh dear. I daresay we are about to teeter on the edge of a grand mal funk-a-rama here. I can just feel it.

Ok everyone - to shift that mindset - post 3 things you are grateful for - right here, right now at the moment.

I am grateful for:
1) my delicious orange flavored coffee I am enjoying right now
2) that a warm shower and a good stretch pulls the ache out of these bones and ligaments and tendons
3) that even tho my bones ache and I might be a bit stiff, I can still move around. I took a quick peek at People magazine this morning waiting for the coffee to brew. There is an article about a 19 year old boy who after partying with friends, feel asleep on railroad tracks and was hit by a train. He lost one arm and both legs at the knee. He has prosthetics and now competes in marathons (running AND swimming) and is more athletic than prior to the accident.

When I get in a blue funk, I always seem to find someone way worse off than me who doesn't let life stop them. The old "I cried because I had no shoes but then I met a man who had no feet" thing.

C'mon ladies, take my hand. We're headed up to Mel's where it's been raining like crazy. I'm in the mood for some serious (rain) puddle jumping -- are you in with me? Got flavored teas and warm apple cider with cinnamon to warm us after and cuddly soft afghan blankets while we sit around the fire and tell funny stories. Are you with me?

Roseblush
10-12-2005, 08:41 AM
You ladies make me laugh and smile and think good thoughts. I would love to go over to Miss Mel's for a chatter and a cuppa anything! Let's go!!!
I am feeling so pleased with myself....the newsletter is done done done.....hurrah!!!!! It is off my list and I feel the weight of it over..... finally..... geez that to do list is looking better all the time.
I have another long day today and Toby is not going to like it.... he started to scratch the corner of the bathroom rug last night by the time I got home.... I felt so bad.
the challenge is still going well and I will be off to montana tomorrow for a little break...which should be fun!
Hope everyone has a great day....
Peace,
Nae

MELODY525
10-12-2005, 09:00 AM
I could do with a cuddle, hot cocoa and maybe even toasted marshmallows!:dance: 3 things I am grateful for:
1-that my 2 wheelchairs are both running:encore:
(I think the old one has to go into a recycle pile...no parts)

2-that I have enough $$ to run extra radiators cause my butt is freezing! :cb:

3-that Jen, Richie and I are in good health and 99% happy :bubbles:

Having said all that, I am going to make breakfast. Today was Fosamax day and you cannot eat for 1/2 hr and I got up late!

Happy~ we have fax f*ckers here too. That's what I call them when I find no paper!!! The machine is higher up and I can't load it! :rofl: FLY ME TO THE MOON AND LET ME PLAY AMONG THE STARS....LA LA LA
I had to change the avatar so I could be decorated like you! :lol3: I actually e-mailed my wheels to myself and saved the mail. JIC!!! lol I tried copying it but then couldn't open the file! :lol3: So I figured if I kept it in a letter then I could mail it to you and Shad for
re-inserting! :dance: I remember very well my profile picture fiasco here! hours with no success!!!
Never again!!! :rofl: :rofl:

Ceejay~ Your holidays this year will be lots of family contact:bubbles: Maybe you can hitch a ride with Santa!:moped:
Hope the foot holds out till after the Holidays. Poor Tim will be puling out his hair again!!! LOL

Shad~ I miss the old clothesline here and all the lovely smells of air dried clothes. I remember my Gram "snapping" the towels and sheets to soften them a bit before we used them. She would give them a good shaking while we were in the tub. Today's kids would probably think they smell FUNNY!!!! :faint: :rofl:

Meadow~ I have to use ice packs for my back cause it's a dual problem. Heat swells the muscle tissue and causes another problem altogether! :lol3: maybe you and the kids should have an exercise hour at your house! When Jack Lalane(sp) was the top exercise guru when I was a kid, my brother and I would get out the kitchen chairs in the lkivingroom and exercise along with him and his white dog and my Grandmother!!! Hope the strike ends and the kids get back to school.....they just barely got started!!!

Painter~Ralphie Boy keeps me going and thinking. many times he's been a great help. I e-mailed him once and he answered. Very nice guy. Or at least in his letter! :rofl: Hope the week goes better for you and keep plugging along!!
NO BODY LOVES ME
EVERYBODY HATES ME
THINK I'LL GO AND EAT WORMS......LA LA LA
I sang that one day in my journal. Cracked people up.

