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Maggie 11-05-2012 03:36 PM

Steel Magnolias #31


It is a chilly day here in the ♥-Land and the temps are about the same as the last few days. I weighed first thing on my scale and I showed the same so expect the same at WW this evening. Whatever will be will be. My eyes sure itch today ~ must be something on the ever blowing wind. I used some “artificial tears” and that seemed to help some. I need some new lemon drops. I like to suck on one once in a great while and these now taste old. I haven’t had one in months and they probably do have an expiration date. :lol: They make my mouth feel fresh. I found a little sealed packet of them when I was cleaning out my desk the other day along with a small packet of :flame: jaw breakers which I have had over a year now. Little surprises hiding in my desk drawer. :cp:

For lunch this day I had a quarter cup of potato salad, one chicken strip and 2 potato fires. It was good and certainly filled me up. I am drinking my sf ff vanilla latte and enjoying it immensely on this chilly day. The wind is coming out of the North and has a bite to it. :brr:

I have been having fun making up my Schwan’s® order which will be delivered on the 16th. They have some nice seasonal items that I would love to have them in my freezer for guests and also for just Will and me. Appetizer type items that I will get are “Surf & Turf Bacon Wrapped (5P+ for 4); Puff Pastry Hors d’Oeuvre collection (6P+ for 4); Buffalo Style Boneless Wyngz ©(5P+ for 4); Jumbo Cooked Tail-Off Shrimp (2P+ for 9). I’m so glad they have these for now I don’t have to make any unless I want to that is. :D I can be a happy camper eating less than the “serving size” of those tasty little morsels. Gotta have those “perfect party appetizers to be the hostess with the mostest.” :lol: Plus if I buy them in November I won’t have a big order in December plus can have them to serve Thanksgiving time guests. Now I need to go and rearrange my freezer to make sure I have room for my order before I do place it. I love this time of the year plus it makes it easier to have things on hand to serve the guests that come by planned or unplanned during the season. I can easily make some “program friendly” dipping sauces to serve with the items.

DONNA FAYE What a lovely nice thing so do for kids in foster care. I am sure they will absolutely without a doubt appreciate beautiful sox instead of the white ones. :cp: That is good that you do take care of your dogs teeth. Our dogs bones that we give them have the job of teeth cleaning. They love knawing on their bones.

Have a great day Magonlias :wave: Type at y'all later.

Jean 11-05-2012 05:21 PM

Good Afternoon, Flowers! It's a dark dreary misty day in my corner of the world. It doesn't help that it is now dark an hour earlier! We had several different piles of money to count this morning; we balanced but when the "official counter" came back from the bank they had $105 more than we did! Better long than short for us! I picked up the gift shop money but didn't count it as I was later getting home and had a P.E.O. meeting this afternoon. Just got home and changed back into my comfortable jeans and sweatshirt! After sweet treats this afternoon I'm not the least bit hungry for supper. :no:

Maggie -- :congrat: on your wise food choices at the potluck yesterday! Potato salad sounds so good :T as I haven't made one for quite awhile. Maybe tomorrow will be the day! Good luck at WW tonight.

"Gma" -- How nice of you to knit socks for foster children. My "niece" likes funky socks and when she worked as a med tech the patients always got a kick out of them. She has a receptionist type job now so I doubt that she can wear them but maybe she does; she lives in CA. I will check out the Dick F. books; I just noticed last night the author of Bloodline is Felix, not Dick. Makes me think of Felix the cat! :lol:

I need to do a couple loads of laundry so better get at least one in the washer. Enjoy your evening. Don't forget to VOTE tomorrow so we can celebrate the end of the campaigning! :wave:

Jean 11-06-2012 10:36 AM

Good Morning, Flowers! The sun is shining :cp: :cp: :cp: , the wind is blowing but is supposed to rev up more this afternoon, and the temperature is a "warm" 50 degrees. One thing about our weather, it keeps us guessing! :rolleyes: I have the gift shop money counted and ready for a trip to the bank. Bob was going to drive by the voting site and see if there is a line, then call me. Other than that I plan to work on the afghan some more today, do a little more magazine/catalog sorting, and clear off the kitchen counters. The island is first on my list. :twirly:

I am off to the bank with my face on and my hair combed; combing my hair will be a waste of time with the wind but at least it looked good in the car. Have a terrific day and don't forget to VOTE! ( If you don't vote you can't complain later.) :wave:

gma22 11-06-2012 10:42 AM

Good morning gals. It is cool here this morning for sure. We are going to go vote after Jack gets off work, but from what I hear polling places have been packed. Maybe by this afternoon it won't be because people won't be off work yet. We have never had long lines voting and the church we vote at is actually two polling places on the same property. Of course living here, you would be hard pressed to find a Republican, except us! :lol:

I talked to my son this morning. He said Jackson liked his Halloween candy and went as a teenage ninja turtle. I told him to have Alicia send me a picture. They will be down here in the three weeks so we are looking forward to seeing them. I asked him how training was going for the marathon and he said pretty good he was out running before work at 5 AM and it was 25 degrees! I told him it would definitely be a lot warmer down here the day of the race. I feel bad because I can't go to the race site. It is really far away from parking to walk it and secondly you are out in the middle of no where with no restrooms, which is the real problem. So, I will just wish he and Tom well before they go.

I am on the heel of Thomas's sock so breezing right along. I hope I can have the first one done by the weekend.

Jean: Kelly was complaining about coming home from work in the dark. I can understand her concerns. Jack gets home so early he doesn't have that problem, but it is still slightly dark when he leaves in the morning. I succumbed to peanut butter m and m's last night. They are my weakness, unfortunately. :lol: I'm like you, I love a good potato salad. I especially love German potato salad but haven't had a good hot potato salad since my grandma died.

Maggie: Sounds like you had a yummy lunch. I had a frozen meatloaf and mash tater lunch yesterday. I think I will have a lean pocket pretzel spinach wrap today. I love their pretzel bread wraps.

I guess I better get out of here and get the rest of the chores done. I want to color my hair today as I have a haircut on Saturday. Wish I could afford them just to do it, but it is way too expensive to do that so I will just do it myself even though it is a mess! :lol:

Have a great election day!!! Faye

Maggie 11-06-2012 12:42 PM

Titilating Tuesday


I showed a “maintain” at weigh in last evening and am fine with it. I bought some goodies there and they are really very good “Aloha! Almond Bar” - 3P+ and “Toffee Peanut Perfection” mini bars – 2P+. I already have a box of the “Chocolate Caramel” mini bars which are excellent - 2P+. I’ll have to pick up another box or two of the “Aloha! Almond Bars” because Will has discovered how yummy they are. These are good to have on hand when that afternoon “slump” comes around. I don’t eat one every day but I do like one on occasion and they are “program friendly.”

I just received a good sounding recipe from the Pillsbury® folks. You may also get recipes in your e-mail from them and this one is called Bacon Breadstick Focaccia and it serves 6. I figured the points plus out to be 5 a serving. It will be fun to serve during the holidays for a brunch type thing with a boiled egg and some fruit. I’ll give it a try before I serve it to guests and see how well it freezes.

We haven’t had our TV on for 3 days now and this will probably be the 4th day. We may just get to the point when we fire cable. The longest we have ever been without TV was 5 years and we sure felt better for not having it. I can read enough to know what is going on and not have my head in the sand. I sure got some things done that I had been putting off these last few days. I totally got my office cleaned and some things re-arranged to be more “user friendly.” I like having a place for everything and everything in its place. I do have several books that I want to read and don’t like to start one until I have a block of time to marathon it. :lol: I have 4 of the Jack Reacher novels by Lee child on my bookshelf to read. Life is good.

JEAN Happy to see the sun are you. Yep, nice to see blue skies and the sun even in cold weather. Wonderful! I have a ton of atalogs to toss ~ lots of paper there. I am only keeping the few I plan to order something from this year and the rest go to the dump.

DONNA FAYE Lots of folks want to vote this go-round more than usual. We know of a couple more of Republicans living in Memphis besides of you and Jack. :D Pretsel bread wraps? I have never had any and it sure sounds interesting. Can you get the wraps or do they just come on the Lean Pockets I wonder. I once had a friend that had the job of chemically testing Lean Pockets and they gave her several of each kind to run tests on leaving her others [left overs] to try after the tests were accomplished. She used to give us some and they were always yummy. Interesting job she had.

Have a wonderful afternoon Magnolias :wave: I am off to scare up some lunch.

gma22 11-06-2012 04:03 PM

Maggie: I mispoke a bit. The lean pockets just say "pretzel bread" on them and come in a variety of choices. I buy the spinach and cheese and the grilled chicken jalapeno cheddar, which I know you would love. I think they are 6 or 7 pts, but that is on the old pts system, which is what Jack and I use.

