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RE:WELCOME TO DECEMBER CHAT
(Date Posted:12/14/2015 9:20 PM)


Yay for finishing Christmas Cards.  So much for getting mine done in November.  Suz is going to put them in the mail tomorrow. She will also mail my foreign cards and a couple small packages I need to get in the mail.  Will breath a sigh of relief when they get out.  Even though some will be late.
I hope Mike is able to get in a little sooner...if not, Tues afternoon is not too bad a wait.  Though when your mouth is uncomfortable is affects so much.
I have seen An American Christmas Carol with Henry Winkler and think the same as you, not great, but certainly not bad.  Do you like Scrooged with Bill Murray?  That one is certainly on the edge.  How about Ms. Scrooge with Cicely Tyson?  How about the ones with Tori Spelling, Susan Lucci and Vanessa Williams?  There are so many.
We are getting rain, rain and more rain.  I want a white Christmas.  It is just not the same.  I want a nice fluffy snow.  That stays on the lawns, but melts off the streets and side walks.  That is just what is needed.
I am ignoring all the idiot politicians until after Christmas.  I do not want my Christmas ruined by their antics.  I just saw Trumps remarks about his parents coming didn't come all the way from Germany just to lose it to immigrants.  I know it's old news, but I just heard/saw it, and it is such a oxymoronic statement.  No politics till after Christmas....maybe even after New Years.
Books are always a great gift for kids.  I love giving them and getting them.  Though I have trouble reading them now.
I got the three 1 year olds Leap Frog Puppies.  Scout in green for the boys and Violet in Violet for Sailer.  Large Lego type blocks for Finn from the Paw Patrol which he loves.  I pray they do not already have them.  Something....a tickling at the back of my mind made go look at Liam's pictures and there it was.  A pic of him at the Christmas Parade and in a lawn chair next to him is Scout, the puppy I got him for Christmas!  So I wrote Kirstie and asked if she knew if Sam and Sailer had them  She said that Same was getting one and she did not know for Sailer.  But she said they were perfect gifts.  So now I have written Tricia.  I do not know what to get them now.  I got them on Amazon and have no clue what I might of done with the box slips.  So may just donated them to toys for tots or something.  Now I start over again.  Darn it!
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RE:WELCOME TO DECEMBER CHAT
(Date Posted:12/15/2015 9:17 AM)



Ho! Ho! Ho!   
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in colorful Colorado.

Mike got into see Dr Jenkins at 11:30 yesterday morning and she said his mouth was healing really well, but that he should continue to take the antibiotics for that tooth with the sinus infection, though it is clearing up, too.   She worked on the temporary plate for about 45 minutes, and he is very happy with the results.  She also told him that if he needed to have more adjustments made, not to hesitate to call.  She really is lovely.  

To celebrate, we went to the Bonefish for dinner!   It had been a while, and I don't think we'll be going anywhere today.  Supposed to snow all day.

I got our Christmas cards mailed, except for two.  Our American Express gift card didn't come in for Laine until after we got home ~ figures.  I also can't think what to write on the card to Betty's son, and I hate to not say anything at all.  Anyway those two are all that's left.  I think.  I ordered Mary Ann and Benji and Catherine's gifts from Amazon and had them gift wrapped and they will be there on the 17th.   We also ordered a package from Wolfermans for Mike's Uncle that should get there on the 23rd.  He's a lovely man.  I think we are DONE!   YAY!   
Now I need to wrap Mike's gifts and get them under the tree ~ well, those that can get under the tree anyway.  
It's currently 23 degrees, heading for a "high" of 27, which I do believe is well below Freezing. It started snowing around 1 AM and should continue all day.  
I think I may really enjoy my Snow Day today!

Yay!  You have your cards finished and in the mail, too.  Isn't that a lovely feeling ~ even if it was a bit later than we had planned.

I do get a kick out of Bill Murray's Scrooged.  Not something I want to watch over and over, it's too "over the top", but still kind of fun, and I do like the music at the end.  Put a little love in your heart!
I have watched all those versions of Scrooge that you mention, but again I don't watch them over and over.  I love the classic versions, but just about any version of Scrooge is good with me.  Mike is a wee bit more selective.  ;-)

Avoiding politics for a couple of weeks may be easier than I had imagined.  I never want to become one of those uninformed voters who can be led around by the sound bite, but like they used to say about Soap Opera, if you miss a day or two, you really don't miss much.  I flipped on the news this morning and they were talking about the Debate and I just flipped it off.  Amazing how easy it was ~ lol.  
To your point ~ I really am "Trumped out".  He talks and talks and really doesn't say anything after the initial statement, just rephrases it.  I'm guilty of that myself, but I don't want to be President so it's just a somewhat irritating habit I have.  Ha.  There are some who are running that I think really could make a difference for our poor country, but whether or not they will be allowed the opportunity, I don't know.   I really don't understand Obama's "worshipers", and I don't understand Trumps.  I'm just going to go away and suck my thumb. For a while.  

