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RE:WELCOME TO JANUARY CHAT
(Date Posted:01/08/2016 8:34 PM)

I saw Barb's lovely cat Miss Juliette.  Lovely little girl.  I wondered about the other cat and almost asked her because it said he would be better in a home without small children and I thought about her grands.  But I thought, well I am sure she saw that, lol.  I am glad they found just the right cat for them.  We were just watching a funny things video about cats and we were both laughing and I said see mom....we need a cat.  She said are you going to buy the litter and change it and I said yes.  Then she said....then Diane will never come over.  She is allergic.  I said she never comes over now other than holidays.  Then she said nothing.  I so want a cat, but if she will not help, I do not think I am financially stable enough.  I so not know if she is totally against it or not.
We need one.  But I do not want it to look like Novia.  I am going to start looking at our local humane societies site to see what is available.  
No snow here....it has been raining, misting for over a day now and the snow is melting away, but 1 digit temperatures are in the forecast next week so there will not be any more rain.  Went out in it today to get my INR done.  Last month is was 3.00 and they made no changes.  Today it was 3.30 so they are lowering it a little.  I have to check how much vitamin K was in my old vitamin and compare it to my new one.  Over 2 months ago I changed to a Multi vitamin through my online fantasy since I get $50 a month toward things there.  Same with my Calcium.  I am getting both there now and pay nothing.  Every little bit helps.  That could be the issue.  Also not getting as many dark greens lately.
Mom was bitching today about how loud we were last night and that she could not hear the TV.  I said they do not come here to watch TV.  Besides, it is only 1x a month, deal with it!  She is getting more and more bitchy all the time.  Sometimes it is so hard to not respond in kind.  I only see it getting worse.  I put on a judge show, which she has always liked.  I asked her something and she muttered about not liking judge shows and I said since when?  She said that the judges get rude with the people and that bothers her.  I said fine, I do not care.  We will watch something else from now on.  But she is getting narrower and narrower in what she will watch.  Before long we will only be watching shows that I hate.  I need to clean up my room and set it up more as a living space and get the cable running in there.  We can watch whatever we like then but we will have to pay for a box for my room.  Whatever works!
Chat with you tomorrow.  I am going to have fasting labs in the morning and then work on removing the ornaments from the tree.
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RE:WELCOME TO JANUARY CHAT
(Date Posted:01/09/2016 10:02 AM)



 


Good Morning. 

Still cold, but the snow has stopped.  We aren't going to get out of the 20s today.   Brrrrr

Mike is planning on making my favorite breakfast ~ cheesy microwave scrambled eggs on Croissants.   In the microwave, the eggs become so light and fluffy and more than double in size, and taste soooo good.

I'll make it up to him.  I'm making a meatloaf tonight.

Barb's Juliette sounds so loving and sweet.  In almost no time of her arriving in her Forever Home, she hopped up on Tom's chest as he lay on the couch, and that is one of her favorite places.   She posted the cutest picture of them.   She is also trying to jump on the mantle, so Barb is going to have to clear things off of it ~~ the not so good part of getting a new cat.  Ha.  They have to explore and stake out their territory, and I for one would prefer they didn't.  (snort)   She also hisses and growls at Kit, the resident cat, so they are going to have to get used to each other.  It will all work out.

I so wish you could have a cat.  Being home most of the time, you would make such a great home for one, and I know of few things more soothing than a cat purrring on your lap.   I have memories of that ~ Shogun is NOT a Lap Cat.  (sigh ~~ and laugh)

I'm glad your mom is beginning to be open to the idea.  She (and you) will have to be careful not to trip over the cat.  Shogun is the worst we've ever had for walking in front of your feet.  We really have to be alert.  He thinks he's a dog and has to walk with you when you go down a hall or to the bathroom or something, but he doesn't get the idea of walking beside you or behind you.  Makes me very aware of him as a "trip hazzard".

I think checking out pictures and descriptions of cats looking for a home online is a great idea.  While we are really not actively looking, I've been doing that myself.  (Not looking, Dorothy?  Ha)   One thing that comes up often is that when I see someone who really appeals to me, often he or she is declawed.  I don't think I could bring a declawed cat into our home with a fully armed Shogun.  He hasn't shown any agression with us, and I never saw signs that he "got" Chrystie, but he could.    What that has made me aware of though, is that there are a LOT of declawed cats out there who are looking for a home.  You might get the advantage of having a disarmed cat without having to put them through that yourself.  ;-)

Sorry your INR was still high, though not all that bad.  My "4" kind of got my attention, but I knew that skipping the next day's pill would straighten it out.  I have no idea why it was creeping up.  I have been over eating, but it sure hasn't been on broccoli or kale ~ lol.  

I do plan to move my test day out by a day or two each time until I get back on "My" schedule.  My Dr's office is happy with my testing once a month unless there is a problem, but the folks at Phillips who control my at home test supplies want me to do it every other week.  Actually, they want me to do it every week but I was able to negotiate the every other week with them.  I know it's all about the money.  My Dr should be in charge of frequency, not them, but I will do about anything I have to in order to avoid having to go to the lab and having two or three phlebotomists try to get blood from this turnip every month.   If I delay by a day (or two), they have an automated system that calls to remind me to do the test.  I am more than able to ignore that ~ lol.  I suspect if I skipped the whole week, a real person would call and yell at me, so I'll do it inch by inch.  "I just forgot!"  Ha.

