Good early morning ladies! I have been up since I AM with a scratchy throat. Dang allergies! I took some of my "remedy" and hope it will help in the long run. I decided just to sit down here and knit awhile. I need to get going on my grandson's Cub Scout blanket for his birthday, which is only two months away. It is 6 blocks X 5 blocks so it is a good size to take on his camping trips. Nice to snuggle in around the camp fire, it is blue and gold and it is washable and dryable. What more could a Cub Scout ask???
Jean: Those poor kids. I know that when Jack had to drive to Chicago everyday, it kept me on my worrying toes. It was 2.5 hours one way! Hope Amanda can find a job close by and day care too! I can't believe how cold it is up there, though it was near 80 here on Wed and by the time the rain rolled in it was in the 40's. It was pretty chilly yesterday and will be again today. Not chilly like you have, but in the 50's, which is chilly for me!
Susan: I agree with Jean, those Peeps are though they are my grandson's favorite in his basket. My downfall is the chocolate marshmallow easter eggs or bunnies, especially the upscale ones like Whitmans. Jack and I were in Walmart on Wednesday and I said to him, "Ok, we are passing the Easter candy, we are walking, walking, keep walking...." I will stick to my little 1 pt whitman chocolate candies if I really have to have something. I love their chocolate mints.
Today is vacuuming and dust the upstairs day, but just hang around the house. I was going to go and get my nails done and run a couple errands, but my shirt won't be able to be picked up from the cleaners until after 5 pm tonight so I think I will just wait until tomorrow and do it all. Jack has today off for Good Friday so we will just hang out together I guess. Get more knitting done and some reading maybe when my work is done. I also have to get back to my walking routine. It went by the wayside when I was in Indiana and I have to get back to it. I sure do like WW. I guess it just "fits" us.
My Fairy Scarf Mother as she referred to herself (my yarn swap secret pal) said she mailed my yarn goodies so I can't wait to get them. My young gal should have hers by the first of the week. This was really fun to do, but ended up right around the time of the baby shower, so I had to kind of hurry through picking stuff and such. I hope if they have it next year I can be more selective and get more goodies for whomever I get.
So what does everyone have planned for Easter? We are going to dd's in the morning for his egg hunt and give him his basket from us then going to breakfast together, come back home and hang out for a bit before they go to his other grandparents for the day. Jack and I will be footloose and fancy free then so I may just cook us up the ham steak I have in the freezer with some scalloped potatoes for "Easter" dinner.
Everyone have a good Friday and a great weekend.
Good Afternoon, Flowers! It's another cold and windy day in my corner of the world. If the wind would just quit it would help so much! The sun was out this morning, but has disappeared this afternoon. I went back to the grocery store to pick up what I didn't get last night. The deli counter was closed and I had ordered ham ball meat -- I don't use the ham loaf that the store puts together. I've been doing laundry and need to run the vacuum. Beth won't be here until after supper so that gives me a bit more time.
"Gma" -- Beth and kids are coming tonight. Tomorrow is my morning to work in the hospital gift shop. Then I am going to another town to see the DoodleBops (?) with Beth and the kids. Will has to work so Beth asked if I would go along. Had I known it was Easter weekend I might have thought twice about saying yes. The D. are 3 people who sing and dance on TV -- the little kids love 'em. Jason and Amanda are doing Easter dinner with her side of the family on Saturday. Sunday they will come here and if everyone else is ready, we will all go to church together. If not, Bob and I will go. Dinner will be ham balls, potato casserole, green bean casserole, finger Jell-O, veggies, and lemon pie if I get it made in time. Leftovers for supper if anyone is still here. I'm glad I have Monday off to pick up the pieces. I don't think I could commute to work any more; when we lived in Mpls. we drove an hour which we thought nothing about. Now it's 10 minutes if I have any traffic and hit a red light. I hope your secret pal yarn comes today.
Hope you all have a great day! I brought laundry upstairs and need to get another load started. Have a nice Easter weekend!
