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Maggie 12-07-2012 02:51 PM

Steel Magnolias #34


It’s a very chilly day here in the ♥-Land. I am truly thankful we have a good heater :cp: for I don’t like having to wear piles of clothing while in the house while I am working around. I am going to clean up my glass station and then cut out that last building I have been contracted to do for Christmas. I finished the box and it turned out real cute. Seems those boxes take as much time to build as a building does. I have been getting so many catalogues this year that I toss them as quick as they come. That is why when the mail came today it surprised me because no catalogues for me came this day. Yipekio ~ that sound you hear is my trash can giving a sigh of relief. I generate a lot of trash out of this room for sure. After I finish this last house I am going to play with my pasta maker and try to make some ravioli. The first batch will be a learning session for sure. The pictures make it look so easy. Maybe it is ~ I will just have to find out when I do it now won’t I. I didn’t own this attachment before so it is all new to me.

Tonight is the night Will plays Santa. The museum director is assembling a nice big bag of things to give out to the youngsters. It should be a fun time at the museum tonight. They are offering a free hay ride around the historic city with a young man giving narrative of the famous folks & pointing out where they lived here. This college student knows a lot of history about this area and truly is a wealth of information. Of course his major in college is US history. What fun it will be for those who attend the museum functions this evening.

I just counted 13 small holes in the front of this caftan I am wearing. It is my uniform to do my glass functions in. It sure saves my clothes from getting holes in the front of them. :lol: This is an old one that I had over 80# ago and way too big for me now but works great as a cover up for this work.

JEAN Interesting about the big SNAFU. Hopefully everything works out to the better and no one gets hurt in the process. No left overs with the corn. Now you don't have to decide what to do with it. Yep, time to wrap what you have and find out who you may now need to buy for. Will and I decided last night what it is we are gifting folks with this year. When we get it all rounded up I love to do the wrapping. :p

:ginger: Have a great day Magnolias. :wreath:

Jean 12-07-2012 07:38 PM

Maggie -- It didn't warm up here at all today. It started snowing :hyper: this afternoon. It stayed on the grass but not on the pavement. Did you make pasta this afternoon? :T I don't mind wrapping gifts, it's just getting everything rounded up to do it. I'll bet Will has a fun time tonight! Thanks for starting the new thread.

Jean 12-08-2012 10:24 AM

Good Morning, Flowers! We got enough snow yesterday to cover the ground. This morning I got up to fog and "Frosty" did his artwork on the trees, etc., outside. I don't think the sun will shine today and more snow is predicted for tomorrow. My house looks like a tornado went through as I didn't finish wrapping gifts yesterday, and the mailman delivered more boxes later in the afternoon. I don't know why I am more uptight this year but I feel like I am spinning my wheels even though I know I am accomplishing a few things at a time. Must be age related! :hyper:

I am dressed, have the dw going, and need to take laundry downstairs. I would really like to bring the cat inside from the garage today; at least let Ernie and him meet to see how that goes. I think we are going to call him Sonny because Bob calls him Sonny-bub already. I've just been calling him Pu**y Cat but somehow that just doesn't seem appropriate . . . maybe PC would work.

Have a super Saturday and enjoy whatever you are doing today! :wave:

Maggie 12-08-2012 12:35 PM

Saturday ~ Chilly This Day


It’s a cold day here in the ♥-Land in the 30ļs and not expected to get out of the 40ļs this chilly day. The wind isn’t blowing but there is a breeze that will turn your head around. Last night evidently was a hoot with Will playing Santa. Those kids really loved to talk to him and so did some of the adults even asked for what they wanted. Daddy, Daddy ask Santa for that tool you want. And so it goes.

I have my building all ready to solder together today then I can play with my ravioli equipment. I hope I have enough solder but if I don’t I can get some at the hardware store. I like the brand that I get from my glass people but the local kind can do in a pinch. It is supposed to be the same but it really isn’t because it doesn’t flow the same. But it will do in a pinch like I said. I’ll have Will pick me up some just in case when he gets back from buying a new printer. He goes through more printers. He should get a Photosmart Premium Panasonic like I have had for years that never gives me any trouble but runs out of ink occasionally. :lol: Mine is wireless and prints, scans & copies ~ I don’t need any more than that from a printer.

