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Maggie 03-09-2014 05:26 PM

Steel Magnolias ~ #74

It is a beautiful day in the ♥-Land today and feels like spring. We had lunch at one of our favorite places and I had grilled shrimp. Tonight I will be having Carne Asada at our favorite Mexican place. We always eat out on Sunday for Lunch & Dinner.

DONNA FAYE We are giving some things away to good friends but the bulk of things will be sold. We don’t want to have anything in storage for we don’t want to have to “visit” it and it won’t follow us around the country. :lol: When we get too old or feeble to travel we can park full time on our friends ranch in TX where we have hook-ups and live there in the MH. They are a few years younger than we are and have said they will take care of us, if the need be, for she is an RN. In fact she is the head RN in that hospital she works in ~ so she knows her ”stuff.” The MH is like a small house and we will have in it all we will need. I am having a good time getting lighter things to replace the heavier or smaller ones of the same nature to go in the MH and will sell what I will no longer need. It’s like moving into a one bedroom house from a 6 bedroom house. What we don’t sell at our yard sales this spring & summer we will donate to a place here in town, who will come pick it up. Life is good.

JEAN I think the folks at church will remember you and you won't have to announce that you are visitors. :p Did someone take your place ringing the bells? Hope they did a good job. Your cat is possessive of his territory it sounds like. Cecil hasn't brought anymore kittens in the doggie door, thank goodness, he may come warmer weather though. :p

Have a good day my cyber friends.
Always remember ~ Never, never, never give up

QuilterInVA 03-09-2014 07:22 PM

Good evening, ladies! We had a lovely day and nearly 70 degrees today.

Faye, you can find chair yoga and tai chi videos on youtube and just google it. Chair yoga I'm sure you could do. Tai Chi is very gentle but it is all done standing and I'm not sure your knee is up to it as some twisting is involved. Yoga has been around for thousands of years and has several hundred poses. Pilates was started by a German in the 1920s mainly to help soldiers who had been wounded in the war. There are 34 basic poses. It is more difficult than yoga. I have progressed with my yoga but doubt I'll ever get beyond the basic in pilates. Horray for Jack feeling better.

Jean, do give the chair yoga a try. It's fun and good for you.

Maggie, its nice to have a place all ready for when you are done traveling. I know people will love your yard sales and buy lots for you have such nice stuff.

Have a wonderful evening!

gma22 03-10-2014 10:27 AM

Good morning to you all. It is going to be lovely here today in the upper 60's
Jack went to the dr this morning and has been released for limited duty so he went onto work from the doctors. I don't know what they will have him do, but maybe answer phones or something when Creola isn't there.

I am getting ready to head upstairs and clean the upstairs, make the bed, put away laundry etc then going to get some more knitting done. I have 20 rows then I can start the decreases on the sweater. I bought a purple necklace and earrings for the silver dress so all set with that outfit. I have been working on the wrap for that and it is coming along also. So far comments about it from my surgeon (I was working on it waiting for her last week) and from the receptionist at the hair salong are great. They love the coloring.

I have to email my friend and find out how they do the casino on the ship money wise. We have never used the casino on the ship and I know she and Tom like to go to the casino. We now have all the shows booked and the excursion, but they don't have the ability to book the speciality steak restaurant yet. As soon as they do, I will pay for that for the four of us and it will be all set.

Jean: Did the black cat just wander up to your house? I don't think I remember you talking about him. Hopefully the weather is going to change now for spring. We are supposed to be near 80 tomorrow. It is really overcast here today but am hoping tomorrow will be nice and sunny. The ship we are going on this year is a lot bigger and our stateroom is a lot farther from the elevator so there will definitely be a lot more walking on it. I know the walk from the pier into Jamaica is a long walk, but they have wheelchair service for the cozumel port, at least they did last year. We shall see I guess. I just go as fast as I can. It is only bad when you are on a booked excursion and you have to be there at a specific time. We were the last ones on the bus for the excursion to Jamaica last time and there is no shortcut and no way but to walk it and it is a real hike.