"Online fantasy"?  Whatever it is, it's great that you can get vitamins and whatever free!

Your mom sounds like maybe she isn't feeling good?  I know I can get more than a little crabby if I'm not feeling good, or I'm in pain or haven't slept more than a few hours for a couple of nights.   

I really wish you would get a good way to watch TV in your own room and then come together with your mom to watch the things you both enjoy.   That's what Mike and I do.  I'm lucky that for the most part we do enjoy the same things so we watch together in "my room" in the morning and in "his room" and the bedroom at night.  In the afternoon we go our separate ways.  He dozes through things I really don't want to watch (for the 300th time), and I don't enjoy my Soap if he is there even though he says he doesn't mind.  I feel like I'm inflicting it on him.  Much more fun to separate in the afternoons.   I used to watch a lot more news type shows than Mike can enjoy, but now for the most part the news just makes me want to hit somebody, so I often join Mike in the news avoidance area. :-)    Anyway, I would love to hear you had been watching some of the shows your mom doesn't like that I know you would.    Tomorrow night Hallmark is premiering the newest "Murder She Baked" movie based on Joanne Fluke's books.  Then Masterpiece has Downton.   

Hope your labs went well this morning!


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RE:WELCOME TO JANUARY CHAT
(Date Posted:01/10/2016 1:33 AM)

I SWEAR I DO NOT KNOW WHERE THAT ONLINE FANTASY CAME
FROM, I THOUGHT I WROTE ONLINE PHARMACY.  BUT MY MIND WORKS IN STRANGE WAYS SOME DAYS.  I USUALLY READ MY LAST POST AND THEN READ YOURS, THAT FANTASY JUMPED OUT AT ME AND I JUST STARTED LAUGHING, TOO FUNNY.
I AM GLAD THAT BARB & TOM FOUND JUST THE RIGHT CAT IN JULIETTE.  THERE WAS THE REASON THAT THE BOY CAT WAS NOT RIGHT FOR THEM....JULIETTE NEEDED THEM MORE.
THE MORE I THINK ON IT, THE MORE I KNOW IT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA TO GET A CAT.  I WAS THINKING THE SAME THING AS YOU STATED...THE CAT WOULD MORE THAN LIKELY TRIP MY MOM.  IT IS A WORRY NOW THAT SHE OFTEN GETS CAUGHT UP IN MY O2 TUBING.  I AM ON A 40FT CORD OF TUBING.  I CAN GO OUT ON THE PORCH WITH IT BUT IT IS THE PITS HAVING ALL THAT EXCESS TUBING LAYING ALL OVER THE PLACE.  SO I WILL CONTINUE TO DREAM AND LOOK AT THE LOVELY CATS.  AND I WILL CONTINUE TO ENJOY SHOGUN THROUGH YOU, LOL.
I MAKE MY EGGS IN THE MICROWAVE TOO.  I HAVE THIS CUTE LITTLE CONTAINER THAT I CAN PUT 2 EGGS INTO.  JUST ENOUGH ROOM IN IT TO WHIP THEM UP WITH A FORK WITH A LITTLE MILK, CHEESE AND SOMETIMES MEAT OR ONION.  2 MIN AND THEY ARE DONE TO PERFECTION....NICE AND FLUFFY.  GOING TO HAVE THAT AND SOME SUGAR FREE HOT CHOCOLATE TOMORROW MORNING.  A BIT OF A SUNDAY RITUAL I AM STARTING UP AGAIN.  I HAVE QUIET ALONE TIME UNTIL MOM GETS HOME AT 10AM OR SO.
I WOULD DO THE SAME THING AS YOU TO GET YOUR CHECK INR DATE BACK TO WHERE IS WAS SO THAT YOU CAN REMEMBER WHEN TO CHECK IT.  PUSH IT A DAY OR 2 AND IN A FEW WEEKS YOU WILL BE BACK WHERE YOU WERE.
I WAS TALKING TO SUZANNE ABOUT MOM'S BITCHINESS AND SHE SAID THAT IS BECAUSE SHE IS HURTING SO BAD....HER KNEE IS REALLY HURTING HER.  I HAVE OFFERED HER MY TYLENOL WITH CODEINE OR MY TRAMADOL AND SHE HAS REFUSED THEM.  I HAVE BEEN HELPING HER EVEN WHEN SHE SAYS SHE DOES NOT WANT HELP.  I TOLD HER TO ASK FOR XRAYS ON MONDAY THOUGH SHE IS NOW THINKING IT IS A TORN MUSCLE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.  I HOPE IT TURNS OUT TO BE SOMETHING THAT WILL HEAL WITH CARE.  I ALSO WANT HER TO TALK TO HER DR ABOUT HER POOR MEMORY.  WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING IN THE MORNING AND BY AFTERNOON SHE HAS COMPLETELY FORGOTTEN IT.
I AM FALLING ASLEEP AS I TYPE AND IT IS TAKING ME FOREVER AS I HAVE TO CORRECT ALL MY ERRORS AND DELETE MY MYSTERY TYPING....LINES THAT MAKE NO SENSE.  IT WILL BE A SENTENCE ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE TOTALLY, LOL.
SWEET DREAMS MY DEAR SISTER.
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RE:WELCOME TO JANUARY CHAT
(Date Posted:01/10/2016 8:34 AM)




