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happy2bme 07-01-2019 10:27 AM

2019 - Pt 3 - Worldlie Chicks Halfway Through the Year
Greetings ladies,

Hard to believe half the year is done with. Time to start another thread I suppose.

If you want to go and check on the tail end of the last thread - Click on this please for Part 2 of our journey

It's July which means a knock in the head to me that our brief summer is in full swing. Go enjoy it. Saturday I had an evaluation for a study I am participating in through the University. They want to study aging in rural populations. Oh boy - now I'm aged :rofl: It was a rather intense, 3 and a half hour evaluation. Much longer than I thought it would take. They video'd you doing walking (wonky walking with old knees) going fast, slow, backwards, walking while trying to subtract 3s from random numbers. I was tired when it was done. It was in the upper 80's outside. Afterwards I went to the grocery store to pick up some fresh stuff. Gads the people in town for the upcoming holiday. Could not wait to get out of there. Got home and unloaded the groceries and carried them up the stairs and into the house, with the "heat" (yeah Shad, I know that's comfy for you) I was tuckered out. Garden is starting to perk up. DH cut some tree branches back to get more sun. We feasted on our first bounty - 2 sugar snap peas. DH said now that it turned hot and the bell peppers and tomatoes are happy, my peas that have just started to bloom will probably give us one bowl of peas before the wither in the heat. All the flowers on the deck are doing well as are my herbs. I wasn't sure about the landscaping that we put in 2 years ago but like everything this year, all things were behind schedule. Everything popped and is blooming nicely. My garden friend said first year the plants, "sleep" and get used to the new digs, second year they "creep" - if they are happy with their location they settle in and fill out a bit and the third year - this year for us, they LEAP. And that's what they did. Everything filled out nicely and is blooming and is almost in need of a support of some sort as they open up and get top heavy. So the yard looks nice. DH said the tomato plants are growing too and we have bell peppers on all the plants. The veg garden is DH's this year. He has always told me I'm doing it wrong so we're giving him a chance to show me better. :rolleyes: Of course gardening in far northern Wisconsin in 2019 is probably wayyyyy different than gardening in Rhode Island in 1957 but :shrug: let him give a try. I'm thinking if we are more successful this year, part has to do with the plants we got at the Agricultural Plant Sale that were bred for our coller conditions up this way.

We sold our boat. Check in hand. I told DH NO MORE BOATS. :no: He wants a small one so he can go out on the lake and take photos. I told him he's going to have to find one that is super cheap AND he won't be happy in a small rowboat - too choppy of a ride for someone who's camera is so sensitive to the slightest movement. In fact, one day last week we stopped along the road so DH could take some pictures of a momma duck with her baby. I was straining in my seat to see also because between DH, his big honking camera lens that is the length of his arm, the big honking truck mirror that obliterates most of my view out the side windows, etc it is almost impossible to see out anything but the front windshield. I asked him how the duck pictures came out and he said my shifting in the seat was enough to shake the truck and blur the photos... So a rowboat on the water is even more shaky. At least the pontoon was more stable although it rocked in a good wind. DH was lucky at the casino yesterday so I think he is starting a fund to get him a boat anyway. We will use the check from the big boat to purchase the land next door. DH is stopping to see the owners todayto see why they are dragging their feet on the paperwork so we can complete the purchase. I don't think they are hesitant to sell, just a bit lackadaisical about the whole thing...

My neck is still in a great deal of pain. Can't say physical therapy is helping much at all. I have an appointment today with the better therapist who does not pound me and make me hurt even more. I will give it 2 more sessions. I can't help but wonder how much this will cost me. DH sailed through Medicare the last 4 years not paying for a thing and I have the exact same coverage he does and they are either rejecting or paying a most minimal amount. I saw the dentist last week. He gave me pros and cons about having the 4 front teeth crowned or done as implants. I am waiting for a consult appointment with the oral surgeon to weigh in on his opinion which might take a couple of weeks before I get in to see him. I have a busy July coming up next week - starting a 4 week watercolor painting class, am going to a chronic pain workshop. start the chair yoga study twice a week. It is nice having more time to myself. I am hoping the dreaded tree pollen season has ended. Everything is covered in yellow powder, it bothers my throat. We are in a period of rain now so I hope it all washes off.

Susie - what is going on at work - just general busy or is the big guy giving you a hassle? Any word on other options?

Shad - happy birthday to your sister. I hear you on the comment about aging - if I'm feeling this way at 65, I can't fathom wanting to hang around into my 90's. I talked to my Mom yesterday and all she did was talk about how homebound she is. Her knees are too bad to walk, her shoulder and arm are very sore due to rotator cuff problems, she can't go outside in the heat and humidity because her weakened heart makes her sick. So what's the point??? She is like my cat who can't go in the 3 season room until the pollen dies down - just bored of the 4 walls and almost on edge. I wish Mom was strong enough for an extended visit up here - she needs a distraction. Doesn't even go to my sister's any more unless it's a doctor's appointment. I'm sorry to hear you are still have residual effects with that darned cellulitis. Geez what a hassle. Especially to not be able to travel. BUT you certainly don't want to risk getting a clot. Have DS come to you this year with Little Miss. And now that you have had a taste of the madness that is volunteering, you can hold your head high that you gave it a good attempt and then walk away. The world is mad nowadays it seems. Keep to your garden and cats. Hopefully the neighbors are not constantly ringing you up for help.

Hope your week has eased up also Laura. Are you taking a long weekend with the holiday?

How's the job coming along Annie?

Did you get the air conditioning fixed Ceejay as you face the warm, humid July? How is the piano playing coming along?

With that I think I will post this if I can. Probably timed out my login and messed up setting up the new thread.. :blah:

happy2bme 07-01-2019 10:34 AM

I also realized AFTER I set up the thread I forgot to set email notifications ON so I hope you can find us.

ceejay52 07-01-2019 03:06 PM

I'm depressed right now with my nephew and his wife. I told sis that I didn't want him living here but changed my mind after I talked with him last night. Yes, he messed up last Tuesday by getting drunk but his wife hounds on him constantly. I hate it and am beginning to dislike her attitude. I've blocked her on my phone cause I'm not having her call me every time he doesn't answer his phone. My nerves are to bad for this stuff.
My bil had a talk with the congregation yesterday morning about his discovery of cancer. He was supposed to have a second chemo session today but his white count was down to low and his potassium was low.
Piano practicing is going good. I am having the opportunity to play at the opening for 4 weeks. I have played twice at church.
Ate my feelings last night and what I ate didn't taste good. Hope that is a good sign that my body is changing. I'm almost to the 10 pounds mark. It has taking me awhile to get the right mindset but now if sis's family will leave me alone I will get this done. My time runs out July 20th but I'm buying some more time. I have to. My sis says I can do it at home but I'd rather have the coaching. I checked the WW store in Springfield but to me that was more expensive.

MyChoice2bfit 07-03-2019 06:16 AM

Thank you Happy for setting up the new thread. I need to go back and read the last of the old one.

It is finally announced that I will be moving on to a new role! It will be effective Aug 1. I am very happy that I made the decision to get out of where I am. I am the 5th person to leave the department since in less than 4 weeks. If that doesnt tell upper management something then their heads are in the sand.

I will still be at my current location just in a different building.

I will have a lot to learn but I am looking forward to it.

Ceejay: your brother in-law is in my prayers. As are all of you. It is hard to watch someone you love deal with cancer.

I need to catch up on while your nephew is living with you again. It sounds like he comes to you because you are a grounded person for him and he seeks that. I hope he can overcome his alcohol addiction. It is a lot like when we eat our feelings. So I can emphasize with him.

It sounds like you are making progress with getting to a 10 lb loss...keep it up!

Happy, busy as always but it isnt like when you were doing all the volunteer work. You are busy about doing your life....that is much better.

I am glad to read the boat sold, how nice that it sold just as you were buying the land.

Your produce and plants seem to be thriving. You should have DH take pictures of the yard in bloom and put them Facebook. I love seeing his pictures.

I hope your physical therapy session was one that helped you to feel better. If you have a therapist that isnt leaving you feel better after a session you need to let them know. Yes there is some discomfort from working out bodies when we have weak areas but it shouldnt be painful.

Hello to Laura, Shad and Annie.

My 30 min on the bike is finished and I need to get showered and ready for work.

Laura705 07-03-2019 12:37 PM

Morning all. Been a busy week. Today the office closes at 1. Iím not taking a lunch break, but Iím taking a short break right now to catch up here.

Happy Ė Thanks for getting us set up on a new thread. I hope you get a better PT person to work with. When I had a rotator cuff issue many years ago, I did experience the pain becoming worse after doing some of the assigned home exercises. We eased up after that. Has any mention of chiropractic or therapeutic massage been made? Happy to hear that youíre spending time on yourself with the yoga and watercolor classes and the gardening!!! Good for you! I say now that the pontoon boat is physically gone, also let it be mentally gone, and stop feeling the regret over it. Enjoy the additional land you now have. I would suggest that DH rent boats for his photography jaunts, but then again I know the shutterbugs go out at the ďmagic hoursĒ when the lighting is good, so renting might not work out. But Iím sure there must be gadgets/tech solutions to address the rocking boat situation if a smaller boat is being consideredÖ Sorry to hear your mom is housebound due to her pain and mobility issues.

Susie Ė Glad youíre moving to a new role!! Congrats! I think the change will be revitalizing for you. Mostly I hope you will be working for a supportive, decent manager.

Shad Ė All that gardening is keeping you busy! I havenít done any gardening this year, just a minimum of weeding. Maybe this weekend Iíll at least buy a few flowers to plant. What kind of flooring did you choose? Iím sorry to hear that the cellulitis is still causing issues and that itís stopping you from air travel. Yup, like Happy said Ė have the family come to you!

Ceejay Ė I kind of want some sort of chair massage machine. We saw a very elaborate and expensive chair at the big electronics store near us a few months ago. Tempting, but the price! Have to do the math and see how many massages we could buy with those $$$$. The nail salons have massage chairs and I can never figure them out to get them set to my preference... but the chair we saw is like that, but on steroids. Sorry to hear of your nephewís marriage woes. I hope they work things out. Good to block the wifeís phone Ė you certainly donít need to be in the middle of that! Thinking healing thoughts for your BIL. Good job on the WL!!

Annie Ė How are you?? Howís the new job going. I like the baby duck photo on fb.

Iím not up to much lately. Just work. Busy time right now and I look forward to pushing through this and taking advantage of our new summer hours program my employer instituted.

As you may recall, Iíve been dithering over buying a new piece of cardio fitness equipment lately. Well, I did end up getting a brand new stationary bike. Bf re-posted the nordictrack bike I bought last year that was a total bust. If you remember, I got a total refund on it because the resistance didnít work properly. They told me I needed to dispose of it myself. Anyway, bf ended up selling it on craigslist and so there was room for the new bike. That arrived Monday and bf assembled it and all is good with it. Itís a Spirit Fitness brand bike and itís very quiet. Now to get into a morning routine with it!

Okay ladies, I have to get this posted and get back to work. I hope all of you have a wonderful rest of the week and for those of us in the States, a lovely holiday weekend!!

ceejay52 07-04-2019 12:57 PM

Nothing new
Enjoy the 4th

MyChoice2bfit 07-04-2019 05:08 PM

Making my way back here.

