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RE:WELCOME TO DECEMBER CHAT
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It worked....I got up with no runny nose and no headache.  I did get a little headache later in the morning but it did not last. I am
a happy camper.   Oh yeah, mom thought she heard a package delivered into the entry but she looked out and saw nothing.  When I went out to get the mail I saw it right away, a big box of puzzles sitting to the left of our door out of eyesight unless you walk out the door.  So I left it there and when mom went to get a shower I got it into my room. YAY!!!

So show me the picture you are using on your cards :)  How could you do them wrong?  I have been told that the pic I chose is a bit blurry.  I thought that was just my eye sight, lol.  Oh well, a bit blurry will treat us each a bit better in the looks dept.

No, great-grands is for grandkid and so on so it must be great great, lol.  Have you any recent pictures of Vince?  I do remember you saying how gentle Coby was with Vince.  Must
have been like our Springer Spaniel (Candy).  Leigh was a baby and he would crawl all over her and he would pull her tongue and all sorts of things but she just let him and never got irritated with him at all.  Can you tell we kids named her?
I remember that Alice was Asian, but I do not think I ever
knew that Barb was.  I know you said she was a little woman.
Poor Alice, so many have issues this time of year.  Maybe 
she would enjoy an invite.  

Mom chatted with Diane this weekend and has decided to hire Chris to clean the bathroom, wash kitchen floor, dry mop dining room floor and vacuum living room floor every 2 weeks and pay her.  It should only take a couple hours and she thinks $25 to $30 is enough.  If it only takes 2 hours, that is $15 an hour and Chris since she has no income, it should help some.  Scott did get a good job now, so I hope he does not blow it.  He got hired at Mercury Marine, you know the ones that make the outboard motors.  Their headquarters are here in Fond du Lac.  So hopefully they will get caught up and do better.
Ok, you can help me turn 60 next year.   And yes, 107 does sound like a great number.
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RE:WELCOME TO DECEMBER CHAT
(Date Posted:12/08/2015 9:01 AM)




Good Morning.

Another productive day ~ who knew I could have two in a row?  I got all of the kid's Christmas gifts wrapped and put into bubble envelopes, and Mike got them ready to mail.  We'll either mail them today or tomorrow.  Later this morning we're getting a Grocery Delivery.

Hooray!  You woke up "healed"!   I had a really bad couple of days with a runny nose and sneezing and finally took a Claritin the day before yesterday.  I've been "good" ever since.  Must have been some kind of allergic reaction.

I love that you were able to sneak your mom's gift past her without her knowing!  How fun!   It's so hard when you live together and you aren't driving so you can't go out and shop and hide things in the trunk until you can sneak them in.   We order a lot through Amazon or places where you can't really tell what the boxes contain, but obviously with big boxes that have contained puzzles in the past, that's a definite challenge.  She'll be surprised, and that's fun!

I used an old picture of Chrystie with the Christmas tree, but then when there was a place to put a picture on the back of the card, I used the same one.  We've always talked about using that Chrystie picture to make cards and this year seemed to be the right one.  I probably should have stuck our faces on the back, but Mike thought Chrystie should be in both places, and right or wrong it's done now.  I'm not doing the infamous Christmas letter because I really don't have anything worth sharing except re-carpeting.  That's hardly worth a letter ~ lol.  Sooo, for the first time there won't be a long personal note because there is no place to put one.  That may make things easy for me. ;-)

 I used Shutterfly.  Did you use Walmart?  I started to, and they directed me to Shutterfly!  I have had an account there forever, but never made cards before.

I think that sounds like a great idea, hiring Chris to clean for you every other week!  You probably already guessed I would ~ lol.   Since they did a really good job cleaning the carpet, this sounds promising.  If she doesn't do a good job for you, you can just say you don't need her any longer.  My concern is that she might be too casual about when she comes.  Few things are more frustrating than expecting someone at 10 AM on Friday, and not having them come until 3 PM or come on Sunday or whatever.  You really should impress on her that she needs to come when she says she will.  You and your mom don't need the frustration of being trapped in your apartment, unable to do anything YOU want to do while you wait for her.  Hopefully that won't be an issue, but you might want to make it clear to her and save yourselves the frustration.  Anyway, I think this is a great idea!

Have a Happy Day!

