Support Groups - Home of the Loozing Floozies.....(#56)

11-13-2005, 01:26 PM

Hello :wave:

Here at McSkinneys, Our mission is to motivate,support and lose those pounds & inches.We must keep those Loozing Floozies loosing!!

Feel free to join our group of wonderful ladies.Come on in.....Give us YOUR motivation,support and ideas.We would love to have you!!!

11-14-2005, 12:45 AM
First off, I want to welcome Suzy to our little group!!! Suzy, this is a GREAT group of ladies & you will love it here! I am 42, married, two daughters ages 6 and very soon to be 21!!! YIKES! I can't believe I have a kid that age! I still feel that age!!! LOL!

I have been busy taking care of family stuff and also putting out fires so to speak. We had a family get together over the weekend and I had to keep the peace and smooth out any ruffled feathers from my "wonderful" family members. I saw my sister yesterday, first time in 7 years, I refused to have a conversation with her though...I am still upset with her behavior over how she has treated my mom. So...once again I am the butthead in the family. At least I know I am doing everything in my power to provide my mother with as much peace as possible in her elderly years.

I just received this from Ramona, I will post it as I received it:

Hi Gayle. I hope you are doing fine. I've been reading some of the posts and wanted to drop a line, but the forum won't let me in. If you would please tell everyone that I miss them and think of them every day. Also please welcome the new members for me.

Without boring anyone with a lot of detail, I've got some health issues and I'll be seeing several specialists in the month of December. I'll also get some results this week sometime of some earlier tests. Right now I'm on some medication that makes me pretty loopy and I just go to bed after work. I'm at my highest weight of all times and I'm pretty depressed over that. But, I'll just have to take things one at a time.

Again, please send my love to everyone and my thanks to all those who have asked about me.

Love you,

Ramona, sweetie, you know you will always be in my thoughts & prayers!!!

Well better go! I hope everyone had a nice weekend!

11-14-2005, 12:48 AM
Suzy, I forgot to mention...GREAT JOB ON THE WEIGHTLOSS!!

11-14-2005, 06:42 AM
Prayers being sent to you, Ramona!! I miss and love you! Don't fret about the weight gain. Just get your health back, and quit stressing out about everything!!

Gayle-Thanks for letting us know about Ramona. I'm sorry to hear about your family woes. Too bad your sister is so awful. I have a SIL like that.

Suzy-Great job on the weight loss!! Keep up the fantastic work!

11-14-2005, 11:20 AM
Good Monday morning everyone!

Nice to meet you Gayle! I sure can relate to those family get togethers...sounds just like the ones we have here! Fun isn't it? :dizzy:
I'm cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the whole family this year and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well and we have peaceful meal! It's going to be stressful enough without our youngest being here (he's in Iraq) so we really don't need any dramatics...if you know what I mean. ;)

I obviously don't know Ramona, but I hope the testing goes well for her and that she can get back in the group soon!

Thank you both for the congratulations...honestly I never thought I would make it this far! Hopefully I'll see the 140's this week...I haven't seen the 140's since before I had my kids, so it's going to be a pretty big deal for me once I do get there! :)

11-14-2005, 08:57 PM
Gayle...Thanks for the letter from Ramona. I sure do love & miss her.

Chris just called. He's coming home for sure on Christmas Day!!!!! He'll be here around 2:00!!! :cp: He'll have to go back Jan.3rd. I don't know exactly what this is but he's now a Silver Dolphin. (Navy)

Gotta finish cleaning the kitchen and iron.

Love & hugs...... :hug:

11-15-2005, 06:41 AM
Sherry-How exciting it that? Your baby will be home for Christmas. I know this will be an extra special holiday for your family.

Suzy-I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you that you'll reach the 140's.

11-15-2005, 09:44 AM
Suzy: I'm sending special "140's" vibes your way!!!!!

Sher: LOVE THE NEW PIC! I best Chris is as thrilled as you to know he will be home for Christmas!

Shelley: I envy you turned off into a major cold spell, we have huge wind gust blowing and I can feel the bitter cold in the air. Thank goodness no snow yet! Last night at dusk, Steve 7 I went walking and it was perfectly calm and I needed only a light jacket, about 3 hours later all heck was breaking loose!