Good Morning

Still cold here (9 degrees) but we may pop our noses a few degrees above freezing this afternoon.  
I see my friends in Omaha are in sub-zero temps (wind chill -15!) and not warming up a whole lot during the day.  
My friend Judy has been sending me updates on a locally famous long time restaurant in the heart of The Old Market that was there when we were some 24+ years ago that had an explosion in the early afternoon and was still on fire at 8:30 the last time she sent a message. Apparently the water from the fire hoses was freezing almost as soon as it was directed to the fire! Amazingly no serious injuries, and I haven't heard that any of the adjoining buildings have caught on fire. I hope not.  We dined there several times, and it was lovely.  Wonderful menu, beautiful old building.  It has to have had an effect on a large portion of The Old Market.  Sad and upsetting.
Update from Judy ~ Fire seems out. Still hot spots. Bldg collapsed. Four walls standing. Would think the weight of the ice-encrusted walls would take them down. Imagine the intense heat of the fire & the cold & wind of a 19B WC!! The published, not officially confirmed cause is a crew working on fiber optic cable installation severed a gas line. Paper says it burned out of control Til just past midnight.
 
I'm still in full lazy mode.  What happened to the energizer bunny who was here for a week or so?  Guess it was too good to last.

Not planning to watch the Golden Globes tonight because we probably haven't seen six things that were nominated.  Also not planning to buy a Power Ball ticket.  It sounds like a single winner could win OVER a Billion Dollars, but after the reduction for taking at all at once and taxes, you'd only get three or four hundred million, so it hardly seems worth it.  Everyone would think you were a Billionaire and expect you to do a lot for them, and you'd only have a measly 3-4 hundred mil.   (LOL)

We've been Binging through Death in Paradise on Netflix.  We've watched the first season and half of the second.  Really enjoying it.   Of course when we have burned through the whole thing, we'll be mad at ourselves, cuz it will be all gone!  

Tonight we're watching the new "Murder She Baked" mystery on Hallmark from 7 to 9, and then Downton. 

(Laughing) I thought you might mean Online Pharmacy, but I didn't want to take anything for granted. 

I do wish you could have a cat ~ I think it would be good for your mom, too, but I do worry about her ~ or you ~ being tripped.  Maybe keep looking casually, and if/when the right one comes along the time will be right too.  Even though I do check out the shelter sites from time to time, we're mostly just happy with our current little family (things stay a lot cleaner!) and I suspect when the right cat comes along, well ya never know.  In the meantime, we'll share the Shogun with you.  He's not a cuddle bunny, but he is a love bug.  

I love that you are making those wonderful cheesy scrambled eggs for a just-for-you breakfast.  I wish I could share some croissants with you.  Too many carbs, I know, but oh so good.

I had another not so great night's sleep, but it's no wonder.  I doze off watching TV all the time, and then at bedtime I sleep really well for a couple of hours and then feel like I'm not sleeping at all ~ until I realize that the last time I looked at the clock it was 3 and now it's 4.  I just wish I could look at the clock at midnight and not see it again until 6 or 7.  Ah well. 

Have a happy day, sweet sister.  Thank you for the beautiful tag!!



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AIMOO IS PLAYING WITH MY HEAD.  I READ YOUR POST AND I USUALLY REFER BACK TO IT AS I WRITE YOU.  BUT ALL THE WORDS ARE GONE SINCE I OPENED A NEW REPLY.  EVEN IF I HIGHLIGHT THEM NOTHING SHOWS...THE ONLY THING I CAN SEE IT THE COPIED WRITING ABOUT THE FIRE AND THE GRAPHICS (your tag and smilies).  I DO NOT KNOW WHAT IS UP WITH THAT AND I AM NOT LOSING MY BORDER AND TAG BY STARTING OVER.  THEY DO NOT MATCH BUT IT WAS THE BEST I COULD DO, NOTHING WANTED TO LOAD...AT LEAST THEY ARE BOTH WINTER, LOL.

I AM TRYING TO RECALL WHAT ALL YOU WROTE ABOUT.  THE FIRE, WHICH IS AWFUL AND IT IS SO SAD WHEN IT IS A VITAL PART OF A COMMUNITY.  HAVE SEEN THAT SAME THING HERE BEFORE WHEN THE WATER FREEZES AS FAST AS IT COMES OUT OF THE HOSE.  SEEMS MOST FIRES COME FROM ERRORS OF REMODELING.  ACCIDENTALLY SETTING SOMETHING SMOULDERING THAT BURNS WHEN ALL ARE GONE OR LIKE IN THIS CASE....CUTTING A LINE.
 