Maggie 11-07-2012 12:31 PM

Wonderful Chilly Wednesday


And the beat goes on. Our weather is staying the same once again and that isn’t a total surprise for we are at a current 50º. Don’t you find it rather amusing that when folks are prevented from talking about politics they talk about the weather. We are hoping for more moisture :rain: this winter for the crops surely need it. The winter wheat is up in the hills & dales around here but will not survive unless it gets some rain. This winter we are going to start gathering up the materials to build us a green house so we can have more climate control of our crop of veggies. Having our garden :flame: fried this past season gave us a wakeup call that can’t be ignored if we want fruits of our labor, so to speak, we must protect them.

OH I am so happy. It doesn’t take much to make me happy for I am always verging on a smile and one might break out on any occasion. I like living on the sunny side of life. :lol: I received the little glass tree and ornaments I had ordered for my village and it is absolutely darling. The round glass balls are decorated with gold and really pretty. I still have the little glass toy ornaments I had saved from the tree that got broken so I can use them or add some with the balls. I am also pleased that this little tree is a bit smaller than the other one I used to have for it will be perfect for the yard in my glass village. I now have it packed back in its container and put away with my Christmas “stuff.” I should be getting the other items delivered soon. If the hand carved little Santa set is coming from Germany it may take awhile. I never know now if what I order will be sent to me from this country. When I ordered that dresser scarf from a US of A company it came from China.

We didn’t watch any TV again and have decided to sell it and if we want to see a movie we have computers that we can watch them on. We will probably watch them on mine since it is what is called a “HP Pavilion Entertainment PC” and has a good sound system in it, so I don’t have to use external speakers. I have had the FOX news & the Drudge report coming to my computer for years now and I can read what I want from them to keep me informed and “in the know.” Plus by dumping cable it will give us money to save toward buying a motor home. We just don’t get as much enjoyment out of watching TV as it cost us in do re me to have it.

Have a great day Magnolias ~ :wave: Type at y’all later.

Jean 11-07-2012 02:48 PM

Good Afternoon, Flowers! It's a beautiful sunny day, warm enough to have the sliding door open for Ernie and his little brother, and just a slight breeze. I made a grocery run this morning; $100 used to fill at least 10 - 15 grocery bags but not any more. :no: I made chili for lunch and that's been the extent of my efforts for the day.

Maggie -- :congrat: on the maintain! You know the saying that it is better than a gain any day. I do get recipes from Pillsbury but I must admit I am lax about studying them if I am in a hurry going through emails. I'm glad your Christmas tree and ornaments arrived safely. I know you will enjoy getting your village ready for Christmas. If you don't watch tv then getting rid of it and saving money would be a good choice for you. I have the tv on most of the time because we have music channels if there is nothing I want to watch. Can't beat music from the 50s and 60s! ;)

"Gma" -- It makes me so mad that the media can report stats from the east before the west is finished voting. :tantrum: Just wait and see all the "hidden" taxes that are going to go into effect because of O's bright ideas. Farm land, rent, and equipment is just the beginning. I've never had hot potato salad. How do you make it? I looked for Lean Pretzel wraps this morning and didn't find any. I will check the other store and WM next time I'm there.

I need to take a check to be paid, to the hospital, and also pay for a Christmas tree I bought. It's metal with nothing on it so could leave it up year around although I probably won't. I have bell practice later this afternoon and then plan to watch a NO politics evening of tv. Hope you all enjoy a wonderful Wednesday! :wave:

gma22 11-07-2012 05:45 PM

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Afternoon gals! It is chilly here indoors, but not too bad outside except it is going to rain I think.

I am now on the foot part of Thomas's sock thank goodness. I hope I can finish this one by the weekend.

I finally got those stupid slippers. They are cute but way overpriced. Guess that is the plight of being a grandma! :lol: I don't get a list of Thomas and he is going to get money. It is way too hard to buy for him anymore as he has everything.

Jean: Like I tell people who voted for him, choke on it because if you have a job you will have less in your paycheck, if you don't you still won't, if you are in the military, don't plan on coming home, the deficit is going to implode, and a lot more. I think the biggest group of people are under 40. It is sad that the next generation actually think socialism is ok. Sad, sad. I posted a picture of the pretzel bread lean pockets. This particular one is my favorite and it is 7 ww points. We have Sirrius XM in our car and I always have it on 60's on 6 and we have music channels too so I can put them on in the house. I like to put them on when I am cleaning house. I can also program the tv with a timer if I want to sit in the recliner and listen to music and nap! :lol:

Maggie: Glad you had a maintain. That is always good. I know you are excited about setting up the whole village now that you got the other pieces. How fun. I like to have tv on during the day a lot of times when I am knitting so I think I would really miss it.