OK it's after 9 and safe to eat and I must depart. Holly may have posted by now. She keeps sneaking in here while I'm typing! :dance:
:wave: to everyone else and have a great day/night.:scooter:

MELODY525
10-12-2005, 09:06 AM
OH!!! IT WAS NAE INSTEAD OF HOLLY!!! LOL HELLO:wave: HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT TIME IN MONTANA AND GLAD THE LIST IS GOING SO WELL. AS FAST AS I GET ONE THING OFF ANOTHER GOES ON! :rofl:

MELODY525
10-12-2005, 10:12 AM
Happy...in keeping with the "musical" side of Halloween I changed the avatar:rofl:

Hollyhock
10-12-2005, 12:48 PM
I am thankful for....
my kitty nudging my hands as I type
DD chasing leaving out of the beechnut tree
life

Hollyhock
10-12-2005, 12:54 PM
Meadow~ I wonder if Martha remembers to brush her teeth and shower?? maybe she has "people" who do it for her.
Shad~ i bought a butternut squash to make some soup.
PW~I commented in your journal. Hope it makes sense. HUGS!!
Happy~ seems happy.
Mel~ is flying to Miami on her broom.
Nae~ every time I read your posts i need to get a map of the US out and figure out where you are or are going.HUGS!
HUGS to all the chicks!!

ceejay52
10-12-2005, 02:07 PM
I'm thankful for
1)having friend's and family and you chicks.
2)having a job that I love.
3)being healthy 95% of the time.

Hey chicks,
Think LindaT used her cattle prod on me this morning. I rolled out of bed at 4:45 a.m. Put a load of my must have work clothes in the washer and got to exercising.

I did not sleep well last night. I kept having weird dreams, but it could have been that I did not feel well before I went to bed.

Mel--Like your avatar. I must go see what new ones they have. I remember Jack LaLane. That's the only time I really remember mother watchng t.v. when I was younger.

Meadow-Be careful going to Montana.

Holly--I've never heard of pumpkin soup before I came here. How do you make it?

Shad -how many more days before you leave for Japan?

Happy-I'm ready to go for a stomp in the puddles. That used to be so much fun. Oh save me some apple cider! I love that this time of year.

PW- hello :wave:

happy2bme
10-12-2005, 03:43 PM
ohhhh Holly reminded me with her comment on DD - let's go rake up a big pile of leaves and take turns running and jumping in it or just scrunch, scrunch kicking them around!

So what if I have an asthma attack over the mold? You only go around once in life!

Love your avatar Mel - I'm so proud that we're getting you graphical on us. Next you and Meadow will be collaborating on designs together.

happy2bme
10-12-2005, 03:48 PM
and how come it's pronounced "Kan-suss" but not ARK-kan-suss

Or why isn't it called Kan-saw if it's ARK-KAN-SAW?

(I'm talking about the state names of Arkansas (Ceejay's home) and Kansas - home of the Wizard of Oz. ) Excuse me - it's blazing hot in the office here and someone is going to town with wrong numbers on the fax machine. I am losing my mind.

Meadow
10-12-2005, 05:46 PM
Remember back when we moved in I said I had some pics that I used to have up on my wall of our new home? Well anyway, stumbled across them while cleaning out a drawer today and decided to scan and share them with you all :D I have reframed the one in the snow which is my all time favourite :)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/scan0001.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/scan.jpg

Shad
10-12-2005, 06:20 PM
3 things I am grateful for?????? Grammar child, grammar.

3 things for which I am grateful. Only 3??????

Okay................thinking :chin:

1) My life has been free from want. I live well.
2) My life has been free from fear. I live safely.
3) My life has been free from loneliness. I can live with my family and friends and be free and comfortable.

Other than that, I give thanks for:
Health
Relative wealth
Blue skies,
Sunshine
Roses
Internet
My internet family
The jet plane
Children playing in wet cement (now won't their dad be pleased!)


Oh yes, lets all go to Mel's for apple cider, mulled wine and spiced apple cake. Let's forget her rain, my lack of it, pain, disabilities, family squabbles and isolation and just chat for an hour or two. I can handle that.

Okay - let's see what your day and my night has brought forth.

