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Old 04-11-2018, 08:27 AM   #16  
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Good morning. It is around 41 right now but we should get into 70ís today and stay warm for awhile. Jack still uses the electric blanket at night, but I made him put it on top of the comforter because I get too hot with the extra blanket on. I run a fan all night as it is. I am chilly this morning and have a blanket over my legs.

Jack just left for work about 10 minutes ago and I got a load of laundry going. I need to move some shoes from where they are now to a storage container I have for them, but we shall see if I get that done. My allergies are driving me nuts and they say the pollen is high so it figures. Even Jack is having a lot of sneezing and such this year. Guess weíll have beautiful flowering trees and flowers this year.

Brats and tots for dinner by request. I saw a story my bil posted on FB. They live in Lubbock and this mexican restaurant there is struggling to keep from going under. I guess their business was going so well they opened a second location and the son and his wife were going to run it. Everything was going so great at both locations. They had a long time loyal employee at the original restaurant, (theyíve been in business 20 yrs and this employee has worked there the whole time.) Anyway, they promoted him to night manager so the dad,who is getting up in years, could have some time off. The employee forged $15,000 in checks and now the family is in big financial trouble. They canít pay the rent, their vendors, even employees have had to go without pay. The couple and their dad are about to lose their cars because they havenít been able to pay themselves. Some employees stayed but a lot left and they canít hire more because thereís no money. They had police file charges but the employee blew through the money. Sad.

Well, better get some breakfast in me and some allergy meds. Have a good middle of the week.

Sandy and Bob, hope your knees are better!!
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Old 04-11-2018, 11:08 PM   #17  
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Good Evening! Another cloudy and gloomy day in my neighborhood until late afternoon when the sun came out, just in time to start setting. I finished my greeting card order this morning and took that to the hospital. I happened to run into the nurse Bob had for his knee surgery and filled her in on his progress. She was so pleased saying they rarely get any follow up on their patients once they leave the surgery unit or are dismissed. This was my lunch bunch day then a short nap when I got home. This afternoon was our last bell practice until fall. We are playing a really DUMB piece imo; it is all malleting and no one rings. All I hear is the thumping at our end of the tables, no melody whatsoever. I’ve told Bob and my co-counter to pay attention to see if they hear a melody when we play Sunday. Otherwise the next three days will be cleaning and fixing food for card club. Saturday night is our last concert program until fall; the Glen Miller Orchestra and Chorus which should be good. Amanda just sent Zowie’s soccer schedule so will be on the road again! We will miss a couple of the 9 AM games, we would have to leave here by 6:30.

“Gma,” I hope your scooter lift works well for you. I had to about your handbag budget! The tv said we got 5” but it was the heavy wet kind of snow. There was no excuse for not having school! We have neighborhood pickups where the school busses stop then the individual cars bringing kids is unreal. The school board has decided to build an early childhood building (free babysitting!!) across the highway from the elementary and middle schools. The traffic is a big mess now so people on our side of town might as well forget going to town during the school start and finish times. Neighborhood people without children are really upset about that decision. The telegram would really be a treasure! I am still turning on my electric blanket and sometimes still wear my socks! Bob hasn’t had his blanket on for the last few nights but turned it on in the middle of the night last night. I hate being cold! That is too bad about the Mexican restaurant. I don’t know why people think they can get away with stealing. No conscience I guess. Bob has a doctor’s appointment tomorrow and assume will get his stitches out. They itch and are bugging him no end, no pain just a little stiff.