Gotta go! Need to get Allison to school!

11-15-2005, 10:53 AM
Ok, I'm back! gotta tell you girls a cute story! You all know how I am about animals and how Steve has made me promise no more until some of these start passing away??? Last night we were on our walk...pretty soon, here was a pretty little kitty being the animal lover I am, I preceeded to give her a gentle few strokes on the now we have a walking partner...this goes on for two trips up and down the road. Then right as it is getting dark, here is a cute little spotted puppy looking lost. Just down the street some people have a litter of spotted pups so I JUST KNEW it had gotten out of their fence. I picked the puppy up and off I went to do a good deed and return the little escapee. I found the man that lived there and he said NO, someone else had placed the dog in his yard thinking it was his too and he had just removed it. You could tell by the size difference of the pups it really wasn't his... I tried talking him into consenting to just one more...I even tried the guilt trip of asking how bad he would feel if the poor thing ended up getting hit by a workie... so, as we are walking back home, here I have this cute puppy with his paws wrapped around my neck (will be a larger dog) and I'm saying God, why do you put me into this position? Why are you testing me? No way on earth could I just turn the puppy loose to get hurt (we live close by a highway) Long story short, I setup a blankie/food/water on our deck where she could stay or easily go on back home...guess what? She stayed all night sleeping like a baby and she is still here this morning. I go to work later and if she is still here when I get home, I will probably try to take her to the shelter. I would love to keep her but we can not afford the food/medical expense and the cost to have her fixed. We live just far enough from town, we never know if it is a pet from the area or if it is a stray someone dumped out. Anyone want a CUTE puppy??? What do you think shipping would run??? LOL!

11-15-2005, 06:38 PM
Gayle your puppy story is amuzing. All animals know how sweet and lovable you are. You know that strong wind that you have, guess what we are sending it your way. Until last night we didn't have any snow on the ground. We had a snow storm and we have about two feet of the white stuff now.
Thanks for posting the letter from Ramona. I think of her often. Prayers will definitely be sent her way.

Sherry I love your new picture. You look great.

Suzy I know that you can hit the 140's, you are doing great. Welcome to our group. A little late welcoming you but better late than never.

Shelley how are you doing? I have to do some catching up here, Larry had me preocuppied for the last little while. lol
When I have more time to post I will tell you all about my lovely weekend.

I need to go peel my potatoes so off I go. Miss you ladies!

11-16-2005, 06:51 AM
Gayle-Can't you have just 1 more?? What happened to the kitty? Did she continue to follow you home? You just have that "animal attraction!"

Sherry-Your new picture is great! Maybe we should all set a limit on how long our "old pictures" can be our avatars, so that we can picture each other as we go day by day. I know that I stopped straightening my hair again and my picture shows me straight. I still haven't gotten it highlighted. The hurricane was here the day I was supposed to go. Maybe that was a sign not to have it done?

Dee-Please do let us know how the vacation went. You always give such vivid details and we can picture everything so clearly.

Have a great day, everyone!

11-16-2005, 10:18 AM
The kitty went on home Shelley...can't have one anyways because Steve is allergic to them. It was heartbreaking, but we took the puppy to the animal shelter yesterday after work. I had made up my mind if she was still on the deck after work, then she would go. She played really well with Allison, it's just we have nothing setup for another creature and she would need to stay outdoors. ALTHOUGH...I did tell them I would call next Monday to see if the owner had surfaced or if she was adopted out, if she is still there we could go ahead and adopt her...they are keeping the animals only 1-1.5 weeks before putting them down if not adopted. I know, I'm a sucker...

Dee, please update us! Glad you had fun!!!!

I'll be back to post more later! HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!

11-16-2005, 07:00 PM
The question of the day...............

Would you be willing to give up something you love, or something you live for?
Why would you give it up and how much would it be worth to you to give it up?

11-16-2005, 07:14 PM
If I'm understanding the question Dee, then NO I would not be amount of wealth would be worth giving up the important people in my life.
I love my family and I also live for my family.