Good morning! I expect Jean and I will be alone this weekend until Tuesday. It is cold here again today and the wind was blowing like the dickens here yesterday too! I stayed in the house all day except to go get the mail and low and behold my yarn came. She bought me 3 skeins of a bright pink felting yarn to make a handbag with and 2 gorgeous soft, soft skeins of a white, lavender and baby blue baby yarn to make something for the grandbaby. She also sent a beautiful flower mug with chocolate Lindt and Ghiradelli chocolate in it! Uh Oh, I love Lindt chocolate, but put it in the candy dish and will leave it alone! I can't even take it to my dd's as she is now on WW too! I don't know if she will stick it out, but I hope she does. I have lost the few lbs I gained being in Indiana and even am down about a lb over my last weigh in. I didn't go yesterday so I will have to fork over my remaining two coupons and then pay for Friday's meeting because I have missed two. My allergies are bothering me so much, I just don't feel like getting out much. I have such a darn headache. It isn't excruciating, just there and irritating.
Jean: Hope you have fun at the Doodlebops. Thomas was a big fan of Bear in the big Blue House and the Australian group, um, Squiggles or something like that. I thought they were as irritating as the devil, but I loved Bear. He is so cute! When Jay was a baby and fussy, I would put him in his swing and turn on Sesame Street. He would be glued to it until the muppets weren't on then he would cry. As soon as they were back on the screen he would shut right up! He was only about 3-4 months old when he started watching it. It was a way for me to get housework or whatever done and he would be happy for the hour it was on. I have no problem admitting I used the tv to babysit for him occasionally!
I have finally started on the sleeves to my cardigan. I will be glad when it is finished and I can sew it up. I am also more than halfway finished with the first strip on the Cub Scout blanket. It will be nice and warm for him and I may make him a matching pillow to take on campouts.
I am leaving bright and early Tuesday morning and driving to Little Rock to see my sister. I haven't seen her in a year and a half so I am looking forward to it. We will be celebrating her birthday and she is the one I made the aqua and white patterned sweater for.
Well, gals, I need to get showered and dressed. I want to do some errands this morning then get back home so I can watch the CUBS play this afternoon.
Have a grand Easter!
I am all grown up this morning and having Trix for breakfast! They make a 75% less sugar variety now so I bought it just for a change from high fiber cereal. I am having a bowl of that with no milk and a banana. I really dislike milk so I either don't put it on or very little on cereal.
Happy Easter, Flowers! It's been another cold, but sunny day in my corner of the world. The wind has vanished so that is a big plus on the weatherman's chart! We went to early church and I had dinner ready for the oven when we got home. Of course the grandkids could have cared less after eating Easter basket treats. We just got the kitchen cleaned up and the dishwasher running when Ian said he thought he was hungry for a "snack"! He and Kolby would eat nonstop, so I think they must be going through a growth spurt. The house is put back together, the crumbs vacuumed, and the floor mopped thanks to Bob. I think I will sleep good tonight!
Don't EVER waste your money going to a Doodlebops show! They were 10 minutes late getting started, sang and danced for a half hour, took a half hour break which was way too long for the age of the audience, and then sang and danced for another half hour. T-shirts were $25, funny hair made out of cheap rubbery stuff was $15, and lighted toy type thingys were $20! The food was priced out of sight too. There was a website on the ticket stub and I just might send in my 2 cents worth . . . not that it will make any difference. Kolby just wanted to run during intermission so Beth took him to the van to watch a video during the second half of the show. Maddy and I stuck it out to the end however.
"Gma" -- Your new yarn, mug, and chocolate are nice gifts to receive! I don't think I have ever heard of Lindt chocolate before. I hope your allergies are better asap. I'm sure you have said, but CRS has set in. Do you take prescription or OTC meds? I hate the headache part! Jason liked Sesame Street when he was little, but he really liked The Electric Company which came on right after SS. It had more action to it as I remember it. I hope you enjoy your visit with your sister! How far is Little Rock from you? I was there when I was a kid, but don't remember much about it othere than it was pretty "black." I didn't make it online yesterday because Kolby ended up sleeping the room where the computer is. He goes down for a nap around 10 and sleeps about 3 hours; then he goes to bed around 8 so that took care of me being on the computer.
Have a marvelous Monday tomorrow. It will be my one and only day of "vacation" without any commitments. I did agree to sub in a card club tomorrow night, but that will be my "fun" for the day.