Holly - how can you make pumpkin soup from butternut squash????? Wouldn't it be better to make it from butternut pumpkin?? Why don't you make butternut squash soup instead.
:rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3: Actually I think Happy is having a bad ear day with the fax machine.

PW - I should have come to you first really but I had to have that dig at Holly and the North American definitions.
It's okay to feel a bit cynical about life in general and dear old Ralphie in particular. Then comes a time when you get old and crusty like me and you see something so goddammed nice like that effort of Ralph's and you think - 'get real buddy. What the **** do you know about life in general. Have you ever been out there in the wild city and seen what life does to some folk?' It's fine to kick cans and have a private tsunami session. You have endured and absorbed a fair amount of c**p in your life this year. There will be times when you fancy kicking the dr's head and snarling why me. What have I done to deserve this f***ing fallout. But you can only allow yourself a certain amount of time in the gutter. There is nowhere further down to go, so you have to force yourself back up. You have/ had a business which may not have brought in the $millions that you wanted, but it is there. Those people are still out there to be helped. You can help them. Time comes when you must grab the stirrup and get right on back in the saddle. Really when it all boils down to it. There is you and only you who can make it back to where you were. You can count the blessings that there is a DH in the background to catch you when you fall again and again. But in the end there is only you! Think about it.

Mel - aren't you doing well with the graphics. No stopping this girl - get out the good china and cutlery, put out nice glasses, mull a bit of wine. We are on our way over for the rainy day chinwag. Oh and I enjoyed the Charles Schultz too - once I got passed the 15 or so fowards of the e-mail. Well maybe not 15 - slight exaggeration.

Rose - Montana is it now. I'm going to have to do a Holly and look at the map to see where you are off to. Enjoy the day. Poor little Toby. Why does he have to be locked in the laundry??

Happy - you sure you don't want to take a pause day? You do get one in the first challenge - as per red balloons instructions anyway. Seems a shame to go back to square one for an indescretion when you are so far through the challenge. Glad you changed the old bat bit. I'm happy now!! Talk about people worse off than yourself. There was a 'gentleman' on the train this morning who was having a very loud conversation. Problem was that he was by himself. The recipient of this conversation was obviously very agitated about something and answered (in the man's head) with long sentences obviously full of blasphemy. The 'gentleman' kept telling him/ her to moderate the language as there were ladies present!!! Since we could only hear one side of the conversation - it was a bit difficult to understand the gist of the story. As he went out of the train at one of the stops, he turned around and said goodbye to his invisible friend. Most of us on the train wished him a happy day - he got grumpy and said he wasn't speaking to us!! Things you see and do on an early train on a Thursday morning.

Ceejay - way to go on that early morning exercise. One thing I love about the early morning sessions is that by afternoon and you're coming home and you think, great I don't have to go to the .......gym. My gym last night was absolutely crowded - and I got there early. Don't these young guys work anymore? or do they all finish at 3.30 and get to the gym by 4.00???

Meadow, some nice quotes there. I can so relate to the flourless biscuits. It sounds so like something I would do. Get the stuff in the oven and then wonder why the cup of flour is still sitting on the bench!! D'oh.

Okay - up to day 7 of the challenge. 14 days to go and 14 days to go to Japan. Yeehaa. Life is good. Water yesterday wasn't the best but it just scraped past the challenge limits. Nearly done on the other thread challenge. My next challenge will be to get the house ship shape, the bills paid, the books balanced before I go away.

Yesterday I took an early mark and left work at 3.00pm. Couldn't stand the inactivity any longer. I badgered one of the Business Analysts for some time yesterday and then took down all the paper work I wanted her to sign off on. She tells me this morning that it is all signed off and will I kindly naff off and leave her alone for a bit. Yep, I will when I see the paperwork on my desk. I still have some more for her, but I didn't tell her that yet. She is going on leave tomorrow night. I want all my stuff signed off before she goes. I'm good at getting up peoples noses. If this is to carry on until January, I may suggest that I only work 4 days a week instead of 5. I can cope with that. Money will be a bit down, but that is okay. I'm sure Sunday the cat would love it if I was home more. Yesterday she was so pleased to see me, she came out and watched me water the pots and sweep the driveway. She also dug in the claws at every opportunity. Little witch.
The storm came to nothing so we still wait for rain. They are promising it for the weekend now.

Okay, off to see what the rest of the world has written overnight. See you all in the soup (Holly's soup).