I'm sorry you got a great gift, that the little one already has!   That's my problem with my little ones.  They all have so many people who love them and who see them often and know what they have and what they want and need, and I don't.   I started out giving 'collectibles', thinking at least they would be different and maybe when the kids were older they would mean something to them, though I know they won't now while they are so young.  I gave dated ornaments with the child's name on them at Christmas, and commemorative Silver coins for birthdays.  That doesn't seem to be 'right', so now I'm floundering trying to come up with something else.  Even books, others who live closer probably buy those too, and I have no way to know what they have.  I think I'm "good" for this year, but at a loss for the future.  The books I've given are to big physically for the kids to hold or carry, but I'm assuming that means mom or dad will have to read them to the little ones, and that's the way it should be.   I gave Beatrix Potter last Easter, as you know, and little Jack was struggling to carry it around.  lol.  Some day . . . .  Not too many years ago, Katie wrote to tell me that she was sharing a book I had given her with Jack.   I didn't even remember it, but she did, all these years later.  Made me smile.  

Off to enjoy my Snow Day.  Let me know if you'd like me to send you some.  


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RE:WELCOME TO DECEMBER CHAT
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Just turned on "White Christmas".  Bing Crosby is singing about Dreaming of a White Christmas.  I don't think we're going to have to dream about it. smiley79
This is the view out of our Great Room window right now, and that fine white stuff is still coming down ~ 


It's 19 degrees, maybe heading for a "high" of 27.  Brrrrrr.     


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RE:WELCOME TO DECEMBER CHAT
(Date Posted:12/15/2015 10:10 PM)


Sometimes my sister Suz makes me so mad.  She was supposed to take the cards and packages and my out of the Country letters to the PO yesterday but ran out of time.  She said she would do it today when she takes mom for her echo, which was at 5.  At 4:15 I called and said were you going to the PO for us?  She was OMG, I forgot.  Coming now.  But, of course, when they got to the PO it was too busy and no enough time left before moms appt and the PO is closed when they get out.  So now she says Jerry will do it is the morning.  God knows he will probably not get the stuff right.  He needs to buy airmail stamps for the over seas ones..9 of them.  And he needs to mail 2 small envelope packages with insurance and then return my change to me.  Shall we place the odds now regarding whether he gets it write?  I say 0% especially since the original instructions went through my mom to Suz and then him..
I am so glad that the dentist got Mike in earlier and was able to help him and that she reassured him that it was alright to call when he needed anything.  Sounds like a gem to me.
I think this weekend I will ask Chris for my Musical Scrooge back so that I can watch it.  It is VHS so have to watch it in the living room.  I am wanting to see it.  I prefer the traditional ones also, but the others can be fun.  
No politics today.  If they started to talk about them on a show I changed the channel.
Mom and I dug through 3 bins of left over plushies from ARC and pulled a bunch to give to Kirstie for the pediatrics.  We had over 30 plus the 2 Leap Frog Scouts.  She and Liam came over around 5 to pick them up.  Liam was a pistol and it was a constant fight to stop him from taking ornaments from the tree, lol.  He cried over it.  Then he found my cane and that was another battle.  Finally rides on mom wheeled seated walker made him happy.  Until they ended and he would keep saying ride...ride, lol.  Mom was gone to her test so she did not get to seem him.  She was very disappointed.  Nothing I could do, she had said they would come over this evening,but decided to do it sooner.  It was fun.  She is an RN on the pediatrics floor at the hospital.  They give a blanket and a stuffed toy to each child when they are admitted.  So she was very appreciative of the donations.  Mom was happy to get rid of more.  2 weeks ago we went through them and pulled all the Beanie Babies and I gave all my BB cats.  They were for the pre K at a school that our church volunteers at.  We were able to give them enough for both their morning and afternoon pre K.  I had a lot of cats, lol.  I only kept the first one I ever got...the white one who I name Novia.  It was one of the first BB.  Today we also pulled 15 plushies for the 15 stockings we made.  They will go into the stockings on Sunday for the Sunday School.  So we have unloaded a lot of them this month.
I do get to give Sailer and Finn what I bought, Tricia said they had neither items and they sounded perfect.  Was chatting with Louann about it all and she had bought Violet for Sailer too!!!  OMG!!!  I cannot believe it.  But she is going to take hers back and get something else.  I am going to get Kohl's Cares books and plushies for Liam and Sam.  Maybe something to go with them.  We will see.  I think books make the best gifts, but like what you said...we do not know what they have.
I have never worshipped any political figure.  I never completely agree with any of them and they all manage to fail in my eyes at some point.  I am a contradiction when it comes to parties.  I am liberal in many ways, yet very old school in others.  So I would wish for a candidate that was not what either party would think was perfect and that person would never win.  Ok, stop it!!  I am not going to talk politics either until after Christmas at the least.  I pray nothing happens to make me have to talk it, if you know what I mean.  
Time to read the email.
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RE:WELCOME TO DECEMBER CHAT
(Date Posted:12/16/2015 8:42 AM)


Good Morning and Brrrrrrr.

