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Shad
12-01-2006, 11:29 PM
Check out the site. Check out Santa's Office and the smile gallery.
http://groups.msn.com/965172qg02rbm4ek3a6e7udur5/

Take no notice of any prices, we get it for free. It will take Suzi and I a while to get there since we have the furtherest to go but it will be fun. We'll move on to somewhere warmer after New Year and leave Santa to sleep it all off.

See you all on Santa's Knee

Welcome back Painterwoman.

Happy - the 'cutie' in the blue shirt is DB2!!! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :lol3:
:lol3: :lol3:


Shad
12-02-2006, 01:09 AM
Family reunion shots on webshots - try this link - click on the picture.

http://thumb19.webshots.net/t/51/151/0/49/14/2760049140027147319EjjOLM_th.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/album/556156475irHPam)

MELODY525
12-02-2006, 08:40 AM
:elf: Sleigh bells ring
are you listening
in the lane
snow is glistening
A beautiful sight
we're happy tonight
walking in a winter wonderland

Gone away is the bluebird
here to stay is a new bird
He sings a love song
as we go along
walking in a winter wonderland

In the meadow we can build a snowman
Then pretend that he is Parson Brown
He'll say: Are you married?
we'll say: No man
But you can do the job
when you're in town

Later on
we'll conspire
as we dream by the fire
To face unafraid
the plans that we've made
walking in a winter wonderland

In the meadow we can build a snowman
and pretend that he's a circus clown
We'll have lots of fun with mister snowman
until the other kids knock him down

When it snows
ain't it thrilling
Though your nose gets a chilling
We'll frolic and play
the Eskimo way
walking in a winter wonderland

Walking in a winter wonderland
Walking in a winter wonderland


All my bags are packed and ready to go....la la la la
Lots of singing going on over here!!

I needed a change...Thanks Shad!!! I will go and look at all the pics when the eyes wake up. Sorry to hear about your garden. Wish we could send Oz some rain!!! This la nina/el nino thing is really affecting all the countries with some very strange weather. The storm that was headed this way took a turn again and went back into Canada from wence it came via the New England states. We missed the snow but the temps are dropping. Enjoy your time off!!!:hug:

Happy~ I was lying in bed and thought of how MANY books I bought and are STILL unread :rofl: All murder mysteries:devil: Jen picked up some Activia yogurt and my stomah etc feels better. Are you all decorated yet??? Ready for company?? What's on the agenda for the weekend?? Been naughty or nice??? The game sounded funny....bet it's a real crowd pleaser!!:carrot:

Ceejay~ I will keep the nephew in my thoughts. God every time I think of it I am horrified! Such an awful thing to have happen. Sending him healing vibes. :hug:
You are giving me moitivation to get my little tree out this weekend and just bite the bullet and DO IT!! :carrot:
Hope you will be feeling 100% soon!!!:hug:

Painter~ HELLO OUR SOUTHERN FRIEND:hug:
I am so pleased to see you. think of you often and wonder how you are. Glad to hear about the gym and the drug. Aren't drugs great when you can find that "special" one!!!
May it continue to work!:hug: Loosening up in the gym and getting moving again should help keep the joints more limber too. That was such an awful thing to happen to the woman's husband! OMG and a Holiday to boot. Double sadness for her. I keep saying life is too short but it's also so unpredictable. You are soooo right. :hug: Glad you stopped in!!:carrot: I have those fat and skinny days too. :rofl: Gotta love the SKINNY ones :belly:

Suzi~ How has your gym been? do you still go with hubby?
I keep thinking of your "getaway" night with hubby....hope it's a christmas dream come true for both of you! :hug:

I forget what was on the other forum now!!! :lol3: :lol3:
Should have taken notes. Yes, Happy, Jen did the windows and Antoinette decorated the lobby. Jen took pics and I need to get the camera from her and download them. She took pics of the Fall windows too before they got washed off. I think I am repeating myself from the other day. Just deja vu :dance: Nothing new to report.... did I say the 2 lbs gained are gone again? The eyes are being a real drag these past few days.... winter is here!!! Need to get back into the soaksdrops routine again and not sit here suffering like a fool:dizzy: Have a great weekend. I am off to dry my hair and drag out the tree!! Not necessarily at the same time! :moped:
:sunny: Happy Saturday/Sunday!!! :sunny:


ceejay52
12-02-2006, 11:22 AM
It's December!!!

Mel--Good for you in losing those extra pounds.:bravo: Don't over do on dragging out that tree. I've just put up a few decorations, one is the little snow village. bought a new one this year in honor of my dad. It's a barber shop. I found a fiber optic 12 inch tree that I'm going to use. I'm thinking about getting a couple of more. I want one for the snow village and one to sit by the minature fire place where I've placed Sant taking a bubble bath. The Santa is an ornament that my sister got me one year.

Shad--I've been through Santa Claus, Indiana or Illinois in February when I drove to Louisville, Ky. I'll go back to check things out.

I had a happy suprise this morning. The scale was nice to me and said 179.6.
I thinks it's because I've been sick with the "crud" as th doctor's are calling it. I have not completed the measure thing yet.

Painter Woman--Glad you are back. :hugs:

Happy-- are you awake yet?

Suzi and Madcat. hello

happy2bme
12-03-2006, 12:04 AM
Lapland? Does that mean I have to work harder to get rid of my belly so that I HAVE a lap? :rofl:

Actually, thanks Shad for finding us a fun place to spend the holidays at. I kind of breezed through the links but missed the smile gallery somehow. I think it will be fun here. I liked the part about Santa not being able to live at the North Pole because there would be nothing for the reindeer to eat.

Can we move Meadow's Christmas chick here too so I can look at it each day instead of having to back peddle through the threads? Please Meadow, please, please, please repost???? Thank you!

Shad, what a great looking family you have there. Brothers and Sister and Sons and Nieces and Nephews. Thanks for the close up so I could read DN's T-shirt. I like it! :lol: How nice that you have such nice pictures of everyone from this special party - especially when there's a sea to fly over when you have to get together.

Mel, it's good to hear you singing again. Things always seem to go better when you are singing along. No, I don't have all my decorating done. Didn't even start really. No way will I get everything done by Tuesday so I have to pick just what the important bits are and focus on them. Still trying to get through the book too. And I have to bake a coffee cake Monday and make Kolacky. I am regretting deeply that I have gone astray from Fly Lady. I'm glad you managed to shake those 2 new pounds. Do the peepers give you problems when it's warm and dry in the house? I had to put a pot of water to simmer on the stove yesterday. Then had to leave myself a note to remember to turn the stove off when I went to bed as I had already left the house for a short while while the stove was on knowing I was going to do just that very thing! Time to get out the much safer humidifier. My skin is all dry and itchy. Yes, I know DRINK MORE WATER, huh :dizzy:

Congrats on loosing some yourself Ceejay. I like the idea of the simple Chistmas decorations - easy to put up and just as easy to take down and put away. I don't feel like doing the big fancy decorating thing anymore - even if I finally DO have a long banister that I can wrap pine garland and lights around like I always wanted to. Trouble is, now I NEED to hold on to the bannister and I'd probably destroy the garland coming down the stairs or fall and pierce myself with pine needles. :lol: I think I will do a few decorations in each room with some nice things over the fireplace mantle. Would love to get a real balsam wreath again so the room smells ahhhhhhh. I love having a real Christmas tree but it's impossible if we are going away for Christmas. Even with no lights on I would be afraid to have it in the house. So we will do our traditional white tree.

Don't know if it was the cold weather last night but the moon is almost full and last night in the wee hours when we run fast to go make our own "wee" I checked on the porch for the feral cat that sometimes takes a warm snuggle into the blankets we leave out for him. I peeked out the window and the moon was just blazing bright. It was about 3am so the moon was setting and somewhat low in the sky. It hurt my eyes to look at it, that's how bright it was. Very neat though.

Got my hair colored and cut today. I had her cut it short (well to the bottom of my ears which is as short as I will go). She covered up more of the gray in front and added a few more blond highlights. It really came out nice if I say so myself. I can poof it up, bend it, flip it out or curl it - pretty easy to style. And no chemical burns this time either ;)

Ok, I'd better go read for another hour and then hit the sack. DH cleared out the parlor / office that we will use to put the Christmas tree in. I'd better get the tree started tomorrow or I will hear about it since he kind of snapped to it when I asked him to get the extra computer and table out of the room so I could decorate. Going to be a busy day tomorrow.

G'night chicks. Enjoy your Sunday.

Hollyhock
12-03-2006, 12:18 AM
Very handsome and delightfully happy looking family Shad. You were just beaming. Beautiful dress set too.

Waving HI!!!!

Shad
12-03-2006, 12:44 AM
I'm adding some more photos as we speak. Got a disc of Simon's digitals. Go back and check it out again tomorrow. There is also an album of the cousins at the zoo. Gotta run. Plane to catch and I'm not packed yet.

Tig
12-03-2006, 06:41 AM
Popping in! Lapland - great choice, Shad! I'm going to go check out the zoo.

We've got our decorations up and we've got all our shopping done. I've been working on getting the wrapping finished so we can get everything mailed tomorrow. Having the thugs overseas did get us motivated.

I've been exercising every day - either running, working with weights, swimming, or doing a WATP tape. It seems like it takes no time at all to put on the pounds and forever to chase them off.

Work doesn't seem to let up at all. We're as busy as ever. I thought I'd be off yesterday, but worked after all. We're supposed to get Christmas day off. We'll see.....

MELODY525
12-03-2006, 08:10 AM
OMG!!! :yikes: I FORGOT ABOUT THE PHONE CALL!! SHAD I AM SO SORRY....I JUST READ YOUR POST AND REMEMBERED. DID YOU TRY TO CALL? I KNOW WE HADN'T SET A TIME BUT I WAS GOING TO TURN OFF THE PC ANYWAY AND FORGOT. SO SORRY!!! :faint:GUESS I GOT CARRIED AWAY WITH SORTING OUT XMAS STUFF. HOPE THE TRIP HOME GOT YOU SOME TIME FOR YOURSELF AS WELL. :hug: I LOVED THE DRESS! EVERYONE LOOKS VERY PLEASED WITH THEM SELVES AND I AM GOING BACK TO LOOK AT THE T-SHIRT AND SEE IF I CAN READ IT TOO....DIDN'T THINK TO TRY!! :rofl: MORE PICS YOU SAY??? YOU KNOW HOW I LOVE PICTURES!!

HAPPY~YOU NEED THE DH TO READ TO YOU WHILE YOU DO THE FLYLADY THING!!! BTW...NO MATTER HOW MUCH I DRINK, THE SKIN IS DRY :rofl: LAST WINTER ONE NIGHT WE HAD AM EMERGENCY. WHEN I GOT BACK I SAW THE MOON AND IT WAS THAT EYE HURTING BRIGHT ALSO. REMINDED ME OF.........
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.
THE ONLY THING MISSING WAS SANTA AND THE REINDEER!! :santa:

CEEJAY~ GREAT THAT YOU ARE IN THE 170'S!!! HURRAY!!!
:cheer: I AM SO HOPING TO FOLLOW YOU! I REMEMBER CHASING AFTER YOU WHEN WE ALL JOURNALED TOGETHER. I ALSO KEPT IT SIMPLE. JUST THE TREE AND SOME XMASSY TOUCHES IN THE KITCHEN AND BEDROOM. JEN CAME DOWN AND SAID SHE WAS DOING THE SAME THING ALSO. SOMETIMES I THINK WE NEED TO GET BACK TO BASICS. LOVED THE IDEA OF SANTA IN THE BUBBLES!! :rofl:

TIG~ FORGOT THE THUGS WERE STILL THERE!! FOR SOME REASON I THOUGHT THEY WERE HOME HERE. HOPING YOU GET THE HOLIDAY OFF!!! WHAT ARE THEY THINKING??? :tantrum:

YESTERDAY WAS PRETTY PRODUCTIVE. SORTED AND TOSSED SOME OLD XMAS STUFF. HAD JEN LOOK TO SEE IF SHE WANTED TO RESCUE ANYTHING. LOL
THE GRANDSON COOPERATED AND JUST SAT WATCHING............FROM THE TOP OF MY HEAD!!!! HE LIKES TO GET A BIRD'S EYE VIEW:rofl: :rofl:
GUESS HE WAS NOSY ABOUT ALL THE DOINGS. I AM MORE PATIENT AND I THINK THAT'S WHY HE LIKES TO GET UP CLOSE AND SEE WHAT I AM DOING. JEN'S ALWAYS YELLING AND TOSSING HER ARMS AROUND :tantrum: HE'S VERY CURIOUS. GOD KNOWS WHAT HE DOES WHEN I AM OUT!!! LOKS LIKE THE ROSACEA IS LEAVING THE FACE BUT GOING INTO THE LEFT EYE. GOING TO SEE IF I CAN STOP IT BEFORE IT GETS WORSE. I GOT THE FIRST SIGN YESTERDAY. SIGH.
THE SAGA CONTINUES. WHY WASN'T I BORN "NORMAL" INSTEAD OF BEAUTIFUL AND RICH??? :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
NEXT STOP IS THE KITCHEN. I FINALLY FEEL HUNGRY!
HAPPY SUNDAY :moped:

Madcat
12-03-2006, 08:45 AM
Thanks for setting up the new thread, Shad. Funny, but I was always told that the North Pole was in Canada, which would make Santa a full-on Canuck. :lol: :hohoho: :snowball: Ok, well we do have the Magnetic North Pole. Can you imagine Santa in a lumber jacket and a toque? Merry Xmas, eh?

I am starting to feel a bit better and a bit more Christmas-y. The initial new job shock has worn off, but I am still really exhausted. I think I have a cavity causing my sinus infection to flair up. I must remember to make a dentist appointment – though my dentist seems to have disappeared from his old office. Guess I'll have to find a new one. Such a pain.

Today is going to be a re-org day. We bought two small side tables and two new lamps yesterday - setting them up, however, means a fair amount of moving and sorting and shuffling of other furniture. A bit daunting really, but the results will be good. I'll finally have light to read by on my side of the couch :lol: I'll dig the Xmas decorations out of storage at the same time. Probably won't actually decorate until next weekend: unless I'm feeling very ambitious. There is just so much clutter to wrangle today. Must get that lasso out. :lol:

Shad, I agree with happy DB2 is a cutie. You have a very nice looking family. Travel well. Hope you enjoyed your time at home.

Mel ~ Thanks for the song. Yeah, certainly do not suffer unnecessarily. Do whatever you can to make your life easier. Don't drag the tree out by your wet hair…:lol:

Painter~ I missed you. Now I'll have to go back and reread the other thread.

Ceejay~ Congrats on your loss. Good going.

Happy~ Maybe Santa will bring us laps for Christmas? :lol: I'm glad you had better luck with the haircut this time.

Holly~ Hi there!

Tig~ You are only getting Christmas day off? Yikes! You are doing such a good job of keeping up with the exercise though. Impressive.

And all my wishes to all the other chicks. If I am going to get everything done today I better get a move on.

happy2bme
12-03-2006, 10:10 AM
Hi ladies,

Lots to get done today. I sat in a chair reading last night and I was shocked to see when I got up that it was almost 2am! I'm surprised I wasn't getting sleepy. At first I thought we were going to have to reshedule the book club meeting (which would have been ok with me honestly) but then 2 more people responding. 5 of our 6 regulars can make it which is enough to hold the meeting. The house is a disaster, I did some work yesterday but it doesn't seem to have made a dent, I know that just doing the tree alone will take most of the day and I have almost 200 pages of the book left to read. By 7pm Tuesday. And did I mention I have some baking to do. Of course no one is forcing me to make home baked goods are there? I have decided against making Christmas cookies - too much work. The coffee cake I'm going to make is pretty simple. And some of the other ladies are bringing treats too so I have to keep in mind that I do not have to do it all myself.

Madcat, the tables and lamps sound really nice. I have to do that too. I can really understand your statement about it being nice to have light by the couch. Have fun with the furniture rearranging - don't go hurting anything. Those furniture slider things they have now are fantastic. You just need 2 people - one to lift the furniture and one to slide the slider in when you start and out when you're done. I don't know how they can claim one person can do it all by themselves. I never thought much about Santa being a Canuck, but it does fit, doesn't it. Santa in plaid on his off days :santa: :rofl:

Ok Mel, now when I peek at the moon again, I will go back to bed with the poem running through my head. I think I could use your help to not only decorate but also let go of lots of old Christmas decorations. I have an attic full of them and it scares me that I have quite a few boxes in the garage that are marked "Christmas stuff". Where did this all come from? Oh man, I sure hope you can halt the rosacea from going to your eyes again - however you halt the dastardly problem. :hug:

Hi Tig, I am proud of you - getting all that exercise in while you're so busy. You are a tribute to the saying that you must take time for yourself first! Sorry to hear work is sucking your life away - have to work on Christmas Day! No way - at least I hope not. Geez...

Hi back at you Holly :wave:

Shad, hope you got everything together and caught that plane. Sounds like you crammed alot into your not very "long" weekend back home. Hope you got a bit of recharging of your batteries so you can hit the bricks refreshed. Will look forward to more pictures from you.

With that, hellos to the rest. Must get off this computer if I'm going to get anything accomplished today. Bye :wave:

Shad
12-03-2006, 07:31 PM
Morning all,

Back in Townsville after an eventful flight - storms in Brisbane closed the Airport for an hour, the incoming plane got diverted to Coolangatta and took another hour to come back. We had a very bumpy ride most of the way and got in very late indeed. Such is life as a traveller.

Thanks for the nice comments on the family 'do'. They are not a bad bunch - as bad bunches go and we do happen to care for each other.

I went to have lunch with DNiece yesterday but the queue's were so long and there was a 25 minute delay in the kitchen - this meant that she would have been late back to work so we have planned more time over the Christmas break. DB2, DS2 and family and I went to breakfast together in the morning. Lot's of family stuff.

I might be keeping up with the exercise etc, but there is no weight loss coming, and if I don't take the water tablets weight gain is dramatic. So I am going to have to eat strictly to plan. There is no way I want to exceed the all time high of 80kg. again. This is so hard. And it is annoying me. What does one have to do to get the bloody stuff off???? I tried on 3 outfits this morning before finding something to wear to work that wouldn't:
a: suffocate me
b: strangle me
c: looked halfway reasonable.
Guess it might be time to visit the doc and find out if there is a reason for this continual niggling rise.

Good to hear from the troops this weekend.
Tig - always good to hear from you. Is it this coming year you are planning to go visit the Thugs and their parents??? When???
I'm sorry to hear that the DD has not been well but glad to hear that she is on the road to recovery.

Nice to hear from Painter also - do drop in again. You don't have to talk weight if you don't want to, but it is good to hear that you are exercising. Takes a while to get the weight going down, inches tend to disappear first and that is just as good.

Mel, I did try to ring at the normal time, but figured that since we hadn't set a real date and time that it just wasn't going to happen. Not to worry. After Christmas will be okay. I don't get home again until the 24th.
The Night before Christmas - oh boy that brings back memories. I know that poem off by heart. Or at least I did!

Ceejay - Good for you on beating that darned scale. These victories are few and far between.

Happy - so pleased that the haircut and colour worked this time. Sounds nice.

Madcat - So Santa is actually Canadian. Oooookay. I think the Laplanders might have something to say about that. Santa in plaid is a novel thought.
I like the sound of the new furnishings too.

Okay - for those I haven't yet spoken to sorry, I'll try to get back later. Meantime there is doco to be done and some learner tech writers to educate and waylay!

See ya

Shad
12-03-2006, 09:53 PM
Forgot to mention - saga of the unit AGAIN.

Cleaner came in on Friday and of course I was away. She turned the dishwasher on - it had only 3 things in it for petes sake. Then she unloaded it. I can't find where she has put the chopping board. I've searched high and low and in the middle. Where on earth, in a place where there is little storage, would anyone put a chopping board? The black hole for chopping boards obviously exists and is hungry!!!! :rofl: :rofl: I'll keep you posted

Meadow
12-03-2006, 11:26 PM
I believe!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/skatingsanta.gifhttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/santa-skatinghohoho.gif
The snowflake chick returns for Happy :D Pilsbury has dump on the tray sugar cookies that look like a snowman, super easy, if you want to do some festive baking, easy way ;) Good luck with the book club and your reading. I'm reading "The once and future King" by T. H. White... King Arthur, Merlin and Robin Hood all packed in one volume of brave adventure.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/littlechickflake.jpg

Shad-check the top of the microwave, that is where my husband always hides our cutting board ;) I'm glad you journey ended safely. It was great to see the pictures of your gathering. I had heard so much of the planning it was nice to see some of the images of the people involved. I liked your red outfit too, you looked content and happy with your gang :hug: I'm sorry your roses are missing your attention, can't one of your kids water and mulch for you?

Mel-take care of your eyes! Do you have a cooling mask that you stick in the freezer and pull out to calm things down? Tea bags leave a stain... cucumber slices smell good but they don't conform to your eye socket very well... yummy to snack on :) What Christmas tune are you singing today?:queen:

Holly-I read your journal entry yesterday... I hope the perspective is more positive. You are a treasure and should be treated as such. Some cyber smiles and hugs, I'm thinking of you :D :D :D :D :hug: :hug: :hug:

Madcat-have my pics made you feel more Christmasy? Did you play some Christmas CDs while you were arranging things? I have them on all the time while I am reading my book, I just adore Christmas carols :) :coolsnow:

Tig-Jeepers, they can't make you work on Christmas can they? Isn't that illegal except if you are in the restaurant biz? Sounds like you have your Christmas cheer on display early... wow, wrapping already?! My purchases are still hiding in bags, I don't think I have Christmas wrapping paper actually, whoops, that will need buying:)

PainterWoman-:coffee2: :cheer2: Welcome back into the fold, you know we miss you when you don't check in. How goes it? I made a large canvas with mixed media, twigs, pics from magazines and acrylics the other day, my kids like it:twirly: Have you been getting your artist groove on?

Suzi-how hot is it? are you drinking your water and wearing a hat when you are out and about? Are you breaking out into Christmas carols in the stores?

Ceejay-:bravo: keep up the momentum. If I could just get back into a routine of exercise I know I could get my scale moving. Damn this highly effective storage unit body of mine:mad: :bb: I know... you know... I know

happy2bme
12-03-2006, 11:58 PM
Thank you Meadow - :hug:

Shad, you looked fabulous in the red outfit. You look so good in red you should be Santa's helper :mrsclaus: Tell one of those elves to get busy on the lathe and make you a cutting board. ;) I sure do hope the work itself is fun on this contract because everything else outside the office sure is bonkers including the crummy flight back, bummer.

I am still behind which just means as much won't get done. I am worried about the tree tho - it's an all evening affair. If I do it tomorrow, nothing else gets done. I can whip up the coffee cake tommorrow without a problem. Opted for fresh fruit and veggies as side items - pre-packaged and cut, less work and stress for me.

I have an hour before bedtime. Should make the best use of it. Nighty night.

PainterWoman
12-04-2006, 01:14 AM
I wonder if I was depressed....
Just realized that not only am I back on the forums, but I actually went to church this morning... and ENJOYED being there. :rofl:
I know I don't HAVE to post about weight here, but when I blow my efforts off, I tend not to come here because I don't want to be reminded. Self-denial and self-indulgence have a perverse relationship in my world -- can you tell.

I like the idea of Santa being a Canuck!

Since I've avoided the CHAOS cures(Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome-- because house is not clean) advocated by flylady I haven't started any Xmas decorating either. DD is coming on the 22nd... but I'm going THERE first. She has a new place in Rhode Island (promotiion and re-location)... and DS and GF are in MA in a place I haven't seen yet. DH's birthday is the 19th. So there are logistics that have taken precedence over decor... although I'd love to have lights, candles and pot-pourri (or at least a good spray scent!!) to enjoy sooner rather than later.

Meadow-- this is a perfect time of year to be reading OAFK. I loved it. Magical, indeed. (and thanks for the skating santa's I snagged the gif's... quite a collection now.)

Shad-- our acrylic cutting boards are reproducing. To you think there is some transmogrification happening in the wooden board black hole?

Happy-- what were you reading that was exciting til 2 am? I am reading Selected Topics in Calamity Physics. I'm not exactly zipping along, but I love the writing and "voice." I zipped through ALL 30+ of the RB Parker Spencer novels this fall. Now THAT was fun!

Madcat-- I missed quite a bit... is your new job your choice? that usually makes it a bit easier to cope... and harder if not. I hope you track down a dentist. As I found out from my joint pain saga, pain really effects your WHOLE self... and drags you down in a sneaky sneaky way.

Mel -- I'm having a hard time hydrating enough so I'm not flaky, too. My skin, I mean. I'll probably ALWAYS be a bit flaky. :lol:

Tig-- Lapland indeed!! I hope to find a lap rather than lumps and the sooner the better.

Best to all.

MELODY525
12-04-2006, 07:58 AM
I AM ON THE RUN. I JUST FOUND OUT THAT THE OTHER HALF OF ARTS & CRAFTS HASN'T BEEN GOTTEN READY AND I ONLY HAVE TWO DAYS TO GET IT GOING. WEDS IS THE CLASS. :tantrum: WILL TRY AND CATCH UP TONITE OR TOMORROW NITE.
SENDING LOVE AND HUGS :moped:

happy2bme
12-04-2006, 08:47 AM
Morning chicks,

I too will have to do with a fly by. :wave: Will probaby be lurking today and tomorrow - back Wednesday for sure. :grouphug:

Sounds like things are on the up and up Painter. I am reading "Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons" by Lorna Landvik.

Doesn't Meadow have the best graphics to steal, ummm I mean borrow/recycle :o :lol:

Have fun on the run Mel. Hope the next art project is a low stress, high results one. Don't come "unglued" - ha ha, get it ? :rofl:

Gotta run ladies. Have a good one.

Hollyhock
12-04-2006, 12:40 PM
Mrs Madcat- If that is what Santa looks like then my kids hit the jackpot cause it is their dear old Dad!!! LOL!!!
Working on my biggest avon order of the year. Will put me 3rd in the district.And pay for both hockey and gymnastics and chirstmas for this year!!

I am going shopping tomorrow. Haven't put up a tree yet. Lots of CHAOS with the windows(which are fabulous BTW) going in but that is under control now.

Love to the worldly chicks.

PainterWoman
12-04-2006, 03:30 PM
Hhock: Contrats on Avon panning out... I know how much hockey costs... now THAT's impressive!!

Happy -- I've so enjoyed Landvik!

Had another "no food after dinner" night last night. Whew. I AM wonderful... :D

MELODY525
12-04-2006, 04:54 PM
Madcat~ gee and i thought santa was an ex pat from the good ole usa!! :rofl: New hubby, new job, new car, nmew furniture....been a pretty good year huh???? :dance: :hug:

O Happy of the busy bee book club~ good luck this week and don't forget to send all the leftover goodies home with the attendees!!! :rofl:

Shad of Toonville....I mean Townsville. :lol3: Yes we will catch up over the Hols and maybe by that time I won't be crying on the phone wasting $$$$$$! :rofl: Good for you getting in the family time!!! OK you go to the Drs and when you get the answer then maybe both of us will know the reason why the weight is a PIA!!!!!
Keep us p[osted on the saga of the unit and the mysterious disappearing cutting board. Maybe you should be writing booksd instead of pc work!!!!!

Meadow~ That chick makes me laugh!! too cute really.
Both cold and heat exacerbate the rosacea. It's really only internally controlled. When I learn how to control myself and what goes into me, then it will probably vanish again. I am going thru a lot of "heady" stuff right now and it's all taking it's toll out on my FACE :tantrum:
I am going to watch Sarah's dvds again this weekend I think......good to relax with! :hug:

PW~ when you went to church, the roof held up???? :rofl:
Maybe that is where I need to go. Tell god all my problems while I am in HIS house....he might hear me better there anyway!!! rhode Island should be a lovely place to spend some Holiday time. Nothing like a New England!! Happy birthday DH!!!! :balloon:

OK I think I am all caught up now. Tried to remember all I read. time for a shower and TV. NOTHING ELSE!!
Jen came down and helped me get caught up. Over 20 wreath kits are counted out and all bagged up ready to be made. ....60 xmas balls have ribbon hangars and are all ready to be decorated. I had a bit of a crying spell this morning in the maint. room. People fled!!! all but the men. they stayed with me while I got myself back together. It was all about stress. I am totally saturated and facing a lot of demons.....but I WILL GET TO THE END OF THIS TUNNEL IF IT KILLS ME! :rofl: I really need to stop running away from the "facts" of my lkife and just get on with it. I can feel the changes coming but they are painfully slow. Well maybe cause I have put them off for 59 years!!?!?!?!?
I always say you gotta cry before you can smile and my crying time is here.....now I need to get past it and move on.... better get off the pity wagon and get in the shower.
Sweet dreams :cloud9:and good morning sunshines!:sunny:

ceejay52
12-04-2006, 06:04 PM
Just popping in to say hello.
Loving the Christmas spirit.

Shad
12-05-2006, 12:02 AM
You are a busy lot. My connection here is so slow that I often get timed out. Working on Rocking Rod (IT specialist) to get it sped up.

The chopping board is found. It was hidden under an oven tray in the drawer which holds plastic food containers and kitchen utensils like colanders and graters. It's white and the drawer is lined in white so it got lost in the drawer. One of the other trainers is in an apartment across the road from me. She is now being accused of keeping a pet in the apartment! It's all fun. Job is going okay although I think the powers that be are becoming blinded by technology. :dizzy:

Not feeling very bright today. Didn't sleep well last night. Have no idea why. Today I have had two junior tech writers put under my wing so life is becoming interesting. Now I am a mentor. :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: Jeez, I hope they don't turn out like me. :lol3: :lol3: :lol3:

Better go see what I can do to upset the apple cart. I'm trying to do a comparison between old and new and some technocrat has come up with an analysis, however I have no idea what the list is trying to tell me. Obviously my brain is shutting down.

I'll be back tomorrow hopefully to make rude remarks on your posts.

happy2bme
12-05-2006, 08:32 AM
Morning chicks,

Shad - I have a theory. It appears the person who last sat in the chair you most sit in at the apartment was a dimwit. All the dimwit energy is still in the chair and when you sit at night it is encircling you and giving you brain fug. :rofl: Seriously, I don't envy you right now - trying to figure out this particular company's world and teach it to 2 new chicklettes. :eek: Good spirits with you and a bit of the extra brain power.

Aw Mel, once again wish we could just sit and talk :cofdate: Til then :hug:

Hello Ceejay, Painter and Holly and the rest of you lot. Wish I could post more but my allotted 10 minutes is up. Things are going well - I think I might just have the house and myself in order for book club tonight. I will be doing the old stash and dash of extra stuff from the kitchen to the laundry - just ran out of time to get it all done. Oh well, that will be the first things I tackle tomorrow.

Have a good one folks.

Hollyhock
12-05-2006, 09:05 AM
Channellng some Christmas spirit from here to take with me to go shopping. My list is ready. I am bra shopping too. The girls need a boost. Going this aft to my folks to borrow their tree. My 20+ year old one really fell apart last year. I will buy us one after Chirstmas.

HUGS!!!!!!!!

MELODY525
12-05-2006, 03:11 PM
RIGHT DOWN SANTA CLAUS LANE.......LA LA LA LA :santa:
I HAVE BEEN WATCHING THE ABCFAMILY CHANNEL ALL WEEKEND AND THIS WEEK TOO. LOTS OF KIDDIE CHRISTMAS STUFF ON. LAST NIGHT WAS THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS CARTOON....GOTTA LOVE RANKING AND BASS HOLIDAY STUFF!! SOME OF THE BEST OLD-TIME ANIMATION. :dance:

WHATEVER WAS CAUSING MY TEARS YESTERDAY SEEMS TO HAVE VANISHED. THANK GOD! :rofl: I WENT FOOD SHOPPING THIS MORNING AND BOUGHT KARL(8th floor) SOME GROCERIES ALSO. VERY SMALL LIST. SPOKE TO THE LADY TRYING TO HELP US, PEGGY, GET KARL A HOMEMAKER. DOES NOT LOOK GOOD. VERY SAD. :(
I ON THE OTHER HAND HAD A GOOD DAY. DOING WELL WITH STICKING TO THE NS FOOD. BUT STILL ON THE 3.5 LB LOSS:carrot:
OVER THE WEEKEND JEN DID THE 2ND SET OF WINDOWS LIKE THE MAYOR WANTED. SHE DID A GREAT JOB I THINK EVEN THOUGH HER ARMS AREN'T UP TO PAR RIGHT NOW AFTER SEVERAL RECENT TUMBLES. :dizzy:
I STILL HAVE TO GET THAT CAMERA FROM HER!!!:tantrum:
CHILLY TODAY AND BY FRIDAY IT WILL BE IN THE THIRTIES WITH A FEW FLURRIES. NO ACCUMULATION THOUGH. ALL STORMS HAVE MISSED NJ AND GONE RIGHT UP THE COAST TO MAINE:p MAYBE I SHOULDN'T BRAG.
RICHIE GOT SOME CHEMICALS IN HIS EYE AND HAD TO GET A TREATMENT FROM A DR. NOW HE IS HOME NURSING THE EYE WITH JEN. HE SAID HE WAS LAUGHING AT SOMEONE WHO FINALLY GOT "PAID BACK" FOR ALL HIS EVIL DOINGS WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN THE ANIMAL SKIN HE WAS WORKING ON FLIPPED OVER AND SPRINKLED A CHEMICAL IN HIS EYE :yikes: WE WERE LAUGHING BECAUSE HE SAID WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND AND IT NEVER HAPPENED TO HIM SO QUICKLY!!!:lol3: POOR GUY.
I THINK MY OLDEST CHAIR IS BREAKING AGAIN. SIGH. POOR THING IS 17 YEARS OLD SOON. ABOUT WORN OUT IT IS. :scooter: HOPING IT HOLDS OUT TILL AFTER THE HOLIDAYS. THE COMPANY IS VERY BUSY RIGHT NOW. EVERYONE LOOKING FOR NEW CHAIRS FOR THE HOLIDAYS. I USUALLY SHOP FOR THEM IN JUNE....MUCH LESS BUSY!!!
GROCERIES STILL TO PUT IN THE CUPBOARDS. HAVE A GREAT NIGHT!!

SHAD~ I CAN HARDLY WAIT FOR THE SARCASTIC COMMENTS.... I MEAN CONST4RUCTIVE CRITISM FOR US ALL!! :rofl: :rofl: SO GLAD YOU FOUND THE BOARD. I HAD A GOOD LAUGH AT THE WHITE ON WHITE. HAS HAPPENED TO US HERE TOO. GOOD LUCK WITH THE NEWBIES AND LET US HOPE THEY DO TURN OUT LIKE YOU!!! :D DOES THE OTHER WOMAN REALLY HAVE A PET? OR IS SHE SHEDDING HER FEATHERS AND BEING ACCUSED OF OWNING ONE??? :lol3:

HAPPY~ WISH WE ALL COULD TOO!! AND WHAT THE F*CK IS BRAIN FUG??? :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: I ALMOST FELL OUT OF THE CHAIR LAUGHING!!! OMG TOO FUNNY!!!

CEEJAY~ WAVING A HAND AND SOME CHRISTMAS SPIRIT RIGHT BACK TO YOU! :elf:

HOLLY ENJOY THE SHOPPING. GOOD GIRL TIME!!!

MELODY525
12-05-2006, 03:13 PM
SHAD~ BTW WHILE I WAS TYPING MY POST TO YOU THERE WAS AN AD ON THE RIGHT TELLING ME I COULD GET A FREE CUTTING BOARD IF I ORDERED STEAKS :rofl: :rofl: SO GOOD THING YOURS TURNED UP!!

Shad
12-05-2006, 05:20 PM
Morning all,

Chapter 14 - The Woes of Urban Quarters continues.

(Sit tight Mel - this will knock you off your chair.)
Going home last night and not feeling well - headache, jazzy lines on the right eye etc.etc.etc. and get to the door of the block and there is a notice - Security lock is broken, please use your garage zapper or the last gate on Stanley Street. Zapper is in the car - I only use it when I go in or out in the car. So I toddle off along with my trust wheely suitcase to the gate. The key fits and in I go, only to be confronted with another door that my key does not fit! @#$@#$@$@$@$@
Go back to the front, wait a bit, think a bit, not nice thoughts, after about 10 minutes someone comes out of the door! Thank you! I am in. However the lift does not work either, so I have to trudge up the 96 steps with the suitcase (thank heavens it was empty). Got home, got changed, and veged out for the rest of the night. Gotta love this place. Reckon I will take bets on which bit is going to go next. Lucky we don't get earthquakes in this part of the world eh??

Apart from that, not much to report. I have brought the garage zapper with me today in case it doesn't get repaired for a while. And I am about to go see how my two new honarary sons are getting along. They are nice guys and this is their break into SAP so provided they put in the effort, I will give them as much help as I can. I don't mind being the mentor at the moment. It's not as if I am inundated with work, stress or pressure at the moment.

Holly, if we were closer, you could have had my tree. It hasn't been used for several years. DS2 has one of his own. DS1 is uninterested and like me prefers the real thing anyway.

Happy, I have changed the chair that I sit in!! I've moved to the couch and will stay there. I've changed my chair at the table and on the patio. Unfortunately there is only one study chair. I may have to de-fug it with carbolic or something equally smelly. This job is fine, it's the another part of the same company I worked with in Wollongong. I get on fine with most of them and they all seem to remember me from back in 2000/ 2001 and I like my boss! It all helps.

As for the cat in Helen's apartment, I believe that it is the cleaners excuse for not vacuuming properly after the last tenant. She (Helen) tells us that the amount of fluff and dust around the place was amazing. Anyway there is no cat food, litter tray or other evidence to be found - where is the cat?? Out shopping while she is at work???? :rofl: :rofl:

Better go and do something with my boys and then there is another meeting - love those meetings. I'll be back. The 'net here is woefully slow in the afternoon, but this site doesn't seem to take much loading thank heaven.

ceejay52
12-05-2006, 06:34 PM
Shad--At least you got in your exercise for the day. 96 steps I would have had to sit down before I got to the top.

Happy--Have fun at your book club meeting.

Holly--It's time you did something nice for yourself. Don't forget the hot chocolate while you are out shopping.

Mel----Hope the chair holds out until after Christmas. Give Jen and Richie some TLC.

Hello to PainterWoman, Tig, Suzi and Meadow.

The phone has been ringing since the Light Office switched the phone over.I don't like this part of my job.

MELODY525
12-06-2006, 07:52 AM
CEEJAY~ I TOO HATE THE TELEPHONE PART. IN FACT I AM NOT ONE FOR TALKING TO A BUNCH OF STRANGERS ON THE PHONE! :rofl: REMINDS ME OF MY GRANDFATHER. THEY HAD A PHONE INSTALLED AND HE REFUSED TO TOUCH THE CURSED THING!! MANY PEOPLE WERE AFRAID OF PHONES WAY BACK THEN! HAVE A GREAT DAY TODAY!

SHAD~ I CANNOT BELIEVE THE MANAGEMENT IN THAT PLACE.....THEY DEFINITELY NEED ME THERE!!! I CAN FEEL THE PULL ALL THE WAY OVER HERE!!! :lol3: :lol3:
HOW WILL YOU GET IN THE SECOND DOOR TODAY??? MAYBE YOU CAN WAIT FOR THE CAT TO COME BACK FROM IT'S SHOPPING TRIP AND SHE WILL LET YOU IN!!! AFTER ALL THE CAT SEEMS TO GET IN AND OUT WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS! :rofl: :rofl: OMG THIS IS TOO UNREAL TO BE FUNNY!!! ROFLMAO

I AM REALLY ON THE RUN TODAY. ARTS AND CRAFTS AND THE CHOIR IS COMING AT 10 AM. THE OFFICE WANTS TO ATTEND SO I'LL SEE IF THEY WANT ME TO ANSWER THE PHONES. I DON'T DO XMAS CAROLING!!! I'LL BE CRYING FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK! :faint:
VERY CHILLY NOW IN NJ AND THE HEAT IS ON IN BOTH ROOMS. BIG CHANGE FROM LAST WEEK'S NEAR 70'S!!
LOVE TO ALL AND SEASONAL HUGS :moped:

ceejay52
12-06-2006, 06:20 PM
My last 2 hours of work last night was answering the phone. UGGGH. Most of them were reconnects and complaining about being cold. I wanted to tell them pay your bills on time. So far so good tonight.

Been in a depressed mood today. I think it was because of the dream I had last night about my nephew. I know my sister is going to get tired of me calling to check on my nephew but I'm really concerned about him.

I've decided not to go to Paragould for at least Thursday and Friday nights. It is supposed to get as low as 18 degree's on Thursday and 22 on Friday. I just don't feel comfortable about leaving the apartment empty when it's that cold.

Jingle bells, Jingle bells, jingle all the way, Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh! Mel-- you have me singing.

I may ride around tonight and look at the christmas decorations. People have really been trying to out do their neighbors.

Hello to every one. :wave:

More later.

Shad
12-06-2006, 09:49 PM
Afternoon everyone - yep it is afternoon here - just. 12.25pm my time.

On every project I get at least one ****ty job to do. Today I had fun going to the apartment of another contractor and packing up her stuff because she is not coming back to the project. Ostensibly due to ill health - which she has - but also because of friction between egos etc. I took C with me. Now C is an excitable, fast moving, fast talking Indian African from Mozambique. She is difficult to understand at the best of times. Today she got excited about having to clean up after other people. It's not in her job description. Between you and me I think she is used to servants in her own country and can't think outside the square. Anyway we got it done, her talking at volume all the time and me not listening and when asked for an opinion simply stated - don't think about it, just do it. The money is all the same at the end of the week buddy.

So that's been my day. I think the aircon is on the blink again, but it is pumping out enough cold air to keep me cool at night, so why worry. One of the other contractors got wet the night before last as the roof leaked right onto the middle of his bed (when he was sleeping in it! :rofl:- we actually had a shower of rain on Tuesday. See it is not just my place that sucks.

The cleaner came yesterday. I've yet to meet this person, but I don't think the brain works too well. She rang the Property Management office to find out if I had changed the locks on the Security door outside my apartment. They rang me. The conversation went something like -
'Hello, the cleaner can't get into your apartment.'
'Why not?'
'She says the locks changed and there's no handle on the door'
'No, there is a handle, it is inside the gate, it fell off, I rung you about it 2 weeks ago and she has been there once since then anyway'
'So why can't she get in'
'I'm not psychic so I don't know. Tell her to twist the key anticlockwise - that's to the left - and push the door'
There is silence while the message gets relayed.
'She has managed to open the door now. Should we get the handle fixed?'
'Pardon me?'
'Should we get the handle fixed?'
'Who normally makes decisions about maintenance down there?'
'Oh.... so and so does'
'So maybe you should stop bothering me and go talk to them? Yes?'
End of conversation. Townsville........ it gets bigger, it never grows up! Always going to be the big hick country town.
Actually although the cleaner came, I'm not exactly sure what she did. The broom and dustpan were still on the bench when I got in. No dusting had been done, the bed had been changed and the chairs on the patio rearranged - almost as if they had been having coffee in the sun - but the table out there still had crumbs on it from where I was eating dukkah the day before, so that obviously did not get wiped down or washed. It would be easier to do the cleaning myself.

Happy - good to hear that you have decided to allot time for jobs and activities. It really is the only way to keep life under control sometimes. Take care of yourself too.

Mel - I'll take the free cutting board. The key/lock thingy to the outer door is still not fixed. I have picked up the garage door opener from the car and I get in that way. I must get in touch about the other door that I can't open. It's a farce.

Ceejay - it always amazes me how people expect to have everthing but not to have to pay for it. Our education system surely let us down when it came to the facts of life - not the sex bits, but the things we need to know in order to be able to live, pay our debts, and get on with the real bits of life.

Now I had better go and see what is in store for my two rooster chicks. They are being good, but they need some stimulation. I'm off to give them some fun in their life.
Get your mind out of the gutter, it's going to be all SAP stuff

Meadow
12-06-2006, 10:20 PM
Who are you going to be today? What are you going to do? Happy thoughts :hug: It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/christmas-penguindance.gif

Jeepers Shad, what fun you have with people! Breathe. I saw an actress on tv that had that word tattooed in white on her wrist. I think she is the one that keeps overdosing. I guess she needed to tattoo "get real" on herself instead:p I blow you some of our cool air to tide you over till the air conditioner is fixed or you could get a fan and some ice and do a Marilyn :p

Mel-joyous organization! Watch out for the hot glue guns. I hope you will be playing some Christmas carols while the crafting is happening. Sorry I was lame with my advice about your eye :hug:

Ceejay-your poor ears! I'm sorry your nephew is still worrying you. I believe in the power of dreams, so don't you stop calling and giving him your good energy.

Holly-so what colour bra did you get? Red? Pink? Way to go on the Avon biz, you are really smoking!!

PainterWoman :wave: I hope you are feeling chipper and creating something wonderful.

Happy-how did the book club go? Did you wax elequantly (sp?)on the book? Were the nibbly bits devoured? How Ho Ho Ho was it?

I've been drinking lots of coffee with cream. Contemplating exercise but sit down to read my book instead. Maybe I need to get a recumbent bike. I could read and exercise then. Hmmm, will it be used for sweat or for laundry?

Meadow
12-06-2006, 10:34 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/nudge-smilie.gif

Louissa May Alcott wrote:

I do not ask for any crown but that which all may win;
Nor try to conquer any world,
except the one within.
Be thou my guide until I find, led by a tender hand,
The happy kingdom in myself and dare to take command.

