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Shad
11-23-2005, 09:44 PM
To go back to check up on the old place click here (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1023571#post1023571) .

In our quest for a new home, I have forsaken the castles of Europe and bought us a village. We have moved to the beautiful island of Santorini. Welcome to our new home.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/oias-sunset-apartments-santorini1.jpg

This village offers lots of advantages. Own swimming pool as you can see, close proximity to all the beaches, schools and shopping. At the present time there is some work going on to make it compatible for our wheelchair and incapacitated people and easier for them to get around. Golf buggies will be here by the end of the week. And there is plenty of room for extras and new people as well. Come visit for a short time or a long while. You'd be welcome.

There is a quiet area at the other end of the pool. You need to be able to swim to get there. Here it is.

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

For our holiday home this time. We are off to Japan. Photo will be coming later - I have to resize it.

Have fun in the sun all you worldly chicks.


Shad
11-23-2005, 09:55 PM
This one is strictly for the kids and for the young at heart. Enjoy

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

happy2bme
11-24-2005, 02:08 AM
And I said to myself, it's wonderful, WONDERFUL, oh so wonderful ...

You have done it again Shad. What a fabulous place. I just love it - from the sparkling pools to the treetops. Warm and beautiful at night and a place to swim all the time. Will be hard to get me out of the pool and off to my job to pay for my share of the village purchase.

Thanks very much for the cool place. I'm off for a nice swim to the quiet place before I set the turkey on the grill and start the cooking madness for the day.

:happ3: to all the chicks. Will check back in when the forum reopens.


PainterWoman
11-24-2005, 02:25 AM
Shad, what lovely new digs. I like the lit pool for nighttime swims. Have you found an adequate number of Teverna owners so we can ALL have Shirley Valentine experiences? How impressive that you can ALSO organize the birds. I'll have to look up Grevilla Bushes... My grandmother used to live on a street named Grevalia... but I doubt it's the same. We have multitudinous grackles, starlings and cowbirds, but they are NOT organized. The Cardinals and Juncos do better. :thanks1: :thanks2:

I'd rather chat with you all than play housekeeper in preparation for DD's arrival tomorrow. I'll do this indulgence, then turn radio on and clear the decks... You must all know by know that ANY horizontal surface is likely to become an "area for filing" at my house. I can see a keepsake box of photographs, about 2 dozen bookc, 3 dozen magazines, some knitting "stuff'" and assorted stacks of mail. I hope it doesn't take more than an hour.... :^:

Holly: I am so pleased to know someone who keeps her cool when a 4 year old goes at it full throttle. I spend many hours of my work week trying to help parents NOT TAKE IT PERSONALLY when their kids are angry. Way to go.. especially with weather stresses etc. I hope you aren't in the 2 feet of lake effect snow!

Happy: I'll try the cucumber stuff as soon as the peeling stops. The Radiation machine was apparently taking a vacation day early, so they canceled today's treatment. I'm hoping that 5 days off will appease Thelma. Who knew that wearing a bra caused so much friction? :cool:

Ceejay: wishing you safe travels to MO... I don't remember whether you were heading towards St. Louis or where.... I hope you are far enough south that you miss the snow! Congratulations on your bonus... and to your company for giving it to you when it's SO EASY TO SPEND!!

Meadow: I'd love to get to the BC gardens, I hear they are spectacular. We've been to Shaw gardens in St. Louis... there are formal ones in the city proper, and a sort of experimental number of acres outside of town. The Chicago Botanical Gardens in Evanston were amazing... I never knew how many towns had such beauty that was eclipsed by advertising for shopping malls, motor speedways or amusement parks. Sheesh. If you get to Northern California, near San Jose, be sure to go to Filoli (http://www.filoli.org/) I should have known it was used for lots of Television shows... but mostly it was gorgeous... And like the great gardensk it really doesn't much matter what season you visit.

Teel... I didn't realize YOU were having rough weather.... I hope there are nice cozy fires and pubs you can pop into for tea/ale and conversation. I've just come across a writer I really like who's from Edinborough if I remember right: Kate Atkinson. Slyly humorous with very creative plots. I'm reading her newest, Case Histories and got an earlier one too.
You can find more about her and read two short stories here (http://www.geocities.com/kateatkinson14/)

I'm off to the detritus heap. Wish me well... with no ADD attacks!

Hoping you are happy and have much for which to give Thanks!

Meadow
11-24-2005, 02:37 AM
WOOT! Greece!! Shirley Valentine moment... we get a hunky Greek to kiss our stretch marks and then hop into the Mediterranean naked :lol3:

Hollyhock
11-24-2005, 11:38 AM
Oh Shad, I LOVE this home. So peaceful. And I will be hanging out it the tree house too!!!!!!!!

PW~ how do you know about lake effect snow, LOL!! I am under 2 feet of it right now. Snowed in , School closed!! Weehee. I enjoy this very much!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving you glorious south of the border angels!!!!

Shad
11-24-2005, 05:44 PM
Mooz from Ireland sent me a message about thanksgiving. Unfortunately I can't access it from the office, so I will post that tonight.

Happy - so glad you like the new place. Enjoy the swimming. I will see you in the quiet place from time to time although probably it won't be quiet when we get together. Enjoy the family, the turkey and the time off work.

Painter - love those gardens you put in the link. The house looks pretty good as well. Maybe we will have to think about buying it up for the gang here when we move again.
I had a word with the Real Estate agent and ordered some Taverna and the owners for those wanting the Shirley Valentine experiences now and then. All you have to do is to order the variety required and note the time and date. It shall be done.
Grevillia (sp?)bushes are more or less Australian natives. Have flowers like bottle brushes or toothbrushes. Picture below;

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

Good luck with the tidying. Just move everything from one place to another - at least it will look like you have done something! :blush:

For some reason, most of my toolbars do not seem to be working. I have to type in the commands. Maybe it is something to do with yesterdays upgrade.

Hi, Meadow and Holly - good to see you have moved in and made yourself comfortable. Gotta go do some work and I need a coffee badly, I've just seen something of what I have to do today.

Tig
11-24-2005, 07:04 PM
Shad ~ the new place is gorgeous! I love the thought of swimming through the soothing waters...ahhhh.... of course, there could be some of us that might be lurking with water balloons waiting for the unsuspecting to come strolling or rolling underneath a particular tree. :devil: :rofl: You know that most people would complain about a two hour train ride... our Shad looks for and enjoys the adventure! ;)

Meadow ~ I'm very impressed that you are doing the ABdominal WATP! Of course, with your dedication to AB, it isn't a surprise, but that particular WATP is hard!

Ceejay ~ That's great that you got your Christmas bonus this early so that you could plan on it for your Christmas shopping. Wishing safe travels for you and a wonderful visit. Some of the stores here are advertising that are going to be open tomorrow at 5:00 AM! I'm not a Black Friday shopper, as they call the day after Thanksgiving, here. You are very brave!

Happy ~ sounds like you are having a great visit with the family. Did you make the Christmas cookies? When we get the crowd together we never get have the things done we'd like to do. What do they think about your house in TN?

Holly ~ I am really amazed by your organizational skills - I think I would have lost track of a kid or two by now or at least an Avon order! No, the Avon orders don't move from place to place, they are probably easier to keep track of! :dizzy:

teel ~ thanks for the news of Linus. I hope your computer is fixed and you are staying in snug and warm with the bad weather. Ick. :p

PW ~ tender hugs for your tender peeling skin. It is annoying to spend a fortune at the grocery store and then realize there is nothing to prepare for the next meal. We've got turkey mignon steaks on our grill and potatoes baking in the oven. We're going light with just the two of us this year.

Nae ~ your craft room sounds wonderful. I owe some costumes to the grandkids. The youngest granddaughter has just learned that all the boy cousins have super capes!

Melly ~ miss you! The uniformed ones are more than likely searching the hallways of the new abode looking for you....

Have I missed anyone?? It was forgetfulness, not intentional.

For thanksgiving, Slim and I went for a bike ride then went to the movies to see I Walk the Line. We enjoyed the movie. Not necessarily the traditional Thanksgiving holiday, but with all the kids out of town or out of the country, we decided to do the things that we wouldn't ordinarily do. We did some landscaping planning and trimming today. Tomorrow we may begin some work on laying some flagstone. We're planning to extend the patio.

Hollyhock
11-25-2005, 09:35 AM
Hi Tig~ your thanksgiving sounds delightful!!!

Shad~ I must say I dont miss the daily commute. You are brave, LOL!

Pw~ sending soothing cyber compresses for the girls! Hope your Thanksgiving was glorious.

Meadow~ still LMAO over your last post. You are so interpretive.

HUGS to all the other chicks!!!!!!!!!
Snowed in again. Makes for a 4 day weekend!!!!!! It is beautiful out today. Not storming. Big fluffy flakes falling.
The playschool auction was great. I got some much in demand local hockey tickets. had to hip check( seriously) and threaten a couple of guys to get them.
My body is sore from hours of shovelling and then standing all evening. It feels good. I have several hours of shovlelling today once it stops snowing.
DS has 3 hockey games this weekend. I have the farmers market all weekend. there is a Christmas tour coming out from the city.
Much tidying to do again.

Food was better but not great yesterday. Aiming for great today.

The suitcases under my eyes have carry on luggage today.

Thursdays post~
Major reality check!!! So, yesterday I just kinda of ate when hungry, didn’t stress about content. Technically nothing was “bad” but the craving and hunger was insane. I was lethargic and my body has been achey. For a while I have been limiting my carbs and roughly following South Beach. As with other ideas and plans I am not really losing weight. I was not gaining tho. I had all the turkey fixins on Sunday and then left over stuffing, pie etc....yesterday I had a turkey sandwich for breakfast. I was ravenous by 10 and had another sandwich. I had a salad for lunch but was starving an hour later. For supper I made turkey tetrazini with whole wheat pasta and salad. I ate well. I went for a haircut at a neighbours and came home and ate all the leftovers that were enough for another dinner for 4.
This is how I ate all the time for a couple of years prior to trying to get healthier( 2 years ago). I felt like crap.
It would appear that although my weight loss stinks, how I feel physically is massively improved. Nice wake up call.

Today I will follow south beach phase 1.I will not eat bread.

We are snowed in. All the schools are closed. Most of my extra kids are home. One crazy Mom brought her kids but I assume she will be back soon.

There is a silent auction at the playschool and I have an Avon basket in it and I wanted to take up brochures and network.I hope it is still going. A friend is taking books to another town and stuffing mailboxes for me in exchange for my discount off her products. This is my big holiday push time. I have til Dec 4 to to make the most of this. My dear hubby was kinda sweet and thoughtful last night. So unusual that I was looking for an ulterior motive and there wasn’t one. LOL!

Today i want to house clean and do laundry. I will do my yoga tape. I have a few hours of shovelling to do outside!

I did a “gossip” test last week. I had become friends in town here with a family. it seemed there was always drama. I took a big step back when it involved my kids.They denied everythign and had lots of excuses and blamed others. The Dad had confronted me in Sept. Stupid drama. At storytime last week the woman told me something about someone. I saw the someone the next day and congratulated them. It was not true. So the someone called the woman, the woman called me yesterday to tell me I had misunderstood her. LOL!!! NOT! So these people who have been telling me they are not involved in hurtful gossip and drama with others are full of crap. I was beginning to doubt my gut feelings.

Okey dokey. Coffee is done. Healthy, protein breaky coming up!!!

MELODY525
11-25-2005, 10:24 AM
:cofdate: Good Morning My Friends!
I haven't read all the back pages as yet and hope all is well. I want to thank you though for the good thoughts cause I could feel them. they were much needed and well used! :dance: I am not 100% but well on the way. :bubbles:
I am also terribly bored! If all goes well, I will go shopping on Monday and do some late Xmas buying. It is definiter now that Richie's kids are coming for about 2 weeks so we need to get a few things. Thank God they will all be staying at his parents!
Thanksgiving started off on the wrong foot the night before with a huge blow-up between the big kids. Momma smacked the appropriate people in their appropriate heads and all is well again. Holiday stress....who needs it! :faint:
the Mayor dropped off three complete turkey dinners from the local diner when he heard we weren't cooking and I was housebound. "anything for you baby" was his answer. Gotta love the man. :love:
I also love the new house!!! Ahhhhh to be in the sun again and feel it's healing warmth. Great choice Shad. And at a perfect time too!! It was 21* last night!!! But the snow passed us by. I was thinking of Shad and my other Aussie friend......she was recently complaining of having to use the A/C so much already!!! :rofl:
Well, I guess that's all for now. I have a lot of catching up to do and a whole weekend to do it in! :rofl: I do so love these long holiday weekends. Have a great weekend too and take good care of yourselves. :moped:

Shad
11-25-2005, 04:26 PM
The sky is blue fro the first time in a week and I have better rush to get the washing out and drying for the prediction is more showers and storms for the afternoon and evening. We've had a lot of shower and storm activity over the past week. Prediction is that is will last through to next Tuesday. So the idea is to get the chores done while it is fine.

I bought my tickets for Adelaide yesterday. Rung the son who said - so don't you want to visit me for long then. I explained that I have to go back to work to finish up some jobs before my contract finishes in January. What I haven't told him yet is that my next job may be in South Australia and I may be back for 3 months to work close by - well close by Australian standards - about 500k away. I really am not sure I want this one, but it may mean the difference between a new kitchen this year and the Italian trip or just one of the above. I finished paying the car off yesterday. So my debt now is one small mortgage, about $1000 on my credit card which gets paid off come December and $31.95 on my internet connection. Feels good to be almost debt free again. The extra from the car payment will now go to the house. I'd like the mortgage to be gone by this time next year as well. This will be the third time I have paid off a house - twice for this house. At least if the worst happens now, I shall have a roof over my head which no one can do me out of and I can retain independence on my own.

Strewth that was a bit of a ramble was it not. Must be feeling introspective this morning.

Mel - good to see you back and posting. Was trying to ring you, but as usual your phone is stuck on the engaged signal. So the kids are fighting again? Aaahhh well some healthy discussion is to be expected from time to time, but why do you have to become involved?? Hope the weather becomes fine for the little ones. Kids indoors + wet weather equals total boredom, squabbles etc.etc. Gotta love your Mayor. The Mayor here would not even know I was alive, unless of course I didn't pay the rates. He only appears come election time and to tell the truth because I am a resident and not a citizen and therefore don't have to vote, he couldn't careless whether I was here or not.

Holly - have fun in the snow. What is 'lake effect' snow anyway. Sounds like you are in your element with the weather up there. Keep pushing those Avon orders. As you say, you have to make the hay while you can. Too late to say I should have done more after the closing date. I presume there is a lull in buying the products after the Christmas rush is over?

Tig - good to see you in and posting with us. Water balloons in the tree house? No there is a naughty thought. Are you sure the Thugs didn't get their outlook from you??? The tree house looks a fun place does it not? As for the train ride, well since one is stuck on a train and there is no other place to go, one simply has to make the best of it. A laugh or two to while away the time is far better than people swinging fists or abusing the train driver - although come to think of it, there was a bit of verbal abuse floating around every time he made an announcement. However one thing about the Australian psyche is that he/ she (usually he) is never lost for a word to say about any given situation. The blokes are usually quite laid back and laconic and mostly amusing, the 'sheilas' can get loud and antsy. But it really amuses me to find each and every one of them prepared to organise everyone except themselves.
Way to go on planning and landscaping and doing it yourself. Only way to get things done to your satisfaction.

Oh I forgot about Mooz's blessing yesterday. Here we go then

I am thankful....

For the partner who snores all night, because he is at home asleep
with me and not with someone else.

For the taxes that I pay, because it means that I am employed.

For the clothes that fit a little too snug, because it means I have
enough to eat.

For my shadow that watches me work, because it means I am out in the
sunshine.

For a floor that needs mopping, and windows that need cleaning,
because it means I have a home.

For all the complaining I hear about the government, because it
means that we have freedom of speech.

For the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot,
because it means I am capable of walking and that have been blessed
with transportation.

For the pile of laundry and ironing, because it means I have clothes
to wear.

For weariness and aching muscles at the end of the
day, because it means I have been capable of working hard.

For the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours, because it
means that I am alive.

AND FINALLY...

For too much e-mail, because it means I have friends who are
thinking of me.

THINK POSITIVE!!

And with that, I have gone far past my allotted time on the computer. It's time for action around the house and yard. See ya

Hollyhock
11-25-2005, 05:19 PM
Now that it is snowing, LOL! I am having a quiet play on the puter afternoon.

Shad~ Nice post. I DREAM of being where you are at.
Nice to see you up Mel.

These are my fall pics.

Our neighbours lane to their farm,a Blanket flower( my fav after hollyhocks),our bush( you can see our house thru the trees in the bottom right of pic),

Shad
11-25-2005, 06:00 PM
nice pics but can you resize them a bit so I can see them properly. They've gone up as very small. Can't really see the house.

Hollyhock
11-25-2005, 06:16 PM
Aw man...first they were too big ,then too small and server keeps bumping me off....LOL! I wil try again.

Hollyhock
11-25-2005, 06:29 PM
More pics. Our house in 1999 when we bought it and this fall 2005.

Shad
11-26-2005, 03:14 AM
That's better Holly. Like the new deck.

Saturday afternoon here and I am getting ready to go to a friends place for their Christmas dinner with friends. I understand we are barbequing. But what we are barbequing I have no idea. I need to get some wine and some flowers for the hostess. No the wine is for me and since I am driving a bunch of small bottles will do the trick. What I don't drink I bring home.

It's been a warm day, busy mostly as well. House is cleaned (again) - really don't know where all the washing and cleaning comes from. I blame the cat!! Couldn't possibly be me creating all the mess.

Food has been sparse owing to the upcoming, aforementioned barbecue. I can afford to eat a good plateful tonight.
Water has been a bit sparse, but I am getting through it. I will be taking some with me tonight as well and alternating with the wine.
Exercise - well I went to Body Balance and have done the abs/ crunches.
All in all I'm calling it a wrap.

Catch you all tomorrow.

happy2bme
11-27-2005, 02:11 AM
Hi Everyone,
Sorry I haven't posted. My guests left early yesterday morning and arrived home safely - said the trip was a breeze with light traffic. I started on one of my promised projects which was to transfer over stuff from my current computer to my new one. I thought it would take one evening - silly me. 5 years with this computer and I have amassed a whole load of things. It's its own project just cleaning, arranging and transfering. I worked on it all yesterday and today and I'm only about half done. I am taking up DH's desk space and network connection for his computer and he's getting rather antsy about getting his computer back. I had hoped to get this finished, my Christmas letter and cards done, do the laundry, a bit of groceries and get the tree up by the end of the day tomorrow. Don't think that's all going to happen. And I am overdue for exercising too. :o

The only good thing about sitting here is that it's giving my leg a chance to rest up. I will be calling a regular doctor on Monday for an appointment.

You have all been quite the chatty bunch. Will be hard catching up with all of you. I'm sorry but I have to cut this short - it's after midnight and I'm back in the mode of getting to bed way too late and getting up too late in the mornings and wasting the day away. It's a very breezy night - the weather is warming up again - 47 one day 70 two days later, no wonder we are sick. We're supposed to get storms tomorrow. Even poor kitty is nervous outside. She is crying to come in the house and the best I could do was to spend 10 minutes outside petting her and trying to get her to calm down. She has been sitting on the chair ever watchful to the yard for the last 45 minutes. I feel bad leaving her there but if she were to cry out, DH would be at her side in a minute.

Anyway, I hope to get back on tomorrow evening and catch up with you all...

MELODY525
11-27-2005, 09:46 AM
I am not getting any e-mails and my smileys don't work! boo hoo!!!
Shad~ I couldn't be more happy for you and your debt free plan!!! Congratulations to you!!! I might be debt free by 30000! :rofl: Loved Mooz's letter. Have read it before. It's very much how I live my life ....when I'm in a good mood that is:lol3:Hope the BBQ was good....I could smell it over here! We can make a date to call any weekend you want. The kids tie up the line a lot with games. We joined Pogo.com's club and earn badges etc. It's been a lot of fun and good time spent together.

Happy~ Poor kitty! At least someone loves her though. Good luck with the PC. I love your avatar!! I was cracking up for a few minutes. Lovely way to start my day! Now I will go find something for me!Sorry about the leg and wish you luck with a new dr. :hug: I hope you get some relief with him and good advice.

Holly~ thanks for the pictures! I love the deck and it was nice to have a peek into your life! How goes the Xmas Avon-ing? Hope you make tons of $$$$$$$!!!!!
No snow here yet....the big storm passed us by!!!

Yesterday I got the Xmas spirit from Hotcupojava and got out my ornaments. The little tree is up and decorated. I even did a wee bit of Flylady in the closet and tossed old/unused stuff out. Xmas carols on the pc, Xmas cartoons on the dvd, tinsel going on the 3' tree......it just doesn't get any better than that. But....It was a toss up between the pc and Xmas and the Xmas Spirit won out.
I am learning moderation. Can't use the arms for everything all day long. I think I am feeling good enough to go shopping. I will do next to nothing today and see what the Monday morning brings. Jen left a message under my door that she wants me to spend the day with them. Popcorn and more dvds! :rofl:
Well Chickies I must go and eat breakfast and get dressed and fed. Have a great day. :moped:

MELODY525
11-27-2005, 09:57 AM
I can use one of their animated avatars but it won't let me upload one of mine. Maybe a new rule?! I also checked and I am subscribed......I'll give them some time to get all the kinks out from this last transformation. TTFN

Hollyhock
11-27-2005, 10:15 AM
Mel~ maybe when I grow up I will learn moderation too.

I slept til 8:45. I laid down in bed a watched the tube last night from 8-11. I was toompooped to move. Kinda enjoyable really.
Curch at 10. The kids are doing the whole service for the first advent sunday and singing in Latin. The kids are ages 3-9. Pretty amazing! I am going back to the market. if it is slow. I will leave my stuff and come home and putter and then go back and pack up later.
2nd coffee done. Time to go get beautiful.

Shad
11-27-2005, 06:19 PM
I'll swear I posted yesterday morning giving all the details of the bbq on Saturday night. However, I can't find it. I did have problems with the smilies and buttons on the first day after the upgrade but they fixed themselves by the following day. Suzanne put a note on the forum help to explain one way to solve the problem - it's to do with old cookies and new cookies. Yeah right.

Saturday's bbq went well. Lots of food. Bit of a fall down on the sweet chili cream cheese dip but I had a small piece of steak, a chicken tenderloin on a skewer (satay style) huge plate full of salad and veges - passed on the dessert and refused the chocolate. The chocolate was a close run thing as I love the Belgian Guylian choc truffles. I took along a piccolo bottle of Lindauer champers which was very dry so there was no difficulty sticking to one glass. I came home around 11pm and watched the footy from Scotland which finished at 3.00am. Woke up yesterday feeling extremely blah and sore in the gut - obviously too much food and too little sleep. Went to the gym and woke myself up, didn't feel like eating until around 3.oopm then ate everything in sight. Luckily I hadn't shopped and keep a boring refrigerator so there wasn't a lot of damage I could do. I worked in the yard until a storm sent me inside and the cat ran under the bed and wouldn't come out. It was a real doosey this one. Lots of rain, thunder, lightning etc. Some damage done north of the city, but none down our way. I gave up trying to do anything thing and went to bed for siesta.

Poor little kitty Happy. Could you not have put her in the garage with some newspaper etc just to help her out of the weather. I know she has a basket on the terrace. Hope that knee comes right soon. What a pain. Glad to hear the visitors got home safe and well. I didn't realise they were driving. I just figured they were flying. Never presume Shad. It wumps you everytime.

Hiya Mel, glad to hear that things are coming right slowly. And very pleased to hear that you are not overdoing it at this stage. Nice thing that the kids are coming to visit and to make sure you are okay and then they get to play on the computer.

Holly - church sounds nice with the kids. Happy puttering.

I'm trying to sort out the Christmas dinner for this year. I think it is going to have to be the week before Christmas because of my going to Adelaide for Christmas itself. Therefore I will have to start organising the brothers by this week. The bossy sister effect comes back into being.

Better go do something. Hard to believe it is nearly the end of November and weigh and measure is just around the corner AGAIN.

Meadow
11-27-2005, 08:09 PM
I managed two goes at the WATP four mile and two of the 3mile ABs so altogether, which is astounding given my track record, I have gone 14 miles this week:carrot: :D :cool:

Mel-good to have you back! Glad to hear you are pacing yourself and not allowing the duties to overwhelm you. Christmas at the malls is so much fun even when you aren't shopping, everything is so bright and beautiful.

Shad-Cool barbecue menu. Steak and chicken, your friends know how to please. Of course I want some Chili dip now:p I send little Sunday a dose of catnip to help her through the aftershock of the storm, brutal on their emotions all the noise.

Happy-how many dozens of cookies are in your freezer now? Did your sister take them all with her? Did your mom and you do some prowling of decorating stores and plot the next colour advance on whatever area isn't sorted yet? ;) I'm so sad for your little kitty, it is just going to get colder and I suppose those raccoons are going to start coming around and making mischief.

Holly-How many snow bunnies did you help build. Any snow Tiggers? Any snow bears? I had an entire zoo last year:smug: Our snow was only here long enough to tease the kids, the higher points north and south of us still have a foot. They are bummed. Good luck with the Avon sales, you must be scrambling to get all the orders in and together before Christmas. Your home looks terrific, I bet you spend tons of time on the patio this summer didn't you?

Tig-How wonderful, landscaping! I want to do that too only thing stopping me is money :p Flagstones will look great, will we get to see a picture after you finish? I really enjoy seeing the gardens and planning other people do. Nice to have you posting.

:wave: Hello readers!:coffee2: Are you gearing up for Christmas? Got your tree yet?

Hollyhock
11-27-2005, 11:15 PM
Hiya Meadow! We have rain today. The snow is now slush.
Shad, your BBQ sounds lovely.

happy2bme
11-28-2005, 09:04 AM
Good morning ladies,
A cool and rainy day here. Didn't sleep well last night, only about 3 hours total which will make for a very long and tiring day back to work after vacation. :( Strong winds last night and the threat of tornadoes coming out of Ceejay's direction. (Hope you're ok ;) ) Guess down here spring AND autumn brings the threat of bad weather. I can't believe vacation is over already. Wanted to put the tree up yesterday but I can't find the most important thing - the stand. Went through all the boxes marked Christmas in the house, more to search in the garage I'm told by DH. Guess I have TOO MUCH Christmas stuff. Of course the guys did a lousy job packing and it's not unusual to find a large box marked Christmas with only 1 actual Christmas item in it. Chances are my tree stand is in a box marked something else. :dizzy: I will give it one day's look tonight and if I can't find it, I'll buy another - don't have the time to go through 20 boxes on a wild goose chase.

As for Kitty, she is on a covered porch out of the wind and rain. She has her soft cat bed in which we've put 2 - 3 warm blankets and we also cover her at night. My mom said she didn't cover her own kids that well and HEY - isn't that my blue blanket that you have on the cat bed :rollpin: Laughed at mum and told her we got her a new, softer, warmer blanket - kitty gets the old stuff. :lol: I did try putting her just inside the garage door one night when it was storming but she'd have none of it. I think she wants a quick escape route in case she doesn't like one of the roaming critters. DH wants to let her "just inside the house" into the kitchen but I told him that we can't - if we do go back north for the holiday I think it would be more cruel to let her in now and then leave her locked out when we go away. She is quite warm and dry, trust me.

Meadow, 14 MILES this week! Awesome lady!!!! :cp: :carrot: :cp: :carrot: And I didn't make any more Christmas cookies and probably won't. Half of the leftovers from last week went with my sister and I ate the other half which was about 12 or so which is why I can't have any more cookies around here tempting me. :nono:

Shad, my family drove rather than fly as $200 or so in gasoline was much cheaper than $1200 in air fare. The rates always go up during the holidays. I didn't realize that you were up all hours of the day and night following the footy. What a fan you are! :cheer: What's with going to Adelaide this year, I thought the family was mostly around you now? I hear you on the end of the month drawing near, geez it was just Halloween last week, wasn't it????

Mel, your house is sounding quite festive. Are you singing along with the carols yet? Glad the snow has passed you by. Stay warm and cozy my friend.

Painter, hope you are having fun with the DD's visit. Has she gone back now and into the hum drum routine again?

Tig, my family loves my house here. I wish I could convince them to come down this way where you can get more house for the dollar, but it's hard to pry people away from their roots -- heaven knows it took me long enough. Hope you had fun in the garden - be careful, that flagstone is pretty and heavy too. Don't strain yourself. You Thanksgiving sounded very cozy.

Ceejay, hope you have enjoyed your Thanksgiving trip.

Holly, that pic of the lane to your friend's farm is gorgeous. Love the autumn colors.

Well, it's past time for me to be in the shower and off to the office again. Back to remembering all the things I put off before vacation and said I'd do today. But first I have to remember my passwords - always a danger after some time off :rofl: Have a good day ladies...

:hug: for all and a hello to Teel, Linus, Nae and all the rest of the chicks.

Hollyhock
11-28-2005, 09:31 AM
and a school day for all the big kids!! Just 2 preschoolers today til noon. Huuby is at work. He wasn't sure he would go because of the rain. I am letting the fire go out because it is +6C(42F) and feeling muggy in here.
I am in desperate need of a shower but will wait til after the bus.
I did a fair bit of tidying yesterday evening. I should be able to vacuum today.
4th day of hockey in a row with a practise at 4:30. The kids played 3 fab games over the weekend. Much improved. DS was quite the star.
Food has been willy nilly but not horrifc in content or amounts. Just not in the forefront of thought. I haven't weighed in a few weeks. I was getting disappointed by the same number while really trying to lose.
I sent a friendly email and pics to an old friend last week and haven't heard back. Every couple of months I try. It makes me feel sad.

Storytime this morning. I need some ideas for myslef for reading. Entertaining yet with a little substance and thought provocation. The Mark Twain Letters for book club is interesting but quite heavy.Getting thru it bit by bit.

Happy~ i love your avatar, i smile a squinty kitty smile right back at it.We have shop cats and they they are mostly outdoors in the summer but do sleep inside in cooler temps. We have a kitty hole in the shed door.We have insulation stored upstair and that is where they sleep. Cats are very resourceful. Try not to worry too much.

teel
11-28-2005, 10:41 AM
Hi girls....how are you all enjoying our new home? I LOVE the swimming pool...it looks absolutely gorgeous! Well done Shad...you have done us proud again!! Thank you!!!

Well I am sorry to say I have sad news about Bob the builder...he spent the last 5 days of his life in the local hospice where he died on Friday evening at 20:30hrs. I feel quite stunned which is potty because I knew death was on it's way sooner rather than later. I will miss him, and so will Holly. She loved him to bits...

Hmmmn my smilie link is not working today so you will just have to imagibne lots of little emoticons running around all over the post!!

The weather has calmed down a lot here in Suffolk although it is still bad with sleet and snow and ice over in the west of the country around Devon and Cornwall. Here it is just grey and miserable.

I think I have given up with trying to lose weight this side of Christmas... I have not dared getting on the scales since I got back home....I am being fairly sensible though.

At the end of the week I have a wedding to play for...in a very small cold Suffolk church...I must remember to take a flask with hot water and a sachet of cup-a-soup!!! Before that I have hairdresser appointment tomorrow , someone from church is coming for coffee on Wednesday and on Thursday I have a blood test appointment followed by Holly's hair cut in the afternnoon...Friday is music practice for the wedding and then Saturday is the actual occassion!! Busy week!!

How is everyone's Christmas preperations coming along??I cannot believe there are just 4 weeks to go till the big day...I had better get those cards written!!!

Hollyhock
11-28-2005, 10:58 AM
Teel~ I am deeply sorry for the passing of Bob. He was good friend for you and Holly. My thoughts are with you.

I am happy to see you posting.Take time for yourself in this busy week.


My thoughts are a bit melancholy today. Might be the rain! LOL!
I have been journalling a bit about mixed feelings about my family. I saw my Dad briefly on Sat when he stopped into the market to pick up mom's Avon order. I was struck by how handsome and fit and happy he is.
These are this morning's thoughts....
I hate that the fam takes up energy. It is worse than it has been for a long time as my kids get older and I have memories of my own childhood. I get so conflicted because my folks are decent people. The are narcisstic , small minded in many ways ,but good people.
I get tired of being misunderstood and disliked.
I think I am pretty wonderful.
The whole convo at the dinner table last year at christmas was about how it was impossible for any online relationships to be real.Every blog/group etc was a scam and everyone online was some deviant trying to get something from you. I came home and read journal/forum posts all night. I know it is their loss to be so fearful and jaded but it hurts that once again I was the family freak who actually believed I had an online friend or even friendS( egads more than one person who likes me).
Sad.

The preschoolers just wanted to stay home and watch cartoons. kinda nice. I am off to putter.

Meadow
11-28-2005, 12:27 PM
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((((HUGS)))) Don't allow anyone to take away your spirit or energy :D

happy2bme
11-28-2005, 02:51 PM
The whole convo at the dinner table last year at christmas was about how it was impossible for any online relationships to be real.Every blog/group etc was a scam and everyone online was some deviant trying to get something from you.

I suppose if I step back and imagine myself in someone else's shoes - someone who is not as computer comfortable as we are...

What do you see on the news? Stories of perverts and child molesters starting conversations with kids in chat rooms to lure them to prey on them.
In fact, there has been alot of bad press in general about chat rooms and people's behavior and ability to be anything they want to conjure up in cyberspace. So given that, if I was not computer savy, I might just feel that people online are creepy and out for something. But like you, I know better now. ;)

I still find it hard to fathom that some people have met and dated via chat rooms on the Internet, but it happens alot. When the main office of my last job relocated from New York to Chicago, one of the girls searched online and sight unseen, agreed to room with a GUY she'd only met from a want ad on the Internet. :yikes: that one BLEW ME AWAY. I said T, you're from NEW YORK for cryin' out loud - what if he was Chester the Molester? How could you be so trusting (and she was a tough NY Italian that you wouldn't mess with). Guess she felt she could hold her own. It did work out, but I would have argued against her sanity. :dunno:

I do believe you can develop friendships and a support network through the right kinds of online mediums - much the same as you could with old fashioned "pen pals" that your folks might be more comfortable with.

One thing I've learned - don't try to argue or reason or sometimes even discuss with parents and grandparents or people 20 years older than you - particularly if they feel strongly about something. They don't listen and you just feel deflated yourself. I guess that's where the "pick your battles" comes in - not to fight but how much will you try to defend your position.

I've had to diffuse several of these heated family conversations - just easier to steer clear of hot topics with the family and stick to safe ones like oooh that jello mold is so pretty. :D

Hollyhock
11-28-2005, 04:27 PM
These are the same people who boycott bottled water because they assume people on the assembly line spit in it.The cup is definitley 1/2 empty.
LOL!

ceejay52
11-28-2005, 05:17 PM
Hello Mel so good to hear from you again.

Shad- I also like our new place. I'll be in the "tree house" or relaxing by the pool. Can't swim.

Holly--I'm glad you like that much snow. As for me, no thank you.

Hello to Pw, Meadow, Teel and the rest.

I got back from Springfield, Mo last night around 7.00 p.m. I stayed behind the rain and was thankful for that but I kept the radio blaring for weather reports. The southern half of Missouri and most of Arkansas was under a tornado watch until 10 last night.

I really had a good time while in Missouri. my sister and I met my her son's (my nephew's) and ate lunch with them then went shopping. The funny thing was that my bil drove his mother back home to Arkansas and came back before we got home. The next day we returned shopping and met one of my nephew's and his fiance' for lunch. She is just adorable. I also got to see my nephew's house that he has just recently bought. I love it. This young man has a brain for business. He's majoring in English. Not for sure what he'll do when he's through college. At the moment he's working for his future father in law in the insurance business and like's it. My other nephew is in a band and got to hear him play on Saturday night. Church service was on Sunday morning with the "hanging of the greens". The sanctuary was beautiful.

I'm at work and have used my alotted time.

Shad
11-28-2005, 06:56 PM
We're at the end of November already!!!!! Tomorrow is weigh in and measure time. I didn't do it at the end of last month owing to the fact I was in Japan. Well that's my excuse anyway and I am sticking to it.

Ceejay - good to see you back. Glad you had a good time with the family. Sounds like the family is growing around you.

Meadow - nice graphics. I like the quotation too.

Holly - arrrghh yes the folks! There is an old saying about 'God gave us our relatives, thank God we can chose our friends'. Not wholly true as I love my family - from the youngest to the oldest and all in between. There are some 'characters' in there for sure. And some I am glad that there is 1200 miles between us.
I can only add this to Happy's wisdom. The population that was born between the two WW's and into the '40s and '50s have seen and witnessed some amazing scientific and physical things. They have adapted, sort of, to a world which is completely different in every way. The old values are gone and they have to come to terms with the new regime. They don't always understand the concepts of time and space - nor of changes to behavioural standards. There are of course exceptions to the rules. Country folk are in general slower to adapt to new ways - although the technological age is flourishing on our farms and businesses. They often see the 'net as another time wasting thing - television used to be the culprit years ago.
I find it is easier to either not mention the fact that they may be out of date! or to agree to differ and change the subject. There are benefits to both sides of the internet argument. Just sit quietly one day and see how many pros and cons you can come up with. I'll bet you can find equal amounts on both sides.
Spend time with the folks this Christmas - 3 hours is fine. Make the effort to be sociable and get along even with the ratty tatty aunt. Who knows how much longer you will have them for - and when they are gone...... well the silence is eternal. If you get what I mean.

Teel - So sorry to hear about Bob. We knew that time was limited, but that never lessens the shock of the finality. My thoughts and sympathies go out to his family.
The smilies link is a bit iffy since the upgrade, go and read Suzannes note at the top of the forum for help on getting the smilies back.
Wow, you are too busy to eat anyway. So maybe some may come off - if you refuse the afternoon teas and suppers which are bound to come your way at weddings and rehearsals etc.

Happy - DS1 is in Adelaide. Last year he surprised me with a visit. This year I am going to him. It's not a surprise, he knows I am coming. I told him mainly because he has a new ladyfriend and I wanted to ensure he would be home. I thought I would be in for a vegetarian Christmas dinner - however I now learned that his ladyfriend is of Greek/ Italian descent and we are going to the family home for dinner. Yikes. :yikes:

I'd better go do some work. It's getting later and later. Mel, Tig, Rose, et al :wave: I'll be back.

Hollyhock
11-28-2005, 08:32 PM
I would agree Shad, Happy except that my father was one of the first people to use a computer in 1960 in Canada. He is in the top of the cumputer industries on an international level. People have payed millions for his services. Excluding my mom ,the family is all University educated and have always lived in metropltitan centres. The most open minded is my 95 YO grandmother.
I suppose this is what baffles me ;but then being brilliant about some things does not necesarily make someone wise about their own emotioal life or personal relationships. My parents and aunt have travelled all over the world for the last 30 years. Maybe I am unfair about their "weaknesses" and "small mindedness" about others "lesser" than them in their eyes, and expect oo much.
HUGS.I thank you for your thoughts and feed back.
I will also take along a pretty jello mold!!!

teel
11-29-2005, 05:52 AM
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Ah my smilies are working this morning without my having to kick them into touch!!

Good morning to everyone...I am just having my morning coffee before I go off to the hairdressers....:D

It's cold here today but there wasn't any frost or fog to contend with. The gardener turned up as usual and is doing a good tidy up...I have been watching him raking the leaves from the lawn...snail pace!! Any slower and there'll be a load more to sweep up!!!:devil: :devil: :devil: Ah well....slow is thorough I suppose!!!

Anyway I'll be off now....t.t.f.n.
Be safe. Be careful. Be good!!!!:hug: :hug: :hug: :hug:

Hollyhock
11-29-2005, 08:51 AM
Good Morning Teel~ Are you feeling wonderful with your new hairdo?

Just when you are feeling a little down something great happens to boost you up.
At least I think it is great. I am honestly still getting my head around it. I have been invited as a guest speaker to talk about my part in our school peace project at the Annual Canadian National Day of Rememberance&Action on Violence Against Women. It is in Memory of the 14 women killed in Montreal on this date( Dec 6).It is in a small city 15 min from here hosting for all the rural centres in the area.
I am beyond overwhelmed and when asked it was just assumed I would do it. I think I will but it is a lot to take in. I am having trouble thinking I have anything to offer to this. It is a meaningful event. I am honoured.The motto of the event is “First mourn.Then work for change.” I am speaking on the “work for change” and talking about our project at school and how our goal is to have a community trained in peaceful ways of communication and the potential for the adults these children could become.

Food yesterday was all about pasta.sigh. Today is a fresh start and I will focus better.

I am going to take my hubby up to the diner for dinner with a gift certificate I got at the auction last week. I will have my helper here for the aft and will ask her to stay wiht our 2. He has stopped pestering for sex. So that means he is getting bummed out. We need to connect. He had been busy with hockey too.

HUGS Ladies.

Roseblush
11-29-2005, 09:21 AM
Just love the new digs, Shad you are so good about showing us the world and giving us someplace special to explore. Thanks for all you do for us here on the thread!
Thanksgiving was great and so fun to have Jesse and his girlfriend there to introduce to the family. Those two got up every time and did the dishes it was wonderful. How did those kids grow so tall and so handsome. I even got a call from DS1 and it was a good conversation, wish he would connect more often but I will take what he gives.
Glad to read about everyone and what has been happening who are we missing..... painter, tig, Linus who else hasn't checked in lately. Now Christmas is fast approaching and our lives become so busy. MEl so glad to hear from you and do hope you are recovering and able to post. It is just not the same when you are not here.
Teel I am so sorry for your loss and that he suffered at the end. Life is just so difficult and losing those we care about has to be the hardest. Hope all goes well for the wedding, would love to hear you play.
I have a few decorations up to cheer up the house and the thick frost was gone when I got home. It was already hurting my new trees hope they survive the winter.
Everyone take good care of you and yours.
Peace,
Nae

MELODY525
11-29-2005, 05:22 PM
I WILL BE BACK ON THURSDAY AND WILL READ YOUR COMINGS AND GOINGS THEN. HOPE YOU ARE ALL WELL.
XMAS SHOPPING WAS GRAND AND TODAY WAS FOOD SHOP AND STARTING THE LAUNDRY. TOMORROW IS SENIOR ARTS AND CRAFTS AND I WILL TEACH THEM HOW TO GLUE FOAM BOARD TOGETHER TO MAKE SMALL ANGES FOR THEIR XMAS TREE IN THE COMMUNITY ROOM. NEXT WEE WE'LL SHOW THEM HOW TO MAKE WOODEN SNOWFLAKE ORNAMENTS TO ADD TO THE TREE. GLITTER WILL BE HAPPILY FLYING ALL AROUND US I AM SURE.
REALLY BUSHED AND SORRY THIS ISN'T MOR PERSONAL.
LOVE & :hug:'s too all! :moped:
PS I FOUND THE PROBLEM WITH 3FC WAS AOL!!! WHEN 3FC CHANGED, AOL DIDN'T RECOGNIZE THEM ANY LONGER. SO ON A WHIM, I WENT TO MY ADDRESSBOOK AND ERASED THE OLD ONE, EMPTIED THE FAVORITES AND DUMPED THE OLD COOKIES. THEN I OPENED A NEW NOTIFICATION I FOUND IN MY SPAM FOLDER AND RE-ENTERED 3FC WITH THAT E-MAIL AND WHAMMO!!! ALL IS WELL AND MY SMILIES WORK TOO!:scooter:
AOL HAS FILTERED OUT SO MUCH THAT EVERYTIME A WEBSITE CHANGES, I NEED TO FIND NEW WAYS OF LOGGING BACK ON!!! ROFLMAO

Shad
11-29-2005, 06:02 PM
Weight and measurements!!!! Yes well.
For some reason I had this thought that things were getting better - if not weight wise then size wise anyway. However a trip around the tape measure this morning is not good news. Not only am I 1/2k up from my last weigh in and 1kg up from when I got home from Japan, I am up in just about all the measurements as well.

