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Shad
01-13-2006, 06:27 AM
I was going to go for a Chateau in France but had an even better thought. We are now going to live in a place which is as up to date as tomorrow and as old fashioned as you can get and is anywhere that you wish it to be. See what I mean..........

Our new village..... Cobblestone Bridge.
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/kindake1.jpg

And for the holiday home, I've gone to dear old NZ and snaffled the Chateau Tongariro. Should you wish to go in the winter, then there is skiing and sliding and snowboarding to be had. And it is not as harsh as the Canadian winter. Summer brings bushwalking, scenery, climbing and all seasons serve luscious lo-fat food.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/tongariro1.jpg

To go back to the old thread click here.... http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=69029&page=36

Enjoy......


Tig
01-13-2006, 07:05 AM
Shad ~ I LOVE our new village! Look at all the paths for me to run on! And the holiday home will be great for long rides! :dance: :cheer:

happy2bme
01-13-2006, 07:44 AM
Oh Shad, once again you have picked us the perfect place :love: - thank you! I actually OWN a place in this town - Clocktower Cottage. I love the peaceful serenity and the beauty of the paths and foilage all around. It's a lovely town where you can chose to be amongst friends or enjoy some quiet solitude - whatever your heart desires. I'm delighted that I won't have to pack much for this trip! As for the mountain Chateau, I can close my eyes and take in a big whiff of delightfully fresh mountain air. Ahhhhhh :cloud9:

I woke up quite foggy this morning. Got to bed earlier than I have been but was awoken to loud bangs and crashes and extra bright lights. Quite a doozer of a thunderstorm around 1:30am. Even DH got up to check out the show. This morning I have a pretty bad headache and I wanted nothing more than to shut the alarm off and rollover in bed but alas, it is Friday and sometimes the sheer thought that there is only one more day left is what gets me up and moving. Maybe if I direct that warm shower on my achy little head :headache:

Aiming for a good day otherwise, I hope you all do the same.

Meadow - thank you for the cheery little good morning song :hug: that was the only song I could play on my guitar long, long, ago. **hums as she heads off to the shower...***


Hotcupojava
01-13-2006, 08:19 AM
My what a beautiful, gorgeous new home! Thank you very much. I'm going to love biking and walking around this new place. It looks so peaceful.

I managed to do a mile on my bike yesterday. :carrot: I had a reality check after whining to a dear friend of mine about my lack of motivation. It was a reality check that smacked me in BOTH sets of my chubby cheeks and moved me to do a mile before my shower, whether I had the time or not. I obviously DID have the time, because I made it to work with plenty of time to spare. I should thank that dear friend, but I'm sure she has no idea that SHE was the inspiration. I should be ashamed of myself for having the gall to whine to her.:foot:

Today is weights day so (although I don't know why I'm UP so early) I'd better keep on with the house work I started early today. :wl:



Two days of working alone and having BOTH computers to myself! And I've recently started spending time in the 3FC chat rooms. I'd love to see some of YOU there.

Thank you again, Shad, for the new home(s). :hug:

**Jennifer**
01-13-2006, 09:02 AM
Shad, lovely new places you've chosen for us. I could get lost for hours just leaning over the bridge, tossing pebbles into the water, and listening to the wind in the trees. And that crisp mountain air at the holiday home should help burn off some of these pounds, for sure!

Happy, hope the headache eases. TGIF- just got to make it through the day.:hug:

Java, way to go on that mile. Yeah! Enjoy the early hour, and maybe find a way to motivate yourself to get another mile in- added bonus exercise!

I'm very tired this morning, but as Happy said, it is Friday, so that makes it bearable. I don't know if we'll head to the new house tonight, or leave sometime tomorrow before noon. Seems I have an easier time getting up on the weekends, knowing I'll be working on the new place than I have dragging in to the office.

I'll check in before we leave. As soon as we have phone and internet in the new house, I should bring my laptop from work to the new house, so I can check in, and complain when I'm sore. Shad, I give you permission to beat me senseless if I complain about these projects, especially with as much as you have accomplished- whack me with the dead sander! :D

Have a wonderful Friday, and weekend, ladies! :hug:

hellokittyfan
01-13-2006, 09:47 AM
Wow, I love our new homes..... I'm already imagining what I can do on the weekends with all of that space.

Shad - doing pretty well with the spinning. I've done the gym 3 days this week and I plan on going today as well. I'm going to do the exercise bike and the treadmill today while listening to some music on the Ipod. :)

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. I'm happy it's a 3 day one for me!! I want to relax.

Take care.

Lisa :carrot:

Madcat
01-13-2006, 12:10 PM
Hi all!

Love the new Digs. Could I go snowshoeing there?? I would like that. It's so quiet in the winter in the woods.

I could really use a few days of peace and solitude. Been, yes you guessed it, working until I am punchy. Why should other people's bad planning constitute an emergency for me? :lol: Had to skip a gym workout this morning because of it. Oh it's good when you get a call from the Project Manager at 7:41 in the morning. I've done three days this week, so that isn't bad. I'll get at least one workout in this weekend (maybe Sunday) so that will be 4 for the week.

I'll have to go back and read the rest of the last thread. Try to check back in later. Take care my friends!!

ceejay52
01-13-2006, 12:57 PM
Shad--The village looks like a Thomas Kincaid painting. It's beautiful as well as the snow capped moutains.

Happy--A city called Jonesboro recieved some damage from last nights storm. The national weather service didn't put out a weather bullentin for a tornado so they are calling the damage from straight line winds. Boy it's cold outside right now.

My door bell rang just a minute ago. F. had brought a check to me. It's our so called bonus. If we don't miss a day from work we get a 300 dollar bonus and I had some vacation time to sell back. It's a good little hunk of money. Now I need to get ready to venture out into that cold air to go to the bank.

Java--Been thinking about going to the chat room here. used to do it quite frequently but then everyone disappeared. Maybe I ran them off!!!!

I've done my 30 minutes of aerobics this morning and been on the computer ever since. I've also started my personal journal on the computer. I've got to get through some emotional stuff right now and I'm ready to admit some things to myself but not in public.

More later--going to get ready for the day.

Shad
01-13-2006, 02:54 PM
That's exactly what it is Ceejay. It's called Cobblestone Bridge. I'm probably breeching copyright but what the heck. It's all in fun. It's not quite the village I was looking for, but for some reason the 'net only gave me 225 out of something like 20K images. Been having the odd problem like that with the 'net over the last week. Pages can't be displayed or can't be found. Slow or no go at all occasionally. Then last night I had a call from a Telstra operator saying that they have been upgrading my local telephone exchange for more hispeed internet. Thankyou for being a customer. Well, well.
Yesterday I worked like a little slave and have finished - apart from a very small block of wall in the dining room - all corniches and scrubbing of walls and skirting boards. The place is now ready for plastering. Today I will do the floors and put the fridge back in its place, clean up the rubbish and apart from a trip to the gym for some weights and a Body Balance class, I don't think I will do much at all apart from a bit of pampering, hair, skin and nails. Otherwise I'll have Meadow on my tail again, telling me to look after myself.

Tig - Glad you like the new place. I hope the paths will be good for your running - and mine come to that. I think there are bike trails in the area for you and Slim to unwind. I do know that just down the road a bit, there is a superb restaurant for breakfast and lunches. Eaten there many a time. Actually in my young and silly days I worked at the Chateau Tongariro for a couple of months. In those days it was owned by the Tourist Hotel Corporation of NZ and as itinerant workers we moved around from hotel to hotel as fancy took us. A lot of fun was had I can tell you and you got to see and experience the beauty of the country.

Happy - I was thinking of you while I was going through the paintings and deciding which one would be suitable for us. I can remember the time that my friend in Arizona took me to the Kinkade gallery in Sedona. They had some lovely paintings on display. I also had a brochure from an outfit here last week inviting me to buy one of his stained glass windows in a frame. It was pretty but doesn't fit my decor. And it was expensive.

Turtle - you are welcome in new home - pick a cottage and just move in when you are ready. Well done on that exercise. Today do the mile and just 10 more minutes. You'll be surprised how quickly it adds up.
I used to go to the chat room but because of the time differences here, everyone was there in the middle of my night and I do like my sleep. There seems to be few Aussies and Kiwis around at the moment. They must be out enjoying the beaches or rioting somewhere maybe.

Jennifer - well that would be one way of putting the dead sander to use. I could use it for the hammer throw at the Olympics or somewhere. I think you are probably doing just as much as me in the way of cleaning, scrubbing and generally making yourself a slave to the house. Is this another weekend on the airbed?

Lisa - Nice to have a 3 day weekend once in a while. Enjoy it. They don't come often enough. This is saying something from soneone who lives in a place where there are more public holidays and long weekends than you can poke a stick at.

Madcat - you can go snowshoeing in the new place. Please remember to leave the shoes at the door when you get back. Gotta leave the place as we found it. I went back and read up on the Debating Chamber at the U of T. Wow - even JFK went there to debate the US Foreign Policy. How many people are you looking to put into it?
Gotta love these Project Managers that think you don't have a life. At least he/ she waited until after 7.30 to call. I remember one such call on a job that started with: I have this fantastic idea........
My response was to keep it warm, it was in a strange place, think it over and tell me if it is still fantastic in a couple of hours time.

Ceejay - there is a whole Maori legend to those mountains around the Chateau. There are three of them. Tongariro, Ruapehu (which you see in that picture) and Ngaruhoe. According to legend there were 4. Taranaki was also there. Taranaki (was a man mountain) fell in love with Tongariro (female mountain) and was about to propose marriage when Ruapehu came busting in and tore them apart. Taranaki was so upset and there were a few arguments around in the form of eruptions (thats why Ruapehu is not perfectly formed any more - he blew his top) he picked up his handsome mountain body and moved down the plateau and out to the very edge of the land where he sits today brooding and looking out to sea. On the way out, he formed the Waikato River bed which is today famous for the Huka falls, Aratiatia Rapids and many other wonderful bits of NZ scenery on the North Island. There you go, your dose of trivia for Friday the 13th.

Meadow, thanks for that wonderful song. Now I can't get it out of my head. And it doesn't make a really good scrubbing song. It's too pretty.

Hiya Mel, Linus, Teel, Carla, LindaT, Ruthxxx, et al.

linus
01-13-2006, 03:25 PM
hi folks,well i got my zyban and my official stop smoking day is next friday:smoking: :smoking: :smoking: and im actually looking forward to it ,the money saved is going straight to driving lessons and at the moment i smoke nearly 40 cigarettes a day so that £8.50 i save every day so thats £59.50 a week :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: ,craig and i have a bet going that if i still have stopped smoking by my birthday{june the 18th}hes taking me out for a meal at a resteraunt i choose and hes paying :)
i took cj too his first baby massage session this morning and he screamed holy **** for 20 minutes and had all the other babies in tears too so we made a hasty exit :fr: :fr: :stress: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: the rest of the day hes been a bit gurny so i think his teeth are playing him up again .
MEL how are you hunny???? hugs from us to you
SHAD once again youve chosen brilliantly the new home is magnificent ,does that mountain range overlook water that has dolphins in it ???? i once saw billy connolly touring new zealand and it took my breath away and its the one place in the world i want to visit someday
JENNIFER i did mean to say and as usual i forgot but builders bring cleaning companys into new build homes to clean them before the new home owner signs off on the property,maybe the next one should be over here ,but enjoy it and may it always be a very happy home for you and your family
HAPPY i live 1 minute away from a golf course that resembles a mountain range so if ever you feel like a game come visit
right im off im gonna go and have a nice hot bath and watch some mindless tv or ill watch young harry potter again lol
bye for now
kirsty
ps hi to holly, meadow ,ceejay,madcat,painter,linda,teel, and my biker buddy tig

ceejay52
01-13-2006, 04:26 PM
Shad --sorry to spoil the fun. I will not tell if you won't. I'd love to live there and have often daydreamed about it. I'm a big Thomas Kincaid fan.

Linus--I know you can stop smoking. I'm cheering for you.

Hollyhock
01-13-2006, 04:36 PM
Lovely home. HI chicks. Happy weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

**Jennifer**
01-13-2006, 07:32 PM
Wanted to swing by and post- we're packing up and will be hitting the road in about 20 minutes. Have a wonderful weekend, and those in the states, enjoy the extra day off on Monday! :)

Meadow
01-14-2006, 02:43 AM
Looking good Shad but I think the new digs need a waterfall ;)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/waterfall-animated.gif

MELODY525
01-14-2006, 08:40 AM
CEEJAY~ I SMILED WHEN I READ YOUR POSTS. I WOULD LOVE TO CRAWL INSIDE A THOMAS KINCAID PAINTING AND STAY THERE. AND FUNNY YOU SHOULD BE WORKING ON SOME "HEAD" STUFF CAUSE YESTERDAY I ENDED UP WITH A MENTAL HEALTH DR AFTER FALLING APART IN THE OTHER'S OFFICE.:tantrum: I HAVE A WRITTEN JOURNAL AND THEY SUGGESTED USING IT AT NIGHT AGAIN LIKE I USED TO. GET'S IT ALL OUT! GOOD LUCK WITH YOURS.:hug: SALT IS OUR ENEMY!!!:devil:

MEADOW~ TRUE TO MY NAME, I AM SINGING MY SONG THIS MORNING!!! THANKS!!!:hug: LOVE THE WATERFALL AND I WILL TAKE MY BOOKS AND READ THERE. BUT NOT TOO CLOSE, I DON'T WANT TO GET RUSTY! HOPE THE EXERCISE IS GOING WELL. AND WHAT IS THIS ABOUT INNOCENT LOOKING CANDIES?!?!?:devil:

MARY~ I SEE I AM STILL HAVE TO BEAT YOU WITH A WET NOODLE!!! KEEP UP THE EXERCISE :ebike: THANKS FOR THE COMPANY LAST NIGHT :hug: AND SORRY I WAS FALLING ASLEEP. :o BUT YOU AND JEN WERE NICE TO COME HOME TO AFTER A HARD DAYS "WORK". :rofl:

SHAD~ I LOVE THE NEW HOME AS ALWAYS. HOW DID YOU KNOW I NEEDED A PLACE TO REST AND REGROUP! I LOVE COBBLESTONE ANYTHING!!! ESPECIALLY PATHS. THEY MAKE ME FEEL LIKE I'M RIDING ON A GIANT 4 WHEELED VIBRATOR!!! :lol3: SO SORRY TO HEAR THE SANDER DIED.:hug: DID YOU SET FIRE TO IT OR GIVE IT A PROPER FUNERAL:devil:

DDII~ JEN YOU KNOW I SEND ALL MY BEST WISHES FOR A VERY HAPPY AND HEALTHY LIFE IN YOUR NEW HOME WITH HUBBY. I KNOW A LOT OF WORK, SWEAT AND TEARS HAS GONE INTO THAT PALACE AND HOPE THE TWO OF YOU ENJOY IT AND GET SETTLED IN QUICKLY.:hug:

LINUS~ THANK THE GODS FOR DRUGS OF ALL KINDS!! I THOUGHT OF YOU YESTERDAY WHEN I TOOK THE CODEINE. GOT A BACK ACHE WHILE THERE. POPPED THE PILL AND ALL WAS WELL :rofl: GOOD LUCK MY FRIEND :hug: AND SENDING GOOD VIBES FOR A SPEEDY SMOKE FREE LIFE. YOU CAN DO THIS!!! WE'RE STRONG PEOPLE AND CAN DO AND ENDURE ANYTHING. I REALLY BELIEVE THAT LUV. LET US KNOW IF WE CAN HELP YOU FIND THAT CRAZED ROCKER INSIDE. I'LL HAVE YOU KNOW THAT WE CAN STILL SEE HER EVEN IF YOU CAN'T! :rofl:

MISS MADCAT~ LINDA IS GONNA ZAP YOUR BUTT GIRL!!! AND IF SHE DOESN'T, I WILL!!! NO EXERCISE MEANS BAD KNEES SO GET GOING OR I MIGHT JUST BORROW THE PROD!!!:devil: :devil: (BUT I STILL LOVE YOU ANYWAY:hug: ) HOW GOES THE WD PLANNING? :?: HOW IS THE FIL? :?: LET'S HAVE THE WEDDING AT THE COBBLESTONE PLACE!:carrot:

HOLLY~ HOW IS THE HAIR? DID YOU POST PICS? I DIDN'T SEE ANY AS I SCANNED THE LAST THREAD. FROM YOUR XMAS PICTURE LAST YEAR, YOU AND THE FAMILY ARE A VERY NICE LOOKING BUNCH. YOU IN PARTICULAR ARE A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN WAITING TO BLOOM. NOW GRAB 2006 BY THE BALLS AND MAKE THIS YOUR YEAR. :hug: WORK ALL YOU WANT BUT DO THINGS FOR YOU AND YOUR HEALTH. YOU ARE WORTH IT!! I KNOW THIS CAUSE LOREAL COMMERCIALS TELL ME SO!! :rofl:

LISA~ I WILL ENJOY MY 3 DAY WEEKEND TOO! :beach: MAYBE WE CAN TOAST EACH OTHER!! THANKS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT. IT MEANT A LOT. SOMETIMES IT'S ALSO GOOD TO KNOW OTHERS HAVE PROBLEMS TOO.:dizzy: WISHING US BOTH WELL THIS YEAR!!:carrot:

TIG~ YOU'LL FIND US A GOOD PATH TO RUN AND RIDE?! I'L FOLLOW YOU THIS TIME!! :moped: MAYBE I CAN BE YOUR RUNNING COACH:?: HOW IS SLIM AND HIS BACK? HOW ARE THE THUGS? AND HOW ARE YOU!!!???

HAPPY~ I SAVED YOU FOR LAST...HAVE YOU READ THE BOOK? I AM LOVING IT!! SUCH SIMPLE IDEAS AND VERY CLOSE TO MICHAEL THURMOND'S PLAN FOR THE C-TYPE BODY. I JUST LIKE THE SUGGESTIONS AND THE WHOLE BOOK WAS VERY INVITING....EVEN THE COVER!!!
HOW ARE YOUR BODY PARTS?! FEELING GOOD??? THE DRUG I WAS ON WAS NAPROXEN AND OF LATE THEY ARE FINDING THAT CHRONIC USE PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF MAY HAVE PROBLEMS WITH IT AS SOMEHOW IT FEEDS THE YEAST OR MAKES YEAST OR WHATEVER...BUT I HAVE BEEN ON IT IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER SINCE THE 70'S.
BUT IT WASN'T THIS PILL THAT GOT THE BALL ROLLING....IT WAS MISUSE OF PENECILLAN AND OTHER HEAVY ANTIBIOTICS LIKE KEFLEX. I HAD DRS WHEN I WAS A KID AND YOUNG WOMAN THAT GAVE THEM TO ME LIKE ONE A DAY MULTIPLE VITAMINS. THUS THE CHEMICAL IMBALANCE IN MY BODY WAS BORN AND SOARED. HOPE YOUR KNEES AND DIET ARE GOING WELL:hug:

PW~ WHERE THE BLAZES ARE YOU :?: TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE MISSING HERE. :tantrum:

WHERE IS TEEL? DISAPPEARED AGAIN? IS SHE AFTER MY FIRIES?? BETTER NOT BE!! :tantrum: ROSEBLUSH IS MISSING ALSO!! :wave: TO EVERYONE!!!

WELL THIS LAST DR HAS A LOT OF IDEAS SHE WILL SET UP AND IS IN THE PROCESS OF ANALYZING MY OWN PAST AND PAST TESTS. THEN WE WILL MAKE DATES FOR A BARRAGE (SP) OF TESTS AND MEETINGS TO DISCUSS ALTERNATIVE PLANS DEPENDING ON THE RESULTS WE GET OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS. SHE TOLD ME SHE CANNOT PROMISE ME ANYTHING BUT HER UNDYING HELP. I FELL APART AND SHE CALLED IN MENTAL HEALTH. JUST FOR A SECOND THERE I MUST SAY I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO LOSE IT. THE FUNNY THING WAS AFTER WE SPOKE, THE WOMAN LOOKED AT ME FUNNY AND I ASKED WHAT'S WRONG. SHE SAID YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION AND I DON'T THINK YOU EVEN KNOW IT. I SAID THAT I WISH I DIDN'T HAVE TO LEAD THE KIND OF LIFE THAT GOES WITH IT. SHE FULLY UNDERSTOOD. I DON'T NEED ANY "HAPPY" DRUGS WHICH IS WHAT I KNEW.....I JUST NEED A BREAK.....OR A REST.
ONE GOOD PIECE OF INFO IS THAT THIS WHOLE ISSUE HAS EVERYONE AROUND HERE IS WALKING ON EGGSHELLS AND RETIREMENT IS NOT JUST A WORD ANY LONGER. :carrot: FUNNY HOW THINGS GET DONE EVEN WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A HAND IN IT....SO TO SPEAK.
SPIRITS ARE GOOD :dance: EYES ARE RED :( BUT THAT PART WILL PASS. I HAVE 3 DAYS OF SILENCE AND AS JEN SAID LAST NIGHT....MA, WHY DON'T YOU MAKE IT A HARRY POTTER MELIDAY. SOUNDS GOOD TO ME :moped:
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!! THANKS FOR BEING HERE AND TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELVES. YOU'RE IMPORTANT TO ME :love:
ps my smilies and links aren't working!!:tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum:

Shad
01-14-2006, 08:55 AM
Geez if your smilies aren't working, then I'd hate to see your post when they are!!!!

happy2bme
01-14-2006, 12:30 PM
Good morning all.

:cheer: to all that made it a moving and groovin' week :carrot: :carrot:

I had a good week in that I started up with the regular exercise. I had a bad week with chocolate. :yikes: I immediately went on a bender after a few pieces so I have to banish it from the house. No doubt. Will have to be extra good this weekend if I want to see any weight loss this week - I feel like I don't deserve any loss at all but I realize that is negative thinking. Just have to focus on what's important.

It's going to be a weekend of cleaning, maybe some target shooting. The Christmas stuff is all upstairs in the storage room but it's spread all over the floor and needs to be organized. Closets are pretty full too. I think I need to set a timer 3 times a week and start on those too. We've been here a year now, time to sift through the last of the packing boxes. So much to do, so little time. :lol:

Mel, glad you liked the Sonoma book. I'm a MT plan A - there's lots I would eat on this Sonoma plan, can use it as a guide for something different to eat. I do like all of the power foods they recommend. Seems like there is nothing that would be too spicy or irritating to you. Are you going to try it? Or use it as a supplement to the MT plan? Good thing you are a hard drivin' Joisey chick - keep that steely resolve not to let anything get you down :hug:

Shad, I do believe that you have completely rebuilt your house from the rafters out. How did the bath come out? I remember you had such lovely blue tiles you were installing.

Thank you for the lovely waterfall Meadow - I think it's just down one of the garden paths out back. If you listen hard in the stillness of the evening, you can just barely hear the water cascading. The spray is so refreshing in the warm summer sun. And I always loved looking at the rainbows in the mist! Are you walking again? Are the chocolate fruits all gone now?

Turtle, there was something in your journal that I was going to comment on but darn if I forgot now. :mad: happens so easily. Is Poohbear all better now?

Poor Madcat, slaving away on the extra project. Hope you caught up enough to have some fine weekend time with DB.

Where did Jennifer run off to for the weekend? I missed something. Have a good time. I know Tig's having herself some fun, walking, running and crusin' along. How are you spending the 3 day weekend Lisa?

Linus, good luck on the quit. Sounds like your mind is in a successful place - now to avoid the temptations of the stresses that drive you out the back door again! Thanks for the invite on the golf course but I don't play anymore - not like you could call what I did before playing :rofl: Besides, is that course by you "Scottish Links" ? there's something different about those than American layouts.

Ceejay - I know where Jonesboro is - I see it when I'm watching the weather channel. We had some downed tree limbs in the yard too - no wonder because the winds were really rocking the place. They say it's supposed to be warmer but I think it's really cooler than usual now. Kinda like a brisk fall day today but at least we have lots of sunshine. Any fun plans for (part of) that bonus check?

Holly, I guess if the visualizing works for you - go for it, tho you seem to be struggling with it in your own words. I don't know - there's all sorts of tricks and stuff but I guess I feel in my own mind that it just comes down to telling yourself No - you're not going to eat this even though you want it and feel you deserve it, No - that's too much to eat, put some back and Yes - get off your duff and on the treadmill / bike / stairs what ever and just do it already. I myself find way too many excuses to procrastinate under the guise of thinking out a new thought process to motivate me. It's hard to admit to myself but that is the reality of the situation. So I hope you either find something that works for you or just come to accept that deep down, you are happy with where you are right now. The only thing I can say and I think most here will agree is that the older you get, the harder it is to take off. I myself wish I had worked a little harder at trimming the pounds off as I hit my 40's.

Hellos to Ruthie and LindaT, casting out the fishing line to reel back in Teel, PW (don't you dare be hiding out on the couch missy ;) ), Nae.

Time for this chick to get moving. :dancer:

Hollyhock
01-14-2006, 03:24 PM
HELLOOOOOO!!
I am finally over this stomach virus. 7 whole freakin days!!! I didn't lose weight either bah! LOL!
Took DD to see Monters Inc on Ice today, a gift from my folks. It was sweet. I watched her face more than the show!

I have made a definite decision to pursue my Avon career and I will slowly faze out daycare as the kids get into school. I have established a great base and I LOVE it. I like being in the business world, always did.
DId I mention that I was ranked #6 out 336 sales rep in my district!!? Pretty exciting. I will just be monumentally busy for me until next Sept.
I have decided that I really DO want to lose some weight. For me it is portion size and seconds.That will be my first goals. I am going to try and incorporate my 20 min Yoga tape or WATP once a day.

HAppy~ the idea of "seeing" a goal was appealing because I have trouble believing in any result being possible. Does that make sense. I talk myself out of it somehow.
I really like the idea of visualizing what i will be doing with my health and wellness in 25-30 years from now. RuthXXX and I have a date on a verandah over looking a lake with a couple young bucks serving us cocktails. Works for me.
I CAN visualize the family and family life I want. I can visualize my Avon business success. It works to help me acheive my goals.
Of course with food I really could just tell myself NO but then I would tell myself to bugger off,ROFLMAO!!!


Have a happy, happy day ladeis!!!

happy2bme
01-14-2006, 03:29 PM
Good luck with the Avon career - it sounds like something that is a perfect fit for you and it is possible to do very very well in that line of work. The Monsters On Ice sounds fab. Great that you and the DD had a little girl time and enjoyed yourselves.

Ok, I'm back to dusting and vacumning.

I am REALLY ugh struggling today wanting bad stuff. I need a chocolate exorcism. :devil: Maybe I should start on the Zyban again just to make stuff taste yucky.

Shad
01-14-2006, 04:32 PM
Happy - what a reason to take Zyban :rofl: :rofl: Still I know what you mean. It's like cheese with me. As long as it is there I will eat it. And if it is not there then I will put it on the shopping list. And believe it or not, there is a Neufchatel cheese which is flavoured with chocolate. Wouldn't it be hard to be a chocolate and cheese-a-holic?
So glad to hear of the regular exercise. Just a bit more and it will begin to become a habit. Keep it up.
I must confess that I still have work to do in the bathroom. It sort of got lost in the work ethos when I moved to Melbourne last year. However I have challenged myself to finish those projects I started back then and I am slowly getting into it. The gate is now crossed off my to do list. I'm working on the lounge dining room again, new doors are next, then I can finish the bathroom. I have sworn not to start any new projects until these are done. I'm going to get professional help for the electrical and concreting work which is the next step on my list. It's not so much paying for it which is the problem, it is getting the tradesmen to come in!!!
The difference between Scottish links and an American golf course as I see it is in the grooming. In Scotland - the Rough is ROUGH and in the States, rough is not yet mowed this week!

Holly - good to hear that you have made some decisions on the future. Some folk have made good incomes with Avon and I think you have the right frame of mind to do this. Ruth and you on a verandah in 20 years time. Geez Canada will never be the same.

Speaking of Ruthxxx - it's her birthday. Well for me it was her birthday yesterday and I missed it, but for you lot it is today.
Happy Birthday Ruth

Meadow - lovely waterfall. I can sit there and think nice peaceful thoughts from time to time. You are right, we did need a waterfall. Thanks.

Linus - no the mountain doesn't overlook the dolphins. Wrong Island. You're talking about the Dusky Dolphins from Dusky Sound in Fiordland on the southwest coast of the South Island of New Zealand. This mountain is smack bang in the middle of the North Island. Not even close. And when you have saved enough through not smoking, I will take you on a personal tour of that delightful area and you will see the dolphins and maybe even dive for black coral and we will visit the North Island mountains of our new home and maybe even swim in the warm crater lake at the top of the mountain - if one can still do that! It's the only place that I know of in the world where you could ski and climb up to the top of the mountain and change into a swimsuit to sit in the snow and get a tan!

You're right Mel, many people missing from our thread again. It's disturbing. I miss our friends when they don't come in. However it has to be their choice.
Enjoy your time alone. Don't forget the exercise - gently does it. But keep thinking cheerful thoughts. At least this doctor is promising undying care! We could all do with a good Mental health day once in a while so enjoy yours.

Gotta get up there and at it. Went to DS2's party last night. His sort-of-ex-gf rung me yesterday to seek some help to surprise him with her presence at the do, then proceeded to ignore both him and me all night and chatted up every other bloke in the place (including DB2 - :rofl: :lol3:). Think she needs some of Mels Mental Health people. She certainly won't be getting any help from me any more unless she explains herself after this one. Seems all she wanted was the BIG ENTRANCE - hey the prodigal has returned etc. Anyway, it's not my problem so I will just sit on the sidelines, provide a shoulder, give advice when requested that probably won't be taken and leave it alone. But it is hard to see your children hurting.

linus
01-14-2006, 04:37 PM
hi chickies
Happy BUGGER IS THAT WHY MY TWIRLS TASTE BLOODY AWFUL ??? the zyban gods sake ,and there was me thinking andy had poisoned me:barf: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: ,well i weighed myself in boots today and i weigh 16 stone and 7 llbs so im still lighter than i was pre christopher lol who would have thought getting pregnant to lose weight now i just have to shift the rest:o
MEL harry potter is the answer to everything in this house lol have fun
right ladies a short visit from me ive got a thumper of a sore head and im gonna watch charmed
OH BEFORE I FORGET SHAD were gonna start the garden soon so ill have to send you some before ,now and after pics
kirsty

MELODY525
01-14-2006, 07:04 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR RUTHIE
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!
:hb: :joker: :bravo: :cp: :hat: :dance: :gift: :dance: :flow1: :flow2: :dancer: :woo: :wizard: :encore: :cheer:

ceejay52
01-14-2006, 07:08 PM
I've been cleaning today, but haven't got much done on the inside. The sunshine was inviting so I washed the Rav4 and talked to the neighbors.
Think I was getting tired of staying in the house. I would have said cabin fever but there has been no reason for me to stay on the inside.

After I took my blood pressure and blood sugar level this morning I decided it was time to start getting healthy. Had a couple of snack cakes last night and this morning it showed up on the glucose monitor big time. My blood pressure is a little elevated and respirations were elevated. No more caffiene for a while to see if this will bring things down.

Mel--:hugs:

Everyone else a big hello :wave: I' ll address each one of you later.

Happy birthday miss Ruthxxx.

PainterWoman
01-14-2006, 10:16 PM
:hug: :hug: I do come and go, but not too far this go round. You all are extra friends and important to me. You are encouraging and entertaining!:carrot:

Shad: love the new locale. May I have the loft above the book shop? Perhaps my daughter will come and visit there more often. DH thinks the DeWalt debacle is very unusual and was surprised they weren't helpful... or did you go to the dealer for them to ressurect your sander. I hope you have a better time getting plastered.... um, doing the plastering.

Happy: Hope the headache didn't last very long. Sounds like you've got great plans and decisions working for you.

JavaHottie: WTGG!!

Jennifer: For what it's worth, DH has been telling me about a friend of ours whose house has gone from $300K to $125K because of foundation problems, lazy geological engineers and poor repairs. Be glad you don't live on the shifting dirt of Texas. (I'd rather be back in Earthquake country... because everything was solid between the fault lines!!):devil:

MadCat: PM's apparently don't trust their worker-bees because they sure get helpless and frantic often and at inconvenient times. I hope you set yours straight about your steller (stellar?) competence... and your available hours! PS: don't be surprised if I snag your Yoda quote!

CeeJay: Congrats on extra pay for extra loyalty and perfect attendance!!! I re-started Morning Pages (a basic when doing The Artist's Way) late this afternoon and actually made a big connection between my weight, lack of confidence, and lack of substantial (i.e. financial) success with my business. It wasn't what I expected, but boy do I feel better. I hope your journals do the same for you. I have a HUGE document I'd be glad to send you (or anybody else) if you want hints and tips on what to write or how to approach journal writing....:D

Linus: Driving lessons! Wheeee! So then you can take CJ in the car and vibrate him to sleep! Hope the massage is better next session... there must be some chakra or energy point that numbs gum pain.

Meadow: LOVE the waterfall. And the sound it makes in my mind. Thanks.

Mel: I am so glad that you found somebody with whom you could let down your hair.... Was it John, Paul or George that penned "Let it Be"? Let yourself be, darling... red eyes, retirement, fatigue, history, etc. etc. Being who we are (and loving it, gently) is really all we CAN do. And if we try to change while we're not loving ourselves, we're just being mean to ourselves. Reminds me of my Mommie, Dearest saying, "Why can't you be ___ fill in the blank__"
If I could have, I would have!!
Hugs.

Oh... and my daughter says the apartment two doors down from her burned up this morning (http://www.journal-to-a-muse.blogspot.com). EEK. But she and her stuff are fine. Between that news and my business development plans, I think I should go get some green tea and wind down for the day.

Madcat
01-14-2006, 11:08 PM
Hi Guys! Sorry I have been missing in action for a couple of days. Luckily Job #2 is pretty much done. I do have to sign on tomorrow and do a bunch of French screenshots from the software, but that's pretty much a no-brainer. So Thursday they called me and offered me another contract… I said NO. :lol:
Had a nice day today. We're signed up for a car sharing program so we went to the orientation, then wandered over to an art store to check out supplies for the wedding invitations, had lunch out and then came home. Napped the afternoon away. I think I have caught up on sleep going back about a week and a half. It is so nice.
BTW, I looked and the Chateau Tongariro has a lovely heated plunge pool. We are so there.

Happy Birthday, Ruth!!!!!!!!!

Holly ~ Can I come and have drinks on the veranda too? I'll even buy the first round. I agree that having a vision is important as well as also visualizing the steps it might take to get there. Sounds as if you have a good starting point. Whoo hoo! Way to go on doing so well with Avon. And that you love it. That's why you are good at it, you know.

Java ~ Mile-er! Way to Go. Sometimes I think if we spent the time we spend trying to talk ourselves out of exercising, just doing it without thinking, we'd get so much more exercise done. :lol: :lol: It's so cool you have an inspiration near you. Keep it up. Chat room time is a great idea.

ceejay ~ good luck on the journalling. Sometimes just seeing stuff in black and white can be really helpful. And at least you have ways and means to measure how you are doing. Now is the time. Why not now?

Shad ~ You've worked hard and now take a break. You earned it. Your response to the early-rising project manager, made me laugh just a tad. This guy is pretty good – but the stakeholders were threatening to delay the launch of the entire project if they didn't have the documents, so I can understand his anxiety.BTW The wedding is probably going to be about 60 people. The ceremony will be in the room and then the reception will start immediately after the "to do"s. No sit down dinner. No DJ and dancing.

Linus ~ good luck with stop smoking programme. I was just reading this morning that if you quit smoking you can reduce your chance of cardio disease by 50% after a year of non-smoking. And great way to spend the money.

Jennifer ~ have a great long weekend.

Meadow ~ The waterfall does make a great addition. The sound of falling water is really relaxing. I remember this really great waterfall in Venezuela… but I digress.

Mel ~ And thanks for the prod. I needed that. :hug: :hug: At least some good will come of this latest Dr round if you can get out of the office and for all. Take care of yourself, my friend, and watching Harry Potter is just what you need. Enjoy and pamper yourself. You are an inspiration.

Happy ~ I find there are items that I can't have in my house either – chocolate is one, ordinary peanut butter is another one. It's just easier to not have the temptation.

PW ~ steal the quote away if you wish. I won't tell George Lucas if you don't. I think it would be neat to have tips on what/ or how to journal. There are rules? I remember reading a book called "Writing down the Bones" (I think?) where they talked about writing without having an internal editor. Letting your hand lead your brain where it really wants to go. It was interesting.

Best wander off and read some other stuff. Since I napped this afternoon I'm not tired now. Gym tomorrow. Maybe? Or Pilates at home. Oh and screenshots. Lots of screenshots.

Later Chicklets.

MELODY525
01-15-2006, 08:53 AM
:cofdate: Good Morning Chicks:hug:
Let's sit and have a cup o java together!! Guess mine will be seltzer. No more caffeine for awhile so we can see if that is really the face trigger. Last frappuccino was yesterday. No more are in the house:stress: Yesterday, I was watching FitTV on cable and pedaled my heart out. I feel ever so much better both inside and out.:dancer: And PW you are so right....I am taking the time to reacquaint myself WITH myself. I've been so many "people" to so MANY people that Mel got lost in the shuffle. It is an identity crisis of sorts! So I am giving myself lots of :hug: for now.
Stayed at Jen's and then they came down here with me. They seem a little "clingy" if you know what I mean. The week affected us all.(sigh)
25* out and 50-60 mph gusts. Guess I'll stay in the house today:rofl:
Happy Sunday all and have a great day.:flow2:

Happy~ Good luck with the scale. Tomorrow is my weigh-in:( The chocolate part is going to be my hardest thing too. I don't have much but those 5-10(sometimes more) Kisses are going to be missed. That and the one coffee kept me going! :carrot: Come to Chocoholics with me. We can cry together!

Shad~ I am sorry I missed that you were still up.:tantrum: I had gone to Jen's when I left here. Were you up getting plastered :beach: as PW thinks or doing the plastering? I am thinking of getting plastered myself!! I read somewhere on 3fc where they could also limit the smilies!!!:fr: Whatever would I do to express myself:?:
Sorry the ex gf took advantage of your caring. I hate to see the kids sad or hurt also. Guess when push comes to shove, they are always going to be our kids!! :rofl:

PW~ I had a sigh when I read your post to me. It fits and made me realize I am on the right track. Many would think this is a "past" problem but I know it's a "present".
I am glad the DD is fine and her goods and chattals are ok too. Must have been scary news even though it was over. Nothing more dear to us than our children. Hope you are taking care of YOU also!!!:cheer:

Ceejay~ Some :hug: for you as well!! Seems our lives keep going parallel. I was asked to get off the sugar and coffee on Friday. I knew I had no right being on them but continued. I get the same symptoms but I already know it's that. So good luck my friend and hang in there. You can do it!!!:cheers:

Miss Mad~ Invitations?! By the time you get them out the dirty deed will already have been done! :rofl: :lol3: :lol3:
I should have hired out as your wedding planner.:write: The only problem would be that you would be getting married on the Jersey Coast!!!:crazy:
:tread: <----something to keep you motivated for the job #2 stress! :lol3:

Not too many posts?!? Guess it's the weekend. Take care Chicklettes. :bike:

Hollyhock
01-15-2006, 12:00 PM
I have 2 minutes to post!! Just came home from church with DD. Ds is playing in a tournament a 1/2 hour from here. Next game is a 1pm.Just had a lovely avocado, chicken breast and tomato on rye sandwich!!!

HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

happy2bme
01-15-2006, 12:14 PM
1. :woo: Happy Belated Birthday Ruth!

2. Aw Mel, no chocolate, no caffeine? :faint: We have to find you a new kind of "stimulant" now, don't we? :rofl: We'll also have to come up with a new kind of diet for you - one in which you feel you are embarking upon a new adventure, rather than saying goodbye to things. What do you look forward to eating that is on the new plan? :hungry: Good for you on getting those pedals flying!

3. What are French screenshots Madcat? Sounds dirty :o :lol3: Your weekends always sound so nice - like a frame from a movie - walking in the park, taking a bike ride, hunting through book stores. I need to take a cue from you.

4. PW - it was Paul who penned Let It Be. Paul wrote Let It Be in a time of distress - when he was looking for answers and he needed a light in the dark. He dreamt one night of his mother, Mary, who came to him in times of trouble.
I think sometimes we all would be wise to "let it be" instead of trying to fix it, improve it or just dwell on it and make ourselves nuts. That's scary about the fire - good thing your daughter is ok.

5. Ceejay - sounds like you need to join with Mel on the let's rework the food plan bit. There is always a mourning period for me when I think about doing that. I get myself all twisted in what I'm giving up rather than what I'm trading it for. See comment # 4. I find it's hardest when I don't have things planned out, I'm hungry and reaching for the quickest thing. Don't you just love your Rav4? We've had 7 4Runners - I wouldn't drive anything else. Last time we debated between downsizing to a Rav4 but decided to keep one full size SUV for hauling things which has come in handy. Must have been warmer by you or you are a sturdy soul because it was too cold to wash cars here. Brrr. Mine needs a bath desperately too.

6. Linus, you're too funny - poisoned me - :lol3: :lol3: Yep, it's the Zyban doing it. Your fags will never be satisfying again - that's what helps you to quit. It's like you borrowed someone's off brand of old, stale cigarettes - blech. And it makes everything taste terrible. And you will smell stinky things that aren't there. I was smelling skunks all the time. I couldn't take it any more and went off of it after 6 weeks instead of the 3 months they recommend. But I sincerely do believe that it did help. Somewhat. It will take mega mega sheer iron willpower but you can do this. Focus on the money honey. By the time I hit my 2 year mark in April I will have not smoked over 20,000 cigarettes and as of today have not "burned up" almost $4,400. So it adds up. Take that cigarette money and put it in a jar each week so you can see the cash build up and you have something in hand to compensate for the suffering. Just remember - a craving only lasts 3 minutes. Now at first the cravings will come every 10 minutes :dizzy: but over time they will stretch out longer in between. Good luck to you, I am serious about no chocolate next Friday when you start your journey. I hope the kids cut you some slack. So CJ is not into baby massage, eh?

7. Shad, I know what you mean about getting the tradesmen in. They all want the big expensive jobs, try to get them for the medium sized work. Forget it. We tried to get a plumber once to rearrange the fixtures in the bath and run new pipes. Must have contacted 10 of them most didn't show up for the assesment appointment and the others, well guess it wasn't worth their while. DH did it himself. I am feeling the urge to redo things here too. I get overwhelmed looking at the big picture. Some of the rooms flow together so colors have to be chosen that will coordinate with each other. New flooring can't clash with the front stairs, etc, etc. And I don't want to repeat the pattern in the old house where things are torn up for years. And then of course there's the little factor of where is there time to do this. In bits like you I suppose. However you are the kind to put your mind to it and just get it done. Perhaps we should just hire you? :lol:

Speaking of which, nothing is getting done with me sitting here. DH is anxious to get rolling on the day which is already half over. I am getting into the bad habit of staying up until 2 or 3 am and not getting up until 9 or 10 which really wrecks the day - even if I am up and doing things at such late hours. It's hard conforming to what the regular world feels is normal. Anyway, better get rolling.

Cheers to those missing and a bit on the shy side. :wave:

ceejay52
01-15-2006, 01:08 PM
PW--Yes, it has helped to get some things down on paper--There are 4 big issues that have been limiting the weight loss. One issue, I hope, has been settled and I think that will be the starting point to the other issues. One of my problems is that I can't say NO to certain people. I've had 2 week-ends all to myself and I'm feeling so relaxed. I may be purchasing new tires for the car with that bonus. I noticed that they are getting slick.

Hello to Jennifer who is moving this week end. Don't over do.

Linus--Do you get your taste bud's back after a length of time when taking the Zyban?

Mel--We can do this no caffiene thing together. I've done without once and felt so much better. Food and caffiene to me is what alcohol is to an alcoholic. They both can do damage. My paternal grandfather was an alcoholic. I'm pretty sure that I have the gene. Neither of my other sisters have this problem.

Shad-- I agree with madcat. You need to take a break and I realize that doing a ceiling is hard work. I've not sanded one down but I have painted a few. It was hard on the neck and shoulders.

Happy--We're expecting, from you, another 3 pound loss. Let us know.

Holly--Wish you the best. You will do well with the choice to sell Avon. It's a proven fact.

madcat--How are you doing on the "no account factor" of weight loss? I've made out index cards to ensure that I get the right amount of each food category including water intake. It should equal up to 1600 calories. I started this on Thursday so I'll see if there is any results.

Hello Java--missed you last night in the chat room. One of my favorite sports is ice skating. Last night the best was chosen to go to the Olympics in February.

Need to post the week end paper work. Yep I'm at work.

Ruthxxx
01-15-2006, 01:47 PM
Holey Moley! I could never keep up with this group with comments but I do try to read.

Anyhow, thanks for the wonderful birthday wishes in the form of posts, e-cards, PMs and phone calls. I had an absolutely wonderful day! My only problem is wondering where the last 30 years went. :shrug:

Enjoy your Sunday afternoon or Monday morning, in Shad's case.

Huga all 'round.

Shad
01-15-2006, 03:39 PM
Morning Ruth - glad to hear that the birthday went well. Yep, understand the 30 year loss of memory. I can relate to that!

Morning CeeJay - Now that you have finished your car, can you please come over and do mine. I'm stressing out at the amount of work I want to achieve before the DS1 and GF arrive next week. Oh it is doable, but not if I do my usual procrastination and leave it all to the last minute!.

Happy - it amuses me (sort of) that I can do the majority of this work myself and DS2 can do the rest - however if I or DS do it, then there is no certification for the work done and should anything go wrong, the insurance company would not pay out. So I have to get it done 'professionally' but the tradies aren't out there anymore, thanks to the short sightedness of successive governments in cutting back on apprenticeships, traineeships etc. etc. etc. These people are in demand and can pick and choose.

Holly - yumm on that sandwich. Sounds like my sort of soul food. Hope DS does well in his tournament.

Mel, they used to limit the smilies and 13 was as many as you could get in the post. Poor Teel used to lose post after post because of the number of smilies she put in it. Then it gradually seemed to relax and now we have smilies galore, signatures 3 feet long and a ton of graphics available. Poor Suzanne and Jennifer must tear their hair out at us lot from time to time. This time take the time to dig into your soul and see what you need to do to reintroduce yourself to yourself. Cool it and calm it. Actually I'm on the no caffeine kick right alongside you. Not because I really wanted to, but because I have gone right off my morning coffee with all this water I am glugging down. I can't believe that I no longer want the morning brew!!!! I am going to do some plastering today! Not get plastered.
Actually, to be horribly nasty, the sort of ex-gf of DS2 got really plastered on Saturday and when I went around to his place to pick up the mower and the cake tin, she was still there and still feeling very sorry for herself and was in a sleeping bag on the lounge floor drinking Sprites. I didn't sympathise!

Madcat, sounds like a busy time coming up. Since you now have the printed invites and can cross that off your list. Now all you have to do is send the darned things out. Do you have my address?

Painter - I guess deWalts were as helpful as they could be. I have had the tool for several years. It was the utter conviction that there were no sanders out there with the dimensions that got me. I know what I had in my hand, I know where it came from but according to the man it didn't exist. My old sander is dead. I don't feel like taking it up to the only workshop in the State (they now only have one per State) unless I am my way to the airport one day and I know they will be open. I went and bought a new one. It looks just the same except for a different extension on the model number. I really think I was asking too much of the sander - it's not that big, but is a wonderful size and weight for a woman sanding the ceiling. Men of course will use the more macho size sanders.
Of course you can have the place above the bookshop. You'll have happy as your neighbour as I think she took the clocktower cottage.
Glad to hear that DD is okay. Thoughts go out to the burned out apartments occupant.

Linus - looking forward to the progress of the GARDEN. It will look good come summer up there.

Last night I went to the GA with DB2 again. There was only me there on the support side of it apart from the person who runs the session. We had a long discussion about anger (mine) and the DB's illness (I have to remember it is an illness) - still he appears to be trying and it appears to be working so far. My biggest problem is that trust is almost gone. I have to trust that he is being honest with me. I have to trust that he is not dipping into the company coffers because he can't get at his. And I have to trust these sessions because I don't understand what he is going through. Sometimes it is all too hard. It's much easier to go and punch someone's lights out I can tell you.

Anyway, I've got to move along and get to the gym. Get that out of the way and get on with the day. The morning rush should be just about over now. Catch you all later.

Hollyhock
01-15-2006, 06:12 PM
Holey Moley What a Goalie!!!!!!!! My new chant at the rink. DS pretends to be mortified but secretly loves hearing me shout it!!!
The boys won their first game and were tied 2-2 in the 2nd and the other team squeaked one in in the last 22 seconds. My darling boy won the trophy for best player of the game!!!! He was embarrassed that the the other boys didn't get trophies too. Bless his wee heart.
DD had a BLAST at her friends. They have a year old poodle. Made her day!!
We had a campfire and roasted marsmallows when I got back. Yes it is -6C, but sunny and beautiful!!!
Made tacos for the troop and I had back beans and rice topped with taco meat and lettuce,tomato, plain yogurt! YUM!! Now if i dont eat tonight I am totally rockin!
I WILL not eat again today.

HUGS and LOVE to all~!!!

Time for all 4 of us to do a 15 min tidy up on the main floor and then baths and bed. School tomorrow.

Hollyhock
01-15-2006, 06:15 PM
Holey Moley What a Goalie!!!!!!!! My new chant at the rink. DS pretends to be mortified but secretly loves hearing me shout it!!!
The boys won their first game and were tied 2-2 in the 2nd and the other team squeaked one in in the last 22 seconds. My darling boy won the trophy for best player of the game!!!! He was embarrassed that the the other boys didn't get trophies too. Bless his wee heart.
DD had a BLAST at her friends. They have a year old poodle. Made her day!!
We had a campfire and roasted marsmallows when I got back. Yes it is -6C, but sunny and beautiful!!!
Made tacos for the troop and I had back beans and rice topped with taco meat and lettuce,tomato, plain yogurt! YUM!! Now if i dont eat tonight I am totally rockin!
I WILL not eat again today.

HUGS and LOVE to all~!!!

Time for all 4 of us to do a 15 min tidy up on the main floor and then baths and bed. School tomorrow.

Meadow
01-15-2006, 09:36 PM
Lack of motivation plus excess of chocolate = dozy non-doer
Next week ;)

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http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/clipserve/B0000027LK001008/0/ref=mu_sam_wma_001_008/103-2912555-7416633You can listen to a clip of Doris Day singing this song at this link.

Shaking The Blues Away Lyrics

There's an old superstition 'way down south
Ev'ry darkie believes that trouble won't stay
If you shake it away
When they hold a revival way down south
Ev'ry darkie with care and trouble that day
Tries to shake it away

Shaking the blues away, unhappy news away
If you are blue, it's easy to
Shake off your cares and troubles

Telling the blues to go, they may refuse to go
But as a rule, they'll go if you'll
Shake them away

Do like the darkies do, list'ning to a preacher way down south
They shake their bodies so, to and fro
With every shake, a lucky break

Proving that there's a way to chase your cares away
If you would lose your weary blues
Shake them away

I gotta blues, you gotta blues
All God's chillun gotta blues
Come and join a rebel and we'll shake off the devil
And we'll shake all over God's Heaven, Heaven, Heaven
Anyone objectin' to shakin' ain't going there, Heaven, Heaven
Gonna shake all over God's Heaven
I gotta shake, you gotta shake
All God's chillun gotta shake, shake, shake
Nothing could be sweeter than to shake with Saint Peter
When we shake all over God's Heaven, Heaven, Heaven
Anyone objectin' to shakin' ain't going there, Heaven, Heaven
Gonna shake all over God's Heaven


[Revised version:]
There's an old superstition 'way down south
Ev'rybody believes that trouble won't stay
If you shake it away
When they hold a revival way down south
Ev'rybody with care and trouble that day
Tries to shake it away

Shaking the blues away, unhappy news away
If you are blue, it's easy to
Shake off your cares and troubles

Telling the blues to go, they may refuse to go
But as a rule, they'll go if you'll
Shake them away

Do like the voodoos do, list'ning to a voodoo melody
They shake their bodies so, to and fro
With every shake, a lucky break

Proving that there's a way to chase your cares away
If you would lose your weary blues
Shake 'em away

Berlin Irving

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Tig
01-15-2006, 10:55 PM
I've been following the Giving Up Caffeine with interest. I used to drink a LOT of coffee and cut back by switching to a blend of half caffeinated and half decaf coffee. We buy beans and grind them. I lost my taste for coffee with the change to the new medication. I'd be happy to tell you what coffee tastes like to me if you want to quit. I'm really sympathizing with Linus and her changed taste buds. So I'm not drinking coffee at all except for maybe a half cup of decaf hazelnut in the morning. I can drink iced tea occasionally (and enjoy watching Shad shudder over that), but would prefer decaf. Sodas of any kind feel like battery acid in my mouth, so that's not a source of caffeine for me. Chocolate could be a source of caffeine for me except we'd have to purchase it, and it doesn't make the grocery list. Our rule is if it isn't on the list, it doesn't go into the basket. Too cheap around here for impulse buying. I drink mostly water. And my glass of cabernet in the evening. ahhhhh. I have to have SOMETHING! :D

happy2bme
01-15-2006, 11:39 PM
**Whump, sliding along the hardwood floor on her extra cushy socks. Dancin' and a singing... ** Give me Earth, Wind and Fire over Eminem ANY day...

Sing A Song

When you feel down and out
Sing a song, it'll make your day.
yeah yeah
Here's a time to shout about
Sing a song, it'll make a way - yeah
Sometimes it's hard to care
Sing a song, it'll make your day
A smile so hard to bear
Sing a song, it'll make a way

Sing a song sing, sing, sing, sing it, Sing a song.
Sing a song sing, sing, sing, sing it, Sing a song.
Sing a song sing, sing, sing, sing it, Sing a song.
Sing a song sing, sing, sing, sing it, Sing a song.

Better bring your heart to believing
Sing a song, it'll make your day ay hay
Life ain't about no retrieving
Sing a song, it'll make a way
Give yourself a what you need
Sing a song, it'll make your day
Smile, smile smile and believe
Sing a song, it'll make a way

Sing a song sing, sing, sing, sing it, Sing a song.
Sing a song sing, sing, sing, sing it, Sing a song.
Sing a song sing, sing, sing, sing it, Sing a song.
Sing a song sing, sing, sing, sing it, Sing a song.

If you sing a song a day, you will make a better way

Dance people, dance :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: :carrot:


Um, do you think the fact that I had a Latte AND a cappuchino this afternoon had anything to do with this mass of energy? I'll be sorry when I'm still wired at midnight :eek: :sp: :twirly: :tired: :hyper: :flow2: :flow2: :flow2: I just wasn't thinking... the devil made me do it :devil:

happy2bme
01-15-2006, 11:55 PM
Meadow what an incredibly awesome bridge. Wow. The fact that it's covered in ice and snow did not escape me. I would admire it from the photographer's angle but probably not be crossing it at the moment. ** Slip sliding away, slip sliding away. You know the nearer your destination, the more you slip sliding away... **

I will forever associate Doris Day with "How Much is that Doggie in the Window" and "Tennessee Waltz"

Shad
01-16-2006, 04:36 AM
Doris Day to me is 'Que sera, sera' among others but mostly that.

mooz49
01-16-2006, 04:56 AM
Just happened to notice that it was Ruthie's birthday and thought I would drop by with some http://img.123greetings.com/eventsnew/flwr_roses/1011-008-67-1057.gif



It is a long time since I was "talking" to you Ruthie. I don't have time to go to the journals now and I noticed that you don't either. I hope you had a lovely birthday. It will soon be time for the snowdrops! :D
I now see that I know most of you gals on this thread ...............
Shad, Painter, Happy, Tig, Meadow, Holly, Mel, Madcat, Linus, Ceejay, ....... did I see Java somewhere .......is that Mary? .............what about Teel? ............... have I left anyone out? ............what a busy thread ....... I could never keep up with it!! :hug: :hug: :hug: to you all.

MELODY525
01-16-2006, 08:42 AM
When I'm speeding out in my surry:scooter:

FRENCH SCREENSHOTS?! HOW THE BLAZES DID I MISS THAT LINE!! MISS MADCAT....EXPLAIN YOURSELF!!:rofl:

Now that it's freezing here in NJ my sinuses feel sooo much better. Sitting here and sneezing it all out. So one problem is solved. The face is healing and looks ever so much better... good for the ego if nothing else. I think my pity party is over (for the moment anyway). Put the xmas stuff away and straightened that double closet out at the same time....surprised I can still move today.:lol3: Great cardio...I was huffing and puffing. Got rid of some anger also. I highly recommend heavy lifting for temper tantrums:tantrum: Takes the heat out of them.
Well....on with the new day and cleaning up the rest of the mess I left behind. Tinsel on the floor, all my tires and out in the hall! LOL It follows me everywhere!
OH I ALMOST FORGOT....(drumroll please) I LOST 1 POUND!!! 179 THIS MORNING!!! I feel very good about that pound. Took me 2 weeks to get it off and stop the scale from rising. :dance: going to go and brag in Linda's thread :encore:

Ceejay~ All the men in my family were alcoholics and my 2 DBs also. I just said this exact same thing to the 3 medical personnel on Friday. sugar addicts run in alcoholic families and that is how alcoholics are made....they crave sugar and the body makes sugar out of the alcohol after it is consumed. Lots of families suffer LOW blood sugar and this is how the problems start. I have done years of reading on this subject and lots of my OWN with diaries and journals. We are kindred souls I can see. :hug:
YES we will do this and no longer be a slave to our emotions.:carrot::goodluck:

Happy~ I know it must be tough for all of you DIY renovators. Work and more work on weekends and nights. My hat is off to you all. Hire Shad and then we can do the drinks by the pool thingy :beach: You and Meadow and Shad will have me sing ALL the songs.....including slip sliding away!!! :rofl: I love that song....it is the story of my life :lol3: :lol3: The foods I most look forward to is all that has to go!!! :tantrum: Anything with vinegars too. My olives!!!! They were a weekend treat!!! :tantrum: HELP!!
About the only thing they aren't going to take away is my imagination :chin: so I will have to use that to forge ahead!

Meadow~ I on the other hand would love to try the bridge with all the snow and ice....let me get my chains on first!! :lol3: Loved the song and the pics. I will be shaking and doing wheelies all over God's Heaven, Heaven, Heaven.....la la la NO caffeine and NO sugar will make a dozy non-doing MEL!!! :faint: I'll have to rely on my good thoughts to keep me "going".:carrot:

Ruth I am glad the day was wonderful. You certainly deserved it!

Moozie!!! Good to see you and YES that was Miss Java Turtle herself!!!

Shad~ I hope he kicked the wench out when the can was empty! Is punching someone's lights out good cardio??? Then I say go for it!! On a serious note, I am glad he is going to meetings at least and making the effort. With all your caring I hope he really does it this time. Trust, when broken so many times, is hard to earn back. Make him work for it though. Tough love. That's the best he should get. :hug: <---for you.

Tig~ maybe you SHOULD tell me what it tastes like and make it easier for me!!! :rofl: When I went shopping last week, my mind was wandering and being tempted with all that I saw. I kept telling myself...come on Mel, if it's not on the list it doesn't go in the basket!!! I finally got out and left a trail of goodies behind me! :rofl:

Holly~ Busy Busy Busy! Congrats to the DS. He must be so happy!!:carrot: Hope you made it thru the night foodless!!! Go Holly!

happy2bme
01-16-2006, 10:32 AM
Good morning. :coffee:
No way this chick will be giving up the hi-test caffeine. :lol: I have decided to take this as a holiday after all - particularly when I did not fall asleep until probably well after 3:30am after drinking all that coffee yesterday afternoon.
Tonight it will be in bed by 11 as I have to be at work bright and early - my contractor is back to finish up the project and it would probably be good if I let him in the door and gave him a computer to work on :D

As DH and I were out and about yesterday I did pick up some new sweaters (good sale) on my way to check out shoes (picked up 2 pairs of those too). I just hope it doesn't go and get warm here so I can wear them more than once. Still not used to winter being only 2 months long.

No weight loss this week. However, considering my chocolate binge this week, I should be grateful that I maintained. The chocolate is gone. After this post I am on my way to the grocery store. Then time for a cardio workout, finish the laundry and do some cleaning up. I have 2 pairs of pants to hem and I'd like to get more organized. I waste too much time in the mornings dawdling around - what should I wear and what should I take for lunch? I'm sure one and a half hours or so of planning will probably save 6 hours in the long run. I see that you are also considering laying out an eating plan Shad.

Mel, I'm sorry you have to give up olives. I don't like them myself but olives are like that - you either don't like them or you REALLY REALLY REALLY like them. And it sounds as if they are an anticipated treat for you. What's the problem - too much salt? It's not like they are spicy. And if olive oil is good for you, how could olives not be? Surely there is something you can have that is still on the list? Perhaps we need to have a weekly recipe challenge? Congrats on your weight loss this week! I agree with the heavy lifting and anger management - just don't toss those heavy things back into the closet :lol:

Hi there Mooz, nice of you to peek in :wave:

Geez, how could I forget Que Sera Sera? Well, now that it's stuck in my head I won't be forgetting it any time today :rofl:

It's kind of quiet around the forum. A frenzy the first of the year that overloaded the server and things have petered out so quickly already? Where are most of you? :mag:

Hmmm... I seem to have picked all yellow smilies for this post. Purely by accident. Here's some other color. :s: :cool: :grouphug: :balloons:

ceejay52
01-16-2006, 01:21 PM
Mel--Glad that you confirmed my statement about alchoholics and sugar. Makes me feel 100% better even though the blood sugar level needs to be lowered. Still high this morning.

Happy--To much caffiene is NOT good for the heart. It sure is making my pulse rate fly. When I'm not drinking caffiene it's around normal when I am drinking the "good stuff" it's around 102. I even get out of breath easily when I drink it.

Holly--Congrats to the sons win. I know you are both excited about that victory.

Mooz--Long time no see. Stop in again sometime.

Tig--I agree that cola's especially coke is a strong acid. Daddy used a coke cola to clean off battery cable's. Chocolate is very seldom on my shopping list either, but it manages to jump into the basket.

I need to call T with the lab results for the water.

Madcat
01-16-2006, 10:25 PM
Almost finished the silly second project - 2 documents down and 1 more to go but I can't do any more tonight.

The bad news is that I am having a "health issue" again – or rather a continuing issue. And I have no one to blame but myself. I have a list of things I have been told to not have: no coffee, no chocolate, no spicy food, no garlic, no pizza, no beer – it sounds suspiciously like my menu for the weekend. Ishoudlknowbetter… To put myself through this when I could stop it by just not being a dough head is just plain dumb. And stress aggravates the situation. Don't wrorry - it's nothing serious just icky.

Enough of that. I will be a well-behaved cat for the rest of this week. :angel:

Mel ~ Maybe I should have you as my wedding planner - you'd probably know more about it than I do :lol: So, if you can't have coffee can you still have tea? Tea can be good too.

Holly ~ Stick my thumb out to hitch a ride on the drive-by posting. And then you are back. A marshmallow roast is a great idea.

Happy ~ I love the advise you gave Mel. A new adventure is a great way to look at it. And you make me laugh. French screenshots obviously involve tongue! :p :p

Ruth~ Waving!!!

Shad ~ You should divide the work into 3 categories: stuff that must be done, stuff you can hide in a closet or behind a door, and stuff you can make your DS and GF do for you. Hope you had a great workout today. It will help in many ways.

Meadow ~ I sang that song once as a duet in a musical review to celebrate Irving Berlin's 90th B-day (it was a long time ago). It's really neat – though a tad politically incorrect. I love it when we get all musical.

Tig ~ Interesting that so many of us have been dropping off the coffee bandwagon. I'm sitting here wishing there was something else to drink other than water… and then you remind me there is always cabernet! So I guess this means we can lose the taste for it.

Mooz ~ How lovely to see you.

Mel (2)~ Way to go on the loss!! Yay you!

Ceejay ~ Did you ever see hat trick where they put a spoon in glass of coke and it melts the spoon? Makes ya think. Darn pesky leaping chocolates. Does it help if you shop faster?? I think your idea about index cards is really, really good. Maybe I will try that too. Not counting… just reminders.

And cheers to everyone else (you know who you are). You know it makes me feel better to come here and to see I am not the only one struggling with food demons.

Hollyhock
01-16-2006, 10:31 PM
Peek a BOO!!

happy2bme
01-17-2006, 07:32 AM
Good wet morning here.

We don't get rain for weeks on end and then it dumps so bad you would think it's time to build an ark! :moo: :ink: :snail: :chicken: We're supposed to get snow flurries this afternoon which should get the locals all twisted up. I think the kids keep hoping it will snow because the newscasters keep saying - it's only FLURRIES, please do NOT call the TV station and ask if the schools are closing! 1 inch of snow and the place shuts down. They have no means of dealing with it - no snow plows, no sand, nada. We'll see. I am more nervous about the nuts on the road than I am about dealing with a few flakes. We had the most amazing sunset on Saturday. We had done some shopping and were driving back home. There's a part where there's a clearing of wide, open spaces and the sun had just set. It was brilliant pinks, reds, golds and purples. Good thing DH was driving. Had it been me I would have pulled over to gawk at it - sunsets are fleeting after all. It was the kind of thing that I have to believe inspires people to paint just to capture the beauty of it.

I did take yesterday as a holiday. Went shopping and spent lots of money :lol: Picked up several pairs of new slacks - all the right fit, all the right length. Now I have several new sweaters and slacks - what do I wear in the morning problem has now been solved! :D I also treated myself to a beautiful square platter made of fine china and a set of crystal candlesticks. The store was having a great sale, and if you used the store credit card you got another 20 percent off and on top of that since I just opened an account I got an extra 15 percent discount. So the platter that listed for $80 turned out to be about $35. I loved the entire pattern on this set of china - I swear it caught my eye and I stood there for at least 20 minutes admiring it. They also had a tea set - pot, creamer, sugar bowl and 2 bone china cups but not in the pattern that I liked. Since I did not have a big wedding, I did not do the china, silver, stemware thing. Don't regret it - those fragile things make me nervous and who has time to polish silver???? :yikes: So I decided to opt for one special piece that I would love and appreciate. I guess since I bought both the platter AND crystal candle sticks that's actually 2 pieces, isn't it? The candlesticks look so pretty in the light, I keep twirling them - yes, then they will bounce out of my hand, break on the floor thus proving why I can't have anything nice no matter how OLD I am :rofl:

After the mall it was time to head to the grocery store. I spent too much money there too. Got home around 5 and it seems I spent the better part of the evening putting away groceries, making lists, doing laundry and puttering around. It was 10:30pm before I sat down - save a quick sit for dinner. The day flew by as usual and now it's back to regular life. At least it's a short week.

DH and I went to dinner on Saturday. He ordered a steak. We're eating and halfway through the meal, a waiter comes by with another steak. He said the one DH was given was on the "small side" and they wanted to give him one that was more appropriate in portion. We didn't think it was small at all and we were quite shocked. They said they would be happy to box the extra steak if he didn't want to eat them both :sumo: . It was quite delicious with a pineapple teryaki glaze. Last night he decided to have the second steak for dinner. We warmed it in the George Forman little grill I have. The smell of that glaze was amazing. I had my usual once a week salmon and I mixed up a bit of natural pineapple juice, some teryaki marinade and a pinch of brown sugar and basted my salmon. Ummmmmmmmmmm :hungry: Add some steamed brocolli and thin sliced cucumbers in a lite sour cream / dill / yogurt dressing. I was in heaven! It's great when a healthy for you dinner tastes as yummy as a chocolate souffle. Tonight is red snapper and then I'm done with my fish for the week. It will be a challenge to get the treadmill in tonight. It's going to be a long day at work and I'm sure I'll come home tired. However, there is nothing on TV this week so no temptation to be a couch potato. The IPOD is loaded with some great music so the hardest part is getting upstairs to the exercise room. And all I have to do is mention it to the DH and he will "remind" me to go upstairs :rofl: The weather must be wreaking havoc with me. I have all sorts of weird pains and twinges the last few days, and all on the left side for some reason. Right now I am having stabbing pains in my knee and I'm just sitting here. It's more like muscle spasms. The joys of getting old. ;)

Madcat, sounds like there's more than a few of us who are members of the "Ishuddaknownbedda" club. Hope you feel better. Mel's in the lead here cracking the whip / leading the band / heading the train - whatever you'd call it. We just need to dejunk the pantry, lose the take out phone numbers and find some new stuff that tastes good. Or you could come here - pizza is terrible so that temptation is out of my life. However my sister did buy me a pizza stone for a housewarming present. Haven't fiddled with that yet :devil:

Time to hop in the shower. Got to get to work early today. Have a good one all.

MELODY525
01-17-2006, 07:37 AM
Happy~ We have had such a mild winter till now that I haven't worn my warmest clothes yet. Nice shopping!! More shoes?! lol you remind me of Jen!!! The shoe monster lives under her bed and lots of them in the closet too! :rofl: And good luck with the :kiss: Nothing made with vinegar they said. (sigh)

Holly~ peekaboo to you too

Mad~ I do the same thing. Must be human nature. :lol3: You would thing rather than feel bad we'd do the "right" thing for ourselves but it's so much more fun to be bad:devil: Hope you feel better soon. I can have decaffeinated anything. :)

Ceejay~ Good luck with the results both sugar and lab.
for many years I thought I was "nuts". Glad you feel vindicated!! It's good to know there is an "answer".

I am off to Shoprite. My list looks like some heath nut got a hold of it and erased all my choices!! :rofl: Nothing new here. Still pedaling and cleaning. The endless story. But I* am going to do one room till it's the easiest to keep up with and then move on to another room. I think this is the answer to the clutter I still have. Just have a hard time letting go of some stuff. I have learned something though and didn't even realize I had till yesterday....I always had to have my closets in the kitchen brimming with items whether I used them or not. Same wioth the fridge and freezer. Looking at them all yesterday, I saw empty spaces and it felt good not to have to throw out so much from spoilage, expiration dates, etc. Usually I would have an anxiety attack and run out and shop again to fill it up!
I don't know what that is called but it feels good that it's going!! :dance: Freedom! :encore:
Have a great week :moped:

MELODY525
01-17-2006, 07:43 AM
Happy~ Hugs for the knee. Sounds like "weather pains" are hitting so many people this year. Keep them warm and cozy. Your weekend sounded so nice and I am glad I see it before I go out into the cold cruel world of food shopping! :rofl: It will give me lovely thoughts to think of. Sunsets, Ipods, steaks....yum!!! How nice of that restaurant to do something like that. Amazes me there are even places that care!!! lol Hope the day is nice and you get upstairs to that exercise room!!! I must get that prod from Linda......Hmmmmmmmmm

hellokittyfan
01-17-2006, 10:44 AM
Hi everyone.

I'm finally back after a three day weekend. I had a great time with my BF.

Hard to be back at work now, though.

Lisa :)

ceejay52
01-17-2006, 04:06 PM
Happy--The snow flakes, pellets, were so small you had to look extra hard for them. I noticed them on my jacket then looked up. da!!!! But it made my day. I hear you on the knee pains.

Mel--At least I have a new starting point now, and the emotional roller coaster ride as to why this is happening can now hopefully be settled. There are always a few drawbacks though for instance T, my boss, came in and wanted me to buy candy bars for his daughter's school. ugh I bought 5 and have eaten 4 of them. Can I blame that on him or should I blame it on my lack of resistance. I'm going armed with information and the doc and I are going to have a talk when I go back for the thyroid test. He's understanding but gets peeved at me sometimes --maybe this will tell him some things. Believe it or not I worked at a food processing plant that sent goods (kool aid etc) to the ShopRite stores. I've printed their cases.

Holly-- Peek a boo.

Madcat the cards are great. I borrowed the idea from Richard Simmons though. Hope you have a better day. Remember no caffiene.

Lisa-I'm glad you enjoyed your long week end.

I'm still exercising at night after work. Sometimes I exercise in the morning, but lately I just don't have the get up and go that early. Long as I do it is the main point.

Linu--How are you and the Zyban doing?

Oprah is on but would rather watch Dr. Phil today. I brought my 3 pound weights to work today and since the bosses go home at 4 p.m, I'm going to start doing my weights at this time of day. It's usually slow during this time cause the girls at the light office don't go home until 5 p.m. After 5, it's my turn to mand the phone.

to every one else a big hello.

ceejay52
01-17-2006, 05:22 PM
It is really snowing now. I wish it would have been colder. I'm ready for a few inches of the white stuff.

Shad
01-17-2006, 08:26 PM
Morning all,

I just worked out that I didn't post at all yesterday and have only just got here today, put it down to old age and work.

I've just about got everything on my list done for today. I still need to go murder the little yapper next door. But I have painted, sanded, swept, washed and done hundreds of little things around the place. The place smells of paint and orange blossom. Not the greatest combination in the world.

Gym is finished for the week. Yeehaa. Now I can concentrate on the food for my bbq over the weekend and also exhorting the roses to put out a few new flowers for the house. I'm sort of in the middle of the menu when I realised I hadn't posted with you lot - which keeps me sort of sane after all.

Ceejay, glad to hear that you are sorting out some problems and getting yourself back on track. Snow huh? Well wonder what that cold feels like? We are still in the 90's and sunny.

Mel - a boring refridgerator does it everytime. I look at mine, sigh, go back to my book or whatever unsatisfied but at least I am not eating the crap. One day I might even lose an ounce or two.


Happy - good going on the shopping. How do you manage to get trousers that actually fit. I have to have mine taken up every time. Ditto on the shoes. If I ever found more than one thing I liked and which fitted, I'd be on a spending spree too.

Madcat - Yes you should know better. Do you have THE DRESS yet? Does it fit well? Do you need to lose a couple of pounds to fit into it better? Get on with it or someone will be up with the prod.

Holly - Hi.

Best go. I have to go get some stuff from the hardware store and some bbq stuff for the fire. Otherwise I will be rushing tomorrow.

Tig
01-17-2006, 08:41 PM
ceejay ~ go shopping with a tennis racket - if any chocolate jumps into your basket you can whap it out! :crazy: :rofl:

Meadow
01-17-2006, 09:56 PM
Refocused my energy and bought $50. dollars worth of seeds online:dance: :flow1: I'm not a start indoors type of person, so they will mostly be sown outside the end of April/May except the sweet peas of course which will be put in the ground in Febuary. I bought Lavener, chamomile, dill, asters, poppies, mallows, all my favorites. Hopefully they will take and I can feel content. Living in a place with no garden history is creepy:p :spin:

I never got past the initial 4 miles last week. I bought new runners and "will" give them their first taste of sweat and Leslie Sansone tonight. My sisters meant well sending up a share of their Costco haul for us but they should have just stuck with sending the Skittles for the kids and left the Mars bars out of it. Did I tell you I put the little gooey sirens in the freezer to muffle the noise they wear making in my head? The fridge freezer seems to not be sturdy enough, I'm moving them to the deep freeze in the garage :devil: :cb: :doh:

Shad-it snowed here last night, just a skiff but it looks nice with everything covered in white. My husband has a vendetta against the dog that lives behind us too. It never stops barking at him while he is outside. Have a splendid barbecue. I hope the company makes you relax and compliments you endlessly on all the hard work you have done on your place. I bet you could get a television program out of all the projects you have tackled.

Ceejay-:shrug: why those chocolate bars aren't good for us is beyond me, they sure like melting in my mouth:^: :cbg: :flame: Congratulations on getting your exercise fitted into the day, I'm a night time doer. I hope doing it at work gives you more relax time for when you get home.

Lisa-Aw, you and the boyfriend got some quality time in. Did it involve chocolate? oops, sorry, have it on the brain :p

Mel-good luck with your new Feng shui environment. I hope the energy flow remains balanced and you welcome the new into your life as you wave goodbye to the old. Breathe deep, open the window, delight in how empowered you feel, making space for the future and all its posibilities:hat: :high: Clutter creates stress, newspapers drive me batty. I am forever picking them up and tidying them. Of course magazines aren't. They look good everywhere:lol3:

Happy-ooooh! The sunset sounded marvellous :D I took a picture of the full moon rising over a mountain around us, just because it looked so awesome. I love nature and all its wonder. You post gave me a big grin. Funny how quickly the time off flies, I hope a 4 day week gives you less to do :p Sounded like you were competing with the Energizer bunny doing all you fit into your day yesterday.

Madcat-:goodvibes I hope you are feeling better after the NoNo health issue's visit. Glad you put the project aside and will attack it with renewed energy. Got to pace yourself. So you have intimate knowledge of Irving Berlin... was it all singing or were you doing some stylized dance moves too? Come on, curiousity has me wanting a visual now ;) That song makes me happy, I tell my kids to shake it off all the time when they start getting squishy because things aren't going their way. Pouting isn't allowed, they need to refocus and try again. Power is within us, we just have to tap into it. Perspective is everything.

Holly-A game of peek a boo? :coffee2: How are you feeling? Did the numbers after Christmas make you smile? I bet it was your best month. My sisters bought me the little snowman soap dispenser, think of you whenever I use it:D :yes:

PW-how is the muse? What has inspired you today? Is there paint on your hands? in your hair? are you immersed in something thrilling and invigorating?
:wave:Mooz, always good to have you dropping by.

Ruth-:hb: what did you do for your birthday? Was it good?

Tig-sheesh, now I'm going to have visions of my innards being eroded when I am having my amber rum and coke. Actually I need new coke, the stuff in the cupboard has lost its fizz. Any races coming up?

Linus- I read about a book in my parenting magazine called "The happiest baby on the block" by Harvey Karp, supposedly gives hints on how to stop incessant crying and allow you to recover from exhaustion techniques. Maybe your library has it. A lady who reviewed it said it saved her sanity.

Hollyhock
01-18-2006, 07:45 AM
Collective hugs and waving going on here.
Freezing rain yesterday. Opted not to go out to gymnastics for DD.
I was finally up at 6:30am, took me a week to get there. I still haven't showered tho. I really dont like to get up and jump in the shower. My hair is filthy. I have 20 min til kid 1 shows up.Plenty of time.
I got my vacuuming done last night while I sort of watched Idol.Today is all about Avon. Must get cracking!!!
Official Board Meeting at the church tonight.
20 min later...
Well, I am showered and dressed and having a coffee. It was painless. I really should do it every day .

We have snow again about 2 inches overnight.I have a little bit of shovelling to do.

Once i get the kids out the door to school I will have 3 little guys here for the morning.
I need to form a plan for the day.

Food has been okay is content, better in amounts.