MELODY525
12-07-2006, 08:26 AM
MEADOW~ GOOD QUOTE....I WILL BE A COMMANDER ONE DAY SOON. DANCING PENGUINS :rofl: :rofl: DON'T FEEL BAD ABOUT THE EYE....LOL....BECAUSE BEFORE I WENT TO THE DR, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I WAS DOING...COLD COMPRESSES:faint: SEEMED LIKE GOOD COMMON SENSE TO ME!! LOL LET ME SEE.....WHO WILL I BE TODAY?
HAPPY, SINGING MEL! WHO ARE YOU???????

CEEJAY~ SINGING A SONG EACH DAY IS GOOD FOR OUR SPIRITS!!! I FIND ONE EVERY DAY. EITHER IN MY HEAD OR ON THE RADIO!! HAVE FUN LOOKING AT THE LIGHTS. I ALWAYS LOVED THAT. IT WAS A FAMILY TRADITION.
KEEP THOSE GOOD THOUGHTS GOING!!! :hug:

SHAD~ OMG!!! IT CANNOT POSSIBLY GET ANY STRANGER THAN IT ALREADY IS...CAN IT? THE PHONE CONVO IS RIDICULOUS. BUT I AM CRACKING UP OVER HERE. SOUNDS LIKE SOMETHING THAT COULD BE GOING ON IN MY OWN MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT!! :rofl: THEY ANSWER QUESTIONS WITH QUESTIONS!! TOO BAD THE ROOF DIDN'T LEAK ON THE TFG!! :lol3: NOW THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN FUNNY!! LET US HOPE THE ROOF OVER YOUR OWN HEAD STAYS DRY!!! HOPE THE ROOSTWEA GROW UP AND NOT LIKE TOONVILLE FOLK!!! THE SAGA CONTINUES......I LOVE WHEN YOU TRAVEL. SO ENTERTAINING FOR ME!! :rofl: :rofl:

OUR TREE IS DECORATED WITH BIG POOFY BALLS NOW. THE SENIORS WERE THRILLED AND REALLY WENT ALL OUT GIVING THANKS. I PROVIDED TREATS AND COFFEE AND EVEN GOT THE OFFICE TO FOOT THE BILL. WE HAVE SO MUCH LEFT OVER THERE IS ENOUGH FOR TODAY'S SECOND CRAFT. THE CANDY WREATH. I HAVE EXPLAINED TO THEM THIS IS A FINGER EXERCISING CRAFT AND THEY CAN BEGIN DOWNSTAIRS TODAY AND THEN A LITTLE EACH DAY OR NIGHT WHILE WATCHING TV. THEY ALL SEEMED RECEPTIVE TO THE IDEA. I IMPRESSED THAT FINISHING THE CRAFT IS NOT THE IMPORTANT THING HERE....KEEPING THE FINGERS BUSY IS THE OBJECTIVE. BESIDES I SAID THAT WOULD BE MORE CANDY FOR THEIR OWN MOUTHS!! BEING THE COMEDIANNE I AM, I KEPT THEM LAUGHING. BEFORE I KNEW IT WE WERE DONE AND THE TREE LOOKED GRAND. THEY EVEN DRAGGED THEIR NEIGHBORS IN TO SEE IT.
DAYS LIKE YESTERDAY MAKE LIFE WORTH LIVING :cheer:
BEST GET A MOVE ON HERE OR I WON'T BE READY FOR THE DAY.
:wave: TO MY PAL HAPPY WHO IS EITHER POSTING OR GETTING READY TO POST!!! :rofl: :rofl:

HAPPY THURSDAY/FRIDAY!!!! :moped:

happy2bme
12-07-2006, 09:12 AM
Good morning to all and especially to Mel who snuck in here before me this morning :coffee2:

The book club went well the other night. Most of us didn't finish the book so we decided to carry the book discussion over to next month. Everyone said they really enjoyed the book so far which made me happy. We used the time instead to have a nice little holiday party - nothing elaborate, mostly just good conversation. We had a gift exchange, I got a cute Christmas tree cookie jar. I don't think I've ever had a cookie jar in my life. The way this one is made it doesn't hold many cookies so I guess that's a good thing. I used to make a scad of holiday cookies but stopped that years ago. I did make my famous special coffeecake tho. :T

I have learned my lesson. I really need to to get back to Flylady again. Things look so much better without the extra clutter and it took a long and hard effort to get everything sparkling. So each day I'm spending at least 15 minutes tidying up and no random dropping things on counters and tables. :drill:

Mel, the tree sounds darling. Good for you keeping those senior fingers busy. Was wondering, isn't there alot of diabetes with the older crowd. Isn't candy too much of a temptation? I'm glad you had a day where everything went right for a change! Bundle up, the cold weather is coming again. Brrrr.

Meadow, don't blow that cold air too hard. It's supposed to get freezing here again tonight for a few days. All this heat in the house and the office is making for very dry skin. Haul out the moisturizers, the humidifier and my favorite - the hot wax hand spa. :D Enjoy your coffee but watch that cream - the calories sneak up on you!

Shad, I had to laugh at your co-worker who was used to having servants around. I finally encountered someone like that this year. Was an interesting perspective to see life through their eyes and they don't even realize how they are acting. As for this apartment of yours, really now... is there no place else that you can stay? It sounds like a hodge podge mis match of a broken down ramshackle place. Good heavens, every day something else is falling apart. I hate to say it but the cleaning lady sounds like she is doing more casing of your stuff instead of actual cleaning. Is this apartment place part of the contract with the company? I would be telling someone about it. Such are the hazards of contracting I suppose. At least you get to be a mentor - we need more of them in the world.

Ceejay - how were the Christmas decorations? People are starting to put things up around here. Many of the houses like to put wreaths with a fake candle light in every window facing the street. Some people have on the order of 20 or so wreaths. It looks beautiful but I wonder as I pass by, do they go to each room and have to turn them on and off each night? That's one way to get your exercise :lol: What's the latest on your nephew?

Holly, how did the bra shopping go? I just bought a couple of underwire bras. Hate them, they are instruments of torture. You can have them if you want. I hate having boobs now. When I was young and skinny I didn't have any and I was jealous of those people who could go braless and look good in halter tops and swim suits. Now I have cleavage galore and I would love to go back to nothing again. They are always getting in the way, I have to hike them in the bra because they like to look at my toes instead of my nose and it seems they are a catch all for crumbs and food. :lol: Goes to show you, be careful what you ask for you just might get it.

Better get rolling here. Have a great day. Hellos to the rest of the crew :wave:

ceejay52
12-07-2006, 03:06 PM
It would have been more fun if there would have been an extra person in the car with me. My favorite scene this year was a house that was decorated like a Chirstmas card. Second place for me was the artifical raindeer in the yards that were formed out of lights. One set looked they were grazing. Santa was feeding one herd. The third was Santa being helped out of the chimney by Rudolph. This took a bit of time. Every house on one street was decorated and it was just awesome.

This morning was doctor day to have blood drawn for my cholesterol and thyroid check. I was shocked when the nurse weighed me. I'm down to 175 pounds. The doctor poked his head in to see what the excitement was about. I'm most diffinately throwing out my scale. I had a slight temperature this morning so the doctor ordered an injection and gave me 2 more rx's. I told him that I thought I had bronchitis last week and complained about having constant conjestion in my nose and ears the year round. Both ears were infected. The test results for the thyroid and cholesterol will be back tomorrow. I'm anxious to see both of those results.

Happy--I'm a firm believer of using the flylay routines. The scheduled cleaning for today is the living room and to do one load of laundry.

Shad--Your phone conversation sounds like some of the ones I had the other night. Not knowing why their light had been turned off--they had checked their breakers. Their baby was getting cold. etc. I hear all kinds of good things. One person was kidding even asked for hot chocolate.

Mel--The Christmas season is an excellent time to have fun. And what a fun time it was to decorate the tree. I love the old christmas carol's.

Meadow--Always love your graphics. I'll probably wait for the dvd to come out to see Happy Feet. I've asked for the dvd Cars for Christmas.

I need to go buy some large manila envelopes and get some things in the mail.
I'd meant to send some things with my sister over Thanksgiving week end. but forgot them in the brink of things.

Canadian air is upon us today. It was 28 degree's on the banks temperature sign. Brrr and that was at mid day.

Shad
12-07-2006, 05:42 PM
Morning all,
Thought I would get this post done before the day starts. My rooster chicks have gone off for induction today - not particularly happily but there you go, must be done. So I am going to refresh myself with a basics course, chat, drink coffee and go home early. I think we finish at 3.00pm today. Of course we have to work Sunday as well.
I've made Sushi for lunch today for me and the Boss. I had made some yesterday for me and she came and pinched a roll and declared it delicious so I volunteered to make lunch for today. I remembered to bring in the Soy Sauce (reduced salt, gluten free) but forgot the Wasabi. If I get a chance later on, I will sneak home and get it. There are compensations for living 5 mins walk away from home.

Meadow - Who am I going to be today. Well I thought I might try for a combination of Muhammad Ali and Mother Teresa - Beat 'em up, patch 'em up and then start all over again. As usual, love the graphics and the prayer from Louisa is great. She was a good writer.

Mel - Talking about tfg. He was supposed to start here this week. First he didn't get the contract papers on time (hello, I started without mine and signed them the first week) and then he wasn't well!!!! and then he had to finish something for his old job!! So he is due here next week and has already requested a flight home for the Christmas break. I still stand by my four wonts:
I won't live with him
I won't sit by him
I won't drive him anywhere
I won't teach him anything - because he doesn't listen anyway.
The door handle has been fixed. I haven't mentioned the aircon yet and will monitor it over the weekend. Surely not a lot else can go wrong! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :crossed: I'll let you know.

Happy - I could probably ask for another apartment and get shifted, but it is convenient, I'm not there all the time, the cleaner irks me and I will investigate the probabilities and ramifications of not having one. It's right across the road from the supermarket and near to the fruit and vege markets on the weekend. I just like to amuse Mel mostly. The other thing that bugs me is that these places are not that old - they weren't even built when I was last here, so that means they are less than 4 years old. How they passed inspection I don't know. Presumably a bit of bribery was used. It's right across the road from the supermarket and near to the fruit and vege markets on the weekend. That's life. Some of the other contractors tell similar stories with cleaners etc. So it is nothing new.
Glad to hear that the book club went off okay and everyone ate your coffeecake. Hope the DH managed to get a bit as well??

Ceejay - does your neighbourhood have competitions for the Christmas lights. In Brisbane they have individual house, street and commercial competitions. The householders get a discount on their power for the month and the council takes busloads of people around to see the lights. There are some good prizes for the winners as well.

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

Here's one of them.

Better go get on with the day. Have a feeling I will be going home soon. I really don't feel well at all.

MELODY525
12-08-2006, 08:53 AM
HAPPY~ GLAD THE BOOK DISCUSSION GOT EXTENDED....IT'S PARTY TIME ANYWAY!! LOL
I HAVE TO GET BACK TO THE FLYLADY THING ALSO. MY TINY APT HAS GOTTEN AWAY FROM ME ONCE AGAIN!!
WE'LL BOTH HAVE TO MAKE THAT OUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTION!!!

CEEJAY~ THE HOUSES YOU CHOSE SOUNDED GREAT. I LOVED THE IDEA OF THE REINDEER ON THE LAWN GRAZING. HOW CUTE IS THAT. HOPE THE NEPHEW CONTINUES TO GET BETTER AND THE GRAFTS ARE DOING BETTER AS WELL. HE NEEDS TIME AND TLC :hug:

SHAD~ I AM AMUSED!!! :rofl: THE TFG IS UNREAL!! I CANNOT THINK HOW HE GETS AWAY WITH THIS CRAP BUT I WILL SAY THAT I THINK HIS DAYS ARE NUMBERED. SOONER OR LATER THIS CRAP CATCHES UP TO THEM!!!
ONCE AGAIN I SAY THANK GOD SUNDAY IS HOME AND NOT IN THAT APARTMENT!! SHE WOULD PROBABLY THROW THE CAT OUT WITH THE TRASH OR WASH HER IN THE DISHWASHER! IDIOTS!! I DO LIKE THE CONVENIENCE OF WALKING TO WORK AND THE SHOPS.
TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF:hug:

THE WREATHS WENT OVER VERY WELL. I MADE JOKES ABOUT EACH KIT COMES WITH A BOTTLE OF PAIN RELIEVERS AND THEY WERE LAUGHING FOR TWO HOURS! WE WERE ON A ROLL! THEY CRACK ME UP TOO AND ARE A JOLLY BUNCH MOSTLY. THE CROWD HAS DWINDLED DOWN TO ABOUT 12-15. WISH WE COULD GET MORE INTERESTED. THE CANDY WASN'T AN ISSUE BECAUSE THOSE THAT ATTEND AREN'T DIABETIC. AND I THINK THEY WANT TO KEEP THE WREATH FOR NEXT YEAR! THERE WAS DISCUSSION ABOUT THAT. I TOLD THEM TO GET A BIG ZIPLOC BAG AND WATCH OUT FOR ANTS!!!!
WE'LL HAVE PETRIFIED CANDY IN A YEAR OR TWO. :rofl:
THE TREE IS GETTING MANY COMPLIMENTS AND THE BOARD LOVED IT WHEN THEY HAD THEIR MEETING LAST NIGHT. VERY CREATIVE WAS THE GENERAL TALK.
I AM PREENING!!EVEN THE SENIORS ARE LOVING MY IDEAS. OF COURSE I AM BASKING IN THE GLOW. NOW IF I COULD JUST GET THEM TO REMEMBER THIS AFTER THE HOLIDAYS WHEN THEY YELL AT ME SO I'LL HELP THEM!!!
:lol3: :lol3: IT'S BEEN A FULL WEEK AND I AM BUSHED. WAS GOING TO THE POST OFFICE TODAY BUT AN JUST TOO DANG TIRED. SO I'LL TAKE A 3 DAY WEEKEND AND RELAX. NEED TO TIE UP A FEW LOOSE ENDS DOWNSTAIRS AND THEN I AM OFF FOR THE QWEEKEND....AND A CHILLY ON IT IS...26 DEGREES AND 35MPH WINDS!!! NO MORE RIDING FOR ME!!! :moped:
LOVE TO YOU ALL AND A VERY HAPPY WEEKEND!!:love:

happy2bme
12-08-2006, 09:07 AM
Hi folks,

Argggghhh - it is sooooo COLD here this morning. 12F degrees, feels like 4F . Brrrrrrrr. The house is taking a long time to warm up, I hate the idea of going out to work. I don't even think the car will be warmed up by the time I pull into the parking lot. At least tomorrow is Saturday and I can just poke my head out of the covers and roll over :lol:

As far as keeping the house clean, I can see the biggest issue is "hot spots". I cleaned up the kitchen after supper but kept going round and round the house picking up things that just got placed in various places on a "walk by and drop". Catalogs in particular. I told myself either look at them NOW or toss them out - no accumulating them on various counter tops to look at "some day". I also went through a drawer I had with plastic forks, spoons and knives and those little packets of condiments I always toss in there. The drawer was overflowing when I started. I tossed at least half of the stuff, left a few packets of various things to add to my lunches (because I do use the stuff, just didn't need the quantities that I was hoarding) and what I kept I put in individual plastic zip-lock bags neatly in the drawer. Ahh, that looks so much better. I also decided after much debate with myself this week that I am not going to put up the big Christmas tree. It's a gorgeous tree - white and I insert baby's breath into all the branches, but it takes an entire day to get the tree up. Hard to believe that 2 weeks from today we'll be heading up north. So I don't think it's worth the time and effort to put it up. We have a small green tree that has fiber optics at the ends of the branches which change colors. It's pretty - it was our "Christmas tree" and only decoration the year we moved down here as I was sad enough that we were moving and having to hustle through Christmas. I did decorate the house with a few pieces in each room so it is festive enough. I think instead of spending the weekend putting up the tree, I'll use that time to write my Christmas letter, get my cards out and go through and wrap my presents and make sure I'm not missing anyone or any thing. Cripes with only 2 weeks left I guess I'd better get those cards out to my friends "across the pond".

Shad, DH did get himself some coffeecake. Hey, if it's there and he doesn't dig in is it my fault? :dunno: :lol: I did give a sizeable chunk away to my friend. It does sound like your apartment, while not in the best shape is convenient enough, particularly if it's a 5 minute walk to work. It's REALLY a shame that the place is that bad off and it's only a few years old! I had a fit of the giggles on your 4 won'ts - I'm going to frame that on my PC as the same applies to a few of my co-workers - just thinking of that will take the stress out of the steam I normally feel when dealing with them :lol3: - thank you for saving my sanity and blood pressure! Holy Cow that is some decorated house you have there! They have places like that here too, but nothing quite so excessive around here. Back in Chicago, the house down the street from us was decorated with so many little white lights, that I swear it obliterated the stars from the night sky. I was laughing that you had to put your sunglasses on if you looked west leaving my driveway :rofl: There is such a thing as one too many lights spoils the display. I do hope you are feeling better today. Take it easy over the weekend.

Ceejay - the Christmas card house sounds very pretty. Congrats on the weight loss :cp: sounds like a perfect reason to buy yourself a new scale!

Hi Mel, what are we singing today? :chin: I'm waiting for you to cue up the music! :encore:

Ok, I'm running late as DH was talking to me this morning so I'd better run. Can't wait to get into that freezing car today. :lol: Later chicks...

ceejay52
12-08-2006, 11:52 AM
Happy--It's was 12 degree's this morning here too. The fiber optic tree's are beautiful.

Yes miss Mel. We are waiting for that next christmas carol. How about I'm dreaming of a White Christmas!

Shad- It's about a 5 minute drive to the grocery store and shopping center from where I live.

There's not much to do today. I think I'll pop a dvd in the player and watch the Polar Express this afternoon. Today's cleaning consists of the bath room and maybe mop the kitchen and bathroom floors and do a couple of loads of laundry. One load of laundry is ready for the dryer.

I still have to muster enough courage to get out in this cold, cold air and go to the bank. It's suppose to warm up tomorrow. I need to go deposit my pay check and go to the post office to mail my nieces 2 year old her Christmas. She likes to color so I bought her a coloring book with Elmo and Ernie.

I did address 15 Christmas cards this morning, but need to put stamps on them. I need to hunt down my list for my friend around the world. I need to go buy more.

Hi to all the rest. Stay warm.

Hollyhock
12-08-2006, 12:52 PM
I did find 3 different styes of bras in the same brand that I loved. It has been a loooong time.All white tho. All the pretty ones are for gals who are less well endowed.The "girls" are perky and comfy.

We have been snowed in for 2 days.
This is how we Canadians spend our time when snowed in...............

Having a hilarious email exchange with my folks at the lake( 4 inches of snow) , us 30km in from the lake( 12 inches of snow) and Mom’s best friend and my Sis in the city(with 41 inches of snow).

Hi to all,
I can think of many benefits living near the lake but today is a bonus. We have less that 4” of snow.
Enjoy your snow day.
Hugs and Kisses Mom
****

I can think of many benefits of living 30 km nearer the lake than the city. We got 1/2 the snow the city did.
Kids are having a blast. I just shovelled for 2 hours....yippeee!! Fire is roaring. Life is good.

HUGS, Hollyhock
****

#$#$%^%&YU$^TYGV

Snow Smow . We just had a full out snow fight kids againts the adults.

hot chocolate time
Sis
****

To those who live near the lake.
HA HA HA
You don’t even know what you are missing.
Living in the city on a snow day also has many benifits-----I just can’t think of any
right now.
Love “best friend”!
p.s this is “best friends hubby” yesterday i had enough brain cells to buy extra vodka for my self i just dont know what “best friend” is going to drink hahahaha.
****

There’s good news and bad news today.
The good news is I got a day off.
The bad news is,"best friends hubby” stole my extra brain cells (the only ones I have left apparently), as I only have one beer left in the house, and I can’t get out of my subdivision. What a maroon!
Not to mention, I’ve been shovelling snow for what seems like days, I’m soaking wet, sore, and thirsty!
Aaaaaaaaarrrrrrggggghhhhh!!!!!!
Agonizingly yours,
Dear brother in law, Lord of the Idiots.
****

aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh...us much more simple minded yet handy country folk have never actually run out of beer let alone be down to only one. And there is always someone around on a snowmobile to go get more. Good ole boys are good for a few things.

maniacal laughter...............Love, Hollyhock
*****

To be continued I am sure.

MELODY525
12-09-2006, 08:54 AM
http://www.carols.org.uk/images/snowmanbandw.jpg

Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten,
and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white
THANK MOTHER NATURE THAT THE 40'S AND 50'S ARE COMING BACK THIS WEEKEND AND THRU THE NEXT WEEK ALSO! :dance: MAYBE SOME TIME SPENT OUTSIDE IS NOT OVER JUST YET!!! GOTTA LOVE THIS NINO/NINA PHENOMENON. :cb: I HAVE A FUNNY STORY: I WENT DOWNSTAIRS AND DID THE USUAL FRIDAY CRAP GETTING THE BLDG READY FOR THE WEEKEND( MEANING BECAUSE I WILL BE ALONE HERE) AND WAS INVITED TO A LUNCHEON. THEY HAD ORDERED DOUBLE THE FOOD FOR A MEETING AND WE WERE ALL GOING TO HAVE LUNCH TOGETHER. I CAVED IN AND WAS HEADED FOR THE LUNCHROOM WHEN WE ALL SMELLED SMOKE AND THE LUNCH WAS BURNING IN THE OVEN :rofl: :rofl: IT SNAPPED ME OUT OF MY SENSES AND I HAD TO GO BACK TO MY APARTMENT....THE ENTIRE LOBBY FLOOR WAS FILLED WITH SMOKE AND THE SMELL OF BURNED "FAT".
I COULDN'T BREATHE GOOD SO I COULDN'T STAY :rofl: :rofl: THE ONLY PROBLEM WAS THAT MY APARTMENT ALSO SMELLED BECAUSE IT IS RIGHT OVER THE KITCHEN:faint: :faint: BUT THE OVEN SAVED MY DAY AND I STAYED ON MY PLAN!! BTW IT WAS CHICKEN MARSALA, EGGPLANT ROLONTINI(SP) AND A LOT OF OTHER ITALIAN FOOD IN THE OVEN WENT UP IN SMOKE!
IT WAS A BUSY BUT GOOD WEEK. FILLED WITH SMILING SENIORS. SENIORS FEELING USEFUL. A LOT OF LAUGHS AND HUGS. A GENT TOLD ME THAT WE SHOULD BE LIKE THIS ALL YEAR ROUND BECAUSE LIFE IS TOO SHORT. I TOLD HIME THAT MAYBE WE TWO SHOULD KEEP THE OTHERS GOING!! GOT A PARTY INVITE BUT TURNED IT DOWN. IT WOULD MEAN COMING HOME LATE, BEING IN A POLACE WITH NO LOO THAT I COULD USE, KEEPING WILLY FROM DRINKING AT A XMAS PARTY WITH HIS WIFE(HE WOULD BE THE DRIVER) AND BEING WITH A LOT OF POLITICIANS THAT ABUSED MY DD WHEN SHE WAS WORKING AND THEN LET A WOMAN FORCE HER OUT OF HER JOB. SO IT WAS VERY EASY TO SAY NO TO THE MAYOR. HIS SECRETARY CALLED AND TRIED TO CONVINCE ME BUT I JUST DON'T FIND THAT AFFAIR A "GOOD PLACE" TO BE FOR MY OWN HEAD. THE ATTENTION WOULD BE WONDERFUL FOR THE MOMENT BUT THE STRESS OF IT ALL WOULD OVERPOWER ME LATER AT HOME. SCREW THEM. :lol3: :lol3:
FEELS GOOD TO MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS FOR MYSELF. I COULD NEVER SIT THERE FOR HOURS WITH DRUNKS AND SMOKERS AND PRETEND THEY ARE ALL MY FRIENDS. HOW ******ED! :rofl: NOT THE CHRISTMAS THAT I HAVE IN MIND FOR MYSELF AND MY FAMILY FROM NOW ON. :elf:
HAPPY WEEKEND EVERYONE AND STAY WELL. KEEP THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT FLOWING!!!'

Grandma got run over by a reindeer.
Walking home from our house Christmas eve.
You can say there's no such thing as Santa,
but as for me and grandpa we believe.
She'd been drinking too much eggnog,
and we begged her not to go.
But she forgot her medication, and she
staggered out the door into the snow.
When we found her Christmas morning,
at the scene of the attack,
she had hoof-prints on her forehead,
and incriminating Claus marks on her back.

Now we're all so proud of grandpa,
He's been taking this so well.
See him in there watching football,
drinking root beer and
playing cards with Cousin Mel.
It's not Christmas without Grandma,
All the family's dressed in black
and we just can't help but wonder:
Should we open up her gifts,
or send them back?
Send them back!!

Now the goose is on the table
and the pudding made of fig
and the blue and silver candles
that would just have matched
the hair on grandma's wig.
I've warned all my
friends and neighbors
better watch out for yourselves,
they should never give a license
to a man who drives a sleigh
and plays with elves......LA LA LA LA LA :elf:

MELODY525
12-09-2006, 09:04 AM
I DECIDED TO DIVIDE THE POST. IT WAS GETTING A BIT TOOOOO LONG:rofl:
CEEJAY! :wave: I WILL DIG OUT MY BING CROSBY NOW AND LET HIM CROON WHITE CHRISTMAS TO ME!! GOOD CHOICE!! I WILL SING GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER TO THE SENIOR CITIZENS THIS WEEK!!
YOU ARE AHEAD OF ME WITH CARDS STAMPED!! IS THE POLAR EXPRESS A GOOD NONE? I HAVE NEVER SEEN THE ENTIRE MOVIE. I'VE BEEN BUSY AND MISSED BITS AND PIECES. HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE DAY.

HAPPY~ I LOVE THE FIBER OPTICS TOO. I LOVE TO WATCH THE COLORS GENTLY CHANGING. GOOD IDEA FOR THE SMALLER TREE AND MORE TIME LEFT FOR YOU AND HUBBY.... ESPECIALLY WITH GOING NORTH IN 2 WEEKS. ENJOY THE SAVED TIME!! :belly: :bubbles:

HOLLY~ I WOULD LIKE TO FIND JUST ONE BRA I LOVED :lol3: ENJOY THE BRAS AND SNOW.

happy2bme
12-09-2006, 01:30 PM
Happy Saturday Morning,

Can you believe that Christmas is in 2 weeks? And that the year is almost over? Gosh, I only have about 3 weeks to totally goof off before I have to kick in my New Year's resolution to get fit and toned in 2007 :rofl:

Today will be spent doing laundry and working on my Christmas letter and getting the cards out. I only have a couple of international stamps so my cards to the chicks of the world might be a big lagging but definitely in time for the new year.

This morning I was cutting a CD for DH with some songs to take to his guitar lessons. One was a very upbeat, rockin' bluesy kind of song. It was playing as I logged into this page and scrolled down. Meadow's dancing penquins really look cute when you have music in the background. And they dance well to several kinds of songs. :xcheer:

Oh Mel, I absolutely HATE the song Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer. A close second is a Christmas parody song by Cheech and Chong (the dopers from the 70's). I would rather be forced to listen to any other Christmas song a hundred times in a row - even if that song was Alvin and the Chipmunks. Ok, I'm dating myself now.

I recorded the Polar Express when it was on cable but haven't had a chance to watch it yet, I heard it's supposed to be a very good movie. My biggest favorites are the Bing Crosby Bells of St. Mary's and Going My Way with Barry Fitzgerald as the little old Irish priest who's giving Bing a hard time.

While I guess that was a fortunate circumstance with the food Mel for keeping you on plan, it sounds like it ruined the entire luncheon for the seniors. How sad is that? Good for you for turning down the party invite. Sounds like it would have just had ramifications that would have had you down and out for weeks to come and who needs that? I too am distancing myself from what they call "toxic relationships" - people who aren't worth a second glance. DH keeps reminding me that I get myself all aggrivated and it doesn't change those people or do anything but personally cause me problems. Anyway, I hope you have a nice quiet weekend. Did you put up a tree? Is the "grandson" curious about it or afraid of it? My sister's cockatiel loves to wander around the inside of her tree and chew on the ornaments, especially the wooden ones.

Holly, I think all of us "south of the border" will agree that you can keep the cold winds and snow on your side of town. :lol: I too am glad it's supposed to warm back up during the week. Oh wait, I forgot we're actually north of you in Lapland, aren't we? :rofl: Just checked the weather - dry and anywhere between -1C and +1C so that's still warmer than it was here.

Did you get your cards done Ceejay?

I'm thinking you are not going home for the weekend Shad, what's on the agenda for you? Will you have time off at Christmas?

Well it's already after 12 and I'm not getting a leg up on the chores by sitting here so I'd better get the laundry started and think of some snappy stuff the Christmas letter.

Hellos to Suzi, Meadow, Madcat, Tig, Teel, Carla and Nae. Pop in and say hello, will you?

Shad
12-09-2006, 08:20 PM
Morning all,

There were a great many mango in the markets this morning. Oh how I love mango. Pity the stomach is not up to eating them.
Had a bad day on Friday with this sore throat and the worst indigestion I have ever encountered. I thought I might be having a heart attack. However yesterday (Saturday) I spent just doing the things I had to do - like food shopping - and then went back to bed. For most of the day I did very little and I feel okay this morning. The sore throat is almost gone. The indigestion likewise. However I will stick to a nearly liquid diet for the next couple of days just to be on the safe side. Don't know what it was, but I don't want it back. And since I didn't tell you all about it at the time you should not catch it by cyber transference.

Good to see you all busily involved with Christmas stuff and Mel is singing so all is okay in this world. I'll not leave it yet.

Mel - I agree, what goes around comes around and the tfg didn't work for 14 months before he came to this organisation. Apparently one of the two reasons why he was employed was that the trainees love him! There is no accounting for taste, but he does seem to get the message across. One other reason is that there are few trainers around at the moment.
So good to hear that the crafting went along so well. Those sort of things would go down well in the markets over here. Pity you can't start in August and then sell them for some Christmas funds for the olds at craft markets. That would keep the olds a bit busy and non-yelling for some of the year.

Happy - this was my short weekend. Long weekend next week and I plan to take myself off for a drive up the coast somewhere. I'm going home the weekend after for Christmas. I did rest up - see above. Glad to hear the DH got his share of cake. Was worrying that he would miss out and start to shrink.
By all means use the mantra from the tfg. If it helps to deal with idiots, then go for it.

Ceejay - happy dvd watching. Have fun

Holly - happy snowed in feeling. Glad to see the essentials are catered for in your neck of the woods. Nothing much like the feeling of a new bra. Just wish mine were smaller.

Gotta go. I'll be back to catch the rest later.

MELODY525
12-10-2006, 09:01 AM
VIOLETS ARE BLUE
I LOVE MY SENIORS
AND I LOVE YOU TOO! :val2:

http://www.killarneycourthotel.com/images/staticchristmasinkillarney.gif

:drinkup: Christmas In Killarney:luck2you:
The holly green, the ivy green
The prettiest picture you've ever seen
Is Christmas in Killarney
With all of the folks at home

It's nice, you know, to kiss your beau
While cuddling under the mistletoe
And Santa Claus you know, of course
Is one of the boys from home

The door is always open
The neighbors pay a call
And Father John before he's gone
Will bless the house and all

How grand it feels to click your heels
And join in the fun of the jigs and reels
I'm handing you no blarney
The likes you've never known
Is Christmas in Killarney
With all of the folks at home



A LOVELY CHILLY DAY AND THE SUN IS SO BRIGHT YOU NEED SUNGLASSES STANDING IN FRONT OF THE WINDOW!!!:coolsnow: VERY QUIET HERE THIS WEEKEND. GETTING SOME LITTLE SORTING JOBS DONE AND GENERAL STRAIGHTENING UP. SEEMS I AM ALWAYS BEHIND LATELY. I HAVE SOME RESOLUTIONS ALREADY :hohoho: ONE IS THAT I NEED TO REALIZE NO MATTER HOW MUCH I RANT OR RAVE....SOME PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO CHANGE. :shocksn: HAPPY'S DH IS RIGHT AND I LOST SIGHT OF THAT ONCE AGAIN EVEN THOUGH I HAVE TOLD MYSELF JUST THAT OVER AND OVER. THE OTHER THING IS THE FLYLADY PRINCIPALS. IT'S IMPORTANT THAT I DO THE HOTSPOTS BECAUSE THE CLEANING GETS TOO FAR AWAY FROM ME AND CATHCHING UP IS TOO PAINFUL....PHYSICALLY. SO THOSE ARE THE ONLY 2 AND I SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET A GRIP ON BOTH OF THEM ON 2007. PUTTING THEM ON MY FRIDGE!!!! THE HARDEST PART IS LISTENING TO ALL THE BS AND NOT REACTING TO IT!!! :tantrum:
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY!!! :moped:

HAPPY~ DH IS RIGHT AND I NEEDED A REMINDER. HAD A CALL LAST NIGHT THAT REALLY TRIED MY PATIENCE AND I DID PRETTY GOOD NOT REACTING. THEN READ YOUR POST TODAY AND THOUGHT I DID THE RIGHT THING KEEPING QUIET!!! :rofl: I MUST REMEMBER THIS!!
I MIGHT NEED DUCT TAPE FOR MY MOUTH AND SOM BP PILLS!!!!:dizzy: :p :devil: IF YOU ARE GOING TO BAD UNTIL JANUARY....WHAT WILL THE WW SCALE SAY!!!! :rollpin: :rollpin: :rofl: I WISH WE COULD BE BAD TOGETHER FOREVER!!! MAYBE IN OUR NEXT LIFETIME!!

SHAD~ MANGOES!! RUTHIE WILL BE KNOCKING ON YOUR DOOR!!! I HOPE THE TUMMY AND THROAT CONTINUE GETTING BETTER.:val3: WHAT KIND OF BUG WAS THAT?! I HAD THE RUNS ON THURSDAY NIGHT....DOES THAT COUNT??? :rofl: GUESS THE TFG HAS SOME HIDDEN GOD-LIKE QUALITIES THAT ESCAPE US MERE MORTALS. :faint: :faint: HOPE YOUR WEEK WILL BE A GOOD ONE. RESTING UP THIS WEEKEND WAS A GOOD IDEA. MAYBE THE CHANGE IN THE DIET AND WATER ETC STARTED THE STOMACH BUG. :getwell:

MELODY525
12-10-2006, 10:43 AM
:tree: Oh by gosh, by golly, it's time for mistletoe and holly,
Tasty pheasants, Christmas presents,
Countrysides covered with snow.
Oh by gosh, by jingle,
It's time for carols and Kris Kringle.

:ginger: Overeating, merry greetings
From relatives you don't know.
Then comes that big night,
Giving the tree a trim.
You'll hear voices by starlight
Singing yuletide hollers...

:candy: Oh by gosh, by golly,
It's time for mistletoe and holly,
Fancy ties and Grandma's pies
And folks stealing a kiss or two,
As they whisper Merry Christmas to you.

:wreath: I have decided to go to the Mall for some last minute Christmas shopping and treat myself to lunch. I am dying for a Nathan's hotdog and fries :carrot: One of the best Jewish franks in the world! :hun:
SEE YOU ALL ON TUESDAY!!

happy2bme
12-10-2006, 12:41 PM
Morning peeps,

Glad you picked "Oh By Gosh By Golly" Mel, it's one of my favorites. Right now I'm listening to Nutcracker Suite on the guitar. Has nothing to do with DH's interests but I do like accoustical guitar, I find it very soothing. One of our vendors gave us a CD with Christmas songs played on an accoustical guitar. They apologized when they gave it to us, saying they thought it was a rather crappy gift but the home office selected it. After I played it, I raved to them. It's one of my absolute favorite Christmas "albums" what do you call them now - CD just doesn't sound right? :dizzy: Anyway, I love it and I have a giant box full of Christmas music so that says alot.

Mel, I have watched you from a distance. I know you have a huge heart and you are the first to reach out and lend a hand or shoulder or anything else you can do to support those around you. But knowing that there are those who are takers not givers in this world and people who take the easier path of letting someone do for them instead of do for themselves coupled with the stress it puts on you - you have to buck up and sometimes step aside. One of my friends at work gets stress induced migraines. When it gets too bad she is literally on the bathroom floor for a day or two at a time. In watching both of you, I can see both the build up and the after effects. You just have to let it go. Doesn't make you a bad person. Maybe it's the case that you're "enabling them" as the current psycho babble will dictate by keeping them from doing for themselves. I too have a tendency to grab on to something with a death grip and funnel all my negative energy into it and use it to whip myself into a frenzy of anger everytime I think about it - several times a day sometimes. It always comes back to what Ann Landers, an advice columnist in the papers back in Chicago would say - " are you better off with or without this person in your life?" And alot of times I will let other people take advantage of me just because of what I percieve others will say. Now isn't that dumb? It all comes down to you need to look after you Mel, cuz it's not too easy for me to come over and rustle up the posse, you hear? :club: :rollpin: :frypan: :kickbutt: :boxing:

I was only kidding about the bad habits - takes too much of a toll now if I get way off base. But it would be nice wouldn't it to flash back in time for just a night? We could go back to a disco and get wasted on Harvey Wallbangers for the night, look hot in our disco dresses or jumpsuits, do the hustle in our platform shoes and have a ciggie or two again.

Sorry to hear that you got broadsided Shad. Particularly on a weekend where you don't have much time to recover. And to miss the mangoes? I know how much you love them and I would think there are much greater sins in the food world than enjoying a fresh ripe mango or two. Sometimes they say there is just something in the air or water that knocks you down for a bit. Sticking to a clear, bland meal plan over the next few days sounds like the way to go. Maybe add a bit of yoghurt to restore some of the digestive balance again too. Feel better, ok? :hug:

Today started at 4:30am. There was a celestial occurance - Jupitar, Mars and Mercury in the predawn skies in such a tight cluster that it won't happen again until 2053 and even if I'm around to see it (highly unlikely!) I'm sure my eyes won't be working at that point enough to see anything more than fuzz. So I set the alarm and tried to coax myself out of a warm bed that I had only entered 3 and a half hours before. I did go outside to peek but it was very hazy and the moon was bright and foggy so that ended that. I climbed back in bed but had woken up enough that I could not fall asleep. I was debating about putting a pot of coffee on, getting up and finishing my Christmas cards. Then I wasn't sure if I had coffee creamer in the refrigerator. I had rinsed the last bottle that DH used. I did peek on the back porch this morning and poor old Mr. Feral cat was cuddled up in the blanket we put out for him. It was cold and I didn't want to disturb his sleep by going out the back door to the refrigerator in the garage to retrieve another bottle of creamer. That was my last thought apparently because I woke up 4 hours later to a bright if overcast morning. I do feel badly that I missed Mr. Feral who probably waited patiently for his breakfast and then realized after 7am that I was not coming out anytime soon. I'll just put a bowl of food out for him and hope he comes back.

And with that I will turn my attentions to finishing my Christmas cards which I want to mail out tomorrow and getting the washer and drying cranking out those nice, clean clothes. Guess I'll squeeze in a trip to the grocery store too. I do admit, I have not been seriously paying attention to my WW program - falling back into the old habits - not being back necesarily, just not following the program as I should be. What is it about our personalities that keeps us in this rut?

We did watch the Polar Express movie last night. It was a good one, the animation is fantastic. I think it's to the point that you can't believe what's real and what's computer generated anymore.

Best go get busy now, don't work too hard today Shad. Later ladies...

happy2bme
12-10-2006, 12:42 PM
Oh and you enjoy that hot dog Mel. Wash it down with a root beer for me. :T

Meadow
12-10-2006, 03:43 PM
Popped into Jann Arden's blog site this morning. She always makes me grin. She initially comes off as cynical but truely she is an optimist and a comic. http://www.jannarden.com/journal.php?journal_id=612

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/actioncatchristmas1.gif

Happy-aren't you lovely to think of the wild kitty's sleep rather than your coffee:) Good that you got some more sleep, functioning on 3 hours would result in rather a dire, draggy day. I've been playing the digital cable channel's traditional holiday stuff. It plays Dean Martin, Celine Dion, Connie Francis etc. holiday music. The kids even know to put it on that channel when they finish watching cartoons. It doesn't have any pictures, which is an opportunity I feel they have missed. The local tv station has a picture of a fireplace on the screen along with the tunes. Occasionally you see the hand come in and add a log, always gets the kids screaming excitedly ;)

Mel-how great it is to see you singing and full of Christmas spirit :hug: Don't you dare waver on saying "No" Remember it is a complete sentence and doesn't need any further explanations... my kids are always pushing me for more detail on my "No" but I hold firm and say I said "no, and that is the end of it" :p You know they are trying to drag you into some big argument or blame game. Staying clear of traps is what life is all about:cool: I hope you find something lovely and Christmas like during your mall trip, everything is so fun, I think the decorations are fabulous. I bought myself some fake red and white carnations with holly leaf filler at the craft store, put them in a vase with some scented Christmas oil.

Shad-:^: poor you! Did you eat some yogurt and down some cranberry juice to help get the right bacteria working again? It is awful being so sick you think you are going to die. Be careful, new surroundings my have some lurking germs. Get some disinfectant and spray around :o

:wave: Got to go, be joyful!

happy2bme
12-10-2006, 04:10 PM
Meadow, the just say no without explanation is fabulous advice. And it can be extended in so many ways. Thank you for such a great insight.

And you actually have a real Yule Log burning on TV? We have a fake one - I think it's the same recorded fire looped every 15 minutes played over and over. So cheezy. I too would get excited anticipating "Mr. Hand" stoking up the fire. Twisted person that I am I would be the one waiting to see what he'd do if a hot ember popped back at him :lol3: Enjoy your day... and I see that you snuck in an AB Christmas pic too. Very nice!

I just popped in to see if anyone needed anything from the grocery store. I'm about to make a trip out...

Shad
12-10-2006, 05:48 PM
Well I guess the mango will be there next week and the week after. And thank you, yes I feel better today. Even the aircon failing yesterday has not dampened my happy self reemerging from somewhere left of death.

Thank you all for your concern.

I've been eating greek yoghurt, soup, water, coffee and some fruit for two days now. Last night I made myself a fish stew which was pretty soft and bland - although I did add a bit of lime and chili seasoning into it. This morning I got up (4.30) and read for a bit and then climbing Castle Hill - Townsville's highest point. I went by the Goat track to see how far I could get and within the allocated half hour got very close to the top. I should have carried on and come down the road instead of coming back down the track as I slipped and fell a couple of times. Not badly, it's a bit like walking on ball bearings after the rain and I landed on the butt both times. There is plenty there to absorb the shock I can tell you. Lots of people on the track this morning, I presume some of them do it every day. My legs will feel it tomorow I think. Let's see if I can find a pic of the rock. Aaah system is very slow, I will come back to that.

Ummm Happy - have you re-lost those 2 pounds again? Last time I looked it was 4lb down because you had had a bit of a gain.

Gotta go do something. I'll be back.

ceejay52
12-10-2006, 07:33 PM
It's getting cold outside again. I think I just missed Happy going to the store. I'm wanting some southern food, beans, fried potatoes, greens, and corn bread. I have most every thing except the milk for the corn bread.Guess I'll go get some in a few minutes.

I wanted to finish my Christmas shopping this afternoon but couldn't find the things that Whitney asked for. I'm going to look here tomorrow afternoon. She's at such a good age. She's wanting to ride the Polar Express to see Santa on Christmas Eve. I picked out something for Christmas and my aunt bought it for me. It's a jewelry box. I bought a new scale for myself.

Was drafted to go to a non tradional wedding last night. Things really change over the years. The colors were black and white. The flowers were roses. There were lots and lots of candles. It was very simple but elegant. The bride's father and my uncle went to India together.

More later

Shad-Glad you are feeling better.

MELODY525
12-10-2006, 07:49 PM
FOR SOME CHRISTMASSY SPIRIT CLICK HERE:
http://badaboo.free.fr/merryxmas.swf

Hollyhock
12-10-2006, 09:25 PM
Meadow- for years people have told me i look and like and have similar persanality to Jann. A huge compliment. She has a great spirit.When her first video came out my phone rang off the hooko for days...omigawd she looks just like you...........Love her tunes too.

(((Shad)))

A fab day out and about in the cold air and sunshine. Got a cell phone for $0.00 with a good monthly plan.Went to see some good old friends. Did their hair. DD went to my folks so I went from the city to the lake to get her around 6pm.Boys had hockey . A conflict free day here. Shocking yet lovely. Life is feelin pretty darn wonderful.

Madcat
12-10-2006, 09:32 PM
A song for those of us who let things get out of control over the holidays. The Prod is one thing, but this is a BIG Threat.
:snowfight


Nuttin' For Christmas
I broke my bat on Johnny's head;
Somebody snitched on me.
I hid a frog in sister's bed;
Somebody snitched on me.
I spilled some ink on Mommy's rug;
I made Tommy eat a bug;
Bought some gum with a penny slug;
Somebody snitched on me.

Oh, I'm gettin' nuttin' for Christmas
Mommy and Daddy are mad.
I'm getting nuttin' for Christmas
'Cause I ain't been nuttin' but bad.

I put a tack on teacher's chair
Somebody snitched on me.
I tied a knot in Susie's hair
Somebody snitched on me.
I did a dance on Mommy's plants
Climbed a tree and tore my pants
Filled the sugar bowl with ants
Somebody snitched on me.

So, I'm gettin' nuttin' for Christmas
Mommy and Daddy are mad.
I'm gettin' nuttin' for Christmas
'Cause I ain't been nuttin' but bad.

I won't be seeing Santa Claus;
Somebody snitched on me.
He won't come visit me because
Somebody snitched on me.
Next year I'll be going straight;
Next year I'll be good, just wait
I'd start now, but it's too late;
Somebody snitched on me.

So you better be good whatever you do
'Cause if you're bad, I'm warning you,
You'll get nuttin' for Christmas.

happy2bme
12-10-2006, 10:00 PM
Madcat, that's too funny. I was singing that to DH last night. Of course I couldn't remember all the words, I'm sure he will be MOST appreciative that you've posted them for me :lol: I was inspired to sing a few songs after getting in the mood watching Polar Express last night. I like your new signature.

