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Old 01-04-2008, 08:56 AM   #16
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Good morning to you all! Another chilly morning here, but it is supposed to be warming up into the 60's soon.

I sat early this morning and watched a 1930's black and white movie about the beginnings of West Point. I am not much into military movies, but it was interesting. I never knew that the true beginnings involved battles in Indiana with the Indians. Much of Indiana was indian country, some violent some not, but Fort Wayne was an original fort during the early wars as was Fort Harrison, which is farther south. Anyway, it was interesting having them talk about places in Indiana that still exist today.

Jean: Are you getting excited about going to Hawaii next month? You can get away from the cold while the rest of us freeze. Get a nice tan to take home with you! Sounds like you are going to have lots of little kitties. Hopefully the mamas can hide the kittens so cat hater doesn't find them because I imagine he would drowned them or something. The handbag was a total loss. The bottom was very long like a large handbag, but the sides shrank to about 3 inches. It looks like a big flat bottomed tray so I fooled with it, but couldn't do anything with it at all. My new stuff should be here today. I have the blue one about half way finished so everything is coming along with them both.

I have another surgical appt on Tues, but I am coming along fine except a bump here and there. I had to remove my incision bandage yesterday and a large amount of scabbing fell off so it is doing really well. It is even now with the rest of my skin and is just a huge scab pretty much. Jack continues to doctor it so that it will heal without the scab ripping or something. We are still using that wound spray to keep it moist somewhat. I imagine the doctor will be happy with it. It will then be just a wait and see for awhile before he starts my testing to see if everything is healed inside enough to connect everything up.

I better get my morning chores done. Have a good weekend everyone!

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Old 01-04-2008, 02:48 PM   #17
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Good morning, ladies! We back into the balmy 40s today but expect to see the low 70s early next week. I'm ready! The gas bill is astronomical. Stan is always so cold we keep the thermostat on 74 degrees and I sweat. Even at that he has a sweater on over his clothes and wraps up in a quilt.

Faye, sorry about the handbag. I know it's a disappointment when a project doesn't turn out. Glad you are healing. I know the day for the reconnection can't come soon enough for you.

Jean, I think all the attention is on Iowa because it is the first state to have the caucaus. We are having our primary in February - 1st time! The republicans always had a primary in June but the Democrats just sent delegates to a convention in Richmond and they did the voting. I am extremely happy to see Hillary Clinton come in 3rd by a goodly amount.

My boss gave me a framed Italian black on ecru embrodiery for Christmas and a counted cross stitch piece (Christmas stuff) that is on dark ecru linen - very tiny stitching so I guess I'll have to bring out the magnifying glass I have that hangs around my neck. Fortunately I have good light because of the quilting. He got the kit in France. The directions are in French, German, Spanish and what I think is supposed to be British English but the person translating didn't do a very good job. It's kind of funny in a way. It'll be a nice carry-along to work on at the dialysis center and doctors' offices, etc.

So far I'm doing a good job getting back on my diet. It really wasn't that hard - and I feel so much better when I eat right. I do have trouble getting enough water in the cold weather - then I thought about hot lemonade so I heated up some water, added a few slices of lemon and that was very refreshing.

Have a good evening!

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Old 01-05-2008, 01:29 AM   #18
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Good Evening, Flowers! Bob and "Mom" are taking a nap in front of the TV; I slept in front of the TV last night and didn't sleep very well when I went to bed. I want to sleep tonight!

