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Welcome to April Cuppa Gals!


"Sweet April Showers
Do spring May flowers."
-Thomas Tusser (1557)


Monthly Observances
ASPCA Month
Car Care Month
Defeat Diabetes Month
Informed Womens Month
National Card and Letter Writing Month
National Donate Life Month
National Humor Month
National Pet Month
Physical Wellness Month
Stress Awareness Month
Women Helping Women Heal Month


Weekly Observances
Week 1
Golden Rule Week
Medication Safety Week
Week 2
National Library Week
American Indian Awareness Week
Week 3
Bedbug Awareness Week
Coin Week
Week 4
National Dance Week
National Scoop The Poop Week


Daily Observances
Day 1
April Fool's Day
National Day of Hope
Day 2
International Childrens Book Day
National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
Day 3
Find a Rainbow Day
Pony Express Day
Day 4
Passover
National Love Our Children Day
Day 5
Easter
National Deep Dish Pizza Day
Day 6
New Beers Day
Hostess Twinkie Day
Day 7
No Housework Day
National Beer Day
Day 8
Buddha Day
International Roma Day
Day 9
National Cherish An Antique Day
Winston Churchill Day
Day 10
ASPCA Day
National Sibling Day
Day 11
World Parkinson's Disease Day
National Pet Day
Day 12
D.E.A.R Day aka Drop Everything And Read Day
Walk on Your Wild Side Day
Day 13
Scrabble Day
Thomas Jefferson Day
Day 14
Equal Pay Day
National Dolphin Day
Day 15
Income Tax Day
National Bookmobile Day
Day 16
Save The Elephant Day
Yom Ha Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)
Day 17
Ellis Island Family History Day
Ford Mustang Day
Day 18
Husband Appreciation Day
Auctioneers Day
Day 19
National Garlic Day
Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day
Day 20
Boston Marathon
National Pot Smokers Day
Day 21
Queens Birthday
Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day
Day 22
Earth Day
In God We Trust Day
Day 23
Movie Theatre Day
Talk Like Shakespeare Day
Day 24
Arbor Day
Satchmo Days 24th-26th
Day 25
DNA Day
Hairstylist Appreciation Day
Day 26
Audubon Day 
National Pretzel Day

Day 27 
  Babe Ruth Day  
Morse Code Day

Day 28 
Biological Clock Day 
Workers Memorial Day

Day 29 
International Dance Day 
World Wish Day

Day 30 
International Jazz Day 
Adopt A Shelter Pet Day



April Astrological Signs

Aries.....the Ram.....Mar 21-Apr 20
and
Taurus.....the Bull.....Apr 21-May 21





April Birthstone
The Diamond




APRIL FLOWERS



SWEET PEA




DAISY

Meaning of the Flowers
Blissful, Curious, Delicate, Departure,
Lasting Pleasures, Playful and Tenacious.


April full Moon on the 4th is called "Pink Moon" by
Native Americans because at this time of year Wildflowers, especially pink ground phlox,herald the
newly arrived Spring.

Lunar Eclipse on the 4th.
Visible in Australia, Asia, the Pacific and the 
Americas.


April is named for aperire, Latin for "to open". (bud)

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Good Morning!  Welcome to April!

This is the anniversary of Mike's and my first date.  April Fool's Day ~ appropriate, no?  LOL   I don't remember what year.  It must have been 1979 or 1980 or thereabouts.  Anyway, we're going to The Keg for dinner to celebrate.  I guess we're still glad we went on that first date, and that's no joke.   

OhMyGosh did I feel awful yesterday morning after my two and a half hours of sleep.  I'd had 4 or so the two previous nights, but I did ok, but yesterday ~ it was like being sick!   

Late in the morning we took the Comcast Set Top Boxes back and went to the Meat Market to get our Easter ham, and that was about it for me.   I took a Benedryl last night so I could sleep.  Ahhhh.  I woke up every two hours to go to the bathroom (lol) but was able to go back to sleep immediately and slept from midnight until 8 AM.  Heavenly

Did you watch Dovekeepers on CBS last night?  It's a two parter ~ two hours last night and two tonight.  We decided to record it to watch when it was more convenient ~~ and when we could fast forward through the commercials.  It looks like it will be good.   When I was in Israel in 1976 (Good grief, that's a lifetime ago!) we spent half a day in Masada, exploring the ruins and listening to the stories.  I'm looking forward to watching it.