Good morning Flowers! I am hoping for a nice day today, than nice in Little Rock tomorrow and Wed morning.
Jean: Little Rock is a 2 hour drive from Memphis. It pretty much splits the state in half east to west because it is about that distance from Fort Smith too. We had a nice time with Thomas and dd and sil yesterday. We went out to breakfast at Cracker Barrel and only waited about 10 minutes but we suffered through the smoking section so we didn't have to wait too long. Wish Memphis would jump on the band wagon like other cities and pass no smoking in building ordinances. Of course my throat is now more sore and I think it is from the smoke yesterday irritating it. It isn't going to be fun to go with a sore throat, but I am not backing out. My sister is looking forward to this too much. I will just do the best I can. I just take OTC meds as my allergies aren't really serious just mostly a nuisance. We came back to their house and dyed eggs so my fingers are all discolored then played a roaring game of Hands Down and one of Pass The Pigs, which is really a lot of fun. His Hands Down game was brand new and hadn't even been opened, but we had fun with that even though my sil was reading the directions and had us all confused! You can "fake" your opponents by pretending to slap the hand making them think you have a pair (which is the object of the game to slap the hand shaped paddle when you have a pair on your turn) Anyway, there are only enough for 4 to play so Jack sat out and helped Thomas by his request. Jack would get so tickled, which would make the rest of us laugh because Thomas would be down to one card and try to fake, but seeing as how you had to have a pair to slap you hand, no one played into the fake, but he didn't get that part! Kelly lost because she always seemed to be the slowest to slap her hands down hand so after one game we switched to Pass the Pigs. I had bought both these games for him for Christmas last year and Pass the Pigs is a big success. You try to get to 100 pts by "rolling the pigs." You have two tiny rubber pigs each has a black dot on one side of their bodies. When it is your turn you get to "roll the pigs" as many times as you want to add to your score, getting points according to how they land on the table, but if you get both pigs laying the same way, but one with a black dot showing, you lose your points and your turn. My sil got all the way up to 81 on his turn and rolled his black dot and had to start over. I think Jack finally won that one. I ended up at ZERO because I kept rolling the dot. You can bank your points, but I kept trying to get to 30 before I would stop my turn, but never seemed to get that far. It is a fun game for kids and adults and easy to play.
We came home around 2 and Jack watched the Masters for awhile, we ran and got a bite to eat then came home and settled in for the night. I went to bed early because I didn't feel well but my other sister called so I had to talk to her. When we are upstairs, Jack always answers the phone as the ringer is turned off in the bedroom. When she called Jack answered and when he said it was my sister and I picked up I got, "Don't YOU ever answer the phone?" I told her NO! I think it bugs her that she has to go through him. It isn't like he doesn't let me talk to her or anything. She starts third degreeing me about where my son is and why he didn't show up for dinner etc. Well, I don't LIVE in Indiana nor with my son and dil so I had no idea where my son was. He called earlier while we were out and left a nice Happy Easter than my dil called while we were out at dinner and said and left a message saying she was at work and wished us a Happy Easter, but I have no clue where my son was yesterday. Dinner wasn't even AT her house so I don't know why she was all wigged out about where he was. Men aren't particularly good about calling if they don't show up somewhere. She is just incredibly nosey about everything, which irritates me. She wanted to know all the details about me meeting the other sister tomorrow, etc. I figure she is jealous, but what the heck am I supposed to do about that? Ahh well! I don't know if I told you what she said to me at the shower. She made my best friend, (who I hadn't seen in 4 years!) so uncomfortable because she was sitting with me and my sister had to sit across the room, that she left early. She leaned over and said to me, "I would like to stay longer and visit, but I don't think your sister likes me being here taking up all your time." I wonder if she said anything to her. On top of that, when my sister got ready to leave I hugged her and told her I would see her in a couple months when the baby got here as we would have more time. She said something like, "No you won't. You won't make time for me." or something like that. I just get tired of the pity party. If she didn't act the way she does I think people wouldn't avoid her so much.
Everyone have a good Monday. I have to get things all arranged in the house and get packed and such then go and pick up the rental car this evening. I will talk to you when I get back, probably not until Thur morning.