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RE:WELCOME TO DECEMBER CHAT
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Their back!!  Runny nose and sneezing have returned.  I am also wheezier than usual.  No, no, no, no!!!  I refuse to get sick.  A headache this morning but not this afternoon.  Went for my INR this afternoon and it was 3.00, the top of my range, but no changes.  Return in 4 weeks.  So we will see how it goes...time to add a few greens into the mix, lol.

I love that picture of Chrystie, I remember you sharing it.  That is a wonderful choice.  I was going to go with shutterfly but they were too expensive.  I needed 100 cards.  Walmart was only .33 a card for what I wanted.  Only 1 sided and envelopes were included.  I could not afford Shutterfly or Snapfish.

Mom talked to Chris today and she will do the cleaning.  
When they first moved here Chris worked as a housekeeper in a hotel here in town.  She got into words with her boss and said she quit.  I think she was fired.She offered to do it for free to help out

 but mom said no, I will pay you.  That way she will not feel    

uneasy about it...she does not want it to be like charity.  It was

nice of Chris to offer, but paying her sets up more structure to it

... not just when you want to or feel like it.  Mom is happy.    She

 felt she had to let us all know about it in advance, I do not know

 why.  We were all thrilled and it made me happy.  I just cannot do

 it and mom cannot either.

Lol, mom would have known the puzzles because they come from a puzzle company.  I have a listing of every puzzle she has or had and I use it when buying.  We only buy sale puzzles.  Not paying $14+ for puzzles she completes in a couple days.  We buy them on sale at $6.47 and sometimes $7.99.  But no more than that.  We buy from 2 puzzle companies...Spilsbury and Bits and Pieces.
We want to start wrapping soon too!  But not under the tree yet, there will be far too many for that.
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RE:WELCOME TO DECEMBER CHAT
(Date Posted:12/09/2015 8:35 AM)




                          
Deck the Halls . . . Oh, wait.  We already did that.   
I know you  hate waiting for people who never show up as much as I do, and that's what happened yesterday.  Our Grocery Delivery was scheduled for between 10 and 12.  Usually you can see your order online, that it is on schedule, and any things they had to drop.  Yesterday, the message was never updated, so Mike called and apparently their computer system had been down from 4AM.  They thought they could deliver between 12 and 2.  So again, we waited.  Finally they called us and said the system was down again, and could they reschedule for today.   We didn't have a lot of choice.  It wasn't their fault.  So Mike took the Christmas packages to the Post Office and picked up some Christmas stamps, and we are scheduled ~ again ~ for delivery between 10 and 12 today.   Fingers crossed.

Since we didn't get the groceries yesterday and couldn't make what I was planning, we went to the Czech Restaurant for dinner and brought home leftovers for tonight.   It's been tradition to go to that restaurant after we mail the Christmas packages, so we're right on schedule, even though it's a different schedule.


PRAYER REQUEST.   Mike has asked me to ask you to pray for his Dental work tomorrow afternoon to go well.  He will have five teeth pulled, and except for the one that lost the crown and is exposed, the others are all broken and under crowns, so it won't be just 'normal' extractions.   Please pray that the process goes well, and there are no problems afterwards especially since the Dental office is closed Fri through Sun.  Also that the temporary partial fits perfectly and causes no problems.   In other words, pray for no pain, no problems.   Thank you so much.


Well, phooey!  You tell that runny nose to shape up and ship out!   I was a bit sniffy yesterday, too.  I really do think alergies.  I don't seem to have any of the 'normal' indications of a cold.  I actually haven't had a cold in years, though I used to practically have one year around.  I think the 'secret' is not exposing myself to those germ carriers known as Parents!   lol    Anyway, you must knock the sniffles immediately!

I started looking at cards at Shutterfly and then the next day i went to Walmart (on line, of course) but somehow shortly after I entered the card site, it took me to Shutterfly!  I thought they were connected, so I just stayed there.  Now, I'm guessing that something not cleared from memory was responsible.  Shutterfly is too expensive.  I've never made photo cards before and really didn't have a clue what I was doing, only that time was running out if I wanted to get them mailed for THIS year.   Lesson learned, though I doubt I'll have pictures to share in the future.   I think yours is wonderful.  It didn't look fuzzy to me online, but I know that I look better fuzzy, or in dim light ~ lol.