Maggie: Glad you like your little buffalo. We have a whole herd here in Memphis at Shelby Farms. They have walking, biking and runny trails, plus a place you can fish, fly kites, picnic, etc and they have a agricenter and they grow experimental stuff too. It is right in the city and gives people who have never lived in the country a nice experience for their kids I think.

Susan: Thanks for the info and explanation of the different types. I wasn't sure which one would be the most stressful for my knee. I will certainly look up the chair yoga. It sounds interesting.

Guess I better hit the bricks and get my work done. Have a great day all. Faye

Jean 03-10-2014 12:49 PM

Good Morning! The sun is shining, the wind is NOT blowing, snow is melting, and it's a beautiful spring day in my neighborhood! I even wore my spring jacket this morning! We balanced at church on the first try, and I managed to do my computer entries with no mistakes! We have begun taking "noisy" (coins in little metal buckets) offerings, one for our youth projects and one for local missions, on the 2nd and 3rd Sundays, have the Friendship Fund offering on the 1st Sunday, coffee money, Sunday School offering, and the regular budget offering at each each service. Lots of coins to count, and now Lenten cups too. I talked the secretary into getting a coin counting machine so we don't have to count all the coins. It works great! I stopped at the bank, and hospital, on my way home. Have laundry going and need to vacuum. My neighbor is coming over this afternoon for coffee and to return my key.

Maggie -- Thank you for starting the new thread! :cp: The bell director picked a very simple piece and divided my bells between the gals on each side of me. We only have a couple of "good" subs who can play in any spot.

Susan -- 70 degrees! :cheer: Enjoy!

"Gma" -- Glad Jack was able to go to work this morning. :D The black cat has been coming for at least two winters now. He is a big guy and was pretty spooky at first. Now he sits on the other side where the steps are while I put fresh water and food out. He comes to the food as soon as I shut the door. I talk to him and just call him "Black Cat." He's always left as soon as he eats but this weekend he spent most of the afternoons stretched out on the deck, and sleeping in the sun. Bob's comment to me was, "don't even think about it!"

Bob will be home for lunch soon so will get the leftovers ready. Hope you all enjoy a nice day! :wave:

Maggie 03-10-2014 05:05 PM


YIPEKIO the talking heads say it is going to be 78˚ today with a low of 41˚. The dogs are at the groomer and will be staying outside in the sun this day for sure. Cecil is out back in the sun snoozing. My scale isn’t going in the right direction and I am going to have to evaluate things this week and do something about it.

I love those little Tide® To Go® Stain Erasers™ and called Tide® to thank them for that new product. They are sending me a coupon for some free ones. YEAH.

We just got back from being in town where it was 82˚ at the park. I am not ready for this heat so early for sure. Hopefully tomorrow will be cooler.

DONNA FAYE It is sure nice that Jack was able to go to work and take it easy there. Have you ever sat and watched the buffalo? They are interesting for sure.

JEAN That is great that you are having nice weather like we are. I am going to have to get used to the heat again for today seemed hot to me. Wasn't it great to get that count right the first time.

SUSAN That is great that they have so many kinds of exercise for folks who can't stand for long periods of time. I am building up my stamina by walking.

Always remember ~ Never, never, never give up

gma22 03-11-2014 07:29 AM

Good morning to you all. We are supposed to be near 80 and we even had the fans on overnight. Jack is having to sleep in the recliner because he is having too much trouble in the bed at the moment. He gets restless a lot because it can bother his knee to sleep that way as his legs hang off the end, but he can't sleep at all upstairs at the moment. He is supposed to go back to the dr on Monday and will probably be released then. He sat and did all the backlog of paperwork for his foreman yesterday. I guess he caught it all back up for him. :lol: He told Jack it was good practice for getting the foreman job, which they haven't moved forward on at all. They haven't even sent the questions they want to ask downtown to be approved.