Not much else happening around this berg this day. Later on we will probably make a nights drive around and look at the Christmas lights in different neighborhoods. Some people have put up some really nice displays.

JEAN Oh ~ I can imagine how pretty your trees look with the frost on them. I love that. I do hope that Earnie welcomes PC without any fuss. Cats can sure get iffy when a new one enters their territory. Just have to give them time and then they get along great. Take your time and "breathe" for this time of the year is stressful for a lot of folks. Don't get yourself in a dither. :p One thing at a time and it will all get done. :soap:

:candy: Have a great day Magnolias. :wreath:

Jean 12-09-2012 03:27 PM

Good Afternoon, Flowers! I had some trouble getting in here today, gave up, and here I am! The wind is blowing 22-25 mph, it's cloudy, and "feels" like 4 degrees outside. We are in a wind advisory until midnight. I'm just glad it's not snowing! http://forums.delphiforums.com/dir-icon/0/2/tongue.icon Most of the snow has melted again. We were at church by 7:15 this morning; the singers went to practice in the music room while the ringers set up tables and got our bells out. Our first run through sounded like we were sight reading for the first time -- not good! Once the violinist arrived and the singers joined us, we picked the hard spots and went over those several times. The finale, during church, was awesome according to several comments afterwards. Silent Night is pretty anyway; I didn't lose my place so guess it turned out ok. I was really nervous because I knew if I lost my count/place I would be in deep dodo. The gal next to me sometimes plays just ahead or behind a beat and throws me off. I've been trying to get warm ever since we got home! Have another load of laundry in the washer and my Christmas cards on the kitchen table waiting for me.

Maggie -- It's a very gloomy day here! I am more than ready for sunshine, at least then it doesn't seem quite so cold. I hope you were able to solder your building without having to buy more. Are you making ravioli this afternoon? :T I thought sure I would have Ernie's little brother in the house by now but he is as far away from the inside door as he can get. I know if I would open the outside door he would go back outside. :( Bob thinks we should let him out then invite him in through the deck door where he is used to being fed and sticking his head inside. We'll see. I'd like to get all of his pills down him first. :crossed:

I need to work on my cards. I always think about writing a letter but never get it done. :rolleyes: Enjoy the rest of your day! :wave:

gma22 12-09-2012 03:27 PM

Afternoon girls. It is rainy, but fairly pleasant temp wise here. We had a nightmare grocery shopping though. We went out to the commissary and were about halfway done and the power went out. They forced us to check out and leave so we had to come home and put what we did have away and then go and get the rest at Walmart. I decided what could wait and what we needed and just got that. Checkout was a nightmare too as some idiot with food stamps got a whole bunch of stuff he isn't allowed to buy and they had to separate everything. I bought a prepackaged tuna sandwich for lunch and ate it in the car on the way home. I am glad that is over. At least I found the Corky's Pecan Pie for Christmas Eve. They have superb pie and Jack loves them so I bought one instead of making or getting one at a bakery or whatever. A lot of times Walmart won't have them so I got two just in case I can't keep Jack out of one! :lol: I am going to get a pumpkin and a chocolate closer to time.

We had a computer mess. One of the microsoft updates screwed up Explorer big time. I had no email, I couldn't pay bills because though I could get into let's say the utility company website, it wouldn't let me log in or I could log in like at Geico, but when I wanted to make a payment the page wouldn't advance it would just blink and take you back to the same page. Jack uninstalled Explorer after we tried everything else and reinstalled it and though it slow loading some things, it is working ok. I do have to go to McAfee and find out how I can uninstall and reinstall my program as I bought it online and it is not working at all.

I will do personals tomorrow. I am just bushed after having to run all over the place to get groceries and stuff. Have a good Sunday! Faye

Maggie 12-09-2012 09:04 PM

Sunday ~ Chilly This Day


It has been a very cold 19ļa with a strong wind blowing day here in the ♥-land with no rain in sight until maybe on Friday. We ate Chinese today for lunch and ate in and had chili for dinner. The lady that owns the restaurant wants us to come back on Christmas and eat there. We just might do that. I have got to make a new pot of chili soon which isn’t really a chore for I do like to cook. I make a big pot and freeze it into 2 serving sizes. Finally got the last of the “ordered” glass things to make this year and I can do some things around here. Time to round up boxes and such to mail off gifts to CA to my family. The ones for folks around here don’t have to be mailed so I can wait a bit to get them wrapped.