I need to double check my grocery list for tomorrow and clear off the counter . . . . . again. Hope you have a terrific Thursday tomorrow.
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Good Morning! We had breakfast with sunshine but Mr. Sun has now disappeared. I double checked my list and headed for WM early. Picked up orphan food, bottled water, paper items, and a few grocery items to the tune of $150! Would you believe they didn’t have Crispix cereal? I need that for a snack mix. I will go to the grocery store tomorrow for the fresh produce and things I couldn’t find this morning. There is a $.13 off a gallon of gas tomorrow if I spend $20, which won’t be hard at all. It’s a Friday the 13th gimmick. Just received Zowie’s soccer schedule so we will be “on the road” in a couple weeks. Most are on Saturdays and I’m hoping the others aren’t the same day as Maddy’s. I think we had a couple conflicts last year. I need to sort and put things away, start laundry, and think about something for lunch. Hope you enjoy a terrific Thursday!
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Good morning to you ladies. It is overcast and warm this morning. We are expecting some heavy thunderstorms tonight and rain tomorrow. So will not be moving stuff in the garage until Sunday.

I got a message asking us to dinner on Saturday so we will be doing that. My friend will be going back to Indiana for the whole summer so she wants to do one more dinner before she leaves at the end of the month.

Jack has to return two canisters of Freon and pick up the right ones from WM tomorrow and get me some allergy meds. I haven't been this miserable in a long time and drowsy or not, I have to have some relief. I will text him a list so he doesn't forget anything while he is there. I am going to try and get a few things done while he has gone that I have been putting off.

I ordered a couple skeins of sock yarn and they should be here by tomorrow so I can have another knitting project. Haven't knit socks in awhile so decided to do a couple pair. I don't know who I'll give them to yet. If you ladies would like a pair of socks, just let me know your shoe size.

Jean: Hope the stitches come out easy and your bell performance sounds better than you think it does. I saw this recipe on FB a couple weeks ago. You take the butter and marshmallow mixture you make for Rice Krispie squares and use Cheetos instead. Ick, doesn't sound very good to me. Cheesy marshmallow, uh uh. So what snack mix are you making?? When I worked at the law firm, this gal used to bring in leftovers when she had gals over for cards and it was really good. It had popcorn, potato sticks, m and m's, candy corn, and a couple other things in it. I ordered and received a handbag I bought a few days ago and I love the look and size of it but it had one issue. I didn't read that it was "vegan leather" and the stuff looked like suede on the website. I got it and it smells like marijuana! I guess that is the "vegan" part. Anyway, I Febrezed it last night and it still smelled this morning so I took one of my roller ball perfumes and rolled perfume all over the thing. I am not walking around like I just smoked a joint!

Everyone have a nice weekend.
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Hi ladies! Remember me??? LOL Just popping in to let you know that the knee replacement surgery went fine. Going to therapy 3x a week & it is grueling!

I haven't gone back to catch up on posts but will do that eventually. Hope all's well with you!
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Happy Friday the 13th! It is a dark gloomy morning with a 30 mph wind blowing in from the east. It’s supposed to get windier this afternoon, rain this evening turning to snow during the night. Last snow prediction was 6-8” up to 10” since we are right on the blizzard edge. The birds and squirrels are devouring food on the deck so they must sense the storm is coming. Orphan cats were here early for breakfast before it got light. I have been to the grocery store to pick up fresh produce, meat, and what I couldn’t find yesterday between WM and the other grocery store. I plan to fix the cereal snack mix this afternoon and everything else tomorrow. We have shutters on our front living room and bedroom windows. I noticed the other day one of the bedroom shutters (second story of course) had blown loose. Today, in the wind, Bob and one of the guys from the office reattached it. Fortunately, the other guy offered to climb the ladder while Bob held it. Bob was afraid the whole shutter might blow off in this wind. We’ve never had so much east wind as we’ve had this winter.

“Gma,” hope your allergies settle down soon. I have been taking generic Claritin for a long time and think it’s not helping much. I decided to try an essential oil combination that comes in pill form. I figure if it helped the natives before modern medicine arrived maybe it will help me too. What do you use Freon for? Makes me think of years ago and our air conditioner leaked. The marshmallow and Cheetos combination doesn’t sound good to me either. Bob said the surgeon was impressed with his progress. The nurse took his stitches out, then put “glue” over the two incisions, and a thin see through tape on top. She said the tape would come off in a day or two and he was good to go. I wouldn’t feel bad if our Saturday night performance is postponed along with our bell performance on Sunday. We have to be at church to set up by 7:30 and who knows what the weather will do. Saturday night is traveling country roads or take the long way on a state highway which we could easily do. I hate second guessing this weather! The “blizzard” is to be done by noon on Sunday but who knows. I hope you can get the smell out of your new purse! I wouldn’t have known what vegan meant.

