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Old 12-08-2000, 09:49 AM   #16  
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Slavika..you just gave me the laugh of the day. Your Grandson must really think you are OLD hee hee.. Take him to the Pioneer Village and show him the sod hut you grew up in...LOL I have an old rotary phone in the basement he could use for show and tell. I finally went to see the northpole site..really delicious place.
Karen..Actually I did hire "someone" who was highly recommended and came cheap ~ only $99.00, just like the fare.
Lily..I need to get ruthless here too. My Computer room is a mess, everything is piled up here ~ things have got to go.
Anne..I went to the Moyle-Council and it looks like a lovely place to live. I sure wouldn't mind taking a holiday there.
Maria..I looked in on Dorinda too.
I really liked the music at the closing of the Olympics so I went to Napster and downloaded Yothu Yindi and Midnight Oil.
Your dinner sounded heavenly, sipping wine and listening to music, I was listening to the sound of the snow blower, and sipping hot soup...you live in a different world.
Margot..Here's hoping you got that 1/2 lb off to make it 90 lbs. I am going to remember what you said about how far you have come and be inspired to stay OP. I think we could all use that for ourselves to help us get through the holidays.
Phyllis..We drove through the residential area at Las Vegas and it surprised me to see how normal it can be. What does your daughter do there, is she married and have a family? I liked your quote.. that is why it is so hard for us to drop the lbs. I was a Costco today too, and I bought the Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies. I only ate 1 and counted it as 3 points. It was delicious. I haven't done any baking yet. They were a treat for hubby, you all know how men suffer when they have a cold...YIKES
Glenda..You are right, we have to be prepared and think about what we are going to eat before we start filling up our plates. I do not want to gain this Christmas, like I have done in the past. I am sick and tired of recycling 10 lbs.

Well, my Christmas cards, and all the little notes are done. Tomorrow they go to the mail box.
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Wow, I never thought about people not knowing the roadrunner was a real bird! I don't know why not. Regularly there are people that don't realize New Mexico is a part of the United States! The birds look very much like the cartoon character and they don't fly but can run like the wind, and there is no BEEP BEEP! It is the state bird of New Mexico.

Maria Your evening sounds so lovely. I just love walking on the beach. Someday I'm gonna leave near the ocean. It is very dry here too. We had early snow in October and as usual everyone was saying the drought was over! HA! Not a drop of snow since!

Slavika I loved your story about being from the 'olden' days. I wonder what my 9 year old grandaughter thinks. Maybe I don't want to know!

Trudy Las Vegas is actually a nice city. It is growing like crazy! My daughter has been there 2 years. She is engaged to be married and they have already built their first house. I think the have the cart before the horse but what do I know! He grew up in Las Vegas and after you get away from the strip it is very much like the town I live in. A city in the middle of a desert! They both work at a casino. She is a supervisor in the bank and he is a supervisor in security. They have not married because they both can't continue to work there when they do so........... I love to visit because there are so many things to do! I don't gamble and neither do they (lots of the locals don't), but the shows and restruants are fun. They are both in their early 20s and have associate degrees in business and both working on bachelor degrees! My daughter says there is virtually no other place in the states where they could make the kind of money they make, get their education paid for by their employer, and have enough money to build a new home!

I need to get myself ready for work! And I could talk all day about my daughter!

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Slavika - I can always count on you for a laugh! Your Prince just has no idea about time. Remember when we used to think 30 was old? The older I get, the more "old" moves to the years ahead of me. And you used to be so fond of the child! So funny!

Phillpc- I have never been to Las Vegas, but my kids think we should spring for a trip soon. My older son went last year and just kept saying, "Awesome." I have a niece who lives there and she says the same as you--it is just another town away from the strip.

All, I just have to tell you about my oldest son. Joel is 31, has been married twice, each marriage having a little boy. His last wife is a psycho who fell in love with her female supervisor. Joel is a wonderful young man who has just made some bad choices. He had testicular cancer 3 1/2 years ago and after his operation immediately started law school. He worked fulltime and went parttime. In the midst of this he had a very messy divorce, but kept plugging away. The good news is he graduates on Dec. 16th, takes the bar in February, is engaged to a really spectacularly wonderful young woman who loves his kids. She has been very supportive of him and loves him very much. She has to because she has to deal with Psycho Woman. They should be married soon. I am just so proud when I realize what he has gone through to get here. He goes across the state twice a month to gather his children for visitation and takes them home on Sunday and never misses. All this while staying in school. Trudy, it is almost like a 30 hour express bus trip twice a month. Leaves me breathless.

All, I have heard that the northern part of the US is in for some really bad weather. Bundle up. Sounds like we in OK will be slammed on Monday and Tuesday.

Maria - I just loved your description of your evening. I haven't been to Las Vegas so you know I will not make it to Australia, but I love hearing about other parts of the world.