Shad
10-12-2005, 06:27 PM
I see Meadow snuck in there while I was posting. Nice pics of the now not so new home Meadow. Webshots has a real beauty of the castle in the snow. Everytime the heat gets at me I go find that pic, bring it up onto the desktop and bask in the coolness. Guess Ludwig was not so crazy after all. Look at the legacy he left the world.

PainterWoman
10-13-2005, 01:17 AM
I SO needed to be reminded about gratitudes! Funk is fading.
1. Friends (live and via internet) and family
2. Change in seasons, climate/foliage
3. Positive prognosis

Happy2B: Thank you for the emotional U-turn! :angel:

CeeJay52: I don't think I know what your job IS... that you love so much. Hooray for you. And Awesome/amazing/and almost inspiring to arise at 4:45. I am very impressed. :strong:

Mel: I hope the radiators are keeping your butt appropriately hot! I'd forgotten the wonderful way sun-dried sheets smell. Maybe if it is nice I can drape some sheets and my new comforter over the hammock for a couple of hours tomorrow. That would be lovely to snuggle in to. (We're supposed to be back up into the 80's tomorrow. :flame:

Roseblush: Just a hop skip and a jump to Montana, hm? Do you have snow yet? I don't know where you are hopping and skipping from. congrats on the newsletter.

Meadow... awesome photos. I did a google image search on castles a while back for an art class.... got some wonderful and less familiar ones. having something beautiful to look at is such a comfort.

So, tomorrow my plan is to keep on keeping on. One foot in front of the other. I've got some writing to do... perhaps a draft of MY business newsletter.. or a marketing plan. and finish the baby sweater I made...
Linus... it wouldn't take much for me to "practice" and make another one... color and size preferences? :sunny:

Today (13th) is my "baby's" 24th birthday. EGAD. :crazy:

happy2bme
10-13-2005, 07:55 AM
Good morning peeps.

Yes I have bad grammar but I can spell pretty well :D I’m glad you all responded to the happiness inventory. No matter how bad it gets, there’s always something good around – we just forget to look at times.

Going back on posts… Meadow I cracked up with your comment about the kids yelling it’s snowing and throwing popcorn all over. Now here’s a lady who’s been around some creative kids :lol: I also liked the quote that the road to success is dotted with tempting parking places. I think I’ve been traveling that road for a while now… Beautiful pics of the castle too. We live in the BEST places.

When I read Linda T’s journal or Shad’s work out routine, it becomes plainly obvious that you just have to be committed and dedicated to make it work. Chose your path and stay firm in your commitment. I see that over and over. I just need to keep reinforcing that myself.

That said, I do believe I will take a pause day for the other day. Wasn’t an intentional skip off the challenge, just didn’t focus on my “driving” and wound up on a side road there.

PW – what are you going to do with your day? Just spend 15 minutes on marketing efforts. Chances are once you get started and get past the first 10 minutes of I don’t want to do this, you might clear the thoughts and make some good progress. Just think of the alternative – back to work in an office where selfish people live to aggravate you and bosses never cease to expect more and more and more out of you. We expect a progress report on mini goals today…

Rose, hope you enjoyed your trip to the big skies of Montana.

Holly your Kitty is very pretty.

Mel, do we need to send the rubber raft out to you? I see there is still a deluge of rain out your way. Stay warm and dry my friend.

Ceejay – 4:45 exercise and laundry session? Good on yah as Shad would say. :bravo: You’re an inspiration.

Shad it sounds as if you are chomping at the bit to get to Japan and you have selected a nice transition challenge to get you wrapping up this one and over to the point you get on the airplane. I hope your time with Chris drags along slowly so that you can savor every minute.

Teel, do poke your head in and give us a hello, will you? Please, please, please? Linus has all the company left you back to settle into your routine? Tig, time to trot by and give us a yell too.

Today is flu shot day. I’ve decided to get one because we don’t get the winter germ killing freezing cold down here and I have a feeling people catch colds and keep recycling them around to each other. Yesterday was such an aggravating day on the work front. Hopefully today will be better. If nothing else, only 2 more days until the weekend.