I KNOW YOU TALKED ABOUT YOUR GET UP AND GO, GOT UP AND WENT.  IT CAME THIS WAY A BIT.  I DID GET THE CARD TABLE UP AND ALL THE ORNAMENTS OFF THE TREE AND ONTO THE TABLE WAITING FOR ME TO SORT THEM INTO A BIN ONCE JOSH COMES TOMORROW TO BRING THEM UP FROM THE BASEMENT ALONG WITH THE BOXES FOR THE TREES.

I WISH MORE THAN ANYTHING THAT I HAD A CAT.  THAT IS MY HEART TALKING.  MY HEAD SAYS IF MY MOM IS NOT 100% FOR IT, IT IS WRONG FOR ME TO PUSH HER INTO IT.  ALSO MY HEAD SAYS 1. THERE IS A VERY GOOD CHANCE ONE OF US WOULD TRIP OVER THE CAT.  2. PROVIDING FOOD AND LITTER, ETC FOR A CAT WOULD PUSH MY BUDGET TO THE EDGE.  3. I WOULD NOT HAVE ANY MONEY FOR MEDICAL NEEDS OR EMERGENCIES AND I CANNOT EXPECT MY MOM TO COVER IT.  4. WHEN SOMETHING HAPPENS TO MY MOM, HOW HARD WILL IT BE TO FIND AFFORDABLE HOUSING THAT WILL ALLOW CATS.  THOUGH I AM PRAYING THAT BY THEN I WILL FIND A WAY TO MAKE IT WORK.

WOO HOO, THE PACKERS JUST WON.  WHAT A GAME!!!  OK, ENOUGH OF THAT, LOL.  JUST BEEN WATCHING IT AS I TYPE.

I TOO WISH YOU COULD SLEEP BETTER.  I KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE WHEN YOU TRY TO FUNCTION WITH TOO LITTLE SLEEP.  I SLEEP GOOD LATELY BUT NOT LONG ENOUGH.  I WOULD LIKE TO SLEEP AT LEAST 6.5-7 HRS A NIGHT AND AM ONLY AVERAGING 5.4 VIA MY CPAP.  THEN I FALL ASLEEP OFF AND ON ALL DAY.  DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO ABOUT THAT.
IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE VERY COLD THIS COMING WEEK.  I SUPPOSE YOU HAVE SENT YOU WEATHER OUR WAY, LOL.

STAY WARM AND SAFE MY SISTER AND GET SOME GOOD SLEEP!
LOVE AND HUGS.

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RE:WELCOME TO JANUARY CHAT
(Date Posted:01/11/2016 8:07 AM)


 

Morning.

We're going to experience a bit of Springtime here for the rest of the weeks ~ in the Mid 40s

The guy who is to reupholster the couch is supposed to pick it up between 10 and 11 today.  I hope he really does come when scheduled.  I hate waiting for people who don't come more than I can express.

Can you name one GOOD thing about Parkinson's Disease?    You can get a permanent exemption from Jury duty!   Small compensation, but definitely a "Good Thing" as Martha would have said.   Mike got a summons a couple of weeks ago for Jury duty on the 21st or 25th of this month (can't remember the exact date).  It would be SO hard for him ~ for either of us now ~ so he called his new Neurologist's office to ask about getting a letter excusing him, and he did!   I can't tell you how relieved I am.  He would have been soooo stressed.

For me, another sleepless night.  I've been awake since 3:15 and finally got up and came into the Morning Room at 5:30.  I fall asleep watching TV and miss more than I see.  Not sure which comes first (chicken or egg ~ inappropriate snoozing or not sleeping at night), but it's a serious pain in my tush!   My eyes are on fire and I can feel a headache starting.

I just looked at a list of the Golden Globe nominees and winners and I was right.  I've seen very close to none of them ~ and further, I have no desire to see any of the ones I've missed. 

We are into Season Three of Death in Paradise.  We'll polish it off soon, and then be sorry we did.  Really enjoying that!

We got behind last night so we watched The Good Wife at 8 rather than the Murder She Baked at 7, so we have that one to watch.  The Good Wife was like watching the news ~ it still holds us, but I'm not sure for how much longer.  Downton will be missed, but I do want to see how they work everything out.

Lots of shows we've watched aren't being renewed.  This will be the last season for Rizzoli and Isles, and I honestly can't see how much longer Bones will go on, though I've heard nothing about that.  I can't imagine wanting to watch any of the new shows I've seen advertised.   When I was young and optimistic and our Country was a happy and secure place, I used to like watching movies about the Occult or supernatural or even very dark movies, and I loved reading dark things too.  Being scared wasn't real, so it was fun.  Now that my world has turned so dark and threatening, I almost can't stand them.  I read (and largely watch) cozies.  I need escape rather than things that seem too real or too threatening, even if they don't seem real.   Fortunately we've found all sorts of wonderful shows from other countries so we aren't just staring at a blank screen.  ;-)   I never could watch British Comedies ~ even as a child I couldn't stand broad humor.  Subtle and smart, please.  But I do love their mysteries and dramas and those from Australia and we even found one from New Zeeland that we like.  (Thank you, closed captions ~ ha!)