Shad, I think having the family come to you is an excellent idea. I hope that happens.

Laura: what is the summer program your company is doing?

How exciting you got a new bike. I like my bike and it is so nice to be able to get the exercise over before work.

Shad 07-04-2019 05:50 PM

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Happy 4th of July to all my American friends. Sorry this is later than intended, but I had a very senior day yesterday and forgot to do quite a number of things. Seems that the idea of writing the list (as I always have done) of the things I need to do for the day got forgotten as well. I hope you all have a very happy day and that the excessive show of force in Washington has not upset too many people or maybe it would be a good thing if it did - not that anyone will take too much notice of opposition to his plans.

I have a dogless day today. He comes back tonight to stay for the weekend since his 'parents' are off to the Gold Coast for the weekend to participate in a 5K and a marathon race down there. I said they should have taken the dog since he would probably be the only one capable of the marathon much less the 5K. But then I am getting to be a snarky old lady these days.
So I need to fill my day with things that I can only do when the dog isn't here and that means I have to get cracking on the indoor jobs since it is a bit wet out there again. We've had some good overnight rain and it is most welcome - should make the veges and flowers grow.
The new flooring arrived yesterday - 10 boxes of the stuff currently stacked in the living room. Each box is 2.4metres long and weighs around 15kg. That's 7.8 feet long and 33pounds give or take a few grams. It'll be my weight lifting exercise for the day. Then I have the leftovers from the original floors stacked in a bedroom and that will also get shifted to the spare room as well. Muscles may be a bit sore tomorrow.

Happy - thanks for setting up the new thread. I had intended to do it, but as previously said, if I don't write it down, it tends not to get done these days. I'm pleased you sold the boat since it really did not get a lot of use. Hope you didn't have to take too much of a hit on it moneywise. Still I really do think the land will suit you both more. Are you going to fence it off and do some ATV trails in it? That should interest the deer. It's good to hear that your garden is doing well. Nothing like fresh vegetables picked straight out of the garden and eaten shortly afterwards.
Sorry to hear the neck is still playing up. Hope you can get some relief soon from all the pain of teeth, neck, knees etc. Getting older ain't easy.
Not being able to travel is a pain to me, but I will give it the six months suggested and go back for more ultrasounds. If no clots are present then all bets are off. Doc will have to suggest ways and means and there are great looking pressure socks and stockings around now for travel by air etc.
The volunteering is going okay. I put in some time once a week or so and then forget it until the following week. It's not arduous, just have to understand how the local newspapers work. And how they can be cajoled into doing things for free. I've said I will do it until end of Probus financial year (March) and then reassess whether I want to keep going with either it or the whole club thing. I've never been much of a joiner and prefer to have a select group of friends who I know and love rather than a huge group of acquaintances.

Susie - congratulations on the new job. Hope it works out a whole lot better than the AH you are currently working with. I doubt that the higher echelons will even notice that 4 others have moved on from the department - it's never managements fault.

Laura - well done on the new bike. Hope it gets you fit and healthy and to the place where you will feel good.

Ceejay - like Susie I am not sure why the nephew is back with you, but you have to be strong for yourself and lay down the house rules. It's you paying the rent after all. And you have a life of your own to get on with. Who needs the family interference.

Okay, so now I am off to get dressed, make the bed, get on with the day. Somehow the day never seems to go right if I don't make my bed. Does that make me sound old???

happy2bme 07-05-2019 11:08 AM

Good morning to you ladies,

I absolutely refused to watch that hideous waste of money that the fool on the hill spent to emulate his hero Kim Jung so instead we hopped in the car and took a ride north to Bayfield where all the apple orchards and berry farms are located. Picked up 4 boxes of fresh strawberries I need to eat/cook up/freeze rather quickly. Yum for berries that don't mold the day after you buy them. And no, rinsing them in vinegar/water/tar/whatever does not preserve the store bought ones at all. We had a nice drive - DH took a side road. Admired the wild flowers, looked for some elk, looked for ducks in ponds and watched the storm clouds gather. We hung around town for lunch for about an hour and then found the place we wanted to go for lunch was only open for breakfast and dinner :shrug: so we drove around to a place recommended by the shopkeepers but was closed for the holiday... Went to another place - parking was difficult because the place was busy - lots taking the ferry across the lake to the islands to enjoy the evening fireworks no doubt. The restaurant was owned by a Mediterranean woman so I was delighted to see gyros, chicken shawarma and falafel on the menu - haven't had shawarma or falafel since I left Memphis. I passed on my usual eggs benedict and the apple fritter french toast special and went for the falafel on pita. First 2 bites were delicious and THEN the HEAT hit the back of my mouth. Not sure what secret deadly spice they put in there but yowsa - even the tzatziki sauce didn't cool it down. Something so spicy was not recommended when taking a long drive (it was a 90 minute drive straight back home and we intended to do some meandering) so I had them pack it up in a takeout box and nibbled a bit on DH's eggs. We had a nice day but the place is has lots of inclines and it was 74 and even though we were on Lake Superior (which is so beautiful and big), it was still very hot and muggy. I had a difficult time of it. I swear DH is correct that I have a 2 degree tolerance of comfort. 70 degrees or below I am chilly, 72 I am happy and 74 I am sweating like I lived on the sun. :rofl: It was a nice day we spend together. I watched the fireworks on TV from New York City - not quite the same as seeing them live but I didn't miss the cloying smell of gunpowder and the show was beautiful - more than I'd ever see here. Today I am going to work the Thrift Shop in the afternoon - my lovely 83 year old friend is alone and it's been a busy weekend so I will go and help her because I like her. Afterwards we are going to the farm to pick up our CSA produce box and will stay for one of Matt's delicious wood fired pizzas. I am leaning to all veggie as the pork sausage last week was a bit too much on my stomach. In other news we joined a gym. It's a 25 minute drive from here down a windy road that is mostly no passing. I do not like the speeders who tailgate so it's not my favorite drive and there's only 1 way to get there but I persuaded DH to join too. It's not fancy although it's a new place. They have a nice walking track that is one level up and overlooks the gym floor below. They have a pool - kept at a blessed 86 degrees for my comfort!!! That's the attraction for me. They also have a room of fitness equipment, weights and they have classes too. I am mostly interested in water and walking and perhaps the treadmill. I ordered DH some swim trunks and he needs to go get himself a pair of walking shoes and we are ready to go. Was going to go today but he bruised the bottom of his foot so perhaps on Sunday we can go for a while. And I loved the watercolors painting class I went to this week. It is the basics, just what I needed because I was making some mistakes. I want to clean off my desk upstairs so I can start painting more and get better at it. Tuesday starts the Yoga study twice a week and I have a chronic pain management class that is new also and runs for 6 weeks. I am making progress with the back and neck - must keep up with exercises. I slept in the bed last night for the first time in a while and though it was heavenly to stretch out, it's hard to sleep without crunching up your back and shoulders and my back was not a happy thing this morning. I have accepted the fact that when something goes wonky on me, it will take a while to get it fixed again. So just deal with it. Oh and we have 15 turkey babies. 3 mommas with 5 chicks each. Still waiting to see the fawns we know are out there. Bears seem to have taken to other parts thank goodness.

Shad - your home seems to be in constant renovations. Be careful lugging that flooring about. It can be quite heavy. I laughed about your comment that the dog is the only one fit enough to finish the marathon (and probably head out for more!). We took a dink on the boat but live and learn. I will not remind DH that was a foolish purchase, but I will think that for a long time to come ;) No, I don't think it odd that you can't start your day without making the bed. Fly Lady had one end the day with a clean sink and start the day by putting on your shoes. Not a bad thing at all. I hope you get a lot done this weekend with the house to yourself. Are you in the throws of winter right now? Which means rain and less bugs? We have these HUGE deer flies that are the size of the first digit of your pointer finger. I cleaned out the 3 season room of pollen and had the door open and 5 made their way into the room where they got trapped in the window. They are evil creatures , the poor deer are constantly flinching and twitching because they bite - humans too. I do find myself favoring winter over summer too.

Ceejay - would be wise not to get in the middle of the nephew and his wife although if he has a drinking problem, make sure it doesn't become your problem. Hope you had a nice 4th.

Susie - congrats on the new job!! I hope you will be happy with it. I agree with Shad that management most probably will choose to ignore the situation. They protect their own. I hope the new boss sees and values you for the outstanding employee that you are. You are taking great charge of your life both with the food and exercise and life work balance. Much better than when you first came here and reluctantly let everyone burn you out. So proud of you. And happy anniversary - did you and DH do anything special?

Laura - I hope you find a mat you life for the massage. Our Ford truck has rollers in it and I don't like them but DH does. Our hot tub has jets that go up and down the back - all it does is push me away from the lounge chair :rofl: I guess you have to spend the big bucks and get one of those fancy massage chairs like they have in the mall stores. I hope you have better luck with the new bike and get lots of use from it. The lead physical therapy tech handed me off to a "lesser" individual but she was a former massage therapist so she is much better when it comes to finding sore muscles and such - I do like her much better.

Annie - time to check in - we miss you. Hope things are going well.

I need to get off the computer and get a few things done before I have to get ready for work. Hope you are having a long weekend and enjoying yourselves. Stay cool!

ceejay52 07-05-2019 07:12 PM

I told nephew that I was not going to be her go between and that I was going to block her. I'm staying out of it. If he didn't hear his phone or didn't answer on the second ring I was being called asking is A there? Not happening this time.

I haven't done well on the MRC program even though it is a great one. Just to much stress right now. I had thought about buying some more time but don't think I will. I can do it at home and will not have to travel across this big city weigh in.
Have a good week end.

MyChoice2bfit 07-06-2019 09:31 AM

I took a vacation day from work yesterday and it was nice to be at home piddling around the house in peace and quiet.

I did some more puring of my closet and shreadding documents from my 2 drawer file cabinet.

DH and I went to Xenia for dinner last night and ate at Nicks, a local place and sat outside on the patio, which has trees and plants all around. They have a pergola and have ceiling fans that created a nice breeze. It was a lovely evening. Then we drove a little further and had a scoop of ice cream at Young Dairy Farm.

Today, I am dusting the living room, doing laundry and cleaning the kitchen and bathroom. DH wants to go Beaver Creek (a 40 min drive) and see the movie Aladin and get something to eat for dinner. So with all that it will be a full day.

I will be back later to do personals

Shad 07-11-2019 05:34 AM

Evening all,
Week has gone past quickly. I can't remember what I have done, but I seem to have been busy. Weather has gone from warm and wet to cold and sunny and the wind has been ferocious.
Had to dissuade the dog from sitting on the cauliflower plants and they are recovering from the squashing and he is now sitting on the potatoes which fortunately have not yet sprouted Today I pulled out the broccoli. It got to be huge and went from small bud florets to flowering in two days. Nothing to eat from that. The darn stuff was taller than me. I've weeded and put down some weed mat around the vegetable patch and will get some gravel to put on top of that this week - or maybe next week. Don't feel like humping loads of gravel from front to back at the moment.

Tomorrow I am off to a Christmas in July lunch. It's in an historic house about 20k south of me. We had to pick our dinners last week and for the life of me I can't remember what I chose. Ah well, someone will have a list and will tell me where to go I guess.

