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Old 05-14-2011, 05:38 AM   #1
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Good morning gals. Yep, I know it is only 4 am but I was up so decided to post. It is so much cooler here this morning and really pleasant in the house for a change. Jack should be home in just a few hours. They are telling him that Monday will likely be the last night he has to do this. The river is dropping much faster than they expected. He is all smiles about that.

Wow, I read an article this morning where the stores and restaurants in Tunica has lost 80% of their revenue because of the casinos being closed. I guess besides the tourists and such who go to the casinos, their are about 8-10 thousand employees that are not coming into stores and such. Most business have cut hours and laid off workers. I know that before the casinos were built 15 years or so ago, Tunica county was the poorest county in the nation.

I got everything I wanted to do done, but boy my feet hurt when I got home, more from the soles of my sandals than anything else. The swelling I have had in my feet have dried my feet out so badly. I try to keep up with it and use this great peppermint cream Gold Bond foot cream, but I didn't do it yesterday and I paid for it.

Today is pot roast, carrots and potato day since it is going to be nice and cool. Instead of pan drippings, I used ff beef broth and make a nice gravy with it. I had to chuckle at a post of facebook of a gal I met on a knitting page there recently. We have hit it off so I messaged her my recipe for the sopapilla cheesecake. I told her beware that once people got a taste of it, there would be none left. She said she made it for Mother's Day and it was phenomenal and she gave it to a friend who made it and got the same compliments so I guess sort of like an email you send to someone and then they send and on and on, my dessert is going to carry on around the country! Well, not my dessert, have to give credit to some lady in the little local newspaper where my bil's mom lives. It would put 2 lbs on you looking at it though and you could only cut the calories so far with this or it would change how it would taste.

Woohoo my yarn and stuff should be here next week sometime. I am about 1/3 done with my dil's scarf so should get it done about the time I get in my new stash. I ended up getting 12 skeins of yarn and a book on knitting with colors. Thank you Kelly!!! I bought this gorgeous handpainted yarn for the boys for their socks for Christmas called Tree Fort. I am pairing it with a forest green color. It has dark greens and a tan and some lighter greens, just beautiful. You will get a giggle out of me. I am such a lamebrain. I looked at the pattern I printed off for the cup cozys to see how much yarn it took and it had the chart laid out at the bottom to follow to make the pattern on the cozy. You do 4 rounds of stockinette stitch, then the pattern then 4 rounds of stockinette stitch at the bottom. So, it is 29 rows, which means I could probably make multiple cozys out of one skein and it would be a quick knit. I looked at it and said to myself "wait a minute they put the chart on backwards!" Well duh, Donna, most people are right handed so, no it isn't backwards YOU ARE! No wonder I have never done work that used a chart. It always confused me and now I know why, I have to read it backwards because I am left handed! Sheesh!

Jean: Hope your legs are feeling better. That is probably part of my problem yesterday is walking all over Walmarts, then Krogers, etc. I used to do cross stitch until it was difficult to see the stitches and I gave it up. Knitting is much more enjoyable to me that needlework was I think, though I did love doing it. I made the most adorable little pillow for Kelly when she was around 4-5. The back was this beautiful burgundy color with little pink and white flowers in it and the front side had a cross stitched fairy on it with a poem and a little pocket sewn on in the fabric from the back. It was a tooth fairy pillow. We never once lost money or teeth. The fairy always knew right where to go. We had the same issue here except it was a man who left his baby in the backseat. He was actually an asst pastor at a church. When he discovered his mistake it was about 2 hours later and the baby was already dead because of the heat in the car. Poor man is in prison right now convicted of the same thing as the Iowa woman and having to live with what happened on top of that. He too was not used to taking the baby to day care. We had a funny incident happen years ago way back when Jay was about 2. One of the sweetest couples in the world, they were the youth directors at our church in California, had this adorable baby boy. They showed up to church on Sunday without him. They get out of the car, I saw someone walk up to them, say something then they got into this ferocious argument in the church parking lot. Well, the baby was back at their apartment and they were screaming at each other, "I thought you put him in the car, no it was you who said you were going to do it, etc" back and forth and they went tearing out of the parking lot. That was before carseats and he was sitting in his little carrier waiting for them when they got back home all smiles.