I'm so tired of all this. So fed up with getting up early and exercising, with being diligent with food, with being GOOD. I think I will be BAD for a while.

Mel, you are getting to be a real technical expert. Maybe we can use you on the no-help desk. Then again maybe not. You and I are alike in that we have problems with stupidity.

Rose - Glad to hear that Thanksgiving went well and the folks enjoyed themselves. Also very glad to hear that the DS1 made contact. Kids hey. Can't live with or without 'em and you never get shot of them and that's just the way I like it.

Holly - congratulations. I'm sure you will do well in this speech. How long do you have to prepare - aah Dec 6th. Well that gives you time to write at least three versions of what you want to say. Enjoy it.

Teel - hope the gardener doesn't get paid by the hour!!! He would be even slower in that case! Have fun at the hairdresser and come back even more beautiful.

Okay, time to go sort out my day. I am teaching a fellow worker how to use the OnDemand tool. We should have a chatty day.

Tig
11-29-2005, 10:22 PM
shad ~ I always put on extra inches and pounds post travel. I am convinced that it is directly sodium and off-schedule related. You'll be pleasantly surprised next time. I promise.

I had an MRI today - we'll get the results next week. I've had some new annoying symptoms lately that the doc is convinced aren't related to my current diagnosis. He's a good doc - not willing to ignore new symptoms. I'm pretty claustrophobic and they were nice enough to treat it appropriately. The dogs and I enjoyed the treat of a nice nap this afternoon as an after effect.

I feel compelled to say that these postings can be read by anyone, you know. A reader doesn't even need to be registered. What would you think about hearing what you have posted here being read by your gossipy neighbor out loud in the line at the grocery store? Edit is an Excellent Function. :cool:

happy2bme
11-30-2005, 02:28 AM
Shad my buddy, my pal - PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE get those spirits back up again. Don't go to the dark side. I feel your frustration at working so hard (and you ARE the grand queen of dilligence here) and not seeing just a tad of motivating results. All I can say is that you have resculpted yourself since I last saw you. So there ARE things happening even if it doesn't seem like it. You are stronger and healthier by far and you'll just feel crabby and icky if you do bad stuff. Besides, if you are going to DS1 and someone of Greek AND Italian heritage is cooking - you will have AMPLE opportunity to sin. I can't think of another nationality that is more prone to setting a groaning table.

Tig, hope all turns out well with the tests. You are a brave woman going into that MRI tube. I did an open MRI and they STILL had to give me a valium. Eeek.

I got the tree finished today. It's pretty but it sure takes a long time to assemble. Now it's way past my bedtime again. I am falling back to bad habits again. News from the doctor today was not encouraging. She x-rayed my knees. I have lost alot of cartilage - almost to the point of bone rubbing bone, hence the pain and problems. Arthritis acting up too. Both of which are massively stressed by all this extra weight. She gave me a diet, exercises, some anti-inflamatories and lots of good reading materials and a bit of a run down on the importance of calorie and carb counting along with weights and measures. I am to report back in 2 weeks 4 pounds lighter. Treadmill is good, walking outside on hard pavement is not. Swimming and water aerobics would be better but I'm not sure I want to invest in a gym just for the pool. The doc is wonderful, I really like her alot - not judgemental, just concerned for your health. I decided to opt for a more healthy meal tonight instead of what I had originally planned. I can do this. I have to.

Now to bed. Catch up later tomorrow with the rest of you.

Meadow
11-30-2005, 04:43 AM
I have been trying to avoid butter/marg and have taken to putting some olive oil and balsamic vinegar with a bit of pepper onto a plate and dipping. Was working fine until my husband's mom baked him a box of bread, about 10 loaves. Do you know how good homemade bread dipped in olive oil and vinegar tastes? OMG! I might have eaten less with butter:devil:

Shad-Oh behave!:p You know you are beautifully toned with all the exercise/weights you have been doing. The measurement flux is just water bloat or something :hug:

Tig-goodness I hope you don't get any news that will mess up your running. I send you good energy till you can rest at ease :)

Mel-High five for figuring out the AOL glitch, who's a clever lady? The snowflake craft sounds like a great time, I adore glitter:carrot: Sorry your energy is flagging, I recommend a good dose of Christmas Carols, Diana Krall has a new CD I was checking out at Amazon, maybe you need a treat ;)

Happy-How glorious, you have your tree up in November! I guess you are planning on a few parties or something, getting the house all spruced up for the coming season? Yikes about your knee:^: Take it easy with the treadmill, alot of pressure pounding down there, do you wrap your knee before you exercise? Wish I had a nice, unjudgemental doctor, female one would be excellent.

Rose-Wasn't your Thanksgiving a true blessing to have contact with both your kids and enjoy a visit with the lady in one of their lives. Glad you are back posting :smug:

Holly-congratulations on being tapped to speak at this women's violence/rememberance gathering. I certainly still shudder when I think about all those poor young ladies. Best of luck, are you working on your speech? I hope you aren't speaking after any of the family members, you will not be able to get the words out when choking on tears.

Teel-did you have some lovely biscuits with your coffee? I hope it was a nice chat. You should get the cattle prod for the gardener :lol3: I hope you are keeping warm ;)

Ceejay-goodness do you mean to say you were driving during a Tornado watch? Visions of the cow flying by in twister just flashed before my eyes, scary stuff. Glad you got home safely and had a decent visit.

:wave: PW, where are you? Linus (I know you are sleeping) A very merry hello to all our readers out there :dancer:

Roseblush
11-30-2005, 10:10 AM
Nice to hear from everyone. Shad you are entitled to feel put out when you don't see changes but you have changed so many things to be more than an inpiration to all of us here. Have a tantrum then get back to the path you are on once again...... you are fabulous!
Tig, testing? Hope all turns out well, let's us know.
Happy is getting us all in the spirit. I decorated the artwork hanging in the office like presents on the wall. Looks great and festive! Stopped by my favorite florist and got a quick lesson on how to make good bows again....I forget from year to year.
Would love to do some crafting with MEl in the rec room with the people there. What fun! You take care Miss Mel we can't go on without you here!
Hope everyone else is doing well and try not to stress out over this holiday.... so many things attached to it. Thanksgiving is just so relaxing and less pressure. Woke up to lots of snow on the ground should be a fun drive down the hill this morning. My little Teeka has pulled out of her upset.... she is so little that I can't allow her to go many days without a vet....but she is once again come good.
Heard from old friends from Alaska last night so nice to reconnect with people. I am trying to send out cards more often to people letting them know I am thinking about them and people love to get mail.
Hope everyone is well..... take good care.
Peace,
Nae

ceejay52
11-30-2005, 01:28 PM
Happy--I agree with the statement I can do this, I have to do this. Health is an issue with me right now also. If I had to report to the doctor's office every week I'd be more disciplined. Hmmmm May ask about that.

Shad--Don't you dare give up or I'm going to send LindaT with her cattle prod.

Tig-- Glad you also have a good doctor that doesn't dismiss any symptoms.

PW-- Where are you?

Mel--Yeah for you. Wish I knew more about the computer than I do. I know enough to get myself into trouble at times.

Hello to Holly and Nae.:wave:

They are digging up the old gas under ground storage tanks across the street. This is a God send in my opinion, because I can't walk across the street anymore for those afternoon snack attacks. They've relocated the convinence store. Right now it looks like they have dug a mote around a castle. That hole is deep.

I've been lurking on the 21 day challenge thread and decided that I could do this. To make it simple and doable I'm going to do 25 crunches per day.

Shad
11-30-2005, 06:09 PM
Tig - I do hope that the scan comes up with some good pictures and a satisfactory diagnosis. The nap sounded so peaceful and nice. Yes I think most of us realise that this is a public place. Ultimately we need to take responsibility for our own stuff. But I agree, sometimes we could be a little more careful.

Okay Ceejay - the fear of the prod did it. I'll be good, well goodish, I'm so far out of the loop of eating garbage and drinking too much these days that I simply can't do it anymore anyway. Go over to the 21 day challenge. It can't hurt and may even help if you commit to something for the run up to Christmas.

Rose - thanks for the kind words. I don't see myself as an inspiration tho', I just keep on, keeping on. Nice to hear from someone in Alaska. I'm always amazed at some of the places in this world that folk live. Friends are precious and you are right, we need to keep in touch more.

Oooh Meadow - dipping bread like a good Italian or Greek. That's how they taste the new harvest. Not sure about the balsamic, but it's yummy anyway. Moderation in all things - not sure I could handle the olive oil, balsamic and NEW bread. What bliss.

Happy - oooooh that leg. Well it may be the wake up call you required. You don't want to have to have a cartilage or knee replacement operation. This doc sounds caring and open and good for you. Take heed. 4lbs in 2 weeks. Go girl. Treadmilling is certainly easier on the legs, hips and ankles. Otherwise find a park and run on the grass. But NOW is the time to start.

Mel - big buddy, I hope you are feeling better and rested and okay. If you are agreeable, I will ring you 6am my time SUNDAY, which is 3pm or thereabouts your time SATURDAY. That should get me up and moving for the day. The seniors stuff sounds good. You are such a nice lady to do all that you do for those folks. It always amazes me that strangers tend to do more for them than family at this end of their lives. When really all they want and need is to feel wanted.

Where the heck is Painterwoman?? Did she go away for Thanksgiving and has yet to return home. Maybe I better go back and see where she was going for the holiday.

Okay - well we have had a night of heavy rain and thunder storms. On Tuesday we had heavy rain and some places got such a dose of hail that roofs, pergolas, and carports collapsed under the weight. It looked like a mid winter scene in Canada. Around 7000 homes were affected in one way or the other and 1000 are damaged enough to be unliveable. People are without power because the weight of the ice and water in the ceilings is collapsing the ceiling and pouring out through the light fittings.
I might add, that a lot of the places damaged have been newly built in an area where there were protests about the developers. It all used to be forest which was bulldozed willy nilly and houses put in to fill just about every square inch of the ravaged soil. Such is greed. Up round my way which is by every piece of information I have ever read, situated in a storm belt, there is no damage at all. We live under the convenant that for every 5 acres developed, there must be one acre of parkland or the existing forest must stay. Therefore we always had large trees around the place. I think that has helped. Not to say it can't happen. Anyway, it made for an interesting night last night. Haven't seen rain like that for ages.

Gotta go. Strike a blow for the workforce. See you

linus
11-30-2005, 09:09 PM
hi ladies oh god i miss you all so much my little munchkin has just gone to sleep after being up since 6 am all barring 2 hours in total mind you at least today he has a reason ,he had his toungue tie cut this morning :( :( :( im very quickly getting to the stge where im not coping at all {must be too old }and spend half my life in tears ,which for me is very unusual im normally well "s**t hapens " sorta gal then get on and do some ironing but just cant at the moment must be the survivng on 4 hours of sleep {if im lucky}every night ,xmas cards have been purchased and are ready to send ,ceejay,meadow,holly,painter i dont have your home addresses so if you dont mind and i wont be offended if you dont want to give them out could you pm them to me and ill post yours aswell unfortunatly all cards come with baby pictures :carrot: :dizzy: :^: :o :o :o right have to go and pop off to bed have been up since 5.45 am and its now 1.09 am so bye to you all and miss you all so much
kirsty
ps added me to the map
pps mel im gonna call you soon i miss your voice

happy2bme
12-01-2005, 02:02 AM
Awww Linus. :hug: I sure do wish we all lived closer to one another - sounds like you could use some get away time. I would love to take Connor out for a walk - I'd leave him in the carriage and promise him that he wouldn't have to get cuddled by a stranger (me) unless he wanted to. We could start a walking club amonst the girls. And when we're done walking we could get together at Mel's for crafty bits.

I used to get by on 4 hours of sleep and that is NOT a good thing, particularly when you can't just roll up and catch a nap when you need one. That horrible fog when you wake up and the brain says sleeeeeeeep but you can't. I'm glad you are sending out baby pictures, was hoping you or Shad or Mel or Teel or someone would post more soon.

Good heavens Shad. Those storms sound horrid. I did not think you got frozen precipation of any sort EVER. I agree with you on the over development of land. They are building ever bigger houses on too small lots, not enough open ground to absorb the moisture. And soil erosion with no trees. I longed to live in an area that had tall mature trees - those new developments make me feel like I'm living in a fishbowl. No thanks. Is this like a late spring storm for you? How did your garden fare?

Painterwoman where are you? Out shopping with the DD?

Ceejay, I will join you in your challenge of 25 crunches a day if you like. Anything to help motivate each other.

Nae, I LOVE the idea of decorating the artwork to look like gifts. What a creative idea!!!! We have some really UGLY artwork in the office that could stand a bit of decorating. Hmmm. this calls for an episode of when elves attack um I mean decorate ... :devil: :snowball1 Do you have alot of fir trees up you way? Does it smell like balsam and Christmas? Ahhhhhhh....

Meadow - speaking of lovely smells - the smell (and taste) of fresh baked bread. Ummmmm. :love: Before I got my breadmaker, I would set the dough in pans and crank up the waterbed heater to let it rise. That night when we got into bed, our covers smelled like fresh bread. :lol: I have to believe the olive oil dip is way better than butter or margarine - in moderation of course.

Mel, I hope you had fun with the crafts and kept the glitter out of your peepers and your clothes and the rugs and the chair and anything else you came in contact with. :lol:

Holly, congrats on your speaking invitation. As long as you have passion in your voice, people will listen. And it helps it you can give them tips on how to do something that will benefit themselves too ;)

Teel, my condolences on the loss of Bob the Builder. I hope he left you with something that will make you smile and think of him fondly. How does the new haircut look?

And a hello to Tig too. She can organize our walk-a-thons tho don't be surprise if between her and Shad they have us trotting :rofl:

I did pretty well today. Water was good. Food was good. I did go for a treadmill walk after I got home from work. DH went for a walk outside to check out the Christmas decorations. I will have to join him for an easy stroll one night. I did want to push it on the treadmill but I told myself start out easy, no need hurting something and getting a set back. I kept a pace of 2.5 mph which allowed me to walk and not have to hold on to the treadmil rails. I was singing along on the Walkman just at a pace where a bit more and I'd be out of breath. By the way, the Beatles Good Day Sunshine is an excellent walking song!

and with that I'd better call it a night. :wave:

Shad
12-01-2005, 04:29 AM
Aw come on Happy - Connor is capable of taking himself for a walk, it's Christopher that needs us to give Linus a break.

This is the rainy season in the tropics or sub-tropics as we are here. It's nasty and sticky and the mossies are coming out in force. We haven't had a rainy season like this for years and years. Today, Noosa copped a bucketing. They got nearly 400 mls of rain - that's nearly 16 inches of rain in a 4 hour period. The main street is underwater and the rains haven't finished yet. The biggest problem is that with all this water tumbling down, not much of it is finding its way into our dams and water storage areas. We are believe it or not still in drought conditions.

I'm glad to hear that you are starting small with the exercise. Keep it going. 20 mins on the 'mill and 10 doing crunches and side stretches and you will be moving it in no time. Then you can be like me - a lean mean muscle machine all encased in flab!

Oh oh thunder is back, I'm gone.

happy2bme
12-01-2005, 08:37 AM
Aw come on Happy - Connor is capable of taking himself for a walk, it's Christopher that needs us to give Linus a break.

Oops... I know I'm losing my mind, I just hate it when I prove it to the world :o :o :o :rofl:

"...Then you can be like me - a lean mean muscle machine all encased in flab!..." and stop that - you're starting to sound like someone I know. :nono: :no: :nono: :no:

Gee whiz, with all that rain, kind of makes you wonder what's going on in the world - is Mother Nature finally saying she's had enough?

PainterWoman
12-01-2005, 10:21 AM
Many hugs, especially to those of you who noticed I was gone.... DH and DD and I went out of town for Turkey Day... it was lovely to have a change of scene. I am vowing to turn the tide away from lazy, lumpy and lethargis asap. Only have 2 (TWO!!) more radiation treatments.... today and tomorrow... then I'm free!... well, except for follow up visits ad infinitum.

My computer was excruciatingly slow... thanks to all the firewalls and security. DH helped me disable those, so it is no longer SO discouraging to be online. See you later today, OK?

Best to all. HAPPY DECEMBER, Y'all.

MELODY525
12-01-2005, 11:24 AM
I SAW MEADOW'S PIC OF "A SMILE IS THE LIGHT IN THE WINDOW THAT LET'S PEOPLE KNOW YOU'RE AT HOME".
I AM THINKING THIS MORNING OF DOUSING THAT DAMN LIGHT AND PUTTING UP A SIGN IN THE WINDOW THAT SAYS GOING OUT OF BUSINESS! :rofl:
IT HAS BEEN A GOOD BUT HORRIBLE WEEK AND I WILL TAKE TIG'S ADVICE ON THIS AND NOT SAY WHY. JUST THAT THERE ARE WAY TOO MANY NEEDY PEOPLE STILL IN MY LIFE. THE ANGELS THAT THE SENIORS MADE ARE ADORABLE AND THEY WERE THANKING ME PROFUSELY FOR HAVING THEM. NOW THEY ARE EVEN MORE EXCITED ABOUT NEXT WEEKS SNOWFLAKE CLASS. I AM TIRED AND SPENDING TIME WITH MYSELF TODAY AND TOMORROW AND THE WEEKEND TOO! THAT IS MY STORY AND I INTEND TO STICK TO IT!! :dance:

SHAD~ SATURDAY/SUNDAY CALL IS FINE. THOSE STORMS SOUNDED TERRIBLE AND THOSE POOR PEOPLE. PROGRESS....NOT ALWAYS SUCH A GOOD THING. ESPECIALLY IN HOUSE BUILDING. I AM SICK AND TIRED OF THE WEIGHT THING TOO BUT WENT ON A BINGE OF OFF OLAN FOODS AND LOOK LIKE CRAP NOW! :lol3: SO I DON'T RECOMMEND TRYING THAT EITHER!!! STILL AFRAID TO WEIGH IN! OUR ALTERNATIVE IS FAT AND UNHEALTHY SO IS THERE REALLY A CHOICE! :tantrum:

TIG~ VERY GOOD ADVICE ABOUT THE NEIGHBORS AND I DO TRY TO KEEP THAT IN MIND AFTER I HAVE SEEN OTHERS GET "CAUGHT"! SORRY TO HEAR YOU NEEDED THE MRI AND AM PRAYING HARD FOR YOU!! JUST WHAT YOU NEED....SOMETHING NEW! :tantrum: GOOD LUCK MY FRIEND. YOU CAN COME AND LANDSCAPE HERE!! WE COULD USE IT!!!

TEEL~ I AM VERY SORRY ABOUT YOUR FRIEND BOB. I KNOW YOU AND HOLLY WILL MISS HIM. :hug: TO YOU BOTH. HOPE THE HAIR-DO LOOKS GREAT AND YOU ENJOY YOURSELF AT THE WEEDING TOO WHILE PLAYING AWAY!!
I WAS ALSO GLAD TO HEAR THAT YOU HAVE SUCH WONDERFUL FRIENDS. I THOUGHT OF THAT POST ALL WEEK. :dance:

CEEJAY~ YOUR TRIP SOUNDED SO NICE AND I'M GLAD YOU GOT TO SEE EVERYONE AND DO SO MUCH TOO. GREAT NEWS. GOOD LUCK WITH THE CHALLENGE AND I COULD FEEL A TWINGE OF MOTIVATION READING YIOUR POST.....I BETTER GET MY OWN BUNS GOING!! LOL

NAE~ IT WAS NICE TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR TG DAY!! SO NICE TOO THAT YOU HAD CONTACT WITH THE BOYS.:BUBBLES: HAPPY DAY! GLAD TEEKA IS DOING WELL TOO. I COULD USE SOME SNOW DOWN HERE TO LOOK AT AND CHEER ME UP! YOU'RE COZY CORNER WITH THE HEATER SOUNDED NICE TOO. I WOULD BE IN THERE 24/7!!! :rofl:

HAPPY~ VERY HAPPY FOR YOU THAT YOU LIKE THE NEW DOC!!! YOU SOUNDED UPBEAT AND READY TO GET GOING ON HEALTHY HAPPY 2006!!! GOOD TO GET AN EARLY START AND A SLOW ONE!!! THIS WAY NOTHING WILL STOP YOU!! NO INJURIES FROM RUSHING IT MY FRIEND!!!
SEEMS WE KEEP GIVEING EACH OTHER SIMILAR ADVICE! :rofl:

KIRSTY~ WISH WE LIVED NEARER TOO. CJ AND I COULD GO FOR RIDES TOGETHER! I'LL PROMISE NOT TO SPEED!!!
moped: :bb: LACK OF SLEEP CAN CAUSE ALL KINDS OF TEARS SO ASK SOMEONE FOR HELP AND USE A BREAST PUMP!!!!THAT'S MY BEST ADVICE. JEN ALMOST KILLED ME FOR THE FIRST 9-10 MONTHS!!!! GOOD LUCK AND SWEET DREAMS!

HOLLY~ A BOGH CONGRATULATIONS ON THE SPEAKER INVITATION. GOOD LUCK AND I KNOW YOU WILL DO FINE. WHAT AN HONOR!!! HOPE THE DINER DINNER WAS GOOD AND A FEW HOURS OUT OF THE HOUSE WITH NO KIDS! :rofl: MAYBE YOU NEED A SHED OUTSIDE FOR YOUR OFFICE AND A GET-AWAY RETREAT!!! :rofl:

MEADOW~ I LOVED THE ADVICE AVOUT NOT LETTING PEOPLE STEAL YOUR ENERGY. I KEEP NEEDING REMINDERS OF THAT ALSO!! LOL YOUR EXERCISING IS WONDERFUL AND IC OULD HARDLY BELIEVE IT!! A SWEATY MEADOW?!? AB WOULD LOVE IT!!! :rofl: THE HOMEMADE BREAD SOUNDED GREAT!!! I HAVE BEEN DYING TO TRY THE BREAD DIPPING THING ALONE. I USED TO DO IT WITH THE LEFTOVER DRESSING AFTER I EAT MY SALAD BUT I CUT OUT THE BREAD AND STOPPED!!
WAS A TASTY MORSEL FOR SURE!! :dance:

PW~ IF I HAD BEEN HERE I HOPE I WOULD HAVE NOTICED YOUR DISAPPEARANCE. GLAD TO HEAR YOU AND HUBBY GOT AWAY FOR THE HOLIDAY. NICE TRIP. ANY BOOKSTORES? I CANNOT EVEN GO INTO ONE NOW WITHOUT THINKING OF YOU AND WONDERING WHAT YOU WOULD BE LOOKING AT. HOPE THELMA AND LOUISE ARE DOING WELL TOO:hug:

I HOPE I HAVEN'T FORGOTTEN ANYONE. I TOOK NOTES THIS TIME. I BROKE SO MANY PROMISES TO MYSELF THIS WEEK THAT I SHOULD BE BEATEN WITH A WET NOODLE. GUESS SHAD CAN DO THAT OVER THE PHONE! :rofl: TO STARTY MY DAY THE TV HAS A WHOLE DAY OF B&W MICKEY ROONEY'S ANDY HARDY SERIES FOLLOWED BY ALL THE B&W NANCY DREW MYSTERIES!!!
SO FEET UP, EYE COMPRESSES, A SMALL COFFEE AND I FEEL A LOT OF SIGHING COMING ON:bubbles:
A WEE BIT OF FOOD SHOPPING TOMORROW AND THAT'S ALL TILL MONDAY AND ANOTHER MALL. NOT REALLY GOING TO SHOP, JUST GET AWAY FROM HERE AND OUT!!!
HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY :scooter:

Shad
12-01-2005, 06:30 PM
This weekend, I must get my Christmas Letter done and those few cards that I will send out. Most get e-mails from me with all my doings. However if I don't get those few cards done, then they won't get to where they are going by time the Fatmans Day rolls around.

The thunder last night didn't come to anything so I could have carried on with my internetting, but not to worry, I guess it is better to be safe than sorry.

Mel, PW - great to see you both back and posting.

Mel - just watch the time you spend racing around doing things. Moderation in all things is good. I'll speak to you on Saturday your time.

PW - where did you go to for the Thanksgiving Holiday? More small towns in Texas? or did you head for the hills - always a favourite place of mine - and stay in the fresh mountain air?

Happy, I am beginning to think Mother Nature is totally p*ssed off with us all. She is beginning to get her own back on some of the dreadful things we have done with her marvellous creation. Lord help us if she ever loses it completely - '**** has no fury as a woman scorned' so they say. Who did say that?

Has Holly gone away to write her speech? Haven't heard from her in a day or so. Most unusual.

Linus, what are we going to do with you. Maybe we should send you and CJ down to visit with Teel and let the other 3 cope by themselves for a time. Meantime, when the baby goes down, so should you. Even together if that is what it takes. Oh dear. Babies are never just sweetness and light.

Right - time to move on. It's Friday and I may just take a half day here. It would be good to get the shopping out of the way today and stay clear of the heaving throngs over the weekend. And I better see if I can get hold of DB's 1 & 2 and see if they can come to Christmas Dinner on the 18th and the kids, and the friends and......... oh yes I better get the Weber back from it's long holiday as well. And maybe the breadmaker. See you.

happy2bme
12-01-2005, 07:50 PM
Mel, sounds like you and Linus badly need some R&R time. Too bad we can't figure out some way of a worldly chicks face to face get together. We will have to figure something out here :chin: How's the weather out your way?

I can't believe it's DECEMBER already, can you???? A year is nearly gone by. Whoa. We also still have some trees in full autumn brilliant color - reds and oranges. Seems so strange to be putting up Christmas decorations with trees with leaves on them still.

I got home tonight and DH gave me a message from the doctor's office - call right away. It was 4:45. Of course I get the message that the office closed at 4:30. Nurse had called to say that my bloodwork came back and they want me to see a specialist. Specialist for what???? They would not give DH any info. Poor man tried to ring me but I had already left the office (have to leave by sunset so I'm not driving in the dark night). He also tried my cell phone but I didn't hear it - not that I'd really answer it driving anyway. So I guess I will have to wait until tomorrow morning IF I can get through. Now when I tried to make an appointment I had to try for 4 hours to get through because I kept getting a busy signal. Doctor's offices sure operate funny out here, not like what I'm used to at all. The doctors office is just down the road from my house, the more I think about it, the more I might just stop by the office on my way to work - might be faster to get the info. I suspect that it might be related to the arthritis or something like that. Or maybe my BMI is so off the charts that they will set to hacking bits off me immediately :D

I'm not going to worry about it until I have something definitive to worry over. Time to pop dinner in the over and go do my treadmill thing.

ceejay52
12-01-2005, 08:04 PM
Happy--Glad to have the company. Doing crunches is not my favorit thing to do.

Mel--I almost rented a Nancy Drew mystery at Movie Gallery last week. I'm still thinking about gett Elf for some Christmas spirit.

Linus, Hope Christopher will soon get his routine . I just pm'd my snail mail address.

PW--I know that you will be excited when that last radiation treatment is through. Glad you had a nice visit.

Shad--That's a lot of water to deal with. I hope you are not in an area that has flash floods.

Holly-I'm anxious to find out about your speech.

Hi to Meadow

Made the trip to the doc's office this afternoon and the scales are showing that bag of potato chips. uggh. Think most of it is fluid from the sodium in the chips. I also have a bruised ligament in my thumb from all the typing I've been doing at work. It ouches when I try to lift anything.

I'm off to fix something to eat.

Hollyhock
12-01-2005, 10:40 PM
HUGS Ladies. I have been regrouping and regenerizing a bit. Thinking lots.Getting lots done. Ds performrd at an assembly at school. A song his class wrote to the tune of Walk the Line by Johnny Cash about peaceful language and then they did a square dance. it was adorable.
This Vigil is quite important and very emotional. I worry about doing it justice.
Ruth XXX is involved in one in her village.
It is always a pleasure to come a read the worldly doings.

happy2bme
12-02-2005, 02:09 AM
Shad, sounds like you are gearing up for a busy month yourself. Perhaps you had better take that half day off after all.

Did my crunches Ceejay - did you? :workout:

linus
12-02-2005, 04:42 AM
hi gals fingers crossed he slept 5 hours last night maybe it was worh the whole day of screaming after he got his toungue tie done as hes now taking nearly the proper amount of formula most feeds and he was much more settled yesterday and he actually smiled at the tescos delivery man lol back later
kirsty

Hollyhock
12-02-2005, 10:26 AM
Both cats are climbing on me. I have already done an hour of shovelling. Kids are home, PA day, teachers interviews. I really want to go but the roads are BAD. Yesterday was quite peaceful. I got niggles done. Hubby is grumpy. sigh.
I have been drifting back to my sandwich for breaky, sandwich for lunch, sandwich for snack routine. I started better yesterday but had a mini frozen pizza for lunch topped with olives, arrtichoke and swiss cheese.Tomato sauce on WW pasta with fresh veg for supper and then a cookie. Not great at all.

Linus~ HUGSSSS!!

PainterWoman
12-02-2005, 03:08 PM
Catching up on posts all at once is an eye opener. Good grief we are a busy bunch!
Shad- Yes, we were in what passes for Texas Hill Country (elevation probably about 200 feet! But still hillier than the flat plains around Dallas.) I posted some photls here (http://www.journal-to-a-muse.blogspot.com) if anybody wants to look. I was amazed that you had even a brief pity party. Thanks for reminding me that even smart, strong women are vulnerable. :hug:

Happy - Baking? Get thee behind me. Good thing you are miles away or I'd be there!! Hope your test results are useful and non-threatening. I'm scheduled for a bone scan in February because the post-cancer meds apparently have a bad habit of leeching calcium from the bones. At least bone density tests don't hurt! Don't let them hack anything off if you can help it:D

Linus - Well, congratulations on a few continuous hours of sleep! I am not familiar with the tongue tie procedure... What was involved? Apparently Sweet Pea is now eating better? That should help. PM or email me any time... I would love to be an active part of your support system.. since grandchildren seem to be in the VERY distant future.:dizzy:

Teel - I hope your grieving about Bob the Builder has softer edges now. Losing good friends, even when anticipated, can leave a huge gap. I found photos of "adopted" parents recently and it was poignant all over again. How was the wedding? Do you play organ? piano? Kazoo?!

Meadow-- stay warm!

Tig -- best wishes on your tests, too.

Mel - hang in there, girl!! Sorry you had a rough week... but I know what you mean about not always wanting to go over the details... again...

Thelma was radiated for the last time yesterday. Hoo rah!!:carrot: :carrot:
All the things that were being put off til "after treatment" are now sitting on my agenda and prodding conscience. However, one thing I don't think I'll add back to my way of being is pressure or rushing around. Simplification will be required... (i.e., maybe less than 150 cards to address (in calligraphy) and mail....) Might get cards out by Valentine's Day!

Except DD and DS have decided that they won't be coming here for Christmas... DD, of course, was just here for Thanksgiving and we had a great time and have confidence that everything is good with us... so it's not like I have worry about it... (Funny that that's what Christmas travel seems to have meant in the past: proving to myself or others that we were "still" family...) DS is relatively broke and infatuated with his GF's family... large, extended, goofy and very welcoming.... He is being subsidized to visit his Dad and step mom but that's fine...
So far, the big advantage to NOT having them come is NOT baking the tons of "treats" that I would mostly end up eating!
Land o' Lakes will have to count on someone else to maintain their profit margin this year.

That's all the news from here for now... Must get my walking shoes on!

Shad
12-02-2005, 04:25 PM
Had to put that there - it's to remind me that life is moving along at an ever faster pace and I am in danger of getting left behind - yet again!

Ummm had a look through my address book this morning. I have the following addresses:
Mel
Happy
Teel
Linus

Now I know I had both PW's and Roseblush's and I think I had Tig's but they have disappeared into the wide blue yonder along with a few other things I am missing. And I don't know that I ever had Holly's or Meadow's (and anyway Meadow's is new) so if you lovely people think of it, please pm the addy's so I can get to the Post Office before the queue in the PO comes out to meet me. Oh I do love being so organised (NOT)

PW I will pm mine to you this morning right after I finish here. I forgot about it the other night.

Now to see what the rest of you have been up to overnight:

Happy - I hope by now that you have sorted out why the doc wanted you to see a specialist. Let us know the details tonight please. Could it be the thyroid business again? So glad to hear the treadmill is working again and you are getting this exercise in. We'll be able to run together next time I get over!!!

Ceejay - where I live (Brisbane) we are prone to flooding. In days gone by they used to build to suit the climate - ie houses were set on poles to allow air movement and to allow the water to pass by. Houses were built (they are called Queenslanders) with big verandahs to shelter from the sun and be outside without having to actually be in the sun or rain. They were built for the climate. In todays world - where we have gone Mediterranean mad, house are built flat on the ground, using as much ground as possible on the block and are generally of a couple of levels to get the space. Since the rainy season consists of heavy periods of rain (surprising that) the water has nowhere to go except through the houses. I'm fine where I live because I am on top of a ridge - it's not high but I can look down on the roofs of houses at the bottom of the ridge. So if I get flooded out, there are a lot of others in some very serious trouble. Flash flooding is a way of life here in certain areas - one would think that the powers that be would have stopped developers building on those known areas, but greed is a many splendoured thing.

Holly - I'm sure you will do the speech and the vigil justice. Most important thing is to keep to the point, say it loud and proud and mean it, and if you feel you are getting emotional slow the whole thing down until you get yourself back under control and don't make it too long. People will remember a short sharp interesting piece of prose. They grow tired and restless with repeated and meaningless mumbo jumbo.
It will bring a sort of justification for those poor women senselessly mown down, if you can give this speech with power and meaning. Consult with Ruthxxx if necessary. I'm certain she will be willing to help. And let us know what you said!

PW - I went back and had a look at the photos. Interesting places you visit. That ole hen was great.
And yes I get down and depressed from time to time. I have my moments. However I set a time limit on the doldrums. I can have it from now to now and then it is time to set to and find out what I can do to fix it. The brain is a powerful thing. Between the power of the brain and personal discipline we can achieve just about anything we set our minds to do. Well that's my philosophy and I am sticking to it.
You know it is funny - having to prove we are still family I mean - we all do it, no matter how old the child is. The child of course is fully convinced that the family unit is well and truly 'over there' - until they want something!!! I try very hard not to push myself on the family. Sometimes to the extent that they say something like - Hey Mum, we are still your sons remember! But I well remember having opinions pushed on to me about what I did and how I should have done it. Every generation has different visions of the world. Some good, some bad. I do not wish to push my opinions of how I think things should be done onto the 'boys'. They have their father to do that. Now if they should ask - that is a completely different story.

Okay - just because it is Saturday doesn't mean I can slack. There is work to be done. Bye you all.

Happy - don't forget to let me know what is happening!

Meadow
12-02-2005, 06:17 PM
You knew it was coming ;)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/161b75bb.jpg

*I have made larger version too :p

Hollyhock
12-02-2005, 06:28 PM
Meadow!!! I am shocked, AB in a Santa hat. LOL!!!!! Nice pic and I love the background.
Shad~i think feeling the doldrums, voicing it or venting it somehow and letting it go quickens the process.

Maybe over Christmas I will have time to looks everyone's pics.

Everyone could PM me their addies too.

The boys are at hockey. Us girls are off to gymnastics.
Maybe some cuddle time with hubby is in order tonight.

MELODY525
12-02-2005, 09:45 PM
SEND ME ADDIES TOO! I HAVE EVERYONE'S BUT CEEJAY, MEADOW AND I ALSO CANNOT FIND HAPPY'S AND NAE'S!!!! SORRY GIRLS.

OF COURSE IF SOMEONE DOESN'T WANT TO SEND IT I WILL UNDERSTAND TOO.

THE DAY GOT AWAY FORM ME BUT I INTEND TO GET STUFF DONE OVER THE WEEKEND. MAINLY RESTING AND COOKING AND SHAD TALKING!! I PROMISE NOT TO SAY WHAT TOO MANY TIMES :rofl:
GLAD TO HEAR PW IS FINISHED AND CAN RELAX AND GET WELL NOW. GOOD LUCK!!! ALSO GOOD TO HEAR CJ IS SLEEPING AN LINUS GOT A BIT OF A BREAK.
SHAD WILL BE ON THE PHONE. HOLLY IS SPEECH WRITING!! LOL CEEJAY IS DOING HER CRUNCHES AND I AM SENDING :hug: 'S TO HAPPY FOR THE BLOODWORK FOR WHAT EVER THE REASON IS!
I AM HAPPY WE ARE ALL SAFE AND WELL AND THAT IS THE MAIN THING.
OUR XMAS BONUS WILL BE LATE ( AFTER XMAS ).
IT PUT A WEE DENT IN THE XMAS BUDGET BUT IT CANNOT BE HELPED. I'LL USE IT TO PAY THE BILLS IN JANUARY AND CUT BACK FOR XMAS INSTEAD! LOL
I AM VERY TIRED AND WILL TRY AND BE A BETTER WORLDLY CHICK OVER THE WEEKEND. FOR SOMEONE WHO WAS WAY AHEAD FOR THE HOLIDAYS, I HAVE FALLEN SADLY BEHIND:rofl: TAKE CARE AND WILL CHAT AGAIN. LOVE TO YOU ALL FOR A WONDERFUL WEEKEND. :moped:

MELODY525
12-02-2005, 09:46 PM
I Found Nae's Address.....never Mind Nae!!!

Shad
12-03-2005, 12:08 AM
Oh and heck, how could I forget, I don't have Ceejays either. My apologies ceejay. I didn't really forget you, I just forgot to write it down.

happy2bme
12-03-2005, 12:32 AM
After many frustrating attempts, I finally crossed paths with a nurse and found out what the doctor's office was trying to tell me.

Upon hearing my symptoms and looking at the results of my knee x-rays, the good doctor ordered an extra blood test. Apparently they can test for antibodies in the blood or some little swimmers than indicate arthritis. Nurse said my levels were really high and so they took the liberty of making me an appointment with a rhumatologist on December 13. Now I don't know much about arthritis except that I have it in my feet and thumb and it's pretty painful at times. And you tend to get buildup on the bones that looks like jagged "teeth" - saw that on my spinal x-ray. So I went looking on that great reference library - the Internet. There are over 200 kinds of arthritis with the 2 most common being osteoarthritis which is a gradual wearing away of the joints due to aging or intense stress or overuse. And there is rhumatoid arthritis which is actually a disease of the auto immune system in which it goes haywire and starts to attack the joints in the body creating swelling and inflamation. As I started to read up on RA, I was amazed that this is just what I was feeling, same places, same issues. It was a bit of a relief actually to know that I'm not crazy or just massively falling apart all at once. If this is RA then it is important to get treatment quickly because all things I have read say this is a fast moving disease and can quickly do serious damage in under 24 months. There are many treatments available, best to discuss with your doctor. So I am hoping this rhumatologist is as grand as the doctor who referered me to her. It's a pistol getting old I tell you.

And if I may take a minute to speak to Miss Shad. I hear your frustration on working so hard and not seeing any reward via the tale of the tape or the movement of the scale. However, you are in remarkable physical shape. You are active enough for 3 to 5 people and I never hear you complain of aches or pains or even as much as a cold - well ok, you did have one recent cold :lol: ALL THAT ASIDE, I think you are a marvelous example of what taking care of one's self can do for a body. So while you may never quite be what you were in your 20's and 30's - the fact that you are at the top of your game now is a direct result of what you've put into it. So pack up the gym bag and continue to fight the good fight, ok? :hug: And while I will never be a runner - an I do mean NEVER - I might engage you in a good powerwalk, ok? :rofl:

PM addies, eh? Hmmm that means I have to clean out my 3FC mailbox as I am dangerously close to being full. DH was wonderful enough to go to the post office and get me stamps today. He even braved his comfort zone to ask for stamps to mail cards overseas. So all I have to do is get the Christmas letter prepped and I'm ready to go. Would you settle for a neighborhood newletter instead? :rofl: Ok, if I promise no letter will you still PM me your addresses anyway? Linus, will it take a card 3 months to get to your house too?

DH and I in a fit of togetherness are going to take a weekend hand gun training and safety course. Now my eyes are crooked - I see kind of like this :dizzy: so I'm really REALLY not comfortable with a firearm in my hands. But I promised I'd give it a try. Apparently they have these ones that shoot out a beam of red laser light for the scope to make aiming easier. That still doesn't make me comfortable. And it takes up an entire weekend - 2 days, 4 and 1/2 hours on a precious weekend in December when there are so many other things that need doing. :( But I will be a trooper :drill:

Meadow, I sooooo had to laugh at your remark about "you knew it was coming..." just picturing you with an innocent but devilish grin on your face. AB looks good in red.

Mel, I hope you get to bed early and get a very good night's rest so that you can be up and chipper in the morning. Enjoy your chat with Shad. Say hello to each other for me :D :D :D

PW - the tongue clipping procedure. My poor little baby sister had it done - I cried for her when I found out what they had to do to a poor little baby. To illustrate, go look in the mirror. Open your mouth. Touch the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth. See that flap of skin that attaches your tongue to the bottom of your palate? Sometimes that skin is too short and they have to clip it. Try talking holding your tongue to the bottom of your mouth- that's what tongue tied is. You can't make sounds like TH clearly and it also impedes the eating process due to the restriction of the tongue. I hope you got out for that walk today. Take a pair of hand weights with you to build those poor bones up again.

