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SunnyD57 01-05-2005 07:53 PM

*Over 50 and Getting Healthy #20*

Finally!!! I have gotten on and stayed on!! I hope you don't mind, Sheila, that I began a new thread...

I think I had problems getting on because I put up a FIREWALL the other day and am wondering if that had something to do with my having a hard time!? It seems that everytime an ad would try to pop up that's when I would loose the post / site. I stayed on most of the day and tried on and off and then finally decided to change the level of my firewall and finally got on.

We had a awesome Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day! We were very busy everyday, but totally chilled out on New Years day together --- it was absolutely blissful!!! Knowing we didn't have to be anywhere and all I had to do was put in the turkey. And the aroma of that bird was heavenly :smug: Not to mention that it tasted mighty good too :T if I do say so myself...

I have allot of pictures to share with you gals after I post this --- I think you will enjoy seeing them :D


Hi Sheila, I am so very sorry to read about your Dfather and all that you have been going through. Please don't feel badly (I know... ... easier said, then done). Joe & I (and Joe's family) had to go through the same thing with Joe's father reached 86 years old and wasn't able to care for himself any longer. It was not easy at all, but once he was all moved in we all (even Dad T. ) knew it was the right decision. I imagine that you feel you should care for him no matter what, but you must think of yourself & DH too --- and I don't think that is selfish one bit. You have done so much to care for your DF up till now and God knows that!! You have no reason to feel guilty - not a one! I do hope that it has helped you to come here and vent some, I only wish I'd been here for you too. I am sorry I have been MIA and not around for you, but I see you have been in good hands!!! Not to mention *God's Hands* :grouphug: I agree... VENT AWAY!!!! You have every right to feel depressed... we are here for you, Sheila :grouphug:

Hi Bonnie, isn't that Tsunami devastation just the worst!! They are now saying that children are being stolen out of the schools and orphanages to be sold & traded into slavery or for sex... it is beyond sadness (!) --- I just sat and cried tonight really hard listening to the news about it :cry: Makes you just wonder what this world is coming to! When I look at the faces of the children there and see the sadness of missing their families - it just tear's me up inside. Especially now, because they cannot even be adopted out, because of the bad people --- they won't take the chance. So there they sit & wait in over crowded orphanages and schools. My goodness gracious... ... ... I have been talking to God allot these days.

How are you feeling these days? Are you okay?? I know that you are getting quite allot of snow --- would you believe we didn't have much left on the ground this morning!? It is almost all melted... it went to 58* this past Sunday, rainy but warm. Now today... it's a different story all together. We have temps into the 20's now, but the day began with sleet, ice and now snow. We are expected to get 4" by morning... you?? I think it's sweeping across your state first then over to us.

Your home is BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I just LOVE IT!!! I love farms... when Joe & I first married my brother-in-law and his family lived on a farm and I was there almost everyday helping Deana run it, from feeding the animals to working her gardens and just loved it! I would go there imagining it was all mine ;) I even would stay there while John and Dean went on vacations for 10 days or so. I would watch their 5 kids, their pets and their farm for them... good memories. Your home reminded me of all that :D It's really a nice home, Bonnie! Thanks so much for sharing the pictures!

Hi Angel, Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement... I was very ill for a good 12 days! I just got plain wore out, but am all better now :) How are you doing these days? Feeling any better? How is your hand!? Hear anything from your testing yet? I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all your kitty graphics!!!!

Yeah... Food Hangover :lol: I had not eaten allot of fun foods in so long that when I enjoyed them at my friends New Years Eve party I really felt it! Not to mention the lack of sleep!!! We didn't get home till 3:00AM on New Years Day! And by the time we went to bed it was 3:30AM --- I cannot remember the last time we stayed up that late (or is it early :lol: ) but we sure did have a wonderful time there!

What did your children think of their BOOKS you made them for Christmas??? I bet they loved everything you did!

I see that you all got some very warm temps the other day!!! Lucky you! 70* not too shabby at all - I wish! What is it doing there in Alabama now? Still warm?

