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RE:WELCOME TO DECEMBER CHAT
(Date Posted:12/18/2016 9:22 PM)


It is a Winter Wonderland around here and it is pretty,but
the weather has been deadly for some. I watched the world news tonight and heard that there have been 7 deaths attributed to this cold weather. People have frozen to death. I also heard about a tree falling on a wedding party and killing someone in California and a road rage incident in Little Rock that caused one driven to fire upon a grandmother,
 missing her but killing her 2 yr old grandson.They also had a 4 yr old killed last month, I think in a drive by. I want to tell my brother to not take the kids to Little Rock but I think that is where their mother lives.

You know when you have to drive out to get the mail, maybe you should just take a little drive around to warm up the engine and the come home and pick up the mail on your way in. No one would be the wiser, lol. 

Ok. I will say I was really hurt by your comment in regards to my tongue in cheek joking about you not reading my post and saying that since I did it all the time, you assume you were forgiven. I felt awful that you thought I was serious and even worse that you thought I did it all the time. I have never done it. I have read your post and been guilty of not replying because I was in a hurry. I have come on and posted that I am not posting for some reason, but I did take the time to read what you wrote. So I think since we both seem hurt by my post and resulting posts that neither of us needed forgiving and both of us are sorry and let it go. I really
 should have let it go already but I felt I needed to make sure you knew that is was supposed to be amusing and I failed and for that I am sorry.
Got about half the presents wrapped. More tomorrow and then on to baking. I want to make Pecan cookies, Cinnamon cookies and Spritz's and it will be my first time making them.  Wish me luck.
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RE:WELCOME TO DECEMBER CHAT
(Date Posted:12/19/2016 9:51 AM)




                                                        Good Morning!

It's a Brisk 14 degrees as we speak (Brrrr), but we are heading for a warm and toasty 42 by afternoon, or so they tell us.  Hopefully the driveway will be dry enough for me to go and get Saturday's mail and put a few things in the mailbox with the flag up for our Mail Lady to pick up.

I read your post last night before I went to bed, and I wish I had not.  I "wrote posts" to you off and on all night.   Lesson learned ~ no peeking at posts before bed time.

I'm sorry you were hurt by my response to your "tongue in cheek" comment.  I didn't realize it was a joke, and I was really stung by it.  I come in almost every day, and I am well aware that is easier for me than it is for you because I have the other group where I am the owner and I feel an obligation to post there daily unless I really can't.  Since I've posted there, it's easy to bring that post here, delete all of the comments to others and add my thoughts to you.  It isn't that easy for you, and I understand that, and never feel upset when you don't come in to say high for a few days.   I do "get" it.  What perhaps you might not realize is that while I do post in both groups almost every day, there are many days when I really don't want to post in either.   I just want to go and sit in a corner and suck my thumb, and perhaps cry, some days.   I understand that everyone else has days like that too.

Since I rarely do miss a day, when I posted quickly that I really couldn't post and I would be back it appeared to me that you were criticizing me for not taking the time to read and write a response to everything.  I didn't think that criticism was warranted and pointed out that you often didn't respond to everything I said either.  I didn't mean to hurt you, only to defend myself. 

I do read everything, though I may not respond to every single thing, and sometimes I know I mis-read things in my hurry.  It often takes me a couple of hours to post in both groups.    I hope we never reach the point where we feel we "have" to come in and post (a.k.a. talk to each other) rather than doing so because we want to.     I'm sorry that I hurt your feelings, and I hope you will forgive me.

You are doing so much more than I am this year.  I don't remember ever having a time when I had a week with very little to do to get ready for Christmas before.   It's lovely.   Of course we are also not doing very much or having anyone over or even going out a lot.   I have so little for Mike this year that wrapping his gifts will not be a challenge.   I stressed myself so much about making cards, which I certainly didn't NEED to do, and now I'm a bit at a loss because I feel like I should be doing SOMETHING!  Ha.

I haven't seen that the missing cats have been found.  There was another gray kitty someone found and posted pictures of.  Sounded like such a nice, friendly cat.  Folks online in the Arvada Neighbor's group suggested animal shelters they could take her to if they didn't find the owner, but many shelters kill the animals after a few days or a week.  We do have a few No Kill shelters that I donate to.  Anyway, last night the lady posted that she took the cat to a vet in one of the shelters who scanned it and found that it had a microchip.  They found the owners only a few blocks away, so that cat and it's owner have been reunited!  Now if the other two just didn't freeze or get eaten by predator's around here.   I can't help but worry both about the animals and the homeless people who may not have chosen to go to a shelter ~ or worse, not found a shelter that was open to them.

I hope you and I are ok, now.  I don't know what else to say.