Good advice to Holly on the speech Shad. Best to just lay thoughts out on a paper and then organize them into some bit of order. The hardest part is getting started. However if you do have a time limit, then you have to plan and rehearse - do not wing it lest you want to see the big hook coming after you :rofl:

Holly sounds like you like carbs alot. Maybe you need the carb lovers diet and when you find it clue me in on it too ok, because I love bread better than chocolate. :T

Ceejay - ow on the bruised thumb! Hope you feel better and rest it over the weekend - no typing :comp: Just enjoy a trip to the aunt and uncle. In fact keep icing it and don't even wave it about excitedly when you talk! Just kidding but do hope you feel better.

I think I've babbled long enough. I would like to get to bed soon so I can get something accomplished in the morning. Night now and hellos to the rest of the chicks...

Shad
12-03-2005, 05:19 AM
Quick note here - Happy, RA - well it's not the end of the world but it can be exceedingly painful so take up that appointment and good luck. I hope they can find the right mix of exercise and drugs to alleviate the symptons. Bah humbug - just what you don't need.

Back in the morning with the rest of todays news.

MELODY525
12-03-2005, 11:26 AM
CEEJAY I FORGOT YOUR THUMB. HOPE IT FEELS BETTER SOON. WHAT A LITTLE TYPIST YOU'VE BECOME TO HURT THAT THUMB!! :yikes:

HAPPY~ I AM SORRY TO HEAR THIS NEWS BUT KNOW YOU WILL DEAL WITH IT IN THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE. GOOD LUCK WITH THE NEWER NEW DOCTOR!! NICE TO KNOW THEY ARE ACTING FAST AND RESPONSIBLY!!!
SHALL WE ASK SANTA FOR SOME NEW KNEES? MAYBE A MODEL THAT WILL LIKE TO RUN AND BICYCLE? :hug:

SHAD~ I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY FOR THE WEIGH IN EXCEPT THAT I AM UP TO 175.5 AS OF THIS MORNING.
I KNOW YOU REALLY DO HAVE ACHES AND PAINS BUT DON'T TALK ABOUT THEM......THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN WORSE HAD YOU NOT TAKEN YOU LIFE IN YOUR CAPABLE HANDS AND DONE SOMETHING ABOUT THE WEIGHT LEST YOU GAIN EVEN MORE. I THINK YOU'VE DONE A GREAT JOB AND WE JUST HAVE THE SHOR/FAT GENE IN OUR ANCESTRY. I THINK WE EVEN LOOK A BIT ALIKE TOO! :rofl: HANG IN THERE IS ALL I CAN SAY.

I MADE MY OATMEAL AND DIVIDED IT UP FOPR THE WEEK. A GROUND TURKEY SOUP/STEW IS ON THE STOVE WITH MANY VEGGIES :carrot: AND BEANS AND THE LAST 5 OF THE TINY RED POTATOES. I CUT BACK ON THE SPICES BECAUSE THE EYES JUST AREN'T FINISHED BEING A PAIN. GOD DOES IT EVER END? :lol3:
I MUST HAVE HAD A BUG YESTERDAY CAUSE I SPENT 6 HOURS IN AND OUT OF THE LOO. TOO BAD I DIDN'T LOSE ANY WEIGHT! :rofl: WONDER WHY THAT IS? LOL
FEELING MUCH BETTER TODAY AND WILL JUST PUTTER AROUND THE HOUSE AND WATCH DVDS.
I HAVE SOME E-MAIL TO ANSWER AND THEN TURN OFF THE PC AND KEEP THE PHONE LINE CLEAR! :DANCE:
HAPPY SATURDAY TO YOU ALL AND TAKE CARE. :moped:

Hollyhock
12-03-2005, 02:00 PM
I am okay about ther speech part. Public speaking is not hard for me. Mostly I wa sover whlemed by being asked at all and then the menaingfulness of the event.And then hubby was not suppostive at all but I have gotten over that too.
Market was good today. A quietish aft. Cleaning to do.I have a friends daughter coming ofr a sleep over and then clearing tables at the rec centre for awedding uor church is catering. It is a local boy,LOL. I am itching to see the dresses etc.

HUGS

Tig
12-03-2005, 08:54 PM
I'm in on the PM me yours and I'll PM you mine. :cool: Mel and Shad ~ your cards are already addressed so unless you've moved since last December LIKE LINUS WHICH I JUST REALIZED!!! when I wrote the first number of the first line... whew...

:gossip: Now I think I read that Mel thinks that she and Shad look alike so I think I'm going to schedule an eye doctor appointment but I'm not saying for WHOM. ACTUALLY I think the three of us look alike if short is the criteria. :rofl:

We ran this morning and it was 45*. I ran in my sweatpants and a long-sleeved shirt. I only ran 3 miles. Sissy Florida blood. Tomorrow is a biker Christmas toy run. We bought a Care Bear and a My First Eeyore to ride with us. We'll go to early church and then join up with the local Harley Owners Group to line up together. The weather will be perfect for a ride. :cheer:

ceejay52
12-03-2005, 09:42 PM
I'll know to make notes the next time I post and then go back to read what someone had written on a previous page. ughh, just lost the whole post.

Mel-- The thumb is better. No typing until now.

Happy--Are you still doing the crunches? I haven't completed a one. Hope the rhumatolgist has some good news for you. I know arthritis is painful.

Tig-- Some of the bikers usually do toys for tots during the Christmas season. It has not been announced yet.

Meadow--Does this Santa have an older brother???????????

Holly--glad you don't mind giving speeches.

Linus--Good to hear that Christopher is sleeping a little longer.

Shad -i've pm'd you the snail mail.

PainterWoman-- Just talked to my Texan sister. She told me that she and her husband will be going to see the largest Christmas tree in Dallas. Sigh wish I could go. This week they are in California visiting with their daughter, grand daughter and son in law.

I've been reading and hearing about the new food pyramid. I really need to get healthy so I'm trying this for a couple of weeks. It doesn't look to overwhelming either. It has grains, veggies, fruits, milk and meat and beans. You can also get a plan based on your age. I may need to be adjust the calories but I'm starting with 1800. For those interested go to My Pyramid.gov.

honey-dipped
12-03-2005, 10:00 PM
This one is strictly for the kids and for the young at heart. Enjoy

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

I know this place! It's located in the Naha prefecture of Okinawa.

Tig
12-03-2005, 10:26 PM
Oh Shad! If the tree is in the Naha prefecture that is where the Thugs are! How magnificent! When I go visit the summer of '07 I will definitely have to go find our tree! Thank you, thank you, Honey-dipped! :hug:

happy2bme
12-04-2005, 02:25 AM
I just think that it's really cool that people who have never met each other before can create a common bond that brings them together!

Shad
12-04-2005, 05:28 AM
Evening all,
Since the television is full of CHRISTMAS stuff until 7.30, I decided it was time to get back in here.

Honey-dipped - thankyou for dropping in and telling us about our tree house. It looks so wonderful. I've been to Japan but not to Okinawa so may have to put that on the list for the next time. I have a wonderful friend in Gifu Prefecture. Please drop in again and tell us about yourself.

Tig - you may actually get to visit one of our cyber homes. Isn't that fascinating? Arrrrh Tig - sure we all look alike - 2 eyes, a nose, a mouth, 2 ears and hair etc. Short - well join the club - Happy belongs in it too as does Teel who is even shorter than me. She'd give my sister a run for her money. Enjoy the ride with eeyore and the care bear.

Ceejay - thanks for the pm and to all the others as well. I can now get too and send you notes on Christmas cards and put stamps on the envelopes and be like a normal person with friends around the world.

Umm Holly - have you been on the turps today? Took me a while to sort out the message. First I thought you were testing my early morning brain lines, but it didn't look much better mid morning and now that I've been back again, I've got it sorted. Do you have Ceejays sore thumb? It's a bit like trying to sort out the emails I have been getting from my wee Japanese friend that I met on the plane. She wrote me last week that:
I am saddened to report that I can't meet with you this weekend. And,
i have a presentation on dec 1st and have to finish lots of essay until monday.
It's so cute.
My friend Chris has met a man friend in the city!!!! She sent me a copy of an e-mail from this person which I will not reproduce. It took a combined effort to work it out and we still haven't figured out if we got it completely right. She says that she understands the majority of what he writes (in English) but there are some bits which are beyond her. Definitely beyond me. Sometimes we (read she) translates it back into Japanese and then reproduces it in English to see if that helps. Reminds me of the time we met a Japanese gentleman on a train - he was a Professor of French at one of the Universities. At that time her Japanese was not so good, mine was non existent. His English was lousy and my French not much better. However we had a triangular conversation in English, Japanese and French. Highly delightful but I sometimes wonder if we understood much of each others conversation at all.

Had our usual delightful conversation with Mel this morning. Oh and the maintenance man who butted in from time to time. We put the world to rights. She's cold and I'm hot. At least I wasn't then but I sure am now. I have the air conditioning going because the house was so hot when I got home from my massive lunch. It is 20 past 7 in the evening and still around 34 degrees C. 98F. Clear skies so no storm tonight to cool anything. I don't need dinner as I am finding it difficult to move around with all the lunch. Lucky I went to the gym early this morning and did all my sets and a few more as well and the crunches.

Happy - while I think of it - no I don't have a great deal of aches and pains except when I change the exercise routine. The biggest problem I have is in the ankles - both of them. They have been sort of painful for as long as I can remember. However I have taken them to x-rays, doctors, physio etc but nothing seems to fix them. I think it is a hereditary condition and probably something to do with circulation (my opinion only - not the docs). However I must point out that exercise has given them a lot more mobility. I won't say that they don't still ache, but they are nowhere near as bad as they were. But they certainly don't look pretty - they often look badly bruised and lots of small veins around them. Won't win a beauty contest with these legs anymore!
But - yes you are right. I don't have anything much to complain about in the health department. I'm very lucky. I count those blessings when I read and see and hear about some of the problems around and even on this site! So thank you for reminding me that I get one cold a year and that is the extent so far of my 'advanced age'.

Right - my ramble has come to an end. I'm off to see a few other threads and then fold the laundry and maybe if it is cool enough iron the one skirt and 2 pairs of trousers that need it.

See you.

Hollyhock
12-04-2005, 08:49 AM
LOL, Shad. I was thinking... HUH!!! and went back to read. I have issues with the kitten laying on top of the computer and swatting at the cursor and then falling onto the keying and then hanging off of me, quite often these days. Add that in with a house full of kids climbing on me and typos occur. I forgot to proof. LOL!!

I broke out in hives yesterday morning and took a bendryl and then I napped in the aft but DD kept climbing all over me. I asked her to leave about a hundred times. She then told she just loved me to much to go......brat>>>conned me and it worked. I did the farmers market til noon. I had a friends daughter for the night. She is a single mom with no family/friends to give her a break. I take her daughter once a year for a weekend. Good kid.
Sunday School christmas lunch today and then Avon follow up calls. Mega orders to put in online.
I cleared tables a wedding in town at 6:30, our church catered.
Sometimes I think I am a 70 year old trapped n a 40 year old body. I LOVE these type of events and working at them. I have all my life. When I was younger I lived like a rock star. Partied very hard. I would be out dancing on tables til the sun came up, go home and shower and go to the nursing home with my Grandma and do crafts with the old folks.
I LOVE serving tables.Who the heck likes serving tables. The catering crew from our church are all in their 70’s& 80’s, there are a few in their 60’s and then ME.
I relate better to this age group and up better then any other.

We have a potluck after church and then I really must tidy up this house.

Food has been random. It is the least of my worries this week. No binging but content is not great.

Ruthxxx
12-04-2005, 09:42 AM
Great big :wave: :wave: :wave: WAVES to pals around the world. We have glorious snow here this morning and it's well below freezing - 23º or -5ºC. My Damned Knee (DK) and I skipped Church this morning and are going to take a nice soak in the tub and contemplate our future.

Have a lovely Sinday! Whoops! I mean SUNday, of course....I think! :devil:

MELODY525
12-04-2005, 10:19 AM
MISS RUTH!!! SO NICE OF YOU TO DROP IN WITH THE DK AND ALL! ROFLMAO HAVE A GREAT SINDAY YOURSELF!!! AND SOME :hug: FOR YOU TOO!!

HONEY-DIPPED~ SO NICE OF YOU ALSO TO STOP IN AND SAY HI. HOPE YOU COME BACK AGAIN. WE WOULD LOVE TO CHAT WITH YOU. GLAD YOU KNOW WHERE OUR TREEHOUSE IS!! COME AND TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF.

SHAD~ AT LEAST SOMEONE KNOWS WHERE WE ARE! ROFLMAO LOVED OUR TALK AND IT ALWAYS LEAVES ME FEELING EVER SO MUCH LIGHTER. WHEN I GOT BACK TO JIMMY HE SAID HE KEPT CALLING CAUSE HE WASN'T GETTING ANY REACTION FROM THE OTHERS! LOL
GOOD NEWS ABOUT CHRIS!! SENDING HER POSITIVE VIBES!!!:hug:

HOLLY~ YOUR POST HAD ME GOING THER FOR AWHILE AND LIKE SHAD, I HAD TO RE-READ IT!! ROFLMAO I COULD JUST SEE YOU WITH EVERYONE HANGING ALL OVER YOU AND CRAWLING AROUND ON THE FLOOR AT YOUR FEET!!! LOL HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER. TAKE SOME HOLLY TIME CAUSE YOU KNOW THAT THE HIVES ARE GIVING YOU A WARNING!!! :rollpin:

CEEJAY~ GLAD THE THUMB IS BETTER. I HATE TOES AND FINGERS TO GET HURT. YOU NEVER REALIZE HOW IMPORTANT THEY ARE TILL THEY DO!! ROFL

TEEL~ I THINK I HAVE THE NUMBERS WRONG ON YOUR ADDRESS. THE ONES THAT ARE LIKE OUR ZIP CODES BUT YOU HAVE LETTERS AMONGST THEM. COULD YOU OR SOMEONE SEND ME THEM? THANKS. HOPE THE WEDDING WENT WELL AND YOU HAD A GOOD TIME YOURSELF TOO!

TIG~ I LOVE EEYORE TOO AND THINK ANY CHILD WOULD. NICE RUN!!! HAVE A GREAT TIME AT THE CYCLE RIDE AND HOLD ON TIGHT TO SLIM!!!

I WOKE TO A WINTER WONDERLAND AND EVERYTHING LOOKS SO CLEAN AND BRIGHT!!! VERY DARK OUTSIDE THOUGH. GAVE ME EVEN MORE XMAS SPIRIT! THINK A FEW MORE DECORATIONS ARE IN ORDER. JEN PAINTED THE WINDOWS AGAIN FOR XMAS IN THE LOBBY. I MUST GO DOWN AND LOOK. SHE DOES IT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT WHEN NO ONE IS AROUND. JUST HER AND RICHIE. I HAVE SOME COOKING TO DO. MAYBE A QUICHE WITH SPINACH AND MUSHROOMS. SO I BETTER GET STARTED. HAPPY SUNDAY AND GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE:flow2: :moped:

MELODY525
12-04-2005, 10:23 AM
PS~ TIG....WE LOOK ALIKE BUT SHAD IS THE BETTER LOOKING ONE! :rofl: WE NEED TO GET A PICTURE OF THE THUGS STANDING IN FRONT OF THE HOUSE!!! :lol3:

HAPPY~ IT WAS NICE TO SEE HONEY-DIPPED WASN'T IT!! I LOVE WHEN SOMEONE COMES BY!! :hug:

Meadow
12-04-2005, 03:26 PM
Okay then what does it say about me that I read Holly's post and found it perfectly readable? The spelling whoopsies just added a bit of flare. :p

I made shortbread cookies with candied cherries in the middle as a defense against a botched batch of cherry/walnut cookies I made from a magazine recipe that were dreadful. They weren't even sweet! So I had to make some GOOD cookies and they look pretty too:D Yes I ate about five of them with tea last night while watching the Elecktra movie and brooding about why I've never been able to do full body pull ups with one arm or even two arms. Drove me to butter and sugar, my only solace was knowing that Jennifer Garner just had a baby and wasn't doing anything resembling martial arts these days :^:


Mel-quiche how yummy. What kind of scene has Jen done? Penguins? You must tell me, I'm envisioning hills and slidding animal friends. Where did her creativity take her? We decorated our tree last night. White twinkle lights and red silk thread balls. It is about seven feet and with the star just about touches the ceiling :yes: Enjoy the snow, December snow is Christmas snow and it is magic. Watch Frosty the Snowman when it comes on if you don't believe me :D

Holly-Ah, using "the love" to manipulate you will never grow old, got to adore the little dears ;) Yikes, Hives! Must be stress getting you, are your breathing deeply? Looking out the window and just gazing? Taking time to just "Be" in the world and not productive? I'm a master at that stuff:devil: :twirly: :queen:

Shad-Stay cool:cool: :sunny: Good to hear you managed to break through the busy signal at Mel's and have a nice natter about stuff. So is this fellow Cris has met a gentleman caller type of guy or just a new acquaintance? I'm sorry the heat is making you feel draggy, not eating dinner will mess with your metabolism. Eat some fruit at least so you will not have a boomerang affect tomorrow or have your blood sugar drop and feel even worse. You are worth taking care of:hug:

Happy-I'm glad to hear that whatever is messing with your bones is going to be looked at sharpish and dealt with. So frustrating to have to wait for weeks before appointments, just causes a lot of needless worries. You have a good team on your side down there by all accounts I've read. They will have you dancing in front of Graceland with the tourists in no time.

Tig-hope the ride is wonderful! Cool toy picks, my kids adore anything Winnie the Pooh gang and the Care bears. I'm sure they will be much loved when they find their new owners. Amazing when you look at it and say "I only did three miles", doesn't sound sissy to me :) :carrot:

Ceejay-good luck with eating all your vegetables and fruit. Using the food pyramid is supposed to be one of the healthiest ways to approach things, got to get creative with the combining things in salads and stews though. Eating it all raw is tough.

PW-are you busy knitting or something? Where are you and how big is your Christmas tree? Are you celebrating the last chemo visit? Are you buying yourself new lingerie to pamper yourself? Come on, tell me;) :corn: I thought of you the other day when one of the teachers at my daughter's school asked who had knitted her sweater and could she get the pattern. My sister had made it from a little pull over bathinsuit sweater pattern and just lengthened it. Boy is this teacher going to be surprised when she gets the pattern and sees where the original idea came from:p :rofl:

Linus-are you awake? Is CJ? Did you get some relief in and do your own thing for a few hours? Start the new year right now and pass the baby to trusted relatives and get back to good again. Baby drain must be plugged ;) :beach:

:wave:Teel- what are you doing? How did the playing go in the church? Did you have mittens to keep your hands warm in between songs?

Hi Honey-dipped and Ruth :wave:
Ho, Ho, Ho to Rose and Linda lurking about somewhere :D

linus
12-04-2005, 04:58 PM
my god my son can actually sleep more than 4 hours lol
my little sister is in labour so ill come back tomorrow and tell you what time my neice makes her apperance
kirsty

Hollyhock
12-04-2005, 05:22 PM
Oh dear Meadow, you only understood because I am quite certain you have experienced in the not too distant past the phenomena of felines and offspring hanging off all your apendages whilst trying sneak a few momernts of adult convo.

I did just "be". I "was". Church was done, friends daughter picked up, house vacuumed and dishes mostly done and I looked around, it was 2 pm and I had no presssing engagements. I snuck off to bed and intended to read but just dozed happily with the kitties for 2 hours.

Linus~ doing a happy dance for you. A sleeping son and a new angel to smell and hug.

Must head off to the store befoe it closes. We need some fresh veg and bananas and poor Clyde needs some food.

Hubby is off a t a friends installing a hybrid furnace that uses hydro, wood and water???:?: duct work is involved anyhow.

Shad
12-04-2005, 05:44 PM
Now there is an exit line if ever I heard one - 'my little sister is in labour so ill come back tomorrow and tell you what time my neice makes her apperance'. Yikes

Holly - I know the proof thing well. I go back to some of my entries and whammo, the mistake hits me straight between the eyes. And just to put the icing on the cake - today I sent out a message to all staff telling them of changes to OnDemands spelling and grammer!!!! Lord help me.

Ruth - how nice of you to drop in. Sending :hug: and :wave: and a big lick to you and your girls. Hope the knee starts to recover soon. And you meant sinday and all!! :D

Mel - good as always to speak to you. Forgot verballyto wish you a Meri Kitima, but hey, who's to say I won't ring again. I never know what I am going to do until I do it. If you haven't heard from Teel :magnify: (where the heck is she anyway - surely not still playing violin in church!!) I'll post the postcode anyway.

Meadow - had you been sipping wine or just finished some Kahlua cookies when reading Holly's post? Must admit I found it easier to read after a couple of wines over lunch and post lunch and pre (the non-existent) dinner! That's why I wondered whether she had been on the turps. I well remember getting a birthday card from someone once which I could read absolutely perfectly after a pub crawl and a boozy dinner - but for the life of me couldn't read the next day.

Another week has begun here. I skipped the early session this morning because I simply couldn't get out of bed in time. I have my gear in the car and will call in to the gym on the way home to get the exercise done and dusted for the day. I'm finding this early, early stuff a bit wearisome. Perhaps it is the huge bag that I have to carry through town with my breakfast, lunch and water and clothes and towels etc. and then tote it back again to the station. I think I need a back pack.

So what will this week bring. I need to sit and talk with my Manager about where we go from here. I have things to do but I can't do most of them because the Business Analysts don't have time to vet the stuff already done. Can't move it to the next step or level. I'm thinking of suggesting that maybe I finish here at Christmas and not Jan 6th. Probably cr*pping in my own nest, but there is not going to be any improvement between the Christmas and New year holidays. I shall be here with nothing to do!


Anyway, better go and see who I can bother at the minute.

ceejay52
12-04-2005, 11:35 PM
Hello Miss Ruth, it's nice of you to drop in. Take care of the dk. At least it wasn't your foot.

Mel Thanks a gillion for the list. That was nice of Jen to do the window decorations for Christmas.

Linus-Thumbs up for CJ.That's great that he is sleeping a little longer. Know mommy could use the rest.

Hello to Shad, Happy, Holly, Nae, tig,teel and meadow. :wave:

I've finished a 12 hour day I'm ready for bed.

I didn't do to bad on the first day of the new food pyramid. It goes by cups and ounces

Need to put a load of laundry in the dryer and get ready for bed.

happy2bme
12-05-2005, 08:50 AM
Good morning ladies,
A quick drive by for me. We finished our handgun safety course yesterday. It took up both days of the entire weekend which I wasn't too crazy about but now I know how to shoot and safely handle a handgun. I didn't do too badly on the marksman qualification shoot - 98 out of 100 which means I only missed one shot out of the target outline. I told DH I was going to hang the shot up target outside next to the back door with a sign - Beware - this COULD be you if you try to enter this house uninvited :lol:

However, that took up most of the weekend and I didn't get much else of anything done including grocery shopping. Today is the team holiday luncheon and I REALLY don't feel like going. It's at a restaurant that we ALWAYS go to for every occasion so it doesn't feel like anything special. It also doesn't feel much like Christmas either which may be part of my reluctance. 3 more weeks here.
Ruth, it is always good to see your smiling face pop in. Welcome you and your "DK" any time! Ceejay so you just make your food selections from the food pyramid and that's it? :eating2: Simple enough it would seem. Didn't Teel say she was packing up to go stay with her friends again? I'll have to go back in posts and check. Shad, your talk of carrying a huge flopping back all over with you on the train brought back unpleasant memories of working in the city too - large purse, laptop, carry bag, lunch bag, and whatever bags from lunchtime shopping trips or gym trips carried back and forth across town - made me feel I was a pack mule in a former life! Even worse when it's so hot out that you need to run the air conditioning. I'm sure the people at the office will not understand your reluctance to simply sit around, do nothing and bill them for the pleasure instead of your preference to "fish or cut bait" as they say. Hope things work out for you, I know you are not one to sit and twiddle the thumbs. :bubbles: So Linus do you think CJ's tongue problem was causing part of the fuss and now that he can suckle better he's a happy little boy? Sounds like he will soon have a young cousin play pal. Hugs to Holly, Painter and Tig, welcome Honey Dipped. Meadow, I think I've run across that walnut cherry cookie recipe myself. Looked and sounded so delightful, yet the results were :halfempty: perhaps the recipe was posted by someone who felt we shouldn't be eating cookies in the first place :lol: Mel, do tell us about Jen's painting scene - how nice of her to cheer up the place. And I'll bring coffee and a fruit cup if you'll share the quiche - my favorite flavor there. :hungry:

Ok, time to go feed the cats and get on with the day...

Hollyhock
12-05-2005, 10:18 AM
A beautiful day in the neighbourhood. Crisp, clear, cold!!!!!!!!

All the big kids off to school. 2 preschoolers til noon. My big Avon Christmas order goes in today. Follow up calls to make and then send it off. I will do some shovelling at some point for exercise. I am feeling fat. I want to change this.
Hubby seems to be back on track. He got some good rest on the weekend. He spent some time with friends yesterday.


I got some tidying done. I am itching to bake and make scrap books for the my kids and the kids I babysit. I may make some christmas cards too.
I received a gift certificate for a 1/2 hour massage. I called the guy and told him I wanted to use it for hubby. He said, “no way! you will both come ! “ So, tonight at 8 Hubby will go for a 1/2 hour and then come home and then i will go for a 1/2 hour. Of course the fact that a total stranger was compassianate and caring and realized how much a mom needed to be nurtured( his words) made me cry, LOL.
Kids have been awesome all weekend. Gotta love it.
Hockey practise and 4.
Oatmeal and coffee for breaky.

Had this big epiphany about “breaking the cycle”. My kids are very vocal( and physical) about everything as is hubby and well....myself. We are open and communicate( A great deal) whether it is effective or not.
What my son shows on the outside is what i had going on on the inside as a kid but had learned it was wrong to show it, talk about, or even feel it, most definitely by the time I was 7. I would be punished, ignored, put down with sarcasm, told I was worng, unstable, too sensitive.......... So, as busy and hard as our family life can be at times, I can honestly say it is a safe enough and loving enough environment for all of us to be ourselves completely without fear. Imagine the possibilities of growth and love and experience for our kids in this environment!!!!!!!!!

ceejay52
12-05-2005, 06:10 PM
Just in to say hello. The shoulder is hurting to bad to type. Think I must have arthritis.

Shad
12-05-2005, 08:13 PM
Oh poor ceejay: Christmas is coming and first the thumb and now the shoulder - which bit comes next?

Happy - I'm glad you finished the course and got a good score on the paper. Here we don't keep handguns in the house and to have a gun of any description one has to be licenced, registered and required to lock the weapon in a secure place and the ammo somewhere else. If it was for protection that scenario would rather defeat the purpose I would have thought. I'm happy enough not having anything like that around the place. Police here carry arms, that's scary enough for me. NZ Police don't go around armed. Don't know that it is that much of a deterrent any more as there are as many holdups and murders over as than there are here per capita no doubt. Maybe the Kiwis are a little more inventive and find weapons in the most unlikely places. Anyway, I'm glad you took a responsible approach and at least worked out how to handle the things.

Holly - itching to bake? Lord no, one has to be a masochist to turn any form of heat on here at the moment. Have a good massage.

Temperatures yesterday were atrocious. The city here got to 33, out west to 39, where I live to 36. That's why there is no way that I will cook much these days. It didn't even cool down overnight here and was 27 when I left the house this morning. I've gone back to gym in the afternoon for the time being. It is just too much effort to drag the bag into town and jostle with the peak hour workers going to work. So the bag stays in the car and I go down to gym after work. Since I am leaving fairly early these days, it isn't too bad in the gym at that time. In fact yesterday was quite quiet. Long may it last.

I've spoken to the manager and suggested I finish at Christmas. She agrees with that okay - thought she would when I suggested the budget overrun might be spared a little. So now I have to get my stuff up to scratch and teach the permanent staff how to use OnDemand. Now I can start to look for something new and work out when I can start. There was something in the online job search on Friday which I should follow up.

That's about it for the day so far. Catch up later.

honey-dipped
12-05-2005, 10:25 PM
Thanks for all the warm welcomes! As for my introduction... I'm 22, married with no children, and I live in Japan.

Today it's cold cold cold.... The temperature has dropped to 60 degrees and it makes it so much harder for me to get up and do anything. Lol! I just read Shad's post above. I thought is was cold here! Wow...

Shad
12-05-2005, 11:05 PM
Umm that is centrigrade Honey - which makes the temps around the 100F mark. Cold - no way. I sit here in a puddle of sweat.

Are you Japanese or a foreigner living in Japan?

honey-dipped
12-05-2005, 11:12 PM
ohhh okay! Duh, I should've noticed that since you are in Aus and it's summer now. Wow, I wish the weather was like that over here! I'm a gaijin--foreigner.

Shad
12-06-2005, 08:08 AM
Should have guessed that by the height. Not that there aren't any tall Japanese these days.

Gaijin, tree house, Okinawa - ummmm Military?????

Got back up to 36 again today. I worked late and tried to get to the gym however when I got there I found I had left out some of my gear so had to go home anyway. So I'm calling today a bust on exercise. Weather on the news tonight tells me it got to 49 in Longreach today. Hot is hot, but that is just awful. 49 is something like 128F. I've been to Longreach but I reckon you would only go there in the winter. If you think about looking for Longreach on a map, it is in Queensland. It's plumb on the Tropic of Capricorn.

Bed calls. The cat doesn't know where to put herself so I put her outside. Better get up early tomorrow and water some of those poor plants. The roses love it but the pot plants are showing some pain.

happy2bme
12-06-2005, 08:46 AM
Good morning -
49 celcius? :yikes: That's almost like living on the sun! We could use a bit of (but not all) of your warmth out this way. It is cold and cold is relative to where everyone is right now. But at least stateside I think it's a fair assessment that it's cold no matter where you are.

However given the heat you are having, the only exercising I'd be doing was in an air conditioned gym. Good thing you have some cooling in your house too. I would not want to have Sunday the cat's long coat of hair in this winter. Hopefully the water tank still has a bit of run off from the rains of last week to give the garden a drink of water.

Holiday week is upon us. I missed the team holiday luncheon yesterday - got hung up in a meeting. No big loss I am told. Today is a luncheon sponsored by the project team. Thursday evening is a couples' dinner from the neighborhood subdivision.

I know that I have to sit down and get my Christmas cards done and mailed out by this weekend in order to get there in a reasonable time. I must admit that I don't feel much in the spirit of things. Not sure why, no particular reason, just don't.

Perhaps it's because I have to get myself better organized. When I fall into just drifting along, I tend to get this restless lost type of feeling. Guess I'd better jump in the shower and get my thoughts (and deeds) together.

Have a good one everybody... :wave:

Hollyhock
12-06-2005, 12:29 PM
Oh Shad, I woudl shrivel up and die!! I start to get heat stroke when it goes over 30C. It is a beautiful -6C here. LOL! My fav temps are 5C- 15C(40F-60F).

Early this morning..."I am awake and cant get my jammies off.wooohoooo! My big Avon order is in!!! And it was a great day. Everything went ticketyboo. I went for a massage at 8:30. I am pretty relaxed at the mo and should probably get DS ready for school. I cant even get myself dressed.la la la la la la .....
My earning should be around $800. Not bad . Wish it was like this all the time. I am going to put it right into savings.
I have turned down 4 dinner/party invites in the last 2 days. I already said no to 3 others. Can you imagine how crazy it would be if I did them all???? I have in the past. I like the new me. LOL!
I have the Candle Light Vigil tonight, where I am speaking.
I have 6 regular kids today and then 2 extras to help out a friend. SHe is going to have DD over on Thurs. I love that she called and asked for help.
I really must get tidying today and sort out laundry etc.
I have every pot in the house washed and sittnig on the counter ready to put away. I also need to make and grocery list. May take the preschoolers and do that tomorrow. I need to get jammies for DH and DS for their stockings.
OKay, time to get DS on the bus. Maybe I will get dressed."

I showered AND got dressed before 9am!!!! 8 kids playing happily. Just about to make some lunch for the troops. Got my baking list sorted out.
I am going to do some spiced nuts too.

Honey dipped- my hubby was in Japan back in 1989, he became good friends with a guy there and then he in turn moved here for 2 years, our friend is now in Tokyo, married and has a daughter , we still keep in touch regularily.

happy2bme
12-06-2005, 03:18 PM
Holly sounds like you went for a massage in your pajamas. At -6 I hope at least they were the flannel ones.

linus
12-06-2005, 04:29 PM
helllo ladies and welcome honey-dipped. my wee man is asleep at the mo but for how long????????:dizzy: he has swings and roundabouts when he sleeps all day and up all night last night after 5 hours of screaming the little darling went to sleep at 12.45am and slept till 7.30 i couldnt look into the moses basket till he moved:( :love: :angel: :cb: :bb: :bb: :bb: and hes basically been asleep all day too so **** be up all night but yes he is more settled at the mo and hes taking more formula now ,
TEEL is m.i.a at the mo as her pooter is bust
to everyone else ill post personal replys soon but for now im going for a bath before satan mark 4 wakes up
bye for now
kirsty

linus
12-06-2005, 04:34 PM
forgot to say sisters labour stalled but she seems to be full swing now so hopefully ???????

ceejay52
12-06-2005, 05:07 PM
hello friends

I've spent some time in the journal the past week or so. Kinda missed it.

Happy--thanks for the advice you gave in the journal. The doc did increase the thyroid med on last visit. It had dropped to low. That may be the cause of the achy joints.

Holly--wish I had your enthusiasm.

Shad--I had to smile when you put the cat outside.

Hello to all the rest.

Shad
12-06-2005, 05:43 PM
Happy - I hear you on the drifting bit. I'm afraid I'm doing a bit of the same. Can't be bothered with the laundry, can't be bothered dusting and sweeping. I really will have to challenge myself with this one. So I tell you what - I will if you will!

Holly - did you go to the massage in your jammies or was that at 8.30 last night before you put the jammies on??? Good luck with the speech or is that over and you have done it? -6 would have me shrivelling up and complaining. Geez imagine the exercise it would take to keep warm!!!!!! :faint: It's all a matter of what you know I guess. I would actually like to have 4 seasons in a year, but not that cold a winter season thank you. Okay to visit, nice to see (once) but not for this little black duck.

Linus - hope the settle lasts for a while. It's the result of all that racing about when you were pregnant. The wee bairn is now getting his own back. Thanks for letting us know about Teels computer. She has so many problems with that thing. I don't think the repairman knows what is going on. Or maybe he does and wants to bleed her dry before he actually fixes the thing.

Ceejay - glad to hear that the achey joints are disappearing. You can do without that.

Where is Mel?? Meadow?? Tig?? PW?? :wave: :wave:

This morning I got up bright and early and did a very naughty thing - I put the sprinkler system on to water the back yard for half an hour. There are restrictions which says we can't use the sprinklers. Anyhow I did it and then watered the pots front and back. I did actually get dressed to water the front!!!! :yikes: Shad in bra and knickers might have upset the neighbours breakfasts. It's still hot - another stinker coming up; please note we have moved from scorcher to stinker to describe the day. I should get a job with the B.O.M. I have worked out how to program the a/c to come on at 4.00pm and go off at 6.00pm so I should get home to a cooler house today.

Well that's it for a little bit. Catch you

MELODY525
12-06-2005, 07:54 PM
MEADOW~ BON NALALE TO AB FROM ME!!!! ROFLMAO LOVED THE GRAPHIC AND IT WAS THE FIRST THING A TiRED MEL SAW TONITE. CHEERED ME UP AND THEN SOME!! LOL

HONEY~ IT WAS GOOD TO SEE YOU HERE AGAIN AND WELCOME!!! WILL YOU BE IN JAPAN LONG? WE ARE FREEZING HERE THIS WEEK IN NEW JERSEY!!!

SHAD~ SEND THE HEATWAVE TO ME BABY!!!! MERI KITIMA TO YOU TOO FROM PORANGI! ROFLMAO PLEASE DON'T CRAP IN YOUR OWN NEST....MY BIRDS ALWAYS DID AND IT WASN'T A PRETTY SIGHT! ROFL GOOD LUCK WITH THE JOB HUNT AND GLAD YOU WILL HAVE TIME FOR THE SONS, A WEE BREAK AND THE HOLIDAYS! WE WILL TALK BEFORE CHRISTMAS OF THIS I AM SURE!! LOL

CEEJAY~ SO SORRY ABOUT THE SHOULDER!!! MY POOR SOUTHERN FRIEND. I HOPE IT'S NOT WHAT YOU THINK AND ONLY SOME INFLAMATION. KEEPING MY FINGERS CROSSED AND SENDING ((((HUGS))))) GOOD LUCK WITH THE PYRAMID AND I AM ANXIOUS TO SEE IF IT WORKS. I LOOKED AT IT A FEW MONTHS AGO AND WONDERED.

HAPPY AND MEADOW~ JEN PAINTED THE WINDOWS LIKE A XMAS CARD SHE HAD....HOLY AND RED RIBBONS AND SNOW AND GOLD ORNAMENTS. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO FRAME THE TREE IF YOU LOOKED AT IT FROM OUTSIDE TO THE INSIDE. CAME OUT NICE.

HAPPY~ HOW DID THE NEW DR GO OR HAVE YOU NO NEW INFO. I THOUGHT OF YOU WHEN I WAS SHOPPING. NOT SURE WHY YOU ALL TAG ALONG ON MY TRIPS THROUGH THE MALL BUT YOU GALS DO!!! LOVED THE IDEA OF "BEWARE' ON THE BACK DOOR!! ROFL I WILL SHARE THE QUICHE IF YOU BRING COLD STARBUCK'S FRAPPE'S WITH YOU! LOL

HOLLY~ GLAD YOU GOT MASSAGED AND YOU GOT A MAN WHO KNOWS WHAT A TIRED WORKING MOM COULD USE!! GOOD FOR HIM AND YOU! LOL I WOULD HAVE LOVED TO SEE ALL THE AVON STUFF IN ONE PLACE!!! MUST HAVE LOOKED LIKE XMAS MORNING!!! ENJOY THE FRUITS OF ALL YOUR LABORS!

KIRSTY~ HOPE THE WEE MAN GETS HIS NIGHTS AND DAYS BACK ON TRACK. HE SOUNDS MORE LIKE MY JERN EVERY DAY!!! ROFL HUGS TO THE SISTER TOO!!! GOOD LUCK!!!! HOPE YOU GET SOME SLEEP YOURSELF!

btw shad.....I DO NEED TEEL'S #'S FROM HER ADDRESS. I HAVE LOOKED ALL OVER AND CANNOT FIND THE ORIGINAL. CANNOT READ THE OTHER ONE!!! LOL SO I WOULD APPRECIATE IT SHAD BECAUSE I GAVE THE WRONG ONES TO CEEJAY TOO!!! LOL:dizzy:
I HAVE BEEN STRETCHED FOR TIME LATELY AND JUST CANNOT SEEM TO CATCH UP. HOPE TO BE ABLE TO START DOING THAT BY THURSDAY. MONDAY WAS XMAS SHOPPING, TODAY WAS FOOD SHOPPING AND TOMORROW WE ARE DOING THE SNOWFLAKE ORNAMENTS. THEY ARE PRETTY EXCITED ABOUT IT.
THINGS ARE SO-SO OVER HERE. ROSACEA IS ACTING UP SO THE EYES ARE STILL NOT ABLE TO BE 100%.
HARY POTTER IS ON THE TV IN A FEW MINUTES SO I WILL HEAT UP DINNER AND WATCH AND RELAX FOR THE FIRST TIME TODAY!!! LOL TAKE CARE EVERYONE. :moped:

PainterWoman
12-06-2005, 08:17 PM
Howdy, y'all...
I haven't been by as offten as before because the upgrade stopped sending me daily reminders that you all had posted.... Left to my own devices... I miss lots of deadlines... (unless it costs me money!!:o )

Great to see you back posting, Mel. Hope you are sassy, warm and happy.

It was 80+ on Saturday, 50 something on Sunday, and is supposed to be in the upper 20's over night with the possibility of sleet/ice/snow in the morning. HOW CRAZY is that!

My DH has talked about getting a gun and I've insisted that if we do, we'd take safety/target shooting courses. There seems to be so much fear and just as much craziness around... I don't know whether I'd be contributing MORE fear and craziness if I were armed, or whether I would feel cool, calm and collected.

I haven't been knitting much. It is astonishing how tired I get just getting back into the "swing" of household tasks, cooking, laundry and so forth , let alone seeing clients. Must. get. stamina.... Do you think it'll be on sale after Christmas?

I have started a new "thing." Needle felting. That's what I'm doing for small gifts this year, I think... I'm finally worried enough about retirement, and lack of earned income that it's not about spending. I might paint some things and give copies, i suppose... but it seems SO egotistical!! Bleh. Here are examples http://www.fadeeva.com/a75.html Mine aren't so anatomically correct as these... but I'm practicing.

I want another week off....or a nap. Or some Schnapps in my fat free cocoa.

honey-dipped
12-06-2005, 08:58 PM
Hi everyone! Hope you all are having a wonderful day! I'm up bright and early this morning. Can't wait to get a start on my day.... :)

Shad- Yes, my husband is in the military...lol good guess. Btw, what part of Australia are you in? I have lots of good friends from Aus.

Holly- That's wonderful! I lived in Tokyo while I was going to high school. Back then, I remember complaining about there being nothing to do in Tokyo. Boy was I wrong! He's such a lucky guy to be living there. I'd move back there in a heartbeat if I could.

Melody- Thanks for the welcome! I'm not sure how much longer I'll be here. I'm thinking I have at least another year. I bet it is cold in New Jersey. Is it snowing? I have seen snow in about 11 years.

Happy- You just reminded me that I haven't even BOUGHT any Christmas cards. Ahh...I was thinking that Christmas was still a month away!

Linus- hello! Is your sister having a baby?