I do feel really bad about M's Pub burning down.  First, an iconic 100 year old building, second, great food, and third all those people who worked there who will be out of a job.  It has to be really bad for the entire Old Market, and scary, too.  Anyone could have a gas leak.   Those poor fire fighters!  I can't even imagine!  They worked in shifts and had to be frozen to the bone plus in a lot of danger.

I'm sorry you couldn't see my post from yesterday. It was brilliant ~ worthy of a Pulitzer Prize.  ;-)   Seriously, I don't know where it went.  Obviously you saw it before it went missing.  It's here today for me to see.  Weird!

As much as I would love for you to have a cat, I did think about that when you mentioned taking the tree decorations down and then waiting for Josh to bring the bins up.  If you cohabited with a feline, you couldn't do that!  See?  Some good in everything. 

Stay warm and be happy!

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It is freakin cold here.  Right now it is 8° last night with wind chill it was -22°.  Well damn, because I copied and pasted, I now have all my writing highlighted and can not get rid of it.  I woke up so cold this morning, lol.  The foot that hangs off the end of the foot rest was like ice.  The other leg was tucked up under and not freezing.  Damn it was cold.

I have never been called for Jury Duty and thought that was weird.  But Jordan just got called but cannot do it because of his house arrest, that is when Suz found out they pick from Driver's licenses.  That would explain why I was never called since I have never had a driver's license, not since 1973-1976 when I quit renewing my temp. driver's permit.  They asked why I kept renewing it if I was not going to take the test, so I didn't.  So that would be another way to avoid Jury Duty.  You see?  You can play the glad game too!!!  Mine is that because I had cancer I skipped Menopause and went straight to Postmenopause.   God is good to us in strange ways.

We did not watch the Golden Globes either.  I am fairly certain that I have seen nothing that was up for an award.  I also probably would not know who half the people are.  I still may have watched it, but mom had not interest in it.

Have you ever considered asking your doctor for something for sleep?  Something stronger than over the counter sleepers.

OMG, that Netflix Making of a Murderer is really stirring up crap here in Wisconsin.  We all know Avery was railroaded on the first charge.  But it does not excuse the 2nd.  Nancy Grace went on a rant about it on her show.  Spouting that she found evidence that was never addressed in the documentary.  I think we all had heard that already.  Even had a big article in our newspaper.  They can bring up that crap but it took them 3 days to have anything about the Paris attack (indirectly) and 2 days for the San Bernardino attack.  Where are people's priorities?

Yes, gas leaks are scary.  I actually saw a house explode due to a gas leak.  Thank God they got the people out just in time.  One minute it was there and the next it was gone.  It also knocked the house next to it off it's foundation and then it was condemned.  It was a good thing as the woman was a hoarder and had walls of newspapers and things.  The fire dept. said there was barely a path through the house.  They were lucky that house did not burn....it would have been like a huge bonfire with all those newspapers and magazines in it.

Ha!!  You cannot fool me, I did get to read your note.  It disappeared when I replied.  Once I posted, it was there again.  It was really bizarre.  I do not know if I can agree that it was Pulitzer material, but your notes are always entertaining.

Awww, I do not want Rizzoli and Isles to end.  I love that show.  So they will have to wrap up whatever is happening to Jane with all the crap that is happening to her.  I am almost afraid that if I get my TV up and running again, I will never leave my room, lol.

Gotta go Potty so am saying good night.

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. . . . and me, too..  I actually got a good night's sleep last night!  I don't think I could have handled another 2 or 3 hour night.

The Upholstery guy was supposed to come between 10 and 11 yesterday but he didn't get here until 10 after 11.    The couch is gone, and the room looks a bit bare, but also rather spacious.   He said he might have it back to us next week.  I also asked if he could make a couple of throw pillows for us, but thought I'd need to pick fabric.  He suggested to use any leftover fabric from the couch.  My first thought was that it would be too busy but the more I thought about it, I think that might be nicer than having them made in teal or tan as I had thought about doing.  

The rest of the day was pretty much do-nothing again.  The snow is pretty much melted on the pavement but fairly deep on the grassy areas ~ pretty.  I didn't go to get the mail because she delivered it after 5 and it was already dark.  I'm a wee bit concerned about doing the sidewalk ballet if I encountered a small patch of ice that I couldn't see because it was dark, so I'll pick it up this morning.  I doubt whoever took over for Ed McMahon has a big check for me that I'd have to worry about being stolen.  ;-)

Apparently last night Shogun slipped into the closet when I was getting ready for bed and I didn't see him.  He spent the night there, poor little guy!  Of course it's his own fault, but why do I feel so guilty?  

And so it goes . . . 

OhMyGosh ~ Winter has returned to Wisconsin Big Time!  Brrrr.

In Arizona my friend Shiela tells me that you don't have to serve on a Jury if you are over 75, but you must submit paper asking to be exempted.  That seem's quite reasonable to me, but on Mike's summons there is a list of things that allow you to be exempted and age isn't one of them.  They specifically say that would be discriminatory, so I guess if we're 102 and get called, we'll have to drag ourselves to the Jury room.  