Diane, How are you??? Please come back and let us know... I am so very sorry that you have had such sadness in your world with your nephew :( I didn't know till now - I am so very sorry. Is that why you haven't been around in the last few days --- did he pass away? My prayers are with you and your family!!! :grouphug:

As for weight-gain: I gained 2 pounds back during the Holiday's myself --- don't feel bad, okay. The reports are that the average person gains 7 lbs. :yikes: from Nov 24th thru Jan 1st... we'll all get back *on track* again, together :goodvibes I began my walking again yesterday and ! whew :faint: ! was it hard! It sure didn't take long at all to get out of shape... I haven't walked on a regular basis since Nov!!! That's a long time to go without walking or doing something, so I will feel it the first 10 days or so, then it will get a little easier again... I HOPE :crossed: I wish you all the best on your low carb program --- how are you feeling today??? Going through those withdrawal blues? Come back now --- we are here for you! We'll all go through those blues together, okay ;)

Okay... I am gonna post some pictures now...
I hope they bring a smile to your faces.

*God Bless!*
Love you gals,


SunnyD57 01-05-2005 08:04 PM

Just about all our gifts under the tree & an extra treat! Domino! So adorable!!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...res/Gifts1.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...undertree1.jpg

Domino & Me with new jammies from Joe :)
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Joe with his Jerry Baker Yard & Garden Books & on our porch with his gift from Mrs. Claus
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...res/Gifts3.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...res/Gifts4.jpg

Look at what she got him... a Craftsman Work Ctr! He likes!! Me with Lenox Kitties from my mom :)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...res/Gifts5.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...res/Gifts6.jpg

The day after Christmas: Our Best Friends (Mike & Peggy-far right) with their girls (Sandy-in red & Lisa) at our home. Peg & I are putting together a ginger house kit... fun! I was sooo ill that night from a bad head cold, but determined to have fun...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...urBestPals.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...ngerHouse1.jpg

Our Ginger House all finished
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...ngerHouse2.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...ngerHouse3.jpg

Guido likes my new jammies too...

New Year's Eve at Mike & Peg's - Me talking & Joe ready with the confetti!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...wYearsEve1.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...ewYearsEve.jpg

*Happy New Year!*
Look at the confetti in the air!! Do you see Joe (left side)? Lisa, our God-daughter (Mike & Peg's youngest) afterwards - so sweet!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...ppyNewYear.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...child-Lisa.jpg

Joe on New Year's Day with our turkey - YUM! Me getting Guido kisses :smug:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...-OURTURKEY.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...ingmeloves.jpg



Irishcoda 01-05-2005 08:37 PM

Hi, I'm new to the group. My name is Cassie and I was 50 on December 19. It's been almost 2 weeks so that's "over" right? ;) Anyway, Sunny, I enjoyed looking at your pictures very much and look forward to "meeting" everyone!


SunnyD57 01-05-2005 09:04 PM


:wave: Hi! I'm SunnyD also known as Donna. I'm not 50 yet... so you are just fine ;) I happen to help out Bluet when she lost her way one day and have been invited to be a part of these lovely ladies ever since, so I am the baby here at 47 almost 48 ;) :D Joe & I have three kitties (our boys) and have been married for 29 and 1/2 years (30 in June).

:hb: Belated *Happy Birthday* wishes to you!!!! :hb:

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed my pictures and I do hope to see you back again telling us a bit more about yourself :)



Sheila53 01-05-2005 11:59 PM

Welcome, Cassie--fifty and fabulous! I'm approaching 52 now, married for 23 years, have a blended family of four children, and have one beautiful four-year old granddaughter who is my avatar. Also have three cats and one stinker of a little dog who just turned 13. As you can see by my signature, I've lost 82 lbs. now (although I haven't weighed since sometime in November) and am nearing my goal. Hope you stick around and tell us your hopes, dreams, and weight loss plans.

Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday season this year, SunnyD, with your Thanksgiving trip and awesome Christmas and New Year. I wonder if you were the only one of us to actually go to a party?? Well, of course, you are the baby of the group. When you turn 50, you'll quit your wild ways! :) This is going to sound sappy, but you are just so darn cute. You have the most beautiful smile, and when I look at your photos, I can't help but smile, too. We won't even talk about your handsome hubby! Seeing you guys so much in love after 30 years makes my heart happy. I want you guys to cook my turkey next Thanksgiving--yours look really yummy. So can you eat gingerbread houses (that one is incredible, by the way) or are they just for decoration? I've never built one so I don't know if you put inedible stuff on it.