Meadow
12-06-2005, 11:20 PM
I'm being attacked by shortbread cookies! Save me from my baking :p My kids don't like it, my husband eats one and I eat the rest. I'm putting the remainder in a ziploc and putting them in the freezer before all that is left is crumbs and me in the hospital in a Christmas cookie coma. I have only done 4 miles this week which is bugging me, I wanted to be at least two tapes done by this time in the week so I can lounge while watching the Apprentice (Martha/The Donald) on Wednesday and Thursday nights. I guess I'm going to be sweating at midnight again :yikes:

I am feeling a bit zany and would taint the thread by turning everything around to me, so I'll say no more ;)

:wave:Warm hugs and a hot cup of low calorie cocoa for everybody.

honey-dipped
12-06-2005, 11:25 PM
good luck Meadow! I have a weakness for shortbread cookies :).

happy2bme
12-07-2005, 01:45 AM
Painter, if you do decide to get a gun BEFORE you make that purchase, please take a handgun safety course. You get alot of good information, including all the eye opening info about safe handling - and that means keeping you safe too. The course we took was for defensive use of a firearm. The point is not to kill someone or wound them but simply if it comes to that point, to defend yourself to the point of STOPPING the attacker. It was quite interesting.

Let me say (if I may take a few minutes) that I entered into this gun thing a bit unsure. I am not a violent person (although people who've heard me scream at the idiots on the road may differ with that opinion :bike: ). I don't believe in hunting for sport and if there's a bug in my house, unless it poses an immenent danger, I will generally relocate it outside back to nature if possible. DH had a shotgun many many years ago and I was afraid of it. I don't watch the news much but when I do I am appalled at the brazeness of the criminals now a days. They are no longer content to take your wallet and run, they aim to hurt you too, even if you comply fully. We have lunch and learn classes at work. I attend them whenever I can. Our sheriff's department has a crime prevention program and they give excellent seminars on a variety of topics. One of the things that they were saying is that you have a better than 60 percent chance of getting attacked by TWO or MORE criminals. They are hunting in packs now. Just this summer a family friend stopped at the pharmacy after work to pick up a few things - this was back up in Chicago. It was twilight on a summer night. She made her purchases and was walking back to her car. As she was unlocking the door, she found herself suddenly surrounded by 6 thugs (and I'm not talking Tig's cute grandkids here). They circled around her and pushed her away from her car. They started pushing her from one guy to to the next. They demanded money from her. All she had was about 40 dollars in cash. A few of them unzipped and exposed themselves and one guy pulled out a cell phone. He said he was going to call his leader who would decide if they would just simply gang rape her or whether they'd "finish her off" after they raped her all night long. Talk about freaking out. If you can believe it, there were people in the parking lot and no one made any attempt to help her. This went on for about 10 minutes when they finally settled for the cash she had along with her jewelry. She got back to her car and just collapsed for a few minutes before going back into the store where they called the police. This happened 3 miles from her home. Back in 1976, I was robbed at gunpoint. At 1pm right in front of my office building. The following year I narrowly avoided a second attack, simply because I happened to notice someone lurking in the shadows through my rearview mirror just as I was sliding the car into park. At the time it was 5:30pm on a dark winter's evening and I was sitting in the parking lot of my apartment building.

Thing is, you don't have to be in the "bad" side of town to be in danger. And it doesn't always happen at 3am outside of a bar. When DH brought up the subject of a gun he walked on eggshells as he knows I am not fond of them. I wasn't even sure as I walked into the class this weekend. But the thing that kept me there was my bigger fear that what if God forbid some day I needed to know how to use this and I passed it by. I am trying to be open minded about it.

I learned alot from this class. I surprised myself that I could actual handle a gun and shoot with some level of accuracy. However, don't get me wrong, if you are going to get one, you need to practice, practice, practice because in the event you need to actually use it, it's highly likely the criminal won't be standing stock still 3 feet in front of you with a big red circle on his shirt to guide your aim! You learn that you don't shoot at shadows or noises and that you are responsible for every bullet you shoot, no matter where it lands.

I don't think I will ever carry a concealed weapon. Yet if the gun is in a safe at home it won't do me much good if I get mugged in the parking lot at work. It's a dilemma. We have security guards at work - they are unarmed nice ladies who are much older than me. The most protection they can offer is to call the police after the fact. And average response time for the police is 12 to 30 minutes. Doesn't make one very comfortable. So I don't work late and I'm out of the office before it gets dark. If I need to work extra time on something, I take my laptop home and work from home.

It's a tough decision to make. And it's also pretty scary to realize that while the criminals are getting bolder and nuttier, there's also probably a fair number of people "packing heat" that do not put safety high on their list.

I'd be much happier if we could go back to the time when only the police had guns - but we live in a different world now. Ok, sorry to take up so much time on the soapbox. :o

happy2bme
12-07-2005, 02:15 AM
In other news...
I was supposed to do my Christmas cards tonight but instead picked up the phone and chatted with 2 friends I haven't talked to in almost a year. It was so good to connect again. I must do this more often.

Meadow, put those cookies away and start WATP. That's an order :drill: You have me drooling for shortbread cookies now. :T I will have to settle for dreaming of them.

Honey-Dipped, what do Japanese Christmas cards look like? Shad has shared some of her designs of Santa in swim attire and 'roo's that pull the Santa's carriage or whatever you call it. Please share your designs with us too.

PW - they were talking on the weather channel about the sudden and wide swing of temperatures out your way. Brrrr. Take care and don't be slip sliding away on the sleety patches. We're supposed to get some snow on Thursday too. Everyone tells me that no one knows how to drive in snow here. Heck, half of them can't drive on dry pavement. That sudden right hand turn from the center driving lane will be even more thrilling if the road is slushy. :yikes:
And work your way back up to speed with the chores. A small list, a few accomplishments at a time. You are still healing and getting better.

Mel, Jen's artwork sounds delightful. How cool to set the window up so that you can see the tree through it. No, I don't go to the "rheu-mah-tiz" doc until next week. I have 3 holiday peppermint and 2 regular vanilla Starbucks frappachinos sitting here waiting for you right now. And I make a mean one in the blender with cracked ice. What's your preference?

Shad, I may have spend unplanned time on the phone but I did get all the dishes and pots cleaned up and put away. Cleared the counters while I was chatting and even got a load of laundry done. So I'm passing the tidy baton to you - what did you do with it? I am beside myself with the giggles of you walking the house in just a bra and knickers. Now I truly understand just how hot it is by you. :rofl:

Linus, sent some sleepy dust across the pond so that the wee boy sleeps like me on a Saturday morning :wizard: Maybe then you can catch 10 extra winks yourself.

Ceejay have you considered taking Glucosamine with Condroitin added? It's a supplement, my family practice doc suggested it for the achy joints. If an aspirin or two doesn't help when you're feeling bad, try taking the Glucosamine regularly.

Holly, how did the speech go?

Foo, it's after midnight again. I really have to stop this too late to bed stuff. Nighty night.

Hollyhock
12-07-2005, 10:20 AM
LOL, I am not as flakey as my typing suggests. I went for the massage at 8:30 pm, although I did wear my flannels. Some days the difference between daywear and night wear in that I wear my bra during the day!!

I just has the most enjoyable read thru of everyones chat!!!

-7C/23F here today, beautiful, sunny crisp and clear.

aaaahhhh some peace......................................
I actually ONLY babysat yesterday. It was amazing. I had time to tidy up after the kids and do the dishes. No phonecalls or emails of a pressing nature, no deadlines........
I spoke at the vigil last night.

It was touching and beautifully done. I spoke off the cuff. I figured there was no point in planning until I was there to get a feel for the tone, the content and where I fit into it. I talked about how scary it was to send my 4 year old son off to school,into the big bad world and to experience the compassion and caring of the staff at our school and the peace program and then my part in participating in the workshops and school council and how my/our goal was to raise a generation of young people who will have skills in resolving conflicts and commincation and be able to avoid violence in there lives.
We walked through the downtown with candles. There were over 60 there.
I ended up with a flat tire. Got a ride home with someone else we’ll go back after supper and fix my tire.
I was going to get groceries but didn’t. I have just finished the last speck of coffee. There is no bread and milk.I do have apples and some celery and a freezer full of meat. I will be creative.
3 little guys all day. 4 in school. More puttering and laundry. I am feeling like cleaning out stuff again. My kids are pack rats. I will see what I can toss.
HUGS chickies!!

ceejay52
12-07-2005, 02:53 PM
Don't know what happened but i just lost my post. and I've used up my time limit on the computer. I'll write more when I get home.

Mel--you went to all the trouble to pm me the addresses but forgot to include yours.

Shad
12-07-2005, 06:23 PM
Rush job today. I've blown the abs challenge and the exercise bit. Too hot, too weary, too busy, etc. Those are my excuses and I am sticking with those.

Since I handed in my notice they are coming out of the woodwork with things for me to do - "MUST BE DONE BEFORE YOU GO!!!!" Don't you just love it.
So today will be busy with the pile of work on my desk and it will be done by tommorrow afternoon. Then I can spend the next two weeks fixing the MUST BE DONE stuff.

Okay - now for the interesting stuff:

Mel - I have sent myself a reminder email to get Teels postcode to you tonight. Sorry I forgot it last night - it's hard to remember things when the brain is heat damaged. If you wish some of this heat, start pedalling. I just want it to rain. I have a job interview by phone next Tuesday to work at Roxby Downs. My agent is confident that provided I don't make a complete idiot of myself, I will get the job. It will probably lead to other things so I can't really turn it down if offered. Just means a heap of organisation and reorganisation thats all.

Painter - good to see you back again. Why does it feel egotistical to give a painting for a gift. Personally I would love it because I would feel that you had gone to some lengths to think about who I am, what I like, shapes, colours etc. It's all too easy to go to a shop, pick out something, get it wrapped and give it. Not much effort required there.

Happy & Painter - Hope I wasn't being narky about the gun issue. I just wish it wasn't necessary for you to have to go to these lengths. When we can no longer rely on the law to help us, then there is not much hope for freedom IMHO. It then becomes anarchy. I'm pleased that you have got the responsibility, determination and sense to go for the course. I would never do it, because I would never own a gun. In my experience with weapons (not much but the odd rabbit shoot in my youth) I am more of a liability than an asset. I hear you with the gangs etc. I hear the reasons, I don't have to like 'em.

Happy - I'm with you about the chatting with friends. Nothing better in this world than to pick up the phone and say hello - amongst other things.
I still haven't done my Christmas cards and letters yet. And I have some Japanese Christmas cards to send out. But I'll let Honey-dipped tell you about Christmas in Japan.
And yes I did get some things done. As you know I am better in the mornings, but last night I raced home, got some washing out, cooked my pork steak for dinner and some chicken tenderloins for my rice paper wraps (todays lunch) and boiled some eggs for protein snacks. Then I cleaned up the dishes and the bench tops, raced out and got the washing which was baked to a crisp within about 30 minutes and hung a load of towels out. I then watched Rick Stein floating and cooking his way up the Garonne River in France, made my lunch, folded the washing and started to prepare the Christmas letter. A game of Sudoki on the computer and bed. This morning, I ironed a skirt and 2 pair of trousers and put them away. So I am getting to things, but slowly - its a pain to do all this washing and ruin the lot by dripping sweat all over them.
I thought I was daring doing the watering in bra and knickers, but the lady over the side fence is doing better, I caught a glance of her clad only in the knickers. Not the greatest sight in the world. It's out with the sarongs again for another round I guess.

Honey - I'm in South East Queensland, close to the State capital of Brisbane. I'm about 1/2 way between Brisbane and the Gold Coast but inland somewhat. What happens when you leave the military? Will you still consider living in Japan. You seem to have been there for a long time if you went to High School there. I guess your folks are also military?? I love the country and most of the culture although I think I would find constant Japanese life somewhat confining (not sure that is the right word but it will do). It all seems to depend on getting in with a group and being accepted into that group. My friend copes with it very well and I greatly admire her ability to get on with life there. There is another New Zealander living close by and he is married to a Japanese lady. He doesn't get on so well but then he is a totally different type of person to my friend.

Meadow - stop looking at the cookies and start putting a picture of AB on the front of the treadmill or wherever. That way you can walk to him. I'll bet you go for miles and fast too! GET OUT OF THE COOKIE JAR.

Holly - your place sounds like mine. No milk, no bread, precious little fruit left. I need to do some shopping.
I think your speech sounded fine. Good for you. A pox on all tyres!!!!

Ceejay - poor you, lost posts. They are a pain in the proverbial.

Okay, I better run and do something. I just pointed out that the person I have been training is away for today and tomorrow and it would be better if I went and worked with this other person for these two days so I can concentrate on M when she gets back. Aaaah never thought about that, I'll see what I can do. Organisation???!!!!! - get back in your box.

MELODY525
12-07-2005, 08:03 PM
PAINTER~ I HEAR MACY'S IS HAVING A BEFORE CHRISTMAS SALE SO I WILL SEE IF I CAN BUY YOU SOME STAMINA REALLY CHEAP!!! :carrot: YOU GAVE ME A GIGGLE CAUSE I AM TIRED MYSELF AND WONDERING RIGHT ABOUT NOW HOW I WILL MAKE IT THROUGH TO NEW YEARS! :?:

MEADOW! COOKIE COMA!!! ROFLMAO NO WONDER YOU FEEL ZANY!! YOU'RE ON A SHORTBREAD HIGH!!! MY FAVORITES ARE SHORTBREADS AND COCOA!! SAVE ME SOME TOO! HONEY AND I WILL COME AND VISIT AND HELP YOU GRET RID OF THOSE PESKY COOKIES!

HONEY~ NO SNOW FOR 11 YEARS!! WHAT A SHOCK IT WILL TO GET IT BACK AGAIN!!! LOL :dizzy:
WE'VE HAD A BIT OF SNOW AND SOME MORE SLATED FOR TOMORROW NIGHT. BUT THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING. I'LL SEND SOME YOUR WAY FOR A WHITE HOLIDAY!!

HAPPY~ I LOVE THE NEW MINT STARBUCKS BUT THEY DON'T SELL A LOT OF THEM IN MY AREA. JEN THINKS I NEED TO BE ARMED AND DANGEROUS WHEN I GO OUT IN THE EARLY SUMMER MORNINGS. SINCE ALL THE RAPINGS I HAVEN'T GONE SO EARLY OR AT DUSK EITHER. SAD THE WAY WE HAVE TO CHANGE OUR LIVES FOR THE CROOKS.GOOD LUCK NEXT WEEK WITH HE RHEUMY DOC! ROFLMAO

CEEJAY~ I WILL SEND MY ADDIE RIGHT AWAY! ROFL THOUGHT I ALREADY DID! LOL SOMEONE RECENTLY TOLD ME ABOUT THE SAME PILLS THAT HAPPY IS SUGGESTING....HE SAID HIS KNEES FEEL 100% BETTER NOW THAT HE STARTED TAKING THEM ON A REGULAR BASIS. HOPE THE SHOULDER IS COOPERATING!!!

SHAD~ WOW LADY....YOU ARE WASTYING NO TIME HUH? NO MOSS GROWING ON YOUR ROLLING STONE!!! KEEPING FINGERS AND TOES CROSSED. GOOD LUCK. I WILL COME AND ORGANIZE YOU AND SUNDAY WILL BE GOOD COMPANY FOR ME WHILE YOU ARE AT WORK!!! ROFL

HOLLY~ SO HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT THE SPEECH AND WALK GOING SO WELL. CONGRATULATIONS!!! NICE YOU HAD A LAZY DAY WITH JUST BABYSITTING! ROFLMAO I WOULD RATHER RUN OVER MY OWN TOES!! LOLOLOL

GOD I AM TIRED BUT THE SENIOR CITIZEN TREE IS FULLY DECORATED AND THEY HAD SUCH A GOOD TIME THAT THEY EACH DID A FEW. MANY PEOPLE DIDN'T SHOW TODAY SO WE HAD LEFTOVERS AND THE TREE LOOKED BARE. SO WE ALL SPENT 2 1/2 HRS GLUING AND GLITTERING. HAD FUN AND LAUGHED A LOT. I HAVE TO GO BACK ON JAN 9TH FOR MORE LIVER FUNCTION TESTS(BLOODWORK) ENZYMES OR SOME CRAP IS ELEVATEDA WEE BIT. SHE GAVE ME A REFILL ON MY DRUGS FOR ANOTHER 30 DAYS SO IT CAN'T BE TOO BAD. THE DRUGGIS MADE AN ERROR AND GAVE ME ENOUGH FOR 2 MONTHS! ROFLMAO GOD THING IN CASE IT'S BAD WEATHER RIGHT AFTER NEW YEAR'S THEN I HAVE SOME LEFT. STILL TRYING TO GET THE WHEELCHAIR HOME. WILL HAVE TO CALL AGAIN.....IT'S BEEN OVER A MONTH NOW!!!:o :dizzy: :devil: :mad: WELL KIDS, I GOTTA LIE DOWN AND MAYBE READ A BIT. XMAS CARTOOONS ARE ON EVERY NIGHT AT 7 PM FOR 25 DAYS!!! I AM LOVING IT!! :hug: FOR EVERYONE:hug: . :moped:

Roseblush
12-07-2005, 10:00 PM
Hi friends I see have some catching up to do. I am calling on my friends and sisters here to give a prayer for mom. She fell a the pool and caught herself with her left wrist shattering it into about 20 fractures.... surgery tomorrow afternoon about 4. Give you some good vibes.... you all have such wonderful energy and I would be so grateful. My mom is in very good health otherwise so that is in her favor, she is 78 years young.
I wil check back in later.... Blessings to all of you.
Nae

Tig
12-07-2005, 10:09 PM
I think EVERYONE has gotten into the shortbread cookies that might have been laced with a bit of a nip! Whew.... just reading the posts and I felt the need of a bike ride just to settle my nerves... :rofl: Actually, you folks are the entertaining lot - just a bit hyper sometimes. FLANNEL to go to the massagerperson, Holly? I'd wear silk. Or leather. Or feathers.

Honey ~ so glad you've decided to join us! Welcome, welcome! My DDIL and two lovely grandsons aka the Thugs are in Okinawa. My DS is Military. I'm planning to visit the summer of 2007. I've got the money saved up. Can't wait!

MRI results - perfect spine...no nothing. That's good news. Annoying. But good news. I got to see the perfect spine. Go back in three months unless any more unexplained symptoms like I can't stand up for 20 minutes again. Meanwhile I can still keep on doing whatever I want to because I said so. :dance:

Hello to all and mucho hugs!! :hug: :hug: :hug:

I gotta get ready for bed so I can be really crabby at work tomorrow. Have to stay in rare form. :cheer:

Tig
12-07-2005, 10:12 PM
Nae ~ I just saw your post. I will definitely add a prayer for your Mom, her medical team, her surgery tomorrow, and for healing.

Shad
12-07-2005, 11:32 PM
A note to 'Nae's Mum.

So sorry to hear that you fell and have badly damaged the wrist. I'm sending some warm Aussie sunshine and some good ol' Kiwi caring your way to ease the pain and start the healing.

Nae says you have broken some bones. Well this is a grand excuse to get others to do a few things for you at least until around Christmas. Put the feet up, grab the remote and do your own thing.

Keep the arm still for a while and then get back to gentle exercising with the fingers to keep those muscles in trim.

Wishing you blessings for a speedy recovery and no lasting problems. Have a safe and happy Christmas. Good luck.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/brokearm4.jpg

happy2bme
12-07-2005, 11:59 PM
Mel, Teel and all you smiley junkies - didja see did you see DID YOU SEE!!!!

:gift2: :stardav: :present: :snow4: :snowglo: :snowfight :shocksn: :elf: :snowball1 :coolsnow: :xcheer: :ginger: :snowball: :wreath: :clause: :newyear: :rudolph: :mrsclaus: :tree: :han:

Now I need to go back and catch up on posts.

happy2bme
12-08-2005, 12:47 AM
Nae, so sorry to hear about your Mom. Sending healing prayers and wishes for a speedy recovery out your way. :hug:

Mel, I think you need one of those air horn in a can's in one hand and some pepper spray in the other. Shame that we can't go out in the early morning and enjoy a nice outing, isn't it?

Tig that's good news on the spine. Just what do you do to ensure you get to work crabby enough? :rofl: For me the commute alone will do it. :lol:

Shad, you are never "narky" - I just had something to say and in true fashion, I said it. And you certainly had me beat in the "let's get something done around the house" contest. When you say you can't afford to turn this new job down, is it because eventually it will lead to other things for you? I hope it all works out. I can imagine that some people hear that you are leaving and go :eek: :cry: :fr: Always hard to lose the good ones.

I am bringing a consultant in next week to do some documentation and fix some broken things. There is a bit of a language barrier. And he's in one office and I will be toggling between 2 offices and 2 doctor appointments. This should be fun. NOT. Guess I will earn my Christmas vacation in spades. My "dance card" is filling up with visits with all kinds of friends and family for our upcoming visit. Good thing about moving away is that when you come back to town you really mean it about getting together instead of just doing lip service. I got the nicest letter from my Aunt today. She's my favorite one. We are cut from the same cloth personality wise. I wish she wasn't so leary of travelling - she and my mom would have a grand time visiting here and I'd gladly pay for their train tickets. (She hates cars and won't fly). I'm sure the bus trip is too long for her too.

Geez, I was petting the cat earlier which is stupid, stupid, stupid. Now my chest is tight and I'm all sneezy. Where did I put those allergy pills :?:

Hollyhock
12-08-2005, 10:40 AM
Nae~ adding my prayers and healing thougths


I woke up really sick. Raging sore throat, headache, dizzy, hot and cold flashes. 4 kids here. I managed to get DS on the bus.
Last night, all 4 of us went in hubby’s car with the newly inflated spare tire to put it on my van. We desperately needed groceries. kids wanted to come. I just assumed hubby would go back home. He stayed until we were done so he could follow me home. Sometimes he acts like he might give a sh*t, LOL! Shocking .
There are downsides to being capable and independant. 1) I dont need help with very much. 2) I assume I have to do everything myself. 3) I automatically do everything myself.

I was laughing about the women chatting( in the journals) about hubbies not wrapping Christmas gifts yesterday. My hubby has never bought a gift.... he has still to propose marriage......... It is not the end of the world.
It was -17 C this morning going up to -6( 24F). I feel bad for my guy working outside in this weather.
Last night before bed I felt monumentally fat and incredibly ugly. I am now assuming it was this bug.
There is a lot I want to do but today will involve laying on the couch and feeding kids. Best go do that now.
HUGS!

ceejay52
12-08-2005, 03:03 PM
Nae-- Prayers will be sent for your mom. Hope she does well in the surgery.

Tig--glad the MRI went well. Sometimes our symptoms make no sense at all.

Holly-- Hope your sore throat gets better soon.

Happy--Will pm you in a bit with address. Were you disappointed that we didn't get any of the white stuff. I was.

Mel--Glad the seniors were excited about putting up the tree.

Hello- to Honey, Linus and Teel.

I'm going to try and stay on the food pyramid plan today. According to this I've been eating way to much red meat. We live and learn. I have my lunch cooking and now eaten.

Time to run some errands.

Shad
12-08-2005, 05:57 PM
Last night we had the biggest scariest thunderstorm yet. I feel like a pincushion from the cat's claws. But it has at least cooled down the place somewhat and a better sleep was had by all (including the cat). I left work early, did the weekly shop. Didn't buy much except fruit and veg and the odd bit of meat. The sky went green and black and the thunder starting rumbling and the lightning started to flash, so I hightailed it out of there and got home just in time to get saturated in the downpour. And most of the walkway is covered from the carport to the verandah!!!! Then it was continuous booms and flashes. We lost power intermittently and I finally just turned everything off and we sat in the dark accompanied by booms and flashes and squeals from the mother as the cat dug claws into me.

I left work early on account of the fact that they had gone out to lunch to farewell a colleague consultant. And they didn't come back. What am I supposed to do?? Well can't say just now. Just hang around they will be back soon (or later as the case maybe) I left at 3.10 and they still weren't back. So here I am back at the office ready and waiting to try again. Geez you don't have to come from a different country to have a language barrier around here.

Ceejay - hope you have an on plan day today. Too much red meat is not good for anyone. I guess these days I eat it about once or twice a month. Sometimes lamb, sometimes beef.

Holly - hope you feel better soon. Lemon juice drinks and panadol. Does it for me.

Happy - I can't turn down this job (if I get it) for just those reasons. I turned this company down once before and the person who got the job travelled the world for nearly a year - from the frozen wastes of Canada's oil joints to the diamond mines of Africa. So be it. She didn't have to work for a year after that. She did but she said she could pick and chose the jobs she wanted.

Nae - let us know how the Mom gets on. We will be awaiting results.

Tig - Glad to hear the spine is okay. That must be a relief off your mind.

Now - I have all personnel lined up and ready to go. I'd better go and do what I have to do before they get away again.

I'll be back to check on the others I haven't mentioned shortly.

linus
12-08-2005, 07:05 PM
TIG did you promise the mailman your first born?????? i got my lovely xmas card this morning :carrot: :love: :angel: :hb: :bravo: happy mel and i demand to know how you managed it in just three days :censored: :censored: :faint: :wizard:
NAE hope mums okay and had passed saifly through surgery send her my love
well im now the proud aunt of a neice finally after 7 nephews ,my mother now has 8 grandsons and 1 grand daughter she bounced into the world at 2.15am wednesday morning and she weighed 6lb 14 and is called georgina,louise,abigail,catherine
:love: :love: :love: :love: such a big name for such a wee lassie but myself and her other aunties are calling her georgie
this house is chaos my hubbys being a pig and my craig has ahd a wee bit of bother with the law ,i have done virtually no xmas shopping ,and my dogs desperatly need baths but hey i have only one pair of hands and at the moment christopher is always in them :mad: :mad: :( :( :( :( :( :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: as you can probably tell im on a major pity trip so just ignore me :dizzy: right im off to do some ironing or conners going to school in his jammies lol and its minus 4 here
SHAD did you get TEELS postcode as i have it if you need it
bye for now ladies and the xmas cards are on there way
kirsty

linus
12-08-2005, 07:06 PM
oh there are no pics in the cards as hubby and i aent talking and he has

MELODY525
12-08-2005, 08:03 PM
:tree: :han: :mrsclaus: :candy: :newyear: :rudolph: :clause: :clause: :wreath: :santa: :ginger: :xcheer: :coolsnow: :snowball1 :elf: :dreidel: :shocksn: :snowfight :hohoho: :stardav: :gift2: :present:
WOW!!! I HOPE I GOT THEM ALL! THANKS HAPPY FOR SHOWING ME!!! GOTTA LOVE ALL THESE FESTIVE HOLIDAY SMILEYS!!


NAE~ I AM SO SORRY I DIDN'T SEE THIS POST TILL RIGHT NOW. PRAYING AND SENDING ALL MY BEST VIBES FOR A SPEEDY AND COMPLETE RECOVERY FOR DEAR MOM. SENDING KISSES AND HUGS ALSO AND LOTS OF LOVE. I ALSO SEND HUGS FOR YOU AND THE FAMILY WHO I AM SURE ARE WORRIED. DON'T FRET....I BET MOM IS STRONG AND WILL BE BACK TO HER OLD SELF SOON. JUST HANG IN THERE AND GIVE HER TIME TO GET HER PROPER FOOTING AGAIN:hug:

SHAD~ THANKS FOR THE ADDIE AGAIN AND I SENT IT TO CEEJAY ALSO. THEY WILL MISS YOU AT WORK WHEN YOU ARE GONE...OF THIS I AM SURE. MAYBE I SHOULD WATCH THE WANT AD SECTION FOR A JOB CLOSER TO ME!!! ROFLMAO I COULD TEACH YOU HOW TO LIVE NEAR NYC AND RUN AROUND LIKE A HEADLESS CHICKEN LIKE WE DO!! :rofl: HOPE THE END OF THIS JOB IS ON A HAPPY NOTE AND YOU GET THE KUDOS YOU DESERVE.:carrot:

CEEJAY~ SENT THE ADDIE CHANGE FOR TEEL. SORRY THE NUMBERS WERE SCREWED UP. ROFL I TOO WAS EATING TOO MUCH RED MEAT AND HAVE BEEN CUT BACK FOR ABOUT 2 1/2 YEARS NOW. THE ONLY PROBLEM IS THERE SEEM TO BE FEATHERS GROWING OUT FROM UNDERNEATH MY ARMPITS!! :lol3: :lol3:

HAPPY~ SO NICE TO HAVE GOOD RELATIVES AND MAYBE THE AUNT WILL TAKE YOU UP ON THE OFFER ONE DAY SOON. BET YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE HOLIDAYS WITH GUSTO!!! I HAVE MY CARDS ADDRESSED BUT THEY WON'T GO OUT TILL NEXT WEEK. THE BUS WAS IN THE SHOP TODAY AND THE STORM WILL BE TOMORROW!!! ROFLMAO MAYBE THEY WILL GET TO EVERYONE BEFORE NEW YEARS! :lol3:

TIG~ YOU EARLYBIRD YOU!!! TEEL ALREADY GOT HERS!! I AM VERY IMPRESSED WITH YOUR ORGANIZATION!!! I AM ALSO THRILLED WITH YOUR GOOD SPINE AND THE TEST RESULTS!!! LET US PRAY THAT YOU NEVER GO THROUGH THOSE 20 MINUTES AGAIN!! SENDING YOU ALL GOOD THOUGHTS AND VIBES!!! :hug:

HOLLY~ HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON. CAN'T BE PASSING THIS AROUND ALL OVER THE HOUSE WHILE THE HOLIDAYS ARE UPON US!

TEEL~ ACROSS THE BIG POND IS ANOTHER GORGEOUS BABY.....:bb: AND A GIRL TO BOOT!!! MAYBE SHE WILL JOIN US ONE DAY.....JUST TO SAY HELLO TO ALL THE OTHER AUNTIES!!! ROFL HOPE YOU AND HOLLY ARE DOING WELL IN ALL THIS WINTER TEMPS AND WEATHER!!!

WELL CHICKIES I HAVE VERY GOOD NEWS. TODAY THEY NOT ONLY DELIVERED CHAIR #2 BUT THE OLDES CHAIR #1 AND THEY ACTUALLY FIXED IT TOO! THEY ACQUIRED A NEW WHEEL AND HUB FROM SOMEONE IN NYC WHO WAS STILL HOLDING ON TO OLD PARTS. I AM THRILLED TO BITS OF COURSE CAUSE THIS MEANS I WILL HAVE 4 WOORKING WHEELCHAIRS AND WHEN ONE BREAKS DOWN I WILL NOT BE STRANDED OR DEPEND ON ANYONE ELSE. NOW IF I CAN JUST KEEP THEM FROM BREAKING DOWN AT THE SAME TIME!! :rofl: I HAVE MY MEDS, MY CHIARS AND NEW APOINTMENTS, GOT A BONUS FOR EXTRA WORK TODAY, HAVE A XMAS BONUS COMING AND ALSO MY RETRO RAISE!:carrot: SO ALL IS WELL WITH THE WORLD!! IT'S NOT A LOT OF $$$ BUT IT'S A LOT OF $$$ TO ME AND JEN. IT MEANS CATCHING UP A BIT TOO SO I AM HAPPY :dance: :bubbles: I CAN ACTUALLY FEEL SOMEONE WATCHING OVER ME AND HOP-E IT DOESN'T SOUND CRAZY BUT I HAVE BEEN FEELING IT FOR ABOUT A WEEK NOW AND ALL OF A SUDDEN ALL THESE WONDERFULO THINGS HAVE HAPPENED. I FEEL SO BLESSED AGAIN AND ALIVE. HAVEN'T FELT LIKE THIS SINCE MAY. (SIGH) FEELS VERY GOOD TO BE THIS HAPPY!
I HAD BEST CLOSE. TOMORROW'S STORM THREATENS TO LEAVE ME ALONE WITHOUT ANY OFFICE STAFF AND VERY LITTLE MAINTENANCE. ONE IS ON VACATION. SO I WILL REST UP AND GO TO BED EARLY SO I CAN TAKE ON THE DAY BY STORM....NO PUN INTENDED!!! LOL
TAKE CARE MY CHICKIE FRIENDS AND HELLO TO LINUS, MEADOW, HONEY AND EVERYONE ELSE! :moped:

linus~ i almost forgot....dfon't worry about the pics. wer can see some later on the pc or whatever. :hug:

Shad
12-09-2005, 04:55 AM
Last nights doozy storm cleared the air for a while, but the heat is slowly creeping back. We apparently had 6" of rain last night. Damage to some homes up the road from me. Lots of trees down, power outages and car accidents. 2 dead, 1 badly injured. And some who would be dead by their own stupid actions if their neighbours hadn't saved them from themselves. How stupid can we get? There were breaks in power lines all over the place. One idiot (there isn't a better word) decided to go out and 'shift the sparking power line' because it was TOO CLOSE TO HIS CAR!! Hello??? Is it me or are we getting stupider??? The one in critical condition had climbed onto his roof to see if the storm was abating - he got struck by lightning which went in through his chest and out through the back by the kidneys. Am I strange or something? What is wrong with looking out the window???? Maybe I just don't get life these days. :soap: End of rant.

Mel - I think it is very lucky that they don't have the restrictions on how many smilies one can put on the post these days. You have used them all with gay abandon. Our poor thread would be overloaded if Teel were here and posting.

Linus - it doesn't seem that life is getting any more relaxing for you. Craig playing up, DH got the snits, CJ not settling. What's Connor up to? Not to worry about photos - we will get to see them when you get them from his computer to yours - or you can send me the online ones and I can distribute them if you wish. For heavens sake girl, get some downtime even if you have the baby with you. Let the DH deal with the police and Craig. You've done enough.


Nae - how is one of our Mother's arm? We're sharing mothers now too. I'm sure that there will be enough to go round and round and round.

Honey dippped - are you still there???

Okay, time to do the flylady thing. Two bedrooms and the dishes before 7.30 and it is now 6.55pm. Gotta fly.

Oh nearly forgot. Christmas Lights around the city.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/lights2005.jpg

We've had the odd problems with storms - knocked out whole suburbs displays. The people of the city have been donating bulbs to the owners to put the displays back on. One place lost 60000 Christmas lights in one night. Mother Nature sure is peeved off with us lot! :ginger:

Ruthxxx
12-09-2005, 07:37 AM
Morning, Shad. Thanks for sharing the light display! Big hugs.

MELODY525
12-09-2005, 09:10 AM
:tree: :han: :mrsclaus: :candy: :newyear: :clause: :wreath: :santa: :snowball: :xcheer: :ginger: :stardav: :gift2: :present: :snow4: :hohoho: :snowglo: :shocksn: :snowfight :elf: :dreidel: :coolsnow: :snowball1 :xcheer: :ginger:

I LOVE COMIC SANS FONTS! CAN YOU TELL! ROFLMAO
WELL GIRLS IT IS A WINTRY WONDERLAND OUTSIDE AND I AM WARM AND COZY INSIDE WITH MY LITTLE TREE LIT AND HARRY POTTER ON THE TV. EVEN GOT THE WARM MAND FUZZY FEELING INSIDE ME! LOL THANK GOD JOHN GOT INTO WORK TODAY AND WILL TAKE CHARGE OF THE SNOW REMOVAL. NOT TOO MUCH AS YET AND IT MIGHT NOT BE THE BIG DOWNFALL THEY EXPECTED LAST WEEK. SO ALL IS WELL IN MY CORNER OF THE WORLD.

SHAD~ WOW WHAT A$$HOLES!!! SOME PEOPLE JUST DON'T THINK.....AND GOD KNOWS THEY SEE IT AND HEAR IT ON THE TV.....WHY THEY STILL INSIST ON DOING STUPID THINGS WILL REMAIN A MYSTERY I FEAR. HOPE YOU DON'T MELT AWAY OVER THERE!!! WE COULD USE YOUR HEAT....IT WOULD BE A GREAT DEICER!!:snowball: :snowball1 :coolsnow: STAY COOL MY FRIEND AND TRY NOT TO SMACK TOO MANY PEOPLE ALONG SIDE THEIR STUPID NON-FUNCTIONING HEADS!! :clause: :santa: :ginger:

:elf: MISS RUTH IT IS ALWAYS GOOD TO SEE YOU. YOU ARE SPOILING ME!! :wreath: :xcheer: :clause: :santa:
HOPE THE LEG IS COMING ALONG!! I WILL GIVE YOU A LIFT OR LEND YOU ONE OF MY CHAIRS....THEY ARE AT PRESENT ALL WORKING!!! LOL

GOTTA GO GET MY MAIL AND EAT BREAKFAST....TOOK THE FOSAMAX SO I AM WAITING THE NECESSARY 1/2 HOUR. TAKE CARE FRIENDS AND BE CAREFUL IN THE STORMY WINTER WHETHER IT BE HOT OR COLD!! :moped:

happy2bme
12-09-2005, 09:10 AM
Yikes Shad, 6 inches of rain! That's pretty scary. Enough to cause white cap rapids of water if you happen to be living on the down side of an incline. Glad to hear you made it ok. Did the water tank fill up?

It's just really, really cold here. 19 degrees. Cripes I may have to actually get my winter coat out of the closet ::shocksn: But it's suppose to warm up a bit by the weekend.

Pretty lights that you have posted. I don't think I'm going to bother with outside lights this year. Won't be using them long enough. And I really need to get my act together with shopping and cards. Guess what I'll be doing all weekend?

Ceejay, I know what you mean about the snow. I was sort of hoping to see a bit of it myself. Just a bit for a while and then it can melt! :lol:

Linus, it's amazing that you don't lose your mind. Surely there's an end in sight to all you stress. :crossed:

Mel, stay warm and spend those extra dollars well! May the angels keep their watch over you...

Hellos to the rest of the chicks... including the drive by Miss Ruth!

Hollyhock
12-09-2005, 09:58 AM
Good Morning ladies!!!!
Mel~ it is nice to hear you so much like your happy go lucky self. Ride this wave!!!!!!! I am waiting on the Christmas carols!!!!!!

Shad~lots of excitment in your part of the world. Hope the job transition goes well.

Happy~ HI!

Linus~ all I can say is, been there. My hubby was a knob when my babies were new. Nothing like kicking a sleep deprived new mom when she is down. I have yet to figure what goes on in their heads. Empathitic, supportive vibes coming across the ocean!!

Warm winter hugs to everyone. Well, cool breezy hugs for Shad.


My sore throat turned into a wicked tummy virus. By 10am I was hurling.
Between hurls I called parents to get their kids. DD went on a playdate and I spent the day hugging the toilet or sleeping. Today I woke up feeling fine.
Lots of snow over night but busses are running. Just 2 toddlers this morning. My Avon is supposed to be in.
I really need to clean the upstairs. It is depressing me.
DH ran the dishwasher and washed all the pots but 1. LOL! Wouldn’t want to do a complete job.
DS has hockey tonight and DD has her gymnastics recital. I have the market in the morning and then a Sam’s club run.
DS has more hockey on Sat and then my boys are going to a pro game Sunday night. My Christmas gift to them.
Gonna take it easy-ish today.

ceejay52
12-09-2005, 11:21 AM
Brrrrr it’s cold outside.

The pay check has arrived but I’m waiting until early afternoon to deposit it. It’s 15 degrees outside this morning.

I ventured out yesterday to run errands. The roads here were clear but the tree’s had ice on them. It was a pretty sight to behold. We had freezing rain.

I’ve decided that it is to cold for me to get out on the road by myself to travel to Paragould today. The high is suppose to be 33 degrees. Tomorrow it will be warmer a high of 42. The wind chill tonight is predicted to be 5 to 10 degrees. The land lord would be upset if I left the and pipes freeze.

I’ve addressed Christmas cards.

For the rest of the holiday season I will not be obsessing about food. For the past 3 years my weight has fluctuated between 189-180 pounds I’m either not trying hard enough or my body has settled at this weight. I will be continue to watch the intake of fats etc because of the triglycerides, cholesterol and blood sugar level problems. However, they were in good range on last doctor’s visit. My plan to do this is to eat from the new food pyramid and add more fiber.

It’s time to fix breakfast and call my uncle.

Shad--Kind of sounds like you had tornado. The light show is awesome.

There is miss Ruth again. Nice to see you.

Holly--Glad you are feeling better this morning. Do you have strep throat?

Nae-- How is your mother?

Hello to Mel, Meadow, and Honey.:wave:

Meadow
12-09-2005, 01:15 PM
Good morning/afternoon/day/night everybody :D I have 10miles under my belt so far this week:carrot: and frozen shortbread cookies last longer:p so certain people only eat three a day instead of eight. Progress of a sort:dizzy: at least I persevered with the exercise and didn't just say "maybe next week" I intend to do another 4miles before Sunday, wouldn't want to do less than last week, that would be slacking;)

Holly-:hug: projectile vomiting, how awful for you. Are you getting enough to drink, you will dehydrate and get dizzy if you aren't careful. Eat some oranges, the mandarins are extra sweet this year.

Mel-Wow, Jen's window art sounds very eye catching. What a great idea to frame the tree within the design, isn't she a clever one? So where are you storing all these wheels you have now? certainly spoiled now aren't you? Such a great feeling I'll bet, lifts those worries right out of you. What song shall we sing today? Have yourself a merry little Christmas, let your heart be light and may all you troubles be out of sight... come on help me here, I'm struggling for the structure of the lines, merry muddles:^: :candy: :coffee2:

Shad-yikes a doodles! People playing with live power lines and dancing on the roofs during lightening storms and becoming human glow bulbs:hot: :yikes: that is just insane! Gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. Of course I adore a good thunder and lightening storm myself but I would be lounging back from the window and taking in the view not out in the midst of it taunting mother nature :chin: Glad you didn't have any major floods and the roof stayed on. Best of luck with your phone interview, I'm sure you will impress and delight them. I think Christmas lights are beautiful, I saw an entire program about a street in Edmonton where the entire neighbourhood tries to top each other every year and collects stuff for the food bank. It was great :D

Ceejay-bracing for the cold excursion to the bank, watch out for those falling frozen branches, good call on waiting until it is warmer. I've seen those ice storms on the tv and it looks very dangerous.

Linus-good gravy, I'm getting on a plane and coming over there:devil: I sentence the men/boys in your family to sensitivity training and insist that you get a babysitter and go to the hairdresser for a new cut and style to recharge your batteries :judge: :tired: :yes: You are a new mother for pete's sake, you should be getting applause, flowers, dinner made for you :encore: Get out of that house! :cheer: Go Linus, Go! Take care.

Happy-need to get some of that squirt hand stuff to stop the cat dander mischief. Antibacterial, you don't have to wash it off or wear gloves, but then the kitty might think you are a cat toy :p Good luck with the gang at work, you sound very busy.