11-16-2005, 07:37 PM
Would you be willing to give up something you love, or something you live for?

Depends on how you are using the word "love"...if it would mean giving up my husband, children or grandchildren, then the answer would be no, there isn't anything that I would give them up for. Now if you're talking about LOVE as in "I LOVE cookies!" or something along those lines, then my answer would be yes. ;)

Gayle, I can't imagine how hard it must have been to take the puppy to the shelter...I hope someone adopts him soon!

Sherry, it's wonderful that your son will be home for Christmas! What a present! You must be SO excited!

11-16-2005, 09:47 PM
WELCOME SUZY!! I loved your answer to the question. So True!

Gayle - You sound just like me when it comes to pets. I spend a lot of time rescuing and redirecting. I know who takes birds, racoons, skunks, turtles, dog rescue groups, cat rescue groups, you name it. One of my best friends is a vet. who does rescue and release for baby racoons. Thats how we met, she was giving mine shots.
Dee- Please don't send that weather to Ontario. I saw that on the news and I'm just not ready. Need to get new snow tires yet.
My second surgery last week went well. I can type again.
Sherry - I love your new picture. I'm glad you're feeling better.I have been on low carb since November 2nd, and am now back to where my ticker says I am. I had gained back nine pounds. It comes back SOO fast. (

11-16-2005, 11:14 PM
Do you have a racoon Janice? They are adorable!!! I would love nothing more then to do some type of rescue work with baby animals. Steve has swore for years he wants to keep me away from that type of job or any position where I dealt with animals on a daily basis. He says I would feel sorry for each and every one of them and there wouldn't be any room left in the house!! I'm glad the surgery went well!!! How soon before you go back to work??? BTW: CONGRATS ON THE WEIGHT LOSS!!! Isn't it amazing how the pounds pack on so much quicker then how they come off???

Dee, you keep that dratted snow at your place!!! So far, so good, I want a dry Thanksgiving and Christmas too for that matter. Do you have all your christmas shopping finished??

11-16-2005, 11:16 PM
'Twas the night of Thanksgiving, but I just couldn't sleep. I tried counting backwards, I tried counting sheep.

The leftovers beckoned -- the dark meat and white, But I fought the temptation with all of my might.

Tossing and turning with anticipation,
The thought of a snack became infatuation.

So, I raced to the kitchen, flung open the door And gazed at the fridge, full of goodies galore.

I gobbled up turkey and buttered potatoes,
Pickles and carrots, beans and tomatoes.

I felt myself swelling so plump and so round,
'Til all of a sudden, I rose off the ground.

I crashed through the ceiling, floating into the sky With a mouthful of pudding and a handful of pie.

But, I managed to yell as I soared past the trees "Happy eating to all - Pass the cranberries, please!"

May your stuffing be tasty, may your turkey be plump; May your potatoes 'n gravy have nary a lump;

May your yams be delicious, may your pies take the prize; May your Thanksgiving dinner stay off of your thighs.

11-17-2005, 10:51 AM
Gayle - every spring we end up with litters of baby racoons. We bottle feed them and them place them into a large pen in the back yard. We have a baby pool in there and buy minnows so they learn to fish. We gradually keep human contact down to a minimum, so they learn to be wild again. I have kept them over the winter but by spring even I'm afraid to go into the cage. Doug goes in then, when they are sleeping.
I take them to a wildlife sanctuary in the fall, where they are released into an large bush area that is fenced in so they can't get out. They are fed still in this area and then released back to the wild. It is wonderful to see them released in the spring. They are so interested in the new surroundings and everything in it. Just the way nature is supposed to be. We tag them all before release so they can be identified if something happens to them. They are fed in the new area but gradually they stop going to the feeding station as they learn to fend for themselves.
My weight went down another pound this morning so I can finally change my ticker- YEAH!!
Dee- The storm is on its way, just a few flurries so far this morning but the sky is black.

11-17-2005, 12:14 PM
Hello :wave:

I'm making a very quick post at work. My computer at home died! :( Yep, it completely crashed. I'm dropping it off this afternoon to be fixed. Hopefully it won't take long. I'm not sure if the mother board crashed or what.