DONNA FAYE Sorry about the snafu about your grocery adventure. Nice you were able to find the brand of pecan pie Jack likes at WM. Hopefully you will get your computer woes figured out and up and running properly soon.

JEAN Nope :no: didn’t make ravioli yet. However I really do want to do that tomorrow since I am not under any pressure to build anything with glass. Were you able to get that medicine in your new kitten? Hopefully you did and it can use the patio door once again. Our animals have been inside mostly today ~ none like that cold wind. I can hear it as I type whistling around this building.
:candy: Have a great evening Magnolias. :wreath:

gma22 12-10-2012 09:48 AM

Good morning girls. It is again cloudy and rainy here today, but much, much cooler, about 30 degrees cooler. I am ready for some sunshine, but I don't begrudge the rain as we needed it.

We just lazed around yesterday after running all over the place for groceries. I made hamburgers for dinner last night and they were pretty darn good. Jack had Fritos with his, I just ate a burger. We watched this program where these people come into someone's bar or restaurant and puts cameras in overnight to watch the staff when an owner is losing money and doesn't know why. I kept telling the tv that if she wasn't losing money ever or at least not more than usual by overpouring or loss, to look to the last person she hired. Well, I was right. This girl was pouring free drinks, pocketing money and not ringing up sales, drinking on the job with customers and let customers stay in the bar after closing and drink. She would pocket the money they paid her for the drinks because she couldn't ring them up as they would show up on the cash tape what time they were sold. She also brought in about 6 friends and they partied. She took one guy to the bathroom with her for sex and left the bar unattended telling the people to drink whatever they wanted. She only fired her, I would have had her arrested myself. She had the money in her bra and it was on video what she did. She got really mad telling the owner she had no right to spy on her that she was her best bartender helping her out when she needed it coming in when people were sick, etc. Yes, to rip her off some more. I had never seen anything like it and I had watched a couple of this type of shows.

I have my morning chores done, but have to get my cleaning for today going and work on that sock. I am running out of time at this point so have to work on it and quit stalling.

I think maybe this female stuff is gone for good. I am not having any problems and haven't for over a week so I think the meds are completely out of my system and the last d and c probably fixed the problem I was having in the first place. I wonder if she had just done those and not the hormones if I would have gotten better quicker. I think the meds really screwed up my system. I am just glad it is all better. Now maybe I can get going on some serious weight loss before next year's vacation.

Maggie: I have never checked to see if the Chinese restaurants are open Christmas Day around here. I always remember "A Christmas Story," where they went to a Chinese restaurant for Christmas dinner because their dinner was ruined at home. The only thing I know that is open here is IHOP and the casino buffets. We haven't decided what we are going to do for dinner or lunch this year for Christmas. Fortune will go out in cold, but will not go out when it is raining even if he is fit to burst.

Well girls, better get going on my housework and such. You all have a great start to the week. Faye

Maggie 12-10-2012 12:07 PM

Moody Monday


It is 19ļs here in the ♥-Land and not expected to rise above the 30ļs before the day is done. No snow or rain in the forecast just sun and wind. The dogs are at the groomer and Cecil is asleep on the bed. I weighed the same on my scale so I donít expect a loss tonight at weigh in at WW. Not much going on in this neck of the woods this day. After I fully wake up I plan on playing with my pasta maker. Other than that, wrapping a few gifts and getting them in the mail and going to WW this evening I donít have any plans.

DONNA FAYE So the thief thought she was the best worker they had. Wonder what planet she stepped off of. Our animals donít like that cold wind so stick pretty much inside but will make a quick trip out to do their business. I am so glad for you that your female issues have passed which will give you much more quality of life. :cp: Just think how much you can loose before your next cruise. Onward and downward you go shrinking all the way.