Carry on friends…

Hollyhock
10-13-2005, 08:34 AM
Such enjoyable chick chatter. Goes just right with a steaming cup of coffee!!
Good morning!!
We are getting some of the rain others have had. I was supposed to have 7 kids today but 2 are staying home. Dad's a farmer. I am happy about the lighter load.
I accomplished a great deal yesterday.Cleaning, banking,cooking, freezing, gathering of Avon Christmas stock, good conversation with DS's teacher AND the biggie!!~ the paret handbook for our school ,I have been writing and editing since last Feb had gone to print!!!!!!!!!
If anyone is interested I could email it. It is a meaty tome.LOL!

Now onto food. I was HUNGRY all day. I ended up eating homemade mini pizza last night. It was darn good.
My weight IS down to 229.75 after the weekend blip.Be nice if it was 199.....
1 project down! now I need to focus on me a little.
HUGS!!

Roseblush
10-13-2005, 08:37 AM
Hi everyone....enjoying my morning :coffee: and reading about all of you and your thoughts and delivers of the day!
I will pack this morning and get on the road. Some of you are wondering where I am at... I am in Salmon, ID it is 150 miles from any city. Salmon is the most remote incorporated town in the US. It is beautiful here with the bitteroot mountains and 2 rivers running through the valley.
It will take me 5 hours to get up to the Flathead Valley close to Glacier Natl park..... Yes we had snow here the other day and Toby was really wondering what that stuff falling was all about....so cute! But it is gone now will still be awhile before it sticks.
I am grateful for my family
My friends
My health
Toby went to the meeting with me last night and waited in the car.... if I left him in the house I wouldn't come home to much without puppy teeth marks.... he is learning. The newsletters are out and I feel free!
The turtles and fish are doing great and I am going to try some new long lasting food tablets this time I leave. Hope all is well with everyone and how is our CJ doing across the pond these days....more Pics coming our way? Nosy Aunties want to know and see!!!!!
BLessings to all of you,
Nae

MELODY525
10-13-2005, 12:08 PM
:rain: There is so much of it I called John to tell him I hope he knows what a cubit is and to start building that DAMNED ARK!!!:tantrum: Head is a bit stuffed for thinking so forgive the general post. Painter has 80 degree weather?.......................... then screw it....pick me up and we'll all go there. Don't worry Miss PW we'll bring the goodies. Do you have any requests?? Then we can wallow in it together with friends and good food and drink!! I am sure they won't let us wallow too long either! :rofl:
Good thing Shaddie is going on vacation before she hurts someone at the job:lol3: The time can't go fast enough to speed Shad on her Japanese way!! Maybe you should take lessons from Tig's Thugs! :rofl:
Cj's foot will just have to wait till we get back from Texas.... then maybe we should head up North to see Nae and Holly and Meadow?! I'd like to see the picture and new frame in person! :moped: Holly could sell us some Avon and Nae can show us all her pets....both indoor and out.
I would love to live in this dreamworld all day but I need a shower and more meds!!! Hopefully I will get out tomorrow and it will soon dry up!! Enough is enough!!! :rofl:
Have a great day today. I am trying my best and Jen's bird is trying my patience!! :lol3: Happy Thursday!
Where oh where has LindaT gone?!?!?!?!???!?!?!
:wave: to her and all the others:bb: from Aunt Fannie

MELODY525
10-13-2005, 01:07 PM
http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/jackolantern.gif <----I FOUND THIS IN THE FORUM'S LIST PAGE! ROFLMAO
JUST BUMPING US UP!

happy2bme
10-13-2005, 02:12 PM
That pumpkin was buried just for you Mel. It's kind of like finding the striped gumball in the gumball machine.

"Tig's Thugs" -- try saying THAT 3 times really fast. :lol:

Shad
10-13-2005, 08:07 PM
Singin' in the rain,
Just singin' in the rain,
What a glorious feelin', we're drowning again (sorry) we're happy again.
:dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:
Here's to the aqua pura falling from the sky.

Ladies and gentleman - this is what's known as rain!!!! And we're getting some. :rain: :rain: :rain: :rain: :cloud9: :rain: :rain: :rain: :rain: :cloud9: :rain: :rain: :rain: :rain: :cloud9: :rain: :rain: :rain: :rain: :cloud9:

In case you hadn't noticed, we are getting some welcome rain. It was a steady rain most of the night and showers today so far. Hope it is also raining in the catchment area and the dams.