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Your April Skin and Sign In page are both gorgeous!   I love the pansies ~ both colors ~ and your tag and everything!

I see among other things this is ASPCA month.  But I made my donation LAST month.  I jumped the gun because they were nagging.  lol

I also love the picture of you and Liam ~ too cute!  You are too popular ~ literally ~ and I'm sorry you can't enjoy both invitations out for Saturday, but I'm sure I would have made the same choice.   When my brother was alive, he would have multiple games going on TV and radio when we gathered for a holiday ~~ even if it was at MY house!  Nearly drove me up the wall.  After cooking, a big meal and cleaning AND listening to all that noise, all I wanted to go was get out of the house!  I'm so glad Mike isn't sports crazed.  He does enjoy watching his favorite teams, but often just turns on to catch the score, or watches for a while but not forever ~ one after another after another.  Of course it would be ok if he di cuz I'd just come up here to the morning room to escape.  Ha!   Anyway, I think you'll enjoy Liam' birthday supper more.

Good that you did get a chance for a nice visit with Joanne..   I hope everyone sends leftovers home with you!

Oh my Gosh!   You scrubbed both the kitchen and bathroom floors!  Wonder woman!  That's awesome!

Glad you got the problems with the strips settled, sort of.  

I will not whine about my emal anymore!  I do get way too much.  I get tons of Forwards.  Many of them are good but there are just too many of them.  I feel like I can't escape my Laptop.  I don't forward nearly as many as I used to since I've become overwhelmed and aware that others are too, but I still have trouble resisting forwarding everything.   If I were dealing with the numbers you are, I might have to run away from home.   LOL   How on earth do you find the time to do all you do on line, including playing games and then read too? 

I've gone from reading maybe 3 books a week to maybe one a month since I've become so hooked to my Laptop.  And as you know, I don't even play on PSP anymore.  I must be the world's worst time manager!

Ok, I'm reaching the rambling stage so I'll quit for now.

Thank you again for the Be-U-Ti_ful new pages!   

Happy April, Happy Hump Day, Happy April Fool's Day!

Love and hugs,

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I am shocked to not see you here Dorothy.  Just wanted to say that I did post back to you on the Mar. thread last night.  Slept well again and managed to get up at 8:30 instead of 10.  I do not like getting up that late.  Josh was just here to take the trash out and get lunch, lol.  Talking about the future and he still is undecided.  He is thinking he is going to take a EMT course that is one semester and then maybe the mechanic course.  But he is torn and everyone is pulling him this way and that.  I told him to go with his heart but to use his head too.  He talked about getting an apt with a friend and I said you better sit down and crunch numbers.  You do not make it from paycheck to paycheck now and apts are expensive.  He is thinking in the future.  He wants everything now and tries to make that happen and it makes him take on too much.  But he is young and some things he just has to learn for himself.  He has always been a spender.  Brent and Jason are the opposite, they are tightwads, lol.  I love them all.  My nephew Travis is in the hospital with pneumonia.  He had bronchitis that escalated.  I cannot feel sorry for him since he has asthma and chooses to smoke.  Even with the bronchitis....Suz had taken him in the middle of the night to the ER and they gave him breathing treatments, etc.  said he had bronchitis and sent him home.  The next morning he got up and went out in the garage and had a cigarette.  I refuse to feel sorry for him.  He is going to kill himself.  Suz is not well and has a double ear infection.  I do feel bad for her as she still has to take care of 2 boys who are really men and should be taking care of themselves.  Jordan does have a job right now and she had to leave Travis in the ER (before he got admitted from there) to go pick up Jordan from work.  It just does not end.
Anyway, I am having a leisurely day and enjoying it. Hope all is well with you.
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LOL, Dorothy, we posted 1 minute apart!!  I am 2nd guessing which place I should go on Sat.  I see from the online invites for Liam's party that over 30 were invited and that does not count how many were invited off face book.  I am trying to see if I could possibly manage both somehow.  Going to ask Joanne what her exact plans are.  I would like to go to Joanne's and then go to Fauska's in hopes that some people will have left.  Though not sure any of this will work.  It might work best the other way, but I would prefer the first.  Also think the noise level at Fauska's will do me in.  I cannot hear anything when there is a lot of background noise and there certainly will be that.
I do not know how I do it all.  But that was 2 days worth of mail and it is always busy in CDO when the deadline for challenges is due and that is on Tuesdays.  Lot's of responses so I try to weed through and delete.  I do get build ups.  Also been trying to clean up my computer as was too full and was moving a lot of stuff to flash drives.  I kept moving and it barely went down and I would move more and little effect and I kept this up till at least I was in the black.  Within a day or so I was in the red again.  Which is less that 10 Gb left.  Yesterday when I logged on, I had 35Gb open.  It must have finally kicked in, lol.  So that is a relief.  I keep looking for things I can move off of hard drive.
Happy Date Anniversary to you and Mike.  