Rose-I float good energy and healing vibes to your/our mom ;) I hope she is getting lots of happy faces and signatures on her cast :D Bet she will be enjoying some extra attention this holiday season as everyone/everywhere asks what happened :gossip:

Tig-so what are they going to test next? Good that the MRI showed nothing:carrot: So Florida has the fastest mail service in the world, they should advertise that :cool: Maybe you should email the postmaster and compliment them on their quick and efficient service. I've heard the mail folk have issues and could use some encouragement:devil:

Honey-dipped-yes, shortbread cookies are tasty and delicious and like the sirens call to me from the freezer. Shameful willpower but I'm a food addict and I have issues :p :crazy: If celery gave me the same mouth feel I might, nah, psychologically I know, it is the calorie laden that has the power to make me munch :lol3: Good to have you with us :D

Teel-HELLO! Have a wonderful Christmas! How are you feeling? Getting some good sleep in?

Ruth-how kind of you to stop by. How are you? What mischief are you plotting? I hope you take some time this season to tour your neighbourhood and look at the Christmas lights. We have been doing it every week since the end of November to check out who is putting up what. Lots of cut out snowpeople and reindeer around here :D

Shad
12-09-2005, 03:35 PM
Morning all,

Well after a basically sleepless night, it's just coming up to dawn and the sky is beautifully pastel hued. For once it is fairly cool and shortly I am about to take my frustrations out on the garden weeds.

Why am I frustrated and sleepless in Logan? Well DB2 decided last night was another good time to dump his woes on my doorstep. Yep, appeared around 7.30pm and told me of his latest attack of the wobblies and his dire financial situation - guess that is my Christmas gift from him!!!! I feel sorry for him but quite frankly he now needs more professional help than I can give and he refuses to get it. Apparently it is not macho to be depressed (but I'm not depressed! Huh, wot!) Arrrrgh, thanks bro.

Sorry about that rant, we are all starting to just come into the spirit here and whammo, Shad busts the mood.

Ruth - great to see you in the thread and posting occasionally. I try to read the Beach daily thread to see whats going on in your world. Somedays I get there, somedays I don't. Had to laugh at the dogs getting into the Choc. Sounds like Shad the dog is guiding from above. He was a good chocolate eater - no wonder he had few teeth left. BTW how is the DK?

Mel - the older I get (and I am getting there by the minute) the less tolerant I am of the stupidity of man or humanity should I say. I mean to say, can any of you see the sense in spending 15 minutes of your time destroying the creative Christmas lights neighbourly people put up and light from the goodness of their hearts and in the spirit of Christmas. It's a fun thing to do, it costs them lots of money, for some it takes a load of their valuable time and it brings joy to the old folk who go on bus tours to see the various surburban and city displays and gets people out and about from all walks of life and heaven forbid, forgetting their differences and talking to each other. The majority of people who put on displays are normal everyday average suburban householders. They are not rich or even in well paid jobs. They do it in the spirit of the season. There is a competition run by the Councils for the 'best street displays', ' best house' etc. etc. Then some of these low lifes come around and smash up the display and destroy the equipment. Mother Nature is doing a good enough job of belting us about without the idiots. Okay Shad :soap: time is over. :soap: :soap: Shut up, get over it. :soap: Stand for council and law and order if you want to do something about it and stop harassing the worldly chicks. :soap:

Happy, my water tank is full and overflowing. The rain all came down within minutes and the guttering simply couldn't handle the volume. It was like Niagara Falls all around the house and there where water spouts coming from the downpipes. Actually it was like looking out through a curtain of water for some of the time. And if I don't get my cards away this coming week, they will never get to where they are going either. Fortunately most of them go out in e-mails these days. However there are still a few that get posted. I was finishing up the Christmas letter last night when the DB arrived. That put paid to any spontaneous joy coming into the letter.

Holly - glad to hear you are over the bug. Did you compliment the DH on doing the pots and dishes! Nice gesture, deserves a hug and nice words. Often sugar is better than harsh words.

Ceejay, you must be the best tenant in town worrying about the landlords pipes instead of going away and enjoying life! I always remember when I was renting in Townsville, we had a cyclone and the windows leaked. There was a lot of water all around the house. I rang the landlord and told him that apart from the water there was no damage to the house. He was so surprised to hear from me. Apparently none of his other tenants ever got in touch to tell him how the house was or how the rental agency was treating his property. But I don't think I would have stayed at home just to keep the pipes safe.

Hiya Meadow - geez you have put some miles on the clock this week. Well done. And well done on the freezing of the cookie monster as well. Isn't it such a shame that most of the good things of life are likely to settle around the hips. Just not fair.

Okay, so the day is dawning beautifully bright and clear. I reckon it would be good to get off the butt now and get it started. Weeds and fertiliser here I come. Catch you all later.

happy2bme
12-10-2005, 01:11 AM
'Evening chickies,

I kind of forgot it was Friday night and then I realized with total joy and delight- I DON'T have to go to work tomorrow :dance: :dance: of course it's going to be a terrible, horrible, really really hard week next week but I'll worry about that on Monday. Cards will get done tomorrow. Really they will.

I checked out a gym tonight after dinner. It's new and pretty close to my house. Do you have early morning and late evening classes I asked? You know to accomodate those who have a job during the day? Oh of course. One spin class at 5:15am - the only "spinning" this girl does is twirling on the floor if they play a really cool song on a TV commercial. There's some yoga classes at 6 I might take but nothing else. No water aerobics until 8am. What's with that? And they have a beautiful outdoor pool. I asked if there are separate times for adult swim - good question my tour guide said :chin: guess I just :dunno: Don't get me wrong, I like kids but at those rates I'm paying to come and work out, not dodge the little buggers whose moms are not paying attention to them. And I'm not too keen on swimming in the kids pool - leakage problems, you know? Guess the adults use the indoor lap pool and that's that. Interesting that they can't come into the gym unless they are 18 but are free to get in the pool. Ok, I'll let it go. They do have personal trainers and nutritionists. But some tiny voice in my head said this isn't the club for me. I'm mostly looking at a place right now for a pool and this place would be easy to drive to, even with my desire not to drive when it's dark outside. DH said he would drive me but I don't think he REALLY wants to crawl out of bed at 5am. DH said he's not really interested in a health club right now himself - he just started school again so I'd pretty much be on my own. I don't know, have to give it some additional thought.

Shad, I hope you will be supportive to DB but not get yourself tangled up in solving his problems for him. He's still got some mileage left on the last "give your old brother a ride" ticket from a while back. I know it's hard to turn away a sibling, do what's right for both of you. Tell him you'd love to help except that you have some needy friends in the states who are just chomping at the bit to see your smiling face again :D :D :D :D Sounds like you're going to have a lovely day to give the garden the once over. Make the most of it! Perhaps you should build a boat ramp for the next heavy rains and invest in an inflatable raft!

Meadow, I'm afraid that antibacterial hand wash won't do squat for the power of a cat's dander :lol: but thanks for the suggestion. Next week I want to hear that you've got at least 12 miles under your belt, ok? And I challenge you to skip a day on the cookies - only because I can't have them either :^:

Argh Ceejay - you got the sleet after all? We didn't thank goodness. Be careful out there. It's supposed to be 15 tonight here too. I think the new "trend" in diets is the non-diet. Like your food pyramid. My doctor gave me a simple diet, DH went to the doc today who did the same. No gimmicks just cut the fats and sugars, watch the carbs, control your portions. Don't deny but know the difference between what you can eat Occasionally and what definitely doesn't mean each and every day.

I had grilled tilapia (fish) with steamed veggies and a bit of a ceasar salad that was too heavy on the garlic dressing. Had a slice of brown bread - it was really good but I stopped at one small slice. And I was quite satisfied with my meal and brought 1/2 home for lunch tomorrow. Of course now I'm sitting here and would love to nibble on something but thank goodness nothing is here but DH's too sweet pineapple upside down cake. I really don't think I can trust myself with Christmas cookies so will have to find a use for all this flour and sugar I have laying around here.

Holly, so your husband waited around to make sure your car was ok and then ran the dishwasher and did the pots? Perhaps if you said thank you instead of calling him a knob or making noise because he left one pot and he might surprise you and do it again. And yes, I know that no one ever thanks us for all we do. You can grow cobwebs waiting so I stopped expecting it long ago.

Mel, I hope the snow stayed away and that you got all snuggly with Harry Potter today. Stay warm and take care of yourself. Tell them the clanger must have frozen and you didn't hear if they try and call you on the telephone to suck you into the web of work :lol:

Did you know there's a picture of Miss Ruth on the home page of the website here? You have to scroll down to the bottom and read an article but it's nice to put faces to names. Ruth looks just as warm and inviting as I pictured her.

Linus, how delightful that there's a little girl in the family now. You're right. Long name for such a little baby. Hope all is well with the sister. Sounds like you and she need a get away weekend. I will accept not getting pictures as long as we see some updates eventually. But don't rush, before he's old enough to snap his own pic would be good :lol:

Nae, give us an update on your mom if you have a few minutes.

Where's Teel run off to? Is she off with Honey Dipped? Did they gang up with Painterwoman? Has Tig taken them all for jogging lessons? :dancer:

It's quite cold outside. I have a nice, very soft, very warm blanket to snuggle up in and I don't have to get up EARLY tomorrow. Life is grand. Give me a call if you want to do my cards and shopping, I will reward you handsomely. ;)

Hollyhock
12-10-2005, 08:58 AM
I am very kind and gracious to my husband. ALWAYS. I was joking about the pot. I thought it was hilarious.
I can honestly say in ten years not a single person in this household had ever thanked me for doing the dishes 3 times a day or scrubbing toilets or meeting all of their daily needs without them ever having to ask.
I do get lots of hugs and lovin from the kids.
My husband is no walk in the park but I love him deeply.
I wonder if any of you had to deal the major heartache he put me through in the early years and his emotional/physical/and psychological distance while he went through a major depression/life crisis for a few years if you would be so quick with the advice.
Venting here a bit helps is all.

humming stand by your man.............

MELODY525
12-10-2005, 10:29 AM
THIS WILL BE A QUICKY POST AS I AM EAGER TO GET THE WEEKEND STARTED AND OVERSLEPT!! MUST HAVE NEEDED IT I GUESS. I MYSELF HAVE NO COMPLAINTS THIS MORNING BUT ALAS THE DAY IS YOUNG! :rofl:
THE DILEMMA AT WORK WAS RESOLVED AND THE POOR MAN INVOLVED IS DELIRIOUSLY HAPPY AND CALLED ME LAST NIGHT KNOWING I WAS WORRIED FOR HIM. SO MAYBE THAT IS WHY I SLEPT SO WELL!

HAPPY~ I'LL TRY AND SEND YOU A DAYS WORTHJ OF SNOW TO SET YOUR SCENE FOR THE HOLIDAY! THANKS FOR THE GOOD THOUGHT....I HAVE OFTEN WONDERED HOW MANY ANGELS IT TAKES TO KEEP ME SAFE! LOL YOU CAN COOK SOME FISHIES FOR ME TOO NEXT TIME!!! GOOD LUCK WITH THE POOL HUNT! I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN ABOUT SWIMMING WITH KIDS AND ERRANT PARENTS! YIKES!!

SHAD~ GOD AND WE WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT DB2!!! NEXT TIME SLAP ME WHEN I ASK!!! :rofl: I AGREE WITH YOU 100% AND YOU HAVE BEEN THE BEST SISTER TO HIM AND MUCH MORE THAN HE EVEN DESERVED. :hug:
HOPE YOU HAVE GOTTEN RID OF YOUR MOOD OUT IN THE GARDEN AND ARE IN DREAMLAND NOW. YOU CAN RANT ANYTIME YOU WANT TO....AND YOU ARE NOT DOUSING ANYONE'S MOOD!! SO DON'T EVEN THINK THAT. SENDING YOU A BIG :hug:

CEEJAY~ WHAT??? NO PARAGOULD???(sniff, sniff) HOPE IT WARMS UP A BIT IN YOUR AREA. I HAVE BEEN WATCHING THOSE DREADFUL TEMPS DIP FOR DAYS NOW ON THE WEATHER CHANNEL. YIKES!! WE ARE IN THE 30'S-40'S STILL AND OUR SNOW WON'T LAST. JUST MELT AND MAKE ICY ROADS AT NIGHT!! NO RIDES FOR ME EITHER!!! (sob, sob) STAY WARM!!

MEADOW MY EXERCISING FOOL!!! GREAT 10 MILES OF SWEATING!! WOW!!! I AM IMPRESSED TO SAY THE LEAST.
I THOUGHT OF YOU WITH THE COOKIES LAST NIGHT....I WAS EATING STELLA DORO'S ASSORTED KIND WITH THE KIDS!! LOL I AM INDEED VERY HAPPY AND WILL USE THE FEELING WISELY!!
Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Let your heart be light
From now on,
our troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Make the Yule-tide gay,
From now on,
our troubles will be miles away.

Here we are as in olden days,
Happy golden days of yore.
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more.

Through the years
We all will be together,
If the Fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.
And have yourself A merry little Christmas now.
a little song for you and the gals to get the mood going for the weekend and the soon to come festivities!

HOLLY~ WHEN YOU AIR YOUR FEELINGS OUT IN PUBLIC YOU CAN EXPECT ANY KIND OF ADVICE. WE HAVE ALL HAD OUR SHARE OF DIFFICULTIES AND ALL DON'T SPEAK OF THEM HERE OR IN THE JOURNALS BECAUSE OF THAT. I MYSELF DECIDED A LONG TIME AGO THAT IT WASN'T GOOD FOR ME. YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE THAT DECISION YOURSELF AND WHAT IS GOOD FOR YOU. I'VE SEEN MANY WOMEN DECIDE THAT HUSBAND/WIFE STUFF IS SOMETIMES BETTER LEFT UNSAID ON AN OPEN AIRWAVE. OF COURSE WE WILL COMMENT. WE ARE ALL HERE FOR SUPPORT AND WE THOUGHT YOU WANTED IT....MAYBE I SHOULD CHANGE THAT TO "I" AND NOT SPEAK FOR ANYONE ELSE.
ANYWAY......GLAD YOU ARE FEELING BETTER AND HOPE THE AVON ORDERS COME IN AND GO OUT WITH EASE. LOTS OF FESTIVITIES AND HAPPINESS DELIVERING ALL THE XMASSY THINGS I AM SURE. I AM GOING TO DECK THE HALLS IN REAL LIFE WHILE SINGING THE TUNE ALSO! ROFLMAO

WELL CHICKIES I HAVE SPENT TOO MUCH TIME HERE ALREADY PLAYING CHATTY CATHY!!:moped:

ceejay52
12-10-2005, 11:24 AM
Mel--Yeah Christmas music. I'm going to Paragould today. It's nice and sunny outside and not as cold.

I’ve been up for an hour and have vaccumed the bedroom and living room floors. My how dirty they have gotten! Now to finish the kitchen.

I need to put a load of laundry in to wash and get ready to go to my uncles. My aunt wants me to come by noon to go hit some sales.

I’ve just about decided not to go to Kentucky since the weather has been so unpredictable this December. I hate to be 7 hours away and trapped by some bad weather. I’ll plan another trip there in the spring, May or June. Yes I realize that Eli will be almost three by then.

No time for comments will do that Sunday afternoon.

Sometime back I mention that I was going to take a financial hardship. Yesterday as I was about to call Prudential the phone rang. It was a financial group that could lower my interest rates. I'm trying that for a while especially if I can get the 15.99 interest rate down to 5.99. This is my highest credit card. I was skeptical cause there was a fee, but decided to go with it.

The clock seems to be ticking to fast this morning.

Roseblush
12-10-2005, 11:45 AM
Good Morning Everyone, Thanks so much for your thoughts and good wishes and prayers for my mom. She is doing great and is going home today if everything is good at the time of the dr. visit. She is up and around and going to be living with that external fixature for quite a while.....It was so difficult waiting and waiting for word the night of her surgery. I ended up in a conflict over the phone with a male nurse named Rolando...which in my mind I could see the maid from the movie birdcage...remember how funny he was..... oh my gosh I told the other male nurse that maybe Rolando should consider his career decision........ it was just out of control for no reason.
Hope all is well with everyone....Miss Mel I get a warm fuzzy feeling just reading your post and knowing things are right in your world..... Shad I am just in awe at the storms happening down in Oz these days...... very odd.
The holidays approach and so many details to get tooo, I better get busy...... I find too much pleasure playing with my puppy, watching the herd of elk on the hill..... it is a deep freeze here right now and will continue....-20 in the mornings.....brrr!
Love to all of you,
Blessings,
Nae

linus
12-10-2005, 01:18 PM
kiddie is with mother in law so im outta here to do some much needed housework back later
kirsty

Hollyhock
12-10-2005, 01:48 PM
My family ,marriage and work I do ,IS my life. It is who I am . I never considered hiding it. I dont really understand that.I know it is how a lot of the world functions but it doesn't feel good to me.
I am not ashamed of it.It is part of life's journey.
I like the frankness here. It did hurt to think that I am perceived as not being loving and kind to my husband after knowing some of you for so long. I felt really misunderstood. Maybe I am better off in the journals. I am a journalling kind of girl.

Tig
12-10-2005, 01:53 PM
Okay, O Musical Ones.... WHAT are the more of the words to the song and who sang it and am I making it all up? Run, run, Reindeer...

Today was the 5K Reindeer Run. I had a good run for me and ran the entire race. I didn't place, but my time was very good for me. :dance:

Sadly, Slim injured his back during the run so he's taking a nap and I'm taking care of him for a change. Poor guy. :sorry: Because of the back injury, not because I'm taking care of him. :p

Thanks for the news about your mom, Nae.

I'm making the SuperCape for darling DGD today. Slim has the two-way radio so I'll be at his beck and call if he wakes up. :listen:

happy2bme
12-10-2005, 02:08 PM
Tig,
My guess is that you're talking about Run, Run, Rudolph by Chuck Berry

Out of all the reindeers you know you're the mastermind
Run, run Rudolph, Randalph ain't too far behind
Run, run Rudolph, Santa's got to make it to town
Santa make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down
Run, run Rudolph 'cause I'm reelin?like a merry-go-round

Said Santa to a boy child "What have you been longing for??br> "All I want for Christmas is a Rock and Roll electric guitar?br> And then away went Rudolph a whizzing like a shooting star
Run, run Rudolph, Santa's got to make it to town, come on
Santa make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down
Run, run Rudolph, reeling like a merry-go-round

Said Santa to a girl child "What would please you most to get??br> "A little baby doll that can cry, sleep, and wet?br> And then away went Rudolph a whizzing like a Saber jet
Run, run Rudolph, Santa's got to make it to town
Santa make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down
Run, run Rudolph 'cause I'm reelin?like a merry-go-round

Meadow
12-10-2005, 03:25 PM
Holly don't be annoyed, no one wants you feeling squishy. It is hard to judge humour on the threads.
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Shad
12-10-2005, 03:57 PM
Why is it that the weekends go so fast and the weeks not so fast? I mean all days seem to whizz by these days, no doubt due to advanced age but the weekends go twice as fast. Here it is Sunday and although I did a lot of work yesterday, there is still as much on my plate as ever there was and there is only one day left to do it.

We're a chatty bunch here today are we not? And I see we have gotten ourselves an international incident as well.
Let me just say this, it's my last word on the subject. Some of us are married, some have been married (some more than once) some are single. When we give advice, it is made up from several factors. What we see the comment as, what we percieve the comment to mean, our own experiences, and the help/ support factor which is dominant in the majority of women and which is certainly true here.
If I got it all wrong then I will apologise for my comments. I simply didn't understand the way the comment was written. Such is the joys of having international friends. One must think carefully about how we say/ do/ write things and one must listen/ read/ see carefully and attain all the salient facts and take the appropriate actions to suit ourselves and not hurt others. The decision to come/ go/ post is personal. I can make no comment on that. Generally but definitely not always it is easier when all speak English as we do, however this just shows how easy it is to misunderstand. Maybe I should give out Aus/ Kiwi English lessons again. Now if we all spoke the Queen's English like Teel, we would all be okay. :queen:

Speaking of Teel, her computer is bust according to Linus. She is well and sounds okay but the repairman is not hurrying. She will be back when she gets things up and running again.

Linus has sent me some photos of the 'wee bairn'. I will reproduce a couple at the end of this post and then some more in the next post. She has a couple of bairn free days coming up so we may hear some more from her.

Thanks for the comments re DB2. Yes I will be supportive, but this time he is really going to have to get himself together. If/ when he comes back today to see me (I asked him to, but he probably won't, I'll have to drag him in) I have a few suggestions for him. One is that he passes over all his financial stuff to me - cards, bills, bank accounts, etc. I will work with him to keep a roof over his head and get the bills down. The second is that he must seek some personal and professional help. I can't carry him along with me. I'll keep you posted.

Mel - I see you are back to singing in halls etc. Aren't you the bright cheery soul. It's good to have you back as you were (more or less - you are a bit more aussie-fied now) What are you doing in the halls? Hoping to run across a wayward fireman or army lieutenant???

Ceejay - have a good trip to Paragould. A Merry Christmas to the Aunt and Uncle (our adopted international family seems to be growing). Drive very carefully and come back safe. I understand your concerns about a 7 hour drive in snow and ice. But it does seem sad that you won't see that part of your family before or during the Christmas season.

Rose - good to hear that Mom is on the mend. :hug: We've been waiting for that news. It sounds so beautiful but so cold where you are. :yikes: Stay warm and dry. As for the 'altercation' with Rolando, don't fret. Those nurses get that alot. They know it is fear, worry and stress mostly that gets people in that groove. Next time you see the nurse, just smile and get on with the day.

Tig - so sorry to hear Slim is not well. I'm sure your caring will get him back on his feet soon. The cape sounds wonderful. And congrats on the run. You're doing so well with your 5k runs. Which brings me to today's silly question. How come they work in miles, feet and inches in the States and yet have 5k runs? Or have I asked that question somewhere before?

Right now who is missing?
Painter - where have you gone to this time? :wave: :wave:
Honey-dipped - Hello, hope all is well with you.

Time to move it along and spreak some more muck in the garden. A couple of hours solid work should see the back finished. Then the front. Have to try to save what I have got there even if I do decide to dig it all up and change it around later. See you soon. Oh yes the photos.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/CJStewart1.jpg

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/CJStewart3.jpg

Hollyhock
12-10-2005, 04:18 PM
HUGS dear chicks. I was going to post and got bumped off and then Shad's post appeared.
HUGS Shad.
Mel is right, as are you. Not really annoyed here, more like overly sensitive. And I do agree about the international differencees and tones and being hard to "read" sometimes.
I apologize. It is nice we can talk about it AND let it go!!

I had a nice trip into Sam's with DD. The big gift I was to get there was a really ugly coffee mug with really yummy chocolate in it.I will be sharing that.

I do think I need to take a break from the forums or at least try to. I feel such a strong connection to the friends I made in the journals 2 years ago and then newer friends here. Life had changed a lot for me in 2 years. I have way less free time and I try to squeeze it all in. I care about everyone on this thread so much. I post to stay connected but I dont think I have been a good friend in giving enough back to each of you personally in a few months and I have felt crappy about it.

The only peaceful time I have some days is when I sit here and read.

As far as the diet goes I have been pretty stuck. LindaT said a while ago whan you are ready you will just do it. So maybe the time is not right. I also fear if I dont post and connect that I will gain 50lbs. There is an accountablity and reminders.

Anyhow I am going to try and do things a bit differently.


I respect and value all the things you have shared.
Much love and well wishes. I will pop in but not every day. HUGS and LOVE.

MELODY525
12-10-2005, 05:12 PM
Oooooooo
Merry christmas saint nick
Well way up north where the air gets cold
There’s a tale about christmas
That you’ve all been told
And a real famous cat all dressed up in red
And he spends all year workin’ out on his sled
He’s a little saint nick
Little saint nick
He’s a little saint nick
Little saint nick
Just a little bobsled we call it old saint nick
But she’ll walk a toboggan with a four speed stick
She’s candy apple red with a ski for a wheel
And when santa hits gives gas man just watch her peel
He’s the little saint nick
Little saint nick
He’s the little saint nick
Little saint nick
Run run reindeer
Run run reindeer
Run run reindeer
Run run reindeer
He don’t miss no one
When he’s haulin’ through the snow at a frightening speed
With a half a dozen deer with rudy to lead
He’s got to wear shades cause the snow really flies
And he’s cruisin’ every path with a little surprise
He’s the little saint nick
Little saint nick
He’s the little saint nick
Little saint nick
Oooooooo
Merry christmas saint nick
Christmas comes this time each year
Oooooooo
Merry christmas saint nick
Christmas comes this time each year
Oooooooo
Merry christmas saint nick
Christmas comes this time each year
Merry christmas - (christmas comes this time each year..
Merry christmas, yeah... little saint nick,
Little saint nick)
THIS IS BY THE HANSONS. BUT HAPPY MIGHT BE MORE RIGHT WITH HERS! :mrsclaus: I AM SO SORRY ABOUT SLIM AND HIS BACK. SENDING A :hug: FOR HIM TOO! CONGRATS MISS TIG ON THE RACE. WAS THE PRIZE FOR THE DAY GOLDEN ANTLERS???:rudolph:

CEEJAY~ YAY PARAGOULD!! SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT KENTUCKY BUT SPRING WOULD BE SO LOVELY AND YOU ALL COULD SPEND TIME OUT OF DOORS TOO!:xcheer:

NAE~ I COULDN'T BE MORE HAPPIER WITH YOUR SATURDAY NEWS OF MOM'S UP AND AROUND ALREADY NEWS!!:ginger: YOU MUST BE RELIEVED. SOUNDS LIKE ROLANDO NEEDS SOME DRUGS HIMSELF!! OR HERSELF!!
GIVE MOM SOME :hug: 'S FROM ALL OF US CHICKS!!

KIRST HAS A DAY OFF?!?! OMG?!?!? ENJOY THE TIME AND DON'T CLEAN TOO MUCH. SOAK IN THE TUB AND USE SOMETHING WONDERFUL TO RELAX. BATHSALTS NOT GIN!!! :xcheer:

SHAD~ THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE PICS OF CJ. HE IS SO ADORABLE AND I CAN NEVER GET THEM HERE WITHOUT A HUNDRED ERROR SIGNS! ROFL POOR TEEL!! HOPE THE GENT CAN GET HER BACK ON BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS ARE OVER!!:candy: :mrsclaus: I WENT OUT IN THE HALL LOOKING FOR UNIFORMS AND ONLY FOUND THE MAINTENANCE MAN!! ROFL I PUT TINSEL ON THE SENIORS XMAS TREE AS A SURPRISE. JEN WENT OUT AND BOUGHT IT FOR ME AND WE DECKED THE HALLS SO TO SPEAK!! HAPPY SUNDAY LUV.:elf:

HOLLY~ SOMETIMES WE NEED A BREAK FROM EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE. :?: TOUGH FINDING A NICHE IN THIS BIG WORLD. GLAD YOU BOTH HAD A GOOD TRIP TO SAM'S. HELPS THE HOLIDAYS GO SO NICELY.:wreath:

MEADOW~ SOMEONE DOWN THE HALL GAVE ME A SMALL TIN OF SCOTTISH SHORTBREAD COOKIES! I ALMOST WET MY PANTS LAUGHING!!! IT WAS TOOOOOO FUNNY! :ginger: SHE IS FROM SCOTLAND AND THE RELATIVES SEND HER WALKER'S TINS FOR XMAS. SHE HAD TOO MANY AND HANDED ME ONE! ROFL

I ADDRESSED 98 CARDS AND WILL DELIVER THEM TONITE LIKE AN ELF IN THE NIGHT:elf: CLEANING AND ORGANIZING IS STILL GOING ON WHILE XMAS MOVIES AND CARTOONS GO INTO THE DVD PLAYER. MANY INTERRUPTIONS THIS DAY ALBEIT SHORT ONES BUT WHAT A PIA THEY ARE!!! :rollpin: I ACTUALLY CAME BACK HERE FOR A COFFEEBREAK!! :rofl: :xcheer: :hohoho: :present: :gift2: :snow4: :stardav: :snowglo: :coolsnow: :snowball1 :snowball: :tree: :candy: :rudolph: :clause: :santa:

Meadow
12-10-2005, 06:39 PM
Well the shortbread cookies in the freezer are gone, all eaten by me only more slowly. They lasted the week rather than a couple of days. I'm not baking any more cookies, unless they are those sugar cookies from the store that you just cut and cook. I don't like those and will not be tempted but it will give the kids a nice Christmas treat, their taste buds are very simplistic, sweet or sour. Pickles or sugar.

Mel-:lol: shortbread especially the Scottish kind is addicting, beware! Now I had the Beachboys version of that song going in my head, when you said it was Hanson I was Okay, wonder how different those harmonies are:p How grand that you decked the halls with tinsel.:carrot: :xcheer:

Shad-poor little brother, he is so confused and needs you. Think about how you would feel if he crashed and hadn't tried to work it out and ask you for help. Be tender with his bruised ego, you know what guys are like. Tell him he can repay you by doing some painting or digging, labour for labour sort of deal, that way maybe the process will stick in his head and he will not repeat his errors in financing. Not that I can talk, we are in debt up to our eyeballs with this house and all the bills. I guess I just feel sorry for him and wish I had a financial wizard in my family who I could go to and sort things out:p
How precious is little CJ! Oh dear now I want to be pregnant for Christmas. Wonder if my hubby and the stars will co-operate :lol3: Baby faces make me so happy.

Holly-totally understand that you are in a time crunch. Ease back, breathe and just read and stick your tongue out at me now and again;)

Linus-OMG, you are free! Don't clean house, get out!! Do some lovely window shopping, buy some new shoes, get a new lipstick. Come on you deserve a treat.:bubbles:

Ceejay-good luck with the finances. It is tough to keep ahead of things these days, I've got the same issues. Have fun shopping with your Auntie, it is so wonderful in the malls this time of year. Take some time to just soak it in, it will lift your spirits and make you smile.

Rose-wonderful that your mom is in good spirits. So the nurse is a bit of a pain, smile and be chipper, the grumpies can't stand it and will stay clear of you :D

Tig-a two way radio? wow, that beats screaming at the top of the lungs. What colour with the supercape be? Red? Yellow? did I miss a description somewhere? congratulations on getting a run in and I'm sorry your hubby is feeling some residual affects:stars:

Happy-good to have you as the song lyric reference, I haven't heard Chuck Berry singing anything in like forever. Made me wish I had a CD of all those 50's/60's stuff.

:wave:PainterWoman, Honey-dipped, Linda, Teel(rotten computers):goodluck: :ginger:

happy2bme
12-10-2005, 07:58 PM
Oh cripes, I forgot about "Little Saint Nick" by the Beach Boys. And I was even listening to it today! Mel you remain the resident queen of singing and lyrics :lol:

Ok, just peeked in, I'm supposed to be doing laundry and getting those Christmas cards done. Back later...

Tig
12-10-2005, 09:22 PM
Thanks for the tunes!! I'll sing to Slim and I'm sure he'll be all better! :rofl:

Roseblush
12-11-2005, 05:35 AM
Hi oh my those pics of the CJ are so great.... what a precious bundle. Thanks for posting them for us.
Tig, hope the back problem for SLim is temporary.... wow you guys are so active and it is great you are out there racing.
Update on my mom... she is still in the hospital and has developed a slight fever. Tomorrow I hope the news is she is ready to be discharged but just have to wait and see. Thanks for you prayers and concerns...they helped I know.
Have a great weekend.
Peace,
Nae

Madcat
12-11-2005, 08:27 AM
:snowball1 Just wanted to pop by and wish everyone an early best of the season.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday, have a nice crisp Winter Soltice (just to cover a few of the bases)...

Ok to be honest, I'm procrastinating doing work on a document I'm writing on a tight deadline (concurrent job #2), but still the sentiments are there. ;)

Sherry

MELODY525
12-11-2005, 09:58 AM
:wel3fc: :welcome: :welcome3: :welcome2: :cheer: MADCAT~ I SHOULD BE SHOT! I HAVE MISSED YOU AND HAVEN'T GONE LOOKING FOR A LONG TIME. SO GOOD TO SEE YOU HERE AND WISH YOU WOULD STAY! MERRY XMAS RIGHT BACK TO YOU!!!! :clause: :rudolph: :wreath: AND HOPE THE JOBS DON'T KEEP YOU TOO BUSY TO PLAY SANTA'S ELF!!:elf: HOW IS LIFE TREATING YOU AND THE BF?!?!:carrot: COME BACK AND FILL US IN!! NOW YOU'RE HERE WE WON'T LET YOU GO. WE'RE STILL EGGING MISS RUTH ON TOO! :dance:

NAE~ I AM STILL KEEPING MOM IN MY HEAD AND SENDING THOSE HEALING VIBES. i HOPE SHE GETS TO COME HOME SOON AND WITHOUT THE FEVER!! :( LOTS OF SWEET THOUGHTS TO YOU AS WELL. :hug: :hug: :hug: STAY STRONG :xcheer:


HAPPY~ THAT "PUDDING OF A WOMAN" HOTCUPOJAVA TOLD ME ABOUT THE BEACH BOYS TOO. WOW!! SO MANY PEOPLE WITH RUNNING REINDEER....WHO'D A THUNK IT:?: (SHE LOVES THAT SAYING SO I STOLE IT :rofl: )
SING AWAY MY SOUTHERN FRIEND.:sunny: :encore:

MEADOW~ :cookie: :cookie: I GAVE THE TIN OF COOKIES TO JEN AND RICHIE UNOPENED LEST I BEFALL THE SHORTBREAD FEVER TOO!:devil: I AM ASHAMED TO ADMIT THAT I HAVE BEEN EATING PETIT FOURS INSTEAD AND FRUITED STOLLEN:chockiss: :chockiss: :chockiss: !!! :rofl: :lol3:

TIG~ HOPE THERE IS IMPROVEMENT IN SLIM'S BACK WITH ALL THIS VOCAL MEDICINE WE ARE SENDING!! :candy: :tree: :mrsclaus: :wreath: :xcheer: HAVE YOU GIVEN HIM A BELL TO RING? I USED TO DO THAT WITH JEN. NOW WE USE CELL PHONES! :rofl:

TODAY IS BRIGHT AND SUNNY AND I FEEL ELECTRIFIED AT PRESENT SO I BEST GET ON WITH THE DAY BEFORE THE MOOD PASSES. CLOSET STILL NEEDS WORKING ON. MY ARM WAS STIFF TODAY AND I WONDERED WHY....I FORGOT I WROTE OUT ALL THOSE CARDS! :rofl: GUESS NEXT YEAR I WILL DO 1/2 :write: THEN 1/2:write: . :dizzy: I SLEPT IN LATE AGAIN...ALMOST 8. IF I WANT TO GO TO THE MALL TOMORROW MORNING AND FOOD SHOPPING ON TUESDAY, I BETTER START SETTING THE ALARM CLOCK AGAIN. SEEMS MY INNER CLOCK IS OFF SOMEHOW! VERY UNRELIABLE:dunno:
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY CHICKLETS AND HAVE A GREAT DAY NO MATTER WHICH ONE IT IS! :moped:
PS~ WONDER WHAT LINUS DID WITH HER FREE TIME:?: :lol3: :lol3:

happy2bme
12-11-2005, 12:00 PM
Good morning all!
Holy cow Mel, you did ALL your cards in one shot! Whew... no wonder the arm is sore. Next time gotta pump up before you get your writing arm primed. :workout:

Hey Madcat, wonderful to see you. I was just trolling the journals the other day wondering what happened to you. And a happy winter's solstice to you too. You know we are all hanging by the edge waiting to hear what's going on in your life. (We live vicariously through others :rofl: )

Will continue the healing thoughts and prayers to Slim and Nae's mom. This is not the time of year to be down and out of it.

Meadow, glad the good cookies are gone. The best ones are the one's you don't like :lol: Are we going for 20 miles this week?

Holly good luck with whatever you choose as you next phase. Sometimes like a diet or exercise, you just have to mix things up. I think we all can relate to the too many things, not enough time syndrome. And 3FC can take up alot of time that should be spent on other stuff.

Shad, thanks for the update on Teel and the posting of little CJ's pics. He looks so sweet and adorable. Not at all the little robber of sleep and grand wailler that he was described. They can fool you into a false sense of security, can't they? ;) Did you get your garden all tilled as you had planned?

Hope you made good use of some alone time Linus.

I have a busy day ahead and nothing will get done sitting in front of the computer. My coffee is gone and so should I - have a good one and hellos to the rest of the chicks.

MELODY525
12-11-2005, 02:35 PM
Lesson for the day......never, ever, drive :moped: into a closet bent over and head first. Because there is a good reason why there is a suffocation warning on those plastic dry cleaner bags!!:eek: :fr:
It's funny now but when it happened I was praying alot!! :rofl: Jen came for a fast visit and has since gone. All boxes are put away and all that's left is Hoovering, light dusting and washing kitchen and bathroom floors. They are small so no big deal.:dizzy:
:hohoho: HOPE YOU ARE ALL HAVING A "SEASONAL" DAY!! :snowglo: :coolsnow: :ginger: :rudolph: :wreath: :xcheer: :tree: :candy: :present: :stardav: :han: :dreidel:

:coffee2: Happy, I am having my coffee right now so let's have a date!:cofdate:..... except mine is iced! :coolsnow: Have a good day too:carrot:

PS CAN YOU TELL I AM GETTING MY USE OUT OF THESE HOLIDAY SMILIES WHILE THEY ARE HERE?! THANK YOU 3FC!!!!:elf:

Shad
12-11-2005, 02:49 PM
I'll join you for a quick cup. "cofdate" Just finishing mine up before dashing out the door to early gym and then ferry ride up the river.

MELODY525
12-11-2005, 03:34 PM
:cofdate: SO GLAD YOU COULD JOIN US MISS SHADDIE:cofdate:

PainterWoman
12-11-2005, 05:01 PM
Drat.
Apparently I missed some "incident" and things are changing. Eeek. I wanted the ONLY change to be the cessation of boob peeling post-radiation. Nobody else was supposed to rock the boat, etc. etc. I promised myself 3 loads of laundry and fill the bird feeders and the day is growing old (as am I, but that is a totally different issue.)... So I can't go back and re-read everything...
I hope all is well, and that everybody will touch base here occasionally.... I'm miffed that the automatic post-update apparently doesn't work since the site revision....that's my excuse for not posting more regularly....
So... off to the birds...

and in the meantime... does anybody have a suggested exercise that I could to do strengthen my lower back muscles... apparently my weight gain/shift is sufficient to really pull those muscles now? Please PM... thanks!!

Meadow
12-11-2005, 05:25 PM
I'm drinking coffee at this moment too :coffee::coffee2: :candy:

:o Mel, now slow down! :bike:Attacked by the closet isn't something you want to tell the firefighters, you missed your chance with the cookies, you could have regifted to the lovely lads at the local fire hall :carrot: :devil: :D

Madcat-so good to have you with us. I agree with the other ladies, come back and have a coffee and a natter.

PW-you were missed. You know we are spinning on this Earth together and don't want anyone falling off. Try and poke your head in now and again just for a peek. I hope you are feeling some relief now that you are healing and not bogged down in the treatment process. I've heard pilates stuff is good for strengthening one's back but I've never done it.

Happy-I don't think 20miles are in the cards for awhile ;) Just getting into the double digits of exercise miles is my pride just now :jig: :D Don't speed around too fast now on your busy day, keep your head up, take a cue from Mel:smug:

Rose-I have my fingers crossed that your mom will be released tomorrow. I bet she will recover much faster and with more smiles at home.:cool: :twirly: :yes: :crossed:

Shad
12-11-2005, 05:53 PM
It's going to be a race against time today I can see that. Still at least the exercise part is done and out of the road.

Went and winkled DB2 out of his little hideaway last night and put the proposition to him - it's a very sad world when you proposition your own brother!!! :D . Anyway he has accepted the offer of my leading him to financial salvation :rofl: although I have no great hopes of him carrying out his side of the bargain. He did say one interesting thing about his gambling last night - "It used to be fun" :faint: One wonders whether now that it is no longer fun - it may not be the prop that it was. So tonight we begin the daunting process of finding out the true situation. Anyone got a spare $10,000????

Painter - good to have you back with us. For your notifications - you might try pressing ummmm...... hold it be right back. Suzanne 3FC suggests your computer may be holding onto some old cache files. Her suggestion is to hold down the Ctrl key and press F5 to force your browser to look elsewhere. Also her suggestions are that AOL may be causing some of your problems (if you use AOL) or your e-Mail addy may not be current with 3FC. Maybe check your profile as well?
As for the back - yoga and pilates may ease you gently into exercising those lower back muscles. There is one that I do but I'm not sure whether you would be ready for it yet. I'm a great believer these days in the power of gently yoga, tai chi and pilates. You often don't feel like you are doing anything strenuous, until the next day.

Madcat, nice of you to join us. I seem to have lost your e-Mail addy and was going to send greetings through PM. May still do that shortly. How you going??? How's the new contract???

I'll try to get back to the rest of the posts later. Meantime, work to do, places to go, people to beat up - uhhhh I mean see.

happy2bme
12-12-2005, 01:37 AM
Painter, I've PM'd you some exercises. After I sent it I realized I probably should have just emailed them.

My email notification from 3FC has not worked in ages. I do get an email if someone comments in the journals but that's about it. We usually have at least one post a day by somebody (on this thread) so I routinely check the site anyway.

Another weekend flown by, again with not everything done. I have not started Christmas shopping yet. I have 2 doctors appointments this week which are going to take up a fair amount of my morning and I have a consultant coming in all week to evaluate a very old system and give me an estimate on some changes and documentation. I went with the higher priced / more experienced consultant as I do not have time to sit and babysit him. He's getting the nickel tour like I got and then go off and get this done by yourself as I have much to get done myself.