Hope you all have a nice evening. Faye

gma22 11-08-2012 07:57 AM

Good morning gals. It is :brr: here this morning, 31 degrees. I can tell it is cold as the furnace has been on most of this morning and I have it set at 69. It looks kind of cloudy this morning, but at least it isn't what is happening in the east. They get slammed with that hurricane then the same storm hits them with a noreaster. I feel so sorry for them.

I am watching best food ever this morning and it is all about bakeries. Maybe not such a good idea, but one of the bakeries is here in Memphis and I didn't even know it existed. It is called Miss Muffin, but they no longer make muffins but fancy cakes and they don't use foudant but buttercream. The cakes look just like foudant cakes. I think next year I will get Jack one for his birthday with some kind of Navy theme. They are showing a bakery in Philadelphia owned by a family of black women that makes cakes and they are all flavored lb cakes. These are not lightweights as they do use a pound of butter and use a dozen eggs and she used heavy cream instead of milk. I would say they are not diet friendly at all. She was making a cake called "Company's Comin'" and is a coconut cake. I despise coconut so it didn't bother me at all! :lol:

We have commissary and both haircuts this weekend so we shall be busy. At the moment, I just want to wrap myself in a heating pad and blanket. I have had a horrible backache and cramps since yesterday. Ibuphrophen will work for awhile, but doesn't last and neither does something supposedly to last longer. This has worn me down so much I am almost to the point of saying stop and talking to her about the hysterectomy again. This is no way to live. It makes it hard to work at losing weight because I just feel so lousy. Until all this started a few years ago I was upbeat all the time. Now I just feel beat down instead and I hate it.

I have worked on my socks just a bit when I get tired of knitting on Thomas's and they are cute color combos. I am going to sit in the recliner and knit this morning until I feel better than get to going on chores.

Everyone have a super day today and keep dry and warm. Only a couple weeks until Thanksgiving. I can't believe it! The kids will be here in just 3 weeks. Faye

Jean 11-08-2012 11:18 AM

Good Morning, Flowers! The sun is shining, the wind is blowing, and it's a little nippy outside this morning. The weatherman promised a warmer afternoon! I've been on the phone trying to find a credit for the gift shop because the buyer used a hospital credit card. I could never be an accountant -- no way! I hope it comes through soon. I have crafty club this afternoon and need to do some laundry this morning. One load should be done and ready for the dryer when I finish here.

"Gma" -- Grandmas buy things that parents never would! ;) I hope the slippers are a big hit and will last awhile. Our tv station showed a 102 year old lady voting for the first time; she walked with a walker, very very slow, had another person hanging on to her, and helping her hold her pen! I wonder whose vote went on the paper?! Our local paper showed a bilingual lawyer from Des Moines "helping" nonEnglish speaking people, here, vote! I'm sorry but enough is enough is enough!!!!! :crazy: Did you see the voters in Ohio who showed up without any ID were allowed to go get something to prove who they were and return to vote? That made me really mad. Thanks for sharing the picture! I was looking for something different in Lean Cuisine. :dizzy:

I need to figure out what I'm wearing this afternoon, then switch laundry loads. Enjoy your day wherever you are and whatever you are doing! :wave:

Maggie 11-08-2012 01:46 PM

Thankful Thursday


The sun for my village came yesterday afternoon and it is absolutely gorgeous. It is glass and has a double row of rays and is 3 inches from point to point and the center portion of the sun is 1 inch. I am so jazzed! :cp: We hung it with mono filament over the village from a hook in the ceiling and you can only see the sun and not what it is hung up there with. No wonder the lady on the phone asked me “how many” when I made my order. She said folks were buying several to hang along in a window as sun catchers. I explained about my village and why I only needed the one. But it is called “Sunburst Sun Catcher. :lol: And the bottom of the box reads “made in China.” Now all I am waiting for is that hand carved Santa set and I will have received all that I have ordered this year for my village enhancement this season. I have a building cut out that I need to get finished soon then I am going to build a friend one as a gift. I haven’t decided on which one to make for her yet but I will do that when I finish up the building I already have cut out. Makes sense to me. :yes: Life is good.