Mel, not to give anything away on your link but that's one of my favorites too.

Ceejay the wedding sounded elegant with the candles. Black bridesmaid dresses have been in style for a while. What I found hard to fathom was a friend's daughter who had a black wedding dress. Full on poufy white veil but a black dress. :no: :dunno: At least she wasn't done up like a Goth. The marriage didn't last very long either, not sure either one of them went into it with any amount of seriousness. What do you mean it's getting cold again? It was 60 degrees when I went to the store. I left my coat in the back seat and was thinking this feels and smells way more like spring than Christmas. I am happy tho, it means the snow and ice will have time to melt up north before we get up there.

Ah Shad, doing a mountain goat track after you were just down for the count with an intestinal virus? Eye - you are quite the woman there. And pray tell, what is Greek Yoghurt? Yes, you are very observant. I did lose the 2 pounds I had gained in prior weeks. I am crossing my fingers for a sustained loss. I saw some pretty decorative table trim fashioned out of a mango the other day. Every time I see one I think first of you and secondly how bloody hard it is to cut up the thing :lol:

Meadow - lovely graphic of the kitties. Reminds me of the bitter cold winter nights where it's absolutely silent and the air is so cold that the light snow actually crackles and sparkles like diamonds in the night. I love it when you can actually hear the snow fall.

These Christmas cards are like the laundry or dirty dishes. Just when you think you are about done, you find a few more that need attending to. I'd best go and finish them up and put the supper dishes in the dishwasher. 'Night all...

Suzi where have you been? Didn't you have that fun weekend DH had planned for you?

Shad
12-10-2006, 10:35 PM
Geez, I hope she doesn't put the cards in the washer and finish up the supper dishes!

happy2bme
12-11-2006, 08:28 AM
Mornin' ladies,

It was a glorious sunrise today. I'm not exactly sure why but we do get brilliant sunrises and sunsets on a more frequent basis down here. I opened the window blinds to a dazzling array of pinks. They don't last for very long so I was able to stand and enjoy it for a few minutes without wasting too much time.

I think I'm down to about 10 cards left to go - and no, though it sure sounded like it, I didn't pop them in the dishwasher! Tonight when I get home from work I'm going to go through the gift pile and make sure I have everything I need. I'm debating about sending DH to the store to get the 2 gift cards I need or if I should just run over at lunch and get them myself.

Saw a letter that DH left on the counter, his company is switching vendors that handle a certain category of health care claims. Instead of having until next April 1 to file claims, you basically need to get things to them by this coming Saturday otherwise they will forward processing to the new vendor. The new vendor says very delicately in round about fashion, that any claims recieved for vendor A after December 17 will be put off to a pile and basically forgotten about until March while they give priority to the incoming claims of their existing customers. You set aside pre-tax dollars and have to file claims by a certain time period otherwise you will lose whatever dollars you have put into the spending account - hence the beginning of the year is a very busy time as there is alot of incoming mail. I basically have to gather all copies of out of pocket expenses for medical, dental, prescriptions and eyeglasses and the like for the entire year. DH has not been the best with his filing system of paid receipts so that will be fun. **big sigh** ok, sometimes despite the best laid plans, the week fills up itself, doesn't it? :dunno:

Good thoughts tho, my house is neat and tidy and I am ALMOST on top of things here. :lol:

Time to wake up DH and jump in the shower and get this day rolling. Enjoy.

ceejay52
12-11-2006, 01:51 PM
Happy-don't mention the word taxes until January.

I've had a horrible headache this morning. It felt as though someone had hit me in the back of my neck with a ball bat. Now It has circled to the front of my head.

I've not done any book work this morning and may just wait until tomorrow to do all of it. I'm having to operate the plant in hand mode and I have to keep on top of it. Plus I have to wait for J to come back to get some information off of B's sheet from this week end. I may have to let him start a sheet for soil conservation instead of me trying to figure things out.

MadCat--I like that song. It's been a while since I've heard it.

More later.

suzi in auz
12-11-2006, 03:25 PM
sending this out really quick. I'm swamped but it's great! I have had a busy busy time. Some good some bad. Everything is gearing up for Christmas. I have been lurking but not able to stop for a chat. I will come back later for a lovely long read...oh and I have lost another lb :woohoo: I think having visitors if the key :lol:
Love to all
Suz

carla49
12-12-2006, 12:32 AM
Just a quick hello to you all. I haven't even been lurking, busy working and having a pesky headache that wouldn't leave. (Funny, now I've finished work for a few weeks the head's okay. Hmmm.) Also finishing up our condo newsletter. The board met tonight and wanted to make silly changes, which is neither here nor there except that I set it on the floor and next thing you know there was my crazy kitty chewing on the disputed article... It's now all crumpled and full of tiny teeth marks. I've started calling her my little crack-head kitty: she's badly hooked on laser tag, and went thru some serious withdrawal while i was off colour.

As I type this, Jimmy Carter is being interviewed on Jay Leno (late night talk show). I'm so impressed by him. He's intelligent, very funny (who knew?), and a man of integrity and honour. In this Canadian's opinion, the greatest american president of my lifetime. Not sure how old he is, but he's been married for over 60 years... He'd definitely be on my list of the people I'd most like to meet.

Madcat, I don't know the xmas song about getting snitched on. Darn. But I remember many years ago one Christmas eve morning being picked up by a friend for a lift home (3 hour trip). I was seriously (very very seriously) hung over, and all of a sudden they started playing the craziest version of the 12 days of Christmas - it was by Bob and Doug (Second City TV, the Great White North), and the line "and a six pack of 2-4" still reduces me to helpless, painfilled laughter. I don't know the rest of it, but it brings such warm memories of the driver, who left this world about 18 months ago.

Oops. Getting late and I must go to bed. The saga of the new car continues - it MAY finally happen this week... if not I think I'll just forget it. Lily demanding more laser tag- seriously dilated pupils... I'm with those who need to stop being so angry all the time, and who need to apply the fly-lady principles, and who need to stop shoveling the bad food and drink in. Poor Shad not able to eat mangoes, which in fact are quite easy to cut up once you know how. I've fallen for a slightly different variety, ataulfo mangoes, yellow with a much smaller pit, and no fibery bits. Last time I bought some I jsut let them go bad, and I fully expect to go straight to h-e-double hockey sticks for it.

Night all. Individual hellos another time.

happy2bme
12-12-2006, 12:43 AM
Just for you Carla ;)

:santa: BOB & DOUG'S TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS :present:
On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
Eight comic books
Seven packs of smokes
Six packs of two-fours
Five golden toques
Four pounds of back bacon
Three french toasts
Two turtlenecks
And a beer in a tree
(Bob & Doug didn't cover days nine through twelve.)

carla49
12-12-2006, 12:44 AM
Oops. No slur intended against my US neighbours - didn't intentionally spell 'American' with a small 'a'.

Shad, I know it wasn't you who finds mangoes hard to slice. Just hard to digest. :D

Holly, I almost peed myself - haven't heard anyone called a "maroon" in decades. Is that a Canadian expression? Glad to see you're benefitting from the old lake effect, which I always though meant MORE snow, which just goes I'm not as omniscient as I usually claim to be. I'm a big Jann Arden fan, especially loved her song "insensitive". My ex always said it was male-bashing; took me 8 more years to realize it was probably because it was written about him. :rofl:

Bye :wave:

carla49
12-12-2006, 12:46 AM
Thank you Happy. I'll sing it in honour of my old friend Eugene. In fact I'll sing it tomorrow when I go to the craft fair we often went to together, him wheeling and dealing and schmoozing; me eating lots of food samples and wishing he'd speed it all up a little...

Hollyhock
12-12-2006, 08:37 AM
LOL!!!!! I am married to Bob and Doug. My all Canadian touque wearing boy.
We always sing that song here. LOL!! Love Second City.

happy2bme
12-12-2006, 08:40 AM
A moment for Eugene - and all of those special friends who help make life more interesting. :cheers:

Carla, I can see in my imagination the crumbled paper full of tiny bite marks on the floor. The idea of little bites is pretty funny. My sister has a bird like Mel's and many a paper item has been shredded to bits. Important paper items. :lol: Having been on a homeowners association, the chewed up paper has special meaning. I didn't watch the show but I did see DH watching Jay Leno last night. I have always respected Jimmy Carter immensely. Like you, I'd have to choose him as my favorite during my life time. He was a man of quiet eloquance as they say. And the only one in my opinion who honestly and truly went into office to do some good for mankind.

Suzi, sounds like the merry go round of life is spinning on high gear right now. Stop to take a breath or two and enjoy the season as Meadow would say.

Ceejay, hope your head is better. I find that when the weather changes drastically like it has, the headaches come out full force.

Last week we were freezing. Literally. The birdbath and cat's water bowls were frozen blocks of ice. Yesterday was like a lovely spring day. It's supposed to get to a high of 67 degrees by Thursday. Almost 20 degrees warmer than it should be. I'm not complaining but I do think it has to do with alot of the colds going around. Of course this is a bad time of year for that stuff anyway. My theory is that a certain percentage of the people are sick at any given time. However instead of staying in like they should, they are out in force shopping and touching everything. Us well people are also out in force coming behind and touching the same things, picking up their germs and transmitting them all over. So, before you know it, most of us are sick. Every year I get a cold around this time. It was part of the reason I wanted to get my shopping done early - beat the germs :D However, I have also picked up colds from grocery shopping carts. I'm really glad that most of the stores have those antiseptic wipes available at the cart bins.

Nothing fabulous going on here. Still working on cards. Spent most of the evening talking with DH. Oh wait, talked to mom and sis too - no wonder the evening went so fast :gossip: :callme: Heard on the radio that no one (astrological signs) is going to have a 5 star day today. If you are Taurus (me) you will at least have a 4 star day. I jumped on the scale this morning - no loss but I did stay the same. I really have to get serious about getting on plan. I'm not eating badly - had chicken soup for lunch yesterday with some grapes for a snack, dinner was grilled salmon, steamed sugar snap peas and some sliced cucumber in lite dill sauce with a bit of iced green tea to wash it down. No dessert, no nibbling of the bits of Christmas candy around here. But I know that I must weigh, measure and log and PLAN in order to see a loss. Tuesday weigh in creeps up fast. Today I am looking forward to my tuna salad which reminds me that I had better go and make it RIGHT NOW.

:hug: to the chicks I missed, catch up later :wave:

happy2bme
12-12-2006, 08:43 AM
Is it worth someone explaining that song or do we just leave it with the poor Americans just don't get it :dunno:

ceejay52
12-12-2006, 10:23 AM
Happy--I 'm a little slow when I get those headaches, but yes I feel it's due to the weather change. Sleep is about the only relief I get from these type of headaches. Tylenol has been taken.

Hi Carla--I love the Christmas spirit going on here.

Hi Suzi--Don't work to hard during the Christmas season.

More later.

Shad
12-12-2006, 05:12 PM
Morning all,
Life was just too busy yesterday to post. I'm glad I had a 4 star day Happy, just too bad I didn't know it was going on at the time.
:stars: :stars: :stars: :stars:

I took my computer home last night to write this post, but forgot. Had a huge headache and then realised that I was hungry!!! :doh: Only had two small mangos for lunch.

Being frightfully polite to the tfg. One of the other people hear think the whole thing is hilariously funny. However as long as he does the job, and leaves me alone do I care?

Okay, today is shaping up liking yesterday and it is only 8.15am. I'll be back.

Meadow
12-12-2006, 06:46 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/christmassnowperson-cats.gif

:lol: Bob and Doug :lol3: Yep, definitely a Canadian thing ;) Beer, beer and did someone say beer?!:D Don't worry Happy, I'll try and find a link to a clip from the old SCTV show where they are doing it, must be on the Web somewhere:?: Okay found a link to the song :D Idle chat for 1/2 a minute then the music starts and you can here what the song is. http://www.youhoser.com/mp3/BnD-12days.mp3

Suzi-I hope the good is outdoing the bad now :flow2: I just bought some pink pompom balls and strung them together as a garland for our Christmas tree:hug: Take some time to enjoy the slower things of Christmas, you don't have to be everything to everyone, keep a little time for yourself to enjoy. No frazzled mommy this Christmas:hug:

Shad-:goodvibes Jeepers you had to talk to tfg already? Congratulations for treating him as the lab experiment that he is and treating him gently ;) I hope you had a better dinner tonight, a little rice and curry maybe with a glass of full bodied red?:high:

Madcat-that song is hilarious! You aren't out of control this Christmas are you? Has your sweety husband hinted at that 60" inch screen television he has been eyeballing at Sears? Whoops, I guess he won't be getting it now :p :devil: Don't forget to leave the Birks flyers around with big circles of red felt pen around all the jewels you covet ;)

Carla-How was the craft fair? Anything cool? I love the knitted stuff and hmm, free food samples? Fudge maybe :D :hug: I is lovely that the song brought back good memories of your friend Eugene. Always makes for some tender moments to think about those who have passed at Christmas.

Ceejay-Plant is on hand mode? That sounds very daunting, no wonder you have a headache. Buy yourself some new pillows for Christmas and treat yourself to a soft cradle for your poor noggin. I hope the Tylenol helped :)

Mel-doop, doop I'm dreaming of a White Christmas... that link you posted was so funny. My daughter laughed mightily at the reindeer with the high pipes :D:candy: :snowglo: Hope you were grinning today and singing with a joyous spirit. ATTITUDE, make them feel it :shocksn: :coolsnow:

Holly-white bras are good, just was them with a red shirt you get a lovely pink. Watch out for the black though, I've had a few dingey grey ones in the past and they don't half depress one :twirly: Cheers to your toque wearing, beer drinking hubby, mine is the same ;) Core Molson supporters!

:grouphug:

Shad
12-12-2006, 07:22 PM
I'd better go look up toque. I know it is a variety of hat, but hey, I can't wait for the Canadian variety.

Madcat
12-12-2006, 10:33 PM
You get two toques and Bob & Doug...

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

I swear I will make it back here to post one of these days. I'm just lurking for now.

Shad
12-13-2006, 01:50 AM
Thanks Ms Madcat, now I know where I stand. Those two remind me of Scotty and Crumpy who were NZ heroes on ads for Toyota(?) 4x4s. Right broths of blokes that lot. And the toque is here but for the life of me I can't remember what they are called. I see these blokes wearing them and the outside temp is 30 degrees. I mean what does one need it for????

Ceejay - sounds like an interesting wedding - was it an Indian affair??

Mel went to the site and checked out the music. But it took so long to load that I couldn't stick around for the full fling. Good to have you singing along, I bet it sounds much better than the sickening stuff in the stores. Old cynical Shad starts making up commercial words to the tune

Deck the halls > becomes
Get out the wallets etc.

Meadow - absolutely loved the kitties. Could use that one on Christmas cards. We ought to tell Teel about it. I'm sure she could put it on her card making agenda. Actually your comments on dinner tonight could be spot on. It's Christmas dinner for the project and we are all trooping along to the Reef Thai - luckily just around the corner from Fawlty Towers so I should be able to down a bit of red or white or something left of green.

Happy - The medical health care thing over there would give me nightmares. I think I would worry myself into being sick. I wish you luck with that one. I think someone should explain that song to all of us non-Canadians.

Suzi is up to her eyebrows in relatives and visitors. Hope she is having a pretty good time. Sometimes visitors are like fish - go off after about 3 days. Unfortunately those are usually the ones that stick around as well. Well done on the 1lb gone.

Carla - hope the headaches are all gone away for good. Could have been the place for whom you were working. The aircon here is pretty pathetic. You either live in the fridge or you don't. Life doesn't get much simpler than that.
Gotta love kitties that eat the bills and things. Usually the important stuff.
I guess that Jimmy Carter would be one of the 5 people you'd love to invite to a dinner party. Who would be the other 4? In fact why don't all of us plan the perfect dinner party guests.
I'll think about mine overnight and come back with a list.
And here is my moment to remember folks who make life interesting. :cheers:

Okay, think I have caught up. Time for another round with my rooster chickies.

PS - one of the imports here (from Mozambique) asked my boss today if she was still suffering from the hots :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: She meant hot flushes :lol3:

happy2bme
12-13-2006, 08:51 AM
Hmm, dinner guests you say :chin: Well, that's the sort of thing where you're supposed to answer properly and people judge you by your choices so I'm going to take the easy road out and say "You folks. I'd love to sit around a table with all of you." Would be a lively crowd I'd say. Probably would not be able to hear across the table.

Yes, the medical situation is confusing and getting worse. It is a tangle of core parties each trying to make the biggest profits or pass their costs to the next group. Some politicians push for socialized medicine so that no one goes without, those who represent the rich push back because they do not care to spend their wealth in taxes to support the poor. My biggest fear in this life is getting medically incapacitated - it can wipe out your savings and ruin you.

And to keep a balance so that not all is dark and evil, there are some shining lights like the St. Jude Children's Research hospital that is located here. No child is ever turned away. Families are charged no more than they can afford to pay, even if that amount is zero. It is a place of great hope but also brings a tear to my eye when I see the little faces of the brave kids with their bald little heads from chemotherapy and the like. You see a place like that and it restores your faith that there are some places that exist beyond making the bottom line numbers.

Two weeks from now Christmas will be over already. I'm thrilled to see that one of my favorite Christmas movies - Going My Way - is on TV tonight. I'll be recording it and if I don't watch it over Christmas, then I'll get to it on New Year's Eve. I keep trying to capture that Christmas mood - it's been eluding me for years. Not sure why - is it that time passes too quickly, is it that there's more "work" to the holiday than enjoyment? Or is our memories of long ago distorted and things weren't quite the way we remember them to be? Oh well, before I get too bummed here...

Those are interesting hats there...

Loved your graphic of the "4 star day" Shad. It really made me laugh.

It's pretty obvious I have nothing enchanting to say at the moment so I'll just wave hello and be on with the day. TTYL

MELODY525
12-13-2006, 09:08 AM
Well I never got the hot dog or the Mall. sometimes you just cannot get where you want to go. But this Monday I am going to the Mall with willy's bus. One of the male seniors was violently ill in the lobby and I could not get passed the mess. Poor guy is still in the hospital. We had to hire special cleaners because of all the blood everywhere. God knows what is wrong.
Maybe it was a good thing I stayed home...lots of forms came in the mail for the heating assistance. I had forgotten it was that time of the year. They are late...should have all been sent out and filled in before Noivember. that's where I have been for the last 2 days. In an office by myself.:carrot: Nothing new to report except that all my cards aren't done and overseas mail is still waiting to be posted!!! :faint: I am afraid cards will be a wee bit late. Sorry. The days are getting away from me and they seem to be speeding by. :dizzy:

Happy~ Less anger, more "no's", more singing, no junk food, more water.....I think I've got it!:p I am getting better at it though. glad the cat showed up and too bad you couldn't see the planets aligned. I can only see smog!!
Happy star gazing.

Madcat~ Bob and doug are too funny and I think I read them in the Journals one time. Lurk away dear friend:hug:

Meadow~ glad to have an AB fix this morning and the cats were adorable. I would like to make the snowman come to life!!! I will investigate Jann's site and thanks for the link. Been listening to cable tv carols over here also while I pop in and out. I would sit with the kids and wait for the log rendering hand also!!! :carrot: I would love to see that!!! :rofl:

Shad~ I know you want to lose some weight but pounding your bum on the track seems a little extreme to me!!! It's not like pounded steak ya know!! :lol3: :lol3:
I am glad you are getting back to feeling better. When the tfg asked for the Holidays off I hope it wasn't so he could go home with you!!!:rofl: Hope the aircon gets fixed before your temperature rises!!!
:devil: It just might save tfg!!!:devil:

Ceejay~ A December wedding!! How nice. I have heard of a LOT of black and white weddings with either red or white roses as the only flower. Must be a trend again. I just think black dresses at a wedding is a wee bit somber but they tell me it is gorgeous. Hope you find the gifts you are seeking.....and hope the headache goes away. Alas our poor sinuses and the trouble they cause. I am now combining Dayquil with Mucines and the 2 pills are doing the job twice a day. Headaches and sinus are under control. NOT GONE but tolerable.:hug:

Carla~ Now we've all got each other's headache :rofl:
I thinkl I would be good at laser tag. I'm pretty quick on wheels. :moped: But going in circles get's me dizzy:dizzy:
Jimmy Carter is a humanitarian of extreme proportions. I think he is one of the most underappreciated men in these United States. We will see what history will make of him upon his passing because that is when they will probably give him an award!!! :faint: :faint: there have been Heads Of State from other countries that have given him credit for something they either did or said. Alas Porr Mr Peanut...we did not appreciat you enough. Hope your head gets well soon. I think mine are work related...too bad we were born smart and good looking instead of rich :rofl: :rofl:

Holly~ who has forgotten me altogether. My hubby was the same but pot was his choice for happiness. :rofl:
You need to come south of your border....we are a balmy almost 60 degrees!! Not a flake in sight except for myself:carrot:

Suzi~ :wave: to you also!! Hello busy woman.

:wave:Sending love and good cheer to all our other lurking Chicklettes:wave:


I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus
Underneath the mistletoe last night.
She didn't see me creep
down the stairs to have a peep;
She thought that I was tucked
up in my bedroom fast asleep.
Then, I saw Mommy tickle Santa Claus
Underneath his beard so snowy white;
Oh, what a laugh it would have been
If Daddy had only seen
Mommy kissing Santa Claus last night.

ceejay52
12-13-2006, 10:16 AM
Just in to say hello

The lab results from the doctor's office are back. My cholesterol total is 146, triglicerides 105 and hdl 44. The doc wants to lower my thyroid med again. sigh, It's either to high or to low.

My nephew is doing a lot better. I called last night. My sis said there was no need to do the extra skin graphs and the hair on his leg where he was burned is growing back. However, there was some staff infection. The hair follicles are causing boils. He was driving himself home last night to sleep in his own bed.

Shad--The wedding was American style. Just a little different for a church wedding.
Happy--St Jude's hospital is well known all over the world.
Mel--Maybe you can go to the Mall this week with Willy. Have fun.
Helloto all the rest.

carla49
12-13-2006, 03:36 PM
Santa baby, slip a sable under the tree,
For me.
been an awful good girl,
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa baby, a 54 convertible too,
Light blue.
I'll wait up for you dear,
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight.

Think of all the fun I've missed,
Think of all the fellas that I haven't kissed,
Next year I could be just as good,
If you'll check off my Christmas list,

Santa baby, I wanna yacht,
And really that's not a lot,
Been an angel all year,
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa honey, there's one thing I really do need,
The deed
To a platinum mine,
Santa honey, so hurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa cutie, and fill my stocking with a duplex,
And checks.
Sign your 'X' on the line,
Santa cutie, and hurry down the chimney tonight.

Come and trim my Christmas tree,
With some decorations bought at Tiffany's,
I really do believe in you,
Let's see if you believe in me,

Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing,
A ring.
I don't mean on the phone,
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight,
Hurry down the chimney tonight,
Hurry, tonight.


Well, how's that for an earthy (Eartha - get it?) contribution to our song book?

My main headache today is the workman who arrived 2 hours late to install my microwave over the stove. It's now 2 hours later, much sawing and nailing, kitchen a total shambles ('Oh no, no need to move anthing out of the way.') Also waiting for the super who was going to come 2 hours ago to do his annual inspection... so I'm stuck here doing my least favourite thing WAITING FOR IDIOTS TO DO THEIR JOBS!!!! Mel, maybe we can trade - I'd rather be filling out forms. ****, I'd rather be doing my taxes!!!

I feel better now I've grumbled. The cats weren't being very sympathetic.

Shad, the knit caps the cool kids wear in the heat aren't what we know as tuques around here. A proper Canadian tuque has a pompom, a rim that rolls up, and often has a little reindeer or snowman motif. Très chic... also not form-fitting, and with a serious handknit look. Some guys wear them really high and they look like very tall skinny empty condoms. (I don't know if they use starch or Viagra to keep them up there.) Sometimes there are mitts to match. Very warm.

As for the 'back bacon', it's part of the joke because Americans call it 'Canadian Bacon'. To further complicate everything, in B.C. they call it Quebec bacon... The whole Bob and Doug thing started because the Canadian broadcasting regulators said Second City needed extra Canadian content, so they started this idiocy called the Great White North. We all know guys like Bob and Doug - they may in fact be one element all Canadian provinces have in common. Molson muscles, hockey, and hosers. What a national identity...

Gotta go - the super has come and decided anything that needs fixing can wait until next time ho-ho-ho. And I have a ton to do.

Bye :wave:

Shad
12-13-2006, 05:43 PM
So, my contribution to the Christmas Carols

A Pukeko in a Ponga Tree

On the first day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
A pukeko in a ponga tree

On the second day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Two kumera
And a pukeko in a ponga tree

On the third day of Christmas…

and so on, until…

On the twelfth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Twelve piupius swinging
Eleven haka lessons
Ten juicy fish heads
Nine sacks of pipis
Eight plants of puha
Seven eels a swimming
Six pois a twirling
Five - big - fat - pigs !
Four huhu grubs
Three flax kits
Two kumera
And a pukeko in a ponga tree!

Now I guess you are going to ask for translations.

Last night was the Christmas dinner for the project team. We had a good time. Must have been better for some as there are a few vacant spots around the team areas today.

Fawlty Towers - gotta be seen to be believed. The cleaner left a message to say that she had no spare linen yesterday and my sheets were in the washer, would I mind drying them and making up the bed myself? Too bad if I did I think! The aircon man rang to say he couldn't find anything wrong with the aircon and it was working fine! So why isn't it cooling the house. But it is! Then he left a note to say that he did find something wrong. One of the fans is not working all the time. Doesn't turn on. I rang him back to ask what was the problem with the fan and he said he would put in a recommendation to have it fixed. Please don't hold your breath waiting. Meantime if it refused to go, I could take out the main grill in the hall, and give the secondary fan a bit of a spin to set it alight so everything would be hunky dory then! Did I want him to hang on the phone while I did it?
Excuse me but I am only 5'1" and I will need to get something to stand on. I'll have a look later and ring him back if necessary. So now I get to do the Plant Maintenance on the building as well??? I did have a look. The only way I get to the fan to give it a bit of a spin is to take to it with the wooden spoon even if I am standing precariously on the tallest chair in the house.
I left a very rude message on the property management answer phone and went to the party. I should hear something back today I guess.
I told the big boss, who takes all expenditure seriously who said that he would be on to them today to tell them that none of his folk stand on a chair to give anything a bit of a spin and he will sue them if I fall off the chair and damage myself. He is not spending 32,000K a month to house his people and expect them to do maintenance etc. etc. etc. I was beginning to feel sympathy for the property maintenance people.

Anyway, I'd better get on with some work. We finish today for the 3 days break and I may not be back until Monday. However I will try to get on over the weekend just to see what you lot are up to.

happy2bme
12-14-2006, 09:20 AM
Since we're all singing, I feel compelled to add one myself. This is a rather obscure one from the 1940's tho I think Jimmy Buffet recorded it too.

Christmas Island
Let's get away from sleigh bells, let's get away from snow
Let's make a break some Christmas, Dear, I know the place to go
How'd ya like to spend Christmas on Christmas Island?
How'd ya like to spend the holiday away across the sea?
How'd ya like to spend Christmas on Christmas Island?
How'd ya like to hang a stocking on a great big coconut tree?

How'd ya like to stay up late, like the islanders do?
Wait for Santa to sail in with your presents in a canoe.
If you ever spend Christmas on Christmas Island
You will never stray for everyday
Your Christmas dreams come true.

How'd ya like to stay up late like the islanders do?
Wait for Santa to sail in with your presents in a canoe
If you ever spend Christmas on Christmas Island
You will never stray, for everyday
Your Christmas dreams come true
On Christmas Island your dreams come true.

I take it that Santa Baby was sung by Eartha Kitt? Cool...

Yes Shad, you need to do some translations too :lol: :?: It's actually getting to be rather funny (to us and you seem to be taking it with a bit of humor) about the ongoing saga of your Fawlty Towers. I'm waiting for you to come home one night and the whole place is leaning off to the side like Pisa in Italy. Say Shad, can you be a sport and just lean yourself against the wall and hold the place up for a bit? :rofl:

Ceejay, I think I mentioned before, once you start to feel good, the doctors lower your thyroid medication. I have 4 months of pills and got a note from the doctor that they want to lower my meds too. Glad to hear your nephew is on the mend.

Hey Mel - how's the flake doing? Loved your comments. It's pretty foggy out here or should I say FAHghy. You've never seen fog until you've seen the New England kind - the swirling sort of stuff that you just EXPECT monsters and zombies to crawl out of at night :rofl:

I finally got the cards done - just need 2 air mail stamps. DH and I both did the same thing - peeled the stamps off the front of the sticker book and didn't know that there were 8 more on the back of the card. He was nice enough to help me put stamps and address labels on the cards and I couldn't imagine how I was so short of stamps. Easy, when 24 of them were on the reverse side of the paper trash pile. Ooops. :o All is well now.

Got to run, late as usual. Have a good one chicks.

ceejay52
12-14-2006, 11:00 AM
Not much to say this morning. I'll be waiting on the UPS man to bring the gift I purchased from IKEA.com for my niece. I don't know why I didn't send it to Dallas.

I need to go to the doctor's office to pick up my rx today, but that may have to wait until tomorrow I have to sign for the IKEA package.

I'm going to watch Polar Express this afternoon. And rest for the most part of it.

MELODY525
12-14-2006, 05:57 PM
Up On the Housetop
Up on the housetop
reindeer pause,
Out jumps good old Santa Claus.
Down thru' the chimney
with lots of toys,
All for the little ones,
Christmas joys.
Ho, ho, ho!
Who wouldn't go!
Ho, ho, ho!
Who wouldn't go!
Up on the housetop,
click, click, click,
Down thru' the chimney
with good Saint Nick.

First comes the stocking
of little Nell,
Oh, dear Santa
fill it well;
Give her a dolly
that laughs and cries
One that will open
and shut her eyes.
Ho, ho, ho!
Who wouldn't go!
Ho, ho, ho!
Who wouldn't go!
Up on the housetop,
click, click, click,
Down thru' the chimney
with good Saint Nick.

Next comes the stocking
of little Will,
Oh just see
what a glorious fill
Here is a hammer
and lots of tacks,
Also a ball
and a whip that cracks.
Ho, ho, ho!
Who wouldn't go!
Ho, ho, ho!
Who wouldn't go!
Up on the housetop,
click, click, click,
Down thru' the chimney
with good Saint Nick.

I AM GOING TO POST FIRST AND THEN READ. I CANNOT PROMISE ANSWERS THOUGH AS I AM REALLY BEAT. THE LAST DOORBELL WAS ABOUT 2 SECONDS AGO! IT'S BEEN A BUSY DAY WITH POST OFFICE, FOOD SHOPPING AND OFFICE WORK. NOT REALLY OVER DOING IT. THE GUYS HAVE BEEN STEPPING IN AND DOING ALL MY LIFTING AND I HAVE TAKEN BREAKS FRONM THE WRITING A LOT. BUT THIS WARMER WEATHER IS KILLING MY SINUSES AGAIN :rofl: I EVEN GOT TO GO OUT FOR A RIDE!! LOVE THE TEMPS!!! LET ME GET SOME DINNER AND READ YOUR CREATIVE POSTS!! I ALREADY SCROLLED BY SOME STRANGENESS IN SHAD'S!! I AM SURE I HVE NO F*CKING IDEA WHAT ALL THOSE 12 THINGS ARE!! :rofl:
SEE YA LATER....................

MELODY525
12-14-2006, 06:18 PM
CEEJAY~ GLAD THE TESTS ARE BACK AND GOOD LUCK WITH THE THYROID. I AM VERY HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT THE NEPHEW GOING HOME AND HOPE THE HAIR FOLLICLES(SP) GIVE HIM A BREAK!!! I AM GOING SHOPPING MONDAY. THEY HAVE JIMMY DRIVING ME THERE AND WILLY PICKING ME UP. HOPE THE UPS MAN GOT THERE!!

CARLA~ YOUR POST HAD ME LAUGHING. I WAS JUST SINGING SANTA BABY LAST NIGHT....WONDER IF YOU "CAUGHT" IT!!! :rofl: :rofl: TAXES????OMG IT MUST BE PRETTY BAD IF YOU WOULD RATHER DO THEM!! I WORK WITH IDIOTS AND HAVE TO WAIT FOR THEM TO DO THEIR JOB EVERY DAY?! AND THEN I WONDER WHY I KEEP YELLING, :tantrum: AND LOSING MY PATIENCE ALONG WITH MY MIND :faint: NOT SURE YOU REALLY WANT TO TRADE WITH ME??? :lol3: HOPE THE WHOLE LANDLORD THING WENT WELL OR AT LEAST A S SMOOTHLY AS POSSIBLE!!! :dizzy:

SHAD~WTF!!! I AM STILL TRYING TO PRONOUNCE THOSE "THINGS" IN THE SONG!! ;rofl: FAWLTY TOWERS!! :LOL3: :LOL3: :LOL3: i cannot stop laughing over that one. i am stealking it and going to put a sign on the maintenance door with it on!!! OOPS LOST MY CAPS...
I AGREE WITH YOUR BOSS AND NO CHAIR STANDING!! NOT FOR THEM ANYWAY. DIFFERENT IF YOU GET STUCK IN YOUR OWN ATTIC AT HOME OR FALL FOR YOUR OWN HOME....BUT NOT FOR THESE ARSES!!! JESUS WHAT WAS THAT GUY ON THE PHONE THINKING??????????
KEEP YOUR 2 FEET ON THE GROUND....I THINK THE FAMILY WOULD LIKE TO SEE YOU HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITHOUT ANY CASTS BEING ON ANY OF YOUR LIMBS!! :faint:

HAPPY~ GET ME A ONE WAY TICKET FOR CHRISTMAS ISLAND!! I AM READY WOMAN TO LEAVE WHENEVER YOU ARE. TAKE ME AWAY FROM THIS MESS!!! WHEN WILLY TAKES ME TO THE STORES...I TELL HIM AS WE LEAVE TO GET ON THE BUS..WILLY TAKE ME OUT OF THIS NUT HOUSE!!! HE CRACKS UP AND KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT I MEAN. HE HAS RECENTLY TOLD ME TO "LET IT GO AND LET THEM WORRY ABOUT IT" AND WALKED ME TO THE ELEVATOR!! :rofl: WE DID THE POST OFFICE THING TODAY ALSO. FEELS GOOD TO GET THEM STAMPED HUH??? GOOD FOR YOU AND HUBBY. YOU AND I WILL NEED A JOURNAL FOR NEXT YEAR TO WRITE IN ALL OUR STUFF THAT WE WANT TO GET GOOD MARKS ON!! WE'LL GEWT OUR RESOLUTIONS ON PAPER!! LOL

OK KIDS I AM OFF AND GOING TO WATCH THE ABC FAMILY CHANNEL XMAS SHOWS AFTER THE SHOWER.
HAVE A GOOD NIGHT!:hug:

Hollyhock
12-14-2006, 10:49 PM
Melly- I haven't forgotten you!!!
Very festive around here!!!!!
I am up to my ears with Avon but enjoying it. Packed 50 orders yesterday, ran errands today, need to pack another 26 tomorrow,paper work to do.Chrsitmas shopping is done. Haven't done any baking.

I've lost a few lbs. Hanging in here.

HUGS to all!!!!!

MELODY525
12-15-2006, 08:42 AM
:wave: HELLO HOLLY!! LET THE FESTIVITIES CONTINUE TILL THE 1ST OF THE YEAR!!! HUGS BACK TO YOU.

I HAD ABOUT 3/4 OF A CAN OF PEPSI YESTERDAY AND FEEL LIKE CRAP TODAY. WHY DO I DO THIS??????
ANYWAY....NO SENSE DWELLING ON IT BUT MY EYES ETC FEEL EVEN WORSE. SUGAR IS SOOO TOXIC TO ME. IT SEEMS LIKE I JUST HAVE TO KEEP TESTING TO SEE IF IT IS :faint: :faint:
I AM OFF TO THE OFFICE AS IT WILL BE JUST 3 OF US TODAY. SHOULD BE QUYIET BUT THEN AGAIN......
HAPPY FRIDAY!!! THANK GOD IT'S HERE.
:hug: and :love: TO EVERYONE :moped:

happy2bme
12-15-2006, 08:53 AM
Good mornin'

Last night the power snapped / surged / whatever. Had to reset the circuit breaker but it also affected the Internet connection. DH was out playing pool and I don't know how to do it myself (must learn the steps). So no computer last night which was kind of nice.

The Christmas cards are finally off my table and in the post office where they belong! Whew... I just have 2 more to send out but have to include a special letter to DH's aunts first.

We picked up the Pirates of the Carribean 2 movie to watch tonight. I wanted to see The Devil Wears Prada but that seems to be a hot movie. The guy at the store said it turns around and gets rented as fast as it comes in and they had about 20 copies. I'm sure Meryl Streep sizzles in the role. The weekend before we leave I probably shouldn't be watching movies anyway. :lol:

Today is the company Christmas party. Although it's supposed to be nice, I really hate those things. All of my workmates are making excuses of one means or another not to go. I'm certainly not going by myself. As outgoing as I am, I get painfully shy at those parties. And who needs all the extra calories anyway? We'll see.

Holly, I thought you said you lived in a very small town. That's alot of orders so I guess it's not quite as small as I was thinking. I hope you put samples in the bags - that was the best part of Avon! Happy packing...

I tried to find something to wear for the party today but all my Christmasy stuff is warmer winter wear at it should be. However here in the south, it is supposed to be 72 degrees today and through the weekend. Hardly Christmasy. Guess I'll make do with a short sleeved red sweater and a nice holiday pin.

Hope your day is quieter Mel. Time for a Mel-i-day soon, isn't it? Stay away from the chairs and wooden spoons Shad. :lol:

Better get ready I guess. Later chicks. :wave:

Hollyhock
12-15-2006, 09:22 AM
Happy- we are on the edge of a hamlet with 300 people and the village up the road has 900. I think they are pretty small population wise. I did have over 100 for the holidays season.

Just sent off a report that was late. A local womens group wantas to pay me for an Avon gift baske t to give to a needy family as a gift for the Mom. In would have donated but they insisted so am charging my cost only.

Gonna put on my Jewel Christmas CD.
We are having a few friends over Sat night. Need to plan a few munchies.
The whole house needs cleaning.

Best get crackin"!!!!

ceejay52
12-15-2006, 10:39 AM
I wish you a merry christmas,
I wish you a merry christmas,
I wish you a merry christmas,
and a happy new year

Going to Paragould today to finish Christmas shopping.

The results of my thyroid test is that it is now almost non exsistant, a 0.02 out of a range of 0.40-5.50. Ughhhhhhh, the synthroid is either to much or to little. This time I feel like I've been overdosed but it could be that it is just completly gone. On the other hand my cholesterol level has dropped to 146 from 161 last year, The triglicerides also have lowered to 105 from 131 from last year. I've done something right.

Need to do some things before I leave this afternoon.

Everyone have a good weekend.

Mel--Stay away from the pepsi's please.

MELODY525
12-16-2006, 08:22 AM
CJ~ YES NO MORE PEPSI FOR ME!! AND HOW NICE TO FIND YOU SINGING THIS MORNING!!!:dance: :cb:
HAPPY SHOPPING!!! GIFT BUYING IS MY FAVORITE SPORT!! GOOD FOR YOU WITH THE NEW TEST RESULT NUMBERS! BEATS MY TRIGLYCERIDES OF 364! :faint: HAVE A GREAT PARAGOULD WEEKEND!!

HOLLY~ CONGRATS ON THE SALES! LOT OF GOOD SMELLING WOMEN OUT THERE IN THE YUKON! :rofl: AND MEN TOO I GUESS!! :belly:
ANY SINGLE ONES?? ONES THAT ARE INTO OLD, FAT DISABLED WOMEN?? :lol3:

HAPPY~ YOU WILL BE OFF SOON FOR THE FROZEN NORTH. ONLY IT'S NOT SO FROZEN AS YET. WE ARE SUPPOSED TO GET A WHOPPER BY NEW YEARS OR SO THEY PREDICT...AND I AM NOT SURE IF IT WILL REALLY BE A BIG ONE OR A FIZZLED OUT ONE. EITHER WAY...I HOPE YOU ARE HOME BY THEN!! IF YOU GO TO THE PARTY HAVE A GREAT TIME....MIGHT AS WELL BECAUSE JANUARY IS OUR DEADLINE!!! :rollpin: WE WILL NEED EITHER LINDAT WITH THE PROD OR SHAD BETTER BORROW IT FOR AWHILE!! GET OUT THE CHARGER AND GET THOSE BATTERIES CHARGED UP!!

I FEEL A BIT LIKE MY OWN BATTERIES NEED CHARGING. :beach:
THE SENIORS HAVE THEIR BIG CHRISTMAS PARTY TODAY AT A HALL SO THE BLDG SHOULD BE QUIET. TOMORROW THEY WILL BE RECOUPERATING :rofl:
NOTHING NEW WITH THE WHEELCHAIR NEEDING MAN, NO NEWS ON THE ONE WHO WAS SO ILL AND THE ONE NEEDING THE HOMEMAKER IS GETTING A CLEANER IN JANUARY. SO MY JOB IS DONE WITH THOSE 3 FOR THIS YEAR AT LEAST. EVERYONE IS IN HOLIDAY MODE SO IT MAKES IT HARD TO GET STUFF DONE.
WILLY'S MARY HAS THE LAST OF THE MAIL TO GO OUT AND I MAILED ALL MY LOCAL CARDS AND DELIVERED MY HANDMADE ONES TO THE SENIORS LAST NIGHT. WE GIVE ONE TO EVERYONE. KEEPS THEM SMILING.
JEN AND RICHIE SEEM TO BE HIBERNATING. HE IS DEPRESSED AS THE KIDS AREN'T COMING UP. IT'S NOT HIS YEAR AND THE EX CHANGED HER MIND ABOUT LETTING THEM COME. SIGH. THE GAMES PEOPLE PLAY.
I STILL HAVE THE GRANDSON AND HE SHOWS NO SIGNS OF WANTING TO LEAVE :rofl: :rofl: I THINK HE LIKES A SMOKE FREE HOUSE :lol3: :lol3: AND JEN AND RICHIE LOVE SLEEPING IN AND BEING ABLE TO WATCH FOOTBALL WITHOUT HIM SCREAMING AT THE WHISTLES!!! HE GETS TOO EXCITED AND THE WHISTLES SCARE HIM. :tantrum: POOR OLD GUY.
I BETTER GO AND GET BREAKFAST. I'M IN SLO-MO TODAY. CAN'T GET STARTED!!
HAPPY SATURDAY SUNDAY!! :moped:

PS TO SHAD: WHAT ARE YOUR DATES TO GO HOME? IS THERE A LOT FOR YOU TO DO? SHALL WE WAIT TILL THE NEXT TRIP AFTER THE HOLS? SO GIVE IT A THOUGHT AND LET ME KNOW WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU AS YOU HAVE A SHORT TIME. HOPE YOU ARE FEELING WELL AND ENJOYING YOUR 3 DAYS. SEE YOU MONDAY!!! :hug:

happy2bme
12-16-2006, 11:48 AM
I have figured out the evil scale monster. Everything catches up with you a few days afterwards. Eat well, see no loss (get mildly discouraged). A few days later have some -- well a bunch -- of those little peppermint patties (oh what can a few hurt???). Next day see a loss (from the prior days good eating habits BUT it seems like it came from eating those peppermints even though we REALLY KNOW BETTER). Get over confident, sugar hankering, eat more peppermints over the next few days - bam - end of week - 2 pound gain. Either it was that or the cheese I've been nibbling on with my grapes and crisp fresh apple slices. :hungry: I'm not going to go hog wild but I've pretty much written off the rest of this year. We are staying with my mom this time around and there aren't too many places one can sin with food at. It was much worse down where we once lived and particularly down where my sister lives - fast food and restaurant heaven - all the old favorites I really miss. But I will be good. When I say write off I mean I won't be focusing on loosing - more on just to maintain and not gain which I think I can do well enough. Then come January, it's a a whole new plan. Really this time. And I am preparing for it, just like I did when I planned to quit smoking - of which I will hit 1,000 days smoke free just after the first of the year :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: go me if I may brag for a minute - only because it's one of the hardest things to do and stick with that I've ever done.

Today's agenda is wrapping presents, making sure I have everything I need, making a list of everything we need to do before our trip and then the usual household cleaning, laundry, meal planning etc.

The company party I didn't want to go to yesterday was very nice. They had a buffet lunch, surprisingly with lots of veggies -a build your own salad bar with fresh, crisp lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, cheese bits, shredded carrot, cherry tomatoes, onions and croutons. Then there was a huge bowl of cold cooked shrimp and cocktail sauce. Next was hot veggies - mashed and sweet potatoes, asparagus, green beans, summer squash, stuffing/dressing and cranberry sauce. The end of the line was the carving table - honey baked ham, roasted turkey, and delicious beef roast - rare like I like it instead of overcooked shoe leather. They had horseradish sauce, a delicious honey mustard sauce and turkey gravy to compliment the meats. Finally there was a table with pies - pumpkin, lemon chiffon, southern pecan, a decadent chocolate fudge cake that had huge ripe red strawberries on it. I think there was something else too but I don't remember. I had a skinny piece of pecan pie and I scarffed up 4 of the big strawberries that people had pushed off to the side in an effort to get at the chocolate cake. My plate was full but mostly of veggies with a small piece of the beef (wish I had gotten more of that). I really enjoyed the meal. I was stunned to see that they were serving red and white wine and I think mini margaritas - I stuck with coffee and water. They made alot of speeches and recognized some service awards. We all got a $25 gift certificate which I thought was nice. I'm glad I went which goes to show you that sometimes the thing you dread is not all that bad. It was sort of an unspoken rule that you got to take the rest of the day off so I ran over to the busy electronics store and took advantage of the lull to pick up 2 gift cards and finish (I hope) the last of my shopping.