HUGS!!

happy2bme
01-18-2006, 07:56 AM
Hi y'all,

We got snow yesterday. Only for about 1 hour and it didn't stick to anything but it was nice to see. Actually, that's the best stuff - the kind that doesn't stick around. :lol: And I'm still not wearing my winter coat. Snow yesterday and temps in the 50's the rest of the week. And they wonder why people are sick :dunno: I was at the store this weekend and there was this lady who was way old enough to know better walking around hacking this croupy wet cough spraying all over everything - the fruits and veggies, the bakery goods, etc. I was behind her giving her the evil eye but she didn't pick up on it. When I stopped at the deli counter and the lady asked what I would like - I said loudly (she was a few feet away) I would like people to COVER THEIR MOUTHS when they cough. The deli lady laughed and said that customers cough in their faces all the time. This lady is a transplanted New York Italian - I just love her accent and her attitude. We talk while she's cutting the meat and cheese. Anyway between careless people and the pollen in the air, I think feeling like you are always on the verge of the sniffles is a way of life here.

I didn't get on the treadmill yesterday. Last night's dinner was baked red snapper for me and baked swordfish for DH. I thought I could sneak in 30 minutes as dinner was cooking but it didn't work out that way. Afterwards I got busy flitting around the house and before you know it, it was 9:30. Tonight is meatloaf so I'll have plenty of extra time while that's cooking.

Meadow, sounds like you will have quite the lovely garden. Can it be as easy as till, sprinkle, water and admire? Hope so :flow1: :sunny: Hopefully these are all seeds that will re-sow themselves. Can't wait for spring!

Shad - you busy bee you, where did the orange blossom smell come from - the cleaning fluids? I was lucky enough to find some bettery quality women's petite pants that fit as they should. One style I bought in 3 colors - gray, khaki and brown just because they were perfect as they were. I have learned not to buy pants that need to be hemmed anymore. I must have (and don't tell DH) 10 pairs in the closet that still have tags on and never got hemmed. As for shoes, well it's an adventure to find shoes that fit and are comfortable - I would say for every 30 pairs I try on, maybe I'll find one that works. Very often something that feels good in the store does not feel good after being worn all day long. I'm hoping when I lose some weight there will be less pressure on the poor tootsies. Of course I no longer wear trendy shoes anymore. Good thing. I really don't like the pointy toed shoes anymore - particularly today's styles with the extra long point.

Yes Madcat, the dress, the dress. More details please...

Ceejay. although I want to help the people at work with their fund raising, I will either 1) give them some money and tell them to keep the candy bar or 2) buy only 1 bar or 3) politely decline altogether with a sheepish grin. I used to feel guilted into participating but then I felt worse because I cannot be trusted around chocolate unsupervised. People just have to understand, tho it probably is hard for a guy to understand that. I hope you doctor really sits down and listens to what you have to say to him.

There's a guy at work who lost a ton of weight. Yesterday he brought in cookies because he didn't want them at home. WHY? Do we need cookies? NO. Feed them to your kids. Fortunately they were not appealing and I made sure I didn't walk anywhere near the area where they were. I was going to tell him that maybe he should eat one himself as he is looking downright skeletal - never recall seeing a guy get like that. However I just kept my mouth shut and kept to my bad self in my own corner.

Mel, I so hear you on the once compulsive need to keep all closets, shelves and cabinets stocked to overflowing. why? :dunno: was it that feeling of victory thinking we had gotten some real bargains? No bargain if you toss things out a year later, is it? It was hard at first but then liberating to let go of that hang up. Did you get anything good to eat on your shopping trip?

Time for this chick to get rolling - hellos to the rest of the crew. :wave:

I see Holly snuck in here. Hi Holly!

MELODY525
01-18-2006, 09:26 AM
Lisa~ Welcome home. I love 3 days!!! glad you both had a wonderful time. Makes the world go round.:carrot:

Ceejay~ I went to a rectal surgeon in the 70's and he had a survey to fill out. It was he that told me "you're not crazy" you just have a family history of sugar dependance.. but he said it would be YEARS before anyone would do a lot of research. Shame cause there might be help for future alcoholics then. He steered me on to the low blood sugar diet and told me to stay as close to it's principles as possible. It aids in cravings and he is right. Of course now there are a million diets that spout the same thing! :rofl: I say blame the boss!!!:chockiss:
Last year I bought 5 candy bars for a Little League charity, ate one and gave the other 4 away.....but missed them terribly:( :rofl:

Shad~ it's ok if you get forgetful.....we'll still love you! :rofl: Was wondering where you were...thought you may have decided to jump ship!! roflmao Plan on the rest of us attending the BBQ!!! I would love to see your roses in person. Just remind me to bring my sinus meds! Happy planning.:hug:

Meadow~ The garden is going to be lovely. I especiallly love camomile and lavendar.<--- That is my favorite thing to "smell". You can send the mars bars to me and I would be happy to take care of them for you.:devil: I'm sure the sirens would be silenced by the distance!! :rofl: New trainers!! Time to get them mucky!!! :tread:

Holly~ What does Avon, Kids and hockey have in common?!?!?! HOLLY!!!! Hope there is Holly time today also. Happy planning to you also! Send some snow here as it would cheer me up immensely!:snowglo:

Happy~ You also can send the flakes this way:coolsnow: I have enough of the 2-legged variety every day. It would be a pleasure to have the kind of flakes that melt and GO AWAY!!!:shocksn: I asked the office if they wanted "junk food" and only 1 in 3 said yes and another woman took it home to her grandkids. Later, I felt guilty....cause who really NEEDS it is right!! For a treat, I bought a Luau Bowl of freshly cut fruit:carrot: (but it doesn't taste half as good as a :chockiss: )

I wasted time after the food shopping. Not sure why I lingered downstairs but the best part was saying NO to lunch and snacks. I think the scare of my "problem" has put some sense into my head. Maybe this time I actually will keep making those better choices for my health :yes:
:rain: Rain and more rain so maybe more liv.room cleaning is in order. I decided on my own to cancel my trips to the hospital this week and lump them into one day....Wednesday. Why go there 3 times when one trip will do. Feeling better cause I hate going there!!! They always find something wrong! :rofl:
Happy Wednesday/Thursday :moped:

Shad
01-18-2006, 02:48 PM
Grey and cloudy here this morning. I hope we will get some rain, but it is looking increasingly unlikely. We have been promised rain for a week but....... So shortly, out I go to water the plants again.

Another busy day coming up with preparations for the bbq and doing things in the house. Yesterday I painted and cleaned and swept and ironed and shopped. Have yet to get the fruit and vege in but most of the rest is now done. I'm still trying to work out what else to give the vegetarian DS. I've decided that he will have a caramelised onion and goats cheese tart and a roasted vege frittata for the bbq. I've some muesli for his breakfasts - just another couple of meals to go. Silly me, I have thrown away the piece of paper that I wrote his flight numbers on. I'm fairly sure that he is arriving around 9.00pm on Friday night. I may have to ask again!! Poop.

Meadow, I know what you mean about not having a garden. I'm not sure I could live anyplace that didn't have something green and growing. Your plants sound like they might be pretty.
Way to go on the new runners. Make sure they get plenty of use.

Holly - shovelling snow is invigorating exercise. It's no hardship to get up early I find. The best bits of the day are found then. I don't always shower then either. Sometimes I do an hour or so in the garden or house before I get in the shower. There's only me and I can be as smelly as I wish!

Happy - living in the subtropics means that you go from cool (usually airconditioning) and hot. People here get an awful lot of flu and sniffles in the summer. It's a pain to have folk sneezing all over the place and/or Mums not leaving the kids at home when they are sick. Sending them to preschool or daycare when they are just full of germs is really, really bad.

The orange blossom scent comes from the Murraya bushes outside. They are in full bloom at the moment. Lovely scent. Doesn't last long enough though.

Morning Mel - glad you managed to get away without lunching on snacks yesterday - strong mind, strong body. I didn't so much forget you - how could that be - I just forgot to post. I did speak to each and every one of you in my head. A few got a rocket BECAUSE THEY HAVEN'T BEEN POSTING!!!! You know who you are!!!!

Come on Madcat, have you found THE dress yet?? Inquiring minds must know these things.

Oh and Ruthxxx if you are reading this. :HB: :balloons: for Heshey. She's 9 today!!!

ceejay52
01-18-2006, 03:07 PM
Hi Shad--See your egg light on.

M is suppose to come to work on the plant controls again today. but he hasn't shown up here. He and T may be somewhere else.

Mel--Thanks for he information.

Not much to say today--I'm looking forward to 7 p.m. to get here then I can go home. Have a district meeting tomorrow in Jonesboro. I dread these things but need the hours to renew the license.

My baby sister's birthday was yesterday. She turned 53. I called to wish her the best. She got a new car and she deserves it. She's waited until her son is almost through college. He graduates in May.

Madcat
01-18-2006, 10:38 PM
Evening ladies! Windy and cold here tonight. Winds whip around the building and the balcony screendoor moans in protest... Good night to be home and safe and warm.

I had a co-op interview to do tonight so yes I did have pizza for dinner – but it was a new "healthy" pizza with lots of veggies and a whole wheat crust. It was really yummy and low fat/ high fibre.

Happy ~ I used to mock the people in the southern US and their intolerance for cold until I spent a night in my Mom's uninsulated mobile home in Florida on a night when the weather went to freezing. Dagnabit, that was cold! I think you are right – they just can't cope with it becuz they aren't prepared. Heck… here we don't even do up our coats if the weather is above freezing. Congrats on the shopping trip. And technically a tray and candlesticks would be 3 pieces! :p It's good to buy things that sing to you sometimes. :) A healthy response. Have you treadmilled yet??? go do it. Don't make someone get the prod.

Mel ~ I think your one room at a time approach is probably the right one. At least you can get a sense of accomplishment that way. Yep, that is the sweat taste of freedom… better than any chocolate.

Ceejay ~ Well Richards Simmons must have had a few good ideas. Cool that you can do weights at work. That is a great plan. Enjoy your snow. Happy B-Day to your little sister.

Shad ~ oh no not the prod! Good luck on the menu planning and such. Send some sunshine and heat this way, could you? I hope you have a lovely visit with the DS and the GF. Pity they are vegetarians… maybe they would like yappy dog kabobs?? Ok, let's not send nasty emails from the dog lovers on the list, k? I like dogs (and not just BBQd).:joker:

Tig ~ LOL That would make a racket, wouldn't it??:lol:

Meadow ~ how lovely that you are dreaming of gardens. Nothing like having spring in little packets. Darn siren Mars bars – maybe there is a nice food bank or charity group or something that would appreciate a small donation? Or you could try recycling. You can't hear them if they are out of the house. I hear they burn a really cool colour if you toss them whole into a fire. As for Berlin, in my younger days I did music reviews and such. I sang that particular song in two part harmony dressed in this really lovely 40s dress… it was segment on the work he did re the Stage Door Canteen in WWII. It was great fun. And I have 3 left feet and a white girl's sense of rhythm. It's better when I don't dance.

Holly ~ Sometimes nothing is better than a shower. It makes one feel so virtuous and light.:angel:

And Hi to all those people who are out there reading and not posting. We know who you are. Hi Honies!!!

Ok I can see I'm going to have to have a wedding scorecard:
Date - check
Location - tenatively booked but have to send in the deposit next week. Don't have to talk to the caterers until April.
Officiate - Have some numbers to call. Should be done by weekend.
Dress - Nope. I REFUSE to wear the white meringue. I'm thinking of crawling through vintage stores to find something interesting. Or a friend told me about a cool design shop to visit. I'm thinking gold brocade - very Harriet Vane. Or silver lame? I dunno. Not white.
Wedding rings - Nope
Invitations - well we looked at the paper. Haven't finalized the invite list yet. TB is supposed to design the invitations (ok why do guys get off so easy in the planning? that sucks)
Other stuff – I have no idea.
Honeymoon – booked and paid for (figures, eh?)
I promise not to become a bridezilla and babble about this all the time.

PainterWoman
01-19-2006, 04:17 AM
I'm around/OK/swamped/busy.
Just wanted to say hey....
Trying to ressurect my business is brining up "issues." And cravings. And long naps.
And some retail therapy... which, In spite of a few lost pounds, required a LARGER size. Damn and blast, etc. etc.

Will check in soon to catch up. I wish it would rain here and/or act like winter. I am really not ready for Spring yard chores.

happy2bme
01-19-2006, 07:54 AM
Good morning ladies,
Not much going on in my world. Hanging in there on the exercise and food. Need to get to bed earlier and step up the water. Always something.

Speaking of sleep - posting at 3am PW? Sounds like you are drifting back to not so great habits yourself. C'mon - hand extended, it's time to shift the bits and get back to a better routine.

Madcat, with your unique and funny way of looking at the world you could never become bridezilla. Babble away at the wedding. We live vicariously through posters :rofl: Might not want to wait too long on the rings, even if you are doing just a nice set of matching bands, you can't just go into a store and pick them up. They need to be ordered and things always take 3 times as long as when you're in a hurry. I think you'd look fabulous in some vintage frock.

:hb: to Ceejay's baby sister, enjoy the new crusin' machine

Shad, did you get any rain or just a teaser? Hope it's sunny for the BBQ. Any more word on the menu? :hungry: I guess it's not quite the big deal as to losing DS' flight info - UNLESS it was you that was supposed to pick him up at the airport. :callme:

Is the living room all nice and shiny now Mel? Snowflakes have been blown your way but they may melt before they arrive.

Hmmm the glass in the front entryway is looking decidedly pinkish. Must mean it's a pretty sunrise. Must go look. Later chicks...

MELODY525
01-19-2006, 08:45 AM
Happy~ your post reminded me of my Gram when she would tell us that "A red sky at night is a Sailor's delight, A red sky in the morning is a sailor's warning". Hope yours was a beautiful one.:sunny:

PW~ Old Man Winter seems to be very confused this year. And some :hug: for all the rest. You can do this.

Shad~ I like the sound of DS's fare. I'll have some of the same. Much less heartburn for Mel. :hun:

:encore: HAPPY BIRTHDAY HERSHEY AND CEEJAY'S SIS!!!
HOPE SHE ENJOYS THE NEW CAR!!

Ceejay~ Very nice BD present!!! Good luck with the meeting too.:crossed:

Mad~ Very Halloweenish here at night too. Winds and gusts and goblins flying. All the things that go bump in the night were flying these last few nights! So let me get this right...you have a date and a honeymoon and of course the BF.....I guess that will make a wedding!!! If you need an officiate, just call me and I'll come running:moped: The dress idea sounds great too. I love vintage or things "different".

No shopping today. Chilly Willy is off today. Tomorrow is even better cause things stay fresher till Monday. I got a bit sidetracjked with Jen and then a long phone call from an ex office worker. I also caved in a bit with a craving (:chockiss:) for some reason the phone call started it off. Hmmmm......will have to ponder that. Today I am sorting through books. Now why do I buy them and then never look at then and end up giving them away? Is this some deep rooted ritual from generations gone by?! I definitely associate them with my long lost Mother (whom I never knew) and my Gram (who raised us). So does that make them "comfort books"??? Probably not as silly as it sounded to me before I typed it!! Well Chicks, I am off and running before I let this day slide by because every bone in my body would like to do that today! :moped:
A happy day to you all! :cheers:

linus
01-19-2006, 03:23 PM
hi folks bit hectic here im trying to train the family and i stop smoking tommorrow ,all is well and calm ,but very wet and muddy so my mops getting a work out love to you all and back later
kirsty

Hollyhock
01-19-2006, 03:37 PM
Madcat~ go to that Vampire clothing store on Queen West and have one custom made!!!! Dont know why I thought that. There a fab 2nd hand, vintage stores in TO. You will find some thing smashing!!!

Meadow~ put down the Mars bars.

Much accomplished for School Council and Avon today. DS home in 4 minutes.

I keep thinking of things I want to chat about but just dont have time. HUGS and LOVE!!!

Shad
01-19-2006, 03:44 PM
Morning all,

Quick look in this morning. I have much to do before DS1 arrives tonight. Yes Happy, it is me picking them up and my memory wasn't that bad. I have to pick them at 2145 so a late trip to the airport for me tonight. I'm usually asleep on the couch by then.

It's raining today. Rained steadily all night as well. So everything is a bit wet out there. Can't finish mowing the lawns, can't finish the edges. Better see if we can get some fine weather tomorrow for the bbq. I have 14 coming. The house will be full.

The menu is chips and dips, bbq leg of lamb with rosemary and garlic, bbq chicken with Italian seasoning, caramelised onion and goats cheese tart, roast vege frittata, roast potatoes, sweet potato and butternut pumpkin, green salad, greek salad and maybe a rice salad, extras will be marinated artichoke hearts, pepperonelli and roasted red pepper, freshmade grain bread and white rolls for the kids, fresh fruit and cheese platter with crackers. Think that will probably be enough. I've just pulled the chicken and lamb from the freezer and will be able to season them tonight.

Painter, good to see you back and posting and to know you are okay. Setting up a business is traumatic at the best of times, resurrecting it must be horrendous. :hug: :hug: for you. I can understand why you were up in the middle of the night.

Happy, good to hear of the exercise moving along. Try for perfection in only one area. It's too hard to maintain in every area of your life :lol3: I'm with it now with the flight stuff. I will be there.

Mel - I have some wonderful lo fat vegetarian recipes if you want them. Everytime DS1 comes here I experiment with a new one for him. He always gives an honest answer - which sometimes I don't want to hear I might add.

Mad - I can see you in a slinky silver lame or gold lame - not sure about the brocade - shades of Scarlett O'Hara and the velvet curtains. Ramble on about the wedding,we can all live vicariously through this wedding (and thank the lord it is not me planning it). You need to think about a companion for FANG since you have the fella and the place, all you ever need.

Linus - good to hear from you and to know all is well. So happy peace is continuing.

Ceejay - we often seem to be posting around the same time - hi.

Gotta run (to quote Tig) there is still a mountain of things to be done and time is moving swiftly along.

ceejay52
01-19-2006, 08:13 PM
PainterWoman: It's time you should be in the bed getting some zzzzz's.

Madcat--If we get to vote on the dress, I'd choose silver.

Shad--Pizza that has fiber and healthy. Don't think they have that in the states yet. I did see a Hawiian pizza that looked good,that was made on slices of French bread. Might have to try that one.

Hello to Happy, Mel, Meadow and Holly.

I had to go to a district meeting today. I almost turned around and came back home but I sat with 2 other ladies in the back. This field is short on women, and sitting towrd the back I didn't feel to claustrophobic. I ate sensibly also and the big thing of the day I did not allow myself that Krispy Kreme Doughnut.

I stopped by a Super Walmart and found the ankle weights that I wanted. It goes from 2 pounds to 10 pounds. I spent 100 dollars and did not splurge on anything.

Dancing with the stars is on, this has become my favorite show.

Madcat
01-19-2006, 09:58 PM
Busy day at work today - but a productive one. Made it to the gym this morning. Weights and cardio. I am following the Ultimate Shad 15 Minute Miracle Cardio Program. Brought lunch to work. Even had fruit. Had to have dinner from McDs but I had the Chicken McGrill and wiped the mayo off. I really don't like mayo. Not a great food day, but a better food day. On to commenting:

Ceejay ~ excellent work on avoiding the dread Krispy Kreme! You are the poster child for self-restraint today. Good going.

Shad ~ Morning Shaddie. Hope your BBQ goes well. It all sounds yummy. Can I come? I'm afraid I'd be a tad late even if I left right now. I'll send a message to the weather gawds for you.

Linus ~ Good luck in the start of a new non-smoking lifestyle. You can do it.

Mel ~ Hmm, a connection between chocolate cravings and an emotional phone call?? Who would have thought? And I completely understand the connection between comfort and books. They are the refuge from a less than satisfactory reality sometimes. But if you haven't read them it is time.

Happy ~ How was the sunrise? Thanks for the ring advice. I think we will move the timetable up on that one.

PW ~ Being self employed is really scary sometimes. But you have to remember that anything we can imagine will always be scarier than what will happen. When it comes down to it you have to remember you have a lot to offer… and even if the worst thing imaginable were to happen with the business, no one will actually die, will they? I think not. Is there someone you can get to help you formulate a plan? Maybe you just need a little outside intervention.

Howdy everyone else.

Hey and I got some pictures from New Years and I can finally post a picture of Fang (not too clear but it should give you the idea). And a picture of the red hair thrown in for good measure.
http://www.vex.net/~madcat/Misc/Fang2.jpg

http://www.vex.net/~madcat/Misc/newyears2006.jpg

Shad
01-19-2006, 10:30 PM
If the Ultimate Shad 15 minute miracle cardio program works for you hey that's great, great, GREAT. I'm all for movin' around and getting it done.

You're welcome to come along. We'll hold it till you get here. Please stop asking the Weather Gods for help. It's pouring down here. More rain that we previously had for the month today. Must be the Canadian version of the Rain Dance?

happy2bme
01-20-2006, 12:22 AM
Oh man, I was going to say something about you and weather Shad but guess I'll think better on that :tape: :tape: :tape: :sssh: :rain: However I will feel free to comment that your menu sounds delicious. :T save me some leftovers, send them along with Madcat.

Madcat, fang is bee-U-tee-ful oooooooooohhhh. Love the hair - you are so cute in red, love the gold shawl, and is that hunky looking guy you're playing hand-sies with the one and only, fang bestower, TB???? Got yourself a cutie there! Mel will be asking if he has brothers or friends :rofl: and if said happen to be firemen, we will see her famous wheels of fire.

I have to try that 15 minute miracle cardio program. I had a really hard time pushing myself to exercise tonight. I gave myself a good talking to and just did it. But not enthusiastically.

The sunrise was so pretty, I'm glad I got up and looked. The sky was blue and brilliant tinges of neon pink against just barely white clouds. We get blues and pinks in the morning, and then purples, grays, pinks, reds and golds at night. I love the blues and pinks as a backdrop to the silhouette of the black shadows of the bare winter trees. There are some things in life (not even food related if you can imagine) that I will stop what I'm doing to savor - Shooting stars, sunrises and sets, delicate flower buds and cute little birdies. And I can thank the worst job that I ever had - the one that almost killed me - for teaching me to enjoy the things right in front of my face.

Linus, it is by my account the wee hours of Friday morning in Edinburgh. Stay strong my friend, I'm pulling for you. :crossed: I had one last piece of dark chocolate and saluted you tonight. Did you toss the ciggies? I think I'm finally ready to dump the unopened pack I've been carrying in my purse since April 2004. :lol: Good luck to you, I hope everyone works on keeping the stress levels away from you. Probably not, but you are a strong fiesty chick, aren't you?

Ceejay, I am VERY proud of you for resisting that Krispy Kreme. I am tempted when I see them in the store - it's been probably a year and a half since I had one - the lure is very appealing so good on you for resisting. Kudos for keeping your spending in check too. I feel for you being one of the few women in a male dominated field. Been there and it's not easy at all. Turns ordinary nice people like ourselves into fiesty, "don't give me no garbage Mister" chickies. Leave me be or I'll peck your eyes out :chicken: :yikes: :rofl:

Shad, I would love to hear about your low fat vegetarian recipes. Please share. Of course they have to be ingredients we can get here in the states. DH and I were in the coffee store this weekend and they had mugs containing sticks / straws / sleeves / packages of FLAVORED HONEY!!! I was soooo excited I almost made a ruckus in the store. I told DH I should buy some for you just to prove that we have more than clover honey but he said what with imports and border patrols and customs we'd probably get arrested and no doubt ours would just be way bland and disappointing to you. And what goes into a rice salad?

Holly, maybe not the Vampire store for a wedding dress - don't think Madcat is goth - that will give them something to discuss in the debating chamber! However the vintage stores were a good suggestion.

Painter, hope you got a few nice things on your latest shopping trip.

I'm glad it's Friday. Sometimes if it were say, Tuesday I don't think I could deal with it. I can handle just about anything on Friday.

I hope the sun shines and things dry out down in Brissy. Night t'all.

MELODY525
01-20-2006, 09:32 AM
Some tenants already here this morning wanting me to "fix" the hot water problem....well we are waiting for the arrival of our new custom made boiler and there is nothing Mellie can do....slam door!:mad: another day in NJ has started. LOL
Nothing new and nothing to report or even confess for that matter. Just feeling a bit like I'm in limbo. (sigh)
TGIF and I'll do more clearing out this weekend.
***All **** must be breaking loose downstairs.....several phone calls and one trip down today since I started this post!! :yikes: They must be missing their Den Mother! :rofl:

Mad~ The ring and the beau are both gorgeous!! Jen and I are sending you good wedding planning vibes!!
She of course loves the red hair because from time to time she's a redhead too! lol You look stunning and your shawl is beautiful. I see in the picture a very lucky man and woman. :hug:

Shad~Your BBQ is going to be the talk of the family this year. I hope you get to enjoy some of it yourself! :rofl: Lots of work and activity keeping you busy I can see. :carrot:

Ceejay~ I have yet to have one of those donuts! lol Guess I should consider myself lucky. Good for you resisting and have fun with the weights. :wl:

Happy~ Taking time to smell the roses as they say is a good thing. Maybe you can teach me that as well. I am always in such a rush! Funny you should talk about my wheels of fire. I was just saying to Jen that I was missing them a bit even though I like playing with the avatars. LOL
Whether enthusiastically or not...at least you got the exercise in! :encore:

:hug: Linus dear friend :hug: Hope the family cooperates and that you stay strong!! I know you can do this!! Good luck and we are all here if you want to vent!!! Keep a journal.....it might help with the stress. :hug:

Holly is on the run................

Where are all the other Worldly chicks??? Mary??? Nae??? Tig??? Teel????? Lisa???? Meadow????? Are you all taking a collective break?!? Inquiring minds need to know these things!!! :tantrum:

**Jennifer**
01-20-2006, 09:40 AM
Morning, afternoon, and evening, ladies! Sorry to be missing in action, but for a short week, this sure was long! Plenty going on at the office, and then Tuesday was our wedding anniversary, which didn't go as planned. Such is the life of the self employed man- last minute schedule changes, but you have to roll with the punches, they say. Makes for a long, tiring week,but it is Friday, and that means the start of my second job- the setting up of the new house :).

Hubby has a slow day today, so he's going to make a BeastRun(TM) (Trip with the loaded Durango) to the house & drop off the bed parts, so tonight I can get that set up first and foremost. Once I get home, it's a quick packing of clothing for the weekend, sheet selection from the closet for making the bed tonight, and then a side trip to the storage unit to load up boxes of cookware, storage containers, plates, silverware, and kitchen stuff. I'll be spending Saturday washing everything & finding homes for it. Hubby will be helping me get things on the upper shelves, but will be spending most of his time trying to keep the sod alive. 2 weekends of frost, and no one watering it during the week is taking its toll on it. If it dies, well, that's a lot of bare, brown area to try and seed by hand.

Yesterday we had 3 hours of meetings. Today, we have a training class, and then another meeting. This'll be fun. The good part- I'll be able to go to the park for an hour during lunch, and then my least favorite teammate has a doctor's appointment from 1-2:30 for her elbow...so I'll have a lot of peace and quiet today! Yippie! I might actually be able to hear myself think. With any luck, I'll still be ABLE to think! :D

Water has been good, food has been eh, and exercise- if you don't count cleaning and packing and moving of boxes, I've done nothing. I've been so tired this week, so maybe having the bed put together and not sleeping on the air mattress will let me get a nice, restful nice sleep, so I'm not dragging butt before the next week even starts! I shouldn't complain- my fat body isn't protesting as much as it could, and I can still get up and move, albeit a little stiffly, after a night on the air mattress. As long as the parts still work, I'm good.

Sorry I didn't go back and leave comments- no time to catch up on reading this morning before the training class starts. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Hollyhock
01-20-2006, 10:09 AM
Shad~ your meal is pretty much all my fav foods in the world!!!! ENJOY!!!

Mel~ turn off the phone. Shut the door and take a bubble bath.

Hi Happy,Jennifer, CJ, HUGS PW.
Waving hi to all.

I had a Avon district meeting last night. When we introduced oursleves we were asked to say what we were thankful for. I said choices. I had the choice of being home with my kids for 7 years, I have the choice to building a home based business and so on. I am deeply thankful for these things.
My hubby was disgruntled with me last night right before bed and I dont know why. He refused to talk about it. I sat and told him I would listen...no deal. So I said I love you and walked away.
It’s going up to +8C/46F, all the snow is melting again.

DS is playing hockey at the big arena in the city tonight for 5:30 then we stay and watch our local Juniors. Very excited little boy.

Today I will pay bills, clear the darned diningroon table, finish up Avon client lists.

DD is still home sick, She has a deep chest cold.

I made tabouli yesterday enough for 2 meals. I had 1 serving for lunch and the rest for a snack. sigh

I am going up to hubby's home town tomorrow to sign up a new rep on my team. I will visit dearSIL and a dear friend!!!!!

‘Spose that’s it for now.

ceejay52
01-20-2006, 11:36 AM
Hello to all,

I've been rethinking this attitude that I have been having about not counting everything I eat. If I go armed with information to the doctor's office in Februrary/March I'm going to need to do this especially for the blood sugar levels. I'm shooting for the range that my doctor's office uses which is 65-99mg/dl, the test strips show different range. So that's one issue I am going to talk to him about.

Mel--Sorry that you are experiencing boiler problem's.

Jennifer--I know you are excited about getting into your new house and getting to sleep in your own bed tonight.

Holly--be careful in your travel's. Have a good visit.

Shad--Did I miss out on the bbq? How did it go?

Happy--I agree that we need to stop and explore nature for a bit. I can see the sunset's when I'm driving home this time of the year. They have been having all of my favorite colors.

PainterWoman--Did you go shopping in the area that we ate lunch?

MadCat--The fang/ring is beautiful. We now have 2 red heads.

My day is just beginning even though I've been up since 7 a.m. The pay check came this morning at 7:30 a.m. I need to go to H and R Block to get my taxes prepared, deposit the pay check and pay the phone bill. I want to shampoo the living room carpet today and do laundry.

Meadow
01-20-2006, 12:20 PM
8 miles done:D It is snowing like gangbusters outside!! I used the four wheel drive for the first time this morning taking the kids to school, about six inches so far and not abating :yikes: Mommy in a ditch visions but I'll take it slow when I pick them up this afternoon. The kids are totally pumped, they were already planning what kinds of fun they were going to have climbing the snow wall and creating snow angels and snow people.

Mel-good gravy, they sure seek you out whenever there is a problem don't they? Silly beans, can't they just suffer quietly and not drag you into the fray?:p :?: Order some spring bulbs and plant them in a pot so you can enjoy the little sprouts from start to finish. Put those people out of your head, they are so needy, don't allow them to drain you. :flow1:

Shad-I can smell smoke, is that your barbecue wafting up this way on the trade winds? I hope it is going wonderfully.

Madcat-Oh wow, that is an amazing dazzler! Thank you for showing it to us:D I wanted to grab your hand through the screen and coo with you about it ;) You both look very connected and dear, all the best for the day:)

Jennifer-enjoy the peace and quiet at work;) May tonights sleep on the proper bed be all that you hope for and more... kill the air mattress :lol:

Holly-Good gravy, another rep!! You little recruiter you:carrot: I bet Avon has never had it so good. Congratulations. Have fun at the hockey tonight :)

Ceejay-wow, full day for you! Shampooing the carpet, with one of those big machines? make sure you suck out all that water, even when you think it is all gone, if you go over it again, you get more. You don't want mildew setting in.

Happy-sigh, I'm always busy trying to get my kids in gear in the morning and I miss the sunrises. I should make an effort to open the curtains when we get up and maybe I will catch a glimpse on of these days. You make me smile every time I read your descriptions, I would love to have a moment like that.

Linus-best of good energy to you! May the little coughing sticks be a thing of the past. May you enjoy the smell of little CJ and his beautiful little baby breath and sweet little cherub cheeks and little stubby toes and delightful gurgle, burble. :hug: :flow2:

PW-come up here, you will see lots of winter :lol3: I hope your busy days are easing and you are getting so painting in and some good thoughts winding their way through your head to assist you on your way :D

LindaT-Did you get the job? Are you official? Enquiring minds want to know:^:

:wave: Hi everybody!

Shad
01-20-2006, 03:46 PM
Morning all,

Well the young ones are here and it is so nice to see them again. I picked them up last night and got them back home in the rain. We then chatted and they wandered around seeing what I had done from the previous visit from DS1. The stars came out and we thought we were in for a good day, but no this morning the rain is back harder than ever. Plan B calls for the BBQ to be transported to the carport and the party will proceed from there. DS1 wandered through the boxes I had put out for him to sort and had a sort of back to school vision.

Happy I will reproduce the recipes for you over the next couple of days and continue as I try out new ones. There is one for a pizza of mushrooms, ricotta cheese and tomatoes in that book which I am dying to try out. Supposed to have only 5 grams of fat per serve. I'll pass on the honey thanks - I'm not a great honey fan, I was just surprised that all we could see was clover honey. I was concerned about boredom for the bees! :rofl: :rofl: and I always wonder how one insists that ones bees only have clover and no nectar from any other plant. Do they keep the bees on a leash or something? Get off that rose - bad bee! How do you train a bee? By the same token, I wonder about the honey here - how can they be so sure that the bee landed only on the Brushbox flower, or the spotted gum or the Leatherwood tree. And how does it make a difference? Surely honey is honey? Dh is absolutely right - if you tried to send it over here the bloodhounds would be on both of our heels.
Rice salad is made up of rice cooked in stock by the absorbtion method and then mixed with a variety of colourful veg - such as red bell pepper, maybe a bit of finely chopped chili, parsley, corn kernels, diced tomatoes, herbs, then a flavourful dressing (todays one will be roasted red capsicum (Kraft) flavour) gently folded through. Pepper and salt to taste. I serve mine in iceberg lettuce cups. You can do the same for pasta.
As for the exercise - well one can get through anything if it is just for 15 minutes. I'm still telling myself that when the legs are on fire on the eliptical and the bike seat is hard and unyielding or the rowing machine is becoming painful for the hips.

Mel - so you are in charge of the new boiler now too are you? Who's the old boiler? Or is that an Aussieism? It's what happens when the willing are left in charge. The whingers and the unwilling are always wanting to know what you are about to do about it. Stay strong and get a well made door if you are going to slam it! :lol3: :lol3:

Jennifer - you were missed (as Mary is missing!!). Good luck on the shift or partial shift to the new place. Once the kitchen comes alive you will feel more at home there - and the good bed will make a huge difference. Shifting counts as exercise. Just watch the stress levels.

Holly - I love tabouleh. It is so nice and fresh tasting. Pity my parsley is going a bit old or I would have made some today.
Hope DH gets over the grouch and that DS has a wonderful time at the hockey. Sorry to hear the DD is not well.
You're going well on the Avon.

Ceejay - gotta love those paychecks coming around. I get my tax refund last week. Oh it was so nice.
Keep stats of those blood readings for the doctor. He/ she will need those to make an informed decision.

Madcat - what dazzlers - and that goes for the three of you in the relationship - You, TB and Fang. You both look very happy together. Fang doesn't look dangerous from this photo.

Okay, time to go. Time to get busy cooking and cleaning up after me etc. I can see the DS1 is home - I made a loaf of bread yesterday. I only got a couple of slices. Not much left of it now! Better put another loaf on this morning.
Hey the sky is clearing. Yeehaa. Madcat must be doing the clear weather dance :dance: over there.

Morning to all lurkers and especially to those missing in action at this time.

MELODY525
01-21-2006, 10:24 AM
Now I know why they say...be careful what you wish for. I was surrounded by men in all kinds of uniforms and suits even! :rofl: Our alarm system went awry all day and all night. I slept in between visits which didn't amount to much. so will have to catch up with you all tomorrow. sleep and a do-nothing day are in order. I wish this were a private place cause I would tell you the "stupidity" I had to deal with. All I can say is that it must be nice to belong to the "boys club"....cause the "slacker" who sat with their fingers up their butt all day and left me with the mess will get away with it. :tantrum: I had a good rant with an authority figure but could tell he was placating me:tantrum: Well.....there is no use getting pissy all over abgain. A definite waste of energy! I will watch Hugh, Cary or Harrison and get into a better frame of mind :love:
Happy weekend and hope you all have a great one! :moped:

ceejay52
01-21-2006, 11:04 AM
Mel-- You need a good day of rest after all that.

Shad--It's always good to have a alternative plan.

Meadow--Be careful out in that snow. Here in the south if the weathermen even think about snow it seems the school is out due to the weather.

Hi to all the rest.

The carpet in the living room was nasty. This morning my sinuses are complaining but it had to be done. It could also be about dreary day that we are having.

Completed 190 minutes of exercise this week. I've lost 1 pound. I need to put in some more weight sessions next week.

It' s time to start my day. I'm going to do a "tidy up" and get ready to go to my uncle's. They are having W. birthday party Sunday afternoon.

linus
01-21-2006, 05:57 PM
its really hard to try and stop smoking when the main thing in your life is sitting trying to nurse a teething 4and a half month old to sleep i swear i was dreaming about dancing ciggies last night ???????:devil: :smoking: :smoking: :smoking: :smoking: but ive stuck to my guns and had only 1 ciggie and that was at 4.30 am this morning ,but hey tiredness is a killer:dizzy:
MEL you need an i pod and some very loud music and you wont hear a thing my kids can testify that they cant hear me at all :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
HAPPY ill need to try and send you some heather honey dont like the stuff myself but me gran said it cured all :o
SHAD glad your having some good family time for a change and i havent even set foot in the garden yet as its been pouring down all week but andy did fix the broken fence post

Tig
01-21-2006, 10:05 PM
Smellie ~ I do wish you had your chair with the wheels of actual fire. THEN they'd have something to do as you streaked through the hallways. I was reading between the lines of your post and saying harrummph. So have a restful week and snub the "boys". Tell them for us.... well, never mind... we're shunning them. I'm not speaking to any of them.

Linus ~ you are doing great! You are quitting smoking at the same time that I did. (Edit:As far as your family life is concerned.) It is well worth it. Hard, but worth it.

Shad ~ I haven't injured anyone on the project in weeks. Does that mean I'm slipping? ;)

I've been running the 5K faithfully every Saturday. I do need to get on the treadmill during the week, though, because I'm only running once a week because of my change in work schedule. I need the extra boost for energy and for attitude and for my muscles. I haven't quite figured out how to get it going yet, though. :(

happy2bme
01-22-2006, 01:33 AM
Smellie ~ (

Smellie? Ugh, what's up with that? :dunno: Surely it is not at all cute to call someone as wonderful as Mel "Smellie". Really, it's not.

PainterWoman
01-22-2006, 03:46 AM
Well... It is almost as late as usual.... My days and nights are shifty. At least I had a lonnnnnng nap this afternoon... but that doesn't preclude my sleeping late in the morning!
I can certainly tell who is organized and "mature" about responsibilities and obligations and who (like me) is still drifting. In doing the emotional questionnaires in a business planning for non-business types book I got all worked up about old issues... including weight-- and the peculiar and specifrically unhelpful beliefs I grew up with. I'd really hoped to be past it at my age. But apparently most folks with childhood experiences like mine live back and forth in the extremes of responsibility/irresponsibility, a general inability to finish projects, a tendency to be loyal longer than is warranted.... Etc.
It's just my work to do in this life....
Madcat... after seeing the photos, I'm inclined to vote for "gold"... but that may just be because it is my preference!!
CeeJay... Nope, i shopped in Richardson closer to my office.... Lane Bryant (still) and a bigger size so that i don't feel I'll explode... At least I have nice enough panties I don't have to worry about being in a car wreck.:dizzy:
Mel-- I hope they're paying you well for getting interrupted all those times... I like the idea of many men in uniform, however... Tuxedos work for me, too.
Shad... happy gathering. Still no rain here. there are rumors of same... heard lightening /thunder earlier... but no pitter patter of wetness.
Linus... best wishes..... All the secondhand smokers will be grateful too!
Holly-- hope that victories on the rink perked up DH. Glad you could move on even if he was disgruntled.