I too am glad you went on that date!  
Enjoy this date too!
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Good Morning

The Girls were supposed to come and clean this morning but I got a text from Marcela last night saying that she was sick and wouldn't be here today.  I'm glad she let us know last night rather than waiting until we were sitting here ready for her.  Guess we're going to have to play cleaning lady ourselves. 

I have some of those egg muffins in the oven now and tonight I'm going to make that cheeseburger pie.  Then of course I will have to take the next several days off to recover from all that cooking.   How I do love a meal that keeps on giving.  

We did go to the Keg for our "anniversary" and shared a shrimp cocktail and a nice steak with a lobster tail 'side', and we skipped the bread basket and dessert!    Feeling righteous.

it was 81 degrees two days ago, 70 yesterday and it's supposed to snow today!  

I was reading your post and saying "No!  I was here!"  lol  Then I read your second post.  We rarely post at the same time.  Ha.

Oooh, look at all my presents!  You must be the Easter Bunny!  Thank You!

Reading about Josh, I have to say I wouldn't go back and be young again for love nor money!  lol   All those decisions and pressure to make the right one 'right now', or at least so he must feel.  I don't see how he can go wrong studying for both.

I'm sure he will get the spending under control once he learns the hard way and nobody bails him out.  I think most of us learned that way.   Mike's mom always preached saving, and it drove him to the other direction.  Money burned a hole in his pocket.   I was always a saver and Mike and I had problems with that at first.  Over time, I loosened up and he tightened up, and it all worked out fine.  

I hope Travis is ok.   I've never smoked (except for lighting cigarettes and blowing the smoke out of my mouth because I thought it looked sophisticated in my youth ~ lol   I never inhaled) so I can't really understand why it is so hard for smokers to give it up.  Obviously it is.

I hope you find the purrrfect plan for Saturday.  I know you will be eating well!    

Every time you talk about saving things from your hard drive I am reminded how badly I need to back up my system files ~~ and then I promptly forget until the next time you say something.  If I don't get busy with it, I'm gonna get bit one of these days!