It's getting kind of quiet here - everyone must be heads down shopping. :lol: Even with all the singing, it still doesn't feel like Christmas - especially this year. Kinda :(

Mel, I think the grandson is better off with you - especially if there's smoking in the house - they have pretty delicate respitory (sp?) systems. And I guess they do get freaked out pretty easily. My sister's bird "goes skinny" an awful lot and for some reason he hates black socks - he will walk across the top of the couch looking at your foot and spread the wings out and get all puffy attack bird looking - very entertaining. I sure hope you don't get a big snowstorm - it looks like it's going to be in the 40 degree temps by you for the next 2 weeks - sometimes that's when it hits the hardest. Don't want all the seniors freaking out. It was very nice of you to make them cards - how sad to be abandoned during the time when you most want to be with people. :(

Shad, hope you are enjoying your long weekend. We will have to pick a date to talk. I picked up an international calling card so that DH won't faint when he sees the phone bill again. :lol: I already got a stern look when he got the bill for the Christmas gifts - until I reminded him that one third of the price was for items for him. :rofl:

Ceejay - I think you need to see an endochronogist if that's possible - someone who specializes in the endoctrine glands like the thyroid. They should be testing T3, T4 as well as the TSH and comparing all 3 which many general practioners do not do. Depending too on how long you've been taking thyroid medicine, you may get to the point like me where your thyroid ceases to produce any hormones at all and you are completely dependent on the medicine. It is very frustrating to get it stabilized with the medication - it's a delicate balance. Too much medicine and it stresses the heart and organs - much like an overwound spring. Too low and everything feels like slow motion. My opinion after personal experience and much of what I read on the boards here from others is that you might have to go to several doctors before you find one you feel actually LISTENS to you (although your choices of doctors might be very limited) and people have been happier with an endo treating them vs a regular general practicioner or even a gyne which is what I was using. No matter what, you CANNOT treat this on your own. Unlike herbal replacements and foods that you can take to alleviate menopause symptoms, only thyroid medication - whether synthetic like Synthroid, Levoxil or natural thyroid medication like Armour is going to do the job. It's not something to mess with as the thyroid is the "thermostat" of the body and affects everything. Just keep pluggin away at the doctors :hug:

Enjoy your guests tonight Holly.

I have to get rolling here. Have a good weekend peeps!

Meadow
12-16-2006, 04:06 PM
The last time I ever watched the Miss America Pagent was the year Vanessa Williams won. My sister and I were going the entire time, wow, she is fantastic, do you think they will pick her, and shocker, they actually did!! I have bought two of her cds in the past and I guess I need to find this Christmas one. Have you heard this song? it is absolutely, body huggingly, lovely :)

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Vanessa Williams - Snowflakes Lyrics

I see all the snowflakes, falling down around me
Falling
down, lovely and white
And all of these snowflakes, falling
down around me
Seem so perfect, so right
Look at
them tumbling down, each one is a flame
All of them spining
me, dazzlingly the same
See how they flow and bend
Swirling in neverending harmony
They glisten as
they decent,
Sparkling like diamonds all the way
To me
it is crystal clear
I'm not how they appear, shivering
out here on my own
See how different I am, I'm
not one of them
I'm alone

:wave:back later, just wanted to add a little song to make Happy and everone else feel more Christmasy ;)

Meadow
12-16-2006, 05:14 PM
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I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday

When the snowman brings the snow
Well he just might like to know
He's put a great big smile, on somebody's face
If you jump into your bed
Quickly cover up your head
Don't you lock the doors
You know that sweet Santa Claus in on the way

Well I wish it could be Christmas, every day
When the kids start singing and the band begins to play
Oh, I wish it could be Christmas, every day
Let the bells ring out for Christmas

When we're skating in the park
If the snow cloud makes it dark
Then your rosy cheek's gonna light my merry way
Now the frosty paws appear
And they've frozen up my ear
So we'll lie by the fire
'til the sleet simply knocks 'em all away

Well I wish it could be Christmas, every day
When the kids start singing and the band begins to play
Oh, I wish it could be Christmas, every day
So let the bells ring out for Christmas

When the snowman brings the snow (when the snowman brings the snow)
Well he just might like to know (well he just might like to know)
He's put a great big smile on somebody's face
So if Santa brings that sleigh (Santa brings that sleigh)
All along the Milky Way (along the Milky Way)
I'll sign my name on the rroftop in the snow
Then he may decide to stay

Well I wish it could be Christmas, every day
When the kids start singing and the band begins to play
Oo-oh, I wish it could be Christmas, every day
So let the bells ring out for Christmas

Okay you lot - take it!

Well, I wish it could be Christmas, every day (Christmas day)
When the kids start singing and the band begins to play (Oh-oh)
Oh, I wish it could be Christmas, every day
Let the bells ring out for Christmas

Why don't you give your love for Christmas?

(when the snowman brings the snow)
(when the snowman brings the snow)
(when the snowman brings the snow)
(when the snowman brings the snow)
(when the snowman brings the snow)
(when the snowman brings the snow)

MELODY525
12-16-2006, 07:46 PM
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You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town

He's making a list,
And checking it twice;
Gonna find out Who's naughty and nice.
Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!

O! You better watch out!
You better not cry.
Better not pout, I'm telling you why.
Santa Claus is coming to town.
Santa Claus is coming to town.

happy2bme
12-16-2006, 10:49 PM
I saw this on a taping of the program "The View" as performed by the Von Trapp (Sound of Music family) grandchildren. Until I watched them perform it, I never noticed how beautiful the harmonies are. It's one of my favorites...

Carol Of The Bells
Hark how the bells,
sweet silver bells,
all seem to say,
throw cares away

Christmas is here,
bringing good cheer,
to young and old,
meek and the bold,

Oh how they pound,
raising the sound,
o'er hill and dale,
telling their tale,

Gaily they ring
while people sing
songs of good cheer,
Christmas is here,

Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas,
Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas,
On on they send ,
on without end,
their joyful tone to every home
Dong Ding dong ding, dong Bong

And I think Vanessa Williams is one of the most gorgeous and talented people on this earth. Sje ;ppls ;ole = --oops fingers slipped off the keys and I'm talking Swedish again :lol: I was going to say she looks like she has a wonderfully big heart too.

MELODY525
12-17-2006, 08:52 AM
AHHHHH.......ALL THESE LOVELY SONGS AND CARTOONS AND PIC WITH MY BREAKFAST!! LOVING IT ALL.
I THINK MADCAT SHOULD STEAL THE CATS IN THE SNOW FOR A HOLIDAY AVATAR! :rofl:

MEADOW~ WHEN I FOUND THE PIC OF THE DOGS LINED UP ON THE FENCE I THOUGHT OF YOUR PICS THAT YOU ALWAYS FIND. HAVEN'T WATCHED A PAEGENT IN YEARS!!
VANESSA WILLIAMS IS ONE GORGEOUS LADY. TALENTED IN SO MANY WAYS. THANKS FOR BRINGING HER TO!

HAPPY~ GLAD THE PARTY WAS GOOD. I AM STILL HOPING TO STAY ON TRACK. I WOULD GAIN IF I TRIED JUST TO MAINTAIN. BY STARTING THE CRAVINGS ALL OVER AGAIN
WITH THE PEPSI, I REALIZED THERE ARE SOME TRIGGER FOODS THAT I JUST CAN NO LONGER HAVE.....SIGH.
I'LL MEET YOU RIGHT HERE JANUARY FIRST!! :rofl:

SILENCE REIGNS AROUND HER AND IT'S ALMOST DEAFENING!
OFF TO THE SHOWERS BEFORE THE REST OF THE TROOPS WAKE UP AND FIND A REASON TO RING THE BELL. JEN SAID ONE DAY SHE THINKS THEY SIT AND MAKE UP REASONS JUST SO THEY CAN TALK TO ONE OF US!!
SHE COULD BE RIGHT!!!
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY!! LET'S HAVE A SAFE, HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW WEEK!! :moped:

ceejay52
12-17-2006, 10:31 AM
Happy--Thank you for the advice. I know that the thyroid is not something to mess with because it does govern the body. It's just aggravating. I've taken the synthroid for 18 years, and I'm beginning to think that my thryoid has just about "played out". I'm going to have it checked every 6 weeks until it stablizes. I'll pay for the test out of my own pocket if my insurance thinks that is to often to get it checked. My sister is a RN so I can consult with her.Thanks for your concern. I'm keeping a daily log.
It sounds like your body is like our water treatment plant. It takes 3 days for the chemical adjustments to show up!

Mel--The lawyer may be useless. It may be time for your daughter's boyfriend to find new employment. Cut backs are tough any time of the year.

Thought I would get to finish my Christmas shopping yesterday but we mainly did shopping for my aunt. My uncle gave her the go ahead to spend money for a new outfit. I did buy myself a couple of things that were on sale. My Whitney may end up with a gift card. I still can't find what she has asked for.

I've pulled a LindaT and exercised this morning at 5.30 a.m. for 20 minutes before coming to work. I do feel more energized. I also bought myself a new pedometer. I'm wanting to burn 3500 calories this week.

Have a good day/night.

happy2bme
12-17-2006, 12:13 PM
Hi there chicks of the world,

Ceejay, sounds like we're in the same boat on the thyroid. I was told a few years back that mine is completely dried up and no longer functions. It doesn't make you feel very good when they tell you your organs are withering up :lol: I would fight the insurance company - it is standard practice to retest for they thyroid every 6 weeks when they are trying to stabilize the dosage. More of a hassle for us than anyone else to get stabbed and go to the pharmacy on a routine basis, but do they think about that? :no: They just deny our claims. :rollpin: That's how they get such fancy, big offices. Oh and good going :cp: on pumping up the exercise!

And while I'm at it, it just burns my butt that you read in the paper that they are spending 57 million dollars on a baseball pitcher - A PERSON WHO PLAYS A GAME for cryin' out loud and someone like Ritchie can't get enough work to feed his family. Gosh Mel, I feel bad for you, one more worry but at least it's in the open now as you say. So many people depend on you :hug:

I have convinced DH to follow suit with many of the people in the neighborhood and line our doorway with lighted garland. We didn't do much in the way of outside lights this year - didn't know if we could get a timer and didn't want them to be conspiciously off when we left town. DH isn't into decorating that much anyway. For years I had this lighted display that was my absolute favorite - a mama deer "kissing" her baby fawn. It was an outline rimmed in white lights. We had it standing next to a white lighted tree. About a week ago the bottom lights on the mama went out. DH said it couldn't be fixed and he tossed it in the trash last week :cry: I told him I didn't even have a proper mourning for them :cry: :cry: :cry: Now the white tree looks silly by itself, we will probably take it in before we leave. Unless of course I find a replacement yard decoration when I'm at Target today :s: :lol:

ok, I sent off a few emails - gotta get busy and get something done now. Have a good day. Hello to all our missing chicks.

ceejay52
12-17-2006, 04:45 PM
Happy--I've gone back to read --Congratulations on being smoke free for 1000 days. That's the greatest accomplishment.

Shad
12-17-2006, 05:37 PM
I'm back,
Unfortunately I haven't got time to post much, but I am reading the posts and hoping that everyone is enjoying the lead up to Christmas.
I go home next weekend on Sunday 24th, get in just before the fat fella comes and return here on 5th January. Plenty of time to speak to you all as requested. I can't do much in the garden except weed. I can do some painting. Most of all, I want to try to spend some time with DS2, DB1 and DB2 and the families. I'll be back to comment later. Meantime I have a mango to eat! (breakfast) and I have some lychee for lunch and some peaches. Love the fruit this time of year. Oh yeah and I gotta get hold of the DB2 and get him to do some shopping for our Christmas dinner since I won't have time and he is on holiday. It will keep him out of the pubs and clubs hopefully.
Back soon

happy2bme
12-17-2006, 07:25 PM
Thank you CeeJay but that won't happen until mid January. I can understand you getting a bit tired of the frequent trips to Paragould. It is very good of you to look after your aunt and uncle but you should take some time for yourself - even if it is just a weekend. Take New Year's weekend (hope you are not watching over things so the rest of us can have water!) Have a nice glass of wine, a small dish of some nibbly bits, reflect on what you've accomplished this year and set the plan for 2007.

Glad to hear you are enjoying the fruit Shad - get it while it's good! :T Sounds like you too will have to ramp up fast for Christmas but then will have an extra few days to ease into the new year. Nice that you can get the family together. And keep DB2 occupied ;)

This next week or 4 days actually should be rather quiet at work - that's good because I don't need the distractions and must finish up a few things including some "can't go on vacation if you don't get these done things" :lol:
Then theres a list of the things to pack and sneak out to the car for our trip. DH standing there going DO we REALLY NEED that MUCH stuff?????????? :no: and there's me well, :yes: indeed we do. Who was asking me for eye drops last time? Who wanted cotton swabs? Who was glad I had an ice pack with me when your back starting hurting? Hmmm? :rofl: Although going to mom's this time I can use some of her toiletries like soap or buy some stuff and leave it at her house. I swear the toiletry bag is bigger than the clothes bag.

Ok, my 15 minute break is over - back to the housework.

MELODY525
12-18-2006, 08:38 AM
CEEJAY~ I HOPE THEY CAN GET THE DOSAGE RIGHT AND YOU WILL BE OK AGAIN. I NEVER REALIZED JUST HOW HARD THAT CAN BE FOR SOME. SENDING :hug: AND LOTS OF GOOD THOUGHTS. ONE THING WE DON'T NEED IS ANY PROBLEMS FOR THE HOLIDAYS!! GOOD LUCK!!
MAYBE YOUR SIS THE RN CAN GIVE SOME ADVICE.
WHAT IS IT THAT YOU ARE STILL LOOKING FOR FOR WHITNEY?? DOES THE SEARCH CONTINUE?

HAPPY~SENDING YOU GOOD VIBES SO YOU CAN GET IT ALL DONE AND GET OUT OF HERE SO YOU AND DH CAN ENJOY THE HOLIDAY WITH THE RELATIVES!!!
IT BUGS ME THAT WE DON'T HAVE SOME KIND OF MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR EVERYONE!!! ALSO IRKS ME THAT ALIENS CAN HAVE FREE MEDS AND DRS BUT I CANNOT GET THE SAME FOR MY SENIORS WHO HAVE WORKED ALL THEIR LIVES AND STRUGGLED TO KEEP THEIR FAMILIES AFLOAT. BUT I WON'T GO THERE TODAY! :rofl:

SHAD~ GOOD YOU WILL HAVE THE TIME! I HAVE MUCH TO B*TCH ABOUT!!! :lol3: :lol3: :lol3: JUST NAME THE DAY AND TIME PLEASE! :dance:

I AM OFF TO REPORT THE WEEKEND TO THE BOSSES AND HAVE BREAKFAST. NOTHING IS NEW. WE MIGHT BE BROKE BUT WE'RE HAPPY WITH EACH OTHER. THIS TOO SHALL PASS. GOOD THING I WENT SHOPPING BEFORE ALL THIS!!! :rofl: I THINK I WILL GIFT WRAP AND FIND SOMETHING TO WEAR FOR THE OFFICE PARTY ON THURSDAY. I AM GOING TO SWITCH DINNER AND LUNCH AROUND AND HAVE TINY PORTIONS. I AM NOT HUNGRY AS IT IS SO IT SHOULD ALL GO AS PLANNED.
HAPPY MONDAY/TUESDAY!!! :moped:

happy2bme
12-18-2006, 09:44 AM
Hey everyone,

Feelin' the sneezies this morning. Always happens around this time of year. People who are sick and should be at home are out and about getting everything prepped and germy for my arrival. I can't get sick, I can't get sick, I CAN'T GET SICK! Rest, fluids, healthy eating to ward this off.

One week from today - Christmas Day. You can tell by how quiet it's gotten on the boards here. 2 weeks from today they will be buzzing again with all this new resolve.

I will post as much as I can this week, then it will be my turn to go away for a bit. My sister has dial up which is terribly slow. We are taking my old computer to my Mom's house - personally I think it's a huge waste of a good computer - but she's on a kick again that she wants to learn to use a computer for email and to "surf the Internet". We figured giving her my old one for free was better than shelling out $500 for a new one. They used to make what they called Internet "appliances" - cheap boxes just for email. I have an extra big monitor so that will be good for her failing eyesight. It's just going to take up quite a bit of room in the truck. Perhaps that's why DH suggested it - between that and presents we won't have much room for extra stuff.

I have to make out my lists of things to do to get ready for the weekend - the evenings will be busy enough.

Mel, I hope that somewhere along the day you find a little something so that you're not quite so broke but just as happy :hug:

Love to the chicks - keep pluggin' away.

ceejay52
12-18-2006, 01:35 PM
Mel-I'm still searching for Whitney's present.She want's a game called 12Dancing Princess. I've found the DVD.

Happy--I do have to work on Christmas day and NewYear's day. I'm planning to take more of my weekends for me.

I may have to go back a couple of pages to catch up.

Madcat
12-18-2006, 10:29 PM
Darlings! Season's greetings. I have finally managed to make my way back here. Surprisingly everything is more or less taken care of for the Christmas season. Prezzies are bought – and many are already exchanged. Apartment is lightly decorated. I have only my Dear Husband's stuff to buy and at least he gave me a list. I feel very low stress, which is nice. I am looking forward to the time off – though we have plans for every single day from the 23rd on… except Christmas… Christmas we have to ourselves.

My foot has been hurting me on and off for a couple of weeks now. It could be Plantar Fasciitis. *sigh* and it's hard to get a doctor's appointment around vacation type. All the more reason to get serious about losing weight in the new year. Really, if I needed incentive foot pain is it.

Happy~ No you cannot get sick. Mind over matter. It would be miserable to travel sick. Drink your fluids and eschew on contact with sickies. My Mom also talks about getting on the internet and I think it would be great for keeping in touch with people. I hope she really loves it. Ad you are sneaking stuff out to the car to take on your trip?? That is hilarious! But wait until your DH needs those eye drops. I always manage to forget either nail clippers, lip balm or dental floss when I travel. Yeah, Happy if you can quit smoking you can do ANYTHING. Congrats on your record.

Mel~ Switching dinner and lunch is a really cool idea. Gives you more time to work it off and might help. Happy Monday/Tuesday to you too. Hey, Jen could be right that people may just make problems up to talk to you. I would if I were them… J

Ceejay~ You do deserve some time to yourself. At least it will be quiet working Christmas and New Years. Sorry about your thyroid problems continuing. I hope you get it sorted in the New Year.

Shad ~ I have been following the Fawlty tower follies. Do you at least have a "Man from Bathelona" there? :lol: Mmm, your fruit sounds so good. BTW, what do you traditionally do for Christmas dinner? Is too hot to roast something big?

Meadow~ Thanks for the Antonio fix. I also really like Vanessa Williams. She is really wonderful in Ugly Betty. Who knew she had great comic timing?

Ok, it is getting rather late and I better get this posted and get to bed. Another fine day a head of us tomorrow and only 7 more sleeps to Santa!!! :present: :present: Love to all the other chicks I didn't get to. I'll be back when I can.

happy2bme
12-18-2006, 11:07 PM
Madcat - Plantar Fasciitis - ugh, had it, very painful. :hug: Also frustrating because it vastly limits the exercise which is exactly what you want to do for weight loss. I've heard a trick from a few people who swear by this...

Take a soup can (or something about the circumference of a soda can (but not so fizzy as I will not be responsible for the cleaning bill from a jiggled up can of Coca Cola!) and put it on the floor. Roll your foot (stockinged or bare) back and forth over the can. It's supposed to both stretch and massage the tight tendons. You can even do this at work and smile discretely as people walk by and have no idea what you're doing :rofl: I do some foot stretches in the shower I learned in physical therapy. Hope you feel better soon - that is a pistol to deal with. Good to hear you have most of the shopping done - that will save wear and tear on the sore feets.

No, I haven't started sneaking things to the car but I have started umm. "strategically packing" ;) :lol:

Shad, are you enjoying your weekend?

Back to my wrapping... :present: :gift2:

Shad
12-19-2006, 01:49 AM
Eye halve a spelling chequer,
It came with my pea sea,
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a key and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
Its rarely ever wrong.

Eye have run this poem threw it
I'm shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect in it's weigh,
My chequer tolled me sew.

You gotta just love that poem. Nothing to do with Christmas but hey, I'm different.

1000 days smoke free That has to be the best thing ever. Nearly 3 years. Wonderful, wonderful achievement.
Hope those sneezies go away and soon, but then again it's something else you can stash in the truck just to annoy the DH. Tissues, Ease a cold, ease a flu, ease a sinus. Take all three, who knows what is wrong!!!! :rofl:

Madcat - Christmas dinner as celebrated by those of us downunder is usually fairly simple. Gone are the days where Mum used to slave over a hot stove while the blokes were boozing up out the back.
Main food buys are:
Seafood, especially prawns
Salads,
Turkey for the traditionalists but often served cold or buffet style
Fresh fruit and vegs in salads
Ice cream and trifles
Too much cake, fruit mince pies, cheese platters
Every variety of booze in copious quantities
BBq, BBq, BBq. Can't get enough of those. So steak, burgers, sausages (otherwise known as snags), lamb chops and chicken whatevers.

This year we are having breakfast. So it will be a late morning of bacon, eggs, tomatoes, fresh fruit, DB2 has a chicken on offer. Toasted anything that can be toasted and a few champagne ticklers. We won't starve.
DS2 is going out to his partners parents folk for the rest of the day. I think we will do alright or maybe even too much (again). We'll be on the phone to NZ for sometime as well.
We will eat out in the sunshine or if it is too hot under the shade (of the old poinciana tree) and with a bit of luck it will be siesta time under the tree as well. Hammock out, time for a bit of zzzzzzzzzzz. The weather forecasters predicted some rain for Christmas day. Ha Ha Ha, they are so rarely right it is a joke.

Mel - How about we take a look at either 26th, 27th, or 28th. Maybe not the 26th as my 26th will be your 25th and phones are always crazy on those days. Usual times - your 3 or 4pm and my 6.am.
I'm home until the 5th if these dates are no good. I'm not good for the 2nd (anniversary of death of father - I'll be *****ing) or the 4th (birthday of DS2).

Anyway, gotta go again. Sorry for those I haven't yet got around to. I'll be back.

MELODY525
12-19-2006, 08:59 AM
MISS MADCAT IS ALL DECKED OUT IN HER XMASSY FINERY!! HELLO WOMAN!! THOUGHT YOU AND THE DH TOOK A WRONG TURN IN THE CAR!! :rofl: GOOD TO SEE YOU AND SORRY ABOUT THE FOOT :hug: HOPE IT GETS SORTED OUT. YOU JUST REMINDED ME THAT I DIDN'T FINISH WRAPPING. FORGOT JEN AND RICHIE. ROFL

HAPPY~ STRATEGICALLY PACKING!! :rofl: :rofl:
YOU'RE CRACKING ME UP NOW!!! GOOD FOR MOM AND I THINK ONCE SHE GETS STARTED SHE'LL BE LIKE ME!! IT'S A WHOLE NEW WORLD OUT THERE. JUST REMEMBER TO WARN HER ABOUT THE CRAZIES IN A CHAT ROOM!!!! JEN TOLD ME ABOUT THEM. GOOD THING TOO CAUSE ON POGO....THERE ARE QUITE A FEW!! :lol3: :lol3:

CEEJAY~ WOW! NEVER HEARD OF THAT GIFT. IT FIGURES!!! RICHIE'S KIDS COME UP WITH SOME LULUS TOO....THE HARD TO FIND STUFF OR THE TOO POPULAR,JUST RAN OUT STUFF. SIGH. KIDS. GOOD LUCK. A GIFT CARD IS NICE ESPECIALLY WHEN IT MIGHT BE BETTER AVAILABLE NEAR HER.

I AM A WEE BIT TIRED. I ALSO AM NOT GOING TO BE DELIVERING POINSETTIAS THIS MORNING OR TOMORROW EITHER FOR THAT MATTER. EYES ARE BAD ENOUGH WITHOUT THE DREADED YELLOW POLLEN. JEN AND I HAVE BOTH DECIDED TO GIVE FLOWERS A MISS FROM N OW ON AND DONATE THEM TO THE COMMUNITY ROOM WHEN THEY COME OUR WAY. THINK I WILL DO A BIT MORE WRAPPING AND MAYBE FINISH IT ALL. THEN I AM FREE AS A BIRD TILL CHRISTMAS!! :dance:
HAPPY TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY!! :moped:

happy2bme
12-19-2006, 12:31 PM
We needed another song, nothing like Burl Ives to get you going along...

Have a holly jolly Christmas
It's the best time of the year
Well I don't know if there'll be snow
But have a cup of cheer

Have a holly jolly Christmas
And when you walk down the street
Say hello to friends you know
And everyone you meet

Ho ho the mistletoe
Hung where you can see
Somebody waits for you
Kiss her once for me

Have a holly jolly Christmas
And in case you didn't hear
Oh bygolly have a holly jolly Christmas
This year

Have a holly jolly Christmas
And when you walk down the street
Say hello to friends you know
And everyone you meet

Have a holly jolly Christmas
And in case you didn't hear
Oh bygolly have a holly jolly Christmas
This year

happy2bme
12-19-2006, 12:36 PM
Rest up Mel!

It took me until 2am but I am done with wrapping. All cards are out. All decorations are posted. Going to make a loaf of raisin bread for Mom on Thursday and a coffee cake tomorrow. I have 2 desserts for Christmas which I will make at Mom's on Saturday - definite advantages to staying at a house as opposed to a hotel.

I started to set aside some clothes I want to take with me so I've technically started packing. I am not feeling stressed. I don't think this has EVER happened to me before. I hope I'm not jinxing it.

Weigh in is in 20 minutes. I have gained one pound and I am wearing heavier than my regular weigh in clothes today. I hope the results are not too disastorous...

I had a big latte but did not touch the big tin of sinfully rich Christmas cookies.

ceejay52
12-19-2006, 03:34 PM
Doing a major clean of the files today at work. I'm ready to start and finish tomorrow.

Madcat-- Hello. Plantars Faciscitis is what I had when the good Podiatrist did surgery. It can be very painful.

Back later. Need to do some cleaning here at work from the mess I've made.

Meadow
12-19-2006, 05:15 PM
So far my Christmas baking has been two Dundee cakes and one pan of English Toffee bars. The dundee cake needs less candied cherries (will note for next time) The English toffee bars needed to be mixed with the mixer as my hand mixing didn't blend enough to make it fluffy. Oh well, my next attempt at baking will be the wine tart. Nod to my mom's Nowegian side of the family, just not Christmas without the Vina tarta :)

Happy-safe trip to visit your family:hug: I hope they have lots of Christmas decorations up and it all feels really cozy and warm. Merry Christmas :wave:

Mel-I'm sorry to hear that your daughter is struggling. I can understand why you got so angry with the secrets. Don't they understand how much anxiety that causes? You take care of yourself. I hope the party is great, will you be wearing a halo of garland? brooch of mistletoe? Red lipstick of course;) Wear a scuba mask decorated with holly to protect your eyes and nose from the pollen of the poinsettias. Or a Christmas fabric bandana, protect your sensitive self :hug:

Joy-eeek! I think the maintenance crew of your temporary accomidation will be getting a pink slip for Christmas :p Doesn't sound like they have much on the ball. How long did it take them to fix the entry gate? Is the airconditioning on a promise? Clever you, bending the big cheese about it. Nothing like having the ear of power :) I hope you and you family have a lovely Christmas breakfast together. Will it be those huge shrimp/prawns on the bbQ? Roasted peppers? corn? garlic bread? :slurp:

Ceejay-12 dancing princesses is a game? never heard of it. My kids are getting Mermadia dolls from their Nanny and Grampy, I got to help pick them out. My kids love anything that can go in the bathtub and the changing hair colour is a plus :D

Madcat-Ouch on the foot pain. Fingers crossed you get an appointment via a cancellation to see the doc and get some relief. I hope your Christmas stays stress free. :hug:

:grouphug: Holly, Suzi, Tig, Teel, Linus, PainterWoman, Carla, LindaT, Rose, Lisa, RavenToy, JavaTurtle, Ruthxxx, Jennifer, Honeydipped :wave: Merry Christmas you chicks of the world, you goddesses of the Galaxy:candy: :mrsclaus:
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*My oldest daughter's favourite Christmas song:clause:
Paul McCartney and Wings :p

Wonderful Christmas Time

The mood is right
The spirit's up
We're here tonight
And that's enough

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time

The party's on
The feeling's here
That only comes
This time of year

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time

The choir of children sing their song
They practiced all year long
Ding dong, ding dong
Ding dong, ding dong
Ding dong, ding dong

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time

The word is out
About the town
To lift a glass
Ahhh don't look down

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time

The choir of children sing their song
They practiced all year long
Ding dong, ding dong
Ding dong, ding dong
Ding dong, ding dong

The party's on
The spirits up
We're here tonight
And that's enough

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time

The mood is right
The spirits up
We're here tonight
And that's enough

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time

Ohhhhhhhhh
Christmas time

Shad
12-19-2006, 05:22 PM
Morning all.
Everyone is changing their avatars to be Christmassy. Goodonya!.
I'll just put a picture up and leave the avatar alone I think for the moment.
Having a fun time in the office right now. One of our co-workers (male) has just broken up with his boyfriend (also male) I feel sorry for him, it hurts no matter what you are, but the fact is I have to go outside every so often to stop myself from laughing. Gotta be seen to be believed.
We have 3 days to get through and then it is holiday time for 2 weeks. I'm flying home on the 24th and DS2 will pick me up and I will take the car on home after he been taken to work. He is having a few problems with the g/f and finance. No doubt I will be bought up to date about it all. His father threw a wobbly since no one informed him of K (g/f) exam results. Consequently he got told to lay off the guilt trips and now relationships are strained there as well. Welcome to my family - no one said we were perfect :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :lol3: :lol3:

I think Happy might be a bit stressed - or she's having us on. Where did you post the decorations to may I ask? Go on, get in there, pack up the kitchen sink and the Wedgewood dinner service! :dizzy:

Rest up Mel, you might need it for our telephone conversation. I'm done with shopping. Gift vouchers all around this year, I'm afraid. Still even that costs money.

Madcat - all organised. Yahoo!! I'm impressed.

Ceejay sounds like shes on a roll with the filing and clearing as well.

Gotta go, boss is come in and she wants to chat. She's having a 50th birthday on Christmas Day and she will be on a cruise around Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand with her husband and three sisters and their husbands.

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Nearly forgot the pic and I see Meadow has snuck in while I was thinking. Morning Meadow. Aircon still u/s and door is fixed but as yet no keys issued. However the emergency exit door that none of us used to be able to open is now permanently open - progress of a sort - sideways anyway.

Hollyhock
12-19-2006, 08:29 PM
No time to catch up tonight but zooming by with hugs for all!!!

What a busy, yet delightful day. I do love physical work. Lots of lifting, up and and down stairs etc
I dont like the city traffic at 5pm tho. AGR!! DS and DD went to a sitter for the 2nd time in their lives. They enjoyed it. I picked up Subway for supper. I just had to fire off an email to boss/freind with Stats for her to take to a meeting at 6:30.

And later this evening.....I have 8 out of 96 orders still sitting here. Just delivered 7. About 10 last minute orders being delivered on Friday.I will need to sort and pack them and get them out on Sat.
Stopped in to see our hockey coach. He was in hospital with a kidney stone. Home now waiting for it to pass. OUCH!
Picked up Merken’s chocolate to make chocolates with the kids tomorrow. We “paint” on the designs with red and green and white and fill with milk chocolate. Cute. We have snowmen, deer, Santas, boxes with bows, candy canes.

I am just about pooped out. Been going steady since 7am. Only 13 hours. Stopped for lunch for 15 min at 1:30 and supper for 20 min at 5:30.
Still have last nights supper dishes sitting hererasberry and laundry to fold. Will do that after the kids go to bed. Which is in 10 min. Hockey is on right now.
Maybe there is a good mushy movie on.
Puttering at home tomorrow. Orders to deliver and then the kids Christmas concert is tomorrow night.
Best go get these monkeys to brush their teeth.

MELODY525
12-20-2006, 08:19 AM
HOLLY IS OUT THERE DELIVERING HER ORDERS.....WONDER IF IT'S IN A SLEIGH?!?! :rofl:

HAPPY IS HAPPILY PACKING AND HOPING THE DH DOESN'T NOTICE HOW FAT THE SUITCASES ARE LOOKING AND THAT EXTRA BOX SHE IS TRING TO HID IN THE BACK ON THE FLOOR! :lol3: HOPE THE WEIGH-IN WASN'T TOO BAD. WE HAVE JANUARY!!! :hug:

MEADOW HAS GREATLY ENTERTAINED ME THIS MORNING WITH THE KITTY AND SNO-GLOBE. I CANNOT WAIT TO HEAR HOW THE WINE TART FINISHES UP. DON'T BE SAMPLING THE VINO BEFOREHAND!!! :rollpin: IT MIGHT HAVE AN EFFECT ON THE TART'S OUTCOME!!!
I'VE SEEN WINE TARTS BEFORE BUT THEY ARE USUALLY TEO LEGGED AND WEAR SKIRTS :rofl:

SHAD HAS DECORATED US AS WELL AND IS ALSO PACKING AND CANNOT WAIT TO GET HOME AND PUT HER HANDS AROUND THE EX'S NECK....
BUT NOT LOVINGLY I AM THINKING!!! :rofl:
I CAN SEE WE WILL HAVE LOTS TO TALK ABOUT....I AM RESTING UP!!

CEEJAY IS CLEANING AND GETTING HER FLYLADY STUFF DONE AHEAD OF TIME!! GOOD FOR YOU. I SHOULD BE FOLLOWING HER EXAMPLE!!!

I CALLED IN SICK. STUFFED UP AND I NEED TO ATTEND TO MYSELF SO I CAN ATTEND THE PARTY TOMORROW. THERE IS NO WAY I CAN BE NEAR THESE PLANTS RIGHT NOW. I HAVE TAKEN A LOT OF MEDS AND AM HOLDING MY OWN RIGHT NOW. WE HAVE A 1/2 DAY FRIDAY AND THEN NO OFFICE TILL TUESDAY. I THINK WE SHOULD HAVE TUES OFF TOO!!! A MELIDAY!!! :dance:
HAPPY WEDNESDAY/THURS!! :moped:

happy2bme
12-20-2006, 11:07 AM
Good mornin'

I had a very productive evening last night. I have been making some lists of things I wanted to have accomplished this week - certain tasks for certain days and it is helping to keep me focused and organized. So yesterday after I finished work for the day, I started my second "job". :lol: Made dinner, gave DH a haircut, vacumned and mopped the floors, emptied out and cleaned both refrigerators of wilty stuff that would not keep until we returned. I did 2 loads of laundry and even went through 4 boxes in the garage, tossing most of the stuff. Sometimes I did try to just shuffle the stuff from one place to the next, but I stopped and questioned - did I REALLY need to keep this stuff? Mostly it was no so I tossed it before I gave it too much thought. This leaves more room for DH to stow one car in the garage. I swear no one parks their cars in the garage down here, they all seem to use the garage as extra storage. But it felt good to get so much done. I'm really liking Christmas this year - it's way better without the stress of trying to get everything done at once and running out of time. I do feel a tinge at not having the big tree up, especially when I see other neighbors' trees in their windows, but the feeling passes :lol:

Ha ha, you're funny Mel - was sneaking that extra box into the car THAT obvious or are you peeking at me? :mag: :lol: Rest up lady so you can be the bell of the party! You work too hard during the year to miss out on some of the fun at the end. I agree with you on having Tuesday off. Having to go back to work the day after Christmas ranks as one of my all time unfavorite, kick the wall, make a big pout, drag your feet things to do. I hope you get your resistance all stoked up for tomorrow. :hug:

Hugs to busy, busy Holly.

Ha ha Shad, I didn't understand what you meant about "posting decorations" :?: but I went back and I could see I was babbling. Should have been "decorations are now on display" :lol: Sounds like the family can't wait for you to get home and help them get their lives back on track again! I think you will be quite busy while you are home. I can imagine the "drama" of your heartbroken co-worker. You are right tho, tis a bad time of year for any kind of bad thing to happen. Although the bosses cruise sounds like fun - particularly when there's a group to share it with. So you have to wait until Christmas eve to come home? Why can't you leave on Saturday? Surely there's no work to be done - or people who's minds are interested in the finer points of SAP? Must be that the flights are either booked up or horrendously expensive. In any case, you'll be home before you know it :carrot: And unlike Fawlty Towers (which I did not get the reference too because I don't watch BBC) - things will at least work in your place!

CeeJay - hope you got your filing done. Come the end of the year I always get the urge to do the old sort, toss and organized myself.

Meadow, the 12 Princesses is a popular Christmas Barbie item - from an old fairy tale about 12 princesses who stole into the night and danced until they wore their shoes out. I got one of the Barbie dolls for my great-niece this year. I absolutely loved your description of Mel's party outfit - red lipstick and all! You are quite talented with a pen and words - such a colorful picture you paint and since we think in pictures they say, it gave me a good laugh! And a Merry Christmas to you too! The McCartney song is one of my favorities. The perfect sing a long song.

And since we're singing, let's go down in the basement, dig through mom's old swishy party dresses and fancy hats. Put on your dancing shoes and join me...

"The Christmas Waltz"
Frosted windowpanes
Candles gleaming inside
Painted candy canes on the tree
Santa's on his way
He's filled his sleigh with things
Things for you and me

It's that time of year
When the world falls in love
Ev'ry song you hear seems to say
Merry Christmas
May your New Year dreams come true
And this song of mine
In three-quarter time
Wishes you and yours
The same thing too

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Shad
12-20-2006, 05:31 PM
Morning all,
Again this will be short and sweet. We have a new keeper of the $$$ project manager. He is weilding axes and has his eye on the training team which he thinks is too big, non productive, and talks a lot. Won't go into a lot of details but we should not be seen to be on the 'net, we should get our heads down etc.etc.etc. However what he has just been made aware of, is that the system is not stable, we can't get information from the business people often and no one wants to give us too much information in case we take over their jobs etc. etc. To anyone who has ever been on a project this should sound familiar. I think he would like to get rid of my two chickies. However they will be very useful to us later in the project.

Good onya Holly, lots of physical work will get you in the mood for Christmas Dinner. We are having Christmas late breakfast/brunch/lunch call it what you will. DB2 is out buying the 'vittles', DS2 is looking for the champagne and nibbles. I might just not have anything to do yet!!! Don't that beat all.

Mel, rest up. Life is not dashing from one place to another causing one crisis or another or fixing the said crisis. It is not your fault that the witches don't plan and organise. Stuff it lady, you've got more age than most of them - don't get grotty about this it is a fact! and you have disabilities. You simply can not keep up as they do or at least should.

Happy, have you snuck that parcel into the back seat? or under it. It is amazing how much you can actually push under the seats you know. Don't try this with perishables! You may forget to remove some of them!!

Okay, alloted time is gone. No time for reading anything much. I'll be back asap.

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Meadow
12-20-2006, 06:33 PM
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Our Christmas tree has been usurped by my youngest daughter and her plushie spider monkey. The paper garland has become a vine, there is a nest at the top of the tree below the star, fallen needles are in bowl designated as "the food" and various other stuffed wild friends lurk in the undergrowth. Our tree is her personal jungle. I don't have any glass/breakable ornaments on the tree, as the spider monkey tends to jump, slide, swing through every branch :p Ho, Ho, Ho Tropical Christmas time!

:hug: Shad, watch out for the big wigs

:hug: Happy, I hope you fit everything in the vehicle. Blanket coverings are extremely useful when you want to bring extra, those blue rubbermaid tubs are fun too :p :clap: well done on your organizing and master plan!

:hug: Mel, make sure you take your vitamins and keep that immune system of yours healthy. Do you have some of that antibacterial hand gel? I think you should use it discretely during the party tomorrow, not that they aren't fine folks, but you don't know where they've been:^: Wine tart is an 8 layer cake with prune filling between the layers. I put Grand Marnier in with the prune jam stuff but there really isn't any "wine" per se in the mix. It is extremely yummy and my entire family adores it.

:hug: Holly, wow, it must be frantic trying to get everybody's orders to them. I bet there is many presents involved, Avon has the best stocking stuffers. I hope the chocolate making is as fun as it sounds, I see finger licking fun in your future ;)

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happy2bme
12-21-2006, 09:24 AM
Good morning,

This is probably going to be my last post for a while. We are leaving tomorrow morning and I'm sure we will be rushing about trying to get out the door so I won't have much computer time. We are taking my old computer to my mother's house, but I have no idea how well her dial up connection is going to work so I might check in but can't guarantee it.

So, I did wish each and every one of you - friends and lurkers alike - a very Merry Christmas - may your days be merry and bright. Take the time to enjoy the holiday for what it was intended, don't get yourselves in a fuss over the things that don't really matter. For all of us who may be travelling - safe and speedy travels.

Meadow - a jungle Christmas tree. Now that's a novel idea! Sounds like you have everything under control at your house.

Shad, I hope Mr. Scrooge does now whack off part of your team. Never enough money for proper training but always enough to waste doing things the wrong way over and over, isn't it? Never fails to amaze me... enjoy your time off at home.

Mel, enjoy your party but don't go taking all the world's troubles unto your shoulders. :hug:

Merry Christmas to the worldly chicks, will talk to you when I get back next week before the new year begins. :clause: :xcheer: :hohoho: :present:

ceejay52
12-21-2006, 09:42 AM
Morning
Hi mel--your egg light is on.

Slept on the couch last night, just meant to be a couch potato and watch tv for a while.

I've made up my mind to see if the good doctor will run some additional test on my thyroid. This has been on my mind since I've been told about the last lab results.

It's raining this morning and makes for a good day to be a couch potato.

MELODY525
12-21-2006, 09:51 AM
WISHING ALL MY DEAR FRIENDS THE HAPPIEST OF HOLIDAYS AND A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

:han: :present: :stardav: :clause: :dreidel: :rudolph: :wreath: :gift2: :ginger:

JUST IN CASE IT GETS ANY WORSE HERE I THOUGHT I BETTER POST QUICKLY. HAVE BEEN UP SINCE 5 AM AS A TENANT FELL OUT OF BED. JUST COULDN'T GET BACK TO SLEEP THE RIGHT WAY. GREAT WAY TO START OFF THE PARTY DAY :rofl: NOTHING NEW. JUST BUSY. THE YOUNG KIDS PRESENTS HAVE ARRIVED IN FLORIDA AND ALL IS WELL AND CHRISTMAS WAS SAVED YET ONCE AGAIN! :carrot: :wreath: :tree:
WE WILL HAVE A QUIET DINNER AND DAY TO OURSELVES AND THE KIDS WILL LEAVE HERE TO HOUSE HOP A BIT WITH THEIR FRIENDS. BECAUSE THE YOUNG ONES ARE IN FLORICA, NONE OF US HAVE PLANS IN CEMENT THIS YEAR AND FIND IT BETTER THAT WAY. LOTS OF ROOM FOR CHANGE. RICHIE AND I WOULD LIKE TO EAT "STUFF" AS HE SAYS AND WATCH THE MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS!! :rofl: I TOLD HIM THAT WAS THE PLAN THEN. :lol3: :lol3: CHRISTMAS MIGHT JUST TURN OUT TO BE A DVD & JAMMIES KIND OF DAY. :love::hug:

MEADOW~ DOES THIS MONKEY MOVE ON IT'S OWN? OR IS THE DD JUST HOPPING IT FROM BRANCH TO BRANCH :rofl: :rofl: I AM LAUGHING OVER HERE UNCONTROLABLY!!!(SP) TROPICAL XMAS!! :rofl: JEN USED TO MAKE BEDS FOR THE CATS UNDER THE TREE. OUR OLDER CAT LOVED IT!! ENJOY THESE DAYS. MAKING GREAT MEMORIES. YOU SHOULD WRITE IT DOWN IN A JOURNAL FOR THEM. I WISH I HAD DONE THAT FOR JEN NOW. :lol3:

HAPPY~ HAVE A SAFE AND WONDERFUL TIME!!! ENJOY ALL THE TIME WITH THE FAMILY AND DON'T LOSE YOUR PATIENCE WITH MOM AND THE PC LESSONS :rofl: :rofl:
I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE HOW SHE LIKES IT. I HAVE NEVER BEEN OFF IT SINCE MY NEPHEW STARTED ME!!!
HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY AND SEE YOU WHEN YOU GET BACK!! WE'LL MAKE DIET PLANS FOR 2@@7!!!:coffee:

SHAD~ SAFE TRIP HOME. HOPE THE NEW BOSS IS AT LEAST FAIR TO EVERYONE. MAYBE THEY NEED A TOUGH GUY TO KEEP IT IN LINE. TELL ME ALL WHEN WE TALK. PICK A DAY AND TIME THAT SUITS YOU. ALMOST ALL ARE OK WITH ME. OR PICK ONE AFTER YOU GET HOME AND SEE WHAT'S WHAT IS AN EVEN BETTER IDEA. :hug:

I MUST RUN THE OFFICE CALLED AND THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH THE LADY WHO FELL.....THE COPS ETC WERTE NOT HAPPY TO SEE SHE IS BEDRIDDEN IN AN APARTMENT BLDG. NOT A NURSING HOME THEY SAID!!!
ROFLMAO NO SH*T SHERLOCK!!! TTFN

Shad
12-21-2006, 05:21 PM
I wanted to say "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year" to you all but thought that with all the present political correctness I should run it by my solicitor first; this is what came back.....

From Me.............("the wishor")

To You................("The Wishee")


Please accept without obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, politically correct, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the summer solstice holiday. Practicied within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.

