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RE:JANUARY 2015 CHAT...HAPPY NEW YEAR CUPPA'S
(Date Posted:01/10/2015 10:25 AM)


OhMyGosh was it nasty yesterday!   With the dusting of snow over the freezing drizzle that fell over night it looked lethal, and didn't melt like it usually does.   By the time we went to bed, the sidewalk and driveway was still white and frosty.  In the afternoon Barb came over and brought our mail.  Mike answered the door and took it, so I sent her a note thanking her and telling her that neither of us was about to step a foot onto that ice!   This was her response ~~

 I know what you mean. I came home from Bible study last night in my little white 1992 Nissan Sentra and could not make it up the hill. The car is parked outside of the Arnolds back yard. It was so slippery that my shoes would not stop me from sliding backwards so I took off my shoes and walked in my bare socks to the garage. At least I didn't fall. :-)

Yiikes!   It apparently got somewhat better during the day and I saw folks going for their mail, and obviously Barb got hers and then came over for ours, but it sure didn't look any better.   Barb said the even mail delivery truck was slip-sliding.

We're supposed to get up to the high 40s today so hopefully there will be some melting.  We're thinking of going out to grab a burger this afternoon, just to get out of the house.

Ut-Oh!   I'm beginning to hear an echo.

Hello?   Hellooooo?    Hellllooooooooo?  (lol)

Have a Happy Day!

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I am so sorry I missed 2 days.  I did not mean to.  I was on
the computer off and on trying to get things done and rest in between and missed here the first night and last night I did come but just had to energy to write, yet could not sleep.  Just sat zombieing out in front of the TV.  Mom is not feeling much better either.  So nothing much is getting done around here.  
Seems we all are having a lot of wicked winter weather.
I was supposed to go for my INR on Friday and I said I
am not going out in this.  With my asthma it would totally
take my breath away.  If Monday is above zero then I
will go, if not I am waiting.  If they do not like it they can send someone to me.  Wow, thank God for Barb.  I never even thought of removing my shoes when things are so slippery.  Mom has a very old cane that has an ice pick bottom.  We have never tried using it since you would be unable to use it indoors.  Even if the cane digs in, it will not keep your feet from sliding out from under you.  You are
smart to not step out your door in that weather.  I hate the few minutes it takes me to get the mail.  I have to step out down on step to reach into the mail box.  Heaven help if a piece of mail fall and I have to go to porch level to get it and back up.  It happens more that you think.
I hope the weather allows you to get out a little for dinner.
Suzanne and Jordan came over this afternoon and we watcher the movie The Fault In Our Stars.  It is a beautiful movie if you ever get the opportunity to see it.
Last night we grilled two Angus burgers that Bren had given us and they were delish.  We had baked potatoes and corn with them.  All was good.  Tonight mom has thawed me stuffed peppers and she is having homemade bean soup with ham.  Mom made it earlier this week and it was really good except that mom used beans someone gave us called ham beans....they are larger than the usual navy beans we use.
Mom felt they were harder...I do not mind when things do not turn to mush. LOL
Here is a picture of Jordan and Travis taken the day of the funeral.  Not to bad though Travis should have straightened his tie!


Sorry about the echo!
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RE:JANUARY 2015 CHAT...HAPPY NEW YEAR CUPPA'S
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Good Morning! 
 
Still cold, below freezing but heading for the low 40s.  Good day to stay inside, I think.  We did go out for a steakburger at Freddies yesterday, and really enjoyed it.  We rarely just go for a burger, but we were really house-bound after being "shut ins" for several days. It was good to get out, and I didn't even need a jacket.  Now I'm ready to be a shut-in again. 

Watching the Solidarity gathering in Paris on the news and feeling embarrassed as an American that while 50 world leaders walked together, our President saw fit to send a lesser Cabinet member, Eric Holder whom I suspect would prefer to express solidarity with a different group. 

We did watch Blue Bloods last night and really enjoyed it.  I shed more than a few tears, and wished deep embarrassment for those who are responsible for the condition our V.A. is in ~ though I suspect that's like wishing terrorists would feel bad about what they have done.  They were preaching to the choir with that show. 