Gotta go!! I love you all and I'll post when I get my computer back!

11-17-2005, 01:34 PM
Hope to have you back up and running soon Sher!!!! Those darn people, don't they realize you NEED to check in with us throughout the day!!! LOL!

Dee, ok, as you well know, you lead the most exciting life of any of us here on the board...we live our fantasy lives through, what about those wild nights of passion and romance you once shared??? No goatee story??? No lizards loose in the room story??? My, my, your slipping up in your old age!! LOL!!!

Awesome story Janice!!!! I agree with you, wild animals should never be domesticated. I've always heard that racoons get an attitude as they reach adulthood.

11-17-2005, 06:55 PM
Janice I am glad to hear that your second surgery went well. I was just thinking about you before you posted. I can't believe you can type already or are you finger pecking? Our first snow fall that stayed was as much snow as we usually get for the month of November. We got 18 inches and it is back at it again!

Sherry I sorry to hear that your computer is sick! Hopefully it won't need a major overhaul. I feel like I need one. Oh yeah I guess I just had one.

Shelley can I come and visit you? I don't like the snow any more. I would rather have sand between my toes.

Gayle, ok, ok I will fess up. Do I have a story or two to tell. I just haven't had the time to tell I have held off long enough. Here it is......I hope you know now dinner will be late.

Well once upon a time there was a Princess called "Princess Darlene" who was celebrating her 25th anniversary with Toad Larry. You see she hadn't kissed her toad enough to turn him into a Prince. As many times as she tried and tried and tried she just couldn't change him into a Prince. She lived happily with her Toad but alas she wished and wished that he would be her Prince. After many years of marriage she forgot all about her wish and became accustom to having a Toad for a husband. He was kind and sweet so that was of most importance. Toad Larry booked a mini vacation at a luxurious resort in a dense forest for them to celebrate their 25th anniversary. It was a warm and inviting place with a view over looking the lake on one side of the cottage and on the other side the view was of a babbling creek. On the first night as Princess Darlene snuggled and kissed Toad Larry by a toasty fire while romantic melodies playing, Toad Larry excused himself to go out for a few minutes. What a thrilling astonishment to Princess Darlene when she seen Toad Larry return not as a Toad but as Prince Charming Larry. He bestowed a scarlet velvet crown of jewels, golden pantaloons, and a hot sizzling sexy crush velvet ruby vest. Princess Darlene and Prince Larry had a Royal Ball that night. The goatee was a great disguise and a royal treat that I can’t mention here….lol The moral of the story is never give up on your dreams Your Prince could be right under your nose.

Time to get my dinner going. A true story it was.

11-17-2005, 09:07 PM
Oh Dee, what a wonderful story! Thanks so much for sharing it! I have a 25th anniversary coming up...maybe I should print it out for my toad. ;)

Sherry, I hope your computer can be fixed quickly!!!

It's cold, blowing and snowing here tonight...yuck! How many days until spring? :^:

11-18-2005, 06:54 AM
Dee-You do lead the most exciting life of any of us here. You two are so romantic, and your details are always so vivid.

Sherry-Hope your sick computer gets better soon. I know you can't post too much at work because big brother is watching.

Janice-I had no idea you were such an animal lover. It's wonderful what you do for the raccoons. I always see dead ones in the road here. I'm so happy that your surgery went well.

Gayle-Cute poem!

11-18-2005, 05:15 PM
In my royal forgetfulness I forgot to reveal that my Prince Charming presented Princess Darlene with pink princess garments. It was made of sheer fabric, a mini belly chemise, and Jeannie pants with a face veil to charm the onlooker. Princess Darlene appeared delightfully lip smacking.

Suzy go for it, if you are celebrating your 25th you deserve the royal treatment. Show the toad see if he becomes a Prince Charming!

Shelley I get bored easy, can you tell? I need excitement in my life. It is fun to write about our trips and excursions.

Gayle did I scare you away. You persuded me to take time to post my story and Poof you magically are gone!

11-19-2005, 09:21 AM
Dee- WOW!!!