:candy: Have a great day Magnolias. :wreath:

Jean 12-10-2012 01:08 PM

Good Morning, Flowers! The sun is shining! It was 1 degree when I went downstairs this morning, and has "warmed" up to 12; with the wind it feels like 0. I took my time at church and managed to get my posting figures to match what we counted the first time through. Stopped to pick up the gift shop money on my way home and will count that tomorrow, I think. I'm hoping to leave for Sioux City after lunch. I'd like to finish some last minute shopping before the programs at 6 and 7.

I am making progress with the cat! Last night he followed me to the house door and actually came inside and sat on the mat for a few seconds. He looked around like, "it's a whole lot warmer in here!" and then went back out in the garage. He followed me to the door again this morning. Tonight and one more day of pills and we will be finished with those.

"Gma" -- It would be a toss up about which place is worse for shopping! Along with your computer glitch you had quite a day yesterday. That bartender gal sounds like quite a trick, as in dumb thinking she could get by with stealing along with all of her other shenanigans. I'm so glad you are feeling better and may the female problems be all behind you.

Maggie -- I cut up the cat's pills and smushed them in his soft food. He followed me to the door again this morning so I'm hoping he will be in the house soon. I'm glad your glass materials arrived so you can finish your gifts. Good luck at WW tonight!

Hope you all have a marvelous Monday and enjoy! :wave:

Maggie 12-10-2012 10:08 PM

Back To Yack


Oh yes I am a happy camper for I did show a loss at WW this evening. No big deal but it is a loss anyway ~ 0.3 it was to bring me to 84.5 down from the beginning. Hopefully next week I can eek out that half pound at least to make it 85 gone. I didnít get to make my ravioli today for some things that needed attention came our way but my plans are to do it tomorrow. :crossed: I picked up my free points+ calculator and itís fancy cover tonight and will put it into the Jeepís glove box. I have one in here on my desk and keep another one in the kitchen. The one that is in the Jeep right now is losing its umph for it is a couple years old.

JEAN Hope you find what you want during your last minute shopping. Sounds like progress is going on with that cat if he came inside and checked it out before escaping to his familiar territory in the garage. He will slowly make his way further and further into the house.

:candy: Have a great night Magnolias. :wreath:

Jean 12-11-2012 12:16 PM

Good Morning, Flowers! It's still windy, a few clouds in the sky, sun trying to shine, and 28 degrees heading towards the mid 30s this afternoon. I just finished counting the gift shop money so need to head to the bank when I finish here. The "holiday" program was interesting last night; the kids performed very well. The elementary principal kept trying to keep people, who came early, out of the auditorium because there was play practice going on. During the first program she announced that everyone had to leave when that school was finished. Any coats, purses, etc., (trying to save seats) would be picked up and taken to the common area where people could reclaim them. You can imagine the reaction from those of us that had children in both programs. Lots of people refused to leave their seats; we did move because Maddie's class was first in the second program and we could leave right after she was finished. I hope they have better planning next year! :crossed;

Maggie -- :congrat: on losing another .3#! :cp: You are doing great and espeically during the holiday eating frenzy. I did find a couple of things I was looking for yesterday . . . and a few things jumped into my cart that weren't on my list. ;)

I'm off to the bank! Have a terrific Tuesday! :wave:

gma22 12-11-2012 03:21 PM

Afternoon gals. It is quite chilly here today but full of sunshine. I surely wouldn't want Jean's temps. Jack wore his heavy coat to work this morning as it was below freezing by a bit. I don't think it has warmed up much past that and there is some wind.

I have all the chores and cleaning done today and even called direct tv about our HD not working properly. Of course, whatever is wrong with it is up on the dish so we have to have a technician come out and look at it on Thursday. Luckily, I have the protection plan so don't have to pay for the call or work on it. Our HD dish is leased not purchased so they own that so I would think they would have to work on it regardless, but maybe not.

I have to get to working on the heel of Thomas's sock now. Amazon had the size 13 dpn's for the slippers Kelly wants really cheap at $4 versus Joann who wanted $15 and then they had none in stock. Since tonight is Thomas's concert I will talk to her about what color she wants as they have Lion Brand yarn in the weight I need cheap too.