Let's all "think before we eat." Another good trick is to wear something with a waistband (!) that might be a bit snug when you are going to go where there is food.
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Old 12-08-2000, 09:15 PM   #19  
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Slavika: Oh sorry the bunny didnt come back. LOL on your grandson.
He really must think you are old! Slap him!

Roadrunners here: http://www.desertusa.com/road.html


Phill: Sounds like you have a good plan!

Trudy: I will come and dump stuff for you, but you better hide what you want cuz when I dump it all goes!

Be back later got a meeting....
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The sub-headline in today's paper was "The Bus Ride From ****". One of my fellow passengers went to the newspaper with the story. Of course he didn't go into all the details I gave my friends . He was one who took the Greyhound home, and bought a warm sweater at our last stop. He is going to take the tour operator to Small Claims Court for the extra costs. The tour bus operator has us labeled as "whiners and malcontents"..LOL It's a good thing we have a sense of humor.
Phyllis..I heard that Nevada has no personal Income Tax..true? The young people do things differently than we did, and that's okey. I guess New Mexico is as dry as Nevada was. I love to talk about my daughter too...don't get me started.
Glenda..I could just feel the pride you have in Joel. He has really been through so much in his young life. I wish him all the luck when he takes his Bar Exam. It sounds like he has found the right woman this time.
Lily..Is there anything you can't find on the Internet? That Roadrunner is kind of cute. No wonder I run to you with all my problems. Thanks for being there. Have you heard from Geri, Josie or Pam? I am getting worried about all the gals who haven't posted in a long time..where is Donna and Silvergal?
Slavika..Did you dig up any relics from the pioneer days for your Grandson, like a butter churner or a washboard? It's not that he thinks you are so old, just wise and you always have the right answers for him.

Today was more Christmas shopping. I got a lot done, one more outing should do it. My daughter and I are hitting another mall on Monday. Won't go near any of them on the weekend..it is too crazy then. I sure hope everyone had a good day OP. See you later...

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G'day all
It is saturday afternoon here and I am ashamed to say still in my nightie I have achieved a lot of things though, I have wrapped all the presents, send Xmas cards, updated my photo album (http://www.picturetrail.com/flaggies) you may like to check it out and I have a read of all the posts.
<B>Mareed</B> Where in adelaide was your penpal, what an amazing small world.
<B>Lily</B> thank you for enlightening me about the road runner, what an interesting page it is. The roadrunner does not look that different from the cartoon character
<B>Glenda</B> How proud you must be of your son Joel. Good to hear that he is doing so well not only in the love department but also in the health department. As a mother all you want for your children is to be happy, it is hard to see them making 'bad choices' and having to sit back and watch. Invariably there seems to be a happy ending, thank goodness! Don't be too rash to say you will never make it to Australia, one just never knows. I would never have dreamt my life would have taken the turn it has.
<B>Trudy</B> It is so good to hear you enjoyed the music at the closing ceremony. I also like Yothu Yindi a lot. I also liked Christine Anau singing 'My island home'. If you missed it, worth getting from Napster and have a listen. I hope the snow blower has moved on.
<B>Phill</B> I agree it is amazing what we take for granted, I am learning more and more about America. We regularly entertain American visitors (dh's company) and I am also quite amazed what we take for granted is so unique to them. DH throws a lot of Australian colloquialisms in his conversation it sometimes leaves them with a vacant look on their face and we need to explain. We took David(a visitor from Orlando) to an Australian Wildlife park. He was really fascinated and couldn't get over how the lorrikeets just come and sit on your shoulder, head etc. He didn't particularly like the lorrikeets doing this and tried to shoo them away without much luck. We moved on to the kangaroos and wallabies and then we saw the emus. As you may know Emus are very large birds and again David was fascinated. We warned David it might be wise not to go too close as they like to jump on your shoulder, well David looked at us and for a split second he actually believed us . Poor David he will never live this down.
Weather is beautiful but still no rain
Have a great weekend all
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MARIA Hi to bold a word or sentence do this. Use a bracket [ then a small "b" then another ] at the beginning then type whatever you want to bold and after that use [ then a / then a b then a ] at the end of the word. You must use this kind of bracket and also the small "b". Do a test one on our board if you like. To correct any mistakes you might make just click on that little ICON above your posting with a pencil on it and it takes you back so that you can correct your errors.Then just submit again. I love hearing about "your" Australia.
LILY thanks for showing us how to locate the "roadrunner". I honestly did not know there was such a critter in existence. LOL The beep beep one does look a little like the real one.
TRUDY My brother actually does have a washboard that was my Mothers, but my little "Prince" told me two children brought that into the class. My friend is going to loan him sock stretchers made of wood. Apparently they were hand made and shaped like a foot and had a whole bunch of holes drilled in the wood for air circulation. The wet wool socks were then pulled on these wood stretchers to dry. She's going to drop them off at my place tomorrow. I think my Mother had metal sock stretchers (I guess her's were the modern version of those made from wood).
GLENDA your Joel sounds like a fine young man and I wish him well.
Well it's getting late so I'll say good night now.
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Hi Again Maria I just went and had a look at your pictures. You look just great~~~~~as does DH and (??children??)
I loved your birds too. We get such plain little brown sparrows but they do stay with us throughout the winter. Your new home looks nice too. You are a very fortunate lady.
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Thank you Slavika
Is this bolded??????
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WAY TO GO MARIA That's how you bold stuff.
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P.S. for me it's Saturday morning 9:05. When I read your post yesterday, I think it was already Saturday for you. LOL
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Good morning all. I thought I would check in before I start my weekend of finishing up Christmas. I'll be packing up the decorations for my daughter and wrapping all the presents. Then I have pick up everything I need for the office snack I'm bringing on Tuesday.