I have an extra vacation day I was saving for Christmas shopping but it surely doesn't look like I can take any time off this week and next week is Christmas already **frets and shoves hand in mouth *** I don't have alot to buy for and most say that gift certificates will be just fine. I hate to resort to that. And don't ask me about cards... maybe if I leave milk and cookies by the fireplace, do you think the magic elves will do them for me?

linus
12-12-2005, 09:18 AM
hi girlies im still here honest the shock of peace didnt send me right to the funny farm:p :dizzy: :D ;) right the rota for the weekend was SATURDAY mother in law had satan and i cleaned, ironed ,did washing,my big sis was up and my best freind mo so i gossiped uncontrolably for two hours while we ironed washed floors hoovered ,its amazing you can still gossip even when mo is hoovering the stairs and im hanging th smalls and christophers clothes in the bathroom to dry{my house is too small for the tumble dryer,so its in storage till we get sheds}m.i.l brought cj home at 5.30 and he went to bed at 12.35am,andy came home from the pub at 12.45am and craig was in by 12 by the time everyone was in bed and settled it was 3am wee man woke up at 3.45 and didnt go back to sleep till 4.50 and got back up again at 7.30.SUNDAY mum and step-dad came and got him at 11am and i had a lovely long hot bath ,then andy and i took the dogs for a nice walk down the golf course,well no the actuall course but the council have planted a nice wood {still just a baby wood} with paths through it so we walk there and we came back via the shops ,had a lovely big cooked brekkie{no im not going back on my diet till after the year bacon was lovely and so was:cool: :^: the black pudding and tattie scones :o then andy took conner to the pictures to see the chronicals of narnia and craig was at work so i went to bed at 1.30pm and me cleo and benjy had a wonderfull sleep till 4.30 pm mum brought cj back at 4.45 and andy and conne were home by 6 my little :devil: screamed holy **** from 745.pm till 12.30 then slept till 6.55 this morning ,unfortunatly wew were still in the living room and i lay down till he was properly settled and fell asleep:o :doh: :sssh: :yikes: :tired: :tired: andy left us there so im well rested but have one heck of a sore neck and woke up still in yesterdays clothes:carrot: :crazy: :crazy: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
so that was my weekend and yes its monday again the house is like a bomb site already but hey i know it was clean
bye for now
kirsty
PS SHAD thankyou so much for posting the piccies for me ,i really will have to learn how to resize them but many thanks

Hollyhock
12-12-2005, 11:07 AM
The journey so far.....I see how much my life has changed. I have come into my own and I wouldn’t change it.It is blending the old H with her dynamo spirit, taking the world by storm with a different more peaceful focus of her family and community. Same skill set and heart with a different perspective.
I could not have gotten here without my online journal and the incredible women I got to know. I love you in the true sense of the word. I really miss the gang that was here 2 years ago. Many have moved on. Some I keep in touch with. I hope they know how deeply they have touched my heart and my life and I hope I have touched them as well.
I think about my 3 friends who husbands were killed in 2003, the amount of loss and pain and I see the phoenix rising for 2 them. It is beautiful.
I feel and see a new confidence and maturity in my son that I thought would never come. He is still wiggy on a good day but I see my work with him succeeding. I have a daughter who is self confident, self loving, knows her heart and mind and is carefree and light hearted.Yahoo. That fulfills the dream I have had for myself and have never gotten to but it frees my spirit to watch it in her.

My weight is down 18 lbs from where i started. I have kept it off for 2 years. I always knew the weight was a symptom so as I continue this journey I may yet get to the source.
In the meantime life is pretty freakin wonderful!!!!

Love to the worldy chicks.

Meadow
12-12-2005, 12:52 PM
This made me smile so I thought I would share :)

A little girl was riding on a train with her mother.
Looking out the window, she exclaimed, "Look! A horse!" And a moment
later, "Look! Houses!"

She gave every indication of keeping this up, so her embarrassed
mother apologized to the man next to her. "I'm sorry my daughter is
going on like this," she said. "She still thinks everything is
wonderful."

When do we stop thinking everything is wonderful? When we grow up?
Does growing older also mean growing jaded?

And must we travel to faraway places to marvel once again? Can't we
experience wonder and awe today -- this moment?

A fresh orange or buttered toast is no less marvelous today than when
you first tasted it. The building you work in may be an architectural
miracle the ancients never fathomed. The smell of your summer garden
or the sight of this evening's sunset can be no less glorious today
than it ever was. Few things are commonplace in themselves -- it's our
reaction to them that grows dull over the years.

As Einstein observed, those who will pause to wonder and stand
rapt in awe will truly live. They will see what others miss. They will
feel what others cannot. Life will be for them both exquisite and
mysterious when they learn to say, "Awe."

Shad
12-12-2005, 05:58 PM
It is now a quarter to eight and I am already grumpy. Yesterday I found they (being the 'IT security' people) had taken away a lot of my access to view results from running background programs in the training database. They have also taken away a lot of access from others as well. I had it last week. Gone this week. Maybe it will be back next week - who knows. Now I whinged a bit yesterday afternoon, and now I am told I have access to do it in the UAT database. Oh lovely!! Thank-you so much, how long did it take for you to do that? Why? Well I don't have an account in the UAT database. Thats' @#$%##$$$###$$$## well why.

Yesterday I had a phone interview with the mob from the desert. It was quite possibly the worst interview I have ever done. So I am not feeling happy about that. Agent rang last night but I was driving home. I rang back but he was now out. Who knows, who cares.

Got home to find DB2 on the doorstep with his list of problems and worries. So now I have some other things to sort out as well. Aaaaaah well the list goes on.

I spoke to Teel last night. Her computer should be back by end of week. She seems bright enough but says that the sleep patterns have not been good the last couple of days. Holly the dog is fine and in full voice.

Meadow, Einstein was truly clever. Love his quote. Nice tale. It made me smile anyway.

Holly - good to see you meant it when you said you would drop in from time to time.

Linus - OMG going for a walk with the DH. Has the no speak finished then. I put those other photos up today if I remember. Nice friends you have to come and help with the housework.

Painter - how goes the gentle exercise?

Happy - out you go and do that shopping. Don't leave it all to the last minute. The crowds in town are bad now, next week they will be horrendous.

In fact I am considering taking a lunch break at 11.00 to go to the Post Office and post these cards and letters. Yes I finally got most of the far away and overseas ones done last night. Tonight should see an end to all but the local cards. I may even combine morning tea and lunch and go very early since I have yet to have breakfast and brought no lunch with me.

Okay - up, up and away to the thirteenth floor to yell at the tallest man in the building. I have to yell, he is in a different stratosphere.

Shad
12-12-2005, 10:49 PM
Well, just heard didn't get the job. But I am not upset by it. More annoyed that I had such a bad interview. That door shut, but another will open shortly. Anyway a few weeks off in January will not be the end of the world.

Here's some more CJ

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/CJStewart4.jpg

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/CJStewart2.jpg

Tig
12-12-2005, 11:10 PM
Well, CJ is absolutely the CUTEST baby in the World. Let's take a vote. All those in favor? Just wave those pom poms! :cheer:

happy2bme
12-12-2005, 11:40 PM
In response to you Tig :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer:

Funny, he doesn't look like the great Howler that he is. But then again we are often fooled by a young man's slight grin, aren't we?

Shad, I've very sorry about the truly bad day you had. Come on over, I will make you a fresh mango smoothie or some sort of fruit tray with maybe a crumb or two of cheese. You can laugh watch me trying to cut the thing. Wait... probably don't have them there mango things in Tennessee. Anyway, I think you've been around enough to know that sometimes a bad interview is an omen of a place that you don't want to work at anyway. Crossing my fingers for something good to pop it's head right around the corner :crossed: :hug:

And thank you for posting all the pictures. It's so nice to see the little one.

PW - thanks for swapping some exercises. I have already tried those this morning and will do so again tonight.

Meadow, loved your posting tonight. The worst job I ever had that sucked the living breath out of me taught me to look around and appreciate things like a early evening moon, or a pretty sunset or the gorgeous colors of the autumn leaves on the trees. And sometimes just the solitude of the morning quiet. One of the best sounds to me is being outside on a really, really, cold night and actually hearing the snow fall out of the sky. Well second best, most favorite is the ocean surf. But you are right, the wonder and awe of a small child is a fantastic thing to observe. Thank you for posting that.

Mel :yikes: I don't know whether to giggle or cower in horror at your adventure with the bag. Those thin bags are very dangerous. Glad you are alright. Sometimes you have to just wonder how those things happen. They are very bad for your clothes and you should never store any natural fabric in them so Fly Lady them, will you?

Ceejay what are you up to?

:hat: Holly

I know what you mean about the crowds Shad. I had regular shopping to do this weekend and the stores were horrid. I am trying to figure out something that is a compromise. I don't have the ability to spend 9 hours power shopping even if I wanted to this time around.

Tommorow is a trip to the rheumatologist. None too soon. I have an appreciation for Ruth's DK now having one of my own. I have really tried to be good on the food lately, including a gentle weaning away from too many carbs. Water is not what it should be. Exercise is a little tough right now. I think I've decided to join the gym closest to my house. Since my primary interest right now is the pool with maybe some pilates and yoga thrown in, that will do I think. And they have a few nice elipticals when I'm up to it. I remember Shad talking about 5 minutes or so on each machine when she started and I will do the same. And not feel like people are pointing and laughing. But I think I'll wait until we get back from vacation as I won't be able to use it much the rest of this month. I'm actually looking forward to swimming again AND after swimming comes a nice relax in the hot tub :cloud9:

I was feeling rather unsettled and disorganized and locked into doing alot but nothing getting done syndrome. When that happens, I find it helpful to list everything I'm fretting about, decide what's a priority and what's not worth fretting over. Got some laundry done, got some cards out, cleaned up the kitchen and I will get to bed at a reasonalble hour right after I've done my stretches for the night.

Till tomorrow ladies... **salute**

Shad
12-13-2005, 12:06 AM
:cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer:

By the way Happy, if you go to the gym, try to go as early as possible. That way you are only dealing with the truly dedicated and the newbies. Neither will laugh, one will give advice and one will sympathise when the elliptical bumps you off - seriously, take that thing very gently, it can be lethal first up.

Shad
12-13-2005, 04:35 AM
Tig, your card arrived today. Thank you so much. Teel's came yesterday. I love going out to the mail box and finding a whole stack of red envelopes in the box. It seems red is the seasonal envelope colour this year.

Excuse me while I go and maim and mutilate that noisy delapidated bag mat from next door that keeps burrowing under my fence and coming up to the window and baring it's teeth at me....................

Fixed that. Grabbed the thing and took him next door and told her to fix the fences or the council will get to hear about the dogs and their barking. Since I'm fairly sure they are not registered with the council, something will get done. Probably by her father. I hear the surprise in the thread - Shad getting nasty with a dog!!! Well unfortunately I have no patience with untrained, undisciplined and unrestrained dogs and/ or kids and certainly not anything that looks like a rat or a bathmat! Holly (the dog, not the thread poster) don't listen to this. I will make exceptions for good dogs!!

Something will certainly happen on the job front. There is work out there. Brisbane has a lot of government work on the go at the moment. There is other stuff to. I don't mind a bit of downtime - after all I went directly from Melbournes Coles Myer project (Aug - Nov last year) to Caltex project (November to April) to this job (April to Dec.) A bit of a rest will be no hardship. Time to get on with the reno. etc.

Happy, I hope the rheumo goes fine for you. An answer to these niggling problems would probably be the best present you could get. I meant what I said about those ellipticals. Specially the ones where you stand on them and push the footpads forward sort of like an overgrown bike. I had terrible trouble with them when I started. They moved like greased lightning. I finally put a lot of resistance on them to slow them down somewhat. It was so difficult to stop!

Gotta go, the thunder, lightning and rain are back.

Tig
12-13-2005, 07:49 AM
Evidently I feel like joining in. The one thing I truly miss about the gym is the elliptical. I absolutely love them. And they are deceptive. Five minutes will totally wind a body. Take it slow! They are perfect for folks who can't run or jog because of knee problems and for folks like me who can't bicycle. When my legs needed the extra help, I'd use my arms and that would give my upper body a bit of a workout, too. I'd worked up to 45 minutes on the elliptical. It was funny watching some people try to keep up with me. They thought they'd just jump on that machine and keep up with that old lady. :rofl:

The fun thing about the gym was the people-watching.. so many go there for the social hour. They never darken a machine. They wear cute (aka expensive) gym clothes and carry color-coordinated towels and flit around and chat. Being on the elliptical gave me a bird's eye view of the gym so I could people-watch, which is one of my hobbies. They came in all sizes and ages. And there I was in one of my race t-shirts and old faded shorts, just sweating away. Not color coordinated, but being entertained! I have a theory that you can tell how serious a person (male OR female) is about their workout by how much attention they pay to their hair. If their hair is a mess, they are serious. If you want to ask them who does their hair, then you KNOW they don't sweat! :rofl:

Maybe I should get ready for work..... :D

Ruthxxx
12-13-2005, 08:12 AM
You know, I really like you chicks in this thread. I'd post here and get to know you better if MODing South Beach didn't keep me so busy. I snoop and read almost every day. :grouphug: and a :wave: from 0ºF frosty eastern Ontario!

happy2bme
12-13-2005, 08:56 AM
Snoop on Ruth :mag: -- we haven't decided to charge lurkers yet :rofl: although technically if you post occasionally you're not a lurker.

They tell me it was almost 60 degrees out yesterday. Somehow I missed that. DH went for an evening walk while I was preparing supper and said it was downright nice.

I have tried an eliptical before. Not my favorite piece but I can see it as an excellent workout piece. One of the guys on my team has positively shrunken from using it - myself I think there's more to what he's saying about his weight loss but, no doubt he has trimmed down considerably.

I found myself that it takes an amazing amount of concentration on the eliptical. Once my mind starts to wander (which is frequent), I get all dis-com-boober-rated and everything gets tangled up. So perhaps it's good if I don't do it for long. I'd rather people watch from the treadmill.

Once I join the gym it will mean early to bed, early to rise. Probably off at the gym by 5:30, certainly no later than 6. That will eliminate those wasteful minutes in front of the closet with "what do I wear to work today syndrome" this? - no - this? - no - this? Gotta wear what you bring! There is a certain satisfaction of getting your workout done first thing and that tingly feeling of all the blood pumping as your body wakes up. Not that I like getting up at Linda T's hours but it's too easy to be tired and make excuses at the end of the day.

I hope this isn't going to be another 2 hour wait in the doctor's office again. I'm taking some cards to address just to pass the time.

Make the most of your day...

RavenToy
12-13-2005, 09:29 AM
Can I snoop, too?

I can't even remember how long it's been since I last posted anywhere on 3FC, but ... this is the thread with the most people I recognize. *wavies*

Hollyhock
12-13-2005, 10:06 AM
:cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :tree:

Good morning. Hugs!!

Meadow
12-13-2005, 11:48 AM
Look out Teel, Shad is after Holly's cousins!! We have a pomeranian and a little mystery black one out the back that bark like crazy everytime the kids are outside. The black one got through the fence and I didn't have to mention a thing, they quickly covered the hole... I think they were fearful my kids might attack their dog :p Fingers crossed for some work next year for you Shad, something challenging and mind expanding with people who are dedicated to getting the job done:carrot:

Cool to see new people on the thread, all are welcome. Tell us everything:smug:

I have nothing to say about ellipticals, except they look like torture machines:o I do my 4mile WATP and sweat that way:lol3:

ceejay52
12-13-2005, 02:22 PM
Hello to miss Ruth and Raven Toy :wave: We'd love to have both of you.

As far as pom pom's go--I'd have to fill the whole page. CJ is a cutie. I forgot to post yesterday. Shame on me. Completed 35 minutes of cardio last night after work. I can feel it today. Not much else is going on.

Shad sorry about the job interview.

Hello to the rest. :wave:

Shad
12-13-2005, 06:08 PM
Ruth and Raven, you are welcome to drop in whenever you feel the need or whenever you have some minutes to spare to post. We love new faces and new ideas. :welcome: Ruth if you snoop and read nearly everyday, then maybe you ought to just jump in and say hello anyway. You must know most of us by now. Or should I give you a run down on the various personalities?

Tig - I have to agree on the people watching at the gym. Sometimes if you are in a row of treadmills with the bikes and the ellipticals up front, all you get to see is the butts. Nothing wrong with a good butt! Mel will tell you that. At the moment the gym I am using has the ellipticals by the window. It's in a shopping plaza and looks out over the food court (how mean can they get?) So first thing in the morning I get to see the various food outlets preparing the days grub! It can be interesting!
I hear you on the no sweat and hair do's. I saw one girl applying make up and anti perspirant BEFORE she went out on the gym floor!!! Hello, aren't you meant to sweat and get mussed if you are doing it right?

Aaaah Happy and here we were telling you how to use the elliptical. And you've been there and done that anyway! My mind doesn't have to wander to get (whatever that word was) in a muddle on the thing. I only have to want to slow down. Still it gets the heart pumping and the sweat flowing for sure. I'm glad DH had a 'downright nice' walk around the neighbourhood. :kickcan:

Raven - nice to see you back again. How is your business going? Last I heard, you were picking up quite a bit of work. Are you still running the 9.5 job as well? :cool:

Morning Holly :cheer:

Hiya Meadow - thanks for the work wishes. I have been saving well over the year so some time off won't be too bad. There's always temping work I can do anyway. Doesn't pay so well but it is work until other stuff comes along.

Ceejay - Hiya, good going on that exercise. Sounds like we are all starting to look at the exercise theme this year. Well done us :carrot: :cb: :carrot: :cb: :carrot: :cb: :carrot: :cb: :carrot: :cb: :carrot: :cb:

Where is Mel anyway? Busy making paper doilies with the residents or something? Who else are we missing - oh yes Painter and Teel and Linus. Anyone else - Honey dipped are you still peeking in from time to time??

It's a hard time of the year to keep up with all the doings of the worldly chicks so maybe instead of worrying what has happened to someone, we might make a list of who is going away and who will be on line over the next 3 weeks or so. That way I don't have to watch the news telecasts!

Time to move it along. I'm getting through this pile (mainly because I have arm wrestled one of the Business Analysts to a standstill and nailed one of her feet to the floor. That way she can only go around in circles and I know where she is when I need her. Now to catch the other one. Business analyst I mean not the other foot.

Oh yes and more Christmas Lights from around the city.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/2005a.jpg

If you have the time and the inclination, the following is a link to some of the Christmas light displays which were entered into the Light Up competition. This is all done voluntarily, costs very little to view (donation usually for a charity) and brings neighbourhoods together even if only for a few days.

http://www.christmaslightstours.com/XLT-Gallery.pl

linus
12-13-2005, 06:38 PM
:carrot: :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: :dizzy: :) :) :hug: :hug: boy am i so glad im not allowed to use gym equipment :D :cool: :love: :angel: sometimes the spinal,athritis,bone degeneration thingy comes in very handy:yikes: :lucky: :crazy: :crazy: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
hi ladies how are we all today ???? im very good actually i think i might be glimpsing a very lovely baby who actually lives inside satan junior :lol3: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: infacol{colic drops } seem to be calming him amazingly well even though my health visitor said "under no circumstances will it be colic" he had his second set of injections today and still sat on mummys knee looking at the tree lights and promptly fell asleep and shows every sign of staying so for more than an hour :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :encore: :encore: :encore: so 2 very good days on the trot or hes just luling me into a false sense of security
SHAD im so sorry that the world and there dogs seem to be intent on pi***ng you off just now ,im just glad your a really strong person and not likely to kidnap the local cop pinch his gun{do aussie cops carry guns????} and shoot the local halfwits;) cleo and benjy have been duly warned that ill manners are not acceptable but if you ever get back over here we,ll send cleo to mums just incase as shes ever so slightly naughty especially with other animals she seems to think they are chew toys?????:crazy: :crazy: :crazy:
HAPPY hope you get on well with the new doc and he/she offers you some very good advice and help ive stopped listening to mine for the mo as they want me back on my pain medication but cj is just too much to handle on top of heavy duty narcs
TIG hows my liid up biker bud???? my other biker mates have a harley trike that they love like a son ,but then they are slightly barmy personally i think its the ink from all those tatoos ,my freind ang is a social worker and has a 10inch high tattoo of a pregnant fairy wearing doc martin boots sitting on a toadstool smoking weed entwined by a jade green dragon on her calf??????
MEL peek-a-boo
CEEJAY :wave: :wave: :wave: hi to you too
MEADOW my kids scare everyone and thing :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
HOLLY good evening
RUTH AND RAVEN TOY welcome and please just ignore the scatty post i have a 12 week old baby who doesnt allow his mum on the computer very much
ROSE,PAINTER,CHO DIPPED :wave: :wave: :wave: :wave: :wave: :wave:
right im off and ill speak to you all later

happy2bme
12-14-2005, 12:58 AM
I met with the rheumatologist today. What a great lady. I really liked her alot. She said alot of the signs point to my having rheumatoid arthritis. She took x-rays of my hands and showed me dark spots at the joints. She also wanted to run a few more tests. So they took 5 vials of blood. eeek. She said the good news is that they have much better meds for this stuff than they did a few years back.

Given what Linus just said tho, is the best I can hope for simply to control the pain? The idea of never getting any better is rather depressing. So is the fact that the medicine they have me on right now for the moment also causes fluid retention. I'll throw the scale out the window before I see another gain. I'll throw myself out of the window too.

Linus, does it also seem like they think CJ has colic? Or not? I'm confused. If he has colic then we have to find you a way to get some rest. Don't worry about the house, bask in the glory that it was clean once. For 15 minutes. :lol:

Shad, discombooberated is an old word - like groovy. It describes the condition in which your brain no longer controls your arms and legs and they sort of go into a free form float of their own. In the 70's it was brought on by ingesting too many Harvey Wallbangers or Tequilla Sunrises. In this day and age it comes from losing your focus on the eliptical ;) Yes, I tried the eliptical before - it's a favorite piece of equipment for the personal trainers. Second only to the blasted bike! So are you looking forward to a bit of time off soon? I know it's rainy out there but how's the weather for working on renovations or will you not let that stop you? Did you ever finish the bath? I last remember something about pretty blue tiles.

Good for you Meadow and Ceejay getting the cardio in!

Welcome back Raven, I have been wondering what you've been up to the last few months. Was hoping very much that you were busy building up your horse business. Don't stay a stranger again.

Look forward to hearing from Teel again. I have an early morning meeting which means getting up at 5am. Best to get to bed now.

Hellos to the chicks of the world.

RavenToy
12-14-2005, 09:20 AM
G'morning peeps. :) Thanks for the warm welcome.

Yes, I am still building up my business. I'm up to about 100 horses now, I hope to double that in another 6 months, and the magic number is 300 horses. I hope to reach that by the end of next year. I truly love my job. It's hard work, there's no doubt about that. Physically, I'm really in pretty good shape as far as muscle tone, it's just that I have this layer of fat over everything. *sigh* I've maintained my weight well, but the sad fact is I need to lose about 40-50 pounds. If for no other reason than to take the pressure off my back. So yes, I'm doing the relax and enjoy the holidays, but come the new year... I need to get focused again. It's been a hard year. And Shad - I ended up getting fired from that desk job. I guess I just piss people off too much. ;) At least in a corporate environment. Financially I wasn't sure if I was going to make it there for a while. I'm still buried under bills, and of course - this is the moment my poor old Escort chose to blow a head gasket. So we said a prayer and bid farewell to a valiant old car, and I begged money from my brother, and found a '93 Ford Explorer with only 98000 miles on it for 2 grand. Yay! I have an SUV!! It's only a 2 wheel drive, but it has clearance! And get this - I got the christmas tree home last night in it, and we didn't have to strap it to the top!! *lol*

So there are a lot of good things, I count my blessings daily. This year has been more difficult for my kids than for me, even. Their dad bailed on being in GA to be with them, and ran off to Montana to be with a chick. So much for his kids. Whatever. :(

Shad - I'm sorry, I read back but couldn't find out what was going on with your job? Those pics of the lights are wonderful!

Happy - It's so nice to 'see' you again. :) I'm really sorry about the RA though, that's a tough one. :grouphug: How long will it take to get the results from the bloodwork?

Linus - Better thee than me. :devil: I'm so glad I don't have to deal with baby things anymore.

MELODY525
12-14-2005, 10:02 AM
:cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: NEVER TOO LATE FOR CJ AND THOSE ADORABLE PICTURES! THANKS SHAD.

RUTH~ IF YOU RUN OUT OF TIME YOU CAN ALWAYS COPY AND PASTE!!! AT LEAST WE WOULD KNOW WHAT DASTERLY DEEDS YOU ARE UP TO!!! :carrot: SO JUST SNOOP AWAY!!

RAVEN MY DEAR OLD FRIEND! WHAT PERFECT TIMING TO SAY HELLO AGAIN AND TOUCH BASE THAN THE HOLIDAY SEASON. 100 HORSES!! :dance: :hat: HOW GREAT IS THAT???? SORRY FOR THE KIDS DISAPPOINTMENT BUT THEY HAVE A MOM THAT ADORES THEM!! SO I THINK THEY'RE PRETTY LUCKY ANYWAY! :carrot: HOPE YOU HAVE COME TO "STAY" WITH US! LOL

PW~ CAN YOU USE ANY CREAM YOU WANT ON THELMA? THEN TRY OLAY'S QUENCH BODY CREAM ON THE TUBE! IT HAS DONE WONDERS FOR MY LEGS SINCE IT CAME OUT. I ALSO USE OLAY'S BODY WASH. THEY USE AN INGREDIENT THAT COSTS MORE SO OTHER COMPANIES DON'T USE IT. A DR RECOMMENDED IT LONG AGO.

SHAD~ I WILL BE HOME ALL THE TIME!!! BUT WAS SO BUSY AND TIRED THESE LAST 2 DAYS I ACTUALLY FORGOT ABOUT POSTING AND THEN WHEN I REMEMBERED IT WAS LATE!! :p :o :hug: <----FOR THE BAD INTERVIES. ME THINKS YOUR MIND WAS OCCUPIED BY OTHER'S PROBLEMS MAYBE. YOUR GUARDIAN ANGEL WILL FIND YOU SOMETHING EVEN BETTER!:carrot: :carrot: I SAY AGAIN....THE DB2 IS LUCKY TO HAVE YOU!! WHEN I MAKE MY FIRST $10,000, I'LL SEND IT TO YOU! :lol3: :lol3: PLEASE DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH CAUSE I WOULDN'T WANT TO LOSE YOU!!!:(

HAPPY~ I TOOK ALL THE CLEANER BAGS AND TOSSED THEM. I DID IT RIGHT AWAY. IT SEEMS LIKE I DON'T HAVE ORDINARY ACCIDENTS BUT THINGS THAT ARE STRANGE AND RARE! :rofl: :rofl: SHOULD HAVE GIVEN ME YOUR LIST!!! I WOULD HAVE HAD IT DONE BEFORE SUMMERS END!!! LOL WE ARE TRYING "SIMPLE" OVER HERE AND I HAVE CUT WAY BACK ON EVERYTHING! WE'RE TRYING THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY THIS YEAR. I THINK I AM REPEATING MYSELF FROM LAST WEEK!! LOL GOOD LUCK WITH THE NEW DR AND DON'T GIVE UP TILL ALL THE "EVIDENCE" IS IN AND THEN GO TO WORK ON SELF-HELP. :hug: :hug: THANK GOD FOR GOOGLE!! IT HAS HELPED ME MANY TIMES. I NOW GO TO THE DR'S OFFICE ARMED AND READY!! LOL

TIG~ I LOVE MY HOT TODDY AND LOOK AT HIM EVERY DAY....MAYBE THAT'S WHERE ALL THESE DREAMS ARE COMING FROM!!! WELL IT BEATS THE **** OUT OF THE NIGHTMARES THEY REPLACED!! :rofl: :rofl: SOMEDAY I WANT TO GO TO A GYM AND ASK IF I CAN JOIN SO I CAN PUT MY WHEELS ON A TREADMILL AND MAKE THE WHOLE ROOM EITHER FAINT :faint: OR CRACK UP :rofl:

MEADOW~ WOULD YOU BELIEVE THAT ON MONDAY AND YESTERDAY I WAS LOOKING OUT THE WINDOWS ON THE BUS AND TELLING EVERYONE TO LOOK AT THIS DECORATION AND THAT!!! I AM A MOST ANNOYING PASSENGER I THOUGHT BUT NOW I READ YOUR POST....MAYBE NOT AS ANNOYING AS I THOUGHT!!!:p :p

KIRSTY~ THE WEEKEND SOUNDED EXHAUSTING TO ME AND EVERYTIME SOMEONE TOOK JENNIFER I WOULD HAVE LAIN IN THE BATH OR ON THE COUCH LIKE CLEOPATRA!!! :rofl: HOPE THE DROPS WORK. :hug:
LOVE THE PICTURES SHADDIE PUT UP!! HE IS THE CUTEST I'VE SEEN IN AWHILE!:carrot:

CEEJAY~ :wave: & :hug: BACK TO YOU!!! NICE EXERCISING!!! MORE THAN I HAVE DONE IN A LONG WHILE!! BAD MEL!!:devil:

HOLLY~ :wave: TO YOU ALSO. I SEE A LOT OF THINKING GOING ON OVER THERE. HOPE THE HOLIDAYS CONTINUE TO GO SMOOTHLY FOR ALL OF YOU.

LOTS OF ISSUES OVER HERE BUT NOT IN MY HOUSE THANK GOD OR JEN'S FOR THAT MATTER. JUST THE BLDG AND OFFICE. I AM TAKING THE DAY OFF FROM LIFE TODAY TO GET BACK ON TRACK BEFORE I WANDER TOO FAR OFF BASE. SELF-PRESERVATION SEEMS TO BE COMING EASIER NOW AND I THINK IT IS THE SIGHT OF THE ROSACEA THAT HELPS ME TAKE BETTER CARE OF MYSELF....FUNNY HOW THINGS WORK. :dizzy: MY CARDS SHOULD BE GETTING MAILED TODAY. WILLY TOOK THEM YESTERDAY TO HIS WIFE. HAVEN'T EATEN YET, FOSAMAX DAY, SO I BETTER GET GOING AND MAKE BREKKIE.
HAVE A GREAT DAY!!! :moped:

Madcat
12-14-2005, 10:19 AM
But I'll do it anyway if no one minds. If I get annoying just shoo me away the way you would any annoying insect! :D

I would like to add my :cheer: :cheer: for pictures of The Wee Man. He really is a beauty.

Happy, I really like early mornings at the gym: it seems to have a lower Fashion Queen quotient and nobody wants to socialize at 6:30 in the morning. And the benefit is getting your workout over with first thing - before life intervenes.

Tig - Your gym hair theory almost made me spit my coffee since I was laughing. Never thought of it that way but you are so right.

Shad - love the lights. I was just hearing about a guy on the West coast of Canada who had a display that was probably that big... until the local council complained about his Christmas music so he pulled the plug on the whole display. Bah humbug! But I find myself sympathizing with his neighbours. :joker: One man's Christmas spirit is another man's noise, I guess.

Raven!!!! It is so good to see you again and wonder news about the job. Sometimes getting toasted from a desk job is just the push ya need. It's always something, isn't it? Darn vehicles! BTW... you quote me?? I'm honoured!

Everyone else. :wave: :wave: Thanks for having me.

Ok, BTW, so here is the news (or no news) on the wedding, since people did ask. It’s slated for Friday May 5th… but we have made absolutely NO PLANS other than picking the day :lol: :lol: and we only picked a Friday so that we can take a charter flight (which flies Saturdays) to London for our honeymoon. Hmmm… what makes people think I’m having a certain lack of Bridal Enthusiasm?? Wedding at city hall and a reception at a local McDonalds is now sounding reasonable. If I can get a digital picture I’ll post a photo of The Ring (which I have nicknamed Fang the Nylon Killer).

I have to go do some work now

ceejay52
12-14-2005, 10:35 AM
Christmas is getting a lot closer. Sure am glad I’m not having to stress over buying gifts--shopping is done.

45 minutes of aerobics was done after I got home last night. Seems to me I can do this around 8:30 p.m. instead of being an early bird. Then I took a bath and went to bed. Exercise bothers some people if they do it late but it never has me. Seems to help me wind down.

It’s raining here today and that makes it dark and gloomy.

Have brought healthier food with me today. I tend to eat more calories when I get home than I should and I get home after 7 p.m. This is probably why I can’t loose any more weight. My pants are getting a little snug and I don’t have a bigger size to fit into so its a priority to get back down to the lower end of 180. I also decided last night that I would weigh at night. Yes I realize that you weigh less in the mornings but I feel like this is the best time for me. I weighed last night.

Shad-- If you give a run down on our personalities make it nice.

Madcat--good to see you. I don't think any us will shoo you away.

Ruth-I agree with both Shad and Mel.

Raven--You mentioned in your journal that you'd been to Arkansas. An inquiring mind wants to know what part of Arkansas since I live in this state.
I have a distant relative that has been in the equine business for most of his adult life.

Mel--Wondered where you'd been? It can get a little hectic this time of year.

Happy--ewwww, I hate having blood drawn. The most they draw from me is 2 viles but 6 viles. Hope the doctor can help.

Linus--Sounds like CJ is beginning to get a routine. He sure is a handsome little fellow.

hello to Meadow, Tig, and Teel. :wave:

Hollyhock
12-14-2005, 10:48 AM
YAAAAWWWWWNNNNN!!!
Need more coffee!!

The Christmas concert was brilliant!!! My DD sang the loudest out of everyone, LOL!! May have a rockstar on my hands.
DS also did very well. Damn ,these little guys are cute.

Just got DS on the bus. Time for coffee. 4 kids here ,2 more coming.
Made some caramel popcorn for the first time yesterday. It vanished. My family loved it. Will have to make more for gifts. Made fudge too. Will put 1/2 away and let my vultures have the rest.
Had a great night with hubby. Stayed up too late tho. I dont have a book right now and I watched TV til 1.
Need to get some orders out and pick up some baking supplies and lunch meat. I have a couple parcels to build and get in the mail.
It is quite cold but fresh and clear. -14C.

No great epiphanies today.

HUGS!

MELODY525
12-14-2005, 11:49 AM
Only 10 days 13 hours and 26 minutes left
until Christmas!
THAT'S ALL CEEJAYS FAULT!!! ROFL SHE GOT ME INTO THE XMAS MOOD WHEN HER POST LANDED IN MY MAILBOX! I AM IN THE SAME BOAT AS YOU CEEJAY....GAINED 3 LBS AND PANTS ARE SNUG. ALL THE FAT CLOTHES WENT INTO THE GARBAGE AND GOOD WILL SO THERE IS NO TURNING BACK!!! YIKES!!! GOOD LUCK TO US BOTH!

MADCAT YOU CAN'T BE A GATE CRASHER CAUSE THERE NEVER IS A GATE!!! TIS IS THE MOST OPEN DOOR FORUM I HAVE EVER BEEN ON. I LIKE THE MICKEY D'S RECEPTION IDEA....YOU CAN SERVE HAPPY MEALS....THEY EVEN HAVE A TOY INSIDE FOR THE GUESTS MOMENTO!! :rofl: :lol3: I AM VERY GLAD YOU CAME HERE! YOU WERE TRULY MISSED AND THE FEW TIMES I STOPPED IN THE JOURNALS, YOU WEREN'T THERE!!!!
SO PLEASE STAY. I GET TIRED OF CHASING PEOPLE AROUND! LOL

HOLLY~I AM HAVING A COFFE-LESS BREAK TOO. WISH I COULD PUT SOME OF THE SENIORS ON THE BUS WITH THE KIDS....EVEN IF IT'S FOR A SHORT TIME! :rofl:

:moped: I AM REALLY GOING THIS TIME....I FINALLY GOT 2 E-MAIL NOTIFICATIONS ONE WAS FROM YESTERDAY!!! IT ARRIVED TODAY!! ROFL MAYBE THERE WILL BE MORE! ROFL TTFN AGAIN

hellokittyfan
12-14-2005, 02:36 PM
Hi Everyone,

My name is Lisa and I'm 32. I guess saw your posts and wanted to know if I could join your group. The posts about the gym stuff cracked me up. My hair is always messed up, so I guess that's a good sign.

I just joined this site a couple of days ago and I love the support from everyone.

Take care.

Lisa

:D

Shad
12-14-2005, 03:14 PM
Good morning Lisa - you're very welcome to join the madness, mayhem and caring that goes on here. Come in, sit down, join me for my 5.am coffee :cofdate: . It's my no exercise day today or this would be written at 4.00am. And the temperatures are rising here in Aus. We are already at 27C and heading for 35 and a thunderstorm. Thats 84F and 100F.

Gotta go head for the shower. Be back later.

hellokittyfan
12-14-2005, 04:21 PM
Hi Joy,

Thanks for the warm welcome. Wow, I would love those temps. Here it's getting very cold and we expect to have snow/ice storm Thursday night into Friday. Just enough to make the morning commute miserable!!

I hope everyone is doing well. Tomorrow I'm working out, then Friday I'm working half a day and running Christmas errands, so no gym for me!!

Take care.

Lisa :)

linus
12-14-2005, 05:40 PM
just a quicky im supposed to be doing the groceries lol WELCOME MORILLI come join the mayhem this bunch are the absolute best
bye for now ,forgot to order peppers for the goulash
kirsty

hellokittyfan
12-14-2005, 05:48 PM
Hi Linus,

Thanks for the welcome!

I'm going home in about 40 minutes. Good, I'm tired of working today! LOL!

Talk to everyone later. Have a great evening!

Lisa

:D

PainterWoman
12-14-2005, 06:28 PM
I can't believe it's been 5 days and 10 screens since I posted. :flow2:
I'm glad this list knows how to vent AND how to get over it... I'm often startled by what pushes whose buttons, including my own. With ExH, I complained but didn't want anybody to agree with me, and then when the inevitable split was happening, I moped around and people weren't sympathetic at all. Don't suppose I might have given them mixed messages, do you? :dizzy:

Shad-- so how is your new assignment? I cleared the cache and had to re-log in... but I think I'm going to have to rely on my memory to come here and post. Uh ho. The light displays you posted are terrific. I agree with your soapbox spiel that there's no excuse for people messing with them. We had news stories like that here, too. (Of course, what passes for TV "news" is another rant!). Is your tornado/flood/lightening season over yet? As the world population increases, I think stupid people may indeed be getting stupider... You've heard of the Darwin Awards? Awards for people who do FATAL stupid things before reproducing themselves? The guy on the roof in the lightning may be a candidate.....

Mel- you win the award for using the most smilies... And making me laugh out loud... Are you out of the closet now? Not stuck in dry cleaning bags? Not only do you need an air-horn and can of pepper spray, but apparently a lance would be a good idea, too.

CeeJay- the weather sounds like it's been giving you fits. When it freezes do you have waterworks problems at your job? We've had several hard freezes here (finally) and I whacked down the hibiscus and some perennials with a CHAIN SAW. I finally understand what guys like about power tools.:devil:

Roseblush - Glad your mom's wrist is OK, hope the fever is gone. I don't have a clue what to think about a male nurse named Rolando...Is he an ER kind of nurse? or Scrubs? Or One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest?!

Tig - sorry that the arthritis Dx was confirmed, but glad that it wasn't anything dire and dramatic. I finally have enough blankets on the bed that I don't "scrunch" when I'm sleeping... I wake up much less tense.

Happy - glad the knee bends are useful.... I've been doing some general stretches... the above-mentioned yard work stretched out my ankles... so that's a new wrinkle.

Linus-- Congrats on the female addition to your family. I was sorried that all those names would spell something horrid. G.L.A.C. sounds safe enough. I hope you have more help from family and friends so you can sit and enjoy your DARLING little one. He doesn't LOOK like my idea of Satan!! Perhaps the meds will help. My oldest had ear infections almost constantly for her first year... and pediatrician was clueless. When we moved and went to a new MD he recommended tubes for her ears... and it turned DD was actually quite charming.:o I had to laugh at your understatement about DS1(?) having a wee bit of bother with the law-- I hope it's settling down... So many kids that age act out... especially if things at home are in a jumble.

Meadow... glad to have flashing AB at the conclusion of your posts... better than scented shortbread, I'm sure! And thanks for the reminder about taking joy in the everyday stuff.

My energy level is continuing to increase... but not my sinuses are clogged. I wouldn't have thought that the chemo toxins would poison GERMS, too!
Or that the radiation would keep me healthy. Well, I know about post-stress colds etc... so it's lots of Vernors, tea and OJ.... and naps...

Will get cracking on Christmas cards... must buy envelopes!!
I'll try to get back quicker!

Shad
12-14-2005, 06:31 PM
Oh it is so exciting to see some new faces on the thread. Not that the old ones weren't pretty :nono: :welcome: to you all and I hope you all have an interesting journey with us. Happy2bme has stated in the past about friends for a reason and friends for a season and then there are the forever friends. I'd like to think that we could all become part of the latter group, but things are constantly changing and we understand that some will come and go (and come back again from time to time)

Now is probably a good time to put out a potted history on this thread and the wonderful people on it. I did this once or twice before and since we have a super moderator I guess I can ask the question........ Ruthie (said in a plaintive pretty please tone)
a: could we make this a sticky?
and b: is it worth making a sticky in this thread?

Since we chat a lot, we are forever moving homes (and countries) maybe the sticky would get left behind.

Okay, about the thread. We have this thing about travelling the world. So we start a new Home approximately every 35 or so pages. Some browsers won't load if the thread gets too long. So far it's been me that have chosen our new abode(s) we now have two, a home to live in and a holiday home for those that choose to move to a warmer or cooler climate or to holiday. So far we have 'lived' in castles, world heritage sites, stately homes, over water bungalows and log cabins. Currently we have 'purchased' a village in Santorini in the Greek Islands and we have a Tree House in Okinawa in Japan as our holiday home. Photo's on front page of the thread should you wish to see. Feel free to suggest new homes or start a new thread when the time is right.

This thread has been going for a number of years. The players have changed from time to time, but Teel, Happy, and Shad (that's me) have been around since probably before time begun. We were joined by Melody525, Linus and Hollyhock and then Meadow and Roseblush. Tig probably came in around the same time. Later we picked up Ceejay and Painterwoman and dragged them along for the ride. Geez I hope I haven't forgotten anyone there. Now we have Ruthxxx who drops in from time to time. Raventoy who has been in the journals and on the threads before, Madcat who comes to see us when and where her schedule allows, and now Morrili who I look forward to getting to know.

OKAY who have I forgotten?????? Speak up :dizzy:

There are no rules as such on this thread, however I will remind us all at this point that talking religion or politics is likely to create some very 'lively' discussion so be prepared to have to explain your cause if you wish to take this route.
Also, if you make comment about DH, DB, DS, DD, DF, DMIL, DS, DN, or any other of the nearest or dearests I have failed to mention, then be prepared for advice, censure, help, support, or comment from any of the above mentioned characters.
As we all live in widely differing communities and countries then there is often confusion about language and humour (yes spelt with a U) so think before you get up someones nose with a comment or retort. Ye gods and to think we actually all speak English of one form or another.