Tonight, Downton Abby but The Good Wife is on at the same time so we will have to watch that later.  I almost forgot about The Librarians being on earlier.    We have been watching a new-to-us British series Mike's sister recommended called "Lark Rise to Candleford".  Just sort of a sweet, character driven show involving inhabitants of the poor hamlet of Lark Rise and 8 miles up the road the richer "city" of Candleford.  A nice escape from the news these days and all of the violent, mean spirited shows that are on now.

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I feel so cheap.  Give me a beautiful tag, and I'll forgive anything.  LOL  Thank you!

Waiting a few days to get your INR test makes much more sense in cold, dangerous weather!  Good decision! 

It's wonderful that Barb comes and gets our mail and our Trash/Recycle cans when it's slick outside, even though I do feel guilty letting her.  We have been known to drive down the length of our short driveway and back up in front of the mailbox to pick up the mail through the car window rather than attempting to walk down.  I can only imagine how much we entertain the neighbors, but life is too short to spend any part of it in traction ~ or worse.
When it snowed last Friday I worked out a scheme to take our recycle can to the curb.  We could have left the trash can until the next week, but the recycle bin was full and then some, and they only come for it every other week.   I decided I could use the can like a Walker to get down to the curb, and then have Mike back the car out of the garage and pick me up!   LOL  Well, that might have worked, except that my feet have been so swollen lately that i couldn't get my boots on.  Thank God for Barb!    She knows how bad I feel about her "having" to do so much for us, but she says it's her chance to show "Jesus with skin on", so we are a blessing to her.  I don't feel like a blessing, but she surely is.

I haven't seen anything about "The fault is in our stars".   I will check it out.

Great picture of the boys.  I'm so glad Jordan is out.  Has he talked with you or your mom at all about the experience?  It may take him a while.

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Stay warm and happy!


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RE:JANUARY 2015 CHAT...HAPPY NEW YEAR CUPPA'S
(Date Posted:01/11/2015 10:24 PM)


Today we undecorated the house.  Suz and Jordan came over so that Jordan could help and earn some money.  First we ordered lunch from Jimmy Johns.  Today I had the turkey bacon club sub.  It was delicious.  So Jordan took all the ornaments off the tree and handed them to me and I packed them all.  Then he took down the tree and packed it and I added the angel and cord and tree skirt to my bin.Then he gathered Christmas stuff from the shelves and I added all of them to the bin and some plushees that were about.  Then Jordan took down the garlands and lights from around the door and archway, those were packed in a separate box.  Though the diamond dust snowman garland I packed into my bin.  It is very fragile and was expensive so wanted to keep it safe.  That filled my bin and I sealed it. Jordan then went outside and took the lights down out there and rolled them up on the reel.  He then took tree, bin, box, reel and tree saucer down to the basement.  Then he took down all the Christmas pictures ... and put back up the regular ones we have.  So he took down 4 pictures and put up 6.  Then he found the tree stand which he had laid on the couch and a pillow rolled over it.  So he took the tape down to the basement with it and taped it to the tree box.  No way was he reopening it as he had it well sealed.
So we a
re now Christmas free.
My bil David, his son, my nephew Jason and his stepson my nephew Brent went to the Packer game today and were so happy to have a win.  Here is a pic of Jason and Brent at the game.


I really do not like Brents beard.  I do not mind a nicely trimmed one but not these wild man beards.
Sadly, while they were at the game...David's dad Leo died.  He is the one that Josh used one of his "sayings" for the lyrics in a song so he named it Leo T.  It is one of my favorites.  I am going to share with you what Josh wrote on facebook.

Today I lost my best friend, my grandfather and the man i looked up to everyday. You

were the best man I knew. It was very hard watching you pass away today, but I breathed

in your last breath and will carry it with me in my heart for as long as I live and I will

spread the happiness you brought me and others. Never once did i see a unhappy Leo

Schneider, you always had a positive mind set. You inspired me to write songs. To be a

better person and to beilive in myself. I love you Leo T. Schneider teach everyone up in

Heaven the laughing Polka! Rest In Peace.