11-19-2005, 09:44 AM
hello girlfriends!
i understand bout being the butthead of the family,its that way tween me and my sister,today me and cat hafta help mom clean up the house for my sister is coming up mon. but i cant be nowhere around!
and brians mom is blaming me for everything wrong in her life!
brian isnt interested in contacting her cuz she is a alcoholic and he says she keeps bringing guilt stuff up .he was molested by a babysitter when young and she was a stripper and was with differt men all the time and he had no childhood cuz he was forced to bring up his brother and sister.
he wont let cat just go over there.
cat is 13 yrs old and she has only came over 4 x in her life never since we have been here witch has been 4 yrs. so its my fault he dont do what she wants.
she emailed me tues to tell me i was a spoiled brat and i was suspicious and my family wasnt normal,and she told her whole family that!
as far as shes concerened she was dead to us!
ok now whose being a spoiled brat and not a adult?
omg i wanted to write her back but he says forget it,i havent yet but i want to!
not fair for her to slam me and i cant defend myself and my family!
tell ramona she is in my prayers!
i miss her!
i couldnt get in either,i had to redo everything!
awww on the puppy,has it found a new home yet?
love the poem.

sherry,great news on chris coming home on christmas!
thats the best news ever!
great pic!
im sorry bout your puter!
gosh i know how that feels!

janice,wohoo on your 2nd surgery!
now you can heel up and go on!
you go girl!

dee, love the way you tell your stories!

shelly,hows the house cleaning going?
im bound bent on starting mine!

wheres debby?
is she still here?

everyone have a great day!
hey did i tell you i got the dvd that i was stressing about?

hugs to everyone!

11-19-2005, 03:59 PM
Allison is now the proud owner of "Sophia" we will call her "Sophie"...the owners never claimed the stray puppy we found. I made a call to the shelter today and Allison and I stopped by to see if the puppy was still there. I knew she was, but I wanted to keep it a surprise for her. Sophie will stay at the shelter until tuesday so she can be spade and have all of her examinations and vaccinations. This gives us enough time to get her pen built etc.

Doni, I have a brother & two sisters I have no contact with. I see it as I'm living my life the best I can and if they make unwise decisions, it is their own doing and I am not going to feel bad about it. Don't let your sisters acusations and crude comments get the best of know your a decent person with a nice family... most of the time it boils down to jealousy.

YES DEE!!! I"M HERE!!!!!! Just had to go take a loooooong cold shower after reading your hot full of romance post!!!! I'm glad the Princess & Prince had a wonderful anniversary, hopefully they played it safe and there isn't any little "toads" in the works!!! LOL!!!!!!!!

Shelley, have you guys picked a college yet? Will you do anything special for graduation such as a meal or party?

Well, I better go! I will try posting next week when I can, but I will be super busy. I'm working long hours at the store because of the holiday week and I am smoking the turkey for the dinner at Steves folks. I just found out a few minutes ago that I am now also making a pie and salad.... I can't get away buying a frozen pie...

11-19-2005, 05:47 PM
Gayle-Mike is making 2 smoked turkeys for mom's Thanksgiving-1 for Thanksgiving day with us and 1 for the day after, when my brother's family will be in from NY. Becky wants a graduation party and still hasn't decided on a college as of yet. She has applied to 4 or 5 in the state. We'll see what happens. I'm not sure what we'll do for the party. My dad checked into using his clubhouse, but they don't allow more than 25 people there at a time. She wants something really laid back, so we may just go to Lakes Park and barbecue there.

11-19-2005, 06:00 PM
Shelley: Does Mike inject any flavoring into his turkeys? I'm trying to decide what I want to use. I had a customer tell me it sounds strange, but it is really good...he takes a turkey breast, pulls back the skin and shoves pickle relish between the skin and meat, then smokes. He says it is wonderful...kinda hard for me to believe.
I agree with Becky, it is so much nicer to have a laid back celebration! We purchased a few sub sandwiches, then had chips, salads etc along with the cake. I also measured out a snack size candy bar wrapper (such as kitkat/10 for $1.00) and made up personalized labels that I glued onto the bars for party favors. Liz thought it was kinda cool, it had her name, graduation date, etc.

11-19-2005, 08:44 PM
Hello everyone...