Good Afternoon, Flowers! The sun is shining once again but it is only 40 degrees outside. This weather is something else. I've got laundry going again/yet and have been sorting through some magazines to take to the hospital. I took a pile on Saturday -- I think more moved in when I wasn't looking!
This morning Bob took his farmer friend to Omaha for emergency laser surgery on his eye. Evidently the retina is just about ready to detach and they are hoping to prevent that from happening. I have no idea when they will be home, but Bob took my car so I get the pickup if I want to go anywhere. I hope he is home before I leave for card club tonight.
I have ironing to do and want to do some more digging. I am going to take stuff to the kids little by little, and if they want to pitch they can.
"Gma" -- Ian's other grandma taught him how to play "Slap Jack" a couple of weeks ago. He gets so tickled whenever a King or Queen turns up that he will ask if it is a Jack even though he knows it isn't. I picked up some card games at WM, but our problem is a little sister who thinks she needs to be right in the middle of whatever is going on. A "helper" she is not! I hope you are feeling better as the day goes on. Iowa has talked about a smoking ban in public places; I hope I live long enough to see it happen. Several of our local restaurants have done it on their own, but if a place sells alcohol they still allow smoking. We have a place where we like to eat, and if the owner is there the smoke is thicker than thick. If she's not there, no one is smoking. Have a wonderful visit with your sister! It seems like every family has a member like your IN sister! My dad had a sister who was always stirring up trouble between the other two sisters. My dad, being the only son, always managed to stay neutral -- we never knew who was going to show up at Grandma's house on holidays!
Good morning ladies! Good reports from all the doctors yesterday - Stan is doing great and improving with every treatment. I met with the dietician and he is low on protein and calcium but excellent on potassium and phorosphous and sodium (in the low end on all of them) so he needs to eat more protein and can now have 8 ounces of milk and 1 slice of cheese a day, plus we an occasionally have corn and tomatoes. Then we'll see how he is doing at his next blood work in 2 weeks. And I can also throw a few grains of salt into pasta and potatoes when I cook them...not to exceed 1/8 teaspoon a day. So we seem to be getting the hang of this. His blood pressure is at the low end of normal and his blood sugar is actually too low! High blood pressure and diabetes are what puts a lot of people into kidney failure.
Boy, we think it's bad when we have to go weigh in and have 10 excuses ready if we gain, but when you are on dialysis, no excuse is needed, the blood work tells them everything!
We had cornish hens, rice and asparagus for Easter and I made him a cake.
Need to stay busy and make up from missed hours at work. Have a great day!
HW 356 pounds - CW 135 - GW 137
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain.
Good Evening, Flowers! We've had both rain and snow today plus the cold and wind to go with it. We did have heat at school this morning, but she turned it off at noon. Duh, did she think we had too much heat? It's cold outside and the building cooled off as the afternoon wore on. I really hated to get up and get going this morning. The kids were having a hard time staying focused today too.
Susan -- Wonderful news about Stan! I'm so glad for both of you! Hope you have a good week at work!
"Gma" -- Wishing you safe travels and a nice visit with your sister!
Not much else is newsy from my corner of the world. Hope you have had a relaxing evening and a wonderful Wednesday tomorrow. Today felt like Monday all day.
Faye - where are you this morning - it's scary when you aren't the first one posting!
Still cold here but slowly warming up. Hopefully the temperatures will return to normal by next week and it will be a lot warmer. We actually had snow last Saturday and it has damaged the peach and apple crops because it was so cold.
Had quilt guild last night. It was really nice to get together and see my friends and get some quilting done. Our project for the next year is to make quilts for the Quilts of Valor program that sends them to the soldiers wounded in Iraq.
HW 356 pounds - CW 135 - GW 137
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain.
Good Afternoon, Flowers! We've had rain, slush, and snow all day long! I was hoping for a late start, but no such luck since we were on the southern edge of the snow accumulation. On a sad note, three young men/boys were killed this morning as they were on their way to lift weights before school. They hit the slop and lost control in front of a semi which went right over the top of their car. They go to a small school south of us and they had a two hour late start so no one could figure out why in the world they were even on the highway at the time. Two of the boys are from one family and worked at our local grocery store where their dad works in the meat department. Sad for everyone who knew them.