Gail: I think once I get my projects done with my current stash, I will order some of that dishie yarn and make some dishcloths. I am about ready for some and frankly they cost an arm and a leg if they aren't cheap quality. Why buy crappy ones that all apart the first time they are washed and I wash my a lot because of germs and odors and such even though I don't wash dishes anymore. Glad your trip to WM went ok. I was thinking of you when I went yesterday. My eye dr and my nail tech are both in Walmart so while I was in there I did some people watching just to see how people were dressed and such. I think if people actually paid attention to other people they would be shocked. I was. I rarely pay any attention to anyone when I am shopping just want to get it done, but after your injuries and trip, I decided to look at people more. Whooeee I got an eyeful that's for sure and it was in the daytime around 11 am. I hate to think how they go in there late at night. I saw pj's slippers, barely covering the body clothing, ripped clothing showing body parts they shouldn't, and on and on. I saw that botox thing and there was such an uproar about her being on GMA and telling people that social services are getting into the act. I find children's pageant shows dispicable. JonBenet Ramsey was a huge pageant little girl and look what happened to her. You would have thought that would have made people sit up and think twice about parading their little girls out on stage like Playboy bunnies or runway models or something. I mean the things they do to those girls, wax their eyebrows and bodies, dye their hair, give them things to wear over their teeth to make them look perfect, makeup up the wazoo, dressing so short they almost show their panties and on and on. On top of that, 99% of these girls are total little brats from being pampered and given in to by their parents. It is disgusting.

Maggie: I agree if you do something with your hands you can't eat unless you put it down. Knitting is definitely not a one handed craft. We rarely take Fortune anywhere with us if we have to leave him in the car. We have trouble with them stealing dogs here. They get into the car take the dog and sell them to laboratories. They do that with lost dogs or strays too. I guess they have some no questions asked places which is revolting.

Susan: I never could find any info on what went on here. I looked at the police site but didn't find anything relating to the police logs. You used to be able to go to the air shows for free, but they charge you now so Jack and I quit going. Besides, you seen them once they pretty much do the same thing over and over again, but the Blue Angels are pretty amazing that's for sure.

Well, gals, it is 4:30 so am going to catch a few winks before Jack gets home. I imagine I will start cleaning the downstairs today while he is asleep except for the vacuuming, which I can do tonight. Tomorrow is shot with commissary day, but then Monday I can work on the upstairs in the evening or wait until Wed I guess.

Have a great Saturday all! Faye

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Good Morning, Flowers! It's another cloudy, cold, and windy day although the wind has gone down some. I've got a load of laundry in both the washer and dryer, need to vacuum, and make a grocery run after lunch.

"Gma" -- I'm glad Jack can see an end to his night shift duty soon. I'm sure he is happy too. Your pot roast dinner sounds good; I think we are having chicken on the grill. Bob is off running errands and buying more bird/squirrel food. He is going to try and fix a section of grout in my kitchen floor as it is cracked and a little chunk is missing. I try not to go to WM on weekends or late afternoon because of the excess people there. I did pick up some VBS items yesterday and there were no checkouts open on the north end where I always park. I got in line and an employee asked me to move to the self service check out; I just looked at her and said, "thanks, but I prefer not to work for WM for free." She looked at me like I had two heads and walked away.

Not much to write about so guess I'll go take inventory and make a grocery list. Hope you all have a GREAT day!

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Old 05-14-2011, 05:11 PM   #3
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GOOD AFTERNOON MAGNOLIAS

It is in the low 60's and a beautiful cloudy day. The clouds are big and fluffy and the sky inbetween them is bright blue. Very beautiful. We just got back from seeing a couple get a room from "first call." Then we went to a nursery out in the country and bought some more plants for our garden. We got a round watermellon, some hot chili peppers, and some other veggies also. Will is out planting them as I type. The swelling in my knee has gone and taken the pain with it. I am not quite sure what I am going to make for dinner this day but will get it all figured out before long. Right now I am enjoying a lovely latte. The Quaker Oats company sent me a neat folder about Healthy Eating with Wheat Germ. I have had it for years and just came across it in one of my cookbook pockets recently. It is a 5 fold glossy card stock page with benefits and uses and a few recipes in it. I am going to have fun re-reading it. The recipes also have the nutritional information on them which is a plus for me for I always need to know what the points+ cost is. When I did more baking I would sometimes substitute some of the flour in a recipe with a an equal amount of wheat germ. It works well in cookies, muffins, biscuits, and breads. 1 Tablespoon equals 2 points+ which is more than flour costs in points but worth the benefits and taste if used sparingly. At least I think it is.