Been missing in action and sorry b/c i have been busy with daycare and trying to arrange a visit to my parents for the holidays. Last week was the week from screaming babies..never so glad for a wk/end to come.

Exciting news two fold sort of: One we bought a new couch with recliners on each end and this is exciting b/c we haven't had a new couch of any kind for over 10yrs. and hubby(10W40) said let's go get us a new one and i didn't hesitate one bit and going and picking out WHAT i WANTED. Yeahhhhh me.
The other is Hubby & I are going to Florida for Xmas. Hubby never goes on vacation with me in all the 22yrs we have been married but one other time. Poor Cara will have to stay home this time b/c she is working full time now. Still going to see if she can't sneak in my suitcase....

Well that is it....Oh wait a minute WELCOME have come to a wonderful group of friends.


11-19-2005, 11:21 PM
Hmmmmmm....watcha doing with hubby Vickster???? You must be doing something right!! LOL!! Congrats on the new furniture and the trip ~~~ you deserve it!! Cara still have the same boyfriend? Maybe she can be with his family over the holiday.

I'm thinking of a gift for the family...which is better? Playstation 2 or Xbox? Any comments, opinions will be greatly appreciated!!!

11-20-2005, 07:25 AM
Gayle-I'll need to get more graduation party tips from you when the time gets closer.

Mike has always injected his turkeys with orange juice. He used a regular syringe. They are the best tasting smoked turkeys you can imagine. The white meat, when cut, has juices flowing from it. In fact, we have always thought about selling them because they are so good and everyone raves about them. He uses fresh orange juice and lets it sit a day or 2, so all the pulp goes to the bottom and he just gets the juice in the syringe. Then he injects it all over the turkey. I'm not sure if he injects it anymore during the smoking process or not, but I do know he spends the day basting, and rekindling the smoker.

Vicki-Coming to my side of the country! How exciting! I hope the weather gets cooler for the holidays. How long will you be in Tampa?

11-20-2005, 12:24 PM
I did it...I weighed in this morning at 148.4! :carrot: What an incentive to stay on track this week...Thanksgiving or not!

Vicki, we bought a sofa like that a couple of years ago...I love it! Enjoy your new furniture!

Gayle, congratulations on your new found addition! I kind of figured that she wouldn't be at the SPCA long. ;)

Shelley, if you want it cooler down there you can send the extra heat north...we're freezing up here! :lol:

11-20-2005, 12:56 PM
Yay, Suzy!! BTW, would you PM me your email, so I can add you to my list? Thanks!!

11-20-2005, 01:53 PM
Sure thing Shelley! :)

11-20-2005, 11:32 PM
HELLOOOOOOOOOO.......can the prodigal daughter come home????

I finally was able to log back in and it looks like I haven't posted for over two months! Wow, I had no idea it had been that long!!!

I've kept up a little bit with everyone by reading the posts and I've tried to email Gayle a few times to let her know that I'm alive and kicking. I'm not even going to try to address everyone tonight, but I'd like to start fresh if it's okay with you all....PLEASE??!!

I do want to welcome the newbies and I hope I get to know you very soon. You will love this board...this is the most wonderful group of women I have ever had the honor of knowing.

Rick and I will be going to Oklahoma next week to spend Thanksgiving with Ben. It is the first time in five years he has been stationed close enough to be able to spend the holidays with. I hope that Dan will go with us also. He is still in the National Guard, but he is joining the regular Army in a few weeks. He will be stationed at Ft. Sill, just 30 minutes from Altus Air Force Base, where Ben is stationed. We will also be bringing a new child home with us. We are adopting Ben's Military Working Dog. It is being retired and if they are not adopted, they are euthanized. So of course we are taking it! She is a German Shepherd named Asta and she is nine years old.

As Gayle may have told you, I've been undergoing some medical tests and I still have several to go. I will be seeing a neurologist on December 19th to have a Nerve Conductivity Test and an MRI. I just had a new series of bloodwork done and don't have all the results back. My SED rate, which measures inflamation in the body, was 20 points higher than normal. My doctor at this point is leaning toward Multiple Sclerosis or Lupus. We'll just have to wait and see. I'll let you know as soon as I know something.