Right lets get on with the Characters of this thread. No malice is intended here, the puns are probably going to be truly awful but here goes - in no particular order:

Happy2bme - usually known as Happy, works with computers and SAP which makes her a little unbalanced. SAP has this effect on most people who work closely with the program. Happy has recently re-located to Tennessee from Illinois and lives in a nice house with her lovely DH and assorted wild and stray animals. Happy, her DH and I have actually met up (2 years ago) and had a wonderful time together. Currently Happy is having a few health problems - we are hoping for some good news to come her way shortly.

Hollyhock - known as Holly - lives in deepest darkest Ontario, Canada with (by his photos anyway) a good looking DH and their son, daughter, a couple of cats, an old house painted in fruit salad colours (again with a U) and a big block, a breaking down van and she sells Avon, takes in children by the bucketload and generally wears herself out with goodworks and dirty nappies.

Tig - lives in Florida and runs - we are not sure whether that is to get out of Florida or not, but from the mileage she has done, she should now be halfway to Brisbane for the fun run next August. She has DH (known as Slim) a dog or 2 or is it 3, works as a project manager, and DH has a HARLEY on which they ride for long periods of time usually for a charity or fungroup I think. Tig has had a few health scares this year as well - so we are sending good vibes for a better new year. Tig has a couple of grandsons called THE THUGS.

Painterwoman - known as Painter - is in Texas. She lives with DH and has children who I believe are widely scattered - one is having a tea party in Boston I think. Painter as the name suggests paints, she also takes a mean photo, knits and gardens. Painter had a brush with breast cancer this year and is now finished with chemo and RT and we also want better things for her this year.

Meadow is in Canada in the wilds of British Columbia. She has a DH, 2 daughters and a love/ hate relationship with the WATP tape, is in love (from afar) with Antonio Banderas and has a great eye for graphic design. Watch this space for more AB wallpaper and pics.

Linus lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with the DH and three sons all I think named Satan (including the DH from time to time). The youngest one is only a couple of months old and those are his pictures on the thread. We all went through this pregnancy with linus. Oh yes, she also has 2 dogs, fish, probably an Mexican Walking fish and numerous other considerations - did the guinea pig get replaced?

Roseblush lives in Idaho in a seemingly beautiful area. She has 2 dogs, Toby and Teeka, turtles (I think) and a back yard with deer, elk and caribou which eat the garden plants. Oh yes and at one stage she had a woodpecker trying to demolish her log cabin. She works in Physiotherapy.

Ceejay - lives in Arkansas and works with water. We get to hear about her job from time to time and cringe every time she talks about shifting the chemical barrels from place to place. Ceejay is doing well with workouts at the moment - thats in between travelling to see family in various States of the USA. Recently she and Painter met up in Dallas. We are not allowed to know what they ate!

Then of course we have our Mel. Mel lives in an apartment block in New Jersey and she runs the Maintenance section from her place!! You ought to hear her yell at them. She also organises craft days for the seniors of the apartment and they have been making Christmas decorations. Mel has a daughter Jen who lives upstairs and a Jen has a bird which commutes between apartments. Mel is disabled and in one of 4 different wheelchairs but you would never know it from the things she gets up to. Mel has had a bad year medically but she is on the mend and we hope for a better new year for her too.

Teel - lives in Suffolk in England. She is not always in good health, but I have to say that her computer has worse health than she does and it is currently in hospital so we are not hearing much from her. She lives in a complex with her dog Holly - not to be confused with Canadian Holly who is not a dog. Teel and I met up about 2 years ago when I was in England.

Madcat has been around the 3FC site longer than me, she lives in Toronto Canada and is a Technical Writing Guru. She works on contract. She has TB (the BOY) now the Fiance and two cats and is being married as she said in May. We are waiting for the pictures of the Fang (ring). I very nearly met up with Madcat 2 years ago, but I wasn't long in Toronto and wasted some time trying to organise a meet with another person who as it turned out didn't really want to meet me and didn't want to tell me. I should have gone and had a drink with the 'cat.

Ruthxxx has the title Super Moderator and Dog Nut under her avatar - actually she could save some space on the server and take out the Moderator and Dog bits and just become the Super Nut. Ruth lives in Ontario Canada with two gorgeous dogs (although one is currently being a brat) - but a long way from Hollyhock and Madcat. She runs the village I think. Ruth is currently suffering from DK (she calls it Damn Knee - I call it Dicky Knee). Ruth pops in from time to time and tries to keep us in order.

Raventoy has been on the threads and journals for quite some time - she lives in Georgia with her children (2) a bunch of horses, a series of dogs, not sure about DBF these days, and runs a business trimming and looking after horses feet. Wonder what she is like with human feet. Mine hurt today.

Honey-dipped has been in the threads over the last couple of weeks. She has actually seen our holiday home in Okinawa Japan (see page 1). We know she is married to a military man, but not much else.

Then there is me. I live in Queensland Australia in the sub-tropics. I have a house in stages of renovation, a neurotic cat, 2 sons (one in Brisbane and one in Adelaide), and I work as a workplace trainer and documentor on computer systems - currently SAP which explains the weird comments from time to time. My current contract comes to an end Friday week and I will be looking for something new. Since I'm in the Southern Hemisphere, it is summer here now and we are in the middle of the wet season. Thunder, heat, humidity, mosquitos and flies are my constant companions. I dabble in gardening, photography, travel and renovations. Such fun.

Linda T - lives in the beautiful City by the Bay in California. She is a model of inspiration having lost over 80 pounds herself. She is willing to share all sorts of advice, reviews and posts recipes for those who need some meal ideas. Linda also occasionally threatens us with the cattle prod for those who don't feel motivated to see the light. Just the idea of her chasing us is hysterical and enough to get us to snap to attention. Linda mostly posts in the journals but occasionally will pay us a welcome visit on the threads.


Gawd this has turned into a novel. You will notice I've said little about Morrili yet. Thats probably because I know little about Morrili. I look forward to getting to know her better.

Oh yes and if there is anyone I have forgotten, then please shout loudly :coach: you know I am getting forgetful and deaf in my old age.

See you.

ceejay52
12-14-2005, 06:46 PM
Great job Shad :bravo:

Lisa --Hello and welcome.

Mel--Don't know how my post ended up in your mail. Strange.

RavenToy
12-14-2005, 07:22 PM
Shad - That was absolutely lovely! Thank you so much for catching me up on everyone! And now I know what's going on with your job, too. I'm still with the one and only DBF, though he's off visiting his Mom for the holidays right now. He'll be back Sunday. He's been amazingly supportive of my decision to leap off into running my own business. I think when I mentioned what the numbers would probably run to once I had established my clientelle the dollar signs flashed in his little eyeballs and everything was just all good. :^:

Happy - Ok chick. You're probably only a few hours from me, I really should bug you about us getting together one of these days if you would be interested.

Painter - So good to see you again, too! Might I suggest goldenseal for boosting the upper respiritory immune system? I know our situations differ greatly, but I've used it to keep seasonal sinus infections at bay for the last 6years or so.

CeeJay - Uhm. What was the name of that place!?! I think it was Harrison. I trained there with Jaime Jackson.

MadCat - Make it May 4th. That's my daughter's birthday. ;) Yes, I quoted you... so many times this year, I've been afraid. And that little reminder of yours helped a lot. That, and my daughter telling me that if I gave up, I'd set a LOUSY example for her and my son and she'd have no reason to strive for HER dreams. Yeah. No pressure there, huh? :p But I couldn't kill her, so I gave up and listened instead. I find your lack of bridal (unbridalled?) enthusiasm quite charming.

Melly Melifilicious Melster - I could just wander around all day making strange sounding names for you. Who knows why. The horses have addled my brain. Or maybe it's age. Or ... :?:

Holly, Morrili, Linus - Hi! :wave:

linus
12-14-2005, 08:11 PM
lol thanks shad that little run down just made me realise again why i like you all so much ,i should have said before but craigs little brush with the law enr=tailed him chucking chewing gum at a girl because she was heading for a slap{craigs words not mine}and he doesnt hit girls {my doing not his } and he has been charged with assault because of it but the lawyer we saw doesnt seem to think itll come to anything
by again im off to bed
kirsty

happy2bme
12-14-2005, 09:47 PM
OKAY who have I forgotten?????? Speak up

We also get occasional visits from the Fabulous Linda T and her roving cattle prod :D

Shad
12-14-2005, 09:57 PM
Aaargh - how could I forget the cattle prod - oh and LindaT of course!

happy2bme
12-14-2005, 10:12 PM
Linda T lives in the beautiful City by the Bay in California. She is a model of inspiration having lost over 80 pounds herself. She is willing to share all sorts of advice, reviews and posts recipes for those who need some meal ideas. Linda also occasionally threatens us with the cattle prod for those who don't feel motivated to see the light. Just the idea of her chasing us is hysterical and enough to get us to snap to attention. Linda mostly posts in the journals but occasionally will pay us a welcome visit on the threads.

Shad
12-14-2005, 10:16 PM
Well said happy. Have you been learning the writing style?

happy2bme
12-14-2005, 10:17 PM
Nice run down Shad and thank you for the introductions. A sticky "sticks" with the forum so they could post a sticky that would stay at the top of the Support Forum no matter how many times we changed homes.

Argh, DH is working on his training modules, not sure if it's him or the Internet that's slow but I'm not about to lose a long post so I'll try back later.

Welcome Lisa -- caught the news today and it seems like there's some lousy weather headed your way. Take care and tread carefully. Hope it's not ice tho this mass of pink is headed east (on the weather channel pink means large clouds of slippery frozen precipitation). And a big howdy to the returning faces of the world.

happy2bme
12-14-2005, 10:19 PM
Learning the writing style? :?: All I can tell you is that I copy and plagerize well :write: Somewhere in my future is a job writing user manuals. :comp:

Madcat
12-14-2005, 11:45 PM
Very entertaining summary. Next time you come to Toronto we will have to go for that drink... I know this really cool Irish pub - where we would drink soda water and eat celery, of course.;)

Happy, a friend of mine who is a Tech Writer always says "Good writers compose, great writers steal outright". :lol: And it's a dog's life writing manuals. I've been working on one for the last 5 hours and I'm now cross-eyed... and a bit punchy.

Mel, you still make me laugh. I really missed you.

Painter, I think they have redone the alerts and you only get _one_ the first time someone posts after you come visit the site. Visit = email, but only 1 email.

'Night guys! I am knackered...too many hours of writing reference material in teeny weeny print for an application guide. What was I thinking moonlighting 2 weeks before Xmas?

And geez, never forget the cattle prod!

Hollyhock
12-14-2005, 11:50 PM
Bless your heart Shad!!

Shad
12-15-2005, 06:05 AM
Just a plea to all of you out there who are driving - please take it easy and carefully. There are so many things that can and do go wrong in a split second. Tonight I witnessed an accident in which a man was killed. The nightmare will live with me for quite a while. His family will live with it forever. So whatever you do, just take that little bit of extra time to look both ways if you are crossing the road, or check that there really is nothing coming or that you have the room to make that turn.

Be careful out there.

Glad you liked the intro's Madcat. It's funny writing something like that. Apart from Teel and Happy, I know only what most people here look like from a 2d photo and by voice with a couple of others. All that I really know about them is what I have learnt and listened and read here on the threads. Yet I feel that I could pick them blindfolded simply by reading the words they write and how they write it.

Okay, it's early but I am off to bed. I've had enough of today.

happy2bme
12-15-2005, 08:19 AM
Shad, sorry that you had to witness such a tragedy. When I think about it, I am surprised that there are not more frequent serious crashes out there. People have just lost respect for the rules of the road - and they are there for a very good reason. One of those moments too in which you realize the effect of life altering moments and how precious life really is. Thanks for the reminder. :hug:

Madcat - although I have written my fair share of documentation over the years, my user manual comment was written tongue in cheek. Through Shad and yourself I have come to understand that writing them in no walk in the park. However, I will never forget the day you were at wit's end on one job and started spewing off how you would someday write a manual for the truly incompentent - had me in a fit of giggles for days on end. And I was serious about paying money for it :lol:

Linus - hope all works out for Craig. Shows you just how fine a line there is under the definition of assault. Better she got gum than a slap. I have learned I can't even toss a small wad of crumpled paper at my staff just funning around lest I be accused too. Maybe that's why managers are crabby - it's our only defense that we can't be prosecuted for :rofl:

Raven - near as I can tell, you're about an 8 hour drive from me. Trouble is, I don't drive the highways / expressways so meeting half way would be kind of tough. However, I am open to suggestions as I think we'd have a rousing good time together. 300 horses to sustain yourself? Just out of curiosity, how often do you do a trim on a horse? I have visions of you working 20 hour days, 7 days a week just to keep up!

I am sitting here and at a loss for something amusing and witty to say. Guess that means it's time to pop in the shower. I have a doctor's appointment this morning with my regular doctor. I can't believe 2 weeks have passed. I am not down 4 pounds as was ordered :o I must say that I really did try on the food - both in portion sizes AND choices, did so-so on the water and nix on the exercise tho my knee is finally easing up the last few days. Yesterday I just wasn't hungry and ate very light although supper consisted on nibbling, mostly on some cheesy bits for some protein. Not too brilliant Happy to eat salt the day before a weigh in. :rollpin:

Guess I'd better get on with it. Have a good one everybody.

Ruthxxx
12-15-2005, 09:39 AM
To sticky or not to sticky....hmmmm
How about making Friends Around The World a sub-group like Christian Encouragers? It would also be helpful if the trhead got closed and restarted once in a while as it sure gets long and "view last post" doesn't work all that well. Maybe weekly? Think about ti.
I have a really busy day coming up (once I thaw out!) but will check back later. I also will ask Suzanne's permission as she is MOD for this Support Group Forum.
xxxx
Frozen Tootsies

Great bios by Shad. We could probably make that into a sticky in the new subgroup and edit in now info as needed.

MELODY525
12-15-2005, 10:24 AM
:elf: IT WAS SO COLD IN THE APARTMENT EVEN WITH THE HEAT ON HIGH THAT I DIDN'T WANT TO GET OUT OF BED!:tantrum: THE STORM IS ON IT'S WAY BUT LOOKS MORE LIKE RAIN THAN ANYTHING ELSE AND TEMPS WILL RISE TO THE 40'S! WE'RE HAVING A HEAT WAVE...LA LA LA.... A TROPICAL HEAT WAVE:beach: BUSY DAY AHEAD. NOW WHERE DID I PUT THAT BIKINI....?????:?:

:wel3fc: WELCOME LISA AND HOPE YOU MAKE A HABIT OF COMING HERE!! SO GOOD TO SEE ANOTHER NEW FACE. :welcome:

SHAD~ THANKS FOR THE UPDATE ON US ALL AND WHAT A GREAT INTRO IT WAS ABOUT ALL OF US. I TOO WILL BE CAREFUL WHEREVER I DRIVE :bike: DURING THE HOLIDAYS!!! BUT I CANNOT SAY MUCH FOR ONE OF OUR DRIVERS!!!:crazy: SO SORRY THAT YOU WITNESSED SUCH TRAGEDY. I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL. I HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN ONE I WITNESSED WHEN I WAS ABOUT 14 INVOLVING A FAMILY ON A MOTORCYCLE...THANK GOD IT ENDED WELL UNLIKE YOURS. SYMPATHIES TO THAT FAMILY. VERY SAD FOR THEM ALL. :hug: <----FOR YOU TOO! WHATEVER YOU AND RUTH THINK IS BEST IS FINE WITH ME.....

PAINTER~ :shrug: :( :o :dizzy: :mag: :dunno: I CANNOT FOR THE LIFE OF ME REMEMBER WHAT YOU WROTE!!:comp: OH YES.....GLAD YOU ARE TAKING PRECAUTIONS WHILE YOU ARE IN A VULNERABLE STATE. ESPECIALLY WITH ALL THE WINTER COLDS AND FLUS AROUND US. STAY WELL MY FRIEND!!:hug:

RAVEN~ THE WHOLE BUILDING MAKES UP NEW NAMES FOR ME. WONDER WHY THAT IS TOO?! I TRY TO KEEP THE MEN BUSY SO THEY HAVE NO TIME TO THINK!!! :rollpin:

RUTH~ HELLO MISS FROZEN TOES. MINE ARE INSIDE VERY WARM AND FUZZY SLIPPER BOOTS AN ADMIRER GAVE TO ME THE OTHER DAY. I'LL SHARE THEM!!!:carrot:

MADCAT~ SMALL PRINT IS THE ENEMY!!! ROFL I SYMPATHIZE WITH YOU AND THE RUSH JOB BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS! WHEN I READ YOUR POST I IMMEDIATELY THOUGHT OF THE VERY YOUNG AND DASHING BRUCE WILLIS.....MOONLIGHTING. MY BRAIN WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS! :rofl: :dizzy:

HAPPY~ I TOO CANNOT THINK OF WITTY AND AMUSING THINGS NOW EITHER....MUST BE CAUSE SHAD USED UP ALL THE ALLOTED WIT AND HUMOR WITH HER INTRO POST! :lol3: :lol3: GOOD LUCK WITH THE DR!! I AM THINKING GOOD THOUGHTS AND SENDING THEM YOUR WAY!!

LINUS~ GOOD LUCK WITH CRAIG AND TELL HIM GIRLS ARE TROUBLE AND TO STAY CELEBATE!!!! :rofl: JUST WHAT YOU NEEDED....MORE BOY TROUBLE!!! :hug: <---- FOR YOU TOO!

CEEJAY~ WHEN IS OUR NEXT TRIP???? AND HOW IS THE AUNT???
:snowglo: :hohoho: :snowfight :coolsnow: :snowball1
I HAVE FORGOTTEN WHAT ANYONE SAID ON THE OTHER PAGE!! :faint: SORRY!! THE PARCEL POST MAN JUST GAVE ME A BOX. A WOMAN WHO LEFT HERE A FEW YEARS AGO SENT ME A LOVELY PJ SET IN JADE WITH LACE AND RIBBON ANDS LITTLE ADORABLE BUTTONS. I HAVE NOT SEEN HER IN YEARS BUT WE STILL COMMUNE VIA SNAIL MAIL. SHE IS AN ALCOHOLIC AND THEY HAD HER RESIGN. I GAVE HER AS MUCH SUPPORT AS POSSIBLE AND WE ARE STILL FRIENDS. THE OTHERS DUMPED HER. IT WAS VERY SAD. WELL.....NOT GOING TO GO THERE ANY FURTHER. IT'S STILL SUNNY AND I NEED TO GET MY ACT TOGETHER. ALL CHAIRS ARE CHARGED AND READY TO ROLL. THE ONLY PROBLEM IS WHICH ONE FOR WHAT JOB!!! :scooter: :bike: :moped: TAKE CARE LADIES AND HAVE A GREAT DAY!:moped:

MELODY525
12-15-2005, 10:46 AM
http://health.discovery.com/convergence/bodychallenge2006/bodychallenge2006.html

THE ABOVE LINK IS WHERE I AM GOING TO SIGN UP FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW WITH THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL CHALLENGE 2006. I AM NOT NSURE IF THEY TAKE OUT OF COUNTRY ENTRANTS THOUGH.
IN THE PAST 2, THEY GAVE FREE DIET AND EXERCISE ADVICE, MEAL PLANS ETC. MAYBE IT WILL GIVE ME THE JANUARY LIFT I NEED! GOTTA GET THES POUNDS OFF!!!

MELODY525
12-15-2005, 11:05 AM
JUST FOUND THIS RECIPE THERE. SO I BROUGHT IT BACK HERE.

TODAY'S RECIPE IS:


Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Three Bell Peppers

This recipe serves: 4

Preparation time : 10 minutes
Cooking time : 15 minutes


Ingredients
1 small red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into thin strips
1 small green bell pepper, seeded and sliced into thin strips
1 small yellow bell pepper, seeded and sliced into thin strips
1 shallot, diced
2 teaspoons olive oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, about 4 to 6 ounces each
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
3/4 cup chicken stock



Cooking Instructions
1. In a small bowl, mix the bell pepper strips and diced shallot together.

2. Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a skillet over a medium-high heat. Cook the bell pepper mixture until tender, about 4 to 5 minutes.

3. Cut a deep horizontal pocket in the side of each chicken breast. Make the pocket as large as you can without piercing the top or bottom of the breast. Place 1/4 cup of the pepper mixture in the pocket of each chicken breast. Secure the pocket with toothpicks threading along the side to close.

4. Heat the remaing 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a heavy oven-proof skillet until it begins to smoke. Cook each side of the chicken until golden brown.

5. Add the vinegar and chicken stock and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and gently simmer the chicken for 2 or 3 minutes per side until cooked through.

6. Remove the chicken breasts from the skillet and keep warm. Continue to cook the sauce until it is reduced to a thick syrup.

7. Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper. Spoon the sauce over each chicken breast to serve.



Nutrition Facts


Serving Size 1 chicken breast

Amount Per Serving: Calories 265

hellokittyfan
12-15-2005, 11:55 AM
Hi everyone,

Thanks for the warm welcomes and stories.

My name is Lisa and I'm 32 years old, from Virginia. I was married for 6 years, but got divorced April this year. I've been in a serious relationship now for quite some time.

I work in the legal field. I've been at my job now for about a year and I absolutely love it!!

I need to lose about 40-50 pounds, I've done it before, just need to do it again!! I could use all of the support I can get.

Take care.

Lisa :)

Meadow
12-15-2005, 01:14 PM
Well I have only done 4miles this week and we are off visiting for the weekend, so next week I will do more:dizzy: Haven't been scoffing much sugar cookies, although I do fancy a chocolate with sweet drippy cream innards. Maybe over Christmas I will find a box at somebody else's house :devil:

Shad-we will drive carefully, my husband is going to be reminded often that we have lots of time ;) :hug: I'm sorry you were a witness to such an awful occurrence, it sure makes you want to hug everyone you love and tell them how much they mean to you, you never know. Thank you for your kind description of myself, I like being the AB picture producer :spin:

Mel-cold mornings don't make for good energy facing the world :flow1: Hope you found the bikini alright :D I bet it look very fetching along with your fuzzy boots. The image of Rachel Welch in that Caveman movie comes to mind or maybe it that Startrek episode with Mariette Hartley in the frozen wasteland, when Spoke reverts back to barbarian Vulcan ;) I know what you mean about needing a little motivator commitment to spark the weight movement downwards again. I'm counting on Leslie Sasone to get my kester into gear:carrot: Lovely looking chicken recipe, I really like peppers. I have had a hankering for a stir fry, sesame oil :chin: My husband is anti vegetables though so I may have to have a little something ordered in when I'm down in the city. Salt laden:eating2: take out version

Happy-think light thoughts :) I hope the doctor eases your spirit with some promising news.

PW-You have to pop in and check on us daily or you miss so much, especially about me :lol3: How are you faring? I found some lovely new creams at a website, Divagirl body.com, they smell wonderful and my sisters are getting them for Christmas. Ginger, lemon and shea butter, big intake of air, ahhh!

Lisa-Welcome and nice to have you amongst us. I am a work in progress, not too good at losing weight, but I love cheering on the one's who do figure it out and make headway. Best of good energy!:welcome3: :goodluck:

Ruth-wow, weekly home changes! Wouldn't we be the naughty Jet setting young things! I guess the thread could be restarted every week but sheesh you know some of us get lost easily ;) It is a big world!!:coffee2: :crazy: How are you now? Have you thawed into a puddle? :lol:

Madcat-I didn't think of Bruce Willis until Mel mentioned him :p That show was so good when it first started turned into such a mess at the end. Breathe deep and do your best with the application guide, you are the voice of the future! You have the power! :write: :yes: :queen:

Holly-How cold is it? It seems like your side of the country is getting a ton more snow this year. Fingers crossed that no ice storms swing through. My kids are out for the holidays tomorrow. Crazy time cometh:wizard: :tired: :candy: :xcheer:

Linus-How are your peepers? Getting some rest? Sorry about Craig, sounds like he made the better choice though, so take some comfort in that. He isn't a thug ;) Koochie Koo to CJ.

:wave: Hello out there:clause:

ceejay52
12-15-2005, 01:19 PM
I just got bumped again. argh and I don't have enough time left to spend on the computer.

Mel--I'm leaving for Paragould this afternoon . Have your things ready. The kids have a Christmas concert tonight.

happy2bme
12-15-2005, 03:02 PM
Ceejay - have a safe trip - be careful! Come back soon... :wave:

PainterWoman
12-15-2005, 05:34 PM
Shad-- Terrific summary... I wish we had a frapper map .. (friends map) so we could get faces with the locations. I was never much on memorization... better with association... but all of you Canadians get shuffled around the provinces... and As to Aussies with THEIR states... and sometimes there's just a space/time fllip-flop and somebody gets moved to a different hemisphere or timezone... and you can only imagine how that messes up who the DH's and D-kids are.

Madcat & Raven T-- thanks for the good wishes. Will check out Goldenseal... and swill more green tea more often. Would love to get up East to any degree... Indiana would be good (where my DS is), Kentucky/TN, MA, ME or Toronto etc.

Ciao.

Ruthxxx... howdy, stranger... I like the idea of a subgroup... it that's an easier way to keep the old threads bundled....

Shad
12-15-2005, 06:22 PM
Where to start? Okay maybe with comments to the posts. I'm not thinking straight today and I haven't been anywhere near the eliptical either.

Ruth - Thank you for the suggestion and willingness to help but no thank you. I suspect that if we were to start on a separate sub forum, several others may want to do the same thing and it would cause some problems for the 3FC. Also we may not get read as much and so not get wonderful new people because we are harder to find or whatever. So we will just have to make do with what we have. Should we need/ want to, we can just copy the entry and take it with us when we are kicked out of the village - uhhhh sorry when we move to a bigger house with a bigger pool and bigger gardens etc.etc. Those are my thoughts anyway, however I am not the keeper of the key to this thread. How do others think?

Happy - I am sure that you can look forward to more than pain relief. What Teels problem with arthritis and Linus' problem with arthritis is may not be what you have. They seem to have spinal degeneration among other things. Listen to the lady doc(s) who seem to have gained your confidence. Read up on RA and learn what you can do to alleviate it. Certainly losing weight and moving will help! Did I hear you say 'mumble, mumble'?

Raven - Congrats on getting that business up and running. I'm sure you will get to the required number of feet shortly and that everything will be fine and dandy for you. It may be hard, but it is not work if you love what you are doing!.
Sad to hear about the childrens Dad, but he's not really a dad is he. No doubt he has good intentions but......

Mel - the PJ's sound divine and I certainly don't need a lend of your slippers at the moment. Also, I will have a go at that recipe as well. Might try it out on the troops for our new year bbq. Chicken breasts are cheap at the moment. Yes I feel bad about yesterday, however I have to look at it as - it wasn't my fault, I just happened to be there. It was a dreadful waste of life. It will scar the person driving the car for life - she had to be taken away in an ambulance, she was hysterical. And I did the best that I could at the time, called the ambulance, called the police, gave a statement etc.etc. Now I just have to work through the guilt (yes there always is some - what else should I have done) and move on.

Madcat - You ain't gatecrashing anything lady. Mel seems to think it is an open gate but really it is more like a revolving door - what goes around comes around etc. etc. And I find the answer to so many questions here. So much wisdom in one little thread. (Now we can have legal advice too, with the advent of Morrili.
So Friday May 5th I have to stand up, face north-east and drink a toast to my friend Madcat and her man! Did you not realise that you need to take the ring OFF to put on the nylons? London sounds fun - May is when the seasons start to wake up and you will see all the very pale poms emerging from their burrows.
Next time I am in Toronto, we will go for that drink (and it won't be mineral water) and have something to eat (not celery) and I will do my normal I'm a Kiwi, I don't tip thing and embarass the heck out of you.

Ceejay - echoing Happy's thoughts, drive carefully. Come back safe. Some folk can do exercise late at night. I am not one of them. But whatever suits and makes it easy for you to do - then do it.
I hope I made the run down on the good folk worldly chicks nice enough for you?

Holly - Sounds like a lot of fun was had by all at the kid's Christmas concert. :lol: rockstar daughter :lol3:

Morrili - you came back after all that!!!! :bravo: You obviously have what it takes to understand this lot. Actually we are relatively sane and sober and sometimes we even talk about our weight problems. We're here to support whatever you want to do with the weight, but we reserve the right to give our opinions and advice as well. Welcome to our world.

Linus - If chewing gum is all that was chucked then for the life of me I can't see a case to answer. Unless it hit her straight in the open gob then it is grotty, unseemly, crude and probably bad for her ego, but is hardly harmful. I've never actually heard of chewing gum as a weapon before. Anyway, we hope it will all end sensibly. As for the Infacol, colic and CJ, well go for it. Whatever brings peace. DS1 was a colicky baby for the first 9 months of his life. I don't know if he/ we would have survived if not for Infant Phenergan. Also you might try propping him up so his head and upper body are always higher than his feet. DS1 lived in the bouncinette because he couldn't sleep in a cot or bassinette.

Painter - The e-mail thing seems to work for me most of the time. However you only get notification of the first entry after you have been to the site - it actually or it used to anyway, say that there may be more entries but you have to go to the site to view them. Try making a time to go to the site everyday. With your morning coffee or whatever.
Yes I've heard of the Darwin awards. That guy on the roof won't get one. He's still alive although he will never be the same again. Our wet season lasts until about end of December and into January - most of summer really. Then by Feb it cools down a bit and we are back to living in paradise.
I'm very happy to hear that the energy levels are increasing. That is good news.

Meadow - safe journey and have a grand family time. Come back safe. When do you get back by the way?? Happy WATP - I presume you are taking the tape with you ;)

Okay, that's it, another novel. I'm suffering from verbal diarrhea (sp). I'll go back and put Happy's contribution to the bio's on the list and get to work.
See ya.

linus
12-15-2005, 07:29 PM
im with shad i try and make myself come here everyday jut to make sure we dont get bumped to page 2:dizzy:
light may be dawning at the end of the tunnel the doc that cut cj,s tongue tie has put a rocket up the maternity hospital for not doing it at birth and the midwife ,health visitor and doc for waiting till i stoood and stamped my feet to get it done and low and behold today i got a visit from my hv and a phone call from the infant nutritionist at the hossie and they seem to think my wee man has reflux so a prescription for gaviscon,and a special haberman feeder are to be provided to see if we can get his feeding and pain relief sorted out :love: :cheer: :crossed: :crossed: :crossed: :crossed: :crossed: :crossed: :crossed: :crossed: heres hoping and hed live in his bouncy too but he snapped it lol hes very active
raven the worse thing about my illness is that i cant ride anymore and boy do i miss it i started at 8 helping out at the stables so i could get my free trek every week and ended up working at the disabled riding school when i was 16 and helped out at the local police stables in between ,what i miss most of all is the smell when you snuggle into the neck ooooohh my hearts melting here
bye for now
kirsty

Madcat
12-16-2005, 12:21 AM
We've been hit by a massive blizzard. It is actually two storms dancing the Fandango in the sky over southern Ontario. I literally could not see the ground from my 25th floor office. I may be working from home tomorrow (on Job 2). Just saw on the news, the snow is melting and the roads are slick. Welcome to Winter.

Shad, Fang never comes off. Partially due to superstition and partly due to the extra 10 lbs I'm carrying around since I first put it on. :o :moo: Kiwis don't tip? Heck and you seem like such a nice lot. :lol: :lol: You at least have many other sterling qualities. :chin:

Linus – good work on standing your ground. Here's hoping indeed.

Holly - careful out there!

Happy – hope the Dr went ok. As far as salt goes, this too will pass.

Mel – I'm going to check out the Discovery link. I think you are right and they don't take human types from outside the US. Still they have lots of good information on that site. Maybe it is time to start some sort of program like that. Frankly it has been long enough for me too. I love peppers and they are a veggie TB will actually eat. I'll have to try this one.

Welcome back Lisa. Brave woman!!

Meadow! Star Trek references?? You are a woman after my own heart. Brain and brain: what is brain? I agree about Moonlighting. Rule one of TV drama… if you have sexual tension between two characters never ever consummate it. Just like in life, anticipation is everything… attainment is boring! ;)

CeeJay – and the ex-MIL used to say "Mind how you go".

PW – you should come see T.O. some time. It's soo, uummm, clean. I laugh because for years that has been the most common comment tourists give when asked what they thought of Toronto. Talk about damning with faint praise. It's lovely here in the summer though – patios packed with pale Northerners basking in brief sun.

BTW, Ok, with my arthritis in my knees should we change the name of the thread to "Gimpy Knees Around the World"? Mine is OA though, due to just plain bad construction. I must have been built on a Friday.

:wave: Ruth! Raven! over here...

Night all… (or Nytol)

Shad
12-16-2005, 05:05 AM
And shortly I will shut everything down and sit around watching tv. - what's left of it that is. Satellite has shut down and I now have to watch free to air stuff.

No Kiwis rarely tip and then only for excellent service above and beyond the call of duty. Aussies are the same. You see we pay them a decent wage! Most of our hospitality workers are on somewhere between 10 and 15 dollars an hour and more for the really good ones. Why should I have to tip them for doing their job?

'Gimpy' knees around the world. Maybe we should make that a sub-forum where all the knees could gather and complain. Don't hear Painter, Holly, Meadow or me complaining about dicky knees. By the way, Dicky Knee was a puppet character on a program which we had here a few years back. He had a sister called Ophelia Knee.

While I think about it, Ceejay and Meadow - your cards both arrived today - thanks. How's that for timing? Did you arrange that?

Okay, thunder is now continuous. Lightning is catching right up. Time to shut down for the night.

See ya

MELODY525
12-16-2005, 08:13 AM
A QUICK NOYE:
I'M GOING TO TRY AND MAKE IT TO THE POST OFFICE. I FOUND OUT WILLY WILL BE TAKING OUT THE BUS. MOSTLY RAIN HERE AND IT'S IN THE 40'S BUT WITH THE WIND YOU WOULDN'T KNOW IT! :yikes: MAYBE EVEN 50 BY TOMORROW! LOL
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY. SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT MADCAT AND THE BLIZZARD!! IT'S ALL WELL NORTH OF US THANK GOD! KIRSTY I AM SENDING CJ LOVE AND HUGS IN HOPES THE NEW MEDICINE WORKS.
:wave: TALK TO THE REST OF YOU TOMORROW....OR LATER IF TIME PERMITS. :moped:

Hollyhock
12-16-2005, 08:55 AM
Not too much snow. Looking at the weather channel this morning, we missed a TON of it. Montreal is getting 15-20 cm as I type. Our journal friend Cyan may be snowed in with Mario. Miss Mad may be snuggling in with TB too. London Ont got blasted yesterday so I didn't go in. It was a very quiet evening and day. I did a ton of baking for gifts.Enjoyable.

Love to the worldly goddesses!!!

happy2bme
12-16-2005, 09:50 AM
Good morning ladies,

I'm running behind today and had to get in early to work. So no time to post this morning.

Hope all is well with everyone. To those up north, take care shoveling that white stuff. Brrrrr.... :hyper: :hyper: To those with the wet stuff - watch yourself around the thunder boomers.

Make it a good day, catch up tonight...

PainterWoman
12-16-2005, 04:27 PM
Howdy all...
Shad-- my knees are OK because of surgery year before last.... I could qualify for the post-gimps...

It is gray gray gray here today, but not evidence of any drama on it's way... 49 degrees... so hardly any complaining to do... except for de code id by doze....

Madcat--- after all the dust and debris that ends up in Texas "Clean" would be a great thing to note about a city. I felt that way in Newburyport, actually.

Linus... What a shame to not be able to ride any more... maybe you could be a petter rather than a rider? I never got the horse "bug" as a teen... but love to have some non-talkative creature to talk to. Hope the docs and meds help CJ simmer down. Since I rarely knew DD had ear infections, she swilled lots of Dimetapp "just in case." Probably about the same as giving her Schnapps. I didn't mean to be a BAD parent, was just desperate sometimes.

TTFN. Gotta blow by doze....:candy:

Madcat
12-16-2005, 06:32 PM
This one is for MEL :
Oh the weather report was frightful,
But today dawned just delightful,
We didn't get very much snow,
They were wrong, we are fine, there you go

Once again the forecasts were highly inflammatory, promising winds and snow and frozen frogs from the sky, and then ~nuthin', or not much of anything. Kinda like meeting a blind date and finding he wears white socks with brown shoes. Disappointing!

Shad - Wow, getting paid a fair wage for service work. What a concept. 1000 years ago, when fire was new, I was first a waitress and then a bartender. As a waitress I made $3.75 (minimum wage at the time) and I lived off my tips. On a good night I could clear $100 or so of untaxable cash. Bartending was better because not only did I get paid $6 an hour and could take the tips from the bar customers, but the waitresses were expected to give me 10% of their tips for bar service. Now if it hadn't been for the pesky drunks it would have been a fine job! :lol: :lol: I still make a mean Martini though.

PW –Hey, Dimetapp isn't so bad. My Dad used to give me whiskey and honey for a sore throat. Due ew hab a code?

Happy – I just noticed the hat on the cat. Cute!!!

Holly – Glad to hear you weren't snowed under. It sounds as if Montreal did get hit much worse than we did. Poor Cyan.

Anyway I better get back to job #2. A bit more than halfway through this thing and they seem to be ok with the content so far. The first half has to go out for translation into French on Monday. Sometimes working in a country with two official languages makes things more complicated than they need be. C'est la Vie!

Later Worldly Women

PS.. I finally decorated for Christmas! Ok, I strung one set of bare LED lights in the solarium doorway... But it's amazing how much better I feel.:tree: :snowball1 :present:

MELODY525
12-17-2005, 09:07 AM
HOLY NAKEDNESS BATMAN!!! MISS MADCAT BETTER GET GOING AND FORGET ABOUT JOBS AND $$$$ AND COMITTMENTS!!! DECORATING IS SOOOO MUCH MORE IMPORTANT! :rofl: :xcheer:<---MARTINI IN HAND!
:candy: :tree: :rudolph: :ginger: :snowglo: :gift2:
GLAD TO HEAR SOME OF YOUR HARD WORK IS ALREADY OFF FOR TRANSLATION MONDAY. OUR SECOND LANGUAGE HERE SEEMS TO BE SPANISH NOW. FRENCH WENT OUT THE WINDOW! :lol3:
THE SONG WAS PERFECTION TO WAKE UP TO! :dance: EVEN THOUGH THE WHITE STUFF NEVER SHOWED! :rofl:
THE SENIORS ARE TELLING ME THAT ALL THE WEATHERMEN GET KICKBACKS FROM LOWE'S AND HOME DEPOT!!! :lol3: :lol3::snowglo:

SHAD~ I DON'T THINK THE USA KNOWS WHAT FAIR WAGESA ARE. ONLY THE RICH GET RICHER IN THE LAND OF BUSH. SPEAKING OF WHICH....WOW.. IS HE GONNA BE ON THE HOT SEAT NOW. LET ME CHANGE THE SUBJECT LEST I GET STARTED ON A ROLL! LOL
SO...HOW IS YOUR GARDEN GROWING? ANY NEW DOG ABUSE STORIES TO TELL US OR BETTER YET CONFESS TO? :rofl: :lol3: I AM STILL LAUGHING AT THE LAST ONE. I AM ALSO ASHAMED TO ADMIT THAT I HAVEN'T LOOKED AT THE JAPANESE PHOTOS YET!!! BUT I AM GOING THERE TODAY.:carrot:

HAPPY~YOU BUSY BEE YOU. :wave:

PAINTER~ I DON'T HAVE ANY KNE COMPLAINTS JUST BUTT WHINING! :rofl: :lol3: HOPE THE CODE IN DE DOZE GOES AWAY QUICKLY!!! :hug:

HOLLY~ WE NEVER GOT THE SNOW EITHER :faint: :tantrum: YES GODDESSES WE ARE:queen:


I WANTED A QUIET WEEKEND BUT THERE IS TOO MUCH STILL TO DO. JEN IS COMING DOWN SOON AND WE MUST GET THE KIDS THINGS READY TO GO TO THE "OTHER" HOUSE.
SOME OF THE SENIORS ARE GOING TO THE SENIOR XMAS PARTY AND HAVE DELIVERIES COMING!!! SOMEONE NEEDS TO ANSWER THE DOOR AND SIGN FOR THE PARCELS......TOLD THEM THIS IS THE LAST TIME :tantrum: THAT THEY BETTER ORDER EARLIER NEXT YEAR LIKE I DID. I AM NOT A DOORMAN.
I AM JUST SITTING HERE LISTENING TO THE CLOCK TICK SO I BEST GET ON WITH THE DAY! TAKE CARE AND HAPPY WEEKEND! :moped:

Ruthxxx
12-17-2005, 09:19 AM
Quickie this morning as I have a rum cake baking. We got the Big Dump of snow but I'm plowed and shovelled out, I have snow tires on the car, dog food is made to last us through Christmas. I found some gifts I bought last year and have done some wrapping.

Um....are we supposed to decorate too? Too frassing much!
:tree: has not arrived after ordering it online ten days ago! Tomorrow I'll go and buy one.
Gotta dash. DK is behaving today for some reason. WTF?

MELODY525
12-17-2005, 10:15 AM
QUESTION: I AM HAVING AOL PROBLEMS WITH MAIL. IS ANYONE ELSE ON AOL? OR HAVING PROBLEMS SENDING? BEEN A FEW DAYS OF DELAYED MESSAGES AND I HAD MAIL WAITING TO GO OUT. I DELETED THEM AND TRIED AGAIN BUT NO LUCK. STILL SAYS TRY LATER....JUST WONDERED IF ANYONE ELSE EVER HAD THIS PROB.

RUTH! HELLO! HOPE THE KNEE CONTINUES TO COOPERATE!! WHERE IS THAT TREE COMING FROM?! DOWN UNDER?!?! :rofl: GET THEE TO DECORATING WENCH!!