Happy = Hope you managed to get all the strawberries processed. My plants have a lot of fruit on them right now. There were two big ones ripening, well now there is only one as I ate the other this morning while digging weeds out around the bed. It was so delicious.
Winter here is usually dry with cool nights and temperate day temps. Usually day time temps are around 21-25 (70 to 80 or thereabouts) Just lovely and the nights are cool for sleeping. The summer is supposed to be rainy season however the climate is stuffed up and you never know what you are going to get. We had more rain in June that we did all summer.
Hope you enjoy the gym and get a lot of satisfaction out of it. Don't overdo it at first, the pain of lactic acid immediately makes us want to give up.

Susie - hope you got all your planned stuff done. Sounds like a busy weekend. Hope the new job is going well.

Ceejay - sorry you didn't get all you wanted out of the MRC program. Hope you are getting along with the nephew and he is behaving.

That's about it for tonight. Time to get comfortable on the couch and watch some mindless tv. Then bed. DS2 has just informed me that he is to go to Stanthorpe next week to finish off a job. Can I have the dog overnights for the week. Okayyyyyyyyyyy well his partner won't do it, so guess who will.
Catch up soon.

ceejay52 07-14-2019 04:48 PM

I decided to go ahead with the MRC. I will do this

MyChoice2bfit 07-15-2019 05:48 AM

It seems we all are out doing other things. I know I think I will come and read the posts and then the day gets away from me.

However, I like it when we come her and check on each other. Facebook is to open and there are things I post here and share with each of you that I have no interest in putting it on Facebook. I will work on getting back here daily to read and post.

Ceejay: please remind me what MCR is.

Shad: It sounds like the garden is thriving and you have busy days with it.

I recall from your post that your current house project is laying new floors. How is that going?

Happy: Forgive me for not remembering all that you last posted. I am posting from my phone and I cant scroll back. I do remember you are as busy as ever with your dentist appointments, cleaning the 3 season room so your kitty can go in there and some volunteering that you seem to enjoy and doest require an ongoing commitment.

Laura: how do you like your new exercise bike.

Annie: I hope things are going well in the job and your summer is fun with all the things you are doing with Sam and the grandbabies.

I am still in my old role at work until Aug 1, 2019. Also learning me mew role. I usually do the AM doing my current role, then afer lunch I shadow from 1:30 to 3:30 for my new role and then the last hour of the day I try to organize myself for the next day.

I am holding steady with my weight, I am still doing my 30 min workouts 5 times a week. I plan this week to get back to being more diciplined with portions to start moving this weight down again.

Have a great day everyone!

ceejay52 07-17-2019 10:37 AM

MRC is for Metabolic Research Center.

Laura705 07-17-2019 07:18 PM

Hi everyone. Posting on the train, so this will be brief.

The train is delayed due to issues with a new safety system. My trains have been running late by a few minutes since last week for vaious other reasons- signal problems, mechanical failure, etc. And they will be slowing down when the temps go above 95 degrees tomorrow because of increased stress on the tracks. Bleh. I hope tomorrow is a miracle because i have a hair appointment after work.

Still busy at work, up against a deadline. Devoted most of today to one thing, too much time...but it was worthwhile because i finally found a big error made by an audit done by a third party.

Okay, my battery is down to 5%, so I'll post this. All of you have a good rest of the day. :)

MyChoice2bfit 07-17-2019 07:43 PM

Hello Everyone,

The stress of the past month finally caught up with me. I have been eating like crap since Monday and I woke up today with the worst headache and sick to my stomach from it. I stayed home and worked as I have a lot to do before I go on vacation next week and then start my new job on August 1.

So I took Excedrine Migraine and sat the ice pack on my head and worked and worked. I am about to turn the computer off but wanted to come post here where it is easier to type on the keyboard than my phone.

I am back on track with my food today but no workout due to my head pounding.

Ceejay: Tell me more about what and when you will be doing the MRC.

Laura: I head it will be in the 100 F tomorrow through the weekend. Be careful on that train! When is your deadline that you are working against? Since you found a big error by the 3rd party audit what happens now? I hope they give you a bonus!

I hope you can make your hair appointment tomorrow. Fingers crossed for you.

Hello to all the rest of the Wordlies...come post.....it gets lonely here.

Shad 07-18-2019 01:08 AM

Afternoon all,
Another glorious winters day here. I spent some time out in the garden this morning and then went round and checked out a friends place while they are away, watered their garden and gathered the mail. Back home again now and I will try to get outside again shortly. There is plenty to do out there and the dog will enjoy a game of ball no doubt.

Having a hassle with the new NBN (National Broadband Network) and am currently engaged in warfare with the Telco and the NBN company. They seem to think I need to get an electrician in to put cable into the house and put in a data point. Well I don't think so. They should be doing it themselves, after all they are the ones that are insisting on me having the NBN - it's not an option. I have to have it or will have no internet, no phone, no connections etc. Gotta love the pollies, they don't stop to think about how some of these things will affect the general population.

Ceejay - Glad to hear that you are continuing with MRC. Keep trucking on.

Laura - thought you must be busy with deadlines and projects since you normally post regularly. Hope you don't have a train problem tomorrow. Don't you just love it when the lack of maintenance on infrastructure comes round to bite the user in the butt?

Susie - Sorry to hear that the stress has finally got to you. But you are now back on the straight and narrow so good luck with that. Are you going away during your holidays? Good riddance to the old boss eh?

Okay, not much more to add. Dog has been here all week since DS2 has been in Stanthorpe. Temps up there have been very cool. It was -6C there the other morning. He's not used to that. He should be back tonight or tomorrow day time.
My tomatoes are ripening slowly in the garden and the new batch of cauliflowers are growing well (when the dog isn't sitting on them) I also have garlic and onions and shallots in now. They will take a while to grow so I should get some more quick crops in there like beans and spinach and lettuce. The broccoli grew huge and tall but not much in the way of flowers on it so it came out last week. I have lemons and limes on the citrus trees and the lavender is growing fast and attracting bees like crazy.

And that's about it for today, nothing else happening here. It's dry and cool unless you sit out in the sun and I'm about to take a glass of wine out there along with my book and sit for a while before I feed the animals, bring in the laundry and close up the house for the night. Have a good one.

ceejay52 07-18-2019 10:17 AM

I've been in Branson for a couple of day's. I picked up BIL from his IV session on Monday and brought him back to Branson. He'd been sick last week end and got dehydrated. I took him back yesterday for my IV fluids and brought him back to Branson. He was feeling good so I came back home. Sis will take him tomorrow. He's getting ready for another round of chemo on Monday. Sis needs to work to keep their insurance. Bil did sign up for Medicare last month.
Not much else is going on. It's going to be a hot one today.
Nephew came and got the remainder of his clothes.

Laura705 07-20-2019 12:02 PM

Morning all. I took the laptop home from work so I could complete a mandatory compliance course. The due date for completion was yesterday, but between my projects and an employee survey that was also due yesterday, I just didn't have time to get it done. Glad to have my old monitor, docking station, keyboard, and mouse set up in the home office to make it easier.

I completed the course in about 30 minutes and since I'm already online, I've been looking at this and that. Local newspaper site. Social security site - checked out what my estimated benefits will be down the road. Also checked my earnings record against my tax records to ensure the last 10 years are correct. Of course, I'm thinking I should get rid of some of my old tax documents...my village's document destruction event is coming up in August....have to think about purging the tax files.

And now I'm here. I'll catch up on personals

Susie - You asked about the summer hours program. Our company had a program in the past that we had to work extra hours over the course of two weeks in order to get a Friday off every other week, or something like that. Now they made it so we don't have to work extra hours. We get 4 half-days to use during the summer (or 2 full days). So another couple days available. I like the new exercise bike - very quiet and smooth. I agree with you - I like coming here and visiting with all of you. I lurk around on FB and like a few things here and there, but never really post. It's just not a place I want to post everything to the world. So I look at funny/cute animal videos, LOL. My work deadline is a bit loose, target was this past week, but hope to really finish the majority of it this coming week. I hope you're feeling better and that you enjoy your vacation next week!!!

Shad - How is the flooring going? Is your dog buddy helping you with that? How was the historic house walk/Christmas in July? Sounds fun. You hit the nail on the head re the train - they let the maintenance and capital improvements go (due to budget issues, mismanagement, and corruption/embezzlement) and now we pay for it. Oh, fresh citrus right on the property - sounds delightful. Reminds me to use up the rest of the lemons in the fridge to make some lemonade. Yum.

Happy - How is the new gym working out? Or should I say, are you working out at the new gym, LOL. A pool sounds good right about now - we've had really hot weather the past several days, as is a huge part of the country. Of course it was very cooling when I unintentionally spilled an entire glass of water on myself earlier this morning, lol. Glad most of it got my pajamas and not the floor and sofa. Hope you're still busy enjoying life on your own terms and not getting bogged down in the volunteer drama again... We haven't pursued the purchase of a fancy massage chair, though I do check out craigslist for that and a number of other items that I (think) I want.

Ceejay - How is the MRC program going? I hope you are doing something to de-stress. You're retired - no stress allowed!! I'm sure you and Happy and Shad are laughing about that. Jobs/work are not the only stressors in life, for sure. Sending healing thoughts to your BIL.

Annie - How's it going at the new job? Was glad to see on FB that your SIL had a successful surgery. Happy belated bday to Miss Sassy!

My train was not delayed on Thursday and I made it to my hair appoint on time. No long delays getting home yesterday either, just a wee bit slower. I was happy to get home and be in the AC, but I did step out again to put the hose on a shrub I planted last weekend. Have to baby it until it gets established. Bf and I went out to dinner - rejected our first restaurant choice because all the seating faces a wall of giant floor to ceiling windows catching the western sun and it was stuffy in there. It was in the 90's with a heat index in the 100's - we wanted someplace nice and cool. Ended up at a (primarily) breakfast place that also serves lunch and dinner and it was fine.

I went to bed relatively early last night because I was tired. I managed to get up a bit earlier 3 days this week to use my new exercise bike. Just have to keep plugging away and at some point it will be a routine. :crossed:

I don't plan on doing any running around today - it's another hot, humid day and I dislike running errands in this weather. The car gets hot and has to cool down all over again between each stop. But...that said...I do need to pay a cc bill that I usually do via the bank's atm that's convenient to my office. Didn't have time to get there yesterday, and I didn't want to leave the office anyway due to the heat. Maybe the branch nearest to home has a drive-thru atm and I won't have to leave the car...The library is having their quarterly book sale. I sure don't need books...but it's tempting. Sometimes I find workout dvds there too. It's actually a good day to spend poking around the basement (nice and cool down there) looking for things to get rid of, and doing laundry while I'm down there.

Okay, gonna stop rambling and post this, shut down the computer and eat a late breakfast. Have a great Saturday/Sunday everyone! :)

happy2bme 07-20-2019 01:33 PM

Oh my gosh guys - since I started here in 2002 I don't think I have ever gone this long without posting. 2 weeks! I should be ashamed...