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Ooooohhh, your dinner out sounds delicious.  Makes my mouth water just thinking about it. I am glad you both
worked out the saving/spending issue. I is actually good 
when you have one of each in a relationship. One to keep
the spender in line and the other to get the saver to 
spend a little now and then to have a good time in life.
It does not work well when you have 2 spenders...case
in point, my sister Suz and hubby. So sad.  I know as I
am a spender and have had no one to keep me in check.
I end up suffering for it and it serves me right.
Travis is home from the hospital...but I bet he has had
a cigarette already. That family is just a wreck.  I used
to smoke. Over 25 years ago. I started smoking at work.
I smoked about 5 years or so and quit cold turkey. I
kept getting bronchitis. So my friends took me up
north to the cottage for a long weekend with no cigar-ettes allowed.  When I came home I gave my sister all
the rest of my cigarettes (carton in the fridge) and never smoked again. Even though my sister Suz was living with
me and she was still smoking. There were times when I missed it...mostly in social situations as it gave me something to do...especially in a bar as I was never comfortable being in one.
Turns out now that Joanne is having us over for lunch on Sunday so I can do both events. No clue how I am going
to get to Fauska's since Nan is not going and no one else
has offered to pick me up.  If no one does, I will just stay home. The more I think about it, the more I dread it.
With needing the recliner and needing to be plugged in, it
will be difficult with that many people coming over. Maybe I will get lucky and it will be nice out and people can be outside.  Just looked it up and it will be 52 on Sat, but cloudy...so probably not outside.  We will see.  
Sat. morning I am going for lab work and need to give a urine sample because I was not able to when I saw the Nephrologist. I need to be fasting so want to go early. But I have to go very quickly when I get up in the morning and they said that I should have a full bladder so I can go.  Now how to I manage that?  Life sucks!! 2 things that I
will worry to death in the same day just kills me.  Sun will 
be a piece of cake, lol.
Speaking of cake...my blood sugars are not good.  Being 
off the metformin is really showing now.  Over 200 before breakfast and I had cereal.  Even higher at lunch and then
I had salad and fruit cup with no sugar added. This is my
typical lunch and usually at supper my BS is around 90.  It
was 170.  We will be discussing it at my appt on Mon. I
also have the Kidney ultrasound that day. I have a lot to
worry over, lol.  I will be glad when it is Monday afternoon and this is all over with.
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Without Good Friday, there can be no Easter.  
Think of that.

Without 'the girls' coming yesterday, we had a fairly productive day.   Of course the house isn't clean, but it's not too dirty.  I did some laundry and transferred funds and balanced the checkbook, got the trash taken out and the can brought back in, picked up the mail and we have both breakfast and dinner made for the next two days.  

It was cold yesterday and in the late afternoon it began snowing, big, heavy, wet flakes that stuck.  It's supposed to be in the low 50s today and the high 60s tomorrow, so we have no fear of it not melting, in fact the pavement is already all clear though still wet looking.  Snow is on the grassy areas and roofs.


Another lovely tag ~~ Thank you!!

Mike and I did have some "issues" in our early years adjusting to our different views about money.   lol.   As you said, we both helped each other move toward the center and now we're pretty much in stride.  Thank goodness!  

Good for you giving up cigarettes cold turkey and never slipping back into smoking.  With the other health issues you've had, that could really have made things worse.

I'm glad you are going to Joanne's for Easter dinner and if you can make it to Liam's birthday party as well, so much the better.  The Best of Both!   If not, and  I can see the challenges, then you may be as well off not to go.  I will hope it works out that you can do both.

Good luck with your lab tests.  You know how crappy my veins are, so when I need a blood test I try to drink as much water as possible to hydrate them.   If I need my veins to accept needles for surgery, however, I'm caught between wanting to hydrate and knowing that when I'm nervous I need to use the bathroom more.   To hydrate and hold it, or not to hydrate and go, that is the question.    We can't win!  lol   Fingers crossed for everything to  go well.

I don't like hearing that your blood sugars are up.  More insulin maybe??  You have to do whatever you can to protect your kidneys.  smiley65

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Well I may not be going anywhere this weekend.  My hip is killing me and making it so hard to walk or even sit.  The pain will radiate down into my knee and ankle and this time it is even moving up into the buttocks which probably means it is effecting the sciatica.  I went this morning for the labs and had a hard time getting into Suz's Durango.  I was so uncomfortable the whole time.  I had to do the urine sample and really had to go.  But having to stand to "clean myself" 3x with the cleansing cloth's nearly killed me.  I had a easy time getting them open but a terrible time getting them unfolded to use.  I no sooner sat down and I was going.  I drank about 24oz of water during the hour before going.  It all went well...3 vials and the vein petered out on the last one, but she said that tubes could be shared.  After I got home I got a phone call and when I saw it was Consultants Lab I knew it would not be good.  They missed drawing one of the tests and it had to be in a specific tube.  Could I come back.  Suz was gone and I was hurting so much I said no.  I asked if the missing test had to be fasting and they said no, so I said I was coming in for an ultrasound on Monday and would do it then.  Jeeze.  No apology or anything.  Now there will be draw charges again.  I hope they are covered by my insurance.  I had taken 2 extra strength tylenol before going and no help, I have tylenol with codeine but was worried about taking too much tylenol.  So I finally took one and it did not really help much.  Right now, just sitting it is ok, but hurts if I move and hurts a lot to walk on it.  Tomorrow will just use the codeine tylenol and hope for the best.
We are going to look at my blood sugars and options on Monday.  Denise wanted to see where they were going so we can adjust accordingly.
I love how you call your cleaning women the girls.  We always refer to Gary and Steve as the boys, lol.  But to try to make it a little better we spell it the Boyz.
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Holy Saturday. Good Morning.  