Grandma Carol and Grandpa Leo.
It was not unexpected as he has been dying for over a year, in and then out of in home hospice.  Though really failing as of late.  Joanne and Josh were there when he died as was a lot of the family.
I loved Leo, he was the sweetest, funniest, cutest man ever.  Always a laugh and a smile on his face.
God rest his soul, I know he is in heaven.
We did not watch the Golden Globes as we hardly know anyone any more.  I am watching the new show Galavant and enjoying in.  It is really quite a farce and hilarious, plus I love that it is a musical and so many of the characters are just ludicrous.  Cracks me up.  Of course mom does not like it.
This is the last season for Glee and it is on Friday nights now.  I think they will go out with a bang.
We missed the first night of American Idol but saw the 2nd.  It is the auditions and they do not seem to be showing the weird and really bad auditions.  Maybe they no longer let them through.  Sadly I did really enjoy them and I should not enjoy others making a fool out of themselves so much.  Only saw one that was BAD and I think nerves had gotten the best of her.  She restarted 2x but just could not find her key.  I felt bad for her, which is a better reaction than laughing at them.  Shame on me....but they are so bad they are funny and I want to see them, lol.
I do not think mom is getting better so I want her to go to the doctor tomorrow.  Last Fri. she put mom on a Z pack sight unseen.  It ended Tues. and she is not better.  I want her to have an xray.  Her lungs
were compromised with all she went through and I want to make sure she does not have pneumonia or other lung infection.  We will just have to find a way to get her there.  Maybe Jerry could take her.

The Fault in Our Stars
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2582846/  
Beautiful but sad.  I really hate thinking about kids and teens having cancer.  
Well, that's it for me tonight.  See you tomorrow.
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RE:JANUARY 2015 CHAT...HAPPY NEW YEAR CUPPA'S
(Date Posted:01/12/2015 9:00 AM)



Good Morning.  
I have to use your Green Bay Packer Winter Border this morning because the Packers won but the Broncos lost and are out.  That was a surprise upset, and rather sad, but congratulations to the Packers. 

We are not supposed to get above freezing again today.  I have to download my remote cardiac defibrillator reading today.  It is so wonderful to be able to do this remotely from home rather than having to go in every time, and particularly now when the time between readings is being reduced as we get closer to my having to have the defibrillator replaced.

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We watched The Librarians last night.  I hadn't expected there to be two episodes, and I enjoyed them both.  I'm not sure if the show is getting better or if I'm getting over expecting it to be like the original movies ~ ha.   Then we watched Downton Abby and a couple of episodes of Lark Rise to Candleford.    
I didn't watch the Golden Globes either, but when I looked over the winners, I don't think I knew more than half a dozen names and I haven't watched more than a very few of the shows.  I think it was a good decision not to watch!   One thing I wish I had seen was when "Anna", one of my favorite characters from Downton, won for best supporting actress.  That made my face smile.  

Oooh, I may have to pass on The Fault in Our Stars.  I don't seem to be able to handle sad very well.  I can cry reading the news lately ~~ although I guess that isn't really too extreme given the kind of news we have lately.  I'm either mad or sad.

Hooray for Jordan getting all that work done for you, and congratulations on getting Christmas put away for another year!  I know what a good feeling that is!

Great picture of the boys at the game!  My brother had a beard like that too for a while, and I hated it.  LOL  Groomed, beards look ok ~ or even good.  Free and wild, not so much.  Tee Hee. 

I'm so sorry about Josh's grandfather.  I do know the song you are talking about and I like it very much, too.  Josh has the soul of a poet. What he wrote made me cry, and I never met his grandfather.  How is that sweet boy doing?

I hope you can get your mom in for tests to be sure she is ok, or to get her some help.  Believe me I understand not wanting to go in, but if things aren't getting better . . . 

Thank you for the pretty new tag!    

Stay warm!