I was never called to serve until I was living here and over 60, and since then I've been served three times!  The first two when I called in my number wasn't selected so I didn't have to go, but the last time I did.  Thinking about that now makes me shudder.  A very long walk, then standing outside the jury room waiting for it to be opened, then sitting for hours in those wooden chairs ~ I honestly don't see how I could handle it now, and I don't see how I could get out of it.  I'm sure not willing to submit to all those horific Neurological tests again to prove that I am damaged.  Upsetting to think about, so I won't.  Today.   I'm just deeply grateful that Mike no longer has to worry about it.

It's "interesting" how the Press, apparently in every country, reports News.  If it's something that will further their agenda, or something involving a celebrity it's out there immediately.  If it's something that goes against their agenda ~~ like North African "refugees" raping and plundering women in Cologne Germany, it takes three days or more for a headline or two to make it's appearance.   I thought that was just here, but apparently that's the way things are handled everywhere.   Clearly I'm living in the past ~ or in fantasy land ~ I still foolishly expect actual News to be reported.   Silly me!   The absolute phenomena surrounding the reporting of and reaction to Making a Murderer is amazing.   


State of the Union tonight.   I think I'll pass.  What a sad commentary.

See ya on the Flip Side.  ;-)

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The cold continues and we had a couple of inches overnight, so it made up for what we lost to the rain last week.  Brrrr, good thing I got mittens and boots for Christmas.  I am ready to face tomorrow, my appt with Denise.  My weight is up...I knew that was going to happen.  I also knew my weight was not right when they weighed me at the nephrologist office in Nov.  I told the nurse but she did not care, now it looks like I gained 10 lbs since then instead of stayed the same.  I cannot recall what my A1C was in Oct...I know it was 7 something.  Norm is 5-6 and mine this time is 7.9 which I think it up.  Nope, just looked it up and A1C is exactly the same as last time.  Also triglycerides at way high...450.  But far better than the over 1000 they were a year ago.  I need to recommit to doing better.  Talked with mom about it today and we are both going to try harder and I am going to have more input in our meals.  Too many carbs coming my way.
I am so glad you got a good nights sleep.  I hope that continues.  Wow, it sounds as if the upholstery guy is going to redo your sofa in record time.  I think it is going to be fabulous.  I hope you are going to be happy with your choice and I think matching pillows instead of solid colors will be great.  They will blend right in.  
I could never sit through a trial, I would have to get a note from my doctor.  I would probably not stay awake either, lol.
 
Don't you dare go out on that driveway in the dark.  No mail is worth falling for...not even millions!  It will still be there in the morning.  Now we are hearing about all the crap going on with the lottery winnings.  Seems no one can be trusted.  Heads will roll.  

Oh my poor little boy, closed in the closet over night.  He may be scarred for life.  He did not meow to get out?  He probably liked the dark place.  I once found Novia closed in a drawer.  No clue how I did that.  Thankfully I heard her meowing.  I had not heard about the North African refugees raping German women.  And they wonder why people are afraid to let them in their countries.  They should ship them right back to where they came from and into the hands of their enemies.  
Do you know Adele's song "Hello  It's me"  That is what I used on this tag....just seemed the Hello was natural.  Not that I think it is that great a song.  
Have a great day and think of me, being embarrassed for doing so bad in the doctor's office.  
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(Date Posted:01/13/2016 11:42 AM)


 

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 Good Morning! 

Spring verging on Summer here ~ Mid 50s today.  I know it won't last, but it's nice for today.  

We're going to the Czech restaurant for dinner tonight, and we'll bring home some carry-out.  

Mountain High, the Landscapers who put up our Christmas decorations, called to confirm that they would be out tomorrow to take them down.  Tomorrow?  It was supposed to be today!  The women you talk to there are so nice and helpful and the men remind me of some of the men I used to work with . . . . and that's not a compliment.  He obviously told me one thing and wrote down another.  I specifically confirmed the day and date with him when we talked.  So, we'll have the wreaths and lights up for one more day.  When I first looked for someone to do this for us, Mountain High was a bit less expensive.  Clearly they have tons of customers and don't have to work too hard to accommodate, and they do a good job for us, but I think I'm going to be looking next year to see if we can find someone else.

Ah, she's thinking Valentine's Day.   Thank you for my lovely tag!

Sending good thoughts for your appointment with Denise.    I won't even get on my bathroom scale ~ I don't want to break it!   I suspect everyone's weight is up after the holidays so Denise should understand, but still you are right.  We need to get this stuff off ~ and I am so not ready to start.

I'm thinking that after the couch and pillows are here, I could still add some solid color throw pillows if we thought they would work, perhaps a teal or tan pillow behind the couch fabric one.  We'll know more when the "new" couch is home again.  

We aren't buying a lottery ticket.  It's amazing to think you could win 1.5 Billion with a B dollars, but after the reduction for taking it all at the same time and taxes you wouldn't really be a Billionaire.  You'd only have mere three or four hundred Million ~ hardly worth the effort.   

No, we didn't hear a peep out of Shogun when he was locked in the closet.   It is a large closet, 8' x 8', so it wasn't the most miserable night imaginable for him, but still not a fun night.

Again ~ hope all goes well with your appointment!  