We got 9 1/2 or 10 inches of snow yesterday, maybe more.   The folks the HOA 

hired didn't shovel.   Some of the other neighbors did.   I'll bet there is going to be H. to pay!  I've already seen a couple of 'heated' emails to the HOA, shared with the entire neighborhood.

In the afternoon I saw Barb using her snow blower on her driveway and walk.   It
looked really hard. then she came over and did our walk and a path up the 
driveway  so we could get out if there were an emergency.    
Then I saw Jake from the other side  of our house, out shoveling up the snow 
in our driveway  left by the snow blower by hand!
It's embarrassing, but we are so lucky to have such good neighbors.


I caught Barb when she was finishing up and asked her in for a Hot Chocolate and we   visited  for a while.   She is super busy, and I'll bet everyone else is, too, so i think   we'll  wait  until after the first to have a few people in.  




There were over 500 flight cancellations yesterday, and already a few more today.  How all those people are going to find another flight to their destinations, I don't know.  Pictures of many on the news this morning, sleeping on the floors at DIA.  God bless them.

The actor James Woods was in an accident around Glenwood Springs.   Sounds like his guardian angel was working hard because he ran into the guard rail and didn't go over into the canyon.

No, we didn't watch the debates last night, and we don't feel a bit deprived.


Oh, how I hate to have to rely on others.  It's great that your sisters are there for you and your mom BUT . . . I can relate to how you feel when they forget or get involved and don't come or, well anything else.  I will keep both fingers and toes crossed for you that Jerry will get it done this morning, and get it done right.  smiley67

We were both so glad Mike got in to see Dr Jenkins on Monday because the plate feels so much better.  You can see his relief!  Snow was predicted for yesterday, but we had no idea how bad it would be.  If he hadn't gotten in on Monday, he might not get in until next week!  Their office is closed on Fridays.  I know she will come in for something important, but would his discomfort be "important"?   I think it would have to her, but no guarantee.  Anyway, Thank Goodness!

You know I love that Musical Scrooge.  We have to watch it at least a couple of times during The Season!   Probably a good idea to get it back from Chris before she misplaces it, too.  She sounds like someone with a good heart, but poor priorities and organizational skills.  ;-)

Once again I am impressed with how much your family does for others.  You must collect those plushies and other things all year to have so many of them.  

Sorry your mom missed Liam ~ he sounds like a real pistol!  lol   What a cool thing that the hospital gives each child a blanket and a stuffed toy when they check in.  They must be so scared, and that would have to be a comfort.

Oh, gosh, I know I have a bunch of Beanie Babies too ~ somewhere in the basement!   I will try to find them and give them to Barb before her next mission trip.  She packs small stuffed critters around surgical instruments she carries to donate to the mission hospital, and then gives the critters to the children there.  We will also give her Mike's Vicodin that he didn't take, which she can use in their under supplied mission hospitals. Apparently the expiration dates on prescription medicines are not absolute (or even close). Several of our neighbors have donated unused prescriptions for her to take with her.

Oh, see?  That's the very thing I fear about buying gifts for the little ones, That someone else will already have given them anything I get for them and I'm to far away to know what they have or what they want or need.  I'm glad Louann was willing to exchange hers so you can give Sailer yours.    At least you have a clue what's "in" and what's available.  I am completely without a clue!

No, I don't worship politicians either, though I came close on my first election when I worked on John Kennedy's campaign, and I had even more of that feeling for Bobby.  I think he would have been an awesome President.  I've told you that some years ago I was questioning how I could have come so far from my Young Democrat roots, when I saw Bobby talking on the History Channel.  I was literally shouting at the screen ~ "Yes!  Yes! Yes!"   I haven't changed all that much.  "My" Party did.  I felt much the same way about Regan, but otherwise I vote and hope.  ;-)

LOL ~ Yes, I do know what you mean about hoping nothing happens that makes us NEED to talk politics before the Holidays are over.  

Make it a great day ~ and fingers crossed about the mail!  When does Chris start cleaning for you?