We don't have any plans for today.  We'll have to see what develops.

TV tonight includes Murdoch, then The Good Witch and then the new Aurora Teagarden movie on Hallmark, based on the books by Laura Childs.  I loved those books many years ago.  I hope they don't screw it up for the movie, or it could really be good.  Candace Cameron Brue and Mariel Henner

We have Bill O'Rellly's "Killing Jesus" recorded and were going to watch that last night for Good Friday but we didn't.  We may watch it during the day today.

I'm so sorry you are in such pain!  Is that because of losing your pain meds?  I guess that's part of the "test" to see what you can do without and what you can't.  You need to protect your kidneys, but you can't live in that kind of pain.  

I would hate it if you can't go to either of your planned outings.   How infuriating that they 'forgot' to take blood for one of the tests!  It's no big deal for THEM, but for you having to get someone to take you and having to go back and go through all that again ~~ and then not to even apologize!  Lord, they make you mad!   

I'm glad you got all the rest of the testing done at least.  It sounds perfectly miserable!  Does it screw up your blood for the remaining test to have taken the tylenol with codeine?

I'm so sorry you have to go through all this.  I really hope you can at least go to Joanne's tomorrow.

Thank you for the lovely tag.  Looking at my bunny tag below, it's been so long since I've really done anything in PSP, I honestly can't remember how I animated it.  I know I had a tut, but darned if i can remember even what I did.  Ha.    

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I did not go to Liam's party and I do not know if I will go to Joanne's. Will see if it is any better tomorrow. It is because we had to DC the Meloxicam for arthritis. I went through this before and it was Nov when my Dr. put me on the Meloxicam and it worked great. So here we go again. The Gabapentin is a nerve pain med, so it is not going to take care of all the pain but it should help with the pain that goes into the knee and ankle. It is so painful that I cannot draw up the left leg to get into the passenger side of the vehicle. I had to step in backwards with the right leg and pull up the left leg. I do not know what we will do.

We watched Good Witch and then the murder mystery. I snuck it past mom saying it was a new Hallmark movie.  When someone ran through her house and pushed her mom said is this a murder mystery...I said it is a mystery, but it will not be bad...it is hallmark, lol. She watched it but do not think she liked it. I thought it was good. I like Candace and Mariel so that was a plus.

Suz came by and did laundry for us today. That was nice. So we asked about Travis and she was not very open so mom asked if he was smoking and she would not say other than He can die is he wants to. So we know he is smoking. He is stupider than I thought. I am really so disgusted with her sons and with her and Jerry for enabling them. It is so hard to not scream at them even though I love them.

Have a blessed Easter. I want to see if I can find my copy of Easter Parade to watch tomorrow. I am going to try and go to Joanne's. I hope.

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Lazy Easter morning.  We got up early and have been having coffee and visiting and watching Ben Hur on TV.

The Easter Bunny came and left something for Mike, and Mike bought a cake with Peter Rabbit on it, and he insists I have to read a Peter Rabbit story to him from my new Beatrix Potter book.  When I got those books for the kids, I got one for me, too!  

 

He is made my favorite cheesy egg croissant breakfast and late this afternoon we will have ham and creamed peas and onions and sweet potatoes, with the cake of course.  Mike is trying a new recipe for the ham which consists of glazing the ham with brown sugar and mustard (something I often do) but then putting it in the crockpot with a can of coke.  