MELODY525
12-17-2005, 11:21 AM
JEN HAS SOLVED THE AOL PROBLEM. SHE THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE A BAD DIAL-UP CONNECTION BEING AS MY PHONE RINGS OFF THE HOOL! LOL AND IT WAS THAT TOO! THIS IS REALLY GOOD-BYE AS SHE IS PATIENTLY AWAITING MY RETURN TO THE WRAPPING TABLE TO PLAY :elf:

Hollyhock
12-17-2005, 01:00 PM
:mrsclaus:

Good day yesterday.Great actually. I took 5 kids to Early Years. Another caregvier with 5 kids was there. She and I were dressed exactly the same right down to our socks. Too funny. The caregiver uniform: denim coloured socks, faded blue jeans, faded blue sweatshirt.
I ended up dropping two of my kids at her place for a play date. Brought 3 home for lunch, 2 went home at 1 and then I took off with a little one and finished my Christmas shopping.I spent a $100 on pj’s, socks and undies for my three sweeties.Today I go to the rink to pick up custom embroidered hockey hats for DS and DH.
I laid down at 9 last night to read and then slept til 8:42 this AM, now my back is achey from laying down for so long.
Hockey game tonight at 6pm. Cookie baking this aft. Did some 15 min Flylady cleaning, vacuuming today too.
Very mundane although cheery.

:wreath: :ginger: :xcheer: :xcheer: :xcheer: :xcheer: :xcheer: :xcheer: :xcheer: Cheers!!! I am making rumballs to go with Ruths rumcake!!

HUGS Mel, Miss Mad, Shad ,PW,Meadow, Teel, Linus, Happy,Nae,CJ, Morelli, TIG and who ever i missed. Happy weekend!

Roseblush
12-17-2005, 01:33 PM
Welcom to all the newbies on our thread it is a great place to come and visit and share and grumble! This the best group of woman, it is easy to become attached to each and every one!
Well, time for the update from the wilderness! My mom is home and doing better. She developed a dangerous stomach bateria that is being treated. Now the long process of healing and she will need lots of patience being one handed for a few months. My mom is quite a lady and am inspiration to me.
I have been very ill which is odd for me....yes I am one of those who says they never get sick right!!! I think it has just been all too much and the below 0 temps. I suffered some of the symptoms my mom was experienceing very weird but we are very connected.
These beautiful clear nights of sub zero and the gorgeous full moon allowed me to watch in almost clear light the herd of elk surround my house in the night and bed down and paw through the snow to the grass below...... for weeks now I see them during the day up on the hill then about sunset they migrate down to the fields by the house the below. It is a site to behold...it is about 100 with lots of babies this winter.
My other entertainment has been the 5 little sparrows coming to my feeder on the deck. It is so fun to have them feeding and being so brave. I don't have alot of cover so the chickadees remain far away in the trees.
My TOby had his neuter the other day when I was very out of it and during the night he pulled out all of the sutures but it is healed so amazing the vet was shocked.... she said he must be very very healthy....so that terrible job is done....and Teeka had her 11th birthday...how old does that make her in dog Years?????
Love to everyone and I am enjoying the new faces and comments and what can we say about the adorable baby CJ. He is so precious......hey to Linus.
Love to All
Peace,
Nae

LindaT
12-17-2005, 02:56 PM
:clause: :elf: Hiya everyone.

I am trying to get my life back to some sort of order. I have a load in the dishwasher and am about to start a load in the washer because I am running out of clothes and falling over the big piles! I am going to try and read back 3 or so pages to catch up with all of you busy people.

Rose. Your poor Mom. Glad she is feeling better. and I wouldn't be surprised at all if you weren't feeling what your Mom is. I was connected like that sometimes with my Father. Sub zero!! YIKES And here I am whining about the 30s :lol:

Hey Holly. Have fun baking cookies. I am so done with that , Thank GOD!. Right now the very idea of baking anything makes my skin crawl. I think I ODed on it. :o

Miss Ruthie!! - I bet your rum cakes are jsut fabulous, but no drinking more than you put in the cakes.. even if it IS for warming purposes :xcheer:

MEL. Oh it is good to see your Christmas cheer and the icons! I agree that quiet weekend's won't be happening for awhile. Sigh. Why it is we have to do everything?

Mad Kitty! - Nice to see you too. Hope you are doing okay in the new job and glad the ton of snow missed you!

Painterwoman - I am glad to hear you are feeling more energentic, but sorry to hear about your bad sinuses! Those can be awful. Hope you get some relief soon.

Happy - Oh I am sorry to hear about the potential diagnosis. :hug: I'll pray that the tests show otherwise and this is something minor, but if it is RA youa re a strong lady and I know you'll do okay!

Shad - can I join the gimpy knees group? I've had bum knees since I was 14 and that was umm err only a few years ago.:nose: I'll see you two bad knees and raise you a bad ankle as well. :lol:

Linus. poor little one with reflux. I get that from time to time as an adult, but is has to be so much worse for a tiny person.

Ceejay - wtg on the exercise of 45 minutes! Wonderful and I bet it felt great. Enjoy your holiday

Meadow - Thank you for the lovely Christmas AB pic :devil: and for the link to the web site. I love pretty smelling creams. I am partial to vanilla!

Hi Morrili - Welcome. I don't post here often, but these gals are a great group.
:welcome2: But be warned, they are nutty! ;) and yes , I pack a fully charged cattle prod:devil:

Hi Raven. - found you again. :snow4: I hope your business continues to grow and you can forego desk jobs forever!!

Tig I am glad you enjoyed the gym and yep.. when I used to go I remember seeing the posers and social butterflies too. I myself was more into getting the exercise done and getting out of there!!

I cannot remember where I was last time I posted here so sorry if I repeat myself. I think last time I posted I was getting ready for my final interview to be scheduled. Well it was scheuled and an hour before it was to happen, it was canceled. :?: At the time I was told that I needed to met with more people before I met with the CFO. Turns out later that this really wasn't the main reason. The main reason, we suspect was that a week afterwards, the department I work in underwent a major re-org and my boss was laid off.. after 12 years there!! So the new management of the department is back in Pennsylvania and I had to met with them when they came out to California a week or so ago. First thing they need to decided is if , based upon the tasks I am doing, which department I belong in... either Strategic Procurement or Logistics. The issue of hiring me will be revisited sometime next month I believe, but the new manager from PA said there wasa good chance I'd be the one hired for the job since I was already doing the job. I am not celebrating yet.. waiting to do that when this REALLY happens since it's been yanked out from under me once already.

Everything else is going along okay. My house is a mess but I have my baking and shopping done. :lol: This weekend I am staying home except for a brief trip to church tomorrow. Last weekend I barely had a chance to breath from all the stuff I had to do and as a result struggled all last week. Exercise is going well, but with cookies in the house(that are now finally GONE) I ate more of those than I should. That contributed to me feeling like crap I am sure.

I won a neat CD stereo / radio thingy at the company lunch the other day so today I am listening to Christmas carols. I finally bought myself a small fiber optic Christmas tree at a local store last night. It is really pretty.. let me see if I can find a picture. Drat. Well anyway, it changes colors, fits on a side table in the living room and was less than 25 bucks. Very happy with it. The Furball only bothered it a little bit, but I think I hollered at her enough to stay away. :lol:

The rest of today is chore catch up and making a Moroccan Turkey stew. mmmmm. I need to go make some brunch right now. Tummy is complaining. Have a nice weekend everyone.

Shad
12-17-2005, 04:08 PM
Morning all,

I'll be doing this in instalments this morning as I am Flyladying around the place. I'm taking Mika my young Japanese friend to Mt Tamborine and to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary today. It will be busy but fun. Lot of driving and I doubt that we will stay for the lorikeet feeding which will make us too late for afternoon tea at my friends house. However plans such as these are flexible and we may give the afternoon tea the flick if she wants to feed the birds and have them sitting all over her. Notice I said sitting.........

Last night I went out to dinner with the DS2 and gave him and girlfriend their pressies. We went to a place called Verandah's on the Logan. It's an old house converted to a restaurant and has beautiful big verandah's which look out onto the Logan River. However it wasn't very long before we asked to go inside as the Mosquitos were getting more for dinner than we did. Dinner was nice but not exceptional. They didn't have the wine I wanted from the wine list and the service was functional not exceptional. No Tip!!

Oooh Ruth – Rumcake. Aaaaah ooooooh aaaaah. I’m on my way to Delta.

A thread for gimpy knees, post gimpy knees, dogs and cats on weight loss diets – anything else we need while we are shopping for new things?

Snow, rain, thunder, lightning, heat, cold. Luv a duck, that Mother Nature might need some of Linda’s prodding. Today has dawned beautifully clear and the lorikeets are having a family argument in the bauhinia bush (Umm I think that is what it is called) There is a flock of them in the bush, their colours are beautiful, they are all talking at once and squabbling occasionally. All of which is bemusing Sunday the cat. However the thinking about getting up the tree and getting a treat (her thoughts not mine) have worn her out and she is spreadeagled over the bed sound asleep pretending to be deaf to the sounds of succulence outside. Truth to tell, she had her claws clipped last week and hasn’t got the wherewithal to catch the birds anyway. Surprisingly she doesn’t get upset when I bring out the clippers to cut the claws. Tablets or flea juice – now there is a totally different story. :crazy:

Time to wrap this up. Good to hear from Roseblush and LindaT again. Have a great day all. I’ll be back to wrap up the days adventures later.

BTW Madcat, I think I have worked out why we pay the hospitality workers well!!! Actually you said it yourself. The 'Taxfree' word must have sent signals of absolute danger and anarchy to the ATO (Australian Taxation Office) and since they would have no way of knowing how much one earned tax free, they decided to tax the lot!!!! Not much gets past the ATO, the NZIRD have it down pat as well. It's a bit like the navy - if it moves - salute it, if it is stationery - paint it! ATO's motto is to bring it out into the open and tax it, unless of course you are rich and then you can get away with most things because all those gambling losses and business's that go broke are tax concessions - as in charitable donations. Yea well......

Tig
12-17-2005, 10:26 PM
There was a race today, but we skipped it. Slim is doing a lot better but he isn't totally up to par so we're waiting until he's completely healed before we race again. He was good and stayed off the bike for two whole days. :lol3:

We went shopping and I got a new sweater in my new favorite color of green and we found some lightweight shoes to replace my falling apart much-beloved tennis shoes that are fifteen years old. And we went to the local organic health food store today and got some things for Slim's Dad for his cocktail hours with his friends and put them in a Christmas stocking and got it in the mail. Not that the old folks necessarily have to have organic health food for their cocktail hour, but it has to be different than their usual fare so might be interesting treats for them and we finally though of something! It was a cooperative thought. Slim thought food and I thought of the organic food gourmet place named Turtle something.

Speaking of turtles..... there was a HUGE turtle visiting our yard this morning and the dogs were having a Royal Fit! We were WARNED and duly SAVED from the dreaded turtle that escaped under the backyard fence (we think from the grass and dirt on his back) and then he scooted quickly for a turtle from one end of the front yard to the other with the accompaniment of inside barking dogs. I think he has quite the story to tell by the fireside tonight himself! Slim says the turtle was about 14" across. I would have said about 18" across, but then Slim would have said I was exaggerating again... :lol:

Shad ~ I did read your post very carefully and did catch the Sitting of the bird and the Not tipping of the Kiwi over the Functional, Not Exceptional Service. Whew. So I think I may have passed that particular test. I just completed an online class on Conflict. I won. :devil:

Linda ~ We have biker friends who own a laundry...I thought about them when I was reading your post. She works 18 hours a day helping people get out from under piles of laundry - can you imagine!

Nae ~ I've missed hearing about the elk herd. I love hearing about Idaho. At one time Slim was seriously considered for a transfer there. Sorry your mom is so sick. Hugs to Toby and Teeka.

Holly ~ I have fond memories of hockey games in Minnesota. Our kids all learned to ice skate and play hockey when we lived there. Even I learned to ice skate.

Mellie ~ You are spoiling your Seniors as ever. One of these days you will put your foot down, but then you'll forget and then roll over it! :scooter: :rofl:

Madcat ~ Toronto is on my list of To Visit. Along with where ever Shad Is, of course. From a business standpoint, Toronto could come up in the next year or so. I will definitely let you know.

PW ~ any better? Old tale for a cold... three days coming; three days here; three days going. Where are you wid yur code?

Happy ~ How's the weather in TN-supposed-to-be-the-South? Did the doc have some suggestions as far as what to do for diet? If the doc is saying take the weight off, then either the doc (did a typo that was rude) should have a nutritionist with a consultation or the doc should pound sand. OTHERWISE, I get to be the consultation. Right?

Linus ~ How's the household of the wild men? Have you locked them all in the basement yet except for the cutie pie CJ? My mother told me that I had four boys to raise including Slim. :crazy: All I can say is that it got easier when the kids got out of the house and it turns out we are best buds. Of course, it only took 25 years, but who's counting. :rofl:

ceejay ~ your computer is certainly being persnickety these days. Have you cleared your cache lately? Hope your Christmas is great!

Meadow ~ Missing you and your AB pics. I think when Shad said "from afar" she kind of missed the mark. ;) Keep motivating the motivation on the miles!

Lisa ~ I see you are in Manassas. I lived in Prince William County for 10 years. Now we're enjoying the even warmer Florida clime and I've got FloridaSissyBlood now.

honey ~ I am going to be in Okinawa the summer of 2007. If you are going to be there, then stand at the airport and wave, okay? Or meet me at the Harley Bar. Deal?

Now if there is anyone that I missed we will blame the Grog or Slim. Oh, TEEL. :wave: Anyone else? :?: If so, :hug:

ceejay52
12-18-2005, 01:21 AM
This is a talkative bunch.

Mel--Thanks for the card and the contents.

Ruth--Yum rum cake. Don't let Shad have a piece until I get there.

Rose--Glad to hear that your mom is doing better. Bet the herd of elk is a beautiful sight to behold.

PainterWoman--Sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. I keep a sinus infection year round with these allergies.

Linus--ah poor CJ - having acid reflux is bad enough for an adult much less for a baby.

LindaT--I'm sure that the job is yours. Which department would you prefer to be in?

Hello to all the rest.



Welcome to the newbies. :wave:

ceejay52
12-18-2005, 01:27 AM
by the way Tig what is the cache on the computer?

MELODY525
12-18-2005, 09:37 AM
:hohoho: HELLO MISS LINDA! IT MUST BE AN OMEN YOUR COMING HERE. I HAVE BEEN FEELING CRAPPY FOR EATING TOO MUCH SUGAR AND AM TRYING TO GET BACK INTO SHAPE.:carrot: I GUESS WE ARE JUST THE 'DO ALL' TYPE! LOL GOOD LUCK WITH THE NEXT PART OF THE INTERVIEW AND I WAS SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE BOSS! YIKES! YOUR TREE SOUNDS ADORABLE AND ENJOY!! MORE DECORATIONS ARE NEEDED HERE!!:snowglo: :tree: :candy: :rudolph: :wreath: :ginger:

HOLLY~ RUMBALLS! YOU AND RUTHIE SHOULD GET TOGETHER. BUT COULD YOU BOTH STAND UP STRAIGHT LATER ON?!?! :o :rofl: THESE PLAY DATES CRACK ME UP.:lol3:

NAE~ SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOU AND MOM. SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS FOR BOTH OF YOU:hug: THE TALES OF ALL THE ANIMALS WERE GREATLY APPRECIATED. ON XMAS EVE I WANT YOU TO GO OUT ON THE PORCH AND SEE IF THE HERD OF ELK CAN TALK. I SAW A CARTOON THAT SAID THEY COULD! :rofl: HOPE THE DOGGIE KEEPS FEELING OK! GOD WHAT A STORY!!! YIKES!! GOOD TO SEE YOU HERE TOO.

TIG~ GOOD WISHES TO SLIM AND A WHOLE 2 DAYS OFF THE BIKE?!?!? WOW!!!! COULD HE SPARE IT?!?! :rofl: TURTLES?? NOW YOU SAID IT MAYBE HOTCUPOJAVA WILL POST HERE!!!
CALLING ALL TURTLES!! COME OUT AND PLAY!!

SHAD~ ARE YOU SO SURE IT'S ONLY GONNA BE SITTING AND NOT CHITTING?!?! :lol3: :lol3: WHEN I READ THE POST I THOUGHT...MORE LIKELY THE OTHER! LOL HOPE THE DAY WAS A GREAT ONE. SLEEP WELL. XMAS WITH THE DS2! WHOOPEE!! :carrot: THE HOLIDAYS HAVE OFFICIALLY BEGUN!!

CEEJAY~ WHAT'S GOING ON BY YOU??? YOU'RE SO QUIET!

THE YOUNG ONES HAVE ARRIVED EARLY FROM FLORIDA. THERE IS A MAD DASH AS WE THOUGHT WE HAD TILL MONDAY NIGHT/TUES. MORNING. INSERT A BIG SIGH HERE. BUT I AM DETERMINED TO COOK TODAY AND THE MEAT IS THAWED OUT ALREADY. HEALTH MUST COME FIRST AS MY STOMACH CANNOT TAKE ANY MORE OF THE HOLIDAY TREATS ALREADY!!! :rofl: I THINK I'M ALL SUGARED OUT. GOTTA GET THE DAY ROLLING. :moped: HOPE YOURS IS A GREAT ONE TOO! :wave:

ceejay52
12-18-2005, 06:15 PM
Wow this is a quite place today. Everyone must be doing their Christmas shopping.

Mel--just don't have much to say these day's.

Shad
12-18-2005, 06:16 PM
I woke up this morning in my usual lively way,
Feet sticking out of the bedclothes to another sunny day,
Feeling full of fun,
I threw the alarm clock at the cat,
Rolled over and went back to sleep,
And thought that that was that.

BUT IT WASN"T! It was Monday.

Apologies to Tommy Steele or whichever Pom it was that sung that, but I really was not with it when I got up this morning. I got into my gym geared and packed my bag for after the gym and had coffee, drove to the gym, and around about 40 mins into the session the brain decided to join the body and perform for the day. Such is the power of exercise. However I think there will be an early night tonight.

Yesterday we had a lovely day out. I picked up my friend and we went to Tamborine and walked through the rain forest. It was cool in there. We went as far as the waterfall and oohed and aaahed along with everyone else. Coming back we came upon an American woman up a tree. I said to Mika that I thought that we might have seen some lizards up a tree or maybe a bat or a glider or a koala or two, but I really wasn't prepared for ornaments like that up the tree. The American laughed and said that they were trying to give a sense of the size of the tree! and were taking photos of the body against the tree. Fair enough, but heck (SORRY MEL) why don't they just stand against the base of the tree with outstretched arms to show the huge dimensions of the trunk and buttresses - the part of the trunk she was clinging to like Queen Kong was the skinniest part of the whole darn shooting match! After that we went to Gallery Walk and sampled the homemade fudge and chocolate (Mika did anyway) and wine tasting (me) and had lunch at an Italian cafe in the courtyard surrounded by colonades, pencil pines, and italianate gardens. Very nice.

From there we shot off down the mountain and went to the Currumbin Sanctuary and watched the crocodile being fed and the 'roos and then saw some Aboriginal dancers and finally the feeding of the lorikeets. Photos coming later.

When then went down to my friends place in the country, had nibbles then dinner and finally Mika got to see a kookaburra - she had been hearing them all day but not seen one.

I dropped her home at 9.00pm and then came home to fall into bed and die until this morning. Lot's of walking, lots of eating, good fun.

Tig - great idea with the gourmet food hamper. That should get them up and dancing after cocktail hour!! Nice to see you have collective thoughts. Turtles already. Did you take him back from where ever he had escaped from or did you just see him off the property? Lesson in online conflict? Ha Ha we don't have conflict here - anyone asks me for a tip I tell them to be kind to their mothers or maybe try number 3 in the 3.30 race at Doomben.
And do I take it that you are coming along on holiday with me, next time I trip the Light Fandango in some little corner of the world or are you aiming on coming here for a break? My Japanese friend spoke of Okinawa yesterday as being tropical! Let's know what you think after you have been there. Speaking of Japanese, I have a new word to add to the vocabulary - Kujaku (Peacock). Now lets say it together now - koo-jar-koo. There you are a Japanese word to start your vocab.

Morning ceejay and Mel and all the others - although Morrili seems to have disappeared again. Hello Morrili and Honey dipped - you are missed :wave: :wave:

Gotta go and wake the brain up again.

PainterWoman
12-18-2005, 07:25 PM
I'm almost done with Christmas cards... Hope you international types have speedy local delivery... Ah well, something to entertain you for New Years, I suppose.:xcheer:

So far, i've not decorated. Heck, I haven't CLEANED. Flylady doesn't come here. (Do you suppose my sinus issues are part of a dust allergy. Boy THAT would be bad new for me.:D ) :rudolph: Maybe that explains Rudolph's red nose... A cedar allergy.... or sawdust!
But we did get this yesterday and put it on the mantle:http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/624/467/1600/Star%20from%20pier%20one.jpg

It's four feet across... Truly and amazingly gaudy (but not churchy at all!!) I love it.
Madcat-- Whiskey and honey is something I was given sore throats, too. We got peppermint schnapps last night (the liquor/blue law combination is pretty amusing in Bible Belt country, even if it IS the "wild west"--) to put in my mocha. I never was a paid bartender, but I could make martinis, gibsons and manhattans in second grade. Does that count?:rolleyes:

Hollyhock-- glad YOU are feeling better. Happy hockey. My home team's on TV soon.

Roseblush-- glad your mom's wrist is doing better. I hope you have a hawk's eye view of that hospital. there are nasty infections lurking there. I'll spare you the details of how I know!! Hope your sympathy pains are mild.

Linda T-- thanks as always for your support. Do you have a short course in Strategic Procurement and Logistics for the logistically impaired? I could use a home consultant with those skills!!! :ginger:

Tig -- I wish there were a biker laundry here. What fun. The best laundromat experience I had was playing Gin in a laundromat near Perth, Scotland... and now I can't remember the name of the town... It was relatively near Sterling Castle, had a river on the far side, a great Tartan store, and a bakery. Yum.

Shad -- I apologize for the American woman ornament in the Rainforest Tree. All I can say is that someone IN a tree is a bit better than an American OUT OF THEIR GOURD or OFF THEIR ROCKER. There are plenty of those around, too. All too often they even make the international news.

OK. I need to get bananas into their nut loaf before hockey starts.
TTFN.

happy2bme
12-19-2005, 01:12 AM
:mad: I started a big long post and was trying to do several things at once - closed the wrong browser window and lost everything. Ugh.

It's been a madhouse weekend trying to get all things Christmas in order. I'm making progress and... well... some things will not get done and probably didn't need doing in the first place.

I did get my food log journal prepared and entered today - at least the doc won't beat on me.

Will talk to the rest of you tomorrow. Apologies for not joining in right now...

PainterWoman
12-19-2005, 01:47 AM
Happy... NEVER let the docs beat on you. You pay them, remember? and PAY ad PAY and PAY!!! Or at the very least, tell them exactly how awful you feel when the beat on you... I don't think there's anything in the Hippocratic oath about increasing patient suffering and guilt, do you?:hug:

Meadow
12-19-2005, 02:14 AM
What is all this talk of sub-threads?! Chat about ailments here all you want:hug: Hugs and sympathy with a drop of rum, cyber rum that is, naughty people in the real world, imbibing :p :candy: *I have a hidden stash of amber rum but it is only for medicinal purposes... like when I have cookies attacking me and need to mellow out from the stress of that sort of calorie chomping knowledge :lol3: My sister made buttertarts, I ate about a dozen during the three day weekend:o :dizzy: I have weaknesses! I like desserts! :yes: Okay lets all pop over to Shad's part of the world and walk to the waterfall. My new mantra, it makes me smile just thinking of all those negative ions drifting across towards me. Waterfalls are nature's Valium. My sisters were very impressed with the creams I gave them, Shea butter, great stuff. They gave me a candle holder and told me to light it everytime I had tea and they have the matching one and would do the same. Just a nice little way to be together when we can't logistically.

:wave: We are supposed to get a good dusting of snow tomorrow, made it back just in time :coolsnow:

Shad
12-19-2005, 06:52 AM
Painter - I wasn't trying to be rude about the Americans, although I have to admit they of all the tourists generally manage to have me in fits. The original 'Holy Toledo May-belle, it sure ain't like home' is just as true today.
She might have been Canadian until she got down from the tree and said Dang Thang broke my nail! I find it difficult to tell the accents until they say something that really stands out. Dang thang is one of them. However I can pick the poms pretty well and even tell the difference between a North and South Irish accent.
And dang it all, you are right. Someone in their tree is far better than out of it.
How big is that Star?? 4 feet?? Ye gods, it is almost as tall as me! I'm not quite as wide.

Happy, how did the RA stuff go. We haven't heard from you since the doctors visit?

No sub threads Meadow. The gimpie knees brigade can talk about them here as you suggest. Maybe next time round, we should change the name to the Gimpie and non gympie knees around the world.

Right since waterfalls are natures valium. Here's your daily dose of soporific tranquilliser.

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

Shad
12-19-2005, 06:57 AM
And Mika's new friend.

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

ceejay52
12-19-2005, 10:29 AM
Shad--the water fall is beautiful. Nature hikes are the most enjoyable type of exercise for me.

Happy--We understand. It's a busy time of the year.

Painterwoman--I haven't put out to many decorations cause I'm never at home for Christmas. I understand about the germs in hospitals.

Meadow--Good idea with the tea and candles.

Not much news here. I did talk to my sister last night and told her I could not go to Kentucky and have to come back on Christmas day. It just wouldn't be fair to me or them. Now to call my nephew and tell him, think he will be more understanding.

MELODY525
12-19-2005, 11:52 AM
:snowglo: I WILL MISS THESE SMILEYS WHEN THEY ARE GONE. :hohoho: SINCE READING YOUR POSTS, I HAVE PROMPTLY FORGOTTEN MOST OF WHAT WAS SAID. MY MIND IS THINKING TOO MUCH TODAY. I DIDN'T GO SHOPPING TODAY. WAS ONLY GOING TO SPEND $$$ I DIDN'T REALLY HAVE. WHEN I WOKE THIS MORNING BETTER SENSE WON OUT.:carrot: THAT AND BURNING/CRAPPY SINUSES:rofl: I AM NOT SURE WHICH ONE WAS THE DECIDING FACTOR :rudolph:

:shocksn: TEEL~ I GUESS THE PC MAN HASN'T DONE A VERY GOOD JOB.

:bb:LINUS~ HOPE CJ HAS CALMED DOWN A BIT AND YOU ARE GETTING SOME REST OF SORTS.

:elf: NAE, TIG, RAVEN, RUTH , HOLLY AND ALL THE REST :wave:

:wreath: CEEJAY~ I AM SORRY ABOUT KENTUCKY AND DO HOPE THE NEPHEW IS MORE UNDERSTANDING. SOME KIND OF STORM IS COMING HERE FOR XMAS AFTERNOON....OR SO THEY SAY!:snowfight

:ginger: SHAD~ OF COURSE THE PICS ARE GREAT!!! THE DAY SOUNDED WONDERFUL AND I AM SURE SHE HAD A GREAT TIME TOO! AS FOR THE AMERICAN....I HEAR ALL THE TIME HOW BADLY WE BEHAVE, AS A WHOLE, WHEN WE ARE ABROAD!!!:shocksn: IT'S ALWAYS ON THE TV ABOUT SOMETHING ******ED WE HAVE DONE! :lol3:
SO I DON'T WANT YOU TO THINK YOU'RE SOMETHING SPECIAL...AS WE DO IT EVERYWHERE!! :dizzy::rofl: ANY NEWS ON MISS CHRIS???:?:


:xcheer: MEADOW~ OK, I'LL DRINK TO THAT!!! I LOVED THE IDEA OF THE CANDLES WITH THE SISTERS. SUCH A GREAT THOUGHT....ALL OF YOU DOING THE SAME THING EVEN IF IT'S NOT THE SAME TIME. GAVE ME GOOSEBUMPS. :hug: DESSERTS ARE MY DOWNFALL.....THE ENEMY!!! :devil:

:candy: HAPPY....SO BUSY RUNNING AROUND AND GETTING XMASSY STUFF DONE!! HAVE WE HEARD YET ABOUT THE NEW DR? DID I MISS SOMETHING??

:rudolph: PAINTER~ I DO LOVE THAT STAR!!! :stardav: I THINK IT'S THE BEST YET THAT I HAVE SEEN IN THE "STAR" CATAGORY!!! LOVE THE COLORS. ENJOY. AT LEAST YOUR CARDS WILL ARRIVE IN ONE PIECE. MINE SEEM TO BE ENDING UP BROKEN IN EVERY STATE IN THE USA AND THEN SOME! :lol3: :present: <---MAYBE THE USPOSTAL SERVICE SHOOK THEM TOO HARD!! LOL


:mrsclaus: WELL GIRLS IT'S ALMOST 11 O'CLOCK AND I HAVEN'T DONE A THING!! ADIOS MI AMIGAS!:snow4:

hellokittyfan
12-19-2005, 12:34 PM
Good morning everyone,

I'm back. I don't really get much time to write on the weekends! I spent all weekend running around doing last minute Christmas shopping and went to a hockey game last night. We had great seats (fifth row behind the ice). I had a great time!

I'm trying to get my mindset for not eating too much around the holidays. I tend to have a problem with sweets. :D

Hope everyone is doing well.

Take care.

Lisa :carrot:

Shad
12-19-2005, 06:19 PM
It's Tuesday and I have 4 full days left here. I don't have much time and have much to achieve yet and there are three meetings scheduled in as well. Aaaaah well. We can overcome.

Morrili - nice to see you back again. I was beginning to wonder if we had frightened you away, but we do understand that there is life in the future, in the past and in the present apart from 3FC. Ice Hockey? The son of a friend of mine is presently somewhere in Ontario, Canada doing some specialist hockey training and having a holiday and a good time as he goes. I should send the Madcat after him with LindaT's cattle prod - why? Just because I can.

Hiya Mel - It wasn't that the American was behaving so badly. She is entitled to climb trees. What I don't think she realised was that what she was doing was fairly dangerous. We have some of the most poisonous snakes in the world here. Some of them live on the mountain. They congregate around the water pools because of the drought and when humans come, they tend to take to the trees to get away from them. Also we have some bitey ants that live in trees and the big lizards often camoflage themselves in the trees. They can give a fair sized bit as well. So all and all, it is safe enough to go into the forest, but it is not wise to go to places where our precious creatures may be hiding to get away from humans. I didn't point all the above out, some of it was enough to give her the fright of her life and I don't think even the boyfriend will be able to get her up a tree again to pose for his photos.

Ceejay - I must have missed something. Why can't you go to Kentucky? Is it too dangerous to drive?

Gotta go. Back later maybe. If I get time.

Madcat
12-20-2005, 12:20 AM
Just wanted to check in so that no one thought I fell off the world or anything. Job #2 has been absorbing a large amount of time... though I did take the weekend off to do necessary (and fun) Christmas type stuff. Did some groceries, picked up a few last prezzies, went to a wonderful concert at a downtown church where the Mendelssohn Choir sang all the Choral bits from Handel's Messiah, went to dinner with my honey. Sunday we went to my sister's for Xmas dinner and had a really fun time. I should try to spend more time with my family. We are surprisingly non- dysfunctional - we just don't see that much of each other - of course, that may be what keeps us from being dysfunctional.

I only have TB left to buy for… He'll be easy though.

Shad – I'm not sure Canada Customs will let LT send me her cattle prod. They are funny about stuff like that. What an absolutely lovely waterfall! And birds… is that a Lorikeet? Funny I have only seen them in pet stores. But poisonous snakes???? Ok 100 points for scenery and minus 1000 points for reptiles.

Lisa – howdy. I know what you mean about sweets and the holidays. I find if I decide to only waste the calories on stuff that is really, really worth it makes it easier to get through the season. So Buttertarts yes!, the far too frequent boxes of icky chocolates that you can have any time of year, no.

CeeJay – sorry about the trip. Once they get that matter transportation device working we will all be better off.

Mel – hope your sinuses start behaving themselves. Still maybe they are frugal organs! I've heard of people who can sniff out a bargain but this time I have heard of sinuses that avoid bargains. :dizzy:

Meadow – Too funny. But I think we should at least hold out for cyber champagne!

I better get some sleep. Waves to everyone else.:wave: :wave:

Night all.

happy2bme
12-20-2005, 12:24 AM
Evening ladies,

To your comment about the American Shad is all I can say is that we are dumb. Especially like me if they grew up in big cities where the only thing we had to fear were human muggers and burning your feet on hot cement if you didn't wear shoes in the summer. But seriously, as you pointed out, there are many pesky and dangerous things in your lovely land. It just doesn't occur to us to be careful. First time we drove out west to the mountains, we stopped at a scenic view. There is something called fool's gold - a rock with shiny gold flecks that mimics gold ore. A large rock caught my eye and I picked up the rock to examine it. DH yelled out "Don't TOUCH that" and nearly scared me down a cliff. :yikes: He then said that scorpions and snakes hide under rocks to escape the hot sun. How was I a city girl to know this :dunno: So, not in anyone's defense of doing something stupid or just rude and ignorant - but sometimes we just don't know. Personally, I wouldn't set foot in Down Under without you as my guide. Stick bugs a foot long? Crocodiles? Mossies in a fog? Eeeeek. I'd rather the lorries used me as a perch :lol:

Mel, sorry you didn't get shopping today. Better sniffer days to you and Miss Ceejay with the sad sinuses. I find those menthol Hall's throat drops keep the head clear. Welcome back Lisa, yes there are too many SWEETS just tempting us all. Ceejay was your sister understanding about you not making the trip? It's tough when you have to drive alone. Hope you have a nice Christmas anyway. Meadow, ooohhh shea butter is so nice - smooth and silky but not greasy. What are butter tarts anyway? Wait maybe I shouldn't know. Point well taken Painter on the doctors but they seem to have banded together here to make you wait and wait and wait in the office forever. 4 out of 5 of them have made me wait well over an hour past my appointment. DH said to find other doctors but they are ALL like that. What can you do :no: So now that her picture link isn't working, WHAT did PW get that was 4 feet around and not gaudy??? Ah, near as I can tell some sort of Star decoration from the Pier 1 store but I can't see the pic. Guess we'll just have to imagine :chin: Tig, thank you for the advice - as a matter of fact, this time around the nurse / nutritionist sat with me for 30 minutes and throroughly explained the diet and nutrition program they want me to try out. She also gave me her phone number (tho it is the busy office number now that I check) and said to call any time (during working hours of course) if I had questions, needed a cheerleader or was in the dumps. Actually I appreciated the effort. What's this with turtles gathering in the yard for an afternoon tea? :lol: How cool is that? Hope Slim is doing better. Linda T, thank you for your prayers - a little help is ALWAYS appreciated. And I love how festive Kitty is this season :lol:

I still have not heard back from the rheumatologist. By now I thought for sure those tests results would be back. I will try the office tomorrow as it's been one week. I like the doctors here but not how the offices are run. I am feeling a bit better. Did the treadmill again tonight. Wanted to push it a bit harder but the knee said NO. So I listened and pumped the arms about to get a bit of a better workout. Following this food plan is a bit daunting too. It's very hard to eat every 2 to 3 hours, even if it's a tiny snack. Like many people I get so engrossed in work (because it's SO MUCH FUN - NOT), I lose track of time very easily. My goal for this week is baby steps and constant improvement. I can handle that. Will be a bit of a challenge when I am away at sister's next week - the queen of baking all things wonderful. Good cooking too. And my mom told me tonight it was a high of only 8 degrees today. It's supposed to be kissing 60 degrees here at Christmas. I told my family that next year perhaps they should come down here for the holidays. :clause: :tree:

Well it's almost 10:30 and I still have 35 cards to get done. Will it happen in one hour? Only if we have a Christmas miracle here. I'm not enjoying this at all...

Hellos to the rest of the clan - Ruth, Linus, Holly and Rose :wave: Tag, you're it :snowfight

Sorry Madcat, missed you - I always seem to miss someone. I can't tell you how I laughed about "Fang" - I love your sense of humor :rofl:

Shad
12-20-2005, 03:12 AM
Umm - happy, just a quick thought. How about setting the calendar reminder on your pc. I presume you have one with the email - outlook, lotus notes what ever. Set a meeting or reminder for every couple of hours and remind yourself to eat. Just a thought.

Meadow
12-20-2005, 03:26 AM
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This is Bridal Falls, it is one of the most serene places I've ever been, you can get up really close and along the little river cank is a fantastic place to have a picnic :)

These are butter tarts, a Canadian delicacy that call like the sirens for you to ingest them. Beware!

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Mom's buttertarts

2 eggs
1 ½ cups raisons
½ cup butter
1 ½ cups brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Oven 375 degrees

You mix these ingredients up and put them in pastry lined tart shells and cook for about 15 minutes, depending on the size of the shells you use.
I did 4miles today to try and get away from them :p

Mel-aw I'm sorry your sinuses are aching. Must be really dry weather your way too huh? There are sparks flying off of me, the kids, the cats here. Maybe you will get some gift certificates for Christmas and then you can have a blast shopping again:carrot:

Shad-only three days now... tick, tick... are all your meetings done? is your desk cleared out? how many bouquets of flowers have appeared? How much extra money in your pay cheque for a job exceding expectations? Lovely waterfall you chose. Do you concure that they has a calming, Valium affect? Snork at the American tree woman, she could have been dinner for one of the resident scary creatures!!:o

PW-how could you not have decorated yet? I finally heard what this Flylady thing is, online nagging right? I have a husband for that :p Here is a start for your decorating, come on now, you know you want to ;)

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Madcat-I hope you do get to spend more time with your family. My sisters are two of the most beautiful people in my life. Okay champers it is:cool: though I will still keep my rum in the cupboard for emergency doses:devil:

Ceejay-I guess I missed the Kentucky travel advisory post too... is it the weather stopping you? Work stuff? A phone call and a cheery little conversation is a nice option too. I hope you get some smiles this Christmas.

Lisa-Beware of buttertarts and desserts in general, they will be lurking everywhere you go this Christmas. People have been baking for weeks, they will insist you try this and that. Remember what calories you want in you and which you can say "no thanks" to. Use your power!!

Happy-I hope you get through to the doctors and ease your mind on this. Do not wait for them to get in touch, they seldom do. You have to make the noise and get the attention. Is the office close to your work route, can you pop in and MAKE them deal with you :D Just a thought.

Linda (the job thing sounds like a real doozy, ask for more money ;)

Holly-who is a busy bee? Good to know you have Christmas and the good spirit filling your days.

:wave:Teel, Nae, Linus, Tig, Raven, Ruth
Christmas is coming, Yahoo, glory, Yahoo, glory, Welcome Christmas, Christmas time!!:stardav: :ginger: :wreath:

MELODY525
12-20-2005, 10:09 AM
:xcheer: THAT'S HOW I FEEL....LIKE I'M JUST TREADING WATER HERE. POOR JEN. YESTERDAY I HAD TO ASK HER TO PLEASE GO HOME SO I COULD LIE DOWN. FIRST TIME I EVER DID THAT. BUT MY HEAD JUST COULDN'T LISTEN TO ANOTHER WORD.:crazy: WE'LL SEE WHAT TODAY BRINGS. NOT AWAKE ENOUGH TO TELL YET! :faint:ANOTHER DAY OF MEDS SHOULD DO THE TRICK. THE OFFICE PARTY IS THURSDAY. I MISSED LAST YEARS. FOR SOME REASON IM CAN'T REMEMBER WHY. HMMMMM:?: JEN AND RICHIE WENT TO GET THE KIDS AGAIN AND GO TO THE PARENTS HOUSE. PEACE WILL REIGN AFGAIN HERE FOR A FEW DAYS! :rofl:
I HAD BETTER START MOVING BEFORE I FALL ASLEEP AGAIN!:p


:wreath: LISA~ GLAD TO SEE YOU AND THAT YOU HAD A NIGHT OUT WITH HOCKEY. I SOMETIMES RUN OUT OF HOURS IN THE DAY AND DON'T MAKE IT HERE EITHER. THERE IS A LIFE BEYOND THE WALLS OF 3FC AND IT DOES INTERFERE SOMETIMES! :rofl: :rofl::carrot:

:clause:SHAD~ BUT IT AMAZES ME THAT PEOPLE HAVE NO CLUE HOW TO BEHAVE IN THE FIRST PLACE. STANDING IN FRONT OF SOMETHING IS USUALLY HOW WE JUDGE SIZES LIKE YOU MENTIONED. GUESS THEY JUST DIDN'T THINK! :rofl: THEY DON'T EVEN KNOW ABOUT CRITTERS UNLESS THEY COME FROM A MORE RURAL PART OF THE STATES HERE ANYWAY! ROFL A CRITTER TO THEM IS GARFIELD THE CAT!!

:rudolph: MAD~ YOUR POST JUST REMINDED ME THERE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A TABERNACLE CHOIR THING ON TV AND NOW I HAVE GONE AND FORGOTTEN IT. PBS TV I THINK. I BETTER GO AND LOOK TODAY. WHAT A GREAT TREAT TO HEAR SUCH VOICES!! MUST HAVE BEEN WONDERFUL AND WITH A FUNCTIONAL FAMILY SUNDAY DINNER TOO! :carrot: MY FAMILY CANNOT EVEN SPELL THE WORD! :crazy: BET YOU'LL BE GLAD WHEN #2 IS FINISHED. :dance:

:ginger: HAPPY~ HANG THE COWBOY BOOTS WITH GREENS ALL OVER THE HOUSE LIKE MEADOW SHOWS....COME ON WE KNOW YOU HAVE SOME IN THE CLOSETS!!! PW GOT A STAR THAT IS GORGEOUS AND I WILL SEE IF I CAN SEND IT TO YOU. IT WAS FULL OF ORNAMENTS AND GLITTERY STUFF AND 4' WIDE!! VERY COLORFUL. SORRY YOU MISSED IT. KEEPING FINGERS CROSSED FOR YOUR RESULTS:crossed: GOOD LUCK!

:tree: MEADOW~THE TARTS AND FALLS ARE BEAUTIFUL. NOT SURE YET WHICH PICTURE I LOVED THE BEST....THOUGH THE TARTS ARE CALLING RATHER LOUDLY!!! GOOD FOR YOU AND THE 4 MILES. BTW...CAN THE TARTS RUN VERY FAST??? I BETTER PUT IT IN HIGH GEAR JUST IN CASE THEY CAN!!:moped:

Hollyhock
12-20-2005, 10:28 AM
I had one of the most spectacular, love filled, connected to nature ,life and my inner Goddess, glorious days of my life at Bridal Veil Falls in 1995. I have a tiny piece of a redwood I touch every so often so I dont forget that feeling.

HUGS ladies. All is well and festive in my part of the world. Doing all the usual flitting about, crafting, baking and not keeping the house tidy!

MELODY525
12-20-2005, 11:09 AM
Ps Meadow....did The Snow Come?! Send Some My Way!!! We Are Still Rather Mild Here With Some Kind Of Storm Heading Here For Xmas Day.