I also wish you a financially successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2007. With due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures or sects, and having regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith, choice of computer platform or sexual preference of the wishee.

By accepting this greeting you are bound by these terms that:

1. This greeting is subject to further clarification or withdrawal.

2. This greeting is freely transferable provided that no alteration shall be made to the original greeting and that the proprietary rights of the wishor are acknowledged.

3. This greeting implies no promise by the wishor to actually implement any of the wishes.

4. This greeting may not be enforceable in certain jurisdictions and/or the restrictions herein may not be binding upon certain wishees in certain jurisdictions is revokable at the sole discretion of the wishor.

5. This greeting is warranted to perform as reasonably may be expected within the usual application of good tidings, for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first.

6. The wishor warrants this greeting only for the limited replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wishor.

7. Any references in this greeting to "GOD", "Father Christmas", "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" or any other festive figures, Whether real or fictitious, dead or alive, shall not imply any endorsement by or from them in respect of this greeting, and all proprietary rights in any referenced third party names and images are hereby acknowledged.

8. This greeting is made under Australian Law, and is actionable under the laws of said land.


Dated December 20th 2006

Merry Christmas (I think)

Mel it never rains but it pours in that place does it not? Now the cops are getting in on the act. Well they can't blame you for that one now can they? Unless of course you went up there and deliberately pushed the old girl out of bed??

Can't stop - there's so much to be done and I have only half a day to do it. Both the chickie roosters have escaped, one to Melbourne and one to Perth.

Spare a kind thought if you might for those in the States of Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia and New South Wales. They have been fighting fires now for weeks in some cases months. 30 homes are lost in Victoria due to fire, 1 life has been lost (a female firefighter) and there are 4 New Zealand fireman in hospital with horrific burns. They volunteered to come over and help the Victorians out and for their troubles got burnt in a flash blaze. Firefighters from all over and I believe some from the USA are exhausted and sick from continual overwork. The State of Victoria and its country folk have lost cars, boats, trucks, houses, sheds, livestock and wildlife and over 600000 hectares of bushland. A hectare is 2 1/2 acres. You do the maths.

Outa here. Try to get back to comment later.

Drive safe, come home safe, be safe wherever you are or are going.

suzi in auz
12-21-2006, 07:20 PM
Hello, Hello Hello everyone and a very Merry and Happy Christmas to all
:santa: :santa: :mrsclaus: mrsclaus: :santa: :santa:

I have missed you all but been thinking of you all so much!
I will have a lovely read here at work today as it's a very quiet 22nd here and I am sure it is not in the "real world" I am quite happy just to sit here for a while and get out of the hustle and bustle.

So.........
a hugely busy but wonderful time has been had in our house hold. My DB and SIL and LN ( little Neice) have been with us now for about 2 1/2 weeks. It has been go go go with all the other juggling I have to do at this time of year but it is all good.
I think my DB, SIL and LN are the house guests from heaven, they iron, and cook and are just generally so accomodating.My LN keeps us entertained all day with her cute little Dutchness. She doesn't speak english but tries so hard to understand. She also has taught us to much.
The other day I had her all to myself and it was a devine day. I think I revisited so much of my time with my little 3 yr old girl! They really are so precious. She has this delicious sense of humour and we just laughed, danced, sung and laughed some more all day. I brought her into our work Christmas do and she was the belle of the ball, she ate strawberries, chocolate and cuddled with me...i loved it and generally she charmed everyone! I will MISS her and her Mummy and Daddy.
We have Christmas day sorted for Sunday as they are on a plane the next day quite early. We thought we would have a lovely Roast pork with all the trimmings, Christ day might be a jammies and DVD day day too MEL I think that is a super idea!

I am sure when everyone is gone I will fall in a heap. I have planned a little getaway for the me and the kids and DH is going overseas to Cambodia to surprise a friend. The kids and I are going to head North for Qsld. Shad would you like a little trip down to the Gold Coast - Broad beach around the 1st - 11th of Jan? I would love to see you and my PIL have a lovely apartment there for us to toast in the NY!
OK...I am going to read and come back to comment hopefully
Much love and blessings to everyone and wishing your families a lovely festive season!

Suz

happy2bme
12-22-2006, 08:33 AM
Good morning chicks,

We're about to take off so I don't have much time other than to wish you all a Merry Christmas! I'll be back before the new year.

Take care and enjoy the holiday!!! :grouphug:

ceejay52
12-22-2006, 09:26 AM
Also wishing every one a Merry Christmas

Suzi--It ws good to hear from you again. 3 year olds are a delight. My uncles granddaughter is 3.

Happy- Have a safe trip and enjoy your family.

Hello and Hugs to everyone else.

Hollyhock
12-22-2006, 05:57 PM
I am sitting here procrastinating because I have 15 orders to fill and then get them out tomorrow. That makes 140 total orders for Dec!!!
The chocolate making was fun. I made some gingerbread too.
The poop hit the proverbial fan with Dh a couple of days ago. He got an ultimatum from me( involved a lease I still needed to sign for a 3 bedroom apt in town for me and the kids) that really shook him up and has turned around the attitude and other issue. Thankful and ever hopeful.

Looking forward to a peaceful and joyful holiday. Kids finished school today. Ds is at hockey right now. DD is watching Christmas shows.

I need to get this stuff packed. Oh, treated myself to some metallic copper eyeliner, new mascara and some Peachy Fizz lip gloss and I am feeling all sparkly and pretty.


Wishing you all a happy, happy holiday season and much fun and joy shared with loved ones!!

MELODY525
12-23-2006, 09:13 AM
:present: ONLY 2 MORE SLEEPS TILL CHRISTMAS!!
This year I went to Walmarts and bought us all very soft fleece Xmas jammies. I was in need of a cuddle so I showered and put mine on this morning. Dropped off something at Jen's apt yesterday and found both of them in theirs!!! So much for saving them for Xmas eve :rofl: :rofl:
Around 12:30 the offices closed early yesterday and I locked the place up..... threw out the rest of the stragglers and set all the alarms. Let us hope peace reigns supreme for the next three days!! :dance: Both busses are broken down still so I had no chance for last minute shopping. I got very inventive and did the recycle gift thing. :rofl: I keep a box with stuff that I really cannot use and give it away when needs like this arise. We sometimes fill it with stuff from the dollar store. Never know when you need a little something to cheer someone up. :hug:
I am off to get some breakfast. running a bit late. turned on the TV and was caught up watching a Xmas movie. :wreath:

CEEJAY~ SENDING A MERRY XMAS BACK TO YOU! :hohoho:

HOLLY~ GRAT YOU HAD SO MANY ORDERS!! SAVE ME SOME CANDY!! :ginger:

SHAD~ WILL BE SPEAKING SOON ENOUGH!! :rudolph:

BYE MISS HAPPY:elf:
SENDING ALL MERRY THOUGHTS TO EVERYONE:xcheer:

Meadow
12-23-2006, 12:28 PM
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It is snowing like gangbusters outside. All signs indicating a white Christmas this side of the world. My sisters are driving up today:carrot: Stay safe everyone :wave: Have a lovely holiday and smile lots:D :grouphug:

Shad
12-24-2006, 07:44 AM
Evening all,
I have just over an hour to get to bed and to sleep otherwise Santa will not visit me. I had intended to get the Christmas letter done tonight but got stuck with other things happening. Like my satellite tv doesn't want to talk to me. Wonder what DB2 has done to it this time.

Anyway, just time for this:

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A very Merry Christmas to you all. May you all get exactly what you wished for.

MELODY525
12-24-2006, 08:05 AM
WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS
WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS
WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS
AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

I HOPE YOU GOT EVERYTHING YOU WISHED FOR TOO!!!!
I HAD INTENDED ON COMING BACK HERE BUT FELL ASLEEP INSTEAD, IN BED, WITH THE TV ON!!! LOL
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE AND SEE YOU TUESDAY!!

Madcat
12-24-2006, 10:57 AM
Happy Christmas Eve for all we folks on this side of the globe and Merry Christmas to our Friends who will get there before the rest of us. Hope everyone has a wonderful relaxing time and that things go as planned.

Right on schedule I have a raging sinus/ throat infection :lol: K, I have some last minute things to do before we head to the in-laws for dinner. Tomorrow will be a quiet day spent at home for just the two of us. I could not ask for a better present.

Have a safe and happy holiday all!!!

teel
12-24-2006, 12:56 PM
:elf: :rudolph: :snowglo:

Well and it's London calling!!! well Bury St Edmunds to be accurate!
I send Christmastider Greetings to absolutely everyone, whether posting or lurking!!
I hope that if you want snow, than thats what will fall...if you live in the fire ravaged continent of Australasia, then the smoke and fires will clear, and if you want clear blue frosty sky..then that will be yours too!

HAPPY CHRISTMAS to everyone!!!

:shocksn: :snowball: :ginger: :tree: :snow4: :snowfight :gift2: :mrsclaus:

Hollyhock
12-24-2006, 01:37 PM
Kids are outside in spring coats and rubber boots playing soccer...ON CHRISTMAS EVE. :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

A peaceful day here. A small amount of housework got things in shape. Looking forward to a steak and shrimp dinner tonight.
Present wrapping once the kiddies are asleep.
I am with Mrs Mad with a lovely seasonal bug. Off for a nap.

Love to you dear Chicks Around the World!!!!

ceejay52
12-24-2006, 07:05 PM
Merry Christmas Eve everyone.

carla49
12-25-2006, 12:30 AM
Sorry to hear so many of you are suffering from bugs, and of course Mel's eyes are acting up again... I'm here in my little motel room safe from the joys of family Christmas, :lol: thinking of the lovely ladies who make me laugh so often. On the trip down here (in my new Corolla - finally) I listened to my CD's of Flanders and Swann, which I haven't played in years and which always cheer me up enormously. The sun was shining, not a snowflake in sight, and no need for boots. For the farmers and ski folk I hope the snow comes soon, preferably after I get back home, but I must admit I love this mild weather.

Sorry that I've been MIA - was feeling a little down to learn a good friend's husband had run off after 28 years together. Don't know why they always have to be so cruel and immature when they want out. :?: Can't seem to remember the correct order is 1. break up; 2. new girlfriend. No, they have some strange compulsion to destroy and diminish the woman they once loved, and, if possible, screw up their teenage kid as well. :mad:

Enuf of that tho. I hear tiny hooves on the rooftop, so had better get to sleep before the coal delivery. ;)

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT. MANY THANKS FOR THE LAUGHTER, THE KINDNESS AND YOUR WARM HEARTS. MAY TOMORROW (AND THE REST OF YOUR DAYS) BRING YOU ALL YOUR HEARTS' DESIRE. :wave: :hug:

Hollyhock
12-25-2006, 09:52 AM
And a MERRY morning it is!!!

Kids slept til 7:45. DS woke me up asking can I go down stairs. I foggily said ...um ya....he asked, can I look at the presents....OH!! Just a minute. LOL!!
Hubby was thrilled we have a white Christmas....white pea soup FOG anyhow!!!

Kids loved their gifts. PS2 is being hooked up and Lucky the Wonder Puppy is a success. Chocolate has been consumed for breaky. Kinder surprise have been assembled.
I am finally having my coffee.

My head is not as congested. Not much to do today before 2pm. Cool.Going to the Sis with both sides of her family. I made a potato casserole. This has been the least I have ever done for the hols. Quite enjoyble.

Nice to see Carla and Ceejay. HUGS to all!!!
Trying to find Ruth's phone # and bug her!!!

Merry, Merry Christmas!!!!!!!

Shad
12-25-2006, 03:39 PM
Morning all,

Happy Boxing Day to those who are there already and Merry Christmas to those still celebrating Christmas Day. What a wonderful world. Meadow has snow, but Carla on the other side of Canada does not. Holly has fog. Here we have grey skies and with a bit of luck some rain later.
We had a nice day yesterday, lots of present giving. I think they were all happy with their lot. I'd bought K's wee boy a paddle pool and one of those neck to knee sun proof swimsuits with Thomas the Tak engine on the front. He didn't get into the pool yesterday but DS2 blew it up for him and he was excited by that. Then he went off to his fathers place and we all chatted and prepared breakfast until DB2 turned up with the bacon, eggs and chicken. I gave the niece and nephew their presents and they seemed very happy - the nephew got money and the niece got some dichroic glass jewellery and she seemed very excited with that - even though she works in a Jewellers shop. Hard to explain dichroic glass - it is a special glass with a black backing and some baked in bright primary colours - hers ranged from deep red to orange and lime green flashes. It sort of shimmers with light. I have a pair of earrings myself which sort of move between blue, green and gold lights.
I have a new perfume as well - White Diamonds by Elizabeth Taylor and some wine, soap, body lotion. These days all the soap and body lotion seem to be about food as well. DS1 sent me a book voucher so I can go find a book of my choice to while away the hours in Townsville. I can only hope that they have got a branch of the bookshop up there. Otherwise I may have to buy the thing here and take it back with me.

Teel, as explained on the phone yesterday, your Christmas wishes for the good folk of Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia have bourne fruit. They had rain down there over this last week and it was enough to put out the majority of the flames. However as we talked about, the danger is not over yet. Basically our forest fires are oil fires. Most of these trees are Eucalypts and full of oil. While the rain may have put out the external flames, many trees are still smouldering on the inside and will burst into flames again when the hot weather returns. According to DS1, it was still cold and wet in SA yesterday so their good luck is holding for the time being. These trees are great survivors. Many will live on despite the core of the trees being burnt out and in a couple of years, one will not know that the fire has been there - always supposing that we allow Mother Nature to repair the ravages and do not interfere with the ways of nature. The wildlife, is another matter.
I'm sorry we had to cut the conversation short, but I will ring you back later today. Not too much later or we'll be having our conversation while you drift off to sleep.

Holly - sorry to hear about the bug like state you find yourself in. Be still and quiet and maybe it will go away and live on someone else. Nice to hear that the Christmas gifts were a success. What a blessing to be able to sleep in on Christmas Day.

Ceejay - hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends. Are you in Paragould?

Carla - so nice of you to pop in with greetings from the temporary pad. I presume you have gone somewhere to work later on - or do you just book yourself into a motel to get away from the cats on Christmas Day? Oh Goody, got the new car. Well done. I'm not sure I have heard Flanders and Swann - I've sort of got hooked on Il Divo at the moment - but whoever they are, if they have the gift of cheering then they are okay by me. You know it really amuses me when I see these old blokes teetering along beside their versions of Barbie, many times it doesn't work out too well and they end up with small children (product of the biological clock on Barbies behalf) in the years where they thought they were done with all that. Then they get called 'the Grandfather' at the preschool/ kindy/ day care. That makes me giggle when they have to explain that they are actually the father!!! It gets even more amusing when Barbie decides that her career is VERY important to her and that he must stay home with the kids this year. Mind you I do feel for the children on these unions. Maybe it is my rotten sense of humour.

Meadow, thanks for the card. It was here waiting for me when I got home the other night. You are more organised than me - I haven't sent mine yet!!!

Happy, it threw me to see the postmark on my parcel. Took a while to sink in but I love the calendar. Thank you.

Mel - we will talk soon.

Wonder how Tig, PW, Rose and Linus got on over Christmas.

Better go do something, Can't waste this glorious day (looks like it will rain shortly :dance: :dance:)

carla49
12-25-2006, 10:35 PM
Hello again. Just a little clarification - I'm not hiding from the cats in my motel, nor am I en route to work. I've been getting thru another xmas with my heavy-smoking, heavy-drinking, argumentative old stepmother. It goes much better now that I stay dry while with her, and would go even better if I didn't spend the time later in the motel trying to wash away the day's stress with lashings of 'grape juice'... As for the cats, I miss the little ruffians when I'm away. Meanwhile they're being spoiled rotten by my next-door neighbour, and my house is cleaner than it's been in months, in honour of said neighbour who has ridiculously high standards, and who I don't want to inflict the usual dust and chaos on. I am in fact enormously lucky in my neighbours - of the six units on the floor, I had invites I had to turn down from both my cat neighbour and another down the hall for xmas eve and xmas day! Why can I get on so well with these elderly ladies but not the egregious stepmother? A conundrum!

Holly, your life sounds so much calmer and more restful since you stopped the day care. A good choice, I think. Christmas morning witht he kids must have been so nice. The SM and I went to friends of hers (the only ones, in fact) for a nice turkey dinner. I was a good girl and did all the dishes, just waiting on my nomination for sainthood.

Mel, I hope you and the kids had a wonderfully restful time in your pj's, no disasters. I'm toying with the idea of looking for a small, not too expensive place to rent in NYC for a month some time this year, and have every intention of dropping in on you for a visit if there's some kind of public transit to get there and you're not too far away. You are forewarned. Be afraid, be very afraid. No dates set. Look after those eyes!!

Shad, Flanders and Swann were a British musical comedy team, now long deceased, but still as entertaining as ever. A few of their finest were the gnu (ga-nu) song, The English are Best, and The Gasman Cometh. If you look on the net you may well find them. Very clever and punny, only good for those with an English sense of humour and some knowledge of Britain in the 50's and 60's (ie the Profumo scandal, Lord Dennison...)

It's raining here in my part of the world, 5 degrees C. A very odd christmas indeed.

Madcat, I'll send you some valuable foot info later this week. Meanwhile, no walking barefoot, veen in the house. Weight makes PF worse, but you can beat it if you work at it, even without weight loss.

Night all! :wave:

Back home to my fur babies tomorrow. yay!!

Hollyhock
12-25-2006, 10:37 PM
Had a lovely chat wiht Miss Ruth this morning. She was sitting amongst 24 empty champagne bottles after her annual Chirstmas Eve party. made my day to talk to her.
Shad your Christmas sounds fab. I saw that jewellery here at a craft show recently.Beautiful.
Home from the Sis's. A good day. Bil did a reading of the Grinch with character voices then we did a group karoake of Christmas songs. A good turkey dinner. Nice wine. Kids LOVED their gifts. The boys played guitar all aft...well...when their dad's weren't playing their guitars. DD got the cutest VERY pink bike. It is warm and raining so she went out riding. They are playing the new PS 2 til 10pm tonight.
Confirmed plans with my folks to take the kids there Jan 4&5 and then I will stay the rest of the weekendafter that with the kids. A nice break from home.
Hockey tournament starts tomorrow. Games at 2 & 6. And then Wed and Thurs. May go up to see hubby Bro and Sil and the cousins for a day or 2 after the tourny.
Nice not to clean up after a house full today!

Hope everyones day is filled with blessings.

Hollyhock
12-25-2006, 10:40 PM
HI Carla!!! HUGS!!!

Shad
12-25-2006, 11:45 PM
Aaaah I should have remembered F & S. After all the Hippo song was around for a very long time.

Mud mud glorious mud,
Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood,
So follow me, follow
Down to the hollow
And there we shall wallow,
in GLORIOUS mud.

MELODY525
12-26-2006, 08:40 AM
MAMA MIA! CHRISTMAS IS NOT QUITE OVER YET. JEN HAS BEEN ILL AND IN BED FOR 2 DAYS NOW AND WE ARE DOING XMAS THIS AFTERNOON....... IT'S "TOM" AND HER FIBROIDS ACTING UP. I WILL BE GOING UPSTAIRS TODAY AT 10 AM.
****ATTENTION MISS JOY: CAN YOU PICK ANOTHER DAY? I WON'T BE HERE. I'LL LEAVE THE COMPUTER ON SO YOU GET AN ENGAGED SIGNAL AND WON'T GET CHARGED FOR THE CALL.... JUST IN CASE YOU TRY TO CALL BEFORE YOU COME HERE TO POST AND FIND THIS MESSAGE. SO SORRY BUT I DON'T WANT TO POSTPONE THE XMAS DINNER ANOTHER DAY. RICHIE BOUGHT ALL THE FOOD LAST NIGHT. IT'S PREPARED FROM A SPANISH BAKERY. TALK SOON.
I WILL SAY THAT I ENJOYED THE QUIET AND RAN INTO SOME RELATIVES OF THE SENIORS. I AM NOW RESPONSIBLE FOR NONE OF THEM. HOPEFULLY THEIR FAMILY WILL SEE TO THEIR NEEDS. OF COURSE THE USUAL FORMS AND MEDICAL EMERGENCIES BUT I AM MUCH MORE FREE TO BE ME AS MARLO THOMAS WOULD SAY. :rofl:
HAPPY TUESDAY!! HAPPY BOXING DAY!!!!

TEEL~ GOOD TO SEE YOU. GOT YOUR LOVELY CARD. VERY NICE STUFF YOU ARE DOING!! HAPPY BOXING DAY!

HOLLY~ WE'RE HAVING A BIT OF RAIN AND FOGGYISH WEATHER. WEIRD HUH? NOT QUITE SHORTS WEATHER BUT NOT FOR SLEDDING EITHER :rofl: GET WELL SOON.

MADCAT~ HAPPY HOLS TO YOU ALSO. WHEN I SEE CATS IN THE STORE I THINK OF YOU! :dance:

CEEJAY~ HOPE YOUR HOLIDAYS WENT WELL. ARE YOU BACK AT WORK? HOW'S THE NEPHEW? THOUGHT ABOUT HIM TOO.

CARLA~ MY BF OF 5 YRS DID THE SAME THING. WRECKED EVERYTHING AND THEN LEFT....HE ACTUALLY SAID HE WANTED FOR US TO START OVER AND "SHE" DIDN'T MEAN ANYTHING....THAT WAS AFTER HE FIRST TOLD ME I WAS IMAGINING EVERYTHING! WTF!!! DO MEN TAKE US FOR FOOLS? :rofl: I WILL SAY THAT THE CHEATING WAS MORE PAINFUL THAN WHEN MY EX HIT ME AND WE GOT DIVORCED!! EMOTIONS.....VERY TRICKY THINGS!!!
I FIND I GET ALONG BETTER WITH MY COMPUTER THAN PEOPLE!! :lol3: :lol3: CONGRATULATIONS ON THE NEW CAR!!! GREAT CHRISTMAS PRESENT TO SELF!!! GLAD IT ALL CAME ABOUT FINALLY. NICE NEIGHBORS TOO!! GLAD THE KITTIES HAVE A LOVING PERSON WHILE YOU ARE AWAY.
PS: I AM AFRAID!! VERY AFRAID!! :yikes: :faint: :rofl:

I MUST GO AND SHOWER. RICHIE SAYS THE FIRST SHOWING OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS IS STARTING AT 10 AM SHARP!!! LOL LOVE TO ALL THE CHICKS. :moped:

Hollyhock
12-26-2006, 12:11 PM
HUGS MEL!!!!!!!!

I am super tired out. It is +3C and overcast here. Weak sun. I intended to go shopping. My Mom gave me a $100 Linens and Things gift card, yippee.
Had breaky, took a bath and felt punkier. DD woke up sick. I nursed her as best i could and went and laid down for 45 min. I need to make a cheese cake.I dont want to miss hockey. Not sure if DD should go. Hubby wants to go to both games today. he is working the the rest of the week ( I hope) and wont be able to go to the games.
Dishwasher to unload and laundry to fold and a load to do. I picked lots of the new toy packaging and mess yesterday. Still more laying about. My boys are engrossed in PS2. DD is laying on the couch watching.I wish I felt better. This is a full on, rotten cold. bah
Mom, Dad, sis and nephew are coming to the game at 2. Sis and nephew are going to the folks for a week. We live exactly 1/2 between their houses if you draw a straight line.
Need more meds, maybe, to clear my head a bit.

....that's all done!!!!

Last week , it was so warm, I had pine sap drip off a tree onto the front of my new shirt. I pretreated it and washed it , hung it dry, it is still there, pre treating again..........

Cheesecake is made. We will take 2 cars to the rink so DD and can I stay just for the game. She does not want to go at all but I really do. Sometimes I just need to get my way!!

Maing KD for lunch.Mel's meal sounds much yummier!!!!

ceejay52
12-26-2006, 12:55 PM
I may be interupted several times before this is posted. The phone has been ringing itself off the hook. I've litteraly took the phone off the hook to where I could go to the bathroom.

Mel--Sorry to hear about Jen being sick. Hope she feels better soon. I need to call my sister in Missouri today and check on my nephew. I meant to call them yesterday but my sister in Tx called. I had the sweetest little conversation with my sister's 2 year old granddaughter. She calls me Grandma Nette, but thats alright.

Holly--Tell that cold to go away. Feel better soon.

Whew the phone is still quite. Every one must be eating lunch. I have the sewer truck out the operator has not called back.

Shad--Yes I did go to Paragould but I worked yesterday and I'm working today. The phone has rang more because the light office is closed today also.

carla49
12-26-2006, 07:28 PM
Happy, if you don't have a 20% off coupon to go with your gift cert for Linens and Things, PM me your address and I'll send you one. (I have one good until Dec 30 - if you think that won't arrive in time, I'll just send off the next to arrive. I get a lot of them in the paper, especially this time of year, and could ask my neighbour for hers too. But if you want this one, PM toot sweet and I'll get it out in tomorrow's mail.)

My old car sold, for a little less than I wanted, but I'm very happy to have it all sorted out. Gorgeous young man coming to get it in the next hour in exchange for a small pile of cash. An annoying occurrence on the way back from the stepmother's: stopped at a service station to pee (and eat junkfood) and some punk keyed my new car. But I've decided that's life, I'll get it fixed, no need to dwell. And maybe in future I'll think twice before wasting time at Wendy's and Tim's. Ohmmm.....

My lovely cat-sitting neighbour's somewhat older husband had a minor heart attack over the weekend. The dear still looked after my furballs, and I have wine chilling to try to provide friendship and support when she gets home from the hospital. I don't know how serious it is, but he's a lovely person, as is she. (No late life kids or sudden returns to work, Shad. They're both wounded souls, and just bad luck that he got Parkinsons and now some heart problems.)

Shad, did Sunday get a visit with you, or is she permanently with whomever has temporary custody? Your story about the trophy wife thing fits a friend of mine very well. Married a man 24 years older than her (the first wife died conveniently during the illicit courtship - I suspect PTSD)). They had a son, Dad retired and became reluctant primary caregiver while Mom worked more and more. Delinquent 16-year old son has grade 4 education and serious alcohol/dope addictions, Dad's now a bit gaga, and mom has been schtupping the neighbour (a former friend's husband, also HER husband's good friend) for the last 7 years. Needless to say, our relationship has been a little strained since she announced her affair to me on my 50th birthday - couldn't understand why I didn't approve. One thing this taught me, however, is life is not black and white. I may disapprove, but somehow the friendship endures in all its tattered splendour, in spite of a million taboo subjects. Very confusing, but as my erstwhile shrink said, 'lighten up'.

I should run a poll: how many of you would rather not hear from me at all than read my whiny, bad-news posts? (Please don't send me away. Please, please!!!) My new year's res will be to eat less and stop being so negative. I promise!!

Happy Boxing Day!
:wave:

Shad
12-26-2006, 08:50 PM
If you go away, I may very well come over and fix you!!!! Don't make me come back there!!!!! I will be stopping off at LindaT's (who seems to have gone away from the journals) place and pick up the prod to use. Speaking of the prod, some race horse trainer got done for using a cattle prod on a horse over here. She got fined and banned from the race courses and her licence to train got stopped. Wonder what they will ban me from if I prod a Canadian?

Hollyhock
12-26-2006, 08:53 PM
Carla dont go , no poll needed. Your tales are no less or more woeful than the rest of us gals stumbling thru life.
Sorry about getting keyed.

HI Ceejay!

carla49
12-26-2006, 10:34 PM
Thank you both, attack of warm fuzzies here. :cloud9:

:snow4:

Shad
12-27-2006, 03:59 AM
***Snork***
Warm and fuzzies indeed.
Actually it is a bit cool over here. I've resorted to a jumper this afternoon - I was frozen when I got back from picking up the DS1's Chrissie pressie and posting it to him today. He should get it tomorrow. Hope it suits.

Not much going on here. I've been very quiet and very sleepy for some reason. A bit of downtime going on. Oh yes it is raining as well. Been drizzling for 2 days. Made not a skerrik of difference to the dams around the place or the garden. Only soaked in an inch or so. The ground is so dry and hard. According to the boffins we need 50ml of steady rain to induce runoff into the dams. According to the gospel of St Joy, it could rain like this for 40 days and nights, there will be no ark building around here and the dams won't rise until such time as the ground is good and soaked and that won't be for a long while. Still it is nice to see the rain, even if it is cool.

Holly - glad to hear that Ruthxxx is getting along with her 24 Champagne bottles - what else would they be but empty?
Enjoy the gift voucher. Carla is again confused - but it will be a Happy Holly who gets the vouchers I guess.

Ceejay - sorry you have to work so hard over this time. But then you don't get the same public holidays as we do, so for some it is back to work immediately after Christmas day.

Carla - such boneheads, don't they have anything else to do but to destroy folks property. What a bunch of dropkicks. Jeez they make me cross. My thoughts are with your lovely neighbours. What treasures. Aye, we have to do a Nelson (blind eye) on some of the things our friends and neighbours get up to. Even I have to live in close proximity to the tfg and refrain from braining him every 30 seconds I have to look at his pratty face. It's all part of life and growing up and I'm a firm believer in staying calm and getting even. My day will come. All that sort of thing.

Mel, so sorry to hear of Jen's sad Christmas. My love to her. We can try again. I don't go home before the 5th. So when you have time, ring me. We'll sort out the ramifications during the conversation. I'm always around at 5.30 to 6.00am (your 3 or 4 pm.) - let's face it, most of my family and friends figure that time has not yet begun at that hour.

I'm thinking of my usual Christmas letter since I didn't get the cards away. The reason this came about is because today in the post, I got a card and letter from Happy2bme and also one from Mel. I got one from Meadow earlier. All these organised folk. Bah humbug.
Still thinking....... thinking........ thinking. Okay all that thinking has tired me out. Time for a drink and a nanna nap. But I had better get it started tonight or tomorrow, otherwise it won't get anywhere before New Year. So I'd better go get the dishes out of the way and start being serious.

Bye..... y'all

MELODY525
12-27-2006, 09:36 AM
I HAVE BEEN SITTING HERE LAUGHING MY FOOL HEAD OFF AT CARLA!! WTF!! A POLL!!! :rofl: :rofl: ARE YOU NUTS??? YOU MAKE MY DAY WOMAN....WHATEVER WOULD I DO WITHOUT THE CYNICISM??? :rofl: :rofl: IT MATCHES MINE SO PERFECTLY!!! IF YOU LEFT I WOULD HAVE TO LET JOY AND LINDAT OUT OF THE HENHOUSE WITH THE PROD AND WE'D ALL END UP IN JAIL!!
SO IT'S YOUR TURN TO BE AFRAID...BE VERY AFRAID!!! :lol3: :lol3: YOU KNOW CARLA I CAN SO RELATE TO EVERYTHING YOU SAY. I'VE EITHER BEEN THERE AND DONE THAT OR SOMEONE VERY CLOSE TO ME HAS. ON THIS THREAD WE ARE ALL SISTERS UNDER THE SKIN. ABOVE THE SKIN WE ARE JUST A BUNCH OF NUTTERS WHO WANDERED INTO THE SAME FORUM! :dance: YOU BELONG HERE MORE THAN YOU KNOW!! ON A SERIOUS NOTE: I AM SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE FRIEND'S HUBBY HAVING THE ATTACK. HOPE ALL GOES WELL AND WILL SEND GOOD THOUGHTS HIS WAY.
ALSO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE CAR/KEY THING. I ALSO HAVE BEEN TRYING TO "ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES" MORE NOW. TRYING TO GET JEN AND RICHIE TO SEE THE LIGHT ALSO. LIFE IS JUST TO SHORT TO LOSE MY HEAD OVER THE CHIT OF DAY TO DAY LIVING. THE WORLD HAS CHANGED SO MUCH IN THE LAST FEW YEARS THAT I HARDLY RECOGNIZE IT. SO GOOD FOR YOU IN LETTING IT GO. OF COURSE IF YOU WOULD HAVE CAUGHT HIM REDHANDED I WOULD HAVE BELTED THE CRAP OUT OF HIM WITH YOU!!! :rofl: NO TURNING THE OTHER CHEEK IN THAT CASE!!! :lol3:

CEEJAY~ HOPE THE PHONES STAY QUIET AND THOSE CALLERS FIND BETTER THINGS TO DO WITH THEIR TIME.....LIKE PAYING THEIR BILLS!! :rofl: WISHING THE NEPHEW WELL. GLAD YOU HAD SUCH A GOOD CALL AND THE NAME IS TOO CUTE AND FUNNY!! I LOVE CHILDREN'S MINDS! GRANDMA NETTE....:dance: REMINDS ME..........
THERE WAS A BOY I USED TO READ TO EVERY DAY FOR SEVERAL SUMMERS. HE VISITED HIS GRANDPARENTS SO HIS PARENTS COULD WORK. HE WOULD MISTAKENLY CALL ME NANA OR NAN WHILE WE WOULD READ AND ALL THE LADIES WOULD LAUGH. THOSE WERE GREAT DAYS OUT IN THE BACKYARD.

HOLLY~ SOMETIME A MOM'S GOTTA DO WHAT A MOM'S GOTTA DO. HOPE THE GAME WAS A GOOD ONE. ENJOY THE GIFT CARD. I LOVE LINENS&THINGS. WE HAVE LOTDS OF COUPONS DOWN HERE TOO. WONDER IF THEY WOULD TAKE ONE FROM THE STATES :rofl: :rofl: HAVE FUN. HOPE THE DD IS FEELING BETTER AS WELL YOURSELF TOO! ((((HUGS)))) BACK TO YOU :hug:

SHAD~ WILL TRY LATER!! ROFLMAO

IT REALLY IS A STRANGE YEARS END. EVEN JAMES BROWN DIED ON CHRISTMAS. GEEZ :yikes: I KNOW I SHOULDN'T LAUGH ABOUT IT BUT IT IS SO IRONIC THAT WE CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF CHRIST AND HE OF BAD BOY RENOWN DIES ON THAT DAY. I WAS SO SHOCKED I HAD TO READ IT TWICE! WE ATE AND WATCHED TV AND SLEPT. FOOD WAS GOOD BUT I ATE VERY SMALL PORTIONS. JUST NOT WANTING THE REOCCURANCE OF MY THANKSGIVING PIGOUT. :faint: GOT UP LATE TODAY AND NEED TO GO FIND SOME SUSTENENCE!! STOMACH IS GROWLING!!
HAPPY WEDNESDAY!

MELODY525
12-27-2006, 09:40 AM
PS CARLA~ WISH YOU WOULD SEND US YOUR ADDRESS TOO. I FORGOT ALL ABOUT ASKING. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE IT THAT IS! SEND A PM.

AND ALSO....WHERE THE **** IS EVERYONE????
DON'T THEY KNOW IT'S A HOLIDAY AND WE ARE WAITING FOR THEM????? TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE MISSING HERE!!:tantrum: GET THE PROD OUT AND DUST IT OFF!! FOR TONITE WE RIDE!!!:rollpin:

ceejay52
12-27-2006, 09:51 AM
Morning every one,
Just have time to pop in and say hello.

Shad--LindaT had gone to PA and then to Atlanta to visit with her mom. She may not be home yet. The journals are very quite right now.

Mel--I'd forgotten about the bad boy James Brown until I heard his music on tv when they were telling about his death. Our ex President Gerald Ford died also yesterday.

I almost feel like I'm having a holiday today the light office is back to work and the phone is quite.

Holly (((hugs))) get well soon. Have fun shopping at Linens and Things.

Carla-- Hello--Hope your friends husband is doing well. It's very thoughful of you to chill wine for them.

Meadow
12-27-2006, 02:57 PM
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:hug: Did everyone have something to smile about this Christmas?
We had a terrific Christmas! It snowed again last night. Hubby is out shoveling the neighbours driveway. Nope, he's back and just threw a snowball at the window at the dog :p Bo (the dog) just sighed and gave him doey eyes... he wants to be out there. My sisters are here till tomorrow. They bought me this wonderful Ikea shelf, brown/black with twelve squares, four across, four up. We have just been relaxing, watching the dvds the kids got for Christmas. The girls got a spa/bath making kit, so we made lavender bath balms last night. The kitchen smells very garden like ;) We had the big turkey dinner on Christmas day. My inlaws came over and we all crowded around the kitchen table. Everything was ready at the same time and tasted good. :D

I'll be back :grouphug:

Shad
12-27-2006, 03:00 PM
It's not all that thoughtful. Carla wanted some for herself. She needs a glass after the wicked stepmother Christmas.

I'm awake if not exactly cheerful. I keep feeling like I am getting the flu. Guess I need a good workout to get back to my old self. I'll ring the gym today to find out their hours.

Nothing else is new. The day has dawned grey and cold. They actually got snow down in Victoria this week. A white Christmas in the middle of summer. What is happening to the weather. Mind you - it's good stuff for putting out fires.

Time to go clean up the house. At least it will keep me warm. Not a big lot needs doing but a sweep, dust and clean in the kitchen should keep it looking better. Going to lunch with big bro, little bro and SIL today. I should go get emotionally prepared for that one.

Shad
12-27-2006, 03:01 PM
And now Meadow has snuck in. Morning Meadow

suzi in auz
12-27-2006, 09:44 PM
ok time to post...you have all been so busy and you are supposed to be in holiday mode.
I have finally come back down to earth...unfortunately with a crash!

The rellies are all gone home to their nests and it is just us chickies here now.
It was a wonderful time but we are happy to be 5 once again. I don't think I have had a spare moment to breath without thinking of someone else.
We have planned a lovely break away to the Gold Coast Jan1 - 11th. Will you be around shad? I would love to catch up. MIL and FIL have a lovely balcony to mooch on and have a cup of tea. I promise no french toast or poached eggs this time :)
OUr Christmas was lovely and I am enjoying that really nice time when the kids rediscover playing instead of wanting to be entertained all the time. They actually discover they like each other again too.

A little bad news to finish the year with. My little new car is broken!!!
I was going to the shops yesterday and was parked in a field that was run by the owners of the shopping mall, it was a school. On the field there was a hole that was hidden and my car fell in it. I have huge damages incured to the undercarriage of my car. It is covered by insurance but still it is a worry.
I am going to try and get something out of Westfield ( shopping people) as I feel there is some responsibility there to signage a problem. It was certainly hidden. So now my car is being fixed and I have a rental.
2nd problem, I checked DH's passport as he is travelling to Asia on 2nd of Jan. It expires on the 27th of Feb. This means that he travels without having 6 months left on his passport. This isn't a good idea. Sometimes officials can be quite strict. We have contacted the NZ consulate here in Sydney and they were able to open their doors at 9.30am today which meant rushing around madly last night to a late night pharmacy that would take passport photos. We were so lucky. I felt like my head was going to explode by the end of the day but now all is well, when I think about our turn of events now it is quite comical but at the time ...............:?:

Ok I have read all your lovely news. I hope you all have a wonderful New Year.
I will try and pop in before our trip away.

love to all
Suz

Hollyhock
12-28-2006, 08:53 AM
I slept 9 solid beautiful hours last night...yippee!!!!!

HUGS to all!!!

No plans today until 4:45( hockey). I plan on puttering and talking to a friend on the phone. Much new toy stuff laying about still.Yesterday was long but nice. I am still quite ill but am getting along with some meds. DS played hockey at 10am. He is in a tourny. Playing extremely well. Better than all season.In the running for 2nd place. Then each kids went to thier best friends at 1pm til 6:30 and I went back to the rink to work the "hockey mom" snack bar. I was exhausted after. Picked up the kids, came home, they played a bit. we were all in bed by 9pm. The big playoff game is on Saturday if the boys win today at 6pm. They get to be on the ice for the national anthem tonight.DS is just tickled.Very NHL for him. He has played the NHL Playstation game constantly while at home since he got it. Otherwise he watches sports news on the TV or computer. He certainly loves the sport.
DD is still sleeping right now. She is all about My Little Pony and puppies.
Both kids had a great Chirstmas. ( inspite of the rocky stuff with DH right before)
DS loves his accoustic guitar and is plucking out sounds and rythyms. When hockey is done I will take him to a friend for a few lessons. My parents are talking about paying for music lessons for DD.Vocal and piano. Or maybe to an "arts" camp in the summer. Way out of our league cost wise. She is a natural. I think my mom fels compelled to make up for not doing the same for me when I was a kid.My creativity was an embarrassment. I was supposed to be something better.

Enjoying my coffee but be doing somethign constructive.I need to tackle some business stuff today. My brain is inclined not to.

HUGS!!

MELODY525
12-28-2006, 09:01 AM
*YAWN* *STRETCH* *YAWN*
I AM STILL TRYING TO WAKE UYP BUT I AM ALSO DOING THE HAPPY DANCE. THIS MORNING, AFTER TALKING TO SHAD ON THE PHONE LAST NIGHT, I GOT ON THE SCALE AND FOUND I HAD LOST ONE POUND!!! ;dance: IT MUST HAVE BEEN ALL THAT DUNPING OF BAD FEELINGS!! WHO KNEW THEY WEIGHED SO MUCH?!?! :rofl: :rofl:
STILL IT WILL BE A GOOD OMEN AND INCENTIVE FOR ME TO GO INTO THE NEW YEAR 1 LB LIGHTER. IT'S USUALLY THE OTHER WAY AROUND DURING THE HOLIDAYS FOR ME. I MUST RUN AND EAT. GOT TO BED LATE LAST NIGHT BECAUSE OF ANOTHER FRIEND IN NEED OF A CHAT. THE HOLIDAYS ARE TOUGH ON SOME PEOPLE AND THE CHAT REMINDED ME HOW LUCKY I AM JUST TO BE ME!! :bubbles: SHE IS IN A RUT AND CANNOT SEEM TO GET OUT....BUT THEN SHE'S NOT REALLY TRYING. VERY SAD. SO I AWOKE AFTER 8AM AND THE ONLY ONE FED AND WATERED IS MY GRANDSON!!!! :lol3:
HAPPY THURSDAY!! :moped:

SHAD~ LOVELY CHAT. THANKS FOR LETTING ME RANT!! KIDS!!! I HAVE NOTHING ELSE LEFT TO SAY TO YOU EXCEPT....FAWLTY TOWERS :rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3:

CEEJAY~MAYBE THE QUIET PHONES WILL BRING GOOD LUCK FOR THE NEW YEAR IN YOUR OFFICE!!! :cb:
MAY IT STAY THAT WAY RIGHT THRU THE NEW YEAR HOLIDAY!!!

CARLA~ I HAVE BEEN MEANING TO SAY SOMETHING. I HAD A STEPMOTHER FROM ****. SHE WAS TOUGH, CRANKY AND CRITICAL. EVEN LONG AFTER I LEFT I FELT RESPONSIBLE FOR KEEPING IN TOUCH. NO ONE ELSE DID. HER OWN DD STAYED AS FAR AWAY AS POSSIBLE.
WHEN SHE DIED I FOUND OUT SHE TOLD LIES AND CLAIMED SHE WAS SUPPORTING ME. WHAT A CROCK. JEN AND I COULD HAVE STARVED AND CAME DAMNED CLOSE TO IT BUT SHE WOULDN'T HAVE GAVE A RAT'S ***.
HER DD ENDED UP WITH THE HOUSE AND ALL THAT WAS INSIDE. THE MORAL TO THIS STORY: I WAS THE LUCKY ONE. I DID WHAT I FELT WAS RIGHT. THE DD, ALTHOUGH WEALTHIER BY ALMOST 200 GRAND, IS RIDDLED WITH GUILT AND NOT A HAPPY CAMPER. JUST TOO BAD YOURS DOESN'T APPRECIATE THE TIME SPENT AND THE EFFORT ON YOUR PART. :hug: HOPE THAT MADE SENSE!!

MEADOW~ YOUR CHRISTMAS SOUNDED WONDERFUL. I LOVE TO LOOK IN THE IKEA CATALOG. IN MY NEXT LIFE I MIGHT HAVE A WHOLE HOUSE FULL OF IKEA STUFF. :rofl:
LAVENDAR IS MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE. I THINK I CAN SMELL IT OVER HERE!! ENJOY!
PS: SEND SOME SNOW THIS WAY!!!

SUZI~ I AM SO SORRY ABOUT THE CAR AND THE PASSPORT FOUL-UP. GLAD HE GOT THE PP READY THOUGH. GOOD LUCK WITH THE CAR. WE HAVE WESTFIELD MALLS HERE TOO. THEY SEEM TO HAVE INVADED A LOT OF COUNTRIES!! :rofl: HOLD ON TO THAT HOLIDAY SPIRIT AS I THINK COMING INTO THE NEW YEAR IS GOING TO BE A VERY BUMPY RIDE!! SO FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT!!

MELODY525
12-28-2006, 09:04 AM
**HUGS** HOLLY
CAN YOUR MOM ADOPT ME?? I WAS ALWAYS TOLD I SHOULD GO TO DRAMA SCHOOL!! THE ORIGINAL DRAMA QUEEN OF THE 50'S AND 60'S!! :rofl:
ENJOY THE COFFEE AND THE DOWN TIME. MAKE YOUR MIND A BLANK FOR 5 MINUTES!

Ruthxxx
12-28-2006, 09:05 AM
Hi Sweeties! I am so far behind I can see my own fluffy butt! I will try to do better and catch up with everyone soon.
I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays and is looking forward to a great 2007! :grouphug:

MELODY525
12-28-2006, 09:10 AM
:cofdate: COME AND JOIN US FOR COFFEEE ONE MORNING WHEN YOU HAVE TIME!!! MISS YOU!
HAPPIEST AND HEALTHIEST OF NEW YEARS TO YOU!! :love:

Madcat
12-28-2006, 09:29 AM
Just so I don't get the prod {{Mel}}, just a quick note to let everyone know I am lurking and sick. Darn sinus thing has turned into a nasty cough. I'm so tired and I can't sleep because I can't breathe.