I need to clean the downstairs today so will tackle that a bit later. I am almost up to the armhole decreases on the sweater so that is good and coming right along on the wrap too.

I am reading a new series of books I found at the online library. They are murder mysteries based on the celebrities of the 60's, the Rat Pack specifically. The one I am reading involves Ava Gardner. The main character is a pit boss that works at the Sands hotel, which was the main hotel the Rat Pack performed at. He keeps getting into trouble helping out Sinatra, or Dean or whomever with problems they have. Interesting and fun books.

Maggie: You going to try and get out on the road around August or sooner? I can't use Tide products I am allergic to something in them. The stuff gives me a rash like nobody's business. I use Gain and for stains I use Shout and have a portable Shout I take with us on the cruise so I can put it on any stains we get on our clothes while traveling so they don't set. I have used something similar to the Tide pen though for instant jobs and they are great.

Jean: I can't imagine having to count all those coins. Glad they decided to get a coin counter for sure. I imagine with better weather around the corner the gift shop may pick up too.

I am going to go take my blood sugar and take my meds then get some breakfast. Have a great day today all. Faye

Jean 03-11-2014 09:17 AM

Good Morning! It's a very dark gloomy morning in my corner of the world today. We are supposed to get some rain and cooler temperatures, then warm up again tomorrow. Sonny goes to the vet this afternoon for his yearly shots. It doesn't seem possible it's been a year since he spent three weeks there. Time flies! I'm hoping he will go in the carrier after his treats as there is no way I can pick him up and stuff him in. Otherwise, it's do some extensive cleaning and get rid of some of the "stuff" that has accumulated on/in my living room shelves. I've got so many Yankee candles stored in the cupboard it's ridiculous!

Maggie -- Yesterday was sure a tease from the weather man! At least we know that spring and warmer weather is getting closer. I'm like you, and not ready for hot weather. It will be interesting to see what summer will be like since the winter weather has been so unpredictable all over the U. S.

"Gma" -- It seems like it's taking a long time to fill the foreman's position. Perhaps that is the normal procedure for that type of position, or do they just move slow. It's good Jack knows what to do. The coin counter was my idea! The secretary ordered a cheap one that didn't count, just sorted. Pennies are a different thickness so we still had to count the piles, which is so time consuming. When the phone rings, or someone would come in the office, we'd have to start the current pile we were counting, all over again.

I am procrastinating! I need to get dressed so I can work on my "to do" list. Hope you all have a terrific Tuesday! :wave:

tky72 03-11-2014 09:20 AM

Love the name of your group
Strong southern women unite! Have a great week ladies!:hug:

gma22 03-12-2014 07:25 AM

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Good morning gals. Whooee it is windy here this morning. Sounds like we have a poltergeist comin' down the chimney. :lol: The temps are dipping back into the upper 40's too so it will be chilly today.

I have got to get something accomplished today. I had every intention of cleaning yesterday, but I was having some wacky breast pain all day long. She did tell me that on and off stuff might last awhile, but yesterday was bad so I gave up trying to clean. I will try and tackle it today again.

I bought several pieces of jewelry for the cruise. We are going to Nashville a week from Saturday to go shopping at Opry Mills. Jack wants some new running shoes and they have several outlet stores where we may save a bit of money over getting them here in town. We are going over on Sat and coming back on Sun so just a quick trip. It is only about 3 hours from here so not a big deal.

Here is my boy. Can you believe how big he has gotten. I actually cried at this picture because he looks so grown up. He is going to be 14 in June and Jackson will be 7 in June. They sure do grow up awfully fast.

Jean: You should have a pad of paper or a post it and when the phone rings jot down how many on in the pile then scratch it out when you continue after the phone call so you don't have to keep starting over. I had to quit using candles because of the gunky smoke they left on everything. I have a wickless candle heating thing, but it doesn't put out that much fragrance so I gave up on it.