Well, I went to check out the facility my Dad is interested in. He wanted to get the cheapest room--a small studio with a shared bathroom. No way! I came home and told him all the reasons he needed a private bath (when he has to go, he has to go right now and can you imagine if the other guy was in the bathroom?), and he also needs another level of care. He was moaning about the money, but he has enough money to live for 20 years on what he would be paying for the most expensive one-bedroom place at the highest level of care. Must be the depression mentality. I told him that I would have to insist on the studio with private bath and the extra level of assistance because he needed to be kept healthy and comfortable. When dinnertime rolled around, he came out and said that he would go for what I had talked about. Good, because I would have had to use the POA to get him to do it. We're back eating together again because he said he wouldn't talk to my DH unless addressed. I know, it's weird, but, hey, we can hopefully last 15 more days without another outburst. It's been tough trying to arrange everybody's meals, and I hated seeing him eating alone, although I started joining him for lunch, and my DH has been eating at his desk.

Hope everyone is having a great Wednesday! I can't remember if there's a new CSI on tomorrow, but I hope so.

candlelady4 01-06-2005 06:27 AM

:coffee: Ummmm good. It is so cold this morning, woke up to 20's and the day before yesterday it was 70, go figure?

Jeff (nephew) is the same which is stable thank goodness. They went down with a scope yesterday and checked his lungs and all looked good. :D It is just going to take a long time, he is a very sick man.

Thanks Sunny for your pics, you have a beautiful smile. I'm glad you are feeling better, 12 days is a long time to be sick.

Sheila my thoughts and prayers are with you, this can be one of the hardest things to do but you know in your heart it is the best. (((Hugs)))

Cassie WELCOME, this is one wonderful bunch of ladies.

I have been under the weather the last few days myself just blah, no energy etc. more than likely it is the stress.

I will keep you informed and hope everyone has a great day.

SunnyD57 01-06-2005 06:35 PM


Hi Sheila & Diane!

Diane, I am so glad to hear that your Dear Nephew is doing better then all expected!! Annnnd... that you stopped in to let us all know YOU are okay :^:

I'll take 70*! I think it's about 30* right now here and we are in the midst of sleet and ice storms here. Many are without power because the weight of the ice is taking down power lines. Not to mention that there is allot of flooding here! We had allot of snow before all this rain and now that we had rain that snow melted causing the flooding. Then we got another 4" of snow and then it rained turning into ice again... crazy!! Enjoy your Texas weather :smug: and Feel Better! Just gotta hate those blahs! :grouphug:

And Sheila, you sure do know how to make a body feel good about themselves :^: thank you so much for the compliments... I called my hubby in to read your post and he got the biggest kick out of your kind words! Thank-you from us both! As far as the New Year's Eve party - we go because it is our best pals party... very warm and comfy with people we all know that come every year, it is absolutely wonderful. This way... if you don't see one another during the year you can catch up that evening. We get together at about 7pm till ?? They really put on a nice party --- if they stopped having them there we wouldn't go anywhere. You guys would love our friends, Mike & Peggy too --- they are the best! I pray everyday for their health and well-being, so that we all may live long lives together. Now... next year will be a different story - being that New Years Eve is on a Saturday night and we have church at 8:00AM the next morning we may not stay long after the midnight hour.

Ohhhh, we'd be glad to cook up a turkey for you :smug: In fact, tonight we had the soup I made at the beginning of the week warmed up --- yummy!!! Hit the spot with all the cold & damp weather we are having.

As for your father, I think you are making the right decisions for him... I really do! He isn't clear minded and thinking of all his needs in the way you do. Go with your gut feelings and all will go well for him, you'll see. You *ALL* will benefit his moving into assisted living, believe me. My father-in-law needed more care then he would admit too and once he accepted that fact he was happy with our decisions and with his personal attention at the assisted home. He lived there for about a year and a half before we finally needed to move him into a Nursing Home.

Yes, *CSI* and *Without a Trace* are new tonight... :cp: and a new show called *Medium* is on too --- I found the first show on Monday night interesting. Wonder where it will go? A little leery about it, but I enjoy checking out new show just to see for myself... then move on if it doesn't look good. *ER* won't be on tonight because of the new show *Medium*. I miss *Survivor* on Thursday nights. Soon *American Idol* will begin again. I enjoy that show too, being Joe & I are into music ourselves.

How are YOU feeling today? Any better? Or are you still feeling the blues? My thoughts and prayers are with you!


They are with you *ALL!*
Where are Bluet and Angel the last few days????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????????

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...cc17kid221.gif Love yous guys!


Sheila53 01-06-2005 08:56 PM


I'm glad your nephew is stable, Candlelady--there is still hope! He's in my thoughts and prayers.