                
                      

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RE:WELCOME TO DECEMBER CHAT
(Date Posted:12/20/2016 1:03 AM)


WE ARE ALWAYS OK, NO MATTER WHAT!!
I THINK WE ALL FORGET THAT THE WRITTEN WORD DOES NOT ALLOW FOR TONE AND INFLECTION USED WHEN SAYING SOMETHING.  WRITTEN WORDS ARE OFTEN MISCONSTRUED.  YOU ALWAYS WRITE VERY NEWSY INFORMATIVE NOTES.  I NORMALLY JUST RESPOND TO YOU POINTS.  SOMETIMES I DO HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY AND IF I RESPOND TO ALL YOUR WONDERFUL POINTS, THEN I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO WRITE WHAT I HAVE TO SAY...IT OFTEN TAKES ME A COUPLE HOURS JUST TO WRITE BACK TO YOU.
I ADMIT TO BEING EXTREMELY STRESSED AS OF LATE.  MOM CAN DO LESS AND LESS AND NO ONE IN MY FAMILY SEEMS TO CONSIDER THIS AS IT SEEMS THEY DO LESS AND LESS FOR HER, OR SO IT SEEMS TO ME. BUT MAYBE THEY DO NOT SEE AS I AM TRYING MY BEST TO PICK UP THE SLACK.  THIS IS STRESSING ME BIG TIME.  MOM LEAVES THE CARDS ENTIRELY TO ME...SHE DOES NOT HELP AT ALL.  SHE LEAVES THE WRAPPING UP TO ME AND HAS THE NERVE TO SAY I WAS MORE THINGS WRAPPED INSTEAD OF STUCK IN BAGS.  I JUST LOOKED AT HER AND SAID I WILL DO WHAT EVER IS EASIEST.  I THEN REALIZE I HAVE NOT GOTTEN MY NEPHEWS IN ARKANSAS GIFTS TO THEM.  AND I STILL NEED FOR MY NEPHEW JASON.  I TOLD LOUANN THAT I WOULD HELP WITH THEIR CHRISTMAS DINNER FOR THE COMMUNITY AND SHE HAD ASKED MY TO TAG 2OO BAGS AND I SAID SURE.  NOW I FOUND OUT THE WILL NOT GET THE BAGS TILL THE 23RD.  I STILL NEED TO WRAP AND BAKE AND I COULD SCREAM.  
I MAY NOT SEE YOU UNTIL CHRISTMAS EVE.  BUT I WILL TRY.
LOVE AND HUGS,
LOU ANN
PS...I PRAY THOSE CATS GOT INDOORS SOMEWHERE.  I KNOW THEY GOT OUR ACCIDENTALLY, ANYONE THAT DELIBERATELY LEAVES ANIMALS OUTSIDE IN THIS WEATHER SHOULD BE SHOT.


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RE:WELCOME TO DECEMBER CHAT
(Date Posted:12/20/2016 9:40 AM)




Good Morning!

A bit warmer today ~ mid 50s.  We can't get to our mailbox because they didn't shovel in front of it. Even if the drive is clear, when you go out into the street to get to the mailbox, you have a big mound of snow right in front of it.   Fortunately, our lovely Mail lady brought our mail up to the door for us with some packages last night.  My SS information had sat in the mailbox since Saturday ~~~ and you don't have to tell me that isn't a good idea!   It was wet from snow that had swept through the cracks in the door.

However, exciting news!   I got a $5.90 raise!  Of course the increase in my Medicare deduction was also $5.90, so next year will be exactly the same as this year.  I haven't had a Pension increase since I retired, so I'm living on 1990 wages in 2016!  It's just a good thing that groceries and the cost of going to restaurants and clothes and such haven't more than doubled (trippled?), or I'd be in trouble.  Seriously, thank goodness the house is paid for, or we really would be hurting. 

We were able to drive over the now not quite so large mound in our driveway and make a run to the Post Office to mail Carolyn's birthday card and Roxie's thank you card and Laine's Christmas card.  Naturally ~ I'm sure you guessed this ~ as soon as her card was in the mail, the gift card we got her from Ikea arrived!  So now I need to get that in the mail for her.  Grumble!   If I'm repeating myself about Laine, just mark it up to senility.  I told her her gift card was coming so late that it might not make it for Christmas (how I hate that!) and she said it was ok, it would give her something to look forward to.  We felt so bad about her not having a gift from us before she goes home for Christmas that we sent her some mini croissants and cocoa from Williams Sonoma.  Not exactly a box to open, but comfort food, hopefully like a hug from us. She should get that tomorrow but her Gift Card definitely won't make it on time.