Night, all.

Shad
01-22-2006, 08:04 AM
I'm whacked!

I should really be in bed, but I've just gotten in from my Sunday 'date' with DB2 and am finishing up on the water I should have drunk during the day. No doubt I will be back and forth to the loo during the night. I have to be up early since I have to get the DS1 and G/f to the airport for a 6.30 flight. That means leaving here at 5.00am or so.

We've had a good visit, and a good bbq yesterday although I was so tired at the end of it, I could hardly move. Feet hurt, back hurt, okay name something that didn't hurt Shaddie.
I prepared a meal for 14 people (13 meat eaters and one vegetarian), cooked it, served it, cleaned up afterwards. It was a very long day. I was pleased to see the back of the last person, I can tell you. Surprisingly, there wasn't a huge amount left over. So I must have done something right. I never got to taste any of the marinated piece of pork I cooked or the chicken for that matter apart from a small couple of bits. But I can tell you that the rosemary and garlic lamb was pretty good - pretty good!!! It was great!. Small amount of rice salad left and about 2 bits of lettuce. DS1's frittata was a hit!

Happy, if I remember rightly the 'smellie' came from a typo from Tig a couple of threads back. It was a source of great amusement at the time. Evidently it has not been forgotten.

I'll catch up with the rest tomorrow. Right now it is bed for this wacko chicko.

MELODY525
01-22-2006, 09:19 AM
I Think the name it all started with my talk of a shower And it became a convo between myself and Tig. I even sign my e-mails that way! :rofl: I also think I am no longer sleep deprived. Just last year I would have stayed with the problem and seen it to a conclusion. So I am proud of myself for setting the repairs up and then leaving. I had to admit to myself that I am not "up" to "all-nighters" any longer. Those days are gone. And I actually made a conscious decision too....while listening to the whole bunch trying to talk to me at once.:carrot:
Several even said Where are you going? I said
"UPSTAIRS!! There is nothing more I can do here and I need my beauty sleep....not getting any younger you know." OK yesterday was quiet movies and rest. Today I had better cook something for the week. There are Dr appts again. Hope you have a Happy Sunday and a great week. Stay strong!! :moped:

Tig~ I am glad to see you are still running the 5k and wondered how it was going. Finally got to see the website and the pics. Lovely. :scooter: Not many of Slim!!! Good luck getting all your ducks in a row with exercising.

Ceejay~ :encore: Congratulations on the one pound and the exercising. Nice week you had healthwise!!!

Painter~ WOW!! You described my life in your post. I myself am trying very hard not to be the "faithful dog" eveyone here has come to know, love and ABUSE! My past just caight up with me at the last Drs appt. :rofl: The irony of our memories....if you find an "erase" button before I do please share!!! The most irresponsible I can get is to turn a phone off!!! :lol3:

Shad~ I lived vicariously through EVERYONE'S posts and I had a great time at your BBQ!!! :carrot: I could almost smell the lamb. I could use veggie recipes as they may start taking all red meat out of my diet soon. Too may hormones in it and organic beef is very dear $$$$$.
the fritatta sounded great. YUM YUM

Hollyhock
01-22-2006, 09:25 AM
DS had a GREAT game and then we stayed for the London Knights game .It was stellar. Such a fun night with all the team's families.
Dh was miserable on the drive home, tried very hard to pick a fight. I didn't bite. I did calmy talk to him but he wasn't interested. He is upset about something and thinks it is all my fault but I am am not responsible for his happiness, that is up to him.

I, on the other, inspite of now having DD's chest cold am doing great. my week was empowering and positive.
DD is feeling better. DS played hockey again last night. I spent most of yesterday resting and feel some better for it today. Soon off to church and then my meeting I missed yesterday.

I am lookng into ways to boost my immune system.

HUGS and LOVE dear worldly chicks.

Tig
01-22-2006, 10:41 AM
Happy ~ Thanks for Busting Us! MisSMellie is Right! It WAS a talk of a shower that also then turned into a mispronunciation and a typo. It all started with Lavender, if I'm not mistaken...

teel
01-22-2006, 10:58 AM
Lovely new abode for us all to run and romp in, my dear Shad!! I recognised it as a Thomas Kinkade when I set eyes on it !!!...A couple I know had 2 T.K. pictures for Christmas which are proudly adorning their wall in the living room...

Its been a busy couple of weeks for me...unbelievably my D.L.A. forms are due to go off again so I have apent a whole two weeks gradually filling in all those little boxes and praying that this time I will not have to go to tribunal and argue my case in front of a panel of three people whose sole aim in life seems to be making you toi;l and sweat!!!:mad: :mad: :devil:
Also my driving license is due for renewal...yee gads everything comes at once!!:rollpin: :rollpin: :rollpin:

Holly the hound is fine and rising 9 yrs of age...still as nutty as ever!!

Now what else? Good to see Linus popping in and leaving us a post!!...oooh yeugh!!!Holly has just given me a big wet sloppy kiss and definately has something in mind she wants...usually of the food variety!!!:D Hang on a mo.........
Ok back now...Holly happy with a chewy that has lasted all of two minutes, if that!! Anyone would think I don't ever feed her!!:devil: :devil: :burger: !!!!

The other good thing that has happened this week is that finally..FINALLY...Sainsburys (my local supermarket) has started to do jhome deliveries to my village..!AT LAST!!!!I have been waiting about 21/2 - 3 yrs for this to happen. So now I have finished the interminable lugging about the shopping and it can all be delivered to my door...no! Better than that...the delivery boys bring it all into the kitchen and empty it all out of the boxes so all I have to do is put it all away...(ALL I have to do!....:lol3: :lol3: :lol3: )

I suppose the time of year is right for me to start thinking about where I might go for my summer holiday this year...:chin: :chin: I really hope I can persuade my neighbour Teresa to come away to Germany or Switzerland with me. I think I have just about done Austria...although I have never been to Vienna yet....hmmmmn.

I am off to Derby to see my friends the Bradys on the 1st Feb. for a week. I am very lucky that the friends I stayed with a while back are going past Derby on their way to a wedding so they offered me a lift and will pick me up on the way back down again. Brilliant!!! This year I must remember to tell everyone I am going away...specially to Alan's..cannot have any of that unpleasantness I had to deal with on my return last year!!!!

Hollyhock I hope you get rid of that cold very soon....give it back to where-ever it came!!

Shad, the barbeque sounds wonderful!! Yum yum!!I wish you lived nearer!!;) I have just looked up the weather forecast for Australasia on the w.w.w.,coo it looks like you lot are cooking in the heat!! I was musing through looking at the Austria weather as my friend Edwina is going out for a week in mid-February....And I guess I just kept going South East and landed up in your neck of the woods!! Slap that sun-cream on!!

Take care everyone!!!

Hotcupojava
01-22-2006, 12:54 PM
Jay proposed, gave me a ring and I said YES. Our little joke is: If you ever got engaged in a Cracker Barrel restaurant.... you might be a Redneck! ;) I'm very happy. We're off to go visiting and spread the news (I've already called everyone I could think of and sent the email with the picture of the ring out). It's good to be alive! I hope this feeling lasts. Talk to you all soon.

MELODY525
01-22-2006, 01:39 PM
:encore: CONGRATULATIONS MISS JAVA!!!! I HOPE YOU BOTH ARE VERY HAPPY!!! :dance: THIS IS GREAT NEWS!!! TELL POOHBEAR I SAID CONGRATS TOO!! BET YOU BOTH ARE FLOATING AROUND. ENJOY THE VISITING!

MISS TEEL!! WOW!! 2 SURPRISES IN ONE DAY. BE STILL MY FOOLISH HEART!! FUNNY YOU SHOULD MENTION SAINSBURY CAUSE I WANTED TO ASK YOU "WHERE" IT WAS?! ROFLMAO THERE IS A MENTION OF THIS STORE IN A ARE YOU BEING SERVED AGAIN BY MRS SLOCOMBE. SHE SAYS HER HUSBAND WENT TO SAINSBURY'S FOR BUTTER AND NEVER RETURNED! ROFLMAO I THOUGHT IT WAS A TOWN!!! NOW IT'S EVEN FUNNIER. SO NICE TO HEAR YOU'LL BE TRAVELING AND YOU AND HOLLY ARE FINE AND DANDY. TAKE CARE. GOOD TO SEE YOU HERE TODAY. :hug:

MELODY525
01-22-2006, 01:40 PM
PS~ WEDDINGS SEEM TO BE CONTAGIOUS ON THIS THREAD....GOOD THING PREGNANCIES WEREN'T :bb: :rofl: :lol3:

Madcat
01-22-2006, 04:11 PM
Congrats Java-girl!! What great news!!!! That is so cool!!

I've been Little Miss Organization today - going through bills and cleaning. Think my corporate books are up to date now at least.

I'll be back later. Gotta go do some more accounting before the feeling passes. :lol:

Madcat
01-22-2006, 05:23 PM
Like a bad penny, I have returned. Anyone know where that expression comes from?

Hey Java, any thought as to when the happy event will be? Or are you still contemplating the enormity of it all? :dizzy: :dizzy: Can we see the ring?

And amen, Mel! Amen!! :lol3: Good work on walking away when you could. Have you been listening to Kenny Roger (know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em)…

Teel, ~ hmm, Vienna might be worth seeing. You could do that and Bavaria. That would be neat. Nothing better than contemplating a trip, is there?. Good luck wrestling with the forms.

Holly ~ Do you actually know what DH is upset about? I like your approach that you are not responsible for his happiness. Hopefully he'll be over it soon. I hear regular exercise can boost your immune system :grin:

Shad ~ good to hear the party was a success. Weird how the day just speeds away when you are playing hostess? The lamb sounds good. Did no one at least offer to dry after all that? Did your left elbow hurt? Both earlobes? You know you are tired when your hair hurts.

Painter ~ I don't really believe anyone is mature about their "responsibilities"… I think some people just hide it better than others. :hug: If you find that erase button (as Mel terms it) it would be good – or maybe a good professional edit and script rewrite might be better. If you find it, at least add a good soundtrack.

Tig ~ Could you slip a run in the morning? Run, shower, dress and pick up breakfast on the way…

Linus ~ Like this?

http://www.vex.net/~madcat/Misc/Ciggies.jpg

Enough already. I better go do something else useful. Howdy to everyone.

Shad
01-22-2006, 05:26 PM
Congratulations Java,
And where may I ask is the turtle ring picture for us to enjoy. Madcat sent a pic of fang the other day. We need to check out the RING!!!!! Come on Mary, put us out of our misery.

ceejay52
01-22-2006, 06:15 PM
Java--Congratulations, I'm very happy for you. We do want to see the ring.

Mel--Good for you in walking away. We have to take care of ouselves these days. That's what I keep telling myself. After that birthday feast we had today I'm sure I have gained back that pound I lost last week.

Teel-- You sound like myself in planning trips. I'd love to go to Vienna or Germany on day. My ancestors originated from Germany.

Shad--You can rest when the company leaves and everything gets back to normal.

Hello to Linus, Holly, Shad, Tig, Meadow and Madcat.

Today was W's birthday dinner and of all things her mother was sick. My cousin took her to urgent care after he came home from church. She had a good time anyway. They have all been sick. I just hope I haven't contacted any germs.

We have had steady rain all day. The roads were extremely wet on the drive home and even experienced some hydroplanening(sp). The fields are holding water and they looked like lakes.

I'm pledging 300 minutes of exercise.

Hollyhock
01-22-2006, 10:27 PM
A productive and nice day.
Things got worse before better with DH. I "sort of" know that he is feeling inferior. It was like pulling teeth but that is the gist of it. And he never really clearly said anything but the air is cleared and we are off to a fresh start once again. Maybe in 30 years we will have this communication thing figured out.
I signed a new rep to my team and had a nice visit.

HUGS to ALL!!!

PainterWoman
01-23-2006, 02:37 AM
Two days in a row. Coming here... nothing more energetic or healthy!
Must. Re. Focus.
It's the beginning of a new week. Will pop up bright and early and get cracking.
Have an agenda free day... and can make of it what I want. THAT feels great.

Shad-- glad you survived all the festivities. Hope you had a restorative sleep by now. Wish I could send you a massage coupon... sounds like you could use it. I love lamb... made some with rosemary, marjoram and thyme from the garden last year and LOTS of garlic. yummy.

CJ: 300 minutes. :goodluck: When you have a chance, please re-route any excess water back to N. Texas. Thanks!!

Mel: Yeah... we have some of those hidden personality traits in common. I wish I could hide the hips that developed as a result!

Holly: Nothing better than GOOD HOCKEY!! Hope DH continues to open up as you avoid prying! (My first husband was SO much like a bivalve. The more I pried, the more he clammed up. And men are conditioned to protect their pride before they protect their sanity, it seems to me. Keep doing your ownself good...

Teel: Holiday plan... way cool. I think we're going to have foundation work done on the house instead of a grand vacation. *sniff*. Please clue me in on D.L.A and the tribunal. It sounds about like a root canal....

JAVA: Congratulations!:carrot: :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: I agree that you might be a redneck if you get engaged at CB... I tend to believe the negative "diversity" publicity they get... but man on man do they know how to do homestyle biscuits!

will try to have something useful (i.e., shrinkage related) to post by tomorrow evening.

Shad
01-23-2006, 05:31 AM
Evening all,

The visitors are gone. It's back to me and the cat in my house. Seems a bit empty without them rushing in and out as they do. Still they enjoyed themselves and they have their own lives to lead - so bring it on.

Today was put the house back together day. Loads of washing, ironing, folding, putting the spare room to rights. I took them to the airport early. The G/F doesn't 'do' mornings too well. They took with them all their bags of shopping and stuff. Twice as much as they arrived with! I've restacked the fridge and chucked out the stuff which won't get eaten in time.

So what's been happening on the threads while I have been entertaining?

Mel - So glad you can leave a job when there is nothing more you can contribute. Well done. Frittata recipe coming up at the end of this post.

Holly - Glad you are sorting out the DH's problem calmly. Men can be so silly from time to time. Whereas you and I might have said spit it out and let's talk about it, men tend to hang onto the hurts imagined and otherwise. Maybe he is into his mid life crisis.
Good going on the hockey.

Hiya Tig :wave:

Teel - you came back and before I got around to ringing you to see whether you had fallen off the edge of the railway track or something. Long time no see. Linus is posting more regularly than you.
I thought you had another 2 years or so before you had to redo those forms! Don't tell me the time has gone that fast already! You can do this. You've done it once - it'll be easier this time.
When are you considering Germany or Switzerland? If the trip goes ahead, Chris and I will be in Switzerland in August. I hae me doubts. Sounds nice that you are going to Derby. Will you be taking Holly the dog?

Java Turtle - I am very happy for you and Jay. Many congratulations to you both. I dare say there must be a lot of planning to be done. Do you have a date in mind. That's two weddings on the thread, wonder who is the third. Do let us know all the details as soon as you have worked them out.

Madcat - Posting pics of ciggies on the thread!!! Tut tut. As for the bad penny saying, I went to look it up. There is little to say when and where it came from but the general consensus appears to be that it is English and relates to counterfeit money. Ie good money and the counterfeit stuff. It seems that the bigger coins were stamped with a kings head seal which authenticated it but the penny was not and was therefore copied - sometimes badly. How true that is I don't know!

Painter - hiya. Yep, well rested now. Ready to start on the house renos again now. Tomorrow will be plastering, sanding and sealing. Getting there.

Ok - for Happy and Mel the Vege Frittata recipe.

Frittata
Serves 6
Fat per serve - 5g
Prep time 25 mins
Cooking time 25 mins

200g (61/2oz) zucchini cubed
250g (8oz) pumpkin cubed (I used butternut squash)
300g (10oz) potato cubed
100g (31/2 oz) broccoli florets
3 teaspoons oil (I used a spray instead)
1 small onion
1 small red capsicum (red bell pepper) chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
3 eggs
2 egg whites.

1. Stem the zucchini, pumpkin, potato and broccoli until tender, transfer to a bowl.
2. Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil (or spray the pan) in a non stick fry pan, about 22cm diameter. Add the onion and capsicum and cook for 3 minutes or until tender. Mix with the steamed veg and the parsley.
3. Brush the pam with the remaining oil. Return veges to the pan and spread out with a spatula to an even thickness. Beat the eggs and egg whites together and pour into the pan, tilting the pan to ensure even distribution.
4. Cook over a medium heat until the eggs are almost set, but still runny on top. Wrap the handle in a damp tea towel to protect it and place the pan under a grill to cook the top. Pierce gently with a fork to make sure it is cook through.
5. Cut into wedges and serve.

Now what I did was to make the bowl a large casserole dish minus the lid and put all the veges in there and add the beaten eggs and a bit of salt and pepper. Then I put the whole lot in the oven for 25 minutes and baked it. Scrummy and no hot or burnt handles to worry about.

More tomorrow.

happy2bme
01-23-2006, 08:19 AM
Egads, almost lost my entire post. Thank goodness for copy and paste!

According to the MORRIS DICTIONARY OF WORD AND PHRASE ORIGINS, William Morris. ed. (Harper & Row: New York, 1977), "The phrase usually is heard in this country as 'A bad penny always turns up', meaning that a no-good person can be counted upon to come back again and again. The expression was originally English and the unit of currency referred to was the shilling. Sir Walter Scott, in one of his early-nineteenth-century novels, wrote: 'Bring back Darsie? Little doubt of that. The bad shilling is sure enough to come back again.'" --- personally I like Shad's explanation better.

Thank you for the recipe Shad. It sounds delicious. I can see that pumpkin is a cooking staple out your way :lol: Here it is zuchinni and yellow / summer squash. I was trying to figure out if "put it under the grill" meant to pop it under the broiler. The frittata's I have made before got baked which I see is what you do. A slice of frittata and a nice salad of greens. Ummm yummy lunch, thanks for sharing. :hungry: Hope you got a bit of time to relax after taking care of 14 people. I'll just bet that the house is quiet now. What did the cat think of all the commotion? Shame you had to toss out food but you are good to pitch things that are better off not being eaten. Back to patching and sanding for you...

Java - CONGRATULATIONS to you and Pooh Bear. How wonderful. Did Madcat start a trend here? Shad, Mary said she can't figure out how to post pictures - perhaps you need to provide a lesson or one of us has to email her and get a pic and post it for her.

Painter, I tried to sweep some water your way but it just waved up and rolled back. Yesterday it just rained non stop. Heavy rains too. I didn't even go out. Hope you have some good news to post tomorrow.

Holly good going on not letting the DH bait you into a fight. They get like that some times. My DH was like yours, took me 20 years before he finally ventured a clue to his behavior. I would like to say they get better with time but not always. And I agree with Madcat on the exercise boosting the immune system - way more than food does.

Ceejay - 300 minutes of exercise? Wow. That is admirable. I'll bet if you break it into little mini chunks too that is quite do-able. Makes one think :chin:

I did pretty well this weekend. Food good, exercise good, water not so on top of that one. I sneaked a peek at the scale on Saturday and I was up in weight - puffy ankles means I was done in by low fat string cheese and V8 vegetable juice. Makes me made - I can't cut everything out of my diet. Ok, I'm going to stop now before I get myself twisted in a knot again.

Madcat, must be something in the air or just the feeling of it's time to take care of things - I mean with the organizing. I started going through closets myself. Broke it down into the what I can get done in 15 minute rule just to 1) actually get something done and 2) not feel so overwhelmed.

Tig, thanks for clearing up the Smellie thing.

Mel, glad you don't mind being called Smellie. :lol: Hope you had a restful Sunday. What's on the menu for the week? Geez, sounds like you are one step away from having to buy organic / pesticide / hormone free stuff. Maybe you should just move out here and we'll put up a big garden. You still have to stay vegetarian as we have a town ordinance again raising chickens or livestock in our yards - like THAT was a problem???? How are you doing with the pedals?

Teel - glad that you have popped in. I was going to ask Shad to organize the hounds. What fun to decide on a holiday. Apparently in Europe it is more common to go to other countries than to explore your own countryside? See here in the states we go to either coast but Switzerland sounds like more fun than Disneyworld. You sound so excited about the grocers delivering. That will be nice if you don't have to go out in the bad weather.

I am running very behind as ususal so off with my head. Hellos to Meadow, Jennifer and the rest of the crew.

Hollyhock
01-23-2006, 08:52 AM
Good Morning!!

Madcat
01-23-2006, 09:00 AM
Shad, you are quite right... sort of insensitive of me to post the dancing cigs picture. Sorry Linus. :sorry: :sorry: Oops... sometimes the odd sense of humour overwhelms the internal editor.

MELODY525
01-23-2006, 09:46 AM
Mad~ I about peed my pants when I saw the dancing ciggies! :rofl: Good for you and the organization. I think my liv.rm is finished. Maybe we should all get organized, engaged and wed on the same day!:carrot:

Ceejay~ i too have gone up the pound I lost. Just got off the scale. How quickly they come and go round here! :lol3:

Holly~ Hello! With you so successful, the DH will feel "unneeded".:hug: A little reassurance goes a long way.

Shad~ thanks for the recipe. sounds good to me. Certainly has enough veggies in it!! :rofl: When you said they have their own lives I laughed a bit.....they seem to include us rather quickly when only a MOM can help! :lol3: Happy sorting...now you and Sinday can have some quality time together! ROFLMAO

Miss Happy~ my scale was unkind this morning and gave me back my 1lb loss! :tantrum: Hope we both fare better this week! Since you posted the 15 min thing awhile back, I have been doing that alot. It helps me keep from getting toooo tired. Great idea. Thanks. BTW...sometimes I feel like I am one step away from being bubble girl!!! and told the Drs the same!!! If I promise not to raise sheep and goats will they let me live in your neighborhood? Is there a speed ordinance??:scooter: :drive:

PW~ instead of hips I got left with the Weeping Willow Syndrome. CRY CRY CRY:( My hips came from being sedentary and bad food choices :rofl: Hope ypu got up early and began enjoying the day:flow2:

First thing this morning I marched myself downstairs and told off (but gently) the head Maint. man. There will be no more "assuming" if I have anything to say about it. Case is now closed. We are friends once more.:hug:
so ends what is now being called the 'alarm fiasco'.
My weigh-in showed a 1lb gain. can't believe it myself but there it was all 16 ounces of it staring me in my upside down red face.:mad: I will have to re-think this new plan. I know the bread is doing it so out it must go again. It would have to leave soon anyway cause the new plans the Drs will have contain no yeast.... so now it will be Sonoma diet with only brown rice and a small tater now and then.
I have to laugh at myself....after posting that I have too many books, I got 2 deliveries in the mail!!!! :rofl: I must be a nut.... but then I come from a family tree full of them. :crazy: I better get going. Lots to catch up on and my CT scans are Wednesday.
Happy Monday/Tuesday :moped:

happy2bme
01-23-2006, 02:22 PM
Geez, I almost forgot. Good Luck with the ciggies Linus. :crossed:

And... according to this

Why ARE Men Happier?

Men Are Just Happier People -- (um... I'm not sure I wouldn't debate this because sometimes they sure sulk alot, right Holly?) but I present for your amusement...
What do you expect from such simple creatures?

Your last name stays put.
The garage is all yours.
Wedding plans take care of themselves.
Chocolate is just another snack.
You can be President.
You can never be pregnant.
You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.
You can wear NO shirt to a water park.
Car mechanics tell you the truth.
The world is your urinal.
You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.
You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.
Same work, more pay.
Wrinkles add character.
Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100.
People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them.
The occasional well-rendered belch or big protruding belly is practically expected.
New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet.
One mood all the time.
Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.
You know stuff about tanks.
A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.
You can open all your own jars.
You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.
If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend.
Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.
Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.
You almost never have strap problems in public.
You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes.
Everything on your face stays its original color.
The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades.
You only have to shave your face and neck.
You can play with toys all your life.
Your belly usually hides your big hips. :rofl:
One wallet and one pair of shoes one color for all seasons.
You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.
You can "do" your nails with a pocket knife.
You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.
You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25minutes.

No wonder men are happier

Hollyhock
01-23-2006, 03:42 PM
Happy~ i confess to chuckling.

Afternoon Worldly goddesses. Feeling a little congested and foggy. I have tidied, done 1 load of wash and made some calls. Had a lovely chat with a friend.
I had forgotten but my van was overheating last night so I am not taking DS to hockey, another Dad will.
Hubby called to remind me about the van. I think he is over his meltdown.
Just had a lovely tomato, broccoli sprout sandwich on whole wheat. YUM!!

Maney is a worry for us. Groceries are our biggest expense. We eat the cheaper cuts of meat( higher fat) and rice a pasta and potatoes to fill everyone up( except me of course). I do buy a lot of fresh veg and fruit but usually what's in season.It is sooo hard some times.
Hubby will drive me to vote after supper.Federal Elections today.
DS has both knees torn out of 5 pairs of jeans. 1 pair were new at Christmas. He is ALL boy that one. I have 1 patch sewn on, 9 to go!!!
HUGS!!

ceejay52
01-23-2006, 04:27 PM
300-30=270 exercise minutes left to go for the next 7 days. I really meant to do more yesterday but the stress from driving in the rain kept me from it.

I showed my glucose monitor results to my aunt and since she is a dietician and has diabetes herself she (so does my uncle) thinks I'm a border line diabetic. I'm still going to show the results to the doctor. I came home and went to ediets.com and signed up there again. This time I've chosen the diabetic meal plan and I will not have to do research on what I need to eat.

PainterWoman--From the looks of the weather map the Dallas area was getting some rain.

Hello to all the rest. I'm at work.

Why does thing keep telling me to logged back in?? It's really getting irritating.

Hollyhock
01-23-2006, 05:48 PM
I saved this on Jan 1 to post here. Made me LOL. Some may have seen it before.
Ten Thoughts to Ponder for the New Year


Number 10 - Life is sexually transmitted.


Number 9 - Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.


Number 8 - Men have two emotions: Hungry and Horny. If you see him without an erection, make him a sandwich.


Number 7 - Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach a person to use the Internet and they won't bother you for weeks.


Number 6 - Some people are like a Slinky...not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you see one tumble down the stairs.


Number 5 - Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.


Number 4 - All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.



Number 3 - Why does a slight tax increase cost you two hundred dollars and a substantial tax cut saves you thirty cents?


Number 2 - In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.


AND THE NUMBER 1 THOUGHT FOR 2006 - We know exactly where one cow with mad-cow-disease is located among the millions and millions of cows in America but we haven't got a clue as to where thousands of illegal immigrants and terrorists are located. Maybe we should put the Department of Agriculture in charge of immigration.

MELODY525
01-23-2006, 07:26 PM
Tomorrow is bloodwork and food shopping and Wednesday is not only hump day but I go for my catscans! :rofl: So I wanted to say hello and goodbye all at once. Have a great week and stay happy. :hug:

Happy & Holly~ you gave me some laughs to take to bed. maybe they will turn into sweet dreams:cloud9:

PainterWoman
01-24-2006, 01:59 AM
Holly-- Great list... indeed life IS sexually transmitted. Too bad the religious right can't get around that. Hmph. :D

CeeJay and Happy... it was cloudy all day yesterday, but it only drizzled. I don't think there was a serious dent made in our drought. OK. to be honest, i haven't listened to the weather... but we certainly didn't get more than an inch, and were about a foot behind.

for what it's worth, there was a news article (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/01/03/nsad03.xml) that said Monday (the 23rd) was mostlikely to be the saddest/worst day of the YEAR for most people... something about post-Christmas bills coming, short days and long nights, defeated new year's resolutions... etc. It was a real study from Cardiff/Wales. Mind wasn't so sad.

Mailed a cheer up care package to a friend in Estonia, some pre-read books to DD... and had an actual SV today.... two pounds from last week.
I hope it keeps me on track.

That's my best news.
The other is that I have a couple of new clients. Job security.

Shad
01-24-2006, 04:49 AM
Evening all,

I seem to be getting later and later with my posts. Still I am posting so you all know I am still living.

Happy - you could use any combinatin of vegetables with that recipe. I have a feeling that the acorn squashes may be to watery, however you could try something else like carrot or parsnip or eggplant may work and as many herbs as you wish. Mushrooms could also be okay. Yes a griller is a broiler as you so rightly surmised. Not sure if I put the Kj or Cals in the information - 1 serve = 125cals. 9g Protein, Carb 10g, Firbe 3g, cholestrol 90mg.
You are right, you can't cut everything from the diet. String cheese and v8 juice?? who'd a thunk that.
Left to themselves, men wouldn't even think about half those things.

Madcat - It was more the cigs themselves than the dancing stuff Madcat. I was having a go at you for posting a picture of the salubrious narcotic. Didn't even think about Linus giving up. Sorry Linus. Any decisions on the dress? Painter likes gold, I'm pitching for silver, so was someone else. You'll probably wear royal purple just to fool the lot of us!

Mel - do you have anyone in mind to get organised, engaged to and wed on the same day? Pray let us in on the secret - you've not said anything about this to us previously?
If you can't have normal bread, will you be allowed to use flat bread - as in lavash, pita or pide, naan etc?? I'm lost without something to wrap stuff in or without the doings for a sandwich. Can you eat rice paper wraps or nori (seaweed - it makes good wraps for fillings)?

Holly - I hear you on the high cost of feeding a family these days. Time to try to sort out some ways of cutting the bills. Buying in season is definitely one of those. Do you do preserving (aaah sorry - canning) or anything like jam making or pickles. Do you have a vege garden (in the summer of course, can't imagine anything growing in your impossible temperatures).
Glad to hear the DH is getting less scratchy! Thanks for the giggles.

Ceejay - good going on organising the exercise. 45 mins per day is not bad going. I think tho' you may need to think about a rest day to let the body recover. I have two rest days per week. I work out for an hour for 4 days and I have 2 hours on the other day. I have scheduled this into my day. I find I can not do 7 days and sometimes 6 are just too much.

I have just had the man from the door shop around to quote me on a new front and back door. The old doors are not in good shape and the locks are inadequate so I have ordered two solid maple wood doors with safety glass panels - they should look okay. They should arrive in a couple of weeks and be fitted and have new locks etc. I have to paint them then. I'll be happy when they are done. Another job off the list.

Java, if you wish to let us see the ring, I will send you my e-mail address and put it on the thread for you. You can put it on yourself if you do the following.

1. Click the Go advanced button on the bottom of the Quick Reply field at the bottom of the posts.
2. Scroll down to the Additional Options field and click the Manage Attachments button in the Attach Files area.
3. This brings up a box asking for a file name and path to be uploaded. If you have the picture on your computer choose the first box. Click Browse to go to your computer and find the picture file. Double click the required file to select. The path will appear in the field of the 3FC box. It will look something like C:My Documents/My Pictures/ Turtles rocks! Now the size is important doing it this way so if your picture is too big, the file will not upload.
4. Click Upload when the file appears in the field. If the picture is too big, then it will tell you at this point. If you can resize, then go do that and try again. If not - email the picture to me or Mel (who will send it on to me) and I will put it up for you.
Hope that is clear enough. You can see the size of the picture in your files by right mouse clicking the file and then clicking Properties from the menu. The subsequent dialogue box will tell you the size of the file. It can only be 50KB and no bigger than 500 x 500 pixels.

Painter - leave the best to the last - 2lb down. That is wonderful and two new clients to boot. Is two the lucky number or something.
Sorry you didn't get much rain. For all that we had last week, the dams are still not above danger level. Do you get the impression that the dams are in the wrong places???

Gotta go. The electrician just popped his head in the door. He will have some spare time to talk to me next week. Now I HAVE to think lighting and power!!!! Drat. I just wanted a night in front of the TV. Doors, lighting, security - what next?

happy2bme
01-24-2006, 07:20 AM
Good morning everyone :coffee:

Congrats PW on your gain (new clients) and your loss (of pounds)! Continued success on both fronts. I have a friend who lives in North Texas. Said as soon as the bit of rain they got dries up, they will be back to fire danger again. What little they got didn't touch the deficit. I guess we are way under on rainfall too.

New doors sound lovely Shad. Pity that we have to feel the locks are inadequate. When we first moved into the apartment down here there was only one door and the lock was so flimsy that even I could have broken the door open. I was nervous every night - guess that's why we only stayed in the apartment 3 weeks - we may have even moved out on January 23 and let me tell you that was NOT a sad day for me.

My SIL's birthday is January 23. I will have to tell her she was born on the saddest day of the year. :( I know in years past when I have way way overspent on Christmas, seeing those bills fly in along with no holidays to look forward to until May made for a dreadful February.

Anyway I digress as usual... Shad you have done so much with the house, it must be nearing the point of completely rebuilt. Will you ever be done? Guess not as there is always something to do, eh? What's this about lighting and power - is there rewiring to be done?

Holly, those were great quotes, I had many a laugh :lol: thanks for sharing them. Hope the DH has gotten out of his funk, I've had to deal with that for many years, it's no fun for those that have to be around them. :(

Poor Mel, off to get poked and prodded and squeezed and filtered :dizzy: take care :hug: Glad to hear that you are beating back the path of those lingering at your door :rollpin: You are welcome to stop by any time Mel. I notice you did not say anything about leaving the :chicken: at home - you're not thinking of trying to sneak them in here, are you? :devil:

Ceejay, after my uncle developed diabetes, my cousin as a show of support started to follow the diabetes diet. She was very successful at weight loss whereas before she struggled. I think that's a fine idea of yours. Will help direct you to and away from the proper foods. 3FC has a great database of nutrition, I thought it had the glycemic index as part of the food stats but I was wrong - it's the calorie dense index. You are right to get a jump start on this before it becomes a bigger problem.

Ok, well I had gotten up extra early as I have to get to the office early and that won't happen if I'm sitting here in front of the computer so I'm off to put on a fresh pot of coffee and get ready to face the day. Have a good one all...

ceejay52
01-24-2006, 10:46 AM
Painterwoman--congrats on both the new clients and weight loss.

Mel--good luck with the catscan. I've never had one and if I did they would have to sedate me. I don't like to be in that tight of a space.

Holly--Thank you for the laughs.

Shad--I'm going to try your recipe. Sounds easy enough for me--I'm not a good cook. I don't mind the exercise. I will cut down on the "toning" part.
My muscles are getting sore.

Happy--I hope that once the bls is stablized by diet that I too will loose some pounds.

I've started on my ediets plan but they have a lot of salads. I like salads but to much is not a good thing for the IBS. The one thing I like about this sight is that there recipe's are simple and basically for one person and that's perfect for me. I hate left overs. I have also found that bread products does play a role in making my bls rise,especially hamburger buns etc.

Today is my busy day at work so I don't have much time to spend here.

Hello to the rest.

exercise 270-35=235. Slowly but surely I'm getting there.

linus
01-24-2006, 05:14 PM
oh yes i remeber sorry i just sort of left his royal highness woke up screaming and didnt really stop he had a bad cold and every time i laid him down he creid until i realised all the gunky stuff was making it damn hard to breathe when he was flat on his back:?: bad mummy
the stopping smoking is horrendous i wont tell you how many sneaky ones ive had :devil: :devil: :smoking: :smoking: :smoking: :smoking: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: but my best freind has said shes gonna stop with me so hopefully itll get easier its the middle of the night ones i miss the most and i dont think shed like me calling her at 4 am most mornings somehow
MADCAT the dancing fags are brill sort of looks like dreams i keep having:yikes: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: i meant to ask if you were leaving straight from the wedding to your honeymoon ,if so please remember and get someone who wont be inebriated to to take your wedding gifts and cards home my sister-in-law didnt and i got a frantic call to go to the hotel and collect everything including her £2000 wedding dress and her wedding cake and over £1000 in cash shed gotten as pressies as m.i.l had the kids for her and her bridesmaid who was supposed to be doing it was so hungover she couldnt walk
JAVA many many congratulations i hope your marriage will be as happy and as long and as fruitfull{well maybe not }as mine is
MEL so your going to go and get touched up AGAIN my goodness woman your turning scarlet :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :devil:
right folks the dreaded ironing is calling again but before i go i must just say the reason its always the british that come up with all these sad day things is because its still bloody raining :mad:
bye for now
kirsty

Shad
01-25-2006, 05:48 AM
Still running late right through the day - it is probably because I haven't been getting up so early and am therefore behind before I even start - although that hasn't worried me too much either since I've done a lot of reading over the past couple of weeks.

I meant to post another recipe tonight, but I have run out of steam and it is time to snooze again.

Today was last day at gym for the week. I notice that I always seem to be tired on the last day, that things don't go quite so well. I always manage to finish the course but there is a lot of self talk and driving force to complete some days. Today was one of those. It annoys me somewhat, but I guess we all have our days.

Raced around and mowed the lawns tonight after the sun had gone down. Too hot to do them in the middle of the day. Ran the lawnmower over the pruning saw too. That caused a fair amount of strife I can tell you. New pruning saw coming up - my own fault entirely. Tomorrow, since I'm not going to the gym will be early sanding, sealing and painting in the dining room and then some way overdue gardening.

Happy - new doors are necessary because the old ones were really getting old and tatty. They were not good doors to start with as they are hollow core doors. The new ones are solid timber. When this house was built, it was built down to a price and not up to a standard. So the locks were fairly simple stuff. The original key can no longer be copied because the lockman says it is too thing and I really don't remember ever having a key for the back door. I suppose there was one, but where it may be is anyones guess. Well overdue for a change.

Ceejay - I know what you mean about recipes for multiple quantities. I usually freeze the remainder serves, but you can't do that with salady type things and there is stuff that doesn't freeze well. If I leave it in the fridge for tomorrow, I am inclined to eat it today.

Linus - a good tip there for Madcat. It's often little things like that that get forgotten. Sorry to hear that you are having a tough time getting shot of the dreaded weed. But at least you are trying.

Not many of us in today. We had such a huge bunch in earlier too. Now they all seem to have disappeared on us. Leaving us all alone again. Aaaagh well. They are welcome back if they want to come. If not, well we have to think of Happy's friends for a season, friends for a reason mantra.

Time for bed. Times a movin' on. Catchya

Madcat
01-25-2006, 08:46 AM
Just a quick drive by entry :wave: Work has been crazy busy so I haven't really had time to do much more than read the forum. Hey, it's sometimes one bright spot of sanity in an otherwise crazy world. I have 15 before I hit my first meeting of the day... painless extraction of information from SMEs my specialty. Have notebook, will travel.

I have a co-op meeting tonight but I’ll try to get back later.

Everyone have a great day!

Meadow
01-25-2006, 12:21 PM
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Hi, the computer guys are laying new fiber optic cable and my internet is very unstable, should be up and functional by the weekend. It is very wet here, the snow is melting fast. I've done 4 miles. Had a run in with some brown sugar glazed ham ;) so far the chocolate has been silent.

Hi everybody :wave:

ceejay52
01-25-2006, 03:39 PM
Meadow--glad to see you even if it's for a few minutes.

Madcat--I don't usually have meetings but this morning there was a meeting about our 401k plan.

Hello to the rest.

As mentioned before we had a 401k meeting. I'm not pleased with the switch in companies. I've been looking at altenatives and for myself because I'm thinking of opting out and taking out an Investment Retirment Account, IRA. The amount I deposit each month (up to 4,000 dollars per year) can be deducted off my income taxes. I think it is a much better investment. I've lost money in the stock market these past couple of years and even though the employer is matching what I put in the 401K now it will not with the IRA. From my perspective I think that the amount deducted will probably be the offset. The new company will be strictly stock market.