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I did not go for my INR...too much coughing and I knew the cold would set it off and then they would make me wear a mask in the lab waiting room and I cannot breath with them on.  So will go when I feel able.  By the end of the week.  I would have gone Thur when mom goes for her port flush but not she and Suz will go to Leo's wake when they are done and I am sure I will not be up for that.
The Fault In Our Stars is bittersweet.  Two young adults are in a Cancer Support Group.  The boy is in remission, the girl is dying as there is no cure.  They fall in love.  There are many wonderful funny moments and thought provoking ones.  In the end it is the boy who dies first as his cancer reoccurs and the girl does his Eulogy.  She had hoped he would do hers.  In the end she gets a letter from an author they both admired who was a drunken jackass.  But the boy had written him with his Eulogy for the girl and wanted help to make it better.  But it was just right with no changes needed.  So there were tears, but there was joy and happiness too.  It really was a lovely movie.  Suz had told me about it in the past, then Jordan wanted to rent it and come watch it with us.  Mom never makes it through a movie, she always dozes off over and over again.
She did not make an appt to see the doctor as she was
feeling better today.  She had a few spells, but is better.  I am about the same.
I know you are probably worrying that each time you test will be it for your pacemaker.  But you cannot dwell on it.  It will happen when it does, no sooner and no later, lol.
All will go well when the time comes.  He used to cry about it when he was younger.  He is so sensitive and wears his heart on his sleeve.  I love him so.
That's it for me.  Nothing else I can think of to say.
Chat with you tomorrow.
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RE:JANUARY 2015 CHAT...HAPPY NEW YEAR CUPPA'S
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Good Morning.

Another cold day with the possibility of snow.  Mike has a haircut early this afternoon.  I hope it stays clear so he can go.  This has already been rescheduled from last week when it snowed.   Oh, joy.  Now they are saying "freezing drizzle".  Both of our hair cutters are in old refurbished homes ~ charming, but getting from the car into the shop when it's icy is a lot harder than in a modern not so charming building.   Wouldn't be a problem for most people, but for Mike and me having balance problems, it's a worry.

A good night's sleep last night ~~ I'd almost forgotten what that feels like!      

I think it was a good decision to put off your INR testing for a bit.  

Oh, I'm definitely going to pass on that movie!  I'm sure it really is lovely, but I'm not up for so much sadness right now.  Rather sweet that Jordan wanted to see it with you.

I'm glad your mom is feeling better, and glad that she made an appointment to be sure she is ok.

You're right, there is no point in worrying about when I will need to have the defibrillator replaced.  I have been putting some other things off until I got back on more sensible eating (echo cardiogram, which is hard for the techs and painful for me being fat, and blood test which I want to reflect real results, not all the sugar from Christmas eating ~ lol)   I'm hoping I can have several months to get those and other things done before the surgery, but if I can't I'll deal with it.  


 

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RE:JANUARY 2015 CHAT...HAPPY NEW YEAR CUPPA'S
(Date Posted:01/13/2015 11:44 PM)

 

Not much going on around here.

Landlord has been in and out working on

the upstairs back apt.  The last tenants

trashed it and he is doing a lot of work on

it.  He was trying to restore the hard wood

floors but it was too big a job and they only 

got one small room done and is having 

the rest recarpeted.  He tore out all the old.

The carpet layers were here this morning and

got the floor all prepped and will be back

tomorrow morning to lay the carpet.

Tonight is the first time I have seen

"falling down drunk" in person.  Scott, from

the little front apt knocked to get the key

to his appt.  He could hardly stand upright

and while he was in here someone fell in

the hallway...I thought it was Christine 

but it was some big guy and he kept trying

to get up and falling back down.  Scott 

had a difficult time getting the door open 

and the big guy all but crawled into the apt.

Since then it has sounded like they are falling 

down right and left.  Now the police are here.

Not sure what that is all about.  Never a dull

moment around here, lol.  I think Chris was 

asleep in the apt and got mad when the two

drunks came in and the big guy is claiming

she hit him.  He fell so many times that I do

not know how he could tell...but there was 

a lot of banging around going on.  We were

waiting for Kathy, who lives upstairs to call

the police but they did it themselves.  Will 

give you the scoop tomorrow if anyone is

sober enough to tell us what went on.

Chat with you then.

This was a tube challenge.

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Good Morning.  

My friend Faye in Ohio is having very serious back surgery this morning.  She has had so many terrible health issues, and now this.  If all goes well she will be in the hospital for 5 days and then on to rehab.  If it doesn't go well it could doom her to a wheel chair, or worse.  Would you add a prayer for her?