Oh, I can feel your stress, and remember it well.  As I said, this is the first time I can remember not being so far behind that I think I'm First for Christmas!   I'd better quit saying that, or I'll tempt the Fates to come out and zap me!  lol   Every year I promise to do things earlier so I won't be under the gun, and every year I am completely under the gun ~ and it's a machine gun!   I rather love not having much hanging over my head ~ but I'd better do the few little things that need to be done soon or I'll be in panic mode on Christmas Eve, and I won't have anyone to blame but myself.    

I remember when I was a kid my Mom always worked on Christmas Eve day, then she would come home and lock herself in her room for an hour and come out with the presents to go under the tree.  I would, of course, have examined all the gifts that were already under the tree, but there was almost never anything from my mom until an hour after she got home from work.  Then we would HAVE to have our smorgasbord before we could open gifts!   Terrible hardship for Little Dorothy!   While I was sleeping, Santa would come, and in the morning my stocking and the things he brought would be waiting.  Ah, the memories.  ;-)

Your current Christmas sounds a lot more like all of my "grown up" Christmases.  I wish I could help you, and I'm sorry your mom can't.  I hate that you have to tag 200 bags that you won't get until the 23rd!  That really is stress you don't need, and all you wanted to do was do for others.  I hope you get the bags early and it goes well.  Grab an eggnog ~ and spike it!  ;-)

I haven't baked since maybe the first year we were in this house.  I know Mike misses it, and I do to but I can't handle the pain.  I ordered cookies from Harry and David and they came yesterday.  Not the same as your own home baked, but in my case right now ~ better.  lol

We need to do some grocery shopping for Christmas dinner too, probably tomorrow or Thursday.   We have the Beast ready to Roast (Prime Rib), but we need the fresh trimmings.   I'm going to make a meatloaf today ~ haven't had one in a while ~ and that should last us through Thursday, then we'll come up with something for Friday and we plan to go out for lunch on Christmas Eve and then have our little smorgasbord in the Evening.

Christmas dinner is Prime Rib, mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy, corn pudding and company carrots.   Mike is going to try to make Popovers!   I wish him luck.    I used to make popovers all the time, then after we were married and got a really fancy, good, oven to replace my "antique", I could never make them again!   I tried half a dozen times using my old recipe and muffin pans, and then using new recipes and fancy popover pans and I just couldn't do it anymore.   I won't try again, but Mike wants to.   I'll let you know what happens.

How inconsiderate!  I've written a book, and you definitely don't have time to listen to me prattle right now!   Sorry about that!   Good luck getting everything done ~~ and I wasn't kidding about the eggnog!  :-D

Love you, my sister 


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RE:WELCOME TO DECEMBER CHAT
(Date Posted:12/21/2016 8:50 AM)



Happy Hump Day!

The time is really flying on the way to Christmas, isn't it?  

Mike wants to do our grocery shopping this morning, since he usually feels better in the morning after his pills kick in.  We don't have a whole lot to get, but get it we must.  ;-)  

I hope you are making some good headway on all of your Christmas tasks so that you can maybe have a little time to relax and just enjoy Christmas.    It does sound like you will be working right up to Christmas ~~ I've done that so often, and you have my sympathy and my hope that things will go well and you can get done a little earlier.  

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RE:WELCOME TO DECEMBER CHAT
(Date Posted:12/21/2016 11:51 PM)



I am taking a break from it all to talk with
as you help me keep my sanity intact. I hope
it's not too late, lol.
The wrapping is done. My own was not that bad but my mom buys for everyone. It is a lot
of wrapping.  My cookie dough is made and I will bake in the morning. We are also making divinity too. Then need to clean up for Chris to clean on Fri. I may try for cinnamon cookies
also if things go well.  I think the spritz cookies are out.  But I could do them on Sat if I have nothing else to do. Time will tell, but I am NOT going to stress over it.  We are making headway I guess.
Now that really figures about Laine's gift card. You just cannot count on the mail this time of year. That was so nice of your mail 
person to bring you your mail. That is so nice.
I cannot imagine what it would be like to be an only child with a single parent. We come from
such different backgrounds. Both parents and six kids. 1 income family with a stay at home mom.We did not know as littles that there was not enough money. We were not conscious of brand name clothes and shoes, thank God. Mom sewed out clothes when we were little.We got shoes twice a year....black and white saddle shoes. I finally got a pair of Penny Loafers in 7th grade.Now I noticing what we did not have. The worst for me at that time was wearing knee highs when the other girls were wearing pantyhose. Someone years later when asked if they remembered me in Jr High said, Oh, the knee sock girl. Horror. Worse yet they were shared with sisters so you could not always find a color that went with your outfit, Thank God in 9th grade girls were allowed to wear pants. I got my jeans and never looked back.
Mom and I are getting no increase in SS or Disability. Yet out power bill budget plan just jumped from $117 to $155. That is a big jump. I do not know how I am going to manage it all.  I need to find a job I can do from home in my chair. I know there are some out there but how do you know if they are legit?
That worries me.
Your Christmas dinner sounds wonderful, just one thing....what are Company Carrots?  I cannot wait to hear this, lol. I have no idea what we are having. I think my sisters do not trust mom since she overcooked the ham last year. I think Jo is bringing Chicken in gravy for sandwiches. We will keep it simple. We appear to be making nothing..that's ok with me. Let them do it. One less thing to worry about.
Fauska's make popovers and they are very good. I hope Mike's work out so that you can have them again. So strange how you could never make them again after not using your old stove. But the different ovens all have different heat levels so I am sure that is a big part of the problem.