Lilly Thanks for the roadrunner site. I didn't know they made those sounds. I alwyas thought those noises came from the little quail we see around here occasionally. I saw a lot more animals and birds when I first moved out here but alas (I just love that word) the city is starting to grow around us!

Maria I just love all the exotic wildlife in Australia. There are 2 cable television channels (Discovery & Animal Planet) that have shows from Australia all the time, but it's great to hear personal stories too.

Trudy It is true that Nevada has no personal income tax. Wages are higher and taxes are lower! Maybe my daughter is right! I should move out there! And Nevada & New Mexico are both desert states. The part of New Mexico I live in is at a higher altitude than Las Vegas so it is much cooler here. Albuquerque is a mile high and north of here it just gets higher and higher! Santa FE is about 6000 feet and Los Alamos is about 7000 feet above sea level. I grew up in southern New Mexico. It is much warmer there but not quite as hot as Vegas because of the altitude (3500) feet. Well, that's enough geography for now.

GlendaIt sounds like Joel is a really nice young man. Enjoy being proud of him! Growing up these days is hard to do and takes awhile. I always wish my children could have learned more from my experiences, but they have to make their own choices, good or bad, and grow from them! I always tell my daughter that just because I've been married 3 times doesn't mean she has to do it that way!!


Slavika I started thinking about the oldest thing I have and it is a Wesson Oil crock. Years ago they sold the oil in a stoneware crock. I use it to hold kitchen utensils by my stove. It is from the 1920s. I don't think I have anything from the really 'olden' days.

I am eating light this weekend. Oops, I forgot I'm going out for Mexican food tonight with friends!! And tomorrow is my birthday breakfast at Double Rainbow! Well I will be eating light between those Meals!

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Trudy: I heard form Pam months ago. She was real busy at that time. But I havent heard a word since. Dont have a clue what the others are up to. Hoep they are doing well tho!

Glenda: Joel does sound like he has it together. Glad he finally found someone who supports him.

Maria: Your album is great! The lorikeets are beautiful birds! Your home looks nice to. Are those your kids?


Phill: Have a great Birthday! A breakfast sounds great! We very rarely go out to breakfast but I do like to do that once in a while. ( Im not a big breakfast eater)

Slavika: I have some old Art glass you can use but its alot older then we are!

Spent the day decorating and now Im ready for a nap! But the house is decorated and beautiful! I can smell the tree. Love the Christmasy smell!
Also lost 1.5 # today at WI. I have been trying to do the new program without the materials. I will see how well I think I know what Im doing next week!

Later all!
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G'day all

10 o'clock sunday morning here and we are in for a hot day, a slight chance of some showers tonight.
For those who had a look at my photo album, David is my son and Lexie my daughter. I didn't make that all that clear and have now edited the album.
Last night I went to a 'get together' and the roadrunner came up, the majority thought like me that he only existed in cartoons.
I have promised to email the roadrunner website so thank you again Lily , the site administrator will probably wonder why all the 'hits'
I intend to have a very quite sunday, drink my water and have a VERY good OP day
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Have a fantastic birthday!

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Maria..I have been searching for Christine Anau, but no luck so far. As for the snowblower, it lives in my garage, and the pusher sleeps in my bed so I can't get away from it. I think it is going to be a long winter ~~ OY VEY!! Thanks for showing us your pictures, they were lovely . Where in the Netherlands were you born?
Slavika..My Mom had those wooden sock stretchers. She sewed and knitted everything we wore. I can't believe how hard our parents worked compared to what we have to do. Our children even have it easier.
Phyllis..HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Enjoy your birthday breakfast . I love Mexican food...well actually there isn't any food I don't love.
Lily.. I looked in on your site and your Art glass is beautiful. Way to go on the weight loss, you are really doing well. I went down 1.6 lb on the last WI, but I am not sure what will happen this coming Tuesday, having a problem staying OP. YIKES!, I only have 2 lbs to go and I would hate to blow it now.

Have a nice evening everyone...talk to you later....

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