Our weather did play nice!  Mike got out for his haircut and to mail some things, and I went out to get the mail just as it started snowing.  I'm so paranoid about setting foot on anything that might be wet or slippery, but there were only a few spots that looked like raindrops when I went out.  Not many minutes after I got back inside, it really started to snow.   It didn't amount to much, but it would have been enough to scare me inside. 

Last night we watched the Castle we had missed the night before and I enjoyed it.  Kind of back to the playful way it was in the beginning.   We have all but polished off all three seasons of Lark Rise to Candleford, only two more episodes to go.   I do like watching one after another ~ two or three at a time like that, but then suddenly they are all gone and there are no more.smiley88    I don't know if you would like it or not, but I'll be interested to hear.  It's very low key but character driven, sort of like a British version of Little House on the Prairie, with their Laura being our Laura Inglls Wilder and narrating the story.  It's on Amazon Prime.  

Well, your life is certainly more interesting than mine ~ lol.  I think I may prefer the quiet life.   It will be interesting to hear what really happened last night. 

What a shame to have tenants trash the apartment.   One of the many reasons I would never voluntarily be a landlord.   When we built our house it was at the end of the bad housing market and we were concerned about selling our 'old' house.  The builder's wife who was also our Realtor suggested we rent our house out.  They actually owned a house they rented in our neighborhood and one of the folks who built one of their houses in our neighborhood also rented her house rather than trying to sell it.  No, thank you very much!!

Darling new tag!  Thank you!  

Stay warm.


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So I guess Christine was not home when the 2 drunks entered
the apt.  She had gotten into an argument with Scott earlier in the day about this guy he was going out with.  She really dislikes him to an extreme.  She got mad because he showed up early and therefore she an Scott were not able to do some work she wanted to get done.  She later left with her sister.  She came home to these guys falling down drunk in the apt and knocking things over and she blew a gasket.  She told the other guy to get out of her house...repeatedly.  He would not and got rude with her.  She clocked him one.  So Scott called the police.  No one was arrested but she kicked Scott out and does not want to see him again.  They were supposed to be getting married.  She said it was the guy that called the police but mom thought Scott said he did.  Anyway, Scott gave her his key and they then stood out front for quite a while.  We heard the cops offer them a ride which they declined.  Then they were gone.  When we asked Chris how they got home she said the other guys girlfriend dropped them off.  Now if your boyfriend could not even walk, would you just drop him off outside a house and leave?  We have seen and heard nothing today.  Chris was pretty weepy last night about how much she loved Scott but that she never wanted to see him again.  I think they may eventually patch things up, mom does not.  We will see.
I have been so tired today and I slept well, just not long enough and no C-pap because for some reason it was sucking water up into the tubing and then it drums loudly when it is on...the drops hit the sides and sounds like drums and it echos loudly.  I keep meaning to troubleshoot but forget...it has happened a few times lately but usually in the morning, not at the start.
I am thinking that I could go to my room and watch Lark Rise to Candleford on my iPad.  I have the Amazon app on it.  I may give it a go.  If I stay awake it is good, if not then thumbs down, lol.
Josh was here today to snag some lunch and take the garbage and recycling out for us.  He sounds more and more like hid dad and grandpa every day.  He just cannot decide what he wants to do with his life.  First he bought more tools for working with cars than any person would ever need.  Then he decides he wants to go to firefighters school.  Then he is talking with his boss who asked him how things were going.  He told Josh he was an excellent worker and learned quickly.  But when Josh told him he really saw being a mechanic more as a hobby he said he would maybe like to be a salesman.  I think he would be good at it as he is a people person, but I said they work on commission and when the economy goes down, so do the sales.  So the boss says maybe you would like to do my job...so now on Saturdays he will shadow is boss.  We will see where this goes now.
Well. time to close out the computer and try relaxing before going to sleep. Chat with you tomorrow.
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RE:JANUARY 2015 CHAT...HAPPY NEW YEAR CUPPA'S
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Good Morning!  Time for coffee and a visit.  

We may be heading out of the deep freeze for a little while ~ supposedly the higher 40s today and lower 50s for the rest of the week.  Heat wave!