July has been really busy between painting classes, yoga, physical therapy and I am being pulled into the Thrift Shop again although this time in a supportive role to another friend who has stepped in to help with the chaos going on there. B is doing a much needed job and it would be wrong to leave it all on her shoulders. My bingo partner who was the shop manager is stepping away - issues with his impending divorce, favoritism and snubs from the ladies in back who sided with his soon to be ex-wife. It is time for him to step away and that uncoupling was a difficult task too. Also I am sooooo ticked off at how I am being pushed out of the senior center by management who wants me out of there. They won't directly confront me but are being passive aggressive. It did give me the nudge I needed to turn over passwords to the Facebook, website and newspaper media. I also gave 2 weeks notice to my partner at bingo but being the devil he is and really needing my support he brought it up at bingo in front of the whole crowd on Thursday. They were all cheering and whistling and telling me that I CAN'T LEAVE. It was touching. I love these people, I do enjoy the social outlet but the management are devious people who are pushing others out too - not just me. I have a hard time supporting an organization that treats you so badly especially after all I have done and given to them. But like Laura once said - think of the ones you are ultimately supporting. So I will maybe just limit my time to bingo.

I started a class in Chronic Pain Management and we had one session. Then to my disappointment they cancelled the class because people dropped out. I don't know what they were expecting. But it looked like a good class so I am sad about that. I am still doing yoga with a bit more enticement to move more from my Fitbit. We have not made it to the gym for various reasons but will try again Monday. DH's knee pain has healed. One of my teeth (new crown) flared up badly last weekend. I could not stand to touch it and had a hard time eating eggs or pasta for 2 days. It calmed down by the time I got to the dentist but in the past I have had issues with a nerve going bad after I got a crown in. He gave me antibiotics in case it flares again and told me to call if it's further trouble. The prescription which would normally be about $2 was close to $20 because I don't have anything other than the basic minimal requirement for a prescription drug plan. Still at $20 cheaper than a $60 a month premium with a $250 deductible!! My garden is going slowly - the bell peppers were a flop, will buy them from the store. My yellow squash started gangbusters but petered out with our hot humid weather. Another thing that I don't eat enough of so will buy from the store instead. Cucumbers are slowly growing and so are the tomatoes. I ate the first of 3 tiny orange cherry tomatoes - they were ok but not bursting with flavor. We had a cool spring and then intense heat the last 3 weeks which messed with my squash plant and killed off the sugar snap peas. We got one bowl which for what I paid for 8 plants was an expensive bowl!! Should really start in the greenhouse from seed. I am getting too old to want to mess with all of this. On the other hand, my garden is beautiful. The landscaping they put in 3 years ago finally took off. I will have to post pictures on FB. It's just lucious and gorgeous. Also all my flowers on the deck are doing well in pots - so happy with it. I just wish we had more butterflies and the hummingbirds would go to them. They are around, just not interested in the plants. We sold our boat - I think I said that, will close on the land next door in 2 weeks I think. We had some hiccups with the process but we are comfortable we got everything ironed out. Physical therapy is going slow with my back. It has been a slow source of pain. Beware those of you who spend so much time on the computer!! I have to stick with icing it twice a day and doing ALL of my exercises. And trying to cut back on computer time which lately has been hard when you get pulled into so many things. I am going to see a chiropractor next week - am not a fan of them, had a bad experience BUT the therapist now is doing some spinal manipulation which is helping alot and the chiropractor at the clinic is highly, highly recommended. I am concerned about what if anything Medicare will pay for the current P/T I have already had so we are going the massage (which I pay out of pocket for) and chiropractor (insurance paid) route going forward. When I was at P/T last week all of a sudden the power snapped off. Apparently they had some big explosion due to the excessive heat at the power substation - knocked out power to 43,000 people which in our spread out population is pretty far and wide. Was out for 3 and a half hours in 90 degree plus heat and high humidity. People driving were actually courteous obeying an automatic 4 way stop at street signals that were not working. Fortunately we only lost power for about 15 minutes at our house - probably due to a surge. And finally I am really enjoying my watercolor art painting class but unfortunately have not had the time to actually practice other than the day of class. I do feel overwhelmed a bit with so much here in the house to work on. Nagging at me also is the NEED to get to the mancave and 3rd garage bay and go through the boxes which have been sitting there since we moved in 8 years ago and need to be dealt with before once again the cold weather comes through. DH has been tossing large black mystery garbage bags filled to the brim but avoids telling me what's in them. I think he is tired of me saying I will clean and I don't so he is purging and figures I will never know what he threw out!!! And we have had 2 deaths of people we knew - one was a kind soul who was a staple at the Thrift Shop. When the original store burned down in 2014, he listed from memory what was on the shelves to help with the insurance payout. He was a wonderful guy we all loved - his wife passed away 2 years ago and he battled cancer a few times in his life until it finally took him. We will miss him dearly. And then there was the death of the husband of friends of ours. The girl I went to high school with - she was married 3 times and buried 3 husbands. So sad. When she met K he wanted to get married and she said she could not bury another husband and made him promise not to die on her. They were only married a few years. It started with some rogue cells from treated prostate cancer that showed up but he actually got a different cancer in the lungs. The last 18 months have been a horrid round of pain and misery - he had many ill reactions to chemo. They went to their place in Florida for the winter where he could continue treatment at a very good hospital but he had so many problems. Like my cousin (going to the same hospital) they both said enough already - and elected to just go home and let nature take it's course. K just passed 2 days ago and L will bring his ashes up here to scatter them. My heart breaks for her. Such bad luck. She is not close to her family but has many friends and support up here so eventually she will be ok. So that's what my busy life has been like. Most mornings I have something to do right after coffee so I have not been posting alot and the last week I didn't even get here to read things. Again I will try not to be so bad...

Laura - we saw on the news that they were suspending trains due to concerns about the heat and the rails. In all my years I don't ever remember anything like that. Mostly just the switches freezing in bitterly cold weather. How much earlier of a train do you have to catch to compensate for the delays??? How nice - I just scrolled down to see that you have posted over my head. Now I can reply to you!! Had to laugh at you giving yourself an unintended cool down with the spilled water! LOL I do miss the pool we had in Memphis in my backyard but not all the heat and humidity that went with it. I'm glad you are finding the new bike to your liking. How nice that your company gives people the option to leave early over the summer. Time is almost more important than money!! Hope you can stay cool in that blistering heat. The bad thing about that is bad weather. We have actually had tornadoes up this way - far off from where I'm at but still scary to think about. And if not tornadoes just the bad winds, hail and flooding rains that they can bring.

Ceejay - I am sorry to hear about your BIL's struggles. Prayers to him. So did your nephew move back with his wife? I think that is drama you don't really need. I hope you find a way to stick with the MRC since you did see some success with it. I know it's realy hard to stick with a program when you have a busy life.

Hello to Annie - happy birthday to Sassy. How is the new job coming along? I was glad to see your SIL's surgery was successful. Hope for a good, quick recovery and back to life again.

Shad - enjoy the better temps of winter while you can. I love the idea of fresh citrus trees. Are they easier than dealing with the pest woes of apple or peach trees? At least you don't have to worry about black bears making themselves at home in your apple trees and helping themselves like we do here! Have to laugh at the dog smashing your cauliflowers even if you don't' think it's funny. ;) Why doesn't he just sit in his pool to cool off? Sounds like you still have a nice crop of vegs to enjoy. How are the house renovations coming along? How is your leg doing too?

Susie - does it look like the new job will be interesting? I can imagine the stress you are under. When you are feeling pressured to perform extra hard at the old job, just remember their actions or lack of forced you to move in the first place. I hope you can get your eating and exercise back on track. So easy to slip off the rails. Just a temporary lapse. You can do this. Where are you going on vacation? Something to look forward to and a nice closure to ending your current job. They won't be able to contact you when they realize what they gave up ;) ;)

It is dark and gray here today. We had bad storms last night and there is weather around us. It is dark enough out there to seem like it's 8:30 at night - just at twilight. Not exactly motivating weather although it's blessedly cool again and I can open the windows - at least just a few that Bimmy can't try and escape through! We have a couple of baby fawns and 16 baby turkey chicks that amuse her outside and she'd love to run with them. I need to rustle up something for lunch for us and then get SOMETHING done today and off this computer. Then I need to unstiffen from sitting her for far too long.

Enjoy your weekend ladies!

happy2bme 07-22-2019 10:42 AM

Good morning ladies,

Day 1. Up at 5am. Out the door by 6:15. 45 minutes in the pool doing leg and arm and back work. There are 3 swim lanes, only 2 of us swimming. Even if the 3rd lane is in use, I can still do walking in the shallow depth part of the pool. The water was comfortable for me. Also it's a salt water pool so have to be careful to keep my mouth closed :p also hoping this won't play h-e-double hockey sticks with my colored hair :eek: DH said he walked 2 miles while I swam. It's a very basic fitness center - wish they had changing rooms, the shower stalls are narrow and wet so you can't get dressed in there. The only place to get dressed with some privacy is in the toilet stall. Otherwise the locker room is open and I never, even when younger, had the body confidence to walk around nekkid. I did work my back quite a bit. Hope this will help with the aches and pains. I did what everyone typically does - got religious about icing and exercise while I was hurting, then felt better and didn't think about it until it flared up in pain again. When will I learn? Came home and made a smoothie - fresh peaches and blueberries from the peach truck, peach yogurt, some coconut oil, chia seeds, a small bit of the residual crumbs of this chia/flax/coconut snack mix I have and a scoop of protein powder - vanilla ice cream flavored :D I offered some to DH and he took a glass up to the computer, came down, finished the last 1/2 cup in the blender and then got out the scraper and scraped his glass clean and drank it. I guess he liked it!

I did get peaches from the peach truck - bought 2 boxes, sold a half box to a friend and gave away pretty much the better part of a box - but only to the people I like save for 4 peaches I put in a pretty basket and donated as an extra raffle prize at bingo. (2 people came up to me and asked if they could buy the peaches :lol: ) Everyone seemed to enjoy them. I have a dozen in the refrigerator and about 8 in a bowl on the counter. I guess I will freeze some of what's in the refrigerator so we can have smoothies later. I still have about 8 jars of ones I canned last year.

So the nice thing is that it's still early and I have the whole day ahead of me. Good thing as I started going through 2 boxes of paper I have to finish today, have some laundry and maybe I will toddle over to the farmers market today to see what they have and drop off the 12 egg cartons I have to my farm friend.

Hope you are all starting your week off nicely! :wave:

MyChoice2bfit 07-29-2019 05:41 AM

Hello Everyone.

I am on the exercise bike. It is 5:36 am and I have about 4 min to go.

I didnt work out once last week and had a scoop of ice cream everyday! Needless to say the scales are up...so now back to reality. I ate on plan yesterday,and had a 2 lb loss on the scales this morning. I have 6 more lbs to go to get back to my pre-vacation week.

Please say a prayer for my DH. He has heard he is going back to some drama at work, they seem to be cleaning house. Not a good feeling when you are coming back from vacation.