By the way, I enjoyed your book. Love you sister of mine.
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RE:WELCOME TO DECEMBER CHAT
(Date Posted:12/22/2016 9:40 AM)




Good Morning
It's December the 22nd and the time is flying toward Christmas!  

We went for groceries a little later than we had planned and in the afternoon Sherri called asking to buy a Christmas card from me.   I don't have many left, only one of the Santas and one of the ones we made at Dena's Card party and a few others I just made by gluing designer paper to white card stock.  I've been adding a cut out tag with Thank You or Merry Christmas or whatever to them.  Very plain but functional ~ ha.   Anyway, I told Sherry she was welcome to what I had left but I wouldn't sell her one.  We argued a bit, but I won, and she really liked my Santa card.  She only needed one more for one of her kids.   We visited a while and that was nice too.

We've largely run out of Christmas things to watch!  We're saving the Albert Finney musical Scrooge to re-watch tomorrow night, and on Christmas Eve we always watch Magoo's Christmas Carol followed by the Peter, Paul and Mary Christmas Concert from a zillion years ago.  It's tradition!  ;-)

Today I need to wrap Mike's presents and do some laundry.

Colder today, currently 24 heading for a "high" of 37 with a very slight chance of snow.  We weren't able to get our mail last night because of Snow Mountain in front of the mailbox, but Mike did take the trash can to the curb.  If we want the mail, I guess we'll have to drive to get it.  Grumble.

I made it sound like it was just mom and me, but it wasn't.  My dad died before I was three, but his mother, my precious Grandma, came to live with us, and his brother, my Uncle Edgar and Aunt Helen were close and always nearby. AND my half brother Bob was there until he was 19 and went into the Navy.  He was 9 years older than me.  I hero worshipped him, and I was a big pain in his tush.  My mom was widowed twice and had 11 years of marriage between the two husbands.  She never complained but she worked at a time when women mostly did not work outside the home to support us all.  My Grandma watched over Bob and me and took care of the house and much of the cooking, but my mom still came home from work and cleaned and did laundry ~ in those big old tubs that you had to hand wash things in ~ and much of the cooking too.  Looking back, I have to wonder how she did it all, even with Grandma's help.   My mom and Grandma made all of my clothes too ~ and I dressed better as a little girl than any of the "rich" kids, but like you, I didn't know we were poor and some of my friends were rich.  I knew they had much nicer houses, but somehow that didn't register with me.

 Because Bob was so much older than me, in many ways I was like an only child, and quite spoiled.  Of course, I deserved it.  ;-)   Bob was my nieces, Mary Ann and Catherine's dad, and of course Grandfather and Great Grandfather to all the middle ones and little ones I talk about.   He died before his namesake Robert was born, but he doted on Aaron and Katie.   How he would have loved the current little ones.  You've heard me speak of his wife, Alice, too, but I don't think I will go there now, cuz it's Christmas.  lol


It sounds like you are really getting on top of things ~ Yay!   I used to love to wrap presents, and in fact would do most of my mom's and then go over to my Aunt Jean's (when we lived in Rochester) and do hers, too.   Now, I'll be doing good if I get the few things I have for Mike wrapped!  I no longer make special pre-wrapped boxes (Mike still uses them and Gift Bags and complains because he has to wrap gifts!   Pull-eeze!  LOL).  I used to make lavish bows with wire ribbon and add embellishments and . . . all sorts of things.  There really were a lot to wrap for with Mike's family and mine and then my gifts for him, but I'd hate to have to do that now.  LOL    

I think I told you i bought cookies from Harry and David this year ~ how sad is that?   I mean, of course they are good, but who buys their own Christmas cookies?!  Sheesh! lol  

 Mike hurt his ankle so he didn't make the popovers ~ yet.  Company Carrots?  That's what Mike calls them, and I don't know why.  The are just the way I've always made carrots, with a little brown sugar and butter.  He thinks they are special ~~ LOL!  