Moving right along there. I'm having some motivational troubles here. Today is the last day of the challenge on the other thread and I have been getting worse for the last three days. I am determined to get through this one as it finishes the day I leave for Japan. I'll just have to knuckle under and find that willpower wherever it has hidden itself :mag:

Happy, I wasn't reminding you of your grammar, I was talking to myself. I can hear my fathers voice once in a while when I wander back into the vernacular. Speak properly, say the words clearly, think about what you are saying and how you are saying it. :blah: I'm pretty certain my father was related to Queen Victoria who once said ' only peasants won't put up with it. If you wish to use the queens english you will say - Up with which I will not put.' Grammatically correct but you have to be plummy to actually say it.

Painter - hope I wasn't too hard on you yesterday. Please forgive me if I was. This place drives me batty at times - I'd actually like to run amok with my piece of 4 x 2 with the nails in the end. Starting with the Premier. Glad Happy's blessings helped with the funk.

Nae - have a good time. Don't stay away too long, we might move before you get back! :rofl: The way we talk it is possible. :gossip:

Mel - don't give up puffing on that rain. We could use a bit more. It's stopped for the time being. Like to think it will start again soon, although the sky appears to be clearing - darn.

Okay, this is it, I am tired of being interupted in my conversation with you to do some work. I'd better go.

Question. I have a rectangular (almost square) coffee bag which I have sitting on a paper napkin now that the coffee (?) is brewed. Why does the liquid form an almost perfect circle of stain??????? :chin: Okay get the scientific brains out and let me know.


Just singin' and dancin' in the rain! :dance: :rain: :dance: :rain: :dance: :rain:
:dance: :rain:
:dance: :rain:

Meadow
10-13-2005, 10:59 PM
Cheers to rainy day friends :D

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/rainyfriends-animated.gif

I'm going down the road to visit my sisters this weekend so I will not be posting my extensive exercise routine :p

Rob Thomas (singer extraodinary) suggested to me (and everyone else who read the article) that a nice white wine to try is "Santa Margherita pinot grigio" from Italy. Well of course I have bought a bottle to share with my sisters :D It was one of their birthday on Wednesday last :) a wee celebration is in order ;)

:wave: Don't forget to jump in the puddles ;) that is where the fun is :lol:

Tig
10-13-2005, 11:26 PM
We had close to three inches of rain last night and another two inches again today. When the kids were little we used to sing Rainbows keep dropping on my head....

Speaking of The Thugs, Slim got a t-shirt from them in the mail yesterday. It is a Harley-Davidson motorcycle t-shirt. At least, we're pretty sure it is. It's a black t-shirt and has the very distinctive orange shape and insignia with writing in Japanese letters. Our DDIL said that The Thugs said the sales girl said the words said Motorcycle in Japanese. Our son said jokingly that the words said I love my Honda. :rofl:

I ran on Tuesday and last Saturday. My times haven't been overly great but it has been humid so I'm not complaining about the time. At least I'm getting out there and giving it a go. This Saturday is our party day. I'm really looking forward to having Slim's crowd show up and meeting them. Our weather is supposed to clear up by Saturday so that will be a big plus too.

I don't work tomorrow, hurray, hurray! I've been working a lot of overtime. Our financial planner is coming in the morning and then I have a hair appointment for a cut and color. If the rain is gone maybe we can go for a ride in the afternoon. :dance:

happy2bme
10-14-2005, 12:14 AM
C'mon Shad, you have been an inspiration. YOU WILL BE FINISHING THE 21 DAY CHALLENGE. No regrets, no excuses.

'fraid you'll not be boarding that plane if you don't finish this out. I'll call the airlines myself if I have to. Remember, I have friends in Japan - friends that sponsor 21 day challenges :workout:

Ok, nuff said. That tired me out. Now I need to get to bed. I think that flu shot I got today tuckered me out.

Back in the morning.

Shad
10-14-2005, 12:14 AM
Meadow - pinot grigio - oooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhh aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh YES yum yum :cheers:

Pinot grigio is the Italian version of the Pinot gris from France and much nicer if you ask me!

I'm going home sick. Yes well what am I sick of.

PainterWoman
10-14-2005, 03:40 AM
Hiya, all. Radiation #1 down and 32 more to go. I am greatly relieved. No pain. No lasting discomfort. A few moments of regret about being more like a side of beef than a svelte patient… but this is the way it is for right now. DH finished up at work very early, so instead of doing even 15 minutes of marketing or web design, we went to lunch and a bookstore. Par for our course.