Sandy, it’s great to see you and know your surgery went well! Come back when you can stay longer!

I need to get a move on; have a load of laundry in the dryer which should be done. Have a fantastic Friday and enjoy!
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Good Evening! Well, the blizzard has arrived! When we got up this morning our east windows were plastered with frozen rain. The snow moved in, along with strong winds, and then the sliding doors on the opposite side of the house were plastered with snow. The town is “closed” except for emergency routes to the hospital and there have been police and sheriff warnings all day to stay home. Our Glenn Miller concert for tonight is rescheduled for May and no church services tomorrow. I am still planning on card club tomorrow night; this is supposed to blow on through by noon. I have been fixing food so hope everyone can get here! One couple is out of town so have my fingers crossed they can make it home. Second guessing the weather is not fun and it is making people grumpy. To add to my frustration, Maddy’s soccer schedule is the same night as Ian and Zowie’s concerts, a game for Zowie, and our rescheduled concert. Will have to make some choices again this year. Maybe it will rain and they will have to reschedule one or the other. A novel idea for sure! I need to dream up something for supper so better get a move on. Enjoy your evening!
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Good morning all. Woke up before 6 with pounding on our bedroom wall, or thought it was. Turned out it was someone at their door. They just kep at it. I got upand was in the bathroom and came back and he said it had stopped. I gave up sleeping in any and came downstairs.

We had nice dinner and conversation with friends last night, but it didnít start out well. We were headed down there and were sitting at a stop light. The light turned green and Jack pulled across the intersection and this black mercedes with at least 4 black thugs in it came from no where behind us, cut across in front of us, almost sideswiped us and when they got around slammed on their brakes like they were going to get out. I told Jack to get out of there as they were going to try something. We got away from them and they went and turned. I ask Jack what he did to make them mad and he said nothing as he didnít even know where they came from. You risk your life driving in this stupid town.

Today we are moving the garage around I hope. We have to get at least part down today. The weather has been nasty so donít know what it will be like today.

I got my sock yarn yesterday and it is so soft and beautiful. I canít wait to see what itís like in socks.

Jean: You guys stay safe and donít let Bob be out walking around outside. You donít want him slipping and tearing everything out. Hopefully, it will move through and temps will rise. Sure hope you donít get stuck with a bunch of food.

Have a good Sunday!
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Good morning to you all. It is cold here this morning in the 30's. We are sure having some weird weather all over the country so far this year.

I found the pattern for my first pair of socks so will be starting on them soon. I wanted something small to take along places so thought socks were just the ticket.

We didn't get out in the garage yesterday because I was really sick. I am not sure if it was a bug or some kind of food upset or what, but I was in no shape to go out and work on the garage. We will hustle around next weekend and get it done before we grocery shop. Worse comes to worse, I will just shop at WM during the week after Jack gets off work.

Nothing going on the weekend. We have no appointments so maybe I can get things done around the house. We have so much to do to try and give us more room. Storage in this house is just not very good and since our garage leaks, everything has to be in containers that are water proof. I don't know what I will find when we go out there this next weekend. I want all the closets and rooms cleaned out by fall and everything back to normal. That is the hope at least.