Well, that's really more than I meant to write tonight. I've got a busy day tomorrow as we busted a huge burglary ring this past Thursday and there is still much follow up work to do. The really bad part is that one of the perps is a jailer. Well, now instead of dressing other people in orange, he is wearing it! He is only twenty years old and has ruined his life... such a sad thing for his family to go through.

Okay, it's medication time and then off to bed. I'll talk to you all soon. Thanks for always being there for me. I love you all!


11-21-2005, 06:57 AM
Ramona-Sweetheart, I'm so glad you're back!! I am send prayers your way and hope your test come back with good results. I had no idea that you were still in such pain. I am so glad that you get to spend Thanksgiving with your baby. I hope Dan can get there too. It would be wonderful for you all to get together at the same time.

Love to everyone--running late, gotta go! (Suzy--thanks, I got it!)

11-21-2005, 10:18 AM
Good morning and happy Monday everyone!
It's going to be a busy week for me! I'm babysitting the grandkids 3 days this week, plus cooking Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday! I have no idea when I'm going to find time to clean. I suppose I could always dim the lights and have a candlelit dinner...that way no one will be able to see the dust! :lol: AND to make the week really interesting...we are supposed to get a couple back to back snow storms starting tonight lasting through the week. :p Oh my...I have to find time to grocery shop too! :dizzy: I hope everyone has a great week!

Nice to meet you Ramona! I'm sorry to hear about your health problems, but hopefully the testing will provide some answers which will lead to a treatment plan! It's wonderful that you're going to be able to spend the holiday with your son (I'm jealous :^: ). Congratulations on the new addition to your family as well! Have a safe trip and enjoy your visit!

11-21-2005, 10:54 AM
Welcome back Romona!! We missed you! Sounds like you are having a rough time. It must be hard to work when you feel so crummy.
Congratulations on tlhe new addition to your family.
Amanda (my daughter) is always rescueing animals. There is a wild momma cat where she works that we have tried to catch for years. She is too smart to go in the cage. We keep catching her kittens. A couple of weeks ago Amanda caught two of them. Staff from the nursing home took those two. Friday she caught another one. She begged the lady at the pet store in town to take her and try to place her. She was so wild that it is hard to find someone to adopt her. She needs to go to a family that will work with her and probably not to a home with kids. We went in to see her Saturday morning. She was in with a bunch of other kittens which is doing her good. She will learn from them to socialize and not be afraid of people. If she doesn't get adopted Amanda has to take her back. She has two big dogs and three cats already. She takes after me I guess. How can you look at those little faces when God puts them in your path and turn your back? Just not possible for us.
I went to the surgeon this morning and he took out two of my stitches, he will remove the rest in a week. My hands are feeling good, just a bit stiff in the morning when I wake up.
I'm still on program and feeling good!

11-21-2005, 09:36 PM
Suzy congratulations for hitting 148 pounds. It is great when you move down from 150's to 140's. Keep it up and remember thanksgiving is only one meal it doesn't have to be a whole weekend of eatting.

Janice I am so happy for you that you are doing fine after your surgery. I am sure being almost pain free is a relief.

Ramona it is so good to hear from you. I think of you often. I am you are excited about seeing Ben for thanksgiving. I will be saying prayers for you to recover from any illness that you are fighting. Congratulation on your new addition. That is so wonderful that you are doing that. We sure are a bunch of animal lovers here.

Sherry gee I miss you , when are you going to get your puter back. I hope things are well with you. Did you go for your tests? Any news yet

Shelley Mike's turkey sounds so yummy. Ask him if he would mind having an out of town guest. I would love to come. I can even bring the dessert.

Vicki I love those reclining couches. We have been looking at them for awhile. I thought that with my bad back that would be good for it. When we watch movies I have to lye down. Enjoy it. Wow so you and hubby are going to Florida for Christmas. What days are you going to be gone? Are you actually going to be gone on Christmas day? This must be the first Christmas that you won't be spending with Cara. I am sure that it is bitter sweet going away. I remember how sad our Christmas was last year. I was in the hospital for almost the month but they did let me out christmas eve til boxing day. I could see the sad look in all my families eyes wondering if I would ever be able to walk again. Thank goodness that is all in the past. Enjoy your trip.