I won't be including the Infamous Christmas Letter this year, and that is saving me a lot of time.    I always used to hate to get a card with just the name(s) of the sender and no personal message, so I always wrote a fair amount in each card.   Somewhere along the line I realized I was saying the same things over and over before breaking out to write something personal to each one, and I started writing the Infamous Christmas letter, complete with pictures.   My letters weren't the braggy kind because I never have anything to brag about ~ Ha.  Just newsy, sharing what I had been doing and later what WE had been doing, and trying to make it personal instead of just a catalog of events and activities.   When I had things to share, I enjoyed doing it, and I always love hearing from others.   Now about all I could talk about is the weather or Chrystie or the new carpet or my aches and pains ~~ time to kill the letter.   LOL 

We keep copies of "The Letter" in a plastic notebook along with the Christmas Card list, and every year we get a kick out of going back and rereading them, sort of a trip down Memory Lane.   The years that I didn't send "The Letter", I wrote a little overview of our year's activities, with pictures, and included that in the notebook, just for us.

I'm delighted that you have hired Chris to clean for you, and it makes me think very well of Chris that she offered to do it for free!  I agree that it will be better to pay her and have it be a real business arrangement instead of just something nice she is doing for you ~~ when she feels like it.  This way you won't be embarrassed to insist that she come at a regularly scheduled day and time, or to ask her for extra things when you need them, or to point out something that hasn't been done to your liking.     You know how I rely on Shauna ~ and I love having her to be ABLE to rely on.  

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Don't you wonder what we ever did before we had computers?  I have been in stores when they are down, in our hospital system when they are down. the facility that I worked at and any number of places...and it brings them to a standstill.  I know how I feel when mine is down, so can only imagine when a whole business is down.  What can you do?  Go with the flow :)

Yay for getting your packages in the mail and getting your stamps, I need to do that.  I forgot all about that.  My cards are supposed to arrive tomorrow.  I will plan on devoting Friday to getting them out.  You are ahead of my game, lol.  We are not doing a Christmas Letter either this year.  We only started doing one probably about 5 years ago when so much started happening in moms life with her health etc.  We are passing on it this year as I just do not have the time.

Tell Mike that I put in a good word with the man upstairs for him so all will be well.  Dear Lord I am glad I am not him.  I only had 3 pulled at once and it took me days to stop bleeding..but then, I am on blood thinners, lol.

Chris will be doing the cleaning on Fridays.  We could probably get her to do our laundry too, but mom is not ready for that.  After all, she uses our washer and dryer and am pretty sure she uses our detergent too.  She was paying but has not in quite a while so it seems fair that she would do our laundry in exchange.  We would still fold it.  But I will not push mom on the yet.  In time I will suggest it.
 I do not seem to be getting anything done.  I really need to get on it.  So am going to handle 2 things right now.
Chat with you tomorrow.
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RE:WELCOME TO DECEMBER CHAT
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Good Morning!  
Our Grocery Delivery did come, around noon, and shortly after that we had everything put away and the laundry folded.  After that I didn't get much done. 

Mike's appointment is at 1 and I'm going with him for moral support and just in case he doesn't feel like driving home.  Of course I'm not sure I remember how to drive, but hopefully it will come back to me. ;-)   Thank you for your prayers.  They mean a lot to both of us! 

Our cards should come tomorrow, too.  Oh gosh, I hope I didn't screw anything up and they are nice.   I will work on them over the weekend too and try to get them mailed by Monday.

I have a friend who does stamping.  I can remember when she started, sweet little hand made cards, but over the years they have evolved to works of art!   I can't even imagine the time that must take, but I know she loves doing it, and she often does the stamping with other people.

I think that's a great idea for you to have Chris do your laundry, too, especially when she is using your machines and detergent without paying.  It has to be when your mom is ready, of course, but that would give you both more independence rather than needing to have your sisters help.     
We'll see if you get as tired when Chris cleans as we do when Shauna cleans ~ lol.

We're having a Heat Wave ~ it's supposed to reach a high of 63 today!   Guess I won't have to wear a coat when we go for Mike's appointment, but wait a minute and we'll be back in the deep freeze by the weekend, with snow!  Now I remember why I had to take my biggest suitcase when I came to visit my Grandmother, Aunt and Uncle here.  I could be in shorts one day and a Parka the next.  Ho! Ho! Ho!   