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RE:WELCOME TO DECEMBER CHAT
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Wow, that is a heck of a lot of snow and still we have none.  I would take a couple inches of yours.  I do not have to go out until after the first of the year so I would not mind.  Otherwise I get so fearful of walking on the snow and ice.  But, you can keep your epic snowfalls by you.  I would be so ticked off about the walks not being shovelled.  It is why people move into these type neighborhoods.  Again, you are so lucky in the neighbors you have and they are Angels!!  I had read about all the flight cancellations.  What can you do?  Mother Nature answers to no one.  Thank God that Mike got to the dentist when he did and I thanked God for making him feel better again...well, for guiding the dentist, lol.
I do not think that it is necessarily the hospital that does it, but the nurses and staff on that floor.  I saw one a post from one of Louann's sisters that she had a bunch
I think Suz was trying to trick me about the mail and I think she finally mailed it after work today.  I think mom probably blew it because she was probably supposed to tell me it was mailed.  Because Suz called me about 45 min after she got off work.  First she said "I forgot to give mom your change" and I said "How could you when you did not mail them last night?"  She really did not answer that but went on to tell me how much the letters and packages cost to mail and then said "I did not insure the packages as I did not know what they were worth or if you wanted them insured".  Does that sound like Jerry did it?  I just let is go, I am not going to get all anxiety ridden over the holidays.
I am a bit worried about this whole Chris cleaning thing.  Mom told me she wanted to do Fridays. Then she said she asked if she could do it Wed this week and mom said sure.  But then last night she asked if she could do it Fri instead and mom said fine.  We were supposed to be having my nurse friends over Fri. evening but now I cancelled that because if she does not do it Fri. we do not have time to do all that cleaning by the evening and we both would be hurting.  Now we are doing next Mon...I hope.
I was really too young to understand politics when Kennedy was in office.  I do vividly remember when he died because I was home from school with the measles.  I watched the news and the funeral with my mom and I remember her crying.  He was a great President but he also cheated on his wife.  So sad really.  I voted for Reagan.  I was so impressed by him.  Such a sad end for such a wonderful man.  Well, still have to get some things done before going to sleep tonight.  Last night it was after 4.  I do not want that again tonight.  
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RE:WELCOME TO DECEMBER CHAT
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Oh, the Weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful . ..

Good Morning.

While our walk and drive were cleaned off by Barb and Jake the day before, and several other neighbors cleared their own earlier yesterday, the hired crew didn't show up until after 2 PM yesterday afternoon.  My predictions were correct ~ we started to see one email after another directed to the HOA, some pointing out that the walks hadn't been cleared, and others fairly burning the page.

The HOA had fired the folks who used to shovel and hired a new crew that was cheaper.  Bad decision.  They apologized and went back to the original crew. 

We had a ton of packing boxes, and I dismembered them so we could put them in the recycle bin.   We got the trash and recycles ready for pick up and set them outside of the garage yesterday evening, and Barb took them to the curb for us so they are ready to be picked up today.   While the snow is shoveled, it's below freezing and the walk and drive are icy, and she didn't want to see our Sidewalk Ballet.  Ha.

Later we enjoyed what Scrooge's nephew called "the Fifth Essence of the Christmas Spirit" (a glass of Port) in front of the tree with Christmas music on.  It was nice.   Do you know what the other four "essences of Christmas" are? I don't. ;-)

Now we are sitting in front of the fire watching 'Outnumbered'  (Fox talk show with four bright and beautiful women outnumbering one male guest) and keeping warm (inside and outside ~ lol)  The actual temperature?   Heading for a "High" of 27 freezing degrees, with a wind chill of 14.   Brrrrrrr.   We were thinking of mailing a few letters and making a quick stop at the grocery store, but maybe not.   It just started snowing, big fluffy flakes.  That wasn't predicted, and it may have made the decision for us.  

We just got a Christmas package from Laine!  Instead of a wrapped gift, it was a box of wonderful goodies from a new-to-us place called Eatley.  She told me that Mario Bertalli and Lydia came together to create a store that not only sells things but has cooking classes, and she went to the one in Chicago.  We got long, very different looking pasta that I had never seen before, spaghetti sauce, a basil, tomato, etc brochetta spread, little cookies, crackers and candy!  The cookies may not make it until evening.  

We really did appreciate Barb, and Jake too, shoveling us out, but we could have waited for the official snow folks.  As long as I know they are coming sometime, I'm good.  It's not like the "good old days" when I had to get to work.  Barb's concern was that if there were an emergency, a fire or illness, we wouldn't be able to get out, and she is right about that.  The stuff was deep!