Exercise 235-40=195 minutes left

Tig
01-25-2006, 10:15 PM
Quick note: Ceejay - please rethink the 401K - the match is essentially like an extra bonus, if you think about it. Overall, if you leave money in the stock market for 10 years, you will be ahead. Is there a financial investment course at a junior college close to you or does your company offer a class? Your mix on your stock may not be diversified enough. Also, you can still put money into an IRA yourself in addition to the 401K. If you can take a class you can get better and more professional retirement money advice than from an old lady runner on an internet forum!! ;)

happy2bme
01-26-2006, 12:54 AM
Ceejay - I agree with Tig on the company match part. Even with a Roth IRA you will still decide where to invest your money - although I admit to investing mine in a mutual fund that's been doing well. I am a nervous investor - spent 7 years in the financial industy - watched it boom in the early 80s and bust in 88 and again in the late 90s. So I can fully understand your apprehension about investing in stocks again. At one point I told DH we should just stuff it in a mattress - at least we weren't losing it. :lol: :( The stock market is finally starting to rebound a bit, although it is still shaky. You might want to check some local junior colleges or community education classes for a class on investment planning. Heck, we all know we won't have any social security checks to depend on and we're not getting raises so we have to save money for our old age somewhere. :dunno: frustrating.

Linus as a cigarette junky myself, I hope you can dig deep and find the strength to just say :no: to the smoking. There will always be a good excuse to grab a smoke and by sneaking them, even if it's only one or two a day, you are still giving yourself permission to smoke. I know, it's SO HARD, geez, I'm just one cigarette away from smoking again myself. In fact, we are joining a billiards league in February - more for DH to get out than anything else and I am very nervous about being in a smoky pool hall. A shame they come up with patches and Zyban and all those things and nothing really helps the overwhelming mental desire to have a smoke. They say that if you don't quit by the 4th week on Zyban, you're probably not going to be too successful. Cut a drinking straw in half and inhale on that when the urge hits you. I imagine it must be hard, CJ cries, you're sleep deprived and life is trying it's best to annoy you. I'm still pulling for you tho. You will quit when you are ready. :hug:

I find myself in a rather foul mood lately. Everything is bugging me. That usually happens when I have nothing to look forward to. So I guess I'm going to go hunting to find some joy in my life. I don't have to have things perfect but I do have a difficult time accepting that things are stupid and that's the way they are and you just have to deal with it. Argh.

Mel, I hope your tests went well and that they didn't keep you waiting at the docs for too long. Meadow, hopefully the new cable will improve things immensely. Make up a "thank you" bag of chocolate and brown sugar ham for the cable guys ;) :rofl:

Madcat, it is a talent of the truly special and truly few who can extract information from Subject Matter Experts who can either 1) yak incessantly for hours or 2) have a head full of information that they just can't put into words for us non-SMEs. Happy interviewing! :write:

Ow Shad, now the pruning saw? :headache: This is not your month for tools - stay away from the really big stuff :headache: :rofl:

I am getting off my game here - slacking on the food logging, exercise and water - and I've started back with too much TV time. First thing tomorrow that changes. No wonder I can't lose anything. :rolleyes:

Ok, so what's with this funky site that keeps thinking I am not logged in? This is how you lose posts - but I know how to cut and paste... gotcha Internet germs.

Shad
01-26-2006, 05:58 AM
Today is Australia Day here, another public holiday. I have been fairly busy and haven't seen the news so I don't know what went on around the country. No doubt there are fireworks on the river tonight too.

I've been plastering. I think I got all the bits. But I guess I will find out on Saturday when I paint. Tomorrow is sanding day and plastering the bits I missed on the walls. I jacked up the ceiling today and put a few more screws in it to ensure it will not fall down during dinner. Nothing worse than all that insulation floating around in your soup. Discovered that the builder has put nails in places that don't contain any wood! Had to get back up into the ceiling to find out that there is nothing there where 3 of the nails were.

More bad tools story - I can't get the edge trimmer to start. I will have to see if I can get DS2 around tomorrow to have a look. Otherwise I will have to take it to the Mower Place - and yes it is full of fuel!

Can't advise on superannuation Ceejay. Have no luck with the stock market myself and it seems neither does my superannuation invester! So I can't afford to retire. I will just have to keep working until I keel over. I have two superann accounts. This year they made some money. The last several years they have lost. I am very unamused by both joints. I should love to think about retirement.

Happy - I am so with you about getting off my game. I am so unmotivated about weight loss myself I feel like jacking it all in. Nothing is moving despite workouts and eating right. Sure I am healthy enough but the object of the whole thing was to move some of this flab and nothing is happening. After all 3kgs in two years is nothing to be excited about, even if I have managed to keep it off. I really feel disheartened about it. So much so, that I am inclined to think about fasting. If feeding the body properly isn't doing it, maybe a bit of abuse might just start something!

Anyway - to bed with me. I'm taking my stiff neck and aching shoulders to the shower and then to sleep. I must be getting old.

happy2bme
01-26-2006, 07:36 AM
:hb: :cheers: Happy Birthday Australia!

Ooh Shad, nails where there is nothing to secure them? :yikes: Are you tired of shaking your head at the things you find? :no: :rolleyes: :yes: - a mini head workout :lol:

Thinking of fasting are yah? :chin: I don't know. I just relate fasting to confusing the metabolism. Not sure I'm willing to go there. I confess to being at a loss as to what to recommend to you. You certainly are doing all the right things. Perhaps you should just take a pause for a bit. Eat healthy, watch portions, keep up your gym habit and stick to that cutting/mowing/hammering/sawing routine around the house. Don't even weight in for a month and see what happens. I can feel your frustration all the way here --- perhaps your "set point" is really SET.

Hope that a night's rest and a nice morning shower got you limber again. I'm off to indulge myself and then another fine day at the office :rolleyes:

Hollyhock
01-26-2006, 09:13 AM
Is life all about one conflict resolution after another?
Major conflict resolution from Thurs-Mon with DH,an huge somewhat emotional meeting on Tues at the school to mediate a conflict, major trauma and drama with a 5yo girl I babysit with serious accusations about my dd.I investigated yesterday and got to the bottom of it all and it was a lie. A big hurtful lie about my daughter’s character. The conflict was well managed and resolved by all parents involved, but, man it uses up a lot of energy. Hours and hours of communication and dialogue and double checking the “story” it involved 3 teachers at the school, 3 5yo girls and their parents.
What will be todays conflict to resolve? YIKES!!!
My weight is the same. My body is so out of whack. Going to the DR today.
Spose that’s it!
HUGS!!

MELODY525
01-26-2006, 09:16 AM
:woo: HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY!!!




SHAD~ I AM GOING TO ASK ABOUT FLATBREADS AND MATZOHS AND RICE CAKES. GOTTA HAVE SOME KIND OF SANDWICH MAKING INGREDIENTS! :lol3: sO GLAD TO HEAR ABOUT THE DOORS AND NEW LOCKS. SORRY ABOUT THE TOOL PROBLEMS THOUGH. wERE THERE SPARKS FLYING WHEN YOU MOWED THE PRUNING SAW?! :yikes" THANK GOD YOU WEREN'T HURT! SOUNDS LIKE LIGHTS, ACTION, CAMERA OVER THERE NOW WITH THE ELECTRICIANS....CUTE? INVITE THEM IN!!! :dance:

PW~ IT WAS NICE TO READ GOOD NEWS ABOUT YOU THIS MORNING. GOOD FOR YOU WITH LOSSES AND GAINS!!! GREAT COMBINATION. POUNDS AND CLIENTS:carrot:

HAPPY~I WAS ALSO GLAD YOU WERE ONLY IN THAT GOD FORSAKEN APT FOR 3 WEEKS. NOW YOU ARE HAPPILY ENSCONCED IN A LOVELY HOME. *YOU CAN FIND JOY IN THE LAND OF OZ! :rofl: I AM OFF MY FEED ALSO. NOT A LOT BUT A BIT. TIME WE GOT DOWN TO BUSINESS AND DECIDED WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO US. IF WE CAN TAKE THE TIME OUT FOR OTHER'S NURTURING WE SHOULD BE DOING THAT FOR OURSELVES TOO! :hug:

CEEJAY~ CANNOT ADVISE ABOUT MONEY CAUSE ALL I KNOW HOW TO DO IS SPEND IT!! ON THE BREAD AND BSL....JUST REMEMBER THAT BREAD, PASTAS AND STARCHES ARE TURNED INTO MSUGAR BY THE BODY AND THUS STORED. MOST DIABETIC DIETS CALL FOR 1 SLICE OF BREAD. WITH THE IBS YOU MIGHT ALSO DO BETTER WITH WHOLE GRAIN. THEY SOMETIMES HAVE LESS SUGAR IN THEM AND MUCH MORE FIBER. GOTTA READ THE LABELS. GOOD LUCK!:hug:

LINUS~ MY DEAR FRIEND JUST STAY AS POSITIVE AS YOU CAN DURING THE 'QUITTING OF THE FAGS'. SOUNDS FUNN Y OVER HERE CAUSE FAGS DOESN'T MEAN THE SAME AND IS A HOMOSEXUAL SLUR.:( ANYWAY....I KNOW YOU CAN DO THIS. KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PRIZE AND TALK TO YOURSELF. IT'S NOT EASY AND TAKES STRENGTH AND COURAGE. BE STRONG MY FRIEND. :hug: IF IT WAS EASY THE CIGGIE COMPANIES WOULD BE OUT OF BUSINESS AND CROWING WHEAT!!! :rofl:

MEADOW~ NEW CABLES? NEW CABLE MEN? ARE THEY CUTIE PATOOTIES? I'LL BE RIGHT THERE:moped:
GLAD TO HEAR THAT SILENCE REIGNS FROM THE FREEZER. HAM IS ONE OF MY TRIGGER FOODS FOR 'LET'S SIT DOWN AND CHOW DOWN' :hun: NICE DAY YOU HAD....EYE CANDY AND HAMMIES!! YUM!!:devil:

YESTERDAY DID NOT GO WELL. THE BLOODWORK AND URINE WERE INSUFFICIENT FOR THIS DR TO PERFORM THE SCAN. HE SAID IT WOULD BE REMISS OF HIM TO INJECT ME AND FIND OUT MY BODY CANNOT GET RID OF THE "GLOW JUICE" PROPERLY. SO I WAS O TO BLOODWORK AND OTHER PLACES. THE BW PEOPLE WERE NICE ENOUGH TO TAKE ALL MY SAMPLES. KEPT ME FROM HAVING TO RUN FROM ONE BLDG TO ANOTHER AS WINTER HAS FINALLY COME ONCE AGAIN TO NJ. I THINK WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF OZ AS THE COLD WEATHER COMES AND GOES SO QUICKLY 'ROUND HERE.:p I WAS ALSO NOT TOLD "NO FOOD AFTER 12" SO I COULD NOT HAVE HAD IT ANYWAY. AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW I CALLED THE DAY BEFORE TO ASK AND TOLD THE DR SO!! :tantrum: IT WAS A COMEDY OF ERRORS YESTERDAY AND THE DR SAID "AREN'T YOU UPSET". WELL LIKE YEAH BUT WTF CAN I DO ABOUT IT ALL NOW. SO I HAPPILY TROTTED ME ARSE OUT OF THERE AND GOT ON WITH THE DAY. SEE? I'M LEARNING!
HAPPY THURSDAY/FRIDAY:scooter:

happy2bme
01-26-2006, 09:48 AM
*YOU CAN FIND JOY IN THE LAND OF OZ! :rofl:


Ha ha - Mel made a funny :lol3: - was wondering if anyone would let that one slip by. :^:

MELODY525
01-26-2006, 10:02 AM
I Have A Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy Down In My Heart.
Down In My Heart
Down In My Heart......la La La

MELODY525
01-26-2006, 10:05 AM
THE SONG WAS BY INSYDERZ CALLED JOY

I got the joy, joy, joy, joy, joy, joy (3X)
Down in my heart (2X)
Down in my heart to stay
(repeat)
I got the light, light, light, light, light, light (3X)
Down in my heart (2X)
Down in my heart to stay
(repeat)
I got the love, love, love, love, love, love (3X)
Down in my heart (2X)
Down in my heart to stay
(repeat)


:rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3: just couldn't resist!!

ceejay52
01-26-2006, 10:29 AM
Happy--I was wondering if that was happening to just me. I get through posting and then hit the reply button and it say's I'm logged out. Wonder if they have a time limit in here!!! I'd log back in to see if the post was here, it ususally is.

Mel--We used to sing that song in Bible class at church. I've found a whole wheat sugar free bread that is very good.

Shad--Good luck on the plastering today or whatever chores comes along. Is it a time for the prod to be used, oh LindaT.

Tig--Thanks for the advice about the 401k money but on the long run I'm better off opting out of the 401K. I have done the research. I've lost money 2 years in a row in the stock market, not a good thing. I've also been thinking about pulling out anyway and paying off some credit card debts. I'm going with the traditional IRA with an interest rate. If I want to I can still invest in the stock market but with choices I want to make not there's. This is not a rash decision.

On a good note--I've lost 2 pounds since starting the ediet's program. I'm going to take my measurements in a bit and post them later. My blood pressure has come down to 129/79 and pulse is 86 this morning, blood sugar was 118 but I did have a Subway roast beef sandwich and 2 of there chocolate chip cookies.

Exercise-195-45=150 minutes left to go.

ceejay52
01-26-2006, 11:53 AM
Here's the measurements
Bust-----------45
upper abs------38
lower abs------45
waist----------41
hips-----------46
above knees---29
upper thighs---39
Bicep,right---- 14.5
bicep, left-----14.5
total----------312 inches
My grandpa used to comment that he/she is as wide as they are tall. This is true for me.

Shad
01-26-2006, 02:37 PM
Morning all,

Happy, you could be right and I have reached my set point for old age or whatever. It is 20kgs over what I was from the age of 18 to 32. I consider it too much, my doctor considers it too much and I am stumped for ideas. I shan't give up gym and I will continue to eat well but maybe only for 6 days of the week. I have to give it a try since nothing else is working. And I may go back to the doc for more ideas. Since he is always the one whinging on about the weight, then maybe he can fix it.
Yep, Mel cracked a funny alright - Joy in OZ indeed.

Mel - You'll have us all rolling in the aisles with turnes such as that. I almost founding my self standing and clapping and yelling hallelujah.
Is the electrician cute. I suppose he was about 40 years back. These days he has to have a helper to get up into the roof, since he won't fit!
Nice to know you took the bad news calmly and didn't take the doctors right hand off.

Holly - sounds like you have had an interesting week. Conflict management is always and interesting situation - if you are standing on the sidelines. If you or family are involved as well, then life can get a bit chaotic. Well done you.


Ceejay - Hang on to the measurements, sometimes they are the only sanity in an upside world. Sometimes the only victory as well.

Okay off out of here to continue with plastering, sanding, sealing, sweeping etc. Be careful out there.

Hollyhock
01-26-2006, 02:42 PM
HUGS:carrot:

linus
01-26-2006, 03:17 PM
since my keyboard seems to wake my munchkin this could be very short indeed:o whats happening on the home front well the man from the parks department finally appeared and yes the 60 foot high ash tree thats in my neighbours garden and spans four back gardens has to come down :cool: :dizzy: :carrot: :carrot: :lol: :bravo: :bravo: :cp: :cp: :dance: :wizard: :lucky: :cheers: :crazy: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: i know that doesnt sound good but if i ever want anything i plant in my garden to grow then it really needs to come down its also killing off the 4 other trees it is in the middle of and apparently it "aint done growing yet" according to the wee man and lo and behold the munchkin is awake i must buy a silent keyboard :^: back later
kirsty

happy2bme
01-27-2006, 08:04 AM
So the clacking of the keyboard wakes up CJ? Hmm perhaps we have to get him a set of headphones with white noise or something :lol: Is he afraid he will miss something? I hear you on the tree Linus. They are pretty but with the tree roots and leaves and shade, there is also a down side.

Shad, I hear the frustration in your "voice" about the lack of weight loss. I would speak to the doctor when you see him and show him a journal of what you're doing. And if his only response is work harder at it, well then whack him in the arm with the journal :rollpin:

Mel, good going for not letting the goings on at the doc aggrivate you. Sometimes you have to just roll with it. Because like Holly says, some days are just one long string of conflict resolution and annoyances. You just hope tomorrow will be better.

Ceejay - cute comment of grandpa's - could be true of many of us.

It's off to the rheumatologist this morning. I daresay nothing will change - keep on the meds, move your butt, lose some weight and come back in 6 months. :dunno:

At least it's Friday, right? The mattress monster had me in it's grips this morning. Told myself, you can sleep in tomorrow, time to get up. ;)

Catch up with you later. Hellos to the rest of the ladies.

linus
01-27-2006, 05:16 PM
happy the matress monster got me i slept in lol back later ladies
kirsty

linus
01-27-2006, 05:17 PM
happy the matress monster got me i slept in lol back later ladies
kirsty

Tig
01-28-2006, 07:44 AM
ceejay ~ that was very kindhearted of you to let me know that you had considered all your options. You certainly didn't owe me any explanation, dear one. :hug:

linus ~ I was so worried that my first baby wouldn't be able to nap when there was noise, that I inadvertently trained him to nap only when the vacuum was running! I had the cleanest tiny little apartment ever because the only carpet I had was in the little living room that I vacuumed for hours on end! :dizzy:

S'Mellie ~ HA! It WAS very good! Joy in OZ indeed! Does happy get a prize for being the first to call it? Maybe a trip to Jersey and a ride on the wheels of fire? :moped:

shad ~ I did go through a version of fasting and lost close to ten pounds. I'm not sure I'd recommend it, though, because my energy level was almost nil. It also made me a little creepy to be around because of how I thought about food. I still think the same way about food - that's how I keep the weight off and keep losing just slower, I'm not fasting any more - I just have to be careful not to get into discussions about food because nobody would ever talk to me again except Slim and he's a bit hard of hearing. ;)

Meadow ~ hope your computer line is up and operational and stable soon. Are the fiber optic cable guys in uniform? (Mel wanted to know) :rofl:

Madcat ~ I've added thinking about the treadmill to my morning routine. :D I said something about SMEs in a meeting one time and got a funny look...finally someone asked me if I was talking about the Peter Pan movie! :rofl: noooooooo, Subject Matter Experts..... We had to start over....

Hello to everyone else!! :wave: The plan for today is a run and a ride! :dance:

Hollyhock
01-28-2006, 08:19 AM
My Grandma is 96 today!!! DD and I are going soon to visit. DS hads a party to go to. I called Grandma about coming and my aunt has a full day planned for her. I laughed and said she is always interfering. My Grandma said quite seriously, yes I know. I cracked up.So I need to go first thing to see her.
Last night DS and I went shopping, just the 2 of us. He needed runners(again) and we browsed. Nice to have the one on one. He wears out shoes in 3 months, so that they are literally shredded and falling apart. Even brand name expensive ones.
I am not feeling as run down.

Must shower. HUGS!!

Madcat
01-28-2006, 08:47 AM
Darlings! How the heck is everyone?? Missed being able to post but it was just one of THOSE weeks.

Maybe not posting here is some sort of larger avoidance behaviour. Dunno. I do know that if I don't do something and get to see that darn number of the scale change soon I am going to have to steal a car and go on a long road trip in the desert with a woman name Thelma…:mad: :mad:

On the other hand, I'm obviously not watching what I eat. I am exercising… finished day 4 yesterday… day five will be tomorrow morning. I have shifted the schedule around a bit so I'm now going to the Tuesday through Friday mornings. I'm body tired by Friday, but it seems to be easier than breaking up my routine in the middle of the week. I'm going to take Saturdays and Mondays off.

I really like the idea of following the diabetics diet. Maybe I'll have to take a look. I pay for an ediets membership – I should either use it or lose it.

Linus ~ thanks for the suggestion about the wedding. I hadn't even thought about those details. I'll have to ask someone to be sure that is all done, if I'm being spastic myself. Luckily we aren't flying out until the next night, so at least we will have the Saturday for running around, returning DB's tux, recovering, etc. Your keyboard can wake the wee man? Wow, that is impressive hearing. I'm with you, yes, trees are nice, but only if you want a garden full of hostas, impatiens and ferns.

Shad ~ Working through on the last workout of the week when you are body bone tired by Friday is really hard. I think the important thing is that you still do it. What about switching up one of the days with something more relaxing like Yoga or a Pilates class just for some variety? Do you think that might help? HUG I know exactly how you feel about the lack of progress. I'm not sure fasting is the answer since everything I read talks about the adverse effect it can have on metabolism. Heck, there must be something though, right? Here's a challenge… maybe we both need to find one of those 3 weeks to a better body healthy eating and exercise routines and see if we can jumpstart something. What do you think? Screw the set point…I refuse to believe in it. So there!:tantrum:

Meadow ~ Should we be making a film starring Jodie Foster of your week and call it The Silence of the Chocolate? Hope the 'puter guys finish soon.

Happy ~ What re you thinking would make you, well, happy? A new hobby? A change of scenery? Involvement in a new group or activity? What are you thinking? Change can be good.

CeeJay ~ I have to admit to being a lazy investor and sticking mostly to diversified mutual funds. Of course, I'll probably be working until I'm 70 at this rate. You have to ultimately do what you feel most comfortable with. And WAY TO GO on your ediet success. :carrot: :carrot: That's what we like to see.

Holly ~ sorry conflict is swirling around you like bees. So exhausting. Hang in there. Happy birthday to your beloved Grandma! :hb: Hope she has a wonderful day.

Mel ~ Are you on some sort of person 12 step program "God grant me the serenity etc…"??:strong: You are doing so great in the face of not so great circumstances. I feel as if I walked into a musical for a moment… and everyone burst into song!!!

Tig ~ I have the sudden urge to quote TS Eliot: "Between the idea/ And the reality/ Between the motion / And the act/ Falls the Shadow " :lol: Don’t let the shadow get you!. SME doesn't seem to be a universal term. The last bank contract I had was working on a project in the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) area. I was confused the whole time. I ended up talking to a lot of SME SMEs. The Peter Pan comment made me laugh. I had totally forgotten Mr. Smee. Enjoy your run and your ride today.

Well I better get on with my day. Bills to pay, water to drink, rethinking to do. W have a combo Rabbie Burns/ Chinese New Year party to go to tonight (Och Aye Fat Choy). Gawd, you have to love being Canadian sometimes. :twirly: And I will practise moderation (if it kills me).

MELODY525
01-28-2006, 09:16 AM
:cp: :carrot: :dancer: :dance: :cb: :cp: We'll have a Jamboree and sing all weekend!! That song is contagious and I used it a few times to stay CALM yesterday!!:p

Ceejay~ Bible class is where I too learned that song!! :dance: I am looking for a yeast free bread now. Someone told me to read the label of "spelt" bread.
What is the name of your bread?

Shad~ Still going hammer and tongs at the DIY :carrot:
I think about you every first of the month! Weigh and Measure will be on my agenda. I want to see how many inches I am up! Stomach here is huge!! When I go to the Gyne they'll think I went and got preggie....and at this age too :yikes:

Linus~ glad you got a wee lie in. Jen's bird hates the keyboard and yells at me to stop when he wants to sleep!! :lol3: How does your garden grow? With any Cockleshells? If you get a decent sized one send it here:rofl: Love, Aunt Fannie:lol3: :lol3:

Happy~ At least your Drs give advice!!! I have to just about DRAG any info I want out of their mouths like a bad tooth!! Hope the news wats as good as can be expected:hug:

Tig~ Your comment to Madcat cracked me up:rofl: and I don't even know what real SME's are!!!!! But I do remember Petewr pan's!!! :rofl: Ahhhh.....today's generation!!

Holly~ I am frigging tired of conflicts and resolutions and wish whoever is running this show would go and try someone else's patience too!! We need a break :dance:
:gift: HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDPA AND GOD BLESS!!:hat:

I am patting myself on the back this morning and feeling good. All appointments are confirmed now with transportation. Ducks are lined up in a row. Spent the day food shopping, saw the veggie man (wonder what HE would charge per hour:rofl), and later in the office. What wasn't done in the last 2 weeks is now accomplished :drill: :devil: :rollpin: If I am not careful my arm will become very long from all this self back patting:rofl: I think I will give the Malls a miss for a few weeks unless they go to the one I have xmas gift cards for. I might need some extra cash if these Dr appts take longer than expected. Lunch money is a good thing!!!
Nothing is new here. I only lost one day of exercising because I just ran out of steam Weds after the Dr fiasco.
Not a bad track record for January but no pounds lost!:(

:bike: Happy Weekend to you all and stay well :scooter:
:?: Where is everyone else? LISA? NAE? MISS TEEL? MEADOW? PW? HOTCUP AND HER DIAMONDS? WHO AM I FORGETTING?!?!? :?:

Meadow
01-28-2006, 02:53 PM
Unfortunately the cable guys were mostly diggers burying the lines along the road, never got an actual visitation ;) Dirt covered fellows appeal? :p

I tried on a pair of trousers, not stretch, that I wasn't able to even sit in before. I can do them up, still a bit tight on the thighs but I'm wearing them just because I can :p I think ignoring the scale and just trying to focus on "doing" the exercise is my plan this year. I'm not good with numbers :lol3:

Mel-you need to visit/phone a health food store and see what they have available in terms of bread without yeast. I bet there are tons of options, can you eat baking soda levened bread? I used to get a rice bread that was really good. Explore the phone book, do you have dial-a-dietician in the US? They are quite helpful, have a huge database to pull information from. Have you bought any spring bulbs to help the Spring arrive faster?

Shad-You might need to get one of the trainers in again to shake the routine. The muscles need to be challenged in a different direction. I think you would be really good at kick boxing, ever thought about giving it a try? How about fencing? Lunge, parry, thrust, AB flashes, phew! http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/Duel.gif

Madcat-Well done on the exercising, I hope the new routine works well for you. Hope you have a blast at the party, do the dragon dancers wear a tam with a pompom ;) Red of course :D

Tig-How lovely is it in your area of the world. Not a warm as Shad's I trust but just right for an enjoyable run. I hope you have a nice breeze to help you along. Will you be riding out for breakfast? Sounds like you day will be a calm and happy one.

Holly-Hey! Glad you are feeling a bit better and energy level is returning. You are so lucky to still have your Gran in your life. Give her a big hug and a whisper in her ear telling her how much she is loved.

Linus-my parenting magazine was just full of stuff about helping babies with sleeping difficulties and parents ;) They are online, if you want to look at the website. http://www.todaysparent.ca/ Maybe there will be something there that will give you some ideas. When all else fails, a buddy of mine used to put the dishwasher on and put the little car carrier on top with the baby in it, always rocked her to sleep and she loved the sloshing noises.

Happy-are you still sleeping? Did the mattress allow you up out of its depth? Drop into the library and have a noodle about, you never know what book will leap into your hands and make you smile. I was looking at kid's videos at the library and lo and behold there was a Tasha Tudor video, "Take Joy", all about her life and garden. Made my day and night while I watched it, smiled the entire time :D

Ceejay-congratulations on losing the two pounds. Progress! I hope seeing the numbers change will give you a boost. I find pulling out clothes that used to be tight and trying them on and prancing about is motivation enough for me:carrot:

will not be long before the snowdrops are blooming along the creek :D
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/snowdrops.jpg

Meadow
01-28-2006, 03:05 PM
Here is a good luck angel to watch over everyone this weekend, he beats those little baby cherub ones totally :D

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/yummy-angel.jpg

Shad
01-28-2006, 03:55 PM
Morning all,

How goes it on this sunny (and so far cool) Sunday? You all sound remarkably chipper.

I forgot to mention that my version of fasting is not an entire day thing. My version of fasting may be to eat only when absolutely starving and the water thing no longer works, or it may be only to eat breakfast and dinner. It just means that at least one meal per day gets skipped. I'll keep the no food at all for medical reasons that only makes me headachey and grumpy. Anyway so far it seems to be working.

Yesterday was big day at the gym. I dragged myself along and did an hour on weights and abs and an hour at Body Balance. I'll take myself along again today and do an hour on cardio. That'll be two down for the week. Stupid part about it is that the abs thing is working. I can feel strong abs developing once I get through the inch or more of absolute flab in the gut. Even though I can find the abs, I can still pick up a handful of the flab. Wonder if it will ever disappear.
Yesterday was a garden day. I dug over the vege patch and fertilised and put in water granules and covered it with newspaper and sugar cane mulch. It will be watered and left for a month or so and in can go the tomatoes and lettuces, spinach etc. Looking forward to good fresh produce again. It's hard to believe we are at the end of January already. And the days are drawing in, especially in the mornings. No longer daylight at 4.00am.
Today, in fact in a few short minutes I'll go out and start on the Rose garden and give them a haircut and feed - they badly need it to.
DS2 came and took away my edge trimmer. I took a look at it again yesterday and have decided the fuel had gone off. He thinks that water has gotten into the fuel somehow - perhaps from the jerrycan as that looks a bit sus as well. So no doubt I will get my trimmer back all bright and shiney later today or maybe tomorrow or the next day.

Meadow, I see you have snuck in between my reading and starting to write here. Morning - dirt covered blokes only appeal when they have actually finished the job which made them dirt covered. Too many of them leave it half FLAMING finished.
Way to go on wearing those britches. See exercise does have it's benefits and once they become obvious you don't want to stop because you know what will happen. I only focus on the scales because medical opinion dictates I should be somewhere in the sixties and not in the 70's and if I ever want to (heaven forbid) take out medical insurance, I will be slammed hard for being the weight that I am. Never tried kickboxing or fencing. Jason the torturer talked about boxing at one point and then moved on. Maybe he saw my impressive developing muscles? :rofl: :rofl: I have been thinking about going to a trainer for a session, however have been putting it off as an unneccesary expense for the time being. I'm fairly sure (but not positive) my problem is food related and not exercise related.
Okay, I'll bite, who is Tasha Tudor and what is Take Joy all about?

Mel - the DIY is going along. I put in at least a couple of hours per day. That ceiling is really bothering me at the moment. I sanded it the day before yesterday and added plaster as required. Yesterday I had such a stiff neck and back - gym helped a lot I must say. Today will see a return to 'up the ladder' and I will resand the bits and try a coat of paint to see what happens this time. I'll be over the moon when that is done. It is still fighting me.
At least you have an excuse for the stomach. Sitting all the time does that. It must be painful at times. Sounds like me when I come off a plane from a long distance trip. Full of water and gas. Explosive combination!
At least you have been getting your exercise in. It stands to reason that a body will not be at it's best after a week of poking and prodding by a medical person. Take care now.

Madcat - Driving in the desert with Thelma? Hullo, think I have missed something here.
I hear you on taking time off from the exercising. I take my two days off together - seems like a weekend then. I've changed my routine somewhat as well to try to mix up the body a bit. But as said before, really need a trip to the trainer to get a new routine. I figured that Feb might be a good time to up the weights a bit and reduce the number of reps. Have a couple of days to ponder on that.
The only Serenity program Mel is working on is the one that ends "God grant me the wisdom to know where to bury the bodies of those I have had to kill because they really p*ssed me right off".

Holly - a very happy birthday to Grandma. 96 is incredible. May she enjoy a few more yet. Live long enough for a telegram from the Queen hey?
I hope hats and balloons are the order of the day and bouquets and not brickbats as well.

Hiya Tig - nice to see you posting. I am being careful about this. Thanks for sharing the experiences. I sometimes think I am already paranoic about food anyway, so I will try this for a while and see what happens. I'm not going to fast for entire days so maybe.......
SME's are amazing people. Yes they (mostly anyway) know their jobs and their business - however most of the ones I have spoken to tend to tell me of all that they have learnt of the business over the entire 30 years of their being there in the next 6 minutes. Sleep inducing. And never, ever let them loose on a class as they tell them about all they have learned about the new system in the last six months over the next 6 minutes. Can't shut them up when they get going. SME SME's :lol3: Nice one Madcat.

Linus - glad to know that you are at last getting some sleep. Beware the mattress monster. I wait to see the before pics of the garden and later the afters - after the garden has been Linus 'Ground Force'. Please tell me you won't go bra-less a la Charlie Dimmock style.

Happy - Hiya. Sounds like you need a decent holiday and not a few days off here and there. The SAP monster will do this to you, you know. Time comes when you simply have to step back from it and take another look elsewhere. Feast the eyes on some beauty and tranquility. Take heart my friend, in another twenty years we can retire and live out our lives quietly in the ga-ga place.
Hope the rheumatologist has some good news for you soon.
And cheer up, summer is coming your way. Soon you will be able to add the pool to your exercise routine and have time outdoors once more. The sun is shifting. I can see it at my place. You may not have noticed it yet.

Ceejay - congratulations on dropping two pounds. Wonderful stuff.

Gotta go. Work to do, gym to get to (gotta love early Sunday - there is only me and one other guy there at 8.00. We get to fight over one machine in our routines - except today I'm doing cardio). Better get some washing done as well and go back to that #$%^@# ceiling.

Shad
01-28-2006, 04:02 PM
Wow - Meadow!!!

linus
01-28-2006, 05:03 PM
oooh meadow can i borrow him just for a wee while

Meadow
01-28-2006, 08:35 PM
Tasha Tudor is a glorious lady, gardener, children's book author and illustrator. It is hard to really capture her in words though, you have to see her in action on her 250 acre farm in Vermont... walking barefoot, with her two corgis dancing around her, through her garden. It is magical. You can see more about her and her art work and life here: http://www.tashatudorandfamily.com/

MELODY525
01-29-2006, 08:39 AM
WOW!!! MISS MEADOW!!! LOVELY STUFF FOR THE EYES TO LOOK AT THIS MORNING. DIRTY OR CLEAN, IF THEY'RE CUTE I'LL TAKE THEM! :rofl: CONGRATS ON THE PANTS!! I LOVE WHEN YOU PUT SOMETHING ON AND CAN REALLY FEEL THE DIFFERENCE! I WILL CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE LATER AND HEALTH STORES WHEN THEY FINALLY DECIDE WHAT THIS IS AND A PLAN. COULD TAKE MONTHS. THANKS FOR THE IDEAS.

SHAD, YOU ARE HARD AT SLEEP BY NOW I HOPE AND RESTING THAT NECK. I ALWAYS HATED CEILINGS!! :tantrum: I NEVER SANDED THEM, ONLY PAINTED THEM BUT I HAVE A NEWCK THAT DOES NOT LIKE LOOKING UP!!! NOW IT DOESN'T LIKE TALL PEOPLE! :rofl:

I'M NOT SURE IF I WENT BACK A PAGE HERE. IF I MISSED ANYONE I AM SORRY. NOT AWAKE YET. RICHIE HAD SOME RELATIVES DROP OVER UNEXPECTEDLY AND UN ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY. STAYED THE ENTIRE DAY AND NIGHT. JEN AND I BROUGHT SOME OF THE KIDS HERE AND THEY PLAYED GAMES. THE PC KEPT FREEZING UP WITH CERTAIN GAMES. I HAVE NO IDEA WHY. PROBABLY CAUSE I LACK SOME CAPABILITIES OF WHICH I AM CLUELESS. BY THE TIME THEY LEFT AND 2 COUSINS SLEPT OVER, WE WERE ALL EXHAUSTED. POOR RICHIE WAS EMBARASSED AND KEPT APOLOGIZING. THESE APARTMENTS ARE MUCH TO SMALL FOR ENTERTAINING AND THE FAMILY WAS TOLD THAT MANY TIMES. BUT I THINK THEY WERE NOSY AND WANTED TO MAKE SURE THEY WEREN'T JUST BEING SNUBBED AND NOT GETTING INVITES. (SIGH) BUT THEY LEFT HAPPY AND WON'T BE COMING BACK! :encore: DIFFERENT WEEKEND TO BE SURE. THIS FAMILY IS BIG AND BOISTEROUS (SP) PHEW!!! MY EARS CAN STILL HEAR THE CHATTER.
TODAY I NEED TO COOK AND GET MY REAR IN GEAR.
:flow2:HAPPY SUNDAY CHICKLETTES! :moped:

Hollyhock
01-29-2006, 09:19 AM
Meadow~Tasha is a gal after my own heart. Sweet!!

Mornin' Miss Mel.
HUGS to everyone.
I am awake :D . An auspicious start to the day!!!

It is Dear Hubby's Birthday today. I love celebrating he and my Grandma together. They hold close spaces in my heart.

I went to bed at 9 to watch Trading Spaces and then turned out the light and slept til 8am. Weehee!!
A relaxing morning. We are off to church for 10:15. I am in the baby room!

The afternoon will be about tidying up everywhere in this house.

DD and I had a good visit with my Grandma yesterday moring and then we stopped in at a Women's Day and a friends place.Very cool to meet other interesting women.
DS had a good hockey game last night.

I had a nice chat with a Dad who used to work with hubby and has re educated for technology trades. He was telling me about the cash assistance that is available for men with families. I would love for hubby to find out more.

Must go clean up.
Have a blessed day!

happy2bme
01-29-2006, 11:42 AM
:mad: What's with this forum? Keeps dropping my login, I re-sign in (yet AGAIN) and it tells me I'm trying to go to an invalid thread. :dizzy:

Yesterday it rained and rained and rained. I was wondering if we should be building a boat. :lol: At one point it was really pouring - just after DH had taken a shower. Told him he should have just stepped off the patio. But it was a COLD rain. so he said :no: thanks.

I mostly puttered around the house. Decided to tackle some things that I kept looking at as "I've been meaning to do". So I finally put pictures into the frames that were hanging on the wall - like my pictures much better than the ones that were in the frames :lol: I emptied out another packing box. Hemmed a pair of pants that I bought 6 months ago. :o and went through a cabinet and tossed stuff that I really didn't need to keep or was close to expiring. Overall, it doesn't seem like I did much but I know I did so I feel better. Today is a nice, sunny spring day. The birds are singing and as hard as it is for me to fathom, the spring blossoms are waking up underground.

My plans are for laundry, groceries and more tidying up. Might even be nice to pop some air into the bike tires and go for a ride. I just need to build my endurance. DH would be one to jump on and do 25 miles in the hilly area here. I'd be way behind off to the side of the road hyperventilating. Not sure when we rode bikes last - none at all last year so it's probably been a year and a half. Definitely out of shape I'd say.

I'm kind of frustrated with the whole diet and exercise thing right now, truth be told. I think I'll take a pause for a week. Sometimes a break is good to get the motivation back. Perhaps that's what you need too Shad. I don't intend to go off on any benders - just sometimes I get tired of all this planning, especially when results are slow and there is some slide forward, slide back.

Anyways...

Thanks for the pics Meadow - tho I have to admit I enjoyed the snowdrops and bridge more than the angel. Just never have been one to oogle guys. :dunno: Told DH he was lucky in that respect :rofl: So, more for Mel. :T
I do appreciate that you (as always) had a little something for all of us! Congrats on the NSV (non scale victory) with the slacks. Shows that walking is paying off.

Holly, hope you have a good time with the birthday celebrations.

Shad, what's this about tilling the garden and covering it in newspaper? Does that help the fertilizer take better? In another month it will be time to prepare our garden too so I'm up for tips. It was much too soggy for the poor tomatoes and I planted them according to Chicago's schedule which meant too late in the season. I know tomatoes like heat but didn't know that they could get TOO MUCH HEAT - a disappointing crop last year. Will do better this year. And I intend to plant more herbs too. I really enjoyed that fresh basil I dried out - even dried it still smells fragrant. As far as boxing - I did a couple of sessions with Bill the Tormentor and I was shocked at just how much cardio effort is involved with punching, jabbing and kicking air. They do say that boxers are strong athletes (sp??) - perhaps you might want to give it a try if you're looking to mix things up. Now that you are home, have you considered trying the mini meal approach? 5 or 6 small meals spread out between 2 but no more than 3 hours apart? Breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner and optional evening snack? They say that is very good for the metabolism - keeps it steady and burning calories - much better than the traditional 3 meals a day. Mel and I did that with the Michael Thurmond plan. I did well at losing weight with that, it's just that when you're at the office it's very hard to remember to eat every few hours. Especially when we get so engrossed in our exciting jobs :rofl: Just a thought...