DONNA FAYE You get up with the s girlfriend. I am still snoozing away at that time. That's too bad about all those folks losing their jobs because of the flooding. Not to wonder why the welfare rolls have swelled so big. Take good care of your feet this evening. They are the only two you have and you don't get anymore so treat them good.

JEAN I love what you said to that person at the store. I told that to Will and he said he will use that line next time they ask him to move to the express lane where you do everything yourself.

Everyone have a lovely afternoon and evening. Type at y'all later.
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Good afternoon, ladies! Another rainy day but its up to 76 degrees.

I went to WW this morning and then the grocery store. Haven't done a thing this afternoon but think about what I should be doing and reading.

Faye, I guess one of the benefits of living in a county is the police log is public record and printed in the newspaper every Saturday along with all the property transfers. We don't have police, just sheriff and deputies. A hint on those charts, take it to a copy shop if you don't have an all-in-one printer and have them copy it mirrored. It will then be in the correct order for you. You can also scan it into your computer and print it mirrored. You dinner sounds good.

Jean, you'll be encountering more and more of the self-checkouts in the future. Do you use ATM's? Same thing.

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I've snoozed away the evening in front of the tv so am wide awake now that it is time to go to bed. I don't know why I was tired because I didn't do anything except laundry, sort some more clothes for the SOS store, and ironed a few things.

Maggie -- The weatherman said there is a chance of frost tomorrow night! We just got the flowers planted and pots put out! Bob can hardly contain himself when the WM clerks ask him to go to the self checkouts. Beth uses them all the time because she thinks they are faster.

Susan -- It sounds like you had a quiet day today. I hope the rainy weather comes to an end soon; I miss the sunshine! I rarely use the ATM and then only at the drive-up here in town. It's the same with my debit card; I rarely use it out of town. Several of the teachers have had double charges or stolen #s from shopping in bigger cities.

I'm going to head off to bed and read. I'm hoping I will fall asleep and sleep all night!

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Good morning gals. It is cool and in the 50's at the moment. It is supposed to stay in the 60's for most of the week before creeping back up again. This afternoon we are taking a trip out to the commissary. I cannot go by myself or I would. Ever since my second surgery, when I walk any distance at all I get these horrible muscle cramps in the abdomen. They double me over. It was awful when I went to Walmart the other day and I just had a few things to get. Since I wasn't at my normal weight after surgery, I don't know if getting all this weight off will cause that to go away or not like it does when you have back pain or whatever when you walk and it slowly goes away when you lose the weight. I just don't know. I just know that it is pretty debilitating for me. I have questioned the doctor about it, even a couple drs actually and they said it could be a symptom of my colon being so stretched now, but it is just an possible not a fact so who knows? Anyway, I cannot walk and do two weeks of shopping so I have to ride in a cart. I hate it, despise it actually, but the pain is worse than the embarrassment of not being able to walk through the store.

I talked to Jack yesterday about how high the river was and it is 46 ft right now so has only gone down about a ft in a week so his boss spoke to soon. There is no way it will drop 4 ft by tomorrow. His foreman said he will have to work another week until the 23rd at the earliest, which was the original estimate. I had told Jack when his boss originally said Monday, that he shouldn't count on it because I didn't think it would happen and he would be really disappointed, but he was sure so I got on the bandwagon with him and now he has to endure another week of it. He was so exhausted yesterday as it is catching up with him that I was actually scared of him driving to work. I told him to text me when he got to work ok. He did and said he napped on and off last night. He is upstairs sound asleep now. He is staying on WW religiously as am I, but I think he was a little disappointed when he weighed himself this morning. He said he was "stuck." I told him not to fret all this stress can cause problems of all kinds and not to be surprised if after this is all over he doesn't drop a ton all at once. Me, I am dropping weight steadily, am finding no problems at all actually. I don't talk about it much here because I feel like I jinx myself every time I do. I tell you from time to time how much I have lost, but I keep stalling about doing a chart again because I don't want to go back. It is stupid because I am not having any problems at all and haven't for awhile. I did have a few months where I went back to eating badly and like an idiot took up drinking full sugar soda, but that was weeks ago. I haven't been craving sugar and except for what is in foods I cook the only sugar I have is an occasional WW or Skinny cow ice cream treat. I don't eat anything with sugar during the day at all. I do have carbs, but not sugar.