I started knitting another baby sweater, had an evening meeting canceled and watched rather more television than I'd intended. I did a few chores around the house, so I'm feeling a little more worthwhile. (I understand the value of human doings… being sometimes seems like a waste….)

Hollyhock-- way to go on the parent handbook… So now your school can apparently claim that the students DO come with a manual? :lol: I wish that parents could be taught JUDGMENT… and I don't mean they should taught to be judgmental!! I wish they could be encouraged and helped to understand what the message is they are actually demonstrating to their children in contrast to what they think they are demonstrating.

Roseblush-- I'm going to get the Google maps up and running. What possessed you to settle 150 miles from someplace? I think that's toooooo far for me… especially in a small town. I wouldn't mind being in Boston and have everything be 150 miles away.. but to be in Teensytown, USA and have everything far away… I don't think I'm cut out for that. Do you have photographs of your region posted? I do yearn for a hill bigger than our fire ants make once in a while.

Shad -- I think the first issue I have with your coffee bag/ring question is the coffee bag itself. Coffee should either be in an industrial sized pouch in a coffee maker or loose and put in a filter…. I don't DO coffee bags! Nevertheless, Anything makes a ring because of the surface tension on the napkin. It tries to even itself out… so rather than forming peninsulas, inlets and other interesting shapes, it just forges ahead as evenly as possible along the "warp and woof" of the napkin. And I'd say that if it advances unevenly it's because there was something invisible spilled on the napkin previously…. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Tig… if you send me a photo of the alleged Japanese H-D shirt, I can forward it to my son who studied Japanese for a while… (I couldn't tell if your son knew Japanese or was guessing!). He told me that some of the "cool" skater shirts from a few years back had what looked like Japanese letters, but were really jibberish. Probably like my spam blogger verification words…. !

Sorry to report that we are still rainless and expected to be in the 80's through Tuesday. I'll gladly trade. Especially cooler air and more breeze. Has New Hampshire really gotten MORE rain, or is there some other reason they've had the flooding?

Happy fitness and healthy thoughts everybody.

MELODY525
10-14-2005, 09:17 AM
Painter why o why are you knitting baby sweaters? Have I missed something? Good luck with the treatments. That's a challenge all it's own! Was the bookstore Borders?! :rofl: Next time pick me up!

Happy~you should have heard the laughing when I found it just sitting there for the picking! LOL

Shad~ WTF
Enough said!!! :rollpin: I am puffing on those rain clouds as hard as I can. I must be out of practise! Congrats on your rainfall!

Meadow~ I was singing in the rain once and pirouetting like a ballerina with my umbrella and a man stopped his car to watch me trying to get my friend into the puddle:rain: ....of course I was about 16!! Your graphic reminded me of that day!
Enjoy the wine and the sisters! :gift:

Tig~ glad you stopped running long enough to check in. The Honda thing is toooo funny. Bet the kids had a great time picking out the t-shirt. Have a great time with the new friends and party. i think all the rain is in NJ still so maybe you'll stay dry!!!

Speaking of which.......the weatherman of course took back the prediction of a dry NJ by today!!!! Actually he is just seems to be ignoring the fact that he even said it...several times even!!!
Oh well......Jen picked up a few groceries and we will share till Tuesday. I'll go then for myself. I plan ahead for disasters anyway. I like to have all my "stuff" around me when I don't feel good or cannot get out. If it was warmer, I wouldn't mind getting wet! OOPS doorbell....adios
.

Hollyhock
10-14-2005, 10:11 AM
Everyone is getting rain and all we have fog.
PW~ you sure put a lot of effort into Shad's coffee ring dilema.Glad the day went well for you.
Meadow~ ENJOY!!! Thas' an order!!
HUGS ladies!!
Pounding headache but an easy spirit today.
I have this cold that DH and the kids have had but they are hacking and wheezing. Every cold I get goes deep into my sinuses so my head is about to explode.
Yesterday was awesome. I did not go to book club or to do my Grandma’s hair. It was difficult to say no to both. DH worked til 7 didn’t get home til 8 so we had chicken soup and grilled cheese in front of the tube. Both kids were in bed by 8.