From 70 degrees to 20 degrees? Wow! Wearing shorts one day and a parka the next. That's an incredible drop in temperature. Are you exercising at all, Candlelady? It's a good stress reliever, and can help chase the blues away. I know I've been exercising up a storm lately! :) I do hope you get some of your energy back and feel better.

SunnyD, the news makes the weather sound pretty bad in your area. I hope your power doesn't go out. If ours went out, we'd have to huddle under the covers for warmth. Hhhmm, doesn't sound half bad, does it? Your friends sound like such nice people. We've moved around so much that we don't have a lot of friends, and the ones we have don't live near us. It would be nice to put down some roots, and get to know some people, although the older you get, the harder it is to make new friends. Luckily, I already have some friends in the place we hope to move, and also in the place we might have to move (back to where we came from in Idaho).

Hug your husbands tonight, please. My half-sister called to tell us that she lost her husband this morning. She'd called on Christmas and had told us that he had cancer in his kidney and had it removed, plus a couple of other health problems. Then less than a month later he's gone. I can't even imagine what she must be feeling right now, and don't ever want to. You know, I keep feeling that maybe Fatpuss lost her husband this summer, and that's why she's not posting anymore. I really hope I'm wrong about that.

I forgot to mention yesterday that my daughter called to tell us that she's going to the President's inauguration. While you all know I didn't vote for him, I am pretty excited for her. All the people where she now works on the Navy base in Norfolk were invited, along with spouses, and they're getting bussed up to D.C. Don't think she was invited to the ball, however. I hope she takes her camera (hhmm, can you take cameras?) and gets some photos.

Looking forward to some relaxing, yet gory, TV tonight. What can those CSI people come up with next?

Have a wonderful Friday, everyone!

Bluet 01-06-2005 10:45 PM

Good Evening

Sheila, you sound positively radiant tonight. You must feel you have made some good decisions and have put the worry part behind you. :) Yea!!!! for Sheila. :D Wasn't CSI a good mystery tonight? You must have loved it Sheila. I have only received one message from Hallmark, I will have to go read the rules again so I don't mess up on anything. What did you girls think of the new show that came on before CSI. I forgot the name of it now, I think it might be interesting. It is like Survivor, but it is about designers surviving being voted out.

Sunny, you are such a pretty person, you have a million dollar smile. Thank you for sharing you holiday pictures. Joe is a winner and you are both very lucky to have each other and such good friends to spend time with too.

Charlotte, looking for you to come back and post soon.

Diane, thanks for checking in. Glad to hear there is progress with your nephew, it is a slow progress but he will be alright I am sure.

Cassie, welcome to our group. What kind of diet are you persuing to drop the weight? Enjoyed your picture in your profile.

Fatpuss, missing you, hope you will come back to our group soon. Please know that we will always be here for you.

I am sorry, I am making this short tonight. I am very tired, I think after the weekend is over I will be ok again, right now I am a little stressed. Lots of company coming you know.

Sheila, I am sorry for your half-sister and her loss. May the Lord take care of her and hold her in his hands during this tough time for her.

Good night everyone. Have a good Friday.


Angel-lover 01-07-2005 08:04 AM

Good morning, everyone.
Sorry I've been slow about posting. Just a lot going on. Seems the days are passing so fast, & not enough time to get everything done.

My test results showed what I feared. Cervical Radiculopathy. They wanted to refer me to the surgeon that performed my Laminectomy. I requested they refer me to my Neurologist, instead. I'd rather he run more tests, & tell me how serious it is. He won't have me go through more surgery, unless it's absolutely necessary. Also, I'd have to go to Birmingham, which is a approximately 2 hr drive. That's very inconvenient for us. There are surgeons around here....but, the best are in Birmingham. I wasn't told if I had different problems from before, or if the previous Laminectomy had caused it. I have a 2-4 inch plate in my neck, so I wonder. My appointment is February 15th. Seems like a long time, but he is such a good specialist, he stays booked up. He is a very good friend of ours, also. Oh...my thumb is better. At least the steroids helped my thumb, although I'm fat again, now. :( My hand goes numb a lot, though, especially during the night. Enough about me.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...%208/ACC35.gifCassie! Glad you joined us. I sure hope you haven't been waiting until you turned 50 to join us. :^: Everyone is welcome here. I'm 55. :dizzy:

Hi Sheila....I'm so sorry about your half-sister's husband. She will be in my prayers. It does make me want to hug my DH. My DH had an unusual experience that has me very concerned. He had a sharp pain on the right, top side of his head. He said it, then, felt like fluid was going down his face & behind his eye. He said it bothered his eye when that happened. The more he held his head down...the more painful it was. He got relief when he held it up. When it finally stopped, he tasted blood! He has felt ok, since. We have no insurance on him at all right now. Money is real tight....(although I'd get a loan, if he'd go to the Dr.) But, he doesn't like, or trust Drs. So I doubt if he'd go, anyway. I wish he had the option, though. I'm am very worried. I told DS about it, so he can keep an eye on him, for me. It was almost a day after it happened before he told me! I've searched the web, but, can't find what it might be. Anyone have any idea?