Well gals I really need to start in this morning. Have a great middle of the week. Faye

Jean 03-12-2014 09:37 AM

Good Morning! The sun was peeking out earlier but has disappeared. It's supposed to be warming up again, and the latest snow fall missed us once again. Most of our snow has melted and everything looks grungy and dirty. We could use a good rain to clean things up. I have lunch bunch this noon and need to make a WM stop either before or after. My black deck cat has been mia for a couple days and I'm getting a little concerned.

tky72 -- You are most welcome to join us. We aren't all southern women; I live in the land of snow and cold! :D

"Gma" -- I hope you can get your cleaning chores done today. If not, you are the only one who will notice. ;) What a nice picture of Thomas! Why is it that our grandchildren grow up so much faster than our own children did?! Where does the time go? I bought a candle warmer that holds the entire large candle jar so the fragrance does last longer. I also have Scentsy burners but don't think the scent lasts as long. I have a friend who leaves hers on all the time, but I don't.

I need to get the dishwasher going and get dressed. Hope you all enjoy your day! :wave:

QuilterInVA 03-12-2014 01:07 PM

Good afternoon, ladies. 69 heading for 74 this day but very cloudy with rain and cold on the way - the high tomorrow is supposed to be 37! But right back to the 50s and 60s after that.

Nothing interesting happening in my neck of the woods - just going to the Y, work and housework and some quilting.

Faye, its fun to get away if only for a day. I hope Jack can get back to bed soon. I sometimes have to sleep in the recliner when my asthma is bad and its not fun. Wow, Thomas does look almost grown up! I can hardly believe Jackson is going to be 7. I remember you and Jack rushing up to IN to be there when he was born and that seems like yesterday!

Jean, I'd love to have candles and such, but the smell makes my asthma act up. I dread going to people's houses and they have them burning. I hope the black cat appears today.

Hi, Maggie!

Have a wonderful day!

Maggie 03-12-2014 05:26 PM

Wonderful Wonderland Wendsay

I am trying to re-visit some of the yummy recipes I have that helped me down the road to thin and thought you might like this one. This is a yummy recipe that won’t cost a lot of points for 2T of regular grated Parmesan is 1 P+ and cauliflower and garlic are free of points.

Steam some cauliflower florets until they're soft.
Place in a bowl with grated Parmeason and minced fresh garlic
Mash with a potato masher to a consistency of mashed potatoes.

This is good when the cauliflower is still warm from being steamed
& also when chilled the next day.

Went out to eat with friends yesterday for noon and I was a good girl. I had a hamburger patty and a cut up tomato and a glass of water with a lemon wedge. (They were out of cottage cheese.) The other folks ordered what they wanted and we had a great time. I have renewed my desire to get on down this road to thin and pay better attention what I eat.

We had fun at the range and I got to shoot my newly acquired S&W 22. It works great and yes, I could hit the targets. I had the trigger tricked down from 12# to 8.5# when it was in the shop to personalize it to my finger pull. My S&W 38 was tricked out like that. There are round targets about the size of a small paper plate which pop down when you hit one and I still have a good record. The 22 will be a handy gun to keep on my gun belt when tramping in the outback where there are mean little critters AKA rattle snakes. I do like to be prepared :cp: and hope I never have to use it :no: ~ but you just never know.

Ok back now ~ I have been gone awhile. We went out for lunch and had Chinese food and I know by know how to pick what to eat at her place. And then went and visited the buffalo and a drive about the area. It is now just after 4 of the clock and has been a lovely day with wind subsiding.

DONNA FAYE A short get away is always good. Our next trip to Texas will be a short turnaround kind. Enjoy getting away even for the day. Your grandson is no longer a little kid. He looks really good and healthy. I remember being in high school and being 14. Yes, he will be making memories to look back on when he is old. What grade in school is he in now?

JEAN I too am hoping for some rain. Hope your black cat shows up soon and nothing untoward has happened to it. I hope your "lunch bunch" went well today. Fun having friends gathered around for lunch isn't it.