   My second cousin sent us a 'Tower' of cookies from Cheryl's ~ sooo good.  I fear it won't take long for us to eat our way through.  I haven't baked cookies since we moved into this house.  Maybe I will this year . . . or maybe I won't.  ;-)  


Thank you again for your prayers for Mike.  Keep them coming!



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RE:WELCOME TO DECEMBER CHAT
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Ok, that Trump cartoon made me laugh.  Too true!  But he makes the news all the time so it is free campaign advertising.  He was on a talk show and said how he has not spent any money on TV advertising.  He is spending his words!!!  I can sort of agree with him in regards to some things but he is such a buffoon.  How can anyone take him seriously with that hair??  I sorry that Carly's popularity has dropped way down, though I was not really impressed with her.  She was on The View and we know how hard some of those ladies are on Republicans, but her response was the same over and over again..some term that I cannot recal that had left in it.  Not impressed at all.

I hope Mike is doing ok and that the pulling was not horrible.  I do not know how it could not be though.  I think that having teeth pulled is the worst.  I would rather have a root canal.

Our cards came and I am pleased with them.  So now to get them done and out.  My goal is to do it tomorrow.  I am a glutton for punishment.  I never even asked mom if she wanted a note in them....if I do not ask, I will not have to do it.  

I used to do stamping.  I wqs really into it for a while.  Used to go to stamping parties and learn new things.  Louann and I would get together at Nan's and we would make cards.  They really have come a long way.  I would hate to say how much money I spent on stamps, ink pads, scissors, embossing gun and powders, glitters, papers, markers and so much more.  I have a ton of the supplies just taking up space in my room.  

We were in the high 40's, so not too bad.  Mom was going to go out and put up the outside lights and I would not let her.  So she talked to Chris and she will go out with her tomorrow.  Hopefully!  

Today I balanced my checkbook and paid the rest of my bills.  Worked on the back computer setting up the templates for our address and return address labels.  The program I use had disappeared and I had to search and set it up again.  
TGIF tomorrow, chat with you then.  
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Mornin'. 

Mike's appointment went as well as it could, I think.  It was a long and not fun session and she had some trouble with some of the teeth, but ultimately everything 'came out alright'.  Mike said she did something like a root canal before pulling some (or all??) of the teeth, taking an instrument and digging or poking the nerve to kill it and then winding it around the devices to extract it before pulling the tooth.  His description gave me the shivers but he was well 'deadened'.   With the last tooth, she had trouble getting the crown off and then decided to pull it crown and all ~ and then the crown came off, revealing a bad sinus infection in the tooth!
 
Thank goodness Mike was fine to drive after his appointment.  I really am nervous about driving since I haven't driven in quite a while.  I really should start doing some driving again to be more comfortable when I have to do it.  

We stopped by the Pharmacy on the way home to get some antibiotics and pain killers.  So far he hasn't had a lot of pain, so he's only taken Advil, and of course the Antibiotics.   The temporary partial is uncomfortable and unfamiliar, and it doesn't seem to look "right" either.  The front teeth are too short, I think.  I'm sure that has something to do with what the lab determines to be the best "bite", but he's been biting with his pretty smile for 69 years, so that had better change when he gets the permanent partial. 
  

We spent the rest of the evening just watching TV and having a nice soft meal.  I'm going to make my version of "goulash" tonight, which isn't really goulash at all but a ground beef and noodle casserole, which should be easy to eat and hopefully tasty. 

No real plans for today otherwise, but I do have a ton of paperwork that needs doing so hopefully I'll polish that off today.  I'd love to just stay in my jammies all day, but I probably can't pull that off today.

On the good news front, while I still haven't seen Alice, she and Jake have decorated the outside of their house and it's lovely.  It was so pretty last year, but nothing had gone up until now which added to my concern.

My great niece, Katie, has Jack in a Montessori School.   He's three.  She sent some pictures the other day of his class's Thanksgiving celebration. So cute. He was chopping veggies, setting the table and arranging flowers.  The pictures looked like something from another era, with little ladies and gentlemen.  Too cute.  

I'm still really quite impressed with Carly, though she isn't one of my top candidates to vote for in the Primaries.  She's so sharp and I agree with much, perhaps most, of what she says.   I didn't see her on The View because I don't believe there is enough money for someone to pay me to watch The View. I'd rather clean my porcelain convenience. lol  I'm really surprised that it's still on.