Mel, you crack me up. :lol3: It was Holly's GrandMA not GrandPA who had the birthday. But I'm sure he appreciated the sentiment too. :lol: There are several recipes on the Internet for yeast free bread. If you want some help searching, I'd be glad to pull a few for you. My nephew has psylliac (sp???) disease - no gluten and stuff like that. Makes for a real challenge cooking. Fortunately, there are more recipes now for special dietary needs than there used to be. Sounds like you had a pretty busy day, hope things are quieter today.

OMG - there's a picture and advertisement for Chocolate Turtle Flavor Chex Mix that is staring at me on the right side of the page. Good thing that's not so appealing to me.

Madcat, not being Canadian - what is Rabbie Burns and why the party? Today is the Lunar New Year. Happy New Year to those who mark that occasion! :woo: I think you hit the nail on the head - I do need a new hobby or something - stuck in a rut. I am also disappointed that it is so hard to make new friends here. I do enjoy getting out with other people once in a while. I keep reminding myself that life is what you make it - if you don't like it - change it. Thanks for the suggestions.

Tig, I think ole Mel would be delighted to have us all descend upon her (even IF her apartment is not set up for large crews of people) - we can all meet in the courtyard and have a run on the wheels of fire? How about it?

Linus - hope things are going well for you - gardens and babies and all.

Alright, I am past my allotted computer time. Time to get the show on the road as they say. I really have to try this early to bed, early to rise thing - it's way too late in the day before I get rolling.

Hellos to anyone I missed - I reached the end of the page and couldn't read any more posts. Have a good Sunday in your little corner of the world.

Stupid, stupid - it's dropped my login again even THO it CLEARLY states I'm logged in at the top of the page... :mad: :mad: :mad:

Hollyhock
01-29-2006, 12:50 PM
Happy~Robbie Burns is a Scottish Poet.We Canadians of Scottish decent are quite taken with him. As far removed from the Chinese New Yeasr as can be possible hence the delight of living in a melting pot country. Particularily in Toronto where those different cultures are celebrated by all. Oh, Rabbie is the pet name way of saying Robbie.
Madcat~ Hope the party was a blast!!! Wish I was there.

Church was lovely. It has been warm and pouring rain since yesterday aft.
DS and I are soon to venture into his room to clean and then he has hockey.
Send a search party if I dont return by tomorrow.May be eaten by dust bunnies.

HUGS dear wordly chicks!!!!

Shad
01-29-2006, 03:50 PM
Oh to hae the gift a gae us,
And see oursels as others see us.

Robbie Burns

My mother used to quote this bit from what ever poem of Burns when I wore something particularly outrageous and of which she did not approve! She meant that I should look at myself both coming and going and see how bad she thought I looked. I took little notice.

Robbie Burns, Scots poet and songwriter - wrote Auld Lang Syne among other things (like Ode to a Haggis). There are several websites dedicated to his poetry and music. So if you want the real words to Auld Lang Syne or to see more of his stuff, then click this http://www.rabbie-burns.com/index.cfm. It must be a big thing in Canada since we never celebrate Burns in either NZ or Aus to my knowledge.

Mel - neck is fine again. Stiff shoulders but that's okay. I can live with that - especially since I have to do it all again today. Drat. Soundslike fun having the extended family in your little abode. What's with the computers in the States - your's is hanging and Happy's is chucking her out. Maybe that's what Painter is up to as well and Ceejay and Lisa and Nae???? etc.etc.etc.

Holly - any further re-education has got to be a bonus. Hope you can persuade DH that it would be in his best interests. Men are sometimes strange about re-programming! Happy birthday to the DH.

Happy - sounds like you have been quite the energiser around the house. It really is amazing what a difference a few new pictures can make. Good onya for chucking the junk. My next junk trip is up in the attic where I know there are some items just crying out to be 'recycled'.
Go for that ride. It will do just as much good as clearing the boxes.
I agree that we all get tired and stale with the progress or lack thereof of the diet. The seasons have a lot to do with it as well I am sure. I've tried the mini meals, they don't work for me. I managed to add another 2 kilos doing that. It took ages to get it back off again. I'm having more success eating strictly to plan only when I am hungry.
I use newspaper in the garden to cover the soil, keep in the warmth and moisture and defeat the weeds. It's a great way of recycling the newspaper as well. Over the dug over, fertilised and raked earth I put a layer of newspaper about 3 pages thick, then add the mulch like sugarcane mulch or lucerne hay on the vege patch and back garden. In the front garden I tend to use bark over the paper because it is relatively cheap, looks better than the hay but doesn't breakdown as quick (hay or straw also adds compost to the soil). The paper breaks down over time and becomes compost in the garden. The front garden is mostly trees and natives and doesn't need the feeding of the rose garden or the vege patch. The latter get fertilised and mulched about three times a year - the front only once. Hope this explains my strange gardening habits.

Took the DB1 to his meeting last night. He's going quite well and it is now 4 weeks since he had a bet. There were some new people at my meeting again. Seems a great many of them come to see what they do about a loved ones problem and when they find out they are powerless to do a damn thing about it - only find ways to save their own sanity and preserve the family then they don't come back often. It's quite sad because although we are powerless to do anything about the loved one, we can learn quite a lot which helps to define and point out when the person is going to go off the rails again. Ways to think about protecting the money so that the family can live and pay the bills etc. There are some sad stories out there.

Better go and face the day. The stomach has woken up, then it's off to gym and then home to face the ceiling once more. It must be done.

ceejay52
01-29-2006, 03:54 PM
Hello and hugs to all. I'm at work.

Happy--I stayed in yesterday and listened to the rain.

happy2bme
01-29-2006, 05:15 PM
Thank you Holly and Shad for the Robbie Burns education. Figured he had to be important if he ranked up there with a New Year's party :lol: Brave Holly, going into a young boys room - without an oxygen mask either!

It must be a lovely day. A lot of people out and about walking. I have asked DH to check the bike tires so I can start riding again. He reminded me that this will be no easy task with the sloping streets around here. Yes, I know, it winds me enough just to walk them! I fear I have damaged my lungs more than I thought all those years of smoking. Still get the heavy in the chest feeling when getting exerted. Or does everyone feel that way?

Ceejay, I enjoyed the rain too. Stood outside on the covered patio listening to it last night. Then came and sat in the living room only to hear the plunk, plunk, plunk of water coming in through the chimney. DH says we have a leak somewhere. It's a slow leak but the plunk in the bucket was distracting with the TV.

Went shooting today and for some reason my eyes were quite blurry. Had a problem focusing on the sights. Tell me I don't need new glasses already! I'm thinking these are only about 6 months old. Made do with the last ones for 2 years. I have blended bifocals and actually wear regular straight vision glasses for the computer to avoid neck strain. I sometimes think switching back and forth between the regular and close up glasses doesn't do the eyes much good.

Just popped in for a minute. Best get off to the grocery store before it gets too late and gets dark out (I don't drive at night). DH has been amenable to going to the store with me (big sacrifice on his part :rofl: ) but I think he has other plans for the afternoon than to follow me around and ask every 10 steps - are we done yet, got everything, can we go, my feet hurt, you don't really need that do you, c'mon let's go...

PainterWoman
01-29-2006, 11:42 PM
Greetings...
Meadow... thanks for the photos.. I preferred the Snow drops... must be getting old! Congrats on the fitting pants.

CeeJay.. I do agree that some financial edjukashun might be in order. don't want to have your savings go down the tubes like those poor people at Enron... but if you can get the money to double... and if you can find GOOD stock funds... might be OK. DH and I just went to an advisor... he says market(dot)com has some good basic information or Motley Fools.

Madcat-- hope your plans are apace.

Mel-- did you finally get blood drawn and med checks done? I wish the scientists would get cracking and settle all of thie immune system stuff!

Depressive Rant Warning:
Did you see the segment on 60 minutes about D. Voight the opera singer? She got bumped out of Covent Garden for being fat (she's an opera singer... if SHE can't be fat... well, you know). any way she did the gastric bypass thing.

Looking at her fat photos, I thought she was beautiful.
Looking at the "thin" photos, I thought she was fat.

I am afraid that no matter how I lose the weight I want to lose, I'd have the same unhelpful reactions. I'm taller than her, don't wear sizes as big as her biggest.. but... BUT WHAT? Why am I SO scared? of even addressing the issue seriously. One of the good things about this forum is that we don't see each other.... So I can only look at the progress sliders and do the math... and of course, lots of people are cagey and only put short term goals down, rather than top weight and goal weight. I "should" weigh 150 pounds less than I do. I even have insurance that is good enough that I think it would be mostly paid for. DH is supportive either way. I think I'm on the verge of doing this...

My thinking was, that since I could have died from breast cancer, but didn't, I might as well give this a whirl. It feels like jumping off a building with no net, parachute or bunjie cord. It feels suicidal.

I don't want to die. I just want to be graceful, fit and pretty. (Notice that healthy doesn't really come in!!)

Bleah. PM's welcome... not sure I really want to be the center of attention, you know?

happy2bme
01-30-2006, 12:02 AM
Painter... PM is on it's way.

Ceejay - I think we think alike regarding the investments. I would not be bothered - seen too much in the stock market - am a nervous investor. It also takes ALOT of time. More time than I'm interested in spending. Motley Fool is a good website. We got burned big time by our "financial advisor". Have been doing better since DH took it over. It helps that he likes this. But he / we did take some classes. Seems tho that you have thought it over and are quite comfortable with your decision so I will tape it shut and offer no further unsolicited advice :tape: :sssh:

God grant me the willpower to stick to the diet plan this week. Please! :angel: :rolleyes: :hun: :write: :workout: :ebike: :tread:

happy2bme
01-30-2006, 08:00 AM
Good Morning Ladies :coffee:

PW you'll have to wait until this evening for the PM. I started last night but it got too late and I had to stop. I don't do the go to bed at 3am, get up at 5:30 for work too well anymore. :yawn:

Back on track again this week. :D

MELODY525
01-30-2006, 08:28 AM
Happy~ I hope we can both get back on track this week. Exercise has been good but food..:( Happy bike riding!! Too bad the terrain is so hilly. :rain:<---can just see DH out there now with the Lifeboy sudsing up! How did the Drs appt go? RE:the chest....since quitting, my chest on and off feels heavy and that was before the chair came. When you have allergies etc it has something to do with the little hairs that have been burned out in the lungs. They hold oxygen and I am not sure if they grow back all the way or what. Also we bercome shallow breathers as a result of all the inhaling. So maybe some deep breathing exercising is in order. I am a fine one to talk as i have been told many times to do it and have not.:dizzy:

Holly~ Sorry I got the wrong Birthday!!! OOPS!!!
:gift: Hapy Birthday DH & Grandma!!! Did the dust bunnies eat you alive?! Must have felt good to get that sleep all in one lie down. Energized!:carrot:

Shad~ It's a shame the others that leave don't stay and reap the benefits of those meetings but we live in the "quick fix" generation. If it can't be fixed in a day no one takes the job on. That's why the homeless population is so large. We're living in the Age of disposable people.:(
I hope the DB feels it in his heart, the love and caring you have to even consider taking this on.....the "he ain't heavy, he's my brother". :encore: <-----for you:hug:

PW~ I will pm

Ceejay~ :rain: sending the Ark to pick you and Happy up!!! I was wondering where our rain went.

Wednesday is the scan so I will more than likely be MIA.
Did some floor washing and general cleaning yesterday in between alarms going off. Seems a few Seniors were trying to set the bldg. alight!! :flame: But no firemen, just smoke detectors. :( Broiled my chicken breasts, made oatmeal, a salad, and today I will steam the veggies and rice. Hopefully that will keep me busy and also out of the fridge. Been eating too much this weekend and I drank 3 Frappuccinos:yikes: This diet stuff is worse than cigarette quitting for sure!! Well as they say....ONWARD AND FORWARD! or vice versa!! or is it UPWARD AND ONWARD? Anyway.....:scooter:
Happy Monday/Tuesday:carrot:

ceejay52
01-30-2006, 10:58 AM
just to let you know, I will not be posting for a couple of day's.

linus
01-30-2006, 05:41 PM
why ceejay? hope everythings alright,teething here and the house is a bloody tip he doesnt sleep and when he does everyones too scared to make a noise incase we wake him up
back soon
kirsty
ps spoke to teel shes not too bad

Meadow
01-30-2006, 07:24 PM
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Have a great evening everyone :D
Look up... such beautiful stars!

PainterWoman
01-30-2006, 08:33 PM
DH told me to take a walk. I did.
We went Mexican for dinner. He had fajitas, I had nachos (1/2 order.)
Not going to do anything precipitous. Thank you for care and attention.

Shad
01-30-2006, 08:33 PM
Morning all,
And yes it is morning still - just.

Went off to the gym this morning as per normal and found I simply could not get through the workout. The eliptical defeated me and I had to abandon it halfway through. Have no idea what went wrong, but wrong it was! So tomorrow it will be the second half of todays workout plus tomorrows as long as I can get through it. I feel completely drained right now.

Robert Burns - Scottish poet known as The Bard, doesn't exactly fit with a Chinese New Year party. Only the Canadians........ :rofl: Here should he be suddenly honoured, we would have the new years eve party and then start all over again the next day with the Bards birthday party. Why celebrate two things with one party when you can have two or three maybe?

Painter - I think you may be ready to commit to yourself. You have already started with the business and could be ready to move along. Little steps, not big rash statements are what gets you going. Also small goals and not huge ones for short periods of time not long ones. It will happen when you are ready. Why shouldn't we devote time to you on this thread. You are a very important part of the equation to me.

Happy - there's a bucket of willpower around you. All you have to do is lift the lid with both hands. Get on the bike and take water not food. Get out of the house and the kitchen. We need to have an achievement once in a while so this week could be yours.
Umm there are times when I get the heavy feeling in the chest STILL. Keep thinking about the breathing. In through the nose, out through the mouth, slow deep breaths. The little cilla (those little hairs that Mel talked about which filter our air) do grow back. Perhaps not as well as before, but they do come back. In through the nose, out through the mouth.

Mel - People come and go and stay away because of the feeling of powerlessness. They are powerless to change the gambler. There is nothing they can do for them. However if they stuck around long enough they might find that they can do something for themselves. I'll just keep going for a while - at least until work comes along.

Linus - had an e-mail from teel saying she is off to friends place in Derby for a week or so. She sounds happy enough.

Better go and see what else I can do around the house. It's hot and sticky again. Ant kill and pruning are on the menu as is that bloody ceiling. This is my last shot at it. If this doesn't work I'll be using Dial a Hubby or something similar.

happy2bme
01-31-2006, 07:53 AM
We are getting pretty quiet here, aren't we? Thanks for the advice Shad, I have decided that I'm doing way too much sitting which means I'm going to cut back some of my computer and TV time in the evening. Last night we had to pick up some things at the store. By the time we got back home it was after 7 and I still had to make dinner. It was 8:05 when I served things up - about 2 hours past when I would have preferred to eat. It was a lousy eating day - not really eating bad stuff just not very tasty food. No formal exercise either. We did have a small fire in the building in the afternoon. We all thought it was a drill so we stayed calm - but it meant walking down 10 floors of stairs. Take a claustrophobic person, put her in a narrow, windowless stairwell with hundreds of people all filing into the stairwell and lets periodically stop throughout the process. :yikes: I did manage to keep the claustrophobia at bay. Once we get outside we had a long, long way to walk all around the office campus to get to our assigned "fire" spots so that they can account for us. 10 floors and the knee was whinging a bit but not awful. Then I went to bed too late again (sorry PW I have not forgotten about you). I was tired, it was late yet I tossed and turned for at least 30 minutes. Of course I didn't want to get up this morning. Sure signs of chaos for me. Which means an extra dose of discipline - to do lists, committments and organization in my life. Big deep breath - (thanks ladies, that does help) and :yes: I'm ready to do battle. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/Duel.gif - borrowing from Meadow.

Good luck with the ceiling Shad. There ARE beautiful stars out Meadow - have you looked? Just a glorious teensy sliver of a moon last night just as the skies darkened. It was gorgeous! And the night skies have been filled with stars. Glad you got a walk in PW. Linus, little CJ does rule the house, doesn't he? :sssh: Ceejay hope all is well and that you're just out travelling. Mel - the doctor's went ok - just keep doing what you're doing she says. Thanks for the reminder to breath deep. I have become a shallow breather.

Ok, my time's up - gotta get moving. 'morning and a fine day to the chicks of the world.

MELODY525
01-31-2006, 08:27 AM
:rofl: Happy they were too funny to see again!! Not sure why they crack me up so much. Sorry about the fire "drill" and glad it wasn't something too big! :flame: :yikes:
Every time I answer an alarm over here, I ask them if they're done trying to set fire to the house? :lol3:
Hope your knees feel better today. This is the Year of the Dog. Maybe we are becoming too complacent and need a little pat and off we will go?!?! :hug: <---till you get it going.


Meadow~ How goes your life? Mine is filled with
dvd watching:encore::carrot: :hug:

Shad~We could use you over here. for 2 days we are without hot water. New tank was installed and it's not functioning! :faint: Bet it's something stupid like they forgot to flip a switch!!! :lol3: I forgot to ask if you've seen the lizard this year. Hope the gym goes better. It's probably all the upper torso stuff you are doing at home....don't go nuts and end up with an inflammation!!!
Sometimes I wonder if you keep all the DIY stuff in mind.:hug:

Ceejay :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: Till we meet again!

Linus~ I'll be very quiet and type silently so as not to wake up the wee bugger:bb::hug:

PW~ I agree with Shad but thought you meant "it" wasn't for discussion here. Anyway....sending many :hug: :hug: :hug: for you alos. Good for DH. Maybe we should lend him LindaT's prod!!!! :drill:

today is day 2 of the cold water thing.God can men do nothing right? Why would they let the guy go back before they saw there was a problem and why didn't they listen when I said there was?!?!?!?:?: So there we were at 8pm looking at equiptment none of us have any idea how to run. Before someone got burned or electrocuted, I called an end to it, put up noticves for the tenants and sent them home. GEEEEEEZ!!! :tantrum: Hope they get it right today cause I have the CT Scan tomorrow and need a proper shower!!! :rofl: Nothing much new. Veged out yesterday, talked to Jen, And cleaned a bit.
Happy Tuesday! :drive:

Madcat
01-31-2006, 09:15 AM
Morning all~

Finally checking in after a lonnnggg recovery period. Just proves that sometimes you shouldn't mix Scotch with Egg Rolls. No seriously, I was really, really stupid (no really) which meant that Sunday was a write-off. We'll just count this as a lesson learned and move on, shall we???

Meadow ~ It was raining here and I couldn't see the stars. *pout* Hope you enjoyed them for me. Warmest January on record here which means we are getting Vancouver weather. Nice temps but too much rain.

Ooops… wanted to check in with everyone else but it seems I am wanted elsewhere. Work ~ work ~ work… highly overrated. I’ll be back later. Off at noon to get new glasses. Hopefully I will be able to see to read and type this evening.

Hollyhock
01-31-2006, 09:58 AM
Ginormous Hugs!!!!!

Shad
01-31-2006, 04:34 PM
Morning all,

Thought I would type over breakfast this morning. It occurred to me late last night that yesterday was weigh in and measure. Don't even know what day it is now! :crazy: It's the ceiling that is doing it. Looks fine during the day time. Turn on a light and you can see all the lumps and dips and furrows. So I sanded it at night time! Today it will be swept, washed and a coat of sealer put on it. Then we will see. I know, I know. I am obsessing about a ceiling!!!!

Late yesterday afternoon, I pruned the roses and dug the ground around them. Today is fertilse, water granules and mulch for them. DS2 came round the day before yesterday and drooled over Hot Chocolate again. I thought it was looking decidedly weedy, so he took all the flowers off it and took them back to his place to put in a vase. ' Are you pruning Julia as well' he asked. Yep says I. So all the flowers went off Julia as well. By the time he had finished around the rose garden he had quite a bunch of what I considered to be weedy flowers. He's happy and so am I as he saved me a bunch of pruning. If he decides to stick around, I will have to arrange a rose garden for him. Right now he is talking about Western Australia again. He is going over soon for a bit of a holiday and will check out employment over there. Not a particularly happy person right now.

Happy - I agree, that is way to late to eat. Descending 10 flights of stairs can be considered exercise. Glad you didn't have to walk up them again. And well done on keeping the claustrophobia at bay.

Mel - no I haven't seen lizard this year. Still there are not many snails around, but then again it is very dry out there. Wish he would come back and eat the crickets and grasshoppers which get stuck into my roses!
It often is something as stupid as not switching on something or even better not plugging in to the mains!

Madcat - Oh dear - too much Burns and Dog celebration. The two cultures don't mix too well. Good luck with the new glasses. Hope they help.

Morning Holly.

Stats - oh yes stats - well here we go.

Weight - 72 (same)
Upper Chest - 35 (down 3/4 inch)
Bust - 40.25 (same. Will this ever move??)
Lower Chest - 33.5 (up 1/2 inch)
Waist - 32.75 (down 1 1/4inch)
Upper Hip - 38 (down 1/2inch)
Lower Hip - 38.25 (down 1/4 inch)
Top of Arm - 12.25 (down 1/4 inch)
Top of Leg - 21.5 (up 1/2 inch)

Disregard anything up or down under 1/2 inch because it could just be the tape measure or where I have measured from last time. So things are much the same as December. Bit more waist than previously though. And the hips are getting to be within 2 inches of target - ie what they were 20 or so years ago. How come I can't get shot of some of the upper body bits?

Gotta go. Things to do and the last day of gym for the week. Hurray!!!! I go, but I really don't profess to like it that much. But I know what will happen if I don't put in the effort. Renewal membership coming up in April. I shall get a new trainer and appraisal then.

Outa here.

linus
01-31-2006, 05:17 PM
im gonna risk it and hope hes very deeply asleep:stress: :love: well things arent too bad here ive got to go and give dad his dinner tomorrow and visit andys nana to make sure shes okay apart from that very empty week which is just aswell as this teethings driving us mad ,andy and i were playing peek-a-boo at 3.45 this morning because it was the only thing that kept him quiet :( :cry: yet today hes been an angel:angel: :angel: :angel: ,we are giving in and putting him on the milk for hungrier babies and hoping that the 2 hours every night feeds start dwindling out ,bugger hes awake back later

linus
01-31-2006, 05:43 PM
right lets try again
MEL so you really could be smellie???? hope its fixed soon
SHAD wait till you start to sag then your top measurements will imigrate to your lower ones {sorry}
PW think i missed something ???? not too sure whats bugging such a lovely lady but hope it stops soon
MADCAT its the scotch dear lady does it too me all the time ,but sometimes its worth it ask christopher lol
HAPPY firedrills aint no fun without firemen takes all the motivation out of it really
HOLLY hugs to you too hunny
MEADOW your wee smiley face makes one feel quiet dizzy ,but hes so cute
hi to tig nae teel lisa ceejay and all the lurkers
kirsty

ceejay52
01-31-2006, 11:29 PM
Just sticking my head in the door :wave:. I've really been busy both at work and at home. I'm finally getting it through my thick head not to obsess with numbers. This week I've been following the ediet's.com glycemic recipe's and this sight has put me back down to 1200-1300 calories and I'm wearing my pedometer on the day's I work. Today I have accumulated 2.99 miles and burned 307 calories. I've been preparing the next day's menu after I get home from work and cleaning up the kitchen before I go to bed.

Meadow
01-31-2006, 11:59 PM
Many deep thoughtful musings about weight and why it keeps hanging around. Deal one day at a time, forget yesterday, tomorrow will take care of itself, you have this moment now. :cheer:
I know very little and what I do know isn't helping me much
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/laugh-smilie.gif

Eight miles done.

Mars bar jumped out of the freezer and into my tea this afternoon. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/cake-smiley.gif Shameful and wicked chocolate but it has less calories than the poptarts I chomped down:p

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/smilie-slider2.gifI am a work in progress

Hollyhock
02-01-2006, 07:27 AM
Feelin Groovy
I was up early again!!! I am now seeing it was the virus I had that was hindering my ability to function well. I really dont do sick well.

I left the dishes last night. I worked all day(6 kids) and then took DD to gym and DS came to practise reading, home at 7:45, jammies,teeth and to bed for the kids. I decided just to relax after 14 hours straight child care.
DH did run the dishwasher.
I have a quiet day with 3 preschoolers.The kitchen and it’s floor are on the agenda.
Need to stamp more Avon books.
I did 3 sets of 5 rounds of Sun Salutation. Last week I could barely get my body to do 1 round I was so weak.
Now to eat with awareness. You too dear Meadow!!! Nice mileage tho!!!
Linus, you are sounding chipper!!

Hiya ladies!!

Time for some java!!

Hollyhock
02-01-2006, 11:12 AM
Me again!!

Tidbit One: I am craving coffee and cookies but they will NOT give my energy,they will deplete my system.

Tidbit Two: On the John Tesh radio show they said:
To burn the calories from ONE, single, tiny Plain Chocolate M&M a person needs to walk the length of a football field( 200 ft).

For some reason this put a very clear pic in my head of how much I eat that I dont burn up or use.

How many calories does thinking or loving burn up??? I do a lot of those.

linus
02-01-2006, 05:32 PM
i had 3 hours sleep last night but hey something must have got through to my kids and hubby when i came home the mountain of ironing was done {hugs hubby} the dishes magically disappeared {thanx hubby}the kids clothes hung themselves up and the dogs stopped tripping me up every two minutes so they havent been called ***** and bas***d all day ,dad was in fine form today andys nana gave me the fright of my life as i couldnt get an answer to her door or phone or buzzer but her curtains were closed the poor dear is 83 after all,when her son finally went and checked on her after much pleading{bloody sod} shed had a very bad night and had left her hearing aids out but had had nothing to eat or drink for 13 hours and she is diabetic ,so im glad i pestered uncle to go
anyway im off for a well yearned for hot bath
bye for now
kirsty

happy2bme
02-02-2006, 07:39 AM
Hello, hello.
Just bumping us up. Mad, busy, long day yesterday on the work front - started at 8am, still working at midnight last night. Gotta love month end processing. :rolleyes: It's a rainy one today. Dreary all around. Friday is just around the corner thank goodness. Got to get into the office early today so I'm on the run. Take care chickies...

MELODY525
02-02-2006, 08:29 AM
Well the scan is done and I gave new blood and got home over 6 hours later. 2 of them were spent waiting for the van to bring me HOME!!! :tantrum: I am too tired today to go food shopping and like Little CJ :bb: , I had a bad night's sleep. So it'a going to be a no-nothing day for me. I'll give myself a :hug: and work at getting the "glow juice" out of my system like they asked.
Before I left here though, the repairman had returned and told me it was the circulating pump for the hot water fiasco. Funny....I told them nothing was running and it was too quiet in there. and with a bldg. this size we have recurring pump problems. Do men have ears when women speak :?: :devil: Now as for weigh-in and measure, I will try next month when drs and tests and meds mellow out a bit. No good numbers here!! :eating2: :corn: :hun:
Happy Thursday/Friday :scooter:

Happy~Hope today is not as rushed. Have a good one!

Madcat~ WOW! Waht a way to learn a lesson!! (I should talk :rofl:) Hope you're feeling 100% now!!

Shad~ :hug: for you, DS mand the ceiling! :lol3: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and DS must love weedy roses. Someone has to!!

Linus~ take pics of the new teeth!! Inquiring Aunties want to see them when they arrive!!! :dance: Good thing you went for that visit!!!! She might have ended up on the floor!! :yikes:

Ceejay~ Good luck with the e.diets. Sometimes new ideas work the best!!:encore:

Meadow~ 8 miles!!! You'll be in NJ in no time!!! :rofl: Bring the Mars bars!!!! We'll celebrate your mileage and watch movies!!! :dance:

Holly~ I just saw an advert that said kissing burned 384 calories an hour!! I was thinking of practicing with my pillow tonite!!! :rofl:

ceejay52
02-02-2006, 11:49 AM
You know I have found out that I can't let others tell me what is best for ME!!Da, ceejay did it take 55 years to finally figure this out. This has been a good week. The food has been good, exercise ho hum but I've still lost 6.25 inches. I'm sure most of it was fluid, cause I've started taking my fluid pill again. If the doc's prescribes it, I'm taking it cause he knows my body better than my relatives or friends.

I'm using the glycemic index menu's at eDiets. hmmm I would have never guessed in a million years that 2 oz of onion and 2 oz of bell pepper together would constitute as a veggie serving.

Hi to all the rest. :wave:

I've slept late this morning and need to get some things done. It's raining today--so most of my errands will be ran tomorrow which is also pay day.

Shad
02-02-2006, 02:48 PM
Sorta kinda got busy yesterday with being taxi driver to DB2 and social secretary for the niece and of course slave for the cat.

The DB's car went in for service - yes he had the money to pay for it (miracles do happen) - and then he needed to do some grocery shopping and I had a dentist appointment and needed to do my grocery shopping as well. I got up very early and fertilised, weeded, dug, watered and mulched the roses. Expect better flowers in the next couple of weeks. DS will be round to check on his orange blooms within days no doubt.

Ceejay - no one knows your body like you. Docs only prescribe what they think best. There are no guarantees. I take fluid tablets as well. Otherwise I would be 5kg heavier than what I am now. Well done on the disappearing inches. It's good to have a victory in that department. Clothes fit better which makes you feel better. I really should get out my pedometer as well. It's just that it doesn't always count the non walking type exercise. Wonder how it goes with climbing ladders?

Mel - does that mean you didn't need the new boiler - just a pump???? Great sufferin' succotash.
Glad to hear that the scan went okay. Are you glugging fluids to drain out the glow juice? Or does that come naturally after a couple of days of seeping through the system? Never had a cat scan so have no idea what happens there.

Happy - Well I remember month end procedures. They usually schedule a project about the same time which requires the trainer to need the services of an SME who is totally engrossed in the month end stuff!!! Hope things settle down for you soon and you can get back to the business of living.

Poor linus - being the family eyes and ears and having to beat the cr*p out of the rellies because they won't do the basics for their 'loved ones'. Hope you get a nice rest tonight. Well done to the DH and boys for doing some basic housework for you.

Holly - resist the cookies. Look at how far you need to march to get rid of the calories. It's really just not worth it. All those sun salutations. Well done.

And that is about it from me. Teels away till the 8th. Where is 'Nae? Haven't seen or heard from her for a while. Don't tell me we have lost her! Hiya Tig, Painter, Madcat (still recovering??) Lisa??? :wave: LindaT, and Ruth

Shad
02-02-2006, 08:57 PM
Ever wondered what the cat does all day?

Let me show you.


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

Just occasionally she moves. Each move is always closer to the kitchen.

ceejay52
02-02-2006, 11:19 PM
Shad--Your cat is adorable but I think the light is in her eye's with the paw over her face. That is one relaxed cat.

happy2bme
02-03-2006, 12:09 AM
It's been another long, tiring day with everything going wrong. I am content to be a hermit tonight.

Just peeking in and saw Sunday the cat. I need some of that. Thanks for the smile :D :D :D

MELODY525
02-03-2006, 08:23 AM
:rain: Dark skies, rain and a still tired Mel. :faint: Cold and wet out so the energy level and my sinuses have both abandoned me totally!! I don't do wet weather well.:dizzy: :lol3: Raining too hard to go out so I'll shop for veggies with the visiting fruit man that comes.
(big sigh here, and a yawn) No plans & no news :beach:
Happy Friday and Have a wonderful weekend.:hug:

Ceejay! good for you and that is exactly what I am in the process of doing also. Going to the Drs for a complete overhaul and then filtering the info and doing what makes ME feel good. Good luck! GO CJ GO!!!

Shad~ I feel like the dang cat today!!! I can pose like that too sans the fur:beach: :rofl: As soon as I get off here I will have brekkie and do my best to imitate her in my newer chair!!! You had a busy day!!! Good news about the DB having $$ for the car. Progress!!! :encore: Looking forward to the orange flowers! :flow1:

Happy ~ you busy little bee you!! Always racing around all over the place. Hope the weekend will be restful and you have some peace of mind. :cheer:

:wave: Saying hello to everyone else!! I know that Holly is prolly right behind me and what the :devil: happened to Lisa and where is our beloved Turltle Lady:?: I know Miss Mary has no pc at work right now but no posts from home?!?! Nae it has been far too long since a good post. Tig and Meadow must be racking up the mileage together somewhere. Meadow, drop the candy and no one will get hurt!!!! Sending Teel some :hug: in case she is in need of them. PW is making decisions....so more :hug: are needed. LindaT has left for Sonoma Country......been elected the new Mayoress there!! :encore: Madcat is trying to find new combos of food stuff to avoid. More :hug:
OK does that covber everyone?! OH MISS RUTH!!! I wonder if she's still celebrating her birthday :gift:

MELODY525
02-03-2006, 08:31 AM
About yesterday.....I forgot something although it might be TMI....lol
The glow juice must be flushed out of the system with water ( especially with sedentary people). So lots of water yesterday and the consensus of opinion was to also use a laxative. Barium is very constipating to some.........including your darling friend!!! :lol3: :lol3:
Too bad we don't have a poopy smilie!!!

Hollyhock
02-03-2006, 08:36 AM
Here I am Mel, LOL!! Rainy and warm here too. 6C/42F.I think hubby will be home shortly. PD day here too. DS and the 5yo boy are driving me batty. They are sooooo freakin load and goofy.

A doable plan, right???? This is my theory/goal.
SO, I tell myself I will start(again) small with a doable plan.
5 rounds of sun salutation and 20 min cardio
no cheese
no bread
no sweets
only 2 coffees in the morning
Yesterday I did:
only 2 coffee
no bread(still have grains)
no sweets(baked goods)

I ate very well all day until the evening after the H&S meeting. I made a raspberry smoothie for me and DS. That would have been fine but after hubby went to bed asnd ER was on I ate chips. There have been no chips in the house since Christmas. Hubby really wanted some. I had a handful. Dont need a handful.

I had a looong day with a three year old yesterday.Actually a loooong week with this kid.Cant let her out of my sight. She is getting into all sorts of bad stuff and wrecking things.
Didn’t exercise.
Today I will do it!!!!!!!
7 kids for the morning,5 for the aft. DD went home with a family last night for a sleep over. They will be here at 9.
DS has hockey at 5:45.I am looking forward to a quiet evening.I want to get as much housework done during the day as possible.I will get ALL the kids to put toys away in the basement.

Fruit Smoothie!!!
1 cup frozen fruit
1 cup skim milk
whip in food processor!!!
YUM!!! I like berries best.

HUGS dear chicks!!!

Madcat
02-03-2006, 11:08 AM
Nope I haven’t dropped off the edge of the world (or still recovering)… just been a busy week. A few 12 hour days and many mini crisis at work. There seems to be a political battle waging in this project and mostly I am playing Switzerland - and trying to keep my head down. Plus I have these jazzy new glasses and it’s making having to spend this much time staring at a computer screen way fun!!! I seem to be adjusting.

Funny thing is that I have been nearsighted since I was 14 and for the first time in about 15 years my prescription has changed – and my eyes are actually getting better. The Dr assures me that this is just a happy benefit of getting older. I’ll never not need glasses but I may have to start taking them off more often to read or do things close (like threading a needle). Fun!

I’ll be back later… Just wanted to check in.

linus
02-03-2006, 06:13 PM
mel forgot me ,sob sob still teething and the little horror has just gone to sleep so who am i to wake him????? back soon
kirsty

Meadow
02-03-2006, 09:37 PM
:hug: Linus, even if you aren't mentioned by name you are never far from any of our thoughts. We know how tough having a little, needy one is. I hope you are getting some good help and a relief person to spell you off so you can get some fresh air and a shower now and then;)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/animated-flowers.gif

PainterWoman
02-03-2006, 11:24 PM
TGIF!:cool: :cool:
I ought to be pooped and in bed.
I cleaned yesterday (FINALLY!!!):carrot: :carrot: :carrot: with DH's help.
and made dinner for a women's group. (They pay and it goes into the treasury.) They cleaned their little plates!
Then had clients today and went to an ethics presentation that was actually pretty good. I learned a new word.
SUPEREROGATION It means doing more than is required. That's what I need with my feeding/exercising plans.
Though I must say that all that extra moving around and standing sure made my ankles tired! :yes:

Thanks to all who sent the rain this way this morning.
More soon.

Best to all.
Mel -- glad your glow juice etc is working out OK. Ask a SouthPark fan about Mr. Hankie.....:dizzy:
Shad: Great kitty portrait.
Linus: I didn't forget you. Hope the nicotine is barely a wispy memory and that your toothy wonder boy is settled.
Meadow: I love your tag lines and good cheer.
Ceejay: Keep losing those inches... bravo, girly!

MELODY525
02-05-2006, 07:16 AM
lINUS i AM SOOOO SORRY :hug: HOPE YOU ARE DOING WELL AND MAKING PROGRESS!!!:flow2:

PAINTER~ SUPEREROGATION SEEMS TO BE SOMETHING I DO MYSELF!! :rofl: YOU WILL LAUGH....I WAS AT THE DRS OFFICE THE OTHER DAY AND THE TV WAS ON. THEY HAD 'STARTING OVER' ON (A PROGRAM GIVING CHOSEN WOMEN A FRESH START) AND I HAD AN EPIPHANY. THEN HAD THE TEST AND NOW CANNOT REMEMBER WHAT IS WAS I LEARNED!!!! :lol3: GLAD YOU HAD CLIENTS AND GET OUT THERE AND MOVE YOU WENCH!!

MEADOW~ GLAD YOU HAD SOOTHING PICS AND WORDS FOR OUR LINUS!! HOW IS LIFE???

I HAVE NOT FELT THE SAME SINCE THE TEST. ANOTHER ROUND OF LAXATIVE TODAY AND SOFT FOODS AND LIQUIDS FOR A FEW DAYS. IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE GLOW JUICE MAKING THINGS FEEL "NUMB:
I NEED MY GRANDMA!!! :tantrum:
HOPEFULLY THINGS WILL ALL WORK OUT IN THE END:rofl: :rofl: I AM GOING TO LIE DOWN AND READ.
TAKE CARE AND HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY :moped:

teel
02-05-2006, 08:34 AM
Hello all!!
Now that suprised you all, didn't it??!!:devil:
Here I am sitting in Alan's study using his computer :comp: to do a post whilst he is making a snack luinch...we are eating later...roast beef with everything...:moo: :hungry:
It has been great to see them all although the weather has been a bit of a disaster area...very cold and damp and drizzley...today as it happens it is the best day so far....not quite :sunny: though!!!!

How are you all? It was great to have a good natter with Linus the other weekend before I came away for the week. I heard a few gurgles from Christopher too..happy ones...not a scream down my ear!!!!
Nice picture of the cat, Shad!! Which reminds me, I wonder what Holly is doing on her holiday? Apparently she is being an absolute angel....(!!!!????)