I had 5 kids all day but they were relativley well behaved. I farted around on my computer just for fun.
I watched my soaps and rested. I stayed up to watch ER. I slept through the alarm and woke to a Mom knocking on the door. All 4 of us and the cat were sound asleep. Gotta love foggy fall mornings.Yikes.
DH’s has a great job right now. He freelances carpenter services. A lot of builders dont have steady houses lined up so if there is a few days break most guys will go find another job. This guy doesn’t have a house to start til Tues and he is paying Dh today and Monday to wait til Tues. WOW, a contractor with integrity and who appreciates my man!! Woohoo.Highly irregular but makes living with DH pleasant cause he is valued.
I will have my Avon booth at the farmers market tomorrow.Kinda excited. Going to do grandma’s hair in the aft and then hockey at 6. No church Sunday.Big event in another town and we are not going.
I have the cleaners coming again on Tues to fall clean the rest of the main floor. DH noticed it on the calendar and asked about it. I told him. He used to balk at me for getting help way back, so I stopped. He said, “oh good."Yippee! Gotta love a man who gets smarter every year.LOL!
I am irked by the Aunt once again. I only saw the family for 2 hours on Monday. It was enough to reinforced the limited contact. Too bad cause I love them so much. sigh.
My Mom must have mentioned, oh, 200 times that it was a short visit. I said,” better than no visit!” ,oh, 200 times.
Dad just rolled his eyes. Sis was okay. Nephew and my kids raced around for 2 hours. No time to fight.Great!!
The ridiculous aunt( I will remind that she is 62 going on 5) kept cuppng her hand around my sisters ear and wispering things to her. Made snotty digs about the turkey tetrazini I was going to make and killing my Grandma with it( I make frozen dinners for my Grandma every day and deliver when i do her hair).She also commented about how she HAS to go throught the meals I make to make sure thay are good enough. Hello??????? I was boiling but kept my mouth shut. Why oh why did I spend 40 years trying to get this ***** to like me and be friends.Why did I believe all the negative bullshit she said about me and to me all this time. Between My Mom, sis and her it is amazing I didn’t throw in the towel long ago. And these are the people who were supposed to love me, nurture me and lift me up.
Why does my Dad put up with them. He is the “head” of the family. He hears it ,sees it, rolls his eyes, shakes his head but doesn’t stand up. It seems weak to me.I suppose he has to live with Mom but as for his sister........
I dont understand it.
It makes me thankful for my own husband and family. My former best friends think my husband is an *******....and he can be. I love it. We are both strongwilled and outspoken. We both challenge each other all the time. No lack of backbone in this house. We are both willing to learn and grow and make changes.Thank God. Literally. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Our kids are strong this way too. Never dull anyhow. No complaceny or underhanded bullcrap in this house. It is wide open!! Lord knows it gets loud. We all make mistakes. At least we are “allowed” to. ARG!!
Off my emotional roller coaster. Releasing the irkedness. whooooosh.
Okay. I need to get cleaned up and putter.
HUGS!!!!

PS food has been abysmal the last 2 days. Better so far today.
Do ya think there is a link between binging on comfort food and seeing my family???

MELODY525
10-14-2005, 01:31 PM
Holly~ Jen just left and we were having a similar convo as your post that I just read!!! :rofl: Relatives and friends and how it took us so long to say f*** off!!!! :lol3:
Funny how ralphie Boy sent this this morning....I shared Ralph with Jen about an hour ago and decided to share him with you too. I just re-read it while drinking a coffee.......hope you have time for him too:encore: to all of us because we are survivors!!! Jen left with a smile and I have one too.
Good luck with the Booth!!!!!!!

THE DAILY MOTIVATOR
Friday, October 14, 2005

Look up
+++++++++++++++++++

Look up from what you're doing and look around for a minute.
See what a beautiful world you're in.

Take your mind off the problems for a moment, and focus on
the positive possibilities. Consider how very much you are
able to do.

Turn your attention for a while away from the worries and
anxieties. Remind yourself of all your many blessings.

The direction of your focus is the direction your life will
move. Let yourself move toward what is good, valuable,
strong and true.

The things that fill your awareness are the things that will
fill your life and your world. So expand your awareness
beyond your own concerns and toward the best of what can be.

Look up and look confidently toward the highest vision you
can imagine. The moment you do, you're on your way there.

Ralph Marston