 I hadn't really thought that we are a week from Christmas Eve.  That's always been my favorite day of the year.  This year we are so low key I've hardly noticed.  I'm usually in full panic mode by now, but with most everything done, and no plans, it's really different.

I'm pretty sure we aren't going to have to 'dream' of a White Christmas this year.  ;-)   I think we have more than enough to share with you. 

Did you find out when (and if) your letters got mailed, and if the right postage was used?   I hope so!  So frustrating not to just be able to do these things for ourselves ~~~~ ask me how I know!  

I am concerned about Chris cleaning for you, too.  It sounds like she could/would do a good job for you, and I think it would be wonderful for you to have someone help you like that, but she also sounds like one of those people who is very casual about commitments.   I'm projecting, I know, but that kind of thing drives me over the wall and beyond.   I want so much for this to be a good and positive thing for you, and not just add to your frustration.   I think you need to be very firm with her and tell her that you will be counting on her to be there when she says and do the whole job at that time.  Just being nice to her could end up with everyone being mad.  Being clear about your expectations up front could save a lot of frustration and anger.   (Ok.  Mother Dorothy's lecture over now.  )

The Kennedy election was my first, and I had way too much fun working on the election, going door to door collecting "Dollars for Democrats", taking the bus rides to Minneapolis to attend the Bean Feeds, singing the campaign songs, staying up all night at campaign headquarters watching the results come in.  It's all so clear in my memory.

I think we all remember where we were when he was shot, even those like you who were just young and in school.   I was in Hawaii with two girlfriends.  We rented a condo a block from the beach, and acted like we were staying at the Royal Hawaiian, eating breakfast there and using their beach like we were guests.  lol.   When we woke up that morning, the manager of our condo was in the little patio and there was a lot of excitement going on.  We called out from our balcony to ask what had hapened, and he told us.  We went down and joined him and others around the radio, beyond shocked.  For some silly reason, we were surprised that the Hawaiians were as effected by what had happened as we were.   We were young and not well traveled, and I guess we felt like Hawaii wasn't part of the US, although of course we KNEW that it was.   The whole Island (Oahu) was quiet and subdued, even though their bread and butter was tourists.  No one felt like celebrating.  We were scheduled to fly home the next day, still stunned and in shock, and once at home, I don't think the tears stopped for a week.   Funny thing is, jaded as I am, and as much as I now know,I still believe in Camelot.  I loved Regan even more.  How I wish . . . 

I hope you got to sleep a lot earlier than 4 last night!  


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See, that is what happens when you try to skimp on money. I wonder if they even checked into the new snow removers reputation or told them what time they were expected to be on the job.  They must have done somebody else first.  Maybe it costs more to be top of the list!  Thank goodness for wonderful caring neighbors.
I see my boy in your picture of the fire.  He sure is a beauty!  Wish I could enjoy his company.  I have friends who just lost their cat Jenga to kidney disease.  It came on really fast and he did not last a week.  They rescued him and have had him for 4 years.  They never had kids and he was their baby.  I am sure they will want to get another in time.

 Essence of Christmas Spirit
 Giving
 Generosity
 Sociability
 and Cheer
I researched it, lol.

Your gift from Laine sounds wonderful.  The cookies would not last long around here either.  Or any of the other goodies.  So nice to be able to try new things.  I love that, but rarely get to.
That is why I enjoyed my chocolates from you.  My first Godiva!!

Shhh.  Only a week and we still need to bake, make candy and wrap.  They are all going to kill my back. But I like doing them.  Mom decided she wanted to see wrapped presents under the tree and not bags.  Easy for her to say since she is not the one who wraps them.  Ahhh, but I love it.  I love Christmas and everything about it.  Just not as much as I used to.
I have been rebuilding a Christmas tree that my brother Mike (the one who has passed on) made when he was st Brooke Industries...a program for mentally handicapped adults.  Mike went from school to there when he turned 18.  It is made of wooden spools and felt...which has deteriorated with time.  The little ornaments that once were on it have broken over the years and mom replaced them with tiny Precious Moments ornaments.  But they have fallen off as the glue bond dries out and been reglued so often that that has added to the shabbiness of it.  We tried to clean it up but the felt just deteriorated in some areas so am making new felt layers for it.  It will not exactly be made by Mike anymore but at least mom will still have it and display it.  When it is done I will take a picture of it.  I have the  tree all done but still need to add the ornaments.
Tomorrow Chris is supposed to clean, so we will see if that happens.  I hope it does not take her all day.  She is not being paid by the hour so who knows.  She told mom yesterday that she owes her $12 for laundry and mom said, well, lets just take that off of what I pay you when you clean and Chris was fine with that.  I suggested to mom the trading laundry for laundry but she is not ready for that.
I pray I do not have to dream about a white Christmas...I want to have one.  23 degrees her right now.  I do not know what the wind chill is.  But it is breezy out.  Well time to say good night.  Chat with you my sister tomorrow.
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Good Morning!   It's Friday and Shauna is here, working away.  She also brought us a darling little bucket of home made cookies!  How we love that!   We gave her a little box of Godiva Chocolates in the shape of a Christmas tree and a bonus check in her card, that I don't think she has seen yet.    She is such a treasure.     I hope Chris is there working away for you, too!