Hope you all are having a nice day. Stay warm and dry as I know Jean has snow, but don't know about the rest of you.
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Good Afternoon! The sun is shining, the wind is blowing, and the snow is melting . . . just in time for the next round which is to begin during the night sometime. I felt like the hamster running in his wheel the last few days. The blizzard hit here in full force on Saturday and shut down the town for all practical purposes if anyone was dumb enough to try and go anywhere. I had fixed a couple food things for card club on Sunday night but put the rest on hold in case we cancelled it. There were no church services on Sunday; it snowed off and on most of the day and the wind blew but not as bad as on Saturday. By afternoon people were beginning to dig out so decided to go ahead with card club since the couple living in the country could make it. One couple was stranded out of town and another guy came down with the flu so we ended up with four couples instead of six. Lots of leftover food! Since we didn’t have church on Sunday there was nothing to count at church so I slept in a little later on Monday. I did have to take the gift shop deposit to the bank and drop off checks at the hospital. After lunch I had a P.E.O. meeting and just about fell asleep during the program. Last night was our last gals’ card club until fall and we go out to eat. I had good partners and managed to take “high” for the night — $2.00 in quarters! Today I ran some errands this morning, washed a load of laundry that is waiting for the dryer, and finished putting the rest of the card club dishes away.

“Gma,” that was scary about the car nearly sideswiping you and Jack! We never look at the cars next to us at stoplights here. We’ve never had a problem but you never know in this town nowadays. As I said above we did have card club. I hated to cancel with May being so busy and a couple farmers in the group who will most likely/hopefully be in the fields. I had lousy cards and ended up in the hole while Bob ended with a declare hand and took high. The host couple can’t get the prizes so we were sol! I hope you are feeling better by now. The stomach flu is making the rounds here again.

I need to get clothes in the dryer and write some church birthday cards. Hope you are enjoying a nice day!
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Good Morning from the land of SNOW and cold! Yep, it is snowing again! I’m so glad I don’t have to go anywhere today! The bell choir director wanted to meet this afternoon to decide if everyone could, or would want to, play in May. At this rate don’t think we will meet unless the snow stops. I have birds and squirrels waiting for food but the snow covers it up as fast as I throw it out. I feel bad for them! The two “regular” orphan cats were here early for their breakfast before the snow really got started. This is just nuts! I need to decide which sorting and pitching area to work on today. I should accomplish something since I am stuck at home . . . . although I do have a good book to read. Hope you enjoy a GREAT day!
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Good morning everyone. It is cool this morning but supposed to get around 70 today. That is still cooler than it is normally. I havenít even started wearing sandals and by April I am usually wearing them all the time.

What a mess with the hitch and lift. Well, not the lift but the hitch. First off, though each Uhaul place has a local number, they have one line and it goes to a call center if it is in use. The call center doesnít know their head from a tea kettle. When Jack made the hitch appointment around 3 weeks ago, it was through the call center. The dimwit sceduled a Saturday appointment even though our Uhaul doesnít do Saturday work. She then authorized payment but it dropped off and she never ordered the parts or made the appointment. Jack just happened to call to check about the appointment tomorrow and they had none. He spent an hour trying to get it cleared up because the lift install is scheduled for Tuesday and we had to pay a large deposit in advance for the parts and appointment. Anyhow, come to find out, the guy is only there Mon or Tues and since the dimwit never ordered the parts they charged him an extra $83 for fast shipment! He took it and then insisted they have the store manager call him as he was going to throw a fit. She is supposed to give us our $83 back and the appointment is Monday and so it works out. Jack has to take two days vacation though.

Tomorrow is rearrange the garage day as it is not going to rain. Hopefully, it wonít take but an hour or so. Jack tends to not put things back though it might take longer, ie wrapping up the electrically cords, throwing away used window washer bottles, etc. I just hope nothing is ruined because of the leaky garage.

Itís commissary weekend oh joy. I went yesterday and got my nails done but we will have to do WM stuff next week. I want to get the car washed tomorrow afternoon as it needs it badly. Seems like it always rains on the weekend or will rain the next day. We can do WM on Tuesday after the install the lift I guess.

Jean: Howís Bob doing with his knee? Our KC friend is having a rough time with his. He had surgery to fuse his ankle a few decades ago and it caused his ankle to be swollen all the time and he walks with a limp. The knee surgery isnít healing properly because of the ankle issue so he is having problems with both now. Hopefully, the winter weather will cease soon.