Oh lunch is beckoning so I'll post and be back later!!!!

teel
02-05-2006, 10:11 AM
:yes: :::carrot: :carrot: I lost my post!!!!!
It said I wasn't logged in and I was! Honest injun I was!!! Anyway I am now...having logged in with capitals and forgetting it's all case sensitive I got told I had 4 tries left out of five or I'd get locked out...lucky I realised about the case sensitive or I'd be throwing a tantrum by now.....:tantrum: :tantrum:
Now what was I saying in my last post?
Oh yes...we have now had lunch....last night we went to Frankie and Benny's and the food was excellant and we all had starters and a main and a desert...yummy I had vanilla cheesecake...shame it wasn't a non smoking zone...we could have had smoked chicken.....hee hee:chicken: :ink: :ink: :ink:

This'll make you giggle....the computer tower is on the floor right by my left knee and 4 times....yes....4 TIMES I have knocked the eject button with my knee and the cd has shot out so I have shoed it back in and started it all over again....We have now reached track 11 which is a bit of a miracle as before the furthest I had got to was number 9...4.times!!.....4 TIMES...:tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :censored:
I am abley being helped by a young lady called Niamh who is 6 years old and even now a computer whizz in the making...:yes::carrot:
Now I shall bring this to a close so that Niamh can see the results of her hard work...she has been putting in all the emoticons for me...and we shall finish with a dozen or so of my favourite...hee hee hee....I think the Derbyshire air has invaded my brain....
:lol3: :lol3: :lol3: :lol3: :lol3: :lol3: :lol3: :lol3:

Bye all!!!!!

happy2bme
02-05-2006, 12:39 PM
Good morning to the chickies of the world,

Hi Teel - :wave: I see your egg light still lit. Sounds like you are having a lovely visit despite the weather. Hope Holly is having a wonderful a time too. I know what you mean about the computer towers - I am forever kicking into mine. Secretly I think they aim for your feet and legs. :lol:

Mel, sorry to hear that things are a bit sluggish on the plumbing. Try eating pears if you like / can tolerate them. And lots and lots of water.

SUPEREROGATION - so what we do each and every day has a name now. :rofl: Sounds like you've had a busy weekend PW, keep movin' and groovin'! Mr. Hankie - :rofl: :lol3: good one!

Linus, I hope the little guy is going to grow up to invent something that will make his Mum rich or at least comfortable in her later years. He sure is giving you reasons for your hair to stand on end, doesn't he? Were the other two like this too?

So Madcat did the eye doctor say your eyes were stabilizing or your vision was getting better? I would love it if my vision got better - just gets worse and the doctors say that's what happens when you get old. :rolleyes: even the eye surgery (not that I could handle that) would not help. Did you at least get a little weekend R&R time back from a busy week?

Holly, your diet plan sounds like a good one. How is it going for you?

So Shad, how was the weekend spent - digging, cleaning and shuffling people around? Do you still see that little Japanese girl (Mika???) that you met at the airport? Not that you don't have enough people to attend to.

Meadow, I hope the chocolate is at bay (or tossed in the bay) :lol: and you have been trotting away and racking up the miles.

Ceejay - good going on the loss. It's true that you know yourself best and you have to decide what is the best plan for you. Of course you know we will always be at the ready to offer advice, but you are under no obligation to listen to us ;)

As for me, it's been a tough week. Lots of stress in many ways. As a result I ended the week with not only with back strain but another cold to boot. It made me realize how important it is not to let things get to me - I have to believe the stress affects the immune system. And I have had a contractor on board for the last 3 weeks. We have been going to lunch every day - he's Vietnamese so we've been going to more healthy eating places rather than Mc D's and fast food joints but still I have regained the weight I lost. Seem to go back and forth between 5 pounds lose a bit, gain it back - the struggle to lose is always more effort than gaining it back. He has gone back home for 2 weeks so I have a chance to take control again and bring my lunch - I always eat better when I bring my lunch. Stopped logging my food and I have been pretty bad at the exercise this week :o - water has been great tho! Why is it always I can master one but not do well at all 3? Tomorrow is DH's birthday. He said a steak on the grill, baked potato and tossed salad is good enough celebration for him. I will be happy to accomodate and today it's back to the routine again. I will be on the treadmill this afternoon - tissues, water and all.

On a positive note, I am making sure I take care of at least 2 to 3 little things around the house each day. Just little stuff like cleaning a counter or putting away extra blankets - but each task leaves things more tidy and that makes me feel good. I also don't have those things nagging me each time I pass by and see them.

Hellos to the rest of the group, time for me to get busy.

Well I see our new server move did nothing to address the issue of losing your logon. Thank goodness for the back button on the browser - otherwise I'd have lost my post. Most perplexing is that as I write my post - it shows I AM logged in at the top of the page. Then I go to post and kicks me right out...

MELODY525
02-05-2006, 04:17 PM
COULD ONE OF YOU LOVELY WOMEN SEND ME A PM SO THAT 3FC WILL SEND AN E-MAIL? I SEEM TO HAVE LOST NOTIFICATION AGAIN WITH THE CHANGE. FOR THE LIFE OF ME I CANNOT REMEMBER WHAT I DID THE LAST TIME! ROFLMAO

TEEL~ I FORGOT YOU WERE GOING ON A "TRIP" AND HOLLY WOULD BE ON VACATION ALSO :beach: SO NICE TO HAVE SOMEONE DO THE EMOTICONS. NIAMH DID A WONDERFUL JOB!!! :encore: GOOD TO SEE YOU. HAVE YOU DECIDED WHERE THE BIG VACATION WILL BE YET?! INQUIRING MINDS NEED TO KNOW SO THEY CAN PACK THEIR VICARIOUS BAGGAGE! :ROFL: YOUR TOWER STORY HAD ME IN STITCHES!!

HAPPY~ I TOO AM TRYING THE CLEAN AS YOU GO BY IT ROUTINE. THE APT DOES LOOK A BIT BETTER HERE TOO. I FEEL LESS 'PANICKY' TOO. I AM HAVING A TOUGH TIME WITH GETTING 3 THINGS GOING AT THE SAME TIME!!!
WHAT IS WITH THAT ANYWAY?! LOL HOPE THE WEEK IS A GREAT ONE AND WOULD YOU PLEASE DO ME A FAVOR AND PUT MY 'WHEELS OF FIRE' BACK ON? I TRIED TO FIND IT ON MY PC AND IT IS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND. THIS DANG COMPUTER ONLY LOADS ANIMATED AVATARS!!! GOD!!!! :tantrum: I WOULD BE EVER SO HAPPY TO SEE MY WHEELS AGAIN. I MISS THEM.
THANKS!!! AND I CAN "APPRECIATE AND BE GRATEFUL" FOR YOU AND OUR FRIENDS HERE. LOVE THE SIGGIE.

:scooter: OFF I GO AGAIN

happy2bme
02-05-2006, 08:44 PM
Sent you a PM Mel. And an email with your avatar.

Since we post pretty regularly here - why do people rely so much on the email notification? :?: I always wondered that. Is it because you have dial up and you won't waste a phone call if nothing new is posted? :chin: THAT must be it! :idea: I'm connected via cable so I'm "always on" - it's no big deal as I pass through the room to stop and check the site. Of course maybe I'd be better off if I had to dial in, wouldn't spend so much time on the computer. :yes:

Off to put the groceries away, make my food list and finish the laundry.

ceejay52
02-05-2006, 10:00 PM
My post didn't take AGAIN this time. This is getting to be annoying.

Just wanted to say hello.

MELODY525
02-05-2006, 10:12 PM
CEEJAY~ SORRY YOU GALS ARE HAVING POSTING PROBLEMS!!! :hug:

HAPPY~ I DON'T KNOW WHY I FELT LIKE I NEEDED EMAIL!!! ROFLMAO I COME HERE ANYWAY SO WHAT AM I ACTUALLY MISSING?! :rofl: :faint: THANKS FOR SENDING THE AVATARS!! I LOADED THEM FROM THE EMAIL AND WAS ABLE TO ACCESS THEM!! YAY!!!! THANK GOD YOU SAVED THEM!!! I FEEL MORE AT HOME NOW! :hug:

SHAD~ THANKS FOR THE PM BUT IT DIDN'T WORK! IT'S NOT EVEN IN THE SPAM FOLDER! LOL :faint: HAPPY CEILING TIME!!!!

Madcat
02-05-2006, 10:48 PM
Just thought I'd test and see if I can post or not. I'm feeling a bit of 3FC withdrawl. Hopefully this will work.

MELODY525
02-06-2006, 07:59 AM
*****GOT AN E-MAIL FROM SHAD AND SHE ASKED FOR ME TO TELL YOU SHE TOO IS HAVING SERVER PROBLEMS SINCE THE CHANGE...... ALONG WITH CEILING PROBLEMS. :tantrum: SEEMS PART OF THE PAINTED BITS WERE PEELING AND NEEDED TO BE RE-DONE. JUST THINKING ABOUT IT IS HURTING MY ARMS. SO WE CAN SEND HUGS HER WAY FOR THOSE ACHING SHOULDERS. :hug:

:cofdate:GOOD MORNING MADCAT! YOU ARE WORKING JUST FINE!

TOMORROW I AM GOING FOOD SHOPPING AND WILL START ON THE MOUNTAIN OF WASH. FOR TODAY I AM WAITING TO SEE IF I AM BACK TO NORMAL IN BODY AND MIND....OR AS NORMAL AS I CAN GET:crazy:
I SEE YODA TALKING TO ME JUST ABOVE THIS WINDOW IN MISS MAD'S POSTING. MAYBE I WILL BE LUMINOUS TODAY AND JOIN HIM! :dance: GOD KNOWS I AM TIRED OF DEALING WITH CRUDE MATTER :rofl: :lol3:
HAPPY MONDAY AND HAVE A GREAT WEEK :moped:

Madcat
02-06-2006, 01:52 PM
Ok, so if you haven't gotten rid of all the glowy stuff yet, "luminious" might be just the right word!! Are we all alone here?

I'm going to do a test "advanced post"...

Madcat
02-06-2006, 01:55 PM
It took a really long time to load this screen. Let's see if it posts.:dizzy: :?: :s: :dz:

And test a few emoticons...

Madcat
02-06-2006, 01:56 PM
Seems so. Hope everyone's server problems (and ceiling problems) are soon solved.

I'm sure they're working on it and all be soon be returned to normal.

Shad
02-06-2006, 03:52 PM
It seems the server problems maybe fixed. No dreaded red message this morning telling me that I can't log in as we are moving to the new server. And I can post.

Very annoying yesterday and it went in and out of the old and new so many times I finally gave up in disgust and sent a mail to Mel telling her of my woes. Thanks Mel.

The ceiling was always going to be a problem but I had hoped that I had got all the old paint off it. One tends to think that when one gets down to the jointing tape under the plaster. Still it decided to have the last laugh. So I have again sanded the peeling bits and will try again this morning. One has to paint either early morning or late because the heat dries the paint as you go and unless you are really careful, you get either brush marks or roller drag. It's not so visible day time but brother does it stand out at night. Somehow or other as well the plaster I applied to the dints and screw holes seems to be sucked up into the holes as well. Think you've done a good job - well look again the holes are back. More plaster, more paint. By the time I have finished the ceiling will probably fall down through shear weight of paint. :eek: :faint:

Painter - SUPEREROGATION!!!!! Now there is a word and a half. Since most people are not inclined to do more than expected I guess it is not used often these days. Present company excepted of course.

Mel - thanks for making the announcement of my problems. I appreciate that. Hope the glow juice has all worn off now and you can get back to putting the poor abused body to rights. So much trauma for so little gain. Still I presume that if the gain were to be found it would all be worth it.

Teel - wonderful to hear from you while on holiday. Niamh did very well with my favourite smilie :lol3: Love that wee bloke. Have a safe trip home on Wednesday or whenever.

Hiya Happy - yes I still see Mika from time to time. She is just finishing up her second stint at language school and then has 2 weeks holiday before going to University to study linguistics. I think she going to do one of the 'Romance' languages like Spanish or French - or possibly both knowing Mika. She came here while the DS1 was here and was with us for the bbq. But she was very tired. She doesn't accept anything less than an A and invariably winds up with A+. So she does a lot of study and has little spare time these days. She is looking forward to her 2 week break.
I hope DH had a happy birthday and that the steak and spud worked out fine for him. I know the feeling of being out of control with lunches. So much temptation around in the cafes, bars and restaurants. Asian food is not lo fat even if it is extremely healthy stuff. The reason that they don't get fat is that they are generally much more physical than we are. We have all the mod cons which are supposed to save us time but generally only save the effort which means we are not getting the physical stuff done. However things are changing over there and they too are getting fatter and less fit. Seems the whole world is trying to explode with too much food or too much of the wrong style of food.

Madcat good to see you posting and trying the emoticons again. Have you got the sins of the Chinese New Year/ Robert Burns night out of the system now and are back on the straight and narrow. It's not that long until May you know and we want to see you looking your best for the 5th. Not putting pressure on you here you understand. I may not be able to be there in person, but I'll be standing right alongside and urging you on for the big day.

Okay, time to move it along. This morning after gym, I will wash the ceiling again with sugarsoap and open all the doors and windows to allow it to dry. Then probably Thursday morning I will paint it again and wait to see what happens. I'm so tired of the dust, paint flakes, having the sweeper in the room and everything covered in dust sheets, which don't always keep out the dust!

Morning to Linus, Meadow, Ceejay, Tig, LindaT, Turtle, Jennifer, Lisa, Nae, etcetc.

ceejay52
02-06-2006, 05:19 PM
Seems like Miss Mel is getting back to her normal self after the "glowing espisode."

I've been busy all day and haven't gotten to many things accomplished. Ugh, Mondays.

Hello to the rest. :wave: Going to get caught up on some things before I go home. Haven't even posted the week end's work sheet's yet.

Meadow
02-06-2006, 07:00 PM
I have pilfered my exercise ball back from my kids and now have it as my computer chair. Must do something as I wiggle back and forth on it;) I'm on a new kick to eat more grains. Aiming for more barley and lentils. Made some barley soup for breakfast/lunch tasted good.

Happy-Oh dear, you immune system is malfunctioning. Get back to good with your own food is going to give you tons more energy, take a multivitamin.
I hope DH has a lovely birthday. Take it easy, remember you can only do so much in a day, try not to stress :) The laundry can stay in the basket, folding is all about brainwashing, hang it all up in the closet maybe, underthings too, they just get lost in the drawers :devil:

Mel-so you are still a glow gal? a least you are enjoying a colourful experience everytime you visit the throne room ;) I hope the residents all have hot water now and are leaving you a bit of quiet to regroup and move forward again:hug: Have some chili, it will move you;)

Shad-rotten luck with the ceiling. How is your neck? sore I'll bet having to do that twice. Remember to relax the muscles with a hot water bottle or a lovely soak in the tub. You kitty looked so sweet, a real smoosher.

Holly-what are you doing today? Hockey? Avon? School? :hug: Are you dancing? What is your song today? Who is touching your spirit and making you sway?

Teel-how fun to be on a new computer logging in. Do we look different from Derby? Stop the step dancing while you are typing though, that CD door is going to fly off its hinge :lol:

Ceejay-What! Haven't posted the weekend worksheets? :p So busy. I hope you are taking some time to look at the stars on your way home. Don't leave it too late, don't want to have no day left for yourself.

Madcat-Hi:D Another week begins. How is yours looking?

PW-I am having a blast reading the "Artist's way" I will not be doing those daily pages though, I think I would disintegrate from the sudden realization of just where I have been and what isn't working:p I'm a big chicken, squawk! Busy enough clearing away the wreckage of my negative patterning.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/big-chicken.jpg

How goes it with you, pushing through? I love the stuff you have been doing at your blog, the chairs were a hoot!


THERE'S A THIN PERSON INSIDE OF ME SCREAMING TO GET OUT, BUT I KEEP HER SEDATED WITH CHOCOLATE

happy2bme
02-07-2006, 08:19 AM
Well let's see if it retains my login when I go to post. You're right Ceejay - it is aggivating. :mad: and I considering the twists and turns it takes you through as it errors out, it's amazing that some of the folks can find their way back to post. It will get better, I'm sure.

Meadow, using the exercise ball as an ergonomic chair sounds like fun. Except for me it would be too low and I'd bang my chin on the desk more than once. Would probably need physical therapy for messed up shoulders having them hunched up high enough to reach the keyboard. Of course it doesn't take much for me to require physical therapy anymore :lol: And then of course there's the distraction of playing with and bouncing the ball rather than doing what you are supposed to do. But hey, life is what you make it and that includes the fun things, doesn't it? :D :D :D I think I like the chicken too.

Yes, I have decided that mega stress has affected my immune system and I will have no more of that. :no: :no:

Shad, you are so right about the paint marks on the ceilings at night - or when the light shines just right. I was horrified to see that in the old house - DH was not too keen that I pointed it out to him too. Problem solved here as they have textured ceilings in just about all the homes. It's very rare to find smooth ceilings here. I miss them. Not about to go through all the trouble of sanding and smoothing them all. Too many ceilings here. I have just learned not to look up. :^: I hope you will be done soon - living in a life of dust with hot weather is no fun.

How are you doing today Mel? Is it only your face that is glowing? Perhaps just a glint of mischief sp??? in the peepers? Is your refrigerator as stocked to the gills as mine? DH is like... do 2 people REALLY need all this food? :o - maybe we could cut back a bit. Hard to buy only 2 plums when they look sooooo good. My biggest problem continues to be what looks good on Sunday shopping doesn't always sound good come Thursday. I think LindaT has something there with planning the week's meals out ahead of time and sticking to them.

Did well yesterday with food, water and exercise. We grilled pork chops for DH's birthday dinner. Yum. Had a piece of pecan pie - a small one. Yum yum. Lots of fruit, veggies and protein for the rest of the week.

Hellos to the group, time to get on with the day.

Hollyhock
02-07-2006, 09:44 AM
Okay~ 1 kid off the school. 5 kids here colouring.

Spilled apple juice inside of the fridge so I now have an emptied out,well scrubbed and reorganized fridge. Gotta love natural consequences.

I will tidy the kitchen and sort out garbage and burn barrel stuff.

Um...my weight seems to be up or the same. I seem to be eating less and moving more. Not sure what is up. I dont have time to track it efficiently.

I am quite disgruntled with some school council issues. Trying to sort out my thoughts.DS was a bear this morning but skillfully had him purring like a kitten by the time he left for school. ACK!!!! I am a goddess.

A 30something person from our village was killed on a sideroad last night. No name released yet. I pretty much know every 30something person in the area.
Worried.


HUGS!!!

Hollyhock
02-07-2006, 09:45 AM
Dear Meadow~ I was swaying to Heart of Gold by Neil Young.

ceejay52
02-07-2006, 12:45 PM
I hope it is the fault of the server and not mine in posting. I didn't realize the chicks had been working on it.

Happy--take care of yourself. And yes stress will cause a number of health problems.

Holly--Would you come and clean my fridge? pleaseeeeeeee.

Meadow--I didn't stay late at work. It just seems that lately,Monday's have been a bear here. grrrrr.

My sister called me last night and told me that her ex husband who is the children's dad had passed away at 58 years old. We're all in a state of shock. I probably will not get to go to Missouri for the funeral but I sure would like to. I'm really trying not to emotional eat but not eating is making me extremely nervous.

Shad
02-07-2006, 06:19 PM
Morning all,

Ceejay, :hug: for you on the loss of the BIL ex or not. That's an awfully early age to pass on. If you can get to go to the funeral, then do so. It is a closure for all. You come to grips with the fact that he is no longer there and not suffering. It's hard to accept death in most forms and it is especially hard when the person is not far removed from your own age. I'm not sure the grief is for us or for them. Us probably.

Meadow, I quite like those exercise balls to sit on at the office. They come in different sizes and you really have to sort out your posture to be able to stay upright on them. They are also good for doing squats against a wall etc. So stick with it and don't let the kids have all the fun.

Happy - I am not having a problem with my login, rather I have a problem with the site not being available all the time. About every second time I go to it the internet tells me the site is unavailable. Don't know what is with that, but it does get annoying. Other than that I am not having any further problems. I see Ruthxxx is having the same sort of problems. Great minds must think alike (our computers I mean)
The ceiling is about to get it's next coat today. We shall see what we shall see. If you hear high pitched screaming and beating of chests and/or sobbing then you will know it is me and what I have done is not working!!! :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:

Mel - how's it all going. Could probably use you over here to do the secretary bit while I am up the ladder. I keep my mobile in my pocket while I am up the ladder, everyone uses the home phone. I keep the home phone in my pocket while up the ladder and guess what. Put both phones in the pockets and my pants fall off while up the ladder.

Holly - isn't it amazing how far a cup of spilt apple juice will go. Drink the stuff and it never seems to go far at all. Join the club with eating less and drinking more and moving to the max and the weight goes on! :devil: :devil: :devil: :devil: :devil: Should be a law against it.

Hiya to everyone else - oooh a breeze just came in through the window I can smell roses. Must be the yellow freisia rose as it is in full bloom just now and I can see nothing else that has a strong scent and which is out.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/friesia_3ft.jpg

This is not a photo of my rose. I suspect mine is more of a floribunda. But it does look similar in the bud.

I seem to have scored myself another job. When things happen, they happen quite suddenly and given that I am waiting on the results of a local one which will be clear by 12.00pm today, it seems that I will be off to Wollongong in a couple of weeks time. The 'gong you will remember is where Kiwi Annie was last heard of. I wonder if she is still there? I did have a telephone number and I know where she was working but I seem to remember that the last time we heard from Shaker, Kiwi Annie was back in Sydney. I will try to find the number and see if I can find her if I get time. I don't know her family name although I do know her first name. Anyway that is the news for today. I will probably take the 'gong job. It is paying extremely well, I will be working with people that I know and doing a variety of documentation from finance to purchasing to material maintenance to PM, and given that I want to go on holiday in August, I may just need that money. It's just that I will have to pack up and leave home again. Sunday the cat will not appreciate my efforts I am sure. Speaking of Sunday the cat, I have just taken her to the vet to have her teeth checked and scaled. She was quiet all the way to the vet (a minor miracle in itself) but let it be known that she was less than amused when I walked into the vets surgery and was even louder when I handed her over to Kelly the nurse (another Kiwi who comes from the same hometown as Kiwi Annie). I'm sure the vet and his staff will be impressed with her healthy vocal cords.

Ah well with that, I'll be off to paint the ceiling and walls. Better get that done before I go away again.

happy2bme
02-07-2006, 11:01 PM
Shad, you have a very good memory - good thing you are a trainer! I went and did a search and sure enough Annie had moved back to Sydney according to Shaker around June of 2004 - quite a while ago, not sure if she is still there. That's great that you found another job - enough time (tho maybe not quite enough) to get some things done around the house - then off to the office again. Will you be travelling back and forth every week again? Who will look after Sunday? Your yellow rose is very pretty. We have an orange floribunda which is very happy on the side yard. I now know what floribunda means and I think I prefer those varieties. In another month it will be time to prep the rose garden for a new year - tho it's not really a "garden".

Ceejay - so sorry to hear of the ex-BIL. It's hard on the family no matter what the circumstances. I hope you can make it to the funeral. I suppose you will have to drive yourself. That's hard too. :grouphug:

Did someone say Holly was cleaning out our refrigerators? :cp: :cp: You'll have lots of fun with mine :lol: Please, pretty, please... ;)

I have been taking some meds left over from my last cold. It has cleared the runny nose but I daresay it's stuffing the sinuses. Bad headache all day long and my eyes are prone to tearing. Seems like half the people have this tho so I guess I'm not alone. 2 more months and we'll all be sneezing like crazy as the spring flowers blossom and everything turns yellow from pollen. :lol:

Holly, I have taken a cue from you with the marching in place - arthritis doc said high knee lifts are good for strong legs. Do them over a couple of commercials and it passes the time nicely. Great idea!

Another busy day today. Tho I am comforting others at work who are commiserating their grief. Somehow when you are listening to others and trying to be supportive, it takes your mind off your own troubles. I also found that the ladies in the neighborhood have a book club and are looking for new members. Might be a way to get out and meet some new folks. Of course I would have to commit the time to read a book - I love reading - miss it dearly, just don't have the time it seems. Although I do try to remind myself that I will find the time if I want to - seems I find enough time to sit in front of the computer!

Ok, 5 more minutes of marching and kick boxing, 10 minutes of stretches and a box I pulled out of the closet to go through (and hopefully toss most of the contents). Later gators...

happy2bme
02-07-2006, 11:02 PM
I don't seem to have that "you're not logged in" problem when I post from the quick reply box - only the advanced window. :chin:

Yep, it just happened again when I went to edit and it dropped me into the advanced window.

MELODY525
02-08-2006, 07:54 AM
A QUICK NOTE TO SAY HELLO. DOING THE WASH TODAY. YESTERDAY WAS SHOPPING AND FILLING OUT NEIGHBORS PRESCRIPTION PLANS AND RENT RECERTIFICATION PAPERS. THE GOVT. WANTS ALL THIS PAPERWORK DONE SO THERE ISN'T ANY CHEATING GOING ON AND THEY FORGET THAT THERE ARE SENIOR CITIZENS WHO HAVE OUTLIVED THEIR FAMILY OR HAVE FAMILY THAT DON'T GIVE A CRAP ABOUT THEM. SO WHERE IS HELP FOR THEM!! CAN YOU TELL IT WAS A BUSY DAY YESTERDAY! :rofl: OK OFF TO THE LAUNDRY ROOM AND WILL READ AND CATCH UP LATER. I HAVE 2 LOADS IN THE WASHER ALREADY! :encore:

Hollyhock
02-08-2006, 09:10 AM
Helloooooo. I couldn't get on here for several days either. Server issues.
All is well except my weight, sigh.
The woman who was killed in the accident is the Aunt of one of DS's classmates. I didn't know her. Living where we do and everyone has to drive these kinds of deaths are sadly regular. Very Sad.
I was up 3 at TOPS but had just finished my 2nd period in 4 weeks and am blaming that!!!
My van is in the shop getting a new rad.If i have it back today I will weigh in tonight. I am debating just bying a good scale and weighing at home but there is something about someone else seeing that number that makes me want to try harder.

An uplifting evening!!! DH took DD to gym and when he got home I was picked up for a quick meeting with the co and past chairs of Schoool Council. I had some serious concerns and was losing sleep over it but it seems we are on a similar page and I am relieved.
Two weeks ago in the spirit of just having fun I went on the that calssmates.com site and checked out my highschool.
I was surreal to see names and bios of people I haven't even thought of in 23 years.
My highschool love,s name was there so I sent a message. I haven't seen him since i was about 21. We broke up when we were 18. About 5 years ago I heard he was living in India. I knew he got married in the late 80's and had 3 kids. All I said was, "Hi, drop me an line. " And he did. I had forgotten that I had sent the message. He sent a quick reply not sure i would get it. So I sent my email address instead of usinf their their message board.
It was just cool. We were best,best friends, young, in love, it was all glowly and exciting and then we drifted apart.Far apart. LOL!!!
It will be cool to catch up as adults.He is in the states now.
I had another good deep sleep.
I cleaned off 2 shelves in the "office" and the stuff went out with the recycling today!!!
Feeling fresh and ready for the day.
No big plans. Will do my weekly home blessing(dusting,vacuuming,downstairs bathroom).
Still desperately need a haircut.
Food was mucho good yesterday, so was water, did 1 mile WATP(really just marching briskly, pumping arms for 20 min).
Another dusting of snow so I will shovel for 2 hours today for exercise!!

You go Melly!!!!!!
Morning Happy!!!!
Congrats on the job Shad!!!
Whatcha listening to Meadow???
Baby sleeping peacefuly I hope Linus!
HI Miss Mad& Ceejay!!!

HUGS!!!!!!!!

Madcat
02-08-2006, 11:13 AM
Morning ladies! How is everyone this fine crisp day?? Or steamy hot. Or raining. Or fill in your particular weather here.

Holly~ Very sad news about the woman killed. You are right it happens too often in places where sidewalks are not the norm. Poor woman. I must say you are having a whirlwind of a day. Go Holly. So nice to reconnect with old friends.
Mel ~ You are so industrious! Would you like to come do my laundry? Wait, that’s what I have TB for! :lol: I wonder if there would be a way to make a living just filling out people’s forms for them? I usually end up doing the same sort of thing for my in-laws… not because they are old, just because their English isn’t that great (they think) and it’s just easier for me to ask the questions and do it for them. Enjoy your clean undies!!!
Shad ~ Great news about the new job!! And well paying to boot. We only work to buy plane tickets after all. I hope you’ll still have ‘net access? What would we do without you? Oh, and what a lovely rose. We could use a breath of spring. The downtown building I work in is having a flower show next week. I can hardly wait to drink in the scents.
Happy~ Sorry you are sick. Don’t forget to drink your water. It might help with the “flow”. A book club could be really fun and you WERE looking for something new to do. You could read at lunch. A half hour of solitude and a good story sounds like bliss to me.
CeeJay~ So sorry to hear about ex BIL. It’s always sad when someone goes at such a relatively young age. So shocking and so sad. I hope the children are ok in particular. But don’t stress eat. That won’t help anyone.
Meadow ~ How’s the exercise ball as chair working out? I am tempted to try that. Week looks as if it is going to be another busy one here, too. Love the chicken picture. It makes me laugh.

Did I mention that I went to try on wedding dresses on Sunday? I found one that I liked that was a bit too much money and one that was just what I was looking for but not available in my size. Speaking of sizes, why is it that bridal sizes are two sizes smaller than regular sizes??? It isn’t bad enough that trying on big heavy dresses you have to fitted into by a disapproving European woman isn’t stressful enough without also having to wear a size which is two sizes larger than my normal dress size??? And sometimes even have that be too small?? It was weird too. I found one dress I really liked… raw silk with a embroidered chiffon overdress, in an slight cream, and it was lovely and the friend I was with thought it was perfect – but – well, it just wasn’t me. Back to the drawing board. I have a line on a couple other places to look this weekend. I guess I had to try the traditional dress route to know that isn’t what I want for sure.

And Shad ~ thanks for the reminder. I have 3 months to do something constructive and I am doing it. Down 1 lb so far. It’s not much but it is a start.

Hi Teel, PW and everyone else I misplaced.

Hollyhock
02-08-2006, 12:05 PM
Why I LOVE my marriage....
The gals in journals were worried Hubby would be jealous or upset about the ex beau......
My DH didn't bat an eye when I told him about it. It was a millions life experience years ago. See why i put up with his "man"ness? We are both very confident in our selves and our relationship. I have mentioned before also that we are both 100% oursleves, at all times, no holds barred!!!No matter what.There is a lot of freedom to live and grow with that kind of love and openness and honesty.
So, yes, he doesn't help around the house and can be a stick in the mud etc but he rocks in so many ways. He is a stellar Dad too.

AND he also knows quite clearly I would never leave for another stinkin man . It would be to live alone with a bunch of cats, near a lake ,with a pile of good cd's and books!!! ROFLMAO!!!! he hee hee hee

Madcat
02-08-2006, 01:04 PM
Hey Holly, that is so cool. There is a lot to be said for someone who loves you as you are and who trusts you absolutely. That does rock. As opposed to a man who says he loves you as you are and then spends so much time trying to get you to change! :lol: :lol: Yeah, I always say TB is the one man I've been with who isn't trying to recreate me in his own image. That's a characteristic worth quite a few trade-offs. :)

Hollyhock
02-08-2006, 03:00 PM
Having a good music day. Clicked on the end of Regis this morning for a rest and Collective Soul was on!!!! For 2 songs!!
And just now after doing my cleaning I popped on Oprah and caught John Legend!! OH and Matthew McCaunaghey is very eccentric and cool. Who knew?

The WHOLE main floor is dusted& vacuumed and the bathroom is sparkling. At 3:40 I have 4 kids coming. I will sweep and mop the kitchen tonight!!!

Think I will cook some ribs I found in the freezer for supper. Definitely not low fat but good for the soul! :lol: A big salad for me should balance it out a bit.

Woohoo! i think the sunshine and blue sky is feeding some endorphins!!

I am enjoying my free-ish afternoon. Tomorrow I have 10 kids, 3 will be in school,and on Fri 10 kids, 5 will be in school. YIKES!!!!
I HOPE my van will be back by 6 so I can get my hair cut after supper. It is beyond long and my ends are FUZZY!

HUGS!!!!!

linus
02-08-2006, 05:39 PM
hi folks very quicky tonight way tired ,SHAD dad the painter said have you sealed the ceiling after all the sanding and refilling????? MEL good for you on the forms to all the rest of my chickies love ya and leave ya
bye
kirsty

Shad
02-08-2006, 05:46 PM
Morning all,

So Holly, you seem very up today. Mind you with the thought of 10 kids coming to my place I'd be up too. Up, up and away. Heres to you :cheers:
I belong to an old school friends site as well. I've met up with a few but I don't push it. I saw a photo of some of my 'old friends' at a school reunion once. I recognised many of the women, but could hardly find any of the blokes I knew until I looked at the names. Ye gods, bald, fat, short, bearded - all of the above or a combination of some! One of them actually taught my DS1 before we came to Australia. I had been to Parent evenings and met him but neither the face nor the name rang a bell! What's with that!

Happy - what's with the job that you have to comfort others in their grief. I knew SAP blows a lot of people out of the water, but heck it should have passed by now! Hope the sinus', headache etc are starting to feel better.
I will be travelling back and forth from Wollongong probably most weekends. I heard somewhere that there was a direct flight from here but it seems I was wrong as when I consulted the airlines, the only flight goes to Melbourne where I must reconnect with a Brisbane flight. Since Melbourne is 1000K in the wrong direction, that is not what I call direct. 5hrs to get home!!!!! Phooey. Seems like a drive to Sydney and then an hour flight. I haven't thought everything through yet. I don't know how long the job will last or my exact job description. I will be using Knowledge Warehouse which I don't know much about to create documentation. Ha! It's just one durned thing after another. We shall survive.

Mel - happy washing day. Pity you're part Welsh and not Irish or we could play the Irish Washer Woman for you. The seniors must love you filling in their forms and generally being 'family' for them.

Madcat - enjoy that flower show. It will be worth waiting for after your long cold winter. Sniff and enjoy. Have you decided on any particular type of flowers for your big day? Roses? Orchids, Lilies, Forget me nots!!! Coloured bouquets seem to be the go here right now. Lots of lisianthus, gerberas etc. Me, I like the old fashioned perfumed pale roses with a hint of yellow. But that's just me. I'm glad you went and tried the meringues and the traditional dresses. It is always easier to walk away afterwards saying that you are glad you tried and decided against. If you don't have a go, then you may live to rue the day! Don't let the snooty shop person get you down. They are there to be sneezed on! Fashion is always there to make us feel inferior - sizes and all. Lets face it if we were all size 2's then they could get more ill fitting clothes out of one bolt of cloth. They could then charge more than the earth for clothes that are all the same!
Down one pound, yeehaa.

Well the cat came back from the vet very subdued - didn't stop her from wanting to eat tho' :rofl: She had difficulty in co-ordinating eye movements - one would shut and the other stay open. :lol3: Quite comical. A bit wobbly on the legs as well.

And that is it for today. I'm back to sanding and will begin washing shortly and then paint this afternoon or evening. I need to get in touch with the DS2 today to see whether he will house sit for me when/ if he comes back from Perth in a couple of weeks. Meantime Miss Puss will be taken to a cattery for a couple of weeks at least. This will not improve her lot! I suppose I better get on with sorting that one out as well.
I'm still having problems accessing the server. About every second time I try I get the page not available screen - try again later. What that is all about I don't know, but I'll wait a bit before putting a call in to Suzanne. I'm sure the poor lady is busy enough.

Tig
02-08-2006, 07:22 PM
I'm checking in. BLAAAHGHH to the snooty bridal gown SaleSnot. The End of My Comment.

Poor Slim slipped and fell yesterday and hurt his back again. ARRGH!!

Work is absolutely Nutz. I've been working lots of overtime; scope has spiraled out of control thanks to some recent unusual management decisions. :dizzy: Fortunately, that's given me the chance to stretch my art of flexibility in planning and project management. Lucky Me! :dance:

Hello to all! :hug:

ceejay52
02-09-2006, 12:06 AM
I'm back on track due to watching the biggest looser tonight. Something one of the contestants said made me realize that food is not the answer--so I felt the poke of LindaT's prod and got up and exercised tonight. My pity party was I think an excuse. My sister's kids, the oldest being 26 and the youngest almost 16 are mourning the sudden loss of their dad and I do feel their anguish but if my sister can be cleaning the ex husbands house for his relatives then I should move on as well. It is and was a shock to us all.

I'm going to Jonesboro tomorrow for a gyn check up and then to my uncles. I have decided to get new tires and an oil change in Paragould this time.

Hello to all :wave:

MELODY525
02-09-2006, 09:22 AM
:scooter: I'LL COME WITH YOU CEEJAY AND WE'LL BOTH GET OUR WHEELS FIXED!!!:carrot:
I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE BIL AND AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE TOO (MINE :yikes: ) :hug: HUGS FOR ALL OF YOU. GOOD OF YOUR SISTER TO HELP OUT THE FAMILY TOO. SOUNDS LIKE YOUR WEEK HAS BEEN A BUSY ONE TOO. ENJOY THE TRIP!!

MADCAT~ YOUR WEDDING DRESS STORY GAVE ME GOOSEBUMPS!! THANKS FOR SHARING. I NO LONGER GLOW THANK GOD!! WAS AFRAID TO TURN THE LIGHTS OUT :rofl: SEND TB HERE AS I HAVE LOTS OF WASH!! NO WONDER YOU ARE GETTING MARRIED!! LOL

SHAD~ HOPE THE CEILING IS GOING WELL AND I WAS GOING TO ASK THE SAME THING....ARE THE PLASTERED AND SANDED BITS 'PRIMED' BEFORE YOU PAINT THEM???
KNOWING YOU THOUGH I AM SURE THEY WERE. YOU BEST MAKE SURE YOU HAVE CURTAINS ON THE WINDOWS NOW IF YOUR PANTS ARE GOING TO KEEP FALLING OFF!!! A BIG CONGRATULATIONS ON THE JOB!!! :encore: A RELIEF I AM SURE ESPECIALLY FOR THE NEXT TRIP!!!
GORGEOUS ROSE. SMELLS GREAT TOO!! POOR SUNDAY....MAYBE I SHOULD TRY A VET TOO!! :lol3:

MEADOW! JEN HAS AN EXERCISE BALL....WONDER WHAT I COULD USE IT FOR!!! :carrot: LENTILS AND BARLEY SOUND GOOD AND THE NUTRITIONIST JUST MENTIONED THEM THAT TIME I SAW HER. I HAVE BEEN KEEPING SKINNY MEL SEDATED WITH CHOCOLATE FOR 58 YEARS!!!

HAPPY~ DID I SAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO DH?! I FORGET!! :hb: :gift: I LOVE GRILLED ANYTHING SO I WILL FIT RIGHT IN WITH YOUR LITTLE FAMILY!!! AS IN ADOPTION????? I AM AVAILABLE. HAVE MY OWN TRANSPORTATION TOO!! OUR FRIDGES ARE FULL AND NOW ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS EAT THE GOOD STUFF!! :rofl: :hun: GLAD YOU'RE FEELING BETTER AND HOPE IT CONTINUES. THERE HAS BEEN NO RELIEF THIS YEAR FROM SINUS WOES FOR SO MANY!!! BAD WINTER.

HOLLY~ I AM SADDENED TO HEAR ABOUT THAT YOUNG GIRL. :hug: WHAT A WASTE OF A YOUNG LIFE.
BUT GLAD YOU AND THE COUNCIL ARE ON THE SAME PAGE. RELIEF IS A GOOD THING AND HELPS WITH STRESS!!! HOPE THE NEXT WEIGH-IN IS A GOOD ONE. I AM AFRAID TO GET BACK ON THE SCALE!!!! AND IF YOU EVER MOVE WITH THE CATS BY THE LAKE DON'T FORGET SOME DVDS!!!:carrot:

LINUS~ :wave: HELLO BACK TO YOU AND WE
:love: LOVE YA TOO!