SunnyD...Your pics are beautiful! You're so talented in so many ways! I love that gingerbread house. :D One thing for sure, if it's edible, I'm sure it's gone by now. ;)
Thanks for asking about the albums for the kids. They absolutely loved them! When everyone was opening presents...(so much noise & carrying on. :lol: ) they were really involved with the kids & helping them. But, when they received their albums...they stopped & got off into separate corners to go through them! I told them to go back to the kids, & they could look at them later. They said they couldn't stop! I watched them laugh at some pics, & cry over some pics. A lot they haven't even seen. It makes me happy to see my family happy. :)

Diane...it was so good to hear from you. Glad your nephew is doing as well as he is. I'm still praying for him.

Bluet....you get some rest, my friend. I'm sorry you're so stressed, right now. I'll have a special prayer for you.

Everyone have a great Friday!

T.G.I.F. (Thank God It's Friday! & Thank God I'm Forgiven! :) )

SunnyD57 01-07-2005 08:57 AM


Good Morning Gals! And what a good morning it is... to see that Bluet and Angel have stopped in :smug:

Hi Sheila, First off I want to say that I am so sorry :( to hear about your Step-sisters hubby... just as Angel went to hug her hubby I did soon after. He was already in bed, but I loved all over him anyway :^: It sure does make you 'think' and feel grateful! My thoughts are with her today...

Yes, the weather in our area is pretty bad! We lost some major branches of our Oak tree from the weight of the ice! Thankfully the branches haven't fallen on our home :o Many areas around us are FLOODED and without ELECTRIC!! I am blessed to say that so far these things have not hit us personally where we live --- just the ICE. You can hear your home actually popping from the cold and ice build up, scary! Thanks for asking about us, so far we are doing well and still have our electric. Those who do not have it are facing staying warm in these 20* temps we have right now! Not to mention frozen pipes w/o heat and ice waters filling the whole floor of your home from rising waters... Yes, I am grateful to be high enough not to be effected in that way!!

I forgot to tell you that the Ginger Bread House is a KIT! Everything you need to make it - the cookies - the icing - the candies and the tray all came in the kit :D I bought it at Wal-Mart for $10.00 :smug: You can get it there next year and make one too... it's really fun! And yes... it is all editable :T

I didn't keep it here though, I brought it to our best buds New Years Eve Party and we used it as a centerpiece on the table. We couldn't keep it because my Zeppe and Guido would eat it! In fact! As I was taking pictures of the house Zeppe jumped up on the table and I caught him in the act!

Here is the picture :lol:

Hi Angel, As for your hubby! Joe was on the phone this morning with me as I read that part of your post and he really feels that your hubby should see a Dr! My Joe said it sounded like something in his sinuses popped or burst... because he could taste the blood. Sinuses run behind the eyes and into the back of your throat (therefore his taste). You should really consider taking him in, okay.

Thanks about the Ginger house... but as I just explained to Sheila - I cannot take much credit for it because it was a kit and so easy to do. Yes, we did our own thing on it - not following their design, but it all came in a kit we got at Wal-Mart ;) Something to think about doing with your grandchildren next year :)

I am so very sorry to hear of all your health trails! My heart goes out to you Charlotte! I hope that when you go in February that specialist will be able to really help you get better!! :goodvibes And remember that you are NOT FAT!!! Those steroids are terrible and add water under the skin... it will all come off when they take you off of them again - you'll see. In the meantime don't be so hard on yourself, okay ;) :grouphug:

Your Scrapbooks sounded wonderful and well-received by your family :) It made me smile BIG when you shared how they all took them over by themselves to look at theirs... awesome job, Charlotte! They will remember what you did for always ;)

Hi Bluet, I am so glad you stopped in... but am so sorry that you are not feeling very well right now with the stress of work... I bet you so look forward to the weekends!! :grouphug:

I saw that new show last nigh before *CSI-Vegas*... it's called *Wickedly Perfect*. Was that guy voted off a TRIP or what!!!! He wasn't too full of 'himself' :lol: I was so glad to see him go!!! Funny how fast you can get caught up in these shows :o :dizzy:

I only got one message from *Hallmark* too... I am looking forward to watching the show tonight even if I don't call in - just to see what it is all about. Thanks for the link, Bonnie! :)

*Feel Better* okay :goodvibes


I have bill's to pay today ~ I blew them off yesterday because I didn't feel so good - I have a sore throat & swollen glands on the left side that began in the morning and hasn't left me yet. Now it seems to have moved into both sides some and not all in one spot... I don't have much of a voice right now either. If it doesn't ease by Sunday I will go see a Dr. on Monday ;)

Hello's to DIANE! I hope that you are doing well :^:
You gals have a wonderful FRIDAY now!!


Sheila53 01-07-2005 08:55 PM

Hi, ladies!

Well, Bluet, I'm trying to make the best of things, and I'm trying hard not to let it get me down. I thought for sure that Greg wouldn't pass his proficiency after saying it ws a suicide rather than murder. Plus that electrocution thing was pretty darn interesting. Nothing was really very gory, relatively speaking, of course! I'm looking forward to tonight's mystery. Hhmm, wonder if you're watching it right now. I'd forgotten about all your company this weekend. Hope everything goes smoothly--we know they'll be seeing a clean house. :)

I sure hope you don't need surgery, Charlotte. It's always best to get the very best, especially when it comes to our health. I'm going to have to look up cervical radiculopathy and see exactly what that is. I'm glad your thumb is better, but such a bummer about the steroids.

How is your DH today? I hope he doesn't have a reoccurrence of those symptoms. I've never heard of anything like that. I'm betting you already checked your "big book." That's so great that everyone stopped to look at their albums. What a wonderful idea that was!

Thanks, SunnyD. Although I've known my BIL since I was 9, I didn't really know him. He was a nice guy, though, and they had two sets of twins. The first set is only 10 years younger than me. I hugged and kissed my DH a lot yesterday, too, and am now regretting it. Not really, but he came down with a terrible cold and called in sick at work. Well, what he really did was walk from the bedroom to the office and send an e-mail.

I might have to get one of those gingerbread kits for next year--they look so cool. Love that silly kitty getting a sniff. Speaking of kitties, mine are so bad. And all I ever do is laugh because they are so cute while being bad. My tuxedo boy loves to get into things (e.g., I open the drawer to get the phone book and when I put it back, he's sitting in the drawer) and I had a paper sack on the table. I turned my back and he'd jumped onto the table (a big no-no!) and was half-way into the sack. I couldn't be mad because he looked so funny with his rear sticking out of the sack.

Hope you get your voice back, SunnyD, and that you feel better. 'Tis the season, I guess. I bought a bunch of Zicam, and am taking Vit. C to keep from getting the cold my DH has. I can feel my throat getting a little sore, though, and my nose is dripping a bit. I will not get sick, I will not get sick!!

Well, Dad asked me to help him fill out the paperwork to go into what he calls "the home." Boy, I hate that. Today is the first day he didn't come up with some way to stay here, all of which I've had to say no to. It's been tough. But then he gets shirty with me, and I think, okay, this is why he needs to be somewhere where people know how to deal with this behavior because I can't.

After hearing about my BIL, I told my DH that we're going to move up our Alaska cruise date from 2008 to 2006. Why put it off? Well, the reason is money, but I'm just going to step up our savings, and make sure to get a cruise that's affordable. I've heard if you book in advance, you can save quite a bit. The friends we're going with wanted to go sooner anyway.

Have a great weekend, everyone! Hey, I have to share a non-scale victory. Today I went into Trader Joe's and instead of sampling the cookies they put out with the free coffee, I just had the coffee. I'd gotten into the habit of taking a couple of cookies on Friday when I go there, but it's not a healthy habit so I'm breaking it as of today.