I will be back later to post more. Time to hit the shower.

annie175 07-29-2019 10:10 AM

Hello Everyone....posting from wk. gonna be short

Sorry for being MIA. I know most of you follow me on FB so you get a little bit about the goings on from there.
Yes, Cindy, my SIL did very well. It took her about 13 days to go poo. That was the biggest hurdle she had. Now just the pain which is easing up. The cancer was contained in the kidney and no further treatment required. God is good!
We went to the water park the first part of July. Kids, gbabes, two bros a friend of Sam's and her two girls. We had a great time.
Garden is doing well but no tomatos yet, very nice plants tho. Got a few pumpkins, peppers and cukes.
Going with my other SIL Pia on a road trip leaving on this Friday to Denver. Taking Michael's dog to his daughter's to live. Pia is moving to the south of France to be with her momma for a few years. Great place to visit for me I suppose. Coming back on Sunday. I will be beat for sure.Job is ok. Not very challenging, kind of boring really. But hey, I have a job and good benefits. Only 4 1/2 years to go!The arm that broke healed nicely, I think but the thumb and hand hurt like heck. Must of pulled something in there..don't know. I do have an ortho appt on Aug 23rd. We shall see.SUSIE..good luck on the new position. Hope all goes well. Get back on the wagon sweet cheeks!HAPPY...glad you sold the boat. Yeah! Tell DH to just rent a boat for a day. No more than he would use it, it would be cheaper than the upkeep, storing etc of buying a boat. SHAD...you should have an all new house now with all the renos you have done. Slow down sister.CEEG...don't blame you for staying out of the nephew's BS. Just stress on you.LAURA...good to hear you are still doing your exercising. I still am not. hahahahahahahaha

happy2bme 07-29-2019 10:16 AM

Good morning chicks,

Already on the bike at 5:30 Susie - what a trooper! It is a bummer that you have to totally stay on top of things for the rest of your life with eating and exercise. I am tired of dealing with it at the moment so I am eating clean and maintaining and every day aware that my excess weight is causing me most of my problems. I am sorry to hear about DH. That's how my life turned topsy turvy - we went to Las Vegas for my 50th birthday and when I got home there was an urgent phone message from my boss's boss - Call as SOON as you get in. Found out the company had been bought out while I was gone (a secret surprise to all on our end) and my job was going away as they were closing the office. So began 8 years of stress which probably caused most of my excess stress body fat that is still with me today. A year of frantic job searching and 7 miserable years in Memphis. But unfortunately it is a common story today with everyone living under the dreaded sword of uncertainty on the job front. I hope he can make it unscathed. When do you start your new position - soon?

Was a busy week for me. I went to the chiropractor for the first time. She was nice enough. The 2 days afterwards I was hurting so badly I questioned my sanity. Then everything eased up. The constant pressure of my upper back pain noticeably diminished. But then I noticed if I was sitting in a chair, hands on chair arms - my hands started to get tingly and go numb. It happened once with my feet, several times with my hands. I also noticed a weakness in my legs that was reminiscent of when I went to that quack chiropractor in Memphis who messed me up so badly. The last 4 days it was difficult at times walking - I had moments of unsteadiness which was unsettling. This lady here is not a quack - I have an appointment today and will discuss it it with her. We went up north on Saturday to the berry farms but I had to buy some pre-picked as I could not handle standing in the fields. I also saved lots of money by not buying 15 pounds of berries when I only needed about a pound each of blueberries and raspberries. I missed the end of strawberry season :( Found a farm next to a new winery and DH went to take pictures of the sunflowers yesterday. He talked to the farmer and it's a pick your own place. He picked me up and we went back and I got kale, a cabbage, a large zucchini the size of my lower arm, some green beans and cucumbers. He also had some beautiful red and yukon gold potatoes. I had never before dug up fresh potatoes. So DH went and did it. The food was cheap too - I got all of that for $10. DH and the farmer got to talking - DH sent him some pictures of the gladiolas and zinnias the guy had planted as well as sunflowers. The farmer showed them to his family and was really pleased with the pictures. He is part owner/investor in the winery and said he'd be glad to display DH's framed pictures. I also got my frozen wild caught Alaskan fish this week so we have plenty of good things to eat. And I have a few peaches left. Made DH a dessert of fresh chilled peach slices with some raspberries and a drizzle of Amaretto agave syrup and he loved it.

I decided not to leave bingo - I do enjoy the people. My partner was very happy to hear that. I will only stay as long as he does. Nothing much of interest going on. We have 3 baby fawns from 2 moms. The baby turkeys are growing up. My garden is so so - 2 bell peppers otherwise they are duds. The tomatoes are slow to blossom will be a late season for them. I got some compost for the cucumbers because I cannot find low nitrogen fertilizer to save my soul. And my yellow crookneck squash started out good and fizzled quickly. But the flowers - potted on the deck and the landscaping look gorgeous this year. August is just around the corner - that means busy time to prepare before the weather turns cold and it does quickly up here. We have about 6 weeks of good outside working weather before it's chilly mornings and nights and the warmest part of the day is from about 11am to 4pm.

Anyway I have to get ready for the chiropractor and a follow up appointment with the physical therapist I DO NOT LIKE. Hope you are all doing well. Time to check in ladies.

Laura705 07-31-2019 04:00 PM

Taking a quick break to check in. Still super busy at work. The timing of all these projects is crummy – all falling at the same time. It’s feasible to spread things out, and I’ve hinted at it in the past (same projects come up each year), but it won’t be done. Especially since I’m the only one that’s buried right now…Oh yeah, loving the job.

I scheduled 1.5 of my two summer days in August and need to schedule some vacation time. I want to take more time off, just don’t know what I want to actually do with my time off. Taking a weekend with bf isn't going to happen - we can barely tolerate each other at this point. My one friend that I like to travel with started a new job, so she can't take time off right now. If I bite the bullet and schedule my foot surgery, I will certainly know how some of my vacation time will be used. I’m procrastinating on that because the idea of being off my feet for 6 weeks is daunting.

Worked out twice last week. Only once this week so far. I don't get up early enough to do more than 25 min. or so of exercise in the AM. Yesterday was only 15 min. Better than nothing.

Susie – Did you start the new job today? I hope you like it. You’ve been transitioning into it, so I suppose you have a bit of a feel for it already. I hope the drama at your DH’s work has died down and he wasn’t part of the house cleaning!

Happy – What did the chiro say about the tingling and numbness? Your DH takes lovely photos, so I’m not surprised someone’s displaying them! Sounds like you might need to wear a bathing cap in the pool. Awesome, right? LOL.

Annie – Great outcome from your SIL Cindy’s surgery! What a relief. A job with good benefits is good enough, especially when you’re targeting less than 5 years until retirement! Safe travels on your whirlwind trip to/from Denver.

Hellos to Ceejay and Shad! :wave:


happy2bme 08-01-2019 12:47 PM

Good morning ladies,

Gads I don't know about this chiropractor thing. My upper back feels immensely better but now I am having problems with my lower back. It's like it "woke up" all kinds of things. Muscles are tight and sore. The chiropractor took my feedback into consideration and worked on different things. I just want to feel decent for a while. Tired of massive hurting all the time. It gets to you after a while. I am moving - doing swimming, am walking and meeting my goal that my Fitbit sets for me. Far shy of 10,000 steps but moving much more than I would before. And I can't stand the rubber band on my hand 24 x 7 so I take it off for a while or when washing dishes or swimming in a salt water pool so I do miss out on recording some steps. Life is busy, the weather is nice, I am sad to see it August already. this a really a turn up the hustle month - I NEED to go through things in the garage and purge although I think DH has been secretly doing that for quite a while as I notice bare spots and "mystery" black garbage bags in the trash...

Laura bummer that you can't figure out how to spend your vacation time. That was NEVER a problem for me :rofl: I'm also sorry to hear that you and BF are having "a moment". I can totally relate girl :hug: Hope it passes. As for your foot - I know how you can feel overwhelmed by the idea of no weight bearing for 6 weeks but the sooner you do it, then it's over and done with and doesn't get worse. I can imagine you don't want to waste precious warm weather time off but then again, I scheduled my knee surgery for September because I was really afraid of slipping and causing greater injury when it was winter. And if you are home (I take it you have to take FMLA or something) be home when it's nice and you can sit in the 3 season room and enjoy it and have an excuse NOT to do yardwork :lol: Also non weight bearing does not mean bedridden. You can get a knee scooter or use a walker (just dont step on the foot) or use a rollator (rolling walker) that you can sit on a set and push yourself backwards - or if you have an office chair at home with wheels. You can learn how to transfer yourself so you are not using the foot to get to the bathroom and around the house. Fortunately you can get around on the main floor for the most part. It's not as bad as you think it will be and you will adjust quickly. I once broke my leg at work - had a ankle to thigh cast and had to deal with the knee surgery so I can say with confidence you will figure out a way to make it work. Also didn't Annie have foot surgery too? I have a friend who blew out his new knee replacement because he needed ankle surgery and was afraid so he kept putting it off until he had much bigger problems. Wish you luck with that...

Ah yes it's August 1 - does this mean you say goodbye to the guy who doesn't appreciate good work? :wave: HOpe you are liking the new job Susie! Is DH ok on his job?

I agree Annie with Laura - since you only have a few years to go, put your head down and just skate through the time. Better a bit bored than living under stress of always possibly losing the job. And save, save, save every penny you can. Who knows what the next few years will bring in this crazy world.

Hope the rest of you are doing ok. I have to get some laundry flipped and some lunch in me before I run off to yoga. Then it's a long night at bingo - my partner is sick, I convinced him to stay home and not infect us all so I will be super busy. Wish I wasn't ;)

Shad 08-01-2019 05:52 PM

Morning all,
Looks like another perfect if cool day down here as winter hits hard this year. Still I will take it over snow and ice.
It's been so cool at night that I'm finding the tomatoes are not ripening as quickly as normal and the second crop of beans is taking its time to sprout out of the ground. Even the second lot of corn is slow this year. However the potatoes are sprouting and dog is not lying on them and the shallots anymore. But sleeping at night is great. Snuggle under the doona and just drift off. What with that and the lavender scent on the linen I am back to sleeping 6-7 hours and it feels good. Mind you the rush to the little room first thing is somewhat painful.
Renovations on the house are coming along slowly. DS2 is very busy with his job and his own places so I'm a bit on the back burner right now. I don't mind too much and the painting is going ahead, the garden is coming along and things are thriving. I'm also eating better and have lost another 2kg (4.4lbs) since my trip to the dietician at the end of June. It isn't easy and as I age I find things I used to be able to eat are now sitting heavily in the gut and causing some problems here and there. Some things are not pleasant so I won't go into detail.
This month is August, darn it. It's a heavy month financially for me, what with car insurance, car registration, council rates, utility bills and the normal credit card payments. So I am being very frugal with the money at the moment. And then of course I am still having the problems with installing the new NBN service or lack thereof. Corporations, without doubt, are what rules this country. Forget the bigoted misogynistic politicians and their antics. Society is degenerating at a lightning fast speed. Better not complain, some one will be scanning the web to look for words - big brother is watching.

Happy - I'm pleased that the upper back is responding to treatment. Such a pity it has caused havoc further down the spine but I've heard this happen before. And it is good that you are upping your movement too. It can only be good to get those muscles moving. I've been better since I have had to take the dog for a walk. Must say it has helped the ankles a lot and also my mind has woken up to interpreting intelligent dog thoughts - such as there is a cat over there, think I will make a run for it and drag grandma along with me. His sense of smell and sight is far better than mine and his 40kg is all muscle strength and bone. I have to keep on my toes to outdo him in the control stakes. I hope DH is not getting rid of too many treasures of yours. I can understand the frustration of seeing boxes packed up for years, but if the stuff belongs to you then he shouldn't be doing the sorting. I've been getting rid of stuff here too. A lot of my friends are downsizing to smaller places, less land, and less stuff. I don't want to be in one of the 'over 50's resorts' where you are so close to the neighbours you can practically hear them snoring. I like my small house and my block of land even though it is looking somewhat untidy at the moment, but there are things I don't need, don't use, and no longer want so I am slowly moving it along. Unfortunately so much of it is not useful in today's world that it will be going to the dump although it is perfectly good. The kids won't want it and some of it is personal to my tastes etc.