Oh my gosh, the UPS guy just came.  I was expecting two packages that should have been here two days ago and were delayed because of the storm.  Mike said he was expecting two packages.  I think we got at least six!   Mike the shopper has been out of control again!  lol

Ah, yes.  That is your boy, blending in with the couch so you can almost not see him.  He is really changed since Chrystie died.  She always wanted to curl up with him and sleep, and he wanted nothing to do with her EXCEPT to chase her.  At least that's the way it seemed.  I think I told you that when she died, Mike put her on the bed and I covered her with a towel because it was cold ~~ a bit of the crazies.  Anyway, her little feet were sticking out under the towel, and Shogun attacked them, almost as if to say "Get up!"   

He's been quite subdued since she left us, and he always wants to be in the same room with us, except at night when he often stays in the Great Room or the Morning Room by himself.  That's such an Aby thing to do. They are so independent, and yet so people oriented at the same time.   Anyway, he is needing to be with us much more, going with us any time we leave the room (under foot!) and being close.  He'll stand on his hind legs and put his "hands" on the arm of the chair and head butt to get a back scratch or head pet, but he still doesn't want us to pick him up or hold him.   Barb even commented on the change when she came over and he came up to love on her.  Now, I am less likely to say "Take him.  Please!" and you would be more likely to WANT him.  ;-)

Thanks for finding the other Four Essences!  I had Googled but I must have asked wrong because I couldn't find them!

I used to do all the gift wrapping for my mom, my aunt Jean and myself ~ and I loved it.   Mike buys gifts already gift wrapped or he uses the pre-wrapped boxes I've made for him over the years or bags ~~~ and then he STILL complains about how much work it is!   The boy would  complain if you hung him with a new rope!  LOL

The tree your brother Mike made sounds like such a treasure.  I'm so glad you are restoring it.  Something to always cherish.

Crossing my fingers that Chris is there and really does a good job for you!

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How right were we?  When it got to be 1pm I said I was going to knock on her door.  Mom would not let me.  She said when she comes, she comes.  She showed up at 2:20, I hope I am not too late girls.  Mom said well you can start.  Then she is just gotta go upstairs and see if my phone is there.  When she came back, mom asked her if she would like to wait until Mon. to do it.  That way our house would be cleaner for Christmas.  So Chris said that was fine.  So I said, what time should I come knocking on your door if you are not here by?  She said 9am, I said I may not be up then, lol.  So she did vacuum and then mom dropped the bomb.  She asked Chris if she would like to do our was in exchange for doing ours.  She said she would do our wash and still pay for ours and we said no.  She then said she would pay half and mom said no.  She would have argued it, but I told her have you not learned that you cannot argue with mom, you will not win.  So that was that.  She will do laundry Mon. while she cleans.  Mon is better in my opinion.  I will do cookies and we will do candy this weekend.  My cookies are rolled in powder sugar and it always makes a mess on the floor, etc.  This was we will not mess up the floor after she washes it, lol.  So all's good that ends good, if it ends good.
My poor boy.  He does not know what to do with himself without Chrystie.  Maybe he needs a little brother or sister??
Just kidding!  Though I am sure the shelter has a lot of little kitties that are looking for a big brother.  Or an adult cat wanting a companion. 
I googled "The essences of Christmas as referred to in Dicken's A Christmas Carol" and I got the answer.  More or less, lol.  Seems to me if you drank enough Port, you would cover all those other essences easily, lol.  What exactly is Port....wine??  That is what I always assumed anyway.
I used to love wrapping gifts and making them pretty.  But when I cannot get down on the floor or up and down to wrap, then it just makes it so hard.  And I cannot sit at the table very long without a lot of pain.  Still, it is easier for me than for mom, and it is a lot more fun to rip the wrapping paper off than to open a bag.
Well, i should be getting to sleep, I have baking and wrapping to do in the morning. :)
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Good Morning! Welcome to the weekend.

Shauna was here yesterday, so the house is nice and clean ~ for a while.  It's actually warming up today ~ we may see the low 50s!