SUSAN I am so very thankful I am not allergic for I love Yankee Candles. None of our friends that come to this house are allergic either so we have several nice fragrances from which to choose to sweeten up the place. I certainly wouldn't have them if I had a friend such as you that came over though. :yes:

Always remember ~ Never, never, never give up

Jean 03-13-2014 09:02 AM

Good Morning! The sun is trying to peek through the clouds and so far no wind. It's supposed to hit 65 today so I'll take it! I had to laugh at Sonny this morning. I left the cat carrier upstairs and put a few treat pieces just inside the door. The vet says a cat has a three second memory. Hah! Sonny has circled around it, then looks at me as if thinking, "if you think I'm going in there again, think again!" Even Ernie has steered clear. I need to figure out food for card club and head to the grocery store this morning.

Susan -- You keep busy and on the go too! I don't like to burn candles as I get soot streaks on one wall by the fireplace. Bob figured there must have been a draft there. When he repainted that wall, my candle burning came to a halt. The black cat came late yesterday afternoon and was here again this morning. He can come and go when I'm not watching for him, but I noticed the cat food hadn't been touched. The orange guy isn't as regular as Black Cat. :)

Maggie -- The cauliflower dish sounds good to me but don't think Bob would probably think so. When I mention a new recipe/food, he'll say, "I'll pass." :lol: We ordered hamburgers while in Maui, and they were huge with big thick buns and lots of thick veggies. I cut mine in half and it fell apart after my first bite. I picked it apart and ate the meat with the veggies leaving most of the bun. They showed a picture of supposedly a local favorite sandwich and there is no way anyone could take a bite of the whole thing at one time.

I'm off to work on my food list and head to the store. Have a terrific Tuesday! :wave:

QuilterInVA 03-13-2014 11:26 AM

Good morning ladies! A chilly 33 degrees right now.

We had some discussion on yoga earlier in the week. In the South Beach Diet newsletter today there was an interesting article. Here's the link.


I'm doing laundry and then rearranging the living room to I can have a corner to set up my quilting frame.

Have a wonderful day!

Maggie 03-13-2014 03:24 PM

Titilating Thursday

Will bought me the neatest ger-prize today and I have it on my bracelet now. It is a Walking Liberty $5.00 solid gold coin. It has a gold keeper on it and looks great on my bracelet. It stands for my walking efforts which are solid gold for my weight loss program. I put it by my bullet and lips which stand for bite the bullet and do this thing. My bracelet is now worth a few hundred dollars. :lol: I now have 5 gold charms on this bracelet along with many, many silver ones. I keep thinking I don’t have any more room to put charms on this bracelet but had to find a place for this one. :cp: I did toy with the idea of wearing this gold coin on a chain around my neck but decided not to for I rarely wear necklaces and my gold chains were all stolen a few years ago. I have one that was my Mothers but the lengths are too big around for it to look good with the small coin. Will offered to take me to a jewelry store and buy me a gold chain for the coin when he gets home but I opted to put it on my bracelet. He will probably be happy not to have to spend the money for a gold chain when he gets home from the museum. :lol: I should tell him I would take the money instead. I wear my bracelet every day so it will always be with me and not tucked away in a jewelry box. I have an Indian head nickel (50# loss) with the excess cut out around the face and a mercury head dime (100# loss) cut the same way and this gold coin (for walking) which is intact.

My taster is off today for we stopped at the taco shop and I took one bite of a taco and it tasted awful so I didn’t eat anything. I am not hungry either. I don’t feel bad ~ in fact I feel great this day. I woke up ready to get into the day. :cp:

SUSAN I checked out that web site and it is interesting so I signed up for some of their mailings. Thanks for the information.

JEAN Cecil remembers things longer than 3 seconds also. And if cats don't remember things how is it that I had a cat trained to play fetch? I didn't have to reteach him each time. It is a condition response. I say "fetch" and he complies. He certainly rememberd what "fetch" means. Cecil also knows what that cat hut means and avoids it like the plague. :p

Have a great day Magnolias.
Always remember ~ Never, never, never give up

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