We did get Laine's gift card in the mail last night, and the croissants and hot chocolate we ordered for her from Wolfermans came last night ~ ahead of schedule.  She was excited.  It does sound like pre-Christmas comfort food, doesn't it?  

Now you have a few more cookies to make ~ but you don't have to if you don't want to!  Try not to stress yourself anymore than you have to.  See if you can let Chris do a little more cleaning too.  I know you want everything picked up before she comes, but it wouldn't kill her to dust and clean floors and things so you don't have to do them.

Yes, it's nice to know that the cost of living hasn't gone up so we don't NEED an increase in our SS or pension or whatever.  It would be hard if things were more expensive, but since they aren't, then aren't we lucky?  I see Congress wants a raise, but of course they NEED it.  (sneer)   Obama wants an increase to the pension (or whatever you call it) that Presidents have after they leave office too.  (I won't start, or I won't be able to finish, and my Christmas spirit will be all gone!)

It really does sound like you might get through with the things you have to do (except for those 200 gift tags!) so you might be able to have a few minutes to just enjoy.  I hope so.  Don't pile any more on your plate!

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RE:WELCOME TO DECEMBER CHAT
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YEP. MY COOKIES ARE DONE.  I ONLY DID A SINGLE

 BATCH INSTEAD OF A DOUBLE, BUT THEY ARE YUMMY.  i

WASHED ALL THE SHELVES OF THE DESK/CABINET AND

THE TABLE THAT SITS NEXT TO THEM.  I SWEAR THERE

WAS AN INCH OF DUST ON EVERYTHING AND A DUST

CLOTH WAS NOT CUTTING IT.  HAD TO WASH AND DRY

EVERYTHING AND THAT INCLUDED 2 ANNIVERSART

CLOCKS, A HURRICANE LAMP, 2 SILVER CANDLE STICKS,

A SMALL CHEST OF DRAWERS AND A MULTITUDE OF

KNICK KNACKS.  ALSO MANY OTHER LITTLE JOBS. SO I

GET THE NIGHT TO REST.  WE ARE WATCHING
..
CHRISTMAS MOVIES.  EVERY NIGHT  IF NOT ON

 HALLMARK THEN ON NET FLICKS AND FEEL'N.  I THINK

YOU CAN GET CHRISTMASED OUT, LOL. THE CUTESY

KIND ANYWAY.



IT IS TO BAD THAT MIKE WAS UNABLE TO MAKE THE

POPOVERS, YET!  LOL  I AM SURE YOU WILL GET THEM

EVENTUALLY.  SEE NOW, YOUR CARDS ARE IN DEMAND
 
AND PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO PAY FOR THEM.  YOU ARE

 A VERY SUCCESSFUL CARD MAKER.  CONGRATULATIONS.

I REALLY WANT TO SEE THE SANTA CARD AND ANY

OTHERS YOU HAVE TO SHARE..  I DID NOT REALIZE THE

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN YOU AND BOB AND HOW THAT

ALL PLAYED OUT.  NO, PL;EASE DO NOT GO INTO

ANYTHING ABOUT ALICE, SHE LEAVES A BAD TASTE IN

    MY MOUTH.  I THOUGHT OF YOU TODAY BECAUSE ME

MOM GOT A PACKAGE FROM HARRY AND DAVID. LOL IT

IS HER PRESENT FROM MY BROTHER.  SOMETHING ON A

SLIP SAID HER PACKAGE CONTAINED PEARS AND MY

MOM REALLY DOES NOT CARE FOR PEARS SO I WILL

PROBABLY BE EATING THEM IF THAT IS WHAT IT IS.

MY  BROTHER SHOULD KNOW THAT OR AT LEAST ASK.
  
 MY MOM IS A PICKY EATER.  SO THE SENATE WANTS AN

 INCREASE IN THEIR PENSION AND OBAMA DOES TOO?

WELL, I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE THEM ALL A GREAT BIG

 KICK IN THE ASS AND ASK THEM IF THEY WANT TO TRY

 AND LIVE OFF WHAT I HAVE TO.  I THINK THEY ALL

 SHOULD AND THEN DARE TO ASK FOR A RAISE IN

PENSION.  WE DO NOT HAVE THE MONEY TO GIVE THEM

A RAISE BUT I SUPPOSE THEY WILL VOTE ONE FOR

THEMSELVES.  MAKES ME SICK,


SO TOMORROW WE MAKE MOMS CANDY AT SOME POINT

AND CHRIS IS CLEANING AND I HAVE AN INR TEST. I

REALLY HOPE TO HAVE ALL THESE THINGS DONE SO

THAT SAT IS A DAY OF REST.  