Bluet 01-08-2005 12:15 AM

Good Evening,

Well, you are doing a fine job of being chipper Sheila. Did you guess it was the secretary, and did you figure out the self centered author and the secretary were the teens that killed the lady in the bed? How long did it take you? I was surprised Kellie Martin asked us to solve the mystery so early into the show. I didn't call in, because I wasn't confident at that point that the secretary had done it. I knew it wasn't the elderly lady, but I did suspect the florist and the lawyer. What about the D.A., she didn't look like any D.A. I know. ;) As for CSI, perhaps people were writing in that they were becoming too gruesome? (probably not). That dummy those two made up was fascinating. :) That Gregg is kinda cute isn't he? I could never see past the hair last year. I love the way they are blowing off that commissioner or whatever he is. Sorry you are feeling as though you are coming down with DH's cold. Too much stress lately for the both of you. An Alaskan Cruise sounds great, at least you are nice and close, you probably won't have to fly to your cruise ship first.

Sunny, another sore throat, you just got over one. Oh what a nightmare, all that frozen water and ice and no heat. We did get quite a lot of snow and now the weather guy is talking rain showers for us too. :dizzy: I got my laundry done tonight and folded it during Mystery Movie. I thought the beginning was a litle slow, but then I had been sailing a million miles an hour before the show and probably needed some down time, to slow down. Are you and Joe just going to take it easy this weekend, or do you have big plans? Hope the sore throat doesn't slow you down.

Charlotte, sounds like you are in for another big decision about your health. I hope the outcome is a positive one, and you get the absolute best medical attention. I have sinus problems from time to time and the doctors always warn me not to let the infection go too long because the sinuses are very close to the bones around the eye and the infection can invade those bones and that can be very serious.

Diane and Cassie, hope you are well, come back soon and post.

Fatpuss, still missing your posts very much. Hope you are doing well.

Happy Saturday everyone!


Angel-lover 01-08-2005 03:59 AM

WOW....I get behind fast! It's 2 am (another sleepless night.), so maybe I can catch up a little.
Cervical Radiculopathy is nerve root compression. Cervical....is in the neck area of the spine. Sometimes it's just a small spur that isn't pressing too badly & can be treated with physical therapy. Sometimes it's the disks that have slipped out of place, or worn from Arthritis, & bulging into the nerves. Mine happens to be severe. It's cutting off circulation, & could cause BIG TIME problems. My thumb was in danger, because of it. This happened to me a few years ago. I had 3 disks removed in my neck. They were replaced with a steel plate & a donor bone. It was very difficult surgery. (close to my voice box.) All, however, went well. With the symptoms I have, & them wanting me to go straight to the surgeon....it let's me know how serious it is. I don't know if something has gone wrong with the previous surgery, or if it's at a different place. These operations can be anywhere from not so invasive, to major. I know I don't want to fool around until I lose my thumb, or hand, etc. But, I don't want to have surgery until I just have to, either. The Dr. is sending me a prescription for a neck collar to wear until my appointment with the Neurologist. It's suppose to help it from getting worse. This should be fun! I remember wearing the hard collar for 2 weeks...then the soft collar foreeevvveerrr!!!

Hi Bluet....I've experienced a little Sinus problems, but not much. It was enough to let me know a little about how others suffer. Take care of yourself. I believe I've heard of more people being sick with colds & flu & sinus problems than ever before. My daughter, Paula, stays sick with her sinuses.

Hi Sheila...So good about leaving the cookies alone!! I don't think I could do that.
I'm sure everything is going to work out with your dad. I'll be glad when it's over for you. It must be stressful. Just try to think good thoughts. You know you're doing the best for him. Goodness, Sheila, you & your DH have been very dedicated to his care.
I'm glad you're preparing for a cruise. I always wanted to go on one. DH is afraid of going that far out from land. We had planned a cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary, but he backed out. :( Oh well...he can't help having the fear.
I'm off the steroids now. At least, until I go to my appointment. I started my diet Monday, & have done well, so far. I'm so puffy....I retain fluid anyway, because of RA...so, now I feel like I'm drowning in my own body! :^:

for the very sweet things you said. I try to tell myself I'm not fat. But, when I can't get clothes on that I wore 4 weeks ago, it's discouraging. I've been through this with steroids before, when I had injections in my lower back. Now tell me........how did they think all that extra weight was going to help my lower back?!
Cute pic of your kitty. I'm sure I'd have lots of fun putting a gingerbread house together with 11 grands!! :lol: Honestly........it WOULD be fun! We just might try it. :)
DH hasn't had anymore symptoms that he's told me about. I keep asking him how he's feeling. I think Joe is right about what he thinks it is. I did a search on the sinuses. DH has a lot of sinus problems, & lately his face swells often. He denies it...but I've noticed it, & so have other people. We all just thought it was from all the hard work on the house. I'd make him go to the Dr if I could. He just won't go. He doesn't trust them. We've had a couple of bad experiences through the years, since I first started having health problems. I've found some good, christian Drs, though....I've been with for several years. I trust them & we pray together. I decided one day that I would never use another Dr that wasn't a christian. With my first appointment, I ask the Dr if he believes in God & his thoughts. If I don't agree....I thank him politely & leave. The Dr that did my neck surgery held my hand before they put me to sleep & prayed a beautiful prayer. :) DH knows all of this, but he still won't go. Please help me pray for him.
I hope you're feeling better. You're like me....just don't feel well most of the time. :( You know what, friend? Some day we're going to be in a beautiful place where there's no pain or sickness! That alone, would make it heaven to me! But, there's so much more...& we'll feel like enjoying it. :) Well, I guess that's my sermon for today. :lol:

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

SunnyD57 01-08-2005 08:30 AM

Christmas GIfts from my SIL - Tealite Snowmen.
Aren't they cute! :)

Good Saturday Morning!

Well, it looks as if we are staying home this morning... I am bummed... :( I really enjoy going to breakfast with our buds but this morning I still have this sore throat and don't think it's wise to go out today.

Sooo... Bluet, to answer your question... ... we are having a quiet day at home today. We are suppose to go to a birthday party tonight, but I think Joe will be going for us both and I will be home. I just hope that I feel better for church in the morning --- I really hate to miss church.

As for the movie last night... I thought it was a bit early to call in too! What's up with that?! But I thought it had something to do with those two gals too, but also suspected the florist - especially after he brought all those flowers when the bookstore owner didn't order them. But all in all Joe & I found the movie to be very entertaining to watch an try to figure out together :cp: I look forward to the next one on Friday :D Maybe then I will call in, although they are replaying this last one on Sunday at 7:00pm and I think you can call then too when they post the number and enter the contest --- I am going to give it a try!

Angel, As far as your hubby goes... do you have a humidifier for your bedroom? We have a Honeywell brand and love it. My Joe has sinus problems too and so we have to keep that full and running all during winter when the heat is running or else he bleeds from dryness. If your hubby won't go to the Dr.'s maybe consider buying one of these. I think we paid $40.00 at Costco for one that holds about 1 1/2 gal. You can get them larger if you want, but we highly recommend it for your DH. Too bad he won't go to any Dr. because it sounds like he has an infection. Ohhhh, also there are salt/saline sprays you can buy at the drug stores --- they are super for healing infections since he won't go. I hope he feels better soon.

As for your health... you are so *Welcome* for the prayers!!! Won't be wonderful when we (none of us) have to feel pain again whether it is physical or emotional :^: I look forward to that day :) In the meantime, we do have *God* & one another to keep us all going... I thank the Lord everyday for the wonderful people He has brought into my life!! I feel so blessed! Charlotte, You have gone though so much in your life thus far... I will pray that God gives you the strength you need to get through this. Your spine is so very important for the whole body function! I cannot imagine the pain you must be enduring. I will continue my prayers for you, hubby and all of my Dear Friends here :goodvibes :bubbles: :angel:

Cute animations ;)

Sheila, I totally forgot to mention that I think it's SOOOOOO COOOL (!) that your daughter is going to the Presidents inauguration!!!! :cp: :cp: What an honor!! I wish I could go with her!! I hope that she will be able to get pictures too... I'd love to see them. When is the inauguration? I asked hubby and he wasn't sure when either.

I am so glad to hear that you have accepted what needs to be done for your DD... I think that was half your battle, huh :^: I just cannot mention it enough that I think (we all think) you are doing the right thing, and I believe your DD thinks so too by the way he is just going with the flow.

You are too funny... you hug on your DH and he gives you the sniffles... ;) I think it's just that time of year. How are you feeling today? My voice is finally coming back :) --- last night. I hope I'll be all better by tomorrow for church or it will be another day home :( for me... Ohhhh, believe me, I take vitamins! Maybe too many... but I have always been a big vitamin taker. Multi Vit & these extra's -- Vit C, E, Folic Acid, B's, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium & Iron just to begin with ;) I just don't drink enough water!!! I really should with all I take. I drink allot of green & herbal teas, but just not enough water!!! Especially during these very cold temps.


Well, speaking of hubby... he's up, so it's time for me to make some breakfast for us both --- I hungry this morning!

Have a Wonderful Saturday with your hubbies & families!
*God Bless*


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