I am about halfway done with Alicia's scarf but am going to run out of yarn. I made it two stitches wider than called for and I know I will not have enough yarn so will make a trip this week out to Joann's and see if they have it since it is Bernat brand. All my goodies from Mother's Day should be here sometime next week. I am anxious to make a couple of those coffee cozys and see how they come out.

I think I am going to have to go back to the gyn and have the procedure done we talked about last fall. I don't want to do it, but she told me to give it 6-12 months and if things didn't stop and put me post menopausal to come back in and they would do the ablation. Well they haven't and so I guess I am going to have to face another hospital procedure, but it is going to have to wait until all this craziness is over and probably not until fall since Jack is having his surgery in August. I am not in any danger, just dealing with stuff that I should be over and done with and this is the only solution she has to stop it since they have found no signs of any kind of trouble. Crazy!

Jean: We had them in a couple WM and they took them out because people were stealing so much. They would put stuff in the bags when they removed them and put them in their cart that they hadn't scanned. So we have no self service and Jack likes checking himself out. I just don't like standing in line forever when the checkout people want to jaw with customers instead of just get people through. I don't mind a bit of pleasantry, but if you are holding people up for 10 minutes that is another thing and they are bad about it here. I had an incident a few months ago and still don't know what it was about. I received a new debit card in the mail with all new numbers and expiration date and such and my card was good for another 18 months. I guess the credit union noticed something and sent out a new card. I use my debit card all the time everywhere even on line and haven't had anything but that one thing with the bank and they never said what it was about. Maybe because I don't have hundreds of dollars for them to steal in my account so they don't bother with me!

Susan: It isn't in the online paper and we don't get the daily one so I don't know. Knowing this city they wouldn't tell you anyway because the less you know about crime in this city the better they seem to like it. I think they downplay a lot of what goes on here. You wouldn't know anything if it weren't for the media here. I saw they are having the story of the police from West Memphis AR on 60 minutes this week. This was a really sad story as the police chief's son was one of the men killed by these militant nuts when they pulled them over for a routine traffic stop. It end up in a shootout at the Walmart there in W Memphis and the father and son in the van were both shot and killed. His widow is suing the city and the police officers involved even though her son and husband fired first on officers that didn't even have their guns drawn. I know that I can scan it in and my printer program will reverse it, I am not sure I need to do that as it is a pretty easy chart, but it just was funny I didn't connect it.

Maggie: I have to be really careful about what types of fiber I put in my diet. I notice somethings do ok and some of them even drinking a lot of water will bind me up and wheat germ is one of them for some reason. Who knows why. Hope you are having a nice Lord's Day today. I can hear the birds singing outdoors and it is one of those blue sky days that are almost white it is so clear.

Well everyone have a great day. I need to eat a bite of breakfast then go upstairs and shower and dress for the commissary later. I am in the middle of a great legal thriller and want to finish it too. Faye
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Good Morning, Flowers! We got up to cold and rain, but the sun is shining right now although still cold and breezy. I hope it warms up! My flowers are hanging in there for now. Bob is singing at second service and I just finished reading the paper. I have piles of clothes sitting around the livingroom; I had planned to put sweatshirts and turtlenecks away but with this weather will wait another week. BRRRR!

"Gma" -- I'm sorry you and Jack are going to have to put up with with another week of night duty. Are you able to match yarn dye lots when you run out before you finish a project? I'm sure Alicia will enjoy the scarf. I know you don't look forward to another surgery but if it will solve the problem then that is what is important. It would be wonderful if someone could figure out, for sure, what causes the pain when you walk. I hope the commissary run goes smoothly for you today.

I need to change clothes and get my potatoes and corn in the oven, chicken is going on the grill! Enjoy your Sunday!