LOVE YOU MUCHO!  

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RE:WELCOME TO DECEMBER CHAT
(Date Posted:12/23/2016 9:25 AM)

Good Morning. 

It's the Night before the Night Before Christmas, and all through the house . . . Dorothy still doesn't have her presents for Mike wrapped.   Better get it into gear today, old girl!  We also need to drive around in front of the mailbox and pick up two day's worth of mail (grrrrrr), but otherwise, we're in pretty good shape for the shape we're in.    Of course I'll be in even better shape once I've had a cup of coffee!

I think by the time Christmas Day is over, we will be ready to retreat from Christmas movies until next year.   We have also been watching "Brokenwood" (New Zealand) and "A Place to Call Home" (Australian) every Monday, but those will come to an end this coming Monday.  It seems like most of the "regular" shows we watch are only reruns now, so everyone else must be watching more Christmas movies too.   I do love them, but we started watching both those on Hallmark and Netflix and our own DVDs the first of December.  It's time!  ha.

I think you were smart to only bake a single batch of cookies, especially when you had what sounds like a Major Cleaning job with the shelves and desk.  (No, I won't say Chris should be doing that.  See?  This is me, keeping my mouth shut.  lol)

You more than deserved a night of rest!   Things that once were so easy just aren't anymore, and it's exhausting and sometimes pain inducing.

I can't imagine ever making any cards that I think are good enough to charge for, and if I did I'd have to charge a couple of hundred dollars apiece if I worked my time in as well as the cost of the products used to make them.  LOL   I am glad I was able to help Sherri, though. 

Oh, dear.  I hope your mom's gift wasn't pears!   I can see him not sending her cookies since she has worked so hard to lose and keep her weight off, but they have so many other things.

Good luck with the candy today.   I hope you can have some time off to enjoy.  Have you gotten the tags from LouAnn yet?   We need some free time to just enjoy Christmas before it's so quickly over.

Merry Merry!

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Well, guess what?  It has been quite the day. I got up and showered at 8an because Chris was supposed to be here at 9am.  At 10 am she came in and she said she was a naughty girl because she was late. Not only was she late. she was drunk!!  Slurring laughing acting ridiculous drunk.  She went on and on about several things and was so childish.  She could not focus on anything.
She finally said she had a phone call to make and would be back.  So, sometime later she cam back (seemed more sober) but after chatting and searching for her furniture spray she said maybe she should come back after lunch and so we agreed, she said she would be back at 1.  At 2 I knocked on her door, then I pounded.  No answer.  At 3 mom knocked, then she pounded on it with her cane and woke Chris up. So after a discussion, she is cleaning
tomorrow. Great, because we are making candy tomorrow. Now we will be
cleaning on Christmas Eve and I wanted a day of Peace and Quiet.  But more than that, I want a clean house.
Mom's gift from Harry and David is 5 boxes and only one looks to be big enough to hold pears. We are thinking they are candy and nuts or something like that.  So again it is better that we do not make more cookies.  Besides, I had bought us a 2lb 10oz box of signature chocolates too!  Also my sister Diane got mom fudge from some place down south for Christmas.  Butter Pecan and Walnut.  Yum, I am sure I will have to help her eat it.
I am even having Suz pick me up a bottle of wine for Christmas.  Arbor Mist.
Last week Fri my INR was 1.9 and this week it is 3.1. From way to high to too low to too high. She told me not to drink too much, 1-2 drinks and not big ones.  I told her I intended to drink on Christmas and New Years. Maybe next
Friday I can go longer than 1 week and then I will be able to have a bit more for New Years.  I hope you had a lovely Christmas Eve Eve.
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Forgive  my terrible photography, but here is your Virtual Christmas card.    PSP wouldn't even let me trim the first picture, and you can't see that Santa was made from Sparkling Diamond paper.  No one told me it was such a bearcat to work with ~ quite heavy and hard to cut, but worth it in the end, I think.  