As you know, Marcela didn't come on Thursday, but I didn't get too excited since we weren't planning on having company any time soon. Well, I shoulda!  Yesterday afternoon the phone rang and it was our neighbor Sue, calling to ask if she could come over.   Panic, then "Oh well".  Sure, said I and she came and we visited for two hours.  Really a nice visit and she brought me a gift.  She said she kept thinking about me when she was in California and she brought me a lovely Eucalyptus Soap with a Dragon Fly carved on it.  If you think that's going into the guest bath for others to wash their hands with you don't know me very well.  ha.   


We had a lovely visit and I was only a little uncomfortable with the house not sparkling and my not having anything to offer her.   We talked through Murdoch and the beginning of the Good Witch, but even that wasn't an issue because I had set them up to always record as soon as we got our new system installed.    

We did watch Killing Jesus during the day (good but not great in my opinion) and after dinner, "A Bone to Pick" and really enjoyed it, and then watched Murdoch and The Good Witch afterwards.

I'm really glad you got to watch 'A Bone to Pick'.  I'm sorry your mom didn't like it, but watching a movie for two hours that she didn't enjoy as much as she might have so you could see it, isn't too horrible a fate.  ;-)  It was a cozy mystery.

I'm sorry you couldn't go to Liam's birthday party, but I'm not surprised.  I hate that you are having to deal with that horrid pain on top of everything else.   I do get confused on who is prescribing what and for what purpose.  I think it's of major importance to protect your kidneys and your blood sugar, based on what I've seen Barb going through, but you can't live in that kind of pain either.  I hope somebody can prescribe something that will really help and not hurt your kidneys!  The Drs need to work together to take care of you.   Sending good thoughts and prayers.

Lovely that Suz came and did the laundry for you.  I love how close your family is ~~ even if you do irritate each other from time to time.  Find me a family who doesn't.    The kids clearly need some tough love, but it may be too late for that.  I hope not.  You hate to see them destroying (or just hurting) their lives and not be able to do anything to stop them ~~ but you really can't.

Just a few minutes ago our new next door neighbor Jake came over and brought us half a carton of eggs, decorated for Easter, I suspect by or with their grandchildren.  How sweet was THAT?   

  


I love my new Easter tag, and I'll tuck it away for next year!  Thank you!

Happy, Happy Easter my dear friend ~ no.  My dear sister. You have an abundance of sisters but I don't, so I'm claiming you. 

 I love you muchly.

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HAPPY EASTER
OMG, we think so much alike.  I was going to cal you Sis in one of my posts the other day, lol.  Now I can.
I did not go to Joanne's for Easter.  My hip was just
not letting me. I rested it all day. Around 3 I put all
this dishes away and it was killing me. I could hardly
walk to get back to the living room and into my chair.
Something has to be done. And tomorrow I am going
to have to lay on that hip for the ultrasound. I just wish tomorrow was over.  
How nice to get a visit from your neighbor and I love the bar of soap she brought you.  Love dragonflies!!
That was so sweet of her to think of you.
You will have to tell me how Mike's ham is. Joanne
sent me a meal home but I will have that tomorrow.
She also sent an Easter basket for us to share.  I was naughty.  I ate Swedish Fish, Reese's Peanut Butter Egg, some mini malted milk eggs and some mini chocolate eggs. Then I moved the basket out of my
reach.  So stupid.  I deserve a weight gain.
AMC had Easter Parade on tonight and mom and I really enjoyed it.  It is followed by Holiday Inn, so now we are watching that since there is nothing on that we have not seen already and we love it!
Sharing some pics of the kids.

Samuel and Liam (birthday boy)



Liam


Samuel


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Good Morning. 

It looks like a lovely day here, heading for the low 60s with a 30% chance of rain.  Right now the sky is blue and the sun is shining.   All of the snow we got last week melted by the next day.