Laura - Sorry to hear that your relationship is not hitting happy times right now. Happens frequently enough I guess. You need to schedule that foot surgery asap. The sooner it's done, the sooner you get back to normal and can plan some travel to places unseen. Don't know why it is that all projects get scheduled for the same time and the schedule is tight. Just seems to emphasise the gap between the management and the workers, or maybe that's why they do it. Power!

Annie - a job is a job until something better comes along. And I agree with both Laura and Happy - take it one day at a time and save frantically for that retirement. It costs more than you estimate to do nothing. Yes the renovations are coming along, but slowly. I don't rush things too much these days. Painting will begin in the living areas shortly and I need to source some wardrobe furniture for the new room and a bed etc. The house is 30 years old and showing some age, but now I am feeling better again things can move along. Have a good time on your road trip, drive safe and enjoy the time away. Sad that your SIL will be moving countries but she needs to heal in her own way. Sorry to hear that the arm and hand are still sore, but that seems to happen as we grow older.

Susie - I hope by now that DH's work has been sorted out. So much misery in the work force these days. I don't know what it will take to wake up the politicians to the fact that the peasants are beginning to revolt. We need to work, we need to earn a reasonable living. I don't see the point in having so much money that you won't get to spend it all in your lifetime. And then get tax relief on top of that as well. Stimulate the economy - well it doesn't seem to work so well over here.
I've been eating ice cream too. But I find that it is bread and starch that cause most of my problems and as long as the ice cream is limited, then it doesn't make much difference to my weight loss and general wellbeing.

Ceejay - :wave: How's things going with the BIL and his treatments? Hope you and the nephew have got things sorted again.

Okay, I am off. The rubbish truck has just been which means it is now after 7am, the sky is cloudless and there is a lot of things to do today while DOG is not here. Cat is sleeping the day away in the middle of my bed and the living room floor has dog footprints all over it. Time to get up and at it. The weekend is almost here for the workers amongst us.

happy2bme 08-03-2019 11:02 AM

Hello ladies,

If you saw my Facebook post my cousin passed away. This was the one who was a policeman, was hit head on while doing a traffic stop by a guy in a stolen rental truck, tossed 20 feet into the air and came down like a rag doll. He was forever broken in ways that would never mend. And they never caught the [email protected] that did it. That started a life of multiple surgeries and constant pain. His spine became like a steel cage as things started popping. He got to the point when he was cold all the time from all the metal so they moved to Florida where they had lived for a few years earlier in life. He had words with his brother and my aunt defended the other brother so D had nothing to lose by moving but he required a lot of care and for his wife, it meant moving far away from her support system. They had about 8 good months in Florida before he took ill again - this time with 2 different kinds of cancers - leukemia one other that escapes my mind at the moment. It was a constant round of hospitals and treatments, all of which took everything out of him. But still he withstood it. He was a pretty tough guy - he drank like a fish to escape the constant pain and took prescription pain killers that would have knocked out a herd of horses we'd say. We all wondered how his liver managed to function at all. But his wife encouraged him to keep in treatment and although his life was filled with pain and setbacks, he soldiered on although he did start to become more depressed and vocal about having to endure the constant pain and sickness. He could never seem to catch a break, if he even remotely felt better, it was just a cruel temporary moment before he'd get hit with a major setback. They were able to get the one cancer into remission and began work on the leukemia. He was scheduled for a bone marrow transplant and the day before the start of treatment, the donor backed out. This made the whole family livid. But it turns out that they discovered the donor had a serious illness that did not present symptoms - they found it during the routine pre-procedure test. To have given him marrow from this person would have probably killed D. So again a search and they found a suitable donor 3 months later. Wiped out his immune system as is standard procedure. He got the marrow transplant and it's touch and go to see if it takes and you also have no immunity whatsoever and are vulnerable even to the staph bacteria and other things that routinely live on our skin and in our bodies that healthy people fend off without a thought. Mostly he was susceptible to pneumonia. And he caught it 3 times. Until it got to the point that he never really recovered from it. They'd stabilize him in the hospital, he'd go to the "clean" hotel to get strong enough to go home and within 2 days of a release date, would suffer a setback into the hospital again. About 4 months ago, he finally accepted that he was not going to win this battle and by now years of suffering had gotten to him. He just wanted to go home one last time to die. He never made it home - his heart and lungs were shot from years of heavy smoking and his body was weakened from all the chemicals, trauma and stress over the years. They told his wife he'd have about a week left, and he died 3 days later. He was only 60 years old but his life really ended about 20 years ago when he got hit by that truck. It was very sad. Several of my family - including me - had a natural talent for being crazy and funny but Dave was a master. We grew up together - his parents lived halfway down the street from us. As a kid he was always in trouble, always doing goofy stuff and we were always laughing. He was close to my sister as they were only 2 years apart - they went to high school together and he was her protector. He was tall, very good looking, personable and everyone - especially the girls - fawned all over him. The perfect person to watch over my shy, tiny sister. While they still lived in Chicago, we'd get together for the day when I'd come in to visit. Although he loved attention, he was not the kind to call or keep in touch. You had to keep up the contact. He had a bitter falling out with his brother and mother and he kept a grudge with an iron fist. When we'd get together you could count on at least half the time back and forth complaints about his family - he couldn't let go and was unwilling to make up even though his brother did reach out to him.

My one regret was that we too had an estrangement. After they moved, I'd occasionally hear from him on Facebook. I called him a few times but they lived in a different time zone and it was hard to catch him because when it was a good time I was busy getting dinner ready or eating and I never knew if he was having a bad day and was sick or sleepy himself. As good and as likeable and funny as he was, like many inner city police, he was a big bigot. And so was his wife. Some people will say that's the downside of being a cop - you see the worst in people and you tend to classify an entire group into one which is ironic because you look the other way at bigoted cops. :shrug: He was also a massive fan of Trump and I called him out after he posted some pretty nasty and untrue stuff about President Obama. The Obamas have more class than this nasty, name calling, immature, disgusting wreck of a person who is supposed to be the leader of this country and his band of misfits. He didn't like it and unfriended me so we didn't talk after that. And of all the many things I hate about trump - one of the most intense is about how his very existence is dividing this county. I know many people who have said they either have ongoing arguments or have flat out stopped talking to former friends and family members over politics. Most of the time I don't say anything but I too get tired of always being the one to be quiet and listen to the vile things and insanity that comes out of people's mouths. Especially when they are opinions and not a shred of fact. So we didn't talk, but I did get updates from my mom and sister as to what was going on. A couple of weeks ago I asked my sister for his cell phone as he was able to do short texts but not long conversations because of his lungs. I meant to reach out but something always got in the way or it was not the right time or a million excuses. And I never did. But I always kept him in my thoughts and said prayers for his well being. And now he's gone and I have lost that opportunity and I do feel badly and a bit guilty about it. Most of my family has drifted apart. I pretty much only talk with my sister and Mom. There were some shenanigans with other family members including my brother's family and I just decided I didn't want to be a part of a one sided conversation that only occured when it was convenient for them. I haven't heard from my nieces in almost 10 years - they don't call my Mom either which I think is appalling. I don't care if I hear from them but it still means a lot with my Mom, their only living grandmother. I don't hear from my cousins either - a couple of them are morons - one in particular cheated us and spread lies after DH spend many years doing I.T. work supporting her business for a pittance of compensation because he was doing her a favor as a family member. I have 2 sets of cousins that live up here and the only one I talk to is an occasional conversation with the wife of my actual cousin. He told me when we moved up here that "I should look to meet people and make other friends and not think I was going to hang around with them every day". What kind of person says that??? Another cousin of mine was going through a serious illness and I said I'd say some prayers for her recovery and she told me "that's ok, I have lots of people praying for me through church - save your prayers for someone else who needs them..." This is supposed to be family?????? I don't know. The world is nuts. My other friend up here just got back in town - she just buried her 3rd husband and is my age. He also died after a lengthy bout with cancer. We will see her tomorrow when we go to a funeral service for a long time volunteer at the thrift shop. Frank was a gem of a person - a sweet man but while cancer took him too, he was at least close to 90 years old and had a good long life. So lots of death around me right now. It's been a long time so at least we've been fortunate in that regard.

I am still sore all over but it will just take a long time like with anything that happens to me. Was strenuous going swimming yesterday and I was tired when I got out but about halfway through the day I actually felt like everything got "pulled out" and it was a good feeling. This week is another busy week - I think the whole month will be that way. I am about at wits end with the thrift shop - the more I try to get away, the more I get sucked in. I started making a fuss this week at one point - said I do not want to be on call 7 x 24, don't need 32 emails a day telling me every nit pick thing that's going on and I NEED SOME TIME TO MYSELF. Go AWAY. I am trying to enter the sales for the month and realize that I am missing paperwork for 2 different days - people are careless about putting the paperwork in the right folder so once again, I start something and am unable to finish it. Gets frustrating... I don't want to go into town to get it.

Anyway enough of my crabbing... hope you are all having a good weekend.

Shad 08-05-2019 05:03 AM

Evening all,
Happy - so sorry to hear about your cousin although it was probably a great relief for him. The family will be devastated. I hope you can stay in touch with the family and try to mend some bridges. With the world the way it is, we need to keep our people close.
I'm also sorry to hear that you have the flu. It's almost at epidemic proportions here and so far 83 people have died of it in Queensland. My friends Chris and Tim have been passing it back and forth to each other for about 4 weeks now. So take yourself off to bed with headache and pain tablets and tell the thrift shop to p... off. Hope Eric is looking after you properly

Had another great day here today. And the dog turned up this morning when I wasn't expecting him. I thought DS2 was working night shift this week, but apparently they (being the bosses) changed that at short notice and also told him he was to go out to Stanthorpe on Wednesday/ Thursday to work so the dog is not only here, he is staying overnight as well.
The garden is growing slowly. It's been pretty cool over night lately so the tomatoes haven't been ripening quickly but the strawberries are doing okay. I've been eating the rocket and lettuce and spinach and the new lot of beans is up and growing. I've put in one garlic bulb to see what happens with those and also shallots and an onion that was sprouting in the cupboard. Anyway it's going along and when the fence is finished I can add some more plants and maybe some fruit trees. Talking of fruit trees, I got some cherries from the fruit shop the other day - they are from the States and they are delicious. We've been getting peaches and nectarines from the US as well but they are so hard it will take a month of Sundays to ripen them enough to eat them.

Okay, well that's about it. I'm taking the neighbour out for lunch tomorrow, she's been in Aus for 40 years but her accent is terrible and I only get one word in three. It will be an interesting time.

MyChoice2bfit 08-05-2019 10:06 PM

Hello Everyone,

Quick update on me and mine. DH is still working and it didn't turn out as badly as what everyone was thinking. I just one things to stay steady for him until December 31, 2020, he can retire then, at least from full-time work. I have told him he needs to start looking for his part-time job now. He needs to get an idea of what he would like to do. His other part time job will be working for me as I have a list of daily home management tasks he will do while I work so that when I am off on the weekends we can enjoy them, since we will never really retire together as he is 10 yrs older than me.