You will have to imagine my beautiful handwritten "Love, Mike and Dorothy".  (My "beautiful handwritten" is of course a joke.  lol)

  

Because I'm such a genius, I made 65 cards in order to have 45!    I made 45 and was quite pleased with myself until I realized I had stamped 20 of them upside down.  Aaarrgghhhh.   I had to dismember and salvage what I could to remake the last 20.    This is what they turned out like, made on red cardstock instead of white.     I do wish you could see the "sparkling" Santa.    
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RE:WELCOME TO DECEMBER CHAT
(Date Posted:12/24/2016 10:34 AM)

Twas the Night before Christmas . . . 
 
and all through the house, we're as ready for Christmas as we can be.   We planned to go out for lunch, but Mike's ankle is still giving him a lot of pain, so we may eliminate that.  I'm leaving it up to him, but we'll be fine either way.  We have a lovely smorgasbord planned for tonight.  I got my presents for him wrapped and then he went downstairs and found all the pre-wrapped boxes I had made for him over the years and brought at least twice as many boxes in for me as I have for him!   They look better than those I just wrapped, too!  (Keep repeating, I celebrated his 70th all year long . . .   lol)  

We did drive to the mailbox yesterday afternoon.  There wasn't much in it, but we did get four more cards.   The snow has largely melted in front of it, but I'd still have some fancy stepping to do to get from the cleared portion of the driveway to the front of the mailbox and back.   I'm such a wuss.

Every time we watch one version of Scrooge, Scrooge's Nephew tells Bob Crachet about Port, "the fifth essence of the Christmas spirit", so we have a couple of bottles of that lovely essence and last night we enjoyed a glass in our little Morning Room with the tree lighted and a good view of the decorated neighborhood ~~~ from Mike's chair anyway.  

Someone rang our doorbell but left before we could get to the door.  We get so many deliveries that we never jump too fast, thinking that if it's a neighbor, they will give us a few minutes.   I was able to see that the visitor (delivery person?) was a woman as she walked away before we got up so I went to the door and found a grocery bag tied there.   Inside were two gifts from Sue and John!   You know I was going to wait to open them, but Mike was not, so since he opened his, I opened mine too.  They had brought things back from their last trip to Hawaii ~ a lovely bottle of Plumeria lotion for me (could there BE a more heavenly scent?) and a can of chili for Mike.   Say WHAT?   It rattled rather than sloshed, so he opened the can and found a bottle of  gourmet Hawaiian salt.  There really couldn't be a more prefect gift for the Condiment King.   Once again I felt guilty because we had nothing for them, but I know that isn't what Christmas is about and I would love being able to do things for others without making them feel like they have to respond in kind, so I will simply say Thank You to John and Sue.  

Later when we were having dinner, the doorbell rang again, and this time the person at the door didn't go away.   It was Shauna with a big plate of cookies with one of her wonderful cheese cakes in the middle.  

Now I can come in and spend part of my morning with my dear sister ~ sisters, actually.   We are so lucky, and so blessed.  

It's 23 right now, and we may get to the low 40s today with no snow predicted, but a good chance for RAIN.  We haven't seen much of that.  It may take our "White Christmas" away, though they are saying we could have some snow tomorrow night.

I read your first sentence last night when I posted the pictures of my Santa card.  I knew you weren't through posting and I feared you might have bad news about good old Chris.  I'm so sorry I was right!   There goes your chance to have a quiet, lovely Christmas Eve.   I really wish I could have sent you Shauna ~  earlier in the week.  She has a huge family and needs Christmas off to celebrate with them.  ;-)   I hope Chris actually comes and doesn't take all day, and that you can still get your candy made.  What a shame to screw up your day.  

My INR was all over the place for a while like that too.  I have no idea why, but for the last several times it's been beautifully in range ~~ I wish the same for you!
 

Update:  Mike's ankle is still very painful so we decided not to go for lunch.  I know we would have enjoyed it, but I really don't feel at all bad about not going other than the reason we aren't going.  Poor Mike.   We'll have a lovely day, maybe even more fun for not trying to jam so much into it.


And so my very dear sister, I wish you the Merriest Christmas Eve ever, and I'll talk to you tomorrow.   (You don't have to answer.  I know you are going out for the day.  I'll hear all about your Christmas when you have time ~~ and are somewhat recovered.  )


 
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We aren't going anywhere this holiday weekend.  Christmas
is mom's and always will be, as long as it is possible.  That is whyit is so important for the cleaning to get done.  Did it????
It is 5pm and it is being done as we speak.  Today was a completerepeat of yesterday.  Mom woke me at 8 as she had the candy close to the stage when she would need me to help spoon it out and we wanted it done before Chris got here.  She was in a panicand yelling at me.  I told her to calm down and we would get it done. It was not as ready as she thought.  We did the whippingof the egg whites and when the other ingredients reached the right temperature she poured them in as I blended.  I kept it up till it could hold a peak.  Then blended the nuts and vanilla by hand. Then we spooned it out. We made nearly 100 pieces. We were done by 9am.  When did we see Chris??  I think about 10ish and she was once again drunk. She gets so talkative and does not shut up.  Said she was buzzed yesterday and she was sorry and that she was buzzed today. yak yak yak.  I will go change my shirt and come back and clean.  An hour later she is back with our Christmas present. yak yak yak.  I will change my
 shirt and be back.  Then it was noon and her sister was bringing their spare truck over so they could come see family when Chris was done. Then it was another waiting game.  At 2:30 I pounded on their door and they were taking showers.  She assured me she would do it  So then she came around 4. But she could not get anything done because she kept coming to talk to me...yak yak yak. Then Scott came and got mad at her because she had nothing done and he wanted to be getting on the road. So she when and talked to him and then came back and everytime she stopped to talk I told her to keep cleaning. It is now 6:45 and she is still at it. I hope Christmas with the family goes better than the last two days.  We still have some work to do. as far as straightening up. But it is what it is.