I took the trash and recycle cans to the curb last night when we got home from dinner, and they've been picked up and Barb brought them up to the garage so I didn't even have to go to the curb to pick them up this morning.   Probably a good thing, cuz while I have undies and a sweatshirt on, I have my PJ bottoms on instead of my jeans!  I prefer wearing them when I do my (very) little workout on the eliptical, then I come back upstairs and put my jeans on.   I've only recently started riding the eliptical again. My legs are weak and my balance poor, so I'm hoping this will help.

OhMyGosh, poor Chris.  What a nightmare.  Whoever called the cops ~ and it's a good thing they did ~ I can't imagine what either of the boys had in mind.  To arrest Chris for hitting the big drunk jerk?  To arrest the big dumb jerk?  What did they hope to accomplish?   That poor girl!

I don't know if it's the weather or what, but everyone seems to be tired all the time lately.  I fall asleep during half of my TV shows and it makes me so mad!

We were just talking about the kids needing to decide on their career paths when they are 18, and how impossible that is.   My great niece Katie tried several different college courses before lighting on design, and I think a lot of that came from her part time jobs working her way through college.  Now she owns her own Invitation Design Shop and is doing very well with it.

Her brother Aaron started taking courses at tech school in programming and such and then decided he could't spend his life in a cubicle.  LOL   He thought about going into acting, and then took business courses and debate.  Finally he graduated with degrees in computer science and business and taught high school here in Colorado for a few years before moving back to Wisconsin.  While he was teaching he completed his Master's degree ONLINE (isn't that the coolest thing ~ definitely not available when I was young) while he was working full time.   Now he supports Adjunct Professors at the College in Rhinelander by setting up all of their media and whatever else they need.  Better hours and he makes more money than when he was teaching HS.  Also more secure because they kept downsizing.  

Our niece Laine became a cosmologist and massage therapist for a few years, then went back to school and while working full time she's completing her degree in Business.

Anyway, they all took a fair amount of time finding their paths.  Josh seems so talented I think he could do anything he wants to.   He just needs to figure out what that is.    I know I'd buy a used car from him , but I can see his taking the management path ~ and obviously his boss can too!   

I see you are ready for Valentine's Day!   Thank you!


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Holy cow, I made this tag big, lol.  Feel free to make it smaller.  I eyeballed the border and it is too blue!  But not going back now.  Maybe another time.  
I was right!  Christ and Scott are back together.  Mom knocked on the door today since we did not see or hear them yesterday.  All was well again.  Scott called her repeatedly begging for forgiveness and asking to let him come and talk to her.  So she did.  He totally took the blame for it all.  Says he is going to stop drinking and will not hang with the big guy any more.  Chris said she will stop drinking too.  These are 2 hard core drinkers, how they think they will be able to quit just like that is just a fairy tale.  So we will see...both are happy again.  
Mom and Suz went to the wake and said it was really crowded and the more people left,the more people came.
I totally get not knowing what you want to do with your life.  Seems some are born knowing and others have to stumble into it.  I just want Josh to find his true passion.  He went all out with the mechanic stuff spending all his money on took boxes and tools and if he does not do it, it was a big waste.  But he thinks he could do cars on the side...but not if he does not finish learning it.  Then he was wholeheartedly wanting to be a fireman.  He and a friend were going to go to school for it in Appleton.  I do not think he realizes that it includes bookwork too.  He hates school.  Then it was being a salesperson for cars.  At least being able to shadow his boss will let him see if he thinks it is for him.  I wish him luck.  I never knew what I wanted to do.  I was so shy I did not even consider college. I fell into working in the Nursing Home because a neighbor said there was an opening on the night shift and they hired me.  I like working with the people and took my job seriously.  I was good at what I did.  But I really got tired of taking up everyones slack, or trying to.  I expanded my horizons by taking on the supply clerk job with bring a CNA.  Mornings as an aide and afternoons as supplies.  Then they did some training so I could work in Medical Records and help, especially when Linda went on vacation.  When they finally decided to add a full time position into MR they asked for me.  But it got really tiresome as I just got all the junk jobs and the endless filing.  So then they added nursing schedule into my position and that took up so much of my time.  Then they decided to eliminate my position and have me become a unit clerk for 2 floors.  They had one on first.  I loved that work.  I really felt needed and made a difference.  During the scheduling,med records and unit clerk time was when I went through Cancer treatment lasting 3 years.  Then they eliminated one unit clerk.  I had the most seniority so I kept the job and was supposed to do 3 floors.  Then they started cutting hours.  This was when I started having back issues and other illnesses.  They took me down to 20 hrs a week and sometimes less.  I was able to collect unemployment for lost hours.  But even the shortened hours became too much for me and then I went on an indefinite medical leave of absence.  I never went back.  Now how I went into this ramble is beyond me and it is boring.  Just ignore it, lol.  
You know I rarely dress unless I am going out. I wear my loungers all the time.  I have even been tempted to go out in them.  lol, but I never would.  Well that's enough of my gibberish.  Talk to you tomorrow.  
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It's Friday.  For most of us, we've made it through another week.  For Corrina, it's Monday I think.  Sorry 'bout that.smiley82