Our cards should come today.  Oh, how I hope I didn't do anything dumb (or dumber than I already know I did) and they look good.

I can't imagine your mom putting up the outside lights herself!  I'm glad Chris is going to help.  Neither of us would even try to do the simple ones we did before anymore.  Sad.  

I was just watching an interview with Beau Bergdahl, the traitor (in my opinion) that Obama exchanged for 5 GTMO terrorists.  Is he trying for an insanity defense?  Or is he really just Nutz?

I see here ISIS is entering the US with fake passports ~ they have a Passport machine. Lovely.
  
Must turn off the news!  lol   

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Glad to hear that Mike's appt went as well as could be expected.  Except for the infection, could have done without that.  I think it is a good idea for you to practice your driving skills.  You just never know when they will be needed and you would feel better if you had some easy driving under your belt.  Have Mike take you to a parking lot or somewhere with no or low traffic.  You could always do it after dark.  
Well, it is good that the neighbors decor has gone up.  I wish you would see Alice though, to know she is ok.  Maybe you should make some of those famous cookies of yours that Mike wants and take some over to her.  Just a thought....you would make Mike happy along with the neighbors.  
I would love to see the pictures of Jack at school if you would like to share them.  They sound wonderful.  I have heard of Montessori schools but never knew anyone that went to one.  
I did about 70 cards today and still have a few to go, but will do them tomorrow.  Hopefully Suz can get them to the Post Office.  Some are for other countries and probably will not get there in time.  But I can hope.  
Chris never came over to help.  So we called Josh but he was working his 3rd job after he got out of the first one, so he called Jason and he came after school.  He took bins to the basement for us, moved some heavy stuff for us and then helped mom put up the lights, he worked and she supervised.  She is happy now.  She was so crabby the last couple days and on the verge of tears.  I asked her what was up and she was upset about the lights and other things that were not happening fast enough for her.  At least she seems to have relaxed more.  I bought us supper at Jimmy Johns so that she would not fret over supper.  
I do not know what Bergdahl is saying but I too felt it was a huge mistake to trade him for those men.  What about the The good of the many outweighing the good of a few and the fact that we have always said we do not deal with terrorists.  I was disgusted.
Dear Lord in Heaven help us.  Is there nothing ISIS cannot do?  They have taken advantage of a naive country that thought they were invincible for too long.  Now we are paying the price.
Well, I am going to get some things done.  I am planning on watching "Meet me in St. Louis at 12:15 am.  I know I should be in bed instead. but I cannot resist.  It is one of my favorites.  We watched "White Christmas" last night which is my favorite Christmas movie since I was a young girl.  I am a sucker for musicals as you know.
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Good Morning.

Nice low key day yesterday but I didn't get as much done as I had hoped.  I've got a $6 error in our joint check book ~ that never happens, and I couldn't see what the problem was yesterday.  Not exactly what I was hoping to play with today!

 Our Christmas cards came and we like them.  Not much room to write a note, and forgive me, but I kind of like that too.  lol   I don't even send half as many as you do, so I shouldn't complain.

Mike felt pretty good all day.  No pain and no after effects except being a bit tired, but that's both of our normal state.  It's going to be bitterly cold today and snow, so I think I'll let him have another low key Poor Baby day.  And since I don't want to make him feel guilty, I think I'll take one, too.  (Assuming I can find that darned $6!) ;-)

He really is doing well, except that the temporary partial is taking some getting used to.  That's to be expected, and I do think it will be better when all the swelling is gone and he can really see how it fits.  He has an appointment with the dentist for Tuesday afternoon, and I'm sure she can adjust it then, too.   He took it out for the first time after dinner last night, and rinsed his mouth with the stuff she gave him, and then left it out overnight.  His basic reaction was "Ahhhhh".  I hope he doesn't become one of those people who leaves his teeth out half the time ~ I think that might be his inclination.  I may have to go into Nag Mode.  lol

Brrrrr.  It was 64 two days ago, but today we may reach a "high" of 34, barely above freezing, and it's supposed to snow all day.  It hasn't started yet.