I actually have it all written out what my expectations are for the things he will do during the week so we have evenings and weekends together to relax. lol

I have been training and learning in my new role. I have the traditional Admin tasks done...it's the PO ownership and the budget report ownership that I am having to spend most of my time on. I'm going to try a few things tomorrow on my own and see how it goes. I won't freak out if I have to learn by trial and error...at some point you have to point and shoot and see what you hit or miss.

I only have a few things left from my old role to hand off..actually just two small things and that will happen this week.

My previous manager actually had some very nice things to say about my contributions from last fiscal year and I was very surprised. I haven't asked him my rating yet but I will.

I had a 1.4 lb loss at TOPS. I didn't like it but it wasn't as bad as it could have been. That is it for me...let's see if I can remember the posts I just read through and can comment on them. :)

Shad: We are having issues with our tomatoes turning red as well. We read that if you see them starting to turn you can pick them and bring them indoors and they will turn. We do see this happening. I love the taste of home grown tomatoes. How did the lunch with the neighbor go?

Annie: It was good to get an update from you. I have been wondering what you are up too. I think it is ok that the job is a little boring...just rider the wave for the next 5 years. I look forward to hearing about your upcoming trip. I'm so glad you get to "get-away". Everyone needs that.

Laura: Sorry to hear about the crummy timing of the projects....I hate have hard work in the summer months.....I think the work should be lighter in the summer months! When are you planning your foot surgery? My DH had a issue over the weekend with his foot. He stepped and heard a "pop" and they it hurt to walk on it. We went to ER yesterday as it was still bothering him, they determined it was arthritis and told him RICE, and see a foot doctor. They gave us a couple of names. I need to call them this week.

Sorry to hear that things with your BF are a little strained at this time and that your friend isn't able to do a get-a-way with you due to the new job. It would do you good to get away. Have you thought about a retreat of some kind?

Happy: I am so sorry about your cousin's passing. It sounds that he had a lot of physical pain and suffering.
I believe that you will be ok with your decision to stay with Bingo as it doesn't seem to take all the time like the thrift shop did.

Hello to Ceejay!

It's time for me to head to bed...I can't keep my eyes open any longer. 5:00 a.m comes early and that is when I get up to get the 30 min of cardio in. See you all later..hopefully tomorrow

Laura705 08-08-2019 01:12 PM

Morning all. Not a whole lot to report. I think I'm past the busiest part of my work projects right now. It still don't like that it all falls during the summer. It's odd because I don't work a ton of extra hours, but it does weigh on my mind and that kind of ruins summer for me. And this year there's an extra PITA project to deal with, and we also changed the timeline and all the project deadlines fell in at the same time. Not to be such a whiner, but don't we all want to be in a carefree, "school's out" kind of mood at this time of year?

BF and his mother and I went out to dinner at Red Lobster last night for his birthday. This weekend is an overnight gathering with friends in a lake area a bit northwest of us.

I've been on the stationary bike two mornings this week, but not getting in more than 20 minutes in my sessions. I'll keep working on that. I finally installed the app that works with it yesterday, but it didn't register because I did it while I was using the bike. And I forgot to open it up today. But that's a moot point, because I think I need to input some settings before I use it.

Did I mention that bf installed the lawn mesh a couple weeks ago? Now we have to wait for about three lawn mowings before being able to park a vehicle on it. Apparently having the grass grow through the mesh kind of makes it become better integrated and stronger as a result. And of course in the two weeks since it was installed we had very little rain, so growth was sort of slow. But the grass has been growing through the mesh, and I heard it raining pretty good overnight last night, so pretty soon our first mowing of that area will happen.

That's about it for my boring little life. On to personals.

Happy - Good for you trying to keep moving. The fitbit is a good tool, but at some point if the movement becomes a natural part of your routine, the fitbit becomes less necessary. And you know that it can't always properly register certain types of activity. -- As for your box purge...are you actually seeking/missing anything specific that you know is in those boxes in the garage? Maybe it's a blessing that your DH might be doing some of the purging, especially if you haven't missed anything out there... ---I'm so sorry about the loss of your cousin. I think you and the family are probably glad he's not suffering and struggling anymore, but the regrets left behind are difficult. Having lost two brothers and wishing I'd had closer relationships with them, I understand this. My condolences to you and the family. I'd say that hopefully you could reach out to other family members, but we all know that it's a two-way street and bottom line...they are who they are and it might not be worth the effort if it's all just because it's "family" and not really connecting out of caring and enjoyment of their company. --- Re my foot surgery - I'm mostly okay with the prospect, except for the commute to work. One day on crutches negotiating train, train station, office was so laborious. I think the knee rolling thingie will be equally troublesome, especially the pavement. I will mentally prepare to deal with my boss re working from home, because I won't commute or do anything to risk the success of this surgery. -- Please don't get sucked back into the thrift shop stuff if it doesn't make you feel good....

Shad - I'm glad you're happy in your house. If gardening is something you like to do, you've got to have a spot for that. That said...my mom's retirement community does have raised garden plots for those who want to grow stuff, albeit small ones. I think I'd like my house more if I had the time to work on it - house, yard, etc. But I'm at a point now where I'm accepting my need to use my weekends to chill out and not work on house and yard projects. I just need to be better about the outsourcing so that it does get done...--- How was lunch with the neighbor? Did you manage to communicate on some level?

Susie - I'm glad the shake-up at your DH's work wasn't enough to impact him. Wow, he's getting pretty close to retirement, or semi-retirement. How exciting for him. And it's going to be interesting for you as a couple, but it's good you're giving it a lot of thought as to how you want it to look. We have friends in which the wife retired less than a year ago, but the husband is about 5 years her junior and just lost his job - they'll be fine financially, but I'm sure they will need to rethink things like medical insurance, etc. You think you have it all planned out and then the unexpected happens. ..-- Good job on the WL. Keep it up! I hope your dh's foot is getting better! Yes, I've thought about a retreat of some sort. A woman at work told us about a session of yoga with goats she did, and she mentioned a yoga retreat. Maybe something like that would be good for me.

Annie - How was the whirlwind trip to/from Denver??

Ceejay - How's it going? Miss you!

Okay, after many interruptions, I'm finally getting this posted. Have a good rest of the day everyone!!!

ceejay52 08-10-2019 11:59 AM

Last night went to nephew's house for the August birthday's. Couldn't resist the ice cream cake though.
Not much else going on except helping my sis out with BIL. BIL had his 4th round of chemo Thursday. The tumor has gotten a bit smaller. My small ray of hope is gone after sis told me about the 2 spots on his liver. If they have spread there is nothing else the doctor can do.
All of this bad news has gotten me off plan but Thursday I jumped back on board. I've been to the gym twice and would like to go again to day.
Have a good day or week.

maryw2019 08-10-2019 12:16 PM

Great thread, will be following!

Shad 08-11-2019 12:06 AM

Afternoon all,
Well the westerly winds have arrived and it has been getting colder. When I say colder, I would suspect that our temps are probably on a par with Happy and her backwoods hideaway. We are getting around 50F overnight and about 80F by day. Love the day temps and not looking forward to the summer coming along at all. Westerly winds always pop up in August and they are usually strong and cold This year is no exception and everything is getting a pounding and dried out by the blasted thing. These winds arrive coincidentally at the same time as the Royal Brisbane Exhibition fair each year - sort of similar to a State fair over there (if you still have them). I'd like to go and see the craft and the dog shows and maybe the cooking stuff as well. So maybe some day next week might be the day.

My heart went out to the people of El Paso and Dayton the other day. Unfortunately I think your population has become too polarised to consider gun controls and this will continue to happen until some one up and shoots up the family of one of your politicians. We've lived with gun laws all our lives and although there are rumblings about draconian laws etc., it seems to work reasonably well. But then again, gun laws here in Aus were upped after the Port Arthur massacre and they were good laws. NZ have taken the shortest time ever to pass the no assault rifle law. It doesn't actually mean you can't have one, you have to have a pretty good reason to have it. Some of the outback pastoralists have them because of the plagues of rabbits and kangaroos on the properties I'm sorry to say that the time for prayers and forgiveness is long gone and things need to be sorted. I was heartened to see the large group of people protesting about 'doing something', maybe they should also park a pile of fertiliser on the driveways of the politicians and keep it smelly until they start listening to the people. Part of the reason why I hate party politics is because they aren't looking out for the country, they are simply looking out for the party and/ or the individual. Enough of the ranting, I'll find something else to talk about. :tantrum::tantrum::tantrum::tantrum: :soap:

Maryw - don't just follow, move on in and chat awhile. We enjoy a new face now and then and we seem to have a number of lurkers (if the stats on posters and readers are correct.

Ceejay - nice to see you back posting again. Sorry to hear that BIL has now found spots on the liver. Never ever give up hope and never ever let the family give up hope. Look what happened to me and also to a very dear friend of mine who has been diagnosed as free of that curse. Also Susies friend who is now on the getting better list.Laura
Good on you for getting back to the gym.

Laura - good to see you back posting again. Those project sure seem to keep you busy these days. And good for you getting the bike up and running again. I'm getting a bit like Annie and apart from the dog walks and the garden, my exercise is minimal. Naughty me.
Yes I love my garden. The block of land is not huge but I try to make the most of it. It does cost me money, but I really don't care about that too much. I fully understand your need to take it easy and enjoy the weekends. I used to be much the same when I was working, but now there is time for lots of different things to do and to try out. Life is much more fun than corporate demands and timetables and ensuring that you do not rock the boat too much and get a bad grading.

Susie - I'm so pleased to hear that the DH is still working as per normal. Only fifteen months to go and he can please himself as to what happens. It's empowering to be able to say I can work if I want to or I can just do part time or nothing at all except the housework and the yard. I'm not sure what happens over there, but we are finding more and more that once you are over 50 here then jobs are few and far between. You can't get a pension until you are 66 1/2 now and it will be worse for those coming along behind. Hopefully by the time your DH has got to there, life and work might be more stable for you both.
Congratulations on the 1.4lb loss. Any loss is good especially if you have had a couple of bad (or overly good weeks depending on your way of thinking) weeks on the dreaded scale.
Yes you can pick tomatoes and bring them in. Sometimes if they can sit on a sunny windowsill for a couple of days they will ripen. I now have a bowl full of beautiful ripe tomatoes on my bench. I don't like them being in the refrigerator so they live on the bench and I often grab one and shove it in my mouth on the way past. Better than eating lollies or biscuits.

Hello to Annie and Happy. Hope you are both okay. Happy, I hope that bronchitis is going away. A spoonful of good manuka honey and a glass of a good scotch should work. Won't do much for the bronchitis but you could feel a bit happier.

Oh yes, lunch with the chatty, accented neighbour. Well it went off okay. There were 4 of us there, 2 New Zealanders, 1 Australian and the Slovenian. Nobody got more than one word in three so we had to ask lots of questions to try to work out what she was saying. I guess I understand more than the others since I live across the road and get to talk to her most days. Only been in Aus 40 years and still can't speak English well. Aaah well, I guess her English is better than my Czechoslovakian. Which reminds me, I haven't seen her since Friday and it is now Sunday. I am under the impression that her daughters birthday is this weekend so maybe they have all gotten together and gone out to celebrate. That should be interesting as she has 4 daughters and one son here and another daughter in Slovenia. At any given time half are not speaking to their mother or one or more of the other siblings although they don't seem to be shy in asking for money from her. Aaaarck Shad your cynicism is showing.