Gayle how are you enjoying work? You are an old pro already. I am sure handling the money is second nature for you. How's the new family memeber?

Tomorrow I go to see the specialist for my MRI results. Hopefully it will be a go for the corizone injections. They just have to find a dye that I am not alergic to.
Do you guys remember when I asked you last week if you would give up something that you really loved? Well I will share my story. I went to my family doctor last week to ask him a safe heart rate for me when I work out. He said no higher than 150 or 160 tops. When I am working out at the gym they have monitors and my heart rate has been reading over 200. He couldn't believe that it was that high again. I have chest pains but I don't complain to often about them unless they are really bad. My arteries are clear. The doc took an EKG last week and I am on a waiting list (story of my life) for a heart monitor. For now he wants me to stop all exercise. I just can't do it. Shelley I know that you will understand why I can't stop everything. I didn't promise him I would stop and I think he knows me better than to expect it. I love exercising so much, that it is a big part of my daily enjoyment. I know that sounds sick but it is the same thing as you loving chocolate. I am much calmer now that the reality sunk in again. He was concerned that the machines were not accurate and I could be going 230 instead of 205. Some peoples hearts can substain that for sort while while others peoples heart won't take so much. Pretty scarey but I have been hear before. When it is documented on the monitor then my choice will be beta blockers (which I have taken and made me really sick) or possibly another heart operation. Always something..... Well that is my news. And how was your day?

11-22-2005, 12:10 AM
Sophie had surgery today and will come back to her home tomorrow after school. YES, it looks like we all love animals on this board. She has a Doggie house and kennel setup outside, although Allison is already hinting about indoors when the snow flies. LOL!

Ramona, know you can post anything here, we are all friends and we all care about each other. Prayers will continue until you know how all the test results turned out. Bravo for adopting BENS DOG!!! I'm sure he holds a special attachment towards Asta and will love seeing her when he can. Shepards are such beautiful animals. I have a part Shepard, part Rott, three years old but still thinks she is only a young pup.

Janice, so happy to hear the surgery went well!!! YEAHHH!!!!!!!! Sounds like your daughter has a soft heart too...

Suzy, congrats on the weight loss!!!! YIPPEEEEEE!!!! YOU ARE DOING FANTASTIC!

Shelley, we are going to try the orange juice. Using hickory chips and stuffing the cavity full of apple & onion for flavor. I may add a touch of liquid smoke to the juice. Thanks for the suggestion!!!

11-22-2005, 06:50 AM
Gayle-Mike uses hickory chips and when if he stuffs, he does black rice. It's wonderful!

Dee-Yes, I completely understand. I think you should slow down, maybe go back to just walking at a leisurely pace. We don't want to lose you! Take it extremely easy until you get the go ahead. Oh, BTW, come on down!! We would love to have you! (Of course I would need Sherry here to help me clean first!!)

Janice-Wonderful that your hands are well on the road to recovery!

11-22-2005, 09:14 AM
Dee- YOU HAVE TO SLOW DOWN!! Hopefully its just for a little while until you find out what's up, but I don't think you have a choice. We love you! I know you don't want to stop totally which I understand, but please take it easier.
Ramona - I am praying for you, the waiting to find out is so hard.
Doni- are you lurking?
Sherry - Hope your computer is fixed soon, any word?
My weight has been the same for about four days now, it gets frustrating.
Dee- I LOVE CHOCOLATE - switched to sugar free though for the sake of my health!
Change things around a little so it works for you.

11-23-2005, 12:35 PM
Dee, you really need to follow your doctor's advice! Look at our replies to the question you asked last week...we all pretty much said that we would be willing to give up just about anything but family. You need to take take care of yourself so that you are here for your family! Sure exercise is important, but please just slow down and keep your heart rate at a safe level until the doctor can get to the bottom of the problem.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my new friends here! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday...see you all on Friday!

11-23-2005, 01:16 PM

Please Go To #57..........A New Thread Has Been Started!!!! :D