I'll be back when I'm a bit more coherent.

ceejay52
12-28-2006, 11:46 AM
It's a quite day at home for me today. Except for the run to Blytheville that I want to make. I got 50 dollars in gift cards from my sister and niece to use at Wally world.

Suzi. What a horrible thing to happen to your car! Passports can sometimes be a pain can't they. Some of uncle friends from India lost her passport, but we think she wanted to deport.

Not much to say on my account.

Hotcupojava
12-28-2006, 11:56 AM
I'm sorry I missed wishing you all a Merry Christmas (Bona Natale ~spell check!~), Happy Holidays and all that jazz, but I'm glad to POP in to wish you all a Happy and Blessed New Year :newyear: :goodluck: :woohoo: :woo: :grouphug:

Mary in WV

happy2bme
12-28-2006, 12:01 PM
Good morning ladies,

I'm back safe and sound. Christmas was good. My mom was soooooo happy to have us stay with her. She says no one ever comes to her house anymore - it's a small bungalow and it just makes more sense to have family gatherings at other places. I really did enjoy my time with her and the family - tho if I lived with her I'd probably weigh 400 pounds. She was CONSTANTLY pushing food on us - wanna coffee, juice, water, cup of tea? Want some cookies to go with your tea? I have some coffee cake here, here's some candy, want an English muffin? Are you hungry, want some ice cream? I have some nice turkey for a sandwich or would you like some of this ham? :no: Mom :no: :lol: Gotta love her - and I DO!!!

The road trip was terribly boring. We took a scenic detour coming home - it was actually 30 miles less in distance but took us an hour longer as we went through several small towns in Kentucky and Tennessee that I wasn't aware of. The countryside was very pretty but after 9 hours in a car seat, you just want to get home in the worst way. We picked up Kitty on the way home. She was none too happy about being put back in her carrier but when she got back home she calmed down pretty fast. She had to go in the yard and check every tree, bush and object to see which other kitties had been invading her yard while she was gone. Mr. Feral cat apparently slept in the blanket by the door every night while we were gone. He looked none worse for the wear as we did not leave food out for him - good thing as I saw a big raccoon lumbering in the azaleas last night and we have seen a possum roaming out back too. This morning we fed Mr. Feral and there was a showdown with another tiger cat who has taken to hanging around here. Our cat just sat up on the fence and watched it all.

I'm happy to say that while I enjoyed myself I did not over indulge so therefore I have not gained any weight while I was gone. I'm sure tromping up and down 3 sets of stairs at my mom's house several times a day helped too. :) I am recommitting to focusing on improving several aspects in my life with the onset of the new year. I will however on New Year's eve, enjoy the bottle of wine I picked up at the wine shop up north.

We did not have a white Christmas which was alright. It was chilly but I refused to wear my winter coat - however, I did get the chance to wear my Christmas sweaters. I got lots of nice gifts - this must have been the year for pampering - nice creams and comfy soft socks and clothes. I also got a new perfume - Beach by Bobbi Brown. It smells almost like Coppertone sun tan oil - a smell I have always loved and one that brings back fond memories to me. I am very fussy about cologne and only wear 2 scents - Avon's Odyssey which I have worn since the time they introduced it and is my signature scent. I also loved the original Ambush perfume by Dana and found a place that sells the original scent (not the reformulated one that is currently in the stores). And I will occasionally wear Love's Baby Soft when I just want a clean, non perfumey smell. Yes, a person my age should not wear Baby Soft but... hey, if you don't like it, don't smell me :lol:

I'm sorry to get back and read about all the sniffles and bumps and bruises going on with you. Carla and Suzi - that's so horrid about your new cars! :yikes: Why do people have to key up cars? Also with the flinging the door open and whatnot. I have more scratches on my car doors in 2 years here than I did in 5 years up north. And that must have been quite the hole you fell into Suzi. Hope things can be repaired properly.

Hi Ruth :wave: nice of you to pop in! You're always welcome here...

Feel better soon Madcat :hug: get the snuggliest pajamas on and make yourself a nice toddy and get under the fuzzy blanket with your sweetie.

You too Mel. Congrats on making the scale take a turn to the south! :cp: I don't know, you don't seem like a drama queen to me - just a fiesty gal :rofl:

Ok, looks like DH is back with the mail. I'd better get moving here. Hellos to Ceejay and Shad and Meadow and Teel and Holly. Will be back to comment later...

happy2bme
12-28-2006, 12:02 PM
Hey Java - a happy and healthy New Year to you too!

Shad
12-28-2006, 05:09 PM
I say that because I just looked it up on the calendar. How else do I know what day it is.

Meadow - good to hear all the food came together at the right time. Always a bonus. Seems smellie stuff was all the way round this Christmas. Still it is all good.

Suzi - Not sure I will be able to make these dates - to the Gold Coast Jan1 - 11th - I go back to Townsville on the evening of the 5th. I don't travel on the 1st since either I or the rest of the world are in no fit state to be on the road. The 2nd is the anniversary of my Dad's death and I am not at my best on this day. I am spending most of it with DB1 fixing his computer anyway. The 3rd is the hairdresser early - I may be able to manage something that day but won't know until later in the week. 4th is DS2's birthday and the 5th I am packing to go back, but the flight is not until later in the evening. I will ring you sometime soon to have a chat and see if we can arrange anything.
Sorry to hear that your little pride and joy has come to a sticky place. Must have been some hole you fell in. Maybe you needed my two engineers from Weipa to get you out of the sticky patch.
The passport saga is always a problem. We get ours done in NZ. It's faster and a darn sight cheaper. I send my expiring passport and new photos to my sister and she sends them to the Department of Infernal Affairs and then I get it back within the week. $80.00NZ. If I send it to Sydney, it costs me $120AUD and I don't get it back for at least two weeks. Who did you get to endorse the photos at that hour? Maybe if you go in person to Sydney it is quicker.

Holly - I know the feeling about the brain being non-constructive. Mine seems to have gone to mush this week. I'm having great difficulty with motivation I'm afraid.

Mel - good to talk yesterday. Think I *****ed just as much as you did. And we laughed somewhat about the absurdities of man and the human race. It's good to laugh eh?
Oh yes and talking about absurdities. The tfg was telling me before we left at Christmas that he was thinking of asking to be housed at Fawlty Towers since he felt that his present accommodation is sub-standard and he needs looking after better! :yikes: :faint: :lol3: :lol3: :lol3:

Ruth - so nice to hear from you again. Happy new year to you and hope that it holds some good things for you. You've had a tough year from what I have read on the Beach Chat threads. Don't be a stranger, come back and visit once in a while.

Madcat - how horrible that you have been so sick. I hope this bug goes away and stays away very, very soon. No prod for you. Soothing tisanes and compresses for our laid low at Christmas chick.

Ceejay - enjoy the quiet day at home. Nothing like them for soothing ragged nerves.

Hot Cup - good to hear from you again. How you doing? Come back and chat soon pluh - lease

Happy - Glad to have you back all safe and sound. How did the computer lessons go with Mum? Are you mentally okay too? I have to go give the DB1 some more lessons next week and fix the things he has clicked on and now does not know how to get rid of. Such fun.
Mothers always push food on you - :hun: :eating2: My own was like:
Breakfast at 7.30
Morning Tea at 10.
Elevenses at 11
Lunch at 1.00pm
Afternoon tea at 3.00
Snack at 5.00
Dinner at 6.30
Supper between 8.00 and 9.00 and then hot cocoa or chocolate made with milk before bed. Ye gads. It's no wonder I am as I am.
Good to hear that you did not overindulge. I haven't overeaten but I'm not doing much since I haven't been feeling too good, we shall see when I get back.

Okay, the sun is shining and it is still rather cool, so I may just go out and dig around in the garden, mow the lawns and try to wear myself out. DS2 came round last night and woke me up from the soundest sleep I have had for a while. Mind you I was asleep in the chair watching some mindless tv from the back of my eyelids. DS1 got his Christmas parcel yesterday and rang to say thanks. That woke me up again. So today I will try to get on with things and not sleep in the sun. I need to go down to the hardware store to get some new clothes line wire/rope stuff - the old one has given up the ghost. I may even get myself a new hammock frame since the old one got all rusty and dangerous. Depends on what else I see down there.

Back later and may get the prod for Carla - she's disappeared again.

suzi in auz
12-28-2006, 05:51 PM
Hello everyone. I am excited here because I lost a pound somewhere over the holidays. I think my body was in sympathy with 2 skinny people staying with me for 3 weeks...:cheer2:
Shad , never mind about the dates. I thought it might be a long shot. I hopefully will have a car up in the Gold Coast and i will definitely take my phone.

I have good news on the car. Westfield shopping management called me yesterday and asked me to put my request in writing. I have a feeling they investigated the "hole" and it was quite something. They might be prepared to pay for my excess. We will see although i won;t be holding my breath.

Happy...lovely to see you and I LOVE your new avatar. What a trip you had. It sounded nice, aren't Mum's weird, when you are small they tell you you are getting fat and when you are older they worry about you losing weight.
Hi ceejay, thanks for the thoughts.
Mel ...:wave: Stepmothers...hmmm.
How nice to have a friend lighten the load with a phone call and well done on losing some lbs.

Holly...you need more than a few moments for you. I am so sorry to hear of your troubles with DH but it sounds as though you have made yourself known. Hopefully things will look brighter in the NY.

Madcat..I am sorry to hear that you are unwell. I hope you feel better soon.

Ok better go as DD is waiting for me to go shopping.

Love to you
Sue

MELODY525
12-28-2006, 07:06 PM
HELLO TO MADCAT AND HOPE YOU FEEL BETER :hug:
I PROMISE NOT TO HURT YOU WHILE YOU FEEL UNWELL :lol3: :lol3:

THIS A QUICK NOTE. CANNOT REALLY READ WELL. THE RIGHT EYE TOOK A TURN FOR THE WORSE TODAY AND IS GLUING ITSELF SHUT!! :tantrum: ALREADY STARTED THE SECOND DOSE OF STEROIDS AND MIGHT NOT BE BACK FOR A FEW DAYS. JEN TOOK A TURN FOR THE WORSE ALSO. RICHIE IS SICK TOO. LOOKS LIKE THE 2 OF THEM HAVE A VIRUS OF SOME KIND OR FOOD PROBLEM. I AM NOT SICK SO WE'RE NOT SURE WHAT IS WRONG. :faint:
I'LL SEE ABOUT COMING BACK HERE BEFORE NY'S EVE BUT I WANT TO WISH ALL OF YOU THE BEST NEW YEAR'S POSSIBLE!! LOTS OF HAPPINESS AND GOOD HEALTH.
I AM SPENDING MINE WITH THE GRANDSON. I'LL HAVE TO GET SOME HATS AND NOISEMAKERS FOR THE TWO OF US :rofl:
LOVE AND MANY HUGS TO YOU ALL!!!

suzi in auz
12-29-2006, 05:32 AM
Oh melly...hope your eye is feeling better soon. Best wishes to you also. I hope Jen and Richie feel better..poor dears.
Am up late browsing, much love to all
:newyear:
Suz

ceejay52
12-29-2006, 01:49 PM
Mel--Fell better soon.When I had allergies that would swell my eyes shut my momo would lay a warm wash cloth over it. Hope you, Jen and Richie get better soon. Don't want sickness in the New Year.

Suzi--It would be great if the shopping management could help pay for the damage to your car.

Hello to the rest. The first load of clothes are done and now I can get ready for the day.

happy2bme
12-29-2006, 02:35 PM
Hey there everyone,

Ceejay - you are just a peddling maniac there. 234 miles (I might be off a bit - can't see your signature right now) but that's IMPRESSIVE!!!!. You go woman!

Aw Mel :hug: so sorry to hear that the peepers are giving you trouble again and that everyone is feeling down and under the weather. Not a great way to ring in the new year. :( Get your rest, drink warm stuff and get better soon. We will miss you while you are gone. And don't go getting anything too noisy or the grandson will get all skinny and scared :yikes: But I CAN see the two of you with party hats. :woo: :twirly:

Suzi, good to hear that you will get some recovery from the accident. Sounds like a big enough hole where someone could have been seriously injured - not just a banged up car. I had to laugh at your comment about losing a pound by association with skinny people :lol: It only it was that easy, eh? :rofl: One girl I worked with said her body was a magnet that attracted all the extra calories off the skinny girls. :D

To those who commented on my avatar - thank you. This looks a lot like our kitty "Boo". At least what she might have looked like as a wee kitten. The frogs head hat just tops off that adorable face.

Hi Shad, sounds like you are enjoying your time at home. Isn't it nice to walk into a front door that works and not have to check your rooms for broken objects - of course you have to clean said rooms yourself. Oh wait, weren't you asked to dry the linens and make up your bed yourself? So what's different :dunno: :lol: As it turns out we did not have to give mum computer lessons. She signed up for a very cheap internet service and you get what you pay for. DH could not get her connected, customer service does not operate on the weekends and when they are available support is $2US per minute. Mum said she'd check into another service which my nephew can get set up for her. Really, I think it's more money than she'd be willing to spend, even to get America Online (AOL) - one of the most popular services. So the big computer sits on her desk holding the room down. DH put the old one out in the alley by the trash bins (after first removing the hard drives which we took with us). Mum was having a fit when I stupidly pointed out that the monitor and useless CPU made their way into the yard of the next door neighbors whom she despises. I told her that 1) without a drive the computer was useless and no one was going to buy a hard drive and 2) if you put something at the trash it is fair game for whomever wanted to pick it up. Said she might find it in the middle of her garage door days later when they figure out it's of no use. She kept grumbling that she should have broken the glass on the monitor anyway... :club: Had I known she would have gotten so worked up I would have fibbed and said that DH cut off the end of the power cord. :rolleyes:

I had to smile at your comment about having to look at the calendar to see what day it was. I thought the same thing. It happens when we get out of our routines. We go back to work Tuesday and have another holiday 2 weeks later but then it's a long dry stretch until May for another "free day" off - free as in not having to use our precious vacation days. Before we know it tho spring will be around the corner. Thanksgiving and Christmas came and went fast this year. DH was remarking this morning that it's hard to believe that it's going on the year 2007 already. I can still remember sitting with a glass of wine by myself ringing in the new millenium - DH had to be at work as all of us in I.T. were waiting for the computer world to end with the Y2K bug. Doesn't seem like that was 7 years ago.

I admit to falling into old habits last night. I needed to do some grocery shopping and stopped by the video store. I wanted to see "The Devil Wears Prada" and it's one of the hottest rentals so all 20 copies were out every time I checked at the video store on the weekends. As it was yesterday on a Thursday I got the last copy available. As a tribute to Mel, I also picked up Bing Crosby's classic - "The Bells of St. Mary's". Got home around 6pm, made dinner, picked up a bit, talked to DH and started to watch movies at 9pm. Yes, I did make a small bag of popcorn :o I watched both movies, trolled a bit on the internet and didn't get to bed until 3am. I woke up at 7 and woke up poor DH who had to work today and promptly went back to sleep. DH woke me at 10:30 :yikes: He sort of figured I had gone to bed really late. So I pretty much blew away half of today. I still have to unpack and do the laundry. I would also like to get up to the 3rd floor and pack up some of the Christmas stuff I have strewn about the room. Not ready to take down all my decorations yet - will leave that for next weekend when I prep for the next book club meeting. But I did leave pick through the boxes this year, selecting a few items to decorate and leaving the rest all around the floor. Bad girl that I am. :devil:

Best get busy here then. Get well wishes to Mel, Jen, Ritchie, Madcat and Holly.

Hollyhock
12-29-2006, 04:05 PM
Had a lovely siesta. I am doing so much better at letting myself not do anything once in a while. The kids and I ARE on holidays after all. And any holdiay in the last 6 years has involved 5-9 kids in the house.
The kids were great shopping. I was surprised but happy . It was enjoyable.
Hardly any emails or phone calls this week. No pressing engagments til next week. No plans for New Years.No desire to do much of anything. I am looking to using my down time in January to paint DD's room and the livingroom. Both will need quite a bit of repair work. And strip the stairs for refinishing. Photo albums. Right now tho I am just on hols.

HUGs to Mel and family!

HI Happy!, Ceejay!, Suzi!

LindaT was in commenting in some journals and it would appear she brought a cold home with her from the east. HUGS to LindaT!!!!


HUGS!!!!

Hollyhock
12-29-2006, 04:11 PM
Somehow i missed Shad's whole post......Definitely having brain non function issues. HUGS!!

MELODY525
12-30-2006, 09:04 AM
WHEN I WOKE UP THIS MORNING
YOU WERE ON MY MIIIINNNNNDD
YOU WERE ON MY MIND........LA LA LA

I HAVE TO ADMIT THAT WHEN I WOKE UP I COULD ACTUALLY READ THE LED CLOCK. BLURRY BUT I KENW IT WAS 7:24 :carrot: IN FACT NOT MUCH BLURRIER THAN USUAL. I'M NOT CURED BUT I THINK I CAUGHT IT IN TIME.
I HAVE BEEN SLEEPING A LOT AND THEY HEAL SO MUCH FASTER THAT WAY. ALSO "WATCHING" TV WITH THE EYES CLOSED AND STICKING TO THE EYE CARE REGIMEN.
ONCE YOU START THE DROPS YOU HAVE TO FINISH THE WEEK OUT. I'LL JUST STAY AWAY FROM THE PC AND LET THE KIDS HAVE AT IT :rofl: I KNOW THEY SECRETLY LOVE WHEN I CANNOT USE IT! :p :devil: GOING TO KEEP THIS SHORT. :moped:

HOTCUP~ WELL HELLO MISS JAVA TURTLE! SO NICE OF YOU TO POKE YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR SHELL AND SAY HELLO!! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALSO!!!:hug:

HOLLY~ FEEL BETTER SOON!

MADCAT~ HOPE YOU ARE ALSO FEELING BETTER.
LOVE THE CHRISTMAS KITTY. VERY CUTE AND CRACKED ME UP!!

HAPPY~ :welcome: home!!! VERY GLAD TO SEE YOU AND THE DH RETURNED SAFE AND SOUND!! EVERYTHING ABOUT MOM CRACKED ME UP TOO!! ESPECIALLY THE FOOD AND NEIGHBORS!!! :rofl: I WOULD HAVE SMASHED THE SCREEN TOO!!! :p AOL IS COSTING ME 9.95 A MONTH NOW AND THAT IS WITH THE SECURITY INCLUDED...SUCH AS IT IS. I THINK THE SECURITY IS A SEPARATE DOWNLOAD. IT WAS FOR ME. BUT I HAD AN OLD AOL 9.0 AND NOT THE 9.0SE EDITION. THE ORIGINAL 20+ DOLLAR PLAN HAS OTHER OPTIONS. THEY GAVE ME A CHOICE OF DOWNSIZING AND I TOOK IT. I DIDN'T NEED THE OTHER OPTIONS.

SHAD~ HAPPY IS RIGHT. SHEET CHANGING SEEMS TO BE IN YOUR CARDS! :rofl: I HOPE YOU ARE HAVING A GOOD TIME REACQUAINTING YOURSELF WITH YOUR NEW RED DOOR! AND YOUR GARDEN WEEDS AND ANYTHING ELSE THAT NEEDED YOUR EXPERTISE!!:hug: ENJOY THE TIME HOME!

CEEJAY~ AS IT SEEMS MY WASH IS NOT GETTING DONE HERE, I AM SENDING IT ALL TO YOU SO EXPECT A RATHER LARGE BUNDLE!!! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: I AM USING HOT COMPRESSES. THAT IS PART OF THE TREATMENT...WISH I HAD A MOM RIGHT NOW THAT WOULD TAKE CARE OF ME!!!

:wave: TO SUZI AND CARLA AND SENDING GET WELL THOUGHTS TO THEIR CARS!!!:hug:

GOT TO GO. TEARS ARE FLOWING. BEEN HERE A TAD TOO LONG. :o

MELODY525
12-30-2006, 09:05 AM
PS~ HAPPY, THAT FROG HEADED CAT REMINDS ME OF YOUR POOL EXPERIENCE! :rofl: ;rofl: :rofl:

happy2bme
12-30-2006, 09:37 AM
Mornin chicks,

Even tho I got to bed late (2am instead of 3), I woke up naturally at 7:20 and decided to get up. I had asked DH to wake me by 8:30 just in case I tried to snooze the morning away again. It's gray and cloudy and the air is heavy and cool and wet. We're supposed to get quite a bit of rain today and from the looks of the radar, it's right on our doorstep. Even the birds are hiding it seems.

Good day to stay inside and tackle that mountain of laundry I have. I also have the health care claim to finish for the year. Figured out that we had enough bills to make our contribution for the year - if we were short it would have meant a trip to the optician to get some new glasses to use up the last of the money but it looks at this point like that can wait until next year. Neither of us were too excited about going to the optician at the mall although by now I would hope the after Christmas crowd has wound down and it's back to the usual typical chaotic shoppers at the mall.

Glad to hear your eyes are improving a bit Mel. I guess the trick it to catch it early as you say. Hard to "listen" to TV, I always want to peek when it sounds exciting. Rest up and get better. I'd send my mom to look after you but she'd probably feed you all the wrong stuff and she's not gung ho on flying at the moment. :lol:

Guess everyone else here is sleeping in this morning so I'll be on my way.

Shad, do you have any idea if you are thinking of coming to visit in 2007? I would need to set aside some vacation time if so. DH too since he is the chauffer as you know. :rofl: No problem for him as he gets 5 weeks of vacation and doesn't know what to do with it all anyway.

Madcat, DH was also asking if you were able to get a picture of the guitar yet. No hurry. Hope you are feeling better today.

Ok, the washer calls me... have a good Saturday ladies. :wave:

Shad
12-30-2006, 03:09 PM
Morning all,
Short post today, I have a lot of things to do in the garden and it seems that 'the get up and go that got up and went' has returned. I'd better get out there before it takes off again.

Yesterday, I weeded and dug and pruned and actually poisoned a posse of weeds. Sometimes you just have to do it. I've lost all my Kurume Azaleas thanks to the drought and everything is looking fairly ordinary. So today will be a bit more prune, fertilizer in the rose garden, a good water and some mulch. DS2 came around and reduced several plants to sticks and made short work of the tree I had been sawing by hand. There is piles of junk all voer the front yard so I'd best clean them up today as well. The clothesline gave up the ghost and now needs new string stuff - the line on the clothes line broke. And at some stage I might take a stab at trimming the hedge as well.
I've invited some old friends (old as in I've known them for years) to dinner on New Years Day so I'd btter do some shopping as well since there will be no shops open tomorrow. I don't believe tomorrow will be 2007! :yikes: :eek: :faint: :yikes: :eek: :faint:

Happy - should it come to pass and I'm hoping like heck here, I will be in the States Mid May to early June and stay around 4 weeks I think. I've told my agent that I want this trip at this time, so hopefully he will remember. I've downloaded a map of USA and Canada and will start planning the best routes to what and who I want to see soon. I'll have to get a travel guide to tell me the best places to go, although mostly I find that although it takes some time to winkle the information from the natives of the area, they are the people who know places most worth viewing off the tourist trails. Once I have more or less mapped the route, then I will make bookings. You'll be the first to know.

Morning to Holly and Ceejay.
Mel I am so glad to hear that the eye is not too bad at this time. Happy healing.

Gotta go before it gets to hot. Now where DID I put that insect repellent? :chin: :mag:

Hollyhock
12-30-2006, 06:29 PM
Shad-Ruth and I can easily meet you at Madcats. Right in the middle for both of us!!
Carla is close too.An exciting thot to get together.Yippee!!

Madcat
12-30-2006, 07:44 PM
Oy, I have had better days. Just before Christmas DH received his new computer and I took his old machine as mine since it is is faster, bigger, etc. But I kept getting an issue with Windows Explorer crashing... DH suggested using the Windows disk to do a repair... which lead to a problem with the install which caused new problems and required a complete reinstall where I couldn't find the proper disks and it has taken all day and, really, I just generally hate computers some days. Arggg! On interesting note, since I can't find the darn MSOffice disks, I ended up installing OpenOffice (it's free and open source) so I have a new toy to play with. I'm still sick but at least it has morphed from skull crunching pain to a hacking cough. My back hurts and I'm really tired and this is an improvement. You can imagine I was less than happy to have to 'puter wrangle today.

Shad ~ I'm with Holly. If you include Ontario/ Toronto area in your trip we will have to arrange a group meeting. I'd even offer you a roof to sleep under if it wasn't for the fact that no one should have to sleep on our loveseat (midgets excluded). I'm also having problems believing this year is almost over. OK, where did it go? Dinner with old friends seem like a great way to start a year. BTW I am really waiting to see how the twit deals with Faulty Towers.

Happy~ the Avatar is really cute. Welcome back. I am with you about getting up at a reasonable hour even during holidays. The day always seems to slip away so quickly if I spend the morning sleeping. Unfortunately a few family things got in the way of getting a picture of the guitar before my Mom took off for Florida. I'm going to have to wait until she comes back before I can get them now.

Mel ~ Sorry your eyes are acting up again. You are doing the right things to look after them I see. I'll keep my fingers crossed for a quick recovery.

Holly ~ Enjoy that vacation time. How nice to not have a crowd around you and to have spare time.

Ceejay ~ Wow, you are making some mileage there. Are you going to reset for 2007?

Suzi~ Your poor car but good news that the store is going to do something with any luck. I noticed a couple of weeks ago that we have out first door ding. DH is pretty sure it probably happened in his work parking lot. It is heartbreaking and I felt really bad.

OK, I have to wander off and make some dinner. I have been feeling a bit down for the last month or so probably due to stress and various physical problems... but it just occurred to me that if I put my mind to it I could be under 160 lbs by my anniversary trip. That could be a good motivator.

Hi to Ruth and to Java (lovely to see you both stop by). Waves to Painter and Meadow and Carla and everyone else. I'll try to make it here a bit more often now that I am on the mend (sort of)

Shad
12-31-2006, 06:43 AM
It's not quite here yet. It is in NZ and Suzi is only about an hour away (we are about 2.15). I'm calling it a day and am off to shower (I stink of fertiliser) and bed for a well earned rest. May the year of the pig which will arrive in Feb be kind and caring to you and yours.

May we all achieve our goals and dreams and may we all lose the required weight through safe and sensible eating and exercise. Whatever you wish for, I wish for you also.

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happy2bme
12-31-2006, 08:55 AM
Good New Year's Eve morning and Happy New Year to our friends down under,

Hard to believe we've zipped through another year already and are on the ridge of a new, fresh start. Equally hard to believe that my vacation which I so eagerly awaited is almost at an end :( I could get used to this using the day as I please thing :D Soon enough, soon enough.

Big hustle bustle yesterday. I live in a "blue law state" which means they don't sell liquour on Sundays. Today is Sunday. Today is New Year's Eve. Typically one of the biggest booze purchasing (and apparently consuming) days of the year. Up north they sold all sorts of liquor (wine, beer, the hard stuff) at both liquour stores and even the grocery stores. Not here :no: you can get beer at the grocery store but you must go to a separate store for wine and the hard stuff.

I dragged DH to the store because I actually feel like a bottle of wine tonight which would be the first since we moved here 2 years ago which shows how little I drink. We walked in and yowie. An entire wall of Australian wines alone. The people were quite helpful but I stuck with my tried and true white zinfandel which I know I like. I also have a bottle of some fancy stuff I got at a wine store up north which I will try tonight - the white zin is a back up in case I didn't like the fancy stuff. DH does not drink wine and no, in no regard will I drink 2 bottles of wine by myself. Will probably have 2 glasses at best which means I'll waste half a bottle. So stop by if you want some, I have some cheese and crackers too and if I can get my lazy butt away from the computer, you are welcome to join us for a lovely candlelight dinner with a most awesome prime rib roast done to perfection on the grill. :hungry: We haven't gone out on New Year's eve since ummm maybe the 80's :lol: so I try to make the last meal of the year a particularly nice one. Especially since the first meal of the year is back to plan again.

What's everyone else doing?

Shad, thanks for the info, I will be sure to set aside some time for you. We have a big airport here, it's just not as convienient with the flight times as Chicago was. In fact, you may just very well get here by flying through Chicago. Both of us are looking forward to seeing you. I'll have to make sure DH readies the gardens and we can certainly use your advice with the rose patch. :D Sounds like you were some major busy in your gardens too! Poor little dry babies. I wish you some rain... :rain: Lovely fireworks shot too - is that Sydney - they do quite an incredible show.

Madcat, sorry to hear about the computer mess - sometimes the thing is just plain fiesty like that :devil: - a good whack on the side of the monitor helps to dispell the aggretion. :lol: My, my, my - you sound like you really caught a doozer of a cold there. Hot toddys on order for you tonight. Don't worry about the pictures, whenever you get to them that's ok.

Ok, DH is giving me the hairy eyeball. We stopped at the store last night to check out roasts and it was incredibly crowded. So I told him to wake me early and we should go there when they first open up. They open up in 6 minutes and I am here in my pajamas with bozo the clown bed hair - hardly fit to be seen in public. DH is giving me the hairy eyeball - you SAID you wanted to get to the store early.... so I'd better get myself presentable. Catch up later ...

MELODY525
12-31-2006, 09:21 AM
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WISHING ALL OF YOU THE HAPPIEST AND HEALTHIEST NEW YEAR EVER. I AM WITH SHAD....MAY WE ALL REACH OUR GOALS THIS YEAR. TAKE BETTER CARE OF OURSELVES AND FIND MUCH HAPPINESS. :hug:

EYES ARE SO SO. GUESS IT'S GOING TO BE THIS WAY FOR AWHILE. WE'VE BEEN HAVING A FEW EMERGENCIES AND EVERYONE IS WEARING THEIR NEW PERFUME FROM CHRISTMAS!!!!! :faint: I ACTUALLY HAD TO LEAVE ONE APARTMENT!! BIG SIGH. THE KIDS ARE SO SO TOO AND ARE DEFINITELY STAYING HOME. I DON'T THINK ANY OF US WILL MAKE IT TILL MIDNIGHT. :rofl:
HAPPY SUNDAY!! STAY SAFE AND WELL TONITE! :moped:

MADCAT~ SENDING LOTS OF HEALING VIBES. :hug: I HATE PC PROBLEMS!!! TOOK ME 6 HRS TO LEARN HOW TO GET BACK ON LINE AFTER MY CASH :tantrum: I CAN WELL UNDERSTAND HOW YOU MUST HAVE FELT BEING SICK TOO. GET WELL SOON!!! BTW....I STILL CANNOT BELIEVE THE ANNIVERSARY IS COMING UP!!! :dance:

HAPPY~ I WILL BE RIGHT THERE TO HELP YOU GET RID OF THE 2 BOTTLES. CAN WE USE A STRAW???? IT WOULD BE FASTER THAT WAY! :rofl: YOUR DINNER SOUNDS GOOD TOO BUT IF YIOU GIVE ME THE WINE FIRST...YOU CAN EAT ALL THE RIBS BY YOURSELF....I'LL BE PASSED OUT ON THE FLOOR!! UNLESS I WEAR MY SEATBELT :lol3: :lol3:

SHAD~ FERTILIZER SCENTED???? MAYBE WE CAN MAKE MONEY ON THAT!!! YA NEVER KNOW!!! BY THE TIME YOU ARE READY TO COME OVER HERE, I WONDER WHAT THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE AIRPORT WILL BE!!! THERE IS TALK OF NEEDING A PASSPORT JUST TO GO FROM STATE TO STATE!! :rofl:

INSTEAD OF WHEELS OF FIRE....I HAVE EYES OF FIRE!!
GOTTA GO LUVS. HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY AND NIGHT!!
LET'S RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH AS MUCH GUST AS WE CAN!!! :belly:
:wave: TO ALL THE OTHER CHICKS OUT HERE TOO!!:hug:
TO ALL OUR WELL LOVED LURKERS! :love:

MELODY525
12-31-2006, 10:34 AM
OMG I LOST ANOTHER POUND!!! GUESS THE NS PLAN IS FINALLY MOVING THINGS ALONG!! THAT'S 6.5 LBS SINCE OCTOBER 20TH!! :dance: :cb: :carrot: :cheers: :cheer:
I ALSO JOINED AN OVER 60'S GROUP ON THE DISCOVERY HEALTH CHALLENGE. I'LL BE 60 IN MARCH....LOL
AND I PRINTED OUT THE FREE DIET PLAN RECIPES.
THEIR CALORIE COUNT FOR THE DAY WAS HIGH FOR ME, SITTING, BUT I CAN SHAVE THEM DOWN BY ELIMINATING THE WHITE STUFF! GOING TO DO A DANCE AROUND THE BUILDING!!! :moped:

Hollyhock
12-31-2006, 11:52 AM
I am with MEL and SHAD!!!

WISHING ALL OF YOU THE HAPPIEST AND HEALTHIEST NEW YEAR EVER. I AM WITH SHAD....MAY WE ALL REACH OUR GOALS THIS YEAR. TAKE BETTER CARE OF OURSELVES AND FIND MUCH HAPPINESS.

Meadow
12-31-2006, 02:14 PM
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2007:xcheer:

This is the year it will all come together... mind and body, united in self and the wonderful feeling of being! :cheers: :grouphug:

Shad-love the idea of you out in the garden for the new year, makes me smile to think you are growing things while I'm here with frozen ground :p :flow2: Happy New Year!

Mel-:hug: I really think you should consider a mask when you go visiting. I can only imagine what the scented fumes are doing to your sinuses :stars: Wonderful news about your weight lose :D Golly, I hope this is a trend and we all start seeing smaller numbers. Rubbing the screen for good vibes ;) :genie: :goodvibes

Happy-your evening plan sounds terrific! I don't know what we are having for dinner, maybe make pizza. It is just going to be the family here, no party. We had a big ham dinner with my inlaws last night. Only the guys got drunk, we ladies had tea :yes:

Suzi-Yikes! Your poor car. I'm glad you weren't hurt. Mighty frustrating for you though to have your new baby banged up. I hope it doesn't end up a bigger headache, have faith the owners of the lot will come through and make good. :crossed:

Madcat-aw, the troubles with computers!! Mine is just an old chug and freezes and is so slow! Put the vaporizer on for your cough and get that new dear man of yours to give you a shoulder rub. You want the new year to have lots of positive energy ;) :bubbles:

Holly-Golly girl! Plotting projects for next year already! I hope things stay smooth, enjoy the kids while they are home. We have been playing games. Clue jr. which is kind of fun, except I'm so used to the original clue with the little envelope and cards, it gets kind of confusing :^: The kids just like playing together, they could care less if we ever figure out the culprit:p

Ceejay-are you still doing laundry? :o :yikes: Mel was serious about sending hers over, I guess she had alot!! ;) I know you are smelling good!

:wave: Chicks of the world :wave: Happy, healthy 2007!

Shad
12-31-2006, 03:16 PM
Morning all,
I was up at midnight. A couple of like minding genius' (genii??) around the joint decided to stage a fireworks display. Since fireworks in the backyard are illegal around here, this brought the sound of sirens to the neighbourhood, and the sound of more sirens an hour later when it was found that sparks had drifted down to a house and set fire to the roof cavity, not much damage done, then the smell of smoke and more sirens when it was discovered that the sparks had drifted down into the remains of the forest/bush in the industrial estate and being horribly dry the undergrowth went up in flames. Last scene was one of the genii being lead away in handcuffs - why not both I hear you say? Guess no one could pin point the other address. No doubt they will find it given time. The arrested genius lived very close to the bush. Such is life - Happy New Year - what did you do for New Years? Spent it in jail of course.

Happy - you go to the top of the class for travel puzzles. Yes that was the Sydney Harbour bridge - not quite sure which new year. They put on a great display every year. I have printed out my maps of USA and Canada and am starting to mark up the locations of the chicks. Not that I will get to meet them all and some won't want to be met, but it is amazing how small and close everything seems to be on a map and how far is the actual tyranny of distance. Still, I will get to see a fair amount I guess. I looked in the book exchange last week for a Lonely Planet guide but they had nothing, so I'll try again somewhere else soon or may have to resort to a new one. Is there a book sale on soon?? The prices of those are horrendous. I have the Rough Guide to Arizona but that is not going to take me far in the rest of the States. By the way, when searching for my maps, I found an interactive one which tells me a lot about each State that I click on. Then it gives me a list of the most liveable States, the most dangerous States, the healthiest States etc. Interesting.
Some of the Australian wines - which are mostly not bad at all - are too upfront for me. I like the ones that sneak quietly in and around and give you a belt from behind when you least expect it. If you decide to have a go, try a sauvignon blanc from Margaret River (wine region Western Australia) or some of the Reislings from Clare Valley SA. However if you want a wine to end all wines - have a squizz around for a Montana Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough in NZ or Oyster Bay or Cloudy Bay or Stoneleigh (all from Marlborough in NZ) absolutely superb - even the French are upset about them. Pity they don't sell these things in half bottles like they do Yellowglen champagne over here.Umm sorry that should be Yellowglen sparkling wine Methode Champagnois. Champagne only comes from France
Hear is a wine that even Mel could drink and not descend to baser levels.

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It's non alcoholic, non calorific and not fattening, won't leave a mark on you or a headache and no gout will follow and you can't get picked up for a D & D.

Mel - rest those peepers. Crikey you sure know how to hang onto it! Keep the drops up, Is there nothing else that can be done?

Madcat - so sad to hear that you are still recovering from this virus. It sounds horrible. Are you sure you didn't give it to the computer? :rofl: Not a happy thought tho' I have some MSOffice disks here - do you want to use them. Mind you I can't remember which version it is - I think MS Office 2000. I've had it for a while. There are newer versions out there no doubt, but while it aint broke, I have no intention of fixing it.
As far as I am concerned the twit will not deal with Fawlty Towers. Certainly in my block anyway. He comes there and I will request an exchange apartment, preferably one where the aircon works and so does the cleaner. Any of the other blocks is fine. I just don't want to meet up with him in the lift or have to walk to work with him or home for that matter. He really gets up my nose.

Well that's it really - out of time again. Need to go and deal with the fertiliser again and water it in along with some rainsaver crystals, mulch the beds and hope that the garden will survive a little longer. Repot some of the pot plants - those worth saving and mulch them up too. I need to clean the house and start the dinner for tonight. We are having fish hotpot (medley of schnapper, prawns, mussells in a white wine and vegetabl stock veloute - covered with mashed potato and a bit of parmesan cheese) then we have a French Vanilla icecream swirled with apricots and mango cooked with a bit of Cointreau and a cheese board. Sound good - should I hold dinner until you get here?

Hello to Holly and Meadow, Tig and PW, Rose (wherever she may be) and Suzi, Teel and Linus, LindaT and Ruth and never forgetting our one and only Turtle. Happy New Year to you all.

Hollyhock
12-31-2006, 03:54 PM
Meadow- dear, do you still have our snow because we have all your rain. I miss good Ontario winter!!! We have been playing many games. Lots of cuddles and chit chat. We have been in PJ'S for 2 days straight. I have managed to bath and put on a bra so I can the difference between day and night. Been baking all day. Much friend visiting next week. Making up some parcels of goodies for them. Kids go to school Jan 8th. I have a council meeting that evening.
It is great fun not having the daycare for the hols.New, exciting and fun for us. Very laid back.

Shad- glad you survived the New Years Eve ruckus.

Madcat
12-31-2006, 05:19 PM
Just a dash in before I have to dash out again. Heading off to a party at friends place tonight - though I'm afraid my tipple of choice is probably going to be Buckley's cough syrup... tastes like drinking liquid Vick's Vaporub but is the best cough syrup going (and no sugar or alcohol added).

For all the chicks, I hope this year brings us all exactly what we need – personal fortitude, support or sheer luck – to bring us to our goals. For those who have not yet reached the midnight hour, enjoy whatever form of celebration you want to indulge in but do it safely. I want to see everyone back here tomorrow.

Happy New Year Chicks!!!!!:hat: :woo: :cheers:

happy2bme
12-31-2006, 06:13 PM
Shad, I cannot believe - well maybe yes I can - that someone would be soooo incredibly stupid as to light fireworks in a tinder dry area. I think they should have been flogged as well as led away in cuffs. Thank God the whole neighborhood did not blow. As for your dinner - yum yum - it rivals mine. I'll save you a bit if you save me some, ok? :hungry: :T The roast is smelling fabulous on the grill - anyone who steps outside is sure to breathe deep. However it is the usual quiet - does anyone REALLY live on this street???? area that it always is. Thank you too for the wine suggestions - I will print your post and take it to the store with me next time.

Perhaps we should post a thread here and ask the question - if one was coming to visit the United States, what should you see? Bound to elicit some interesting answers. LindaT should show you the City by the Bay - the most incredible fog I have ever seen. South of her about a 2 hour drive - Big Sur - just incredible coast line views - however bring a friend, it's high up and not recommended for someone who's use to driving on the other side of the road to gawk alone at the incredible ocean front views.

Very few people have Christmas lights on anymore. That is depressing. Where I come from Christmas lasts until January 6th - the feast of the 3 Kings. :cry:

They have a big football game on tv tonight - the Green Bay Packers (Wisconsin) vs the Chicago Bears. Huge rivalry. Lots of angry women tho. Apparently the game was originally scheduled for 12 noon today but possibly for the ratings, they switched the game to 7pm tonight. How many women got all fancied up ONLY to find their men being away at a football game which will go until near to the midnight hour (with travel times). :yikes: :rollpin: :club: DH said he might actually make it staying up until midnight this year. :woo: 2 glasses of wine and no nap and I might be the one snoozing on the couch. Naw... I have no interest in football. I did however notice that the Sci Fi (science fiction) channel is running a 2 day marathon of Twilight Zone shows. I have recorded about 20 of them - hope this does not fill up the digital video recorder. Ah well, should not be anything that DH wants to see anyway. :lol: I REALLY need to finish my book for book club anyway instead of watching TV.

Madcat, hope you have a bit of fun tonight at the party. At least you won't have to deal with a hangover in the morning.

Sounds like you're having a good time too Holly.

Thanks for the good wishes Meadow. A pizza party is one of the best ways to celebrate. Save me some too :T Ok, just one small piece as I am supposed to be good.

Congrats on being down another pound Mel :cp: :cp: Wow, 60 already - where did the years go? I'm in a challenge for the new year too - let's keep each other motivated sister!

To everyone near and far, wishing you the best year ever - one of motivation, dreams fufilled and the very best of health and happiness. Most of all, may each day bring you "enough" - enough to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step and a twinkle in your eye.

:cheers: To a wonderful 2007 for us all. Happy New Year ladies of the world, friends and lurkers too :newyear:

Hollyhock
12-31-2006, 11:01 PM
I seem to spending my evening online.
This is very different than any other New Years in the last ,oh, 41 years.
Any other night this would be normal. I have never been alone New Years Eve before. It's so weird.And i am not really alone. My family is all sleeping upstairs. My "former really cool party girl" self is shaking her head.My "invite all the neighbours and their kids over" self is wondering what the heck happened this year.when I was a kid I always stayed at my Grandma's. Drank Sherry mixed with ginerale. Always stayed up til midnight. Even when I was real little.

I did some yoga. Hanging out with the cats. I mean, really, I lived alone for 15 years before marriage and kids.Loved every minute of it.Maybe time for a glass of bubbly.


Wishing you all a fab New Year. Much happiness.

MELODY525
01-01-2007, 09:49 AM
SHAD~ I WISH I COULD SAY I AM SURPRISED ABOUT THE 2 DOLTS WITH THE FIREWORKS! WHAT ARE PEOPLE THINKING??? WE HAVE THE SAME ARSES HERE TOO. :faint: THANK GOD THEY GOT IT UNDER CONTROL. THEY SHOULD LOCK THEM ALL UP! AT LEAST IT WON'T BE WINTER AND FREZING HERE WHEN YOU ARRIVE. GOOD TIMING. NOT TOO HOT OR COLD.....ALTHOUGH COLDISH FOR YOU I WOULD ASSUME. HOPE THE DINNER GOES WELL! I'LL HAVE DINNER WITH YOU BUT HOLD THE FISH!!!

HAPPY~ I COULD ALMOST TASTE THE BEEF LAST NIGHT!!! LOL OUR NEIGHBORS HAVE THEIR LIGHTS ON A TIMER I THINK. ANYWAY...THERE IS A HOUSE BEHIND ME AND THEIR LIGHTS ARE THE LAST THING I SEE AT NIGHT WHEN I PEEL OUT AND THE FIRST THINGS I SEE IN THE MORNING. THEY LOVE TO KEEP THEM UP! IN FACT THEY SEEM TO BE LEAVING THEIR HALLOWEEN LIGHTS ON TILL THE XMAS LIGHTS GO UP. :dance: LET'S GET A MOVE ON LITTLE BUCKAROO!! 2007 HAS BEGUN AND THE WW SCALE WILL BE CALLING YOU VERY SOON!! SO DRINK THAT WATER AND EAT WISELY!! THIS IS THE YEAR OF THE PIG AND I DON'T WANT TO LEAVE IT THE SAME WAY!!
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

MEADOW~ALL WE HAVE IS RAIN!! STILL A BIT MILD HERE AS YET TEMP WISE TOO. I AM HOPING WE ARE RIGHT IN THINKING THIS WILL BE THE YEAR IT WILL ALL COME TOGETHER. I HAVE BEEN FEELING THAT MYSELF AS THE FIRST DAY OF THE YEAR DREW CLOSER. :hug:

HOLLY~ THIS MAY WELL BE A GOOD YEAR FOR YOU AND YOUR AVON ORDERS!!! LOTS OF SALES IN THE US FOR THE "PAMPERING" THINGS OF LIFE....OR SO I HEARD ON THE TV!! GOOD LUCK!!

MADCAT~WAS THAT BUCLKEY'S WITH OR WITHOUT ICE!!
:rofl: :dizzy: I DO HOPE THAT COUGH ETC GOES AWAY SOMETIME REAL SOON!!! :tantrum: FIND SOMEONE YOU DON'T LIKE AND GIVE IT TO HIM!! OR HERE!!!
GET WELL SOON.