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Mornin'.   
Mike just brought a cup of coffee to me, in bed talking to you.  God sincerely bless him! 

Our trash and recycle bins are out in front awaiting pick up, and hopefully the guys from Mountain High will come to take our Christmas decorations down this morning too.

In the Sad News department, Alan Rickman, the actor who played Snape and so many other memorable characters has died of cancer.  He was 69.     
Then I got an email telling me that a new-to-us restaurant we really loved called "Jus Cookin" is closing this week after 28 years.  It's way the heck across town from us so we didn't go often, though we always intended to go more frequently.   Only bad news today?  :-(    I hope not.

Hope your appt with Denise went well, and you are having a GOOD day!  



I'm back, with a couple of updates and a reminder.
 

Update ~ the wind is so bad this Dorothy may end up in Kansas!   Fortunately our great neighbor Jake brought our cans up to the garage before they went flying.

Update ~ Mountain High did come and take down the decorations.  They put them up in terrible wind, and took them down in the same condition.

Reminder ~ Republican Debate tonight.  I skipped the last one and plan to skip all of them on the "Liberal channels".  They aren't intended to help those of us trying to make up our minds  but simply to show the Republican candidates in the worst possible lights, though I can't imagine who they are playing to.  I doubt many Democrats will be watching.  
I haven't made my selection yet, and really want to hear how the candidates would be as President if elected, not what each of them thinks of Donald Trump's hair or something else equally stupid.   Even the first Fox News debate, which did get the highest ratings ever for any debate, went down that road with the moderators trying to get the candidates fighting among themselves.  It may be fun TV to watch, particularly for those who will NOT be voting for any of these people, and it was a ratings grabber, but it isn't even a little bit helpful.   Tonight is being moderated by Fox Business Network, the only place where the moderators acted like responsible journalists, so I will be there.   Sandra Smith and Trish Regan for the Early Show (Santorum, Fiorina and Huckabee), and Maria Bartiromo and Neal Cavuto for the "Main Event".   I hope they conduct themselves as they did the first time, and I can actually learn something.    I won't look for you there. ;-)


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Just a fly-by.   I watched the Early Debate and it was excellent.  Made me proud to be an American again ~ that's a feeling I haven't had in quite a while.   Any of these three could be my President ~ Well, no, they actually don't have a chance, but I could be more than happy with any of them.

Now on to the "Big Stage" Debate.

Tomorrow morning Shauna comes and we've asked her to help us flip the mattress.  It's that big, heavy King size mattress and I'm already dreading it, but do we ever need to do it!   I'll get up and strip the bed and wash the sheets and mattress pad first thing, and by the time everything is done, including her cleaning, I won't be surprised to find myself completely wiped out.  Soooo, I probably won't see you until tomorrow afternoon, and maybe not even then.   If I don't ~~~ have a great day!

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Aimoo was down yesterday evening and I confirmed it in the Aimoo group on FB.  I tried on and off to get on and was unable.  So then I saw in the group that the servers were back up.  It took me a while but I eventually got it.  I was part way through my post and down Aimoo went and I could not get back on.  At that point I gave up.  So that is why I was not here.
Our new ornament storage came today and I spent a while putting it all together.  Then put all the ornaments in it, including the ones we did not put on the tree this year.  We have a lot of ornaments.  It holds 82 ornaments.  But the 2 drawers with 50 spaces are mostly holding 2 ornaments, lol.  Several in the 2 drawers that hold 32 ornaments also are holding more than one ornament.  One double space is holding about 5-6 ribbon candy and icicle ornaments.  In the end, I had 5 new ornaments that would not fit in.  They were flat but big enough that I could not put them in a 2 space spot, they were too wide and I did not have enough room to do 4 spaces just for these.  So they will go into the new Christmas Wrap/Bow bag I got that will hang in the back closet.  So not a problem.  I may have to buy more eventually as we have a whole bin or red and white ornaments and then, somewhere there are bins with my ornaments.  I have a whole series of Norman Rockwell ornaments from Hallmark.  I have Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs that I needlepointed..they are large though, lol.  I have a whole lot of ornaments that are made of felt and are embroidered.  Also little stockings I crocheted.  Most of my original ornaments were handmade.  Then I have a bin of all Unicorn Ornaments and another bin of all Santa Ornaments.  I will keep some and get rid of others (if I can get the hoarder in me to let them go).  Mom got the lighted garlands down and boxed.  Also Mike's tree and her diamond dust snowmen.  I did get some pics but right now I cannot locate them.
My Dr. appt went well, Denise just could not have been nicer.  We had a long talk about my "issues" and went over lab results.  I had seen then on my Agnesian dashboard.  My A1C was the same as 4 months ago.  In fact she said all the labs were about the same.  My triglycerides are way to high so am dropping my niacin, keeping the simvastatin and she is adding a med for just the triglycerides.  I was very wheezy so she is giving me singulair to try and help some of that and clear up my congestion.  I have to restart my nebulizer treatments 2x a day.  I need to wrap the kiddies presents as we are having our Christmas at Fauska's this weekend.  I need to get together whatever I can and Louann will pick it up tomorrow as Nan will pick me up on Sat and she does not help me.  She has some mobility issues but not like I have.  I want to get all the kid packages and white elephants wrapped.  Also maybe my veggie tray I am going to make.  Or I can see if Joanne could stop on her way home from work, pick it up and drop it off at Fauska's on her way home.  I will still have my oxygen and overnight bag to carry.  So you will probably not hear from me Sat night.  
I was really bummed about that actor who played Snapes died.  Much to young for that and he was so good at Snapes.  Also so sad about David Bowie dying.  I was not a huge fan, but still I liked a lot of what he did and I loved the duet he did with Bing Crosby.  I will never forget it.  I see now that Celine Dion's husband/agent died.  Seems so many survive Cancer these days yet there are so many deaths.  I think that Cancer is hitting so many more people than it used to.  Will we ever defeat it?  I hope so.
Happy that you got your outdoor decorations down.  Jason took our lights down on Wed when he came and took the trash & recycling to the curb.  He also boxed up the tree and took it down.  We are chipping away at the rest.  
You should go one more time this week before your restaurant closes.  If you don't, you will wish you had.  
I think that solid pillows behind the print pillows would look awesome, highlighting them against the sofa.  
Nope, did not watch the debates.  I did get to see the last half of the Presidents State of the Nation address.  It was very uplifting and gave me hope.  Number one concern is destroying ISIS and Al Qaeda.  WooHoo, it is about time.  At least I have hope and felt inspired for a while.  Until I read the paper and it brought me back to reality.  
Good Luck on the mattress flip.  Hope it goes well and you are not totally exhausted after.  Have a great day and TGIF.  
I was fooling around with snowflakes and am going to post some more I made.  See if you can figure out what I did.
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YOU MY DEAR ARE ONLY PARTLY RIGHT ABOUT THE SNOWFLAKES.  PLEASE TAKE ANOTHER LOOK.  I HAVE LEFT YOU A COMMENT THERE.  OR WILL AS SOON AS I LEAVE HERE.