TIG~ SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT SLIM'S BACK!! YIKES!!!
HOPE HE WILL FEEL BETTER SOON! NO BUMPY RIDES FOR HIM!! LEND HIM YOUR CANE! GOOD LUCK WITH WORK.

YOU GALS WERE A CHATTY BUNCH. I WAS LUCKY I GOT THE 2 LOADS DONE. MORE FORMS. ASKED A GIRL FOR HELP AND GOT SOME. I THINK THE BULK IS DONE NOW. TOMORROW IS THE DR SO I WILL NOT BE HERE. I AM NOT GOING TO GET EXCITED JUST YET BUT AM HOPING THEY LEARNED "SOMETHING"!! THE BODY FEEL MORE LIKE MY OWN NOW AND I INTEND TO KEEP IT THAT WAY.
ONE OF THE TECHS SAID NEXT TIME LEAVE THE "BRASSIERE" AT HOME....I IMMEDIATELY SAID DON'T WORRY CAUSE THERE WON'T EVEN BE A NEXT TIME! :faint: TODAY IS A DO NOTHING DAY AND EVERYONE WAS DULY WARNED BECAUSE I NEED A GOOD B.P. READING TOMORROW BEFORE THEY GIVE ME PILLS FOR THAT TOO! :rofl:
WE'RE STILL WATCHING UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS AS SOME DVDS ARRIVED FROM THE LENDING LIBRARY. THEY JUST GOT THEM OUT OF STORAGE AND I HAD FORGOTTEN I ORDERED THEM! ONE OF THE HEAD WOMEN HAD SURGERY THIS MORNING FOR A LAP BAND THING. HOPE THIS WORKS FOR HER AS SHE HAS TRIED EVERYTHING ELSE. THE OFFICE WILL BE NUTSO FOR THE 2-3 WEEKS SHE'LL BE OFF!!! MAYBE I SHOULD GO AND GET SEDATED TOO!!! :yikes:

HAPPY THURSDAY!!! :moped: ( I HAD WEDNESDAY HERE!!! MUST HAVE LOST A DAY SOMEWHERE!! ROFLMAO)

Hollyhock
02-09-2006, 11:08 AM
2 1/2 hours of 6 kids under my belt. Hair is still intact. 2 big boys gone to school. 3 kids still on their way.
My sweet DS7 and a three yo boy are INTENSE. They share a name and personality. They trigger each other constantly.I am thankful my DS is off to school.

Those still having babies, you may want to PM to find out what name NOT to name your sons!!!!!

It was -17C this morning, about 0F. It has warmed up a couple of degrees. I dont mind these temps but my dear hubby is working outside in it.

Shad
02-09-2006, 04:10 PM
Morning all,

Daily rant begins with the ceiling. I am trying to paint it with a primer/ sealer/ binder. I still haven't got to the top coat. Biggest problem is that the original painter did not do this with the new ceiling and now it has some sort of greasy surface or similar which unless the old paint is removed will not accept any other type of paint. The old paint was (I think) a watered down acrylic but may have been a thinned oil paint. Whatever it was, you can rest assured it was not an expensive paint, nor a fresh paint. The guy was into saving bucks. There is no more than one original paint coat and the part that causes the sealer/ binder to flake is where the joins are plastered. The fault may well lie with the plaster. However yesterday I got up that @#$@# ladder and sanding like my life depended on it. And then spent the rest of the day cleaning up the resulting mess. I think the ceiling is now clean!!! Today will be the test.
Anyway Linus, why isn't your painter dad over here and doing it for me? Could have used a painter I could trust. I dare say there are some over here, but they would be in constant demand and would therefore cost the earth and a bit of Mars. Enough, the ceiling is ready for a first sealing coat today - after I have clean the rest of the kitchen and dining room.

Tig - so sorry to hear about Slim. Poor man. You may have to tie him into carpet slippers and a fireplace to keep him from harms way.

Ceejay - have a safe trip and look after yourself. Your sister was obviously good friends with her ex.
Glad to hear that you are back on the exercise trail once more.

Mel - DS1 goes on about lentils and barley because he is vegetarian. He loves them. Lentil burgers included. I quite like them, but they take a bit longer to prepare and since most of my meals are throw a chicken breast or a fish fillet on the grill and make a big salad, I don't eat them that often. Get off the chocolate merry-go-round or I will have to send you and Meadow to a health farm for a month.

Holly - too cold for me. I'd be looking like the Michelin man and that's only the clothes I would wear inside the house.

Right time to go and get started on the last of the kitchen clean. Then I can begin to paint. I'd like to get the ceiling finished and the walls with at least one top coat on them before I leave for the 'Gong. If I leave for the gong - no sign of the contract on my fax machine yet. No word from either the recruiter or my contracting company. No doubt it will arrive as per normal about 2 days before I am due to start.

I suppose I should also start to think of what clothes to take etc. etc.

Hollyhock
02-09-2006, 05:09 PM
Having a little me time. Dw is running and I ahve a few minute til I make supper. This is my first attempt at a photobucket pic.

If it is enormous I will delete it.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f153/peacefulgoddess/Thebride.jpg

This is my wedding dress I had made for $200. It is a Lord of the Rings/medieval/stuck in the 70's theme.LOL!!! ALL me,anyhow.

Hollyhock
02-09-2006, 05:13 PM
Hey cool.

Have I ever mentioned my Dad is very handsome......particualrily cause we look a lot alike!! LOL! He thinks I am beautiful!! If I had short grey haoir it would be too weird.

This is me taking the plunge.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f153/peacefulgoddess/Ido.jpg

linus
02-09-2006, 06:32 PM
hi folks my little hunny is upstairs with his daddy in his brand new cot for the first time EVER im getting very sore knees running up and down the stairs to check on him hubby keeps laughing but appreciates the extra cups of tea i keep using as an exscuse;) :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: so you might actually get a half decent post from me as i cant wake him from down here and hubbys keyboard is a super quoiet one that all lights up and even has an lcd on it :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: men and there toys
now before i forget MEL,SHAD,HAPPY you will be pleased to hear that your baby gifts are going to be well used my old down stairs neighbour is due in 3 weeks and has just found out shes having a boy so all the wee mans old clothes have just been shipped up there and if you dont mind ill pass on the baby gifts from you also as my old upstairs neighbour is due in july and because of medical problems shes been told shes having a boy too !!!!!! something in the water up there i think :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: im kind of glad though because christophers been such a lucky baby he has bags and bags of clothes that hes outgrown already and my sisters and craig and his aunty ,s from around the world spent a very pretty penny just for him to be in them such a short time ,adding to the fact that the lass thats due in 3 weeks has a 3 year old and after shed found out she was expecting her boyfreind went back to peru and left her on her own so every thing was very much appreciated
right ladies im going to go and have a bath ill speak to you all later
PA SHAD my dad had 3 strokes quickly followed by a heart attack 7 years ago so i do his decorating now otherwise id send him for you but you have seen some of his work though he used to paint the forth rail bridge lol
kirsty

Tig
02-09-2006, 08:30 PM
Shad ~ you are my hero - I can't imagine spending ten minutes on a ceiling. I would have been absolutely worn out or have gotten a shotgun and blasted the blasted ceiling. Then Slim would be putting in a skylight. :devil:

Slim is feeling much better, thank goodness. He went for a bicycle ride today for his exercise and felt great afterwards. Whew. I was afraid he'd be on the injured list for a long time.

I've got a new motto for my project at work. The Project that Can't Buy a Break. I ordered a server for parallel testing to get us back on schedule. Of course, the server is on back order with ETA unspecified. :( Our primary developer had a major health problem and is out of work indefinitely. Can't BUY a break. Harley-Davidson announced that they are going to SAP starting with Financials!! :dance: Unfortunately, the H-D home office is in Milwaukee - it's cold there. Otherwise, I might be sending my resume to H-D. I can implement an ERP and I KNOW motorcyles and I know a FANTASTIC SAP trainer! :carrot: I know - dreamer.... :cool:

Madcat
02-09-2006, 10:26 PM
Tig ~ Oh man, sorry the project is going off the rails in a fine dramatic fashion. It never rains but it rains really, really hard… If it helps, Milwaukee may be cold but it actually a pretty cool little town. There are some terrific brew pubs right on the river. I'm glad Slim is feeling better. Back injuries are so nasty.

Linus ~ Nice to see you typing away.

Holly ~ Cool dress (very Robin Hood) and you do look like your dad.. and he is handsome! You look so happy. Nothing wrong with that.

Shad ~ Honestly you make me hot and sweaty just hearing about painting a ceiling. You are going to end up with triceps of stone after this. If there is any justice, that painter's ears were ringing. Maybe we should start a pool on how close to the deadline the paper work shows?

Mel ~ Good luck with the DR. tomorrow. What did you end up watching? Hope it was good. BRASSIERE??? :rofl: That's great. I have visions of you travelling with an entire Parisian café.:cofdate:

Ceejay~ glad the pity party broke up early. Good luck running errands and the "poke and prod" as my sister always says.

Not much on today. Busy as heck at work but it looks as if the BORING spreadsheet part might almost be over. I might actually get to write something that is more than 3 sentences in this job. Made it to the gym for workout #3 today. #4 in the slot tomorrow. I'm trying to avoid eating a lot of bread... and I'm strangely feeling a bit better. Still fighting off some sort of viral infection but it's been lurking around for weeks now... for so long it almost feels like an old friend. I wish I could actually just come down with the stupid sickness, feel crappy and stay home for a couple of days and then feel better... instead of feeling "almost sick" endlessly.:halfempty :tired:

Well I am off to bed. Night nice ladies - even those who are absent.

MELODY525
02-10-2006, 08:03 AM
SHORT AND SWEET.....CANCELLED DR APPT. CAN'T MOVE RIGHT SHOULDER/NECK/ARM WITHOUT PAIN. IF I SIT STILL NOTHING HURTS SO THAT'S WHAT I WILL DO FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS. GUESS IT WAS TOO MUCH WASH, CLEANING AND ALL THE WRITING. THIS TOO SHALL PASS.
:wave: HELLO EVERYONE. I READ ALL POSTS BUT CAN'T TYPE WELL WITH LEFT HAND :rofl: BE BACK MAYBE MONDAY. AND I AM HAPPY THE BABY THINGS WILL GO TO OTHER WEE LADS :bb:
HAVE GREAT WEEKEND :MOPED:

Hollyhock
02-10-2006, 08:23 AM
Miss Mad~ I have always complained thta what is attractive on a 60 yo man is not necessarily good for a 40 yo woman. LOL!!

Mel~ HUGS

Linus~ good for Hubby!! and the wee boy.

“Just spent $500 on the van and tonight the motor started spewing brown gunk. Hubby thinks it is blown gaskets. we will ned a new motor. Hubby can do it but it will take a few days and at least another $500. Enormous sigh. not going to worry, not going to worry, not going to worry...............” .....from last night.

So I am up for the day, 6 hours after I wrote this.

Been telling myself it will all work as it should. Just gotta believe it.

It is a 9 kid’s day. 5 kids in school. 4 for the day here. Usually go to the Early Years Group but no wheels.

One of my families are going part time. The Grandma is taking the boy on non school days. They just cant afford the daycare costs. I am trying not to be judgemental about how much beer they drink and all the big boys toys they buy, like new snowmobiles,4 wheelers, new stainless BBQ etc...........
We all make different choices for different reasons and we all have different life experience and choose to do things differently.

This coffee sure takes good.
HUGS and BLESSINGS!!!!!

happy2bme
02-10-2006, 08:32 AM
Good morning. Chaos in the city here. HEAVY SNOWSTORM WARNING - 1 to 3 INCHES EXPECTED - seriously, that was the weather report this morning :?: :lol: :rofl: :lol3:

Everyone is in a panic at the store. No bread or milk to be found on the shelves. Why does everyone buy bread and milk when it storms? Do they sit around eating toast and chocolate milk? :dunno:

It's too early to tell how the storm will track so we probably won't know until this afternoon what exactly we can expect - if the deep cold creeps a bit more south - we'll get more snow than rain.

My cupboards are well stocked with milk and bread and I do have a 4 wheel drive SUV so I should be fine. Actually they said it's not our own driving that's an issue but the goofs who can't drive on dry pavement let alone the wet stuff that you have to be concerned about.

Should be an interesting day...

:hug: hope you feel better Mel - if I was closer I'd come over and give you a massage.

Shad
02-10-2006, 03:19 PM
Morning all,

I'm up bright and early on a Saturday morning I know, however the cat would not allow me to sleep in this morning. She jumped all over me and made the biggest racket you ever heard at around 4.30am despite the fact that I was awake at 2.00am and didn't get back to sleep until 3.30am. Darned cat.

All bets are off - the paperwork arrived more or less intact on my fax machine and e-mail yesterday. Although I know who I am working for, I have no idea where they are in the Wollongong/ Illawarra area, so need to find that vital piece of information out. Now all I have to do is sign on the dotted line, and fax back to the managment agency and the recruiting company - once I have found somewhere to stay for the duration. I need an out of town address for Living away from Home allowance and tax purposes. The DS2 has agreed to live in for the duration (apart from the week he is away in Perth) while I am away so I don't have to take up cudgels with the insurance company again and I need to book Miss Puss into a cattery for that time. Going to be busy this next week I can see.

I wore myself out yesterday cleaning up the mess from the latest sanding. Fair go is there anyplace that dust doesn't get? The kitchen has been washed from top to bottom and I still find the odd place that I missed. Every plate, cup, saucer, pot and pan and everything washable in between has been washed and scrubbed. All cupboards emptied, cleaned out, sorted, odd stuff chucked and the rest dusted. Floor, skirting boards, walls, kickboards scrubbed and wiped. Then I started on the dining room about the time DB2 came barging in and wanted to know why I wasn't watching the footy on tv. So we watched the last half of footy and my second favourite team in the competition won which will please the Niece well although she will be mad she didn't see it. Anyway to get back to the cleaning, I still have a couple of things left in the dining room to scrub and onto the painting today before DB2 and Niece arrive for a marathon session of footy tonight. We are having a pizza for dinner - DB2 is buying, and I'll make some kind of salad. He was going to take the kids to the local pub to watch the games but there are poker machines there and I wasn't too happy about that, although he says he is okay with it. Why put yourself to the temptation?

Happy - we get the same thing when there are reports of heavy rain and thunderstorms and threats of flooding. The stores get cleaned out of stock. It's a good idea to go in the following day to do your shop, no crowds, and fresh stock - it's wonderful!! Drive safely and look out for idiots. Yesterday I went down to the ATM to get some money out for the DB2 and saw an accident at the traffic lights. One 4 x 4 on it's roof and on the pavement and another being dragged out of the middle of the intersection by a tow truck - badly dented along the right hand side. Horror upon horror they both had baby seats in them. Since it was around school finishing time I sincerely hope there wasn't any kids in either of the vehicles. I have yet to figure out why 4x4 drivers consider they are driving the equivalent of a Saracen tank and can be hurt only by missile fire. These vehicles are less manouverable and just as vulnerable as my hatchback.

Holly - so sorry to hear about the van. That $$$ sure takes a lot of raising when you have children, mortgage and limited income. :hug: Hope it gets better for you soon and you can get rid of the old and find something newer and more reliable.

Mel - sorry to hear that you are not well. Maybe your neck and shoulders have gone out in sympathy with mine? Mine will be infernally glad when the ceiling is finished. It's never going to look great, but it will look okay. Rest up and look after yourself. Try a jigsaw puzzle to keep the mind occupied and the hand working quietly. Tuck the chin into the chest every so often to ease and stretch those muscles.

Madcat - sometimes bread, especially really fresh stuff, makes me feel quite gassy and upsets the tummy - problem is, it smells so good. All these life choices. But you are right. Limiting the bread severely does seem to help.
Gym work outs are going well. You go girl!!!! :strong: :wl: :barbell: :workout:

Tig - my shotgun would have been aimed at the painters backside and not at the ceiling. However 'tis nearly done. I shouted myself a glass of wine with dinner just to celebrate the end of the lbig sand job. I still have a few window surrounds to go but that's easy stuff compared to the ceiling. Next time I call in a painter. If I put in a skylight - it would be big enough to cover the entire lounge and dining room and probably kitchen. Wouldn't need windows then.
Sorry to hear about the project which has no breaks. Some are just not meant to be I am convinced of this. Shut it down and start again :lol3: Meantime when you get onto the H-D project let me know. Don't know a lot about H-D (have one front wheel and one back wheel, some look funny and they all use pudding basins for crash helmuts) but I'm a quick learner.

Linus - I am happy to hear that CJ's clothes and toys are going to worthy causes. So sad to hear that another child will grow up not knowing who his father is, but sh*t happens frequently as far as babies and children go these days.

Okay, cat is squawking once more. God knows what for this time. I think she just wants attention. I need to go get on with the day, finish cleaning up before gym and then getting some paint on the ceiling. Siesta calls this afternoon I think. It might even rain, but then again Pigs might fly as well.

Hollyhock
02-10-2006, 04:40 PM
Shad~ congrats!! Sounds like everything is lining up. Our house has issues just like your ceiling. Makes one shake their head and sometimes curse!

Our van is old but a GMC truck and they dont really wear out. The parts are accesible and hubby can do most of the repairs. We could not even begin to consider a car payment. It will work out. We will use credit. We dont have any other debt besides our mortgage. Still cheaper than any other alternative.

It is a pain in the rear but not a great tragedy.One step forward, two back. Y'all know the dance I am sure.

I had to lay down this aft. 4 nights of up til midnight waking at 6am took it's toll. I napped when the kiddies did.

Valentine party tonight.It will be relaxing. I hope.

HUGs and HAPPY WEEKEND TO ALL!!!!!

ceejay52
02-10-2006, 08:19 PM
Mel--Sorry you don't feel well.

Shad--Glad you have some work lined up to do.

Linus--I know that having your hubby help with the cj is giving you some free time. Enjoy it.

Happy--We have 2 inches of the beautiful white snow. The roads are still clear right now but the weathermen are expecting black ice overnight.

Holly--loved the dress. you made a beautiful bride.

I had a successful gyn visit and found out that my ovaries are not the cause of my pain in the lower right side of my body. My ovaries, in fact, have shrunk. The ultra sound showed that its the IBS that is the culprit, and he has suggested that I take Metamucil or Citracel fiber laxative.

After the doc's visit yesterday I drove to Paragould. My aunt wanted me to go to the basketball game with her and take the kids. They really enjoyed it. Whitney said it was like paradise. She didn't want to go home. We won both the girls and boy's games. The girls game was a little more exciting, they were behind and got aggressive in the second half to pull off the win.

I'm watching Dancing with the Stars and later on will be watching some of the ice skating events from the olympics. Guess I need to get up and ride the bike while I'm watching this.

Have a good day.

Meadow
02-10-2006, 11:48 PM
I've done eight miles this week and boy are my talons tired :P
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Mel-I'm so sorry you are aching:hug: I found one of your little friends trying to bury something on the internet, so much mischief online;)
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Shad-ALRIGHT! employment, new digs and Sunday will not be in cat care for too long! How is your neck? Looking up is great but yikes, that ceiling needs to be farmed out. You sure you couldn't paint some sky and clouds and ignore the bumps? There is a beach chair waiting for you :D
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Holly-You and the kids get along alright? That is awful about the van, those bills out of the blue are scary. You look so blissed out in your wedding dress, ever the radiant bride:D Hope the Vday party was a blast! Let's have a fresh pot of coffee and you can tell me all about it:)

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Ceejay-sorry that the bowels are making themselves felt. Why can't those darn internal organs just do their job quietly and not make a fuss? Why don't you dance along with the stars and sweat that way? Whee!
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Happy-are you stuck in a snowbank? How was it? Did you make your own bread and steal into a field to milk a cow? You could always have juice and crackers ;)
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Linus-That is so great that CJ is upstairs and you get to play on the computer! Pass the little bundle off to hubby and those beautiful other sons of yours more often:)

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Madcat-drink your juice, eat your apples and wash your hands. You will shake off this bug that is trying to catch you. I hope the spreadsheets have all been sorted and you can focus on yourself and the fun stuff. I find eating bread leads to eating more bread. Hmm, addictive?:p

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Tig-good to hear Slim is on the mend. Sorry that work is such a headache. Breathe. Go for a run, let those endorphins make you feel good.

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PainterWoman-where are you? How are you? are you reading? painting? knitting? I bought a large canvas and some acrylics, plus three new paint brushes. A hundred and fourteen dollars later and I'm ready to let the muse loose on that Spanish dancer via my hands/eyes/technique:p
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Linda how is Sonoma Land?
Rose are you reading?
Teel are you still being the visitor? Now who else is missing?
Lisa, are you out there sweety?
RavenToy, come on in, tell us what you are up to.
Jennifer and Carla, where did they go? Was one of them from New Orleans and is still displaced?

Hang in there worldly chicks http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/Chin-up-Kitten.jpg

happy2bme
02-11-2006, 01:54 AM
Some pics from today's snow storm. Yes, I know, to most it's like ... so, big deal :dunno: but it was a big deal here. Everyone fled early as if it was the end of the world - and did they slow down in icy conditions? :no: :no: :no:

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/th_FrontYard021006Snow.jpg (http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/FrontYard021006Snow.jpg)

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Meadow
02-11-2006, 03:54 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/eek-smiley.gif Lovely winter wonderland you are enjoying Happy :D How quiet and peaceful it looks, how fairs the kitty?

Hollyhock
02-11-2006, 08:48 AM
Power YAWNNNN! Fell alseep with the tube on by 10:30pm. Slept til 8am. Still feel tired. Looong week. Woke to DD5 whining,DS7 yelling. Life is good!!! LOL!!!!!

The party was fun. Not as good a turn out as usual.
I am sure others have experienced this but here is my vent....
In Sept we have our Annual Sunday School Meeting. Several parents sit there,some bring lists, and complain about how things are being done and make dozens of suggestions. I am Superintendent. I hear all this and do what I can to make SS positive and fun and exciting for everyone.
For our Valentine Party I had 2 women from Creative Memories(scrap booking company) come to make Valentines with everyone. The cards are $2 each to make but they are volunteering their time. It has been announced in the bulletin and newsletter and I called everyone. I had support and interest before I invited them and hardly anyone made cards. I am sooooo disappointed.
And I was somewhat embarrassed by our congregaton. No one even thanked these women for what they did.They were ignored ,really.
Done venting.

Hubby is out already taking apart my van. We still haven't decided if we will take it to the shop. He is going to pull apart as much of the motor as he can to see what is happening. We will have to get it towed anyhow.

The house is monumentally untidy.That will be my first task, tidying up.
I will need to deliver some Avon orders. DS has hockey at 6, we leave at 5. I will arrange to drop orders at 4:30 in town.Hubby is doing all the driving me around. The togetherness my make us crazy. Egads, I am independant!!
He drives the sport model Saturn. The seats are low and tilt back. I hate it! LOL!!! I drive a GMC Safari. It is a TRUCK!! A big ,beautiful, roomy truck!!! I can fit 6 car seats into for 6 kids. It rocks!!! I LOVE my GMC!!! LOL!!!!

Coffee is kicking in!!

Loved all the pics Meadow!!!!!!!

Have a glorious morning.

happy2bme
02-11-2006, 12:11 PM
Good morning all,

It's cool but bright and sunny. Since we had the kind of snow that was wet and heavy, it really piled up in the tree branches. Now with the warmth of the sun, it's melting enough to make slushy bombs that fall from the great heights of the trees and whommph! below. There are trees all over here so there's no escaping them, be careful where you walk. :headache:

I hear your rant Holly. I chalk it up to people being very self absorbed. It's all about me, me, me and oh let me tell you all about me. You do something to bring folks together and they can't be bothered, yet they still complain. How are you doing on the yoga / cardio / food changes in your signature?

Wonderful pictures as always Meadow. I like your little eeking smilie too! The cats have scattered to who knows where, I'm sure we will see them again when it dries up a bit. I'm sure they would rather sit under a tree than to walk in the icy, slushy water. At least the birds get a chance to get a little more seed in before the hunters start lurking again. How are your talons feeling this morning - loved your remark and the chicken pic. You are quite witty.

Ceejay - wasn't the snow pretty? Did the doctor offer any dietary changes for the IBS besides the fiber supplement?

Shad, kind of sounds like you will not be coming home each weekend - does that mean you won't be posting as often :( - just when we got used to having you around on a regular basis. I hope the last of the ceiling comes out ok - if not consider installing timbers or textured tiles. You have infinitely more patience than I. Poor Sunday has to go to boarding school - no wonder she's not a happy little kitty.

Mel, I heard on the weather channel that our snow is drifting it's way up to you. Possible makings of a n'reaster they say - or should I say naw-eees-tah :lol: Get out the teapot, a nice warm blanket and park yourself by a window - it is pretty to watch, not to be out in. Now warnings of a noreaster - that's reason to run to the store and shore up the cupboards. Hope you are feeling better today.

Linus, it's good to hear that the baby clothes can be recycled. It's a shame they grow so fast they can only wear them for a short time. Too bad to hear about the woman who's boyfriend ditched her. It burns me that some guys delight in HOW to make a baby but won't stand up to their responsibilities after the fact :mad: It's good of you to help out. In a few years CJ will have lots of little playmates.

Hey, Milwaukee is a nice place. A bit cold in the winter but that's why they have lots of beer :lol: :cheers: My nephew and his wife live near the Harley offices. Everyone wants to work there because they think it's a cool place so it's hard to get in there. People forget it's a place of business - that the job entails more than employees riding around the lot on bikes. It is a huge place tho.

Madcat, good going on keeping up with the gym workouts. Any more progress on the wedding?

What's happened to you Miss PW? And is Nae snowed in? We seem to have lost a few faces. :(

Coffee cup is empty - must mean it's time for washing and scrubbing and I've got a newsletter to write. Have a good weekend.

Hollyhock
02-11-2006, 01:55 PM
Happy~ you pics are nice, although I did chuckle. That is what we call alight dusting here.Mild even.It is all what you are used to.

I am doing okay with my personal challenge.Last week was hard cause of 3 extra kids.
I AM about to go out for a wlak . I am feeling edgey.

HUGS!!

carla49
02-11-2006, 06:15 PM
Meadow, I haven't really gone away, am just in lurker mode. I do keep up with all of your posts, and keep planning to participate, but it had been so long I expected I had been forgotten. :cry: Just a shy little shrinking violet, that's me.

And right now I have to go get ready for a party I don't want to go to, where I will eat and drink far too much, and which will cause me to be very sorry tomorrow when I have to get up for work that will, fortunately, help with the depleted bank account. So no time for an update.

But now that I'm back, I'll try to post more regularly. Thanks for thinking of me!

Tig
02-11-2006, 07:35 PM
Meadow ~ you really brightened the weekend with the pics. You are so creative! THANKS!! :hug:

Shad
02-11-2006, 08:49 PM
Morning all,

Life just gets more interesting the further you go into it. Don't you just love it. Wouldn't be dead for quids! I see we have some Valentines smilies. Hey, cutie.

Here's some for all the loving couples here in nice relationships - like Happy, Linus, Tig, Meadow, Holly, and Painterwoman :val1: :val3: :val2: The rest will miss out on the hearts and flowers. Oooohhhhh well.

Carla, how could you think you were forgotten. We tend not to forget the ones that are on this thread. Whether they drop out for time constraint reasons or motivation reasons or whatever - we don't forget. I'm an elephant in the memory department. I remember back to the beginning.

Holly - sorry that you are developing cabin fever. I can't say that I am surprised - I'm more surprised that you are still sane - or are you??? All those kids and kittens etc.
Vent away - it often seems that the more you do for some folk, the more they find to complain about. Wouldn't matter if you gave them double gold ingots, someone would eventually complain that they weren't the right shape! :mad:

Happy - dive bombing trees :eek: :yikes: :bike: Is this one of those:
Only in the States........... tales?
I'm hoping to be home most weekends. It is only an hours drive from Wollongong to Sydney and there are planes from there every half hour. I shall try to get a late Friday flight out and late Sunday flight back. We will just have to see how it goes and how I can safely park the car at Sydney. These are things I will be investigating during the week. Some flights are as little as $89 each way which is cheaper than staying in an apartment for the weekend. Book early is the key.
Are you planning to join Tig's team to take on a SAP implementation in Milwaukee? You can be the Business Warehouse consultant.
and did they slow down in icy conditions?
Betcha booty they didn't!!!! Nice pics. The snow is just right. Here today, gone tomorrow. About as much of it as I could stand.

Meadow, thank you for the bright and shiny pictures to shake up my Sunday. They gave me a chuckle or two.

Madcat - are you out planting the rosebushes for the bridal bouquet. I have a David Austin cream/ yellow old English rose here you can use! Fabulous fragrance, fabulous texture. Just what the best dressed bride wants!

Ceejay - get on that bike and ride while you are watching tv. It's a great way to get exercise and entertainment together. Hope the doctor comes up with something to fix that IBS for you.

Well most of the plans for football and pizza went out of the window yesterday when DB2 rung to say his car was kaput in the carpark of the nearest shopping centre. He thought it was battery and he was there to pick up the daughter at 4.00 to come to watch the footy at 4.30. Off I go like a good big sister. We take out the battery, find the daughter, get back to the car, fit the new battery (after taking one back because they had sold us the wrong one) and the car still wont start. Find some friends who 'KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT CARS' according to my niece and who seem to know less than I do because I said it was either fuse, relay or solenoid and they said starter motor. The game we wanted watch is half over. Get hold of the mechanic. Get hold of the RACQ - we'll be there within an hour. I go home after 30 minutes to watch the last of the game and ring DB some 40 minutes later to find the RACQ has just arrived. The problem appears to be the cable from the relay. He can get the car going but once it is stopped, it will not be able to be started again. Arrange to meet the DB and niece at the mechanics place. Arrive home around 1 hour later. The pizza is not bad but I don't want another for some time thanks. We got to watch the last game of the night which was definitely not the game we originally set out to watch. DB is to ring me today to let me know when he needs to go pickup the son and take the daughter home.

So I am thinking about what to do today that means I won't get stuck in the middle of a job when he rings. Maybe fertilising, mulching and watering pot plants may be the go.

Better go sort myself out. What to have for lunch??????

Madcat
02-11-2006, 10:05 PM
Melly-mel~ Cattle prod anyone? Take it easy for a few days and hope you are back and pain free shortly. Feel better!

Holly~ "We all make different choices for different reasons and we all have different life experience and choose to do things differently". Those are definitely words to live by. To understand is to forgive all, as the Buddha would have said. Good attitude. Sorry that you aren't getting active participation from others in your endeavour. It's easy for people to be supportive – but try to get them to do any work is another thing - the bane of volunteer groups everywhere.

Happy ~ 1 to 3 inches??? I think toast and chocolate milk is probably perfect snow day food. :T You are probably right – it's not the snow so much as the inexperience and the lack of equipment to move the snow. On the other hand, we don't even have 3 inches here. It snowed on Friday and it was, well, nice. I missed the snow… and your pictures are so pretty. It's only when it melts and gets all slushy it's not so great. Don't you love the sound of snow falling?

Shad ~ so sorry you keep running into street accidents. I hope no one was hurt in the 4x4 accident. Good sign if the car seats were empty. That is rather frightening. Take it a bit easy today and take that nap. Glad to hear all the paperwork is finally in order, and that you getting organized. Now all you have to do is find a gym to work out in at the new location. Is there one?

Ceejay~ Is it good when ovaries shrink? I guess ruling out causes is a start. Good luck with that. Cool that the kids enjoyed the games and the victories.

Meadow ~ LOL I loved the pictures! Yes, bread leads to more bread for me too... just like eating fatty foods leads me directly to dessert. :o Better to just walk away.

Carla ~ So nice to see your head pop up above the trenches. Good luck at the party. Don't forget – drink – water – drink – water…

No further wedding stories for now. I am taking the weekend off from the hunt for a dress. I'm enlisting the help of a friend from out of town maybe next weekend. Shad, your roses sound great. I love the sound of them. I was actually thinking of white roses… and then white flowers elsewhere, but it all depends on the colour of the stinkin' dress.

Had lunch out with the in-laws. Portugeuse fish and chips.. and now I am having a very "musical bum" night. Good thing I am loved.:joker:

Been watching the Olympics. The poor Italian Woman's hockey team were humiliated by the Canadian team. They lost 16-0 and only managed 5 shots on the Canadian goal. Host country or no host coutry, that was just mean to even put them on the ice. But I have to say they never gave up... Pretty impressive.:cp:

Hollyhock
02-11-2006, 10:25 PM
Hi Shad! Definitely spend time in the garden!!!

I am enjoying some solitude. Everyone else here went to bed at 9pm!! Yeah!!
The walk was perfect. Our road is a two lane highway that links the US border and Toronto. Hence an abundance of truck traffic. It is the back way.
I would NEVER walk it with the kids. On the weekend there are less trucks. At night there's still lots of trucks and it is really, really dark. You cannot see a person at the side of the road. So those are my excuses.
IF~ I got up at 6am, had a quick coffee and a big glass of water and was out the door by 6:15 and back by 6:45 hubby could leave for work then. I could do this every day. It is 1.5 miles to the next side road and back. It the summer he leaves at 6am. I WILL not get up at 5:15. But it is light at night til 9-10pm.
This is doalbe. I like walking and it gets me outa here.
I love having, actually I need a few hours to myself at night. That is why I am often up til midnight~1am. I am not sure I can live without that time but would need to sacrifice some to get up earlier.I need 7 hours sleep to function well and be healthy.

Miss Mad~ you snuck in. HUGS!! Lots of Olympic watching here. DS watched every minute of the game.

Of to watch Debbie Travis and dream about decorating my livingroom.

Love you chickies!!!

Hollyhock
02-12-2006, 08:30 AM
The garage is looking for a good used motor for my van. I think I will be vanless til thurs.
We are looking at $2000. Still less expensive than any other alternative.

The boys are going to hockey for 10 am. I have a friend picking up me and DD for church at 10:45. Newsletter is ready to go.
Annual meeting at church and then I have a friend,her niece and puppy coming out to get their hair cut.
Half the housework is done. Hubby vacuumed!!

Have a glorious day. Blessings.

happy2bme
02-12-2006, 10:45 AM
Anybody with a spare snow shovel want to head over to Mel's? They are getting battered with blizzard like conditions. Anywhere between 12 to 24 inches of snow expected. :yikes: I hope this keeps your phone and doorbell quiet my buddy, but it will probably make everyone in the building more aggitated than usual. Stay warm and dry!

Holly - that road you speak of sounds downright scary at any time of day or night. It is your only option for walking? Surely you have other side roads, even if it meant doing laps on your own street.

Madcat - ahhh the sound of snow falling. Yes, a dark, quiet night and for some reason it has to be really cold too, but if you listen carefully - you can hear the snow falling. To me it's one of the most peaceful sounds that can be heard :cloud9:

Besides the new Valentine's smilies that Shad pointed out, we have another one called running :running:

Speaking of which, I'd better do too. Lots to get done and Sunday's always fly by so quickly. Make it a good one.

Ruthxxx
02-12-2006, 11:49 AM
Hiya, Sweeties. Just popping in to snoop. I wish to heck I could find time to comment and post but I do try to keep up.
Madcat, my offer of a garden wedding here still stands! I can't guarantee roses but I do have lovely peonies betimes.
Shad, I thank you for the border advice. I wish I could say I was flying over soon but Miss Lucy is going to be bred around March 1 and then I'll be gearing up for midwife duties by May1 and puppy care until they go to their new homes by the end of June.
Big hugs to everyone.

ceejay52
02-12-2006, 12:23 PM
Hello Miss Ruth :wave: Pop in any time.

Happy-- I did get bombarded from the snow falling off the branches yesterday. It was cold ! At first I thought someone threw a snow ball at me. As of now, no other instructions for the IBS were given except to take the fiber laxative. I thought I had been getting enough fiber, evidently I had not.

Holly--Do be careful walking that dangerous road.

Shad-- Starting a new job in a different area is a bit overwhelming. Things will fall into place.

Madcat--An outside spring wedding sounds devine.

Hello to carla, tig and meadow. :wave: Hope your day goes well.

For some reason I woke up a few minutes early so I decided to get my 2 mile bike ride done before I came to work. So far I've just had 2 phone calls, one sewer and one power related.

I told myself earlier this morning that it seems I have more health issues than either of my siblings. Therefore, I 'm going to take the time out to take my meds each morning, eat right and exercise. The IBS is causing my up and down weight gain. Taking care of me is my number on priority.

Hollyhock
02-12-2006, 05:55 PM
My kids are doing their Valentines for school.
I had a "nap". I say I nap but mostly I go to my room and shut the door and read or watch a quiet show or close my eyes. I set the kitchen timer downstairs and no one is allowed in unless the bell goes.
I would love to go for a walk too.
I have a chicken and rice casserole in the oven. Smells yummy.

The Annual Meeting at church was good. I spoke about some concerns and it was a positive convo.I got some fab feedback for my Newsletter. Nice.

I want to clean the dingroom tonight. I aways get a 2nd wind after the kids go to bed but I clean when I can squeeze it in. I dont want to start a week with a huge pile on the diningroom table.

Planning tomorrow~ need to make heart shaped cookies for school on Tues, do a load of whites, find a ride for the Avon meeting

That road is our road, right in front of our house. I can drive to the village to walk too.

HUGS!!!!

linus
02-12-2006, 07:19 PM
im here im tired and i got absolutly sloshed last night
bye for now
kirsty

happy2bme
02-12-2006, 07:55 PM
im here im tired and i got absolutly sloshed last night
bye for now
kirsty

I'd say after all that happened you deserved to tie one on. :cheers: I hope the night was great and the hangover is teeny weenie

Meadow
02-12-2006, 08:55 PM
Someone from another forum who lives on the Jersey shore posted this pic from her yard today :eek: Is the view from your window nice Mel? Must be a winter wonderland your side of the world today :D

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/snow-trees.jpg

Shad
02-13-2006, 05:06 AM
Evening all,

Very busy day today. And darned hot and muggy as well. I can hear thunder in the background so won't be here for long.

Had my hair done again today. Streaked, cut, polished - well maybe not, but that is what it felt like for a while. So that job is out of the way. Thank heavens for a hairdresser who will put herself out to do the job with a short notice. Even tho' it seems to take so long to do, I didn't mind the effort today. Was a quiet patch in an otherwise hectic day.
Had an argument with the Visa card providers. Heck they like their pounds worth of flesh. Last month I paid the card 3 days late so they charged interest on the late payment. Fair enough. This month they charged for interest. What's it for? Well get this. The original charge was for the interest calculated on the outstanding amount when the payment was due. This charge is for the extra 3 days it was late. I think that just sounded the death knell for that card. I will go find one that is a much lower interest rate and send this lot packing. The frequent flyer points are just not worth this hassle.
I've also been checking out accommodation in Wollongong. Just waiting to hear back from a couple of the serviced apartment people so I can make a decision. I have asked to negotiate a rate from Sunday to Friday so I can come home weekends. Since it is for at least 3 months, they might play ball. It's worth asking anyway.

I've faxed contracts, agreements and signed my life away. Had a problem with the fax machine, but seemed to fix that by threatening it with redundancy and extinction.

Still got a bit to do on todays list, but will knock off now and do that tomorrow and hope that it wont be too muggy to breathe tomorrow. Having lunch with the DB1 and SIL tomorrow. That will be interesting and fun. No doubt a big discussion on money since they are both obsessed with it.

Tomorrow I will get up early and reply to today's posts. Better get off here for now and think about tomorrow and what it will bring.