It was an interesting day at school today; teachers had in-service this morning and were to work in their rooms this afternoon. Grades are due Monday morning; kids were supposed to come this afternoon and finish up which, of course, none did. My schedule has been changed twice this afternoon and will probably get changed again sometime next week before it is set in stone. If I can keep the algebra teacher from killing the special ed. co-teacher I will do a happy dance! It is the algebra teacher's room and the special ed. teacher moved her desk and "junk" in there last year when she co-taught all the algebra classes. This year she is in there for one class, has taken it upon herself to use the room for a study hall when it is the algebra teacher's prep period, and then plans to use the next period as her planning period to also be in there when the teacher has a class! The algebra teacher wants her and her stuff out of the room period! I'm right in the middle because I'm in an algebra class with the teacher and we both think alike, but then I am with the special ed. teacher for 4 class periods/study halls. I can feel the tension already. She is REAL big on the "love and logic" theory which most of the regular ed. teachers think is for the birds.

"Gma" -- You bet I am excited about traveling next month! More so just to get away from school politics for 4 days (one day there is no school). I found a t-shirt in a catalog that says, "I'm on island time!" I ordered one for me and one for the gal who is going with us. They should be here in a couple of weeks -- not sure why it is taking so long. What kind of tests will the doctor do to see if you are ready to reconnect? I'm sure it seems like this is going on forever. I hope your next handbag turns out ok -- do you know why the first one didn't?

Susan -- The Des Moines Register has endorsed Hillary almost from the beginning. Today's headlines were, "Huckabee Wins, Obama Leads Pack"! The Sioux City Journal had "Obama, Huckabee Win"! We had so many caucus messages on the answering machine on Wednesday and none yesterday nor today. I hope the political mail and the TV ads stop too! If the general public wants a change in Washington, I don't think Hillary has a chance because she is "old" Washington. I personally don't want to see Bill back in the White House. Your needlework projects sound beautiful! I would be in big trouble with foreign language instructions.

My mouth is kind of sore from having my teeth cleaned today -- no cavities. Have a great weekend!

Jean -- from Iowa!

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Old 01-05-2008, 06:13 AM   #19
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Good morning to you all! Hope your weekend is starting out nicely. It didn't seem as cold this morning when I let Fortune out but still pretty chilly.

Jean: Sounds like you have a nice storm brewing with those two teachers. When you said what you did about the spec ed teacher I thought of my sister. My sister had to deal with a bad situation with a nephew of her husband's that was living with them from April until he went home to visit for Christmas and my sister and dh wouldn't let him come back. This kid was trouble from the get go. He lied, was using and selling drugs up until the time they sent him home and they didn't know it, could manipulate anyone and he sure did the school psych. The psych eval came back on him saying he tried to please everyone blah, blah, blah and it was total bologna. The kid was snotty, obnoxious, lazy, and sneaky. He total bamboozled this feel good child psychologist. Many a day my sister would call me crying because of how he treated and talked to her and her dh was convinced the kid was "misunderstood." The boy hates women and treats them that way. His mom is a druggie practically on deaths door, but the boy was living with his father, step mother and half siblings I guess. I am not sure anything he told them was true about his life. Anyway, my point was this love them with no boundaries crap simply doesn't work. Well, first off, the pattern I used called for large needles, secondly the yarn I used felts fast so the combination made it just not work. I even tried cutting it and then sewing it into a shape, but it just wasn't to be.

Susan: I had to quit doing cross-stitch because of having difficulty seeing tiny stitches so I feel for you. I am sure it will be beautiful when you are finished. I take the handbag thing with a grain of salt. I just wish the yarn had been cheaper. Since my operation, I get cold a lot. I don't know what is with that, but I still have to have a small fan blow on my head or I end up with a head of sweat. It is kind of comical all covered up to the chin, but the fan blowing away on my head. This old condo is drafty so during the cold days that has any wind, I have to turn our thermostat up. We are all electric and our bills haven't been too bad, but then it hasn't been bitter cold either.

What my dr said about going back in was that the whole area had to heal well and that would take 6-8 months, which would be end of April to June. He told me they would go and do another catscan and I think sonogram before they would operate again to make sure it was all healed. I still have a few months to go.

I guess I better get back to knitting on the bag. I got the other yarn yesterday. The color was darker than I expected but it is going to have to do this time around.

Have a fun weekend!
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