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GOOD AFTERNOON MAGNOLIAS

It is a chilly day here in the Heartland in the 50 with the every blowing wind. We ate at home again this Sunday and are going to start doing that more often. Then we went to our favorite place to buy plants and bought some burssels sprouts to plant in our every growing veggie garden. Some of the seeds we planted are coming up. Corn and radishes. Most of the veggies we bought plants. I have a chicken in the rotisserie as I type which we will eat after evening services. I have to go to see my doc tomorrow for a follow up since she did tweek some of my meds. After this visit I don't think I will have to go back for about a year. She is in a different town and we always enjoy the drive there. My knee on my "good leg" swells here when it gets hot probably because of the humidity. Anyway it hurts like the dickens. And Wouldn't you know it I couldn't locate my knee brace. Will and I got our thinking caps on and have probably now figured out where it went and we will stop hunting for it since I haven't had it since we moved here. Remember he had some things stolen out of our motorhome when we were out of town. Well I remember that brace was rolled up and in the bottom of a garment bag. And Will rememberd he had his sherriff jacket in a garment bag and they both are missing. Probably when all my charms were stolen and some of his knifes which he was able to get back by the way. One of those hoodlems is probably getting a kick out of wearing that jacket. I ordered another brace today and it cost me $80. Now I would have much rather have spent that money on something else don't ya know. I probably won't have to wear it much but when the humidity get high I will be glad I have it.

DONNA FAYE I sure hope that an operation can fix your cramping problem. Don't let it get you down to have to use a cart. My goodness girlfriend ~ that is what those carts are for ~ to give a help to the shoppers who need a little or a lot. I am so thankful they have them for I too use them on occasion. Once a real good looking elderly gentleman asked me if I wanted to race. Hope you find all you need at the commissary. We get new debit cards just about every few months now. And have been sent cards from the bank with new numbers way before the others had expired. Keeping trouble away. The trouble I was just having with my debit card was on a not very old card but I have a new one now.

JEAN What fun to cook outdoors. Pretty soon we will be doing a lot of that. That must have been scary to have that tornado touch down so close to your place.

Everyone have a lovely afternoon.
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Good evening, ladies. It's been a pleasant Sunday with rain off and on but in the 80s.

Faye, maybe we'll find out what was going on in one the episodes of Policewomen of Memphis. Y'all do have some problems there according to that show. I dropped a stitch on my scarf and with that fuzzy yarn I couldn't find it quickly so I tore it all out. I hope the commissary wasn't too crowded today.

Jean, frost in the middle of May! No thanks! I hope your plants survive okay. I have 7 beautiful pink and 2 yellow roses blooming right now.

Maggie, I used to eat out a lot but anymore I'm content to eat at home so I can have what I should be eating.

Hi, Gail.

It's time for Extreme Makeover so have a good evening.
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Maggie -- Sorry you are missing your brace but glad that you remembered what happened to it. I guess I don't remember the motor home theft or else it happened when you were without internet service. The tornado was probably 100+ miles away; it did some damage to a few farm buildings but nothing to people.

Susan -- It is 52 degrees right now but the wind is picking up. Both the Weather Bug and the weather channel on tv show frost warnings for tonight. We brought our little flower pots into the garage and Bob covered the bigger ones. This weather is just plain crazy. It's hard to plan a day ahead for clothing or outside activities.

I am going to read for a bit and then watch the news. It was a late night last night and early morning today.
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Good morning everyone! Happy Monday! I'm happy to report that my father-in-law is doing well but still in the rehab hospital. He wants to stay there until he can put weight on his leg. And no matter how hard I try to convince him to come visit with us for awhile he just does not want to leave Virginia Beach. On the other side of the coin, my dad's Parkinson's Disease is getting worse. His tremors have increased since I saw him when my father-in-law had his accident. I know he has his good days and his bad days and perhaps this was just a bad day he was having on Saturday.

Sorry for the quick post but I wanted y'all to know I'm alive and well! I'll be back in here later to do some personal posting.
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Good morning everyone! It is going to be a nice cool day today so I may get something done today. I sure hope so. I need to get cleaning done again as I didn't get anything done this weekend like I planned. We did get commissary shopping done and even though he was tired Jack stayed up, we got a bite of lunch together and talked about planning for next year's vacation. We are planning a cruise and I hope with all the extra money to be able to put the deposit down then use our tax refund next year to pay for the rest of the trip. He got home about an hour ago, ate some cereal and went to bed. I imagine he is dead to the world by now!