I need to get Mike's Christmas gifts wrapped, not that I have that many for him.  Other than that, I'm not sure what today will hold for us.   The big neighborhood Christmas party is today, but we're not going.  It's just too hard.  I know it will be lovely, but we'll have a nice time too.  We went out and got some Eggnog yesterday ~ Ho! Ho! Ho!

Well, at least Chris DID come ~ lol.  I was (am) afraid she will be casual about time, and while I understand you mom's thoughts that as long as it gets done it's all good, I just have to project my own feelings ~ waiting for someone and not having a clue when they will come makes me CRAZED!

I would be on the phone after half an hour, but Mike like your mom, tends to wait and not want to call.  I can see he stresses like I do ~ though maybe I cause at least part of his stress. (lol)  Anyway, I do see the advantage of her coming on Monday after you have baked.  Are The Ladies coming on Monday night?  Will you be too tired to enjoy them?  Again, I'm "projecting".  Shauna wears us out, and we don't lift a finger.  Ho! Ho! Ho!

Great that Chris will do laundry for you, too.  I'm impressed that she still wanted to pay you rather than just taking advantage.  That it's your mom's decision for her not to pay is fine.  It should be her decision.  

We aren't actually seeking a feline companion for Shogun, and if we do get one he will probably try to kill it.  lol  We are on Rescue lists for the breeds we like, so if we receive notice that an older one in Colorado needs us, you never know.  For the most part (Shogun being the recent exception) we do prefer to adopt older cats.  Everyone wants kittens, but I'd prefer to play with them at your house and invite an older cat into mine.  ;-)   As you know, I contribute to the ASPCA, the Denver Dumb Friends League and Max Fund (a no kill shelter), and I do find myself peeking at available cats from time to time on line.   I don't think we should go to any of those places and actually look at, or worse visit with, the cats.  We'd "need" to bring them all home!   For now, I'm rather enjoying the quiet and cleaner house of being a one cat family.  Ha.

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Sooooo, we didn't go to the neighborhood Christmas Party.  

The Christmas Party came to us!

We were dressed beyond casually and I didn't have a drop of make up on, and the doorbell rang.  Dam(sp)!   John and Sue had built plates for us and dropped them off on the way home.   Mike answered the door, thanked them profusely but didn't invite them in cuz he knew I didn't have makeup on and he thought I'd have a hissy.  Probably right.  LOL

They brought one plate of meatballs, Swedish meatballs, various roll ups (including one with jalapenos!) and sandwiches.   The second plate was all desserts.   Guess what WE had for dinner last night?!    More left for tonight.  ;-)

  






Maybe 15 minutes later, Annette, our neighbor two houses over called and said she was bringing a plate to us.   She knew that John and Sue had, but this was some different sweets that would keep longer (covered pretzels and little candies).  I tried to talk her out of it, but she insisted and also picked up our mail.  The street where the party was is on a hill at right angles from our street, and apparently getting to and from the party was really hard (another reason for us to be glad we didn't go), but there were a lot of no shows, so a lot of leftover food.   I did invite her in and we visited for a while.  She's looking for a new cleaning lady, and I recommended Shauna.  She has Madeline (the one we almost got but didn't because I didn't think she would be dependable.  Apparently she isn't.)  I'll see if Shauna wants a new client.  

Annette is so cute.  I'm sure she's older than I am, and she always wears really cute tee shirts or whatever to the parties.  Tonight she outdid herself.  I had to take a picture.   Her hat was battery operated, and when she activated it, lights flashed and Burl Ives sang "Jolly Holly Christmas" while the hat jumped around like the Sorting Hat from Harry Potter.   Ho! Ho! Ho!

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I got my cookie dough made but that was it.  They are a bit time consuming because once you make them then the dough has to go into the fridge to chill.  Then you have to roll the dough into date size and shape to bake.  They bake at 250 for 45 min.  Then you have to roll them in powdered sugar.  They are delicious though, so it's worth it.  Got nothing wrapped today.  Mom wants to do her candy tomorrow.  I have a candy that I am going to make too!  Are you going to make your cookies for Mike???
God Bless you for making those donations to places that take care of and protect animals.  I just cannot understand anyone who can hurt and animal when all they do is give us unconditional love.  If the rescue need were ever to arise, that cat would be the luckiest cat alive...next to Shogun, lol.
I would rather adopt and older cat too.  Kittens are adorable but too much work and into too much.  I want them litter trained too, lol.   I would not want them too old as I would like a good amount of time with them.  I remember how hard it was when I lost Novia....it still hurts because I was so dependent on her.  She was my life.  I would love to fill that void.  But mom will not budge...she does not understand my need.
Well how wonderful that neighbors thought of you and brought you goodies from the party.  You really have so many
wonderful neighbors.  It makes it so much more pleasurable to know your neighbors and to enjoy their company.  I love her outfit!  Does she have striped sock or tights or pants on.  Love it and what fun.
Going to go to bed now.  It is after 2 in the morning here.
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Hello.  Did you have a nice weekend?  Yesterday I got Mike's gifts wrapped, and some overdue emails written.  I still have a few more to write.  I don't know how I could have been so far ahead, and now I'm feeling like time has run out ~ again.  Ho! Ho! Ho!