NOT MUCH GOING ON HERE TODAY.  PREPPING FOR TOMORROW AT FAUSKA'S.  EVERYTHING WRAPPED AND ALSO ALL VEGGIES CUT FOR MY VEGGIE TRAY THANKS TO MOM.  SOME DAY I WILL LEARN TO NOT BE A PROCRASTINATOR.  SHE CHOPPED WHILE I WRAPPED.  LOUANN STOPPED BY ON HER WAY HOME FROM WORK AND PICKED IT ALL UP SO I DO NOT HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT TOMORROW.

SOME ISSUES I AM DEALING WITH ON THE NEW MEDS.  I WROTE DENISE BUT SHE WAS NOT IN TODAY SO WILL NOT SEE TILL MONDAY.  CALLED ANTICOAG AND EVEN THOUGH I JUST WAS CHECKED LAST WEEK I HAVE TO GO IN ON TUESDAY TO CHECK TO MAKE SURE I AM NOT TOO HIGH.  DAMN, I HATE THIS.

NOTHING MUCH ELSE TO SAY.  I HOPE YOU WERE NOT TOO EXHAUSTED FROM SHAUNA CLEANING.  AT LEAST YOU MADE IT IN TO SEE THE SNOWFLAKES.  I WILL NOT BE IN TOMORROW SO I WILL SEE YOU ON SUNDAY UNLESS I COME HOME AND PASS OUT.  I RARELY SLEEP AT FAUSKA'S.

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Sorry I'm a day late.  I'm also a $ short, I'm sure.
The house is nice and clean (ahhhhh) and I'm again amazed at how little stamina I have.  (lol)

Shauna and our neighbor Annette had talked but hadn't made physical contact yet, so while Shauna was here I called Annette and left word that Shauna was here and could stop by and see her when she left.  I always think we are the only people in the neighborhood who don't have the house always ready for a realtor to take folks through, and aren't ourselves always "company ready" ~~ like an old Soap Star, with heels and pearls on just waiting to receive guests.   Then I think about Annette, who doesn't even answer her phone OR her door in the morning.  lol   When Shauna was getting ready to leave close to 2PM, I called Annette again 'just to let her know' that Shauna was leaving.  Annette picked up and agreed to have Shauna come over ~ said she would put on a housecoat.  Frankly, I LOVE that.  Much more often than not, I am NOT 'Company Ready, and I really hate drop-in company.  Ha.  

About two hours later I went out to get the mail and I saw Shauna's car was still there.   They are both "talkers" that can put even me to shame.  LOL  Anyway, I hope it works out well for both of them.

Your new ornament storage sounds wonderful.   Pictures?    Actually, all of your ornaments sound wonderful, too.   I love that so many of them are hand made and have special themes.

I'm glad your appointment with Denise went well.  Whats an Agnesian dashboard?   It's really sad how some meds make you need other meds to correct the problems they create.  

I actually did realize that you made several different kinds of snowflakes in unique shapes, I just didn't say so.  I don't know how you did it, but I'm sure impressed!!   I'm also glad that you are still having fun with the Advent Calendar!  

Hooray for your mom helping you with the veggie tray.  I hope you are having so much fun today, and that you surprise yourself by being able to sleep, too!
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