We have been out and about this morning and stopped by Mickey D’s and I ate ¾ ths of a breakfast burrito and half of a hash-brown and drank half a container of milk and feel quite full yet. I figure I had a 9 point meal that way. We picked up Will’s re-enactment gun and it is a beauty. They did a great job on it for the grips look like rosewood. He is off now to go to his volunteer job at the Museum. Before heading home we went by our coffee place and so I am now sipping on a sf ff vanilla latte thinking I just may have good sense. :lol:

I have been listening to some John Denver’s Rocky Mountain Collection music. He was so talented and died young flying a plane. Anyway it is fun to revisit his music. ♫♪ “Some days are diamonds and some days are stone.”♫♪

The mail just arrived and brought me my Santa set. It is so very cute. It came in a wooden box tied shut with a red cloth ribbon. Even though it is wood it will look lovely with my village. The set includes two deer ~ one with his head up and the other grazing; two trees, and Santa pulling a toy laden sled with a gold cord. Santa who stands 2” tall is carrying a little lantern in his other hand. Can you tell I am jazzed? :yes: The presentation boxes that have been coming with the things I have ordered for my village are really nice. The packing in this little box that came today is very thin shaved wood. The next thing I will be ordering is that Pasta Machine and attachments Will is getting me for a Christmas present. No surprise there. :lol: Will's vest he had ordered for the re-enactment arrived to day also so that will make him a happy camper.

DONNA FAYE You are putting up with your condition longer than I would for sure. When something starts to change an attitude one must do something to get their good humer back. Why not get back to the doctor and get all fixed up before Christmas. :hug:

JEAN Some states don't even require proof of who you are to vote. Any can vote ~ you know the old addage "Vote early & vote often."

Have a great day Magnolias ~ :wave: Type at y’all later.

Maggie 11-09-2012 12:15 PM

Finally Friendly Friday


It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood and I don’t have a thing on my list “to do” out of the ordinary so I will work on my building. I need to finish up that building before starting anything in that medium for Christmas presents I have yet to make. I have submitted my Schwans® order which will be delivered on the 16th. I like to get it in early so the items I want will be available and the driver will have things I order on the truck. Most of the order contains items that will be used during both holidays. As far as I know as things sit right now all of our “would be” guests for Thanksgiving will be going out of town. However, there may be someone at the last minute that has nowhere to go. I will go ahead and make a “traditional” Thanksgiving meal. I am thinking of doing a turkey breast in my indoor smoker if the weather doesn’t permit Will to do it outside in the smoker on the patio. I pull back the skin and lather spices on the meat then replace the skin to keep the breast moist. After it is done then we discard the skin. I am planning making a yummy pumpkin cheesecake for I have a tasty WW recipe. The un-eaten pieces will freeze well. :lol: Maybe pull a couple of pieces out of the freezer at Christmas time. I have other program friendly cheesecake recipes also but pumpkin is traditional this time of the year.

Have a great day Magnolias ~ :wave: Type at y’all later.

Jean 11-09-2012 04:13 PM

Good Afternoon, Flowers! It's a bright sunny day and the wind continues to blow. The prediction is for 70 degrees tomorrow with a storm moving in tomorrow night; 30 degrees, wind, and rain. :brr: This morning I made a quick trip to the store for Ernie treats that I forgot on my last trip. Of course picked up a few other things too. I made a meatloaf for dinner and I thought it was awful. :( Bob said it was good, but not as good as usual. :lol: They never turn out the same way twice.

Maggie -- I have sun catchers hanging in my south kitchen window and depending on where the sun is, they sparkle on the opposite wall. Ernie can hardly stand it. When the furnace comes on they will move just a tiny bit. I\'ll bet Will is a happy camper with his new gun and you with your new Santas. :yes: We have been invited to my "sister\'s" for Thanksgiving, and the kids will each go to the in-laws. Everyone has to work on Friday so makes it easier not having to travel. I imagine everyone will be here for Christmas again. My "mom" hopes to get moved by mid-December.

I hear the dryer buzzing so need to fold towels and get the next load in the dryer. Enjoy the rest of your day and evening! :wave:

Jean 11-10-2012 11:32 AM

Good Morning, Flowers! It\'s a warm 50 degrees heading up to 70 says the weatherman. The never ending wind is blowing and crappy weather is predicted for tonight. We are going to a Harvest/Thanksgiving Dinner, put on by a church, with Jason\'s in-laws tonight so I hope the weather doesn\'t change until we are back home. We usually travel back roads but could take a longer route and stay on a main highway if the rain turns to ice. I\'ve got dusting and fur bunnies to round up, as well as laundry to do. I didn\'t work on the afghan yesterday so need to do that too.

I need to get busy. The dw should be done and ready to unload, then on to the rest. Enjoy your day! :wave:

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