LOTS OF RAIN HERE AND FOGGY WEATHER. STRANGE WEATHER STILL PREVAILING. I SHOULDN'T COMPLAIN AS I AM USUALLY FREEZING RIGHT ABOUT NOW! :lol3:
WATCHED THE BALL DROP IN TIMES SQUARE AND WENT TO BED. SEEMED LIKE THE WHOLE OF 2006 WAS REPLAYING INSIDE MY HEAD!!:faint: GOT UP, WATCHED TV TILL ALMOST TWO AND JUMPED BACK INTO BED.
WEIRD NIGHT. I HAVE BEEN EXERCISING A SMALL AMOUNT AND EATING WELL. SEEMS TO BE PAYING OFF. FOR SOME REASON THIS YEAR I WANTED TO BEGIN BEFORE JANUARY. NOT SURE WHAT THE RUSH WAS ALL ABOUT. I THINK I JUST DIDN'T WANT TO FEEL "STUFFED" LIKE THANKSGIVING. IT REALLY WAS AN AWFUL WEEK FOR ME. SO I AM SHOOTING FOR THE 170'S THIS MONTH. 1/2 LB TO GO!! :dance: I HAVEN'T BEEN IN THEM FOR OVER 6 MONTHS. BETTER GET SOME CLEANING DONE.
HAPPY MONDAY!! OR TUESDAY!! : moped:

happy2bme
01-01-2007, 10:26 AM
Good morning chicks,

Happy New Year to you. Last night was quiet but good. Dinner was fabulous, we have 2 big chunks of meat left over which will make tasty salads this week. I ate enough without it being too much. My sister called and we talked on the phone for hours - literally. The boys watched football, we chatted on and on. I am so very glad I have the family that I do. Around 10pm DH came over and we watched some of the new year's celebrations on TV. Of course we watched the ball drop in Mel's part of town. I did feel a bit cheated because when it came time for our new year's they showed the ball dropping in NEW YORK again - where in actuality it was 1 in the morning, not midnight! I was not fooled. And they showed NY on 2 channels. I know nothing beats Times Square for THE countdown but at least they could have shown Chicago in the proper time zone. :rolleyes: As expected at 12:03 after a hug and kiss, DH announced it was "bedtime for bonzo" and off he went. I stayed up and watched a few taped episodes of the Twilight Zone. Funny how it's not as good as I remember it being. :lol: Since I spent a good part of the evening talking to my sister, I got a late start and did not crack open the wine bottles or put out some of the nibblies I had planned on. All the better I guess. I did pick up a small bottle of Pina Colada mix and made a batch in the blender for DH and I to toast at midnight. I made a second drink for myself to finish off the bottle just because I didn't want a partially filled bottle taking up space in the refrigerator. It comes premixed with vodka and wow, it sure packs a punch! Either that or I'm just used to wine. Did make for a sound sleep tho! :D

I woke up just before 8am and decided that I didn't need to lay in bed any longer. It's my last day of vacation :( but I intend to spend it doing positive things instead of wasting the day away. Mr. Feral cat must have been partying hard last night as it's well past 9am and he is passed out on the blanket outside my door and shows no desire to wake up anytime soon. He's looked up a few times in response to the birds in the yard but just turned himself around in the blanket with his back to the noise, face buried in the blanket. It's cool, gray and overcast - that kind of sleepy day.

I on the other hand, have a pot of vegetable soup to make and an exercise DVD that is calling my name. Weigh in is tomorrow and I think I might be up a pound. :(

Hope you all had a nice New Year's eve and that you start today and 2007 off to a good start.

happy2bme
01-01-2007, 10:29 AM
Mel - you've changed your avatar. I LOVE it!!!!!

Hollyhock
01-01-2007, 11:20 AM
well, I did crack open some Champers. Colin James was on the Niagara Falls shows. Enjoyable.
I was up til after 2am, woke before 8am.I went back to bed sooner than later.... Had a coffee and cereal and was just plain tired so I went to bed. Slept for bit, had a loooooooong soak in the tub.Having coffee again.Hubby has the fire roaring. I have all the windows open. It is +6C/43F.....darn balmy.So weird for Jan.Nice for driving around but other than that I MISS the SNOW and COLD.

Dear SIL just emailed. we are going to take her 2 youngest and my 2 to see Charlotte’s Web tomorrow.YIPPEEEEEEE!!! It’s been almost 10 year since I’ve been to a movie. Dont usually have anyone to go with. Oh, I lied, I went to see all of the LOTR flicks with some friends.Never been with my kids. My folks have taken them to a couple.

I usually take down the Christmas stuff Jan 1.I put it up Dec 1. My own tradition LOL

Well, need to scare up something more to eat.......
It poured rain all night here.
No trucks on the road today. Might go for a loooong walk too. Okay, I am babbling............

Hi Mel & Happy!!!

happy2bme
01-01-2007, 11:41 AM
Hi Holly :wave: Enjoy the movie - it got very good reviews. Some people who said they did not like pigs very much changed their mind after seeing Charlotte's Web.

A long walk would be a great way to start the new year. Particularly if the weather is co-operating.

ceejay52
01-01-2007, 12:12 PM
Happy-- I like the plan it, execute it and stick to it challenge. Will 2 out of 3 do? I have problems sticking to anything. I hope to have a little more will power this year:dust:

Happy new years every one. The party started a little early here last night. Some one got happy and threw a fire cracker at the back door. I jumped out of my chair when I saw the flickers of light.

I'm getting ready for the colonoscopy that is scheduled for bright and early Wednesday morning. I'm having more symptoms of the colitis. Went to the doctor on the 28th of December for this. As for me my weigh in will be until Thursday morning. Never got a chance for a natural colon cleanse guess this one will be better.

Mel--I like the new avatar also.

Holly--I didn't party last night cause I had to work today. I hope things get better for you this year.

To all the rest. A big hello :wave:

Hollyhock
01-01-2007, 03:02 PM
Our newest Furbaby - Friendly at 14 weeks
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f153/peacefulgoddess/Friendly-14weeks.jpg

Shad
01-01-2007, 03:11 PM
morning all,
Better do a measure today - sorta forgot about that on Dec 31. Then it is back to strict eating habits again. My resolution is to lose 10% of my body weight over this year. That will mean about 7.7kgs. That will achieve the goal of being below 70K as well and that would please me no end. It's not too big an ask I don't think. I shall now have to plan some short term goals to help me get there.
One might be that smaller clothes weigh less on the airline scale!!! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: Only I can be that stupid this early in the morning.
So, what am I going to do to get to that point. One thing will be to eat less bread - I seem to always be chewing on the stuff - and I will use things like rice wraps and low GI tortilla for wraps at lunch. I'm going to take my low GI cookbook back with me as that has some great ideas for lunches etc.

My dinner party went off okay last night. They seemed to enjoy it. The kumato and mozzarella salad was a hit and so simple to make although I wasn't too happy with the pesto I made - guess it was the sesame instead of pine nuts - asked the ex-chef what was wrong with it and he didn't have to many clues mainly cos he never ate much of it. He tells me it is not his thing! I have some fish pie leftover to eat for tea tonight. That seemed to be okay and the ice cream was a big hit.
A kumato by the way is something new in the stores last week and not a spelling mistake. They are tomato but they are a very dark red with a firm flesh and taste very nice. They have flavour unlike many of the store bought variety today. Why they called it that I have no idea.

Holly - 2 days in PJ's!!!!!! Well I guess if you are not going anywhere and the house is warm that's a snuggly thing to do. 2 days without a bra might see some of the lines on my face disappear! :rofl: :lol3: Instant facelift.

Madcat = that Buckley's (presume it is the old Buckley's Canadiol Mixture that we had for years and I think still have) has got to be good for you - cos it tastes so foul. Get better soon.

Happy - nothing I like better than the smell of roasting beef on the rack. Got a scent all of it's own. Took a deep breath, I reckon I could smell it yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately we haven't been getting good beef here for a while - due to drought. It's lean enough - little fat, guess the cows were underweight because of the drought - but little flavour and not good texture. Ditto for mutton. Poor old farmers are having to cull their flocks just to stay afloat. There's a glut on the market at the moment but it will become a very expensive item sometime soon. We might get as bad as the Japanese - $42 for a kilo of minced (ground) beef!! :faint:
Personally I think they should have shown all the major cities across the time zones for NY celebrations. Times Square might be the place to go (fashionable for the yuppie aussies anyway) for celebrations, but there are more places in the good ol' USA than New York aren't there??? What about downtown Jackson Hole? :dizzy: ;)

Mel - I take it you watched the ball drop on the TV and not by going up onto the roof of your building in the cold and wet weather?? Well done on the weight loss - long may it continue. I'd love to see the end of the 70Kgs anytime soon.

Okay, that is about it from me. I'd better go see what's happening in the world. Give the garden another nudge and prepare for the day. I see clouds out there, but hey yesterday they were thick black and menacing. I thought we were in for a storm. No such luck, the humidity climbed, the clouds got thicker, the breeze got up and the moon came out and drove them all away. Have to look into Indian Rain Dance etiquette I think. Not much else is working.

Hollyhock
01-01-2007, 07:22 PM
Just got a call from a dear friend with terrible news. A sweet guy, John, I grew up with, died of a brain aneurism yesterday. My age- 41. Dfriend and I had a loooong talk about the good old days. People we knew, who is doing what now. Feeling real sad. John, has 2 kids....as it seems to happen, he was one of the really good guys. Total bummer.

happy2bme
01-02-2007, 08:31 AM
Happy 2nd day of the year folks,

Sorry to hear about your friend Holly. Sad as those situations are, it always serves as a reminder to me to not to take for granted those who we care about in our lives and live each day to the fullest. Your new kitty is cute too.

Shad, that's an ambitious goal for the upcoming year. 10 percent will give you all sorts of health benefits. You are right to plan - I think there's so much to be said in the fail to plan / plan to fail motto. Looking back, if I tripped up - more often than not it's because I didn't plan it out properly in the first place. $42 a kilo for ground beef? :yikes: sounds like that Kobe beef the Japanese are famous for except I though Kobe was steaks. Well, then again you need to do something with the trimmings and lesser cuts, don't you. Geez Louise... When you said Kumato I thought you were referring to a kind of olive. I'm not an olive eater myself but there are bins at the store of various olives you can buy fresh and the name Kumato looked familiar. We have some new pricey cherry (small) tomatoes out this way. They are supposed to be some hybrid of a strawberry and a tiny tomato. Bursting with flavor they say. I tried them (what we won't do for the taste of a real tomato around here in winter) but they were no different than the regular tomatoes and were 3 times as expensive. Won't be making that mistake again... At least your Kumatoes tasted good. Jackson Hole you say? Hmmm me thinks someone has been browsing the book of U.S. park services - :rofl: I daresay that the nearest town to the base of Yellowstone National Park has a rather quiet New Year's celebration - much like (our missing in action) Nae - the night is still and the fireworks you see at midnight are nature's best - stars streaking across the night.

Ceejay, it was noisy for 10 minutes here too at midnight. I hope it was the sound of fireworks and not idiots shooting off guns :rolleyes: Did someone throw a firecracker at your house? Good luck with the colonoscopy. The doctors are really pushing them here but like root canals most of us run screaming the other way. Hope it goes well for you. As far as will power goes, I think your biking plan is a good one. We can nag you if you like to stick with it :lol:

So the question is.. is Mel over my head posting right now as I type? :belly: :comp: Hey there northern sister of the chilly skies - how are you feeling today? Ready to take on the world?

Yesterday I resigned my position with the homeowners association. It was just too aggrivating and nothing was happening with the group. If I'm going to sign up for something, then I expect to do something. And it has nothing to do with "people are busy over the holidays", I've been trying to drum up some interest since last August. Guess I just don't fit in with the style here and that's ok. In 2007 I need to focus on ME.

And with that, it's back to reality, back to work, back to routines. I have enjoyed my vacation, not going to apologize or dwell on things I didn't get done as I did get plenty done to feel proud of. I am resolving to walk into work with a light step, eager to get busy and get those projects finished. Makes the day go by faster.

And with that, I'm off. Have a good day everyone.

MELODY525
01-02-2007, 08:58 AM
TUESDAY MORNING AND STILL NO BUSES TO GO SHOPPING FOR ME :tantrum: WTF!!! AND THE EMERGENCY RADIO PART OF MY CEL/RADIO COMBO IS BROKEN. IT KEEPS TELLING ME IT'S RESTRICTED! :rollpin:
OH I SPOKE TOO SOON...JOHN JUST CALLED AND SAID THERE IS STILL NO WORD ON THE BUS. :faint:
GOOD THING JEN AND RICHIE WENT FOOD SHOPPING FOR ME. :rofl: GETTING A LATE START TO THE DAY SO I AM OFF TO HAND IN MY REPORTS.
HAPPY THUESDAY :moped:

HOLLY~ SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE FRIEND'S PASSING. :hug: WE HAD 2 DEATHS OVER THE HOLIDAYS. PUT THE BLDG INTO SHOCK. AN OMINOUS BEGINNING TO THE NEW YEAR FOR SURE. ENJOY THE MOVIE. GETTING GREAT REVIEWS HERE. EVERYTIME I SEE THE HORSE ON THE COMMERCIAL I CRACK UP! WELCOME NEW KITTY!

HAPPY~ SO GOOD TO GET THE YEAR OFF ON BOTH FEET WITH A PLAN. I FEEL BETTER JUST THINKING ABOUT IT!!!
I TOLD JEN THAT WE NEED TO STAY FOCUSED WITH THE COUNTRY SO UNFOCUSED!! TO SAY NOTHING OF THE WORLD! THE NEWS SEEMS TO HAVE A DEFINITE EFFECT ON ME. MAKES ME FEEL LIKE WTF AM I EVEN DOING THIS FOR WITH THE WORLD SO SCREWED UP....GOOOD EXCUSE HUH??? :rofl: SO COME ON MY SOUTHERN BELLE....LET'S SHOW THEM WHAT A WORLDLY CHICK CAN DO!!! :dance: I WENT SEARCHING FOR A SNOW GIF FOR THE AVATAR....THOUGHT MAYBE IT WOULD BRING THE WHITE STUFF HERE!! :rofl:

SHAD~ LET'S GET A MOVE ON AND KEEP THE GOOD EATING GOING :cb: WE WILL GET DOWN THERE AND STAY THERE!!! BREAD IS THE ENEMY....MINE TOO!!!
FUNNY YOU SHOULD SAY BREAD....SAL GAVE ME A PANNETONME FOR XMAS AND I CUT A SLICE AND GAVE THE BOX TO JEN AND RICHIE. I KNEW I COULDN'T BE TRUSTED WITH THE WHOLE THING. :lol3: GLAD TO HEAR THE DINNER WENT SO WELL. IS A KUMATO A TOMATO/KUMQUAT COMBO? :rofl: :rofl: IT'S THE FIRST THING I THOUGHT OF!!

CEEJAY~ NEIGHBORS CAN BE SUCH A PIA!!! I WAS ONCE AT A SMALL PARTY AND THEY SET ONE OF THOSE "POPPER" THINGS WHERE EVERY SECOND SOMETHING POPS OUT SHOOTING UP INTO THE SKY....WELL HE LIT IT IN THE KITCHEN AND THE FIRST WHOOOOOSH OF FIRE HIT THE WINDOW CURTAINS, HE DROPPED IT AND EVERYONE PANICKED! I AM LAUGHING NOW BUT IT WASN'T FUNNY THEN. WATER WAS BEING THROWN EVERYWHERE AND A NEIGHBOR CALLED THE COPS! WHAT A NY'S EVE THAT WAS!!! HOW IS PARAGOULD? GOOD LUCK WITH THE TEST. WILL SEND GOOD THOUGHTS YOUR WAY. GOOD THING YOU DIDN'T DO THE NATURAL CLEANSE......NOT WITHOUT YOUR DR'S APPROVAL!!! MY SIL WAS TOLD NEVER TO USE IT BECAUSE OF HER COLITIS. :hug:

SENDING A GET WELL hug: TO OUR MADCAT.
THAT'S TWICE ALREADY JOHN HAS CALLED!! GOTTA RUN...............................

MELODY525
01-02-2007, 08:59 AM
GET TO WORK YOU LAZY WENCH!!! ;tantrum:
HOWEVER WILL I GET A CHECK EVERY MONTH IF YOU PEOPLE DON'T GET OUT THERE AND WORK!!! :rollpin:

Hollyhock
01-02-2007, 09:39 AM
I have been down 10 lbs a few days in a row. So it must be real. 10 more to go to my lowest weight and then 27 to go til goal!!
My head is in vacation mode still. I need to make a list of business calls and emails. I have a list already from Dec 24th. Didn't return those calls. Need to fine tune my Ad for the magazine. Didn't write an article this month. Haven't written the church newletter either. Need to plan the school council meeting for the 8th too, agenda.
Been nurturing myself for most of the week. Way overdue, like 8 years overdue. Time to refocus on the things that matter most to me and work nurturing me into the master plan.
Baby steps, one foot in front of the other and all those, very true, cliches.

ceejay52
01-02-2007, 10:48 AM
Morning every one.

Holly--Sorry to hear of your loss. And good for you to focus on yourself for awhile.

Mel- I'll ask the doc about some of the things I want to do during 2007 concerning the natural appoach to a healthy life style.

Shad
01-02-2007, 03:42 PM
Morning, morning, morning.

Firstly Holly - so sad to hear of the loss of a good friend. Good friends are hard to come by and to lose one at such a young age is so sad. My thoughts go out to his family at this sad time.
By the way, congrats on the weight loss. Keep going, keep going.

Happy, Jackson Hole sprang to mind (as it does naturally) when trying to think of the name of a town somewhere in the middle of nowhere. I had no idea until I googled it that it was part of Yellowstone/ Grand Teton area. I just thought it was another small town in the middle of nowhere that I had heard of from other sources. Lovely picture of the skiruns and snowfields on the website.
Beef of any variety in Japan is expensive. It's their real treat. It is coming down in price as more imports come in, but the Kobe (Warega) beef is the creme de la creme according to the Japanese. It is tasty too. I had some at the Shabu Shabu place in Hiroshima all those years ago. And the olive you are thinking of is Kalamata. I wouldn't like the thought of a cross between a tomato and olive at all. That would mean my food had been interfered with genetically. This tomato, I suspect was a cross between the Black Russian variety and a normal red variety. The Black Russian is a bit pernickity about growing conditions. It's probably genetically modified as well but.......... you know what I mean.
I think you made a good decision on the homeowners thing - you haven't been happy with it for a while, it doesn't seem to be going anywhere and needs an injection of spirit by the sound of it. Wonder if it will survive?
Good luck with the return to work, the attitude is great.

Mel - Our attitudes this New Year seem to be quietly positive. I'm pleased about that because I think it beats the gungho - I'm going lose it - attitude that we have practised in the past. The only thing we seem to lose is that enthusiasm when nothing much happens for so long. Funnily enough we all seem to have it this year. I've noticed it in Holly as well. Just getting on with it.

Ceejay - good luck on the colonoscopy (sp?). Keeping the 'pipes' clean is the best way to beat the various ailments the intestines get. That means a healthy diet with lots of fresh food and less of the clogging stuff.

Watched some of Gerald Ford's funeral service this morning. I really felt for that poor woman. All those men droning on and on and on and she had to sit there through it all. How awful for her.

It's grey and overcast here this morning and sometime during the night we have had a nice shower of rain. Not enough to do a great deal of good to the garden really but any bit is good - right?

I see we have a cyclone (hurricane) off the coast of Western Australia. not a bad place to have a cyclone if we must have one. It's mostly uninhabited up there.

Went up to the Doctors yesterday. I've been keeping an eye on a brown spot on the side of my face. It's itchy and flaky and I had some suspicions about it. Comes and goes as well. Well yesterday when I woke up, it was very itchy and I think I must have scratched it in sleep. Anyway there was now a lump right next to the brown patch. Turns out to be an age spot. Well actually it has a name about the same length of the alphabet and ends in Keratosis, but it not the big C. After that I had a coffee with the DB2. Today, I go to the hairdresser to get the wig shorn and then to the DB1 to have a look at his computer which is doing some strange things apparently. I have no doubt it is the brother doing some strange things but I'd better have a look anyway. May have to have it looked at by our computer man if I can't get the thing doing the right thing.
And I have just realised that I have had a cup of coffee when the doc said to fast and go get the sugar test done this morning. Oh well tomorrow morning will have to do now. Poop.

With that, I am off to check out the weather and the garden. Catch you all later.

happy2bme
01-03-2007, 12:21 AM
Well it's busy time here at 3FC. We might occasionally slide down to page 2.

I was down 2.6 pounds at weigh in today :dance: very happy little bunny I was. That meant that watching myself over the holidays really paid off. I did yo yo for a while so that still only takes me almost 6 pounds down total since starting WW, but I am recommitted now. Believe it or now, I think the dairy really does help my weight loss efforts. And I picked up the wrong carton of milk yesterday. Picked up 1 percent (milkfat) instead of my usual 2 percent. I thought it would be yucky because we are far away from America's dairyland and I didn't much care for the milk here, much less taking one step closer to skim milk, but surprisingly it was pretty decent. I must be getting used to it. And I forgot to pick up a gallon to bring home with me from Chicago so that's probably good that I didn't get spoiled with the old stuff. DH also politely ignored my requests to stop and pick up a package of my favorite Italian Beef sandwiches to bring home with us. That's ok tho, I can order them via mail order in a flash freeze box :s - maybe as a birthday treat in April if I've been good.

I am inspired by Ceejays bike trek. One other person on the journals I think is shooting to walk 1,000 miles in 2007. Definitely something to contemplate...

I did get a call from the president of the homeowners association tonight wondering what was going on and what prompted my resignation. DH and I talked about it when I got home. I liked his thinking to step away for a bit, see what happens and if it appears that there is more involvement further on, we can always jump back in again. Then he said I'd have more free time to love him more. Sometimes he's just so darn cute :love: :hug:

Kalamata - yep, that's it Shad. Not being an olive eater, I couldn't remember the exact name. I was wondering if we should take a ride east to the Great Smoky Mountains when you come out. I mean, there isn't near the things to do here like there were in Chicago. Graceland might be the highlight of the trip here - other than our smiling faces :D :D :D (me, DH and the cat - the hummingbirds should be back by then but they don't smile). I guess I'll have to do some checking of my own and see what's around here. Could be a scenic trip for us too.

I'm glad the spot on your face is not a serious issue. Never sure about those things, good thing that you got it checked out. Had to laugh about you blowing your fasting test with the coffee. I have to be super concious when I have to do the fast for cholesterol and blood sugar as I really need my morning coffee.

Who you calling a lazy wench Mel? :rofl: Thanks for the morning laugh! I'll fix you, I'll post tonight so you can't nag me in the morning hahahahahahha.

Good luck with your test Ceejay - hope it goes quick and not too uncomfortable. You can lie to me and say it was nothing so I'll go get one too ;)

I wanted to get up early and get some exercise in so I'd better sign off for the evening. Good night chicks...

happy2bme
01-03-2007, 12:22 AM
Hi Shad, peek-a-boo - I see you! :wave:

Shad
01-03-2007, 03:55 AM
Oooooh, she's watching me!!! :eek:

Well done on the weightloss Happy. Little bits are as good as big bits. They all count, although 2.6 is not that little.

Glad she didn't get to see what I ate for dinner tonight.
Went out with the DB2, DNephew and DNiece and her new squeeze. Quite nice too!

Dinner tomorrow night with the DS2 since it is his 31st birthday. How did he get so old :dizzy:

Hollyhock
01-03-2007, 07:41 AM
I am looking and feeling all 41 of my years. The head cold is gone but with the warm temps there is much mold and stuff in the air so allergies are terrible. A late night for me and then I had trouble sleeping. Another death. Again relating to an old childhood friend. His father passed away yesterday. Again someone I was VERY close to when I was much younger.I have been in a space of thinking about those years, the people ,the places for a few days now. Nostalgic.
Yesterday was perfect. I adore my sister in law and brother in law and their 5 kids, who now all mostly teens and young adults. My 2 kids LOVE their big cousins. And their big cousins treat them like gold. My SIL and I went out for a 2 hour walk leaving all the kids at home. She made chili for supper. I brought a big bin of cookies and brownies.The she and I took her youngest 3 and my 2 to see Charlotte's Web. A well done movie. Didn’t get home til after 11pm. Hoping the kids will sleep in.
I had a very restless night. Odd dreams. Woke up a bunch. I can nap later today if needed.

HUGS!!!!

MELODY525
01-03-2007, 09:07 AM
SHAD~ HOPE THE BLOODWORK GOES WELL AND GLAD TO HEAR THE FACE IS OK TOO. LITTLE SPOTS GET TO BE A WORRY. ONE ON MY BACK LAST YEAR WAS THE BEGINNING OF SOMETHING CANCEROUS AND THEY FROZE IT OFF.....ICE BURN. NEVER CAME BACK. HAVE A GOOD DINNER WITH THE DS2! JEN WILL BE 39!!!
HOPE THE PC GETS STRAIGHTENED OUT. I HATE PC PROBLEMS!!!! ENJOY THE REST OF YOUR WEEK OFF:beach:

HAPPY~ TAKEN TO SNEAKING IN HERE NOW ARE WE??:rofl: WAY TO GO ON THE WEIGHTLOSS! :cheer:
GOOD FOR YOU!! I GOT ON THE SCALE AND FOUND 2 OF YOUR POUNDS ON ME!!! :tantrum: DON'T YOU HATE WHEN THAT HAPPENS??? I AM GLAD YOU AND DH WILL HAVE MORE TIME TOGETHER. ESPECIALLY IN THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR. LESS STRESS. YOU'RE RIGHT AND YOU CAN ALWAYS GO BACK AND REJOIN. GOOD DECISION!NOT THAT YOU NEEDED MY 2 CENTS:lol3: BTW...EVERY DAY YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE FOR WORK YOU CAN SAY TO YOURSELF....THIS IS FOR MEL!!! OF COURSE THERE WILL BE DAYS EARLY IN THE MORNING WHEN YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF SAYING ....WTF, SCREW MEL!! :rofl: :rofl:

CEEJAY~THINKING OF YOU ANS SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS. HOW GOES THE JOB?? LAST NIGHT I REJOINED LINDAT ON HER EXERCISE THREAD. GIVE MYSELF MORE INCENTIVE TO STAY ACTIVE THIS YEAR. YOUR LITTLE BIKE MAN HELPS TOO!!

HOLLY~ AM SAD TO HEAR ABOUT THE FRIENDS DAD. THE 2 FUNERALS HERE ARE OVER AND THE EMPTY APARTMENTS SEEM SO LONELY. THIS WEATHER IS BOTHERING EVERYONE I KNOW!!! HANG IN THERE......MAYBE ONE DAY IT REALLY WILL BE WINTER!! :rofl: I'VE BEEN LIVING ON DAYQUIL! hOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON.

ONE OF OUR BUSES IS BACK BUT IT'S NOT WILLY'S. HOPEFULLY HIS WILL RETURN EITHER LATER ON TODAY OR TOMORROW AND I CAN GO FOOD SHOPPING AND GET OUT A BIT BY MYSELF!!! THE DAY IS ALREADY GETTING AWAY FROM ME. LATELY I HAVE BEEN SLEEPING AND EXTRA HOUR. I USUALLY SLEEP 7 HRS BUT NOW IT'S 8 AND SOMETIMES A BIT MORE. MUST BE WINTER HIBERNATION. I JOINED LINDAT ON HER SONOMA EXERCISE THREAD. I NEED SOME BETTER ACCOUNTABILITY. ALSO IF I KEEP IT MORE REGULAR AND SIMPLE THERE SJHOULDN'T BE ANY ACHES AND PAINS.
REGULARITY IN ALL THINGS FOR 2007:lol: :lol3: THAT'S THE MAIN GOAL.
THE WEATHER IS SO DAMN MILD I HAD THE WINDOW OPEN A TAD AND WOKE UP CHOKING ON SOME GOD FORSAKEN SMELL. MUST HAVE BEEN A FIRE OR SOMETHING SOMEWHERE. THEY STILL HAVE INCINERATOR BURNINGS ON CERTAIN NIGHTS AND I THING TUESDAY IS STILL ONE OF THEM. I MUST REMEMBER THAT AND CLOSE THE WINDOW :tantrum:
BETT GET ME ARSE IN GEAR AND MAYBE GO FOR A SHORT RIDE. LOOKS OK SO FAR TODAY. SHAD WAS RIGHT....POOR BETTY FORD. WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING BITS AND PIECES OF THE WHOLE PROCEEDING AND I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE IS COPING WITH ALL THE LONG WINDED BULLCRAP. IF I WERE HER I'D NEED TO BE SEDATED!! IT WILL ALL BE OVER SOON. I DO FIND THAT THIS PROCESS IS MUCH TO LONG AND MUST ALSO BE A TERRIBLE STRAIN FOR THE FAMILY. ANOTHER THING IS I AM PISSED AT BUSH AND HIS WIFE. NO MATTER WHAT GERALD FORD HAD SAID, THE BUSHS' SHOULD HAVE BEEN BACK IN WASHINGTON FROM DAY ONE. I AM OUTRAGED THEY COULD EVEN STAY AWAY IN GOOD CONSCIENCE. THEY JUST HAVE NO CLASS WHATSOEVER. WE TREAT OUR SENIORS BETTER THAN HE TREATED THE FORD FAMILY. OK RANT IS OVER. BETTER GET ON WITH THE DAY:moped:
HAPPY WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY! :sunny:

Madcat
01-03-2007, 09:42 PM
So the illness has progressed to the point where I broke down and went to the walk-in clinic. You know it is bad when I am actually excited about having antibiotics to take. Anything to make this thing just go away. I am frustrated because until I feel better I can't go to the gym... I went Tuesday and it made me all woozy. It's so hard to sit back and let myself heal when I want to just push through it all. Darn limitations! Darn them.

Ceejay~ Good luck with the colonoscopy. Hope they manage to help you out.

Holly~ I'm sorry about your bad news. Total bummer indeed. I agree with happy that we should use it as a reminder to make sure we appreciate the time we are given. You are doing so well with your weight loss. Good work... Oh Friendly is so sweet.

Shad~ I've never seen or heard of a kumato. I was thinking it might be a blend of a tomato and a kumquat or something – but your explanation sounds better. How brave of you to try something new. I think 10% is a really good goal. I was just reading an article in a magazine that dropping 10% of your weight can lead to a huge reduction in the risk of certain cancers and other health risks. And it is an achievable goal too. I'm glad your face thingie is taken care of. Not something to be careless with, is skin.

Happy~ Good for you for walking away from the homeowners association and you are quite right, you can always go back. And here's to focusing on you in 2007. Way to go on your progress so far too. I actually can't taste the difference between 2% and 1% milk so I figure might as well go with the lower fat.

Mel~ I love your new avatar. Geez, Mel, maybe you should get the prod out for the bus repair people. Regularity is a good watch word for the year. I felt so sorry for Mrs. Ford too. Did you see the huge line of people in Michigan all filing by to pay their respects? That was so impressive.

OK, I am coughing and it hurts again. The Dr. also gave me some serious weight codeine cough medicine so hopefully I can actually sleep through the night tonight. My goal, in keeping wit everyone else's goals I am going to borrow from wwpeggy from the journals and that is to weigh less on Dec 31 2007 than i do today. If you haven't had a chance to read her journal entry from Dec 31st you should. It's very inspirational.

Hollyhock
01-03-2007, 10:18 PM
Spent much of the last week in meditation, prayer and thought about what I want from this next portion of my life.
Have a bit of a plan. Just not going to wait for hubby to step up. Things are moderate with us.
Been thinking on getting a fulltime job...away from home......not really my thing but there are some pros. Like benefits, enough money to live off of and for the kids to have music lessons and sports,financial security for myself........ Perused the paper. I know, I know… very conformist and crazy of me. Almost like living inside the box.Couple of management jobs. One reception job. I do like being with people. Part time would be okay too. I may go see about one job tomorrow. Need to dig out and dust off my resume and see what’s on it. Haven’t used one for 16 years. Been self employed all this time..........I like the Organizing job but really only getting one day a week, need 2-3. Also talked with my own hairdresser who has a booming expanding business in a town only 10 min from here. She was excited that I was interested in working with her. We are meeting on Monday.That and the Aovn go hand in hand very well.

Looks like my plans for tomorrow fell thru but the kids will still go to my folks.
I have tweaked my plans, will be going to the city, do some shopping, visit some friends, go out for dinner, may have a sleep over and a some wine. Dont need to be back to the lake til friday aft.
Had a good evening so far. DH was pulling in just as the kids and I were pulling out for hockey. He rolled down his window and asked, did you leave me any food. I replied, I have every day for the last 10 years why would today be any different. He got pissy.
Then,after hockey, DS and I were talking about our plans for the weekend. DH asked , are you going away again.
LOL!!! He just clued in we will all be gone for 4 days. He asked what was he supposed to eat. I told him there were 2 freezers full of food. Be resourceful.( I have also told him several times we would be away and it is on the calendar)
We actually had a pretty good laugh about it after.Told him I was looking for more work too. He interrupted what I was trying to tell him about 10 times( talking over me), so I just stopped. Told me it would be stupid to get a full time job. I asked, what is stupid about $40K a year and benefits. Then I could hire someone to put in the flooring and repair the living room walls. Who would take care of the kids, he asks. I said, I dunno, YOU? A babysitter?? You could take over all the housework too since i would be the primary bread winner. It was light hearted and fun but I was also serious.

Kids are in bed. Good hockey practise. Both kids are bathed and have had haircuts. Laundry is all caught up. I did some Avon work today. Had a great talk with a friend. Feeling back on my game.

some tidying to do.

teel
01-04-2007, 06:40 AM
Good morning to everyone here and there!

I hope all the new year celebrations went according to plan! I know a few of the UK planned ones were cancelled due to the weather being over-windy and rather wet. Edinburgh certainly cancelled their gig, but London turned out in their thousands to watch the spectacle from the Eye. Looked very good from where I was sitting...warm and dry on my sofa!!

Shad, I am releived for you on the "brown spot" issue...well done for actually getting it checked out! Thanks for the e-mail, by the way...unfortunately all I got on the attachment was a blank page! I am sure I would have enjoyed reading it though!!
Thanks for the explanation on the "kumato"!! I humbly confess I too thought your finger had slipped to the left over the keyboard! I should have known better of course!
Happy well done on your weight loss! Happy New year to you my friend.
And Hollyhock! Very well done to you to! Thats an awesome loss!

Well I will leave you now saying HAPPY 2007 to you all....x

MELODY525
01-04-2007, 08:29 AM
Madcat~ get well soon! :hug: The avatar is from animation library .com
Teel~ :wave:
Holly~ :wave:
Happy~ :wave: I know you will be here soon :rofl:
Shad~ got the letter!!

MY EYES ARE TERRIBLE THIS MORNING SO I'M GOING!! TTFN
HAPPY THURSDAY :moped:

happy2bme
01-04-2007, 08:48 AM
Good morning,

Saw your light on Mel, I know it's going to be a great day if you're watching "over" me :rofl: Sorry that the eyes are bothering you. Put on some warm compresses and make this a "hear ye, HEAR ye" day. We have to figure out some fun activities that will let you rest the eyes. Feel better soon my friend.

Holly, I guess it's like the advice columnist says - "are you better WITH or WITHOUT him?" I think all of us here who have had relationships have had to ponder that question at least once in our lives, right ladies?

And a big good morning and happy new year to you Miss Teel. So nice to see you pop in. I received your Christmas card - very lovely - you certainly are very talented. Looks like you enjoy the card making too. Glad to hear you rang in the new year warm and dry. We saw a bit of the fireworks in London on TV - starting with a display over Sydney Harbour of course.

Oooh poor Madcat - you certainly have contracted a doozer of a cold, haven't you? At least now you have some meds to fight off the germs and help you get better. What a bummer way to spend the holidays. Thanks for the tip from the journals - I'll have to check it out.

I had a tough night myself last night. Woke up about 1:30 coughing - allergies had given me a drippy throat and I guess I'd been coughing for a while before it actually woke me up. I got a drink of water, got back in bed and cough again. This was a vicious circle all throughout the night - doze off, cough and wake up, take a drink, fall asleep, cough again and now get up to go potty from all the water. :rolleyes: I looked up at the clock every hour from 1am to 5am. Of course then I fall sound asleep between 5 and 6 when I'm supposed to get up. I'm really tired right now, it's going to be a tough day at the office.

How do you make your hands less wrinkly? I guess I have to slather on the lotion during the day, not just at night.

Did you have a nice celebration with the son Shad? I don't know how they get older that quickly myself :dizzy:

I need another coffee. Badly.... Hellos to the rest of our crew :wave:

ceejay52
01-04-2007, 10:29 AM
The colonoscopy revealed that I have diverticulitis. I have to return to the drs office in a week to get the reults from the biopsyHe also found another polyp which kinda scares me but I'll learn what to do on next drs visit.

I'm supposed to rest today. The only thing I have to do is pay my rent.

Mel--rest those eyes.

Madcat--I'm glad that you went to the walk in clinic. Those deep coughs are not fun.

to the rest a big hello :wave:

Madcat
01-04-2007, 01:27 PM
This day started weird and just got weirder. They called the entire project team into a room to tell us our Project Director died on Tuesday night. He was only 49 and looked to be in terrific health. It was a burst aorta, apparently and very sudden. It's very sad and everyone here is in shock. I only worked with him for a month or so, but he was funny and lively and very bright. He is really going to be missed.

Now would be a good time to hug your kids or your spousal unit or your pets. 'Cuz you never know.

Shad
01-04-2007, 03:26 PM
Morning all,
Got my act together enough to go to get the bloodwork done yesterday. Now I just wait for the results. Naturally enough at some stage I will get a call from the receptionist telling me that the Dr needs to see me again, it is not urgent but should be in the next week. Happens every time. When I get there, the Dr will say something like - your blood sugar is up, you need to lose some weight, and you are getting old. Now all three of these things I know already. He tells me everytime I go there. Why is it so important to go in the next week? I have told them that I am unable to visit their waiting room for long periods of time since I am in Townsville/ Weipa/ Wollongong/ Melbourne/ Perth/ or other parts of the globe, but they don't take any notice of me. I wish I could educate the Medical Profession to the fact that other peoples time is valuable too! They seem to think we have nothing else to do but wait for them. Enough ranting Shad.

Last nights dinner with the 'kid' was nice. We went up to Mt Tamborine and had pub grub (Thursday night roast) overlooking the lights of the Gold Coast. It was too cold to sit outside (it really was very cool) so we had to watch the scenery through the window. The hotel is called St Bernards and they had a 21 week old St Bernard dog called Leo there. There has always been a dog there as part of the scenery I think. At 21 weeks of age, this dog weighs in at the same weight as DNiece and it is huge. It's got a wrinkly face and looks like the weight of the world is on it's shoulders.

Tonight I go back to Townsville for the next stint. Actually I am looking forward to going back to work. There wasn't really enough time to start and finish too many projects down here. I could have done more than I did, but there you go. Wasted some time I guess.

Madcat - sorry to hear about the Project Leader. That means changes in the air while and when they find a new one. Always a difficult thing to change leaders in mid project.
I saw wwpeggy's journal entry. She really is quite inspirational. Only posts once a week but she has some sound ideas. I remember when she made her goal. She really hadn't expected that at first. She only vowed to weigh less at the end of the year than she did at the beginning, but she new what her healthy weight range was and she made it. 70lbs or something I think it was.
Hope these meds do the job and soon. You must be really tired of it by now.

Holly - I'm with Happy, sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do. There comes a time when someone has to make a decision about how the bills will be paid, when and why.

Teel - sorry you got a blank page on my attachment. Can't understand why though. Everyone else seems to be doing okay with it - even Mel. I wonder, do you have MsWord on your computer? or maybe the pictures meant that it was going to take some time to open. I probably shouldn't have put as many in as I did.
I saw something about the London Eye on the news, but since I really haven't been keeping up with the news too much, I didn't see a lot of the celebrations or perhaps we didn't get a lot because nothing is as important as the Sydney Harbour Bridge!!!!

Mel - haven't forgotten you. Glad you can now open my mails from your place. Sorry it took so long! Rest those eyes and get better soon.

Happy - I was going into meltdown trying to work out having fun with the eyes closed. There are some weird forms of exercise and some interesting ones too pictured in my head at this moment. Maybe we need to send Mel some talking books so she can lie back, relax and send herself to various places around the world.
I don't know how you make hands less wrinkly Happy. Maybe it is sometimes simply an act of genetics having smooth hands. Mine seem to vary. They can look old and wrinkly or just old or sometimes as now not too bad - but these are working hands so I should expect damage from exposure to sun and chemicals and paint etc.
Sorry to hear that you are now coughing along with the Madcat. I wonder if that is why Carla is staying away?

Okay, time to go make the coffee, catch up on the news, mulch the rose bed and have a shower. Today I want to finish fertilising the garden although I don't see me getting much done after lunch which is a barbeque at DS2's place. I have to go with a friend and drop off her car to get the windows tinted (DH's Christmas present) take her home, then go to the bbq and pick up friend when the car is ready, drop DS2's car back to him and friend will then take me to the airport. There is some hours in that lot, but it won't be worth starting anything. Just clean up the house and shut the doors basically. See you on Monday from Townsville all ready to start the new year off with a gentle loss on the scales!

happy2bme
01-05-2007, 08:36 AM
Morning all,

Wow Madcat - that is stunning news. That poor man. Very unsettling. Thank you for the hug reminder. You get one too :hug: Hope you are feeling better today cold wise.

Shad, you should not look at it as wasted time when you were home, rather just some downtime to recharge the batteries. It's good to have goals and get things accomplished but sometimes it's nice to bask in just "going where the wind blows you". Now you can be all fired up for whatever greets you when you walk in (provided you can GET in) the door of Fawlty Towers. The saga continues and we eagerly await... :lol:

Carla, get your keester back in here - that's an order :drill: Same goes for you Meadow, Painter and Nae of the frozen north. Who'd I forget? Teel is off the hook for now. :)

Ceejay sorry to hear about the diverticulitis - my Mom has that. Had to make drastic changes in the diet. She's doing ok after a period of adjustment learning to say goodbye to things like her beloved popcorn. Rest up and take an easy day today.

How's those eyes of blue Mel? Are they rested up a bit? Like Shad, will have to think of some no peeper activities to keep you out of trouble. :devil:

A quick post for me today. I had some ice cream yesterday. Not the end of the world but now I'm wishing I didn't have it. It was plain vanilla just like I like it so no guilt over gooey sauces and the like.

I ready WWPeggy's journal entry. As you said, very inspiring. Thanks for telling us about it Madcat. "Don't give stupid people power over your life". Boy those are words of wisdom for me... I'm going to go ponder them in the shower. Have a good one peeps...

happy2bme
01-05-2007, 08:38 AM
Time to get out of Lapland too I think. I was thinking about a themed thread - January in Japan? If we hit Okinawa, we might be able to catch the early spring cherry blossoms the end of the month. Let me know and I'll set it up this weekend. Of course we could also spend January in Jamaica.

MELODY525
01-05-2007, 09:32 AM
MADCAT....I AM SO SORRY ABOUT THE DIRECTOR AND ALSO THE COLD. AFTER SEEING YOUR POST IN MY MAILBOX, I CALLED JEN AND TOLD HER I LOVE HER. WE HAVE OFTEN BEEN REMINDED THAT LIFE CAN BE TAKEN SO QUICKLY JUST LIVING HERE. SCARY SH*T SKIPPY!
SENDING :hug: :hug: TO YOU.

HAPPY~ IF WINTER DOESN'T COME SOON WE WILL ALL BE UP COUGHING OUR HEADS OFF. I HAD THE WINDOW OPEN AND BEGAN COUGHING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT JUST THE OTHER DAY. MUST BE A SISTERLY THING :rofl: AND YOU ARE RIGHT.......
WHERE THE **** IS CARLA??????????

SHAD~HAVE A GOOD WEEK AT WORK. SAFE TRIP. I THINK THE HOUSE CAN WAIT FOR ANOTHER TIME TO MGET WORKED ON. SOMETIMES JUST DOING THINGS FOR YOURSELF IS MORE IMPORTANT! :hug: I AM GLAD FRAN GAVE ME THE MS WORD. NOW I CAN OPEN UP EVERYTHING!! :dance:

CEEJAY~ I CAN HARDLY BELIEVE MY EYES! SO SORRY TO HEAR YOUR NEWS AND KEEPING MY FINGERS CROSSED FOR NEXT VISIT. KEEP US POSTED. HOPE YOU DO REST UP OVER THE WEEKEND EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO WORK. :hug:

NOTHING TO DO TODAY. DID NOT GO FOOD SHOPPING EVEN THOUGH THE BUS IS BACK. I WAS AFRAID OF GETTING THE EYES WORSE. THEY ARE BORDERLINE SO WHY PUSH IT. PERFUME, RAIN, WIND. NOT CONDUCIVE TO GETTING THEM BETTER. BESIDES I AM ON MY LAST BOTTLE OF STERIODS. IF I NEED MORE I WILL HAVE TO GO BACK TO THE HOSP AGAIN. PHOOEY!!! MORE TIME WASTED. I AGREE WITH YOU SHAD ON THE FACT THAT DRS AND NURSES SOMETIMES DON'T APPRECIATE ANYONE ELSES TIME IS VALUABLE....ESPECIALLY OURS! :rofl: :rofl: I AM OFF TO DO THE EYE THING AND EAT BREAKFAST. GOT A LATE START AGAIN.
HAPPY FRIDAY :moped:

carla49
01-05-2007, 07:52 PM
Woke up this morning feeling all sore and bruised. Took a good look at my heinie in the mirror. :eek: When I regained consciousness, I looked again and what did I see there but a whole galaxy of boot-shaped kick marks and a series of burns that looked suspiciously like the result of a full-on cattle prod attack. Baffled, I rubbed some arnica into my wounds and hobbled off to read my emails and new 3fc posts, and what did I discover? My 'friends' around the world had spent several days kicking and prodding me and generally giving me grief. Since I don't want permanent scarring (the rear view is scary enough already), I've decided to buckle under and post. Please please please call off the assault.