  We are sleeping later because it's so dark until 7 or so, but this morning I had another of those early wake-ups and just laid in bed wide awake.  Around 6, Shogun came and crawled under the covers and snuggled with me.  He's still here (I'm on my Lap top, propped up in bed until the heat gets going).  He usually doesn't even say "Hello", but heads under the covers.  Today he's still curled up against me, purring.  ;-)

I think you are right about taking some cookies to Jake and Alice.  Mike really would love it if I made some since I haven't in such a long time.  I think I'm not only lazy but a bit afraid.  Things that I have baked since I was just a kid have turned out badly here.  Kind of shocked me at first, and now it's making me afraid to even try.  Just one more thing I need to get over.  Ha.  

I will post some of those pictures of Jack at his school.  They really do tickle me.

Ah, thank goodness for Jason.  I know your mom's frustration at not being able to do things she has always done, and having to wait for someone else to help.  I'm so glad the boys are so good about helping.    I really hope Chris isn't casual about coming to clean when she is supposed to.  It's soooo frustrating to have to just hang around, not able to do anything, while you wait for someone to come and do what they said they would do.   

You should hear the Bergdahl interview.  He says that he saw himself as something like "Jason Borne" or an Action figure (!), and that he was concerned about the leadership of his camp and that they would get his fellow soldiers killed.  Seriously!  The only ones that were killed were those who had to go looking for him when he deserted!  The prisoner exchange for him makes me crazed, too.  Let's make it worth their while to take more prisoners, shall we?  I really think that was all about Obama's pledge to close GTMO, and had nothing to do with "rescuing" this jerk.  If he gets off, I'm gonna ~~~~ be mad, like I am about something the powers that be do almost every day.  Not much more I can do than stamp my foot and utter a stream of naughty words.  Sigh

I haven't seen "Meet me in St Louis" in forever!  That is a lovely show!  We haven't seen White Christmas yet this year, but we have watched and re-watched every possible version of Scrooge.  We never get tired of them.   Definitely a better option than watching more news and raising our blood pressure.

Have a happy day, sweet little sister. 

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Finished the cards and just need to get them in the mail.  Have to go to Post Office since 9 of them go to other countries.  Out of 100 cards, 12 are left.  This way we can check for anyone we miss as they come in.  I think we need to cull our list but not sure who to leave out. I suppose it comes with having a big family.  I wrote no notes.  I wrote nothing.  I printed the address labels and return address labels too. So nothing is hand written.  Still, took a lot of time to stuff the envelopes and seal them.  Put, 1 labels and a stamp on each one.  Longer that I thought it would.  Would have gone quicker if mom had helped, but it is what it is. Tomorrow I will make my sister gifts.
I hope you find your $6.00.  Mom was all crazed because she could not balance her checking (I told you she could not leave her hands off it.)  I told her I would look at it in the morning. But she went back at it after supper last night.  Now earlier in the day she had told me that she wrote in her checkbook that the stamps were $100.00 but they were only $49.00.  Well apparently she did not correct it and that is why she could not get it to balance.  At least she figured it out herself.  She gave me money she owed me yesterday morning.  At supper she said what did she still owe me and I said nothing, you paid me earlier today...she did not remember doing it.  It really worries me.  
I am so happy that Mike is not experiencing too much discomfort.  Tell him to keep them in.  Mom left hers out so much that her teeth shifted and they no longer fit correctly.  
You have those new baking sheets so make those cookies sister!!  You will make so many people happy with your delicious cookies.  They will turn out with Christmas Magic. 
I am a bit worried about Chris's dependability.  She tends to postpone a lot.  One excuse or another.  Mom will never lay down the law with her.  It is not her nature.  Kinda why we do not tell Suz what we think all the time....we need these people to not be mad at us.  Beggars cannot be choosers.  
I have not seen a single Scrooge since mom doesn't like them.  I may go to my room early some night and watch it on my computer...if Amazon has any that are free.  My versions are all on VHS so cannot watch on DVD on my computer.  
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Good Morning  

I enjoyed our snow day yesterday.  We sat in front of the fire and watched Christmas movies during the day, but I did get the check books and the dread budget book caught up and the return address labels on the Christmas cards and a few other things.
In the evening we moved to the "Christmas Room" with the tree and Mike made us 'Smugglers' (hot chocolate with Peppermint schnapps) and we watched the musical "Oliver!".
I plan to address the cards today.  Ho! Ho! Ho!   I like hearing that you didn't write a message on each of them.  I always have written a personal message on every card, even when I included "The Letter", but I really don't think I'm going to ~ unless when I re-read their cards from last year I see one that really needs a personal  message.   