Today was weigh in day and I am down 6 lbs from last week. Jack and figured if I can lose 2 1/2 lbs per week between now and next year's vacation I should be in good shape as far as walking and all that, which is my main concern for the cruise at this point. If as the time is close, and I have lost what I feel should put me at a fairly healthy weight again, not at goal, but certainly much much better than now and I am finding the muscle cramps still don't go away with walking, I may consider just renting a scooter to take on the cruise for the week to do excursions and such so I can enjoy the trip. Hopefully, as the weight comes off the cramping will go away. It is a wait and see at this point.

I bought some yummy smelling candles yesterday, half pear and half cinnamon. Boy do they smell good. I love cinnamon smell in my house and this adds just a bit of softness to round it out.

Maggie: Two things I have had stolen really hurt me, the watch Jack bought me as a wedding present and this beautiful cross necklace he he bought me for graduation from high school. The cross was especially dear because it was unique. It was very small and the white gold cross was a twisted pattern looking like twisted ivy then it had a diamond in the middle. For some reason the twisted cross always made me think of the Savior dragging that wooden cross up the hill to Calvary. Both these items were stolen when we moved. Money to replace them just didn't do it as I couldn't replace the necklace. I got a giggle out of your post because I read it wrong at first. I was reading about the veggies you planted and then saw I have a chicken! For some reason didn't see the "in the rotisserie" part and thought you had bought a chicken to raise out in that yard with the veggies, fruits and the two dogs! That's what I get for reading too fast.

Gail: Sorry your father is having such a hard time. It is a truly awful disease for one thing it drags on and on and especially for the elderly the symptoms really take a toll on the body and what it can do. At least your fil is not laying around the bed predicting his own doom so that is good. How is the knitting coming along. I am almost out of the yarn for the scarf and haven't been anyplace to look so I may just order it online again and pay the shipping costs. I am not in a hurry though as I have until the middle of July to get it done. Do you find any 100% cotton yarn does ok for dishcloths? I have some and I am thinking about making some to test it out. It is left over from a project and I have several colors still in their wrappings.

Susan: One of my facebook friends talked about that very thing and said she wondered if me standing out in my nightgown and sweater with my clogs on would be on Policewomen of Memphis. Thank heavens there were no cameras! :lolol: We have some real feisty lady cops here in town. Most of what you see on tv is the bad part of town too so they really put their life on the line. Our police force is stretched pretty thin and we are such in a mess with the budget and such we cannot hire more of them. We have really cut back on eating out too. No matter what, it is very hard to control and eat properly eating out because you aren't fixing it.

Jean: Jack doesn't like chicken on the grill and I wish he did because I really like it. My nephew fixes a mean bbq chicken on the grill and usually cooks some up if you are up there in the summer time. Hopefully, permanent spring warm weather will start for you soon. I just hope you northerners don't have big bouts of rain or Jack will be at this forever. If he has to work Monday night and they are done, he isn't working Tuesday for sure. He has so much overtime it won't matter anyway what he does. I look forward to next Tuesday getting here that's for sure. My sleep is so screwed up and the dog is so messed up because he always slept with Jack in the bed at night that he won't sleep up there and he jumps on and off the recliner and drives me nuts, barking at me and such and he has never done that before.

Well gals, it is breakfast time. I am going to have fresh raspberries for breakfast this morning and cereal I think. Have a great start to your week all! Faye
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Good Morning! The sun is shining brightly and it's promising to be a nice day. I've been to church, stopped to drop off Zowie's birthday picture for the newspaper, and home again. Now what chore do I start on next? *sigh* Sitting here is much more fun!

Gail -- I think, in the long run, your father-in-law will be much happier if he can stay "home" where he is comfortable while he recuperates. I'm sorry about your dad and hope he was just having a bad day. I know my dad got very shaky taking Prednisone and I worried about him alot.

"Gma" -- on losing 6#s! Whatever you are doing is working so keep on doing it! Going on a cruise will be good motivation to stay on program. What brand of candles did you buy? The flavor sounds delicious. We grilled Schwans' boneless, skinless chicken breasts and they were very moist. We're eating leftovers for lunch today. Tonight we are going out to eat with the group that Bob sings with. The pastor's wife sings with them and they go out to eat when someone moves away. I missed going with the bell choir because we were in Sioux Falls. I hope you get your chores done that are on your list today.

Guess I will go do dishes first and then move on to vacuuming the dust/fur hunks. Ernie is really shedding this year. Have a GREAT day and enjoy!