I have no good excuses for the silence, just busy and gaining weight and a little out of sorts. Meanwhile, so much has been going on with you!

Holly, so sorry about your two recent losses. It seems the death of anyone we care about makes us re-evaluate so much in our lives. And there's been a lot of change in yours in the past year! About the DH woes, my only advice would be to be careful what you wish for, and to do nothing rash. With any luck, and probably an excessive amount of effort on your part, things may improve.
And now a new little kitty has joined the family. Kittens are so wonderful; Friendly makes me think of the time when my Lily was a baby.

Madcat, what is going on with that nasty cold? I sure hope the antibiotics finally get rid of it. And losing a colleague unexpectedly must have been quite the shock too. What a bummer.

Happy, I love your new avatar, and have actually "borrowed" it to send to a couple of friends. In particular to a French-Canadian buddy I have a running frog joke with. (She tries to retaliate with square-head barbs, but they are few and far between...) It's interesting that you're thinking of quitting your home-owners association. I'm actually thinking of joining our condo board next AGM. In any case, I've been doing much of the newsletter, which would be a lot easier if i was on the board myself and not trying to work thru a computer-illiterate, procrastinating, non-team-player who also happens to be one of my best friends. (Yes, the relationship has been rather strained lately...) I have a feeling going on the board will be something I'll regret, but then again I feel like I should put my money where my mouth is.

Shad, Holly is right, we could all meet up with you chez Madcat in Toronto. As long as I have enough prior notice, I can keep time free and drive down to party hearty. And of course the offer of a home here in Ottawa stands. We're all waiting with bated breath to hear your planned itinerary.
By the time you read this you'll be back in Townsville trying to break into Fawlty Towers... I always liked the beginning of that show, where the letters of the words were switched around. My all-time favourite was Flowery Twats...

Ceejay, sorry to hear about the health issues. I hope the diet they recommend isn't too restrictive. Maybe you'll only have to cut out things you shouldn't be eating anyway, so a double incentive to eat right?

Mel, you amaze me. If you could replicate your 'oomph', you could bottle it and become a millionaire! You could out-Trump Trump, only you'd be a nice person with humility and a heart... (sorry. Note to self: Carla, you idiot, never compare someone you like to a slime-ball like the Donald. Even if his face just flashed on the tv screen while you type. As for Rosie, who I quite enjoy, she should learn to shut up once in a while. My apologies to any of you who have a soft spot for the short-fingered vulgarian. But I digress..)
I do hope the eyes are improving. :hug: Will they be any better once it gets cold and snowy? Which may never happen this year. I agree with you and Shad about waiting on doctors. When I upbraided mine about forgetting to cancel me when he went on hols, he got all offended and suggested I could always change doctors. Very funny. If there were any family doctors here accepting new patients, I'd have switched already.

Suzie, how come they're not beating on you for disappearing? No fair! Unless you've been given a dispensation for having the saddest new car story on the thread. What a bummer, falling into a pothole! Now if it were an old car, it would be annoying but not quite as sad. It did, however, put my car-keying incident into perspective, for which I thank you.

Well, I've run out of time, the bladder is full :lol: and I'll just have to keep my own updates for next time. Not much to say anyway, although I did finally get a slightly better haircut. It's okay when it's styled, but when I just let it dry it looks sort-of like the way those angry young male models always wear their hair - parted just off-centre and blunt-cut to just above the ear. Which looks silly on them, but has the desired effect of making their jaws look strong. Like I needed a stronger jaw-line! Not quite what I had in mind, but probably my fault for mentioning that the last stylist had given me a "wedge" cut, which my hair wouldn't co-operate with anymore. He probably heard something like "blah blah blah blah wedge blah blah..." and thought "by jove, I've got it! I'll cut it into a wedge!"

Off to the loo. :wave: to all.

Phew. I've peed and done a minor edit. More next time, right now I'm hungry.

MELODY525
01-06-2007, 08:36 AM
CARLA I SEE OUR WELL AIMED KICKS HIT THE INTENDED TARGET!! AS FOR SUZI SHE IS IN THE CORNER SCRATCHING HER HEAD STILL WONDERING WHY THE CAR JUMPED INTO THE CRATER!! :scooter: GOOD THING IT WASN'T FILLED WITH WATER! :yikes: I REMEMBER WHEN DOROTHY HAMIL (SP) WON THE SKATING AND JEN WANTED THE HAMIL CUT..AKA WEDGE. :rofl: OMG WHAT A DISASTER. HER HAIR JUST WOULDNT STAY IN THAT SHAPE AND WE HAD TO GO BACK AND SEE IF THE GUY COULD "FIX" IT. GLAD YOU GOT YOURS DONE OK,
:hug: <---FOR YOU AND SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS!
SPEAKING OF "THE DON"....I HAVEN'T HEARD THE LATEST AFTER ROSIE'S RETRACTION/APOLOGY. ONE OF THE POLLS SHOWED THAT PEOPLE ARE ROOTING FOR DONALD.....BUT THAT'S ONLY BECAUSE HE BROUGHT TO LIFE AGAIN HER "RELATIONSHIP". ....AS THE PRESS CALLED IT. HE IS SUCH SLIME. BUT I DO ADMIRE HIS MONEY MAKING WAYS AND IF ANYONE COULD MAKE MONEY ON OPTIMISM I AM SURE HE WOULD BE THE ONE TO DO IT! I'LL GIVE HIM A CALL NEXT WEEK :rofl: :rofl:
YES....THE WINTER WOULD KILL OFF THE WEEDS AND LEAVES AND LET MOTHER NATURE'S PROCESS OF NATURAL MULCHING GO ON. THIS IS THE 2ND WINTER THAT THIS SYSTEM HASN'T DONE IT AS USUAL. SO ALLERGIES AND IRRITANTS ARE PREVAILING ALL OVER THE FRIGGING PLACE. EVERY TIME THE WIND BLOWS, MEL IS IN TROUBLE:lol3: :faint: :lol3: HOW IS YOUR NOSE???I AM BEGINNING TO TAKE VICK'S DAQUIL LIKE A ONE A DAY VITAMIN!!
I EVEN STARTED BUYING THE GIANT ECONOMY SIZE BOXES! :rofl: YOU NEED MUSCLES JUST TO PICK THE DAMN BOX UP! HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND!

I AM SITTING HERE YAWNING. 67 DEGREES AND BLACK AS NIGHT. LOOKS LIKE THIS DAY IS GOING TO BE RAINY. TEMPS GOING UP INTO THE 70'S. ONE TV CHANNEL S CALLING THIS THE "WEIRD WINTER"....LIKE FROM OUTER SPACE? THE BIGGEST PROBLEM BEING SHAD'S COUNTRY AND THE "DROUGHT OF THE CENTURY". WONDER HOW THIS SEASON WILL ALL PALY OUT. GUESS WE WILL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE.
I NEED TO GET OFF HERE AND GO TRY AND WAKE MYSELF UP!!! HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE AND TAKE CARE. HOPE THE MEDS ARE WORKING FOR MADCAT AND EVERYONE ELSE IS FEELING OK!! :moped:

Roseblush
01-06-2007, 09:06 AM
Yes, it is I. Nae from the frozen North!!!!!! I am back in my home after my whirl wind 3 month courtship or whatever you would like to call it. My house missed me and my turtles and fish and I missed being able to read about your lives and respond!!!!! Trying to take care of two households and pets and then the holidays and entertaining has taken a toll on this girl! Not totally whining because yes it was wonderful but...... at my age and being such a loner it is like I need debriefing now or whatever that is.>>>>>>>>
Both of my sons and their girlfriends were here til the last one just left on thursday. And my sons shall I say reverted back to good ole party days and my house was grand central station ...... too similiar to animal house I am afraid to say. Not my damage done but lots of drinking with many people in and out of here for about two weeks. Some one said if you would have been here it wouldn't have happened.... if you saw the size of my boys and actually they wanted me here partying down with them too..... so I put my drinking boots on one night of Jesse's 23rd and did it up right with them and friends. Glad it is all just a memory now we can laugh and share in the future.....never to be duplicated again.
I think the holidays are especially difficult for woman in that we plan the events the meals, shop, cook organize, clean up and then do it all again for days when you have company...... I don't want to cook for anyone for months! Poor Larry is wondering what happened to that sweet gal he was getting so use to having around...... so nice to have my own place and now I can just regroup and things can settle to a normal balance in our relationship.

I am trying to cook a little different for myself and see if I can keep the scales going down. I am exercising and trying to keep up with you gals in this life time pursuit of better health.

I do hope the New Year brings such happiness and fulfillment of personal pleasures and goals for each of you.
May the Blessings of Love shape our days and lives in ways that offers true rewards of the Spirit.

Peace,
Nae

happy2bme
01-06-2007, 01:29 PM
Happy Saturday ladies,

Rose, it's good to hear from you again. Sounds like you've had a very busy last few weeks. So you were dancing with the kids? Sounds like fun. It's good to break up the routine a bit. Gives you a new vigor to start fresh in the new year. Welcome back, don't be such a stranger. :)

Mel, I will tell you one thing I learned from the Trump/Rosie argument. It just became very clear to me how stupid you can sound when you start to tear off into someone in a major way. Now Trump is a pompous :censored: who knows how to make the most of any media attention and Rosie is by her own admission a woman of forcefullness and a sharp tongue. It just reinforced my mantra of not giving power to stupid people I encounter in my life. 67 degrees in January? Wow. if that's not evidence of global warming, I don't know what it. Thing is, usually with that sort of unusually warm weather, you get socked with viscious snow when you least expect it. Mother Nature is trying to tell us that we are making a "Mess_-opatamia (old pun on the ancient city of Mesopatamia) but no one is listening. Scary. Make the most of the day in the best way that you can.

Nice to see you too Carla. I will lend you a soft pillow for that sore hiney. I'm afraid I'm responsible for a few light elbows to the upper arm. :sorry: Borrow away on the avatar all you like - in fact I copied it from somewhere else myself. Saw it, laughed and said I must have this. The biggest problem I had with the homeowners association was there weren't enough people interested in getting involved. I didn't mind volunteering but too much fell on too few people. And I think I was more interested than others in doing something. Got down to the point of being aggrivated all the time so I decided to step away although it hurt me to give up and "join the uninvolved" when I couldn't beat them so to say... Just know what you're getting into. The world needs people who care. As for "Flowery Twats" well I almost pee'd myself laughing. This is why I poke you in the arm so much and keep pulling you back here. You make me laugh and I love your style. You and Madcat need to write a book as I love both of your perspectives on things. Good luck with the hair, sometimes I understand why kids chop it up with manicure scissors, dye it different colors and go about their business. I think I'm going to just shave my white "skunk spot" streak in the front (think Bonnie Raitt) and pencil in "ADVERTISE HERE" instead of constantly trying to cover it up. :lol:

Suzi - I'm so sorry I forgot to mention you before! Where did you go? Please come back. Oh wait, did you say something about being on holiday? Never mind then, have a good time.

We have not heard from Shad since she left for Townsville. Do you think she's still trying to get back into her flat? :running:

I finally got back on the treadmill yesterday. Did an hour. Yay me. DH finally asked today - what are these charges for PUSH TV on the credit card bill? I told him exercise CDs. He said ok, but umm why aren't any of them opened? Oops busted. :o Guess who will be doing some serious workouts later this afternoon. :workout: :exercise: :wl: :strong: :lifter: :trampo:

Ok, I'm off to eat some lunch and get something done around the house. I feel virtuous as I told myself I really DID NOT NEED to go to the Saturday super sales around here and buy anything else. I am trying to reign in my spending this year. If it gets me to retirement sooner it's so worth it.

Have a good day crew...

Madcat
01-06-2007, 11:01 PM
You won’t know it from the number of dead Kleenex littered throughout my apartment, but this is the first day I have actually been feeling better. The antibiotics are kicking in. What I have, apparently, is a wicked sinus infection. After Thursday, I woke up Friday coughing and decided I would just stay home. It was too sad to go to work anyway. Oh, and one of my co-workers gave me crap on Thursday morning because “my coughing was disturbing him”. Oh sorry my lousy health is inconveniencing you, mister. ‘Cuz it is all about you, isn’t it? Of course, just after we heard the news about our Director’s passing, the same guy came to me and with a sad look, “You can cough all you want to today”. He’s still a dork, though.

Anyway I did manage to take down the Christmas decorations this evening. It’s always a bit sad and the walls look so bare. When we went out to Wendy’s for dinner and the pants I put on were tight. Sigh. Lack of exercise is making me spread… since I’m no heavier according to the scales. I can hardly wait to be back and healthy enough to get back to a regular routine. I’m going to reassess my exercise regime and make some changes. I found a Yoga studio near my house and I’ll think I’ll check it out once I can bend over without my head exploding. If I could do Yoga once a week it would really health with my flexibility issues. And then I’ll ramp up the cardio and get back to weights. One good thing is that the lack of exercise has really helped the Plantar Fasciitis.

Holly~ nothing wrong with deciding to make some changes. Not all jobs have to be “box-y”. You could still make cash working outside the box. I see you are going through a series of life changes. Good luck sorting it all out. Oh yeah, benefits. I’ve heard of those :LOL:… Maybe you could just go freelance at something?

Teel~ Happy New Year to you too.

Mel~ Get those eyes well again. Yeah, this certainly is a weird winter. I think the really mild weather is having a bad effect on allergies, mold, and crap in the air. Maybe we just need one really good frost? As for The Donald, I have no idea has he has managed to be successful. He seems like a bit of an egomaniac – but maybe that is what has made him successful.

Happy~ I hope your cough has cleared up. The Dr. at the clinic suggested decongestants to help with the cough. He also gave me some serious codeine laced cough medicine to put me out at night. Maybe try something like Neo Citron? Ok, so if we do January in Japan, would we do February in Finland or Fiji? March in Maryland or, oh, Mexico. That’s a cool idea. And good for you for getting back onto the treadmill. I hope the tapes are fun.

Ceejay~ At least now you know what’s going on. Good luck and try not to worry.

Shad~ Your dinner with the kid sounds lovely. BTW, I was able to open your attachment but none of the pictures downloaded… but I had just reinstalled Outlook and I think it was a problem with my settings. Have a good trip back.

Hi Nae! :wave: It sounds as if things are going very well for you. Now that you have your house back.

Carla~ Can I offer you some ice packs for those bruises? Maybe a raw steak? :LOL: I know what you mean about the haircut issue. Every time I get my haircut and they finish with the blow drying and primping I always think: “This is the best it’s going to look, ever”. I’m glad you are back. You are always very amusing.

K, Hi to all the lovely ladies who have not posted in the last day or so. :wave: Time for bed for me. I think I better cough syrup and let that kick in.

MELODY525
01-07-2007, 08:48 AM
YESTERDAY'S HIGH WAS 74 I THINK. MY WINDOWS WERE OPEN!! BUT HERE COMES THE 40/5O'S AND THE HEAT IS BACK ON. JUST GOING WITH THE FLOW. BEEN A BIT HECTIC WITH SENIORS FALLING, GOING AND COMING FROM THE HOSPITAL. IS THIS ANY WAY TO RUN AN AIRLINE???? :rofl: THINGS WOULDN'T BE SO BAD IF THE "CHILDREN" DIDN'T ACT SO PUT OUT BY GETTING DISTURBED ON THEIR PRECIOUS WEEKENDS. BUT MOTHER MEL'S BARBED TONGUE GIVES THEM A STAB OR TWO....VERY ARTFULLY DONE OF COURSE. THEY ARE USUALLY BLEEDING ALL OVER THE PLACE AND IN NEED OF A TRANSFUSION BEFORE THEY EVEN KNOW THEY'VE BEEN CUT. ONE OF THE THINGS I LEARNED FROM MY STEPMOM. :lol3: I CAN GET AWAY WITH SO MUCH MORE NOW THAT I AM SITTING IN THIS CHAIR. I LOOK SO INNOCENT! :rofl:
I BETTER GET A MOVE ON. THE MALL IS TOMORROW. THE BUSES ARE READY TO ROCK AND ROLL FIRST THING IN THE MORNING. I HAVE MUCH TO DO TO GET READY.
PROBABLY SEE YOU ON TUESDAY AFTER FOOD SHOPPING.
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY!! :moped:

AS FOR JOY....MAYBE SHE HASN'T GOT INTETNET ACCESS AND ALSO MAYBE THEY CAN'T USE IT AT WORK NOW. MY MEMORY NIS SO BAD THAT I CANNOT REMEMBER IF SHE SAID SOMETHING ABOUT THAT OR SOMEONE ELSE SAID IT! :rofl:

NAE~ SO GOOD TO SEE YOU HERE THIS MORNING :cofdate: ARE THE PARTY SHOES BASCK INTO THE CLOSET NOW? ALL WRAPOPED UP AND WAITING FOR THE NEXT OUTING?? :rofl: I AM NEVER A HAPPY CAMPER WHEN INSANITY ENTERS MY HOME!! :lol3: HOPE YOU GET YOUR BEARINGS BACK AND YOU AND LARRY GET SOME QUIET TIME. :hug:

HAPPY~ THE FROG MAKES ME LAUGH EVERY DAY! LOL
YOU CRACKED ME UP WITH THE DH AND PUSH TV! :rofl: I COULD JUST SEE THE WHOLE THING!! WELL BETTER THAT THAN ANOTHER PHONE BILL!!!! GET TO THE SWEATING WOMAN!! AM I A ONE WOMAN TEAM HERE???? :rollpin:
I HEAR YA ON THE ENTIRE DONALD THING TOO. BESIDES, WASTED BREATH, TIME AND ENERGY. WE HAVEN'T GOT IT TO SPARE EITHER. LET'S BE SELFISH THIS YEAR AND KEEP IT TO OURSELVES! :dance:

MADCAT~ OH HOW I HATE SINUS INFECTIONS. SO PAINFUL AND DRAINING OF ENERGY. TRIP THAT DORK NEXT TIME HE WALKS BY YOUR SPACE AT WORK!! :devil:
I HOPE THE PLANTARS GETS A GOOD REST AND GIVES YOU SOME RELIEF! AT LEAST ONE GOOD THING HAPPENED. GUESS YOU HAVEN'T BEEN OUT DRIVING AROUND A LOT?!?! lol ENQUIRING MINDS NEED TO KNOW THESE THINGS. :lol3: BTW...WHERE ARE WE GOING FOR OUR ANNIVERSARY???? :rofl:

happy2bme
01-07-2007, 11:00 AM
Good morning chicks,

I did my exercises yesterday. ARE YOU HAPPY? Oh, no wait, I'm happy -- nevermind. :rofl:

Mel, your unseasonal weather made the news all over. I didn't watch much tv at all but what little bit I did, it seemed to be everywhere I looked. On the Internet too. People jogging and walking in Central Park in shorts and T-shirts. It didn't get that warm here. It was mild but I thought it had a bit of underlying coolness or dampness to it. Glad you got to open the window - hope the air smelled fresh and warm and was not full of schmutz that would bother your face and eyes. When you go shopping tomorrow, don't forget to buy me something :D :D :D :lol3: You're right, someone said they couldn't access the Internet at work anymore :?: I think it was Joy now come to think of it. Will we have to resort to emailing her? Sometimes you can hit your email site discreetly rather than trolling sites like this.

Madcat, perhaps your co-workers comment about your coughing disturbing him was just another way of saying that he thought you were too sick to come to work and infect him :lol: I know what you mean about the house looking so bare and plain after the Christmas decorations come down. For me it just added to the fact that there was a long stretch of nothing to look forward to for a long time come January. I found it interesting that you say your pants are tight without a weight gain, just from things "loosening up". I've noticed that too at times but since I don't weigh every day I just chalked it up to thinking I had been bad the day before and gained 2 pounds. Glad to hear the meds are kicking in and you are feeling better. Sounds like you had one nasty cold. And those sinus infections tend to linger much longer than a regular cold - you ALMOST get them wiped out and then they come back for round 2. Hope that is not the case with you.

We went to the bookstore yesterday so DH could use a gift card he recieved. I picked up a hairstyle magazine - always looking for something different as I seem to always drift to the same hairstyle. On the back cover was an ad for a website thehairstylers.com (I'm purposely leaving off the www. part of the weblink). They have all kinds of tips about hair and styles to suit different facial structures. The part I liked was for US$15 you can upload a picture of your face and then you can experiment with all kinds of hairstyles. They claim they have 5,000 hairstyles in 52 different colors. Now of course just because you can "try on" a hairdo, doesn't mean that you actually have the hair texture to pull off that cut - but it does give you a better idea than just looking at a magazine and guessing. The fifteen dollars gets you a 3 month subscription on the site and you can save and print out styles to take to your hairdresser. I thought it was a neat idea. Up to this point I've only seen this type of thing on a computer in a kiosk in a mall. Now you can do it at home - just what I needed - another reason to keep me on the computer for days on end :lol3:

Well the big pile of clothes in the laundry room is calling to me. Better get crackin' here. Have a good Sunday ladies.

Shad
01-07-2007, 06:11 PM
morning all,
Yes it was me that said that I couldn't post as often. I can still access it, but what I will do is download the latest posts and reply from home at night on a word doco and then upload it in the morning. That should be okay, I think.

I have been doing some planning and development for my new years ideas. Not resolutions you understand. I'll come back with them tonight when I get home. I've decided to try the CSIRO diet for a month to see if it will do any good. I lost 100g overnight so it should only take 10 more years to get the rest off! I also joined Rhonda's fitness for Ladies - I don't fit since I am not a lady but heck - so now I can work out when it is too much to run to the Strand or up the hill. Started there this morning and found out how bad things are.

Okay, better go check out the work load and shift some of it onto my little roosters. Back later.

Hollyhock
01-07-2007, 08:12 PM
Sorry about your director Mrs Mad.

I am home. It is good to be here. I have had a evening cleaning, laundry and organizing for tomorrow but I am finally feeling rested. Hubby is home. He was pleasant.He had vacuumed the livingroom and was doing his own laundry for the first time ever. He sat in the chair and didn't get up when we came in and did not help carry stuff in but he was pleasant. A step in the right direction. His behaviour at the rink yesterday was odd. I dont know why.He met DS and I at the nephew's game. He seemed awkward.
I had actual anxiety and chest pains and HUGE guilt being away from home Thurs evening, just doing something for for me. I am hoping practise will make perfect. I will try it again soon.It got better over the weekend. I only really did some dishes at the folks.Hard not being the homemaker/caregiver/supermama when it's all I 've done day in and out for 9 years.

Yummy roast chicken dinner tonight.

Hubby is helping DS with a homework page. It is good to hear them doing "normal" stuff.
Time for the kids to go to bed in a few.
Groceries put away, kids fed, chimney swept( hubby on the roof, I pull the brush thru from in here, we go up and down about 5 times),compost done, kids laundry in washer,washed the kitchne floor...........
Aiming to clear the DR table and take off the christmas cloth , then all that stuff can be put into basement. A good TV night , yippee!!!!!

Nice to be home and with everyone in kind moods!!!
HUGS dear CHICKS!!!

happy2bme
01-08-2007, 08:28 AM
Good morning chicks,

:chin: hmmm Rhonda's Fitness for Ladies??? Sounds like something where you'd do the exercises with white gloves and crinoline skirts. We replace squats with curtsies. http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/girlsdancing.gif

You must tell us more Shad. Sounds interesting. But good on yah for not giving up!

Good that your house is getting back to normal Holly. I put away the Christmas linens too. Meant that I had to drag out the ironing board to iron another table runner tho. What a pain!

Just an average weekend. Behind as usual. Book club is Wednesday and I didn't finish the book. Probably won't. Bad me. :nono: I have started regular exercise. Did some Pilates one night too. Ouch on the neck. Ditto on the lunges. I am thinking that when I weigh alot less and gravity is not so strong on me, perhaps these moves will not be on the verboten list.

Going to be a short post for me today, I have a load of laundry to get out of the dryer. Have a good one everybody.

Roseblush
01-08-2007, 09:06 AM
So good to be at my house and using my computer to visit with all of you again. I am still trying to catch up and on Saturday I had Christmas with my friend Denise in the morning then in the late afternoon a small cheese wine get to gather with my friend Robin and her boyfriend. They met Larry and Robin and I exchanged our gifts. I made another batch of Pavitica and took it to neighbors. I love that stuff and it will become a holiday tradition for me from now on......does anyone have an knowledge about the bread in your families...would love to hear.... pronouncing it is a challenge for me and I find everyone says it differently.
Toby and Teeka seem happy to be home and their bowls of food are always there now for them....Darby the big dog just couldn't understand how they can leave crunchies in their bowls......
Off to work and a busy week ahead..... I am going back to my line dancing class tonight have not been for over a month. it is a blast.
Eat Less MOve MOre........ gee where have I heard that one before.........
Good Day or Night to everyone....let's make this a great year of health and support for all of us!
Peace,
Nae

ceejay52
01-08-2007, 10:47 AM
Hello to all.
Another day at work and so far so good.
Menu reveals that I'll be eating 1540 calories. I'm trying to stay with in the 1500 calories limt. My food will be soft, bland and even juiced for the time being to help heal the colon with lots of fiber.

Nae--My cousin was into line dancing. Wish she were her and I'd go with her.I'd like to learn how. She lives in Kentucky now.

Happy--I'm not an avid reader. Wish I were though. I'd rather do circle word find's.

Mel--Did you over sleep this morning? Oops you were going shopping today.

Madcat- Hope you continue to feel better.

Shad-I'm with Happy on the Rhonda's fitness program. What is it?

Holly--You are always a "busy beaver". Hope you feel better. I take paxil for anxiety. It really helps.

Shad
01-08-2007, 05:19 PM
Morning all,
As promised a post from the past as I have the doings of the chicks in front of me and I am about to reply.

Happy – Fawlty Towers is still alive and well. I went out to the mall market on Sunday morning to get the fruit and veg and halfway home realised I had left the garage door opener upstairs so I thought I’d just wander around the corner and get in through the side gate – at least my key opens that and the emergency exit is broken – wrong again. The locks have been changed and now I have no way in. Thinking some pretty awful thoughts here. Anyway, I found one of the cleaners who is fairly thick both physically and mentally and he let me in eventually. I found the lady who ‘masterminds’ the maintenance around the place and got a very long winded explanation of what I had to do to get new keys.
Aircon still doesn’t work but I’m getting used to it. I have worked hard today and should sleep tonight! :rofl: :rofl:
Thinking of activities for Mel to do with her eyes closed really cracks me up. Gotta love it. Okay, so I have a dirty mind.
Good for you with the treadmill as well. Keep going, keep going.
A themed month – well why not. Anything to elevate our learning. Love it.

Mel – Take care of those eyes. Can’t say it enough. You don’t want them really flaring up again. Sounds like you are having some very strange weather this year. Mind you so are we. What with droughts and flooding rains and very cool temperatures. It’s not even very humid in Townsville when normally it is unbearable at this time.

Carla – Oh dear what a shame about the butt bruising. Tough eh? You should know by now that you simply have to log on and say hello. It would really peeve us all off if you did just that and nothing else. We’d be going – huh what’s with Carla. Why only one word. Is she losing her keyboard.
So you have a running frog joke? Strewth!!! There used to be a frog ad on NZ TV – I think it was for Telecom. Anyway this frog spent the entire ad grooming and scratching with all 4 feet (not all at once) but it was amazing just how far those legs could reach, particularly the back ones. The punch line (and the only spoken words in the ad was ‘Just like the frog, Telecom reaches every nook and cranny’.
Join the condo board!!!! :eek: :faint: what some people will do.
Thank you for the bed offer. I will take it up and will let you know when, where etc. Maybe your trip to NY will be about the same time. So far I have a map, an idea and a big hole in my budget. News this morning was that the Home Security in the States are now planning on all finger prints rather than the obligatory 2 plus eyeball photo. Still I guess they gotta do what they gotta do! We will get as many as possible together wherever we can anywhere I go.
The bit of Fawlty Towers that I find sticks in the mind is the bit where Basil Fawlty rips a branch off the street tree and starts beating up the Mini. I still laugh everytime I see that bit. Lordy he was evil!!!! Everytime I go down to the basement and am faced with that red mini, I am waiting for Basil to appear.
Not sure what all the guff about Trump is about? I can’t stand the man personally. But then he has more than I have in all things, so who am I to complain. And no you should not compare yourself with the slimeball. I don’t even know who Rosie is! ‘whine’. I’m left out. Not that I care too much.

I daresay shortly we will be giving Suzi an earbashing. But she is on holiday on the Gold Coast at the moment. She can’t be swimming since there has been some horribly large seas out there at the moment.

Nae – good to see you back and posting. It is difficult at Christmas is it not? I hope the courtship is not over after 3 months of ecstasy – aaah no, I see not. Well enjoy yourself and don’t stay away too long.

Madcat, glad to see you back and seemingly a bit better. You aren’t the first one to have problems with the pics in my letter. Several folk have said the same. Poop. I should not have put so many in I don’t think.

Holly – you can only do what you can do. There is nothing else for it. I hope it all works out for you. Good on you for taking some time for yourself. We all need that once in a while and provide the kids are catered for, and no one is betrayed or deliberately hurt, then what the heck.

Okay, think that has caught me up a bit. Now, as I said before, I am planning and executing the CSIRO diet. Don’t know if you have heard about it. It is pretty basic and similar to WW it works on a point system, but you still have to weigh the ingredients. It works on food + exercise and balancing the two. I’m going to give it a go anyway.
My goals are like WWPeggy, to weigh less at the end of the year than I did at the beginning. I would like to aim for 10% of my TBW, which at this point will be 7.89Kg. Nice thought if I can bring it off.
The gym was a special offer just because I can’t trust myself to get out of exercising as often as possible. Now I just have to get the water under control and we are sweet.

And that is about it for now. I’m stuffed. Time for a drink and bed. Let’s hope I get a better nights sleep tonight than I did last night.

Update: Rhonda's is just another gym but caters for women. Has weight stuff, cardio stuff, aerobic stuff and a swimming pool. They don't have crinolines and most of them don't have halo's I can assure you. Yesterday there were two old girls there - I'm used to being the oldest in the place but these were much older than me.

Happy - with your new exercise - anything hurts until the muscles and body get used to it. However to avoid injury, might I suggest you don't give up, but start with smaller movements. Keep the hands behind the neck to avoid strain and just move until you can feel the muscles working. Then go back to the beginning. Same with lunges. Half lunges until the legs get a bit better and ensure you have the toes in front of the knees in the front leg to prevent strain on the knees. Don't give up, just adjust.

Lastly, I shouldn't have mentioned lack of humidity yesterday. Today is right up there and uncomfortable.

Oh and this morning the lift is not working. Down 96 stairs in the heat.

Meadow
01-08-2007, 11:59 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/choco-storm.jpg

I got caught in a chocolate storm. Terrible... simply dripping in dark, drippy sugar goo. My body has abandoned my mind. Fruit, veg, bean and nuts. Fruit, veg, bean and nuts.Fruit, veg, bean and nuts. Running, higgly piggly away from the forboding sugar blizzard. AHHHHHH!

happy2bme
01-09-2007, 08:48 AM
:nono: Step AWAY from the chocolate Miss Meadow :drill: Oh no - C'mon over, we'll hose you down with some nice cleansing water :rain: :lol: :rain: I'm glad Christmas is over and that stuff is gone, gone, gone. I guess we'll have to assemble a rescue team for you. Give us a few minutes, will you? Got to shower first too :lol: But we'll be there, don't fret!

Shad, sounds like life has settled back into place. You have some good tools to keep you busy. I had joined a ladies only gym similar to what you described and I loved it. No hotsy tottsies running around in the barest of clothes simply to get some attention. Just everyday women there to get healthy. I hear you on the sore muscles thing but my problem is not that. It's stress on the joints. And like Mel, I have learned the hard way that if I ignore certain types of pain and keep pushing, I will only have an "episode" of crippling pain that lasts for weeks. So I listen to my body very closely and certain types of pain mean an adjustment in the routine. I do like the fitness videos that I have - they have 2 people behind the instructor doing modifications of the exercise so you can adjust if you are just starting out or have problems like bad knees, etc. Anyway - enjoy your program. We can count points together. It's no where near as bad as counting calories! :write:

Ceejay - sounds like you have your plans set before you. Hope this works to alleviate some of the stress you've been dealing with. A whole new way of eating I suppose. Make it an adventure!

I did get a good part of the house tidied up for book club tomorrow. Just have the kitchen left to clean and I like to do that the day before since that seems to accumulate most of the clutter. :lol: I didn't finish the book and probably won't. Also don't remember much of what I read last month and I'm sure it will be the same with most of the ladies too. I'm sure a fair amount of our meeting will be taken up with talking about everyone's holidays.

I am trying very hard with my diet - gave up sodas for the week as a personal challenge. Also getting close to 60 minutes of exercise everyday. On top of that I am making choices for concious exercise - getting off the lift early and climbing several flights of stairs (with purse, laptop bag, lunch bag and tote bag), parking farther away in the lot and walking more, going for a walk around the office, sitting at the desk and doing little exercises, etc. I'm also drinking water, water, water and watching my food. After all of that it almost looks as if I have stayed THE SAME WEIGHT as last week's weigh in. Of course this is comparing my scale at home. Will see what the official weight it but it's not looking good at this point. If it's so, I will be very frustrated. At my weight I should be peeling off the pounds. I see people post losses of 4, 6 or even 2 pound making minimal changes. This says to me no matter what I do - good or bad, nothing's going to budge. Perhaps I should join Meadow in the chocolate rain. Sorry to be a bummer but I'm so frustrated at this. :(

Ok, I will shake it off and move on. Hellos to the rest of the crew. How are you doing today Mel?

MELODY525
01-09-2007, 09:28 AM
I DID NOT GO SHOPPING. THE EYE WAS GLUED SHUT...AND I MEAN SHUT!!! CALLED THE DR AND THEY CHANGED THE DROPS BUT IF THIS DOES NOT WORK, I MUST GO IN.... IT IS ALREADY WORKJNG THANK GOD. I HAVE NO ONE BUT MYSELF TO BLAME FOR ALL THIS. BAD DIET CHOICES, HOLIDAY CANDY. FINANCIAL STRESS AND THE NON-WINTER WEATHER HAVE COMBINED TO KNOCK ME DOWN. MY OWN FAULT ENTIRELY. MIX ALL THAT WITH THE ROSACEA AND DRY EYE AND THER YOU HAVE IT.
SO I BETTER GET ON THE BANDWAGON OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES :tantrum: IT'S A BAD PATTERN EVERY HOLIDAY. A COMBINATION OF NUMBING MYSELF AND A "WTF WHO CARES" ATTITUDE. GUESS I AM STILL LEARNING! SIGH!
FRAN IN THE OFFICE GOT ENGAGED IN DECEMBER SO WE ARE HAVING A TINY PARTY FOR HER TODAY. I'LL GO DOWN FOR A BIT. NO CAKE!!!! NO SODA!!!! :dance:
HAPPY TUESDAY! :moped:

SHAD~ RHONDA'S!!! :rofl: FOR SOME REASON THE NAME CRACKED ME UP! GLAD YOU FOUND A GYM AND ALSO A WAY TO GET INTO FAWLTY TOWERS. ARE YOU JUST NOT A WELCOMED VISITOR THAT THEY KEEP TRYING TO LOCK YOU OUT??? :lol3: OMG THIS PLACE IS TO NUTSO FOR WORDS!! HOPE THE AIRCON WORKED ENOUGH TO GET SOME OF THE HUMIDITY OUT!! GOOD LUCK!
PS~ THE ONLY ACTIVITY I COULD THINK OF WITH MY EYES CLOSED WAS THE SAME IDEA YOU HAD!! BUT AT LEAST I SLEPT LIKE A LOG!!!! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

HAPPY~ HOW LONG IS WW GOING TO BE AT WORK? I FORGET IF YIOU SAID. COME TAKE MY TREE DOWN!!! I DID REMOVE ALL THE CARDSA OFF THE WALLS AT LEAST! :faint: AFTER WE BOTH HOSE OURSELVES OFF FROM THE CHOCOLATE SHOWERS WE BETTER GO AND HELP MEADOW TOOT SWEET.....I MEAN IN A HURRY!! :rofl:
I AM BOUNCING BACK AND FORTH WITH THE SAME TWO POUNDS. VERY ANNOYING AND I KNOW JUST HOW YOU FEEL. SEEMS LIKE WE DON'T LOSE LIKE SOME OTHERS AND I AM SICK OF IT TOO! :tantrum: :tantrum: MAYBE WE SHOULD ALL GO TO RHONDA'S!!!! :lol3:

CEEJAY~ HOPE THE FIBER WORKS AND TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF. I HAD COLITIS (SP) FOR 8 YEARS WHEN I WAS MARRIED AND KNOW SOMEWHAT HOW YOU MUST BE FEELING. SENDING HEALING THOUGHTS. I ALWAYS KEEP SOME NUMBING CREAM ON HAND FOR THOSE RARE INSTANCES. HOPE YOU HAVE SOME TOO! :hug:

MEADOW~ I HAD A CONTAINER OF BRANDY FILLED CANDIES FROM ITALY. NOTICE THE USE OF THE WORD "HAD"!!! :rofl: :rofl: WE COULD HAVE SHARED AN UMBRELLA AND SOME WELLIES!!! HOPE THE STORM HAS PASSED AND DIDN'T LEAVE TOO MUCH DAMAGE IN IT'S WAKE!!!:rain: CAN'T SAY THE SAME HERE!!! LOL

HOLLY~ HUSBANDS!!! GLAD YOU HAVE THE TIME FOR YOURSELF NOW. CHANGES COME VERY HARD WITH MOST FAMILIES. THEY THINK MOM HAS ABANDONED THEM!!
SOMETIMES IT CAN BE VERY DAUNTING TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD WITH THAT CHANGE BUT DON'T GET DISCOURAGED. TIME HEALS ALL WOUNDS AND BAD CHOICES/HABITS. GOOD LUCK!!

NAE~ OMG!! ANOTHER POST!!! GLAD THE DOGGIES ARE HOME AND BACK TO A ROUTINE! POOR LITTLE THINGS. I DON'T THINK MY GRAM MADE ANY SPECIAL "ENGLISH" BREADS OR THE OTHER ONE ANY "WELSH" BREADS. WE WERE RAISED ON THOMAS' BREAD AND THE DUGAN MAN WHO DROVE A TRUCK AROUND THE STREETS SELLING HIS BAKED GOODS. THEY WERE JUST FAMOUS FOR CREAMED VEGGIES AND YORKSHIRE PUDDING AND SPOTTED DICK. :rofl:

Hollyhock
01-09-2007, 12:22 PM
I am feeling truly happy for the first time in about 10 weeks. Everything seems alright in the world.
I have my focus, direction and purpose all in place. I have redefined much and am very pleased with where I see my life, my family’s lives heading .

I have printed my weekly calendar and slotting in the must do’s looking at the want to do’s next.Dishes are all done DW is running.Need to write a cheque.
2 hours til my meeting. Need to plan that time too.

Meadow-LOL!! get yer veggies into you. Treated myself to Rob Thomas and Colin James CD's.Yippee, yum and groovin tunage.
Nae-very happy for you!!!
Mel-glad the drops are working.
Shad-HI!!
Happy-HI!!
Ceejay- HI!!

Thanks for the kind support ladies!!!

ceejay52
01-09-2007, 03:44 PM
Just in to say hello--Don't want the prod! Just feeling a little blue.

MELODY525
01-09-2007, 08:15 PM
QUICK NOTE...I MIGHT BE LOSING MY JOB. LOOKS LIKE MY ENTIRE LIFE IS GOING TO CHANGE. DON'T THINK ANYONE CAN HELP ME WITH THIS DILEMMA. WHEN I GET ALL THE FACTS I'LL HAVE TO SEND E-MAILS. IT'S TOO DELICATE A SUBJECT FOR THIS PUBLIC FORUM. AS SHAKY AS THEY WERE, MY FINANCES JUST WENT DOWN THE DRAIN. :faint:
HAPPY NEW YEAR MEL! :rofl:

Shad
01-10-2007, 01:55 AM
Oh Dear Mel!
I'm about to print out your e-mail and I will be back with any ideas, assumptions and stupidity that I can come up with between now and then. Always a risk dealing with Govt Departments. They are bound to run programmes like that. Eek. Now I understand the financial stress bit in your last post.
Fawlty Towers is apparently not the worst building in town. I was talking to a man this morning who described worse than I've got.

Good day here today although bl**dy hot again and humid. I went to the gym for my 45min session this morning and was a dripping ball of flab by the end of my time. Life's like that in the tropics. Having no aircon meant not much sleep either. Yuk. Tonight I will go buy myself a fan for the bedroom. Just moving the air around helps. I finally got my key to the door yesterday and surprise, surprise it works. I was quite expecting it not to.

Ceejay - No prod today, feel better soon so you can come out and play. At least you checked in and told us you were still around.

Holly - nice to hear you sounding up beat and with it. Somedays truly are diamonds. Treasure this time.

Happy, sounds like you are giving it a real push this week. It always bugs me when I try so hard and nothing gives. A right PIA. But let's keep it up and see what comes around next week. It's got to give somehow, somewhere, someday.

Meadow - not the revenge of the Chocolate storm. If there is one thing I am grateful for in this world it is that I don't really like chocolate. Gotta have one thing going for me!!

Now it is time to go home. I'll catch you all in the morning.

MELODY525
01-10-2007, 08:23 AM
SHAD IF YOU FIND YOURSELF WITH IDEAS SEND THEM VIA EMAIL. I AM NOT DISCUSSING IT HERE. THANKS

I WOKE AND MY EYE NOW HAS A CYST ON IT. I WILL BE BACK OVER THE WEEKEND I HOPE. SO THAT NO ONE WORRIES...THIS WHOLE MESS MIGHT BE A COMPLETE BLESSING IN DISGUISE. I AM DEFINITELY STARTING TO WARM UP TO THE IDEA OF A COMPLETE RETIREMENT. WE'LL SEE. LOVE TO ALL AND STAY WELL. I SHALL RETURN.
SINCERELY YOURS MRS MAC ARTHUR :rofl:

Hollyhock
01-10-2007, 12:20 PM
(((mel))) crappy!

carla49
01-10-2007, 01:08 PM
Mel, so sorry to hear about your mess. I do hope it does turn out to be a blessing in disguise - you really don't need extra stress in your life. Maybe you can sue and get enough to retire in Aus - you could go there and catsit for Shad whenever she's away. A whole new career! Anyway, I don't mean to be flip about it. Keep us up to date on any progress or happy news. :hug: :hug:

happy2bme
01-10-2007, 01:17 PM
Ok Mel honey. I'm not sure if that's good news (less stress you don't need) or bad news (big hit in the financial belly). I am sick of the corporate world myself and I will stand by you however is necessary. Let's just hook up (here comes the pun) and sell our bodies. Hey big boy... you wanna give it a go? ;) ;) ;) eeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! Nebermind... :rofl: what about if I strap on some skates and we give chair rides across the bridge?

Hope I at least brought a smile to your face. You know I am there for you eastern sister. :hug: :hug: :hug:

Oh and not to change the subject but I did want to ask you before I just kept forgetting. The other day when you had the windows (or should I say windurs) open during the nice weather - did you smell the big stink from across the river? Started in NY but heard it carried over to Joisey. Maybe that's what was making your eyes tear.

We HAVE to talk this weekend. Ok? I will say prayers, cross fingers, light incense, invoke whatever karma I can to see you through this. Keep the faith sister.

ceejay52
01-10-2007, 04:40 PM
Mel--(((((hugs))) )Hope it wroks out for the best.

Madcat
01-10-2007, 04:45 PM
{{{Mel}}}

What's that old saying about when a door closes somewhere a window opens. Is this your window? Hope everything works out and doesn't cause too much stress!!

Shad
01-10-2007, 05:14 PM
Morning all,
Well the day brings no ideas - banal or otherwise. Mel I will e-mail you today or tomorrow and organise a time to speak. It's just not right.
In Aus - there is a window of opportunity for pensioners to earn a small amount of money per week or fortnight, I have no idea anymore how much it is - something like $120 I think. After that the pension is reduced. Mind you if you don't declare it and they find out they extract their pound of flesh. And usually they don't find out until some years have passed. Anyway we will speak my north eastern friend

Nothing much else to report here. I bought a fan last night. The worst two rooms in the flat are my bedroom and the study because there is no through flow ventilation. Hence the fan - movement of the air is great for sleeping.

Gotta go before the Asian invasion catches up with me this morning.

happy2bme
01-11-2007, 08:46 AM
Morning everyone,

Mel I will have to put on my thinking cap. The little bit of extra income Shad speaks of - I know that to be true when you're collecting unemployement compensation, not sure if it applies in your case. There has to be another way as everyone says. Sometimes you don't see it because you were busy focused on something else.

Sorry to hear about the cyst. Hope the body won't revolt because of the extra stress. :hug:

Nothing much to report here. Had book club last night - a small group - only 3 of us. But we had a nice time. I'm getting to know these ladies better and we had a great conversation and a nice evening. Have to drum up some more people tho.

So you finally bought a fan, did you Shad? Don't know how you could have slept without a fan or a/c. Whew, I would have had to sleep in the cool bathtub or on the tile floor! I'm not happy with either extreme or warm or cold. Hopefully you can get a better rest now.

Guess I have to stir up some trouble today so I can come back and have something to talk about. :D Later chicks. Be good.