I did sort of find that $6 ~ actually I didn't find the error, but when I added more updates and recalculated, everything matched.  I had done it more than once when the error was there, and did it more than once this time, but for some reason, everything is fine now.  I may be loosing my mind.  lol

 Mike really has done well with the dental surgery.  Not so much with the temporary plate, unfortunately.  It doesn't fit right, but with the swelling gone down it does look much better.  It just doesn't fit properly to give him a good comfortable bite.  I'm nagging him to call the dentist tomorrow and try to move his appointment up from Tuesday afternoon.  I'm sure she can do a lot to fix it.  He really hasn't had much pain at all and seem to feel good except for the annoyance of the plate not fitting properly.  Prayers work!

His insurance has already paid what it is going to ~ boy was that fast!   It doesn't appear that they've submitted it to my insurance yet, so hopefully it will pay some more.  My insurance isn't nearly as good as his, but mine is free ~ came with my retirement package.  

I am concerned about Chris being casual about coming to clean ~ and making you waste a day waiting for her.  That's so un-nerving and upsetting.   Please remind your mom that she is now paying Chris for her services and she needs to make it clear that Chris must come on time when she is expected, like she would for any job!

It was brutally cold here yesterday and the snow was that very fine stuff that went on all day.  Only a few inches accumulated, but I'm sure it was slick out there ~ not that I'd know.  I didn't even consider going out to get the mail.  Then Barb came by and picked it up for us, so we got it anyway.   ;-)


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I was just getting this all together to write but I suddenly do not feel well.  Stomach pains.  Going to take something and relax and hopefully be back.  Maybe it was the lousy chili we had for supper.  I think I am going to have to help mom from now on...it had no taste.  I could not taste any chili powder at all.  I think she thought she added it but did not.  She said she could not see it red on red.  Hopefully I will be back.
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Hello

I did get my cards written!  I have to say, it's kind of hard not putting a personal note in each one, but it's a whole lot faster.   I did put a few notes in, very short notes ~ lol.  Sooo, they are ready to be on their way.

We are "warming up" to a toasty 39 degrees ~ but we'll be back in the Deep Freeze, with snow tomorrow!

Mike will call the dentist this morning and see if he can't get in today for some adjustments.  I hope so.   No real plans for today otherwise, but it's supposed to snow again tomorrow so that's another reason it would be good if he could move his appointment up.

Last night we watched "An American Christmas Carol" with Henry Winkler.  I couldn't believe there was actually a version of Scrooge that we hadn't seen before.  Not great but not too bad, actually. ;-)  We also watched The Good Wife.   Now that Madam Secretary has finished, maybe we'll be able to find the entire season available to Binge Watch later.  Right now, I think I will enjoy a little distance from Politics for Christmas.     The Republican Debate is Tuesday night, but it's on CNN and I've decided not to watch.   Some of us are seriously trying to decide who to vote for in the Primaries, and holding the debates on channels that are pre-determined to just try to undermine all of the candidates in order to support the Other Party makes no sense to me ~ unless the Party Bosses are intent on selecting another Democrat Lite candidate to run.   Anyway, I think I'll 'Just say no' until they have someone unbiased host the events.


I sent 'my' little ones books.  I figured those who were close enough to see them regularly would get all of the cute electronics and toys and clothes.   One of the books is little stories we grew up with that are appropriate for 2 year olds (for Vince and Lucy) and 3 year olds (for Jack), and the other is a picture book changing the 12 Days of Christmas to the 12 Cats of Christmas with lovely pictures.  I just put ribbon around that one and said it was an Open B4 Christmas present and the other was to be saved until Christmas Eve.   Katie said that Jack told her "No, put it under the tree to wait for Santa, Mama."   The kid is definitely MY nephew.  I always loved the anticipation as much as the actual present.  Ha.   His great grandmother, Alice, will be telling him he doesn't have to wait.  He can open them all now.  I love that he wants to wait. ;-)

I'm so sorry you got sick!  I hope it passed quickly and you are feeling good today!






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