Largely a Do-Nothing day for us yesterday.  Today may be the same.   No real plans other than some laundry, and later I will try to call my friend in Ohio, whose surgery went WELL thank God!

The weather is improving, for now.  We're supposed to be in the mid-50s through Monday!


Lou Ann, that tag is big, but it is also beautiful.  Thank you!  I think the border matches perfectly.

LOL ~ I guess not surprising that Chris and Scott are back together.  We all make these famous declarations when we're upset, and then realize what we want is for the other person to "get it" and change, but not to part forever or whatever.  I hope for her sake he keeps his word and avoids the big guy, who obviously isn't really a friend.

I fell into my "career" like you did.   I'm so old they didn't have student loans when I graduated from High School, and my mom was a widow and single mom long before that was "in" and there were helps.   I started working as a Telephone Operator when I was still in HS to earn money to go to college.  I planned to work for a year and then go.  34 years, 11 months and 18 days later (not that I was counting), I still hadn't quit work and gotten my degree though I had taken many college courses, and I was with the same company.  LOL   Before I had worked full time for a year I was promoted to Supervisor and liked it.  Then I was promoted into Management and sent to work in Winona ~ my first time on my own.  I didn't like that so much.  Anyway, over the years I had many different jobs, mostly in Management, some fun and some not, and I never left the company until the Buy Out that made it possible for me to retire early.  Then I came back and worked at the same job I'd been doing but for more money and with people treating me with courtesy.  I had to look up words like "Please" and "thank you" because they were so unfamiliar to me.  LOL    Anyway, like you I definitely didn't plan my "career".  It just happened.

One way or another Josh will find his path.

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I too had further education along the way.  Thought I would have to take classes when they created the law that Nurses Aides had to be certified by the state.  I took a mock test based on the real one at a special county wide union meeting about the certification and got 98 out of 100 right.  So I relaxed.  Then when they made the law they grandfathered in anyone that had been working as an aide for 10 years or more.  Then I took a med tech course so that I could pass meds in the assisted living situation.  When you are a CNA there are lots of classes throughout the year.  I had on the job training for supply clerk, scheduling, Medical Records and the Unit clerk.  I really loved this job.  Helping the nurses and the residents.  Troubleshooting for both and still filling in whenever Linda in Med. Rec. went on vacation.  Splitting my day up trying to do both.  It was a challenge.  But when budget cuts came and hours were lost and they still wanted you to do everything you used to do in half the time...if that.  I think stress added to all my other issues at the time and forced me into my Medical leave.  I do not think my direct boss, Linda ever forgave me for going on immediate leave as she was on vacation and they expected her to come back in.  It was her last day of vacation...a Friday.  But I could hardly walk or sit and was throwing up and sick to my stomach all the time.  I would throw up in the trash can back in Med. Rec. and keep on working.  When 2 of my doctors said enough is enough I went with it.  I really would have worked that last day, but I called to talk to the Director of Nursing and she was not in and I had to talk to the Administrator who seemed to hate me.  She was so cold and heartless on the phone. She made me cry and I felt worthless.  So when she said is this immediately I said yes.  I should have warned Linda but I felt I was letting her down and could not call her.  It was not the way I should have handled it.  I wish I had done things differently.  I had 32 years in at this company.  If I was still there it would be 40 years this year.  I would not have been though if my hours had continued to be cut.  I would not have survived at that rate an would have been forced to look elsewhere.  I do not know why I am so nostalgic about work all of a sudden.  I lost a big part of me when I left there.  I lost my identity.  Tried to think it was not who I was it was what I did, but while facing being ill and in a wheelchair I really felt there was no use for me.  Especially as I have gotten worse over the years since leaving. OK, shutting up here as I am getting maudlin.  I could use a drink but there is too many carbs!
Hmmmm, nope, not going to.  Rather drink to celebrate than to wallow in pity.  You are right about falling into me career.  I wanted to teach, but was so damn shy.  I wanted to teach art or literature.  But did not want to go to college because I was too afraid and no one encouraged me and I was one with little self worth and needed encouragement.  Oh well, my life was not so bad.
Yours worked out well for you too!  College is not always everything.  My nephew Brent has a college degree in history but he works in a factory where 2 of my sisters (one his mom) work.   It is decent money and I think he has gotten complacent in the job.  Not a lot you can do with a degree in history, other than teach and he would like to do that on a college level.  I actually think he might be good with that since he is so smart and has a very wicked sense of humor that I think college kids would like.
But he would have to get his masters to do that and he once talked about doing that...but as I said, I think he has gotten complacent.
Ok, I really cannot fathom why I am on this kick so really am shutting up now.  Talk with you tomorrow.
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Hello.  Welcome to the weekend. 
Still decent weather here, supposedly the high 40s.   Mike said he'd like to go for a ride today, and I'm certainly not saying no!