Late afternoon Barb came over on her way home from celebrating Easter with friends and brought a jar of Dickinson's Farms Cranberry jelly and a container of dip she had made with that and cream cheese and some crackers she had taken to her friend's.  She made a wonderful dip with some Dickinson's pepper sauce and cream cheese a couple of years ago.  Even though it was hot, I loved it and we bought the ingredients to make some ourselves.  Because we ordered it rather than going to the store for it, we got 4 or 6 jars (I can't remember) and thought we'd share some with Barb.  Well, what I made, even in two attempts was so danged hot it made me mad!  Even too hot for Mike, so we gave her all of the jars of sauce ~~~ and she loves it.  Possibly the one she made was with an older jar of pepper sauce, I don't know.  I just know I loved it and hated mine even when I used much less sauce.    The cranberry sauce is sweet and not hot, and Barb doesn't like it.  I told her I can't have carbs (lol) but she gave it to us anyway.  Actually, it's really tasty, and unfortunately we both like it.  LOL    Sooooo, we had visits from THREE Easter bunnies in addition to the one who visited Mike yesterday with the Enstrom's Tower.

YAY ~~ We're officially adopted sisters!  We adopted each other! 

I'm so sorry you couldn't go to Joanne's either. Way to ruin Easter!  I hope the Ultrasound isn't as bad as you fear, and that at least it doesn't take as long.  :-(

The ham was good but I don't think it was necessarily better than the way we normally make it.  The recipe had "rave" reviews on it.  It was definitely easy, but then ham always is.

I empathize with your "sin" of eating from your Easter basket.  Yesterday morning I weighed and I was finally down .8 of a pound.  I thought the scale was broken because it didn't move for a week and I was really "good". lol   I was excited to finally show a little loss ~~ but after eating ham, one of Barb's crackers with cranberry dip and a piece of the Peter Rabbit carrot cake with thick cream cheese frosting (Very good!), I was up 1.2 lbs this morning!   Of course it was to be expected, but why does it take a week to get a tiny bit off and one day to pile it back on with a bonus?!   Sigh.   Well, I'm not going to let either the ham or the cake go to waste, so I too will deserve what I get in gain.  :-(

I saw that TMC had Easter Parade on and thought of you.  It was half over before I saw it so I didn't stay to watch.  It too was followed by Holiday Inn ~~ Hmmm.  Maybe I was watching AMC and not TCM.  Could be.  Ha!

LOVE seeing the pictures of the kids!    Mary Ann and Katie sent some of Vince and Jack who are spending Easter at Grandma's.  Jack is going to stay for most of the week, so I'll bet I'll get some more. They held an Easter Egg hunt for the two boys.  Jack's basket was full and Vince's was not ~~ of course Jack is two years older and I don't think Vince got the idea of his first egg hunt.  LOL.  She sent some videos which I can not figure out how to save, but Vince is such a giggle bunny he just makes me laugh.   I probably won't see any of Lucy.  I suspect Grandma and Grandpa are having the time of their lives with both boys there ~~ and the rest of the family for Easter.    Wouldn'ta hated it myself.  ;-)

Fingers crossed for your appointment to go well and not be too hard and even more for the results to be good!

Thanks for the great tag!