Susan -- Faye went to visit her sister and I think she will be back home tomorrow. Our weather is more like what we normally get in October/November than the spring weather we should be having. It has been so cold that outside flowers/plants are not even getting much above the ground before they freeze. Your quilt guild project sounds like a great idea. I know the soldiers will appreciate the quilts and the caring thoughts behind them.
Have a nice evening and a terrific Thursday tomorrow! I'm off to figure out what leftovers to feed Bob tonight.
Good morning ladies! Just a short post this morning to let you know I am back and had a lovely time. I was sick the whole time and am trying to get back on track with that, but I didn't eat too badly! I am still not sure whether I am having allergy or a very minor cold. I am coughing, which is not unusual for me with allergies, but no chest rattling anything like that, no nose congestion for the most part though I have a runny nose, but I have one a lot anyway because of the allergies. I will just keep taking my allergy meds and see if they work ok. I am also dealing with hemmoroids, which I rarely rarely have a problem with, but I was constipated the whole time we were in Indiana so it is no surprise. I was pretty miserable driving for 2 hours over and back and then walking around shopping with her, sitting in a movie theater, in restaurants etc, but I kept telling her I was ok because I didn't want to spoil it for her. She did love the sweater I made for her though.
You gals take care and I will peek in probably tomorrow. I am going to try and rest all day and get my problems fixed!
Good Evening, Flowers! I went to a "purse party" after school today . . . sort of like the old Tupperware parties except whatever you buy you get to take home with you. The purses were kind of gawdy, I thought, and the jewelry the big clunky kind that I don't wear. I did find a purse that I may give to either Beth or Amanda as a birthday gift. It's a plain straw purse with a silk scarf woven through the top edge and one could change the scarf is so desired. The sun decided to shine today, but it was still cold outside. I need to pick up the clutter before I go to bed and I'm heading in that direction shortly.
"Gma" -- I'm glad you are home safely, but sorry you aren't feeling the best. Hope you were able to rest today and will feel better tomorrow.
Susan -- Are you one of the 8 in the loser contest at Curves? You've done so well! I'd like to see 61 degrees!
Hope you have a fantastic Friday tomorrow. I am ready for the weekend -- we get to stay home alone!
Good morning gals! Hope all is well in your world.
Susan: It is so very good to hear that Stan is coming along well and that he is getting better with all that is going on with him. Hope you will the challenge! I am sure you will.
Jean: Those parties have such expensive stuff and you can usually get almost the same thing and made better in a good department store. When I was with my sister we looked at handbags and I found some I would have loved to have, but I didn't succumb. All I bought was three pair of earrings and this little net bag with pen, pencil, calculator and eraser in it in camouflage colors for Thomas to have for scouts. My sister does Mary Kay part time so she did a facial on me and then did a makeup session the next morning. That was fun. I don't do all the crap they suggest, just wash and moisturize in the evening and use a night serum though I doubt it helps much then wash and moisturize in the morning.
I am down three lbs so I will take that. I have had a rough time with all the traveling and such, but seem not to have done myself any damage.
It is frustrating not being able to clean and such, but I have to just wait until my situation is better before I tackle any of that. For now, I guess I will just knit, knit, knit.
Good Evening, Flowers! We started out with a sunny morning but the clouds rolled in this afternoon. The weatherman promised that the rain and snow would stay south of us this time. We'll see if he's right for a change. Today was just another day in paradise at school.
"Gma" -- I think you are wise to just sit and knit until you are feeling better. I like Mary Kay products except every time I find a color that I really like in the blush, eye shadow, or lipstick they discontinue it. I used to use Beauti Control and their "colors" stayed on until I would take them off at bedtime. Over the years they have changed their formula and the lipstick is gone as soon as I would eat anything. The blush and eyeshadow would need to be redone if we were going anywhere in the late afternoon/evening. It's the same old story . . . they don't make things like they used to!
It is time to head off to bed. I have a load of towels in the washer, but they will still be there in the morning. I have streams of water trickling to the drain so it is a pain to even go down to the basement. With the furnace running it was beginning to dry up and then we had another day of rain and snow.