We made a turkey breast for dinner last night and I even made dressing and we had some cranberry sauce!  No potatoes because I'm trying to at least slightly reduce my tonage so I'm going a bit lower carb.  No carbs in dressing, right?  lol

 Local news, over 1000 Frontier Airline employees just learned that their jobs are being outsourced.  TV news was showing people in tears.  So sad.

So far, I have been on the eliptical every day this week.  Not much, for sure, but something is better than nothing.  It isn't like a "regular" work out machine, but forced movement, designed for people with Parkinson's and MS, so it's easy peasy compared to a machine where you do all the work.  Nevertheless, I do feel some indication that I've been doing something.  I'm just hoping to strengthen my legs a bit and get to walking better.

I do understand about reminiscing and then becoming nostalgic about the jobs we held for so long.  I know you must have been such an asset and given so much of yourself.  How stupid they were to not appreciate you and ultimately to force you to have to leave.  It's really infuriating and I'm sorry you had to leave on such a bad note.  I know how that must have hurt you.  

I loved many of my jobs and for a long time, but the last few years after US West killed and ate the individual 'telephone companies', my own Northwestern Bell included, it became less and less enjoyable to go to work, and the last couple of years it was hellish.  I loved most of the people, and liked and thought I was pretty good at IT Project Management, but the Politics!  U-G-L-Y and te assumption that we could all do twice as much work in half the time meant that while I was officially working 4 x 10s (four 10 hour days), I was actually working 4.5 or 5 x 11 or 12!  I remember one time going on vacation (with plane tickets bought) and working over 40 hours between the time I was officially off on Thursday afternoon and the time I flew away on Sunday morning.  It would take me two or three days to start to relax and enjoy myself, but then two days before I was due back the stress would rev up.  
As I said, I hadn't heard words like "Please" and "Thank you" for so long that I had to look them up when I went back to work on Contract and was treated like a human being.  So sad, and so VERY unnecessary.  

Just a thought for Brent, if he can motivate himself ~ and I do understand how hard that is!   Aaron got his Masters online while he was working full time.    My niece Laine is getting her degree largely online, too.  That's something that wasn't available when we were girls and I think it's wonderful.  Much cheaper and you don't have to quit working or take so long attending classes as you used to.  

Over time I got about two years worth of college credits, just taking one class at a time in the evenings because you had to actually attend classes way back then, and I didn't have the stamina or motivation to take more than one class at a time even though my jobs then were fairly easy.   If online college classes had been available, I probably would have gotten my degree ~~~ and then probably not done anything different than I ultimately did.  LOL    Anyway, something for Brent to think about, if he'd really like to get into teaching on a college level.  It does sound like he'd be a good teacher.  

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