Maggie: Congrats on another loss. You really are getting close to your 100 lb mark which will be fabulous. My hope for the next year is to lose enough to get into the summer clothes I wore when we went to Vegas for Jay's birthday. That was before all this mess with the intestines and uterine, etc. I am just glad I seem to actually be better. So, what is your favorite Chinese food??? Jack will only eat some type of fried rice and egg rolls. I like all the low meins, mei funs, and most of the chicken dishes.

Jean: Sounds like you might have snow on the way. One of my knitting online friends lives in North Dakota and has a lot of snow right now. I hope Ernie's brother will start feeling comfortable enough to come in and stay inside. It is a long process for a cat. They just don't trust much.

I guess I better go and get a snack. We won't be having dinner until around 8 tonight. Have a good day all. Faye

Maggie 12-11-2012 05:07 PM

Titilating Chilly Tuesday


If you want to relearn what was taught wrong when we were in school go to Wikipediaís List of Common Misconceptions. For instance Napoleon was not short but taller than most back then. Lots of other things that have been proven wrong also I found interesting. The little booklet that came with my ravioli attachment was translated into 12 different languages and they put the pictures of the process one on each page which I would have to be turning pages when I was learning how to do it and so I copied each page and cut out the colored pictures and put them all on one large page along with the recipe. I love those plastic shields so I can use them in the kitchen without getting goop all over my recipes.

I have most of my Christmas cards addressed which is a load off my mind. I donít like to wait too late for those to go out to lighten the load of the carriers. I have a few more local ones that can be hand delivered and save some postage since I am pinching pennies. :lol: I just like to hand it to them in person is the real reason. I just have those out of area ones in the mail now. I have a couple of packages I just finished boxing up to be put in the mail and they will get there in time even though they are going out to CA.

I have the meat cooked for the ravioli and the dough being mixed in my bread machine so I will have fun putting it all together after while. I am making a very lean hamburger and parmesan cheese type mixture to put in the dough pillows. I think they are going to turn out yummy.

DONNA FAYE I like the BBQed Chicken Breast Strips wound on a stick, Beef or Pork & Broccoli, Pork Chop Suey, Fried Rice, Egg Rolls & Fortune Cookies and lots of other things there. :D I never get a whole serving of anything. Just a tad bit of all my favorites most of the time. She makes a great spicy hot beef dish with hot chili peppers that just a little goes a long way but I like it a lot. It's one of those serve yourself places so I can always find good for my program things to eat there.

JEAN They probably will be better organized next year or the towns folks will raise a ruckus. Once is enough to learn they goofed. OH those things that jump into carts are incorragable. They just know they want to go home with folks.

:candy: Have a great day Magnolias. :wreath:

Maggie 12-12-2012 11:37 AM

Wonderful Chilly Wednesday


It is in the 30ļs as I type this morning and not expected to leave the high 40ļs this day. I went to be earlier than usually last night and got a real good nights sleep. It felt so good getting in bed for that electric blanket had warmed the bed. We like to turn it on before going to bed then turn it off when things have warmed up.

The first batch of my ravioli to make with that machine was a hoot and a mess to be cleaned up. The thingies didnít drop down properly to let the pillows fall through like it is designed to do and they squished each other and didnít fall through ~ and what a mess. However, it got somewhat better and I did get a few made which I will cook today in some soup. Iíll get it all figured out and make some beautiful looking ones. :lol: I think one of my problems was that I may not have had the filling ground down fine enough . Next time I make them I will do things a bit different for I have had this learning session. I want mine to turn out for me as beautiful as the pictures in the directions. :cp: In the past with my former maker I made ravioli by hand and thought it would go much faster with this roller method ~ which it will when done properly I am sure. It makes a difference if the dough is to soft or too dry and getting it the right texture is the key. I think my dough last night may have been a bit too dry for the pillows didnít seal properly. Next go round will be better in a few days when I feel like making another go with it. For starters I will mix the dough by hand instead in my bread maker and I can better get the feel of it to add more flour or water that way and get the proper consistency which is so critical.

:candy: Have a great day Magnolias. :wreath:

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