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Well, seems the Easter Bunny, in his many forms, has been very good to you this year, lol.  Lucky you.  Nan makes a dip that sounds very like the one you are talking about.  Tastefully Simple used to make a mango jalapeno salsa and she put cream cheese on crackers and topped it with the salsa and it was delicious.  The cream cheese countered the heat.   But they do not make it anymore.
It has been a day and a half for mom and I today.  Went to my appt with Denise.  We increased the Gabapentin and she told me to start utilizing the tylenol with codeine.  She said you do not get any awards in Heaven for being in pain, lol.  So now I take it 2 times a day and she said we may need to go to 3 times a day.  She increased the Onglyza to 5mg daily and she increased the AM Levemir to 22 units instead of 20.  She wants to try and get the daytime numbers down.  She tells me she realizes how much I am dealing with and that I am doing really well.  As soon as I got out of her office I started drinking the water for the ultrasound.  We headed to the hospital to get the missed lab done and then on to Medical Imaging.  It was not nearly as bad as I thought it would be.  I did not have to lay on my sides, just on my back as they got shots of both kidneys and the bladder.  The technician had a thick accent that I thought was Russian or Croatian or something like that.  He was really nice and he said he thought my kidneys looked pretty good.  We had arrived early and I was in and out of there before my actual appt time.  Amazing.  Joanne dropped me off at home and I came in to find mom with ice on her foot and crying.  Her ankle was hurting her so much and she had not done anything to it.  I said let me get Joanne back here and she can take you to Convenient Care.  She said no.  So I had to return a call to Denise's office and it was just about ordering meds based on the changes.  Then I call anticoag as I never heard from them on Fri when I had the INR drawn.  They never got it but looked it up and printed it to give to a pharmacist.  It was 3.00.  Last time it was 2.20.
So then I said I am making this decision for you.  You are going to go to Convenient Care.  I will text Suz and see if she can take you after work.  She said ok.  So Suz said she could, then I texted Joanne to say mom would not be going to TOPS and explained.  She called mom and insisted she was coming back into town to take mom now.  So texted Suz that she did not need to but we needed meds picked up.  Jo texted me that they were being sent to ER for possible blood clot.  OMG!
anyway, hours later, they found nothing other than arthritis and sent her home, treating it like it was a sprain.  I think it was nerve pain.  She had the same thing with a toe several months ago and they found nothing then either.  Then issues with getting my meds.  They were saying that insurance was saying it was too soon.  Problem was my original order was for 1 time daily and then went to 2x daily but the order did not reflect that, so it said it was too soon.  They had to do an override and the pharmacist was very rude to my sister.  The gabapentin was doubled but again, the order said it was too soon.  I told her let that one go, I had enough at home for a couple of weeks.  Then I finally got a call from anticoag about the INR all was well, updated them on all the med changes again and recheck in 4 wks.  Going to go to the anticoag to save my veins for more important things, lol.
Then our Neighbor Chris came over with Ham, beans, rolls, cupcakes and colored Easter Eggs.  So that is what we had for supper.  Enough left for one meal and with the food Joanne sent home for one meal we are set for tomorrow night too.  Yay.  Chris did not even know about mom and I both being laid up ambulatory wise. So it was so nice of her.  We really do enjoy them as neighbors, when they are not drinking.   They popped in after supper and I could tell they had been, but they kept it short and that was fine.  So this has been our day.  Hopefully tomorrow is much quieter.
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Good Morning. 
April Showers may bring May flowers, but we won't be having any showers today.  Should be a lovely 70 rain-free degrees by afternoon, and hopefully with not too much wind either.  

Still haven't heard back from Marcela so I put out some other feelers but no good candidates yet.   Guess we will have to do some more cleaning ourselves today.  I'm definitely going to pursue lining someone else up.    I've been trying to avoid contacting Marcela to see how long it takes her to contact me, but Mike's patience is wearing thin.  I'm going to have to break down and text her.   I'd rather use this as an excuse to get someone else, but the timing isn't going to work ~ this time.    


Pretty post ~ and another lovely tag for me!  Thank you!!  

Oooh what a fun day ~~ not.   I'm so glad the Ultra Sound went so much better than you had feared and I love that the Tech said that your kidney's looked pretty good!  Most of the time they won't say anything even if they could relieve our fears.  You have to wait to see the Dr.  I know this isn't the "final answer", but it's certainly stress relieving in the meantime!  

I'm not familiar with any of the medicines you take, but Denise sounds like a gem and hopefully you are heading in the right direction. There is so much to get on top of.  

Everything was sounding good ~~~ until you got home!  Honestly you two must feel like you are under attack!   God bless both Suz and Joanne for being so willing to do what's needed.  Your 'other sisters' are worth 20 of me!  

Thank God it wasn't a clot.  That would have been ALL your mom needed!  Not that the pain wasn't as bad, but the long term care will hopefully be easier.  

I hate when the insurance folks feel the need to fight with the Dr's instructions.  I guess sometimes it's good they do in cases where different Dr's are prescribing things or maybe your Dr does make a mistake, but when it's explained then they need to back out.  I hope you can get the other prescription refilled.  

All's well that ends well ~ what a nice treat for your neighbors to bring you dinner, and now you are fixed for another night.     I hope today is MUCH calmer and your pain is MUCH less!    Have a GOOD day!!

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