Have a good weekend everybody!
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Good Afternoon! We started the day with sunshine but the sun disappeared around lunchtime. Jason asked me to pick up a garden flag from the local college where Amanda graduated; he has one from his/our alma mater. I picked one up yesterday and when I got it home discovered it was huge! The gal said they had two sizes and handed one to me so I assumed she knew what was what. I took the so called garden flag back to the college bookstore today, and found the other flag was bigger yet. I told the gal they might sell more of the small garden flags rather than the large banner type flags. I still don’t think she understood what a garden flag is even though I told her what my flags measured. This morning was my once a month coffee date so that was my morning. After lunch I picked up the gift shop money and made the deposit, $1100+! It was a $5000+ week including the credit cards and employee payroll deductions. There was a two day sale in spite of the crappy weather.

“Gma,” what a mess for you and Jack dealing with the lift and hitch! So frustrating for you! The garage project and commissary trip doesn’t sound like a fun weekend but good jobs to get done. Bob says his knee doesn’t hurt at all but will ache a little when he first stands up after sitting for awhile. He sleeps good so that’s good. Makes me appreciate when I don’t have anything that hurts or aches! Just got our cable/internet/phone bill and I am so mad! A new company took over last summer and promised the rates would not go up, even sent letters out in the fall saying so. Last month it went up $10, and another $10 this month. I am calling them on Monday! We found eight sports channels last night and six were reruns of old games! That part doesn’t make any difference to me but we also have at least six Mexican channels which we don’t ever watch. Makes me crabby! The standard answer is “fees!” We have another cable company in town so may check their prices before I call our’s, but I will call!

I need to dream up something for supper. Still have sloppy joe leftovers so that may be it. Love the microwave! Hope you enjoy a nice evening!
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Good afternoon! Beautiful here today. We didnít even need a jacket to clean garage. Only took about an hour but we found two potential problems. One is pulling the car up farther now we have to be super careful opening the side door. The other was after moving the big rubbermaid containers we found tree shoots had grown under the back of the garage and attached themselves so they couldnít be moved. Weíll have to try and trim them some way but thereís a snarl of them. None of my boxes had any water damage, so we were able to just move them to the other side, but two had broken lids so we need to get new containers for them and transfer everything tomorrow. Everything is up off the ground now as we saved a wood pallette from the shipent of my scooter and put the boxes all on it.

I decided to wait until Tuesday morning to get the car washed and cleaned up then take it to the lift place at 1 pm.

I think we are going to have Chinese for dinner tonight. We are both pooped from moving everything and Jack kind of strained his knee some so weíre doing easy dinner.

Jean: I noticed on Thursday when I drove through Chick fil a they had their flag at half staff, but it is so huge that it almost touched the ground which is a nono. Sorry the flag didnít work out the way it was supposed to. Wow that was some deposit for your gift shop. Direct tv raised our bill for second straight year. Like you there are a lot of channels we never even look at. You get stuck with the packages and then they stick crap in there. We now have that cult Scientology channel.

Well, guess I better get a move on and type up the grocery list. Have a good weekend.
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Good Afternoon! We had sunshine for about 30 seconds this afternoon, otherwise it’s gloomy and cold. I’ve done a couple loads of laundry, dusted and vacuumed, then filled a months worth of med containers for both of us. We went to a Chinese restaurant for lunch and I was disappointed in that there wasn’t any of my usual choices (lots of different vegetables) with meat dishes on the buffet. I ended up with egg rolls and crab rangoons.

“Gma,” I sure hope the tree shoots don’t cause damage to your house floor! Will you have to dig up the cement in the garage floor? I hope your Chinese tonight is better than mine was this noon! I’ll have to check and see if we get the Scientology channel; I looked for “church” last Sunday and never did find anything. Wish we could pick what we watch and just pay for those channels!

Bob is hinting he is hungry so guess it is time for food, again. Life would be so simple if we didn’t have to eat! Enjoy your evening and a special Sunday tomorrow!
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