I hope you amd Mike had a wonderful Christmas Eve and an even better Christmas Day.

Thanking God for the birth of his son and celebrating all that he does for us.  Thank you Jesus.
Big hugs to you my sister and to my big brother Mike.  Does he know he has a little sister?
Big hugs and kisses,
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Merry Christmas!   

Once we decided not to go out to lunch, I had a

 very lazy day.  I didn't even get dressed until

 the early afternoon!   Of course I got caught!

  Our neighbors Karen and Bob called just as I

 was getting dressed and said they wanted to

 come down because they had something for

 us!   She is one who had the original Stampin

 Up party that got me hooked.   I couldn't come

 to the door, so Mike did but he didn't invite

 them in because I wasn't dressed and he didn't

 want to embarrass me.  He said he didn't think

 they wanted to come in, and I hope he was

 right.  (BLUSH).  They brought a card and a

 plate of candy!    No sitting around in your PJ's

 in THIS neighborhood!

We started our Christmas Eve with a glass of

 "The Fifth Essence of the Christmas Spirit"

 (Port) with Christmas music, and then had our

 munchies as we watched Magoo's Christmas

 Carol ~ It's tradition!   Then we put on the old

 Peter, Paul and Mary Christmas Concert (how I

 love it) as we opened gifts.   All in all, a very

 nice day.

We've had a Christmas Eve smorgasbord since I

 was a child, with only a few interruptions when

 someone thought we should actually have a

 "real" meal.   Initially Mike thought it was

 strange, but now he loves it.  We have

 deviated to have a real meal a few times, but

 we both come back to the smorgasbord.   It

 could be anything ~ when we had a big crowd

 it might be shrimp and cocktail sauce,

 braunschweiger pate and crackers and maybe

 a cheeseball, ham roll ups, stuffed celery and

 relish trays, perhaps Swedish Meat Balls in a

 crock pot and maybe little sausages in BBQ

 sauce as well.  I've done chicken wings, and

 "chicken puffs" (little cream puffs filled with

 chicken salad) and of course plates of cookies

 and fruitcake.


When it's just the two of us, we have some of

 the same things, just not so much.  Last night,

 Mike ordered all sorts of frozen canapes that

 simply had to be popped into the oven and

 they were wonderful ~ and no prep work for

 me!   There were teeny, tiny sliders of ham

 and cheese and bbq brisket, pastry wraps with

 brie and raspberry, arancini (that was part of

 Laine's Omaha Steaks gift), a little pastry filled

 with fig and brie, others that were tiny pastries

 filled with onion soup!  I couldn't even imagine

 what they would be like, but the "soup" was

 solid and they were delicious.   Of course we

 have lots left over so we could invite a few

 neighbors in for a drink and hors devours later.

I know you said that your sisters were "doing"

 Christmas this year and you didn't have to

 cook, so I think I just assumed you would be

 going to one of their houses.   I like the idea

 that Christmas is and always will be your

 moms!  ;-)

Your candy sounds fabulous ~~ your

 experience with Chris does not.  I'm so sorry

 she screwed up your entire day so you couldn't

 have any relaxing time.   I hope she actually

 finished and did a good job for you.

Have a wonderful Christmas with your family!!

Later this morning we will go into the Morning

 Room with the tree and see what Santa left.

  (If Santa's helper doesn't get her oversized

 bee-hind out of bed soon, he won't have left

 anything!).  We'll have coffee and open his

 gifts and those from Mike's sister ~~~ and

 probably watch "A Christmas story" 50 times.  

Then nothing on our agenda until this afternoon

 when we cook the beast and eat him.

Ho! Ho! Ho!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!


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RE:WELCOME TO DECEMBER CHAT
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How I HATE the way Aimoo changes your text and especially your spacing.  

I'm sorry it's hard to read.  It looked fine while I was typing it.   Grrrrrrr.

I went back in and added a double space after each line.   What a serious 

pain in my tush!    Bah!  Humbug!


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