Well my poached chicken should now be cooked. I'd better go rescue it and make stock from the liquid it is poaching in. Then it will be time to go out to the garden and tidy up after the winds. Maybe I will also get a bit of mulching and weeding done as well. That's if I don't get blown away and end up on some uninhabited island in the South Pacific.

happy2bme 08-14-2019 08:32 AM

Good morning ladies,

Earlier in the month although I tried very hard to avoid it, I picked up a viral thing from my bingo partner and it turned into asthma. I have had bronchitis before but never asthma and it really knocked me out. So incredibly exhausted after very tiny effort. I was on high doses of steroids and found that the medicine in the rescue inhalers doesn't work as well as it once did. So for the last almost 2 weeks I have been knocked out and day by day had to cancel my activities. It is finally getting better - I am not coughing as much but I still can't shake this terrible tiredness. My sister said it took 6 weeks before she felt better after her last bout with asthma. Then the lead physical therapist who is a jerk who thinks he knows it all but forgets to listen to his patients went and screwed up my physical therapy appointments by discharging me long before he should have. This was complicated by the fact that my chiropractor is having foot surgery and will be out for 3 - 4 weeks and they are very short on physical therapists right now. Just as I was making progress on my back pain. I haven't gone swimming because they had some issues with the pool and I was just too weak but I am hopeful that things will be on the mend soon. We are rounding the bend to the end of summer - you can see little glimses around you. We had some cool days yesterday and the day before - felt like autumn. The hummingbirds are starting to swarm as they prepare to bulk up and head south. It's impossible to count them all because of the way they dart and fly and chase each other but I would say we have at least 20 of them. We have 4 baby fawns. Our neighbor stopped by last week and said he saw 2 wolfs on the hundred acres he owns across the road from us. Warned DH about it because he knows he tends to roam about outside. Later that night we heard a big commotion with the deer in the yard. Our lame momma deer was snuffing and making all sorts of noise. Her baby was no where to be found and we were both worried that the wolf may have gotten to it. But 4 days later they were back again and all babies seem intact. We have 2 sets of baby turkeys - 28 altogether. They come as 2 separate groups. And we signed papers and handed over money yesterday, now the lot next door is ours and our compound expands to 10 acres. DH would like the 85 acres behind us but that is overkill. That land is landlocked - there is no access road to it so it will probably never be developed and it does not have any lake shoreline to it so it's not desirable anyway. We have enough to guarantee our privacy and that's all we want. DH was out the other day sawing off dead tree branches and tripped and fell with a saw in his hand. He does have a guardian angel looking after him - always did. He sliced into his face but it was not as bad as it could be. He walked into the house face away from me and said "don't scream". Then he turned and was all bloody. I didn't scream. We cleaned him up and bandaged him. Other than that it's been quiet around here.

Shad - you are right - your winter weather right now is about what we are having here. I hope you can make it to the fair. Thank you for your sympathies with the recent shootings. It totally is polarizing our country. The gun nuts have every single excuse in the world to protest every means of instilling any sort of control on their "right" to have a gun. They distort the meaning of the Constitution to argue their point. Meanwhile we are becoming one bloody mess in this country. People are having great arguments over it. Well when they invented cars they never imagined that people would drive drunk and turn it into a killing machine so eventually rules had to be put into place when common sense went out the window. The same is true for guns. I really don't like to deal much with people any more. And when they show the news they often talk about how other civilized countries such as yours don't have this issue yet they have violent video games, people with mental illness and sport shooting. :shrug: I am trying to picture you talking Czechoslovakian with an accent from your homeland. :rofl: Still good you sit with the neighbors and converse.

Ceejay - hope your BIL will have a successful fight with the dreaded cancer.

Susie - smart of you to make plans for DH's retirement. My DH retired 2 years before we left Memphis. He took over housework and some of the cooking. I still had to do simple side dishes but he'd put it together if I gave him exact instructions. You are right, it made a big help, especially since you have an intense job. Nice to hear that your former manager had nice things to say - perhaps he realized what he lost ;) Sounds like you are making a nice transition to the new job and not worrying about trying to do it all at once and be super woman. You finally learned!! :yay:

Laura - I hear you on the work front about rather having an easier time over the summer months but if that is the nature of the beast calendar wise, I guess you have to deal with it. As long as you don't have to put in long hours in OT. Doesn't sound like you've gotten much time to ride your bike outside either or has it just been too darn hot? Thank you for your sympathies about my cousin. We will be coming in and out for a quick weekend to attend the memorial service, but no time to really visit. I don't like leaving the cats alone for a couple of days - they are not used to it either and with Bimmy getting bored and picking on Nina and Nina being neurotic, it makes me uncomfortable. Perhaps I can get one of the shelter people to look in on them. We won't be gone that long. Anyway... as far as your surgery goes, you are smart to give it some advanced planning. I don't see how you could possibly make the trek downtown even with a knee scooter. Can you connect to the office from your work laptop? I think they have relaxed FMLA to the degree that they can't really fight you if you get a doctor's approval and need to work at home for a while.

Annie - wish you'd post - miss hearing from you. :(

Gotta go get showered up. We are having a quarterly thrift shop meeting today and I really don't want to go but have to. They are doing a tour of the shelter afterwards which I think is good. I doubt most of the shop volunteers have seen or been to the shelter. We have a big disconnect between the shop and shelter staff - like 2 different worlds (think north and south side Chicago :rofl: :lol3: ) even though we are the same organization. Anyway - carry on people. Take time to enjoy the rest of the nice weather, time is passing quickly. :wave:

Laura705 08-14-2019 01:28 PM

Hello all.

My weekend was alright. We did an overnight outing on Saturday, which happens annually with a group of bfís friends. We stayed at a dumpy motel in the Chain-o-Lakes area about 30 miles north of where we live, near the WI border. Our late lunch was right over the border in WI and two of our group had a fish boil dinner which turned out to be tasty, but I had more of a taste for a burger, which was also very good. Afterwards we stopped at a liquor store to get some beer that you canít get outside of WI. Then some more hanging out at the motel until later in the evening when we went to a boaterís bar thatís on an island in one of the lakes Ė you take a shuttle/ferry to get there. It was fun Ė it was 80ís weekend and the two bands we saw were decked out as hair bands with wigs, LOL. We ubered between the port and the motel.

Otherwise the rest of the time was just ďmehĒ. Itís kind of a tradition, but itís generally just hanging out, drinking, staying up late, and listening to music. Itís important for them to get a place to stay where they can be noisy but not bother anyone. There was an outdoor area with a picnic table, but it was too buggy to spend time out there after dark. Also, our rooms werenít next to each other (due to the room configuration Ė some had one queen bed and some had two doubles), so it put a damper on the evening after returning from the bar. Sunday morning we went out for breakfast and then headed home. I kind of think itís an immature thing Ė like you have to go away to do that?? Iíd much rather be doing something during the day thatís outdoorsy or seeing/doing something interesting, but thatís not the purpose of this annual thing. Add to that the fact that one person in the group is completely anal about everything and she came to our house and she drove there and back with us Ė she had a TON of stuff she was bringing just for an overnight outing. Sheís a bit too much to take for outings like this. Anyway, for next year they decided theyíll definitely rent a house. I think Iíll skip it next year and let bf go by himself while Iíll enjoy having the house to myself.

Sunday evening for dinner bf got carryout from an Asian place thatís located in a large Asian marketplace in our area. It was potstickers and an order of fried chicken cutlets. He had some condiment packets that were a combo Ė one small packet of some kind of oil and the other packet was soy sauce. He opened them both and mixed them together and I didnít get a good look at what it was. The food itself was tasty, but the sauce mix was way too salty, so I didnít use much of it. Even so, I woke up with a swollen throat in the middle of the night. I thought it might be from breathing cold air through my mouth and it dried out, or that I might be coming down with something. But I gave it some thought in the morning Ė my throat wasnít sore, just swollen. I once had a similar reaction but even worse many years ago (in college) to some sesame snack sticks Iíd binged on. So Iím pretty sure that the oil packet was sesame oil. I took some Benadryl in the morning and the swelling was gone by mid-afternoon. Iíll have to be careful about that in the future. When I go back to my allergist in January, Iíll discuss it with him and maybe have him do a test on that. I eat foods topped with sesame seeds and even cook something with sesame oil every once in a while, but I never have an issue, so I think itís just a concentration of sesame oil that affects me. But I guess a test would be the best way to be sure.

I was glad to have Monday off work because of that throat thing. Later in the afternoon I did some weeding - there was another spot that the goldenrod was taking over. It will probably be years before I get rid of it...if ever. So it was a ho hum vacation day.

Work has calmed down a bit now, enough that I counted that there are 6 more workdays until the boss will be out of the office for over a week. :lol: Heíll be back for a week, and then out again for a week. Looking forward to it. :D

Did 20 minutes on the stationary bike this morning. Better than nothing I guess.

Thatís about it for me. Gonna post this and come back for personals later if I can. TTFN.

Laura705 08-16-2019 06:59 PM

Happy Friday/Saturday. Another workweek done. At least a payday fell in there. But I'm still grumpy that so bloody much is hitting all at once this year.

Ceejay - I hope your BIL can keep fighting. Have they checked into any research studies he can qualify to participate in for a new treatment?

Shad - Have you made plans to go to the exhibition? I've never been to a state or county fair. I've put it on my bucket list.

Happy - Sorry to hear about the bronchitis and the lung trouble. Yes, any kind of cold/virus/bug tends to flare up my asthma and the coughing lingers a while. Congrats on finalizing the land purchase! And the flora and fauna that comes with it. :) Scary fall for dh - is the cut healing okay?? Glad someone up there likes him... Yeh, the weather keeps me from cycling, and I wish i had a cying partner. Bf doesn't exercise and won't cycle with his puny legs. I need to find a meetup group that likes to ride the trails. I don't think the local bicycling club does that, which is why i haven't pursued it (except for joining one year and never riding).

Hellos to Susie & Annie.

Posting from the train. Gonna cross my fingers and hit submit. Have a good weekend everyone.

ceejay52 08-16-2019 07:41 PM

Not much going on in my neighborhood. Woke up to thunder this morning around 4.30 and it's rained off and on all day. We needed the rain.
I'm excited but nervous about my first cataract surgery on the 22nd of this month. Wish that my sis could go with me but a couple of friends at church told me they would go with me. Been having the "moody blues" this week. And when I get this way I eat more and exercise less.

MyChoice2bfit 08-19-2019 05:51 AM

Last week was a blur. Between work, taking Cailyn to college and just life I was out of my routine and only got two workouts in, ate horrible and now I feel tired, groggy and grouchy.

So, I am detoxing with a lot of water and back to my exercise and clean eating.

Ceejay: Your brother-in-law is in my prayers, as all of you are.

I didnt realize you had cataract surgery coming up. I will be praying for that too.

Happy, I hope you are feeling better and getting energy back. Also, I am very sorry for the loss in your family.

Laura: it sounds like you had a allergic reaction for sure. I am glad you were able to get it calmed down on your own.

Shad: it sounds like you are getting a lot of bounty from your garden.

We brought the tomatoes in and they did ripen up quickly. So nice to have them in a salad.

Now they are coming on quickly and I am meeting all my neighbors as I share the crop. Lol

My bike workout is done, now to shower and get ready for work.

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