Whether wrapping or doing something else, we had those cute little Christmas stories on from the Hallmark Channels.  Certainly nothing "profound", but sweet and somehow comforting and we BOTH enjoyed watching them almost all day.
  
We got a gift from Mike's sister and brother-in-law tonight, that would have been a wonderful gift.  It was a box of different meat and chicken impanadas that sound wonderful from Williams Sonoma.  It was sent 'One Day Priority Mail', supposedly, but when it arrived the dry ice was all gone and the impanadas were warm to the touch.   We don't think it would be safe to eat them.   Mike tried calling the Customer Service number and got put on hold and then after about 10 minutes he got a tone and his call was dropped.  He did that 2 or 3 times and then gave up.  Then he emailed with all the particulars and requested the gift be replaced.   We'll see what happens.  

Thank you for the beautiful tag.  With the border it makes me think of 'Frozen' ~ or of Colorado lately.  ;-)   

I confess, I do look at the cats available from the Dumb Friends League or the Max Fund on line from time to time, and of course there is always a picture or two . . . then I'll read that he or she doesn't get along with other cats, or is declawed, or has HIV.  We know we can't go to the shelters in person because we'd 'have' to come home with all the cats there.  So for now, it's just the three of us. 

Did you get your cookies made?  Candy?  Gifts wrapped??   As I said, we weren't doing very much this year (and actually enjoying it) and we had the house clean and as decorated as we were going to do early.  Lots of time to just enjoy having nothing to do ~~~ I thought.  Somehow, I'm feeling like I should be doing all sorts of things and I won't be ready in time.  Lol.   In reality, I could keep busy right up until Christmas Eve, but I don't really need to.  There is always something you could/should do, but here there isn't much that I HAVE to do.

We were going to go out for dinner or lunch several times and just decided we really didn't want to.  We went to the Bone Fish for dinner one night and we plan to go to The Keg on Wednesday, then we'll have our traditional Christmas Eve Smorgasbord and open gifts, then Santa may come on Christmas morning and we'll make a ham dinner.  That's something we both grew up with but haven't had in years.   We're looking forward to it.
Soooo, we could have an exciting Christmas Season of parties and restaurants and drives, but I think we will instead be rather boring ~ and  we're looking forward to it.   LOL

I hope Chris comes on time today and does a great job for you!

 
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Good Morning!!
How often have you heard that from me?  Not much at all.  I am starting out with computer today and I missed last night so coming here.
Chris is here working.  She had said I could knock on her door at 9am is she was not over.  I got up at 8:30 and took a shower.  Then did all my stuff and put yesterday's dishes away.  Got my breakfast and read the paper.  It was now 9:30.  Was going to knock but decided to wait till 10.  I knocked at 10.  She was up and said she would be over in 1/2 and apologized for keeping us waiting.  So she is busy in the bathroom at this time.
Yes, my cookies are all done and no, no candy yet.  All mom's presents for our family and friends are wrapped.  Just mine to go.  This evening Suz is taking me shopping.  I just like to see the store and pick up a few things I love for Christmas.  I want a cheese tray with sausage that I make each year and need crackers for it too!  Who knows what I will buy.  
Tomorrow I will finish wrapping and maybe get my candy in.  Mom's we will do whenever she wants to.
That picture of Vince is priceless.  Love it.  He looks so cute and happy.  So adorable.
Louann and Bruce had the Fauska Christmas yesterday because Nerissa, Matt and Sam are leaving Christmas Day to go by the Bertram side of the family in Florida.  They have a winter home there.  Also Kirstie has to work Christmas Day.  Here is a pic with all 4 grandkids in it.  Bruce is sitting on the floor and his older brother Kirk is on the couch.  Liam is in his lap, Sam to the left and Sailer to the right and Finn over in front of Kirk.

It was morning when I started this post, lol.  It is not anymore, so Good Afternoon.  That is really awful about that spoiled food, or would be spoiled.  Someone one screwed up.  They had better replace it.  Just what is an Empanada?  I have heard the name before but never knew just what kind of food it is.  But it sounds good to me...I like the word.  It sounds like it could be a dance on DWTS.
Moving on now to get other things done.  Suz called and will pick me up shortly after 5 so need to get all my groups stuff done.
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