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It is a beautiful 70 degree day here in the Heartland. The wind isn't blowing and that is wonderful for Will to spread some of that great dirt in the garden and lawn on low spots. Went to the doc today and all is well and I don't have to go back for a year unless I need to for some reason that comes up in between. My meds are all working like they should and she just added a small dosage of aspirn to my pill coctail, because after all, I am getting advanced in age & aspirn is a good thing for you to aid in preventing bad things from happening. While Will was in Wall*Mart he bought me some Crayola Freez'r Pop containers so I can make my own popcicles. I have this marvelous recipe I am anxious to try which is called "Watermelon-Jalepeno Ice Pops" which are 2 points + for grownups. The recipe calls for 8 (3-ounce) molds and these I have are 6 (2 1/2 ounce) moulds. Maybe if I get another set of 3 the recipe will fill all 9 and it figures out to be still be 2 points + each and I will just have one more pop. He bought the last set they had so I will have to wait until they get more. OH ~ there was a set there where someone had stolen one out of the pack but they won't sell it that way. It will just be thrown out. Such a nice day calls for something to put on the grill don't ya think. Oh, BTW ~ this is my weigh day and I am up a pound. I do fluctuate on this road to thin and I refuse to trip. I'll get over this bump and get on down the road.

DONNA FAYE Another 6 pounds! I can see you now on that cruise looking good. I wish you the best down the road to thin. We can do this thing! Yep we do have the gumption to do it. I would love to have chickens in the yard. Fresh eggs are the best so I have to rely on Egglands. But a chicken in the yard would be fun. When we move to Texas we will have chickens and grow our own beef. That time is getting closer ~ We are looking at a couple of years. I think we will get Texas plates on the Jeep sooner than we move there though. I think it will be fun to attend WW where I first started down the road to thin. Doubt if the same leader is there but it will be fun to attend there.

JEAN Those chicken pieces are great to bbq for we have grilled them before and they always come out moist and yummy. I like the seasonal magazine sized recipe booklets put out by Cooking Light and got the latest called Quick & Easy Low-Calorie Recipes (122 of them). It will be displayed until June 3, 2011 then the Summer one will be out. Just thought if you wanted a neat booklet to look at with yummy recipes to try you might check it out. Will picked it up at Hastings Book Store which is a small national chain.

SUSAN Sounds like Spring has sprung in your area. Those flowers blooming are lovely sounding. Our glads are coming up. It is so much easier to do the program when we eat at home isn't it. Even though they give the points of their food it just doesn't seem to work as well as home cooked.

GAIL Old folks can get so stubborn. But they know what they want and no matter can we change their minds unless we can make it seem it is "their" idea to make the change. Poor dear is realizing it that he is slipping and it is getting to him it seems. I wish I lived closer to you. Will gets a kick out of me for the old men always like to talk to me. He will be in shopping and come out to the Jeep and there will be an elderly gentleman standing by my window having a conversation with me. Happens a lot. A real lot. I like the old folks. Life is good. When my father had old-timers disease he always knew who I was. Their memory plays tricks on them but he always knew me and that was so special to me. My mother always loved it when Will & I would stop by for my father always "came to." It was sad to see such a brilliant man lose the edge like that. I have such good memories of him when he was "oh so smart." Brillient in fact.

All y'all have a wonderful late afternoon which it has become. Type at y'all later.

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Good evening, ladies - yep, more rain. In fact we are under a flooding alert until noon on Wednesday. It is in the 80s now so that is nice.

I went to the Y this morning and did water aerobics and water zumba with my friend Linda, then we decided to see how much we could do of the next class. Managed a total of 2-1/2 hours and now we have a goal to be able to do all 3 classes. I burned 985 calories this morning which is 10 APs.

Didn't do much this afternoon but laundy and I'm going to go quilt a little after I finish this. Tomorrow is work.

Faye - congratulations on losing another 6 pounds. Way to go!

Maggie - you've got the right attitude. We can do everything right and still see the scale go up. Just hang in there and it will come off.

Jean, summer is just around the corner if Ernie is shedding his winter coat. Does he ever go outside?

Gail, I have a friend with Parkinson's who is also a quilter. She had to give up hand work, and she was marvelous at it, and now she is getting to be quite a machine quilter but some days she can't even hold a glass of water to get a drink. I hope your father was just having an off day. I know it is worrisome for you. I wonder if your FIL feels like if he comes to your house he'll never get to go home again?

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